Following the Sublette Examiner article on Sublette County School District No. 1’s discussion on a policy for religious study time, I wanted to clarify two remarks made within the article. The first is that the “Evangelical Seminary” that was started last year by several local churches did meet in the Sublette BOCES building during the lunch hour. The study was a college-level course with DVD lessons and hours of discussion (with pizza once a week), and at the end of each semester, each participant was required to write a responsive paper. Because our students do not have college application requirements like for BYU, each semester was made up of students voluntarily registering for the course. One of the reasons that we opted this year to hold the course at 6:30 a.m. instead of replacing one of the 7 class periods in the high school is that we consider each high school class to be important in preparing our students for their future college experience. Which leads me to the second clarification. In the article I was quoted as saying that “religion is important … but shouldn’t replace pre-calculus,” when in fact I believe I said that “it shouldn’t have to compete with pre-calculus.” I firmly believe that religious study provides an ethical foundation upon which humans live their lives. The kind of god you worship determines the kind of life you live; a god of “the fittest” or no god at all leads to a lifestyle much different from a god of truth and love. I do not think it is the school district’s job to provide religious study, but putting in a policy that is fair and equitable to all faiths does provide an opportunity to those curious students who want to change the way they live.
For the complete article see the 09-20-2013 issue.
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