Creative writing teacher resigns after student writes about Jesus, pot
Go ahead and follow the link to watch and read the story. Lets break this down:
- The teacher gave a creative writing assignment
- The assignment was to take a fairy tale and rewrite it for modern times
- A student took a bible story and rewrote according to the students perspective
- The student chose to associate a biblical story as a "fairy tale"
- The student chose to "pretend" Jesus handed out pot to sick people instead of bread and fishes to hungry people
- When the stories were shared with the class, another student took offense and complained to their parents about the content of another students work.
- The teacher was called in for discipline
- The teacher resigned rather than face the school districts "review process"
I can't imagine too many things worse than having to read high school students thoughts on anything. Seriously who gives a rip about the "deep thoughts" of teenagers? What if it was your job to get a bunch of hormone addled kids to produce something that resembled English Literature? I get nauseous and cold chills thinking about it.
What is a teacher to do?
First, tell the kids that whatever garbage (and its all garbage, even the inoffensive stuff) that comes out will be accepted because its creative. "We won't judge you".
Second, promote every little brain dropping as "artistic" and "valuable" to the learning process.
Only then can the teacher move on to item number three. Try to come up with a writing assignment that the kids will or actually can do. Hopefully someone will learn something.
After spending the first half of the semester propagandizing the kids into thinking they have something to contribute and hopefully some instruction in the art of writing, they get a relatively benign assignment. Ok kid's, I want you take a fairy tale or legend and rewrite it in modern times.
What could happen?
The Three Little Pigs could end up in a industrialized farming facility where they never see the sun, before they end up as bacon. The chicken who crossed the road could be going to work at an organically run, environmentally sustainable egg farm. Little Red Riding Hood could get raped. Who knows how this turns out? Do the assignment in your head. Did you come up with anything interesting and/or worthwhile? Me either.
So some kid comes up with Jesus passing out pot to sick people. You told a high school kid to be creative. He was. Was it semi-blasphemous and offensive to anyone with a tad bit of respect towards Christianity? Yeah of course it is. So what?
Unlike Islam, where they have to cut off the head of anyone who isn't instantly adoring and accommodating to their religious peculiarities, the Christian Deity is able to take care of Himself. I don't speak for Jesus and He hasn't told me what His reaction to all this is, but I'm pretty sure He can fry or forgive as He sees best. If past performance is predictive of future actions, bet on forgive.
Back to the high school. A Christian kid is upset and does the "grown up" thing and runs to their parents who "address the issue". Fine and good. Equal expression is important and part of a public venue like a school. The long and short is the teacher quit. Over what we aren't told.
If the teacher bailed because they were sick of spending their day pursuing meaningless and thankless nonsense only to get bawled out by her supervisors when a kid actually did an assignment, I can understand. I sympathize even. Otherwise she should have stayed on at her job.
A student did the assignment. She should have defended herself by saying that she "tried to provide an assignment that was open enough to maximize creativity and demonstrate competency according to the goals outlined in the syllabus". That should have the end of that. It wasn't. I suspect there is a reason for that and it probably has to do with the philosophical bent of the teacher and her "educational agenda" as a change agent.
On its face however this whole situation is silly.