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SDA education, the pros and cons–part 1

Well, we’re a month into the school year and I’m having my first misgivings about The Goose attending an SDA school.

Background: my husband was “raised” SDA but does not actively practice (thank God–pun intended 😉 ). About half of his family does not only actively practice, they are very active members of both the church and the school (things like helping run the PTA, teaching Sabbath school, etc.). I do not practice SDA, I will never practice SDA, and am, in fact, not really a fan of any organized religion. To set the record straight, however, I DO BELIEVE IN GOD.

You’re getting ready to ask me why I’m sending my kid to an SDA school, and there’s 1 main reason: public education in America sucks! But I digress. That’s actually a different post.

Back to The Goose. He came home Friday from school, bubbling with questions and eager to tell me about his day. The conversation went something like this:

Goose: “Mommy, why if you don’t have food or something to drink you’ll die?”

Mommy: “Because you’re body needs food and drink. That’s what makes our bodies work.”

Goose: “Because that’s how God made us?”

Mommy: “Yep, that’s how God made us.” [I don’t discourage Christian teachings to an extent–remember, I do believe in God]

Goose: “But why would he make us die without food or something to drink” [the kid’s too smart for his own good]

Mommy: “Honey, why are you asking me about this? You’re not going to die. We have plenty of food and water.” [me, trying to change the subject]

Goose: “In chapel today, they showed us pictures on the TV, while a man on the stage with a microphone told us stories. One of the pictures was a little boy, and the man said he was dying because he didn’t have enough to eat and drink.”

Mommy: “Really. Are you sure that’s what the man said?” [Ok, what the hell are they trying to teach my son?]

Goose: “Uh-huh. He also showed us a picture of a person with no arms and he said Satan had cut them off.”

Mommy: “Interesting. Honey, Satan didn’t cut off anyone’s arms. I’m sure it was just a story. Why don’t you go in and start a movie…” […while I call the school and see what the f*** is up…]

After more discussion with his cousin who was in chapel as well, she did confirm the baby/dying pic, but couldn’t confirm, nor deny the Satan-cutting-off-limbs story. I guess I’ll be calling the teacher tomorrow. I don’t care what religion you are, it is never acceptable to show these types of pictures to children. Hell, it’s not always acceptable to show these pictures to adults.

To be continued…


3 responses to “SDA education, the pros and cons–part 1

  1. Jesus Christ! (pun intended) I am not for SDA now. If I ever have kids I don’t think I want them to go there. It sounds so warped! I’m not a fan of organized religion and this is one of the many reasons why I don’t. Wow…

  2. Lynnette ⋅

    Just to give you another perspective – I grew up in the Adventist church – went to 6 years of SDA elementary school and have to say that my experience was positive. Into adulthood, I’ve made other choices and am now a non-denominational Christian. I can tell you that the view that your son heard could have come from any Christian church – Adventist or otherwise. Unfortunately, many Christian denominations see any negative thing in your life as punishment from God or evidence that you’re possessed by the devil instead of putting their focus on God’s grace and love – not good.
    I just wanted to say that you shouldn’t malign the Adventist church particularly for this when this is unfortunately a perspective held by many people in several different churches and is not necessarily a precept of the denomination. People interpret things differently and some of those people unfortunately get in front of kids as teachers.
    My experience was very positive and laid a strong foundation for my relationship with God. I guess you just have to be able to cut through the BS both as a parent for your children in Christian education as well as an individual as you grow in Christ.

  3. No Stick Figures ⋅

    @ Miss Caught Up: If it weren’t for the dismal state US public education is in, I would never PAY to send my son to a private, Christian school. Things being what they are, however, this is the choice I have to make for his best chance at a good education. (I’m fortunate, however, as his great-grandmother is footing the bill–this year, at least).

    @ Lynnette: I’m not anti-SDA. I’m kind of anti-organized religion. I did get more info: it seems that chapel on that Friday was combined–students from kindergarten to 8th grade. The Goose’s teacher received several other complaints regarding the content of the service and she is sending our request to go back to a split chapel–k-3 first, then 4-8. We’ll see what happens. Today’s chapel was uneventful–the Goose serenaded me with Jesus songs all the way home.

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