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Minnesota Schools Close So Teachers Can Play with Dolls, Learn About Teaching Islam

csand Wrote: Oct 20, 2012 5:09 PM
SINCE WHEN ARE PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS PERMITTED TO TEACH RELIGION.?? WOW, I WAS A TEACHER AND I WOULD NOT BE QUALIFIED TO TEACH RELIGION , SO MY ADVISE TO TEACHERS IS STAY OUT OF IT, UNLESS YOU WANT SERIOUS PROBLEMS FROM PARENTS. TEACHERS ARE POORLY QUALIFIED TO TEACH SCIENCE AND MATH, AND YOU ARE EXPECTING PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO TEACH RELIGION. GIVE ME A BREAK. UNIONS ARE IN CONTROL OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM IN U.S.A. . . CALIFORNIA IS AT T HE BOTTOM.

Each year, Minnesota government schools close for two days (just before the weekend, of course) so teachers’ union members can gather at a conference organized by their union.

It’s meant to “inspire teachers,” EAGnews.org reported, and the conference includes a session titled, “Using Persona Dolls to Promote Social Emotional Intelligence and Acceptance of Diversity.”

The union describes it this way: “Used around the world, persona dolls are lifelike dolls with personalities and stories you create. The dolls become members of your classroom community and children learn by empathizing with the dolls and giving them heartfelt advice on the same...