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

tfitzpatrick Wrote: Oct 21, 2012 9:48 AM
Do these teachers have to attend these meetings? To me this would smack of promoting religion and last I checked most schools were vehemently opposed to "forcing" religion upon most people. Or is it only Christianity that can't be shown to students? Sounds awful hypocritical to me.
Rochesternative Wrote: Oct 21, 2012 12:18 PM
It IS hypocritical, but at the elementary level anyway it falls under "multicultural" education which is a HUGE push at the primary age. It makes TONS of sense (eyes rolling) since these little kids often don't know city, state, continent etc. but are expected to be thrilled by stories from foreign lands with all sorts of unpronounable names as they are learning to read.
Joycey Wrote: Oct 21, 2012 6:27 PM
We are becoming dumber and more dumber and most dumber.

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...