February 21, 2007

At least this test-preparation didn't steal instructional time...

According to the St. Pete Times blog The Gradebook, a small-town Florida elementary principal and several of her teachers prayed for student success the Friday evening before the state writing test early this month.

Then they anointed student desks with prayer oil.

Apart from the church-state issues involved—praying for your students on your own time is constitutionally protected, but I suspect that distributing prayer oil on the desks of students who are from different religions or no religion isn't—I know plenty of Catholic educators who believe in the power of prayer but don't think that prayer is a substitute for instruction.

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Posted in Accountability Frankenstein on February 21, 2007 7:25 PM |