It is rather hard to be a teacher these days teaching history and dealing with political correctness amongst the students who come from various families with different religious backgrounds. It gets even worse when you are trying to teach evolution, or scientific method amongst very devout religious children, as they have been brought up with religion due to their parents and culture.
As a teacher it’s important not to get fired over making religious statements in the classroom, whether they are for religion, or against it. Also a teacher must keep their religious thoughts to themselves when objectively teaching. This is very hard to do however it is important if we are to be consistent in our education system.
This is why it pays to have excellent teacher aides and visual teaching tools. If you have an overhead projector that allows you to play DVDs in your classroom, I would recommend that you teach religious history using pre-created special programming. There is a DVD which I recently watched, which did a wonderful job in teaching the history of the holy land in the Middle East. This is a DVD which I do own in my personal library and the name of this product is;
“Secrets of the Holy Land – 5000 Years of Magnificent Wonders,” distributed by Questar, Chicago, IL, (2006), 111 minutes, ASIN: B000FS2W90.
The visuals are absolutely excellent in every regard, and they are fair to all the religions; Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. They explain the history of the holy land, and the modern remnants and landmarks. It is a great refresher course for anyone who perhaps may be going to visit this region of our world, and it is most excellent for children, as it is easy to follow and understand as it puts forth the history in a story like presentation.
As a teacher, there is no sense in re-creating the wheel or risking getting yourself into trouble teaching something that is too close to the boundary lines. Luckily, this DVD comes in a series with eight other DVDs surrounding ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. It is excellent for a teacher who teaches ancient history, and we all know you cannot teach ancient history without mentioning religion. Human superstition was alive back then, as much, even more than it is today.
Indeed I hope you will follow my advice here today, and think on it. It is getting harder every day to be a great teacher, without getting yourself landed in hot water by the politically correct crowd. If you have any comments, concerns, or questions you may feel free to e-mail me. Think on it.
Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank. Lance Winslow believes writing 22,700 articles was a lot of work – because all the letters on his keyboard are now worn off.