If it’s on the ballot, it’s in the classroom… It has to be. You can’t do a good social studies class without bringing this up right now.
Julie Blaha, teachers union president, Anoka-Hennepin District
Interesting article that looks at the debate around the marriage amendment that is taking place in schools all throughout Minnesota.
Some educators at public and private schools see the amendment as a prime teachable moment; others say hot-button issues might be best reserved for parents. By all accounts, students find the issue compelling.
“Students are more engaged by this issue than even the presidential election,” said Eric Erickson, a social studies teacher at St. Paul’s Como Park Senior High. “It’s something they can relate to. It’s about relationships.”
The article references the national media attention the Minnesota Archdiocese received for sending a priest and married couple into local schools to talk about the sanctity of marriage. The talks at DeLaSalle highlighted the fact that talking about marriage and amendments in highschools can be a dangerous thing for the Catholic Church as school-aged children are less likely to agree with what the presenters have to say.
Check out the full article on Twincities.com.