in the post below, i talked about blake being taught about pesticides and environmental issues in class. i loved the comments because no one really got nasty and it became a good discussion in there where i could learn from your persepectives, opinions, etc. someone brought up a good point that maybe the pesticide topic came from a science discussion. and viola, my question as to "how was this topic even brought up" has potentially been logically answered. thank you.
i guess i just fear that kids are being given only one side of certain topics... whatever side the teacher's personal opinion happens to be. and that is where my problem lies. i believe that certain things that are not facts, should not be presented as such. i believe that if you want to teach about something, you should give both sides- even if you don't believe in one of them. i think that is what is fair to the kids. give them all sides, and then let them decide. you should teach them to question and not just blindly follow and believe whatever they see and hear. it seems to me that people don't have a problem with others believing what they hear on tv and such, as long as they agree with them.
i wonder where facts get blurred into opinions? when does an opinion end, and a fact begin? i think so many people are caught up in how they feel about a topic, that they fail to see that most of what they think and believe are just opinions, and not actual facts. and that's okay, but just admit it. share what you think and why, but also say something about the other side and what they think. ugh.. i don't know.
i guess the whole thing just caught me offguard because of the way blake said it.. "such and such is BAD." it was weird. so then i was like, "well why is it bad? why do you think it's bad?" and it was just such a bold statement that i knew didn't come from his own mind. i knew someone else put it there... and maybe my only problem with it, was that it didn't come from me??? because in essence, isn't that what we (as parents) do everyday? shape our kids opinions on things, by how we personally feel about them? but i'm not also in a classroom environment, teaching 20 kids, where i'm supposed to be impartial. hell, are teachers supposed to be impartial?
see, this is why i hate myself sometimes. i see too many shades of gray and too many situations and exceptions and what if's and maybe's and ARRRRRGh.
i think my brain just exploded.