Teacher Suspended For Telling Student To Read Bible

There are 82 comments on the WFMY-TV Greensboro story from Jun 5, 2006, titled Teacher Suspended For Telling Student To Read Bible. In it, WFMY-TV Greensboro reports that:

A high school teacher was placed on indefinite administrative leave after admitting that he told a student to "just read your Bible." That's according to a letter in teacher John Fulkerson's personnel file ...

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aiki_mcr

San Francisco, CA

#41 Jul 11, 2006
MRS wrote:
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It's the damn lamps. If you just get rid of the lamps your wife might be able to enjoy the wrestling.
See, I think if it was just wrestling she might be okay with it.

It's the fourteen-year old flying across the room in one direction while the six-year old rolls off in another. Or sometimes it's me rolling or flying - all 200lbs of me.

Still, I think she's being unreasonable.
Mark from Idaho

Minneapolis, MN

#42 Jul 11, 2006
MRS wrote:
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What do you say to an angry 300-pound baked potato?
How about - "I've got 400 pounds of sour cream."
MRS

New Egypt, NJ

#43 Jul 11, 2006
aiki_mcr wrote:
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See, I think if it was just wrestling she might be okay with it.
It's the fourteen-year old flying across the room in one direction while the six-year old rolls off in another. Or sometimes it's me rolling or flying - all 200lbs of me.
Still, I think she's being unreasonable.
Maybe it's an insurance issue. Is everyone fully covered?
Reed

United States

#45 Jul 14, 2006
You people make me sick. First of all, religion is in NO way whatsoever connected to education. Religion has been removed from our schools... GOOD! How is it our children are going to learn to make their own decisions when todays parents are taking their own religions and shoving them down the throats of children who haven't even begun to understand the concept, let alone believe in something by choice. Second,it's a free country! If the guy was giving advice to the best of his ability, Leave The Man Alone! It wouldn't matter if it was the bible or the quran or some of L. Ron Hubbard's best work. The man was doing what he thought was best and what had obviously worked for him in the past, whether it be religion or anything else.
Mexican Hillbilly

Barnesville, OH

#46 Jul 14, 2006
Religion is very much a part of our society. It is all over the news! We should be able to let children have the opportunity to read about the various religions. I agree nobody should cram it down their throat. To totally ignore and hide a subject would be a crime. I wish I knew more about Muslim, Sunni, and Jewish religion so I could keep up with it in the news and understand why all the hatred. Knowledge is valuble no matter what subject.
MRS

Somerdale, NJ

#47 Jul 14, 2006
motormouth wrote:
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ok now we ar just plain sick of you
Perhaps you'll need some PetoBismal to keep you from up-chucking all over the forum?
MRS

Somerdale, NJ

#48 Jul 14, 2006
Mexican Hillbilly wrote:
Religion is very much a part of our society. It is all over the news! We should be able to let children have the opportunity to read about the various religions. I agree nobody should cram it down their throat. To totally ignore and hide a subject would be a crime. I wish I knew more about Muslim, Sunni, and Jewish religion so I could keep up with it in the news and understand why all the hatred. Knowledge is valuble no matter what subject.
That's a true statement. I wonder if we can rely on classroom teachers to explain the various religions without bias?
aiki_mcr

San Francisco, CA

#49 Jul 17, 2006
MRS wrote:
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Maybe it's an insurance issue. Is everyone fully covered?
Well, yes, we are. But I think you were on the right track with the lamps.

And the vases.

And the...
aiki_mcr

San Francisco, CA

#50 Jul 17, 2006
MRS wrote:
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That's a true statement. I wonder if we can rely on classroom teachers to explain the various religions without bias?
No. Anyone who claims to be "without bias" is lying.

But, being honest about your bias while still trying to present a balanced view is often good enough.

"Of course, I am a Christian so I prefer the bible, but the Quaran has these worthwhile things to say."

as opposed to:

"Just read the bible."

One of the many valuable things I've learned by being open to learning about religions besides my own is the ubiquitisness of the principle espoused by the golden rule. You pretty much can't escape it. I think there is an insight into human nature there. When related to my own religious beliefs, I start to see a pattern of universal truth.
MRS

Manville, NJ

#51 Jul 17, 2006
aiki_mcr wrote:
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No. Anyone who claims to be "without bias" is lying.
But, being honest about your bias while still trying to present a balanced view is often good enough.
"Of course, I am a Christian so I prefer the bible, but the Quaran has these worthwhile things to say."
as opposed to:
"Just read the bible."
One of the many valuable things I've learned by being open to learning about religions besides my own is the ubiquitisness of the principle espoused by the golden rule. You pretty much can't escape it. I think there is an insight into human nature there. When related to my own religious beliefs, I start to see a pattern of universal truth.
If only more people were open minded and took time to see other cultures as a way to learn. Peace.
MRS

Manville, NJ

#52 Jul 17, 2006
aiki_mcr wrote:
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Well, yes, we are. But I think you were on the right track with the lamps.
And the vases.
And the...
No broken bones yet? I hope.
Mommy of four

San Antonio, TX

#53 Jul 17, 2006
The love of God should be taught at home from an early age. I feel it has nothing to do with the school to educate OUR children about the Bible. We were taught at church and home and were allowed to pray in school. When you think you're going to fail a test I'll bet your thoughts are, "God, please let me pass."
Canada Lover

Athens, GA

#54 Aug 14, 2006
Some of you fail to see the actual point of being politically correct. It has nothing to do with him mentioning the bible that has a problem, it's where he says it. As a person of authority and influence, a teacher should not be supporting the practice of any religion. Why? Because kids are impressionable. His responsibility is to be objective, not subjective. Any person who suggests Koran is equally wrong. It is just not shunned because it is not a popular misstep. What teacher has ever said that? None that I know of, but it would still be wrong nonetheless.

If the teacher was Muslim for example, would anyone ever want him or her to cite the Koran. Of course. You would be appalled. The same thing can be said for the bible. Though more students are probably Christian than Muslim, the rule should apply equally. That is what America is about.

The moment a person blames a forward thinking source (ie ACLU, or Liberals) for the problem, you label yourself partially ignorant. While those members might be approaching the situation incorrectly, they're still trying to balance the system out. If I'm not mistaken, this entire country was founded on liberal minded individuals. Why do you think English Quakers came to America...for the freedom to do practice religion without persecution.
Canada Lover

Athens, GA

#55 Aug 14, 2006
I meant of course not in the second paragraph.
There IS NO WAY a teacher should ever be allowed to discuss religion in the lower grades. It just has too lasting an impact if he or she makes an error, specifically if he or she is of a specific faith.
The only time religion should be taught is the system we have now...the university. The reason is because students in college are bright enough (hopefully) to understand what is going on. My brother is an atheist and goes to Berkeley, a very liberal school, and yet, he is a religious studies major. He's interested in knowing. In that respect, religion in schools is healthy.
Rap

Brentwood, TN

#56 Aug 15, 2006
Mark from Idaho wrote:
<quoted text>He would have been applauded if he had said to read the Koran. It would have been seen as an example of how tolerant and open-minded he was! The government attacks anything that has to do with conservative traditional values or common sense. It supports anything that is completely wacked-out. Wonderful school system we have. No wonder kids are so screwed up.
All you people that's putting the Koran into this statement, proves how sick you really are. Your interpretation of the bible breeds contempt and prejusdice of the Koran, while really both books are merely revamped novels...
kristie2490

United States

#57 Aug 15, 2006
I used to know a John Faulkerson - He lived in Calhoun Ga! Is this the same guy? Havent seen him in nearly 10 years.
kristie2490

United States

#58 Aug 15, 2006
Michele Stephens wrote:
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This person does not have the whole facts! I have two kids that play for this coach, he is a believer and prays with the kids, I know b/c I am there! This alleged family is not handlng this biblically and is taking a child who is not respectful to teachers and making a false accusation regardng Coach Fulkerson. How can you persecute something you are??!!!
Ask him if he ever lived in Calhoun Ga...lol
kristie2490

United States

#59 Aug 17, 2006
Hello?? Anybody out there??
Mommy of four

Austin, TX

#60 Aug 17, 2006
kristie2490 wrote:
Hello?? Anybody out there??
All I can say about any one of you is when the time comes to stand before OUR Lord, you will be so ashamed you didn't want to learn more about His word.."if you are ashamed of me, then I will be ashamed of you." Hell fire is eternal and I have no plans to go there. I love the Lord God too much and people need to realize the end is near and had better start listening to His Word. It's a short ride to Hell but Heaven bound people work and learn for years to get to the Pearly Gates...
kristie2490

United States

#61 Aug 18, 2006
Mommy of four wrote:
<quoted text>All I can say about any one of you is when the time comes to stand before OUR Lord, you will be so ashamed you didn't want to learn more about His word.."if you are ashamed of me, then I will be ashamed of you." Hell fire is eternal and I have no plans to go there. I love the Lord God too much and people need to realize the end is near and had better start listening to His Word. It's a short ride to Hell but Heaven bound people work and learn for years to get to the Pearly Gates...
Uh......ok.....
I was just wondering if its the same guy that My husband and I were friends with years ago (we lost contact) What does God have to do with me asking that? I think its cool that he is a good christian man now! Geesh!

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