Classroom application

29 Nov

So how does the Westboro Church fit into classroom environments?

Being a math major doesn’t allow for a lot of moral lessons. When teaching a class in high school math, or atleast my personal experince, was that you would walk in, the teacher would lecture til maybe 5 minutes before the hour was over and then would assign homework. Or maybe even the teacher would spend sometime going over the previous nights homework. This isn’t really a subject area where one has to think something through in there head with what is happening. To do math there is a set way, and isn’t something that you to pull out main ideas or themes from or that you can believe or disbelieve happened. In math, and basically only in math you can claim something but you have to be able to prove it. In almost any other topic you can throw something out there, an idea or what not, and as long as it seems plausible and you can back it up then you can usually get away with it.

Most teachers would simply use the text book that there school has and tell the student to do this number, but most of the main people or ideal households in these problems are based on what the “normal” ideal view would be, such as a heterosexual couple or a family with a male who works and the children stay home with there mom all day. In my classroom when I assign homework, I would like to assign problems that I made up myself, that look similar to what the book has. In these examples I would throw out ideas that my students may or may not be used to such as a stay at home dad or a gay couple. My idea is that if you get children used to these ideas then it is something that they are more comfortable with and more comfortable talking about.

I feel that having the older students more comfortable talking about sexuality or about roles in a family would maybe open childrens minds to what is acceptable. I know from the way that all high school students are that there would be a discussion started about these subject matters at some point. There are always kids in a high school that like to make comments like “shut up and make me a sandwich” or “fag” which are highly inappropriate. These subjects would be something that would be worth stopping a class and dicussing, with what personal beliefs are and how a child is raised.

I would then think into connecting the Westboro Baptist Church, and how this church takes things a little out of control. The way that they put there own members at risk when they are out picketing, and the way they kick there own daughter out of the family based on there beliefs would be a , extreme, example of what happens when people take there views and express them in a very unprofessional and uncaring way.


3 Responses to “Classroom application”

  1. elizabethjane7 December 3, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    I’m a little confused about your lesson plan? Are you showing your class snippets of the Westboro Church attack on homosexuals? How would you plan to initiate and facilitate a conversation, dialoge, or worksheet for your students to think through the stereotypes? Is there a classroom activity you could create for students to gain a comprehension of how it feels to be discriminated against for being homosexual. For example, if you started your lesson by asking the whole class if they came out to their parents about being straight yet. I think your off to a good start, but might need more detail!

    • katrinablevins December 3, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

      Thanks EJ! I really appreciate your input, I did this before we went over it in class so today I am going back over it. Thanks you for supporting what I started with glad to know I was somewhat smally on the right track.

  2. morayjam December 4, 2011 at 3:07 am #

    Yes, I can imagine tying Westboro Baptist Church into a math equation would probably end up looking like a bad joke. Seizing an opportunity to discuss something like that with you students is much easier than creating one that would have little, or at least transparent, ties to your teaching material. I think the best approach is to always have an open mind and encourage your students to do so at every chance they have.

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