Saturday, October 02, 2004

interesting quote

Found this in the .sig on a contriubtion to a discussion list, thought it was worthy of note.

"I am convinced that the battle for humankind's future must be waged and won
in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role
as the proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity that recognizes
and respects the spark of what theologians call divinity in every human
being. Thess [sic] teachers must embody the same selfless dedication as the
most rabid fundamentalist preachers, for they will be ministers of another
sort, utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist values in
whatever subject they teach, regardless of the educational level --
preschool day care or large state university. The classroom must and will
become an arena of conflict between the old and the new -- the rotting
corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and
the new faith of humanism." John Dunphy, "A Religion for a New Age,"
Humanist, January-February 1983, p. 26