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You conflate a number of issues and assume an unwarranted superiority.
Your first paragraph means what, precisely ? How is it relevant to the conversation? It is just a posture, an attempt to declare moral superiority. Please understand what you are writing.
You assert that we are all spiritual beings and that may not be validly denied or discussed. There you state your values. The values of an oppressor. The values of a dictator. This is quite common among religions.
Mind is the construct of the body and brain awhile spirit is the creation of the mind. Spirit has no existence other that a usefully obscure term for how we feel about things. You disagree so you would deny my very existence, my "validity". How are you not a danger to people who do not think like you?
Why do I think people are "flocking" to ISIS (they are not but there are some)? Not because they are secular or atheist, that much is certain. Yes, religion is doing this. Not secularism and certainly not atheism. FWIW there are studies out there that show the secular and the atheist (separate things) to be least violent or primal of any other studied group.
If it were on my dollar I would have Atheism taught. On your dollar Christianity, on others, Hinduism, Jainism etc. ad nauseam. That is why the only fair and legitimate thing is that the public arena be secular. Anything else will always oppress someone.
Totally agree with you. Do the parents know what the children do at these classes ?? It is more like a Christian living class re; kindness to others, sharing with others, respecting others, having compassion for others, sharing love with others & helping others, they also may get a picture to colour in. What is soooooo bad about that ?. Some children do not get this at home.
As a female principal of a large complex secondary school I do not think the imbalance is due to anything sinister. I was appointed as a principal at the relatively young age of 37 and the principals of the surrounding secondary schools were all male. Both my supervisor and these local principals were male and they were all incredibly supportive of me. Post my appointment I have found it to be other females who have often been the people who have made my life difficult - including another female principal who conducted email conversations with members of my staff about my personal life. I get really tired of hearing people speak of the imbalance. In my experience, people are promoted as they are the best people for the job not because of their gender and that is exactly the way it should be.
The bigger issue in education at the moment is the horrendous abuse principals are subjected to without consequence both at work and via the Internet. Much of this abuse is totally unreasonable and based on lies designed to humiliate and break a person's confidence. It is this that will likely cause more females to walk away from the profession. I have been accused of being on a power trip because I expect certain standards at the school I work in. The Education Act actually states that a person should not direct offensive comments at a staff member in the presence of a student!! The implication is that it is fine to do this if a student is not present. Unbelievable.
Mike, are you really implying that females are limited by gender in their leadership?
Are you teaching female students and encouraging them to achieve the same that their male counterparts?
There are studies documenting the subtle discrimination that discourage girls to become engineers, such as the sons are giving precedence over their female siblings to use the family computer, the physics teacher asking male students first and ignoring the girls, and the IT teacher using boy's games to introduce programming. Only the most obstinate female students ignore all these signals and persist in doing an engineering degree.
It is ok for female teachers to opt out of being principals, but it would be good to know if there were steps that prevent them to apply or other reasons behind that behaviour. We are not aiming for 50/50 but for an even field for those that want to be principals or whatever role or profession they choose.
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