Religion in schools

The more perspicacious among our readers may have gathered that I am a public school teacher. I may just be among the smallest minorities in the profession: atheist, libertarian, Republican, skeptic.

The last of these in me was amused by an e-mail with which one colleague plagued the district today: an effort to sell a Salt Crystal Lamp:

I have new - in the box - never used - Himalayan Salt Crystal Lamp. These lamps release healthy negative ions to keep the air you breathe pollution free. They are also pretty.

Boy, am I glad she hasn't wasted any of those negative ions yet. I can use all the negative ions I can get, and as everyone knows, there's nothing more healthful than HIMALAYAN salt crystals. They are formed from the tears of dying sherpas, weeping with joy at thoughts of nirvana.

And did I mention that they are also pretty?

Knowing this about a colleague gives me all the more reason to oppose the intrusion of the personal and the ideological (in this case the idiotical?) in the classroom.

posted by Dennis on 09.08.08 at 02:11 PM


How do we know that the negative ions don't contribute to Global Warming?

And what does "never used" mean? Do they run out of ions after repeated use?

If you miss out on them at work, cheer up! They're also for sale at

Eric Scheie   ·  September 8, 2008 4:25 PM

That makes two of us, except for the schoolteacher part. Bring on those happily married lesbian parents with closets-full of assault rifles.

dr kill   ·  September 8, 2008 5:59 PM

Dennis said:

"I may just be among the smallest minorities in the profession: atheist, libertarian, Republican, skeptic."

That would make you one of the smallest minorities in virtually any group. I am also an evil-skeptical-atheist, and a classical liberal. I like to hear about others, in much the same way Jane Goodall likes to hear about undiscovered tribes of gorillas.

Second Opinion   ·  September 10, 2008 10:03 PM

Religion in schools is a form of child abuse. Let the parents do it and save the rest of the kids the agony.

terror byte   ·  September 11, 2008 8:22 AM

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