Back in the late 90s when I was teaching 3rd grade a student wanted to do his biography book report on Jesus. That was fine. No problem. Problem was that his dad was insistent that the "biography" of Jesus was the bible. That's where it became a problem. The dad really just wanted to make waves and was shut down. Find a grade appropriate biography on Jesus and you can do the report.
My thoughts on that are:
1. It's dumb to assign a topic of "what are your Christmas traditions" if you don't want to hear anything religious.
2. The school may be being overly cautious because as I mentioned before, the Supreme Court has ruled that students can pray/talk about religion/et cetera, the school just can't give the appearance of endorsing it.
3. I have some sympathy for the school in that that is a hard line to walk, especially with that age group. You never know what they are going to say, and their fellow students are probably more sensitive to it than, say, teens would be. This past summer T came home all freaked out and upset because apparently he told a kid at daycare that I don't believe in god and that kid told him all about how I'm going to burn forever in hell. He was terrified for me. I can see why a teacher of that age group would just want to avoid all religious talk altogether to avoid potential situations like that. I'm not saying they handled it correctly, but I can see where they might be coming from.
4. It's still way different from being mocked or called stupid.
5. I'm not saying that Christians are never mocked or called stupid, but seriously, they aren't a persecuted minority.
6. Again, it's funny tag at we have to talk about Mean Atheists when no atheists were involved in the OP.
Christianity is not contrary to science.
Atheism is a belief.
Of course Christians are berated for being "wrong" in the scientific community and yet many have made some of the most amazing scientific discoveries.. from Pastuer to Galileo and more.
Funny this is on our debate board.. did any of you catch the Nye/ Ham debate a few days ago? Nye unfortunately had some fallacy errors. But I was pleased it was broadcast.
ETA link -
from Toddler picture books to teen -
What's your point? If a 3rd grader wanted to do a report on Reagan I should allow them to use the 752-page college level biography because there is one written at the 3rd grade level? If a student brought in the former they would be told no.
It's been a while, but I don't remember finding the bible in the biography section. Is my library just weird that way?
there are Children's Level Bibles..
ETA-- just like there are biographies written on a Children's level there are Bibles written on a Children's level.