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Date: 2009-01-23 02:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
LOL. I scored in like the same vertical row, but one or two rows horizontally higher.

Of course, some of that is because they prepared their test badly :3 For instance, "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth" is a Jewish statement referring to paying for damages and was never meant to be taken literally, so of course I agree with that. But in a Christian society, the general belief is that it was taken literally (thus Jewish culture is so often seen as impossible to maintain and cruel).

Also, I frankly do think sex has gotten too open nowadays - I have first graders talking about lesbianism and third graders writing "Fuck you!" on notes in my after-school program. I didn't know about that crap until middle school and high school.

*shudders*. A few other things, but those were some of the biggest I noticed.

Date: 2009-01-23 05:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
wow. i didn't think sex has become to open, but i am not in your situtation, if i had to deal with 9 year olds telling me to "fuck you" i probably would have answered that differently.

i didn't know that about the eye-for-an-eye. interesting. you give me the most interesting facts!

Date: 2009-01-24 07:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The eye-for-an-eye thing has always really bothered me because if you go to any person who studies Torah - particularly Talmud (Oral Law) they'll tell you that the idea of a literal "eye for an eye, life for a life" type thing is ridiculous.

What they decided was that if the world was totally fair, things would be exchanged that way - you'd replace a tooth with a tooth, an eye with an eye, etc., etc.

But taking someone's eye for the eye they took couldn't possibly be fair - what if the person was blind in one eye. Then one eye wouldn't be worth a thing to them because it didn't work, and the other would be everything to them because it was all they had. So they decided it was referring to indemnity instead - paying for the damage you caused in sufficient value. And it's been that way for like, what, at least 2,000 years (Orthodox standpoint is that the Talmud and Torah were given at the same time at Mount Sinai -- so as far as they're concerned there was never a more sinister meaning intended. I'd say if it ever meant that literally, it would literally have been in Babylonian times).

And the sex thing at the school really bugs me. We've had kids flashing themselves, some third grade boy that was talking about masturbation with the other kids, kids that know what a lesbian is and then proceed to make fun of younger girls they don't like by calling them lesbians... Yeah, in my opinion, it's too much: elementary school kids can't handle that type of information. They're just completely incapable of being mature about sex and sexuality. Granted, the ability to be mature about that stuff never comes to some. But they downright abuse it when they're too fluent with it in elementary school.

At my last school of employment the sixth graders were having sex... So I've been of the opinion for a while that it's too open for too wide an age group. It's funny, because you would think we're awful about it because of the intolerance to a lot of sexual things, but the fact is, it's really easy for kids to get their hands on things that are merely sexual and not really educational - and it tends to be a highly abusable thing for them.


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