Utah Online High School In Hot Water Over Abortion Question

Discussion in 'High School Education via Distance Learning' started by Neuhaus, Jun 3, 2016.

  1. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    The real abortion is the school's name.

    Electronic High School?

    Pick a famous name. Pick a geographic reference. "Electronic High School" is just lazy.
  2. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    All references, written or verbal, that don't 1001% agree with and normalize abortion on demand, MUST be suppressed.


    I'm personally ambivalent on the subject of abortion, but I really hate the track of suppressing free speech that doesn't dovetail with the progressive agenda that this country is rocketing down.
  3. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    I don't have particularly strong feelings one way or the other on the topic of abortion. I believe, as a matter of policy, that it is better to keep it legal and allow access to them. But that isn't a theological position.

    I also believe in allowing private schools the freedom to teach from whichever position they choose unless they are receiving government funding.

    What strikes me as unique in this case was that the hypothetical presented was incredibly specific and you couldn't possibly answer it "correctly" unless you knew the test writer's position on the subject. A Muslim, a Jew and a Buddhist can all answer the question "Where was Jesus born?" because, within the scope of religious studies, the answer is known. But ask that same group "Is Jesus the Son of God?" and it becomes a bit trickier. To the people answering the test? Maybe not. To the writer? Possibly. Will they be penalized for simply not sharing the religious beliefs of the test writer? This wasn't the Liberty University online high school program where the "correct" answer can be inferred by anyone reasonably familiar with the theology of the school. This is a private, non-sectarian high school.

    They pulled the question and apologized. Hopefully people will just move on.
  4. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

    I'm neutral on it. I think we live in a society today where people pretend to be tolerant of other's opinions but in reality many are totally intolerant and just waiting for the cue to kick and scream instead of discussing an issue rationally.

    I feel like we need questions like these in high schools. Kids need to be challenged more into making decisions and forming their own ideas on tough issues because that's what they'll have to do as adults.

    As an aside... Electronic High School? Really? C'mon.
  5. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef

    Isn't that where they rock down to? I think they take it higher. Oh.
  6. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    I want you to know that reading that didn't cause it to click. I had to read it out loud before my brain properly filed it. Then I choked on my coffee.

    I now have that song in my head, with the Electronic High School substitution, and I doubt I'll get it out any time soon.
  7. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    Agreed. And that's for both sides of this and many other social issues.

    I feel like questions like this are good but not on an objective exam. That implies there is only one right answer. In reality the decision to terminate a pregnancy involves many variables and is going to be colored or even solely driven by cultural and religious notions. I think it's good, and necessary, to have a discussion about those differences. I think it's wrong to try to impose one's beliefs upon another but I think an individual should have as much information as is available in making a decision, or even just forming an opinion, for themselves.

    I know, right? I found that much more questionable than the question kerfuffle.
  8. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  9. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

    I wondered about the possibility that it was an MC exam where it had more than one right answer? Unlikely, but having encountered a few I figured, maybe.
  10. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef

    Thank you Neuhaus. I often think you and I would enjoy having coffee together. ;)

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