Principal seeks prayer for school woes | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Principal seeks prayer for school woes

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 6:13 AM

Also noted in mail this morning is an article from the Fort Smith newspaper:

In a handwritten letter this month, Van Buren High School Principal Becky Guthrie asked 20 high school employees to become prayer warriors with her to resolve the crises at the school.

The problems include staff illnesses and "discouraged spirits and personal struggles."

At first blush, I'd say anybody is free to communicate privately with others in any way they choose, short of criminal behavior. However, a person in a position of authority in a public institution probably should give some thought to how messages might be received by subordinates. My correspondent says many teachers at the school attend the same church as the principal, so she perhaps had a level of comfort about urging religious exercises. (The leak of the letter suggests at least one recipient had an objection.) My correspondent also mentioned hearing of after-hours Bible classes at the school. Public schools can be settings for private groups pursuing all sorts of interests, including Bible study, as long as access is granted equally — free thinkers and Bible believers and Muslims and druids and Wiccans and all. I'm sure if Van Buren does open its public schools to Bible classes it would open them to Koran study as well. Right?

Tags: , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (15)

Showing 1-15 of 15

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-15 of 15

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • Conflicts of interest in the legislatures

    The Center for Public Integrity and the Associated Press collaborated for a project aimed at highlighting state legislators whose lawmaking might be affected by private business interests.
  • Industrial hemp pilot program coming soon to Arkansas

    One of the booths at this week's Ark-La-Tex Medical Cannabis Expo was hosted by the Arkansas Hemp Association, a trade group founded to promote and expand non-intoxicating industrial hemp as an agricultural crop in the state. AHA Vice President Jeremy Fisher said the first licenses to grow experimental plots of hemp in the state should be issued by the Arkansas State Plant Board next spring.
  • Cats and dogs

    I've always been leery of people who dislike animals. To my wife and me, a house without dog hair in the corners and a cat perched on the windowsill is as barren as a highway rest stop. We're down to three dogs and two cats, the smallest menagerie we've had for years.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation