Free speech not censored at Bret Harte

To the Editor:

Grayson Mobley’s idealistic and respectful challenge of a school policy is sincere, but misguided. He claims his free speech is denied by the school’s policy to separate fact from faith - it is not. He ably proved this by standing up at the board meeting to speak his faith. Good chutzpah Grayson!

Education requires focus on subject matter, so educators break up the day in periods devoted to different subjects. There is limited class time to cover the curriculum for each subject - so they make rules to stay on topic. Students aren’t allowed to express opinions about the 49ers injury report in Algebra class. Does that mean the football player’s free speech was denied?

The school’s policy is right. God has no place in a Science curriculum. Science doesn’t deny the existence of God, it can’t even define God. Science isn’t a question of faith, it is a process for how we reach unbiased conclusions based on knowable facts. Creationism is not scientific subject matter, as determined by the Federal Court in Kitzmiller v. Dover School District. Mr. Glasser, the attorney, who enabled the confrontation should know this, even if his clients can’t accept it.

I believe in free speech. This student isn’t being censored or stifled. The school allows our children to have intellectual debates in appropriate settings - he’s having one right now! We should all hope the adults supporting this young man don’t initiate expensive (and futile) litigation. Bret Harte Union School District should do what is right for our children’s education and keep the policy as it stands.

John H. Kramer, PhD

Vallecito, California

Worldwide Candle Lighting

To the Editor:

When a child dies in your family, the world changes, and you will never again be the same person. The loss of a child, no matter the age or circumstance, is truly one of life’s harshest blows.

Compassionate Friends, a self-help bereavement organization, created the Worldwide Candle Lighting. It is always held on the second Sunday in December which, this year is Sunday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m.. Each person lights a candle that burns for one hour.

Candles are first lit just west of the International Date Line and an hour later in the next time zone, eventually creating a 24 hour wave of light to remember all children who have died.

Roger and I invite you and your readers to light a candle on Sunday, the 10th, at 7 p.m. in remembrance of our children. Please add your flame to the wave of light around the world.

Kathy Francis