Of course you’re not surprised. But Joe Burks, a former assistant superintendent for Jefferson County Public Schools, is begging JCPS teachers to come to his “educational seminar” focused on sneaking his perverse brand of Christianity into their lesson plans:
Every day, more than 100,000 students attend public schools in Louisville and Southern Indiana.
Retired Jefferson County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Joe Burks believes that teachers, principals and support staff have a powerful impact on students. He’s seen it time and time again in 37 years of teaching and leading within the public school system.
“The next generation is sitting in desks right now all over the community,” he said. “Public school may be the largest mission field we have, yet many Christian teachers have begun to lose their passion, calling and courage to be local missionaries. Cultural challenges, legal precedents and unclear guidelines have discouraged, confused and isolated teachers, diminishing their Christian witness.”
Burks will join some fellow Southeast Christian Church educators to spearhead a new initiative to change that.
On May 9, a kickoff event for Louisville Area Christian Educator Support (LACES) will be held at the Gheens Academy Durrett Auditorium on Preston Highway with keynote speaker retired Southeast Senior Minister Bob Russell.
The one-hour event is designed to encourage Christian educators, provide information about religious rights, instructional strategies and support.
Burks believes it will be the beginning of a network of Christian educators that will transform outreach in schools and unify Christian teachers.
The Southeast page goes on:
The goal is to energize Christian educators to become modern-day Daniels in their secular world, working within the system,” Burks said. “At the kickoff, we’ll begin to clarify what educators can and cannot do.”
Another organizer, Southern High School Principal Bryce Hibbard has seen the influence of a single teacher.
“A student told me that when he was a sophomore in high school, he didn’t know God as his parents didn’t go to church,” Hibbard said. “But in high school, the social studies teacher asked ‘How do you think God put the world together?’ as they looked at a map of the world. That question planted a seed. In college, that student decided to follow Christ and now pastors a church. That one question was the beginning of serious thought about God.”
Hibbard said Christian educators often believe they can say nothing.
“We’ve allowed the world to silence us,” he said. “They’ve convinced us that we can’t do anything. We can do far more than people realize. We have so many kids walk through the door with no hope. We must teach them biology and math, but as Christian educators, we’re also called to be salt and light.”
In planning LACES, Burks has been meeting with JCPS principals who are former colleagues: Hibbard, Ballard Principal Jim Jury, Fern Creek Principal Houston Barber and Iroquois Principal Chris Perkins.
If Donna Hargens had any guts, she’d be chapping ass left and right. And she most certainly wouldn’t allow Gheens Academy to be used for this violation of the separation between church and state.
It’s one thing to have religious beliefs. It’s another to attempt to force them on students in the public school system regardless of whatever religion you have decided to subscribe to.
Note: We’re running this story merely because some folks affiliated with the JCTA asked us not to.