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Tuesday, March 23, 2010.

“Faith in The Classroom” -- AVC to host roundtable discussion

The expression of religious faith within educational settings will be the focus of a roundtable discussion 7-10 p.m. March 31 in the Antelope Valley College Board Room, SSV 151, 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster.

A panel consisting of human resources staff, college faculty, high school teachers and clergy will talk about the legal, ethical and social boundaries of faith in educational settings.

The free public event is sponsored by the college’s Professional Development Committee.

Event sponsor Charles Hood offered an example of an issue that may emerge in a classroom of a public school or college: If a student asks a teacher what church he or she goes to (or even if that person attends a church or mosque at all), what should the teacher answer? 

“One should not be ashamed of one's expressions of faith yet one cannot inflict those views on students,” Hood said.  What and where are the boundaries, and do students have the same obligations as instructors? 

This event hopes to be broad, inclusive, and productive, as panelists share the puzzles and complexities of faith in secular institutions, according to Hood.

For more information call Hood at (661) 722-6300, ext. 6472.