I was recently called as a youth SS teacher and I certainly appreciate this
article! I've been searching through all your articles written on SS this
year, and LOVE all the ideas!Thank you.
I agree with Fern. As long as the teacher asked the students what forum they
agree to use, and they were unianimous with Facebook, it is acceptable. Any
forum, anything, can be used for good or evil. FB is not inherently evil.
I've seen much good there.Thanks Stacie Duce for sharing your
experience! I love your ideas and how it's working out-it just sounds
great. I teach Primary and hope to get a few ideas, because some of the children
are growing up fast and I think having them participate with their own
experiences and assignments will compliment the lessons.
GeoMan, while I agree that class members shouldn't be coerced into using
Facebook, I think you are mistaken in considering that commercial enterprise to
be unlike, and worse than, "a normal website".Websites that
are exclusive enough to require a login, and certain requirements to guard
against exploitation, particularly of minors, are much better than those which
allow free access to all.Other than those safe-guarding features, I
find nothing in Facebook that is particularly exclusive, nor do I know what you
mean by saying that "access requires that one agree and share
information."True, a teacher should not presume so much as to
think that every class member has access to a computer or uses a cellphone--but
I would presume the teacher would find out about the members' normal uses
of any of these things, including Facebook, before asking anything of them like
Don't get me wrong, I don't think Facebook is intrinsically evil, but
it is a fad and a choice. I really tire of people presuming that everyone will
choose it. If the author had written that she was basing her class organization
around the wearing of Nike shoes or Jordache jeans (old examples since I have no
idea what is currently "in fashion") I think everyone would have been
outraged. Yet she thinks nothing of assuming that her class will be "on
Facebook." Facebook is an exclusive, private, commercial enterprise. It
isn't like a normal website and any and all have free access to. Access
requires that one agree and share information. In other words, it comes at a
price. For church members to assume others will be choosing (or worse, coercing
others) to patronize a specific exclusive, private, commercial enterprise is
quite simply WRONG.It is an assumption, or more correctl a presumption,
that people to often make. Just like talking on a mobile phone in a cinema, or
using a cell phone while driving, it is a modern social inovation that needs to
Interesting - I hope that you write more on this topic because I love to learn
how it is going. I teach in Primary, and am interested though in how this is
played out in the classes.
Sunday School journals? Is it just a notebook?