…the fact is, circumcision is in there. And it’s kind of important to the story of Abraham.
So question of the day: How do I mention it as a sign of the covenant…to middle schoolers who are fairly sheltered? Anyone have a way to explain it in vague and non-genitalia terms?
They’re in middle school. If you don’t say “penis” and “foreskin” then you’re doing them a disservice and teaching them that talking about genitalia is something that should be shamed.
Also: You’re the teacher. You set the tone and the expectation. ”Hey guys, we’re going to be talking about some serious material that requires your maturity. We’re covering grown up material, so I expect you to act like grown ups.”
I teach freshmen, and we covered circumcision in the Judaism/Christianity unit prior to reading some material over the Old Testament and New Testament. I was shocked at how no one explained medically what is WAS to them, even though it’s a common procedure beyond any religious significance. You explain it, and move on.
If you don’t make a big deal out of it, neither will that.
Gasp! Bigotry and Christianity? Who woulda thunk it!?
So the world’s “ending” well before 2012…
As the great Harry Doyle said, “I think I’ll wet my pants.”