An English teacher had an essay project for students that was historical in nature. The teacher told the kid he would have a hard time getting legitimate source material for a historical Jesus and didn't think this was a good idea. This is partially true for a seventh grade student to be sure.
The very devout Christian teachers were offended, and there was an interesting conversation in the lunch room (I came in late sadly). This time I sided with the devout Christians. Jesus - from a historical perspective - is a legitimate subject. As a teacher I would allow it as long as it fit in with the paradigm of the project. Furthermore, I would help the kid research the historical perspective as Jesus, and Christianity, are obvious legitimate cultural and historical subjects (to say the least). That is the point I made to the butt hurt Christians in the room, who to their credit, never went over the line in what should be taught, only that they were annoyed that a religious figure was denied outright because of a bias.
An aside.... the teacher in question was raised by his mom and partner. The mom later died and the partner didn't get custody, leaving him to be raised in a less than ideal situation with devout family who were not very kind to the memory of his mother, nor him. To the credit of the devout teachers, -though a couple gave the "look" of disapproval - none said anything specifically.
This thread may cover too much but are there any opinions or observations?