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Each week, LA Progressive’s editors pick what they regard as a particularly insightful comment from one of our readers, both to draw attention to one particular reader’s thoughts and to encourage more readers to weigh in with their opinions. This week’s pithy "Feedback Friday" response comes from Rosemary Jenkins, who commented on the article by Tom Hall, "Time to Get Religious about Reality.

I am a teacher by profession. The majority of my classes were English. For me, that meant teaching grammar, composition, and literature. I believe strongly that when literature is taught, it is important to include in the studies information and discussions on the historical background of the story and of the author. It is similarly important to teach the morals brought out in the reading.

Students need to know how to read between the lines, and teachers must not be fearful of quite openly pointing out and discussing the biases that authors often slip into their writings.

Challenging students to think about those themes also includes discussions about the religious point of view. I made sure that my students understood that what they read always has a point of view that may sometimes be tinged with subliminal negative passages dealing with equality, feminism, LGBTQIA, bullying, discrimination, and related matters. Students need to know how to read between the lines, and teachers must not be fearful of quite openly pointing out and discussing the biases that authors often slip into their writings.

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Similarly, teachers must be encouraged to teach values that America purports to be part of our foundation but are often discredited by those in leadership positions (political, media, authors of curriculum) that disguise their true goals which Tom Hall quite beautifully points out in his article.