Another public school. Another prayer. Another administrator who thinks those two things belong together.
The only surprising thing is that this is happening in Auckland, New Zealand.
At the beginning of the day at Kelston Intermediate School, students recite karakia — a Maori prayer. The principal doesn’t see anything wrong with that:
Kelston Intermediate principal Phil Gordon said he had no idea some staff were unhappy with karakia in the classroom until contacted by the union representative.
Gordon said he reassured the union representative the karakia was a cultural component of school life and an expression of beliefs that reflected the Kelston community.
“I guess what they might have been inquiring about is the presence of karakia, etc, within school so we talked about what we’re doing is not a religious thing but a cultural thing.”
Staff and pupils were free to abstain, he insisted. “I think perhaps there has been a mismatch in understanding.”
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