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In the days before three Montgomery County kindergarten classes were slated to go on a field trip to the Be With Me Playseum, an indoor play space in Bethesda, the organization's staff prepared for what they hoped would be the first of many visits.
Then, without warning, Westbrook Elementary School, which all four of Seebachan's children have attended, canceled the trip.

All because, Seebachan says, she mentions God on the Playseum Web site. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  May 18, 2010; 11:57 AM ET  | Category:  Local Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I am so tickled that someone has enough love to give the children in Baltimore a
save, caring, and encouraging environment.
Why can't a person of faith be connected
to people's lives? Why the hate for Ms.
Seebachan.
Merci Martin
teacher, S.F. California

Posted by: earthbaby1 | May 18, 2010 6:14 PM

If you read the actual story, you'll see that there was a concern that Seebachan was secretly proselytizing to kids. That concern was legitimate, but was overshadowed by the ugliness and lies of a few parents. Most likely, Seebachan was not proselytizing anywhere except her website, and there only vaguely.

But if she was teaching her version of fundamentalist xtianity to kids (without mentioning this to parents), that would be wrong in so ways it's hard to know where to begin. Her environment would no longer be "safe, caring and encouraging" at all.

I have a feeling that, as a teacher, you should already understand this. Do you have a problem with the fact that teachers can't preach to kids?

Posted by: bigbrother1 | May 19, 2010 10:55 AM

Sometimes the proselytizing part of Christian's life will inadvertently spill just a tiny bit into their work and sometimes the Christian is trying to secretly proselytize under the radar. This appears to be the former. That part of the story doesn't seem like a big deal to me. I would not have pulled my kids out, but public school teachers have a different set of responsibilities. Fine.

The toxic response to this situation is, sadly, typical of the online world and has been for decades; flaming character assassination behind the anonymity of a computer.

Birth, marriage and death are the only three times you want your name to appear in the newspaper (or on WashingtonPost.com)

Posted by: whiteoak999 | May 19, 2010 4:38 PM

I stumbled onto the Playseum when I was headed for Staples on Wisconson Ave. The clever logo and name "Playseum" got me curious so I went in for a peek...Wow! I wish I had kids that age to bring..in fact I might borrow a few from my friends..The environment was so inviting I walked through each of the staged playrooms and the freestyle room where we could just hangout and people watch. I was awestruck! As a former teacher, it brings me great joy to see a place like The Playseum where with intention parents can spend quality time with there children. From the coin operated telephone, remember those?.. to the live animals, bunnies when I was there, it makes me smile even now as I visualize the place weeks later....I can't imagine the time that went into all those handmade items that resemble everyday "stuff" children get to play with but it all looks very realistic! Enough variety that will make regular visits a must I would think..Great job! Can't wait to see what they do around the holidays. I love the video one mom posted on the web of the play-date with her daughter at The Playseum featured on:
http://www.onetruemedia.com/otm_site/view_shared?p=a86b288f4bb231b3a273ad&skin_id=701
Moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, babysitters, friends and all those who want to spend a great time with the children this looks like the place to be...

PS..I'm not sure the queston about mixing God with our playdate would apply to me. My right to choose on this topic no matter whats offered where ever I am in this country is my own...For others who choose differently I nod with respect. Democracy..its a great thing!

Posted by: katesimonds | May 21, 2010 1:00 PM

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