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posted by [personal profile] azdak at 05:42am on 14/04/2011 under
My eldest daughter had her Latin exam yesterday. She has been complaining for a while that the passages they currently have to translate are all from the bible, and that this puts her at a disadvantage because she doesn't know any bible stories*. When I asked her how the exam had gone, she said, "Dreadful. We got that passage where Petrus sings a song about a chicken three times. What's that all about anyway?"

I can only hope the teacher is sufficiently entertained to give her a pass mark.


*This is what happens when you don't raise your child in any particular religious tradition, and then send them to a Catholic private school at the age of 15. Apart from smuggling passages from the bible into Latin classes, it's not an overtly religious education, and the children can opt to be given religious instruction in any faith. They are not, however, allowed to choose not to attend RE classes at all.**

**Unlike the European School that my daughter went to when we were living in England, where we were told by the po-faced RE teacher at the parents' information evening, "The children have the choice between Religion and Morality." We opted for Morality.
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posted by [personal profile] sara at 03:56am on 14/04/2011
When I asked her how the exam had gone, she said, "Dreadful. We got that passage where Petrus sings a song about a chicken three times. What's that all about anyway?"

*dies and is dead, unlike the protagonist in Petrus' story*

It's an oldie but a goodie.

(I was also raised areligious, and, rather to my parents' dismay, converted at 18, as did my younger brother several years later. They still aren't quite sure what to make of our "churchy stuff.")
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posted by [personal profile] azdak at 05:13am on 14/04/2011
I was also raised areligious, and, rather to my parents' dismay, converted at 18

It's a hazard of parenting, I suspect. My father was an Anglican priest and my sisters and I were dragged off to church every Sunday, with the result that none of us now has any sort of religious belief (although we do know our bible stories).
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posted by [personal profile] jest at 09:06am on 14/04/2011
"Dreadful. We got that passage where Petrus sings a song about a chicken three times. What's that all about anyway?"

I wasn't raised with any sort of religious tradition either... I need somebody to explain the joke.

Growing up, my school was supposed to be non-religious but because it was a rural area and every single other pupil had Christian parents, we had a Christmas pageant etc. It was a very baffling first year for me. Eventually my mother told me that the Jesus Son of God thing was like Santa, even though the whole story sounded unlikely to me, the other children would just get upset if I shared my doubts... and people wonder why I was such a quiet child. *g*
Edited Date: 2011-04-14 09:08 am (UTC)
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posted by [personal profile] azdak at 09:29am on 14/04/2011
The joke is the dreadfulness of her Latin. What actually happens in the passage in question is that just before Jesus is arrested he tells Peter that Peter will deny him three times before the cock crows. Peter is all no way, I'd never do that, but after the arrest the Roman soldiers ask him three times if he knows this Jesus bloke, and he says, no, no, never heard of him. And then the cock crows and he realises what he's done and that Jesus knew all along and he feels just terrible.

I don't know which Latin word she mistook for "song", but not knowing any bible stories, she had no context to tell her she was barking up entirely the wrong tree.

Neither of my kids has ever had any trouble coping with the meaning of Christmas (presents!) or Easter (chocolate eggs!), but they're very vague on the details. It was never a problem in England, where I'm always more suprised to find that someone is a believer than otherwise, but primary school here in Austria is very Catholic, and I always knew when the little one had been smuggled into a Religious Education class (she was supposed to go into one of the parallel classes during that hour, but for logistical reasons this sometimes wasn't possible) because I'd catch her singing "Gods makes the rain," in the bath and get all cross and have to explain to her that even if they were taught this at school it didn't necessarily mean it was true.

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