A Wiccan high priest named Elwood "Bunky" Bartlett is using his lottery winnings to open a school for witches. The Willow Springs Sanctuary in Maryland will teach Wicca, druidism, shamanism and money management. Bartlett was a full-time accountant before he won the $33 million Mega Millions jackpot. Um, if he can teach us how to win the lottery, we're so going to enroll! [AP]
My mom actually knows this gent - we're in Maryland, and she's respected member of the Pagan community here. They didn't get along too well (which isn't to disparage him in any way) but we were totally surprised to hear that Bunky had won the lotto.
Not all pagans - be they Wiccans, Druids (like Mom), shamans or whatever - are all fluffy-bunny-unicorn-worshiping-fairie-fluttering twinkies. There are actually serious members of society who follow these paths, in all walks of life. Not all of them believe they were Cleopatra in a past life either.
And money management will be an awesome skill for these children to learn, above and beyond the dire need for it in the personal responsibility realm. Our Grove (read: church) is an established non-profit religious organization recognized by the State of Maryland, owns property, takes donations, and has to manage its money just like any other church or business.
It is my sincerest hope, though, that Willow Springs is going to take the secular education of its students as seriously as I'm sure he's going to take their spiritual teaching. I am (idealistically, perhaps) in love with the concept of religious schools for those who walk different paths, that hold up to the same standards in education that Catholic schools have always been known for.
It's something I am definately going to look into further.