Thursday, September 10, 2015
Video - Parents Object After 7th-Graders Write 'Allah Is the Only God' in History Class
A new middle school curriculum being taught in some Tennessee classrooms is raising eyebrows.
This year, coursework mandated by the state includes the study of Islam.
One parent told Channel 4 she believes something is out of balance when students can’t say God or pray in school, but they can spend several weeks learning about Islam.
More than 20 pages of the seventh grade social studies textbook for the Franklin Special School District are devoted to studying Islam. That amounts to three weeks of instruction time in the classroom.
“In all of the homework my children have ever brought home, I have never seen the level of detail about other religions,” said Laura Jones, the mother of a middle school student. “I was completely speechless.”
Jones learned about the curriculum while helping her 12-year-old daughter with her homework. Her daughter attends Freedom Middle School.
“I don’t want to come off as anti-Islamic,” Jones said. “They should spend fair and equal time with all religions.”
The state adopted new standards for social studies last year requiring every seventh grader to learn about Islam. They will be tested on it during standardized testing, no exceptions.
State curriculum officials were not available for an interview on Tuesday but told Channel 4 this is the first year that Islam was concentrated in the seventh grade world history course.
Jones said she found the concentration concerning, especially considering the separation of church and state.
She said her daughter is expected to know the Five Pillars of Islam but not the Ten Commandments. Jones said it’s causing confusion in her Christian-oriented home.
“They are asking me, ‘Why are there two gods? Are there more than two gods? I thought there was only one God,’” Jones said. Read the full story here.