Student says Texas teacher’s assignment questioned religious beliefs

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Brave girl stands up against Texas teacher who told students God is not real.

The family of a seventh grader at West Memorial Junior High school in Katy complained about the assignment to the school district. A young Texas girl is being praised for her courage and unyielding faith after she stood up against her teacher who kept insisting that God doesn’t exist.KATY, TX – A 12-year-old Katy ISD student and her mother took issue with an assignment presented to her seventh grade reading class, according to Houston television station KTRK.

Ever since a young man in Texas named Ahmed Mohamed put an old alarm clock in a pencil case and changed the world, we’ve been having a very valuable discussion about religious discrimination in schools. The Katy Independent School District apologized for the assignment on Wednesday, but couldn’t confirm the allegations the teacher told students to deny the existence of God. Her teacher slammed both, saying they were just “things that people were doing to get attention.” “I know that it wasn’t just me who was affected by it. To me there is a God.” “I think that the teacher crossed a serious line when she led impressionable minds to write there was no God…that God wasn’t real. My friend — she went home and she started crying,” Jordan said. “She was actually supposed to come with me (to testify) but she didn’t think she could.” “The principal determined that the classroom activity included an item that was unnecessary for achieving the instructional standard,” district officials said. “The teacher is distraught by this incident, as some commentary has gone as far as to vilify her without knowing her, her Christian faith, or the context of the classroom activity.”

The school principal immediately responded to the parents by informing them that she would investigate and meet with the teacher the following morning. She started … telling kids that they were completely wrong and when kids would argue, she would (tell) them we would get in trouble.” The girl told KHOU she wrote that God’s existence was both a fact and opinion. The activity, which was intended to encourage critical thinking skills and dialogue by engaging students in an exercise wherein they identified statements as fact, opinion, or common assertion was not intended to question or challenge any student’s religious beliefs as reported by some media outlets.

The school regrets any misconceptions that may have resulted from this teacher-developed classroom activity and assures its school community that the religious beliefs of all students and staff are welcomed and valued at Memorial Junior High.”

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