Texas student says assignment questioned religious beliefs

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

7th Graders Forced To Deny God Is Real Or Take Failing Grade [VIDEO].

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.

Jordan Wooley, a seventh grade student at West Memorial Junior High School, says it happened during a reading class assignment in which the students were to classify each of a list of statements as an “opinion,” a “factual claim,” or a “commonplace assertion.” One statement read “There is a God.” “She told anyone who said fact or opinion is wrong and that God is only a myth,” Jordan says in a statement to the school board. “She started telling kids that they were completely wrong and when kids would argue she had told them that we would get in trouble.” “When I tried to argue she told me to prove it and I tried to offer things such as the Bible and stories that I’ve read before from people who have died and went to Heaven, but have come back and told their stories.” “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. 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.

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.” MEXICO CITY — Mexican prosecutors say they have carried out search warrants in three states and seized 11 small planes in the search for escaped drug lord Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman. The attorney general’s office said Tuesday that properties in Guzman’s home state of Sinaloa had been searched, along with buildings in the State of Mexico and Puebla, near Mexico City. The school principal immediately responded to the parents by informing them that she would investigate and meet with the teacher the following morning. Authorities said recently they had located Guzman, who used an elaborately built tunnel to bust out of prison in July, in a mountainous area that stretches from Sinaloa into neighboring Durango state, and that he was wounded while getting away from them. 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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