Texas student says class assignment forced denial of God’s existence

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

KATY, Texas — A suburban Houston junior high school student and her family have complained about an assignment that they say questioned students’ religious beliefs. 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.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.

Officials for the Katy Independent School District apologized for the writing assignment Wednesday (Oct. 28), but said they could not confirm allegations the teacher told students to deny the existence of God. Jordan Wooley, a seventh grader at West Memorial Junior High in Katy, calmly testified at a school district hearing Tuesday after a bizarre reading assignment asked the class to say God wasn’t real and left several students in tears. “Today I was given an assignment in school that questioned my faith and told me that God was not real,” she says at the podium, addressing eight members of the panel. “We were asked to take a poll to say whether God is fact, opinion or a myth.” “When kids would argue, she told them that we would get in trouble,” the little girl said during her 5-minute testimony. “When I tried to argue, she told me to prove it.” Jordan cited the Bible and stories about people coming back from Heaven.

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. The school issued a statement, defending the assignment saying it was intended to encourage, “critical thinking skills and dialogue was not intended to question or challenge any student’s religious beliefs.” 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.

District officials interviewed several students besides the girl who spoke out, but couldn’t confirm her claims the teacher was trying to force students to question their faith, Frailey said. 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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