30 October 2015

A Teacher asks students a question about God, then tells them what their answer should be


Jordan Wooley is a 7th grade student at West Memorial Junior High School in Katy, Texas.
After receiving an assignment that made her uncomfortable, she chose to speak before the board of the Katy Independent School District:


"I was given an assignment in school that questioned my faith and told me that God was not real.
We were asked to take a poll to say whether God is fact, opinion or a myth and she told anyone who said fact or opinion was wrong and God was only a myth."
"Mythology", according to dictionary.com, is a fairly nuanced term:
"…a set of stories, traditions, or beliefs associated with a particular group or the history of an event, arising naturally or deliberately fostered."
A "myth", then, can be based in fact or fiction but the students may not have been aware of that definition, and the teacher may not have been using it, myth, as a colloquialism, implies a fictional base.
Several students were very upset by the assignment; some of them because any student who persisted in claiming that God is real faced a reduction in grades. Jordan continued:
"Another student asked the teacher if we could put what we believe in the paper, and she said we could … but you would fail the paper if you do.
I had known before that our schools aren't really supposed to teach us much about religion or question religion. When I asked my teacher about it she said it doesn't have anything to do with religion because the problem is just saying there is no God."
When Jordan was asked how the interaction made her feel, she responded:
"I felt like she was taking away my religion, what I believe is true."
The seventh-grader had previously challenged her school when they held no memorial on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, naming the day "National Make Your Bed Day" instead.
The school board has promised to look into the situation.



Source: Click2Houston

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