We trust that teachers have our children’s best interest at heart. What would you do if this were your child?
Most school systems, and certainly many members of the Teacher’s Union, state that they want schools to be places of learning for everyone. They want to avoid discriminating against race, religion, etc… If truth, many of these same educators state that they would prefer to keep religion out of schools altogether.
Surprisingly, instances of Islamic Propaganda pop up in schools that are self-proclaimed “equal opportunity” education facilities.
The father of a second-grader in the Cecil S. Collins School was alarmed to see references to hijabs and thawbs – clothing worn by religious Muslims –and a quote from the Quran included in a health and hygiene worksheet given to his daughter.
The worksheet included instruction about cleanliness and neatness not just of shoes and clothing but of a student’s hijab and thawb, an ankle-length robe-like garment worn by Muslim men, according to pictures sent to the Asbury Park Press by Barnegat father Chris Sharpe.
The sheet also included a reference to a Quran quote that read “Allah loves those who make themselves clean and pure.”
Take a look at some of the pictures from the worksheet:
The father of the little girl, Mr. Chris Sharpw, was upset and alarmed at what he was reading. Many of the other parents shared his view.
The school eventually apologized for the worksheet, and said that the teacher downloaded it without giving it a careful review.
Superintendent Karen Wood said Wednesday afternoon that she was not immediately prepared to make a statement on the matter. Sharpe said the teacher who distributed the worksheet wasn’t his daughter’s regular instructor.
Mr. Sharpe, and some of the other parents, were eventually satisfied with the school systems handling of the controversial scenario.
“Obviously you would hope that they were review everything a little bit more, but it happens,” he said. “I’m very happy to chalk it up as one of those things that just sort of happened.”
Is there a proper place for the teaching of Islam in schools, perhaps in history or social studies?
The issue is controversial, and the story above is not the first time that a parent has gotten upset and the material their child has been taught.
Another example, with a few counterarguments:
Tennessee Mom Freaks Out That Islam Is Taught In Social Studies
The fact that a Tennessee mom pulled her son out of a local elementary school last year is not deterring her from leading a silent protest at middle school this year after learning that seventh-graders would be taught about Islam in a social studies class, the Bristol Herald-Courier is reporting.
One viewer made the comment, “I was in grade 9 back in 1971. One of the classes we had was “World Religions”. We studied all the main ones, and visited a Mosque and a Hindu temple. That was 44 years ago, in a small town in rural Canada. There was NO outcry, no drama, no scandal. Nobody even batted an eye, and the town was 100% catholic. In fact, that World Religion class was taught by the local catholic priest!”
I think most of us prefer the teaching of history, social studies, and social sciences.
We just do not want indoctrination.