Middle Schoolers Assigned to Write 'Allah Is The Only God'

Middle Schoolers Assigned to Write 'Allah Is The Only God'

Middle Schoolers Assigned to Write 'Allah Is The Only God'

arents at a middle school in Spring Hill, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville, are upset that their children have spent three weeks studying Islam and were assigned to write the Shahada profession of the Islamic faith: "Allah is the only god." Making the situation worse, parents said the teacher skipped over the section on Christianity.

Though the parents understand that a thorough study of history will undoubtedly cover religions from all over the world, they don't understand why so much time is being spent on this one. Plus, the class is delving into learning the specifics of the Five Pillars of Islam and thus causing parents to wonder if that constitutes teaching religion in schools.

“From a religion point of view, if the schools are going to be teaching religion in history, they need to teach them all equally," parent Brandee Porterfield told The Columbia Daily Herald. "For them to spend three weeks on Islam after having skipped Christianity, it seems to be that they are making a choice about which religion to discuss.” 

Another parent, Joy Ellis, said she was aware her child was studying Islam but as far as having to write the Shahada, she said, "To me, a Christian child should not be made to write that."

“I honestly don’t want my child learning about Islam at all, but if they’ve got to learn about it, I would like for them to learn about the historical aspects of it and definitely nothing about the religion. I don’t want her writing ‘Allah is the only god,’” Ellis added.

But according to school officials, the class is just following Tennessee state standards adopted by Gov. Bill Haslem. Though he signed a bill against Common Core in May, the new TN Core standards are said to be very similar to the controversial curriculum.

The middle school supervisor for Maury County Public Schools Dr. Jan Hanvey stated that these topics have been covered in the area schools for 31 years and said that the three weeks of study doesn't only focus on the religion but the culture, economics, geography and government around the religion. She assures that only one day is spent talking about Islam and students will also get to Buddhism and Hinduism later on.

Hanvey also stated that the chapter on Christianity wasn't skipped intentionally, but put off for another time, when the history class will study America and the Age of Exploration.

 

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