Tennessee parents are voicing their concerns about a middle school history assignment in which students were asked to write “Allah is the only God.”
Brandee Porterfield joined “Fox and Friends” this morning, saying she has no problem with her seventh-grade daughter learning about Islam as part of world history, but believes time should also be devoted to Christianity.
“They did this assignment where they wrote out the Five Pillars of Islam, including having the children learn and write the Shahada, which is the Islamic conversion creed,” she explained.
Porterfield said she spoke with the Spring Hill Middle School teacher and principal, who said there would not be similar lessons on Christianity and Judaism. We believe in our cumulative 60 plus years of education planning, designing, and implementation that this is certainly an error.
She said she reviewed the state standards and there are upcoming lessons on Hinduism and Buddhism. The teacher is allowed to make time in what she feels is necessary up to the much misaligned state standards. Aspects of material, depth of subject, and how a teacher lays out their lesson plans carries a great deal of importance. Our question remains: Why at such an early age in curriculum are these teachers and subsequently students studying the fundamental religions of the world in a World History class.
Unlike the lessons on Islam, however, Porterfield said students would not be expected to memorize a creed dealing with those religions. This was indeed our prompt of then why are they being exposed to it? In fact the time and energy devoted to teaching a creed without some measure of assessment could in fact be the necessary time for the students to be exposed to a Judeo-Christian teachable moment.
Let’s not get bent out of shape with this poor teaching and scheduling arrangements. One need not bring politics into play when we have all experienced far too much of its unhealthiness.
Maury County Director of Schools Chris Marczak issued the following statement on the curriculum:
Marczak disputes that the school is emphasizing one religion over another or trying to “indoctrinate” students.