Helping your kids with their homework can be challenging at times. It seems like the schools are always changing how they do things or even what the kids will be studying. What you do not expect to change is things like religion staying out of the classroom. Typically most public schools understand the separation of church and state. This is not the case though in some classes in Texas as Muslim studies creep into the curriculum.
Parent Samantha Wilburn made a disturbing discovery recently when trying to help her daughter with her homework. As a middle-school-aged student in Groesbeck School District, the daughter was forced to complete history assignments on the religion of Islam. According to Wilburn:
“It was on her laptop and she was reading about the Quran and my husband saw her and asked her what she was reading and we happened to look at the paper and that’s how we found it.”
The parents were not given a choice about bringing this religious text into the classroom. They were also never given notice that the “history” class was to include direct teachings of the Koran. The student assignments went well beyond a history lesson as the second part of the unit asked students to list the five tenets of Islam that were required for salvation. This was very much a religious exercise and not history.
As Wilburn went on to share:
“It’s just they’ve taken God and other things out of the schools but yet they’re going to push this in there secretly to me and I don’t think it’s right.”…
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