Teacher Tells Student God Doesn't Exist

Look, I get separation of church and state, and I believe that religion should not be taught as fact by public school teachers. I also don't believe that teachers should present any legit religions as fiction, either. So I have a huge problem when I hear about a middle school teacher instructing students that God is just a myth.

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Twelve-year-old Jordan Wooley was given an assignment on Monday at West Memorial Junior High School in Katy, Texas, that made her uncomfortable. Her teacher asked the students to identify statements as facts, opinions, or commonplace assertions, and one of the prompts was on God.

After Jordan identified the existence of God as both a fact and an opinion, the teacher told her that she was wrong. The tween told the local news that she believed God existed as a fact, but wanted to be respectful of other people's beliefs, and allowed that it could also be an opinion to some.

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Jordan's mom, Chantel Wooley, contacted the school, and also posted this screenshot of texts between her and her daughter to her Facebook page.

I'm so angry I'm going to puke.

Posted by Chantel Wooley on Monday, 26 October 2015

"In this day and age, I would have never guessed that something like this would happen in a classroom in America," she told ABC News.

Mother and daughter also attended a school board meeting, where the youngster shared her side of the story to those present. How freaking brave is that girl? She just stood up for her beliefs in a major way, and I bet her mom is as proud of her as she is upset about the situation.

The school issued a statement saying that the teacher was "distraught" over being vilified by the incident, and that the ungraded assignment had been misconstrued. I'm not sure about that ... why even include that question at all? There's no reason at all for teachers to teach students that any religion is true or false. If they're going to teach about it, the only way to do it is to stick with the actual facts -- i.e, here are the core beliefs of this religion, which many people hold to be factually accurate. 

Teaching them God is a myth is not educational -- it's just plain wrong.

 

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