Mother Upset Over School Assignment About Islam
Wanting your daughter to follow the Christian God that she grew up with and not be promoting another religion is freedom of rights. However, this Mother from Michigan took her daughters assignment very literally and took offence to it. Her daughter was asked to make a pamphlet that a third grader could read to learn about Islam, but it was not going to be handed out to the third graders. The pamphlet was essentially worshiping another God and Jennette Hall did not agree that her daughter should have to write that another God is beautiful. Jennette the Mother argued that this assignment was not factual as it should be and that it was aimed to promote Islam.
It is my belief that everyone should have the freedom to believe in his or her own God and worship whomever they wish. Jennette took the situation too far and spoke very quickly before looking into details. It is a good thing that the schools are teaching different religions and showing students a worldview. The school assignment should have been more on a factual basis, but it was not trying to convert anyone in any way. The study of religions is an integral part of society and it is a good thing that schools are becoming more diversified and allowing the students to be exposed to a plethora of different outlooks and religions. In such a diverse country if you want your child to be taught strictly Christianity then you should send them to a Christian school, but otherwise you should be respecting the fact that not everyone in the nation has the same belief.
I do not think it was the schools intention to single out any one religion. They were attempting to open the students’ minds about world religions through a creative assignment. The assignment was poorly written and wrongly deciphered by Jennette, but it is not wrong for children and teens to be exposed to religions that are present in our culture. The assignment was building tolerance and attempting to unite cultures. Religion however can be a sensitive subject and I understand Jenette’s concern for her daughter, but the aim of the assignment was not to convert or promote any one religion. It was to be used as a teaching method to display varying views present in our multicultural society. Learning about other religions would not change her daughter’s views on her Christian upbringing and the lessons were meant to be informative and objective. Maybe the aim of the assignment in saying that they wanted third graders to read it is to simplify the religions and have a vast surface knowledge of the topic. Jennette took the assignment very literally and jumped to conclusions before talking with the educators of the school. We are all citizens of the world and should have the opportunity to be educated on all religions and have an understanding so that we can all live together peacefully and full of understanding and respect.
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