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September 14, 2015

Parents Up In Arms Over Students Being Expected To Know Things They Don’t Like

Why is it that these parents remind me of the mother who had her child pulled from my class after I taught a lesson on evolution?

Middle school parents in Tennessee are up in arms on learning that their children were instructed to recite and write, “Allah is the only god,” as part of a world history project.

In the Maury County School District, students were assigned a Five Pillars of Islam project that included the translation of the pillar of “Shahada” as being, “There is no god but Allah; Muhammad is his prophet.”

Joy Ellis, the mother of a seventh-grader at Spring Hill Middle School, said that Christian children should not be instructed to write the Shahada.

“This is a seventh grade state standard, and will be on the TCAP,” Ellis said. “I didn’t have a problem with the history of Islam being taught, but to go so far as to make my child write the Shahada, is unacceptable.”

From what I can see of the assignment, it is a foldable made out of three papers, folded into a booklet. There is a cover labeled “Five Pillars of Islam”, and five tabs with the name of each of the Pillars. The student then writes an explanation of that aspect of Islam – one of which, the Shahada, is the profession of faith that “There is no god but Allah; Muhammad is his prophet.” In this context it is clear that far from being a tool of proselytism, this is a tool to help students remember five key components of the Islamic faith that are being taught in the unit. I teach the same information in my World Geography class, only using different format – and I do expect my students to know those same words. The only difference is that I teach it as a part of a unit on world religions rather than as a part of a stand-alone unit on Islam.

By the way, let me offer you one sure way of knowing that an opponent of Common Core does not know what they are talking about – when they start discussing “Common Core standards” for social studies, they are making stuff up. There are no social studies standards for social studies.





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There is one difference. Saying the Apostle's (or Nicene) Creed does not make one Christian. Saying "Hear, O Israel,..." does not make one Jewish. The mere act of saying the shahada, by Islamic law, makes you a Moslem. No intent is required.

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Writing it on a paper in English -- or even saying it in English -- does not make one a Muslim, either. Islam requires that one say it with faith and intent to become a Muslim, and in Arabic.

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