Union Grove High School assignment: Pretend you are a Muslim

Union Grove High School history teacher Beth Urban sent out an e-mail to students describing a future assignment where the student is asked to put themselves in the shoes of a Muslim.

According to the e-mail obtained by popular radio show host Vicki McKenna, the students were to write a five paragraph essay pretending to be a Muslim.  The student is asked to write about the daily struggles that they would face as a Muslim student in the United States.  The e-mail goes on to remind the students that class has been watching documentaries that have the facts needed to write the essay.

The assignment begs to have a few questions answered.

First of all, what documentaries were watched and who produced them?  The Middle East is known for producing several “documentaries” that are full of propaganda and anti-American sentiment.  Is that truly the type of video that our students should be exposed to?  Were there other videos shown to balance the debate on the subject?

Is this assignment a conflict between separation of church and state?  There have been many documented cases of Christian students being denied the ability to pray in public school and today’s history books have been mostly stripped of Christian history.  Why is Christianity allowed to be shunned in our public schools while teachers are allowed to assign an assignment as religious based as this?

Most importantly, are the parents of Union Grove High School aware that this type of assignment is allowed in the school’s curriculum?  How about the local school board?

The role of a history class is to teach history and not to show sympathy for any religious group.  Hopefully the parents will remind the faculty of this so these type of assignments can be avoided in the future.

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