ICC Note: As previously reported, a Texas 7th grader, Jordan Wooley, stated that her teacher essentially forced students to deny God by saying that the statement, “There is a God,” is not a fact. Following an investigation, the school district found that the statement was not necessary as part of the assignment. However, the superintendent also partially defended the teacher, stating that the intentions of the assignment were not hostile and that the teacher was simply opening up a discussion about varying religious views.
By Heather Clark
11/01/2015 United States (Christian News Network) – Following an investigation over student complaints, a school district in Texas is partially backing a reading teacher whose controversial assignment asked students to mark the existence of God as only a “commonplace assertion,” rather than a fact.
As previously reported, Jordan Wooley, a seventh grade student at West Memorial Junior High School in Katy, told her school board last Monday that the assignment forced students to essentially state that there is no proof that God is real.
“Today I was given an assignment in school that questioned my faith and told me that God was not real,” she said. “Our teacher had started off saying that the assignment had been giving problems all day. We were asked to take a poll to say whether God is fact, opinion or a myth and she told anyone who said fact or opinion was wrong and God was only a myth.”
The assignment provided several statements about various subjects, and asked students to classify them as either a factual claim, a commonplace assertion or an opinion. The statement at issue simply said, “There is a God.”
Students were told that the correct answer is “commonplace assertion,” which is a “statement many people assume to be true but which may or may not be true.”
“When I tried to argue [in favor of God’s existence], she told me to prove it,” Wooley said.
Wooley explained that one of her friends, who went home crying, wrote on her paper that God was fact, but her answer was marked as being incorrect.
“She turned in her paper, and she had still put that God was a fact and to be true, and my teacher crossed the answer out several times to tell her it was completely wrong,” she said.