by Christopher Wager | DigitalJournal.com | November 27, 2011
This particular sequence is a two-day social studies lesson. The next lesson is a compare and contrast on the role of women in the Middle East. Yes, the Muslim girl stereotypes Western women, but are there ways we stereotype Muslims? I have no idea what the objection is.Dale Gaddis, Superintendent of the middle school sided with the parents on the issue and said the school was working with the teacher to select as he put it,
Work to select better materials.However, the school's principal, Gail Johnson, didn't fully agree with Gaddis' comment stating,
Teachers may select materials that aren't always the best, which is not necessary in this case but within the adopted materials, they have choices that they can make with how they present certain items. It was in range of the teacher and the course, which had to do with the eastern cultures.
"They ranged from having students make prayer rugs; describe what it would be like to go on a hajj-a pilgrimage; learn and memorize the five pillars of Islam; listen to and learn how to recite passages from the Koran; dress like a Muslim from a particular country. It was, to me, a clear violation of ethics involved in how one would expect children to learn about another culture. That they would literally go through the memorization and the learning of religious beliefs. These are unacceptable practices in a public school, she added.
In fact, they would be unacceptable academic practices in any school.