It’s an important topic for an adult let alone a 13 year old. I remember the age of 13. Yes, before the cretaceous period of life. Middle school was tough, but the teachers were sincere in encouraging and guiding the thought process.. Today, the average 13 year old in my neighborhood is deep in thought over that new iPhone. Faith just doesn’t seem to be a priority so what was this teacher trying to accomplish? Leave the kiddos alone.
A young Texas girl is being praised for her courage and unyielding faith after she stood up against her teacher who kept insisting that God doesn’t exist.
Jordan Wooley, a seventh grader at West Memorial Junior High in Katy, calmly testified at a school district hearing Tuesday after a bizarre reading assignment asked the class to say God wasn’t real and left several students in tears.
“Today I was given an assignment in school that questioned my faith and told me that God was not real,” she says at the podium, addressing eight members of the panel. “We were asked to take a poll to say whether God is fact, opinion or a myth.”
The assignment laid out several statements, including “There is a God,” and prompted students to weed out the facts from the opinions.
Youngsters who said the statement was a fact or opinion were flat out told they were “wrong,” Jordan said.
“When kids would argue, she told them that we would get in trouble,” the little girl said during her 5-minute testimony. “When I tried to argue, she told me to prove it.”
Jordan cited the Bible and stories about people coming back from Heaven. Her teacher slammed both, saying they were just “things that people were doing to get attention.”
Those who wouldn’t be swayed on their beliefs turned in their assignments, saying it was a fact that God exists.
Their answers were crossed out several times, Jordan said.
“I know that it wasn’t just me who was affected by it. My friend — she went home and she started crying,” Jordan said. “She was actually supposed to come with me (to testify) but she didn’t think she could.”
Several members of the Katy Independent School District called the girl courageous for giving her side of the story.
“Very brave of you,” one said. “Good job.”
Video of her testimony has been viewed nearly 200,000 times on Facebook, where it was captioned, “Bravery!”
The school district said the assignment was “ill-conceived” and “not intended” to challenge religious beliefs in an apology it issued Tuesday.
I honestly don’t think this is the teacher’s fault. She has to follow “ill conceived” curriculum. Been there and done that, but it is much easier to burn at the stake than admit that you have a faulty curriculum.
“The principal determined that the classroom activity included an item that was unnecessary for achieving the instructional standard,” district officials said.
“The teacher is distraught by this incident, as some commentary has gone as far as to vilify her without knowing her, her Christian faith, or the context of the classroom activity.”
The ungraded activity was meant to spark critical thinking and dialogue, but “its intent had been misconstrued,” the statement said.
It’s unclear if the teacher was disciplined.
The school district only said “appropriate personnel action will be taken.”
I interpret that as get the stake ready, we’re gonna have a teacher roast.