A mother has sparked a huge debate after posting a story on Facebook. The California mother was shocked when she discovered what her son’s seventh grade teacher had given him. Now people are arguing about who was in the wrong in this situation, the mother or the teacher.
When Tara Cali of Bakersfield opened her 7th grader’s history textbook, she was shocked to discover that the entire lesson was about Islamic beliefs and prayer. The assignment included a code that student could scan with their phone to listen to an actual Muslim prayer. Tara was upset by what she considered to be indoctrination, and sent something back to the teacher.
Tara took her son’s assignment and sent it back to the teacher with a message. Tara was outraged and she posted a picture of the workbook that she had written in on Facebook. In the workbook, Tara wrote that she would not allow her son to be involved with the assignment in any way.
Tara went on to list several verses from the Bible to drive her point home.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union, while it is constitutional for public schools to teach their students about religion, it is not constitutional for them to “advance particular religious beliefs.” The ACLU goes on to state the guidelines to teaching religion in school.
It also clarified the rules on content.
And the specifics about studying versus practicing religion.
And no single religion can be singled out.
So who was in the wrong here? The answer to that question is entirely different depending on who you ask. If you’re like Tara, you believe that children should not be taught about Islam in school. Critics of Tara’s message have said she might be misinterpreting a history lesson for an attempt at religious conversion. What do you think?