A high school teacher in Wisconsin reportedly told her students to pretend that they were Muslims to complete a writing assignment. According to EAGnews, Union Grove High School teacher Beth Urban gave the assignment to a 10th grade history class.
The assignment instructed students to pretend that they were Muslims living in the U.S. and describe the struggles they faced in an essay.
Parents complained about the assignment, arguing that it invented or exaggerated prejudices against Muslims.
One Union Grove parent said, “I did not voice my concerns directly to the teacher because I do not blame the teacher. I believe this is a curriculum issue. The teachers are not using their own curriculum, the school boards/superintendents do generally.
“I brought attention to it because I felt that it was inaccurate for World History. I would have no problem with this assignment if they were to pretend they were in the Middle East and practicing their religion. I first was bothered because it seems that if any Catholic issues are brought up attention is brought to the school and (the assignment) banned being a public school.”
Fox News’ Todd Starnes responded to the incident, writing, “So here's the question: Were students ever told to pretend they were Jewish or Christian or Hindu? It seems to be a straightforward question - but one the local school district will not answer.”
Publication date: April 16, 2015