An assignment at a Texas middle school that required students to affirm that the statement “There is a God” is an opinion rather than a fact left one student “shocked.”
The Blaze reports that Katy Independent School District student Jordan Wooley was in her reading class when her teacher handed out an assignment with a number of different statements and told the students to classify the statements as factual claims, a commonplace assertions, or as opinions.
When she came to the statement “There is a God,” “I said it was fact or opinion,” Jordan says.
However, Jordan’s teacher said her answers were wrong and demanded that Jordan acknowledge that God isn’t real.
“It was really confusing to me at first because I didn’t really know what to do, so the first thing I did was tell my mom,” Jordan said.
Jordan’s mother, Chantel Wooley, was also upset about the assignment.
Katy Independent School District has issued a statement saying the teacher should not be criticized for the assignment because it was meant to evoke critical thinking.
“Still this does not excuse the fact that this ungraded activity was ill-conceived and because of that, its intent had been misconstrued,” the District’s statement continued.
The Wooley family disagrees with the District's statement, however, asserting that the assignment was a graded assignment.
“I love reading so for me personally to have to fail reading because of what my beliefs are just shocked me,” Jordan said.
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Publication date: October 28, 2015