Monday, December 29, 2014

More Political Correctness Foolishness

This is what happens when liberal politicians and bureaucrats are in charge of public education.
Parents in Farmville, North Carolina want to know why their children were given a Common Core vocabulary assignment in an English class that promoted the Prophet Muhammad and the Islamic faith.

“It really caught me off guard,” a Farmville Central High School student who was in the class told me. “If we are not allowed to talk about any other religions in school – how is this appropriate?”

The Islamic vocabulary worksheet was assigned to seniors.

“In the following exercises, you will have the opportunity to expand your vocabulary by reading about Muhammad and the Islamic word,” the worksheet read.

It wouldn't take a great deal of thought to come up with exercises that expand the students' vocabulary without religious overtones. For example, "It is entirely possible that the buffoons who promote Common Core are neither astute nor shrewd."
A spokesman for Pitt County Schools defended the lesson  – noting that it came from a state-adopted supplemental workbook and met the “Common Core standards for English Language Arts.”

“Our school system understands all concerns related to proselytizing, and there is no place for it in our instruction,” the statement goes on to say. “However, this particular lesson was one of many the students in this class have had and will have that expose them to the various religions and how they shape cultures throughout the world.”

I asked the school district to provide me with a copy of vocabulary worksheets that promoted the Jewish, Hindu and Christian faiths.

The school district did not reply.
Gee, what a surprise.

Sadly, it's not just U.S. schools that are suffering from P.C. blight. That disease has infected schools in Sweden as well.

Swedish school bans the Swedish flag
The Swedish flag has now been banned at a primary school in Sweden. The reason is that the flag may be offensive to certain groups and breaking the law "offensive against ethnic groups."

The reason for the ban is a masquerade which was held at the school recently where one of the students chose to paint his face blue and yellow. He also brought a toy gun to masquerade.

The school management reacted very strongly and now prohibits both the Swedish flag and toy weapons.
No word on whether or not the Swedish school will suspend students for chewing their pastries into the shape of a gun...


Bag Blog said...

Twenty years ago when we lived in northern NM, a friend of mine was teaching elementary school in Angel Fire. She was suspended with pay for an entire semester while the school board decided her fate after a parent complained that she had taught something about Christianity. My friend told me that the Weekly Readers used in the classroom had articles on Judaism and then another one on Muslim religions. During a class discussion a student asked, "Do you have to believe in Jesus to go to heaven?" My friend said she pointed out what they had learned about other religions and then added, "Yes, in Christianity you have to believe in Jesus to go to heaven." The class discussion moved on, but the parents of the child who asked the question complained. The school board eventually decided that she could resume her teaching duties the next year. She chose not to teach anymore.

CenTexTim said...

Wow - all that fuss just for answering a kid's question in what seems to be a non-proselytizing and straight-forward way. No wonder she stopped teaching. What a shame.