Tennessee: Parent Wants Sullivan County Board of Education to Remove Text on Islam Now
From the Kingsport Times-News:
Bluff City Middle School parent Michelle Edmisten has formally asked the Sullivan County school system to remove the seventh grade “My World History” textbook by Pearson because, among other things, she says that it presents a distorted view of Islam. She asked for its immediate removal.
Edmisten, making her second appearance before the board in as many months, is being represented by Freedom X, a California-based, self-described conservative Christian group with a website that says it fights Islamic indoctrination in U.S. schools. “This will not go away. I will not go away,” Edmisten told the board.
The Sullivan County controversy sadly reflects larger efforts to purge lessons on Islam from schools in Tennessee. The state Board of Education has recently drafted new educational standards that have largely redacte Islam from the curriculum. The proposed currciulum, which is undergoing public review, has removed information on the history and spread of Islam, the life and teachings of Mohammad, and the study of Islamic art. Lessons on other religion, like Chrsitianity, Buddhism and Hinduism, remain on the sylabus.
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