By Victor O
How far can you go defending your faith when you feel it’s being undermined? As for 12-year-old Jordan Wooley of Katy, Texas, she went as far as defending her faith before the school board after feeling that her teacher somewhat trivialized her God when she introduced a topic of discussion, asking: “Is the existence of God fact? Opinion? A myth?”
While the controversial topic is likely to trigger critical thinking among the students, many feel that the topic was not fitting for a seventh grade classroom and that it had the potential of degenerating into division.
According to Wooley, the fact that the teacher told the class that God was neither a “fact” nor an “opinion” was tantamount to belittling her faith. At the same time, she feels that whatever is taught in school shouldn’t bring her faith into question.
“She told anyone who said ‘fact’ or ‘opinion’ was wrong and that God was only a myth,” Wooley told the board, “I felt like this was really wrong, and I don’t think it’s fair for my faith or religion to have anything to do with what I learn in school.”
After listening to the student, the board issued a statement that read in part: “The activity, which was intended to encourage critical thinking skills and dialogue by engaging students in an exercise wherein they identified statements as fact, opinion, or common assertion was not intended to question or challenge any student’s religious beliefs as reported by some media outlets. The teacher is distraught by this incident, as some commentary has gone as far as to vilify her without knowing her, her Christian faith, or the context of the classroom activity.”
Wooley, who was a bit confused by the incident, told CBS that whe went home and shared it with her mother.
“So the kids were caught in a Catch-22,” said her mother, Chantel. “If they argued their faith, they were being told they were arguing against their faith and that happened in the classroom.”
The school district’s statement also agreed that the topic wasn’t appropriate for the classroom setting in as much as there was no ill intention by the teacher.
“Still, this does not excuse the fact that this ungraded activity was ill-conceived and because of that, its intent had been misconstrued,” the school district said.
Wooley wasn’t happy with the fact that the assignment was graded, which meant that she had to make a statement against her religious belief in order to pass.