Public High School Assignment: ‘Pretend You Are Muslim’ And Consider ‘Struggles You Face’

April 15, 2015

Conservatism, according to the public school assignment, is “the political belief of preserving traditional moral values by restricting personal freedoms and encouraging prosperity through economic freedom.”

Submitted by:  Veronica Coffin

Muslim-women-in-veils-protesting-AFP-Getty-Images-Carl-CourtBy Eric Owens

A public high school in small-town Wisconsin is under fire for giving students an assignment in which they are to pretend they are Christians and give examples of the hardships they face — getting bullied by public school teachers for reading the Bible, for example, or the inability to start a campus club.

No, wait. Scratch that. That didn’t happen. That’s totally wrong.

The assignment asked students to pretend they are Muslims, reports EAGnews.org.

[Also note that in the video, the newscasters seem to be perfectly okay with this assignment. –VC]

The teacher who gave students the assignment is Beth Urban, a 10th-grade world history teacher at Union Grove High School in Union Grove, Wis., a tiny enclave just over the Illinois border.

 

 

Milwaukee AM radio host Vicki McKenna posted the assignment on her Twitter account on Monday.

https://twitter.com/VickiMcKenna/status/587617200300761088/photo/1

The taxpayer-funded assignment requires students to “pretend you are” a “Muslim male/female in U.S.” and “give 3 examples of what you do daily for your religion and any struggles you face.”

The assignment requires an essay of five paragraphs in length (“intro, 3 body paragraphs, closing”).

“**Keep in mind we’ve been doing work and watching documentaries that have the facts needed to write the essay,” Urban, the teacher adds. The two asterisks are hers.

At least some parents of students in Urban’s Union Grove High class are unhappy about the assignment. [NOTE: the lack of uproar from the parents –VC]

“I feel that the purpose of the assignment is to show prejudices towards Muslims in America or to invent them or exaggerate them,” one parent who fears being identified told EAGnews.

“I believe this is a curriculum issue,” the concerned parent added, suggesting that school district officials, not Urban, select the content students must learn.

“I would have no problem with this assignment if they were to pretend they were in the Middle East and practicing their religion,” the parent added.

There are currently about 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, according to the Pew Research Center. Muslims comprise 23 percent of the planet’s population.

Almost exactly two years ago, the Union Grove school district was in the news for another questionable assignment.

The April 2013 assignment involved a crossword puzzle teaching eighth graders that conservatives are a bunch of authoritarian, oppressive thugs. (RELATED: Conservatism Means ‘Restricting Personal Freedoms’ According To Public School Crossword)

Conservatism, according to the public school assignment, is “the political belief of preserving traditional moral values by restricting personal freedoms and encouraging prosperity through economic freedom.”

Let that ridiculous middle part soak in, perhaps while you gulp down a massive sugary soda, utter something wonderfully politically incorrect and take target practice with your favorite firearm.

 

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