KATY, Texas — A suburban Houston junior high school student has complained about an assignment that she says questioned students’ religious beliefs.
Katy school district officials called the writing assignment a mistake but didn’t address allegations the teacher told students to deny the existence of God.
The assignment asked students to say whether something was factual, a commonplace assertion or an opinion.
The district says it was intended to encourage critical thinking skills, not question any student’s religious beliefs.
But 12-year-old Jordan Wooley says students were told that God is a myth. She spoke to the district’s board of trustees during its monthly meeting Monday evening.
Wooley said, “I didn’t feel like it was fair for my faith and my religion to have anything to do with what I’m learning about in school.”
Katy Independent School District Superintendent Alton Frailey said the assignment was “highly inappropriate” and “has not been used again, will not be used; in fact, it’s literally in the trash can.”