The Georgia Legislature passed SB 83 this session.
I’ve previously blogged about parents in Georgia freaking out because their children learn in public schools some basic facts about Islam in their social studies classes. I’ve also written about how the Georgia Department of Education has apparently caved to these bigots’ demands to change the curriculum to preserve their ignorance.
The point which seems to bring about the most horror is that Jews, Christians and Muslims worship the same God. One of the Christian Right’s leading legal organizations, the American Center for Law and Justice, has already published two terrifying articles on its web site about the indoctrination of children into the religion of Islam. Continue reading
Anti-Muslim bigots asked a county in Georgia to allow their children to “opt-out” of learning about Islam in middle school social studies. When the county, correctly, refused the request because it was part of the state curriculum, bigots statewide, including the Southern Baptist Convention, have apparently pressured the Georgia Department of Education into withdrawing a teachers’ guide from all the school districts in Georgia because it included accurate statements about Islam which don’t fit the anti-Muslim polemics the bigots believe.
Updated October 12, 2015. The dumbing down of the youth of the USA continues, this time in Tennessee.
Updated October 5, 2015: Georgia Department of Education accommodates the anti-Muslim bigots. This is a much more serious development.
Updated October 2, 2015: The original title of this blog entry was Walton County School District (Georgia) Enables Anti-Muslim Ignorance. After I sent, the letter below, I did receive a response in which the Supervisor of Schools wrote that no “opt-out” has been granted. A September 30 news report confirmed this. I also recommend the final chapter of Kent Greenawalt’s book Does God Belong in Public Schools?, which covers the question of a public school student opting out of curriculum material for religious reasons.
Here’s a letter I wrote to the Walton County School District Board of Education members urging them to reconsider allowing parents to have their children “opt-out” of social studies lessons that provide accurate information about Islam. I relied on a news report from Fox 10 Phoenix and WSB-TV in Atlanta. Continue reading
Part of my continuing coverage of the student scholarship organizations law in Georgia.
This report by the Southern Education Foundation (SEF) finds that Georgia’s program of tax credit scholarships for private K-12 schools has failed to achieve its primary public aim of providing the state’s low income children attending troubled public schools with new, affordable opportunities for a good education. During the last three years, the state program has diverted more than $72 million of Georgia’s tax revenues to private organizations operating virtually in secret.