FARMVILLE, N.C. — A video denouncing an Islamic-themed vocabulary lesson at a North Carolina high school has gone viral, and has now elicited a response from the local school district over the matter.
Dianne Lynn Savage of Florida recently posted a video to Facebook alerting followers about the matter after a parent whose child attends the school sent her a copy of the lesson. In the assignment, students are provided with new vocabulary words to learn, and are given examples of how to use those words in a sentence—all revolving around the Islamic religion.
“Mohammad was familiar with the teachings of Judiasm and Christianity, [and] found solitude to be conducive to understanding proper faith,” read a sentence that featured the vocabulary word “conducive.” “He also found meditation to be helpful.”
“His success not only could be measured not only in quantitative ways, the numbers of followers of Islam, but also in a qualitative way [because of] the improvement in people’s lives,” read another in teaching the word “quantitative.”
The lesson then provides various exercises where students are instructed to fill in the blank where certain words are missing.
“Mohammad has just finished speaking when I arrive, but I hope the opportunity to hear him ___. I’d like another chance,” one sentence read.
“There are such vast numbers of people who are anxious to spread the Muslim faith that it would be impossible to give a(n) ___ amount,” stated another.
“You all understand what they’re doing?” Savage declared in the video, which has over 47,000 shares as of press time. “They’re infiltrating our children’s minds!”
“When was the last time you saw your son or daughter, or grandson or granddaughter, come home from public school with a lesson built around God, around Jesus Christ?” she continued. “I thought this wasn’t allowed. I thought they didn’t allow religion in public schools.”
Savage urged others to make their friends aware that students in Farmville were being taught about Islam in a positive light and encouraged parents attend the next school board meeting and speak out.
As Savage’s video has gone viral, the Pitt County School District is responding to the matter, but did not seem to be concerned about the lesson, stating that it was simply a part of the class study of various cultures and religions.
“It was brought to our attention that there were questions about a vocabulary assignment in a senior English class at Farmville Central High School,” spokesperson Brock Letchworth said in a statement. “The course is designed to accompany the world literature text, which emphasizes culture in literature.”
“Concerns expressed to us were related to the religious nature of sentences providing vocabulary words in context. After an investigation, we discovered that the vocabulary lesson was taken directly from a state-adopted supplemental workbook published by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston,” she continued. “Our school system understands all concerns related to proselytizing, and there is no place for it in our instruction. However, this particular lesson was one many the students this class have had and will have that expose them to the various religions and how they shape cultures throughout the world.”