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Texas student says assignment questioned religious beliefs

KATY, Texas (AP) — 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 said they could not confirm 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.”

267-w-34-(Steve Coleman, AP religion editor, with Jordan Wooley, 12-year-old seventh grader)–A suburban Houston junior high school student has complained about an assignment that she says questioned students’ religious beliefs. AP Religion Editor Steve Coleman reports. (28 Oct 2015)

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