Virginia county cancels classes Friday over Islam lesson backlash

by  |  published on December 19, 2015

A Virginia county shut down schools Friday amid security concerns after parents loudly objected to a world geography lesson that including a teaching on Islam.

Augusta County school district officials first held a meeting with upset parents on December 11. Four days later, the same day covered the story, school officials held another meeting, during which some parents demanded the teacher be fired.

On Thursday, School Board President Eric Bond announced the decision to cancel the next day’s classes.

  • dmttbt

    This type of thing is happening all over this country. Does anyone see what is going on? I have a college graduate person that I can’t convince that Obama is muslim. I said read the book he wrote but they still said that it Is not true.

  • I Seigel

    Make sure it’s understood that the security concerns were due to the PARENTS’ reaction, and not to any activities in the Islamic community, if there is one in that area.

    Probably the parents’ parents were ones objecting to desegregation and the teaching of slavery back in the 60’s and 70’s.

    Talk about ostriches…. these folks need to come into the 21st Century. There’s a whole world out there, not very far away, and the more our kids learn about it, the better they’ll be.

    • dmttbt

      We have public education turning out students that can’t read and write at a reasonable level and the big argument is if they should be taught about religion. I will settle this one. Let them be taught about religion at home and the schools can stick to the so called basics that they seem to have trouble teaching now. I can see from the county I live In to the county next to mine. The schools are rated from 1 to 10. Almost every school in this county are 1, 2 or 3 in the next county their schools are rated 10 and that includes little towns outside the major city.

      • I Seigel

        Are they teaching a little about world religions in the next county over? Not sure what the problem is in your area, but apparently things are a lot better next door. Maybe local school levies?

  • don

    what are we allowing to go on is the question–get up–stand up–scream

  • SDofAZ

    I went to school in VA. Got a great education via the military family life and local public schools. All religions were compared. For me it was great but at that time the jihad stuff was not so prevalent as today. Still, we need to educate children about all three religions. I understand the resistance and would want to review that curriculum closely but we don’t want to be ostriches either. The children need to know it all.

    I was amazed at how close the ideology at the base was for each religion. Now I am just amazed at how fractured the bases have become. Don’t get me wrong, I am not happy with muslim theocracy. The ideology has been on steroids since before the crusades. But like I said, VA had a great education system. When I moved west to AZ I was correcting the teachers mistakes! Go VA. I think parents there will work this out but do prepare your children with facts about all ideologies.

  • Gary Vogt

    De-fund Virginia Board of Ed. Hell they don’t even teach kids how to write and the want them to try to scribble that camel dung. Unbelievable.

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