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Tennessee Wants to Remove Islam From Social Studies Classes

This Board of Education Thinks Teaching Islam Isn't "Age-Appropriate" For Middle School Students

In Tennessee, the Board of Education recently proposed the removal of Islam in statewide social studies classes for middle school students. In a new curriculum draft that was made public on Sept. 15, it is apparent that a section that was previously there, titled "Islamic World," was entirely removed.

According to the Kingsport Times-News, the draft's remaining sections included Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and more religions. The decision to remove Islam, however, is reportedly an effort to make the curriculum more "age-appropriate."

If approved, the curriculum change would be tested out during the 2018 to 2019 school year and could then become a permanent change the following year. Sullivan County Board of Education Chairman Michael Hughes hinted at the decision being informed by some parents' beliefs and opinions on the religion. He is reported saying, "I don't believe they want it taught at all."

The controversial idea will be under review until Oct. 28.

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