Education Islamophobia Super Stupid

Schools Shut Down Over an Arabic Geography Lesson

All schools are closed in Augusta County, Virginia today because a geography teacher had her students copy a sentence in Arabic for a lesson in calligraphy.

After the lesson, the school received a mountain of hate mail and threats and some local parents lost their shit. Some parents even claimed their children were being indoctrinated.

In response, Augusta County Superintendent Eric Bond said in a news release that when students learn about a geographic region, they also study its religion and language.

"The students were presented with the statement to demonstrate the complex artistry of the written language used in the Middle East, and were asked to attempt to copy it in order to give the students an idea of the artistic complexity of the calligraphy," Bond said.

Yep. That definitely sounds like indoctrination to me.

Local law enforcement urged the school district to close today out of an "abundance of caution" because of the extreme volume of threatening phone calls and hate mail they've continued to receive.

Americans are completely fucking stupid.

On the bright side, the kids get to start their Christmas vacation a day early.

  • muselet

    Talking Points Memo:

    Parents were upset over a geography assignment on world religions from teacher Cheryl LaPorte, who had students practice calligraphy by writing the Muslim statement of faith, which translates to “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah,” according to Staunton, Virginia, paper the News Leader. Students were also shown a copy of the Quran, according to the News Leader.

    A few students refused to complete the assignment, prompting outrage from their parents, the News Leader reported.

    Augusta County Superintendent Eric Bond said a statement to the News Leader that the Arabic message was not translated and that LaPorte did not ask students to “translate it, recite it or otherwise adopt or pronounce it as a personal belief.”

    “The students were presented with the statement to demonstrate the complex artistry of the written language used in the Middle East, and were asked to attempt to copy it in order to give the students an idea of the artistic complexity of the calligraphy,” Bond said.

    Students are expected to complete a similar assignment when learning about China, according to the News Leader.

    Using the shahada as an example of Arabic calligraphy for students to copy probably wasn’t the best idea—if only because this reaction was predictable—even though it’s almost certainly the most-written sentence in Arabic. However, if Eric Bond is correct and the statement was not translated for the students, then Kimberly Herndon and the other hysterical parents who met at the Good News Ministry church—that there’s what you call a tell—aren’t merely anti-Muslim bigots, they’re also anti-Arab bigots and probably keep a watchful eye on that Mr Singh down the road because he wears a turban and Sikhs are a kind of Mooslim, ain’t they? The Christianists would have pitched a fit if the students had been asked to copy a shopping list.

    What are these ninnies going to say when the section on China comes up, “You’re trying to turn my kid Chinese!”?

    –alopecia

    • Christopher Foxx

      A few students refused to complete the assignment, prompting outrage from their parents, the News Leader reported.

      If the parents were really upset about their children not completing an assignment then America would be in much better shape.

      As it would if “journalists” knew how to properly report things.

    • Christopher Foxx

      What are these ninnies going to say when the section on China comes up, “You’re trying to turn my kid Chinese!”?

      Of course not. The Chinese aren’t Muslims and these morons aren’t capable of holding more than one thought in their head. Muslim = terrorist is all they have room for.

      • muselet

        You may be right, but Donald Trump started his campaign bleating about China and Mexico.

        All it will take is for the short-fingered vulgarian to say nasty things about China again and every Chinese restaurant in the country will be vandalized.

        –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    Just to point out the obvious, in closing the school they are acknowledging the fear of violent action being taken by citizens of the local area who are upset over the most basic of history lessons. Not Muslim terrorists.

    I hope someone who works on the school board or local law enforcement is at least a little ashamed of this.

  • ninjaf

    Another example of the Great American Exceptionalism™.

  • Badgerite
  • Americans are completely fucking stupid.

    Yep.