Tuesday night, the Sullivan County Board of Education voted 4-2 to move forward with a seventh grade textbook blanket adoption, including two books that covers religion.
The school board goes through a texbook adoption process every year and later selects which textbook students will be using.
Jane Thomas worried and previewed one of the textbooks which is called “My World” and had concerns about an emphasis on Islam.
“It’s denigrating Christianity and favoring Islam and anybody who reads that book will get that themselves,” said Richard Penkoski, a concerned parent. “That’s why I am against this.”
Sullivan County School Board members debated whether the textbook focused on the facts of world religions.
Jane Thomas, Sullivan County School Board Member, first brought up concerns during last weeks workshop and voiced those same concerns tonight.
“Islam is a religious government,” Jane Thomas said. “If one adheres to Sharia law, one can not submit to the constitution of the United States.”
“I just want citizens of Sullivan County to know that I don’t want a single student in this school system to feel excluded,” said Matthew Spivey, Sullivan County School Board member.”Learning about culture and history as facts.”
Tuesday night’s vote move forward with 7th grade textbook blanket adoption doesn’t mandate its use. It only makes it eligible for purchase by the school system.