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School Assignment On Islam Sparks Controversy

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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Students between the ages of 12 and 13 at  Les Beaucamps High School in Guernsey, England, were reportedly asked to write a letter pretending they were converting to Islam as part of a creative writing exercise in a religious education class.

“Complete the letter you started or started planning in class to your family on how you are converting to Islam," the assignment read, according to the Independent. "Include: How you’re feeling, how becoming a Muslim has changed your life, how much you love your family and hope they can accept your choice.

“Focus: How would it make you feel having to tell your parents this? How would/ could they react?”

The assignment noted that the exercise was “completely fictional,” and, in capital letters, that students are not actually converting to Islam.

“The Guernsey agreed syllabus for religious education includes a structured framework for ensuring that Christianity and the other five principal religions (Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism) are studied with sufficient depth and breadth throughout the four Key Stages,” an Education spokesman told the Guernsey Press about the assignment.

“It is important that our students are able to learn about, understand, investigate and question all that is around them," the spokesman added. "As with all subjects, homework will be set to cover all areas of the curriculum.”

According to the department, a parent complained about the assignment on Facebook, but after the department clarified the context of the assignment, the parent was satisfied.​

Sources: Independent, Guernsey Press / Photo Credit: Guernsey Press, U.S. Department of Education/Flickr

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