The parents said they confronted their daughter and told her to explain exactly what she had been taught.
"They were asked about their perception of Islam," she said. "Most of the class said they thought about terrorism. And her response was, 'we're going to change the way we perceive Islam.'"
And there's no better way to change a teenage girl's perception than with a Burqa.
The lesson on Islam was taught in a world geography class at Lumberton High School. The teacher brought burqas and other Islamic clothing for the female students to wear. They were also assigned to write an essay based on a Washington Post story that blamed Egypt's troubles on democracy – instead of the Muslim Brotherhood.
We live in a surreal world of Title IX and educational Burqas. These things are really not compatible. But the school explains that it was all for diversity's sake.
The lesson that was offered focused on exposing students to world cultures, religions, customs, and belief systems. A description on the whiteboard behind the students show the splits in religions: Islam (Sunni and Shia), Judaism (Reform, Conservatives, and Orthodox), and Christianity (Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant). Clothing expresses the individual culture. The lesson is not teaching a specific religion, and the students volunteered to wear the clothing.
The portrait focused only on Middle Eastern attire and the students are wearing variations of this customary attire found in the Middle Eastern culture. This portrait does not reflect the entire aspect of the lesson. The lesson encompassed diversity education so students receive a firm understanding of our world and why people are motivated differently.
So were there any students dressing up as Catholic nuns or Orthodox Jews? I suspect not, or else we would be seeing those photos.
"This is the normal answer from every school using CSCOPE," said Janice VanCleave, a vocal critic of the program and the founder of Texas CSCOPE Review. "They are definitely promoting the Islamic religion."
VanCleave said the trouble is that teachers are not giving students the full story. "They are not telling students how these young women are treated in this religion," she told Fox News. "In the Islamic countries women are not treated well at all."
They may not have been telling students… but they were certainly showing them.
One student quoted the teacher as saying, "We are going to work to change your perception of Islam."
The teacher in the burqa lesson, according to a student, also said, "I do not necessarily agree with this, but I am supposed to teach you that we are not to call these people terrorists anymore, but freedom fighters."
And we're not calling them teachers anymore, they're freedom educators.