A straight-A seventh grade Katy Independent School District student says she and her classmates were instructed that God is not real, and those who disagreed had their grades docked. According to the child, the examination on the existence of God was administered Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in a West Memorial Junior High School reading class.
“We were asked to take a poll to say whether God was fact, opinion or a myth, and she (the teacher) told anyone who said God was a fact or an opinion that they were wrong,” said seventh grade student Jordan Wooley.
According to the student’s mother, the exam accounts for about 40 percent of her daughter’s grade in the reading class, but her daughter and several other students were not willing to disavow God even if it hurt their grades.
Mom Chantel Wooley told Covering Katy she had no idea how a reading teacher could inject God into the curriculum unless it was because the teacher had her own agenda.
“This did not come from a workbook. The kids don’t have workbooks in this class,” Wooley said.
Jordan Wooley took her concerns to the Katy ISD school board on Monday night. At the Monday night meeting she said, “Today I was given an assignment in school that questioned my faith and told me that God was not real.”
“Another child had asked the teacher if we could try to put what we believe on the paper, and she (the teacher) said you can if you want to get it wrong,” Wooley said.
Wolley spoke during the public comments portion of the school board meeting; she was not an invited guest. Wooley wanted the board and Superintendent Alton Frailey to hear what she says happened earlier in the day. The soft spoken, polite seventh-grader did not use a script. At times she looked at her cellphone where there were notes, but she later told her mother that she could not see what she’d written because of a glare from the glass.
“She wanted to say more,” her mother said.
Wooley says her class was not the only group that received the lesson that God is not real. She says the same teacher taught several other classes on Monday which included the same instructions about God.
It appears the teacher was not following Katy ISD’s curriculum, because West Memorial Junior High students who have a different reading teacher said God was never mentioned in their class, according to Wooley.
“I know it wasn’t just me that was affected by it. My friend went home and started crying,” Wooley told the school board.
“I’m truly sorry that you feel that your faith was questioned,” said superintendent Alton Frailey.
“What’s going on is that the principal was made aware of this today and is going to have a chance to work on that as per district policies and procedures. We definitely will look into that. Thank you very much. It was very brave of you. Thank you, honey. Good job,” Frailey added.
By 8 a.m. Tuesday, Chantel Wooley said her daughter was called into the principal’s office to presumably talk about what transpired Monday. The mother was not invited to be with her daughter during the questioning, so at the time she spoke with Covering Katy there was no word on what was discussed at the meeting.
Chantel Wooley says the teacher is very intimidating.
“She (the teacher) told the kids from day one that she has a ballistic side that they don’t want to see,” she said.
“It makes me sick,” she said.