Texas Sixth Graders Being Taught About Beheadings

In a state that shelters students from sex, in a state that rigidly believes that creationism is a valid scientific study, 11-year-olds are being confronted with one of the most brutal truths of our modern world and many parents have no problem with it whatsoever. At Alvin Jr. High in Alvin, TX, where Fox News most is most likely the news of choice, six grade children are being taught to fear, with lessons of ISIS beheadings.

Here are copies of the lesson from ABC 13.



At first glance, this lesson may seem politically neutral, as it should be, but it’s not. The “Who is Funding Them” section is particularly misleading. ISIS is not stealing their funding as much as being handed it by America’s allies, like Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. And, they haven’t stolen our military equipment as much as picked it up off the ground after Americans left the unjustified war in Iraq.

More significantly, the lesson teaches that an attack inside the United States is almost inevitable. While this may or may not be a legitimate risk, the odds of an American child being killed by a terrorist attack are almost nil. An 11-year-old child is infinitely more likely to be killed in their parent’s own car than at the hands of a terrorist, but let’s teach them fear of brown people at an early age, right?

Speaking of brown people, Republicans and Fox News are bombarding us with the idea that ISIS might be hiding within the “hoards” of brown people crossing the Mexican border. The idea has been thoroughly debunked, but that hasn’t stopped people like Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Senate Candidate Tom Cotton (R-AR) and numerous other political leaders are jumping on that bandwagon. It’s not tough to imagine that in this political environment, children just five hours from the Mexican border would begin to have nightmares and worse.

So far, the school has had only two complaints, but many consider it too advanced and a lesson that should be taught at home.

“I don’t know if my daughter would understand what a beheading is,” said parent David McLendon

“You get an 11-year-old who comes homes and says, ‘I didn’t know they cut someone’s head off, even showed video.’ What are you going to do?” asked parent Russell Pharris.

Alvin ISD says it received only two complaints, but parents at the ball fields at Morgan Park with children at the junior high were well aware of the assignment. Those we spoke to consider it too advanced or a conversation they should be having with their children first.

“I think a bit much for an 11-year-old. They’re still learning a lot. They’re still going to the playground,” Pharris said

“There’s a lot of things you can write narratives on but beheadings in the Middle East — foreign policy shouldn’t be one of them for sixth graders,” added McLendon.

Source: ABC 13

The district has no plans to change the course study.

A statement from a spokesman noted that, “As educators, our intent is to provide students with a supportive learning environment where they are able to discuss factual events and gain better understanding of the world around them.”

“Our teachers strive to find the appropriate balance when teaching students about troubling world events while taking into consideration their age and maturity level,” the statement continued.

Source: Opposing Views

But seeing people in body bags, the reality of the wars Americans wage, is too real, even for adults.