HOUSTON, TX - How young is too young to face the facts of the cold, harsh world? Sixth graders at Alvin Junior High School were asked by their language arts class teacher to write a report on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the beheading of American journalists. Appropriate or not?
As soon as some upset parents learned about the assignment, they wanted to send NATO to the school, arguing that these issues are beyond their 11-year-old children's understanding.
“I don’t think that should be something a sixth grader should be doing.”
For other parents, however, there's no point in avoiding reality.
“That’s actually what’s going on in the world today.”
Alvin ISD issued a statement that they will take no action against the teacher who made the assignment. On the contrary, they said their goal is to provide students with opportunities to learn from what's going on in the world.
Daniel Combs, director of communications Alvin ISD, says “Students are hearing that these people killed an American. They know that and students have that level of anxiety until we have qualified, certified teachers that care about students to have those conversations.”
Whatever the outcome of this debate: 11-year-old children either living under ISIS, affected by Ebola, or working in factories throughout the third world, would probably have some points to add to the conversation.