This is not a story about faith, although it could be. It’s not even a story about a school teacher who could be charged with ‘dereliction of duty’ – although many would argue this.
This is a story about a seventh grader who stood firm on her own belief system – despite pressure from a teacher who had the authority to not only fail her, but to make her life difficult with the ultimate question – is God Fact, Opinion, or Myth?
“Today I was given an assignment in school that questioned my faith and told me that God was not real. We were asked to take a poll to say whether God is fact, opinion or myth and she told anyone who said fact or opinion was wrong and God was only a myth,” Jordan Wooley addressed the Katy, Texas School Board.
Jordan Wooley is a seventh grader who attends West Memorial Junior High School – a school district just west of Houston, Texas. When her reading teacher insisted that God was not real and that answers to the contrary would warrant their grades being docked – Jordan instinctively knew that the teacher was pushing her own viewpoints on the class and threatening to fail them – was wrong!
“The teacher started telling kids they were completely wrong and that when kids argued we were told we would get in trouble. When I tried to argue, she told me to prove it, and I tried to reference things such as the Bible and stories I have read before from people who have died and went to heaven but came back and told their stories, and she told me both were just things people were doing to get attention.”
“I know it wasn’t just me who was affected by it. My friend, she went home and started crying. She was supposed to come with me but she didn’t know if she could because she was so upset,” Wooley said.
Chantel Wooley, Jordan’s mom, said her daughter was not willing to renounce her faith in God, despite reports that the test accounts for approximately 40 percent of the reading class grade.
Superintendent Alton Frailey responded to Jordan, “I’m truly sorry that you feel that your faith was questioned.
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,” he added. “We definitely will look into that. Thank you very much. It was very brave of you. Thank you, honey. Good job.”
The Next Leap Forward
To stand up for what you believe in – is an admirable quality for anyone – in seventh grade it can be heroic.
In it’s simplest form – a fundamental measure of leadership. It’s the difference in your child’s path to adulthood – will they be a follower or a leader?
Far too many seventh graders go along to get along. Jordan Wooley stood up for her principles, and took the road less traveled –
all the makings of a future leader.