Parents are expressing concern after learning that a high school class in Pitt County is teaching students vocabulary using Islamic-themed questions.
According to Brock Letchworth, the spokesperson for Pitt County Schools, Farmville Central High School has a senior English class that includes the Islamic-themed vocabulary lesson. Parents first notified NewsChannel 12 about the lesson Friday morning.
Below are some of the questions in a sentence completion exercise:
21. I imagine myself in the place that I've been reading about. This lesson has been __________ to -- that is, has led to --an imaginary trip to the ancient Islamic world.
25. Mohammed has just finished speaking when I arrive, but I hope the opportunity to hear him will _________. I'd like another chance.
26. There are such vast numbers of people who are anxious to spread the Muslim faith that it would be impossible to give a(n) _________ amount.
conductive ---> Mohammed, who was familiar with the teachings of Judaism and Christianity, found solitude to be conductive to understanding proper faith. He also found meditation to be helpful.
zenith ---> The zenith of any Muslim's life is a trip to Mecca. The trip is the highest point of a Muslim's early path because Mecca is considered the Muslim's holy city.
In a statement, Pitt County Schools says, "The course is designed to accompany the world literature text, which emphasizes culture in literature."
Schools officials say they looked into the matter, and learned that the lesson was taken directly from a state-adopted supplemental workbook published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston.
The school district's statement continues as follows:
"This workbook includes a series of weekly vocabulary lessons, and the lessons are used to teach vocabulary in context. Lessons are divided into a trio of topics --including expression, civilization and the environment. This particular lesson was pulled from the civilization section of the workbook.
"Our school system understands ll concerns related to proselytizing, and there is no place for in in our instruction. However, this particular lesson was one of many the students in this class have had and will have that exposes them to the various religions and how they shape cultures throughout the world."
Facebook user Dianne Lynn Savage -- who is upset about the vocabulary lesson -- posted a viral video of her reading the questions.
"They are indoctrinating our children... again," Savage said in her video, urging parents to help stop the lesson.
You can watch Savage's video by CLICKING HERE. The video already had about 152,000 views on Savage's Facebook page by late Friday morning.
The Farmville Police Department posted the following message on Facebook:
"I want to let everyone know that I have seen the video post about Farmville Central High School and it is being looked into by the PCSO [Pitt County Sheriff's Office]. The safety of your children is of the utmost importance to FCHS, the Farmville Police Department, and the PCSO."