Mother Furious at “Questionable Answers” on Son’s Homework on Islam

A photo snapped by a North Carolina mother recently went viral, along with her heated rant.

Apparently her son, a freshman at Porter Ridge High School in Union County, brought home a worksheet on Islam with some “questionable answers. The mother immediately contacted both the school and her local news station after reviewing her son’s worksheet – deeply angered by what she saw.

worksheet questionable answers

You can see the original worksheet by clicking here and here if you want to formulate your own opinions.

What bothered her the most, she said, was the sentence, “Most Muslims’ faith is stronger than the average Christian.”

She went on to say, “My child had to describe the five pillars of Islam. If you can’t learn the 10 commandments, you cannot learn the five pillars of Islam. That’s just wrong. I have chosen in my home not to teach my child these things. I don’t feel it’s the school’s right.”

The mother who sent in this tip has asked to remain anonymous, so her son will not be singled out or harassed at school.

It’s important to remember that this viral photo of the worksheet only had the answers her son filled in; it has yet to be confirmed with the school or teacher in question whether those were actually the correct answers.

worksheet questionable answers

This photo has been making rounds on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and other social media sites.

Like most other trending topics, the comment section is full of conspiracy theorists, death threats, and copies of the principal and teacher’s email addresses (and phone numbers), so angry people can call in additional threats.

What do you think? Was the mother out of line when she sent photos of the worksheet to local news stations? Or was this worksheet going “too far”?

worksheet questionable answers


Grace Buchele Mineta is a quirky Texan freelancer, living in Tokyo with her Japanese salaryman husband. She runs the blog “Texan in Tokyo”, where she draws comics about her daily life as a newlywed navigating silly cultural misunderstandings as an interracial couple.


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