Proselytization vs Education
Teaching about Islam in American Public Schools
This paper argues for the importance of religious literacy in the American public education system in relation to Islam, a religion that is not only growing in relevance that is also subject to various misconceptions in American society. The author outlines what an appropriate lesson plan about Islam would look like in the context of a secular classroom while pointing out limitations and shortfalls in current lesson plans. Additionally, the multiple controversies raised by teaching about Islam in public schools, particularly on behalf of conservative media outlets, are highlighted to emphasize the difference between proselytization - which is unconstitutional - and religious literacy - which is key to providing a well-rounded education to American students.
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