Islam Information Dropping from Social Studies in Schools?

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School officials have dropped most of the Tennessee middle school social studies standards involving Islam as part of newly proposed standards.

The Kingsport Times-News reports that an entire section on Islam currently taught to seventh-graders has been removed from the state Board of Education's draft, which went online for public review Sept. 15. Most of the sections involving Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and other religions have remained in the draft in some form.

Public comment is open through Oct. 28. A Standards Recommendation Committee will make the ultimate recommendation for new social studies standards to the board in early 2017, with implementation taking place in the 2019-20 school year.

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The State Board of Education Director of Policy and Research says the new standards are more manageable and "age-appropriate."

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