Jordan Wooley is a 7th grade student at West Memorial Junior High School in Katy, Texas.
After receiving an assignment that made her uncomfortable, she chose to
speak before the board of the Katy Independent School District:
“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 a
myth and she told anyone who said fact or opinion was wrong and God was
only a myth.”
“Mythology”, according to dictionary.com, is a fairly nuanced term:
“…a set of stories, traditions, or beliefs associated with a particular
group or the history of an event, arising naturally or deliberately
A “myth”, then, can be based in fact or fiction but the students may not
have been aware of that definition, and the teacher may not have been
using it, myth, as a colloquialism, implies a fictional base.
Several students were very upset by the assignment; some of them because
any student who persisted in claiming that God is real faced a
reduction in grades. Jordan continued:
“Another student asked the teacher if we could put what we believe in
the paper, and she said we could … but you would fail the paper if you
I had known before that our schools aren’t really supposed to teach us
much about religion or question religion. When I asked my teacher about
it she said it doesn’t have anything to do with religion because the
problem is just saying there is no God.”
When Jordan was asked how the interaction made her feel, she responded:
“I felt like she was taking away my religion, what I believe is true.”
The seventh-grader had previously challenged her school when they held
no memorial on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, naming the day
“National Make Your Bed Day” instead.
The school board has promised to look into the situation.