- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Parents are expected to confront a central Pennsylvania school board for changing how second-graders will learn about Asian culture.

WHTM-TV (https://bit.ly/1jpR4C9 ) reports Shippensburg School District has announced that the younger students won’t learn about “Asian culture through the religious beliefs of that region.”

Some parents are criticizing the decision as “xenophobic” or “bigoted” while others pushed for an applauded the change.

School Superintendent Beth Bender says the change is being made because educators feel younger students aren’t able to fairly compare religious views, because they’re still being taught their own family’s faith.

She says elementary students also don’t learn Pennsylvania culture from a religious perspective.

The district believes it makes more sense to wait until students are in middle and high school to teach the religious aspects of any culture.


Information from: WHTM-TV, https://www.whtm.com

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