WHS patriotism questioned at governing board meeting. See more education stories here

| September 20, 2017

By Wendy Howell • Williams News

Concerned military veterans converged at the Williams Unified School District (WUSD) Governing Board meeting Sept. 13 over rumors of anti-American teaching at Williams High School (WHS).

Approximately 20 veterans attended the meeting where several addressed the board and Superintendent Rick Honsinger regarding rumors that some teachers were discouraging patriotism and encouraging Islamic beliefs. …

However, WHS world history teacher Kellie O’Toole-Lee, followed the presentation by reading a letter to the board. …

“Arizona State Social Studies standards require that world religions, including Islam, be taught as part of the world history standards,” she said. “As WUSD teachers adhere to state standards, Islam and other world religions are getting equal time in the curriculum for world history. The material is provided factually and provides students with an understanding of other cultures throughout history. There’s no personal opinion and no favoritism involved.”

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