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Islamic group banned from Seminole schools

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June

Pic_islam Speakers from the Academy for Learning Islam in Sanford came to Seminole's Lake Brantley High School to talk about the Islamic culture. By the end of the class period, though, the talk strayed to the touchy topic of religion instead. And some parents soon complained that the group was trying to convert their children, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Representatives from the Academy said they had no intent to push religion. But the damage had already been done.

Seminole officials are now reevaluating their rules for who can make classroom presentations. Teachers will have stricter guidelines before the new school year begins, officials told the Sentinel.

It's an interesting issue, that of controlling the conversation in the classroom. What if a student had brought up the topic of the Islamic religion instead of an outside speaker? Just wondering.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:46am]

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