In a time of rising Islamophobia and anti-Muslim bias, the Tennessee State Board of Education is poised to approve new social studies standards for middle schoolers that would reduce instruction on Islam. During a revision process that took place over the summer, members of an educator advisory team made adjustments to a section of the social studies

standards for seventh graders titled “Islamic World, 400 A.D./C.E. – 1500s,” according to local newspaper the Kingsport Times News. Content from this section has been shuffled and reincorporated into other units, a spokesperson for the board told The Huffington Post on Wednesday. The revision comes several months after parents and legislators raised concerns that seventh grade curriculum on Islam was resulting in religious “indoctrination.” READ MORE