This may be a silly question, but it was under my assumption that I must teach the standards-based curriculum of my state...However, I have a student whose parent is very insistent that their child NOT be taught a standard because it is against their religion. I respectfully took that parent's concern and have adjusted the assignment in question multiple times to where the information now required is very expository and generalized and research-based (where they get to choose their own sources). I've also sought advice from my principal who sought advice from the district and my union rep. My union rep says it's ed code that I teach the standards, which I can't seem to find online. (Help with that?) My principal wants to keep trying all kinds of alternatives, and my district wants to do the same. But like I said, after so many alternatives beginning with analysis to knowledge-based activities, I feel like I'm fighting a losing battle with the parent who refuses to have their child learn about this topic (which BTW is not science related or related to reproduction, if thats what you're wondering about). So, am I required as a fully credentialed teacher to teach the standards? Or are standards simply guidelines? When I first received my credential X-number of years ago, It was my understanding that I must teach the standards to uphold it. Any insight is appreciated.