For far too long now, educators have gotten away with presenting a sanitized version of Islam in our public schools. Some times this is done intentionally by instructors who toe the politically correct line so prevalent these days and wish to say nothing that might in some way “offend” someone else, even if it is the truth. At other times, educators have no choice in the matter, as they are required to teach from accepted and approved curriculum.
Additionally, textbook publishers portray a very rosy version of Islam in mainstream publications, while at the same time denigrating other world religions to cast them in a much less favorable light compared to the view Islam receives.
This website was started by one man who has studied Islam at the graduate level while pursuing a Master’s degree, and who has been teaching Islam at the college level for the past five years. Other contributors to the site will include concerned parents, students, those who have been fighting their individual battles at the local school district levelwith inaccurate portrayals of Islam. It is our goal to expose this issue, raise awareness, compile resources, document errant textbooks, identify schools and educators engaged in this unwelcome activity, and form strategies to ensure our children and future students are provided only the truth in classrooms.
Many other groups around the nation have endeavored to do something similar, but there exists no single place where all the various pieces of research, papers, articles, and critiques can be found together. One must poke, prod, and search the internet to find these scattered gems. It is my hope to bring to this site the best materials I find and gather them all into one place – a clearinghouse for information on the presentation of Islam in our public schools.