Florida State Rep: History Textbook an Islam love fest

From The Daily Caller

A Florida school board is reviewing a state-approved world history textbook used in an Advanced Placement class over claims that the book covers Islam in loving, rah-rah detail while giving short shrift to Christianity and Judaism.

The textbook – called simply World History – is published under Pearson’s Prentice Hall imprint and is currently in use in an A.P. class in Brevard County schools—and in school districts across the country.

It contains a 36-page chapter fondly devoted to “Muslim Civilizations,” reports FOX News. Sections include discussions of the rise of Islam and the growth of the Muslim empire.

Take a wild guess about the number of chapters the book dedicates to Christianity or Judaism. That’s right: zero.

“It’s remarkably one-sided,” said Ritch Workman, a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives who raised the ruckus that started the review process. Continue reading

Florida history textbook under fire

Prentice Hall World History

Prentice Hall World History

Yet another so-called history textbook is under fire, this time in Florida. And like other similar cases around the country, this textbook teaches a revisionist and sugar-coated view of Islam and devotes much more coverage to Islam than any other world religion.

Todd Starnes of Fox News reports in this article one glaring example of a sugar-coated revisionist history stated as fact in this book. The book says, “Jihad may be interpreted as a holy war to defend Islam and the Muslim community, much like the Crusades to defend Christianity.” At best, this statement is misleading and incomplete, and at worst it is inaccurate and wrong. One should expect students in our public schools to receive accurate and truthful information, particularly when studying history. Continue reading

Texas School Superintendent Defends CSCOPE

Teachers using the controversial curriculum management system, CSCOPE, aren’t standing in front of the classroom telling students that “Allah is God,” Assistant Superintendent Dr. Tim Powers told his fellow Rotarians today.

“We don’t do that,” said Powers, to a group of about 100 members and guests at the weekly Wichita Falls Rotary Club meeting.

“Do you honestly believe we would allow teachers to promote one religion over another?” said Powers, the Rotary president. “We teach the religions of the world. Again, if you don’t want us to teach the world’s religions in the classroom, contact your legislator. Because the Legislature requires that we teach the world’s religions.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Texas students told to wear burkas

There’s a new controversy in Texas involving the online public school curriculum called CSCOPE, which already has been the subject of heated debate and state legislative hearings.

There are reports now that students were made to wear Muslim burqas as part of their public school lessons.

CSCOPE has been facing criticism over its alleged Islamic and anti-American bias. It is a “curriculum management system” now used in 80 percent of Texas classrooms. It recently was the subject of a heated inquiry that culminated in hearings conducted by the Texas Senate Education Committee chaired by state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/students-made-to-wear-burqas-in-u-s-state/#iAtKtAgqFDRSSshg.99

ACT for America Education releases report on Islam in the classroom

The line between “education” and “indoctrination” is, at times, a fine one, and often not a clear one. However, common sense dictates that greater care should be taken to avoid what appears to be indoctrination when the objects of the information are children and youth. Experience demonstrates that children are more malleable than adults. Adults can be reasonably expected to be more able than children to distinguish between objective education and indoctrination.

Therefore, what is taught to children in our public schools should be subjected to a higher standard of scrutiny in order to ensure that what is taking place in the classroom is “education” rather than “indoctrination.” This is especially the case when the subject matter is world religions.

This Report does not argue that Islam should not be taught in our public schools. The major religions of the world are one part of our human history, and to exclude teaching about them impedes our understanding of who we are and why the world is at it is.

But when it comes to the teaching of any religion, Islam included, extra care should be exercised by textbook writers and teachers to ensure that what is being taught to their diverse student population is in fact “education” and not “indoctrination.” In public schools Muslim parents would no more want their children indoctrinated in Christianity,Judaism or Hinduism than Christian, Jewish or Hindu parents would want their children indoctrinated in Islam – regardless of whether what amounted to indoctrination was the result of honest mistakes, inattention to detail, ignorance of the subject matter, or bias.

Thus the question posed by this Report. Does the manner in which Islam is generally presented in 6th through 12th grade public school textbooks constitute proper and appropriate education – or does it amount to indoctrination?

Is Islam presented in a manner in which facts are embellished and its virtues exaggerated, while unfavorable, negative or detrimental information about the religion is omitted, glossed over, understated, or rationalized, thus amounting to “indoctrination” rather than education?

Is Islam presented in a manner that leads students to predetermined conclusions about the religion that are unsupported by historical facts and critical analysis, amounting to “teach[ing] (a person or group) to accept a set of beliefs uncritically?”

This Report set out to address and answer these questions. For as the British philosopher and educator Richard Stanley Peters wrote: “What matters is not what any individual thinks, but what is true. A teacher who does not equip his pupils with the rudimentary tools to discover this is substituting indoctrination for teaching.” (As quoted on http://quotes.yourdictionary.com/indoctrination.)

To download and read the full report, click here.

Video: Muslim woman indoctrinates youngsters

This video was taken in the week after September 11, 2001 and is filmed apparently in a public school, and probably a first grade classroom, judging by the children. This woman attempts to equate wearing the hijab to Catholic nuns in their habits, and makes several other attempts at moral equivalency: We’re all the same; we just dress differently. Nonsense.