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.

Islam in Virginia’s Public Schools, part 1

It seems  that Virginia Board of Education has hijacked the Virginia Standards of Learning as a tool to indoctrinate our children in Islam to the near exclusion of Christianity and all other religions.

The pro-Islamic discrimination in our public school texts favors Islam in secular schools, revises history and obscures Sharia law including treatment of non-Muslims. Students are not exposed to fundamental Islam’s goal of imposing Sharia law on all peoples and suppressing all other religions.

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Welcome!

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.