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

Boston Public Schools Expose Students to Islamist Lies

Last year, the Wellesley Middle School was caught in a nasty controversy when my organization, Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT), released a shocking video of a student trip to the Roxbury megamosque.

Viewers could see mosque staffers teach the students unadulterated propaganda – among other things, that Muslim women got the vote before women in the West. They also saw Wellesley boys prostrating themselves to Allah alongside Muslim men. The controversy was covered extensively on Boston TV and radio, and the video was seen by almost 500,000 people on YouTube.

As a result, Wellesley schools no longer visit that mosque. Good. But we also asked Wellesley school administrators to go back to the students and correct the false information they were taught, and then to explain what propaganda is.

They refused, and as far as we know, a class full of Wellesley students still believe these falsehoods and don’t know they were lied to. Why are school administrators afraid to tell the truth?

Now, the Newton public school system is enmeshed in a similar controversy about deceptive lessons concerning Muslim women. This time there is an anti-Semitic theme. As with Wellesley, the Newton school administrators are refusing to tell the children they were lied to.

It began when a Newton parent learned that his daughter was being taught – in a school handout — that Israelis incarcerate, torture and kill Palestinian women.

The material came from “The Arab World StudiesThe Arab World Studies Notebook Notebook,” which has been condemned by serious educators as blatant propaganda. How did this get into the curriculum?

Margo Einstein, Newton’s pro- Jewish “community organizer,” sparked a growing and organized effort to challenge the Newton schools. She has gathered a team of parents and researchers to review the textbooks and circular materials that are being used to teach about Arabs, Jews, Muslims and Christians in our schools.

As a taxpaying Newton resident, I was allowed to address the School Committee last week. A summary of my remarks (below) sketches out the problem and should give enough examples to make us all concerned:

Teachers in the Newton schools gave students a handout that defamed Israel’s Jews as monsters and savages who imprison, torture and kill Palestinian women. This is not only untrue, the opposite is true, that is, if you want to give students truly horrific examples of violence, murder and intolerance in the Middle East, you have all you can possibly want in Palestinian, Arab and Muslim behavior and history. And not just history – just review the violence of the Arab Spring, the daily slaughter of civilians in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

But as the Newton schools are guided by what is politically correct, our students cannot learn about any examples of non-Western misconduct. (You are programming our students not to judge the “Other” – only people like us.)

For example, Arabs today have black slaves in Sudan and Mauritania.

But you cannot teach that truth. It does not fit the politically correct narrative, that evil in the world comes from white Europeans – and everyone else is a victim. If you point out the obvious, you are a bigot, blaming the victim.

Newton students come from a culture that would not normally abandon blacks who are enslaved today. Nor would they abandon women or gays who are oppressed, but your politically correct education ensures that our children will not learn about the plights of these people in the Islamic realm, or anywhere outside the West for that matter – or that they will be afraid to speak about it. You will have taught them that.

But you (Newton schools) did give students ‘A Muslim Primer,’ which touts as the best guide to understanding Islam and human rights, by the Egyptian scholar Sayyid Qutb. But it turns out that Sayyid Qutb is the intellectual father of the Muslim Brotherhood. His books are filled with calls for Jihad against Christian, Jewish and secular Muslim societies. The book you gave them promotes the man who inspired Osama bin Laden.

Women in the Muslim world are third-class citizens. But nobody will explain this in Newton to our students. It’s taboo.

Instead, Newton North students have been given handouts describing the Muslim world as, I kid you not, ‘a world where womanhood reigns supreme,’ where women are freer than Western women, who apparently ‘have less control over their destiny.’

Gays are hanged in public squares in Iran, and Christians are besieged by mobs in Cairo, driven from Iraq and terrified in Damascus. But these essential facts are not politically correct and therefore taboo in Newton schools.

Newton students have a text called ‘World History/Human Legacy,’ which teaches that Mohammed shared his preaching with the Jews of Yathrib.

But the book doesn’t say that when the Jews rejected Mohammed, he beheaded the men in front of their families and took the terrified Jewish children and women as slaves.

In Newton, students read from a book called ‘Islam: the Straight Path,’ which calls the Torah and the Gospels degenerate and perverted.

You eliminated the ‘Arab World Studies Notebook,’ after we protested.

But if this poison, and so many others things we could point out to you, have penetrated your filters, we cannot be asked to trust you. We want to see what you are teaching our children. Yet, counter to your own rules, you have refused.

You have not, as far as we know, corrected the defamation of the Jews that you brought into the classroom. So Newton students may continue to believe that the Israelis torture and murder Palestinian women.

You did not investigate how this happened so that you can search out and eliminate other poisonous texts. You have not warned other school boards that this happened to you. You should have been shocked and apologetic. Instead, you want us to go away.

So: We want to know what you are teaching our children. Making us jump through hoops, treating us like this, is indecent.

I believe that the School Committee is composed of intelligent, well-meaning individuals. I also believe they are unaware of the cultural and political bias that permeates much of education today.

They may be guided by a desire to increase American students’ understanding of global issues but their efforts have been hijacked to promote false narratives and a lethal agenda. I urge the School Committee to make all syllabus and curricula openly available to the parents and taxpayers of Newton. In the age of the Internet, there is no excuse to hide what is being taught to the next generation.

Note: This article was penned by Charles Jacobs for The Jewish Advocate and cross posted from Radical Islam.

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.

The Historical Reality of the Muslim Conquests

Raymond Ibrahim

Because it is now almost axiomatic for American school textbooks to whitewash all things Islamic (see here for example), it may be instructive to examine one of those aspects that are regularly distorted: the Muslim conquests.

Few events of history are so well documented and attested to as are these conquests, which commenced soon after the death of the Muslim prophet Muhammad (632) and tapered off circa 750. Large swathes of the Old World—from the India in the east, to Spain in the west—were conquered and consolidated by the sword of Islam during this time, with more after (e.g., the Ottoman conquests).

By the standards of history, the reality of these conquests is unassailable, for history proper concerns itself with primary sources; and the Islamic conquests are thoroughly documented. More importantly, the overwhelming majority of primary source materials we rely on do not come from non-Muslims, who might be accused of bias. Rather, the foremost historians bequeathing to posterity thousands of pages of source materials documenting the Islamic conquests were not only Muslims themselves; they were—and still are—regarded by today’s Muslims as pious and trustworthy scholars (generically, the ulema). Continue reading

Islam in Virginia’s Public Schools, part 2

This is part II of a three part series on the Virginia Department of Education’s attempt to push Islam while purging Christianity and even Capitalism from our children’s classrooms. In Part I of this story we looked specifically at the extraordinary amount of indoctrination the Standards of Learning place on Islam and the Muslim Culture and Theological History. In this section we will take a close look at the purging of Christianity and Capitalism, replaced by mandatory teaching that the government is the great protector of society. To accomplish this goal, the DoE has revised, altered and selectively edited words, paragraphs, historic events and entire civilizations.

Continue reading on Examiner.com Virginia SOL’s push Islam and Far Left Agenda in Virginia Schools Part II – Richmond Political Buzz | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/political-buzz-in-richmond/virginia-sol-s-push-islam-and-far-left-agenda-virginia-schools-part-ii#ixzz1SZWt02mv

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.

Continue reading on Examiner.com Virginia SOL’s push Islam and Far Left Agenda in Virginia Schools Part 1 – Richmond Political Buzz | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/political-buzz-in-richmond/virginia-sol-s-push-islam-and-far-left-agenda-virginia-schools#ixzz1SZW0E6dX

Columbus, Islam, and Revisionist History

This is not going to be pleasant, but the truth needs to be told.

I learned recently that a student at a local junior college was told by a history professor that Muslims were in North America long before Columbus arrived here. Where in the world did this professor get this impression? What evidence is there to substantiate such a wild claim? Is her statement backed by other historians?

A group identified as The Middle East Policy Council (MEPC), with the assistance of Arab World and Islamic Resources (AWAIR), published a manual in 1998, and revised it in 2002. The manual, called the Arab World Studies Notebook, and which I have a copy of, is a 540 page manual in a 3-ring binder geared specifically toward educators. It contains background material written by a number of authors, lesson plans for instructors, classroom activities, and lists of additional resources for each topic covered.

The MEPC hosted “educational seminars” on Islam throughout the U.S. to help school instructors better understand Islam and prepare them to teach this subject in classrooms. Teachers were given free or reduced-price copies of the workbook. The MEPC even pitched the workbook directly to school boards in an attempt to have it adopted into the local curriculum of various school districts. According to various sources, over 20,000 copies of the workbook found their way into the hands of educators. Continue reading

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.