Saturday, March 7, 2009

How Islam Is Portrayed In Our Textbooks

Also see this posting at Jihad Watch.

Have you checked your child's textbooks lately? For that matter, have you checked other teaching materials your child is learning from?

This 2004 article by Paul Sperry explains one of the moving forces behind the Islamification of our nation's textbooks. Excerpt:
A top textbook consultant shaping classroom education on Islam in American public schools recently worked for a school funded and controlled by the Saudi government, which propagates a rigidly anti-Western strain of Islam, a WorldNetDaily investigation reveals.

The consultant, Susan L. Douglass, has also praised Pakistan's madrassa schools as "proud symbols of learning," even after the U.S. government blamed them for fueling the rise of the Taliban and al-Qaida.

Douglass, routinely described as a "scholar" or "historian," has edited manuscripts of world history textbooks used by middle and high school students across the country. She's also advised state education boards on curriculum standards dealing with world religion, and has helped train thousands of public school teachers on Islamic instruction.

In effect, she is responsible for teaching millions of American children about Islam, experts say, while operating in relative obscurity.
Read the rest here.

Remember this: on a typical school day, your child spends more time in school than with his parents.

Never underestimate the power of classroom teaching.

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