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February 24, 2008

Do You Know What Your Children Are Learning?

Filed under: Islam,research — historyaliveexposed @ 4:20 am

This website will focus on Islamic influence in our American public schools through the use of public school history textbooks. This has been happening for the past twenty years. The following quote clearly outlines the agenda of radical Islamic organizations in the United States.

Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) spokesperson Ibrahim Hooper’s 1993 statement to the Minneapolis Star Tribune regarding the use of the American educational system as a means to preference and impose Shari’a law in the U.S., highlights the efforts of Islamic radicals to win the hearts and minds of the next generation.  Hooper said, I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I wouldn’t like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future.  But I’m not going to do anything violent to promote that. I’m going to do it through education.”

Council of American Islamic Relations’ founder and chairman publicly stated in 1998: “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith but to become dominant. The Quaran should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”

One of the most egregious textbooks is History Alive! It’s published by the Teachers Curriculum Institute (TCI) and is affiliated with AWAIR and Audrey Shabaz. AWAIR’s Arab World Notebook is the primary Arab funded teacher-training program. TCI writes textbook entries and social studies curricula to meet standards in 20 states, including California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Speakers are provided from Islamic organizations to speak with students.

William J. Bennetta of The Textbook League describes how History Alive!, published by the Teacher’s Curriculum Institute, is not only historically inaccurate and purposely misleading; it teaches Islam as historical fact in order to teach the religion.

He also writes, “When the Supreme Court of the United States decided the case of Edwards v. Aguillard (in 1987), the Court declared that the Constitution of the United States enjoins public schools from delivering instruction that is “tailored to the principles or prohibitions of any religious sect or dogma.” [http://www.textbookleague.org/tci-az.htm#r30] Bennetta explains The Islamic Networks Group’s (ING) endorsement of not only TCI textbooks and supplementary educational material but also CIE and AWAIR:ING is a Muslim propaganda agency based in San Jose, California. On its Web site, on a page headlined “Tips for Teaching About Islam in the Context of Social Studies and World History” [note 12], ING recommends the publications of three organizations. The first of these is the Council on Islamic Education (CIE), the Muslim pressure group that I cited earlier in this report. The second is AWAIR: Arab World And Islamic Resources and School Services, a Muslim propaganda agency that seems to operate from Abiquiu, New Mexico. The third is TCI.”

“TCI is not the only schoolbook company that sells books which carry Muslim propaganda and serve as vehicles for Islamic indoctrination, yet TCI is the only schoolbook company whose products are endorsed by the ING. TCI evidently enjoys an especially close relationship with the ING (and perhaps with other Muslim agencies).”

The IGN website was connected to several Islamist websites including one in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. Its website is devoted to corrupting American history–and endorses TCI textbooks. ING provides Islamic outreach and has Islamic Speakers Bureaus in many States throughout the country. Gilbert Sewall, of the American Textbook Council: Islam and the Textbooks homepage with updates, American Textbook Council reviews History Alive!: “According to the History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond front matter, the chief author-advisor on Islam is Ayad Al-Qazzaz, professor of sociology at California State University, Sacramento. Al Quazzaz is a Muslim apologist, a frequent speaker in Northern California school districts promoting Islam and Arab causes. Al-Qazzaz also co-wrote AWAIR’s Arab World Notebook. AWAIR stands for Arab World and Islamic Resources, an opaque, proselytizing “nonprofit organization” that conducts teacher workshops and sells supplementary materials to schools. History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond‘s lessons titled “Jihad” and “Shari’ah: Islamic Law” are extracted below. These passages come from the student edition, copyright 2005, pages 101 through 103. They should put speculation to rest about what California’s seventh-grade students may learn about Islam. At the very least, the passages are incomplete. More precisely, they are dishonest. Neither passage explains the essentially religious nature of the subject. It ignores any challenge to international security and western-style law. The treatment is lyrical and loaded, echoing the language recommended by Islamist consultants.”

Please see link for textbook extractions and Sewell’s analysis: http://www.historytextbooks.org/islam.htm ]
Update- ck this link  for Sewell instead- http://www.meforum.org/559/islam-and-the-textbooks

As Lee Kaplan describes it for Front Page Magazine:

“The content of TCI’s book and resource material for its Modern Middle East curriculum unit is blatantly anti-Israeli. High school teachers are instructed to require class exercises” designed to pit some students in roles as advantaged Jews against other students as disadvantaged and unfairly treated Palestinian Arabs. The teachers, representing a world power, are instructed to intentionally and unfairly side against Arabs to suggest the existence of favoritism to Jews. The course material is quite shocking and clearly biased.

Furthermore, the TCI material turns Middle East history on its head. It does not present the history of Arab terrorism against Israel much less outline its extent over the last 55 years. The theme is constantly implied, stated and reiterated that Israel is a foreign entity that stole the Palestinians’ “country.” There is no mention that more than half of Israel’s population is indigenous to the area or victims of Arab pogroms. In fact, any Arab violence discussed at all is couched as being done in self-defense against Jewish persecution or “terrorism” against Arabs in the region. The same distortions are taught in Saudi and Palestinian schools where they help raise the next generation of Islamic terrorists and suicide bombers or their sympathizers. This is the same type of educational system in the Arab world that roils and intensifies the Middle East conflict. It works over there, so why not here?” http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/4197

“In addition, a comparison of lesson plans matches materials in Palestinian classrooms as outlined in reports by the Center For Monitoring the Impact of Peace (November 2001-2003).”

“Prentice-Hall’s passion for pushing this agenda may even extend to violating California state law according to one Santa Rosa attorney alarmed by what he saw in his children’s textbooks. A parent who asked to remain anonymous, he resides in Santa Rosa, California, and has been advocating such textbooks be banned from his local school district because they violate state laws against indoctrination. He has been divulging to the public what is going on in his children’s textbooks regarding CIE’s involvement with all the publishers in this situation. California state and federal laws through the U.S. Department of Education require that publishers like Prentice-Hall log all complaints against their textbooks and make such complaints available to the public and authorities. Prentice-Hall has yet to provide examples of complaints against their books. Click here to read the article [ http://frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID={3F8C053C-53D2-49CC-B393-85F4CD79A32B}}