The Subversive Agenda of our Public Schools


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But no such luck. Another text, Prentice Hall’s Medieval and Early Modern Times even goes so far as to call medieval Muslim Spain a “multicultural society.” History Alive! says that in medieval Spain “a unique culture flourished in cities like Cordoba and Toledo, where Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived together in peace.”[10] Of course, this is a common historical myth today: even the conservative flagship National Review gushed in 2002 about medieval Spain as a multicultural paradise featuring “a vibrant economy and an adventurous intellectual community, ruled by a benign Islamic monarch whose Jewish right-hand man helps bring about a mutually beneficial relationship with Orthodox Christians.”[11]

But pace Dr. Goebbels, constant repetition does not make this sort of thing true, and it has no business being in a school textbook where it can mislead students about exactly what kind of society jihadists wish to establish by imposing Sharia. Even historian Maria Rosa Menocal, who has with her book, The Ornament of the World, popularized the notion of a tolerant, pluralistic Islamic al-Andalus, acknowledged in that book that Christians and Jews living in Muslim Spain had to abide by the laws of dhimmitude that enforced their second-class status. In return for a relative religious freedom, she writes, Jews and Christians “were required to pay a special tax — no Muslims paid taxes — and to observe a number of restrictive regulations: Christians and Jews were prohibited from attempting to proselytize Muslims, from building new places of worship, from displaying crosses or ringing bells. In sum, they were forbidden most public displays of their religious rituals.”[12]

Historian Kenneth Baxter Wolf observes that, once they conquered Spain, the new Muslim rulers enacted a series of laws largely “aimed at limiting those aspects of the Christian cult which seemed to compromise the dominant position of Islam.” After enumerating a list of such laws, he adds, “Aside from such cultic restrictions most of the laws were simply designed to underscore the position of the dimmîs as second-class citizens.”[13]

A “multicultural society”? Not in the way that the students who use the Prentice Hall textbook will understand the term.

Sharia in general gets short shrift in these texts. Students learn that it “makes no distinction between religious beliefs and daily life” (Medieval to Early Modern Times), and that it “helps Muslims live by the teachings of the Qur’an,” (History Alive!), but they hear nothing about stonings or amputation or the subjugation of women and dhimmis. Sharia “is an Arabic word meaning ‘the way that leads to God,’” explains Prentice Hall, but says nothing about the fate that awaits those who, in this life, falter on that way.[14]

FP: What role are teachers’ unions playing?

Spencer: They are either clueless or complicit.

FP: Why are you participating on this panel and what do you hope it will help achieve?

Spencer: I hope by participating in this panel to raise awareness of the corruption of our public school textbooks, so that it may be reversed.

FP: Thanks Robert Spencer.

We welcome all of those interested to come attend this discussion. The panel will be Tuesday night, January 11, at 7 pm at the Luxe Hotel Sunset (11461 Sunset Blvd) in Los Angeles. For more info, Click Here.

Notes:

[1] Gilbert T. Sewall, “Islam in the Classroom: What the Textbooks Tell Us,” American Textbook Council, June 2008. P. 6.

[2] Gilbert T. Sewall, “Islam in the Classroom: What the Textbooks Tell Us,” American Textbook Council, June 2008. Pp. 19-20.

[3] Gilbert T. Sewall, “Islam in the Classroom: What the Textbooks Tell Us,” American Textbook Council, June 2008. P. 20.

[4] “Judge rules Islamic education OK in California classrooms,” WorldNetDaily, December 13, 2003.

[5] Gilbert T. Sewall, “Islam in the Classroom: What the Textbooks Tell Us,” American Textbook Council, June 2008. P. 18.

[6] Gilbert T. Sewall, “Islam in the Classroom: What the Textbooks Tell Us,” American Textbook Council, June 2008. P. 18.

[7] Gilbert T. Sewall, “Islam in the Classroom: What the Textbooks Tell Us,” American Textbook Council, June 2008. P. 19.

[8] “Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo Speaks Out on Education,” Yorktown Patriot,

April 1, 2004.

[9] Gilbert T. Sewall, “Islam in the Classroom: What the Textbooks Tell Us,” American Textbook Council, June 2008. Pp. 15-16.

[10] Gilbert T. Sewall, “Islam in the Classroom: What the Textbooks Tell Us,” American Textbook Council, June 2008. P. 23.

[11] Scott Galupo, “Progress and Islam: The mini-enlightenment that was Andalusia,” National Review Online, May 30, 2002.

[12] María Rosa Menocal, The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain, Little, Brown, 2002. Pp. 72-3.

[13] Kenneth Baxter Wolf, Christian Martyrs in Muslim Spain, Cambridge University Press, 1988. Pp. 9, 10.

[14] Gilbert T. Sewall, “Islam in the Classroom: What the Textbooks Tell Us,” American Textbook Council, June 2008. Pp. 21-22.

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  • Chezwick_Mac

    As one whose extended family members include three educators, I can corroborate Robert's assertion that such teachers are "clueless or complicit." One particular in-law teaches Middle School Social Studies…and once, after attending a seminar on how to teach Islam, she enthusiastically parlayed to me how 1) "Islam is not a monolith", and 2) "suicide bombers have nothing to do with the religion".

    I had to patiently explain to her that while Islam is indeed NOT a monolith, that it encompasses many regions and cultures, and that while the Muslims in northern Nigeria – for example – have cultural and linguistic differences with the Muslims in northwest Pakistan, the respective Sharia laws in both societies (and all others) encompass the identical hudud punishments of stonings, amputations and the killing of apostates. I could see her enthusiasm wane before my eyes.

    As for suicide bombings, I asked her if any of the seminar panelists were Muslim clerics; she answered no. I went on to explain how the Grand Mufti of Cairo, the closest thing to a Pope in the Sunni Muslim world, has endorsed suicide bombings ("martyrdom operations") as being "in full accord with Islamic teaching." By that point, she was irritated and tried to change the subject, uninterested in any further refutation of the fallacies she had just imbibed at our children's expense.

    God help us.

  • sflbib

    Teachers, of all people, shouldn't be falling for this party line; they have academic freedom that is suppose to protect them from being fired for not being able to see the emperor's new clothes. Recall in the story that those who couldn't see his clothes were considered unworthy of their position.

  • guest

    Long time readers of FPM may recall he time that Dr. Glazov when ballistic over home schooling, at one point referred to a mother who home-schooled her children: "I hate that woman." So how's the public schooling option working out? Not so well, it appears. Perhaps FPM can explore explore alternatives to public schooling at some point, but I hasten to add it is only a suggestion.

    In regards to the question: "What role are teachers’ unions playing?" the answer is quite obvious really. They are complicit. As to why they are complicit, now that is the interesting question. My strong sense is that the democrats are seeking a group whose members will fulfill the role of a super-Klan once a one-part state has been achieved. Such a super-Klan will be needed we can all agree. Moreover, we are actually much closer to that one-party state than the 2010 elections would indicate. Given another generation (at most) and I do believe our Islamic friends in this country will have the numbers to fit the bill quite nicely.

  • Sean V

    This whole article is absolutely ridiculous. Most educators i know voted for McCain. Now the NEA endorsed Obama, i know. But many members i would venture, say, vote Republican. Indoctrination? Give me a break. As an educator and a Republican, i can honeslty say no one is indoctrinating anyone. Yeah,sure, some left wing looney school in Berkely California maybe does. Take the topic of supposed homosexual indoctrination in our schools that conservatives love to talk about. It just ISN’T THERE. As a teacher, i would EVER TRY TO PROMOTE HOMOSEXUALITY in the classroom, the parents in my town throw me out on the street! This is hilarious. In my classroom as well as my colleagues, Islam and Christianity are presented just as they are, warts and all. I think that i am eduated enough to know all the meanings of Jihad too. Yes, i know it has been used to wage war against the “unbelievers”…….

    Do you really want your kid homeschooled? Come on admit it, those kids are usually ( many times ) extremely goofy. Haha.

    SV

  • NickStuart

    Same thought as guest above. How long would it take to turn things around? Can they be turned around? What are parents and their children supposed to do in the meanwhile?

    Homeschooling would seem the better alternative to relentless K-12 prosletyzation to the government schools 24×7 worldview of atheistic materialism, hatred of America, moral equivalence, and love for the extreme-left concept of multiculturalism.

  • SemperCivis

    If you ever wondered how the cultural takeover of the left began and how they get away with it
    …. watch this , start with part 2…. get answers here- http://www.marcrubin.com/dada2.ivnu

  • Eleanor

    Please consider creating a format to share the invaluavle information shared during this upcoming event should be made available for those of us that can apply at the grassroots

  • USMCSniper

    Contract assures same-sex couple will have unprecedented influence over B.C. curriculum

    Janet Steffenhagen
    Vancouver sun

    Friday, June 16, 2006

    CREDIT: Ward Perrin, Vancouver Sun
    The Education Ministry has agreed to consult regularly with Peter and Murray (foreground) Corren in developing guidelines for the curriculum review and setting priorities.

    British Columbia is giving a same-sex couple an unprecedented role in a review of the provincial curriculum to ensure respectful teachings about sexual orientation from kindergarten to Grade 12.

    A six-page contract, signed by the Education Ministry and obtained by The Vancouver Sun, guarantees Peter and Murray Corren a significant voice in the revision of classroom lessons to recognize gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people and the creation of a new social-justice course — to include teachings about sexual orientation — for Grade 12 students.

    And it is still in place and parents CANNOT remove their children from their classes.

  • jaz113

    Are there middle school and high school level materials available that can be used to teach kids the truth?
    Mr Spencer will probably post any video of the panel on http://www.JihadWatch.org

  • jaz113

    My sister was a teacher. She was a clueless liberal until she retired and opened a business.

  • Jason

    Sadly I was talking to my niece about the world events and what Islam is. Her father said even though he felt I was telling the truth about Islam its better than his daughter not know it. Since she has to get along with her teachers and fellow students. The truth he said is not that important. What is important is her fitting in. And he warned me that he did not want me to correct anything his daughter was taught in school.

    • GrungyOldVan

      that sucks…

  • GrungyOldVan

    http://vangrungy.blogspot.com/2011/01/large-award

    Speaking of subversive agendas.. Did you know that the Tucson Twinkie's High School uses a Bill Ayers designed curriculum…

    I wonder what they were teaching when Loughner had his break from reality…