Sharia Education in Texas


Texas is a right-minded red state, where patriotism is still a virtue and political correctness is out of vogue. So how on earth have left-wing educators in public classrooms been allowed to instruct Lone Star students to dress in Islamic garb, call the 9/11 jihadists “freedom fighters” and treat the Boston Tea Party participants as “terrorists”?

Here’s the dirty little secret: Despite the best efforts of vigilant parents, teachers and administrators committed to academic excellence, progressive activists reign supreme in government schools.

That’s because curriculum is king. The liberal monopoly on the modern textbook/curricular market remains unchallenged after a half-century. He who controls the textbooks, teaching guides and tests controls the academic agenda.

That is how the propagandistic outfitting of students in Islamic garb came to pass in the unlikely setting of the conservative Lumberton, Texas, school district. As Fox News reporter Todd Starnes noted this week, a 32-year veteran of the high school led a world geography lesson on Islam in which hijab-wrapped students were banned from using the words “suicide bomber” and “terrorist” to describe Muslim mass murderers in favor of the term “freedom fighter.”

Madelyn LeBlanc, one of the students in the class, “told Fox News that it was clear her teacher was very uncomfortable lecturing the students. ‘I do have a lot of sympathy for her. … At the very beginning, she said she didn’t want to teach it, but it was in the curriculum.’”

But the headline-grabbing injection of moral equivalence into social studies and American history is just the tip of the education iceberg.

Top-down federalized “Common Core” standards are now sweeping the country. It’s important to remember that while teachers-union control freaks are on board with the Common Core regime, untold numbers of rank-and-file educators are just as angered and frustrated as parents about the Big Ed power grab. The program was concocted not at the grassroots level, but by a bipartisan cabal of nonprofits (led by lobbyists for the liberal Bill Gates Foundation), statist business groups and hoodwinked Republican governors. As I’ve reported previously, this scheme, enabled by the Obama administration’s “Race to the Top” funding mechanism, usurps local autonomy in favor of lesson content and pedagogical methods.

One teacher described a thought-control training seminar in her school district titled “Making the Common Core Come Alive.” A worksheet labeled “COMMON CORE MIND SHIFTS” included the following rhetorical muck:

—The goal of curriculum should not be the coverage of content, but rather the discovery of content.

… If done well, Common Core will elevate our teaching to new heights, and emphasize the construction of meaning, while deepening our understanding of our students.”

—”In our classrooms, it is the students’ voices, not the teachers’, that are heard.”

Blah, blah, blah. In practice, Common Core evades transparency by peddling shoddy curricular material authored by anonymous committees. It promotes faddish experiments masquerading as “world-class” math and reading goals. Instead of raising expectations, Common Core is a Trojan horse for lowering them. California, for example, is now citing Common Core as a rationale for abandoning algebra classes for 8th graders. Common Core’s “constructivist” approach to reading is now the rationale for abandoning classic literature for “informational texts.”

Claims that Common Core bubbled up from the states are bass-ackward. A shady nonprofit group called “Achieve Inc.,” stocked with federal-standards advocates who’ve been around since the Clinton years, designed the materials. They were rubber-stamped by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and subsidized by the Gates Foundation.

In states like Texas, which rejected Common Core, similar secretive alliances prevail. The Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative, a nonprofit group led by government officials, designed the “CSCOPE” curriculum now used in 80 percent of the state’s schools. The state Board of Education, local schools and parents were denied access to the online CSCOPE curriculum database — which was exempted from disclosure rules. In fact, dissemination of the lessons was considered a crime until earlier this month. Only after parents and teachers across the state blew the whistle on radical CSCOPE lesson plans (including designing a new flag for a socialist lesson) did the state take steps to rein in the CSCOPE zealots.

Grassroots activists in Indiana, Alabama, Utah and nearly a dozen other states are now educating themselves and their state legislatures about the centralized education racket, whether it’s under the guise of Common Core or any other name. Last week, in response to a passionate parent-driven protest, the Indiana state Senate passed legislation to halt Common Core implementation. Anti-Common Core bills are moving through the Alabama state legislature, where lawmakers are especially concerned about how Common Core’s intrusive database gathering would violate student privacy.

As Texas goes, so goes the nation. The fight against the federalization of academic standards is a national education Alamo.

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  • patron

    Teachers can ignore this garbage if they desire. Kids will know it’s garbage by the teacher’s attitude and change of routine.

    School will always be a zoo for working parents to dump their kids. Morons like Bill Gates reads The Republic and tries to implement some latent homo-erotic fantasy with matching tax dollars.

    The best thing the schools could do is let children into the workforce sooner.

    • defcon 4

      Teaching propaganda as fact should never be taken lightly, because teaching propaganda as fact is what is commonly done in fascist states.

    • trickyblain

      I'm thinking Bill Gates isn't really a moron…

      And schools don't let folks into the workforce; employers do.

      And…well..never mind.

  • Chezwick

    "The goal of curriculum should not be the coverage of content, but rather the discovery of content."

    "If done well, Common Core will elevate our teaching to new heights, and emphasize the construction of meaning,…"

    Folks, I've always thought I was fairly perceptive….but I can't decipher this for the life of me. It's gobbledygook. My best guess is that "the construction of meaning" means the interpretation of the past and the present in a manner that thoroughly validates left-wing tropes and sacred cows.

    • NAHALKIDES

      Your understanding is entirely correct. For when the objective truth is lost, the Left always benefits.

    • Mark Tapson

      Exactly right, Chezwick.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Alas, Sharia Law comes to a school near you, but it is not as if this hasn't been readily apparent, at least to those who have their brains intact – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/01/24/americans-do-

    Texas is just the tip, even private schools are in their Sharia Law death grip, courtesy of their co-conspirators, psychotic, multi-culti leftists – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/25/first-they-ca

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • WildJew

    Conservatives do not like to talk about this much. Islam has a great friend in the Texas Governor's office. Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller (who else?) reported at length on Rick Perry's Islam curriculum, its white wash of Islamic history in Texas high schools. The long knives came out from Republicans and conservative supporters of Perry against Spencer and Geller who did us a service. Who would have known Perry is sympathetic to Islam, has maintained a close personal friendship with "Islamist" activist Grover Norquist, etc.?

    • NAHALKIDES

      We've got a lot of Republican governors who are pretty shaky – Perry in Texas, Snyder in Michigan (he had to be dragged kicking and screaming into taking any action against public sector unions), Kasich in Ohio (accepting the expansion of Medicaid), and most obviously and to the point here, Christie in NJ who seems never to have met an Islamist he couldn't love. We need to be recruiting good-quality conservatives to primary a lot of sitting Republicans.

  • Brujo Blanco

    They have student dressing in Muslim religious clothing. What would happen if they had them dressing in Jewish religious garb. There would be a serious protest claiming a violation of the separation of church and state. Sharia is no longer creeping. It is on a dead run. We are at a point in history in which there is a danger in one religion having a position of authority over all other religions.

  • STEVEN CHAVEZ

    LET THEM BUT CONTINUE THE WITH THESE LESSON PLANS:

    "Tomorrow we will take up the case of the female who was raped. So who do you think will be stoned, or who will get 75 lashes, or even hung? Mary? Who do you think?" Mary: "The man of course." Teacher: "NOPE, THE WOMAN! You see, this woman needs four witnesses to her rape or she is the one that will be punished." Mary: "What if the four witnesses were in on the rape and they don't talk?" Teacher: "Don't you get it? There are never four witnesses so the rapists get away with it. THAT'S THE LAW IN THESE COUNTRIES!"

    "On Wednesday, we'll study why women aren't allowed to have pleasure during sex." Mary: "Are they just supposed to lay there?" Teacher: "They end up doing just that because they clits, that electric spot, is cut off to insure no pleasure or orgasm. Any volunteers?"

    "On Thursday, we'll study honor killings. Did you know that if you even go out with a non-Muslim, you could legally be killed even by your father, brother, cousin, or uncle? If you bring shame, you could be beheaded and honor killings have even taken place here in the U.S.."

    "On Friday, some of you will be beheaded, thrown acid on your face, shot in the back, or hung from the goal posts if you dare to even come to school!"

    Mary: "Wow, I didn't know these things. At first, I thought you were appeasing Muslims and teaching us of other cultures but now, you can have this slave robe back!"

    • kafir4life

      Awesome!!

    • NAHALKIDES

      Excellent.

  • TexasTeacher

    Ms. Malkin knows better than this. I live in Texas and I teach and I can tell you that you are not hearing both sides as journalism is intended to do. This is intellectually dishonest . Here is the real story.
    http://www.lumberton.k12.tx.us/education/componen

    • Thomas Bullard

      If your cite to the Lumberton ISD is real, we Texans have a bigger problem. The comment cited is poorly written, full of grammatical errors, and revealing of the literacy level of the author. In short, how are these idiots getting teaching certificates? The problem may not be the curriculum but the idiots teaching it.

      • trickyblain

        Good point — that was a horribly constructed post for an "educator." But it is Texas (kidding!).

        No doubt written by an administrator ("I don't need a copyedit! Post it now!")

    • defcon 4

      The transparency of this attempt at damage control by the school district apparatchiks is obvious to all but the most stupid. Maybe you and they should learn the first rule of lying: that your lies must be plausible.

    • Drakken

      If your teaching children? God help us! Libtard drivel at it's finest! Your not educating, your on full indoctrination lobotomizing mode. No wonder the education system in this country is completely FUBAR.

    • Mary Sue

      Lemme guess, you vote Democrat, don't you. Don't you?

      Hint: they are not "Freedom fighters" if their purpose is to bring the Sharia.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        Well, they are fighting against our freedoms and any non-Sunni Muslim's freedoms. So it may not be what most people think when we use phrases (that's why the left demands to control the lexicon) but they are fighting against freedom.

        It's just more Doublespeak.

      • trickyblain

        From the link provided. You may have missed it.

        —Discussion among the students focused on how people can twist the word "freedom fighter" and make it convenient for their own dark purposes. The teacher was emphasizing terrorists called themselves "freedom fighters."—

        • defcon 4

          Stupid lies or lying stupidity?

    • NAHALKIDES

      Sorry, TexasTeacher, but your position means that you're biased in favor of what your state and district are doing, and as for the "real story" on the link you cited, it sure smacks of CYA to me. The truth about Islam is damning – if you tell it. And you should be telling the truth, because that's your job, not sugar-coating Islam so that it's easier to swallow the sheer savagery of the Religion of Peace.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      From your article:

      "In response to media interpretation of Lumberton Independent School District administration and staff, the school district would like to emphasize the profile of the school. The students within our school district are taught to learn to think for themselves."

      So these kids came up with the idea to wear these costumes? They decided that Islamic terrorism doesn't exist? Even if that is true, that is no excuse to allow them to believe their own lies.

      It's your lies that are not believable.

      "Our goal is to educate students to be aware of this global society and the accolades and dangers that exist; as well as, excelling in the adopted curriculum."

      The dangers of "Islam-o-phobia" and failing to visualize world peace through electing Democrats?

      "The school district is one of a few school districts in this area that has achieved meeting Adequate Yearly Progress through federal accountability, as well as a Recognized School District in the State of Texas."

      Why not call it "adequate yearly radical leftism" and then walk around with all the pride you deserve? We know 0'Bama approves.

      "In reference to "freedom fighters," the teacher used the quote in her classroom from Gerald Seymour in his 1975 book Harry's Game which stated "one man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter." The point of this quote was to create conversation to show how one group can perceive an action according to their own agenda. Discussion among the students focused on how people can twist the word "freedom fighter" and make it convenient for their own dark purposes. The teacher was emphasizing terrorists called themselves "freedom fighters." The misinterpretation of the fact the teacher called the 9-11 terrorists "freedom fighters" is far from accurate."

      So you discussed the fact that most (virtually all of them) terrorists are actually fighting to spread sharia? Yes or no?

  • Ar'nun

    Anyone else notice that the teacher (female) in the picture (second from the Left) is wearing traditional male clothing? So not only is this "curriculum” absurd, but they have no clue what they are talking about either. She could be stoned to death for wearing men’s clothing.

  • Asher

    My child is not going to any school that promotes Sharia law…they can stick this one where the sun don't shine! Emphatically NO!

  • cmassey

    Thank you, thank you Michelle and Front Page Mag for putting this information out there. I argued with my state legislator and a school board member about this, and they thought it was great because it was phonetically based. My state has already adopted this ###t. So now what? AND, as a former teacher I had to teach this stuff or four nazi feminists would come into my room and then tell my principle I wasn't teaching "Spring Board" right. These programs EVOLVE and have different names so WATCH OUT!

  • Robin

    Common Core's actual classroom emphasis is driven by its performance assessments that are replacing traditional tests. Texas did not adopt CCSSI but its STAAR, like the SBAC and PARCC taxpayer funded assessments under Common Core, are all driven by Norman Webb's Depth of Knowledge. It is about higher order thinking skills that are not what you think and are an updated version of Benjamin Bloom's Taxonomies.

    That's why Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe are spending so much time in Texas doing teacher professional development around their Understanding by Design template. That also tracks back to Bloom and, more importantly, Ralph Tyler's work involving objectives. What was known as Outcomes Based education in the 90s.

    Moreover Pearson is the company preparing SBAC, STAAR, and PARCC and their emphasis is on ill-structured real world scenarios that have no fixed answer and will force group collaboration. http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com/mandating-glo… explains these poorly understood assessments as well as Pearson and Michael Barber's agenda. In his own very troubling words.

    CCSSI was never about the content standards. In fact President Obama and Ed Week have described the real common core as the Standards for Teaching and Learning created in Chicago in the early 90s. The standards the Joyce Foundation financed. The standards that the Chicago Annenburg Challenge was intimately involved.

  • hrwolfe

    William Z. Foster wrote all about this in his published book in 1932, Toward a Soviet America. He was vice president of the CPUSA at the time, but why listen to him.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "William Z. Foster wrote all about this in his published book in 1932, Toward a Soviet America. He was vice president of the CPUSA at the time, but why listen to him."

      You answered your own question.

  • Marty

    Whenever sharia is introduced or tolerated it leads to rampant brutality, torture, and death. Several european cities already have enclaves where the police don't go and sharia is enforced by the inbred sociopaths that are creating more islamic hellholes. The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land; sharia is unfit to govern human beings or in any way be permitted to function in a democracy.

  • Mr. Polly

    Nothing in the article supports the implication in the title that sharia law is being taught in Texas classrooms.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Nothing in the article supports the implication in the title that sharia law is being taught in Texas classrooms."

      You don't know what sharia is.

    • sablegsd

      Were you born this stupid or have you had to work at it?

  • BLJ

    This is the reason I send my kids to private school. It is expensive and I get no break on my property taxes (I live in Obamaland (IL)), but it is worth every penny. The Left has hijacked the public education system and it is a damn shame.

    Schools need to stick to teaching the basics and to fostering real pride in the United States. Not crap like Sharia Law. The Left is full of degenerates, losers and simpletons.

  • BS77

    No parent should EVER allow their daughter to wear a burqa….a burqa is the clothing of the slave…..Women in couintries where the burqa is the norm, live like slaves. They have nothing like rights as we know them.. They cannot vote or work in most cases. They cannot go to school or college, cannot travel or speak to anyone but blood relatives without chaperone or permission. Millions of young women are forced to under go the horrible trauma of FGM….which is causes a lifetime of physical and psychological damage. Women are routinely beaten, whipped or even killed for minor transgressions. . The burqa represents the opposite of everything in our Bill of Rights.. Parents who shrug over diversity tolerance education better wake up

    • BS77

      OH, PS: thanks to Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, Pam Geller and Brigitte Gabriel for their tireless work awakening the American public to the dangers that face them.

  • danseagull44

    ONLY MORONS WOULD FOLLOW THIS THING CALLED SHARIA LAW !!!!!!!!

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "As Fox News reporter Todd Starnes noted this week, a 32-year veteran of the high school led a world geography lesson on Islam in which hijab-wrapped students were banned from using the words “suicide bomber” and “terrorist” to describe Muslim mass murderers in favor of the term “freedom fighter.”"

    Sure. They're fighting for the "right" to murder in the name of Mohammed and Islam.

  • john

    Sharia education in Texas which actually means sharia in Texas. If Obama wasn't a muslim he would probably through the sharia out of the country but he doesn't . Sharia is the constitution of the muslims countrries and it only takes a few more and they will run the Whitehouse. Good bye America.

  • FrontPgSubscr

    Not real popular here (??) but, again, we go back to Norman Dodd's revelations from
    a conversation he had with the late former Ford Fd'n. president, Rowan Gaither, on WHY
    the Reece Congressional Committee would want to investigate the big non-profit found-
    ations regarding 'un-American activity'. Becoming familiar with Dodd's interview with
    author and political lecturer, G. Edward Griffin, on these matters, should go a long way
    toward answering those questions!!

  • JMP

    In case anyone wants to hear what the schoolbaord had to say in response: http://www.lumberton.k12.tx.us/education/componen

  • Fred Smith

    The C-SCOPE lesson example used in this biased article is nothing sinister. To teach critical thinking skills, the students are given an imaginary country with certain characteristics and develop a flag to represent those characteristics. The lesson teaches students to analyze information and develop a flag based on their analysis. The lesson also uses the American Flag and shows how our values are represented in the flag. There is no socialism indoctrination in the lesson unless you afe a parnoid conservative makeing e huge leaps in logic and rational thought.

    • SFC Gregory

      As part of all pre-deployment training all Soldier are taught about Muslim culture and how the enemy thinks. Some of our classes teach some of the same information. High school kids will better understand global conflicts if they learn what other people believe. I work with Muslim Soldiers ar Fort Hood everyday. Don’t be scared, most Muslims are good people. LOL