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Revisionist History: American Children Taught Warped Version of History

October 18, 2008

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By Erick Stakelbeck
CBN News Terror Analyst
October 11, 2008

A new report by the non-profit Institute for Jewish and Community Research finds that American high school and elementary textbooks contain countless inaccuracies about Christianity, Judaism, Israel and the Middle East.

The Institute examined 28 of the most widely-used history, geography and social studies textbooks in America. It found at least 500 errors.

One book ignored the Jewish roots of Christianity, saying the faith was founded by a “young Palestinian” named Jesus.

Another stated as fact that the Koran was revealed to Mohammed from God.

Yet another said ancient Jewish civilization contributed “very little” to to the arts and sciences.

Textbooks like these are used by millions of schoolchildren in all 50 states. Sandra Stotsky–now an endowed chair at the University of Arkansas–has seen some of them firsthand.
“We heard from a number of groups who were outraged because they didn’t want what they called a ‘Euro-centric’ version of history,” said Stotsky. “They literally wanted an Islamo-centric version of history. Which means you look at the world from the perspective of Islam and you don’t talk about any negative aspects of Islam.”

After the 9/11 attacks, the Massachusetts Board of Education funded a special seminar for K-12 teachers to learn about Islamic history and the Middle East.

The outreach coordinator at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies helped organize the seminar. Stotsky said she was shocked by the teachers’ lesson plans that came out of the week-long seminar.

“They ranged from having students make prayer rugs; describe what it would be like to go on a hajj–a pilgrimage; learn and memorize the five pillars of Islam; listen to and learn how to recite passages from the Koran; dress like a Muslim from a particular country. It was, to me, a clear violation of ethics involved in how one would expect children to learn about another culture. That they would literally go through the memorization and the learning of religious beliefs.

“These are unacceptable practices in a public school,” she added. “In fact, they would be unacceptable academic practices in any school.”

Harvard is one of 18 universities that receives government funding under Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965. To qualify for that funding, the universities are required to conduct outreach to K-12 teachers, helping them to shape lessons for schoolchildren. Elementary and secondary teachers have taken full advantage of the arrangement: after all, they believe they’re getting expert insight on Islam and the Middle East from distinguished university scholars.
The Harvard Middle Eastern Studies Center–whose proposed lesson plans for K-12 history teachers originally drew Stosky’s concern–is one of them. As CBN News reported earlier this year, the Harvard Center received a $20 million donation from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal in 2005. Georgetown University–another title VI recipient–also received $20 million from the Prince that same year.

It’s through these Title VI university centersall of them government-sanctioned and taxpayer supported–that Saudi-funded materials find their way into K-12 classrooms.
Among the textbooks the Saudi-funded Harvard Center recommends for schoolchildren is the Arab World Studies Notebook.
The Notebook has come under fire for negatively portraying America and Israel while whitewashing Islam. It’s been banned by some school districts.
One of the Notebook’s most controversial claims was that Muslim explorers beat Columbus to the New World. Older versions state that some Native American chiefs even had Muslim names, like Abdul-Rahim. These passages were eventually removed after widespread criticism from scholars and Native American groups. The Notebook’s editor, Audrey Shabbas, did not respond to our requests for an interview.

The Middle East Policy Council–a pro-Arab advocacy group in Washington, D.C.–also conducts teacher training programs for K-12 teachers and has promoted the Arab World Studies Notebook as an ideal educational tool.

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal donated $1 million towards the Council’s teacher training programs last year. The group did not respond to repeated requests for an interview.
*Original broadcast October 9, 2008.
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  1. October 20, 2008 9:31 am

    Interestingly, I read on Friday that after much research into some symbol-thingy (sorry), it’s been determined with some certainty that Columbus was a Jew…the New World was “discovered” by a Jew!

    They can put THAT in their hookas and smoke it!


    Godefroi’s last blog post..Pssst

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