Do you know what your children are learning? The difference between our school system’s teaching of Islam and Christianity should frighten you.
Under the guise of anti-bullying instruction, Islam is being incorporated into classroom curriculum, under direct instruction from the U.S. Department of Education. On the “Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Education”, strong encouragement is given to teachers to help combat bullying of Muslims, they should teach Islam in the classroom.
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]This means incorporating the experiences, perspective and words of Muslim people into the curriculum through social studies and current events instruction, children’s literature, in order to learn about different cultures. When you teach about world religions, be sure to include Islam. In addition, share inspiring examples like “Walk a Mile in Her Hijab”, whose goal is to spread awareness about Muslim cultural traditions and to combat anti-Muslim bias.[/pullquote]
See brief examples of instruction materials promoted by Department of Education below this picture!
A quick search on the Department of Education website lists many instruction materials for teachers to use to incorporate Islam into the classroom.
Example A: Islam has become an increasingly important topic in American society and education. This article will explore the rationale for teaching about religion in public schools, the role of Islam and Muslims in a multicultural society, and discuss numerous ways in which Islam can be incorporated into multicultural secondary school curricula.
Example B: This simulation allows students to learn about the history and culture of Islam and the Islamic world by “becoming” Muslims. There are five phases of the unit. Students are assigned to a city, choose an Arabic name, and become familiar with their group and responsibilities outlined in the Student Guide. In the introduction section, students take a pretest, read a short history of Islam, and learn about Muslim dress and customs. In the Caravan Days section, cities compete to answer quiz cards and collect Arabic money.
However, a search for curriculum about Christianity on the Department of Education website isn’t as glowing:
Example A: Many theorists have argued that western Christianity and Islam affect political culture in different ways, and that western Christianity is more conducive to the rise of a democratic culture than is Islam. This paper argues that the difference between Christianity and Islam in terms of the type of political culture they encourage, is largely exaggerated.
Example B: This article informs counselors about the changing position of Canadian churches and Biblical scholars with regard to wife abuse.
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