You know, folks are always ranting about how we’re in danger of losing our freedom(s) today in the Untied States, but frankly this type of stuff concerns me more then all the “loss” of freedom these ranters imagine they see.
Florida: One Brevard School Board member believes a textbook used in many ninth-grade classrooms has a pro-Islamic bias, but the board chair said the book was properly vetted before Brevard Schools adopted it. A third board member wants more information. On Tuesday, the school board will hear a presentation from district staff and discuss the Prentice Hall World History textbook, which a state lawmaker and two citizens groups expressed concern about at the last school board meeting, prompting some board members to conduct their own review of the book.
House Rep. Ritch Workman said the textbook slants history by focusing a chapter on Muslim civilization, while Christianity and Judaism are mentioned throughout the book but neither has its own chapter, among other concerns.
What remains unclear is whether there’s enough support on the school board to make changes.
On Friday, School Board member Andy Ziegler said he believes action is needed. “I believe the chapter needs to be scrutinized and possibly replaced with something more accurate and more balanced,” he said.
The issue gained national attention after FLORIDA TODAY’s story was discussed by “Fox & Friends” and “The Sean Hannity Show.” “I’ve never seen a reaction like this,” said Boca Raton resident William Saxton, chairman of the Citizens for National Security. Saxton spoke at the last school board meeting, joining Workman and individuals from the Space Coast chapter of ACT! for America in expressing concerns.
“Everyone is looking for Brevard to step up and take some kind of action on this,” Saxton said. “It has national implementations. I think it’s enormous. It’s all over the country. I think that’s good, actually.”
While the book is used in many ninth-grade classrooms, teachers point out that it’s only one resource. The role of Christianity and Judaism is also taught, but more focus is given to those religions during sixth-grade world history. (source and more)
I’m old enough to be concerned not for my children or even grandchildren, for they are adults, but for my great-grandchildren. What kind of edited-skewed history books ARE they going to be taught from in school…ones that claim there never was a Muslim civilization? Things appear to be headed in that direction.
If you’d like to see something which should shock the socks off of you, take a look at this exam (common in its day) given to 8th graders in KY in the year 1912. I don’t think my grandchildren (High School graduates) would pass it! No kidding…