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Islam Induction in
our Public School Textbooks
|BlessedCause's FULL RESPONSE to Houghton Mifflin's denials:
RESPONSE TO “Q & A" REGARDING HOUGHTON MIFFLIN’S TEXTBOOKS
Following is Houghton Mifflin’s (HM) answers to their own questions found on their website about their textbooks; and BlessedCause (BC) responding comments. Please do not miss the bolded sections of #7, 10, 12, 16 and #17 below. HM's denials listed below can be found at http://www.hmco.com/news/release_021902.html 5/5/03 update: Houghton Mifflin has rewritten their questions and answers in response to this rebuttal, but retained the previous date, again creating deception. For our current response to THOSE denials, click here.
1. HM’s Q: Does the textbook spend a
disproportionate amount of time covering Islam spending a great deal less
on other religions such as Christianity and Judaism? Does Islam dominate
2. HM Q: Why is this history lesson
split into two books and two years?
BC Comment: Volumes are written explaining Houghton Mifflin is not responsible for what teachers choose to teach. I agree. My issue, again, is the biased context of the textbook.
5. HM’s Q: What type of suggestions do the textbooks make regarding classroom activities?
HM’s A: The textbooks present students with a wide variety of activities to help them learn and understand concepts. This includes writing exercises, skits, art projects, architectural projects, and classroom debates. Some of these activities ask that students see things from the perspective of peoples of the past. These types of activities are intended to help students to gain an understanding of how and why people acted as they did, and to begin to think critically about how they might have acted similarly or differently. Nowhere in either textbook are students asked to engage in “mock-religious” activities, wear religious or cultural clothing, or to exercise the beliefs of any particular religious group.
BC Comment: Not true. Asking children to “imagine” being Muslim soldiers, or on a Mecca pilgrimage, building mosques, writing their names in the “spiritual” script of the Arabs, and many other activities IS participation and IS an exercise of belief. Any psychologist will validate the power of suggestion. How much would ad agencies pay to have teachers ask children to “imagine” using their product and then write what is good about it. Would we ask our children to “imagine” using cocaine, write what is good about it, to understand and promote tolerance of the drug addict?
6. HM’s Q: Was the Council on Islamic Education (CIE) involved in reviewing this textbook?
HM’s A: The CIE, as well as the Hadassah Academic Advisory Board, the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center, and the Christian Educators Association International, were all involved in reviewing the textbook prior to publishing.
BC Comment: Christian Educators DENIES having reviewed "Across the Centuries." Mr. Turpen, Director of CEAI wrote me the following regarding this issue on June 13, 2002:
I have discovered that the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center is very connected with the Council of Islamic Education in that both websites refer to each others with positive commendations. Additionally, Freedom Forum has teamed up with the Council of Islamic Education to write "Teaching about Religion in National and State Social Studies Standards." This appears to be a government document incorporated by the Dept. of Education. For a closer look, CLICK HERE.
Hadassah, also listed in Houghton Mifflin's response in what I consider an implied endorsement, has given me this statement to post: