Friday, September 21, 2007

This. Has. Got. To. Stop.

Sometimes I just want to smack people upside the head and scream, "get with it, you fools!" This is one of those times... Read it all here. (All right, it's WND - but still...)

The "Five Pillars" of Islam – charity, fasting, prayer, belief and pilgrimage – are being taught to public school students in Nyssa, Ore., under the guise of world history, the school has confirmed to WND, even though a parent raised a complaint about the same teachings a year ago.

In a letter to parents following the concerns that were raised at that point, Supt. Don Grotting and other school officials told parents that the text called "Journey Across Time" features a chapter on "Islamic Civilizations."

As part of that, "class activities have included guest speakers (including an American soldier serving in Iraq and a practicing Muslim woman who is an American citizen living in Mountain Home) who talked about geography, dress, climate, religion, economy and culture and student skits, in which students prepare and perform three- to five-minute skits about the tenets of Islam belief: charity, fasting, prayer, belief, and pilgrimage."

Janine Weeks, the curriculum director at the school, this week told WND that the curriculum, and class activities, are continuing. "We've not made any changes," she said. "The content standards require that we present information about the rise of Islam in the context of world history."

P.S. I've just learned that my nephew's fiance is now responsible for coordinating the Dept of Ed program for children of migrant workers in the state of Arizona. I'm afraid she's adopting Mexican curriculum to US schools as is outlined here. More later on this one...