WASHINGTON, D.C. – As parents across the country storm school board meetings over a perceived overemphasis on Islam in the curriculum, bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. are suggesting ways teachers can focus more on the religion.

A recent blog posted to Home Room, “The official blog of the U.S. Department of Education,” points out that terrorist attacks in Paris and California sparked anti-Muslim incidents in schools and other places.

Muslim students, and those perceived to be Muslim, could be bullied, and the government wants teachers to know how to “create an anti-bias learning environment” by focusing specifically on those students and their faith.

“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,” the blog reads.

“When you teach about world religions, be sure to include Islam. … It’s also important to be aware that some Muslim students may feel relieved and comfortable discussing these issues in class and others may feel nervous, scared or angry to be talking about a topic so close to home.”

The education experts – authors Jinnie Spiegler, director of curriculum with the Anti-Defamation League, and Sarah Sisaye of the Education Department’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students – suggest that teachers pick controversial current events “ripe with examples of bias and injustice” to highlight anti-Muslim discrimination, and to “discuss what actions (students) could take to make a difference.”

Teachers should also take it upon themselves to spread awareness about “Muslim cultural traditions” by encouraging events like Hijab days, when female students wear the Islamic religious scarf donned by their Muslim classmates. The education experts provided a link to a YouTube video of an event at Vernon Hills High School in December as an example.

Meanwhile, in places like Tennessee, state officials are reviewing curriculum early amid a barrage of complaints about questionable lessons on Islam in middle school history courses. Parents have highlighted lessons that required students to read, write and recite the Islamic conversion prayer; and pointed out the disproportionate amount of time students spend studying Islam versus other religions.

Parents have also questioned the accuracy of texts that suggest Christians and Muslims worship the same God and that Islam is a “religion of peace,” EAGnews reports.

“A lot of the things we hear about Muhammad and a lot of the warfare that was waged is very much sugar coated,” Williamson County School Board member Susan Curlee said at a December town hall.

“My concern is, are we going to be asking students on a test to potentially compromise their faith for the sake of a grade?” she questioned.

Also in December, parents in Greenville, Virginia raised objections to a world geography lesson at Riverheads High School that tasked students with copying the Islamic conversion prayer in Arabic, by hand. The intent, according to the lesson, is to “give you an idea of the artistic complexity of calligraphy,” The Shilling Show reports.

The lesson doesn’t appear to explain what the shahada or “Islamic statement of faith” is exactly – “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah” – but it does discuss the inspiring beauty of the Koran.

“Since Islam forbids idolatry, mosques are decorated with calligraphy rather than with pictures of humans or animal figures,” the lesson explains. “Verses of the Koran, drawn in flowing Arabic, are bordered by complex geometrical and floral designs. Often colorful, the walls and domes of mosques are inspiring works in themselves.”

And it’s those types of lessons that are sparking a backlash from parents across the country, from lawsuits in Maryland to proposed legislation in Tennessee, centered on what many view as Muslim “indoctrination” through curriculum.

A bias toward Islam is one of the reasons Tyler County Board of Education President Bonnie Henthorn decided to homeschool her children, rather than allow them continue in public schools, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports.

And while the Education Department blog stresses the importance of creating classrooms that are “free from discrimination and harassment based on protected traits – including religion,” it offers no suggestions for teachers struggling to explain to parents why government approved texts and associated lessons focus more on Islam than other religions.

46 responses to “US Dept of Education urges schools to teach Islam to ‘create anti-bias learning environment’”

  1. Christina says:

    what are the feds going to do? withhold federal taxpayer dollars from these schools that don’t comply? it all goes back to what the idiotic AG said about anyone that slanders muzzies would not be tolerated. as far as making girls wear hijabs, that is total BS. we should never have to submit to islam, I don’t care what anyone says. After all didn’t BHO say that we are not a Christian nation anymore, and further, didn’t he say that the muslim call to prayer was the sweetest sound he ever heard? NO WAY NEVER COMPLY!

    • Kim Chloe says:

      I feel like the Amish were the ones who had it right. They don’t have to deal with this stress.

  2. Michael Sean Fisher says:

    Muslim cultural traditions? Like Female genital mutilation ? Killing people who leave Islam? Anti semitism? Anti Christian? Rape? Etc

    • LouGots says:

      And throwing gay people off high buildings. Don’t forget that one.

    • Unprez W says:

      sounds like all the shit white kkk (“purest of christians”) were guilty of in 1970s especially rape….fkn retard

      • AJDM MOZ says:

        You have to be a special kind of stupid to even begin to compare the atrocities of Islam both today and throughout history to Christianity. You are obviously an uneducated moron with no idea of history who thinks that America is an open playing field for every type of vermin that wants to get in. Makes sense since you are that type of vermin.

        • Unprez W says:

          Says the coward hiding behind internet posts. Atrocities from White supremists christians ranged from having black slaves, to even burning women alive casted as witches so shut the fk up. None of u have the guts to say this shit in person.

          • AJDM MOZ says:

            I’m not hiding behind anything. I’m using the same medium you’re hiding behind. But I guess your troglodite mind didn’t think that far a head. History lesson. Slavery has been around for thousands of years. Native Americans owned slaves of conquered tribes and Europe, Asia and Africa all had slavery. As a matter of fact it was Africans who sold other Africans to the Europeans that brought them here. Additionally, there were blacks in the Americas that owned other black slaves as well (but I’m sure your left wing liberal socialist masters never told you that). And no one has burned anyone as a witch since the early 18th century. Now let’s talk about your buddies the Muslims. Today, 21st century, Muslims are beheading, crucifying and murdering those that down agree with their twisted belief system. They are mutilating and stoning women and trying to take the world back into the dark ages (where I’m sure you would do well). As far as cowardice, it’s the left wing liberal snowflakes (like I’m sure you are) that put on black masks to hide their faces before they cause their anarchy and mayhem amongst peaceful and civilized people. I know all this may be hard to understand given your 6th grade education so you should get the FK off of social media and let the adults talk. I’m sure you are a communist or Muslim terrorism sympathizer so I would invite you to take a pilgrimage to the middle east and tell those folks in ISIS and Al Quaida how much you admire what they do and how you’ve been defending them because well, we should all just get along. But don’t lose your head over it.

          • Unprez W says:

            Your hiding behind your nickname you dipshit, you all hid in real live protests in NY though that much I’ve seen. Cause everyone knows the difference between terrorism and religion except your kind. And as for all the examples you provided none of them are from 1st or even 2nd world countries you stupid fkn redneck. You wanna talk 21st country instead of slavery and Christian KKK (which still exist but are hiding like u) ? HOW ABOUT THIS MONTH THEN? YOUR WHITE SUPREMIST COUSIN ROOF JUST GOT 9 LIFE SENTENCES FOR CHARLESTON CHURCH SHOOTING OR FELLOW REDNECK HAYDEN CHARGED GUILTY FOR RAPING A 15 YR OLD??? http://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/former-sons-of-guns-star-will-hayden-found-guilty-of-sexual-assaults-of-2-girls-reports/ar-BBzzPT3?li=BBnbfcL&ocid=mailsignout. So shut the fk up even your own kind would spit on you for being a pathetic white supremist internet troll.

          • AJDM MOZ says:

            You’re a pathetic socialist pos. You’re hiding behind your nickname too you useless waste of oxygen. I can tell from your vocabulary that you have a 7th grade education at best. Stop trying to act courageous. You’re probably a skinny wimpy mentally challenged slug who just got out of jail where you were gang raped and enjoyed it trying to redeem.yourself. It’s human vermin like you that leaves an unbearable stench in this country. Your buddies are sitting in caves in Syria while then cruise missiles fell on their heads to keep them from dropping sarin gas on babies and screwing goats. Get back under the rock you crawled out.

          • Unprez W says:

            I can assure my education far higher than yours and work in Manhattan while your ass prob still milk cows for a living. I’m lowering my grammar to communicate to a stupid redneck like you who doesn’t have the IQ to figure out that these aren’t real muslims for the obvious reason that they were killing other muslims. Not americans, but muslim syrians you fool. Unlike the KKK that soley targeted non-whites. I aint hiding, I’m from Harlem, NY and I’ll meet you in person and let’s see if your more than an internet troll. If not shut the fk up.

          • AJDM MOZ says:

            I don’t believe you. No one lowers their vocabulary and grammar to talk down to someone. You’re a fake. I work in mid town NYC. I have a bachelor’s and an MBA. You, like most left wing liberal loud mouths seem to think that anyone who disagrees with your point of view is some dumb hick. Makes it easier for you to discount others opinions. Your Nazi tactics which include intimidation and violence as has been perpetrated for months since the election is nothing but a petulant sophomoric tantrum. Grow up and try to act like an adult. You’ll seem more credible that way.

          • AJDM MOZ says:

            Lol. I can tell from your eloquent speech that you’re the proud owner of a 7th grade education. Learn some history and for God’s sake learn how to spell.

        • AJDM MOZ says:

          I’m not hiding behind anything. I’m using the same medium you’re hiding behind. But I guess your troglodite mind didn’t think that far a head. History lesson. Slavery has been around for thousands of years. Native Americans owned slaves of conquered tribes and Europe, Asia and Africa all had slavery. As a matter of fact it was Africans who sold other Africans to the Europeans that brought them here. Additionally, there were blacks in the Americas that owned other black slaves as well (bit I’m sure your left wing liberal socialist masters never told you that). And no one has burned anyone as a with since the early 18th century. Now let’s talk about your buddies the Muslims. Today, 21st, century, Muslims are beheading, crucifying and murdering those that down agree with their twisted belief system. They are mutilating and stoning women and trying to take the world back into the dark ages (where I’m sure you would do well). As far as cowardice, it’s the left wing liberal snowflakes (like I’m sure you are) that put on black masks to hide their faces before they cause their anarchy and mayhem amongst peaceful and civilized people. I know all this may be hard to understand given your 6th grade wducation so you should get the FK off of social media and let the adults talk. I’m sure you are a communist or Muslim terrorism sympathizer so I wish you all the worst.

      • PastProdigal says:

        KKK had nothing to do with real Christianity.

        • Thomas L Stanley says:

          TRUE! The KKK IS THE MILITARY ARM OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY! Bill Clinton, by his own admission, at Robert Byrd’s funeral, euloglized, “We shouldn’t be too tough on ‘Ole Robert Byrd (a known KKK Member); since, IN ORDER TO GET ANYWHERE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY (LIKE BEING THE CURRENT DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT), YOU WERE REQUIRED TO JOIN THE KKK!”

    • Kim Chloe says:

      All of the above. That’s what they should teach. Women have no right to drive a car. Most women don’t vote. The future is the 7th century in Islam.

  3. physicsnut says:

    Tell me what americans were told about that 1965 immigration bill –
    that it would not change the makeup of the USA.
    I can remember some lies – but that one was a real whopper.
    What is disappointing here is that a whole lot of Americans were so STUPID as to believe this utter balderdash.
    Then we are told that we are raaaaacists for pointing it out. By whom ? That illegal immigrant who
    has an MTV show where white people are grilled about “white privilege”. Along with all the jerks and
    creeps in the media who think ‘a national conversation’ is needed – all over NPR.

  4. Dean Former lee says:

    Coming to America to force the Americans to obey you? Creeping in like a venomous serpent through the small cracks formed by the recent tremors of progresssivism. This is what they meant when the wise one said “May you live in interesting times.” or even if he didn’t and it was someone else.

  5. VJ says:

    Make sure to describe MUslim practices for rape of women like Muslim migrants are doing in Germany, or the slashing of innocent diners like in Columbus Ohio, or the constant beheadings in Syria or Female Genital Mutilation practices by Somalis. Be sure to mention Muslims have killed 270-million people over the centuries to “spread” Islam. Then describe that thousands of Muslim terror attacks have happened and not one instigated by Christians. You can find more at http://tinyurl.com/IslamDangers

  6. Dennis Robinson says:

    Fuck islame, we have to stop this indoctrination, or our country will turn into the same shithole they have in the middle east Asia and Africa, look at all muslime countries and see if you think any would be worth living in? They don’t know the meaning of tolerance, they want us to assimilate into their society and not they into ours. Our Government is filled with traitors and we have to stop this NOW!

    • Anne1945 says:

      Adding Islam to the curriculum in any school, add absolutely nothing ! in fact it is a pollutant…. Religion should kept out of the School room and in government… it is far too dangerous..

  7. honestynow says:

    Let them watch “A 1400 Year Secret…..why we fear islam by Dr. Warner-
    The history of islam and its violence.

  8. Marty Johnson says:

    Imagine that the Muslims are Nazis instead. Now imagine some dolt even caring enough to stop the rightful bullying of someone with such depraved beliefs. Muslim beliefs as taught in by the Koran are WORSE than any beliefs the Nazis might have held.

  9. REDJI says:

    Simple solution: Keep religion OUT of schools AND the workplace. Government should NOT be spending our money being involved in regulating religions.

    • PastProdigal says:

      It was the banishing of the God of the Bible and our Christian roots that has brought us to this mess.

      They left a void. And into that void, islam has come like a roaring lion. A vacuum never remains a vacuum for long. Something seven times worse will replace it.

      Matthew 12:45
      Then
      it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself,
      and they go in and dwell there; and the final plight of that man is
      worse than the first. So will it be with this wicked generation.”

  10. Amanda Clement Barber says:

    No way!

  11. Lyle Freddy says:

    Who care if they can’t adjust to are custom then fuck them then. They need to go by are laws custom of are country not there laws its not your country its ours if they don’t like it stay where you at we don’t want you here anyways.Its are president and the bleeding hearts are the only one that want your hear. So if you do come here to stay you better follow are laws or you will pay the price for the crime no special shit for them.Why are we letting Obama bring them in without screening them it the people that live here in the US that the president is suppose to server us not other country’s. Who does he think has to pay there way as tax payers of this country I’m pissed off at the president cause he’s done nothing for this country but divided this country I’ll never trusted him ever glad i didn’t vote for him.

  12. Jeff says:

    I don’t like what’s going on in the USA about this subject. If they want to teach about Islam make sure they tell the truth and don’t sugar coat it! Teach about Mohammad and him wanting to rape woman and children, kill all infidels, mutilate women, and the list goes on!

  13. M. N. says:

    It’s up to parents then to tamper down the bad ideology being preached. I recall a moment of frustration I had with my kids, they came home from school after one of the school bandwagons about the use of drugs and told me I was a drug user for drinking alcohol… Me? The gal who’s known for opening a beer and not finishing it? Anyway, I had to re-instruct them on legal use and illegal use, moderate vs heavy, sporadic vs chronic, sober vs light buzz vs drunken stupor… It worked.

  14. Gamal says:

    We need to start a supplementary education web site that parents can introduce their children to and teach them from. It should have stories for children about our history that they enjoy but that also teaches them the positive aspects of our history (they learn the negative in school). When it comes to Islam it should refer high school seniors to http://www.mypracticalphilosophy.com/shelp/muhammad.htm and to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuPgdfR8puM .

  15. Ann Inquirer says:

    Multiculturalism is a one way street – to IslamoMarxism as taught in the government schools.

  16. Siewen Stevens says:

    Create anti biased opinions, by out right LYING about “historical facts” and deeming any religion as a religion of peace, when we all know that most religions are anything BUT PEACEFUL? Teaching them only the good parts and none of the bad? Actually the only thing they are teaching them is FAITH and BELIEF and not TRUE history. Like the crusades, or the spreading of islam? Right, that doesn’t sound BIASED or agenda filled AT ALL!

  17. VJ says:

    I have documented the bias in our local Lake County, FL School District 6th & 10th grade World History books. They have entire chapters on Islam and include the Shahada, or prayers and 5 Pillars of Islam, but there is no info on the ten commandments. You have to look through TEACHER copies of books to find even more biased “suggested” quizzes and even CD-Roms and internet links to highly biased, whitewash descriptions of Islam. I even found that the 6th grade book ADDED an entire chapter on Islam, even though the book clearly says it goes to the end of the Roman Empire, which was 500 AD, while Islam wasn’t started until the 6th Century. Keep in mind Arabic interests have large ownership interests in all major school textbook publishers. See my fact sheet with links to my investigation at http://tinyurl.com/WorldHistoryIslamBias

  18. uptheante99 says:

    “Its important to understand Muslim feel nervous”…REALLY!! AMERICANS think it is important to understand that Muslims are intent on murdering as many Christians and Jews as they can throughout the World!

  19. Jane Fairchild says:

    Will you allow the Bible to also be taught in the public schools too? Are you applying the same measures for Christian Believers in the public school – if not ‘why’?

  20. Patrick M. Croft says:

    If German National Socialism had a religious component I wonder if the DoED would be promoting that as well.

  21. PastProdigal says:

    Do they also tell the kids about how Isis puts 50 children into a cage and drowns them alive? Or how they storm into civilian homes and if the father won’t agree to everything they say, they mow his entire family down in front of him? Or how they mow down hundreds or thousands of civilians at once and throw them into mass graves, sometimes making them dig their own graves first? Or how they march Christians out onto the beach and behead them one by one by one, children included?

    Does it make you real proud, America, that they are teaching this insane madness and evil to our kids and telling them that islam is a religion of peace and they worship the same god as Christians?

    How long are you going to put up; with the brainwashing of your children, America? What will it take for you to attend parent/teacher meetings, talk to your school boards and administrations, question teachers and find out if they are taking part in this insane brainwashing of their students?

  22. steveroberts057 says:

    I don’t want my kids learning about that filthy islam

  23. steveroberts057 says:

    I can’t stand Muslims and Islam. I don’t care what that idiot Obutthead said, he was a Muslim, he destroyed America. He should be hung and the filthy Muslims must be deported. They are ignorant, evil scumbags.

  24. Kim Chloe says:

    I will teach my child what I know about Islam and it’s not the sugar coated version. We didn’t fight to get Christianity out of schools to put Islam in. GTFO

  25. Thomas L Stanley says:

    Muslim “culture” is slavery for women, female genital mutilation (which is actually cutting off the clitoris, the female vestigial penis), decapitating infidels, murdering homosexuals, murdering people who leave or criticize Islam, hatred of Jesus Christ — the Son of God, invading Christian countries and out-populating the country to vote in sharia law and totally erase Western freedoms and values, and waging continual warfare within host countries until Islamic “peace” is established only when everyone becomes Muslim.