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Public Schools Forcing Students to Role Play as Muslims

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Empty classroomby Katie Jones, Geller Report

News has surfaced that two Newton, Massachusetts public high schools required students to pretend they were Muslims from different time periods who were making the Islamic holy pilgrimage to Mecca, also known as Hajj. This isn’t the first controversy Newton Public School District (NPSD) has faced regarding their Israeli-Palestinian curriculum; in 2011, the school district came under fire when they assigned what some parents accused of being an anti-Semitic world history book. The book was later removed from the curriculum. Newton is not alone in the state’s Muslim indoctrination agenda: in 2014, only fifteen minutes away in Revere, Massachusetts, public schools were caught forcing students to recite the Shahada, or the Muslim profession of faith used to convert non-Muslims.

For years, the Israeli-Arab conflict has been part of NPSD curriculum. One assignment in this unit that students were given this year (and possibly last year) was titled, “Cities: Connecting the Islamic World.” The assignment comes from a book issued by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting (CAMERA.) CAMERA refers to themselves as “God’s Muslim Warriors,” and if you’re wondering what kind of organizations Massachusetts lets influence their curriculum, the fourth article on CAMERA’s website is titled, “Wikipedia’s Jew Problem.”

In recent years, CAMERA has been vocally critical of NPSD, accusing them of “skewing” the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as teaching Islamic history and culture in a “biased manner.” In response to this so-called bias, CAMERA published a book, (not the same book used for the Hajj assignment) detailing their issues with Newton schools, entitled, Indoctrinating Our Youth: How a U.S. Public School Curriculum Skews the Arab-Israeli Conflict and Islam. The foreword states: “Many students arrive on college campuses already misinformed about the causes of conflict in the Middle East. There is a pressing need to look at what students are taught in high school and in earlier grades.”


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