School Board Member Questions Textbook Content

School Board Member Questions Textbook Content

 A California school board member is questioning the doctrine being taught in a history textbook after a parent brought the content of the book to her attention. Dr.  Leslie Bramson recently expressed her concerns that the seventh grade book titled “History Alive” spends too much time focusing on Islam and is also teaching incorrect material to students.

Bramson claims that Chapters 7 through 11 in this textbook are devoted to the geography of the Middle East as well as the history and contribution of Muslims to this part of the world. These chapters also contain some background on Muhammad as well as certain teachings of Islam itself.

 She’s also concerned because Islam is portrayed to be a very peaceful religion, and students are not told about some of the more violent aspects of it. Bramson claims that "They are being given a rosy colored idealistic picture of a narrow piece of the religion and culture of Muslims."  This is because parts of the textbook state that jihad is merely a “struggle against enemies”.

It’s not certain what will happen next. The state of California approves all textbooks, and the process can take up to three years to complete. It seems that some parents had earlier objected to anti-Christian material being taught. As a result, their children were exempted from it and allowed to complete an optional assignment instead. It seems the school board is very willing to work with teachers and children in order to make sure their religious views are not infringed upon, even if it is somewhat difficult to do so.