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”.
A break is coming for college students worried about the rising cost of their textbooks. Rice University as begun a program called Connexions which will be using open-source materials to produce free textbooks for students. These books will cover five of the most populous courses of study for college students.
Could your child’s school be indoctrinating them into a socialist world view? Many feel that there are indicators this is actually happening. By slanting some of the instruction, children are being misled into thinking that the government owes them housing, food, and medical care among other things.