I am still at the Wyoming School of Catholic Thought, with little time to post to the blog, but I didn't want to let this post get lost.
News from August 10th:
Audrey Shabbas, the director of Arab World and Islamic Resources (AWAIR) in Berkeley, California, may be America’s most effective educator in guiding public school students to embrace a radically pro-Islamic world view.Item #2:
Shabbas is the author and editor of a number of hugely influential resources for teachers: The Arab World Studies Notebook, The Arab World Notebook: For the Secondary School Level, The Arabs: Activities for the Elementary and Middle School and A Medieval Banquet in the Alhambra Palace. These are 540+ page, looseleaf compendiums for different grade levels, published jointly by the Middle East Policy Council (MEPC) and AWAIR.
The AWAIR website offers, “We can offer you [school districts and principals] a full day's staff development program at NO COST TO YOU!" This means a 5-7 hour workshop involving 30+ teachers.
Shabbas told the Daily Star (Lebanon) that she orients curriculum to a pro-Islamic view and “points teachers toward tools that will help them go farther in their own classrooms. Over the years, the [Arab World Studies] Notebook has been distributed to over 10,000 teachers, most of whom share the resource with others. If each notebook teaches 250 students a year over 10 years, then you've reached 25 million students."
News from August 8th, but nothing really new. It's been this way for a long time.
Despite a series of initiatives aimed at generating foreign tourism, the Saudi Arabian government continues to bar Jews and Christians from bringing items such as Bibles, crucifixes and Stars of David into the country and is threatening to confiscate them on sight, The Jerusalem Post has learned.Item #1(b):
"A number of items are not allowed to be brought into the kingdom due to religious reasons and local regulations," declares the Web site of Saudi Arabian Airlines, the country's national carrier.
After informing would-be visitors that items such as narcotics, firearms and pornography may not be transported into the country, the Web site adds: "Items and articles belonging to religions other than Islam are also prohibited. These may include Bibles, crucifixes, statues, carvings, items with religious symbols such as the Star of David, and others."
News again from August 10th:
According to Sandra Stotsky, former director of a development institute for teachers at Harvard, cited by Stanley Kurtz in “Saudi in Her Classroom” (National Review Online, July 25, 2007), Shabbas’ seminars promote, rather than describe, Islam while excluding or criticizing Jewish and Christian views. The lesson plans also provide an affective, experiential approach, with children role-playing Islamic life, saying Muslim prayers, and copying and memorizing portions of the Koran.The future belongs to those who shape the minds of our children. The politically correct multiculturalism that is now doctrine in Western public (and most private) education is being brought to us by the same people who are inculcating the young with theories of sexuality about which two things can be said: 1. no one in his right mind ever believed them before about 15 years ago, and 2. the spiritual, moral, physical and emotional price to be paid by those who adopt them and experiment with them will staggering.
Stotsky remarked, “If Harvard’s outreach personnel had designed similar classroom exercises based on Christian or Jewish models, then People for the American Way, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and the A.C.L.U. would descend upon them like furies.” . . .
According to Stanley Kurtz, the teacher training project is funded through various channels leading back to the government of Saudi Arabia.
It doesn't take a genius: if we don't change course we'll end up where we're headed. But it's far worse than that, because it will be our children's children who will reap what we have sown.
I sent this to my wife Karen and here's what she sent me back:
Exerpt from the Harvard Gazette website:
Shabbas said it was most efficient to approach professional associations such as the Middle School Teachers Association, the Association of Catholic Educators, and the Association of Independent Schools. She reported that, happily, educators are more interested than ever in promoting understanding of the Arab world, often to do right by the Arab students in their classrooms.
"Our approach has always been proactive, not reactive," she said. "Since 1989, we haven't had to knock on any doors. Teachers are coming to us."
Just a hunch: is Islam remarkably resilient to inferences drawn from the scientific method akin to, perhaps even necessarily connected to, its at-one-ness with the primitive sacred (anthropologically speaking)?
Very good discussion is raised in this portal to propogate multicultrerism and it will definately work
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