Tavares, FL Updated Oct. 8, 2016 - Created Feb. 19, 2015
by Vance Jochim FiscalRangers.com
THIS FACTSHEET is a continuous work in process
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Click this to see my FiscalRangers Facebook album of Pearson 6th grade World History book Islam chapter pages, etc << This book is used by Lake County, FL schools.
"“My child’s religious beliefs were violated,” Bluff City Middle School parent Michelle Edmisten told Sullivan County board members on Monday, the Times News reports.
Edmisten pointed to a Pearson text that delves into Islam used by her daughter’s seventh-grade social studies class and mandatory lessons she believes promotes the religion used by terrorists to justify violent acts against Americans.
Questions about the text book were first raised at last month’s Board of Education meeting by local resident Joe Cerone, whom board members refused to allow to speak Monday because he lives just outside of the school district’s boundary, according to the news site."
Edmisten was interviewed by a local TV station HERE. The TV station pointed out the State of TN was reviewing changes in social studies curriculum HERE.
Update Apr. 24, 2016: - In a related manner, this Apr. 19, 2016 Irish Times article explains how students in Ireland taking the Arabic language are REQUIRED to read and be tested on sections of the Koran. A Syrian parent who is Christian became angry when he found his daughter, taking Arabic, was mandated to read sections of the Koran.
Update Jan. 29, 2016 - A well known national public interest law center filed a lawsuit against a Maryland School District, their Board, a principal and vice principal for violating the US Constitution and Civil Rights regulations by teaching Islam in a biased manner in their schools and ignoring complaints from a parent. This is a major case (in my opinion) and very clearly defines the legal reasons against the biased teaching of Islam (vs other religions) in schools. READ our full post and analysis HERE. We now have an excellent list of specific reasons in the article why Islam lessons in schools are not acceptable.
Update Nov. 1, 2015 - Added above link to 6th grade book with 30+ page chapter on Islam
Added info on Muslim ownership of Pearson & Houghton textbook publishers.
Added info on where to find the Florida Standards, and read or search them.
Added screen captures of the results when searching the Florida Standards for standards specifically saying Islam (8), Christianity (4) & Judaism (1). The next task is to count pages in the Islamic controlled textbooks for that cover each religion.
Another 2014 article: Why does Common Core require teaching Islam.
Multiple news reports in other Florida counties or states have described parent surprise that 10th grade World History books used in their children's schools have a heavy whitewash bias towards Islam.
This factsheet is based on our FiscalRangers.com research of the 6th & 10th grade World History books used by the Lake County School District with over 45,000 students and over 40 schools.
Most news reports discuss the 10th grade book, but we found staff would claim that there was also a 6th grade World History book that taught other religions. We reviewed both books, copyrighted 2013.
We are adding other background facts regarding Islam textbook bias as we find them.
Summary of Findings:
- BOTH the Pearson 6th grade and 10th grade World History books used in Lake County, FL contain a full 30+ page chapter just on Islam, while no other religion is covered in a full chapter, only much smaller sections.
- The 6th Grade book was supposed to end at the fall of Rome, about 450 AD, however, it had a full chapter on Islam which did not start until AD 600 and ran to 1600. Thus, the history timelines were split between the two books around 450 AD, EXCEPT they overlapped for Islam. Thus each book has a 30+ page chapter on Islam.
- The Islam bias was pronounced, completely avoiding negative issues like Islam initiated 500 battles to invade and conquest other countries, a description of the Koran's chapter 9 which incites many types of violence, or any discussion of the estimated 270-million people killed by Islam in order to "spread". One example is that both books provide a half or full page on the five pillars of islam, but only mention the 10 Commandments without describing them.
- The books downplay and cite negative issues related to other religions.
- The books do not provide any current perspective or examples about how other religions have modernized and eliminate violence, torture, but Islam has not.
- Our inspection of TEACHER editions of both books found many Islam indoctrination assignments not in the student versions. This, or enclosed teacher CD's or third party websites may be the real sources for parental complaints about the the more blatant Islam biased lessons we read about in the press.
Florida's "Sunshine Standards" vs Common Core Standards, & Specific Islam Standards
Florida modified and rebranded Common Core standards as the "Florida Standards" in Feb. 2014. However, over 99% of the Common Core standards were retained. You can read or export ALL the Florida standards HERE. Books used by the Lake County, FL schools cite Florida Standard numbers or Common Core. Thus if you look in a textbook, even one not for ELA or Math, it may cite Florida or Common Core standards as the basis for the chapter contents. Some of these standards cited in textbooks specifically require learning knowledge about Islam, but others cite generic ELA standards (like the 6th grade Pearson World History book) as the reason for an all Islam chapter. The Florida official source for the Florida Standards is http://www.cpalms.org/Public/.
You can read the Florida Standards that require teaching of Islam.
If you go to this Florida Education Standards "CPALMS" SEARCH page and search on Islam, you will find EIGHT standards specifically referring to Islam: SS.912.W.3.1 thru SS.912.W.3.7 AND SS.912.W.4.2. The search results also show the NUMBER of different courses like 9-21 courses helping to meet that standard. So the topic is not just in one class, but many. Note: The Florida standards "strand" SS.912.W is for World History, which is part of the Social Studies standards. Theoretically, these Social Studies standards are from Florida, and not based on Common Core, since CC is theoretically just ELA and Math.
View this photo <<< Screenshot of first four hits of 8 on "Islam" search in Florida standards.
View this photo <<< Second group of four Islam based standards.
Now, if you search on "Christianity" in the Standards, you only get these four "hits", vs the 8 for Islam. SS.912.W.2.2 ; SS.912.W.3.2 ; SS.6.W.3.13 ; SS.6.W.3.18
View this photo <<< Doing the same search on "Christianity" only results in four hits.
AND, if you search on Judaism, you only get ONE hit: SS.912.W.3.2
View this photo <<< Only one search hit on Judaism
Now, the next issue is to determine the amount of SPACE allocated to each of the above standards on religions in individual textbooks. Since Islamists are major owners in textbook publishers, they can skew or expand space for Islam and not for the other religions. That is why there are full chapters plus added sections on Islam in both Pearson World History books and very little on the other religions.
The 10th Grade Pearson owned World History Book used in Lake County, FL is:
"World History (Florida edition) Copyright 2013 by Prentice Hall (Peason Publishing)
Authors: Ellis & Esler
The 6th Grade Pearson owned World History book used in Lake County, FL pictured above.
How Textbooks like these are Selected in Florida School Districts
The Florida State of Education creates a list of "approved" textbooks. Then most Florida School Districts pick from those lists. So for any state, you should be able to find their approved textbooks on the State Education Dept. website, and perhaps the local District's approved list on their website.
Locations of Digital Images of both books:
- A link will be posted here to a Facebook album with readable digital images of both Islamic chapters and related indexes, author info, etc. (The link for the 6th grade book is above).
News Reports on Parent Issues with these book
Links to Numerous TV reports about these same books in four different Florida Counties will be provided, plus links to various blog and online news reports on the same issues.
Procedures for Parental Review and public input on K-12 Textbooks
Other Reference Sources on these two Pearson World History books:
Several other organizations have reviewed these books and other Islamic biased books and links to them will be provided.
Ownership of Textbook Publishers includes Arabic Muslim Organizations resulting in Documented Islam Bias in Text books
Pearson Publishing is a major textbook publisher that provides books, test services, etc to Schools including the two World History books described above. It is well known the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia owns a major stake in Pearson, along with the Government of Libya. I will add citations here later.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) was an Irish based textbook publisher which was selected in 2015 by the Lake County, FL Schools to provide ELA texbooks, replacing Pearson as the provider. However, in 2009 and later, ownership of HMH was changed and now the Royal Family of Dubai, via their Istithmar World Capital Investment vehicle became a major stockholder.
Similar reports of Islam Indoctrination in Schools from other schools, sources and textbooks:
April 2016 - Citizens for National Security
Has several video tapes, research studies about dangers of Islam or Islam bias in textbooks
March 21, 2016 - THIS ten minute video, Textbooks & Islamic Terrorists, from Dr. Gary Newman of Citizens for National Security, explains how school Islam biased eduction resulted in terrorism by the two brothers who exploded bombs at the Boston Marathon. The book cited was from Holt McDougal - "Modern World History" . The point was that Islam leaders are trying to use our own education system to indoctrinated US students into Islam by giving them biased, whitewashed information. You can find the group at www.CFNS.US .