San Diego Schools Forcing Islamic Lessons on All Students, Providing Safe Spaces for Muslims. Muslim safe spaces, increased lessons on Islam during social studies classes, and other measures will be adopted by San Diego Unified School District to combat bullying.
The Council for American-Islamic Relations and school officials in southern California collaborated on a “holistic” approach to bullying that will likely be implemented this fall. The changes, which include adding Muslim holidays to school calendars, are the result of a study directed by the San Diego school board in July 2016.
According to The San Diego Union Tribune, it’s all a “part of a multi-tiered approach to combat Islamophobia”:
San Diego Unified School District administrators and teachers will have calendars showing Islamic holidays, students will learn more about the religion in social studies classes and safe places will be created on campuses for Muslim students as part of a multi-tiered approach to combat Islamophobia.
Trustees on Tuesday voted 4-0, with board member Michael McQuary absent, to approve a plan to confront Islamophobia and bullying against Muslim students.
Stan Anjan, executive director of Family and Community Engagement at the district, said elements of the plan will be laid out before the end of the school year with a goal of having it in place at the start of the fall semester.
“It’s more of a comprehensive program, not just a curriculum,” he said. “We’re looking at it from a very integrated and holistic approach.”
One of the first steps in the plan will be to distribute letters to staff members and parents addressing Islamophobia and identifying resources to learn about the religion and fight discrimination. District calendars will be reviewed to ensure Islam holidays are recognized, which Anjan said is important so schools will schedule campus events that also can be attended by Muslim families.
Schools also will review and vet materials related to Muslim culture and history in media centers and provide resources and material for teachers.
Anjan said social studies lessons may include more information on prominent Muslims and their impact on history and other steps to promote a more positive image of Islam.
BUT in in meantime There are a petition DUMP “ACCESS ISLAM” FROM PUBLIC SCHOOLS in most popular online petition platform Change.org . Started by Martin Mawyer petition will be delivered to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
YOU CAN SIGN PETITION HERE
The United States Department of Education has introduced an Islamic indoctrination program for the public schools, called “Access Islam.”
The program contains 10 lesson plans that have students answering such questions as:
“What do Muslim prayers sound like?” “What do the movements look like?” and “What are some of the things Muslims say during prayer?”
Classroom instructions have children learning the Five Pillars of Islam where students must “focus on learning about the core duties of Muslims” and are asked to “read about what it means to proclaim faith or belief as a Muslim.”
The Education Department offers no similar learning material for Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism or any other major world religion. Just Islam.
This petition demands that the U.S. Department of Education dump its “Access Islam” program and acknowledge that it is a violation of the U.S. Constitution. The program, written for Grades 5 – 12, has students learning verses from the Quran and Hadith. Students must not only learn the verses, but give the religious “meaning” of those verses and explain how they use them in their daily lives. The program also includes a video presentation on how to perform a Muslim prayer, use a prayer rug and wash prior to praying.
Students are also shown a video of a Muslim who converted from Christianity and claims Islam “is the true worship of God.” The video instructs children to “submit yourself” to Allah. “Access Islam” is promoted to teachers through PBS LearningMedia. Students are assigned a project to “create posters about the Five Pillars of Islam for classroom display.” Doing so, the instructional material says, will “help educate their schoolmates about Islam.”
“Access Islam” is nothing short of a Sunday school class on Islam and fails to meet any constitutional criteria for permissible education of religion in the public schools. In addition to the examples above, students are told to, “Describe the process of praying in Islam” and “Understand the importance of the Quran in daily worship.” Clearly, none of these lesson plans, activities, questions or instructions would be permitted in the public schools if the subject was Christianity.
Public schools would never have students reading the Bible, asking them to interpret scripture, demanding they use biblical scripture in their daily lives, have them examine what Christians say during prayer or instruct them to understand the Christian proclamation of faith.
“Access Islam” is unconstitutional and should be dumped immediately by the U.S. Department of Education.
Christian Action Network has issued a legal “Letter of Demand” asking the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, to remove the material from public school use and to declare the program a violation of the U.S. Constitution.