Press Release 7.31.13
Battle In Florida School System Profiled This Week By FOX NEWS Mirrors Growing National Concern of Parents Across America
(Nashville, Tennessee) –July 31, 2013 – With students returning to schools across the U.S. in the soon coming weeks, parents in Williamson County are awaiting an August 19 meeting of the Williamson County (TN) school board to address the appeal filed by concerned parents to remove a textbook, The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography, published by Pearson/Prentice Hall publishers, more disturbing information was revealed this week as the concern over textbook content widens nationally.
On Tuesday, July 30, the Fox News Network’s “Fox & Friends” aired a segment reported by Fox reporter Todd Starnes on the outrage of Brevard County Florida parents over materials presented in another Pearson/Prentice Hall textbook with questionable historical content on the “religions of the world” and the representation of Islam in a decidedly positive propaganda format. http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/07/30/hs-history-textbook-called-out-over-religious-bias-36-page-islam-chapter
An article featured on the website “Florida Today” raised additional questions about the content in question.
Laurie Cardoza-Moore, head of national pro Israel organization Proclaiming Justice To The Nations, (PJTN) who herself has children in the Williamson County school system and is serving as a spokesperson for concerned parents, noted: “Since the presentation of our concerns about the textbook in question before the Williamson County Ad Hoc Committee in June, I have expanded my research into Pearson/Prentice Hall Publishers and their authors/editors/consultants, etc. The information I have uncovered is very disturbing and is only the tip of the iceberg. I have this week forwarded a 228-page report that was published by ACTforAmericaEducation.org about the indoctrination in American textbooks. The information I have cited is unsettlingly and well worth the attention of concerned parents across America.”
The material cited by Cardoza-Moore notes that a consultant with the Council on Islamic Education (CIE), Shabbir Mansuri, is engaged by Pearson/Prentice-Hall for content oversight. As noted by the Act For American Education website: “He has publicly stated in his own words that he is “waging a 'bloodless' revolution, promoting world cultures and faiths in America's classroom" and that the Council on Islamic Education (CIE) has warned scholars and public officials who do not sympathize with its requests that they will be perceived as racists, reactionaries, and enemies of Islam."
As further noted by Act For America Education: Shabbir Mansuri founded The Council On Islamic Education in 1990. It is now known as, the Institute on Religion and Civic Values. CIE is the only national “faith-based” organization in the United States that is directly involved in the process of reviewing public school textbooks from a multicultural perspective. So much for the supposed separation of mosque and state. Mansuri is credited with rewriting required textbooks on religion for 37 states.
Notes Cardoza-Moore: “The phrase ‘enemies of Islam’ is not a veiled threat and can be directly linked to numerous Islamist terrorist factions such as, the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Qaida, Hamas and others. This threat is very troubling and indicates that the Council on Islamic Education (CIE) will go to any length to drive their anti-American/anti-Christian/anti-Jewish/anti-Israel dogma into our children’s minds through their textbooks. Students in K-12 schools lack the experience and skills to validate most of what they hear, easily absorb propaganda, and tend to believe what their textbooks and teachers tell them.”
With the evidence mounting against the textbook publisher, Pearson/Prentice Hall, Williamson Country School Board Members will have the opportunity on August 19 to vote to remove the “Human Geography” textbook that has been cited as anti-Semitic and anti-Israel.
“Pearson deleted one particularly anti-Semitic passage, but this was just one of a number of passages in this book that parents complained about. They made no mention of further revisions,” notes Cardoza-Moore. “Although there is no evidence linking Mansuri's authorship to the Human Geography textbook that I have requested to be removed from Williamson County Schools’ curriculum, the stamp of his ‘bloodless revolution’ is reflected in its pages.”Pearson’s “Human Geography” textbook is not an isolated incident. According to Citizens For National Security, there have been three different textbooks by three different publishers who have been confronted with the content of the textbooks in question and agreed to make corrections. One of those publishers, Pearson, agreed to correct the content in an already printed World History textbook, reprint it at their expense, and deliver the corrected textbook to the Palm Beach County School System.
“As we have stated in a communication to the Williamson County School Board, in making their upcoming decision on which Social Studies textbooks should be used by students in our schools during the upcoming school year, Pearson/Prentice Hall should receive no further consideration until they re-evaluate who they employ to write textbooks, ensuring those individuals are not fighting a ‘bloodless revolution’ with our children and they clean-up the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, anti-Christian and anti-American rhetoric in their textbooks that threaten to undermine the Judeo-Christian values that made this nation great” states Cardoza-Moore, adding: “It’s heartening to see this agenda continue to receive the growing national attention from parents that it deserves. My hope is the concerned outcry over our children’s textbook content and those influencing it will only continue to widen across America.”
Laurie Cardoza Moore
Williamson County Schools
Sr. Media Advisor