Experience demonstrates that children are more malleable than adults. Adults can be reasonably expected to be more able than children to distinguish between objective education and indoctrination. Therefore, what is taught to children in our public schools should be subjected to a higher standard of scrutiny in order to ensure that what is taking place in the classroom is “education” rather than “indoctrination.”
ACT for America’s report, “Education or Indoctrination The Treatment of Islam in 6th though 12th Grade American Textbooks” does not argue that Islam should not be taught in our public schools.
The major religions of the world are a significant part of our human history, and to exclude teaching about them impedes our understanding of who we are and why the world exists as it is.
When it comes to the teaching of any religion, Islam included, extra care should be exercised by textbook writers and teachers to ensure that what is being taught to their diverse student population is in fact “education” and not “indoctrination.”
Thus the question posed by our report: Does the manner in which Islam is generally presented in 6th through 12th grade public school textbooks constitute proper and appropriate education or does it amount to indoctrination?
Truth in Textbooks (TNT)
To accomplish this mission TNT has set these goals:
- 100% accuracy in identifying errors and corrections
- Identify misstatements of fact, notable omissions, imbalances and/or opinions disguised as facts
- Provide the correct information based upon scholarly, recognizable references and research
- Provide feedback to public officials and publishers
- Inform the public of our findings
- Recruit, select, train 300-500 citizen volunteers to be certified social studies textbook reviewers.
- Provide a website for others to post reviews of social studies textbooks in order to have a single depository of these reviews
By the end of 2016 the goal is to have 500 trained reviewers who will be standing by to assist teachers, parents and those concerned citizens who find material in the social studies classrooms to be less than accurate.
- TNT will assist those states that do a centralized process of textbook review and selection for all grades K-12. There are 22 of those states.
- TNT, when requested by parents, teachers or school board members, can assist in reviewing the social studies textbooks being considered for grades K-13.
- TNT, when requested by parents, teachers or school board members, can assist in reviewing instructional material, supplemental material that is not a part of the school approved lesson plan or other audio/video material (based upon availability to obtain the material) on specific social studies related topics
- There is no charge for any of these services.
TNT is forming the most extensive teams of social studies textbook reviewers in the country. TNT is seeking volunteers to review social studies textbooks with training classes beginning in July and Oct 2016. You can write to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the details of the program.
The goal is to have a total of 300-500 volunteers fully trained by the end of this year.
Upon completion of the specialized TNT training (all TTT trainers), graduates will be asked to donate 6 weeks a year to assist teachers, parents and concerned citizens with not just social studies textbook review but requested reviews of any supplemental material, videos and other instructional material submitted to TNT.
A full report including clear documentation of any errors will be provided free of charge to the parents, teachers or others who submit request for assistance. TNT will also provide experts to assist in helping navigate working with schools, school boards and other educational entities to affect change.
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