Counter attempts by Hindutva groups to introduce Islamophobic changes in CA textbooks

by webadmin on July 13, 2016

Will you join us Thursday morning in Sacramento to support removing Islamophobic content from the new California school history textbooks?
Will you help ensure the history of Islam in South Asia is not distorted and aligned with a Hindu supremacist narrative?

 

California is set to finalize its curriculum framework that will guide textbook publishers, teachers and makers of educational material on how the curriculum need to be taught. These include critical subjects like history and social sciences that help shape students’ personalities and worldview.

 

It is deeply concerning to the Muslim community, that the present California curriculum as well as the proposed edits that are part of this review, include Islamophobic content. It also includes a falsified version of history pushed by Hindutva groups in the US, who are aligned with the divisive ideology of RSS and its affiliates in India. Unless the State Board of Edition updates the curriculum and reverses some of the edits, children will be studying about Islam primarily under a narrative of war, conquest and “forced conversions.”

 

The South Asian Histories For All (SAHFA) coalition, of which the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) is a part, is leading the fight in overturning Islamophobia from the California’s history and social sciences school curriculum for 6th, 7th and 10th grades.
Under this campaign, some of the top scholars on Islam and Muslim Civilization have written a joint letter to the State Board of Education pointing out factual errors in the curriculum as well as the proposed edits. Moreover, a broad based group of national and California based Muslim organizations has written a separate joint letter to the Board of Education, expressing grave concerns over procedural lapses during the review process.
While these initiatives are welcome, it is the community members who would play a key role in convincing the Board of Education, that our concerns are shared and need to be addressed, in order to preserve the integrity of our children’s education.

 

Community members are encouraged to attend the upcoming hearing in Sacramento, as each individual would be allowed to give a one-minute testimony. Details are as follows:

 

WHAT: California State Board of Education Hearing
WHEN: Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 8:00 AM sharp
WHERE: California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, CA 95814

 

If you are unable to participate in the public hearing, please write ( be polite and concise) to the State Board of Education (sbe@cde.ca.gov) asking them to accept the recommendations of the Muslim Studies Faculty Group scholars.

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