What a shocker, the U.S Department of Education will be overseeing the assessment test design for the new national standards. So the government IS involved. The federal government will be dictating your childs education and in effect, white washing any truth of anything you have ever taught your child. Who is the driving force behind the scenes? Where does the real template for common core come from? Among the most talked about is Arne Duncan, and Bill Gates, but what about the not so talked about?
In August of 2013, Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education and Sal Khan (Khan Academy) participated in a Google+ “hangout” ,where Duncan praised innovators such as Khan, stating “Like Khan Academy, the Department of Education is continuing to work to innovate in education and secure that the next generation can have all the educational opportunities they deserve”
Sal Khan, founder of the Khan Academy is an American born Muslim who developed a website that “allows anyone, anywhere to take over 4,500 individual classes online, free of charge. across disciplines and academic grade levels, Khan Academy courses have allowed millions of individuals to learn something new”.
Duncan believes this is the new way of learning unlike the “Neanderthal” ways of the past. http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/08/23/check-out-secretary-education-arne-duncans-google-hangout-sal-khan
Khan seems to be the new hot ticket, as he and Bank of America have partnered to offer online classes on financial matters. Khan also is the author of The One World Schoolhouse which Khan believes is a “virtual extension” of his philosophy.
Khan has been named the number 91 Muslim Hero according to the website http://www.muslim-heroes.org/ where he joins the ranks of Sihajj Wahajj, Ahmed Bedier, Zahra Billoo and several other Muslims known for their radical, and sometimes terrorist organization connections. Khans is just one area the U.S Department of Education is experimenting with in using the internet to teach your children.
But it gets even more scary..
In 2011 The Qatar Foundation International , partnered with the Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote a marriage between students in the U.S. and international schools through the “Connect All Schools” project. (http://www.qfi.org/page/105/5/iEARN-USA) The stated goal of this initiative is to connect every school in the United States to the world by 2016.
So while foreign countries are invading your childs classroom, grant money is pouring in to assure these programs will work. Two schools in Tucson AZ were recipients of $465,000 intended to implement “innovative curricula and teaching materials to be used in any Arabic language classroom”. This is money that comes from a foundation with close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is an offshoot of Hamas.
In 2012, public schools in Harlem NY were given $250,000 from the Qatar foundation for a pilot program in which students voluntarily learned Arabic, however this year, it will be mandatory for students in second grade through 5th grade to learn the language. Many are wondering why its necessary.
Then there is the Qatar Foundations project in City Center DC. The 1,400-square-meter cultural center, called Al Bayt, (Arabic for “home”), which will feature “state of the art, interactive experience” which will engage students in Qatari culture “without leaving the states”. http://www.qatarchronicle.com/gulf-business/42521/qatar-foundation-to-open-arab-cultural-centre-for-american-pupils/ “Al Bayt will be a state of the art, interactive experience that will immerse students in different aspects of the culture, language, architecture, design and more.” According to Sahar Al Ansari, he will be featured as a “Virtual Ambassador ” guiding people through the space while demonstrating their different perspectives and experiences, as well as their similarities, to an American audience. The ambassadors spoke about their language, religion, lifestyles, family and the environment of their region and homes
Are you seeing a trend here?
Back on the home front, we see organizations such as the Council on Islamic Education (CIE) which now goes by the Institute on Religion and Civic Values. The Council on Islamic Education was founded in 1991 to provide academic support and scholarly resources about Islam and Muslim history to K-12 textbook publishers, educators, and others. One of those involved in the research and writing of these books is Shabbir Mansuri who has stated ” I am waging a “bloodless” revolution, promoting world cultures and faiths in America’s classrooms”.
The CIE ( IRCV ) is: The Leading contributor and consultant to publishers of textbooks that include Islamic-related content
Promoting sanitized, inaccurate information about Islam in K-12 education
Has associations with the Islamic Saudi Academy, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), front groups for the anti-Christian, anti American, and anti Israel Muslim Brotherhood
Mansuri also has 2 articles published on Soundvision.com, an Islamic resource website often referred to educators as the go to site for Islamic education materials.
The 2 articles are
Both of these articles can be found under the document tab above.
Coming up in Part 2, more info on the Islamic connection to common core.