Controversial Textbook In Use At Madison HighAug 29th, 2013 | By Admin | Category: Front Page
By Rose Klein
Greene Publishing, Inc.
A controversial World History textbook is causing controversy and heated debate as to whether it should be used in the Florida school system. The Prentice Hall World History textbook by Ellis and Esler, published by Pearson, has been used in approximately 50 percent of Florida schools for about three years, but recently has been attacked by State Representative, Ritch Workman saying that the book “revises history” and has a “pro-Islamic slant.” Workman is further quoted to say, the textbook “dedicates 36 pages to Islam and only several paragraphs to Christianity.” In response, an attorney for the Florida Council on American-Islamic Relations, Wilfredo Ruiz says he believes Workman and other critics of the textbook “just want to create an environment of intolerance toward Muslims and an environment of hate against Islam.” The textbook was also under fire by Sean Hannity and Todd Starnes on Fox News where they discussed the book containing an entire chapter devoted to Muslim Civilizations, but that it has zero chapters on Christianity or Judaism. Enter the Brevard County School Board, who began reviewing the textbook after complaints from Rep. Workman and two citizen groups, Citizens for National Security and the Space Coast chapter of ACT! for America. Board meetings covering the book were well attended by concerned citizens who wanted to ensure their opinions on the book were heard. Board member, Amy Kneessy, had concerns that the book glossed over certain negative aspects of Islamic history and said, “I’m concerned about giving students accurate information. We’re giving a very sanitized version in this book.” Kneessy also disagreed with suggested lesson plans that assigned students excerpts of the Quran to read before completing a worksheet. “Imagine what the ACLU would say if I assigned the Book of Acts as literature,” Kneessy said. “We would never instruct kids to read the Bible.”
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