Miami-Dade School District Drops “Islam-Tainted” History and Geography Texts

BOCA RATON, FLORIDA – Citizens For National Security (CFNS) has just confirmed that Islam-biased textbooks previously used in the Miami-Dade (Florida) County School District have now been rejected.  In its recent adoption of history and geography textbooks for the next five-year selection cycle, the Miami-Dade School Board of the fourth largest school district in the United States eliminated seven Islam-tainted textbooks identified by CFNS. These same textbooks are found in classrooms across the country.

Over two years ago, CFNS – a Florida-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization – initiated its objection to the inclusion of these Islam-flawed social studies textbooks in the Miami-Dade social studies curriculum, and continued to make its case for their removal until learning that its request to replace them would be reviewed.

After first meeting with District curriculum and instruction officials at School Board headquarters, CFNS followed up with documented evidence of errors, omissions and bias favorable to Islam while demeaning Christianity and Judaism. Over time, there was a continuing exchange of telephone calls and e-mails relevant to our concerns, Dr. William A. Saxton, CFNS Chairman, recalls.

“This is a huge win in our efforts to rid K-12 schools of Islam-biased textbooks in America,” Dr. Saxton exclaims. “It is impossible to overstate the significance of this action by the Miami-Dade School Board, following CFNS’s similar successes in Florida’s Palm Beach and Brevard counties. Florida is the third largest buyer of elementary and high-school textbooks in the country,” he points out, “and is setting an example for how to deal with these Islam-slanted textbooks everywhere in the U.S.”

“CFNS will continue the battle against Islam-biased textbooks until they are either corrected or removed from public-school classrooms throughout the country,” vows Dr. Saxton. “We have already been working with school officials and concerned citizens in several states on this issue, and there is undoubtedly a growing momentum for addressing it,” he says.

CFNS has published a landmark report, “Islam in Florida’s K-12 Textbooks,” and a Teacher’s Guide for “Corrections to Islam-biased Content in Florida’s K-12 Textbooks.” Both are available free-of-charge and downloadable at its Web site, www.CFNS.US.

In November a Volusia County, FL School Board meeting to discuss textbook adoption was cancelled when the US Justice Department intervened. According to Fox News WTEV Channel 7 in Jacksonville, “Volusia County school board members heard from more than 80 residents Monday about a controversial textbook that’s in Florida high schools. Last week, the school board meeting was canceled due to a security threat, but not before WFTV Channel 9’s Blaine Tolison talked with people protesting the book because it devotes a full chapter to Islam and only mentions other religions. The controversy over whether the 10th-grade world history book should stay in Volusia County is still a hot topic.”

About Citizens For National Security (CFNS)

Citizens For National Security (CFNS) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) public charity committed to calling attention to, and providing objective and unbiased information on, the full range of national security threats to the United States from Islamists, other extremist ideologies and rogue nations. Unlike other writers, speakers or organizations active on the issue of national security, CFNS draws on the extensive and unmatched experience of its founders and its well-honed research capability to develop, assemble and present only accurate, reliable and objective data about the goals, activities and supporters of anti-U.S. movements. Free of any partisan affiliation, sponsorship or agenda, CFNS focuses on providing the credible information that ordinary citizens can use in deciding for themselves how best to enhance our national security. To learn more about CFNS, please visit www.CFNS.US.

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