There are some public schools, in our our great nation, that consider themselves the best in academics and preparation. One of those school districts is the Newton, MA Public School system.
From their own website, they claim:
The Mission of the Newton Public Schools
— To educate, prepare, and inspire all students to achieve their full potential as lifelong learners, thinkers, and productive contributors to our global society.
Our Core Values:
— The following Core Values are guiding principles for the Newton Public Schools. These values represent how we want to “live” within our school communities.
— Core Values are for children and adults to embrace, internalize, model and live by. They are an expression of what is deep and enduring in our school system.
That all sounds admirable until one scratches beneath the surface…which an independent group,Verity Educate, accomplished.
They analyzed 26 individual pieces of educational material utilized in Newton public high school curricula associated with the Middle East. The 26 pieces included handouts, assignments, readings, and one video and all materials were supplied to Verity Educate by students, parents, and members of the Newton community.
What they found was astonishing…
Their primary finding, concerning Israel and the Middle East:
There has been a demonstrated lack of subject matter expertise in the creation and oversight of these Middle East curricula, and the vast majority of materials used do not originate from authoritative sources or are so altered as to have lost their authority.
–Material taken directly from a hate-filled, religious, proselytizing website. This website also prophesies about an Armageddon when all Jews will be murdered and the rest of the world will convert to Sunni Islam.
–Assignments that prejudice students in favor of the radical position of a one-state scenario in Israel/the West Bank/Gaza.
–A neo-Orientalist mistreatment of various Arab perspectives, particularly the infantilization of Arab peoples and countries in the twentieth century and elevation of the perspectives of the PLO and Hamas at the expense of the perspectives of Palestinian individuals.
In short: They are aiding Hamas, and their “moderate” cohort Fatah of the PLO…to eliminate Israel!
Some of the serious problems:
–Students were given a modified version of the Hamas charter, in which references to genocide were removed and the word “Jew” was replaced with “Israeli” to sanitize the terrorist group’s murderous intentions.
–The PA charter was presented with Article 2 missing, an article that claims all of Israel belongs to “Palestine”. All following articles were renumbered to hide the change to the key piece showing the PA aims to replace Israel, not live alongside it.
If that wasn’t bad enough…an exercise was given to students and the destruction of Israel was presented as a “mainstream and well-accepted concept,” and anti-Israel sources were used solely in giving purportedly neutral outlines of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Parents for Excellence in Newton Schools (PENS), stated: “The use of anti-Israel material in this affluent suburb, which prides itself on the quality of it’s self-proclaimed ‘world-class’ schools, has been a controversial issue for the past three years, ever since a fourteen-year-old student found a false, anti-Israel passage in required reading for a high school World History class.”
The question now arises: Where else in our Public School System is this indoctrination to hate Israel/Jews, occurring? And who is behind it?
Here’s just an itsy bitsy guess: The proliferators of Da’wah (proselytizing Islam), CAIR & the Muslim Brotherhood and their ilk probably have a seat at NEA meetings…prayer mat and all.
Allow me to share a little wisdom (which is greatly wanting in Newton):
Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.
My caveat to the Newton PS system: Heed carefully what thoughts you promote in young minds…because the hate you facilitate may someday come back to bite you in the safety of your freedom.
Shalom through strength…
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