The organization said that many times school officials have brushed off the idea of textbook biases. But with this report, “They won’t be able to deny it any more.”
“We want even more school officials, teachers and parents to have this report,” the group said.
A CAN leader told WND that parents have taken the report to meetings of their local school boards, and some education officials have raised questions about the apparent activism of textbook publishers.
“We just want to alert parents to be on guard, looking at textbooks, knowing what speakers are coming into their schools,” the CAN leader said.
Ryan Mauro, founder of WorldThreats.com and the national security adviser for CAN, told WND that he’s convinced 99 percent of students today are not taught that America’s first encounter with the violence of Islam was when the Barbary pirates attacked U.S. shipping efforts in the early 1800s.
The study took many months, and while it was dated 2009, it actually is just now being released.
The summary notes that most students in K-12 classes lack the skills to evaluate all they hear and “tend to believe what their textbooks and teachers tell them.”
“Zealous promoters of Islam trying
to win the hearts and minds of these children with their messages are
well aware of these factors. All Floridians should be, too,” the report said.
The report said while educators in Texas and California were aware of the situation and have made attempts to address it, in Florida “proponents of Islam” have opportunities at three levels “to influence decisions that lead to getting their favored textbooks in front of … students.”
CFNS looked at dozens of textbooks, and it was discovered that 64 of Florida’s 67 districts use one or more of the “flawed” books.
The study raises significant concerns about what it describes as strategies to define terrorism in vague terms, the removal of references to contributions of American Jews, the replacement of America’s Judeo-Christian heritage with one referencing “Judeo-Christian-Islamic” and the stylization and sanitization of the history and tenets of Islam.
WND previously reported when the issue was raised by members of the public in the state’s Sarasota County School District.
There, the complaints referenced “World History: Patterns of Interaction,” published by Holt McDougal.
The book was approved by the Florida Department of Education for use in public schools and adopted by the school board for use from 2006 through the 2011-2012 school year.
“It promotes Eastern and Middle Eastern cultures, promotes Islam as a religion, promotes socialism and fails to address world history in a historically accurate manner,” the members of the public explained.
Even earlier, WND reported experts say American students are not getting a realistic picture of radical Islam, and textbook publishers are promoting the religion in public schools.
Gilbert T. Sewall, director of the American Textbook Council, a group that reviews history books, told Fox News the texts are sugarcoating Islamic extremism.
“Key subjects like jihad, Islamic law, the status of women are whitewashed,” Sewall said.
In a two-year project concluding in a report authored by Sewall, the American Textbook Council reviewed five junior- and five high-school world and American history texts, concluding:
“Many political and religious groups try to use the textbook process to their advantage, but the deficiencies in Islam-related lessons are uniquely disturbing. History textbooks present an incomplete and confected view of Islam that misrepresents its foundations and challenges to international security.”