Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Virginia lawmaker wants Saudi School checked out

Washington Post

Lawmaker Wants Saudi School Checked Out

Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) has asked Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to convene a panel to examine course materials at the Islamic Saudi Academy, a school in Fairfax County that is funded by the Saudi government and that enrolls students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

A Washington Post review last summer found that as recently as 2006, a textbook given to high school students contained passages that extolled jihad and martyrdom. School officials have said that all potentially offensive material will be gone by the coming academic year and that teachers have been told to avoid inflammatory topics.
Washington Post June 2008:
At issue are recent reviews of teaching materials concluding that some textbooks used by the Islamic school in Fairfax contain language intolerant of Jews and other groups as well as passages that could be construed as advocating violence.

One review of academy textbooks was undertaken for the congressionally appointed U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which recommended in October that the State Department close the school until it proves that it is not teaching a type of religious intolerance potentially dangerous to the United States.

Bahais and Shiite and Sufi Muslims are among those denounced in some academy texts, according to reviews of the books by the commission.

Rahima Abdullah, of the academy's Education Department, reiterated the academy's position that criticisms of its teachings have relied on out-of-context interpretations. She noted that the academy has revised a number of passages and will do so again if given direction from the State Department.

"Just like Fairfax County, we would like to know what the State Department would say, too," she said. "They've had the books since 2007. We've done our best to comply with all requests by extending the books over to the State Department."
My mother attended the school. When it was Mount Vernon High School. (MVHS still exists, but is in another location.)


Blogger Jennie said...

I just heard about this on Fox News. But then I read that this school has been here since 1984!! What took them so long to find out about it. We don't have to be conquered from outside. It's going to happen from within. Like from Washington, for instance. I am outraged that nothing has been done about this!

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