Australia: "Excellence in Islamic Teachings"

Your kids will be Muslims!

Teaching children that fear of terrorism is racist

What a revolting corruption of our curriculum. Children are to be taught the fabled best of Islam and the imagined worst of Australia to blind us all to the real challenges Islam poses even to a country that’s peacefully integrated the many more Buddhists here:

EVERY Australian school student would be taught positive aspects about Islam and Muslims – and that Australia is a racist country – under a proposal by an education think tank chaired by Katherine Shoo: may the burqa rest lightly on her shoulders!

Misunderstood” Katherine Shoo (pictured without freedom sack) Drop her a line, here: Katherine.Schoo@acsa.edu.au

LAURIE NOWELL/  From: Sunday Herald Sun/thanks to Dumme Dhimmi


Bid for Islamic teachings

EVERY Australian school student would be taught positive aspects about Islam and Muslims – and that Australia is a racist country – under a proposal by an education think tank.

The plan is outlined in the Learning From One Another: Bringing Muslim Perspectives into Australian Schools booklet, published during the week by the Australian Curriculum Studies Association and the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Excellence in Islamic Studies.

It says there is a “degree of prejudice and ignorance about Islam and Muslims”, and Australian students must be taught to embrace difference and diversity.

The booklet refers to the al-Qai’da of Osama bin Laden as “a famous name” synonymous with the traditionalist movement in Islam. It makes no reference to terrorism.

It says “most texts used in Australian English classes still have a Western or European perspective”.


Its authors are offering free seminars to teachers, which promise to “provide avenues for you to introduce Islam- and Muslim-related content in your classrooms” and “equip you with the skills to meet the needs and expectations of Muslim students in a multi-faith classroom”.

But education experts have branded it a biased and one-sided approach that ignores Australia’s Christian heritage and Western culture.

“The book fails to mention the terrorist nature of such Islamic fundamentalists or describe their terrorist acts like the Bali bombings,” education consultant Dr Kevin Donnelly said.

“Ignored is what some see as the inherently violent nature of the Koran, where devout Muslims are called on to carry out jihad and to convert non-believers, and the destructive nature of what is termed dhimmis – where non-believers are forced to renounce their religion, are discriminated against and forced to accept punitive taxation laws.

“Given that Australia’s schools, on the whole, are secular in nature and the argument that classrooms should not be used to teach a particular faith, it’s understandable why introducing religion into school subjects for many would be unacceptable,” Dr Donnelly said.

ACSA executive director Catherine Schoo said the booklet was misunderstood.

“This is simply a resource for non-Muslim teachers who may want to improve their understanding of issues Muslims face in Australian schools,” she said.

Yep. That’s what our children need. “Improve understanding of Islam” with indoctrination. Catherine Shoo has been at it for quite a while now, as we can see here:   ACSA or Academic Chicanery Shames Australia

My suggestion would be Robert Spencer’s  “Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam & the Crusades” instead, just to insert a dose of reality.

Andrew Bolt is onto it:

20 thoughts on “Australia: "Excellence in Islamic Teachings"”

  1. Unbelievable! With every passing day there is just more of this insanity. The long line of the marching morons keeps getting longer, heading straight to the cliff edge. The fifty column of traitors in the West like Catherine Schoo should be tarred and feathered.

  2. I wonder what does Katherine Shoo understand that the rest of us do not! I suspect that in Shoo’s rendition she mentions nothing about the Armenian genocide at the start of the 20th century by Muslim Ottoman Turks. Nor, I expect, will she raise any question about Mohammed’s paedophilia. I do think a diluted, filtered presentation of everything Islam to young people will give them a false impression, a mis-understanding of Islam contrary to what Shoo asserts.

  3. Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t we supposed to be teaching our children (amongst others) the truth?

  4. ESI BLOG
    Islamic curriculum one sided and biased
    11th July 2010

    I’m quoted in today’s Herald Sun in relation to a curriculum program that argues students must be taught the positive side of the Islamic religion and Muslim culture.

    Below is the comment piece I sent to the Herald Sun last week on the topic.

    Imagine the howls of outrage from the secular non-believers if the Catholic Church argued that every school subject had to include a Catholic perspective and that understanding Christianity is a vital part of our state education system.
    Imagine the outcry if the Church, along with a respected national curriculum body and a prestigious university, published curriculum material and held teacher workshops celebrating Christianity’s contribution to Australian society and Western civilisation.
    Given that Australia’s schools, on the whole, are secular in nature and the argument that classrooms should not be used to teach a particular faith, it’s understandable why introducing religion into school subjects, for many, would be unacceptable.
    Not so, when it comes to teaching Islam and introducing Muslim perspectives to the curriculum. Those responsible for the booklet Learning From One Another: Bringing Muslim Perspectives into Australian Schools, sponsored by the Australian Curriculum Studies Association and The University of Melbourne’s Centre for Excellence in Islamic Studies are happy to assert that teaching Islam should be embedded in every school subject.
    Citing the Julia Gillard inspired national curriculum directive that subjects must be taught from an Asian perspective and the, supposedly, negative stereotypes presented in the media, the booklet argues that there is a “degree of prejudice and ignorance about Islam and Muslims” and Australian students must be taught to embrace difference and diversity.
    The booklet’s authors also bemoan the fact that “most texts used in Australian English classes still have a Western or European perspective” and argue that providing “students with a Euro-centric version of history denies them the opportunity to evaluate different perspectives on past world events”.
    Ignored is that some 64% of Australians describe themselves as Christian, while those committed to Islam only make up 1.7% of the population. Also ignored is that while Australia is a multicultural society, our political and legal institutions and much of our culture is Western in origin and steeped in the nation’s Judeo-Christian heritage and moral framework.
    While it is understandable that the booklet presents Islam in a positive way and seeks to downplay the significance of a Western, Euro-centric view of the world, the danger is that students are given a misleading and one-sided interpretation.
    While secular sceptics criticise the fact that some Christian schools teach a Biblical version of creation, the Muslim booklet stresses a faith-based approach, when it states, “The Muslim philosophy of science is based on the idea that God is the creator of everything… Science in this case is driven and inspired by divine revelation, not simply questioning or investigating everything”.
    While describing the early growth of Islam and its spread throughout the Mediterranean and parts of Europe, the booklet states, “many of peoples of the newly conquered regions converted to Islam. Those who did not were allowed to live peacefully and practice their faith as long as they abided by the law of the land”.
    Ignored is what some see as the inherently violent nature of the Koran, where devout Muslims are called on to carry out Jihad and to convert non-believers, and the destructive nature of what is termed dhimmis – where non-believers are forced to renounce their religion, are discriminated against and forced to accept punitive taxation laws.
    While celebrating the positive contribution of Islam to subjects like mathematics, geography and the Arts, the booklet also fails to mention the widespread prevalence of slavery under Muslim rule. Years before the slave trade to the Americas, Muslim rulers along the Mediterranean coast enslaved thousands of Christians, inflicting torture and death.
    As noted by the author, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, there is also the fact that women within Muslim societies do not have the same rights and freedoms as those women living in Western liberal democracies. Examples include being stoned for adultery, female circumcision, being banned from going to school and forced to wear a head to toe hijab.
    Multiculturalism is based on the mistaken belief that all cultures are of equal worth and that it is unfair to discriminate and argue that some practices are wrong. The Muslim booklet adopts a multicultural approach, arguing that Australians must accept diversity and difference and that Muslims and Christians accept the same values and beliefs.
    In relation to God, the booklet argues, “ Muslims believe that they worship the same God that was worshipped by Abraham, Moses and Jesus. The God of the Muslims is the God of all, including Jews and Christians”.
    While it is true that the three religions worship the same God, there are significant differences. Muslims, for example, do not see Jesus as divine nor accept the concept of the Holy Trinity.
    As noted by Sydney’s Cardinal George Pell, “It is difficult to recognise the God of the New Testament in the God of the Koran, and two very different concepts of the human person have emerged from the Christian and Muslim understandings of God”.
    The statement in the book that, “Students will come to appreciate that there are many valid worldviews and perspectives” ignores the reality that some worldviews are preferable to others and some religious and cultural practices are un-Australian.
    Promoting diversity and difference and arguing that all cultures and beliefs are equally valid ignores the fact that ours is a predominately Western culture, committed to liberal democratic institutions and Christian values.
    Dr Kevin Donnelly is Director of Education Standards Institute and author of Australia’s Education Revolution (Connor Court Publishing).

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  5. Haniibal, the Armenian genocide is only a small heap of skulls in the context of Islamic jihad over the last 1400 years.

    When we include the jihad against India, Africa, the ME and the Caucasus we can pretty accurately tally up to 300 million corpses, in the way of “kill the unbelievers wherever you find them…”

  6. How long before those pushing Australia as a multicultural (islamic) utopia turn their attention to silencing opposing views, such as on sites like this, & have them included in the “net filter”. Those wishing to indoctrinate normally target the children as “they are the future”.
    Be handy to have the children report any parental “islamophobia” to the schools, so the authorities can deal with it.

  7. Why should Australians do such a stupid thing?
    They seem to be a very sane nation, unlike suicidal Europeans.

  8. The ACSA Secretariat comprises 6 woman and 0 men. Obviously men are to be excluded on account of their sins along with European culture. Executive Director Katherine Schoo is not backwards in a bit of looking after not just her own sex but her own family as there is a Rowena Schoo on the Secretariat as one of the 6 women who would be of the age where she could, and from the name probably is, Ms Katherine’s daughter. Just saying.

  9. Either Australians raise holy Hades and “Schoo” this yoyo out of their school system or Islam will be a “Schoo-in” to be taught.

    I’m wondering if Ms. Schoo will ensure the emphasis of verses like “strike off their heads and finger tips” and “take no Christian or Jew for a friend” (paraphrased). I’m sure non-Muslim students (the kuffar) will better appreciate the Islamic ideology.

  10. The tentacles of this octopus are entwined all through Oz society …

    http://www.nceis.unimelb.edu.au/school-education/learning-one-another-faqs

    [I already know the basic facts of Islam – how will the workshop benefit me?

    The workshop will provide a knowledge-base and develop skills to deal with the diversity of Muslim beliefs, practices and cultures within school environments. Muslims in Australia come from a diverse range of social, cultural, linguistic, religious, political, economic and geographical backgrounds. It focuses on how Muslims perceive their faith in daily life as opposed to what Islam is supposed to be.

    The workshop will also provide strategies to introduce Islam and Muslim related content into Australian classrooms.

    The workshop will incorporate presentations, group discusions, relevant case examples, action planning and the sharing of real-life experiences with fellow educators.

    Using a whole-school approach, the workshop targets the development of practical skills and strategies that can be used at school rather than static information about Islam and Muslims.

    A certificate of participation will be provided to participants upon request.]

    I learned all I need to know about islam in suras 5:51, 8:39, 9:5, 9:29,
    8:12, 4:157, 4:171 etc. Much of the rest is redundant packaging.

  11. Of course the octopus will seek to change laws and times … as will
    the Beast.

    http://www.nceis.unimelb.edu.au/

    7 July 2010 – SharÄ«‘ah and Legal Pluralism: One day conference
    Wed 7 Jul 2010 10:00 – 17:00 >

    Legal pluralism has often been associated with post-colonial legal developments especially where common law survived alongside tribal and customary laws. Focusing on SharÄ«‘ah, this conference will examine the legal policies and experiences of various societies with different traditions of citizenship, secularism and common law. Where large diasporic communities of migrants develop, there will be some demand for the institutionalization of SharÄ«‘ah at least in the resolution of domestic disputes. This one day event will test the limits of multiculturalism by exploring the issue that any recognition of cultural differences might imply a recognition of legal differences, and will explore the debate about post-secular societies specifically to the presentation and justification of beliefs and institutions by both religious and secular citizens.

    This event is organised by the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies, UWS. The day’s schedule along with abstracts and speaker bios may be found in the attached PDF.

    Further Information contact: E.Garcia@uws.eud.au or visit http://www.uws.edu.au/cscms

  12. http://www.uws.edu.au/cscms

    Centre for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies

    [The Centre for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies has been established at UWS under the umbrella of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies. This national Centre brings together the University of Melbourne, Griffith University and the University of Western Sydney and aims to develop research programs that will advance Australian and international understanding of Islam and promote harmony and cultural inclusiveness. ]

    Who could be opposed to “harmony” and “cultural inclusiveness”?

  13. Of course, the media is “biased” against muslims…

    http://www.nceis.unimelb.edu.au/

    City Circle Forum, 23rd May – Islam and the Media: Muslim Responses to Bias Reporting
    Dr Nasya Bahfen, Sun 23 May 2010 11:45 – 13:00 >

    Topic: “Islam & the Media: Muslim Responses to Bias Reporting”

  14. The claim that the god of Islam is the same as that of Christianity or Judaism is false. Abraham was not a Muslim; had he been a Muslim, there would not have been need for a Messiah. Neither would there have been a Moses, and Israel would not have been called out to leave Egypt to a promised land given specific borders.

    There is no Adam in Islam, neither is the fall of Adam understood as the fall of man, requiring redemption and a Messiah.

  15. It seems that it is getting harder and harder to be left alone by Islam. Interesting how the Egyptian convert who wished to leave Egypt was not allowed to do so. You cannot escape islam….

    Now, even in ‘free’ societies we are told that we must accept it and if we criticize it be deprived of our very lively hood. Imagine how Islamists will use this to force teachers who do not respect Islam to be cornered and very likely fired…

    Consequently this makes more room for muslims in government paid spots as well as other govt. jobs.

    Understanding the positives of Islam? sounds a lot like: Islam is a religion of peace or, Islam gives women rights, or Islam loves Jews and Christians and all the numerous other lies that we are often forced to swallow.

  16. WARRIORS OF GOD’S LIGHT, ARISE!

    FOR LIBERTY’S SAKE!

    THE FLAME OF FREEDOM SPEAKS, THE FLAME OF FREEDOM WITHIN EACH HEART.
    THE FLAME OF FREEDOM SAITH UNTO ALL: COME APART NOW AND BE A SEPARATE AND CHOSEN PEOPLE, ELECT UNTO GOD.
    MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE CHOSEN THEIR ELECTION WELL, MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE DETERMINED TO CAST THEIR LOT IN WITH THE IMMORTALS.
    THESE ARE THEY WHO HAVE SET THEIR TEETH WITH DETERMINATION, WHO HAVE SAID, WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP, WE WILL NEVER TURN BACK, WE WILL NEVER SUBMIT.

    ALSO CHECK THE “Ban Islam “ petition on Google.

    Sincerely,

    Lorenzo Bouchard
    labouchard@shaw.ca
    http://mypage.direct.ca/l/lbouchar/ “GUARDIANS OF DEMOCRACY” PH. 250 995-1760

  17. It says there is a “degree of prejudice and ignorance about Islam and Muslims”, and Australian students must be taught to embrace difference and diversity.
    There is a remedy for this deficiency . Qur’an , sahih hadith Bukhari and Muslim in the classrooms for starters. Qur’an as well as sahih ahadiths are freely available on the web. Let us then see who the prejudiced and ignorant are.
    Australia too has its contingent of ignorant women in influential positions, so it seems. May I quote René Artois in this: “You stupid womaaan!!!!”.
    In things concerning Islam the ruling circles tend to think that ignorance is bliss.

  18. Mulhid,
    Many are not ignorant – and when the muslims really step out of line they will be dealt with. We do not embrace diversity at the cost of our own culture.

    Steiner,
    the situation to which you allude has allready happened in the UK.

  19. @ Kaw : you said “and when the muslims really step out of line they will be dealt with. We do not embrace diversity at the cost of our own culture.”
    Hadn’t they step out of line already? I remember reading about incidents on Australian beaches were bikini clad girls were molested by Middle Eastern immigrants and fights occur between Australian young men and ” religion of peace” adherents?
    Your government should boot them out of your country as soon as possible. But will they do it and when????

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