VOL. 18  ISSUE NO. 8   | FEBRUARY 22 – 28, 2012


CCUSD93 embraces Islam through Core Knowledge

According to Abdulmutallab, the Qur’an instructs Muslims to kill people in the name of Allah and to drive Jews out of Palestine

five pillars of islam posterCCUSD93 district administrators presented the School Excellence Award winners from Desert Sun Academy during the Feb. 14 governing board meeting by touting the school’s use of technology in Core Knowledge Islam Studies where students built a team “Glog” on the Five Pillars of Islam, similar to the one pictured here.  (Click on image to see full size poster)

CCUSD93 – When Desert Sun Academy adopted the Core Knowledge curriculum a couple of years ago, Cave Creek Unified School District was hopping on another new trendy bandwagon embraced by other Arizona school districts.

Unlike the failed Chicago Math curriculum, which included “Everyday Math,” adopted several years ago district wide, Core Knowledge was only adopted at Desert Sun, the K-8 academy, rather than at all five of the district’s elementary schools.

If you go to the Core Knowledge website, there are books for each grade level titled: “What Your First Grader Needs to Know,” for example.

Under History and Geography for first graders, a page is dedicated to “Religions: What Different People Believe.”

Another page is dedicated to “Judaism and the Story of Moses.”

A page is then dedicated to “Christianity,” followed by one page on “The First Christmas,” followed by another page on “Jesus the Teacher: The Parable of the Good Samaritan.”

The next page is shared between “Easter and Islam.”

In “What Your Second Grader Needs to Know,” the Chapter on History and Geography spends two pages on “Hinduism,” followed by two pages dedicated to “A Story from the Holy Books of Hinduism” and "Rama and Sita: A Tale from the Ramayana,” followed by a couple pages on “Buddah: The Enlightened One.”

While the third grade edition doesn’t appear to include much of anything on religion, “What Your Fourth Grader Needs to Know,” dedicates an entire chapter of History and Geography to “The Rise of Islam.”

The section covers: The Prophet Muhammad, Trouble in Mecca, Muhammad’s Return, The Qur’an, The Five Pillars of Islam, Spreading the Word of Islam and The Crusades.

Integrating technology into their studies, Desert Sun fourth graders created a team “Glog” on glogster.com, an interactive online poster that allows users to mix images, text, music and video, on the Five Pillars of Islam.

For those not familiar with the Five Pillars of Islam, thay include:
• Shahada is the belief in only one god and that god is Allah;
• Salat requires prayer five times a day facing Mecca;
• Zakat mandates giving money to charity or alms for the poor to prevent greed;
• Sawm requires fasting during the month of Ramadan; and
• Hajj means taking at least one pilgrimage to Mecca in one’s lifetime.

Desert Sun’s School Excellence Awards were presented just a couple of days before the sentencing of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the son of a wealthy Nigerian banker, otherwise known as the 2009 Christmas Day underwear bomber.

He stated, “The Qur’an obliges every able Muslim to participate in jihad and fight in the way of Allah those who fight you, and kill them wherever you find them …”

According to Abdulmutallab, the Qur’an instructs Muslims to kill people in the name of Allah and to drive Jews out of Palestine.

Apparently Core Knowledge omits discussion of the section in the Qur’an on jihad.

On Feb. 16, the 25-year-old Abdulmutallab was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Just a few days later, FBI agents arrested Amine El Khalifi aka Sidi Mohamed Amine El Khalifi, an illegal alien from Morocco and would-be suicide bomber, who was planning to blow up the U.S. Capitol Building.

Khalifi, who came to this country on a tourist visa, has been living in the United States illegally for well over a decade.

However, the Department of Homeland Security has decided not to deport illegal aliens until after they have a criminal record.

The only way suicide bombers will generally have a criminal record is if they’re unsuccessful at their mission.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration, like the Bush administration before him, is placing a low priority on deporting illegal aliens from terrorist-breeding Muslim nations simply because they have no criminal record, while our schools are adopting elementary-level curriculums that teach children to embrace the Five Pillars of Islam and the Qur’an, all in the name of culture and diversity.