Wednesday, April 6, 2005
By the way, the problem wasn't just the "focus" on Islam, it was that the book was just flat bad history.
The book, "History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond," was being used on a trial basis at Scottsdale's Mohave Middle School.
The removal came shortly after angry e-mails to the school district and entries on conservative Web logs...
The textbook covers history from the fall of the Roman Empire in the fifth century to the Age of Enlightenment in the 18th century, devoting 33 pages to Christianity and 42 pages to Islam.
Complaints about the book started early this year, when parents sent a series of e-mails to Superintendent John Baracy demanding its removal.
However, before the board could take action, the book's publisher requested an end to its trial license with the district in March, and the district quit using the materials.
Parent Janie White is among those who complained. In a Jan. 25 e-mail to Baracy, she objected to what she believed was "religious bias, dogma, myth and proselytizing."
The district had not yet invited members of the Islamic community to discuss the book by the time it was pulled, but district spokesman Tom Herrmann said the school would have extended invitations.
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Ayad Al-Qazzaz, a Middle East studies specialist at Cal State Sacramento, is a contributor to a controversial middle school textbook titled History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond. My Campus Watch colleague Cinnamon Stillwell has published an arti... Read More