Monday, January 14, 2013

Anti-Semitism In The Newton, MA School Curriculum - Charles Jacobs Fights Back

Anti-Semitism in Massachusetts isn't anything new, it's been going on for years, but you wouldn't expect it in a high school curriculum.  And yet there it was in material from the Arab World Studies Notebook which was part of a world history class at Newton South High.

What some parents took issue with, when it was discovered in 2011, was the following:

“Over the past four decades, women have been active in the Palestinian resistance movement. Several hundred have been imprisoned, tortured, and killed by Israeli occupation forces since the latest uprising, “Intifada,” in the Israeli occupied territories.”
When confronted by Charles Jacobs from Americans For Peace and Tolerance the superintendent had this to say:

The Superintendent finally issued an official explanation that is appallingly transparent. The students were not taught this as truth, he said. They were only given the "lesson" as part of a critical thinking exercise. "We don't tell them what's true. We only teach them how to think."
What Jacobs took most offense to was the fact that they presented the material as truth and never bothered to inform the students that it was a flat out lie.

It took a year for Jacobs, with the help of other Jews and Christians, to finally have that offensive material removed, and now they are speaking before the Newton School Committee to demand answers, among other things. He's inviting anyone in the area to join him.

Monday, January 14 at 6:45 PM.

100 Walnut Street, Newton, Ma

Education Building, second floor.

Support us in spirit (join us if you can) as we speak before the Newton School Committee, demanding access to curricula and an honest explanation for the anti-Semitic materials that slipped into a high school class.

Would they have used a KKK worksheet on black IQ? No. Would they use a misogynist worksheet on women's problems in thinking mathematically?

How about a homophobe worksheet on "abominations?" Never! Only the Jews get the "critical thinking" treatment.....

We want the school department to tell the simple truth: that they let slip some hate literature into our schools and will warn others and never do it again!

Jacobs has already addressed the committee before. Watch the reactions at the end of the video by the school committee members. Typical liberal response.

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