U.S. schools stops Hebrew and Muslems classes for promoting Judaism and Islamist curricula.
The trend, trying to introduce trough a back door religious content, is of no practical benefit for the public funded schools and for the Judaism and Islamic classes. It is far better to given openly the information on the real curricula on those subjects.
Last update - 10:16 24/08/2007
U.S. school stops Hebrew classes for promoting Judaism. The first Hebrew language charter school in the United States was ordered to temporarily suspend Hebrew classes on Wednesday, while officials determine whether teachers are advocating the Jewish faith.
.... Ben Gamla is in its first week of operation as the U.S.'s first Hebrew-language charter school, but school founder Peter Deutsch, a former Democratic congressman, said he told teachers Thursday to halt the classes. He said he shared Notter's aim to ensure religion does not enter a publicly-funded school ....The ban on Hebrew will extend at least until September 11, when the board next meets. Until then, time that would have been spent on language instruction will be used teaching Israeli geography and Jewish history and culture.
A similar debate has echoed in New York over the establishment of the city's first Arabic-themed public school. Critics of the Khalil Gibran International Academy have argued that it will promote extremism and is akin to a madrassa or Islamic religious school. Supporters deny those allegations, maintaining that opposition to the school is based on anti-Arab bias. The school is scheduled to begin operations next month.
[/q]Debbie Almontaser, a veteran public school teacher, was hired to lead the Khalil Gibran International Academy, a middle school that was scheduled to open this fall. An immediate replacement was not announced, and Ms. Almontaser’s abrupt exit left the future of the school in question.[/q]
Debbie Almontaser in April(2007)
Canada. Religious schools funding to be key Ontario election issue...."Conservative Leader John Tory has said if he's elected premier he will extend public funding to Jewish, Muslim and Christian schools in Ontario that agree to follow the provincial curriculum, calling it a matter of fairness.".... "Quebec gives all faith-based schools about 60 per cent of the funding public schools receive. Alberta allows faith-based schools to be funded as part of public boards. It also provides 60 per cent of public-school funding to private schools, including faith-based ones."....(see more)
Israel.... " According to the report, and subsequent follow-ups, Tamir has decided to cut the number of Orthodox teenagers employed through National Service institutions as Jewish and Zionist studies teachers in elementary schools by 50%. As Education Ministry officials put it to Yediot, the girls are "too right-wing," and so they must be removed from classrooms lest they infect schoolchildren with their commitment to the state and to Jewish heritage. ".....(see more)