Public school officials in the state of Washington have inserted the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into mandatory 5th-grade lessons on Native American history
Children as young as 10 are being taught to associate the Native American experience with the Palestinians’ “fight to be free from Israeli dominance,” according to an article by Jonah Cohen, www.JNS.org , communications director for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis (www.CAMERA.org) as reported by World Israel News https://worldisraelnews.com
Cohen reports the lesson is part of an otherwise informative Native American curriculum called Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State, which was developed by the Tribal Leaders Congress on Education, the Washington State School Directors Association and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Subsequently, the curriculum was approved by all 29 federally recognized tribes in Washington State. It has since been widely used in K-12 public schools after state legislation in 2015 required the teaching of Native American history.
The bizarre inclusion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seems to be at odds with the curriculum’s self-described “place-based approach,” in which teachers and students are supposedly encouraged to focus on “the context of tribes in their own communities.”
“Unfortunately, we’re finding this sort of politicization of Israel in public schools across the United States,” said Steven Stotsky, who investigates bias in K-12 education for the CAMERA International Student Leadership Institute.
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SOURCE: Assist News Service