“There Is No God but Allah”: Virginia School Forced to Cancel Class over Arabic Writing Assignment

A rural school district in Virginia felt compelled to cancel all classes and even a holiday concert after angry parents flooded the district with not just thousands, but tens of thousands of complaints over an Arabic calligraphy lesson. Students were told to copy a Muslim statement of faith known as the Shahada which translates to “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah” in Arabic. The assignment included other religious faiths as well. The school claimed the lesson was meant to “illustrate the complexity of the written Arabic language”. While this specific message the kids were writing is a well known profession of faith for Muslims, it also happens to appear on the flags of the Islamic State. Augusta County Sheriff Randall Fisher said some of the angry messages the school received were “threatening and very profane in nature”. Investigators are sifting through the […] Read More

Chomsky: There’s an Overt Corporate Effort to Indoctrinate American Children

The academic talks about education and indoctrination, ISIS, and the media in a new interview. This article first appeared on Truthout. History teacher Dan Falcone and English teacher Saul Isaacson spoke with Noam Chomsky in his Cambridge office on September 16, 2014, about education and indoctrination, the 1960s, the Powell memorandum, democracy, the creation of ISIS, the media and the way “capitalism” actually works in the United States. Dan Falcone: We’re in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with Professor Noam Chomsky. I am Dan Falcone with Saul Isaacson, and this is actually the third time I’ve visited you. So I wanted to thank you for that. And since I am a teacher, I wanted to start off by continuing on the themes of democracy and education. I have noticed students making very insightful and uplifting observations in the midst of chaos. For example, they noticed that support for Israel fell out of […] Read More