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Beyond being offensive, insulting, pejorative and short sighted your op-ed in Sunday’s News Journal raises a the obvious question as to: why representatives elected to represent their constituents interests frequently become apologists for the administration they were elected to supervise in the first place, AND is that not what you are doing ??
Your op-ed fails to recognize that our nation, be it right or wrong, is at war with radical Islamists and has been for some time. It is offensive to the parents and grandparents of the young men and women who have sacrificed so much in that war to have the Volusia County School Board present as serious history – what would be better described as a puff piece promotional brochure on Islam.
That your op-ed would attempt top justify this text by suggesting [that even with all things being equal which they are not ] that the course content and the retentive ability of children in both grade 6 and grade 10 are the same is insulting to anyone’s intelligence.
Your op-ed comments are intellectually pejorative and presented with an air of authority suggesting that you actually have a good understanding of Islam’s 14 centuries of spreading their religion of peace with the sword.
In that regard I have attached several of the major text book errors and omissions noted by Dr. Boyland in his comments to the Brevard School Board and would invite you justify your chosen text and allay your constituents concerns in light of these errors and omissions.
And finally are you so short sighted as to not realize that the very people you are demeaning with their misplaced concerns and manufactured controversy are the very people you will be coming back to in the next few months to support your pitch for an increased sales tax to support a bloated school board administration which you apparently delight in shilling for.
Stan you are thus far not representing my interests in this matter.
Port Orange Resident
Last week, the school board meeting was canceled due to a security threat, but not before Channel 9’s Blaine Tolison talked with people protesting the book because it devotes a full chapter to Islam and only mentions other religions.
The controversy over whether the 10th-grade world history book should stay in Volusia County is still a hot topic.
The Republican Party of Volusia first raised concerns about the book two weeks ago, claiming it is biased with more content on Islam than other religions.
The group’s argument has since evolved, with participants saying what is written about Islam is inaccurate and that there are omissions.
But Muslim advocates, Democrats and even students banded together as well, claiming the Republicans’ argument is based on fear.
“This isn’t about equality in
“What we’re asking for is the truth, truth in education, balance in education. I don’t hate anybody. I don’t hate the Muslims, but they’ve got to tell the truth in the
The Republicans are asking for the book to be eliminated. They also want to force the publisher to re-publish the book or provide a supplement that they believe would bring balance.