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Nashville Public Schools’ Social Studies In-Service Event for Teachers Featured Speaker From Islamic Center

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The president of the Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN) spoke about his religion during a Metro Nashville Public Schools’ (MNPS) social studies in-service event held on August 2nd for middle and high school teachers preparing for the start of the 2017-2018 academic school year. According to the ICN’s website, its president, Rashed Fakhruddin, “has been coordinating and providing presentations on Islam to universities, schools, leadership groups and churches” over the past fifteen years in an effort to influence how his religion is received in the wider community.

In a Facebook post dated August 2 captured in a screen shot, the owner of an account identified as Rashed Fakhruddin said, “Today, I got to present during MNPS’s social studies in service on Islam in context to the social studies curriculum, ending the presentation with the question, ‘Is Islam compatible with the West?’. There were parallel sessions going on, but there was a great turnout!”

 

This screen shot does not include the date August 2, but it was likely posted on August 2 due to its reference to a career talk Mr. Fakhruddin gave at Martin Luther King High School on August 1, an event confirmed by this tweet.

That post apparently is no longer available on Mr. Fakhruddin’s Facebook page.

The Tennessee Star asked MNPS about this in-service presentation.

“On August 2 and 3, MNPS facilitated district-wide Professional Development for teachers in all tiers (elementary, middle and high school) and in all grade levels and content areas (i.e., art, music, physical education, health, English Language, literacy/reading/English language arts, math, science, and social studies),” MNPS Director of Communications Olivia H. Brown told The Star in an email. Two subsequent questions from The Star in that email correspondence, along with Ms. Brown’s responses, are included below:

The Star: Does MNPS hold subject in-services every year and if not, why was one convened for social studies this year?

Brown: Prior to this training August 2 and 3, district-wide professional learning for all teachers in all tiers and content areas/grade levels had not been held for several years in the district. There was professional learning on August 2 and 3 for all the different content areas. Each content met at different locations on those days.

The Star: What was the agenda for the social studies in-service, who were the speakers and was it open only to teachers? Which grades?

Brown: Social Studies professional development was provided primarily to teachers in middle and high school as the majority of elementary teachers were participating in training for literacy and math. The first day started with a keynote addressing the purpose for social studies and how to address social studies practices. This was followed by a number of breakout session that teachers were able to choose from based on the grade and or content standards they were responsible for. There were 15 or more choices per breakout session. The sessions were conducted by MNPS teachers, as well as social studies educators from local and state museums, text book vendors, who were able to share resources and ideas as they connected to the state standards. On the final half day, teachers met with other teachers of the same grade and/or course they teach to collaborate and plan.

The  Star subsequently asked MNPS Director of Communications Brown whether representatives of other world religions were invited to speak at the social studies in-service, but has not received a response.

The Star also emailed Mr. Fakhruddin and asked him about his August 2 presentation, but did not receive a response.

The ICN has also made a focused outreach effort to work with non-professional Teach For America employees by inviting them to visit the mosque and learn about Islam.

On August 1, Fakhruddin gave his annual “college and career readiness” presentation at Nashville’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet School, where a Muslim Student Association (MSA) was started in 2013.

High school MSAs in other states have been able to congregate for prayer and at the same time, proselytize to non-Muslim students:

Many students are signed out by parents to attend Jumu’ah at nearby Prince George’s County  Muslim Association (PGMA) or Dar-us-Salaam.

The students who get left behind are the ones who embrace Islam in high school unknown to their parents, many who are devout followers of other faiths.’ A brother who was a taxi driver used to come and pick the convert brothers and take them to Friday prayer, but then the principal found out and she was very upset,’ says Hayat. (emphasis added)

At the last MSA meeting at Parkdale High, there were at least three students who raised their  hand when asked if they were the only Muslims in their families. Some of these students are as young as 14.

School districts across the country have been criticized for over-accommodating demands made by Muslim advocacy organizations or caving to lawfare threatened by the Council on American Islamic Relations, another named unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land prosecution.

Parents in a San Diego school district have sued the district over the anti-Islamophobia campaign that they view as “favor[ing] Islam over other religions and grants special protections to Muslim students.”

In Tennessee, the ACLU has sued the Sumner County school district over alleged Christian-centric activities. The settlement agreement entered into by the Sumner County Board of Education prohibited Sumner County schools from taking field trips to religious sites. No action was taken by the ACLU, however, when Sumner County violated the settlement agreement by taking students to a Hindu temple and a mosque where they received free Qurans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Nashville Public Schools’ Social Studies In-Service Event for Teachers Featured Speaker From Islamic Center

  1. […] days prior to releasing the story that Metro Nashville Public Schools’ (MNPS) social studies teacher in-service […]

  2. Douglas Mueller II

    And the great deception continues, where Islam is expressed in our schopls, but Christianity is bammed, and forbidden.
    Turn children to Islam against Chriatian parents wishes…..

    1. charles quinn

      Islam is not PEACEFULL ! No matter what is told to the general public . The so called religion is not a religion . It is a way of life that will not allow followers to accept any lifestyles or real religions under the threat of punishments up to and including DEATH. And any who say it is otherwise is uninformed or flat out lying . LYING to other than muslims is permitted by that so called religion .

  3. Wolf Woman

    What Rashed Fakhruddin is doing is called “dawah” or making an invitation to Islam to non-Muslims or Kafirs (as we are called in the Koran). Dawah is a part of Islamic doctrine (which is based on the Koran, the actions and sayings of Mohammed called the Hadith and the biography of Mohammed called the Sira). It is a type of proselytizing where the sharia or Islamic law is introduced in stages to the Kafir.

    One of the goals of Islam is to have the whole world under sharia law. Sharia law allows a husband to beat his wife if she doesn’t obey him; it allows the man to have up to four wives; considers females inferior to men; condones death for apostasy; kills gays; punishes infidelity by stoning; has one set of laws for governing the Islamic believers and another set for Kafirs; allows for jihad waged against the Kafir, slavery, especially sex slavery; considers Mohammed who was a warlord and a bigamist as the perfect pattern for men and so on. The book the Reliance of the Traveller is a compendium of the laws and should be taught in all law schools.

    Actually Islam is a tribal Arabic imperialist ideology whose doctrine was set in stone 1,400 years ago and can never change because its followers believe it is perfect and complete. According to the doctrine, Islam will rule over the whole world.

    Islam does not have a Golden Rule or Ten Commandments but functions on an ethical system based on what is permitted (halal) and what is not (haram) as set down by jurists whose guides are the Koran, the Hadith and Sira. It is an authoritarian ideology based on total belief that ignores critical thought and reason.

    The progressives and leftists cater to Islam because they fear jihad with its terror tactics and because they see it as an “identity” minority to be favored for the voting block it brings to the democrat party.

  4. Next week Christian minister Robert Jeffers will a workshop on the positive influences of Christianity on America…
    JUST KIDDING–THAT WOULD BE UNCONSTITUTIONAL… AND “OFFENSIVE”

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