Bid for Islamic Teachings in Australian Schools.

The plan is outlined in the Learning From One Another: Bringing Muslim Perspectives into Australian Schools booklet, published during the week by the Australian Curriculum Studies Association and the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Excellence in Islamic Studies.

ENGLISH.

 There is a “degree of prejudice and ignorance about Islam and Muslims”, and Australian students must be taught to embrace difference and diversity. Most texts used in Australian English classrooms still have a Western or
European perspective. Incorporating Islamic content and Muslim perspectives into the English
curriculum will benefit not only Muslim but non-Muslim students.

Display and read the poem Allah, which means ‘God’ in Arabic, with your students.

SCIENCE.

Students should learn about the contributions of Muslim scientists just as they learn about
the contributions of the ancient scientists and philosophers of Europe.
Teachers may like to explore the relationship between science and religion in the Muslim world.

MATHS.

Highlighting the achievements of specific Muslim mathematicians within the maths
curriculum.

And the list goes on and on.

Click here to read the full plan:- Bringing Muslim Perspectives into Australian Schools (PDF 3.89MB)

Considering that Muslims are only about 1-1.5% of the population of Australia, why are we contemplating bringing a different religion into our schools, and incorporating that religion into every subject? There is no mention of Bali, The Twin Towers (9/11), or any other Country that Australian’s have died, or been maimed for life, or hurt. Why not? These also are now documented in History.

From an Article in the “Herald Sun”

EVERY Australian school student would be taught positive aspects about Islam and Muslims – and that Australia is a racist country – under a proposal by an education think tank.

The plan is outlined in the Learning From One Another: Bringing Muslim Perspectives into Australian Schools booklet. It says there is a “degree of prejudice and ignorance about Islam and Muslims”, and Australian students must be taught to embrace difference and diversity.

The booklet refers to the al-Qai’da of Osama bin Laden as “a famous name” synonymous with the traditionalist movement in Islam. It makes no reference to terrorism.
Its authors are offering free seminars to teachers, which promise to “provide avenues for you to introduce Islam- and Muslim-related content in your classrooms” and “equip you with the skills to meet the needs and expectations of Muslim students in a multi-faith classroom”.

“Ignored is what some see as the inherently violent nature of the Koran, where devout Muslims are called on to carry out jihad and to convert non-believers, and the destructive nature of what is termed dhimmis – where non-believers are forced to renounce their religion, are discriminated against and forced to accept punitive taxation laws.

“Given that Australia’s schools, on the whole, are secular in nature and the argument that classrooms should not be used to teach a particular faith, it’s understandable why introducing religion into school subjects for many would be unacceptable,” Dr Donnelly said.

Why are we even considering this for our new National curriculum? Is this what Parents and Grandparents want their children, grandchildren to learn at school? Why not Buddhism, or Hindu, or all of the other religions. This is beyond ridiculous.

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16 Responses to Bid for Islamic Teachings in Australian Schools.

  1. gregoryno6 says:

    Australian schooling lacks Islamic perspectives.
    So, Australian schoolgirls will get to read about Muslim schoolgirls being showered in acid?

  2. malc50 says:

    Hi mags2, As far as “Highlighting the achievements of specific Muslim mathematicians within the maths curriculum”, as a Maths teacher, I have always done this! What’s new? [For examples, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5oZYIAHSvc and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XV2mdQxfAjE ]

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi malc50,

      Very good video’s and you make a good point. This to me is no different than any Maths, and learning about great Mathematicians from all walks of life, as was evident in the video’s there was great Mathematicians that were Muslim, but these Maths, as far as I can see don’t really have anything to do with Islam as religion. If you have a look at the PDF, they want to introduce Islam into the curriculum at all levels. As was stated in the “Herald Sun” our schools are secular in nature. If they want to introduce religion into all the subjects, why only 1, why not all religions?

  3. Sue says:

    That was a very good article in the Herald Sun. I would really like to know why the religion of Islam is going to be taught and associated with all subjects? As you point out we have a lot of religions here in Australia, why Islam. I’m pretty sure we have more Buddhist here than people involved with Islam, so why not Buddhism? Julia Gillard has some strange ideas about the National Curriculum.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Sue,
      I agree it was a very good article. I really do hope that this doesn’t come into affect, but it as all been worked out already, so I don’t know. I still believe that if this is going to happen they should spread the religion far and wide and include all not just 1.

  4. malc50 says:

    The Queensland Education Act includes: “Religious instruction in school hours
    (1) Any minister of a religious denomination or society, or an accredited representative of a religious denomination or society, which representative has been approved by the Minister for the purpose, shall be entitled during school hours
    to give to the students in attendance at a State school who are members of the denomination or society of which the person is a minister or the accredited representative religious instruction in accordance with regulations prescribed in that
    behalf during a period not exceeding 1 hour in each week on such day as the principal of that school appoints.
    (2) Instruction in accordance with a regulation may be given in State primary and special schools during school hours in selected Bible lessons.
    (3) A separate reading book shall be provided for such purpose.
    (4) Instruction of a kind mentioned in subsection (2) is not to include any teaching in the distinctive tenets or doctrines of any religious denomination, society or sect.”

    So the Qld Education Minister can accredit Muslim clerics to take religious education for Muslim students only (with parental permission) for up to an hour a week. Teachers are permitted only to give selected Bible lessons from reading books provided, which are both suitable for young readers and free from religious denomination bias.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi malc50,
      That is exactly how it was when I was at school, but this change is being considered by the Federal Government and will be changed through legislation. I don’t know if you had time to look at the PDF, but it has all been worked out, all that is needed now is the legislation to be changed. We now have a different Education Minister, but he hasn’t said anything, so as far as I know, so it’s still on the agenda and it will be coming up in Parliament.

  5. travelrat says:

    I don’t think schools should teach ANY religion; that’s for parents, ministers/priests and the like. When I went to school, I was taught Roman Catholicism is the ONLY way … which is probably why I now go to a Methodist chapel, and haven’t been to confession since my teens.

    But, teaching ABOUT other religions… what they believe, how they practice it, etc. is, in this day and age essential, especially when many people regard all Muslims as fundamental fanatics.

    As a Muslim friend once said to me ‘Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance for the beliefs of others, but you wouldn’t think it from the actions of some. I tell you, Al Q’aida is to Islam as the Spanish Inquisition was to Christianity!’

    Isn’t this the kind of line that should be taught in schools?

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      The way it’s always been in Australian schools, is that 1 day a week we had Bible studies, and I don’t see any reason for this to be changed. (See malc50’s post) Why we need or want to change that in Australia is anyone’s guess. But I don’t believe we should be teaching every child in school, and it goes through primary and high school (in the PDF it explains what each level will be taught) only 1 side of 1 religion, it doesn’t even make any sense to me. As your friend pointed out there are many sides, and as far as I’m concerned if anything is going to be taught, all sides should be taught.

  6. malc50 says:

    Congratulations to Grant on just winning half a million dollars on “Minute to win it”! Sorry, magsx2, but 120 pages in the pdf was too much for me – I go to sleep if I have too much to read! I see no reason to change the current legislation on religious education in State Schools. I agree with travelrat on teaching about religion, but it is not the teachers’ job to teach any religion. The teacher must remain neutral, teaching facts, and the student has to come to his/her own conclusions. I am very aware of this at the moment as I tutor in “Sustainability in Education” for B.Ed. students.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi malc50,
      I totally agree with you, I also do not see any need to change the legislation, I just don’t understand why they want to change it? Yes it’s a big read isn’t it, but as you can see it has all been worked out. I also feel that teachers are doing a good job now, I don’t see any sense in putting extra on kids or teachers for no valid reason.

  7. raymond says:

    I think schools should either teach the basic history and concepts of all religions or not teach it at all. Many of the problems are associated with ignorance and misunderstanding. Muslims and other religions shoild also be taught the basic history and concepts of christianity to help them understand our society.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi raymond,
      Yes you are right, but I feel to keep things less complex what is wrong with the way we are doing things now. We should just stick to the usual curriculum and have religion studies once a week, other wise I feel that the whole school day would be taken up with teaching religion and nothing else. Religion should not be introduced into normal studies, I feel it should be kept separate.

  8. raymond says:

    Actually I was not proposing a detailed study of religions, just a basic outline of the history. There is also a move to teach history in schools, and since religion and history are very closely related it could be integrated with this you cannot understand some aspects of history without some knowledge of religion.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi raymond,
      This I do agree with you on, right throughout History is mixed with religion, of all denominations, and should be included in classes, what I object to is sticking to only one religion, when in fact most religions play a part, especially in History.

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