Teachers Told to Avoid Mention of Islamic Extremism While Teaching about 9/11
Virginia’s Department of Education instructs teachers to exclude Muslims from attack
Teachers in Virginia are being told to avoid any mention of Islamic extremism while teaching students about the 9/11 terror attacks.
Virginia’s Department of Education hosted a speaker who instructed teachers to dismiss the role Muslim extremism played in the September 11, 2001 attacks.
“Education Leadership scholar” Amaarah DeCuir delivered a PowerPoint where she told teachers to avoid using language that could link the events of 9/11 to Islamic extremism.
During her lecture, DeCuir pointed to the heightened anti-Muslim sentiment that allegedly builds up around the anniversary of 9/11.
“School and classroom 9/11 commemorations are sites for increased anti-Muslim racism,” the presentation alleges.
“This year’s 20th-anniversary commemorations will likely result in heightened risks of racist discourse, threats, and violence targeting Muslim students in schools and society."
"Educators are well-positioned to disrupt these risks by centering the socio-emotional needs of Muslims in their commemoration plans,” the lecturer adds.
DeCuir created a list of teaching standards that are “in” and “out,” according to her viewpoints.
Teaching standards that are “in” include “acknowledgment of anti-Muslim racism.”
Teaching standards that are “out” include the “false assumption of Muslim responsibility for 9/11” and “American exceptionalism.”
Seemingly ignoring the fact that Islam is not a race, DeCuir repeatedly claims that it is "racist" to suggest that Muslims were involved in 9/11.
The presentation also listed examples of “harmful teaching” on 9/11.
Examples included “creating a tense classroom environment,” “reducing 9/11 instruction to death counts and fear mongering,” “assumptions of emotional distance,” “teaching about Islam and/or Muslims,” “amplifying the extremists and extremist acts of 9/11,” “demanding the condemnation of 9/11,” “failing to respond to anti-Muslim racism,” and “reproducing a single, American narrative that marginalizes other students.”
According to her biography from American University, DeCuir is an education scholar who “focuses on the intersections of leadership, gender, and diverse cultural contexts to advance social justice.”
In a tweet about the event, she called on “antiracist” educators to join and “disrupt” the current education of 9/11.
Accoridng to The Daily Wire, she has previously thanked the Michigan-based Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), a Muslim interest group that was endorsed by Michigan’s progressive Rep. Rashida Tlaib, for supporting her work.
“My work would not be possible without the amazing research from [ISPU]! Thank you for your support,” DeCuir once tweeted.
Tlaib endorsed the organization for its “profound” work as well.
"ISPU’s work is very profound,” Tlaib said.
"There’s so much truth in what they do — even making our community put a mirror up and saying this is what’s going on.
"I think that’s critically important."
Virginia State Senator Steve Newman condemned the presentation and called on educators state-wide to teach “the facts.”
"I lived through 9/11… This one event was due to Muslim extremists and their actions, the desire of these individuals to kill as many Americans as possible at one time,” Newman said.
"Why do we need to change history, again? Just tell the facts.
"We have a responsibility to our children today to ensure they know the awful truth about the events of that day, and the evil intent behind the terrorists …
"We must teach the next generation the truth about our history.”
The comments made by the Virginia Department of Education mirror the comments of Minnesota’s Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, who once dubbed the tragedies of 9/11 as “some people [that] did something.”