What does the Common Core say about Muslims and Islam?

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The Common Core has faced resistance since its implementation in 2012, mainly from conservative individuals and Republican politicians. In a 2014 example of this resistance, a Farmville, North Carolina school used a vocabulary exercise that incorporated information about the Prophet Mohammed and the history of Islam. Parents argued that the material was reflective of ‘veiled Islamic propaganda’ within the Common Core, joining other critics who have claimed that the Common Core emphasizes perceived “anti-American” ideas. School officials said that materials like the vocabulary exercise seek to expose students to “various cultures, values, and beliefs through the readings of multiple types of literature”, though teachers who use these materials certainly do not advocate one culture, value or belief over another.

Importantly, the Common Core is a set of educational standards, not a purveyor of standardized curricula. The way that these standards are realized in different schools is up to each school’s leadership. While the Common Core encourages the development of critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills through the inclusion of global and cultural content, it does not provide specific educational materials, nor does not hold a specific stance on any religion or culture, including that of Islam.

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McKenna, Laura. “Suburbia and Its Common Core Conspiracy Theories.” The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 12 Feb. 2015. 

Starnes, T., (2014). High School: Islamic vocabulary lesson part of Common Core standards (online) Accessed 2015/18/05


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