think it's so important for all of us to understand each others cultures.
This Presentation is a wonderful way to introduce students to Islam.
It's a fantastic presentation"
"Wonderful information I would like to do this with each group of new students
"I thought the presentation was very imformative it was great to have clarification
on topics related to Islam. Next time I will have my students prepared with educated
Teacher-Lake Park High School
presentations were really interesting . It is nice for the students
to hear about the culture/ religion of Islam from someone who closely
follows the religion/ way of life. (The speaker) taught my students
things that I could not, through sharing her experience."
would have been happy to listen and learn for 2 or 3 hours. You did
a lot in a about period of time. Thanks for coming out."
"Just terrific. This has been an excellent program for a library. It was
not prosyletizing but very imfornative. There were slides and many visual aids
as well as audience participation so even our preteens were not bored. I cant
say enough good things about this program. "
Glen Ellyn Public Library
About Religion: Do's & Dont's
and Answers Regarding Teaching About
Religion in Public Schools
from the booklet “A Teacher’s
Guide to Religion in the Public
School” by the First Amendment
it constitutional to teach
the 1960’s school
(that promoted rulings against state-sponsored
Bible reading), in which the U.S. Supreme Court
school education may include teaching about religion.
v. Schempp Associate
Clarke wrote for the Court:
might well be said that one’s
of a secular
should study about religion
be included in the curriculum?
The Center addresses
based on the principles found in the “Religion in
the Public School Curriculum: Questions
and Answers,” issued
by a coalition
of 17 major
plays a significant role in history and society,
religion in essential
both the nation and the world. Omission of facts
can give students
impression that the religious life of humankind
or unimportant. Failure to understand even the
of the various religions makes much of history,
contemporary life unintelligent...”
should I teach about religion?
The First Amendment
Center provides the following guidelines
from the “Religion in the Public
School Curriculum” to address
school's approach to religion
is academic, not devotional.
school strives for student
awareness of religions, but
does not press for student
acceptance of any religion.
school sponsors study about
religion, not the practice
school may expose students
to a diversity of religious
views, but may not impose any
school educates about all religions,
it does not promote or denigrate
school informs students about
various beliefs; it does not
seek to conform students to
any particular belief.
I invite guest speakers to help
with study about religion?
The Center recommends that
teachers refer to their school district’s
policies concerning guest speakers
in the classroom. In choosing a guest,
the Center suggests inviting someone
with the academic background necessary
for an objective and scholarly discussion
of the historical period and the
religion being considered, and encourages
utilizing speakers who understand
First Amendment guidelines when teaching
about religion in public schools.
Organization of Islamic Speakers
Midwest certifies its speakers
on the First Amendment Center
guidelines for speaking about
religion in schools and other
public institutions. To schedule
a speaker, please contact
us at (630) 848-1475 or email
may also schedule a speaker
on-line at Speaker Request
review the complete
guidelines and to order a copy of “A
Guide to Religion
in the Public Schools” please
contact the First
or send an email
and request publication no. 99-F02A.
for Teaching About Islam in
the Context of Social Studies
and World History
on our years of experience in
providing education about Islam
to Social Studies and World History
teachers, we make the following
CIE (Council on Islamic Education)
and ISB (Islamic Speakers Bureau)
materials found in their catalogues.
AWAIR (Arab World And Islamic
TCI (Teachers Curriculum Institute)
between the teachings of Islam
and the practices of some Muslims,
as is done with other faiths.
This is especially important
if you are referring to news
articles about current events.
reduce the potential of hate
crimes and incidences against
Muslims in America, and change
we recommend AGAINST the use
film "Not Without
My Daughter" as a
tool to teach about Islam
and Muslims – it
was released during the
Gulf War and presents a
negative and stereotypical
view of Muslims – not
unlike most Hollywood productions.
use of the media or Hollywood
in general as an authoritative
source on Islam or Muslims.
you have any questions, contact the
Organization of Islamic Speakers
Midwest at (630) 848-1475.
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