BBC teaches kids about 9-11: BLAME THE U.S. – will this be KGIA curricula?

To commemorate 9-11, the BBC Television network has put up a website with lessons for children that blames the United States for being the target of terrorist attacks.

The Department of Education and KGIA continue to refuse to disclose any instructional materials, other than the standard K-8 course of studies – which KGIA is designed to use as little as possible, creating its own instructional materials.

So we are compiling a repository of likely curricula and instructional materials that KGIA will used, based on the substance and intent of KGIA and DOE public statements in the press, and the clear statements from the KGIA Executive Summary.

As noted in the KGIA Executive Summary, they define the correct “end result” for indoctrination, and make the curricula fit that political goal:

Pedagogical Approach
We believe that people learn best by interacting with the social and material world and that the best vehicle for learning is to engage students collaboratively in solving real world problems. Therefore, in each unit of the school’s articulated 6th to 12th grade curriculum, students will focus on critical thinking and real world issues, past and present (i.e., global warming, poverty, and intractable conflicts), in an interdisciplinary approach.
The administration and staff of KGIA are committed to developing curricula and selecting instructional materials that will provide students with the tools to learn effectively. Backward planning will be the process we take when developing our curricula. It will be driven first by identifying the desired results and essential understandings (big ideas that can be transferred and applied in different situations). Then, it will be based on what students need to know and be able to do to achieve the desired results.

Here is today’s lesson from the BBC-TV, designed to provide the “desired results and essential understandings” referred to by the KGIA Executive Summary   Those “essential understandings” mean imputing no blame to al-Qaeda for the terrorist attacks that killed over 3,000 people.  Instead, this is what the BBC-TV presents as an “essential understanding” about 9-11:

Why did they do it?

The way America has got involved in conflicts in regions like the Middle East has made some people very angry, including a group called al-Qaeda – who are widely thought to have been behind the attacks.

In the past, al-Qaeda leaders have declared a holy war – called a jihad – against the US. As part of this jihad, al-Qaeda members believe attacking US targets is something they should do.

When the attacks happened in 2001, there were a number of US troops in a country called Saudi Arabia, and the leader of al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, said he wanted them to leave.

The presentation on al-Qaeda makes them sound a bit like the local Rotary Club – just another volunteer opportunity, since the word “volunteer” is used three times…

How did al-Qaeda start?Al-Qaeda, means ‘the base’.

The organisation was set up by a man called Osama Bin Laden in 1988.

Many volunteers from Arab countries had gone to Afghanistan during the 1980s. They wanted to help the Afghans fight in a conflict against a place called the Soviet Union.

The volunteers supported the Afghans as they were also followers of Islam. For them, the battle was a Jihad or holy war .

When the conflict was over, al-Qaeda was set up to continue the jihad against people the volunteers thought were enemies of Islam.

Al-Qaeda is thought to operate in 40 to 50 countries around the world.

Remember  that the designer and founder of KGIA, Dhabah Almontaser, taught this lesson about 9-11 a few months after it happened – from her interview with Amnesty International in Europe in January 2002, where she did not think it would be monitored….

 – I would love to see a peace-loving country as Norway calling the USA to the carpet, telling that enough is enough. I would like to see Norway taking the risk demanding that USA stops the killings, spreading suffering, emergency and fear in countries as Afghanistan, Iraq, Venezuela and Sudan, she says. – I would like to see Norway show its guts in the Security Council and protest against unfair and racist policies. Stop the sanctions against Iraq; can’t you see that it is the civil population that suffers?

– Fundamentalist Muslims were blamed for the terror attacks, because of that I felt an urge to go out and tell people who the Muslims are and what Islam really stands for. Islam is a religion for everybody; it is about peace and love, not about war and blood revenge. Only by knowing Muslims and having knowledge of Islam can we have any hope of creating a harmonious multi cultural society.

he harassment has decreased. – The tendency in New York is that people embrace their Muslim and Arab neighbors. However, the same cannot be said about the American government’s policy, that fuels up under prejudice and mistrust towards every person with origin in the Middle East or Southeast Asia, Debbie thinks.

– Earlier you could be arrested for being black and driving a car, now it has become a crime to fly when you are brown. I believe a lot of Arab Americans have realized that we are in the same boat as the black Americans; we must learn from their experiences and struggle against racism. I have realized that our foreign policy is racist; in the “war against terror” people of color are the target.

-Why do you think terrorists attacked the USA?…Today I believe that the terrorist attacks can have been triggered by the way the USA breaks its promises with countries across the world, especially in the Middle East and the fact that it has not been a fair mediator with its foreign policy. It is not true that the people in the Middle East and Southeast Asia hate our lifestyle, our freedom and our democracy. What disturbs them is that we in order to secure our own well being, deprive them of the possibility of achieving the same high living standard and freedom of choice that we have in the western world.  – How do you think terror can be combated?

– At least not by bombing a country into pieces! We did not bomb the hometown of Timothy McVeigh to combat terror when he exploded the Oklahoma bomb in 1995. Great Britain does not bomb North Ireland to fight down the IRA, and Spain does not kill hundreds of civilians in their search for ETA terrorists. So which right do we have to kill Afghan women and children, old and young in the search for Al Qaeda?

– I have not seen the terror threat decrease by Bush’ “war against terror.” He is fighting a war against a ghost, a ghost called Osama bin Laden. What is the real and underlying motivations for the “war against terror” remains to see, but control over oil resources in the region and a shift in regime in Iraq is probably among Bush’s underlying goals.- Does the American people support president Bush’ “war against terror”?

– Many are protesting, but many more support him. But most people do not know what is going on. It is you Europeans who know about such things. The American people believes that everything is all right and that the USA lives by its ideals of democracy, individual freedom and the American dream out there as well. So did I, until 11 September 2001. But I have experienced that when you talk to people and explain what is going on, then they are as strongly against the “war against terror” as I. That gives me hope for the future.

Almontasar’s curricula and instructional materials were developed hand-in-glove with current interim-acting-principal Salzberg, who was her senior program officer throughout the months before KGIA opened.

Do you  think the KGIA teachers will teach anything different than the original undisclosed curricula that Almontaser and AAFSC created?

What do you think the children at KGIA were taught today about 9-11?

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