Phyllis Beveridge Nissila
This installment in my series, posted with permission, is a presentation given at this year’s “Understanding the Times Conference” sponsored by Olive Tree Ministries in Maple Grove, Minnesota.
The annual conferences feature pastors, teachers, preachers, and prophecy scholars who talk on subjects of concern in the times in which we live. Challenging times, to say the least. This year’s presentations are featured in the video linked here.
The 30-minute segment below features Laurie Cardoza-Moore, founder of the “Proclaiming Justice to the Nations” organization, website here. She speaks on two big concerns in American education: the influences of both antisemitism and Anti-Americanism in school textbooks, especially Pearson, a publisher widely used in the U.S. The video promo is as follows:
Laurie’s message is titled “The Subversive Infiltration of Our Educational System: The Rise of the BDS and Unraveling of our Constitutional Republic”. Our schools are promoting Islam and denigrating Jews and Christians! What can you do? Laurie explains.
As a former Citizenship instructor, among other subjects I taught during my 35-year career, I can attest to the gradual changeover from how we used to teach American government, history, and civics, to what is now infused with the kind of propaganda Cardoza-Moore details in her lecture promoted largely through the Common Core curriculum which has been adopted in 37 states.
The overt changeover occurred after I moved on from teaching Citizenship classes, although signs of it were appearing in other disciplines and certainly in the Common Core curriculum adopted in the twenty-teens. I and many of my colleagues of every political and pedagogical stripe had big concerns.
In addition to the speaker’s criticism of the curriculum from her stance, here is another good critique based on just the problems of educational philosophy and implementation which are what primarily what concerned instructors at my school.
Having scanned the brand new, at that time, CC math texts myself for use in a basic math class I taught as a GED prep instructor one summer, I opted out after noticing some math story problems inserted here and there that implicity supported only one side of various controversial political causes like “climate change,” and several “green” initiatives. Smelled too much like propaganda to me–and others.
But the subject matter of the presentation below concerns me not just as an educator. I am also concerned as an American and a Christian with Jewish heritage, particularly as it concerns the growing antisemitic, anti-Israel BDS movement that is reinforced more and more in our educational system. I can only imagine the math story problems now, as well as reading selections, study questions, quizzes, and essay prompts in all disciplines.
Many parents, grandparents, and other concerned citizens are unaware of this changeover in the schools. Cardoza-Moore offers advice as to how individuals can become involved in order to counter the influence.