State Investigation Launched After Students Dress in Burqas

Feb 25, 2013 Full story: Free Republic 23

A Texas lawmaker is launching an investigation after a teacher reportedly invited female students to dress up in Islamic garb and told then told her classroom they should call Muslim terrorists - freedom fighters.

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Lumberton Texas Student

Beaumont, TX

#1 Feb 25, 2013
I am a freshman in a World Geography class at the Lumberton, Texas High School. The controversy about a teacher having some of his/her students dress 'Islamic garb' and to call Muslim terrorists - 'freedom fighters' has me concerned, because people are misinterpreting what the teacher actually said. No one has forced any beliefs on us, they are simply informing us about the world's differing cultures and religions. Some female students were indeed asked to dress in burqas (covering clothing worn by some Islamic traditions) to get a better understanding of how the Islamic women feel, and to make class a little more interesting, or fun. As far as telling students to call the terrorists 'freedom fighters' goes, many people are misunderstanding what this means. He/she was not saying 'fighters FOR freedom', he/she was saying 'fighters OF freedom'. There has been no wrong done in our Geography classes, the teachers are just doing their jobs - informing my peers and I about the world and its people. This is coming from a student who was literally sitting feet away from the teacher when he/she said this. Hopefully this comment gets noticed by someone, I feel it is necessary for people to know the truth. -I do not feel comfortable with sharing my name at this time, so I will refer to myself as a high school student at Lumberton, Texas. (2/25/13)
John

Australia

#2 Feb 25, 2013
Some loony left socialist maggots who have infiltrated your school try to addle your mind with "relativism" and "multiculturalism" and try to get you to wear the hideous burqas, the very symbol of slavery and oppression, and to get you to call terrorist creeps "fighter of freedom" and you're not outraged???
What is wrong with kids these days???
They've got no clue, no style, no taste, no sense of freedom and liberty, no respect for the great traditions that made the western world great, nothing but a mouthful of socialist drivel.

“Fly low, fly fast.”

Since: Apr 07

East Midlands, UK

#3 Feb 26, 2013
Freedom Fighters? Freedom from what exactly?

Explain yourself and the comments a bit more Lumberton Texas Student
Lumberton Texas Student

Beaumont, TX

#4 Feb 26, 2013
supersonic boom wrote:
Freedom Fighters? Freedom from what exactly?
Explain yourself and the comments a bit more Lumberton Texas Student
I haven't stated whether I agree or disagree with this term. The teacher even said they didn't agree with this term. I am only telling you what he/she meant by what they said, the reason being that people may be misinterpreting the vague term. If you are going to blame anyone or anything for what has been happening, blame the curriculum. CSCOPE is telling our teachers what to teach us, even though they don't necessarily agree with it. I'm not trying to start anything, I'm only explaining how I see the issue through my own eyes. I have known this teacher, and her/his son for many years now. He/she is honestly the last person I would expect to try to 'brainwash' us. I apologize if I have offended anyone, I am just doing my best to show my point of view.-LHS Student.

“Fly low, fly fast.”

Since: Apr 07

East Midlands, UK

#5 Feb 26, 2013
Yet they know it'll create trouble and still do it?

What would happen in a class with Muslims if the teacher dared suggest painting Easter Eggs?
ZavallaJack

Lufkin, TX

#6 Feb 27, 2013
So who decides on the curriculums and do the parents have any review of this?
Lumberton Texas Student

Beaumont, TX

#7 Feb 27, 2013
supersonic boom wrote:
Yet they know it'll create trouble and still do it?
What would happen in a class with Muslims if the teacher dared suggest painting Easter Eggs?
Alright, just watch this video. It should clear a few things up for you. Two students from our school (Which I know personally) are interviewed about the issue. I agree with them completely.
Here's the link. http://setxhomepage.com/fulltext...

-LHS Student

“Alea iacta est!”

Since: Oct 06

Oh it's ON!

#8 Feb 27, 2013
Lumberton Texas Student wrote:
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I haven't stated whether I agree or disagree with this term. The teacher even said they didn't agree with this term. I am only telling you what he/she meant by what they said, the reason being that people may be misinterpreting the vague term. If you are going to blame anyone or anything for what has been happening, blame the curriculum. CSCOPE is telling our teachers what to teach us, even though they don't necessarily agree with it. I'm not trying to start anything, I'm only explaining how I see the issue through my own eyes. I have known this teacher, and her/his son for many years now. He/she is honestly the last person I would expect to try to 'brainwash' us. I apologize if I have offended anyone, I am just doing my best to show my point of view.-LHS Student.
Not that I don't have a problem with CSCOPE, but it seems that it might not be the one to blame here.
'Although Texas CSCOPE has had major issues because of Islam lessons in schools, this Muslim Burqa lesson was NOT part of CSCOPE, and it a lesson that Lumberton ISD has been doing for years.

One parent contacted me and said that he pulled his kids out of Lumberton schools 2 years ago because of this exact Islam lesson.'

- See more at: http://www.texasgopvote.com/issues/reclaim-ed...

“Alea iacta est!”

Since: Oct 06

Oh it's ON!

#9 Feb 27, 2013
'John Valastro is the Lumberton school Superintendent. He says the teacher has taught the same lesson for a long time in her decades-long career, long before C-SCOPE was in the classrooms.'

He says the lesson and students allowed to try on burqas are nothing new.
- See more at: http://setxhomepage.com/fulltext...
Pete Moss

Bethpage, NY

#10 Feb 28, 2013
Well, "student" you certainly have a writing style and vocabulary far beyond your years. Methinks you are a teacher, perhaps even THE teacher.
Lumberton Texas Student wrote:
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I haven't stated whether I agree or disagree with this term. The teacher even said they didn't agree with this term. I am only telling you what he/she meant by what they said, the reason being that people may be misinterpreting the vague term. If you are going to blame anyone or anything for what has been happening, blame the curriculum. CSCOPE is telling our teachers what to teach us, even though they don't necessarily agree with it. I'm not trying to start anything, I'm only explaining how I see the issue through my own eyes. I have known this teacher, and her/his son for many years now. He/she is honestly the last person I would expect to try to 'brainwash' us. I apologize if I have offended anyone, I am just doing my best to show my point of view.-LHS Student.
Pete Moss

Bethpage, NY

#11 Feb 28, 2013
One can't help but wonder if these same students explore Christianity in class, to the point of wearing thorns, carrying a heavy cross and exclaiming that Christ is the son of God. I seriously doubt it.
Mad-onna Kabbalah KKK

Sarasota, FL

#12 Feb 28, 2013
ZavallaJack wrote:
So who decides on the curriculums and do the parents have any review of this?
..........We are trained to hate others by the military-media complex and the hollywood zio-imperialists .......... The Mascari Wingnutz , Gene Moss Taliban , Crazie Eddy Nekrowitz and EvaBraun Hughes have aided Hilary Clinton and MADONNA set up their Cayman island tax dodge for the JDL-KKK-AIPAC Fifth Column ..........see BY WAY OF DECEPTION abd SUPERMOB by Howard Tevlowitz , Eliot Abrams and Wolf Blitzer.
Pete Moss

Satellite Beach, FL

#13 Feb 28, 2013
Crazy much??
Mad-onna Kabbalah KKK wrote:
<quoted text>..........We are trained to hate others by the military-media complex and the hollywood zio-imperialists .......... The Mascari Wingnutz , Gene Moss Taliban , Crazie Eddy Nekrowitz and EvaBraun Hughes have aided Hilary Clinton and MADONNA set up their Cayman island tax dodge for the JDL-KKK-AIPAC Fifth Column ..........see BY WAY OF DECEPTION abd SUPERMOB by Howard Tevlowitz , Eliot Abrams and Wolf Blitzer.

Since: Dec 07

Location hidden

#14 Feb 28, 2013
Lumberton Texas Student wrote:
I am a freshman in a World Geography class at the Lumberton, Texas High School. The controversy about a teacher having some of his/her students dress 'Islamic garb' and to call Muslim terrorists -'freedom fighters' has me concerned, because people are misinterpreting what the teacher actually said. No one has forced any beliefs on us, they are simply informing us about the world's differing cultures and religions. Some female students were indeed asked to dress in burqas (covering clothing worn by some Islamic traditions) to get a better understanding of how the Islamic women feel, and to make class a little more interesting, or fun. As far as telling students to call the terrorists 'freedom fighters' goes, many people are misunderstanding what this means. He/she was not saying 'fighters FOR freedom', he/she was saying 'fighters OF freedom'. There has been no wrong done in our Geography classes, the teachers are just doing their jobs - informing my peers and I about the world and its people. This is coming from a student who was literally sitting feet away from the teacher when he/she said this. Hopefully this comment gets noticed by someone, I feel it is necessary for people to know the truth.-I do not feel comfortable with sharing my name at this time, so I will refer to myself as a high school student at Lumberton, Texas.(2/25/13)
You refer to the teacher as he/she, implying that you don't even know what sex the teacher is?? Yet you would have us believe that you are in that class? Please.
Lumberton Texas Student

Beaumont, TX

#15 Feb 28, 2013
Ravenclaw wrote:
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You refer to the teacher as he/she, implying that you don't even know what sex the teacher is?? Yet you would have us believe that you are in that class? Please.
I referred to her as he/she previously because I didn't feel it was necessary to give that information, as it doesn't affect the issue. But, you can see from the video link I posted in my earlier comments that the students referred to her as 'her'.
And for the doubts that I am in the class or even a student, all I can say is that I am not lying to you. You may believe me or not, makes no difference to me. Just giving my inputs. And yes, I do try to speak intelligently, I am in high school, after all. It should be expected for someone of my age to have a decent vocabulary and sentence structure... Also, people tend to take intelligent speakers more seriously, and this is what I prefer.
Nearly all of the over one thousand students here are familiar with the issue, and I can assure you that not one I have spoken with agrees with the statement that one of our teachers has tried to push any beliefs or 'covert us to Islam'. She isn't even Islamic herself...

“Fly low, fly fast.”

Since: Apr 07

East Midlands, UK

#16 Mar 1, 2013
Lumberton Texas Student wrote:
<quoted text>
Alright, just watch this video. It should clear a few things up for you. Two students from our school (Which I know personally) are interviewed about the issue. I agree with them completely.
Here's the link. http://setxhomepage.com/fulltext...
-LHS Student
Well, according to FOX news the college has certainly stirred up an hornets nest across the US.

Since: Jul 07

Location hidden

#17 Mar 1, 2013
Lumberton Texas Student wrote:
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I referred to her as he/she previously because I didn't feel it was necessary to give that information, as it doesn't affect the issue. But, you can see from the video link I posted in my earlier comments that the students referred to her as 'her'.
And for the doubts that I am in the class or even a student, all I can say is that I am not lying to you. You may believe me or not, makes no difference to me. Just giving my inputs. And yes, I do try to speak intelligently, I am in high school, after all. It should be expected for someone of my age to have a decent vocabulary and sentence structure... Also, people tend to take intelligent speakers more seriously, and this is what I prefer.
Nearly all of the over one thousand students here are familiar with the issue, and I can assure you that not one I have spoken with agrees with the statement that one of our teachers has tried to push any beliefs or 'covert us to Islam'. She isn't even Islamic herself...
Kid- have you ever heard the phrase, "Jihad by stealth"? You're being desensitized to the evils of Islam. I suggest you go to websites like Bare Naked Islam or Jihad Watch and read about the heinous acts that these people believe are okay. Just a few days ago a young girl was whipped to death for adultery even though she was raped by a relative. Muslims have NO respect for women or children or animals. Don't be fooled. And if I were you, I'd walk out of that class when the teacher starts teaching that Islamic crap. Tell your fellow students to do the same. The principal and the teacher need to be reprimanded or fired.

“Alea iacta est!”

Since: Oct 06

Oh it's ON!

#18 Mar 1, 2013
supersonic boom wrote:
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Well, according to FOX news the college has certainly stirred up an hornets nest across the US.
Read this on the deeper problem with public education:

'But the headline-grabbing injection of moral equivalence into social studies and American history is just the tip of the education iceberg.

Top-down federalized “Common Core” standards are now sweeping the country. It’s important to remember that while teachers-union control freaks are on board with the Common Core regime, untold numbers of rank-and-file educators are just as angered and frustrated as parents about the Big Ed power grab. The program was concocted not at the grassroots level, but by a bipartisan cabal of nonprofits (led by lobbyists for the liberal Bill Gates Foundation), statist business groups and hoodwinked Republican governors. As I’ve reported previously, this scheme, enabled by the Obama administration’s “Race to the Top” funding mechanism, usurps local autonomy in favor of lesson content and pedagogical methods.

One teacher described a thought-control training seminar in her school district titled “Making the Common Core Come Alive.” A worksheet labeled “COMMON CORE MIND SHIFTS” included the following rhetorical muck:
–The goal of curriculum should not be the coverage of content, but rather the discovery of content.… If done well, Common Core will elevate our teaching to new heights, and emphasize the construction of meaning, while deepening our understanding of our students.”
–”In our classrooms, it is the students’ voices, not the teachers’, that are heard.”

Blah, blah, blah. In practice, Common Core evades transparency by peddling shoddy curricular material authored by anonymous committees. It promotes faddish experiments masquerading as “world-class” math and reading goals. Instead of raising expectations, Common Core is a Trojan horse for lowering them. California, for example, is now citing Common Core as a rationale for abandoning algebra classes for 8th graders. Common Core’s “constructivist” approach to reading is now the rationale for abandoning classic literature for “informational texts.”
http://www.humanevents.com/2013/03/01/rotten-...
Lumberton Texas Student

Beaumont, TX

#19 Mar 1, 2013
Thorn wrote:
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Kid- have you ever heard the phrase, "Jihad by stealth"? You're being desensitized to the evils of Islam. I suggest you go to websites like Bare Naked Islam or Jihad Watch and read about the heinous acts that these people believe are okay. Just a few days ago a young girl was whipped to death for adultery even though she was raped by a relative. Muslims have NO respect for women or children or animals. Don't be fooled. And if I were you, I'd walk out of that class when the teacher starts teaching that Islamic crap. Tell your fellow students to do the same. The principal and the teacher need to be reprimanded or fired.
Thorn wrote:
<quoted text>
Kid- have you ever heard the phrase, "Jihad by stealth"? You're being desensitized to the evils of Islam. I suggest you go to websites like Bare Naked Islam or Jihad Watch and read about the heinous acts that these people believe are okay. Just a few days ago a young girl was whipped to death for adultery even though she was raped by a relative. Muslims have NO respect for women or children or animals. Don't be fooled. And if I were you, I'd walk out of that class when the teacher starts teaching that Islamic crap. Tell your fellow students to do the same. The principal and the teacher need to be reprimanded or fired.
We aren't taught that things like that are okay. We never were. We know right from wrong. The option to try on a burqa in class was only to grasp a better understanding of what the women in their conditions feel like while wearing them. Nothing more. As far as the 'freedom fighters' topic goes, people are saying that she literally told us that we should and need to call them that. This is false. She said that if we were to be'politically correct', this would be the term to use. Not that she was telling us to say it for no reason out of nowhere. We are taught about Islam just as we are taught about any other religion's cultures and beliefs. We are not told that any are 'better' than others, or that we should change our beliefs or views in any way.
The whole Islam lesson only lasted for a few weeks, when we were learning about the Middle East. We weren't only taught about Islam, either. We went over Christianity and Judaism just as much. Literally we only went over basic rules and beliefs of these main religions. We aren't even on those lessons anymore. We've already moved to a different area of Earth, and this whole controversy is basically out of most of our heads.
Honestly I don't see much point in arguing with you people anymore, since nothing is resulting from it, but I will continue to answer your questions, if you have any. Just ask me about anything you aren't really clear about what went on, and I'll try to explain things. Thank you.

Since: Jul 07

Location hidden

#20 Mar 1, 2013
Lumberton Texas Student wrote:
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We aren't taught that things like that are okay. We never were. We know right from wrong. The option to try on a burqa in class was only to grasp a better understanding of what the women in their conditions feel like while wearing them. Nothing more. As far as the 'freedom fighters' topic goes, people are saying that she literally told us that we should and need to call them that. This is false. She said that if we were to be politically correct', this would be the term to use. Not that she was telling us to say it for no reason out of nowhere. We are taught about Islam just as we are taught about any other religion's cultures and beliefs. We are not told that any are 'better' than others, or that we should change our beliefs or views in any way.
The whole Islam lesson only lasted for a few weeks, when we were learning about the Middle East. We weren't only taught about Islam, either. We went over Christianity and Judaism just as much. Literally we only went over basic rules and beliefs of these main religions. We aren't even on those lessons anymore. We've already moved to a different area of Earth, and this whole controversy is basically out of most of our heads.
Honestly I don't see much point in arguing with you people anymore, since nothing is resulting from it, but I will continue to answer your questions, if you have any. Just ask me about anything you aren't really clear about what went on, and I'll try to explain things. Thank you.
Geography (geog·ra·phy)
noun, plural geog·raphies.
1. the science dealing with the areal differentiation of the earth's surface, as shown in the character, arrangement, and interrelations over the world of such elements as climate, elevation, soil, vegetation, population, land use, industries, or states, and of the unit areas formed by the complex of these individual elements.
2. the study of this science.
3. the topographical features of a region, usually of the earth, sometimes of the planets.
4. a book dealing with this science or study, as a textbook.
5. the arrangement of features of any complex entity: the geography of the mind.

Religion isn't mentioned in this definition. Religion has no place in public schools or colleges. And screw Political Correctness. You've been duped, kid. How does it feel to be indoctrinated into Islam without realizing it?

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