A high school in one of the largest school districts in the nation, Houston ISD, says that an Islamic State recruiting homework assignment “teaches critical and analytical thinking skills using current events.”
The 9th grade Geography teacher at Bellaire High School, Jorge Aranda, gave his students the assignment on how to write a Document Based Question. One mother noticed that her daughter’s homework included a question about an Islamic State Tumblr blog in which a female recruiter attempts to recruit young women jihadists.
The homework also had students analyze statements by Osama Bin Laden about the suicide bombing on the USS Cole. Bin Laden was attributed with saying, “If you would have seen it with your own eyes, you would have been very pleased, and your heart would have been filled with joy.”
USA Today reported in 2001 that Bin Laden “applauded the bombing of the USS Cole in Aden, describing the destroyer as a ship of injustice that sailed to its doom.” The USS Cole was refueling in a harbor in Yemen on October 12, 2000, when two suicide bombers detonated a small boat full of explosives next to the military vessel. Seventeen American sailors were killed and 39 others were wounded.
The assignment also included statements by President Obama in a speech at Cairo University in June of 2009. It stated in part – “More recently, tension has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations. Moreover, the sweeping changes brought by modernity and globalization led many Muslims to view the West as hostile to the traditions of Islam.”
The assignment then set forth other issues such as the Keystone XL pipeline, including statements by the National Resources Defense Council, and socialist and presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
In November 2014, it was reported that the Houston Independent School District was adding its first Arabic Language Immersion Magnet School. The HISD school district unanimously approved the plan. Hope also reported that the left-of-center media mocked Texas seniors who peacefully protested the opening of the school in August of this year.
Breitbart Texas’ education expert Merrill Hope, and other media outlets, reported in October 2014 that parents in the Alvin ISD in Brazoria County, Texas, were outraged by a sixth grade assignment on the terrorist organization Islamic State. At the time these students were given the homework, American journalist James Foley had been butchered by ISIS barbarians.