Below is a lesson plan taught to a reader’s child in an Alberta school. Children are taught that Bashar Assad and his government are Christian and they persecute “Rebel Muslims” and that’s why most Syrian refugees are “Muslims”.
Bashar Assad is in fact a member of the Muslim Alawite sect, associated with Shia Islam.
This is what Alberta school children were taught…
“The government in power in Syria, the so-called ‘Assad Regime’ named for the current president, Assad, is Christian and the rebels are Muslim. As a result, most of the refugees are Muslims.”
The rest of the document reads like a Liberal Party propaganda piece.
Update: The lesson plan incorporated the Lesplan Educational Services current event news letter content but was prepared for the school’s students from within.
I am in possession of the entire email chain between the school administration, the teacher and the parent concerning this event.
The “error” was made by the school teacher who added her insight to the creation of the lesson plan. The teacher will remain nameless as my source has children at the school and their privacy must be protected. Note that this is the 2nd “explanation”. The initial explanation provided to the parent indicated the lesson plan was used unaltered from Lesplan. The following email is the explanation provided by the teacher. Have some salt handy.
Oh of course! I still feel bad about mis-informing the students. I talked to the students at the beginning of class today about my misunderstanding and about just how easy it is to be mis-informed. My misunderstanding came from a documentary I watched some time ago in which a reporter was interviewing a man in a civilian area in Syria that was being shelled by the Syrian military forces. The rest of the information in the lesson is directly from the source.
I’m hoping to use this as a learning experience both for me and for the class. We talked already about how important it is to look at an issue from a variety of perspectives – something that is core to the Social studies curriculum. This should also make it easier for the students to understand ‘historical context’, a concept that they’re struggling with still. Also, we talked about ‘doing your homework’ (something I should obviously have done more of).
In tomorrow’s collaborate, we are doing Part C which contains the questions from the ‘what in the world magazine’ that concern you. I’ve decided to leave it in the lesson but to also use the websites you sent that provide the updated information with regard to the mosque incident and the Paris attacks. I noticed that the article does indicate that ‘early reports’ suggested that one of the terrorists had posed as a refugee. I’m hoping to use this as a platform to discuss how information changes quickly and how a sources that are only one month old can be updated with new information.
With regard to the lesson and assignment, if you don’t feel comfortable having xxxx do the lesson or the assignment, that’s not a problem at all. I can just excuse her from it.
Please let me know either way.
See for yourself. The entire lesson is below.