Welcome

Welcome to the Parents for Excellence in Newton Schools (PENS) website! We hope you will find the site informative and that what you read here inspires you to take action - an email, a phone call, or a conversation with your children or neighbors - about inaccurate and biased class material used in public schools in Newton, Massachusetts and other communities.

Our goal is to ensure that material presented to student as factual is accurate and non-biased. We do not object to material advocating a particular philosophy or point of view so long as its source and inherent bias is disclosed to students and the material is utilized as example of bias or for discussion purposes, and is presented with material from a contrary view. That is not the case in Newton right now

Unfortunately, the issue of inaccurate and biased material is not limited to Newton schools. Much of the objectionable material used in Newton is also used in other schools in Massachusetts and throughout the country. 

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Links to Class Material

Links to class materials are here.

Our Success

Some material, including a grossly inaccurate and biasedSaudi-funded text called the Arab World Studies Notebook and a (now defunct) hate-filled website called Flashpoints were removed from Newton schools due to pressure from PENS and local residents.

The school department also agreed to 'white out' a statement in the book A Muslim Primer claiming the Catholic church was "reconsidering polygamy as a Christian option".  The Newton North High School History Chair acknowledged the statement "might be misleading".

However, a great deal of inaccurate and biased material, including anti-Israel and arguably anti-semitic material, remains in use. This material is not used as a basis for discussion or to compare different points of view, but is presented as factual.


Update December, 2017: The Verity Educate report was published over three years ago; during this entire time, Newton Public Schools (NPS) officials have refused to review it. Needless to say, they have not reviewed the book published by CAMERA, or any articles or reports published by any other organizations, despite being provided with copies of reports (including the Verity Educate report), phone calls and emails from parents and others requesting review and comment, and an offer by the director of Verity Educate to meet with officials about its findings.

There is no valid reason for the refusal; administrators simply do not want to admit that neglecting their responsibility to review class material has resulted in the provision of grossly inaccurate and biased texts to students in certain classes.

To all Readers

We need your help to overcome the school administration's disregard for educational accuracy and its tolerance of inaccurate and overtly biased material, including material which fails to meet the most basic educational standards.  While some of this material (the Arab World Studies Notebook and Flashpoints) has been removed from use, most remains.

Other organizations including the Fordham Foundation for Educational Excellence,  Jewish Telegraph AgencyThe Textbook League, and American Jewish Committee have issued reports on specific items of material used in Newton classrooms. These findings have been published in newspapers and magazines including the Washington Times, Metrowest NewsTimes of Israel, Baltimore Reporter, and JointMedia News Service.

Please email or call Superintendent David Fleishman, the School Committee, and Mayor Setti Warren and tell them that you want the History Department Chairs of both high schools to review the Verity Educate Report and CAMERA articles, and stop the use of inaccurate, deceptively edited, and biased material. Students tell us that this material is NOT used to "illustrate bias" or for discussion purposes but as purported "fact".

Contact information is here. A 'bcc' to NewtonExcellence@gmail.org would be appreciated.

We also need people to help spread the word about biased, inaccurate, and anti-Israel/anti-semitic class material used in high schools in Newton, MA and throughout the nation. Most parents are not aware that their children are learning from inadequate or objectionable sources, and most students do not have the knowledge or awareness to challenge their teacher's choice of material.  Even if you only have a couple of hours for a one-time project, we can use your help. Write us at NewtonExcellence@gmail.com.