Reviews of the Arab World Studies Notebook

Below are reviews and criticism of the Arab World Studies Notebook, which was used extensively in Newton high school history classes until public protest forced its removal in 2012.  

These reviews were available to teachers and administrators through a simple internet search. With so much available information about the Notebook's inadequacies, as well as the fact that its inaccuracies should be apparent to anyone familiar with the subject matter, why did Newton schools continue to use the Notebook for years, until a fourteen-year-old student protested its blatantly untrue claims?

If you have a child in the Newton school system, find out what they are learning.  Read the textbook, handouts, and tests.  School materials will improve only when parents become involved in reviewing what their children learn in class and ensure that curriculum materials are accurate and non-biased.

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Article outlining how the focus on biased and inaccurate textbooks began.  25k v. 3 Mar 11, 2013, 2:25 PM Newton Fine
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Editorial published in a number of local newspapers.  27k v. 3 Mar 11, 2013, 2:27 PM Newton Fine
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  49k v. 2 May 28, 2012, 1:02 PM Newton Fine
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  22k v. 3 Jun 2, 2012, 3:38 PM Newton Fine
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American Jewish Congress report  192k v. 1 Jan 22, 2014, 9:11 PM Newton Excellence
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A excellent and relatively short, article on the issue of Saudi-funded material in U.S. classrooms, how it occurred, and what can be done about it.  45k v. 2 Mar 11, 2013, 2:22 PM Newton Fine
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This four-part series discusses the Arab World Studies Notebook and other materials, how Saudi-funded materials make their way into our schools, and the inattention of the federal Department of Education towards the problem.  93k v. 2 Mar 11, 2013, 2:21 PM Newton Fine
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Describes how the controversy over Newton's use of the Arab World Studies Notebook began. See also the video of an interview with Tony Pagliuso and Margot Eistein which confirms statements made in the article.    57k v. 1 Nov 5, 2012, 11:57 AM Newton Fine
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Ms. Stotsky is a former Deputy Commission for Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  18019k v. 4 Mar 11, 2013, 2:18 PM Newton Fine
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The Textbook League is a non-partisan site that reports on inaccuracies in textbooks on all subject areas.  101k v. 1 Mar 11, 2013, 2:19 PM Newton Fine