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 and anti-semitic 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.
At Newton South, a Lesson in Propoaganda - Institute for Jewish and Community Research.doc ViewDownload
Article outlining how the focus on biased and inaccurate textbooks began.
Mar 11, 2013, 2:25 PM
Harvards Middle East Outreach Center Headed by BDS Supporter - CAMERA.doc ViewDownload
Jan 22, 2014, 9:09 PM
High school History Stacked against Israel - Dr. Richard Cravatts.doc ViewDownload
Editorial published in a number of local newspapers.
Mar 11, 2013, 2:27 PM
History News Network - What your kids are learning about Israel, America, and Islam.doc ViewDownload
May 28, 2012, 1:02 PM
Librarians for Fairness - High school Curriculum Spreads Lies about Israel.doc ViewDownload
Jun 2, 2012, 3:38 PM
Propaganda, Proselytizing, and Public Education - AJC.pdf ViewDownload
American Jewish Congress report
Jan 22, 2014, 9:11 PM
Saudi in the classroom-Stanley Kurtz-National Review.doc ViewDownload
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.
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.
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.
Nov 5, 2012, 11:57 AM
The Stealth Curriculum-Sandra Stotsky and Fordham Foundation.doc ViewDownload
Ms. Stotsky is a former Deputy Commission for Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Mar 11, 2013, 2:18 PM
The Textbook League-Arab World Studies Notebook Lobs Propaganda At Teachers.doc ViewDownload
The Textbook League is a non-partisan site that reports on inaccuracies in textbooks on all subject areas.