A woman in Florida appropriately named Christian Kayla Normandin has attracted the Internet's attention with a 15-minute video she posted on Facebook ranting about her son's history textbook. Her son, a sophomore, was issued a textbook in his World History class containing numerous references to Islamic history and its influence on the world, as well as an entire 40 page chapter dedicated to the history of Islam and the Islamic Empires. 40 whole pages! In a World History book! About one of the major forces in world history! Normandin tagged her video with this description:
Here is the video I promised about my sons 6th period World history class for sophomores . I did a basic overview of the whole 40 page chapter and other paragraphs on other issues. We need to put an end to this now!! I have contacted the principal again on this and am waiting on the call and will record the call!! So give me your opinions and questions and I'll answer them the best I can.
In the video, Normandin takes issue with the fact that the book doesn't have chapters dedicated to other religions, ignoring the fact that the chapter is clearly focused on the history of the Muslim world and not the religion itself. She also complains that it doesn't give sufficient attention to "the negative side of Muslims."
She also doesn't approve of the book's criticism of the Crusades, or the fact that it teaches kids how to write "I-rabic numerals," which she seems to not realize are the numbers we use every day. There are actually too many entertaining quotes to pull from this video for us to list here. Watch it yourself if you've got 15 minutes to spare and plenty of rage in your heart.
In the end, Normandin calls for the school to pull the book and replace it with one that doesn't have so much material on Islam. Because it's true what they say: a little information always hurt everyone.