An Important Clarification Regarding The ‘Core Knowledge Curriculum Series’
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Firstly: Core Knowledge is a curriculum, a systematic syllabus of topics to be studied by students in prekindergarten through 8th grades. It includes topics and subtopics in language arts, world history, American history, geography, visual arts, music, mathematics, and science. Core Knowledge balances the description of academic skills with a prescription for subject-content knowledge. The curriculum is designed to give educators a way of knowing what students have experienced in school and to give students a common foundation on which to build additional learning. Core Knowledge is different from other curriculums in that it describes what a student should know, not what a student should be able to do. Another important part of the Core Knowledge Sequence is that it is intended to be only half a school’s curriculum content etc
Secondly: In the first article, a brief example was given regarding some of the topics included in the core knowledge curriculum. see here: https://salaficentre.com/2018/07/part1-reminders-to-muslim-teachers-who-teach-topics-from-core-knowledge-curriculums-ancient-greece-and-others/
Thirdly: I don’t think any Muslim teacher with basic understanding of the fundamentals of Islaam would dispute the fact that there are Un-Islamic ideas [views, beliefs] in some of these subjects, such as science, therefore he or she would approach these issues carefully. However, no particular mention was made regarding these issues, rather the articles are simply Fawaa’id and general reminders – from an Islamic perspective – regarding the worldly sciences, which are covered in the ‘Core knowledge curriculum’, such as science etc. As for Music, then obviously it is Haraam, so there was no need to mention it in the first post when few examples were given regarding topics covered in the ‘Core knowledge Curriculum’.
Finally: This series will continue from an angle of sharing Fawaa’id and reminders. BaarakAllaahu Feekum.