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Taxpayer-funded charter schools indoctrinate Texas students in militant ideology

…..Several countries have outlawed the establishment of Gulen schools within their borders – – including Russia and Uzbekistan. Even the Netherlands, a nation that embraces pluralism and tolerance, has opted to cut funding to the Gulen schools because of their threat to the social order.

In recent years, Gulen has established over 140 charter schools – – all fully funded by U.S. taxpayers allegedly as a means of indoctrinating American students in his militant ideology.

“Under the pretext of being qualified teachers hundreds of unqualified disciples are brought from Turkey to the United States with an H1B visa to work at these schools,” Mr. Yilmaz says. “These teachers are to return 40% of their salaries to the movement in cash which then funds the movement. This way not only is the funding of the movement illegal but also tax fraud is committed.”

The thirty-four “Gulen-inspired” Harmony Schools throughout the Lone Star State have been established at an annual expense to Texas taxpayers of $68 million. The schools are operated by the Cosmos Foundation, a mysterious non-profit corporation with headquarters in Houston. In an interview with this reporter, Sonar Tarim, the superintendent of the schools and a member of the Cosmos Foundation, said: “We have no ties to Fethullah Gulen or his movement.” While Mr. Tarim admitted that the schools participate in the Turkish Olympiad, an event organized by Gulen, he expressed surprise that all of his schools were constructed by Turkish construction companies that reportedly are affiliated with Gulen and his movement.

Mr. Tarim insisted that very few teachers in Harmony Schools hail from Turkey. Yet the Cosmos Foundation has obtained H-1B visas for more than 1,136 Turks to come to Texas to teach in the Harmony Schools. He maintained that the Harmony Schools are not related in any way to the Bluebonnet Learning Centers, which represent yet another chain Gulen charter schools in Texas. Yet the Bluebonnet Learning Centers were located within the Harmony Schools and information about the centers remained posted on the Harmony website until the conclusion of the interview.

Mr. Tarim said that he and all Harmony teachers are certified by the Texas Board of Educators. Yet Mr. Tarim himself is not certified for his position as a school administrator.  He further said that Turkish nationals are not in control of the Cosmos Foundation and the Harmony Schools. Yet every member of the board of directors for the Cosmos Foundation is a Turkish national, and all members, save one, of the board of directors for the Harmony schools are Turks.

“From 2008 to 2010, the Labor Department certified 1,197 H-1B visa requests from the Cosmos Foundation — more than double the number of visas certified nationwide for Texas-based computer company Dell USA and about 70 percent as many as were certified for tech giant Apple Inc.

…..The visas are intended to attract foreign workers with skills that are in short supply among American workers. Harmony has about 290 employees working on H-1B visas, or 16 percent of its workforce, according to Superintendent Soner Tarim. Most are Turkish, said Tarim, who is also from Turkey.

…At Harmony, Tarim said the charter network finds a shortage of qualified teachers in math, science and English as a second language sometimes prompts them to hire foreign workers. He noted that Harmony’s focus on science and math means particularly high recruiting standards in those areas….Nearly a third of the H-1B certifications received by Cosmos actually were for jobs outside those fields, however. Labor Department data includes visa certifications for legal counsel, accountants, assistant principals, public relations coordinators and teachers of art, English and history.”

This is from a December 2011 article in the San Antonio Express-News.
Yet, in February 2011, the Houston Chronicle reported: “High unemployment rates mean that Harmony has had the pick of displaced scientists-turned-teachers.”
Somebody is not telling the truth. Who else thinks it’s ludicrous that we need Turks in America to teach English and history? Maybe if you want to teach a whitewashed version of Islam in world history and not the truth.
In December 2012, Harmony Schools received a $30 million grant from the US taxpayers. $30 million!

In light of the fact that the Texas Education Agency spent several months in 2011 conducting an audit of roughly $540,000 in “inadequately documented” federal grant funds received by the Cosmos Foundation, can they be trusted with over 50 times as much taxpayer money?

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  1. A civilisation is measured not by the rights it grants its majority but the privileges it allows its minorities. Muslim families are as entitled as any other religious group to schools that nurture their children’s faith. Muslim pupils should be educated in Muslim schools because the current system is marginalising them. Teaching Muslim children in a Muslim school would remove the “problem of them being exposed” to values that conflict with Islamic faith. Muslim pupils are disadvantaged and marginalised in the city’s state schools because the cultural heritage of the curriculum is “European and Christian”. Muslim schools provide an education in accordance with the Muslim beliefs and values, such as providing single-sex schooling after puberty. They are thus a response to the danger of absorption into the dominant culture.

    The demand for state funded Muslim schools is in accordance with the law of the land. Muslims are not asking for any favour. I set up the first Muslim school in London in 1981 and now there are 188 Muslim schools and only 12 are state funded. I would like to see each and every Muslim child in a state funded Muslim schools and I hope one day my dream would come true. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school. Bilingual Muslim children need bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental period. There are couple of schools for Hindu and Sikh communities. Now even Black community is thinking of setting up their own state funded schools for their own children with black teachers.

    You better teach your children in your own schools and let migrant communities teach their children according to their needs and demands. British Establishment and society should concentrate on the evils of their own society and stop trying to change the way of life of Muslims. Muslim community does not want to integrate with the British society, indulging in incivility, anti-social behaviour, drug and knife culture, binge drinking, teenage pregnancies and abortion.

    A Muslim is a citizen of this tiny global village. He/she does not want to become notoriously monolingual Brit. He/she is well versed in standard English, Arabic, Urdu and other community languages so that they do not find themselves cut off from their cultural heritage and are able to enjoy the beauty of their literature and poetry.

    Bilingual Muslims children have a right, as much as any other faith group, to be taught their culture, languages and faith alongside a mainstream curriculum. More faith schools will be opened under sweeping reforms of the education system in England. There is a dire need for the growth of state funded Muslim schools to meet the growing needs and demands of the Muslim parents and children. Now the time has come that parents and community should take over the running of their local schools. Parent-run schools will give the diversity, the choice and the competition that the wealthy have in the private sector. Parents can perform a better job than the Local Authority because parents have a genuine vested interest. The Local Authority simply cannot be trusted.

    The British Government is planning to make it easier to schools to “opt out” from the Local Authorities. Muslim children in state schools feel isolated and confused about who they are. This can cause dissatisfaction and lead them into criminality, and the lack of a true understanding of Islam can ultimately make them more susceptible to the teachings of fundamentalists like Christians during the middle ages and Jews in recent times in Palestine. Fundamentalism is nothing to do with Islam and Muslim; you are either a Muslim or a non-Muslim.

    There are hundreds of state primary and secondary schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion all such schools may be opted out to become Muslim Academies. This mean the Muslim children will get a decent education. Muslim schools turned out balanced citizens, more tolerant of others and less likely to succumb to criminality or extremism. Muslim schools give young people confidence in who they are and an understanding of Islam’s teaching of tolerance and respect which prepares them for a positive and fulfilling role in society. Muslim schools are attractive to Muslim parents because they have better discipline and teaching Islamic values. Children like discipline, structure and boundaries. Bilingual Muslim children need Bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods, who understand their needs and demands.

    None of the British Muslims convicted following the riots in Bradford and Oldham in 2001 or any of those linked to the London bombings had been to Islamic schools. An American Think Tank studied the educational back ground of 300 Jihadists; none of them were educated in Pakistani Madrasas. They were all Western educated by non-Muslim teachers. Bilingual Muslim children need bilingual Muslim teachers as role models. A Cambridge University study found that single-sex classes could make a big difference for boys. They perform better in single-sex classes. The research is promising because male students in the study saw noticeable gains in the grades. The study confirms the Islamic notion that academic achievement is better in single-sex classes.
    IA
    London School of Islamics Trust
    http://www.londonschoolofislamics.org.uk

    • Bull, if the kids can’t co-exist with American children and speak English, then they need to move to a muslim country. This is America and we do not allow your hate filled koran to, I know that muslims do not co-exist with Americans, and they plan to take over, don’t kid yourself, I know what your koran teaches you to do. You do NOT have a lot of us Americans and Christians and Jewish fooled! Assimilate or get out! We will not submit to your evil satanic cult of islam!!

  2. Reblogged this on News You May Have Missed and commented:
    The Periphery is Failing

  3. Reblogged this on Sally's Political Page and commented:
    TREASONOUS!! THERE ARE OUT OF WORK, LEGAL AMERICAN TEACHERS WHO COULD FILL THOSE JOBS, BUT THEY WANT FOREIGNERS WHO ARE MUSLIME TO TEACH OUR ENGLISH AND OUR HISTORY!! PLEASE, THEY CANNOT TEACH THE TRUTH, BECAUSE THEY DO NOT KNOW THE TRUTH!! STOP STEALING OUR TAXPAYERS MONEY TO SUPPORT THIS TYRANNY!!

    • Bilingual Muslim children need bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school.

      God has created diverse human beings to live in this tiny global village of one family. Creation by its very nature is diverse with different species, different communities, different cultures and languages. These differences represent the beauty and wonder but diversity is sometimes not fully appreciated, resulting in all sorts of clashes. Almighty God created all the races and put each person in the racial group He wanted them to be in. Each person should be thankful for where he or she was put and not be taught that some other race is “superior” and that if you refuse to believe that you are a “racist.” Let each race stand or fall on its own merits and quit all this cultural engineering, which is really cultural genocide. The British society and Establishment must learn to respect and accommodate others, as if in a family.

      A Muslim is a citizen of this tiny global village. He/she does not want to become notoriously monolingual Brit. He/she is supposed to be well versed in standard English, Arabic, Urdu and other community languages, to be part of the American or British society, as well as proud of his/her cultural roots and enjoy the beauty of his/her literature and poetry.

      During colonial days, British did not follow local customs or culture. They didn’t exactly “go native”. They even forced the native Americans and native Australian to adopt all the evils of their culture and customs. They are still the underdogs of American and Australian societies. At least Australian Prime Minister apologised to the natives for their evil deeds. Brits living in Spain and France don’t even bother learning the language of the new adopted country. Frankly suggesting that people don’t want to become “British” they should move elsewhere is extremely irritating. Immigrants are in UK because they are needed, it was never an act of charity. Without migration, British economy and society will bleed to death. British culture and customs will undoubtedly change as it has for millennium due to immigration. I am not quite sure why Brits would be worried about that.

      A study claims that Black and Asian pupils are being held back in the classroom because schools are “intuitionally racist”. Now a race relations campaigner has called for the creation of “black schools” to stem the avalanche of educational failure and descent into violent gang culture. It is high time that the black community runs its own schools with black teachers and black governors.

      Let the minority communities educate their own children and you better educate your children for the well being of the British society.
      IA
      London School of Islamics Trust
      www://www.londonschoolofislamics.org.uk

      • Bull, if the kids can’t co-exist with American children and speak English, then they need to move to a muslim country. This is America and we do not allow your hate filled koran to, I know that muslims do not co-exist with Americans, and they plan to take over, don’t kid yourself, I know what your koran teaches you to do. You do NOT have a lot of us Americans and Christians and Jewish fooled! Assimilate or get out! We will not submit to your evil satanic cult of islam!! I agree about “letting each race stand on its own, that is way I say stop U.S. aide, and stop supporting your satanic cult of islam, and allow you people to kill each other off. Just don’t try to take over our country, because we are ON to you and your evil plan to conquer the world! You people want to divide us blacks and whites and cause race problems, too bad we DO co-exist with ALL races! Islam is NOT a race! It is an evil, satanic cult!!

  4. Have you ever driven by these “compounds?” They have high iron fences surrounding them. Do your public schools have High iron gates surround their perimeters? These appear more like fortresses than schools to me.

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