Thursday, July 5, 2012

Far Right Blows Up Over Innocuous Carson Comment

Some on the right wing lit up earlier today over a video that was from the end of May which featured Congressman Andre Carson speaking to the INCA-MAS 2012 convention.

Here is the clip.

Carson spent about 90 seconds explaining that perhaps some of the teaching methods used in Muslim schools might be something to look into to improve American public schools, in general.  It's a Muslim speaking to a group of Muslims saying that his faith's schools do a good job reaching a variety of different learners. It would be the same thing as if a Christian member of Congress got up at a Christian convention and extolled the teaching methods that are in Christian schools. Of course, because Andre Carson is a Muslim and only one of two in Congress, the fearmongering fringe got its holier-than-thou knickers in a twist over the comment.

Listen, I believe religion has no place in public education.  Public education should not be pushing a religion over another and certainly should not be based on a religious text of any sort.  That said, Congressman Carson wasn't saying that.  

Congressman Andre Carson
Just to be sure, I contacted the Congressman's campaign office and asked for a clarification.  That arrived earlier this evening.  From Campaign Manager Scott Carr:

The way the clip is cropped seems to dilute some of the context. Congressman Carson's comments refer to a school model that is focused on addressing the different learning styles that enable success for our children, including the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners that often miss out in a one size fits all pedagogy. This model is being championed by many public magnet programs, charter schools, and a significant number of faith-based private schools throughout this country – Christian, Jewish, and others. The Congressman does believe that, like many other faiths, the American Muslim community is fortunate to have schools that follow a model that empowers these learning styles.

These remarks are not a proclamation that any faith should take precedence in our education system, but a call to look at what models of instruction are working in the classroom and replicate them.
So, here's the full context.  The full 19 minute speech.

Isn't it ironic that much of this speech is actually preaching against what just happened today.  That American society is enriched by the diversity Muslims provide.  It's truly sad that some in America on the far right find that threatening.


wilson46201 said...

I have heard there are two Islamic-based schools in Indiana that qualified to receive vouchers paid for by Hoosier taxpayers. What do Mitch Daniels and Tony Bennett have to say about this Carson kerfuffle?

Paul K. Ogden said...

Maybe the comment is blown out of proportion. I haven't had time to study it. What is not blown out of proportion though is Carson's comment saying that tea party people want to see black people hanging from trees. To this day, he's never apologized for that comment and some of his supports tried to insist the ridiculous and offensive statement was accurate. To your credit, I think you said at the time, the comment was wrong.

Jon Easter said...

I did. I still believe his comments were incendiary. To be fair, he said SOME Tea Party people.

On this particular case, though. It's much ado about nothing.

Famousde said...

John Easter,
Your protection and defense of elements that poss a great threat to America, is despicable and blind. Where will you Democrats draw a line as to how much damage you'll have your country suffer in the wake of blind, ambitious, pursuit of agenda and ideals? because, the line seems very near, past which many rational, sane, non-traitorous patriots, will not let you fools cross.