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Virginia Board of Education Vote Updates and Revises History Standards
Posted on 2015/4/1 18:41:32 ( 171 reads )

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RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, March 26, 2015 (Hindu American Foundation): The Virginia Board of Education voted to approve new history and social science standards Thursday, including one that changes the way Hinduism and the history of ancient India will be taught in public schools. The Board's vote paved the way for a new curriculum frameworks revision in the state and subsequent textbook adoption. The standards are the blueprint upon which curriculum frameworks are built. Together, they determine both the contents of public school textbooks and what the state's over one million public school students will be required to learn about history. With the standards vote completed, the curriculum framework revision is set to begin immediately.

Previously, World History Standards pertaining to Ancient India and Hinduism read:

4b. describing India, with emphasis on caste system and Aryan migrations;
4c. describing the origins, beliefs, traditions, customs, and spread of Hinduism; (no change)

Standard 4b now reads:

4b. locating India in time and place, including its origins, and early development and the debate over the Aryan migrations;

"The Department of Education staff and the Board of Education have taken a step in the right direction, putting accuracy first for Virginia students," said Murali Balaji, Ph.D., Hindu American Foundation (HAF) education director. The change in the standards reflects the culmination of a decade-long effort by Hindu Virginians, including individuals and community organizations, as well as educators and academics, for more accurate standards in learning about India and Hinduism. HAF contended that the old standards did not accurately convey information about Hinduism, nor the extent of the current academic debate regarding the origins of ancient Indians. At Thursday's Board meeting, several Board members agreed, noting that the revised standards needed to reflect current scholarship.

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See also: http://hafsite.org/blog/why-the-new-h ... res-much-more-to-be-done/

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/4/1 18:41:25 ( 138 reads )

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The fragrance of the flower is never borne against the breeze, but the fragrance of human virtues diffuses itself everywhere.
-- Ramayana

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Christians Are Not Under Attack in India
Posted on 2015/3/31 17:58:17 ( 429 reads )

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INDIA, March 31, 2015 (by Maria Wirth): There is probably no other country where members of other religions were as safe as in India. Hindus always gave shelter to those who were persecuted in their homelands. Jews gratefully acknowledged that India is the one country where they were never persecuted. Syrian Christians under their leader Thomas of Cana were given refuge in the 4th century. Parsis came in the 10th century to escape the Muslim invaders in Persia. And in 1959, some 100,000 Tibetan Buddhist refugees found shelter in India - only 12 years after the British had left the country, divided and poverty-stricken.

So what happened that nowadays there is a lot of talk that Christians are under attack in India? Have Hindus become intolerant? No. Hindus have not changed. All the so called attacks on churches which were hyped up recently on many TV channels turned out to have been minor crimes unconnected with "Hindu extremists". In other countries they would hardly find space in the local paper. Why were they flogged for days on TV channels? Why were Christian spokesmen given plenty of airtime to falsely blame the "Hindu right" and claim that Christians are under attack? There seems to be an agenda by the Churches and it would need to be investigated why so many TV channels obliged.

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2015 HMEC Conference Set for October in Trinidad
Posted on 2015/3/31 17:58:11 ( 297 reads )

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PORT of SPAIN, TRINIDAD, March 31, 2015 (myhmec): The 10th Annual HMEC 2015 (Hindu Mandir Executives' Conference) will be held October 2-4, 2015, Port of Spain, Trinidad. The conference will be hosted by the Caribbean Temples and organized by the temples across North America. The HMEC offers Mandir Executives, Priests, Hindu community leaders and Scholars a great opportunity to learn from one another and grow as one. It is a forum to join together as one, share, and listen to each other's stories, opinions, and experiences. Wide ranging discussions will include: building, preserving and strengthening of Mandirs in North America, engaging youth in temple operations, providing leadership, networking and building a strong community, engaging in interfaith dialog, outreach and social services. Please watch http://www.myhmec.com for further details.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/3/31 17:58:05 ( 284 reads )

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Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
-- Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), Bengali poet and Brahmo Samaj philosopher

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