The history of Islam was a dusty subject until Sept. 11,
2001, when the terrorist attacks on the United States had students asking a
lot of tough questions.

Nearly three years later, knowledge of the history of Islam and the
cultures of the dozens of predominantly Muslim nations remains minimal.

In an effort to reverse the trend, a week-long workshop for Bay State
teachers was held at Cameron Middle School in Framingham this past week to
send educators back into the classrooms armed with answers.

According to the participants, the workshop worked.

“When I teach this year I want to actually help kids understand the Middle
East,” said Framingham history teacher Steve Manning, who teaches at
Cameron Middle School. “How can they understand Iraq if they don’t know the
history of the people…


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