I welcome this initiative wholeheartedly. Indeed, it is the right thing to teach the next generation to be universal citizens and learn about their fellow humans.
If we want to live in a society where people can get along with each other and focus on prosperity rather than fighting, we have to shape such a society. It starts with the thoughtful textbooks in the schools.
Thanks to my middle school textbook, there was a positive presentation of a page or two about every major faith and its key historical figures. I wish all schools adapt teaching about different religions and reduce the languages to simply the medium of communications.
It is a blessing to have friends in each of these groups and stand up for the rights and defend their faith. Atheists, Bahai, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jains, Jewish, Muslims, Native Americans, Sikhs, Wicca, Zoroastrians, and others, including the LGBTQ community.
A few examples:
As the bus started moving in Israel, the conductor started telling the tourists that Islam has six pillars, and Jihad was # 1, and it meant killing Jews and Christians. Of course, I corrected her and asked the passengers, and they permitted me to explain Islam. She said the ministry of tourism gives them the information to share with the tourists; how sad! The whole story is in my book American Muslim Agenda. Of course, the Palestinians also poison their children. How do you expect Israel or Palestine to have everyday civilized citizens in the future?
Then I heard a presentation about how Pakistani children are taught false things about Hindus and Hinduism. Of course, the RSS schools and some Gujarati schools also poison their children against Muslims. Is this the kind of society we want?
A few Muslims cannot say Happy Diwali or Merry Christians, a few Christians think Yogi is Hindu, while Modi and the RSS men cannot wish Eid or Christmas greetings to their fellow citizens. It is not Modi; it is the RSS indoctrination. We need to re-work the school curriculum. If someone wants to take up with the United Nations to develop a worldwide curriculum, please do it.
ARTICLES TO READ:
Saudi Arabia includes Ramayan and Mahabharat in its new curriculum – https://www.eastcoastdaily.in/2021/04/18/new-vision-2030-saudi-arabia-includes-ramayan-and-mahabharat-in-its-new-curriculum-for-students.html
Don’t poison your kids – https://centerforpluralism.com/poisoning-your-kids/
Shaping the future societies – https://centerforpluralism.com/shaping-americas-future/