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Mr. Collin Earnst

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Direct Phone: (617) ***-****       

Houghton Mifflin Company

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

222 Berkeley Street

Boston, Massachusetts 02116

United States

Company Description

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions acros... more

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In the company release, Collin Earnst, director of media relations for Houghton Mifflin responded to Pipes' attacks, calling them "based on misinformation" and arguing, "Most of the accusations ... made in Mr. Pipes' editorial about omissions or interpretations of the text ... are based on his own bias and his choice to cite passages out-of-context."

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Earnst explains that a "multi-cultural and multi-faith panel of scholars reviewed and approved 'Across the Centuries' before publication" and that the text is part of a two-book series developed for the state of California that covers specific topics mandated and outlined by the state board of education. As per California state standards, "the dawn of the major Western and non-Western ancient civilizations, including the origins of Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity" are dealt with in the text used in grade six.
But one award-winning seventh-grade history teacher from the San Francisco Bay Area, who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisal, told National Review Online, that the role of Christianity in world civilization is studied primarily in grades seven and 10 in California public schools and that "at no point in either grade is the role of Christianity as cogently, thoroughly or engagingly described in the state history texts as Islam."
Earnst further defends the textbook by explaining, "As directed by the state of California, these books were to be written with 'Historical Empathy.' Thus, the textbooks do not focus on accounts of violence, cruelty or hatred on the part of any religion. In accordance with California state standards, 'Across the Centuries' focuses on how the beliefs of certain cultures help shape their motivation and their effect on history."
"The text does in fact mention instances of Muslim religious intolerance (chapter 4, page 81), just as it cites early missionary work and imperialism, as well as the Crusades and intolerance by the Christians," Earnst points out.
According to Earnst, the meaning of the word "jihad" was "clarified" based on the recommendation of the multi-cultural and multi-faith panel of scholars (including Judaic and Christian scholars).
"Often misunderstood, this word means 'to struggle or to do one's best to resist temptation and overcome evil.' ... Many Americans have come to see the word 'jihad' as some Islamic fundamentalists use it, as a right or a mission to kill and destroy. However, the vast majority of Muslims do not share this view, and assert that a 'jihad' is not necessarily an act of violence," said Earnst.


BlessedCause

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In the company release, Collin Earnst, director of media relations for Houghton Mifflin responded to Pipes' attacks, calling them "based on misinformation" and arguing, "Most of the accusations ... made in Mr. Pipes' editorial about omissions or interpretations of the text ... are based on his own bias and his choice to cite passages out-of-context."

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Earnst explains that a "multi-cultural and multi-faith panel of scholars reviewed and approved 'Across the Centuries' before publication" and that the text is part of a two-book series developed for the state of California that covers specific topics mandated and outlined by the state board of education. As per California state standards, "the dawn of the major Western and non-Western ancient civilizations, including the origins of Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity" are dealt with in the text used in grade six.
But one award-winning seventh-grade history teacher from the San Francisco Bay Area, who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisal, told National Review Online, that the role of Christianity in world civilization is studied primarily in grades seven and 10 in California public schools and that "at no point in either grade is the role of Christianity as cogently, thoroughly or engagingly described in the state history texts as Islam."
Earnst further defends the textbook by explaining, "As directed by the state of California, these books were to be written with 'Historical Empathy.' Thus, the textbooks do not focus on accounts of violence, cruelty or hatred on the part of any religion. In accordance with California state standards, 'Across the Centuries' focuses on how the beliefs of certain cultures help shape their motivation and their effect on history."
"The text does in fact mention instances of Muslim religious intolerance (chapter 4, page 81), just as it cites early missionary work and imperialism, as well as the Crusades and intolerance by the Christians," Earnst points out.
According to Earnst, the meaning of the word "jihad" was "clarified" based on the recommendation of the multi-cultural and multi-faith panel of scholars (including Judaic and Christian scholars).
"Often misunderstood, this word means 'to struggle or to do one's best to resist temptation and overcome evil.' ... Many Americans have come to see the word 'jihad' as some Islamic fundamentalists use it, as a right or a mission to kill and destroy. However, the vast majority of Muslims do not share this view, and assert that a 'jihad' is not necessarily an act of violence," said Earnst.


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Collin Earnst, spokesman for Houghton Mifflin, says the complaints came as a surprise to the company.

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The seventh-grade text is designed to teach "the social, cultural and technological changes that occurred in Europe, Africa and Asia in the years 500-1789 A.D." Earnst says.


BlessedCause

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Collin Earnst, spokesman for Houghton Mifflin, says the complaints came as a surprise to the company.

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The seventh-grade text is designed to teach "the social, cultural and technological changes that occurred in Europe, Africa and Asia in the years 500-1789 A.D." Earnst says.


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Collin Earnst, VP, Corporate Communications Houghton Mifflin Company (promoter) 222 Berkeley St. Boston, MA 02116-3764 Phone: 617-351-5000 Fax: 617-351-1105

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