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The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan told parents, students and educators that the time is now to create a new educational reality because current curriculum is biased and outdated.

“If a curriculum does not prepare a student for life itself, then it is a worthless curriculum,” said Minister Farrakhan during his August 6 keynote address wrapping up the Nation of Islam’s 4th Annual Educational Conference themed: “Developing A Nation of Readers.”

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“The first words that Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, heard in the cave at Mount Hira was the word iqra (“read”). A command was given to a man who could not read, but yet he was commanded by Allah through the angel Gabriel, read. That word—read—that command is the command of God to all of us who languish in the bowels of ignorance where our greatness can never be manifested until and unless we learn not only how to read, but what to read, and why reading is required,No matter how long you live, you will never exhaust the wisdom of God, so we learn to read from early in our lives and we never stop until death overtakes us. There is no such thing as retirement from reading, there is no such thing as retirement from study.”

“When you read right words, with the right heart seeking understanding of what you read, the spiritual energy that comes from that reading electrifies the cells and energizes the human spirit,” said Min. Farrakhan. “To be poor in spirit is worse than being poor materially, because spirit—as the Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us—is the energy of life itself and when you are poor in spirit that means that the life force of your being is being strangled by another force that is limiting the energy of your being.”

He told those present and those watching via internet that they must also continue to analyze what is read, because in order to be critical thinkers, they must also be critical readers and all are required to read, from the very young to the very old.

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