Breitbart has posted this video of U.S. Rep. Andre Carson delivering a speech where he says that our schools should be modeled after madrassas, Islamic parochial schools that provide instruction based upon the Koran. The video only features a small clip of his speech so I don't know whether his words are being taken out of context. Rep.Carson does reference his wife in the speech, who is a principal for the Pike Township public schools, which obviously aren't modeled after madrassas.
UPDATE: Congresman Carson's campaign manager, Scott Carr, sent an e-mail to me clarifying the context of Carson's comments, which attributes the misunderstanding to the way the video has been "cropped":
I'm happy to provide some clarification regarding the story you posted this afternoon. The way the clip is cropped seems to dilute some of the context.
Congressman Carson's comments refer to a school model that is focused on addressing the different learning styles that enable success for our children, including the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners that often miss out in a one size fits all pedagogy. This model is being championed by many public magnet programs, charter schools, and a significant number of faith-based private schools throughout this country – Christian, Jewish, and others. The Congressman does believe that, like many other faiths, the American Muslim community is fortunate to have schools that follow a model that empowers these learning styles.
These remarks are not a proclamation that any faith should take precedence in our education system, but a call to look at what models of instruction are working in the classroom and replicate them.