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CSCOPE is a customizable, online curriculum management system aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). CSCOPE's high quality curriculum, assessment, and instructional components assist schools in meeting the high standard of rigor and relevance required in the TEKS and STAAR assessments.
Certain articles have recently claimed that a picture of students wearing burqas was part of a CSCOPE lesson used in a teacher's classroom. This activity was not a part of any lesson in CSCOPE; rather, it was a locally developed lesson in a Texas school district. For more information from the school district
CSCOPE strongly believes in the greatness of the free enterprise system and how it has helped build our country into the envy of all other nations.
Parents of students at a Texas high school are outraged after discovering their children have been encouraged to dress in Islamic clothing and taught to refer to the 9/11 hijackers not as terrorists but as ‘freedom fighters.’
Burns said. “I realize that a model CSCOPE lesson calls upon students to examine the Boston Tea Party through the lens of terrorism. Lessons such as this call upon debate, dialogue and higher order thinking skills.
- Since SBOE monitors curriculum, they call CSCOPE 'instructional material.'
- Teaching globalism, not American Exceptionalism.
- Taking out: Nathan Hale, Liberty Bell, Christopher Columbus' faith.
- Replacing with: Respect and fairness, Dolores Huerta.
- Replacing George Washington with Kay Bailey Hutchinson (yeah, wrap your mind around that one!)
- Emphasis on Contemporary over History.
- Refused to teach abundance alongside scarcity: "The other members considered all resources scarce."
- CSCOPE sets up a system where educrats control everything.
- Shocked by the mediocrity of the content.
- Teachers are constantly monitored by educrats.
- Teachers have been fired for speaking out to school boards.
- "There's tremendous coercion."
Some of the ideology promoted in the material, though, is wholly inappropriate and openly endorses anti-American sentiment.
According to reports, numerous witnesses spoke before the Senate committee to explain why Texas students must not be indoctrinated with the leftist lesson plans.
One witness described the program as “mind control” while a teacher emotionally testified he quit his job because using the system made him feel like he was “aiding and abetting a crime.”
On top of this, no one is allowed to view the CSCOPE lessons except teachers who had to sign a gag-order not to tell anyone about the content of the lessons.
One of the most poignant moments in the hearing occurred when a veteran Algebra teacher almost broke down in tears as he told of having to quit his teaching job recently because he was required to teach CSCOPE. He said he could not look his students in the eyes, knowing that he was “aiding and abetting ignorance…and giving them an allusion of an education.”
A current classroom teacher of 30 years’ experience told about being offended with the lesson in which students were required to make a Communist/Socialist flag. She said her father had proudly fought in World War II to keep our nation free and that our students should be taught American exceptionalism. She also said that CSCOPE content teaches none of the great novels and does not teach the young readers a systematic approach to reading using phonics. She complained that CSCOPE instead teaches whole language and that there is no formal instruction of grammar, usage, and correct writing.
When Labay was confronted with concerns over a lesson teaching the 5 Pillars of Islam, a lesson in which students role play a trek to Mecca, a lesson that teaches Allah is the same as Almighty God, a lesson on Christopher Columbus that cherry-picks his diary to take out any of his references to his belief in God, and a lesson in which students create a Communist/Socialist flag, he gave a lame excuse about those lessons having been a part of the “old” lessons, having been left in CSCOPE at the request of teachers.
In fact, Stanford University professor James Milgram, the only mathematician on the validation panel, concluded that the Common Core math scheme would place American students two years behind their peers in other high-achieving countries. In protest, Milgram refused to sign off on the standards. He’s not alone.