American History is a topic that is regularly brutalized by progressive instructors on the nation’s college campuses.
However, those distortions have spread to college prep, high school, and even elementary school courses — even in the reddest of states. Todd Starnes of Fox News Radio reports on the details:
Texas lawmakers are putting educators on the hot seat after public school curriculum surfaced that was promoted Islam and socialism while deconstructing American values and patriotism.
School children were exposed to lessons that labeled the Boston Tea Party an act of terrorism. They were also instructed to create flags for socialist and communist countries. And they were also given in-depth lessons in the Islamic faith that included classroom readings from the Koran.
“They are indoctrinating our children to hate America,” said Janice VanCleave, of Texas Education Patriots. “Texans are embarrassed about this.”VanCleave’s organization launched an investigation that exposed CSCOPE – an electronic curriculum system that provides online lesson plans for teachers. The curriculum is used in 80 percent of the state’s school districts.
“It’s built by teachers, designed by teachers and that’s what’s powerful about CSCOPE,” said Wade Lebay, director of state CSCOPE at the Region 13 Education Service Center in Austin.
Wade defended the curriculum at a recent senate education committee hearing in the state capital.
Districts are allowed to pick and choose which of the 1,600 lesson plans they want – and it’s quite popular among smaller school districts.
“For us, CSCOPE is a lifesaver,” Dina Webb, director of curriculum in Lackland, told the San Antonio Express. “We don’t mandate how teachers use it and certainly, as a military district, wouldn’t teach anything anti-American. But we certainly don’t have the money or staff to be able to write new curriculum every time the state standards change.”
But critics – including some state lawmakers – believe the curriculum is anti-American.
“It’s amazing that when you all called our Founding Fathers terrorists, in Texas, that you thought that wasn’t going to cause problems,” said Sen. Dan Patrick, a member of the senate education committee.
Texas State Sen. Larry Taylor said he was especially disturbed by lessons that tried to equate the Boston Tea Party to the 9-11 terrorists….
Of particular concern was a lesson that required students to design a socialist or communist flag. Here’s the assignment students were given:
“Notice socialist/communist nations use symbolism on their flags representing various aspects of their economic system. Imagine a new socialist nation is creating a flag and you have been put in charge of creating a flag. Use symbolism to represent aspects of socialism/communism on your flag. What kind of symbolism/colors would you use?”
Texas Lawmakers Blast ‘Anti-American’, ‘Anti-Christian’ Curriculum (Fox News Radio)