David K. Reed, Burkburnett
Although I have taught in a Christian school and in universities, I am not now a teacher, nor am I a parent of a child in one of our Federal schools.
If I were one of these, I would probably have a better pulpit than a letter to the editor provides. However, I am writing in an attempt to provoke parents to investigate what I consider a giant step backward in our children’s educations.
That step is the notorious curriculum our teachers are stuck with called CSCOPE. Although I know that many teachers are speaking out against the program, they do it quietly or jeopardize their jobs. I have talked to very few parents who even know it exists because of lack of transparency.
CSCOPE is a private venture under authority of the Texas Education Service Centers, and has no guidance from SBOE, the state educational watchdog. Textbooks are no longer used. SBOE has for decades been the watchdog for errors and misinformation in our textbooks.
I was privileged to serve on such a textbook review and found it fascinating. Our Texas legislators, in their wisdom, passed a law that schools could use digitized materials instead of books, opening the door for CSCOPE.
Parents, have you noticed that your child no longer brings books or homework so you may help him? Teachers signed a contract that they would not reveal content of CSCOPE to anyone, including (especially) parents. Much of the teaching is apparently done by the kiddos. A lot of misinformation has been taught including “Boston Tea Party activists were terrorists”, and “Islam is the true religion.” Also, “The 2nd amendment is limited to state run organizations.”
I appreciate the candid information published in TRN by Ann Work. She seemed to be supportive at first, but soon found incriminating facts that needed to be reported.
Parents, please, go to the website, txcscopereview.com/ for much more information from real teachers who want you to become involved in this crusade against your children. I really believe if you do this, you may want to become active in convincing your school boards to further investigate what they approved.
A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Minds of 70-80 percent of all Texas students may be wasted using an unproved, unapproved-by-state-leaders, non-transparent curriculum that parents have no access to. If you want your children to succeed in life, please investigate.