Billie Gorham, Bukburnett
I want to say a resounding “atta girl” to Ann Work for her perseverance in getting to the truth about CSCOPE — the curriculum that was forced on teachers and students without any checks from anyone at the state or district level.
The teachers have been fighting this for four or five years, but were told to sign an oath of confidentiality and use the curriculum or they would lose their jobs. No one outside the school system was allowed to review CSCOPE.
To illustrate: Last week the Texas Senate Education Committee had a hearing on CSCOPE. Sen. Patrick said he found it highly upsetting that it had taken the chair of the Texas State Board of Education six months to get a password to CSCOPE.
Some of the lessons mentioned at the hearing were: a lesson teaching the Five 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.
Teachers with whom I spoke said that aside from the many errors and indoctrination, there were inconsistencies in sequence.
There were lessons taught in elementary that should have been in junior high and vice versa.
Many times the students were taught concepts for which they had no background knowledge, but teachers were observed to make sure that they were all on the same page, whether the students had learned the objectives or not. Many exceptional teachers quit or retired because of the intensive and often misleading lessons.
So, again, I salute Ann Work and the TRN for getting this information to the public.
Thanks also to a recent letter writer for pointing out so clearly the need for parental involvement in the schools to ensure our children are being taught the principles of freedom and the heritage of our nation, instead of the fundamental precepts of Islam and socialism.