(A copy of this defense is shown at the bottom of this page. To view the CSCOPE Terrorists Lesson, see Terrorists by CSCOPE)
Donna Garner Responds
To put it succinctly, CSCOPE’s response regarding lesson content on the Boston Tea Party ( http://www.cscope.us/ ) basically verifies two things:
(1) The Boston Tea Party excerpt was definitely a part of the curriculum through 2011-12, and it is clear what the excerpt said. It does not matter whether it was an optional lesson or not. It was in the CSCOPE curriculum and was available for the students to study, and whether or not CSCOPE tries to deny it, this statement does demonstrate a clear “special interest agenda.” — World History, Unit 12:
Although no one was injured in the attack, a large quantity of merchandise, considered to be valuable to its owners and loathsome to the perpetrators, was destroyed. The terrorists, dressed in disguise and apparently intoxicated, were able to escape into the night with the help of local citizens who harbor these fugitives and conceal their identities from the authorities.
It is believed that the terrorist attack was a response to the policies enacted by the occupying country’s government. Even stronger policies are anticipated by the local citizens.
(2) The above Boston Tea Party material was still in CSCOPE in the 2011-12 school year (archived or not it was still available to teachers) which is well after the new Social Studies TEKS became law on 5.21.10. I thought one of the big selling points for digitized instructional materials such as CSCOPE is that the material will always stay current! Evidently this is not the case with CSCOPE.
I don’t think the CSCOPE Communication does much to clear CSCOPE’s reputation. They can throw their “fallacious” jabs around all they want to, but that does not change the facts.
Vilifying the people who are simply sharing the facts is a favorite trick of those who have been “caught with their hands in the cookie jar,” and I believe the CSCOPE personnel have cookie crumbs all over their hands!
A copy of the CSCOPE explanation