Cscope, Islam, Women and Sex

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Cscope High School World History

 Religions Interact (4B Lesson 1)

Texas High School students in over 80% of Texas Schools are taught under a curriculum called Cscope.  Cscope is riddled with controversy and contains links that are inappropriate  content dealing with  Islamic Women and Sex.

Are you children in a Cscope School where they teach this lesson ? Check  HERE. 


Social Studies

Unit: 04B

The link leads to a website where students can choose from topics in the menu. Under the topic “Community Engagement”, this is what the choices include:

Click each to view PDF:

Module Guide 1: The American Muslim Experience 
Module Guide 2: Islam: Beliefs and Practices 
Module Guide 3: Muhammad’s Example in Action 
Module Guide 4: Women and Islam


Under Women and Islam, here is an excerpt: (There is no mention of mistreatment of women other than the misinterpretation of the Qur’an as copied below.)

What challenges do the women featured in the clips face as Muslims and how do they meet those challenges? How do their challenges differ from the challenges faced by Muslim men? Do their challenges differ from women who are not Muslim? If so, how?

Thinking About Sexuality

What do the women portrayed in these film clips think Islam teaches about sexuality? How are their thoughts similar or dissimilar to your own ideas about sexuality?

 For further discussion:

Harlina Halizah: “I don’t think it is fair to say that Islam restricts your sexual desire. . . .

It is more directing it toward a more purposeful kind of life.” What are your beliefs

about expressions of sexual desire and what factors shape those beliefs?


 Some Muslim women have explained that covering one’s body is freeing because it prevents others from making them into sexual objects. Others have described such modesty requirements as restrictive and sexist because they are based on the assumption that women need to be obscured so as not to arouse male desire. What do you think Nadia Bazzy and her family believe about hijab? Note: The American Muslim Experience module contains more material on hijab, including comments from an American Muslim woman who has chosen not to wearhijab.


Thinking About Gender Relations  

What do these Muslim women think Islam teaches about gender relations? How is this similar or dissimilar to your own ideas about appropriate gender relations?

For further discussion: Harlina Halizah asked for her husband’s permission to become a specialist in obstetrics. To Halizah, is this an example of subservience or partnership?

Harlina Halizah: “I don’t need to be liberated. I was born a free person.”

Do you agree? What would you define as the criteria for being “liberated”?

Zainah Anwar: “We found that it is not Islam that discriminates against women, it is not the verses in the Qur’an, it is the way that these verses have been interpreted by men, living in patriarchal societies who wish to maintain their dominance, and their superiority and control over women.” How is what Anwar describes similar to the approach taken by feminists in other religions, such as Christianity and Judaism?Under Islam, Beliefs and Practices:

The purpose of this module is to review a sampling of the basic tenets of Islam, so you may want to ask people to note everything they learn about Islam as they view the films. Here is what they’ll hear in the module:

• The five central tenets of Islam are: declaring faith, giving to charity, fasting, pilgrimage to Mecca, and prayer. Muslims are called to help immigrants, feed the hungry, spread peace, and do devotional practice.

• Muslims believe that all people are connected to one another and responsible for one another.

• Women should put their family first, but that does not preclude them from working outside the home.

• Islam values cleanliness.

Which groups of non-Muslims, you might ask which, if any, of these concepts are new or surprising. With Muslims, you may want to ask if they thought the clips accurately reflected their understanding of their faith. For some people, providing basic information will be an appropriate and useful starting point.

Before viewing the films, it may help to familiarize people with terms included in the module: Definitions are available on



Exploring Cultural Differences 

 Wolfe summarizes Muhammad’s teachings, saying, “He tells them to be good to each other, and not to violate each other’s rights. For men and women to treat each other humanely. . .” These are universal values that most people living in the West would also proclaim. So when Ayatollah Hadavi and Imam Rahman talk about American ways or Western ideology as being counter to Islamic values, what do you think they mean? Which things in American culture may seem to be in conflict with Islamic principles? What are the things in American culture that might not differ much from Islamic principles?

Note: More information on this topic appears in the module Muhammad’s Example in Action.

Imam Mustafa Rahman’s chalets provide an intersection of cultures. Tourists who don’t follow an Islamic dress code cross paths with Muslim villagers. What allows for this peaceful co-existence? How does the Imam reconcile his business with his personal faith?

Part of Muslim faith is to reach out to the poor and to those who are not Muslim. Najah Bazzy takes a group of kids to work in a soup kitchen because she believes that charitable work and helping non-Muslims are core precepts of Islam. How might you reach out to help people beyond the confines of your own religious group or neighborhood?

The man who is studying to become a Catholic deacon and is reaching beyond the confines of his group to support the work of the soup kitchen admits that he once knew little about Islam and judged Islam by its most stereotypical or extreme representatives. What might you do to ensure that your community has access to accurate information about Islam? What might you do to involve Muslims in community and interfaith charitable projects?



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  1. Does it teach about Aisha, Mohammed’s 9 year old wife? He said it was good to have her before first blood.

  2. You know, it’s funny…I looked up the curriculum for the high school world history/social studies (Yes, you can have access to the curriculum, and I’m not even a Texas school parent) and the information I saw about the Middle East talks about the impact of Islam on the local relationships, and it talks about the rise of Terrorism, it separates each of the major players (PLO, Iran, Al Qaeda), it discusses that the Taliban was censured for the human rights violations against women, etc. Hardly pro-Islamic, by any standard of the phrase.

    • Debbie,
      Please send the link to the CSCOPE lessons your are evaluating. No one in Texas has access to them.

  3. For Wililam and others who don’t understand why we don’t want COMMON CORE, CSCOPE from United Nations AGENDA 21 indoctrinating our children. Read it all and look at the pictures. Then you will understand.

  4. Texas Teacher says:

    Studying Religion is studying History.

  5. Wow! So now the children can practice Islamism instead of Christianity, Why can’t they wear and study clothes worn in “Jesus’s time”, and learn about Christianity too! If the so-called teacher’s can make the students wear Burka clothes, then the teacher’s can also make the students wear Christian clothing. Why have’nt the teacher’s been teaching Christianity then? Where’s the clothing for that and where’s the essay for that? This Nation was founded in Christianity not other religions, teach appropriate education not terrorists.
    Double standards again taught in our American Schools how ignorant can the District be, insulting our very Constitutional Laws! Ignoring the edification of GODS LAWS not mans laws and traditions. Christianity isn’t a religion it’s a reality!!! Laws of Liberty’s our standard is our Flag flown for Liberty and Justice for all. Not entitlements. Shame on all of you teacher’s. Shame on you District!

  6. I don´t see the problem? Social studies about Islam? Thats exactly what i read above. seems to me that this site just can´t accept that it´s about another fairtale religon than christianity and from what I can gather you don´t want children and teeangers to learn anything about a different religion.
    Just let the US kids continue to be the laughing stock of the worl, stupid, ignorant, closeminded morons who never travel and think that the US is the world. Stop whining about China and the EU taking over americas role in the world when you ruin your future by turning your children into moronic biggots.

    • You see William, it’s not the fact that its about Islam, rather the fact that the material is off course. However, American History as it should be taught lay’s silent due to agenda’s and personal opinions. I’ll stop there, but I wish to make a point. It is the lack of an accurate set of courses and the Government (who can’t take care of themselves, much less attempt to do so for others) stepping in and trying to control their “training camps”, commonly called public schools. Teachers should be able to do what they were trained and educated to do. TEACH! Which brings me to my conclusion, and build on the referenced post prior to your’s. Capital I on line two, Capital S to begin your sentences, it’s fairytale not fairtale, capital C in Christianity and a comma to separate the sentence structure….. Should I continue? If you’re going to make a statement, and wish to leave an impression. May I suggest an English and Grammar course?

      • Since you are the grammar expert: it should be “yours” not your’s”

        • Your comment is funny. ME the grammar expert? I am the one that told my book editor that I thought a box of grammar marks should be listed at the front of each book so people could pick them out if needed. Actually, I do appreciate all the help that I can get with grammar –spelling –etc.
          The problem is that if the grammar and spelling check doesn’t catch my errors they get posted. Please know that I am the only one monitoring this website. I respond to comments, write articles etc…… So please forgive me if I have grammar errors.

    • Sumtin Tusae says:

      William, it’s the way in which these “Studies” are conveyed to the student. The way things are worded. Search Google for “civilization jihad pdf” and it may help shed some light on why this is happening in the US. No, we are not all stupid iphone addicted Americans. I am sure your country has it’s share of stereotypes as well. As for Islam, Youtube has plenty of bloody beheading videos, honor killing, and weapon/bomb wielding children to view. What other religion currently does these things? It’s not just a small number, we are talking millions that support Sharia. (Egypt has now become a fine example) The ones you encounter in the USA and other places where they are still a minority behave moderately and/or perform “taqqiyah” or “kitman”.

  7. I’m sorry. Which “subject” would this be in? I’m lost here. Is this supposed to be “history?” “Geography?” With all the facts and knowledge to be learned in this world, we are spending time on “learning” this? I could understand if this was a socio-political discussion on the Middle East, including history of the region and its interaction with America. But this is “social studies,” not any REAL subject. This is why our kids are getting dumber. They’re not LEARNING anything. They’re being asked their OPINION on everything. Like they’re little experts in life. This is modern education at its finest. WE are the smart ones. WE have the life experiences. WE are to be transmitting knowledge to them. THEY are not experts at ANYTHING. UGH. This makes me furious. :o)

    • Cathy,
      Many of the social studies lessons–history–geography, etc….. have website links and/or student handouts that make reference to something about Muslims, Islam, etc… CSCOPE lessons are very pro-Islamic.

    • I don’t see the problem with presenting other religious viewpoints and asking children to think critically. The idea of Social Studies teaches children about the WORLD around them and why differences exist. These lessons ask leading questions to help children draw their own conclusions and are exercises in critical thinking.

      To say this teaches “nothing” is a silly argument. The reason so many countries are ahead of the U.S. in education is partially due to our schools’ failures in teaching them to think and not just memorize and regurgitate facts as answers on some test.

      I would focus our arguments on something other than this seeming to be trivial knowledge or propaganda, as its extremely important our children grow up learning about other viewpoints…or they’ll just waste their time complaining about these differences on web forums.

      • Critical thinking is “”the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action”

        How is this subject doing that? Where is the other side to evaluate? Where is the reasoning? This is not critical thinking. This is one-sided. If you want to engender critical thinking skills, you MUST give information, not feel-good diatribes that fill us with cotton candy happiness and no substance.

        There is no discussion here about genital mutilation, women’s roles in the society (many women are dying or being arrested because they want the right to vote, lead, teach), sharia law, and much much more.

  8. Vanessa Foster says:

    I am not liking what I am seeing with this curriculum. I just found out that our school district is using this, therefore I will be sitting in class with my 3rd grader to see what she is learning! If all this is accurate, she will go to private school or be home schooled! The only way I found out was a teacher privately emailed me about this, otherwise I knew nothing about it! Why wasnt parents notified of this change??? Very upset and I will be attending our school board meeting next week!!

    • We need educators to give parents clues about different grades and subjects. In other words, what should a 3rd grader be studying in math? In Science? Etc….

      I have a form letter you can use to request CSCOPE lessons from your superintendent.

      1. Ask your superintendent what other curriculums were considered and why CSCOPE was considered the best.
      2. Ask if the teachers had any input into selecting the CSCOPE instruction material.
      3. Ask if text books are being used. If not, find out why. If the term rigor comes up, please ask for specific examples. This term is thrown around and never really defined.
      4. Ask your superintendent if school tax money is being spent to pay for his/her membership fees to the state association of school administrators (TASA) as well as for conferences. If so, how much is paid each year? Some districts are paying tens of thousands of dollars to TASA every year.
      5. Ask if your superintendent plans to attend the national school administration conference in Feb. 2013 to find out more about Common Core, the standards Gov. Perry does not want to use in Texas Schools. If so, your superintendent has made a pledge to go against the state education system and implement the federal common core standards. This means the federal government will take over and control your schools.

    • 1. Because they don’t care what you think. They forgot they’re public servants.

      2. There is an agenda to make your children disconnect from you.

      I vote “homeschool.”


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