CSCOPE World History Islamic Propaganda-1

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The content of CSCOPE lessons are not monitored by anyone for content that aligns with
values set by the State Board of Education.

Lessons from CSCOPE World History includes incorrect information about Muslems and
the Islamic religion.

 

CSCOPE World History Unit 4b Lesson 1

Background Information: This is what CSCOPE is teaching to your children.

 “Interaction is the process of mutual or reciprocal action or influence, in this particular case, between religions. During the Middle Ages (600 AD through 1450 AD) in Africa and Asia, established religions and newly founded religions interacted in many ways. The historical origins of Islam and Sikhism are introduced in this lesson.”

“With the birth of Islam in or around 570 AD, a new dynamic to religious influence and interaction was added. The spread of Islam under Muhammad (founder of Islam) began to extend through most of the Arabian Peninsula. By about 750 AD, Islam had spread as far east as the Indus River, and north to the Caspian Sea, into North Africa and into Europe. In Europe, the spread of Islam primarily affected Spain located on the Iberian Peninsula.”

“Conquered people were permitted to practice their own religion, but they had to pay a tax. It is also noted that many Christians and Jews served as scholars and officials.”

“An extensive trading network was established within the regions conquered by Muslims and included routes between Europe, Asia and North Africa. With trade followed cultural blending which led to achievements in the arts and sciences. It is well documented that Greek works and manuscripts were collected by Islamic scholars and translated to Arabic. They did the same with Indian manuscripts. This was referred to as the translation movement. As a consequence, math and science flourished and helped to bring about a Golden Age to many of the regions belonging to the Muslim Empire.”

“Trade played an important role in the exchange and blending of cultures. One can see the Islamic influence in the architecture found throughout the regions they conquered.”

This following paragraph from the CSCOPE lesson background information is not accurate, it does not relate to the TEKS listed for the lesson.

[Although Sikhism was not founded until 1469, this religion is integrated into this unit and lesson because the focus for this lesson is primarily about religious interactions and diffusion. Sikhism is the fifth largest world religion, and was founded in 1469 by Guru Nanak in South Asia at the age of 27. Its core beliefs were shaped by Guru Nanak and his nine successors during the 16th and 17th centuries, making Sikhism the youngest of the world’s major religions.]

Christianity and Judaism are part of the listed TEKS. But neight religion is discussed. Instead the following note is given in the instructions:

It is important to note that Christianity and Judaism have been introduced and studied prior to this lesson. See the units and lessons listed below to reference Christianity and Judaism:
Unit 1, Lesson 2, Unit 3, Lesson 2, Unit 4A, Lesson 1 NOT TRUE

CSCOPE World History Unit 4b Lesson 3

 A. Islamic References

http://islam.uga.edu/history.html

General Characteristics of Islam

http://www.barkati.net/english/

Islam was destined to become a world religion and to create a civilization which stretched from one end of the globe to the other. Already during the early Muslim caliphates, first the Arabs, then the Persians and later the Turks set about to create classical Islamic civilization. Later, in the 13th century, both Africa and India became great centers of Islamic civilization and soon thereafter Muslim kingdoms were established in the Malay-Indonesian world while Chinese Muslims flourished throughout China.

Age of the Caliphs

B. Islamic Content in World History Unit 4b Lesson 3

 

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  1. Scott Klump says:

    Your true colors have already bleed all over these webpages, regardless of how to try to spin it. Critical thinking skills are the last thing your ilk want Texas students to do! More people of reason scare you!

  2. Michael says:

    Al, In recent times, I have heard America was never a Christian nation. Now with that being the case, I think Christianity should be taught also. It is a custom / way of life for some people. Yet people like you, want it erased from civilization. Believe it or not their are still people whom know very little to nothing of Christianity. If you try to say otherwise, that would make this a christian nation. If that does, then we should have the right to tell those who disagree, to take their religion else where. We are Americans, freedom of religion has been one of the corner stones of our country. To have some foreign people move here to live a better life, then try to change our laws, to fit around their religion and way of life. In order to have the laws fit them, we would have to forfeit the constitution. In prisons they no longer serve pork. why? Because the muslim offenders have won law suits. They can not eat anything that may have come into contact with pork. Only way to prevent that is to eliminate pork. In England the muslims are fighting for halal meat only. No, there is no conforming there.

  3. As an educator who has used CSCOPE, I am disapointed that there has been a reactionary backlash towards this resource for teachers. Not everything is an Obama conspiracy to make children into muslims, or communists. I am disturbed by both Shirley and Janice by their comments about Obama and sharia replacing the constitution. By those statements, do they really have any credibility in regards to curriculum when they believe that nonsense? From teaching World History, US History, and World Geography using CSCOPE, I know for a fact that my students received an in-depth education that was not slanted in any direction, other than learning about human interactions(social studies). Isn’t the point of Social Studies to help us learn about one another in hopes of creating a better future, through understanding?

    • Janice VanCleave says:

      Dave,
      I have read enough of the CSCOPE social studies lessons to know that it is very biased toward Islamic studies–Anti-American lessons–
      Children are being taught socialism via the CSCOPE lessons.

  4. Dora Smith says:

    I’m not getting it. All of the above is historically correct. What does Ms. Vancleave or whoever want them to teach – that Moslems are and always have been hateful and evil? That would be bigotry. But I’d not be surprised if she considers any other view anti-Christian and anti-American.

  5. I would love for science to be taught. All the religions would then be seen for what they are – mythology. Studying other religions or cultures doesn’t mean that you are pro anything but proknowledge.

    • Leroy,
      Science is my absolute passion. But the more I learn the more questions I have. My
      thoughts are that God, Jesus Christ, gave us a brain to puzzle over His creation.
      This is my faith. It is what I want my children and grandchildren to be taught, but
      not at school. Our local school that reads the Bible and prays doesn’t exist any more.
      That is ok. But it is not ok to teach children what I believe or any other faith.
      Thanks for commenting. Janice

  6. Chev Chelios says:

    It’s obvious to me that al, greg, and michael are most likely muslims with arabic-type real names and use generic american-sounding names in a pathetic attempt to defend the CSCOPE bs curriculum. I support everything you are doing Janice and I hope you can totally eradicate the poisonous joke that CSCOPE is from Texas schools.

  7. First, if CSCOPE is so innocuous as some of you suppose, why all the secrecy? Why the circumventing the SBOE? I personally know of SBOE members who could not even see the cirriculum until prolonged periods of persistence to get the information. Second, the initial CSCOPE Islamic powerpoint has students READING passages from the Koran to the effect that “Allah is the only God” etc. I cannot begin to imagine the outrage from one segment of our society if students were actually, as a part of approved cirriculum in class, to READ passages from the Bible. Indeed, when objections were brought about these matters, the next step was for the program producers to “update” the information with later powerpoints and then berate the parents and teachers who were concerned by saying, “You have been misled” while feeding them the “updated” version. That is deception and dishonesty.

  8. Which information above on Islam and Sikhism is incorrect? Do you have references to correct historical information? Or are you opposed to information on and tenants of Islam and Sikhism being taught to students at all?

    None of this information seems out of line with what I learned in public schools in Oklahoma in the late 70s and 80s except perhaps the CSCOPE material seems to go more in-depth. Since I have traveled more extensively in my adult life, and interacted more with Muslims and Sikh living in the neighborhoods in which I have lived, I can see value in learning more about other cultures as part of the base social studies curriculum.

    Cheers,
    Michael

    • Michael,
      I will answer your questions later in an article. I am busy now preparing for more meeting with state senators–parents- etc.. needing more information so that CSCOPE will not be the framework for Obama’s Common Core standards. Our superintendents are working with the state education service centers in an effort to defy the governor and hijack our schools by implementing the CSCOPE framework and then filling it with common core.

    • Well said Michael. I only wish there were more of you who have the strength of character to realize that learning about others does not mean you are sacrificing any part of being an American or whatever nutty things these people seem to thing.

      • How about we first work on teaching children how to read and write and do math. Please read some of the other articles about CSCOPE so you understand that the problem is more than being pro-Islamic.

  9. shirley vanderau says:

    I am so glad I found this site..I checked the list of schools and I thank God that my daughters school is not complying with this program. This is a way for them to promote Shariah in the US and to replace our Constitution. I will not comply..I want to do more to help..I have sent this link to many friends of mine who are teachers and getting the word out.

    • Thank you so very much. We need all the help we can get.
      Sincerely,
      Janice VanCleave

      I will be glad when we get CSCOPE out of our Texas schools so I can get back to sharing science with kids =parents=teachers==All educators.

    • Do you even know what Sharia law is, or are you just purging what Rush and Fox News tells you to think? Islam = evil, Christian = good – is that right? What an overly simplistic and scary world view you seem to subscribe to.

      • Greg,
        I have a very basic understanding of Sharia Law because I do not spend my time studying other religions. You are not understanding the purpose of this website—-Texas Education Patriots is the name of the group that contributes to the material on this website. Yes, we are Christians. I have polled the group about Rush and Fox News, but I support both–most of the time. Politics and religion is really not the objective for this site. Instead, we want to remove CSCOPE from our schools. The Texas senate education committee had a hearing about CSCOPE Jan. 31, 2013 and found enough evidence that warrants an investigation of the CSCOPE instruction material as well as the people selling it.
        Greg, Religion is the responsibility of parents. CSCOPE lessons are proselytizing the Islamic religion. As far as judging groups as being evil or good—not part of the objective. We do not want religion taught in our schools. We want children to learn to read, write, do math, learn science and lots of other things. We want teachers to have the freedom to be creative. We do not want teachers to all being robots doing the same thing in every class across the state.

        • Social studies is distinctly for the purpose of learning about customs and cultures foreign to our own. It’s ludicrous to object to the teaching of facts. The real reason that some people want their children to remain ignorant is because knowledge will eventually cause them to challenge the ignorance and blatant lies that have been passed down from their parents.
          Some parents don’t want notion of racial superiority challenged. Some parents don’t want their idea of American national superiority challenged. Some don’t want their kids to challenge the Word of Faith doctrine that Christians are superior, chosen people. In some cases, it’s all three. Imagine that. Bury history. Bury the notion that we should learn about other cultures. Stay in the dark where we are free to love Jesus and unquestioningly follow the rules which we are presented. Live in a world where the notion of superior, white, Christian America can do no wrong and will never be challenged. That’s the real goal behind the suppression of CSCOPE.

          • The only problem I see in the whole picture is the teaching of any religion in school, even from a historical standpoint. I am neither Islamic, Muslim, nor Christian. I believe in the old ways. Are there references to that religion for history purposes, NO. The separation between church and state is for all religions. That should be the focus of removing this particular curriculum instead of all of this mudslinging back and forth.

        • Janice,
          I applaud your efforts in fighting CSCOPE. Clearly, your motives are noble and for the greater good. I will do anything I need to and everything I can to make sure CSCOPE is done away with. Thank you for all you are doing.

          • Texas Education Service Centers are at the bottom of all of this. Contact your senator and representative and request that the ESCs not be allowed to sell any products. This will put a stop to CSCOPE and will not allow them to create any future materials.

            Also ask your state senator to find out why the groups Texas Association of School Administrators and Texas Association of School Boards. TASA and TASB are being financed with school taxes and why these groups are investigating ways to implement the Obama common core curriculum in our Texas Schools.

            Ask your representative to support Rep. Drew Springer HB 158 for family values.

      • Greg,
        As a mother of a soon to be kindergartener, I feel it is MY job and MY place ONLY to educate my daughter on issues relating to religion and political leaning. I do not think the public school system is in place to enlighten my child on cultural/social values and issues. I want the priority of TEACHING our children the basic skills they need to be independent, successful, productive contributors to the world to find its way back to our public school system. READING, WRITING, MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE – how can anyone argue with that?

        • No argument from me.

          Texas Education Service Centers are at the bottom of all of this. Contact your senator and representative and request that the ESCs not be allowed to sell any products. This will put a stop to CSCOPE and will not allow them to create any future materials.

          Also ask your state senator to find out why the groups Texas Association of School Administrators and Texas Association of School Boards. TASA and TASB are being financed with school taxes and why these groups are investigating ways to implement the Obama common core curriculum in our Texas Schools.

          Ask your representative to support Rep. Drew Springer HB 158 for family values.

      • For Al and Greg who commented before me. Click these links and look at the pictures and read the articles. Then you will understand.

        http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/03/honor-killing-islams-gruesome-gallery.html

        http://www.thereligionofpeace.com

        http://www.frontpagemag.com

  10. Above it is stated, “Christianity and Judaism are part of the listed TEKS. But neight religion is discussed. Instead the following note is given in the instructions:

    It is important to note that Christianity and Judaism have been introduced and studied prior to this lesson. See the units and lessons listed below to reference Christianity and Judaism:”

    I’d like to know the dates these lessons were taught.

    Best regards,
    Dodi Jensen, Owner/Publisher
    River Talk News

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