The Texas Education Service Centers are responsible for the creation of the controversial CSCOPE instruction material in Texas public schools. But it is the Texas public school administrators who must take full responsibility for purchasing CSCOPE and forcing teachers to use it.
The biggest defense of CSCOPE is that it is aligned with the Texas State Standards called TEKS.
Can CSCOPE be aligned with the TEKS and teach kids Anti-American, pro-Islamic, anti-Christian lessons? Can CSCOPE be aligned with the TEKS and teach kids to be disrespectful to their parents and authority figures, to question the intent of our forefathers in writing the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence?
Following is a news coverage of reading material for kids K-5 that according to school administrators is aligned with the state common core standards. My point is that being aligned with state standards does not put a stamp of approval on any curriculum material. For example, there science TEKS at different grade levels about reflection of light. Does the Smithville ISD include these TEKS to defend the Muslim book now being read by Smithville students that includes a description of light reflecting off of a young boy’s penis. The book in question is part of an on going study promoted by the Smithville ISD, the public library and who ever is footing the bill for this community Muslim Culture program with some of its meetings at the Smithville high school. What do you think, could a community Muslim Culture program that starts in the fall of 2013 and is ongoing through the spring of 2014 be considered a bit biased? Know that the Smithville librarian was asked if other cultures would receive the same representation and the answer was no.
EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. – A Common Core-aligned reading assignment for third-graders in the East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania school district is raising concerns with parents and school officials.
In the story – “Goldilocks and the Cops” – young students are presented with a different take on the familiar fable in which the poor innocent Goldilocks gets busted for breaking and entering the bears’ home. Police then give her and her mother the third-degree, the Pocono Record reports.
“When police arrived, they handcuffed that naughty Goldilocks and marched her up to her front door,” the Record quotes from the story.
When Goldilocks’ mother asks what’s going on, she “got an earful about how her daughter deserved to be in jail” for her crimes and bad behavior. Goldilocks, described by the narrator as a “crazy girl,” is ultimately grounded for a year.
East Stroudsburg parent Miguel Velez complained to school officials when his 8-year-old son presented him with the Goldilocks homework assignment, specifically because he believes it’s offensive to police and includes inappropriate language, the Record reports.
Note that Texas parents have been kept in the dark about inappropriate CSCOPE materials being taught to their children for years. This is because the Texas State Agencies, called Education Service Centers responsible for CSCOPE did not allow the material to be taken home to parents, nor shown to parents who visited classrooms. Now that these agencies are being forced to reveal the content of the CSCOPE lessons, only edited lessons are made public. You will find unedited CSCOPE lessons and assessments on this website as well as on www.redhotconservative.com
Former police officer and local school board member Ronald Bradley also told the news site he believes the story’s depiction of police is negative.
“I think that the story, within itself, had a total disrespect for parenting,” said Velez, who was “utterly disgusted by it.”
Velez raised his concerns with state Rep. Rosemary Brown, school officials and other parents at Resica Elementary, his son’s school.
Resica principal Gail Kulick told the reporter she reviewed the story before it was implemented for the first time this year as material aligned with the national Common Core standards. She defended the material as relevant and appropriate for third-graders. The material is supposed to be for grades K-5, she said.
“They arrested her because, in the story, she broke in and she vandalized, which is breaking the law,” Kulick told the Record. “It’s trying to make (students) more aware, because a lot of kids don’t realize that their decisions and their actions can actually impact the rest of their lives.”
Next week, Rip Van Winkle gets busted for public intoxication and loitering.