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Texas Curriculum Attacks Christianity and Liberty, Critics Fight Back

By:  Alex Newman
02/11/2013
       
Texas Curriculum Attacks Christianity and Liberty, Critics Fight Back

A deeply controversial and secretive education curriculum system known as “CSCOPE,” used by more than two thirds of Texas schools, has come under heavy fire in recent weeks, with critics saying it promotes anti-Christian propaganda and so-called “progressive” values at odds with American traditions of liberty and self-government. Parents, teachers, experts, activists, and others were outraged. After lawmakers got involved, however, critics scored some partial victories against the program.

A deeply controversial and secretive education curriculum system known as “CSCOPE,” used by more than two thirds of Texas schools, has come under heavy fire in recent weeks, with critics saying it promotes anti-Christian propaganda and so-called “progressive” values at odds with American traditions of liberty and self-government. Parents, teachers, experts, activists, and others were outraged. After lawmakers got involved, however, critics scored some partial victories against the program.

According to analysts and even some teachers who were forced to adopt the dubious scheme, CSCOPE is essentially a “Marxist” curriculum being used to brainwash Texas students. In one “World History” lesson for “social studies” that has received quite a bit of criticism, for example, students are ordered to design a “new communist flag” based on the symbols used by socialist regimes around the world.

During that same lesson, students are given a handout entitled “New Systems of Economic Thinking” and subtitled “The Big Ideas Emerging in the 18th and 19th centuries." The deeply controversial document shows a man climbing up a set of stairs, with free enterprise and capitalism at the bottom described as an idea where “all people strive to fulfill their own needs and wants.”

The next step on the stairway is socialism at about the location where the upward-climbing man is located. Finally, at the very top comes communism, described in the handout as a system where "all people work together for everyone." Critics slammed the document as pro-communist indoctrination, noting that communism and self-styled communist regimes were responsible for hundreds of millions of innocents murdered in just the last century.

“We capitalist are selfish greedy people aren’t we?” wondered conservative activist Ginger Russell rhetorically in a piece exposing the controversial lesson plan touting communism and socialism while making the free enterprise system appear outdated and negative to impressionable students. “Cscope is all about portraying communism in a positive light and the free enterprise/capitalist system as a selfish economic system.”

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