by Jon Williams
We first brought you the story of Lumberton ISD’s use of the CSCOPE curriculum after the photo of female students in Burqas (Islamic Dress) went viral.
While there is nothing wrong in and of itself in play-acting and wearing costumes of those in different cultures, we discovered that the CSCOPE curriculum went further in its endorsement of the Islamic faith, degraded the Christian and Jewish faiths, and even called the men to flew the planes into the World Trade Center Buildings, the Pentagon, and Shanksville on September 11th, 2001 “Freedom Fighters” while simultaneously labeling the men who threw tea overboard in the Boston Harbor’s “Tea Party” as terrorists. It seemed Orwellian in nature to this Texan, and I wanted to get it disseminated out to as many Texans as possible, whether they agreed or not.
I was called names by some. I was even told that I was experiencing cognitive dissonance over my inability to understand other cultures. (Even though I’ve lived several years overseas and amongst their culture and even have Jordanian, Iraqi, and Afghani hats which I wear in TEXAS in the worst El Paso dust storms – hey! Arabs do know what they are doing when it comes to blowing sand!) 🙂
However, what I always came back to was that this type of revisionist thinking, alternative history, and thought experimentation may be fine for the halls of universities, but in our high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools, let’s stick to the facts. Let’s leave the Islamic dogma in Riyadh and let’s teach our students how to read, write, and do long division. Let’s debate the serial comma, not the Quran at the dinner table.
Off my soapbox and on to my point…
Two nights ago, the school board at Lumberton ISD convened a special commission to look at ridding itself of the CSCOPE curriculum. Perhaps it’s tired of the controversy. Perhaps it’s seen the light. No matter the reason, I’d like to think that we had something to do with that.
The readers, followers, and fans of I Am A Texan and You Know You’re a Texan When can give yourselves a big pat on the back. You’ve made a big difference in the lives of young impressionable minds in our great state.
I Am A Texan.