Political Activist: 'CSCOPE Must Die'


That’s a tweet this morning from one of the political activists who has helped organize the right-wing witch hunt against the CSCOPE curriculum management system. She absurdly claims that CSCOPE’s lessons (written by current and retired Texas teachers) are anti-American and are being used to indoctrinate kids into communism and Islam.

These activists are determined to destroy entirely a tool that hundreds of public school districts — nearly 80 percent of the districts in Texas — use to map out how to cover all of the complicated and unwieldy curriculum standards passed by the State Board of Education. Never mind what local school districts want. These irrational activists think local administrators and teachers simply can’t be trusted to do their jobs. Teachers need political overseers in Austin, you see. In fact, Sen. Dan Patrick, the Republican chairman of the Senate Education Committee, has even said he wants the state to monitor all online instructional materials. He has also threatened to report teachers to the Texas Attorney General’s Office if they choose to continue using CSCOPE lessons in their own classrooms. (What the Texas AG could actually do about that, other than harass teachers, is a mystery.)

The next time you hear tea party and other right-wing activists scream about their support for “local control,” don’t believe a word of it. They’re interested only in “control.”

5 thoughts on “Political Activist: 'CSCOPE Must Die'

  1. I dispute that such know-nothing ‘activists’ are looking for ‘control.’ Quite obviously, they want the education of Texas children to reflect their own personal paranoiac fantasies, but they want somebody else to do that for them. They’re too lazy, incompetent and personally, politically and professionally irresponsible to ever want to do what they want to have done. Such people should be locked outside at night where they can bay at the moon all they want — and where the javelinas can get at ’em easily.

  2. There will always be religious fanatics who think they are the chosen ones who will save the rest of us from evil. The problem is when an entire political party supports a few fanatics for political gain. The GOP must be held responsible for giving these people a legitimate platform that is even further right than the SBOE. The actions of the GOP clearly show they do not support public education. The majority of Texan’s do and must hold them accountable at the ballot box.

  3. This is getting beyond tiresome. An “American” version of the Taliban is not going to be accepted in this country, even Texas. Nevertheless, they keep pushing it — knowing that certain politicians will pick up and carry the water buckets, so to speak.

  4. I agree Rubin. This is the way I put it to my wife and friends:

    “Stop!!! Everyone stop what you are doing and listen!!! From now on there will be no counting. No one must ever say again: 1, 2,3,4, 5, 6,… It makes God very angry. Therefore, from this moment forward, we are imposing a tally ban on all peoples in this district.”