So Where Are They?

by Dan Quinn

For months Tea partyers and other assorted activists on the right have attacked the developers of the CSCOPE curriculum management system for supposedly doing their work in secrecy. They’ve screamed that parents and taxpayers are kept in the dark while the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC) writes lessons that (allegedly) indoctrinate students into Marxism and Islam and undermine patriotism and Christianity. They’ve demanded that light be shined upon the evil TESCCC and its Marxist/Islamist/Jesus-hating Texas teachers.

So the TESCCC, which comprises the 20 Education Service Centers set up by the state in the 1960s, started holding public meetings. Today was the fourth. The collaborative has even posted meeting notices online, as Texas law requires of open meetings held by elected and other governmental bodies. Here’s what the meeting room looked like today:


There’s nobody behind the camera either. The only people in the meeting room were personnel from the Education Service Centers. In fact, the other three meetings have been almost as empty, with just four individuals — in total — showing up to offer any comments to the TESCCC staff.

The anti-CSCOPE witch hunt has largely been the project of a handful of vocal political activists. Right-wing media outlets like World Net Daily, pressure groups like Americans for Prosperity-Texas, entertainers like Glenn Beck and politicians like state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, have helped expand the reach of those activists.

Those activists are very good at distorting the materials in CSCOPE and getting people riled up. We hear that they’re taking their anti-CSCOPE road show to another Tea party meeting on Friday out in West Texas. But they can’t be bothered to show up at the public meetings they demanded that the TESCCC hold. Well, maybe they’re just too busy. After all, shamefully smearing the work and reputations of Texas teachers takes some effort.

The Texas Freedom Network will attend the meeting of the State Board of Education‘s special CSCOPE review committee on Thursday in Dallas. So rest assured — somebody is watching. Very closely.