Not only were students encouraged to dress up in burqas in a world geography class, but they were also told to write an essay on a story in the Washington Post that blamed Egypt’s major issues on democracy and not the Muslim Brotherhood. They were also told to refer to Muslim terrorists as freedom fighters.
And apparently all this was based on a specific curriculum that favors Islam over other religions:
FOX NEWS – A Texas lawmaker is launching an investigation after a teacher reportedly invited female students to dress up in Islamic garb and told then told her classroom they should call Muslim terrorists – freedom fighters. …
The lesson on Islam was taught in a world geography class at Lumberton High School. The teacher brought burqas and other Islamic clothing for the female students to wear. They were also assigned to write an essay based on a Washington Post story that blamed Egypt’s troubles on democracy – instead of the Muslim Brotherhood.
“I am outraged,” one of the parents, who asked not to be identified, told Fox News. “I felt my blood pressure go through my head.” …
The parents said they confronted their daughter and told her to explain exactly what she had been taught.
“They were asked about their perception of Islam,” she said. “Most of the class said they thought about terrorism. And her response was, ‘we’re going to change the way we perceive Islam.’”
The teacher reportedly told the students that she did not necessarily agree with the lessons –but she was required to teach the material.
The Lumberton Independent School District released a statement to Fox News defending the class.
“The lesson that was offered focused on exposing students to world cultures, religions, customs and belief systems,” the statement read. “The lesson is not teaching a specific religion, and the students volunteered to wear the clothing.”
The school district said Judaism and Christianity were also part of the lesson. However, the parents said Christianity was not discussed in the classroom.
“The Christian perspective was not taught,” she said. “They went in-depth into Islam and I’m not comfortable with it.” …
Turns out, this Islamic lesson plan was part of some curriculum called CSCOPE that apparently favors Islam over other religions:
The parents said they immediately contacted the principal of the high school who defended the program and said it was required under CSCOPE – a controversial electronic curriculum system that provides online lesson plans for teachers.
“The principal told me it was world geography and they have to learn this stuff,” she said.
However, the school district said the lesson taught at the high school was not part of written CSCOPE lesson.
“This is the normal answer from every school using CSCOPE,” said Janice VanCleave, a vocal critic of the program and the founder of Texas CSCOPE Review. “They are definitely promoting the Islamic religion.”
VanCleave said the trouble is that teachers are not giving students the full story.
“They are not telling students how these young women are treated in this religion,” she told Fox News. “In the Islamic countries women are not treated well at all.”
Last month, evidence was presented at a state hearing showing that CSCOPE offered a number of lessons about Islam.
One particular lesson instructed teachers to provide classroom readings of selected texts from the Koran.
Students were also taught that Allah is God.
CSCOPE offered no comparable lessons on Christianity or Judaism, VanCleave told Fox News.
Also, here’s a note from Dave Bellow, an alumni of the Texas high school who was contacted by a resident with a student in the class. He writes:
I was contacted by a Lumberton resident with a student in this class, she said this Burqa incident was part of the regular CSCOPE lesson taught to the students and not just some extra curricular activity or student led project. The students were not forced to wear the Burqas, but the Burqas were there as part of the lesson and students were encouraged to try them on. That being said, it was confirmed that everything else being reported as happening in this Lumberton class is true, including the students being taught not to call a terrorist a terrorist and instead call them freedom fighters. This is outrageous!
Go read his full article here where he has more info on CSCOPE.