Wichita Falls, Texas mother Eileen Levy is concerned that someday her little girl willl come to her in church and say that their pastor had it all wrong about who God was, according to Ms. Levy. Ms. Levy is concerned she will have to then ask her little girl where she got that information.
"Because in school I learned Allah is God! Our preacher is wrong!" her daughter might say to her.
Understandably concerned about what she has heard about the CSCOPE curriculum, Ms. Levy did some investigating and has now become concerned that when her daughter enters the school system she will be taught that Allah is God and reject her own church's teachings because of the public school curriculum called CSCOPE.
This North Texas community of 105,000 has been rocked as word has spread of some of the secret content of this teaching program. Often referred to as a link in the Bible Belt, and with many churches available the idea that doctrines are being taught in the public schools that undermines what their churches teach is causing quite a stir in this normally peaceful city.
A conscientious parent, Ms. Levy took the next step and tried to find out about this mysterious creature called CSCOPE. What she found was beyond her worst fears.
This public school curriculum which the Wichita Falls School Board has approved for our children explains what the Koran is and how a student may convert from her family's religion to Islam, according to Ms. Levy.
There is also a passage where students have been taught in recent years that the patriots of the American Revolution were "terrorists" and not patriots at all.
Ms.Levy has done some checking around and found out the City View School District rejected CSCOPE from its curriculum.
In defense of the Wichita Falls School Board, Ms. Levy said she believes they took the word of the school administration when they rubber-stamped approval of the CSCOPE curriculum without actually reading it contents.
Ms. Levy is not the type of parent to sit idly by and let the bureaucracy roll over her and her children's education. She wrote a letter to the Wichita Falls Times Record News newspaper which was published in the Wednesday, March 13 edition (yesterday).
Her letter is under the heading "Just say no". It's an interesting read on page 4B of the paper if a person still has it handy.
Several concerned citizens have expressed their belief this program came in under the radar because it was initiated by a nonprofit organization.
Ms. Levy says scores of students in Wichita Falls schools have fallen since the implementation of this creature called CSCOPE. In her letter she says in pertinent part, "The fact that there are admittedly, major flaws in CSCOPE (as test scores reflect, among other things) requires you to show leadership and look elsewhere for a better program for our children. I urge the WFISD School Board to vote against the renewal of CSCOPE. Just say 'Nope' to CSCOPE is how she finishes her letter."
Yet another article in yesterday's Wichita Falls Times Record News newspaper bannered across the top of page one reads as follow: "MSU doesn't train for CSCOPE."
In the article Ann Works quotes Matthew Capps, dean of Midwestern State University's West College of Education as saying, "MSU education professors aren't talking to their students about CSCOPE's inadequate delivery style or its limitations because, like Capps, they stilll haven't seen the online curriculum and don't have any information about it."
The people behind CSCOPE have so far been successful in keeping a blanket of secrecy covering their creation. Capps also said, "When CSCOPE first started we wanted access. There wasn't an avenue at that time, and there still isn't."
This front page article from yesterday's paper is also worthy of being read for those who want to find out more about CSCOPE.
Ms. Levy is generous enough to provide information regarding CSCOPE to anyone who wants to contact her at 940-631-7732. She is urging concerned citizens to contact school board members and encourage them to vote against renewing the contract with CSCOPE this year.
It appears this will be a turbulent year for the education system in this strong Christian community which feels its values are under attack by its own school system.
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