On the first day of school, starting August 26 for all students in the area, there was to be new curriculum that replaced the abandoned CSCOPE leased by at least 175 school districts across the state of Texas.
Teachers in the WFISD area spent a major portion of the summer writing their own curriculum after CSCOPE lessons were roundly criticized during the 2012-13 school year by Texas State Board of Education members and Sen. Dan Patrick, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, promptly worked with the CSCOPE directors who got rid of all lessons from the CSCOPE product in May.
What were the main problems of CSCOPE?
- This type of curriculum was not approved by TEA
- It had no lesson plans made for special needs students.
- In their study of the U.S. Bill of Rights was represented falsely.
- CSCOPE was represented falsely by its owner.
This public school curriculum which the Wichita Falls School Board accepted for children in the local school system taught what the Koran was and how a student could’ve changed from her family’s religion to Islam, according to Ms. Levy.
There was also a passage where students learned in American History that the patriots of the American Revolution were “terrorists” and not patriots at all.
Any time anything was misrepresented was a violation of the ninth commandment:
Exodus 20:17 (KJV) Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor,
Even though teachers had a short time to write their own fall curriculum, WFISD’s superintendent Dr. John Frossard remarked at how amazed he was at the teachers ability in achieving so much in such a short time frame. Some of the things the teachers were looking at were available to parents online.
KFDX Channel 3 said August 14 that all of the curriculum was not completed, but they were able to get through the fall semester without hiring substitute teachers to fill in while they finish setting up the curriculum. Today the headlines read that they were ready but not all the information was available on line to parents beyond the first six weeks just yet. Transparency was what the parents and the teachers wanted for local area students, something that was sorely lacking with CSCOPE.
What had not been stressed was that the rewritten curriculum remained untested so it was not known whether this would’ve worked either but Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV) said:
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Among the biggest problems with the CSCOPE curriculum was that in wasn’t transparent. It felt as if Big Brother was still watching. The good news was, the school system in Wichita Falls adopted a new curriculum in which teachers spent the majority of the summer training and learning about it. Both parents and teachers liked this better then the old system. Nothing was misrepresented, which meant the ninth commandment remained in tact. It didn’t have wide gaps in learning or leave parents questioning what was taught in the classroom. While not everything was accessible to parents online, classes were to start on August 26.