Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is running for governor of the Lone Star State, recently vowed to protect the education system in his state by driving a stake through the heart of CSCOPE. During an interview with Bob Price of Texas GOP Vote, Abbott said that "his goal is to make Texas first in the country in education."
Abbott's promise to "drive a stake through CSCOPE" is significant in the battle over who controls the education system. CSCOPE is a controversial plan introduced into the Texas education system which included a lesson that taught students that the patriots of the Boston Tea Party during the American Revolution were terrorists. That's correct. The CSCOPE lesson didn't say that Al Qaeda was a terrorist organization. Instead it labeled Americans who were fighting for independence from the King of England as terrorists.
CSCOPE has also been criticized for denying parents of the students access to lesson plans which are at the heart of the polarizing curriculum. Exactly why the program has been shrouded in secrecy from its inception has been another question concerned parents across the Lone Star State have been asking.
CSCOPE has also been heavily criticized for incorrectly being portrayed as a charitable organization, which it is not. The fact that Abbott went on the record to state that he is opposed to not only CSCOPE, but also its sister organization Common Core, shows that he is on the right side of the education debate.
During his interview with Price, Abbott further said, "My wife has been both a teacher and a principal, and we've seen the powerful effect that education can have in the life of a child. You can take a child who through education can go on and achieve things their parents couldn't even dream of, and Texas has to do a better job of educating our next generation."
It was later in the interview he addressed his adamant opposition to CSCOPE and Common Core infiltrating the Texas school system, saying, "In the coming years, Common Core is not going to become an issue because as governor, I am not going to allow Common Core in Texas. CSCOPE, I will drive a stake through the heart of CSCOPE and ensure that neither CSCOPE nor Common Core have any level of threat or viability in the state of Texas. I know that principals, teachers, parents, here in the state of Texas know far more how to educate our students than do these bureaucrats in Washington, D.C."
Another criticism many parents across Texas have had is that CSCOPE does not provide textbooks for students to study.
The fact that Abbott is willing to stand up to the forces who are attempting to foist this inferior product on our children shows that if elected he will do great things for Texas children.
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