Texas public school curriculum is teaching students that "Allah
is the Almighty God," which is beginning to catch the attention of
critics. The creators of that curriculum, however, claim critics
are taking information out of context.
The private curriculum, CSCOPE, is being used in 70 percent of
K-12 public school classes. The "comprehensive, customized,
user-friendly curriculum support system" was developed by the Texas
Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative.
But critics like Ginger Russell, a member of the tea party, are
finding that the program teaches that "Allah alone is the Creator"
as fact, without any opposing viewpoint.
"They had a PowerPoint presentation on there on Islam, and it
did say that -- that 'Allah is the Almighty God,'" Russell
accounts. "It doesn't give any controversial view to it or disprove
In addition, portions of the Quran are handed out to accompany
the PowerPoint presentation, according to Russell.
"The lesson that went with this PowerPoint asked you to hand out
the verses of the Quran to the kids to go over," the critic
CSCOPE, which is independent of the Texas State Board of
Education, also teaches that the Boston Tea Party was carried out
by a band of terrorists and that the Second Amendment is limited to
But because the program operates outside the board of education,
public review of the content is not permitted. Even parents are
denied access to this online program.
CSCOPE claims that accusations its curriculum
promotes "Allah is the Almighty God" are inaccurate and "taken out
of context." As for the Boston Tea Party example, CSCOPE says the writer of that lesson -- which
is not part of the current curriculum -- meant to "engage students
with an activity on perspective over the topic of terrorism" and to
demonstrate "how an act of patriotism to Americans could be
perceived differently by an outside party ...."
Analysts say better retention policies are needed to stop the
trend that's kicking nearly 50 percent of educators who begin
teaching careers out of the profession within five years.