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Some Texas Parents Fuming Over Teaching Socialism, Communism
Some Texans are ticked off over a plan to teach children about communism and socialism in high school history classes.
It asks students to draw a flag for a new socialist nation.
"I don't give a rats behind who it's for. The fact that they're doing this to young impressionable minds is inexcusable," said state rep. Steve Toth.
It's a lesson in learning that's become a teachable moment in Texas.
"This stuff is in the classroom, our kids are exposed to it," added Toth.
Toth is revved up over this CSCOPE lesson plan. The two-page exercise asks high school students to create a flag for a new socialist nation.
"We're asking children to become sympathetic via this role playing of communism and socialism which has taken the lives of countless millions," said Toth.
The CSCOPE curriculum is developed by the Texas Education Service Center and does not have to be approved by the State Board of Education. School districts decide if they want to purchase the program and have complete control over its use.
"Teachers decide how they would like to use these in the classrooms and if they'd like to use these in the classroom," said Spokesman Mason Moses.
According to CSCOPE, the curriculum is in 875 districts and reaches about 34 percent of all students. Participating districts pay $7 per student for use of the curriculum.
At least one Texas moms doesn't find any harm in the lesson plan.
"It wouldn't bother me. It's historical, so no," said Carlie Brandt.
But grassroots groups -- like Texas Americans for Prosperity -- say there are plenty of parents who are peeved.
"I think a lot of Texans would take exception to that," said Director Peggy Venable.
She's fighting to get the controversial CSCOPE lesson plan thrown in the trash.
Meanwhile, Rep. Toth has filed house bill 760. If passed, the bill would force "e-learning" programs -- like CSCOPE -- to be publicly vetted and approved by the State Board of Education. The controversial lesson plan is being reviewed by CSCOPE directors.
By Alex Boyer