A Texas mom is furious after discovering that her son’s school is teaching students that the United States is partly to blame for the 9/11 terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people.
Kara Sands, of Corpus Christi, Texas, took to her Facebook and posted photos of the test administered by Flour Bluff Intermediate School. The test reportedly covered content in a video fifth-grade students watched in class.
Of all the questions about the 9/11 attacks, Sands was most disturbed by question three:
“Why might the United States be a target for terrorism?” The answer? “Decisions we made in the United States have had negative effects on people elsewhere.”
The school was using the stunningly controversial lesson, a part of Safari Montage, to supplement the controversial CSCOPE curriculum system that has come under fire recently, Sands told TheBlaze. CSCOPE also includes lessons asking students to design a flag for a “new socialist nation” and calls the Boston Tea Party an “act of terrorism.”
“I’m not going to justify radical terrorists by saying we did anything to deserve that — over 3,000 people died,” Sands told KRIS-TV.
The irate mother immediately contacted her son’s principal and teacher and set up meetings with them. The school then reached out to the video’s distributor, Safari Montage.
“Representatives say they stand behind the video, but have already changed the corresponding quiz that may have caused confusion,” according to the report.
Sands told TheBlaze that the principal of Flour Bluff Intermediate School said that Safari Montage was being used to supplement the CSCOPE system. Mason Moses, the public information officer for the Texas System of Education Service Centers, told TheBlaze that CSCOPE is not affiliated with Safari Montage.
Another worksheet on the Bill of Rights apparently names food and medicine as “rights,” not a personal responsibility, according to Sands. She said her son’s answer was falsely marked wrong because he labeled food and medicine as the latter.
As a Texas parent, Sands said she is very concerned about what CSCOPE is teaching children. But the Flour Bluff Independent School District released a statement defending the use of CSCOPE.
Several parents are reportedly planning to bring the issue up during the next school board meeting on March 28 and Sands is encouraging more parents to get involved.
“When I teach my children that you have to work hard and you have to earn a living and they go to school and learn something different I absolutely take issue with that,” she added.
Read TheBlaze’s most recent report on CSCOPE, here.
UPDATE: Mason Moses, the public information officer for the Texas System of Education Service Centers, told TheBlaze in an email on Friday that any assertion that the test is tied to CSCOPE is “entirely false.”
“This test has never been apart of CSCOPE and we have never had any type of relationship with Safari Montage. Safari Montage is not a vendor who has ever been associated with CSCOPE, therefore it is not possible for their material to be aligned with CSCOPE…The truth is we did not develop it and have never seen it,” he wrote.
However, regardless of whether or not the test was affiliated with CSCOPE in some way does not change the fact that the test was given to 5th-grade students in Corpus Christie, Texas. The school district discontinued use of the test after the controversy erupted.
TheBlaze is investigating further and will follow up on this story.
(H/T: Fox Nation)
This story has been updated.