Texas mom says son’s quiz suggests U.S. to blame for 9/11.
A south Texas mom is upset her fifth grader was given a quiz suggesting the U.S. was to blame for 9/11.
The quiz was administered by a teacher at Flour Bluff ISD. It included a question asking why the U.S. may be a target for terrorism. The teacher's correct answer was "decisions made by the U.S. have had negative effects on people elsewhere." Corpus Christi parent Kara Sands was so infuriated with it; she posted the quiz on Facebook.
“I love my country and teach my children to love our country and be proud to be Americans,” Sands tells KTRH News. “And I’m not going to have someone tell them anything else, or that we she be ashamed or feel bad.”
While Sands is upset with the teacher and district, she puts most of the blame on Texas’ CSCOPE program, saying it forces these lesson plans on both teachers and students.
“Part of it is this anti-oil and natural gas, pro green energy,” she says. “I go through all the worksheets and every lesson in science they throw in there about how natural gas is bad, well, we live in Texas.”
Texas parents are not alone however. A Massachusetts school has canceled its honors ceremony fearing it might upset kids who didn't make the grade, and a California district has approved gay and lesbian reading material.
This is why the Cato Institute's Neal McCluskey school choice would help eliminate such outrageous decisions.
“In the California example, those who support the move shouldn’t have to fight with other people to do it, and the people who don’t like it shouldn’t have to be forced to pay for it,” McCluskey says. “Even if that’s paying for state or local officials to say we recommend these books.”
McCluskey supports a voucher system being proposed in Texas which would allow parents to send their kid to whichever school they want.
“Connect the money in some way, it could be a tax credit or voucher, to families so they can choose schools that teach what they want their children to learn,” he says.
However, the charter school measure proposed in Texas already has been watered down ahead of hearings this week in Austin.