Texas Lesson Plan Instructs Students to Design Flags for a ‘New Socialist Nation’

February 5, 2013

A curriculum system used across the state of Texas reportedly includes a lesson plan for 6th graders instructing students to create a flag for a "new socialist nation" using "symbolism to represent aspects of socialism/communism."

The following was taken from the CSCOPE curriculum lesson plan: "Notice socialist/communist nations use symbolism on their flags representing various aspects of their economic system. Imagine a new socialist nation is creating a flag and you have been put in charge of creating a flag. Use symbolism to represent aspects of socialism/communism on your flag. What kind of symbolism/colors would you use?"

Upon discovering the controversial material, members of the Texas Senate Education Committee grilled the creators of the CSCOPE curriculum system in a hearing on Thursday.

Several witnesses testified before the committee and accused the program of promoting far-left, anti-Christian values while others called the program openly socialist, the Star-Telegram reports. Other critics said it is difficult for non-teachers to review the program.

"Discontent is rampant across the state," said Peggy Venable, the Texas director of Americans for Prosperity.

Wade Lebay, director of state CSCOPE at the Region 13 Education Service Center in Austin, defended the program and its content.

"It's built by teachers, designed by teachers and that's what's powerful about CSCOPE," Lebay said.

In regards to the assignment asking students to create a flag for a new socialist nation, first-term Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) asked whether the assignment makes it appear that "we're sympathizing with those types of countries."

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