Boston Tea Party Was Act Of Terrorism? Texas Public Schools Teaching New History Lesson
Some Texas parents are upset over a history lesson that depicts the Boston Tea Party as an act of terrorism.
The historical protest against taxation without representation will mark its 239th anniversary next month. But a report by The Blaze, a right-wing site started by Glenn Beck, reveals that as recently as this January, the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative included a lesson plan that portrays the Boston Tea Party as a non-patriotic act, instructing teachers to read a story to their students as a recent news report:
News report: New Act of Terrorism A local militia, believed to be a terrorist organization, attacked the property of private citizens today at our nation’s busiest port. Although no one was injured in the attack, a large quantity of merchandise, considered to be valuable to its owners and loathsome to the perpetrators, was destroyed. The terrorists, dressed in disguise and apparently intoxicated, were able to escape into the night with the help of local citizens who harbor these fugitives and conceal their identities from the authorities. It is believed that the terrorist attack was a response to the policies enacted by the occupying country’s government. Even stronger policies are anticipated by the local citizens.
The lesson plan then asks teachers to ask students if the event in the news report meets the definition of a terrorist attack, and whether the act is “from a previous time in our history.”
The lesson is a product of CSCOPE, a nonprofit offshoot of the Texas Education Service Centers of 20 media and “education service” centers established in 1965 across the state’s school districts, playing “an integral role in the provision of necessary and essential services to school districts and charter schools in the implementation of school reform and school improvement.” CSCOPE is reported to have received about $25 million in funding last year.