Blaming the US for 9/11 in the Lone Star State
Was the US to blame for 9/11? Yes, according to this lesson plan being taught in a Texan high school
Of all the countries that make up what is commonly referred to as ‘the West’, you might expect America to be one of the last to give in to self-loathing. More specifically, of all the states that make up the federation, you might pick Texas as one of the last-standing champions of ‘American exceptionalism’, making light work of 'liberal' outposts on either seaboard.
You might be surprised to learn then that the test shown below was taken by fifth-grade students at the Flour Bluff High School in the Lone Star State.
Take a look at question three. If you were sitting the test, you might be tempted to opt for C, however simplified it may be, as the best out of a limited range of answers.
Of course, you know where this is going, and yes, the ‘correct’ answer is: B. Decisions we made in the United States have had negative effects on people elsewhere.
Clearly, such a question is ill-suited to a multiple choice format, making it impossible to tackle the myriad nuances implicated.
But then this is the problem; why is this particular syllabus so keen to make the issue an open and shut case?
A look at the organisation behind the lesson plan is telling with the Blaze reporting that it is part of the CSCOPE curriculum system which “includes lessons asking students to design a flag for a ‘new socialist nation’”.
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