Texas School Teaches Boston Tea Party as An Act of Terrorism

I could imagine this being taught in Vermont or Massachusetts, but I was surprised to see it happening in Texas.

I was thinking it would have to be Austin, but Houston is a very liberal city also:

The most historical instance of protesting against taxation without representation is now being taught in Texas schools as a terrorist act.

As recently as January of this year, the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative included a lesson plan that depicted the Boston Tea Party, an event that helped ignite the American Revolution, as an act of terrorism. TheBlaze reports that in a lesson promoted on the TESCCC site as recently as January, a world history/social studies class plan depicted the Boston Tea Party as being anything but patriotic, causing many people to become upset with the lack of transparency and review for lessons.

Here’s what The Blaze wrote:

Here’s an excerpt from a Texas school system’s World History / Social Studies lesson plan. It purports to be helping teachers become more efficient, but many people are upset with the content of the lesson and the lack of parental review. In this specific instance, teachers are instructed to read the story to their classes as if it were a news report that had just happened within the past hour:

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.

Later in the curriculum, teachers are instructed to reveal to students that the event described above the historic Boston Tea Party. Here’s a screen capture from the actual lesson and what should be done after the story is read:

Texas Schools Teaching The Boston Tea Party Was Terrorism

Image: Screen capture CSCOPE’s website

For the record, this lesson comes from a non-profit group called CSCOPE.

What is the point?  Why would you, as an educator, want to refer to the men who carried out the Boston Tea Party as terrorists?

I have my thoughts, but I’m curious what you think.  Tell me in the comments.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000208338061 Ryan Marshall

    re education camp

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1087629791 Woodrow Hunter

    Just make it up as you go.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=672733906 Patti DelSoldato

    I say impeach her and get this over with I’m seek of the threats, either impeach the Miss I don’t know or keep her, it’s that easy…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=759104973 James D Lewallen

    Don’t kneejerk react — every conflict has two sides. Seriously, if people did such activities today, what would you label it? At the very least it would be considered vandalism if not a terrorist act! It’s a perspective activity to generate students thinking and discussion… Read the entire activity before jumping to conclusions…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000508585287 George Morris

    More communistic brain washing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1798286175 Gregg Mcphedrain

    Tx where the book companies rewrite history for liberal leaning teachers nationwide lololik or r xtra stupid

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1510262520 Monti Estle

    Seriously? That is BS.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1522119892 Sue Caughey Losier

    Well, lets change history too while we’re at it. Changing everything else in this country!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=593847893 Rachelle Thompson

    oh geez

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326724303 Harry Kavalary

    More liberal propaganda!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000114036734 Terry Allen

    Can anyone see the forest or are the trees blocking your view??

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=530358789 Richard Hodom

    That’s because they don’t know history to be able teach it…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1172594099 Citizen Major Ret Gordie

    Can’t WAIT to see them spin the Texas revolution like this….
    Maybe they can introduce that lesson plan somewhere all together fitting and proper… I don’t know…. like say the ALAMO!
    I’m sure it would be well recieved

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1338364213 Kendra Ussery

    Morons like this are the reason I’m not pushing my kids to attend college. I’m not paying (or paying more than an illegals child) for some liberal hack to brainwash my kids with filth like this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1004268077 John Fannin


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001115381313 Steve Smith

    taken literally it would’ve been an act against Britain…not necessarily terrorism…terrorism is the systematic use of terror, often violent, especially as a means of coercion…i don’t remember reading about any violence that ensued…oh wait…The Revolutionary War…*smh*

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1335930861 Benjamin Pratt


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000788750728 Sean French

    “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”…. Sounds like the OWS Movement.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000017338761 Dale Nye

    Seems schools do not know the difference between terrorism and revolution. There is a difference people

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=778670363 Justin Coffey


    ter·ror·ism/ˈtɛrəˌrɪzəm/ Show Spelled [ter-uh-riz-uhm] Show IPA
    1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
    2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.

    Apparently, school textbooks need to learn what words mean.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1455153769 Patrick Mitchell

    I hate it because it was such a prominent act in our country’s history but by today’s standards, it would be called an act of terror. (Or the reaction to a video).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1370679927 Todd Baker

    Shouldn’t surprise anyone, they are gov schools after all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001097807536 Daron Pond Jr

    Thats just wrong. Here it comes our nation trying to change our history to something it’s not. Just so future generations will be more easily controlled and persuaded.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000157092262 Howard Fernsler

    Why don’t we just let the liberals rewrite the history books. I’m sure in the next four years they will attempt that. Make the Peanut Farmer the best President ever. Make Vietnam the Republicans fault, etc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1255068505 Aaron J. Seery

    I’m sure the pansy ass British were terrified though. We dont really know the way people felt at that particular time. Maybe they thought it was a bunch of crazy Indians as a result of the French and Indian War. As long as it is being taught. Definition of TERRORISM

    : the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1255068505 Aaron J. Seery

    Its first use was in 1795

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1017759816 Valerie Mayleben

    So, who do we report them to — the liberal court judges?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1321850899 Nathan Baxter Simar


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=572199426 Ray Simpson

    It WAS terrorism. Domestic terrorism. A deliberate act intended to subvert the government. Put yourself in the times instead of using hindsight. If that happened today it would be considered an act of terror.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000886415723 Jessie Riggs

    NOT defending the school, but to the Brits and the the East India Company it probably was…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1744455022 Susan Littlefield

    they all need to be fired,, Im sick of people rewriting history.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001097807536 Daron Pond Jr

    Yeah and to the Brits what Gandhi did was also an act of terrorism, but when people attack a us embassy on the anniversary of 911, we say it’s not terrorism.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000048146934 Ken Jacobs

    They are re-writing the future of this country too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1836748515 Gwen Saunders Hennessee

    Someone needs to ask Rick Perry why this is going on? It needs to be brought to his attention! It is high time the state governments start minding their employees. I can assure you, as a teacher, I would refuse to teach that garbage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001175222506 Debborah Pollard

    That’s Bullshit!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000376670470 Alfred L O’Connor

    What are they going to teach now? The KKK was just a men’s social club, or that the HOLOCAUST was a bbq gone wrong. Maybe they’ll teach that the commies are freedom fighters. Or that obumer is god.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000511482448 Bruce Dunn

    Which is worse; teaching false history, or teaching none. Depending on your State, either or both is possible..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1464699560 Wendell Sigers

    Government run schools are the breeding ground for freedom hating liberal, socialist sheep. Just all part of the master plan people. Destroy God in your country ,rewrite history to your liking. Brainwash the young and they win.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000096332962 Rebecca Wade Guarino

    I’ve educated my children enough to know the truth and to speak out when needed

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1082294548 Pat McNees

    What’s next? A picture of MAObama on every text book.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326815164 James Damron

    This is why we must get the unions and the federal government out of our public schools.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=655798340 Tommy Holly


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1164853998 Fred Stewart

    read this last week and was completely sickened. We have become the empire teaching our children that those who fought for freedom are now considered terrorists

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1534446285 Diane Hood Vergara

    Wow. One more reason my child will not attend public school.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1242537868 Stephen Tenhet

    I’m sure to the British and Colonial Royalists felt that way. The choice of words and the reasons behind the characterization is the story here. Terrorism has a definite meaning – usually involving coercion by force.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1510262520 Monti Estle

    What’s next? Abraham Lincoln commited treason? Our founding fathers were terrorist leaders and treasonists? It wouldn’t surprise me at all if that starts hitting the new history books.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1281416430 Micah Culver

    I love how that’s terrorism but yet what happened in Benghazi was a response to a cartoon. What is wrong with these people?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=736483499 Claudia Branham

    Parents, better teach your child at home these days.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002027430988 Debby R Odom


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000206173937 Edward Optional Yeo

    Terrorism-The use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.
    I don