CSCOPE’s Pitiful Explanation

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CSCOPE Director Defends the CSCOPE Terrorists Lesson (http://www.cscope.us/)

(A copy of this defense is shown at the bottom of this page. To view the CSCOPE Terrorists Lesson, see Terrorists by CSCOPE)

 Donna Garner Responds

To put it succinctly, CSCOPE’s response regarding lesson content on the Boston Tea Party ( http://www.cscope.us/  ) basically verifies two things:

  (1) The Boston Tea Party excerpt was definitely a part of the curriculum through 2011-12, and it is clear what the excerpt said. It does not matter whether it was an optional lesson or not.  It was in the CSCOPE curriculum and was available for the students to study, and whether or not CSCOPE tries to deny it, this statement does demonstrate a clear “special interest agenda.” —  World History, Unit 12:

 

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.

 

  (2)  The above Boston Tea Party material was still in CSCOPE in the 2011-12 school year (archived or not it was still available to teachers) which is well after the new Social Studies TEKS became law on 5.21.10.  I thought one of the big selling points for digitized instructional materials such as CSCOPE is that the material will always stay current! Evidently this is not the case with CSCOPE.

  

I don’t think the CSCOPE Communication does much to clear CSCOPE’s reputation. They can throw their “fallacious” jabs around all they want to, but that does not change the facts.

 

Vilifying the people who are simply sharing the facts is a favorite trick of those who have been “caught with their hands in the cookie jar,” and I believe the CSCOPE personnel have  cookie crumbs all over their hands!

 

Donna Garner

Wgarner1@hot.rr.com

 

A copy of the CSCOPE explanation

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  1. I find nothing wrong, other than grammar with the Tea Party lesson. It’s obvious goal is to provoke critical thinking, provide a social learning experience in groups, and avoids spoon-feeding information and thinking down students.

    I applaud CSCOPE for attempting to engage students in using higher level thinking skills: making distinctions, applying specificity, arriving at analysis, drawing conclusions, making judgments, making connections to past and present historical events, comparing and contrasting…etc.

    Those who do not encourage this sort of teaching and learning…are the ones who want to dumb down and water down curriculums, making our students programed puppets of regurgitated peplum.

    Shame on the Tea Party!!!!!!

    • Janice VanCleave says:

      You said, “I applaud CSCOPE for attempting to engage students in using higher level thinking skills: making distinctions, applying specificity, arriving at analysis, drawing conclusions, making judgments, making connections to past and present historical events, comparing and contrasting…etc.”

      I challenge you to show me how the Boston Tea Party lessons does all this.
      Your comment is straight out of the ESCs promotion —- applying specificity? arriving at analysis? the lesson does little to none of this. SHOW ME!

  2. Here’s my analysis….. I KNOW, based on EXACTLY what this lesson states, that it is NOT IMPARTIAL and IS attempting to plant in the minds of children, much too young btw, that the Boston Tea Party Patriots WERE INDEED TO BE CONSIDERED TERRORISTS. What leads me to that “analysis”, you ask? Very, VERY SIMPLE…..while it WOULD be justifiable for the “NEWS REPORT” to call them a “terrorist organization”—-it WAS the point of view of England, after all; the lesson plan that follows is UNEQUIVOCALLY, INEXCUSABLY, UNJUSTIFIABLE RHETORIC(the attempt to inform, PERSUADE, or motivate particular audiences). COMPLETELY INEXCUSABLE!!!!!!!!!! What rhetoric, you ask? THIS: “Give the groups a few minutes to discuss who they think THE TERRORIST GROUPS IS…” First of all, HORRIBLE GRAMMAR!!!! Should be “ARE”, and if it was an IMPARTIAL lesson, it WOULD HAVE said “the ALLEGED terrorist groups”. YES, THE OMISSION OF THAT ONE LITTLE WORD REVEALS, CLEAR AS A BELL, the TRUE MOTIVATION of this lesson! Same think for the next bullet point, as well, no matter how hard C-SCOPE’s “fallacious” jabs are….

    I was in the classroom for 13 years(public school), an assistant principal for 7 years(public school), twice National Board Certified instructor, and am currently working on my dissertation for my doctorate…. This lesson IS unmitigated, socialist CRAP, forgive the word, but not only is the lesson completely INEXCUSABLE, the explanation from the company is absurd in the extreme!

  3. Steffani Jones says:

    CSCOPE can justify anyway that they want. It does not matter when you put the lesson in as to the year, it is still not appropriate to compare our Founding Fathers and the quest for freedom to that of terrorists. I don’t think most people think of our Founding Fathers as terrorists.

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