CSCOPE is A Sinking Ship! Don’t Let It Take Your Child’s Education Down With It.
The following is written by a teacher….
This makes the amazing point that the whole point of purchasing CSCOPE is to have alignment, and since the spiral curriculum is completely destroyed (my conclusion) in CSCOPE…there is NO alignment! It destroys the very thing that it purports to sell to school districts.
Putting the high school and middle school social studies content aside, I’d like to comment on the total lack of continuity of skills that exists between subject areas at the elementary level.
It’s very apparent in CSCOPE that exemplar lesson writers of social studies are not aware of what the math TEKS are for a certain grade level.
One social studies lesson in Grade 3 asks the students to set up a budget. That’s a cool lesson, except the exemplar lessons asks the students to determine a suitable tax rate as it relates to a monthly income. Percentages are not taught in 3rd grade.
Another social studies lesson asks the students to set up a business, another cool idea, but the exemplar lesson wants the students to convert ounces to cups to pints to quarts to gallons. Then arrive at the cost of a cup of lemonade based on how many cups they will sell, etc. Again, these are not 3rd grade Math TEKS.
Similar expectations are placed on 2nd and 1st graders within social studies where students are required to perform ELAR TEKS within the lessons that are not grade level TEKS.
When school districts are required to follow the exemplar lessons to the letter, these expectations are not only developmentally inappropriate, they are breaking the cardinal rule of CSCOPE–STAY IN YOUR LANE (per the VAD).
I know there are issues with textbooks not being “rigorous” enough, but at least the writers of those “dinosaurs” recognize the importance of developmentally appropriate cross- curricular activities.
Following Comment by Janice VanCleave
1. CSCOPE is not for students.
2. CSCOPE is not a resource material for students.
3. CSCOPE has only handouts that teachers can make copies of for students.
4. CSCOPE has no rigorous content because CSCOPE has no content for students.
WE can Stop CSCOPE!! Let’s Flood Austin With Letters.