Say No to Tweeting

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Our 20 tax funded state groups , erroneously called Texas Education Service Centers (ESCs), are attacking Texas education from another direction.

While everyone is busy debating CSCOPE Lessons, the ESCs are busy as bees putting another program into your public schools—SOCIAL NETWORKING.

Tweeting was the description of bird sounds in the past. But “tweeting” has a new meaning in what is being called “21st Century Technology.” Tweeting and facebooking are both forms of social media. Are they bad? No! Are they educational? UMMM! Let me say that the bad certainly can out weight the good. There are so many fantastic ways to use technology in schools to benefit education. Unfortunately, our Texas Education Service Centers have not wisely used the grant money provided to develop educational technology for students. CSCOPE is an online instruction program, but it has ZERO innovative student technology activities. Assigning students projects they have to find information to solve online is not what I consider innovative nor is tweeting.

Schools that have class wikis introduce social interaction between class members. Interaction between other schools is also possible but it is all under the watchful eye of instructors. In the past one could depend on instructors to provide examples for students, but in this 21st Century parents cannot depend on anything. But, with wikis, parents have access to the class site and have more knowledge of what is being taught and the interaction between the students as well as the interaction between students and instructors. This goes against the “freedom” being promoted by progressive education.

Our 21st Century progressive technology condemns traditional educator where the instructor is in charge of the class. Instead, student led instruction with teachers as the mentors-pals? Following are tweets from a Texas Public School Teacher. After her tweets were posted on a website, she edited them. Unfortunately, students follow and read this teacher’s tweets. Yes, they have a class “Twitter” which is open to the public. This means anyone from any place in the world can correspond with the students.

I vote NO to the ESCs installing the technology for tweeting. Even kinder kids will be tweeting. Will the teacher in the tweets on this link or someone with comparable social ethics be teaching your children? 


Cathy Moak is the Education Technical Director at ESC, Region 6. Following is an example of the social networking called “Tweeting.” But as the name implies, Tweeting and Facebooking are SOCIAL activities. Everything posted on Twitter and Facebook are for the world to read. There will be no control over what students say.

Social Media Moak

Like the comment Ms. Moak made about someone she does not agree with. Is this type of social development you want taught to your children.

Too often negative remarks between teens escalate. Safety in schools is already a problem, why add an element that is known to be problematic


The ESCs do not promote quality education. The ESCs promote technology. Implementing CSCOPE set the framework for online curriculum, which now, via ESC technology directors, such as Cathy Moak, St

How will social media in our schools improve education? Following is an example of a “Tweet,” which is a comment on social media that can read around the world. An ESC directors of social media is universally calling someone an idiot.  Plus, this director is negatively attacking a product, PREZI, not sold by the ESCs. If this is social networking, I vote no to having it in our public schools. The ESCs have promoted textbooks as not being 21st Century education and social networking is.

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Ms. Moak’s comments pale in comparison to the “tweets” made by a Texas Public School teacher. examples tweets you can expect your children to be reading can be found on the following link.

Kids will have wireless online capabilities in our public schools at the expense of tax payers. No textbooks, but they will be able to tweet. How will this affect education? It could positively affect grades if students are allowed to social network they would be able to share information. How will social networking affect student education?

Why do the ESCs want students being part of the social network? Why is Microsoft paying lobbyists, such as Thomas Ratliff to support online curriculum, such as CSCOPE? Have you noticed that there is more emphases on educational technology than education? Even CSCOPE is advertised as being an innovative technology product? What does CSCOPE teach about innovative technology? NOTHING.

Note: The content of the following link contain vulgar  statements made by a Texas Public School Teacher. 



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  1. Sonja Williams says:


    Thank you for your response. There are a couple of things I feel compelled to address from your statements.

    First, I truly do have materials and certificates from workshops which provided these services you say do not exist. This is an incorrect and prejudicial, broad-sweeping statement you have made that discredits your cause.

    Second, you say:
    “The New ESC Motto for you and all teachers is:
    Don’t be a Sage on a Stage
    Be a Guide on the Side
    Teachers are to be facilitators with students teaching each other.”

    This is not an ESC “motto” or promotional statement coined by those groups. This is a pedagogical technique that has been around since the time of Socrates. It’s meant to promote critical thinking, which again, absolutely amazes me that you – as a scientist and educator – can contest. It’s not a black and white scenario, and I believe you’ve taken it out of context. It simply implies that teachers do not capture the hearts and minds of young people by turning a classroom into a teacher-promoting, “it’s all about me” performance. If students are not working and using their brains, they are simply being entertained. Brain studies teach educators to understand how a child learns. If you want the teacher to be the omniscient “sage on the stage,” then you could sit a kid in front of a TV with an educational video and get the same effect. Yes, I want to be known as a wise instructor and mentor to my students, but if I’m the ONLY one in my classroom working hard, my kids aren’t learning. I DO want to be their guide. That’s a teacher’s job. The classroom is NOT my stage, and you wouldn’t want it to be. A good pedagogical instruction involves a variety of learning techniques including some lecture, but the majority should be just like in a science classroom – hands-on and explorative. I guide my students to the desired outcomes, but if I’m the only one experiencing the content, those poor students learn NOTHING.

    Honestly, this concept is EXACTLY what coaches do. They teach the content, and then they expect the athletes to practice and use the skills in simulated scenarios. They practice and practice until they are comfortable with the right way to get to the desired outcomes. It’s the same thing. That’s why I don’t think you and your daughter – who throws this misconstrued statement into the faces of teachers as well – understand its depth.

    CScope was not meant to be a truly stand-alone curriculum. There are some districts who misused the product. That is unfortunate and common. However, you don’t ditch the entire thing because of it. There are some good materials.

    Finally, I do understand your concerns about technology and CScope. I have never proclaimed to think that it was the best solution to all education problems in Texas. However, there are parts of the program that have demanded improvements in schools. For that, I have to be thankful for the progress. If you truly believe that your “agenda is to allow teachers, such as yourself to be able to have the freedom to teach,” then you would not feel the need to go against something with such vehemence and rhetoric. If you and your followers want teachers to have this freedom, then provide factual statements with credible evidence minus the name-calling and punitive tactics against them.

    Sonja Williams

  2. Sonja Williams says:

    Ms. VanCleave,

    You and I both know this comment will probably never make it (at least in its original form) on to your site, but I have to say it. I don’t know you, and I don’t know Ms. Moak, but I did follow the original conversation and saw the original Tweet before it was edited by either party. In the past, one thing I have trusted scientists to do is to be truthful and objective. Your slanted commentaries and boorish tactics are sad attempts to persuade people who aren’t as educated – or perhaps as “informed” is a better word – than you.

    As a teacher who has never been a fan of MOST of the CScope lessons, I began to do my research to get to the bottom of this debate. I wanted to understand the issue. You have so blatantly distorted the facts surrounding it that I no longer think I can believe anything you, or anyone connected to you, say or print. You may originally have had some wonderful questions, but it’s all become so perverse and cruel. My heart prays that you can get past your anger and malicious attacks and once again be able to support the truth in education; I hope that one day you can actually become the advocate for children you once were. However, your consistent, intentional deceptions will push more people away from your cause.

    Do people really believe such lines as “The ESCs do not promote quality education?” You said you don’t want ESCs “installing technology?” So, are you seriously saying you don’t want technology in schools? This “21st Century” learning that you’ve discouraged so heavily to your trusting, but often misinformed following, has more to do with the world we live in than the “evil” so-called “plot” behind CScope. Furthermore, would you rather have schools ignore the workplace demands and throw our young people into the world unprepared for what they encounter? If so, you have more of a problem with the TEKS than the service centers or the consultants who bust their backsides trying to help the school professionals keep up with state requirements. That’s what you should be taking to Senator Patrick about. However, making the connection to technology and the root of all evil is simply misleading and one of the oldest manipulative and persuasive techniques there is.

    I just can’t believe people are falling for this. And I can’t believe you’ve allowed yourself to become so embittered, so heavily entrenched in this deceptive web of lies, that you’ve betrayed any sort of reputable contributions you have made as a former educator.

    People trust you, Ms. VanCleave. These well-intentioned, good –hearted people of Texas are listening to you and just want to do what is best for their kids. And you are completely misconstruing anything you can to push the agenda. It’s sickening. And you called the Llano teachers – who simply stand up for their rights – “lemmings?” That is disrespectful.

    • Janice VanCleave says:

      There are wonderful ESC Staffers, but they have basically become pawns. The ESC group that created CSCOPE need to be removed. This same ESC Group and they include people from all 20 ESCs, are misusing the grant money given to them. You as a teacher are being cheated. Yes, there are good consultants at the ESCs.

      I don’t agree with you and my agenda is to allow teachers, such as yourself to be able to have the freedom to teach.

      The New ESC Motto for you and all teachers is:

      Don’t be a Sage on a Stage
      Be a Guide on the Side

      Teachers are to be facilitators with students teaching each other.

      I am going to suggest that this same teaching philosophy be used by football and other coaches of competitive sports.
      With this teaching philosophy, the need for sage (wise, informed) educators is no longer needed. There is no need for
      a head coach with special skills, such as the Baylor Women’s Basketball coach. Kids know how to play basketball and can
      teach each other while the coach facilitates from the side-line.

      No, I do not want twitter and other social networking installed in our public schools.
      Take a look around at the different schools and see how many computers are in the classrooms.
      Even CSCOPE–the innovative technology instruction material has absolutely ZERO technology applications for students.
      CSCOPE being an innovative technology ends at its being accessed by teachers via the web. Then it it is up to the
      teacher to spend hours at the copy machine making black and white paper copies of CSCOPE fill in the blank “worksheets.”
      CSCOPE is a regression in technology.

      Workplace demands? As an ELAR educator, you know that CSCOPE doesn’t promote the basics for teaching kids to read and write.
      The grades on the STAAR back this up. The errors on the science CSCOPE lessons and CSCOPE assessments contribute to poor STAAR science tests.

      Yes, computer science is absolutely necessary. But, social media–not a workplace requirement.
      Obviously I support computer science–I am using a computer to write this. I taught myself how to set up a website, but prefer writing
      science activities instead of learning all the bells and whistles for web designing. So, I hire someone to do some parts. I had students in
      the early 80s when the Comodor computer was available. No aps. People were learning the language required to write programs. One of my students
      taught how to write a simple physics program. I enjoyed it,but do not want to write computer programs. Yes, every student needs to know how
      to use a computer–but not for socializing. They need a Sage Teacher to provide instructions, not a “guide on the side” that tweets instructions.