TASA’s Hostile Take Over

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Boots on the Ground Logo created by Janice VanCleaveFollowing are exerts from the TASA website describing how TASA plans to take over and transform Texas education. This organization has a good start at doing this. But, parents have much more control than they are aware of. Parents can take over their school districts if enough of them work together. For information, see Texas Trigger Laws.

Should parents use trigger laws to  take back their schools? Parents will have to be very observant and question everything that goes on in their school district to determine for themselves if their school administrators want the best for the students or are simply TASA pawns.

TASA Defies Texas Governor Read about it Here

Is your school district one of TASA’s Transformed School Districts?

Call your school and find out.

TASA’s Mission Transformation:Who We Are

transformtexas.org is the home of the Texas Association of School Administrators MISSION: School Transformation, an ongoing effort to empower the transformation of the public schools of Texas.  The system envisioned through this mission is one that fosters innovation, creativity, and a thirst for learning and champions new, more meaningful, assessment and accountability measures, replacing the current system built around narrowly focused standardized tests that end up as the “be-all, end-all” yardstick for a school’s—and its students’—success.

What TASA Doesn’t Tell You:

1. TASA’s school transformation plan was launched in 2006, the same year that CSCOPE was introduced into Texas Schools.
2. The 21st century goals of CSCOPE and TASA parallel, in fact, without the support of TASA CSCOPE would never have been purchased by 80% of Texas public schools. Administrators and School Board Members control the purchasing of instructional materials.
3. Superintendents and School Board Members are using school taxes to pay their personal TASA membership dues as well as fees to professional conferences and workshops. Thus, Texas public schools support TASA  as well as TASB (association for school board members).
4. Pearson Publishing is part of the group that develops the STAAR/EOC state testing; Pearson Publishing sells materials that help students study for the STAAR/EOCs; Pearson Publishing sponsors TASA who is working to end the state standardized tests (STAAR/EOCs); Pearson Publishing owns Texas Visual Learning. Basically, Pearson Publishing has control over Texas Education. Pearson is paid millions of dollars every year. Standardized tests?  Who is responsible for standardizing these tests? Pearson Publishing. Who grades the STAAR/EOCs and decides on who passes and fails? Pearson Publishing.
5. TASA, via Texas School Administrators, has been working against the goals of TEA since 2006. At this time, TASA announced that they were working to establish a new transformed education system in Texas.

CSCOPE’s instruction materials align with TASA’s New Vision Learning: TASA’s New Transformed System. Thus, with the online CSCOPE material  implemented, Texas public schools with CSCOPE had the necessary framework for TASA Vision Learning. E

TASA’s Mission Transformation-Our History

The Public Education Visioning Institute was born from the work and ideas of 35 public school superintendents who came together as a community of learners to create a new vision for public education in Texas.  Representing more than 1.2 million students, these superintendents met over a two-year period in facilitated dialogue during 12 two-day sessions to discover the assumptions underlying the present public education system and how it might be transformed to meet the needs of students in the 21st century.

The superintendents were frustrated with the present direction, but realized no clear picture was available to frame a conversation regarding a preferred future.  There was also a deep concern that the principal architects of the present system are politicians, business leaders, and their policy advisers—not superintendents, not principals, not teachers, and not parents or school board members.

What TASA Doesn’t Tell You:

1. TASA/TASB are private organizations of school administrators and school board members. This group does not seek the advice or input from parents, teachers or private citizens who pay the school taxes that support TASA/TASB. Yes, there are community meetings, but it is to inform the community but in terms that are misleading.

2. How does one foster innovation, creativity, and a thirst for learning in students. Are the CSCOPE assessments examples of the new, more meaningful, assessment and accountability measures?

3. TASA is using parent and community frustration over the state testing as a level to pop out the Texas Education System designed by TEA and the SBOE and slide in TASA’s Vision Learning System. I am not a supporter of STAAR because it is being used as a whipping rod instead of promoting education. This is one of many Texas Education problems, and TASA’s hostile take over of Texas Schools must take priority at this time.

The superintendents concluded that the present system does not have the capacities to develop the knowledge, attitudes, skills, creativity, and rigorous thinking that students need to meet the challenges brought about by powerful new digital, social, and economic forces now common to everyday life around the world.  It was time to begin a new and different kind of dialogue, and the only meaningful way to address the issues and challenge underlying assumptions was to define and express a vision, based on relevant beliefs, principles, and premises.

What TASA Doesn’t Tell You:

1. The new TASA Vision is based on the relevant beliefs, principles, and premises of people like Linda Darling-Hammond who is a humanist, who has no need for a God. Like CSCOPE, the TASA vision is a constructivist–progressive ideology in which problem based learning is the foundation. This is called discovery learning, which sounds wonderful. It is said to promote rigorous thinking. According to Linda Darling Hammond (instrumental in developing common core) students need to first question and discover their own social and moral values, then they will be interested and have a desire to learn facts necessary to solve problems in their lives. Problems that are relevant to the student.

2. The 21st century  progressive teaching method is to allow students to work in groups, share ideas and then research to discover the tools they need to solve problems. For example, if a problem requires math skills, students will recognize this and if the students have not already discovered the math processes needed they will research and learn on their own. Thus, students working together will discover what they need to learn, investigate and research and teach themselves and share with others in their group. This teaching philosophy is to be used K-12. Teachers are to be mentors–and not interfere with the learning of students.

3. Parents have experienced some of the problems with group learning. TASA’s Vision is based on the unrealistic idea that if given the opportunity every student will want to share ideas,  to work to their maximum potential, and have such a desire to learn that discipline will no longer be a factor. [Discipline may be reported as having improved only because teachers are reprimanded if students are not observed to be socializing and having fun. A quiet studious classroom is viewed as old fashioned and not conducive to the 21st century technology student-centered learning environment.]

Students observed reading from books and recording notes is frowned on. This is considered to be an old fashioned teaching method that doesn’t prepare students  for problems in our modern day global environment.

CSCOPE has been in some of the Texas Schools since 2006 and there is no indication that these schools are excelling. Students do not learn the multiplication tables because it is not part of the 21st century progressive discovery method. Students are said to learn this on their own if needed other wise they can use technology —calculators etc….. They are up a creek without a paddle if they get their calculators wet or if  electricity is not available.

TASA ‘s Vision Learning wants our children to be dependent on technology–to only progress to a certain level so that all students have equal training.

TASA’s Mission Transformation-Our History

The [TASA] Visioning Institute held its first of eight workshops on September 6–7, 2006. That first workshop focused on examining the culture and structure needed in schools to meet the needs of learners in a more global environment with attendant new expectations.  Subsequent workshops held in 2007 explored moral and intellectual leadership, the nature of the future learner, assessment systems and accountability mechanisms, and more innovative ways to use resources.  The result of this work was Creating a New Vision for Public Education in Texas, a document that outlines a powerful set of ideas and premises for transforming our schools and districts.This work was underwritten through the generous support of SHW Group, LLP, and facilitated by TASA. Since the publication of Creating a New Vision for Public Education in Texas in 2008, TASA has continued to advance the work of the institute through meetings, conferences, interim planning, and expansion of the network to reach greater geographic and district size representation. In addition, TASA continues to use the principles of the vision as a lens for the association’s planning, program development, and member services.

What TASA Doesn’t Tell You:

1. Who is the SHW Group and LLP?
2. What makes TASA products better than other educational materials?
3. TASA is not telling you that with your own school taxes they are developing instruction materials that are then sold to your school district.
4. TASA and the Texas Education Service Centers (ESCs) both have a monopoly on Texas Instruction Materials. The ESCs can sell CSCOPE at a reduced rate because the CSCOPE product is being created, produced, and sold by employees of the state of Texas in building owned and maintained by the State of Texas.

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