Written by a Texas teacher — how she really feels about CSCOPE:
We’re going to be gifted with a transformed educational system (CSCOPE) that we are forced to accept without review, and demonized if we ask questions, which purportedly solves all problems with the big nasty STAAR test while helping keep every Texas student on the same question at the same time even though we know that sounds like “mind-control” without asking local teachers and parents to review or comment on it before purchase, but…….
— requiring teachers, after purchase, to sign a gag order while constantly being intimidated with unannounced three-minute classroom walk-throughs and hints of impending unemployment if they are not “team players”
— but asked to do all the editing work of “fixing” CSCOPE and make constructive suggestions while threatening teachers with criminal prosecution if they reveal the factual errors, grammar errors, or indoctrinating lessons to anyone who does not have a password for a program that is…..
— written by curriculum experts and teachers from across the State of Texas whose names and credentials have disappeared
— based on Progressive radical ideas of social constructivism (a.k.a., socialism, Marxism and humanism) that is indoctrinating our children with liberal ideas sprinkled with anti-Christian, anti-American, pro-Islamic lessons while…..
— purchased by local school boards after being given a glorified promise by CSCOPE of the best research practices even though the listed experts (all liberal or radical) on which this program is based are either dead or haven’t been in the classroom for eons
— but [school boards] who believe we should……
– remove textbooks because they are so old fashioned and costly while killing thousands of trees to provide paper for the stupid cut-and-paste activities for students who are too old for cut-and-paste
— passed, accepted, and bought by school board members who were sold snake oil in a pretty package of fear and guilt
— designed, promoted, and crammed down our throats by superintendents who are members of an organization (TASB and TASA) that wants maximum control while asking for guidance from liberals such as Linda Darling-Hammond, whose school failed and closed because her concepts just did not work
— but promoted by TESCCC, a government agency deemed as a non-profit and run by directors, (who license the program to themselves when they switch from sellers to buyers) without allowing open bids for the service that they in turn sell to the local schools for an inconsistent price
— while raking in millions of dollars but reporting to the State Board of Education members that they make no profit, have no employees, and that their greatest expense is travel while promoting the efficiency of technology which eliminates the need to travel to transfer information
— circumventing scrutiny by the Texas Legislature, the State Board of Education, The Texas Governor’s office, or the Commissioner of Education
— because this product and service built around Agenda 21 ideas are guaranteed to be the best thing out there and competitors would want it if they saw all of it.
— so, we should shut up when our children have no homework, no textbooks, and limited reading or resource material
— but report to us that they are given answers ahead of schedule to repeated, failed tests because the tests are on stuff they have not been taught
— thereby confusing and stressing students who don’t know how to sound out words, their basic math facts, grammar rules, or vocabulary but have just been taught that if they will delay effort someone will cheat for them.
“CSCOPE/TESCCC, you say we should trust you to know what is best for our children.”
“I don’t think so.”
“We are Texans, and we don’t cotton to hurting children…or being lied to.”
ARTICLES PUBLISHED ON TEXAS SENATE EDUCATION HEARING—CSCOPE– 1.31.13
1.31.13 — “Most Amazing Senate Ed. Hearing Ever — CSCOPE” — by Donna Garner
1.13.13 – “Texas senators slam often-used curriculum system” — Associated Press —
1.31.13 – “Senate panel airs complaints about controversial curriculum” – Austin American–Statesman — http://www.statesman.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/senate-to-hear-testimony-on-controversial-curricul/nWBXC/