Hey Texas Parents It is Time to Seek the Truth and Protect our Children
If you were at the Argyle Community Meeting on CSCOPE last night are you most likely saying to yourself -What the heck is going on here? How did this kind of curriculum get into Texas schools?
I believe my good friends over at AgendaWise.com hit the nail on the head in their article
“The public education system in Texas, a system that is broken in one sense and high-performance in another. It is broken for the purposes of education, but it is lean, mean, and high performance as a political special interest juggernaut.”
One thing I know for sure is that my family is truly blessed to be in Argyle ISD. We have an administration who honestly cares for our children, their education and is trying hard to find solutions to the challenges our district faces. I believe that is how many districts are as well across our state. The challenge is they have been sold a bill of goods in CSCOPE. Emotions were high last night but in the end we are a community that cares and will work together to find solutions that work for our children. What I worry about are the other districts who are not being as honest and forthright and whose kids will be the generation of CSCOPE kids who do not there is right and wrong answers and who will suffer the conscience.
Read this and tell me what you think? Does it make sense to you?
By (Ms. Mac) Jeanine McGregor
Seven Areas of Concern In Regard To CSCOPE:
- Philosophy of Social Constructivism Ideology of Progressive/Liberal/Radical Theories.Based on ideology of Marxism (Lev Vygotsky), Humanism (Linda Hammond), and Socialist Hardest on Minorities and the Poor; Control System versus Service
- The Implementation of Intimidation, Fear, Guilt and Covertness
- Establishes a fear: STAAR Test
- Establishes guilt: Accommodating children who move; Failure is someone else’s fault
- Disrespects, intimidates and isolates teachers
- Contract /Disclosure Agreement/ULA
Signed under duress Threat of legal suit Teacher contributions being confiscated
2. Three-minute walk-through (Fenwick English) Disturbs the classroom
3. Threat of on-line monitoring of teacher activities/ public display of failing work
Removes input and feedback from and influence of parents; x/y generations
Removed the importance of textbooks Removed the importance of homework
Trains administration how to minimize criticism &/disarm complaints
Petitioned Attorney General to protect from exposure to competitors and public
Parents can not access lessons-limited information through parent portal
- The Cost, Financial Accountability, and Public Relations
Vendor versus governmental agency? Established a monopoly
Developed on taxpayer time and with taxpayer money- Taken over by TESCCC
Highly Questionable Relationship With (NER) National Educational Resources, Inc.
No Contract, No Bids, Kick-backs
- Quality and Substance of Materials
Incomplete use/alignment of TEKS Safety for children in question
Indoctrination of students: Questionable internet sources, Leading questions on tests
(Anti-American, Anti-Christian Slants), Inappropriate readability levels ,Grammatical & Factual errors
Buzz Words: Authenticity (Wiggins), Rigor, Culturally-Relevant, Deeper Understanding; 21st Century
Skills, Scaffolding, Personal Relevance; Concept-Basis (Erickson) vs. Topic; Inch-Deep/Mile Wide,
Education Equity; Collaboration, Big Picture, Reflective Teaching, Backward Design (McTighe),
Parent Portal: Actual material not available
Philosophy/Ideology/Differences in Methodology: Not openly explained/revealed to public
Connection to Common Core Standards: Edugate/Hammond
Confusion: curriculum? curriculum–management? auxiliary product? living curriculum?
Plagiarism: Teachers report seeing lessons elsewhere; material not sourced or referenced
Sources Of Lessons Not Revealed: Experts? Authors? Editors? References? Credentials?
Terminology (Just New Paint): YAG (Year At A Glance),VAD (Vertical Alignment Document),
IFD (Instructional Focus Document), 5E -John Dewey- (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate),
Results: Bad before good- 70 is the new 100!
Teachers’ Time and Energy: overwhelmingly taxed
Mind-Control: All across Texas on the same lesson, Failing students ? Non-CSCOPE students?
Title I and NCLB: Principles of parental involvement undermined
Access To Instructional Focus Document: last minute -six weeks at a time only
Polarizing: Administration/Teachers; X/Y Generations; Progressive/Conservative;
Humanism/Christianity, Government/Private Enterprise
- Hurting Students
Withdrawal from schools; crying, stress; drastic change in grades; demonized
Repeated tests finally given answers to tests (Teaches delayed effort/cheating OK)
I am still working on the video from last night. I will get it out ASAP. I know that many are waiting to see it who were not able be be there.
Recent articles on CSCOPE:
1.18.13 – “CSCOPE Science Lesson – Discredited, Error-Filled” – by Janice Van Cleave –
1.3.13 — Pt. 1 and Pt. 2 of Colleen Vera’s investigative report, “What’s Behind the Curtain?”
10.26.12 – List of CSCOPE Schools in Texas –
*Note: Janice VanCleave regularly updates her CSCOPE website:www.TxCscopeReview.com
Women On the Wall will be taking on this issue and sharing information and updates on our weekly radio show on Monday mornings at 10 am CST. You will not want to miss this show. We will have up to date information on CSCOPE and guests who are the experts on education and other issues that are effecting our children and grandchildren.
Dr. Hartzler loves teaching and seeing students excitement when they realize their potential but due to the controlled teaching that Cscope in his district demanded Dr. Hartzler quit his job from Luling ISD over the Christmas Holidays. He would love to go back to teaching but not with Cscope in place.
Knowledge is Power and together we can make the difference!!
Seek the Truth~
Share The Truth~
Stand for the Truth~
Protect Our Nation for Future Generations