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Is Mary Ann Whiteker Yellow or Red? The Attack Against CSCOPE

Last night on our Community Conference call we discussed how the left organizes people in order to get their agenda accomplished. You can listen to the conference call here to understand more clearly what the difference is between a Green, Red and Yellow person.   

 

Donna Garner did an excellent job in her article Open Letter to Texas Legislators in using the lefts organizing of people into Green, Yellow and Red as it applies to those involved in the issue of Education. 

The three different types of individuals involved~

The “green” people are those who go-along to get-along; they go with the status quo and are content to follow whatever teaching fad is in vogue at the present time. These people are not bad people but are easily deceived by those who have ulterior motives (e.g., drive-by media, national educator organizations, left-leaning politicians, CSCOPE, Common Core Standards).

 

The “yellow” people are those who are driven by greed, money, power, and fame. Many of these people are vendors, lobbyists, or school employees who look past the egregious content of their products so long as they themselves are benefitting.  Into this group fall some CSCOPE/TESCCC/ESC employees, Thomas Ratliff, Mike Moses, Pat Jacoby, TASA, TASB, etc.

 

The “red” people know exactly what they are doing. They have long-term goals to change America, and they realize that the best way to do this is to indoctrinate this and succeeding generations of school children in their classrooms.  Into this group fall such people as Obama, Arne Duncan, Linda Darling-Hammond, Bill Ayers, the National Education Organization, and many other left-leaners.      

 

The question to start asking CSCOPE advocates is- What color are you? – green, yellow, or red? Those who blindly follow are green. Those who seek fame, fortune, and/or control for themselves are yellow. Those whose aim is to change America from a capitalist, free-market Republic into a Socialist, Communist, Marxist country are red.  

Read the below article by Mary Ann Whiteker and then read John Griffings brilliant rebuttal. 

The Attack Against CSCOPE
By Mary Ann Whiteker
Apr 10, 2013

 
Photo courtesy of Austin Chronicle

Photo courtesy of Austin Chronicle

Wikipedia defines McCarthyism as the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence. It also means “the practice of making unfair allegations or using unfair investigative techniques, especially in order to restrict dissent or political criticism”.  Its origin, known as the “Second Red Scare” was characterized by heightened fears of communist influence on American institutions.  “McCarthyism” soon took on a broader meaning, describing the excesses of similar efforts. The term is now used more generally to describe reckless, unsubstantiated accusations.

American history reflects an earlier similar episode known as the Salem Witch Trials. This was one of the most notorious cases of mass hysteria, and has been used in political rhetoric and popular literature as a vivid cautionary tale about the dangers of extremism, false accusations and lapses in due process.

I begin my article with these two events due to a similar hysteria that has targeted our twenty Education Service Centers (ESCs) of Texas over a curriculum management system known as CSCOPE.  This story should be a success story of how 870 public school districts , average enrollment of 2000 students, working  together created a 21st century curriculum based on the state mandated Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). 

CSCOPE curriculum/lesson plans were created by master “Texas” teachers, not a textbook company, not a testing company, and not a private, for-profit vendor.  Multiple resources, including digital resources, were integrated into the curriculum, with suggested lessons that proved to be extremely beneficial to less experienced teachers.  The framework allowed districts and staff to integrate localized lessons within the scope and sequence of the system.  Approximately 50% of the charter schools (i.e. KIPP Academy, UT Charter School, Bannockburn Christian Academy and the Texas School for the Deaf) also use CSCOPE.  Private schools, such as Catholic Diocese of Austin, Wichita Christian, Hyde Park Baptist and Cornerstone Christian Academy use SCOPE.

What is my point???  CSCOPE and our ESCs have been accused of promoting non-Christian and unpatriotic values based on a couple of lessons that were taken out of context, the targeted lessons were based on state standards created and approved by the State Board of Education.  Due to several districts refusing to purchase another “new” curriculum, the creators of this “new curriculum” began a mass media blitz misrepresenting two lessons that addressed the state required curriculum standards. 

Districts are mandated to teach the major religions of the worlds and the beliefs of those religions.  Districts are mandated to teach heroism and terrorism.  CSCOPE curriculum units have designed lessons that explore these standards, allowing students to investigate, compare/contrast, and analyze perspectives based on cultural influences.  Example, the Boston Tea Party was perceived as an act of heroism from an American’s point of view; however, patriots of England considered this an act of terrorism.  Islam, one of the major religions of the world, believes their God is the only God. These are the 2 excerpts taken out of context of the instructional units that have resulted in mass social media messages from those wanting to sell “their curriculum”, accusing the writers of CSCOPE and the ESCs of treason and promoting the Islam religion!  As of last week, a superintendent received threatening emails because the district was using CSCOPE. 

Hudson ISD was not one of the first districts to embrace the curriculum; however, the revised state standards and new state assessment system demanded a new curriculum.   CSCOPE offers a well-designed curriculum framework that is vertically aligned to the state standards (NOT the Federal Core Standards as inaccurately reported), the state assessment system and 21st century life-long learning goals. 

CSCOPE insures the appropriate skills are taught in specific grades using multiple resources.  The instructional focus is college and career readiness at all levels. School districts have the flexibility of using the curriculum as a sole source or as an alignment framework – CSCOPE lessons/units optional. 

CSCOPE is a learning curve for classroom instruction.  It is not driven by one textbook or worksheets.  It embraces multiple resources, integration of technology and higher order thinking skills. 

Similar to purchased curriculum there are mistakes within the lessons, those are reported and corrected.  It is a proprietary curriculum and shares the same protection as other vendors’ products; one must purchase to access the content. The cost is based on the enrollment of the district.

Parents can view the content of a lesson at a parent meeting; however, giving parents free access to the lesson plans and tests would destroy the validity of the assessments and negatively impact the intent of the instructional lessons.  Districts sign affidavits, comparable to those required by the state for STAAR testing, to protect the integrity of the system. 

The attack against the supporters and users of CSCOPE may well become the first step toward the state assuming total control of all curriculum and lesson plans for all districts. A bill has been filed to begin this process. The CSCOPE issue targets the 870 smaller, midsize districts in the state.  Urban, suburban districts – your “locally developed curriculum” may be next! 

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John Griffing

Click Photo to hear John Griffing speak on CSCOPE

Here is what the other side is saying……

Whiteker’s write-up hinges on a common logical fallacy: says John Griffing.

“begging the question,” i.e. “assuming the premise one is trying to prove.”

Whiteker takes for granted the following assumptions, and provides no factual evidence in support of these assumptions:

-Critics of CSCOPE are trying to sell their own curriculum (slander/libel – she should be careful with this assertion).

-Critics of CSCOPE are basing their argument on two lessons, taken out of context.

-CSCOPE is needed because of new state standards, and older curriculum approaches were not adequate. (Says Whiteker.  What about successful schools doing well on STAAR who do not use CSCOPE?)

-Private schools using CSCOPE (in part – KIPP does not use lesson plans) means that CSCOPE is a good product.

-Forcing CSCOPE to submit to state oversight will end with the state assuming “total control of all curriculum.” (The state has always had “total control” of textbook and instructional material OVERSIGHT – until 2011.)

-Critics have said that CSCOPE uses common core curriculum. (Critics–unless ignorant–have never said CSCOPE used common core, only that the federal DOE was interested in purchasing and that CSCOPE’s methodology and clear philosophical bent was comparable and indeed similar to common core.)

-The assumption that, “for profit” products are somehow a nonstarter.  Profit means “motive.”  Motivation means a better product.  Interesting.

***The logical fallacy of “begging the question” runs rampant throughout this piece, as my simple review demonstrates. 

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Now you  tell me in the comments section is May Ann Whiteker Yellow or Green? 


Send this Audio of the WomenOnTheWall.org interview with Brandon Darby and Donna Garner 
and ask your legislator to listen to it and make sure they are not in the Green or Yellow Group. Now you will have to listen to it to find out what exactly that means. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!

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