Have you heard about CSCOPE? Have you wondered what CSCOPE stands for? Well the North Texas Council has, so we began researching into CSCOPE. We have discovered it is actually the Common Core Standards under a different name and that the bottom line of this style of education is a communist approach to total control over the minds of our children here in Texas and the world.
Please review the 12 points concerning the dangers of CSCOPE and how we can lose our rights, cultural identities and individualities if Common Core Standards gain control, like they are, in our school systems of North Texas and the world!
1. CSCOPE and COMMON CORE – Education without Representation – CSCOPE is the same thing as Common Core just under a different name. CSCOPE does not align with TEKS nor have the rigor TEA requires. The lessons are not transparent and parents do not have access to lessons. http://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/so-if-you-live-in-texas/
2. Cost of CSCOPE and how it is a cost that is totally unnecessary: http://educationviews.org/burkburnett-isd-loosening-cscope-requirements/
3. Texas CSCOPE Review – http://educationviews.org/burkburnett-isd-loosening-cscope-requirements/ – Click here to see a list of participating Texas school districts: http://www.txcscopereview.com/2012/cscope-rotten-apple-award/
4. CSCOPE Does NOT Match to TEKS (TEKS stands for: Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) Here is an example that shows how CSCOPE pulls Texas classrooms away from the TEKS: It all starts when the classroom students fail the online CSCOPE assessments. (Note: if the CSCOPE assessments were based off of TEKS, students wouldn’t be failing them). So the classroom teacher starts to use CSCOPE test questions as their lessons or integrates them into their daily lessons. The classroom teacher does this so the students will have success with the online CSCOPE assessments, but not all of those CSCOPE questions are part of the TEKS. So now our Texas classrooms are moving away from the TEKS and following these hidden Common Core Standards. http://www.txcscopereview.com/2012/cscope-assessments-progressive/
5. CSCOPE plagiarizes the same textbooks they state don’t meet TX standards: http://www.txcscopereview.com/2013/cscope-copies-from-mcgraw-hill-text/
6. Texas Legislators are alarmed and looking into CSCOPE! http://www.texastribune.org/2013/01/31/senate-hearing-will-target-cscope/ Fox 4 News: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX36D7n-PIo
7. CSCOPE advocates a New Constitution: http://www.redhotconservative.com/cscope-advocates-a-new-constitution/
8. Mothers are concerned and standing up speaking up to School Boards and groups: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QibEiVRMRRw&feature=youtu.be
9. Radio Hosts are talking about the dangers of CSCOPE: – 740 KTRH Interview with Ginger Russel http://www.ktrh.com/player/?station=KTRH-AM&program_name=podcast&program_id=mattpatrick.xml&mid=22636805
10. State of Texas Did NOT Participate in Common Core! So, why are we doing CSCOPE, the hidden Common Core? Here is Robert Scott’s (Texas Commissioner of Education) testimony against Common Core. He also explains, that since Texas decided not to participate in Common Core, how Common Core would go around our Texas Governor, our Texas Legislators, our Texas School Board of Education (SBOE) and bring the Common Core directly to our schools via packed curriculum. – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcpMIUWbgxY
11. Teachers Are Against the Common Core Standards – Teachers are speaking out against Common Core Standards. Here’s an article showing an 8th Grade History Teacher speaking against the Common Core Standards: http://truthinamericaneducation.com/common-core-state-standards/8th-grade-history-teacher-stop-the-common-core/
12. View the people and research behind CSCOPE – Take a closer look at the people CSCOPE lists as the developers or were educational models behind CSCOPE. Here is what Bander ISD posts on their website: http://www.banderaisd.net/Family_Center/General_Information/cscope%20Q&A.pdf
Curriculum Design, Standards, Instructional Design
Robert Marzano – designer of Common Core and his “Marzano Research Laboratory” http://www.marzanoresearch.com/services/ccss.aspx
Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe – Educational Consulting – Common Core Consultants http://www.grantwiggins.org/documents/mtuniontalk.pdf
Heidi Hayes Jacobs “Mapping the Global Classroom of the Future” her Curriculum21 http://www.curriculum21.com/ – “Implement the Common Core Standards with Heidi Hayes Jacobs” http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/1/prweb9134076.htm
– John Crain
James Barufaldi – Common Core 5E Instructional Model http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CDIQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.flbsi.org%2Fppt%2FScience_%2520Module_1_Science_Literacy_DA_Summer_Academy_Module.ppt&ei=OGAuUciuA-SW2gXmo4GYAw&usg=AFQjCNHzATHxjygCDRed6l2A9nlG3EKJ1w&sig2=ievZqN30jN3KfgSzluu-LA&bvm=bv.42965579,d.b2I
H. Lynn Erickson – “Social Change” – ‘changing social norms and value structures’, ‘ecological concerns’, ‘Increasing global interdependence of people’ – One of her key points is that Traditional Curriculum “fails to meet the intellectual demands of the 21 century” – but never gives a definition of what these intellectual demands are and how a a solid factual education can’t handle these demands. She goes on to show how “a concept is an organizing idea; a mental contruct; timeless, universal….” Then lists Concepts in certain subject areas: ex: Social Studies: Evolution – as if these concept is universal throughout the world. – Also, giving description of the world view through a marxist approach ie: government and the impact on families includind rules of government you must follow, down playing religious groups, emphasis Evolution, global warming, global society and a homogenous society with only one ‘culture’. http://www.hcbe.net/media/CMSImport/0F00737DA36041BCAC3D686093CEEE49.pdf
– Reuven Feurstein
Lev Vegotsky – Russian – Soviet psychologist Quotes in Common Core come directly from Lev Vegotsky: http://commonquote.com/source/15340/common-core/common-core-curriculum-maps-in-english-language-arts-grades-k-5-common-core-series
– Thomas Guskey
– Linda Hammon
Extra: CSCOPE is a Type #2 Education – description by Donna Garner:
DEFINITIONS OF TYPE #1 AND TYPE #2 by Donna Garner
TYPE #1 vs. TYPE #2
*My terminology and definitions:
(1) Type #1 Philosophy of Education: Knowledge-based, academic, clearly worded, grade-level-specific content that is tested largely through objectively scored tests — These standards (TEKS) are built from K through Grade 12 and are taught mostly through direct, systematic instruction. The new TEKS adopted by the elected members of the Texas State Board of Education since May 2008 are Type #1, and the new STAAR/End-of-Course tests built upon the new TEKS are Type #1.
Type #1 standards could be referred to as the traditional method – the method of teaching that people perhaps 50 years old and older experienced when they were in school. This included the teaching of phonics, grammar, correct usage/spelling, cursive handwriting, classical literature, expository/persuasive/research writing, the four math functions taught to automaticity, fact-based and discreet courses in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Calculus, U. S. History, World History, Botany, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry.
(2) Type #2 Philosophy of Education (adopted in July 1997 and reflected in the TEKS and TAKS) — Project-based, subjective (emphasize cognitive domain – beliefs, opinions, emotions), subjectively assessed based upon the value system of the evaluator — emphasize multiculturalism, political correctness, environmental extremism, diversity, social justice agenda — These standards are built backwards from Grade 12 down to K (similar to trying to build a house from the roof down) and are taught mostly using the constructivist (project-based) approach.
Type #2 can be seen in Obama’s social justice agenda (i.e., Common Core Standards) that includes an emphasis on subjectivity, feelings, emotions, beliefs, multiculturalism, political correctness, social engineering, globalism, evolution, sexual freedom/contraceptives instead of abstinence, environmental extremism, global warming, victimization, diversity, an acceptance of the normalcy of the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender lifestyle, redistribution of wealth, a de-emphasis on — factual knowledge, the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Founding Fathers, and American exceptionalism.