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Texas curriculum dropped after complaints from lawmakers
Houston Chronicle ^ | 5/21/13 | Lindsay Kastner and Eva Ruth Moravec

Posted on 05/21/2013 7:25:07 AM PDT by keats5

The state's regional Education Service Centers no will longer issue lesson plans - and will forbid their use after Aug. 31 - for a popular online curriculum system that became a lightning rod for conservatives who criticized it as anti-American, legislators announced Monday. The move is expected to leave school districts across the state, including some in the greater Houston area, scrambling to replace CSCOPE, as the program is called, before the start of next school year.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: academicbias; burqasinclass; cscope; culturewar; curricula; curriculum; indoctrination; islamicimperialism; learning; movealong; naughtyteacherslist; nothingtoseehere; schools; teaching; texas
Apparently we can make a difference. Here's something that worked.
1 posted on 05/21/2013 7:25:07 AM PDT by keats5
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To: keats5
Well, let's see . . . they could go back to basics: English: parts of speech, diagramming sentences, spelling lists; Math: all the math tables; History: undistorted history of this great country; Penmanship: cursive

Or would that be too tough for these ignoramus teachers?

2 posted on 05/21/2013 7:28:39 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: keats5

The article is completely biased. Not one example of why the curriculum was scrapped, just complaints about it being dropped from one person.


3 posted on 05/21/2013 7:29:11 AM PDT by DwFry (Baby Boomers Killed Western Civilization!)
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To: keats5

More like complaints from parents. It was a horrible lesson plan in the first place. Our AG, Greg Abbott was on the side of the ones wanting it gone.

Can only be a good thing for everyone. I’m sure the schools will cope with replacement lessons. Unless the “new” teachers don’t have the common sense to think for themselves.


4 posted on 05/21/2013 7:29:56 AM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: keats5

save


5 posted on 05/21/2013 7:36:13 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: keats5
Man oh man. Where ever there are liberals, you have a perversion of history.

This is Texas! We don't put up with this progressive rewrite of history.

6 posted on 05/21/2013 7:37:44 AM PDT by servantboy777
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To: laweeks
Penmanship: cursive

Wife unit (Nurse) and I were discussing this last night.
Why teach cursive writing when everything we use these days has a keyboard?
Just teach typing skills?

Apparently she read (professional journal) where a study found that learning cursive writing develops a part of fine motor skills that nothing else does.

7 posted on 05/21/2013 7:40:06 AM PDT by grobdriver
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To: keats5

Glenn Beck was all over this. Am glad he was able to put the pressure on the politicians.

I don’t buy the excuse that school districts can’t come up with the money to develop their own curriculum. Are you telling me that teachers can’t teach without buying some online curriculum?

They complain about having to teach to the test, but it’s ok (i.e. easier ) to parrot some online anti-American curriculum?


8 posted on 05/21/2013 7:40:27 AM PDT by A'elian' nation
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To: laweeks

Worked for us.


9 posted on 05/21/2013 7:47:47 AM PDT by stanne
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To: LUV W

Gregg Abbott is a good man. I know many that know him personally, like him, and tell it like it is. If he wasn’t genuine they would say so.


10 posted on 05/21/2013 7:49:40 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: DwFry

1. Lower pass rates were one reason. Big deal for a lot of school districts, especially when failure on CSCOPE end of year exams next year means kids are held back, regardless of grades.
2. Parents not allowed to see a child’s lessons until a child brings back graded tests. This infuriates parents who gave feedback on text books, but cannot see the lessons. Nor are tutors given access to these lessons.
3. Teachers cannot get fired for yelling at kids or failing to teach, but post a picture of a confusing math problem or convoluted English lesson and you get fired. Unions don’t like this.


11 posted on 05/21/2013 7:56:52 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: A'elian' nation

It’s easier to parrot some online thing, yes, because teaching is not about the students. I’s about staying out of trouble with the feds who run the schools.

They have infected and overtaken Texas schools. CSCOPE is a natural progression.

I know a child, a valedictorian, majoring in History at University. Her mother had to pay her Univ. Freshman summer to read a western civilization tome. The child had been taught in some big stupid football school, the athletic field rivals the Meadowlands, History of the world via Asia. Not one course on Western, European, Christian, Catholic, Roman, Greek course and on her way to infect the university with her brainwashed idea of inferiority of western civ.

Her parents astound me. Pillars of Catholic life here in town. Why do parents allow this?

Glenn Beck can’t do everything.

Anyway, we can pretend Texas is safe at our own peril.

Parents are in charge of educating their children. They need to act like it.


12 posted on 05/21/2013 7:57:57 AM PDT by stanne
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To: A'elian' nation

There is a really easy solution to the CSCOPE mess - go back to the curriculum being used the year before.


13 posted on 05/21/2013 7:58:08 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: keats5
Apparently, though, it's not totally eradicated from the classroom, yet:

Teachers Instructed to Save CSCOPE Lessons

http://www.txcscopereview.com/2013/teachers-save-cscope-lessons/
14 posted on 05/21/2013 8:05:50 AM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: keats5
It used to be that cities and towns determined what was taught in school systems, with the state having some basic requirements like English and Physical Education, the length of the day and year. Then the states and the feds got involved with all kinds of "improve education" schemes that everyone embraced because they brought state and federal funds. But alas, money is control, and you've got a mess that nobody can stand.

Solution....the feds stop giving money to education, including student loans. They stop writing regualations. No more head start programs, no more subsidized breakfast and lunch, no more technology purchases, just put it back to the communities.

All this other stuff is just infighting about who gets the money. JMHO

15 posted on 05/21/2013 8:07:34 AM PDT by grania
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To: grobdriver

Cursive writing involves some creativity and for ideas to flow from one word to another. Not convinced? Sit down and write a desription of something in cursive. Lots of intellectual stuff going on, lots more focus, Also there’s hand-eye coordination involved.


16 posted on 05/21/2013 8:10:33 AM PDT by grania
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To: keats5

Thank goodness. Whomever approved that program should be shown the door.


17 posted on 05/21/2013 8:17:43 AM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: A'elian' nation
All they have to do is adopt the Abeka curriculum from home schoolers. It's already written and is excellent. The history part would make you cry reading about the founders and what they did for us. Anything from David Barton would make all children respect their country and government.

In fact, any textbook from the 1950's would be better than this commie touchy feelie crap we have now. This isn't rocket science. History is history. Why are we constantly changing it?

Saxon Math is widely used and respected. We know how to teach math. It's ridiculous to keep searching for some new way of teaching basic education. Kids today are even dropping cursive writing so they can stop wasting time on it. Can you imagine a kid not knowing how to read or write unless it comes off a printer? And what reason do we need more teaching time during the day,.....to teach global warming and why you might have 2 mommies. To teach the new Obama allegiance anthem, or why Bush was the devil?

18 posted on 05/21/2013 8:21:37 AM PDT by chuckles
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To: LUV W

They’ll just rename it and bring it back.


19 posted on 05/21/2013 8:41:31 AM PDT by steve8714 (Any homosexual man can marry any woman he wants. Just like the President.)
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To: grobdriver

There are some indication that if we taught cursive before print it would cut down significantly on the incidents of dyslexia.


20 posted on 05/21/2013 8:47:54 AM PDT by rbbeachkid (Get out of its way and small business can fix the economy.)
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To: DwFry

Right. And in digging on the web for examples, the Huffpost cited an investigation AFTER the curriculum had been changed.

Among the controversies had been teaching the Boston Tea Party as an example of terrorism (not non-violent protest) and reportedly coursework on Islamic law that had some(?) students being made to wear burqas in class.

Of course the educrats say that there is nothing to see here (sorry we got caught). None of the concerns were addressed explicitly in the news item(s), just notice that the lesson plans had been altered in light of criticisms.


21 posted on 05/21/2013 9:08:43 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: jsanders2001

I like that he is very pro-Texas and proactive for our benefit. Yes, he is for real!


22 posted on 05/21/2013 9:36:29 AM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: laweeks
Or would that be too tough for these ignoramus teachers?

Apparently, it would. They were quoted on the radio this AM in Austin as bleating "How are we supposed to get lesson plans?" It seems to me that this is an admission that they are incompetent, not that I'm surprised given the results of their labors, lo, these many years.

23 posted on 05/21/2013 9:36:37 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything. Bolshies' gonna bolsh.)
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To: keats5
From the article:

"...lawmakers said they got complaints from parents about CSCOPE, including a lesson on the Boston Tea Party that invited students to include the perspective of Britons who might have considered it an 'act of terrorism,' and other allegations that CSCOPE promotes Islam over Christianity."

24 posted on 05/21/2013 11:43:05 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("There can be no dialogue with the prince of this world." -- Francis)
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To: grania

The feds have NO business in education! Unfortunately, too many Americans are clueless about what they are trading for their free lunches and head start programs.


25 posted on 05/21/2013 11:54:20 AM PDT by keats5 (Not all of us are hypnotized.)
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To: bgill
More than shown the door.....



26 posted on 05/21/2013 1:14:30 PM PDT by Bikkuri (Molon Labe)
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To: Paine in the Neck
They were quoted on the radio this AM in Austin as bleating "How are we supposed to get lesson plans?"

What do they mean by that? I make my own lesson plans . . . most textbooks will tell you the lesson plan and objectives in the opening page of each chapter . . . can't they read?

27 posted on 05/21/2013 2:43:08 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: keats5

No bias here. The curriculum is “popular” with everything but evil fundie thugs, according to the article.


28 posted on 05/21/2013 3:49:25 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: stanne

“Parents are in charge of educating their children. “

I couldn’t agree more. Parents are the front line of education and increasingly have to counter the pablum and propaganda fed to their children - just like the mother you talked about.

I was observing my son’s classroom several years back and some counselor was talking to the class telling the students that everyone deserves respect and other kumbaya stuff.

I surprised myself by standing up and telling the class that everyone deserves politeness, but respect has to be earned.


29 posted on 05/21/2013 4:30:45 PM PDT by A'elian' nation
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To: A'elian' nation

Ooh. Good one.

Did you get a call from the IRS, OSHA?

My ninth grade students are starved for honesty AND truth. They know it when they see it. Hypocritical people cannot deal with the classroom.


30 posted on 05/21/2013 6:30:22 PM PDT by stanne
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To: A'elian' nation
Are you telling me that teachers can’t teach without buying some online curriculum?

That's right. And parents should not be allowed to homeschool because parents are not educational professionals. Any questions?
31 posted on 05/21/2013 6:34:01 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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