Texas schools need to drop C-Scope curriculum
March 30, 2013 at 4:01 p.m.
Updated March 29, 2013 at 10:30 p.m.
Editor, the Advocate:
If you have children or grandchildren in VISD, how familiar are you with the C-Scope curriculum that is being used to teach your children? It is a curriculum in which teachers have little freedom to use their ideas for content and presentation. They have a script to read, and materials are used that come off the computer. A certain amount of material has to be covered each day, then they must go on to the new material the next day whether the students understand the concept or not. No time to reteach.
Have you seen any textbooks coming home for your children to work from so you will know what's being taught? VISD teachers had no choice in adopting C-Scope, as they have in the past when textbooks were reviewed and voted on.
C-Scope is federally funded and was started four years ago with stimulus money under a program called "Race to the Top." One of the criteria is test, test, test. More time is spent testing than teaching, and much of what is taught is misleading and inaccurate. All these scores and much more data on each student is collected.
To learn more, go to your computer and look up C-Scope or Common Core. Also, please call or write U.S. Senator John Cornyn at 202-224-2934, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz at 202-224-5922, U.S. Representative Blake Farenthold at 202-225-7742, State Senator Glenn Hegar at 281-391-8883, and State Representative Geanie Morrison at 361-572-0196 and tell them you want C-Scope out of our public schools.
Virginia Turner, Victoria