Exposing CSCOPE: The controversial education program indoctrinating Texas students

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For weeks, Glenn and TheBlaze have been brought listeners and viewers shocking stories of indoctrination that all share one common theme: CSCOPE. On Wednesday night’s episode of The Glenn Beck Program, Glenn invited David Barton, Texas State Senator Dan Patrick and teachers Mary Bowen and Stan Hartzler.

TheBlaze’s Tiffany Gabbay and Jason Howerton, along with TheBlaze TV researchers, compiled and in-depth report on CSCOPE and its shocking curriculum that you can read HERE.

In the clip below, Mary Bowen and Stan Hartzler join David Barton on explaining exactly what Texas teachers experience with CSCOPE and what they have done to fight back.

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At the end of the show, Glenn was joined by Dan Patrick who has been leading the charge against CSCOPE.  Watch the interview in full below:

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  • Pamela Peltonen

    I’ve been looking into Cscope for the past couple of months, and it’s nearly impossible to find any information because of the complete lack of transparency of the program. Thank you so much for bringing this story to our attention.

  • Anonymous

    Run! Hide! Kids are learning about other cultures! The sky is falling! Black helicopters! FEMAMMAAMAMAMAMAMAAAAAA CAMPPPPPPSSSSSS~!~!~!~!~!~!~

    • http://www.facebook.com/frances.boiman.7 Frances Boiman

      Oh my it’s an Ostrich!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/billy.gamblin Billy M. Gamblin Jr.


    • http://www.facebook.com/Spartan470 Matthew Unger

      There is nothing wrong with learning about other cultures.  The problem comes when children are forbidden to learn about THEIR OWN country, its origins, and history, in favor of another or others.  THIS is what is happening in America.  Indoctrination. 

      • Anonymous


        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff8jDkOHp3U&feature=youtu.be Sam Fisher

          Really other cultures which one Muslim brotherhood or Binladen’s
          American history course of propaganda and lies. 

    • Deanna Williams

      There is a vast difference in “learning about other cultures” and failing to teach our own great history.
      Your response is akin to calling anyone who dislikes our president a “racist”. It’s nothing more than an attempt to divert attention from the actual issue.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1010616643 Steve Jackson

    I’m disappointed that the public in Texas is allowing this. I thought Texans were fighters.  

    • http://twitter.com/PattiGreen Patti Miller-Green

      It is not made known to Texans. I am one and VERY involved in daily education life of my grandson. Trust me, now we know. It will be handled!

      • Courtney Dixon

        Exactly, I only heard about it last month.  They kept this primarily secretive.  Fortunately, my son’s school is one of the few in Texas that haven’t implemented this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rhaeger Roy Haeger

    Critten misses the point….obviously…

  • johnandjenny crawford

    Come back to Idaho Glenn!  We are ALL CONSERVATIVE!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tdixon1933 Tyler Dixon

    Not only is it a system that indoctrinates, but it is also just a bad curriculum. Pretty sure the lessons were written by a 3 year teacher, and the tests were written by a different person. All across the board, it is just a poor system. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000328269833 Vanessa Justice

    As a former and now retired Mastered degree classroom teacher, I must tell you scripted in the box forced “education” is actually indoctrination… education brings in original resources and out of the box thinking; indoctrination does not allow for interest development or individual thinking, just parroting back the information and having everyone give the lockstep,  expected answer, while disallowing individual discovery, full debate and quality definitions.  If you do not allow for original resources, be they the Federalist Papers or Marx’s oratories, you are training to the test and when the student gives the right answer, they get a little reward, just like training circus animals. It is horrifying that the ACT/SAT tests are being realigned for this “stuff”.  That this “stuff” is called “instructional material” is a slap in the face of every true learning innovator…  Stop this monstrosity NOW

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1589101206 Randy Cook

      Interesting insight. I then would assume that our colleges would continue with the same mantra. are we programming these next generations of being compliant citizens to an out of control government. God Help Us!

      • http://twitter.com/DavidGo38539251 comandantedavid

         You would assume wrong.  Vanessa’s view reflects the traditional thinking on college campuses.  We use primary sources, in my classes the Federalist Papers AND Marx, and then we get told that we’re god-hating liberals because we teach Marx.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/VVFWIRXCAMSB65FTEHGJJWFDEQ Dorothy

          I don’t know what school you go to comandantedavid, but what Vanessa describes is pretty typical. 
          What you describe is even handed, but not the norm. Normally, if both the Federalist Papers and Marx is discussed, the teacher will sway her/her political opinion over to  favor Marx and make our Constitution or Fed Papers to seem outdated…it’s brainwashing..
           Your statement is actually contradictory. One one hand you present a fair-handed discussion, then you said, “we get told we are god-hating liberals because we teach Marx”…Well, either you are discussing both or you are “teaching” one over the other….And that’s the point. Marx did Hate God! So if you TEACH Marx as your nomenclature, then your are God-hating, therefore, it seems it’s the Truth you don’t like.

          • http://timpanogos.wordpress.com/ Ed Darrell

            Dorothy said: 

            Normally, if both the Federalist Papers and Marx is discussed, the teacher will sway her/her political opinion over to  favor Marx and make our Constitution or Fed Papers to seem outdated…it’s brainwashing..

            Dorothy, it sounds like you live in the Soviet Union.  What you describe rarely happens in the U.S.

            For example, here in Texas, the average teacher is a young, Texas-bred and Texas-educated woman, probably Methodist or Baptist, but with a few Presbyterians, Catholics and Pentacostals thrown in; devout Christian, Republican-voting conservative.

            She would no more indoctrinate in Marx than she would give poison to her own kids (who attend the same schools). If you go to her home, on the 20 days a year the U.S. flag should be flown, it’s up. Heck, she flies it all weekend on Memorial Day and Labor Day, too. Her home library includes books mushy about the Declaration of Independence and the glories of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. She’s never read the Communist Manifesto, and doesn’t plan to do so.

            You slander hundreds of thousands of Christian, Texas teachers. 

            Please check the facts — why don’t you volunteer to help out in a Texas school and see for yourself?

            Are you even in Texas?

        • Anonymous

          It seems that the manner of presentation is the key here.  What does “teaching Marx” really mean?  Most educators I’ve had contact with in recent years are “indoctrinationists”…and their focused presentation seems to generally be directed to the positives of Marx and his cronies…it is “a more worldly view” and a thinking public is discouraged. 

          • http://timpanogos.wordpress.com/ Ed Darrell

             historyharper, you should come see teachers in Texas.  The one you describe is unique in this state — if she even exists.

            Here in Texas teachers are conservative, flag-waving Americans.  They skip over Marx when they can, preferring the drama of Patrick Henry, the stoic example of George Washington’s calm patriotism, and the brilliance of Thomas Jefferson’s renaissance-man life.

            They couldn’t name a “crony” of Marx, and if such a crony were pointed out to them, they’d put that crony on their fecal material list.

            You should come to America, come to Texas, and see for yourself.

    • http://www.facebook.com/josiah.wyncott Josiah Wyncott

      And it has been going on for a loooonng time. What better way to change society to your liking than taking control of the next generation in the years that define them? 

      • http://timpanogos.wordpress.com/ Ed Darrell

         Josiah, those bent on “taking control of the next generation” probably would start a campaign of calumny — false charges — against good, patriotic teachers, condemning them as “Marxists” and “socialists” and “indoctrinators” and “brain-washers,” all contrary to the facts and evidence.

        But if we can shatter the foundations of American education, as Jefferson and Madison noted, American democracy cannot long stand.

        They’d do what a lot of people on this thread are doing, Josiah.  Including you.

        Whose side are you really on?

    • http://www.facebook.com/dick.buhite Dick Buhite

       another so called teacher who wants to be addressed as doctor which they are not. I am 76 years old nave learned more outside of school than in ,finished high school college was not a financial possiblity went to the school of hard knocks came out with honors

      • Anonymous

         It appears your “self-education” leaves something to be desired, since Vanessa Justice makes no claim to being a “Doctor”. That Title is earned by possessing a Phd, not a Masters which is what she claims. Maybe you need to go back to school and learn the difference…

    • http://timpanogos.wordpress.com/ Ed Darrell

      Vanessa, the CSCOPE critics in Texas would like nothing more than to stop Texas kids from reading original source documents.  The critics are particularly in fear of most of the Bill of Rights, especially the First Amendment.  They wish the entirety of Article VI of the Constitution would be repealed.  Lincoln’s Cooper’s Union speech gives them the willies.  Madison’s Memorial and Remonstrance gives them apoplexy, and the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, which Jefferson wrote and which was passed on the strength of Madison’s petition, positively makes them swoon.

      They malign “progressives” because they think the women in the Triangle Shirtwaist factory probably got what they deserved, especially the “undocumented ones,” and truth be told, they are nervous about letting American democracy work, and so favor repeal of the 17th Amendment, turning control of the U.S. Senate back to U.S. corporations (what could possibly go wrong?).  Bryan’s “Cross of Gold” speech sometimes gets a pass, because they think Bryan was talking about Jesus’s crucifixion, and not getting the U.S. off the gold standard (again missing the point about letting corporations run the government, and willing to let corporations run the economy to the disadvantage of farmers, workers, and anyone not filthy rich to begin with).

      And if you pin them down in debate, they’ll confess they think the progressives’ campaigns against child labor hurt the economy, and campaign against child abuse violates a mythical Biblical standard that allows parents to beat their children, “for the children’s good.”

      It’s funny, almost.  CSCOPE was Texas’s in-your-face answer to Common Core.  It turns out most Texans opposed to a common canon of learning in the U.S., are really just opposed to education and learning.  Stupid peasants are easier to herd, you know, and rarely stand up for freedom.

  • Michael Daley

    This is happening in Texas because Texas’ curriculum drives the curriculum for the rest of the country via textbooks, which are generally produced to satisfy Texas’ curricular requirements. I am a teacher in New York, a father, husband, and veteran. I will never be intimidated into disseminating this kind of pablum in my classroom.

  • Anonymous

    2 words: Catholic Schools!
    I love that Progressives and left wings nuts can’t take away my children’s awesome education. They are taught love, peace, forgiveness and all moral values. In addition, the math, science and reading program they offer places their students at the top of the education spectrum. What  I paid over the years in tuition came back to us 10 fold in college scholarships. If the gov’t is involved, it’s corrupt and doomed to fail. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Wesche-Warren/622849514 Sarah Wesche Warren

      Or Homeschooling.  The time involved gets paid back in college scholarships as well.  And you can let your kids explore the areas that interest them.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/7C3SR7PSEHFH575KF24PCTP724 Crayzcat

        Watch out, they are trying to take homeschooling away too!

        • http://www.facebook.com/tracey.riehl Tracey J. Riehl

          We home schoolers are a vigilant, rebellious bunch. Every time they try to limit home schooling rights here in NH, they get an onslaught of visitors to the state house.  We have been very successful at limiting the government’s involvement in our home schools.  In fact, it’s never been a better time to home school and as long as our numbers keep growing, those who would discourage us will have a heck of a time. Rest assured, love of liberty and activism is alive and well in the home schooling community! 

    • Anonymous

      Falconjt – I so agree with you.  Catholic schools are awesome, but, my grandchildren here in Illinois go to a Catholic school and my daughter found out that they were teaching the word “social justice” in lieu of the word “charity” which is the word we have used in the Catholic religion forever and ever.  She had a talk with the teacher about this and the teacher agreed that the word “social justice” is a “today” word that means a lot more than the semi-religious word of “charity.”  She promised that she would tell the children, which she did, the difference between the word “social justice” which is actually a very political word and used very differently today, and the word “charity.”  By that I mean…when you hear “social justice” and the way it is used today, you are hearing, everyone “must” treat others fairly etc. etc, leaving out the “personal feeling” of “wanting” to help our fellow man.  It seems like such a small thing, but it is actually very, very important to discern.  Our children will hear the word social justice and they will be hearing it over and over again in the media and in books and if they are wise to the fact, per the teachers in the Catholic schools or other religious schools, they will be equipped to see the difference and not blindly accept this word because the meaning today is NOT the same and it is NOT about “charity.”  It is a scary time for parents, and they should, in all schools, even religious schools, be checking up on the curriculum and watching what is going on. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VVFWIRXCAMSB65FTEHGJJWFDEQ Dorothy

      well, stated, but to those of you who homeschool or send your kids to private Catholic/Christian et al school, chose your colleges wisely. 
      Catholic/Christian colleges can also very liberal…leaving their faith far behind because of the Federal/state funds that are connected to the so-called “separation of church and state”.For them to take the money, they have to leave God behind….or they’ve just chosen to do so. I’m for being broad minded and learning of others ideas and faiths or lack of it, but I’m not for removing faith in God from the marketplace of ideas, esp. college and that is pretty common now. With Common Core, anyone with faith or steps out of the box…will be punished.
      Its’ a disaster for the human condition let alone the spiritual grounding of our existence.

    • Rocio Neill


      I would have agreed with you last year. My kids go to a Catholic School in Austin and unfortunately, the Diocese of Austin has purchased CScope and all of the schools in the Diocese are beginning to use it as of this year.  I’m so disappointed in this decision and now we are forced to pull our kids out of Catholic School.

    • http://timpanogos.wordpress.com/ Ed Darrell

      falconjt, Catholic schools are held in equal disregard here in Texas, if not more, than public schools.  Don’t ever think that those who wish to kill the public schools are on your side.  They’re not.

  • Anonymous

    I lived in Texas for three years before moving over seas.  My kids just left the Texas system and I had no idea this was going on.  Shocked!  That being said……….now I am concerned about my kids education within the DODDS school system.  Anybody have any ideas on that front?  

    • Anonymous

      You should put little tin foil hats on them, instructions can be found elsewhere on this website, the real danger is the brain waves that are being broadcast to you by the government through the filings in your teeth, you can fight these be making a Diode Resistor from your cake mixer. Get to work, and be safe!

      • Anonymous

        Is that what happened to you?  

        • http://www.facebook.com/ellen.herner Ellen Herner

           oh Kellie… please don’t feed the troll… they only get more strident and ridiculous the more attention they get 😉

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff8jDkOHp3U&feature=youtu.be Sam Fisher

        Says the moron that believed in sequester apocalypse 2013.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.colgin.5 Jason Colgin

    Northwest Louisiana has your back Big T!

  • http://www.facebook.com/demossmckosky Sheila DeMoss McKosky

    The average American public doesn’t know what is being done in America today unless they stop listening to the everyday media on the radio and tv and tune in to the Christian reporting.  Most parents don’t really take the time to investigate what their children are being taught as long as they go to school and get good grades, graduate and get a job.  We are all being deceived and so much is going on that we don’t know about.  God help us to start caring and become more involved in our world and tell others.  Thank you so much Glenn Beck, David Barton, James Dobson and so many others that are not afraid to expose the truth.  May God continue to help you financially and physically to do this. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/leslie.milliganmalsbury Leslie Milligan Malsbury

    This is sad to see this going on. When I asked teachers last year what CSCOPE is and NONE of them couldnt give me a straight answer. My oldest sees the difference and I do not like this way of education. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=661662074 Kristin Connolly

    I learned yesterday that the average parent spends 19 minutes a day actually interacting with their children. Two and a half watching TV (plus whatever other media distractions there may be). Kids get about seven hours of school and seven hours of media per day, on average (not including multi-tasking, which would increase the media hours). Can we really be surprised that we’re not passing our values and beliefs to our children? We’ve outsourced the job.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Nelson/1549298407 Mark Nelson

    This has been a long time in the making. Does anybody really believe that there is a “good” reason for History and Social Studies books not coming home with school children?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1216148131 Hollie Jones-Gallagher

    They wonder why we as parents are placing our children in private schools…

  • http://www.joyfilleddays.com/ Sarah Beals

    Whenever parents are kept in the dark about their kids, they should be outraged. Brainwashing your kids using public money is unconscionable. 

  • http://twitter.com/cafecre8vity LeAnn Smith

    I often think that it would be a great idea to start a new school system (perhaps a charter school) based on conservative values. I know Hillsdale College has the K-12 Hillsdale Academy, but I don’t know that much about it. There are many implications with starting a new school system… but local charters in my area have sprung up, for example, one charter is for gifted children who are not getting appropriate gifted services in the public school system. I have seen what goes on in K-12 schools and I have no doubt the influence has impacted students as they matriculate into college, where the indoctrination continues. If students are not taught strong core values at home, they will get them somewhere…. hence the society we have today.

  • http://twitter.com/missgto Missgto

    Please fellow American’s.  If you are not already, please support the Blaze TV.  Glenn Beck is an honest man with so much integrity.  You will not hear about these incredibly important things on your TV networks. We are losing our country, because most of us have no idea these horrible things are eroding our values and indoctrinating our kids and grand kids. If you don’t agree, you have not been awake and have not been tuning in to what Glen exposes and informs.  Rational people care about what is being done to our country.  Please…..spread the word.  Support the Blaze TV.  Thanks!   ; )    (*This has been an unpaid plug for the Blaze TV!)   : )

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.radosta.7 Joseph Radosta

    Texas was the start of the LGBT acceptance in our schools. It was started and funded by Martina Navritilova and Billy Jean king in the 1980s so no surprise that this is starting in Texas.

  • Anonymous

    Get a rope- String ’em up.  I’ve had enough of Libs and Socialists.

  • Anonymous

    I am a Texas teacher….and I got into…let’s just say “a little hot water”…when speaking out against CSCOPE.  I wrote the local paper, had a meeting with our curriculum director, his assistant, my principal, my assistant principal and my department head. God bless them, my principal, assistant principal and department head supported me 100%.  But, the higher-up admin didn’t want to hear it.  I even produced a 3-ring binder FULL of errors in the 9th and 10th grade curriculums.  Trust me, the teachers are trying to speak out.  But, you can’t imagine the pressure those teachers walk into when they do that.  Everything these teachers exposed to Glenn Beck is true.  In years past, I mostly taught AP English classes.  My students were taught independent, critical thinking skills.  The English Dept. I was blessed to be part of performed at the top 10% in the State of Texas for schools our size (4A…about 1500+ students), and our kids went on to pass their ACTs and SATs, etc, at very high numbers.  This year, I am not teaching….and it is because of CSCOPE and the attitude and lack of support by upper admin…..I thank God my family had the option and the ability to get by on one paycheck (I was teaching because I love it and wanted to teach our young people)…but, I pray for teachers who don’t have that luxury.

    • https://me.yahoo.com/a/kKxw.ukupou4.5yv0dWw3sK9tvnZ#8f57c Ann

      kthomas07  please contact txcscopereview and provide them with the notebook of errors.  They will send it on to the State Board of Education and/or Senator Patrick.

      Thank you for standing up for what is right.  I am sorry you are not in the classroom.

    • https://me.yahoo.com/a/kKxw.ukupou4.5yv0dWw3sK9tvnZ#8f57c Ann

      Please contact txcscopereview and provide them with the notebook of errors.  They will forward it on to the State Board of Education or to Senator Patrick.

      Thank you for standing for the truth.   I am sorry you are not in the classrooom.

  • http://www.facebook.com/donn.caldwell Donn Caldwell

    We’re concentrating too much Border Patrol on the Rio Grande.  Need more vigilance on the Red River border to keep the damned liberal yankees out of Austin.

  • Anonymous

    It’s well past time for parents to take their kids out of pubic schools! Just today, we find out that one of THE most liberal/statist of pubic schools in the country — New York — is graduating seniors of whom 80% can’t read. But you can BET that they are indoctrinated! This is the federal department of “education” (indoctrination) agenda at its best. When parents stopped concerning themselves with what Johnny and Mary were being taught (“Heather has two mommies,” how to install a condom, etc) and viewed the hours that their kids were being indoctrinated as a 6-hour-per-day vacation, that’s when we lost control of the school agenda to the Statists! Parents only have themselves to blame that their children have become blooming Liberal idiots!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mazie.white.35 Mazie White


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1715731112 Arn Dale Goodsell

    The evil that lurks in the heart. CSCOPE and the scum behind it need to be removed, like yesterday!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff8jDkOHp3U&feature=youtu.be Sam Fisher

    CSCOPE is nothing more than Nazism type education. They are rewriting
    history by ignoring our routes. By ignoring the founders and everything that
    makes us a great country.  Like I said this
    is out of the play book of Nazi Germany. The Nazis hid history or rewritten it
    to fit their twisted view. They made Jews into something they were not as these
    liberals are doing it now. What next the liberal youth. We need to stop them
    before they kill freedom to through our younger generation. I bet this is all
    run by Van Jones or even Soros. 

  • Momzilla11

    Fortunately, Texas is one of the most homeschool friendly states in the union.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sue.carlson.35 Sue Carlson

    If this is happening in Texas, what is the Texas Senators doing about it??  They are doing a great job defending the 2nd amendment and I applaud that, but this is equally important.  I certainly hope that the people are stepping up and doing something to make this public and fighting it.

  • http://twitter.com/DavidGo38539251 comandantedavid

    Beck: “What do you do when your students come home and say ‘they’re teaching us socialism is great!’?” 

    Teachers: awkward glance at each other.  “Well, in my case it was mathematics…and the problem is that the testing is oppressive and the materials are mediocre.”

    Priceless.  Keep trying to put words in their mouths, Glenn.  They’re complaining about oppressive standardized testing, which is pretty much a textbook Republican policy to ensure good “return” on “investment.”

  • http://twitter.com/DavidGo38539251 comandantedavid

     Careful, the Texas State Republican Party’s official platform is that “critical thinking skills” are a progressive plot and that students should just learn “facts.”

  • Anonymous

    What scares me is pretty soon they will see that more and more people will choose to home school their children so they will learn these basic truths and they will figure out a way to do away with, tax, etc. people who home school.

  • Anonymous
  • Sargonarhes

    This is probably how Conservatives lost Colorado. Progressive Liberals obviously think if they can seize Texas the rest of the nation will fold. This has to be stopped at all costs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742102668 Johnlene Kennedy

    Cscope needs to go and the parennts are complaing about it 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Melissa-Katsmom-Votano/1526442165 Melissa Katsmom Votano

    It’s happening everywhere folks……..when a kid gets suspended over a pop tart that looked more like Idaho then it did a gun….”spirited” kids are drugged on a massive scale to fit in a cookie cutter shape and attitude…….cameras, guards and metal detectors in schools…..it’s been going on for decades in such an insidious way under the guise of protecting them.  Sheepified……..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Draco-Morrison/100000295732186 Draco Morrison

    Collage students had to take some vaccination shot to take this semester.  Im not against the idea they were spreading vaccines of a future virus

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe that Glenn Beck is still trying to use Barton as an expert.  He is such a pathetic hack that has had his theories and “historical” facts dis-proven so often that he is now a laughing stock in his own field.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robin.nelsonherlihy Robin Nelson-Herlihy

    Mr. Beck, thank you for helping to expose Cscope. A lot of people I know are brushing this off as if it isn’t important. My son attends Anna ISD and was recently given an assignment that was politically biased. The only thing I am thankful for about this, is my son voicing to me that he refused the assignment because he did not believe in the assignment and felt he was being pushed into a belief. And this was an English assignment. Please anything you can do to help I would appreciate because I feel like I’m about to go at this alone. I want Cscope out of my school district. Thank you.

    • Terry Collins

      Homeschool.  “Aren’t you concerned about socialization for your kids?”  “As a matter of fact, yes, that’s why we homeschool!”

      There are plenty of opportunities for kids to socialize outside of school where you can pick who they’re socializing with.  If you’re unsure you can handle it, there are many support sites and huge numbers of people who homeschool who’d be ecstatic to help a ‘new convert.’ 

  • http://www.facebook.com/robin.nelsonherlihy Robin Nelson-Herlihy

    I have posted to Sen. Ted Cruz’s Facebook wall, asking for him to look more into this and to help. I’m also contacting my local representatives to tell them the Cscope is a horrible choice in curriculum. I hope that will boost my confidence to tackle the school district head-on. I hope to get feedback from Mr. Beck too,   

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.hesting Richard Hesting

    Beck is nothing but a fascist.  

  • Anonymous

    This what I sent to the Senate Education Committee in the state of Georgia. 
    INTRODUCTION State School Superintendent Kathy Cox and Governor Sonny Perdue committed Georgia to the Common Core sight unseen upon signing the Race to the Top grant application in January 2010 without legislative oversight or any fiscal note being submitted to the General Assembly.  In July 2010 the State Board of Education officially adopted the Common Core, only one month after the content standards were released in English language arts and math, without enough time for the citizens of this state to understand or comment on the standards. In the fall of 2010, Georgia agreed to become a “governing state” of the PARCC assessment consortium, meaning Georgia will implement these tests starting in 2014-15, though the tests are yet unseen and their costs unknown. Again, this was done without any fiscal note or legislative oversight. In addition, the Common Core has commandeered the rights of Georgians to control the educational standards of this state in math and English language arts because these standards are owned and copyrighted by unaccountable third parties. FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A TEACHER Despite the fact that the federal government has no constitutional authority over education, the Race to the Top grant is essentially controlling how teachers teach math and English language arts. This not only hijacks the art of teaching  and takes the joy out of teaching, but Common Core methodology denies students the basic knowledge that they need in subject matter. For example, teachers are told to evaluate students on how they are working through math problems rather than teaching the students how to perform those math problems. Students are told to “struggle their way through,” and teachers are told to  evaluate student performance on the process of their struggle versus their knowledge of the subject matter. Constructivism is not the only way to teach curriculum. Basic skills cannot be taught through discovery. In English language arts, the same process occurs there as well. For example, students are given a reading passage without any context. This learning process is backwards. The practice of what is called “close reading” may be properly applied in the reading of poetry, but not as an overall teaching method for English language arts. This would be akin to telling me, as a science teacher, that  I could only teach inductive reasoning skills and never teach deductive reasoning skills to my students. Students need basic content knowledge before they can properly use any critical thinking skills, and Common Core robs students of the foundational building blocks of that knowledge.  OTHER REASONS WHY GEORGIA SHOULD EXIT THE COMMON CORE AND THE PARCC §  Nationalized standards and centralized educational control across the nation do not honor the principles of freedom. James Madison, in Federalist 51, wrote, “In the compound republic of America, the power surrendered by the people is first divided between two distinct governments, and then the portion allotted to each subdivided among distinct and separate departments.” He further explained that division of power and the multiplicity of interests were the best defenses against centralized power and oppression of the people and their rights.§  Georgia’s citizens have the constitutional right to control Georgia’s educational standards and curricula. Their elected leaders have no constitutional authority to give away the rights of the people to Washington, D.C. bureaucrats and corporations masquerading as non-profits. There is no defined system for governance of Common Core State Standards in the future – CCSS is owned and copyrighted by the National Governors Association and the Council for Chief State School Officers, so those trade associations can determine how much – or how little – input states will have into future revisions. How can parents, teachers, citizens, or even legislators have input into this undemocratic, unaccountable process?§  Collection of personal data on our students, starting in pre-school, extending through college, and into the workforce, is an invasion of their privacy, and requires teachers to become more focused on entering data than on teaching.§  The computer-generated testing of PARCC will serve as a straight-jacket for classroom instruction.  Teachers will continue to teach to the test in ways that will make No Child Left Behind look mild by comparison because now their evaluations will be tied to student performance on these tests.  Our schools will become mere testing factories, not places of academic achievement. Schools will be graded on the benchmarks of the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) and not on the actual academic progress of students.§  There was no up-front cost analysis of the mandates associated with the Race to the Top grant. Even from a fiscal standpoint, the Department of Education should have no authority to sign onto any grant without legislative accountability. Although Georgia is receiving $400 million over four years from the federal government for implementation, this will be much less than what it will cost long-term to implement and maintain the terms of the grant.  Georgia’s taxpayers already pay $13 billion in state and local taxes for K-12 education every year. A mere $400 million federal grant, over four years, should not usurp state and local control. When the State of Georgia cannot change the standards of the Common Core and can add no more than 15 percent to enhance the standards, this denotes a loss of control.§  The point of standards is to drive curricula; therefore, through CCSS, the federal government is violating these three statutes: the General Education Provisions Act, the Department of Education Organization Act, and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. These statutes prohibit the U.S. Department of Education from directing, supervising, or controlling school curricula.

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps we can “follow the money” here:  http://www.cscope.us/partner_vendors.html

    In the early-mid 1970’s there was a program call IPI (Individually Prescribed Instruction) it was an epic FAILURE:  http://www.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/journals/ed_lead/el_197203_yetter.pdf

    As a fifth grader, try explaining to your parents why there is no homework.  Try explaining to your depression-era parents why “D’s” and “F’s” are good while “A’s” and “B’s” are bad.

    When a teacher calls a fifth-grade student out individually in front of the entire class because the student was reading books above the student’s determined level and the student was to stop the advanced reading immediately, that student calls into question the entire practice of education guided (ruled?) by an external committee.  The student knew it was crazy, even then.

    “Just hand out the materials and the job is done!”

    Terrible and lazy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=741689009 Francesann Spillers

    Until you gt rid of Obama, the nation will lose every value , this nation was founded on. It is sad to say, Obama has never been Presidental material, and he is succeeding in destroing this  Great Nation. We have had bad presidents in the past, but none  worse than Obama an hscohots of corruption.Impeach Obama, Take a stand, and take back America, and its true Values. This crap of education is nothing but crp, because that is all Obama is. I am so glad i am no longer a student, but my heart goes out to those who’ education, is being ruin by yours truely Obama. IMPEACH THE  IDIOT………..

  • Anonymous

    I currently teach Gov/Econ in Texas and I agree with much of what the two teachers have said here. When CSCOPE was first implemented it was oppressive because we were expected to teach the lessons as is and give the assessments as is. The problem here is that the assessments did not match the lessons because they were written by two different people. The teachers here present the real problem with CSCOPE. Thank God our administrators listened to the teachers and we were allowed to develop our own assessments. Another problem with CSCOPE is that it was a full year before the lessons matched up with the new TEKS. For all of you outside of the education field the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) are the curriculum requirements set by the State Board of Education. The TEKS are those things the teachers are required to teach. Each grade level and subject has a specific set of things that are required to be taught. Here is the link so that you can check them out for yourselves. http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=6148 
    So, teachers in Texas were having to develop and realign their lessons to fit the new TEKS anyway. All the while schools in Texas were paying a pretty good chunk of change per student for a curriculum that was out of date. So, will the schools in Texas get a refund from CSOPE for the 2011-2012 school year when we were provided with a curriculum that did not match the new Social Studies TEKS adopted for the 2011-2012 school year. 

  • debrollin

    Well the Left has to work on the Red State of Texas…got to destroy that open, balanced, patriotic, freedom loving state by brainwashing at the youth levels!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dick.buhite Dick Buhite

    Texas is a tea party state why blame the liberals this is controlled by repukes

  • Anonymous

     One more comment then I am done. For all of you who do not know the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) are what must be taught in Texas schools. Those can be found at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=6148 .  CSCOPE is the curriculum many schools are choosing because it is cheap. Curriculum is how you teach the standard or TEKS . . . Read the TEKS and then you will see what students in Texas should be taught. Texas went through the ringer a few years back when they did their TEKS review for Social Studies. Many of you here will be pleasantly surprised by what you find there. 
    For example: Grade 1 Social Studies (5)  Throughout social studies in Kindergarten-Grade 12, students build a foundation in history; geography; economics; government; citizenship; culture; science, technology, and society; and social studies skills. The content, as appropriate for the grade level or course, enables students to understand the importance of patriotism, function in a free enterprise society, and appreciate the basic democratic values of our state and nation as referenced in the Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.002(h).Grade 12 Government (A)  explain major political ideas in history, including the laws of nature and nature’s God, unalienable rights, divine right of kings, social contract theory, and the rights of resistance to illegitimate government;(B)  identify major intellectual, philosophical, political, and religious traditions that informed the American founding, including Judeo-Christian (especially biblical law), English common law and constitutionalism, Enlightenment, and republicanism, as they address issues of liberty, rights, and responsibilities of individuals;(C)  identify the individuals whose principles of laws and government institutions informed the American founding documents, including those of Moses, William Blackstone, John Locke, and Charles de Montesquieu;These are just a few. CSCOPE is wrong because it is bad curriculum (how you teach the standards) the lessons have not been vetted by anyone, and many administrators are completely inflexible in its implementation. For the most part the Social Studies TEKS (or what must be taught as determined by the State Board of Education) are excellent.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=752264819 Monica Boldt Kilgore

    I would not trust Dan Patrick’s opinion on anything relating to education.  He has a vendetta against public education and will lie, steal, and cheat to further it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.allen.585 Dan Allen

     The “unstated” goal of this forced indoctrination, is multiculturalism. They are now mandateing a race and ethnic studies course at most colleges. God made three races Cacasoid, Negroid, and Mongoloid, but Satan with the help of his anti-christian “Obama” is undoing gods order by turning gods perfect mix into a world of abominations. There will be no racial integrity left if this keeps up for the full 7 years of obamas reighn. I am Glad that God has shortened it to 4 years, the end is near my christian fellows. 

    • Anonymous

      Dan, your comment is why when people come to this site and read the comments they are appalled. So what you are telling everyone here is that the children I go to church with and the children of my best friend are abominations. Multiculturalism is not necessarily always a good thing but you must realize that culture is not always synonymous with race. 

      I will attempt one more time to put some of this in context.

      What David Barton was talking about is the Social Studies TEKS review that occurred in 2009-2010. That battle is done and Texas was vilified across the country by liberals primarily because of the standards that were adopted (The TEKS). It is misleading of both Barton and Glenn not to tell people that what he is talking about is not what is required in the state anymore. That battle was won. Here is the link to the standards that were adopted to begin in the 2011-2012 school year : http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=6148

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VVFWIRXCAMSB65FTEHGJJWFDEQ Dorothy

    Vanessa, thank you for that comment. This is exactly what I’ve experienced in college education and when I’d say that, I get either ignored, alienated, shut out as the majority just want approval from the prof, good grades, (earned for absolute parroting), and to be with the crowd. 
    The fact is, when group-thinking is forced on us, no one is thinking or they are keeping their thoughts to themselves and suffering for internal conflict of conscious, that can cause mental and emotional so-called, “disorders” and be expressed as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bi-polar, ..I’m saying we are bring on these psychological problems from the government down ….because they are trying to cookie-cut our brains and thus our lives to fit their purpose of making drones or manchurian candidates from the majority of us.
    That’s how Obama got in…the education of sheer stupidity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sheri.h.lehman Sheri Hillery Lehman

    On the Exposing CSCOPE, could someone tell me if this is also a part of the “Common Care” that the Obama administration is supporting?  Here is a link http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/338428/common-core-corrupts-michelle-malkin
    Just wondering if this is the same thing under a different name? Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/sheri.h.lehman Sheri Hillery Lehman

    Could someone tell me if this Exposing CSSCOP is the same thing as the Obama administrations Common Core?  Here is a link:



  • http://www.facebook.com/pat.manchack Pat Manchack

    CSOPE is the Communist idea to get kids to become Communistic. Take a look at the CD {“Agenda”) It is recommennded that kids are the major goal of the Communist Party. I don’t want to be a Communist, nor a Socialist, nor a Muslim. I want to be loud and clear about this. I don’t want my grandkids to be Communist either.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kc-Parker/100001725293399 K.c. Parker

    When I was teaching biology, we used CSCOPE.  I for one, liked what we had because I was able to use it as a guide. I did not have to stay hard and fast CSCOPE lessons.  I was able to pick and chose what lessons I used.  What I have problems with is “cooperative” learning.  Working in groups where only one does the work while everyone gets the credit.  I hated that.

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  • Jeff Shouse

    This is why there is no enumerated power for a Department of Education in the U.S. Constitution. We need to return to the wisdom of limited government or we will soon be so ignorant that we won’t know how to spell the word for the totalitarianism that we’ll be living under.

  • http://timpanogos.wordpress.com/ Ed Darrell
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  • Anonymous

    I’m at Rockwall High School, and all the teachers hate it, we have to take a CSCOPE test in each class about every there week, and in the begining of the year my Biology teacher would complain about how they would keep giving him the lesson last minute, and he would walk into 1st period not knowing what he was teaching till he picked up the CSCOPE packet… Non of my teachers teach it word for word, thankfully, but they do overwhelm all the students with worksheets, one of the other biology teachers barley teaches and just gives out worksheets and barley explains what they are learning.

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