Small School District Fights To Keep CSCOPE 6/18/13
June 18, 2013
Rankin - The fight with the CSCOPE curriculum continues in Texas, but this time it’s in Favor. The principal at Rankin High School has actually begun a petition against the decision made by CSCOPE’s board of directors to stop creating lesson plans for teachers. The petition has been online now for only four days and has already received more than two hundred signatures.
The Rankin High School Principal Sammy Wyatt, says that by eliminating these lesson plans, it will ultimately hurt the education of students. “I know that the banishment of the CSCOPE lesson plans are going to harm my school and it’s going to harm the education of a lot of schools in West Texas.”
CSCOPE has been highly controversial throughout the few years that it was used; some claiming teachers were becoming robots, others that it was anti-American.
“What is more American than Texas teachers creating lessons for Texas students, I just don’t see anything more American than that,” said Wyatt.
For teachers this switch will force them to work double-time as well as cost school districts money to buy new teaching materials.
“I would have to start a whole new curriculum, I’ve been using this one for the last three years, and I’ve had great success,” said Rankin Jr. High Math Teacher Kasey Johnson.
“They are going to have to buy more resources as far as textbooks or supplemental material to be able to create lessons to fit these IFD documents of CSCOPE to get the same instruction as we could with the already existing exemplar lessons,” said Wyatt.
Wyatt says teachers are not limiting themselves to using the lesson plans, but rather using them as models to better relate to their students. He also says he believes small school districts like Rankin are being over looked. “I know what is right and what is best for my school, I don’t want some senator out of Houston Texas telling me what I can do in my school.”
The framework of what and how the teachers should teach their students will still be offered by CSCOPE, but as of August 31st lesson plans cannot be used. Until then, Wyatt says he hopes to receive enough signatures to get a re-vote.
To see the full petition visit: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/let-texas-schools-keep-the-exemplar-cscope-lessons/