Answer to the education issue:Revamp the teacher training system.Get rid of the college programs for teacher education.Have aspiring teachers major in their desired field. Preferably obtaining a masters degree in the field.Upon completion of the college work, have aspiring teachers spend a minimum of one year as paid interns in classrooms with master teachers. Two years would be better.The current "student teacher" system is a crap shoot. Some lucky aspiring teachers get to spend a few months in the classroom with a master teacher who is a true mentor. Others get stuck with teachers who view the student teacher as a glorified copy maker. Or they wind up in the room with a teacher who views it as an opportunity to spend most of the semester reading the newspaper and drinking coffee.
Free Jimmy! Let Tex Watson rot!
Enjoyed reading the positive things about CSCOPE! So nice when everyone works together!
I hope the school board has the intestinal fortitude to keep CSCOPE and maintain high standards!
Current question on a CScope social studies test:How did the United States respond to communist revolutions in Cuba and Nicaragua?A. The United States used covert actions within each country to undermine communist success.B. The United States established full diplomatic relations to encourage peace and reconciliation.C. The United States encouraged a coalition of nations to intervene militarily and restore democratic government.D. The United States requested United Nations' assistance to encourage democratic reforms through diplomacy.
The answer is A. Now tell me why the US used covert operations in those countries?Unless the case can be made for the other answers.
Shut it Mzchief!
Or E. We went in there and kicked those commie bastsrds asses.
Intestinal fortitude? What a laugh! Considering what we go through on my campus on a daily basis I hope they are all crapping enough bricks to build a stadium that would make Jerry Jones jealous.
the answer to cscope is simple the community needs to come together with the board and have meaningful discussions. we must a parents teachers and administrators come together to make our schools education the best it can be
10:55Do you feel the question is a problem? If so, why? What grade level this is? As a social studies teacher, I think it is a well-written question. I do hope there are other questions that carry the thought to a deeper discussion, such the one posed by 8:20.
Yep, canned curriculum and standardized testing. That'll make it all better...
Anyone know where I can get some random mining equipment?
CSCOPE is nothing but Bill O'Reilly type propaganda. What say you?
Canned cuuriculum / cscope = kids who turn out like Everybody Loves Raymond
All teachers do is bitch about their jobs. And kids just bitch about their teachers. Y'all are made for each other.
If you are not a teacher then you have no business making decisions about curriculum!
So Jimmy Warden has bonded out and I assume is out running around free as a bird! Wonder if the Newtown killer would have bonded out had he not offed himself. Pitiful! Just pitiful!
Problem with C Scope teachers want to do things that don't require as much effort. Look and see who is out the door at quiting time and you will see the ones who don't want it. They would crap a brick if they had to stay after school and put in extra work teaching the ones who struggle. C Scope works for 80 percent of Texas why not here?
8:31, I beg to differ. I should have a say at what a school district teaches my children.
Warden charged w assault...Warden...? Why would they let someone like that run a jail? What a disgrace!
Warden is out? That wouldnt sit too well with me if my kid was in his ex class
Most of DISD's problems re CSCOPE come from one elem campus where implementation was affted by the attitude of the principal.Brute forces usually produces a blowback.
Nice try-I would guess you are a principal at one of the other campuses where the same problems are occurring. Heck! Google CSCOPE and you will see its a problem everywhere. Even the Senate education committee is holding a special hearing on it this Thursday bc of public outcry.
9:55, did you write that while you were sitting in your admin office, from the ESC, or on your phone while you were doing one of your little fly-bys in my classroom? It's very typical...blame the teachers for the crappy curriculum we aren't "implementing" it correctly. Blah blah blah! CScope needs to teach some new selling points because you all sound the same.Good for you if you want to work around the clock to help kids (that's a big task considering what lousy curriculum we have to work with)! I have a husband and children that NEED me to be a wife and mother. Because I don't eat, breathe and sleep my job that doesn't make me a crappy teacher. It does make you a crappy administrator if you can't manage a curriculum and a time schedule that takes care of the teachers and students. If that many kids need help we've got a problem! Anybody want to clue in to that? What WE (the teachers) see when you are constantly up at the school instead of at home with your family is a dysfunctional person who doesn't have much of a home to go to so you take it out on us! Oh and lighten up on the emails on the weekend. We aren't impressed or inspired that you are working on the weekend. Most of us think its pretty pathetic.If I sound pissed off its because I am. You are WASTING money and the time of students and teachers on crap that doesn't work. I'm not just talking about CScope. You pull us in for useless staff development that is all about covering your ass and just continues to beat us down. Its obvious what you are doing. You are trying to pass off the blame for your failure because parents are starting to see what is really going on.Put a cot in your office for all I care and sleep there! But don't you dare make me out to be a crappy teacher because I choose to leave work at a normal time and go home to the family I love and support. Feel free to post this on your Facebook page!
3:36 If I ever find out who you are, I will shake your hand. Bravo!
You should be very concerned about Senator Davis being pulled from the Education Committee. If Dewhurst has his way, it will be CSCOPE city. This agenda does nothing but make the kids your future cashier at DG.
3:36 sounds like one of the FBC gossip group Educators that ruin DISD with their "I live my life right and the rest of you are going to Hell" attitude.
Cscope is a bigger problem in Wise than that Warden guy.
DISD cares only about turning kids into Uncle Rico wannabees in sports. Send your kids to Northwest, Boyd, or Victory and you'll never look back. F the bird gang
Last I checked, Texas has labor laws. Teachers are not on an "on call" contract and anyone who tries to lay blame on any teacher for not staying after contractual work day hours is a louse. If an administrator puts pressure on teachers for that, then as a teacher, I'd be speaking with a lawyer and exercising my rights as a laborer. If administration wants teachers to work past contractual hours, then PAY THE TEACHER TIME AND A HALF FOR THOSE HOURS! It used to be that teachers were pressured into after hours work at ballgames (gate duty). Someone finally challenged that and won. That was when gate duty became volunteer work and those volunteers were paid. Teachers, you really need to know your rights. There is nothing wrong with demanding pay for after hour work!
8:02 is a Union Steward, and a darn good one.
Maybe 1:17 should go sit in the class his ex teaches and learn something about spelling and grammar. She is a fantastic teacher and can't wait for her return. Most of us are not the least bit concerned about our children's safety and know that he would never go up to any of those schools. It's all just a bunch of media crap blown way out of proportion because from what I have heard there was never any real threat that he was going to.
If teachers got paid for all the extra time and work they put into the schools they would all be millionaires. Instead, they are one of the most overworked, underpaid professions out there.
Decatur Board Meetings are now fun to attend!Come out for a good time!
If CScope is so effective, why have Decatur ISD reading scores, especially in 6th grade, gone down since their implementation? CScope is overhyped and overpriced crap.
9:46, the breeze can get pretty chilly on your backside with your head stuck in the sand!9:50, whose fault is that?
Texas labor laws do not include footnotes that say "these laws do not apply to Texas teachers!"Teachers are abused because they allow themselves to be.
9:46, If you are going to chastise someone in regards to spelling and grammer, then you might not want to end a sentence with a preposition. Furthermore, you also might want to learn the concept of the comma. Lastly, you are dangerously close to using run-on sentences. No, I am not CSCOPE educated.
http://www.tea.state.tx.us/page.aspx?id=3058#topTeachers are salaried employes (as are administrators ). Hourly employes are required to work their set hours then get credit for overtime. Salaried professionals are required to work until the job is done.
12:14, there are limitations. Just because you sign a "salaried" contract doesn't mean you don't have set work day hours. Why don't you speak to a lawyer and see what they say. The district I work for tells the employess what the work day hours are. Most teachers are champions and will definitely stay and work "other duties as assigned" but an administrator cannot expect any teacher or salaried employee to "jump" after work day hours. Teachers usually do that out of the goodness of their heart, because that's just the kind of people they are. If you are an administrator, I suggest you look deeper into Texas labor laws for the salaried employee.
I was a trainer in the military for 8 years before I became a teacher. I wrote curriculum and training resources. This is my first year with CSCOPE but it is as good as anything else out there. It is not easy. It requires thought. It requires work (for the student and the teacher). Information is not just fed to you. You have to connect the dots, analyze, and reason. These types of creative thinking skills are missing from our society. I ask every college student I meet, "did school prepare you for college?" I have yet to receive a yes answer. Every single one of them have told me that too much is given to them in school. They tell me that they don't know how to study of properly schedule their time. When kids are given everything and not taught how to learn on their own or how to think on their own they become great at regurgitating information and nothing else. You ask them why the don't like school and they tell you because it's boring and irrelevant. So you give them real life problems to solve and they stare blankly at the problem because they have not been taught to analyze and reason. In my 12 years in military intelligence the number one skill I found missing in all of my trainees was critical thinking. If I gave them step-by-step instructions how to accomplish a task, they were great. If I just told then to get the cargo from A to B, they would crash at the first obstacle. Before you start criticizing what you don't understand, use the wealth of information at your fingertips. Go to the TEA website and read the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) and find out what the state is expecting of the children. The expectation has moved from regurgitation information to critical thinking skills. Questions of what, where, and when become questions of why and how.A student at Baylor analyzed CSCOPE results across the state and published them in a study at http://beardocs.baylor.edu/xmlui/handle/2104/8231
Anonymous Military Trainer:Have you considered using paragraphs?
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