WICHITA FALLS — Strip CSCOPE of all the controversial lessons that educators have recently divulged and you still have a dangerous curriculum, according to educator and researcher Jeanine McGregor.
She visited Wichita Falls Monday to address the Wichita County Republican Women.
"It makes no difference if you take out the indoctrination slant or rewrite lessons," McGregor said. "If you put in (CSCOPE's) social constructivism, you're changing the way kids are learning."
Traditional conservative teaching methods use textbooks and vetted materials to give direct instruction to students. They champion individual merit as expert teachers guide students through the material.
But CSCOPE takes a radical, progressive, socialist approach called social constructivism that trumpets self-directed learning, discovery learning and cooperative work in groups, McGregor said.
The CSCOPE approach says "experts don't know flip. Let's see what you know, and put them in groups," she said.
A teacher becomes a facilitator, counselor and mentor.
McGregor gave details of her research on CSCOPE that she prepared for the State Board of Education.
The research was done objectively but she said she has now crossed the line of objectivity and speaks out against the program that is so popular with Texas superintendents.
Like many of CSCOPE's critics, she said, she did not go looking for CSCOPE's problems but stumbled upon them while trying to help students.
Even though the State Board of Education has been tasked with investigating CSCOPE, she urged parents to educate themselves on CSCOPE first to decide if they want their children in a CSCOPE school.