Friday, May 10, 2013

Texas Student Tells Teacher to Teach and Not Just Pass Out Packets - Problem with CSCOPE

A video of a Duncanville ISD High School Student questions his teacher has gone viral. The student basically tells the teacher the kids would learn if the teacher actually taught instead of just passing out packets.

I do not know if this was CSCOPE material at Duncanville ISD, but I do know that a major problem with CSCOPE curriculum in Texas is that the teachers are not allowed to teach. They are forced to just pass out or do powerpoint lessons from CSCOPE's website. CSCOPE takes away teaching from the teachers and kids just get CSCOPE "packets" to do.

Story from The Dallas Morning News:

UPDATE: No discipline for Duncanville High School student in viral video, but teacher placed on leave


Update, 3:56 p.m.: Our Jeff Weiss reports on the education blog that the teacher heard in the video has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation of what led up to the outburst. The school district will not identify the teacher.
Updated at 11:50:
Jeff Weiss over on the Education blog reports that Bliss has met with the principal at Duncanville High and won’t face any discipline.
“The principal and student visited this morning,” according to a statement from the district, “and no further action will be taken regarding the student.”
Original post:
After being kicked out of class by his world history teacher, Duncanville High School sophomore Jeff Bliss ranted to her in front of his class about everything she was doing wrong.
In the 84-second video, he talks over the teacher, lecturing her about her classroom teaching style. “If you would just get up and teach us instead of handing ‘em a packet yo,” Bliss said in the video. He is an 18-year-old sophomore who dropped out of school and then returned, according to WFAA-TV (Channel 8). “There’s kids in here that don’t learn like that… they need to learn face-to-face,”You want kids to come to class? You want them to get excited? You gotta come in here, you gotta make ‘em excited, to change him and make him better, you gotta touch his freakin’ heart.”
Bliss told Channel 8 that he doesn’t regret his rant and that “somebody needed to say this.”
In the video he goes on to tell his teacher that he has “done nothing but read packets” and she has to “take this job seriously. This is the future of this nation.”
As of right now, it is unclear whether Bliss will face any disciplinary action but the school principal asked to meet with him, the student told Channel 8. Duncanville ISD officials have also been made aware of the video that a student in the class recorded on a cell phone. Bliss said he was not aware he was being recorded.
“As a district with a motto of Engaging Hearts and Minds we focus on building positive relationships with students and designing engaging work that is meaningful,” the district said in a statement. “We want our students and teachers to be engaged, but the method by which the student expressed his concern could have been handled in a more appropriate way. We are and will continue to be open to listening to students.”

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