Heritage, 2010, Volume 1 Page: 27
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"Scope and Sequence..." is the
belief that teachers throughout a
district should be covering the same
material at the same time-and
woe to those independent individu-
als who presume to structure their
"management system" that reduces them to "content facilita-
tors." These concerned and dedicated professionals understand
that despite what it says on their busses, school districts are no
longer truly "independent," and it is no longer their class and
"Scope and Sequence" straitjackets both teachers and students
and places them on a curriculum treadmill. It retards innovation
and individuality and replaces it with an "accountability process
to ensure a quality implementation." One could reasonably argue
that students in Victoria, Texas, need to know more about La
Salle and Fort St. Louis,
while those in Menard need
to spend more time on
Mission San Sabd and Fort
McKavitt. Canned curricu-
lum, however, allows little
time for local history. Other
casualties include field trips,
class projects, and what
used to fall under the cate-
gory of "enrichment" activi-
So if your grandchildren s
seem to know less Texas V:
history than they should,
look to the management
systems that attempt to substitute knowledgeable teachers with
the "best practice models" and replace effective teaching with a
feckless "process for curriculum delivery."
Stephen Hardin, Ph.D., pictured above, is a history professor at
McMurry University in Abilene.
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