Biblical Values vs. Cultural Marxism Bias, Indoctrination in Schools; How to Protect Family

Common Core

Achievement Gap in Education

Biblical Values vs. Cultural Marxism Bias, Indoctrination in Schools; How to Protect Family

Protect Family values— Defeat Cultural Marxism. We on the Right need to “cultivate a new mindset. We have  to break up this monopoly of information.  We have to open up new space for rival and dissenting viewpoints. We have to create rival cultural institutions. ~Dinesh D’Souza

Common Core Indoctrination in Schools Increases Achievement Gap in Education

Dr. Carolyn Reeves

Amazingly, the research also revealed that a student’s religious faith (specifically Christianity) has the greatest impact on reducing achievement gaps. An intact family structure is the second most important factor in effectively narrowing the racial and socioeconomic gaps.

“Perhaps most interestingly,” Jeynes said, “when the two factors were combined (if low socioeconomic status children of color were religious and came from intact families), the achievement gap totally disappeared.”6

Rescuing the one

Rescuing the One Sheep; vintage oil by Wilhelmena Davidson

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Is the achievement gap closing?
Achievement gaps between groups of students have been a major challenge in education for decades. Common Core made narrowing those gaps an ambitious goal and predicted that by 2017, the gaps would be greatly narrowed.

It didn’t happen.

Common Core Bias Documented:

Focus on education
“Common Core is clearly hostile to Christianity, to the Founding Fathers and the Constitution, to traditional ideas of manhood and womanhood, to marriage and the family, to the idea of America’s unique example in the world, to any lesson about life and liberty that could be taught to us by a ‘dead white man.’”

Dr. Terrence O. Moore, former history professor, Hillsdale College
The Story-Killers: A Common-Sense Case Against Common Core

Is bias real?
Columnist Robert Knight wrote that there is an increasing animosity toward America and free market capitalism among many younger Americans. He references author William J. Federer, who says this is no accident.

Rather it is the result of conditioning in both elementary and secondary schools that continues into universities – tactics such as being hypercritical of America’s history and failing to appreciate the genius of our Constitution.

“Deconstructing Young Minds,”
Washington Times, 6/10/18

Is change possible?

If parents would like to see Common Core repealed or altered in their state, they should contact their state legislators and ask for open hearings or surveys on the standards, with input from local and state educators, parents, and students.

Signs of problems
Almost immediately, there were signs of problems from unhappy parents, students, and teachers. Angela Hill, a parent, former teacher, and Mississippi state senator, has been an opponent of the program from the beginning. She reported in debates about Common Core in the state legislature that she had “heard from numerous parents, teachers, and students complaining about the English language arts and math standards, as well as the recommended teaching methods.”

In 2016, as Donald Trump campaigned in the presidential elections, his promise to help get rid of Common Core was greeted with enthusiastic cheers and applause.

TIMSS math, science trends
The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study is given every four years to sample groups of fourth- and eighth-grade students. Results of the fourth-grade math scores from 2003 to 2011 showed a gradual increase for all student groups. From 2011 to 2015, the top quartile continued to increase, but the average and the lower percentiles decreased. Overall, U.S. fourth graders dropped from 11th in the world in 2011 to 14th in 2015. 5

Faith, family factors
Interestingly, faith and family come into the big picture in a big way. That is no surprise to those who hold to the traditions of the Founding Fathers.

Dr. William Jeynes, His study stunned many educators

Amazingly, the research also revealed that a student’s religious faith (specifically Christianity) has the greatest impact on reducing achievement gaps. An intact family structure is the second most important factor in effectively narrowing the racial and socioeconomic gaps.

“Perhaps most interestingly,” Jeynes said, “when the two factors were combined (if low socioeconomic status children of color were religious and came from intact families), the achievement gap totally disappeared.”6

With increasing approval of post-modern philosophies, some schools no longer support traditional family structure, and others try to eliminate all references to Christianity in such things as Christmas music selections, classroom writing assignments, and graduation speeches – falsely claiming there must be “separation of church and state” in schools. These self-defeating policies arguably make the achievement gap problem worse, not better.

Leaders’ perspective
The 2016 ACT National Curriculum Survey is given to thousands of K-12 teachers and college instructors to determine which skills and knowledge in English/writing, mathematics, reading, and science are being taught and which are considered essential for students to be ready for college and career. One result was that in general, college professors found that recent incoming students were able to analyze and summarize the opinions of others, but were often not able to generate and write original, sound ideas of their own. 7

Epic Stories of Western Civilization taken away

Dr. Terrence O. Moore, former professor of history at Hillsdale College and national leader in the classical school movement, states, “[T]he standards take away the ‘great stories’ of our heritage of Western civilization and Christianity, and replace them with post-modern cynicism and political correctness.”

Moore is concerned about what are on the “exemplar texts” for the Common Core English standards, as well as the large number of traditional classics that are not on the list. He maintains that the classic articles and books are a huge influence on students in shaping morals and character.

He sadly notes that selections of the classics, when included in a lesson, are often no more than a few selected pages that are covered in one day; if they present a conservative viewpoint, they may be compared with a modern author who has a liberal viewpoint.

Common Core is clearly hostile to Biblical Values

Moore’s frank conclusion is, “Common Core is clearly hostile to Christianity, to the Founding Fathers and the Constitution, to traditional ideas of manhood and womanhood, to marriage and the family, to the idea of America’s unique example in the world, to any lesson about life and liberty that could be taught to us by a ‘dead white man’.”8

States revise, repeal
A number of states have repealed their Common Core agreement and are in the process of writing new state standards and finding new achievement tests. Some states seem to be happy with the Common Core standards as they are. Others have found ways to override the copyright that only allows a 15% change in the standards, and some have made numerous adjustments that are more in line with their state values.9

Although schools in conservative communities can, and do, reject many of the more liberal selections, Moore sees Common Core as a vehicle that can influence students to accept anti-Christian, anti-American beliefs.

Teaching in the Home is the Solution.

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Restoring U.S. public schools to a foundation of moral principles and values of the Founding Fathers – if not already too late – will be a daunting task that demands the efforts of concerned parents, educators, and politicians alike.

References
1. Valerie Strauss, “Everything you need to know about Common Core” (Diane Ravitch). The Washington Post, 1/18/14 .
2. The Nation’s Report Card. 2017 Results. Retrieved from nationsreportcard.gov/reading_math_2017_highlights.
3. ACT: The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2017. Retrieved from act.org/content/act/en/research/condition-of-college-and-career-readiness-2017.html .
4. Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). Retrieved from nces.ed.gov/surveys/pirls/pirls2016.
5. Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) Retrieved from nces.ed.gov/timss
6. William Jeynes, “Shrinking the Achievement GAP.” Teachers of Vision, 3/7/18.
7. Valerie Strauss, “Common Core isn’t preparing students very well for college or career, new report says.”
The Washington Post, 6/9/16.
8. Terrence O. Moore, The Story-Killers: A Common-Sense Case Against Common Core
(Kindle Edition, 2013-11-29), 8.
9. Jill Norton, “Common Core Revisions: What Are States Really Changing?” EdTechTimes, 2/15/17.

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Carolyn Reeves, Ed.D. (undergroundparadigm.com), is a retired science teacher and co-author of a series of elementary science textbooks.

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Culture Wars: Public rejects Common Core, welcomes Classical Education

Culture Wars:

Public rejects Common Core, welcomes Classical Education

Public Support For ‘Common Core’ Falls to Record Low

Dr. Susan Berry

The annual Education Next poll shows that public support for the Common Core State Standards has fallen to a record low.

commoncore-scores-crashAccording to the survey, support for the Common Core education plan dropped to 50 percent this year, down from 58 percent in 2015 and from 83 percent in 2013.

When political affiliation is a factor, Republican support for the plan plummeted from 82 percent in 2013 to 39 percent in 2016. Democrat support fell from 86 percent in 2013 to 60 percent in 2016.

The poll finds that, among teachers, support for the program has dropped from 87 percent in 2013, to 54 percent in 2014, to 44 percent in 2015, and continuing at that level in 2016.

The poll surveyed 4,181 adults, aged 18 and older, including oversamples of 1,571 parents and 609 teachers during May and June.

commoncoreAccording to EdNext, it is the Common Core “brand” that is problematic for the program. The education journal states that when a second group of participants were asked if they support “the use of the same standards across states,” without the mention of “Common Core,” two-thirds of respondents say they are supportive. Teachers, however, appear to be less influenced by the name “Common Core,” according to the survey: only 50 percent of teachers say they approve of any uniform standards.

“It seems that a substantial share of teachers either realize that similar standards and Common Core are much the same, or that they dislike standards in general,” EdNext says.

However, in last year’s EdNext poll, results showed a drop in support from 68 percent in 2014 to 54 percent in 2015 in the group that was asked simply about “shared standards” without the mention of the “Common Core” name.

Many politicians in both major political parties have termed the Common Core “toxic” and “poisonous.” Jeb Bush’s support for the plan was thought to be a significant contributing factor to his demise in the 2016 GOP primaries. Similarly, emails uncovered by Wikileaks from the Democratic National Committee show communications directors warning colleagues not to discuss Common Core due to its unpopularity.

“Support for Common Core continues to just plummet,” Lindsey Burke, Will Skillman education fellow at the Heritage Foundation, tells Breitbart News. “Just half of respondents now support Common Core, down from 58 percent last year.”

Classical Education Welcomed

Catholic Diocese Chooses Classical Curriculum Over Common Core

 

Dr. Susan Berry

academic-freedomThe Michigan diocese of Marquette plans to reject the Common Core State Standards and choose instead a classical Catholic academic curriculum for its schools.

“After much consideration, the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Marquette will not adapt or adopt the Common Core State Standards which were developed for the public school system,” announced Bishop John Doerfler in a statement.

The bishop continues:

That said, we acknowledge that there is a base of adequate secular material in the Common Core State Standards that faith-based schools could reference as part of their educational programming. While we respectfully understand that other private and Catholic schools may discern to adapt or adopt the standards for these and other reasons, we do not believe that such actions would benefit the mission, Catholic identity or academic excellence of our schools.

The diocese will begin implementation of a Catholic Liberal Arts Education curriculum, reports the Heartland Institute. The foundations document for the curriculum takes its inspiration from Pope Benedict, who told American Catholic teachers in 2008 at the Catholic University of America: “The dignity of education lies in fostering the happiness and perfection of those to be educated.”

“[O]ur curriculum seeks to form our graduate’s character, aiming as high as its perfection,” says the document.

The curriculum is founded on four areas:

biblical-worldview2-christianOrdered basic knowledge – which the document says is the “knowledge of God and his revelation,” and includes theology, science and mathematics, history, philosophy and the arts, and moral knowledge.

“God created us ‘in his own image and likeness’ and will not deprive us of the truth necessary to orient our lives,” states the document. “The ability to make judgments about what is true and what is false and to make choices based on these judgments is the goal of learning basic knowledge in the elementary school.”

Basic skills or tools of learning – the abilities to listen, speak and write clearly, and read critically; logical thinking and math computation; use of the scientific method; proficiency in art, music, and technology.

Development of the moral imagination – “The development of the student’s personal aspirations are derived from inspiration and reflection upon the ideals of the good, true and beautiful found within the curriculum and subject content taught,” states the foundation document.

Principle of correlation between subjects – With religious instruction as the central core in the correlation of the curriculum, teachers make connections across subjects for their students.

“When we study Christian doctrine through Scripture texts, Bible history, and Church history, the moral law and the forms and ceremonies of public worship we can make direct connections with literature, history, philosophy, poetry and music,” the document states.

As the Cardinal Newman Society observes, the Catholic liberal arts curriculum has been welcomed by parents and teachers alike.

Culture Wars: Moral Relativism, Common Core take their toll

Culture Wars:

Moral Relativism, Common Core take their toll

Young Believers Fuzzy on Biblical Morality

moral-fuzzy-youthApril 2016 – Barna research reported in January that a huge majority of young Christians have an accepting or positive attitude toward porn. Among 18-24-year-olds, 76% actively seek out porn. Those as young as 13 years old also say when they talk with friends about porn, the subject is treated in a way that is neutral, positive, or even encouraging.

While 52% of young Christians say that not recycling is morally wrong, only 32% say pornography is wrong.

In addition, Liberty Counsel’s Larry Tomczak referenced a survey published by USA Today indicating that “65% of altar-bound singles – many of whom identify as Christians – now live together before marriage.”

Tomczak said reasons people give for choosing cohabitation include parenting a child, not being financially ready for marriage, or they are already divorcees.

onenewsnow.com, 1/31/16; 2/4/16

Alabama scores crash after Common Core

commoncore-scores-crashApril 2016 – Alabama students crashed from 25th place in 2011 to “dead last on math and English” scores in 2015, says an open letter to state senators from Eagle Forum of Alabama. In the letter, EFA president Eunie Smith laments the stunning decline “from where we were before Common Core when Alabama had been trending upward.” The scores reflect data from testing administered by National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Smith’s letter to senators goes on to say, “It’s not just NAEP scores that confirm the inferiority of Common Core.” For example, ACT scores of Alabama students dipped from 21 in 2014 to 16 in 2015. She urged Alabamians to contact their senators and ask that they support SB60 to repeal and replace Common Core.

alabamaeagle.org, 2/3/16

Culture Wars: Speaking English is a Controversial Issue?

Culture Wars: Speaking English is a Controversial Issue?

Speaking English in America Is Controversial Issue?

Rush Limbaugh

english-speakLook, all of this is a reaction to Trump suggesting that Jeb Bush lead by speaking English.  Now, here’s the story in Breitbart.  “Donald Trump told Breitbart News that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush should be speaking English — not the Spanish he spoke to attack Trump in Miami this week — on the campaign trail. … ‘I like Jeb,’ Trump said. ‘He’s a nice man. But he should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States.'”

 

RUSH: Do you believe that it has become, in certain quarters in this country, do you believe that it has become controversial that Donald Trump told Jeb Bush he ought to speak English, that that has now become an example of nativism?  You know, Jeb went out there and was addressing an audience, I think in Florida, and he was telling them in Espanol. “El hombre no es conservador.” Meaning Trump’s not conservative. And Trump said (paraphrasing), “You know, Jeb, you need to lead here, bud. You need to speak English. We’re in American.”  And that’s become controversial.

Over at CNN you would not believe. The Washington Post is editorializing that this is horrible what Trump said.  Now, I’m gonna tell you, this is one of these things — how to put this.  Every now and then we have evidence of the decline of so much about what has made this country great and this is another one of these things.  They go in spurts.

I mean, every day we get little bits of evidence here and there in terms of pop culture. Something like this comes up where everybody thinks that English is the language of this country and then you find out that many in the Democrat Party and the Drive-By Media think that’s nativist and braggadocios and unfair?  What the hell are you going to do in this country if you can’t speak English?

JEB:  (speaking Spanish)

RUSH:  I feel like I’m listening to a UN speech.  The only thing missing is the translator.  That was Jeb Bush speaking Espanol.  Basically… You know, I have the transcript.  Do you want to hear what he said?  He said, “Nancy Pelosi” and he said, “Hillary Clinton,” but the other thing…  But stop and think what this was.  This is the presumptive nominee, the presumptive Republican nominee.  Here.  Now that… Play this again.  It speaks for itself.  This is the presumptive — in many quarters now, the desired, the presumptive — Republican nominee.

JEB:  (speaking Spanish)

But Trump’s reaction to this was somewhat common-sensical.

illegal-immigration-differenceThe Washington Post reacted to Trump.  They said: “With that, Trump may have sparked yet another debate about whether or not to make English the official language of the United States. … In response, top Bush campaign aides fired back, suggesting that Trump’s comments about English put him on a ‘one man mission’ to kill the Republican Party.”

RUSH: How many old immigrants do you know, like maybe your grandfather, grandmother?  They refer to where they came from as the old country.  They assimilated.  They became Americans.

Now, Trump had his defenders on CNN, but there are more people condemning Trump for speaking English.

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2015/09/03/english_in_america_is_controversial

Christians warned to pull kids from public school

By Paul Bremmer

Imagine an America in which all children are educated according to biblical, Christian principles instead of modern, secular, liberal values.

Chaplain E. Ray Moore (Lt. Col. USAR Ret.), such a scenario is not just possible, but essential if Christians wish to reclaim the American culture.

Say-No-To-Common-Core-Pins“We take the position at the Exodus Mandate that the Scripture and sound theology teach that the education of children belongs to the family and the church or private associations, not government,” said Moore, the founder and president of Frontline Ministries, Inc. and director of the Exodus Mandate Project. “We don’t believe that government, even at the state level, has any role in K-12 education, and the Scriptures are clear and explicit on this. There’s no wiggle room.”

In order to wake Christian parents up to the dangers of public schools, Exodus Mandate has released a new documentary called “Escaping Common Core: Setting Our Children Free.”

The film is divided into two roughly 30-minute parts. The first part explores the origins of Common Core and the history of progressive education, from Horace Mann through John Dewey through the education policies of our past four U.S. presidents. The filmmakers argue Common Core is the latest manifestation of the effort to impose a socialist worldview on American children.

The second part of the movie offers Exodus Mandate’s suggested response to Common Core, which is for Christian parents to pull their children out of what Moore calls the “pagan, godless, atheistic public school system” and either homeschool them or find a private Christian school.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/09/christians-warned-to-pull-kids-from-public-school/#LwJ3g3I2QLKxrzXd.99

 

Education, Common Core, and Disaster

Education disaster ‘no accident,’ expert warns

‘Common Core is not going to fix this problem’

keyParents frustrated over the poor state of education public schools are providing their children have missed the point, says this education expert. The schools aren’t failing — they’re performing exactly as they were designed to perform …American schools are producing illiterates by the millions and burning through dollars by the billions – and it’s all by design, according to international journalist and educator Alex Newman.

“It’s no accident that we’re getting the kinds of terrible education results that we’re seeing right now,” Newman said in a recent interview on “The Steve Malzberg Show.”

book-crime-of-educators“Common Core is not going to fix this problem, and neither are these federally funded tests,” he said.

In his new book, “Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children,” coauthored with Samuel Blumenfeld, Newman reveals just how bad the situation is.

For example, three-quarters of American students who earn a high-school diploma are unprepared for college coursework. Thirty percent of high-school graduates can’t pass the U.S. military entrance exam, which is focused on basic reading and math skills. More than 600,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs sit vacant because there aren’t enough qualified candidates to fill them.

Across the country this spring, students are scheduled to take federally funded tests that align with the Common Core standards.

Common-Core-MathThe resistance already has been strong. In most areas where the tests are not mandatory, many students have chosen to opt out of the testing.

New York State has emerged as the center of resistance to Common Core. In some school districts, well over half of the students refused to take their Common Core-aligned tests this spring. In one Long Island district, 82 percent of students opted out. One teachers’ union, New York State United Teachers, has actually encouraged parents to opt their kids out of the tests.

Newman is delighted to see so much resistance to Common Core.

“It is extremely encouraging to witness the growing resistance to Common Core and the massive numbers of students and parents that are choosing to opt out of this Orwellian, federally funded testing regime,” he told WND.

“The controversial tests, in addition to serving as one of the primary enforcement mechanisms for the Obama administration-backed Common Core fiasco, are gathering unimaginable amounts of data on children for use by federal education bureaucrats. This is simply unacceptable, and it is great to see parents and teachers defying this outrageous plan.”

Common-core-protestFLCommon Core has faced criticism from both the left and the right.

“It is encouraging to see this growing alliance against Common Core that transcends party lines, ideology, and every other division,” he said. “As we show in our book, the Common Core nightmare is bringing Americans together like never before to take a fundamental look at what is going on in the government education system. This is a very healthy and extremely positive development that should have come decades ago.
“The American people need to stand united against Common Core and the associated tests, and one of the best ways to do that, at this point, is to simply refuse to participate. If policymakers continue to ignore the public outcry, they do so at their own peril.”

Say-No-To-Common-Core-PinsNewman believes lawmakers are not truly interested in what the public thinks of Common Core because the lawmakers want to use it to dumb down American children. In “Crimes of the Educators,” Newman and Blumenfeld write about John Dewey, the progressive education reformer of the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The authors argue that Dewey and his allies developed a new method of teaching children to read, called the whole-word method, that has had disastrous results. Newman laments that the whole-word method is still being taught in many public schools today.

“They literally teach the kids to read English as if it were Chinese rather than the traditional phonics method that has worked since time immemorial, and that’s at the root of so many of the problems we have in our country today,” Newman explained on Malzberg’s show.

Politicians and education bureaucrats often claim that students are doing so poorly in school because governments don’t spend enough money on education, so their proposed solutions are very costly, Newman points out.

corruptionFor example, it was estimated in 2014 that states would have to spend $10 billion up front to implement Common Core and then up to $800 million per year for the first seven years of the program.

Newman thinks federal and state governments are stuck in an endless cycle of spending money on strategies that don’t work. But he believes the cycle will never end on its own because the powers-that-be don’t want American children to get smarter.

“The educational establishment will never put a stop to it on its own,” he declared. “The American people need to find out what’s going on. They don’t need more billions, they need less billions, and they need to be exposed.”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/04/education-disaster-no-accident-expert-warns/#p7M4fRQzHbfBugC5.99

 

Education, Common Core, and iPads

Education? iFad Meltdown in the LA School District

keyIt is so bizarre to see this story and realize that America had a far better hold of basic literacy back when the country used McGuffey Readers. Tech toys are just a way to spend money and they don’t create educated adults.

The LA School District bought iPads equipped for Common Core for their students. Now they want a refund.

commoncoreThe slow-motion train wreck is reaching its destiny. I wrote about the doomed decision on the part of the LA School District to purchase school iPads back in the summer of 2013: “LA Connection: iFad and Common Core Are ‘For The Children’

An excerpt:

“Board members Steve Zimmer and Richard Vladovic expressed the most concerns. Zimmer questioned whether devices other than tablets were more fitting for high school students. Vladovic worried that the board lacked detailed information on costs. ‘This is one of the most high-profile contracts this board will ever approve,’ Zimmer said. This contract is ‘as big as they come.’ ‘I can sleep tonight with my conscience clear,’ Aquino responded, ‘that you did the right thing for kids.’”

It is so bizarre to see this story and realize that America had a far better hold of basic literacy back when the country used McGuffey Readers. Tech toys are just a way to spend money and they don’t create educated adults. In fact, at most all they do is educate children on technology that may be gone by the time they are adults. I remember getting my hands on first-class video-editing equipment in college. But it was all analog. Now, people probably do all that work on a much more compact computer. There is no reason to believe that the ability to use an iPad prepares anyone for life or teaches them what they need to know to be a truly educated man or woman.

In the meantime, the L. A. school district is about to get an expensive lesson in the difference between private and public property. Think about whether you would prefer to use your own private bathroom or a public one and apply that preference to what is likely to happen to most of these iPads over the next year. How many will make it?

What I didn’t know then was that Steve Jobs and many other Silicon Valley executives, while happy to take money from tax-fattened public schools, don’t want their own children to have access to them in their education.

By October 2013, mere months later, the LA school district was recalling the iPads. As Dave Jolly wrote for Godfather Politics,

govwasteabounds.In wake of a $2.8 billion deficit and the need to lay off more than 12,000 employees, one has to wonder at the logic and intelligence that led to the decision to supply $700 iPads to thousands of students.  The program supposedly cost the LAUSD a whopping $1 billion.

Classes began on August 13.  After only a month and half of school, the LAUSD has realized the huge blunder they made in supplying thousands of iPads to students.  Before giving the students their iPads, the district placed certain security settings on them to prevent them from accessing undesirable websites. However, many of the students were able to bypass the school’s security settings with a few simple clicks.

In addition to the students hacking through the security settings, many iPads have been conveniently lost or misplaced.  This has caused some of the district’s schools to start recalling the iPads.  Two high schools, Westchester and Roosevelt have already recalled the devices, but school officials say that almost a third of them are still unaccounted for.

A mere billion dollars may be inaccurate. According to Reason.com’s Robby Soave, the cost was actually $1.3 billion. Soave reports on the next stage of this debacle. You can probably guess what it is.

That’s right. The LA school district is getting ready to sue Apple and Pearson (the software company that loaded the Common Core applications on the devices).

Honestly, I don’t care that much about Apple and I hate Pearson as a thoroughly corrupt crony business that makes huge money off government education racket (as Soave notes). But the people who should be sued are the members of the board of the LA school district who made this egregiously stupid decision. In any case, even if there is some slight cause against Pearson there is none with Apple. They delivered the iPads to the school district. End of story.

Notice the method here. Make insanely stupid economic decisions and then, when the inevitable implosion takes place, save face by blaming the private sector.

The government only has one script.

But they also have a couple of supporting narratives they use. The story in the Los Angeles Times reminds us that then-Superintendent John Deasy played the race card and invoked income inequality to manipulate people into signing off on this disaster:

Deasy had said the technology effort was a civil rights imperative designed to provide low-income students with devices available to their wealthier peers.

And look how it all ended: like it always does when politicians play on race grievances and economic class warfare. The irony is, now the students of the LA school district are more like the children of wealthy Silicon Valley executives.
Read more at http://politicaloutcast.com/2015/04/ifad-meltdown-in-the-la-school-district/#kek8uMLjmMCxYMTp.99

 

Political Repair: Undo Barack Obama Actions; Undo Common Core

Dinner Topics for Thursday

Political Repair: Undo Barack Obama Actions; Undo Common Core

1. Ted Cruz: My First Act As President Will Be……

Undo Barack Obama Unconstitutional Executive Actions

Well it sounds good….
Check it out:

TedCruzSen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tells Breitbart News that if he’s elected President, one of his first actions will be to undo all of President Barack Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders.

“Absolutely,” Cruz replied when asked if one of the first things he would do if elected would be to undo all of Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News in Houston.

The next 20 months are going to be very dangerous because President Obama, unfortunately, seems to have decided to disregard the United States Congress and disregard the American people and instead is trying to force through as much of his extreme agenda as possible via unilateral executive action—and I think we’re going to see that only accelerate through the end of 2016 with more and more unconstitutional executive orders, more regulatory abuse and more and more efforts to go to the United Nations and foreign war tribunals in an effort to end run Congress.
Read more at http://cowboybyte.com/37614/ted-cruz-my-first-act-as-president-will-be/

 

 

2. Parents taught how to get kids out of Common Core

Teaching standards called ‘threat to personal liberty’

Bob Unruh

Note this example (below) of a Common Core math problem: Total Nonsense

 

Common-Core-MathThe Common Core school standards imposed on teachers by Washington bureaucrats have been rejected by multiple states, targeted by lawsuits and criticized as more indoctrination than education.

Now parents are being given a turn to take a whack at the one-size-fits-all program that relegates George Washington to a half a sentence and compares the Declaration of Independence to a high-school romance breakup letter.

The Michigan-based Thomas More Law Center is urging parents to opt their children out of the restrictive regulations and requirements, providing forms to make the process easier.

“The opt-out form is based on the constitutionally recognized fundamental right of parents to direct the education of their children and on federal statutes which were designed to protect student privacy,” said Richard Thompson, the chief counsel for the organization.

“Our Founding Fathers recognized the dangers to our freedoms posed by centralized control over public education. However, today, all but a handful of state governments, enticed by millions of dollars in federal grants, are voluntarily inviting the federal government to take control of our public schools, imposing untested educational standards and obtaining personal information on children and their parents which would make any totalitarian government blush with envy,” he continued.

Say-No-To-Common-Core-Pins“We must ever keep in mind, ‘The philosophy of the classroom in one generation will become the philosophy of the government in the next.’ Clearly, Common Core is a threat to individual privacy and liberty, and to our constitutional republic,” he said.

His group has posted online a sample form to help parents meet the requirements of Michigan state law, where Thomas More is located. The group suggests it can be used as a template by attorneys preparing similar forms in other states.

The form, above a line for a parent’s signature, states “in accordance with the fundamental constitutional rights of parents and legal guardians to determine and direct the care, teaching and education of their children, and the relevant state and federal statutes, I hereby request my child … be exempted and excused for the school year … from the following check marked activities.”

There are options to exempt a student from “any and all standardized testing or activities required by law, under which individual student data are collected and/or shared with the federal government or other entities outside of the local school district; or are used for the purposes of school, student, or teacher accountability, including but not by way of limitation to, academic, achievement and annual tests, state-wide performance assessments and Common Core State Standards aligned assessments and pilots, computer adaptive testing and assessments designed by Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).”

There’s also an exemption from “tests, assessments, or surveys not limited solely to proficiency in core academic subjects.”

Other checkbox options include tests that measure “values, attitudes or beliefs” as well as “any survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals information concerning my child, myself or other members of my family.”

Such information could relate to “political affiliations or beliefs,” “mental or psychological problems,” “sex behavior or attitudes,” “legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers,” “religious practices” or “income.”

It forbids: “The collection, tracking, housing, reporting, selling, or sharing with any party outside of the local school district, of non-educational related information on my child or my family, including, but not limited to: religion, political affiliations, biometric data, psychometric data, and medical information. Biometric data includes fingerprints, retina and iris (eye) patterns, voiceprint, DNA sequence, facial characteristics, handwriting, and any other unique physical identifying traits. Psychometric data includes, but is not limited to: personality traits, attitudes, abilities, aptitude, social and emotional development, tendencies, inclinations, interests, and motivations. ”

See the form.

Thomas More noted the flood of criticism against the federal administrative program.

Common-core-protestFLFor example, the Cardinal Newman Society, an organization promoting “faithful Catholic education,” said Common Core is “nothing short of a revolution in how education is provided, relying on a technocratic, top-down approach to setting national standards that, despite claims to the contrary, will drive curricula, teaching texts, and the content of standardized tests.”

“At its heart, the Common Core is a woefully inadequate set of standards in that it limits the understanding of education to a utilitarian ‘readiness for work’ mentality,” the Cardinal Newman Society said.

The standards were created under the sponsorship of the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

While the stated goal is to make educational standards consistent across the nation, problems include political and “inappropriate assignments,” links to for-profit corporations, advertising inside of tests and the elimination of input from local school boards.

A major concern is the development of a database detailing private information on every student. The 400 individual data points for each student include health conditions, religion, voting status, income, likes and dislikes.

The information,”through a complicated network of contracts and agreements, can then be shared with the federal government, contractors, researchers and other outside agencies.”

“Testing corporations can then analyze the test data, produce recommendations for how to ‘remediate’ student weaknesses, and then sell that information back to states and school districts,” the law firm said.

The Truth in American Education blog is endorsing the opt-out effort.

Common_Core_opponentsGa“Now is the time for parents to protest this intrusion by opting their child out of Common Core for the 2014-2015 school year,” the blog said. “Congress did NOT pass legislation requiring Common Core standards to be implemented nor did Congress require that standards, curriculum, and tests be aligned.

“If parents allow the U.S. Department of Education to force policy upon the public as if that policy were law, the parents will be surrendering more than parental involvement to the federal government. How soon will it be before all parental rights are ceded to the federal government?”

Opposition to the federal mandates has come from the Heartland Institute, the Home School Legal Defense Association, Eagle Forum and others.

Fox News has reported Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration in federal court over the issue.

The allegations are that the Department of Education illegally manipulated grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core standards.

WND reported this week one of North Carolina’s largest school districts condemned the College Board’s new Advanced Placement history curriculum, which has direct ties to Common Core, calling it a deeply biased, inaccurate and revisionist version of American history.

The New Hanover County Schools Board of Education adopted a resolution Aug. 19 that calls for a one-year delay in the course‘s implementation.

David Coleman, known as the architect of the Common Core national standards and its chief pitchman, is the president of the College Board, a private company based in New York that owns the SAT and ACT exams as well as the Advanced Placement, or AP, exams and curriculum.

“Coleman is now re-writing every College Board product to align with Common Core,” said Meg Norris, a retired public-school teacher in Hall County, Georgia, and an anti-Common Core activist in that state.

The College Board not only owns the AP curriculum but it administers the AP standardized tests nationwide to K-12 students, measuring their readiness to attend college. Coleman’s ties to the controversial Common Core national education standards and the AP course’s new take on American history has come under fierce criticism.

National Review reported the College Board under Coleman is “politicizing” the teaching of American history.

Officials in North Carolina reported last week that in light of the Common Core influence, home schools in the state rose 14.3 percent. The state reports there are 98,172 homeschoolers in the state.

Governors in Oklahoma, South Carolina, Indiana and Louisiana have taken steps to distance themselves from Common Core, either by working with their state legislatures or by taking unilateral action.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/heres-your-ticket-out-of-common-core/#WelFzRTy5fW3uhBZ.99

 

 

Education Update: Teacher Corruption, Common Core Warning

Education Update: Teacher Corruption

Common-Core

Report Item 1:

  11 Teachers Found Guilty in Biggest Cheating Scandal in U.S. History

keySin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all. ~Oliver Wendell Homes

Here is your teacher Union legacy. This is what happens when you let government schools have control.
Check it out:

corruption2Atlanta cheating scandal teachers go to cells in hand-cuffs: Eleven educators face up to 20 years in prison for inflating their students’ test scores to get bonus money for their schools . . . and for themselves

  • The 11 teachers, testing coordinators and other administrators were convicted Wednesday of racketeering after a five-year investigation
  • Evidence of cheating was found in 44 schools across the Atlanta school system, with nearly 180 educators involved
  • A racketeering charge could carry up to 20 years in prison and most of the defendants will be sentenced on April 8
  • The cheating came to light after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in 2008 that some student’s scores were statistically improbable
  • Prosecutors said the educators were guaranteed bonuses by inflating scores, while improving the poor reputation of their school system
  • Superintendent Beverly Hall , the alleged ringleader who received up to $500,000 in payouts , died of breast cancer as the scandal went to trial
  • One principal would wear gloves to erase answers and write in new ones

corruptionIn one of the biggest cheating scandals of its kind in the U.S., 11 former Atlanta public school educators were convicted Wednesday of racketeering for their role in a scheme to inflate students’ scores on standardized exams.

The defendants – including teachers, a principal and other administrators – were accused of falsifying test results to collect bonuses or keep their jobs in the 50,000-student Atlanta school system.

The educators fed answers to students or erased and changed the answers on tests after they were turned in to secure promotions or up to $5,000 each in bonuses, the court was told.

However the person accused of benefiting the most from the conspiracy, Superintendent Beverly Hall – who is thought to have received up to $500,000 in bonus payouts – died of breast cancer over the course of the trial.

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 Report item 2: Common Core Warning

 Communism survivor: Common Core looks scary familiar

‘Do you want your kids to be test machines and cheap workers for corporations?’

Say-No-To-Common-Core-PinsA mother of three who came to America because of its reputation as a “shining city on a hill” is pleading with her state lawmakers to flee Common Core any way they can, calling it nothing less than the “communist core” she endured while growing up in China.

“Common Core, in my eyes, is the same as the communist core I once saw in China,” Lily Tang Williams told the Colorado state Board of Education recently.

“I grew up under Mao’s regime, and we had the communist-dominated education – nationalized testing, nationalized curriculum and nationalized indoctrination.”

Her testimony was reported by PJMedia, which said she warned against comparing test scores of American children with Chinese students.

“I am telling you, Chinese children are not trained to be independent thinkers,” she said. “They are trained to be massive skilled workers for corporations. And they have no idea what happened in Tiananmen Square in 1989 where government ordered soldiers to shoot its own 1,000 students.”

She wrote about the issue in a commentary posted by the tea-party group Freedomworks.

“We were told to chant everyday in the government run public schools, ‘Long Live Chairman Mao. Long Live Communist Party.’ We were required to write in our [diaries] every day and turn them in for teachers to review. In the [diaries], we were supposed to confess our incorrect thoughts to Mao or do self- criticism, or report anything bad we heard or saw from other students, family, and friends,” she wrote.

“We would memorize Mao’s quotations and recite them aloud during class. For school fun activities, we would dress up as Chinese minority people in their costumes to sing and dance, thanking Mao and the Communist Party [for] saving them from poverty.

“Mao was like a god to me. I would see him rising from the stove fire or talking to me from the clouds,” she said.

In school, she said, teachers had to comply “with all the curriculum and testing requirements, or lose their jobs forever.”

“Parents had no choice at all when it came to what we learned in school.”

And the government would use the various registration procedures to “keep track of its citizens from birth to death.”
Photos were on file, she said, accompanied by details on age, gender, parents, jobs, political class, religion, siblings, home address, grades, awards, punishments, “politically incorrect speeches” and more.

“It was shared by all the government agencies and employers.”

To obtain permission to travel to America, she said, she had to “sign a paper to promise to return to my job.”

schoolindoctrination“Even though I finally broke the tracking of Chinese government of me by coming to America, I still feel, sometimes, that I am haunted by my file,” she said, explaining today it is “somewhere in a local security or police office.”

“The worst, I fear, is that Common Core could be used by the government and corporations to do data collection and data mining on our children. What else could come to take away more of our rights and privacy? Our freedom is very precious and we must fight to keep it. Without freedom, you are just a slave, no matter how much money you have. Trust me to say this because I have lived under tyranny before and will never want to live in it again,” she said.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/12/communism-survivor-common-core-looks-scary-familiar/#eblPW3vG27JgBJIp.99