Public Schools or Public Screwels? Part 11

anti-common core part 11

I’ve decided to move to part 11.

Now Parkland Schools are harassing an anti-gun control student for tweets he made of going to the gun range with his father:  https://www.dailywire.com/news/29790/breaking-anti-gun-control-parkland-survivor-kyle-daily-wire

 

Here is a post from a Utah anti-Common Core group:

Hey ya’ll! My friend was told by the Principal that she could opt her son out of Sage but it would effect his grade and they would find something harder for him to do. They opted another son of hers last year and they did give them harder stuff. So my questions are, what are her options? Should she report this principal? Where is the law that states no penalties? Where can she get her own form to opt out?

 

He made her feel really guilty saying “it’s your choice, it’s your choice. But it’s good practice for the act”

 

And here are some replies to said post:

This principal is a “BULLY” he needs to be gone!

 

yes and no. It could just be a misunderstanding 😬. I doubt it. But I don’t want anyone to lose their jobs. Just corrected.

 

yes I understand but experiences go far past this and I’ve been to the District and nothing changes.

 

You should be able to find the opt out form online at the Utah state education website. Sage is not required. Have her sign the paper and turn it in. Then if he continues to be annoying just have her check her child out whenever there is a test.

 

Illegal! Illegal! Illegal! Tell her to contact the assessment director or the superintendant.

 

If you message me and tell me the school district, I can help you find your first point of contact.

 

Emery County School District

 

These decisions belong 100% to the parents, not the principal at a government school. Tell your friend to go in and ask this principal if they can sit down and review this test together so she can see if it’s appropriate for her student. He will tell her that no one, including himself is allowed to see the questions. So how does he know if it’s a good practice for the ACT?… They should not be administering tests that they cannot see the questions to. If they want to administer an alternative test, have her ask to review that one as well. Opting out of SAGE testing cannot affect their grade.

 

She’s kinda nervous to report him bc it’s a small community and her son is in sports. Can it be anonymous?
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Doing what she feels is best for her child is always the right decision. If she’s already talked to them then they’ll most likely know it’s her. If I was her I would go in and sit down and explain that as the parent she will not be allowing her student to take this test, and she would appreciate it if they would kindly respect her parental rights and wishes for her child. I would respect a parent more if they came in and were kind but very straight forward about what they wanted for their child.
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I have had the same experiences. Will you please PM me the principals name?
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Here is a post  from Alice Linahan:

This should be of great concern to ALL Texas Parents.

“The State Board of Education will now require the use of machine-readable curriculum standards when publishers create new high school reading language arts instructional material. This is the first step towards requiring interoperability.”https://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Press_Releases/SBOE_News/New_online_instructional_material_to_be_based_on_digitized_curriculum_standards/

“Project Unicorn partners presented at SXSWedu March 2018. Dell Foundation presented that data interoperability meant a 360-degree view of student data, information on past test scores, attendance, behavior, etc. right there on the spot and the USDoE’s Digital Promise, who is interested in leveraging the mind, brain connection in education, moderated a panel on bringing brain scanners to measure students’ learning. Read more about this and Bill Gates’ investing in a brain research company that develops next-generation Mind Tracking Solutions, which can be integrated into existing eye tracking devices and software here. ]

http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/who-are-the-data-unicorns-tech-giants-and-us-dept-of-ed-alliance-to-leverage-student-data-without-consent/

alice l image
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And another post from her:

Excerpt:

“So Mike Morath, Texas Education Agency (TEA) commissioner, failed at his Home Rule attempt in Dallas (See Panning a Charter Takeover of all public schools). So via legislative mandate in SB 1882, Texas has now empowered TEA to use gangster moves to force schools into private management.”

https://cloakinginequity.com/2018/04/23/gangsters-moves-by-tea-in-houston/

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Here is a post from a Utah anti-Common Core group:

can Nebo District do this?
Email from teacher below. I will post her first email from during school yesterday in the comments. This is what she sent today.

“After I emailed you last, I attended an ethics training for SAGE and received new policy information from the district and state. This year, schools are required to provide an alternate learning experience during SAGE. That means that opt-out students will have a different assignment that will still be required–so if you were to check out Trent on those days, he will still need to make that assignment up. Just for your information, this is found in Utah Code 531-15-1403: “Teachers may not reward or punish a student for being excluded from testing. Schools are required to provide an alternative learning experience for the student while the rest of the class takes the assessment.” This particular alternate assignment is the same for each 7th-grade English class at our school. This assignment will neither be a punishment or a reward–just a different option for those opting out.

As far as grading for SAGE goes, we have been directed to give participation grades–this has nothing to do with how well they score on SAGE or whether or not they opted out, but it is based on their effort in participating. Students who opt out of the SAGE will earn these points by taking the opt-out assignment, which will also be graded based on effort–not mastery. If you’d still like to check Trent out of school, he can make up the assignment at home.

If you have any other concerns or questions about the new policy, my administrators would be happy to explain this further.”

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Here is a post from a friend of mine:

Watch out for these freaky educational mind-benders …
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They’ll infuse ‘em with norms and ethical standards … which they’ll approve … and auto-correct their emotions so they lose any traces of childhood … and become perfectly calibrated, social creeps.

And that’s how they’ll retool your kid’s personality … and rehabilitate their identity … pretty much without bothering you at all. But that should bother you to no end.

Read on … and see what you’re up against …

https://denisianblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/09/cardboard-children/

kid zombie

And here are some replies to said post:

I went to my great-grandaughters school to have lunch with her (that’s nice that the school allows that) as I stood in the hall watching the class arrive I thought “my Lord it’s the Hitler army” perfectly straight line of perfectly spaced littles, no touching!!, no talking (pretend you don’t see Grammy standing over there) God forbid that she show any delight in seeing Grammy. A far cry from my school days when “best Friends ( you are not allowed to say the “best” part anymore) actually held hands in the hallway on the way to lunch. It’s no wonder when I greet a teenager on the street they look at me like I have 3 heads! It’s so pathetic – indeed no joy.

 

This is my 10 year old daughter’s vocabulary words this week. Thought you would appreciate this 😔

 hard voacb
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my son hasn’t seen spelling words since 3rd grade & they weren’t little words. Yet he cant spell small daily words. I’m doing spelling, cursive & the states with my kids over the summer. my daughter is 15 & my son is now 12. They don’t know much of any of that.
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I’ve seen the same. The village mayor’s son taught 1st grade. He literally told the kids to look straight ahead, eyes on the back of the head in front of you. haven’t you heard the little songs they sing while being on line. indeed looks like prison.
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I’m really considering pulling my last 2 (of 4) out of school and home schooling. I am seeing my bright vibrant children being literally dummed down and commonsence being squashed. Heartbreaking to say the least.
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My seventh grade granddaughters are going on a field trip, job fair! Can you believe that!? But they make kids believe that is a good thing!
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 I guess we need to protest harder, they are losing their childhood.
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Gun Control Supporters Part 2

Part 1 was getting a bit long so I made a part 2

CeaseFire PA Buddies

The Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia

Coalition Against Gun Violence

Benedictines for Peace Erie, PA

Brothers of Concern

Bucks Against Gun Violence
Bucks Safe

Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
Communities in Action for Peace
Communities United Together (C.U.T.)
Concerned Citizens of Chester
Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy
East Liberty Concerned Citizens Corporation/Larimer Blueprint Commuity
Guns Downs
Keystone Progress
Lawrenceville United
Lower Merion United
Mayors Against Illegal Guns
Mocha Moms
Moms Against Illegal Guns
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America-Pennsylvania Chapter
Mothers In Charge
NIPCE
Operation Stand Up
Organizing for Action i
Philadelphia Coalition for Victim Advocacy (PCVA)
Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG)
Pittsburgh North People for Peace
Project Peace
States United to Prevent Gun Violence
Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation
Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA)
Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN)
Thomas Merton Center
The Tree of Hope
nitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills (UUCSH)
Youth Opportunities Development (Y.O.D.)
Youth Violence & Crime Reduction Partnership

Source:  http://www.ceasefirepa.org/about-us/partners/

Florida SB 7026 Supporters

Source:  https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2018/7026/Vote/HouseVote_s07026e2859.PDF

 

 

Ohio Gun Control Supporters

Andrew J. Ginther
Mayor of Columbus

Zach Klein
Columbus City Attorney

Shannon G. Hardin
President, Columbus City Council

Source:  https://www.columbusunderground.com/assault-weapon-ban-columbus-ohio

 

Vermont State Rep Gun Control Supporters

Ancel of Calais
Bartholomew of Hartland
Baser of Bristol
Belaski of Windsor
Bissonnette of Winooski
Bock of Chester
Botzow of Pownal
Briglin of Thetford
Browning of Arlington
Brumsted of Shelburne
Burke of Brattleboro
Carr of Brandon
Chesnut-Tangerman of
Middletown Springs *
Christensen of Weathersfield
Christie of Hartford
Cina of Burlington
Colburn of Burlington
Conlon of Cornwall
Connor of Fairfield
Dakin of Colchester
Giambatista of Essex
Gonzalez of Winooski
Grad of Moretown *
Haas of Rochester
Head of South Burlington
Hill of Wolcott
Hooper of Montpelier
Houghton of Essex *
Howard of Rutland City
Jessup of Middlesex
Joseph of North Hero
Keefe of Manchester
Keenan of St. Albans City
Kimbell of Woodstock
Kitzmiller of Montpelier
Krowinski of Burlington
Lalonde of South Burlington
Lanpher of Vergennes
Lippert of Hinesburg
Long of Newfane
Lucke of Hartford *
Partridge of Windham
Pugh of South Burlington *
Rachelson of Burlington
Read of Fayston
Scheu of Middlebury *
Scheuermann of Stowe
Sharpe of Bristol
Sheldon of Middlebury
Sibilia of Dover *
Squirrell of Underhill
Stevens of Waterbury
Stuart of Brattleboro *
Sullivan of Dorset
Sullivan of Burlington
Taylor of Colchester
Till of Jericho *
Toleno of Brattleboro
Toll of Danville
Townsend of South
Burlington
Trieber of Rockingham

Deen of Westminster
Devereux of Mount Holly
Donovan of Burlington
Dunn of Essex
Emmons of Springfield
Fagan of Rutland City
Fields of Bennington
Forguites of Springfield
Gannon of Wilmington *
Gardner of Richmond *
Macaig of Williston
Masland of Thetford
McCormack of Burlington
McCullough of Williston
Miller of Shaftsbury *
Morris of Bennington *
Mrowicki of Putney
Ode of Burlington
O’Sullivan of Burlington
Pajala of Londonderry
Troiano of Stannard *
Walz of Barre City
Webb of Shelburne
Weed of Enosburgh
Wood of Waterbury *
Wright of Burlington
Yacovone of Morristown
Yantachka of Charlotte

Source:  https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/JOURNAL/hj180327.pdf#page=20

NoRA Buddies

Blue Future

Student Outreach and Voter Registration Partner
Blue Future is a youth-led civic engagement startup focused on organizing young people around progressive electoral campaigns.

The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus

Student Outreach and Leadership Partner
The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus works with colleges and universities across the country to oppose legislative policies that would force loaded, concealed guns on campuses.

Countable

Technology, Outreach, and Legislative Partner
Countable makes it quick and easy to understand the laws Congress is considering and streamlines the process of contacting lawmakers, enabling voters to easily tell them how they want them to vote on bills under consideration.

Design Studio for Social Intervention

Artistic and Activism Partner
Situated at the intersections of design thinking and practice, social justice and activism, public art and social practice and civic / popular engagement, we design and test social interventions with and on behalf of marginalized populations, controversies and ways of life.

Drain The NRA

Strategy Partner
Drain the NRA is a grassroots movement that combats the gun lobby’s stranglehold on Congress by boycotting and divesting from the gun industry and its corporate partners, while shining a light on those politicians who value the NRA’s financial contributions over the lives of their own constituents.

Every Voice Center

Activism and Voter Outreach Partner
Every Voice Center designs, supports, and wins small-donor elections programs at all levels of government across the country.

Guns Down America

Activism, Policy and Engagement Partner
Guns Down is taking on the NRA on all sides, by exposing the true cost of its guns-everywhere agenda and challenging those who do business with the NRA.

Hollaback!

Activism and Engagement Partner
Hollaback! is a global, people-powered movement to end harassment. We work together to understand the problem, ignite public conversations, and develop innovative strategies that ensure equal access to public spaces.

Newtown Action Alliance

Organizing and Policy Partner
Newtown Action Alliance is an all-volunteer grassroots organization founded by Newtown residents after the tragic December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting

Rock the Vote

Voter Registration, Engagement, And Student Engagement Partner
Rock the Vote is a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to building the political power of young people.

Spread the Vote

Voter Registration and Engagement Partner
Spread the Vote is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that believes the only way to change our country is to ensure that every citizen can vote, and if that means that they need a state ID, then Spread the Vote will make sure they have one.

Sunshine Sachs

Communications and Messaging Partner
Sunshine Sachs is a full-service communications firm built on the notion that good ideas have the power to change the world we live in, shape our cultural conventions and create new models of success in every industry.

TaskForce

Art Activism Curation
TaskForce is a Los Angeles based creative agency that collaborates with the most influential non-profits, brands and people taking on the most pressing challenges facing our state, our nation and our world.

Activist Partners

Susan Aldeman
Jennifer Bailey
Rania Batrice
Michael Ian Black
Nadine Bloch
Chaz Bono
Pam Campos-Palma
Don Cheadle
Rob Delaney
Sara Deneweth
Minnie Driver
Jennifer Esposito
Jon Favreau
Francis Fisher
Lennon Flowers
Shanelle Gabriel
Chris Gorham
Justin Hendrix
Joseph Huff-Hannon
Ben Jackson
Ashley Judd
Aaron Kagan
Valarie Kaur
Kelly Kall
Cameron Kasky
Harvey J. Kaye
Joe R. Lansdale
Rabbi Michael Latz
David Leopold
Laura Mannino
Renato Mariotti
Heather Matarazzo
Emily May
Samantha McGarry
Debra Messing
Bethany Mikulis
Alyssa Milano
Peter Morley
Seth Morrison
Arden Myrin
Asher Novek
Lance Orchid
Eliza Orlins
Patton Oswalt
Laura Packard
Amanda Palmer
Chelsea Parsons
Sarah Peck
Andy Pelosi
Piper Perabo
Sonja Petrovic
Emma Popkin
Maura Quint
Alysia Reiner
Kendrick Sampson
Cliff Schecter
Vanessa Selbst
Maureen Shaw
Anat Shenker
Shaneice Simmons
Andrew Slack
Andy Slavitt
Caissie St. Onge
Rena Sofer
Topher Spiro
Max Stahl
Francoise Stovall
Tara Strong
Hadar Susskind
Amber Tamblyn
Bradley Theodore
Baratunde Thurston
Jen Tolentino
Chris Vaeth
Leigh Volpe
Melissa Walker
Natalie Weaver
Heather Whaley
Maya Wiley

Source:  https://noranow.org/partners/

Articles of Association

Modeled, in part, after the Articles of Association created by the Founding Fathers to boycott British goods, this one will be used to boycott  companies and groups enabling the tyrants here and abroad.

 

Lyft

Facebook

Twitter

Google

Disney

Apple

Marriott

Microsoft

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Wells Fargo

Bank of America

Coca-Cola

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Schools or Public Screwels? Part 10

anti-Common Core part 10

Part 9 was getting a bit too long so I made a part 10.

Here is a post from Shannon Joy:

‘SCHOOLS SHOULD NOT ASK QUESTIONS’

NYS Education Commissioner Elia’s official guidance on what schools should do if an undocumented (potential MS-13 gang member) seeks enrollment in your child’s public school.

 

 

 

 

Here is a post that I found in an Ohio anti-Common Core group:

Either DeVos is extremely uninformed or she thinks we are uninformed (stupid). What she fails to say is that Charter schools ARE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Because they accept state and federal money they are required to teach the same standards as the traditional public school. Charters offer a choice in location but not in what a child learns. Is that your idea of Choice. Charters close on a daily basis. They are notorious for hiring sub-par teachers. They are notorious for mismanagement and there is a Charter somewhere closing everyday. They do not have the same oversight that a traditional public school has and there is no data that demonstrates they perform any better than the traditional public school. So again I ask, is choice in location but not in what your children are taught your idea of Choice. I also ask, do you really think DeVos doesn’t know this. She does. She SUPPORTS ESSA and Common Core and she supports the privatization of public education. She was the most controversial nomination of the Trump administration and Pence had to break the tie. She is closely associated with Jeb Bush. Mr. Trump has made a whopper of a mistake with education policy. He is clueless and listening to all the wrong people including Ivanka.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/03/12/why-it-was-so-easy-for-60-minutes-to-rebut-betsy-devoss-charter-school-arguments/?tid=ss_fb&utm_term=.99274e91aa2c

 

I found that a district head of an Illinois school is also supporting the anti-gun walkouts:  https://illinoisfamily.org/education/leftist-political-protest-schools-next-week/

 

Here is a post from the Utah anti-Common Core group:

Heads up! A massive shift in science education practices, masquerading as a routine standards update, will be presented to the State Board this Thursday.

Why didn’t the committee set up to make recommendations for updating the science standards consider any standards other than NGSS, including the 20+ other sets of available standards that were ranked above NGSS?

Because they’re not updating standards, they’re pushing a new style of pedagogy through, using the standards as a vehicle.

The linked video explains, in the words of several supporters, this “huge” shift.

Do you really think it’s true that students don’t need to “own” foundational knowledge to prepare for advanced learning? That you can just google facts when needed?

Please comment and share to other parents not in this group. Also, please call your state board member.

The public comment comes after the board votes, but critiquing individual standards won’t affect the embedded pedagogy. I’ll link a summary of 50 years of research on the failures of constructivist pedagogy in the comments for reference.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73bfNiTxjSw&feature=youtu.be

 

And another post from said group:

I have two children attending American Fork High School. I just received this email, and it appears that the High School will be officially condoning the walk out. Here is the email:


———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Mary Scharman <mscharman@alpinedistrict.org>
Date: Tue, Mar 13, 2018 at 9:04 AM
Subject: Student “Walkout” on Wednesday March 14
To: <email cut to protect identity> 

Dear Parents and Patrons,

This Wednesday is the “Walkout,” which students are promoting across the country protesting violence in schools. We visited with our student leaders from the House of Representatives and the Student Government and inquired if they were participating in this “Walkout.”

The leaders shared with us that many students were going to participate. Our goal in responding to walkout plans and other forms of peaceful assembly is to try and keep focus on teaching and learning while providing guidance and planning to support students and staff safety. We have provided a place for them out on the football field. This is optional for students. They are not required to participate.

The students who wish to participate will be walking out at 10 am on Wednesday with Constitutional rights of a peaceful assembly and free expression. The students are going to take 17 minutes with a moment of silence. Also, they are going to share the students name and age whose life was taken. They will be returning as Flex begins. Throughout the day, students will have posters to sign and cards to write on to send to the high school for moral support.

Alpine School District supports students’ Constitutional rights to peaceful assembly and free expression. As a result of this Walkout, the students hope to share solidarity and commitment to building a better non-violent community.

Respectfully,

Dan Weishar

Principal

American Fork High School

Alpine School District

510 North Caveman Blvd.

American Fork, Utah 84003

Tel. No. (801) 610-8800″ #uted#utpol#AlpineSchools

 

And here is a post from a Washington anti-Common Core group:

Hello Everyone,
My son is a sophmore and his school counselor has said that he must pass the state testing in order to graduate. Is he correct? Is there any options for him to not take it? He has no plans to attend college but will attend a trade/tech school. He does have a 504 and some processing issues and ADHD along with high text anxiety. I also have a freshmen who will be going to college. Is there a way for her to not take state testing and still receive a high school dioloma? Thanks for your input!

 

And here are some replies to said post:

My oldest daughter was on an iep for 3 yrs in middle school and then moved to a 504 when entering high school. She had to take multiple standardized test to graduate. Her counselor told us she would have help and extra time. That was 5 yrs ago and in Eastern Wa. Hope that helps a little and good luck. It’s an up hill battle, be your sons biggest advocate, never stop questioning the system

 

Believe me….. I have been accused of being to involved and that isn’t about to change because he is in high school.

 

5 years ago there was a different superintendent and assistant superintendent. I wonder how life is for kids with IEP and 504’s now. I have heard some horror stories.

 

As far as I know the counselor is correct. However, he should have mentioned alternative ways to pass. It’s been awhile since I have been updated on testing, but last I heard a student must attempt the test at least once, and if they fail, they can then use an alternative method to prove they have met standard. There is the “portfolio” which is really a teacher looking over the student’s work and determining that they have met standard. Most teachers want to show all students as passing, so they use every loophole they can find. (I think some shady things went on in regards to my son as he never tested yet his school records said “met standard” when it came to state testing.)

 

Also, FYI, community college is free to any student younger than 21 that does not have a high school diploma.

 

Do you have a source I can quote for this?

 

The premise for enrollment and funding is “high school completion” but all classes at the community college are available to HS students so many students (mine included) only worked towards their AA degree or certification in a technical field. As far as I know all public community colleges in Washington have a type of high school competion program. At this edmonds CC site it says “free or low cost” but all 3 of my kids have enrolled at 3 differet school (Edmonds CC, Everett CC and shoreline CC), they went right for theri AA degree, it has always been free. We are not low income and there has never been any questions about our income level, so I dont know in what situation it would be “low cost” instead of “free”. Just go to your local community college website to get info.
Here is one link: http://catalog.edcc.edu/content.php?catoid=3&navoid=157

 

My experiences:
I have 3 older children (age 22,20, 16), My oldest is in college. He said “no thanks” his HS diploma, because he refused to test (he was class of 2013, the first graduating class with mandatory WASL testing). When applicable, such as on college applications or job apps he declares himself “graduated” with a homeschool diploma (which is the truth, as I can honestly attest that he has passed the 12th grade level). He has had no problem with employment, college or scholarships. (no college requires a high school diploma)

My middle child has always had an IEP and struggled in school, he attended a alternative high school, and I suspect some shady things occurred there regarding his testing. He never tested, but his school records said “met standard” when it came to state testing. There are alternatives to testing, but I’m pretty sure that a student has to attempt to test one time before they could move to alternatives (I think something shady occurred because I kept my son home on testing days). I was so frustrated with my son’s school, I just wanted him graduated so I didn’t question anything about his “test scores”. He has a diploma

My 16 year old left our local high school and is attending community college instead (for free!). I will leave it up to her as to whether she wants a HS diploma or not as it will involve taking state tests, but once she has her college degree, she may not want it.

 

To my understanding she can receive a hs diploma when she fills out her college app. Something to check into.

 

yes, community colleges can administer high school diplomas, but it still requires testing. there is no getting around state requirements by completing academic credits at community college. My son had already competed his AA degree had already been accepted to a 4-year university and had already moved out of the house and supporting himself, so he had a job to pay his rent. he did not want to take a day off to go take a test (at the time it was WASL, which was very time consuming). A culminating project was also a state requirement at that time, which he didnt want to do.

 

Yuck! Nobody had mentioned that you still had to take state testing to graduate. Thanks for the info.

 

Because my kids were homeschooled, I can’t address going through the public school…but my kids did running start, earning their AA and WA state high school diploma…no testing required.

 

That was what I was told as well so hopefully that will be the case here.
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that’s interesting. Who issued the HS diploma, was it from the state dept of education or was it from a local school district? Do you recall who’s signature is on it?
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My daughter, who is also homeschooled, plans on Running Start in the fall. I understand that if the diploma is issued through the community college, rather than the high school, students are not beholden to the school’s graduation requirements. But I’m finding that out for certain tomorrow at a RS information meeting.
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Please post what they say, I am very curious.
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When they apply to graduate for their AA they also apply to graduate for a high school diploma. None of my kids followed the public school curriculum guides, their classes were all directed towards the AA. And it’s true that colleges do not require high school diplomas. They look at transcripts.
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regarding the OP, as homeschoolers, we are required to annually test our students, but not as a graduation requirement.
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My oldest never attended high school. He went to the community college at age 16. I wonder if his testing in his community college classes would count, he was still working on his AA when he was 18, and at 18+ you no longer have to declare with your district that you are homeschooling. I wonder if he did qualify for a HS diploma from the community college?…oh well, I doubt I could convince him to go back and check.
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Our homeschool kids don’t have to be tested. They can submit a portfolio review to any WA certified teacher instead of being tested. Message me if you need more details!
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Ha ha ha. Submit anything to a certified ps teacher? The testing is easier. And no one demands to see the results. I get it if there are kids with testing issues, but my kids didn’t and don’t. (I’ve graduated one kiddo, who is now serving in the Air Force).
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There’s a whole cottage industry among homeschoolers who have teaching certificates. Testing is a nightmare for us, but glad you don’t have that worry!
Also, thank your kiddo (and your family) for his/her service!
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I was told at the Tacoma Community College RS info session tonight that the testing required by the high school does not apply if the student is getting an AA degree. If the student, however, is earning a high school diploma through the high school, then the student is required to do all the normal testing. That’s how I understood it, anyway.
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incidentally RS is tuition-free, but books, campus, student and class/semester fees are the responsibility of the student, so not entirely free. It can be an investment of as much as $1500 or more a school year, depending on the classes taken. Something we need to think about on our family’s limited budget.
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This is why I like the the high school completion programs (although my kids just went right for their AA). My kids completely withdrew from our local high school, and enrolled at community college at 16. Everything is paid for including entrance/placement testing, books, and lab fees….but the cons: no grad walk, and no high school sports or activities since they are no longer enrolled. My son did go to prom as his girlfriend’s date, and my daughter went to homecomming as a date to another student.
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This is the state website on the topic. I had a conversation with my son’s counselor earlier this year about this, and students after the class of 2018 are being compelled to test for graduation as I understand it. I hope there are alternatives, or that I am mistaken!
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Thank you for your input and the link! So far, I understand he has to take it at least once before moving to alternatives. And I have also been told he can get a hs diploma at the same time as he would get an AA. Just need to check something on the college app but not sure of the particulars. And I am not sure he will attend a cc. 🤔 Thanks for the input!
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Your son does NOT need to take the testing! I have had my kids waived each year. It is a bit of a hassle and they like to shame you, but you can get the paperwork from the district office and sign off on it.
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If the child is on an IEP they have to take the state test to graduate, but only at the grade level they tested at.
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My son has a 504.
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I can’t speak to whether the 504 creates a different situation for your student than for students without a 504 [name withheld] should have more insight on that), but normally, no, what your counselor told you isn’t entirely correct, because it’s based on the premise that “graduating” is the goal.

In this context, to “graduate” means to participate in a ceremony, but to receive a diploma is arguably more important, and they’re two different things. The system is set up so that the graduation ceremony itself is upheld as something of upmost importance, and the withholding of it is threatened to parents or students who begin to talk about not taking the state test. It’s really a system of bullying and extortion, but I digress.

To participate in the graduation ceremony, yes, he likely will need to take (but not necessarily pass) the state tests. You may have an amazing principal that gets all this BS and would allow him to participate anyway, but since your counselor is using this language, my guess is that your principal also uses it or supports it.

Receiving a high school diploma, however, can be done in a number of different ways. (If the graduation ceremony – walking across the stage with his classmates – is of critical importance to you or him, just stop me now, take the test, and I’ll save my breath.)

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Oh my, I didn’t know they threatened to block one from the ceremony/ritual while still giving out a diploma. That’s interesting. I have of course encountered a similar tactic in my read of theology and history, called excommunication, where the ritual and ceremony of the Eucharist was denied those who didn’t march lock-step with Papal authority and ecclesiastical decrees.

America is a wild place.

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You must attempt the state test and pass or fail then do an alternative option in order to receive a public school diploma. As for test exemptions the 504 team would have to approve an alternative option or they will make him attempt and fail them do so but it’s a team decision
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Here is an alarming post from a North Dakota anti-Common Core group:

This is happening in NORTH DAKOTA!!!! Fargo, ND
From [name withheld] “Fargo North is forcing the students to participate in a walkout today. I have a sibling that goes there and she was told during their announcements that if they skip they will get detention.”

comment continued…”Like they are making them leave the classrooms and go outside for a rally or something and they were told that they don’t have to go outside, but they have to leave the classrooms and if they skip class or leave the school they will be punished. The thing that concerns me most is the school didn’t send any emails or letters to my parents that this school sponsored event was going on, and there’s absolutely nothing on the school’s website about it. They even left it out of their morning announcements document they post online every day after doing the announcements to the students. Another thing is my sibling said the school is claiming it’s to honor the victims of the shooting, but make no mention of the event being to protest gun control.”

https://denisianblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/10/so-youre-okay-with-this/

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Here is a post from the Utah anti-Common Core group:

What is constructivism and why are some parents worried that it has become the basis for teaching English and Math and now being recommended for Science?

It’s an educational philosophy that favors soft “skills” of constructing ones own knowledge through exploration vs. direct instruction and from someone with subject area expertise.

The problem isn’t that there is no merit to both, but that each learning style doesn’t apply equally to all developmental levels or levels of expertise.

In short, you have to have some basic building materials to construct something.

I personally don’t think it’s really possible to think analytically or innovatively in the absence of some deeper subject knowledge, and research seems to confirm that.

From a friend with a PhD in physics in the UK: “It sounds crazy to me that older kids wouldn’t be taught science in the traditional subjects / topics if they want to improve STEM skills in the workforce. Each of those subjects goes very deep and you need a lot of basic understanding if you want to study them to any depth at university level. Teaching some broad “science” curriculum with bits from everywhere sounds like really bad preparation for studying STEM subjects at university level because there would surely be too much work to do to build up the knowledge at a basic level before you could even begin to go deeper. It might make some sense for kids who are not going to end up in STEM disciplines, or for younger age groups, but it does sound a lot like dumbing down to me.”

A further problem with NGSS is that a significant percentage of the standards in each grade use topics of evolution and climate science as the style of science within which kids are supposed to explore and learn to “think like scientists.”

Another insight from my friend: “The preponderance of mentions of climate sounds troubling too. I suspect you and I have quite different beliefs when it comes to man-made climate change / global warming – I do believe that human activity is responsible for changes that are happening to the climate, and I do believe it’s a problem, if maybe not quite an urgent disaster on the scale of some of the most alarming hype. However climate science is very complex and (I think) relies on a lot of modeling, simulation, simplification, extrapolation etc and seems to me to be a very poor subject for teaching the basics of science, scientific thought and method. It’s virtually impossible to conduct meaningful scientific experiments or develop straightforward theories with strong predictive power when you talk about climate science for example. Kids need to learn basic science first in my opinion, and apart from stuff like the water cycle and how atmospheric pressure causes storms and other weather conditions I wouldn’t teach climate because it’s not appropriate as a way to learn “science”.

 

 

And another post from said group:

I watched the standards subcommittee meeting discussing the science standards, streaming online, and was concerned with what I saw. One board member asked a number of logical questions about why no other standards were considered, the emphasis on two subjects to the exclusion of many others and why the clarifying statements and assessment boundaries seem to favor a certain instructional style and teaching to the test. The primary response by those recommending these standards as well as several of the board members themselves was that they needed to defer to a select group of “experts” who’d been successful in securing enough federal funding to push one educational philosophy over any others.

21 to 25% of the standards focus on evolutionary biology, depending on the grade. At least that much or more seem to focus on climate change, specifically human impact, and the sample lessons and aligned tests that I reviewed push it even further into policy issues, not just science.

Am I the only parent who thinks that leaving out circuits, human body systems, most physics and chemistry will leave our kids woefully unprepared for college level work or important careers? That climate activism isn’t the primary goal of a primary education? One dad, and engineer from California, commented to me that he worries these standards will assure all future engineers in the US will need to be hired from other countries.

Whatever your view, this deserves a healthy debate and substantive responses from those recommending these, not just deference to “experts.”

I hope the board meeting tomorrow won’t resemble the subcommittee hearing, and this familiar fable.

 

 

And yet another post:

Parents typically oppose the national conformity of education because it practically eliminates adjustments for local conditions, specialization, individual needs, innovation, and the safety net preventing the failure of an entire generation across the country at once when each new education fad comes and goes.

NGSS specifically precludes specializing in a subject area like physics, or chemistry, or biology at the high school level, despite the fact that our secondary teachers are trained in a specialty, not in “integrated science.”

(My daughter currently has to give up an elective credit to take a novels and literature class taught by a great teacher in her area of expertise because the required Common Core English class doesn’t include that. There aren’t enough elective credits left after all the dumbed down requirements to get a deeper education for college preparation and advanced studies in subject area specific math, or science now too.)

Parents with these concerns in recent years have been placated with hollow talking points about “local control” because we changed the name or renumbered some pages… or that there was “absolutely NO Federal involvement in the creation of these standards,” as one board member insisted in the recent subcommittee hearing for the new science standards.

It’s as if they don’t think we can see that it doesn’t matter who is building the conveyor belt, Federal government or other national level organizations. We don’t want a one-size-fits-all conveyor belt!

Still, I can’t resist addressing the “no federal government” issue.

In the subcommittee hearing the presenters supported their recommendation of these new standards solely on the fact that they were recommended by three well-known science organizations: the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and the National Academy of Sciences (NAS)… they left out Achieve Inc. (the organization founded to push national standards, developer of Common Core and NGSS copyright holder.)

Don’t they know who funds these organizations?

From the book pictured: “In 2016 Congress appropriated $880 million for EHR. Of this amount, $673 million is allocated at the discretion of the NSF director and board.”

“In February of 2017, the NSF grant database reflected 4,513 ‘active’ EHR grants, with total funding at $5.4 billion”

“EHR has been a substantial funder of AAAS’s science-education efforts, providing the AAAS with more than 100 grants worth $101,544,672 since Project 2061 began in the mid 1980’s.”

 

 

 

Here is a post from an Ohio anti-Common Core group:

What did we have before SAGE tests? How did schools gage improvement before the government got involved?

Why are behavioral scientists grading our children’s tests? Why are behavioral scientists involved in our children’s education at all? “Sensitivity Training” is not a new concept. They use it during wars to brainwash soldiers and they’re doing it now to brainwash our children.

Many people don’t understand this and it isn’t something those behind public education necessarily want shouted from the rooftops. This is why putting the puzzle pieces together and then sharing them is so important. The great article below, written by Brian Halladay, explains something that Elder Benson described (warned about) years ago. This “sensitivity training” is happening right now in the public school system via Common Core and SAGE tests.

The Reality Behind Your Child’s Test

“The SAGE test is an unreliable, unverified test that our children from 3rd-11th grade are taking not just once, but up to three times a year. These tests aren’t scored by their teachers, but rather by the American Institutes for Research (AIR). This company is the one of the world’s largest social and behavioral research organizations. Your child’s proficiency is being scored by a bunch of behavioral researchers.”

Brian Halladay, Board Member, Alpine School District, Utah

Alpine School Board Member to Parents: Opt Out Common Core SAGE tests | COMMON CORE

https://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/alpine-school-board-member-to-parents-opt-out-common-core-sage-tests/

“One of the tragedies of the Korean War was the fact that the enemy was able to brainwash some of our men…

When General William F. Dean was released from a Korean Communist prison camp, the young Chinese psychologists who had been trying to break him said: “General, don’t feel bad about leaving us. You know, we will soon be with you. We are going to capture your country.” Asked how, they replied: “We are going to destroy the moral character of a generation of our young Americans, and when we have finished you will have nothing with which to really defend yourselves against us.””

Ezra Taft Benson, CR, April 1969, pp. 10-15

 

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So, now testing groups are offering tips for monitoring students on social media:  https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/smarter-balanced-offers-tips-for-monitoring-students-on-social-media/

 

A California high school teacher was put on paid leave for questioning the student walkouts:  http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2018/03/14/rocklin-teacher-questions-walkout/

 

Here is a post that was shared in an anti-Common Core group:

I’ve heard multiple reports from furious teachers and parents in Arizona and around the nation claiming that students in many situations were REQUIRED to participate in the astroturf school walkout in support of gun control today. The adults exploiting these kids to push their extremist agenda are despicable and disgusting.

Do America’s youth have the right to peaceable assembly as guaranteed by the First Amendment? YES.

Do America’s lawful gun owners have the right to bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment? YES.

The Left does NOT, however, have the right to commandeer our taxpayer funded public school system in furtherance of their radical policies, yet Leftist public school district superintendents, administrators and teachers are doing just that…committing YOUR tax dollars to support Democrat activist organizations like Everytown,MoveOn.org and Planned Parenthood—just to name a few.

Any public school system that allowed or allows the use of taxpayer dollars to fund, encourage or otherwise support this hyper partisan exploitation of our children should be held accountable and any administrator or teacher requiring student participation should be terminated immediately.

America’s school children are not the Democrats’ pawns to be used and discarded for political gain. The madness must stop.

 

And here are some replies to said post:

They aren’t wrong about kids being required. A student from a high school sent out a tweet saying that it’s all staged and that many students don’t want to or don’t believe in this shit.

 

They are the smart ones

 

Thank goodness. There is HOPE FOR MENTAL CLARITY for some of our young people!

 

Would students wanting to attend a pro 2nd amendment / pro NRA rally be allowed / encouraged to walk out of school to do so? I doubt it.

 

Hello no they wouldn’t allow it

 

Not here we are on Spring break. My grandson said he would not do it. He is 15 years old better sense than most democrats.

 

California had a school tell them they had to walk out too? Isn’t that against their free speech if they choose not to walk out??

On a private Facebook page. There were kindergarten teachers encouraging other teachers to walk out with their students. A teacher can provided unbiased information on both sides of this debate but not encourage students one way or another.
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And you don’t think this whole walk out thing was a gun grab scam? You don’t think these children (and that’s exactly what they are) decided all across the country to walk out of school. That idea was totally presented to them in a package. Just the same way that simmering little test High puts it up!
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I had that figured out. Leftist junk to take away our rights and freedom. They want a one world government dictatorship. Hitler pulled the same thing to take control. Saying we need to take guns away for the safety of all. Look how that turned out.
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Some teachers encouraged them in LHC AZ. 30 walked out for 17 minutes. Then went right back in. The school will hear about this tomorrow. We don’t like anti gun folk here. And playing with the children’s mind in pretty annoying.
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Some teachers encouraged them in LHC AZ. 30 walked out for 17 minutes. Then went right back in. The school will hear about this tomorrow. We don’t like anti gun folk here. And playing with the children’s mind in pretty annoying.
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Here is a post from a New York anti-Common Core group:
So Students that disagreed will be supported in future protests? DURING SCHOOL HOURS. Ya know because Next Gen Standards are for civic engagement!! Like ProLife? Pro Bill of Rights? ProSecond Amendment?
Careful ‘Gubner–a PRECEDENT in the making! No discrimination nor proselytizing!
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As if we didn’t have enough to worry about already with the Fed Ed/Workforce Development racket, we now have to worry about brain scans being used on students:  http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/unicorns-brain-scans-mind-tracking-and-behavioral-data-oh-my/
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Here is a post from Women on the Wall:
What you are witnessing today with the Student Walkouts…
21st Century Learning – A shift away from teaching reading, writing, math, and history. To- values, beliefs, behaviors and changing the next generation’s worldview; using “Learner-Centered”, “Personalized Learning”.
Do not miss commentary in this video of Bill Ayers. This is a revolution in education. “Democratic Socialism” in full view.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUrhljEH1u8
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Here is a post from a friend of mine:

I hear Long Island Opt Out – founder Jeanette Deutermann has been fighting on behalf of students suspended *for* participating…one lost her role in the play...Using the NYS Allies for Public Ed and help from NETWORK FOR PUBLIC ED.

But wait!! What about those that Stayed in class. Chose not to participate and he is suspended! Do we think they might go to “BAT” for *this* young man’s FIRST amendment rights (don’t hold your breath!)…
and his chief complaint; loss of education instruction that he is legally entitled to, since the teachers essentially walked off the job instead to support political agendas and only those students that were walkout compliant activists?

Facetious question. Just pointing out hypocrisy.

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A student was threatened with arrest for holding a pro-2nd Amendment sign:
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I found this post in an anti-Big Government group:
My grandson and the entire student body was forced to go outside and not allowed back into the building and never knew why they went out there until that evening when they saw it on the news that they were protesting something. Teachers should have spent 17 minutes explaining the Second Amendment and now they should be fired.
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A teacher in Ohio speaks out against the testing and data mining and other bureaucratic burdens that have made his job as a teacher so impossible that he felt that he could no longer do his job and so has resigned:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/07/14/teacher-ive-loved-my-very-difficult-job-but-now-ohio-has-made-it-impossible/?utm_term=.d5dd21f48f2c
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Here is a post from the Utah anti-Common Core group:
My 9th grader told me a question he had on a history test. It was, how did Joan of Arc get Prince Charles attention? One of the multiple choice answers was, she seduced him. I know it’s not really bad but it still rubs off on me wrong. It seems inappropriate to me even though my boy and his friends thought it was funny. And why put such an idea out there when Joan of Arc was an amazing, spiritual leader. So wrong to me. So now I wonder what other weird questions he comes across that aren’t so memorable he doesn’t tell me about?
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And here are some replies to said post:
Was it common core related? That’s one of the hallmarks, sneaky subject matter.
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I’m sure it was common core material. That’s what all schools are doing now.
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that’s really bad. that actually makes me really angry. there is nothing appropriate about that answer. i think we need to find out where that question came from. there have been other inappropriate questions & i think the reason is the online database that teachers can use.

this question was caught a couple years ago, but it’s still being used (most recently just last month), even though they have said it was taken out of the database:
https://www.utahnsagainstcommoncore.com/abortion-test…/
http://fox13now.com/…/question-on-utah-biology-test…/

if the Joan of Arc question is in this same database, it needs to be removed also. unfortunately, i think this will continue to happen & parents won’t know about it unless their child tells them. especially because we’re moving more & more towards technology that teachers don’t even know what questions are being asked.

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It’s absolutely inappropriate. You aren’t wrong thinking that. Also, Joan is a hero of mine!
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Makes me mad, too. The goal seems to be to change our perception of history and demonize all of our heroes. Good catch.
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Here is a post from the anti-competency based education group:

One of the most respected School districts in the nation refuses to support legislation that would protect students health in regards to digital devices? Read the letter sent by the county. They state that “while well intended” the development of safety guidelines by medical experts could jeopardize the digital device roll out.

So they are arguing that keeping students healthy– contradicts the needs of the county to use digital devices?

https://safetechforschoolsmaryland.blogspot.com/2018/03/montgomery-county-public-schools.html

 

Here is a post from a friend of mine:

Students are not consumers. Or at least shouldn’t be. Education has lost its purpose for humankind. Expansion, contemplation of the nature of man is lost when education becomes training for a job. If a university student says they’re attending “to get a better job”
they should not be going to college. I’ve said this to my daughter repeatedly.

Any decent society needs to encourage critical thinking about ideas, beliefs and values, thinking upon which no price tag can be placed. A society that will only think when it is profitable to do so is one that has lost its mind.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/18/good-educations-being-lost-in-futile-quest-for-value-for-money

 

And another post from my friend:

K-5 really?

https://twitter.com/loisbeckett/status/973924503783911424?ref_src=twcamp%5Eshare%7Ctwsrc%5Eios%7Ctwgr%5Ecom.apple.UIKit.activity.PostToFacebook%7Ctwcon%5E7100%7Ctwterm%5E0

 

Here is a post from a New York anti-Common Core group:

Like the NYSPTA and NYSUT Project Pipeline. Illegal electioneering.

“…districts violate the Texas Election and Education codes when they exhort faculty or others to vote for a particular person or ballot measure,” Paxton said in a statement Friday. “Spending taxpayer dollars on advocating for or against political candidates is unacceptable.”

The letters are just the latest salvo in an ongoing battle over the role Texas public schools play in elections. Long-standing civic engagement initiatives aimed at getting more Texas teachers out to vote have come under fresh attack this election cycle, with conservative groups and Paxton himself warning that some efforts constitute “illegal electioneering.” A January ruling from his office advised districts that busing teachers and voting-age students to polling places is illegal unless such trips serve an “educational purpose.”

http://www.educationviews.org/texas-ag-ken-paxton-ramps-up-fight-against-schools-illegal-electioneering/

 

Two students got suspended for posting pictures on Snap-chat of them going to a gun range (outside of school hours):  https://www.themaven.net/bluelivesmatter/news/2-students-disciplined-for-going-to-gun-range-outside-of-school-hours-S_rsIBv3y0OS3Y_ocUKPVQ?full=1

 

Here is a post from a Massachusetts anti-Common Core group:

I sent in my refusal letter. One of my kid’s teachers said tonight that it hurts the school. I don’t buy it for a second. We moved from NY with a high refusal rate and the district never lost funding. What hurts the school is teaching a curriculum that is unproven and developmentally inappropriate. What would your response have been?

 

And here are some replies to said post:

Does the school use your child’s test results to help his/her teacher individualize teaching?
A High a School Teacher that I know said she never sees her students scores.

 

We get the results after the kids are out of school. Kids get marked absent. Totally false reporting of information to protect them from any potential harm. She acknowledged that It’s more of an assessment of her than the kids.

 

I’d say that it’s the DOE blackmailing the parents, threatening that it will harm the school or teachers. I’d also say, my child is my first priority, not the school and that the DOE should be ashamed of themselves for making it that way!

 

let it hurt the school….no worries, I opted out for mine during the parcc fiasco…..

 

And here is another post from said group:

I have a question. My daughter is in 6th grade and has an IEP. She has always had a reader for ELA on the MCAS now they are saying she can’t have one by the state’s rules. I said if she doesn’t I will not have her taking the MCAS and having her feel like a failure and I was informed through and email that she has to take it. Please advise me what I need to do to get her opted out of the test.

 

And here are the replies to this post:

Its a violation of your parental rights to make her take the test. Call the Massachusetts Board of Special Education Appeals and get a mediator for free. Opt her out and apply for a voucher so she don’t need it for a graduation requirement come 10th grade.

 

Thank you so much

 

She does not have to take it or any prep for it
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To opt out of any MCAS, except 10th grade, you just have to write an email to the principal. I also suggest CCing the teachers to make sure that they know too.

They will tell you it’s against the law and it’s required, they are lying and bullying you. I asked to see the law that says that, they showed me one that merely states that by law they have to give the tests, there is no place it said that taking it was mandatory. We have opted out for a few years now, no arrest, no repercussions on our children.

They will threaten that it will lower the school’s rating, under 95% participation does lower the rating, but chances are that your school doesn’t have that many who opt outs and your responsibility is to your child, not to be blackmailed by the DOE!

To get out of 10th grade, I am not sure, and please let us know how you make out at the board of special ed.

Here is a copy of my opt out letter, it doesn’t have to be anything more than we opt out/refuse the MCAS 2.0 test. Make sure you follow up with the principal to make sure he got it and is sending your child to the library or something during the test.

“We are opting out/ refusing _______ from taking all of the MCAS 2.0 tests. Also, no surveys without us seeing them first.

While we appreciate and think you all are doing a great job, [name withheld] is doing wonderfully and we are truly so happy you are all in his life, we are doing this because it is better for him and to send the DOE the message that we are not happy with their leadership in many ways, especially as far as standardized testing goes.

Thank you!”

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They are saying I can’t opt her out but the day of she can refuse and get a zero so the % doesn’t go diwn.
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unacceptable!!! They shouldn’t make the child refuse! Your instruction, as the parent opting out is enough! They are hoping the child caves and takes the test, again, unacceptable!!! She should not get a zero, she will be marked absent be cause the DOE does not want to acknowledge that opting out exists, (they mark the absent from the test, not from school.) their school percentage is all they care about, they don’t care about your child. They are blackmailing people into taking the test, again, unacceptable! Please let me know if they give you any more issues, this infuriates me when they mislead parents!
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Such BS. They care more about testing than the kids. This creates much anxiety for many even when they generally do well. I consider it a waste of what could but valuable school time.
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My daughter is a an a/b student and gets very anxious with this test.
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 I sent the refusal letter for all years of testing for my now 10th grader. Thankfully our principal was very accommodating (he is not a fan of CC) and provided my son and a few other kids with alternative settings. I’m so bummed that he has to take the test this year to graduate. He does not test well and is on an IEP. I do have accommodations in place and he will more than likely take it several times to pass. If he doesn’t pass we have it written he can use a portfolio. Now my 3rd grader does very well with CC learning and even though I hate it and want it gone I’m having him take the test. You know your child. Do not let them bully you. I so wish we had not gotten shut down with the ballot question😕
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Here is a post from a Washington anti-Common Core group:

Kent SD let 127 people go in RIFs today. Here’s the email from the superintendent. BTW, he’s threatening teachers to NOT speak out or post anything of FB or it will cost them their jobs.

BTW, this guy is all about building a fully 1:1 technology district with learning ecosystems, and CTE. He wants it to be the “silicon valley of the North”.

Thoughts???

Good Morning Team KSD,

Early last week, we shared some insights into the new KSD 2.0 organizational structure and how it was designed. Our Blueprint sets forth a shared vision that is purposeful and directed toward setting higher standards for our community of learners and leaders, always driven by values of equity and excellence. Four strategic goals drive our work and focus our efforts toward accomplishing our mission and vision for our students. This includes the organization, structure, and scope of our workforce. Moving forward, our organizational structure will be “leaner and not meaner” beginning with leadership at the highest level.

Specifically, the four communities (formerly known as divisions) will be aligned with our respective strategic goals and priorities. Currently, there is only one Chief Officer vacancy to fill. The Chief Learning Officer (CLO) position will lead the Community of Teaching and Learning. The other three Communities—School Operations and Academic Support (Israel Vela), Organizational Effectiveness (Dr. Jewelle Harmon), and Human Resources (Moriah Martin)—will continue to be led by those individuals listed above.

Please find attached the infographic that outlines KSD 2.0, our plan for coherence and organizational advancement as we move forward together.

Beyond the fiscal savings of having fewer Chief Officers in the organization, this new structure ensures that, for each goal in our strategic plan, the objectives, implementation strategies, and continuous evaluation of key indicators that measure our performance are being closely managed and monitored, and have strong central leadership.

However, it is important to also consider from a broad perspective all of the actions being taken under our district budget recovery process plan:

· September 2017, 90 positions eliminated primarily through attrition and reassignment, 30 positions (9%) at central administration center, and 60 positions (4%) at schools;
· February 2018, 45 positions (16%) eliminated in central office administration, a 53% reduction to fringe benefits and no cost of living increase to central administration administrators for 2018-2019, and a 93% reduction in fringe benefits for central administration administrators for 2019-2020;
· March 2018, 9 school-based administrative positions eliminated (11%); 4 employees impacted due to inability to place in current vacancies;
· March 2018, reduction of 127 FTE (7.9%) funded out of Basic Education due to larger class sizes and decreased dependence on Basic Education Act (BEA) funding for non-classroom positions.

These combined efforts represent a net savings of approximately $18 million and set us on the trajectory not only to end August 2018 with a positive year-end fund balance, but also are setting us on a path for restored fiscal health for years to come.

Again, the new leadership structure will go into effect July 1, but the work to move into this new structure begins now. There are resources and tools in place for staff impacted directly by transitions coming in the next few months, and we will continue to communicate with all Team KSD members regularly. I am confident that, through collaboration, open and honest two-way communication, and our shared commitment to successfully preparing all students for their futures, together we will be successful in the implementation of KSD 2.0.

Kind Regards,

Dr. Calvin J. Watts
Superintendent | Kent School District

 

Here is a post from a Florida anti-Common Core group.  Apparently, the move to abolish locally elected state boards of education in favor of a more authoritarian centralized one is spreading across the states:

Update 3/8/16 – Friends in Ohio and Florida have confirmed that this exact bill (elimination of elected school boards) is being pushed there.

https://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/2018/03/07/ut-senate-passes-ed-dictatorship-bill-will-house-make-it-law/?utm_content=buffer98595&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

And here are some replies to said post:

Ohio opposition hearing was yesterday.

 

Luckily this failed. The argument used to the House body was unbelievable. The representative stated that it’s the same model that Florida uses.

Any comments in response to that is very much welcomed. I will present the comments to the Representative(s).

 

Here is what Florida is trying to do to lessen local control. We are in the throes of a constitution revision process. The governor has appointed a committee and their proposals definitely target education and not in a good way.

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/2018/01/19/proposal-to-end-florida-school-board-member-pay-voted-down-in-constitution-revision-commission-committee-again/

 

Here is a post from Shannon Joy:

FYI … League of Women Voters representatives were IN Monroe County public schools on Walkout Day. And they were registering voters.

‘Soros documents show funding for the League of Women Voters and their effort “to catalyze greater participation from Black and Latino youth in advocacy both before and after elections.” The LWV is currently in federal court trying to stop efforts by Kansas, Georgia, and Alabama to verify that only citizens are registering to vote. The same organization intervened in a lawsuit by the Public Interest Legal Foundation to clean voter rolls in a Virginia jurisdiction with more registered voters than eligible citizens.’

http://worldweb365.us/blog/leaked-documents-reveal-expansive-soros-funding-to-manipulate-federal-elections/

 

During the student walkouts in Minnesota, a student was assaulted for holding a pro-Trump sign while teachers looked on.  The teachers only came to his help after some of his fellow students first came to his aid.  Worse yet, the administration recommended that he not return for a week or perhaps even the rest of the year because they could not guarantee his safety!  https://www.dailywire.com/news/28345/listen-student-assaulted-trump-flag-gives-alarming-james-barrett

 

Here is a post from an anti-Common Core group:

Ok, just today Sec DeVos confirmed, private & home schools who receive money though government choice programs WILL be required to follow federal regulations. This particular line of discussion is regarding civil rights, which includes LGBT issues, like bathroom freedom.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/devos-faces-withering-criticism-in-house-hearing/ar-BBKtGgk?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp\

 

 

Another college that has issues with the concept of binary genders:  https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/03/20/administrators-of-all-womens-school-dont-call-students-women?utm_content=buffer956a5&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=theblaze

 

A brave student at the high school that allowed anti-gun walkouts, while suspending a teacher for asking if they’d allow pro-life walkouts too,  is now going to stage an anti-abortion walkout, using the Left’s own precedent to do something and dare them to either let it happen or punish him and show their double standard and see if the teacher was right:  https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/03/21/student-in-california-decides-to-test-teachers-theory-plans-a-school-walkout-to-protest-abortion?utm_content=buffer3d2ab&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=theblaze

 

Here is a post from a friend of mine:

Tell Me AGAIN that it’s STUDENT LED. Just stop being ignorant and willfully blind. “Indivisibles.” Hard left progressives. Liberals, Democrat-Socialists. Marxists. Communists.

Local rally and of course the public school is participating. Ugh!
Calling themselves The Indivisible Team, they promote exactly what Organizing for America is promoting — how to organize to destroy every townhall, every effort by the GOP and the President. It’s very aggressive.

The leftists can’t win by debating policy issues, so they simply try to destroy the opposition. It’s pure Alinsky.

Their effort seeks to unite leftists of all stripes as does Organizing for America.

On Long Island alone, there are over 1,000 of these types of groups. They call themselves #resist#Indivisibles They all do the same thing. Your community has a chapter almost guaranteed. This newspaper clipping is from the Fingerlakes Times in central
NY. This rally in the Home of Women’s Rights. Ironic. Eh?

The Indivisible manifesto even quotes communist organizer, Dolores Huerta: “Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.”

The Indivisible Team (IT) was established by a group of five former Democratic congressional staffers in the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in the November 2016 presidential election.

One of the five founders, IT board president Ezra Levin, had previously served as associate director of government affairs at the Corporation for Enterprise Development, and as an AmeriCorps VISTA employee in the Homeless Services Division of the San Jose Department of Housing. Another key founder, IT board secretary Angel Padilla, had worked as an immigration policy consultant at the National Council of La Raza, and as an adviser to Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Illinois) from 2009-11, Frontpage Magazine reported.

This particular group has some ties to the Soros-funded MoveOn group, which is the fundraising and campaign arm of the “shadow government” of the hard-left. They deny any funding from Soros, however.

The Capital Research Center argues that Indivisible Guide’s board has multiple indirect ties with left-leaning groups funded by Soros, as well as with other liberal organizations.

The “Shadow Party” is a term originally devised by journalists to describe “527” political committees promoting Democratic Party agendas. It now refers primarily to the network of non-profit activist groups organized by George Soros and others to mobilize resources — money, get-out-the-vote drives, campaign advertising and policy iniatives — to elect Democratic candidates and guide the Democratic Party towards the far-left.

The Internet fund-raising operation MoveOn (dot) org is a key component. The “Shadow Party” in this sense was conceived and organized principally by George Soros, Hillary Clinton and Harold Ickes. Its efforts are amplified by, and coordinated with, key government unions and the activist groups associated with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). The key organizers of these groups are veterans of the Sixties left.

not student led

 

Here is a post from a North Dakota anti-Common Core group:

NORTH DAKOTANS–Ted Dintersmith’s push for PBL (Project Based Learning) here in ND has no empirical proof that it works and as Ted said himself, it may take 10 to 15 years to know if it even works. Read excellent research article by [name withheld]: 15 hrs
“Believe me when I tell you that technology venture capitalists have no interest in restoring teacher autonomy. Dintersmith is selling the Ed Reform 2.0 agenda, and he has the money to fund the books and movies that give him a platform to make his pitch nationwide. Valerie Strauss got it wrong.”

https://wrenchinthegears.com/2018/03/21/ted-dintersmith-is-not-here-to-save-neighborhood-schools/

 

And another post from said group:

Ann Marie Banfield, a grassroots parent activist and education liaison for Cornerstone Action in New Hampshire, says unspecified treatment details and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data cited as justifying the curriculum decision cast doubt on the wisdom of the policy.
“My first concern is with the statistics they use to justify actions that they are taking,” Banfield said. “I’m not familiar with the CDC conducting double-blind, objective, peer-reviewed studies [on this subject]. The CDC does collect data from surveys through the Risk Behavior Surveys. Are the statistics authentic to begin with?
“Assuming that 20 percent of children are experiencing mental illness, as they suggest, my other concerns would be how they treat children in the public schools,” Banfield said. “If 20 percent are classified as having some sort of mental illness, are they treating 100 percent of the students? How are they treating the 20 percent or 100 percent of the students? What kind of mental illness are they treating? Depression? Suicidal thoughts? Behavior problems? Who is treating the students, and what credentials do they have to treat the more serious mental health problems?”
Questions Teachers’ Role
Banfield says she doesn’t think the average public school teacher is qualified to administer mental health evaluations of children.
“In New Hampshire, we found schools using teachers to assess students using a mental health assessment,” Banfield said. “I’ve had teachers contact me directly saying they are uncomfortable assessing their students. They were more bothered that their own children, who also attend a public school, were being assessed. They don’t know where the information goes, and they know the few hours of training the teachers receive does not qualify them for assessing their child’s mental health.
“I had a parent in Londonderry, [New Hampshire] contact me saying her child was removed from class and spoke to the school counselor, but when she asked to see the notes that were taken, the school refused to give them to her,” Banfield said. “She ended up pulling her kids out of the school and transferring them to a different school.”

https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/schools-are-becoming-mental-health-clinics-under-federal-pressure#.WrBOQujRVuY.facebook

 

After being made to learn about sex ed and hearing that she was a “girl trapped in the body of a boy”, a 12-year student in Washington state came home crying:  https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/03/22/dad-says-daughter-12-cried-over-being-told-she-is-maybe-a-boy-inside-or-gay-in-sex-ed-class?utm_content=buffer7a255&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=theblaze

 

Here is a post from a Utah anti-Common Core group:

I just found out today that my son’s teachers are having him do sage assignments on Google doc because I told them He is not allowed to even get on the portal even for practice testing. They have had him look off someone else’s portal to do the assignment but now they are copying it out and having then do it. I thought if I opted them out of sage testing, it was fully opted out and they couldn’t give alternative assignments? A little guidance would be helpful thanks!!

 

And here are some replies to said post:

Ummm that’s not an alternative assignment. That IS the assignment, just modified.
I’d be having a really clear, really FIRM explanation of how things are going to be. Not a discussion, an explanation, with any involved teachers and principal present.

 

They aren’t even suppose to give them an alternative though correct?

 

My brother said they give my niece and nephews alternative assignments.

 

I thought SAGE Formative wasn’t being used anymore? So, it must be a Benchmark Module, since you said it was an assignment instead of an assessment, right? This is what’s listed on the SAGE Portal.
https://sageportal.org/

 

In the State Board’s Testing Ethics Policy, they say they can provide an alternate assessment, but they shouldn’t just be having him look on someone else’s computer or copying the questions in the SAGE Portal to create that assessment because state law says that when you opt out of statewide tests, you are opting out of the entire “state assessment system”, which includes Benchmark Module’s (or formerly SAGE Formative).

https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title53G/Chapter6/53G-6-S803.html?v=C53G-6-S803_2018012420180124

 

Ask for the days and keep him home….! I’d be livid!

 

The calendar shows testing for over a month..then we’ll get on trouble for him missing too much school. Stupid laws and their trying to take parental rights away!

 

did you get a meeting and in the face of the principal yet?

 

No, I just found this out this morning, I am going to email the teachers and verify what he said before I go off the deep end with them.

 

He is telling me that they copied it directly from sage and have those questions to the three kids who had opted out of sage testing but it’s the same questions. Reading the state form it says it’s illegal for them to copy before during out after testing without superintendent permission.

 

If they are copying the SAGE Summative or SAGE Interim test, that’s a huge violation of the testing ethics policy because no one is supposed to view those questions except the student taking the test (not even the teachers), but the SAGE Benchmark Modules are different & that’s what I think they could be using. I would double check though.

 

I understand that even with benchmark modules its still sage so they should be opted out of that or is that legal for them to do?

 

Yes, it’s still SAGE & definitely part of the opt out. They shouldn’t be using that at all if you are opted out.  I think they’re trying to justify it because they’re not having your son log in to the SAGE Portal, but they shouldn’t be giving him a written copy of anything SAGE either.

 

This whole thing is so frustrating!!

 

I think they are being brainwashed/indoctrinated as well so they think its the greatest thing ever!My fourth graders teacher believes that she was offended when I just smiled when she said how wonderful and important it is for the kids to learn the whys with math after I asked her if it mattered how they got the right answer if they used other methods.

 

Pretty sure Sage testing goes out next school year, at least in Utah (or maybe it’s just in Nebo district).

 

No, we’re actually just changing assessment providers, “all test questions used in the current statewide assessment, Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE), stay in Utah and be used in the new assessment under Questar”.

http://utahpubliceducation.org/2017/10/13/utah-selects-new-statewide-school-testing-provider/#.WrRgNT-5vIW

 

My son’s English teacher wants to do the same (Frontier Middle school) I had to put my foot down and I sent her a copy of e-mails I had to deal with it from 2015-2016 about if a kid is opt out, they can’t make any students to have any other writing assignment as a substitute sage test. She even said: ” she wants to know how far my son was with knowledge” I told her that I would be surprise if she doesn’t know yet after the 3 periods and my son had “A” in each one of those. I feel bad for teachers too because they are been pressure to do this kind a thing to their class just to prove how good are the kids doing. It’s like a couple weeks ago a teacher from CA spoke out a little bit of this and now she is on leave. I mean every year is getting harder and harder to fight for our kids, imagine those parents that are single or widow or maybe the 2 parents have to work and they don’t know what is going on schools, like the SAGE test.

 

And another post from said group:

Is it okay that they say if you have opted your child out of the tests, your child cannot be placed in an advanced program if they are doing really well academically, with learning?

 

And here are the replies to said post:

Nope!

 

No. Against the law & State Board Rule. I will post links when I get back to my computer.

 

Schools, Teachers, & Students may NOT be negatively impacted by SAGE test opt outs. Links 3 & 4.

SAGE test results may NOT be used to determine student grades or grade level advancement. Links 2, 3, & 4.

 

we opted out on all of them and all my kids have been in advanced programs including honors and AP and concurrent enrollment.

 

Here is a post from a Texas anti-Common Core group:

“Democracy Prep Charter Schools Coming to Texas – Taking Over Elementary Public School in San Antonio ISD” — By [Name Withheld]–

http://www.educationviews.org/democracy-prep-charter-schools-coming-to-san-antonio-isd/

 

Here is a post from the anti-competency based education group.  It is about a bill in Maine:

SEND YOUR MESSAGE – REPEAL PBD! A NEW Proficiency Based Diploma Bill Hearing! Your voice is needed.
Due to all the feedback regarding LD 1666, The Commissioner of Education, Dr. Bob Hasson, has instructed the Department of Education to present their position at a new public hearing outlining their plan. The language has not been formalized, but it is essentially a modified version of what they have been working on. I will post the link to the language as soon as it has been drafted. In the meantime, prepare your testimonies and come to Augusta to voice your concerns about a PBD law and ask for a repeal. A show of force will have great weight with the committee. If you are unable to attend, please send an email, even if you have already sent one.
More than likely this will happen in the next week or two at most. More details will be forthcoming as to bill language, date and time.

 

Here is a post from a Georgia anti-Common Core group:

Personally identifiable Information on toddlers is being stored & tracked for WORKFORCE development!
What parent would give CONSENT for this?
PARENTS have NO IDEA this is happening in SCHOOLS!
But here is the proof:

https://www.doleta.gov/performance/workforcedataquality.cfm

 

Here is a post from the anti-competency based education group:

You think this fundamental change to education can’t happen quickly? It just took a lot of Gates $$$ and two years for North Dakota to flip. They plan to eliminate grades and push students into work-based placements for their junior and senior years of high school. ND United, the Union is all on board with this. Can anyone explain this to me? Just listen to this two-minute clip.

https://ytcropper.com/cropped/u65ab85c4c76507

 

And another post from said group:

The CBA pilots have 15 schools now. So infuriating.

https://www.isbe.net/Lists/News/NewsDisplay.aspx?ID=1205

 

And here are some replies to said post:

What is CBA? Last I remember it was the Continental Basketball Association.

 

Competency Based Assessments. Illinois State Board of Education is piloting a program for high school. They want to make CBA a graduation requirement for high school. This is either going to cause lower graduation rates because students are not achieving each standard, or the bar will be lowered so much that the quality of education will drop. The massive amount of data collection, where that information goes and how it is used is also scary. There is a bill in the Illinois Senate that will allow groups like ACT and the College Board to sell and/or rent student personally identifiable information to third parties. Lots of awful right here.

 

Thanks!

Programmed learning, also known as Outcomes Based Learning was tried in the 60s and 70s and found to be completely lacking as an instructional strategy. Outcome Based Education, OBE, was rejected for the stifling and stilting malpractice that it is. CBA is not fundamentally different than those earlier versions, except now the malpractices are done with the aid of computer programs. CBA should be rejected sooner rather than later for the Sysphean chore on Groundhogs’ Day that it is.

 

Do you have anyone in Illinois pushing back on this? “They want to make CBA a graduation requirement for high school.” <—This and This—> There is a bill in the Illinois Senate that will allow groups like ACT and the College Board to sell and/or rent student personally identifiable information to third parties.”

 

In July 2016, Public Act 099-0674 was signed into law. Section 20 of the act created the Competency-Based, High School Graduation Requirements Pilot Program….. to expand in 2021.   https://www.isbe.net/competency

2016 Bill :www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/99/PDF/099-0674.pdf(4) During the 2018-2019 school year, school districts participating in the initial cohort shall commence initial implementation activities in accordance with their full pilot program implementation plan. (5) During the 2021-2022 school year, the State Superintendent of Education or his or her designee shall evaluate the school districts participating in the pilot program and make recommendations to ISBE and the General Assembly for elimination, modification, or expansion of the pilot program.

 

This was pushed thru – I dont think the reps even read it. 😡/😢

 

Rebuilding their HS just like Auburn😢

 

And yet another post from said group:

Just revisiting my timeline. Fascinating how all of these things come together. In 2002: No Child Left Behind passed; Partnership for 21st Century Skills was created; UNESCO held Summit on Open Education Resources; 21st Century Community Learning Centers expanded; Naviance was founded; and first grants to for the State Longitudinal Databases were awarded. ALL IN THE SAME YEAR

https://cdn.knightlab.com/libs/timeline3/latest/embed/index.html?source=1H9wy-HHVteMjJZH3dwIvR5VYHIRFlQ2qCMuD89f4sWs&font=Default&lang=en&initial_zoom=2&height=650

 

Here is a post from the Utah anti-Common Core group:

Aren’t rewards a no no?

 rewards for being slaves
And here are some replies to said post:

Yes. Your school is blatantly breaking the law.

Why have a Testing Ethics Policy if it’s clearly not being read? Here’s what it says on page 2 (pictured below). https://schools.utah.gov/…/bd4cdc0e-1892-4b64-bac4…

Utah law:
“(c) An LEA: (iii) may not reward a student for taking an assessment”
https://le.utah.gov/…/Title53G/Chapter6/53G-6-S803.html…

State School Board Rule:
“(9) An LEA may not reward a student for taking a state required assessment.”
https://rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r277/r277-404.htm#T7

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This is so wrong on every level. Rewarding students with prizes, treats, & parties for any test (not just the SAGE test) is completely unethical.
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I’ve emailed the vice principal that I’ve worked with for other things.
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A follow up to my sage rewards post from yesterday: The principal saw me walking in with my son this morning to check him in after an ortho appt and waited outside the attendance office so he could speak to me. He expressed his gratitude for alerting him to what was going on in the English department with the Sage rewards and said that he put the kibosh on it. I do know the principal from having lived in the same neighborhood for about 10 years now and know that he is a good man. I only emailed the vice principal because I already knew his school email address and I would have had to look up the principal’s school email address. I love the leadership at my son’s school and am grateful for their quick response and action. I did let them know that I don’t see a problem with the kids getting to watch a movie after all of the testing is done just as a way to de-stress, as long as it’s not tied to any participation or performance. 😊
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 It always feels so good to remember how many great people work in the schools and really are trying to do what is right with the children and the parents. Sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in the “us vs them” (I do this ALL the time, but I’m trying to stop) that hearing examples of the “we’re all in this together” mentality really helps me out. I’m so glad you had a good experience getting things resolved. Thank you for sharing the update.
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Most of Utah’s teachers and principles are good people trying to do what they think is best for the children. I think they sometimes don’t realize how some of their choices cause more damage than harm. That is why it is so important for the state and federal governments to get out of the way and let parents and teachers to work closely together to make the most crucial decisions.
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And another post from said group:

Any other school districts (we are in Granite) trying out the ridiculous 4 point grading system where there 1) are no due dates for homework 2) between 0 to 4 points for homework and homework does nothing to affect your grade 3) all your points for your grade come from “assessments” and the students can take the assessments as many times as they want to increase their grade.

When explained to parents and students, most kids will only fall in the 3 pt category… only exceptional students will fit in the 4 pt category. This equates to very few students ever being able to see an A in a class. My daughter is in 11th Grade and every student that is in a class using the 4 point grading system is struggling. One of the smartest kids we know is a gal that has had a 4.0 GPA and wants to go to medical school. Her math class is on the 4 point grading system, all homework is worth 0 and she is now getting a C because of her “assessments”. Oh… and I forgot to mention that the teachers aren’t allowed to do the grading. It goes into a completely separate computer system where “computer algorithms” figure out the students scores/grades and the district has to validate every assessment to make sure they agree with the teacher’s grade she/he gave the student. If anyone else is dealing with this, I would love to hear your experiences. I have called the Asst. Superintendent at Granite School District and she said she is hearing nothing but praise about the program, which I find hard to believe because every parent I speak to thinks it’s awful.

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And here are some replies to said post:

Cali is doing this and the teachers and parents hated!

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I wonder if it’s part of a Competency Based program? Did your district receive a grant?

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That’s a good question. I wouldn’t doubt it since they have so many Title 1 schools. I will ask the administration. Do you know if there is a way to file a GRAMA request to find out?

 

I’m not sure, I’ve never done that before, sorry!

 

I can see why everyone hates it but I will say many college professors grade this exact way.

 

Colleges grade on the 4 pt system, or grades based solely on exams?

 

grades on exams. I did have one professor by a percentage though. If you fell in a percentage you got a point. Which sound kind of the same. For example if one student answered 100 questions right and one answered 91 they both received full points. It was not well received by the student either. Same professor failed anyone receiving anything below an 80 percent the year before. He was a peach!

 

wow… yup… I can see why kids didn’t like him. I’ve had professors grade only using exams to calculate a grade, but never a 4 pt system that doesn’t equate with the percentage system as we know. That’s where it goes into a funky “computer algorithm” and it figures out the grade. When I scream there is no transparency for parents, the district administration’s response it that the parents need to forget what we know about the 0 to 100% grading system because it is completely different. But they can’t explain to me how the algorithm works. It’s crap!

 

that is so crazily frustrating. It makes no sense to boil all students down to 4 points. I will ask my neighbor if he’s heard of this. He is president of the board of education in my county.

 

Part of the destruction of the family and teaching kids that their parents are idiots. Rely on the system, not on your parents.

 

I know a couple of my kids would do really well in school if this were the case because they hate homework but test well but a couple of them likely would not graduate. My daughter gets such anxiety when testing that she always scores much lower than her actual level.

 

My daughter has the same type of test anxiety as well and tests are not her strength. However, I know kids that are 4.0 students and have always tested well and they are now getting B’s and C’s in these classes.

 

What?! You mean different kids learn different ways and have different strengths and weaknesses? What a fringe concept. You must be one of those helicopter parents who thinks their kid is special and doesn’t fit this small, confined box we’ve stuffed them into with all of the other ‘unique’ kids. <sarcasm> — Just goes to show ya, it’s about teaching kids to conform, not to think and learn. We have got to take back our kids and their education!

 

Out of my 5 kids, I have 2 that would never turn in homework but would ace the tests, and 2 that would turn in homework and do ok on tests and get an A- or B and one who has complete test anxiety and never does well, including the ACT – the timing of the test made him nervous and he freaked out both times he took the test. His participation was 100% and he could verbally tell you everything you taught him, but would have so much anxiety, he would misread test questions that in reality he actually knew the answer. He graduated with a 3.2 GPA and a 22 ACT score but had a full ride music scholarship and can perform on a stage with thousands of people watching him with no problem?
Meanwhile, his test acer siblings had a 3.6 GPA and 31 ACT and a 3.8 GPA with a 28 ACT…
So yeah, this grading system would have failed my bad test taker out of high school

 

That’s the typical “divide and conquer” mentality from your administrator: “You’re the only parent to complain” when you know darn well that isn’t true. They’re counting on you not talking to your neighbors, not educating yourself and not demanding change. Unite and be the change!

 

Why bother with a teacher at all? Common Core effectively tied their hands but now the districts are basically admitting they don’t and probably never did trust their teachers to do the job they were hired for.

Why not just take it one step further. Public Schools are basically just glorified day cares. They’re not meant for education they’re meant for conformation.

IMHO it sounds like they’re doubling down on putting both students and teachers in their place.

They’re also doubling down on getting your students intellectual property any way they can. Everytime they make computer algorithms mandatory, they’re stealing a little bit more from the children.

 

That’s exactly right. They’re working their way toward replacing teachers with facilitators. They’ll say it’s due to a teacher shortage when, in fact, this was the goal all along.

 

Get a group of parents together to ask for change at every level and bring a school board member into the discussion. I know it violates state law for them to use the state mandated assessments for school grades you could begin there if they are doing that.

 

Homework ought to help the youth learn skills for life. That’s the purpose of getting an education. Oh and keep the Liberals out of education and focus on reading, writing, math, and sciences and social skills such as P.E. teaches.

Here is a post from an anti-Common Core group:
Oh look! Another REBRAND. Who’s really surprised?
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Here is a post from a North Dakota anti-Common Core group:
Facebook Is Deeply Enmeshed In Education Data Mining And It’s Probably Affecting YOUR Children article by:
EMMETT MCGROARTY AND JANE ROBBINS
Director, Senior Fellow, American Principles Project
2:49 AM 03/28/2018
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Here is a post from the Utah anti-Common Core group:

Do we have to re-opt our every year? I’m guessing yes but wondered the actual law. I’m guessing I want to opt out of all summarize (ELA/literacy/writing/math/science) and interim but is benchmark modules ok?

Also, apparently they practice for the SAGE and have been having my student do the practices. Also, they sent a contract they had her sign and encourages her to set a goal and earn a reward (from me) is she goes to bed early etc and is really ready or do good on the SAGE.

The teacher questioned her on why her mother would opt her out and that she’d never heard of such a thing. It is an administrator actually helping teach the class.

 

And here is a reply to said post:

Yes, every year. That’s in State Board Rule:
“(4)(a) In order to exercise the right to exempt a child from a state required assessment under this provision and insure the protections of this provision, a parent shall:

(i) fill out:
(A) the Parental Exclusion from State Assessment Form provided on Board’s website; or
(B) an LEA specific form as described in Subsection (4)(b); and

(ii) submit the form:
(A) to the principal or LEA either by email, mail, or in person; and
(B) on an annual basis and at least one day prior to beginning of the assessment.”
https://rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r277/r277-404.htm#T7

As to the practice tests, those are part of the opt out because they are part of the “state assessment system” that parents opt completely out of when they sign the form: https://le.utah.gov/…/Title53G/Chapter6/53G-6-S803.html…

It’s sad that they send home a goal & pressure parents to reward their children to do well on a statewide test. 😦

 

A Georgia teacher gave students an assignment of writing Georgia lawmakers to advocate for gun control:  http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/03/30/georgia-school-assignment-write-pro-gun-control-letter-lawmakers

 

Here is a post from a New York anti-Common Core group:

So this was my 4th graders reading homework for tonight and the letter I wrote his teacher. It’s obvious that this is in preparation for the testing. He also told me they took Kat years test in class and even if their parents were opting out they still had to do the practice. On a side note I think my child would do fine with the testing I just think it’s a bunch of crap.

 

And here are some replies to said post:

my 5ht grader has been doing this homework for 2 months now. i also opt him out every year but if he doesn’t do the homework they make him do it in school. this is what the lesson is anyway, just reading and figuring out ways to answer these questions even though it is above there grade level.

 

Common core IS test prep. My son’s ELA booklet is entitled, “Testing as a genre.” Straight out of ‘Teachers’ College.’ Can’t opt out of it. 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️

 

And here is another post from the same group:

Are the 4th and 8th grade science state exams now aligned with common core/next gen?

 

And here are some replies to said post:

My children attend Catholic School… I inquired with the teacher (I will note I have more trust in this teacher’s qualifications and experience than many)…”In my opinion, I think that the NYS Science State Test will be more valid than the alternative test. I know that the current NYS Science Test has been around for many years. Now for the future, I imagine that will soon be changing, due to the new science standards NYS adopted.

The 8th grade students are reviewing for the 8th grade state test, which I started a couple of weeks ago. Even if they opt out, they still need to complete all of the review as a part of their science grade. This review consists of questions from the old science state tests, which will be similar to what they will see on the actual science state test…And the test is paper-based. One day will be for the performance test (rotate through different lab stations) and one day is for a timed written test.”

 

Thanks! My daughter has basically been doing Earth Science all year instead of 8th grade science and it’s too difficult for her. I was wondering what the test would be aligned to.

 

Well, I hope it helps. My 8th grader has the Barron’s NYS 8th grade science test Third edition for review (last copyright 2011)

 

No. The NGSS has not been officially rolled out in science. They have not even field tested the questions yet. Best guess 20/21 could see the change at the earliest and that is being optimistic. Science test the same as it always has been and you can opt out if u choose.

 

Are the Next Generation standards going to be that different? I heard it’s minor changes to common core.

 

The science test has not been aligned to common core yet, so when they do align it next gen I gather it will be just as poorly written as the other tests.

 

just refuse the garbage based on data mining& using your child as a guinea pig!

 

Thanks, but unrelated to my post. My kids are data mined and being used as guinea pigs whether they take the tests or not.

 

yes, but unfortunately you can refuse the tests & its data mining. more parents need to say No especially when it isn’t ( at least up through 8th grade in NYS.) Parent need to take back their power!

 

In my case, I am between a rock and hard place… my school advised an alternate test will be given to kids who opt out…which in theory is great and if it is made up by teachers best case scenerio. However, just as Common Core was bait and switch to New Generation standards blah blah…so has been the alternate test …thank God my children’s teachers have been honest with me (the administration 4 principals in 10 years and no better regarding this than the Diocese -Catholic school- been there too) when I inquired further regarding alternate test for ELA last October-teacher responded telling me they were instructed to gather questions from a particular web site last year, when I recently inquired further regarding …I was told “I can say with confidence that the alternative assessment will be practically identical to the NYS exam.” (as the letter from the administration came home stating already time and length would be similar). Unfortunately, most parents in my area and particularly at the school are very complacent and I haven’t had a whole lot of back up per say to have a strong voice or even to have a voice at all. Thank God for the parent FB forums or I would have LOST my mind! I am sick of the manipulation and games it is disgusting and I started back …about 6 years ago, nothing has changed, nothing…not even parents…their priorities seem to be more social than academic in my neck of the woods. Tried to work with public school groups and because my kids attend Catholic well, I wasn’t welcomed with them either. Sigh…don’t like to be negative, as I cheer, support, and continue to live by principles and truth. At least my kids teachers have respected that…moving forward I say – God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference. I know the truth, I know the lies, I have learned alot regarding the games played which opened my mind and gut to this so called alternate test. I am navigating (still somewhat blindly as there is always something to learn- and yet eyes wide open) but I keep informed. I have to focus on navigating through the muck and get my kids through as best I can.

 

I understand and your situation is a bit different in being in a private catholic school. It would burn me up that you pay top $$$ to give your children that education experience (I am a product of one but thankfully before cc of course) they are receiving $$$$$from state therefore need to accept cc garbage tests…one reason why I don’t trust catholic private schools any longer . Yes, you are lucky to have relationships with teachers&staff that are honest. You speak like a well versed catholic/Christian as I am. I am a mom to five & four of them were pretty cc but our youngest is now in 7th and been refusing since he was in 3rd grade. At first they tried tooth &nail to make it seem that I had no rights…I made them try to show me proof written proof & they couldn’t because they knew they were pushing an agenda-a greedy and governmental one. The facts are that as a parent I choose what our youngest son will be given in forms of education and not the idiocracies of states&governnent. I am his first & foremost teacher and will do what’s in his best interest! I commend you for offering your children the principals you have& support they have along with courage. If things get worse I would home school because I definitely don’t agree with “the village” in most academic settings. I have one year to go with our youngest before he is required to take regents to graduate from 9th through 12th grade. I have seen the decline in education just in the 7 years our youngest has had compared to our 4th sons educational experience and it’s in the same school district. Prayers and trust in Our Dear Father & he may hear our prayers of need! Happy Easter by the way!

 

Here is a post from a California anti-Common Core group:

FINALLY, SOME GOOD, I DARE SAY WONDERFUL NEWS FROM AMERICAN EDUCATION

This truly wonderful news. CSU’s rate of students taking remedial class will drop from 40% to zero in only one year.

CSU can meet its goal of increasing its 4 year degree rate by passing all students in every class.

Taking it one step further. Eliminate all classes. Students register and pay their tuition online and after 4 years CSU sends them a degree. Not only will this increase the 4 year graduation rate to 100%, it eliminates all racial, ethnic and gender disparities. In addition, since no one has to travel to the universities, and the buildings won’t need light, heating/AC, we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The perfect solution to our “higher ed” challenges.

This is the kind of creative and innovative thinking so often lacking in government. Good work Chancellor White.

PS We can use the same strategy to reduce our crime rate. Don’t arrest, charge or prosecute anyone and don’t take any police reports from pesky citizens claiming they were the victims of crime. The crime rate drops to zero, and we eliminate all racial, ethnic and gender disparities.

#GovernmentRunSchools

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-cal-state-remedial-requirements-20170803-story.html

 

 

It looks like the Edina, MN school district has gone WAY off the racial identity deep end:  http://www.startribune.com/racial-identity-policies-are-ruining-edina-s-fabled-schools/449825893/

 

Here is a post from an Oregon anti-Common Core group:

As you watch the TV footage of kids walking out of school to force repeal of the 2nd amendment and to try to confiscate your guns, may I remind you that Mao used the same strategy in 1966 to force Communist rule in China – a youth movement called the Red Guard.
It’s the same way Hitler used teenagers in his “Hitler Youth” movement, which became compulsory Nazi indoctrination for boys 10-18 years of age, to force Nazi rule in Germany. The same way Castro used the Popular Socialist Youth to overtake Cuba and install Communism. What happened next? The people cheered and handed over their guns to their new friends in the RESISTANCE Government. Then they executed them.
This is not a new idea. This is straight out of the Commie playbook

 

Here is a post from the anti-competency based education group:

Pinellas County, FL
Does anyone have info regarding this program. I’m a bit frustrated with my son’s middle school right now trying to push a career pathway down my son’s throat. He’s supposed to be working on this, and I’m about ready to have him refuse.

https://public.careercruising.com/en/about/

 

And here are some replies to said post:

You will have to revolt. The Career crap is here to stay, thanks to WIOA’s workforce mandates being woven into ESSA. The HEA is embedded, too. Nothing says our government has betrayed our kids like sacrificing academics for trained workers. Their payoff? A better place at the global economic table.

 

Thanks Lynne. [Lynne is the Common Core Diva) I just realized I can opt my son opt out. Refuse!!!

 

[Name withheld] look in FL for a birth to 3rd Interagency Council. This is where I found out that the States are pulling this type of career junk off to comply with ESSA. You can read what NC is doing, learn there are at least 19 other States doing this, and, how all the rest will follow.  http://www.patriotinstitute.org/just-facts-maam/

 

uh, no! Not my 14 year old. He’s not even in high school yet. #DenyTheData 

“Career Cruising is an interactive career guidance and pathways planning tool designed for people of all ages. The tool can help students to explore different career options, manage course selections online–and plan various pathways to meet the requirements for their desired career path.”
It just dawned on me that this is why he’s so worried. He’s afraid he is going to make the wrong choice about his career. It is wrong to push “career pathways” down the throats of middle schoolers.

http://www.yrdsb.ca/Programs/Guidance/Pages/Careers-Secondary-Online-Course-Selection.aspx

 

All of it is wrong

 

Yep, The mandates enforce career paths for as young as 2nd grade. By the time ESSA is fully running, it will be in PreK

 

The career push makes me so angry. If you asked me at 16, 18, 20, 22, and even 24 if I wanted to be a lawyer, I would have laughed at you. I hated the idea of lawyers like I saw on LA LAW. It wasn’t until I was 25 and took a class in social work and the law, as an intro to get an MSW that I did an about face and never regretted it.

 

Yet, they have brainwashed our kids into believe they “must” choose a career pathway. Took me 3 days to convince him just to enjoy high school. He’ll be refusing this program, and any other documents from this point further asking him questions regarding what direction he wants to go with his life. It’s none of their damn business.

 

Here is another post  from said group:

“Public schools are engaging students as early as elementary school to create a pipeline of future professionals.”

https://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2018/03/30/catch-em-young-how-public-schools-are-engaging.html

 

And yet another post from said group, an article about Big Tech data mining:

https://wp.me/p7xNkD-bz

 

And here are some replies to said post:

Also true for IL. When I tell people that student PARCC data ends up in the IL Longitudinal Database System and that 7 agencies have access to that information, I get blank stares. How this information will be used is to be seen.

 

Do you know what 7 agencies have access and are they the same in all States?

 

https://www.illinoisworknet.com/ILDS/Pages/default.aspx

 

The massive amounts of data collected on our kids over the past 5 years is astonishing as other bloggers have written about and warned about like Cheri Kiesecker and Alison Hawver McDowell.

 

the information is and will be used against our kids as they establish data profiles. LOTS of people have access to the SLDS’ in each state. Thank you for educating others on this extremely important information. People have NO IDEA or fail to understand how this WILL affect their kids.

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Unlike many other students, these brave Florida students are staging a walkout in SUPPORT of the 2nd Amendment:  http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/03/31/students-at-florida-high-school-stage-walkout-in-support-second-amendment.html#

 

Here is a post from a Minnesota anti-Common Core group:

I wrote an article last week about the curriculum company, K12, Inc. and their lax terms of services which allowed universal sharing and selling of student data. I also noted which schools/districts in Minnesota use K12, Inc. Check out all the non-profits working with K12, Inc. including Bellwether, Gates Foundation, Amplify and other non-profits on both sides of the fence. Eye-opening! MACC has been going it non-partisan for 5 years. Keep an open mind…

https://nancyebailey.com/2018/04/02/bellwether-the-sheep-who-is-leading-teachers-children-and-parents-off-the-cliff/

 

Here is a post from a New York anti-Common Core group:

Sebrone Johnson is Senior Director of Innovation at the Urban League of Rochester and Senior Pastor of Greater Harvest Church. Jeff Smink is the President of Cobbs Hill Consulting. Both are members of the High Achievement New York coalition. (HANY – Remember the “fellows” teachers trained to bring common core back into their schools and they got stipends for being the “go-to” in the know teacher on campus) yea, them.

https://amp.democratandchronicle.com/amp/33491333?__twitter_impression=true

 

And another post from said group:

Who pays for the telemedicine consult? The school? State or federal funding (taxpayers)? Will the parents be billed for the service?

The article indicates or gives examples of telemedicine in schools is being used to diagnose and treat ADhd, autism, blood sugar issues, dental and vision screening, asthma, and pneumonia. I am sure there is more it is being used for. There is even mention of psychological issues.

Could telemedicine end up being used in schools without parental consent? Will this increase the school’s role as a health care provider? While it may be convenient for the parent, even with consent, is it possible parental responsibility will be undermined? A very fundamental question—is this the responsibility of the school?

Student medical/health records collected by schools fall outside HIPAA regulations. What about student medical/health information generated as a result of telemedicine? Since it takes place through the school will such records be considered school records and fall outside HIPAA regulations? Will such record be a part of the student’s digital record in the state longitudinal data system? Will it become part of other data bases outside the parent’s control?

https://undergroundparent.wordpress.com/2018/03/30/telemedicine-in-the-schools-a-doc-in-the-box/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

 

 

And here are some replies to said post:

I bet the data does not go into the HIPPA protected health data base, but into the marginally FERPA protected ed data base.

 

Right. Once it’s part of the school record it’s no longer HIPPA protected and FERPA is useless

 

Here is a post from a North Dakota anti-Common Core group:

Education being transformed across the nation……..
“ultimately teachers are replaced by Teach For America’s young “quickly trained” hires now in our 2 large systems – OKC and Tulsa.”
[Name Withheld] 10 hrs ·
“Textbook funding was cut at the request of State Superintendent Hofmeister. The use of Technology delivered teaching has been pushed to replace textbooks and…… ultimately teachers are replaced by Teach For America’s young “quickly trained” hires now in our 2 large systems – OKC and Tulsa. Most teachers do not know that. The Legislature didn’t cut the textbook funds…… Hofmeister did. I was there when this happened.”

 

Here is a post from a New York anti-Common Core group:

“We read about teenage killers, we acquiesce to college students by establishing free speech “Safe zones” lest feelings are bruised by politically-incorrect opinions elsewhere, we hear about high-school teachers imposing personal and political agendas in classrooms, we accept “Gun-free zones” in schools that invite invasive violence, we watch our youth — taught to abandon the tool of survival (reason) now demanding a ban on the tool of defense (guns) — march to the drumbeat of well-funded political manipulators, and we shake in our souls to recognize that kindergarten children are being drugged into docility and confused about their sexuality.

We blame police, politicians, the education system, the internet, and mass media for the violent, fragile, and/or twisted condition of too many children today. And all of these surely do contribute to the disorder we witness across the land.

But we seem never to consider the role of parents. What is their culpability in the distressed state of so many American youths? What happened to tried-and-true concepts of successful parent-led family life that consists of encouraging curiosity, instilling rational values, and teaching socialization skills to children in a secure setting called “home”?

Where is parental responsibility in establishing an environment that celebrates self-discipline and creative activities resulting in earned pride and emotional rewards that serve to ease and direct a child’s development from a dependent early life to a confident, independent, mature, and moral adult?

Especially in today’s turbulent world, children can be deleteriously influenced by teachers, social media, the internet, severe peer pressure, socially engineered TV programming, violent movies, and political correctness.

It is crucial, therefore, for parents to provide not only a steady, loving, and nurturing family life but also help their kids grow as individuals able to think independently and critically, thus acquiring the genuine self-esteem necessary to judge external input and resist group-think…”

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/04/are-parents-to-blame-for-distressed-state-of-american-youth/

 

And another post from said group:

There is a component of the globalist agenda that so many people just don’t get.
As soon as I bring it up, people dismiss it as a “social” or “religious” concern.
It’s NOT.
The question of who has authority over children is HUGE.
Whoever controls the children controls the future.
Parents are absolutely up in arms over being cut out of educational (and even medical) decisions via Common Core and ESSA, Obamacare, FERPA, HIPPA……
But when the government effectively says via “gay marriage” and “gender neutral family/parenthood” that biology is IRRELEVANT to parenthood; they are saying that there is NO NATURAL right to parent your own children.
If your right to parent your own children does not exist by nature, then WHO has authority over children?
Answer:
The Government.
This is NOT a subtle side note.
It is not an incidental coincidence.
It is a powerful and fundamental DELIBERATE objective and motivation of the agenda.
The globalists are setting up their own authority over children in the name of “liberty” for LGBT by declaring that biology is irrelevant to parenthood.
It is twisted, diabolical and one of the most dangerous realities of the agenda.
And people are utterly oblivious to it.
I am going to keep posting about it until every one of my FB friends virtually smacks themselves in the head and says “I get it now!!!”
Or unfriends me.

 

Here is a post from an anti-Common Core group:

From the halls of public schools like Edina that love teaching Howard Zinns hateful version of US history. READY? Highlands Elementary’s new “racially conscious” elementary school principal runs a blog for the school’s community. On it, she approvingly posted pictures of Black Lives Matter propaganda and rainbow gay-pride flags—along with a picture of protesters holding a banner proclaiming “Gay Marriage Is Our Right.” On a more age-appropriate post, she recommended an A-B-C book for small children entitled A is for Activist. (Peruse the book and you find all sorts of solid-gold: “F is for Feminist,” “C is for…Creative Counter to Corporate Vultures,” and “T is for Trans.”)

http://www.weeklystandard.com/inside-a-public-school-social-justice-factory/article/2011402

 

Here is a post from an anti-Common Core group:

Remarkable results! No SAT scores needed. Dominoes for quality?!
You won’t find our college in the U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings released this month. Last year Hampshire College decided not to accept SAT/ACT test scores from high school applicants seeking admission. That got us kicked off the rankings, disqualified us, per U.S. News rankings criteria. That’s OK with us.

https://www.hampshire.edu/news/2015/09/21/results-of-removing-standardized-test-scores-from-college-admissions

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George Washington University is holding “Christian privilege”  workshops:  https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/43577/

 

Here is a post  from a Utah anti-Common Core group:

My children attend an elementary school that is starting SAGE testing soon. Because I opted out of testing, I was informed by one of the teachers that the school has been instructed that only silent reading can be done by my children in lieu of testing. No other learning activities allowed. Can anyone give me a reference for this? This school is new to us this year, and our old school gave them alternative projects to work on during the ridiculously wasteful hours and days of testing.

 

And here are some replies to some post:

I just pick my kids up so they don’t have to deal with teachers/administers who disagree with my decision.

 

I’ve thought about this too. Our kids school gives them an alternate test! So annoying.

 

I said no alternate tests. I just request all the dates/times they do testing and pick them up. If they want to give my student an alternate test, I tell them to get “sick” and come home. No thanks.

 

good idea! They say it’s required and counts toward their grade but I tell my kids, I don’t care about their grade as long as they are learning. Maybe we will add some days on to our spring break 😉

 

I thought that was against the law the count sage testing against the grade or punish kids who don’t take it.

 

Following… they want my kids taking an alternative test. I don’t my kids doing this as basically I don’t trust them.

 

it is illegal

instead of pointing that out and having a battle with my school over it, I simply vote with my feet. My children wont attend any time they are giving the alternate test. If they schedule it for Tuesday, they’re absent. Rescheduled for Thursday, absent again. If they surprise me with it, I’ve empowered my children to call me by saying they’re “sick.” Eventually they give up. I’ve tried the route of arguing the law with them and it burned bridges.

Just check them out. Most districts violate the law and demand they take alternative tests. Also watch out for illegal incentives to those that take Sage, such as waiving taking a final exam for a good Sage score.

 

My kids are sent to another classroom to silent read. It’s a great way to work through a good book series.

 

It sounds like the silent reading is a passive-aggressive attempt at punishing instead of providing alternative learning activities.

 

I’m actually completely okay with that. Reading is a great educational activity. I’ve heard of so many horror stories with schools trying to push the law or break it entirely, that I would be thankful you don’t have to fight that battle. 🙂 But, if you would like your child to do something else, I would talk to the teacher again to come up with another plan.

This is what the Testing Ethics Policy advises schools to do (bottom of pg.2). There aren’t specific requirements, just examples of what they could provide as an educational activity during testing:
https://schools.utah.gov/…/bd4cdc0e-1892-4b64-bac4…

 

I’d rather have them read than do some stupid worksheets. Teachers can’t really manage active learning with them while they’re trying to administer a test to others.

 

I wouldn’t object to that if they COUNT the reading toward their required reading and used books that help them get ahead of other kids taking the test!! With a few breaks (like testers get…) for recess and snacks, and books they choose at the end. Teachers MUST ALL BE BUSY monitoring testing….

 

Just keep your kid home so it becomes a reward to opt out and not a punishment.

 

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A North Carolina mother is angry about the paper her second grader brought home that talks about “white privilege”:  http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/04/05/2nd-grader-brings-home-paper-school-detailing-white-privilege

 

Here is a  post from a North Dakota anti-Common Core group:

[Name withheld] a grassroots parent activist and education liaison for Cornerstone Action in New Hampshire, says unspecified treatment details and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data cited as justifying the curriculum decision cast doubt on the wisdom of the policy.

“Assuming that 20 percent of children are experiencing mental illness, as they suggest, my other concerns would be how they treat children in the public schools,” Banfield said. “If 20 percent are classified as having some sort of mental illness, are they treating 100 percent of the students? How are they treating the 20 percent or 100 percent of the students? What kind of mental illness are they treating? Depression? Suicidal thoughts? Behavior problems? Who is treating the students, and what credentials do they have to treat the more serious mental health problems?”

https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/schools-are-becoming-mental-health-clinics-under-federal-pressure

And here are some replies to said post:

By the time this ends, there will be no time left for ELA, Math, History or Science. So what are we sending them for??

 

And how and when have teachers been so trained? Or do the schools just hire some quack to “teach” our children, what? What is mental health? Believing there is no God? Believing your parents know nothing? Believing the state is good? Not being sure which restroom to use?

 

I was told by a teacher that they are not to diagnose anything, but only bring to the attention of administrators ‘signs’ of certain illnesses. Just crazy.

 

Everything in schools now through the curriculum, etc…. is to push us farther and farther away from the Creator, no intelligent design, no God! He has given us our identity, He created us, not the few elite globalist with the world view of desiring to govern the world!

 

will being a Christian be a “sign” of mental illness?

 

Unless someone stops the direction of public education, I have little doubt it will.

 

By vote, granted ignorant vote, but the vote nevertheless, 1/3 of voters were happy with this stupidity. What we need is a vaccine for stupidity. LOL

 

Bring it forward to gun control. Already Veterans with the diagnosis of PTSD are prohibited having guns. (legally) This “Agenda 30” is one scary thing. LORD HELP!

 

This is frightening! Parents need to wake up and ask some very serious questions about the qualifications of those that will be observing their children. This is leading to the deepening of the Socialist agenda in this country! Just who okd this communist plan! I would be throwing a damned freaking fit! Parents! ARE YOU WILLING TO LET YOUR CHILD BE A TEST DUMMY! Just imagine how many millions of children this concerns! These kids are going to be the soldiers of the ever invasive liberal foundation. This is going to include gun control, free thinking, rational thinking and the erosion of America and what it stands for! Why doesn’t this strike a nerve in people? It sure does me! [Name withheld], when is this supposed to start? Is this still in the stage where it can be stopped! PARENTS NEED TO REMEMBER THAT YOU WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR CHILDS INFORMATION! MAYBE YOU ARE
NOT NOW! PARENTS ARE BEING REMOVED FROM THEIR CHILDREN’S LIVES! Parents are only going to be breeders. Sounds impossible doesn’t it? Just look around you and look at what you once thought impossible with the government! I could go on but I’m depressed now! Oops not a thing you are supposed to say!
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Here is a post from a Utah anti-Common Core group:
Remember, Facebook is partnered with the US Dept of Ed. What could go wrong with them having your child’s health data?
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And here are some replies to said post:
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FYI: This was a training at the state office about PII. I learned a lot from it. Contracts that districts and schools enter into must be looked at carefully.
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Have you looked into how Race to the Top impacted data contracts because of data interoperablity? I am concerned that data contracts do not tell the full story for parents, schools or districts to make clear decisions over PII. IMS Global is working over time to make most PII interoperable through online curriculum, online assessment and student information systems:
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 Here is a post from a Texas anti-Common Core group:

The video below, which is a podcast for investors, is the answer to the question…

Can I see who is financially benefiting off the curriculum on which my child’s teacher is evaluated?

Our children are being used as guinea pigs for profit. And, their data is the new goldmine for investors.

The problem is- The research actually shows this is doing great harm to students and destroying true local control.

As Kim Gutierrez correctly stated…
“Systemic approach is the antithesis of local control.”

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A Nebraska high school English class had a flyer comparing Republicans to Nazis:  https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/red-alert-politics/flyer-in-high-school-english-class-compares-republicans-to-nazis
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 Here is a post that was shared in a New York anti-Common Core group:
I went on a bit of a tear after seeing media in my state say conservatives attacked a PTA for giving 8 year olds white privilege lessons.
Hell yes, we attacked them. I’ll do it again too.
Thread in this tweet:
https://twitter.com/apdillon_/status/982440879918080000?s=21<break></break>This Franklin Graham post was shared in an Ohio anti-Common Core group:I’m saddened, disappointed—and yes, shocked—to see that University of Tennessee, Knoxville is promoting a “Sex Week” for its students. This Fox News story refers to it as “Sodom & Gomorrah.” It’s even worse than the name sounds when you read the events and classes on their own website http://sexweekut.org. They’re actually pushing this filthy trash on young people whose parents are paying good money to send them there for a quality education. What could Chancellor Beverly Davenport be thinking? There’s nothing healthy or educational about all of this. It’s just simply promoting sin. I think parents should take steps to see this stopped—or pull their students out. Alumni and the residents of Tennessee who fund the university should make it clear that this does not have any place at their state university. I think pastors across this great state should speak out against it, and I hope Governor Bill Haslam will step in and make sure the group responsible is no longer allowed to do their damage at UT. Email your concerns to the university chancellor’s office at chancellor@utk.edu. Let me know what you think in the comments below.http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/04/05/todd-starnes-university-s-sex-week-sounds-like-porn-film-title-but-unbelievably-it-s-real.html<break></break>Here is a post from Alice Linahan of Women on the Wall:Can I See WHO is financially benefiting from the curriculum products on which my children’s teachers are evaluated? When a school district does not pay for a product- That means the children are the product.

The Gates and Zuckerberg Education Superhighway is well on it’s way to being completed. As heard in this short video.
Parents want the CHOICE to have a teacher, not a computer teaching reading, writing, math, and history in their children’s classroom.What we know is that Microsoft and Google are working closely with the OECD. Which should give us all major heartburn.* Google and Microsoft are Unesco Partners with deals to promote
Unesco’s values through a World Curriculum.* The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) a World Policy Organization. The OECD runs an Assessment system to support Unesco’s Sustainable Development goals.The OECD reshaped assessments so they run in the background of online curriculum. The OECD assessments are assessing behaviors more than academics.OECD quotes – “The skills, attitudes, and values that shape human behavior should be rethought to counter the discriminatory behaviors picked up at school and in the family.”“All young people should be able to challenge cultural and gender stereotypes, to reflect on the causes and solutions of racial, religious and hate violence and to help create tolerant integrated societies.”The OECD’s assessment director, Andreas Schleicher, a German worked with the Obama Administration to reshape the US K-12 online assessment system.Andreas Schleicher worked in a study group with the National Conference Committee of State Legislators.

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And here is another Alice Linahan post:

Please – Please listen and hear what this amazingly articulate young lady is saying. This is reality for our children today.
This is the reality of online virtual personalized learning.

<The video, which was up originally, somehow has been removed.  Sorry about that.>

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And here are some replies to said post:

Excellent! This young lady gets it! Authentic learning is about more than just being on and responding to a screen. Too bad some of the elites don’t get it!

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For the life of me, I cannot figure out how districts think this false “personalized” learning is the. way. to. GO. (…well, aside from the $$$ that must be the key???)
Instead of mobilizing to implement the TEA (or whatever your State education agency is) agenda, districts should be informing PARENTS of the travesty so that PARENTS can fight this false 21st Century Ready garbage.

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Because it is all about the money. And we don’t have districts making choices or States for that matter. We have Federal education and Federal mandated UN agenda. As long as we still have the department of education dictating what we do, we will never be free from this madness. The saddest part is that its being perpetrated on our children. The future of our nation is crumbling and we’re allowing our children to be guinea pigs for a price

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And Dan Patrick helped mobilize all of this here in Texas. We have snakes who’ve had a big part in this mess who just keep climbing up the political ladder.

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Yep all about the money. One of our employees brother is a teacher. For the last 20 or so years??? He is taking early retirement. Says he cannot take it anymore. He told us they are not allowed to give any student a zero and are forbidden to fail a student. And they spend the whole semester teaching to the star test. If they veer off course, they are fired. All about the federal funds. Truly, the only option is to home school and even that is in danger of being taken away.

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And sadly all of the veteran teachers that are leaving were probably the only hope our school system had left. When they are gone we are left eith nothing but left leaning liberal whackos

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The deeper we get into the technology age, the more our kids are taught like robots, something out of a hitman movie, barcode stamps on the backs of bald heads, all in the same old star trek slick rayon uniforms, and so on….Abbott, Patrick, Bettencourt/Harris Co. Senator, have already wrung the fun out of public schools, stiffened State testing beyond any thing reasonable to pad their donor pockets with business, and cut State funding to less then 35% while collecting more taxes than ever before….they need to be voted out…all this crony trash do not deserve to train wreck Texas once again.

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You’re right but looks like the same thing with a different face just runs right in behind em

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And yet another post from Alice Linahan:

Parents and Teachers, it is time to wake up!! Please listen and learn why the state is collecting data on our children. By Dr. Peg Luksik.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8X-rg5zE48&feature=youtu.be

 

Here is a post from the anti-competency based education group:

Micro-credentialing. Gah!
The following states currently provide credit for micro-credentials on the BloomBoard site, though requirements may vary by district:

Illinois
Maryland
Massachusetts
Montana
New York
North Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Wyoming

http://digitalpromise.org/initiative/educator-micro-credentials/

 

Here is a post from an Illinois anti-big government group:

Attention Illinois parents!!! Two bills were introduced into the Illinois state legislature. Senate Bill 3249 (Senator Heather Steans) and House Bill 5596 (Representative Anna Moeller) are “sister bills” that would require history to be taught to all Illinois public school children (K-12th grade) that honors and celebrates the contributions of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders in American history. If these bills become law, Illinois would become the second state, after California, to require all public school children, to focus on the contributions of the LGBT community in their studies of American history.

SB3249 (Sen. Heather A. Steans) will be heard by the Education Members on Apr 10, 2018 1:30PM.

As for HB5596 (Rep. Anna Moeller) it would be assigned to the ‘Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee’, but has not been placed on the schedule as of now.

A great way to send your message would be by filling out a witness slip and OPPOSING each bill. We would need at LEAST 1,000 sigantures by Tuesday!!!! Please forward this message to family and friends and let’s send a clear message this is NOT acceptable for our children.

http://my.ilga.gov/WitnessSlip/Create/111033?committeeHearingId=15751&LegislationId=111033&LegislationDocumentId=141983&SCommittees4%2F15%2F2018-page=1&committeeid=0&chamber=S&nodays=7&_=1523234168986

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=5596&GAID=14&DocTypeID=HB&LegId=111602&SessionID=91&GA=100

 

Link to the House bill:  http://my.ilga.gov/WitnessSlip/Create/111602?committeeHearingId=15692&LegislationId=111602&LegislationDocumentId=140962&GridCurrentCommittees-page=2

 

Witness Slip Tips:

*Under Firm/Business and under Title: “SELF”
*Under Persons or groups, represented: “concerned parent” or “SELF”
*Select “OPPONENT”
*Select “Record of Appearance Only”

 

 

Here is a post from a Utah anti-Common Core group:

This literally makes me want to vomit.

sage torture

 

Here is a post from the anti-competency based education group:

A Maine classroom. Chasing learning”targets” on their own to earn circles and sparkles. This makes me so sad.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=102&v=iyq6-1yr5Dw

 

And here is another post from said group:

Great, move away from testing, but in favor of SEL. Why do people think equal opportunity is the same as equal outcome?? Why not encourage personal responsibility for your outcome in life while offering tools for those who need them and CHOOSE to use them instead of mandating for all? Sounds like the “state” owns the children.

https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/state-considers-new-year-education-plan-that-shifts-away-from-tests/hOuC0RuIa8QVBkj5BWoroM/

 

And here are some replies to said post:

Right. I’m an Ohio teacher, and this is just the next step in the plan to actually test students every minute of the school day, by doing their schoolwork on devices which collect each keystroke. Their education will be “personalized” in the sense thatthey won’t be permitted to learn the next lesson until they have “mastered the standards” for each step along the way. The legislature has mandated Standards Based Grading that is overwhelming teachers by insisting we grade our students on a 1-4 scale, using “standards clusters”. Which standards? CCSS that was renamed Ohio standards or some such nonsense. This is entirely the reason CCSS was created, to turn education into measurable data tags. Teachers have been told “don’t grade the behaviors, that will come later.” So Social and Emotional “learning” will be next. Humans will be doing that at first, too, until an algorithm and a device students wear can take over determining the amount of “grit” students possess as they make their way through the computerized maze of their K-12 education. Unfortunately, parents and most teachers see the shift away from testing to be a good sign. It isn’t.

 

Our school (parochial) announced standards based grading maybe 3-4 years ago. They even had a roll out plan. Then it never happened and there was no communication about it. So I thought maybe we had escaped it 😕

 

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I fought our district on standards based report cards and grading. Managed to get it all put on hold for 2 years but this year they rolled out the “new” reporting system as you describe above. Firstly 1-4 is the same as an D – A grade. Teachers have told students that they will never get a “4” so right off the bat kids are being pushed down.

What’s even more alarming is how those standards are being graded. I was told that each standard is broken down into sub standards. Quizzes with 2 to 4 questions are given at the end of each unit. Students have to score 90% or higher to have “met the standard”. So if a kid gets 1 question out of 4 wrong, they have not passed. It is setting kids up for failure. In IL, ISBE’s plan for ESSA requires schools to have a 92% grade promotion rate to be a Tier 2 school. Kids are going to be mushed along but left behind.

And you are right about the SEL crap. Kids are not allowed to be kids anymore. They are not allowed to play and learn social skills in school anymore. It is all drone education to make obedient worker bees. It is frightening.

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Thank you for speaking out. As a parent, I appreciate teachers that question the reforms with boldness and as a reform opponent, it makes me sad there aren’t more of you.
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And that “seeking feedback” is a load of crap. They asked us for feedback about the ESSA and didn’t pay any attention to anyone who opposed it, and there were many. They roll out a “listening tour,” heavily scripted and they hand out questionnaires that are heavily biased, then go ahead and do what they planned from the start.
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 Here is a post that was shared in an Ohio anti-Common Core group:

The reason why it is so hard for adults to see what took place with their indoctrination as children is because they often lose sense of what was being done to them with age. They cannot pinpoint their childhood wills and wishes after years of constant push-back from those in the school environment. Those passions were shamed out of mind.

If you take the time to examine the history, and think through what took place in the classroom, you will be able to piece together how so many adults grow up thinking they were happy to comply with teacher demands, when they were really being subversively pushed into submission through cornering, manipulation, and subtle threats.

-THT

how to be a slave at school
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A University of Washington professor was put on probation for being accused by a gay Chinese student of being racist and homophobic.   Incidentally, she has been harassed  before by the school for a 2015 lesson where she mentioned God, in response to a student question, and got complained about by a Muslim student who felt “offended”:
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Here is a post from an anti-Common Core page:

Anonymous Parent NY, 23 minutes ago:

“I am so upset with this school system Syracuse city School District I have a daughter in the 8th grade and I owed her out [opted her out] of the nys exam so this morning I get a phone call by her principle that she couldn’t opt out that it wasn’t up to me she had to do the test cause he had 500 Other kids doing it which is by far not true. I said she’s opted out put her in a room give her some work to do an shell be fine. About an hour later she was brought home by support staff saying she was suspended 5 days with no suspension letter it is sad how they try to punish these kids for not taking this test but my fight has just begun I’m gonna continue to advocate for my kids cause the school district won’t. — shared her first post.”

Advice to get a lawyer, and similar responses include:

“Sorry that you/your child have to go through this… it seems that schools are backsliding this year – likely due to pressure from NYSED. This is how it was at first and then things seemed to get a little better until this year. apparently, schools and NYSED need to be reminded again whose children these are! The negative reports to the media really seemed to help in the past, So I really hope that you will do that – along with keeping us updated here.”

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And another post from said post:

Anonymous NY Teacher:

“Anonymous feedback from third grade ELA today:

There were four passages. The second passage was clearly the field passage. We know because the second passage was different on every test form. The first and fourth passages were difficult but they were nothing compare to the third passage. Here is a list of words and names that were on the passage: 
Shosho
Muthoni
Kimani
Shillings
Mzee
Mandazi
Kwaheri
Kiosk
Maize
Glint
Chai
It was insane! The proctors who were reading aloud to children with test mods didn’t even know how to pronounce the names. I’m all for multiculturalism. Please don’t misinterpret. But those names are impossible to pronounce! The test required tons of flipping from paragraph to paragraph again too. There were two different questions that asked something like this: Which of the following details did you, as the reader, know before the character?
These kids are 8. They did NOT know before the character!”

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And another post:

Anonymous Parent NY:

“So this escalated quickly. My 3rd grader came home today and told me his opt out “punishment” was to complete 5 math worksheets, one hour of I-ready and then he could read. I’m pissed at Central Valley! I’ve already emailed the principal and have decided to keep my son home for 2-3 hours every morning during the state tests.”

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And another one:

Genesee Wyoming NY school district:

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And yet another post:

Parent NY, NY:

“Anyone in catholic school on here refuse the tests??? I do, ever year. I am fuming because idiot XXXX sent out a notice about keeping your kids home during testing. I sent them anyway because I have a JOB. I Pay 800/ month for tuition and they expect me to keep my kids home 6 days. I sent them today ans they were FORCED to sit in total silence for
4 hours doing absolutely nothing but read a book. They could not have a pen or drink of water or get up off of the floor. Year after year they were able to go to younger grades and help out, or were given tasks to do.”

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Anonymous Parent National forum state unknown:

“Hey, I need some advice. I sent in an opt out letter for both of my children a while ago and the teachers and principal is aware of it. I just received a phone call today from the school saying it was about my opting out the children and to come in today to fill out extra paperwork. I’m kinda confused because they didn’t do this any other year, now they r asking me to come in for extra paperwork. They have never done this before. I’m not sure what to do. Could there be extra paperwork? Is this new?”

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And another post:

Anonymous Parent NY:

“My son in 5th grade came home today and informed me his reading teacher told him that he has to take the test even though i wrote him an opt out letter that hadnt yet been submitted to administration,(my son gave the letter to his teacher who was supposed to take it to the office) because they need smart kids like him to take the test so the 5th grade could come in the top tier. I was fuming and called the school and politely cussed them out. How dare they undermind my authority.”

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And yet another post detailing abuse of students in New York:

Anonymous Parent NY:

“Ok need some help here, I opted my daughter out of testing letter mailed 3/23/18. Today was first day of testing administration says they never received letter. My daughter called me.

I emailed letter right over to teacher and principal. They made her take the test or she would be in trouble because I “didn’t send letter”, assistant principal called me and said my daughter took the test because they didn’t receive the letter till afterwards. Livid!

Now they say she has to take the 2nd part of the test tomorrow because she started it otherwise it will affect her grade. I didn’t think these tests had to do with grading.

Note: she’s in 6th grade and has refused every year.”

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And yet another post:

Anonymous Parent Georgia:

“I have yet to hear anything from my emailed refusal. Trying to figure out why XXXX XXXX is sending responses… he’s the “director of school improvement”. Hmmm… I’m not happy with the sit and stare option. They offered that last year. I told them that wasn’t an option for my kids.

Superintendent said I’d have to keep them home [unexcused absents] in order to avoid testing. I did, for 10 days [testing days and makeup testing days] last year.

This year I’m exercising my children’s rights to FAPE if they try that again. But again, I haven’t received any response at all at this point. Stay tuned!”

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Yet another post:

Anonymous Parent Georgia:

“This is from Jackson Co.
Ms. XXXXX
Thank you for sending the opt out letter. I have attached the county letter that relates to parents requesting their child to not be tested. In this situation, this is what we have done to honor a parent’s request and our legal responsibility to the state of Georgia:

1. XXXX will be in a testing room and given a test ticket. All he would need to do is sign the test ticket. This fulfills our obligation that he was given the opportunity to take the test..
2. Once the test starts XXXX can work quietly at his desk (read a book) until all testing has been completed. At that point all students resume their day.
3. We will inform his testing teacher that he has an opt out letter and will work quietly during testing time.

Parental Opt-out Guidance – Revised March 2018….

Please contact me with any other questions, or feel free to contact XXXXX at Central Office.
Thank you so much and have a wonderful day.”

(Parent has been advised by other parents and educators to NOT allow her child to sign the ‘test ticket’ or it will be scored a one. Failure.)

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Yet anther post:

Anonymous NY parent:

“So, my 2 middle schoolers just informed me that their school is telling them they need 100% for the state tests this week. Also, if they take the state tests and have good class grades, they won’t have to take their classes final testing.
If you still choose to opt out, you have to take a graded test in the cafeteria, that will be super hard bc it’s on whatever they want to test you on.

Anyone else??

I have girls, so I do take this info with a grain of salt and a dramatic flair…. but I kinda feel they bullied the kids with this graded test scare tactic.”

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And yet another post:

Across social media today, parents are sharing how schools principals are responding to opt out letters:

“My sons principal is calling me about this [opt out letter] today. He is wanting my son to do an alternative school administered test…”

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And yet another post:

Anonymous NY Parent 5th grade:

“My daughter told me today that since they she is not taking the state test that they have to take a test for a grade at school is that legal or able to be done? Teacher said If she takes the state test she can participate in the after the test ice cream and pizza party on Friday, if not she will have to take this other test for a grade and will not get treats with her classmates.”

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Here is another post:

Anonymous NY Parent:

“So we refused a while ago, and my daughter was happy. However, yesterday my daughter was told by her TEACHERS that she should take them because it was better practice for her regents. Now she wants to take them and is afraid not to. (She is a straight A student in 5th grade who is hyper vigilant about her grades). What do I do now?!”

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Yet another post:

Anonymous Parent Oneida, NY:

“My 10 year old texts me from school saying that the state testing started today. I had no idea. No note sent home. I called the principal and asked her what I needed to do to opt him out and asked if they sent a note home. She said no note was sent. She asked me why I wanted to opted him out. I told her I have done research and for personal reasons, I did not want him taking it . She then said “ I am very disappointed in you”

Why do I feel like she is my parent. Lol
I faxed a notarized letter to the school and he is now set.

Just wondering if not sending a note home is proper practice?”

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And yet another post:

Anonymous Parent:

“Nice piece of mail received today…sorry, still not happening.

* Please note* Sharing so everyone (especially our newest members) knows that even the refusing ‘veteran (me)’ gets a little required push back.

When you KNOW that what you’re doing is right and legal, then there is no need to fear the veiled threats they push.

I’ll send in an updated letter on Monday. No worries!”

pesky letter.jpg

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And yet another post:

Anonymous Parent Georgia:

Shame sign for students.
I think it’s totally ridiculous and crazy that the entire school shuts down for these tests. We got an email today that says that “volunteers and visitors will not be allowed in the building during testing days”. SERIOUSLY?? So if I show up to see MY kid you aren’t going to allow me into the building?!? So ridiculous. And all the schedules are completely different. They will eat lunch at a different time, do specials at a different time. And this is Kindergarten! Plus they will be doing ONLY PE as a special for 2 weeks during all the testing!! 🙄🙄🙄

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And another post:

Massachusetts:

From Lisa Tinsley: April 2, 2018 5th graders started their first day of MCAS testing in the Dudley-Charlton schools. We had sent in our opt out letters & spoken on several occasions to the principal at Charlton Middle School. Because of the lies he had been telling parents, children & his staff, I had also engaged in conversations with the superintendent of the Dudley-Charlton regional school district. I was assured that he would speak to this principal & that there would be no consequences to children who opted out. My 5th grader returns home from school to tell me that the children who opted out were made to sit in front of a testing computer facing a wall, log on & told to sit in silence. My daughter knew not to open that computer so she was the only one to not log on. She also asked if she could read her book only to be scolded by the teacher & told no reading that’s what the principal said. An hour later the principal returns to the class & tells the teacher they may now read. How is this allowed to happen? My phone starts ringing as the other mothers call to tell me the same story.
How is this not child abuse? How is this good for children’s mental health? Not only do these children not trust their principal, they now no longer trust their homeroom teachers. This is not okay! This has to stop!

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Here is a post from a Nevada anti-Common Core group:

Delete if not allowed….wanted opinions on this questionaire that the 8th graders in CSMS got as a social studies assignment.

racial survey

And here are some replies to said post:

It may be a questionnaire designed to let school system see how children of each race see the world, however it is very drastically making them aware of differences and is designed to increase paranoia. (intentionally or not). Instead they should be taught that we are all humans and that there is no one race that isn’t a mixture of other races. It is all about respect for fellow man. As MLK taught “it is the content of ones character that counts”. I personally think the questionnaire should be thrown in the trash.

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I read this as awareness. On the flip side, I was trying to educate someone the other day that by them parking in the loading zone next to the handicapped parking stall they had created an issue for the person trying to exit their vehicle with a wheelchair. The other person tried turning it racist calling me white chick and attacking me verbally. Racism is real in every nationality. If a female gets a good job or promotion it’s “who did she sleep with?” Personally, I’d read the answers of my child and see what I could do to help them.

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Yes but you yourself have the character and knowledge to do that. Sadly there are too many that already have a chip on their shoulder and no knowledge or only what the media and Libs drum in their heads that can’t see the questionnaire as an inclusive thing. Only that it makes them more aware of rascism. Which is a false premise.
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I flat refuse to let me child take these type of questionnaires unless the school informs me 1st as to the purpose of them. The last one was so invasive, I called her school and the principal said, “I really didn’t read it”…. (that was at a charter school) SO, there will NOT be anymore surveys or questionnaires answered without my prior approval.
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This sort of activity (more specifically the discussion after) is intended to show those in the ethnic majority that while they/we have the privilege of ignoring the impact of ethnicity/”race” that people who are ethnic minorities really don’t have that privilege. Their skin color, accent, manner of dress, culture, etc., impact their regular lives. They wish it wouldn’t any more than anyone else’s, but it’s a daily reality that they have to face. I think it’s important for everyone to be aware that while one day the goal is to treat people with different skin tones the same way we treat people with different hair colors, that day has not yet arrived.
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This sort of activity (more specifically the discussion after) is intended to show those in the ethnic majority that while they/we have the privilege of ignoring the impact of ethnicity/”race” that people who are ethnic minorities really don’t have that privilege. Their skin color, accent, manner of dress, culture, etc., impact their regular lives. They wish it wouldn’t any more than anyone else’s, but it’s a daily reality that they have to face. I think it’s important for everyone to be aware that while one day the goal is to treat people with different skin tones the same way we treat people with different hair colors, that day has not yet arrived.
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There is but one race. The human race. Teach that and ignore skin pigment. To do otherwise is divisive
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And another post from said group:

Incline Middle School 7th Grade English language arts lesson – Gender and Clothing. What do you think?

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And another post from this group:
From a WCSD teacher who needs her job:
“I am so tired of this common core and SBAC that I want to go into a different carrier. At the same time it makes me sad because I do love education. I believe I am a great teacher and all this common core and SBAC focus takes away from what I can really do to help kids.”
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And here are some replies to said post:
The same teacher also wrote: “My concern is the students success in life. I know what my kids need. Some are so low they need for me to slow down and teach them lower grade skills and some are ready to move on and need for me to challenge them. All this is very hard when they want me to only use the curriculum given to me and work at the pace they designed for me. The great majority of the focus for what I have to teach is just test preparation. And you have no idea how much stress they put on teachers.”
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Exactly, it’s just too bad there are not enough brave teachers to speak the truth without fear of losing their job. Unfortunately, when parents speak up then we are the problem so they say.
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Yes, only teachers can fix the crap now claimed as chocolate cake. Their rise and demand for change would have significant parental support. Serving the beast does not serve their kids.
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I know teachers in other districts who are getting ready to retire because they do not enjoy teaching anymore. Some others have told me that they cry over trying to teach using Common Core. WE NEED A GOVERNOR WHO WILL SUPPORT GETTING RID OF COMMON CORE (AND A DEPT OF EDUC WHO SUPPORT THAT ACTION).
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We lost two of our best teachers at Incline Elementary shortly after Common Core (CC) was adopted. I’m told both left (retired early) largly because of CC.

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 [Name withheld] I realize you are on the NV Board of Education, but in my humble opinion the NV Dept. of Educ. is the problem!
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Won’t change until we have a governor willing to give us a Superintendent who will support getting rid of Common Core. The Superintendent follows the Gov, the dept follows the Super.
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Sums up the problem with education in Nevada, i.e. what’s keeping us at the bottom, in two sentences.
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This is just one of the many reasons I’m retiring early after this year.
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My boyfriend wants to find a charter school or try to talk to his mom about schools for our daughter that aren’t common core based.
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My understanding is all state (free) charter schools use Common Core.
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Yup. Need a private school. 
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Do you teach in WCSD? Thanks
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Lyon County
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I’ve sent emails to your school board members over the last five or six years. I don’t think any of them have ever responded.
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I am not surprised. If they don’t respond to inquiries, they don’t have to claim responsibility. It’s always someone else’s problem.
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Remember the three monkeys; hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil? Sometimes it seems like many of the leaders in our state are like those three monkeys.
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Students know lots about social justice, sexual orientation, and things of that nature, but many don’t know what the Holocaust was:  https://www.theblaze.com/video/survey-finds-millennials-dont-know-what-the-holocaust-is
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 Here is a post from the Utah anti-Common Core group:
My daughter is opted out of all Sage testing including benchmarks. Yesterday her math teacher attempted to administer the math benchmark test. My daughter told her she is opted out. The teacher told her not to worry, that it didn’t count towards her grade then asked my daughter if she was okay with taking the test. My daughter, not knowing what to say, ended up taking the test. I’ll be calling the school today to complain. To whom do I report this? This was not my daughter’s decision to make.
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And here is another post from said group:
Im filling out the SAGE opt out form but I’m not sure about some of the options. I obviously will opt out of the tests that report to the state, but the other science, math, english Sage tests specifically say that they are done periodically throughout the year and aren’t reported to the state. Are they all part of the same program? If Iopt out of the assessments taken periodically, how am I going to know how my kid is doing in school?
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And here are some replies to said post:

IMO, those tests will never tell you how your child is doing in school. I personally take issue not only with the reporting and data mining but also the HOURS of time my child is exposed to long, unnecessary testing that does not benefit him educationally. Between my 5th and 4th graders alone this week, their peers have SAGE tested for 16 hours on just a portion of it all! I can’t believe more parents aren’t outraged by this.

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I agree with [name withheld[, the SAGE tests have never been validated to prove a child knows anything. The intent of the test isn’t to test children at all, it’s to gather data on them. American Institutes of Research (the creator of SAGE) is a behavioral research company. I would (and have) opt out of ALL the SAGE tests. The majority of teachers, and even administrators have admitted the test results are irrelevant, but it’s required that they give it to kids. Opt out of all of it.
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The formative tests collect as much or more data than the summative ones. I spoke to the VP of AIR and he verified they track everything even if they don’t return that data to the state. AIR is a primary partner with federal education research.
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We let them take out kids privacy, we pay them to do it. Twisted.
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I would opt out of all if it were me. It isn’t just about reporting to the state. You don’t need this kind of testing to know how your child is doing. A good teacher knows and regular tests as they have at end of chapters is the most they should need for that. The Iowa tests like we used to do are the only ones I would support but public schools are not likely using those any more, now that they have adopted common core. High stakes testing is bad! Sage is one of those, in all forms.
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I found this post in a the comments section of an online article of the story about the Christian University of Wisconsin professor:
Bullying is being taught in liberal schools, in this case, students are being taught that they can bully and intimidate an instructor. Schools no longer are institutions of independent thought. In a case where an instructor bullied a student, one of my sons was flunked by Grays Harbor College tenured professor Gary Murrell because my son dared defend the use of the Hiroshima atomic bomb to end the war. The college refused to reverse the decision despite written proof (from the computer servers) that Murrell had deleted 13 online submission assignment then claimed my son hadn’t turned them in. Murrell had run in 2008 on the Green Party ticket for the 6th Congressional District, and was (or still is) president of the local teachers’ union. Even the local paper and radio stations refused to publish the expose because they feared political retribution (their words).
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 Here is a post from a Texas anti-Common Core group:

PARENTS and TEACHERS- Do you know what the 21st Century College Board’s SAT is really testing? And what College and Career Readiness is really all about?

“The SAT teaches children a narrow range of test taking skills, not ones that will prepare them for selective colleges, entrepreneurship or active citizenship. The SAT teaches kids to view reading as a meaningless assignment rather than a source of ideas or inspiration.”

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 Here is another post from the anti-Common Core testing page:

Anonymous Washington State teacher:

“From a friend who cannot post on his own page.

6th grade:

So frustrated with these damn tests. So I’m letting you know this because I would surely be fired if I started writing this all over Facebook. I have a college level reader in my class. He scored the highest possible score on the Star assessment back in January and he did it in 14 minutes!!!!! He was in tears on Thursday because he said one of the questions didn’t make sense and he didn’t know how to answer.

I don’t read the tests because it bothers me emotionally, so I didn’t really know what he was referring to. I told him to go on and come back to it. He did.

Another teacher who had to read the test to one of my students told me there were unclear sentences throughout, words she did not know like obeisance (which interestingly my students knew because we just finished reading The Raven), and a question that did not make sense.

She said the phrase they were referring to was about the character riding through the sea and his clothes didn’t get wet. They question asked what tone that phrase gave to the story. She said she had no idea! I’m sure this was what my poor guy was talking about when he didn’t know how to answer it.

Also, in the first day of testing product placement was in the very first story. Target. And there were so many questions with what the state likes to call “distractors”, answer that seem plausible, but are not.

Oh, and my 12 grade level reader took 2 1/2 hours to finish the second test and she was the last one to finish the first test. This is a sixth grade exam.”

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And another post from said page:

Anonymous Parent Georgia:

“After reading Admins post I would like to share my experience this year AFTER we opted / refused testing last year due to my son having a full blown anxiety attack at school during testing last year. (Please keep in mind my son was a A/ B honor roll student).

My 11 year old son is currently in the 6th grade; due to him opting out / refusing testing last year it resulted in him taking 2 math classes and 2 reading / language arts classes all year. They STILL used the unfinished test scores to determine his scheduled classes.

He was unable to receive any elective class all year and they finally gave him a health class.
Due to not having a creative outlet after his 3rd block my son will be failing the sixth grade due to his constant F’s after 3rd block.
My son is a tactile and kinesthetic learner (hands-on) and not having an outlet such as computer, physical education, and the many other electives our school provides he has suffered this year.

I don’t know if this is normal practice or if there was something I was missing / uneducated about.
I need help so it doesn’t happen again next year.
I honestly at times feel like giving up and start thinking about just homeschooling him, but he loves the social interaction with other kids.
My son is an amazingly smart kid, these tests make him feel that he is not! And the stress of it all is too much for kids this young!”

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Here is a post from the anti-competency based education group, though it was from back in September 2017:

My 5yr old niece is starting kindergarten next week. At the open house, the principal said that the entire school (district too I believe) is going to be collecting behavioral data on all elementary students. He also said the school wasn’t allowed to keep the data more than a year. (Yeah but what about the company?)

Anyone familiar with this system?

https://miblsi.org/evaluation/student-assessments/school-wide-information-system-%28swis%29-suite

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And here are some replies to said post:

ASK if a parent can opt out

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I wouldn’t ask. I would present a formal opt out letter. Because the teacher is the one who is recording the information, I don’t know how you would verify that your niece wasn’t being reviewed.

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Agree that parent should / could give teacher an opt out letter…. but I am wondering if this school or district is using this SIS for *all* records (similar to PowerSchool or Infinite Campus). If they use this SIS for all ed records (enrollment, attendance, grades …and Behavior) I wonder if parents can opt out of ALL or Part of the SIS. Previously, parents have tried to opt out of PowerSchool or InfiniteCampus and been denied. I am curious how this will work in Michigan.

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good info. I did notice the kids are already enrolled in the program using their student IDs and names. The manual said attendance info was part of it. Do you have any articles I could share with my sister?

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Where’s the data going after a year? You know it used to be that they would only collect such data if the student was acting out or having problems. The teacher would observe to figure out if the student required special ed. Call me old fashion but what the hell do they need to waste time and money on this?

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This is new to me. thanks for posting. At the bottom of the page it says,

“Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative (MIBLSI) is an Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Grant Funded Initiative through the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education.”

So it looks like this district could be part of the pilot program for testing and further implementation state-wide.

I am in Michigan by the way, and try to stay up on all that is happening in education here.

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Yes they are a PBIS test district

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Shoreline SD, WA
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I am guessing that this is part of the MTSS system that is being implemented as part of Michigan’s top ten in Ten strategic goals. Not at all good and totally motivated by federal funding.

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Here is the same MTSS system being implemented in Washington State.

http://k12.wa.us/MTSS/default.aspx

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Who will check that they do what they say? Why do they need this information anyway? If they don’t get parental permission to do this, it’s illegal. Trained psychologists would lose their license if they did the same thing without parental consent. It’s time to stand up and say, “No way! Not on my watch!” This is insanity, get back to teaching academics.

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Parents sign tech forms when they register for school. This is part of a pilot study to bring the whole thing to all schools.

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There was also an issue in my former district that the district, acting as the agent, was having “teachers” in the RELAY-esque programs (MATCH, actually) come in and they would test the children to measure the efficacy of the “teacher.” The presentation was that the “teacher” was the research subject and the kids were “just providing data.” The district as the agent was exposed when we asked about the MATCH teachers and children being tested. They were very, very nice in saying that of course parents could opt their child out of this (which was strange because they were not nice about opting children out of anything else). The trouble was, it wasn’t as if the program was announced. They presented that it was s teaching thing, so parents were not notified of informed. So, if the parents somehow knew it was going on, they could opt out. But otherwise, it was a default opt in.

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I’m still wondering when a district full of parents is going to come together to file a class-action lawsuit against the district. I have been waiting. And waiting. And waiting. I don’t understand why it hasn’t happened over all of the data collection and sharing. Among other things.

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Fear of retaliation, in a nutshell. When I was co-chair of our school board, I heard that from parents all the time-but only behind the scenes. Trust me, there really has been retaliation. I had to pull my kid out and he goes to a private montessori with no CC, Tech, data collection or testing. He’s improved so much, but I wholly wish that we never had to do it. That’s why I’m fighting for public schools now. Because everyone deserves a great public school.

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I feel like most parents where I am don’t want to even engage in discussion. I keep trying.

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We had the same thing happen. I felt awful as a former public school teacher putting our son in private school, but we had to. It was a achievement at all costs environment.

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strength in numbers. Nothings going to happen if 300 parents come together to file a class-action suit

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I couldn’t even get ONE person to stand up to the principal with me. I got thrown to the wolves. Frankly, I lost tons of friends over it too.

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I was talking with a friend who home schools about this yesterday. She said people feel threatened when someone wants to do things differently. I really found that to be true. It’s easy to say, “Ami is crazy. She thinks data is shared with lots of companies and kids are suffering. Look how happy our kids are. They like school. She’s just looking for something to argue about.”

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yep! I tried to speak to my Democratic LD and they actually told me I was wearing a tin foil hat and I was a technophobe!

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Boy do I hear you! My cousin is an elementary principal in another state and told me we had no right to opt him out if we chose public education. 😳 I was floored. I said my own district was like The Emperor’s New Clothes… Most of us knew what was going on was wrong and hurting kids and educators, but nobody would stand up and say it. It’s infuriating. I taught kindergarten and the testing we did was criminal. My kids had to learn to bubble… multiple choice tests every three weeks, plus many many more inappropriate assessments.

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I think it’s also designed to confuse. It intimidates parents. Education doesn’t need to be so confusing with the fancy charts etc.

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How would a public school district retaliate against or intimidate a parent? Parents just say “no” to things all the time here in BPS.

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oh we had a doozy of a principal. She actually told me that I could not allow parents to meet after school (I was the school board co Chair) AND she demanded an apology from every parent who questioned the math curriculum and the way the teacher was teaching it. And frankly, IMHO east coast people are way better at being direct. Out here in Seattle most people are fairly passive aggressive.

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I can’t believe they are using DIBELS. So much has been written about it.

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I know, plus other data. It’s scary!
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All data in every state is stored in a SLDS database. Every state has one, all identical and all can link to the Fed Dept of Labor on request. The “stays in district” is a lie.
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Here is a post from a friend of mine:

TESTING WOES ROUNDUP: “The state’s efforts to cut testing days and give students unlimited assessment time was meant to appease testing critics, but now some parents and teachers are worried there’s a catch: young students spending multiple hours at a time taking the tests.

The state’s English tests, which were supposed to take on average 60 to 90 minutes to complete, took some students three to six hours to finish, according to teachers who spoke to Chalkbeat and numerous reports on social media.” — Chalkbeat’s Monica Disare.

— “New York Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is calling the computer issue with state assessments that affected more than 260 districts Wednesday ‘unacceptable’ and ‘inexcusable.’ Elia, in a joint written statement made with Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa, blamed the problem on the state’s vendor, Questar Assessment.

They said the company’s ‘administration of the grades three through eight English Language Arts computer-based assessments experienced an unacceptable failure.’This is the second year students could take the assessments on computers, and eventually the state wants all students to take the tests on computers.

‘While more than 135,000 testing sessions were completed through yesterday, the difficulties schools have faced in administering the computer-based assessments are inexcusable,’ Elia and Rosa said in the statement.

‘We will accept nothing short of seamless implementation for our students and schools testing on computers.'” — Buffalo News’ Barbara O’Brien.

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Anti-Trump history textbooks that call him mentally ill and his supporters “racists”?   Is this the USA or the USSR/Nazi Germany?!  https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/04/15/pearson-high-school-history-textbook-teaches-trump-is-mentally-ill-and-his-supporters-are-racists?utm_content=buffere2ce8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=glennbeck

 

Here is a post from an anti-Common Core group:

A parent at Lincoln Middle School in the Syracuse City School District says her daughter was suspended for three days because she refused to take the state English assessment test on Wednesday.

Syracuse district officials dispute that, however, saying that the eighth-grader was suspended for “disciplinary reasons.”

“The student was not suspended for opting out,” said Michael Henesey, spokesman for the district.

The mother, April Hawkins, said she had texted an opt-out form letter to the school’s assistant principal on Monday and also emailed it to her daughter’s homeroom teacher.

On Wednesday morning, when her daughter Nykaria Phillips came to school, she was told she had to take the English assessment exam, Hawkins said. Her daughter refused to take the exam.

At about 8:45 a.m, Hawkins said the school principal called her and told her Nykaria was being disruptive in class because she didn’t want to take the exam, Hawkins said. She said she was then told parents don’t have the right to opt out their children anymore.

Hawkins said she then emailed the letter again that morning.

Henesey said the school had not received an opt-out letter until the parent emailed one in at 10:30 a.m., after the student had been suspended.

A short time later a staff member dropped Nykaria off at home, and Hawkins learned her daughter had been suspended. Hawkins said she didn’t give the school permission to let someone dr

http://www.syracuse.com/schools/index.ssf/2018/04/cny_parent_says_daughter_suspended_for_opting_out_of_state_tests_district_says_i.html

 

This is more about those going into the medical field, especially psychiatry, but I believe they will eventually make sure that only those with the “right” values, attitudes, and beliefs will get far into ANY field.  It’s already in the works with the Every Student Succeeds Act, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and Social Emotional Learning:    https://www.weeklystandard.com/devorah-goldman/the-politicization-of-the-mcat

 

Here is a post that was shared on the page of a friend of mine:

OPINION: “What to make of all this? The only reasonable conclusion is that the Georgia education establishment wants as much flexibility as possible to screen and evaluate children’s mental and behavioral health, without potential interference from their parents. ”

https://www.allongeorgia.com/georgia-education-k12/column-georgias-schools-ignore-parental-consent-on-student-mental-health/

 

Here is a post from a Georgia anti-Common Core group:

Well got my phone call from school about opting out of the milestones test!!!! I will give them this they really try hard to pressure you and second guess your decision. Also I was told that they don’t teach common core in state of Georgia?? Really???

 

And here are some replies to said post:

Heh. Hell YES they teach common core. They just renamed it.

 

I know right what is the new name???
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 Here is a post from a Texas anti-Common Core group:
4.18.18 – Dallas Morning News
COMMENTS FROM [name withheld] Unfortunately, social-emotional learning (SEL) is “alive and well” in Dallas ISD. SEL is not a good thing. We see in today’s Dallas Morning News that the Dallas ISD has taken $1.5 Million from the Wallace Foundation to launch SEL in the Dallas schools.
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Here is a post from an anti-Common Core group:
#WCPSS Wake County Public Schools NC Just Hired A SJW from known Hate Group the #SPLC.
5 hours ago
WCPSS’ Office of “Diversity Affairs” has hired a Social Justice propagandist from Teaching Tolerance, the education indoctrination arm of the hate group the Southern Poverty Law Center. WCPSS also hired a teacher out of Durham obsessed with guilt.Photo via @APDillon_
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And another post from said group:
Planned Parenthood is willing to go to extreme lengths to keep parents from knowing what kind of sex education they offer kids. St. Mary’s County Library in Maryland contracted a Planned Parenthood certified instructor to put on a pornographic sex workshop for teens—no parents allowed. When mother Kathleen Crank tried to enter the class, she was arrested for trespassing. It all began when local parents heard about the class and began researching the instructor. What they found was the exact opposite of the type of person they wanted teaching their kids about sex.
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 Here is a post from a Utah anti-Common Core group:

Your county probably has one of these, too. This is one released yesterday for Weber County. They say we need to make decisions regionally. (ie, taxation without representation, governing without election).

One of the pages says they want to improve education. I don’t remember exactly how it is worded, but the basic idea is, the top corporations and Non-governmental organizations of Utah will make decisions about what is taught in school.

In a shorter phrase, here is yet another piece of Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development 2030 agenda.

http://www.webercountyutah.gov/Weber%20County%20Economic%20Development%20Plan.pdf

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And here is another post from said group:

This is Utah’s Silicon Valley-type group. They are wealthy mega-corporations which want to control education in Utah.
They want to have Regional decisions made so that we do not have representation which we vote in.

http://edcutah.org/sites/default/files/images/edcutah_history_gaylen.pdf

 

Here is a post from a Massachusetts anti-Common Core group:

Finally heard from the principal regarding my refusal letter sent in March. She was extremely respectful. I must have been the first to ever refuse because she was saying how she was waiting for a call back from the state on how to address it. She did mention the state said I can’t refuse and I did have to clarify that I can refuse, what you can’t do is opt out. She also said that she was told that she has to offer him the test the day of but she has his refusal letter. I also said that I do not want him even signing on. They will provide work for him in the back of the computer lab. Overall, a good conversation.

 

And here are some replies to said post:

I had a similar experience. My son is in 3rd and he’s the first in his school to refuse. The principal and his teacher were extremely respectful and she (principal) also called some MCAS center for guidance. She said he will be marked as absent but I thought I heard they can be marked as refused so I’m trying to figure it out.

The only slightly tricky part for me was telling the superintendent since I’m on the school committee, but I’m quite sure he saw I coming a mile away. 😉😉

 

I’ve had to deal with the State on other issues and found that depending on who you spoke with depended on the answer……so I suspect if the principal spoke with someone else she would probably get a different answer……………….personally, dealing with the state is a joke, no one really seems to know what is going on.

 

He does not need to be offered the test and or sign on, your refusal as the parents is enough! Make sure your child and teacher knows this.

You will get his ‘results’ mailed to you and he will be marked absent because the DOE does not want to acknowledge refusals, but he will not be marked absent from school. In true DOE fashion, they bully and give misinformation to try to get parents to fall in line, don’t fall for it!

 

And another post from said group:

Somerville ma… Smfh… opt out

therapy dogs tests

 

And yet another post:

I am not sure MCAS test and feeling accomplished should be used in the same sentence! As much as I do you like my sons teacher that is the note that she sent me today and for some reason it is putting a pit in my stomach!! And she told the kids that their fourth grade MCAS is preparing them for high school!!! I think she drank the Kool-Aid! She is a wonderful teacher I just wish these wonderful teachers would see the damage this is doing to the kids!

 

And here is a post that was shared in said group:

From [Name Withheld]: April 2, 2018 5th graders started their first day of MCAS testing in the Dudley-Charlton schools. We had sent in our opt out letters & spoken on several occasions to the principal at Charlton Middle School. Because of the lies he had been telling parents, children & his staff, I had also engaged in conversations with the superintendent of the Dudley-Charlton regional school district. I was assured that he would speak to this principal & that there would be no consequences to children who opted out. My 5th grader returns home from school to tell me that the children who opted out were made to sit in front of a testing computer facing a wall, log on & told to sit in silence. My daughter knew not to open that computer so she was the only one to not log on. She also asked if she could read her book only to be scolded by the teacher & told no reading that’s what the principal said. An hour later the principal returns to the class & tells the teacher they may now read. How is this allowed to happen? My phone starts ringing as the other mothers call to tell me the same story.
How is this not child abuse? How is this good for children’s mental health? Not only do these children not trust their principal, they now no longer trust their homeroom teachers. This is not okay! This has to stop!

 

And here are some replies to this post:

There aren’t enough mad emojis for me to express how I feel after reading this!!

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That is awful!! Thankfully we’ve had a much better experience opting out my 4th grader!! He’s bringing a book yo read and his teacher and principal are fine with it! Thank God for a different principal this year! Had a little head to head with the one last year!
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What is described in the post is not much different than that which my own daughter was subjected to when she refused participation in the PARCC field test in 2014. I have shown many people the emails between myself and school administrators. Once parents start to believe the TRUTH, that many administrators ARE deceiving, manipulative, liars, the easier it will be to hold them to the fire.
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And yet another post:
I sent my letter to our elementary school principal about 2 weeks ago. I got a letter today saying that my son will have to sit in the testing room quietly and read a book during testing. My son is on an IEP for ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder. He is also currently being tested for high functioning Autism. I think him sitting in the testing room is a horrible idea, both for him and the other students. Has anyone had any luck getting other arrangements for their children during testing or is this really the only option? Thank you for any advice!
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 Here is a post from a Georgia anti-Common Core group:

An amendment is under consideration for TNReady test scores to not count this year. I do commend lawmakers for putting forth this amendment.

“Republican Rep. William Lamberth of Cottontown said he filed an amendment that would require the tests to be taken on paper. He said another amendment would make sure any of this year’s test scores would not count against teachers.”

HOWEVER, once again, students and teachers have wasted countless time preparing for a test that means…nothing. Time we can’t reclaim.

This overemphasis on one test…is ridiculous.
The fact it is tied to teacher performance…is ridiculous.
The amount of time wasted in classrooms for this one test…is ridiculous.
The amount of money spent on this one test…is ridiculous.

Please, please, please lawmakers….use common sense. Stop putting our teachers on mute.

Teacher accountability & student assessment IS needed, but these lengthy high-stake tests, that obviously don’t work on your end, are not the answer.

You are slowly eroding the public school system and will soon find that many of us will move to private education so that our children can be taught something other than “how to take a test.”

I’ve had the privilege of teaching college classes and also had the unique opportunity to be in classes with undergraduates. I watched how these “fresh from high school” students reacted in the college setting. You know what I found? I observed that the creative, critical thinking–essential for success– is having to be mined by professors. Deep thinking has been covered by layers upon layers of “there are only four answers to choose between.”

Students, in college, become frozen with fear when they find they are not told exactly what to do to solve a problem and that the answer (or means to the answer) might take various forms. College educators are faced with generations of kids who have difficulty thinking beyond four multiple-choice answers. Life is not a multiple choice test…it requires critical thinking. And a successful life often times requires life and work-related trade skills (skills that have been pushed down so we can measure academic success). Many of the most intelligent and successful people I know are tradesmen and women. Why don’t we foster these skills instead of minimizing them?

Our children are smart. Our teachers are amazing. Stop what you are doing and listen to these two stakeholders. You have them on boards…but they fear firing so they don’t fully speak their minds. You speak to districts but hold them hostage from speaking their true minds by tying funding to these assessments. You speak to districts but blackball the ones who speak truth and common sense.

60 million + dollars on a test that is useless? That’s ridiculous.

While I was earning my PhD I found very few faculty who supported these lengthy high-stakes tests. Most academic research didn’t support the testing. However, private research (paid by who?) was often the support factor of these high-stakes test. Hmmmm…..

Parents, are you happy with your child going to school and spending weeks upon weeks preparing for a test, instead of preparing for life? <I might add that this is NOT the fault of the teacher>

Teachers, how can we support YOU? We know you don’t have to be in this profession, but yet you still dedicate your lives to our children. Thank YOU!

Lawmakers, listen to the teachers.

I’ll never forget one of my last years of teaching. One of my top students came into the classroom, on a testing day, with big, salty tears in her eyes. Her dog had been run-over on the way to school. She cried during the entire test. My heart ached for her. I wasn’t even allowed to console her. I also knew that the average of my performance was going to be negatively affected because she couldn’t perform to her fullest potential. Is that fair? For my success to be determined by a factor I couldn’t even control? For a nine-year old’s tears to have gone unconsoled because we “had to take a test and I had to say ONLY what was in the testing book?” What did that sweet girl learn that day? That empathy took a lesser seat to testing.

Every teacher has COUNTLESS stories such as this. And we all know it isn’t right.

Change this. Please. It’s not the paper vs computer that we are so upset with….it’s the overemphasis on the piece of paper that comes after the tests are tallied.

It’s the days that are spent towards test-taking instead of days spent on learning that makes us angry.

It’s that the voice of the teacher is put on mute.

Assessment has a place. Assessment is needed. But not when it takes this form.

#TNreadyNOTready

This was shared from a friend in TN. Thanks for all you do in this group.

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Here is a post from a Nevada anti-Common Core group:

SBAC testing in school this week at my child’s school. Opted him out with the form from this site and have gotten two separate calls stating he was absent, one in first period and the next day in second period. Can anyone tell me why?

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And here are the replies to the post:

Probably bc those are the testing periods and he wasn’t there… I got same call, my kids were at library during those periods

 

They shouldn’t be marked absent

 

They aren’t being marked absent as far as their record, it’s just that they are behind the times when it comes to automated reporting. They were not present when attendance was taken in that classroom. That’s all the automated call is telling you.

 

They are being marked absent, at least at my son’s school. I would give them a call no matter.

 

Yes they are being marked absent and you have to calk the school to let them know whats going on.

 

You have to call and excuse them from the class for that time period. I dont take my kids to school until the testing is over for the day and always call to excuse their absense

 

Yes, thank you. Seems as though they need a better system for the kids that opt out.

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No, Illinois Democrats, replacing armed officers with therapists at schools won’t make them safer:   http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/19/illinois-dems-push-bill-rewarding-schools-that-replace-armed-officers-with-therapists.html

 

This California school district won’t let parents opt out of the new LGBT sex ed curriculum:  https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/california-school-district-says-parents-cant-pull-kids-from-new-lgbt-sex-ed

 

Here is an alarming post from a Colorado anti-Common Core group:

Listening to Colorado State Board of Ed voting on whether to give pii student data to CREDO for research on “school improvement”. Board member Deb Scheffel (who knew she was back?!) asked if parents can opt their children out of this study. CREDO answer was NO. Scheffel asked board to amend contract to allow students to opt out. Board Chair Schroeder “NO– it will mess up the study”.

CREDO just got done bragging that they have funding from Netflix, Gates, Emerson Collective/Powell-Jobs, Arnold Foundation…

Board vote: ALL YES except Steve Durham and Deb Scheffel–because parents should have ability to opt their children out of research studies.www.cde.state.co.us/cdeboard

CREDO request for pii data from all public schools -School Improvement Study. https://www.boarddocs.com/…/CDE%20Research%20Requests%20Fin…
Description of CREDO studies https://www.boarddocs.com/…/Descriptions%20of%20CREDO%20Res…
School Improvement Grants https://www.boarddocs.com/…/SIG%20Improvement%20Grant%20Eva…
State Board Memo on CREDO study https://www.boarddocs.com/…/SBE%20Memo%20-%20CREDO%20-%20Fi…

 

Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

TEXAS WE HAVE A BIG PROBLEM!
TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOL PARENTS NO LONGER HAVE
A RIGHT TO PROTECT THEIR CHILDREN’S PRIVATE PSYCHOLOGICAL DATA FROM BEING COLLECTED BY THE STATE!
NO LONGER WILL A PUBLIC SCHOOL PARENT BE ABLE TO ASK THE QUESTION ASKED IN THE VIDEO LINKED…
SO MUCH FOR PARENTAL RIGHTS AND LOCAL CONTROL!
Join us tonight on the Women on the Wall Conference Call and let’s talk about it!! Click for more information. 

https://mailchi.mp/voicesempower/women-on-the-wall-call-hr4174-evidence-based-policy-making-1893589?e=[UNIQID]

 

I found this post in reply to an Alice Linahan Facebook post:

As a former public school teacher (15 years) before staying home with my son. Yes there is indoctrination going on and its child abuse in my opinion. The history books I was to use had incorrect information that I couldn’t verify anywhere else. Important people were not to be taught because they weren’t specifically stated in a state standard. Just this week I went to a local middle school to see if we wanted to put our son in public school. We homeschool now. I was told there aren’t books for me to see in any of the subjects. Then there were the lgtbq stickers on classroom windows. Sorry but indoctrination happens in our schools daily. It was there when I was in school in the 80’s and us so much worse now.

 

Here is a post from an Oregon anti-Common Core group:

We opted our 4th grader out of SBAC & he said he’d rather take the test because they make him sit & read in the health room with sick kids laying on the health bed! This feels very punitive especially since last year he was able to read in the library. Any suggestions?

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In a tragic twist of irony, a middle school student was struck by a car and killed while participating in the April 20th, 2018 student walkouts (Note, this was in El Paso Texas, and the Parkland mentioned is not the one where the February shooting happened):  https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/traffic/2018/04/20/parkland-middle-school-student-killed-hit-vehicle-loop-375-pedestrian/536976002/

 

Here is a post from an anti-Common Core group:

Hi there. So I’ve been opting my kids out of testing, haven’t really had any problems so far. But this year the principal approached us asking to meet with us to discuss “unintended consequences” of opting out. I found out that this is the first year the school had more than 5% of students opt out so I guess this is their attempt to get some parents to change their minds to get above the 95% requirement.

Any thoughts on what I should expect at the meeting or what these “unintended consequences” are? I don’t want to go into this meeting unprepared or caught off guard. I know I don’t have to attend this meeting at all and tell the school that my opt out letter is good enough, but I do have my reasons for agreeing to attend the meeting. Thanks for any advice! 🙂

 

And here  are some replies to that post:

They will tell you their funding could get cut. My answer to this is if you guys would have stood up for your kids from the beginning and refuse to administer this data grabbing machine you wouldn’t be facing these issues.

 

I would ask, how can a test with unknown questions help anyone? We all know the real reason test questions are so secret.

 

Ask how much funding is your child worth, get the dollar figure. Then say no your child is not for sale.

 

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Billionaire’s Are Funding Pilot Programs in Your Schools Using Our Kids as Their Guinea Pigs Without Your Consent or Knowledge – No Permission Asked or Granted

EXPOSED!

By Deb Herbage

Billionaires, Bill & Melinda Gates, Broad, Chan-Zuckerberg, Hastings, Bezos, Walton, Murdoch, Koch, et al, “non-profit” foundations, ed-tech companies, corporations and Government agencies (USDOE, DoD, Chamber of Commerce, etc.) are continuing to use our schools as their product development labs, our kids as their lab rats and our teachers as their product development specialists. This has been going on for many years but especially since the very first year Common Core was forced into our schools in the 2014-2015 school year. With the proliferation of ed-tech companies, these corporations are all lobbying to get their software, programs, websites, and applications into the hands of our kids and schools. How do they accomplish this? By way of “pilot” programs which they completely fund. Here is a sampling of some pilot programs that were approved by the FL legislators:

HB 1365 – Competency-Based Education Pilot (5 year pilot) – Approved…

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Kiss Your Country Good-Bye

DENIS IAN

Kiss your country good-bye.

It’s broken. And it’s gonna get a lot more broken.

Liberal-progressives are hijacking your country, kidnapping your children, ignoring your laws, and plundering your public treasuries to see their ideologies installed despite the will of the voting public.

image7.jpegLiberal cities and states across the nation have declared their semi-independence  from the United States of America. They are only part-time members of this union … only occasional participants in this political enterprise known as America.

Some cities and states now claim an absolute right to ignore laws and policies that run counter to their liberal-progressive dogma. They arrogantly insist they have unique rights that supersede the federal government … even if they endanger their fellow citizens.

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San Francisco, Oakland, Chicago, and Baltimore consider themselves as semi-independent city-states free to ignore federal statutes and jurisdictions. California, Illinois, New York, and Oregon take great pride in defying the…

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On Hebrews 11: Moses’ Parents

Radical Greatness

By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict – Heb 11:23.

Read: Exodus 2:1-10

Interact: Why was Pharaoh so intent on killing off the Israelite boys? What would it have been like to find out you (or your wife) were pregnant?

Reflect: The edict comes down from Pharaoh: All Israelite boys that are born are to be thrown into the Nile to drown, but girls were allowed to live. Imagine being a would-be parent, finding out that the wife is pregnant. There were no ultrasounds. For nine months, you anticipate the birth of a child, knowing its life or death was to be determined by the presence or absence of a Y chromosome. The day finally arrives; the wife goes into labor. At long last come…

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Will “smart” cities lead to surveilled education and social control?

Wrench in the Gears

“What is a Smart City?” is the third entry in my slide presentation series “Education in the Cloud.” If you haven’t yet seen them, prior posts include an introductory essay and “Digital Classrooms as Data Factories.”

Part 3 of Education in the Cloud: What is a “Smart” City

A growing number of metropolitan areas are being shaped by “Smart” City policies. Bloomberg Philanthropy’s “What Works Cities” aims to bring these programs to mid-size cities as well. Even in communities without explicit “smart” initiatives, “innovation” or “empowerment” zones are being proposed, often around school districts, enabling outside interests to sidestep existing legal and contractual protections under the guise of “autonomy” and “flexibility.” I hope the information I’ve pulled together will reveal how “smart city” and “learning ecosystem” interests often intersect and encourage others to think critically about similar programs in their communities. It is important…

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Public Schools or Public Screwels? Part 9

speak out against Common Core

I’ve gone to a part 9 in my blog.

Here is a post from an anti-Competency Based Education (an extension of Common Core, so to speak) group:

Utah’s State School Board just posted that they are discussing an assessment MOU tomorrow. The MOU is with 10 “parties” and American Institutes for Research to share assessment items. The parties are: Connecticut, Idaho, Hawaii, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Upon going to the American Institutes for Research’s website, the MOU is for implementation of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) assessment.
http://www.air.org/event/what-s-next-next-generation-science-standards

But, wait, Utah is not supposed to be using NGSS. And, AIR started work with the 10 parties WAY BACK in August 2016–without any transparency or public knowledge. Or, for that matter, State Board knowledge.

Things that make you say, hmmm.

 

Here is a post from a New York anti-Common Core group:

So, I went to the Wappingers BOE meeting last night because there was a presentation on the agenda about the progress of the “Strategic Plan” developed by the District 5 years ago (i.e. the implementation of Common Core without reference to what it actually was).
The agenda packet included responses from teachers to a survey about how they thought the standards impacted their teaching and their students.
Since a number of the responses from the teachers included almost verbatim the significant concerns that parents and educators from across the country were screaming and warning districts and legislators about from the moment they were released, the presentation merely referenced the survey but not the actual results.
Shout out to Board Member Ed Sloshower for speaking up about the concerns and not allowing them to go entirely buried and unmentioned.
The presenters (sans Mrs. Lizette Ruiz-Giovinazzi who spoke very authentically and sincerely) instead focused on the “wonderful efforts and continuing professional development of the teachers”.

Fraught with the incessant and chilling jargon-

Rigor
Horizontal and vertical analysis
Matriculation
Data
Models
Profiling
Mapping
Certification pathways
External supports
Strategies
Graduation rates
Framework
Resources
Alignment
Systemic review
Qualitative and quantitative responses
Content
Techniques
and of course, the ever popular “Collaboration”
(“Critical thinking” as always thrown in as verbal window dressing but with zero actual presence)

This ^^^^^^
is how education administrators in this district and across the state and country discuss your children.
This is what they are concerned about.
This is what drives your children’s day, every day, in every grade in every school, 5 days a week all school year long.

There was no mention (from the presenters) about the fact that the teachers acknowledged that Kindergarteners were being overwhelmed with absurd and confusing, age inappropriate curriculum content but starved for actual learning.
That the same is true for virtually all of the special ed students.
And that the high school math as PREDICTED FROM DAY ONE was an overly burdensome, ill conceived program which the elementary math programs fail to prepare the high school students for.
We KNEW.
They KNEW.
EVERYONE KNEW GOING IN.
That this was a train wreck.
And now we have students who have spent the last five years being educationally laid to waste.
And now we have open validation from the teachers that that’s exactly what’s happening.
And the Board and Administration still making presentations about “mapping”.
And having “conversations”.

They’re not coffee table books.
They’re CHILDREN.
REAL LIVE HUMAN BEINGS.
And now they’re in college taking (and paying for) remedial courses. [Remember ‘college and career readiness’? The reason we were doing this to begin with? I guess it didn’t work that well.]
Or struggling through grade school and high school without the most basic skills they need to be successful or simply prepared to meet their own needs in the world.

Whatever “conversations” are going on, they’re not at the board meetings or with the legislators who could change this.
They’re certainly not meaningful enough to move anyone to authentic action. From what was mentioned at the meeting last night, it seems the conversations amount to pity parties for the fact that “there’s nothing we can do because this was forced on us” (as if the board members and administrators are the actual victims here – _-), and then giant planning meetings of the Administrative Mutual Admiration Society about how to map and move our children along through the system before anyone realizes they’ve been educationally starved and destroyed while simultaneously keeping the pensions intact.

We have failed our kids.

We fed them into this destruction machine five years ago and have spent every moment since finding new ways to keep our heads down so no one knows what we did.

I stood at the end of the meeting to state the obvious which should have been stated by the Board Members but of course (save for Ed) wasn’t.

Several of my former colleagues and administrators kind of shrugged their shoulders slightly and hung their heads a bit low.
Others sat up in their standard and tell tale arrogance and dismissiveness.
And as I spoke of the travesty of having allowed our children to be decimated by this financial and political destruction machine with no end in sight, the Board President nodded in agreement as she always does…..before banging her gavel to end the meeting and doing absolutely nothing about it.

Pity the children. 😞

 

Here is a post from a Georgia anti-Common Core group:

Cobb County Schools will waste precious instructional time next week field-testing questions for the Milestones exam. In total, over 200,000 students across the state are being used as test-company guinea pigs for free.
Thankfully a large group of Cobb parents are screaming ENOUGH! They are refusing to allow their children to participate in these tests.
While the state claims these worthless wastes of time, energy and MONEY are mandatory, it has been made very clear by Governor Deal that parents have, and always will have, the right to refuse participation by their children. The district may choose how to handle refusals. Given the negative value in this effort, we imagine Cobb County would be thrilled not to have to put its students through more hoops for worthless testing.
Opt Out Georgia, its founders, administrators and members support these parents in their efforts to stop the over testing of Georgia’s children. Instructional time is already at a premium.
If the testing company needs to align questions for inclusion in the final tests, we suggest they take an ad out on Craigslist for participants, just like they do for scorers. Its time more parents took back control of their schools.

The tests will return no usable academic information (much like the actual Milestones tests), and no scores will be returned to the state.

 

Here is an interesting post from an anti-Common Core group:

Do video games collect data? You betcha. #Read and #Share.

The ability to profile and collect information about a player’s interactions with “educational” video games (also called “serious games”) is evidenced by this research collaboration which catalogs each interaction into a standardized vocabulary of data which are collected in real-time and each player can be profiled, analyzed. To see the list of detailed interactions, (like players speaking, dialog, objects clicked on, objects released, buttons pressed, skipping forward or backward in a video, conversation with characters, levels achieved, time spent, mouse clicks, any answers to questions posed because “Many serious games use the Q&A mechanic to assess players”), click the link below.

What is considered an “educational” video game? Interestingly, Microsoft, who owns Minecraft, has created an Education Version of Minecraft, even though many say it adds no value to the classroom. Anyone whose child is into Minecraft, can tell you how addictive that game is. Ever wonder why edtech is promoting video games in the classroom? If you guessed that it is because they KNOW video games are addictive, (the preferred industry buzzword is *engaging*), and they can collect massive amounts of very lucrative data about the child’s behavior and interactions, you might be onto something.

If you are wondering WHO has access to all this data collected, and what they do with it, you are not alone. ADL is partnered with IMS Global, as is Microsoft. Online curriculum and educational games are being touted by the US Department of Education, in something called the Online Education Resources, OER, or #GoOpen. These are all tied to another federal agency, The Federal Learning Registry, which is a joint data gathering project between the US Dept of Defense and US Dept of Education. We wrote about IMS Global, OER, Learning Registry data collection, here. We know that online math programs like DreamBox collect 50,000 data points per hour, and Knewton, an adaptive learning platform, collects 5 to 10 million data points, per student, per day. Don’t forget that another project called LearnSphere, funded by the US Government, makes it possible to connect and collect student data from all online activity, across multiple websites, platforms.

If you are wondering HOW online vendors and even schools can collect and share your child’s data without your knowledge or consent, it’s because a federal law meant to protect children’s privacy, FERPA, was weakened in 2011 so that “parents wouldn’t get in the way” of data collection.

YOU CAN PUT A STOP TO THIS by asking the new US Dept of Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, and President Trump to fix FERPA and protect children’s privacy. Oh, and ask to opt out of screens at school. **It is your right.**
READ MORE including many links:

http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/educational-video-games-collecting-detailed-interactions-data/

 

Here is another post from the anti-Competency Based Education group:

We are backward engineering P-20 education into human capital management. E-portfolios are designed for seamless “lifelong learning” not to empower workers, but rather to allow employers to efficiently screen out most applicants. Look up Yet Analytics. They are all about using IoT and online learning to track employee productivity. This is all very concerning. In many respects HR is even further along than public education.   https://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/1949/the-experience-api-xapi-a-gps-for-learning

 

A high school in Northern Virginia has a transgender indoctrination assembly:  http://www.frc.org/washingtonupdate/20180112/public-school

 

Here is a post from a Texas anti-Common Core group:

Question.

This note below came home today in my son’s folder. My child is in second grade. (I taught 2nd, 3rd and 6th).

I thought my child could exempt out of the STAAR. Apparently, my child must sit there and just not take the test?!?!

Clarification is appreciated.

texas sneaky

And here are some replies to said post:

Why is the 2nd grade team worrying with STAAR stuff? They don’t start taking them until 3rd grade? Are they having them do a practice STAAR while the rest of the school is testing?   My oldest is a 5th grader, we’ve opted out by staying home for the entire testing window in the past, which is usually the full week. And my youngest is in kinder, and I plan to keep him home on STAAR testing days this year. Mostly because the younger kids schedules are disrupted even though they’re not taking the test, and they usually don’t even get to have their normal recess times. It’s awful. So, don’t feel bad to keep him home, Momma.

 

Keep him home and enjoy the week off! Thats what we did:)

 

Welcome to Texas public schools, where destroying true education and love for learning comes with a pat on the head as if you, as a parent, have anything to say about it.

 

Here is a post from a Georgia anti-Common Core group:

My 3rd grade boy came home yesterday telling me about the tests he will be taking toward the end of the year. He started crying saying he will never pass the essay part because it has to be done in one hour. He was literally stressed out about it. He is only 8!!! I consoled him and encouraged him the best I could. It is ridiculous they put this much pressure on a child.

 

And here are some replies to said post:

And they administer the tests during Child Abuse Awareness Month.

 

I refuse the test and no stress for my kid!
REFUSE the test for your child!!! It’s child abuse!
I was told it will hurt my school if I refuse the test.
So they put that pressure on you, too. Their bully tactics are really annoying. I do what is right for my children. I don’t care about saving any system.  Honestly, I would encourage you to find a way to homeschool. Such pressure is not healthy for your son or your family. Even if you opt out of the test, he is still in that environment.
It’s a scare tactic…i think if a certain percentage refuse, they do lose CCRPI points, but the only way that the testing will change is if parents push back against it. No school that i know of has ever been hurt by refusing the test.
My son did the same thing however his stress started in 2nd grade knowing he was going to have to take those test when he got older. He began getting migraines around the same time.
It’s sad.

 

Here is a post from a Minnesota anti-Common Core group:

PARENTS & TEACHERS: Students whose parents have opted them out of the MCAs will be marked as “not participating”. This wording came out of the recently US DOE accepted (Jan 2018) Minnesota “State Plan”.
If your school has the old MDE forms from 2015/2016 these are invalid and out of date. You may write your own letter. Thanks to MDE Commissioner, Brenda Casselius, for hearing the thousands of emails, phone calls and testifiers. #OptOutMCA

 

And here are some replies to said post:

I have a question: For clarification, does this OPT OUT apply to “mid-year assessments”, as well? I have a child who is doing “online public school”. I was told that my daughter is “required” to do a “mid-year assessment” of her reading and math skills. She had to sit at a computer, and read words and sentences to a “teacher”, and figure numbers, for about 20 minutes. I think my daughter did very well. Ten minutes after we were finished, I received an email saying my child does not meet “benchmarks” and tested below grade level in all areas. I was pretty livid. Needless to say, I am regretting my choice to do this online school. My question here is, “Legally, Can I opt out of these types of assessments in the future?” I understand about opting out of MCAs, and polls, and surveys, and such, but is there the same “provision” to refuse these types of assessments? thank you very much for everything!

 

I know for those who work with Pearson (K-12 etc.), Pearson is pretty strong in NOT letting opt outs occur. You can always try! But these tests are how many of the companies make their living. If it’s not a standardized test though, but part of the regular class structure, I would think your child would need to take it.

 

Thx. My 6 year old sat in front of a computer and read words from a long list that appeared on the screen. The woman would point to the words with an arrow and give her a few seconds to say the word. If she started to say the word incorrectly, my daughter would be interrupted and the woman would say the word for her .

 

 

Here is another post from said group:

So state testing time is coming up here in Minnesota and I reached out to my child’s principal to tell her we are opting out, here was the teacher’s response to this

“This new way of opting out, that is having to fill the form out is new to us to. We were told that if a student opts out it will go in their permanent record that they “did not meet” state testing.”

Will this affect my daughters ability to get into college in regards to having good grades? She is an excellent student and her grades show that, I just don’t want these darn tests to affect her negatively if she doesn’t take them. Thank you!

 

And here are some replies to said post:

We have been awaiting news that the federal DOE has accepted the MN “State Plan”. It is all good for the opt out families!! No language that states students are failing standards. Opt out students are listed as “not participating”.

 

And to add- you do not have to use the state form. I write a simple letter to testing coordinator, about a month before testing dates. I call or get confirmation of receipt if letter too.
Maybe also let the principal know that the form is not valid.

 

Those state forms are now out of date with the acceptance of the US DOE for our State Plan. I suggest writing your own letter, too. These keeps the conversation about students under parental authority, not the state’s-want-to-be authority.

 

My child’s school has just told me that if she is opted out of the MCA’s she will be considered “not proficient”. I’ve been concerned about what this means on her permanent record, too.

 

 

What your school told you is old language. The MDE changed it in the summer after thousands of people emailed and called them. Some of us here also testified (including [names withheld] and others) asking the MDE to remove that language. And they did!

 

Tell them you are opting out your child and send the actual language of the Minnesota State Plan, just approved and emailed to the state last night. Kelly Lars just posted below.

 

Thank you! The school has been pushing pretty hard to not have me opt her out, and I wasn’t sure what to do.

 

They don’t want anyone to get out of their snares.

 

This article has a nice summary.

http://progressive.org/public-school-shakedown/opting-out-of-standardized-testing-get-ready-to-be-labeled/

 

It is unfortunate of the continued flawed letter from the MDE. Because, they put out the statement last year that the non-proficient determination would be gone.

 

Cleavland State University joins Ohio State University on the gender pronoun/alternate reality bandwagon:  http://thefederalistpapers.org/us/sign-tells-students-need-wear-stupid-pronoun-stickers

 

Here is a post from an anti-Common Core group:

IF FEPA PASSES, AMERICA WOULD BECOME LIKE COMMUNIST CHINA

1.12.18 – WHAT IS FEPA?

http://www.educationviews.org/if-fepa-passes-america-would-become-like-communist-china/

 

The newest invention of the Left at PC colleges:  pyramids of white supremacy:  https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/01/18/pyramid-of-white-supremacy-taught-in-required-class-for-colleges-elementary-education-majors

 

Here is a post from the anti-CBE group:

Who is behind Kiddom?

“A Silicon Valley startup called Kiddom is banking on the trend continuing for the foreseeable future — and it’s already in 70% of US school districts. Today, a typical school where just a few teachers adopt Kiddom ends up registering 95% of the teaching staff within six months, the company said in a March 2017 statement…”

http://www.businessinsider.com/kiddom-startup-using-personalized-learning-in-most-school-districts-2018-1

And here are some replies to said posts:

Their page: https://www.kiddom.coManage

Partnerships…

kiddom partnerships

 

Oh, look. There’s iXL. Here are some of the more than 300 student reviews of that software. How is this even still on the market?
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/…/ixl/user-reviews/child

 

70% of US school districts according to whom…?

According to Business Insider.
Seriously folks, check out those iXL reviews. I’m not kidding.
I’m looking at them. They’re a piece all by themselves. I’ll do it in the next couple of days.
My son’s algebra teacher tried to force him to do IXL. I couldn’t believe the pressure he used on me too. He now just chooses 10 questions per unit printed off instead of the torture that the online program is
this is a post I wrote a few days ago on two charter schools that were denied at district/county levels and rubber stamped at the state level. They were funded heavily by “Silicon Schools Fund” and “Innovate” schools. Perseverance was approved in full and Promise as a K8 instead of K12 (even though material revisions are not legal through the appeals process). Double check this number if you post it but Silicon Schools Fund has somewhere around 70 Million dollars to throw around to push whatever they want into our communities. I learned about iXL from analyzing these petitions. DM me for more. https://eduresearcher.com/2018/01/18/charter-red-flags/
5 yrs ago my sons’ elementary school started using iXL. My son quickly discovered that it was giving wrong answers. I took screen shots and informed the teacher and principal. Nobody cared and they are still using that program!

They peddled this on my son FIVE years ago. We never participated since he had slower processing speeds and this program amongst other ramped up his anxiety. Is it me, or is it rocket science that you don’t put timed assignments in front of a child with processing difficulties?

I’m sorry, but may I ask where all of the “educators” have gone? #PedagogyIsDead #ImJustAMom

More trash to be terrified of
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This is being forced on school districts all over the country–as a money saving (teacher salaries)–but really money making (corporations) mandate. Bring it to your school committee while they still have any power at all. Soon, that will end too…
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I found this on the page of Conservative talk show host Shannon Joy:

A parent from West Irondequoit High School sent this to me today with concerns about a few of the seminars. Specifically:

* In school showing of the highly controversial
movie ‘I’m Not Racist Am I?’

* Privilege Walk Exercise

* Blue Eye Brown Eye Exercise

While some of the presentations seem perfectly fine… the above are highly controversial and parents were NOT notified until today. This is happening on FRIDAY of this week.

I would encourage parents to ACCOMPANY their kids to these seminars at the very least. Very confusing and nuanced topics are presented that often cause emotional distress for kids. Or contact the school directly to question the wisdom of this endeavor.

Just an FYI.

Leftist sneaky

 

And I found this too on the page, again from Shannon Joy:

This letter was sent out today …

“Dear IHS Parents/Guardians:

This is an important message about this Friday, January 26, 2018. As you know, Friday is no longer a midterm testing day, it is a regular school attendance day for students, and attendance by all students is expected. Since it is the last day of the 1st semester and a day following 4 days of testing, we decided to put together a great series of activities, presentations and assemblies pertaining to social justice, equity, diversity, healthy decision-making and wellness. We are truly excited to hold our first “IHS Community Values and Wellness Day” on Friday.

All students will attend 6 sessions and have a lunch period on Friday. The sessions are, Building a Community, A Privilege Walk, A Class divided: The Blue Eyed/Brown Eyed Experiment, More Than a Label, Pause Before You Post and a Delphi Substance Use/Wellness Presentation. There is an opportunity for ELA extra-credit as well as raffles for IHS gear and gift cards to some of our local businesses. Friday is wonderful opportunity for our students to grow and learn more about themselves and explore challenging, real-world topics. Please see the descriptions and more specifics in the attachment. Thank you in advance for your support.

Respectfully,
Douglas W. Lauf
Principal”

 

Here is another one from Shannon Joy:

Parent ALERT!!!!! Please share —->

‘Privilege Walk’ Exercises are making their way into suburban schools. I’ve been told this is mandatory. I’m gathering info about specific schools and will share them here. Please DM me if you’ve seen this in your district.

This exercise is designed to place all white males at the front of line ahead of anyone who identifies with a grievance group. It’s meant to divide. It is sick and abusive to children, in my opinion.

https://www.albany.edu/ssw/efc/pdf/Module%205_1_Privilege%20Walk%20Activity.pdf

privlege malarkey

 

Here is a post from a Utah anti-Common Core group:

i am so glad that the school can co-parent with me…what would I do without them…

School attendance has a huge impact on a student’s academic success… starting in kindergarten and
continuing through high school.
We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. We also know that
when students miss too much school – regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically.
Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent – which means missing 18 or more days
over the course of an entire school year. Research shows:
• Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at
grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
• By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for
dropping out of school.
• A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!
Some considerations that will help ensure that your child attends school regularly on time are:
• Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
• Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
• Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick.
• Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor appointments when school is in session.
• Talk to teachers, counselors, or administrators for advice if your children feel anxious about going to
school.
• Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call a family member, neighbor,
or another parent to take your child to school.
Let us know how we can continue to partner with you in behalf of your children so that they can attend school on
time every day. Together we can help your child to be successful in school! If you have any questions or need
more information please contact Windridge Elementary.

 

 

I found the following post in the above Utah anti-Common Core group and I believe it hits the nail on the head:

Many parents do not care because our culture has made them irrelevant.
Remember the Village? If children are raised in care facilities, schools, and after school activities, where do they learn to run a home, have any kind of routine, much work ethic, and how to care for others? The Village somehow does not teach these things and many families stopped teaching them before I entered college. In the 1970s.

School was sold to the parents of the boomers as life’s panacea and my generation was raised for careers. When I got to college, precious few of my room mates had any life skills.They could not manage a check book, no wonder so many ended up in debt! They had very limited cooking skills. One roommate could only make tacos. None of them cleaned up after themselves. They said their moms did it all because they wanted a perfect house. That generation got married, went to careers and many of their children ended up latch key and not trained to either run a home or raise children. Many of those entered parenthood with even fewer skills. We have gone down hill because parents stopped parenting, thinking, if I get the best teachers, Sunday school teachers, coaches, and youth leader, my job is done. But as long as we provide the Village mentality, no one takes responsibility for the outcome. Its always someone else’s fault. Parents, society, and the village are all partners in this mess.

Most parents I have worked with, it never occurred to them they needed to train their children. They just thought all they had to do was tell them what do do or stick a chart on the wall. When their children are untrained and developing executive function, they are asked to do things independently they are not ready for, parents get in battles with their children.

We have made a mess of things as a society. We just cannot blame the parents only, most of whom were never taught by their parents–
Gen Xers, because they were not taught by their parents
Boomers, because they were not taught by their parents,
Boomer’s moms were not taught by their moms during the war, because they were too busy doing the work left by the men who went to war.

After WWII the men came home. 10% of homes had tv in 1950 by 1960 90% had them. The false narrative sold to moms in the 50s via TV (moms who had not been taught during the war) was that dad went to work, children went to school, moms did everything else. Why do I say false narrative? Because mom doing everything, was not the previous norm, families worked together and children got work ethic and how to run a home by working with their parents. Now all of the sudden the modern mom was shown women in dresses with pearl necklaces, immaculate homes, and children with little responsibility outside school.

The 60s women rebelled against that narrative. So we threw the baby out with the wash. Most men and women still marry. We prepared generations for careers but intentionally did not raise them to deal with domestic duties of running a home or parenting. As if getting a high paying job would somehow cause the house to run by its self and the village can raise the children. This was short sighted. It is a result of myopic feminism.

Later some tv working moms had housekeepers.

Now Moms get told to assign chores, but chores assigned without the training, underlying habits, and the developed executive function needed to work independently, do not usually lead to work ethic, but to procrastination.

As a result, many parents are filled with unrealistic expectations and few skills to cope– they check out. Sure, there are parents that can parent and run a home, but too many struggle with this, because they were not taught and because all the years they grew up they were given the message in school that somehow, the domestic work of rearing families and caring for our homes is demeaning. Of course it does not need to be that way. But society is unwilling to face the issue and make the changes needed. The result is this will continue. And for every family in this situation that has more than two children, that means more of the next generation will be unprepared.

We could revalue families. Revalue carring for our homes. Revalue the discipline of habit. Nah, I doubt it will happen..

 

And here is a reply to said post:

You make some really excellent points! I especially was drawn to the concept that schools and society are training kids for the job world, but no one is training them for family life and responsibilities. And the latter of the two is infinitely more important. Remember the quote, “No other success can compensate for failure in the home.” What does success in the workplace matter if our families are in ruins?

 

And here is yet another post from the Utah anti-Common Core group:

Shall we take up a collection and send a copy of this to every member of the state school board, local boards, legislators over education, Governor’s office and Utah Technology Council?

“Rather than deepening students’ intellectual curiosity, educational technology is too often cumbersome and distracting, causing needless frustration and greatly extending homework time. Rather than becoming the great equalizer, electronic devices are widening the achievement gap. On a mission to educate and empower parents, Clement and Miles provide many real-world examples and cite multiple studies showing how technology use has created a wide range of cognitive and social deficits in our young people. They lift the veil on what’s really going on at school: teachers who are powerless to curb cell phone distractions; zoned-out kids who act helpless and are unfocused, unprepared, and antisocial; administrators who are too-easily swayed by the pro-tech “science” sponsored by corporate technology purveyors.”

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34734562-screen-schooled

 

And yet another post from said group:

This is some bulls***! It took my son 2 hours to do his homework tonight. 😣

homework torture

 

Here is a post from a Texas anti-Common Core group:

State Representative Briscoe Cain publicly maligned one of his own constituents yesterday, making unfounded accusations against him on social media of all places. I pray his constituents make it very clear to him that his libelous gossip was not only unbecoming for an attorney but violated the public trust, as he is supposed to be the voice of the people.

January has been a tough month for Conservative voters in Texas. Jonathan Stickland has called us liberal, crazy and unreasonable because we are shining the light on the lie of school choice.

One of Dan Patrick’s morning shows attacked conservatives who have backed a particular legislator, calling them liberals and crazies, going as far as to call the rep a drunkard and say he would not help his neighbors if they were drowning.

The Texas Republican party is about to feel the effects of this huge divide. Texans tend to put up with this crap a lot longer from Congressmen. We are on the bubble in Texas and this one issue could be enough for Texas Rs to lose their power play. People have had it with the lies and personal attacks. These cowards won’t debate us publicly. Instead they use tactics like we saw the GOP use on Roy Moore. Not smart. Look at their results.

#fakeconservative#fakecowboy#fakeschoolchoice

 

Here is a post from a Washington anti-Common Core group:

Question? We opted our daughter out of testing and now they put her in a 2nd grade classroom during testing and had her doing the second grade work which was math. My daughter was confused as to why she wasn’t doing her own math. I called the teacher and she said that she felt that by doing the second grade math would help her with her current math by giving her confidence and help other kids with their work. So I told her that I didn’t know our daughter was that far behind in math. She said that that was just her thinking on the matter? What should we do? Can we pull her from school for that time? I don’t want my daughter made fun of or feeling bad like she is dumb?

 

And here are some replies to said post:

You can tell the school in writing that this felt like a punishment. You do have the option to keep her home, especially if they can not make adequate arrangements and this was not okay for anyone.

 

Make sure thay everything, and I mean everything is in writing. You can pull her suring the testing times. The teacher should have discusses this plan with you first, but acvorsing to OSPI, theu are under no legal authority to tell parents anything. Want to know? Better ask very clear concise questions. Yes, I know from experience.

 

Is she in 3rd grade? Can they not find a same grade level classroom to put her in?

 

Yes she is 3rd grade. The other two 3rd grade classes are doing the testing also.

 

Well, talked to the teacher today and she got a little tight liped as she said that she could make provisions to give our daughter other work. I proceeded to tell her with our daughter next to us that our daughter felt demeaned being part of the 2nd grade class. The teachers attitude seemed to change and she told my daughter that that wasn’t her intentions. I told the teacher that I would rather have her in school doing something productive rather than keep her home and tge teacher then agreed. Thank you all so much for your help!

 

Here is a post from an anti-Common Core group:

I have always opted out of benchmarks for my kids. Now 9th grader has a teacher that says it’s a unit test, but calling it a benchmark. Says info is only between teacher and student but district has access to. Is it necessary?

 

And here are some replies to said post:

This is what I’m running into. I kind of gave up on opting out b/c in high school it becomes vaguer and I want my child to do the tests he needs in order to complete the class (esp the ones with college credit) I was alot more vigilant in elementary/middle school with all the testing that I believed was unnecessary but face it, kids DO take tests to show knowledge.

 

My solution to this is, my children are opted out of all Chromebook activities(including my high schoolers). If it is an important test it can be taken on paper and done with a pencil. Just my opinion and teachers have honored my choices.

 

yup – cause you will NEVER convince me that any work now or testing, etc is only between student and teacher – especially when ALL work is done on a computer – it’s all DATA being gobbled up and the teachers are FORCED to tell parents differently. I like your requirement – and there are plenty of kids that are doing things on paper because of it.

 

We have never used the chrome books or in our case iPads, that are made available to students. I do fee that regular tests and quizzes administered throughout the duration of the class should be suffice.

 

Here is a post from an anti-Competency Based Education group:

http://jenni.uchicago.edu/papers/Borghans_Duckworth_etal_2008_JHR_v43_n4.pdf

SEL training programs are directly linked to human capital management plans for our children. I think this is a very important paper from Duckworth and Heckman on documenting personality traits and making economic projections. Scary stuff.

 

And here are some replies to said post:

Duckworth and Heckman are working on a thinly-veiled version of modern-day Galton eugenics. https://cehd.uchicago.edu/?page_id=265

 

A high school student makes a video about the bullying (so bad that a student committed suicide because of it) at her high school and got two days suspension for it:  http://dearly.com/2018/01/62864-student-creates-anti-bullying-campaign-peer-commits-suicide-got-suspended-efforts/

 

Here is a post from the Utah anti-Common Core group:

What this article does not say:

…That there isn’t a person in the State who can tell you how much it costs Utah to comply with the Federal mandates to get that funding. From where I sit, it looks like it could be a net loss, but the fact that it hasn’t been tracked is outrageous. Think about it, they’re threatening to withhold the $ because the 1% of opt outs over their threshold slightly skews their data. How does government have rights to data on citizens and citizens not have the right to data on our $?

…How Senator Hatch, who was the co-sponsor of the Federal Bill under which these funds are threatened, promised everyone who didn’t bother to actually read the bill that it would return control to the states in spite of the fact that the USED could hold our state hostage over one percent of one detail of our overall plan.

…That the opt out is protected under State Law and it’s the Federal Bureaucracy holding the “poor” kids hostage to force a change to State law, not the parents who are merely exercising their natural and lawful rights to direct the education of their own kids.

… The article does admit that the test has “lost favor” with both teachers and parents, and that it’s the higher performing students whose engaged parents are opting out which begs the question, why are they forcing a test that those whose lives are most impacted are finding useless and rejecting? As a parent from the assessment review panel, it is my opinion that test is so flawed that it is absolutely unfair way to measure teachers and schools and a stress-inducing waste of time for students.

How much is your liberty to direct your own child’s education worth to you? I’m not ready to sell my birthright for a mess of SAGE pottage.

https://www.sltrib.com/news/education/2018/02/01/utah-board-of-education-flirts-with-turning-away-up-to-123-million-a-year-over-letting-parents-opt-their-kids-out-of-testing/

 

And another post from said group:

I DO NOT support HB 235 Family School Partnership which creates a $345,200 ON-GOING pilot program (pilot programs usually turn into statewide programs) to identify schools that have a certain percentage of students who were absent at least 10% of the time. The State Board selects schools to participate in the program & if the school accepts, they receive grant money to implement HOME VISITS.
The program requires DATA COLLECTION/STATE REPORTING & the Board can contract with a THIRD PARTY to do the evaluations. This is a part of cementing our ties to federal ESSA requirements…
Taking us further down the federal oversight of education rabbit hole.

https://le.utah.gov/~2018/bills/static/HB0235.html

 

Here is an alarming post from the anti-competency based education group:

Our district now determines who makes honor roll based off “habits of work” ONLY. Got a bright but talkative kid? Maybe speaks their mind a little too much and rubs a teacher the wrong way? No honors for you!

 

And here are some replies to said post:

They are trying to turn them into mindless drones😢

 

I’m not sure if we are doing that. All I know is SEL is half the report card.

 

Wow. I would have failed from day 1.
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Rewarding compliance over performance
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There is no way to see this as anything but further and deeper insistence upon compliance.
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you hit the nail on the head! My oldest is what you describe.

Sadly, in my short experience all I can see is “you must conform” or you don’t get the nifty certificate and accolades. CC was never about equity, well kind of I guess if you consider the dumbing down of at least 3 decades of children equity.

Many like to point at the D or the R for blame of where we are. I don’t see a side really. I see career politicians becoming millionaires who drool over power and control. What better way to keep that than by dumbing down generation after generation and putting us against each other.

Koch, Gates, blah blah blah they are all in on the take.

Time to turn the tables. If we can’t find a way to do that then we might as well wave the white flag and enjoy our short time here.

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My kids would be doomed. I’m teaching them to think for themselves.
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Sounds more like a “Brown-noser roll” than an Honor roll.
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What state is this?

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Maine.
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I came across this one on my own.   Apparently now STEM is being used to push SJW goals such as “climate change” and “income inequality”.   More proof that STEM, along with the rest of the stuff in Common Core, are part of the United Nation’s sinister “Sustainable Development” Goals:  https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2018/02/05/stem-professors-choices-content-are-political-whether-they-it-or-not-opinion
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The PTA of a school in the state of New York caved to the PC police in the Department of “Education” and called off a father-daughter dance on “gender guidelines”:  https://nypost.com/2018/02/03/pc-culture-killed-our-schools-father-daughter-dance-parents/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=site%20buttons&utm_campaign=site%20buttons
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Now it appears that a bunch of SJWs at another New York school managed to get a play to be canceled, starting with when a black student quit in protest, over a white student getting a lead role:  http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/02/06/high-school-cancels-musical-after-white-student-lands-lead-role.html
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Here is a post from a  Nevada anti-Common Core group:
You do NOT have to allow your 3rd-8th grade children in NV public schools to take the SBAC test. Some schools will pressure parents to have their children take the SBAC test, just say NO and use one of the forms in the link below. White Pine County School District may be the only district in the state where parents can contact the superintendent’s office to get the official SBAC opt-out form, other districts will attempt to jerk parents around. If you get an “official” opt-out form from your district please send it to me & I’ll post it here. If candidates let me know they will sponsor and/or support SBAC opt-out legislation in the 2019 session I’ll post their names here. Most states have already dropped the federal government sponsored Common Core tests, SBAC and PARCC. Some states that haven’t dropped the SBAC yet, like California and Oregon, have official statewide opt-out procedures.
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And another post from the Nevada anti-Common Core group:
I successfully opted out my daughter from testing for the second year in a row, not a problem. As a matter of fact, they had an official form for me to sign off on this year. Last year several children were vomiting and feeling sick during the testing. As a hypnotherapist, I hate to think of the possible long term effects of these testings on our children. OPT OUT! for the safety of your childs mind and well being.
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Here is a post from the anti-CBE group:

#Watch this video #NOW before it gets removed.

In this 2011 video presentation, Vander Ark essentially says personalized digital learning is more productive and cheaper than teachers and urges leaders to ‘make the shift’. “It means a different staffing model which costs less and works better”

“I want to give you a quick and conceptual look at why I think the pivot to ‘personalized digital learning’ is a really big deal, said Tom Vander Ark. He told the education leaders that they should “have a team of teachers work with two to three to 400 students” virtually and online….in short, it’s not Blended Learning in my definition if you’re not changing your staffing model and that’s where this gets tough because you’re talking about differentiated staffing. That means different levels, and distributed teaching. That means some teachers teaching remotely. So if you’re going to staff your school in a different way, that means a different staffing model that costs less and works better. ..it’s time to plan the shift.”
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We know there’s little to no evidence that “personalized learning” works. Many parents, education advocates, and teachers are concerned about safety, privacy, efficacy surrounding online personalized learning.

Why did policy makers, school board members, teachers unions, jump on the artificial personalized learning bandwagon to sell out teachers and students? Did they buy into the Vander Ark gotta make the shift sales pitch without evidence to support personalized learning’s effectiveness or researching its health risks? Are these same policy makers and Silicon Valley folks going to repackage and rebrand personalized learning, give us a new name for the online learning system that collects and remembers and analyzes every click? Will they repackage personalized learning as something “new” like competency based (blockchain) education and tell it is somehow different and better and safer?

We need to hold tech companies and educrats accountable.

Parents need to be given the choice of textbook and face to face human teacher, rather than screen learning. Sensitive data (biometric, medical and mental health, behavioral evaluations) should never be collected or leave the school without parent consent. In recent days, former Silicon Valley folks have acknowledged problems with the tech industry.
Let’s hope these ex-Silicon Valley folks and policy makers will truly help us protect children.

Let’s hope they will give parents a voice.

http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/2011-video-personalized-learnings-plan-to-replace-teachers/

 

 

Here is a post from an anti-Common Core page:

Anonymous Parent. Georgia.

“I am beyond pissed right now. This very sweet and very smart boy was just crying hysterically to me when I sat him down to talk about one of his grades. He just broke down when I asked what was going on and he said,

“Mommy, I’m just so scared to get the answer wrong that I keep reading it over and over again until I start to second guess myself and I’m scared to fail a test because of that. ”I asked him what test are you scared of, because I can help you and he said “the Milestones”.

I then asked, “How often do they talk to you about the Milestones”, and he said “All the time Mommy! My teacher always says, “you better remember this because it will be on the Milestones.”

This is absolutely ridiculous and for a 9 year old, who is and A/B student, to have this much anxiety about a damn test is so disheartening!!”

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One of the University of Madison schools is forcing students to take pro-globalist brainwashing classes as a graduation requirement:  https://dmlnews.com/university-requires-students-appreciate-global-perspectives-order-graduate/#comments

 

Here is a post from a Utah anti-Common Core group:

I’ve been instructed to know longer have contact with my child’s teacher or the classroom that includes classroom parties field trips etc. because of the things I have posted on Facebook about the common core method. They actually wanted me to sign a contract and I said no way. So I just had to give them my word. Just going to try to make it through these next few months of school. 😣

 

Here is an article that was posted in the Utah anti-Common Core group that explains that dangers of too much use of technology in schools:  https://www.utahnsagainstcommoncore.com/11-technology-perceptions-parent-teacher/

 

Here is a post from a friend of mine:

My High Schooler just gave me this.
We must stop the brainwashing of our young!

liberal stuffs

UPDATE: The bullies at the school in the Utah anti-Common Core group post above made the parent take down the Facebook posts calling them out.   This is the latest I can find from the parent:

Contacted the district superintendent, told him what was going on and gave him the name of the school. Now my son is worried that the school will be mad and move him out of the class. Can the school do that? They can’t, can they??

 

A school in California has banned the national anthem from rallies for being “racist”:  https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/feb/13/san-ramon-california-high-school-bans-racist-natio/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork

 

Here is a post from an Ohio anti-Common Core group:

BTW, Jim Renacci, candidate for US senate, voted to reauthorize Common Core (NCLB) in 2016. NCLB expired in 2007 but Congressmen like Renacci reauthorized it. Jim Jordan voted no to reauthorization. If you think the federal govt should stay out of our schools vote for someone else.

 

Kudos to these North Carolina parents and teachers for their quick pushback against explicit sex education being pushed in North Carolina schools.   The globalists had tried to pull it off secretly but, thankfully, they can keep it secret no longer:   https://soundcloud.com/family-research-council/craig-autry

 

Here is a post from a New York anti-Common Core group:

Forgive me if this has already been talked about

My 12 year old 7the header said that her school is going to use the Ny State Common Core test to see if she will be in advanced math next year. Can they do that??? Is this just a scare tactic to get smart kids to take it and up their score?

 

And here are some replies to said post:

Yes, they can.

 

 how–?

 

The school gets the scores back before you do. You don’t get them back until much later.

 

If you know more then explain and don’t just say I’m wrong. I know they use the test scores to place children the following year. I know it because it happened to my child before I stopped allowing her to test.

 

http://codes.findlaw.com/ny/education-law/edn-sect-305.html

 

There should be a portfolio type review. That score alone should not be used.

 

Legally it cannot be the only measure!
In NYC it’s used for promotion. Rest of the state is different
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And here is another post from said group:
Gradually, embedded assessment is taking over where end of year testing left off. The Philadelphia School Reform Commission intends to spend $19.5 million online curriculum and data-mining tools. They are pushing algorithm-driven programs like iReady, Achieve 3000 and Lexia Learning. That amount of money would restore half the school libraries in our district (there are only a few left). It’s important to track the funds and speak out when they are being used to harm children and undermine teaching as a human profession. Opt out needs to include pushing back against learning management systems, too.
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And yet another post:

Hold onto that GOVERNMENT monopoly! The latest outrage from Diane Ravitch that quotes the once revered Carol Burris…

“You would embrace “education savings accounts,” which are vouchers by another name, (no they’re not!) which remove from the State any responsibility to educate any child. Just give every student a debit card, to be used at will.

(Good! get the government out of parental choice decisions for higher quality education, they’ve ignored us Long enough)

Carol Burris explains the ‘hoax’ here. (Mmmkay)

“Parents pledge not to enroll their son or daughter in a public school or a charter school. In exchange, they get nearly all of what the school would have spent (usually 90 percent) placed on a debit card or in an account. The remaining 10 percent is used to fund program administration.

“Parents can use the money for private or religious school tuition, online learning, books, hippotherapy (horseback riding for therapeutic purposes) and home schooling — or they can choose to spend minimal dollars on K-12 education and save for college.”

===> “There is no obligation that the curriculum that is used to teach students who use ESAs to attend private schools be “developmentally appropriate, challenging or even accurate.”

(Like common core?…that’s a GOOD THING!)

Ravitch, Burris of NPE and the two largest teachers unions (AFT & NEA) along with NYSUT and NYSED Keep towing the line of narrowed government mandates and worsened status quo. #NotWinning

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Here is a post from an anti-Common Core group (BTW, AZMerit is an Arizona test.)

Warning!!! These are being passed out to every student in every school, tomorrow.

 

Here is a post from the anti-Competency Based Education group:

Heads up.
“With the emergence of virtual reality in 2016, tech implementation within schools is progressing. It’s anticipated that both virtual reality and robotics will become increasingly widespread over the next 2 to 3 years. Additionally, wearable tech is expected to be adopted in K-12 education within the next 4 to 5 years, according to the COSN New Media Consortium Horizon Report released recently.”

http://www.theedadvocate.org/3-technologies-making-their-way-to-mainstream-education/?utm_source=ReviveOldPost&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=ReviveOldPost

 

Here is a post that was shared in the Utah anti-Common Core group:

Please help us STOP HB319 Early Care and Learning Coordination Amendments! It is currently on the House 3rd Reading Calendar. Contact your House Representative and urge them to vote NO on HB319! https://le.utah.gov/GIS/findDistrict.jsp

This bill brings together multiple government agencies and entities to track and interfere in the lives of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

We believe in limited government. The unified data system and interagency data sharing this bill allows will further grow government and lead to more government programs and policies.

Link to the bill: https://le.utah.gov/~2018/bills/static/HB0319.html

Bill language included in the meme (by line #):
Lines 15-18 (Top-left square – summarizes what the bill does)
Lines 142-143 (Top square – defines Early Childhood)
Lines 119-120 & line 197 (Top center square – unified data system/data sharing)
Lines 217-218 (Lower center square – interagency data to inform policy)
Lines 230-237 (Right square – collaboration)

#protectchildhood #utpol #utleg

utah bad stuffs

 

And another post that was posted in the Utah anti-Common Core group:

Ohio has moved passed putting the Dept. of Workforce on Early Learning/School Readiness boards, commissions, and task forces (like Utah’s trying to do); and is combing the departments of Education, Higher Education, and Workforce into one department! This is insane.

“How do we continue to align Ohio’s education system for the workforce of tomorrow?” Rosenberger said. “That’s what this bill’s all about.”

Pray this doesn’t happen here in Utah (although, we’re moving in this direction with every education bill that passes).

Education is NOT about the workforce!

Please watch this video!:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PprP5TCZBRI&t=258s&list=PL2Fq9Sg5Av3AFBS1dFy_boHD_Tg9EYd9u&index=4
“Today we find ourselves in a nation that produces workers. Everything is career and college preparation. Somewhere our Founding Fathers are turning in their graves, pleading, screaming, and trying to say to us that we teach to FREE MINDS. We teach to INSPIRE. We teach to EQUIP. The careers will come naturally.”

#uted#utpol#utleg

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2018/02/ohio_would_merge_its_school_university_and_workforce_systems_into_one_under_new_bill.html

 

And here are some replies to said post:

Current Utah bills to pay close attention to:

H.B. 380 Utah School Readiness Initiative Amendments – turns the School Readiness Board over to the DWS, among other things.
(Will be heard in the House Education committee TOMORROW Feb 16th) https://le.utah.gov/~2018/bills/static/HB0380.html

H.B. 319 Early Care and Learning Coordination Amendments – puts several government agencies, including DWS, on a commission for Early Care & Learning for babies (still “in utero”) on up.
(This bill isn’t even going to the House Education committee…. it’s going straight to the Economic & Workforce committee…)
https://le.utah.gov/~2018/bills/static/HB0319.html

H.B.164 Early Childhood Task Force – put the DWS on a Task Force for Early Learning for 0-6 year old children.
(Narrowly failed in the House. They even tried to revive it at one point because the vote was so close.)
https://le.utah.gov/~2018/bills/static/HB0164.html

https://www.facebook.com/groups/utahnsagainstcommoncore/permalink/2468814013344661/

 

Why is 319 not educational? Not that I agree with it, but this is just ridiculous.

 

This is the plan and it is a matter of time before they do this in every state, unless Utah pushes back differently. So far they haven’t.

 

They are combining systems for the data. Its all about the data and sense of control it give them.

 

Yep, that’s it. Ugh, this just furiates me!
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Holy smokes.

“Removing the state school board from the policy process, he said, would allow faster response and better match other state departments.”

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fight it Ohio. fight it with everything you’ve got.
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This reminds me of the book The Giver.
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As if we didn’t have to worry enough with just public schools, apparently we now have to worry about the government medically kidnapping our kids too (I’m sure this data mining via the ESSA, etc, will help curb abuses, NOT!)

https://medicalkidnap.com/2018/02/16/california-christian-homeschool-family-torn-apart-as-children-are-medically-kidnapped-forced-into-public-school-and-mother-is-forced-out-of-family-home/

 

Here is a post from a friend of mine:

Warning gag factor! Here’s the big sell! Freight train chugging along. Data rules! You, not so much.

How long before kids game the system and figure out that a wrong answer leads to the next question being easier? They’ll all be scholars right? I’ll wager bets. Anyway…sit down. Ready?

“…Typically when you take a test, you answer a question, you get it right or wrong — and that’s that,” said Brad Baumgartner, chief operating officer at Questar Assessments, which designs the state’s reading and math tests for students in grades 3 through 8. “The adaptive test says, ‘OK, you can’t do this, but what can you do?’ It adapts along the way.”

High Achievement New York, [HANY-remember the teacher “fellows” sent in to our schools to train other teachers on common core, they got a title of “Fellow” and a stipend to cheerlead common core, yeah them] a business-aligned group that advocates for high learning standards, wrote to the state Board of Regents last week urging the state to move to full computer adaptive testing on its grade 3-8 state assessments by the spring of 2021.

The letter said the benefits would be abundant. [Gag #1] Since the tests are computerized, they would take less time to administer than the current paper-and-pencil exams and be less expensive over the long run. [Gag #2]

“And it can relieve the most common complaint about the 3-8 exams as they stand today: that it takes far too long for parents and teachers to get the test results,” the group wrote. [Gag #3] “Faster results could have a direct and positive impact in the classroom before the end of the school year, and make them much more dynamic than just an accountability tool.” [Gag-dynamic-Gag #4]

Read on, have a bucket nearby…

https://m.timesunion.com/news/article/NY-considers-adaptive-state-reading-math-12625362.php

 

This letter was shared by a friend of mine:

Parents need to demand their children are safe. Like this mom did;

“My letter to Principal of HS ****

Hello, Mr. ****
My child/children, *****
informed me that there will be a Student Walk-Out in late April in response to the horrible events at Parkland, FL this month.

While I am a proponent of our students joining together in fellowship against violence, I am concerned about the underlying nature and message of this scheduled event.

There are growing political and special interest groups that appear to be exploiting the tragic murder of 17 innocents for the expansion of agendas which aim to infringe on the 2nd Amendment rights of law abiding American citizens. A protest against the Bill of Rights using our children to drive an agenda. This message is one I vehemently oppose.

I join the ranks of many concerned parents who would like to see enhanced security at our High School entrance ways which would help deter a “bad guy with a gun” by a “good guy with a gun”. Sadly, even with ( your high school) most stringent firearm laws, a criminal will find ways to break them—as a non-prescribed drug will find its way into the hands of a drug dealer despite our laws; as illegal border crossings continue despite our immigration laws, those who legally obtain citizenship and valid doctors’ prescriptions should never be shamed or punished for the vile actions of these violators.

I am hoping we Parents will be notified about April’s “Walk Out” to better understand its goal and intended mission so that we are better able to discern if participation is in the best interests of our children — our young American minor citizens.

Thank you for taking the time to read my letter, and for always being proactive in keeping our children safe at High School ****.

Sincerely and gratefully,
**** *****

 

I’m glad that Texas is cracking down the Leftist orchestrated anti-gun walkouts:  https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/02/21/texas-school-will-suspend-gun-control-protesters-here-for-education-not-political-protest

 

A concerned mother in Washington state was concerned about Planned Parenthood presentations being taught as “sex ed” in her child’s class.  Unfortunately, the school has barred her, due to her complaints, from sitting in on further classes:  http://www.lifenews.com/2018/02/21/mother-complains-after-finding-planned-parenthood-secretly-teaching-her-childs-class-then-teacher-kicks-her-out/

 

Here is a post from a Georgia anti-Common Core group:

A web site has been set up to shame GA legislators who have not jumped onto the school choice bandwagon and supported every piece of legislation that facilitates its kudzu-paced expansion. It is NOT my intention to malign these legislators or school choice supporters. But I have concerns. Please take a minute to read my explanation and see if you share my (somewhat over-simplified) concerns…

I have looked at a lot of evidence and been lectured by a lot of people. I’ve concluded that “school choice” is a mixed bag, at best. Despite the “school choice is the magic bullet that will fix education,” mantra that is being pushed by both parties, I don’t believe School Choice will improve anything, as long as common core is the ONLY CHOICE in public schools.

I am not against school choice. There just isn’t any definition of exactly what that is. Or what it isn’t. And I prefer to support parental choice, which many parents have to sign away, when they sacrifice to get their kids into out-of-neighborhood charter schools. There are a lot of negatives like that around this movement, but they are never discussed. (Why is that?)

Our first order of business needs to be getting rid of common core and ESSA if we want to restore education IN EVERY PUBLIC SCHOOL.

I avoided criticizing school choice as long as I could. There is so much rampant pro-School Choice fervor, it’s pretty much a no win. But I have to be intellectually honest and I don’t think blind allegiance to a nebulous ‘school choice’ agenda is going to fix much, as long as common core is in EVERY public school.

I also have concerns that people OUTSIDE of GA (including Betsy DeVos’s Foundation) have FUNDED the school choice movement here. And they have never helped us in our quest to Stop Common Core. (One California-controlled organization actually worked against us.) So who is calling the shots in GA? I don’t think it is Georgians. I know it isn’t parents. And that is troubling.

Apparently, the school choice FUNDERS are back in GA, and they are maligning legislators who are not blindly jumping on the choice bandwagon. They’ve got something going called the Georgia Center for Opportunity – a school choice pushing web site that is giving away yellow socks to go with those nifty scarves.

I encourage Parents to get information from a variety of sources and perspectives, and make your own determination about whether supporting a blanket, ill-defined school choice agenda is the way you want to go.

We’ve got Charter-mania in GA already. And while the jury is still out, the negatives are coming to the surface. I will try to post some resources in this thread and invite some other activists to comment. Please also post your information pro- and con. We need to have this discussion. And our legislators and gubernatorial candidates need to hear it.

 

And here are some replies to said post:

Government regulated “school choice” is, in fact, a loss of parental rights.

I have a question for all elected officials, on both sides of the political aisle- Are you for Jeb Bush’s ExcelinEd yellow scarves School Choice Week? Which, by the way, is the same thing Obama was pushing, he just called it National Charter School Week.

The end game is the same.

A loss of parental rights and true local control. Along with the collection of private student data that will be used for online adaptive assessments and instruction to modify the attitudes, values, beliefs, and behaviors of American students by third-party public/private partnerships, who will then profit from the unethically and illegally obtained student data.

Anyone for a blanket “School Choice” needs to understand what that actually means and just how dangerous it is.

Jeb Bush/Betsy Devos Choice is the Carrot to federal control.

They have destroyed our education system intentionally, so they can rebuild it using Public/Private Partnerships financed through Social Impact Bonds (SIBS) or Pay for Success (PFS). They will profit off the backs of our children and their teachers. All while harming countless numbers of our children in the process.

Ed Reformers- Obama and Jeb Bush’s Equity in Education plans for our entire country:

• charter schools replace public schools:

• everyone has federal Title I choice funds to go to any school (charter, private or religious schools)

• every child is taught the same standards:

• every teacher must teach the same standards:

• every test must be aligned to these standards:

• curriculum and software is aligned to standards:

• everything listed here is aligned to government data collection compliance.

I hope that helps. 😉

 

Purposes Behind Common Core/College and Career Ready National Standards now codified into law through the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA).

Shifts Education Philosophy– An education of Opportunity (Equal Opportunity) based on academics; reading, writing, math, and history has shifted to an education of equity (Equal Outcomes) based on attitudes, values, beliefs, and behaviors.

Broadened Impact – The Common Core/College and Career Ready National Standards expand the target be from K-12 (Kindergarten through 12th grade) to a P-20 (Pre-school through College, Trade or Graduate School) Workforce system.

Testing Based Outcomes– The Common Core/College and Career Ready National Standards shifts from the “Mental” (Academics and Knowledge-Based Tests) to “Behaviors” (Performance Standards and Competency for the workforce).

Adjustments to Ideology– Change American’s worldview from nationalism into globalism and allow a government controlled economy known as ”Dirigisme” or the more common use–a dirigiste economy. It means essentially a state-directed economy mandated by federal and state legislation.

Dismantle traditional public schools in favor of charter-like structures (public/private partnerships) that will be forced to generate student data for corporate profit and state control.

Through Government regulated school choice they access and control private schools where the state has been unsuccessful before.

A FEDERAL UNCONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM has been locked in place through the passage of federal and state legislation (designed like a set of gears) “rigged” if you will, to sort our children into positions within the workforce, based on the Soviet model. This is about controlling the next generation of Americans. You are no longer an American who lives in a global economy, you are a global citizen who happens to live in America.

 

thank you for this information. It is indeed, a tangled web. From my brief research, it seems that the GA Center for Opportunity is funded by some of the same foundations that pushed Common Core and Charter schools in GA. They are part of the State Policy Network and also affiliated with ALEC. They reportedly have a cumulative $80 million at their disposal. So they will probably be able to pass whatever they want to pass.

 

Here is a post from a friend of mine:

I’ve begged for someone to please prove us wrong. We have not been wrong!

Ignorance is bliss until reality hits. Reality is beginning to hit.

If you want to know why we are having mass killings at our schools and why kids are committing suicide- look no further than WHAT is being taught in our schools, HOW it is being taught and WHO is financially benefiting. Mental Health issues are being caused because of this. Medication is being prescribed because of this. WAKE UP, PEOPLE!!

Please take the time to listen very carefully to this short sound clip from an interview I had with an attorney, Robin Eubanks, author of ‘Credentialed to Destroy; How and When Education Became a Weapon.’ to understand just how dangerous the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is. https://soundcloud.com/alice-linahan/the-danger-of-esea-every-child-achieves-act-sb-1177

In Texas, this philosophy of Education was brought in by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA)’s New Vision for Public Education. Funded through bi-partisan legislation along with the College and Career Readiness Standards that are aligned to the Common Core Federal standards.

Key Players Funding and Implementing this Transformation in Education

* Google and Microsoft are Unesco Partners with deals to promote
Unesco’s values through a World Curriculum.

* The Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development (OECD) a World Policy Organization.
The OECD runs an Assessment system to support Unesco’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The OECD’s assessment director, Andreas Schleicher, a German worked with the Obama Administration to reshape the US K-12 online assessment system.

The OECD reshaped assessments so they run in the background of online curriculum.

The OECD assessments are assessing behaviors more than academics.

OECD quotes – “The skills, attitudes, and values that shape human behavior should be rethought to counter the discriminatory behaviors picked up at school and in the family.”

“All young people should be able to challenge cultural and gender stereotypes, to reflect on the causes and solutions of racial, religious and hate violence and to help create tolerant integrated societies.”

Andreas Schleicher worked in a study group with the National Conference Committee of State Legislators.

http://womenonthewall.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/The-Truth-about-21st-Century-Education-Reform-I-CAN-SEE-packet-1.pdf

To learn more please listen to the Women on the Wall Communication Team Conference Call with Jane Robbins and JaKell Sullivan Thursday, February 8, 2018, Who will protect America’s Children and Teacher’s Private Data in the Classroom?

https://www.facebook.com/WomenOnTheWall.org/videos/1842759929081160/?fref=mentions

For information to protect your children’s private data list to the Women On the Wall Communication Team Conference Call with Cheri Kiesecker What Data is being collected on your Child and how is it being used and what you can do about it.
https://www.facebook.com/WomenOnTheWall.org/videos/1842759929081160/

 

Here is a post from the anti-competency based education group:

#WHOA. This Colorado bill (SB159) would require 75% of parents/students/community to take the “need assessment” that ESSA already defines as:
‘‘(B) A needs assessment that identifies the academic, physical, nonacademic, health, mental health, and other needs of students families, and community residents.” -ESSA page 280.

So-can they really REQUIRE these surveys as a condition of attending a school? Do folks know that this information is not kept in the school and is shareable? (Student ed records are currently not covered by HIPPA and FERPA allows sharing.)

https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2018/02/22/what-does-it-mean-to-be-a-community-school-this-colorado-bill-would-define-it-and-promote-it/

ESSA   https://legcounsel.house.gov/Comps/Elementary%20And%20Secondary%20Education%20Act%20Of%201965.pdf

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A ten day out of school suspension for shouting about support of guns?!  Even if they were “disrupting the learning environment”, 10 days is overkill.   I chalk this one up as an act of despotism by the school administrators, particularly as they were letting anti-gun protesters run around scott free at the same time.

despotic suspensioin

 

Here is a post from a Utah anti-Common Core group:

“S.J.R. 16 Proposal to Amend Utah Constitution — Public Education Governance—-This resolution proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to: eliminate the State Board of Education’s general control and supervision of the public education system; and provide for the general control and supervision of the public education system to be vested in a state superintendent of public instruction, appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Senate.”

https://le.utah.gov/~2018/bills/static/SJR016.html
It is currently in Senate Rules.

 

And here are some replies to said post:

This is a horrific bill, sponsored by Democrat Dabakis. It seeks to fulfill what Marc Tucker and Deborah Quazzo have been working toward for years: the elimination of school boards. Zero representation. Educational dictatorship. This must be stopped!

 

This is to BYPASS what we just got put in law…an elected school board…this is to weaken the school board. No way…these are HOPEFULLY a voice of the people. No appointments by the governor! The feds are trying to sneak up our pants leg.

 

https://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/2017/03/07/summit-to-discuss-abolishing-locally-elected-school-boards-pro-common-core-gsv-asu-summit-in-salt-lake-city/

 

Last may, SLC hosted an education technology summit where the elimination of school boards was part of the host organization’s agenda.

 

And here is another post from said group:

Read the question at the top. This is 8th grade history at my son’s school. He had to memorize the preamble. It’s always good to look over what your kids are learning about so you can counteract at home as a family and teach things correctly.

Constitution lies

 

And here are some replies to said post:

What school and what is the name of the book?

 

Yes, I know. I was taught that way and my husband too. But I had parents that taught me at home differently about our constitution. Just need to keep up on it and do the the same for my kids. Because of this “living document” idea, we now know why our country is in trouble.

 

 

“Living Document?” ha ha. Wow!

 

And yet another post from said group:

My son just sent me a text. He is in 9th grade and they are in the middle of sage testing which he is opted out on. He is the only one in his Biology class opted out. His teacher wasn’t too happy about creating a new test for him by the way. His text reads today. “Turns out I have a final on Monday and Tuesday in Biology. The sage is to prepare them to take this test. People who take the sage, if they get a good grade, can keep that score and when they take the final, if they do poorly than they can use their sage score instead.” MY QUESTION: Is this right? My kid is struggling in this class already. So, these students get two tries and he gets one. Is that right?

 

And here are some replies to said post:

It’s my understanding that there can be no rewards or punishments associated with such tests, and this is clearly rewarding the other kids and punishing him. He should get two tries as well WITHOUT the first try being Sage, and all should be equally accountable for taking and being graded on the final.

 

They can hand him the sage test printed out to take HOME then…to study the questions….

 

Parents should be able to SEE this test in the first place.

 

the teacher can’t do that. that’s giving an advantage to students who take the SAGE test.

UT law: “9(c)(iii) An LEA [school]: may not reward a student for taking an assessment”

https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title53G/Chapter6/53G-6-S803.html?v=C53G-6-S803_2018012420180124

 

State Board Rule: “(1)(3)(b): an LEA may not impose an adverse consequence on a child as a result of the exercise of rights under this provision.”
“(9) An LEA may not reward a student for taking a state required assessment.”

https://rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r277/r277-404.htm#T7

 

that’s a lot of info, but i think if you printed out the Testing Ethics Policy, highlighted those areas to show the teacher & then told them that it’s backed up by current state law & State Board Rule (which you can provide proof, if they need it), you should be covered! 🙂

 

Update: Our principal received this yesterday at 1pm. Hopefully you can read this on this red paper but he is telling me the law has just changed.  A student may take the sage assessment and the end-of-course test and the student may choose the higher score. If they ace the sage test they can also decide not to take the final at all. A student opted out takes comparable end of course test only. 😡 I explained to him that this is an unfair advantage! They get two tries and my kid gets one. His answer was that this is the new state rule and we have to stick to that. He also offered that most teachers, and I am dealing with a difficult one (tenure ring any bells?) might make an accommodation for my student to retake the test if they do poorly. Seriously.

red paper

 

okay, i found it on the State Board’s website, but i don’t believe it’s finalized yet. it hasn’t been published yet, that i could find. it was under “Rules Under Consideration: Board Committee Report and Board Review”.

https://schools.utah.gov/…/administrati…/committeereport

https://schools.utah.gov/…/2b06719b-cfe5-405d-a48c…

we can appeal this, but we’ll need a lot of people willing to do that.

 

no laws have changed, i know that for certain. i got the state rule directly off of the State Board’s website. i will look in one more place when i get back home, but i don’t remember the wording changing that dramatically.

 

Well this is interesting then. Ok… it is not state legislated. BUT it has been handed down by Utah State Board of Education. STILL… they get two tries and opted out students get one. What do I do here? Can I force the issue? To me, this is discrimination.

 

AND…. the rule is handed down the DAY THEY START TESTING. Seriously.

 

I was told today by a honors math teach in Cache that they passed a change that allows teachers to count the SAGE on grades. GRRRRR….

 

I’ve heard that from a couple people! they’re wrong. the SAGE cannot count on grades. it sounds like they are twisting the rule to fit what they’ve wanted all along. the State law still stands:

“(4) A student’s score on the standards assessment adopted under Subsection (2) may NOT be considered in determining:
(a) the student’s academic grade for a course; or
(b) whether the student may advance to the next grade level.”
https://le.utah.gov/…/Title53E/Chapter4/53E-4-S303.html…

we need to request a Public Hearing to get this rule change reversed (see page 8): https://schools.utah.gov/…/2b06719b-cfe5-405d-a48c…

 

Exactly! That is what I was thinking. My son is at Ridgeline. Accommodate a parent’s request but it is NOT the rule. Right?

 

My daughter goes to Ridgeline too. I went the rounds last year with a biology teacher. Now the honors math teacher is telling my daughter this nonsense today.

 

has that been added recently about parents being able to request?

 

yes, it looks like it was just approved in January’s meeting. i’m still researching to find out when it goes into effect, but i know that it must be published first (& it hasn’t been) & there is a time period where rules can be appealed if a Public Hearing is requested.

 

I feel like I need to go back in there tomorrow. I had all this info but couldn’t get it printed by the time I went in to the office.[Name Withheld] did you get the email? I got that because I work as a teacher in an elementary school. I’m a music teacher. The principal was going to call the district to let them know that they needed to inform the parents of this new change. I was just taken back because I feel like… wait, what? When did this happen and how convenient it hits now as they start testing.

 

did, thank you! they are jumping the gun & they are not interpreting the rule correctly.

 

I talked to the district last year – they were soooo confused and they didn’t believe me when I tried to tell them what the law said, but I FINALLY got them to call the state board. Then they had to call the principal (because he also didn’t believe me, despite the fact that I had all the documentation for him to look at.) and set him straight.

 

reading this, i believe this is why the rule is not finalized yet. they shouldn’t be able to implement it yet because it hasn’t gone through a public comment period (plus, they are implementing it incorrectly).

https://www.schools.utah.gov/…/da9331c4-fb46-483b-b102…

 

So do we know if it has gone public? Sounds like, no. I know the principal called the district and told them they should be letting parents know. I wont be the only one raising eyebrows here. So… what do we do? Where do we go with this? A hearing has to be requested within a week? Who does that? How? This really is all out of my league and I am not sure what to do with this.

 

I would have a discussion with the teacher and/or the principal, I would ask that since the other students get to take the higher of the two tests, that your child be given the opportunity to take a second test or retake the first test taking the higher score of the two.

 

I have come to the teachers using the angle that the SAGE is a waist of my child’s learning time. He can use the time to learn more. The teachers and principal seem to agree with that especially on subjects he is lacking in. I also let them know Im happy to provide the work he can do during testing, Im also happy to come to the school and teach him if needed. They are always surprised. Im not sending my kids to school for day care, believe it or not I expect them to actually learn something that will help them contribute to society, not learn how to take a test.

 

There has been a problem with how the rule was interpreted by some staff and subsequent information that was sent out to districts.

It will be discussed in Standards and Assessment committee in March.

This committee doesn’t have a strong presence of board members that fight for opt-out rights so please write and come express your concerns to the board.

 

 

In my opinion, the SAGE should not have bearing on their grades at all.

 

Here is a post from a friend of mine:

Ready… Why are schools tinder boxes? Multiple posts pointing out a common thread. A social justice practice dealing with Bullying – Progressive-liberal policies known as “Restorative Justice”—> NO discipline.

I’ve called it kumbaya circles that endanger students and staff. THIS is the public school solution to bullying. It is NOT working. Parkland was awarded accolades for best implementation of Restorative Justice in Florida…

No consequences. No discipline. No suspensions. No expulsions. Why? Schools ratings are determined by reports to outside agencies AND THIS progressives claim discipline is the driving force of the “Schools to Prison pipeline.”
Here we go…

1. The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights went into Durham Public Schools in 2013. For three years, suspensions dropped. Then in year 4, they spiked. So did violence. heraldsun.com/news/local/cou… 1/x

2. We’ve seen from other investigations that the disorder and violence in schools does not matter to OCR investigators. At least in OKC, they admitted they never talked to teachers. Who knows if they looked at the awful teacher surveys and comments.

3. These investigations are often totally secret. I rarely see news coverage of even the fact that they’re occurring. In Milwaukee, not even the school board knew they were under investigation for 3.5 years. jsonline.com/story/news/edu… 3/x

4. OCR forced Milwaukee to overhaul its school discipline policies. The district has kept student surveys secret, but man, this certainly doesn’t look good. For this massive fight, the students “face *potential* suspensions.”

5. The the wake of Parkland, there’s been a whole lot of debate on gun policy. Virtually none on discipline policy. Perhaps worth more debate. As @washingtonpost noted, Broward County embraced restorative justice and dramatically decreased police referrals

6. However, it is worth noting that OCR went into New Rochelle NY and forced them to change their discipline policy. Last month, three students were stabbed in one week and Valeree Schwab was killed with a steak knife. No mention of OCR in public forums. nypost.com/2018/01/30/fat….

7. Two more deaths in schools that embraced Restorative Justice. Matthew McCree in Urban Assembly (NYC) and Joevon Smith in Ballou (DC). I only know the full story of one of them. Someone should look into Smith’s death. nytimes.com/2017/09/29/nyr…;

Sure there’s more…

 

Here is a post from the anti-competency based education group:

“Our friend Pavel Luksha, founder Global Education Futures and professor at Moscow School of Management, has a new report out on what graduates should know and be able to do. Skills of the Future: How to Thrive in the Complex New World was developed with WorldSkills Russia during sessions of the Atlas of Emerging Jobs project. The report is a thoughtful review of global trends, changes in work and concludes with implications for education.”

http://www.gettingsmart.com/2018/01/skills-of-the-future-how-to-thrive-in-the-complex-new-world/

 

Here is a post from a North Dakota anti-Common Core group and, based on some other  posts, appears to be about a California bill:

On March 19th, AB2756, the anti-homeschooling, 4th Amendment violating, piece of legislation will see it’s 31st day in print and begin it’s journey through the legislative process. Please join us for protest, fellowship and citizen lobbying as we register our opposition to this egregious overreach. Do you homeschool? This will be a fun, educational field trip for your kids. Don’t homeschool, but DO love the 4th Amendment and other civil liberties that our Constitution affords us? Please come and stand with us! We need you! ❤️ Details to be announced!

 

And another post from said group:

Hmmmm………??? Superintendents must…………???
Is there a reason for the sudden retiring of ND school superintendents? ND superintendents MUST implement the new PBL (Project Based Learning) and the Personalized Computer Based Learning (also called Competency/Mastery/Proficiency Based Learning or now Blended Learning) and implement SEL (Social Emotional Learning) through mentoring and more. Teachers are starting to see they will be facilitators only…………???

http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Superintendent-search-is-on-in-ND-474652803.html

 

And here are some replies to said post:

Are you surprised? Baesler said she was going to force BAD Education (CCSS or whatever new name she is now calling CCSS) on all schools. Please take note of the Superintendents who are leaving. Those are the Superintendents who actually care about their students and cannot in good faith harm them with this nonsense.

 

West Fargo’s Flowers and Fargo’s Schatz have been big supporters of Common Core and anything else Baesler has put in place, while patronizing concerned parents and others who question the new initiatives.

 

The argument is STILL: “Is their any proof that CCSS is good for the children?” and What were the test results for the 2017 state test? Then tell them perhaps they should stop advocating FOR CCSS and Baesler until AFTER they get answers”.

 

Here is a post from an Arizona anti-Common Core group:

🚨 War on Recess 🚨

ASBA just sent the below URGENT ACTION ALERT urging all its members to oppose SB1083’s 2-recess minimum standard. Guess we have them worried. Who elects school board members? Whose interests do those members represent? Are students, parents, teachers in the mix at all?

http://www.ciclt.net/sn/gre2/oc.aspx?ClientCode=azsba&campid=SDF2PUXB0u

 

 

This article shows how DOJ, DOE, and ESSA racial, etc disciplinary quotas and regulations may contribute to making situations like the Parkland shooting more likely to happen:  http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/why-did-the-us-dept-of-justice-and-the-us-dept-of-education-craft-policies-dictating-local-state-policies/?utm_content=bufferbd8c2&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Here is a post from the Utah anti-Common Core group:

An adult contact at one of my children’s schools sent this photo to me today. Funny timing because my child called me because the teacher was making them take the sage test I opted them out of. The teacher told them it was a practice test so it didn’t matter.
I called the office. They didn’t have our opt out form. I was told I needed to meet with the principal to opt them out. When I said I’d already met with him at the beginning of the year, I was told to go to the office and fill out another form. *HUGE SIGH* Done venting..
Be aware the sage practice tests are “Live” sessions.

sneaky sage

 

And here are some replies to said post:

What about this MAPS testing? I have said no to any testing (aka data collection/mining) they say mandatory even for online kids! Nothing is Mandatory, except obeying the parents! Any one know about this test and it’s name?

 

You can opt out of ANY test.

 

I can’t tell you how many times the teachers have told my kids the practice tests don’t count…I DONT CARE IF THEY COUNT OR NOT, I OPTED THEM OUT. I get so tired of saying that.

 

What does it mean to be “Live” on the Sage portal?

 

I don’t know. My lamen’s understanding is probably not accurate so I am hoping one of our SAGE gurus here can help enlighten. “Live Test Sign In” words that made this straw get posted here from this camel’s back. 😉

 

My understanding is that live means they log on to the program and work online in a live, tracked environment. All the work is kept in their profile regardless of whether it “counts”.

 

*moma growl* sick and tired of their deceptions. How can kids be raised with integrity and respect if adults are not being honest and respectful. ( a little off subject but, you understand, I think )

 

Here is a post from an Illinois anti-Big Government forum.  From the context of the post and some replies, I’m guessing that the schools are in league with said Women’s March group:

The left (self proclaimed women’s march group)posting this… on our HS parents FB. The leftist poster….did not like the comments, so she disallowed commenting on her post. Im all for students debating subject..we can all
ponder ideas across spectrums to come up feasible solutions…but blowing off school…is not the way!

https://womensmarchslo.com/enough-national-school-walkout-3-14-18/

 

Here is a post from the anti-Competency Based Education group:

I saw these two articles within minutes of each other. One was tweeted from Tom Vander Ark on Getting Smart. The other was through Google alerts on social impact bonds:

We see evidence of it taking place, you see the latter from Larry Fink CEO of Black Rock, from the company portfolio, $6.3 trillion worth of investment, saying that he expects CEOs to deliver positive impact socially and environmentally as well as financial return. That needs to translate into allocations from portfolios to impact investment, allocations from pension funds, from insurance companies and from mutual funds from high network individuals and in a way that is a process which has already started to become visible so the Ford Foundation made a billion dollar allocation from its endowment to investing in impact.

When you look at the business plan for India impact fund of funds, we work PwC, we work with UNSIF (United Nations SDG Impact Finance) and again Nishith Desai and associates to create those and we are happy to let you know that Sir Ronald has secured some of the leading leaders on board.

http://businessworld.in/…/In-Impact-Inves…/26-02-2018-141792

“To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society,” said BlackRock CEO Larry Fink in a letter to CEOs. “Companies must benefit all of their stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers, and the communities in which they operate.”
With more than $6 trillion in assets under management, BlackRock is the largest investment management firm. It is remarkable, then, that the head of the world’s biggest investment service told CEOs to stop fixating on quarterly profits and focus on total impact.

PWC said there’s a significant opportunity to change the way we all do business using the momentum of the Millennium Development Goals set by the UN.
Considering the Total Impact of Schools
Like CEOs chasing quarterly earnings per share targets, educators have been chasing point increases on reading and math tests–that’s what standards-based reforms seem to be asking for. This myopic focus has had negative consequences–less art, music, and recess in elementary grades; less applied and career education in high school.

http://www.gettingsmart.com/2018/02/total-impact-leadership-in-business-and-education/

 

San Diego State University has a course on how to get Trump impeached from office:  https://dmlnews.com/university-offers-class-focused-booting-trump-office/

 

Here is a post from Alice Linaham from Women on the Wall:

“In the rush to “do something” to respond to the horrific and tragic Parkland shooting in Florida, a Florida Senate committee considered bills on Monday that greatly expand mental screening and profiling of students, “harden” security at schools, fund more school resource officers, and arm teachers and others that volunteer and undergo extensive training and criminal background checks as well as a psychiatric evaluation. These were recommendations that came from three task forces put together by Governor Rick Scott that met last week.

The gun control debate and proposal to arm teachers dominated the discussion while the very dangerous and problematic mental health proposals went through unnoticed. These proposals include:

https://thenationalpulse.com/commentary/turning-teachers-psychotherapists-will-not-prevent-school-shootings/

 

Here is a post from a New York anti-Common Core group:

Told ya. Opting out WILL count as ZERO.
And years ago I said it will affect property values…
It will.

http://www.whec.com/news/opt-out-tests-to-count-as-failing/4806824/?cat=565

 

And here are some replies to said post:

So a score of zero for the test will now be part of a student’s record? The ones who opt out?

 

Used to be 999 or no score. Now it’s a ZERO.

 

Does this affect all states? And how soon will it take effect? This year?

 

It’s in ESSA – we warned this was gonna happen. It’s the accountability competent. TESTING IS THE GLUE FOR common core er, I mean colleg and career STANDARDS. STATES SUBMITTED PLANS.

But, Opt Out leaders claimed it wasn’t true.
Well…It is true.

Caveat, in NY they submitted two plans for accountability (one for districts and the other for Feds er, State) to “accommodate” for opt outs. Feds didn’t like it and scores for opt outs will be ZERO.

NYS some claim;
1. In district – opt out would be not scored/counted. So opt out leaders *claim* a 1 is only for FEDERAL record keeping. Mmmhmmm. Sure it is.

 

So private schools without attachment to ESSA funding and homeschooling is the only way to avoid this on a record then, right?
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As far as I can see, yeah
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Ok, I will be on the lookout for it on my kids’ records. This will make college applications so much fun. *eyeroll*
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check with your district and State accountability plans submitted. That said its in the Federal law and schools will meet 95%.

Why not have middle schoolers color in smiley faces and skew data internally and give em 100% participation. If entire 6,7,8 graders failed then what?

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I have a friend who told her kids to answer ‘D’ for every question.
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that’s what we were sayin a few years ago and got slammed for suggesting it.
Geometric design, all “D” or smiley faces who cares…
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The ‘opt out/refuse’ routine has gone on too long. I ‘opted out’ my daughter from the 2014 PARCC field test, and my other one since then. And how much has the movement grown and to what end??? Too many parents rolled over and played dead on the matter, giving the government time to find a way to make it personally unfavorable for parents to opt out/refuse. What a shame. We are being steamrolled because of our own inaction.
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Yep #OptOutisDead and has been at least two years.
Changed nothing either. Couple days opting out in spring testing is not a “movement” never was. A few headlines and now it’s the annual thang to do…or was. Shame alright.
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Opt out anyway. It’s time we fought this at least as hard as the elites fight to try and push gun control and President Trump. They are staging college protests and student and teacher walkouts. What are we doing?
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I absolutely agree. It’s just a shame that ‘by now’ parents don’t see where this is headed. What are they waiting for before they start to take action??? I don’t know….
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It was always a matter of time.
Ruthless ba$tards.
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“A matter of time” at the expense of the children’s futures. My town’s district had a very noticible ‘alignment’ to CC in 2012. That’s when I wondered, ‘what the heck is going on?’ I know my youngest daughter didn’t receive the same education as her siblings because since she didn’t receive the same foundation as they did, what could her teachers have ‘built on?’ That was SIX YEARS AGO!! How many students have followed?? All without a good foundation. The uprising WILL come, but what will be the damage by the time it does???
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We are in same boat! We gave had five children & oldest four are in mid to late 20’s and our youngest in 7th grade(same district )however from the time we had youngest son start kindergarten and definitely by first grade we saw lack of “true”learning & teaching! Teachers were out of classroom more for “lessons and learning to cc standards and grading these horrendous tests! We sat down with principal as well as superintendent and spoke out to the nonsense of kids taking tests on computers or laptops for gym class for one then taking away recess time or limiting recess time outside depending on grade level. Elementary school was he’ll fir our youngest when it should have been great joy as it was for our oldest children with so many fond memories! To make matters worse our district k-12 was fully implementation of IB!!!it’s like cc on steroids!
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I thank God that at least mine were out of elementary school (in 2012) by the time I learned what was going on. My heart breaks for parents with young ones and who understand the situation…there’s no ‘faking it’ for them. It will be a hard road.
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We have refused all the nys testing and fought hard each year from 3rd through 6th grade in refusing out. What should parents do now? I taught at home during these days but now at middleschool (our district has elementary from k-6th )not sure what this will mean for parents/ kids who refuse out.
This whole situation stinks!
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“In God We Trust” was removed from a Wisconsin classroom after an atheist complained:  https://www.toddstarnes.com/faith/god-trust-removed-classroom-atheist-parent-complains/
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Here is a post that I found on a conservative FB group page:

Mira Loma High School and Churchill Middles School Students in Sacramento are planning a walkout tomorrow. I have seen that there are huge efforts to get kids to walk out March 14th and I hear it is being pushed nationwide.
I also got an email from “move on” talking about how they have the NRA on the Ropes and to get your kid to participate in the walkouts planned tomorrow. This has gone on far enough!
I told my girls that unless they can accurately explain why the 2nd amendment was put in the constitution they couldn’t participate. And why this walkout will make a change? They couldn’t. They were doing it because others told them they needed to.

2 things this is an unapproved absence and is cutting class.
Both are suspension worthy events in my book.( and cause for severe grounding in my house)

Better ask your student if they are going to blindly follow or lead….

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And here are some replies to said post:

Dear MoveOn member,
The roof is caving in on the NRA.
Last week, in less than three days, 16 major corporations broke their ties to the NRA. United Airlines. Delta. Enterprise Rent-a-Car. MetLife Insurance. North American Van Lines. Simplisafe Home Security. They all said “enough” and canceled their deals with the NRA.1
Some Republican governors and members of Congress are finally standing up to the NRA as well, with new supporters coming out in favor of everything from an assault weapons ban to universal background checks and raising the age limit on gun purchases.2,3
The backlash against the NRA is growing, and the next big moment to turn up the pressure is the wave of student-led marches and walkouts scheduled for this March and April. MoveOn is committed to helping make these events as big as possible by mobilizing our millions of members nationwide, promoting the marches to our social media audience, elevating the voices of the student leaders at the marches, and more—while continuing to exert direct pressure on companies and investing in community organizations fighting against gun violence.
Will you chip in $3 to our campaign to support the student-led protests, challenge the NRA, and fight the epidemic of gun violence?
Yes, I’ll chip in right now.
The true impact of all the corporations abandoning the NRA isn’t just a public relations embarrassment for the gun lobby. It goes to the heart of their ability to recruit and retain members, and it’s why they lashed out at their former corporate partners this weekend, accusing them of “political and civic cowardice.”4
Right on the organization’s own website, the #2 reason why they say people should join the NRA is for member discounts on everything from hotels to insurance.5 So much for that.
The #BoycottTheNRA movement isn’t finished either. Because of the sustained pressure, Wall Street firms and pension funds are now looking at divestment from the gun industry.6 Pressure is rising on online services like Amazon to stop streaming NRATV.
The brave high school students in Parkland sparked the backlash that’s now making it possible to finally take action on gun safety in state capitols all over the country—and even in Washington, D.C.
Now it’s up to all of us to keep it going. Over the coming weeks, marches and walkouts are being held in Washington, D.C., and at high schools all over the country.
MoveOn members have a history of confronting the NRA with grassroots activism—and winning. In 2015, after the massacre in Oregon, we organized tens of thousands of “gun owners for gun control” and brought a cohort of this group to D.C. MoveOn members were on stage with President Obama when he signed his most significant executive action against gun violence. After the Las Vegas massacre, we helped pressure the Democratic Party to officially reject funds from gun manufacturers and their lobbyists. And after the violence in Virginia, we endorsed a slate of candidates who supported sensible gun laws—and who beat NRA-backed candidates up and down the ballot.
The myth of NRA invincibility is just that—a myth. And if we can prove that members of Congress and other elected officials can stand up to the NRA and gain political support, it will be the beginning of the end of the gun lobby’s chokehold on American politics.
MoveOn is committed to doing whatever it takes to take down the NRA and prevent the next tragic mass shooting. Are you with us?
Yes, I’ll chip in $3.
Thanks for all you do.
–Michael, Emily, Stephen, Jackie, and the rest of the team
Sources:
1. “A List of the Companies Cutting Ties With the NRA,” The New York Times, February 24, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/34293?t=4…
2. “NRA battles Florida Republicans over gun crackdown,” Politico, February 26, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/34294?t=6…
3. “I’m Republican. I Appreciate Assault Weapons. And I Support a Ban.” The New York Times, February 23, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/34295?t=8…
4. “NRA lashes out at boycott movement as United, Delta and other corporations cut ties,” The Washington Post, February 25, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/34296?t=10…
5. “Five Reasons You (And Your Friends) Should Join the NRA Today,” NRA Family, May 4, 2016
https://act.moveon.org/go/34297?t=12…
6. “Wall Street May Be Rethinking Their Relationship With Guns,” Bloomberg, February 22, 2018
>https://act.moveon.org/go/34298?t=14…

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nvolving my kids is piss8ng me off
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They stole the walk out protests from the old Chicano movement of the 60s, back then they used to walk out to go to work with their parents because the counties were trying to get rid of migrant workers, it was actually an admirable movement for Hispanos and Spanish American folks, but this? This is just bullshit…. this has no merit… the kids aren’t walking out to work with their parents they are walking out to cause problems and break car windows and run through shopping malls… that just makes me want to buy another gun honestly or more ammo, to protect myself if they try to break the windows on my new car

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The only problem is if half their class gets up the teacher has to make them get up to chase the morons going to play in traffic (which is going to ad to the “protester” numbers on the news).

 

To all parent’s who love thier children…
It was lack of gun’s that allowed a shooter the freedom to kill 17 student’s.
The liberal walk out is way above the understanding of these kid’s the nwo uses the weak, dumbed down & the naive .
Educate your children on a simple fact when a bad person is the only one with a gun your dead.

 

Yep, my kids charter school are actually having a project and it’s this whole thing and to get full credit has to do about 8 things but also walk out on Mar 14. A mandatory walk out. My husband and I spoke to the director, charter school. I also said I didn’t want my children to participate but also requested to know what is planned for supervision for my children for 19 mins.

Oh and they said teachers and parents also can walk out too.

 

Here is a post from a Georgia anti-Common Core group:

I’m volunteering at My sons high school today and they have an immigration lawyer and the Spanish classes in the library discussing DACA with the kids.is that politicizing the Spanish class?

 

Here is a post from a friend of mine:

Are you kidding me?! According to the New York Daily News, New York Mayor Bill De Blasio has hired Miami Dade’s former school head Alberto Carvalho to be the New York School Chancellor.

This will NOT end well. New York parents likely have no idea who their mayor just hired.

In 2013 an investigation into the Miami-Dade School Police Department (M-DSPD) uncovered several police officers, and School Resource Officers, admitting to breaking the law because they were instructed to do so by M-DSPD Police Chief Charles Hurley.

During the investigation, Chief Hurley admitted to giving the police officers instructions to hide criminal conduct by students, because of specific demands by School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.

Alberto Carvalho is a very well connected political figure among Democrats. [Carvalho also has a zipper problem] It was Carvalho’s program to use the police to inflate statistical improvements in schools that eventually led to neighboring Broward County doing the same thing in 2013.

Those policies directly led to the recent school shooting in Parkland.

New York – Mayor de Blasio has selected Miami Superintendent Alberto Carvalho — an illegal immigrant who rose to prominence and became a citizen in the process — to lead the city’s school system.

De Blasio will officially announce Carvalho, 53, on Thursday as his chancellor pick to run the nation’s largest school system, City Hall spokesman Eric Phillips said.

Carvalho was born in Portugal to a working-class family and came to the United States in the early 1980s as an undocumented immigrant.

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/02/28/new-york-mayor-de-blasio-hires-massively-corrupt-miami-dade-school-superintendent-alberto-carvalho/

 

And here is another post from them, one that they shared from someone else:

To Deborah Leh, Ed.D.
Superintendent Wheatland Chili School District
13 Beckwith Avenue
Scottsville, NY 14546

2/28/2018

To: Superintendent & School Board, Wheatland Chili School District

First, let me sincerely thank you for your service to the generous taxpayers of Wheatland-Chili and to the parents and students of the Wheatland-Chili Central School District.

I am writing today to express my concern about the upcoming political rally scheduled for March 14th at many Schools. It is my understanding that the #EnoughWalkout is a student led initiative and will be sanctioned/endorsed by school administrators and board leadership. It is also my understanding that this event will occur at school facilities, during official school hours. I have been informed that parents (who will be notified) have been prohibited from attendance at or involvement in the planning/execution of this event.

My concern rests initially in the blatant political nature of the #Enough Walkout which has been organized nationally by adults. The #Enough website is hosted at www.womensmarch.com
and it’s organizers are exclusively adults with very clear political ambitions, primarily social justice through gun control legislation at the national and local level.
They are funded and endorsed by a specific political party and large political organizations. It is incumbent upon the leaders at WCCS to protect all children from political exploitation and potential coercion at any level.
Using children to promote a legislative agenda is wrong. Furthermore, the safety of children who have opposing political views on gun control should be considered, respected and represented.

In addition, there have been reports nationwide of ‘student-led’ walkouts that have resulted in violence, intimidation and arrest. In California, five students were arrested at a walkout for assault and destruction of private property.
A student led CNN Town Hall event descended into chaos with slanderous attacks on 2nd Amendment advocates as ‘baby killers’ with ‘blood on their hands’. Some of the speakers had to be escorted out of the building due to threats and intimidation. Gun control is a polarizing political debate nationwide and to infuse this debate with emotion and anger is potentially dangerous for students. WCCS‘s first responsibility is to provide for the safety of all students.

Lastly, I am grieved by the insistence that parents be prohibited from planning, participating or even monitoring this event to provide for the safety of their own individual children. Multiple Supreme Court decisions have affirmed that it is the natural right of every parent to control the education and upbringing of their children. This liberty is central to our free society. The concept of representative democracy should be respected by WCCS Administrators and The School Board, with a commitment to respecting and affirming parental authority.

I am formally requesting that the WCCS School Board host a special meeting to inform parents and the community about the specifics of this scheduled event and answer pertinent questions about who the real organizers are of this event and the content. If this cannot be arranged prior to the March 14th event I would recommend postponing the sanctioned walk out and working with parents to arrange an alternate event on a different date.

I share your belief that WCCS students deserve an outlet for grief and discussion in relation to the horrific violence perpetrated upon innocent students in Florida. This is an amazing opportunity to address those issues as a community with parents, teachers and students working together to make our community peaceful and safe.

I look forward to further correspondence on this matter and thank you again for your tireless service to our community.

Thank you.

[Info withheld[

 

And yet another post:

The correct interpretation of the *law* based on “sex” discrimination, didn’t include redefining to “gender.” Via a *guidance* letter.

In reply to this post from the New York Department of Education:

New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today vehemently objected to the recent decision by the federal Department of Education to no longer investigate civil rights complaints from transgender students regarding access to bathroom facilities. In a letter sent today, the Attorney General and Commissioner reminded school districts across New York State that – irrespective of the federal government’s decision – they have independent duties under federal and state law to protect transgender students from discrimination and harassment in their schools and at all school functions.

The federal government’s announcement earlier this month is just the latest action to further diminish civil rights protections for transgender students and follows the February 2017 decision by President Trump and the federal Departments of Education and Justice to rescind guidance that clarified federal legal protections for transgender students.

“Given recent events and changes in priorities under the Trump administration, as parents, educators and leaders of state agencies we must all work together to protect all the children in our schools,” said State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. “It is appalling to see the federal government refuse to investigate these important civil rights complaints from transgender youth, who are valued members of our schools and communities across New York State. No child should endure harassment or discrimination and we must create learning environments that are safe and welcoming for all. Statistics show that transgender youth are particularly at risk, with more than half of these students attempting suicide at least once by their 20th birthday. We need to offer further support to these children and not turn our backs on those most in need. The guidance we have developed with Attorney General Schneiderman and our partners places an emphasis on respecting all students and all people.”

“Over and over again, the Trump administration has made clear its disdain for the basic rights of transgender Americans,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “Regardless of what happens in Washington, the law remains the law in New York — and school districts have independent duties to protect transgender students from discrimination and harassment when they go to school. My office will continue to use every tool at our disposal to ensure that transgender kids are safe in their schools and are provided equal access to all programming and facilities consistent with their gender identity.”

Read the letter to school districts here: http://bit.ly/2FEuemN

Read the news release for more information and guidance: http://bit.ly/2otBj2c

 

I saw this post posted on the page of my friend’s  (same one as above) page (she is from New York):

My boy’s 8th grade teacher turned yesterday’s class into a gun control lecture. She told the kids they could dump their 2 weeks of hard work on a current assignment if they instead wished to write a letter supporting gun control.
Sounds like yet another an easy A+ to me. 😡

 

Here is a post from an anti-Common Core group:

“Have you ever had an issue you were really passionate about but felt like you had to tiptoe around, so as not to upset a bunch of people?

For me, that issue is public education.

To be sure, I’ve certainly tackled the issue more than a few times here on my blog, but I’ve always held back just a bit because I didn’t want to make anyone mad. (Although a few people always seem to get irritated, anyway.)

Well, I’ve decided that I’m not going to hold back any longer.

Several times a year, several times a month, perhaps, I’ll come across an article somewhere, or a letter to the editor, or even enter into a conversation about what needs to be done to fix our nation’s schools. The problem is that most people don’t realize the real root of this problem, and that is…

Our schools are never going to be fixed because they’re already doing what they were intended to from the beginning.

And therein lies the problem.

Schooling vs Education

You see, most people don’t realize that the public education system was never designed to educate in the first place. It was set in place as a means to train obedient citizens (think of it as a giant social engineering experiment) and future factory workers.

Consider this quote by John D. Rockefeller, philanthropist and one of the masterminds behind compulsory schooling:

“I don’t want a nation of thinkers, I want a nation of workers.”

Or this quote by John T. Gates, advisor to John Rockefeller and founder of Rockefeller Foundation, Rockefeller University, General Education Board:

“We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or of science. We are not to raise up among them authors, orators, poets, or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians. Nor will we cherish even the humbler ambition to raise up from among them lawyers, doctors, preachers, statesmen, of whom we now have ample supply.”

Truth be told, I could go on and on with quotes like these, but here’s the gist of it:

Schooling and education are two different things.

Education is about exploration and learning how to think.

Schooling (which is what our public schools are a part of) is about training and teaching children what to think.

Someone who is being educated will be told, “Do some research on this topic. Study the evidence, weigh both sides, and make an informed conclusion.”

Someone who is being schooled is told, “This is how it is because scientists, historians, and other people who are smarter than you have already figured it out. There’s no need to look into it further.”

Now before I feel the wrath of teachers everywhere, let me just say that I am not suggesting for one minute that teachers are knowingly a part of this. I have nothing but respect for the teachers who are out there “in the trenches” every day. I am fully aware that, in essence, they are doing what they were trained to do, that many of them genuinely love their students, and that even if they sense that something is wrong with all this, their hands are tied.

I get it. So this isn’t directed at educators – at all.

I’m just trying to open your eyes.

Indoctrination

Make no mistake about it, public school students are being indoctrinated every single day. You may assume a child’s lessons and assignments are about academics, and they are on the surface, but that isn’t all.

One of the goals of the public education system is to shape a child’s morals and character, and those views are built in to every worksheet, every quiz, every textbook, and you can bet it’s a major part of Common Core.

(Warning: Graphic example…Last week a friend from my church called the superintendent of her grandson’s school district because he came home with a psychology quiz which included a question about whether or not beverages will affect the taste of semen. When she confronted the superintendent, he actually had the nerve to say that that textbook was approved by the school board, and he didn’t have time to read every page of every textbook.)

It’s about politics. It’s about political correctness. It’s about teaching children to submit to authority in all circumstances.

Separation of Families

In the past, I’ve written about the possibility that compulsory schooling has contributed to the breakdown of the family, and I still feel firmly that this is the case.

I find it ironic that one of the “reasons” compulsory schooling was instituted was because of child labor laws. So…they took children out of factories and put them in a different kind of factory, only now they’re forced to do it by law, and they don’t get paid for it.

Huh??

Then, after children are in this factory school setting all day, very possibly followed by “voluntary” after-school programs, they are expected to come home and complete two hours of homework and often help with household chores.

And we wonder why the family unit is weak??

Wrapping It Up

Suffice it to say, all of these things are done by government-run schools on purpose. Their main goals are to train a populace that is unable to think on its own, is easily influenced, is willing to work for very little, embraces a moral code that makes it easiest for them to control, and has no real ties to their families.

Looking around me today, I think our schools are without a doubt doing what they were intended to do. Worrying about how to save them won’t get us anywhere because, let’s face it –

Schools aren’t broken. We are. And it’s because of them.

“School is a twelve-year jail sentence where bad habits are the only curriculum truly learned. I teach school and win awards doing it. I should know.”
― John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling”

https://redheadmom8.wordpress.com/2018/02/22/public-education/

 

Here is the another post that was shared in said group:

“I cannot tell you that Hitler took Austria by tanks and guns; it would distort history.

If you remember the plot of the Sound of Music, the Von Trapp family escaped over the Alps rather than submit to the Nazis. Kitty wasn’t so lucky. Her family chose to stay in her native Austria. She was 10 years old, but bright and aware. And she was watching.

“We elected him by a landslide – 98 percent of the vote,” she recalls.

She wasn’t old enough to vote in 1938 – approaching her 11th birthday. But she remembers.

“Everyone thinks that Hitler just rolled in with his tanks and took Austria by force.”

No so.

Hitler is welcomed to Austria

“In 1938, Austria was in deep Depression. Nearly one-third of our workforce was unemployed. We had 25 percent inflation and 25 percent bank loan interest rates.

Farmers and business people were declaring bankruptcy daily. Young people were going from house to house begging for food. Not that they didn’t want to work; there simply weren’t any jobs.

“My mother was a Christian woman and believed in helping people in need. Every day we cooked a big kettle of soup and baked bread to feed those poor, hungry people – about 30 daily.’

“We looked to our neighbor on the north, Germany, where Hitler had been in power since 1933.” she recalls. “We had been told that they didn’t have unemployment or crime, and they had a high standard of living.

“Nothing was ever said about persecution of any group – Jewish or otherwise. We were led to believe that everyone in Germany was happy. We wanted the same way of life in Austria. We were promised that a vote for Hitler would mean the end of unemployment and help for the family. Hitler also said that businesses would be assisted, and farmers would get their farms back.

“Ninety-eight percent of the population voted to annex Austria to Germany and have Hitler for our ruler.

“We were overjoyed,” remembers Kitty, “and for three days we danced in the streets and had candlelight parades. The new government opened up big field kitchens and
everyone was fed.

“After the election, German officials were appointed, and, like a miracle, we suddenly had law and order. Three or four weeks later, everyone was employed. The government made sure that a lot of work was created through the Public Work Service.

“Hitler decided we should have equal rights for women. Before this, it was a custom that married Austrian women did not work outside the home. An able-bodied husband would be looked down on if he couldn’t support his family. Many women in the teaching profession were elated that they could retain the jobs they previously had been required to give up for marriage.

“Then we lost religious education for kids

“Our education was nationalized. I attended a very good public school.. The population was predominantly Catholic, so we had religion in our schools. The day we elected Hitler (March 13, 1938), I walked into my schoolroom to find the crucifix replaced by Hitler’s picture hanging next to a Nazi flag. Our teacher, a very devout woman, stood up and told the class we wouldn’t pray or have religion anymore. Instead, we sang ‘Deutschland, Deutschland, Uber Alles,’ and had physical education.

“Sunday became National Youth Day with compulsory attendance. Parents were not pleased about the sudden change in curriculum. They were told that if they did not send us, they would receive a stiff letter of warning the first time. The second time they would be fined the equivalent of $300, and the third time they would be subject to jail.”

And then things got worse.

“The first two hours consisted of political indoctrination. The rest of the day we had sports. As time went along, we loved it. Oh, we had so much fun and got our sports equipment free.

“We would go home and gleefully tell our parents about the wonderful time we had.

“My mother was very unhappy,” remembers Kitty. “When the next term started, she took me out of public school and put me in a convent. I told her she couldn’t do that and she told me that someday when I grew up, I would be grateful. There was a very good curriculum, but hardly any fun – no sports, and no political indoctrination.

“I hated it at first but felt I could tolerate it. Every once in a while, on holidays, I went home. I would go back to my old friends and ask what was going on and what they were doing.

“Their loose lifestyle was very alarming to me. They lived without religion. By that time, unwed mothers were glorified for having a baby for Hitler.

“It seemed strange to me that our society changed so suddenly. As time went along, I realized what a great deed my mother did so that I wasn’t exposed to that kind of humanistic philosophy.

“In 1939, the war started, and a food bank was established. All food was rationed and could only be purchased using food stamps. At the same time, a full-employment law was passed which meant if you didn’t work, you didn’t get a ration card, and, if you didn’t have a card, you starved to death.

“Women who stayed home to raise their families didn’t have any marketable skills and often had to take jobs more suited for men.

“Soon after this, the draft was implemented.

“It was compulsory for young people, male and female, to give one year to the labor corps,” remembers Kitty. “During the day, the girls worked on the farms, and at night they returned to their barracks for military training just like the boys.

“They were trained to be anti-aircraft gunners and participated in the signal corps. After the labor corps, they were not discharged but were used in the front lines.

“When I go back to Austria to visit my family and friends, most of these women are emotional cripples because they just were not equipped to handle the horrors of combat.

“Three months before I turned 18, I was severely injured in an air raid attack. I nearly had a leg amputated, so I was spared having to go into the labor corps and into military service.

“When the mothers had to go out into the work force, the government immediately established child care centers.

“You could take your children ages four weeks old to school age and leave them there around-the-clock, seven days a week, under the total care of the government.

“The state raised a whole generation of children. There were no motherly women to take care of the children, just people highly trained in child psychology. By this time, no one talked about equal rights. We knew we had been had.

“Before Hitler, we had very good medical care. Many American doctors trained at the University of Vienna..

“After Hitler, health care was socialized, free for everyone. Doctors were salaried by the government. The problem was, since it was free, the people were going to the doctors for everything.

“When the good doctor arrived at his office at 8 a.m., 40 people were already waiting and, at the same time, the hospitals were full.

“If you needed elective surgery, you had to wait a year or two for your turn. There was no money for research as it was poured into socialized medicine. Research at the medical schools literally stopped, so the best doctors left Austria and emigrated to other countries.

“As for healthcare, our tax rates went up to 80 percent of our income. Newlyweds immediately received a $1,000 loan from the government to establish a household. We had big programs for families.

“All day care and education were free. High schools were taken over by the government and college tuition was subsidized. Everyone was entitled to free handouts, such as food stamps, clothing, and housing.

“We had another agency designed to monitor business. My brother-in-law owned a restaurant that had square tables.

“Government officials told him he had to replace them with round tables because people might bump themselves on the corners. Then they said he had to have additional bathroom facilities. It was just a small dairy business with a snack bar. He couldn’t meet all the demands.

“Soon, he went out of business. If the government owned the large businesses and not many small ones existed, it could be in control.

“We had consumer protection, too

“We were told how to shop and what to buy. Free enterprise was essentially abolished. We had a planning agency specially designed for farmers. The agents would go to the farms, count the livestock, and then tell the farmers what to produce, and how to produce it.

“In 1944, I was a student teacher in a small village in the Alps. The villagers were surrounded by mountain passes which, in the winter, were closed off with snow, causing people to be isolated.

“So people intermarried and offspring were sometimes retarded. When I arrived, I was told there were 15 mentally retarded adults, but they were all useful and did good manual work.

“I knew one, named Vincent, very well. He was a janitor of the school. One day I looked out the window and saw Vincent and others getting into a van.

“I asked my superior where they were going. She said to an institution where the State Health Department would teach them a trade, and to read and write. The families were required to sign papers with a little clause that they could not visit for 6 months.

“They were told visits would interfere with the program and might cause homesickness.

“As time passed, letters started to dribble back saying these people died a natural, merciful death. The villagers were not fooled. We suspected what was happening. Those people left in excellent physical health and all died within 6 months. We called this euthanasia.

“Next came gun registration. People were getting injured by guns. Hitler said that the real way to catch criminals (we still had a few) was by matching serial numbers on guns. Most citizens were law-abiding and dutifully marched to the police station to register their firearms. Not long afterwards, the police said that it was best for everyone to turn in their guns. The authorities already knew who had them, so it was futile not to comply voluntarily.

“No more freedom of speech. Anyone who said something against the government was taken away. We knew many people who were arrested, not only Jews, but also priests and ministers who spoke up.

“Totalitarianism didn’t come quickly, it took 5 years from 1938 until 1943, to realize full dictatorship in Austria. Had it happened overnight, my countrymen would have fought to the last breath. Instead, we had creeping gradualism. Now, our only weapons were broom handles. The whole idea sounds almost unbelievable that the state, little by little eroded our freedom.”

“This is my eyewitness account.

“It’s true. Those of us who sailed past the Statue of Liberty came to a country of unbelievable freedom and opportunity.

“America is truly is the greatest country in the world. “Don’t let freedom slip away.

“After America, there is no place to go.”

Kitty Werthmann

 

Here is a post from the anti-Competency Based Education group:

Human capital management and the West Virginia teacher strike. IoT health interventions with financial penalties are surfacing. I’m sure it’s just the beginning. Maybe in the future kids will be docked $ on their ESA voucher if they refuse fit bits??? #Nudge #Biocapitalism “They implemented Go365, which is an app that I’m supposed to download on my phone, to track my steps, to earn points through this app. If I don’t earn enough points, and if I choose not to use the app, then I’m penalized $500 at the end of the year. People felt that was very invasive, to have to download that app and to be forced into turning over sensitive information.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/01/us/west-virginia-teachers-strike.html

 

Here is a post from an Ohio anti-Common Core group:

These Ohio colleges support truancy in the name of politicizing Ohio teens regarding our lawful Constitution 2nd Amendment rights. I sure hope they also support the National Sex Ed sit out day on April 23rd for pornography being taught in our kids classrooms.

Baldwin Wallace University, Case Western Reserve University, College of Wooster, Denison Univesrity, Kenyon College, Miami University, Oberlin College, Ohio State University, Ohio University, Ohio Wesleyan University, University of Akron, Universityt of Cincinnati, Wittenberg University, Xavier University.

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2018/02/ohio_colleges_support_peaceful.html

 

Here is another post from the anti-Competency Based Education group:

When I read articles about this a few years ago, I thought, “How ridiculous! That won’t happen in our school district.” Well, here we are about to enter high school next year and kids will be REQUIRED to wear a heart rate monitor in gym class. Has anyone had success in opting their children out of this? What questions should we be asking?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1Flej7_cpI&feature=youtu.be

 

Here is a post from the Ohio anti-Common Core group.  It appears that, like in Utah, there is an attempt to do away with the locally appointed Board of Education and to replace it with something more  centralized and less republican:

OHIO RESIDENTS. ….This takes away an ELECTED State Board of Education and gives it to ONE UNELECTED……contact your representatives. This needs to be stopped!

http://electsarahfowler.com/2018/02/24/update-hb512-action-still-needed-call-to-stop-cradle-to-career-legislation/

 

Here is a post from a pro-liberty FB group:

Please take the time today and write Central Bucks schooldistrict and ask them why they are allowing an ultra left group like Womens March.org bully our schools into having political marches and walkouts on Wednesday March 14th. Here is the letter I just sent to the superintendent, John J. Kopicki (jkopicki@cbsd.org) and others. ,

I am not in favor of Central Bucks allowing this political march and walk out to occur at our schools on Wednesday March 14th.. We must keep politics out of schools. The ultra left group Womens March has bullied our schools across the nation into approving and accepting a political walk out of students in many of our schools. This is unacceptable. School is a place to learn. It is not be a place to be indoctrinated by EITHER side of the political spectrum.

My daughter is a 9th grade student at Tamanend Middle School and I am very upset that she has to go through this nonsense at school. Kids today have enough pressures and decisions on themselves. We should not be adding more to their plate with political marches and walk outs where they have to chose sides.

I would like to know publicly, where Central Bucks stands on this matter and I would like to know why you are allowing this to happen in our schools.

Thank you and have a great day,

Click on this link to see how far left and dangerous this Womens March.org group really this

https://www.womensmarch.com/mission/

 

Here is a post that was shared in an Ohio anti-Common Core group:

This is disturbing

gun grabbing school

 

Here is a post that was made by a friend of mine:

Common Core is a misguided social-engineering experiment with schoolchildren’s educational futures.

http://www.masslive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/02/mary_shelley_guest_viewpoint.html

 

And another post from said friend:

CONSERVATIVE AMERICA!
Our MILLENNIALS are being ORGANIZED to VOTE and RUN FOR OFFICE in the 2018 Mid-term Elections. Already won their first election…
My senior in public High School, who is autistic and mainstreamed in school, was REGISTERED TO VOTE, without my knowledge in his public school.
https://runforsomething.net/partners/.

rfs

 

Here is a post from an anti-Fed Ed page:

Not in your school right? You’re probably wrong. This is a highly funded and professionally coordinated event.

Put in your zip code and find out.
Why haven’t your schools notified you? Required permission slips? What if your child doesn’t want to March against the Bill of Rights?

What safety measures are in place? Will your child be ostracized for non participation? Will classes cease to be taught? Why is this during the school day? Why are your taxes being used to fund security and pay teachers to protest the 2A?

https://www.actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/enough-national-school-walkout

 

And here are some replies to said post:

Right…March them outside, in solidarity…some organizers are calling for students to wear BRIGHT ORANGE too. How’s that for security? Any crackpot out there looking for easy targets now know where the gun free zones will parade kids out the front door. Seriously!

 

already know it’s all over Wyoming of all places! 😡

 

https://t.co/admNjzgSjb

 

Why are schools promoting and endorsing this??? When common core was being rolled out nobody was permitted to “opt out” or speak in defiance. This is teaching students to follow what is going on in the school rather than have discussions at home with family, and is teaching them that our current President is bad. How about they instead take this time to teach students how to reach out to legislators to try to communicate their feelings and seek change?

 

My sons are already ostracized because they are male.

I haven’t raised cucks so they won’t be intimidated into participating.

If I find the school encouraging misandry in any way, I will be taking them to task about it.

 

Put in your zip code to see if your school is participating.

 

my sons’ schools are not.

These subversives need to be taken on a one way helicopter ride.

Trump won the election and Devos is now running the education show. If they don’t like it their parents can home school just like all of the other parents who have left the public system in disgust at how the left have ruined education.

Just sent this to the school principal

Mr. XXXXX,

My son XXXXX attends your school and I just wanted to check in to ensure that none of your teachers are agitating the children to attend the National School Walkout next Wednesday.

https://www.actionnetwork.org/…/enough-national-school…

While I would expect that my son has absolutely no interest in supporting this interruption, or the cause it claims to represent, I do not want him having to deal with your teachers trying to subvert his views.

In the event that you have students advocating for children to walkout, XXXXX will have my fill support if he chooses to push back on these students.

May I suggest that the school put out a statement that the school and its staff will not be supporting the walkout, and that should individual students choose to support the walkout that they do not pressure other students into participation via gynocentric shaming (bullying).

Thanks,

 

Now that the US has slipped even lower worldwide in education the students want to miss more school. Not very smart. Are they?

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Parents do not care. The schools have become the care takers and the Parents gladly let them do this.
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Yep. Exploited
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Shameful.. I had talk withmine this morning. They are not participating.
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Is your school providing alternatives for those not participating in group think and what about peer pressure?
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It is a small Charter Academy. No peer pressure. They were actually unaware what the surrounding school districts were doing or planning to do. I raised concerned there. Won’t know more until later, The admin pretty sure it will not t be happening.
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the schools actively exploit peer pressure themselves.

I have had to write to principals twice in recent years to complain about the school using peer pressure.

1. The school were using collective punishment against the whole year to get students to report another student when the school already knew the student did it. Apparently several students came forward and falsely claimed they did it to get the other students off detention, and the idiot principal believed that meant the kids had character.

2. The school were trying to shame students into signing a pledge to not use the word “retard”. I had to explain the 1st Amendment to the principal and also explain to him that the word tardy comes from the same Latin root word. He was an English major and had never considered that.

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Sadly, on one of my little neighborhood sites we have several parents who are endorsing this.
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Nope. My kids will be sitting in class.
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And here is another post from said page:
Is House Education Chair Julie VanOrden in collusion with State Superintendent Ybarra to break Idaho law?

Here is a post from radio host Shannon Joy:

Creepy. New school software analyzes the students emotional state to aid in machine learning.

When teachers tell you they’re using ‘personalized learning’ tools … this is what they mean.

And most of these systems are storing/sharing the personally identifiable data gathered on your child.

Stay vigilant!!

https://web.archive.org/web/20170226233158/http:/www.memphis.edu/fedex/ott/sensitivetutor.pdf

 

And another post from Shannon Joy:

Parents banned from the school …

SJ post

 

In the People’s Republic of Minnesota, they want to change the name of a high school named after Patrick Henry:  http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2018/03/02/patrick-henry-hs-name-change/

 

A Laura Ingram story showing how colleges are playing their part in turning our kids into Communist social justice warriors:  http://www.foxnews.com/transcript/2018/03/07/ingraham-our-collegiate-indoctrination-factory.html

 

I found this post in a New York anti-Common Core group:

Every year I send in my refusal letter but this year, my school send us this letter. Today my kids sat in front of a computer to take a practice test to prepare them to take the real NYS Tests; kids were also told that everybody (including the ones that send in refusal letters) can not refuse to take these practice tests. If it’s not one thing it’s another!!!! I’m also confused to read that the NYS Tests “are no longer linked to a Teacher or Principal evaluation”. So my questions are:
a) Can I refuse these practice tests or I don’t have a choice?
b) If the State Tests are no longer being used for the APPR then why are they still giving them?
****school letter attached below****

sneaky practice test

 

And here are some replies to said post:

Vomit. We have refused the practice tests during class time. Direct call to the principal with an email to the ELA and/or math instructor.

 

We took practice test also and while I was annoyed that she was losing valuable learning time, I told her to just wing it.

 

We refuse state testing and practice testing.

 

NO NO NO, the computer tests are what they use to collect data points. If you feel your kid has to take the test, demand a paper version.

 

Idle threat to cover their own behinds.

 

What district if you dont mind??

 

Middletown School District

 

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A student at Indiana University in Pennsylvania just got banned from class for daring to state that there are only two genders:  https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/03/10/pennsylvania-college-student-banned-from-class-for-saying-there-are-only-two-genders?utm_content=buffer50968&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=glennbeck

 

A school had an assembly where they let a bunch of anti-gun students and people speak but blocked a student from speaking, even though the organizers would have let her speak, because she had a pro-gun point of view:  https://breaking.americanewscentral.com/2018/03/10/teen-pulled-speaking-school-gun-assembly-supports-2nd-amendment2/

 

I found this post in an anti-Big Government FB group:

Well well, looks like the dumbeRATS are busy with staged protests.. I can’t believe our government can’t see this.. Oh, that’s right they are busy backing the demoRATS..

the truth comes out

 

Here is a post from the anti-competency based education group:

A year ago, not many people had heard of ACEs. Now even Oprah is spreading the word. It makes me wonder if this isn’t just another excuse to use computers to psychologically profile students, to determine who has ACEs which will become part of their permanent records.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/oprah-winfrey-childhood-trauma-ptsd-60-minutes-report/

 

And here are some replies to said post:

If anyone anywhere decides to quantify ACES, )which is a possibility), then you are right. Emotional and social distress could be turned into a data point. Ugg.

 

The groundwork is already laid in districts that use Standards Based Grading. Teachers are told to separate standards from behavior and just grade the standards. “That will come later” we are told. The technocrats have already found ways to measure a user’s attention on task when working on a device, ways to elicit a student’s response to cleverly worded questions that can create a psychological profile. Teachers rave about how Class Dojo has improved their students’ behavior. It’s already here, ready to go.

Alison pointed out to me in a private message, SIBs could be part of the reason we’re hearing more and more about ACEs. Once the deficit is quantified through data, billionaires can “invest” in a “solution” that will “prove” they have saved the school and community lots of money, which the community will gratefully pour into their pockets.

Just recently I realized that there have always been children who suffer from abuse, neglect, death of a parent, etc. But years ago teachers rarely if ever saw the intensity of anger and anxiety issues that we’re seeing now. I’m not saying that there isn’t a problem now, but I am asking why this has never been an issue in the past. Teachers are seeing more and more children who do not respond to the usual rewards and consequences in a school setting. They have extreme anxiety, sensory issues, angry meltdowns and the triggers can be something as minor as a light touch on the arm. I wonder what is going on now that wasn’t happening a decade ago. ACEs seems to explain what’s happening now but I want to know why it’s something new and getting worse each year.

There are now checklists for determining who has ACEs, and there are new interventions for helping students cope with their extreme anxiety and anger and other issues.

I am not agruing against doing these things. In fact, I’ve seen nearly miraculous changes in students in a school that had the resources to provide one-on-one paraprofessionals who would continually monitor and help the students de-escalate before they had meltdowns. But not all schools have the money for those resources. The train wreck I see coming is that schools aren’t being given enough money, and there’s no way a computer can take the place of caring human teachers, but that has to be the solution if SIBs are involved. It isn’t profitable for the solution to be “hire more highly qualified staff”.

 

Yes, I train lawyers who represent juvenile murderers. A psychologist out of USF wants my data to predict violent behavior. Nope.

 

And here is another post from said group:

Tom Vander Ark is a Featured Speaker at the upcoming CoSN Conference. He’ll touch on Learning Cities. FYI: CoSN is partnered with UNESCO to advance personalized learning.

https://cosnconference.org

 

Homeschoolers now face warrant-less home inspections in the People’s Republic of Maryland:  https://freedomoutpost.com/state-force-homeschoolers-submit-warrantless-home-inspections-trampling-rights/

 

Here is a post from a North Dakota anti-Common Core group:

Why would citizens want to pay for something they DO NOT RECEIVE?????

Citizens are paying millions for ND school state tests. However, DPI and the NDGOP legislature that is mandated by law to receive those test scores, refuse to release the 2017 scores. We are about to spend millions of dollars more on the 2018 test. How about waiting on taking the 2018 test until we get the results of the 2017 test?

The article says the state test is an “accountability” test required by Federal and State law. But aren’t the reporting of these test scores also mandated under these same laws? If not, why not? If North Dakota is a sovereign state, as described in the US Constitution, why is the US Government mandating ANYTHING to the state concerning education? Where is their Constitutional authority? And why should DPI have to BEG DOEd for permission to use the ACT Test? Didn’t Ms. Baesler state that North Dakota now had LOCAL (State) control over education? Or am I wrong? This information implies that the Federal Government STILL is in control over ND education through CCSS and its funding or whatever new name is being used to fool the public.

We CAN BE SURE the test results, which we believe DPI has received, are VERY BAD. If they were good, DPI would have been crowing about their success. Am I wrong?

DPI has announced that many school districts will now take the ACT test as the High School state test. Why?
1. The ND State test is totally useless for educational purposes. So these schools do not want to waste their time and money giving a wasted test.
2. DPI, in this article, says students will give their best effort if the test is the ACT test. But this implies that DPI understands that students will NOT give their best effort on the useless the Common Core-based test or whatever new name is given to fool the public.
3. In addition, DPI can claim that the reason for the 2018 bad scores that have not been taken yet, is because of the split test formats, state CCSS, and ACT Tests. Just wait, this lie will come about October or September 2018.

So why are we spending valuable student school learning time and valuable teacher teaching time when there are no results? Why?

That raises the question of who is benefiting from forcing ND citizens to pay for testing when they cannot even get the results of that testing? The ND State test is worthless for students, teachers, administrators, and the ND Legislature as indicated in the DPI comments attached. So who is benefiting from our expense?

Just some food for thought.

https://www.nd.gov/dpi/SchoolStaff/ICR/press_releases/BaeslerEffortsGiveNDSchoolsNewTestingOption/