Public Schools or Public Screwels? Part 11

anti-common core part 11

I’ve decided to make a  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

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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”

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And here are some replies to said post:

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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Emery County School District

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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.

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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

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

Assemblyman Ra and Assemblyman Murray Disappointed the Assembly Majority has Blocked Transparency in Schools

Assemblyman Ed Ra is disappointed to announce that his bill, the “Standardized Testing Transparency Act” (A2312) was held in the Assembly Committee on Education. The legislation would have allowed the Commissioner of Education to release all questions and content on state tests as well as data on the number of students who completed, opted out or were eligible to be tested within 30 days following the test.

“We need to provide our families with this information so they can feel confident when making their personal decision on whether or not to have their children take the new Common Core tests,” said Ra. “Students and parents deserve this transparency, as it will help them determine what is right for their families, as each family has a unique situation. By blocking this legislation, Assembly Democrats are once again refusing to allow families the opportunity to decide what is right for their children. Our teachers are also being let down, as they are caught in the middle of all this. It is already known that there are issues with the content of the tests and its administration, this secrecy is not helping anyone. Though the Assembly Democrats continue to refuse to help students and their families, I will continue to fight for this transparency. We need to be open and honest about what is going on behind the scenes so each family can decide what is right for them.”

“It was disappointing that Assembly Democrats once again let down our teachers, parents and students by blocking the Standardized Testing Transparency Act, legislation that would have given families peace of mind in helping to determine if it was appropriate for their children to take these standardized tests. We have already seen a myriad of problems with the contents of the test’s questions and with how they are administered. I will continue to fight for the highest level of transparency and accountability in regards to the curriculum being taught and the tests that are administered, to help our parents make the best educational choices for their children,” said Assemblyman Dean Murray (R,C,I-East Patchogue), the Ranking Republican Member of the Education Committee.

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University of Utah has a crying closet for snowflakes to use:   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5657409/University-Utah-installs-CRY-CLOSET-library.html

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Here is a post from a friend of mine:

A good friend of mine spent $40K per year to send her child to a good private school to avoid Common Core and the school to work infiltration. She wanted a truly educated child not human capital for the planned economy. The result for her sacrifice…..her daughter could not score well on the SAT. Even though this child had a 4.0 gpa and had all AP classes. The problem, she knew real math but did not know Common Core math. So her mother had to put out $80 per hour all summer so her child could now learn the CC way to do math and score better on the SAT. I tried to convince her to by-pass the SAT and go directly to the college entrance exam but she was stuck in the same paradigm as many other parents. They think the SAT is the only way to get into college. There is sadly only one solution to this problem. We need to stand up and STARVE THE BEAST. We need to take down this system. Make implode upon itself. But it will take parents willing to stop sending the children into the belly of the beast. If we could get 30% of parents to pull their kids we just might be able to bring it all down. If not we will have 30% of future population with a real education.

I found this post from a California group, though the post was from 2016:

Do you want your student’s data collected and housed in a longitudinal data system outside of the CDE? Well, it’s happening.

The CORE districts are experimenting with your kids. After conducting a two year pilot on ways to measure social emotional learning (SEL), the lead psychologist (Angela Duckworth) backed out of CORE’s project. She felt the implementation of SEL measures was ahead of the science, but that hasn’t slowed CORE down.

CORE Districts are now collecting extensive data on your kids that reaches well beyond academics.

More importantly, this data is being collected and housed outside of CDE’s data system, CALPADS.

Per CORE’s federal wavier, these districts agreed to build a robust longitudinal data system, which is housed at Stanford’s John Gardner Center for Youth. The system was designed to share data across key sectors related to education, such as heath and human services, welfare and criminal justice departments, after school and community programs etc.

The goal is to generate a comprehensive digital profile of every student in order to track his/her performance and progress from cradle to career. The endgame is a sustainable (planned) economy. Although the shift to SEL is couched in the well being of students, it is actually driven by corporate interests, folks who see your kid as human capital.

Thanks to FERPA and CORE your child’s data can and will be shared widely with any number of third parties that have a “legitimate educational interest.”

This year CORE has added several more schools and charters into the fold. From the first federal waiver, CORE intended to scale its approach across the state.

The extensive data collection is a threat to your child’s privacy and safety. More importantly, it won’t improve the quality of his/her education.

So, if you don’t want your child’s personal information collected and shared, you have to speak up. Opt out of adaptive learning software. Demand textbooks and teacher generated assessments, old school paper and pencil tests.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/8-california-districts-to-share-data-of-17m-students/426632/

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Looks like another student has been suspended for a gun range post on social media:
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I found this post in an anti-Common Core group:
Teachers on strike in Arizona, marching in Colorado. I went to some of the Red for Ed Facebook pages, all are supported by “BATS”. That should tell you everything you need to know about Red for Ed. :\    BATS is run by Mark Naison who is a close friend of Bill Ayers. BATS is not Against Common Core! They are all about empowering the Teachers UNION.
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 Here is a post from a friend of mine:

Hill told Harris that she left the AEA after her first year of teaching. She is not alone.

Because AEA has failed miserably to represent teachers in the state for years, fewer and fewer teachers belong to the organization. This is not strictly an Arizona phenomena. In fact, across the country, as teachers’ associations took on political fights that had nothing to do with teaching and everything to do with progressive issues like climate change, membership has fallen off.
#Redfored

https://arizonadailyindependent.com/2018/04/redfored-leadership-qualifications-in-question/

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A  Nevada school that let their students participate in the National Walkout Day is being sued for barring a student from wearing a pro-gun t-shirt:   http://www.wistv.com/story/38030893/nevada-school-district-middle-school-sued-over-discrimination-ban-on-8th-grade-students-pro-gun-rights-tee-shirt-and-free-speech

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

Excerpt –Google measuring “soft skills” in k-12 NH schools:
“According to this recent article in the Manchester Union Leader, SNHU received a $1 million dollar grant from Google to develop an assessment to measure “soft skills.”
Soft skills include behaviors, attitudes, and the mental health of the person being assessed. In NH, these soft skills are being assessed k-12 too. In some cases this is being done without parental knowledge or consent. This is part of the Competency Based Education model that includes measuring attitudes, dispositions, and behaviors.”

http://www.girardatlarge.com/2018/04/warning-snhu-students-parents-children-public-schools/

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

NWEA MAP TESTS. Parents, did you know that all students who take the NWEA MAP growth test, have a separate ENGAGEMENT profile? (It has nothing to do with whether they answered the questions correctly or incorrectly.)
What follows is a brief account of a nearly 7 month NWEA Q & A communication and related FOIA. Many questions remain unanswered. I invite NWEA, teachers, students, other parents to give input — as this is something that potentially affects millions of US students. If you are short on time, here is the very short ‘Top 10’ version:

1. NWEA rebranded in 2017, won award for new Social Emotional Assessment tool for MAP Growth, announced new “engagement” profiling for every student, and hired new CEO, Chris Minnich, of CCSSO, the Common Core copyright co-owner.

2. Detecting Social Emotional skills is a $43 Billion global market for edtech.

3. NWEA maintains one of the largest repositories of student growth data in the nation. Why hasn’t NWEA signed the SIIA privacy pledge to not sell student data?

4. Where is NWEA data being shared; how is it being used and analyzed? Collaborators, Researchers, Hitachi.

5. Do parents know their child has an engagement profile with NWEA ? Can parents opt out of this profile? (No).

6. In a study with Harvard’s Center for Education Policy Research Proving Ground Network , and a Gates funded CORE school district, NWEA has used personal data from the NWEA engagement profile and COMBINED this pii data with personal, student-level (pii) data from students’ self-reported behavior surveys. NWEA’s study concludes that test disengagement (rapid response) is “connected to risk of dropping out of school …and a lot of deep-rooted problems”.

7. Who will be able to see if a student has been flagged as disengaged (or at risk for these “problem areas”) by NWEA? (ie: Will this disengagement profile or flag ever be shared with colleges, employers?) Did parents give informed consent for this NWEA study that combines and potentially re-purposes sensitive student data? In asking NWEA and FOIA of the school district, (here), I could find no evidence of explicit permission or informed parent consent. Will NWEA obtain informed consent in the future and allow parents to opt out of SEL or Engagement data?

8. Accuracy?

9.NWEA Reading Fluency now uses Voice Recognition technology. How is THAT data being analyzed, used?

10. NWEA and researchers, edtech, Congress can learn from the Facebook scandal. Children’s data should not be taken without consent, should not be repurposed, researched, and analyzed without transparency and consent. You need to do better. We deserve #GDPRfor ALL.

http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/nwea-map-assessments-study-connects-test-disengagement-to-student-deep-rooted-problems/

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And here is another post from said group:

The SREB, an unaccountable, unelected regional board encompassing 16 states is now marketing itself on facebook. Don’t take the bait. They are NOT our friends. They have way too much influence in our state government.

positive learning sneaky
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 Here is a post shared by Alice Linahan:
Curious about who KISD is selling your information to? I gathered the list into a single PDF, so you can easily search it.
I am one of those requesters, as you‘ll see. I was denied further information, which I explained here:  http://abetterlegacy.com/status-of-foi-request-for-300000-data-points-tracked-on-students/
There were 22 requests for the student directory just this year, below are a few of the businesses, but you can also find the individuals who requested here:
University of Houston
SafeKeys Driving School
Language Kids World
White Rhino Financial
Strawbridge Studios, Inc.
Air Force
First Community Credit Union
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 Here is a post that was shared by a friend of mine:
NEA bad boys.jpg
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 It looks like the Parkland school wasn’t safe and that security measures that were supposed to be implemented weren’t and that loads of money allocated for school safety wasn’t used for it.   And, he too found the Obama disciplinary regulations to be at fault.  (Of course, the school called his report “fake news”, but that’s what illiberals do when exposed.)  We can thank one student journalist, who has more integrity than all of CNN put together, for finding this out:   https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/04/28/broward-student-publishes-damning-evidence-proving-broward-school-officials-neglected-school-safety?utm_content=buffer4e23a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=glennbeck
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 Here is another post from Alice Linahan:

The Interagency Day Care Standards of 1971 federal law.
Excerpt: “Any agency, public or private, which receives federal funds directly or indirectly through a grant or contract… or by way of a voucher plan” must meet all program requirements (ed) that are set down for public schools. Acceptance of Federal funds is an agreement to abide by the requirements.”

Then, in 1981 the American Legislative Education Council, formed by Paul Weyrich (“We are radicals who want to change the existing power structure. We are not conservatives…”), mailed to 16,000 state and federal officials and legislators a suggested educational voucher.

Thomas A. Shannon, Executive Director of the National School Boards Association, said, “Tuition Tax credits for private schools profoundly change the character of private education. Private schools that operate with public money will be subject to public regulations.”

Sure enough, concurrently, on July 18, 1971, key federal legislation underlying and controlling any subsequent education legislation was adopted.

This master control system, “The Interagency Day Care Standards,” hinged upon the federal government’s own definition of day care: “Day care is defined as the care of a child on a regular basis by someone other than the child’s parents for any part of the 24-hour day.”

It states that “Any agency, public or private, which receives federal funds directly or indirectly through a grant or contract… or by way of a voucher plan” must meet all program requirements (ed) that are set down for public schools. Acceptance of Federal funds is an agreement to abide by the requirements.”

School Choice Corporate Reformers are not pushing quality education, they are just pushing… “Choice” and “Competition”.

Who could be against “Choice” and “Competition” in America?

As my friend Michael Bohr correctly states…
“Parents, who are the first and forever educators of their children, are the only people who hold the right to determine “the best interests of their child.

Everyone one else has an agenda that puts their best interests over those of the child and they have done so by taking control of our government.

Their hope is that we continue to fight the false battles they lay down before us and forget that we, the parents, are the sole authority in determining the education and upbringing of our children.”

“SCHOOL CHOICE” IS THE MOTHER OF ALL PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS, THAT WILL BE THE DEMISE OF EDUCATION IN AMERICA!

Does Brent Lawson know what has been written into the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which is the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), originally passed in 1965, opening the door for Title 1 federal dollars to go to economically disadvantaged students?

Anita Hoge clearly laid it out…..

“Specialized Student Support Services” and “Direct Student Services” mandate equitable services to all private schools, the same as in public schools. This is referred to in the ESEA legislation as “meaningful choice.”

There are specific lists of providers that must be used, as well as, an ombudsman that will oversee compliance in private schools. This is where the mandate will force teachers to identify students as being At-Risk of not meeting College and Career Ready/Common Core as a disability and perform psychological services paid for by IDEA. These interventions are defined as positive behavior intervention and supports, PBIS, multi-tiered system of supports, MTSS, response to intervention, RTI, and early intervening services, EIS, etc.

These interventions are happening NOW because of the Flex Waivers.
By identifying students as At-Risk under Title I, ALL will receive psychological treatment and interventions on your children in private, Catholic, and Christian schools, as well as homeschools (defined as a private school.)

THERE WILL BE NO ESCAPE FROM THE COLLEGE AND CAREER READY/COMMON CORE OR THE PSYCHOBABBLE IN THE LEGISLATION.

Regular classroom teachers are being trained to identify children who would need services through PBIS, RTI, EIS, & MTSS.

Once EDUCATION SAVING ACCOUNTS (ESA)’s are in full operation, dedicated to each individual student, an individual career pathway meeting College and Career Ready/Common Core soft skills (Grit) interventions and a treatment plan which will be funded by direct student services known as psychobabble.
Because these specialized services are defined in the legislation as psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, etc, these services will be mandated. These members of the psych profession will be in a position for MEDICAID TO BE BILLED FOR SPECIALIZED STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES. This is your meaningful CHOICE.

Medicaid is on the scene as mental health wrap around services. Your family and child will be assigned a case manager. This initiates an individual family service plan. The federal government has just walked into your front living room door.

(THIS ORIGINAL PLAN WAS DRAWN UP UNDER SEC BELL UNDER THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION UNDER THE NAME “KNOWLEDGE NETWORK FOR ALL AMERICANS.” http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED351771.pdf

Bell has written extensively about parents not being capable to raise their own children.)

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

I just received this email from an angry parent who lives in another state. I’m trying to figure out if this is a ACT requirement or a local one. Has anyone’s child had a similar experience?

“Hi All,

My son took the P-ACT this morning. He came home angry because the first hour was spent collecting data on the students, question after question regarding their preferences on various topics. Because he is my son, he entered “indifferent” to all that would allow him to do so.

Furthermore, at the beginning of the questionnaire, he had to sign a waiver to allow third parties to use the data collected on the data sheet. Though he did not want to agree, he didn’t feel he had any choice but to sign off on the waiver.

Not surprising yet very upsetting.”

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The University of Texas has tragically caved to the gender confusion insanity:  https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/04/29/university-of-texas-posters-tell-male-students-its-ok-to-wear-dresses-embrace-fluid-masculinity?utm_content=buffer16fde&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=glennbeck

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More anti-Christian censorship in Alabama:  https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/04/28/alabama-teacher-sent-home-by-principal-for-wearing-t-shirt-with-the-words-just-pray

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Here is a post from a friend of mine:

87% of Teachers vote to DISASSOCIATE from the NEA teachers union. One of the Nations two largest teachers unions (the other is AFT)

“Las Vegas teachers, fed up with how their dues are being spent, voted overwhelmingly late Wednesday to cut all ties with their state and national parent unions.

The vote by the members of the Clark County Education Association, which represents almost 20,000 teachers in the Las Vegas area, is a significant loss to the National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union.

It devastates the NEA’s Nevada affiliate, the Nevada State Education Association, as the Clark County local makes up half the membership of the entire state.

The national NEA now has a $2 million hole in its budget for this year, and it will also need to send money to the state affiliate, which won’t be able to sustain itself and will likely see staff layoffs.

https://www.the74million.org/article/vegas-split-clark-county-teachers-union-cuts-ties-to-national-education-association-major-loss-to-largest-u-s-labor-union/

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Here is a post from the anti-CBE group:

The first #SEL #Accountability bill?
Colorado has a bill to assess students’ attitudes and disposition and tie it to accountability.

Have you seen this SEL accountability pilot in other states?

http://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2018A/bills/2018a_1197_ren.pdf

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And here are the replies to this post:

The problem resides with top-down accountability itself. Accountability—which started here in Texas with GW Bush and his faux “Texas Miracle” turning around “failing schools”—is a set of neoliberal management tools deployed to undermine local democratic control of public education, destroy public unions, disempower parents and educators, and ultimately privatize public education. We should work to oppose all forms of hierarchical, top-down accountability. Schools instead should be accountable to students, parents, and the local community.

California piloted SEL in 2016-17 in 10 big, urban districts. The pilot was done with Transforming Ed out of Massachusetts, who created MESH.   https://www.transformingeducation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/TransformingEducationCaseStudyFINAL1.pdf

the CORE districts are the same districts where they did this NWEA study— and I can’t find evidence that parents consented/ knew that stidnets’ Pii survey data was given to NWEA MAPs and they tied students’ quick response times to deep-rooted problem areas. I worry this (accurate??) NWEA SEL algorithm will be used as a predictor.   http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/nwea-map-assessments-study-connects-test-disengagement-to-student-deep-rooted-problems/

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

My 6th grader came home worrying about SBA testing and having to write an argumentative essay. She said something about failing 6th grade if she doesn’t do well. I told her that was garbage, they couldn’t fail her for this test but now I want to make sure. Anyone know off the top of their head?

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Somebody needs to tell this Virginia high school that 9th grade sex ed courses that mention oral sex and sex toys are INAPPROPRIATE:  https://ijr.com/2018/04/1089299-virginia-high-school-shows-explicit-sex-education-video/

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Here is a post that was shared by Alice Linahan:

The best thing about being a Dyslexia mom with a reputation for advocacy? Other moms are always still telling me about their kids successes and struggles. The recent instructional tour with its pictures has sure brought out a few discussions.

Flipped Algebra in 8th grade. Did you know it is almost completely digital? Students are assigned videos, they take Cornell notes at home and return to school to work in class. I actually had a kid whose teacher started this more than 5 years ago. But, what this mom was telling me, actually it is 2 moms. The videos aren’t always the same presenter or the same quality. Kids come to class and use the new NSpire calculators purchased by the district. No longer does the student need to understand factoring, they just need to understand how to translate the problem into equations on the Nspire “scratch Pad” and allow the calculator to solve. The work is multiple choice. If the answer isn’t one of the 4, assume you typed it in wrong. The “I am a mean mother,” of the 2 moms who brought up Algebra, says she has been teaching her student how to actually solve problems all year; factoring, the quadratic equation, systems of equations…she makes her child demonstrate he can solve Algebra problems based on knowledge. This is very different than when her older students took Algebra. And she is concerned because it is always a battle. Her student just wants to plug in answer choices and see which ones work. The teacher does not grade, the answers without work are simply reported into a google doc. Her concern is that the kids aren’t really learning Algebra and will not be prepared for HS science or math courses. Her older students have not graduated from high school.

Parents with students in Algebra, using the Nspire calculator, it is the end of the year, if your student had a paper and pencil test, could they solve Algebra problems?

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

Superintendent McGrath states that they want to reduce over testing. But the students in 8th grade have always taken state math tests and one day of a math final, same as this year. The difference is they have ADDED a day of the math final to punish kids whose parents have opted them out state tests. Unfortunately, those kids are already sitting through the flawed state test which wasted their instructional time and your taxpayer dollars.

https://dailygazette.com/article/2018/05/01/burnt-hills-exempts-part-of-local-final-for-students-who-take-state-tests?utm_source=The+Daily+Gazette+E-Mail+Campaign+List&utm_campaign=c303bbcbb4-Daily+Gazette+PM+Blast&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c45066b7a7-c303bbcbb4-62006117&mc_cid=c303bbcbb4&mc_eid=4ddc6bfd6f

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Here are some frightening stories about the teacher strikes and what is going on behind the scenes.  It also mentions other forms of indoctrination in schools too:  http://thefederalist.com/2018/05/02/5-ways-teacher-strikes-revealed-public-schools-indoctrinate-kids/#.WunxBJzwcxw.facebook

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Here are some posts from the anti-competency based education group:

Workforce = competencies. Education is now a talent pipeline and about earning a set of competencies / skills needed by business and workforce. ACT follows this w their Career Competencies model:
“Industry competency models are descriptions developed by the US Department of Labor (USDOL) to establish the skills, knowledge, and abilities required in growing industry sectors. The models help individuals obtain the training needed for various career paths in a specific industry, and they identify skills that are transferable across an industry. They are important because they promote an understanding of the skill sets and competencies that are crucial to building a globally competitive American workforce.
How does the ACT National Career Readiness Certi cate (ACT NCRC®) align with the models?
Each USDOL industry competency model is built on a series of tiers. At the base, Tiers 1–3 represent the essential foundational skills. The ACT NCRC, based on ACT WorkKeys assessments, certifies these skills and enables an individual to rise to the next tier—to advance toward success in a chosen occupation.”
https://www.act.org/…/doc…/WK-Brief-CompetencyModels.pdf

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Why they are killing the GED: “Skills-based hiring has provided the city of Albuquerque a higher quality applicant pool and significant return on investment in our hiring practices. It has also allowed us to replace the GED requirements with skills scores which then opened up a significant population of applicants we would not have seen before.

– Vince Yermal, Director of Human Resources, City of Albuquerque” https://corescore.jobs/employer_learn_more

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Albuquerque was the one city I did research on for the WorkKeys, career pigeonholed assessment. The City was using it on their perspective employees as well as current ones. Passed it off as happier employees. The sales pitch WorkKeys video expressly states no national work certificate, no job.

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Ugh. It is so insulting as a older worker to have to take a skills assessment to get a job. Your resume and work experience mean almost nothing to today’s HR. And no test currently used accurately measures soft skills. Companies are missing out on great candidates because the 20 somethings in HR only know how to read a score not a person.

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Maybe if we spent less time doing walkouts to protest Trump and guns and less time doing pointless testing, we’d have more students that could read well:  https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/public-schools-education-reading-math/2018/05/02/id/857836/

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Sorry, not buying it, UC Berkley:  https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/05/04/uc-berkeley-coordinated-campaign-to-bring-right-wing-speakers-on-campus-caused-acute-distress?utm_content=bufferc3ab4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=glennbeck

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In response to an article, on an Illinois anti-Big Government group,  about the costs of higher education, one person said:

It wasnt the cost that drove my son out of an Illinois college. It was the constant barrage of politics. The damned teachers spent so much time bashing Trump and the Republicans you’d swear they were running for office. Complaints to the school, state and the feds went nowhere. The students are quite tired of not learning what they signed up for. I’ve spoke to dozens of students who are leaving Illinois colleges and you would be shocked to learn how many actually say they are not learning anything because of the agendas.

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And some other said:

I see a lot of that at the high school level.
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That’s exactly why I just pulled my daughter out of her High School…..she’s going to a private school next year.
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What college was this?   What high school was that that you pulled out of?
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 Daughter in Bartlett HS…..son was at Elgin College.
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Here is a post from a friend of mine:

Freight Train UPDATE. Those that know what CASEL is all about, will be alarmed. NYS has led the way she nice 2013 voluntarily being the piloting grounds for SEL. Linda Darling Hammond and CASEL essentially run NYSED. As cohort II (2013) NYS is NOW the first State to implement SEL Pre-K-12 embedding in curriculum.

The state Board of Regents May meeting kicked off at 9 a.m. TODAY in Albany for a morning session and an overview of new new guidance and resources for social emotional learning.

http://www.regents.nysed.gov/common/regents/files/518brd1.pdf

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Here is another post from the Illinois anti-Big Government group:

My daughter and I went to a University of Chicago Admissions event. They disgusted me during the event with their Liberal agenda. The deciding factor putting them OUT of the running was when they started talking about Obama having “been a teacher” there. No mention that faculty rejected him and that he was a token patronage appointment on a non-tenure track position. She is very happy at Purdue.

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Yet another instance of persecution of students who support the 2nd Amendment:  https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/05/08/school-hauls-pro-second-amendment-student-in-for-questioning-over-gun-flag-its-not-an-actual-gun?utm_content=buffer1fb17&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=theblaze

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

Looking for clarification. I’m in Nebo district. I’ve got an 8th grader who keeps getting put in in-school suspension because he is opted out and isn’t doing the alternate assignment. Is he required to do it? From what I’m reading on the group, the school is required to offer one, but he’s not required to do it, right?

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And here are the replies to this post:

No, he’s not required to take it. I wish this were more clear on the books, though.

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That’s how I understand it. Personally, I would be okay with alternate assignments as long as it isn’t SAGE related & as long as it doesn’t effect their grade.

This is what the rule says: “(9) An LEA shall ensure that a student who has been exempted from participating in a state required assessment under this section is provided with an alternative learning experience if the student is in attendance during test administration.”
https://rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r277/r277-404.htm#T7

And the Testing Ethics Policy gives some examples, but they are only examples & not requirements:
“Students are provided an educational activity if they are opted-out of a state assessment
Some examples are:
*LEA, school, or teacher created assessment on course standards
*A short essay (grade appropriate expectations) related to a Utah Core standard which could be student selected or assigned”
https://schools.utah.gov/…/bd4cdc0e-1892-4b64-bac4…

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And here is another post from said group:

Anyone know if a law got passed—if a school District approved full-day optional kindergarten they would receive more funding? I know it was talked about a few years ago. But I can’t find anything recent. Also, I need opinions about KEEP. I’m trying to determine if I should opt out. Thanks in advance!

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And here are some replies to this post:

I have administered the KEEP assessment, I think it’s a well designed test. I think the data could be used to show that full-day kindergarten has benefits with the assumption that the full-time kindergarten children will score better that 1/2 day children

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I’m not sure about the law & funding, that might take a little while to find. The search function hasn’t been working for me since they updated the website. I am very concerned with the KEEP assessment though. The questions are fine, but I don’t like the social-emotional questions. A huge thanks to [name withheld] that those questions aren’t reported to the state (originally they would’ve been, but she stood firm during the State Board meeting to protect our children’s privacy). I will be opting out of it, even though it’s not listed on the state opt out form. We are over testing our children in our obsession with data & I don’t want to encourage it, especially when it’s coming from the state level & not the local level.

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My school district has recently adopted an all-day optional Kindergarten. My main concern is not academics, it’s the reason behind the move. I tend to look at things in a macro-scale. Why after all these years are they doing this? Is it for the good of the child or is the real reason, their pocketbooks. I have done a little research and two years ago it was proposed in the Utah Senate that schools who offer full day Kindergarten vs half day could get more money for funding. Even if it’s offered as optional. It has always been optional at certain schools in our county, Huntington, for example, but why make it District wide? The more I research the more I find its less about the children and more about their own bank accounts. I think the reason I’m really upset about it, is because I see my influence upon my children moving more and more toward the government. Us commoners don’t know what’s best for our children. They take God out of everything at school, while we teach it at home. It’s no wonder our society is turning less and less to God. I don’t like that most of his friends are going to do it. It puts a lot of pressure on me to be full day, even though it’s optional. He’s going to wonder why his friends get to stay. I’m going to have to pray about it a lot. My sister’s kids do a full day in Texas, and they come home tired and wanting to sleep. We need to protect our little children, not burn them out. So what if they can read at 5? I want to know if he can be kind and learn to play nicely with others. The more practice he has at that, the more I can see his leadership skills, creativity, etc. He’s taken 2 years of preschool and has done UpStart this past year, already beginning to read. But he’s just a child and people will soon forget that, if their not careful. Thanks for the insight. I have a lot to think about.

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

My Thoughts on college degrees..

Most college degrees are completely and utterly worthless.

From my recent job hunting experience, I saw tons of jobs that “required” a bachelor’s degree yet only paid just a tad over minimum wage.

Why would anyone in good conscious saddle their children with $60,000+ (usually more) of debt that they had no chance of ever paying off in their entire lifetime when their fancy degree doesn’t even help them get better than a minimum wage job?

They wouldn’t even be able to afford basic necessities such as rent, utilities, food, etc and this doesn’t even remotely include the costs if they decided or happened to have children of their own.

Trade classes in middle/high school are all but extinct and it seems that there is no push at all for any trades. People need people who know how to build and fix things.

There are virtually no classes or parental involvement to teach kids how to cook, take care and clean up after themselves, how to be a decent human being and not treat others like complete crap either. This list could go on for quite a while.

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I truly feel bad for the educators that truly give a shit..

You have so many things stacked against you and I don’t blame any of you that haven’t been able to take it anymore and left the industry.

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

Substitute Teacher Observes Blatant Indoctrination In A Public School Classroom

For her exposure of partisan politics in the classroom and support of the #purpleforparents group, Jennifer Hill came under attack on social media.

On Friday, Hill, a 20 year veteran teacher, who has been a certified substitute teacher for the Chandler Unified School District since 2012, was notified that she had been fired.

“I have been speaking out against the #redfored “movement, have been posting my opposition in a respectful manner and have been on the radio speaking about the facts on the progress and budget. In the week before the teacher walk-out/strike, the district began canceling substitute jobs I had accepted and planned to work,” said Hill. “During the strike of course, there was no work. I had substitute jobs scheduled for after the strike and next week. The District cancelled all of them. On Friday morning I began to get harassing messages from teachers in the District saying they got me fired. They said they hoped that I would never sub anywhere else, ever again, and were laughing at me.”

https://arizonadailyindependent.com/2018/05/06/arizona-teacher-retaliated-against-for-opposition-to-strike/

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And another post from this group:

Perhaps if Gates really cares about the learning disadvantage he should stop pushing the vaccines that are causing so many children to be on the autism spectrum. Or perhaps her should study the effects of the rise in fatherless homes on a child’s ability to learn. Gates has long been involved in research to change brain function and other sicko projects. He was involved years ago in an education initiative with Bill Ayers that fell flat on its face and cost Gate billions. His involvement in Common Core is failure #2, Common Core 2.0 will also fail and this new venture again it is marked to fail already. The man is a leper and does not have the best interest of education or our children in his hear. How come his boys went to a private school that does not use Common Core and only limited technology. He is a guy with a big fat check book that thinks he is God. He is a rich guy that wants to be even richer and make all of his buddies richer. We have people buying education that have no clue. This includes our President, our First Lady and the US Secretary of Education. Parents………listen up…..there is only one way to fix this situation because believe it or not it is functioning as it was intended to function 100 years ago…..they just didn’t have the technology back them. So you cannot fix what is not broken. We need to circumvent their plan to train workers for the planned economy. We have to pull our kids out and work together in the community to educate our children outside the federal institutions. Just research John Dewey and Horace Mann. They say it outright. Public school is not to educate but the train workers. They perpetuated illiteracy because illiterate people are easy to control and make into obedient workers. How many of you have churches that sit empty all week? We need to fill those empty church rooms with community school run by community workers using Freedom Project Academy we do not need trained or license teachers…..FPA is teacher led. let me know if you are interested in finding out more. But we need to fight a battle we are not going to win and think outside the box to circumvent these vulchers that see our children as nothing more than human capital.

https://www.wthr.com/article/.WvMGPc2-hcA.facebook

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A NJ high school falls prey to the “everyone gets a trophy” mentality:  https://www.10tv.com/article/students-parents-angry-over-inclusive-cheerleading-policy

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Here is another post from the Ohio anti-Common Core group:

Que the ban scissors movement. By the way, schools don’t care who is at fault, they punish everyone involved. My son was the victim and was also suspended for defending himself. Wake up parents!

https://www.10tv.com/article/police-student-stabs-classmate-scissors-after-he-pulls-her-dress

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Here is a post from a Mississippi anti-Big Government group:

The State Testing that we have in place in Mississippi is a waste of time and taxpayers dollars and needs to be done away with beginning next year. There are teachers all over the state who are into double digit days of testing / retesting and it’s ridiculous. I spoke to one teacher who stated she was on her 18th day, that’s 18 days of instruction that isn’t taking place because of testing. I’d like to discuss options with as many teachers as possible to get opinions, but I think we need 3 different tests for students to graduate.

1. The ACT for college bound students as well as any other student wishing to take it.
2. A Career entry exam for graduates planning on entering the workforce upon graduation.
3. A Special Education test for students with disabilities.

Our Focus in Mississippi has to be shifted to doing what’s best for our kids instead of doing what’s best for testing companies.
How do we do this?
Expand Job Training Vocational courses in High School.
Auto repair, welding, electrical, HVAC, CDL, Large Equipment Operation, Carpentry, Website building, Masonry, etc.

Our Motto should be “Let Teachers Teach!” not “Let Teachers Test!”

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 Here is a post from Shannon Joy:

If you’ve been wondering why everyone is so ‘triggered’ these days…

(This is my son Teddy’s Kindergarten worksheet, part of the SEL curriculum.)

This is not all bad but there are some pretty nasty, underlying elements of ‘Social Emotional Learning’ that parents need to look out for. I’ll elaborate tomorrow on the radio program!

worksheet of SEL
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 Kudos to Project Veritas in exposing another fine example of corruption by those charming teachers unions:  https://www.projectveritas.com/2018/05/09/aft-michigan/
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 Here  is a post from a Utah anti-Common Core group:
A certain 3rd grade teacher I know called home in tears because the SAGE math test questions were over-the-top difficult for her students. “It’s so hard they’re just all shutting down!”
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 Here is a post from an anti-Common Core group:
Can someone please give me a law to rub in my daughter’s counselor face.She keeps trying to scare my daughter who is a junior to believe that if she is opt- out she will not go to college
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And here are some replies to this post:
that is a scare tactic and not true.
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My daughter has also been told this, that the SBA is on equal footing with the SAT/ACT in that colleges look at that score as well. This won’t help with the law part of it, but there were a few colleges at our local homeschool convention, and very, very few homeschoolers subject their kids to the state standardized tests. The only thing the SBA did for my daughter was to allow her to walk at graduation with her class and be handed a diploma, whatever that is worth.
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What about students who get sick, miss the tests, miss the make-up days, etc.

He/She is using scare tactics.

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No law for something that isn’t illegal. (In other words, the existing laws you will find do not support what she is saying)

I don’t know where you are, but what I would do is dial a local community college admissions office on my phone and ask put it on speaker.
When they pick up, ask “I was told by [WOMAN’S NAME] that it is your policy not to admit students who have not taken [TEST].”
Let this imbecile listen when they answer.

Personally, I would go a step further and write letters to local colleges explaining that your school officials are telling kids they should not apply to their college if they haven’t tested. I would say this represents potential economic harm to the college, and if this is not the case, the college admissions office should call [WOMAN] and tell her the actual policy.f

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My daughters school (CA) told me that if I opted out, she would have to take a hard test that will go on semester grade instead. Very effective blackmail. 😞
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And here is another post from this group:
Opted out my kids from state testing. Two days ago I get a phone call that they need bodies in front of the computer to get their 95% participation. Why don’t they just leave me alone? I had a few choice words for them, but bit my tongue 😣
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And here are some replies to this post:
So funding isn’t dependent upon 95% PASSING the test, just TAKING the test?
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Im in California. Only 37% passed the math last year. I don’ t think they are going for quality LOL
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Which completely negates the purpose, and proves it’s political.
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That is, essentially, correct. Varies state to state a bit, but to get their “grade” a school has to have 95% participate. Less than that costs them on their grade. They also get to designate a certain percentage of their students “untestable” so it doesn’t skew their score (or arguably, accurately represent it).
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That’s correct. It’s an ESSA requirement. Below 95% makes the test results invalid statistically speaking.
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It sounds as if you have 95% participate, but only 30% pass, you’re fine with your funding?
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It is all about participation. We wouldn’t even get the results of the test. It is all for funding purposes
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I cant see how having your kids just sit in front of the computer could help them achieve their participation count. Typically, from what I’ve heard, is that they at least need the children to log into the test for it to count. I was told they could just log in but wouldnt have to take it. I said “Um….no way!.” They can eat the loss but my children would NOT be logging in to anything. They could either arrange for them to be somewhere else or I would come and get them just during testing hours and bring them back when it was done. I did that for 3 days with my 4th grader. Took him out of school each of the days for about an hour and a half and brought him back. (Pulled them from public school after that year and are in year 3 of homeschooling now so things may be different now…idk).
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That’s what I’ve learned. The federal law states they could lose funding, going below 95%, but that has never happened. The law is not being enforced. (Even if it was, I really wouldn’t care. That’s really my point, I am not happy with schools doing this so if they hurt a little, maybe they’ll rethink this crappy system. I wish more families opted out so they’d get our message loud and clear!)
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I don’t bite my tongue. My kids school flips out when my kids are absent 1 day…gotta get all the head count for the $ they are not helping our kids out with 😠
Don’t bite your tounge they can’t keep running all over us. Stand your ground put your foot down (hugs to you) Good luck
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I live in CA, and my high school daughter was bullied into being at school for 4 hours while the rest took the test. I have been backed in a corner by teachers about the blasted test. One told me that my daughter’s results would help her look good on the test and another one told me that they needed that data to help the teachers.  The teachers even wanted my children to do the practice test! I give the teachers one chance to find something for my children to do during the test, if not I find things for my children, so the stupid school can get their money for the child for the day.
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The thing is my kids don’t give a rat’s patootie about the test. It is my stand on the political agenda of it. If we are to fight this crap, I have to stand my ground, and not bend over backwards for them. Giving in would be giving up on this fight
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They told me that my special needs high schoolers (who are easily manipulated by authority) HAD to be there but it was their CHOICE to open the test. I can only hope that whatever they DID take helps to skew the school’s stats since they are being “graduated” with a first grade reading level.
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We had our Principal and Vice Principal call multiple times to both mine and my husband’s cell phones. We have high testing special needs kids. They are the gold mine in the school funding world for testing. I didn’t find that out until I became the school’s Special Needs Parent Representative.
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Can you opt out in Michigan the school has told me numerous of time’s I can’t opt put it’s Michigan Law?
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I’m in Michigan. My girls do not take the test. Technically, it’s not “opting out.” If you use those words, they may tell you that you can’t. There is no law that says your kids must take the test. Hence, no reason to “need to opt out.” Make them SHOW YOU THE LAW, requiring they take the test. There is none. If they refuse to honor your request (& u think they are going to try & make them test) I’d keep them home. I was told they had no place for them to hang out during testing (3rd&4th grade) which is ridiculous. But I gladly kept them home. Then in 5th grade I pushed back, due to their age. They “found” a place for them. Same this year for 6th grade.
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Is this opt out option only for certain states? Washington state requires us to give pur kids an end of the yr test. We keep the results. I test my kids on their subjects all yr, I never understood why I need to do the end of the yr test.
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My kids test the week of May 14 and the week of May 21. They took their last math unit test last week. They won’t have another test but are reviewing each unit now with review homework for prepping for the SBA. There is NO MORE LEARNING FOR THE NEXT EIGHT WEEKS!!! What the heck are we paying teachers and admin for if they are done teaching math and English for two whole months. 140 days out of 180 are scheduled learning and 40 days are wasted. I’m ready to pull them since they aren’t taking SBA. This just seems like a complete waste and a cram session for the next two weeks. So sad.
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And another post from said group:
kid abused by testers
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 A 12 year old autistic student was ARRESTED for shooting an IMAGINARY gun at school:
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 Here is a post from an anti-Common Core group:

I hope parents see what is happening here. This is the same agenda that forces parents to shoot poison into their children’s bodies in order for them to attend public school or daycare. Of course I blame parents for complying but that is just me. But this article again demonstrates how they are forcing compliance to follow an education agenda that is nothing more than training for obedient workers. You either follow the agenda or you don’t go to college, you don’t play college sports and even worse you are not employable. This is straight up Communism. Parents are still sitting back and playing right into their hands. The agenda is called DELIVEROLOGY. Deliverology is a plan for implementing change created by Sir Michael Barber of the UK. He also works for Pearson (surprise, surprise) He also is the founder of the Education Delivery Institute (EDI). Deliverology teaches change agents how to implement change that in a way that it is irreversible. This is exactly what we are seeing. I cannot speak for any other state (you might want to do some research) but I can speak for Tennessee. In 2010 the state of TN entered into a contract with EDI to implement Common Core. I bet if you dig deep you will find not only TN hired EDI but other states did too.

We have been deceived into a global agenda that if parents do not bring it down NOW will forever hold our children captive as obedient workers filling the human capital needs of the planned global economy, not their own wants, needs and dreams. PARENTS it is time to stand up and wage war. It is time for neighbors, friends, relatives, communities to come together get our kids out of these hell holes and educate them outside the system. You can NEVER say you weren’t warned.

http://www.patriotinstitute.org/its-a-slam-dunk/

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Now the California State Teachers Retirement System is trying to use its financial might to attack the 2nd Amendment:  http://www.independentsentinel.com/fascists-in-pension-system-to-bully-sellers-into-not-selling-certain-guns-accessories/

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Here is a post from the anti-CBE group:

This is Vivienne Ming’s project Socos Labs. She spoke at the New Schools Venture Fund Conference this week. “Naturalistic Data
Data from the real world is noisy and confusing, full of holes yet still flooding in at dizzying speed. Microphones in classrooms, real-time wearable data, pictures of kids’ artwork, information flowing through corporate social networks, and so many more forms of naturalistic data seem overwhelming, but they reveal insights into human behavior that structured surveys, high-stakes exams, and annual 360’s can never achieve. For example, we’ve shown how a bot monitoring free-form discussions among students could outperform final exams in assessing their conceptual understanding of course material, and do it starting on week one.”

NDD image

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

Sent from Parshall, North Dakota:
Freshman physical science class assignment in Parshall. May 14. INSANE.

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

Pray for Election June 5th–Share Please Share this list of Candidates statewide. Make a Stand so Children and US can have a better future

We have seen the harm and have been ignored, ridiculed. The children have been harmed thru mis-education or call it indoctrination. Pray to God for mercy that we can stand in the gap against those who would make the children of promise to be their slaves and bring Socialism here. Truth is out Common Core aka College and Career Readiness has failed but it is being used as a vehicle for change . Your vote and prayers needed. Remember to vote June 5th!

Please pray for Venezuela and US that God would end the evil mindset of these evil leaders. Vote for the right leadership matters…

“It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble.” Luke 17:2

For Governor: Scott Dawson

For Lt. Governor: Will Ainsworth

For Attorney General: Alice Martin

Secretary of State: Michael Johnson

For State Auditor: Jim Zeigler

For Commissioner ofAgriculture: Rick Pate

For Chief Justice of the Supreme Court: Tom Parker

For Associate Justice Place 1: Debra Jones

For Associate Justice Place 4: John Bahakel

For Court of Civil Appeals Place 1: Michelle Manley Thomason

For Court of Civil Appeals Place 2: Terri Willingham Thomas

For Court of Criminal Appeals Place 1: Richard Minor

For Court of Criminal Appeals Place 2: Chris McCool

For Court of Criminal Appeals Place 3: Bill Cole

Federal Races:

US Congress District 2: Rich Hobson

US Congress District 5: Mo Brooks

State Board of Education:

District 2: John Taylor

District 8: Wayne Reynolds

State Legislature

For Alabama House of Representatives

District 3: Andrew Sorrell

District 4: Tom Fredericks

District 9: James R Bowling

District 10: Charles A. Orr

District 12: Corey Harbison

District 22: Ritchie Whorton

District 23: Tommy Hanes

District 31: Dustin DeVaughn

District 39: TJ Maloney

District 42: Jimmie Hardee

District 49: April Weaver

District 64: Stephen Sexton

District 73: Matt Fridy

District 87: Adam E Parker

District 88: Will Dismukes

District 89: Wes Allen

District 91: Lister H. Reeves, Jr.

District 105: Janet Brown Oglesby

For Alabama Senate

District 2: Tom Butler

District 4: Paul Bussman

District 7: Sam Givhan

District 10: Mack N. Butler

District 12: Wayne Willis

District 13: Tim Sprayberry

District 21: Gerald Allen

District 25: Will Barfoot

District 32: David Northcutt

District 34: Jack Williams

https://youtu.be/WCUq0V-3mgo

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

“A Harlem elementary school aide with a ‘history of assaulting students’ is accused of dragging a kindergartner by his shirt — causing deep scratches — according to a $10 million lawsuit filed by the boy’s mom.

The Countee Cullen/Public School 194 elementary aide, referred to in court papers as Mr. Kaseem, allegedly dragged the boy off a school stage on Dec. 7, 2017, according to his mother’s Manhattan Supreme Court suit.

Countee Cullen administrators didn’t tell the boy’s mom, Bernadette Torres, about the alleged incident, the suit says. Torres found out when her son, identified as ‘JL’ in court papers, came home ‘with a ripped shirt and deep scratch marks across his chest,’ she told the Daily News.” — New York Daily News’ Laura Dimon and Victoria Bekiempis.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/harlem-school-aide-dragged-kindergartner-stage-10m-suit-article-1.3991176

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Here is a post from the anti-CBE group:

This just happened today!
#Florida
Any of these terms sound familiar? smh
“”I do think we should look at alternative pathways to graduation, not that we would lower the standards,” Chartrand said.

Others concurred, although Grady again stressed the need to focus on learning and skills rather than credentials.”

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/2018/05/16/florida-board-of-education-adopts-concordant-test-scores-adds-psat-to-the-list/

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An Islamic assignment in West Virginia:  https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/05/17/outrage-after-school-tells-kids-to-write-islamic-faith-declaration-this-isnt-even-the-beginning?utm_content=buffer057ae&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=theblaze

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

This is illegal, correct?

utah sneaky

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And here are some replies to said post:

No it’s not legal.

it is written in Utah code that there is to be no reward for taking the test. Utah code is the law.

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My school has a sage reward, but even those who opt out get to participate. Make sure you verify that. Sometimes they just use it as a way to explain why they are having a party

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My 7th grader’s school advertised rewards for Sage that did originally exclude some students. I complained about it violating the law and it was changed to include all students. I didn’t have a problem with them getting to watch a movie once testing was done, so long as it wasn’t in any way related to how they did on the Sage testing and whether they completed it.

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I may make a call to the state. A teacher at this school also instructed my son’s class to be sure not to opt out because it’ll affect her paycheck. My son said she basically said that if you opt out you’re an idiot and don’t care about her job.

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Yet another inappropriate sex ed assignment:  https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/05/23/parents-outraged-after-7th-graders-are-assigned-graphic-sex-assignment-in-science-class?utm_content=buffer76a8d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=glennbeck

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

I have just had a serious awakening. My granddaughter just told us “they” lost points in school today because one kid didn’t sign their name on their homework in their class. Excuse me? What does that mean? I’ll tell you what it means folks. It means our kids are being taught to think and act like little automatons. To do what is “good for the group” and encouraged to NOT be individuals. “They,” (as in the class), get rewarded with a party if all goes well and everyone does as they are told. Demerits for the group if not, such as today, because one child forgot to write their name on their homework. Does this not blare out warning bells??

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And here are some replies to said post:

Wow! Not ok. My son has lost credit for forgetting his name on classwork/ homework but only as an individual as it should be. I would complain with your teacher and principal directly.

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They also have what they eloquently call the “golden plate” and “golden whistle” in this school. Children are judged on which is the best behaved class (ie who is the quietest) in the halls, outside on the playground and in the lunch room. We unfortunately can not afford private schooling for the kids. Homeschooling is a hopeful alternative

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A child forgetting his name on a paper isn’t the concern of everyone else. It’s demoralizing and embarrassing to the student.

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I totally agree. That’s one of the things my granddaughter and I were discussing. She was saying that she was the “fault” one day because she forgot her name and the date at the top of one of the numerous sheets of homework one night, and was disdainful of the child who’d forgotten recently. We had to have a heart to heart on that one. It seems like such a little thing but it’s indicative of what’s going on in our public school systems. I also understand that those in authority don’t want chaos in the lunch room but a “golden” prize to the ones who (do not speak and) stay quiet?????

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I became suspicious of ‘group work’ about 7 years ago when I noticed the desks in my kids classrooms placed in clusters of 3 or 4. Teachers said collaboration was good because the advanced learners would push the slower learners along. I had several issues with that reasoning- 1. I didn’t send my child to school to ‘teach’ the other children. 2. One time my child was told by the teacher she could not advance to the next problem until all in the group were ready to move to the next problem. 3. My child was not necessarily grouped with ‘slower’ learners, but sometimes the ‘class clown’ who had no interest in moving in a forward direction. And 4. when members of the group agreed to do different ”parts of a single assignment, sometimes not all kept up their part of the bargain, so I made my kids do the entire assignment to be sure they didn’t lose points.

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I am frighten for the future of these children. Truly.

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Me too. So many young parents I know seriously believe I’m a nut and none of ‘this’ affects ‘their’ child. I saw and I KNOW what my children lost after 2012. Never to be made up.

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keep up the good fight. I know my son’s school principal and teacher are sick of me because I have had many meetings about the way my son has been treated. The teacher uses parties as rewards also comparing what each child does and deducting points. Also, being quiet at lunch, (when this supposed to be when talking is allowed) but yet they have a game to keep them quiet. It’s manipulative.

They do the party thing as a “reward”’for good little robot behavior here too. Horrendous.

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Here is a post from a friend of mine:

EXPLOSIVE AGENDA REVEALED.
And today’s school shootings tie in the “Rethink” and Promise Programs” it’s Gun Control. Don’t believe me?

“But even before victims were laid to rest after their fatal shootings, former U.S Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel exchanged messages on how to frame the tragedy, politically.

During a roughly 10 minute period, the native Chicagoans exchanged seven messages two days following the massacre, in which Mayor Emanuel, who had previously served as President Barrack Obama’s chief of staff, advised Secretary Duncan on what position he should take on the Sandy Hook shootings.

At 6:57PM EST on December 16, 2012, Duncan wrote to Emanuel in a message titled “CT shootings.”

Duncan asked the Chicago mayor, “What are your thoughts?”

Five minutes later, Emanuel responded, “Go for a vote this week before it fades. Tap peoples emotion. Make it simple assault weapons.”

Duncan responded immediately, “Yup- thanks.”

“When I did brady bill and assault weapons for clinton we always made it simple. Criminals or war weapons,” Emanuel said in the email to Duncan.

“Gun show loophole?” Duncan responded. “Database? Cop-killer bullets? Too complicated?” he said.

“Cop killer maybe,” Emanuel responded. “The other no.”

The exchange ended when Duncan concluded with, “Got it.”

Two days after the Sandy Hook massacre, the former education secretary and the sitting mayor of Chicago were already discussing a national strategy…”

http://thebaltimorepost.com/former-white-house-staff-emails-reveal-private-thoughts-amid-one-of-the-nations-most-horrific-school-tragedies/

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

HORRIFYING !!!! I assisted a 7th grader get wi-fi access to her school iPad for her “English Language Arts” homework. She needed to read 13 articles from the school district “NewZella” site and answer questions. Well folks….. the first article was about the shooting in Texas. Absolutely nothing about one’s right to self defend, nothing about the 2nd Amendment. Nope! Only about how the Florida Parkland students had solidarity with the Texas students is creating “reasonable gun laws”. Another article was about how Prom King and Queen could be transgender. PURE DESPOTIC PROPAGANDA!! If that’s not enough, then she “answered questions”. WOW! These were not questions which required critical thinking or English language skills. Nope! There were plainly data collection on what position this child held toward their social agenda. Folks, the schools today are not only NOT EDUCATING kids, they are patently collecting data on kids so as to peg hole them in life by an overreaching, fascist government. They are plainly EVIL!!!!!! This child has been in private schools previous to this year and based on what I see, I would venture to say that this 7th grader has a far better education already than does her “college educated” teacher. PLEASE PARENTS!!!! Get you kids out of these “schools”. They are a real danger to your child.

BTW: This school is in the conservative state of South Carolina in a country town with a population of 540. How bad is it likely in the big city schools in Northern and Western States. GET YOUR KIDS OUT NOW !!!!!

Ask me how.

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

Our charter school is considering the Go Math! program. Do any of you have experience with or insights on it?

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And here are some replies to said post:

It’s junk. Common core junk. My son had it in public school, in 1st grade and I wanted to pull my hair out. 😖

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I think that’s what we did when I lived in Colorado a few years ago. I would give it a definite thumbs down! It was awful!

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It’s the math curriculum in granite school district. It’s basic common core math.

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

Thank you, Chris Berg, for reporting and admitting to blushing as you read the questions. Now, how about exposing the Youth Risk Behavior Survey with its “blushing” questions? According to one ND parent, who after picking up her child from school one day, said her daughter asked what “Oxxx SEX” meant. The mom said she almost crashed the car. Why did the child ask such a question? The YRBS (Youth Risk Behavior Survey) had just been administered at her child’s ND school. Chris Berg, will more reporting from you on all of this be coming shortly? Many parents and children will thank you for this and certainly there will be a special blessing from heaven for you, also.
UPDATED ALERT…..ND PARENTS LET’S SPEAK UP AND PUT AN END TO ALL OF THIS—EVEN THE YRBS WITH SEX QUESTIONS (links below) GIVEN TO OUR ND STUDENTS!!!
Inappropriate freshman physical science class assignment given in Parshall, ND. May 14. INSANE. Please note this dovetails right with….
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) given to our ND students is from the CDC. How many parents are aware that the survey contains many vulgar sex questions. Links provided below for Middle and High School Survey questions. From the survey results, many funds/grants have been given to some schools deemed at risk due to the results. The validity of the results has and will always be in question due to the fact some kids just answer whatever way let alone that surveys with such questions of attitudes, behaviors, values, beliefs where no parent notification was given makes them “illegal”.
SURVEY QUESTIONS #2:
Youth Risk Behavior Survey HIGH SCHOOL grades 9-12:
https://www.nd.gov/dpi/uploads/1568/2017NDHQuestionnaire.pdf
QUESTIONS #1:
Youth Risk Behavior Survey MIDDLE SCHOOL grades 7-8:
https://www.nd.gov/dpi/uploads/1568/2017NDMQuestionnaire.pdf
Here is information on the Youth Risk Behavior Survey from the ND Dept of Public Instruction site:
https://www.nd.gov/dpi/SchoolStaff/SafeHealthy/YRBS/
QUOTE:
“North Dakota began participating in the YRBS (Youth Risk Behavior Survey) survey in 1995. Students in grades, 7-8 & 9-12 are surveyed in the spring of odd years. The survey is voluntary and completely anonymous.”
Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey was developed in 1990 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute markedly to the leading causes of death, disability and social problems among youth and adults in the United States. 

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Here is a post from the anti-CBE group:

Reading Plus was just approved after a one year trial in our district. I tried to get the board to vote against it and thought I had done it but then they went ahead anyway because our asst super of curriculum told the board that teachers and students that used it this year just love it!

before I found this source I tried to do a lesson on my own on the website. IT WAS HORRIFIC. Then I found this. Read the comments below. I really wonder if this is not a great idea to get our districts to stop buying this garbage.

My district dropped 266K on this garbage and another 218 on school city assessments. That is almost a half million bucks on garbage.

Any other info on reading plus. I will continue to bring the issues to our board regarding this. This will be in all of our middle schools and high schools next year. What a waste of money.

https://www.cavsconnect.com/opinion/2014/10/08/is-reading-plus-worth-it/

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And here are the replies to said post:

I remember getting a survey from someone on this asking us what we LIKED about Reading Plus, and what our kids liked, but nothing about what we didn’t like. I’ll bet they used that information as the green-light to go ahead.

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Odds are our deputy superintendent of curriculum lied like a rug.. you try doing a lesson from their website. It’s awful. It gave me a headache and blurry vision and i could only answer the comprehension questions based on prior knowledge. I go before the board to co test every single CBE purchase and for the last 4 years this same deputy super says the same bs. I’m sick and tired of school boards refusing to research any of this garbage.boards rubber stamp these purchases sight unseen with zero data to justify buying more CBE. Is there any way that we can educate our local school boards? We need more investigative journalism done by parents abs students.

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Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

This is FANTASTIC!!
Maybe after Zee State has #identified the “potentially violent” students [probably children of those pesky bitter gun clinging constitutional conservatives], they can make them wear a proud *Lone Star of Texas* on their clothing too, so others are fully aware.

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/video/3869705-gov-abbott-wants-mental-health-program-to-id-potentially-violent-students-across-state/

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And here are some replies to said post:

With all the nuts in the mental health field and in schools Heck no to Mental Health programs ….this is just bring in part of the health care bill that was killed. Leave the kids alone if we had people acting responsibly in this country and hearing each other we wouldnt have these issues.

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Folks this has been in the works for a long time. Anita Hoge has been warning it was coming for years now.

In 1994, Anita Hoge was asked to testify as an Expert Witness, at the Department of Interior National Infrastructure Health and Education Data Security hearing. On December 8, 1994 she presented a paper entitled “Exposing The Medicalization of Schools.” This paper and presentation explained how Medicaid would become the financial vehicle mandating and remediating mental health outcomes. It documented how schools would be required to obtain a partial hospitalization license to bill for Medicaid through Mental Health Wrap-Around Services at school through the identification and re-definition of disabilities of ALL children as “AT RISK” through Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. This substantiated the following statement by Ira Magaziner of the Hillary Care hearings in Washington, D.C., in which he said: “Medicaid would merge into the main healthcare system.”

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Education, Mental Health, and 2nd Amendment Gun Rights

Hillary’s agenda has always been control – control the kids and control guns… through mental health. If Hillary would get her way, mental health at school under the soothing banner of social, emotional, and behavioral standards, will fully implement her original plan from 1993, which will eliminate the 2nd Amendment by coding children with mental health disabilities.

ObamaCare, the successor to the HillaryCare plan, has funded school-based health/mental health services called Promise Neighborhood Schools, as a precursor to the next step in this agenda. ESSA has legislated Promise Neighborhoods and Community Schools which have now merged with ObamaCare. Here Common Core psychological standards have been legislated to identify and label kids as disabled for normal behavior using Title I and IDEA Special Education. CHILD FIND uses scavenging psychological techniques to identify and put as many normal children as possible into the brain-dipping meat grinder. (See my previous articles for extensive documentation on these key points.) These psychological techniques identify children who are leaders and followers. Leaders are the target for interventions. Go along to get along are the global citizens of tomorrow.

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These intervention strategies will change our American children into the worker drones for the global economy birth to age 21. No child will escape, especially independent thinkers, children of patriotic parents, or any child who refuses to bend under the grip of these “change makers.”

The Common Core social, emotional, and behavioral aspects of our children, their personalities, are the target. CHILD FIND promises to find every normal American child and mold them to the international globalist agenda, Common Core and Common Core psych interventions.

Bill Clinton had a favorite slogan that was popular when he was President,
“It’s the Economy, Stupid.”

But, Hillary’s slogan is just as potent and much more dangerous,
“It’s mental health, stupid!”

http://www.newswithviews.com/Hoge/anita129.htm

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Here is another post from Alice Linahan:

Think the state is not taking over local control of traditional public schools? Think Again!

The decision by Tx Commissioner of Education Mike Morath highlights risky nature of PSJA Superintendent Daniel King’s scheme that promises to protect teacher rights while proposing a charter-like takeover of the entire district.

“The commissioner of education has published regulations that he is now simply ignoring,” said Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro. “His agenda of promoting charter school takeovers of public schools is more important to him than the rights of school employees spelled out in the law. In his rush to rubber stamp charter takeovers, he flouts his own regulations and violates the spirit of the law that speaks to the preservation of basic teacher rights.”

“All the assurances Superintendent King has been selling his teachers are being denied by TEA in the San Antonio case,” Malfaro said. “What the Commissioner is telling school districts (and by extension school district employees) is that even if districts want to preserve the rights of teachers and students in these contracts with partners, they can’t do it. These entities taking over the neighborhood schools have to have total autonomy in almost all areas, according to Commissioner Morath.”

http://www.texasaft.org/privatization/charter-schools/education-commissioner-morath-violates-his-own-regulations-to-support-charter-school-takeover-in-san-antonio-isd/

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A high school won’t let a senior wear an army sash at graduation:  http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/05/29/high-school-senior-told-she-cant-wear-us-army-sash-graduation

Here is a post from the anti-CBE group:

I am the mother of an identified gifted learner. Proficiency Based Learning has turned our world upside down.  My daughter is in the 7th grade. She’s going through everything – physically, emotionally, socially and psychologically – that every 7th grader goes through. And then they decided to experiment and throw this on top of it all. She cries every day. At school and at home. This is not right.

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And here are some replies to this post:

Homeschool if you cannot afford a private school

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Homeschooling is not, in my opinion, a very good option

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homeschooling may be the only option for a family in order to obtain an education for their child. We must protect educational liberty which allows the parent-guardian to make educational decisions for their children, unlike school choice where the government makes the decisions.
But to dictate that every student must learn on a device and that is what is going on here. They can use any glamorous terminology they want it is wrong and still a one size fits all.

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I’m not worried about individual teachers. I believe that, as teachers, we must refuse to comply with abusive policies.
because , when there are no more professional teachers ,
there will be no more “real” education” except for the very wealthy. ( and I speak as a refuser)

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I call it abuse of the worst kind.And teachers, although most do not like it, have been too slow to refuse to participate.( And I speak as a life long teacher and worried grandmother)

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Every time a teacher implements anything in their classroom that packages learning, they are assembling the same box that will ship them out of a classroom.

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And to carry on with your perfect image, that same box will morph into a coffin for the “good little teachers” who tried to appease.!

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And NONE of this is what’s best for children. I promise you, it’s the CC standards themselves. They drive this machine of profit, data collection and mining. They drive the tech use and the related social dysfunctions. The Standards are the uranium in this bomb.

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AMEN
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Thank you for all of your very thoughtful responses. I’m hoping other parents – and maybe some teachers – will share their war stories. I knew this was going to be a disaster for my daughter from the outset. She is creatively gifted (although I hate to use the “g” word since so many people have an allergy to it). Past classroom awards she has received include “Most Animated Learner” and “Most Creative – For always being an original thinker.” How (and why) could anyone rein in all of that unbridled creative energy and try to shove it into little boxes? You’d have to break her first. The biggest tell in this is that she’s having the most difficult time in Language Arts. Language Arts! She writes books in her spare time, for goodness sakes! Really good books. But she’s being told that she needs to meet a long list of very dry standards, and told to “Be creative!” while slogging through all of the requirements. She stopped doing the work – and I really can’t blame her. Nothing ruins a fun time like a bunch of useless rules. Thanks for letting me vent.
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i am afraid you can talk to the district until you are blue on the face. There is only one thing you can do opt your child out of all technology period. No digital for assessments classwork, homework, or games etc and only allow pencil, paper, and books. However depending on where you are it may not be an option. You have to protect your child and ensure an environment that is comfortable for her needs and the public school setting may not be it. Know you are not alone your family is one of many.
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 Here is a post from a Washington anti-Common Core group:

Please do not believe Betsy DeVos when she said “Common Core is Dead.” It’s not. It’s everywhere still. It’s our WA State Learning Standards.

Online digital learning platforms use Common Core (as it was designed to do) to build their software.

We still need to keep fighting Common Core.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/04/24/betsy-devos-said-there-isnt-really-any-common-core-any-more-um-yes-there-is/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.ed5cce85c072

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And another post from said group:

Update: It’s Third Sector Capital working with DEL. I do believe I have seen ReadyNation also working with WA, but I can’t find the link right now. I will post it in the comments. I am sure that Third Sector Capital works with ReadyNation.

ReadyNation is a Social Impact Bonds Group that has received lots of monies from the Gates Foundation.

They are holding a pre k Summit for business people only.

Yep they are trying to make money off of preschoolers.

BTW our DEL already works with these people.

Ready Nation is a Social Impact Bonds Group that has received lots of monies from the Gates Foundation.

https://wrenchinthegears.com/2018/05/28/pre-k-profit-readynation-hosts-global-business-leaders-in-new-york-city-this-november/

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Here is a post from a friend of mine:

DEAR, PARENTS WERE YOU POLLED? No? Me either. Let’s be clear this is UNION —->

The UNION letter was addressed to state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, who later said during a Newsday interview that NYSUT and other educational groups had been consulted before the state regulations were drafted.

The regulations would restrict the way that penalized districts spend federal Title I dollars by requiring them to set aside money to be used in encouraging greater student test participation, according to union analysts who have reviewed the 95-page regulatory document. (Hate to say it BUT, Told ya!)

Details on the amount of money to be set aside would be worked out after the regulations passed, education experts said.

In addition, “analysts” said, the proposed rules would change the way test-participation rates are factored into schools’ overall academic ratings, making it more likely that schools would be classified as scholastically deficient. (AGAIN, Told ya)

This could pressure reluctant parents into allowing their children to be tested, NYSUT officials said. (Wait, you guys supported passing ESSA right?)

The disputed regulations, posted last month by the state Education Department, are intended to meet requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which was approved in 2015. New York State’s Board of Regents is tentatively scheduled to take up the regulations for adoption at its next meeting June 11-12. (Of course they are, this is no surprise right?)

Previous state regulations required districts with low test participation to come up with plans for improvement but did not include sanctions like those evidently spelled out in the latest proposals. (Stop acting surprised will ya.)

https://www.newsday.com/long-island/education/opt-out-1.18922516

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

From Alice Linahan

In a nutshell-
While elections divide us- And, unelected bureaucrats like the Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath regulate us, and while America’s children are being shot in their classrooms; all of us are being controlled. How?

A system has been locked in place by both federal and state legislation. With government regulated “choice” comes accountability through rules and regulations by unelected bureaucrats.

Even if the US Department of Education is dismantled there are federal education dollars tied to mandates coming in via the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) from the Departments of HHS, Labor, Defense, and Education.

Below are the purposes of the College and Career Readiness/Common Core National Standards now codified into law through the passage of (WIOA) and the Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA).

Shifts Education Philosophy– from an education of Opportunity (Equal Opportunity) based on academics; reading, writing, math, and history to an education of equity (Equal Outcomes) based on attitudes, values, beliefs, and behaviors.
Broadened Impact – The College and Career Readiness/Common Core National Standards expand the target from K-12 (Kindergarten through 12th grade) to a P-20W (Pre-school through College, Trade or Graduate School) workforce system.
Testing Based Outcomes– The College and Career Readiness Common Core 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 allows for a government controlled economy known as “Dirigisme” or the more common use–a dirigiste economy. It means essentially a state-directed economy.
Dismantle traditional public schools– With locally elected school boards, in favor of charter-like structures (public/private partnerships) that will be forced to generate student data for global corporate profit and state control.

This NEW system known as a P-20W system will now track, psychologically profile and sort students from Pre-school through the Workforce.

Eventually, any student who opts out of the P-20W system will not be able to get a job in the workforce. Competency-based credentialing begins in Pre-school with this system. Therefore, it negatively impacts a student who does not take the state or federal dollars.

When they say…
Every Student Succeeds they mean Lifelong learning so every student means EVERY American from pre-school through the workforce.

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Here is a post from Lynne Taylor, the Common Core Diva:

If ever we needed proof what “education” has become..
Remember this the next time someone says we need skilled workers. Many of us here know that has been the plan all along. The CCSS Machine isn’t hiding this truth anymore. ESSA made no bones about it, “all education must be aligned to post-secondary readiness as laid out by WIOA”. (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act)

apprenticeship sneaky sneaky sneaky

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Here is another post from the Common Core Diva:

If you think small time media hasn’t sold out to the CCSS Machine, take this truth, for example:
I gave a fact based, truth filled interview a couple of years ago to this magazine as the ‘con’ side to Common Core in NC. My 5 pages, was of course, reduced, but the content was re-arranged so more room was available for the pro side. Here is their latest set of lies, and my response.

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And yet another post from her:

Warriors, I’ve recently returned from and education related conference. Sex Ed and its inappropriateness was a key portion. Did you know “Dr.” Kinsey was NOT anyone of scientific worth?
His ‘research’ was forced. His victims abused (some died). Parents were not informed of his activities. All our modern sex ed is based on this quack’s findings. WHY?

sex ed bad

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And here are some replies to said post:

Yes, I’ve known about him for years. His research subjects were generally men from mental hospitals and prisons. They participated in every kind of sexual deviancy known to man. He used this data to make it seem like this type of behavior was normal within the general population. That’s the equivalent of using members of an AA meeting to provide statistical proof that addictions are so ubiquitous that they must be typical human behavior.

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have your read Dr. Judith Reisman’s evidence? She was granted money by the US Dept of Justice to investigate Kinsey. Her proof was so powerful and truthful DoJ buried it.

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Yes, I am aware. I’m also aware of the trash…reworking of the DSM. How do you even begin to deal with this when it’s infected the culture to this extent?

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I don’t recall reading anything specifically by her, but it doesn’t surprise me that evidence was buried. Kinsey has been the driving force behind so much of the sexual education movement, and of course comprehensive sexuality education is a very critical component to the overarching plan to destroy traditional morality. To do this, the plan’s proponents must undermine the thinking/reasoning centers of students and feed the emotional, instinct driven centers of the brain. It sure makes it a lot easier to move from a society focused upon individual action and accountability and founded upon “natural rights” to one that acts collectively and venerates “human rights” if you can move a large group of people to endorse your political platform based solely upon emotional appeal. Normalizing all types of sexuality also feeds the diversity beast and promotes the idol of “tolerance”.

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And yet another post from her:

Dr. Judith Reisman, head of the Child Protection Institute, has a 2nd edition of her book (Kinsey: Crimes and Consequences) out. This is page 274. Note the date. Have things improved since the 1950s?! No, the federal/ corporate intrusion has worsened terribly.

 chart of evil
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And yet another post from her:
Warriors, I am on the road, but fed Ed news won’t escape me while away from my desk.
NC’s death knell notice for education was announced today.
@CAintheCR
education dies in NC
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And here is another post from her:
My local news just reported that Charlotte-Mecklenberg schools are devoting over $40 million of it’s 2018-19 budget to pay for school psychologists, school social workers, etc. Teachers not set to receive any of the funds, so they are protesting tonight for an extra 5.9% raise on top of NC’s raise. Then, at tonight’s meeting, universal Pre-K implementation. Can anyone say #agenda?
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Here is a post from a Utah anti-Common Core group:

Sometimes when I do the math I become very angry. Utah has just approved two new state wide testing contracts to replace the SAGE test. I added up the price tag for the two and the total is $80,243,642. Lets just say that a teacher’s benefit package equals $100,000 (which was not my case but lets pretend). These tests are costing the state of Utah the equivalent of 800 teachers. Will this test tell us more about the education of our students then 800 teachers could? Will it enhance our student’s education more then 800 teachers would?” Thanks Joylin Lincoln, very well said.

What irks me more is the pretending that RISE is somehow different from SAGE even though the questions are the same. What is a shiny new outhouse when you leave the inside the same? Just saying….

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And here are some replies to said post:

The rebranding price tag of $44,000 was more then my salary last year.

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What happened today with the discussion for opt outs? With SAGE gone, is there still a parents right to opt out of these two tests?

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Yes, they are applying for a moratorium for a year why they try to develop a plan.

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Spending another $80m of our taxpayer dollars to perpetuate common core. 😡

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Utah is going interoperable with other states with assessments. This is the next step towards the complete loss of local curriculum control. Parents need to understand that curriculum IS assessment and assessment IS curriculum. Common Core was always about “Next Generation Assessments.”

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both are STILL aligned to CCSS, both data rape students. I have researched both before. Let me know if you want the truth USBE left out

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It irks me too. It is so frustrating that the rebranding is happening. Every parent needs to know they are the same test. Opt out!

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It’s election time people! Let’s get out there, GET VOCAL and make sure we get pro-parent candidates who have their eyes open to what CC really is elected and fighting for what will ACTUALLY help our children’s education.

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Here is a post from the anti-CBE group:

“Children are naturally curious and learning is naturally pleasurable. Small releases of dopamine in the brain encourages a child to persevere with the long-term difficult practice needed to build skills naturally over time, such as with sports, arts, and music.

What Silicon Valley is banking on, is to bypass human social interactions and community education experiences by hijacking children’s brains directly with more potent and powerful interactive technologies, where larger doses of dopamine are released, such as happens with drugs, video games and gambling. Their goal is to make the education software as addictive as possible, and they are quite up-front about that.”

And it then quotes another post:

“Many parents intuitively understand that ubiquitous glowing screens are having a negative effect on kids. But it’s even worse than we think. Recent brain imaging research is showing that they affect the brain’s frontal cortex — which controls executive functioning, including impulse control — in exactly the same way that cocaine does.

Technology is so hyper-arousing that it raises dopamine levels — the feel-good neurotransmitter most involved in the addiction dynamic — as much as sex. This addictive effect is why Dr. Peter Whybrow, director of neuroscience at UCLA, calls screens “electronic cocaine” and Chinese researchers call them “digital heroin…”

~Nicholas Kardaras, M.D., August 27, 2016

Source: It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies http://nypost.com/2016/08/27/its-digital-heroin-how-screens-turn-kids-into-psychotic-junkies/

“The Edu-tech Revolution has begun. At this very moment new computer games and education software are being developed to teach children academics one-to-one via computers. Following on the success of the hi-tech gaming industry, the goal is to use technology to transform schooling.

By merging education and entertainment technologies, advocates and investors of these products stress the potential for educating children faster, more effectively and less expensively than schools currently do. Unfortunately, there are a number of potential problems.

First, many of these new programs are being designed to collect data from children so as to maintain individual personal profiles, that investors and corporations can utilize to design future products and monitor individuals as they move from education into the workforce. T

Moreover, some investors hope to use this data to construct what they expect will become a trillion dollar education market (such as we had with housing) to bundle and sell school and software investments on Wall Street.

Also VERY concerning, is that many Silicon Valley engineers are attempting to make edu-tech software as “pleasurable” as possible, using addictive video “gaming” strategies to design their education products.

Children are naturally curious and learning is naturally pleasurable. Small releases of dopamine in the brain encourages a child to persevere with the long-term difficult practice needed to build skills naturally over time, such as with sports, arts, and music.

What Silicon Valley is banking on, is to bypass human social interactions and community education experiences by hijacking children’s brains directly with more potent and powerful interactive technologies, where larger doses of dopamine are released, such as happens with drugs, video games and gambling. Their goal is to make the education software as addictive as possible, and they are quite up-front about that.”

Source: Edu-Tech’s Brave New World – How Education Software is Being Designed to Hijack Children’s Brains https://creativesystemsthinking.wordpress.com/2017/09/23/edu-techs-brave-new-world-how-education-software-is-being-designed-to-hijack-childrens-brains/

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

This filthy anti American progressive agenda driven organization has infiltrated the NW suburbs school systems as it says; Yo collect data and push their agena with the information collected from students their families and the schools. DO NOT ALLOW YOUR KIDS TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY QUESTIONNAIRES OR SURVEYS OF ANY KIND. We need to get a full transparent accounting of how their tentacles are in the schools and who asked us.

http://www.joycefdn.org

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

“The most recent casualty was Utah which had requested a waiver for the 95% test rate to comply with recently passed state statute which says students can be opted out of statewide testing by their parents and, the school and its employees are to suffer no ill effects as a result of a parent exercising those parental rights. Secretary Devos, carrying out the instructions of the publicly unknown members of the plan review committee, denied this waiver request.”

http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/congress-doesnt-respect-parents-not-really/

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

The state’s Board of Regents, in a split vote Monday, tentatively agreed to controversial new rules aimed at school districts on Long Island and across New York where large numbers of students boycott state tests.

The new regulations — which among other provisions could result in some schools being required to set aside federal aid money to encourage greater student test participation — passed with 14 Regents in favor and three abstaining.

Regent Roger Tilles, who represents Nassau and Suffolk counties on the board, voted with the majority but expressed continuing concern over what he described as “onerous” sections of the regulations.

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, whose staff drafted the regulations, emphasized at the board meeting that a final Regents vote on the rules would not be held until September and that the public would have another opportunity to comment on the regulations in the meantime.

“Everybody didn’t get everything that they wanted,” the commissioner said. “But we came up, I think, with a very comprehensive plan.”

Some board members contended that parents and others with misgivings about Albany’s testing program probably would be confused by certain aspects of the new regulations, including the use of complex formulas to factor in test opt-out rates as part of school district’s academic ratings.

“I think our message is garbled,” said one of the Regents who abstained, Susan Mittler of Ithaca. “There is not an understanding of what these tests are and why we are asking children to take them.”

The rules, aimed at districts with high test-refusal rates, are part of broader regulations that would enforce a federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, which was adopted in 2015.

ESSA, like a previous federal statute that it replaced, requires at least 95 percent of eligible students in every public school nationwide to take annual state tests in English and math. Only a handful of schools on Long Island meet that requirement due to a series of massive annual test boycotts.

In April, nearly half of all eligible students in Nassau and Suffolk counties — 91,974 in all — declined to take the state’s English Language Arts assessments in grades three through eight, a Newsday survey showed. The inquiry drew responses from 115 districts out of a regional total of 124.

The state’s latest regulations would affect schools falling below the 95 percent benchmark in several ways, both financial and academic.

On the fiscal side, the regulations would authorize the state education commissioner to take certain steps, “which may include requiring that the district set aside a portion of its Title I funds to use on activities to increase student participation in state assessments.”

Title I is a major federal program that provides more than $15 billion a year nationwide, mostly to help students struggling with their math and reading lessons.

Groups representing unionized teachers and the parent boycott have attacked the new rules, which are more sweeping than regulations initially proposed in April.

On Wednesday, leaders of New York State allies for Public Education, a statewide parent and education group, sent a letter to Elia contending that the rules would allow her to “impose a financial penalty” on districts — action that the state has not taken in the past. New York State United Teachers, a union group, takes the same position.

Elia aides disagree that the Title I set-asides would constitute a penalty. So does the Education Trust – New York, a nonprofit private agency based in Manhattan that supports ESSA as a means of raising academic achievement, especially among minority students.

https://www.newsday.com/long-island/education/new-york-state-regents-1.19134103

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And here are some replies to said post:

You just don’t get it and why my child no longer attends public school.

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They just keep doubling down on this shit testing!
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Who is looking into the Algebra Regents!!!! Another set up for failure today!!!
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Can you opt out of regents and still get a Hugh school diploma? I thought they only give regents diplomas now
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That is correct, as far as I know. Only Regents diplomas.
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If they have IEP they can score a 55 on the regents and earn a local diploma.
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 I switched from an IEP to a 504 because the SPED in my district is horrific and totally counter productive, so what now ? Also NYS requires 2 years of foreign language for HS, tried to get an exemption from this and cannot get it without putting him back into SPED. Devastating and infuriating.
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Sick! And we (taxpayers and parents) are allowing this???!!!!
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Take away the $$$$by removing the children from public schools & see how fast they change! Parents need to speak with their actions
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Looks like Roger Tilles isn’t REPRESENTING us at all!
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None of them do. They nod like Pavlov’s Dogs. So does Elia and Rosa to Linda Darling Hammond.
Notice NYS first in nation to implement SEL curriculum. Smh
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Time to leave New York State. Forcing you to take the test!! It is all about the money!! Aren’t there laws against bullying???😂😂😂
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They know there’s a diploma crisis that’s impacting tens of thousands of students who won’t be able to go to college, vocational school, the military, or apply for civil service jobs. There have been incremental changes, but it’s far from resolution of the problem and leaves far too many kids with no future – leaves them twisting in the wind. And that is after twelve or more years of working hard toward a goal – and being denied because They. Can’t. Pass. A. Standardized. Sub-par. Test. that neither the BoR or Ms. Elia has vetted.
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Let’s NOT forget that parents were dismissed and told to stand in the corner. Take care of the teachers and APPR and it will trikle down dontcha know! Happy teachers will make happy classrooms, then they can “shut their doors and do what they need to do” they said.

SEVEN YEARS later, parents are still waiting for the teacher’s union to come out strongly against the reforms. Bill Gates said he needed 10yrs for the experiment, folks we are going into year 8.

When are we going to start to stop?

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 Here is a post from the anti-CBE group:

GEF has released a new report. Peter Senge wrote the intro. I had extensive conversations last year with one of the authors concerning their last report and the dangers of so much celebration of an edutech-centric future.

Is this much better, a bit better or… not?

https://futuref.org/educationfutures

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And here are some replies to said post:

Can you imagine a radical shift in the way we teach kids to walk? Of course not.

The proposal of where we need to go is scary. “Societal wisdom” sure sounds like indoctrination.

Are the authors suggesting our founding fathers had no wisdom? The citizens who supported the noble ideals presented in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution had no societal wisdom?

We need to stop meddling in K-12 education, return to the proven practices to teach kids to read, write, do math and know stuff. The future belongs to them!

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“Protopia” sounds a lot like a pseudo-utopia wherein technology and AI will be used to “make today a little better than yesterday”. Tell that to the dying man, eh!

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Biofeedback devices? Personal competence profile and personal reputation….??? 😦

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This is all very exhausting! It’s hard for me to imagine learning this way. So many children and adults learn by doing, project-based learning, growing plants, drawing, painting, investigating how cells work, making new discoveries from manipulating variables, observation and study of animals, etc. The only way I see to counteract this technical system evolving for profit, is to work around it and create environments that most people can relate to, that draws them, ignites their interest, that pulls them into wanting to learn more. Much of what students have learned in the fragmented educational system has left them with the question, “Why do we need to know this?” When we get to work and collaborate ideas and expertise and create projects and hands-on real-life experiments that immediately show us why we are learning it, then maybe we can beat this thing. Being physical while working is also mentally and physically healthier. I don’t know, I think we better start collaborating with scientists, artists, horticulturist, farmers, culinary and nutritionists, environmental engineers etc, and create model learning environments in the real world for our future education. Whatever we teach, whether it is math or reading, we need to make many living connections to it.

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Working in the International Baccalaureate, I see this all the time: good ideas about student at the center of education then turned into a massive set of criteria and metrics surrounded by impenetrable language and constant micromanaging of the students themselves. This is not what is needed; it is just another competence based system with fancy graphics. We need kids in real life with real people and real problems.

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totally agree. It’s often all about hidden control, for various motives, like sales of tech metric systems to teachers fearing chaos in class, but perhaps most of all, states fearing critical citizens.

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and of course fearing chaos in class comes from large classes of disaffected students, so there is a positive feedback loop that is constantly, if not purposefully, amplified.

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Exactly. I think we need a deep study into loop cycles that make matters worse, and stack logical expansion on logical expansion into madness, like if one test works, why not two, why not prepare for the tests better, why not drop everything else just to be sure students score the best, then why not bring in tech that measures every tiny choice leading up to the test, and why not then call those who fail or drop out losers? etc. Similar with our whole society and surveillance. oh boy.

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And another post from this group:

Wow-just wow. “However, we added a little wrinkle just to be spicy. Working with our behavioral research team, we modified a player’s charity vote by their in-game honor level, or how sportsmanlike and pleasant they were to play with. The higher their in-game honor level, the more weight their vote carried. Our goal was to link the in-game behavior to real-world implications in order to help change the self-narrative of players, both in and out of the game…We are excited to continue exploring what we can do to help mobilize our players (and ourselves) to keep making social impact and changing the narrative about what it means to be a gamer.”

Riot Games is funding Institute of Play, which is promoting gamification of education. If folks are looking for a summer read, check out Daniel Suarez’s books “Daemon” and “Freedom.” The first is a bit schlocky, but you have to read it to get to the next one which is more thoughtful IMO.

https://www.riotgames.com/en/csr/giving-gamers-agency-in-social-impact

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

ALG II conversion chart

conversion chart of cheats and lies

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Here is a post from the anti-CBE group:

If you haven’t seen this graphic from global education futures, it shows what is really meant by “student centered.” See competence portfolios on the right hand side?

poor mistreated student

Now look at the video that was posted below…

https://vimeo.com/135088077?from=outro-local

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And here are some replies to said post:

Graphic above from this doc: http://edu2035.org/pdf/GEF.Agenda_eng.pdf

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This is a frightening document. Who could believe that education would become a science fiction novel:(

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It is simply a Communist type form of government that runs your life, and tells everyone what they are allowed to do.

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This explains it… has been in the works for a long time. This is bigger than the US, it is world wide, but Hillary is implicated.http://www.eagleforum.org/educate/marc_tucker/

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An entire global population whose psycho-social development is mediated through authoritarian instruction/directions on a digital screen?

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OMG!! Orwellian, Huxleyan! What an old school thinking with new tech. More disconnection, more measuring, more testing, more competition, more refined demanding and less humane presence.

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Yes. And this kind of ed is being implemented NOW.. its not a future vision, its a blueprint being created and tested on children at this very moment.

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Yes and they seem to be taking the education language like “student centered learning”and applying that language to their program.

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Yes, exactly. And they are adopting all the best ideas from positive and motivational psychology, emphasizing social and emotional intelligence and growth mindset. BUT, they don’t just want to help support these skills, they want to measure and assess them, monitor students, rank and score them.

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It’s really the old repackaged with new language. We have already seen what schools have been doing around the nation. I have been in schools recently that have 50 kids in one classroom all sitting facing a computer screen. Charter schools around here are not held accountable at all. I worked for a school that took all of my language, and still uses it today but does not have a program that represents the language.

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Yes, education has become highly profitable with the charter schools and new Edtech methods which they call “personalized” “learner-centered” and competency based. But it really means more time putting kids on computers.

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And is there any link between New America and GEF? A friend who had contact with some GEF advisory board members (they wanted her to join) said her sense was they don’t have much money. New America appears to be rolling in it… https://www.newamerica.org/our-funding/our-funders/

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I haven’t done much research on the advisors, though a number of Emily’s posts discuss Vander Ark. GEFF is headed by Pavel Luksha, with the Skolkovo Institute in Russia. Obviously the current political climate has put a damper on US/Russia partner initiatives. I think MIT pulled out of a relationship they had had a few years back. I don’t know of a direct tie between New America and GEFF.

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“The primary operator of GEFF is Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, a world-class research institution co-founded by Skolkovo Foundation (Russia) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). RF Group serves as the initiative co-founder, and sets the initial context of the event with our Education Futures Global Agenda report.” http://refuture.me/

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In 2014 the FBI warned MIT about their concerns over espionage linked with Skolkovo. https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/20/fbi-warns-us-tech-companies-mit-russians-may-be-se/

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Are there other American ed tech company consortiums that have a similar manifesto?

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Tom Vander Ark got his start with the Gates Foundation and is one of the main advocates for CBE/digital curriculum in the US. He is a GEFF advisor and is a partner in Learn Capital. This is their portfolio: http://learncapital.com/portfolio/

He was also on the board of iNACOL. Through him GEFF has some tie to most ed-tech initiatives in the US. https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomvanderark

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New report from GEF… http://futuref.org/educationfutures#rec55086012

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#Deepshit We live in a system where profit at the cost of the whole is rewarded, where destruction of nature makes sense, and smart new forms of slavery are welcomed by the ‘owners’. We live in a system where children either learn to support the system, for if they’ll fail, they’ll feed the system with forced labour if need be. Countless people seek alternatives, seek change, address issues. But the core is rotten, succesfull change far away. Ideas of how to change it are many, but none yet succesfully going viral across the globe igniting a massive shift. What essential arguments, would make all eyes go open en all teachers join the revolution? Sadly the insights above, many here will share, aren’t doing it.

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If you are in Norway, you should have NORDEFCO on your radar. It is an Scandinavian extension of the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative that originated in the US Defense Department. They, in partnership with the US Department of Education, have largely coordinating been coordinating the ed-tech transition here since the late 1990s. I believe they are behind the shift in places like Finland to tech-heavy “phenomenon-based learning.” https://nordicadl.com/archive/adl-conference/

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This looks like the International Baccalaureate on tech steroids. The problem is our whole system of evaluation: https://regenerativepedagogydotcom.wordpress.com/2018/03/17/deep-evaluation/

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One of the early pioneers of Facebook and its first President Sean Parker, voiced his regret regarding helping create social media in the form we know it today, saying:

“I don’t know if I really understood the consequences of what I was saying, because of the unintended consequences of a network when it grows to a billion or 2 billion people and it literally changes your relationship with society, with each other… God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.”

Parker says the social networking site exploits human psychological vulnerabilities through a validation feedback loop that gets people to constantly post to get even more likes and comments.

“It’s exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you’re exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology,” he said. “The inventors, creators — it’s me, it’s Mark [Zuckerberg], it’s Kevin Systrom on Instagram, it’s all of these people — understood this consciously. And we did it anyway.”  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-21/depressing-chart-mark-zuckerberg-does-not-want-you-see

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

Cathy Ruse reports for Family Research Council, May 15, 2018, that public school students in Fairfax County, Virginia, are subjected to 80 hours of “Family Life Education” sex ed — on the kids’ evolving “sexual identity,” the proper handling of contraceptive drugs and devices, and how to give consent for sex.

But Fairfax County’s longtime Democrat-controlled school board is set to take things from bad to worse…

http://www.frcblog.com/2018/05/fairfax-county-school-board-teach-kids-biological-sex-meaningless/

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Students in South Carolina being indoctrinated against the police in high school English:  https://www.westernjournal.com/parents-outraged-after-students-are-assigned-anti-police-summer-reading/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=PostSideSharingButtons&utm_content=2018-06-16&utm_campaign=websitesharingbuttons

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

Her mother says that she was told by the principal that her daughter did not meet all of her graduation requirements for the 2018 school year – specifically for not taking one of two required Ohio State tests.

http://fox8.com/2018/06/11/student-denied-graduation-over-state-test/

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

Moms and Dads in Millard County. Guess what? Your district has now become the pilot rural district for “personalized,” global-citizen-based, curriculum. If you wonder why your kids are getting Google Chromebooks, it’s because your district has sold out to UNESCO—the UN’s education ministry.

Millard District has received a grant to partner with the Consortium for School Networking. The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is a partner with UNESCO—the UN’s education ministry. President Trump and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have called UNESCO anti-Israel for a reason. If you need that translated, it means anti-Christian.

This technology partnership is designed to, eventually, gut local curriculum control through online learning. UNESCO is heck-bent on sexualizing curriculum worldwide. This is well documented. Just do a quick search for UNESCO, Planned Parenthood and Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE). CSE is designed to integrate throughout online, globalized curriculum—including through subjects like Digital Citizenship and Digital Literacy.

Dads. On this Father’s Day, this is your battle cry. Don’t march in Millard’s 4th of July parade, or bother watching it, unless you truly defend America’s children—your children. Rise up and protect your children from these soul-destroying, globalist tyrants. You’re selling your souls for a mess of pottage.

I grew up in rural Utah. Dads in rural Utah “get” freedom and what it takes to defend and maintain it. It’s time, Dads.

See:
https://cosn.org/…/innovating-rural-school-districts%E2%80%…

https://cosnconference.org/program/global/

https://cosn.org/…/cosn-unesco-release-working-papers-mobil…

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And here are some replies to said post:

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/nairobi/about-this-office/single-view/news/unesco_trains_primary_and_secondary_teachers_on_comprehensiv/

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wow.

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“there is need for ongoing technical guidance, mentorship and supervision of teachers; moreover training for school inspectors is required to ensure there are mechanisms in place to ensure effective monitoring at the district level.”

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Yep. They’re tracking districts through the data systems.

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I’m in Millard County and often wondered about the Chromebooks… what do I do about it? Can I keep my kids off of them?

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Yes! You are the parents!!

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But, just know that the school will likely challenge you because the entire district is starting to grade children on their global competencies: values, attitudes and behaviors.

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The reason they need each child on their own Chromebook is that children are supposed to be moved from 3x per year assessments into curriculum-embedded assessment so that their behaviors can be tracked (and shaped) continuously. When your children can’t be tracked, their “growth” can’t be measured and so the school gets caught between federal laws for student growth measurements and parental rights to control curriculum.

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The district has received a grant so they cannot back away from this plan now. They have chosen money over parental rights.

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Please, do what you can to protect your own kids and keep us posted on this thread on how the district and school react. They will tell you that local/state teachers are developing the curriculum, and there’s nothing to worry about. But. The young teachers are being trained to choose pre-curated curricukum. Often, they don’t actually vett the curriculum. And, logistically, they can’t vett it if every child is learning something different on a computer-adaptive platform. When the online curriculum adapts, in real time, it can’t be vetted—by design.

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I would encourage you to watch the video I posted above where I explain the goal for Google, Microsoft and UNESCO. Share it with any parents who will listen. I would be happy to come to Millard and give the presentation in person too, where I could answer questions.

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Prayers for you and yours!

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I spoke with the principal at the high school about their increased usage of electronic learning last year and how it was affecting my kids and unfortunately it fell on deaf ears.

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In our school district’s enrollment process, there is a question that asks parents if we would allow internet access. Does your enrollment process ask that? If so, just say no. And even if it doesn’t, just tell the teacher you want paper printouts for everything. No online assignments.

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Our district does digital citizenship and I opted my kid out. I later found out that one of the software questions asks kids if they considered a truck a gift option for a boy birthday and a doll a gift option for a girl birthday. When answered yes, the student was told that is a sexist thing to think and then it explained why. This was through the (not-so) Common Sense Media online program. This group has backed legislation here in CA that is anti parental rights under the guise of “helping” kids. Thankfully it was defeated, for now. The group frequently backs children’s privacy legislation but their own privacy statement does not. Complete hypocrisy! Wolves in sheep’s clothing all over the place!

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The power of Common Sense Education is in their content curation systems which are starting to precurate online content for teachers. Have you seen Common Sense’s Digital Citizenship curriculum for 6th-8th graders? I can email it to you if you want to message me your email.

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I have had a preview of it through an hour long district presentation. But more info. would be great! I will message you my e-mail. I know they also give surveys at the end without parental notification or permission. CSM is a huge political thorn in my side! The Steyer brothers are political activists and Chelsea Clinton is on their advisory board. Bad news all around.

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Yep. Bad news! And with teacher training favoring their friend Darling-Hammond’s SEL (InTASC) Standards, it’s going to get much harder for parents to fight Common Sense curriculum integration into the schools.

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Public schools all around our nation aren’t teaching our innocent children what they deserve toward their futures. Instead reformation and rewriting American History as well as other mandatory learning textbooks aren’t even mentioned anymore. This in itself is the downgrading producing more illiteracy than good. Homeschooling and Charter is much more effective as a proven accomplishment students deserve.

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UDPATE: The first link about Millard and CoSn didn’t work. Here is the corrected link. I’ve tried to update it on those pages that shared it, but not everyone’s page is public. Please revise it if you’ve shared this story so that people can access it:

https://cosn.org/about/news/innovating-rural-school-districts—cosn-improve-student-success-through-new-technology

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Here is a post from Shannon Joy:

THIS IS BAD. Really, really, really bad ———->

Every child to labor for the corporate elites, wholly owned by the GOVERNMENT. Groomed and tracked in government schools. 21st Century Slavery.

This will be SPUN as ‘Trump abolishes the Dept. Of Education’ or ‘shrinks government’ … don’t be fooled.

(BTW – we’ve been telling y’all this was coming for the past 3.5 years!)

#CommonCore

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2018/06/20/us/politics/20reuters-usa-trump-education-labor.html

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Here is a post from a friend of mine:

WE KNEW IT!! Unions will hold hostage schools in the Fall? Rumbling across states of Fall mass strikes

“Ms. Harrison urges a change in public schools from “an education model” to a “medical/behavioral/tactical model” where teachers will become well versed in medicine, fire arms handling and psychology so as to be better able to do the government’s work of treating, protecting and molding the minds of the state’s children.

Of course, it’s all tied together with more training, more administration and more money for the public school leviathan. So it goes. Big government grows bigger by creating legions of government employees represented by big government supportive unions who have a vested interest in supporting even bigger government. The rest of us are left to watch and experience government’s continual incremental takeover of just about everything…”

http://thelibertychronicle.com/teachers-union-politics-in-west-virginia/

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

**The History of Goals 2000**
In 1989, a coalition of state governors concerned about the ailing state of America’s public schools proposed a solution: “Goals 2000.” This program would set educational goals for the nation’s public schools to be achieved by the year 2000, create a framework for implementing the goals, and provide incentives for the states to cooperate in meeting the goals.
By 1994, the eight national goals were in place and Goals 2000 was an official federal program.

The Eight National Goals

1. By the year 2000, all children will start school ready to learn.

2. By the year 2000, the high school graduation rate will increase to at least 90 percent.

3. By the year 2000, all students will leave grades 4, 8, and 12 having demonstrated competency over challenging subject matter including English, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, and geography, and every school in America will ensure that all students learn to use their minds well, so they may be prepared for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment in our Nation’s modern economy.

4. By the year 2000, the Nation’s teaching force will have access to programs for the continued improvement of their professional skills and the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to instruct and prepare all American students for the next century.

5. By the year 2000, United States students will be the first in the world in mathematics and science achievement.

6. By the year 2000, every adult American will be literate and will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to compete in a global economy and exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

7. By the year 2000, every school in the United States will be free of drugs, violence and the unauthorized presence of firearms and alcohol and will offer a disciplined environment conducive to learning.

8. By the year 2000, every school will promote partnerships that will increase parental involvement and participation in promoting the social, emotional, and academic growth of children.

https://hslda.org/content/docs/nche/000010/200209010.asp

Students are calling for the removal of a brave school board member in Elgin, IL because she suggested that the new rules of student code of conduct may consider it bullying to address a “transgender” person by the “wrong” gender pronoun:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/news/ct-ecn-u46-school-board-meeting-st-0517-20160517-story.html

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Here is a post from the Common Core Diva:

Warriors, take note: the merger of Ed and Labor will not rest solely on PreK to College education, but on every single American citizen in need of going to work or getting ‘education’ to earn credentials TO work.
The merger will NOT close the U.S. Dept. of Education, but enlarge it. The merger will disrespect your school choice.
Both Ed and Labor Cabinet Agencies are ILLEGAL. Why do we need to comply?
We should revolt.
Quote me, if you like.

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Here is a post from Women on the Wall:

“Jane Robbins, senior fellow at American Principles Project (APP), told Breitbart News in a statement the administration’s proposal is “riddled with problems.”

“Rather than returning government to the people as the president promised, it centralizes government,” she said. “It codifies the Common Core-type workforce development model of job training, rather than genuine education, and gives Big Business outsized influence on what happens in schools. It promotes data sharing and citizen tracking for the benefit of a government-managed economy. It’s a mess. We can only hope Congress rejects it outright.”

In an interview with Breitbart News, Eunie Smith, president of the Eagle Forum, said the administration’s proposal is mind-boggling in its apparent acceptance that it is the role of the federal government to plan the workforce.

Smith said the proposal is a “Jeb Bush-type plan” that suggests “the only purpose of education is to prepare a citizen for a slot in the workforce.”

“Rather than equip an individual to pursue whatever goal he sets for himself as part of his God-given freedom, this is, instead, the German model being pushed by misguided business interests and some state interests,” she explained. “As a result, the type of education an individual would receive would be influenced by crony corporations dictating to schools the skills needed for future workers.”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/06/22/trump-administration-proposes-merging-education-labor-departments/

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Here is another post from the Common Core Diva:

This graphic appeared in a 4 part video series from Freedom Project Media in 2017. I was one of the 3 expert panelists. With the HEA (Higher Education Act) being re-vamped by the same Sellout Congressional traitors as ESSA, we saw the writing on the Wall.
With the Ed/Labor merger, this is all we will know in America. Look how closely we are to the end game goal: global workforce training.
#ourtimeisrunningout

time running out

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Here is a post from the anti-CBE group:

YOU are witnessing Marc Tucker’s “necessary revolution in school policy” brought to the country by Lamar Alexander & the Education Cartel…….Common Standards, High-Stakes Testing, Career Ladders, Pay-for-Performance, Charter Schools, No Child Left Behind, Every Student Succeeds Act, Pay-for-Success and now…….federal Career Tecnical and Higher Education Acts…..all to complete the data collection system necessary to use predictive analytics to place your child on the pathway in the New American Schools human capital (education/labor) development system……….It has taken 30 years to get to this point……Will America choose to continue to sit on the sidelines?

And here is a post that was quoted by the post above:

On the Hill next week: Career and Technical Education Act (CTE)(also called Carl D. Perkins Act) is BEING MARKED UP…watch for the Fast Track! Over $1 BILLION on the line.

National Governors Association (NGA) is telling the Senate education committee “Perkins must be connected to state economic development and workforce systems.” Politico

Senate HELP Chairman Lamar Alexander doesn’t need to be told. He was in on the ground floor of this deal since 1986 (at least).

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Here is a post from the Common Core Diva Lynne Taylor:

Is this really education’s goal? It wasn’t supposed to be. How to think, act, and live; not what the think do, or where you will work.

no no we wont go

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And here is a reply to this post:

I still remember the day my principal stood before me in a staff meeting (way back in about 2000?) and asked, “what should be the purpose of education? Shouldn’t it be workforce ready?” I was like No. Hell no.
That was back in NCLB years (and anyone who complained, about how we were actually REDUCING education, and NARROWING it, was accused of just suffering from the soft bigotry of low expectations ) and I’ve had to watch the nonsense train ever since, especially since it’s through constant measuring and torturing of data in accountability that forces compliance.
So, Big business and monopoly power, has already changed the purpose of education to fit big business, –mostly, but not completely–this is just a final continuation of that and digital makes it all the easier.
Two words: Powell Memo. Oh, and one more: Greed.

Here is a post from a New York anti-Common Core group that helps explain why more attacks are happening at schools:

“…Under Mayor de Blasio, the Department of Education required teachers provide full documentation of a range of non-punitive interventions to at least three midlevel offenses before asking their principal to issue a suspension. Principals, in turn, had to apply in writing to a central office that often rejected their requests.”

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And another post from said group:
The Poughkeepsie school district board just sent me a statement, announcing the 2018 four-year June graduation rate for Poughkeepsie High School: 48 percent.
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 It is tragically ironic how this 13-year-old faces a FELONY for doing (recording someone without their consent) what Ed Tech companies do to HUNDREDS of students EVERY DAY without repercussions:
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 Here is a post from a friend of mine:

The letter lays out the master plan of the Clinton Administration to take over the entire U.S. educational system so that it can serve national economic planning of the workforce.

The letter makes it clear that Hillary participated in the development of that plan some time before the election, though it was scarcely reported at the time. The plan is sweeping in scope, and largely signed into law in 1994 by Clinton’s Democratically controlled Congress (in the Goals 2000 Act, the School-to-Work Act, and the reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act).

That legislation continues to move our system today, and is being implemented in all fifty states, driven by money and mandates from the federal level.

https://axiomamuse.wordpress.com/2010/09/25/transforming-education-marc-tuckers-dear-hillary-letter/

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

🚩🚩🚩A bipartisan agreement has been reached to update the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act. It DICTATES at least $1 billion of our federal tax dollars on career and technical education programs. Fine? But…

THE PLAN: “Broad authority” to the States to develop their own improvement plans. BUT if states don’t hit their goals, then the Secretary of Education could “hold them accountable.”
That PLUS the Trump administration proposal to merge the Education and Labor departments and Education Department funding !!!!! #StopFedEd
🚩🚩🚩🚩THIS IS THE MARC TUCKER PLAN….🚩🚩🚩🚩

Marc Tucker

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Here is a  post from the anti-CBE group:

[name withheld] and I went down to Washington to confront the impact investors about their “secret bipartisan political plan” to privatize pretty much everything.

https://wrenchinthegears.com/2018/06/24/a-100-million-secret-bipartisan-political-plan-to-privatize-the-public-sector/

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And here are some replies to said post:

[name withheld], you regularly do yeoman’s work to expose the economic and workforce development agenda (and for anyone chancing to read this comment who hasn’t figured it out yet, workforce development is simply the education arm of economic development). This article is yet another example. Thank you. You and [name withheld]  are two of my preferred sources when I’m looking for details to back up what I’ve been saying to the conservative and libertarian crowds for a long, long time now–that the economic/workforce development agenda is not free, open, or voluntary in any way. It is, rather, the exploitation of the many by the few.

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I chuckled when you said that people seemed confused by your presence. I’m sure they were. The whole goal of the economic/workforce development crowd is to do their deals in a way that excludes the rest of us. And to a large extent they’ve succeeded in keeping it this way because most people are (sadly) not going to go to the lengths you do to investigate, analyze, and understand what is being done to them and their children in the name of “public good.”

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We are up against giants. Now that I‘ve seen the machine, I have to contest it. I‘ll go down swinging anyway.

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Just an addendum…You know, we’ve been trained so thoroughly, most of us. Folks on the so-called “Left” have been conditioned to side with the unions as at least the more trustworthy of government “partners.” Folks on the so-called “Right” have been conditioned to believe that the unions are the devil, while Big Business is the great savior. It occurs to very few that corruption pervades all of these institutions/groups, that they’re all mixing it up together to a greater or lesser degree, depending on what’s to be gained…and that none of them can be trusted to do the right thing. It’s up to us, and us alone, to engage and expose the truth. I thank you for all you do to disabuse people of the notion that the people who pose as saviors are anything of the kind, to let the corrupt know we’re watching, and to put the truth out there for all to see. I am more than grateful for you.

I was particularly peeved when both teachers unions threw us under the bus. While I dread the thought of no unions at all, what use are they if they’re bought out by Bill Gates? At the first NPE convention, Diane Ravitch extracted a promise from both unions not to accept more Gates’ money. Three days later, they accepted a grant from him.

In Chicago? I was there. I heard that promise from both union leaders. And sad to say, I was not surprised when they both broke those promises. What is more surprising to me is that Ravitch and the rest of the NPE crowd, some of whom are extremely intelligent, principled people (Cody, Burris, others) have failed to take a stance that holds union leadership to any substantive account.

I wasn’t there, but I followed the convention online. I will never forget it either. Or forgive.

Have you seen this? Ohio just voted down a bill to combine the state’s school, university and workforce development systems into a single new Department of Learning and Achievement — and now here it is at the Federal level. Plus MORE!

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Government-Reform-and-Reorg-Plan.pdf

And frankly it’s a miracle that Ohio voted the measure down. Now that the Feds are openly heading that direction, Ohio is likely to follow suit…unless the people of Ohio throw themselves on the train tracks.

With the Feds pushing it, no need for states to do it too. Or maybe it was our legislators growing a backbone. Or Kasich wanting to appear to thwart Trump without actually doing so. Like the old Chinese curse, we DO live in interesting times.

The Feds will do what the Feds always do. They’ll pass enabling legislation that incentivizes the states to go out and do likewise. In a word: comply.

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Here is a post from the anti-CBE group:

From today’s Philadelphia Inquirer. Small quote from me, also Paul Thomas. I said so much more to Bender, including our decision to opt out of Google classroom, but that didn’t make it in. Full text below, because it is behind a paywall. http://www.philly.com/…/code-org-google-facebook-microsoft-…

Kindergarten coders: When is too early to put kids in front of screens?
Updated: JUNE 27, 2018 — 5:00 AM EDT

YONG KIM / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Jennifer Lentz with her children (right to left) Bryan, 7, Daisy, 4, and Thomas, 9, reading in their Swarthmore home. Lentz has concerns about her children’s screen time exposure.
by William Bender & Kristen A. Graham – Staff Writers

Last year, Jeremy Seedorf’s 9-year-old daughter and her classmates received tablet computers from their Lancaster County school. He wouldn’t let her bring one home: “The iPads were coming, and there was nothing we could do about it.”

In the Neshaminy School District, Jessica Reeder was taken aback when she discovered that her daughter had to use the Internet to do her 1st-grade homework: “That was a little bit concerning to us.”

Jennifer Lentz limits screen time at home for her sons, but she can’t stop the increasing amount they are getting in class at their Delaware County elementary school: “There are a lot of parents who feel like me. But I think they feel defeated.”

Hadi Partovi might consider that a victory.

Partovi, a tech entrepreneur and co-founder of the nonprofit Code.org, is leading a national effort to convince schools that more and younger is better when it comes to coding and computer science. Tech giants Microsoft, Facebook and Google are among Code.org’s financial backers. The goal is to fill the next generation of computer-related jobs.

Code.org has expanded its reach even as parents such as Seedorf, Reeder and Lentz try to slow the tech tide for their own children.

Twenty-five percent of all U.S. students now have Code.org accounts and 800,000 teachers use the site for class lessons, according to the nonprofit. Partovi said two-thirds of all 5th graders in the country have an account.

“It’s mind blowing, considering it’s something I started five years ago,” Partovi, an early investor in Facebook and Airbnb, said in a recent interview with the Inquirer and Daily News.

Code.org, headquartered in Seattle, has been pressing states to pass laws and adopt policies that support computer science, and, by extension, put technology in the hands of students at a younger age.

“Many would say we’re leading the movement,” Partovi said.

Gov. Wolf has embraced the tech approach, hoping to fill an estimated 17,000 to 21,000 computer-related jobs in Pennsylvania. Advocates say early access to technology in schools can help break the cycle of poverty for disadvantaged students.

“There is definitely a supply and demand gap,” Judd Pittman, a STEM consultant to state education secretary Pedro Rivera, said of unfilled jobs that require computer skills.

Wolf’s latest budget proposal includes a $50 million job training initiative to improve STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and computer-science education. At a summit being held in Harrisburg this week, elementary school teachers can take Code.org’s one-day computer science fundamentals course. Over the past year, more than 1,300 teachers have been trained through a collaboration between the state’s intermediate units and Code.org.

In New Jersey, where Code.org says demand for computer jobs is even higher, all high schools are now required to offer computer science classes. Code.org and its partners have provided K-5 computer science training to 3,350 teachers.

Code.org has had remarkable success in advancing its agenda by offering free programs for schools and through a social-media-savvy marketing campaign and lobbying. It has raised $70 million since 2013. So far, 43 states have adopted education policies supporting computer science, Partovi said.

In Pennsylvania, Code.org has hired Bala Cynwyd lobbyist Sean Reilly, who served as political director for former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum. Reilly said Code.org is seeking state funding for computer-science training for teachers. The state has endorsed computer-science standards and now allows those courses to count toward graduation, he said.

Code.org’s critics, however, question whether Silicon Valley should have so much influence over public education.

“Why is Bill Gates concerned about schools? He sees it as another market. He sees students as workers,” said Paul Thomas, an education professor at Furman University and a former high school English teacher. Thomas doubts the value of teaching so narrow a skill as coding.

“It’s better to teach them literacy, numeracy, how to think, how to be critical,” Thomas said, “so then they can kind of adapt to whatever the future requires.”

Lentz and other like-minded parents worry not just about excessive screen time, Internet addiction and data privacy. They ask whether the new courses are being taught too early in the name of workforce development – and at the expense of more fundamental skills, like critical thinking, empathy and collaboration.

“They should be doing what kids do and not thinking about their careers, when they’re eight years old, in a field they may not even go into,” said Lentz, a former Philadelphia assistant district attorney whose sons are in the 1st and 3rd grades.

Alison McDowell, a Philadelphia education activist and mother of a high school junior, questions Code.org’s motives.

“They’re pushing it down into really young grades,” she said. “Do we send kids to school so Oracle can pay people less because they have twice as many people for the jobs?”

Partovi, a father of three, describes computer science as a “basic foundation” for current and future jobs, not just in the tech industry, but in government, finance, manufacturing, entertainment and other industries looking to hire technology talent.

“The screen time, I think, is harmful when kids are just watching movies or playing video games,” Partovi said. “But if a student is creating a video game, that’s very different. Taking that away from a student would be like taking a paint brush away from a student that’s learning to paint.”

At Ridge Park Elementary school in Conshohocken, five- and six-year-olds are introduced to coding through Kodable, an education program with the tagline, “Learn to code before you know how to read.” Teacher Brian Adams said such lessons emphasize perseverance, problem solving and efficiency.

“I tell them to think logically,” said Adams, who has been using Kodable for four years at the K-3 school. “You’re trying to get from point A to point B. What’s the best way to get there?”

Mimi Ito, a cultural anthropologist at the University of California, Irvine who has researched educational software, noted that the American Academy of Pediatrics has loosened its screen time guidelines for children, emphasizing instead high-quality programming and parental involvement.

“If your kid is doing something valuable and creative at school and happens to use devices, I personally don’t think there’s anything wrong with it,” Ito said.

In the Philadelphia school district, 129 schools have a digital literacy and technology teacher for grades K-8. Students can learn to program a spherical robot called Sphero through a Bluetooth-connected iPad, then use it, for example, to power a model boat or test a model bridge. They have programmed an Ozobot robot to follow a paper map of the Underground railroad, with colored markers, not a screen.

“We want students to understand coding, but in context with everything that’s going on, because that’s how our world is,” said Luke Bilger, senior project manager in the district’s office of education technology. “Everything you do, there’s some sort of programming involved.

Parent Bob Stewart is taking it a step further, supplementing his 8-year-old daughter’s education at Anne Frank Elementary School with a week-long robotics camp this month.

“I want her to understand that she can do these types of things,” Stewart said. “I think it’s important, almost like another language. I don’t know where the jobs are going to be in the next 10 or 15 years.”

But demand is also up for no-tech education at the Waldorf School of Philadelphia, a small private school in Germantown that teaches children from 24 months until eighth grade – without iPads, Chromebooks, or any screens whatsoever. There is a waiting list for first grade and other programs, according to Alexandra Borders, the school’s director of advancement and enrollment.

“I used to have to explain why we’re a tech-free school,” Borders said. “Now, I find parents are actually searching us out. They get it.”

Several Silicon Valley executives and other tech industry employees from companies like Apple, Yahoo and eBay have sent their children to Waldorf schools.

So does Zack Seward, the Philadelphia-based editor-in-chief of technology news network Technical.ly. His 7-year-old daughter will be entering the 1st grade at the Kimberton Waldorf School this year and his 4-year-old son will start kindergarten.

“Skills like being present and thinking creatively and imaginative play are so much more important than any technical skills that can be offered at a young age,” Seward said. “It bums me out when I see a kid absorbed in a phone.”

Seedorf, the Lancaster County parent and guidance counselor, has since relented and allows his now 10-year-old daughter to bring her school-issued iPad home to manage her school assignments. But he thinks the “train is moving too fast” when it comes to technology initiatives that are getting schoolchildren online at earlier ages.

“It’s like everyone is caving and accepting this is the new norm,” he said, “and not taking into account what some of the consequences might be.”

Published: June 27, 2018 — 5:00 AM EDT

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And here are some replies to said post:

This year in Virginia our Standards of Learning include standards to be met in computer science in grades k-12. Code.Va is offering teachers free professional development to incorporate the standards as they’re incorporated into so many subjects. I’ve asked if the teachers will be paid for their PD time but no response. I don’t think they are being paid to do this training and right there we have people working for free for corporations.

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The thing I don’t get is what exactly do they mean by “coding”? There are many different computer languages and they change over time. One thing that does need to be taught – and not in kindergarten, more like middle/high school – is computer literacy. Not tablets, computers. How to save a file, how to hook up a printer, stuff like that.
One needs to have a good foundation of math skills, writing, and logic to code. It’s not just learning to code.

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My sense is coding will be the next sweat shop, low wage work required to manage cyber warfare threats posed by the vast expansion of IoT. They don’t want thinkers, questioners or designers.

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You got it. It’s all about expanding the labor pool to decrease worker pay and compensation and increase insecurity knowing you can easily be replaced. Meantime actual top-tier coders and CS people are saying that future coding will be AI-assisted and won’t require writing base-level code as much as an being able to design, create, and critically curate systems.

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I once led a CS PD with New York High school teachers focusing on defending against digital surveillance and critiquing Facebook and the social impacts of automated systems and algorithmic bias. My sense was that such critical “digital literacy” skill-development was not what the higher ups behind the CS push were interested in. They wanted kids coding, not exploring ethics, thinking critically about the unseen embedded values and biases in digital networks, or how these systems work as mechanisms of social control, exploitation, and oppression.

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They just want obedient, trained worker bees.

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And another post from this group:

I wish IL parents would wake up.

And here is a post that was quoted by the post above:

Illinois’ current competency-based learning pilot districts are in Springfield today for “Incubators of Innovation: Expanding the CBE Toolkit.” They engaged in the “Infusing Cognitive Rigor Into Your CBE Model” session this morning with Dr. Karin Hess from Educational Research in Action.#CompetencyEd

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And yet another post from said group:

#Read this study commissioned by Google for Education.

Who knew Google played a role in the ed-workforce talent (data) pipeline? But of course Google is involved in this–it’s good for business, right? No need for knowledge when you can Google it. More users dependent on Google means more data, more ads, more marketing…more Google business. As Google points out in the study, “Technology has a central role to play in skills development.” Chromebooks, G-Suite, Google Classroom, Google app bundles are ready to help!… and Google today is teaming up with Common Sense Media to create Digital Citizenship Curriculum. How …fitting.)
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Google for Education commissioned a 2015 study entitled, Driving the skills agenda: Preparing students for the future. The report apparently tries to predict how to best prepare for an unknown future and jobs that don’t yet exist, as evidenced by the following quotes,

“This research programme, sponsored by Google, [is] to examine to what extent the skills taught in education systems around the world are changing. For example, are so-called 21st-century skills, such as leadership, digital literacy, problem solving and communication, complementing traditional skills such as reading, writing and arithmetic? And do they meet the needs of employers and society more widely?”

“How can education best prepare young people to navigate their way through an increasingly interconnected and complex world in which factual recall will perhaps matter less than their ability to understand differing perspectives?”

“As proponents of 21st-century skills point out, we have no way of knowing what challenges tomorrow’s graduates will face, and still less what jobs will exist for them to apply for. The best education can hope to do is to equip students with sufficiently transferable skills to be able to respond to whatever the future holds.”

“The business executives surveyed agree that broadening access to technology in schools and universities is one of the top three ways in which the education system in their countries could benefit business.”
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Tech in schools to benefit business. That’s rich. What about education benefitting …children?
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If the Trump Administration is looking to do a little pruning with their recent proposal; maybe they can **instead**, hone their focus and make some cuts to the unconstitutional, incredibly expensive, non-consensual student data pipeline.

http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/googles-economic-intelligence-report-driving-the-skills-agenda-preparing-students-for-the-future/

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 And her are some replies to said post:
Have you seen that HSLDA is pushing GSuite into homeschool co-ops? Makes me wonder what deals are going on.
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If I had a dime for every time I heard someone say, “Unknown future and jobs that don’t exist yet.” How ugly is this future going to get? We’ve never had a crystal ball about future jobs and trends.
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LIkely pretty ugly as so many businesses/schools will be closed. They’ve been saying this since that 1989 NGA education conference in Kansas with Lamar A, Shirley McCune, et all.
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I would be curious to know how many states (like Idaho) are STILL using DMV records to link SSNs with data from SLDS. ( … the NCES.gov white papers that Inlink to at the end of this blog are from 2013 and 2014– when state Dept of Ed was still telling parents they didn’t get student Pii and didn’t share it. ) Wonderng if WDQI is still handing out grants for this data questionable matching.

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I believe we found 3 years ago that our SLEDS (MN version – cute, right?) had PII and it was social security numbers
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If your state is on this grant awardee map, your SLDS (or SLEDS, as the case may be) is sharing data w workforce… “Each WDQI grantee is expected to fully develop (or expand in the case where states have a database underway) their workforce longitudinal database in addition to using that database to conduct analysis of state workforce and education systems. Additionally, WQDI grantees are expected to use this data analysis to create materials (i.e., scorecards) on state workforce performance to share with workforce system stakeholders and the public.” https://www.doleta.gov/performance/workforcedatagrant09.cfm
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 The  Neenah  school district in Wisconsin has adopted a radical K-5 sex-ed curriculum:
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 A Pennsylvania school district was forcing students to watch LGBT indoctrination videos and parents weren’t even allowed to know what their kids were being shown:
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 Looks like the Dallas Fort Worth school district is also keeping sex ed material from parents:  https://truthinamericaneducation.com/parental-rights/parental-requests-to-see-curriculum-should-never-be-denied/ 
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Public Schools or Public Screwels? Part 16

gandalf fights Common Core

This is part 16.

Marquette University has given students a “safe space” to destress after the 2018 elections:  https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/11/07/college-gives-students-safe-space-to-de-stress-from-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-election?utm_content=buffer5226b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=theblaze

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Here is a post from the Common Core Diva from back on October 29th:

Warriors, just a heads up for tomorrow: Senators from MN, CT, RI, and OR are pushing school based mental health that would impact every single American. Passing it off as student success. My long awaited flow up exposure to NASBE and the global overreaches.

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And another post from the Common Core Diva:

Warriors, don’t look now, but those ‘good hands’ of Allstate just revealed their alignment with the CCSS Machine and the UN grab for SEL.
Think a boycott is in order? Allstate is hardly the only insurance company to get in bed with the agenda. Prudential and Cigna are also CCSS sellouts.

Allstate SEL

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And yet another post from the Common Core Diva:

If you need more proof Rs and Ds have the same educratic agenda to turn academics into CTE (Career Tech Education). Look to their bragging posts to reveal it. Notice this NC legislator even tells you how LONG she has been at it.
Career politicians don’t serve anyone but their corporate donors.
You will see my response is included.

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Here is a post from the Common Core Diva from back on October 2nd:

Warriors, did you know that the US Senate Finance Committee (where bills like HR 6757 {today’s article}
and the School Mental Health bills are) is having a hearing today to confirm Andrew M Saul as head of the Social Security Administration for the next 6 years?
Mr. Saul was key to the Bush family (especially CCSS Machine Jeb).
Social Security funds are used in the U.S. Dept. of Education. ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) embedded Social Security funds for behavior interventions.

Do we really need another recycled CCSS Bush disciple in charge in DC?

Sen. Hatch’s opening statement:
https://www.finance.senate.gov/…/hatch-opening-statement-at…
Saul’s background:
http://www.allgov.com/…/commissioner-of-the-social-security…
Saul’s testimony from this morning:
https://www.finance.senate.gov/…/media/doc/02OCT2018SAULSTM…

Link to my articles about the SSA in education:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/?s=Social+Security+

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Kudos to those students for revolting against the digital overlords.  We need to do this across the country:  https://nypost.com/2018/11/10/brooklyn-students-hold-walkout-in-protest-of-facebook-designed-online-program/?fbclid=IwAR3ChylDnLHj5EECV2mxQosj2LfA7ZqRyXMvZ_lChcCEg8vOAr-gcNvTupA

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Here is a post from a Colorado anti-Common Core group.  It’s about the socialist governor that they just elected:

So this is crazy interesting? He’s really putting pro-charter and pro-voucher people on his Education team?

https://gazette.com/news/polis-st-controversy-as-governor-elect-his-picks-for-education/article_765ec3ac-e612-11e8-85a3-579d2759a15b.html?fbclid=IwAR2WNp2LxkPaZ5I2E120wfaezXAqelLuAYqD8rRLyT6FAGyFNQKYojoLwtM

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Here is a post from a friend of mine:

Good ole Marc Tucker, Linda Darling Hammonds and a host of others are pressing forward to make Common Core and education for all a reality.

• 1988: Marc Tucker became the president of the National Center for Education and the Economy (NCEE) where he joined up with Hillary Clinton, Mario Cuomo, and Ira Magaziner to get states to move away from local control of their schools and migrate to national standards.

• 1990: George H. W. Bush signed an international agreement entitled, “World Education for All (EFA), the result of a United Nations “World Conference on Education for All” summit.
http://www.restoreokpubliceducation.com/node/687

• 1991: Tucker and Lauren Resnick created New Standards that pushed standards-based reform.
http://mississippipep.wordpress.com/…/controversial-author…/

• 1992: Tucker writes “Dear Hillary Letter.” This letter, written to Hillary Clinton, addressed Tucker’s ideas for radical education reform after Bill Clinton’s presidential win.

The goal is “to remold the entire American system” into “a seamless web that literally extends from cradle to grave and is the same systems for everyone,” coordinated by “a system of labor market boards at the local, state and federal levels” where curriculum and “job matching” will be handled by counselors “accessing the integrated computer-based program.”

• 1994: Tucker’s ambitious plan was implemented in three laws passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton: the Goals 2000 Act, the School-to-Work Act Opportunities Act, and the reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) called “Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994.”

• 1996: An organization called ACHIEVE, Inc. was formed by the nation’s governors and corporate leaders. (Many of them tied to Marc Tucker and the NCEE). The goals from an Education Summit in Palisades, NY were to ACHIEVE the goals of the 1994 school reform bills. (link)

• 1998: Tucker and Judy Codding created America’s Choice, a comprehensive school reform program, that made sure the national standards were further implemented into schools.

• 2001: George W. Bush renames ESEA “The No Child Left Behind Act” and signed it into law.

• 2004: Microsoft (Bill Gates) contracts with UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to fulfill part of UNESCO’S Millennium Campaign Goals—universal education and educating for a global economy. A “master curriculum” for teacher training in information technologies based standards, guidelines, benchmarks, and assessment techniques is to be developed. (link)
(UNESCO / Gates Foundation Agreement)

• 2005: Bill Gates funds the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce—created by Tucker. States begin adopting its education reform initiative, “Tough Choices or Tough Times.” In 2008, Utah’s Governor Huntsman touts it and joins with 5 others states (Massachusetts, Delaware, Arizona, New Mexico, and New Hampshire) who adopt it in order to “reinvent their educational systems.”

2005- Bill Gates signs 26 page agreement with UNESCO:
http://www.edwatch.org/updates05/120205-gatesw.htm

2005- Bill Clinton: “We have to do away with our love of local control of our schools”
http://www.crossroad.to/ar…/…/ed-watch/12-2-unesco-gates.htm

• 2008: Gates Foundation, along with two other foundations, created Strong American Schools (a successor to the STAND UP campaign launched in 2006, which was an outgrowth of UNESCO’s Millennium Campaign Goals for Universal Education). It calls for American education standards.

NOTE- This point in the timeline above and below is probably the most important transition from UNESCO, Bill Gates, the IBAG to passing the Common Core Standards to the NGA. Many think that the NGA just popped out this idea, when in fact it was handed to the NGA on behalf of Bill Gates and UNESCO.

This is the claim where the CCS were state led, “because they came from NGA, a group of state Governors, doing what is best for their states.”

• 2008: Gates Foundation funds the International Benchmarking Advisory Group report for Common Core Standards on behalf of the National Governors Association, Council of Chief State School Officers, and ACHIEVE, Inc. titled, “Benchmarking for Success: Ensuring U.S. Students Receive a World-Class Education.” This report shows the United Nations is a member of the International Benchmarking Advisory Group for Common Core Standards.

The member of mention is the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) which developed UNESCO’s Millennium Declaration—partnering with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. (link)

The report states: While states must take the lead, the federal government can help. And the federal government can do that best by playing an enabling role grounded in a new vision for the historic state-federal partnership in education.

• 2009: Marc Tucker writes a chapter in the book “Change Wars: The Inspiring Future for Educational Change.” One chapter is called International Benchmarking as a Lever for Policy Reform. The book says the UN’s OECD launched Programme for International Student Assessment in 2000 to monitor the outcomes of education. Linda Darling-Hammond also contributes a chapter. Darling-Hammond heads the SBAC.

• April, 2009: Gates Foundation members, along with a few dozen others, participate in a Washington conference and produce “Smart Options: Investing the Recovery Funds for Student Success.” These ideas were funded by the 2008 Stimulus (ARRA-American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) and supported Race to the Top. Priority 1: Develop Common American Standards—also called Career-Ready Standards—in most states by January 2012.

• 2009 (summer): Council of Chief State School Officers, National Governors Association, and ACHIEVE, Inc. agree to partner on a common core standards project.

• 2009 (fall): The U.S. Dept. of Ed signals it will fund $360M for summative assessments aligned to Common Core Standards and begins planning meetings. Two consortia begin competing for this funding: Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. States begin adopting Common Core Standards and join one of the consortia in order to receive No Child Left Behind waivers from the U.S. Department of Education Secretary, Arne Duncan.

• 2009 (December): Utah becomes a governing member state of Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and is obligated to use the online assessments created by the SBAC which is led by Bill Ayers’ friend, Linda Darling-Hammond. Judy Park, Associate Superintendent, Utah State Office of Ed, eventually co-chairs the Consortia.

• 2009 (December): Gates Foundation gives the National PTA a $1 million grant to mobilize parents for Common Core Standards.

• June, 2010: National Governors Association and State Education Chiefs launch Common State Academic Standards.”

Now onto where we are now…keep reading if you can stomach it…always follow the money, how they intend to make money…Human Capital aka children; the widgets, trained for future speculation jobs, for the greater (common collective) good.

http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/05/ed-watch/12-2-unesco-gates.htm?fbclid=IwAR0TsbihtiIPxUO8CM4MbgCXPHu_QM0WJJUHRmNNd0zLvh7mxTHio1LMZQg

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

Now that campaign season from hell is over, let’s talk about the vicious cycle.

We have been hammering Republicans in Texas for two sessions to restore public education. They have other plans, like “bustin up” our public schools, as little Briscoe Cain told me. There are competing agendas as to why they would do this, but they all lead to the same end result… for the love of money.

Meanwhile, we continue to put 5 million kids plus through a system where they are no longer learning to read, write and do real math, but instead are having technology and uncertified teachers shoved down their throats. As Larry Taylor put it, “We need to hurry up,” and get the infrastructure in place so every child can have a device in his hand, despite overwhelming peer reviewed research indicating Lying Larry’s plan is harmful to students.

We are producing an under educated populace that does not understand the difference between politics and government, much less fathom the concept of what our government was supposed to be… LIMITED.

Why did Beto fare so well and cause Ted to sweat? The answer is simple. This under educated populace related to Beto because he was easy. He never talked about anything they didn’t understand because his campaign was based on feelings, emotion and really just gibberish. It was a giant group hug. Erbody needs a hug, right?

Beto and Harris County are the proof in the pudding. Republicans better take heed to what their constituents are telling them. Jonathan Stickland told me I was completely unreasonable because I asked him to work to repair the damage that has been done to our state standards for learning. My friends and I oppose the money that supports him in his quest for money following the child in education, so he told me that my friends and I would be responsible for turning Texas blue. My response to him is, “Think again, Bubba. This is on you and your buddies.”

Better get with the program folks. We are running out of time. These kids have been less and less educated each decade, but we are now coming up on 6 years of the common core standards being immersed into our Texas TEKS. Not only are you killing literacy, but you have created a breeding ground for people who will never elect you unless you run as a flaming liberal.

Oh yea, while you are at it, better work on getting the flaming liberal that Greg Abbott appointed out of the head TEA chair.

That’s all.

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And another post from this group:

Can someone clarify something for me? My child brings home math that is common core. I did some research and read that it’s illegal to teach common core in Texas. If so, why are schools still teaching and what can we do about that? Thank you!

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And here are the replies to this post:

It falls under a different name. I believe part of state TEKS requirements.

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Common Core was created in Texas and continues under the name “College & Career Readiness,” the TEKS represent the isolated skills.

Aligned to college entrance examinations and Pearson explains it all.

https://ccrscenter.org/ccrs-landscape/state-profile/texas

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Sooooo, all the states did was “tweak” the standards, renamed/rebranded them, changed a few words then called it a day. Be cautious. These are the lowest ACT scores since CC was begun.

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you got it

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I wrote up a 3×5 card for my elementary school kid about meters, decimeters, centimeters, millimeters in their literal meanings. The teacher confiscated it saying that they don’t teach that way anymore. They no longer teach what things mean, just what kids need to know for testing. Explains why young people are so stupid.

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Have you ever noticed that school kids don’t bring home text books like we used to? Do they even have text books? Just piss poor worksheets that have sophomoric editing.

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They are assigned chrome books everything is on the computer no writing practically anymore at all

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We had reading assignments, book reports. How many of us read Animal Farm as school kids? How many of our own kids have read that book? How many of us have made our kids read it?

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My 6th grade daughter brought home some new kind of math I have never seen. It is supposed to be division. I showed her what division is and how to computate it. She told me, that wasn’t anything like math class.

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in the current educational environment, Animal Farm, 1984, Brave New World, are all subversive because they illustrate very graphically the evils of the far left mondset.

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Actually CC was initiated by Bill Gates. He offered all the states states millions and millions dollars to implement Common Core. This was back in 2008 when the schools were really needy for money. There were two PhD‘s, James Milgram and Sandra Stotsky who refused to sign off on the language arts and math standards. You can look them up on the Internet and watch their videos. Watch the video, The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America, by Charlotte Iserbyt. I retired after 32 years. The last year I taught CC. It did me in. The very next day after I retired, I vowed to do when I could to protect the children in public schools. I have been doing this for the last seven years. Not much has gotten done because of politics. Now people are seeing ACT scores that are dropping like flies, and maybe now they will start to see what’s really going on. The standards are developmentally inappropriate, never tested, and not research based. I would advise you to become familiar with several different anti-Common Core groups out there on Facebook. I would also encourage you to tell other parents about this and then send letters to President Trump. I have done it several times as I have other people. This is not going to get better. It’s already getting worse for our children.

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and that is what comes from trying to run schools like corporations, and letting political cronies make decisions on curriculum rather than professional educators.

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The law passed in Texas, HB 462 that supposedly makes Common Core illegal is meaningless. It has no teeth and is deceptive. In fact, when Texas applied for the NCLB waiver from the federal government, it states we are aligned.

When Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Gov. Abbott go around saying they stood against Common Core, here is proof they are NOT being honest.
Proof Positive- When we requested a waiver from the federal government from the mandates of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) they knew full well we were aligned to the Common Core National Standards. They just call them “College and Career Ready!

Here is a link to the documented proof.
(See pages 13 and 14)
https://www2.ed.gov/…/approved…/txrenewalreq2015.pdf

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They were so clever, using the words “may not”, instead of “shall not” in HB462, making that bill a joke.

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You go to the school board meetings every session and insist the curriculum be online for parents to see and that traditional math be returned to our schools!

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A group of parents have actually fought this at the state level but $$$$ won.

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Former teacher here…so a few years ago them pushed math skill expectations down a grade or two..and then teachers MUST teach multiple methods, some of which are so convoluted it’s ridiculous…but they have to taught and they kids are tested on them. I just wanted them to have a strategy that they understood and that always got them the correct answer. Not subtract to add..🤦🏼‍♀️

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process math, so confusing, so common core and I agree with you. I also know the concept is a deliberate dumbing down of math skills.

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In 2009 I discovered this. Our 10 year old was 1. He went to public through 3rd here. His brother through 1st. CC was ALL through their districts materials, textbooks, websites kids used. I mean Scholastics… It was even in our oldest 1st grade Christian school. The materials and NEW MATH being taught. It is all CC.

It had 2 names here. TEKS use CC skills. We homeschool. It takes sacrafice. By 3rd the cc math was sooo wrong my son suffered anxiety and started hating math. It took me 1.5 year homeschool to bring math back into his education/lifestyle without panic or anxiety.

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At the polling location I was Precinct Judge for were two high school students working with me that DID NOT KNOW how to read a TAPE MEASURE!!
Unbelievable!!! 😡
That’s our educational system?!?!?!

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Wow, I taught that in second grade!

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

From Futurist, Globalist, Educrat Tom VanderArk:

Before you think this sounds good let me remind you of… China’s Social Credit System. Your #Data determines your score, your services, your ability to travel in and out of the country, your ability to own a home or rent an apartment.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanderark/2018/11/05/the-coming-social-economy/?fbclid=IwAR13A_pv1fh6nP96VZa1mVaFnziuH8f0QZdHE7eTOrS8uNyJlR8aMp99_4U#2d233a613d92

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Here is a post from Shannon Joy:

If your kid is in a public school … THIS ——>

‘Jose Ferreira, CEO of Knewton, said in a 2012 speech that his “adaptive learning” platform, used by 10 million students globally, collects 5 to 10 million data points per student per day — down to how many seconds it takes you to answer that algebra problem.’

“We literally have more data about our students than any company has about anybody else about anything,” Ferreira said. “And it’s not even close.”

(PS – this was written in 2016 … its MUCH WORSE now)

https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/06/03/480029234/5-doubts-about-data-driven-schools?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR3FRXw3eVYX_9n6iOzH6p-rE3PVHzI4AHW1jIdFsVWaCikqAp5fsYvgg0Y

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A 12th grade English literature class is not an appropriate venue for a graphic Planned Parenthood sex-ed video:  http://eagnews.org/parents-angry-after-planned-parenthood-consent-sex-ed-video-forced-on-students-without-consent/?fbclid=IwAR24r8n-FjrBcElcBXW98RliES6B6mEknWhnePep72adHOpnluvs-0z_RqA

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Here is a post from a pro-homeschooling group:

Are any of you homeschooling with intention to eventually send your child back to ps?
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And here are the replies to this post:

We currently are. We’re doing the testing in the spring and if they aren’t on par with where they were then we would look at going back. The principal will be gone and hopefully big changes but ideally we won’t after this year till high school
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How long have you been homeschooling?
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This is our first year. My husband wasn’t completely on board but with bullying issues for our kindergartener and our older son is adhd and HFA we needed at least a year away I’d like more but it’ll be a yearly evaluation for us as a family. I’m also “homeschooling” our prek and would like her home forever lol
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This is my first year too! I started mainly because my 2nd grader had brain surgery the starting of they year and when I sent her back to school it was all downhill. Bullying has also been a concern, I feel like it is so much worse than when we were kids. I am considering sending my girls back next year but have so many mixed emotions
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My now first grader I think is dyslexic but school tossed him in title one and he hated reading and we’re just now getting him to get comfortable and confident again. They are also more involved in stuff because they aren’t burnt out from all day every day at school. Today they went by train to Boston to the aquarium and LEGO land and those things wouldn’t be happening otherwise.
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We did. Pulled my daughter when she was in first grade to help her catch up with reading, as she was struggling. Sent her back to public school, then pulled her again mid fourth grade year. I wish we had never sent her back
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So I am assuming you will continue to homeschool from here on out? What made you pull her back out in fourth grade?
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yes, we will most definitely continue to homeschool her and her sister (first grade). It was a combination of things. The schools in our area aren’t the greatest. I was tired of them constantly going on lockdown and my children being scared and me worrying the entire time they were gone. There was also some bullying issues and the school refused to handle the issues. There are no private school options around here, and I stay home anyway, so it just made sense for us. We have a very strong homeschool community where we live, so that helps a lot.
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I hated when my daughter went into practice lockdown in kindergarten. It is crazy that this is embedded and an issue so badly. I think I am second guessing myself for next year because I have zero support in my area and many other reasons.
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Kind of. I’d like to send them back if we get a religious exemption here in Mississippi, but really, I hated being tied down to the school and with the way the world is and sketchy things being done and taught at school, I don’t know if I will ever send them back. Plus, our district doesn’t recognize homeschooling so they’d have to test in, but I know a few families who have done that and even though their kid tested into the grade they were supposed to, the school still made them repeat the previous grade. I’d really hate for my kids to have to repeat a grade.
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I was thinking about but the more I watch the news and see how this world really is I don’t think I will. She’s learning so much more at home and more life skills then any of her friends are learning.
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We took our oldest out of PS in kinder. We learned some things that were happening at the school without our knowledge and took her out pretty quickly without thinking about it much. I really did not think I would ever homeschool prior to that conference. We now reevaluate annually. Oldest is now in 2nd and I have a 4 yr old who is doing preK this year. I think I have decided not to send them back to that elementary school but if we move I will definitely be open to PS.
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I did at first. Was gonna homeschool all of middle school and let him attend again in high school. We are in our 4th year… He is 8th grade… And he has decided he wants to go all the way with homeschool instead so he can graduate early. And I am actually relieved because our high school has a new principal who I really don’t care for
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Definitely not. They were in ps through 8th grade, and I couldn’t stomach the thought of sending them to any of our local high schools. I intend to hs then for the next 4 years. Somehow!
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That was the plan initially. Homeschool for the rest of elementary & go back for middle school. But now that my husband & I have both seen how well he is doing homeschooled, idk might keep doing it.
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Here is a post from a friend of mine:

Those who rule Facebook apparently think I should not be posting about the crooks running education. I continue to be blocked from posting on my book page without explanation.

Since I couldn’t post anything new, I thought I’d edit some drafts I had and try posting that way…nope. 

And this is how the crucial voice of the people will be deterred…temporarily.

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Here is a post that was shared on said friend’s page:

And so the profession continues to just fade away. 
“My graduate work focused on behavior disorders, so I can say with confidence that it is not the children who are disordered. The disorder is in the system which requires them to attempt curriculum and demonstrate behaviors far beyond what is appropriate for their age. The disorder is in the system which bars teachers from differentiating instruction meaningfully, which threatens disciplinary action if they decide their students need a five minute break from a difficult concept, or to extend a lesson which is exceptionally engaging. The disorder is in a system, which has decided that students and teachers must be regimented to the minute and punished if they deviate. The disorder is in the system which values the scores on wildly inappropriate assessments more than teaching students in a meaningful and research based manner.”

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Here is a post that was shared in the ParentStrike group that is talking about the state of Ohio:

If you didn’t happen to catch Rep Galonski on the news a few minutes ago, she reminded everyone that there are currently 56,000 high school seniors in danger of not graduating next year due to the state tests. 56,000. That has to be nearly half of the seniors in the state. And it’s far more than the 36,000 or so that would not have graduated last year if it weren’t for the alternate pathway that they were given. To call this a crisis is an understatement. And we are running out of time to fix it.

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Here is a post I found one an anti-Common Core page from someone from Florida:

Let me assure you the NEAP is a useless test designed to test teachers and not kids! I am seriously considering my daughter will NOT ever take that test again!

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And another post from this page:

I hated it when my child was in public school. 
My anxiety was through the roof every night helping my ADHD / Autistic child math. Her “Social”Study readers made me livid ! Yes, Common Core’s entire purpose is indoctrination. If something isn’t changed this county is doomed for sure. She is homeschooled now. Where I can teach her about God, liberty, freedom and what it took and still takes to have those. What it means to rely on yourself and not the government. 
The government will not raise my child.

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Here are some posts from an anti-Common Core group about the Common Core standards and the mess surrounding them:

Remember that it was Condolesa Rice et al and the Bushes who initiated this fiasco. Obama continued it. Both parties are to blame.


under Bush’s initiate the states we’re still allowed to decide the standards and tests to use. It wasn’t until Obama that all the real trouble began. It’s awful. My kids were guinea pigs. I never agreed for them to be part of an educational experiment.


In Tennessee our teachers’ union had to sign off on the thing in order to get $. We didn’t even know what the requirements were! Like buying a house sight unseen. We knew it was trouble — from its original design to its implementation. I blame both, not just Obama.


Obama is the one who forced it on everyone


No it was ongoing and planned. Diane Ratavitch and others tried to stop it. It was a train — a well-planned train— coming down the tracks. Obama did nothing to stop it. And he did not force it on states. He tied $ to it to entice stupid states like TN to buy into it. Cannot blame him for the master plan and implementation.


In NJ CC was Obama. I’m trying to remember if there was a name for the curricular when Bush was president no Child left behind was in place I know that


Whose created it? Who footed the bill? Who is still forcing it on us? Who is profiting from it? You need to do some research. This thing is huge. To solely blame Obama is irresponsible. Look at Biil Gates, Jeb Bush, David Coleman. I have research it for years.


Yes, there are. Obama was a very small part. He relied on Arne Duncan to make decisions on education as Secretary of Education. Big mistake!


I’m not blindly blaming anyone— I have been involved with this since the very beginning. I attended a meeting about it right after it was implemented and I was horrified at where it was all going. There were many players but ultimately it was Obama’s decision to implement, and I still resent a decision being made that was harmful to my kids but yet had no effect on the children of the person making the decision. Common core is a failure and my kids were the guinea pigs. I hate it.


Agree, mine too. I now blame the governor of my state for keeping them changing the name only.


Common Core is the worst thing to happen in today’s education. Even the teachers hate it!


yes it’s a miserable failure


very true and at the expense of the children, inexcusable for the federal government to get involved. Follow the Money, just like in health care, follow the money.


you need to stop blaming this on Obama. I’m a retired teacher – I retired early partly because of CC – but the whole breakdown started with George W’s failed program NCLB. That program had failed in TX – so W decided to give it to the whole country. Then under Obama, Race to the Top made things worse. I am an Obama supporter, but I did not at all agree with what his policies did to education. However, it was Bill Gates and his elite crew who actually came up with Common Core. They failed to include different levels of educators in putting together CC. And they brought their corporate friends into the deal. The corporations found out they could get big bucks from education funds – funds paid by the taxpayers to support our schools. They will never let go.


I have been very informed on common core since the beginning. Obama announced the race to the top initiative and offered the states money to adopt the common core so essentially he put the whole debacle into effect. I definitely do not agree with his policies on education and I do not appreciate how they affected my children.

Especially being that it did not start with kindergartners so my 5th and 6th graders had to immediately start doing things a completely different way. So frustrating and defeating for a child. My kids teachers were completely against it as well. We actually headed up the opt out movement in our district and my kids opted out of the texting since the very first year.


Obama let Arne Duncan push CC like crack as well as DFERs and charter schools. I love Obama, but he had this one wrong. I think his narrow experience with urban struggling schools overshadowed an all school approach to “improving” education. We told them it would fail. It has. Enough “choice”. They can’t/won’t fund “choice”. Invest in improving neighborhood schools everywhere. It’s not rocket science.


Here are some posts in reply to a recent Nancey Bailey blog entry about technology and the dangers it poses of disrupting a decent education environment and replacing it with something sinister:

Everything said by Mr Bush confirms for me why I believe the most important single change that has the potential to transform the development of our species is to ensure that politicians and big business are subjected to the will of the people. Their unfettered influence can pervert that will while claiming to champion it. How ironic were Bush’s pronouncements about ideology. The ideological influence we need most to be wary of right now is that which calls for the unfettered application of technology at an ever quickening pace.

I receive a weekly blog from BOLD (Blog on Learning Development). It seeks to inform readers and researchers of the latest developments in the edtec field. This recent posting about edtec startups got me hot under the collar. It prompted me to comment. Despite the fact that only rarely does anyone else comment on this site, I could not reign in my enthusiasm to introduce what I believed to be a counterbalancing opinion. As ever, I received no response from its author.

The lesson from this experience and from your latest posting, Nancy, is that we have to keep taking the fight forward to establish a more balanced approach to the use of technology in education. The reason I believe this is because once we lose track of the idea that education is a human enterprise, where interpersonal development is one of the most effective means we have of retaining and eventually expanding our humanity, we face a very uncertain future at the hands of an intrinsically impersonal technology.

https://bold.expert/how-hubs-for-ed-tech-startups-promote-positive-change-in-education/


Disruption in fields that serve human growth and development is very risky and dangerous. Having worked in business for two decades, I know what disruption in. It is the demolition of existing paradigms so that new systems can be introduced for more profit.

Look at this definition I found online – “In business, a disruptive innovation is an innovation that creates a new market and value network and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network, displacing established market-leading firms, products, and alliances.”

That is what has been and is being done to education. First they disrupted our curriculum. Then disrupted our evaluations. Then they disrupted our assessments. Now they’re disruption the very existence of a human in the classroom.

All for what? New markets! New values! New alliances.

All at the risk of destroying young minds and bodies and displacing veteran teachers.

Awful world we live in.


Peer into almost any classroom and you will see children playing with the modern day Trojan Horse.
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Shiny and sleek, these gifts from Google are the cornerstones for ed-tech reform.

Hidden inside are the nameless and faceless code writers ready, willing, and able to render real teachers obsolete.

An disruption? Or a disservice?


Here is a comment from a Nancey Bailey article about the Maker Movement, a scheme to replace libraries in their traditional sense with all things digital:

I had thought that the Maker Movement had been dismissed. This posting came as a shock. The Movement reeks of finanacial chicanery, using our responsibility (and love) for children to vacuum the public purse. Librarians are every neighborhood’s own public intellectual, and books are the mind’s solace. As the Catholic Church fought against the freedom of mind that reading and unfettered access to knowledge through books without priestly mediation, so Silicon Valley will in this fashion (among others) create a new aristocracy to control what we possess of knowledge. Dreadful business.

On a more prosaic level, this “movement,” like much that emanates from Silicon Valley, is a financialized solution in search of a problem — and sales/money, not culture or education, is the goal. Public- and school libraries partake of the public purse — that’s low-hanging fruit for minds that believe asset stripping and destruction are the same as creativity. The claims to liberating children’s minds are not born out by serious clinical or academic studies.

Libraries and librarians have educated and protected culures since before the burning of Alexandria… Always to mankind’s benefit. They, as the scribes of yore, are the first to be eliminated in a conquest and they are the first to recognize the danger to a culture when barbarians knock. What better prey?

Biology teaches us that humans are social animals. We can interact — collaborate, play, fight, war, build pyramids, whatever — sans digital anything. Silicon Valley’s engineers, MBAs, and venture capitalists need to engage in the daily experience of teaching and *hands-on* engagement before they eliminate a three-millennia practice for digital software. Their business model: Analyze a traditional business or organization, (viz., the taxi business) look for any inefficiency, then devise a means to “cut costs” by eliminating labor or the responsibility of the owner for his workers and their tools (e.g., Uber).
The “digital learning and engagement” model — online universities, the Makers’ Movement — is as inadequate to true education as the use of ‘televisions to replace teachers was in the 1950s and early 1960s. The problem here is that the elimination of librarians and libraries is far more difficult to repair than ditching console televisions was in 1958.

Something similar occurred at Columbia University, a school with a great computer sciences program, in the 1980s and 1990s: the library school was closed and the main library was purged of thousands of books. Tossed into dumpsters, when not moved to a NJ warehouse. If a book had not been checked out within a certain number of years, pfffft!

A little knowledge can cause a lot of trouble over time.

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I found a post in another Nancey Bailey article where the Common Core Diva replied and posted that the infamous KnowledgeWorks was working with a group called Institute for the Future.

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One school district literally plans to start kindergarten readiness at birth:

https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20181113/round-lake-kindergarten-readiness-initiative-to-start-at-birth?fbclid=IwAR0-4TnBcSNxa1NYzgKqmSXg1DOu0TyHHT4DQ0QcmQpu7owsolCiQDp1aQs

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Here is another followup on the $680 invoice story:

My public comment last night. I will stand there every two weeks and keep begging to find out who has access to my kids student portals. I thought i jag s board member willing to waive the $680 but they was in exchange for his vote. I said no thanks so he followed up with he could see what he could do if he were elected but it could take him many weeks to get the info.

What is a parent supposed to do. How is this even legal? Tell me who to bring this to and i will do it. I promise.

The superintendent billing me is only an interim but odds are we are stuck with her for the rest of the year and now they are talking of rehiring her. She taught for one year. She has no background in curriculum and instruction. All she knows is ed tech and every single consent agenda she slides it in.

Last month we paid $50K for PikMyKid. Goog gosh read that TOU and privacy policy. This is madness in my county.

I’m open to any suggestions at all.

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

CCSSO, SETDA, and SIF have joined forces with #ProjectUnicorn to promote sharing of student data via interoperability. CCSSO goes so far as to say “in order to achieve innovative technology and data centered goals, such as individualized personalized learning , interoperability is a necessity.”

Other partners of Project Unicorn (ie: Data Quality Campaign) have also been key players in promoting edtech, Common Core, and interoperable data sharing. 
Common Core was adopted with strings attached, one being standardized data–and creation of state databases (SLDS). Does this next phase of data sharing come as a surprise to anyone?

Should schools buy into this and should we continue to hand over students’ personal data without parent consent?
No. No. No.

http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/data-interoperability-is-it-the-next-phase-of-common-core/?fbclid=IwAR2Ts-ikKh72Co-M-e-h1pxGBdOXQJ6Tcq6w8V9_2LA3m7eDtuCuDoAfdEY

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

Schools across the country have been and continue to set up accounts for our children with a multitude of Edtech vendors. Schools are allowed to do this under COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act – set up in 1998), however, they are not informing parents and they are not seeking parental permission to do so – especially for minor children under the age of 13. Parents are completely unaware this is happening. In most cases, schools are instructing kids to click “I Agree” when they set these accounts up, bypassing parental permission and essentially allowing these Edtech companies to collect and mine massive amounts of data from our kids. Data they do not have permission to take from parents but do from schools. Please know, this data is not restricted to when your child is using the application/software/program at school……when kids come home from school and log in to complete homework assignments or study…..the data is flowing from your home computer/iPad/device to the Edtech company. Your IP address is considered personal information because it is specific to you – that is just one of the over 50,000 data points being collected by the Edtech companies. Under the new GDPR – that would be a fineable offense. The data being collected is not being protected.” https://dezignzbydeb.wordpress.com/…/consider-yourself…/

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A teacher was fired for giving zeroes to students that didn’t turn in work:  http://goodfullness.com/teacher-gets-fired-giving-zeroes-students-didnt-turn-work/?fbclid=IwAR1dpaq3WN9bwMekGkHmlgg77VzGIAcPo_5TEy4ED0B34jEtXrbEoiob-5s

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A friend of mine said that data interoperability 
allows data to be seamlessly shared across platforms and, according USDOE….“can provide a common technical manner to exchange data and information between all of the software systems within the education enterprise –schools, districts, state departments of education, Learning Management Systems (LMSs) and Test Publishers.“

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Yet another inappropriate assignment:  https://myfox28columbus.com/news/offbeat/parents-concerned-over-worksheet-assigned-to-va-middle-school-students?fbclid=IwAR1xMA8LSv8jY7lzT6VvYAWoA-KKonxJi6eZ9K95vrGqvk6CH81PdGqxNr4

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

So I’m homeschooling in ky and i was looking at the paperwork for it and noticed that they want me to teach reading, writing, spelling, grammar, mathematics, science, and history. Which is all fine and good only they in public schools are not teaching history. So im kinda ticked off that they think they can tell me what to teach. They never taught her crap here in ky and since I’ve spent 3 days witj her she now knows her multication. Public schools are nothing but baby sitting indoctrinating evil money making centers. Teachers are not teaching. Im so disgusted with them that i just wish i could sue that crap out of them for causing her to be behind and lying to me. One thing is for sure she will get an education now.

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And another post from this group:

From Alice Linahan

Heads up Wisconsin- Tony Evers is beyond scary!! He made it very clear at the end of this interview that the CCSS are integral within this transformation of education in America.

https://www.pbs.org/video/here-and-now-tony-evers-state-education-common-core-standards/?fbclid=IwAR0usCyBwtAHNSMuah5aqaBNRIvr30XODGCfsR_tTu1a1PgF6mUAxYEZjn8

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Here is a post from Shannon Joy:

Bob Lonsberry is SERIOUSLY ADVOCATING for Andrew Cuomo to seize control and take over the Rochester City School District.

Are you kidding ME?

PARENTAL CONTROL. 
LOCAL CONTROL.

Not mayoral. Not Governor.

Bob’s progressive is showing.

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Here is a post that was shared on Alice Linahan’s page:

“HEADS UP TEXAS !! Houston ISD is one of the 26 school districts to agree to the Project Unicorn pledge to improve school data interoperability across software programs. PARENTS ARE YOU REALLY OKAY WITH THIS?”

https://www.geekwire.com/2018/project-unicorn-signs-first-companies-help-schools-handle-hairball-edtech-data/?fbclid=IwAR3lGV9jw-Isu-xZbDZNBoixq84VZ15vuq_hjXQ3YCXQsbG5Pm3CwPnRMVg

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

So….. my son isn’t making sufficient progress. They want to put him in tier 2 intervention, although I didn’t really catch where part 1 began.

Help is great! But does anyone see ANY reason to have this questionnaire?

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And here are some replies to this post:

If your son was in Washoe County I’d say he’s in MTSS (multi-tiered system of support)http://www.rtinetwork.org/voices-from-the-field/entry/2/115. The biggest problem I would have is; any data entered into the MTSS tab of Infinite Campus (in Washoe County) is stored forever. In addition this data is uploaded nightly to the NDE via their SAIN (System of Accountability of Information in Nevada), that data is also stored forever. At the moment we have no idea if/how this data will be used in the future. Some experts believe this data could be used to limit your child’s future, but there is no proof of that. My biggest question is: “WHY IS THIS DATA STORED FOREVER IN TWO PLACES?” Neither the NDE or Washoe County can answer my question. You should ask Clark County and see what they have to say about the data…

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here is the information that Anita has been sharing for years
http://www.newswithviews.com/Hoge/anita117.htm
https://drive.google.com/…/0B6zikOSdV…/view

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Don’t give em any info. I never cooperate with their nonsense

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Wow!!!! Talk about being intrusive. Seems a bit much. I would expect they would have a teacher / parent meeting and go on from there on a plan of action. But all these personal questions

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Don’t supply them with any information. You don’t know who is going to end up with it and they won’t tell you either. You don’t know how it will be used against your child or family in the future. I wouldn’t fill out those forms.

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Here is another post from this group:

Here we go again. What would you think/do if this happened to you? It’s long; please take the time to read it. 
I emailed all of my kids teacher due to an upcoming absence. I asked the teachers to provide work if they had any and to let us know if our kids have any current missing assignments due to Thanksgiving break. My fourth grade son’s teacher told us that she has a “LIST of missing assignments and she could send it home today or Friday”. I asked her to send it home today and asked about this list, how many assignments and when they were due. Our son hasn’t brought anything home except his reading log which he does daily and math on occasion. She came back and said that it was “ONE assignment that counts as both reading and language arts (this teacher seems to make one assignment count for multiple subjects all the time) and that it was a POST ASSESSMENT done in class and you (I) can see on the papers when it was due.”
I then had to ask what the post assessment was for, what the description she has for it and asked if it was for a personal narrative that she assigned previously. She came back and said “it’s a post assessment for a reading unit. The directions are on the assignment; he (our son) was there for the assessment and chose to do nothing during the class time provided.”
I emailed the teacher back and questioned that our son “chose to do nothing and you (the teacher) never bothered to let us know? I told her that this is a problem and that if there is something that needs to be addressed, then she needs to address it to us. We should not have to question the teachers and pull everything out of them to find out there is something going on with our kids. I then told her that this sounds very fishy to me. Since when do teachers not communicate with parents? Seems to be the theme with DCSD. I also told her that from this point forward, if there are issues with our children, then we are to be notified. We are not required (per NRS) to have face to face meetings or have face to face parent teacher conferences to find out what is going on with our children. This is unacceptable. I then said, Please do not tell me that from this point forward our communication is neither productive or helpful. You are the one that didn’t communicate with us when there was an issue with [kid name redacted] in class. 
We are expecting to hear nothing back as that is the M.O. with DCSD. If anything is negative towards the school or teachers it seems that they are instructed not to respond. Even when the employees are the cause or reason for it. 
Now, I am waiting for her to mark down his behavior from an A to something lower on his Friday Folder because that is what she did the last time I questioned her (10-12-18 Friday Folder). He has all A’s prior to the last time I questioned her and after in his Friday Folder. We are also expecting her to fail my son for 4th grade (grade retention) due to the materials we refuse/opt-out as a lesson to us for refusing and opting out. She has already told us that she is giving (gave) our son a zero for not completing the Personal Narrative, which is material we opt out. She wanted him to complete it as a fictional character. I don’t care if it’s required by NDOE or if the school/teacher is graded/ penalized for our children not doing it. My children’s beliefs, personality traits and attitudes are none of the schools or anyone else’s business. Even as a made up character, our children’s beliefs, personality traits and or attitudes will come through with a fictional character.
Does anyone else find the phrasing of “post assessment” as oxymorinic? Maybe oxymoron is the wrong word? I’ve never heard the phrase post assessment in the approx. 20 years I’ve had kids in school. Does it mean that this is a test on a test? 
My guess is that this POST ASSESSMENT is probably material we refuse/opt-out of and the school or teacher is probably graded or held accountable for this post assessment but we don’t have a clue since the teacher didn’t bother to inform us of this issue.
Does anyone else see an issue with one assignment counting for multiple subjects? For example our son’s Native American Assignment grade counted for 3 subjects. Seriously this assignment was about the only assignment graded for the class in the first 6 weeks for these 3 subjects. So one assignment = grades for 3 subjects, Social Studies, Science, and Language Art, Reading or both. Cross-Curricular is what the teacher called it. This post assessment grade is counting for 2 subjects, reading and language arts grades. I find this kind of grading disturbing. 
I found out after school that the assignment that is missing is from October 12 and the teacher never informed us about it. IT’S NOT MATERIAL WE REFUSE/OPT-OUT. I emailed her on Oct 9 & 10 about incomplete work with the Native American Assignment and then on October 23 about parent teacher conferences and she told us about our son not completing a Personal Narrative but didn’t tell us about this assignment. She provided a print out today and our son has a D in Reading and an F in Language Arts. These grades are because our son didn’t do the personal narrative that was worth 25 points in two subjects and the October 12 assignment “Slower than the rest”. She won’t provide us a full print out of Infinite Campus as we requested last month. She provided a missing assignment print out this time and it only shows this assignment and no others. I am assuming nothing else is missing but I thought that was true when she told us about the Native American and personal narrative assignments. The teacher doesn’t bother to tell us that our son has missing assignments and it was assigned/due a month ago. She is going to fail [name redacted] I see it as clear as I saw Mrs. Kixmiller failing our son [other kid name redacted] in 8th grade. Our ZCES kids will be perpetual 4th graders and our high school son with never graduate. The schools will be sure to collect the funds for our children with their body count each year.

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And some replies to this post:

I’m do sorry you are still dealing with this, I’m afraid it will be like this for some time. I can tell you after years of fighting WCSD and it just seemed to be getting worse, their agenda is to push parents out, don’t give informed consent, completely indoctrination, I finally had it and I pulled my kids out. I know not everyone can do that and kudos to everyone who can stick with it but especially after my youngest with a disability was physically abused I had to get them out to protect them, ever since I did, I can finally breathe. I wish I had an answer except to keep up the good fight while you still can but take care of yourself because it’s so draining, you are a good mama

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Post assessments are a real and valid teaching tool. Quick google search will give you all the info you need. 
Do you have no way to check Infinite Campus to ascertain your child’s grades? You said you requested a print out?
Assignments can often be counted in multiple subject areas because they are cross-curricular. Example: writing an essay about a science topic would demonstrate both English and science mastery.

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we didn’t sign the DCSD AUP for computer use and we are blocked from anything to do with computers in school including IC. I’ve already addressed this with the district and their reply was that they could put a kiosk in the school so we can go to the school and look at IC. It’s not practical for us and it would not allow us to view it when we needed to as we would look at Parent Portal all hours of the day or night and would only be able to view it during school hours. If we are working during school hours, we wouldn’t be able to view it. Our son can’t view it either

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One reason we homeschool. Great support groups too! 😥😥🙏🙏❣️❣️

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ZCES is my children’s school. They have a weekly folder that the teacher signs (even though we opt-out) that describes our children’s behavior and if it’s not an A then the teacher marks a different grade and why for example: out of seat talking.

first of all why do you think I antagonize the teachers? Is it because I filed complaints with the district or because I started posting on facebook when nothing was done at district level? We as parents were not told about my kids failing and missing assignments for a month or more and this is both in the GWHS and ZCES. . I have been told that my kids can’t opt out or refuse anything and we all know that is not the case.

And the bigger issue here is that we were communicating with the teacher. The High School level is a different story. We get a progress report and is shows F for Chemistry and the teacher wrote that he gave our son a list of assignments. My question is when did he give my son a list of assignments and why didn’t he bother to inform us that there were all these missing assignments over a 6+ week period and he was failing the class? Was the list provide the second week of school, the third week, the day the progress reports were handed out? Another high school teacher wrote that my son lacks quality and care and at the same time wrote that he participates actively in class and shows excellent effort in the classroom. Huh? 
Where is the communication from the teacher? We’ve tried to communicate. I have been told by DCSD on multiple occasions starting in ZCES that our kids are responsible for their own education, yet we have to sign a parent Involvement sheet stating we will be there for our kids while in school, help them with their homework, read to them etc. DCSD wants controlled, selective involvement.DCSD has given us hell for opting out of anything but especially opting out of computers and have made negative examples of my children because of it and it’s a DCSD required form. I really hoped this year would be different but it doesn’t appear that way.

I opt my kids out of the tracking of my children including citizenship as you called it but it isn’t stopping the teacher from writing it down on his Friday Folder and who knows where else, classdojo possibly?

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You are wise to do this, even if they are against you. That behavior data is likely being shared with corporations, non-profits, and the government. The barriers to access are far lower than many people think. And the government plans to use something called “personalized learning” manipulate the behavior of the kids using technology, passing it off as one-to-one learning, but their real goal is to use technology that gives out material specific to each kid, so that parents cannot, and not often the teachers either. It’s meant to change kids’s “values, attitudes, and beliefs”. And this personalized learning stuff is actually part of the UN’s “Sustainable Development Goals”. Also, there is a move to switch from these tests to having all of the data mining and manipulation in regular assessments. You appear to have tried to opt out of this, but the government and others are trying to put pressure on your teacher to get the info from you any way possible, and apparently the teacher is resorting to punishing the student grade-wise to get it.

I have also heard of them grading on behavior at other places. You are not the first instance of me hearing of it.

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Yes, that is exactly what is going on and thank you for stating it in a way that I could not. It seems that many assignments and assessments (SBAC for one) are psychometric. The SEL material is so invasive and incorporated into every subject it seems. Now, My 3rd grade son’s teacher has a Social Studies Final assignment on immigration. The assignment is only in class and it’s about the student’s own family immigration story. My son was provided an alternate assignment as we opt out of anything personal and he is doing it on the Chinese immigrating to America instead of his own family. I really wonder if this assignment has something to do with looking for undocumented people? The reason that I question the agenda of this assignment is that the teacher said it is no way homework, it’s done in class on Google Slides in four 45 min sessions. The other students work on Google but for my son, the teacher is providing the key information he needs to complete it. It’s worth 25 points which is huge assignment from what I gather. This could be nothing but an assignment but I wonder how kids can do this assignment ONLY in school without the help of family to tell their OWN immigration story. Doesn’t that sound strange? How would 3rd graders even know their own immigration story? I did question that she has it as school work only and not homework and that kids that could have family log in at home and help but do the parents even know about this assignment? The only reason I knew about it is because my son mentioned it and I asked the teacher. One of the questions that she wrote down for my son is: Where there any laws in the United States put into place to limit this particular immigration group?

This is for my son, I have no idea what questions are asked of the kids that work on Google slides for their own immigration story. I am leery of this assignment and what it’s really all about.

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

What’s the problem with iReady anyway?

Welp…for starters:

“Based on the scores, iReady generates a report for each student for each of the domains. The report offers a bulleted list of what the student can do and next steps for instruction.

However, if you take a look at the finer print you’ll learn that these reports are not generated from the specific questions that the child answered correctly or incorrectly, but rather are a generic list based on what iReady thinks that students who score in this same range in this domain likely need.”

https://mathexchanges.wordpress.com/2018/06/14/why-iready-is-dangerous/

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Here is a post from a South Carolina anti-Common Core group:

There is a disconnect between the education decision makers community of legislators, appointed educrats, the State Superintendent, local school boards, local Superintendents, Principals, and teachers.

Parents are ultimately responsible for leading and choosing the direction of their child’s Education… and if you as parents keep allowing this pitiful excuse of a zip code ,tax supported public education to continue on this same path of failed policies … then YOU are the problem. It is time for parents to be the SOLUTION and take the seat as the main stakeholder in YOUR child’s education.

In SC we have waaay too many unaccountable chefs in the kitchen to spoil the education soup. The SC Education Oversight Committee are made up of mostly appointed positions and the entire SC State Board of Education are appointed positions. Parents have no way to hold these people accountable. With the latest reports showing SC is in last place in the USA when it comes to quality results , then one can plainly see these appointed people have failed SC children for too long.

Let’s change the governance. Parents, ask your SC legislators in Columbia to abolish the appointed Education Oversight Committee and change the State Board of Education members to be an elected position not appointed. This is a way parents and tax payers will have a better means to hold someone specifically accountable for the poor education decisions being made in curriculum/ standards/ testing/ policy making/ hiring and firing of teachers. It’s time for tax credits so if the public schools are failing your child you can choose private or homeschool options.

Who controls education of YOUR child?

It’s time the answer to that is YOU. It’s time Parents demand accountability. It’s time for tax credits so parents have choices.

It’s time we get rid of all these appointed people who have failed us and take back control by electing our leaders… that’s what a Constitutional Republic should be doing.

https://www.scpolicycouncil.org/research/who-controls-education-policy-in-south-carolina?fbclid=IwAR0rgHXapN5KqKYdRDpHFtzcCGARw6P435R6jZmpkDyOB2ONvZqBh54z1qM

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An Iowa school has caved to the gender-benders and has done away with homecoming king and queen:  https://christianaction.org/iowa-school-elevates-gay-agenda-above-student-achievement/?fbclid=IwAR2DIEWKG1uVrJicm9F5RGr-oT5pBHYcnG78SgdIYHCel-gKtAPTILFH2OE

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

Parkers Prairie, MN. We’ve posted similar curriculum from other states, but here it is in Minnesota! The Lesson: Decide which three of your classmates should die. One parent relates, “She says when it was first assigned, the students were all talking about it and picking who they wanted to die and kids could hear their names being mentioned. My heart breaks for any child who knows they were on someone’s list. If they felt bad about themselves before, this has to be absolutely devastating,” said Diedrich.

“By knowingly encouraging and even requiring children to consider harming another student, they are endangering the lives of students and staff,” added Diedrich.” Well said!!

https://www.southernminnesotanews.com/mn-mom-angered-pick-dies-school-assignment/?fbclid=IwAR25Cf96wwxrVu2JJL3bOK7Ph_ypevYkJT-s1rsPnkjjuKMoAcLTfQNHK7I

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And another post from this group:

Rep. Michele LePore Hagan is urging an amendment to the Heartbeat Bill for mandatory Comprehensive Sex Education in the schools. Please Lord help us all to become aware of the evil in Comprehensive Sex Education

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And yet another post from this group:

Sad….OSU does not believe in free speech

Thank you Steven Herbik…..The ONLY time I have ever been embarrassed to be a Buckeye. Deeply ashamed of this message that went out to the student body describing the dangers of a Ben Shapiro speech. If you are a parent of a child who needs this help, I truly feel sorry for you, your child and your bank account!

https://therightscoop.com/ohio-state-sends-warning-message-to-students-about-ben-shapiros-speech-full-shapiro-speech/?fbclid=IwAR0jYWIc2nUMN16wbUVTkMKYe1lbaBkPFJVlPt_swSOuDOrpMENPG5kJ0yU

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And yet another post from here:

From Karen Bracken

Thank you Karen Bracken

Charters are NOT what they want you to believe they are. There is a reason why so many of the rich and powerful are heavily invested in Charters. By the time parents figure out what me and others have been warning them about is true it will too late to stop it. Here is an 11 minute intro to a must see movie that can be purchased. Purchase a copy and invite the neighbors over or your friends. Put a meeting together. Killing Ed is real and at the end of the day ALL charters will be sucked into the agenda.

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

This is an excellent article on why we need to back off and “let kids be kids”. Our governments are spending billions of dollars on early learning initiatives focused heavily on academics. We are sending 4 year olds into PreK program classrooms where time is structured and focused on giving them that jump on learning and thinking we are providing them with everything they need to “get through” the learning years and become successful adults.

We are forgetting that childhood is its own precious time in life where children need to be nurtured and loved, and we need to let them be be little. Childhood is by design a beautiful time of development. Play is a child’s natural way of learning. We don’t need to be stressing them out with over-stimulation, pushing them to learn what we want them to know. We need to let nature take its course in letting them discover the world, expand their imaginations and creativity by giving them the opportunities to find it on their own.

They need to be learning through discovery which also leads to self-discovery. Then, we need to foster that discovery learning and creative imagination by giving them a safe, relaxed, comfortable world rich with the opportunity for learning. We need to let them develop a love of reading and literature by just letting them enjoy the pleasure of cuddling up in an adult lap and having a story read to them as they look at beautiful illustrations. We don’t need to be trying to force reading skills at the earliest age possible.

We need to let them learn colors by seeing the blue of the sky and the red of a flower, the green of the grass. Instead, we are putting little ones in classrooms, in desks, in rows and circles, and we are having them color circles green and squares blue. We are putting them on electronic devices and letting them play fast-paced, highly stimulating learning games in isolation. They need to be active and moving. They need to be interacting and developing social skills.

Brain research shows that children’s minds work best in an academic setting after periods of physical activity. But, we should allow much of that physical activity to be unstructured and for the purpose of having fun. Adults can guide that activity to a point, but the best thing we can do is just provide the time and opportunity.

Childhood is a wonderful, magical time. We need to let them just take in the world and stop trying to give them everything, teach them everything, and prepare them to be adults. Baby steps because they are babies. Expectation creates stress and self-doubt. Exposure to too much, too soon, and too fast just overloads their systems. Let them find themselves as the find knowledge.

https://raisedgood.com/extraordinary-things-happen-when-we-simplify-childhood/?fbclid=IwAR3HDMJMbq4PR4IK8wbTrTrsQj705Em0YGNSOgOqAJNGRAWy17eGMFFOGHw

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And another post from this group:

Had a parent teacher conference this morning. I am on the phone with the legislatures about Education. Education for this kids is just WOW. They better email me. Common Core is BS. I mean who ever created this did they go out to class rooms? Or did they just sit behind there desk?

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And the replies to this post:

The people who wrote this mess never taught a day in their lives. The two who were actual education people refused to sign off on it. Milgram for math and Stotsky for English.

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Yeah I had a feeling they didn’t actually go into classrooms.

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And a guy named Zimba admitted that the “colllege ready” would only get them into a two year non-competitive community college, and the “career” they’d be ready for is flipping burgers or entry level factory work.

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THAT blew me away when I first watched the video of him actually saying that the math standards were NOT good enough for kids to get into the colleges that most parents ASPIRE to, but rather the schools that they most likely could get into. :-O I was like… What the Crap?!?! He KNEW that AND publically had to acknowledge that???

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and then we have the ND DPI pushing remedial classes on high school because only like 50% of kids graduating are ready for college math and require expensive remedial classes in college that don’t count for their degrees. Maybe if we expected more of them to graduate they would be ready for college.

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Paid for and funded by Gates and PEARSON!

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Maybe if we went back to common sense more of them would be ready for college.

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exactly. How are they graduation but not having enough math understanding to take college math? Maybe it’s time for mastery instead of just moving on

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First, stop pushing babies to do work better suited for 7 year olds. Stop pushing 7 year olds to do work better suited for 12 year olds. Then integrated algebra/geometry for 9/10/11 and trig/calculus for 12. THEN they’ll be math-ready.

Stop forcing babies to read at 4 and 5, then start with phonics instead of sight words. Don’t make them write compositions (sentences, yes, paragraphs, yes, not essays) until they’re about 12 when the executive functioning kicks in. Teach logic, and teach logically. Use classic literature not pornography. Require memorization of poetry and other things. Then they’ll be ready for college. BUT realize that not all kids are going to college.

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this this 100 times this! I am pushing back against the push down of academics. 4 year olds should be playing and learning through relationships, not flashcards.

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I have 1st grade twin grandsons. They struggled with reading in kindergarten; they are still struggling a bit in first grade. Neither “qualify” for extra help. Requiring them them to read in kindergarten has been bad for their psych; they just were so frustrated. So….I am enjoying following your conversation.

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reading in kindergarten is not supported by research and can actually be harmful – as you have seen. We need our parents of young children to get active with the Stop common Core groups in the states to demand an end to this! https://www.deyproject.org/…/readinginkindergarten…

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

The Somerset Academy of Las Vegas recently sent a letter to parents informing them that they have adopted a No Opt Out Policy. I private messaged you a copy of the letter on your personal Facebook page. I will PM one on this age also. Please read it the letter and let me know what you think. Can the Academy legally force all children to take the academic assessments?

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And some replies to this post:

Yes! We were actually going to address this at the board meeting in December. But, the school moved the board meeting to this past Wednesday at 7:00 in the morning! We were not notified by email or anything that it had been changed.

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That is UNACCEPTABLE! Post the letter.

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They sound much worse than WCSD board.

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They knew several parents wanted to speak out about this so I’m sure they did this on purpose.

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Of course they did!

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They always have the meetings in the evening. This had me so angry. I will be at the next one whenever that is. I will have my voice heard.

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Here is the Somerset letter:   

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And another post from this group, which appears to be about a SEL event at a school:

The keynote spech was mostly about technology. For me the takeaway is that I’m right doing what I’ve been doing in regards to my 13 year olds tech. use: no cell phones, no social media, and internet access at the kitchen table only. Internet and screen time has little upside and tons of downside for younger children. The speaker didn’t even get into the the other side of “free” EdTech vendors like Edmodo and what they do with student data by design, their data breach and subsequent sale to a Chinese company (government).

Here’s the email I sent to Incline Village parents after I attended the SEL event above: “The event was well attended, mostly by WCSD teachers as they got professional development credit for attending. I was one of about 40 parents present. I expected a presentation on Social and Emotional Learning; instead most of the keynote presentation https://www.dropbox.com/…/ceuahbuww…/%21Reno-2018.pdf…(pages 29-149) highlighted the dangers of the internet for K-12 students https://www.ic3.gov/media/2018/180913.aspx. The presenter did not talk about ‘free’ EdTech products at all. 

After the presentation, during the first smaller breakout session, I got to comment and ask the presenter a question. It went something like this: ‘After watching your presentation it makes me believe my decision to keep my 13 year olds off cell phones and the internet, except at the kitchen table, is the correct decision. Am I missing something or is there upside to having 13 year olds on the web?’ He replied for a long time but did not answer my question. I also told him I resent the fact that the District is pressuring children to create a digital presence in elementary school. In a follow up comment I told him I feel like my older son who’s in his third year at an Ivy League college got a better education (and gave specific examples) in the same schools only using the internet on a limited basis and not using free EdTech products at all. The presenter had no response except that cursive and keyboarding is no longer necessary because we will soon be talking to our computers. None of the teachers present said a word. 

After the meeting a teacher who I respect told me, ‘We all know the only reason we need SEL is because of all this technology.’ I suspect many experienced teachers would agree, not sure about the newer teachers; I spend a lot of time on this and I had no idea! Many technology leaders, including Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, severely limited their children’s access to technology and screens while growing up.

In my opinion, it was basic education which helped make the United States one of the greatest nations in the world. Now we are trying a dangerous experiment with our entire public education system, that a lot of research already shows will not work. It’s also important to note that many of the Silicon Valley executives spend a lot of money to send their children to private schools that do not use technology until high school. To make matters worse some high achieving countries (especially in Asia) will probably continue using proven education methods. It’s likely this will help widen their education performance gap over United States.
Recall, China has already bought Edmodo, the largest ‘free’ (paid with student data) EdTech vendor. Many experts agree – it was to obtain data on U.S. students. Remember free EdTech vendors collect, store, and share a lot more data about our children than companies like Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, etc.

Protect Nevada Children suggests, as long as possible, keep your children from creating accounts and sharing personal information and school work on the internet, especially with ‘free’ EdTech vendors.”

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Here is a post that was shared on Alice Linahan’s page:

At Rocketship Los Sueños in San Jose, students spend extended periods of time on laptops in their classroom and another 90 minutes in the Learning Lab—a large room where kids spend time sitting at long tables, wearing headphones and working on laptops, supervised by classroom aides. On a visit last June, I found that few things broke the silence: when kindergartners filed in from recess; when a staff member came into the room. Students scarcely talked and when they did, or their attention drifted too far, they were admonished. A supervisor prompted the kids to “focus” and “sit up”. She counted down—“8, 7, 6, 5, 4”—when it was time to switch from one software program to another. The kids looked zoned out, with blank expressions on their faces.

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/11/screen-time-backlash/567934/?fbclid=IwAR037SpFJgt8ufcIvKB083LNRxLRjHqVAkHTPvo9pxH8NDOxY_N0oQ7F0b4

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Here is a post by Lynn Davenport:

Please remember the name Heckman. That’s the guy who Commit people praise for his pre-k work.

“Pritzker money paid for the creation of the Heckman Equation, a tool kit promising a 7-10% annual rate of return to investors in early childhood education, up to 13% if health factors were built into the intervention. The tool kit targets very young children ages 0 to 3, identifying “success” metrics for character training, which were felt to have more potential for “growth” than cognitive achievement or IQ. Heckman and a cadre of researchers have since plowed considerable resources into devising tools, many digital, that supposedly measure social-emotional competencies, particularly Big Five “OCEAN” character traits: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extroversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism.

Pritzker and Heckman made the rounds, promoting outcomes-based pre-k impact investing to community foundations and institutional investors for quite a few years. In October the complicit NEA (National Education Association) spoke positively of Pritzker’s 5-point, two-generation early childhood education plan, which would allocate $95 million for pre-k expansion in the first year alone. The Annie E. Casey Foundation of Baltimore has been advancing this “two-generation” approach, which hinges on the adoption of vastly expanded integrated data systems.”
https://wrenchinthegears.com/…/readynation-pritzker-and-ne…/

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Here is a post shared by a friend of mine:

A Monstrous Story for a Monstrous Curriculum: The Ugly Heart of Common Core

“I am a high school English teacher. I became a teacher because I believe that literacy, which goes beyond just reading the words on the page, is an absolute necessity for maintaining our Republic.

Proof of that is found in the many laws against reading certain texts, or against reading altogether, that have been passed down by every tyrant since literacy became available to the general population.

A few examples of such tyrannical laws are the Taliban banning reading for any female or laws against teaching slaves to read or the Soviet Union’s banning of such books as A Wrinkle in Time, Where’s Waldo, and To Kill a Mockingbird. The communist Khmer Rogue in Cambodia so hated literacy that just wearing glasses was cause for execution. Literacy leads to freedom and tyrants know it.

I have been teaching for over twenty years. Generally, I have been given either no curriculum or curriculum that was focused on skills, not specific texts. I would have to get those skills taught in whatever way I wanted to get there. Sometimes I was given more direction and that direction was generally pretty good including texts, key terms, supplemental stories, and suggested writing assignments. These directions were created at a school level by the teachers in the school. I helped write some myself. Mostly, I have had a lot of freedom in how I could achieve the learning goals.

Not anymore.

Today I was in a professional development session for my school district. Our school system has swallowed the Common Core curriculum whole. Why wouldn’t they? The federal system has said that it is “voluntary”, but “voluntary” means that the district gets cut off from major federal funding if it does not adopt the standards, so “voluntary” is subjective.

Here is what the Washington Post reported Sen. Charles Grassley has to say about Common Core:

‘Current federal law makes clear that the U.S. Department of Education may not be involved in setting specific content standards or determining the content of state assessments. Nevertheless, the selection criteria designed by the U.S. Department of Education for the Race to the Top Program provided that for a state to have any chance to compete for funding, it must commit to adopting a “common set of K-12 standards” matching the description of the Common Core.’

The Washington Post also reported, “The Republican National Committee recognizes the CCSS for what it is — an inappropriate overreach to standardize and control the education of our children…”

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Common Core, it is a curriculum created in the private sector but pushed onto states by the federal government and seed money funded – endorsed by Bill Gates.

The cost of implementing the program runs from millions to billions depending on the state.

It is untested and unresearched. It has been criticized for being not as rigorous as proponents claim, clearly biased to a liberal perspective, so much so that many see it as indoctrination, and it is being forced on the states in spite of the fact that a federal curriculum is unconstitutional violating the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which established the principle that“…the “power” to oversee education belongs to the states. This longstanding principle of local control of education is reiterated throughout our laws and government codes.”

All of that sounds like something that makes NO connection whatsoever to most parents or teachers or American citizens as to why they should fight this curriculum.

Here, I am going to provide you with a concrete example that shows the ugly heart of the Common Core. There is something deeply dark and offensive in this lesson created to support Common Core. It is a lesson designed to corrupt essential human decency.

The unit – sorry “module” – that I am using as an example is centered around To Kill a Mockingbird with the theme of “How individuals demonstrate individuality in the face of outside pressures.” At the beginning of all of this, it looks good. I love the book; it is a great American classic and I have taught it many times. The module includes 30 days of lessons associated with the novel and multiple additional short reading assignments. However, as I looked this module over, I became more and more concerned. For me to break down the many problems with this module in detail would take quite a while, so I am going to show you an example of one lesson on one short reading assignment that left me speechless with horror.

This assignment in the module includes a short story by Guy de Maupassant, 19th century writer famous forThe Necklace. Again, this seems rather innocent; this story is often included in high school texts, but not thisparticular story and, more importantly, not with this particular writing assignment.

The short story is The Mother of Monsters (link below). A quick summary of the story is that a gentleman on vacation is introduced to the Mother of Monsters, a local oddity described as a “peasant” and the “Devil”. Her story is that she finds herself pregnant while she is working as a simple serving girl. She binds her body with boards and cords to hide her growing belly. Her child is born horribly deformed. She takes care of the child, but resents it, until a sideshow man comes along and offers to buy the “thing” and to pay a yearly stipend for its use. Once she realizes how much money she can make, she repeats her pregnancy pattern by birthingmonster after monster after monster of intentionally deformed children to sell to showmen. She lives a “bourgeois” life as a result (note the stab at the bourgeois here).

The narrator is reminded of this “Devil” when he later sees a popular “Parissiane” strolling on a beach followed by admirers. Her three children are also all deformed because she wants to maintain her trim figure throughout her pregnancies, so she keeps her corset tightly cinched. Peasant and lady; different, yet the same. Both the Mother of Monsters. Both display a level of selfish evil that most humans would revile.

Now as a high school story, this story may have a lot of meat to chew on for discussion…for maybe 11th or 12thgraders, but this is a story assigned to incoming 9th graders, students who are 13 or 14 years old. Students this age are not ready to handle the truly disturbing elements of a story which reveals some of the most perverse sides of human nature. That is bad enough; however, it gets worse. You may wonder what this story has to do with To Kill a Mockingbird and the theme of individuality. Here is the writing assignment associated with this story:

Write an essay that compares the cultural experience reflected in To Kill a Mockingbird and The Mother of Monsters and explain how this experience helped a character demonstrate individuality in the face of outside pressure.

Individuality! Outside Pressure!!!! These women chose to deform their children for their own selfish gains or selfish vanity! The first pregnancy of the peasant woman we might forgive out of mercy, but the purposeful birthing of the rest of the 11 children that she intentionally deformed is unconscionable and unforgivable. The same holds with the Parisienne.

To judge these women as demonstrating their INDIVIDUALITY in the face of outside pressure is absurd and defies human decency. It is like insisting Jeffery Dahmer was expressing his individuality through cannibalistic murder. Additionally, it is not a major leap to conclude that if deforming your children in order to express your own individuality is acceptable, then killing your children to protect your individuality (or selfish inhumanity) is perfectly fine too. This is obviously a pro-abortion message. This story paired with this assignment is a repulsive perversion of the concept of “lesson”; it is a corruption of anything descent and good.

There is something deeply repulsive in this lesson, especially as it is aimed at students as young as 13. I have been told that I must teach this module. I can make some adjustments, but not too many. I am struggling to find a way to NOT perpetuate the ugliness found here. I am certainly NOT going to teach this story, though I may find myself in trouble with the system as a result. Some things are worth refusing to do even if there is a cost.

This is what is going on in our schools. This is what you need to see with open eyes. They are doing more than trying to increase rigor; they are indoctrinating our children into one way of thinking—their way! Schools should teach how to think, but never what to think. This is why we must fight what some are trying to sell us as “hope and change” to America.

http://www.thomasmore.org/a-monstrous-story-for-a-monstrous-curriculum-the-ugly-heart-of-common-core/?fbclid=IwAR1ur8ZHZ6FYt2L1Hu7Gc4o4HcoHqcA0veOBwibRLs_knTZGnUoqTsAQrzU

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A teacher in Missouri was banned from returning to school.  His crime: thanking students for standing during the Pledge of Allegiance:  https://www.yahoo.com/news/teacher-banned-thanking-students-standing-010706269.html?fbclid=IwAR0GW2Jv2hfnKRgO869QP-AL_Tm6njbESvXz12Qy-EMIlzOq74ivaeTDs-A

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

Has anyone opted their third grader out of MCAS? I have some questions.


And the replies to this post:

I did, what are your questions?


My first question, above all else, was there any negative repercussions, mainly with the way your child and your family were treated? We have several years left and I fear she (they) will be singled out in a negative way.


I had the same worries, but all went well. I’d mentioned that I had intended to do opt out/ refuse the tests to his teachers, earlier in the year at meet the teachers night and they understood my reasoning. I used the term “refuse” along with “opt out”. I sent copies to the superintendent, principal and teachers. I included a copy of the Massachusetts Education Secretary’s letter, that addressed it. The only thing that did happen is, he wasn’t allowed to chew gum, that the teacher provided, during testing time, the first day because it was to reduce stress and he didn’t need it. He was a little upset but I sent him with his own gum the following day, something I don’t usually allow either. I did the same for 4th grade and had no problems at all. I sent him with puzzle and reading books to keep him occupied. He was not only fine with my decision, I explained why I chose to do it, he was proud to be the only kid who didn’t take the tests and shared my reasoning with his friends. Since then I’ve been approached by parents with questions and concerns and I gladly shared the information that I have learned about the high stakes tests, many aren’t aware that they do have a choice!


This is basically, the exact same thing I do and have done for the last 4 years! Last year was the first time I ran into some trouble (7th grade). I have always stood my ground and not let anyone intimidate me. My kids were always proud to be a part of the refusal movement. Middle school was trickier because they have different teachers for different subjects. Some of the teachers would make comments to my child that he can not opt out of mcas. Most of the classwork was mcas prep work and they would tell the students often “you will see this on the mcas” my child seemed to feel intimidated and stuck in the middle. He heard me for so long preaching about my reasons for not agreeing with it, and now had to hear from teachers about how important it is (to them). I think that caused anxiety and I basically told him it was up to him last year. It was very hard to see him struggling with thinking I would be upset if he took it and the teachers would be upset if he didn’t. I wish they would just get rid of it all together! It’s pointless and everyone knows it


I totally agree. Sadly though, they haven’t yet. So, then I wonder, if we opt out, is the school year a complete waste? Because, it seems to me like most of the year is preparing for mcas.

It’s a really sticky situation. I’m nervous about her becoming sort of a social outcast since she would be the only one not doing it. She has some anxiety issues, she’s a people pleaser, too. I just want what is right for her, regardless of my personal feelings on the matter.


I keep feeling guilty for not homeschooling my son. He loved elementary school. I debated homeschooling for middle school but where it was only 2 years, I thought it will be ok to just let him go. He plans to go to a vocational high school. I regret every day not homeschooling and now he’s half way through 8th grade, so I am just eagerly awaiting the last day of school! I honestly feel they are only learning how to pass the mcas at this point


yes! I wish homeschool or private school would be an option for us!


I did. My son’s principal and teacher couldn’t have been more respectful. He was the only one at his school. I told him to be prepared to just sit and read but they actually put him in with a 4th grade class which I thought was really nice.


I opted mine out too and there were no issues at all!!


Thanks ladies.
So, opting out is a a brand-new consideration as of yesterday. Clearly, I’m not far into my research.
As most schools in MA, our school is not very conservative and the idea of opting out will not be well received. My biggest concern is the relationship between the principal and our family. We still have 7 grades to go, between my two kids. The principal is already wary of me because I didn’t blindly sign a form but inquired first, etc. (Long, boring story.) So, I really fear for my kids being singled out in a negative way. Already upon asking advice, I took a lot of negative flack, so I’m having concerns.


it doesn’t matter conservative or not, the anti Common Core, anti high stakes testing is bi partisan.

As far as your principal, you are doing what is best for your children, it is your right. If he takes it out on your kids, you go to the Superintendent and the school committee. What do you mean by negative flack? From the principal?


Regarding the process, according to what I was reading last night, all I have to do is write a letter to the principal telling her that my daughter won’t be participating, and remind my daughter to tell the person administering the test that she isn’t taking it. However, upon asking advice, I had people insisting to me that it’s not that simple (and also that they will keep my child back a grade?) I was told to go to the county, not the principal?


he has taken the MCAS since and has done fine. That particular year his teacher was putting a lot of pressure on the kids which he wasn’t handling well, that’s why I refused.


that’s kind of what is happening to my daughter. We had our conference yesterday and she must have mentioned MCAS 5 times in 20 minutes (and 10 minutes was spent mostly talking with the adjustment counselor.) It made it sound very much like my daughter is simply a number/algorithm and it was upsetting….especially since I was explaining to her (the teacher) about my daughter’s anxiety and how she’s seeing a psychologist for it, etc.


And I recommend not using the words opt out. Technically you can refuse not opt out. I just wrote “will not be taking”.


I did. Just said I was refusing the test in her behalf. No problems.


I have refused every year for both my children, now 5th and 7th. I just wrote letters to the principal. No issues, have even had teachers applaud my decision.


My children all opted out. That’s 4 children. Only had 1 issue with a teacher giving kids lollipops who took the test and none to the kids that opted out. I called the school district attorney and the next day my daughter came home with a lollipop.

New Bedford MA. I refused it for my children for several reasons Data mining of our children information across the country. These new tests don’t show any signs of helping our children due to the teachers only teaching what is on the test. And the time it takes to do these tests is taking away from the classroom time our children deserve.


Thank you all for answering. This is personal, but does anyone care to share their reasoning why they refused? I’m just gaining knowledge here.

Also, if anyone cares to share their town/district, that’s helpful, too.

Again, thank you to everyone


Yes all 3 of my kids. Only had an issue w the oldest but the new principal was amazing and courteous of my decision w my other 2


My kids were past third grade before I understood the rationale for these annual tests. But I did refuse for my kids in middle school. The admistrators (principal and superintendent) gave me an arguement, but in the end I stayed the course…MY course.


There are templates for letters online if you google MCAS opt out. Give it to the principal and cc the teacher. Morey school has been very accommodating on the past. I opted both kids out of both years’ MCAS in elementary school.


We opted out as protest against what this mandate has done to our kids, our teachers, and our schools.


I’ve opted my two youngest kids out out for the last 3 years. My oldest had to do 10th grade MCAS for graduation requirement, so no point opting him out for just 8th grade.


I opted my now HS junior out of everything until he came to the tests he HAD to take as a soph to graduate. (He passed with flying colors btw.)


I refuse it because I believe it is ruining public education. Teachers accountability should not be held to scores from a standardized test. Not every child learns or tests the same and these tests do not give a good picture of a students growth. The scores are used to rate the school, not the individual students. They are also collecting data on every child and it is a money maker for the developers. Basically our children are pawns in a rigged system. I wanted to be a part of a movement to force a change within the Massachusetts Dpt of Ed. I am hopeful every year more and more families will refuse and it will some day force the change.


The tide is turning, “personalized learning” aka data mining, is the latest in education profiteering!


And, personalized learning is not the answer either. Not by a long shot.


Agreed!


Here are some posts from a Nevada anti-Common Core group:

The NV Dept. of Education does not want to be confused with facts… Not even sure why we even need a dept. in our state that costs tons of money and keeps NV at the bottom. Is the governor the only one who can “shake-up” this department?


State Board of Education can help curb NV Dept. of Ed as the policy making organ of NV Ed. It approves standards as it did with CC and can change or add standards. The legislature can mandate such changes and rid the state of CC. 2 attempts were made 2 election cycles ago- both defeated.. Those legislators and 3 State Board candidates ran on eliminating CC and were defeated at the polls with little support from the people commenting NOW!


We had two stop CC bills in the 2015 session: Brent A. Jones’s bill got a hearing; Scott Hammond’s bill didn’t. Governor Sandoval was (is) against stopping Common Core. I don’t recall a Common Core bill at all during the 2017 session. There was also a great student data mining bill during the 2015 session that got gutted at the 11th hour. A very good source said it was the governor who was against “protecting” student data. Protect Nevada Children tried to get a student data mining bill during the 2017 session but failed. Hopefully the new governor will be more concerned about student data and how data may be used to affect the future of Nevada children.


2015 was 2 cycles ago, exactly. Support though from NV community leaders and citizens was lacking as Brent Jones was OUSTED along with others who stood in the Grant Sawyer Building with him campaigning against CC. NO SUPPORT! Stop talking and get behind candidates against CC.


The State Board can create a policy to code the tests so the data is non-student specific-the legislators can mandate it. The State Board can still eliminate CC standards as the legislator DID not mandate CC-just a change in standards-the legislators can then mandate it. The State Board can ADD standards that might help reduce the effect of CC.They can’t change the 1st ten, only eliminate all ten, as they are under patent.


I believe the legislators voted to approve CC several sessions ago and only one legislator voted no. Don’t remember his name, I guess his nickname was Dr. No.


After the legislators voted for CC Governor Gibbons signed CC into NV law. Later Governor Gibbions said CC was not what was promised and he is now against CC. But by then he was no longer governor and Governor Sandoval already decided he liked CC, so he was not influenced by Gibbons comments.


Sisolak is corrupt as they come…do you have any indication he would help us be rid of common core? We need to all talk to our state assembly members. Maybe we can find someone to sponsor a bill.


No, but at least one of our people down there said he may be concerned about the student data mining in our schools.


Here are some posts from people from Louisiana:

Opting out is not so easy when your children are in high school. They use the LEAP2025 tests as EOC tests. If there is a way to still opt out and not harm your child’s chance to graduate, I’d love to know more.


Opting out by elementary and middle is sufficient to make the point. EOC tests are not what I’m referring to as LEAP although they are called LEAP. LEAP is an acronym that stands for Louisiana Educational Assessment System. John White tried calling the assessments Common Core tests but that was toxic and he wanted to make people think it wasn’t Common Core so he continued calling them LEAP tests.


In Calcasieu Parish last year, they told us that 8th graders that opted out would be put on a five year graduation plan, including a year of remedial ninth grade courses. I opted my 4th grader out and was told that he was the only one opting out at the school. This year, I’ve heard through the grapevine that the principals are trying to decide whether or not to put my gifted child, the one opted out, in remedial courses as punishment for opting out. I have heard nothing from the school but I’ve been told that his teachers, past and present, have been fighting for him and are refusing to allow the principals to put him in remedial. No one is opting out anymore because the parish is punishing the children with remedial and failure.


if he has a gifted classification by the state, they cannot deny him gifted classes.


They are angry that a gifted kid is opting out. If it was a child who scored below basic they wouldn’t have a problem with it.


Here is the state policy for Transitional 9 grade. It is NOT to be used for punishment or for students who do NOT need remediation. And it does NOT automatically assure 5 years of high school!!!! Anything they tell you needs to be in writing!!!!! Otherwise they are bullying you!
https://www.louisianabelieves.com/docs/default-source/policy/2018-2019-transitional-9th-policy-guidance-(002).pdf?sfvrsn=8&fbclid=IwAR0g7QXjLSbje0-mXDTtz-0OqgTScbFGvV5jdKBzCS5EreB9snxy2EfHKjA#page1


Right. He goes to gifted classes once a week at another school. So, I’m guessing they were thinking to put him in remedial for the rest of the week for his regular classes.


that’s ludicrous. Please don’t even consider being complacent if they try to do this to your child. The thought of putting a gifted child in remedial classes with pull out for gifted is nothing short of absurd.


Absolutely not! I would never let them put him remedial courses! They are going to have a huge fight on their hands if they do. But I’m guessing since it’s so late in the year and they have not done it that they probably won’t. But it infuriates me that it’s even been discussed.


bullying works most of the time.


I agree. It would certainly infuriate me, too. And I would guess they haven’t done it because they’ve found out they will be in an indefensible position if they do.


They have not done anything yet. But according to my sources they have been discussing it all school year, trying to decide what to do about it because the parish requires it of children who opted out. I was told that one option may be to have him mentor remedial students in place of making him take remedial classes. But again, I have not heard anything about this officially from the school.


The school districts were required to have PPPs in place for 2018/19 In other words, they have to follow their PApP which was approved by the State. You said they haven’t decided yet? I don’t think it works that way


it is not appropriate to require a gifted student to mentor other students and it is illegal to deny gifted services to a gifted student.


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

Pay attention to what your child is watching on flocabulary. My son came home from school scared we were going to lose all of our trees. I feel there is a form of indoctrination happening within the lesson plan associated with videos from flocabulary.

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Here is a post from a Texas anti-testing group:

when school started this year the counselor at my daughter’s Middle School told me that she was in Reading enrichment because she had problems with reading but now I get a note from the office saying that my daughter is receiving this because she got low State assessment performance so basically the counselor LIED! also it’s telling me that she’s going to be getting additional reading enrichment and math lab from this date on till the 24th of May because of these assessment results..how is it that councelors can lie to you about these things I asked her specifically because I opted her out of 6th grade from the STAAR.. so how can she have a low score?


And another post from this group:

What is the schools consequence when we refuse STAAR? Like is it considered a 0 for that child or they just don’t get funding…?


And some replies to this post:

Test mainly is used for teacher appraisal, school district rating. Funding mainly based on enrollment and local property tax rate.


ell… our kids come first…

If the blank assessment is scored then it could have a effect on a districts scores.

If it is not scored/absent then it could have an effect on participation rates.

If either drops low enough then the state steps in (see Waco and Houston)

(Effect?/Affect?


Unless you are refusing en masse (over 5% of the total students in a specific grade, on a specific STAAR), the consequence to the school is nothing.


I never cared. They don’t get funding for any day a kid doesn’t show up.


I was told last year that if my 3rd grader didn’t take STAAR he would be marked as a failure. I never understood how you can fail a test you never take.


u can’t. They are lying.

my now Sr went K-8 in public school without ever taking STAAR. Never lost an elective or advanced class. Guess what ZERO admissions people are asking? (Incl UT, A&M, Rice, etc)…


I have a 5th grader who has never taken it. They lied to you.


thanks for confirming. My sweet boy is is 4th grade this year. ADHD, SPD and dyslexic. No way he is taking the writing STAAR – even on the computer. He passed the reading STAAR barely last year with tons of accommodations. He made it 1/2 way through math STAAR and then said he was done. I was fine with that.
I’m a SpEd teacher and have a wonderful therapist/advocate.


neither of my kids took STAAR and there is no “data” on my kids either. Our public schools have been hijacked.


They can’t do anything…but threaten you with consequences that they can’t carry out.


Who cares? Your duty is to your kid, not the state.


Our kids come first……
If the schools lose accountability for them not being there, that’s their problem not ours. My daughter does follow up Dr appts during testing time.


Are 4th graders required to take the STAAR? So, what if my son doesn’t take this test this year, can my son be kicked out of this school and given an F? What are my options this year?


you can’t be kicked out of a public school. No one is required to take the STAAR. Just have him stay home.


Nobody is required to take it, and the assessment isn’t tied to grades, so there won’t be an F because of it. As long as you aren’t at a charter school they cannot kick you out.

Have you read the pinned post at the top of the page? There is a step by step guide included.


I have not yet experienced a charter in San Antonio who has the requirement for STAAR in their contract. (I’ve read 3 different charters’ contract and they just repost what the public schools have in their handbook for the most part.) I have suffered no consequences for opting out at charters in San Antonio. Not all charters care, although I’m sure some do.


And yet another post:

Does anyone know if you are required to take STAAR if you use the K12 online program?


And some replies to this post:

From when my kids were in k12 (5yrs ago?) Yes, if you opt out, your kids will be removed (but if they fail the STAAR test, they may also be removed!) They gotta keep their numbers looking good.

I pulled my kids from K12 right before the STAAR test and finished the year with homeschool material.


K12 is an online charter school. Read your handbook and origination paperwork carefully


And yet anther post from this group:

Please help me! How do I approach this situation. My child is in 8th grade. She has never passed the assessment. (Only passed the Math portion last school year) She is 504 & suffers from dyslexia. I held her back in 2nd grade because they finally tested her for dyslexia at the end of that school year & saw she suffered bad (which I knew she did anyways). So she is 15 in 8th grade now (not a freshman like she would have been had I not held her back in 2nd). Today her school counselor told her that if she doesn’t pass the STAAR that she is going to retain her! Then went on to tell her if she wanted to be 20 years old still in middle school! 🤬🤬🤬 She wanted to cry. How do I approach this with out sounding like a crazy Mom?


And here are some replies to this post:

go crazy mom


This is coming from a teacher…be the crazy mom. At no point should a counselor, teacher, anyone use these tactics to try and “encourage” kids. This is awful.


Go smooth off in front of witness!!! There are more ways to graduate than traditional, my son will graduate with certificate no job ask how you graduated… be absent those days and make up days.
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I would be crazy mom in a heart beat! It mostly was to scare her, our principal said they wouldnt not hold a child back a second time because it looks bad on them.


I would get an advocate and opt out immediately.


First let your child know you will fight (and win) any effort at retaining her a second time over this test or anything else. Next, make a meeting with the counselor and her direct supervisor and ask exactly what she hoped to accomplish by shaming and threatening a 15 year old child. I am a teacher and this is NOT okay.

As an aside, we never retained kids twice unless they had missed a ton of school and we actually thought it would benefit the child. We also never retained based purely off of STAAR scores when the parent appealed retention. Your poor daughter. We should be building kids up, not terrorizing them.

While you can certainly opt your baby out of the test, please do not let the harrassment go unaddressed. That just allows them to continue saying things like that to kids whose parents may not fight for them.


It seems like this is an on going battle with the schools & my child. Yes they end up passing her the other times but why do they feel the need to scare like this. I can and will continue to fight for her but just thr thought of well maybe they can actually hold her back is scary. Even for me! She passes her classes during the school year.


They “feel the need” to do this because the school rating system is built primarily around STAAR. A schools “grade” for many things is based only off STAAR scores. If schools are consistently low, they face take over by the state etc. It’s a mess. Opting out creates lower scores if students are there and receive the lowest score for the test. That doesn’t mean to not opt out, that’s just some context. Opt out however you can and are comfortable.

Also teachers often don’t know what’s happening. They are told something by the schools and if they aren’t versed in the opt out movement they just regurgitate the info.


This is why so many kids have anxiety and low self esteem. I would make sure I am at the school first thing in the morning. Find out from your daughter if any other students where present at the time this was said because it may need to he brought up also.


Technically a school can hold a child back but that is why there is a GPC meeting. I kept my daughter home and when I went in for the GPC meeting the person running the meeting read word for word off the paper needed for the meeting. Blah blah, automatic retention and then looked at me so I could say no, I don’t agree etc etc. then the meeting began. If she is passing her classes then it shouldn’t be an issue. So many times the schools don’t even know how GPC meetings go. They want to scare you.
When she goes to 9th grade make sure she keeps her electives.


Hey a lawyer if you have to. With a 504 they can’t hold her back for not passing the STARR


Not entirely true. My son was 504 and held back in 8th for not passing the STAAR. Fact check please.


My daughter has failed many staar tests, never been retained and will graduate in May 2019. She has an IEP…..go get one. It will relieve you of endless stress. Oh, and she will start college fall of 2019!


My son is in a similar boat. He’s in 8th, has an IEP and will be 15 in the spring (but he looks 13). I told the district that he will not be held back because of STAAR results.

He will be 19 at graduation if he stays on his current path. If he were held back again he would be 20. I told the district that a 20 year old man has no business going to school with 14-15 year old girls. It will put him in a dangerous position and will severely hurt him socially and emotionally. Not to mention the legal issues the school, my son and I could all face- especially with his VERY youthful looks and immaturity.

Who is going to let their kid hangout with a 20 year old after school or date their daughter? Anyway, i said all of that and the school caved like a deck of cards. He will be promoted regardless of STAAR results.


My dyslexic son hasn’t sat for a single STAAR since 3rd grade. He is in 9th. He won’t be sitting for any STAAR in high school either.

That “counselor” absolutely needs to be called on the carpet.

Write up exactly what you shared here and email her asking that she confirm what she said. Cc teachers, the principal and district personnel (special ed coordinator, superintendent, board members, etc).

Start a paper trail and document everything from here on out.

No one should be talking to your child that way. Period.


Well this happened to me last year. My son has failed all STARR tests since 6th grade, he passed what he needed to get to Jr. High. So he took summer class and has 3 total retakes and failed them all. He makes great grades, all A’s and B’s so I have come to the conclusion he struggles with test taking. He stresses out seeing people finish if he isn’t finished so he rushes. So we had a meeting with his counselor and she basically said they didn’t want to retain but per the state it was a requirement. There is an appeal that can be done and we did that. It wasn’t a hard process at all. We went into the meeting and about 10 minutes later we were done. Signed the appeal and left. Boy was I a wreck! I cried so ugly!!! My son ended up going to high school and it’s been great. He’s done well with all his classes and hasn’t struggled. Sound like a crazy mom, it’s our job. I was ready to fight with grades, report cards, I was prepared. I didn’t need any of it. Good Luck!!


oth of my sons did not Pass the STARR….they tried to say the same crap…I just said that was unacceptable and he wouldn’t be retained…they said ok and he moved on….they cannot retain them.its an assessment!..They try because it’s all about the numbers and funding…simply decline it… my daughter is in 3rd grade she also has dyslexia. The principal told them last year that if they didn’t pass the Starr in 3rd grade that they would be held back…my daughter started having anxiety…I told her it was a lie…I showed her that her brother didn’t pass and he wasn’t held back…they put so much stress on passing this stupid assessment. It’s not made for dyslexic children! My son that is now in 11th grade failed the English 3 times…but he wants to graduate with the advanced plan so he has to pass it they say…I bought the MOMETRIX. It basically tells you how to avoid the mind tricking questions..he read it and passed the English STARR..we will buy the math one because it will be his 3rd attempt. My oldest graduated HS without passing the math STARR and the ENGLISH 2 STARR…


And yet another post from this group:

Hello. We moved here from Canada end of April this year. We decided to put our kids in school the last month so they could meet kids and get to know the school.
We found out 2 weeks into our kids being in school, our son was given the Starr test in grade 3.
Fast forward to the week before school starts. The principal and councillor asked us to come in to discuss our kids and the new school year. Based on the Starr test we knew nothing about and our son not even being prepared for, the principal said he would need to be held back in Grade 3. We of course disagreed and told her he will be moving forward into 4th. She was very adamant and forceful in wanting to keep him behind because as per her graphs and stats showed based on his test scores he has the potential to be a high school drop out or worse, end up in jail. My son is 9!

My question is, can we request this Starr test be removed from his records?
Is it to late into the school year to opt out of the Starr test now? Our son is doing very well in school averaging about an 85, however, he doesnt test well. Could the Starr test scores go against him if he is doing well through out the school year??


And some replies to this post:

No. It can’t be removed.

You can however opt out of all further STAAR. It’s not a test but they like to call of that. It’s an evaluation.

I can’t believe they told you that. Unbelievable and rude frankly

Edit: they can only try to use 5th grade and 8th grade STAARs but you can fight it. My daughter didn’t take 5th grade STAAR and went to 6th grade


and colleges dont care about the STAAR ASSESMENT (not test), so dont loose sleep over it.


The STAAR SHOWS NOTHING. ON BEHALF OF TEXAS WE ARE SO SORRY. DON’T LET YOUR KIDS TAKE THIS AGAIN. IF HE IS PASSING ALL CLASSES THEY CAN’T HOLD HIM BACK!!


This is true in 4th grade, but not for all grades.


Yes 5th and 8th are retention years correct? But if they don’t take the test they can use it against them?


correct. They can hold any student back who has not passed STAAR in 5th and 8th, but in reality it almost never happens unless the kid is also failing the classes. However, it is important that parents understand it is a possibility, even if it is extremely unlikely.


Start here: http://www.txedrights.net

MANY of us have never let our kids take STAAR & they have been promoted. Use the search box and u can probably even find parents in this group in your school district.

We’re here to help too.


yup. I live in an area with alot of Expats. Many on my street. Your kiddos dont have to take it. Regardless of what what the school might say. Scroll thru the many posts or use the search box and look up key words like “3rd grade” and you will find many years worth of information.


The principal will not come handy to us after my husband had some choice words for her. However, the school counselor is at everyone of our meetings. So much so we asked her to not attend our last meeting with our sons teacher. She is not helpful and has nothing in place to help our son as they feel he needs it ( we already have him enrolled in online tutoring ) what role does a school counselor hold?


FYI..in the state of Texas you can record conversations as long as one party (you) knows it’s being recorded. That voice memo button on your phone is a great tool. It’s completely legal in TX.


Originally, their role was to actually provide counseling to the kids, and in the later grades, help with academic and career choices. Unfortunately, in Texas these days, most of them have been forced to become testing coordinators and paper pushers…


What specifically are they saying he “needs”?


first it was tutoring. That’s how our kids spent their 1st summer here. They still would like to have a tutor for him and that’s when we found the online tutoring which has helped immensely. Speech therapy was suggested and I shut that down. Their reasoning is not because he cant speak or read, it’s because hes not completely comprehending what hes reading. My son was born with a cleft and we have done speech. He was released from speech 2 years ago as they felt he was right where he needed to be.


If they are basing all of that on STAAR scores, just ignore them. STAAR says NOTHING about a child’s reading comprehension or ability…from your perspective, does he have any trouble with reading?


Make sure next year he isn’t being pulled for any STAAR prep classes of any kind. Extra reading/math etc. keep this in mind for every yr that follows. As he gets older the schools can try or they will take away electives and place them in prep classes. Just request in writing that your child be removed. My daughter didn’t take it in 8th and she went on to 9th grade and kept all her electives. My son didn’t take it last year in 5th grade and he’s in 6th now. It can be done. This is a great groupt.

It won’t be removed but not to worry. Just keep doing what you’re doing.
You can keep
Your son home during testing. Usually the entire week. They can give a makeup test if he shows up during the testing window. He will he scored as “absent”. So there’s no data on him. I’ve been doing that for the past 3 yrs with my son.
My other son is in third grade this year and he will most likely stay home as well.


I hate that statistic. Supposedly your reading level by third grade is an indicator of whether or not you’ll end up in prison because most inmates have a reading level that’s below third grade. It’s absurd and it’s a study that was done incorrectly and likely paid for by the TEA to promote more standardized testing. I’m sorry they said that to you.


Good morning.. I am so sorry that you are having to deal with all the lies about the STAAR. We have all been there. I am one of the parents that has filed a lawsuit against the TEA and Mike Morath. I have started an online petition below as well to end all standardize testing period. Please take a moment read over it , sign and then share. I am praying that I will have 10k by the time March comes around when I close out the petition and hand deliver our message to the Capital. This site is a great resource site. Scott Placek knows his stuff.


And yet another post:

Went to a parent teacher meeting today. My daughter’s math teacher expressed that she was really worried about the STAAR test this year for her. I said “oh, don’t worry, she won’t be here those days. We are opting out.” You could see the relief in her face. She said “you can do that?” and I said “yes, but that’s not what public schools tell you”. She said, and I quote “well that makes me feel so much better. Now I can focus on what she really needs help in and not just testing, testing, testing.” WTH is wrong with this picture? Shouldn’t that be what school’s are doing anyway!? Guess not. I think we all know it is always about the STAAR from day one. And $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$


Here is a post from Shannon Joy:

Parent Alert!!

This looks like a direct assault on private, religious education institutions AND homeschooling.

Press release issued today from NYS education officials ——->

Translation:

Private schools MUST PROVIDE THE EXACT SAME EDUCATION found in public schools.

(From NYS Department of Education new guidance for private schools)

Translation:

The NYS commissioner will DETERMINE whether each private school is delivering ‘substantial equivalencies’ based on assessments conducted by local public education bureaucrats. (Institutions in direct competition with private schools BTW)

BOCES decides whether private schools in NYS measure up. Are you KIDDING ME?

So BOCES will train religious or independent (read homeschooling?) schools on how to measure up to the Common Standards.

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Public Schools or Public Screwels? Part 15

stop common core 15

This is part 15.

Here is a post from the parent anti-Common Core resistance group ParentStrike:

States & school districts are embracing student digital badges, programs like i-Ready, adaptive computer-based education & data mining Ed-Tech products in exchange for money and/or devices. In Consider Yourself Warned, Deb Herbage explores K-12 data mining and the grave threat it poses to student privacy.

https://theedvocateblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/18/student-data-mining-parents-deserve-right-to-refuse/?fbclid=IwAR1HIyJHVThr3X-pNM5p9z_1UtiTWIPKxKu8YqPZQ7U4mUzaz-YjXsCXWSQ

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

Karen Effrem: The latest report of the National Commission on Social Emotional and Academic Learning continues to promote questionable brain science in the service of having government schools, corporations, or their foundations set norms for and assess the values, attitudes, beliefs, and emotions of students from cradle to career.

https://thenationalpulse.com/commentary/flawed-report-uses-pseudoscience-promote-social-emotional-learning/?fbclid=IwAR0Q_pVv4ZzE9RudtOREZjTyzenVRC9WikqRWiUBOmGFozG4vgjdVIp-8AU

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And here is a post from the same page as the one above.  It is in reply to where people were talking about the Florida teacher that had her textbooks taken away:

A special ed teacher got a phonics program taken away when my oldest was having trouble learning to read with the whole language program they were using. Superintendent said it wasn’t approved curriculum. Public education sucks everywhere.

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And here is a post in reply to an article about the fired whistle blower in the Oregon Department of Education:

Strangfield isn’t the first person pushed out by the ODE for questioning overzealous data collection. Now the ODE wants to emulate Colorado in joining student behavior data to the Department of Corrections! What happened to expunging juvenile records? What happened to keeping all parents informed?

Meanwhile, states and feds already want to apply predictive algorithms to much government data, even though they’re wrong 35% of the time. What a way to fill the school-to-prison pipeline!

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Here is a post shared by Alice Linahan:

This brave, frustrated veteran teacher is from Milsap, Texas. Milsap is in Parker Co. just west of Ft. Worth. She articulates very clearly and passionately, the main issue, in my opinion, for teachers. I’ll let her testimony speak for itself.
If your political candidate is not talking about this issue in education, they are either not aware of the true nature of the problem with the Accountability System, or they are choosing to keep the status quo. This election is so important for educators. Hold your candidate accountable to this issue, even if you are not in public education.

[name withheld]
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Posted by [name withheld]. I don’t know her, but she so eloquently expresses what we all have felt:
“Today I got my summative evaluation…from last year. “Last year” ended five months ago, but we had to wait for all the test scores to come in and tell us what kind of teachers we are. Highly Effective. I was genuinely congratulated by my principal for the great growth of my students and having a perfect score for the second year in a row. After this brief meeting, I went back to my classroom…and I cried. I cried because this job I LOVE, this job I am so passionate about, this job I am so good at, this job I was born to do…is no longer the same job. I cried because of the increasingly overwhelming amount of paper work and meeting and trainings (oh my). I cried because we are SO micromanaged! Everyone wants to tell us what is best for OUR classroom. I cried because of the entire evaluation process. What other professional is evaluated this way? With an entire booklet of what they will be looking for when they come in our rooms for a short period of time. I cried because of the testing. My God, the testing. (3rd-5th graders will take a TWO HOUR research based writing test tomorrow. Their first of FOUR this year.) I cried because every single teacher I know goes above and beyond. Every single teacher I see is highly effective. I cried because many of them will be made to feel less than that. I cried because I’ve never stayed as late as I’m staying this year. I cried because I’m supposed to take a 300 hour course for free…on my own time. A course for a subject I’ve been teaching for over a decade! I cried because I’m being forced to choose between what’s best for my kids, and time with my daughter. I cried because I shouldn’t have to make that choice. I cried because of so many other issues that are plaguing teachers. I cried because this isn’t the first time I’ve cried this school year. I cried because this job I used to love, has become a job that overwhelms me beyond belief most days.
There are countless teachers in my school, district, state, and country that feel the exact same way. Yet they stay. They stay because they love to teach. They stay because they were born to teach. They stay because their kids are more than a test score. They stay because their kids are THEIR kids. Teaching has always been a hard job, but those in charge these days seem to be asking a dangerous question. How much more can the teachers handle? Starting the year with at least 93 open positions in our county, 4000 in Florida, and a national shortage across the country, the answer seems to be clear. Not much more.”

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And here are some replies to said post:

Oh my and it’s so true. They make it harder and harder for the kids who want to become teachers to be a teacher the testing is absolutely ridiculous stuff they give you to study for ask you to study for is not on the test how can you become and start your future as a teacher when you can’t even study for the test that makes you a teacher

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the strangle-hold on the profession is reaching critical mass. The TEA is making it more and more difficult to get certification in all fields in education at every level. Why?? The principal exam is tripling in price and going to two parts in January. Why?? Why make it more difficult when more teachers and administrators are needed to fill the positions? They are purposely killing the profession.

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When will teachers rise up and say “this is not education?” If they did it in mass numbers, it would make a statement. Parents and school boards aren’t making enough noise.

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as you know, this is what you and I and so many others have been trying to communicate for years, now. It’s going to have to come from the profession itself. We must save our profession!

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Some of us rise up as citizens advocating for children…and then we get emails from high up administrators who CC your principal. Can you say target? I don’t care, but it makes folks jumpy.

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This is the way teachers stay locked in doing the same thing marching to the agenda. It is a system run on fear. Fear has no place in public education. I know this is hard to do, but teachers are going to have to get past the fear. It’s what holds them in place keeping the status quo.

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yep…I’m trying…

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Same. So same. Every single day is a struggle…and the kids are NEVER the struggle.

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Gosh, isn’t education run by and for the most part staffed by progressive leftists? I worked in this field for 20 years (support staff) and realized long ago many things were wrong. One notable random fact in my area was how many teachers and admins were childless. Little tiny things like this have all added up to the mess we have today. But what does someone like me know, an uneducated peon.

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George Bush, when he was governor pushed the No Child Left Behind legislation that started this horrible cycle of state-mandated tests. I’m a veteran Texas teacher, retired with 31 years. It started back with him. I was there. It is not a progressive leftist mandate.

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yes, it’s a left/right agenda. Actually it’s a globalist agenda that the leadership of both parties have adopted.

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Education, I would say, is not so much run by leftist, as by globalist. There is a slight difference. But it does not need to remain that way. It takes numbers, like this brave teacher, coming forward willing to be counted and heard.

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I call education the Preschool to University to Fascist Leftist Pipeline.

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There are many in education who are strong constitutionalists. They need to begin overcoming their fear and speaking up. [name redcated] you might enjoy my book. It addresses the problem from inside the profession. www.aphuff.com

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I was going to mention your point exactly—- Texas is as conservative a state, over all, as they come . How quickly we forget where high stakes testing originated, right here in the 90s under George Bush. It then spread nation wide when he became president. We had business millionaires like Bill Gates and the Koch brothers advising national policy to put us in the position we find ourselves today. Data has become the new educational buzz word, not rigor, differentiation, PBL, etc. We left the focus of better instruction for ways to track our students and their ability to take multiple choice tests. Until teachers band together with parent support to take back’ our public schools—- we’ll continue to see teachers leave the profession and parents take their children out and put them in private or charter schools where they don’t focus on testing!

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I don’t see how anyone (on either side) at the teacher or administrator level could be leading anything at all. Maybe there’s something different in CA? In Texas, ed is so highly regulated at the state and fed level, there’s simply nothing anyone (not even at school board level) can do to impact it. It’s all prescribed at higher levels. Again, Texas is red beyond red and we have the same problem. I think it’s profiteering by state and fed reps and tons people in between with money interests (on both sides). I was in ed 16 years, and I never saw anyone at the local level have any real impact. Too tightly controlled higher up. People tried but it just too big and too much money. Profiteering seems to be the common thread between CA and TX, I think. And evidently the blue vs red makes no difference. Greed and ignorance of what would help ed abounds on both sides.

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Follow the money—- testing companies and test prep companies are making a fortune off of public school testing. Who owns and has interest in those companies? Texas spends tens of millions of dollars every year devising new and more convoluted STAAR tests that prove little in assessing children’s achievement.

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The system is killing and bogging down creativity. Teachers are told what to do minute by minute. How do you have discussions on books? How do you use creativity to extend learning when you don’t have time?
Teachers are struggling to keep up with everything.

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I have 1 kid off to college in 2019 and another in 2020. I am telling my kids when they mention maybe majoring in education that they must have a 2nd major to fall back on. I know too many teachers who are on the verge of a nervous breakdown or have quit either because when they started they realized how much they hated all the non-teaching stuff or after a very few years they’re sick and tired of everything. Also because the pay is lousy and here in Texas they’re slowly loosing their benefits which used to be so good that it made up some for everything else they had to deal with in education nowadays.

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We are fools
We vote for people who hate us and try to destroy us. I have at least 5 hours of work to do today and my son whom I haven t seen in two months is here. I would never encourage anyone I love to teach

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I know what you mean

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This is hard to read and pray for common sense to return.

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Our profession, [name redacted], has the power to right the ship, but it will take everyone speaking in a unified voice.

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All school board members and superintendents need to take heed these comments from teachers and parents. It is not business as usual.

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The paperwork and micromanagement is what I remember as a classroom teacher. I remember my colleagues in tears because planning time was used for anthing but planning because we were in this or that meeting. I struggledto make 5, 10, or 15 minutes work to be totally prepared for the next lesson. I started arriving to work early enough to wait for custodial staff to open the building. I stayed late to the point my principal thought I was trying to get a promotion. Something need’s to change. There is an urgency here, and we must look into ways to foster more of a focus on effective teaching and student learning. Cheers.

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

Can anyone please affirm any examples (without naming a student, unless you want to indicate it was your kid) of someone who passed Algebra 2 last year with at least a B, but did not pass the Math SBA. Then was summarily placed in an easy non-Precalculus math class designed for kids that ‘failed’. Asking for a friend.

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And another post from this group:

For those who are relatively new (and a refresher for those well acquainted) this article reflects a blueprint of Corporate Ed Reform just as Common Core was being formulated. I characterize this as Elitist Corp Ed Reform. The people pushing this are Elitists who view your children and mine as “human capital”.

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December 1, 2008 12:01 AM
Lessons From 40 Years of Education ‘Reform’
Let’s abolish local school districts and finally adopt national standards.

By LOUIS V. GERSTNER JR.
While the economic news has most Americans in a state of near depression, hope abounds today that the country may use the current economic crisis as leverage to address some longstanding problems. Nowhere is that prospect for progress more worthy than the crisis in our public education system.
So, from someone who realized rather glumly last week that he has been working at school reform for 40 years, here is a prescription for leadership from the Obama administration.

We must start with the recognition that, despite decade after decade of reform efforts, our public K-12 schools have not improved. We can point to individual schools and some entire districts that have advanced, but the system as a whole is still failing. High school and college graduation rates, test scores, the number of graduates majoring in science and engineering all are flat or down over the past two decades. Disappointingly, the relative performance of our students has suffered compared to those of other nations. As a former CEO, I am worried about what this will mean for our future workforce.
It is most crucial for our political leaders to ask why we are at this point — why after millions of pages, in thousands of reports, from hundreds of commissions and task forces, financed by billions of dollars, have we failed to achieve any significant progress?
Answering this question correctly is the key to finally remaking our public schools.
This is a complex problem, but countless experiments and analyses have clearly indicated we need to do four straightforward things to bring fundamental changes to K-12 education:
1) Set high academic standards for all of our kids, supported by a rigorous curriculum.
2) Greatly improve the quality of teaching in our classrooms, supported by substantially higher compensation for our best teachers.
3) Measure student and teacher performance on a systematic basis, supported by tests and assessments.
4) Increase “time on task” for all students; this means more time in school each day, and a longer school year.
Everything else either does not matter (e.g., smaller class sizes) or is supportive of these four steps (e.g., vastly improve schools of education).
Lack of effort is not the cause of our 30-year inability to solve our education problem. Not only have we had all those thousands of studies and task forces, but we have seen many courageous and talented individuals pushing hard to move the system. Leaders such as Joel Klein (New York City), Michelle Rhee (Washington, D.C.) and Paul Vallas (New Orleans) have challenged the system, and elected officials from both sides of the political spectrum have also fought valiantly for change.
So where does that leave us? If the problem isn’t “what to do,” nor is it a failure of commitment, what is stopping us?
I believe the problem lies with the structure and corporate governance of our public schools. We have over 15,000 school districts in America; each of them, in its own way, is involved in standards, curriculum, teacher selection, classroom rules and so on. This unbelievably unwieldy structure is incapable of executing a program of fundamental change. While we have islands of excellence as a result of great reform programs, we continually fail to scale up systemic change.
Therefore, I recommend that President-elect Barack Obama convene a meeting of our nation’s governors and seek agreement to the following:
– Abolish all local school districts, save 70 (50 states; 20 largest cities). Some states may choose to leave some of the rest as community service organizations, but they would have no direct involvement in the critical task of establishing standards, selecting teachers, and developing curricula.
– Establish a set of national standards for a core curriculum. I would suggest we start with four subjects: reading, math, science and social studies.
– Establish a National Skills Day on which every third, sixth, ninth and 12th-grader would be tested against the national standards. Results would be published nationwide for every school in America.
– Establish national standards for teacher certification and require regular re-evaluations of teacher skills. Increase teacher compensation to permit the best teachers (as measured by advances in student learning) to earn well in excess of $100,000 per year, and allow school leaders to remove underperforming teachers.
– Extend the school day and the school year to effectively add 20 more days of schooling for all K-12 students.
I can predict that three questions will be raised about these measures:
First, how can we set national standards when we have a strong tradition of local school autonomy? The answer is that the American people are way ahead of our politicians here: Poll after poll shows they support national standards.
Second, won’t this take many years to implement? No, if we follow a focused, pragmatic approach. While ideally we want all 50 states to participate, we can get started with 30. The rest will be driven to abandon their “see no evil” blinders by their citizens as the original group achieves momentum and success. Moreover, we do not have to start from scratch on the national standards. Experts can quickly develop an initial set just by drawing on existing domestic and foreign programs.
Third, how do we pay for all of this? In three ways: We will save billions by consolidating the operations of 15,000 school districts. The U.S. Department of Education can direct all of its discretionary funds to this effort. And we need to drive into the consciousness of every American politician that education is not an expense. It is, rather, the most important investment we can make as a country.
H.G. Wells remarked that “history is a race between education and catastrophe.” For the first time in America’s history, we may be losing that race. We can win, but we have to act quickly and decisively.
Mr. Gerstner, a former CEO of IBM, was chairman of the Teaching Commission (2003-2006), which reported on ways to improve the quality of public school teaching.

Gerstner believes: “the problem lies with the structure and corporate governance of our public schools. We have over 15,000 school districts in America; each of them, in its own way, is involved in standards, curriculum, teacher selection, classroom rules and so on. This unbelievably unwieldy structure is incapable of executing a program of fundamental change.”

**”Gerstner’s legacy among corporate education reformers was cemented in 1996 when he brought together the corporate world with state governors at the IBM headquarters in Palisades to establish the education reform agenda for the nation. This meeting brought us Achieve — the organization that is credited with the development of the Common Core standards. In 2008, Gerstner summarized what he had learned over the years as a leading voice in education reform for the The Wall Street Journal. “–

This illustrates one blueprint towards the end game to privatization. Louis Gerstner also founded Achieve, Inc. that helped bring us the Common Core State Standards Initiative. I take articles like this very seriously.

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

I just got this letter from the school on one of my children stating SPECIFICALLY, “Federal law states that all students 7 yrs old or younger, or any who are entering a U.S. school for the first time, must have the following health screens ON FILE with their school before the 120th day of school.”
And then it lists vision, hearing and dental.

It states that my son does not have this and they included a permission slip to fill out for dental… my blood is boiling so hot right now. I cannot find ANYTHING in federal law saying anything like this. All I can find is a state law stating that schools must PROVIDE these services but nowhere have I found they must have this information on file or that I must submit it. He has had all these things through his normal dentist and pediatrician.

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And here are the replies to this post:

ask them to provide you with a copy of the statute (state and/or federal) that requires you to do this.
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I did. I called and said I was confused because nowhere can I find a FEDERAL law requiring this. The first words I received in response was, “Jyn do you think I would send out hundreds and hundreds and letters without checking the facts first?”
Wow! Welp! My bad! I guess that should have been telltale sign it’s all a 100% legit and bonafide law then, right?
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From what I’ve found there are two laws in OREGON (2017 ORS 336.211 and 2017 ORS 336.213. ) that state they need cert of vision and dental on file.
This is an Oregon statute not federally mandated and the dental is required to offer an opt out for the school screening. Mind you, we have already done all our medical stuff through our dentist and pediatrician. All they had to do was request this information in the new school year packet- without sending a: “THIS IS FEDERALLY MANDATED AND HERE IS THE PERMISSION FORM FOR OUR SCHOOL TO DO IT even though we share information”.

I have not been able to find anything mandating hearing screenings.

I found OAR 581-022-0705 (1996) requires school districts to provide vision and hearing screening but I cannot find pages on it any longer as it seems they have all been deleted. Did they overrule that law?
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I was always under the impression that they were required to offer it/make it available to students (as many cannot afford it), but not that it meant that it was required to do.

Again, it’s a good idea to do, but the federal government shouldn’t have a say in mandating anyone doing it.
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Could you just have your dentist and pediatrician write letters saying they have recently examined your child? That way the school has record that the child has been screened, but they don’t need the details. By the way, I think it’s completely ridiculous for schools to require any such info, but could you comply without really complying???
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Yep! We totally could had I had this requested of me I probably could have easily provided it. Instead I got a threatening letter with my child’s name highlighted with a marker and a form attached for their Dental3 people stating it was federally mandated.
“DENTAL3 “D3” was formed in 2014 as a unique partnership of Medicaid Dental Plans, Coordinated Care Organizations and Community Partners to advance the goals of transformation by furthering oral health in the Portland Oregon metropolitan community.
D3 and its partners provide community based services to reach those individuals who might not otherwise seek care, connecting them to the system through outreach.”
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I wouldn’t do it. That’s why they get away with this kind of stuff, because parents aren’t willing to fight back so the buck keeps getting passed down the line.
I worked at a pediatric medical clinic for 14yrs. Although I’ve been out for the last 5 yrs, I am not aware of any such federal law and those aren’t easy to come by. I would call up and ask for the reference to look up. I only know of federal programs, such as head start, having requirements like this.
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Oregon has tried to make Americans believe this for years
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Here is a post from a New Hampshire anti-Common Core page:

A NEW comment added to my article on Sanborn and the Competency Based Ed
New comment on your post “Is Sanborn Regional School District Lying To Parents?”
Email: XXXXXXXX
Comment:
As a parent having one graduated from Sanborn and one still in the system I can speak to its strengths and weaknesses. My children have been successful but not because of the school and it’s curricullym but because of the extra effort put in at home to bridge the gap of what isn’t taught in school. They are high achievers and Sanborn is not excelling at helping high achievers. The elementary schools are excellent but the middle and high school are sorely lacking in accountability and standards of excellence. Unfortunately I see the curriculum and administration catering to the lowest common denominator. No deadlines. No consequences. No finals. No reports or real projects and papers due. They can however keep retaking tests or redoing work until they get the grade they want When I spoke to Stack about this I was told the point was to ensure the student learned to concepts not penalize them for the time it took to grasp the subject matter. In effect the good grades are self inflated and our students are not learning what it takes to survive in the real world or thrive in post secondary education.
You can see all comments on this post here:

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And another post from this page:

SENT to the MAYOR of Manchester and the School Board Members
Dear Board of School Committee Members:

I was made aware of Manchester Proud a short time ago by parents who told me about this new organization. As a former Bedford resident, I have seen how an organization outside the school district could be beneficial to everyone involved in the Manchester public schools. The Bedford Education Foundation has been one of those organizations that has raised funds for expenditures that are not included in the school district budget. The BEF is well-respected and appreciated in the community for that reason. They look at what needs to be supported and funded, then hold fundraisers and events to make it happen. For instance, on their Facebook page, they proudly reminded community members that they worked hard with fundraisers to support French students in a 10-day exchange. The BEF provided the funding to get all foreign language program exchanges funded. Adding foreign language to the elementary school curriculum is what one Manchester parent said she would like to have added to the elementary grades.

It was the Bedford School Board that set up a survey asking parents and community members what problems they see within the school district. That information was categorized and, made public so everyone could see what needed to be addressed. Since it was an online survey, there was no cost to the taxpayers that I’m aware of. Trinity High School has also elicited this critical information from parents in the past. It’s a great way to identify the problems, prioritize them and work on getting the problems fixed.

At first glance, Manchester Proud appeared to me as if they would be that support system for Manchester, too. An organization like that can be a real gift to a school district. However, upon further research, what I’ve discovered about Manchester Proud is causing me great concern. I’d hate to see an organization become a lightning rod in the community versus one that is respected and appreciated like the BEF.

Manchester Proud has the capacity to make a significant and positive impact on the school district. That’s something we should all support. I’m not surprised that people in the community want to add their time and talent to an organization that wants to help the school district meet some of its needs. My concern is with what appears to be a political influence within the organization. That influence now seems to be directing expenditures that could be used for genuine needs that parents have identified.

Reaching Higher NH is an organization that has been politically active for a few years. While I respect them as a political organization, they have a set agenda that has been diametrically opposed to what parents in Manchester, and across the state, have supported. Two board members at Reaching Higher NH now sit on the board of Manchester Proud: Talmira Hill and Pawn Nitichan. The Executive Director at Reaching Higher NH, Evelyn Aissa, is the daughter of Barry Brensinger, Coordinator for Manchester Proud. In watching video of school board meetings, I have seen Mr. Brensinger and others stress that they have no bias or predetermined outcome. With what I’ve learned about the direct and influential connections between Manchester Proud and Reaching Higher NH, and seeing the direction in which this effort is going, it’s hard to take that at face value, even though their intent may be pure.

Having that kind of one-sided political view on education reforms does not allow for a healthy debate when Manchester Proud seeks to influence the district on education policies. If they were there simply to provide support in the same manner as the BEF, then their participation would not matter. But since there are now examples of how Manchester Proud is also engaging in political education reforms, this concerns me, and will most likely concern the many parents who came before the BOSC several years ago in an effort to improve the local academic standards in the district. I have already heard from a Manchester grandmother of a Beech Street School student, indicating that she sees a conflict of interest.

It is critical for Manchester Proud to succeed and not become an organization that divides the community. Unfortunately, some of Manchester Proud’s political association with politically motivated education reform groups have drawn negative attention.This could bubble up to a point where Manchester Proud loses respect and appreciation in the community.

For example, on Manchester Proud’s facebook page, there is a link to a video from Reaching Higher NH highlighting Student Centered Learning. Below that post I asked this question: “In this video, Reaching Higher NH advocates for student centered learning. Could you provide peer reviewed research/studies that show student centered learning improves the quality of education (maybe in terms of test scores) versus teacher centered? Thank you”. (Please see attached screen shot)

This is an example of support for influencing how a teacher teaches in the classroom. Is this the vision for Manchester Proud? To take information provided by a political organization and advocate for the same political views?

When I returned to look at the facebook page to see what studies they would provide, I saw that the post had been removed. I did not receive an answer to my question, and you cannot see it currently on the facebook page.

I ask for independent research because other districts in New Hampshire are implementing this experimental education reform. The Atlantic reported on this experimental method back in 2014.”What Happens When Students Control Their Own Education? When a New Hampshire district found itself struggling with low test scores and high turnover, it made a radical decision: Flip the traditional model and let kids take over the classrooms.” Since then, I’ve received numerous complaints from Pittsfield parents explaining how the student-led discussions become sidetracked, and how some students use that time in an effort to talk about other things beside what should be discussed. Small group work becomes the responsibility of the student who excels, leaving that student to carry the weight for the group. Individual projects take a great deal of time, leaving less time for academic content to be covered.

Pittsfield test scores do not provide any indication that this experimental model has had any significant impact on students in the high school:
Grade 11
2012-13
Reading: 57%
Mathematics: 36%

2016-2017
Reading: 58%
Mathematics 19%

This is why I asked for peer-reviewed research. If Manchester Proud is going to advocate for changes in the Manchester classroom by supporting experimental pedagogy, shouldn’t they at least make sure it’s best practice and has a track record of success?

Manchester Proud has also come to the BOSC to advocate for joining the Council of Great City Schools (CGCS). During the discussion with some of the BOSC members about the $30,000.00 membership fee, Mr. Brensinger indicated that he would not consider the request by Manchester parents who want funding to go towards materials in the classroom. Instead he said this kind of significant expenditure should be used to pay a membership fee to CGCS. I understand this is an effort to design a strategic plan, but if that plan is going to revolve around unproven or disproven politically-contrived education reforms, rather than meeting the needs expressed by the parents, then this does not bode well.

CGCS is a political organization funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to “promote and coordinate successful implementation of the new common core standards in major urban public school systems nationwide ” The Gates Foundation lists CGCS as a partner on their web site.

Here is a list of grants awarded to CGCS by the Gates Foundation so that they could advance their political objective:
2008 $3,735,866
2010 $ 100,000
2011. $5,446,615
2013 $ 614,954
2013 $2,000,000
2015 $1,600,017

CGCS’s political objective has a clear bias which runs counter to what scores of parents said they wanted for their children in Manchester during the debate of the Manchester Academic Standards.

No one on the BOSC asked for any proof that CGCS has a track record of success. After reviewing the CGCS web site, I could not find any peer-reviewed independent studies that showed membership in this organization improved academic outcomes.

A case in point comes in a 2014 CGCS report regarding the public schools in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The reports states: ” The Albuquerque Public Schools District has embarked on an ambitious reform agenda which includes the transition to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and a renewed focus on improving student achievement by closing the achievement gap. The district’s strategic plan included improving Academic Achievement. However, if you look at their NAEP scores from 2017 they show Albuquerque students either making no progress or falling further behind their peers:

GRADE 4 MATHEMATICS 2017
The percentage of students in Albuquerque who performed at or above the NAEP Proficient level was 29 percent in 2017. This percentage was not significantly different from large cities (31 percent).

GRADE 8 READING 2017
The percentage of students in Albuquerque who performed at or above the NAEP Proficient level was 25 percent in 2017. This percentage was not significantly different from large cities (27 percent). It seems that they digressed in Math and reading.

Grade 8
Mathematics
Year/average score/difference from large cities
2017 270 -5
2015 271 -3
2013 274 -2
2011 275 -1

Reading
2017 255 -3
2015 251 -6
2013 256 -2
2011 254 -1

If the Manchester BOSC is to join a political education organization, it is critical that the BOSC look for peer-reviewed studies that show the organization has contributed to some measure of academic success in public education.

Manchester has many difficult challenges with which other districts in New Hampshire may not be dealing. Every dime spent needs to be carefully considered, whether the money comes directly from taxpayers or from other sources by way of the school district. I urge school board members to demand proof that expenditures do not come with a political agenda.

Cornerstone, the organization for which I am the Education Liaison, would like to get behind an organization working in the best interest of the students in Manchester. For all its challenges, Manchester provides many opportunities. Manchester could lead the way in education outcomes for the state. Toward that end, we encourage efforts to identify what parents see as needs for the district.

Reaching Higher NH and the Council of Great City Schools have a political agenda that leaves me concerned about Manchester Proud. Manchester Proud is an organization that has amazing people behind it who are willing to do whatever it takes to help Manchester schools succeed. It would be a mistake to let political aims take precedence over what parents believe are the real needs in the district.

After leaving the Manchester Proud meeting, I posted a question on a Manchester School Facebook Page. I asked parents what five things they’d like to see changed or improved in the school district. No one mentioned a desire to see the district become a member of a political organization whose main objective is to implement Common Core in schools. No one mentioned wanting a political organization to influence teaching methods.

Parents did say that they wanted:
1) Bullying addressed
2) Consistent curriculum across the district
3) Foreign Language added in the elementary school
4) Implement a complementary Spelling and Grammar curriculum
5) Get a systematic Math book that can be used starting on page 1
6) Stop social promotions
7) Advance children to the next subject when they’ve mastered the content
8) Get our teachers a signed contract
9) Add tech resources
10) Get rid of Common Core and go back to common sense
11) IEPs must be followed
12) Common Core has to go
13) Bring back unified arts in the Middle School
14) Updated textbooks
15) Leveling for all subjects
16) Get rid of standardized testing
17) Make sure students are competent in the subject matter before advancing

I’m sharing this because after attending Manchester Proud’s meeting yesterday, their associations with pro-Common Core political organizations indicates there may be a conflict ahead. These are concerns that the Bedford Education Foundation has avoided by making sure the individuals running the organization are focused on the needs of the teachers and students. Having a similar support group in Manchester can offer parents and teachers the much-needed support that they have been wanting. Please consider your support carefully as you go forward.

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Here is a post from Shannon Joy:

Online Morality Test given to high schoolers in Bradley, Ohio.

 

 

 

 

 

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

BOTTOM OF THIS POST IS A CANNED RESPONSE THE WCSD BOARD PRESIDENT SENDS TO PARENTS WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT FREE EDTECH VENDORS. THEN DIRECTLY BELOW IS OUR RESPONSE.

Dear Katy Et Al,

It’s good to hear some WCSD students are coding in school. Our Incline schools don’t teach cursive, coding, and barely teach keyboarding. Since the District came up with the language: “Getting students ready for the 21st Century digital world,” several things have happened including:
1) One of the largest EdTech vendors, Edmodo, had a data breach causing sensitive student data (including Student ID’s) to be placed for sale on the dark web.
2) A year later Edmodo sold the entire company (including) all the student data to a Chinese company, experts agree the Chinese bought Edmodo for the data of U.S. students.
3) A Cal Berkeley study, released this summer, showed many of the EdTech vendors used in our schools are not in compliance with COPPA.
4) A Fordham University study, released this summer, shows data brokers are selling “student data;” it’s unclear where/how the data is being obtained.
5) At least two states (not Nevada) have sued Google for illegally tracking students.
6) The FBI came out with a Public Service Announcement on September 13 warning parents and school districts about third party EdTech vendors.
Instead of telling parents what has happened (above) and letting them decide if their children will continue sharing school work and personal data with free (paid with student data) EdTech vendors the District has decided to keep parents in the dark. About three or four years ago WCSD told Protect Nevada Children (PNC) they do not “enter into contract” with free EdTech vendors used in WCSD schools. Katy, has something changed in regards to the free EdTech vendors or are your comments below misleading?

Two years ago 441 families opted out of being issued a WCSD email address, two questions: 1) When were the email addresses re-created? 2) Why won’t the District allow us to opt-out of District email now? My oldest is getting A’s in computer science classes at Columbia (Ivy League) and he did not use any free EdTech vendor products before graduating from IHS in 2016.

Numerous technology executives including, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, severely limited their own children’s screen time, and use of EdTech products, at least until high school. We at Protect Nevada Children believe the “free” EdTech vendors are the most problematic because without parental consent or knowledge: they collect and store student data, create profiles on students, and share student data with unknown parties. Experts on the left and right have written about how the data obtained by free EdTech vendors may affect the future of our children.

It appears the District’s policy is that parents do not deserve to know all aspects of using “free” EdTech products or how the student data collected may affect the future of their children. On the other hand, we at PNC believe parents should be educated on all aspects of using these free products, and parents should decide if their children will use them or not.

Respectfully,

John Eppolito
President Protect Nevada Children

From: Holland, Katy [mailto:Kathryn.Holland@WashoeSchools.net]
Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2018 5:14 PM
To: Scott Wilderman
Cc: BoardMembers; John Eppolito
Subject: Re: EdTech Devices

Dear Mr. Wilderman,
WCSD’s mission is to create an education system where all students achieve academic success, develop personal and civic responsibility, and achieve college- and career readiness for the 21st Century. To advance this mission, WCSD provides all students with opportunities to use technology. We strive to provide students with an education that prepares them for the opportunities that exist in a 21st Century digital world, in which virtually every career demands technology proficiency. To create an educational environment where some students could use technology and some students could not use technology would create inequities and would not enable students to learn these important skills. We do not encourage students to develop an online presence. We encourage them to learn skills that will be necessary for their future competitiveness. Just today I was in a first grade class that was learning coding on computers that each student built. These are the skills we are focusing on. Further, the emails that students use in our District have no access in from the outside and cannot be sent externally unless parents specifically request that their student have that access for communication with colleges, etc.

I am sensitive to your concern about the importance of protecting student data. I can assure you that I and the District take this matter very seriously. Ed Tech companies are prohibited by law (COPPA) from selling students’ personal data or using it for advertising to students. WCSD is not entering into contracts with any vendors who do not comply with COPPA. We are also implementing a Digital Citizenship curriculum that helps students to learn ways they can best protect themselves when online.

Regarding WCSD’s efforts to educate parents about the use of technology devices and student email addresses, there is substantial information for parents about WCSD’s digital learning efforts at https://www.washoeschools.net/domain/1452. We have also prepared a list of frequently asked questions, available at https://www.washoeschools.net/Page/12087. In addition, we have regular information workshops like the one on Digital Citizenship last week to which parents are invited.

I’d be happy to discuss any of these concerns with you further.

All best wishes,
Katy Simon Holland
On behalf of the Board of Trustees

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

“None of the 17 states with voucher programs nor the six states with ESA programs explicitly allow parents to retain full protections under IDEA. Moreover, non of the 19 voucher, ESA, or tax incentive programs aimed specifically at students with disabilites allow them to retain full IDEA rights.” National Center for Learning Disabilities

Please vote No on Prop 305.

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And another post from this group:
Please vote NO on 305: We do not want our private schools to be turned into public schools and forced to be under the same requirements and rules that public schools must follow. Many parents have fled to homeschooling and private schools —we do not want our choices to become obsolete (where the government controls everything!). We support school choice, but do not support the state controlling private schools!
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Here is a post from an Ohio anti-Common Core group:
Opted my 3rd grader out of AIR, principal says she might not pass 3rd grade without this test. So tell me- how is it my 3rd grader who is in the “talented and gifted” program somehow performed high enough to enter this group…but they don’t know if she is smart enough to pass 3rd grade without this test? Smh
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And some replies to this post:
This is how they strong arm parents into submission. They did the same thing to me. Most don’t have the money to lawyer up. In my case it would have taken that.
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I still said she isn’t taking it and asked them to explain how is she “gifted” if you can’t test her to know she can even read. No response.
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A male physical-education teacher in a Florida school district has been told he will be transferred to another school as discipline for not doing his job.   The problem was that a girl identifying as a boy was using the lockerroom and he was told to go in there as part of his duties but declined to be with a nude girl, at which point he was punished:

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

I found the actual bill, if you want to read it to verify the truth of the article shared below.

Ctrl+F to search for “assessment”, and you’ll see how students using the ESA money (As Arizona calls it: Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, but Utah will be calling it: Flexible Education Spending Accounts) are now being required to be accountable to statewide tests.

Take note.

SB1431: https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/53leg/1R/laws/0139.htm
Found here: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/69282…

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And another post from this group:

When I first heard about Common Core (CC), I couldn’t imagine that the people of Utah would allow it to be instituted. But then the Governor and School Board officials approved it. The more I learned about Common Core, the less I liked it. When CC started operations at our schools, I thought soon leaders or parent groups would rise up and tear CC down. But they didn’t. Then when Obama had completed his second term, I thought Republicans would crush Common Core along with Obamacare. They didn’t take down anything. With Trump in office, maybe he’ll get rid of Common Core. But maybe we should stand together, protest, demonstrate, start impeachment proceedings against Herbert, impeach the school boards, generally light a fire under complacency and the status quo till we finally bring about the end of Common Core.

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Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

UNREAL!! or, I mean, I wish it was unreal…

The hypocrisy of Congress holding privacy hearings, while we are at the same time pushing all these BigData bills, promoting AI in Government, building a biometric database of citizens, and not really talking about CONSENT over data… especially children. WAKE- UP AMERICA!!

http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/big-gov-meet-big-brother-the-u-s-race-to-beat-china/?fbclid=IwAR0EinmSasA72b1o4AVAyxxDEkzLbvYmF-H0bJtYFHfCy_-aFZ0C1k7mE5M

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Here is a post that was shared in the Parent Strike group:

Important information from IL Raise Your Hand about the new 3-8th grade state test for Illinois, and the new state rating policy for schools.

Bad news: the new school rating policy will heavily penalize schools for high opt out via lowering the ratings.

Good news: the consequences of a low rating mean more funding, not less.

You can ask ISBE why they’ve chosen to design the school ratings system this way at public meetings tomorrow night in Chicago and Thursday night in Melrose Park.

https://www.ilraiseyourhand.org/isbe_new_schl_ratings_punitive_opt_out_policy?fbclid=IwAR29nQGx3Pr-EfEtounc79p6lEEZievMSoRP1ur9cmhfumhllTLIKXjeiQA

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Here is a post from the group More than a Score:

PARCC is now IAR (Illinois Assessment of Readiness)

3 year contract $133,134,755.00

https://www.isbe.net/…/Illinois-Assessment-Readiness-3-8-Ad…

IAR (Illinois Assessment of Readiness)
Notice of Award for Illinois Assessment of Readiness (3-8) Provider
ISBE has posted a letter announcing a notice of award that has been posted (reference #22041975) for the state’s procurement of an administration, scoring, reporting, and development vendor. The Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) proposed high quality, cost effective solutions to achieve our vision of a computer adaptive assessment that returns results of machine scored items within 1 week of the end of the testing window, and all results within 30 days of the end of the testing window, making results more timely and relevant. DRC, in collaboration with ISBE and Illinois educators, will build on the foundation of PARCC content and transition Illinois to a computer adaptive assessment by 2021.

Please contact ISBE’s Division of Assessment and Accountability at (866) 317-6034 with any questions.

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And another post from this page:

Teachers have successfully boycotted standardized tests in the past. Recent example, the 2014 ISAT which teachers at Saucedo and Drummond elementary schools in CPS boycotted. Story here: http://inthesetimes.com/…/a_chicago_teacher_explains…

Takes major organizing to carry out a collective action like that!

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

Today the PoJo article reporting my resignation from the Wappingers BOE came up in my memories.
I resigned my position two years ago because the Board, the District, NYS, National Legislators AND PARENTS AND TEACHERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY (too busy working and saving to pay for their kids college tuition  #superirony), steadfastly refused to respond to the glaring concerns and blatant corruption which were staring them in the face.
The kids got destroyed.
Just like those of us paying attention knew they would.
Corruption won.
I guess we’ll just trash this generation and see if the next crop of kids will fare better?
What a travesty.
What a waste.

https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/national-act-scores-for-class-2018-worst-decades-officials-say/EKA05C3FHcjN4bx8BmcC2N/?fbclid=IwAR3XAVd9cs08-0FwFa9R2aogub2OhaGOw7JiqSz8aCnH3yBosuLVjkvO7Xs

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Here is an alarming post from a Mississippi anti-Common Core page:

Teachers are “classroom robots ” according to three lower grade teachers. A MS Dad shares his concern.

Mississippi Common Core misery

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Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

This is not a good sign…
PED Threatens Homeschool Freedom

“…the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) had drastically changed the home school form on their website that can be mailed in. The PED also sent us a letter stating that from now on only the “official” PED home school form would be accepted. The PED’s mailed in form states “NO SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED OR PROCESSED THAT ARE NOT COMPLETELY FILLED OUT AND UNCHANGED FROM THIS FORM.”
“Besides the PED stating that only their form can be used, the biggest change comes in the form of “Required Assurances” that home school parents must initial for their form to be “accepted or processed” by the PED. While most of these assurances are not extremely onerous, they are simply not required to be made by home school parents under New Mexico law. In our opinion, these assurances are simply the PED wanting to require home school parents to do more than they are legally required to do.

What the PED is attempting to do is to change New Mexico from a notice state to an approval state. Unless you submit the form and information the PED is requiring you will not be approved to teach your children at home.”

https://www.cape-nm.org/ped-threatens-homeschool-freedom/?fbclid=IwAR2LMsqA6GGvdVFNlwV1wqsElor1bZKMT_aGw3UFaFkgECwhqAIOlrBL9pI

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Here is a post from a Kansas anti-Common Core page:

This is the school district where I graduated high school. This is a very professional and middle to high income city. There is absolutely NO WAY IN HELL I would allow my kids to go to these schools (any of them with policies like this). These districts seriously think they can do anything they want as long as it is in the name of “safety.” It seems that not one of these board members has EVER studied American history and it seems likely that they are no longer teaching it in this posh district. What’s that little something about giving up liberty for safety means you have neither???? ANY ONE of these people even know who Benjamin Franklin is anymore????
The author concludes, “When I described the new Plano ISD policy to our daughter, she reacted indignantly. My fear is that after six years of random searches she and her fellow students will see them as no big deal, having been conditioned to accept invasive, harebrained security theater as an unavoidable cost of going about their daily lives. That is not the sort of civics lesson I want my children to absorb.”
AMEN, brother. So, in the immortal words of the Sean Connery character, Malone, in _The Untouchables,_ “What are you prepared to do?”
https://reason.com/…/my-daughters-middle-school-plans-to-te…

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And another post from this page:

So, Mr. Neuenswander thinks that the teacher shortage is all about the economy, both past and present. The article explains how Western Kansas has really struggled to fill all its positions over the years. Well, I have some thoughts for Mr. Neuenswander on this. I’ll give you only three of the dozen or so reasons that immediately pop into my head.
1. Teachers, increasingly so, and in large part due to the implementation of Common Core, do not teach; they facilitate. With teaching schemes such as a “flipped classroom,” teachers are less engaged. Add on the consequences and stigma from poor test scores along with all the political correctness we are now forced to deal with, and well, this teacher, for one, walked away from K-12 education.
2. In Western Kansas, in particular, there is a huge and rapidly growing immigrant (both legal and illegal) population. Many of them come from third-world countries like Somalia. Many of these students, like their Spanish-speaking counterparts, do not have sufficient English skills in speaking, yes, but also in writing. That is an expensive, time-consuming, labor-intensive situation. If we could do it the way that I think we should, it would help a bunch, but no. We have to keep doing it this way, with increasing numbers of kids and decreasing numbers of trained staff but yet expecting some better outcome. Uh huh. Smart. (sarc on!)
3. Many of them have cultural differences that are so far removed from American culture that it makes it very difficult. Teachers are busy dealing with many, many, many other things besides actual teaching. I had one district administrator in a large Western Kansas school district tell my husband, “Many of these kids don’t even know how to use the restroom. A week or two ago they were in the bush in Africa and now they are here. We have to teach them the very basics.”
Who in their right mind would sign up for this? Most teachers, including me, believe that we can help kids, that we can make a difference. When we are set up for failure from square one, with so many things stacked against us, many choose not to bang their heads against the wall for too many years, if any at all.
I would bet my right lung that many of you could easily add dozens of additional reasons to my list here. Please, feel free to do so.
https://www.sfgate.com/…/Vacant-teaching-positions-increase…

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Here is a post from an anti-Common Core Breitbart article:

I was an elementary school teacher in Rochester, NY for 11 years – When Communist Core was implemented, I raised numerous concerns to the principal. Principal told me to keep my feelings to myself, and then he said that there were many other school districts in NYS. I said f-it, and left the propaganda industry. They are implementing this in Head Start to 3 and 4 year olds – this needs to stop, and I dont feel the President and Secretary DeVos are doing enough about it!!!

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And another post from this article:

I remember being called to the Board of Education when I was a Principal, and asked why I was not “on board” with the new “Common Core” curriculum. I replied, historically, education has been a state concern; I am deeply suspicious of a Federal Curriculum that can be politically, culturally and socially attuned to push agenda’s! They accepted it but didn’t like it! I retired a few years later…I think for the most part they were glad to get rid of their Neanderthal Principal! Footnote: Two years later they had a Middle School out of control and brought me back out of retirement to fix it! I did and retired again two years later!

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And yet another post:

I moved to Wisconsin almost 9 years ago from NY. As a single father, my biggest concern was the school my son would be going to. The area we moved to was very expensive and I decided to move to an area that was more affordable. I intentionally kept my son out of the Milwaukee school system. I found a half way decent school and yet every day I would have to ask my son what he learned and then tell him the truth. It is sad that we have to reteach our kids after a day at school. Now, in his early 20’s, he gets it. And yes, it’s up to the parents to teach their children.

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And another one:

Saw the beginnings of this back in the late 70s when I began working for a large rural school district just outside of Seattle and yes Bill Gates was just beginning to implement his social engineering project.Just to clarify, I was not an educator, but a technician.

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Here is a post that was shared by Alice Linahan:

Follow the money.
“UnboundEd was born of EngageNY — an entity, supported by millions of dollars in Obama-era Race to the Top funds, created to provide Common Core curricula for New York’s classrooms.”

“UnboundEd is not the brainchild of some education school. Rather, it boasts an impressive list of reform-minded “partners,” including the likes of Achieve­ment Network, The New Teacher Project, Leading Educators, New Leaders, and Student Achievement Partners — not counting the charter-school networks that ship teachers to its institutes. As of 2017, UnboundEd had pocketed more than $20 million in philanthropy — including millions from New Profit, the Carnegie Corporation, and the Hewlett Foundation, and more than $11 million from the Gates Foundation.“

https://www.nationalreview.com/magazine/2018/11/12/higher-education-junk-science-wokeness/?fbclid=IwAR0wvyVlizpLfyYJQeyJTDu_uJH8Tqox6ZBJPo-IzB9_Y5ZcXIaBXfDXWt0

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

URGENT: OPT-OUT OF TESTING HEARING.
PARENTS NEED TO ATTEND. We need to show the State School Board that parents are WATCHING OUT FOR THEIR KIDS AND THEIR OPT-OUT RIGHTS!
Please reply in the comments if you plan to attend.

When: Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 at 5:00pm

Where: Utah State School Board Offices
250 E 500 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Why?:
The Utah State School Board has revised Board rules for Opt-Out. Some of the wording breaks the spirit of Utah’s Opt-Out law that was written to protect parents’ rights.

Please plan to attend this hearing if you are a parent concerned about preserving your Opt-Out rights. The Board has given 3 groups a chance to speak in defense of Utah’s Opt-Out law and in opposition to the revised Board rule. The Board is also accepting written comments to be made part of the hearing record, and there is still time for parents to request speaking time.

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Here is the State Board’s memo with important details about the hearing:

This memorandum will serve to outline the procedures that will be followed in conjunction with the public hearing scheduled for November 1, 2018 regarding proposed amendments to Rule R277-404. Pursuant to R15-1-5(2), I have been appointed as hearing officer for this public hearing.

The public hearing will commence at 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the Utah State Board of Education, 250 East 500 South, Salt Lake City, Utah and will continue for at least one hour. The hearing, however, will end no later than 6:30 p.m.

Interested parties are encouraged to submit written comments, statements, or other feedback, which will be made part of the hearing record and posted on the State Board of Education’s website. Written comment should be submitted by email to rule.comments@schools.utah.gov. Written comment to be posted prior to the hearing will be accepted until close of business, Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

This hearing follows a public hearing request by the United States Parents Involved in Education, the Salt Lake County Chapter of the United Women’s Forum, and Return to Parental Rights. Each of these groups will be permitted to present for ten minutes at the start of the meeting.
Other parties will be permitted to present as time allows, with priority given to those individuals who request to be heard in advance by emailing Lorraine Austin, Board Secretary, at lorraine.austin@schools.utah.gov, by close of business Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Individuals should provide their name and address, and indicate whether they wish to speak in favor of or in opposition to the proposed amendments to the rule. A signup sheet will also be available at the hearing.

Individuals may be allowed between 2-3 minutes as determined by the hearing officer. Individuals speaking on behalf of an organization, other than those who have filed a formal request for hearing, may be allowed five minutes to speak in lieu of individual group members presenting. An individual may not yield time to another speaker. Those making public comment are encourage to avoid restating points made in previous comments and to avoid reading written comments that may be submitted to the hearing officer.

Following the hearing, the Board will continue to accept written comment by email or mail through close of business November 9, 2018.

It is anticipated that the hearing record will be submitted to the full Board for consideration at the Board’s December 6, 2018 meeting. Further questions regarding the conduct of the hearing may be directed to the hearing officer at ben.rasmussen@schools.utah.gov.
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And some replies to said post:

Here is the Utah State School Board’s overview of Rules.
https://rules.utah.gov/publicat/bull_pdf/2018/b20181001.pdf

Rule R277-404’s entire section begins on Page 15 and ends on Page 18.

This new wording is under School Responsibilities in R277-404-6. Section 1(c). It’s problematic because it sets up a scenario where students are incentivized to take SAGE/RISE/Aspire in order to fulfill a class requirement. It reads:

(c) In accordance with Subsection 53[A-15-1403]G-6-
803(1), an LEA shall reasonably accommodate a parent’s or
guardian’s request to allow a student’s demonstration of proficiency
on a state required assessment to fulfill a requirement in a course.

Imagine a child coming home and telling a parent that they can get out of an assignment IF they take SAGE/RISE/Aspire. This could cause a potential rift between parent and child and between teacher and parent. It violates the spirit of Utah’s Opt-Out law.

In addition to the above, R277-404 references the Board’s “Testing Ethics Policy”. This is Board policy that resides outside of Board Rule. But, because it is referenced, we can talk about it in the Hearing. You can find it here:

https://www.schools.utah.gov/…/23262a5f-48b1-4658-b79e…

The wording in the Testing Ethics Policy that raised some concerns is on Page 3 under Unethical Testing Practices. It is the last bullet point, and it reads:

“Unethical practices include, but are not limited to: Explicitly or implicitly encourag[ing] parents to opt-out their students from participating in a state assessment Utah Code 53E-4-312.”

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We are concerned that this wording threatens teacher autonomy. Do schools support teachers teaching and children learning or do they support standardized TESTS?

This wording appears to be a violation of Utah law that wholeheartedly supports parental rights. It pits teachers against parents/children and parents/children against teachers.

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So a teacher could say you will get out of the 30 page research paper if you take the test instead?

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I’m confused — the only changes I see are conforming changes to the newly codified Utah code. The (1)(c) [name redacted] mentions doesn’t appear to have any substantive edits in the rule beyond changing the code references. What am I missing?

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I was confused at first too. I think current law allows for students to take the test in place of an entire class, but this rule change allows for the test to replace an assignment which would allow a teacher to use it as a punishment/reward system – which is expressly prohibited by the law.

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But (1)(c) is already in existing rule. It’s not being newly added here.

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don’t know if this answers your question, but the Board changed the rule in February without fanfare. Parents just learned about it recently and were able to request a hearing because some minor edits were made in August–which opened the rule back up to a hearing.

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If you feel the rule is out of sync w/ statute, it’s best to have the Administrative Rules Review Cmte call the SBOE folks in front of them to explain themselves and be held accountable a bit.

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Yes, the rule changed in February and then again in August with minor changes. Most groups/citizens don’t know about the ability to request a hearing on a rule and missed the February timeline.

Because the rule had minor changes in August, the rule was open to a hearing and several entities made a request for a hearing.

They can also appeal to the administrative rules committee.

It is always a good idea to get in front of as many elected officials as possible.

I encourage people to attend.

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

HOLD ON… LET ME PUT MY 👓👀 ON & READ THIS AGAIN

Sarasota sucks

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I found this tweet, which nicely ties “personalized learning” to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals:

 

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I found this from the Common Core Diva’s, a friend of mine, blog:

“It was reported during the NASBE conference, that the State of KY is going to restrict graduation from high school for those who do not choose ‘college’ or ‘career’”

So it appears that the Career Pathways scheme of locking students into certain career paths is moving along in Kentucky.

Also, I found this too:

“Then there’s the State-wide urgency to put as much SEL (Social Emotional Learning) into schools, at least that’s what IL’s doing. If you’ve heard of “Classrooms in Action”

If you read the Common Core Diva blog entry further, you’l see how SEL is tied to “personalized learning”.

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Found this post on an Idaho anti-Common Core page:

Will it come to Idaho next?

naughty Nevada

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Also on this Idaho anti-Common Core page, there was an article shared.   Inside said article, the following paragraph leads me to believe that Idaho, like Kentucky, is also in the process of falling to the Career Pathways scheme:

“The proposed rule also provides more guidance and clarification on how schools can structure the senior project requirement, including experience-based and inquiry-based learning gained through internships and similar opportunities. Senior projects may also be multi-year projects completed by a group or by individuals.”

Note, this is a graduation requirement for Idaho high schoolers.

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And, based on the article below, it seems that Pennsylvania has also fallen to the Career Pathways scheme:

http://www.senatordinniman.com/dinniman-legislature-approves-alternatives-to-keystone-exams-graduation?fbclid=IwAR3LD6pCnG1TPLuC2H7aQZB_pc46FcslHtricyoXX_4raucwmk3lxmGY9Pw

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

10.24.18

Please notice that Facebook blocked this article (“Yes, Common Core Is Advancing a Left-Wing Agenda”) from my page. Facebook actually banned me from posting it elsewhere on FB and shut down my own page for a period of time. I see no reason for this article (including my comments) being against Facebook’s Community Standards, and FB was never able to tell me what the article contained that was offensive. If you still want to read the article and my comments at the beginning of it, you can go to bing.com (not google) and search for “[name redacted], Yes, Common Core Is Advancing a Left-Wing Agenda.” I believe Facebook banned it because the article/comments held too much truth.

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This post, shared in a Washington anti-Common Core group, shows that the state of Washington has also fallen to the Career Pathways scheme:

Washington State PTA is part of the Ready Washington coalition. Please check out the latest information: With more than 700,000 job openings coming to Washington state by 2021, our students can choose the career pathway of their choice after high school. Since 2013, the Ready Washington coalition has been providing students, families, and teachers with clear, easy-to-use information that helps students connect their learning to their career paths and aspirations. Check out our new animated video, #PlanYourPathWA, to learn more.

[The video link is dead and cannot be found on the Wayback Machine either.)

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Here is a post from a friend of mine:

Here’s the junior assemblywoman Pellegrino. Posted about her couple hours ago, she was on the news – she failed to attend Democrat assembly education and mental health committee meetings while campaigning instead on….education. We knew she was shady when she was running and now a judge agrees!
PS. She’s a leader of Opt Out in Long Island too. You’ve been played folks.

https://www.newsday.com/long-island/politics/christine-pellegrino-1.22607417?utm_source=fb_nd&fbclid=IwAR3eMa49YxNds26C3p13KcqVIHNU7M9UpMa_GqnWAwbntCRql6Cw9TsL9Z0

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

If this is true, its terrible

tyranny in Georgia

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And here are some replies to this post:

A friend of my moms who is a teacher said that we may not be able to opt out here in nys either. She will get back to me as soon as she has info.

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Interesting.

I got an email from the IL BoE that stated this exact thing. Said the State has a new ranking system for schools. And that schools w/ <95% testing rate can not be rated ‘exemplary.’

It also stated that IL has droppedPARCC in favor of a diff standardized exam.

How involved is the Fed here???! I’m becoming curioussince this is occurring in multiple states

I smell fish……

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funny, we were told on the down low, in school council training (GA) that we are supposed to be moving away from GMAS (GA common core test) and moving to MAP over the next 3 years. Its piloted this year in a few select counties.

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Someone in DC is pulling the puppet’s strings. Devos?

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Always follow the money.

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I found this post in the anti-CBE group:

You saw the invoice they sent me when I asked for the names of the companies gathering my kids data, which data fields are they pulling, and with what frequency. This is what happens when you ask for information they don’t want you to get the answers to. Ask any IT person, it would not take 16 hours to get the answers!

invoice of despotism

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And here are the replies to this post:

kidding me it doesnt take but a few minutes to generate a query extract off a database that is way overpriced.

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yup. They only did it for one company, Bright Bytes. When I found they were pulling PII data EVERY DAY out my of kids accounts, i figured there had to be more companies data mining without my consent. That’s when i got the bill

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All I asked was, what companies have access to my kids data, what data fields are accessed and with what frequency. It’s not a hard question, they just don’t want parents to know how egregious it is.

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Maybe the frequency prompted them to go into web activity logs that would take a bit longer but 16 hours hm how far back are they going

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are you obligated to pay that??? Or you pay it if you want the info they gathered?

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no pay no info

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OUTRAGEOUS!

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Why are they charging you $680 to get what companies are getting your kids’s data?

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excellent question !

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Aha, found one already: Schoology:https://www.manateeschools.net/Page/6088

Schoology is one of the Project Unicorn vendors.

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It takes MINUTES to query a database…….if it is going to take them 14 hours (or even 1 hour) than that is a serious, disturbing problem. Let me help you out with this one my friend……ALL data is uploaded to the SLDS. THAT is where you need to focus the attention on. WHO has access to that data, for WHAT purpose, etc. The districts should be held accountable for the software/edtech vendors they procure with……but the real motherload of data is sitting in the SLDS. Remember – all states were mandated to setup the SLDS prior to the Common Core implementation in each state. Here in FL – that was in 2009……the FSA IS 100% aligned to the Common Core.

http://www.fldoe.org/…/statewide-longitudinal-data-sys/

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The districts are still responsible for protecting our kids data……I find they are not willing to answer my questions (Pasco) other than to tell me they are doing what the FDOE tells them to do.

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And another post from this group:

DonorsChoose is offering teachers $400 in gift cards to use towards projects when their students complete coding and digital skills activities. I wonder who thought of this particular way to bribe — I mean inspire — teachers to train their students to code.

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

I hope people come tonight to the state school board hearing. It’s at five. Here is my letter, which I have already shared with the board but hope to summarize in person to the board.

October 30, 2018

Dear State School Board,

As a mother with children in elementary and high schools; as an experienced, licensed teacher currently serving as a special needs aide in a public school; and on behalf of members of United States Parents Involved in Education, I request that rule R277-404-6c be stricken from Utah’s rules. The rule states: “an LEA shall reasonably accommodate a parent’s or guardian’s request to allow a student’s demonstration of proficiency on a state required assessment to fulfill a requirement in a course.”

Thoughtful reading reveals that the rule assumes for the state an unprecedented authority to begin to use “a state required assessment to fulfill a requirement in a course”.

There can be no “reasonable accommodation” for violation of law, nor for manipulative education policy. The new rule attempts to legitimize an illegitimate thing: to let the state (or school) tempt students to barter away legitimate course work in exchange for participation in the state’s exercise titled the SAGE/RISE assessment.

That barter is an unheard-of deviation from good education. Never before have K-12 standardized test scores been used for exchange, in trade for legitimate education. The schools will “pay” students by releasing them from some course work and will determine– at least partially if not maximally– a student’s grade in a class if he or she engages in the SAGE/RISE exercise.

It’s bad education policy, but it also violates laws.

Under Utah law, a school “may not reward a student for taking an assessment” (https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title53G/Chapter6/53G-6-S803.html). It simply may not. Is this rule’s offering not a reward to students? The rule tantalizes students with the lure of easy grades– especially if schools weigh the SAGE/RISE as a large portion of course fulfillment. Meanwhile, students who opt out of the tests may face increasingly difficult class work, if schools try to strong-arm them to take SAGE/RISE, which some schools will, faced with the threat of opt outs lowering the school’s’ test-based school-grade.

Under Utah law, a school “shall consider multiple academic data points when determining an accommodation”. (https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title53G/Chapter6/53G-6-S803.html). Even though this rule exalts SAGE/RISE, setting a parturient exchange rate that equates strenuous coursework with government-test taking; still, the SAGE/RISE is what it was designed to be– an attempt to measure schools, not students. It never claimed to be a replacement for individuals’ learning experiences. The test’s maker, American Institutes for Research, declared that “When you are using a test for accountability, you’re not really using it to measure the kid. You are using it to measure the school, or the teacher, or the district” (VP Jon Cohen, min. 3:07). https://vimeo.com/80927107 A SAGE/RISE score is thus not a valid academic data point to consider when determining student accommodations.

Moreover, in a law called “Parental right to academic accommodations” (https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title53G/Chapter6/53G-6-S803.html) we learn that “Each accommodation shall be considered on an individual basis and no student shall be considered to a greater or lesser degree than any other student”. In contrast to that law, the new rule elevates “reasonable accommodations” only for some: for those who opt in. Opting out is protected and cannot be punished. Vulnerable populations, including those with mental, academic or emotional disabilities, as well as minorities, statistically suffer most from high stakes testing, and they cannot legally or ethically be coerced to opt in; thus they will not have equal opportunity under the new rule. This is significant.

Utah law holds opting out as an important freedom: “upon written request of a student’s parent or guardian, an LEA shall excuse the student from taking a test that is administered statewide” –and the state is to remain in a “supportive role to the guardian” Utah law requires the state to be in a supportive role, secondary to the guardian. Neither the state nor the school can usurp the authority of parental, educational best judgment. Tempting students to manipulate their parents into opting them in to tests, either for easy educational rewards or other reasons, is usurping. (How is it supportive to guardians for the state to create this scenario: “Dad, Mom, I don’t have time to write my research paper; I don’t want to read this literature for the final; the state/school says I can skip requirements if I take the SAGE/RISE test –so sign this accommodation note”?)

In addition to breaking the letter and spirit of Utah’s laws, the new rule lacks wisdom, integrity and common sense. It belittles the teaching profession, it ignores the impossibility of verifying its “exchange rate”; it ignores the lack of SAGE/RISE test validity approval; it disregards the voice of the people and responds to moneyed lobbies; and it is not well-intentioned toward children..

Consider:

The rule denigrates the judgment and value of a teacher. A teacher’s work is teaching, including customizing projects and finals and reports for students. Why is that life-work to be dismissed with a cheap trade for a SAGE/RISE score?

Evaluation is impossible, of the alignment between a course requirement and the SAGE/RISE. Teachers are never permitted to preview SAGE/RISE tests– nor read them after they are given– and that “confidentiality” means that equating (or trading) that test –for anything– is meaningless.

Few, if any, tests would be worthy to replace high-quality course requirements, but in the case of SAGE/RISE, there is a foundational validity abyss. SAGE, used by both Florida and Utah, went under serious scrutiny –after Utah was already using it– when Florida commissioned two independent companies to verify its validity. (This may have happened, in part, because a famous Utahn offered $100,000 to the State Office of Education if it would produce evidence that the SAGE test had been tested for validity. The State Office could produce nothing.) Then Florida, using Utah students’ scores as its guinea-pig study of SAGE validity, found pages and pages of egregious problems (see page 172-177). The independent verifiers admitted that SAGE demonstrated “notable exceptions” to the use of “best practices”. See the full report of SAGE’s defects here:https://www.flgov.com/…/…/pdfs/FSA_Final_Report_08312015.pdf In light of that report, does it make sense to use this test (or RISE, which is not materially different) as real currency in a trade against educational experience and work?

The rule disregards the voice of the people, who have written laws to protect the right to opt out. The rule responds instead to unelected agents and moneyed lobby groups which aim to increase Utah’s opt-in rate. The USBA lobby’s stated priority for political lobbying this year is quashing the rights of students and parents to opt out of SAGE/RISE, saying: “students… should participate in state created end-of-year assessments, and educators should be allowed to encourage and motivate students to do their best on the state exams.” http://usba.cc/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/JLCPriorities.pdfInterestingly, this board gets pressure, but no financial reward, from the federal government for increased opt-in rates. It also gets pressure from USBA to promote increased opt-in rates. But this board (and USBA) might remember that state law prohibits schools or educators from bribing (“encouraging and motivating”) students to take the SAGE/RISE tests. It is nothing but selfish for adults to bribe students –for the benefit of adults’ interests (school grading, school funding, etc.)

Rather than complying with USBA pressures, this board should prioritize truly child-centric, parent-and teacher-supportive, honest education. Let’s not enshrine the manipulation of children through acceptance of this rule. Let’s not become the school bullies that our state laws so firmly stand against. Let’s strike R277-404-6c from the books.

Sincerely,

Christel Swasey

Utah Advisory Board Member

United States Parents Involved in Education

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Glad that this Florida student fought back against and exposed this biased Left-wing quiz.   This needs to be done everywhere!

https://www.westernjournal.com/student-responds-exam-question-right-wing-bigotry-towards-immigrants-minorities/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-WJ&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=western-journal&fbclid=IwAR3dSr3Pk4ZRFMYF8i4KWCAOD-MgiU3bV0Z2ko5TkFB-bO7mVPMgw-4LVrY

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Thanks to a tipoff from the November 1, 2018 Truth in American Education article, I found that they are amending FERPA:

The Department of Education (Department) plans to amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations to change the name of the office designated to administer FERPA from the Office of the Chief Privacy Officer to the Family Policy Compliance Office and to make changes related to the enforcement procedures of the Office concerning FERPA.

Source:  https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?pubId=201810&RIN=1880-AA88&fbclid=IwAR3jJjw6Yl7ABL77Z-DUOIc_b_ku2uaSh1D3AGX9EhaWAIC3uEfzX9dKsgY

Upon looking up the Orwellian-sounding Family Policy Compliance Office on DuckDuckGo, I found this:

The mission of the Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) is to meet the needs of the Department’s primary customers–learners of all ages–by effectively implementing two laws that seek to ensure student and parental rights in education: the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA).

Source:   https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/index.html

So, in summation, it seems that, from what I can find so far, that they’re creating some new privacy laws, creating an office with a creepy-sounding name, and are talking about merging HIPPA and FERPA too.   I’m sure we can have LOADS of confidence that these new offices and laws won’t help create a police state…..<sarc>

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Rocky Top Middle School in Thornton, Colorado decided to bring in a drag queen for career day:  https://kdvr.com/2018/10/22/parents-outraged-after-drag-queen-speaks-to-students-during-career-day/

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Here is a post that was shared by Alice Linahan:

I told you Commit would hijack the whole school finance commission and the governor’s ear. The same guy who founded Commit is on the public school finance commission appointed by Abbott. He’s also a donor to the RISD TRE vote Yes PAC. #behindcloseddoors #TREason #txed #txlege

“I had always feared the school finance commission was window dressing,” Bernal said. “If the governor intends on creating and floating a school finance bill before we’ve finished our work and without consulting all of us, that very well could confirm my fears.”

The governor’s report appears to propose replicating a Dallas ISD program giving stipends to high-quality teachers who choose to work in struggling schools — cited as crucial in helping the district whittle down its list of low-performing schools.”

https://www.texastribune.org/2018/11/01/texas-gov-greg-abbott-has-pitched-plan-fix-school-finance/?fbclid=IwAR3lnW-xHn50EEFvm5Z4abzNYZPOS8JBT-YKNseMeC-NqDeffWboVE7Q4Lk

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Thinking that the group Commit sounded familiar, on a hunch I decided to see if it was part of one of the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network groups that I’d come across.   sure enough, I found this:

“We are seeing results in communities across the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network…….

In Dallas, Texas, school districts, colleges and AT&T launched a texting service with network partnership the Commit! Partnership to remind high school seniors about college enrollment and capture data for high school counselors and college staff. In the first year, the 1,000 students who participated were 13 percent more likely to enroll than peers not in the texting program. Additionally, Black and Hispanic males who participated were 14 percent more likely to enroll than were their peers.”

Source:  https://www.strivetogether.org/impact/?fbclid=IwAR2i8Tpo0E_oUE7_oM-h1XDi-JgHKmrijI9ovua3w3FzZrMm6drVh04M8AU

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Also, I found that StriveTogether was once part of a larger group called KnowledgeWorks but split off into its own group in 2017:  https://knowledgeworks.org/press-releases/knowledgeworks-subsidiary-strivetogether-becomes-independent-organization/?fbclid=IwAR0ECetDTclm8HJBQGF9g27EqoG2iwL5_ExWYLsT2TAKDutGJNg6QssfH8s

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

Common Core has facilitated progressive indoctrination by smothering independent thought and stifling intellectual development. It effectively trains students not to think by emphasizing skills over content, process over product, and relative standards over absolute ones.
The humanities suffer the most from the focus on teaching supposedly practical skills rather than quality content. Instead of reading great poetry and literature, English teachers asked their students to read more journalistic nonfiction and develop research skills. Instead of reading for meaning and writing clearly, students read for bias and learn to write fluff.

http://thefederalist.com/2018/10/26/public-schools-indoctrinate-kids-without-almost-anyone-noticing/?fbclid=IwAR259hKNcBl6dxKBN8-xV6VyrF8qgt3x9gwoaX3VJappMcvavYVc-fwuDRU

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And here is a reply to this post:

Already happening in the Matsu Borough School District.

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Here is a post from the Federalist article that was shared above:

the reality is that school systems force—literally force good teachers to teach THEIR way. Young teachers, even strong, conservative teachers will either comply with the program or be pushed out—if not outright fired for insubordination. Even good teachers with tenure can be coerced into quitting as the administrative punishment tools, when enacted, are quite effective. Some dinosaurs survive, but barely. Students sit all day long in front of computer screens with headphones on so the computer voice can “read” to them. Then they answer questions in Google Docs and submit these to the teacher. No student ever gets the essential opportunity to learn from his mistakes this way or, the needed step of internalizing his understanding by virtue of writing answers on paper. Math tests disappear immediately after the answers are submitted and instantly graded. Even the teacher cannot review where a student made his mistake.

But conservatives must yet try for the sake of our children’s futures. Just understand the evil leviathan you face is determined to destroy our children’s souls. We must try because the alternative is too terrible to contemplate.

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And some more posts from this article:

It is the most honorable of professions, being an educator, a TRUE teacher, and education is most certainly worth fighting for.

Even if one is coerced at every turn to teach the System of Indoctrination, there is still the interface with students, there is still the opportunity to speak with them, to be SEEN BY THEM, even if not about an assignment or test or anything particularly about their education. Your very presence makes an impression, even if they “lesson plan” is rigged against one’s best intentions to help a student TRULY learn.

Young people are smart, even when they seem they’re not. They want to succeed. They are perceptive and want to emulate what they perceive to be best, to be that which is emblematic of success. They don’t want to be slavish, they don’t want to be followers. They want to be pioneers in their OWN thinking. If we lead by example, they will want to emulate that example.

Conservatives need to be that example, even if while being that example they are forced, as you say, to comply with a system determined NOT to educate young people, but rather to indoctrinate them with Leftist/Collectivist ideology.

I know that the educators I most remember, that I most admired, looked to emulate, the teachers who had the biggest impact on me (and these were teachers both inside and outside the classroom, both formal and informal educators) were individuals who were most discernibly free-thinking INDIVIDUALS. I remember not a single “lesson plan” or assignment or test or anything from a text book. But I remember the teacher. I remember the ones who, by their example, showed me how to best be who I was, and not who and what the world wanted me to be.

Just BE THAT in the presence of young people and they WILL be drawn to you. Be a Conservative and they will not be able to help but want to be one as well.

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How do you think teachers is 35 years survive? Thanks for the encouragement, but lived every bit and more of your suggestions. Not complaining of any personal plight, but presenting a dark reality for those young, hopeful teachers who think they will save the schools from being Marxist indoctrination centers. St. Francis tells us (and I paraphrase) to preach the Gospel at all times and only use words when absolutely necessary.

Schools need sacrificial, missionary-minded teachers to be sure who KNOW the cost ahead and are WILLING to pay the high price whilst their own families struggle to live on so little pay of one salary. At the end of the school year when this veteran teacher must retire for health reasons, who will be that replacement? The greatest love is laying down one’s life for others is it’s own reward.

This is my point.

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Another biased quiz:  https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/11/05/vocal-and-angry-right-wing-hs-vocabulary-quiz-slams-conservatives-and-parents-arent-happy?utm_content=buffer7b153&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=glennbeck

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

I-ready? I’d rather not. 60 out of 67 Florida school districts currently use this computer program, is your child’s school one of them?

Marketed as an adaptive tool for progress monitoring and specifically to assess student mastery of the Common Core State Standards, I-ready is supposed to show student’s strengths and weaknesses and then allow the teachers to tweak their instruction based on these results. Differentiated lessons and instruction sounds amazing.

That’s how parent company Curriculum Associates marketed and sold I-ready to Florida public and private schools in the last few years. Palm Beach County alone spent $5.6 million to implement it district-wide.

Was I-ready peer-reviewed? Nope.
Evidence-based? Not that either.
Developmentally-appropriate? Unlikely!
Did they conduct multiple studies to see how it would work with multiple-age and varying-ability students? I couldn’t locate one scientific study that isn’t associated with Curriculum Associates.

Is it good for gifted kids? No. It isn’t the “smart” program they touted it would be. When kids answer correctly, their level isn’t changed until all 20 lessons from that section (determined by the diagnostic) are completed and they take another diagnostic. Advanced kids hate it.

Is it effective for kids with learning disabilities? Only effective in making them feel frustrated. It isn’t multi-sensory—which all kids benefit from—but struggling kids must have. If a child is struggling with traditional instruction how could I-ready possibly work? It isn’t an experienced teacher. The lessons will also take them longer to complete if they have processing issues. In the words of a dyslexic student I taught she explains this about I-ready, “You do something that you hate, and you do it over and over again but you never get it right because it’s not teaching you!” Students with learning differences hate it.

While on the subject of dyslexia, if I-ready is a valid assessment then schools would refer to students’ scores especially in the areas of Phonological Awareness, and Phonics, (areas where dyslexics struggle), to illustrate a possible reading issue. Instead schools bring in other screens.

If your child is a struggling reader with an IEP in public school and is assigned further “remediation”—20 minutes of nightly I-ready homework lessons—this in violation of Florida Administrative Code 6A-6.0331. So kids who didn’t do well at school on I-ready have to do more lessons at home even though it isn’t helping them. Families hate it.

The “data” that I-ready generates is being used in some schools to promote or retain 3rd graders.

Concerned yet?

While many counties are newly adopting I-ready there are those who are protesting.

Manatee County parents are refusing I-ready for their students this school year. In Sarasota County school board candidate Pamela Gavette is a former teacher who has taught reading and is running on a platform of eliminating I-ready. Palm Beach County told teachers last year they cannot assign I-ready homework. Ever. (Remember these scores are being used to promote or detain). Among many issues, parents were logging in and doing the lessons for their kids.

While we have the American Academy of Pediatrics recently recommending less screen time, more outside “green” time, we have to wonder who is making these decisions for our kids?

But don’t just take my word for it. Do the research for yourself.

http://edpolicy.education.jhu.edu/…/IreadyandMAPmastheadFIN…

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And some replies to this post:

When I read that schools aren’t giving kids recess to complete I-ready, I felt parents should know this info.

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I have researched a lot on dyslexia and what is best for them. I am a former HS English teacher and my kids did have to take I-ready at their old school which was private. I recently started connecting all these dots together because the way it’s being used, and that curriculum decisions are being made from this “data” makes me nuts. If you read about Palm Beach County and I-ready there are lots of news articles but if you look for scholarly articles I couldn’t find one that says I-ready is effective. That is scary to me.

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we started looking into it when our private school used parent-raised funds (from our version of a PTA) to acquire I-Ready. Pretty much from day 1 there was a group of us parents who were scrutinizing the program & refusing to have our kiddos do the program at home.

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Very interesting!

My fifth grader finished his i-ready minutes on Thursday night. He said Friday after school that the kids that didn’t finish didn’t get to go out for extra recess. So they could have had 2 recesses I guess as a reward for finishing everything.

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My daughter is in first grade, in an accelerated class, and dreads doing iready. It makes her not want to go to school. She does test very high but it gives her lots of anxiety.

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It is possible to refuse IReady. This is our third year of no IReady and I have no plans to change that.

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As a primary teacher, iReady is what my evaluation is based on. We need parents to fight for us because we don’t have a say. 😢👎
We don’t use minutes to punish our students, but the results are used to create iii groups and monitor progress.

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That’s part of the reason we refuse my 7 year old is not responsible for their teachers pay. Especially when it comes to a horrible program like IReady.

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what can you do in class for students who are above-level on iReady? If those students continue to use the program it gives them above-level instruction, right? How are you, the teacher evaluated/affected by that since you’re not teaching that material in class?

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We opt out of iReady, too!

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it is so wrong that teachers are evaluated by computer minutes and not by their teaching!

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we are evaluated by their growth from the first assessment to the last. All students must show one year of growth no matter their level. They are not assessed on our standards that we teach.

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which is why we can’t use a flawed program to determine their growth. It isn’t ok for the teachers to be punished if the assessment isn’t effective. I hate it for teachers too!

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I watched several first graders being given double digit subtraction on IReady. As far as I know that isn’t a first grade standard.

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here is the standard: Subtract multiples of 10 in the range 10-90 from multiples of 10 in the range 10-90 (positive or zero differences), using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.

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I opted my daughter out of FSA last year. Her teacher had only been teaching 2 years I believe. Her end of year conference with me she let me know how opting her out was more work for my daughter (on assessments for promotion) and she wish she had tested because it would have helped her class’s overall score. Teachers are in the middle of this mess and I hate that for them, especially if it affects their pay.

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I had a teacher tell me, “I do what’s best for the kids. I don’t care about my evaluation because the scraps we are given just aren’t worth the stress.”

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I can only imagine. I mean even if a teacher does everything absolutely by the book and all their students perform satisfactorily, what incentives do they actually get? A pat on the back, BS accolades that mean nothing? Teachers deserve so much more.

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Some teachers have told me, “I wish more parents would opt out of this nonsense.” (Your wish is my command).

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I am so confused. The FLDOE has iReady as one of the approved good cause exemptions, which is why we are seeing a push for this adaptive software in FL, but then FL statute states,

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm…

Scroll down to acceptable reading intervention.

(8) Work with the Florida Center for Reading Research to identify scientifically researched and evidence-based reading instructional and intervention programs that incorporate explicit, systematic, and sequential approaches to teaching phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and text comprehension and incorporate decodable or phonetic text instructional strategies. Reading intervention includes evidence-based strategies frequently used to remediate reading deficiencies and includes, but is not limited to, individual instruction, multisensory approaches, tutoring, mentoring, or the use of technology that targets specific reading skills and abilities.”

It sounds like statute is implying that technology should be a last resort…too bad the FLDOE is the one pushing for monitoring students via an adaptive learning software, which is why iReady is a good cause exemption.🤔

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I-ready is super boring and NOT for gifted kids at all. I don’t know why they rely on it so much.

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Because it is a supposed to predict how well a child will perform on the FSA:(

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An adaptive software should be used as a very last resort. No reason why a trained reading specialist cannot repair a deficit in a few weeks.

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That line makes my skin crawl. They pulled that on me at the beginning of 2nd grade last year. I highly doubt that it predicts FSA results. Adaptive garbage.

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In Osceola county, the District uses i-Ready growth to evaluate TEACHERS in K-2!!! This summer it was established that iReady scores were not a predictor of student performance on FSA in 3-5, but they are STILL using it this year! And I agree, students hate it because it doesn’t teach. GIFTED students hate it with a passion too!

P.S. I am a teacher and I don’t know anyone who likes i-Ready!

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Same!! My feelings are based on watching my kids hate it and then reading more about it.

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I spoke to someone who works at a school recently about why IReady is used. She said for time-strapped teachers and administrators, IReady automatically provides them the data they are required to provide to districts.
It’s all about the data. It’s easiest to plop kids on a computer program and have it compile data automatically.
In my opinion, it’s not a great program for kids. It’s a good program for the adults.

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But, if the data is not accurate, how is it valuable? It was never an accurate or reliable measure for my kids. And, it was used against my children as a gatekeeper to their education. It was also used to punish my daughter in kindergarten when she didn’t do it at home by taking her center time away.

And…my children are not at school to help adults provide data to the state. Adults are at school to help my children learn.

My child does not earn a paycheck from OCPS.

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At our school, IReady was used for after school remediation. It was cheaper than tutors and all the data that the district required was automatically generated.

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You are 100 percent correct. It is more convenient to plop the entire class in front of computers and have the program do a reading diagnostic assessment since a teacher would have to pull each student one by one to do a running record. Why not hire a sub, so the teacher can call each student, one by one? O’s 1st grade teacher use to split up her class, so she could spend the day doing running records. The entire team took turns the second week of school. The kids never missed instruction, and equally important, they had valuable information: independent and instructional levels.

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How are they more time strapped now than 10 years ago? What exactly has changed in educational instruction? It sounds like an excuse and justification.

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They trust data generated by a software than notes taken during a running record conducted by a teacher. Running records cannot be used for good cause exemption, but iReady can be used to promote a child in the state of Florida. Go figure- grades and running records are not deemed accurate, and do not determine promotion in 3rd grade, here, in FL.

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Are you paying attention? This plan will come to fruition in 2019 for 5 year olds- let that sink in for a few minutes. This may sound good, but contrary to many people’s beliefs, kids that practice moderation and have more outdoor, art, music, kinesthetic, and meaningful human interaction opportunities, will not be left behind, like OCPS Chair, Bill Sublette suggested when we respectfully asked for a “Safe & Developmentally Appropriate Implementation of Adaptive Learning Software and Digital Devices.” On Aug. 21, 2018, the curent OCPS board turned down workshoping the policy before 2019. Even Steve Job knew not to let his own kids use an iPad. 🤔

Ask the newly elected School Board members, Teresa Jacobs, Karen Castor Dentel, and Angie Hutchinson Gallo , if they will call to workshop a Safe and Developmentally Appropriate Implementation of Adaptive Learning Software and Digital Devices before handing out the very last lap top to a 5 year old in 2019.

I remember hearing about this initiative a few years ago.http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/86263260-132.html

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In addition to this, here in Palm Beach County they are watching a screen for recess to a show called “Go Noodle” and dancing in place in their classrooms! Our elementary school is horrible for recess time. I don’t understand how educators who know what proven long time research has shown would implement these things. Why?

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I love Go Noodle but I thought that was considered a 5 min brain break not as a sub for recess! I don’t think teachers are making these decisions. It’s all being mandated to them.

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I don’t know who is making the decisions about it but it’s implemented for recess very frequently (as in my first grader didn’t have recess for 2weeks in a row and they considered Go Noodle that recess time) I could totally get on board for a few minute brain break, get the wiggles out, and have fun/decompress. That would be great! I can’t understand why we are doing this to children and then having a hard time why so many are having problems with stress coping skills and simple socialization. It’s needed in the early years!

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Did you know they aren’t teaching spelling in the schools anymore? Or atleast at my daughters school they aren’t.

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But they sure love to take points off for spelling errors. I’m sorry but our children did not come out of the womb knowing how to spell. They actually, have to be taught. Root word study helps with this.

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I just found this out! Was it this way last year? It was our first year here (2nd grade now 3rd grade).

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I’ve been told by teachers that there is also very little focus on Grammar

I can tell. Because my son didn’t know basic grammar rules. We worked on this all summer.

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I guess I didn’t notice.

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you will notice when they start writing more and they are taught this mechanical writing that is garbage. No creative writing. No breaking things down and practicing writing at a molecular level (solid intros and conclusions), punctuation or grammar. Everything is skimmed and glossed over. There is no inspiration.

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yet, they are supposed to be great writers.

Many people can follow a formula for writing. It does not make them good writers.

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Mine isn’t a great writer. His formula is 5 paragraphs with 5 to 7 sentences each. State your thesis, 3 paragraphs explaining/defending, close by restating thesis. The delightful stories he would spend days writing and illustrating…all gone. 😞

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Before a district wide strike. Parents once informed would back a 100 teachers ready to leave anyway. Stop. Stop it. Get your performance reviews. Your writeups. It isn’t like there is a job on the planet that give a flyin f what the public school says. Make them go through all the union procedures to fire. This may be easier for male teachers. They are ten times more brutal to females.

We need a name for this kind of political action. The unions themselves would never ho for it because Florida practically makes them illegal as it is.

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I found another post in this group about iReady:

iReady is 100% common core. Piloted in NYC ironically by CASA a consortium school middle school, that received accolades from NYDOE for highest test scores increases. He was an outspoken opt out leader oddly. Why did scores increase dramatically? Because iReady is boxed curriculum WITH tests included. Principal Jamaal Bowman a social justice advocate even competed out in California for his *fair share* of $1 million prize from Lauren Jobs (Steve Jobs) data schools initiative that had 10 $1 million dollar prizes.
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Here is a post that was shared by Alice Linahan.  It’s not strictly education related, but she, like me, has noticed how data mining and surveillance can spill over from schools right into the workforce itself, often in ways that seem “fair” and logical and are done incrementally so that people don’t notice their loss of liberty to an elite ruling class:

“Most employees would know they’re being tracked for productivity,” says Michelle Miller, co-founder of US-based Coworker.org, an online platform that helps employees launch campaigns to improve their workplaces. “But there’s not an awareness of how that data is being used and what story it’s telling.”

She points to a range of software that can monitor and analyse everything from the tone of emails and the web searches employees make, as well as how they move around the office and the people they talk to.

“It rates your risk to the company — whether you might be looking for a job, whether you might be a whistleblower or if you’re engaged in workplace organising,” says Ms Miller. “It’s taking all this data from you and making predictions that you don’t know about.”

Similarly, companies can use the health data generated by wristbands and other workplace wearables to design fitness programmes. “But it delivers all this data about your health that you have no control of,” says Ms Miller.

While companies cannot require employees to wear fitness trackers, she adds, those who do not participate in such programmes are often locked out of company perks such as gym memberships or discounted health insurance.
With the ability to collect and analyse increasing amounts of data on employees, companies are starting to worry about a potential backlash. Six out of 10 respondents to Deloitte’s 2018 Global Human Capital Trends report said they were concerned about employee perceptions of how their data is being used.

“Companies need to make sure they have robust policies on transparency and security and open communications, so people understand what is being tracked,” says Anne-Marie Malley, UK human capital leader at the professional services firm.

Legal challenges also pose a risk to companies when it comes to their use of workforce data. In the Deloitte survey, 64 per cent of respondents said their organisation was “actively managing legal liability related to their organisations’ people data”.

https://www.ft.com/content/7adbdb04-c1be-11e8-84cd-9e601db069b8?fbclid=IwAR1HMAr3-6jMpD2RgZk3VIWPeJw9EGDI9i9LxaWSU_w5zrsJjW0mm9A9zJM

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Here is a post from a friend of mine:

Betsy DeVos named Bev Perdue (former Democratic Gov of NC, very pro common core, current member of RidgeLane) as Chair of National Assessment Governing Board, (NAEP). H/T Andrea Dillon https://www.ed.gov/…/former-north-carolina-gov-beverly-perd…

Betsy also met with Educators for Excellence (E4E) https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/…/bulletins/2195775 …. an organization funded by all your favorite reformers…. Gates, Broad, Carnegie… https://e4e.org/about-us/our-donors

Reminds me of how we wrote about DeVos as Chair of The Philanthropy Round Table, a group that focuses on Venture Capital Philanthropy (and making “serious money“) and also promotes computer-based datamining and as an added bonus, this group Chaired by Devos was also excited about Common Core. You can read excerpts from their Blended Learning Guidebook https://missourieducationwatchdog.com/dreambox-datamining-…/

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A professor at Shawnee State University in Ohio was disciplined for refusing to call a male student a “she”:  https://www.frcaction.org/updatearticle/20181106/pronoun-showdown

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

Example of a school that won OSPI’s School of Distiction in 2018 but had SBA scores dropping compared to the previous year. Westview Elementary in Spokane was the only school to win the award.

2016-17 Results (Administration Info)
Grade Level SBA ELA SBA Math
3rd Grade 47.9% 66.2%
4th Grade 66.1% 69.4%
5th Grade 78.9% 73.6%
6th Grade 76.7% 64.2%

2017 passing rates in 6th grade were 76.7% for ELA and 64.2% for Math. 2018 passing rates were 56.0% for ELA and 50.6% for Math. What happened?

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And a reply to this post:

It’s important to understand — it’s all B.S. All of the tests and numbers and handwringing over graduation rates — all B.S.
The only thing that matters, that has ever mattered, is what the children actually know in these subjects and what they can do. How prepared for college or some other post-secondary life are the graduates?
On that score, the truth is grim. Abysmal.
America lets them get away with it. The school administrators blame everyone else, complain about money and threaten programs as teachers threaten to strike, they use taxpayer dollars to sue for more money, they all negotiate (collude) to give themselves raises, they set up new untested programs, adopt a new terrible curriculum (or worse, write their own), whine about how hard they’re working, with poor teachers, and poverty, and some social justice thing or other …
And shazzam. They’re good to go for another year — feeding off the system while allowing the vast majority of the children to be failed and then – someday – blamed.
Which is not to say some teachers don’t care. A minute few take it on the chin for trying to fight it or expose it. But 9 times out of 10, teachers look away from the traffic accident and accept their system-bankrupting raises, giving us some version of, “I just have a few more years to go. I can’t afford to get into trouble.”
America should grab its babies and run for the door. Find somewhere that will teach the children the ACADEMICS they need to know to be prepared for life after K-12. And let the whole government charade collapse.
Someday, I would like to see a massive #walkaway for public education and every other failed school.
I would gladly — happily — take a knee for that.

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

Um what the heck does this have to do with print making (logos, stamps designs) are you KIDDING ME! Not print as in writing class, print as in design making, shirts, logos and so on!!! Or so we were told anyways! She was also taught about George Washington and how mean he was to slaves and how terrified they were of him through a picture shown! What ever you believe about this topic! This is a history class and im pretty sure there are soooo many other pictures about DESIGN that exist

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Here is a post from a South Carolina anti-Common Core group:

Quote of the day … ( why you should vote NO on amendment to do away with electing Superintendent” )

“The educrat “experts” have mostly created the SC Education system that exists now. If you really think it’s likely that someone other than an educrat who’s been steeped in this good ole boy system would EVER be appointed, you’re dreaming. At least with an election there’s a CHANCE of electing a real agent of quality change someday.”

And I’m really not interested in the opinion (on this) of anyone who hasn’t done everything in their power to get rid of Common Core

sc ballot amendment

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

If you are interested in how the Louisiana Department of Education fabricates public school performance scores (and you should be) here is an explanation of the travesty.

As promised, here is interpretation of Louisiana Growth scores by teacher Herb Bassett. Brace yourselves!

As I have been saying for a long time, this accountability method is bogus. New candidates for school board need to understand why their claims that our school system is failing based on our district performance score need to be able to explain the basis for those claims.

The use of Letter Grades was fabricated to fool the public in thinking that these grades correlated with the methodology set for assigning student classroom performance. IT DOESN’T!

http://louisianaeducator.blogspot.com/?m=1

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And some replies to this post:

I have been saying the same thing. It’s all a scam that John White benefits through its use and acceptance by ” the sheep.”

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Thanks, [name redacted], for posting Herb’s research, and trying to educate those running for school board who haven’t followed what has been happening in LA public education. They are so un-educated in so much of what they’re saying just to get elected. Too bad they haven’t attended meetings and made the trips to Baton Rouge that the rest of us have — you especially.

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you seem to be the one voice that has truly listened to the classroom teachers. The curriculum changes are very concerning. It’s not just the math chaos . The elementary and middle ELA , in my opinion, doesn’t even come close to the well planned and logical, skills filled curriculum previously being used! ( Treasures). Teachers are told they are to throw it out , but I know good teachers are desperate for something skills based and are finding ways to incorporate when they can. Why?

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As an 8th grade teacher – this is frustrating. On top of that, I have gifted students who are taking English 1. The state makes them take LEAP English 1 – for their final exam grade AND 8th grade ELA LEAP – which counts for my score and the schools score!

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I found this post online.   It appears to be dealing with the state of Louisiana:

Parents and teachers: Election day is upon us. We need to demand change in Rapides parish where our kids are placed first in the list of priorities and teachers are treated as the hard working, professionals that they are!

The information below was sent to us anonymously in an email to our page. State law according to the DOE specifically states that the school boards of individual parishes have the right to choose curricula in the district. While the state makes “recommendations” regarding curricula they can use, the parish is not legally obligated to do so. So why the iron fisted response from the state? The only thing that makes any sense is that the district has agreed to use Eureka in return for Grant money or other compensation from the state. That is the only thing that would give them the leverage needed for the behavior and their demands outlined in the email below.

It is VERY IMPORTANT to note that the Superintendent and assistant Superintendent Bennett assured the board, parents, and teachers during a regular board meeting that although Eureka was the official math curricula being used in the classroom, teachers had been directed to bring in other supplemental curricula and materials to meet the differential learning styles and needs of their students. This is obviously not being done. The only way to resolve this issue and to provide multiple teaching strategies to our students is to remove the influence of the DOE from our classrooms – by removing Eureka as the primary math curricula. The school board and the superintendent need to be held accountable for their promise to parents and teachers!

We are calling for the board to readdress this issue and consider removing Eureka as the official math curricula in Rapides parish. Other curricula are available that incorporate the methods used in Eureka along with other, more traditional math strategies. Children DO NOT all learn best using only one strategy and it is detrimental to their learning and their well-being to force them to do so.

Here is the email we received:
“-Schools are getting wrote up for not using eureka math 100% and not on pace with the guide.
-There are state and local walk throughs taking place right now.
-They are looking through eureka math books and talking to ELA teachers to see if they are doing what they are supposed to be doing also.
-The state walk through group said at ALL the schools there were supplemental materials being used and the state only wants to see 100% Eureka. They want the students to use the Eureka tools to help with skills they are missing (even supplementing).
-The state walk throughs are seeing that all lessons are not completed thoroughly and they (the state) basically expects every single thing in those modules to be completed.
-The math teachers stated to the state walk through group that per the district (per Rapides parish school board) certain lessons could be skipped because they were either reinforcement or enhancement lessons. The state walk through group said if lessons are skipped, they (the students) aren’t building that learning.
-And what’s worse is that even in the MSP (Math Science Partnership) meetings Rapides parish school board offered math teachers (starting at least 4 years ago) they did practically all supplemental activities preparing to continue to teach eureka in the district. They (the math teachers at the MSP meetings) only spent a fraction of time reviewing Eureka lessons. The only thing they did with eureka math lessons in those meetings were going through the modules to determine which problems were must do problems, can do problems, and which ones could be skipped problems.
-The state however said all problems needed to be worked.
-They (the state walk through group) are also saying that special education teachers reinforcing, building skills, and filling in gaps should be using eureka math supplemental material. However none of the special education teachers have ever received any eureka math training since eureka has been in this district for 6 years.
-The rapides parish school district is saying one thing (and have been saying the same thing for at least 4 years) but now the state comes in with an iron fist and says another.
-Which is why every year the district loses teachers and students to other districts and private schools where they don’t even take tests.
-Once again the right hand and left hand are not working together and children are the ones ultimately hurt in the end.”

Remember this on election day…

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And another post from Louisiana:

Our students hate school. I’m the teacher, and I HATE it! In JP, they are FORCING us to do Learnzillion. At the end of last year, they took all our textbooks. They made us box them up, and TOOK them! Six graders first nine weeks ELA was Steve Jobs commencement speech and other non fiction crap. It’s horrible! It’s sad! I constantly think it can’t get worse, and then it does! 😭 I’ve never seen so much apathy. It’s hard to believe it’s real.

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Here are some more posts that I found in an anti-data mining group about the Manatee County invoice incident:

Do you have a friendly legislator that will ask for these documents?(for free?)

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Every legislator here is a republican who support data mining. They own the charters or work fir charter management companies that benefit from this data mining

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I’ve been waiting a year and a half.

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seriously?!

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seriously. FL is hiding some serious stuff from parents. I swear FL is like the wild Wild West when it comes to data mining. With a right to work union our teachers are gagged which is why we follow your work so closely.

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Parents? Asking to review student records and access to them?

https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/index.html

FERPA: parental right? “to request all records for review”? https://itemactions.us/ferpa/

Probably need to verify the wording but you may both – Bridie & Cindy – have grounds for a Compliance complaint.

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Brightbytes is not an education record.

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So the district and /or state need to provide what companies have been given access – according to law, right?

Are they just asking in the wrong place? Public authorities are supposed to know who has been given access.

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yes but law says they are supposed to tell me but they have the right to charge me. Make it such an outrageous fee that the parent gives up and goes away.

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Okay. So, it sounds like some letters to the editors might be a good start….right after elections. In the few days following elections, people might still be paying attention still.

If you have some citizens or grandparents that don’t mind putting their name in the paper, they are a good group to reach out to……Boy, there really are a slew of ways to get the word out (RAISE HOLY HELL) and those of you experiencing this data rape and abuse of power firsthand are the best ones to do it.

Sounds like the time is right to start a campaign to end the bullying, the tyranny of power and control. Now’s the time to organize. I’m game if you all are.

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Bright Bytes tracks kids K-20. I’m thinking that I should hire an attorney before my twins graduate from HS next May and have their FOCUS accounts legally removed from Bright Bytes. I wonder if I could just have what is in my boys FOCUS accounts destroyed? Does anyone here know of anyone specializing in student data privacy laws?

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This is beyond outrageous. And why wouldn’t the district have this info w/o having to especially task someone to do it. really stinks

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Colorado State University deems the phrase “long time no see” as offensive toward Asians:   https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/11/07/long-time-no-see-reportedly-deemed-offensive-at-college-why-its-derogatory-toward-asians?utm_content=buffer8fddc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=glennbeck

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Here is a post from a pro-homeschooling group:

A question for those that have had kids in PS. When do you realize that your child’s weaknesses and struggles are not just their own fault for lack of effort but also the schools for not instilling discipline and learning habits?
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And here are the replies to this post:

Didn’t take long.
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Every teacher conference from 2nd grade until 9th grade when I pulled him. I wish I would have brought him home sooner!
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My son is real lazy and he doesn’t put forth effort so I’m struggling on deciding how much of it is him or the school. That is where I’m at right now. I am not quick to blame either or but I feel like I’m done and it’d just be easier to HS.
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In my experience, it seems like there is quite a learning curve when you first bring a child home. Most families do best when they don’t try to duplicate public school at home, but that’s often what happens because that’s what most of us parents who were publicly schooled know how to do. Another thing, we often expect that a child can just be given their assignments and they will be able to sit down and do it independently, when in reality, in ps they truly always had someone hovering over them with the threat of getting in big trouble if they didn’t do it. They always were told when and what to do, had no autonomy, and didn’t truly learn to study independently, so that is a skill that needs to be nurtured and grown into.
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My son is 14. He is too old to have things being done for him. There is a level of responsibility now put on him but he’s not responding well to that. Teachers do not help unless the children ask. But let’s face it, children are not always comfortable asking. Sounds like it could be him but do I just let him continue to fail? Really, truly, I want him to learn to be independent and responsible. I want him to get the seriousness of his grades and how important school is. Maybe, eventually, his grades will matter to him? I don’t know.
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I think thats why freshman college students have such a difficulty transitioning to a higher level of work. Much of the time, the ones who struggle the most with their course load are former ps students!
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One of the reasons we homeschool is because in ps my daughter was only learning to think and act like others told her to. The first week home I asked her, “What do you think?” (just asking her opinion) and she went to pieces because nobody ever told her the answer to that question so she didn’t know what to say and she didn’t want to get the answer wrong. When I explained that I really just wanted to know her opinion, “what SHE thought,” she said, “Oh,” and her whole paradigm shifted.

As far as how to get a 14 yo to be independent and responsible, I’m sorry, I don’t know the answer to that, but I do think that you will need to help him with it because he has not learned it yet. I’m hoping some of the more experienced homeschoolers with teenagers on this group will chime in.
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Yes, that was me 20+ years ago because it was so ingrained in me that I needed to be told what to do and what to think, that I couldn’t handle all of a sudden having to do it for myself, it was too overwhelming.
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My son was one of the forgotten ones. He was extremely quiet and because he is gifted they basically ignored him.
When we brought him home he had several gaps in math.
We asked him why he didn’t ask for help, he told us the teacher never had time to help him.
Teachers face an impossible task in PS. I’m so thankful we brought him home. He is flourishing now.
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this was me. I tested with high aptitude in math and science in 8th grade. By graduation, I was remedial in those subjects. I was very quiet and navigating a broken system. I ended up with a degree in literature.
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I appreciate all of the advice. I haven’t brought him home yet because of his behavior. Tonight we are headed to an open house for the local Technical High School. I’m convinced that it is this for high school and if he doesn’t get in then it’ll be home school and I’m going to have to find some way to manage his behavior. So we will see. Thanks for all of your help and hopefully positive changes can be made!
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one thing you also need to recognize is from 12-15 boys go through a couple weird growth periods in their brain as well as body. This growth process also makes them very tired and they can make them appear lazy. I found that when I brought my oldest home from public school they expected that he wouldn’t do anything so he rose to that expectation. Now he raises to the minimum level of expectations that I give. The one on one helps and as he approaches 16 it seems to be getting better.
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Rather than not instilling discipline/learning habits I think it is more often a killing off a child’s innate curiosity, wonder, uniqueness, and ability to learn😭. It’s so easily to learn discipline and habits when you are intensely passionate about a goal or interest. But how often do students get to deeply dive into that in an 8 hour traditional school day? So sad….
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Here is a post that I found shared in an Ohio anti-Common Core group:

THE CURSE OF PUBLIC EDUCATION

(or the State Indoctrination Network – SIN)
by Joel Skousen

The key to the drift of even white voters to the left is the almost total control the Left has over public education, from secondary through college.

While the Left does the actual controlling of administration, credential certification, teacher training, textbook selection and unions, at the very top you will find globalists making sure the Left stays in control of all the top positions so that conservatives don’t take back control.

It’s no surprise to me that millennials are increasingly Left/liberal. School teachers make snide remarks about conservatives and take every opportunity to denigrate the Right. But even in districts where there isn’t open hostility to conservatives, there is the purposeful omission of any positive argumentation for free markets, much less the complete rejection of history of conspiracy in government, war, and education.

This doesn’t happen because all teachers are part of a deeper conspiracy. Most just come up through the same social, political and economics filter that current public school students do and don’t know any better. There is also an unstated threat of ridicule in colleges if you espouse conservative or religious opinions.

In short, they think they are educated but, in fact, they are ignorant of key facts and arguments about why socialism doesn’t work, and why it is always attractive to the weaknesses of human nature.

The only students who survive this tax paid propaganda machine are those whose innate spirit somehow receives the warning signals of conscience prompting them that something is wrong with what is being taught.

Sadly, a sensitive conscience is not taught to children raised in conservative families. Quite the contrary. It’s a sad commentary that most conservative parents lose their children to the lure of social welfarism and political correctness–because they send them to public schools, and don’t otherwise correct what they are learning.

But it’s not just the bad education they receive. There is a social corruptive element in public education. Students swim in a sea of bad attitudes and habits as well, which, when it takes hold of them, can contribute significantly to a diminution of their sensitivity to hear the still small whisperings of God through conscience as well as the will to abide by what they hear.

This is something that cannot be changed even if conservatives had control of government or schools. In fact, you shouldn’t attempt to reform inherently evil institutions like public schools—it only keeps good people wedded to them longer. It has to begin at home as parents address their children’s bad attitudes and innate weaknesses. And it does help to get children out of public schools. You can often supplement bad education but it’s hard to undo the bad social influences once your child gets infected.

It’s because of these factors corrupting the minds and spirits of people that Republicans increasingly lost in the suburbs, which used to be solid Republican strongholds. Young people growing up and moving in are mostly left/liberal. So are all the transplants from California that infected Oregon, Washington, and now Idaho, Utah and Texas.

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

The UK is ahead of the U.S. in this issue. From the article:
“For instance 70 percent of schools in the UK now use the ClassDojo app to help monitor children’s behaviour and communicate with parents.” For the record, ClassDojo is widely used in Nevada schools.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2018/11/08/emb-thurs-children-have-1000-pictures-posted-online-turn-13/?fbclid=IwAR2MtXDfyfs8c4-2_yJJVrrXgBmXUKlB_SgXJcGlKxjQ7nvpe9ByDRv9d5k

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And here are some replies to this post:

I would not be suprised if a Chinese company (government) buys ClassDojo to add to all the data they already have on U.S. children after buying Edmodo.https://www.edsurge.com/…/2018-04-24-what-happens-to…

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China doesn’t follow American privacy laws. Do they have any of their own?

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Not sure, it seems like they want to know everything they can about every citizen.https://www.wired.com/story/age-of-social-credit/

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Rejected the ClassDojo offer. Will be following up with district if alternative (equal opportunity) is not timely provided by arrogant wanna be dictator, I mean, teacher. 😂 1 star school so I’m having the time of my life communicating their obvious epic fails, such as school website not updated since the last school year. Zero updated reports on school anywhere. Info packets identifying admins who are long gone. CCSD identifies preK teacher as the school librarian. Reports and required disclosures are not being made. Title I required reporting stated school as a 2 star 😂 it’s 1 star. So much stupid stuff… Very entertaining to point and mock in writing. Lol

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I’m sure these “social justice guides” given out at Portland public schools will be totally non-biased (rolls eyes):  https://activistmommy.com/portland-public-school-teachers-given-social-justice-guide-praises-communist-leaders-discourages-gender-pronouns/

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I agree, this Florida anatomy assignment was way out of line:  https://activistmommy.com/father-outraged-finding-sexually-explicit-question-daughters-anatomy-assingment/

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Stay away from the University of Tennessee:  https://activistmommy.com/university-tennessee-hold-anal-sex-workshop-sex-week/

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Here is a post from a Rhode Island anti-Common Core group:

Does anyone know if the tests that replaced the PARCC for elementary school is mandatory or are the opt out procedures available?…

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The new test is RICAS, and you are able to refuse this as well
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Are there forms available or do you just deal with the bs from school administrators
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Have you written a refusal before for other testing?
There is not a standard form I just write a letter letting them know which test I am refusing and I also write please do not contact me to try to change my decision because I know my rights
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Beware, if you refuse and your child is at Kickemuit MS, even if they got straight A’s their entire middle school career, they will be denied recognition bc of the refusal. EVEN though, the principal could choose to still nominate them for excellence. At the time, the principal DID NOT recognize any student at graduation for their achievements (Presidents Excellence) IF they didn’t take the PAARC test. Unfair. I don’t know if this has changed under new administration

Imagine, a kid so proud of what she achieved and how hard she worked….expecting to be called for the award bc she EARNED it, only to be crushed. Only upon investigation did I find out there were several other students in her predicament and all they had in common was refusal to take PAARC, which was subsequently replaced the next yr. Further research proved that participation in standardized testing, is an and/or criteria for the award. Any student maintaining a specific grade average is eligible and should receive the award. The principal is able to issue in absence of PAARC scores. It was a punishment.
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And another post from this group:

Upon reviewing a survey given to my child, I noticed the organization that produced the survey. They are “Second Step”. More than likely they, or other organizations, are providing similar surveys to your children from K-8. These surveys, under the guise of SEL (Social Emotional Learning), are established to garner grants for schools by utilizing your children as human capital. When going down the rabbit hole, I came across a few related links explaining the funding and their intent. This is one direct quote from “Edutopia” ~ “And chat participants asserted that trauma-informed and SEL practices benefit all children, building critical skills like self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, and an openness to teamwork and cooperation. Adopt a “universal approach,” suggested the nonprofit Zero to Three, and “assume all children are trauma-affected and need social and emotional learning instruction and support.” This is a witch hunt to create victims out of our children for grants and at the same time eliminate parental control over their children. Links below.

http://www.secondstep.org/funding-grants

https://www.edutopia.org/article/how-and-why-trauma-informed-teaching?fbclid=IwAR2-ebjWK8OGDIwBwdGSMwzAE206B97pKyfme-BUBVFmauMawBurSW6gZYo

http://www.thesomervilletimes.com/archives/74367?fbclid=IwAR2C5KFtKsKn0CZ-3_MH6SxQ3kIkOrqLhQehCUGdmSoCivsVrIGCDR7xsAc

https://datadisruptors.com/whole-child/?fbclid=IwAR1DyRGT4ozgdIJtdzsqQXzPND0_HoWygUl9prT3Cu2NoA-03ND7Rz9x0Kw

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And a reply to this post:

THIS whole thing, along with datamining, the subversion of our children’s individuality and the role of the parents, is the entire crux of why CCSS was established. It’s playing out right before our eyes. And Trump AIN’T helping with DeVos in position as Sec of “education”.

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Public Schools or Public Screwels? Part 14

stop common core 14

This is part 14.

Another politically biased assignment:  https://globalnews.ca/news/4514623/kamloops-high-school-assignment-push-political-views-students/?utm_medium=Facebook&utm_source=GlobalNews

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

NEW YORK CITY RECESS QUESTION:
I am researching a project for my school Parents Association and wondered — have you heard of recess being cancelled to punish or discipline a New York City public school student? It is against policy, but I’ve heard it is done at some schools and I’d like to learn if its an urban myth or a reality. Thank you!

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It happened to my son many years ago. Also, when he was in elementary school they only got recess every other week

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Happened to my kid 2 years ago in 6th grade, so middle school. MS 839. He got in trouble for talking at the end of lunch when they were lining up to go outside. He was made to clean the lunch tables with several other students instead of go outside for recess.

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My kids barely get recess to begin with. Twice a week if weather cooperates. My daughter had it 3 times total in kindergarten

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Brooklyn, PS229

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In Dutchess County New York, this is a huge issue with our schools. Recess is constantly being taken away for punitive reasons and finishing class assignments. Our district say they only take 5-10 minutes away but it’s much more by the time the kids get to go out. It’s such a antiquated policy and they refuse to address it.

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It is a big problem across the state. Our district adopted a policy that recess could not be with held as punishment – it was incorporated into the wellness policy. But, many teachers continued to do it – and they have to be reminded it is against the policy. I wrote a letter to the editor about it last year. My son was being held in detention for 40 minutes during lunch and recess for forgetting to wear his ID badge in middle school. This was an organizational issue he was being punished for against district policy. Other kids were being put in detention during recess for not having home work done or for behavioral issues.

I am in Kingston New York. Ulster county

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What !!! I didn’t know this was illegal my freaking lunch aid hated me and took recess away from me atleast once a week in brentwood north elementary school located in brentwood NY 11717

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I am about to contact my 4th grade son’s teacher regarding recess. His class gets it taken away just about every day. This is the third week of school and he’s only had recess a few times. What should I write in the email?

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my daughter hasn’t had recess yet

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Recess??? Barely exists in our school.

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Here is a post from Ron Paul:

It wasn’t until around 1900 that compulsory “schooling” conquered a once free America.

Americans would be considered clay in the hands of their government “educators,” molded to obey authority and to consent to what has now become the biggest government in the history of mankind.

It works … for them.

How else can you get a population of hundreds of millions to sheepishly comply with being manhandled by the TSA, or having every communication spied on by the NSA?

Compulsory “education” is the crown jewel of government control.

Fortunately, modern communication technologies are not only taking down government’s other propaganda tool (the Mainstream Media), but they’re also enabling people to get their kids out of the government’s “education” grip.

If you’re interested in opting-out your children, the Ron Paul Curriculum may be the right homeschooling option for you.

K-8 students get the basics: reading, writing, arithmetic, science, and history. There is also a year’s course on personal finance, saving, investing, and the dangers of debt.

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Here is a post from an anti-Common Core group:
Here is a current assignment for a 10th grade science class ~ (The school just received The Blue Ribbon Award~today~btw)~

I e~mailed the teacher~ What is the objective of the assignment?

The answer~ I received this,unacceptable, response from the Science teacher.

“They are to write a Eulogy for the scientist from the point of view of knowing them personally. They are to do research on the scientist and get to know them well enough to speak at their funeral, and we will have the “funeral “ later on this week”

She did not use any salutations.

And they all have to wear black.

I don’t think I’m overreacting. I just want to know what is the Science teacher trying to teach them. What are the children going to take away from this assignment?

My child just experienced a loss of a friend over the weekend..got up and went to school and is working on a tombstone for the assigned death of a scientist.

My child thinks I’m overreacting, doesn’t seem to mind the assignment. Just have no idea why a Science teacher would assign this type of weirdness.
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And here are the replies to this post:
like our kids aren’t inundated with enough dark stuff.
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I’d push for more info. What lesson is being learned in this assignment? How does it relate to science class? Were students asked if the topic of death/mock funerals were too uncomfortable for them (perhaps yours is not the only student who recently experienced a loss or has a very sick relative). Why can’t they just do a research project & presentation without eulogies, dressing in black & having a “funeral”? As parents it’s our job to ensure we are aware of not just what is being taught but how it is being taught.
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Indeed my response included most of what you expressed. I thank you for more to ask. The teacher is not responding to my recent questions. What is she teaching the children by this assignment and what is she expecting they are going to take away?
I am going to push for more, right now.
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I don’t know what state you’re in but here in PA we still have parental rights and that includes objecting to curriculum that we don’t want our kids exposed too. Regardless the teacher should respond to a parent especially one politely seeking info & trying to be involved.
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she most likely has never been approached. Also may need to speak to a superior lest a script is needed. Authenticity went out the window a while ago.
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It sounds like the objective is to learn about a scientist. However, that objective is not necessarily learning science; it’s the type of assignment you would do in an English class, but not in such a creepy way. I would say that to fulfill a science objective the assignment should be to identify something significant the scientist contributed to our understanding of a particular topic and research how and why the discovery came about, and do it without the creepola factor. Maybe in junior high a Halloween theme would be fun, but in high school it’s time to write for real.
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That is what getting to me .. the creepola factor. Besides it is not scientific. I don’t appreciate Death Education.
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Bizarre , and as a parent I’d ask what’s the purpose and objective of the assignment ?
You are absolutely doing the right thing by following up . If she blows you off take it up to Principal .
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Unfortunately our kids tend to keep us from pokig our noses where they ARE supposed to be.
They just don’t want us to make a big deal; but it is a big deal. And this assignment would disturb me enough that I would opt my child out, and I would make sure all admin understands why. I can’t IMAGINE that there would be ANY reason that would make me feel differently. This is a Social Emotional Learning assignment, not Science.

Ed reform is killing us!
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That just makes me ill!
How can parents not come together and demand that academics be fact based and not social-emotional based?
It’s all of the mind-shaping 💩 in our schools that have destroyed academics in our schools. BUT THE SOLUTION… more of it. UGH!
I guess most parents just don’t realize this new education is really so weird or they would do something. Idk…
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A new blog by Kumar Mehta,
CFC board member and innovation expert, discusses the importance of social-emotional learning equity and its impact on the US workforce. SEL equity should be a priority in order to better prepare the future workforce.

“If America wants to grow its workforce domestically and compete with other countries globally, our education system must ensure that every young person is prepared for success. Educators and lawmakers alike must make it a priority to tackle inequality—individual, institutional, and societal—by applying a racial equity lens to focus on students’ social and emotional needs in addition to their academic success.”

Read more at bit.ly/USBusinessesSEL

https://www.cfchildren.org/blog/2018/09/us-businesses-will-suffer-if-we-dont-invest-in-social-emotional-learning/?platform=hootsuite
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I know it. 🙄🙄🙄
It’s DIS-GUSTING! 😷 It’s Everywhere!
Can you say exploit kids for financial gain?
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The children of our nation in the pub. Ed. Are force fed their education. It’s a travesty.
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said I would opt my child out, and I would; but you need to make sure your child is prepared for why you’re doing that. Kids are ALWAYS singled out when they opt out of an assignment. Other kids, teachers, and maybe parents (who know) rarely understand why you’ve made the decision, why you would single your kid out, or: “Can’t she (the opt-out mom) just deal with it” or homeschool? “Why does it ALWAYS have to be a ‘big deal’ with her? 🙄 I mean geez. Her poor kid.”
People are mean when they don’t understand something, and we have to help our kids understand us. If they don’t understand anything else, they need to understand their parents so the relationship is solid between us and our kids. It’s all about standing up for our KIDS for what we believe is best for them…and our community. …even if no one else listens to you, you do the right thing for your good reasons.
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Bizarre is right!
Where am I? The Twilight Zone?
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Lately, yes. And not one month past since school started. Dealing with crap.
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This sounds like “death education.” Has nothing to do with science.
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It is. And has nothing to do with science. Not one drop of it. Because they are fulfilling a request from a teacher who claims “
Students came up with this idea” and they are writing a eulogy on a scientist, so that makes it sciency,
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Just because the students came up with the idea doesn’t mean it’s a good one. Ridiculous!
BUT that’s another problem with this “new” “education”, they want the students guiding their own learning. Can you say S-T-U-P-I-D! I mean who needs a real teacher when the students can guide their own learning anyway. Teachers might as well become “facilitators.” — Oh wait! That’s what’s happening already.
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Its Common Core. Common Core demands a literacy component in every course. There isnt a lot of writing in science so this is how they work it in. The same happens in music and art. Its ridiculous.
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I opted him out of the assignment. The “mock funeral” is canceled .
All done. On to the next.
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bravo!!!
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Did you hear of the Ohio teacher who resigned when the sick morality quiz she assigned to 15 year olds was made public? I understand the desire to keep your student in good graces, but it is only with the public airing that it was stopped. Perhaps other parents don’t even know about the assignment.
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No I have not . I look around
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https://www.foxnews.com/us/ohio-teacher-resigns-after-assigning-students-bizarre-quiz
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Which scientist are they researching? Start there, and figure out what they want the kids to learn about the person. The assignment is likely a way in which to get the kids to feel for the scientist, and then to get them to accept their work as fact that cannot be challenged. That’s my guess.

As for the teacher’s response, it sure looks like the teacher copied and pasted the assignment right out of their book. No?
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[name withheld] I wish it were , but remember Common Core, as [name withheld], posted.

She is correct. Every course including gym has a writing component. SMH .
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I will all my daughter is they’re writing during gym, art and music. I’m an involved parent and I had not heard of that before here.
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the writing component for gym is actually a test. In that they are writing their answers down answering the questions. They also use the chrome book , those questions are tied in with SLO’s which child can refuse. As the children progress I’m finding an increase in surveys as well. Which also can be refused.

the writing component begins in sixth grade..if there is a word bank being used in music , art and gym , that is the flag saying there is a writing component. Unbelievable the crap I have been going through during this educational deform. Parent networking in my community is obsolete.
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Speaking of dark stuff, have you guys noticed the common core reading curriculum? I have a fifth grader and a ninth grader, both in advanced reading. Last year when my youngest was in fourth grade, she had to read a book about a boy who is in a helicopter crash. He survives, but the pilot doesn’t. The book describes in detail Fish eating the flesh off the head of the dead pilot, divorce, the main character’s mother having a sexual affair with another man, etc. As soon as I found out she was reading this, I put a stop to it. My ninth grader just finished reading a short story that describes a boy who kills his disabled younger brother, and another story that describes a near drowning and describes the blood vessels bursting in a child’s eyes underwater from the pressure. In seventh grade he had to make a wanted sign for Osama bin laden. There is so much dark stuff in the school curriculum and it’s absolutely disgusting. I homeschooled my son until seventh grade and my daughter until second. It’s like a full-time job trying to deprogram them from other school crap. Luckily they are awake to the agenda, but I am sure this dark stuff is inserted in the curriculum intentionally.

Even in freaking band they have a dark theme. My son attends a high school with an award-winning marching band. The theme this year is a post apocalyptic zombie theme. It involves The band getting infected from a virus and then they turn into zombies. There are huge biohazard props. I mean, give me a break!!
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that is crazy. What school district?
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It is possible that this darkness has influenced America?
Rot for required reading and ELA assignments; and now,SEL core academics.
This kind of literature swept across the Nation’s schools and has influenced our culture entirely.
Deprograming society from this covert and dismal decay is what we need.
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Absolutely! This darkness has definitely affected America!! Just look at the circus that is going on right now in the political arena and also all the mental health and confusion in our teen population. Increased suicide rate, depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems.

I don’t know if you guys have heard of the great awakening (Q anon) movement, but I highly recommend looking into it. You will have to get past the mainstream media narrative which labels it a “conspiracy”, but those of us who have been following from the beginning (October 2017) know otherwise.

This subversion and darkness has been going on for a long time and took a big uptick following 9/11. Not only our schools, but our media has become completely propagandized (research CIA operation mockingbird, which ended in 1971 but many people feel it is still in effect). America is being attacked from within and there has actually been a military operation in place. General Flynn has indirectly referenced this several times during speeches and he talks a lot about using citizen journalists to counteract the mainstream media narrative.

If you have paying attention, you may have noticed several unusual things happening, like several military planes, helicopters, and ships crashing and also odd commercial plane crashes, such as the one where a Wells-Fargo executive (woman) got “sucked out of the plane window”. There are also over 50,000 sealed indictments listed on the PACER law review website, indicating a mass arrest event. There have been hundreds of corporate CEO step-downs and an unprecedented number of politicians not seeking re-election (and also the Chicago Mayor). The deep state/corruption is being cleaned up quietly behind the scenes.

(BTW, there will be a Presidential Alert test sent to our phones tomorrow at 2:18pm Eastern time tomorrow.)

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And to comment on the assignment described, I’ve seen worse, but yes it’s definitely bordering on inappropriate. I think the point of this I meant is fairly obvious-the teacher wants the kids to learn more about the life of the scientist and she thinks this is a fun gimmicky way to accomplish that goal. I would just be a little more direct with her and write to her and tell her that you understand she wants the kids to learn about the scientists but that you don’t feel the death theme is appropriate, especially since your son experienced a recent loss. You could ask if your son could complete the assignment by just writing a straightforward report about his chosen scientist.

Man, these schools are getting creepy!!
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she also explained that she teaches many life lessons in her class. So of course , I need to know what lessons of life are going to be incorporated. I want to know , how is she going to present them.
And why?
They also have read a book “The Brown Dog” also very dark and this is ELA.

Thank you for your suggestions.

Ive gotten Crickets all day.
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omg, I HATE when teachers tell me they are teaching “life lessons”. 🙄
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Ask her where she got this idea? It is quite possible that this was in some kind of teaching PD or teacher resource. Make clear your objections to the funeral part of it. Or children are subjected to constant news reports of death. As a teacher , I know that a lot of the crap in education comes from teacher resources. I would tell her that my child will do a biography of a scientist, but not an obituary or death related assignment and that my child would be sitting in the office or counseling center if there are presentations or work on this in class. Contact the building administrator Also network and see if you can talk to other parents in this class. I bet there are other parents that are not aware and would be just as upset. Power in numbers
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Response from teacher:

“This has been an activity that my students have enjoyed, in the season of Halloween.
This was an idea that students proposed.
Learning about someone’s life and making a personal connection to tell others about their life is usually a very successful learning tool.”

I appreciate your idea to network with other parents. That unfortunately and sadly is a dead end.

So he is not participating and the “funeral”has been canceled.

My hope to be informed to up and coming assignments has now fallen on deaf ears. The Science teacher also incorporates many life lessons in her class. I am still waiting for that information and what those lessons are.

I’ve intimidated her it seems because I am aware that this could not have possibly originated from students , as [name withheld] posted in this thread, “Common Core demands a literacy component in every course. There isn’t a lot of writing in science so this is how they work it in. The same happens in music and art”(gym as well.)
I expressed this to teacher and haven’t heard back from her.
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I would follow up with the Principal. I would also find a School Board member to talk to. That usually gets results. Not the whole Board, just one member that would be sympathetic and ask some questions
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Actual learning is not the objective in the modern classroom. It is all about methodology, feelings, and participation. I feel so much better since I retired. Now I don’t have to try and teach substance on the sneak.
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And another post from this group shows an article that states that New Jersey lawmakers are proposing a bill that would require annual depression screenings for students:

https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/10/02/new-jersey-student-depression-screening/

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Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

This is DUMBED DOWN Common Core English:

Silverman, a 30-year veteran teacher whose scores deem her one of the best teachers in the state, has been using a textbook called “McDougal-Littell Literature” for a decade, although students were using an edition from four years ago. It’s got poems, essays, short stories, Edgar Allan Poe and Shakespeare — a curriculum she says challenges and rivets her students.

But the Florida Department of Education phased out that textbook five years ago and introduced new titles that districts could use. A committee of teachers picked “Collections“ by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a digital textbook that aligns with new Florida standardized tests that heavily emphasize nonfiction and informational texts.

Read more here:

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article219197755.html#storylink=cpy

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Colorado State University doesn’t like students using “gendered emojis”:  https://www.breitbart.com/social-justice/2018/10/05/colorado-state-tells-students-to-avoid-gendered-emojis/

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

If your middle/high school student brought home this assignment, what would you say? Who would you call?

2.Take a moment to contemplate how you identify yourself. This could be as simple as a single white female or perhaps something more complex like vegan, dog lover, relationship hater, band geek. Take a few moments to consider HOW you identify yourself and make a list of at least 10 of them.

3.Revisit this list and identify how many of these identifiers were of your own choice and how many were ‘given’ to you by others. Would you change any of it if given a choice? Why?

4.What’s in a name? Let’s think about how you identify based on your name. How did your family choose your name? Do you like your name? Do you go by a nickname or middle name? Consider the importance of just this single word and how it has/will impact your life – tell me how your name, as it stands, impacts your life.

5.How do you feel about Sasha’s gender dilemma as well as the choice to use pronoun identifiers “they/them?” Why do you feel this way?

6. Consider the list of gender, sex, sexuality, romance terms in this section of the book. What was your first impression? What terms do you personally identify with? Is it possible to experience them separately or intertwined? Why?

7. Do you think our society sees agender and transgender as different from one another? Why? Explain your answer. Do you think agender and transgender is different than homosexuality?

8. How important is gender identification to you? Why? Explain your answer. Where did this importance come from?

9. What is the purpose of the Slater writing “Dress Code” on pages 53-54?

10. Words are powerful…they are in fact POWER! Is there power in something as simple as the pronouns we use to identify ourselves and others? Why? Explain your answer.

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And some replies to said post:

Why is this the business of this teacher or the school?

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My daughter had to do something a little along these lines for her college special ed class. But it was more of a reflection of how you identify yourself would affect your teaching. My daughter was very honest in her write up (how because of her identity she couldn’t support a student trying to change genders, but she could still teach them). But, it felt very different than this.

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Amen [previous poster name withheld], I took an abnormal psych class in college way back when and this is close to one of the assignments then

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One of the many reasons I let my kids choose a private highschool. . .

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Self-pigeonholing, great. Bad enough that other people want to take away your individuality by putting you in some group box and treating you like just one in a group, but now you’re supposed to do it yourself? People are not one-dimensional, and shouldn’t be. Data gathering is the real reason behind all of this. I predict schools selling info to backfill budget cuts and companies seeking out those places that gather this info for targeted political ads.

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Here is a post from an Oklahoma anti-Common Core page:

So how much of these grants will result in unprecedented data breaches regarding student’s private, personal records and, beyond that, unsubstantiated ‘diagnoses’ in their permanent records that will follow them all their lives? Good idea?

https://kfor.com/2018/10/05/oklahoma-schools-receive-12-5-million-in-mental-health-grants/

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And here are the replies to this post:

A mental health diagnosis in permanent school records would certainly harm many young people when they get out of school. I certainly hope they aren’t going THERE!

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To me this seems as they are using mental health just to gain money. Reminds me of something I recently read. Pathologizing poverty.

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This doesn’t sound good;
” A behavioral specialist at each center will train 10 schools on transforming school climate and integrate the Positive Behavioral Intervention System.”

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

SHOOTING COPS!!! This is the HALF TIME show performed by Forest Hill High School where young black students SHOOT police officers in a dramatized skit!!!

ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? This is ACCEPTABLE???
SHARE THIS until something is done about it!

football shooting cops

(Note: based on some of the comments in response to this article, it appears that the event occurred in Brookhaven, MS.  What’s more, it appears that there was a recent incident in Brookhaven where two police officers were shot and killed while on duty, so this display at the football field is even more disgusting in light of that.  Luckily, it looks like the band director that organized this has been suspended.)

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Here is a post in response to the story about the digital textbooks that Alice Linahan mentioned earlier:

I examined the works and authors of the works in the 9-12 HMH Collections texts. Not only are there United Nations documents and articles, the majority of the authors are twentieth century. There is no more American literature at the eleventh grade level and British Lit at the twelfth grade level but a few selections scattered through the LESS THAN FIFTY selections in each grade level text. Many of the authors are from Marxist or Islamic backgrounds or Liberal/Progressive backgrounds. There are in some selections overt anti-American bias and other biased information (racial).
One selection in the tenth grade text is Wael Ghonim’s “Revolution 2.0,” an “informational text” about the student uprising in Egypt that led to the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. This selection is complete with “Guidelines for Protest” and “Unified Chants.” Is this what we send our children to school to learn???
This is Common Core, Obama’s education program and put in place by his education secretary Arne Duncan!

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Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

“We now know why parents have been ignored by the SBOE. The TEA plans to put all children on 1:1 devices with gamification to replace traditional educators and textbooks. They created Math Innovation Zones and partnered with Reasoning Mind and three other vendors to implement blended learning and computer adaptive assessments.”

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/black-gold-texas-tea-education-agency-lynn-davenport/

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Here is a post from a pro-homeschooling group:

Michigan residents – I was told by our local middle school principal that my 8th grade daughter could
do track in the spring. Now he is saying that it’s against the rules according to some Michigan althletic group. He said she has to be enrolled part time to be able to compete in meets. I’m not sure if what he is saying is true so I’m asking if anyone has any experience in this area. I plan on calling the althletic director as well to get more info. Thanks for any info!

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And here are some replies to this post:

Yes! It is we went though this with robotics.

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Ugh

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Try a private school? See if they require the same to participate in sports?

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Find out what part time enrollment looks like. She might be able to do track plus art, photography, or other subject suitable. You never know.
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How some of the public schools are doing is requiring for the students to enroll in a class.it helps them with government funding
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When I was a homeschool student in Michigan I knew multiple students who just took one or two classes like spanish or band or something so that they could play sports.
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Find a state homeschooling advocacy group.

In ohio we have it written into the law that our kids can participate in PS sports.

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That rule only applies to high school sports from what I have been told.
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[previous poster name withheld] is correct. But she must enroll for one extra-curricular for the winter semester in order to participate in 8th grade track and stay in until the end of the year. She will not be able to participate at the high school level per MHSAA rules – she would have to be in attendance at least 60%, or 4 classes, in order to qualify for high school sports.
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I am in WA and this is our first year homeschooling. Homeschoolers are allowed to participate in the extras. My 5th grader wanted to do band. So he had to be .003 credits enrolled. We can do the extras as in library, p.e., music, sports, etc…
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They did that I. Utah with a group my daughter wanted to join. And then when we agreed, they said we had to report our homeschooling curriculum and grades to them in detail. I told them they were my kids, they should report to me in detail. We walked away.
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Yes, we went through the same thing with band
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I know in IL, IHSA says no homeschooled kids at meets
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In MO the state allows part time students to do sports so my daughter enrolled in 2 classes then after 2.5 months the principal called me to said that it was against the district rules… so my 15 year d went to school board meeting asking for them to change and do what the state says is ok… and they denied us…. so I will continue to fight….
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Here is a post from a Nevada anti-Common Core group:
I just received this today from the school. ZCES TEACHER-PARENT HOME VISIT PROGRAM. All I have to say is don’t do it, this is not a parent teacher conference and is stated that it’s not. So there is an agenda with the schools.DO NOT ALLOW TEACHERS OR SCHOOL OFFICIALS INTO YOUR HOMES. BEWARE!! This is an invasion of privacy and more about inspecting your home and family life. Don’t forget there are social workers assigned to Nevada school districts, if I remember upon initiation there were 9 or more. Parent teacher conferences, phone calls, emails, school visits should be sufficient communication with the teacher in order to help your child’s education in my opinion.
Nevada home visit
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And here are the replies to this post:
This is a Common Core component to spy on your family. They can collect additional data to be stored permanently on your child/s or family’s record. Social/emotional record?
I have followed CC across the world. In Scotland and or England, home visits were mandatory several years ago.
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I find this creepy!
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Nope, nope, nope. I don’t invite people into my home unless they need to be there. And the school district does not need to be in my home. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

I wonder what they will do if you say no?

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Perhaps you need to have a lawyer there is you let them in.
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This is an optional program. Washoe country also offers this program.
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Yeah I would pass
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I was thinking if this were me, I’d attach a nice note to it saying, “No thank you. Let me know what time I can come to the school like we’ve always done.” 😂
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I remember growing up our teachers would do pizza lunch or we would get to bring lunch to the classroom and those were the times teachers got to know us better. Kids spend more awake hours with their teachers then the do at home during the week if they can’t get to know my child in that time then they need to look into a different career choice.
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This notice was handed out to everyone in the school Facts & Flyers. As far as I know, I am not the only parent to receive this. Here is an article from the Nevada Appeal in 2016.
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After one visit from CPS for false allegations of abuse on my special needs daughter (for a documented injury) we homeschool. It’s frightening that they can make decisions like that.
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The concept is good but in this day and age I don’t trust anyone. And I’m sure teachers already have enough on their plate! Can’t imagine making them do this
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I don’t trust anyone in my children’s school district that’s for sure.
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I couldn’t get the teachers to stay after school hours to have a parent teacher conference and now they want to come to my home at a time I choose just to get to know us???
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right people sign up than all of a sudden the teacher is too busy to come so “oh we don’t want to stand you up so we sent this social worker instead!” I am afraid thats how it will go!
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thanks for pointing that out. I never even thought of that scenario, I bet you’re right. Wow!
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that’s exactly how it goes!! Here in Washoe county it’s never the teacher that goes it’s the school counselor and parent facilitator, they collect data and it’s usually on the low income and on assistance families, so wrong 😡
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It looks like at least right now it is optional but I would keep my eye on it!
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Hopefully Douglas County parents will be an absolute “No” on this…the public school system is nobody’s friend, and they have no reason to be snooping around our homes. There is no good reason to voluntarily allow the government into your home – meeting at school as usual is always the best choice.

This is based on “community organizing principles”, according to the website of the company that profits off this program. Leave the “community organizing” to the liberal big cities – we sure don’t need it in Douglas County, or anywhere else in rural America.

http://www.pthvp.org/

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Oh man, is the school spending money on this? Please say no. 🤦‍♀️
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Apparently they are. The PTHV website says that training sessions are $500 plus travel and expenses. Looks like a Washoe District staff member named D’Lisa Crain is who brought it into Nevada first. She discusses the program at a conference in 2016 – starts at 3:35 in this video and continues to 5:00. Note that she says “sometimes we don’t have an agenda, but just want to get to kknow the parents”. The official sales pitch says that they never have an agenda, but looks like that’s not the case:
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A home visit does not have to be done by a licensed psychologist. Too professional, stiff. This can be done by what we had in MN, home school laisons who were from the same culture as those visited. These psychologists are not trained teachers nor do they have to have experience with those of different cultures. A Bill Gates mandate.
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So extra creepy
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WHAT the heck?!!
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Fuck NO! A stealth way to see if there is anything that needs to be reported to CPS! What a parent-teacher meeting in a classroom places constraints to get to know each other?
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I agree with you!
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I did this while I was teaching in Washoe County and to be quite honest it helped me build really amazing relationships with my students and their families. It was not mandatory for me and the parents had the option of home visits. Nothing was ever required.
The guidelines were that we were not to discuss anything academic. It was all about spending time and getting to know my students in their own space. They were so excited.I had some students with pretty severe behavior issues that I do believe home visits helped. Just taking the time to spend time with them was everything and I feel that it built a great foundation of trust, which was very important with my students and the environment they grow up in.
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I’m glad to hear your perspective
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That’s weird but at least it’s a permission slip.
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So far I’ve heard one positive perspective from a teacher of course but, are there any positive accounts from parents that have actually had a teacher/school appointed person home visit? I have yet to hear any parents point out how it helped their children or family. I’ve heard the exact opposite. As my form states, the reason for the home visits is for “educational success and/or academic benefit”. As [name withheld] (above) said her guidelines were not to discuss academics.
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I think, however not 100% sure, that the “educational success and/or academic benefit“ could mean that having a teacher invested in a student’s home life and school life can benefit a student greatly and benefit open communication between parent and teacher. At least that’s how I interpreted it. There something amazing that happens when you are invited to a family dinner with one of your students or getting to sit down in their room and have them show me all of their favorite toys. Again this is how I used my home visits and all of the teachers at my school that did home visits did as well.

To my knowledge in Washoe County home visits are more common in lower socioeconomic schools so you likely won’t be hearing positive outcomes from
Parents because statistically parents from these areas don’t use social media to discuss such things or they don’t discuss it outwardly at all.

I would be very wary as a parent and a teacher if this was mandatory.

**a side note about me…yes I was a teacher but I left because the way I want to teach versus the way the school districts want me to teach (out of a box basically) greatly conflict. I have strong opinions on standardized testing and why we should limit testing. Im also a proponent for more recess time. I worked in Clark County and they only give students 15 mins a day of recess. I’m also a mom with my child in public school (kinder), which I find very stressful because of what I do know about teaching. I’ve been on the fence about homeschooling him to be honest.

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I honestly think a better idea would be to have more regular meet ups with the family at school. A semester or quarterly parent teacher meeting for 15 min isn’t enough. How about getting together bi-monthly for 15 min just to talk abut how things are going. Give the parents a chance to get to know the teacher and vice visa. Honestly, even though I volunteered a lot, I didn’t know the teachers at all.
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Absolutely agree! This would be very beneficial for most parents. On the flip side I think it could be difficult for parents who have to work though. I had a really hard time getting parents to come to conferences because the risk losing that money just that day could be detrimental for their budgets. This is just from my perspective of working in lower socioeconomic areas. If the schools could be flexible with evening conferences that would be ideal.
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maybe it could be a phone call or Skype even. Just anything to get to make that connection stronger. I have always tried to be involved, but I can’t tell you how many friends I have that really don’t know what their kids are doing at school or who they spend time with for 7hrs a day. 😔
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I can’t believe what I’m reading on this.
Sounds as though,the school system is upset,parents are putting a stop to the indoctrination of our children. How better to reprimand parents, than have the ability to enter your home, and harass.
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This is fucking weird, pardon my mouth. I would feel invaded, we are not friends or family. If I need to talk to teachers, I do. Same with them, give me a call. My hopes, my hope is that garbage core curriculum is dumped so I can stop reteaching basics at home
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Here is a post from a Washington anti-Common Core group:

Well, one of our schools districts in WA State have made the international news!
Wonder how OSPI feels about their polices now…

“A spokesperson for the Kent School District told the BBC that children got 20 minutes for lunch and 15 minutes for play but that when Mrs Matava visited time had been cut short: “This can happen when classes arrive late to the lunch room or another class takes longer to clean up.”

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45746765

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And here are the replies to this post:

Kids NEED unstructured play time…through middle school.

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Yes, I agree. Unfortunately, recess is next up for rules and structure. It’s sad.

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DrPeterGray has scientifically linked so many dangers too, to the reduction of unstructured play in these years. 😦 even later-in-life suicide rates go up 😦 , and most importantly for the bean-counters of CCSS, achievement goes UP when more unstructured play is added to the day.

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Opstad Elementary in North Bend is the same. They switched to recess before lunch this year but didn’t include additional
travel/line up time in between lunch and recess. My child’s teacher actually tried to complain that my child was taking too long to eat. Excuse me, 10 mins isn’t enough time. Until this is fixed all complaints from staff are null and void in my opinion.

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Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

Hat Tip Lynne M Taylor who wrote…

“A Quick Review:

Sept. 4th, 2018: I showed you the real agenda for the ‘defacto’ government educratic moves. These moves are the same ones as the globally led moves: bare minimum academics and heaps of workforce skill preparation.

Sept. 6th, 2018: DeVos signs the G20 Education Declaration. Her trip to Argentina was on our taxpayer dime to agree to the G20 (Group of 20) global education.

Sept. 18th, 2018: The in-depth look behind the new morality assessments ties to global education in big ways. This will ensnare Americans quicker than we are prepared for IF we do not arm ourselves NOW.

Next, in the phase to complete America’s shift in education to workforce prep:
Oct. 3rd, 2018, I showed you the latest initiative of UNICEF: “Generation Unlimited” .

Also for clarity:
The G20 Declaration for education was about getting the agreeing countries to align to THEIR plan. UN/UNESCO framework, agenda and all gels right in with the G20 Declaration on purpose.”

Click below to read where this is all going…

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2018/10/08/phase-one-complete/

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Here is a post that was shared by a friend of mine:

“Democrats have been preparing for the day, when they begin to lose their foothold, in destroying our Constitution, taking America down and giving over our sovereignty to the New World Order. They have had and used a contingency that they have developed for the last 60 years. Ask yourself, if you are over 60 years old, what was the attitude of “the people” like, when you were a teenager?

Why, how, what, has happened, to our youth, that so many, so young, all of a sudden, are stirred to aggressive, angry, physically assaulting, because of a political ideology? When you were that age, did you have such a patriotic concern or such a political interest in Socialism or Communism, or Fascism or any other ideology of national or world government? Or were you 98% concerned with fast cars, food, boys and girls, music, finding a job, getting your own place, independence, etc., etc.?

Our young are coming out of school prepared, but prepared for what? To March with VAGINA suits? To join with radical BLM? To fight in the streets for Socialism, free school, free rent, free medical care, literally suing parents for the RIGHT to live in their basements? To join, fight, and attack conservatism with a distorted ANTI-FA? Are they so IGNORANT as to not understand that ANTI-FA stands for ANTI-FASCIST, yet they attack, at school and in the streets, anyone saying or attempting to say, anything they disagree with. The very definition of “Fascism”? They will riot and set fire to their schools for even inviting a conservative speaker, a conservative opinion, a conservative ideology.

Where, how, who gave birth to this mentality, concept? How did a generation of females suddenly think that all men are mysogenist. Why are more men becoming mysandrists? Why and who set racism back 60 years? What happened to the foundation of America, “THE FAMILY”, the value and necessity of a mother, a father, children all in the home?

The key word to the young of today is RESIST. Resist what? All that has been previously thought of as conservatism or decency? In short…YES! Who would want to create that, teach that to our young? Does anyone think, in their wildest imagination, that our youth thought all this up, by themselves, that they naturally evolved to this?

Of course and it’s natural for the young wanting to be grown-up too soon. Stubborn. Resist authority and defy limitations of freedoms that they think they are ready for and deserving of. YES. WE all went through that. But it was controlled, limited, the responsibility of the parents, the adults, to require that the young demonstrate and earn the rights for more responsibility and freedoms. It was a societal, natural responsibility of parents to teach and educate and contain the youth. WHAT HAPPENED?

All parental authority, the value of “the family unit”, respect, common sense, patriotism, belief in a higher, perfect, godly authority was confiscated! Slowly and by the greatest tool of liberal, radical, government creep. It’s not a new plan, but the rebirth of something that was once crushed, for the horrid abuse that came from it.

Democrats revived Hitler’s, “Let me control the textbooks and I’ll control the state”. It began a long time ago but the left knew that it would not be received well by a nation full of patriotism, just out of two world wars, crushing fascism, nazi-ism, communism and Marx style dictator-socialism. So, like leftist government has always done, it was a “frog in the boiling water” and “Pavlov’s dog” used in a “government creep” plan. Slowly, unnoticed, methodically, effectively, relatively. The tool? The National Education Association, the United Nations and its version of the NEA, designed, built and activated by the same, UNESCO.

SLOWLY revise, edit, alter to their agenda, all textbooks. Confiscate and DESTROY parental authority, patriotism, the authority or belief in God. Point all education and authority to a New World Order. Then turn children (like Hitler) into lockstep soldiers. Send them into the streets, angry, disillusioned, brainwashed, indoctrinated to group-think by radical Marxist, communist teachers and professors.

Promise them everything free, utopia, pride in fixing everything that their evil, abusive parents of antiquated patriotism, ruined. Rid the text books of our founding, our founders, our Constitution and it’s “original intent”. Never allow the young, our future leaders to view, study, understand, discuss or debate, the FEDERALIST PAPERS or the construction of our Constitution. Distort, besmirch and redefine civic duty to a radical idiology. America is being taken down by our own Dept. of Education.”

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And here are some replies to this post:

Our education failed our kids! They knew better.
We stood up to them before common core when everyone gets a trophy. Not everyone should have a trophy. You want one you earn it! But we were being mean…kids don’t understand how to lose or work harder to achieve winning…but we were being mean,
The no more birthdays, no more Christmas, no more Easter. No more traditions, no more pledge of alliance, no more god! We ask and we got answers that’s just how our policy is because we don’t want to offend anyone…
We fight and get no where but yet teachers just went along with it because it’s a job and a paycheck.
Others didn’t want to stand up because they were afraid of what others would think about them and their child. Status quo was more important.
We live in a society where kids think they are entitled and throw hissy fits and parents shut them up by giving them what they want and never punishing their kids for bad behavior. It’s ugly

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Great job. Maybe consider replacing “Democrats” with “Progressives” (in both parties who have brought this mess on) whether by intent or complicity

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Oh, I assure you, both parties have responsibility in this mess. The Progressives and Dems are one and the same and the Republicans are so busy lining their pockets, like the Dems that they haven’t done a damn thing to prevent any of this. The assault on education was the utmost tool to take this nation into the abyss of the NWO.
NOT ALL teachers are a part of this mess and you encapsulated the rationale of “cooperate or it’s your job”.

All in all, the only correction now is to immediately remove any chance of government’s slime tentacles touching the education of any child in this country. Even given back to the states, education will have to have an overseer to keep uniformity and meet requirements. On the world stage, we have slipped from #3 to 37th and that’s pathetic.

I respect your profession and couldn’t imagine where we would be without you.

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I was a public school teacher, now a home school teacher for my own. I do appreciate your writing. But feel that the Repubs, progressive and not, should be called out equally. The sins of commission and omission, yes, are equally to blame. That’s all!

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My son is 10 years old. He understands. My daughter is 42 years old. She understands. My wife is 52 years old. We’re working on it but she sees what is happening. It’s our job to educate those around us.

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School became the uncensored baby sitter! Parents were more than glad to let school take over the burden of raising of our kids! And the education department made hay while the sun shone! Now we have a bunch of liberal sniveling brats! Not all of them, but way more than enough!

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When I was a teen we didn’t talk back to teachers or any other adult. If an adult told us to quiet down or to leave a place, we did even if the person was a complete stranger. There was none of these entitled demonstrations from students. There wasn’t any back talk ” F*** You! I don’t have to and you can’t make me.” We had respect for ourselves and for the rights of others. I doubt I will live long enough see America go back to those small town values. In my wildest dreams I never expected to live this long and to see the mess our society has become.

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Education can only be restored when true patriotic Americans rise up and say enough!
We need to unite to together or divided we will fall! We are up against the beast and if we sit by and do nothing, then nothing gets done. It’s beyond time to push back!

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Then BRAVO to you. “Home schooling parents” is another tid bit of statistics, which no one seems to be able to compile accurately. This is info that the left definitely doesn’t want out.

In case you didn’t know, 6 months ago, thanks to Nikki Haley, Pres Trump/BETSY DeVos, ordered our (the U.S.A.’s) withdrawel from UNESCO. THAT is the international version of our NEA, set up by the NEA in 1946 . THAT was exciting, yet drew not 1 word from the media. Google it! Very interesting. BETSY DEVOS, Secretary of Education, appointed by Trump is now working on legislation to make home schooling easier and school choice, THE LAW. I’M PRAYING!

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I’m on year #3. The school forced my hand by not providing her FAPE. What else could I do? Watching her fail was not an option

 

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FAPE?

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SpecEd term. Free Appropriate Public Education per IDEA

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It seems that Kent State University has cancelled their production of “West Side Story”.  The reason?  Too many whites were cast:  http://patriotnewsdaily.com/school-cancels-west-side-story-because-too-many-whites-were-cast/

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Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

Now, understanding that it was the Rand Corporation that developed the Delphi method, it makes the Women on the Wall interview I had with Diana Anderson, and what we were told during it even more interesting.

Click to learn more…

http://www.voicesempower.com/dephi-technique-used-to-force-21st-century-learning-into-schools-across-america/

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And here are some replies to this post:

Did you know that Darling-Hammond used to work for RAND?

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Wow, Very interesting, I did not know that

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From wiki:
In 1985, after completing her doctorate degree program, she began working as a Social Scientist for the RAND Corporation. Darling-Hammond was a Senior Social Scientist and Director of the RAND Education and Human Resources Program when she departed for academia in 1989.

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Huge Dot to connect!! Thank you!!

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

My son is on 5th grade. Apparently, there is a rule, that if the substitute writes a child up, it is an automatic after school detention. It doesn’t matter what the infraction is. There were several students, including my son, who have to serve detention. What are your thoughts on this?

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And here are some replies to this post:

Wow, ever since time, substitutes have seen the kids from different sides. Kids take advantage of them, they test to see how far they can get with them. That’s kids for you. Definitely do not agree with this rule. It’s stupid and unfair.

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That was my thought. I know my son shouldn’t have gotten put of his seat so much. But the homeroom teacher has this blanket rule. Our schools ate truly prisons.

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Here is another post by Alice Linahan:

Hat Tip [name withheld] who wrote…

“I did not allow my son to use a school issued Chromebook this year. I actually read the contract the school asked for me to sign. I printed it, and all of the hyper links attached. The technology user agreement totaled more than 70 pages when I opened every hyper link that was provided. That did not include all of the user agreements that are a part of every app that is front loaded onto the Chromebooks. They want you to check a box and agree so your child can be educated in school with a device. When you check that box you are “agreeing” to all of the verbiage in those terms of use agreements. Do you even know what they say? I do…well, for most of them. I printed off every page. That is why I refused to sign.

I work in contracts every day. I write them and I read them. I have for over 20 years now. I actually printed off the entire contract provided electronically by the school. I was horrified by what I saw. Understand this…this is not an indictment on my school. EVERY school is or will be doing the same thing. In order to get accreditation our schools are being forced to use technology. Technology is expensive and changes rapidly. Google provides the cloud and its “services” for free or greatly reduced cost. In exchange, the school must have consent. If you have parents “agree” to their terms of use, then the data belongs to Google. When you sign off, you are giving away your child’s rights to privacy. They tell you that they will own your child’s “intellectual property”. Thus, the Chromebooks come at a great price. There is a cost involved, it is just not to the school. Data is the new oil. Think about that for a second.

Ask yourself, what is being collected and where is it going? How could this harm my child? How could this affect him/her later in life? Who has this information and where is it being stored?

There is a war going on for the hearts and the minds of our children. Never forget that. YOU are the gatekeeper if you are the parent.

Google is in the news daily right now for how shady they are. They are in the news for good reason.

Please invest in watching this movie and understanding. This is a huge deal. HUGE. There is much more to this story. But, for today here is a good place to start.

You can watch it for FREE on Amazon Prime. It is worth the time to educate yourself on TRUTH.”

https://www.thecreepyline.com

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The state of New Jersey has told schools to allow kids to “change genders” even if their parents don’t know about it or wouldn’t want it to happen:  https://www.nj.com/education/2018/10/nj_transgender_students_parental_notification.html

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Here is a post from a Nevada anti-Common Core group.  It was in reply to a shared post of the Alice Linahan Chromebook post I posted to this blog earlier:

it keeps getting worse and worse…Of course NV chose the Chromebooks as the offical Nevada Ready 21 Devices. They spent at least $20 Million so Google could harvest our childrens data. Some state AG’s have filed lawsuits against Goolge. Adam Laxalt was (is) not interested in filing this type of lawsuit against Google. https://www.prnewswire.com/…/ctl-awarded-contract-for…

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Here is a post from a friend of mine.  It is from last year but still relevant:

“EUREKA 3RD Grade math, this is stupidity! I am outraged ! 10 minutes”.

stupid common core math

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Here is a post from a conservative Texas page:

A couple weeks ago we shared a disturbing finding that Forth Worth kindergartners were being exposed to transgender sex education without parental consent. Unfortunately, this was not just isolated to Forth Worth, and many other school districts have similar policies.

https://standfortexaskids.com/…/transgendersexedtexasprobl…/

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And here are some replies to this post:

The reason Texas education has gotten so liberal is because all the Conservatives have retreated to private or homeschool. Fight back, Texans! Not everyone can homeschool or private school. Fight back for your community, your neighbors, the future leaders! FIGHT!
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Most conservatives are not homeschooling or in private school that’s just a fraction of people doing it, they just don’t say anything. It’s like we have given up at times or are afraid seems like. You know being called intolerant and bigots… 😳😓 all the name calling and hateful words you get when you disagree with the liberal agenda. I agree we need to push back.
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the overwhelming majority of USA public school textbooks are printed in Texas yet my Katy school doesn’t use textbooks. Those in Austin making decisions about our schools are obviously predominantly liberal.
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As a retired public (and private ) school teacher and librarian, I think this is sick! Thank goodness I am retired; otherwise I would probably be fired because this mess would never be on my library shelves!
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exactly the same with me!!! I left whenthey started issuing in LGBT propaganda! As a (then) 3 yr old preschool teacher is was told i WOULD welcome same sex parents into my class as visitors to share alternative family lifestyles! ( along with puppets, puzzles, books, movies, role play, etc)….
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you are so wise,God bless you!
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The problem is, it is going on everyday and there is always something worse. It makes me sick that the government gets away with this
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This is probably another reason why the Lord allowed me to retire last June .I can’t handle to teach about this topic.If they put a mandatory teaching moral values,I would say,I will be willing to go back and teach.
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As soon as I saw this story and that my district was on the article, I contacted my principal and asked if any of these books exist at my kids elementary library. She replied no. But article stipulates they exist at libraries in my district so please fight! Push back! Don’t stop fighting even if your kids attend private schools. Help your community! Push back for the parents of SpED kids who can’t attend private school and need public school services! Please fight back!
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I think all Texas elementary schools participate in the Bluebonnet reading program. I saw this year’s list and most of the 20 books seem to push a liberal agenda.
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Parents must start attending School Board meetings and join your child’s PTA. If you don’t get active in what is happening in the schools, leftists will push their undercover agenda on your children. Monitor what they learn and talk to them about it.
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This just adds to the list of reasons why my future children will be homeschooled. This is just plain ridiculous.
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This is what Socialists do, take parental rights away! Just heard a story about Sweden where a couple refused a total body scan for their two year old who fell and broke her leg. The state told them that they are just employees raising that child for the state. Because they get free health care and other state benefits, they are employees of the state. Is that what we would be trading our freedom for. Wake up,you people who think that Socialism just means free stuff.
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This is why my grandkids will NEVER see the inside of a public school. Totally disgusting that these schools push their own fake (not supported by science or facts) agendas on innocent children. Brainwashing 101 🤬
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I was born and raised in Fort Worth. It was a great place to be raised! Now not so much! It makes me ashamed to be associated with it now. It is time for me to cut all ties with FortWorth! The city and schools don’t even know that they should be ashamed for their actions! They’re even are proud of their actions! Bye FortWorth you have sunk to low for me!
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Here is a post from a Nevada anti-Common Core group:
PLEASE POST ALL 1:1 DEVICE AND STUDENT DATA MINING INFO. UNDER THIS POST.
Good Psychology Today article!
Bottom line, keep your kids away from “screen time” while at school: 1:1 Devices, “Free” third party software and apps., and the SBAC test.
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And here are the many replies to this post:
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Here are the schools that were foolish enough to take the money,
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Nevada managed to make the worst possible choice, Google Chromebooks. “Just last month, for example, the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. It alleges, among other charges, that Google is violating the voluntary Student Privacy Pledge by tracking the millions of students who use its Apps for Education tool suite when they venture to other Google applications such as Maps and YouTube, THEN USING THE INFORMATION TO CREATE BEHAVIORAL PROFILES.” (emphasis added) http://www.edweek.org/…/analytics-in-k-12-schools-big…
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ERE IT IS – at about 1:37:55, school disticts not paying ‘with money’ for Google Apps. for Education. Instead they are paying by giving Google student data. If you can watch 30 minutes start at 1:30:17https://youtu.be/zWgfszB03V0?t=5842
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Hidden computer algorithms in schools: Personalized Learning #RobotTeachinghttp://missourieducationwatchdog.com/hidden-computer…/
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“Nationwide, providers of computer software, wireless, devices and online curricula are becoming entrenched in education. New tech tools are essential. Yet who is watching for conflicts of interest, student data mining, screen-caused student vision problems or other potential pitfalls? Our boards of education should be.”
An even bigger question: Who is making money off children in this vast educational experiment?” http://www.baltimoresun.com/…/bs-ed-county-technology…
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Here is the email I sent to several Incline Village parents and community members titled Do NOT Opt your child into the 1:1 Program at IHS On 4/29/16 there was a private meeting at Incline High School between Superintendent Davis, several high ranking Washoe County School District (WCSD) employees, Incline High School administration, and the Incline High School (IHS) Boosters Board to discuss a new 1:1 program at IHS. I was told by: Incline High School Principal Hermann, Vice Principal Yoxsimer, a couple high ranking district employees, and Superintendent Davis I could not attend the meeting because I was only a booster’s member and not a booster’s board member. I know one community member with no children or grandchildren in Incline schools who was invited to the meeting. Prior to the meeting WCSD Trustee Howard Rosenberg, and WCSD Trustee candidate Bill Horn let WCSD district employees including Superintendent Davis know what they thought:

WCSD Trustee Howard Rosenberg:
“You go to the meeting on Friday. If anyone stops you, tell them that Trustee Rosenberg said for you to be there. And if they want to start the third world war they won’t let you stay. It’s really very simple. Every one of those kinds of meetings should be subject to the open meeting law. So go, OK!”

Bill Horn Former IVGID General Manager and WCSD Trustee candidate in District G:
“John has a right to speak at the meeting.”

The local administrators and superintendent did not waiver; I honored their request and did not attend the meeting. I did not want to start world war three, or speak. I told Superintendent Davis, I just wanted to listen and learn more about a proposed 1:1 program that would impact all Incline children when the get to high school.

THIS IS A TERRIBLE WAY TO START A NEW PROGRAM THAT WILL LIKELY BE SOLD BY IHS ADMINISTRATORS AS A WAY TO IMPROVE EDUCATION AT OUR HIGH SCHOOL!

I know most of the members of the IHS Boosters Board and in my opinion they are good people trying to do something good for the students of IHS. I was encouraged by WCSD employees to meet with a couple members of the booster’s board before the Friday meeting, so I did. It was apparent to me the board’s intentions are good; but unfortunately it was also very clear they had no idea about the Student Data Mining aspects of student issued 1:1 devices.

After the private meeting Vice Principal Yoxsimer sent me an email saying the 1:1 program would be an opt-in program at IHS. He also said parents who don’t want their child to participate will have more traditional types of assignments.

Our high school is so small I hope students who do NOT opt-in to the 1:1 program continue to get an excellent education. In the 2016 IHS graduating class we have at least two students who will be attending Ivy League colleges, and other students who will be attending top universities around the country – all of them had, “more traditional types of assignments,” taught by excellent IHS teachers.
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In a 1:1 program a student will be assigned a laptop or tablet. That student will be the only one who ever uses that device; making it easy for software providers and companies like this,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr7Z7ysDluQ#t=288
to view, store, analyze, and share information about the student.

Here are a few articles where experts speak about student data issues with 1:1 devices:

Title – Surveillance Society: Students easy targets for data miners
“The growing education technology sector is selling the promise of improved student achievement through websites, apps and tools that analyze each child’s strengths and weaknesses. In doing so, though, ed tech companies are lapping up unprecedented amounts of information about students, while laws provide little protection and privacy policies vary wildly.”
“‘Parents are very nervous, and rightfully so, when third parties are empowered to build dossiers on their children,’ said Joel Reidenberg, a Fordham Law School professor who wrote a 2013 study on data privacy in public schools.”
http://www.post-gazette.com/…/Surv…/stories/201508230018

Title – Children’s privacy at risk from software used in schools
“These interactive programs, marketed by private vendors, frequently use sophisticated software that collects massive amounts of highly personal information about the student’s behaviors, mindsets, and attitudes – the ’21st-century’ psychological skills that the government thinks he should have.”
Jane Robbins Esq.
http://getschooled.blog.myajc.com/…/opinion-digital…/

Title – Common Core: Who’s Watching the Kids?
“This data will be stored forever, and parents will have very, very limited access to it, if any at all.”
Mary Anne Marcella and Cort Wrotnowski
http://www.americanthinker.com/…/_common_core_whos…

In my opinion the biggest problem with a 1:1 device is the collection, storage, analyzing, and sharing of student data, but there are other issues with school issued 1:1 devices and screen time in general, learn more here.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/…/the-hidden-agenda…

BOTTOM LINE – IF YOUR CHILD USES A SCHOOL ISSUED 1:1 DEVICE YOU WILL HAVE NO IDEA WHAT DATA IS COLLECTED AND STORED, HOW IT WILL BE ANALYZED, WHO WILL GAIN ACCESS TO IT, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY HOW IT WILL EFFECT THEIR FUTURE.

My suggestion do NOT opt your child into the 1:1 program at IHS.

There are many things going on in Nevada that impact your child and their data that you have no control over, (I will talk more about them in the next email), but keeping your child away from a school issued 1:1 device, and away from the SBAC test, are two things you can do to help protect their data.

To learn more about 1:1 devices and Student Data Mining in general look at the pinned post here,
https://www.facebook.com/groups/456644794408223/

Please forward this email to other Incline Village parents, especially parents of 8-11th graders. If you would like to discuss this in person this please contact me.

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This article links to others that shows devices do NOT lead to increased student performance.http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/…/schools-might-want…
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Here’s the email I sent to Incline parents and community members, titled: Candidates – Student Data 6/04/16

Several people have asked me about the candidates in the upcoming primary. In regards to protecting student data here is what I know:
The Pupil Information Privacy Protection Initiative (PIPPI) would amend the Nevada Constitution to protect our children’s data.
https://nebula.wsimg.com/4ddd8f529db515f2f229b7b479c6a15a…

SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEE DISTRICT A:
DALE RICHARDSON signed the PIPPI.
The two candidates running against Dale have not.

SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEE AT-LARGE DISTRICT G:
David DeSilva has or would have signed the initiative but he has dropped out of the race.
Bill Horn will not sign the PIPPI but he spoke up against Washoe County School District’s Private Meeting at Incline High School to change the best high school in the district.
https://www.nevadansagainstcommoncore.com/wcsd-holds…
Mr. Horn is in favor of the tax increase for school renovations and construction, he is a good communicator, and he is concerned about student data mining.
http://www.rgj.com/…/embattled-school-board…/80064884/

Greg Hudson is against the tax increase, he would probably sign the PIPPI if someone presented it to him. Mr. Hudson is not nearly as polished as Mr. Horn.

In my opinion, when it comes to protecting student data Katy Simon is the worst candidate.

STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 26 (Incline Village):
LISA KRASNER signed the initiative.
Jason Guinasso refused to sign.
In my opinion Ms. Krasner will work to protect student data and Mr. Guinasso will work to maintain the status quo (1-7 below).

UNITED STATES SENATE:
Both SHARRON ANGLE and
BILL TARBELL
signed the PIPPI.

I am very busy selling real estate and do not know if anyone else in any race has been asked to sign the petition.
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There are only a few Student Data Mining activities Nevada parents can opt-out of. In order, by amount of student data available to third parties who otherwise would have little to no data on our children:
A) School issued 1:1 devices
B) Free third party websites and applications affiliated with your school
C) SBAC testing

Here is what we as Nevada residents have no control over and can not opt-out of:

1) The U.S. Department of Labor will: “follow individual student(s) from pre-school through their work life.”
https://www.doleta.gov/performance/workforcedataquality.cfm

2) The U.S. Department of Education wants states to collect over 400 Attributes of data on every child.
http://nces.ed.gov/…/datamodel/eiebrowser/techview.aspx…
Some of these Attributes have over 200 Code Sets of data. Take a look at Code Sets that are part of the Attribute titled: DISEASES, ILLNESS AND OTHER HEALTH CONDITIONS.

3) At least 47 states, including Nevada, took over $612 Million dollars from the federal government to create Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems that are compatible. Student data will be shared between states, probably with the federal government, and possibly with third parties.
http://nces.ed.gov/Programs/SLDS/stateinfo.asp
Nevada calls their pre-K through work force data tracking system NPWR (Nevada P-20 to Workforce Research Data System). People call it a, “cradle to grave” data tracking system.
http://npwr.nv.gov/about
Student data is never deleted.
http://www.reviewjournal.com/…/nevadas-new-super-data…

4) The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) told us NPWR: “Will follow INDIVIDUAL students progress from pre-K through high school all the way to the work force. The system will help DIRECT students to the type of college or career ready jobs, and into a field which will allow them a successful outcome for both the student and their state.”
http://mynews4.com/…/nevada-wins-4-million-grant-for…

5) The K-12 subset of NPWR is called the System of Accountability Information in Nevada (SAIN); it is maintained by the NDE and at least one third party.
file:///C:/Users/John/Downloads/Legislative%20Information%20Packet-FINAL.pdf
About a year ago the SAIN collected this data, file:///C:/Users/John/Downloads/Data%20Dictionary%207.15%20(2).pdf
The amount of data has or will likely expand in the future.

6) STUDENT DATA STORED BY INFINITE CAMPUS, IN WASHOE COUNTY AND ALL DISTRICTS IN THE STATE, IS UPLOADED NIGHTLY TO SAIN.
https://thejournal.com/…/Nevada-Selects-Statewide-Data…

7) During the 2015 Nevada Legislative Session SB 463 would have protected student data. At the 11th hour SB 463 was gutted with Amendment 934,
https://www.leg.state.nv.us/…/Amendm…/A_SB463_R2_934.pdf
The amendment removed the language stating our childrens Personally Identifiable Information (PII) belongs to us or the student. So in NV pupil PII does not belong to the pupil or parent. We still do not know who gutted SB 463, but we do know both Amazon and Infinite Campus testified publically against protecting student data.

You can not opt-out of any of the Student Data Mining mentioned in 1-7 above. Whatever data is stored, analyzed, and likely shared on your child will never be deleted and could impact their future.

A couple of years ago my wife and I spent four hours going over the SAIN data being stored by the Nevada Department of Education on our four children. We discovered a lot of mistakes.
http://news.heartland.org/…/nevada-officials-seeing…

Questions:
Do you know what data is being stored on your children? If it is accurate?
Who it will be shared with?
How it will affect their future?

Under current Nevada and federal law, you do not have control over items 1-7 above; you do however have control over items A, B, and C.

To learn more about Student Data Mining join our Facebook page: Protect Nevada Children,
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1633653620234619/

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Many NV schools use Edmodo’s website. Has you child been using it without your consent? Please know Edmodo is a free service for schools and teachers. What does/will Edmodo with all the data they are collecting on our children? “5 Business Transfers – If Edmodo, or some all of its assets were acquired or otherwise transferred, or in the unlikely event that Edmodo goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information may be transferred to or acquired by a third party.”http://coreconcerns.weebly.com/…/has-your-child-been… Edmodo’s full Privacy Policy, https://www.edmodo.com/privacy#policy
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“Privacy advocates worry about the impact students’ data could have on their lives decades later
What if a child’s performance in a fifth-grade gym class could be used to set the rate for a life insurance policy when they’re 50? What if a computer program advertised interactive tutoring when your child struggled with long division?Privacy advocates worry these scenarios could become reality as schools increasingly rely on outside companies to collect, manage and analyze the massive amount of data gleaned from standardized tests, transcripts, individual education programs and even cafeteria purchases.”http://www.eschoolnews.com/…/student-data-mining-is-a…/
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“Khaliah Barnes, director of the student privacy project for the Electronic Privacy Information Center, can imagine another scenario: Companies with rich student dossiers could market aptitude and attitude profiles to college admissions or corporate recruiting offices.

‘As an employer, that’s the sort of profile I would want to buy: Who can solve a problem quickly? Who has the tenacity to finish all the problems? Who drops off quickly?’ Barnes said.”

“A model state bill drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative lobbying group, could make such targeting more likely; it would set up a central state database for student records and allow colleges or businesses to browse them in search of potential recruits.

Companies might also seek to mine student profiles to find customers uniquely vulnerable to their sales pitches. For instance, young adults who struggled with high-school math could be bombarded with ads for high-priced payday loans, Barnes said.

Such prospects may sound far-fetched, but the recent White House report on big data acknowledged it as a very real possibility. Data collected on children as they take advantage of educational services ‘COULD BE USED TO BUILD AN INVASIVE CONSUMER PROFILE OF THEM ONCE THEY BECOME ADULTS’ the report concluded.” (Emphasis added)
http://www.politico.com/…/data-mining-your-children…
http://www.politico.com/…/data-mining-your-children…

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“Yes, parents ‘distrust’ the state longitudinal data systems (SLDS) — because they can’t get straight answers about what data is collected and with whom it is shared; because data-mining proponents speak of collecting data on their children’s ‘affective states’; because under current federal law and regulations, access to personally identifiable information (PII) is available to researchers, tech companies, multiple federal agencies, and even “volunteers”; and because recent congressional hearings have exposed the horrifying lack of data security within the U.S. Department of Education [HERE and HERE].

Parents also object that in too many cases, government collects and discloses their children’s data without parental consent. They don’t appreciate hearing that it’s just too much trouble to get their consent or that their right to protect their children’s privacy by opting out of data-collection is secondary to having full data sets for “research” (as was discussed in the March House hearing’ that Leong touts).

Nor is ‘trust’ engendered when data-collection involves psychologically profiling innocent children to provide the ‘individual and micro data advocated by Leong, using creepy, Orwellian devices such as those described in a recent op-ed in U.S. News and World Report and rebutted here:

‘They also measure and monitor things like students’ saccadic eye patterns as students learn from visual and textual information sources, data from sensors tracking facial expressions and posture, and more. These data are all fine-grained, reflecting students’ learning processes, knowledge, affective states . . . .’“

http://thepulse2016.com/…/memo-to-big-data-parents-are…/

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Re-posting because this is SO IMPORTANT. All these free third party education software companies like: Google, Edmodo, Prezi, ClassDoJo, Microsoft and others are paid for their products with OUR CHILDREN’S DATA.
(watch from 1:37:45 to 1:43:00)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWgfszB03V0…
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Yahoo can’t keep the data of it users safe. “Yahoo suspects the thief acted on behalf of a government.” Can all these third party education software and applications companies keep our children’s data safe? I’m referring to companies like: Google, Microsoft, Edmodo, Class Dojo, etc. and all the parties they will share our children’s personal data with.
http://money.cnn.com/…/tec…/yahoo-data-breach/index.html
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http://www.nytimes.com/…/technology/yahoo-hackers.html…
In the last few days we learned of several data hackings including:
1) Pippa Middleton, the sister of Kate Middleton the Duchess of Cambridge, has had her iCloud account hacked:
http://www.aol.com/…/pippa-middletons-icloud…/21478265/
2) First Lady Michelle Obama, Bill Gates, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Ashton Kutcher and several other “famous” people information was hacked and posted:
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-24284277
3) Yahoo just announces hackers stole data on 500 million users in 2014:
http://www.nytimes.com/…/technology/yahoo-hackers.html…
Can Infinite Campus, the Nevada Department of Education, Google, Microsoft, Edmodo, Class Dojo, Nearpod, and all the people these entities share students personal data with possibly keep our children’s personal data safe? I think we all know the answer to this question is NO.
WHY ARE WE ALLOWING ALL THESE THIRD PARTIES TO COLLECT, STORE, SHARE, AND ANALYZE OUR CHIDLREN’S MOST PEROSNAL DATA?
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You have to see it with your own eyes to believe the incompetence and lack of transparency the WCSD Board of Trustees exhibited at the board meeting on 9/27/16. (from 31:03 to 38:23)
https://youtu.be/njM4BrnXu6Y?t=1863
The trustees voted to accept a $250,000 anonymous donation for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) (page 3).
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/…/Anonymous_Donation_for…Will this anonymous party that just donated a quarter million dollars to WCSD profit by any possible psychological profiles created via the SEL; if not will the donor somehow facilitate student psychological profiling; or are they simply a good Samaritan that wants to remain anonymous? The board will not answer the question: “Do you know who the donor is?”
http://townhall.com/…/why-does-your-congressman-want-to…
http://truthinamericaneducation.com/…/noncognitive…/
http://www.nytimes.com/…/tools-for-tailored-learning…
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“The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) has already come to the defense of an accused vendor and not children, and knowing that the SIIA relies on access to student data and makes money off of edtech products, and now the SIIA is actively opposing student data privacy bills, it’s a little difficult for parents to put their trust in SIIA. It’s all about protecting the kids? $$$$”http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/siia-creators-of…/
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“Across the country, well-funded armies of technology lobbyists are mobilizing as part of a coordinated national effort to water down common-sense privacy protections for kids and parents.”
http://www.recode.net/2015/5/18/11562700/high-tech-hypocrisy
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The software is called, Summit Basecamphttps://www.washingtonpost.com/…/2580f9fe-80c6-11e6…
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It’s worse that I thought, I need to read the article and study the links a couple more times, but if these people get their way it is terrible for our children and the future of our country.http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/the-proposed-nsa…/
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NV one of only 17 states on another questionable list,http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/childhood-lost…/
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“The battle over who will direct the hearts and minds of children is intensifying. Within the dangerous labyrinth of Common Core standards, testing, and data-mining is the even more concerning ramp-up of Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Parents and teachers who believe in genuine education rather than pseudo-psychological evaluation are facing off against bipartisan big government and its affiliated corporations and foundations.”
https://www.conservativereview.com/…/think-common-core…
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The most alarming aspect of the SEL in Washoe County is the fact that CASEL, is “advancing SE competence assessment in a long-term collaboration with the Washoe County School District in Reno Nevada.” I believe what this means is CASEL and others will be keeping SEL records on our children! http://www.casel.org/from-casel/
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American School Counselor Association document titled: ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors
for Student Success:
K-12 College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Every Studenthttps://schoolcounselor.org/…/home/MindsetsBehaviors.pdf
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From the article: “The review of 20 recent studies covering four continents and more than 125,000 children found a ‘strong and consistent association between bedtime media-device use and inadequate sleep quantity, poor sleep quality, and excessive daytime sleepiness.’ Similar negative effects were found for children who had access to such devices, even if they did not use them before bedtime.”
http://www.edweek.org/…/warning-sounded-on-tech… nd the replies are good! (under article)
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Got a little air time on My News 4 to discuss Student Data Mining, or what a friend calls the spying on our children by third parties. WCSD is encouraging free third party software vendors “spying” on our children by giving teachers who use them better evaluations. We need to keep this issue on the front burner.
http://mynews4.com/…/parents-public-weigh-in-on-washoe…
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Student Data Mining and Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education – I thought he was going to defund the Dept. of Edu.
http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/dreambox-datamining…/
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Student Data Breach in MD, it is just a matter of time before this happens in Nevada.http://www.fredericknewspost.com/…/article_a7d3a2f7…
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Student Data Breach in Chicago, when will this happen in Reno or Las Vegas? http://www.chicagotribune.com/…/ct-chicago-school…
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Student and staff Data Breach in Katy TX. Counting the two posts above that is “at least” three Student data breaches in three months. It is just a matter of time until this will affect Nevada children.http://www.chron.com/…/Katy-ISD-warns-parents-after…
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Not only is the on-line PARCC a big student data mining tool for third parties students score worse on the on-line test than taking it with a pencil and paper. http://www.edweek.org/…/parcc-scores-lower-on-computer…
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I’ve listened to the whole program, but to save time start at around the 33 minute mark. IF YOU WANT TO LEARN WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR SCHOOLS THIS IS WELL WORTH AN HOUR OF YOUR TIME. Remember WCSD is one of the few districts in the country experimenting with Social and Emotional Learning.
https://soundcloud.com/…/women-on-the-wall-with-alison…
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She sums up the future of schools and Student Data Mining in four minutes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N54qNTeBOek
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This 10 minute video is a little hard for me to follow, but I think the information laid out is accurate.https://wrenchinthegears.com/…/how-did-the-department…/
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From Stop Common Core in Michigan Inc.: “Ms. DeVos supports allowing big technology companies to datamine children, 50,000 data points per hour, without parents knowing about it or ever seeing how the data are shared, used and profiled.

DeVos is Chair of The Philanthropy Round Table, a group that focuses on Venture Capital Philanthropy (and making “serious money“) and also promotes computer-based datamining and as an added bonus, this group Chaired by Devos is also excited about Common Core. You can read excerpts from their Blended Learning Guidebook here:”
http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/dreambox-datamining…/

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Good 37 minute presentation by a scholar, attorney, and privacy expert – Elana Zeide on the Ethical Use of Big Data in Education.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rz6nnRlHGI
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Data Breach in Nevada – I wonder how many kid’s data was compromised, I wonder who got access to it, I wonder if it will affect any of the children. Over time there will be more data breaches affecting the children of Nevada.
https://thenevadaindependent.com/…/state-doesnt-know…
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WCSD – THE CLOUD – INFINITE CAMPUS

Washoe County School District (WCSD) has made the decision to store all students personal Cumulative Files in The Cloud, the data will include:
“Perm. Card
Legal Documents
Birth Certificates
Internal Transcripts and
External Transcripts”
There are at least five entities involved with the data and/or data transfer.
(Also see Attachments A-D)
https://www.boarddocs.com/nv/washoe/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=AFATXQ7989A4

So far, parents cannot opt their K-12 children out of the Cloud based storage…
The District answered a few of our questions here are two of their answers:
Q: “Is the District liable if/when there’s a data breach?”
A: “There is no monetary liability for a FERPA violation. However, the District would be able to file a cause of action for a breach of contract as well as other legal actions for a data breach.”
Q: “Will the District be insuring themselves against a data breach?”
A: “The District is self-insured with an overage carrier. The District carries appropriate insurance for any negligent act committed by the District. Again, a data breach of this sort, would be the responsibility of the provider.”

I believe – if/when there is a data breach the District is “protected;” our children and their data is not.

Soon Infinite Campus (IC) will be a Cloud Based system so most of the data mentioned above and all other data IC has on our children will be stored by in a different cloud.

It appears IC has had at least five data breaches so far. According to an IC representative, “The only sure-proof way to prevent data breaches is to not collect it.”
https://lasvegassun.com/…/school-districts-new-data…/
http://completecolorado.com/…/probable-security-breach…/
http://www.pressherald.com/…/state-investigates-data…/

Every school district in the state uploads data via Infinite Campus to the NV Department of Education (NDE) nightly. The agreement between IC and the NDE says IC can share Confidential Information with individuals who have been “authorized” by IC. The NDE could not tell me who has been authorized by IC to receive our children’s most personal data.

No one can guarantee Nevada student data stored in the Cloud will not be breached. There was an unrelated data breach in Nevada last month, there will likely be others. No one knows how this data breach and those likely to occur in the future will affect our children and their future.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/…/nevada-takes-medical…/

Even if there is never a data breach we do not know how having all this data in the Cloud could affect the future of our children; in addition, we do not know who will be authorized by IC and then receive our children’s Confidential Information.

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NFINITE CAMPUS (IC) is the company Nevada uses statewide to store ALL data on students. Some of the data IC collects and stores is uploaded to the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) nightly. Soon Washoe County School District’s IC data will be stored in the cloud.

It appears Infinite Campus has had at least five data breaches so far. According to an IC’s COO, “The only sure-proof way to prevent data breaches is to not collect it.”
https://lasvegassun.com/…/school-districts-new-data…/
http://completecolorado.com/…/probable-security-breach…/
http://www.pressherald.com/…/state-investigates-data…/

The agreement between IC and the NDE says IC can share Confidential Information with individuals who have been “authorized” by IC [I have a copy of the document; if you want it message me].

The NDE could not tell me who has been authorized by IC to receive our children’s most personal data.

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I don’t think this stops “free” third party vendors from doing everything they want to do with our children’s data. I also think it does nothing to prevent Infinite Campus from sharing our children’s confidential information with anyone they “authorize.”http://www.privsecblog.com/…/nevada-expands-pi…/
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Read the Section titled: United Nations Push For Preschool Data http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/our-youngest-and…/
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Five moms talk about the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems most states, including Nevada, are currently using.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsAgopUDED0
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This doesn’t sound good for any of us,
https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/congress-is-poised…/…
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A Call for Fewer Screens in the Classroom
By Teacher, Amy Williams
March 21, 2017A colleague of mine recently invented a new buzzword: “screen-free reading.” It refers to the act of reading a book, article, or short story with words printed on paper. It is a guaranteed break away from the eye-fatiguing, familiar blue light on which students’ eyes are glued at school and at home.In a day and age in which professional educators are trying out new tech tools, and students are increasingly huddled around screens, a return to paper seems almost innovative—particularly since research comparing reading and writing on the computer vs. on paper supports screen-free classroom time to promote learning.I am not arguing for an abandonment of technology. Plenty of research supports the use of screen reading when it’s used to differentiate instruction for students effectively. Check the hashtag #edtech on Twitter and you’ll also find a deluge of teachers and administrators praising Google add-ons and touting the benefits of apps that promise to engage students, promote collaboration, and transform formative assessment. In my own classroom, I pilot new tools like Padlet and Socrative, and I rely on mainstays like Google Docs and Schoology. I like that English-language learners benefit from dictionary look-up functions in e-readers, and I won’t deny the convenience of apps that help students to annotate articles online.But I also won’t deny the power of paper to engage students and transform learning.Promoting CollaborationA common argument for the use of technology in the classroom is that it promotes collaboration. When students write in groups using Google Docs, for instance, it’s easy for them to build on ideas and divvy up work. It’s also easy for me as a teacher to track their contributions and see their writing process. However, the interactive nature of technology platforms can also be illusory.
It’s easy for students to remain in their own discrete spaces and to avoid the difficult nature of interacting with peers when a screen functions as a mediating force. When my 7th grade students sit side by side without a screen I notice that the dynamic is, well, different. They make eye contact with each other more. They negotiate physical space and make a series of small decisions like: Who will hold the pen? How will they orient themselves so that multiple people can write at the same time?I think these small interactions might hold significance. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Computers in Human Behavior found that screen time has a negative effect on the ability of preteens to read facial cues. This study raises serious concerns about the long-term consequences of technology use on social skills development among school-age children. As our students spend more and more time in front of screens at home and in school, it is worth considering how classrooms can be a space for students to initiate spoken dialogue and to practice reading body language.Increasing FocusA 2016 study at Michigan State University found a correlation between laptop usage in university classes and lower test scores. Even students who were bright and motivated couldn’t resist the temptation to peruse social media sites and read emails in class. In a K-12 setting, teachers often more closely monitor students’ internet usage. However, it seems naive to assume that an engaging lesson paired with a clearly stated internet-usage policy is enough to prevent inappropriate multitasking.The fact remains that an open Instagram window is infinitely more interesting than any lesson to a typical teenager—who may be a pro at getting around a school’s firewalls, but not a pro at self-restraint. I agree that students need to learn how to use the internet appropriately and to be critical readers of digital content.But does that mean that they need to read and interact online in every class, every day? It’s worth considering the daily classroom experience of a typical student over the course of an entire day, week, and month to determine the appropriateness of internet usage in classes. Asking students to close their laptops is like closing a window that opens onto a noisy street.Improving Student LearningWhat this discussion boils down to is a concern about student learning and a skepticism regarding the idea that technology is always necessary or appropriate. New tech tools might promote engagement, but students might also enjoy colorful pens and giant pieces of chart paper as a change of pace in environments that are proudly, and rigidly, paperless. Virtual discussion boards might be crucial for drawing out introverted students; they might also give students permission to sit back and type canned responses.
In his 2003 book The Flickering Mind, author Todd Oppenheimer argued that education technology had failed in its promise to transform education and that it may paradoxically impede learning. Oppenheimer, a journalist who visited a range of schools and institutions in the United States to examine how technology was shaping education, found that educators often conflated sleek but content-thin presentations with evidence of deep learning.Educators also erroneously assumed that the use of tools like PowerPoint counted as relevant skill-building for the workplace. Oppenheimer suggests in the book that students are more likely to prosper if they develop “strong values and work habits,” and master “the art of discussion.”Oppenheimer also expresses skepticism over claims that education technology always engages students. Tech tools simplify the work of compiling information and conducting research, but they also allow students to skip steps, which may cause them to miss out on crucial parts of the learning process.Indeed, easier is not always better; rapt attention may not actually be evidence of engagement; and time that students spend scouring the internet might be better spent reading around course topics. Funds devoted to supporting technology could instead support the creation of drama and music programs.When given the choice between an app that allows students to post on a virtual board or a stack of Post-It notes and a white board that allow students to stand up, I often choose the paper. A discussion board is often appropriate—but so is movement in the classroom. Technology could be used to accomplish the same task. However, it’s difficult to pass up the opportunity to let students move paper around with their hands.When determining the appropriateness of technology in the classroom, we need to focus on learning. What tool, we should ask ourselves, will promote critical thinking, interpersonal skills development, and problem-solving skills? We should embrace the tech age, but with caution.Amy Williams currently teaches International Baccalaureate IB English courses for grades 7, 10, and 11 at the International School of Düsseldorf in Germany. She tweets at @MsWilliamsEng.http://www.edweek.org/…/a-call-for-fewer-screens-in-the…
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Video from story above, Alison McDowell – What Silicon Valley Has Planned for Public Education. It’s over an hour and it would be great for teachers to watch this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvqBJYmpQrY
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From the Washington Post article: “The College Board sells licenses to access the data through a tagging service called College Board Search… The pricing for the College Board Search student data tagging service is $0.42 cents per student, and allows college admission professionals to identify prospective students based on factors such as zip code and race and to ‘Leverage profiles of College Board test-takers for all states, geomarkets, and high schools’…The Department of Defense is among the institutions which buys student data for recruiting purposes… Why is the College Board allowed to share personal student data through the Student Search Service, in which companies are charged via a ‘license agreement’ if this is specifically prohibited by Colorado law?
Is the College Board selling personal student data in other states, through their ‘license’ agreements, despite having signed the student privacy pledge?” My guess is NV does not have any law to protect personal student data. https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/how-the-sat-and…/…
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WOW! http://www.girardatlarge.com/…/nh-teacher-warns…/
This is happening in NH through the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA). Actually, THIS MAY ALREADY BE HAPPENING IN WCSD SCHOOLS THANKS TO CASEL. In WCSD: “Schools also have the option of using the DESSA for K-8…” Look at this link under the heading Assessment and Accountability.
http://www.casel.org/partn…/washoe-county-school-district/
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Social-Emotional Learning Assessment
Measures for Middle School Youth http://www.search-institute.org/…/DAP-Raikes-Foundation…
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From the article: “This kind of subjective probing of children’s attitudes, beliefs, and behavior amounts to psychological profiling that (thanks to electronic dossiers) could haunt an individual throughout a lifetime.
Dr. Karen Effrem, a pediatrician who has tracked this trend for years as the president of Education Liberty Watch, laments, ‘Parents are expected to submit their children to this kind of government profiling and psychological experimentation with no explanation, no way to express concern, [and no way to] opt their children out.'”
https://townhall.com/…/do-parents-want-their-children…
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New Report form Electronic Frontier Foundation titled,
Spying on Students
SCHOOL-ISSUED DEVICES AND STUDENT PRIVACY
https://consumermediallc.files.wordpress.com/…/effkidsp…
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“Our report shows that the surveillance culture begins in grade school, which threatens to normalize the next generation to a digital world in which users hand over data without question in return for free services—a world that is less private not just by default, but by design… The data we collected on the experiences, perceptions, and concerns of stakeholders across the country sends a loud and clear message to ed tech companies and lawmakers: families are concerned about student privacy and want an end to spying on students.”http://www.breitbart.com/…/report-school-owned-devices…/
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PDF that goes with presentation above, https://docs.google.com/…/1748gwQvu3DcD2k…/edit…
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Another student data breach affecting 1.3 Million students, I’m not sure if any of them were NV students.
https://www.dailydot.com/…/1-3-million-american…/
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Here are the data points the state of NV is collecting and storing on all children in NV public schools. Especially look at the Disipline, Psychological (under Disability), and Disability data they will collect. We do not know who will ultimately obtain access to this data. This is NOT good!
http://www.doe.nv.gov/…/SAINDataDictionary2016(1).pdf
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School districts, including WCSD, want to get high speed internet in the classrooms quickly. Instead of installing wired networks many districts, including WCSD, install wireless networks then encourage (almost force) the use of numerous wireless devices in each classroom. According to one expert (middle four minute video in second link), “the incidence of brain cancer in younger people has more than tripled.”
http://responsibleipad.com/#prettyPhoto The third video, is an expert speaking at a school board meeting in Elk Grove, CA in 2016. Consider emailing this to your school board members.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgldhZiA7jc
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Title – Psychological Profiling NH Students: Parents BEWARE! Something similar is happening in some WCSD schools, we are still trying to figure out which WCSD schools are using the psychological profiles. http://www.girardatlarge.com/…/psychological…/…
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This is one of the document that says the DESSA and SELweb (psychological profiles) are being used in some WCSD schools (Step 4 – Quality Assessments).http://www.apertureed.com/…/APERTURE_CaseStudy_Washoe…
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Chromebooks are the device of choice in Nevada. Our Dept. of Edu. either has no idea what they are doing or they don’t care. Either way it is the children of NV who’s data will be compromised! DO NOT ALLOW YOUR KIDS TO USE SCHOOL ISSUED DEVICES (ESPECIALLY CHROMEBOOKS), AND KEEP THEM FROM LOGGING INTO THIRD PARTY “EDUCATION” (I MEAN STUDENT DATA MINING) SOFTWARE! http://appleinsider.com/…/eff-google-chromebook-is…
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“The breach at the Department of Education is something that we’ve been warning about on this committee for quite some time,” Connolly said. “The Department of Education holds data on 139 million individuals.”

“It seems like it was incumbent on the Department of Education to inform us in a timely fashion,” Connolly said. “I think it’s in violation of the law. I know we’re going to pursue that more.”
http://thehill.com/…/331791-lawmakers-take-aim-at-irs…

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The author, Jane Robbins. knows what she’s talking about:

“Digital learning uses interactive software to track the student’s every keystroke, and perhaps his physiological reactions, to create a personal mind-map illustrating not just what the child knows but also how his brain works. This is perfect for CBE. The student can work his way through the different benchmarks at his own pace and have all his responses recorded and incorporated into an algorithm that shows where he is and where he’s likely to go.

Knowing the student to this level of intimacy has several benefits—not to the student, but to corporations and the government. The nub of the issue is data. Among twenty-first-century corporations, data is currency, and education-technology corporations will even give away their products for free to get their hands on it.

With his every keystroke, a student on an interactive platform generates enormous amounts of data that the corporation can use to better market to him in the future. Each piece of data on the platform is tagged, and the student’s every interaction with it reveals valuable information the company can use for product development and individualized marketing. “Minority Report” comes to mind.

According to the CEO of mind-mapper Knewton, the ed-tech companies will have so much data on each student that they can predict what he will do and tell him what he should do. Few parents want the government (through the schools) to have this much information on their children, but of course, parents won’t be told how all this works.”http://thefederalist.com/…/competency-based-education…/

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Dr. Peg Luksik – In regards to SBAC testing. “The problem isn’t that it’s self paced, the problem is that the test is open to manipulation.” “It is not a valid assessment.” “Can’t get to next step unless you comply with what is being taught.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aY4iMwlarNA
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From the WSJ: THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Have You Seen Junior’s Psych Profile?

Public schools may be assessing your kids without your consent.

https://www.wsj.com/…/have-you-seen-juniors-psych…

By

Aida Cerundolo

May 8, 2017 7:34 p.m. ET

Imagine bringing your child in for a sore throat and having the doctor administer a psychological screening test—without your knowledge—while you are out of the room. I believe most parents would be uncomfortable with this scenario. Something similar is happening in schools around the country, with many parents unaware it’s happening, let alone consenting to it.

Educators and administrators increasingly are using psychological screening tools to identify children who are at risk for social and emotional issues, and to assess programs geared toward improving social and emotional skills. One such tool, the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment covers eight domains: self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, goal-directed behavior, relationship skills, personal responsibility, decision making and optimistic thinking. The Kaplan Early Learning Company distributes the test and boasts that it was co-authored by two psychologists and a social worker in an effort to “have a scientifically-sound and user-friendly means of assessing each student’s social-emotional competencies.”

Rooted in what’s called “resilience theory,” the test comprises 72 questions that teachers answer about each student every month. They range from “How often did the child carry himself with confidence?” to “Does he cope well with insults and mean comments?” Answers are rated on a five-point scale from “never” to “very frequently.” A student’s composite score “provides an overall indication of the strength of the child’s social-emotional competence.” This information is tracked over time.

The justification for blanket screening of all students is noble—to identify those who may benefit from intervention before their social and emotional issues become a problem that impedes success in school and life. But aren’t we really creating psychological profiles that in other settings would be deemed confidential? If so, what is the privacy cost to students who are not at risk for a psychological imbalance, yet whose mental-health information is being documented by teachers and tracked over time?

In the medical field, patients and legal guardians of minors must give consent for treatment, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act regulations protect any information that is collected. HIPAA prohibits doctors like me from sharing medical and mental-health information with unauthorized sources. In fact, even for critically ill patients, a medical release signed by the patient or a representative is required before an outside health-care facility can transmit potentially lifesaving medical information.

Health information collected by schools receiving federal money that do not offer health-care services is protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. FERPA can be more lenient than HIPAA, with allowances made for schools to disclose records without consent for such vague reasons as “legitimate educational interest” or “for audit or evaluation purposes.” HIPAA is more stringent and applies to “covered entities” such as hospitals and insurance companies, which are involved in the delivery and billing of health-care services.

Schools have an obligation to students and their families to protect the privacy of the information collected in the educational setting. The mental-health information teachers are now obtaining, storing and tracking with tools like the Devereux test is equally as sensitive as that which is collected in a pediatrician’s office. It deserves the same protections.

Dr. Cerundolo is an emergency physician and mother in Greenland, N.H.

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Two (2) page summary of EFF’s report titled: EFF’s “Spying on Students” Report Highlights Tech Companies’ Data Collection, Parents’ Frustrations https://www.eff.org/…/effs-spying-students-report…
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One of the most widely used free online education products used in Nevada schools, Edmodo, had a data breach – learn more here,
https://www.the74million.org/…/77-million-edmodo-users…
and here,
https://www.edsurge.com/…/2017-05-11-hacker-steals-77…Click here,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWgfszB03V0…
and listen for two minutes to this U.S. SUBCOMMITTEE ON EARLY CHILDHOOD, ELEMENTARY, AND SECONDARY EDUCATION HEARING as Professor Joel Reidenberg Esq. talks about how companies like Edmodo offering “free” products to schools are paid with student data.Nevada schools have put a lot of pressure on students to use Edmodo. I wonder if these same schools are informing students/parents about the data breach? In my opinion the only sure way to protect your children, their data, and their future is: do not allow them to login to any free third party software or applications used in Nevada schools.
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ZDNet called Edmodo’s data breach one of the biggest so far in 2017. As far as I know Nevada schools are NOT informing parents who’s children use Edmodo that their children’s data was likely hacked.http://www.zdnet.com/…/biggest-hacks-leaks-and-data…/3/
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Here’s an example of a university looking at students social media activity then withdrawing acceptance. Third party vendors like Edmodo will end up with an incredible amount of personal data from children who use their products for maybe 10 years (starting in 3rd grade). In addition Edmodo tells they “employ” unknown parties and “need” to share data student data with them. The data Edmodo (& other third party vendors) collect, store, and share on our children is valuable to university admissions offices, employers, and military recruiters! If your child uses Edmodo (& others) you will have no idea what data is collected and stored, how it’s analyzed, and who it is shared with. Most importantly you will have no idea how it will affect the future of your children!https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/harvard-withdraws…/…
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I wonder why NV didn’t get any of this money. This is the kind of thing they are focusing on, tracking individual students from the cradle to the grave, anything but improving education.https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20170616
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“Digital personalized learning could go beyond measuring and evaluating students’ performance and actually change their attitudes, mindsets, and opinions.” What could possibly go wrong?https://truthinamericaneducation.com/…/pitfalls-of…/
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I think the same thing could be said of NV schools, the NV DoE’s student data base – SAIN, and the NV’s cradel to grave system – NPWR. http://www.miamiherald.com/…/educ…/article156544589.htmlhttp://www.doe.nv.gov/…/SAINDataDictionary2016(1).pdf
http://npwr.nv.gov/
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From article above listen to the U.S. SUBCOMMITTEE ON EARLY CHILDHOOD, ELEMENTARY, AND SECONDARY EDUCATION hearing on 6/28/17, listen from 39:04 to 44:12 https://youtu.be/YiwNoi5jeH4?t=2345 and from 1:16:40 to 1:19:23https://youtu.be/YiwNoi5jeH4?t=4600
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The SAU’s are all corrupt; the BOE’s at the State level are corrupt; the corruption extends to – and arguably initiates from-the UN. There is blessed little parents can do to protect their kids other than to homeschool. If parents cannot homeschool, then they must be fluent in the laws of their state, and fight like anything to protect their kids at the local level.
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There is a lot parents can do to protect their children in NV public schools; it begins with becoming educated on the various aspects of Student Data Mining. Homeschooled kids that spend a lot of time learning on the web will likely have more data known about them by data brokers than my children who are public school. The reason is because I do not allow my children to log-in to any third party free “education” website. The “free” sites are paid with student data. The biggest problem is most parents have no idea what’s going on.
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One of the worst aspects of Social and Emotional Learning is assessment. The same questions WCSD won’t answer about the psychological assessments being given to kids should be asked of these people: 1) Who will have access to these assessments? 2) Will the assessments ever be deleted? 3) Will parents be told in advance these assessments will be given to their childre and can they opt-out? 4) How will these assessments affect the future of our children?https://pages2.act.org/impact-of-SEL.html…
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Well put: “We should not confuse social-emotional learning (SEL) that focuses on unnecessary data collection involving children, with helping children who have emotional difficulties. SEL is associated with online learning. Real mental health issues are about assisting students when they show up at school with difficulties, so they will feel better about themselves and others. Students with mental health difficulties are not able to learn well in school.” Thank you Nancy!http://nancyebailey.com/…/addressing-mental-illness-in…/
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This is scary and if enough parents don’t wake up soon this is the future… https://www.sony.net/…/Press/201708/17-071E/index.html
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Here’s what Kevin Ohlandt had to say about story above.https://exceptionaldelaware.wordpress.com/…/the…/
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Actually Kevin Ohlandt was referencing this story which talks about the Sony press release,https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/09/sony-education-blockchain/
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“Most disturbing is Zuckerberg’s hawking of his education vision will proceed with even less openness than did Gates’ push for Common Core, which executed an end run around local school boards and parents. Because of its structuring as a limited-liability corporation, as opposed to a conventional foundation, CZI ‘will be able to make philanthropic donations, invest in for-profit companies, lobby for favored policies and legislation, and directly support candidates for elected office – all with minimal public-reporting requirements,’ Ed-Week reported. Parents and educators would be right to look skeptically at such a lack of transparency.” https://townhall.com/…/will-ed-tech-control-the-masses…
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Remember NV is one of only six states leading this SEL experiment. WCSD is one of only about eight districts in the country leading the SEL experiment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgFEwyOJsms
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My suggestion – KEEP YOUR KIDS OFF EDMODO AND ALL ‘FREE’ THIRD PARTY ‘EDUCATION’ SOFTWARE! It sounds like Edmodo got caught doing something wrong, then said they would stop doing it. I don’t trust Edmodo or any of the “free” third party vendors.
https://funnymonkey.com/…/tracking-of-teachers-and…
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Excellent article!
“Asleep at the Switch: Schoolhouse Commercialism, Student Privacy, and the Failure of Policymaking focuses on ‘how technological advances, the lure of “personalization,” and lax regulation foster the collection of personal data and overwhelm efforts to protect children’s privacy.’ It examines how ed-tech companies are flooding schools with untested and unvalidated products, targeting children with sophisticated marketing and urging or requiring schools to ‘effectively funnel children into a “surveillance economy” that harvests their data for profit.’ In short, students’ privacy is being obliterated and their education warped.”
https://spectator.org/is-technology-really-better-for…/
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Faith Boninger from the University of Colorado knows exactly what she’s talking about, 28 minute interview:http://nepc.colorado.edu/pub…/gregory-smith-faith-boninger
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Summit online education – My suggestion keep your kids off this and almost all online learning platforms.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/parents-cite…/…
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I wonder how these companies are paid for their work with the U.S. Dept. of Education? Companies mentioned are: Amazon, Edmodo, Microsoft, Creative Commons, and Illinois Shared Learning Environment. I’m not sure are they paid with student data?https://www.ed.gov/…/us-department-education-launches…
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Another recent data breach involving Infinite Campus in Palo Alto of all places…http://www.mercurynews.com/…/data-breach-exposes…/
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Companies mentioned are: Amazon, Edmodo, Microsoft, Creative Commons, ASCD, and Illinois Shared Learning Environment. I wonder if this has something to do with why Amazon testified against protecting student data during the 2015 Nevada legislative session?https://www.ed.gov/…/us-department-education-launches…
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“This bill [HR 4174] is clearly setting up a national database that will follow Americans throughout their lives. It is much more akin to Chinese efforts, not that of a constitutional republic.” This is very bad for all of us!
https://thenationalpulse.com/…/dangerous-bill-could-be…/
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Nine minute video including information on SIB’s (social impact bonds). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVr9NBxJj2A
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“I overhead a parent complaining to administrators that they had always monitored screen-time, but when the laptops were sent home, everything spiraled out of control. Homework is on the computer and often online, and the parents’ ability to monitor screen-time has been hijacked.” http://www.screenfreeparenting.com/rich-get-smart-poor…/
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Some of our local teachers require students to use “educational” social media accounts. https://www.theverge.com/…/former-facebook-exec-ripping…
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From the article:

“His first exposure to screens occurred in first grade at a highly regarded public school — named one of California’s ‘Distinguished Schools’ — when he was encouraged to play edu-games after class…”

“If screens are indeed digital drugs, then schools have become drug dealers. Under misguided notions that they are ‘educational,’ the entire classroom landscape has been transformed over the past 10 years into a digital playground that includes Chromebooks, iPads, Smart Boards, tablets, smartphones, learning apps and a never-ending variety of ‘edu-games.’

These so-called ‘edu-games’ are digital Trojan horses — chock-full of the potential for clinical disorders. We’ve already seen ADHD rates explode by over 50 percent the past 10 years as a whole generation of screen-raised kids succumb to the malaise-inducing glow. Using hyper-stimulating digital content to ‘engage’ otherwise distracted students creates a vicious and addictive ADHD cycle: The more a child is stimulated, the more that child needs to keep getting stimulated in order to hold their attention…”

“’I was shocked to learn that the Maryland State Department of Education had no medically sound health guidelines in place before they put so many of our children in front of a computer every day . . . The schools keep encouraging more screen time in the classroom without any regard for our children’s well-being,’ Eckard told me. ‘Our children are owed a safe classroom environment, and right now they’re not getting one.’

Some parents are opting out of public schools for less technology-dependent schools. Many Silicon Valley engineers and executives, for example, put their kids in non-tech Waldorf schools.”

https://nypost.com/…/kids-turn-violent-as-parents…/

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There is an insidious patent, number 6,506,148 B2 by Dr. H. Loos, in January 14, 2003 for: Nervous System Manipulation by Electromagnetic Fields from Monitors. Every person who is in front of a computer monitor screen are subject to manipulation. The US Government hired this scientist for government sponsored programs. The LESS time in front of a screen, the better. Years later, this scientist who later owned cuewave.com has shown signs of remorse.
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THEY KNOW that they are doing this to our children. Parents need to be vocal. Trump wants to end the hold of the Common Core and is up against the Deep State. Keep being vocal and encourage the President. Let your light of righteous indignation shine and be seen. God Bless.
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“’She didn’t mention the central problem with [school choice],’ the authors write. ‘[T]he danger that when the money follows the child, government regulations will be close behind to strip private schools of the characteristics that made them appealing to parents in the first place.’
The authors add:
‘[S]o-called personalized learning is actually depersonalized, computerized training rather than genuine education. It replaces a liberal arts education with pared-down workforce-development training that concentrates on “skills” corporations deem necessary for the (current) job market. It props children in front of computer screens that feed them curricula (probably not available for parental review) that children can click through without really learning anything. It indoctrinates children with government-approved attitudes, mindsets, and beliefs. It collects literally millions of data points on children that will allow the government and vendors to create profiles and algorithms that may control each child’s future life path. It minimizes human interaction, converting professional educators into data clerks.'”
http://www.breitbart.com/…/conservatives-erupt-betsy…/
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As problematic as social media is, free “education” software is much worse, because the faceless entities behind the scenes will be developing profiles on our children that will likely affect their future. Most parents have no idea this is happening and even if they do, they will never see the profiles (or t,he data on their children) used to create the profiles. At the moment the only way I can see to stop this is do NOT allow your children to use any “education” software.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39RS3XbT2pU&feature=youtu.be
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MUST READ THIS 2500 WORD DOCUMENT! Thank you [name withheld] for this Document. http://slds.rhaskell.org/state-profiles/nevada They leave off a couple things: 1) The data is NEVER deleted 2) NV is one of only 5 states that have taken something like this so far, http://www.reviewjournal.com/…/nevadas-new-super-data… 3) NV is at the bottom when it comes to educating children, but toward the top of invading their privacy by tracking them from the cradle to the grave.
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In addition in the document (link above) the NDE does not consider parents stakeholders in their children’s education they consider them interested parties. That pretty much sums up the attitude of the NDE, and the NDE has lead NV to the bottom in education performance, but the top in invasion of children’s privacy.
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Subtitle: One of the HUGE pieces of Common Core was trading paper and pencil for electronic devices in the classroom with pre-loaded curriculum that parents were not allowed to view, and the results have been catastrophic. https://joeforamerica.com/…/common-core-failure…/
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Third party vendors like Google, Edmodo, Prezi, ClassDojo, Nearpod, and hundreds more may be illegally tracking children younger than 13 years old.

A new study from the University of California at Berkeley and the International Computer Science Institute titled: Won’t Somebody Think of the Children? Examining COPPA Compliance at Scale shows how third party applications and software companies for children are not in compliance with current COPPA laws.
https://petsymposium.org/…/issue3/popets-2018-0021.pdf

This story did not get as much media time as the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica story but it’s much more important in regards to our children; specifically what “free” third party vendors (including education vendors) are doing with our children’s data.

We at Protect Nevada Children (PNC) have been telling parents for years: “Do not allow your children to use education apps and software.” It’s good to hear that Serge Egelman, University of California, Berkeley (NBC News article below), agrees with us.

One of the big problems is no one is policing what these free “education” vendors are doing with children’s most personal data, school work, and what type of student profiles these vendors are creating on our children. The still unanswered question we at PNC have been asking for years: “How will all this data in the hands of largely unregulated third party vendors affect the future of our children?”

When it comes to collecting, storing, and analyzing data then creating profiles on children, free “education” apps and software are much more problematic than social media and entertainment apps, because they have much more personal data about our children!

Washington Post, April 18, 2018 title: Thousands of apps in Google Play Store may be illegally tracking children
“Thousands of the tested apps collected the personal data of children younger than 13 without a parent’s permission, the study found.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/thousands-of…/…

Education Week, April 13, 2018 titled: Thousands of Android Mobil Apps Improperly Track Children
“‘This is an important study because it sheds light on the invisible background collection of information about users that many people in education are not aware of,’ said Douglas A. Levin of EdTech Strategies.”
http://blogs.edweek.org/…/android_mobile_apps_track…

NBC News, April 17 2018 titled: Thousands of Android apps may be improperly tracking kids’ data
“‘There is no way for the average consumer to tell if an app can do this, (track a child’s location and create a complete user profile)’ Egelman told NBC News. The solution? ‘Don’t use apps,’ said Egelman.”
https://www.nbcnews.com/…/thousands-android-apps…

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“Key findings of the reporter include:
Parents and students are generally unable to determine how and why certain student lists were compiled or the basis for designation a student as associated with a particular attribute like race, religion, and purported interests.
It is difficult to ascertain sources for student data: large school districts claim they do not sell directory information except to the military and other educational institutions.
Data brokers operating in the student information marketplace frequently change names, merge and have affiliated relationships, making it difficult to identify student data brokers.
Despite all of this, students lists are commercially available for purchase on the basis of ethenicity, affluence, religion, lifestyle, awkwardness and even a preceived or predicated need of family planning services.”
https://truthinamericaneducation.com/…/report-reveals…/
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Data brokers are selling our children’s data. Some of this data is collected from “education” software and applications our schools are pressuring our children to use. Schools expect students to share an incredible amount of personal data with these “free” third party “education” vendors. Reading the article below you see why these vendors provide “free” applications and software to school children.

From the article: “Researchers were startled to find that while they were able to easily purchase this information to sell potential products to this demographic, the 14 and 15 year old girls who were presumed to need family planning services knew very little about what data they were providing to commercial data brokers to make this assumption. Their parents were largely in the dark, too.

CLIP recently published the findings from their study, ‘Transparency and the Marketplace for Student Data,’ and found little transparency for data subjects about how student data is being used commercially. Data brokers advertise lists of students organized for traits from religion to ‘awkwardness,’ YET ALMOST NO INFORMATION EXISTS FOR STUDENTS OR PARENTS ABOUT WHERE DATA IS BEING COLLECTED, HOW HIGH LEVEL INSIGHT IS BEING DERIVED, OR WHAT RIGHTS THEY MAY HAVE TO OPT-IN OR OUT.

‘The high level takeaway is that it’s difficult for parents and students to find out much information. There’s a transparency issue,’ N. Cameron Russell, an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School and lead author of the study, told Legaltech News.

Russell and his colleagues pursued their research following a similar study intended to track the growth of cloud computing in school districts. In their followup, the researchers intended to examine some of the sources of student data and map the market landscape around it. Instead, they found those data sources to be ‘completely a black box.’”

https://www.law.com/…/student-data-mining-is-a…/…

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NV has zero privacy legislation. We have work to do.
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Elana Zeide PULSE Fellow in Artificial Intelligence, Law & Policy
UCLA School of Law. When you have time click here to watch the last 14 minutes of Ms. Zeide’s talk!
https://youtu.be/3rz6nnRlHGI?t=1422
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One town in CT said NO to allowing computers (Zuckerberg) to take over their school. http://nymag.com/…/the-connecticut-resistance-to-zucks…
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Yes Anita Hoge warned us years ago this was and is happening
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The same thing is happening in Nevada. Actually in Washoe County (Reno) the District assigns all students an email address when they enroll (kindergarten), without parental consent. Parents used to be able to opt-out of getting a District email address, now we can’t. To make matters worse the student District email address looks like this: StudentID@washoeschools.net, the user name is also their Student ID. To me that’s like using your social security number for your email address.
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Here is a post from a Louisiana anti-Common Core page:

Louisiana received a federal grant for literacy. About 56 districts received funding through our state department of education. Districts were essentially bribed to adopt Tier I curricula—chosen by the Louisiana Department of Education under John White’s leadership and most of which were developed by Common Core promoters. The Wit and Wisdom curriculum is from Great Minds, a company formerly known as Common Core, Inc. This state did NOT get rid of Common Core. Only the name has been changed. The result? Well based on research coming out of states who have had this mess longer, student achievement in our state may not only stay at the bottom, it may just sink further still.

https://dianeravitch.net/…/new-york-common-core-produces-m…/

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And another post from said page:

Your student is NOT required to fill out the ACT survey. Critically think about why LDOE/BESE is now trying to force all students to take ACT and fill out FAFSA. Research and make an informed decision about your student’s data.

https://www.nytimes.com/…/for-sale-survey-data-on-millions-…

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

Louisiana is first state to be approved for new, #innovative #English#assessment to #assess #student #achievement under the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority, part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (#ESSA) by the U.S. Department of Education

Louisiana Department of Education [Comments on LDOE Facebook page.]

https://www.brproud.com/news/local-news/louisiana-s-new-pilot-offers-new-way-to-assess-student-achievement/1332692045https://www.brproud.com/news/local-news/louisiana-s-new-pilot-offers-new-way-to-assess-student-achievement/1332692045

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Here is a post from a New Mexico anti-Common Core page:

Instead of more instructional days, students will have 15 more test prep days. Such a shame.

https://apnews.com/8ce9ce79ff724e8592c679b0c03ec591

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Here is a post from an Idaho anti-Common Core page:

“Istation’s computer-adaptive assessments (known as ISIP™) immediately place students on personalized instructional paths unique to their needs. An animated, game-like interface effectively engages students so well, they don’t even realize they’re being evaluated.”….. TX …..FL also.

https://www.istation.com/About/Press20140409

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

If the parent DOES NOT sign this form ….the child WILL BE attending. “Group Therapy” …parent needs to find out exactly what this therapy is … it’s too generalized….PATENT NEEDS SPECIFICS. IMHO… this type of note is awful…the parent should have to SIGN for child to be able to participate…this type of form letter of …”well if we don’t hear back we “assume” you are okay with us proceeding” is intentional. NOT TO MENTION THE FACT MANY PARENTS DO NOT CHECK YOUNG CHILDREN’s bookbags daily.

sneaky therapy form

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And here are some replies to this post:

Haha! These people are delusional!!

“Confidentiality is expected of all group members”

they are CHILDREN for god sake! If they get dirt on any kid it will be used against the child until he graduates! What are these people thinking!?

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Give the education system back to the states where it belongs,we can keep a much better eye on these indoctrination tactics. Wake up parents some of these teachers are commie socialist globalist they could care less about America. I know how the schools are,had to fight them all the time for my kids education, they got to see me much to often,they hated it. So when they say they would like to see more parents involved most of them are lying. Do not turn your back on these so called educators, remember they get their money from the government. So be there for your kids,make time they need you more then ever.

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This is so crazy. Even if you’re the type of parent that checks the backpack everyday, the child could leave the letter in their desk or lose it. BUT THEY’RE JUST GOING TO ASSUME YOU’RE OK WITH IT…whatever the subjects are? I really don’t know why we (the country) put so much trust in the system.

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No way. Parental signature for therapy has to be ‘opt in’ not ‘opt out’. If a school has a problem with astudent, take it up with the parent. I don’t care how hard it might be. This type of policy threatens all parental rights.

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I am authorized to volunteer there so she will see me Monday morning. I do not think she knows I am able to come and go there so I won’t announce myself and hopefully I won’t leave in handcuffs like I did last time. She’s going to get an education is trickery from a master. I had to take technical writing for the NSA so I can make a sentence into a book. There is no mention of cause or effect and a non signature is authorization is going to cost her dearly. I won’t leave until it’s changed on every form they have and I will check with my attorney as well. A non signature is illegal that I already know. It’s despicable especially for uneducated parents who would not even notice it. I better take a Xanax before I go so i don’t flip out on her it’s so dirty and underhanded.

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And another post from this page:

Panama City, Fla. – Bay District Schools accused the Health Department in Bay County of stealing student health records from schools Wednesday.

News 13 obtained more than 150 pages of public records including emails between principals, district staff, Superintendent Bill Husfelt and Doug Kent, the administrator of the health department.

The district and the health department terminated their contract to provide health services to students this year and the district contracted with Pancare.

Emails from principals at more than 10 schools detail instances where they say health department nurses allegedly came to the school over the summer to pack up supplies and took student information with them.

The district now says they are asking the state to launch an investigation.

https://www.mypanhandle.com/news/school-district-accuses-health-department-of-taking-student-health-records/1495547783

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And yet another post:

“A homework question that a Pickens High School student whom I tutor needed help on. He will be graded on this and must pick the “correct” answer to get credit. I also posted a copy of the article from which the answer was to be derived and which by name promotes the Democrat Party tax policies. Since this subject is not mentioned in the article, one must assume the teacher pontificated to “explain how this works”. I told the student no correct answer was offered and to just randomly select from the liberal propaganda choices provided. I am not impressed.”

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

Dear Superintendent Minnihan,

Based on this article in the Manchester Union Leader, your school district is actively engaging students in social and emotional learning, (SEL) and screening Kindergarten students. In accordance with RSA 91-as a Right to Know Request, I am requesting the following information:

1) The name/link to the vendor who is providing the materials for screenings, and treatment for children who are then diagnosed “in need of treatment.”

2) Provide the policy that then states how each child’s data will be secured.
a) What happens to that data once a child leaves the school district?
b) What happens to that data if the vendor files bankruptcy?
c) Is this data ever destroyed? IF so, by whom?

3) Provide the peer reviewed/independent research on any program used to diagnose or treat SEL issues? I’m not looking for biased research provided by the vendor, but actual independent research that shows the effectiveness of the program.

4) Who administers the screenings in the school? Their credentials and license?

5) Who then administers the treatment if a child is flagged for needing the additional support/ treatment? Their credentials?

6) What is the percentage of false/positives that accompany the screenings?

7) What happens if there is a false/positive? Who is involved ? Their credentials?

8) Provide a copy of the contract between the school district and the SEL vendor.

9) Provide a copy of ALL questions that are asked to screen students in your school district for every grade level.

10) Provide a copy of the permission slip sent to parents/guardians requesting their consent to screen or assess their child on SEL. What, if any, information did you provide to parents on the vendor who is providing this service?

11) Did the school board members vote to approve of mental health screenings for all students? If so, when did that vote take place?

12) Did the legal team provide any details on the possibilities of a malpractice lawsuit or something similar, that could arise if a child who is being treated by the school district, acts out in a violent way or harms themselves or others? If so, what kind of information was provided to the administration and/or school board members?

13) Is the SEL program being provided though a grant or is there any financial compensation to the district ? If so, what are the details? Was it provided free of charge?

14) Since children become research subjects, have their families been offered any sort of compensation? If not, why not?

15) Are copies of all assessments sent to parents so they can review what is being asked of their children?

16) Provide the ethical guidelines the district currently uses when conducting research on children and/or assessing their mental health.

17) What are the current school board policies addressing mental health screenings/treatment in the school ?

18) What are the current school board policies guiding research on students ?

19) What credentials in child psychology do the staff members have, that were trained by Cassie Yackley?

20) In the article it states: Laconia has been hit hard over the past decade by the opioid crisis and fallout from the economic recession.

And classroom teachers were seeing the impacts in their classrooms: Defiance, disobedience, aggression toward other students and staff members, “kids picking up chairs and throwing them…,” according to McKenzie Harrington-Bacote, director of Laconia School District’s Office of School Wellness.

Have you done any research into the curriculum and teaching practices currently used in the district to see if they are contributing to any of these negative behaviors?

21) The article mentions that Cassie Yackley is a psychologist, can you provide her advanced degree, and clinical training?

22) Once these individuals are trained, what exactly will they do in terms of assessing/treating children who’ve been flagged with an SEL problem?

I was unable to access e-mail addresses for all of the school board members. Please forward this information to them.

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And another post  from said group:

Where did Common core come from?? The answer will shock you!

Common Core ties to Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia
By Bethany Blankley – – Tuesday, April 7, 2015

“Where did Common Core come from?” is a question I often hear from parents as I travel the country speaking about the Islamic infiltration of America.

Because in 2014-15 America, public school students via Common Core are:

• Participating in public school-sponsored trips to mosques via taxpayer expense, girls must wear head scarves (Colorado parents complain)

• Debating whether or not the Holocaust was “merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain,” (an eighth-grade assignment defended by the Rialto Unified School District, Los Angeles)

• Pledging allegiance in Arabic (New York)

• Observing two “Muslim holy days,” (New York City)


• Being taught Islamic vocabulary lessons (North Carolina)

• Being taught Islamic culture (Tennessee)

• Being taught world history from Islamic perspective (Florida) that includes learning about the five pillars of Islam (Maryland father, a Marine Corps veteran, complains and is banned from school grounds)

• Told to proselytize by creating a pamphlet about Islam to “introduce Islam to 3rd graders” that introduces Allah to children as the same God of the Christians and Jews (Michigan)

• Reciting in class the Shahada, “There is No God but Allah,” and the Muslim call to prayer (Massachusetts)

Parents in every state are outraged, protesting and asking, “Why is Islam being taught in public schools?” and “How did this happen?” “Where is the ACLU?” “Where are the people ‘protesting against’ religion being taught in public schools?”

Common Core origins

The short answer is that President Obama’s push for “hope and change” translates into completely transforming America — for the worse. Common Core is but one of many parts of an intricate plan to infiltrate every area of American society with Islam. Which is why, Common Core’s origin and funding came from Qatar, Libya and Saudi Arabia.

Globally, Common Core originated from the “One World Education” concept, a global goal orchestrated by the Connect All Schools program. Its origin is funded by the Qatar Foundation International (QFI). The director of QFI’s Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics is Tariq Ramadan, grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder, Hassan al-Banna.

According to the WND website, in 2011, QFI “partnered with the Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to facilitate matchmaking between classrooms in the U.S. and international schools through … the ‘Connect All Schools’ project.” QFI states on its website that the initiative was founded in response to Mr. Obama’s infamous 2009 Cairo speech, during which the Muslim Brotherhood was seated in the front row.

Mr. Obama’s mentor, domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, received $49.2 million from Vartan Gregorian, a board member of the Qatar Foundation, who also is involved with Mr. Obama’s White House Fellowships Commission. Gregorian is an integral part of Connect All Schools, through which Qatar invested $5 million to teach Arabic in American public schools.

Domestically, in America, Common Core was “created by” the National Governor’s Association (NGA), Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), Achieve Inc., ACT and the College Board. The Common Core State Standards are copyrighted by the NGA and CCSSO, a private company, which means they cannot be changed.

Many groups helped create these standards (chief among them, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Nations) but Pearson Education, an NGA donor and CCSSO’s listed business and industry partner, is integral to Common Core.

Common Core was implemented in states that accepted federal funds from the 2009 “Race to the Top” initiative, which encouraged states to receive federal money to adopt new standards that would improve their public school children’s test performance results.

In order for a state to participate, the state board of education and the state’s educational professional standards board would have voted to adopt Common Core standards. Each participating state has posted the Common Core Standards on its state department of education website.

Two years prior to the Obama administration’s Race to the Top initiative, in 2007, the FBI uncovered documents revealing the goals of the Muslim Brotherhood, and its subsidiary organizations like CAIR, planned to indoctrinate American K-12 students by teaching Islam.

The seized documents were part of the 2007 Holy Land Foundation trial, the largest terror-funding trial in U.S. history. The FBI uncovered the Muslim Brotherhood’s manifesto “on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America” (Exhibit 42945 and Exhibit 42946).

After states applied for “Race to the Top” federal funds in 2009, Pearson Education created Common Core curriculum and standards. Pearson Education is also the sole evaluator of teachers in some states. In order for New York State to continue receiving “Race to the Top” federal funds, it had to implement “reforms.” Pearson Education now solely administers the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA).

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Here is a post from the anti-CBE group:

more wearable tech …

https://www.scsd2.k12.in.us/about_scott_2/news/scott_2_helps_families_stay_healthy_with_smart_the

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Here is a post  that was shared on a Michigan anti-Common Core page:

YES! Whistleblower who was fired for questioning SLDS collecting and sharing student data–is suing the Oregon Dept of Ed. Let’s hope there is an investigation into the SLDS!!

She believes that top state officials forced her out because she raised privacy and security concerns about a massive database the state is building with records on millions of Oregonians, many of them children.

https://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-department-education-lawsuit-susie-strangfield/

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Looks like another Illinois school has caved to the Leftist open bathrooms agenda:

https://illinoisfamily.org/education/batavia-middle-schools-presumptuous-and-ill-informed-leadership/

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

The greatest illusion in public “education” today is the Title I school. It was the original FedEd money “hook” that allowed the national government to start their invasion in to what had been a local and State domain. And after more than 60 years of national government “help” in Title I schools, outcomes are worse today than they were in the 1960s when all of this “grand plan” was started. And the State and local educrats refuse to even talk about it because their friends and fellow educrats might no longer be needed.

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And here is a reply to this post:

I did a Duck Duck Go search (I don’t use Google) on “Title 1 Schools” and this was the 1st result. It’s interesting that the big national government decided way back in 1965 that a child’s economic circumstance was paramount to that child, and in turn their whole school, being able to have academic achievement. To the point where the educrats have developed a whole “system” of methods to deal with “educating” economically disadvantaged children. Doesn’t this seem to be a bizarre measure for determining a child’s learning potential?
https://www.brighthubeducation.com/…/11105-basics-of…/

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Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

It is all becoming more and more clear….
School Choice Corporate Reformers are not pushing quality education, they are just pushing… “Choice” and “Competition”.

Who could be against “Choice” and “Competition” in America?

As my friend Michael Bohr correctly states…
“Parents, who are the first and forever educators of their children, are the only people who hold the right to determine “the best interests of their child.

Everyone one else has an agenda that puts their best interests over those of the child and they have done so by taking control of our government.

Their hope is that we continue to fight the false battles they lay down before us and forget that we, the parents, are the sole authority in determining the education and upbringing of our children.”

“SCHOOL CHOICE” IS THE MOTHER OF ALL PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS, THAT WILL BE THE DEMISE OF EDUCATION IN AMERICA!

What has been written into the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which is the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), originally passed in 1965, which opened the door for Title 1 federal dollars to go to economically disadvantaged students; now is the access point to every American student, pre-natal through the workforce; via illegal collected private data partnered with “Blended Funding” also known as Social Impact Bonds (SIBS).

Anita Hoge clearly laid it out…..

“Specialized Student Support Services” and “Direct Student Services” mandate equitable services to all private schools, the same as in public schools. This is referred to in the ESEA legislation as “meaningful choice.”

There are specific lists of providers that must be used, as well as, an ombudsman that will oversee compliance in private schools. This is where the mandate will force teachers to identify students as being At-Risk of not meeting College and Career Ready/Common Core as a disability and perform psychological services paid for by IDEA. These interventions are defined as positive behavior intervention and supports, PBIS, multi-tiered system of supports, MTSS, response to intervention, RTI, and early intervening services, EIS, etc.

These interventions are happening NOW because of the Flex Waivers.
By identifying students as At-Risk under Title I, ALL will receive psychological treatment and interventions on your children in private, Catholic, and Christian schools, as well as homeschools (defined as a private school.)

THERE WILL BE NO ESCAPE FROM THE COLLEGE AND CAREER READY/COMMON CORE OR THE PSYCHOBABBLE IN THE LEGISLATION.

Regular classroom teachers are being trained to identify children who would need services through PBIS, RTI, EIS, & MTSS.

Once EDUCATION SAVING ACCOUNTS (ESA)’s are in full operation, dedicated to each individual student, an individual career pathway meeting College and Career Ready/Common Core soft skills (Grit) interventions and a treatment plan which will be funded by direct student services known as psychobabble.
Because these specialized services are defined in the legislation as psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, etc, these services will be mandated. These members of the psych profession will be in a position for MEDICAID TO BE BILLED FOR SPECIALIZED STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES. This is your meaningful CHOICE.

Medicaid is on the scene as mental health wrap around services. Your family and child will be assigned a case manager. This initiates an individual family service plan. The federal government has just walked into your front living room door.

(THIS ORIGINAL PLAN WAS DRAWN UP UNDER SEC BELL UNDER THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION UNDER THE NAME “KNOWLEDGE NETWORK FOR ALL AMERICANS.” http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED351771.pdf

Bell has written extensively about parents not being capable to raise their own children.)

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A school in Windsor, Vermont gave their fifth-grade students a survey that asked about their sexual history, preferences and gender identity:  https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/10/14/parents-alarmed-by-schools-fifth-grade-survey-on-sexual-history-preference-and-gender-identity

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A Virginia school has banned all songs mentioning Jesus from its Christmas concert in order to “be more sensitive”:  https://www.christianpost.com/news/virginia-school-bans-all-songs-mentioning-jesus-christmas-concert-227924/?fbclid=IwAR1TmQHISOwHSAFyahTfUExKtTYBmeTCe72BJHNzgnNydN3TbTLguvXUO9g

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

From the simmering pot to the boiling kettle?! Wow eliminates Keystone Tests. BUT…must choose;

“Proficiency on the
•SAT, PSAT or ACT.
•Passage of an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam. 
•Completion of a dual enrollment program.
•Completion of a pre-apprenticeship program.
•Acceptance to an accredited four-year nonprofit institution of higher education.
•Completion of a service learning project.
•A letter of full-time employment.
•An acceptable score on a “Work Keys” assessment.”

http://www.senatordinniman.com/dinniman-legislature-approves-alternatives-to-keystone-exams-graduation?fbclid=IwAR3LD6pCnG1TPLuC2H7aQZB_pc46FcslHtricyoXX_4raucwmk3lxmGY9Pw

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Here is a post from an Alabama anti-Common Core page:

Memory Lane from Parent Led Reform Nevada back in 2014…This is from [name withheld] talking about CC–may God help us defend these students:Hey y’all. Thought I would update you on what is going on at my school, and what I am experiencing with Common Core.
The other day in Algebra I was asking how to solve this one problem. So of course I asked my teacher how to do it and so she showed me her way, which happened to be way to confusing. So that night I went home and asked my dad how to solve this problem. He showed me, and it happened to be super easy. The next day at school, I went to teach my friend how to do this problem and as I was teaching him, my teacher came over and told me that was the wrong way, and we knew better than that. I couldn’t believe that she told me it was wrong, so I told her “Well my answer is right, it is the same as the book.” Apparently that answer did not sit well with her, because she stopped the whole class and told us, “Listen guys, the accuracy of the answer is not as important as the steps you do to solve that problem.” I was completely shocked… But, that’s not the end of it… She proceeded to tell us that, when we do our homework problems we will not be graded on accuracy, we will be graded on participation.” I said, “what???” She then told me, “I could comment the word “boo” and I will still get credit, because at least I tried!” FYI, our homework is all done through the internet on a website called, “edmodo.com” and all of our testing is done on a website called, “Studyisland.com.” My teachers tell me this is all because of Common Core, when I hear this stuff, I know it is Common Core. I especially know this is Common Core, when my tests on studyisland.com say, “Common Core.” It is ALL around us.
Here is the question I got in math the other day, and it was on the internet so this is copied and pasted:
Write a paragraph describing how to solve the following equation:
2/3 x + 14 = 4/5 x – 2
TURN IN paragraph in response section
REMEMBER …
You MUST use words, although you may solve the problem, showing all your steps, so that you can reference the steps throughout your description paragraph.
My response was:
I don’t mean to be rude, but this whole EXPLAIN your answer in a paragraph makes me mad. I don’t understand why we have to explain in a paragraph, I feel like showing our work is better. That is how we learn. This explain in a paragraph reminds me of Common Core, which by the way is against our 10th amendment right. I am mad that I am not improving my “process” to get the answer, instead we are writing paragraphs. I am not mad at you, just mad at the curriculum.

When I hear this from my teacher it makes me want to SCREAM! It is not okay that the kid who doesn’t try is going to be able to pass, because he “at least tried.” That’s not the way life goes! We mess up, but then we learn not to do the same mistake. That goes for every day life in general, and it goes for school. I am tired of being told how to think, I am tired of it. We ALL a voice, and it is our job to USE it! Keep up the AMAZING work. I thank every single one of you adults for standing up for the truth.

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

So, apparently my children’s school had the board put into place a bylaw that says that students are not allowed to opt out! They said if the children don’t take the test that they will use the progressive discipline plan. Is this something that they can do? I am so infuriated right now!!

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And here are some replies to said post:

The Importance of Assessment Participation
• The Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires a 95% assessment participation rate.
Schools with a lower participation rate run the risk of having their accountability ratings lowered
and have funding withheld.
• Statewide assessment scores allow parents and educators to see how students measure up to
statewide academic standards intended for all students in the state, something they cannot get
from traditional grades due to varying classroom curricula, expectations, and grading practices.
• Statewide assessment data enables better transparency and monitoring of how effective schools
are performing in their mission of educating students.
• Assessments provide information that lead to the improvement of classroom instruction.
• Assessments results assist parents and educators in gauging academic improvement.
• Statewide assessment results help document school progress to the Legislature as we seek to
ensure adequate and equitable funding of our schools.
Opt Out Facts
• Opt Outs are prohibited in 34 states and the District of Columbia; nine of these states are ranked
in the top 10. Nevada is ranked 51″on that same list.
• Nevada is one of four states where legislation currently permits local control, thus allowing each
district to mandate its own “Opt Out” policy.
• Example of how permitted Opt Out policy has negatively impacted states:
o In the 2014-2015 school year, 20 percent of students opted out of statewide testing in
New York state, and in Washington state, more than one-fourth of high school juniors
refused to participate. These incidents caused participation rates to fall far below the
federally required 95 percent (ACT Research & Policy,2015).
Somerset Academy of Nevada: No Opt Out
Accountability of student achievement is the primary mission at Somerset Academy of Nevada.
Assessments assist Somerset in determining student mastery of Nevada Academic Content Standards
and assist in determining whether students are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills they
need to be successful in college and career. Therefore, every child enrolled at Somerset Academy of
Nevada will participate in academic assessments.
Somerset Academy does not recognize parent opt out or parent/student refusal to test. If a parent keeps
his/her child home during mandatory testing, the school will respond as it would with any situation
where a parent keeps a child out of school utilizing the progressive attendance policy and the test will
be made up upon the student’s return to school. If a student is at school and refuses to take the
assessment, the student will be referred to administration for insubordination and progressive discipline
for the student’s refusal to participate in the assessment will be applied. Aligned with the Somerset
Academy Progressive Discipline Policy, school administrators may also choose to not allow participation
in after school activities such as clubs, athletics, and on field trips for students who refuse to participate
in statewide assessments.

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This is what I found… I would put some calls in to state legislature…

Nevada stuff

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Not to mention, penalizing a student for a parents decision probably won’t go over very well w most…. Hope this helps. My child is opted out so I guess we’ll see what happens this spring.

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I am contacting them now. I am also contacting several news stations.

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You go girl! Keep us updated 👍🏻

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Will do!! I am so angry right now. I can not believe that a board would make this mandatory. They are suppose to have the best interest of our kids and forcing them to take a test for 20 hours is not what is best for them. They take enough tests as it is! One reason I quit teaching after 12 years.

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Sorry to hear that we lost a good teacher 😔

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And I just sent an email to the State AG 😉

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Are your kids at Somerset also?

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No, but that doesn’t mean it’s not far behind at her school 😑

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That policy is a direct mandate from ESSA. States will be punished via loss of funding where assessments are concerned.

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Not one state has lost funding from parents opting out their students. This is a scare tactic.

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Correct! There are districts on Long Island and plenty of other places that have opt-out rates over 50-60% and not a single one has lost funding! Somerset specifically said its about their star rating!

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before they haven’t, but the real claws of the national law are being seen. No opting out is the real truth. Ask UT and NY.

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I can tell you right now, if my children are forced to take a test I will tell them to click on every wrong answer. Would they rather have a horrible test score or no score at all? Bad test scores will cause their star rating to drop more than someone not taking the test at all.

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No scare here, just ESSA evidence and all which relates to it. I have had parents contact me due to the ‘opt out’ results: kids can’t graduate because all those times they exercised their right to not take the tests, the data missing from those tests cannot be filled. Too many data holes, not enough credits, not enough credits, no graduation. It is happening, ladies and gentlemen, all across the nation.

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/…/beware-the-change/

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I fought this fight 3 years ago and AG sided with me. Got a call from supers office saying that I can in fact opt my child out!!! We may have a lawsuit here!!

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That’s reassuring to hear! Not sure how they can keep kids from field trips and extracurricular activities.

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Upon hearing that Nevada was allowing schools to drop letter groups of students that opted out, I went to a Nevada anti-Common Core group to inquire if what I heard was true.  I got the following replies:

A year or two ago, a charter school threatened to drop a students GPA from a 4.0 to a 2.0 if the student did not take the SBAC. The mother tried everything she could think of but then had her child take the test.

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I dont believe public schools can. I’ve only heard of charter school doing it.

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I know an online school has said they would and one other charter school. I cannot recall the name of the charter school.

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Grades are moot until 9th grade, and their subjective opinions are equally moot.

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I try to tell people. For every choice there are consequences The more government choices the more rules. While a charter school may not itself love testing , it HAS to comply in order to get funds. 95% of the students need to take the tests or no federal $$. Which means bye bye school. So the school can outline its mandate for your child to test.

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Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

If ever there was a book I highly recommend parents get to understand why all this sexualization is going on in our children’s schools it is Gabriele Kuby’s book… ‘The Global Sexual Revolution: Destruction of Freedom In The Name Of Freedom’.

Gabriele Kuby is from Germany and we would be wise to heed her warnings as she writes…

“It would seem that our current condition is light years away from the terror systems of Nazism and Communism. However, we can see that our freedom is becoming ever more constricted.

There is no terror-wielding police or secret service system, but thanks to digital data storage, we all live in glass houses, where there is no private nook or cranny left. This is a prerequisite for completely new forms of totalitarian monitoring and control.”

If you do not have time to read the book, I highly recommend you, at the least listen to this talk she gave recently.
https://youtu.be/lLDGjdGHu60

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Here is a post shared by Alice Linahan:

Student data can be used for high-stakes decision-making:

Because more and more data concerning student activities, behavior, and ability is being collected at earlier ages,
some companies are generating “profiles” using predictive analytics to forecast their future behavior. For example, many companies sell “early warning tools” that profess to predict which students are “at risk” of not graduating, using attendance, achievement, and/or behavior data as indicators. Teachers can track student progress over time via a mobile-ready or desktop dashboard. It’s not difficult to imagine how this data could falsely identify certain students, limit their ability to enroll in certain courses, or even cause schools to push them out by encouraging them to transfer to other schools. There is also the very real potential of teachers absorbing negative data through these dashboards and creating negative stereotypes of their students that could hamper their future success.

Student data is shared with state educationdepartments and beyond:

When student data is collected by schools, it’s often sent to the state education department and tied to individual teacher data for the purpose of tracking “teacher effectiveness” or other policy initiatives. Student data can also be linked to data sets from other state agencies, including the departments of higher education, health and human services, and workforce development, to be used for longitudinal research, evaluation, and policy-making.Many schools collect sensitive data related to students’ country of birth and date of entry into the United States
and share this information with the state. Though schools are not supposed to ask the documentation status of any student, this information could then be used as a proxy or screening device if the state or federal government decided to access it for this purpose. Similarly, disciplinary and arrest records of students are collected by schools and may be used against them and prejudice their futures.

Educational or pedagogical value:

The first and perhaps most important step to take before adopting ed tech is to evaluate whether the program will support or improve teaching and learning, rather than replace the relationship between you and your students. Confer with appropriate staff, including curriculum specialists, technology directors, school administrators, and other teachers in your subject area or discipline to obtain their opinion on the value that the program may bring to your classroom. The decision to utilize technology should not merely depend upon whether or not it frees up your time but whether it enhances learning opportunities for your students.Also look for rigorous research to show that the program will actually deliver the results promised. Ed tech companies often make inflated claims about the efficacy and value of their products, and many media outlets and organizations funded by ed tech corporations promote the use of these products without adequate proof in research or experience. Before implementing a digital product or service, check to see if there has been any independent study or evaluation done showing that it actually works to improve student outcomes.

In general, there is little research that supports the current rapid proliferation of ed tech or the claim that these products really “personalize” learning, according to a report by the Network for Public Education, Online Learning: What Every Parent Should Know. As the report points out, “Vendors often inflate claims for their products with self-serving studies of questionable quality or those commissioned and paid for by ‘consultants.’ Many students tend to become bored and disengaged and fail to learn critical communication skills and critical thinking when there is too little time devoted to human interaction and too little feedback offered by their teachers and fellow students.” You can find a link to the full report in the Resources section.”

https://www.studentprivacymatters.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/PCSP_BATS-Educator-Toolkit.pdf?fbclid=IwAR15z_QhpqD2V3Grl6xrTViD4Zivm-PTNiwagh1pR1r0Ni4UPIaiz-Leg28

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

Just saw this on my son’s 6th grade homework. Look at question #1.

Seems like they’re trying to “plant the seed”.

Pisses me off…

sneaky police hate

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

Over the 32 years teaching, I saw the grading scale drop THREE times. Each time I wondered to myself HOW they could keep doing so. It just watered down the grades. Most people don’t know this went on. They think their little darlings who get all As are doing wonderfully, while in reality, they are not true As. Sad

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Here is a post from a group called Arizonans for Recess & School Wellness:

Phx area 5-8 middle school gives extra credit to students who don’t use their limited bathroom passes. Tying grades to hydration and bladder control? Absurd. Keep in mind these students only receive a 15-20 minute recess (at lunch) in their 7+ hour school day.

bathroom pass misery

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And some replies to this post:

This is infuriating

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Yep. Fought it at my son’s junior high. Managed to get them to stop doing this to my child, but they refused to change their policy. It’s absolutely awful.

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Jobs are required to let workers have at least a 15 minute break in the morning, 15 minute break in the afternoon, and a 45 minute lunch during an 8 hour shift, so why don’t our kids get the same treatment?!

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How many adults would tolerate this?

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Happening to my son in 7th grade. It pisses me off.

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I’m so sorry [name withheld]. I tried to fight their policy and they wouldn’t budge. You can get it changed on an individual basis though.
I can’t believe after 5 years they are still doing it. 😢

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he has written in his IEP that he can take brain breaks, so he uses that so he doesn’t have to use his bathroom passes. It is not right that he has to do that but I have to pick my battles.

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Some Marcos teachers are doing this. I’ve spoken with the Vice-Principal about it as initially the passes were to help control kids who misuse asking to go to the bathroom and mess around. I told my teen she could ask to go to the bathroom and that there would be no issues(per the school admin) because she’s not a kid who misused it. Then my own teen told me about the extra credit and why she wants to try to avoid using the passes. So I’ll be back to have a convo with the administrator. I’m pretty pissed.

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This is awful! If you don’t get anywhere with your administrator would you be willing to speak at a CUSD District Board meeting as a concerned parent to request that they change their policy? I think it would help!

This is so wrong on so many levels.
Bathroom usage should never be tied to grades, even extra credit. Especially for teenage girls that may be menstruating, may have an irregular flow and may need to use the restroom more often. They should not be punished or not allowed the same opportunity at extra credit due to a bodily function out of their control.

And, why punish all for the actions of a few?

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Some admin and teachers argue these inhumane practices serve to teach time management. It’s a narrow and self-serving way of thinking about the issue.

When 1) the school-day got longer and 2) the class periods got longer and 3) the school-day opportunities to move and play and socialize shrunk and 4) the curriculum became increasingly developmentally inappropriate and driven by standardized test prep, the bathroom became a battleground for antsy students desperate for a break. Some educators think they have a bathroom-abuse problem when what they have is a student engagement problem created by an ecosystem that manages students as widgets not humans.

First, fashion a humane day. Then consider whether you need to grade kids on their highly personal bio needs. My guess is after the first step, the second step starts to sound as ludicrous as it is.

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100% agree with you. The system is so broken and those in charge are too often unwilling to see it and fix it.

I went to the CUSD school board candidate forum last week and it was very telling when Bob Rice said over and over again that he wants CUSD to be the #1 district in America (by that meaning turning out the highest performing students). I’m sick of this performance arms race and treating children like robots.

We need a complete overhaul of the current system. It isn’t working and we are breaking our children in the mean time. 💔

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just goes to show its all about control

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I’m not going to lie the school schedules are a little ridiculous in Arizona. At both schools I taught at we had early release EVERY Wednesday! Why? They claim they want kids in school and scrutinize instructional time and yet…??? So we had longer school days to compensate for the lost time which of course includes a pathetic 15 minute recess. I worked with a 4th grade teacher who used to give them extra recess even after we got a “nasty gram” email from the principal informing us NOT to deviate from the schedule. He was a boss and didn’t care. 😂 But it just seems like early release was a serious waste of instructional time and not needed. I come back home to NY and the schools have a handful of professional development days sprinkled throughout the year… NOT every week. Ugh! 🙄

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My daughter shared today that 2 more of her teachers are offering extra credit for unused bathroom classes this quarter….3 classes total now.

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Oh no! That is awful! Why won’t these teachers stop this practice?

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Never works for admin to address it w/just one teacher when there’s a systemic problem, a school culture. Game of whack-a-mole unless leadership digs deep as to why educators might be resorting to such a practice and what other, more reasonable, adult responses might be.

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As a substitute teacher I have seen this before. Absolutely terrible!

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My older kid was complaining about this. Because she lost all of her passes.

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And another post from this group:

New York here … our district decided to run a pilot recess program. This whole process from our formal request of mandatory recess to now took less than 6 months so the fact they jumped on it that fast is great… BUT… since its a pilot they arent really having structure with the plan. They allowed teachers to volunteer to do it… told teachers we prefer recess with lunch but its okay if not… they arent being held accountable if they withhold for punishment… a “chance of rain” means teachers stayed inside… out of about 35 teachers only 1 sent a note home to parents to say hey your kids get recess! and the others who mentioned it to parents only were responding to a parent asking about it. Our next step is Oct 1 send a letter to district saying thanks for starting this… here is what we have found out… and also ask for more structure in terms of temperature and weather, communicating with parents etc.. I did get our PTSA to vote on supporting recess, so i have a small window to use them for somethings.. but What else can i do to make this successful???? bottom line is some teachers are for it, some arent.. some wont even talk about it…

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And some replies to this post:

A pilot without structure and leadership and review isn’t really a pilot. I hate to say it and I’m not there but it sounds like district leadership delay.

Still, awesome you are pushing!

Is there a district wellness policy committee? A legit recess pilot/study should be informed by, if not run by, that committee.

Without strong district leadership, policy, and professional development, recess will continue to be a spotty offering, at principal or teacher whim. Which doesn’t work when we are talking about what is an undisputed “critical child need.”

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our wellness committee is a joke – i recently joined that. No one shows for the meetings except the teacher they placed in charge of the committee. She seems very nice but no leadership. She was very…. took orders well… when i joined a meeting and said we need to do this… (we are also trying to change food options its horrible and zero options for glutenfree, DF, peanut free..) I did get the PTSA to allow me to chair a Recess Equipment committee, and re did use PTSA money for balls and jump ropes etc… we are looking into imagination blocks… I think they want to do this, pilot idea until they create the one campus… right now we have 3 schools… but once we get the building plans passed by the state and city vote, we will build one school to house all 3 elementary schools. I feel they want to wait as that would be easier in some regards. I will work on wellness policy to see what we can do…

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

Currently I am attending the NASBE Conference.

HIPPA and FERPA sneaky scheme

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And here are some replies to this post:

It seems that’s already happening….

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Right, but currently it’s with students who have IEP’s and 504’s. The above would include ALL students.

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Right, but I believe that the data is already being shared with the DOL and Workforce Services.

For all students

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Currently FERPA data is being shared, and HIPAA is not. It seems their intention is to change that and combine the data systems.

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again because FERPA trumps HIPAA it is being shared via IEP’s and 504’s. This move above would include all students

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I still believe all students data is being shared through “research entity” clauses in contracts that supposedly scrub the personal info from the data. However, I think just enough data remains to be able to reconstruct who the data is for through the metadata servers they have that are at the government and other “research behavior” levels. It probably sounds tin foil hattish, but with everything I’ve read I’d bet on it.

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FYI all if you havent already read this …

http://www.newswithviews.com/Hoge/anita117.htm

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there have been a ton of side bar conversations of concern that Medicaid is now being expanded/funded at the State level and that there will be less money there. The discussion has been how to maximize that funding for SEL and or get around it.

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Why on earth does the dept of workforce services need to know my child’s medical records?! That is beyond overreaching!

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Do you all remember the Obama administration’s Life of Julia video? Republicans need to watch it again and check themselves. That’s where states (and particularly women) are being shoved.

The UN Conferences at UVU this month, and Salt Lake City next year, are a huge indicator. Salt Lake, under Mayor Biskupski, is becoming a Smart City where citizenry are surveilled by blockchain data. It is part of the UN’s Learning Cities where citizens’ “competencies” must serve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals—including Goals for sexualized curriculum in all subjects.

The UN Learning Cities Data Framework was built by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development—the same group that:

1. created the Obama administration’s Race to the Top policies (now in ESSA).

2. met with the major assessment companies in 2015 to: shift them into behavioral assessment and interoperable data.

3. held Teaching Summits with the USDOE and state superintendents from 2011-2013 to train teachers on tech and behavioral (social-emotional) assessment.

This workforce pipeline rhetoric is setting up a China social-credit system. Only it’s being used so that a child must become a political activist for progressive causes in order to be deemed behaviorally “Competent.”

Now, when parents tell their kids, “Go to school and get good grades”, they are actually saying, “Go to school and become a good humanist/atheist or you won’t get hired.”

We have GOT to stop talking about data privacy laws and start admitting that there is no data privacy with “personalized” computer-adaptive curriculum/assessment. THAT is what Obama’s Life of Julia told us they were building. It’s just astonishing that Republicans are the ones carrying it to the finish line through Dept. of Labor.

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it is about controlling your child.

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

This school board is under fire after announcing the implementation of a mandatory Islamic “sensitivity” program for all students. One pissed off dad wentcompletely nuts after attempts to silence him, and his next eight words shut the school board up.

https://www.americanow.com/story/society/2017/10/10/outraged-dads-8-simple-words-shut-down-school-teaching-islam?fb=ffa&fbclid=IwAR0py-fC1xFskmEQHIYjsQAW8CSSfjSD9E6xAeMZq3A6iWPsmgO3A-kflbM

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

Thanks alot FNSB school district for your resolution to teach my children inappropriate LGBQ propaganda!!! This jazz does not belong in schools!!

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And I found this follow up bulletin from the school that someone shared in reply to said post above:

Fairbanks traitors

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Here is a post from a South Dakota anti-Common Core page:

Are you ready for your child to be given a mental health assessment at school?

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Education has been awarded an $8.7 million Project AWARE grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The grant is a partnership with the Department of Social Services. Over a period of five years, the grant will be used to help raise awareness and fund a tiered support system of evidence-based training and individualized services for school-aged students and school communities in need of mental health supports.

A key component of the grant is to connect school professionals with Community Mental Health Center professionals to reach more school-aged youth who need behavior and mental health services.

“We know that the need for these kinds of services is there in our schools. We’ve been hearing growing concerns from school officials,” said Mary Stadick Smith, interim secretary of education. “This grant will help us to address some of the current gaps in service and better connect students and families with mental health resources.”

The first cohort of school districts will begin receiving behavior and mental health supports through the grant beginning in October 2018. More schools will have the opportunity to receive supports through the grant in subsequent years.

Partners including the Children’s Home Society, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI South Dakota) and the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment at the University of South Dakota will help deliver evidence-based training for schools and communities.

http://news.sd.gov/newsitem.aspx?id=23801

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Here is a post from a CT anti-data mining page:

I have a 10th grader who told me yesterday they are preparing for the PSAT. We opted out of all SBAC testing. Denying accommodations for testing is despicable. How is it fair to the students that CT is allowed to use the SAT on our students under such a poor review? We don’t need to prove SAT is aligned with CCSS. We need to abandon the standards and get a test that is fair to all students.

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

The “School-to-Prison Pipeline” Now Extends to Preschool. “[A]cross the country, black and brown students are being criminalized as early as the age of 3, leading to the ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ that critics say now extends to even preschool.” https://www.democracynow.org/…/the_school_to_prison_pipelin…

Taking note that a modern-day aggressive production of seat-restricted/limited-services “good” schools dovetails neatly with the test-score-mandated closure of all-student-inclusive, culture-protective schools located inside poorest — and heaviest minority — neighborhoods.ciedieaech.wordpress.com/2015/10/09/walking-the-line

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Here are some posts, again from the above group, talking about the teacher who had her textbooks taken by admins in Florida and the article about it:

Happened to me, in a slightly different way. The retribution too.

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Actually is is pretty normal  I should have added “sadly”. That was the reason I finally walked out …. on Fall Thursday

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i feel defeated but will keep standing up for education and for the importance of teaching literature and grammar.

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at my last school , I received a brand new set of text books and was excited until I noticed that there were only partial selections and Each was annotated in RED and I was REQUIRED to assign all questions for each selection. That was enough for me….
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 deprofessionalization is so demoralizing.
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Here is a post from a student privacy group:

PLEASE SHARE IMMEDIATELY TO ALL OF MCPHERSON.

If you have not heard, on Tuesday September 18th, my 6th grade son and wife were exposed to pornographic materials while doing homework using his school issued chromebook and a link provided through the Summit Learning Platform, which McPherson School District has adopted for the curriculum for middle school and elementary schools. The district continues to refuse to acknowledge their inability to control information placed on the Summit Learning Platform. After issuing a statement they had “updated” their networks and were “confident that this will be prevented in the future,” we found additional inappropriate materials on another student assignment provided by Summit. The USD 418 administration did NOT notify parents that inappropriate material was again accessed via the Summit Learning curriculum. Please attend the Monday, September 24th School Board Meeting at 7:00 at the Central Office, 514 N. Main to request the IMMEDIATE TERMINATION OF SUMMIT.

Videos of naked women on beds, women holding vibrators, women with shear tops and nipples clearly visible as well as articles titled “Sex Robots Aren’t as Beneficial as The Claims Make Them Out To Be” and “Shared sex toys may transmit HPV Virus, are not examples of learning we should expect or allow for our children. In addition, this content was not accessed via links to advertisements as the district stated in their email to parents. Please share this information with as many as you can to stand up against our school district’s apparent lack of concern regarding their inability to protect our children from inappropriate material provided by the Summit curriculum. FYI, Summit is also being implemented in other school districts across Kansas and other states as well. The fact that a curriculum provides such avenues for our children in the first place is wrong.

If a textbook provided inappropriate content of this nature, we would immediately remove it from our district. Why have these standards dropped?

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And some more posts from said group:

Seminole county.
Both my kids have to do iready. I don’t let them do it at home anymore. My oldest has to do Khan for math. And from what I learned at curriculum night, is they have to pass or complete Khan in order to be in honors math for middle school. That upset me!

He’s playing catch-up right is because he’s behind on his progress %. If they don’t have their goals completed for the week they aren’t allowed to do second recess/fun Day on Friday.
Same for my youngest. So they basically bribe them to get it done.

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I don’t allow my daughter in K to do iReady at school. We are working at it minimally at home. It is supposed to be teacher led and it’s impossible with 19 kids who wear headphones.

We are fortunate where our school has worked with us and does not use it to punish kids.

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

Senator Ben Kieckhefer has removed his children from Edmodo. I recently asked him, “Don’t all parents deserve to know what you know that caused you to remove your children from Edmodo?” He said, “Yes.” Details in post below.

ACTION ITEM – Email four legislators – Mo Denis, Ben Kieckhefer, Lisa Krasner, Jim Wheeler (copy and paste their email addresses) mo@modenis.com; info@benfornevada.com; lisakrasnerfornevada@gmail.com; jim.wheeler@asm.state.nv.us and ask that they sponsor or co-sponsor a bill that would require the local school districts to educate parents on all aspects of using EdTech products and then let parents would decide if their children use them or not. If you know of other legislators who would support a bill like this this please let me know who they are and feel free to add them to your email.

Senator Mo Denis has a bill that we’ve been told will be modeled after California’s SOPIPA (Student Online Personal Information Act) that attempts to tell third party EdTech vendors how student data they collect (without parental consent) can and cannot be used.
Protect Nevada Children (PNC) will support the bill because right now NV has nothing protecting student data from EdTech vendors. But, since SOPIPA has become law in CA several things have happened to compromise students, their data, and their futures, and nothing has happened to the third party vendors (even in CA), in addition no one is required to informed parents.
a) One of the largest EdTech vendors, Edmodo, had a data breach causing sensitive student data to be placed for sale on the dark web
b) A year later Edmodo sold the entire company (including) all the student data to a Chinese company, experts agree the Chinese bought Edmodo for the data of U.S. students
c) A Cal Berkeley study, released this summer, showed many of the EdTech vendors used in our schools are illegally tracking children
d) Governors in at least two states have filed law suits against Google for illegally tracking students
e) The FBI came out with a Public Service Announcement on September 13 warning parents and school districts about third party EdTech vendors.

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Here are some posts from the Nevada anti-Common Core group.  These posts are replies in follow up to the post about them making them take the tests:

parents should listen to this.

https://soundcloud.com/…/women-on-the-wall…

Here are links to the documents discussed.

Topic: Psychographic Behavioral Modification in the Classroom
Acronyms to know…
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
Competency-Based Education (CBE)
“SEL and CBE beat down your spirit and groom your mind.”- Lynne Taylor commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2018/04/19/the-links/

WHO IS DRIVING THE DATA COLLECTION PUSH?
CLICK THE VIDEO BELOW!

https://youtu.be/aSxWHsrHqMw

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So UNESCO is one of the entites that wants data on our children? China already bought one of the largest EdTech vendors used in NV schools, Edmodo. Experts paying attention believe they bought the company for data on U.S. students.

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Well… Appears they have to take the tests. So mine will simply have my blessing to have fun with their answers.

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Be careful with that. SBAC test scores are stored forever with Infinite Campus and the NDE’s SAIN. SBAC must share all info gleaned on the SBAC with the fed. DOE, GAO, and others. In addition several other parties get raw SBAC data. All these entities get more data from the SBAC test than the local districts, teachers, and parents.https://nebula.wsimg.com/173780155c6d2e3f9f41c7ee4891859a…

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If that wasn’t enough…. depending on the school, they are now pulling kids from their electives (even if they are straight A students) and putting them in remedial courses and other extra help type classes for poor test grades on this test!

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i have seen the same type of posts on a florida opt out page. students that have done bad on a single test have been held behind a grade. you are not alone just so you are aware

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Truth about the VA

So, is the VA still abusing veterans?  I’m going to do some research to find out.

Here is a post from a pro-veteran anti-VA abuse group:

‘I knew something was not right’: Mass cancellations of diagnostic test orders at VA hospitals draw scrutiny

VA canceling thousands of diagnostic tests across the country

Radiology technologist Jeff Dettbarn, alleges thousands of tests at the Iowa City VA were improperly canceled, potentially risking veterans’ lives.

By DONOVAN SLACK | USA TODAY
Reporter Tony Leys of the Des Moines Register, a member of the USA TODAY Network, contributing.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/10/01/va-hospitals-cancellations-diagnostic-exam-orders-draw-scrutiny/1424298002/

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And another post from this group:

He did’t fall, he was pushed through the cracks by the VA’s psychological battering.

https://www.usmclife.com/2018/09/va-says-marine-who-killed-himself-in-their-parking-lotfell-through-the-cracks/

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And here are some replies to this post:

No crack the VA created a hole as wide and deep as the Grand Canyon. The VA has become like the Republican Party vets don’t deserve and are looking for a hand out That’s why good doctors and nurses don’t last long . The is a money pit with no bottom l. No amount of money will fix the VA . The VA is organize crime nore ruthless than the costa Nostra and as deadly as the mafia .

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That’s despicable! 😔 There are so many cases like this. I can’t believe they’re getting away with it! 😶

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Happens 22 times a day as far as Veterans Administration is concerned they just fall through the cracks

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When you go to the VA for any mental health issue you are treated like a prisoner. First you are made to strip then you are put into pajamas that look eerily similar to POW cloths. Then at times the staff laughs and jokes about severely ill patients. This has happened to me. While I’m not proud of having PTSD I have seen one person I know kill himself as a result of being turned away from the VA. No Veteran should be left behind. If the VA had that kind of mentality we wouldn’t be in the situation we now are in with the VA!!!!

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And here are some posts in reply to a post about the VA rejecting a whistleblower claim of abuse:

I have full, legal binding evidence to the back and paralysis issue in the story. They neglected me for 20 years and I ended up paralyzed, in surgery, learn to walk again, etc… I also have a youtube video of one of their doctors making it a “mental issue”. Mental issues don’t collapse into your spinal cord. Any lawyers want my info? I can bust this case WIDE OPEN….

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Following- trying to learn the process… I have paralysis issues because they declared me delusional bipolar when I actually had a broken back

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I had a T6-T12 Sci diagnosed then was deleted and told it was all in my head still paralyzed still in a chair. Not sure what’s more messed up is they deleted it or they still provide me stuff like my chair, ramps, lift for my truck and various other stuff including monthly stuff I don’t get full Sci care through the VA but they treat it.
Also not sure if I can say this or not but F it I wonder how a person once under an OIG investigation(I was called for a statement but already played VA games of retaliation I was all set going on record after a doc) goes from that to whistleblower Kois was a completely disrespectful ahole

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They dont want any administrative cases proven by Veterans to become a case…especially by the same agency that is suppose to provide care…surely and couldnt be harming us{{INSERT SARCASM}}

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HERE IS PROOF: I am battling dental care. My private practice had to threaten the VA with no longer supporting the VA outpatient program because of such long reaction time to a simple implant procedure. I went to the VA yesterday (Sept 26) to ask about payment that has been in limbo well over 2 months. Further investigation determined the VA staff sent the paperwork to the wrong department. Once the dental implant paperwork arrive to the correct department, they had up to 90 days to send out payment. Therefore, they deliberately did it wrong to meet a time line. We finally told the Manch VA dental Department if payment was received almost immediately, we would also speak with the NH Board of NH Dental Practices who would in turn speak directly with the Veteran Affairs Dental Department. MORE PROOF: This particular VA is complained to the DC VFW about me supposedly being abusive and threatening to the staff to the point that the VFW formally withdrew representing me in my otherwise legitimate appeals case that was a slam dunk to win. SOP dictates I must be notified of such commentary and perceived actions which I never was. This happened after I “FIRED” 3 physicians for not doing their job. I found them editing my appointment concerns WITH PROOF. Their response was calling security because the obviously NEW Drs suddenly felt “alarmed” learning I was not taken back by their MD titles. They vanished and security appeared and had nothing to add.

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And another post from this group:

As a VA employee, I have seen how they leave veteran’s ssn’s out.I have been reporting it to the privacy officer for over a year. I also have reported it to the oig. Plus they had a doctor throw out multiple vets ssn’s. I have reported it and gave the info to the privacy officer four separate occasions. I have no idea as how to stop it. Ideas?

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And here is a reply to this post:

I have made many comments on Ebenifit hacks and I really believe what is behind the uptick of the hacks/frauds is due to SSN not being protected at the VA. In Tampa we had VA employees trading Veterans SSN for drugs and linked is one in Arkansas the FBI caught by a VA employee selling SSN of Veterans. Second link is to a law office getting ready to sue on behalf of veterans who have losses over these hacks and had SSN stolen in recent scandals. If I got your SSN all I got to find is your birthdate and full name to change Ebenifits info to log into account, There have been thousands this year and the VA is still denying its happening.

https://neareport.com/…/arkansas-va-employee-charged…/

https://www.fight4vets.com/ebenefits-hacked/

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SEL Guys Part 2

I made a part 2 (Part 1 was getting kind of long.)

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Milwaukee Public Libraries

Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Milwaukee Succeeds (SEL Coordinator VISTA)

Milwaukee Urban League

Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO)

Neighborhood House of Milwaukee

New Concept Self Development Center

Our Next Generation

Pearls for Teen Girls

Playworks

Reset – MindBody

Rogers InHealth

SET Ministries

Seton Schools

STEM

United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County

Urban Ecology Center

Urban League

Urban Underground

WI Department of Public Instruction

Wisconsin Humane Society

Youth Frontiers

Source:  http://www.milwaukeesucceeds.org/what-we-do/social-and-emotional-learning/goal-4-network-partners

Education Groups that Gates is Buying off Part 6

New Profit Learn to Earn Fund Buddies

  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • The Boston Foundation
  • Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
  • ECMC Foundation
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Hassenfeld Foundation
  • Hirsch Family Foundation
  • Joyce Foundation
  • Kresge Foundation
  • Lumina Foundation
  • Travelers Foundation
  • Spencer Foundation
  • Siegel Family Endowment
  • Walmart
  • Walmart Foundation

Source:  https://www.newprofit.org/our-work/focus-funds/learn-to-earn-fund/funders/

Learning Resource Metadata Initiative Buddies

Schema.org

Association of Educational Publishers

Creative Commons

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

 DCMI

Source:  http://www.lrmi.net

Teach for All Buddies

Supporters

Global Champions

Our Global Champions have committed at least $1 million in annual funding to Teach For All

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative DAF, a donor advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Lawrence Ellison Foundation
Seedlings Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Partners

Our Partners have committed at least $500,000 in annual funding to Teach For All

Acacia Conservation Fund
Credit Suisse
Finnegan Family Foundation
Laura and John Arnold
Oak Foundation
Susan and Thomas Dunn
William K. Bowes Jr. Foundation

Supporters

Our Supporters have committed at least $250,000 in annual funding to Teach For All

America for Bulgaria Foundation
Chubb Charitable Foundation
Doris & Donald Fisher Fund
IKEA Foundation
Kenneth C. Griffin
Lone Pine Foundation, Inc.
The Greg and Carrie Penner Fund of the Walton Family Foundation
The Moriah Fund
The Scully Peretsman Foundation

Strategic Partners

Our strategic partners provide significant in-kind support across key areas

Boston Consulting Group
Cisco Systems, Inc.

Friends of Teach For All & Other Donors

Our Friends of Teach For All have committed at least $5,000 in annual funding to Teach For All

Aga Khan Foundation
Amgen Foundation
Antonella Mei-Pochtler
Apax Foundation
Arconic Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
Dow Jones
Echidna Giving
Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union
Felipe Medina
Gregory Wendt
H-E-B
Huo Family Foundation
Ian Davis
Lidow Family Trust
Marcy Engel & Stuart Cobert
Nommontu Foundation
Paul & Sarah-Gay Fletcher
PSIPSE
Rachel and Mike Jacobellis
Sue Lehmann and Ted Dreyfus
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Inc.
The Pershing Square Foundation
Tim Purcell
Vitol Foundation
Warburg Pincus

Network Partners

Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) Buddies

Source:  http://edpolicyinca.org/aboutus

Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard University Buddies

ORGANIZATIONAL PARTNERS

Source:  https://edlabs.harvard.edu/innovative-partners

The Research Alliance for New York City Schools Buddies

General Support Funders

The following organizations have provided support for general operating expenses or start-up funds.

Source:  https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/research_alliance/funders

New Schools for Chicago Buddies

2014

Investors of $1,000,000 to $1,999,999

CME Group Foundation
The Crown Family
Exelon Foundation
Hurvis Charitable Foundation
Illinois Tool Works Foundation
Perkins Hunter Foundation
Satter Foundation

Investors of $500,000 to $999,999

Financial Investment Corporation
John Buck Company Foundation
Northern Trust
The Polk Bros Foundation
The Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust

Investors of $250,000 to $499,999

The Civic Committee
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Walton Family Foundation
Tim Schwertfeger

Investors of $100,000 to $249,999

Anderson-Formolo Family Foundation
Michelle Collins
Kautz Family Charitable Fund at the Chicago Community Trust
Deborah and Stephen Quazzo
Rauner Family Foundation

Investors of $25,000 to $99,999

Dr. Scholl Foundation
John Searle Family Fund
Madigan Family Foundation
United Airlines

Investors up to $24,999

The Barr Fund
R. Eden Martin
Sue L. Gin
Louis Raizin

Source:  https://web.archive.org/web/20140105062738/http://www.newschoolsnow.org/investors/new-schools-for-chicago-investors/

2018

Aon

AT&T

Best Portion Foundation

BMO Harris

The Boston Consulting Group

The Broad Foundation

Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago

CME Group Foundation

The Crown Family

Education Cities

Evans Food Group Ltd.

Illinois Tool Works

The John Buck Company

The Joyce Foundation

KPMG

Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE)

McCormick Foundation

Molex, LLC

Northern Trust

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Steans Family Foundation

United Airlines

USG

Walton Family Foundation

Source: https://kidsfirstchicago.org/our-supporters/

Consortium for Educational Change Buddies

Partner with CEC for IL-EMPOWER Support

The Consortium for Educational Change (CEC) has learned that school improvement hinges on the school, district, union, and board embracing change and nurturing early progress to ultimately produce results for students. CEC’s experience has proven that in order to improve, struggling schools must implement a small number of effective practices with fidelity rather than a… Read More

Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN)

The Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN), founded in 1995, is a nationwide network of more than 200 union locals from the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association. It brings local unions together to promote progressive reform in education and teacher unions, build relationships among key stakeholders, and to cultivate the next generation… Read More

On The Same Page 2.0

Since 2011, six national organizations, along with the U.S. Department of Education, have been working together to support labor-management collaboration in states and school districts throughout the country for the advancement of student learning. The organizations include: AASA, The School Superintendents Association; American Federation of Teachers (AFT); Council of Chief State School Officials (CCSSO); Federal… Read More

Partnership for Resilience

CEC is a member of the Partnership for Resilience, an organization that aims to transform and integrate education, healthcare, and community organizations to create a trauma-informed, family-focused system that measurably improves academic, health, and social outcomes for children impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). The Partnership for Resilience began in 2015 as the Southland Education and… Read More

Early Career Leadership Fellows (ECLF)

The Early Career Leadership Fellow (ECLF) initiative is a collaborative effort between the National Education Association (NEA) and CEC, which connects early career teacher leaders to union leadership, particularly around professional and social justice issues. The program has had a major impact on participants, who have reported increased connection and familiarity with the activities, mission, vision,… Read More

Growth Through Learning

Since February 2012, CEC has served as lead partner and fiscal agent of the Growth Through Learning (GTL) Illinois Performance Evaluation Program. CEC develops and offers online modules that provide training and related assessments to pre-qualify peer observers and teacher and principal evaluators throughout Illinois as part of GTL. The teacher and principal evaluator training… Read More

Partner Organizations

Source:  https://www.cecweb.org/partnerships/

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Source:  https://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=Consortium%20for%20Educational%20Change

4.0 Schools Buddies

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Broad Foundation

Foundation for the Mid South

The Walton Family Foundation

Goldring Family Foundation

Mary Freeman Wisdom Foundation

Kauffman Logo

Source:  https://web.archive.org/web/20170619072539/http://4pt0.org/about/team/

Baptist Community Ministries
Camelback Ventures
Ella West Freeman Foundation
Eugenie & Joseph Jones Foundation
Eugenie & Joseph Jones Foundation
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Excellent Schools New Mexico
Goldring Family Foundation
Goldring Family Foundation
Mebane Foundation
Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
Moonshot EdVentures
NewSchools Venture Fund
Omidyar Network
Opportunity 180
ProBono Publico Foundation
Propeller
Rosamary Foundation
The Drexel Fund
The Lean Lab
The Mindtrust
Walton Family Foundation
Washington Charter Schools Association

Institute of Play Buddies

Funders

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

General Motors

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The Arthur Miller Foundation

The Benedum Foundation

Carnegie Corporation of New York

California Endowment for the Arts

The Grable Foundation

ESA Foundation

Hive Learning Fund at the New York Community Trust

Intel Corporation

JPMorgan Chase Fellowship Initiative

The National Science Foundation

Pearson Foundatio