Public Schools or Public Screwels? Part 7

stop common core 7

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

For the second year we have a teacher who plans to use Classroom Dojo to track behavior (among other things). It makes me uncomfortable to have a commercial entity have this kind of information. When I discussed it last year I was assured bc only first names were used privacy wasn’t an issue. Thoughts?

And here are some replies to said post:

My opinion…it’s public shaming.

 

Wow-I can’t imagine any teacher who would want to use it.

 

In my sons class it was used for behavior and the whole class would see it. The teacher had a few very difficult children and she thought peer pressure from the others would help.

 

That’s terrible! A clear recipe for making some kids, those who always find themselves near the bottom, feel they are just inherently bad and shouldn’t bother trying any differently. How discouraging.
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Agree! My son has severe anxiety and this just added to it! I let the teacher know that I disagreed with it. She stopped using it after a few months.
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A parent with tech background in California spurred a look into this by the NY Times a few years ago’     Parents concerns https://www.nytimes.com/…/privacy-concerns-for…
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 Class Dojo certainly can be “public” in that teachers can display information on a SmartBoard or other device for the whole class to see, including points given for behavior. It can be used as a public ranking system, which defeats the whole point of students mindfully reviewing and understanding what they need to do to personally succeed in the classroom, rather than competing with others. Not every kid is the same, so comparing behavior “scores” is comparing apples to oranges.
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It is a data collection Avenue that the info is stored in the cloud that could be hacked and/or the info sold. The kind of info you or your child may not want out there for just anyone to have. The changes in the FERPA law allows for this kind of organization have that info and the ability to share/sell your child’s info with anyone else they want without your permission. Once it is out of the hands of the district, it is not able to be kept confidential by the district. Because it is free to teachers to use, it seems perfect for them. But they must make their money some how. I would promptly opt my child our of it immediately. If that teacher somehow believes that a computer algorithm cannot attach an identification to a certain child then that teacher does not understand the complexities of what computer programs can do. If your child is having classroom issues, the teacher can contact you directly…as it should be any way.
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A lot of those apps/platforms are very Trojan Horse like. They draw teachers and administrators in because they are made to seem so helpful and easy to use but the user doesn’t look beyond the ease to see the pitfalls (privacy, data collection, etc). One of the manufacturer of one of these programs went bankrupt years ago and it was only then that people realized that the information they collected could be sold as part of the bankruptcy proceedings.
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Our youngest son of five (now 12) used this in 4th grade& used it inappropriately & I started to refuse it or any other behavioral data collecting garbage. Teacher made it public in school
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 I was told when they used it years ago it was by child’s school district number so it does get track. I didn’t like it and pushed for paper at least for my son. Plus then I had a paper trail for future use when needed
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This is disturbing on many levels. Don’t they need parental consent to put your child’s name in? I know when my son was in grade school our district always got parental consent for a myriad of things.
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Today unfortunately parents do not need to consent in many districts
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Parents have rights whether a district recognizes them or not.
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True & I’m one of those who refused this abusive form of education!
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Ditto. It’s the ones who just go along, do not question anything, etc., that make it harder for the rest of us. People need to learn to think for themselves again.
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FERPA striped our parental rights. I believe the schools can do this as long as there is not a separate account for each child. I just found out this evening that my sons teacher is using this. Ugh. She will be displaying a numerical behavior chart. I am going to request that my child not be included for various reasons.
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Here is a post from an anti-Common Core group:

How apropos, on 9/11. Sad day just got sadder NY. Next generation standards officially adopted. Rebrand is official.

“The Board of Regents today approved New York’s Next Generation Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The State Education Department conducted a collaborative process over two years to revise the standards, which involved numerous educators, parents and stakeholders from across the State, and resulted in substantive changes while maintaining the academic rigor of the learning standards.

“The standards we adopted today continue to be rigorous, to challenge New York’s students to do more and to prepare them for life in the 21st century,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. “Throughout the entire process, we worked collaboratively and transparently, receiving valuable input from educators and parents, as well as experts in teaching English language learners, students with disabilities and our youngest learners. We simply could not have arrived at this point without their expertise and input, and we are grateful for their commitment to getting this right for our kids.”

“We have developed an implementation plan that gives teachers and students the time they’ll need to adjust to the revised learning standards,” State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said. “Our implementation timetable allows for professional development and curriculum development to occur before any student takes a State assessment based on the new standards. That’s the fair and smart thing to do for our teachers and our students.”

The State Education Department will work with BOCES District Superintendents, school superintendents, the Staff and Curriculum Development Network and teacher centers to develop and provide guidance on professional development for teachers to implement the new standards. Additional resources will be forthcoming to support the new standards.”

More information on today’s action and the process to revise the standards can be found here: http://bit.ly/2jhGz8I

 

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

Here is an older but great read. I might have posted this last year….

Very important common core data mining information.

This is a very long article with many links. BUT it is critical that parents understand the government and private industries lust for data on every child and every adult on the planet from they day they are conceived until the day they die. There are a series of 3 meetings being held and this article covers the basis for these government meetings and also provides the video and transcript of the first meeting held in October. I will be attending the second meeting today (1-5-17). As you are spending time worrying about Common Core and Sex Ed the real boogie man is DATA. They cannot fulfill their agenda without the data. This is why it is so imperative for parents to REFUSE the digital platform in school. Demand books, paper and pencil and real human teachers. The next phase I call Common Core 2.0 is to award a chrome book to every student (they are already experimenting with this is some states on 3rd and 4th grade students in TX). This chrome book will replace the human teachers and will test your children every day all day. It is called Competency Based Education and Assessment and it is very prevalent in ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act – which is the renewal of No Child Left Behind – All of these programs are based from the 1965 ESEA). We are moving from education to work force training. PLEASE we must as parents and grandparents stop the collection of data on our kids. There are several ways to do this. 1. HOME SCHOOL(I highly recommendFPEUSA.org) 2. refuse the digital platform used in your school now and in the future, refuse ALL surveys, refuse high stakes testing including the NAEP 3. private school that takes no state or federal money. Charters, Vouchers and Education Savings Accounts is how they will suck ALL children into the system and that includes home school and private school. Once you or a private school takes ONE penny of state or federal money you have been sucked into the system. The Choice being talked about is not real choice. It gives you CHOICE of where you want your child to go each day but it will not give you choice about what they are taught because all kids no matter where they go each day will be taught the same thing and they will be in the system. In order to collect interoperable and comparable data every child must be taught the same thing. And if we allow Charters, Vouchers and ESAs that is exactly what will happen. There is no real choice. I am going to be blunt. They lie. They have lied in the past and they are lying now. They deceive parents because they know they can. It is time to wise up and truly fight back. It is time to STARVE THE BEAST and as long as we continue to send our children to the belly of the beast this will never end. This is Communism at its finest and we are putting out the welcome mat and opening the front door.
http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/the-proposed-nsa-like…/ 

 

A University of Southern Mississippi professor is threatening violence against supporters of the state flag:  http://mississippiconservativedaily.com/usm-professor-threatens-violence-on-flag-supporters/

Here is a post from a friend of mine:

How many teachers groups IE; Opt Out groups like Long Island opt out, Badass teachers association; BATS, NYS Allies for public education; NYSAPE, Alliance for Quality education; AQE, Save our Schools; SOS, Diane Ravitch, National association of teachers; NEA, American Federation of Teachers; AFT, Network for public education; NPE…you get the idea…they all said if the nation passed a federal law called ESSA; Every Student Succeeds Act then States would gain LOCAL CONTROL.

They said “It’s better than status quo” They all did. They encouraged calls to DC to support the law. They lobbied to HELP PASS THE LAW.

Many Stop Common Core groups primarily operated by PARENTS formed because common core was horrific, age inappropriate, flawed in a plethora of ways.

StopCC groups tried in vain to build a bridge with the above named groups, parents were shunned, belittled and berated. Spoken to in condescending terms indicating we simply didn’t understand. It was complicated and we were met with “where do you teach?” Dialogue was shutting down and many were flabbergasted. These are our children.

Parents continued to do the deep research and evidence was piling up to support the oppositional actions against the egregious nature of the reforms.

Meanwhile, testimonials from everyday parents were flooding social media of kids breaking down, overwhelmed, in tears nightly. The stopcc groups were desperate to build an alliance with the educators groups named above, to Stop the entirety of the common core reforms.

Opt out was born. If we opted out, our kids classrooms would be returned to what they once were; places of learning led by qualified caring teachers that know what learning requires, they had studied early learning pedagogy. We had a system that was child centered. We wanted it back. So, parents bucked the system. Opted out in great numbers. National headlines were the norm.

We were duped. We believed them when it got convoluted and the opt out movement morphed. Now it was about protecting teachers from accountability aka APPR. They said if we did that first then common core would vanish by default. The data from tests would be invalid.

It didn’t happen. Even with 20% opting out the data machine chugged along. Not tossed out. A moratorium was given to protect teachers but kids were still being prepped all year, taught common core all year, tested in the spring, every year. We are at the SEVEN YEAR mark now.

They said they were gagged and could not speak against that which they say they hated too. Turned out it was NYS education department that gagged them not the reformers as they claimed.

That is the moment the movement against common core reforms shifted from children to adults. To accountability and away from the child collateral damage.

Testing issues were addressed with guidance letters to districts to eliminate locally developed tests. When the State sanctioned opt out we parents knew they had a plan. It was worse. But opt out was now the cool thing to do annually. It grew legs. But, the State was now okay with it? The plan was working perfectly. What do I mean?

The solution was 21st century. Innovative. To reduce stress and address lost instructional time due to testing it would instead be embedded, unknown to the child, weekly data generated internally. Building a dossier of the child. This is to be “personalized” embedding survey to determine “grit and tenacity” and behaviors monitored and subtle ways to change “mindsets” so, you see Opt Out brought us computer/competency online models FASTER. The state was thrilled. Opt out was the mechanism to fix the testing problem. Now curriculum is delivered fully aligned to embedded testing and data tracking all in a neat little tablet. Uploaded to the regional centers BOCES and then into the cloud at the State.

NYSED is diligently building the motherboard data machine that will eventually be part of the much touted “Central clearinghouse” (8 meetings have commenced, I watched them all, addressing the enormity of such a database and how to address the unconstitutionality issue) a national data base with your child’s entire life on file, womb to tomb, to meet the 21st century workforce needs and economy.

Yesterday, the common core was officially rebranded and codified as Next Generation Standards. The State of NY submitted ESSA plans to the Feds for their plan to comply.

Last July it was completed but determined to officially happen on September 11th. KICK THE CAN to the start of school.

The agenda is cemented.

Now, watch the hearings in DC last July. I direct to you the start point of 29:00 minutes and hear the testimony of how ESSA DOES NOT RETURN LOCAL CONTROL, how the Feds are in full control…listen to just 6 minutes of the over an hour hearing from that point…

I am that parent, that has listened to live stream hearings from DC, board of regents, reformers, opposition think tanks and too many others to list. That parent that has sounded alarms, shared info as it was happening, attended meetings and rallies and met with legislators like many parents that have been here for years…This is how we got here.

What now? Educators must, collectively, lock elbows in solidarity and refuse to choose from trash or garbage common core platforms and take back classrooms. It’s our only hope…

Its maddening. If public Ed is to be saved it’s up to the collective majority inside the schools to REFUSE to partake in teaching common core in any platform. To refuse. To save the profession and the children.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx34uP98Ydc&feature=youtu.be

 

This is a very disturbing development.   It appears that SEL is now being embedded into the ACT itself:   https://truthinamericaneducation.com/social-emotional-learning/act-develops-social-emotional-learning-assessment/

A teacher in New Jersey was only letting students use CNN as a news source, not Fox:  http://eagnews.org/nj-teacher-bans-students-from-using-fox-news-as-source-only-cnn/

 

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

Want to understand Minnesota’s ESSA and embedded Minnesota World’s Best Workforce? A “Perfect Vision of Society” Via Centralization… Again “While everyone recognizes the benefits of knowledge, there are those who misinterpret our collective advancement as an invitation to exert control over society, and to impose a centralized structure onto the masses of people doing their own things, working, living, and pursuing happiness in their own ways… But neither the historical record nor the teachings of economics have deterred those who think they can do better, and time and time again, would-be planners and technocrats emerge to try to implement their perfect vision of society.

https://commoncoremn.com/2017/08/19/a-perfect-vision-of-society-via-centralization-again/

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

So-called “Competency-Based Education” is one-to-one learning, coming to a state near you… actually, all of them, via the federal grant program, ESSA – “Every Student Succeeds Act”. Federal grant policies will replace each state’s laws. CBE is the final push to imprison our youngest generation by the elite ed technologists.
“Robots will begin replacing teachers in the classroom within the next ten years as part of a revolution in one-to-one learning, a leading educationalist has predicted.” (Minnesota already has a statute regarding personalized, one-to-one learning.)
Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, said intelligent machines that adapt to suit the learning styles of individual children will soon render traditional academic teaching all but redundant.” (Minnesota uses artificial intelligence in curriculum/testing.)
A contemporary historian who has written biographies of David Cameron, Tony Blair, John Major and Gordon Brown, Sir Anthony heralds the new educational era in a book, The Fourth Revolution”, due out next year. (We are in a revolution and complete transformation!)
“The impact is going to be massive” he said.
“This is beyond anything that we’ve seen in the industrial revolution or since with any other new technology.”
“The machines will know what it is that most excites you and gives you a natural level of challenge that is not too hard or too easy, but just right for you.”
“The technology’s already beginning to arrive,” he said. “It’s already there on the west coast of the US and it’s already beginning to transform schools.
“I’m expecting this to happen within the next 10 years.”
“The great danger is that it takes jobs away, and for humans beings much of our fulfillment in life comes from the satisfaction of work.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/09/11/inspirational-robots-begin-replacing-teachers-within-10-years/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_fb

And another post, though from early August, from said group:

CHANGE IN TEST REFUSAL LANGUAGE!?! Please do not share until we have this totally figured out.

I believe we have had some SUCCESS since the hearing two weeks ago.!!! The new ESSA State Plan is out and the MDE has removed the “doesn’t meet standards” for test refusals. This was a part of all of our testimonies and I actually suggested that the MDE use “did not participate” as replacement language. We’ll need to read this more AND comment to the MDE in favor if I am reading this correctly. Here is the new language. Please check me on this as I pinch myself a few times!!! THANK YOU to everyone who posted about the testing situation. We’ve got to continue checking the whole test portion especially about percentage of test participants.
“Minnesota will use an achievement rate as its academic achievement indicator, and the index will be calculated at all school levels, including elementary, middle, and high schools. This rate will award schools 1.0 points for every student in either the “meets standards” or “exceeds standards” achievement level. The number of points
Minnesota State ESSA Plan – Title I, Part A: Accountability 13
at a school will be divided by the number of students enrolled at the school who attended for at least half an academic year. As a result, students who score at the “does not meet standards” or “partially meets standards” achievement levels and students who do not participate in testing will be included in the denominator of the rate calculation but will not be awarded any points in the calculation. Students who do not participate in the test will be identified in state records and in communication with families as not participating; they will not be described as failing to meet standards.”

And here are some replies to said post:

I just read it all again. The same statement appears twice. Test refusals will be noted as did not participate and not described as not meeting standards. Perhaps there’s something about the records at the state and in communication with parents. Will school records and federal records state “failing standards”???

 

Students will not receive any points???

 

Not receiving any points can be a big problem
For instance do you know there are Pathways to get a diploma in Ohio
One of the main ways to get your high school diploma is you have to have enough points ( the points can only be gotten by passing the many “state standards test ” (PARCC lost out company AIR won)
It does not matter grades through out but if you aquire enough points

 

Therefore as too “failing standards”
No points can = failing standards

 

Yes. That is why I questioned.

 

Graduation standards in MN has credits for classes but not standardized tests
http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/hrd/pubs/ss/sshsgrad.pdf

 

So I read it as: all students will be counted, but no points awarded to school (or docked from school) for not participating.

“While Minnesota has historically used a proficiency index rate in accountability which assigns one-half point to students partially meeting standards and one point to students meeting or exceeding standards, the state will move to a calculation of achievement that only gives points to students meeting or exceeding standards (not partially meeting standards). This helps to differentiate the academic achievement indicator from the academic progress indicator described in the sections below.”
Page 15 of link [name withheld] posted above has matrix of points.

page 31: Students expected to test but who do not receive a valid score will be included in the denominator for calculations of academic achievement unless they have a documented medical excuse.

So MDE/ESSA are still holding school accountable for this student who don’t participate, which maybe isn’t fair.

 

Do NOT like that “documented medical excuse” clause

 

For parents that still desire an opt out, what will that look like coming from the MDE? This springs template for opt-out was not very clear. And, concerned districts may have a hand at coming up with other ways to get those points up! Either bullying parents or doing what they are in Ohio for example like sending letters home in the summer “encouraging” parents to have their child retake the standardized test. One school even offered gift cards to kids who showed up for weeks of prep classes – this was for middle schoolers, I believe.

 

Just reading what you posted, it feels like passing the buck. The state won’t require 100 percent participation, but will essentially penalize schools when parents opt kids out, thus forcing schools to be the 100 percent enforcer in order to not lose out on points? Still seems like parental rights are not a priority.

 

Yep. That’s “local control” today. “Local control” forced onto schools in a destructive way. For principals who care about kids, this will take a very courageous admin to not get caught up in competing with other schools to win a badge.

 

Looks like another school is banning USA chants:   http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/09/14/calif-school-officials-warn-usa-chant-could-be-intolerant-or-offensive/?utm_content=buffer0fb83&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

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

Subbing in an 8th grade class today and here are the workbooks they use. What say you? Common Core is alive and thriving in our public schools.
At least this teacher got the correct placement of the American flag and US Constitution poster.

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

Anybody aware of this happening in Utah?

https://fee.org/articles/solitary-confinement-is-appallingly-common-in-public-schools/

And here are some replies to said post:

For decades, particularly in special education.

 

Yes my special needs child, nearly every day.

 

Part of our IEP process at CBTU and Carmen Pingree was a “Human Rights Committee” to approve of methods of controlling “meltdowns” for our son’s safety and those in the classroom.

 

yes – happens in many schools if not all. I’m not going to name names but there are several specialized schools for kids with Autism that do this as part of their protocols. One is a charter school, the other is a private but they take Federal dollars via Medicaid so this makes them subject to IDEA. We’ve had kids attend both and heard the horror stories. My oldest went to the private/public program for preschool. It was housed in a local public school and they had a restraint chair with straps and one of the moms told me they put cayenne pepper on her sons tongue when he didn’t do what they wanted. This really needs to be exposed.

 

Please, no… 😦 What state are you in? What district?
I am in Utah. I’ve seen it in multiple schools in several different districts
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 this makes me absolutely sick! I cannot believe this is happening. I homeschooled my two oldest children and probably became a little blinded to what is really going on. My third child has some sensory processing issues and I’ve been looking at some specialty schools dealing with autism I’m so glad to know about this so I can go in with my eyes wide wide open! This is absolutely horrendous and I cannot believe it is happening! There are so many things wrong with this I don’t even know where to begin.
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 It happens ALL THE TIME in the autism community. I could tell you horror stories of kids going in there from the moment the child starts school to the end of the day. I run a large group of homeschooled autistic and ADHD kids online because the parents found they were suicidal. They took them home to found they have happy children.
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this has been an ongoing concern for Special Ed families for forever. The USOE rules while official are not always adhered to and some question if even appropriate. I witnessed a situation where a child was reprimanded in the parking lot of the school at the end of the school day and told that detention would start again the next day for all day. Thankfully this was not my child but it was heartbreaking to watch/why would the kid even want to go to school the next day? I also know of a situation where a student with learning disabilities was unable to learn and denied a Functional Behaviral Assessment (FBA) as outlined in the USOE rules. This despite the parents paying $2000 to have a private Behavioralist do an FBA observation at the school and find out what the triggers were for the problems. The school would not accept the results – they didn’t want to provide anything/just wanted to punish or let the child nap during the day. This led to a teacher not having the support needed and ultimately hitting the child which was later admitted in a hearing. No help/No FBA in this situation despite one of the District Admin who was on the IEP team being one of the co-authors of the Utah Least Restrictive Behavior interventions (available then and listed in current USOE policy). How do I know so much about the child who was refused a Functional Behavioral Assessment despite the parents efforts and various requirements in Utah as well as under IDEA. It was my child
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Yes one of my friends son was put in a school in Draper, not sure name , but just needed speech therapy and they showed him the “jail”. He came home and said mom dad will I be put in jail school…. They fought the school board and got him transferred
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 I know of a award winning charter school that has a room called “The Room of Justice” where kids are disciplined and teachers threaten to send them there
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I’ve been told that in the school right across the street from me they put their special ed kids in restraints “if needed.” Apparently it’s common. 😳😢
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Yes. Use of seclusion and physical restraint are the reasons we pulled our son out of public school.
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This is evil. This is a quick fix and does not solve the problem the child is having. It does not help mature his brain. This does not help with executive function. It imparts no skills for conflict resolution.

We need to rethink what we are doing to children and how we educate them as a society.

If a child is overstimulated neurologically and is exploding we need to stop and look at what leads to this, what mitigates this without treating them like animals. We need honest questions and honest answers instead of denial.

This is wrong on so many levels.

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If parents did this to a child, they would face charges. Why is a school an exception?
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Yes, my son has severe nonverbal autism and he was put in one of these when he was at school, and it is a special needs school. He is no longer at that school, but it did happen. His teacher told me about it. My son was not being extremely aggressive. I was shocked to learn they use these. 
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This is ridiculous! We are creating more and more ways to disconnect from our kids and them us! If a child is acting up that badly then TAKE THE TIME TO GET TO THE SOURCE OF THE ISSUE!! Are we that lazy or careless that we cant find more compassion for a child IN NEED?? I am NOT for this EVER! My kids were never good enough and were ALWAYS behind in public school, “so says the teacher”! I checked out my youngest for good last year and what a turn around with her anxiety she has had since! Best decision EVER!
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No offense meant to anyone on this thread, but I think some of you have no idea how severe the behavior problems are that teachers and therefore your students are facing in the classroom these days. I’m not advocating for a padded room, but the problems are big even for regular kids. This is another reason besides Common Core to homeschool, if you possible can.
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Spectrum Academy in NSL. Charter school for ASD kids. Bad idea and causes PTSD in my opinion. Something more humane could do the job.
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Wait. Are you saying spectrum academy uses one of these?!?! 😦 😦
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My grandson was locked in a cell there for a very long time. His mother was volunteering in another classroom. Staff knew she was there but made no effort to contact her about his behavior that prompted it. She was livid when she found out. I don’tknow exactly what the “closet” was like since I didn’t see it myself. This was in the first two years of their charter. Hopefully it is not still there. After the second year my daughter pulled the two boys and taught them at home. Much better option.
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The “Spectrum” in their name is deceptive. They had no special education training or programs for my son in 10th grade. They are a little clique of parents, running their little privately controlled school on state tax dollars. They are the worst of what Charter schools can be.
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They locked my son in their “timeout closet” at Syracuse Elementary. They wouldn’t release him to his grandmother (who was on the approved “signout list”), and wouldn’t release him to my wife.

Once I called the police to report the school had “kidnapped” my son, they let him out. I spent the next few hours with Davis County Sheriffs, Syracuse PD, and about 20 school employees explaining how this was not acceptable.

I said “kidnapping is a forcible felony, correct?” The Syracuse Patrol Commander confirmed. “And forcible felonies are defensible by the use of deadly force, correct?” Again, he confirmed. “So, if this happens again, I’ll be justified in deploying my sidearm to retrieve my son. Am I understood?”

The principal said something like “I don’t appreciate being threatened.” The Patrol Commander said “he’s not wrong”. Her face went white.

Never had a problem with that Principal again.

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

According to the US Department of Education, we now have over 3.8 million public-school teachers, an increase of 13 percent in the last four years. During that same time period, student enrollment rose just 2 percent.

Mike Antonucci, director of the Education Intelligence Agency, adds that, between 2008 and 2016, student enrollment was flat but the teaching force expanded from 3.4 million to more than 3.8 million, a rise of 12.4 percent.

University of Pennsylvania education professor Richard Ingersoll avers that not only is there no shortage of teachers, there’s actually a glut. Ingersoll, who has long studied teacher-staffing trends, says the growth in the teaching force, which goes well beyond student growth, is financially a “ticking time bomb.”

He adds that the “main budget item in any school district is teachers’ salaries. This just can’t be sustainable.”

http://nypost.com/2017/09/14/the-outrageously-mythical-teacher-shortage/?utm_content=buffere3cb3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer 

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

PISA is working to embed Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) measures (and values antagonistic to Christianity) in America’s assessment systems—including in Utah:

PISA—the global assessment that compares countries and is now a Common Core assessment run by Pearson—is starting to assess teens’ social-emotional competency. This is being done so that they can compel all countries’ to change what their assessment systems value, ie; American parents must start to value what globalists tell us to value.

So. While America used to value academics in education, we are now supposed to embed SEL into all online, formative assessments so that OUR CHILDREN can be told how to think, feel and behave in a humanistic society:
http://afs.org/…/new-test-to-assess-global-competence-of-t…/

According to this World Economic Forum report on SEL advancement in various countries, PISA began measuring “collaborative problem solving” and “perseverance” in 2015. And, by 2018, they will incorporate measures of “intercultural understanding” and “empathy.”

Andreas Schleicher, head of PISA, is now on the World Economic Forum’s steering committee to advance SEL in country’s assessments.
http://www3.weforum.org/do…/WEF_New_Vision_for_Education.pdf

Utah’s Assessment provider, American Institutes for Research (AIR) reports that they are “actively working to help clients (districts) develop stronger links to international benchmarks by embedding items from PISA in local assessments and will contribute this knowledge and expertise when developing new assessments.”
http://www.air.org/sites/default/files/RttT_i3_012210.pdf

See that AIR is peddling all sorts of online formative assessment systems to teachers and districts:
http://www.air.org/…/…/AIR%20Ready%20to%20Assess_ACT_rev.pdf

American Institute’s for Research’s SEL-focused Center is federally-funded:
http://www.gtlcenter.org/sel-school

And, they are partnered with the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) and CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) for SEL districts. This AIR/CASEL report shows that AIR is “helping” districts and teachers advance the use of online formative assessment for SEL through the “technology explosion.” Read their list of references at the end of their report:
http://www.air.org/…/SHRIVER-CAVE-OSHER-YODER-presentation-…

Tom Vander Ark’s EdWeek article entitled “6 Innovations in Social-Emotional Learning” was published on the NOVO Foundation’s website. Vander Ark points out that AIR is working with CASEL and the CCSSO to advance SEL, i.e.; “CASEL and CCSSO-supported districts”
https://novofoundation.org/…/6-innovations-in-social-emoti…/

It is important for Christian parents to understand who the NOVO Foundation is that published Vander Ark’s article. NOVO Foundation is partnered with CASEL on the CCSSO district partnerships. See what NOVO says about their SEL Strategic Approach:
https://novofoundation.org/advancing-social-and-emotiona…/…/

In 2015, NOVO announced a five-year, $20 million dollar initiative, with Global Trans Initiative and the Arcus Foundation, to transgender activists and organizations focused on improving the lives of transgender people worldwide:
https://novofoundation.org/…/arcus-foundation-novo-foundat…/

In 2017, NOVO launched their Radical Hope fund, another $20 million to “promote feminism, interdependence, and combat white supremacy, xenophobia and misogyny.” They called for grantees that would:
Demonstrate a sharp strategic approach, with particular focus on organizing and building power that centers around feminist leadership, especially the leadership of girls and women (cis-, trans-, and gender non-conforming) of color:
https://novofoundation.org/…/novo-foundation-launches-radi…/

Now, go back to the reality that Utah partnered with the CCSSO to “improve teacher preparation for K-20 schools” with new guidance from President Obama’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):
https://higheredutah.org/improving-teacher-preparation-a-k…/

https://higheredutah.org/essa-provides-unique-partnership-…/

And, that the CCSSO started giving “guidance” to states on online assessment “best practices” and implementation:

http://www.ccsso.org/…/Prog…/Every_Student_Succeeds_Act.html

And, the case is made that Utah’s Christian families are being fed an SEL pill that is designed to undermine their children’s values, attitudes and behaviors.

http://afs.org/2017/03/09/new-test-to-assess-global-competence-of-teenagers-worldwide/

 

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

MassResistance – Texas

Sexual Indoctrination in public schools – what parents need to know and what they can do. A Texas MassResistance presentation by parents at a public library in Austin, Aug. 12, 2017.

38:38 MINUTE YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch…

FULL COVERAGE OF AUSTIN ISD PARENTS’ BATTLE AGAINST SEXUAL INDOCTRINATION OF THEIR CHILDREN: http://www.massresistance.org/…/MR-TX-Library-…/meeting.html

 

And another post from said group:

On Tuesday, Sept. 12th, I had the opportunity to testify in front of the Fort Worth ISD School Board along with several others regarding Ft. Worth ISD’s forced Lone Star Governance Training by the Deputy Commissioner of Governance. You can hear my verbal testimony below and linked is my written testimony that contains the documentation I referenced in the video.

http://www.voicesempower.com/…/Fort-Worth-ISD-Public-Testim…

Here is a post from the leader of the Choose to Refuse Common Core group:

I asked my autistic mainstream son, to bring home an English textbook, which my son just received, in his Public School. My son told me that the book was “not to leave the class”. So I fought and got the first 30 pages of the book. It is all about “rhetoric” and “The Art of Persuasion”, “by any available means”. The whole book is propaganda, pushing a leftist agenda, on our impressionable young minors. Please share from my personal page and become informed at “Choose to Refuse Common Core”, now. Group link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CHOOSETOREFUSECOMMONCORE/

common core race baiting malarkey

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

There’s a discussion going on right now in a North San Diego County ed group about the online learning program, Summit. This program was created with the help of Facebook and is touted as “Personalized Learning.” Parents are saying that they went to back-to-school night and it was all about logging onto Summit. A teacher called herself a “facilitator” and a parent said her child is on this program for 2hrs per day. One teacher chimed in on the post saying what a great program it was and how they spent time unpaid being trained on it and that the parents just needed to “give us a chance… we are professionals.” Teachers, if you are working unpaid and you hand over your profession to an online program then you have given up both the title of “teacher” and “professional.”

How many times have we told people that this is what was coming with Common Core? What’s really sad is that this area had huge opt out numbers for the SBAC due to Common Core and data collection. Now with Summit they get DATA DRILLED with continuous embedded assessments.

Unless parents opt out and refuse ALL Competency Based Education (CBE) this is the end of public education right here. The kids will be either doing school from home or checking into warehouses for their workforce training.

Everyone will get what’s coming to them although not all of us deserve it, least of all the children.

 

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

After an underwhelming response from my local superintendent after expressing my concerns with CCSS, I am fueled up more than ever to continue to argue against it. I was hoping for some advice/ tips on what steps to take. I’m trying to gather as much information as I can before confronting my school board at the meetings. My husband and I are so frustrated with it. I’m through watching my son struggle with showing his work their way even though he knows the answers his way. I put my foot down when I heard him repeating that he is “stupid.” Mama bear- engaged!! Any advice appreciated. Leaving this video here my husband and I made last week that displays just how complex they want our children to solve SIMPLE problems. Feel free to share. Thanks in advance for any tips!!! https://www.facebook.com/story.php…

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