Public Schools or Public Screwels? Part 9

speak out against Common Core

I’ve gone to a part 9 in my blog.

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

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

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

Things that make you say, hmmm.


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

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

Fraught with the incessant and chilling jargon-

Horizontal and vertical analysis
Certification pathways
External supports
Graduation rates
Systemic review
Qualitative and quantitative responses
and of course, the ever popular “Collaboration”
(“Critical thinking” as always thrown in as verbal window dressing but with zero actual presence)

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

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

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

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

We have failed our kids.

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

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

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

Pity the children. 😞


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


A high school in Northern Virginia has a transgender indoctrination assembly:


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


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

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

Clarification is appreciated.

texas sneaky

And here are some replies to said post:

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


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


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


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

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


And here are some replies to said post:

And they administer the tests during Child Abuse Awareness Month.


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


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

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


And here are some replies to said post:

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


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


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



Here is another post from said group:

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

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

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


And here are some replies to said post:

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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


This article has a nice summary.


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


Cleavland State University joins Ohio State University on the gender pronoun/alternate reality bandwagon:


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


1.12.18 – WHAT IS FEPA?


The newest invention of the Left at PC colleges:  pyramids of white supremacy:


Here is a post from the anti-CBE group:

Who is behind Kiddom?

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

And here are some replies to said posts:

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


kiddom partnerships


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


70% of US school districts according to whom…?

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

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

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

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

I found this on the page of Conservative talk show host Shannon Joy:

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

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

* Privilege Walk Exercise

* Blue Eye Brown Eye Exercise

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

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

Just an FYI.

Leftist sneaky


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

This letter was sent out today …

“Dear IHS Parents/Guardians:

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

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

Douglas W. Lauf


Here is another one from Shannon Joy:

Parent ALERT!!!!! Please share —->

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

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

privlege malarkey


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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Later some tv working moms had housekeepers.

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

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

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


And here is a reply to said post:

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


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

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

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


And yet another post from said group:

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

homework torture


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

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

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

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

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



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

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


And here are some replies to said post:

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


And here are some replies to said post:

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


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


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


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


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

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


And here are some replies to said post:

Duckworth and Heckman are working on a thinly-veiled version of modern-day Galton eugenics.


A high school student makes a video about the bullying (so bad that a student committed suicide because of it) at her high school and got two days suspension for it:


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

What this article does not say:

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

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

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

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

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


And another post from said group:

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


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

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


And here are some replies to said post:

They are trying to turn them into mindless drones😢


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


Wow. I would have failed from day 1.
Rewarding compliance over performance
There is no way to see this as anything but further and deeper insistence upon compliance.

you hit the nail on the head! My oldest is what you describe.

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

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

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

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

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


I came across this one on my own.   Apparently now STEM is being used to push SJW goals such as “climate change” and “income inequality”.   More proof that STEM, along with the rest of the stuff in Common Core, are part of the United Nation’s sinister “Sustainable Development” Goals:
The PTA of a school in the state of New York caved to the PC police in the Department of “Education” and called off a father-daughter dance on “gender guidelines”:
Now it appears that a bunch of SJWs at another New York school managed to get a play to be canceled, starting with when a black student quit in protest, over a white student getting a lead role:
Here is a post from a  Nevada anti-Common Core group:
You do NOT have to allow your 3rd-8th grade children in NV public schools to take the SBAC test. Some schools will pressure parents to have their children take the SBAC test, just say NO and use one of the forms in the link below. White Pine County School District may be the only district in the state where parents can contact the superintendent’s office to get the official SBAC opt-out form, other districts will attempt to jerk parents around. If you get an “official” opt-out form from your district please send it to me & I’ll post it here. If candidates let me know they will sponsor and/or support SBAC opt-out legislation in the 2019 session I’ll post their names here. Most states have already dropped the federal government sponsored Common Core tests, SBAC and PARCC. Some states that haven’t dropped the SBAC yet, like California and Oregon, have official statewide opt-out procedures.
And another post from the Nevada anti-Common Core group:
I successfully opted out my daughter from testing for the second year in a row, not a problem. As a matter of fact, they had an official form for me to sign off on this year. Last year several children were vomiting and feeling sick during the testing. As a hypnotherapist, I hate to think of the possible long term effects of these testings on our children. OPT OUT! for the safety of your childs mind and well being.
Here is a post from the anti-CBE group:

#Watch this video #NOW before it gets removed.

In this 2011 video presentation, Vander Ark essentially says personalized digital learning is more productive and cheaper than teachers and urges leaders to ‘make the shift’. “It means a different staffing model which costs less and works better”

“I want to give you a quick and conceptual look at why I think the pivot to ‘personalized digital learning’ is a really big deal, said Tom Vander Ark. He told the education leaders that they should “have a team of teachers work with two to three to 400 students” virtually and online….in short, it’s not Blended Learning in my definition if you’re not changing your staffing model and that’s where this gets tough because you’re talking about differentiated staffing. That means different levels, and distributed teaching. That means some teachers teaching remotely. So if you’re going to staff your school in a different way, that means a different staffing model that costs less and works better.’s time to plan the shift.”
We know there’s little to no evidence that “personalized learning” works. Many parents, education advocates, and teachers are concerned about safety, privacy, efficacy surrounding online personalized learning.

Why did policy makers, school board members, teachers unions, jump on the artificial personalized learning bandwagon to sell out teachers and students? Did they buy into the Vander Ark gotta make the shift sales pitch without evidence to support personalized learning’s effectiveness or researching its health risks? Are these same policy makers and Silicon Valley folks going to repackage and rebrand personalized learning, give us a new name for the online learning system that collects and remembers and analyzes every click? Will they repackage personalized learning as something “new” like competency based (blockchain) education and tell it is somehow different and better and safer?

We need to hold tech companies and educrats accountable.

Parents need to be given the choice of textbook and face to face human teacher, rather than screen learning. Sensitive data (biometric, medical and mental health, behavioral evaluations) should never be collected or leave the school without parent consent. In recent days, former Silicon Valley folks have acknowledged problems with the tech industry.
Let’s hope these ex-Silicon Valley folks and policy makers will truly help us protect children.

Let’s hope they will give parents a voice.



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

Anonymous Parent. Georgia.

“I am beyond pissed right now. This very sweet and very smart boy was just crying hysterically to me when I sat him down to talk about one of his grades. He just broke down when I asked what was going on and he said,

“Mommy, I’m just so scared to get the answer wrong that I keep reading it over and over again until I start to second guess myself and I’m scared to fail a test because of that. ”I asked him what test are you scared of, because I can help you and he said “the Milestones”.

I then asked, “How often do they talk to you about the Milestones”, and he said “All the time Mommy! My teacher always says, “you better remember this because it will be on the Milestones.”

This is absolutely ridiculous and for a 9 year old, who is and A/B student, to have this much anxiety about a damn test is so disheartening!!”


One of the University of Madison schools is forcing students to take pro-globalist brainwashing classes as a graduation requirement:


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

I’ve been instructed to know longer have contact with my child’s teacher or the classroom that includes classroom parties field trips etc. because of the things I have posted on Facebook about the common core method. They actually wanted me to sign a contract and I said no way. So I just had to give them my word. Just going to try to make it through these next few months of school. 😣


Here is an article that was posted in the Utah anti-Common Core group that explains that dangers of too much use of technology in schools:


Here is a post from a friend of mine:

My High Schooler just gave me this.
We must stop the brainwashing of our young!

liberal stuffs

UPDATE: The bullies at the school in the Utah anti-Common Core group post above made the parent take down the Facebook posts calling them out.   This is the latest I can find from the parent:

Contacted the district superintendent, told him what was going on and gave him the name of the school. Now my son is worried that the school will be mad and move him out of the class. Can the school do that? They can’t, can they??


A school in California has banned the national anthem from rallies for being “racist”:


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

BTW, Jim Renacci, candidate for US senate, voted to reauthorize Common Core (NCLB) in 2016. NCLB expired in 2007 but Congressmen like Renacci reauthorized it. Jim Jordan voted no to reauthorization. If you think the federal govt should stay out of our schools vote for someone else.


Kudos to these North Carolina parents and teachers for their quick pushback against explicit sex education being pushed in North Carolina schools.   The globalists had tried to pull it off secretly but, thankfully, they can keep it secret no longer:


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

Forgive me if this has already been talked about

My 12 year old 7the header said that her school is going to use the Ny State Common Core test to see if she will be in advanced math next year. Can they do that??? Is this just a scare tactic to get smart kids to take it and up their score?


And here are some replies to said post:

Yes, they can.




The school gets the scores back before you do. You don’t get them back until much later.


If you know more then explain and don’t just say I’m wrong. I know they use the test scores to place children the following year. I know it because it happened to my child before I stopped allowing her to test.


There should be a portfolio type review. That score alone should not be used.


Legally it cannot be the only measure!
In NYC it’s used for promotion. Rest of the state is different
And here is another post from said group:
Gradually, embedded assessment is taking over where end of year testing left off. The Philadelphia School Reform Commission intends to spend $19.5 million online curriculum and data-mining tools. They are pushing algorithm-driven programs like iReady, Achieve 3000 and Lexia Learning. That amount of money would restore half the school libraries in our district (there are only a few left). It’s important to track the funds and speak out when they are being used to harm children and undermine teaching as a human profession. Opt out needs to include pushing back against learning management systems, too.
And yet another post:

Hold onto that GOVERNMENT monopoly! The latest outrage from Diane Ravitch that quotes the once revered Carol Burris…

“You would embrace “education savings accounts,” which are vouchers by another name, (no they’re not!) which remove from the State any responsibility to educate any child. Just give every student a debit card, to be used at will.

(Good! get the government out of parental choice decisions for higher quality education, they’ve ignored us Long enough)

Carol Burris explains the ‘hoax’ here. (Mmmkay)

“Parents pledge not to enroll their son or daughter in a public school or a charter school. In exchange, they get nearly all of what the school would have spent (usually 90 percent) placed on a debit card or in an account. The remaining 10 percent is used to fund program administration.

“Parents can use the money for private or religious school tuition, online learning, books, hippotherapy (horseback riding for therapeutic purposes) and home schooling — or they can choose to spend minimal dollars on K-12 education and save for college.”

===> “There is no obligation that the curriculum that is used to teach students who use ESAs to attend private schools be “developmentally appropriate, challenging or even accurate.”

(Like common core?…that’s a GOOD THING!)

Ravitch, Burris of NPE and the two largest teachers unions (AFT & NEA) along with NYSUT and NYSED Keep towing the line of narrowed government mandates and worsened status quo. #NotWinning


Here is a post from an anti-Common Core group (BTW, AZMerit is an Arizona test.)

Warning!!! These are being passed out to every student in every school, tomorrow.


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

Heads up.
“With the emergence of virtual reality in 2016, tech implementation within schools is progressing. It’s anticipated that both virtual reality and robotics will become increasingly widespread over the next 2 to 3 years. Additionally, wearable tech is expected to be adopted in K-12 education within the next 4 to 5 years, according to the COSN New Media Consortium Horizon Report released recently.”


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

Please help us STOP HB319 Early Care and Learning Coordination Amendments! It is currently on the House 3rd Reading Calendar. Contact your House Representative and urge them to vote NO on HB319!

This bill brings together multiple government agencies and entities to track and interfere in the lives of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

We believe in limited government. The unified data system and interagency data sharing this bill allows will further grow government and lead to more government programs and policies.

Link to the bill:

Bill language included in the meme (by line #):
Lines 15-18 (Top-left square – summarizes what the bill does)
Lines 142-143 (Top square – defines Early Childhood)
Lines 119-120 & line 197 (Top center square – unified data system/data sharing)
Lines 217-218 (Lower center square – interagency data to inform policy)
Lines 230-237 (Right square – collaboration)

#protectchildhood #utpol #utleg

utah bad stuffs


And another post that was posted in the Utah anti-Common Core group:

Ohio has moved passed putting the Dept. of Workforce on Early Learning/School Readiness boards, commissions, and task forces (like Utah’s trying to do); and is combing the departments of Education, Higher Education, and Workforce into one department! This is insane.

“How do we continue to align Ohio’s education system for the workforce of tomorrow?” Rosenberger said. “That’s what this bill’s all about.”

Pray this doesn’t happen here in Utah (although, we’re moving in this direction with every education bill that passes).

Education is NOT about the workforce!

Please watch this video!:
“Today we find ourselves in a nation that produces workers. Everything is career and college preparation. Somewhere our Founding Fathers are turning in their graves, pleading, screaming, and trying to say to us that we teach to FREE MINDS. We teach to INSPIRE. We teach to EQUIP. The careers will come naturally.”



And here are some replies to said post:

Current Utah bills to pay close attention to:

H.B. 380 Utah School Readiness Initiative Amendments – turns the School Readiness Board over to the DWS, among other things.
(Will be heard in the House Education committee TOMORROW Feb 16th)

H.B. 319 Early Care and Learning Coordination Amendments – puts several government agencies, including DWS, on a commission for Early Care & Learning for babies (still “in utero”) on up.
(This bill isn’t even going to the House Education committee…. it’s going straight to the Economic & Workforce committee…)

H.B.164 Early Childhood Task Force – put the DWS on a Task Force for Early Learning for 0-6 year old children.
(Narrowly failed in the House. They even tried to revive it at one point because the vote was so close.)


Why is 319 not educational? Not that I agree with it, but this is just ridiculous.


This is the plan and it is a matter of time before they do this in every state, unless Utah pushes back differently. So far they haven’t.


They are combining systems for the data. Its all about the data and sense of control it give them.


Yep, that’s it. Ugh, this just furiates me!

Holy smokes.

“Removing the state school board from the policy process, he said, would allow faster response and better match other state departments.”

fight it Ohio. fight it with everything you’ve got.
This reminds me of the book The Giver.


As if we didn’t have to worry enough with just public schools, apparently we now have to worry about the government medically kidnapping our kids too (I’m sure this data mining via the ESSA, etc, will help curb abuses, NOT!)



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