Public Schools or Public Screwels? Part 31

This is part 31.

Here is a post from the Florida anti-iReady group:

So this sheet was in my son’s binder… I pulled it out and wrote the following to my son’s teacher: just wanted to let you know I removed the test score sheet from [name redacted]’s binder. I don’t believe a test or computer program determine his success in YOUR class. I trust your judgement to evaluate him. Please do not replace in his binder and I would like to not have him on i-Ready anymore this semester as it seems to be a huge emphasis for evaluating him. Please understand I hold nothing against you I 💯 support you as his teacher but refuse to support this unsupported computer programs. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions
[Sheet removed by me as it had the child’s name on it.]


An attempt by the mayor of Rochester for the state of New York to take over the city’s school districts has been foiled! https://www.whec.com/news/appellate-court-rules-for-rcsd-against-proposed-referendum/5480477/?cat=565


Kudos to this Virginia school district for fighting back against a tyrannical bathroom mandate: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/va-school-district-appeals-mandate-forcing-boys-and-girls-to-share-bathrooms


Here is another post from the Florida anti-iReady group:

Hi All.
This is my second year opting my kids out of I-ready. I received a email from the school stating they are making my son take the assessment to place him. I told my son to not take the test but i guess they talked him into it. How is this ok? What do i do? I can forward the email for reference if need be. Thank you! Ocps.


Here is a post from a friend of mine:

PARENTS WANT ANSWERS.
Let’s hope this Colorado school district (and others across the nation) hit with Pearson Aimsweb breach answer these questions. And WHO was the “third party” that hacked this data?

September 4, 2019 at 3:47 pm

Categories:Letters, Opinion

Rachel Cohen: Questions for the school district about data breach

In the last week, parents across Boulder County have found out that our children’s data was compromised. There are lots of questions that we hope Boulder Valley School District answers. Here are a few we hope are answered by the District.
• Is there a reason you have not contacted Pearson to advocate for families regarding the short time of Experian monitoring?
• Do you not think that the full names and birth dates of students compromised has potential long-term use for malicious activities that goes beyond that one year period?

• Why was Infinite Campus data given to Pearson for the Aimsweb 1.0 system?
• Why was Infinite Campus data provided for Aimsweb 1.0 for students who it is not being used for, including graduated students, home school students, and opt-out families?
• Was the Infinite Campus data provided for Aimsweb 1.0 system by integration, merge, or some other process, and was it protected both in transit and at rest? Please define/explain this completely.
• What data elements were provided for the Aimsweb 1.0 system? Was it only the full name and date of birth of students or other elements as well?
• What other vendors have similar access or agreements for such communication of data from Infinite Campus?
• Are there any non-contracted vendors (i.e. on demand providers) who would have similar access from Infinite Campus?
• Why is there no segregation of populations to ensure use specific communication of student data to vendors?
• How do you plan to ensure this does not happen again (communication of mass data to vendors that is not necessarily required for servicing the District)?
• Will you provide your Pearson communications and log without a CORA request, as it is germane to many questions so many in the community are asking?
Rachel Cohen
Lafayette

https://www.dailycamera.com/2019/09/04/letters-school-district-data-breach-recognize-racial-bias-in-self-exoneration-in-u-s-law/amp/?__twitter_impression=true


And here is a reply to this post:

Remember when districts told parents data remains in district only?
Why then were SLDS systems built with state interoperability?

Why were data dashboards (SLDS Student longitudinal data bases) (parent portals) built with State interoperability? IOW why was the data system built to share data out of district? Uploaded to States and across State lines?
Weren’t we told data remained in district only? That changed quickly were you queried?
Ya know, the in district data used to be limited to bussing schedules, percentage of walkers, reports for reduced and free lunch, data for in district budgeting etc…
In Goggle schools today (free google suite for schools) every keystroke is captured, every communication of students and staff, every written assignment, homework, student assigned emails, etc. why? Why is this allowed and did you as a parent agree? Did you get written assurances of data privacy? Is your school requiring your child to utilize chrome books to get their “free education?” Is your child unable to access homework if they refuse? Did you vote? Were you told what happens to data collected on your minor children? What happens when it’s breached? Who is liable?
Is one year credit monitoring sufficient?

About that data.
Hudson Valley NY schools closed today cyber security threats.
Flagstaff AZ TOO.
And why has it Been going on for years? and this was even worse. Threats to students and parents via texts and data sold on dark web…

https://www.csoonline.com/article/3230975/dark-overlord-hacks-schools-across-us-texts-threats-against-kids-to-parents.html

https://hudsonvalleypost.com/cyber-security-threat-closes-hudson-valley-schools/

https://www.12news.com/mobile/article/news/local/arizona/flagstaff-schools-canceled-cyber-security-threat/75-36ecf352-5daf-4a56-b62a-d92750a50455?sfns=mo

Last week, Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a statewide emergency after three ongoing cyber-security incidents at school systems in Sabine, Morehouse and Ouachita parishes in north Louisiana.

https://www.wwltv.com/article/news/local/northshore/tangipahoa-schools-system-discovers-possible-cybersecurity-threat/289-c3f6c3d3-738c-4414-87f8-88a7dbfc9e3a

500k affected. Students and staff.
10 years of data exposed and taken
SanDiego

https://www.washingtoncybercenter.com/single-post/2019/08/12/Cybersecurity-and-High-School-Attacks



Here are some replies to a post on this friend’s page that involved this article: https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-a-school-district-where-technology-rules-grades-fall-parents-ask-why-11567523719

Here’s another piece of the puzzle…. Because my students all have laptops and do many of their assignments electronically, my class load can be huge. With programs that help score their work, I end up with almost 200 students, a number that would be completely unmanageable if I were scoring everything on my own. So fewer teachers are needed….


if you read through Pearson’s 2025 report (or watch Video of Tom Vander Ark, this is the goal. Computers replacing teachers.
🙁


I’m aware. 🤬


I know you are. I just cannot fathom being a teacher with that many kids / assignments to grade. It is like you are competing with the robots: impossible. I wish they would recognize the value of human teachers, individual time with students…instead of spending all the money on tech. Sorry. 😦


and not spending money on feeding programs, social workers, mentors, etc. The opportunity costs are massive. Nearly $500million spent in Baltimore County…



Watch out at Heritage High School in North Carolina: https://pjmedia.com/trending/high-school-assignment-forces-kids-to-disclose-sexual-orientation-reveals-massive-political-agenda/


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

I have reviewed the resources in the 7th grade standards for Health. I thought this would be helpful to many.
Utah Health Standards
Concerns with “Teacher resources” and “Possible activities” in the Health 1 Core Guide
Standard HI.MEH.2: Link to Trevor Project. Although it does good work in trying to prevent suicide in LGBT youth, it actively promotes gender theory and confusion.
Standard HI.HF.2 links to this site, https://safeteens.org/relationships/peer-pressure/ , which opens the Pandora’s box of instruction in oral, vaginal and anal sex, promotion of LGBTQ advocacy (including dismissal of religious beliefs on the topic and a photo of two girls getting close) and a thorough discussion of the range of birth control options, including cute cartoon depictions of an IUD and a link to “Get Birth Control” which assures the 12-year-old 7th grader that “Our health centers are confidential, so no one (like your parents http://www.safeteens.org/stds/confidential/ ) has to know you’ve visited, if you want.”
Standard HI.HF.4 and several other standards link to https://www.loveisrespect.org/ The first thing you’ll notice when you follow this link is a pop-up window alerting youth that they may not want people who monitor their web usage to know that they’re visiting the site and that they can call a phone number if they’re worried about that. This could mean either an abuser or parent. The site provides a good supply of help for those facing an abusive situation, but it’s simultaneously filled with promotion of a sexually hedonistic worldview and gender confusion. It also promotes sexually explicit “consent” discussions. Children should not be taught how to consent to sexual activity.
Standard HI.HD.1 is loaded with links to resources that promote gender confusion and sexual hedonism. Teaching Tolerance https://www.tolerance.org/classroom-resources/lessons?keyword=&field_grade_level%5B35%5D=35&field_grade_level%5B36%5D=36&field_grade_level%5B37%5D=37&field_grade_level%5B38%5D=38&field_social_justice_domain%5B39%5D=39&field_social_justice_domain%5B40%5D=40&field_social_justice_domain%5B41%5D=41&field_social_justice_domain%5B42%5D=42&field_subject%5B14%5D=14&field_subject%5B64%5D=64&field_topic%5B1%5D=1&field_topic%5B2%5D=2&field_topic%5B3%5D=3&field_topic%5B4%5D=4&field_topic%5B5%5D=5&field_topic%5B6%5D=6&field_topic%5B7%5D=7 links to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) “Teaching Tolerance” project. The SPLC is well-known for its intolerance of religious views and active promotion of sexual hedonism.

“What do you say to “That’s so gay” and other anti-LGBTQ comments” http://www.welcomingschools.org/pages/be-prepared-for-questions-and-put-downs-about-gender/ and “Be prepared for put-downs about gender” are actually the same list, offered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). This organization, like the SPLC, is intolerant toward religious views of sexuality and gender. This site actively promotes gender theory and the normalization of gender confusion.

“What is love anyway?”, https://3rs.org/3rs-curriculum/3rs-curric-search/ “Change is Good,” “Understanding Gender,” and “I am Who I Am” all link to the same lesson plan resource, which is created by Planned Parenthood affiliate Advocates for Youth. Lesson plans include detailed mixed-gender discussions of private body parts, gender confusion (i.e. “people who were born with female parts,” “a person’s uterus” rather than a woman’s uterus), the assurance that condoms “offer really good protection” against many common STIs, and a PowerPoint walking children through radical gender theory.

“Learning Empowerment Self-Identification” https://www.glsen.org/sites/default/files/Learning%20Empowerment%20and%20Self-Identification_0.pdf links to a GLSEN resource. Strangely, it’s intended for 9th-12thgrade but included in the Utah Health Standards for 7th grade. It’s more direct instruction in gender confusion, the fluidity of gender and the acceptability of any kind of sexual behavior.

“Gender Separate Dialogue Groups” https://www.tolerance.org/classroom-resources/tolerance-lessons/gender-separate-dialogue-groups is another HRC resource teaching gender theory as reality.

“Sexual and Gender Diversity” https://teachingsexualhealth.ca/teachers/grade/grade-7/ links to a Canadian government resource (Alberta). It lists dozens of sexual identities. The site includes a page teaching children how to consent to sexual activity and provides links to lesson plans, including one for 7th graders which discusses oral and anal sex and condom use. It also includes sexually explicit role play scenarios.

Standard HI.HD.4b links to a site named “Bedsider Birth Control.” https://www.bedsider.org/methods It’s a graphic layout of birth control methods which seems completely inappropriate for 12- and 13-year-olds.

Standard HI.HD.6 provides a link to the CDC’s page on dental dams. https://www.cdc.gov/condomeffectiveness/Dental-dam-use.html Just a reminder that this is for 7thgraders.

Standard HI.HD.8c links to Planned Parenthood’s Advocates for Youth site again. Only in order to download the lesson plan, “Understanding Boundaries”, https://3rs.org/3rs-curriculum/3rs-curric-search/?sf_paged=2 , which appears to be a “how to consent to sexual activity” lesson, the organization requires you to enter contact information


Looks like the Transtapo has taken over Montgomery County public schools in Maryland: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/09/07/maryland-school-year-guidelines-cater-transgenders-provide-safe-spaces/


Parents in Minnesota are standing up to radical sex ed standards: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/09/06/minnesota-parents-rally-to-protect-kids-against-state-mandated-planned-parenthood-sex-ed/


Here is a post from a friend of mine:

“Biometric wallets’ will remove the last physical barrier between our bodies and corporate America”
https://www.marketwatch.com/amp/story/guid/108709C2-D009-11E9-B4A5-93F583A249DA?__twitter_impression=true


Here is a post from a New York anti-testing group:

The New York Board of Regents is currently considering whether to approve a radical weakening of the state student privacy law, which would allow the College Board, the ACT and other companies that contract with schools or districts to use the personal student information they collect for marketing purposes – even though the original New York law that was passed in 2014 explicitly barred the sale or commercial use of this data.

Parents and all others who care about protecting children’s privacy should send in their comments to the state now, by clicking here

https://actionnetwork.org/letters/please-contact-state-officials-now-not-to-weaken-student-privacy?source=direct_link

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More on this here: https://nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com/2019/09/make-your-voices-heard-urge-nysed-not.html


And another post from this group:

Shame on South Country Central School District who has decided to strong arm parents this year with this letter. Parents are getting actual phone calls from teachers and Administrators telling them there is a “change in policy” and this test is “mandatory”. I thought we were past these bullying tactics.I was wrong.

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And here are the replies to this post:

This is a big lie on every level. Refuse the test no matter what they say and I promise your child will be assessed by her/ his classroom teacher using her/his own authentic assessment of what he/she is teaching. I have been teaching for 25 years and this test is classroom/ teacher useless. Yet , my district continues to use it, learning comes to a complete standstill for 10 days while the tests are given. Hold your ground say no and walk away. You are in complete control, don’t be bullied.


“no longer an opt out situation” that kind of makes me laugh. Parents, just remember – your kids. The harder they fight to force kids to take a computerized assessment, the more red flags for me. Do they really not trust their teachers to do the assessments?


I sent my letter to the principal, vice principal and both main 6th grade teachers. Only one of the teachers responded. Her email said my daughter “will have to take the test” “the NWEA is not an opt-out test”.


So if the district is telling us we don’t have a choice, and we instruct our children to refuse it in addition to our letters and they still have our kids take the test what is our recourse? Do we just keep our kids home on Monday?!? I am so beyond pissed at our district


they will try
To make them take it when they get back 😡


yes they will


these tests are data mining and money making scams and completely counterproductive to a students actual abilities. I have two kids and they are completely different in how they learn and how they act. A one size fits all model doesn’t work.

how did we do it 20 years ago without computerized assessments? Why all of a sudden can we not sit down and assess each student individually.


our District actually has a contract that ties the NWEA tests to teacher performance..


Test doesn’t tell me what I don’t already know. Our lab gets shit down almost two months by the time K-5 takes both ela and math. Test doesn’t really show what we learned from our curriculum. Some kids take 20 minutes while others take 3-4 hours- at such young ages and we do it 3 times a year! Plus state exams and classroom exams- even less time to teach. Have to teach to the test to show growth so less real learning happens. Such a waste



And yet another post from this group:

Teachers, before we handed over assessments to computers, how did you determine the needs of your students? How did you determine their reading levels? Math skills? How did you know where your students were at?


And here are the replies to this post:

Observation, classroom teacher created tests, asking questions and being astute enough to know each student. Any teacher who knows what they are doing, can see when and where a child is struggling. The whole data collection assessment nonsense has destroyed education and at times is an inaccurate measure of what a student can achieve.


I would imaging that a teacher spoke to them, listened, observed, till they knew where to begin. Now they are in charge of making sure the platform is running smoothly, and that there are enough power cords.


The best indicators were Informal assessments and one to one observations/ discussions with the children. Our reading program also provided assessments so we could align their reading level. I could give more individual information on a student’s abilities and weaknesses than any computer could. When you read a Pearson printout, it is filled with computer generated comments. After a teacher conference, a parent walks away with a real understanding of their child’s classroom progress.


We sat with them…got to know them…one-on-one was very often…


We took quizzes. Real paper, pencil stuff. Asked questions. We didnt choke on data and kids did better. And were happier!


They turn in their work to me after I watch them do it. Also, I am their teacher. I know cuz I work with them all day long.


Honestly, mostly by observation and personal interactions with them.


which is no longer there. The personal interaction that is



And another post from this group:

My daughter came home telling me that we cannot opt out of nwea testing? Is this true? I’m in Suffolk.


And some replies to this post:

What is NWEA testing?


It is a test given nationwide but only at random schools and in random grades annually (there might be a rational for which schools and grades but I don’t know it). The test is supposed to assess the schools efficiency but not affect students grades. It’s a giant waste of instructional time and an unneeded stress on the kids IMO. I used to give this assessment when I taught.


I think you might be thinking of the NAEP.


yes you’re referring to NAEP. NWEA is a local assessment – it uses a computer algorithm to assess where a student is at. Many districts have replaced authentic assessments with these computerized ones.


The short answer is that you most certainly can. The long answer is that if a district, principal, or teacher tries to stop you, it can be a much more difficult process than refusing 3-8 tests.

I was told “you absolutely cannot”. But my son was old enough to advocate for himself, so he was prepared to politely say “sorry but my mom won’t let me take this” if he was pushed. After a conversation with the teacher and making it clear to the principal that he simply would not be assessed on the computer, they backed down and gave him an authentic teacher assessment instead. In the end my son was prepared to, but didn’t need to, refuse for himself.


We had that as well, at first. They had gone so far as to force the kids to take them that had already sent in letters to refuse. The librarian told my son that she’s doesn’t care if he handed in the letter to HIS teacher, SHE didn’t have it in her hands… And then she pointed to the dome cameras in the ceiling and told him he didn’t want to make the man that watches the cameras angry and wouldn’t call me when he politely asked. (he was more aware of how this all worked than others). He was in 2nd at the time. I had that test removed from his portfolio since they were not getting further tests from him to benchmark against. Needless to say it didn’t end quietly and now, because of that each and every teacher gets a copy of the letter, just to prove a point. He’s in 8th now, and his brother is in 4th. Since then there has been no issue refusing NWEA, for us. Not sure abt others. Your child needs to be aware and ready to stand up for themselves and ask for you to be called.


I do that too one to each teacher and principal and superintendent
Can’t forget my friend Cuomo too!!
Yes I do send him one too.


the staff in floyd..some not most are so abusive with there intimidation techniques. You most def have to be an involved parent


My district would not allow because the teachers used the results. My son has refused the last 6 years of State tests. I did allow him to take the NWEAs because I spoke to many teachers in the building and they did tell me they saw the results within 24 hours and were able too see what he got right or wrong.


my issue with “we use the results” is that the results themselves are absolutely unreliable. You have an entire classroom of young children individually on computers, clicking away on a mouse (which many don’t often use) distracted by all sorts of things, and not having a teacher able to see HOW each child is testing. They don’t see the questions your child answered right or wrong, nor do they write the questions themselves. Worse yet, the results are used to make important education decisions. Add to that, in the past few years these computer testing companies have been riddled with data breaches.


totally agree. My son took it in K and he literally scored in the 20%. When I asked him about the test he said “ the lady in the headset said “ to make your best guess”. Well my 4 year old thought that meant just guess 🤣🤣🤣. In the spring he took it again and scored 90% – looked like a miracle 🤣🤣🤣


haha exactly! Teachers tell me if there’s anything going on outside (lawnmowers, kids playing, etc…) the whole class looks like failures. It terrifies me that some districts will then use those results to determine AIS or other services. Some kids just “guess” lucky as well and may have services removed. I can’t count how many teachers have said that it’s all nonsense unless they assess the kids themselves. But no time for that anymore!! Just go go go – cram cram cram.


A colleague of my once saw an NWEA question without a correct answer choice.


Any feedback on STAR?


from what I hear, very similar to the rest – or at least to NWEA and AIMSweb


We use STAR in our district, waste of time from what I’m told by teachers. It used to be used for teacher eval, but now just used for RIT. We opt out of it.


NWEA tests are actually used to assess your own individual child. I opt her out of the mindless tests but she takes the NWEA tests because they help her teachers get a better idea of the services (reading and math) that she needs. It’s not like we’re going to opt our kids out of the SATS.



And yet another post from this group:

AIMSweb is another computerized assessment that some districts use (similar to NWEA, STAR, and iReady). Many will administer these next week. Yet another concern with these assessments is data collection and storage. This letter went out to many districts this past month about a data breach that happened a few years ago that they are only being informed about now.

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And yet another post from this group:

Why did I just go into a middle school oriantation that said “OPT-IN” not Out!! Their reasoning for this was ” they see kids fooling around and no staff available for their supervision ” WHAT !!!!
Video of this dean saying this is available.
PLEASE TELL ME YOUR THOUGHTS


And here are the replies to this post:

They put that in video?! They can be held liable.


I took a video of the person saying that bc I have opted out for years and I was disgusted when I heard that.
Where might you suggest I go to for further action?


What district ?


uniondale…. and I have opted out for years. This was disgusted when i heard this


They have no staff available to supervise? What are they doing then?


exactly!!!!!! They said ALL staff are involved in testing rooms that’s why there are no other staff available for those who opt out …. 😳 WHAT


that’s such BS! My 2 youngest opt out every year. They put them in the library, the cafeteria, combined classrooms. Some teachers even give them activities to do if they don’t bring a book or have other work to do.


EXACTLY!!! every year I have done it with my kids that’s exactly what they do with them in elementary school but now that I have a middle schooler it seems as though they want to change things all of a sudden.


it should be no different. My kids were opted out from elementary through middle school (they are now grades 8 and 10). Middle school handled it the same as elementary.


My daughter is a Sr now her 3rd grace were the first to get “the tests”. I was President if the PTA at that time and we had no idea what this was about and all the school time used practicing for it . My daughter came home 2 days before tests so upset m nervous fir test because “ if we don’t get high marks Ms Lopez will get fired and she won’t sing and make us laugh and learn. “. I was like omg what. Well me and 1 other mom opted out that year and I did every single year. No way to judge the teachers and what the students comprehended and learned. That being said part of me regrets doing it because it did teach the students how to take a timed test like that
Good luck
Your already on top of it by asking !


My kids have always been clear about which tests they take and why. Which ones are valid and meaningful, and tell their teacher what they do and don’t need so they can improve. For us, it wasn’t about opting out of tests. It was about opting out of the abusive tests that don’t serve their education. They still took lots of other tests.


last school year the state was telling administrators to go above and beyond to encourage opt-in so not surprised same crap for this year Administrators need to acquire some balls


I have a college student now and opted all for the years in school, a middle schooler now currently still opting out, and a elementary child that will opt out for up coming testing. There’s is no reason for a child to feel ” my teacher will get fired if I don’t take this test” everyone has to be correctly informed to know this is not true!!!
I’m trying in my district but due to the language barriers and other circumstances, one person can only do but so much. I’ve done plenty of research and have had other information given to me thru valid resources that I will continue to speak out on the wrong that these administrators are doing in my district. I’m disappointed and disgusted that I had to witness this.



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

Darn shame for the kids

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/ct-ptb-ilearn-results-st-0905-20190904-vaj67ymc3jao3aihb4hdlbmtve-story.html


And here is a reply to this post:

i have said it so many times- IN education failed my kids! We moved out of state and are so far
behind! They were so focused in testing and scores… it was like an educational prison for my kids!



CA just gets worse and worse: http://dlvr.it/RCVC7s


Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

Here is an article from Penny Nancy, president of Concerned Women for America. She talks about freshman orientation at Virginia Tech and how parents and new students were directed to introduce themselves and include their preferred pronouns.
I read a comment from a parent on IPOC the other day that said this had happened in her child’s public school class on the first day of school this year. I’m curious if others’ children also experienced this. If so and if you feel comfortable sharing, would you please share what happened and how your child handled this request to include his/her preferred pronoun. Did anyone stand up to this? Are any parents running through this scenario at home and talking children through what to say if this happens? TIA

https://thefederalist.com/2019/08/14/sons-freshman-orientation-virginia-tech-full-leftist-propaganda/


And the replies to this post:

A teacher friend shared her district requires teachers to inform their high school students of the gender they were assigned at birth and how they personally self identify. This teacher recognizes there will be sever consequences if a teacher does not comply.


If it’s wrong in their heart, then why on earth would they go along with it? I’d take the sever consequences and take it from there…


agreed. This is something worth fighting. The cowardice surrounding this issue is maddening. Speak up and fight back, for God’s sake. And I know you do speak up, [name redacted]! Thank you so much for leading the way and encouraging other teachers!


My children will not be attending US colleges unless this nonsense is cleared up by the time they are old enough to apply.


I think I will say that though I was assigned female at birth, since the age of three, I knew I was different because I had been born again in Christ…. therefore, since we are all free to choose our pronouns, mine are “JesusisLord”, “JesusisherLord” and “them”😁. Make them proclaim the Truth!


[name redacted]

just talked about this at a recent lecture & how it’s becoming prevalent on college campuses for cis gender white males to earn the right to speak before being able to participate in class discussions.



And another post from this group:

Has your middle school presented Signs of Suicide curriculum and/or Brief Screening for Adolescent Depression (BSAD)? It seems positive on the surface in today’s world but I’m hesitant about the burden of children being held responsible for identifying other children’s behavior. I also am concerned about this screening as another data collection method that will remain on her record, etc.


it is now “Agenda 30”. I must have heard them repeat that 100 times in the 3 days I was there.Here is a post from a friend of mine:

nteresting and yet… not surprising. COLLEGES TRACKING STUDENT /PARENT DATA
“court documents in the Varsity Blues college admissions scandal show the University of Southern California meticulously tracking the applications of the children of donors and potential donors in pursuit of contributions. Unearthed by attorneys defending parents implicated in last spring’s saga, the documents make clear that USC was no innocent victim. Rather, USC was energetically working to squeeze every possible dollar out of the same parents who were all too eager to buy access.
series of major newspaper accounts last week documented just how shamelessly university officials flagged and then targeted “special interest” applicants with high fundraising potential. The admissions file of one such applicant endorsed by the USC athletic department noted a “25,000 check and more later.” Another listed a $3 million donation to the men’s golf team. Yet another mentioned, “father is surgeon.” Email exchanges point to numerous instances where admissions officers’ qualms about the academic qualifications of “VIP” applicants were dismissed by university officials on account of their parents’ wealth.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/frederickhess/2019/09/09/new-documents-make-usc-look-anything-but-innocent-in-varsity-blues-case/amp/?__twitter_impression=true


Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:


And here are the replies to this post:

This is the UN Conference I attended. The panelists were telling the youth they only have 10-11 years to drastically change things or there will be irreversible damage to earth and they may not have a future.
I was able to record some of it.
They encouraged young kids to protest in their schools and march on the streets to demand change.
Pushing such an apocalyptic view and Placing the burden of saving the planet in 10-11 years on young kids is abusive.
They literally told the youth “You have 10-11 years to make a difference if you even have a future”.
They want our kids to push their agenda and they do not care what sort of emotional damage that burden can cause our youth.
This is the compact they had children swear to.

https://outreach.un.org/ngorelations/content/youth-climate-compact


Agenda 21 is still around?


it is now “Agenda 30”. I must have heard them repeat that 100 times in the 3 days I was there.


This sounds like an attempt to turn youth against their elders. If this is true it’s a creation of domestic war to create an excuse to inact Marshall law and all the acts against our liberty and constitution that we hold dear.
It’s an obvious move in part to bring in the one world Government under the United Nations. The other players have no alliance to humanity nor country they serve the master of lies, death, deception, the fallen, it has many names and it’s goal is destruction.
It’s hate grows with jealousy because Jesus over came death so you may live and be forgiven of your sins.
Everything you’re witnessing has been revealed in the Bible. You were for warned. Get right with God and stand your ground against the wicked forces that will attempt to destroy your faith.


Unfortunately history has become a selective based study where many very important lessons humanity has learned over the centuries are being negated, and information which benefits the New World Agenda is being forced upon the young generation. Please open your eyes to the Agenda and the forces which operate from the shadows. Let us never forget the words of the man who led the Communist Revolution in Russia, ‘Vladimir Lenin’, “Allow me to teach your Children for four years and the seed which I plant will never be uprooted”.


Thank God my kids are homeschooled now.


that is a step in the right direction. However, when millions of other kids are being brainwashed with such an apocalyptic and dark point of view it will affect the whole community and others around them.


yes, that’s the scariest part. It doesn’t just affect our kids, this will affect society as a whole 😦


I agree and I am always sharing with others about what is going on. I am still fighting even though we are homeschooling. I have nephews in the public schools too.

I agree 100%. I am praying for God to intervene in a mighty way. It is sick and twisted what is happening.



Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

Do parents understand the agenda behind The National Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) organization, which has partnered with other national organizations like the American Library Association, to promote GSA clubs in schools, to groom and expose students to an unhealthy lifestyle?

Do parents realize that suicide rates among LGBT teenage students is much greater?

When schools shift the focus of education in America, away from academics, and to behavioral outcomes, anyone with an agenda; whether we agree with the agenda or not, now have access to our children.

As stated in this packet, on page 12: https://womenonthewall.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Global-Ed-Reform-9.4.pdf

Key Players Funding and Implementing A Global Transformation in Education are Google, Microsoft, and the OECD.

The OECD’s assessment director, Andreas Schleicher, a German worked with the Obama Administration to reshape the US K-12 online assessment system. That is what the Next Generation of Assessments and Accountability are being developed to align with.

The OECD reshaped assessments so they run in the background of online curriculum assessments and instruction.

The OECD assessments are assessing behaviors more than academics.

OECD quotes – “The skills, attitudes, and values that shape human behavior should be rethought to counter the discriminatory behaviors picked up at school and in the family.”

“All young people should be able to challenge cultural and gender stereotypes, to reflect on the causes and solutions of racial, religious and hate violence and to help create tolerant integrated societies.”

National organizations like GSA are actively recruiting and training both advisors (sponsor/monitor) and student leaders as seen in the links below.

From the National Association of GSA networks: https://gsanetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/GSA_Advisor_Handbook-web.pdf

This resource lists fun things to do with local district Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs in three areas: support, social, and activist activities. GSAs can be a mixture of these three types and mix up their activities to reflect their
mission. https://gsanetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/FunThingsToDo.pdf

Thankfully some parents are saying NO!

Undermining Parents, Idaho School Secretly Recruits Children for Gay-Straight Alliance Meetings
A student with gender dysphoria was secretly brought to club meetings by the faculty without parental knowledge or approval.


Here is a post from the Florida anti-iReady group:

My 6th grader in Seminole county who has dyslexia and struggles with reading everyday is being given quizzes on I Ready in his intensive reading class and they are being counted as a grade! Of course he isn’t doing well and it is pulling his grade down. I spoke with the teacher and she stated that they are given 2 chances at each quiz and she takes the higher grade but she blamed him not taking them seriously enough! Anyone have any experience with this before? How is it ok that they are using I Ready to quiz and grade students???


Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

Downey Unified just voted to implement Teen Talk in spite of overwhelming parental and community opposition.


University of Wisconsin-River Falls doesn’t like free speech: https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/09/09/university-of-wisconsin-official-tells-conservative-student-to-move-or-police-will-be-called/


Here is a post from Lynn Davenport:

Once again, Sharon Grigsby is the go-to girl to write about the latest reform agenda to promote access to high-quality childcare. What’s wrong with that? Nothing, if that’s all it is. But that’s not all it is.

This documentary film comes off as an innocuous vehicle promoting the importance of early childhood education. It’s not, y’all. Grigsby and the audience fell for it. Hook. Line. Sinker.

Luckily I spotted the “No Small Matter” name from the research my friend Alison McDowell did earlier in the year:

“That “cradle to career” human capital pipeline Strive (Commit’s parent org) has planned? The one intended to move hundreds of millions of “social benefit” venture capital? Well, someone has to rough in plumbing to the nursery, and that’s the job No Small Matter is meant to do. Investors hope strategic screenings for audiences primed to receive their carefully crafted messages will put voters in the proper mindset to act with a sense of urgency when intended legislation surfaces. When targeted bills come up, these influencers will be eager to press their elected officials to pass them.”

https://wrenchinthegears.com/2019/02/24/shorting-the-lives-of-children-no-small-matter/amp/

Look at the quotes Grigsby included from the screening like Dallas lawyer Rob Walters, who represented the Dallas Citizens Council on the panel. He said, “This is an issue easy to get smart on. Contact your state legislator,” Walters told the audience. “They respond to those squeaky wheels. We have such a moral high ground on this issue.”

They are desperate to spread the message. Why? Well, some genuinely want to connect parents with quality childcare because there is a dire need. But others know there are huge returns for investors and they circling the cradles and cribs.

Human brains are a target. Babies are lucrative…or at least their data.

Maybe some good will come of the awareness. I certainly see the childcare woes of the ladies in my job ministry support group. But manipulating people into spreading a message of urgency so the global impact investors can turn a profit and gamble on futures ….that is morally bankrupt.

Alison wrote:

“Certainly, all families deserve affordable childcare that is developmentally appropriate and staffed by trained caregivers who are adequately paid for this important work. But we also know there are plans afoot to build a national universal pre-k infrastructure from the ground up that will, if not actively contested, have “innovative finance” inextricably woven into it. Once in place, public-private-partnership funding mechanisms will impose exhaustive digital profiling on children, families and service providers.”

Dallas Played Host to Strive “Cradle to Career” Creative Financing Convening in 2013 with United Way, Commit, and Mayor Rawlings:

https://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/9/prweb11152818.htm


And here are the replies to this post:

Check out the Hatch surveillance play table recordings in this video.

Look how they’ve expanded their surveillance product lines

https://www.lena.org/technology/where are the rubrics for that social emotional behavioral data? Who determines the ranking? Are parents informed that their child’s image and rankings are being saved by a 3rd Larry vendor? Who has ACCESS to the data? Is the data secured off site? Is the data in the cloud? Where are the offsite storage centers located, US, overseas? What contractors have access? Where are the contractors located? What is their notification procedure if their data gets hacked (as so many schools are lately!) Did parents give permission for child’s data to be shared with 3rd party tech vendor? What COPPA safeguards are in place to protect these kids under 13? Is data being collected by the teacher or university researchers? Are the researchers vetted (fingerprinted at least) to have access to school aged kids? Can a parent opt out of this data collection? Where does the data go after the year is up? Collecting SEL data on kids is a sliiiiiiipery slope and I think all parents should be informed adequately and be able to opt out.


This has been brewing in Dallas since 2012-13
“A key luncheon plenary on September 26, titled, “Social Impact Bonds: How Civic Infrastructure Helps Sites Get Ready for *Creative Financing,” will discuss ways communities can build civic infrastructure through social impact bonds, a *creative financing* tool where investment firms invest in the public sector to help solve complex social problems. Representatives from The United Way of Salt Lake City, Social Finance and Third Sector Capital Partners will discuss how they developed the nation’s first social impact bonds.

https://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/9/prweb11152818.htm


I totally agree. Do you know about the surveillance play tables? I wrote about it in this post. When I first wrote it I was wondering if AI was assessing the skills, but when I watched it again it seemed like they were held for an educator to listen and rate. Still, I have no idea how the recordings get chunked out into groups under various categories. I mean is there someone watching the recordings in real time and slotting them in? I can’t believe that can be automated at this point. It is all very creepy. The public pre-k will probably come with this infrastructure and private pre-ks that don’t / won’t get the data collection systems will probably not be able to get subsidies and may be put of of business. About half of the private pre-k programs in Washington State have closed in the past five years.

More on Strive investments in human capital here


I will check it out. I’m not familiar with it yet. I feel very strange saying that I don’t support all this new $$ being allocated to government preschools – usually on an elementary campus for low socio economic or dual language kids. I’m very conflicted. I want quality preschool, but my definition of quality Preschool (play based no tech, based on research from child development experts) is not aligned with current models of over assessment, tech 1:1 iPads for 3-4 year olds, and stuffing worksheets curriculum into heads without adequate access to play- outside and play centers, Art, music, play dough, singing, dancing, etc… how can I support these legislative efforts when they aren’t developmentally appropriate at all….I can’t get my head around it. Why isnt our government money going to build more play based preschools based on research …. I guess one can’t collect too much data playing with mud and sticks 🤷‍♀️😢😢


Well, what global finance did to the housing market, they are planning to do with human capital futures next. In order for capital to circulate in an economy where many people have very little liquidity means you use creative finance to turn them into commodities and then gamble on their life outcomes data. It’s possible now with IoT. All of this revolves around the awful Heckman Equation.

If it makes you feel any better, Dallas is not alone. Also this is happening with bipartisan support.

This part about ed-tech and pre-k is awful, but important. I wish it wasn’t real, but it is.


I find it fascinating that the same billionaires are able to pay off legislators in CA and TX and pass similar legislation. They coopt whichever party is in power. They even use the same consultants that TEA sends in from New Jersey! Most people have no clue that the same plan is being used in Texas that was also being worked on (but thwarted) in Los Angeles. 🤣🙈🤷‍♀️


Another reason DISD Charter Partnerships were so necessary?


yes. That was the plan all along. We just weren’t told about the “innovative financing” piece.



Here is another post from her:

My favorite critic in Richardson mocked my disdain for Gates because he is just a brainy, benevolent techie out to save the world, right? Maybe I’ll redo my Big Bill Gates Club song and dedicate it to that critic …

“One way Epstein wielded his influence was through philanthropy. Institutions including MIT and Harvard have both publicly confirmed that Epstein donated large sums of money to various programs at the universities.

MIT was not as forthcoming publicly, The New Yorker reported, as per emails obtained and published in an article linking Epstein to Gates.

The lab’s director, Ito, along with its former Director of Development and Strategy, Peter Cohen, and other Media Lab staffers sustained efforts for a number of years to receive anonymous donations from Epstein, and gave him the ability to influence how they were spent, The New Yorker reported.

Epstein also helped the MIT Media Lab receive funding through donations from his other powerful, wealthy associates, including Gates and the investor Leon Black.

The aforementioned email sent by Ito in October 2014 said: “This is a $2M gift from Bill Gates directed by Jeffrey Epstein.” Cohen replied with “For gift recording purposes, we will not be mentioning Jeffrey’s name as the impetus for this gift.”

The denial from the Gates spokesperson contradicts the contents of the emails, but The New Yorker also published an email from Epstein to Ito where the financier wrote “GAtes [sic] would like a write up on our one science program for tues next week.”

Ito asked Epstein to specify what type of write up, and Epstein replied “more specofic [sic] so that he can fund.” The lab ultimately secured $7.5 million from Gates and Black, the founder of one of the largest private-equity firms, seemingly using Epstein as the primary go-between contact.”

https://www.businessinsider.com/bill-gates-connections-jeffrey-epstein-mit-donations-ronan-farrow-2019-9


Here is a post from the Florida anti-iReady group:

Rock on 🤘🏼
My 6-year old did her first of many future civil disobediences I’m sure (as long as we are in public school). She refused the iReady diagnostic by giving a letter I sent with her to school and helping her with what to do. When prompted to take the test she said no thank you and had given her teacher the letter from me. The district says they must give every student the diagnostic but no one can force your child to take it. I realize this doesn’t work for everyone- kids with disabilities, or just fear. My daughter was a nervous wreck. I get it! But today she was empowered. Today she learned how to advocate for herself, an important life skill. proud mama here even though I was a wreck all day.
See letter in comments.
Seriously thank you all for the advice and support.


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

Florida State Senator Thurston (democrat) has filed an education-well care, health care bill for Public and private schools. He wants adolescents to have annual health and wellness check ups and for parents to show proof thereof. More surveillance of young adults, but imposes a Doctor to make broad mental, sexual, physical—wellness and health determinations annually and submit medical records to school support teams (aka case managers). Read progress of Senate Bill here

https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2020/208


Here is yet another post from this group:

Received a notice today along with a unique log in and password that our school is starting to use eSpark. I searched it but the only posts I found were from the Long Island Opt Out group. Anyone else heard of this? It’s based in Chicago.


And here is a reply to this post:

The fact that they have references to Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Digital Promise on their website and lists “Google Education” as a partner should tell you all you need to know

https://www.esparklearning.com/



Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

This policy of restorative justice is part of MTSS (Multi-Tiered System Support) which is the finishing step to Common Core. We knew it was coming, we knew it included SEL (Social Emotional Learning), CSE (Comprehensive Sexual Education), and more. We knew it was bad. But it’s even worse. It’s what I call the radical left’s global agenda. Thank you, President Obama. You have fundamentally transformed America.


Here is a post from the Texas anti-testing group:

I got a call from the principal this morning… she said that she caught wind that we wouldn’t be participating in the STAAR- that there’s no option to opt out and that I (as his mother) can only choose to not allow him to take the test… She proceeds to tell me that my fifth graders STAAR will be graded as a zero and it’s an automatic retention. I told her we will plan on the gpc.
(Midland ISD)


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

I pray school administrators and School Board Members will take the time to read Andy Pollack’s book.
“Why Meadow Died”…

He exposed the practices of “Restorative Justice” and what cause the murder of his daughter Meadow.
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Yes! We have implemented these practices in Texas! The Texas Definition of Restorative Discipline

Marilyn Armour, Ph.D., defines restorative discipline as “a relational approach to building school climate and addressing student behavior. The approach fosters belonging over exclusion, social engagement over control, and meaningful accountability over punishment.”

https://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Schools/Safe_and_Healthy_Schools/Restorative_Discipline_Practices_in_Texas

Does that sound like what is happening in your local school district?


And another post from her:

PARENTS Did you know… The College Board who owns the copyright to the PSAT/SAT and all Advanced Placement (AP) assessments and curriculum frameworks, and makes untold millions of dollars from marketing personal student data through their “Student Search Service”. Much of this confidential data is deceptively harvested through surveys administered to students right before they take the PSATs and SATs, or when they register for the test online, a practice that has been written about here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/01/21/what-your-child-needs-to-know-before-taking-the-sat-and-act/


Here is a post from a friend of mine:

By executive order, Colo Gov. Jared Polis has announced the creation of a new office to coordinate workforce education efforts across the state.


And some replies to this post:

our Gov appointee Suzy LeVine to run our Employment Security Dept. She has already made changes to the data collected for employment-it now includes K-12 info. She was the Swiss ambassador under Obama and is the main pusher of converting our schools into the Swiss apprenticeship model.


yep. And as you know, Colo has been setting this up, following the Swiss model for years.

Our state commissioner of ed ( a moneyball rock star) just announced that she recently met with Jobs for the Future.


I have connected Jobs/Future, Americorps ( and all its Corps), YouthBuild, and others to this shift. I have devoted Sept to exposing the global to federal to state to us workforce BS.


Because the govt. is SO efficient and good at what they are doing. NOw they believe they can control the workforce.
Unbelievable



And another post from her:

Setting a precedent against parents if this company wins. “It’s a surprising move that some say could have broad implications for parent advocacy around curriculum and instruction.”


I knew Lehi, UT rang a bell. Hometown of Ancestry.com [name redacted]. Also BYU prof overseeing research at MVP.
https://news.elearninginside.com/edtech-flourishing-utah/


just such a web.


You know about Powder Mountain?

I really have to do a Salt Lake City-area post with Christensen and Sorenson and Instructure and the ARPA net. You know the UN was in Salt Lake in August re smart cities.

I need someone to lend me a hand with UT industrial banking laws.


I’m not familiar with banking laws in Utah. Silicon Slopes is flourishing here because there are so many “conservative” lawmakers who see themselves as free market conservatives, but are actually making money through tech investments. Zions Bank and the Chambers of Commerce are big into education reform and have legislators totally snowed by the “free market” rhetoric.



BYU is a UN partner.


Brigham Young University?


yes


Yes. A number of Utah universities have ties to ed-tech and impact investing. Instructure/Canvas is based there.

https://it.utah.edu/node4/news/august_2017/node4-history.php



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

WCSD continues to show they can NOT keep our kids data safe. Before this latest breach there were at least two other breaches of our kids data thanks to the District. One of the breaches caused our kids data (student ID) to be placed for sale on the Dark Web, the other company that breached student data they received from the District is still listed as a “school official.”

This just came from the District:

“Dear WCSD Parents,

Yesterday, you may have received a text message from Coral Academy through their SchoolMessenger system. This message was sent in error, and we apologize for the mistake. This was caused by a programming error in the process we use to provide data to Coral Academy’s parent/guardian communication tool, SchoolMessenger. Unfortunately, additional data was provided to SchoolMessenger, including some directory information as well as student ID and gender for WCSD students. SchoolMessenger has verified that this data did not leave their possession and was immediately and permanently deleted from their systems as soon as the error was identified.

We are notifying you of this error because the distribution of this information to someone other than the student (age 18 or over) or the parents without your written consent constitutes a violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The Washoe County School District reported this violation to the Family Policy and Compliance Office on September 11, 2019. However, you still have the right to file a complaint with the Family Policy and Compliance Office by contacting them at:

Family Policy and Compliance Office

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202-4605

Phone (202) 260-3887

Please be assured that Washoe County School District takes data privacy and security very seriously, and we are implementing additional safeguards to ensure this error is not repeated. SchoolMessenger has also committed to implementing additional safeguards.

Thank you.”


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

What the heck are schools for if they leave science to adopt fantasy??

What is happening America??

Nevada..looks like you are next on the chopping block.

https://mynews4.com/news/local/wcsd-passes-lgbtq-share-curriculum


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

9th grade NYS


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

I so appreciate people like Monica Cline, a former CSE educator-turned-CSE-opponent, speaking out against this harmful material being passed off as “good for kids” or “healthy and preventative education.” It’s nothing of the sort. It’s secrecy from parents (major red flag) and sex advocacy for children. I enjoyed her talk so much that I decided to transcribe it. The best recipe for raising children is parental involvement. Read more below or watch the video.

I only have a short time with y’all today and so I’ll try to get to the meat of my experience in comprehensive sex education and tell you how I even got there. I’m originally from Brownsville, Texas, a mostly Hispanic population lives in Brownsville. And I came to the University of Texas in 1991, where I graduated with a bachelor’s in psychology. During that time, I was asked to volunteer at an organization. And I decided to choose an organization called Algo Informacida in Austin, Texas. I believe they might still exist. And I did that because I had an uncle who identified as gay and I never met him until the eighties when he came to visit us because he was dying because he had contracted the HIV virus. So I decided to join and volunteer at the Austin Latino/Latina gay organization who received funding to provide case management to people living with HIV, particularly people of color, and they also did prevention education. And I thought, well, if I get myself involved with this organization, I’ll understand what my uncle went through and why he couldn’t be with us in the Rio Grande Valley.

So what I discovered was public health education and it was risk reduction education. At first, I was uncomfortable with it. And I thought, “Well, you know, can’t we just tell people to avoid some of this information?” But I was told over and over again, no, this is the way they can do it safer because you see risk-reduction education is about relativism. It’s about do not judge the individual for what they are doing. For example, when I was being taught how to reach out to teenagers, I was told to go to Planned Parenthood which was right across the street. And at the time, the head of their education department was Dottie Curry and she was a person from the community. She lived in the community and she educated in the community. And she began to tell me about the teenage problem with pregnancy and some of the horror stories of girls coming into the clinic with all forms of things that I really don’t want to repeat but shocked about what these girls were coming in with – not just diseases, but even objects and such in their bodies. And I said, “You’ve convinced me, you need to tell me how do I teach them not to have sex.” And she said, “No dear,” she patted me on the knee and she said, “We’re not going to teach them not to have sex – we’re going to teach them how to do it safer. We’re going to meet them where they’re at and we’re just going to teach them how to do it safer” and safer for them is condoms and lubrication. But they also talk about behavior change and they say well a lot of people don’t want to use condoms and lubrication because it doesn’t feel good or it doesn’t… you know, whatever their reasons are. So part of comprehensive sex education and risk reduction is to also teach them how pleasurable it is to use these types of things – condoms and lubrication.

And it also means that we need to role-play different ways that you can talk to your partner and convince them to use condoms and lubrication. And we’re also taught that when we see a sea of people and teenagers, assume that they’re doing everything. Don’t ask them what they’re doing. Just assume that they’re already doing it – which would include vaginal, anal, and oral sex. So we’re to speak candidly to those teenagers about all forms of sex and how condoms and lubrication can help them – giving them the false message that they’re going to be protected. I wasn’t comfortable with doing this but I was being taught by my leaders in the community these experts at Planned Parenthood that this was the only way, that there’s no way that we could convince people not to have sex. There’s no way we’re going to convince children and adults not to have sex. We just have to give them the resources even if their parents don’t want them to have it because what they told me is parents are a barrier to service. Once the parents know that this is happening, we’ll never see them in the clinic again.

So we need to let them know that it’s safe to come here. So as I was being invited into different schools, around East Austin mostly, to talk about this with teenagers, I was literally, and this was back in the 90s, I was sneaked into the school and the teachers would just wink at me and walk away allowing me to say what I needed to say to the teenagers. So as I was speaking one day at an alternative school in East Austin and alternative means it’s a school where, and let me also clarify if you don’t know in our area there’s 613 or 623 I don’t remember anymore, it was so long ago. East Austin was also primarily a people of color area and so that’s what we were always calling our outreach was to people of color of child-bearing age, men who have sex with men, as well as the women. So I was brought into this alternative school where the children were high-risk youth and they had been kicked out of many other schools and so this was their last alternative was to be at the school and I was going to teach 12 and 13 year old boys and girls about sex. And we had on the board written anal sex, vaginal sex, and oral sex. And the conversation began about what bodily fluids have HIV or STDs in them. And then I got a question from a young girl, a 13 year old girl, and she asked me, “How do I provide oral sex?” I’m going to clean up the language a little bit. “How do I provide oral sex without gagging?” And it took me back. I couldn’t believe what this little girl was telling me or asking of me. I wasn’t comfortable with it and I said, “Can you repeat what you just asked?” And she asked it again. She said, “You know, I do this and I get this reaction and I just want you to teach me how to do it better.” And I said, “Well, I think what I hear you saying is that this isn’t something that you enjoy doing.” She said, “No, I don’t. So if you teach me to do it better, then maybe I might enjoy it.” I said, “Well, have you ever considered not doing it at all? If it’s not something you enjoy, have you considered just not doing it?” And all the kids just turned around in their seats – now these are high-risk kids, if you can imagine, they’re teenagers so they’re already rowdy anyway – and they turn around and look at me. And they’re not mad. And Planned Parenthood always taught me that if I were to say something like that, obviously I’m judging them so they’re going to be upset, they’re going to be closed off, but these kids didn’t look closed off. They just looked at me and all the sudden they looked innocent. And I said, “Guys, do you realize you don’t have to do any of this on the board? You don’t have to have vaginal sex, anal sex, or oral sex. Have you ever considered that?” And you know what the response was? “No one’s ever told us that.” This education really does tell children to have sex. This is coming from the mouth of the youths. They’re trusting us, they’re trusting their teachers, they’re trusting the clinics, they’re trusting adults to teach them and if you tell them that this is the way of the world this is the expectation then that’s what they’re going to do. So then we didn’t talk about prevention anymore. They started talking about, “Well, how do we stop having sex?” One girl said, “But I already started, I can’t just stop now.” And I said, “Yeah, you can.” And they were just so calm and they started talking about how they could support each other in deciding not to have sex. These are kids in an alternative school, they’ve been kicked out of – you know I’m talking about kids that are just really a little out of control – all of the sudden I have their attention. They really wanted to not have sex. I didn’t have to tell them to not to, I just suggested it. And they welcomed it and they talked to each other about – hey you know the guys were like, “We don’t really expect that. We could just go watch a movie or we could just go hang out. We could take a walk around the park.” It was amazing what I was hearing. I wasn’t suggesting that, they were suggesting that.

I spent two years volunteering for Planned Parenthood “Nobody’s Fool” in Waco, Texas. “Nobody’s Fool” was a very large conference that was organized by Planned Parenthood and they had the huge conference in a Convention Center in Waco. And we had kids coming into middle school all the way to high school and it was all going to teach them about risk reduction using condoms, using lubrication, and how to negotiate the safer sex. They were all sectioned off per age and we were teaching the girls that were between 12 and 13 years of age. In that room where we have them, we had three different teachers. One was going to teach them about puberty/ their bodies and then one was going to teach them about STDs and show them a video of actually teenagers who were – the opening scene is two teenagers in bed, you can tell they just finished having sex and the rest of the video is about “Oh, I got a disease, now I have to tell people, now I have to go to a clinic” – the whole video is just about having sex. And then I chose to talk about healthy relationships.

That first year, I left there convicted. I was so angry. I did not like what the kids were being taught. It did not settle well with me and I was still invited to come back the next year. And I thought, “I’m never going to go here again.” But then I thought, “You know what? This time I’m going to do it my way.” So I have the girls in my group and I said I’m going to do relationships again. We’re going to talk about that again and their futures. So I have the girls in my little group and the other teachers were over to the side talking to their groups and I started asking them, “Hey girls, so what do you want in life? Tell me about your dreams, what you want to be?” So I had volleyball player, I want to be a nurse, I want to be a dancer, I want to be a teacher. You know these are just 12 and 13 year old girls excited about it. “Ok great – that’s great! Tell me about your best friend. Think about someone you just trust, has your back no matter what you do, they’re always there for you. Think about what it is about them that makes you feel that way, that’s so safe about them.” So they started mentioning all the things that make you feel safe with this person, you know, that they’re honest, and they always take care of them, they’re just going on and on about it. “Okay, that’s really good. So what about in dating relationships? Have you all been talking about dating?” And they started snickering. And I said, “Well what should he look like? What should that guy look like?” And they’re like, “Oh, you know..hmm.. I don’t know.” “Well, do you think that maybe he could be a lot like your best friend, or that person that you trust, that maybe he respects you?” And they’re like, “Yeah, yeah, trust, that would be good, I guess, so maybe that person you date is somebody who admires you, respects you, protects you. Yeah, so they start thinking about that. So I said, “Well, let’s go back to your dreams then let’s talk about that a little bit. So what would keep you from being that nurse, or that volleyball player, and all things y’all mentioned?” And in the context of where we were, they said, “Well being in an abusive relationship or getting pregnant, I guess.” I’m like “Yeah, so what do you guys think you should do?” “I’ll make sure I choose the partners wisely, stay with your friends, or maybe don’t date so quickly.” And they were coming up all these answers themselves like okay and then one of them said, “Don’t… don’t have sex?” So I said, “Huh! Maybe, yeah, maybe, what about that?” Well one girl stood up, put her hands on her hips, she said, “Wait a minute! Do you want us to have sex or not?” Of course, I knew the rest of the teachers are in the room with me and I leaned in and I said, “If it’s up to me, if it were just up to me, I would say no. I want you to wait. I want you to be that volleyball player, and I want you to be a nurse, and I want you to be a teacher, and I want you to have a healthy marriage. That’s what I want for you.”

What I saw in those girls when I said that was relief. They relaxed. Their parents took them to this conference. They were driven there. They were dropped off there. And the girls, these were girls who just about to go to middle school so I’m just going to assume they may not have gotten any education in the school yet, they already knew that they were coming into a conference that was going to teach them how to have sex. And when I started doing a presentation, and getting them to answer these questions on their own, and they were getting the idea that maybe they shouldn’t have sex, they knew that hey, that doesn’t jive with why we’re here. They’re smart.

There’s an organization, a liberal organization, that loves Planned Parenthood. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and they do a lot of research. They do a lot of polls among the teenagers. If you go to their website, you’ll get an idea of what they teach. But one of the polls that they have is that teenagers reported that the person who would influence them most in their decision about having sex were parents. They said it themselves. It wasn’t the teacher, it wasn’t the clinic, it wasn’t the nurse, it wasn’t the expert. It was parents. One of my goals is to not only expose the truth of all of this and what the lies are, but to also teach parents that they need to talk to their children about these topics. And not about the graphic things but just your expectations. When I got out of this field, I started wondering why did I fall for this? Why did I allow… I spent 10 years working in HIV prevention, HIV case management, and then as a family planning training manager for all of Texas and New Mexico. And I thought, “How did I not know that this wasn’t right? Why did I allow them to mold me this way? My parents are married, they didn’t get divorced, I came from a good family. Why did I do that?” And I realize that there’s something that maybe…. and I’m not blaming my parents but they didn’t talk to me about sex. They kind of a round about way said did you hear about Consuela, she’s got a baby now and they were hoping that I would kind of listen to that and get the idea to avoid that or she should have taken care of herself. What does that mean? But they never talked to me about it.

I never had my dad look at me and say this is what I want for you because I admire you. I think you’re beautiful, I want these things for you. I think that would have made a big difference for me. I had an older cousin that I really admired. And he once said you know what, I think I’m going to live with someone instead of getting married, just to try it out first. That stayed in my mind. Those messages stayed in my mind. It’s important that parents speak to their children. And one of the things I did with my son is I was always, even at a young age, anything that was important to him, was important to me. And this is what I teach my step daughters when they’ve asked me about their kids and how to raise them. If your child comes up to you and wants to talk to you for an hour about a pencil that they’ve received from their teacher that was a prize or something at school, you stop and you listen to that. And I did that because I knew that when he became a teenager, he would not want to speak to me. But if he knew that if I had this habit, that mom always listens and mom thinks I’m important, and everything I think is important is important to her, then I knew that as a teenager, he would come to me and talk to me. And guess what? He did. He’s 18 years old now. And I can tell that at 18, you know, that there’s probably some things he doesn’t tell me. And that ok, you know, he’s an adult. Things are a little different. But boy that kid has told me so much which is why my step daughters ask me how did you raise your son because he’s a great kid. My own mother said how did you learn to do this because y’all are so close. Because parents, we need to put our phones down even if you’re tired. I was a single mom for 9 years. You have to stop, and sacrifice as parents and be there for your kids. I don’t necessarily know how I’m going to do that, how I’m going to teach it, how I’m going to help change the culture, but that’s one of my goals and I hope you’ll join me in that. Another important point though about Planned Parenthood that I want to emphasize in risk reduction education is that they truly believe that our teenagers are… have an insatiable appetite for sex. They don’t think that there’s anyway that you can stop it. And so that’s why they think they need to continue giving your children condoms, and lubrication, and access to abortion. And they don’t believe that your opinions and that your values for your children are important because they know better and because you’re old-fashioned. And like they’ve always said to me parents are a barrier to service so when a child goes into a Planned Parenthood, they can give a different name, they can give a friend’s phone number, they’re encouraged to do anything possible to keep secrets from their parents. And what do we teach our children when they’re young? Secrets are not good. If there’s an adult who tells you to keep a secret from your parents, that’s a red flag. But yet, that’s what Planned Parenthood does. And they do it…. and I think some of those people really think they’re helping… they do ‘cause they’re well, mom is going to get really mad and then she won’t be able to come and get access to care. And then she’s going to get pregnant. I mean, they really do believe that. But if you think about it, a lot the ways that they teach the education, how they groom the kids… one of the first exercises in this kind of education is to have them list all of the slang terms for sex and body parts. And it’s uncomfortable and they giggle. But they’re still told to do it. That’s breaking down inhibitions. It’s very similar to grooming for child sexual abuse. Do they see it that way? Did I see it that way? No. We didn’t. But I see it that way now and I know you do, too. It’s really important that we let parents know what this education is really like and that these organizations exist based on their secrets. A year before I left, I went to a human trafficking conference because I just wanted to. I knew it was an important topic. This was back in probably 2008 or so here in Austin. And I learned all about human trafficking and how to identify a victim of human trafficking. My boss at the time at the organization called Center for Health Training who had the Title X training grant said sure, go ahead – go do that. So I attended that conference. A year later, the title X grant actually had as a key concept that the clinicians needed to learn how to identify victims of human trafficking. So I was like perfect, I went to a training. I’m gonna teach that. So I went to Corpus Christi because Planned Parenthood always had enough money to pay for me to go and visit them and train them all on their own. So I was in Corpus Christi at a big hotel conference room teaching them about title X requirements and then I started talking about human trafficking. I said, “You know when a teenager comes in or when a young girl comes in and you just kinda get that feeling that she’s not really with her dad and you know you just kind of have this feeling that it’s someone who’s trafficking her, it’s a pimp, or someone whose having sex with her and you know what I’m talking about” is what I told them. I said, “That is also considered human trafficking… statutory rape, human trafficking.” And it was a room about this big. And they all were just like “No” and shaking their heads. I said, “You know, this young girl is vulnerable, she doesn’t know how to tell you what’s happening. You need to use your counseling skills to be able to get this information from her and protect her.” They started giggling and dismissing what I was saying. I said, “I don’t understand this reaction. Guys this is real, this is human trafficking.” And a nurse raised her hand and she said, “Honey, if she’s not sleeping with this guy this month, she’ll be with another one next month.” And they all said, “Yeah.” They don’t see our children as human anymore. They don’t. And a common phrase was “don’t ask, don’t tell” like in the military for homosexuality. If you don’t ask them, then you don’t have to tell. And they love using that. If I don’t ask the girl how old she is or who she’s having sex with, then I don’t have to tell. And they actually think they’re doing this girl a favor.

Our communities are at risk. These evidence-based interventions that they say are effective or based on evidence, they’re not, they’re based on self-report. I challenged them about that in the 90s when I went to a training when the CDC first put out evidence-based interventions. I said, “Guys, what’s the evidence for this?” And they said, “Self-report.” And I said, “Seriously? That’s it? Just because someone walked in and said yeah, you taught me to use them and I’ve used them 3 out of 5 times? That’s evidence-based?” It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that the HHS actually admitted that these interventions aren’t working and they’re not scientifically sound. And that made me very angry because I was teaching that since the 90s in communities that are dying. And the CDC is actually telling us to use these evidence-based interventions and supporting it and defending it all these years while the people in our own community on the other side of 35 are dying. If you look up the statistics for the CDC and the STD rates in 2016, those STD rates are still increasing. They have not declined. Our children are still at risk, mainly 15-24 year olds and men who have sex with men. This education hasn’t helped. It is meeting them where they are at, like Dottie Curry told me to do, but it’s also to leave them there.

Why is it that we’ve decided that when it comes to sex, that we just want to let people continue being in high risk behaviors? We have other health models like smoking cessation – avoid it, don’t do it. Don’t do drugs. But when it comes to sex education, “Oh, put a condom on it.” Statistics also show that children, young people, who have sex early are more likely not only to have diseases, get pregnant, they won’t do as well in school , which has nothing to do with becoming pregnant and also have higher rates of depression. Those children who have chosen to avoid sex have higher grades, are more likely to go into higher institutions of learning, and are healthier. You can look it up for yourself. It’s not a secret. So why is it that we have all this evidence but yet we continue to do this education? I don’t know but it’s going to take people like you and organizations like Texas Alliance for Life to help stop it because this kind of education is what’s also leading to the abortions that we are fighting against. Abortion is always the only option for these organizations. When I asked them, when I started to question the education, I started to question innocently, I was like, “Guys, have you noticed that we really do promote abortion?” They’re like, “What are you talking about?” I said, “No really, we really do. We don’t have adoption people at our conferences, we don’t ever talk about abstinence except for the one sentence that says it’s the only 100% way to avoid pregnancy and STDs. And after that, we just talk about sex. Have you ever noticed that we really promote abortion?” They were like, “Monica, what are you talking about?” They were realizing that I was changing. And I was realizing what was really happening. I was told by my supervisor before I left if you’re not prochoice, you don’t belong here. And this was an organization that was funded to provide training for title X.

I don’t know how to fix it but I know that I can’t do it all on my own just like Joe can’t do it all on his own. We need your help. One of things that I want, a movement I want to start is “It Takes A Family.” It takes a family to raise children, it takes a family to build healthy communities, and it takes a family to form a great nation. And that’s what we need to focus on. We need to clean up our schools, we need to hold our clinicians accountable, we need to set up proper legislation. But even with legislation, we need to hold each other accountable. And we need to find a way to change the culture through the families. And we know that the other side knows this because they are putting these curriculums starting in Pre-K. They know that if they get to our children that they are going to change the culture and they are doing it. So we can’t be passive and we can’t just be meeting together – we need to go out into the community and make a difference however you can.

One of the things that has come to my attention as well is that, people like me, you either like me right now or you still hate because of what I used to do. But I want to read something to you that as I was preparing this I thought “God, what do you need me to say?” And this is in Jonah. But God said to Jonah, “Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?” “I do,” he said, “I am angry enough to die.” If you remember, Jonah was asked to go to Ninevah to show God’s grace because they were a lost people. And Jonah didn’t want to do it. He was angry. He didn’t want them to have grace, he wanted punishment for them. But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this vine though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. But Ninevah has more than 120,000 people who could not tell their right hand from their left and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?” Organizations like “And Then There Were None” and many of you know that praying for these educators, praying for the clinicians, is important. I don’t know who prayed for me but someone prayed for me and helped me get out of this. And God convicted me and helped me to see. Because all of the proof was right there but I couldn’t see it. I didn’t know my left hand from my right. Grace and compassion does not mean that we leave people where they are at. Grace and compassion founded in truth leads us to great paths and its going to take courage and it’s going to take work.


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

The Reno Gazette Journal published this article on Sunday. The author specifically mentions ClassDojo (towards end of article). Many schools in WCSD use ClassDojo. Our suggestion hasn’t changed in years: do not allow your kids to use ClassDojo, and do not allow their teachers to add your children to ClassDojo!

The New York Times has also written about ClassDojo


Looks like one of the masterminds behind the previously mentioned Islam workshop in Michigan has been indoctrinating LOADS of students and students: https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/hundreds-of-michigan-schoolteachers-subjected-to-islamic-propaganda


Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

I am an Oak Park Parent and I was at this meeting. Their therapist stated that kids identify as trans as young as 18 months old!!! They also said that kids can transition without telling parents and if the child is afraid of their parents because they are transgender the parents can be reported to Child Services. Marinate on that. If you think it’s not going to be happening in your schools think again. The biased agenda is real.


And another post from this group:

UPDATE: AN AMAZING AND UNEXPECTED TURN OF EVENTS ON AB 493!!! On/around September 6, this bill was GUTTED. Almost half of the language was removed including the most dangerous parts of the mandated and monitored online training. The bill then passed in the State Senate, 31-0-9. 9 Republicans did not vote (NVR). I was told the bill has been sent to the Governor, who will probably sign this toothless and meaningless remnant.

So what happened? Do you think we had anything to do with this surprising twist? I have my own theory. What do you think?


Here is a post that was shared in this group:

Oak Park Superintendent threatens to arrest parents at Tuesday night sex ed meeting. Still won’t admit that State law doesn’t prohibit districts from offering opt-out for optional K-6 gender theory instruction. Like and share!


Here is a post that was shared in the Florida anti-iReady group:

Yesterday, my son was attacked. In a violent, malicious manner while in the school locker room at Blake Academy in Polk County. As one student repeatedly hit him over and over agin, others not only held my son down so that the student could hit him but encouraged the attack. I am enraged.

The school nurse called us first and let us know our son was in the nurses office and could not give us any additional information. I immediately left my office and went to the school – not one school administrator contacted me on the way to the school. I got to the school to find a welt on my son’s forehead and back of head, a cut above his eye brow and bruising all around his eye. At the time we didn’t think it was anymore than a scuffle and still due to his injuries we decided to press charges on the boy – at this time we had no clue others were involved. UNTIL later last night when we received videos from the parent of a high school student (our son is in middle school) – the videos showed the attack that lasted well over 3 minutes with no adult supervision or intervention. You hear the kids not only cursing but encouraging the attack and not stepping in to stop what was happening.

I have asked the school administrators what will happen to the other children involved – would you like to know their response? We can’t tell you! We are entitled to know how the school system plans to protect our child. I do not need to know the specifics of the child’s name or any other personal identifiers however I believe due to the nature of this attack we should know what the consequences are and if the children are in school. What is our world coming to?

This could have ended much differently, our child has one kidney and after getting kneed several times this could have resulted in permanent damage. He was thrown on the floor over a bench, head his head all while others watched. And all they can tell me is they will handle it – this is unacceptable.

Today, we went to the Bartow Courthouse and try to get a restraining order or injunction and Judge Kelly Butz said that because the attack did not happen multiple times she would not award the protection to our son. It only takes one hit for a child to die. How many more times would you like this to happen to our child or any other child? Throughout the entire attack this little boy laughed and smiled – and you think he won’t do it again? Yet the malicious videos were not taken into account.

I can guarantee you had this been a group of black students on a lone white student we would be having a completely different conversation. I am disheartened, I am tired, scared for my son and completely enraged. These videos make my whole heart sad – nothing warrants this behavior. Policy must change to protect our children – or we will continue to mourn children for stupid reasons.


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

The Word text program from Microsoft will suggest inclusive alternatives to words that refer to gender. Algorithm ArtificialIntelligence GenerationEquality

The merging of IT and Language Change is… “The Third Wave” they were WARNING about back in 1994.

We know who all the key players are making this happen in Texas and beyond. We also know the state and federal legislation that must be exposed.

This is what Trump and Ivanka and the “Green” people funding it, elected officials legislating it and schools implementing it, need to understand. It is an all out attack on the family and a breakdown of American Society.

Below is what is being developed from education data collected from 1 to 1 devices in the classrooms; by Microsoft and Google, and why data collected from parents and students by teachers, administrators, counselors in school and on their 1 to 1 devices matters. The flow of education data unethically and illegally mined must be STOPPED!!

Article linked below in English:

“American tech giant will correct the Danes’ language if they do not write inclusive enough

In their popular writing program “Word”, Microsoft will now propose alternatives to eg. gender-specific words in which “policeman” becomes “police officer”.

The Word text program from Microsoft will in future suggest “inclusive” alternatives to words that refer to gender or may be perceived as derogatory to people with disabilities or illnesses. A clear reminder that technology is not value neutral, scientists say Police officer, chairman, dementia. Forget it. From now on, it must be called police officer, foreman and person with dementia. At least if it stands for technology giant Microsoft.

This fall, the US IT company is launching a new version of the world’s most widely used word processing program, Word, where algorithm-based artificial intelligence will propose more inclusive language use.

Specifically, this means that if you type “police officer”, the program will suggest that you use the gender-neutral word “police officer” instead. If you describe a person as “dementia”, the program will instead suggest that you use the term “person with dementia”.

Andreas Birkbak, PhD in technology anthropology and assistant professor at Aalborg University, is not surprised to hear that Microsoft is now including inclusive language into the Word program. “It is a very clear reminder that technology and design are never value neutral. When we use technology to communicate, there will always be some form of mediation – and there will always be different ideas about the community built in, which come from the programmers, designers and project managers behind the technology, ”he says, continuing: “In this case, the sense of identity and the narrative of oneself as a place of progressive actors that Silicon Valley (home of the largest US technology companies, ed.) Has come in handy. Many of these big tech companies make their mark in the annual Pride parades, and many of them have internal programs that support the LGBT environment. Now we also see it in the way they design software.”

Anna Libak, who is a journalist and author, believes that inclusive language has gone too far when it is systematically disseminated through a large technology company. She fears it could give us a poorer language: “Novel writers will find it really difficult in the future. Because if they can’t say he or she, must they say mom or dad? After all, it may be that you don’t feel like mom or dad, even if you are. Do you have to say young, old, ugly, nice, feminine, masculine, thick, thin, yes, can you characterize others in any way whatsoever? ”.

At the same time, Anna Libak believes that Microsoft’s aspirations for a more inclusive language raise a fundamental dilemma as to whether language should reflect reality or whether we should accept that someone will change the language to shape the reality they want to see. “I think it is fundamentally wrong to try to change reality through language. After all, it should be the other way around: that language only changes when reality has changed. It creates frustration if the gap between reality and language becomes too large, as is the case when artificially trying to abolish gender. ” While it may seem convenient or innocent right away, when a program like Word suggests that we formulate in a different and more inclusive way, we should be critical of this type of technology, says Bent Meier Sørensen, professor of organizational philosophy at CBS .

“Many of these functions are introduced on the basis of the best intentions, but I am very little convinced that it is truly inclusive,” says Bent Meier Sørensen and continues: “Editing the language must be done slowly and thoughtfully, not least from a local language practice. Not based on the ideology and algorithms of some American tech giants. ” However, Deputy Andreas Birkbak believes that cold water should be struck in the blood if you fear the consequences of artificial intelligence – also known as AI, an abbreviation for “artificial intelligence”. After all, the service may not be able to deliver everything Microsoft promises.

“Now I haven’t seen it in action yet, but I can doubt if it actually helps us in any way. Think about the little word suggestions we get from our cell phones when writing text messages. I don’t think I’m the only one who thinks they’re most often annoying or involuntarily funny. You also run the risk of using an AI to suggest words. Not least, when it should be in Danish, ”he says. At the same time, he agrees with the critics that if we start listening too much to the algorithms, we risk becoming less creative and more standardized. “One can hope that it will simply be used for some form of mail-lingo reserved for jobs, and the consequence will not be that great.

But it is clear that if it sinks wider into the way we write literature or relate to each other, then it will be a clear negative consequence, ”he says.

Christian Dagblad has contacted Microsoft, which states that they have not had the opportunity to respond before the editorial deadline.”


Here is a post from the Common Core Diva:

For all my conservative minded friends who believe PRF is a friend, it is a member of the toxic group ALEC. Look deep enough into ALEC and FRP, you’ll find HSLDA. HSLDA is supposedly a friend of homeschool families. However, HSLDA is just as polluted as most other quasi-conservative undermining groups.
When it comes to your family, trust no one tied to the government!

If anyone wants the HSLDA tie, PRF board member list shows:


And some replies to this post:

It makes sense to me because it seems to me that HSLDA would have sued or don’t a lot more to fight for right than they have done.


So Parentalrights.org is the same as the Parental Rights Foundation?


yes


if you’re homeschooling should you join either of these groups?


no


is there an alternative?


there is another homeschool watchdog group which is far better than HSLDA. My entire 20+yrs in the HS community was proof that the more known group wasn’t to be trusted. I learned that by countless families abandoned by them & my own research. The better group, from a research view:
http://www.nheld.com/

let me say this, a family shouldn’t have to be fearful of exercising their parental duties.


Where is a Constitutional lawyer willing to fight the existence of the DOE as a blatant 10th Amendment challenge? Let’s stop screwing around with the small change.


How did HSLDA get polluted? I’m not totally surprised that they’re compromised. (Mike Farris heads it and he’s also part of Convention of States, which I support, but never has, to the best of my knowledge, Convention of States EVER brought up anything like the Every Student Succeeds Act or anything like that, which is odd in that if we mentioned all of this data mining and surveillance, we’d easily get to 34 applications. But that would mean calling out Greg Abbot and Robert DeSantis and others and maybe they don’t want to do that.


Farris has been known for, for years, his own personal political agenda which he uses HSLDA as a bully pulpit, when he can. If you look at the website for the HS group, you’ll find support for STEM, CTE, dual enrollment, Ed savings accts. They are connected to Bush’s School Choice Week, too.


ALEC is an ally of the CCSSI. It’s one of the biggest advocates for charter schools which of course also includes really bad ones like the Turkish charters such as Harmony in TX, all things espoused by Jeb Bush like the AL “scholarships” for students to attend private schools (and thereby make them susceptible to CCSSI and other federal programs, 0-grade 12 ESSA plans, etc. AL’s legislature is a bunch of ALEC puppets and I bet AL’s situation is not unusual. They write bills which their bought and paid for state legislators and governors push. It’s my understanding that vendors have immense control over ALEC and that’s why ALEC did not vote against CCSSI.We need to get our states to cease paying dues to groups like NASBE, ECS, ALEC etc. so the voters/taxpayers have a chance to compete with all the lobbyists for the ear of our reps. Look at our secretary of education whose thinking is in step with ALEC when it comes to education. PS If anyone wants to pursue a 10th amendment justification for stopping federal control of education, check out Pres. Carter’s sec of ed’s quote about the subject. He was a Democrat but he was right on target.


Farris is the left side of Satan. I wrote about him so much I finally just got to the point of pure vomit. He is no Christian any more than the rest of these manipulating for money evangelical liars.

The Real Michael Farris

http://www.americaseducationwatch.org/home-school.html



Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

At our life group last night, a teacher in the Claremont district asked for prayer as he is being brought before the school board or principle or something because he would not teach the assigned sex ed to his 7th and 8th graders. He basically modified it. He also says there is not a lot of parent support in that area. Groups like moms in prayer and such have essentially vanished and he is David fighting Goliath. Please pray for him. I don’t want to share his full name but please pray for Paul. He needs spiritual back up.


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

WOW!!!!!

https://www.wsj.com/articles/take-two-aspirin-and-call-me-by-my-pronouns-11568325291


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

“The U.S. education system spent more than $26 billion on tech­nology in 2018. That’s larger than the entire Israeli military budget. By one estimate, annual global spending on technology in schools will soon total $252 billion. To hear presidents and prime ministers tell it, this spending is laudable and even necessary to reduce inequality and prepare a workforce ready to compete in the global economy.1

But the technology pushed into schools today is a threat to child development and an unredeemable waste. In the first place, technology exacerbates the greatest problem of all in schools: confusion about their purpose. Education is the cultivation of a person, not the manufacture of a worker. But in many public school districts we have already traded our collective birthright, the promise of human flourishing, for a mess of utilitarian pottage called “job skills.” The more recent, panicked, money-lobbing fetish for STEM is a late realization that even those dim promises will go unmet.

Second, it harms students even in the narrow sense of training workers: the use of technology in schools actually lowers test scores in reading, math, and science, damages long-term memory, and induces addiction. Both advanced hardware and the latest software have proven counterproductive. The only app or device found to meaningfully improve results with any consistency is an overhead projector in the hands of a competent human teacher.

Finally, educational technology is a regressive political weapon, never just a neutral tool: it increases economic inequality, decreases school accountability, takes control away from teachers, and makes poorer students more vulnerable to threats from automation and globalization.”


And some replies to this post:

Are any of these media sources EVER going to expose the UN is STEM’s master? I have tried for years to get them to listen.


This I agree with! Too much technology, in general, is hurting kids. I believe they should be creating with their hands. Kids are exposed to too much blue light and kids don’t know how to be kids anymore.



Here is a post from a friend of mine:

School survey violated federal law PPRA.
“The assignment on the second day of the school year asked students to answer subjects like their gender, sexuality, religion and socioeconomic status. The 10th graders in an English class at Heritage High were also asked about people in their life, like their friends and doctor.”

This jumps out at me from the district:
“These core beliefs are foundational to the work outlined by our Vision 2020 Strategic Plan.”

Colorado had the EXACT same title for our Vision 2020 Plan. Hmm

The survey says it was not a District provided resource.


And a reply to this post:

in Idaho, we found that our Sex Ed curriculum was being implemented through agreements with the District Health Depts and their Sex Salesmen. It was considered a guest speaker, that brought their special outside curriculum, so it circumvented the local district curriculum choosing entities.



Here is a post from the Florida anti-iReady group:

Alright friends…how does everyone feel about Khan Academy? Apparently it’s being given in class as a CW assignment and then whatever isn’t finished is then assigned as a HW grade in Skyward. Instruction may or may not have been given on the lessons being worked on. Students pacing varies of course because they are individuals so no whole group and its work as you go. Some may or may not have a lot more than others to do at home. Also, I don’t know about your families but there are 5 kids in my house, 4 that need access to the internet because of school and I’m in grad school ft. I don’t have a computer to give each of them to use. Myself and my high schooler that’s in a.p. & gifted classes takes priority. Teacher claims the khan hw has been mentioned many times in class…my child had an A until she just received an F for online hw. I’m fired up and have already shot off multiple emails. She also has a 504…. Requested a meeting asap. My child also states she has not received her “extra time for assessments” accommodation.

Seminole County


And here are some replies to this post:

What about kids who don’t have a computer at home ??


I use Khan only when I want to print off extra practice on my homeschooled child. If my public school kid was being made to do that, I may have a conference with the teacher. I am more about quality than quantity. I would want his time spent in school learning and mastering the concept and not bringing busy work home.


Tied to Gates.

https://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database/Grants/2010/10/OPP1025663


I’m feeling the same with stations work we have that part is in schoology
I printed a page of the Stations Work students will be completing in class this week- it should be in their daily binder. I attached it to this email, and it is in Schoology in the Homeroom class.
All Stations work is due Friday. Students will have time in class each day this week to complete the 8 assignments. They may work on them at home if they feel they are falling behind. I am stressing to the students that if they focus and stay on task, this work can get done in class. I’m hoping this will help the students practice managing their time.
Thank you!


Schoology is also tied to Project Unicorn:

https://www.projectunicorn.org/vendor-coalition


Notorious for sharing data with third parties, especially since it’s partnership with CollegeBoard.



Here is a post that was shared in the California anti-radical sex ed group:

Remember when in school you were considered a boy or girl not anything you “felt” like being? Our politicized schools now give you another choice. Anything you “feel” like you are. A monkey, cat, a boy if you’re a girl, a girl of you’re a boy. Public schools are no longer about teaching our children reading, writing, math, history and science it’s about indoctrinating them. If you’re child is in a public school and you can remove them, do it. If not, please talk to them, equip them so they don’t get swept up in the craziness that is taking place. Take a look at the new testing booklets. Sent to me by my cousin who’s a teacher.


Here is a post from a Texas anti-testing group:

I’m a bit pissed! Our 8th grade straight A daughter, was assigned a group project in her Math class. 3 of the 4 did little to no work on the project. So being the type of student she is. She took it upon herself to do the whole project on her own, after being told this will be a group grade. When she turned in the project, her teacher asked her why she had done the whole thing on her own. She replied, I don’t know, then told him that the others in the group weren’t working. So what did this wonderful teacher say to her. “Well this isn’t the idea, the idea is to work as a group, how are they going to learn anything, if you’re doing all the work, How are they going to Pass the STAAR, if you did all the work. They haven’t learned anything, from this project. ” ” And that’s not fair to them. “
I flipped my ever loving mind, Fair, Fair, would you be teaching, responsibility to all your students. Needless to say We have a conference with the principal and teacher on Monday. This is the Great Somerset ISD. Pfffttttt…


And some replies to this post:

I would be going to the superintendent personally. That’s b.s.


he’s part of the problem!!!!!


Is he trying to make your daughter feel guilty for them not being able to pass STAAR because of their own actions?
Your daughter should have responded with, “that’s ok they can opt out anyway and don’t need to take it at all!”


I truly wish she would have. But she is so intimidated, by teachers. We had a hell of a time last year with opting out, and teachers bulling her, or as our wonderful over paid Superintendent put it, they were just tr to persuade her, and allow her the opportunity to take the STAAR.


Math is not a subject where I would expect to see projects of any kind, much less Group projects. It’s not your daughter’s responsibility to teach these other kids because they are in her group. Teacher needs to step up and do his job.


you would be surprised. My oldest is in algebra 2 in HS, honors class and all comp checks are group grades at each table!


She needs to explain that their lack of responsibility is not acceptable to her for a grade she will be stuck with, so yes she HAD to do the work because she cares about her grades while the others apparently could not care at all.
Glad you’re going to address it.


I’m a teacher! Ask for the rubric and group responsibility or participation contract. How is the teacher evaluating the contributions of each group member? Was work done in class, under supervision? How did he monitor them and see for himself that each student was learning in preparation for STAAR?! Totally not your child’s responsibility!! We all have bad days, and sometimes kids get words mixed up. BUT ask for those things and document what’s happening. Send emails to all concerned parties before and after your meeting. BTW, I’m also a parent!! Good luck. 👍🏼


after he received an email from the principal, he called me on Friday. He wanted to know what the conference was going to be about. So I touched base with him, and he said that “well, we just tell the kids, it’s a group grade, she will earn her own grade”. So I said to him, oh so you lie to the students!!!! He got sassy and said, well would you prefer I give her the group grade? I said no, I want you to teach your class, and not make my child feel like she did something wrong, and insult her in front of your class, for stepping up And taking responsibility to handle the work of 4!


I tell my students that if there is a group project and someone isn’t doing their part, I need to know right away. Then I’ll talk to noncompliant student(s). If they still don’t contribute, the rest of the group will not be penalized. It is my responsibility to teach, not a student.


snitches get stitches. My daughter has been paired with students who said from the onset that they were not going to do anything. Threatened to beat up my daughter if she didn’t do the whole thing.


This is why I don’t like group projects
It’s ridiculous


Group projects/collaborative work can be awesome, but the teacher has to take the time to design them correctly (including individual accountability, checkpoints, taking into account what resources each student has access to outside of school, etc.) and TEACH students how to do them!
Too many just say: “here’s what I want the final product to look like, and here’s your group” and leave students to their own devices.
NOT OK.


you just described every major project I was a part of during my school years, save one.


I HATE group projects where they can’t pick their partners for this very reason!!

[name redacted]

did she communicate with the teacher during the project that the other kids weren’t helping?


she was moved once already, and he kept having to tell her to wake up one of the students in the group. Aside from that she was working on the project and ignored the others.


wow so unacceptable!! Is this a preAp or regular class?

why was she waking the kid up and not the teacher?
Honestly I would request a new teacher


I will FOREVER hate group projects! My oldest daughter, in high school often did them on her own too. While other kids dont give a damn, my kids was keeping up her GPA and rank to go to college on scholarships. I hate them!


SHE learned a huge lesson that will continue her entire life- “group” projects are done by 1 or 2 people, and it’s done by the ones who care. I hate when teachers assign them- they learned that lesson themselves!


my girls are in 8th & 10th both honors classes but have run into this in elective classes and elementary. They both hate with a passion working in groups they don’t get to pick. They have also in the past been paired with students who needed help but that always winds up being a joke because those kids don’t want to do their share.


that has happened to our oldest too. Many times they would sit her with the slower kids, to re- teach them the TEKs. I was beyond pissed too. I just feel I need to nip this in the bud, now, before were to far into the school year. I seem to burn bridges at each campus that we leave behind, as the girls advance in their education. I used to not speak up, because I WAS, an employee, but now that I am no longer an employee, I post stuff, on the schools Facebook page, and on my page all the time. These are our children, and not theirs.


And she said, “Pass the STAAR? How do you pass an assessment? It’s only a measurement of how well you teach us to repeat what is on it.”


Tell the teacher to do some research on forced socialism. It works out the same way. Everyone benefits off the backs of the ones that care enough to do the work. As a teacher myself, I have given collaberative projects but the grades are never collective grades. Students are each given parts that are their responsibility. If someone fails to do their part, it never effects the grades of the other group members. Members also fill out response surveys on the work ethic of the other members and have a mechanism to report issues before the project is due so I can intervene when needed.



And another post from this group:

I learned that they pulled my daughter out of class, along with a few others who “missed” the STARR last year, and made them sit in a class and answer 25 questions. When she got back to class, the teacher called on her to answer a problem they went over while she was in the other room 😡. When she didn’t know the answer the teacher got snippy with her and made her cry. She sat there telling me this while crying again. What is my recourse on this? Can they continue to pull her from class with all of these ridiculous actions? She is in the 7th grade.


And yet another post from this group from someone from Medina Valley ISD, La Coste Elementary:

On Tuesday, my 3rd grade daughter came home and started asking about the “STAAR test I told her she didn’t have to take”, I told told her it’s not a test, it’s an assessment and she isn’t taking it. Said her teacher told her she had to, and my little dynamite told her but my mom said I’m not taking it. Teacher then proceeded to tell her how her mom was wrong, she does have to take it. So I told my baby nope, she isn’t, not to worry, and if her teacher wants to discuss it any further tell her to email me… no email, ok we’re good.

Last night, my daughter asks me if the police have her daddy’s phone# and know how to reach him (dad and I are divorced and I have custody). I tell her I don’t know and ask why, she says just in case I’m arrested… I ask for what, at first laughing, then she tells me her teacher told her if I broke the law and tried keeping her from taking the STAAR test, I’ll be arrested! Beyond livid!!!!!! Told my daughter I cannot be arrested for something that isn’t illegal. I knew being the first parent in this district would be fun…


And some replies to this post:

Did I seriously just read what I think I read. I’ve heard of teachers and principals saying some insane stuff about STARR, but wtf this is a whole new level of low!!! Plz continue to give us follow ups.


Sadly it isn’t a new level of low. Every year a few idiotic teachers or administrators actually think that threatening jail over STAAR is a good strategy to get parents/kids on board with their vision of assessment.


wow. Well this is a first for me seeing it. This is insane.


Even if it were true it is unsafe and unhealthy to randomly tell a child something like that. It is a part of the professional code for a reason.
It is scary what a child can be told behind our backs. This group has helped me to really take control of my child and remind him that I am his parent and not the school. We had a non STAAR related situation where my child could have been severely hurt had I not taught him that. He bypassed the bus drivers authority and trusted my voice in his head thank God. Bus driver was fired.


As wrong as the teacher was I would keep it to the facts and professional at all times and document everything. You still want your daughter to be respectful and we have make sure we are too or we loose all credibility. Most teachers are not happy with teaching to STAAR (I don’t know of any) and will help your daughter and probably even agree with you, silently.
This teachers approach was shameful and I think it would best to put your daughter in another class. I just think both sides should communicate ahead of time in the future to help the teacher be prepared. It’s probably hard for the teachers if the child is announcing this in front of everyone because she has to do her job and unfortunately STAAR is how the teacher is graded too. Which may have brought out her snarky side (still not ok) just a thought.


There’s a time for respect and there is a time to protect your kid. And do I care if my kid is respectful to a piece of crap teacher who would tell her that I am going to be arrested for exercising my parental rights? That’s rhetorical. Compliant little sheep is what they want and Texas parents have been playing that role for 40 years.


I’m sorry, but I just keep getting madder about this. She’s teaching in Texas, in a school district that’s a majority Hispanic, in a year where ICE raids and parents being arrested and detained while their children are in school is something happening regularly. On what planet is it ok to use “your parents will be arrested” in a classroom where there very well may be kids who are already absolutely petrified that they might come home one day and find their parents gone. Fuck this woman.


I know. I keep replaying this in my head. I worked in a school before this ICE mess when two kids went home to find their parents gone. ICE forgot to notify CPs of the kids. Luckily the bus driver on a hunch brought them back to the school.
We are our childrens safe place and no teacher has any right to violate this. It creates a place if fear and distrust in the children that robs them of innocence. No piece of paper is worth my childs innocence.


This happened with my son when he was in 3rd grade as well. The teacher told him that if he didn’t take the STAAR, they were going to close the school. I had never had a problem with school anxiety until then. Now, it’s almost impossible to get him to like anything about school, and it’s been 6 years! Thankful I homeschool now!



Here is a post that was shared in the California anti-radical sex ed group:

In case you weren’t aware. This are now the bills passed in California.

AB262 – allows California public health officer to enact martial law during an outbreak. An outbreak is 3 or more.

AB283- forced parents to either vaccinate or be fined from their CALWORKS benefits even if their child is not in school

SB276- removes the relationship of Dr and patient, puts our children into a database and puts our children’s medical records in the hands of the state.

AB329 – sex Ed mandatory curriculum starting in pre k. Identifies 15 different genders (4th grade oral sex (8th grade) anal sex and fisting)

AB499 allows for 12 year olds to make medical decisions for themselves and stops parents from having access to their medical records. The decisions for abortion , contraceptives and vaccines including the flu shot and gardasil (hpv) would be in the hands of a child

Eventually there will one law you’re not comfortable with and you now will no longer have the right to opt out. Best choice – privately homeschool and leave the system

*for info on the sex Ed please join Informed Parents Of CA


And here are some replies to this post:

There is an entire section about making parents aware of the scope of education and I can tell you I was not made aware by the school or district.

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billCompareClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB329


Yes, key word privately homeschool. Even these charter school plus homeschool hybrid programs which are so popular here will be affected and soon. They already want your vaccine records when you apply to be part of them. For now, they will accept a blank record, but not for long. I’m afraid for the time private homeschoolers are gone after as well!


Before long people will have to have permission to leave the state.


Actually there was something in the works but never saw the light of day, where it was being considered that if you sold your home in California and were moving out of state, you would pay an inflated fee/tax on the proceeds of that sale. I am not sure what happened but I wouldn’t be surprised if the idea is still alive and kicking in some legislators head.


effective Oct 1, 2020, we’ll have to have a “Real ID” to board domestic flights as our CA driver’s license will not be sufficient. That’s kind of already controlling leaving the state. We either have to get a real ID or passport to fly domestically.


CT state law prohibits parents from child records at age 13. As a nurse I find this incredibly irresponsible and a violation of parental rights. As a mom it just truly pisses me right off. A we yr old doesn’t have the cognitive ability to make adult decisions.


can the child give permission to the parent to view the records?


yes, they have to sign a medical release form.


The child needs to sign off. It is unbelievable, the state is backing door a clear violation of parental rights.


I had to sign papers and read and sign them and stated to the nurse at Yale ( they are the only show in town as well, not a fan of medical manoppolies either ) I state that you do know that a 13 yr old is not able to make a medical decision and this is a clear violation of parental rights. And she fought me and gave me that, well we need them to be able to share with us vital information. B.S. they need time alone to force crap in a minor. It is appalling and not sound medicine at all.


ct is next. They have already begun the movement just like California and NY


This is so scary! I cannot believe how blind people are


If I had children or grandchildren that live in California.. I would encourage them to move out of that crazy state.. I do have a niece and her husband and son who live there and other family on my husband side … These laws are crazy…


i think California is just the springboard. If we don’t stand up all together they will bulldoze all states.
This agenda is global, have you heard? Probably not a lot bc the media is controlled by the industry so it’s hard to get real news through…


I haven’t read every single comment yet, but I want to clarify, as bad as AB329 is, it does not mandate teaching the acts noted in the post. The recommend framework does, but that isn’t required by law. The districts must choose a framework. That is why parents are fighting at the district level. AB329 passed in 2016. The framework has to be adopted this school year. That’s why it’s in the news now. People have finally seen the recommendations. The suggested resources do teach the acts listed. It’s unbelievable what the teaching materials consider normal and safe!


The whole 12 year old independent issues was something I had while living there. My child was sick and I couldn’t have access to her medical records because she was 13. She had to sign for me to see anything. I think a 13 year old shouldn’t have to sign papers that state her mother has access to her records.

when we moved to Florida, we had to get her records from her rheumatologist. She had to sign for them and they handed them to her. She was 15 by then, but I found it ridiculous.



An update on the brave CA teacher who refused to teach the evil sex ed:

He met with the principle and some board members and he said it went ok. He basically told them they could move him to a desk job but that he wasn’t going to teach this curriculum. He retires this year. It’s devastating when you see a teacher of 35 years being put through this. We are waiting to see what their decision is. We don’t want his name out there. This is very serious and he wouldn’t want any attention brought to this situation. Please just pray. Thank you.


If New York can do this to private schools and get away with it, other states will follow: https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2019/september/new-york-moves-to-force-its-values-on-religious-schools-parochial-school-leaders-and-homeschool-families-alarmed?cpid=%3AID%3A-35347-%3ADT%3A-2019-09-13-10%3A44%3A36-%3AUS%3A-SW1-%3ACN%3A-CP1-%3APO%3A-NC1-%3AME%3A-SU1-%3ASO%3A-FB1-%3ASP%3A-NW1-%3APF%3A-TX1-


Watch out in Township High School District 211 in Illinois. They’re letting boys in the girls’s rooms! https://illinoisfamily.org/education/largest-illinois-high-school-district-opposes-single-sex-locker-rooms/


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

“There’s been a seismic shift in preschool and kindergarten goals.” Earlier is not better.
https://thenationalpulse.com/commentary/new-preschool-changes-hurting-children-crippling-achievement/


Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

Hi everyone

I have a question, my grandson attends a preschool for special needs as 3 year old at a local elementary school here in The Ontario-Montclair school district in Southern California. Once he is registered for school in two more years he will attend kindergarten at the same location

It seems my daughter has either picked up my grandson late or dropped him off late as well as had him miss school because of his health issues. She’s provided doctors’ notes but the school is advising they need to do an in-home inspection to verify he does live here.
Is this something Legal considering he’s only in preschool and it’s not mandatory?

The school advised it was for a wellness check and will continue to drop in until he is in school on a regular basis as well as not picked up or dropped off Late. I advised my daughter to get him on the bus system so they can pick them up here to show he does live at my property


Here is a post from a friend of mine:

Khan Academy is now selling its services to districts — though there is little concrete evidence of Khan Academy’s ability to help students academically.
IMO, Khan wants access to more student data. It appears that Khan doesn’t just want in the classroom, KHAN WANTS TO REPLACE THE CLASSROOM.


And another post from her:

California lawmaker behind an industry-backed bill to narrow the state’s landmark Privacy Act is married to a top executive at Ring, the Amazon-owned tech company in the thick of a national debate over consumer data and government surveillance, according to ethics disclosures reviewed by POLITICO.

https://www.politico.com/amp/story/2019/09/15/california-tech-privacy-ring-1496125?__twitter_impression=truell


And some replies to this post:

Ring is Amazon owner???


yep and giving surveillance data to police.


What do you know about the guys who started this leg? From what I’ve read about it, I’m underwhelmed. There’s no whistleblower provision and nothing about schools… seems like they took care not to touch the Golden Goose.


CACPA is hugely strong in some areas. But the AG enforcement got so messy, that’s why they are amending. I honestly wonder why NO ONE touches k-12 or even higher ed privacy. They all (falsely) think FERPA protects?


IDK. I think it’s strange too. Maybe they don’t know the extent of it.


I have approached many of these privacy “experts” about the edtech invasion and huge privacy issues– they deflect and move on.



And yet another post from her:

Parents, did you know this was in Colorado schools? Greeley
“Upcoming upgrades include the ability to identify guns and read people’s expressions, a capability not currently part of Avigilon’s systems. “It’s almost kind of scary,” Tait said. “It will look at the expressions on people’s faces and their mannerisms and be able to tell if they look violent.”
[ correction: it IS scary.]

https://www.denverpost.com/2019/09/15/ai-powered-cameras-school-shootings-greeley/amp/?__twitter_impression=true


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

Please share helpful information for this South Carolina Parent:

“After 5 years of using the same math curriculum, my daughter’s private Christian elementary school changed the math curriculum over the summer without informing the parents. Because of the hurricane, last week was really the first week of school and this is a recent discovery for me. The school is now using Sadlier math. There are two Sadlier math books, one marked common core and one not marked common core that appears to nearly identical in content to the common core book. My daughter, who was a math whiz last year, now hates her math homework and I actually can’t understand these concepts myself, even though I have advanced degrees. I created a firestorm with the school administrator by posting about the new book on my daughter’s class page. The administrator denies the book is common core, but it clearly is, even though it’s not stamped Common core on the front cover. When we enrolled our daughter in this school 2 years ago, they assured me they would not be using common core materials. Can you offer any insight into this curriculum or open this topic up for discussion. I am meeting with the administrator tomorrow. Thanks in advance for your help.”


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

Human capital and Artificial Intelligence. Explosive growth and profits. HolonIQ’s Smart Estimate™ for Total Global Education Expenditure is $8 trillion for 2025.

While the formal sector is not expected to change significantly over that period, Education Technology Expenditure, fueled by Artificial Intelligence (AI), is expected to double, reaching $341 billion by 2025, evidenced by the aggressive acceleration in venture capital invested through 2018, which reached a record $8 billion.

Education focused AI expenditure itself is estimated to be a $6 billion market by 2025.

“Gradually, then suddenly.

That’s how we expect education technology adoption to change through to 2025,” explained Maria Spies, Co-Founder and Managing Director, HolonIQ. “We estimate that the speed of digitisation in education will overtake healthcare, due primarily to the build-up in capability over the past 10 years, and fueled by explosive growth in artificial intelligence with China, the US and India taking the lead on innovation.”

https://www.holoniq.com/topics/ar/global-education-technology-market-reach-341b-2025/


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

WARNING TEXAS PARENTS! This is the reality of Mental Health legislation SB 11/10, SB 504, and HB 18, passed in the last session. DO NOT TAKE THESE SURVEYS from your child’s school. Below is a link to a survey sent out to Little Elm High School parents.
Parents are beginning to understand…

  1. This could be used to get “permission”… as this survey has parents name/email attached. So by answering questions – “my student’s needs” — therein lies a potential issue.
  2. Who has access to the data collected?
  3. Where is that data stored? In the Cloud? Who owns that cloud?
  4. Will the data collected be used for research? Who is profiting off that research?
  5. Will the data collected on my child go into his/her permanent file? Who has access to that file?

“The LEHS counseling team would like to learn more about student needs so we can continue to work to design programs that help support our students throughout the year, and we value your parent perspective in this process, as well. We invite you to complete the survey at…” https://tinyurl.com/lehsparents2019


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

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The Clarion Project, a watchdog group known for its groundbreaking documentaries on extreme ideologies, compiled a report this month revealing the billions of dollars that colleges and universities in America have taken from foreign entities — including adversarial states.
The Clarion Project launched its probe into foreign investment and influence in the American education system after the Department of Education (DOE) announced in June it was investigating Georgetown University and Texas A&M University “as part of a broader push to monitor international money flowing to American colleges,” the Associated Press reported.

Using data the DOE has collected based on a federal law that requires colleges to report contracts and donations of $250,000 or more, Clarion issued a report this month that revealed that, since 2012, these institutions have received more than $10 billion from these foreign entities.

Qatar – which, according to the U.S. State Department, has made gains in fighting terrorism but still hosts entities that sponsor and support terrorism – is at the top of the list with a staggering $1.4 billion dollars given to 28 universities, including $350,874,324 to Georgetown and $376,325,840 to Carnegie Mellon University.

Despite these sky-high figures, Ryan Mauro, director of Intelligence and a Shillman Fellow with the Clarion Project, told Breitbart News that, based on his investigation, the DOE statistics may not tell the whole story on foreign influence.

“These numbers are hard to fathom, but they are likely only the tip of the iceberg,” Mauro said. “There are two other figures we don’t have: The amount that the schools aren’t disclosing to the Education Department as required and the amount funneled by foreign entities using fronts.”

“For example, the Iranian regime used a front named the Alavi Foundation to funnel money to universities,” Mauro told Breitbart News. “Because that’s a U.S.-based organization, those amounts from Iran are not in the records.”

“Muslim Brotherhood fronts with ties to terrorism, such as the International Institute of Islamic Thought, are also able to donate to universities without the transfers showing up in these Education Department records,” Mauro said.

Mauro pointed to Clarion’s investigations into this issue, including an expose released in 2018 on how the Muslim Brotherhood has successfully used a front called the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) to fund, engage and train academics. The expose included a long list of professors tied to IIIT:

IIIT is a known entity of the Muslim Brotherhood, a foreign organization sponsored by foreign governments. IIIT has been investigated and nearly prosecuted for its links to foreign terrorist groups including Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. IIIT is known to have received significant foreign funding.

But, because IIIT is based in the U.S. and is (supposedly) a completely independent entity, its donations are not included in the Education Department records of foreign donations to universities and colleges.

“In some cases, the funding comes via government-tied entities with known links to subversion, spying, terrorism and extremist ideology,” the executive summary of Clarion’s latest report states. “For example, the terror-linked Qatar Foundation donated a jaw-dropping $33 million to Georgetown University in 2018.”

The June AP report revealed that, in regards to Georgetown and A&M, “records being sought by investigators go far beyond Qatar, and include dealings with China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, and specific companies in those nations.”

“Investigators ordered both schools to disclose funding from Huawei or ZTE, the Chinese tech giants that some U.S. officials call a threat to national security,” AP reported. “Georgetown is being asked to detail money it received from any sources in Saudi Arabia or Russia, including Kaspersky Lab, a Russian cybersecurity company.”

But these schools are just two of dozens of U.S. schools taking money from these and other foreign entities.

Clarion complied the countries with the largest donations:

Rounding out the top 13 countries after Qatar are: China — $680 billion to 87 schools; Saudi Arabia — $649.9 billion to 63 schools; United Arab Emirates — $230.9 billion to 32 schools; Russia — $99 billion to 13 schools; Kuwait — $65.7 billion to 17 schools; Iraq — $44 billion to four schools; Turkey — $37.7 billion to 15 schools; Lebanon — $5.7; Pakistan — $4.8 billion to five schools; Venezuela — $3 billion to two schools; Syria — $1 billion to Johns Hopkins University; and $1 billion to Harvard University since 2017.

The 87 schools China donates billions to include California Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the New York and New Jersey Institutes of Technology, and Harvard, Princeton, and Yale.

Russia also donates to some of the elite colleges in the U.S., including Cal Tech, MIT, Stanford, and Yale.

You can read the entire list of countries and schools here.

While the list itself is stunning, Mauro said it begs a question that should have an answer because of national security implications.

“Here’s the key question we need to be answered for every transaction: What are these governments getting in return?” Mauro said. “Do we really believe they make these donations because they care so much about the wellbeing of American universities and colleges? Of course not.”

“It’s been well-documented how China is funding universities to establish Confucius Institutes,” Mauro said. “The expressed purpose of these is to act as bases for ideological warfare by shaping the views of American students.”

“We have to assume that the other governments hostile to the West see the same opportunities,” Mauro said.

Confucius Institutes are billed as cultural organizations on foreign college campuses that the Communist Party of China funds to help create cultural links abroad and expose international students to Chinese history, language, and culture. In reality, the institutes serve to indoctrinate students in Communist Party propaganda and pressure the international universities they inhabit to toe the party line, attacking anyone who dares criticize the Communist Party or acknowledge realities that Beijing refuses to accept, such as the independence of Taiwan or the illegality of China’s occupation of the South China Sea.

The Clarion report also provides more details about why the countries listed in the DEO data, specifically those with dubious standings on terrorism, should make answering the questions Mauro proposed seem urgent.

• Saudi Arabia: Former CIA case officer Robert Baer, wrote in his book Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Its Soul for Saudi Crude: “Saudi money also seeped into the bureaucracy. Any Washington bureaucrat with a room-temperature IQ knows that if he stays on the right side of the kingdom, one way or another, he’ll be able to finagle his way to feed at the Saudi trough. A consulting contract with Aramco, a chair at American University, a job with Lockheed—it doesn’t matter.

• Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government has become one of the main patrons of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas and is allied with Qatar. He is also improving Turkey’s relationships with Iran and Russia at the expense of its relationships with the U.S. and other NATO members. Turkey supports a variety of Sunni extremists, including affiliates of Al-Qaeda, and has been accused of assisting ISIS. Since 2012, Turkey has reportedly been one of the top financial supporters of Hamas, with Erdogan arranging for the transfer of $250-300 million to the terrorist group annually.

• The Chinese government’s massive influence operations on U.S. college campuses is now getting mainstream media attention due to numerous exposes regarding China’s establishment of over 100 Confucius Institutes on campuses across the country. The Chinese Ministry of Education uses an affiliate named Hanban to transfer this funding. Hanban provides the materials, chooses the activities, and selects the directors and teachers who oversee each Confucius Institute.

Details about other countries are included in the Clarion report.

“These governments don’t have unlimited cash,” Mauro told Breitbart News. “The only reason they’d keep making these donations is if they are very satisfied with the results.”

“What are those results? How are these donations advancing their agendas? And why don’t we, the American people, know what’s happening?” Mauro said,

“My hope is that alumni, faculty, students, and researchers will take the next steps to demand answers from these universities and colleges,” Mauro said.

https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2019/09/15/exclusive-china-russia-other-foreign-states-given-u-s-universities-10-billion


Here is a post from a friend of mine:

I just read an article promoting the need for more psychologists in public schools. The article goes on to make the argument that “we” can afford to place armed police officers in schools, yet “we” aren’t paying for schools to have armies of psychologists in the schools to treat “the whole child”.

Jail? Psyche ward? Or both?

What happened to public schools where there is a tax payer funded need for armed officers and psychologists?

Why aren’t educrats, progressives, and bleeding hearts writing articles on this question????

Why aren’t there more articles looking at the causes and who facilitates the causes (and there are many), before we are nudged into supporting and paying for more predetermined leftist solutions that create even more problems that requires even more leftist “remedies”?

My opinion:

Leftist policies have created massive psychological, emotional, and behavioral problems in school age children. Rather than removing these policies, the leftist powers that be only double down on them and refocus blame in some other direction. Then they impose more authoritarian, soul crushing, mind manipulating rules & regulations.

Questions:

If a child needs to be controlled by an armed police officer and/or school psychologists, is it possible there is a different and more suitable placement other than the local public school for this child????

Must all children in the public school be subjected to these “interventions” because a few children present a real danger to themselves and others?

Are we “controlling the herd” by legitimately trying to control the few who are uncontrollable?

When do we face the obvious question? Are public school children being turned into either inmates or patients?

Conclusion:

There has to be a better way.


And some replies to this post:

I 100% agree with you. It is typical of Leftist groupthink to not realize, or be held accountable for, the problems they create and then believe they are capable of solving them… and they are not. How did we ever make it through school with no armed security, minimal guidance counselors (in HS only) and some of us with target rifles locked in our cars in the parking lot? I guess we weren’t being treated as “whole children”, huh?


Texas is doing it Glad I got these out

having two special kids I can tell you why. They bill medicaid Mine use to go to Behavior Modification Class (BMC) for help with their school work. They gave them treats to eat and drink and because a Licensed Social Worker or Counselor was there they billed medicaid lots of money

They had people come in and do testing for a week on my kids They said boy IQ was 115 Just had him tested outside of school His IQ is 58 They just kept passing him on and billing medicaid Best thing is this Psychologist agrees with his Psychiatrist that taking him out of school was the best thing I could have done. Psychiatrist told me 95% of his children are out of public school

Home school your children If you have Internet you have everything a Teacher does


The better way is to remove this corrupt system which has replaced education with sociological nonsense and get back to basics. If a student can see personal accomplishment and further hope thru real learning, they will be better prepared for the real world. No graduate today is able to reason with the contemporary culture, rather just fall in line with it. The clock is ticking….


Schools are scary today ,but try talk , to a teacher about it , most just follow along.Untill they are retired


Classic government employees; and that is a big part of the problem. Tenure, for K-12 teachers, needs to be reformed, and perhaps scrapped altogether. That would be a good place to start.


The teachers, (usually older) who understand what is happening, fight for the kids as long as they can and then they either give up, retire, or the system pushes them out through intimidation or penalties.


Yes,the schools don’t like teacher that question the system


Not at all, they crucify them. I watched it happen to a friend, a state award winning teacher that fought against Common Core. She was mocked and intimidated by school personnel and even some parents to the point that it almost destroyed her.


Yes,I had a friend that the same thing happen ,teachers and all because she didn’t agree with the system .She left and taught on line for nursing instead


“All” those who mocked and intimidated her had some kind of financial reward. It is the only way they get people to behave “their” way, unless of course it’s blackmail.


I’ve seen it happen to many.


I would rather return to pre-1998 public education systems, with local control. CT is a mess additionally with their Kindergarten enrollment age.


Get the federal government out of schools, colleges and all learning institutions. Abolish the DOE and Common Core. Empower elected school boards and opt for charter schools. For now the only choice is home schooling.


Get private interests and NGO’s out of education. Pandering to special interests destroys everything. There are no standards because the standards have been expanded to accommodate everything. The entire institution of education has become watered down to have no substance at all. Just fads and appeasement.
The expectations have been lowered to just showing up and surviving the system.


Charter schools are public schools but with no local control.


I thought charter schools were managed locally. I am wrong?


Many, if not most, charter schools have franchises and have their schools in multiple states. The charter schools have appointed boards, not locally elected board members. Charter schools are funded by state & federal tax dollars and the fed DOE has been pushing to expand charters in order to make charters fully accountable to the federal government. But because charter schools are considered public schools, charter schools must abide by all fed rules, regulations, policies, and “Dear Colleague” letters (such as 0bama’s transgender policy demanding transgenders be allowed in alternate sex bathrooms, locker rooms, and other private spaces).


Good to know. Damn, I thought they were local and union free. Thanks!


And Charters are no better if they accept federal funding.


Public schools, on average, receive about $400 per child on medication, whether that is for psychological issues or medical issues. This gave the school incentive to claim damn near every child is ADHA or borderline personality discorder. Since psychologist and psychiatrist make their money based on full client rosters and referrals, it is in their financial interest to align with school suggestions. The medications that are often given to these children for psychiatric issues are often unnecessary and a worse, long term detrimental to the child. Ever heard of MK Ultra? If you think that testing stopped, you are a fool..it has just gone large scale through the school systems. Your children are being used as guinea pigs in a social experiment that has gone awry and causing major harm. Now, with the allowance of additional dollars to schools through Medicade for children in remedial or special classes, the incentive increases to label any child as disfunctional and seldom are the tests correct in diagnosing the issues. Get your kids out of public schools and if you are not financially capable of homeschooling, either re-align your priorities or become deeply involved in the school system in order to limit their damage or change their culture.


HEAR, HEAR! They are drugging and indoctrinating. I have had personal experience with this. They nearly killed my grandson.


When will they learn discipline, not pills , is the answer.


perhaps when parents practice it at home and demand it in the classrooms.


If parents practiced it at home, if parents accepted the responsibilities of parenting rather than transferring their responsibilities to the schools (and the state), then almost all of the bs, inane, and harmful policies and “services” would not, could not be implemented.
Society as a whole suffers from learned helplessness and stunted development.


Did I read that right? “Treat the whole child”? Our schools were never meant to be mental hospitals and are not meant to “treat” anyone for anything. There is a vast difference between education and indoctrination and we need to keep indoctrination OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS!


You read it right. Treating the “whole child” is all the rage right now. Mental, emotional, and behavioral manipulation.


Social emotional learning SEL is the rage…..they want complete control of our children! 😡



Here is a post from the Florida anti-iReady group:

I am not yet able to articulate how I feel about this. My child has an IEP that states when he is to get accommodations. No where in that IEP does it make an exception for i-Ready. We are in Seminole county.

“by district directive, we are not to provide the accommodations of questions and answer choices read aloud to students for this baseline test. At the end of the school year, the district directive is to provide those accommodations. The diagnostic provides a learning path for each student, based on the student’s unique responses to the first assessment.”


And another post from this group:

Did anyone else know that every child’s iready login includes their child’s SSN? 😡😤


And some replies to this post:

we did not provide ss numbers when we registered.. i would contact school immediately]


same for me! We didn’t provide that info


We didn’t give our social security either.


This is not the case at our school. They use birthdate or student numbers not socials


Ours is not. It’s student ID


No one provided it it’s part of their passwords


that doesn’t not seem ethical. I’d call the school on that


I have, I’m waiting on a call back . I requested all my daughters personal identification data to be deleted from the system immediately


you will need to contact curriculum associates immediately asking all data on your child be deleted. Most IReady info is uploaded to CA at midnight each night. Please make sure to ask that any info CA shared wether shared or sold to a third party is also deleted


The iready tech support guy told me it is the same used for all students
First initial, day of birth, last initial, last 4 of social


luckily it’s not the whole social but I can see why you might feel upset about this.


This is Manatee district but when you registered you would have filled out a form like this in your district

https://fl02202357.schoolwires.net/cms/lib/FL02202357/Centricity/Domain/1133/PRC-Student_SSN_Collection_Form_English.pdf


I didn’t give my kids social.


Seminole County is student number or it is at our elementary school.


For outs in elementary it’s the students last name and year of birth. In middle school it’s the student id



Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

I’ve been digging for a few months trying to find out which curriculum is being taught in our state of WV. I found an interesting newsletter from 2015. Willa Marth from PP and Beth Reis, creator of the FLASH curriculum. I’m basically all alone digging into this stuff and exposing it but parents just don’t seem to care or believe me? Rights, Respect, Responsibility… FLASH… Draw the Line, Respect the Line are just a few of the curricula I’ve found being taught. What do I get parents involved? I feel so alone in this, it’s depressing.


And a reply to this post:

Keep going friend I have a few friends In Battleground WA who is fighting the FLASH curriculum



And another post from this group:

This is a post from a parent in Arizona. The intrusion and overreach is not confined to California.
There is absolutely nothing appropriate about this assignment in any case scenario. Parents should not tolerate this type of intrusion.

Public schools have already blurred the lines between their main purpose which was to be academic institutions and our purpose as parents. We can see that the lines have been blurred by the fact that parents were not immediately troubled enough about this assignment to refuse to answer these questions.

When we start to try to justify this type of intrusions we have already started to believe that the public school system has a right to be involved in our personal lives. They don’t . Schools need to go back to focusing on academics and raise the ridiculously low test scores and stay out of our personal and social lives.

This assignments was given in a third grade class.


And some replies to this post:

Outrageous …I would return it with…before my child tells you his or her personal life at home please give us your personal answers to these questions other wise take your paper and use it the next time you need to wipe.


My son was given an assignment like this 30+ yrs ago. This is nothing new. I fought this battle back then. Sex Ed was just beginning to be taught at middle school level. My son said he learned more about how to use a condom than to abstain and how to use drugs and get away with it than staying away from them.


I think I would need more context before I find this objectionable. What class was it being done for – was this a turned in sheet or did it just get checked off as done. For example if this was a cultural class – where they are talking discussing backgrounds … it would be appropriate to think about and acknowledge your own background. Not everything is nefarious. This would be inappropriate if say it was handed out in a Math or English class or was collected by the teacher as a getting to know you excercise. But there is some educational value in those questions being asked. Again I think context is key.


most kids will be handed an assignment to do and just do it, then tell their parents about it later. By then, the damage has been done! Yes, there are circumstances where some of those questions are relevant to a discussion, but it is still programming your child to give info that is no one else’s business!


this was an assignment given to 3rd grade students. IMO there is no justifiable reason to have a third grade child answer these questions.


excuse me! This is way too invasive, and well beyond simply cultural class discussions. With the bias being shown against Conservative Christian families in our corrupt school system, this is potential fodder to fuel abuse. If you want to know I’d my child is Irish, or Norwegian, I have no problem. However, this questionnaire is infringing on personal privacy, and should not be given to children, but to parents, to decide what they care to divulge or not.


I don’t think a third grader could discern when to answer vaguely.
These questions are nobody’s business, especially at this age. Maybe, maybe, upper junior high or high school.


Are you a member of an ethnic group? Isn’t everyone?


this is not homework this is a SURVEY/POLL for one of their crazy cooked schemes.


The school is gathering information about your children, just in case they need it for CPS or something.


I remember answering questions like this as a child in ps all the time I always felt it was so strange. Now looking back this is so extreme this should be an adult survey that people agree to take not focused upon students who don’t even know why they have to do this.



Here is a post from the Texas anti-testing group:

Why exactly does the school feel they need this information? I filled it out last year but now I’m wondering why. What is it really for?


Public Schools or Public Screwels? Part 30

This is part 30.

Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

Positive Prevention Plus is MDUSD selected curriculum for 7th grade Comprehensive Sexuality Education (yes, it is “comprehensive”). This is just one of the videos your 12 year old can find on this website. The website name is given to them on a handout during sexuality education for 7th grade. Or, I should say, your teacher can give this information to your students as it is part of the curriculum our district selected for our 12 year old children. This is on Positive Prevention Plus “supplemental or additional material” handout. It includes this website as well as other websites and information, so your student can learn more. In case they have additional questions. Wink, wink. 😉 THIS IS THE REASON PARENTS ARE SAYING THAT THE SCHOOLS ARE TEACHING SEXUAL PLEASURE. BECAUSE WE’LL THEY ARE…VIA WEBSITES AND IN EVEN IN CLASS SOME CURRICULUM LIKE POSITIVE PREVENTION PLUS PROMOTE THE IDEA OF SEXUAL PLEASURE AND SEXUAL RIGHTS. Did you know your students have right to sex! A right to sex at any age! Amazing? Yet, sex at age 17 or younger is considered “child sex” and “child sex” is against the law punishable as felony and can be charged with statutory rape. HOW ARE THESE SCHOOLS ABLE TO TEACH THIS CRAP? WHY AREN’T PARENTS OUTRAGED?

Postive Prevention Plus uses CARDEA SERVICES to deliver the content to teachers in teacher training. They are also the organization our district, MDUSD used to deliver “parent night” in the year that my children were in 5th grade. THEY ARE YES SAYERS, NOT NAY SLAYERS. That means they are approved the material….ALL OF THE MATERIAL PROVIDED AS PART OF OUR chosen curriculum our BOARD APPROVED FOR 7TH GRADE. Now, do you approve? Your silence is approval. Unless you are speaking out about this, you are approving of every single element of this curriculum for your 12 year old child. And,don’t you believe your teacher, no matter how trusted and wonderful the are…they have to teach it. They are the teacher and their job is to teach ALL OF IT! In the year that my eldest child was exposed to 7th grader curriculum which might have been the first year that the district used Positive Prevention Plus…several girls in her class considered themselves questioning or born in the wrong body….what has happened since…I don’t know. Maybe they’ve worked al the kinks out of the program…who knows. All I know is that this material is not age appropriate and I don’t care how you slice and dice it…it is NOT appropriate for our school district to teacher sexual acts and sex behavior for sexual pleasure…in fact, teaching this crap is what a pedophiles does! Oh yes, they do! This i s exactly what a pedophile does. Are our teachers pedophiles…I’d say no but still they ahve to teach it anyway. It’s the law! That’s what our district staffers and board members (lawrence) say….it’s the law and we have to teach it. Really? I can tell you there is NO law that says they have to provide these resources…but they do. You just have to ask why? Why do they teach sex behavior (blood ritual, anal, oral, etc…exactly how to put on a condom and in some cases using a dildo, or veggie…oh did you know that some curriculum say that veggies are great sex toys. Oh yes, I have that hand out too. ASK QUESTIONS PARENTS AND DON’T BELIEVE ANYTHING THEY TELL YOU!


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

Minnesota’s been beating the drums for “cradle to career” for years. MinnPost featured this article in 2016. Media, corporations and non-profits keep this topic in the news constantly speaking of “gaps” to close, but they never close. No Child Left Behind did not close any gaps via it’s testing regime. The “gaps” have merely widened over the last 50 years. When do we say, “enough is enough!” Why do these initiatives continue to be funded by corporate foundations? Placing children in schools at birth, which is much of what we heard of last year, will NOT close the gap for kindergarten/pre-kindergarten readiness, if indeed we should be concerned about “pre-k readiness”.


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

Tag your representatives on this. Here is important info about Utah’s K-12 behavioral assessment provider, American Institutes for Research (AIR) and their steady efforts to sexualize K-12 curriculum. Lest people have forgotten, AIR was in cahoots with the Obama administration from the very beginnings of Common Core. These two pieces of info (bullets below) joined together are just one way that states and schools are being nudged into Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) curriculum. Opt out rates won’t make a dent in the trajectory of this—as California is proving and AIR knows. With the aid of Common national curriculum standards, CSE was always meant to integrate into most class subjects, as opposed to remaining in health class. The CSE blueprint was already laid bare in Africa and exposed by Family Watch.

The only solution to stop the sexualization of local curriculum is to end the power of the federal tripod: standards, assessments and accountability (school grading) laws. It operates like a noose to nationalize everything at the school level. And AIR is getting paid handsomely, from your hard earned tax dollars, to sexually groom your kids and control what teachers teach.

• AIR convened a technological communities of practice event at the US Dept. of Ed. One of AIR’s key partners in the event was the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).

CoSN is UNESCO’s technology partner. For those that don’t know, UNESCO is the UN entity that created the International Technological Framework for Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in order to move states from Common Core national curriculum standards into international, technologically-based curriculum standards that could integrate UNESCO’s sexual rights agenda across curriculum.

CoSN is directly influencing the data privacy policies of the State Education Technology Directors Association (school tech and privacy reps) so that online curriculum can be controlled for both teachers and students by progressive content curators. The idea is that online curriculum will be curated for teachers and students in the same way that Google controls online content for its users. Common Core reforms’ largest funder Bill Gates can be thanked for this.

https://www.air.org/project/air-convenes-u-s-department-education-s-connected-educator-month

• Here’s AIR’s resource guide to reshape the communities of practice and curriculum in schools around LGBTQ rights:

https://healthysafechildren.org/sites/default/files/LGBTQ%20Tools%20Curricula%20and%20Resources.pdf

Utah and local schools ceded assessment oversight when we first partnered with AIR years ago. As a result, we are losing local curriculum oversight, particularly of online content. Switching assessment providers won’t stop what’s happening because the major assessments agreed to become data interoperable in 2015. States must end the federal tripod: standards, assessments and accountability (school grading) before we pass the point of no return.


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

The Williamson County School System has allegedly taken a left turn politically, and that has prompted one county resident to appeal to conservatives to seek office to try to replace members of the school board.


Watch out for CRU (formerly, Campus Crusade). They have taken a Left turn toward “social justice”: https://enemieswithinthechurch.com/2019/07/31/why-is-cru-echoing-democrat-party-talking-points/


Here is a post from a Florida anti-iReady group:

Thoughts on this program? This is an email I got from my daughters new teacher. I appreciate her reaching out like this.

I wanted to touch base with you regarding some good news we found out today regarding iReady. 5th graders at Castleview will not have a mandatory iReady reading requirement this year. I know you mentioned that [child name redacted] isn’t permitted to participate in the iReady program, but would you be opposed to her using a different computer-based program that isn’t guided by the FSA?

In class, we will be using the Reading Plus program to compliment our normal reading instruction. As an educator, what I love about the program is that it isn’t tailored to a high stakes test. Instead, it helps to improve students’ reading fluency and comprehension for the purpose of being more proficient readers. The great thing is that it works for students of all ability levels and provides practice up to the college level.

I just wanted to run this by you to see your thoughts on [child name redacted] working with this program.

Please let me know your thoughts.


And some replies to this post:

RUN RUN far away from Reading Plus.


Hate Reading Plus. Say no


I haven’t heard of this program but I’d probably refuse it for my son


The only thing that Reading Plus does successfully is frustrate children to the point of ruining & destroying any love that they have for reading. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel for reading Palm Beach. They’re called books. Reading Plus is the modern day version of a book burning. All control over what & how our kids read. Disgraceful. A real low point in education.


I had no success in getting out of it because it counted as part of the class grade.

Study island is another form of garbage forced on the kids. Any success stories opting out of it?


yes in Manatee but they have made it incredibly difficult for my friend.


Ask about the 25 or so questions that measure your child’s reading motivation through sel type questions to get the program started .. no way


Reading plus is AWFUL. My child’s school dropped it after 1 year.


Agreed with all the above another way they try to wrap it up in a pretty bow and make it sound beautiful. We’ve had Reading Plus for years. And sadly it’s also another thing that counts as a grade before I found this group and was just unaware of the rights we actually do have as parents. Reading Plus was torture these kids are in school all day long have a packet of homework 1000 projects and also had to do Reading Plus as if they haven’t done enough throughout the day. And it counts as a grade it was considered homework and if it was not completed or if the student did not have at least three greens which was the color for passing then it counted against them. What about students who may not have internet at home because their parents can afford it. Take it to the library they say what about students who have parents who don’t have a way to get them to the library maybe they’re working three jobs maybe they have multiple kids again they could care less about that. What about students who have parents with language barriers. The list goes on and on. 1 year my daughter had headaches constantly. Took her to the doctor her vision was fine was sent to a neurologist had all types of testing done everything was fine what it boiled down to was the fact that my child was stuck in front of the computer all day long which was essentially causing these headaches unfortunately she had to go through all types of testing which she is actually we as the parent has to drive all over the place many doctors appointment even though I have five other kids to find out that it just has to do with the fact that she was stuck in front of the computer too often and the doctor had to write a note stating that she had to be very limited on a computer. It’s just so sad what the educational system has to come to what happened to kids just being able to be kids


Yes, they count it as part of their grade. I wish I had a doctor’s note for my kids saying they can’t participate. Good for you for protecting your daughter & getting her out of it.


It’s a horrible program. I worked with middle school kids who were forced to use it. They hated it.



Amd another post from this group:

Oh this is a doozy…I requested a demo.
KOGNITO is what teachers are being trained on in Manatee for upcoming school year.

What will your county be using this upcoming school year ?

FL: NO investment in counselors but plenty of cash to mine student data, invade privacy & blur the lines between FERPA, HIPPA & law enforcement.
Watch the demo….I didn’t know our teachers were now becoming psychologists. Are you being paid extra for this extra job ?

Parents: Think you should be concerned ?
Yes Yes you should be very concerned 😧

You have kids with behavior issues? Kids with emotional or mental issues? Kids who struggle from learning or other disabilities? Have a traumatic event in their life? It will all be tracked. And where does this data go?

TAKE THE DEMO. 👇🏼 you can also request one for middle or high school. This is elementary. copy/paste the link into Safari. It’s not compatible through linking through Facebook on mobile device.

Anyone know what other counties are using ?
Manatee and Sarasota are using Kognito
Are charters included ?


And here are the replies to this post:

Have you seen the Standardized Statewide Behavioral Threat Assessment Instrument Memo from the FLDOE?

https://info.fldoe.org/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-8617/DPS-2019-116.pdf


This should give us all pause…
Kognito is owned by The Blackstone Group Inc. and The CPP Investment Board. Both are hedge fund and impact investment groups.

Update from Manatee district:
Good evening,
Kognito is a mental health awareness training for staff. It is being implemented this year at all elementary schools including charters. It is partially online and partially in person. The staff will watch scenarios on line and come together to discuss them and what they could do should they have a similar situation in their classrooms. There is no student piece to Kognito.
Nicole Cox
Director of Exceptional Student Education
School District of Manatee County
2501 63rd Avenue East
Bradenton, FL 34203
941-751-6550 x2217



And here is yet another post from this group:

We will not be doing iReady but see our 4th grade teacher has iReady as homework weekly in addition our district has increased the daily minutes to 45 min a day. Last year it was 35 min for k-1 and 40 min for 2-5.
Anyone else seeing a new push for iReady as homework too?

This was the case when we moved here in 2016-17 and then they removed that part as Curriculum Associates stressed at the time no more than 45 min a week per subject. We spoke up at school board meeting, spoke to a reporter who did a story and now we are back to square one…


Here is a post from Karen Bracken:

In case you do not believe that Charters end game is to privatize education, eliminate elected school boards AND PARENTS;

In case you do not believe that vouchers is the funding mechanism they will use to insure ALL students in ALL education choices are taught the same thing;

In case you do not believe we are moving toward a soviet style of training for work instead of educating for individual liberty and freedom;

In case you do not believe our own government has been behind this since the 1950’s (when Eisenhower signed the first agreement with Russia to study communist school to work);

In case you believe the system truly cares about your children (they care about training human capital for the workforce;

In case you do not believe the UN/UNESCO is driving the global education bus (including here in the US);

Then you need to listen to this interview between Alice Linahan (Women on the Wall Texas) and Diana Anderson (a long time researcher). She speaks truth and has the research and documents (as many of us do) to prove what she says is true.

If you do not take the time to listen to these people you will continue to be deceived and lied too and you will deserve it. Women like Diana have done the hard lifting for you. All you have to do is listen and do some research on your own.

The problem is; we have lived in such a deceitful bubble for so long I truly believe it is too late to stop it. The only recourse we have right now is to STARVE THE BEAST and you know what that means. This beast needs only one thing to survive and that is our children. Communities need to come together and make it happen. You need to help your neighbor save their children. We have so many retirees, grandparents, retired teachers that if you just gave of yourself to your neighbor that cannot stay home to educate their children we could implode this plot to steal the hearts, minds and souls of future Americans.


Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

I just posted a detailed post about SB 48, The FAIR Education Act and AB 493 on my local community FB Pages. I got laughed at, post got deleted by admin. Some parents were unaware of these laws and were surprised. Others laughed and said what was the big deal children need to learn sooner or later. For those parents I don’t think they know the severity of what we know will be taught in classrooms. Or do they truely not care? Either way… when admins delete my post on Nextdoor. Com, other local FB groups, etc. How is the public supposed to know about this if everything is censored? I am so frustrated. This is the link I provided them as proof this isn’t just a “birds and bees talk”.


And some replies to this post:

I don’t think parents know. It was very hard to believe when I first heard about this. Even now, over a year later of researching, learning, etc. I’m still shocked when I actually see books like “It’s Perfectly Normal!” I checked it out of the library after seeing parts of it at a Protect our Children meeting, hoping it was “not that bad”. Yes it is that bad. Stomach churning bad. I want to believe that this isn’t happening, that my grandkids are safe at school. I don’t believe they are anymore. “My people perish for a lack of knowledge” – and so do our children. Sad, sad, sad.


I had the same thing. Someone from the local school district was promoting it on the community FB page and I posted a link to informed parents with a note saying there was a lot of information for anyone who wanted to delve into it deeper. Deleted by admin.


The same thing happened with a post I wrote to our district-parent run fb group did the same. Completely censored my post that simply raised awareness of their own children’s school curriculum— what parent would not want to be aware, whether they agree or disagree? Their tactic is keeping parents uneducated and in the dark.


The same thing happened with a post I wrote to our district-parent run fb group did the same. Completely censored my post that simply raised awareness of their own children’s school curriculum— what parent would not want to be aware, whether they agree or disagree? Their tactic is keeping parents uneducated and in the dark.


That’s a beautiful reminder. I’m right there with you and I won’t give up no matter how ugly they are. If we can open just one set of blind eyes, we have succeeded!


Nobody believes me either….they want hard proof they can see not something from “fake news” as they put it. Very frustrating ☹️


If parents want proof, they should attend one of the many presentations around the state. I have a hard time believing the teachers are ok with teaching this garbage. Parents need to be aware. This is one more step on the road to ruin for our country. WAKE UP people!!


I know teachers who have actually retired early because they feel like it’s borderline pedophilia teaching children this stuff and that they’re not comfortable. Teachers of over 20 years.


When I see these posts I know immediately that they are unaware and have not read a thing on this .. then I pray for their kids.


This is the issue I find I’m facing. All kinds of websites like the one this article are from, most people are considering fake news and don’t take it seriously and refuse to research it more because it’s coming from fake news.
Well.. what about when there’s smoke there’s fire?


Maybe have to go to schools, stand just off of the property, (on sidewalk?) and handout fliers as parents are leaving, or bulk use mail. ? So sad.


Agree. That is what I did before our rally.We have to go old school on them. Nextdoor has become controlled just like Facebook and basically the whole internet. Anyone who runs an alternative site gets deleted or banned for telling the truth. The truth hurts them so spread the truth wherever you can.Talk to parents at work. Talk to parents or clergy at church. Pass out flyers at school. If we all do it we can get the word out.


Many are in denial and think we’re crazy! And then I have a lot of friends unfortunately that are so liberal and wanting to tolerate everything for peace and equality. It’s crazy.


Can someone please.let me know…yes they removed the books from the list but doesn’t it also allow for teachers to select books from different sources to cover other topics in their curriculum they have to cover? And those books don’t necessarily have to be approved by parents?


yes. Those books are called supplemental materials. Some of the most egregious material was removed from the framework, but is still available as supplemental materials. Teachers intent on furthering this ideology may use any it all of these. Be sure you include all supplemental materials, videos, worksheets, assemblies concerning sexual topics, special guest speakers on your opt out form.



And here are some more posts from this group:

12 yrs ago schools were suspending students if they felt like the kid was ADD or ADHD and the parents are not drugging them on meds. Now they’re stepping over the line more in controlling our childrens’ innocence with sexuality.
Let’s see how those schools will be funded when our children are pulled out. Public Schools get paid for every child’s attendance Daily. No children=No funding.


Totally in agreement with your statement. I have a child with ADD and it was so hard to get an IEP.


they automatically just want you to hush the child with meds and they rush to judgement if the child is not having a good day that he/she didn’t take their meds. There are other ways of tackling ADD with the right food and activities.


my child was in 3rd grade last year. He is a little ‘active’. He was 8/9 in 3rd last year. Every teacher’s meeting she tried to tell me he was ADD/ADHD. Classic symptoms, she said. I told her straight up, I am not drugging him so no need to keep talking about it. He is silly, he is super alert, he does pay attention to disruption in the class, he is looking at his friends and not staring straight ahead. He was also tested for GATE (he missed by a few points, oh well). He tested out in reading and was reading at a 7th grade level. He got almost all 4s on his report cards (4/4). I mean, is he ADD if he is acing everything the school is throwing at him, or is he bored? Hmmmmm. BTW, this is the 1st teacher in the 5 years he has been in school that stated he was ADD. I just ignored the comment and carried on.


what is GATE?


it is for Gifted Kids who are excelling in school.


Schools have no right to tell parents how to raise their children. I would have pulled my kid out, homeschooled and got her in to therapy asap. I am not a professional and not equipped to handle these matters in the proper way, and neither are schools. I wouldn’t want my child to undergo any more psychological harm then she may already have.


Man, if somebody ANYBODY thinks they are gonna talk to my kids about Gay sex or Sexuality at all just know me an my crew will be waiting. We need to take out the pedophiles, not invite them in. And if the government wont help us and the Democrats keep voting it in then we gotta do what we gotta do.


What is going on and why are we as parents allowing the state to control our minor children?? These are minors ?!!! This is madness!!!


This didn’t happen overnight. They’ve been working up to this for a very long time. It behooves us to keep abreast of what the state legislators are doing when we’re not looking.


It seems to me Planned Parenthood and the ACLU are working together in this country to remove parental rights and twist and pervert the minds of our children. We need to get a parents bill of rights drawn up to override these new changes. We have a chance now while Trump is in office. I cannot explain what is happening and why but i know it has the devil written all over it. I just want to know why no one will help us. No lawyers will stand up for the children in this state. I contacted four or five attorneys who claim to stand up for Christians or freedom and not a one called me back. This is disgusting and so unfair. Our children deserve better protections from these new laws aimed to destroy them.


I have a friend whose husband is a principal and he’s not allowed to tell the parents that their son is transgender and has changed his name at school. The parents will find out when he graduates this year.


People are going to have to decide if they are going to be complicit in this or are they going to risk everything to do what is right. My son’s principal said he is not going to do this stuff in his charter. But I fear i will send my son to the school this year and the principal will give in like a pod person. I have a really bad feeling this year.



And another post from this group:

I talked to Bonita and Arcadia school districts about the sex Ed for kG and elementary
She explained to me that there is no sex Ed for this age however they are going to take out all the classic old curriculum and impose new curriculum
I am talking about the general English and math and social studies
She gave me examples of this new curriculum
So in the reading instead of a family that has a father and a mother it will be a family that has two dads and two mums
In the history class they will talk about an athlete that had a huge rule in the women act and they will have a foot note that this woman was led in ( despite the fact the she told me there is no sex Ed) I asked her so if you are not going to teach the kids about homosexuality how are you going to explain to them that this person was lesbian she didn’t respond
Unfortunately since parents won’t have access to the text books we won’t know what material they are giving the kids.so it is not a dedicated sex Ed it is being taught in the curriculum of the English math and history classes
They are indoctrinating the kids and normalizing these acts
Unfortunately since it’s a law there is nothing you can do except teaching the kids at home and at church
Or taking them to private schools


Kudos to this mayor for doing the right thing!
https://christiannews.net/2019/08/12/nj-mayor-stands-against-homosexual-transgender-curriculum-in-schools-as-an-affront-to-almighty-god/


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

K12, Inc. Data Breach. 7 million public, private and homeschoolers are involved.
“The database contained the names, ages, and genders of students along with their respective schools — information that many parents would not be comfortable sharing publicly,” Bischoff wrote. Students’ names, states, age, birth dates, school district, genders, grades and school names were all included in the database.”


Illinois joins the states of California, New Jersey, and Oregon that are pushing this indoctrination: https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/08/11/illinois-governor-mandates-lgbt-history-curriculum-for-public-schools/


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

I guess this is where we will be heading since Public Education is all about creating workforce now…

https://tech.slashdot.org/story/19/08/09/1815238/schoolchildren-in-china-work-overnight-to-produce-amazon-alexa-devices


Here is a post that was shared in the ParentStrike group:

This is from a training in Indianapolis Public Schools. Yup. Rigor. Grit. Get those babies away from those toys because everyone knows the best assembly line workers need to be kept in line, in a box, and unimaginative.
Shame on any Superintendents who push this garbage. They surely must know the truly creative and smart people, the innovators, are not born from this deprivation.
Fight back. Don’t allow it, teachers. You hold the power. Use it.

______________________________

And here are the replies to this post:

Speculative investment in human capital via badges (with perpetual debt) brought to you by the Lumina Foundation, based in Indianapolis.

THIS:

People don’t understand digital global labor pools. There aren’t living wage jobs now. How do they think there will be MORE jobs later when these children with the portfolios of badges are competing for gigs through algorithmic job awarders with poor people all over the globe. They just can’t wrap their mind around it.


Last year my students were given a 15 minute recess. WTH? So I stopped math 15 minutes early and took them out myself to extend to 30 minutes.


It’s the little things like this that allow us to take our power back.


They are trying to create mental illness that they can treat with their “evidence-based” social impact interventions.


so do NOT miss that bs they are always ramming down teachers throats… I retired not a second too soon …. I also would of tacked on 15 minutes of recesss… good for you and your kids!


WTF… is this poster for real???? GAH!!!!!
I’ve got a go fund me for more play material for my classroom, and met with my new principal during my
Time
Off to see if i can raise money for a painted
Peaceful playground blacktop for extra recess.
This is crazy.


No, it’s late-stage capitalism.


I believe Pritzker is funding much of Hickenloopers campaign.


We also need people to organize to stop this. We need for educators and parents to join together and speak up and refuse to be a part of this. This is not a “Donors Choose” type of scenario. We need direct action and we need for people to come to grips with the danger we are in, that all of our children are in. This is not “crazy.” This is not a “mistake.” This is not something we can “elect” away. This is transnational global capital that aims to prey on our youngest, most vulnerable people-all of them, in every corner of the globe. I am SO tired of people not trying to get what is happening. It’s time.


This makes me angry as a teacher and a parent.



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

This letter needs to go viral. I hope you will do your part in making it happen! This letter needs to be posted on every single Christian church ‘s facebook page and it needs to be read aloud by the preachers of every single Christian Church in the USA…The author NAILED IT! TRUTH!!!! Let it shine! Please share! Here it is:

Lisa Watkins is a black educator in Kansas City. She was a longtime ACLU activist but ins now a Christian educator. Here is a letter from her, forwarded to me by E. Ray Moore. – Lisa makes it very clear what is happening and why. We had better wake up!

Hello from Kansas City

I am reading with a heavy heart that Christians in South Carolina are slowly going down with the ship regarding the transition from Christian/abstinence based sex-education to a Planned Parenthood designed model of sex-education. I am not shocked that the ship is going down, because liberals have a methodical plan to devour America through the government school system… but I am shocked to see that Christians continue to have this ‘dear-in-the-headlights’ reaction to something that they have seen happen again and again and again. State-by-state, the liberals come in and take over the school boards. State-by-state, the liberals seek to remove any reference to Jesus. And state-by-state, Christians act like this is their first time at the rodeo.

Please note that the key to liberal success isn’t their genius super secret plan to take down America. Their plan isn’t genius and it certainly is a very open secret. There isn’t a conservative in America that can’t quote Saul Alinsky. The key to liberal success is the predictable reaction by Christians to their not so genius openly secret plans. The liberals can be certain of one thing. They are certain that Christians will give speeches citing their outrage. These speeches will be recited at school board hearings, on TV, on talk-radio, in beauty parlors, and over kitchen tables, and on YouTube videos…. but what will NOT happen, is that Christians will not abandon the government schools. Liberals are students of human nature, and human nature tells them that people prefer comfort to pain. People prefer the status quo to change. And the government schools give people more comfort than pain. It is easier to send your kid to the government schools than to make the financial sacrifice to pay for private schools or to homeschool. The government schools give parents a predictable, comfortable routine.

So as long as Christians continue to support the system, the system will remain in place. Christians will boycott Target, because free-markets have given us a rival system (Walmart, Kmart, etc.) But what difference does it make to boycott Target’s bathroom policy when the schools you send you children to have the exact same policies as Target? Christians are scolded to not give Target $100- per month, because the store will look at their bottom line and amend their policies. But the same Christians will give the government schools their precious children every day, each valued at $7-$20k a year by the various school districts? Using the same logic, it would follow that the school districts will also look at their bottom line and amend their policies.

Here is another example, imagine the voice of the rapist who excuses his actions by saying, “Her lips said NO, but her actions said YES”. This is where we are with Christians and the government schools. Your words say NO, but your continued support of a wicked system says YES.

Think about this little lesson on compromise that I learned as a liberal…. imagine there are 2 groups who disagree on a subject. One group wants A, the other group wants Z. They are at an impasse, so they decide to compromise. They meet in the middle. They meet at M. On the surface, it looks like no one has won, but when you scratch the surface, the Z group has really won. The Z group has the momentum. All Z group has to do is wait a little while and then make the argument for Z again. Z knows that his opponent will not agree, but his opponent might be willing to compromise again. Here is the critical part, while we have been waiting, the A group has been redefined. Their children are no longer A’s…. they are now M’s. Compromise has changed the environment that the kids grew up in. The 2 groups are no longer A vs Z. The groups are now M vs Z. So if we agree to meet in the middle again, we will be at T. And just like his forefather (A), M. is under the illusion that both sides gave up something. So again, the Z group will simply wait a while and reach out to the T group regarding their old disagreement, and again the Z group will suggest a compromise, and the T group (like their forefathers A & M) will agree to the compromise. So now they will meet at W. The Z group has victory at hand. They only have to wait one more generation before there will be no significant difference between the W group and the Z group.

Please understand that the power of Z was not only in A’s willing to compromise. The real power was in A’s willful blindness regarding how the environment was being changed all around him. Each generation that grows up under the compromise will look at the original A group as a group that is out of touch. The Z’s will turn the A’s children and grandchildren against them. The compromise conservatives (moderates or RINO’s) will have just as much contempt for the true conservatives as the liberals do. The funny part is that the A, M, and T groups will swear that they are not losing. They will drag out all the rare exceptions of how there is still hope.

It is critical that Christians understand that we are at the W stage of the game. Today’s kindergarteners will grow up in a school district where Jesus is mocked, sex is encouraged, homosexuality is celebrated, America is denigrated, conservatives are racists, masculinity is marginalized, big government is celebrated and illiteracy is accepted. Today’s school kids are the last generation. The problem is no longer limited to California and NY. Bible belt states like SC and Kansas are losing the fights in their school boards and state houses.

We are at the point where we all must look at ourselves in the mirror and ask the following….
What would it take before I will refuse to put any more energy into the current system? If you refuse to define your breaking point, it will be easy to keep moving the goal post. Ask yourself why you are still clinging to a system that hates you?

Pastor Ray is right, we need a plan. The plan exists, but it cannot work if Christians are not willing to see the need to exit the schools.

‘Hear this now, O foolish people, Without understanding, Who have eyes and see not, And who have ears and hear not: (Jeremiah 5:21)


And another post from this group, albeit from back in March:

Listen to SC Republican Shannon Erickson, Representative, SC House District 124 talk about the need to track ALL children, INCLUDING HOMESCHOOLERS, from BIRTH to the workforce.

Visit uspie.org to join the movement to Stop Fed Ed.


And some replies to this post:

And ALL our Pickens House Representatives voted FOR the 0-20 Communist Committee Committee …thank God Senator Rex Rice does not agree and helped strike this overreach Committee from the Senate version…but don’t get too happy…cause the fight to keep it out of the legislation ain’t over till the fat lady sings…


And if ANY of you actually believe that just because she RAN as a Republican, that she REALLY IS one, you need a reality check. Dems in this state can magically “turn” into a member of an opposing party JUST to get elected in a red state. They are like Muslims – “deceive if necessary” to accomplish your agenda. Molly Spearman IS a democrat just like this. If enough people would rise up and hold them accountable for their ideas NOT their party, we would have less to battle.


How about we start with not voting for them. Here’s the deal, Republicans in SC are so easily fooled into voting against the best Republican candidate that they often vote for RINO’s and worse. EXAMPLE – A pro school choice group in SC, which still exists, sent money to my opponent who announced his candidacy with these words: “My name is _______and this is my wife Suzy. We are products of the public schools and our children, when we have them will be products of the public schools.” He ran as a Republican because ours is a Republican district – but he was not registered when he signed up to run. He was pushed by his firm and parents to run. When he got the $1,000 check from this pro-school choice group, he returned it immediately. But did the group endorse me? No way – and i lost by 43 votes – winning the 6 county precincts and losing the 3 inner city precincts where I live. Just one case study of many showing why we have the representatives we have. Don’t blame them – they are just politicians, blame the people who elect them, especially those who consider themselves to be Republicans.


Sadly at the local level their political affiliations are are also hidden and most do not take the time to research vital background not covered by media. Too often Money becomes the tool of operation which invites lethal compromise that always affects conservative, constitutionally orientated people. In many ways limiting donations to ONLY individuals could actually change the direction.


Yes, because that “Christian conservative” group that preferred the well-financed, recruited, reluctant, highly paid lawyer over an eager grassroots Republican woman, an experienced campaigner with a very conservative track record, making $7,000 a year as an adjunct professor but financing her own campaign. People should be revolted by this kind of thing – but we’re used to it and so it seems normal. Watch the Dems – they don’t do this sort of thing because they are not in politics so much to get rich as to get their policy preferences enacted into law. We saw how NOT EAGER Republican congressmen were to take advantage of their political dominance in all three branches of government. NOT!!! They are in politics to get rich and they do not care about policy – they support the policies that will advance the goal of getting rich. I am very sad to say this, and am willing to listen to alternative explanations, but that’s what I see.


perhaps that is more true at the state level before they evolve to the federal level when THEY DO in fact get rich from being planted there! That’s what created the swamp in the first place!


I think a lot has to do with the nature of true conservatives and the goals and values they pursue. They are business owners, craftspeople, and positions where level of income is secondary to accomplishing their talents or dreams. They are more individualistic seeking to better their own lives and contributing to society through self suffiency. Liberals are geared towards careers of influence whether or not they actually have a talent or proclivity for it. They just seek the power and they use intellect to add to the illusion they need to fulfill this image. So they are willing to stomp over anyone else, even traditional values to reach such status. Values themselves are relative and they will Change or create them for stepping stones along the way. Not so for those of us who’s values ARE not relative and therefor obstacles that are futile to breach and involve moral compromises we know we’ll pay for in a spiritual sense. Hard to nail down in words but that’s much of it I think.


Why does one group need to follow “where these children are?” It’s none of their business. America won the cold war without this and the Soviets lost with it – go with the winning strategy – FREEDOM!


The real problem is that we ALL SEE where that would lead but not enough will commit to pointing it out, and taking the necessary action to be a powerful enough force to effectively contend it.


We are in a time when money rules! How can you get someone to run for office without a million dollars at least? The only way to get in the first time is door to door. Many communites are gated! Many people will not come to the door. Winning the first time is a tremendous task. Once you are known, you can just put some ads on TV and stay in office. If there is no imcumbent , it is an easier task to win a seat. It is very difficult to unseat someone.



Here is a post from a pro-homeschooling group:

So, Some truth comes out… apparently some of my husbands coworkers have asked if I want to homeschool because I don’t want to go back to work. This Angers me.


And here are the replies to this post:

Uhhh…. going to work would be easier! Try not to stress opinions from people who are non-relevant to your family’s decisions!


I totally disagree with this statement. I worked full time for 27 years. I retired in November at 50 years old to stay home and homeschool. I also babysit my granddaughter during the day and work online about 20 hours a week. I feel like I am on vacation every day. Working full time was so much harder!


I agree with you. I have worked for over 20 years full time. I quit my job last October to homeschool my son with learning disabilities and work as a va at home for a few hours. It is insanely hard to do that and care for my 3 year old. Not to mention mentally hard to adjust to being home all the time.


Ask him do they send their kids to public because they don’t want to parent?


Don’t be angry, just laugh because at least we want to be invested in our kids and not send them out to someone else. I cringe when I hear parents begging for school to come back in session because they can’t stand their kids being home. Often times the right thing is not the popular thing


IDIOTS!! Being a parent, more importantly a Mom, is the most important job in the entire universe!! You are working. And then the choice to homeschool your child/children is doing what’s best for them which is what we do as Moms. OMG!! 😯


It’s sad that men are being trained to only see a womans worth if she brings in a paycheck. You are doing an amazing hard job that has the best benefits money could never buy.


Because if a stranger does it and gets paid it’s a job but when you as a parent with the most love and knowledge of your own child does it, it’s not? It’s not hard work at all! Not the most important JOB you’ll ever have?!? Oy vey 🤦🏻‍♀️


It’s interesting. It is unacceptable for people to find any flaw in a traditional school teacher without being ostracized as if they’ve committed blasphemy, yet when a parent takes on the job, it’s considered “not working.”



Here is a post from the Florida anti-iReady group:

So I sent that email out on Sunday, that someone posted earlier about opting out of Iready this year. I just filled in the blanks with my child’s info.
I never got a response so I resent it this a.m. I got a call from the assistant principal today (whom wasn’t on the email list, I sent it to the principal.)
Now I feel like sh!@, and feel like this maybe was a huge mistake. Apparently my child is the ONLY one in the entire school trying to Opt out of Iready. I told him I have no problem with my child doing educational things (i.e.reading, paper based work etc.) during the 27 minutes of Iready each day. He asked about IXL, I told him I don’t want her using programs that mine data about my child.
He then said “oh so you don’t want her using the computers or anything at all?” I told him again, only things that mine data using her (N number) are out of the question.
He then laughed and said “okay I got it… basically you don’t want her using the computers here at school, because you know they use their N number JUST to log onto the computer!”
What? This is all getting out of hand, especially after reading today about the SEL mental health questions being asked and tracked by teachers. Ugh I’m so overwhelmed I don’t even know where to begin. Mind you, I asked him to send me things via email about what they will do to accommodate her for this situation. None of them will send me things via email.
My hubby said our daughter is now probably going to be singled out/bullied, and seen as a problem child by admin/staff/teachers.
FYI: Sarasota County…7th grade.


And here are the replies to this post:

Doing the right thing for your child is never a mistake.


I just don’t know now if it is the right thing. It really hard to hear out of more than 749 students she is the only one. He said he hasn’t had to deal with this with anyone else. He said he even had to call the school board to get info before he called me. Now(after speaking with the asst principal) taking the paper based approach teachers are going to have to get lessons and paperwork gathered just for her since she is the only one doing this. What teacher would want more work on their plate? This is why my hubby felt she will now be singled out etc….


my child was the only one too. Most parents are not informed or don’t know they can opt out. Spread the word. I was the first to opt out but I wasn’t the last.


She is NOT the only one. My 8th grader doesn’t do iReady and has not been asked to do any other programs. Your principal is being a bully and condescending to say the least. I’m also in Sarasota County. I know at least one other family of a middle schooler that doesn’t do iReady.

Not only that, logging in to a computer is NOT the same thing as logging in to a program. What a tool.

he’s just being difficult. I’d remind him that logging on to a computer is not the same as logging in to a program owned by a company that sells their data to third party companies. At the end of the day, you don’t need to explain yourself. You told him what she wasn’t allowed to do and that is that.


Do your research and do what you think is best for your daughter. You can call the school and let them know you changed your mind. Teachers will not bully your child based on this, nor will the admin. And if they do, then that is a bigger problem than refusing iready.


well, I guess I don’t know 100% that she will. I just know I have read other parents that have mentioned their child being asked/told several times to just take the tests/Diagnostics even after they opted out. That it is part of the schools tactics.


I feel the term bullying and tactics are hard to put on a school. They are technically taking orders from the district, and these words paint our schools in a bad light. I see it this way. I allow my child to participate in iready/school comp for the time being. He is not allowed electronics during the week because im more concerned about screen time than I am about the school using his data. When and if this should get out of control I will gladly speak up, and do what is neccessary for my child.


it isn’t the school using teh data that’s nearly the concern is that the companies are allowed to sell our children’s PII to any third party company requesting it.


I’m more concerned about the data tracking and data breaches that are happening with students personal info all over this country. I mean I have read reports of children having bad credit before they even are of age to get credit cards. Their info was breached and identity stolen long before they were 18. I feel this doesn’t help prevent it, it just gives crooks another easy way of getting info. Screen time is also on my mind though.
And not trying to be unkind here, just wondering why you would join a group specifically about opting out of Iready, if you said your kids participate in Iready? Just curious is all.


It is a bullying tactic. It doesn’t matter if she is the only one. You are the parent. We stand behind you. I felt like my child was the first to opt out of FSA at MSA but we ddI it and now more are doing it. Ask if she can log in as a guest so her information is not captured. Persist. It’s worth it

I am sorry he laughed at you. That is totally inappropriate. You have the right as a parent to guide her education and protect her from data mining just as you would in any other instance. Just because it is at school changes nothing. I was not used to going against a teacher or policy as I figured they know best but it turns out they may not. Make your decision and then stick by it without fear. I support you in doing what is right for YOUR child. Every parent and child is different.


I just don’t want her to be that kid with those parents if you know what I mean. They have a way of pointing things out to the entire class or making kids feel less than. Like last year (before I was aware of this group) my daughter did Iready, each time she would miss where they thought she should be by a few points. She got called into the principal’s office and asked what she think she did wrong to get these scores, what she could do to raise them, and then had to write out a small essay in the office. She said there was 3 kids in her class pulled out during class time to go through this. So the class knew who walked out. Then whenever they had celebrations for reaching the scores, her and the other children weren’t allowed to go. So it was announced in front of the class who gets to go to the pool party and icecream social, and the rest were told to stay in the classroom!


My son is the only one who did not do IReady last year, not sure about this year. My daughter was the only one in her school that opted out of FSA (son not old enough). There are plenty of programs that can be used without a unique log in ID. You may have to do some research and find one that will benefit your child.


well he laughed and said they use their n number just to sign on the computer….so he said I guess everything will have to be paper based for her….more work for the teachers 😫


the computers are interfering with the teacher doing their job in my opinion. They are there to teach not watch while the computer “teaches and tests”.

so the only way to make it eight again is to continue to push back. Not that much work to print a few paper based tests or give her a workbook. You are not asking them to redesign curriculum. I was terrified the first time we opted out of FSA. I was told no honor classes no scholarships, remedial classes. This group got me thru and none of that happened. She is in honors classes and is doing great. Got her out of remedial this morning due to “an error”. It’s all good.


we Opt Out of everything that requires a unique log in ID. If it has an option for guest user, the program is evidence based by third parties and researched and it is of value to your child then o would say go for it. The problem is that a unique log in ID is how your child’s analysis of data is mined. The unique log in ID is tied to the student portal or central network at your district, that’s what you want to avoid.


I was afraid of that. My oldest has been doing big ideas and I just didn’t know I could opt out. Now that I am learning I do not know if I want the younger one to do that. I May have to go against the grain again


I refused everything. Honestly I think it’s for the best. I personally don’t care if they have to use a book and paper. Better than a computer teaching a child. That’s why there is so much lack of common sense and no actual experience by doing. Jmo


I would rather my child pick up a book, use pencil and paper rather than be forced to participate in programs that have no value.


Last year, my kids were the only ones in each of their classes (1st, 3rd, 5th). No one was bullied (including me!) My kids got extra time with their teachers, or extra practice with math games, or read a book. I don’t even think most other students realized they weren’t on the computer. But, if it helps you feel better, get your friends to opt out. The more people the better if we ever want a change made from the top.


I don’t know how many kids are opted out at my son’s Jr high and I honestly don’t care. I did get the vibe from some of the staff that they don’t care for most of the programs on the computers either but we all know they aren’t allowed to actually say that! I spoken to other parents that didn’t know the could opt their kids out of iready and other such programs



And another post from this group:

I didn’t sign permission for my kids to use the internet at school and as a added measure I sent my opt out letter for all sites that have a unique login. I got a email today from the principal that she wants a conference with me Thursday. If they are asking parents permission for internet use and a parent says no, not sure what they can do about it. I am concerned that my kids are going to be left out of rewards like for getting AR points since they will not be doing AR this year.


And some replies to this post:

Yes, they might be left out of awards. Mine opted out of IReady, we bought RazKids and he got awards for that instead. It really does depend on how the school (really teachers) handle it. They will probably tell you there is not other option than IReady to do assessments, not true. We used the DAR. Stand your ground! I don’t know if I would even take that meeting with the principal, to be honest.


Same thing was happening to my daughter for AR she has a learning disability and it would always exclude her because she struggles with reading. I would ask for a replacement to earn just as the rest that would give a fair chance.

I would think under FAPE they would be required to come up with a solution. I suggested read books,work on a worksheet,work on things that target her areas of struggles.



And here is another post from this group. The poster posted an image, but since it gives away their first name, and I wish to keep my poster sources anonymous (to make it harder for the other side to harass and/or doxx them, I’ll type it out myself.):

Got this response back tonight from my son’s teacher… clearly she’s never had anyone opt out before 😬

Any thoughts on how to proceed?

Hi there [parent name redacted],

I hope you have had a lovely, restful weekend. I am looking forward to tomorrow! 🙂

I receieved your email regarding [child name crossed out with red ink] use of iReady in the classroom and I truly appreciate your respect for educators in this profession. I only want what is best for [child name crossed out with red ink] in his academic pursuits, and I respect your concerns about the computer program.

I plan to check with [staff member’s name crossed out by red ink] later this week about your concern. (Kindergarten doesn’t begin the program until September.) iReady had been a program in Seminole County Public Schools incorporates in our students’ learning experience as it is beneficial for the individualized instruction, growth monitoring, data tracking, and an engaging/personalized learning experience. I would love to first check with [staff member name crossed out by red ink] to verify procedures concerning omitting the learning program. I will let you know as soon as I have information regarding iReady.

Thank you so much for reaching out to me – I appreciate the communication.

Best regards,
[Teacher name crossed out by red ink]


And here are the replies to this post:

Obviously no one has ever opted out with her. Lol.
Whenever she gets back to you, just reiterate that you don’t want your son using it (or any other program that involves sending data).


Also… why is this email making me doubt my decision??? I feel like I’m a jerk for opting out of this 😬


nah. You’re good. You’ve done your part.
When she does get back with you, ask to see the peer-reviewed research to support its use. She won’t be able to


no doing what’s right for your kid isn’t always easy when you go against the powers that be…. don’t second guess


Just tell her you dnt want your child using any program that rewuires a unique log in
She should be aware if parents opting out and if not than her supervisor should have no issues with your request


I understand how you feel. I felt the same way the first time I informed of my decision to remove my kiddo from the i-Ready program. The School Staff told me the program was a great opportunity to provide individualized learning, but when I asked to see how that was possible they just talked about the data the computer program generates. At the end of our meeting, it was obvious that iReady is being used as a test prep. It was an uncomfortable meeting, but one of the best academic decisions I have made for my kiddo. He was provided with paper base work while other kids did iReady.


my son’s teacher made me feel the same way when I mentioned my concerns. I was truly shocked that a teacher who taught gifted children thought this was an excellent learning tool. I even mentioned to her as a former language arts teacher and having done my own research I disagreed with the value of it. She did not seem very happy.

it’s VERY MUCH TEST PREP! I wish more teachers would do their research and speak up to their administration and districts about the program. I have had people tell me that it’s a great time for teachers to be able to put kids on the computer and maybe get something done.


A civil disobedience isn’t “comfortable”
Just remember you are doing what is best for your child.
👏🏼👏🏼


Our teacher said that admin or someone monitors minutes and if they don’t meet it, the teacher gets in trouble. Is that true?


that’s what ours always said, but once I reiterated that my son wasn’t going to be doing 30 minutes a day at home, they didn’t say anything more.


no. There is no state mandate for number of minutes used. There is no state mandate for iReady. The assessments count towards teachers VAM (value added model).
Ask them to show you the statute.


at our school in broward county the teachers are under heavyyyy pressure from admin to rack up the minutes per child. They track them.


i said the same thing and they didn’t argue but you know what they did? They had her doing iready in class then.


I have a feeling that’s how it is in Palm Beach County too. My son just came from a private school and they only used it for diagnostic purposes and that was it and I clearly gave them enough information about the program that they were not renewing it. I was very frustrated because the AP told me they only did it for 40 minutes which I was kind of willing to except and now the teacher is telling me 60 minutes which is making me a little bit more upset. You’re telling me they’re going to put a child on it for only 12 minutes at a time if they do it each day?


it is true in Clay and Brevard. District monitors minutes. In fact in brevard teacher names with class minutes are posted on the wall in the office conference wall. Because public shaming or praising works well as a motivator?????


In Seminole County there is heavy pressure to get the 46 minutes and 70%+ pass rate. It is monitored weekly by admin and some admin question teachers and students when they don’t hit the expected numbers.


Our schools monitors the quota required of i-ready, and they get penalized if they do not follow, like no field trips. That was last year-kindergarten. I have to see what to expect this year. I am not sure they enforced it Last year but that is what we were told.
Has anyone considered the parent doing the i ready?


I have a friend who was a teacher herself and would actually do some of it for her child because she said some aspects of it were a little confusing but even questionable. My other friend who is a teacher But not an actual classroom teacher she says that the kids think it’s fun and it’s like a video game.


my son dislikes it with a passion, it is a huge argument to have him sit to do it. I do not mind having him do things that he does not like, however based on all the info i read this program is questionable on several levels. It is repetitive and he gets bored, he knows the answers and he is a creative kid, hands on. He also has trouble standing still for long periods of time. I think it is a disservice.
So i questioned if parents did it, the data collected will be inaccurate. At rhe government level nobody seems to listen. Computers and programs are tools and if used appropriately may do some good.


My son has been exposed to iready for math since 6th grade that I know of (2yrs ago) and he can’t stand it!! He says it’s hard to follow, the videos are baby like and he doesn’t retain anything.


I’ve supervised my kids at home the past year and it really has amped up my anger levels with the schools


i supervised the iready too, all the time he sat I sat with him. I also got very angry and i am upset at the school system.


All those reasons she gives for supporting iReady have NEVER been validated. We are supposed to believe iReady does all those things because Curriculum Associates says so.


Tell her instead of him getting his “individualized” instruction from a computer program, that you would prefer him getting it either from a separate “center” or more teacher interaction. Don’t feel bad about opting him out of this! This program is absolutely ridiculous and I know first hand from admitting it to students for five years… kindergarten and first grade. Do everything in your power to say NO!!



And yet another post from this group:

7th grade advanced language arts at Nolan. No mention of how much reading plus time is planned but that it is graded. Is there a recommended limit? As a parent, I never received any info last year as to how this program helped my kid. Or what progress was made. Does it track time spent? Can I access it and see if time spent exceeds recommendations?

________________________

And here are the replies to this post:

There is ZERO recommended for any child that is NOT NEEDING REMEDIATION!!! This product is being used to experiment on advanced language arts students at ANY school!

I posted it on Opt Out manatee from the Reading Plus webpage that it is a remedial program. Please do not fall for the king sized candy bars they give as treats for competing the work like little Guinea pigs in a science lab. It appears as though Nolan is the only middle who this happens to because parents say no


I wrote an email last week currently the administration is reviewing my email I blatantly refused reading plus based on the SEL questions on the data mining and the fact that we limit screen time I told him he has no permission whatsoever to partake in that program

Parents need to stand up and have their voices be heard put it in writing called him out and fight



Looks like Hinsdale District #86 in Illinois is ignoring the wishes of a father and letting his daughter identify as a boy: https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/dad-horrified-as-public-school-convinces-daughter-shes-a-boyand-he-cant-stop-it


Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

Help! Just went to back to school night where I was Informed by a teacher that anti-bullying, anti-harassment would be taught. That it was mandated to be taught within the first weeks of school and that she was very uncomfortable with some of the curricula as it didn’t seem age appropriate. Does anyone have examples of this kind of curricula?
________

And here are some replies to this post:

1.) You’re blessed to have a teacher with a moral code. And one who is honest about the changes to the curriculum.
2.) The SOGI additions (Sexual Orientation/Gender identity) were enacted to reduce bullying of a protected class. However, it goes way beyond information, all the way to indoctrination.
3.) Arrange a meeting with this teacher and ask to see the textbooks and other material she’s referring to. We usually recommend you start at the district level, talking to the Curriculum Specialist, but since your child’s teacher opened the door, why not start there.
You did not indicate the grade level…But be on the lookout for books such as ‘I am Jazz’, ‘Jack Not Jackie’, ‘A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo’ ‘Red, a Crayon’s Story’, ‘Who Are You’, for lower elementary grades.
You’re child will be taught that there are more than two genders. They can be a boy or a girl. Both, or neither. Dozens of choices now. That the gender ‘assigned’ to them at birth is not necessarily true.

https://youtu.be/g134pSNrhf0
This might be helpful…


What district are you in?


Jefferson district in Tracy



And another post from this group:

This is a post from my friend [name redacted], who is a nurse and her husband a pediatrician: please go if you are able.

Hey everyone, as most of you know [name redacted] & I have been working with a woman on the board for OC Board of Ed, regarding the sex Ed curriculum. This Wednesday [name redacted] is speaking again. Here’s the info. The meeting is at 2:00pm. The more supporters on “our side” who can show up, the better! Here’s the info:

Where? Orange County Dpt of Education
200 Kalmus Dr, Costa Mesa

Purpose: the subject of our speeches are not on the agenda.. but since OC just received a 5 million dollar grant from the state to “roll out” the health framework which will enforce more radical compliance to AB 329, we are again stressing how the curriculum violates their own rules.

BTW:
The OC superintendent entered into this 5 mill contract without board approval or knowledge. 😡👎


Here is a good news post from this group:

I am so excited to share, I just heard from a mom (one of my boys’ friend mom) that there’s over 87 kids at Betsy Ross Elementary School that are homeschooling and of course, kids are talking about missing school to protest and change the laws so they won’t be taught this crap and they’ll be able to see their friends at school again! Our kids are smart and parents are communicating to their children. It’s unfortunate that not all families see this harm and it’s unfortunate that not all families are able to homeschool or send their kids to a private school. Let’s keep on spreading and educating!!!! I gotta tell you, tears cake down my eyes, it brought me joy that parents are doing something and kids are involved too. And I am proud to say my boys are part of that number. Let the homeschooling journey begin! Prayers are appreciated! 🙏🏻 If God with us, who can be against us? 🛑 ✋ right there enemy.


Here is a post from Alice Linahn:

If this does not concern Parents, Teachers, Tax Payers, and Elected officials- IT SHOULD!! Bill Gates was a key player shifting education away from academics to values, beliefs and behaviors. Giving anyone with an agenda access to America’s children.

“Bill Gates flew from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey to Palm Beach on March 1, 2013 with Jeffrey Epstein.

Epstein, who was found dead in his jail cell on Saturday morning, had told people in the past that he was a financial adviser to Gates

A rep for Gates’ humanitarian foundation denied that Epstein ever worked for billionaire founder of Microsoft, but would not comment on the 2013 flight.

Gates and his wife have championed the education and empowerment of young women around the world through their charitable work.

Epstein had just been released from prison four years prior after pleading guilty to two counts of soliciting a minor under the age of 18 for sex.

Bill Gates hitched a ride on Jeffrey Epstein’s plane – four years after he served time behind bars for soliciting a minor under the age of 18 for sex.

Flight records reveal that Gates flew with Epstein from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey to Palm Beach on March 1, 2013, one of the few flights that year where pilot Larry Viskoski recorded the name of a passenger.

The pair had spent time together previously, most notably at the annual Edge Dinner, which each year welcomes billionaires from around the world to come together and discuss advancements they are working in on the worlds of math, science and technology.

In fact, the 2013 dinner took place just two nights before they flew to Florida, though neither of the men are pictured attending that year’s event.”

Please take note:

  • In 2000, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) a grant for 6.3 million dollars.
    TASA and the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) are trade organizations who’ve been tied to the vendors/lobbyists for many years.
  • In 2004 Microsoft signed a 26-page “Cooperation Agreement with the UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION (UNESCO) to develop a “master curriculum (Syllabus)” for teacher training in information technologies based on standards, guidelines, benchmarks, and assessment techniques.
  • In 2007 the Texas Education Agency (TEA) was given a $7 million dollar grant by the Gates foundation. With the stated purpose: to provide funding towards a longitudinal evaluation of the Texas High School Project now known as “Educate Texas” funded by“Communities Foundation of Texas”, as a way to understand the effectiveness of individual projects and programs, as well as overall effectiveness.
  • Interestingly, Communities Foundation is the same model Epstein was using in the Virgin Islands. It was the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI).
    (CFVI) works with Antilles School, the Clinton Global Initiative, Fintrac, and Catchafire. Aside from serving on the board of Antilles School, Pamela Berkowsky, Clarie Starkey, and two other board members served on the board of CFVI, the arms of control used to groom students for the Epstein network.
    https://cfvi.net/
  • In 2011 Texas legislators overwhelmingly pass SB 6. SB 6 allows textbook publishers to bypass the state adoption process.
    Interestingly, SB6 was championed by Thomas Ratliff who was not only on the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) he was, for over 13 yrs a paid lobbyist for Microsoft. The same Microsoft whose owner Bill Gates gave TEA 7 million and TASA a 6.3 Million dollar grant with the stated Purpose: to provide superintendents and principals from public and private schools access to quality leadership development focused on technology integration and whole systems change.

Total Quality Management (TQM)- Texas’ Points of Compliance in the Education System (Updated)

TASA’s High Tech High~ Changing a Child’s Mind and America’s Future (Updated): http://www.voicesempower.com/tasa_high-tech-high-changing-our-communities-changing-a-a-childs-mind_updated/

Gates Epstein article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7350469/amp/Bill-Gates-flew-Jeffrey-Epstein-Loliota-Express-2013-years-pedophile-prison-stay.html?__twitter_impression=true


And some replies to this post:

And CSE is funded by Internationl Planned Parenthood. Bill Gates dad was a big shot with the national PP. Gates and his wife are eugenicists. They co-hosted a eugenicists conference London several years ago.


Common Core reforms have always been connected to sexual revolution. We know this because UNESCO said that their Comprehensive Sexuality Education curriculum would integrate into most subjects through national standards. Peter Greene is right. Common Core standards are data tags, and with Bill Gates at the helm, he and UNESCO can monitor children’s allegiance to the sexual rights agenda.


I wrote this article 5 years ago connecting the Comprehensive Sex Ed Standards to Texas, no one would listen.

Parents, Are You Ready for the Well Funded Battle Against YOUR RIGHTS As Parents?


parents have no clue how SEL has been integrated into every subject because no longer are there books. It is all being done through computer applications under the title “social and emotional learning.” Here is one example of non cognitive embedded in academic subjects. Texas Commissioner Mike Morath testified before the Next Generation of Assessments and Accountability (NGAA). In this two-minute clip, he explained how social and emotional skills (SEL) skills such as hard work (perseverance) and enthusiasm (tenacity) will be standardized, assessed and embedded in math and reading curriculum.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-aj7S–oks&feature=youtu.be


This is not to be believed. It’s been renamed by TDOE as Social & Personal Competency. Thank God for teams of parents/citizens/educators here as well, deep-diving and researching— it really does take a “village” or rather an army to try to follow all this insanity.


exactly right! And yet we still have all these lazy parents who won’t even go to a damn school board meeting to fight for their kids!


Bill Gates, and his Foundation, spend money to make money. Altruistic my behind,he doesn’t care who he has to cozy up with to do it. The rub; money won’t buy you a clear conscience and it sure ain’t gonna get you a free pass through those Pearly Gates.


Ed tech has never been tried and proven successful in teaching our children academic knowledge. Ed tech and google classroom are successful at collecting our children’s data, creating an algorithm for each child, using predictive analytics based on the algorithm to steer the child in a computer chosen field of interest, creating “threat scores” with the data collected and molding children’s values, attitudes, behaviors and beliefs (whole child social and emotional learning) to align with the UN’s definition of “global citizenship” through the nudging of children using computer adaptive testing like the MAPS test. Between Facebook listening to conversations, Google manipulating the election, data breaches and now THIS, parents must wake up, engage and say NO ED TECH. Return to great teachers, strong academic curriculum, books, paper and pencils.


Here is my testimony at the Texas School Senate Safety and Mental Health Hearing.
https://youtu.be/7yUM4aWT6ow
I stated this in my testimony.
“if it’s the role of the Government to legislate character development, collect mental health data on students and store personally identifiable information in Fusion Centers throughout Texas. Fusion Centers engage in surveillance of students social media and to use predictive analytics generated by an algorithm to create a threat-score for our children.”
Wonder how the audio and video they are collecting along with threat scores of children will be used in the future!?!


Our group has been preaching this for several years! We can’t get parents off their ass to pay attention! NOTHING is more important than your kids!!


and if the parent don’t want to make the sacrifices who they expect to do it! It annoys me.


Me too! I post stuff all the time that nobody will bother to read. Way too much lethargy in the Christian community, especially.


None of this surprises me one bit. Some major players were involved in this whole thing. It is time for Trump’s AG to take them down.


worth understanding considering California’s Comprehensive Sex Education aligned to UNESCO.


At a November school board meeting, the issue was still smoldering. Marie Briner, an elementary school parent, said she was alarmed to learn of the content of some books in the curriculum. As a former Dallas County prosecutor in the child abuse division, she said that if she had found the material in a police investigation, she would have entered it as evidence that a defendant was trying to “groom” potential victims.
“How is this any different than my sex offenders that have a diary of their fantasies? And I have to tell you, it’s not different at all,” she said.


Such inbreeding — they are all one.



And here is another post from her:

Many digital payments can be tracked, potentially assisting an authoritarian crackdown.
“It can be easy to take cash for granted, especially in a wealthy, developed economy. Those fortunate enough to live in a stable society usually suffer no lack of payment options. They are getting more advanced all the time, with financial technology (fintech) companies constantly developing new ways to quickly and cheaply make purchases and send money. It sometimes seems the days of old-fashioned cash, with its dormant physicality, are numbered.

Allowing cash to die would be a grave mistake. A cashless society is a surveillance society. The recent round of protests in Hong Kong highlights exactly what we have to lose.”


And a reply to this post:

there has been a push the past few years to get the remaining Americans to get a bank account. I am sure you have noticed the commercials telling people they could get their paycheck 2 days earlier if they have their account directly deposited into an account tied to the nifty bank cards. gee who wouldnt want their money 2 days earlier especially if you are living paycheck to paycheck.
i knew it was part of the scheme to get everyone to accept going cashless. bad idea especially if you need it to pay for food or medicine and it is held from you because you did not make the right healthy food choices deemed by the powers that be whom will control your money. tie that with the data collected on the grocery store cards to see what food and drink items you buy and then force you to wear fitbits to track your physical activities. soon the car insurers will get access to the black boxes in vehicles so they can charge you based on your driving habits and states can tax you for polluting/carbon in the environment based on how much you drive. its coming.



Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

This is what happens when google has a behavioral profile on an individual. Question does your child have a school google email? Does You child’s school use “google classroom” and google docs? Think about that!!

And here is the post that she shared:

Google executive was able to deliver docs and laptop to DOJ but he was Red Flagged and what ensued is insane! Vorhies is a former senior Google software engineer, who on August 5th was in the process of delivering a Google laptop and internal documents to the Justice Department’s Antitrust division.
But his whistle blowing efforts were stymied by police who stormed his neighborhood and locked down several blocks in an attempt to lure him from his San Francisco residence, at the request of Google executives.

What was Vorhies’ crime? Google executives told police that Vorhies was suicidal and a potential danger, Vorhies told True Pundit. The tech guru was red flagged by his former employer. According to news reports and witnesses, as well as video clips of the law enforcement operation from local TV news, police closed several blocks surrounding Vorhies’ Valencia Street residence.


Here is a post from the Florida anti-iReady group:

So I’m truly just trying to get a better understanding of why some of you are opting out of iReady? Is it more for the data that is being collected, the screen time, or for another reason? (Edited… I should say, the reason I’m asking is because I assumed most parents were opting out for a certain reason, and today I found out that wasn’t the main reason).


And here are the replies to this post:

Data, screen time & privacy issues

the program is not peer reviewed or evidence based, there have been numerous issues with data breaches with these companies and it is only going to get worse. You don’t know if the company will sell your childs info later or what will be done with it. Too much time taken away from instructional time, kids are getting on other sites that they shouldn’t be on and aren’t being monitored


What info do you believe they are gathering? My assumption would be, their GPA is a good indicator of where they are in school, not really seeing a difference between that and the stuff they are gathering.


race, age, name,FSA scores


When this data they collect is breached, or sold to 3rd parties then breached( which has recently happened) kids identity can be stolen and used to create false or fake accounts!

I could also share a post from another group member from today speaking about how kids ARE BULLIED from opting out if you would like I can share that along with other’s personal stories as well.


bullied by teachers or classmates?


my daughter was bullied by her teacher last year for opting out on the FSA, she was told over and over she was going to be retained( she was in 4th grade)


My idea is to homeschool. Reading about stories like this makes me want to keep her home immediatly. Just do not know how to do it and how does it work about “promotion” .


Data collection, screen time, takes away time from teacher instruction, it is used to evaluate teachers, sharing of headphones is a sanitary issue, and the program is not age appropriate, peer reviewed, or any good. It’s also used for FSA test prep, which we are against. And it’s a waste of taxpayer dollars.


For me I had my kids do it at home for the past year with my supervision.
It is supposed to be a teacher led program but we had 19 kindergarteners in it with headphones. There is no way this is teacher led even Curriculum Associates the company that owns IReady agrees.
I find it not age appropriate, questions that are not correct, asking for the BEST answer where there are multiple correct answers.
I can’t tell you how many times my 3rd grader last year who is straight As said mom I’m not sure the answer and I couldn’t tell what the answer was. I have advanced degree. I sent to my retired principal friends and they didn’t know the answer either.
I have posted NUMEROUS examples. I can tag you if you like.
For example counting scattered dots over a computer screen where my 5 year old didn’t remember where she started from was a good use of her time or taught her anything. I want my kindergartener to use manipulatives.


Thank you so much. Yes I agree, when my son was in Kindergarten I didn’t like the dots that they had to count, even in rows was hard. I did supervise set of kids on the computer while volunteering in the classroom, and found it very frustrating for their age group. 1st grade wasn’t so bad. It’s like they had enough practice to maneuver through the program a little more.


^this. It’s just trash. It was so glitchy/wrong answers/poorly phrased questions… 👎👎👎 ETA: when I tried to opt-out the hostile teacher said my gifted kid was “remedial” according to iready. Funny- seeing as how ALL her other work/tests… easy A’s


I hated iReady what my 3rd grade for ELA more than K. We used iReady scores as he opted out of FSA so we did it but no more.
He can read a book 📚 during that time and that will be more helpful. We don’t need it as test prep because we won’t take the FSA.


I opted out because I choose face to face interaction with teachers and peers over screen time every single time. More screen time does not belong in elementary schools and the research in support of this is overwhelming. The fact that iReady is a crappy program is just a cherry on top for me.


As a mom, and former teacher, my primary reason for opting out of iready is because I value teacher interaction and instruction from an educated professional.


Mainly for my daughter’s overall education decisions. She has an iep and it was being used to basically to tell her what she can and can’t do based on no proof or facts to show. Other than generic results. Went from being almost right on level to all of a sudden dropping back 2grade levels. No proof of questions asked or answers given. Just random clicking of the mouse or paper based testing that probably had no common sense meaning or answers.


I wish I could share with you the video of [child name redacted] doing iReady in 3rd grade. She hasn’t picked up a book for pleasure since, and I used to have to take books away to get her to do anything else. It’s ridiculous program, AND they can sell PII to any third party vendor they want to. Keep in mind, that could include your child’s social security number if you gave it to them when you enrolled your child into school.
I have way more faith in our teachers than I do a computer program


I’m going to opt out my kids this year because they hate it. I haven’t met a kid that doesn’t hate it. Kids should love to read and I truly believe I-Ready steals the joy from reading. I’m an English teacher, BTW.


It’s also using kids basically as test subjects for a useless scam that schools pay for. That money spent on this could be better put to use.
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Mine is screen time and he doesn’t seem to retain anything from the programs. With no screen, there’s no data to collect. I also worry about privacy as I don’t know what personal info is stored on him or the family. I also think the school districts could spend this money on things for the schools or teacher pay instead


I have a serious problem with the absolute void of any third party data or research to suggest that this program is any more helpful or effective than direct and skilled instruction or the myriad of other strategies teachers use to teach. The program itself says its targeted demographic is students who are struggling with reading, yet my district is having all students use it regardless of their levels of reading proficiency. Why? Until there is third party research, not paid for by the company, to suggest this program is as or more effective for ALL students at building reading proficiency or enriching it, I see no need for my proficient reader to participate. We ask our students to think critically and provide evidence based reasoning for their choices. Yet we spend millions on software that only the company has promised us works?


As a physical therapist (and one formerly working for our school district), I have a hard time allowing a program with zero data to support its use and what they claim.
Schools and accommodations are always data driven, but they don’t seem to follow suit when it comes to using these super expensive programs.
I can think of a lot more ways to use $500K in our district


my 9yr old can do the higher level multiplications as well as division. I have witnessed it at home and her tutor witnessed it. Her tutor asked her teacher about summer work and told her what she knew. Her teacher point blank told the tutor well she can’t do that here in my classroom. They had her doing below her level of work based on the online assessments and wondered why she was frustrated and upset. I told them she is bored with it.


Three years ago, My then 2nd grader was misdiagnosed by i-Ready and he’s opted out since. I’m in NY, so the stakes are not nearly as high as they are in Fla.
Do the schools in Fla send home any i-Ready reports/assessment results? Can you access them online? My district in NY sends home the generic parent report that does not tell you many specifics. Often times they send nothing home at all.
There’s an i-Ready report called, Student Response to Instruction, and it assesses a student’s performance down to specific standards. This report is what’s used to “personalize” a student’s instruction.
I’m the only parent in my district to ever request this report. This is the report that showed me my son’s education was being inaccurately personalized based on an erroneous assessment of his abilities.
Specifically, he was receiving remedial vocabulary instruction even though his vocabulary was well above grade level. His overwhelmed teacher didn’t know him well enough to even realize it. She just prescribed the i-Ready recommended strategies & interventions and moved on to the next student. Rinse, lather, repeat. 😢


In Michigan but our district uses iReady to comply with a state reading law. Appreciate everyone’s comments here. My 2nd grader has anxiety during the diagnostic testing and my 1st grader is a lefty so she has trouble using the mouse in the computer lab! I wish I had a different option.


The program is useless and has shown no real proof of its effectiveness. However, it has shown its ability to dehumanize assessments. It strips a student of any evidence of their literary thinking and mathematical identity and in its place, assigns broad, meaningless labels, labels based on a generic list of skills that students “like them” generally need. Despite lumping students into broad categories, iReady has zero hesitation when offering precise information about what a student likely can do and what their next instruction steps should be. Its reports are generated based on scores, NOT generated from the specific questions answered correctly or incorrectly. Instead generated on a generic list based on what iReady thinks a student who scored in the same range in the same domain likely needs.
The diagnostic reports are then used by school educators and administrators to determine whether a student is in need of intervention. To use reports in this manner without accurate, more specific results, seems a bit ludicrous because a teacher never sees what questions were answered correctly or incorrectly. They only know a student scored less than favorably in, for example, number and operations. Number and Operations is a broad domain, so much so to be actionable let alone to determine if a student is at risk or in need of intervention.



Here is a post from a Texas anti-testing group:

Any useful websites for a mom who’s dealing with this for the first time. My daughter is finally in 3rd grade and the first….. VERY FIRST thing my daughters teacher told her when we met her is that she’s going to prepare for this big test. I know I want to opt out but have no idea where to begin. Today was her first day and they told all the kids they can’t move into junior high if they don’t pass it. This is day 1 and my child is already anxious about it! What are some other scare tactics they will use and how do I properly address them?


Here is another post from the Florida anti-iReady group:

Our school/district (Manatee) has already started implementing the first iReady assessment 3-4 days into school year

This states from Curriculum Associates that it should be administered 2-3 weeks into school year.

Kindergarteners 4-6 weeks into school year.

Anyone else schools already start administering ?


This SEL article from the sinister Edutopia mentions SEL being coupled with “personalized learning” in schools in Vermont:

As alarming as the rest of the article was, what stood out the most was that they openly admitted that they were using SEL and “personalized learning” to push the UN’s “Sustainable Development” Goals:

“Up the road at Burke Town School, students use the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals to map their town’s assets and identify individual and collective interests. One student group has created public murals in support of mental health and wellness, another has built a community garden, and still another has set up mountain biking trails on the school campus.”

https://www.edutopia.org/article/collaboration-personalized-learning


Now it’s Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, California, Colorado, and Illinois.
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/more-states-pledge-to-include-lgbt-history-in-school-curriculums


Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

My son’s 7th grade ELA teacher gave me the list of reading for this year. One of the books is “Touching Spirit Bear” I have looked on Common sense Media (our go to) for the content but it doesn’t come up….. anyone able to shed some light on this book and what is REALLY inside- not just the summary.

The Graphic Novel “Monster” is also on there…… any info on that one?


And some replies to this post:

Oh my gosh, I would NOT want my son to read Monster! Not appropriate!! I’m in Hawaii and we’re always right behind CA on social issues which is why we had to put our boys in a private catholic school to avoid situations like this.


Why is this being shoved on our kids ? Thus is the last piece of evil that Obama passed into the school system 2016 to be adopted January 2017 before Trump cam in ! Wake Up America 🇺🇸 this is an attack on our kids


Plugged In (Focus on the Family- which is too conservative for some families) does a break down of issues addressed in the book Monster. It will give you an idea of what will be in the graphic novel.
https://www.pluggedin.com/book-reviews/monster-myers


wow after reading thr book review i wouldn’t want my 7th grader reading this either. Adult book


We do the same. Actually my 10 year old usually looks things up on it before I even know about it.


I wouldn’t recommend Monster for a 7th grader.


From what I understand, Common Sense Media is a part of the agenda and cannot be trusted 100%


Wow, just read that review for Monster! How is this recommended for a 7th grader? That’s my sons age! Such adult ideas that young kids just don’t need to know about well into adulthood. If I had to find one good thing about this book I’d say that it might scare a young man off from considering a life of crime by reading about the realities of prison life… but if we raise our children correctly then this prospect should not become a reality


After reading the plugged in review…. definitely not 7th grade material to me!



Here is another post from this group:

At our school (ex, Betsy Ross Elementary) they were sneaking in a “Diversity Week” event and when asked what was the purpose of it, that was the answer, to teach ALL students to accept ALL. I asked if they were going to include to accept ALL religions and other things. I specifically said, “like Catholics, Christians, Mormon, how about Muslims, Buddhist, will you be teaching ALL kids to accept the Islamic beliefs? Jehovah witness’? Some people believe other people have the right to get angry and get a gun and go shoot that person and others that may be around?” We’re including that?
The principal & vice principal gave me a look that told me they knew that I know they are not including that and that they can’t straight forward answer me “we can’t offer that (religion) in a school setting because it may be offensive to other kids”.
That sneakiness of it and their poor transparency told me I needed out for my kids NOW!


Here is a post that was posted on Alice Linahan’s wall:

My prayer is each of you understands just how dangerous the below information is. And, that Epstein’s network along with Ed Tech’s access to our children, is what Trump and all elected officials will push to destroy.

Why is it significant that Jeffrey Epstein was close to the Tech giants?

Because they have access to our children’s private student data which they are using to create the now federally mandated Next Generation of Assessments and Accountability. With government-regulated “school choice” they have access to our private and homeschool students from Pre-K through the workforce.

https://womenonthewall.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Global-Ed-Reform-Packet-2.pdf

The now federally mandated, College and Career Common Core-aligned Readiness Standards and Assessments are adaptive. Meaning, they have the ability to groom and modify our children’s values, beliefs and behaviors. Which is exactly what Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell were doing via their St. Thomas Network, Community Foundation, tied to the Clinton Foundation and Elite Antilles School.

As shown here:

Total Quality Management (TQM)- Texas’ Points of Compliance in the Education System (Updated)

This happens to be the same Philanthropic business model Bill Gates set up in Texas through the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB)’s New Vision for Texas Public Education and is being fully implemented by Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath and his Philanthropic advisor, Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF)’s Stacy Hock. Who happens to be a funder of the MIT Next Generation Science being developed to modify students values, beliefs, and behaviors. Need Proof watch this:

PARENTS ARE NOT OKAY WITH THAT?

It is also important to note: Epstein’s, right-hand women, Ghislaine Maxwell, has a sister who works at the University of Texas Dallas, Christine Maxwell.

“Maxwell is the creator and co-founder of Magellan, one of the first professionally curated online search/reference guides to Internet content.

After Magellan was acquired by competing search engine Excite, in 1996, she went on to co-found Chiliad:a software company involved in the advance of on-demand, massively scalable, intelligent mining of structured and unstructured data through the use of natural language search technologies. The firm’s software was behind the data search technology used by the FBI’s counterterrorism data warehouse.
She is the Program Manager of Learning Technologies at The University of Texas at Dallas[9] and is involved in Special Projects for Information Resources.
Maxwell is a former Trustee of the Internet Society[10] and The Santa Fe Institute.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christine_Maxwell

Please take under 5 min. to listen to this very wise woman’s call to action and what our mission is…
“Today in our society, we are morally blind…
If we knew we were blind we would be looking for a doctor. But, as we do not know we are blind, we believe we see, but in fact, we are blind.” Alice von Hildebrand

Alice von Hildebrand on… Technology-


Here is a post from the ParentStrike group:

“Even now that both companies have fixed the software flaws Demirkapi found, he says that his work should worry anyone who cares about the security of student data. “It doesn’t seem like there’s any interest in this from the security field, because the incentives just aren’t very high,” he says, pointing out that neither Blackboard nor Follett has a bug bounty program for rewarding security researchers who find and their vulnerabilities. “These companies say they’re secure, that they do audits, but don’t take the necessary steps to protect themselves from threats.””

https://www.wired.com/story/teen-hacker-school-software-blackboard-follett/


Here is a post from Lynn Davenport:

This Future of Privacy Forum video is shameful. Amelia Vance discusses the “unfortunate” state student data privacy laws that came about because of parental “fear and lack of information” (10 minutes).

It’s wonks like this who make it easier for people like Mike Morath to sell sensitive student IEP data to start-up edtech companies and get away with it.


Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

Over my last 10 years of teaching we no longer had much say in what we taught or how we implemented it. . Instead of teachers being able to reach the standards in whatever way they creatively chose to while also using district texts, we were limited to curriculum from the district and not even allowed to use our own stuff. Teachers became “worker bees” in a strict and controlled environment.


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

Interestingly, Bill Clinton was a keen supporter of the charter school idea.

Why- “With four billion dollars of funding over 25 years, the federal Charter Schools Program has turned out to be one of the larger and (in my view) more successful examples of government-supported research and development in the K–12 realm, in ways that have fostered considerable innovation.”

INNOVATION = EXPERIMENTATION USING OUR KIDS AS THEIR GUINEA PIGS!

To groom them and modify their values, beliefs and behaviors.

The question is- Whose values, beliefs and behaviors? Think about that!!

Clinton “favored (public) school choice, and was a keen supporter of the charter idea. Clinton had, as Arkansas governor, chaired the Democratic Leadership Council and its Progressive Policy Institute, which served as key boosters for the charter idea. In time, he would declare that he wanted to see 3,000 such schools in the U.S. by the year 2000. (That target was hit a couple of years later.)”

https://www.educationnext.org/federal-charter-schools-program-short-opinionated-history/


Here is another post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

My wife’s a teacher and was dumbfounded that the first thing out of the social studies instructor for our district was that children have the right to identify with whatever gender they choose and by any pronoun.


And here is another post from this group:

There are few teachers who feel compelled to leave their job or be fired over their opposition to curriculum content.


Here is a post from the Texas anti-testing group:

Nothing like going to meet the teacher and having to sit through a speech by the staff about how opting out is not an option and you as a parent are not allowed to remove your child from a classroom to avoid a test no matter what you may see on social media!!!! UES, please quote the state law to me, we don’t opt out, we refuse and I won’t remove my child from a test but lucky for y’all it’s an assessment! 😘


And some replies to this post:

What?!? What district?


Eastland county district 14 I believe


Our principle tried to tell me last year that it was illegal not to take it 😂


Let them say scare tactics and see if they can really arrest. It’s ridiculous. Since when don’t parents have a say in their child’s learning. I want to put my kids in Montessori school but I have two kids and I can’t really afford $11,000 a year. Is there any other option?!


The option is that your kid refuses to take it. And please let’s not even dignify the discussion by suggesting that it is possible for people to be arrested for refusing STAAR. That’s just silly


They also said every Friday isn’t going to be workbook days or anything like that it’s just straight Staar preparation starting the first week of school. I said well what if your kid doesn’t plan on taking the Staar test? She said well she still has to prepare for it and do the work!


Ask for alternate assignments.
Imagine if your kid was in health and they said every Friday was sex-ed day, but you don’t want your kid learning about sex-ed from the school.
They would have to accommodate with alternate assignments and tests so that your child was not exposed to that material.


Potential fight.
STAAR measures TEKS, and all kids learn the TEKS… so it is a challenge to remove the STAAR prep…
See what it is first, then decide what battle to pick.
I allow my kids to benchmark as long as it isn’t used for a grade. If it will be, we ask for alternate assignment.


This brings up the topic I was wondering about. In the event I need to argue this point further with school district I have a question. The letter I received, indicates a parent does not have the right to remove a child from test (of course) and this seems to be standard lingo schools respond with. I know STAAR is not a test but an assessment, which IS our right to opt out of, correct? If they want to call it a test then I understand we are allowed to review it? So I would demand to see this “test” at what point? Before administration or after? I know they are not going to let me see the almighty STAAR, I just want to point this out to their face and would like guidance from someone that has asked for this.
Also this argument seems so simple in my mind. Has this not been tested in court? If so what was result? What are the flaws in this argument that it is not a test but an assessment which does give us the right to opt out of?


You are understanding the circles the language runs in.🙂
And I would demand to see the “test” (as THEY call it) BEFORE administration. Uh oh, they can’t do that because it is under lock and key. So yeah, it is an assessment your child can be removed from. (Even though the word assessment is right there in the name.🙄)

I think the devisiveness comes from the school wanting to have all the “smart kids” do the assessment for the appearance of the school. The school “numbers” are more important to them than children. So many school officials will do whatever it takes, even lie, to have students take the stupid assessment. Parents, on the other hand, want what is best for their child.
The problem at play is society’s mindset. So many people grew up with the idea of “getting sent to the office” was a bad thing and for those exhibiting bad behavior. Sure, in school some students need behavioral shaping by a principal.
Unfortunately, that thought has lingered into adulthood for many people who believe administrators are the professional “authority” in education no matter what. Now people won’t stand up to authority figures who are either dishonest or spreading false information.
Well, that is my take on it anyway. It stems from the fact that when I talk to people about homeschooling, they are floored that they don’t have to report in to anybody about their child. People weirdly want to please some authority figure, including the government. 🤨🙄THAT is mind blowing indeed!


They give me a hard time about this because my child is in gifted and talented and they even approached her and told her they were disappointed she let her school down and she could have helped her friends out but chose not to! Y’all talk about a furious mama!


what in the actual fuck! That’s BS to put that pressure on her! She should’ve told them if they are relying on me for the school to do good then they aren’t very good at their jobs


girl I was fuming mad. This is one of the reasons I got the certified letter saying I’m not allowed at the school for 2 years! The principal and I went round and round about this issue and many many more and she filed a no trespassing on me!


OMG then how the hell do you take them to school! That’s ridiculous! I can’t believe they act like that


I am allowed to drive there and drop them off and drive to pick them up. But I’m not allowed to basically get out of my car. Also I can go to pep rally and all but I get babysat by the super


This is what scares me, the school “taking it out” on my child or bullying my child to take the test. This will be our first year opting out and I have already talked with my kids about it. I may very well go “crazy mama bear” if someone says something like that to my kids!


we told the principal about it and she said she would handle it and even took it to the super and nothing was ever addressed. Our kids were never apologized to … nothing. This gets worse though because they saw our kids in the hallway and rolled their eyes 2teachers and said we can’t even stand to look at them loud enough for the kids to hear! This was just hurled at the kids who didn’t take the test


they took out a restraining order on you?
What town is this?
You absolutely have to file a grievance. That is asinine.


this is Gorman Tx. This is what started the fight!!! The lice fit i threw finished it up!! I told the school I didn’t want my kid sitting next to a certain kid here. Addressed the teacher about it. And it turned into I’m an adult bully and needed to get my act together lol I told them I was tired of spending 60 dollar a week to treat lice from my kid sitting next to a certain girl and to me it was a health issue and ALL HELL BROKE LOSE!!!


Oh, I misunderstood. I thought you meant that they took out a restraining order out on you due to opting your child our of STAAR.
I can’t speak to the other stuff.


it was that and the lice battle that they got tired of me fighting the two and so she lied a LOT and I got served lol thank God she got fired


The crazy around staar test is just that….crazy…
When teachers are given the tools and resources to teach, the kids will learn.
GIVE them a textbook to bring home instead of the students notes taken in class (which no one can read).
I’m fortunate that our school has text books to send home. 👍



Kudos to this teacher for speaking out for common sense, but it looks like Duval County Public Schools has decided to double down on the gender confusion insanity: https://myfox28columbus.com/news/nation-world/florida-teacher-refused-to-call-transgender-student-by-requested-pronouns


Here is another post from the Texas anti-testing group:

To be honest, it will be up to the parents to educate parents about optingout of STAAR. I am a retired teacher who subs. The teachers today are micromanaged , overwhelmed, and exhausted. There are only a few districts which emphasize academics and not STAAR as their priority. I agree with you [name redacted] . I know teachers in our area who spent most of their summer attending workshops.THEY HAD NO TIME OFF. They are not refreshed and under pressure


Here is a post that was shared in the ParentStrike group:

Public Education and the topic of Accountability:
(TX) Frisco ISD Develops a Community-Based Accountability System

Frisco ISD will supplement the state-issued accountability ratings with a self-reported annual holistic review of the District starting in 2020. Information in this report will include everything from data on student involvement and safety to college, career and military readiness.

https://www.friscoisd.org/news/district-headlines/2019/08/14/frisco-isd-develops-a-community-based-accountability-system


Here is a post I found from someone on the Activist Mommy page:

Back to school season…
Advertising is the art of persuasion. I worked for 2 different high profile advertising agencies in LA, both in finance and media, for a number of years. We spent tens of millions of dollars suggesting why people should stay at Hilton Hotels and buy Mazda cars. Not everyone who heard/saw the ads were sold immediately, but enough were so that we could continue spending these crazy amounts of money and stayed in business. There are stats that show if you solicit the same message enough times, people will begin to believe you and they’re hooked. But that’s common sense, right? At the same time, we had numerous rules and laws we needed to abide by to keep us (fairly) honest.
Our current perverse liberalism messages are no different than advertising campaigns. When libraries and schools across the country push transgender thoughts on kids, have drag shows, have “pride” shows or parades geared to kids who don’t even know anything about sex, tell kids to “pretend” they’re gay, to write a “pretend” letter of love to a peer of the same sex, tell teens that abortion is ok, show them how to masturbate, and on and on, it’s only a matter of time before some of these kids will “buy” the message and be hooked. They have been solicited. They have bought the advertising message. And unlike rules and laws we have in the advertising agency to protect consumers, we have absolutely none here for our most vulnerable, our kids! It’s anything goes. While parents, teachers and principals are supposed to be protecting students, they’re often the “stranger danger” we should be leery of.
The current popularity rise of teenage abortion, transgender, and kindergarten homosexual feelings are NOT REAL. They are merely results of very good advertising programs targeting our kids. It’s not hard to convince adults to spend $50,000 on a car, so imagine how easy it is to convince kids to..anything.
I love seeing all the back-to-school pics on FB.
I have many wonderful teacher friends.
BUT, I don’t have all the same lovey-dovey feelings of back-to-school as I used to 20 years ago because schools are the #1 place where kids are brainwashed now. It used to just be college or high school, but now, our 2 year olds are being targeted too.
So, it saddens me to see all these pictures and KNOW that a certain percentage of them will be brainwashed in one way or another this year, in a way that will ruin their lives and families for forever.
More than ever, parents must be involved with their kids’ schools, know their teachers, go to parent-teacher conferences, know what flyers are being advertised on their bulletin boards, set expectations, discuss and debate current events, give them knowledge and confidence so that they won’t be easy prey, and more.


Here is a post from Duke Pesta:

Sherronna Bishop (@Americas Mom) discusses how Colorado schools are now indoctrinating students with a radical sex education agenda in pre-K through high school.


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

Our private high school implemented thumbprint technology for school lunch accounts. I refused to sign the permission to allow my students thumbprint to be taken.
My kids are irritated with me and I was told I was only the second parent to raise an objection. Does anyone else see this as a problem? Red flags go up for me whenever asked to sign a consent form.


And another post from this group:

NOAA Peddles Snake Oil to School Children

    I THINK AS LONG AS "COMMON CORE" INDOCTRINATES" THE CURRENT CROP         OF KIDS, THIS "MONSTER HOAX WILL NOT DIE"!!

    I THINK IS WE GET RID OF "COMMON CORE" AND THE "MONSTER HOAX,         GLOBAL WARMING", OUR COUNTRY WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO AVOID         DESTRUCTION!!
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) wants to turn your kids into well-indoctrinated enviro-goofballs, and they are using your tax dollars to do it! Just trot on over to their main page at NOAA.GOV, scroll down the left side of the page, and see for yourself: (Teachers get ready for the new school year with NOAA). By luring educators into their web of misinformation with “ready-made” teaching materials, they have pretty much assured a wide distribution of fake science amongst the national student population.
NOAA’s offerings include lots of scary graphs and videos, one being: Drought Data and Projections; this gem depicts the United States being virtually engulfed by drought by the year 2095. You can even go to your particular zip code and frighten yourself with temperature projections into the next century. I’m not sure why they bothered to go that far forward after Congresswoman Melonhead informed the world that it will all be over by 2030.
Let’s take a look at real scientific malfeasance. The above chart’s red line pretends to predict extremely high future temperatures for my zip code in Texas if we don’t reduce CO2 emissions. Note the large gray area to the left covering the years 1950-2007. At first glance, you would think that a warming period began in the 1970s and accelerated into the new millennium. The blue line predicts how wonderful it could be if all of God’s children started eating lentil burgers to reduce cow farts. The green line (mine) shows the real temperature history, and a reasonable prediction for the future with nothing changed…no job-killing carbon taxes or crazy EPA regulations.
My green line is based on NOAA’s own published data for my zip code (mysteriously missing data for years after 2013). Here are the average high temps for each decade:
1950s: 77.2
1960s: 74.5
1970s: 74.5
1980s: 74.7
1990s: 74.5
2000s: 74.7
Hmmm…looks a lot like a DECLINE from the 1950s. As you can see, temperatures have actually been pretty stable since the 1960s. NOAA’s scary red line projecting a huge blistering future is totally bogus.
Unfortunately, NOAA’s misleading chart is all your kids and their teacher will ever see! Truth be damned. Drop by the NOAA site and take a look, but make sure and warn your kids to sit under their school desks when studying this material.
It worked for us during the Atomic Bomb scare in the ’60s!
https://dcdirtylaundry.com/noaa-peddles-snake-oil-to-school-children/


University of South Dakota joins the race baiting brigade:

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/08/14/university-of-south-dakota-tells-white-students-to-stop-taking-up-space/


Here is a post shared by the Stop Fed Ed National Campaign page:

In the final minutes of my last day teaching, I finally permitted a political discussion. Some students were attracted to socialism and Antifa’s violence, but they were shocked into disbelief when I mentioned that Benito Mussolini, who introduced fascismo to modern politics, was firmly rooted in socialism and communism. They were further outraged to discover that the Nazi party was steeped in collectivism and even included the term socialist in the party name, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterparte (NSDAP).
Ignorance about slavery prevailed. Many believed it was isolated to the United States instead of practiced worldwide for ages. They were more surprised – even resistant – to discover that the word slave is etymologically linked to the word Slav and white slavery. Moreover, they somehow “learned” that Westerners were the most enthusiastic practitioners of slavery instead of being among the first to abandon it.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/08/worse_than_ever_government_schools_after_35_years_.html


And here is a reply to this post:

The following article is as repulsive. If alumni would withhold their financial support, take an active role in what was actually going on, (rather than merely sharing adventures at football games)….. this would never happen!

https://thefederalist.com/2019/08/14/sons-freshman-orientation-virginia-tech-full-leftist-propaganda/#.XVR0VOq_FLk.facebook



Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

I was curious to know if any of you have come across the McGraw Hill Impact textbook and Sanford Harmony. These were the new books that my sons school have adopted. Two separate schools both LAUSD. One is going to 1st grade the other 2nd grade. I met with the principal of one elementary today and was told they have yet to do teacher training on the new curriculum but they need to cover healthy relationships and social well being.


And here are the replies to this post:

Key words and phrases here. “Healthy Relationships” and “Social Well Being.” Boy, does that cover a lot of areas. You see how CLEVER they are in that they give such innocent sounding titles to what are really very sexually explicit and graphic curriculum. Do your level best to force the “educators” to reveal this material to you for your perusal. Good luck!


They will most def be covering “that ” curriculum. They want you to feel confident in their teachers. This should keep you on your toes . When our kids are little , we teach our kids to listen , respect and trust the teachers and now we need to redo what we taught them. If the teachers do their jobs correctly, they will not be doing our kids a favor but help our kids along in this world of perversion towards our kids .
I seriously pray for our young’ins, they are headed into a lions den with public schools . FYI my kids were also in LAUSD . Not any more thank you God for homeschooling .


well said!
the Devil knows how to do it sneaky
And these people are serving the will of their father which is the Devil
This is Spiritual battle over the Children. We need to spend more timing in prayer & fight at the same time.


Sanford Harmony is a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program developed by South Dakota philanthropist T. Denny Sanford; mind you, there is a fine line between philanthropy and megalomania. The Harmony curriculum is designed to promote “acceptance”, “inclusiveness” and “anti-bullying”. It begins indoctrinating the very young in pre-K and continues through the elementary grades. The program teaches lessons through the exploits of a little green space creature who is not a “he” or a “she”, but goes by “zhee”. South Dakota schools deliver these lessons through group discussion circles led by COUNSELORS who come into the classroom each week and track each child’s “progress”. This gives teachers plausible deniability when they swear to parents that THEY are not teaching, promoting, or glorifying gender dysphoria. The curriculum seeks to subtly normalize the abnormal and break down the child’s natural resistance to aberrant behavior and accepted norms in order to form in them an approved social conscience, despite what the child is taught at home. Because Sanford has hot and cold running money, he has bought himself a small state and is following the Bill Gates model of global influence and social engineering by tinkering with the minds of the innocent captives of the government school system. The tentacles of these programs, as you can see by the curriculum above, even reach into private schools and homeschools due to the alignment of materials that must be used.



Here is a post from the 500 Mom Strong group:

FYI if you are concerned about what is being taught in schools. This is an email I received from Nancy Churchill in Ferry County. She asked for this message to be forwarded and that people need to be aware of what is going on with sex ed in WA schools.:

Local School Board Control?
Do you know anyone who thinks that the local school board should have final control of the curriculum taught in your schools?

The state OSPI is working to take the curriculum control for Sexual Health education away from your school district. You need to know about the Sexual Health Work Group.

Please ask your community members who want to stop Mandated Comprehensive Sex Education IN ALL GRADES (including K-8) to take this survey –> OSPI MCSE Survey

Here’s what you need to know about this survey:

Page 1 – Demographic Info
Page 2 – Describes CSE and asks for comments. Here are the KEY QUESTIONS and suggested responses.

Q5: Should comprehensive, age-appropriate, medically accurate sexual health education be required for all students in grades K-12?
Allows a Yes/No + Comments.

Please say NO
Comment points:
1) Do not want Sex Ed in K-8. (provide your personal “why”)
2) Comprehensive implies that Sex Ed would be included in ALL subjects. New curriculum for basic subjects like literature, math, science might also be necessary. We need to strike the word “Comprehensive” from this proposed legislation.
3) Focus on Funding… this is an unfunded mandate. Your district will have to research the new K-8 Sexual Health curriculum, buy it, train K-8 health teachers (and possibly hire a dedicated instructor). Since many rural families do NOT want their K-8 student to receive sex ed training, our districts will LOSE students (and funding) which hurts the delivery of basic education.

  1. Are changes needed to current statutes related to sexual health education (e.g. Healthy Youth Act, AIDS Omnibus Act)?

Yes/No/Not Sure
Please research this for yourself.
I selected “No” because there are no comments allowed for this section. My concern is that a “Yes” would encourage the task force to recommend trying to strengthen the Healthy Youth Act and Aids Act.

  1. Please describe the benefits associated with requiring all public schools to offer comprehensive sexual health education to students in all grades.

No benefit to mandating CSE in ALL grades. This mandate would divert valuable education funding from basic education.
Would also drive some families to withdraw from public schools further reducing our budget to provide basic education.

  1. Please describe the challenges associated with requiring all public schools to offer comprehensive sexual health education to students in all grades.

Finding the Funding for new K-8 Curriculum
Need to focus on Basic Education
Training Staff
Does not meet the needs of our community.

Example: Our school does not have the budget for new K-8 Sex Health Curriculum and teacher training. We want to focus on our Basic Education and improve our test scores so that our students can get jobs or go to college. In addition, this does not meet the needs of our community, and families would pull out of the district over it, which would hurt the entire student body.

This questionnaire is anonymous. However, most surveys have the ability to collect the user’s IP Address. It’s possible that multiple surveys from the same IP might get discarded.

Please pass this information along to anyone who is interested in preventing State Mandated Sex Health in K-8 grades. Let’s work together to keep local curriculum control in our School District and School Boards.

Reach out to your School Superintendent, School Board Members, Local County Commissioners, City Council Members, PTA members, other concerned community members.

Respectfully Yours,
Nancy Churchill, Republic WA, Ferry County
206-605-3068


Here is a post that was shared in the ParentStrike group:

Imagine a company that bribes principals to pressure parents to buy their school supplies. Actually, you don’t have to. It already exists and it’s called Yubbler.

http://nyceducator.com/2019/08/the-yubbler-business-model-and-why-ps.html


Here is a post from Shannon Joy:

Medical & Educational Tyranny ——>

“Last year, without my knowledge or consent, without any court hearings or legal process, without any involvement on my part whatsoever, a legal aid group that gives free services to low income people created a notice of emancipation for my 15-year-old son. Suddenly, my son — without any notice to me — was no longer under my supervision.

“Based on that piece of paper alone, he began receiving public assistance, including medical services and housing and food support. The St. Louis County Health and Human Services treated him as an adult. I couldn’t get any information regarding my son. Even the school refused to allow me access to his records.

“It was then brought to my knowledge that my son had begun receiving hormone replacement treatments from Park Nicollet Health Services to transition from male to female with medical assistance paying for this. I was not consulted or informed about this in any way. I had no way to give or receive any information about my son.”


CA appears to not only have LGBTQP curriculum and radical perverted sex ed but they now appear to be pushing anti-Semitic material:

https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/california-faces-backlash-over-blatantly-anti-semitic-high-school-curriculum/


Here is a post from a friend of mine:

DON’T BE LIKE CHINA.
Read how “China rules using data, AI, and internet surveillance as a powerful new tool for both gathering information and controlling culture, for making Chinese people more ‘modern’ and more ‘governable’.”

“Hu Jintao, China’s leader from 2002 to 2012, had attempted to solve these problems by permitting a modest democratic thaw, allowing avenues for grievances to reach the ruling class. His successor, Xi Jinping, has reversed that trend. Instead, his strategy for understanding and responding to what is going on in a nation of 1.4 billion relies on a combination of surveillance, AI, and big data to monitor people’s lives and behavior in minute detail…Since becoming general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party in 2012, Xi has laid out a raft of ambitious plans for the country, many of them rooted in technology—including a goal to become the world leader in artificial intelligence by 2030. Xi has called for “cyber sovereignty” to enhance censorship and assert full control over the domestic internet. In May, he told a meeting of the Chinese Academy of Sciences that technology was the key to achieving “the great goal of building a socialist and modernized nation.”

…”Early in his term, Xi received a daily briefing of public concerns and disturbances scraped from social media, according to a former US official with knowledge of the matter. In recent years, petitioners have come to the capital to draw attention to scandals such as illegal land seizures by local authorities and contaminated milk powder.

But police are increasingly stopping petitioners from ever reaching Beijing. “Now trains require national IDs to purchase tickets, which makes it easy for the authorities to identify potential ‘troublemakers’ such as those who have protested against the government in the past,” says Maya Wang, senior China researcher for Human Rights Watch. “Several petitioners told us they have been stopped at train platforms.” The bloggers, activists, and lawyers are also being systematically silenced or imprisoned, as if data can give the government the same information without any of the fiddly problems of freedom.”
…”News that a student had been turned down by a college because of her father’s inclusion on a credit blacklist recently lit a wildfire of online anger”

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/611815/who-needs-democracy-when-you-have-data/amp/?__twitter_impression=true


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

There’s a troubling phenomenon in early childhood education. It involves aligning standards to fake play and data collection for outside companies.

Excerpts:

“Replacing Recess with Fake Play and Data Collection

One of the first things play-deniers did was get rid of recess. Recess used to be the best free-time for children. For those who understand the importance of play, the loss of recess has been the death of learning for young children.

Playworks promises to return recess and play to children in their schools. But Playworks is controlled physical education at a cost. They outline the activities that children are to do.

Lois Weiner is a former education professor, teacher, and author of the book Future of Our Schools. She says, “We don’t need rubrics for recess. And anyone who says we do doesn’t understand play.”


Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

My daughter attended her first day at public high school today as a freshman. She said that the third class she went to they asked her what pronoun she prefers to go by. She didn’t understand what the teacher was asking and then she realized what he was asking and was in shock. She said every teacher asked her except in 2 classes. Her friends who were older said that this is the first year they have ever done that before. Welcome to high school in Santa Barbara!


And some replies to this post:

Maybe she should have said she identifies as a giraffe. 😡


Great idea! I will ask my child to choose her animal or movie character and keep playing their Game😂


Why not just let the kids that have identity issues deal with the teacher in private? The teacher could simply state that anyone that goes by a different name, pronoun, etc to please write it down and give it to her after class. Why does every student have to be subject to the craziness? What a waste of class time.


My nieces go to universities in Colorado and this was part of orientation😣. Unbelievable.


I’m a college student and one of my teachers had us write down our pronouns the first day of school.


I pulled my daughter out of her public charter Montessori school and she started 3rd grade at the private Christian school I work part time at. 4 days of school and she has already learned two bible verses. And in the student handbook it states that “We believe in two genders, as God created, and if you chose to act or dress in opposition to your biological gender, you will be expelled from school.” Best decision I have ever made.


We have to arm our children to stand up to this garbage, to challenge it and defy it. Its the only way. Then when they get sent home or reported back to us, we the parents will side with our children and continue to challenge and defy this bs.


What they want eventually is a society that people can’t tell what a person is – female or male or whatever. Also, that a person can have sex with any other person – married or not- and not determined by what they are – female, male, or whatever. Or for that matter, whatever age they are. That’s what the plan is. So the question is, what are we going to do about it?? Let this go on, or step up and do something about it. This is how indoctrination of the next generation happens by teaching this in the schools. Government schools have children 6-7 hours a day, 5 days a week until they’re 18 years old. Lots of time to lead many, if not most astray. It’s not just reading, writing, and arithmetic any longer.


I think they are scared to get sued. My sister is a student counselor and it’s very stressful because they constantly change the pronouns they want to go by and you can lose your job if you get it wrong and they are offended. It’s very sad


On Mark Levin’s show his guest was someone that was in the school system & she said teachers are afraid to say anything about the rules come down because the Teacher’s Union is so strong & LIBERAL you absolutely have to do what they say or you lose your job.
‼️😢


We should instruct our kids not to answer such questions. It is an insult. First, they imply that she is not what she seems to be. And secondly, the foundational basis of the question itself is part of the indoctrination. by answering, you validate the question. Its like someone assuming that you stole something and then asking you “why did you steal it.” In all seriousness, talk to your kids and tell them NOT justify such questions with an answer. They would risk insuring our kids at the risk of salvaging the egos of the vast minority of students. Let these fools answer their own stupid questions. The answer should be, “Please feel free to infer what you will. That question is an insult to my intelligence. Thanks.” You has a parent should write the principal and express this. They are plain a point match with us, so we have to keep striking.


Read a post from an EMT they are having all kinds of problems biological women take less of certain emergency drugs so if they pick someone up dressed as a woman they give drugs in the amount recommened for a woman if it is a male dressed as a woman it will not be enough and should it be reversed it is to much!Crazy times…



Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

WARNING! Question, when did EdTech executives become experts on SchoolShootings?

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called Monday for the help of big tech platforms in the wake of an El Paso mass shooting. Is it that they have unconstitutionally been collecting psychological data on students? RedFlagLaws Google controls our kids classrooms?
Google is listed as an “official” and has access to ALL STUDENT DATA!

As stated in Meg Bakich’s testimony found here: https://youtu.be/7yUM4aWT6ow

“if it’s the role of the Government to legislate character development (Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), collect mental health data on students and store personally identifiable information in Fusion Centers throughout Texas. Fusion Centers engage in surveillance of students social media and to use predictive analytics generated by an algorithm to create a threat-score for our children.”-

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas-politics/2019/08/19/texas-gov-greg-abbott-convenes-experts-community-leaders-prevent-another-el-paso-gun-massacre


And some replies to this post:

How about understanding the side effects for antidepressants and psychiatric drugs.

https://www.ammoland.com/every-mass-shooting-in-the-last-20-years-shares-psych


WA is also starting a Student Threat Assessment program.


What is Google doing on the panel? Why are there no FFL dealers or pro 2A representatives? abbottfail



Here is a post from a friend of mine:

Legislators ask 50-plus firms to explain how they use the ‘vast amount of data’ they collect on students

https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/08/20/legislators-ask-plus-firms-explain-how-they-use-vast-amount-data-they-collect-students-which-ones-facebook-google-blackboard-etc/?fbclid=IwAR3tBC2DVSYb3vtSPWz6CXhQhjo95dnqy8QwDubGwzMG9byB2W86EfHQRMs#click=https://t.co/ZRnkJdTN59

By Valerie Strauss

August 20, 2019

A year ago, the FBI issued a warning that the rapid expansion of education technology in America’s schools and the collection of student data could “present unique exploitation opportunities for criminals.” Now, U.S. lawmakers are demanding that more than 50 education technology companies and data collectors explain what information they collect and how it is used.
Three Democratic senators — Richard J. Durbin (Ill.), Edward J. Markey (Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) — sent letters to companies such as Google, Facebook, Blackboard, the College Board, ACT, Pearson and McGraw-Hill seeking answers to questions about “the vast amount of data” being amassed on students. The information is collected through online coursework, software and electronic devices. (The College Board, which owns the SAT, and ACT are nonprofits but operate like businesses.)
“We are concerned that schools, parents, and students are at risk of having significant amounts of data stolen, collected, monetized, or sold without their permission or knowledge,” said the letter that went to data analytics firms, which collect information, package it and sell it, usually without the knowledge of consumers.

“Last year, Fordham University Law School’s Center on Law and Information Policy found that data brokers make student lists based on sensitive information ranging from Grade Point Average and ethnicity to religion and affluence, among other categories, commercially available,” it said. “This data could be used for a range of malicious purposes, including discrimination and identity theft.”
The letter that was sent to education technology companies said: “Education technologies (EdTech) can be important learning tools that allow teachers to follow student progress and facilitate collaboration. However, this technology may put students, parents and educational institutions at risk of having massive amounts of personal information stolen, collected, or sold without their permission.”
Student privacy has been a growing concern among parents and privacy activists in the digital age, with online companies collecting mountains of data on users. The FBI warning about education technology said the types of data that can be collected on students include:

personally identifiable information

biometric data

academic progress

behavioral, disciplinary and medical information

Web browsing history

students’ geolocation

IP addresses used by students

classroom activities.

In 2014, privacy activists waged a successful campaign to shut down a $100 million student data-collection project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and operated by a specially created nonprofit called inBloom. It was designed to be a massive student database that could make it easier to share information with for-profit data-mining vendors and other third parties without parent notification or consent.

Now, some parents and students are protesting the Summit online learning system, a joint project of Facebook and a charter school network called Summit Public Schools that has provoked concerns about student data privacy. And more than 30 advocacy groups have urged Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) to stop developing a database of detailed information about students that officials say is intended to prevent school shootings but that critics say is part of a “massive surveillance effort.”
[Personal data is collected on kids at school all the time. Here’s help for parents to protect children’s privacy.]
Here’s a fuller list of many of the firms receiving the letter:
Google, Facebook, Smart Sparrow, DreamBox Learning, ScootPad, ST Math, Curriculum Associates i-Ready, Realizeit, Macmillan, McGraw-Hill, Snapwiz, Kaplan, Wiley Education Services, the College Board, ACT, Pearson, Student Opportunity Center, Cognitive ToyBox, AdmitHub, Upswing, Formative, Flocabulary, BrightBytes, Hapara, Intellus Learning, Civitas Learning, Education Elements, NoRedInk, StraighterLine, Turnitin, Cengage, VitalSource, RedShelf, Barnes & Noble Education, Canvas Instructure, Blackboard, Sakai, Moodle, D2L Brightspace, Edmodo, Quizlet, Schoology Accurate Leads, American Student Marketing, AmeriList, ASL Marketing, Caldwell List Co., Complete Mailing Lists, DataMasters, DMDatabases, Dunhill International List Co., Exact Data, InfoUSA, Lake B2B, NRCCUA and Scholarships.com.
Here are the letters:

Google Pichai by The Washington Post on Scribd

Accurate Leads Newton by The Washington Post on Scribd


And some replies to this post:

This sounds good, until one looks at the endorsers. Have you read this Markey legislation?

https://www.markey.senate.gov/news/press-releases/senators-markey-sasse-blunt-schatz-bennet-and-collins-and-reps-raskin-and-budd-reintroduce-bipartisan-bicameral-legislation-to-study-impact-of-technology-and-media-on-children


So, do you think CAMRA is promoting tech? I thought it was along the lines of MD screentime bill…. trying to show that screens are bad for health. No?


People cheering this on…”Other companies and organizations endorsing the legislation include: Charter Communications, Amazon, Google, Apple, Facebook, the Internet Association, American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, Center for Digital Democracy, Common Sense Media, Consumers Union, Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development, Dr. Jenny Radesky (Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Developmental Behavior, University of Michigan Medical School), Dr. Michael Rich (Director, Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital), Family Online Safety Institute, the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, and the Center for Humane Technology, Education Development Center, Trisha Prahbu (CEO, ReThink), Dr. David Greenfield (Founder and CMO, The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction).” What a crock.


Yikes. That looks like the who’s who list for brain scans in the classroom.
I just looked at the CAMRA bill. My red flag is research by any means necessary language.


BrainCo in the wings. Let us measure your brain activity. We just want to help you learn better…
Very consistent with what I heard at a Common Sense Media briefing at the DNC in Philly in 2016.



Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

Time to WAKE UP TEXAS REPUBLICANS!
Please take notice. The article below is proof!! When are Republicans going to start talking about the EdTech data privacy issue in Texas Classrooms? Today Rep. Tan Parker, Jared Patterson, and Lynn Stucky all stated they were against “Red Flag Laws”. REALLY???
Yet, Tan Parker and Lynn Stucky voted for SB504, and HB18 and they all voted for SB11 which includes SB10. All of which are; “RED FLAG” legislation.

Now, via Gates-funded, TASA and TASB deployed “New Vision for Public Education” found here:

http://www.texaslonestaronline.org/texaslonestar/20130203?pg=20#pg20

Along with Texas, Super Highway found here: https://youtu.be/gJ6RlnicPlw

And the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) College and Career Readiness, Common Core-aligned STANDARDS and the Next Generation of Assessments and Accountability, (which is slowly replacing STAAR EOCs), found here: https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/TCNGAA-Report_Final_2016-08-30.pdf

our kids are being used as human lab rats for the EdTech Artificial Intelligence (AI) industry. AND, Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) is fully on board. Just look at what circles Stacy and Joel Hock run in and fund. Need proof click here: https://www.facebook.com/AliceL.Linahan/videos/1073281323061436/

All mandated by the federal government. Our elected officials, despite the feel-good talk, believe the role of the Government is to legislate character development (Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), and to collect mental health data on students and store personally identifiable information in Fusion Centers throughout Texas. Fusion Centers engage in surveillance of students’ social media and to use predictive analytics generated by an algorithm to create a threat-score for our children.-

WHEN will they start being honest about what they are doing?
Sorry for the rant!! Today listening to our Denton County elected officials was beyond frustrating. AND GOVERNMENT REGULATED “SCHOOL CHOICE” AND PRIVATIZATION WON’T FIX WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO DESTROY OUR PUBLIC ED SYSTEM.


Here is a post from Lynn Davenport:

Guess where Alan Cohen used to work??? Commit and also DISD. We can’t data-drive our way out of violent crime in Dallas. Looking at data is but one tool. This is discouraging and I have little faith in this approach. It reminds me of education and the lack of common sense, not listening to the people on the ground, and elimination of time-tested strategies. The attack on police and their pensions mirrors the attack on teachers and the profession. The result of austerity budgets, wasteful spending, and treating people like human capital has led us to a crisis. Data ain’t gonna do it.

Task Force Co-Chair Alan Cohen, CEO of the Child Poverty Action Lab, says they’re focused on data-based solutions.

“We should use data that brings us toward solutions what is working – not only in pockets here in Dallas and other parts of the area, but all around the country. We should look at the very best practices and bring those to bear for our community. I think what we don’t want to do is end up in a situation where we’re looking at band-aid solutions. We really want to get to the root issues that are underlying the problems that are facing the city.”


Here is a post from Shannon Joy:

Our children are at stake. When will people wake up?

CPS covered up hundreds of sexual abuse and assault cases in the Chicago Public School System …

http://graphics.chicagotribune.com/chicago-public-schools-sexual-abuse/index.html


More “White Privilege” surveys in Colorado: https://pjmedia.com/trending/colorado-teachers-asked-to-take-white-privilege-survey/


Here is a post from the Florida anti-iReady group:

I was waiting to speak to the teacher Thursday about this at open house.
Son came home today, upset. Teacher forgot about him and he sat alone for 2 hours and missed class time. Was given the class work he missed as homework. 😭😭

For those of you refusing iReady, what are your kids doing while the class is doing it? My son was put in the lobby alone to read a book. This makes me sad and regret opting out.


And here are the replies to this post:

Don’t be sad!! I can tell you as a kid I’d much rather have been in the office reading than doing AR or other computer based reading tools


That is punitive and unnecessary. I would be at the school working it out


This is my fear about opting out of the classtime requirements. I’ve been taking with my girls about what they want and emailing the teachers about what the alternative options will be.


Do they have to be there that day of the testing?


Yes. It isn’t but an hour I think. The teacher probably will not let me find out. She wouldn’t even answer my question on when the vocabulary test is! 🤷‍♀️


This is not right. It’s their job to supplement appropriate learning material instead of excluding.


Very sorry to hear about your son’s experience. Having a child sit out in the lobby to read a book while others take iReady is clear evidence that the school staff lacks leadership, professionalism and respect towards the learners. When I removed my kiddo from iReady, his school staff made sure that he didn’t miss any learning time. The Principal worked with the teachers and together purchased grade appropriate Language Arts and Math workbooks to make sure that my son didn’t miss any learning/practice time. When other students practiced on iReady for Language Arts, my son practiced on the LA workbook. When they practiced Math, he practiced on the Math workbook. Your child’s school needs to and can do a better job to make sure that your child doesn’t miss any practice time. Unfortunately it looks like you will have to email the school staff with the request. If they decline, contact the School District.
My son enjoyed using the workbooks during iReady time. He said that he felt less pressure and happy not to be doing this, and I quote: “super boring computer work that makes me feel stupid.” He is a VERY shy kid, but what helped him build his confidence with this issue was having a conversation with him about what is Curriculum Associates, what is iReady used for, how it’s being used as an FSA test prep, etc. We also did some research together about the Company and its refusal to be peer reviewed.



Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

The United States has one of the worst stats for child sex trafficking. Age 12 is the average age of a child who is sex trafficked in the USA. 7 YEARS is the average life span for a child who is sex trafficked. The end result is their death. They either die due to abuse, beatings, drugs, or suicide (which btw is the most prevalent). The evidence is pointing to many layers and levels of this issue across organizations and government workers. The layers are just becoming known. Why do the powers that be want to teach “comprehensive sexuality education” (emphasis on comprehensive) where any behavior goes? Well, this might explain a lot. If you don’t realize how pervasive this issue is and the sex trafficking of youth is…then you are just not connecting the dots. Ask yourself why the STATE DEPT of ED wants to sexualize our children? I got question and they start with the CA DEPT of ED? Do you have pedophiles in your organization because it sure looks like it? Or, are you promoting this sexuality to younger and younger children because the scheme is to sexualize our youth so they are easy pickens? What exactly are you trying to do when you list the “anus” as “sexual and reproductive” body part for 10 year old children? Exactly what are you trying to accomplish? What are your goals? PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS INTERVIEW.


And some replies to this post:

I watched this, and shared it on my FB. Only ONE person commented on it, and she said she was not aware it was so prevalent. It blows my mind that people not only are unaware, but don’t seem to care.
My grandson started K this year. I, and his mom joined the PTA, and will be active, just to see what goes on. I honestly believe things are worse than people even imagine.


yep. They want to look the other way, pretend it’s not happening, not in my backyard kind of thing.


I’m shocked myself. It’s insane that people are so ignorant regarding this huge issue. I mean really do you live under a rock because with the internet, media and social networking there is no excuse not to know


I’ve joined my kid’s high school council which includes parents.


The documentary he produced is called “8 Days”. It was produced in 2014. This interview in the main post is from August 2019

https://abc7.com/entertainment/8-days-inspired-by-real-stories-of-human-trafficking/291377/

“Atlanta, Georgia, is the No. 1 human trafficking city in the world,” said Booyens. “I want you to hear me — not Thailand or Singapore or Shanghai — Atlanta, Georgia. Houston, Texas — huge — No. 2 in the world.”

“I’m saying this is an L.A. issue. It’s a white collar crime. It’s a middle-class crime. It’s not what people think it is,” said Booyens.

Remember up to 88% of sex trafficked youth are from the foster care system.


This is horrific! Those of us who are around children. foster care or otherwise, must be ON WATCH to protect these innocent ones from these Monsters that capture and abuse them!


I’m wondering about those same questions.
The left appears to be pushing to sexualize children for their own appetites. They want to legalize their criminal behavior. Clearly they are wanting to avoid what happened to Epstein. It’s a matter of connecting the dots.


And the state of California is trying to normalize pedophila. Add politicians to this.


and they start this indoctrination early. Look at some of the cartoons that Hollywood sends out and in Kindergarten in California they are being taught to say what identity do you want. Pedophilia is now a type of sexual orientation not a crime..




Here is a post from a friend of mine:

TMLC Uncovers Tax-Payer Funded Islamic Propaganda Forced On Teachers

https://www.thomasmore.org/press-releases/tmlc-uncovers-tax-payer-funded-islamic-propaganda-forced-on-teachers/


Here is a post from the Florida anti-iReady group:

I wrote it in 2 minutes as my daughter told me 5 minutes before going to school that today she was having IReady diagnostics! I know, it’s horrible. But I was in a rush to write something and try to opt her out. Can someone tell me if it’s ok? At least for today? She started school 7 days ago (Broward). My husband is driving her to school right now and I still have time to let him know to eventually trash it. Thank you.

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And here are the replies to this post:

Tell her to tell the teacher to “call my mommy” & to refuse to answer the questions.

Put her head down & take a nap, pull out a book and read, request to go to the clinic…all good options if she is being forced but the call my mommy thing should work.


I’ve given my high schooler permission to Christmas tree any diagnostic or fsa if the school tries to force them to test.

And my daughter is to let the person administering the test know that she is purposefully failing it.


Yea but that gives them data, even if false. I’d rather not give them anything.


I fully agree. However, the school has really given my older two a hard time refusing to even allow them to call me. So, if it comes down to it then they will (oldest graduated) screw up there precious data.


worse comes to worse the kids can always talk out loud during testing and invalidate the entire class’s tests. Admin can mess with the bull & get the horns.


The teacher told her to do IReady diagnostics anyway as she was not able to stay in 2nd grade, or go to 3rd, not doing it. 😠


are you saying that even though you wrote the letter and the teacher read it, she ignored it and your daughter had to do the diagnostic?


Exactly!


That is a lie. The teacher lied to your child.



Looks like Northern Kentucky University is now joining the trans thought police brigade: https://www.toddstarnes.com/campus/university-students-face-punishment-for-using-incorrect-pronouns/


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

I sent a note and letter from the superintendent to HSLDA: “In my state of Minnesota, the homeschooling families who report to WCA School District 2342 (https://isd2342.org) are facing legal challenges from the superintendent. The superintendent is telling them that they are mandated to send in a packet of paperwork and report standardized testing scores to the district…none of which is required by the state’s homeschooling law.

He is also mandating that the letter of intent be sent in by September 6th. The Minnesota homeschooling law states that the deadline is OCTOBER 1st.”

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/120A.22

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/120A.24

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

Does anyone know anything about this I-ready program?


And here are the replies to this post:

It absolutely ruined my child’s education. It was a nightmare!!!
Kids lose confidence real quick. My 6th grader was constantly being told he was at a 2nd grade level… he just hated it and clicked through. The teachers obsessed over. It got to the point where we pulled him out of public school. It was way too much and overly used.


Many private schools also use i-Ready.


Isn’t that what teachers are for? Just one more step in replacing them with facilitators.


Pennsylvania accepts it as benchmark proof. Our public cyber charter school relies on it heavily. They use it for daily practice, then benchmark tests 3x per year. The kids know that if they get the answers wrong, the test gets much shorter so they bomb it, which in turn makes the school look bad for false reasons. I hate iReady!
Just more test prep, tests, and data collection.


yep that’s what our son learned to do. Click through to get it over with.


the report tells the teacher if the student is just clicking through.


Yes, our teachers know they’re just clicking through but piling a 3 hour test on top of a regular school day is ridiculous for elementary aged kids so I’m up front about my kids half-assing it. They’re not graded, and the teacher knows their capabilities through close personal relationships, class participation, and other purposeful assignments. 😉


Huge waste of time and anyone who believes in it, I question their true passion for teaching. If a child isn’t engaged and actually learning from it, what’s the point?!


This is the “personalized “ learning. This is used for the RTI process too. More computerized instruction. This is what public Ed will turn into before to long.


It is awfull..I hate it..they are turning kids into little automotons who have to sit at computers and are forced to do these lessons when they dont even know how to use a computer…starting in K…It makes school so hard and so boring!


We were told years ago it was planned that teachers were to become facilitators as students used only computers. This would correct all the bad behavior for individual instruction best practices. Interesting right?


what state do you live? We are in NC and MVP Math Vision Project has caused large issues in our district with this discovery, facilitator, type rollout.
Hide or report this

The MVP Math Vision Project Vendor is suing one of our parents for speaking out about it. Www.wakemvp.com has more info, news stories, and a gofundme link for his legal fees. This trend in education is extreme and I also think this will replace teachers.


The BEST advice I can give after you read this7 is:
get your kids off the digital platform in your public school;
REFUSE ALL SURVEYS both given to your child or to you the parent;
do not allow the school to perform behavioral/mental health screening of any kind (especially by and untrained teacher in the field of mental health) on your child whether through computer programs, standards, curriculum, or teacher observations;
DO NOT take any ESA/voucher money…..they own your child’s education once you do that;
advise your school administrators and your child’s teacher if there is any issues with your child they are to talk ONLY to you they are NOT to speak to or question your child;
OPT OUT of all high stakes tests (again you will get push) back but this is critically important. Also, remember that eventually all testing will done on the computer……everyday, all day…..they will get rid of the high stakes testing making parents feel they had a victory only to test your child from the computer EVERYDAY, ALL DAY and you will never know. This is why getting them OFF the digital platform is so important. Eventually the computer will also replace the teacher with all instructions coming from the computer. This is FACT people and if you are not aware of the what the future holds in education please do some research. I really don’t want to say “I TOLD YOU SO” one day in the future.
HIPAA DOES NOT APPLY INSIDE THE WALLS OF THE SCHOOL remember that!!! Write letter to your child’s school advising them of your requests and stand FIRM. Do not allow them to intimidate you. It is time parents took back their rightful authority. The only salvation for our children are parents at this point. If you can get your kids out of the system PLEASE do so ASAP. FERPA was gutted by Obama and you have no privacy protections for your child’s personally identifiable information (PII) They do not have to advise you of what is being collected and shared. I GUARANTEE the data is being shared. Massive amounts of personal data. Parents MUST put a crimp in that data chain!!! They WILL lie to you and the WILL tell you they do to collect or share this data…….that is what they told me too until I showed them the contracts the school district and the state had to share data FOR FREE. When you submit your letter to the school principal be sure to keep a copy signed and dated to verify receipt. I advise you to bring someone with you to witness that you gave them the letter in case they refuse to initial and date your copy as your receipt.


Just say no. I have teacher friends in TN who absolutely hate this and encourage all parents to opt their children out.


I remember when students read to their teachers and the teacher would give them more difficult material to read until they started having difficulty. My son in 3rd grade back in 90s was tested by his teacher this way and he read up to the 7th grade level before he started having difficulty with reading the words. The personal touch of educating our children is gone. It’s why I homeschool my 15 year old daughter who will be graduating from high school level next May.


I had a discussion with the head of testing for a local school district when they rolled it out. I asked what it would do for them. They said (1) it would help them figure out how students would test on the SBAc;(2) It would give them more data.
I then asked how they would use the data and they said they didn’t know. They went on to admit they are buried in data that they don’t know how to use.
I wrote the article for the blog based on that experience.


Was given i-Ready to use with my students in ELA Remediation (had no choice). The online programs have gone Common Core aligned. The one that I have also had to use is IXL. is also very Common Core aligned. If Common Core is not your way to educate your child, think twice about paying for these online programs.


I use this program and have for 4 years in 6-8 grades. I personally have seen a lot of improvement. The test just helps to find where they are, where their gaps are and what they are ready to learn. I use the results extensively to make sure my kids get the one on one help they need. They also get some time on the tailored lessons that the program provides. It doesn’t replace the feedback you get from teaching, but it definitely helps. I know everyone complains about this new “Common Core” way of teaching math and here’s what I have to say. Teachers need to teach math in many different ways in order to reach many different thinkers, and yes, you will not understand some of them. But when we only teach it only one way, we leave kids behind that just cannot grasp it in that way. I’m sorry that not all teachers are allowing for the multiple ways, but that’s what it was meant to be and these methods have been around way before “Common Core” (which I am most definitely not defending). But I know math and I understand kid’s brains enough to know that they will not all learn the same way. In the end, teachers need to be ok with kids doing it the way that made the most sense to them. I personally pay no attention to whatever name is put on it because I know what my kids need.


My district replaced their district testing with iReady testing. I feel that some teachers have possibly used it to determine grades more than actual class work. They use it for assigned homework now, when it used to be optional but encouraged.. my son is sick of it and hates the voice used in the program. Scores can easily be inaccurate if a student doesn’t really try to do their best, like when they’re bored with it.


Used a lot. Because parents have opted out of the big assessments, school districts and corporations who make them, have created the constant assessment in which kids are constantly assessed and remediated.


There are 2 parts, diagnostic and instruction. Diagnostic tools are helpful BUT you need to find out how the kids sign in and what is being stored and sold using student identifiable information. If it is student identifiable it follows your child for LIFE and most likely the data is being sold to someone. Do not let them use the instruction part. This is the computer taking the place of a teacher. This is your child sitting in front of a device instead of a human. Ask a million questions. If they persist, and say they have to have the diagnostic, ask for a reading record which is a human listening to you child read and taking notes. Then the child answers questions from a human. P.S. I’ve been teaching for 23 years. They don’t need this.


Avoid it. My district uses it. Just another way to put kids on screens.



Here is a post from the Florida anti-iReady group:

I need some advice.. I just found out from my 6th grader as I dropped her off for school with tears in her eyes that she is going on her 3rd day doing her IReady reading diagnostic test. She always works herself up for tests and shes saying this is a really hard test for her. Its only her and a few other kids left taking it. I don’t understand why they would keep her out of her regular class for 3 days now for this test? Shes missing class time and Its just making her more upset. She has never ever had any issues with IReady before. Is there anything I can do? I feel like my hands are tied and my poor daughter is getting more and more upset. This is a girl who finished with straight A’s last year and usually doesn’t have an issue. Only with tests. Just seems stupid to me for a test that really doesn’t matter?? Am I missing something? 😕


And here are some replies to this post:

Opt out and from what I understand if your also opting out of FSA you need to have the teacher do a portfolio assessment and need to make sure they start doing this closer to the beginning of school. I only have a kindergartener so I’m just repeating what I’ve read. Maybe search 3rd grade on this page and see what pops up.


This is for 6th Grade… Im just worried if I OPT her out of IReady if it will hurt her in the long run?


the charter school i was at for my sixth grader was using iready as well. Such a joke. The teacher did not agree with the schools decision to use it. I pulled my son out for other reasons but that teacher also quit at the same time we left. I am homeschooling now and loving it. Iowa testing once a year is all my son takes now


we pulled our son out with two months left of school. I am using a private Christian catholic school format for homeschooling. I am not using virtual k12 because you are held to fsa testing still. The co op group is at a church. My son takes Spanish and science there. Private message me if you want help getting started. My sons attitude about school is so different now. He looks forward to his lesson and not to mention he can wear his pajamas for most of the day. I got his Iowa testing results back yesterday and he is at and above grade level since we left charter. Best decision ever.


As a 6th grader, there is no mandatory, test based retention. Her hard work and grades can promote her to 7th.



Here is a post from a friend of mine:

…”tech companies like Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon all sell what they call “emotion recognition” algorithms, which infer how people feel based on facial analysis. For example, if someone has a furrowed brow and pursed lips, it means they’re angry. If their eyes are wide, their eyebrows are raised, and their mouth is stretched, it means they’re afraid, and so on.

Clients can put this tech to use in a variety of ways, building everything from automated surveillance systems that look for “angry” threats to job interview software that promises to weed out bored and uninterested candidates.
But the belief that we can easily infer how people feel based on how they look is controversial, and a significant new [ 2 year long study] review of the research suggests there’s no firm scientific justification for it.”


And here is a reply to this post:

This and the fad-ish psychological mapping tests that HR managers love to give now to “ID the best candidates ” just make a lot of $ for the testing company and give the hiring manager a false sense of confidence that they have picked the right candidate. But they should be worrying about how many better candidates got a false “negative” from the flawed overly simplified test and were passed over.



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

This! The College Board is making smart kids ineligible for SAT scholarships because it can’t profit off their data through repeat test taking.

And here is the post quoted:

@thecollegeboard did this big push to promote their Big Futures Scholarship Program where any child can have the opportunity to get $40,000 towards college. It’s their way of promoting equity. As part of the process, you have to practice the SAT through Khan and then take the SAT and retake the SAT to improve your score (after the practice).

Well, I have one of those kids that scored a 1500 on their SAT the first time (without ever practicing) and won’t be retaking it because he’s pretty happy with that score and doesn’t want to be tortured by having to retake the SAT. (I don’t blame him). I called the College Board to see if they could waive that part of the process and still have him be eligible for the scholarship and they said sorry, he would have to practice on Khan and retake the SAT. So no equity for smart kids. Got it. 🤦‍♀️


And another post from this group:

Every parent needs to read this and understand the changes


And here are the replies to this post:

I was hoping this wouldn’t happen in Utah, but I should know better! 😢


it all boils down to $$. Obama took away funding for schools that teach abstinence only and gave $75 million in funding to be split among schools who would agree to teach comprehensive sex ed


nationalizing education and curriculum – anyone realize this ?


Be aware that when Planned Parenthood uses terminology such as abstinence and age-appropriate, it probably doesn’t mean what you think it does. One more way they deceive.


my main concern was the source was planned parenthood..


they are doing this all over the country. I am not opposed to sex Ed. I did not grow up in Utah and I believe what I received in Arizona was more than adequate. Planned Parenthood however has standards already written and ready to handover to state boards of education the minute the stuff passes. And they gladly except it. They are the driving force behind the current push.


yes and believe me there is likely money involved whether directly or in back room deals.. you can count on it with available Jones at the helm

It should be up to the parents to teach comprehensive sex Ed. School is not the appropriate place, every child matures at a different rate. Also this is a huge push to sexualize our children and to push abortion and the LGBTQ agenda. Frankly 5th grade is way too young and again not the appropriate roles of schools.


I completely agree. To me sex ed is biology and very simple health related information. I would not omit learning basic biology. But this is a completely different animal.

And they’re starting things in preschool and it’s completely integrated in other subjects. There’s no way to opt out to retain your parental rights.



And yet another post:

Dibels. Opt out?


And some replies to this post:

They don’t hurt the teacher or kid. I personally find them worthless. If you want to know how well your kid or any kid in that classroom is reading talk to the teacher, they know better than any dibel test. When my kids took it it caused them to speed read through words and not say them correctly. It was and is awful trying to get them to slow down afterwards and say it correctly at home.


It’s a worthless test that caused my kid undo stress!


The name may have changed to “Acadience Reading”. While I agree that there is a benefit to kids to be able to read quickly, I think they benefit more from practicing reading slow and accurate. The reading fluency will come.


I don’t mind diabels


I actually like the dibels. I I knew my son was running behind on reading but I had no idea how far until he took the dibels test… it was actually an advantage to us


I have always opted my daughter out of all testing. Last February I started tutoring at a local Elementary. All Acadience (Dibels) tests for is reading accuracy, fluency etc. It is quite helpful for teachers knowing which students need the extra help with reading. And we can actually see their scores from previous testing, to know if the tutoring is helping.
Again, I have always opted out, but figured this might help you decide what is best for you child.


Teachers already know which kids are struggling with reading. Parents who read with their own kids also know. Dibels tests kids on nonsense non-words which confuse kids as their little brains try to make sense of what they’re reading. While it can help in determining where kids are at with their reading, actually reading with them can do MORE good. Conversely, it can also do some damage. Not worth it in the end.


I had access to it for ten years as a teacher. It told me where my kids were deficient so I could focus on those weaknesses. (First grade) I knew how they were doing without the test. Not sure they are as effective in the upper grades.



And yet another post from this group:

anyone have experience with ut connections academy? school starts Monday but they will not continue the registration for my son because he is missing 2 shots, tdap and hpv. Why is immu required for online school to register or attend???


And here are the replies to this post:

You can opt out of vaccines in Utah.You just have to get the exemption form. You can do it online or in person @ the Health Dept. They can’t keep you out because you don’t vaccinate
http://health.utah.gov/immu/information%20for%20the%20public/immunization%20recommendations/exemptions.html


You can even hand write a note that it expresses a religious exception. Those cost 0 dollars. It is against most religions to potentially harm your children. Most religions anyway.


And the HPV vaccine is voluntary anyway. Don’t do it.


Yes, my son went there for 6th grade- total CC baloney and they wouldn’t let me register him unless I signed that he would take the end of year state tests… I ended up taking him out of SAGE anyway and educating them about the law at the time (5 years ago parents could opt their kids out with zero penalties) but the principle was sure to send out an email to all parents reminding them they agreed to have their kids test when they registered- a total propaganda message as she was dealing with me telling her she was breaking the law…I switched my son to the K-8 program of Utah Online which is a curriculum still proprietary to the school previous to the cc implimentation. Utah Online has 2 tracks -a K-8 which is the original curriculum from formerly Washington Online, and K-12 which is cc aligned…I HIGHLY recommend UOS’s K-8 if your child is 8thbhrade or younger


You can take an online module and get an exemption online at your county health department’s website.



And yet another post:

“In Blackboard’s case in particular, Demirkapi found 5 million vulnerable records for students and teachers, including student grades, immunization records, cafeteria balance, schedules, cryptographically hashed passwords, and photos.”


Here is a post from a page called Educray:

Hair-raising Class Dojo 🍏

Read past the typically uncritical reporting here to reflect on the hair-raising phenomenon being described: Class Dojo, the cutesy app for training students as though they were pets now also leverages “mindfulness” as a tool to elicit compliance.


And another post from this page:

Undemocratic power grab 🍏

The grades could determine if some of Houston ISD’s long-struggling schools should be shut down, or if its school board should be replaced by the state.

“It’s an undemocratic power grab by TEA to take over HISD and hand over our neighborhood schools to charters,” says Ruth Kravetz with Community Voices for Public Education.

“This board is mostly women, mostly of color and Democratic,” she says. “And the state, controlled by Republicans Gov. Greg Abbott and TEA Commissioner Mike Morath, have singled out large urban districts.”

TEA Board Member Barbara Cargill issued a statement saying “Houston, like all districts, can appeal its accountability ratings, so nothing is final. The commissioner hasn’t made a decision about what to do.”

Kravetz says the TEA’s recent report card confirms HISD is on the right path.

“It’s got a B plus academic rating, higher than Dallas ISD the last two years, and exactly one point lower than the prestigious Cy-Fair Independent School District,” she says.


And here are some replies to this post:

Similar happening in Colorado


every year schools will have to fail and taken over until their are very few left – happened in the UK they voted to convert the remaining public schools to charters in the end.


Folks .. this is all in the Common Core/College and Career Ready plans .. an end to local, parent involved public schools. … Public/private partnerships (politicians/and their crony donors and lobbyist) Charters, non-profits, parochial, and soon homeschools will be over-seen by ‘appointed’ Boards. You’ll still be paying school tax to Austin, of course .. and the politicians will see to it that their favorite ‘partners get the dough. “Taxation Without Representation”. Voucher, you say? … Where the government’s money goes, the government mandates go too. School choice? .. the only choice you’ll get is location and architecture. Every school is mandated to teach Common Core/College and Career Ready Standards .. or it won’t be certified. This is a Type 2 workforce apprenticeship education system .. for a workforce for a centralized government planned economy (think USSR) .. This is NOT our traditional classical knowledge-based academic system of education .. one of individual merit, choices, and opportunities. Google and read Mark Tucker’s “Dear Hillary letter — It’s BOTH political Parties people .. and it’s in ALL our States .. whether run by Democrats or Republicans.


Texas crony legislators, crony capitalist governor and lt.gov…put in legislation the law that allows TEA to do this, knowing the blind ignorance of Texas voters wouldn’t realize what they did till it was to late….



And yet another post from this page:

SB 1882 partnerships suck 🍏

In 2017, the Legislature approved S.B. 1882 that provides financial and accountability incentives for community-based school districts to partner with private organizations to operate existing schools. S.B. 1882 and TEA rules also require that any community-based school district campus with a “D” or “F” rating for 5 consecutive years must be turned over to a private charter/non- profit or closed. If neither of these occur, the community-based school district becomes subject to a State takeover.

S.B. 1882 is based upon the premise that “privatization” will improve the results of low performing campuses. However, the State’s premise is not based upon documented research or fact. For the 2018/19 school year, the 8 community-based school district campuses listed below were turned over to privately-operated charters/non-profits pursuant to S.B. 1882 partnerships. Unfortunately, most of these privately- operated campuses experienced a decline in student performance. In fact, the average academic ratings of these campuses declined by 8.25 points with private organizations at the helm. In addition, 4 of the campuses that had previously been rated “met standard” were relegated to an “Improvement Required” (“F”) rating under the control of private organizations.


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

They are using our kids and our tax dollars for “Economic Warfare”, through our state accountability systems! Time to wake up America!

Government regulated “school choice” and “privatization” through “Blended Funding”, and public/private partnerships gives them access to private and homeschool students. It locks the P-20W (Pre-natal through the Workforce) system in place.
Through “Lifelong Learning” we are ALL students.
Just check out the “free assessments” for work placement on sites like “Indeed”. They are the same type of social and emotional learning (SEL) assessments now mandated on our children in their classrooms through mental health bills like Texas’ SB11/10.

PLEASE WAKE UP AMERICA!


Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

Here we go! Universal Pre-K for 3&4 year olds. 🤦‍♀️ A chance to Indocrinate them younger and younger. I heard this from Biden as well.


And here are the replies to this post:

Argh. 3 & 4 year olds should be playing!! Statistics show playing longer creates a much higher IQ and ability to think critically and problem solve than being made to sit still for hours memorizing things.


This will not pay for church based pre schools.. just a hunch. But will cause enrollment of church based pre schools to drop significantly


it did here, lost an section of students first fall then gradually she retired. Money over quality.


It’s all about money. Every word. They dont care about our kids. The state pays money for in home childcare that is capped at 8 kids per adult. At school, they have 35 kids per classroom with 1 teacher. Do the math.


Yep. Moving through the state assembly to have them vote sooner too..


Won’t be long before the outlaw homeschooling. You will see.


that’s what I’m afraid of. Thankfully I have my credentials just in case they try to pull a fast one!


What do you mean your credentials?


licensed teaching credential. Many states seem to think of you have a worthless degree in liberal arts you are more qualified to teach than a parent without one.


Seriously !!! Parents MUST OPEN THEIR EYES!!! Not because its FREE is good Not because it comes from the gov. Means its moral!


Bush 1 started it with Goals 2000. They’ve been at this for decades.


my son is in public high school, he is not allowed to voice anything other than a liberal point of view. his teachers regular bash our president. He says there are many opposing views but if they speak out they will get a lower grade in the class or teased


With all respect, but bashing early childhood education programs like pre-k is not the answer. They are not “brainwashing” at this age. Please visit a preschool. Kids are taught some of the basics they need. Things like socializing, sharing, and get to play a lot. Yes, they are also taught how to hold a crayon, pencil, paint brush, etc… They are also taught letters, sounds, fine and gross motor skills… Both of my kids were in preschool at about age 3. They are in middle school and upper elementary school. Teach them values, faith, morals, kindness, etc… starting at home and continue encouraging as they grow.


Not all pre-school programs push gender confused agendas, but even when it doesn’t, it sets the groundwork. They separate kids from parents and break attachments so they look to their peers and government for answers. One of the first things the Nazis and communists did when they took over was to require early preschool, sometimes even at 2yr old. Indoctrination works best when you start them young.


It’s the “requiring” that’s the issue. It’s laying groundwork for indoctrination. First it was college, then high school, then middle school, now elementary. All frog in the water strategy.


Early childhood education isn’t beneficial for children. They need emotional bonding with mom. Waste of money may help for the ones in dysfunctional homes.


Next they’ll have “reprehensibles”/representatives in the delivery rooms across America to be handed your babies after you do the labor, so that they can continue parenting the children who they think cannot be parented by any other entity than the state.


Public education has gone down the drain. Not teaching them cursive( writing) oh and forget the math reading.
The government doesn’t want them to be able to read that would make them be able think for themselves… Let’s teach them education on SEXUALITY they can sure use that for a job. Or better yet be sexual abused by the bullies in the schools.



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

As New York City expands its universal pre-K program to all of the city’s three-year-olds, will compulsory schooling laws for preschoolers follow?

Here is New York City Department of Education white paper detailing a “birth-to-five system of early care and education,” granting more power to government officials to direct early childhood learning and development.

My bet is Rep Neal Collins and other progressive elected politicians in Columbia
love this idea.


Another liberty-killing, data-mining measure is being proposed (by President Trump of all people!): Health Advanced Research Projects Agency (HARPA)


Here is a post from the Florida anti-iReady group:

I have contacted the principal with the letter, as well as email requesting the statues that i-Ready use is required. I have received nothing, and my son is being forced into doing this program for 2 days now. He asks for them to call his mom, and is ignored and forced. I am drafting another letter to send to school. Should I involve the superintendent? What should I do? Thanks for any help. My son has an IEP, but this is not in it.

I have asked him tomorrow not to login. He told me that the principal came into computer lab and told him he is in charge in school and he has to do this. Today he asked for the teacher to call me, and he was ignored and told to do it.


Here is a post from the Common Core Diva:

Warriors, here is the Setting Brushfires interview about federal led educratic home from invasions. Please share with all education choices, it is that serious.


Here is a post from the anti-CBE group, albeit from over a year ago:

It is not just me…

Achieve3000

From a friend in another state…..

“I have shared this before but this is my experience with Achieve3000:

I have so much to say about Achieve3000 that I have to compose a novel here so please bear with me. Achieve3000 is owned by a venture capitalist firm called Insight Venture Partners and is based in New Jersey.

I first learned about Achieve3000 over three years ago when we were told that our school, Salt Creek Elementary, along with others schools within Chula Vista Elementary School District and Sweetwater Union High School District, would be piloting the software for the Common Core Social Studies standards. I knew at the time that there were no CC Social Studies standards so I thought this was very odd and I started researching them. I took their sample test on their website and at the end of the test a “KidBiz” email questionnaire popped up. It was set up like a chat session to ask kids questions but it didn’t provide any of the questions other than to say “tell us about yourself.” So, I called the company and asked them what types of questions they would be asking my kids. They told me that they would just be asking them what they thought of the test. When I pointed out to her that the website specifically said that they would be asking questions about the student she went dead silent and after a long pause she said, “I can’t give you those questions.” I said, “Thanks, that’s all I need to know about your company,” and hung up. It ends up that Achieve3000 did not just pilot their program in our schools, they used our children for research on their own program without the informed consent of the parents. You can order their “research” done in Chula Vista schools from their website. Their website is now closed off to previews by the public.

After asking some questions on FB about Achieve3000, a teacher in Florida privately messaged me that she logged on as a student and tried the program. The program told her that she wasn’t at a reading level to become a teacher. A Chula Vista parent told me that her daughter came home in tears every day because this program gives a message to the students who don’t pass that says, “We’re sorry, you’re not College and Career Ready.” Think for a minute on the competency of an “education” company that would even consider a message like that as appropriate for a young child. Our principal invited a rep from Achieve3000 to come to our school to do a presentation for the parents. In the slide show, she had pictures of workers along with their Lexile levels. The lowest levels showed that you could become a cashier at a grocery store with the highest levels at a doctor, etc.. It was so shockingly classist and disrespectful to families of our students and members of our community that for once, I was at a loss for words. A teacher/parent spoke up in the audience to complain that the Spanish used in Achieve3000 was not the same Spanish used in Mexico and that even with her bilingual teaching credential she had difficulty reading the 5th grade material. My son is opted out of this program but I’ve heard of two occasions in his classroom alone where students hacked into other kids’ accounts and messed things up. One time the kids knew the other kids’ passwords and the other time the kids hacked in through a back door. These are 5th graders.

This brings me to the issue of the collection of student data. Changes made to the FERPA law were done to accommodate third party data collection from companies such as Achieve3000 with a “vested interest” in the educational outcomes of our students. What types of data are they collecting? Are they collecting social behavioral data based off of the articles chosen by our kids? Are they asking students personal questions about their interests for market research through their KidBiz and TeenBiz programs? Are they selling this data? What happens if their company is acquired or folds? Who owns this data?

Achieve uses its own Lexile leveling program. Lexile leveling is criterion-referenced and only measures word frequency and word count. It also uses Bayesian methodology to level readers. Thus, the whole reason why the CCSS have an emphasis on informational text; to facilitate Competency Based Education programs like Achieve3000. They haven’t been able to create a computer reading test capable of using nuanced complex fiction texts yet. Achieve3000 aggregates articles from the Associated Press and changes the sentences and vocabulary to accommodate the Lexile level. When our principal was first trying to sell us on Achieve3000 I naively thought that they might be using articles out of National Geographic or Scientific American. By strictly using only AP articles they save on costs by avoiding payments to any magazine or book publishing companies. Money, money, money.

In Chula Vista, Dr. Nelson made a video for Achieve3000 that was up on their website for a while and he was also paid $1k to give a speech for them. After he retired from CVESD last year, he now works for Achieve3000. Follow the money.

Achieve3000 is exactly the type of Competency Based Education, CBE, program that I suspected would find its way into San Diego Unified Schools after I heard the announcement of the decreased testing last week. For those who have been following the corporate education reforms across the country, we know that the plan is to decrease district testing and imbed it in CBE for continuous real-time assessments of students.

At best, Achieve3000 is good for teaching to the test to prep for the SBAC. At worst, teachers will be ushering in their own pink slips by supporting programs like these in the classroom.

I suspect that by the time computer programs are capable of handling the complexity of fiction that the art of reading fiction in our culture may die out due to programs like Achieve3000 in our schools.”


And some replies to this post:

My heart sank reading this. What a travesty. Sharing.


My district uses this..


I think many Florida districts use this. I spoke out at a sb meeting.


contacted our board and have shared over and over with parents….Nothing. No concerns. It’s unreal. Feel like Chicken Little when it comes to the software issues like this, Iready, & Istation…and so many more.


So when teachers are forced to use Lexiles to group students, to assign books, or to suggest placement in a remediated reading class it hurts the kids. Principals want data and Achieve and iready have more than enough data to share. It’s much easier to toss out computerized data- like the baseball card in Unify, but if we could focus our time on actual teaching and stop all this computerized nonsense, then public schools could churn out kids that can and enjoy reading!!!! It irritates me when teachers talk it up so much and try to tell me why it’s so great- it’s not great, it’s easy. I get that some are so overburdened with data and accountability that easy takes over…maybe it’s all part of the long game to defunct public ed.


It is all part of “the plan”.


Or when I was told that Achieve adjusts levels and I reply that they only reduce word count in sentences and syllables in words. That’s the only difference- the vocabulary is basically the same I am met with “it accurately predicts testing” DUH- it’s a program set up like a test, it doesn’t teach reading skills… grrrr


This is why I left public education for Christian school. I will never forget teaching in public school and being called into the office by the Achieve 3000 rep telling me that I was, and I quote, “ the worst teacher in the school for usage of Achieve 3000.” I was put on a “special plan” to get my scores up. I left that same year. I now am teaching, real teaching with freedom. Just a mere suggestion to switch our reading curriculum to novels was both welcomed and encouraged . I have no data notebook and am not monitored by anyone. After 22 years of teaching children , I stood up and refused to be belittled and humiliated by a program that does not produce readers . My paycheck is way less, but my heart is full. Achieve 3000 does not make readers, it breaks them and turns them off to reading.



Here is another post, albeit from about two years ago, from the anti-CBE group:

Does anyone know anything about Imagine Learning. Our ELL kids in our county are required to do 30 minutes per day on it along with iReady 30 minutes per day. Teacher VAM is based on iReady. Teachers were told Imagine takes priority but to try and get the ELL kids on iReady as often as you can because it counts for VAM and you want the kids to be familiar with it.

I’m horrified by this. I’m so glad I never went back to teaching in our county. Manatee is desperate, has an asst superintendent of curriculum and instruction who is clueless, only taught for one year overseas and has only been a principal. She has no background in curriculum so falls back on CBE, DISTAR-Direct Instruction and Acaletics. Crap test prep every day for our title 1, ESE, and ELL kids.


And some replies to this post:

Our district told us to do no more than 45 mins per week for iReady.


I am in FL. Our kids grades K-5 are required by our district in Manatee County to do 30 minutes per day. Teachers in grades K-2 are desperate because this test is tied to pay and job security. We have annual contracts here because we are a right to work state. The day is disrupted every day because students have to take 90 minutes of their reading block to march into the computer lab, and be out before the next class shows up 30 minutes later. It’s an incredible waste of instructional time.



Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

THEY ARE IMPLEMENTING SECOND ORDER CHANGE!
Did you know, when the Columbine murders occurred, they were implementing Dr. Robert Marzano’s learning theories and teaching strategies?

I wish more people knew the truth about where those come from.

From Betsy Kraus’ 2013 Report Common Core is Hostile to Christian and Catholic Education found here:

TRANSFORMATION
Dr. Robert Marzano is a leading educational researcher, trainer, and supporter of Common Core. He stated that Common Core is a SECOND ORDER CHANGE. (SOC)

SECOND ORDER CHANGE: Educator John C. Hillary discussed Second Order Change in a 1990-91 issue of “Outcomes” (OBE). He described SOC as framing the social system causing ambiguity, discontinuity, anxiety, frustration, paranoia, cynicism and anger. The eventual outcome is a transformed or renewed organization. It requires one to violate or challenge the established culture.
Second Order Change is planned chaos to change our whole social culture from freedom to socialism:
Please be aware of the Transformative Ignatian Pedagogy taught in Jesuit and other schools, with references including the Carnegie Foundation, Robert Marzano, John Dewey, Paulo Freire, and Jerome Bruner, who conceived of Mastery Learning, OBE. (See Catholic References)

COMMON CORE aligned College and Career Readiness standards are HOSTILE TO ALL OUR STUDENTS

It is a Marxist, Socialistic, Global, Educational SYSTEM incorporating:
Behavioral and mind-control techniques through OBE, the Marxist dialectic, and Transformational Teaching. This is all locked in by computer assessment and computer cybernation.
Its aim is to provide a workforce for a Soviet-style planned economy for global
servants. *
THE COMPUTER ACCOUNTABILITY CONTROL SYSTEM USED FOR COMMON CORE IS NOT NEW. NOR ARE COMMON STANDARDS NEW. THEY WERE INSTALLED IN THE STATES WITH FEDERAL MONEY IN THE 70’S AND 80’S.

Common Core Standards are just the latest standards funneled into this air-tight system.

ONE CANNOT GET RID OF COMMON CORE OR “EFFECTIVE” TEACHING WITHOUT GETTING RID OF THE SYSTEM THAT LOCKS IT IN.

In addition to textbooks, tests and assessments, there are:
Accrediting Agencies for private, Christian, and Catholic schools which require that “Effective” Teaching be applied to classroom instruction. (Such as AdvancED)
Another factor linking Common Core to private schools is government funding through equitable distribution, which I believe has definite Common Core strings attached.


There are still more threats to Catholic, Christian and Public education:
In 2008 Louis Gerstner, Former Chief Executive of IBM, called on Obama for national standards for a core curriculum.

He went on to say:
“…I recommend that President-elect Barack Obama convene a meeting of our nation’s governors and seek agreement to the following:
“Abolish all local school districts save 70 (50 states; 20 largest cities). Some states may choose to leave some of the rest as community service organizations, but they would have no direct involvement in the critical task of establishing standards, selecting teachers, and developing curricula.” (see references)

Does this say Digital Cyber-Computer Education for all with centralized control and the end of textbooks?

How will you know what your child is being taught, or what personal information might be gathered?

SINCE THEN HUNDREDS UPON HUNDREDS OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AS WELL AS CATHOLIC SCHOOLS, HAVE BEEN CLOSED. WHEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS CLOSE, FUNDS HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED TO OPEN CHARTER SCHOOLS.

CHARTERS ARE PUBLIC SCHOOLS RUN BY NON-ELECTED BOARDS SO LOCAL CONTROL IS LOST. RACE-TO-THE-TOP, ARNE DUNCAN, AND OBAMA HAVE CALLED FOR INCREASED CHARTER OPENINGS.

ACCORDING TO DIANE RAVITCH, INNER-CITY CATHOLIC SCHOOLS CLOSE WHEN CHARTERS OPEN.

IN SOME INSTANCES, COMPACTS ARE FORMED AMONG PUBLIC, CHARTER, AND PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS, THUS SPELLING THE LOSS OF LOCAL VOTER CONTROL, AND PERHAPS CHRISTIAN IDENTITY.

IN MANY OF THESE TYPE OF PLANS, THE CONTROL IS TRANSFERRED TO MAYORS WHO APPOINT THEIR OWN BOARDS.

THERE ARE MANY VARIATIONS OF THIS SCENARIO. INNER CITY CATHOLIC SCHOOLS ARE JOINING THESE COMPACTS WITH THE HELP OF FOUNDATIONS LIKE THE MELINDA AND BILL GATES AND THE WALTON FOUNDATIONS.

IT IS MY SUSPICION THAT ALL OF THESE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS MUST SUBSCRIBE TO COMMON CORE.

THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON’S INNER CITY SCHOOLS JOINED ONE OF THESE COMPACTS AND NOW THERE IS COMMON CORE IN THESE SCHOOLS.

WON’T THAT INCUR DATA GATHERING ON CATHOLIC STUDENTS? I DETAIL THIS IN MY THIRD REPORT.

ONE OF THE MAJOR, MAJOR ORGANIZATIONS IMPLEMENTING THESE KINDS OF COMPACTS AND SCHOOL REOGANIZATION DESIGNS IS THE CENTER FOR REINVENTING PUBLIC EDUCATION (CRPE)

The CRPE is funded by the Gates Foundation, Carnegie Foundation, Walton Foundation, Broad Foundation, Annie B. Casey Foundation, National Alliance for Charter Schools, U. S. Department of Education, and more.

I will use the CRPE’s plan, IMPLEMENTED BY THE CEE-TRUST, for Missouri as an example of how these organizations are spreading their innovations across our nation to “reinvent both public and private education.”

CEE-Trust’s policy makers are CRPE and the Fordham Institute.

THE CEE-TRUST, FUNDED BY THE GATES FOUNDATION, THE JOYCE FOUNDATION, AND THE CARNEGIE FOUNDATION FOR ADVANCEMENT IN TEACHING, HAS BEEN CONTRACTED BY THE MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO FORMULATE A PLAN TO REORGANIZE OUR NON-ACCREDITED SCHOOLS IN KANSAS CITY AND ST. LOUIS. IT CAN ALSO BE APPLIED TO NEIGHBORING DISTRICTS OR ANY SCHOOL DISTRICT IN MISSOURI.

I believe this proposal is just one of many radical blueprints to destroy public and eventually private schools by setting up Community Education. In this plan, all power resides in non-elected officials. Local school districts are replaced by Community School Offices with an appointed advisory board. Local school boards are dissolved. (Maybe someday to be restored but with a very different venue.)

The plan, entitled the Conditions for Success, allows private schools to become “operators” under the umbrella of the Community Schools Office. Public school funds follow the student so he or she can choose ANY school, community or private, as long as the school is religion-neutral and submits to the non-elected authority of the Community School Office.

Other proposals Include:
Personalized Instruction, a longer school day, a longer school year by 50 or more days, and enforced Pre-K.

This plan specifies “Selective Admission Schools”, which appear to be elite schools for the brightest of students. Apparently, they will be given a superior education, but with the global Common Core spin. These schools will only be a very small fraction of the total community schools.

In 1987 Thomas Sticht, with the National Institute of Education, said:
“Many companies have moved operations to places with cheap, relatively poorly educated labor. What may be crucial, they say, is the dependability of a labor force and how well it can be managed and trained, not its general educational level, although a small cadre of highly educated creative people is essential to innovation and growth. Ending discrimination and changing values are probably more important than reading in moving low income families into the middle class.” (deliberate dumbing down of america. p. 216)

Are we now dumbing down the masses with Common Core for a reliable labor force, while giving a cadre of select students a real education, all in the name of equality and social justice?

The Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) New Vision for Public Education has been fully implementing Marzano’s Second Order Change (SOC). Please see page 27 of this 2009 TASA publication.

In 2012 according to TASA, The Texas High-Performance Schools Consortium takes shape — originally 23 Texas school districts — were selected in 2012 by the commissioner of education. The Consortium began its work in October 2012 with superintendents and district teams working through the fall semester to determine the strategy for conducting the Consortium’s work as specified in SB 1557 and to produce the Consortium’s first report, delivered in December 2012.

In 2012 TASA’s Future-Ready Superintendents designed its inaugural Future-Ready Superintendents Leadership Institute. TASA’s Student-Centered Schools Future-Ready Students Document; The Moral Imperative: From Vision to Action Future-Ready Superintendents Leadership Institute The Moral Imperative: From Vision to Action If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow. John Dewey, Schools of Tomorrow, 1915
2012-13 TASA pushes Anti-Testing Resolution
In 2012, TASA prepared a sample school board resolution to build support for the anti-testing STAAR Opt-out movement. By January 2013, 881 Texas school districts — 86 percent of Texas districts and 91 percent of its students — had adopted the resolution. Dozens of Chambers of Commerce and PTA groups across Texas passed similar resolutions.

In 2011 Texas legislators overwhelmingly pass SB 6. SB 6 allows textbook publishers to bypass the state adoption process. Under SB 6, the Instructional materials (IM) only have to cover 50% of the TEKS (even though school districts by law are required to cover 100% of the TEKS). It is SB 6 that opened the door for CSCOPE and other Common Core-aligned College and Career Readiness instructional materials that are not aligned with the SBOE-approved-and-mandated TEKS to proliferate our public schools. In addition, for the permanent education fund (PEF) to now be used for the professional development of teachers for online digital learning.

It is very important to note as did Peter Greene: “The Common Core Standards can be understood as data tags, a way to label tasks and achievements of students. But consider a set of data tags such as the mood tags on Facebook

It is very important to understand what we are seeing is a philanthropic business model designed to access a “captive market”, students, for-profit and control. Students behavioral data is their greatest commodity. Bill Gates has been instrumental in Texas just like Missouri in setting up this philanthropic model.
In 2000, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) a grant for 6.3 million dollars.
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Texas Leadership Center Date: June 2000 The purpose of the grant to TASA: to provide superintendents and principals from public and private schools access to quality leadership development focused on technology integration and whole systems change.

In 2006 TASA’s New Mission to transform Public Education begins.
According to TASA’s timeline in 2006 public school superintendents from across the state were inspired to come together to create a new vision for public education in Texas. Meeting as the Public Education Visioning Institute for two years, they shared ideas on how to transform Texas public education to meet the needs of 21st-century students.
In 2007 the Texas Education Agency (TEA) was given a $7 million dollar grant by the Gates foundation. With the stated purpose: to provide funding towards a longitudinal evaluation of the Texas High School Project now known as “Educate Texas” funded by“Communities Foundation of Texas”, as a way to understand the effectiveness of individual projects and programs, as well as overall effectiveness.

In 2007 a new special interest group formed by Mike Moses and Bill Ratliff called, Raise Your Hand. https://www.raiseyourhandtexas.org/
In 2008, TASA created the New Vision for Public Education Document.

In 2009-10 according to TASA the “Consortium is Conceptualized”
“With a visioning document for school transformation in hand, the group sought a means to begin work to fulfill that vision. They conceptualized a network of school districts that could do the work and described it in the Guidelines for Establishment of the High-Performance Schools Consortium.

”Interestingly, this document mirrors this Gates Foundation- High Performing School Districts; Challenge, Support, Alignment, and Choice White Paper: High-Performance School Districts: Challenge, Support, Alignment, and Choice

In 2011 according to TASA Law Establishes the Consortium
The 82nd Texas Legislature made the Consortium official with Senate Bill 1557. The law established the Texas High-Performance Schools Consortium and charged it with improving student learning in Texas by developing innovative high-priority learning standards and assessment and accountability systems.

In 2015 HB 2804 created the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessments and Accountability to “develop and make recommendations for new systems of student assessment and public school accountability.”

In Dec. 2015 Republican Gov. Gregg Abbott appointed Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner of Education, Mike Morath. Commissioner Mike Morath proceeded to restructured the TEA. Putting in place, Teach For America (TFA) federally funded (thru Higher Education Act) pro-charter and Choice school organizers. |
One of the most controversial hires being AJ Crabill, Deputy of Governance of the TEA making $180k a year and whose highest attainment of education is a high school diploma:

Morath’s new deputy commissioner positions, created as part of a sweeping reorganization of the Texas Education Agency have been filled as follows.
Deputy of Governance, A.J. Crabill (Kansas City Democrat Treasurer) was also known as Airick West makes $180K
Teach for America Alumni, Deputy of Academics, (California Democrat) Penny Schwinn – $180K
Teach for America Alumni, Deputy of Educator Support, Martin Winchester – $180K
Teach for America Alumni, Deputy of Operations, (Washington D.C. Democrat) Megan Aghazadian – $160K
Deputy of Finance, Kara Belew is on the comptroller’s payroll already as an Abbott senior policy advisor at 159K as noted in this article.
Looks like it pays to work for the TEA and it looks like TFA is a recruiting ground for transformational change agents!!
“Teach for America is a $400 million “non-profit” that exists not only to save children, but also to steer public policy, and public dollars, to corporate reformers, primarily through the promotion of market-based solutions: charter district reform, deregulation of teacher education, and merit-based pay.
TFA is also, through its spin-off organization Leadership for Educational Equity, working to place alumni in administrative jobs and in elected positions, utilizing a powerful network of foundations, educational institutions, and related organizations, legislative policy groups, and individuals who are at the forefront of charter school reform efforts.”
In 2016 Texas Commissioner Mike Morath calls for new non-cognitive character standards to be put in place. Hear in his own words as he speaks at the Next Generation of Assessments and Accountability Commission Meeting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-aj7S–oks


Here is a post from an Illinois political group:

Illinois is facing a shortage of students – and a surplus of school district administrators.

From 2014 to 2018, student enrollment at Illinois K-12 public school districts fell by 2%, reflected by a nearly identical percentage drop in those districts’ total teachers during that time.

Despite Illinois school districts losing both students and teachers, their administrators grew 1.5% during the four-year period. (from Illinois Policy)


Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

Parents… we have seen much talk kids getting access to medical assistance (mental health and sexual health ONLY) without parent knowledge. I just received a block from our insurance on accessing ANY/ALL of my 12 year olds medical records without his consent. This appears to be an overreach by the medical insurance company. HIPPA does not support this either. Can anyone steer me to understanding this better.


And some replies to this post:

California law. It’s not the insurance company. I have kaiser and same thing. Apparently they are entitled to privacy even though we are still responsible for them. 🤷‍♀️


It is NOT (only capitalizing for emphasis) California law. The law is only regarding mental and sexual health. This has me blocked from ALL claims. It’s an over reach. There is no law that allows the insurance company to block all claims


hmmmm…. Kaiser has me blocked completely too.


Exactly. It’s an over reach. If they want to flag an visits that have to do with mental and sexual health, go for it. But this is all claims.


I have Kaiser as well and my older two have been blocked since they were 13 as well


That happened to us with IEHP (medical) with information throughout Mychart when my daughter turned 12
My daughter is severely disabled on a wheelchair, she is blind and can’t speak at all.
I mean is not that she will get up next week and say “I want to be in charge of my health now and on “ Is Ridiculus but that is how the system works right now 🙄


Working in pediatrics, this is the law. They can get certain lab tests done without your knowledge and my employer for example with eat the cost. It wont be billed to insurance to protect the kids privacy. It’s been this way for at least 7 years…


the law has been in place for many years. Happened to me when my almost 20yr old turned 12 as well. I got a very similar email. They can receive many forms of medical treatment without parental consent and therefore they don’t want you having access to their medical records. I used my child’s email, passwords and such to give myself permission back into them til she was 18. It’s not your insurance. It’s CA law.


I have Blue Cross Blue Shield. I called to get information on several claims we received for our 14-year-old. He is my stepson. Because his mother took him to the hospital that evening, though he is on my insurance, they would not discuss anything regarding the claim with me. I was so angry!!!!!
All I wanted to know is exactly what we are being charge for line by line.


This saddens me to no end. It’s like the government has taken away our ability to parent our kids and guide them when they need medical assistance. My son is a senior in high school and is not allowed to bring Tylenol to school, but if he was a daughter she could go and have an abortion without my knowledge or consent! If my son causes a car accident and someone is severely hurt other than him, I am legally liable and financially liable. But sure take my right away as a parent to know if my son is a danger to himself or others or may need assistance with the medical condition!


It is all about protecting abortion at all costs. It has nothing to do with concern over privacy, abusive parents, etc (unless, of course, you are so “abusive” as to not want your child to kill their unborn baby)



Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

The Taps Act HR 838
Pre-Crime Surveillance is exactly what is being set up in schools across Texas through Gov. Abbott’s School Safety plan. This is why they HAD TO PASS HB18, SB 504 and SB11 which now includes SB10.

Predictive Policing- Listen and Learn.


Here is a post from the ParentStrike group:

Indiana OptOut2020


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

What a breath of fresh air! Minnesota is also a “local control” state, but local residents and school boards have yet to truly use their right to advocacy in many districts. From [name redacted]:

“This is NOT about whether you agree with Sex Ed curriculum or not— it is whether you think State and Fed legislators should be allowed to dictate local curriculum. I am VERY interested in this as it applies to local control. Just imagine if districts had risen up and said NO to Parcc, NO to Common Core.”

“The school board of the D38 Lewis-Palmer district in Monument is opposing Colorado’s new sex ed law. Citing local control, the school board says Denver legislators should not be able to control what local educators teach, or do not teach in their classrooms.”


Here is a post from the Florida anti-iReady group:

Long post: This week is testing week at my son’s school for language art and math. He’s in 8th grade. I decided to opt out. I got a call from his teacher to talk about my concerns. She listened and didn’t make him take it but mentioned that she would let administrators know of my concerns. I got a call from the principal asking me about my concerns on Iready and FSA. After listing my concerns, he started to tell me that this was the way to assess his level and that he could be put in remedial courses if he didn’t take them. I cut him off and asked him, “You’re going to place a straight A student in remedial courses because he’s not taking these assessments? What did you do before these programs to assess students’ levels?” He didn’t answer the question but instead asked if I was willing to have him take it on paper and pencil. And I’m not because the test would be no different.

From what I’ve read, teachers do not see correct answers or incorrect answers on Iready. Iready generates a report and lumps students into categories. Because it’s not specific information on my child, how is this assessment helping him or the teacher? How can any teacher take action on such a broad category? I explained this to him and all he said is he would have to get back to me.

I’m just frustrated. I apologize for the long post. Any help would be appreciated.


And some replies to this post:

they can NOT place your child in remedial courses based on not taking the iReady test or the FSA. You may need to write a letter stating you understand that this is the recommended course of action, but you are opting out of it. They cannot use remedial courses as a “punishment”.
When you say it’s “testing week” are they taking the iReady Diagnostic Test?


yes. They are taking the Iready diagnostic. The language arts teacher mentioned it’s done over the next few days, starting today. He has it for both math and language arts.

I’ve tried to research where it says they cannot place him in remedial courses by opting out of these assessments, but I haven’t found that information. Can you point me in the right direction? I know that the school will call back and I want to be prepared with necessary documentation


every parent has to make the decision about iReady independently. My children take the diagnostic tests. They do not, however, participate in the daily classwork or homework components. The diagnostic testing is not accurate or reliable, but for me it’s not the battle I want to fight. I don’t put much weight on the results but my kids know that and they aren’t stressed. That being said, my reasons for opting out are different than those who opt out because of data collection.
Stand by and I will try to find you the documentation.

what county are you in? Orange County allows a waiver.


Orange county. I didn’t know there was a waiver.


this will help you, too.
HB 7069 removed the requirement for intensive reading/math classes. Check out this document, page 11 for the specific language for middle school students.



And another post from this group:

Ok so is anyone other than me having problems with push back from an OCPS principal? I was told today on the phone, (he really doesn’t want to email), that OCPS purchased FLKRS from renaissance so students must log into the test using a personal identifier. He also stated that OCPS has NO other provisions for assessments for students in kindergarten other than IREADY.


And some replies to this post:

Don’t believe them. They have paper FLKRS in a file! It’s been used for countless years. Everywhere


HA! IReady for K only started a few years ago. What did they do for assessment before iReady.


Heads up, KINDERGARTEN PARENTS – If you received a notification about the FLKRS test (FL Kindergarten Readiness Screener), it used to be an assessment done by the teacher. Not any more… Read this.
NO, it’s not required by law. YES, you can opt out. If you’re told you can’t opt out, ask for that law. In writing.

“Section 1002.69, Florida Statutes (F.S.), requires the Florida Department of Education to adopt a statewide kindergarten screening instrument that assesses the readiness of each student for kindergarten based on the performance standards adopted by the department under section 1002.67(1), F.S., for the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program (VPK). The screening instrument, known as the Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener (FLKRS), must be administered to all public school kindergarten students within the first 30 days of each school year.”

“must be administered to all public school kindergarten students” Does not say kids have to take it. NOW, here’s the rub. Are they going to make Kindergarteners opt out?
And what if your child did not attend VPK, should your child’s data be used to unfairly assess VPKs statewide? Does it even associate your child with the VPK they attended? No. It does not.



Here is a post that was shared in the California anti-radical sex ed group:

After researching the Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE) being forced onto our youth, we were able to trace its roots all the way to the United Nations. In order to try to understand why the push back to our concerns was so strong I joined a delegation of amazing women and we headed to the United Nations Civil Society Conference.

Today we finished day two of a three day conference and the things we have heard so far are very eye opening and disturbing. The UN is not even trying to hide the fact that they are targeting our youth and attacking the family unit.

I have one more day of this craziness to make it through then it’s back to the battle field back home…even more determined than ever to get this CSE garbage away from our children.. — in Salt Lake City, Utah.


And some replies to thsi post:

Global Compact For Migration. Now the CSE. What’s next from the UN?
Global police states?


They aren’t hiding it. And worst yet is many unsuspecting countries where comprehensive sex ed is being pushed don’t understand what you understand. The UN is like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Glad you’re able to attend and see it in real time. Blessings for safe travel back home.


Agenda 2020 then Agenda 2030. Yup. It’s ALL in writing and began in the 1950’s.


Did you hear about the UN’s cancellation of the pro-life meeting there? They said it was too controversial for their sustainability goals. 🤦‍♀️


yes. I actually met the with one of the panelists who was supposed to speak at that meeting. Dr. Kani Diop. She is an immigrant from Africa and was going to speak about creating laws to protect young women from being forced into arranged marriages and laws to stop female genital mutilation of little girls. They found her topic “not inclusive and too controversial”.
Rather than have her fly all the way back home without delivering her message we gathered at a different location to hear her speak.



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

The Adversity Score has been “modified.” From the story:

“The College Board is launching a tool called Landscape, which will provide admissions counselors with information about a student’s background, like average neighborhood income and crime rates, but Coleman said the data points will not be given a score.”


Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

If you have kids in the early grades…be watching for how your teachers are teaching reading. I’ve had to deal with this with my own children…it’s a real issue!


And here are the replies to this post:

My son before being pulled from elementary couldn’t deal with reading and still would rather not . He sees a word and guessed it but only from the sight words he caught up until 1st grade .he is ADHD ( I hate labels ) so it’s always hard to catch words in a heap of letters . I couldn’t believe that he would skip words get a word complete wrong that merely had the first letter the same . I had taught my kids to read early because they kept asking whaz dat 😂😂
But to think that if he had continued along the path of guessing the sight words that he may never would have learned to sound words out . I cannot believe what is being taught and allowed . Our kids are failing in the public schools and this right here was one of my sons issues .


My don went through this, too.


It was harder too because
Unknown to me , they would ask him if he wanted to do his work and if he said no , they would say ” ok , we will try again tomorrow !!”
No no no , I talked with the teachers everyday I never knew this until I told them it takes him 2 hours for homework. They asked if u wanted him to only do a 1/4 of everything. No !! He needs to do it all and correctly on time . This is when we were told that they try for at least 1/4 of the work to get done and if they don’t want to do it , they can try again tomorrow .
Talk about putting kids back instead of leading them forward . Horrible !!


Well here in California we are still teaching phonics. Has always worked well!


you are very lucky if your district is choosing to do so, because most don’t.


not all of CA. My girls were all being taught this system. You only got taught phonics if you were falling way behind. You got pulled from class once a week for an extra 20 min one on one session with a resource teacher.


Also, some schools just sort of “add a little phonics” to a mostly “whole language” system. Then they say they are teaching phonics when really they aren’t…at least not very thoroughly or well.


you and other parents should get together go to school district meetings and fight for phonics. Get the reading scores for all schools in the district and also take your concens to the state department of education. Years ago our district superintendent instructed that all phonics curriculum be removed from the classrooms. Many teachers kept and continued phonics and soon phonics was again being used in grades 1-3.


My daughters school does this and it has led my child to not be able to sound words out – she guesses from the picture or from the first letter, never even paying attention to each letter 😦


truth! My son is an excellent reader, but, when he doesn’t know a word, instead of sounding it out phonetically, he just picks any word that is close to what it “looks like”. During his years of learning to read, he had a thousand “sight words”. Many could be sounded out phonetically. Now, he thinks everything can be a sight word.


I thought they had done away with this, wow anything other than phonics based hurts reading in the long run.


Here in Ca, at a fundamental school in my area, this method was taught to my kindergartener, and also the idea of “chopping” word sounds… not blending a single sound.
I have pulled her for homeschool in 1st grade and included some of the old Distar blending and practice methods that I used as a kid at my co-op homeschool program… in less than two full weeks of school she has developed as a reader more than anything the public school taught. She still chops up sounds sometimes but then has zero ability to figure out what the word is. Once she blends the sounds together… it makes sense.
No more “looking for picture clues” for us!!!


Would you mind explaining what you mean about chopping words in stead of blending? I’m not sure what that means and I want to know more so I can be watching for it if I see it.


They taught her to sound out each letter alone, and “chop” the word apart.
example word: mat
Sounding it out by “chopping up” the word :
“m / a / t”
Without regard to how the sounds come together, combining these sounds doesn’t become natural.
Instead, it becomes almost like three separate words that somehow have to magically come together without being told how. Very hard to progress through words beyond basic CVC words.
Blended:
Slowly:
Mmmmaaaaaaatt
Repeat slowly again:
Mmmmaaaaaaatt
Say it fast:
mat
Hope this helps!


Hmm. I know I taught my own kids to say the sounds individually as a first step before we blended them…and that was only a first step before moving towards the more blended way. Also, we learned something similar when learning to spell…the ability to segment the word. So, for instance, in the phonics based homeschool curriculum I used, in their spelling program we would say a short word and we would pull down colored tiles for each sound in the word made. So I would say mat (the whole word) then say m / a / t (like three separate words) and we taught my son to pull down a colored tile for each sound. Then I taught him how to break it up into the sounds so that he could turn a word like mat into m / a / t. It was imortant because it helped him hear all the sounds that made up the word, so he could pull those sounds out and spell the word. -When we moved on to words with blends like “shut” they would learn to pull down one color for “sh and another for u and another for t so they could hear all three parts (since things like “sh, ch, th” make sounds that are closer together and you just have to learn that those combinations make those sounds, so whem you hear “sh” you spell it “sh”. But that program encouraged you to go through a year of reading phonics first before working on the spelling (though I used a different program for reading so I’m not sure how it did teach that).


This is what’s happening with my son. I was told all kids do it and it’s a learning thing…funny though because I never did and neither did my peers at the time, we were all taught sounding it out slow the. Faster and faster until we could recognize the word for what it is. They are literally teaching kids to be terrible at this stuff. Turn a out most all public school kids do this not because of a development issue but because of how they are being taught


This “system” jacked up my daughter’s reading skills until 3rd grade where there were suddenly no pictures in the books at that reading level. We had to reteach everything. It made me crazy and made her feel dumb. I felt so bad for her too, but we got through it, and suddenly she enjoyed reading. I absolutely hate, hate, hate it. “Look at the picture for clues” only means, “try and guess the words” to a 5 year old.


my 6th grade grand daughter is having this issue…..


Omg the last 2 years this has been our struggle nightly and I didn’t even know it’s a thing. My daughter looks around on the page at the pictures and it would drive me insane. I didn’t know they are teaching that! Wtf! Now it makes sense! 😡


Yes , they don’t tell you and the kids don’t know the issue and how to tell us.


It’s part of the U.N. dumbing-down of America. Phonics used to be taught and we had a generation of reader’s! It’s been abandoned for “what do you think it says?” rather than sounding out the words and actually learning to read. Another plus for teaching your kids yourself.



And another post from this group:

For Spanish speaking parents. This is a legislator in Mexico condemning Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE). Mexico also implemented CSE and as a result students began having sex earlier rather than lowering the number of young children having sex.


Here is a post from a vaccine skeptic group:

Not Vaccine related:
But First forcing vaccines now forcing kids apparently to pee on command…. wow yep just wow… kids gotta go wen they gotta go.. with holding is extremely bad!!!
(Not mine taken from another outraged parent)
News article below. found it


And some replies to this post:

I saw an update on this. The principal sent a letter, made a video and wrote a post. Apparently the teachers went rogue and sent this themselves without school approval. It will not be the policy. Crazy though


It’s BS! I had to get a special note in hs that allowed me to urinate whenever I needed from my mother and doctor. We were given 3 bathroom passes for the semester and at the end of that time if you didn’t use your pass you would be awarded 5pt each pass towards your grade. Bladder control should not be related to your grade. I absolutely disagree with bathroom privileges being under this kind of control


That is incredibly false and very unsafe. You should urinate every couple of hours if you’re properly hydrated and should drink more than a carton of milk a day. Holding it too long only increases your risk of a urinary tract infection


I had issues with this in a special needs class for my son who is Autistic.. He was 100% potty trained never had accidents, then started school they were only allowing him to go at very spesific times.. He didn’t need to go.. I emailed the lead behavioral specialist and a team was put together to accomadate him.. As soon as he came home with a diaper I was DONE! He hated it but since he could not verbalize it, they just ignored him freaking out in panic over it. Not ok


The hell that would happen with my kids. There’s 6 hours in a day st school. 2-3 min won’t take away from so much. I’ve always told my girl if she needs to go , go. She won’t be in trouble.


Speaking from someone who needs surgery due to holding in my urine and getting frequent UTIs, I’m glad I’ll be homeschooling my children.


On a friend’s post about this yesterday I shared my own encounter with a like minded teacher.
My son’s kindergarten teacher tried this. She even attempted to speak to me about my son using the bathroom before lunch. Stating “he could have waited until we got to the cafeteria and used the bathroom nearby.”
I said well obviously he couldn’t hold it and I’d never expect him to. I told my son to go ANYTIME he had to. That he wouldn’t be in trouble and that I’d deal with the teacher.


Kids need more support than they are given at school. Sure they have breaks but is a 6 year old going to always be responsible to use the bathroom on a break? nope. When given the freedom they will play instead! Even forgetting they need to go because they are distracted. Consider lengthening break time by 10 min incorporating bathroom time as a designated time before or after where everyone needs to try and wash hands. Seems adding some time would save time in the long run. That’s my 2 cents. And anyway, by the time a kid has to go they’ve usually already BEEN holding it awhile.


Umm no. I had this issue with my son’s kindergarten teacher. She would take their bear bucks away if they took an extra bathroom break. This caused me to have to take my son to the doctor for a UTI. I went to the principal and teacher and WENT OFF because they ignored my request to not prevent my son from going when he needs to. I also had to get a doctor’s note. Fight this! I guarantee there are other parents who are not ok with this.


These teachers wouldn’t like me. I’m so fed up with crappy people (to give you an idea we deal with the VA) so I have 0 tolerance for foolishness like this anymore.


What!!!!!! The control issues in schools is absolutely ridiculous!! How about just talking with kids about the amount of time they’re taking to use the bathroom, see if they’re in there talking with friends etc explain the restroom
is not for that etc.


I pissed my pants in 3rd grade because of a bathroom communist. So did others. I also blame her for my inability to poo in public places.. I’ll go days without making brown trout if I’m away from home.


One of the teachers my son had in elementary school would make him hold it during the day. He was coming home with wet pants and I thought he was just holding it because he didn’t want to ask to go. Well turns out she wasn’t allowing him to go because they were supposed to go in the morning and at lunch. She got a not so nice email! I was so pissed! Needless to say, that was the last time he had an accident at school.


i had that happen when i was in 2nd grade. i asked so many times i got put in the time out chair and pooped myself. in my memory forever. hate teachers that dont let you go potty when you need to


They want first graders to hold their pee for TWO HOURS?! That’s not even healthy for an adult to do. I would definitely be talking to the principal!!


As a Mom of a T1 diabetic, this is infuriating and dangerous. Not just for all the obvious medical reason but also because increased urination is a classic sign of T1 diabetes onset. Most children are diagnosed well into DKA. Their glucose levels are sky high and excess urination is the only way to rid the body of the excess sugar. A few weeks prior to my sons diagnosis his third grade teacher had sent a note home about him using the bathroom to “get out of lesson time”. When he was diagnosed and admitted to the hospital, I had strong words with this teacher. She went on to teach 2 more of my children. She has since put up T1 warning signs on the bathroom door.


This is disgusting. I’m a teacher and it’s shocking that they’re asking children to wait 15 minutes when they have the urge to wee. Young children often put off going t the toilet, so by the time they voice their need to go, it’s pretty much urgent! What the actual fuck.



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

Mom picked her son up early from school one afternoon for some bonding time while training on her firearms. That night the police show up. The next day he’s banned from school.

This could happen to any of our kids.


Here is a Common Core Diva article that shows that the educational tyranny goes all the way back to Abraham Lincoln:


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

A panel appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio seeks to eliminate all gifted programs in New York City because they contain mostly white and Asian students.


Here is a post from Lynn Davenport:

I tried to wake up Waco ISD last year when they were considering a vote to turn over some of their low-performing schools to a fake nonprofit under SB 1882, the pro-privatization bill sponsored by former state rep Linda Koop (and Texas PTA, Commit).

Looks like there were lackluster results in Texas with these experiments. Texas Tribune reported:

“In Waco ISD, where five low-performing campuses were turned over to a new nonprofit, administrators said many teachers jumped ship at two of the schools before the partnership even began. That left the nonprofit starting at a disadvantage finding high-quality educators — a key goal of the partnership.

Those schools — J.H. Hines Elementary and G.W. Carver Middle — both improved significantly in 2017-18, but then plummeted to an F this year, with the latter dropping the equivalent of two grades.”


And another post from her:

“The NYC Department of Education has adopted the SEL curriculum of Sanford Harmony, the fastest growing SEL curriculum provider in America, serving 8 million students in 18,000 schools. In the Sanford curriculum, the norm-setting process that has traditionally been implicit and internal becomes explicit and external. Students learn to behave and relate to each other through games such as “Emotions Bingo,” to map out “think-feel-do” chains,” to role-play “communications boosters” and “communications bloopers,” and to engage in “whole-body-listening.”

“Traditionally, teachers set expectations and students absorb them — or else receive a consequence for misbehavior. But SEL eschews consequences, diminishing the teacher as an authority figure, and instead of encouraging students to internally regulate their behavior, it encourages them to rely on external games and tools for guidance.”

”But as SEL sweeps the nation, parents will likely recognize that ideology and be alarmed by it. And just as with the Common Core, their alarm will undoubtedly be met with condescension, a response that will only serve to increase civic alienation and class division — to say nothing of the substantive effect this social and emotional engineering will have on the character of our next generation.”


And yet another post from her:

“Twenty-two towns, counties and police departments in Texas are recovering after their computer systems were taken hostage just over a week ago. The state of Texas says the attacks, which happened simultaneously, were ransomware and the FBI is investigating. Ransomware locks up a victim’s files until money is paid or the users find another way to recover their data. More and more, critical public service networks are the targets. Before Texas, the city governments of Newark, Atlanta and Baltimore were hit and San Francisco’s transit authority; the Colorado Department of Transportation and Cleveland’s airport. As we first reported in May, 26% of cities and counties say they fend off an attack on their networks every hour. Perhaps even worse, dozens of hospitals have been held hostage all across the country.”


And yet another post from her:

TI and the TI Foundation both fund the destruction of public education while claiming to support it:

“For years, TI and the TI Foundation have invested heavily in education initiatives with nonprofit partners in North Texas to improve teacher effectiveness and student learning outcomes in STEM-related subjects,” Andy Smith, the TI Foundation’s executive director and TI’s director of corporate philanthropy, said in a statement. “NAEP data paints an alarming picture of why it’s so important to invest in local education, and why we can’t let students back away from math and science.”

Among the North Texas schools that have received funding this year from TI are:

• The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) College Readiness Program for three additional schools, Cedar Hill, Desoto, and Duncanville

• Continued support for Teach for America in Dallas

• Urban Teachers teacher preparation residency program for Dallas ISD and local KIPP and Uplift Education schools

⚠️The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) was founded by a group of Dallas area lawyers and businessmen. Tom Luce is identified as the founder and Rex Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil and present US Secretary of State, provided the financing.

⚠️TFA corps members and alumni are the ground forces for privatizing public education the pillar of American Democracy. TFA is bad for America.


And yet another post from her:

This is a good read. It exposes an abdication of responsibility in the teaching colleges in favor of a political experiment:

“But whenever family and friends ask me about graduate school, I have to explain that rather than an academic program centered around pedagogy and public policy, STEP is a 12-month immersion in doctrinaire social justice activism. This program is a bizarre political experiment, light on academic rigor, in which the faculty quite consciously whips up emotions in order to punch home its ideological message.”

“The logic here is that if teachers are immersed in social justice ideology they will then impart these ideas to young people at all levels of K-12 and post-secondary education. This lofty aim explains why the program focuses so heavily on training students in the discourse of far-left identity politics and why it demands total intellectual acquiescence. When you consider that STEP’s ostensible purpose is to prepare graduates to become novice high school teachers, this approach in a public university is difficult to justify.”

“This focus on ideology comes at the cost of studying the craft of teaching or how to productively deal with difficult social problems on a small scale. Much of the practical teaching guidance we were given has no demonstrable efficacy or validation in the peer-reviewed literature. Most of the classes at the UW require little if any academic work and they often resemble group therapy sessions along with activities like personal journaling, which I tried to undertake with an open mind, despite my sense that these tasks are far removed from the vocational demands of teaching. STEP is a travesty in its disservice to its own students and, because the program neglects the practice of teaching in favor of pontifications on social justice, it lets down the disadvantaged children it purports to serve. Each year it sends out a cohort of graduates who, due to a lack of preparation, are likely to become overwhelmed in a profession already suffering from alarming rates of attrition, particularly in high-needs schools.”


Here is a post from the Florida anti-iReady group:

Teach For America is CHEAP for America! Ha!

Adam explains why TeachFor America should never replace credentialed highly trained teachers.
As the shortage continues and the war on public schools is carried on by our FL legislators,TFA has already started recruiting and hiring in FL.

One of Governor Scott’s state board of Ed appointees was a TFA alum who started her own company after her 5 week trading and 2 year stint in the classroom. That was Rebecca Fishman-Lipsey.

https://www.facebook.com/jeanette.deutermann/videos/10220106313476534/?t=0
https://www.facebook.com/jeanette.deutermann/videos/10220106315316580/?t=0


Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

Parents,
Please realize how progressive our younger teachers have become and how in just a few years many veteran, more common sense teachers will be retiring.
The changes will be exceptionally radical.

  • a Nor Cal teacher

And some replies to this post:

I notice the difference just between myself and my younger brother who 10 years younger and just graduated from Columbia teachers college. He’s a good guy but my goodness, I can tell that what they have learned is totally different. And that eventually will trickle down.


The United Nations, Planned Parenthood, ACLU and other enemies are on the attack you can expect radical change. They are using California as a Guinea Pig. A few Bill’s every week and they’ll have their agenda in place. They are ready set inforce schools to teach things they don’t believe in. Be informed. Protect our children and country.


So true. And the conservative teachers will quit their public school jobs before they are forced to teach ungodly things to their students. Soon, the left will totally infiltrate the public school system and America’s youth will be indoctrinated with evil and lies from them.


That’s what the Left must want: force all.of the conservative teachers & staff, out! GOD FORBID! RISE UP, MEN AND WOMEN OF GOD!!!!!


Yep. Been observing this for the past 12 years that we’ve been in public school. Just left this year.


I am so grateful you made this decision. So happy!!!!!!!!!!

  • a veteran teacher

sad but true 😢had to do the same


My wife is a conservative teacher in public California schools. She has about 10-18 years left!


Our principal last year praised AOC in the monthly school letter……BLM signs posted in all classrooms..this is an elementary school!


Teachers wearing political t shirts , buttons, talking about protests, campaigns, politicians…… all left all day. Conservatives are brave if they practice the Pledge of Allegiance in class.


the pledge is said in every school in my district in California. Honesty if you all fear California so much you could move to a more conservative state you are living in one of the most liberal. Maybe Alabama, Tennesse. Not being rude but all the time you here America love it or leave it we could say the same about California you know where you live and you know it is liberal.


Why should we leave when we’ve lived here most of our lives? Just because we previously stayed quiet, people thought we were ok with changes. Many were neutral. But now it’s just gotten out of hand, and we can no longer stay silent. What pushed me to be more vocal is seeing my parental rights being taken away gradually. I won’t stand for that. No one has the right to take over my parental rights and responsibilities.


I’m a native Californian, and I love my State. It was not always, as radically liberal, as it has become in recent years. I’m here to stand against the ever increasing liberal assault, on the innocence minds of our children, by early sexualization, and indoctrination, that has crept into our education system. If you discovered that your home had an infestation of termites, would you take action to control the termites, or would you pack up and leave the home that you love? California has alway been my home. I’m staying! The radical agendas of liberalism, that have infested our schools, are termites, that need to go. I’m here to help facilitate the extermination of those policies, that are harmful to our children, and I’m here to stay!


I’m glad your district still recites the Pledge of Allegiance, but that is rare in CA public schools now. These parents are seeing a change in society fueled by progressives in schools indoctrinating students. My kids went to high school from 2009 – 2013 and I needed to go to the school board to fight a stupid requirement for freshman. It wasn’t just me, it was a bunch of parents that were fighting to make sure our kids stayed competitive for colleges. The board’s arrogance and complete lack of respect for parents/parenting was appalling. One had the audacity to tell us how their kids (3 of them) had all used an alternative we were asking for and how it didn’t work well, so they wouldn’t allow us to use it. I’m like if it wasn’t good, why did all 3 kids use it? Why not let us make the decision, instead of you? I eventually found my own loophole and worked the system, but the audacity to make decisions for all kids based on your kids experience – not even other families, just yours. Mind you, there were other parents there that had successfully used the alternative with previous kids, but could no longer. No, instead your kids should be less competitive for colleges…
This is what many are fighting on a much worse level than I did at that time. Government is usurping the parental role, not just in school (but using the school) to grant decisions to students that have no ability to make those decisions. Have you thought of how unfair a fight it is to put a child/teenager alone up against any authority in school? They want the students without parents – they’re so much easier to intimidate – to acquiesce to their agenda, not your family’s and not to your child’s best interest. Reshaping society by coercion rather than winning in the arena of ideas should tell you how bad these ideas are and why parents are fighting so hard. It’s not just about moving, it’s about how CA will shape the entire nation, because it’s not just CA, but we’re hearing this worldwide.


In April I was praying that they would not go forward with this nonsense of so called education. In May I made the decision to pull my two children out of public school (kindergarten and 1st grade) to not expose my children of an ideology that I strongly disagree with. In July I enrolled them in a small catholic school. It was hard at first because of obviously it’s expensive but aren’t my children worth it? Yes we have to give up going out to eat, going to the movies on weekends etc etc but my kids soul is far important than material happiness. I love that they talk about God everyday. Do what’s right even if it’s the hardest decision you will ever make.


It’s hard to imagine it getting worst, but it will. The radical youth that are coming out of our universities these days are 100% indoctrinated. I can see it within my own family and families of friends. According to Pacific Research group, among English teachers, there are 97 liberals to each 3 conservative ones. The odds are only slightly better when you look at Math and Science with 87 liberals to each 13 conservatives. Health is nearly 100% taught by liberals.


Experiencing it first hand this year at middle school.


elementary was fine, but middle school 🤦🏻‍♀️. You walk into the language arts classroom and it is filled with liberal propaganda. I noticed some of the posters she had up were produced by the CTA.


My daughter’s history teacher is woman. Told the class about her wife and how they left AZ because it’s a close minded state. She just taught them about ‘fake news’. Assignment yesterday talks about how christians killed pagans because they were ‘Satan’s warriors’.


I would be reporting her to the school district immediately! I don’t care who that teacher sleeps with, but she has no business brain washing children with her sick religious opinions. When my husband was in college his Anthropology teacher told the entire class, day 1, that God doesn’t exist….half of the class immediately walked out and complained to the school….but this was 10 years ago when there was a shred of dignity left in this country!


Yep. US History with my Junior. Woman. “Examining documents and discussing them in groups”. Great, I think… What could be bad about examining the Bill of Rights and the Constitution? Nope. Not THOSE! They will be examining writings of people that lived through the history. They started with slavery…


The only solution my husband and I came up with is private school. It’s expensive, but it will be worth it. Right now the kids are okay because they are very young, and we live in one of few Republican towns left in California (hopefully it stays this way). I figure by 4th grade for my oldest we will be able to afford it 🙏🏼


My brothers fiance just became a special education teacher. She is a conservative christian in her 20s.
I’ve seen many young new teachers. My daughter’s teacher in 5th grade was more concerned about fixing the girls hair and chit-chat than teaching proper grammar, sentence structure etc. My daughter told her she didn’t have time to finish schoolwork at home because we have her too much chores and would be mad if they weren’t done. I went to talk to the teacher and said 1. She is given plenty of time at school to do her work, if she doesn’t finish it, it’s because she’s fooling around. 2.She only had a few chores at home and kept telling us she had no homework. The teacher sided with my kid… Told me to look in her planner. Daughter wouldn’t fill out planner. I asked the teacher to email me the assignments and their due dates. She wouldn’t.


The teachers don’t want the mean ones, they want to be the kids buddies.


Found out FIFTEEN YEARS AGO that I needed one more class to get my diploma despite walking the stage with my classmates and “graduating”…. first day of said class my professor asks us to write a few things about ourselves to turn into her – what pronouns do you go by? Grrrrrrr…… really?


THIS!!!
And the young teachers are being trained in the teacher colleges as facilitators of online curriculum. They won’t even know what’s in the online curriculum most of the time.
Parents need to understand how teacher colleges have changed.



Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

Time to WAKE UP TEXAS!!
Under Texas’ SB1882 school districts with failing schools can be forced by TEA (under threat of entire district takeover) into entering into “partnerships” with startup charters or fake “non-profit” entities where the quality of education still declines. This is a LAND GRAB for public money when we see whose pockets are picked and whose pockets are now being lined…How Relay got their hands on being paid nearly $3 million from TEA in what appears to be a no-bid contract, and without any background or proven experience in Texas should be looked into.

Relay is NOT a Charter school but under 1882 they have formed an entity known as Relay Lab Schools, which run by former Teach for America (TFA)ers who are employed by Relay Graduate School of Education (it is not an accredited “Graduate” school, but a private teacher and school administrator training organization based in NYC). Raise Your Hand Texas (Todd Williams is on their DFW Board) in 2017 provided Relay with a seed grant to launch Relay’s teacher “residency” program in Texas, specifically targeting DISD and HISD. What is very telling is Relay’s portfolio of unqualified “Academic Deans”, including TFA alum Chris Fraser who was in Miguel’s Harvard GSE class in 2011-12

What is more telling is how without any background in Texas, TEA through a no-bid contract under Gov. Abbott appointed Commissioner Mike Morath’s authority began funding Relay directly as of 2017. According to the TEA check registry, Relay Graduate School of Education received the following payments from TEA: An initial $790,000 payment on 8.17.17, plus $860,000 more during the 17-18 budget year, and $1.32 million this past year, totaling $2.97 million paid out in less than two years.

Now Relay Labs is running SAISD poor-performing schools and even under Relay and all the additional cost still has terrible results. And wouldn’t you know it the champion for Relay at SAISD is none other than Mohammed Choudhury, who was the former DISD
Chief of Transformation and Innovation, Mike Koprowski’s deputy at DISD under for Superintendent Mike Miles…

“Mohammed Choudhury is a NextGen Network leader at the Pahara-Aspen Institute and a Future Chief at Chiefs for Change.”


And some replies to this post:

If anyone wants to see the havoc wreaked and damage done by Relay, just Google Relay Colorado. Especially the Aurora school district…they are some of the most destructive people in education DEform.
Figures Morath would welcome them with open arms and bags of taxpayer cash.🤬


Peggy wrote a lot about Relay and tried desperately to stop it.



Here is a post from the Florida anti-iReady group:

Do you see the what these tests mean to districts and some schools and teachers – I understand there’s many teachers that hate these tests as much as we do -but some will use them to punish kids. 😡

And a note- recess is state mandated daily for 20 min. They can not take it away for academic or disciplinary reasons.

Shared from another group

And here is the post quoted:

My child is now in the 4th grade, this morning he tells me he will not be getting recess today because he scored low on a lesson in iReady. That didn’t sit well with me, so I sent a letter stating, “he will not be missing recess due to low score on iReady. Iready is there to determine my child’s needs and to help you teachers with instructional decisions. If a child scores low that means they need HELP! If necessary I can opt him out of iReady.” I receieved back through the school app tht they would like to speak with me after school today. Any suggestions on how I should approch this after school, I don’t wnt to go in there with negative attitude from the beginning, but I am thinking about opting him out, I just never did before becuase he didn’t mind doing iRedy and he was super good at it.


And some replies to this post:

put your foot down as a parent to stop this insanity! my kid my rules


At my son’s elementary school the staff takes away recess if the kids have not completed the iReady minutes.


no way i would put up with that.. contact school board contact the news whatever you need to do


they did this to my kid her entire 5th grade year. They eventually tired of hearing my complaints about it (daily) so they relented .. eventually they’d find reasons to give her silent lunch or refuse her “fun Fridays” or any other privileges other kids were getting


That just sounds like a bunch of adults in “authority” bullying a child 😦


Recess is mandatory. I ready not so much



Here is a post that was shared in the California anti-radical sex ed group:

UPDATE: Assembly Bill 493, the teacher LGBTQ sensitivity training bill, was passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee and will now advance to the Senate floor for a final vote.


Here is post from the Common Core Diva:

Warriors, forget being censored for those “7 Dirty Words You Can’t Say on TV”, here’s a whole list of words US Homeland Security will use against us. Some of these words I have used in my articles. So I am a “bad gal”?


Here is a post from a friend of mine:

Parents are tired of their kids seeing porn and pop-up ads in schools. (And no… don’t even start with ‘blame the kids’. If supplied by the school, the school is the responsible party… says Federal law CIPA. And these kids are NOT looking for porn and ads, they just pop up.)
Ask yourself: Would tracking kids’ location and web activity, what they type, increase of pedophiles luring kids on the web, inappropriate apps and chat rooms, data profiling be such a huge problem if we limited tech in schools, and schools used books instead of 1:1 devices?

Sure teach age appropriate tech use to older kids, but don’t let the screen replace teachers teaching and grading and interacting with students. Teach tech with tech classes. Teach subjects like math and reading with books. Students remember better and score better with paper pencil/ books instead of a screen.

Teach with pencils, human teachers and textbooks please.


And some replies to this post:

Our district device installed VPN bypasses at home network security.


so, if a student takes the device home, no security?


If a parent has restricted any sites, like YouTube or Facebook etc., the VPN bypasses restrictions. Not ALL websites would be available but it certainly takes away the parents control over where their kids are spending time.


wow. Talk about overriding parent authority. And safety. JustWow.



And another post from her:

White House considers new project seeking links between mental health and violent behavior: HARPA.

By Jacqueline Alemany

August 22

The White House has been briefed on a proposal to develop a way to identify early signs of changes in people with mental illness that could lead to violent behavior.
Supporters see the plan as a way President Trump could move the ball forward on gun control following recent mass shootings as efforts seem to be flagging to impose harsher restrictions such as background checks on gun purchases.

The proposal is part of a larger initiative to establish a new agency called the Health Advanced Research Projects Agency or HARPA, which would sit inside the Health and Human Services Department. Its director would be appointed by the president, and the agency would have a separate budget, according to three people with knowledge of conversations around the plan.

HARPA would be modeled on DARPA, the highly successful Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency that serves as the research arm of the Pentagon and collaborates with other federal agencies, the private sector and academia.
The concept was advanced by the Suzanne Wright Foundation and first discussed by officials on the Domestic Policy Council and senior White House staffers in June 2017. But the idea has gained momentum in the wake of the latest mass shootings that killed 31 people in one weekend in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio.
The Suzanne Wright Foundation re-approached the administration last week and proposed that HARPA include a “Safe Home” — “Stopping Aberrant Fatal Events by Helping Overcome Mental Extremes” — project. Officials discussed the proposal at the White House last week, said two people familiar with the discussions. These people and others spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the conversations.

The attempt to use volunteer data to identify “neurobehavioral signs” of “someone headed toward a violent explosive act” would be a four-year project costing an estimated $40 million to $60 million, according to Geoffrey Ling, the lead scientific adviser on HARPA and a founding director of DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office.
“Everybody would be a volunteer,” Ling said in an interview. “We’re not inventing new science here. We’re analyzing it so we can develop new approaches.
“This is going to have to be done using scientific rigor,” he said.
But there are plenty of researchers and mental health experts who believe that mental health and gun violence aren’t necessarily linked.

Mental illness can sometimes be a factor in such violent acts, experts say, but it is rarely a predictor — most studies show that no more than a quarter of mass shooters have a diagnosed mental illness. More commonly shared attributes of mass shooters include a strong sense of resentment, desire for notoriety, obsession with other shooters, a history of domestic violence, narcissism and access to firearms.
In the immediate aftermath of Dayton and El Paso, Trump said he might support background checks for all gun purchases and “red flag” laws to deny guns to those deemed a hazard to themselves or others. But Trump on Tuesday called universal background checks off the table in a conversation with the head of the National Rifle Association, though he later denied saying that.
The president has said he thinks mentally ill people are primarily responsible for the spate of mass shootings in the United States. And this proposal is likely to be welcomed by Republicans and gun-rights activists who have argued the same thing.

“We’re looking at the whole gun situation,” Trump said last week. “I do want people to remember the words ‘mental illness.’ These people are mentally ill. . . . I think we have to start building institutions again because, you know, if you look at the ’60s and ’70s, so many of these institutions were closed.”
Trump has reacted “very positively” to the HARPA proposal, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions and has been “sold on the concept.” But it’s unclear whether the president has reviewed the new “Safe Home” component of the proposal and creating an entire agency would be a huge lift in Congress.
“Every time this has been brought up inside the White House — even up to the presidential level, it’s been very well-received,” a person familiar with discussions said. “HARPA is the health-care equivalent of DARPA, and it’s a great legacy project for the president, one he is uniquely positioned to get done.”
That person said that Trump could benefit in a variety of ways from getting behind a project like HARPA right now.
“There is no doubt that addressing this issue helps the president deal with two issues he has yet to find real success on: one is the health-care front and one is on the gun-violence front,” the person added.
Trump has a close personal relationship with Bob Wright, who founded the Suzanne Wright Foundation after his wife passed away from pancreatic cancer. Wright is the former chair of NBC and was in that job while Trump headlined “The Apprentice.”
Wright sees Ivanka Trump as the most effective champion of the proposal and has previously briefed her on HARPA himself, Wright said.
“It would be perfect for her to do it — we need someone with some horsepower — someone like her driving it. … It could get done,” said one official familiar with the conversations. “We’d be able to put every resource of federal government, from the highest levels of the scientific community to say: ‘This is how people with these problems should be treated and have limited access to firearms.’ ”
The HARPA proposal was initially pitched as a project to improve the mortality rate of pancreatic cancer through innovative research to better detect and cure diseases. Despite internal support over the past two years, the model ran into what was described as “institutional barriers to progress,” according to a person familiar with the conversations.
“He’s very achievement oriented and I think all presidents have difficulties with science,” Wright said in an interview. “I think their political advisers say, ‘No that’s not a game for you,’ so they sort of back off a bit.”
He added: “But the president has a real opportunity here to leave a legacy in health care.”
The idea is for the agency to develop a “sensor suite” using advanced artificial intelligence to try to identify changes in mental status that could make an individual more prone to violent behavior. The research would ultimately be opened to the public.
HARPA would develop “breakthrough technologies with high specificity and sensitivity for early diagnosis of neuropsychiatric violence,” says a copy of the proposal. “A multi-modality solution, along with real-time data analytics, is needed to achieve such an accurate diagnosis.”
The document goes on to list a number of widely used technologies it suggests could be employed to help collect data, including Apple Watches, Fitbits, Amazon Echo and Google Home. The document also mentions “powerful tools” collected by health-care provides like fMRIs, tractography and image analysis.
“Advanced analytical tools based on artificial intelligence and machine learning are rapidly improving and must be applied to the data,” states the document.
Those familiar with the project stressed it would not collect sensitive health data about individuals without their permission. The government is simply trying to identify risk factors when it comes to mental health that could indicate violent behavior, they said.
“Privacy must be safeguarded. Profiling must be avoided. Data protection capabilities will be the cornerstone of this effort.”
Proponents of the plan say that an agency like HARPA, which applies technology being used in other fields to develop medical breakthroughs, is long overdue.
“DARPA is a brilliant model that works. They have developed the most transformational capabilities in the world for national security,” said Liz Feld, the president of the Suzanne Wright Foundation, saying those techniques had yet to be applied to health care. “We’re not leveraging the tools and technologies available to us to improve and save lives.”

How interesting that this proposal is titled “Safe Home” – Stopping Aberrant Fatal Events by Helping Overcome Mental Extremes – Makes me think of all the Home Visit bills being pushed through. “SAFE HOME involves using artificial intelligence (AI) to look for changes in a person’s mental state that could indicate that they might become violent.
Volunteer data would be used to discover “neurobehavioral signs” of “someone headed toward a violent explosive act.”


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Aaack! All this predictive garbage. Psychology is really taking over education and has that long history of doing so. I feel they’re digging into the areas of psych that are rather dark…Skinner, Wundt, Vygotsky…Imho: “Safe” = “Not Safe” .


It’s not mental illness. It’s demonic influence. 😔


Domonic influence by the very people that are supposed to help people with emotional problems. They false label men, women and children, put them on psychotropic drugs with side effects like suicidal and homicidal thoughts, then send them into society to wreck havoc.
Psychiatrists and the Pharmaceutical companies are behind all of it while making things worse and making Billions.
cchrint.org


So this is supposed to be about keeping guns away from people with mental illness who are about to become violent? And this would solve the mass shooting problem? What does NAMI have to say about this? Are we looking at preventive detention? What could possibly go wrong? HARPA/DARPA–has an awful ring to it



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

<<This year, it looked like a single tear running down the face of one of my sweetest students. When I asked her afterwards why she was crying, she told me that she worked so hard but she couldn’t figure out some of the answers. She was so, so sorry that she was letting me down. She worried that her family would be ashamed of her score.

What an awful burden to place on a ten year old.>>


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

Are there any parent’s of a 3rd grader(s) here who have been able to opt out of the literacy/reading portion of the MAP test without any issues? If you have been able to may I please ask what school and what the process was?

I am currently battling my son’s school, Veteran’s Memorial STEM Academy. The principal is directing me to the WCSD Assessment Board, which is telling her that it is illegal for me to do so. My son was given the test after I was told he wouldn’t be…against my wishes and without informing me they had changed their stance. I haven’t spoken to the Assessment Board yet. They are calling SB391 from 2015 into play.

Thank you for any input.


And some replies to this post:

Ask for a link to the law


I have it. I just don’t agree with their interpretation and what they are saying it says and doesn’t say. I’ve read over and over again.


where is it ?


SB391 from 2015. I only have it in a PDF format.


They lied to you. Found no criminal or civil law. Merely approved tests. Teacher training. That’s it, in Nev admin code same way.


This may help


Wishing you much success- fighting everyone on opting out was an uphill battle and got harder every year for us. We are now at a private school with no MAP ,no SBAC, no cell phones, no chromebooks, saying the Pledge of Allegiance is mandatory, etc. worth every dollar and cent.


I still say you are owed your childs portion of taxpayer money designated for children’s education. I believe that money should follow the child. In know that belief, so far, is opposed by the powers that be but i am hoping that somewhere in the US it will get proved in court.


That sounds great [name redacted]! What part of NV are you in? Even some of the private schools around here still use things like Chromebooks when they obviously don’t have to, and I do not understand why they would do that.


I read sb391. Approves assessments, and provides for professional development. Saw nothing requiring parent to comply and remain silent. Exercise your right of refusal.


Are the opt out rules different for charter schools? Or do all parents in the state have the right to opt out?


it is very hard to opt out of charter schools..they threaten parents in all kinds of ways.. They know all kids do not get in because of the lottery pick. They want 100% participation so that they can boast they are a 5 star school.


So, I just read through our school’s updated handbook for this year and saw that they have now instituted a “No Opt Out Policy” for testing. I am NOT happy about that. Do we have any recourse if it’s a charter school?


you can talk directly to the Principal and ask what will happen if your child doesn’t show up during testing hours


But kids are being opted out at schools, besides the one my son goes too…


For the SBAC, I talked to the Principal, told her I was against it, gave her the reasons why, she gave me her reasons as to why she wants my daughter to take it (basically to keep their 5 star rating because they get points based on 100% participation, scores, etc). We still refused, we signed in my daughter late every day of the testing and everything seemed to be just fine..UNTIL, the VP pulled a fast one the following week. She pulled aside my daughter, put her to a computer, told her to sign in and out and that I SAID IT WAS OKAY. My daughter believed her and signed in and out. And there you have it, they got their 100% participation points..and my daughter received the lowest score on the test. I was outraged, we left messages, and emails for both the Principal & VP. We left the school and are not looking back. Charters think they are better than public – I think they are the same and actually think it is easier to opt out at a public school. My kids have attended both.



Here is a post from a friend of mine:

Schools spent millions of dollars on devices and programs; some question how much it’s helping

By

Betsy Morris and Tawnell D. Hobbs

Sept. 3, 2019 11:15 am ET

When Baltimore County, Md., public schools began going digital five years ago, textbooks disappeared from classrooms and paper and pencils were no longer encouraged. All students from kindergarten to 12th grade would eventually get a laptop, helping the district reach the “one-to-one” ratio of one for each child that has become coveted around the country. Teaching apps and digital courses took the place of flashcards and notebooks.
Despite the investment, academic results have mostly slipped in the district of about 115,000 students.

Over the last decade, American schools embraced technology, spending millions of dollars on devices and apps, believing its disruptive power would help many children learn faster, stay in school and be more prepared for a competitive economy. Now many parents and teachers are starting to wonder if all the disruption was a good idea.

Baltimore County public schools began going digital five years ago, with students from kindergarten to 12th grade getting laptops. PHOTO: GREG KAHN FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Technology has made it easier for students and teachers to communicate and collaborate. It engages many students and allows them to learn at their own pace. But early indications are that tech isn’t a panacea for education. Researchers at the Rand Corp. and elsewhere say there is no clear evidence showing which new tech-related education offerings or approaches work in schools.
The uncertainty is feeding alarm among some parents already worried about the amount of time their children spend attached to digital devices. Some believe technology is not doing much to help their kids learn, setting up a clash with tech advocates who say technology is the future of education.
Across the country—in Boston, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Austin, Texas—parents are demanding proof technology works as an educational tool, and insisting on limits. They’re pushing schools to offer low- or screen-free classrooms, picketing board meetings to protest all the online classes and demanding more information about what data is collected on students.

In April, a report from the National Education Policy Center, a nonpartisan research group at the University of Colorado at Boulder, found the rapid adoption of the mostly proprietary technology in education to be rife with “questionable educational assumptions . . . self-interested advocacy by the technology industry, serious threats to student privacy and a lack of research support.”
Proponents say schools must have technology. “We are moving into a time of exponential change,” says Keith Krueger, CEO of Consortium for School Networking, an association for school tech officers that also includes tech companies. “Schools are not at the leading edge of technology but technology is reaching a tipping point in the way learning happens.” He says, “Schools need to determine how to equip [students] to be smart digital citizens.”
Earlier this year, Cynthia Boyd, watched as her daughter, Jane, then a Baltimore County first-grader, poked at a keyboard on a family laptop in response to math problems on the screen, part of her public school’s math class. (She had a laptop assigned to her by the school, but first-graders don’t bring them home.) An interactive program delivered an image of a token on the screen when she completed an assignment. She could then trade in those tokens to play games.

To Dr. Boyd, a professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins, it looks more like a video game than a math class. She isn’t sure if the lessons are sticking with Jane and worries about the hyper-stimulating screen time.
“I feel like my kids have been part of a huge massive experiment I have no control over,” says Dr. Boyd, who also has two sons aged 13 and 15. Liam, the younger son, began learning on screens three years ago and Graham, the older son, began learning on them four years ago.
There is a role for technology in school, she says, but it is a matter of how much and at what age. She has seen the benefits: Her younger son learned how to type, as well as the basics of computer programming and the logic involved. Tech allowed her oldest son to build a website for a history project and enabled him to learn how to use online original documents from the Library of Congress.

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Baltimore County’s latest results on state standardized tests, released last week, were so disappointing they prompted a letter to parents from the district’s new school superintendent, Darryl Williams. In English language arts and math, “far too few of our students are meeting or exceeding expectations. …We can and must do better,” he wrote.

About 37% of the county’s students in grades 3-8 were proficient in English language arts, compared to about 44% statewide. In math, about 27% of the students were proficient, compared to 33% statewide.
Dr. Williams wasn’t available for comment. A school district spokesman said Dr. Williams and his academic team will be closely evaluating what role, if any, the laptop program has played in the district’s performance.
Baltimore County said earlier this year it would scale back the ratio of laptops in first and second grades to one for every five students. A few miles away, in Montgomery County, a new curriculum this fall will return textbooks, paper and pencils to the classroom to supplement laptops.
In both cases, school officials say they were responding, in part, to parents and teachers. Baltimore County’s early-learning teachers said they didn’t need so many laptops. Parents wanted their children to “have a mixed media experience touching paper and reading books and down on the carpet without a device in their hands,” said Ryan Imbriale, who heads the school district’s department of innovative learning.

Teachers at an elementary school in Montgomery County, Md. PHOTO: GREG KAHN FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

In Montgomery County, which was due for a curriculum change, “we heard loud and clear from parents,” said Dr. Maria Navarro, Chief Academic Officer. Among other things, “they are very concerned about the amount of screen time” in school.
Technology is a useful part of learning, Dr. Navarro says. It is especially effective when it allows aspiring engineers and architects to build simulations in a high-school drafting class, for instance, or non-native English speakers to get an instant translation by touching a word in their reading assignment. “The question is what’s the best use of this tool,” she says, “and what’s the right quality and quantity.”
Montgomery County schools improved in nearly all categories in the results released last week, with average gains better than those seen statewide for students in grades 3 through 8.
Technology certainly helps solve some big problems. At a time when all 50 states report teacher shortages, instructors are being live-streamed into classrooms to remotely fill vacancies in about 180 school districts. In places such as Hot Springs, Va., Alphabet Inc. ’s Google has wired school buses, turning them into rolling study halls for students with long commutes and sometimes patchy or nonexistent Wi-Fi at home. Google says the program, a pilot which is in 15 school districts in 13 states, will be funded at least through the end of this school year.
Tech-enabled “flipped learning” is growing rapidly, embraced by many educators as a more efficient use of time. It mainly calls for students to watch taped lectures online at night and apply the new knowledge the next day, eliminating using class time to teach full lessons, allowing students to get right to work. Flipped learning is expected to be a $2.4 global billion business next year, compared with less than $500 million in 2015, according to a recent study from technavio.com, a market research firm.

Google has wired school buses in some districts so students can use the internet on long commutes. PHOTO: JASON LAPPA FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

The widespread prevalence of technology in American schools, often known for changing at a glacial pace, has been jarring for large numbers of parents, teachers and administrators—many of whom were big proponents just a few years ago.
The school devices are undermining parents’ struggle to limit screen time. They say their children find ways at school to bypass their schools’ internet filters and can find their way onto YouTube exposing them to X-rated and violent content. They can kill time in class by shopping online or playing games.
It was just eight years ago that President Barack Obama signaled in his State of the Union Address that he envisioned U.S. students reading digital textbooks; soon after, his administration set a five-year goal. The call was hardly controversial; it was premised on the widespread belief that digital innovations would boost graduation rates, help close the persistent socio-economic achievement gap and keep American students from falling behind their peers in other countries.
The Trump administration’s Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, is a proponent, saying in a statement “When applied appropriately, technology in the classroom opens up a world of possibilities for students.”
Device usage in schools is rising. A 2018 report by the Consortium for School Networking found 59% of high schools reported that all of their students had access to non-shared devices, compared with 53% the year prior. Middle schools reported 63% of all students had access from 56%. Elementary use was at 29% from 25%. In some cases, schools provide the devices and in others, students bring their own.
Alphabet Inc.’s Google has 60% of the school device market; Apple Inc. and Microsoft Inc. split the rest about equally, according to Futuresource Consulting, a market research and data analytics firm.
The digital push coincided with the rise in enthusiasm for personalized learning. Championed by advocates including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the tailored-to-the-child approach is designed to allow students to learn according to their needs and interests—at their own pace and often not in sync with classmates.
The flexibility is made possible by individually assigned laptops and tens of thousands of new digital learning programs.
“Technology is one tool—an extremely promising one if we use it well. But we have to be clear-eyed,” says Robert L. Hughes, who directs U.S. K-12 Education for the Gates foundation. He says there is still “wide variation” in performance—between classrooms, schools and districts using technology to personalize learning. “It is the very early days.”
Mr. Gates has indicated problems are to be expected in the early stages of educational software development. “The stand-alone textbook is becoming a thing of the past,” he wrote in the foundation’s annual letter in February. What happens next? “The same basic cycle you go through for all software: get lots of feedback on the existing products, collect data on what works and make them better,” he wrote.
A foundation spokesman said Mr. Gates wasn’t available to comment.
Silicon Valley’s biggest names, including Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, Netflix Inc. Chief Executive Reed Hastings and Steve Jobs ’s widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, have also invested in their own efforts to apply technology to improve education.
The individualized learning approach assumes that if given choices and goals, children will stay motivated to do their best. Some parents say that is asking a lot of many kids.
“Put screens in front of children and they aren’t thinking ‘I can’t wait to do research,’ they’re thinking, ‘Let’s play Candy Crush,’” says Melanie Hempe, a Charlotte, N.C., mother and author of a book for parents who want to limit computer use called “Screen Strong.”
Meaghan Edwards, an Austin-area mother, volunteered to read to her son’s third-grade class last year. After 15 minutes, she says the teacher announced: “It’s free time, you can pull out your iPads until lunch,” she recalls. Ms. Edwards watched while her child played a math game on his school-issued iPad. This year, she’s going to home-school her two sons to avoid the iPads.

Jane Lucas, with her mother, Cynthia Boyd, in Maryland. PHOTO: GREG KAHN FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Maryland is one of the states grappling most aggressively with how to calibrate the role of technology in schools, this summer requiring officials to create a set of best practices for devices in the classroom. About half the guidelines address health issues like proper ergonomics and eye safety. Others remind teachers to promote student collaboration and reward good behavior with social and physical activity—not more screen time.
Many teachers support using technology broadly, but are concerned over whether it is being used too much or in the right way.
Diane Birdwell, a world history teacher in Dallas, said when she allowed students to use devices, they were not only distracted by pop-up alerts but didn’t retain information or comprehend as well when reading it on paper.
“It has hampered their ability to think on their own,” said Ms. Birdwell, a 58-year-old teacher of 20 years. “They don’t know how to calculate basic math functions in their minds. They are being mentally crippled by these things.”
Florence Kao, a Montgomery County, Md., lawyer, says that since third grade, her two sons have been using Google Slides, part of Google’s office suite, for their projects. They are now PowerPoint design experts, she says, picking colors, fonts, background images and deciding whether to put each slide in a bubble or a frame. “The ratio of time they spend writing on each slide compared to embellishing it is probably 10% to 90%,” she says. She wonders how well they’re learning to write.

Lisa Menter, a first-grade teacher, prepares her classroom in Montgomery County, Md. PHOTO: GREG KAHN FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Montgomery County schools have roughly 1,000 apps, digital curriculum offerings and other online tools that teachers have chosen to use. Until recently, there was no process in place to evaluate if they meet privacy requirements and are used only for educational purposes, among other things, according to the district. That number is about average nationwide, says Amelia Vance, director of the Education Privacy Project at the Future of Privacy Forum.
Some Montgomery County parents formed a Safe Tech Committee that now meets with the district’s chief tech officer, Pete Cevenini to report problem apps and share other concerns. He has set up a protocol for teachers and administrators to vet apps. As the start of the school year approaches, 22% have been vetted.
A report from Rand Corp. in October cited a lack of rigorous evidence showing which new education practices and tools are effective, saying the offerings are “relatively immature, fragmented and of uneven quality.” In a peer-reviewed article, the research firm described strategies to guide teachers and administrators “in the absence of proven-effective models.”
Dr. Boyd, the Johns Hopkins professor, says all her children have been frustrated by digital courses. Liam didn’t have a textbook to accompany a science class. Eventually, Jane’s math program wouldn’t let her advance and win more tokens and games.

Jane Lucas, 7, sews with her mother, Cynthia Boyd, while her brothers, Graham, 15, and Liam, 13, far right, play a game. PHOTO: GREG KAHN FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Graham was a year ahead in math when he was in sixth grade. But his math program couldn’t evaluate how well he was able to work out problems on scratch paper. An algorithmic program sent him back to fourth-grade for some skills to relearn material he had learned long before. Graham began “to think math was awful,” Dr. Boyd recalls.
Her sons have since switched to private schools where the curriculum is less technology intensive. She is glad Jane’s school district is re-evaluating and making changes.
At a gathering at a Panera in Rockville, Md., parents shared worries about how technology is impacting their children’s abilities to learn. One mother said her four children “think it is just so humorous they would put a toy in the classroom,” referring to the laptops. “Even a child knows that it is silly.”


And another post from her:

😳Thread !!!!!!!!


And yet another post from her:

Just going to leave this here for all the 1:1 chromebook and iPad schools to consider. Have you thought about the consequences when you require kids to be on devices at school? How will you protect children?


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

does anyone opt out of iReady? My kids are already being set up with accounts containing their picture, name, and birth dates linked to their test results. It officially creeped them out.


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

Being forced into a different career path at 63 was certainly not my choice. John Marshall Middle School was not my first choice to land at as a teacher. With that said, please pray for me and the rest of our teachers.

Every day has been difficult, but yesterday was the worst. During another riot two of our female teachers were taken to to ground, kicked, and repeatedly hit. One teacher was transported by ambulance to the hospital. The other was treated at the scene. I myself was hit and repeatedly pushed around in my wheelchair while in the middle of the mob attempting to protect the teachers on the ground.

This is not the first riot like this. I have witnessed too many students taken away in handcuffs. I have been cursed everyday and truly teach in fear. Pray for God’s Spirit to fall on our school.


And here are the replies to this post:

My grandson graduated college, taught and coached 1 year and gave it up. Said the kids are too bad, and they can’t do anything about it. They need to put spankings back in schools, make the kids know they mean it. Less punishment than detention homes and prisons.


some schools still give swats, especially in rural schools. Those schools don’t have these issues. I know that’s not popular, but I know a little about students. My husband and I had a combination of over 60 years in public ed. Students get away with what they are allowed to do. Admin can’t be afraid of public opinion, they need to run the school and need to empower the teachers and staff.
I’m sorry our schools are allowing this behavior by 13-14 year olds! What will they be like when they are 18?


We raised 5 children, and they knew if they got in trouble at school, they got it again at home. I’m glad to say that they raised their children the same way. Obedience starts at home, and many parents are letting the kids make the rules.


My husband graduated from John Marshall in 1989. It was rough then. I was a middle school teacher for a while. If you need help-even making copies I’m here. pm me


This post came from [name redacted]’s page. An individual posted this:
I know one of the teachers attacked and this was a serious serious situation, This needs to be looked at and addressed. The staff and the students are unsafe and the leadership at the school is abysmal. The teacher sustained a concussion and two broken ribs. This was a serious assault and the principal did literally nothing,


Middle schools are a jungle anyways. Today’s middle schools are filled with kids that don’t respect teachers much less themselves. The language and behavior is awful. Their desire to improve their situation isn’t at the forefront of their minds. A fair portion are just trying to get through the day.


So sorry [name redacted], you nor any other teacher deserves this, this is country wide, here in Columbus, the School System has hired their own police security for the schools, separately from the regular police. Respect is not being taught for anyone today, Parents have to step up. I worry so much for my grandkids safety. Prayers for all.


My name is [name redacted]. I’m a reporter with Channel 4 in OKC. I have spoken with John Marshall. Their story is very different. We would like to report what people saw. Can someone willing to speak to us call me at [number redacted]. Thank you.


I am off the record at this point. I am waiting for advice from an attorney as to whether or not I can lose my job by talking to the news. That said, I was in the middle of the mob. I am handicapped in a wheelchair. I witnessed two teachers on the ground. One, Ms. Carla Maus, was repeatedly struck by a student. As a result, she has a concussion, and several ribs with hairline fractures. I myself was hit in the upper right shoulder. There is video of the entire episode on the school’s surveillance and there is student video. Please understand that we have a good school with some great teachers and administrators that are trying their best. Again, I am off the record for now.


adly it had been my experience that school administrations try to cover up this sort of incident . I have been told that when teachers try to file assault charges against those little thugs they are strongly discouraged by higher ups.


this is true.


It’s called lawlessness
2 Timothy 3:1 But understand this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, savage, opposed to what is good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, loving pleasure rather than loving God.


What I do know is what I heard from other teachers yesterday indicates brawls are a regular event, police involvement is a regular event, the school doesn’t have the bare minimums to have any chance of success, and both the teachers and kids are being put in a “set up to fail” situation.


My kids go to school there and have never experienced the type of horror they experience since they have been attending this school. This does start at home. I had to go the school Monday and talk to one of the assistant principals about some girls trying to bully my daughter and he brushed my complaint off and really didn’t seem to care. He looked as if my complaint wasn’t that serious to him. My daughter said he pulled her and one of the girls in his office and made them shake hands. I’m praying for a the Lord to send me some kind of guidance as to how to get my kids out of there.


My kids went through the same thing at Douglass. Everything was brushed off daily. Even when the group brought knifes and tasers to school for my girls. They didn’t get suspended for the year. I was beyond shocked and had to take matters into my own hands. Sad but true


Douglass was horrible as far as the students


It’s not only the teachers that are scared..some of the kids are scared too..my son comes from Quail Creek Elementary and has never been exposed to this type of crap.. I’m in the process of trying to get him out of there


I have been reading the posts about what happened at John Marshall. I taught in rural schools for 33 years. I can’t imagine trying to have class in these conditions. Sadly many of these kids don’t have parents who really care about them. Even in small schools we saw this. It takes lots of prayer from everyone and consistency in discipline to make a change. Unfortunately it’s not a quick fix.


John Marshall Middle School used to be greystone elementary. The kids that graduated from greystone elementary 6th grade class went to John Marshall high school, now all the 7th and 8th graders have to turn around and come back to what is now called John Marshall Middle School this year after being a part of a mid high School… They turned schools Britton & north Highlands elementary in to just grades k through 4…so all those 5th and 6th graders are there at the new John Marshall Middle School… Kids from the former North Highlands elementary & Britton Elementary never really got along… Rival neighborhoods etc… Now they are all under one school.


My son attends John Marshall and he had a problem with three other boys ganging up on him. That school is ridiculous and they tried to suspend my son even though he went to the office to report it.


They closed down 19 schools in urban areas quietly over the summer these kids know what’s happening around them and they need grief counselors . I don’t condone the ignorant behavior but thses kids need help


I knew two people who quit teaching due to aggressive and abusive students. One in Bethany and another in Midwest City. This has been years ago. So very sad. One retired and the other left teaching altogether.


Do Britton Elementary students go to John Marshall Middle School? My daughter taught one year at Britton and it was so bad that she quit teaching all together. Even kindergarteners would start physically fighting in the middle of class. One kindergartener (not one of her students) stabbed the class pet hamster to death with a pencil. There’s a lot of gang activity in that area, so a lot of these kids are taught to be mean and evil from the time they’re born.



Public Schools or Public Screwels? Part 29

This is part 29.

Here is a post from a friend of mine:

You know when you are calling your doctor’s office or insurance and it says this phone call may be recorded for training purposes … and you are cranky (okay I am cranky) when you have to repeat yourself three or four times . “MEMBER, I said MEMBER. No, my date of birth is …. Please let me talk to a human! Operator!” Well, I never thought of this, but what could possibly go wrong if they used algorithms to analyze your voice? Take for instance this professor who uses AI to detect depression in your voice. hmmm. (I immediately think of the k-12 students whose voices are recorded when using online edtech curriculum/assessments in school. ie: NWEA MAP reading tests for 3rd graders. Can this voice data be analyzed? )

And this professor doesn’t stop at algorithms to predict depression. Nope. She is into using AI and BigData for lots of ethically questionable stuff like :

*Sensor-Data Fusion for Multi-Person Indoor Location Estimation. (estimating the location of people as they move and work in indoor environments– because some people don’t carry smart phones or any other “wearable” device with GPS location trackers)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29057812

or
Improved A1C Levels in Type 1 Diabetes with Smartphone App Use (App for Intelligent Diabetes Management (IDM), which serves as both an insulin calculator and an electronic diabetes diary whose data can be analyzed)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27570203

or more voice analysis
A novel approach to virtual patient simulation using natural language processing

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27762013

There are lots more examples and this is only one lab/professor. AI and algorithms can and do and will analyze anything / everything. But who is regulating these algorithms for fairness, accuracy, ethics, security, and privacy? Who is making sure the data are not repurposed, re-shared, not sold to brokers? No one. and this is a problem when you have bigdata folks like this professor who says we need to share the data.
“This data cannot leak, but somebody has to access the data and make use of it. Absolute security guarantees uselessness,” said Stroulia. We need a legal and ethical framework to address data privacy issues, she added, especially since data is now part of almost all of our activities.Most disciplines collect data. We’ve had a technological advance that completely breaks open the types of data we can collect and the problems we could be addressing,” said Stroulia.”


And another post from her:

As Silicon Valley, social impact investors, CASEL applaud and rejoice.
“Social-Emotional Learning
SEL in the House: Democrats Approve Millions in Landmark Federal Funding for Social-Emotional Learning in Bill That Now Faces Test in Senate
By KATE STRINGER | July 9, 2019

In what’s been described as a landmark investment from the federal government in social-emotional learning, the House of Representatives approved a spending bill last month that included $260 million in funding for what it calls “whole child” initiatives within the Department of Education.

The funding is divided into four areas:

  1. $170 million through the Education Innovation and Research program to provide grants for evidence-based innovations that support students’ social, emotional and cognitive well-being;
  2. $25 million to support teacher professional development, which comes through the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant program;
  3. $40 million for the Full-Service Community Schools Program to support students’ and families’ holistic needs; and
  4. $25 million for School Safety National Activities to add more school counselors, mental health professionals and social workers who are qualified to work in schools.

“Research shows that building the capacity of students to develop social and emotional skills, and take responsibility for their community, can reduce bullying, violence, and aggressive behaviors, making schools safer,” the House appropriations committee wrote.

RELATED
What Is Social-Emotional Learning and How Does It Affect Kids?

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) applauded the funding.

“I think we definitely see this as a political landmark in thinking about how to support children in their social-emotional and academic growth and developing skill sets students will need to be successful,” said Nick Yoder, director of policy and practice at CASEL.

CASEL credited Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), chair of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, for championing the funding. DeLauro, in turn, said the initiative was inspired by the work of James Comer, a professor of child psychiatry at Yale University who helped transform schools by focusing on child development in addition to academic learning.

“I am proud to have provided funding for a landmark federal investment of $260 million for social-emotional learning in this year’s Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education funding bill,” DeLauro said in a statement to The 74. “Congress must invest in proven strategies that will help our kids, and I will not give up in the fight to make that a reality.”

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) has been a longtime advocate for social-emotional learning, pushing several bills during his time in the House and helping to support its inclusion in the reauthorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act. From Ryan’s perspective, this moment shows that social-emotional learning is gaining acceptance and that people are starting to understand its importance. But, he added, there’s still progress to be made.

“It really is a turning point,” Ryan said. “But we’ve got a long way to go — we’ve got to get this bill through the Senate and there’s a lot of people around the country who have not been exposed to [social-emotional learning].”

Amid disagreements about raising spending caps with both House Democrats and the White House, the Senate has yet to pass its own spending bills. Time is running short, with just a month to go before the August recess and three months to go before the end of the fiscal year and another possible government shutdown, Roll Call reported.

How a Democratic-backed spending increase for a not-well-understood educational approach will fare among pressing issues like defense spending and raising the debt ceiling is a big question. But the concept of social-emotional learning is becoming more mainstream. Ryan has made it integral to his 2020 presidential campaign, and, in another first, he addressed the topic at the June 26 Democratic debate, demanding social-emotional learning and trauma-based care in every school.

“[Social-emotional learning] tells kids how to handle stressful situations, how to handle conflict better, how to have empathy, how to work on a team, how to best resolve conflict with their friends, their peers — these are all qualities we want kids to have,” Ryan told The 74. “By addressing the social-emotional needs of kids, you see an increase in test scores because they’re able to access parts of the brain that they need for learning.”

RELATED
Social-Emotional Learning Boosts Students’ Scores, Graduation Rates, Even Earnings, New Study Finds

Social-emotional learning has drawn attention from policymakers, teachers and funders across the country over the past decade, as research has found that teaching students skills such as self-regulation, compassion and collaboration can improve not just test scores but also graduation rates as well as lead to better mental and physical health as an adult. Recently, an Aspen Institute convening of 200 researchers, educators, students and parents released recommendations for how schools can better support the whole child.

Yoder, who travels the country talking with state educators and policymakers about social-emotional learning, said he’s also seen a growing interest in the topic from the business community, which is concerned with hiring employees who are good at collaborating and communicating.

However, some people caution that educators should not prioritize social-emotional learning above academics, especially in schools that are performing poorly. They also recommend that SEL be implemented with rigor.

“SEL will be counted as a dismal failure if it encourages educators to settle for pillowy paeans to ‘happiness,’ ‘self-esteem,’ and ‘inclusivity’ at the expense of harder things such as character, ethics, virtue, and civility,” Chester E. Finn Jr. and Frederick M. Hess wrote in a publication for the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank.

Funding for social-emotional learning was just one of many items included in a large package of appropriations bills for fiscal year 2020. House Democrats passed the bills 226 to 203, voting along party lines, with seven Democrats joining all the Republicans in voting no.”


And some replies to this post:

I see that most folks are out chasing what’s left of the American Dream and are “too busy” to take much notice, much less dig and see these Trojan horses, and soon they’ll be wondering what the hell and when did all this happen. I still catch myself lighting myself on fire but it doesn’t seem to do much. God wins, thank Him!


Maybe good can come from this… social emotional learning and whole child pedagogy is inherently good. Why not try to use this to our advantage?


Flipping their agenda would require that local schools control assessment and accountability policies. Since local schools can’t regain control over those things unless they give up federal funding, a locally-controlled SEL program won’t happen.


our NH state constitution also requires that the standards be tested. So even if the feds pull out, states may have it in state statute.


Corporate reformers steal it all from teachers and make it their own in troubling ways. I hear you! it makes me mad.


it happens over and over again and we, the teachers and parents, just let the good dissolve into the bad. And thus, our profession is gone. Language is a very powerful thing.


Those same Silicon Valley Execs don’t allow their kids to be apart of this.


if it is tied to accountability it is dangerous. And unlike math or reading test scores, SEL is subjective and often hidden. Think about the explosion of AI and use of meta data to profile and predict kids. ie: the NWEA MAP gives all students a separate “engagement score” based on how fast kids answer–and doesn’t matter if they got the question correct. Gates has already used this NWEA engagement score, tied it to pii data and survey answers to predict problem areas in kids’ future. WHO is making sure these SEL algorithms, data, predictions are accurate, fair, transparent, not misused? NO ONE. Canvas is using AI and monetizing student data. Google and Pearson are using AI, Personalized Learning is and data badges go hand in hand, to give corporations and employers, colelges a 3D view of the student… can the student even see or control what this SEL score is? College Board is giving every student an adversity score that they cannot see.
We all think China’s Sesame Credit is Orwellian and creepy. What is the difference here? Why would we be okay with scoring children’s emotions?

Under Essa, non-cognitive indicators CAN be used for accountability. And Aspen CASEL Commission mission was specifically to standardize SEL factors for “holding schools and districts accountable under the Every Student Succeeds Act.”
http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/sel-commission-standards-rating-sorting-children-based-on-emotion/


They will be developing behavioral badging. People need to think beyond our present situation.


we already have behavioral badges.


I guess I feel like all data is tied to accountability in one way or another. What you buy, where you go, what sites you visit, whether you punctuate, what meds you take (or don’t), whether you exercise, what you post on social media… we are all on lists and predicted and our data is bought and sold. You would think children should at least be a protected class.


We know child data is fuel for the Heckman equation.


all the data about you that I mentioned in that above post can be used to put you on a list for insurers, price fixing, Facebook’s patented social credit score. WSJ goes into it a bit. ⦁ What You Pay for Life Insurance Could Depend on Your Next Instagram Post (or gym fitness tracker)

https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york-insurers-can-evaluate-your-social-media-useif-they-can-prove-why-its-needed-11548856802

⦁ Data brokers buying and selling your personal information

https://www.fastcompany.com/90310803/here-are-the-data-brokers-quietly-buying-and-selling-your-personal-information

Forget Facebook’s data-sharing.
New technologies make it possible for companies and institutions to passively track your emotions and health.

https://www.businessinsider.com/ted-2018-facebook-data-sharing-passive-data-collection-2018-4/?op=1


they will embed certain character traits into the state standards and add them to the accountability system. Regarding SEL, I say address it, don’t assess it.


But we have to understand that there is tremendous growth in tele-therapy and digital medicine. My fear is that this will be linked to PFS Medicaid leading to children being diagnosed and treated with snake-oil digital interventions to profit impact investors. Once it’s embedded in schools, HIPA protections don’t apply. Also it puts families at risk for having their children taken away if they won’t comply with recommended protocols. It will be truly devastating and people just don’t the amount of power behind this. These are very twisted people.


It is a sad situation. Home visits tied to schools, and community schools (family surveys,in school mental health etc) bypass HIPAA and the data can be used / shared without permission and could be used to negatively impact families and children. These programs are being rolled out with no opt out, no control over personal data.


totally agree. Part of the way we stop this is if parents can connect the two. Most will hear character traits and be fooled into thinking we need to bring that back into the schools to bring civility back into our culture. They need to see that these character bills and character ed boondoggles are access points to be able to extract the data. If I say SEL is bad, I get shut down. But if I can say it in a way that promotes the organic way teachers address social-emotional issues (which they instinctively do) it helps them see the slippery slope created with assessing SEL. I know…I’m dreaming. This beast is so vast.

regarding home visits…I thought it was interesting how Ballmer phrased this:
“The earlier you get after the problem, the better. Truthfully, you need to really get all the way back to pre-natal care. A lot of the toxic stress that builds in moms and their kids can come in vitro. You really want to catch the mom as soon as you can, and the kid as soon as you can. From conception to kindergarten is a very critical period. And home visitation programs and the like, the key there is to try and drive Medicaid and you get into a place where child care/pre-K education is important.”

https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/11/02/steve-ballmer-trying-re-engineer-education-support-local-projects-already-working


SEL is all over the place with programs. Many parents and teachers think it’s great. They don’t see the threat of the online assessments. Baffling. I have never understood character education. Never liked it as a teacher. Was concerned about the Josephson (Character Counts) disparaging study that claimed kids were essentially dishonest. This stuff permeates into the classroom based on the idea it will improve student behavior. Where’s the proof? Along with the data collection, parents should worry about the academic class time wasted.

Here’s the thing, there’s a good argument for helping children with this and it falls under SEL. Speak out against SEL and there will be someone who criticizes that you’re not in favor of assisting children who have undergone trauma.


Just another fix-it education gimmick. All smoke and mirrors. Education MUST stay broken in order for companies to make money off it. As long as the money is flowing we will be subject to more smoke and mirrors.


ACEs scores = profiling for impact investing. It is a “score” for a reason. That reason is to turn vulnerable children into commodities for speculative global markets

Trauma is the fuel for impact investing. They need an unlimited supply of children deemed cheaply “fixable” according to the data dashboards to reap their profits.


Thank you for sharing your post. I believe it. But if one opposes SEL, some educators and parents will argue its good for one reason or another.
Addressing trauma in school is one of the most difficult to argue against. I recently wrote and anti-SEL post and I was accused of not trying to understand students. I argued about data collection etc. but support has been established for SEL and some parents and teachers think it’s great.
I recently visited a college library and was stunned at all the books about SEL. It’s seen as a huge positive transformation of schools as you likely know.


What, I wonder is the long game going to be? Utopia, Distopia, or another short run before it is abandoned for the next hot topic? Or something I haven’t thought of yet?


Data-based Dystopia.



I found a SEL event that involves race baiting and other things of that nature that is set for next month and is partnered with Seattle public schools:


Some group called Road Map Project also appears to, at the very least, be helping to promote the above event: https://roadmapproject.org/social-and-emotional-learning-action-team-meeting/


I also found that the CDC itself was supporting and pushing the whole child/SEL agenda through some framework called Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC): https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/wscc/components.htm


NYC schools will soon be jumping onto the SEL bandwagon: https://fortune.com/2019/06/20/bill-de-blasio-chirlane-mccray-social-emotional-learning/


Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

CUSD used student money to make a $285 Donation to Hillary for America. CUSD POLITICAL ADVOCACY using tax payer funds?

I Found this researching $33,180.00 payment to William and Karin Greenblatt- What is going on here?

GREENBLATT, WILLIAM AND KARIN $33,180 July 17, 2019 Board Agenda

https://docquery.fec.gov/pres/2016/M8/C00575795/A_EMPLOYER_C00575795.html


And another post from this group:

I know that the progressives are training public schools to treat transgender kids with hormones and to take them for transitioning surgery behind parents’ backs, but does anyone know of a case where this has actually happened?

I apologize if I misspoke! I hope I am wrong about schools being able to legally help kids to transition to another gender. But if they are not doing it now, I bet they will be in the future. If they are able to take 12 year old girls to get abortions without their parents’ consent, what would prevent them from helping kids to transition behind their parents’ backs. I believe that Planned Parenthood, LGBT activists, and the ACLU are training schools to encourage kids to become a different gender if they want to.

https://www.frc.org/updatearticle/20190708/training-wreck


And here are the replies to this post:

I can tell you this much…my Grandson is 20…when he was 18 Medi-Cal paid for hormone therapy. He now has breasts because of it and has many suicidal bouts.

Medi-Cal does pay for hormone therapy and the local health depts will hook them up. The health dept is family plannings other hand.Starting at the age of 12 and parents will have no clue. It makes me sick.


That’s complete bull crap. Should be against the law.


In California, children 12 years old and up have Sexual and reproductive rights, as well as confidentiality protections. They can receive “sensitive services” without parental notification or permission. The state even allows them to use their parents’ insurance and they cover it up so the parents don’t know their child used it. They also have a right to leave school grounds to get those services without being marked absent and without parental notification or permission; plus teachers are not allowed to deduct points if they missed class work, they have to allow them to make up missed work at full credit.


I have a friend whom I was telling that schools are doing this. Her daughter is an administrator at a high school in Fullerton and was a teacher there before that. Anyway, my friend said that she finds it very hard to believe that schools can take transgender kids to clinics so they can be treated with hormones, etc behind parents’ backs. She says that schools have to be very careful and don’t want a lawsuit from the parents. I told her that government-run schools can legally do this and that it is happening, as far as I know. She believed me when I told her that 12 year old girls can be taken for an abortion without their parents’ consent, but she still doesn’t think that they can help to change someone’s daughter into a son, or vice versa. So I was wondering if there is an actual case where this has happened that I can point to. I remember at one time reading about a court case where the parents lost their rights because they would not support their daughter’s decision to transition. But has anyone heard of a school actually taking a child to get puberty blockers or hormones?


so when you say that kids can receive “sensitive services” without parental notification or permission, does that include getting hormones and reassignment surgery?


and if there is a emergency on the school grounds you go two pick up your child but he/ she isn’t there and they cant account for your child then what lame excuse do they have?!


I was told in my district that every school has its own “plan of action” if a parent shows up when the child is gone


These poor kids are getting this stuff pushed down their throats and so many of them end up regretful and then suicidal. And the LGBTQ movement only pushes them further.


So sad. Now they want to pin the blame on people of faith who have the guts to say “NO, this isn’t OK.” So, we give kids carte blanche to do whatever their underdeveloped hearts and minds desire and they’re still committing suicide at higher rates than ever. How’s that working out for them? 😔 Kids needs boundaries. Kids need parenting. And kids need people who love them to say, “NO!” No judgement from me. Just a broken heart and many prayers lifted up daily. I’m going to add your grandson to my prayer board


I’ve followed ya’ll from Ohio, but haven’t been on in awhile. This post just stuns me….can you BELIEVE that this is even something that parents must deal with, that there are people out there pushing such evil things on the children of America, and they are our fellow citizens (well, plus those in the UN and around the world). This is crazy and evil!


The schools are packed with people who are influencing the kids and waiting for the smallest opportunity…like a child doubting his gender…they will swoop him up and they are on their way. They are waiting like vulchers.


Not exactly this situation but here’s a couple of articles where schools have crossed bounds. Like vaccinating a child without parent permission or even telling them

http://bronx.news12.com/story/40628952/bronx-mother-claims-school-gave-hpv-vaccine-to-son-without-permission


Schools pressure parents to the point parents feel they either choose to treat the kids with meds or face child abuse charges. To deny a child hormone meds is evidently abusive.


Mom in Texas had it happen to her college age daughter.


watch this video, this is my county and teachers/district staff are actually being coached by attorneys about how to lie to parents about send students off campus for abortion/contraception services etc


Its so sad seeing this happening:(I was 12 when we came to America ,my parents brought us here for freedom of religions and believes!When they where doing paperwork,they where told “in United States nobody will not touch your beliefs or force anything)So sad seeing everything changing!!I hope we all can stay strong together and fight for our kids !


please shed some light here. Santa Ana has a gender transition plan for students.


YES they have gender transition plan in place. Under Ed Code 48205 it doesn’t list every single medical procedure that is allowed. It only states medical, dental, chiropractic and so on. The law is vague for a reason.


Ed Code 48205 requires schools officials to excuse students from school to attend confidential medical appointments. The school cannot require that the student have parent or guardian consent in order to attend the appointment and cannot notify parents or guardians
ED CODE 46010.1 requires school districts to “notify pupils in grades 7-12 inclusive
and the parents or guardians of all pupils enrolled in the district, that school authorities may
excuse any pupil from the school for the purpose of obtaining confidential medical services without the consent of the pupil’s parent or guardians.
ED CODE 48205(a)(3) An absence for confidential medical services is an “excused” absence, which defines which absences are considered excused, states that absences for “medical, dental, optometrical, or chiropractic services” are to be excused.
ED CODE 44808, school districts and their employees are not held liable for student injuries that occur outside of school property except in very limited circumstances. These limited circumstances include if a school district, board, or person has (1) provided a pupil with transportation to and from the school premises ……
THE ABOVE ED CODES ARE FACTS. NOW, LET ME PUT IN MY OPTION AS TO WHY TEACHERS/SCHOOL OFFICIALS AREN’T PROVIDING THE ACTUAL TRANSPORTATION TO THESE APPOINTMENTS. IT’S TO PROTECT TO SCHOOL EMPLOYEES FROM BEING LIABLE. MY PREDICTION IS DOWN THE ROAD SOME OF THESE ED CODES WILL CHANGE TO ALLOW SCHOOL EMPLOYEES TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION.


You didn’t misspeak. Teachers aren’t doing the transporting but they can refer kids to school counselors and administrators who will either provide the transportation themselves or call and make arrangements for it from a 3rd party.


I thought I read that family planning and health dept will fill in for teachers who refuse to teach a class. But I dont have any idea where I saw it.


I haven’t read any comments, but someone posted recently that the CTA wants legislation that would permit that very thing!!!


I saw it too.



And another post from this group:

INTRODUCING OUR BELOVED PURPLE TEACHER WHO WAS ONCE PART OF RED 4 ED, UNTIL SHE SAW WHAT IT WAS REALLY ABOUT. NOW SHE IS ONE OF THEIR FIERCEST OPPONENTS. WE AT PURPLE FOR PARENTS, LOVE AND CHERISH OUR TEACHERS 💜 LISTEN IN HER OWN WORDS. I AM SHARING THIS WITH YOU BECAUSE RED 4 ED WAS DEFEATED HERE IN AZ, BUT THEY MOVED TO CALIFORNIA.

https://knst.iheart.com/featured/garret-lewis/content/2019-05-16-garret-talks-to-catherine-barrett-teacher-and-red-for-ed-whistleblower/


And another post from this group:

When my daughter was in elementary school, she checked out a library book that came from a popular children’s series. The very first page was awful. I emailed the librarian about it and she asked me to bring it in to look at it. I also let the principal know about it. The principal agreed to pull the entire series from the library. While I appreciated the great response, I was sad that other kids might have been exposed to this and that the books weren’t fully vetted to begin with. Then when my daughter went to high school, the library books were so much worse! My daughter pointed out some of these things to the librarian. The librarian didn’t care and she would just tell my daughter to find something else to read. It’s up to the parents to see to it that our children have access to appropriate reading material because the some schools clearly don’t care.


Here is a post from a friend of mine:

Tell me again that student data is safe.


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

The latest DC grasp on education impacts all ages/grades. No joke…

“…would you wait 4 or 5 years to enact your household budget or a family emergency plan? No! You’d make sure once you set a budget you’d immediately begin going by it.

Not so with our federal government’s involvement with education. Nope, ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) was passed in Dec. 2015, we’re not far from its 5th anniversary. As federal laws go, especially for education, ESSA’s set to be re-authorized and funding extended in 2020.

One huge bone of contention about ESSA was the phrase ‘supplement not supplant’. (This was also in ESEA, Elementary and Secondary Education Act. ESSA is the re-authorized version of ESEA.)

Because Sec. DeVos has recently completed a new non-regulatory ‘Supplement, not Supplant’ guidebook for SEAs and LEAs (State Education Agencies, usually your State Dept. of Education) and Local Education Agencies).

The bottom line: While the document is supposedly a guideline, the language in ESSA is more of a mandate. Where will we most likely see ‘supplements’ in education? Title One funding, my Warrior friends. Title One, as we know, via ESSA, was made over to cover EVERY student, not those in the most need, as Title One was originally to cover. Title One funds, via ESSA, are to be used to label and categorize mental and behavioral health of EVERY student in the community, not simply the public school system.”

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2019/07/15/what-she-said/


And another post from her:

Here is a reality check- The merging of SEL and College and Career
Common Core-aligned standards and assessments are the perfect storms for the elimination of parental rights. Please take note of the number of CPS calls in Austin ISD alone.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGZLEc2eXHA&t=6s


And the replies to this post:

You know there is movement to change some of the requirements to allow CPS to open a case on their own without any complaint. It is correct about parents rights being dissolved before our very eyes…because “it won’t be me, I’m a good parent”…..From the conversations I have heard CPS is “concerned” regarding the number of children “being taken out of the system” i.e. home schooling—because—there is no one with eyes on these children so more likely need us….concerned for the future.


Never is it addressed as to why there is more suicidal behavior. Could it be the curriculums they are promoting and that SEL is the reason? I know the english curriculum has become very dark (in high school). Guess they are more concerned over keeping this data mining train going and continuing to sell out kids and families.


They’re not just collecting data. They’re creating it. What can be measured can be manipulated. Hence the dark curriculum to desensitize them.


I still strongly submit that it is this confounded “sex education” that is the root cause for all this dysfunction among so many teens today. All else is secondary at best.


I’m still trying to find in our State’s Constitution where it says the required ‘free education’ includes walking all over parental, and student, rights. Can someone PLEASE explain how our legislators came to the conclusion it is their job to mess with our kid’s heads under the guise of educating them?



Here is a post that was shared by Alice Linahan:

Parents: In the 70’s, there was no pre-k. Kindergarten was not universal, and it was optional when available. Yet, nearly all kids left first grade knowing how to read.

Several government studies have demonstrated no lasting benefit in children enrolled into Head Start. These studies have spanned nearly a half a century. The medical reason is that children of this age are not developmentally ready to learn a curriculum. We used to know this before ‘Child Development’ was removed from mandated courses for aspiring teachers.

The difference between then and now is curriculum. In the 70’s most schools were using Phonics and Classical Math. Today, they are employing the failed Common Core curriculum of Sight Words and New Math which have been proven to be inferior. If you want proof, just look at our 3rd and 8th grade competency scores in Reading and Math.

The ‘Education Elite’, disciples of failed teacher and communist, John Dewey, continue to try to fix what they broke. Hey, Superintendent Johnson, maybe we should go back to the abacus. It can’t be any worse than what you are doing – reading with the $5 million dollar I Pads, the proven failure of the $150 million Read to Achieve program, and shifting to unproven digital education.

Here is the whopper quote of the day. ““Too many of our students are coming to us unprepared and we spend 13 years with them playing catch up, and that’s not a winning formula,” Davis said.”, ““If you could think of ways that our state could marshal its energy and commit to delivering to Mark’s teachers students in kindergarten ready to learn, his teachers will take care of them, and they’ll graduate, and they’ll be ready to go work in your businesses.” “

No, we do not need universal pre-K. We need a curriculum that has been proven to work, and teachers who are trained to implement that curriculum. What is new is not better.

To save America, we must save one child at a time. Join the cause. Invite a friend.


Here is a post from the page Educray:

Data Deletion Week 🍏

For Maryland lawyer Bradley Shear, his push to protect the data privacy of children became an obsession three years ago when his son, who was in the second grade, was accused by a teacher of googling a profane song in class.

Mr. Shear was convinced his son landed on the webpage by accident, but it brought to mind a troubling question: How long would this incident stick to his son’s digital record?

Starting next month, he won’t have to worry about it.

Mr. Shear convinced his son’s school district to wipe clean most of the digital data that the school and its largest outside vendors keep on more than 162,000 students starting as young as kindergarten. It is among the first school districts in the country to schedule an annual purging of student data.

Mr. Shear, who wants “Data Deletion Week” to go national, says he is worried that information stored on distant servers could come back to harm children who make mistakes on social media or with the apps that have become ubiquitous in classrooms.

“I’m a big believer in having a bad day,” he says. But “we’re entering a phase where there’s no such thing as a second chance” as universities and prospective employers are mining more digital clues when making admissions and hiring decisions.

Data generated in the classroom is becoming a heated front in the battle over digital privacy, but privacy experts say the issue is more complicated than it might seem.

“Nobody wants a mistake to follow a student for life,” says Amelia Vance, director of education privacy at the Future of Privacy Forum. Internet histories—what students have searched for that might reflect their innermost thoughts or questions—particularly aren’t useful, she says.

Many school districts have hundreds, if not thousands, of vendors that collect data through apps or online curricula and most are just now beginning to catch up to the proliferation of new tech tools, Ms. Vance says.

The digital data kept on students can help learning by improving the effectiveness of the software and helping track the performance of students over time. These benefits are minimized if the data gets deleted every year.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/one-parent-is-on-a-mission-to-protect-children-from-digital-mistakes-11562762000?redirect=amp


And another post from this page:

TEA has a $10M contract with Safal Partners 🍏

Mukta Pandit is president of Safal Partners Inc., one of the premier education consulting firms in the nation. She has led multiple engagements with federal, state, foundation and non-profit clients including the U.S. Department of Education, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Texas Education Agency, and Houston Independent School District. Mukta is currently serving as project director for the National Charter School Resource Center.

Prior to founding Safal, Mukta was with the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation for five years, where she led the foundation’s expansion efforts in U.S. education and launched international giving in India and Africa. Prior to MSDF, Mukta was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Co. Prior to McKinsey, Mukta served extensively in Information Technology.


And yet another post from this page:

Massive surveillance effort 🍏

Civil rights, disabilities groups urge Florida to stop building student database they call ‘massive surveillance effort’

More than 30 advocacy groups are urging Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) to stop developing a database of detailed information about students that is intended to prevent school shootings, saying it could harm young people rather than protect them.

Citing reporting by Education Week, the coalition of 33 civil rights, disabilities, privacy and education advocacy groups said in a letter to DeSantis (see text below) that the database in development is part of a “massive surveillance effort.”

“We are deeply concerned that the program will be used to label students as threats based on data that has no documented link to violent behavior, such as data on disabilities or those seeking mental health care,” the letter said.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/07/10/civil-rights-disabilities-groups-urge-florida-stop-building-student-database-they-call-massive-surveillance-effort/


Here is a post from the anti-CBE group:

“We are freeing up Colorado school districts to innovate by removing the bureaucratic barriers to innovative learning opportunities. Now districts won’t be penalized for exploring work-based learning apprenticeships, competency-based learning projects, capstone projects and other creative ways to engage kids and prepare them for success!”- CO Gov. Jared Polis


And another post from this group:

1:1 devices are being expanded to K-5 in Orange County Florida schools. This is the sales/spin pitch from the district, complete with the happy voice presentation.
So angry and sad for our littles.


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

Here’s some of the data NV was storing, forever, on NV children in 2016, it’s likely more data now. In addition everything Infinite Campus (IC) collects on our kids is stored forever, and parents can not easily access the most harmful (to our kids) IC data.
http://www.doe.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/ndedoenvgov/content/DataCenter/SAINDataDictionary2016(1).pdf


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

It’s all for control…

“This will involve testing the facial and object recognition system to make any necessary adjustments. District officials will be looking at camera angles and lighting and doing training.”

“In addition, district officials will engage in conversations with local law enforcement to coordinate responses in the event the system detects an issue that requires the issuance of an alert.”

“We’ll just work through those things,” Bradley said. “

https://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/education/item/32481-new-york-public-school-district-first-to-use-facial-recognition-system?sfns=mo#


Here is what someone shared in a Colorado anti-Common Core group

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Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

Is FLASH sex ed curriculum being used in any of your schools? I have it in its entirety, if anyone’s looking.


And here are the replies to this post:

From what I have heard our school is using Flash 😤 Thank you for posting this!


What grade is this?


It depends, it’s being used at a friend’s middle school in Texas, super conservative district. In California, it has shown up in elementary school but I don’t know which age exactly.


😡5th grade!!!


First. Who fn cares about you sex life? Keep in the bedroom. Second I am so glad I was never FORCED to think about Abraham Lincoln sex life. Thrid I read that they choose a Mayor from San Francisco who was convicted of raping/sleeping with teenage boys.


Write an LGBTQ book report ?!?!?!?! 😡


I’d love to see it, more than 20 counties of the 55 in WV are using Flash. I’m just getting involved and I’m trying to expose this and bring awareness to the parents here. The Wise curriculum is also being used, it’s Planned Parenthood based too.



Looks like the evil publisher Pearson is phasing out print textbooks: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48998789


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

Another data breach of a vendor widely used in NV. I wonder who will tell NV parents; let me guess… NO ONE!
https://mobile.edweek.org/c.jsp?cid=25920011&item=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.edweek.org%2Fv1%2Fblog%2F63%2Findex.html%3Fuuid%3D79371&fbclid=IwAR3Y_Q1M5rqJErsrY3T1o3zXcXkSKv0D1EmRJLGkJ9uMWsuBH9LWZt7xkv4
https://www.k12.com/nevada-online-schools.html


California public schools have hit a new low: https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/07/15/california-public-schools-promote-polyamory-for-pre-teens/


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

At the intersection of technology, artificial intelligence and humans comes neuralink and as early as next year!! Adults and Kids: Are you ready to personally join the internet or stand up and refuse?

“Neuralink described a “sewing machine-like” robot that can implant ultrathin threads deep into the brain.

The company is hoping to begin working with human subjects as soon as the second quarter of next year. …Like artificial intelligence, the idea of inserting a device into the brain that would allow speedy communication between humans and computers veers quickly into science fantasy.

In his 1984 science-fiction novel “Neuromancer,” William Gibson posited the idea of something he called a “microsoft,” a small cartridge directly connected to the brain via a socket to provide a human user with instant knowledge, such as a new language.”
https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/16/elon-musks-neuralink-looks-to-begin-outfitting-human-brains-with-faster-input-and-output-starting-next-year/


Yikes! https://www.newsmax.com/ronpaul/unique-patient-identifier-track/2019/06/17/id/920755/


Here is a post from Educray:

Profit-taking enterprise 🍏

This video about the program specifically mentions the Heckman equation and the 7-13% return on investment in early childhood interventions at timestamp 4 minutes and 15 seconds. Let me make this perfectly clear: while such programs are portrayed as benevolent, they have been developed first and foremost to channel global investment capital so as to generate guaranteed rates of return for financiers at the expense of the masses. As such, these “evidence-based” interventions will NEVER eliminate poverty, because its continued existence is a precondition for the proper functioning of social impact profit-taking enterprise.


Here is a post from a friend of mine:

Multiple Universities in United States suffer Data Breach

June 18, 2019
Universities in the United States have recently disclosed data breach incidents that exposed personally identifiable information of students and working staff. The three universities, Graceland University, Oregon State University, and Missouri Southern State University, stated that unknown intruders made unauthorized access to some of their employees’ email accounts.

The exposed information included, students’ full name, social security number, date of birth, address, telephone number, email address, parents/children, salary information, and financial aid information for enrollment.

https://www.cisomag.com/multiple-universities-in-united-states-suffer-data-breach/


Here is a post from Shannon Joy:

‪I think there’s an agenda behind ‘mental health’ screening & awareness. Moving us towards the state assessing mental fitness using arbitrary measurements that most likely serve a political purpose. Florida is mirroring Andrew Cuomo’s initiative in NYS. #UNIBROW #MythOfTheRedState‬

https://www.fox13news.com/amp/news/florida-news/florida-schools-will-teach-students-signs-of-mental-illness#click=https://t.co/mZSow23i2p


And a reply to this post:

If they say it is one thing it is always another.
In 6th grade kids are not astute enough to understand differences to determine if something is mental illness or not. But the “signs” they are given will be enough to destroy families.
This should be fun.
I will never forget when my kid in around first grade was told if I spanked or yelled at him he could call the police on me, he told me this after he had done something i was sending him to his room for.. i told him to go ahead and call the cops but by time they got here they would have a reason to arrest me..
Schools (government) does not know how to teach kids properly on certain things.



Looks like not only is the evil American Library Association talking about how to sneak the Drag Queen Stuff into public libraries, but they are also scheming how to sneak it into school libraries as well: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/national-conference-teaches-librarians-how-to-sneak-drag-queens-past-parents


The robed tyrants strike again: https://www.toddstarnes.com/campus/federal-judge-bans-graduation-prayers-religious-songs/


Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

TIME TO ACT!!! CALL YOUR STATE SENATOR. TELL HER/HIM TO VOTE NO ON AB 493. DO NOT EXPLAIN WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS BILL. THE PARTY IN POWER DOES NOT LISTEN TO ARGUMENT, REASON, EVIDENCE. INSTEAD, TRY THIS (politely):

IF YOU ARE A TEACHER, tell your senator you can not/will not teach under these conditions.

IF YOU ARE A PARENT, tell your senator you will home school, leave California, promote sit outs, opt out, do anything to protect your child.

IF YOU ARE A CONCERNED CITIZEN, tell your senator you are working very hard to break the strangle hold of the CTA, the party in power, that you are telling everyone to whom you talk to VOTE THEIR VALUES, etc.

IF YOU ARE A RELIGIOUS LEADER, tell your senator…(you probably already know what to say.)

IF YOU ARE AN ATTORNEY, tell your senator AB 493 comes close enough to compelled speech and may be unconstitutional.

FINALLY, IF YOU ARE SICK AND TIRED, MAD AS H–L, COMPLETELY FED UP, call your senator and tell him/her/whatever… Just do something.

ONE MORE THING: REPORT YOUR INTENTIONS/ACTIONS ON THIS POST. YOUR COMMENT WILL KEEP THIS POST NEAR THE TOP AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO ACT!!!


Here is a post from the Common Core Diva:

Warriors, would you want to live with a constant enemy? Would you like to see your home turned into a tool for the CCSS Machine?
What happens when workforce housing moves into our towns. *A follow up article to yesterday’s Agenda in America.

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2019/07/19/inhabiting-americas-agenda/


And here are the replies to this post:

Visit Saratoga Springs NY…It is already here. They are building faster than they are renting. It is crazy. Many business spaces and apts. are still empty.


agreed. I am facing losing some of my property & possibly my home with in, in the name of IZ.



So now they are threatening to take away the custody of children over school lunch debts: https://www.erienewsnow.com/story/40809693/letter-threatens-parents-will-lose-custody-of-children-over-school-lunch-debt?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_Erie_News_Now


Here is a post that was shared in the ParentStrike group:

I haven’t said much in public about multi-million dollar ed-tech corporation Istation’s threats of legal action against me and two other North Carolina educators up to this point. But since the media has now published those threats I thought they deserved a response.


And another post that was shared in this group:

ALERT! Teachers and parents of NY!
NYSED attempts to radically weaken NY Student privacy law to allow for the selling of student data

https://nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com/2019/07/nysed-attempts-to-radically-weaken-ny.html?fbclid=IwAR059nAV5L1JB8HpnnBQ4GTD7W2_DokNgBGGP6u3Q7RRRtZDVzYYBGbbnEM


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

RI commissioner seeks permission to take over Providence school district! Guess she doesn’t know that state takeovers don’t work!!

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/rhode-island/2019/07/18/education-chief-seeks-control-providence-schools/WQZhYNmNXOk8OoZaVKEL3K/story.html?fbclid=IwAR3YktWpTjgNeJ9_iYY5AUthk284ROz_AHXZegUj2tswoa37l95BrPvKpRU


I found, according to an article at the pro-family 500 Mom Stronger site, that a teacher in Washington state was fired for mentioning to a co-worker that she opposed the Drag Queen Story Hour. Apparently, though she hadn’t known it before, the principal of her school was gay and did drag. Not only did he fire her for the crime of wrongthink, but he also threatend to try and charge her with a “hate crime”: https://500momstrong.org/blog/f/the-queer-caliphate


Looks like the State College School District in Pennsylvania won’t let parents see the sex ed standards. That’s usually a sign that there’s something bad in them that they don’t want exposed.

https://onenewsnow.com/education/2019/07/09/parents-no-more-say-in-sex-ed


Oregon is also pushing the gay agenda in schools: https://onenewsnow.com/education/2019/07/08/another-state-pits-parents-against-lgbt-propaganda


Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group, albeit from back in May:

Update for San Luis Obispo county specifically Paso Robles and Atascadero district. Both are in lock step with each other in regards to the curriculum and opinions of the updated framework. The curriculum they use and WILL continue to use is to meet the minimum of the State law healthy families act in 2016. They have reviewed the new framework and have rejected all of its recommendations unless required to do so by law. I am currently reviewing every word and every video of the curriculum from K to 12. They have updated the curriculum back in 2016 and have zero plans to make any changes. In regards to gender identity studies etc, from what understand the majority or all is in relation to history teaching and their “contributions”. I was told there is no gender identity teaching until 7 or 8 grade, I was told flat out that the law does not require the above in kindergarten. The framework does, but the law does not. I’m a little confused about that part since everyone says otherwise. Santa Barbara county on the other hand has FULLY embraced and adopted the framework as its written.


Watch out for the flag hate in the Amherst, Massachusetts schools: https://pjmedia.com/trending/6th-grade-project-claims-state-flag-is-violent-against-native-americans-splc-awards-10k/


Here is a post from a friend of mine:

This is 💩 !! iStation – owner of iReady (online “personalized” learning) is THREATENING TEACHERS with legal action if they speak against their product.


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

Again, the only to protect your kids is to keep them from logging into “education” software!


Oh we’ll see about that Lefties! This isn’t over yet! Not by a long shot! https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/07/16/californias-sex-and-gender-ed-abstinence-only-and-religious-doctrine-not-allowed/


I found a post from this Breitbart article:

How Courts Are Dis-empowering Parents & Pushing Transgender Agenda

Recent developments in America’s courts and legislatures have brought home a reality that I discussed in this space last summer: Transgender activists seek to undermine parential rights.
Transgenderism is part of a movement that is hostile to traditional family life. The traditional family is based on the idea that the needs of children are supplied by parents with rights and responsibilities to meet those needs.
While the state can interfere in cases of abuse or neglect, generally protecting parents’ freedom is the best way to ensure that children are well provided for.
Wherever the state deals with children, such as in schools or in foster care, there are bound to be conflicts between parents and the state. This conflict in the sphere of education is why transgender activists spend much time trying to reform the way schools educate.
The state has greater power over foster parents than over birth parents because the state has assigned children to foster families, and it oversees the care they give. Transgender activists are sure to use those conflicts to spread the assumptions of the transgender movement.

Two developments—one in California and one in Delaware—in the past few weeks point toward greater developments in the spread of transgender ideology.
A bill has been proposed in Californification to extend state regulation of foster parents. Foster children are already provided access to medical and dental care, which helps defray the costs of foster parents. The proposed law would extend that state benefit to include “gender-affirming health care and gender-affirming behavioral health care” if the child, the foster parents, the state-appointed child advocate, or a lawyer asks for such treatment.
The gender-affirming care may include hormone suppressants and sex-reassignment surgery. Any attempt to treat a child consistent with his or her sex at birth would not be supported. The law blesses efforts to respect and affirm the child’s “non-assigned” gender identity.
Regulating foster parents is an easier wedge for transgender activists than going directly after parental rights.
Some recent court decisions suggest that this movement may go beyond foster parents. In Ohio, parental rights were transferred to grandparents when a court ruled that the parents were not “transitioning” their child, which the court deemed the right gender-related health decision.

Delaware indirectly undermines parental rights. The Deleware secretary of education released proposed anti-discrimination regulations that guide schools in how to provide reasonable accommodations to those who identify with a gender different from their “assigned” sex.
As an example, students can participate in the sports teams that are “consistent with the student’s gender identity regardless of the student’s assigned sex at birth” or change their names on their diploma.
The secretary also set up a process whereby the school is to recognize a new gender identity (and, for good measure, a new racial identity). Schools begin the process by discussing the change with the student and asking if the parents are “supportive” of the child’s self-identified gender or race.
Parents need not be consulted, if the student reports that the parents will threaten the child’s “health, safety, or well-being.”
Courts, schools, and legislatures that enable children to have autonomy over their medical decisions undermine parental rights and ultimately undermine the power necessary to raise and love children.
If children are able to define abuse and neglect, parental power is deeply compromised. This is precisely what transgender activists want. Those interested in the long-term viability of family life must resist those changes wherever they arise.



Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group in response to an article about the California career pathways scheme:

You can opt out of the computerized education. sure you can’t stop the schools from logging your address etc into the system, but you can opt your kids out of the computerized education by NOT allowing them access to the computer. In CA the schools have to provide paper and pencil and real live text books (via the Williams Act). Your child isn’t required to complete assignments online either. They don’t have to log into the computer if you don’t give them permission to be on a computer. My kids are opted out of the “computerized education”. BTW, don’t teacher realize that computers will put them out of a job? When you can pack and stack the classroom with 60 to 1 ratio…yes, coming soon to the school room with computers on every desk, cut your cost by half (approximately) in terms of “labor cost”…that’s what’s coming to a classroom, likely high school first…if it’s not being done already in some district as a pilot. Remember opt out of the computerized education. To be sure your kids won’t be behind…that’s a ridiculous argument…they educrats like to use on parents. The educrats already opt their kids out by not allowing them to attend schools with computers. Bill Gate and Steve Jobs sent their kids to school that did not use computers. Why? Because they know something you and I don’t…computer for the masses…but for the classes of rich…no computer necessary.


And another post from this group:

RE: [name redacted]’s important post about California building a data system to track California’s children. Please see the attached map from the Education Commission of the States…. California is actually behind most other states in building their integrated data system. Please know that you will not move out of CA and avoid this tracking. Under Common Core’s data-surveillance reforms, this is what’s happening in EVERY state.

To add to the data surveillance, assessments were nationalized in 2015. This means that the major assessment companies agreed to become data interoperable. This means that ALL STATES are being pushed into a national, sexualized K-12 curriculum through data oversight.

I’ve posted this video presentation here before (see link below), but I hope more California parents will watch it AND SHARE IT. In it, I’ve tried to explain how Comprehensive Sexuality curriculum was always part of data systems reform. States’ school grading policies ensure that schools have to, eventually, integrate CSE into all subjects (unless they forfeit federal funding). That’s what the data systems are monitoring for—compliance.


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

ACTION: Call your US Rep and Senators. Say no to DeVos’s scheme and Cruz’s S634

As I tried to warn folks (along with many others) about the dangers of ESAs, vouchers, tax credits and charters and got no where; perhaps this information will do the trick. I have often stated the REAL agenda of Charters is to privatize education and destroy elected representation. The REAL agenda of vouchers, ESAs, tax credits for business is how they will get ALL students in ALL education environments under the federal umbrella (and regionalized). They have worked at the state level for years to get these schemes passed in order to make them federal programs. In the end parents have no choice and no voice. Choice of location but not what our kids are taught was not part of OUR bargain but it has been THEIR bargain all along. Betsy DeVos comes to TN to “convince” TN legislators to get on board along with her team that has infiltrated the Lee administration. CHOICE that is paid for by the state or federal government is not choice. Once they pay they make ALL the rules.

PLEASE read this carefully and understand what is taking place. Then share it with your friends, neighbors, teachers, and elected officials. Through their ignorance (or their greed) they have sold our children.

Anita Hoge created a shortened version that is 2 pages long, 1 page of discussion points and 1 page of solutions. If interested send me a MESSAGE with your email address.


I found this a while back. We’ve already seen these tactics used in Canada against Christian institutions and I’m sure they’re working on it now to go after our accreditation if we don’t bow down. I feel that’s their sweeping move to wipe out the last resistance: sure you can homeschool or go to a private college or school but if you don’t go with our agenda, no accreditation, no diploma, no job.

On December 12, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved a sweeping GOP overhaul of higher education. While dubbed the “PROSPER Act,” about the only thing that would “prosper” under this bill is the ability of colleges and universities to use religion to discriminate. Several proposed provisions violate the core principle that religious freedom guarantees us all the right to believe (or not) as we see fit—not the right to discriminate against or harm others. In a letter sent prior to the committee vote, People For the American Way, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Human Rights Campaign, and more than forty other organizations called for removal of the discriminatory provisions. You can download our letter, with footnotes, here.
Dear Chairwoman Foxx and Ranking Member Scott:
The undersigned civil rights, faith, religious freedom, LGBTQ, and reproductive rights organizations write to express strong opposition to Sections 115, 117, 495(c), 496(7), and any other provision of H.R. 4508, the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform Act, that would allow the use of religion to discriminate. We support amendments to strike these provisions.
Religious freedom is a fundamental right, protected by our Constitution and federal law. It guarantees us all the right to believe (or not) as we see fit. But it doesn’t give anyone the right to use religion as an excuse to discriminate or harm others. These provisions would violate this core principle.
These provisions are designed to permit religious student groups and religiously affiliated colleges to disregard the rules, including bars on discrimination, all other schools and groups must follow. These broad, unwarranted, and unfair exemptions from laws and policies would result in taxpayer-funded discrimination.
SECTION 115: SANCTIONS DISCRIMINATION BY RELIGIOUS STUDENT GROUPS
Colleges and universities often have nondiscrimination policies that require officially recognized student groups to allow any student to join, participate in, and seek leadership in those groups. These policies ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to participate in student groups at public colleges and universities and that the schools do not subsidize discrimination with tax dollars and tuition fees. In a 2010 case, Christian Legal Society v. Martinez,1 the Supreme Court upheld one of these policies against claims that it violated the constitutional rights of a Christian student club.
Section 115 would create a special exemption just for religious clubs that would allow them to ignore such nondiscrimination rules and policies. As a result, it would force state schools to sanction and subsidize discrimination.
SECTION 117: CREATES FADA-LIKE PROVISION FOR RELIGIOUSLY AFFILIATED COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
This section bars federal, state, or local government from taking “adverse action” against colleges and universities if doing so would have the effect of “prohibiting or penalizing” the institution for actions that are “in furtherance of its religious mission.” This sweeping provision is modeled after the highly controversial First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), and in many ways is broader and more harmful.
Under this provision, colleges and universities could claim a right to ignore laws and policies that conflict with their religious beliefs. It threatens to undermine nondiscrimination protections at the federal, state, and local level and could harm LGBTQ people and women the most. These institutions could claim a right to discriminate against a woman who uses birth control or who is pregnant and unmarried, a man who marries his same-sex partner, or someone who gets divorced, just to name a few examples.
The right to believe is fundamental; the right to discriminate—especially with taxpayer dollars—is not.
SECTION 495(C): CODIFIES AN EXEMPTION FROM STATE LICENSING AND AUTHORIZING LAWS FOR RELIGIOUSLY AFFILIATED COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
In order to be an eligible institution under the Higher Education Act, a college or university must be legally authorized by a state to offer post-secondary education. This section, however, permits religious institutions to escape that requirement: it declares them eligible to serve as an institution of higher learning if they are “exempt from any provision of State law” that requires these institutions to be authorized as a “religious institution.” The effect is to permit them to operate as a college or university solely because they are religious institutions.
496(7): INTERFERES WITH ACCREDITATION PROCESS
Current law requires accrediting agencies to “respect the stated mission of the institution of higher education, including religious missions.” In 2008, report language stated unambiguously that this provision “does not change or alter current accreditation requirements . . . for the enforcement of nondiscrimination provisions.”2
This section of the bill, however, would create a sweeping exemption that would allow religious institutions to skirt accreditation requirements, including nondiscrimination provisions. The provision would bar an accrediting agency from applying a standard if the religiously affiliated college “determines that the standard induces, pressures, or coerces the institution to act contrary to, or to refrain from acting in support of, any aspect of its religious mission.” Thus, if the religiously affiliated college says an accreditation requirement—including nondiscrimination requirements for admissions, housing, employment, or student retention—interferes with what it says is its religious mission, it can still maintain its accreditation.

  • * *
    We support amendments to strike all of these harmful provisions that are intended to create far-reaching religious exemptions. These provisions would result in discrimination and harm, and thus raise serious constitutional concerns.
    Sincerely,
    Advocates for Youth
    American Association of University Women (AAUW)
    American Atheists
    American Civil Liberties Union
    American Federation of Teachers
    Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)
    Americans United for Separation of Church and State
    Anti-Defamation League
    Catholics for Choice
    Center For Inquiry
    CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
    Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues
    DignityUSA
    Equality California
    Feminist Majority Foundation
    GLSEN
    Human Rights Campaign
    In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda
    Lambda Legal
    The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
    Los Angeles LGBT Center
    Mazzoni Center
    Medical Students for Choice
    NARAL Pro-Choice America
    National Abortion Federation
    National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)
    National Black Justice Coalition
    National Center for Lesbian Rights
    National Center for Transgender Equality
    National Council of Jewish Women
    National Education Association (NEA)
    National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH)
    National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
    National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund
    National Organization for Women
    National Partnership for Women & Families
    National Rural Education Association
    National Women’s Law Center
    NEAT – the National Equality Action Team
    New School for Social Research
    New Ways Ministry
    OutServe-SLDN
    People For the American Way
    Planned Parenthood Federation of America
    Pride at Work
    Religious Institute
    Reproductive Health Access Project
    Secular Coalition for America
    Secular Policy Institute
    Secular Student Alliance
    URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity
    Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER)

Here is a post from a friend of mine:

😯
“Palantir is the 800-pound gorilla of data analytics. It has created a massive surveillance apparatus …Palantir is big. But being the biggest player in the market doesn’t exactly encourage quality work or accountability.

Multiple problems have already been noticed by the company’s numerous law enforcement customers — including the company’s apparent inability to responsibly handle data — but complaints from agencies tied into multi-year contracts are pretty easy to ignore. Palantir says it provides “actionable data.” Sounds pretty cool, but in practice this means things like cops firing guns at innocent people because the software spat out faulty suspect/vehicle descriptions.

The Palantir user guide shows that police can start with almost no information about a person of interest and instantly know extremely intimate details about their lives. The capabilities are staggering, according to the guide:

If police have a name that’s associated with a license plate, they can use automatic license plate reader data to find out where they’ve been, and when they’ve been there. This can give a complete account of where someone has driven over any time period.

With a name, police can also find a person’s email address, phone numbers, current and previous addresses, bank accounts, social security number(s), business relationships, family relationships, and license information like height, weight, and eye color, as long as it’s in the agency’s database.

The software can map out a person’s family members and business associates of a suspect, and theoretically, find the above information about them, too.”

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190716/19112442601/public-records-request-nets-users-manual-palantirs-souped-up-surveillance-software.shtml?fbclid=IwAR3gqcplLL9IwNt4KGo__M7xnZCqiZUNzJhMe66QaavvAf52lCc8E1q-BjI

Palantir is also a partner with FUTURE OF PRIVACY FORUM

The Future of Privacy Forum
The Future of Privacy Forum, is a Project Unicorn partner and DC think tank funded by many tech foundations and corporations including but not limited to: Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Verizon, Samsung, Sidewalk Labs (Google’s Alphabet, Smart Cities), Walt Disney, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, National Science Foundation. Hobsons (Naviance), Intel, Palantir, Pearson, Netflix, Mozilla name only a few of their big name supporters. Their K12 arm focuses on balancing student data privacy while supporting innovation and technology in the classroom.


Here is a post from a page called Parent Coalition for Student Privacy:

Anyone concerned about the privacy implications or otherwise of a company called SchoolMint – which runs enrollment systems in Chicago, Denver and elsewhere? The program is also owned by the same company that operates HeroK12, a student behavior management system and now SureWatch, a school surveillance/safety management tool:

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190204005560/en/SchoolMint-Acquires-SureWatch-Expanding-Platform-Provide-Educators?fbclid=IwAR0eaTB_eLl-ndJuHR1rUhI6E5yM4KH2doRGWO1mQpY4mo6nETSV6QTLsUw

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-02-04-hero-k12-gets-a-facelift-and-a-new-edtech-acquisition?fbclid=IwAR1lHqADQAAROG1BGKvQbYtS_7IEcCp5ub-4X8UWgdQb43krnRzJnDsT860

It’s not clear what the plans are to merge the data systems, and do with all that data. “Efforts are underway to integrate these three product lines, Wreford adds. “As we think about the overlap between SchoolMint, Hero and SureWatch, what we’re excited about is the level of transparency and interaction that is possible.” For instance, a district that is using SchoolMint’s enrollment tool can share data about students and their parents with its campus safety systems. The end goal, he’s previously told EdSurge, is to assist schools in assembling an extensive data trail for each student’s educational journey, from enrollment to graduation.”

What may be of additional concern is that they are also selling “add on software” systems to allow individual schools to market themselves and do outreach to parents, and intend to use algorithms to be able to steer students to specific schools.


And another post from this page:

Baltimore County school administrators were notified of huge security breach days before it was reported & seemingly did nothing to secure numerous highly sensitive student data

Yet CoSN had awarded them highest privacy seal of approval. They explained “that the TLE seal is not intended to be an “end-all be-all,” the spokesperson said. “No one is perfect at data security, but it is a commitment to ongoing improvement and we need to see evidence of that ongoing improvement in order to have the seal renewed… It requires that districts look holistically at how they are protecting privacy and security… the program requires that there is an ongoing effort and commitment. It’s not that one gets the seal and sits back; it’s that one gets the seal and keeps going.”


Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

Remember the article on consensual non monogamy (swinging, polyamory or open relationships)? More info on how the APA has been hijacked just like our schools.

Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) teaches polyamory and “partners”.
https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/ec16e9_d14438ab659e4a7b9d3b79e05f64fc06.pdf?inf_contact_key=a8646485a22a4e551cd987ee3f08a88e7e470d92b8b75168d98a0b8cac0e9c09


Here is a post that was shared by a friend of mine:

Working on a story.. need your help. What do you think about Chromebooks at your child’s school? Good experience/bad experience? Risque material pop up, or searchable? Let me know! Plus, what school


And some replies to this post:

As a Kindergarten teacher for SPS I have noticed a huge difference in Kindergarten readiness now compared to 5 or 6 years ago. Kiddos are coming in unable to hold a pencil, use scissors, write their name, … their fine motor skills are really underdeveloped. They have gotten used to just swiping or tapping a screen. They are having more issues with focus, need much more help developing social skills, have a hard time working/playing independently without the stimulation from electronics, have a hard time just “being” (relaxing).
I totally understand that they will grow up and use electronics their entire adult lives. As a K teacher though, there are many more important things that they need to be doing when I have them those precious few months before first grade. I have been teaching for 27 years. I so miss what Elementary school used to be like 10 – 20 years ago. I know it makes me seem resistant to change, but I feel I was a much better teacher when I was empowered to give them more of what is developmentally appropriate for them. It’s not that they CAN’T do what is expected of them on the provided technology, but in doing so they miss out on so much more.


We have had great experience with our high schoolers using the chrome books. However, not so much with our middle school and elementary kids. I requested our middle schooler not to have the chrome book due to internet issues and they refused. Then when he lost the charger they tried to charge me for it, so I refused. There is no way to add parental controls on the ones we use and they have caused a lot of issues with our kids. The younger ones don’t need all of that screen time. Just my two cents for what it’s worth.


We have mixed feelings as well. My husband, who is a professor at MSU, believe that the personal touch of teaching has gotten less and less due to Chromebooks. The chromebooks are used more than actual teaching. We hardy saw any graded papers come home this year for my then 2nd grader. Because everything is done on the chrome book we always questioned whether he was doing good or not due to lack of paper evidence.
My 7th grader knows how to bypass all the software and play games and watch YouTube on them. So not very good security.
Both Hickory Hills elementary and middle school.


My daughter is an SPS student and was subjected to graphic content in a social studies link, provided by the district. Also the SPS online photo library had incredibly graphic photos that could be accessed with a single search word. The district, as of last year, did zero testing of curriculum prior to rolling it out to students and only made changes to inappropriate content AFTER it is reported and children had been exposed. Completely inappropriate.


We are at Republic School District. I have mixed feeling about them. I like that if my daughter misses school, she can get her homework through canvas via her chrome book. She can turn in assignments if she forgets instead of waiting until the next day. There is insurance that you can get so if anything happens you are covered. What I don’t like is they force chrome books on them. By mid day my daughter has a headache from the chrome books. There is nothing she can do because all of her assignments are on the chrome book. Teachers, doctors ect. tell you to limit children’s screen time but 95% of the school day my child is on a computer. They take reading tests, map tests and regular tests on the computer. So if my daughters eyes start to blur or she has a headache she has to push through it. I think chrome books should be used for research and to get assignments when gone but paper and pen for everything else


Republic mom here and I agree with [name redacted]. It’s convenient sure, but at what cost? My daughter was telling me that 90% of her classes require the use of the Chromebooks and that she rarely physically writes on paper anymore. That is TOO much screen time, especially when you mix in the extra screen time she gets at home from recreational use on her phone or watching TV. Shouldn’t these students be reading actual books and writing actual words on paper and using the computers for research purposes only?


I agree. Another problem for my daughter is that she has access to YouTube for teaching purposes but many times in class and at home, she is watching epic fails videos or other non-school material. The teachers can’t monitor what a room full of kids are watching.


I want pencil, paper, & books. They need to know how to use a computer, but not all have access to it at home. Children need to know how to do things without a computer. I taught school for 29+ years and my students did great without them!


my thoughts exactly. At our school in Purdy Missouri they use iPad’s & I refuse to let my children have one because I still believe in the pencil, paper & books.
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At our school (Wheaton), the jr and sr high school kids are allowed to use them at home after the parents pay the insurance. My biggest issue for awhile was that occasionally my kids would have homework and required internet access to do the homework. At that time we couldn’t get internet due to being very rural area. It seemed pretty unfair for families that cant afford internet or dont have access to it.


That was my first issue with it (and other work that requires internet access); some districts supply low-cost internet service to students who don’t already have it. I think the district should be willing and able to provide that before they can expect students to do any work requiring it. OR provide time, outside of class, for it to be finished at school.


I hate the schools moving into computers and stuff at school. My daughter struggles so much with it. Kids rush through to get done, and they make horrible marks because of this. I really think schools should go back to doing just old, pencil and paper.


My grandkids live in New Mexico in 1/2 grades. They did not have chrome books. They are reading at high levels and love their school!!!


our newest schools with the most tech are failing. Like failing bad in math and reading. Some of the lowest in the state. Tech cuts out full texts and kids only get a snippet. And math it no longer requires the correct answer. You get full credit for trying.


this is so true. My daughters school is one of the lowest ranking in the state of Arkansas. Almost all grades have some type of technology. iPads to chrome books


Our classrooms are turning into virtual classrooms. I am just a bit wondering why schools can afford the finer things such as chrome books and yet teachers have to go deep within there own pocket to buy classroom supplies. Or….my thoughts, teachers teach like 1980 and put that chrome book money to every student having free meals.
My opinion.


As a parent, I am concerned about the lack of parameters and risk of what materials they can search for or may be exposed to by classmates sharing what they have searched for. Despite what security is placed on computers, kids figure out how to get around them. We’ve seen the practice of allowing students to use Chromebooks during indoor recess…. It is impossible for teachers to monitor what everyone is looking at…. I don’t even let my kids “free search” the internet when I’m standing over their shoulder at home! Ha!
In general, I think using computers for so much of education takes away from the relationship that is needed between teacher and student as well as between classmates. If we are constantly teaching our children to interact with a computer to learn, be entertained, find belonging….. We are setting them up for unhealthy patterns of living. So much research has been done on how screens negatively impact children. I truly do not understand why there is still such a push for personal computer devices at such a young age in schools.
I’m not completely opposed to computers, I love that my 1st grader can build her own Google site 🙂 and I love our school! But I think chrome books should only be used under supervision for specific tasks, for a limited number of hours per day. (Calculating in how much time they look at a screen for videos/movies as well :-))


I’m a parent and teacher. Parent perspective- I have personal high school students. Both of my children have had success with the use of their Chromebooks. Our district has really good security features on them and will be adding a new one this year called GoGuardian. I feel like the use of Chromebooks and other technology is preparing my children for the future. We live in a technological society, so they have to be prepared to survive in it. Many jobs require the use of large amounts of tech., so expecting our children to not use it in the classroom is impossible.
Teacher perspective- I teach third grade, therefore the amount of time we spend on Chromebooks is considerably less than older students, but we do use them almost daily for at least a short time. For the same reasons I mentioned above, we have to teach our students how to use technology because their future will depend on it, but it is also important to teach them how to use their hands, whether for writing, experiments, building things, etc. It is definitely all about the right balance! I use mine in the classroom for them to do research, to share things with them without making 1,000 copies, as well as differentiation of their instruction. Like I said before, our district goes to great lengths to ensure security on our devices! I do feel that my students are safe using technology at our school.


if you are in SPS then you don’t actually have really good security and GoGuardian is more of a tracking program that will track locations than a filter program which SPS desperately needs.


My kids are using them in pre-school and again this year in Kindergarten at Republic. It is a horrible idea! Teachers and doctors are always preaching about less screen time this and less screen time that… but Republic does everything with these chrome books and do not even have regular hardback subject books anymore. It is ridiculous. I have a hard time being on my phone fore more that 30 minutes, I end up with a headache. I can only imagine what my children and other children have to deal with straining their eyes and headaches throughout the day… chrome books should not be used the way they are. Some students learn much better from reading out of a book not from a screen. It is a shame that children do not have to get a dictionary out and research in a library because they have these chrome books to search everything up on. Penmanship is non existent in schools today and i believe it is because of the schools decision to let kids do everything on these chrome books.


I dislike them very much.. I have been to a school board meeting to speak to SPS about this issue.. I have tried several different ideas that they tried to help me with to no avail .. I have an intelligent motivated child but with this electronic in his hand.. he is a distracted unmotivated child.. I beg SPS to go back to mostly paper and pencil.. I know it can’t be that full time.. I understand electronics are a part of our everyday lives but paper is the original way to learn and write.. we are changing our children’s brains with these electronics and not for the better..especially elementary and junior high children do not need these

Something else I failed to mention was now that we don’t get hard copy grade cards.. we never actually saw our children’s grade when school got out for summer.. we tried getting on parent home access and never could access it so now we don’t really know what they got.. we tried contacting their teachers but never heard back bc obviously it was summer by that point..can we at least get a hard copy of a end of year grade report???


I agree. I can’t stand that we don’t get a grade card for middle school.


One size does not fit all. Computers are great for classes where research and writing are the goal. Perhaps not so productive in classes such as reading and mathematics where the distractions they provide greatly outweigh any advantage. My experiences come from schools with and without internet access.


My kids were in school when the computers were implemented at the Reeds Spring High school, and they have since added them to the lower grades. NOT a fan. In our experience, most of the teachers relied too heavily on them and quit teaching, just assigned work to be done on their own with little to no guidance. The kids always managed to find ways around any blocks placed to do things they werent supposed to. I would be all for it if they could find a mix of computer assignments and actual classroom teaching and assignments. I understand the need for growth of technology in the workforce. I am a nurse of 33 yr, went from paper charting to computerized charting and medication administration, but they have lost the ability to interact with society due to overuse of screen time.


A LOT to say – my oldest had them starting in 5th, middle child in 3rd and youngest started kindergarten last year and had one …… all 3 kids bring theirs home every night. The school can’t protect our kids from the “bad” out there. Too many kids, SMART kids! They know how to get around firewalls and such. It isn’t always to do bad things either ….. my son is highly functioning autistic. Stays in a normal classroom. When he gets overwhelmed though, he can look like he is doing work but really playing games. It allows communication between students which is just more things I have to monitor and make sure he / she is safe. Technology has its place ….. but maybe toward the middle school /high school level


I don’t like them. Firstly, I limit my child’s screen time at home and don’t appreciate them being on it a lot at school. Secondly, I asked my child’s teacher what the purpose of them having them and being able to bring them home was and she didn’t really have an answer. All she could say was it is preparing them to use them in the future. No homework has ever been assigned, no information has been sent home telling us how they are even used at during school hours. I would much prefer textbooks and paper and pencil for my kids.


I liked the chromebooks! It allows students to work on their work even if they are sick and have to miss a few days. Most assignments were submitted through there so there was a digital copy which came in handy a few times when one of our kid’s got a 0 on an assignment he turned in, he was able to find the dated submission and get an actual grade. Also having the chromebooks means no one is left out when it comes to the tech advantages that other classmates might have. When I was in high school one of my best friends didn’t have a computer, so whenever we had to do online research she would walk a few miles to the library, and when it came to turning in typed papers she would use an electric typewriter… this was back around 2009!


In a world where people are looking more at phones and screens of many varieties I find this is only adding to the problem with learning to interact socially. Additionally, I’m concerned that these Google Chrome products sync personal devices once in the home. There should be an agreement between the State of Missouri with Google to where they can’t sync other unrelated devices with the Chrome book and capturing private information. Right now this is a colossal national issue with Google. This needs to be changed everywhere.


My granddaughter has one. She does not like it. She is a junior. She says that it takes away from the learning process and exams are much harder for her. Teachers do not teach much either. It is on the chromebook, make sure you have your work done and turned in by midnight. Technology is good but it can also cause harm. Kids spend way to much time on devices as it is.


I do not feel they are good for our children or my grandchildren. Some families cannot afford Internet at home and therefore have to spend time running somewhere that has wi-fi in order for the child to complete an assignment. Here again, this is too much time spent in front of a computer. Strain on the eyes! Go back to regular teaching.


I teach 7th graders n Dallas County R-1. I will be starting my 41st year teaching in August.
This past school year we went 1 on 1. Our students ( grades 7-12) were able to take the Chtome books home.
Some students had adapted well, and some have not.
I do not use the Chromebooks on a daily basis in my classroom, while some teachers do.
For me the biggest problem has been students forgetting theirs, or the Chromebooks not being charged.


We have had good experiences with them. They have blocked anything the kids should not be looking at. My only complaint is that legible writing has gone by the wayside. Kids do not know how to write letters, notes or even how to address an envelope. etc. Some of my fondest memories are notes from my husband when we were dating in high school. I wish SPS would incorporate hand writing along with computer skills.


Not a fan, my boys go to Plato which implemented Chromebooks last year full force! Teachers don’t get to teach they “babysit” now, this is why our school system is turning into a virtual school system! I know we have lots of “virtual” seated students at our school and that number will probably just keep growing.
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I think they are fine in moderation. My husband’s grandmother was a teacher in a one room school house and she used to say a good teacher can teach with a stick and some dirt. Meaning you dont need technology to be a good teacher.


As a taxpayer I’m livid! Teachers HaVE to pay from their pockets for BASIC supplies due to ‘frivolous’ district spending— ie: chrome books for EVERY child in the district. 😡


I’m against it. My daughter has a had a Chromebook since second grade, and she’s now going into 5th. To me it makes them very dependent on electronics and they don’t want to go outside and play. They want to keep their face buried in the electronics now.she wasn’t even getting her work done on hers she was watching videos every time I would check on her. In my opinion we shouldn’t Force electronics on kids they need more activities outside when they’re young. Maybe it’s a good idea for 8th grade and up but not elementary School. I think we’re teaching them not to be kids and to stay inside on their computer rather than outside playing and being a kid. I know they all have to learn computers, and I’m all for that, just not in Elementary school.


Not a fan at all!! Aurora uses MAC books… students are able to text friends who have iPhones during class from their laptops.. my daughter included.. not paying attention in class.. I personally feel they provide too many avenues for distractions from quality learning time.


I have a daughter at Carver MS now. I personally think they are teaching these kids to rely too much on technology, plus when the chromebook doesn’t work how it is supposed they can’t do their schoolwork etc. Then again I also don’t like that we don’t get paper report cards anymore.


Too many children are being entertained /occupied/babysat by these devices at home. Don’t know how effective they are at school. Just think they are overused & children don’t know of any other way to play & use their own imagination. Kind of scared for our kids.


hate them, books and paper, I don’t want to be responsible for it, especially since mine goes to after school programs. keep them st school in the classroom where they are used there and monitored by the teachers.


Not a fan. My son is in 5th grade at pittman elementary and he has had a chromebook since 3rd grade. I have as well as his teachers have caught him several times on youtube, or games instead of the sites he is supposed to be on for homework. He tries to use it for games as well to download. What ever happene to just regular pen and paper and textbook?


Nope don’t like them. My daughter doesn’t like hers. I don’t think the kids learn like we all did, by the good old text book. I understand there’s more information on the internet. I think chrome books are the easy way out. Im sure there are some teachers that like them but I bet most don’t. Flippin School District


I do not like them. Go back to school books and pen and paper.
Plus while in class most students are on web pages that aren’t school related and no matter how much they try to block them the kids find a way around it.
My oldest which graduated in 2018 was always in trouble over it and my 13 year old daughter is having the same experience.
My opinion the chromebooks are the worst thing the school has done to teach our kids


my experience with this had nothing to do with kids breaking the rules but with advertising and suggested articles and apps that appeared on the computers that were completely inappropriate. As a teacher, in my classroom on my school device on school WiFi with their “great” filters I had an ad for tinder for adults come up and start auto playing a completely phonographic video when searching for a script for a speech and debate class. My 12 year old daughter had the same as and another one that said ugly girls reply for sex. This was at school doing what she was told to do. Another parent sent me screenshots of the “suggested articles” that came up in her daughters chrome book while working on her assignment for class. The suggested articles were graphic in image and words and that was without clicking on any of them. And each time she logged back in to work on the assignment the suggestions got worse. This problem is NOT because kids are not following rules or because they are searching for things hey shouldn’t or because they are using their home internet. It is happening at school while they are actually trying to learn.


Terrible idea. Teachers do not want to teach or grade papers anymore. They just let the computer do it. Also the kids that have a problem with gaming and not being able to pay attention in class well you just made their day. Their grades fall off because of this. Sorry situation


I have teachers in my family that love their job!! They love their students and pray for those that struggle. They start their day before school begins and end their day long after school is out. They support the child that doesn’t have the support they need at home. They buy supplies for their students out of their own pocket. So we need to support our teachers instead of saying they don’t want to teach anymore.


I didn’t like them while I taught at Marshfield because kids could get around every block they had and manage to get to sites that were not appropriate.


My kids go to Ozark Schools. My daughter (14) and going to be a freshman, just got her chrome book last year. But, the assignments given from the previous years required the kids to use the computer for everything. The textbooks no longer exist and I believe that is hindering the ability to learn comprehension while reading. We have had issues with teachers not teaching at all and the kids have to figure out what to do for the assignments. I have tried to help instill the need and desire to read paper books and help with fine motor skills with both of my kids. IMO, they need to get rid of the chromebooks and go back to doing things with paper. Not all businesses are running with the new technology and kids need to learn how to do things with pen and paper. Technology with crash and we can’t rely on the “cloud” for everything to be stored.
With Common Core, we have had even more issues with homework. My daughter has been really good with math and when CC was introduced, she was in tears because she didn’t understand what they were asking. My husband is a math genius and he couldn’t figure out the problems.


Chrome books are descent but expect to be making another investment within 2 years! They initially were planned to go with a student from middle school up through high school! There is no way they can hold up. The ease of some of the applications/yes are nice-due to it being a google product! As a teacher, I would rather the students have Mac books or even Windows!
Chrome books are easy to learn and do great for storing information for students. I teach Middle School and actually want no part of them! However, they are better than nothing!


I hate them my daughter is gonna be in 6th grade this yr. Most the stuff they do at school is on them she complains about headaches almost everyday when she would come home from school last year. Also when she missed a day of school she could barely make up the work because they arent allowed to bring them home so she had to find extra time at school to do it.


Risqué material and ads are definitely commonplace. All kids know how to bypass filters to get to what they want. If they don’t know, their peer will show them. Kids switching their screens back to something appropriate when a teacher walks by. The Chromebooks also store everything. So I’m definitely uncomfortable with stored passwords and info about my children. Who has access? Why are we getting such deals on them for every student? Is SPS giving our students info back to the company? Also, my children have never liked reading. But using Reading Plus has made them dislike it even more. What happened to books? I get technology is important, and there is a place for it. It was called computer lab. Not a fan. Ask all 3 of my kids, they aren’t either. Springfield Public Schools-Cherokee And Kickapoo


As a teacher and grandparent I see both sides. Our school Green Forest Schools Arkansas have a strong filter and chromebooks are monitored when in use. They provide good games and are tools for research. Too much time and children become agitated and I have seen addiction in my fifth graders. We limit use at school and try to keep it in one class per day.


I always complained that both of my kids did not need another screen in their face!!!! Also they don’t use text books anymore because because the Chrome book has taken its place!!!!


Springfield Public Schools… This was a terrible idea. So much for parents having the right to regulate or control the amount of screen time their children are exposed to. It was a constant source of distraction…game play and social media use instead of homework. The funds used for these Chromebooks should be used to pull in educators to the students and not teachers that were more concerned with socializing with parents.


I have kids at Eugene Field elementary. The benefits of the Chromebook are incredibly slim next to the weighted list of downsides. I can see having personal Chromebooks for my future high schooler, but I am opposed to my elementary and future middle schoolers to have their own device. I appreciate you doing this story.


What’s happening in SPS is heartbreaking! Test scores at the bottom of the barrel, sexual predators getting to kids on chrome books at school and pornography popping up!


Not a fan at all, neither is our daughter who will be a Crane HS Senior this fall!


crome books were just fine in Sparta im more worried about schools not teaching cursive anymore.


I have chrome books in my classroom and they drive me nuts because half the time time they won’t connect to the WiFi!


I don’t have children myself but being around children all the time I think the should wait till middle/high school. Our kids today rely on technology to much and need to learn the basics including how to write in cursive.


I think that chrome books within the school have allowed students too much freedom to be playing rather than learning. They are a distraction, rather than a tool. Kids may have more access to learning materials, but they are not locked down enough to keep students focused only on the subject at hand. Therefore, students are playing, communicating with others online, etc during learning time. In addition, many times, the teachers do not know the programs well enough to be able to post homework constantly in the same way as other teachers. Therefore, parents (and many students) struggle to determine what homework assignments need to be completed. I, personally, would prefer to see students go back to having books in their hands, less screen time, and more paper tasks.


I dont like them. My son will be an 8th grader and started using them in 6th grade. Ive notice a little more of a struggle with him doing work and his grades. The difference i seen is that he is he works better doing work on paper and remembering if he turns it in, then doing his work on a chorme book.


Wilder is where I had a problem. Pop up kept, well popping up and they were the disturbing kind. They started the moment my son got his laptop and he was the one that kept getting in trouble for it. Even after he went to the teacher. Clearly they did not wipe it before and even after they took it to clean it, it still didn’t work. He finally stopped because he was getting into trouble and I told the school to keep there laptop.


Don’t like them. I noticed when our son was in 3rd grade that the teacher used the computer instead of teaching. I would like to see some papers that have been graded by a person not a computer.


I think that they are really handy for high school students, but I absolutely hate them not having real textbooks. My kids prefer real books even now in college. I’m glad they still had textbooks when my kids were in high school!


As a substitute teacher I think they are good in moderation. However, I spend much more time redirecting students away from games/youtube than helping them with assignments. Most everything that is inappropriate is blocked.


WORST THING EVER INVENTED. Not to mention ALL the vision trouble my kids have because of this. It’s made the average kid lazy….they won’t complete or deal with the chromebook it they don’t have to.
GO BACK TO PENCIL AND PAPER AND TESTS. Your futuristic hope is a major catastrophe! !!! Springfield public school systems


I don’t like them at all. Reading a book, taking notes with pen and paper and writing out reports the old fashioned way are a better way to prepare kids.


Computer’s have became a crutch that kids and adults alike depend on . I would say half the kids in college these days wouldn’t be there if not for computer’s . Dewey decimal system and about 5 books on a subject in the library is how it was done between 1986 – 1990 .


As a 4th and 5th grade teacher, I learned that there are MANY reasons to try to keep Chromebooks out of Elementary school. Children learn best in close relationship to caring teachers and other students, not sitting and staring at screens. The distractions created by the computers, as well as the never-ending battle to ensure that inappropriate material is not being accessed, turn teachers into computer monitors and take away from our time with students. Furthermore, there are serious health considerations connected with the overuse of computers, including digital eye strain, myopia, mental health problems, and screen addiction. For some mature elementary students, writing a final draft on the computer might be an acceptable use, but composing should be done with pencil and paper, as the distractions of the medium take away from the thinking process. Unfortunately, many teachers are forced to teach word processing and test-taking on computers due to the state achievement tests having been moved online.


Schools should be reading Googles privacy policy:

https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en-US#infocollect



Here is a post from the Common Core Diva:

The absolute latest in DC mandated mental health/behavior health overreaches in education.
Announced late last week.

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2019/07/23/bh-gets-an-update/


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

DIGITAL BADGES: Another Encroachment on our Freedoms
Parents are just not following the IMMENSE changes to their schools. Many believed the Common Core Standards to just be bad standards, curriculum and testing. But there’s so much more! DATA! Without data, government and corporation wouldn’t be able to collect individual/personal information which keeps all these systems and initiatives afloat.
This article informs and exposes how corporations are working within schools to label your child (right or wrong) with digital badges from elementary on. These badges are with you for your entire life and information shared worldwide. Corporations are selecting your kids for future jobs right now. This is the so-called career pathway, the P-20 workforce. What does it all have to do with academics? Nothing and it’s incredibly dangerous to our freedoms.
“We’ll soon have corporate sponsors and badges to label your kids, help predict their workforce or college future. Take a look at the members listed in this newly created badging collaborative, funded by Lumina in partnership with NGA, Pearson, Broad, Walton, Exxon and Business Round Table, etc. They, along with the folks participating in the October 2015 Close It Summit want to know how your children feel, how your children think, so they can “predict workplace success” and close those pesky workforce gaps, with a corporate endorsed data badge. WHY? because education is not about teaching children anymore. Exxon reminds us that schools are job suppliers, children are products.”
http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/the-business-of-badging-and-predicting-childrens-futures/?fbclid=IwAR3tHixWShKuNtooHaQps1FbRaefgy4RQQ8D5VKORQJk6QY_25kgb9VZLZY


Looks like Governor JB the Hutt Pritzker is helping to push the trans agenda in schools: https://illinoisfamily.org/education/pritzkers-plans-to-trans-schools/


Here is a post from a friend of mine:

Lumina’s BadgeToHire quantifies soft skills like resilience and critical thinking and matches college students to employers. Sound familiar? …Lumina’s Credly does the SAME thing for k12 students. Hmmm. Convenient. Interoperable databadges from kindergarten – college.

“On Wednesday, the nonprofit announced the start of a two-year research project to study how effective these “microcredentials” actually are in helping students from marginalized backgrounds secure employment. Supported by a grant from the Lumina Foundation, the BadgedToHire project will expand skills-training pilot programs at the University of Maine, San Jose State University and Central New Mexico Community College.

Because employer buy-in is essential to the success of such badges, each institution has worked with regional players such as Jaynes Corporation and national companies like Enterprise Holdings to learn exactly what skills they should incorporate into academic courses and career-preparation programs.

What Do Employers Want?
Companies want skilled employees, and talented students want jobs. Seems simple enough. Yet members of both parties often struggle to find their perfect partners.

“We have to prepare students differently for what’s next,” says Catherine Voss Plaxton, interim associate vice president of student services at San Jose State. “How do we make this simple, clear and convenient?”

Another difficulty is discerning exactly what employers are looking for. Research from multiple institutions shows that character and interpersonal skills (also known as soft skills, people skills and non-technical skills) are currently in demand. Written communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills were the ones most-frequently requested among the 172 employers who participated in the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook 2019 survey.

With curriculum and badges related to eight such qualities, including critical thinking, resilience and intercultural fluency, BadgedToHire aims to help University of Maine, San Jose State University and Central New Mexico Community College serve as more-effective matchmakers for their students and local companies.”


And a reply to this post:

Also impact investing

https://www.luminafoundation.org/news-and-views/lumina-foundation-robin-hood-and-salesforce-ventures-announce-new-alliance-dedicated-to-investing-in-education-and-workforce-development-companies



And another post from her:

Alibaba + Salesforce are now Partners.
https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2019-07-24/salesforce-enters-china-amid-trade-war-with-alibaba-s-help?__twitter_impression=true


Shame on Baylor University! They should NEVER have teamed up with Chilidren’s Defense Fund for this! https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/07/26/baylor-university-teams-up-with-anti-gun-organization-for-childrens-literacy-program/


I’m sure this holds true for all the data big businesss, “non-profits” and the government have on us too: https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/07/26/report-its-easy-to-identify-someone-from-anonymized-databases/


Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

Found out today that my 11 year old read the book Drama by Raina Telgemeier. It is part of the Smile series. She read it on her Kindle without my knowledge and told me she deleted it as soon as she realized what the book was about but by then it was too late. I’m bringing it up here because this book is in a lot of school libraries as recommended reading for middle schoolers. The subplot is about twin brothers who are both gay and another boy who is confused about his sexuality – whether he is gay or bi. It includes boys kissing and being “flushed and sweaty.” It is a graphic novel which means there were pictures depicting this storyline. I am very careful but disappointed this one slipped through and damaged my daughter’s innocence.

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/drama


And another post from this group:

So I just found a condom in my 13 year old kids room and he said he got it at the boy’s and girls club 😡


And yet another post from this group:

AB 493, the mandatory LGBT sensitivity training bill for teachers is going to the appropriations committee on August 12th and once it passes there it will go to a final floor vote by all 40 CA State Senators to be passed into law. EVERY concerned parent and teacher should be calling and writing ALL senators (especially those that represent your district) with their concerns to oppose this bill. All letters will be put in a binder for senators to read before they make their final vote.

I am a public school teacher and I testified against AB 493 at the State Capitol on July 10th because I had recently had a mandatory gender training (TK-8) and I felt it was important that everyone know the content in these trainings. Below in the comments section are the links for the “cheat sheet” I was given with action steps to take in the classroom from Queerly Elementary and my testimony is below. There is also a link for a video that is a must watch by Brenda Lebsack, an Orange Unified School Board Member, about the specific gender fluid concepts and vocabulary. Parents can NOT opt out from gender fluidity, gender identity, gender spectrum or sexual orientation lessons.

Teachers love all children and teachers don’t tolerate bullying or harassment for any of our students ever. Seth’s Law (AB 9) is already in place in CA! AB 493 violates parental rights and constitutional rights. It forcibly seeks seeks to indoctrinate public and charter school teachers in gender spectrum (sexual orientation and gender identity) sensitivity training. Biology is not bigotry!

The US Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land! All citizens, as well as teachers, still have their first amendment rights to free speech without government coercion. California does not have the authority to dictate to teachers what they think or what they say about sexual orientation and gender identity. We need more CA parents and CA public school teachers to stand up against state-coerced indoctrination and state-coerced speech!

Tell your CA State Senators to vote NO on AB 493!


And another post from this group:

“We need to put this in the DNA of the U.S. or UN” and “not just the administration.” She said UN Women would work with law enforcement and the judiciary to “sustain the rights” and “keep the system accountable.” In the U.S., she said, that meant circumventing the national level to “seize the space in the cities” by transforming the private sector so they “become believers.”

Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile told heterosexual women and men in the audience, “We are more than you and essentially you need to learn how to become a bit more like us.”

CSE is a United Nations program. Now you know what the real goal of CSE gender identity/sexual orientation lessons are.


And yet another post from this group:

Dr Judith Reisman has done much research connecting the dots from Alfred Kinsey to CSE, porn, abortion and so much more.

“If it’s legal, it can be taught in school”.
Dr. Judith Reisman

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/exposing-the-fraudulent-research-that-sparked-the-sexual-revolution


And two pictures that were posted in this group:

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Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

How is Mark Tucker’s vision impacting California schools and the nation’s schools today? One need only look at who succeeded Mark at the National Center on Education and the Economy: Australian progressive Anthony Mackay. Mackay plays a major role in handing US schools a national, sexualized curriculum.
Things to know about Mackay:
Here’s the announcement of Mackay taking the baton from Mark Tucker:

Here’s where Mackay spoke at the Collaborative for School Networking (CoSN) Summit this year alongside …..Linda Darling-Hammond who is California’s new State Board of Ed President (and helped control the federal policies for Common Core standards, assessments and school grading now enshrined in the Every Student Succeeds Act). By the way, CoSN is UNESCO’s digital learning lackey and they work with the State Tech leaders through the State Education Technology Directors Association. In addition, UNESCO credits Darling-Hammond with helping them sexualize most class subjects. It is NO COINCIDENCE that Mackay and Darling-Hammond were speaking together.:

https://www.cosn.org/about/news/cosn’s-global-symposium-annual-conference-envision-learning-2030

Here’s where UNESCO thanks Mackay for helping them take control of the world’s curriculum and track kid’s “competencies”: (see page 4). Competencies are defined in terms of UNESCO’s political objectives which are anti-Christian:

http://www.ibe.unesco.org/sites/default/files/resources/future_competences_and_the_future_of_curriculum.pdf


And another post from this group:

More news from Swampa Barbara:

Santa Barbara Parents Ask Courts to Roll Back ‘Implicit Bias’ Curricula

https://www.theepochtimes.com/santa-barbara-parents-ask-courts-to-roll-back-implicit-bias-curricula_3015694.html


This BIG Act sounds like BIG trouble: https://t.co/MV9Ao2dIxW?amp=1


Here is a picture that was posted in an anti-Common Core group:

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

Did Common Core/Public school harm your child? Share your story. Here is mine.

FOREWORD:
Please note that to this day, 5 years later than the end of my Son’s exposure to public schooling, he remains likely to turn himself upside down in any chair. He is now 12 years old. His Mother and I recognize that he is nevertheless always listening and is a very good and kind young man.
His (non-Federally funded) private school teachers recently honored him with an opportunity for an advanced STEM class that required 1 week without us nearby – and meets with actual Astronauts – and is planning a mission to Mars! We enrolled him and dropped him off at St. John’s University (Queens), today, July 21, 2019. I love that little monkey!
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM IN PUBLIC SCHOOL:
My Son’s public school kindergarten teacher, who was nearing retirement, mostly used traditional methods and was very caring. Boy, being bright (somewhat gifted) was able to complete his daily tasks. However, early into the year we became concerned about the terrible math methods being shown to him. I met with her promptly. She was very helpful/understanding/kind/empathic and told us not to worry about Common Core. She nevertheless was required to conform to the school’s protocol and assigned massive volumes of homework – all using these new poor and unproven alternate math methods and *even the math included peculiar twists on history and social justice. Revisionist history and sound spelling and other dreadful content corrupted much of his assigned work. Often, he was unable to complete all his homework before bedtime! More homework was assigned to be done on weekends! Nothing about this situation compared to my own prior relatively pleasant experience in Kindergarten. I *stupidly just let this slide.
As I am a capable math person, I took on the added Parental burden of learning the new Common Core math – such garbage! 5-groups and number bonds and filling endless STUPID LITTLE BOXES!! I taught the boy how to use these awful methods to complete his work as directed, and then also taught him how to use better traditional methods to do all these questions in his head. Twice as much work for us both! He cried nearly every single night before going to sleep. I sometimes cried too.
As the year went on, he developed emotional and behavioral problems that eventually caused us to refuse to complete any homework that exceeded one hour per weekday and we also refused ALL weekend homework. Boys/children need time to play!
Together, he and I struggled to make sense of all the homework – that mostly came from Pearson/Engage NY (another nightmare). Much of the package of daily homework came in the form of dittos that had major errors and sometimes my son and I determined that the questions had NO correct answer! The kid was losing his mind with this crap. I asked why we can’t just have a proper textbook? No answer.
Anyway, he survived Kindergarten and meanwhile the Wife and I joined some other angry parent’s and began a path of rallying and petitioning and other political activism to help rid America of Common Core. ALL these efforts failed miserably, including opting out (AKA refusing) the tests. These efforts had included: SPEAKING AT THE BOE meetings-Bus stop activism- GREEN LACES-BATS-LIOO-NYSAPE-PTACC-Protests in front of NY Senator Flanagan’s office-Rallies-Distributing flyers-signing petitions-supporting the now defunct NY party called STOP COMMON CORE (later renamed the progress party – although there’s been no progress at all since then) – attending anti-CC seminars et cetera. I did use this opportunity to teach my Son how to petition his government, which is nice, I guess.
When he entered 1st grade things became MUCH worse. His young teacher was unable or unwilling to provide him with the tender patience anyone would expect from any public school teachers. When I discussed my concerns with her, she seemed to be under extraordinary pressure to “teach to the tests.” These were the same tests we were refusing! I am not a fan of this woman.
His 1st grade class of over 20 students was divided into pods. Each pod contained 4 – 6 students and was led by the most capable child in the subgroup. My Son was the pod leader. He taught the math to the others. The other children in his pod teased him relentlessly (because they are children) and this caused further anxiety which exacerbated his very squirmy behavior.
We began to receive frequent reports of behavioral problems from him in school, mostly associated with his emotional and restless and sometimes dramatic nature.
His 1st grade teacher created a star-point system designed to keep him from squirming. The penalty for anything less than perfection was a loss of recess privileges. My son broke down completely.
He was NOT thriving. Crying all the time. The 1st grade teacher also implemented something called “whole body listening.” This is a form of behavior modification designed to stop kids from squirming. It’s an absolute nightmare-fyi. This exacerbated the problem(s) and caused him to have more frequent emotional meltdowns. She then recommended that he be placed in a “special” class that served to reinforce remedial students and the restless ones. We later learned she had placed EVERY male student that she had – into this new class. Being gifted, he found this class infuriating and stupid. I don’t blame him. The impact of this “special” class, in addition to all his other frustration, caused him to become suicidal. He would call himself stupid. He would hit or punch or pinch himself – often.
We arranged a 504 and therapy. At the end of 1st grade we removed him permanently from the public school system. He’s had MRI brain scans and multiple EEG’s-results thankfully – mostly normal. He’s had about 4 plus years of therapy (3 different therapists) and last year was told this therapy is no longer needed. As his parents, we agree with the Therapist. I am very glad to be done with that part of his recovery.
Currently enrolled at Smithtown Christian School (SCS), he is an exemplary student now with high honors in all subjects and he’s always in the spelling bee. SCS, not inexpensive, runs K-12 and uses textbooks based on proven methods like Saxon math and *we can see the superior curriculum daily. Both his wonderful 6th grade teachers realized that even when he’s upside down, that he is both listening and learning! His fellow students (that he’s mostly known for 5 years now) do not even mention this – and keep on learning without bringing undue attention to his quirks. We all laughed about this together at our latest parent/teacher meetings. As a reward/honor he is sometimes permitted to teach math to his classmates and has been advanced one grade in math.
He is NEVER going back to public school!


And some replies to this post:

I’m so sorry your son had that experience. I taught for 5 years before having my kiddos, which was well before CC. We pulled our oldest to homeschool him about 2 years before CC was implemented here. I am so thankful we did before having an experience like you describe.


Yes my kids grades have crashed and dont wanna go to.school anymore overloaded with homework


You are the master of all their moments that happen when they come home. Speak with their teacher(s) and refuse at least half of the homework. Let kids play!


I did that last year [name redacted] ..the amount of homework is insane


There’s going to be a huge bump of homeschoolers this year in NY due to the taking away of religious exemptions regarding vaccines. I suspect once parents realize how much better it is, they will help others pave the way out of public schools.


Not only did it harm the kids, it sent many inspirational teachers into retirement or into other fields of employment.


My son loved school and then came common core and the abusive testing. He started to dislike the lessons because they were boring. School became more intense and less fun. Prior to CC and teacher accountability, he felt school was fun and it inspired him.


same my sun shut down to point of refusal to do any work. Even after took xbox, tablets and phones held firm and they began harassing him all day. He deals with constant threats from teachers and principals. They even resorted to lies saying he was not doing homework, little did they know I took pictures of it and put in folders myself. They are getting more and more crazy


My son just finished an entire year of 9th grade US History without be required to read a single book. He read nothing but short passages (paper or online). He had a 92% avg in the class. Same with English. Minimal reading & writing & 90% grade. He has a 100% average in Spanish II and is barely able to comprehend basic phrases. Add in Home Ec (100%) and gym (100%) and he is considered a High Honor roll student. He once quipped, “I’m on the Honor Roll because I can say Buenos Dias, bake a muffin and kick a ball”. He’s not far from the truth.
Our principals publicly announced at a presentation on Standards Based Grading (SBG) that grades are currently being inflated by such practices as HW grades, participation grades, extra credit, test retakes, makeups, etc etc.. One parent showed me his daughters report card. In math she had 2 exams during the quarter. She scored 30% & 40% on the exams. Her grade for the quarter was 65%. 😳
Overall, NYS is now “passing” kids that score as low as 29% on Math Regents exams. I personally see the quality deteriorating even further as we move further and further away from academics and more towards a child’s feelings through SEL.


My kids are doing really well too in NJ public schools and are mostly challenged by good teachers. But there’s a lot of creative projects that my older kids did before common core that went by the wayside – like a presentation about careers in which my oldest son interviewed a rocket scientist and an animal research project in first grade tied to their zoo visit. Teachers have to spend too much time assessing kids.


I will say I as a parent pulled my kids out of public school. Common core is bad to the core. There is in fact to much that is hidden within the common core. We have researched it. It bought anxiety to my kids. One who was diagnosed with Autism/ aspergers. Which kids usually are diagnosed when they are babies. He was diagnosed at the age of 15. Common core is made by Bill and melinda Gates. People really need to wake up and research it. Look on youtube. Building The Machine. There is everything you need to know.


Please tell us about the “last straw.” What event occurred that caused you to finally leave the public school system?


They wanted my child to be on medication. So it is much easier for teachers to teach while my child would be like a zombie. There was nothing wrong with my child until the brain washing happened within the common core. My child was not a scientific experiment. But a human being. My child became bullied by Mainly Adults within the school district.

I pulled my child out of the Public school and ever since then.He is now back to normal just like he was before. He was no longer being brain washed his anxiety had stopped.


I pulled both of my children out of public school. My oldest, (now 16) was entering 5th grade. There were many a tears over homework. She developed migraines and was absolutely miserable. Once I pulled her and sent her to private school the migraines stopped and she is back to her old self. Private school is a sacrifice but one I am
Willing to make.


Please let us know about the “last straw.” What event occurred that caused you to pull them out of public school?


the final straw was my test refusal for my youngest and the principal telling her I had called and said it was ok for her to take the test !!! I pulled her out immediately and she did not finish the school year.


That is a nasty Principal, indeed! Hope you wrote his bosses a few letters too. Parents that push back against injustice and overreaching admin. are the only thing that protects any of the kids. You are awesome!


I filed a DASA report against the principal but unfortunately it did nothing!! She got away with it!!!


My son was in 5th grade when first year of common core fell on us. From 1st to 4th grade he was excelling way above grade level. He loved learning and he loved school. All of his teachers challenged him and gave him accelerated work. That was until 5th grade when his teacher told me that they were no longer allowed to do that and that he now how to academically stay with the rest of the class. That year I was constantly called because he was disturbing the class by talking and fiddling around. He finished his work fast, so he was going stir crazy sitting there waiting for the other kids to get done. The school even tried to tell me that he was adhd and would probably benefit from medication. I couldn’t wait until the following year, hoping middle school would be different because he would be moving from class to class each period and the work would be challenging. I couldn’t have been more wrong. He was still bored but now he was fighting with the teachers on how to do the work. He couldn’t do math by memory and he couldn’t show the work the way his brain did it. He had to do it their way. He started to dislike school and we had another year of struggling. That’s when I started to research homeschooling.
7th grade was even worse. The child who knew every SAT word in 4th grade and was always 2-3 years ahead in math was now failing both subjects. He had completely lost all desire to learn. They had successfully beaten him down.
8th grade was the first year we homeschooled. Within a month his love of learning was back along with his self esteem and drive. He was so thirsty for knowledge. He completed all 8th-12th curriculum in under 3 years and moved on to doing any free online college course he could find. At 15 we decided to have him take the placement exam for Suffolk county community college to see if they would let him take a class or 2 for credit. He broke the test!!! He scored so high that the test couldn’t generate anymore questions for him. The Dean approved him for full time and fully matriculated….at 15!!! After the first semester he was inducted into the honor society and joined the honors college. Two months ago he graduated from SCCC with his Associate Degree in Business Administration with high honors at 17! In just 5 weeks he’ll be transferring to a top university as a Junior. He’ll have his bachelors degree at 19.
None of this would have ever been possible had we left him in public school. He would probably be depressed, medicated, and failing. Common core destroyed his education. Homeschooling rejuvenated it and saved it.


My kid (9th grade) did really great reading small snippets of information within groups & getting graded on “the consensus”. 🙄


How has this educational technique [CC] harmed your kids. Are there any problems with reading comprehension?


A little difficult to know [name redacted]. There’re big problems w my boy reading almost anything for any good length of time. As it is, the public school never requires this anyway.
Another issue making it hard for parents to gauge comprehension, etc.- is having most of the “content” on the computer!
…while my son is happy enough to direct me to it, I’m often aghast by the long scrolls of minute directives-
before his “cut & paste” “work” begins-
if you follow. (?)


Oh yes, I follow. They are being taught to feel and react before they are taught to study and validate and analyze. It’s an awful substitute for an education. I am sorry. Did you consider your options?


My daughter is gifted. She is my last of 4 children. Common core came in when she began 4th grade. We only lasted one semester then I pulled her out for homeschool. We to were using EngageNY. I had already taught her ahead in math using traditional math. So when she began to learn the new methods she was very irritated. “Mom! Why are we doing this?! I could have completed 30 problems in the time it took to do these 4! This is dumb! In class the kids would have to retake a math test if they got a C or lower. All but my daughter and another gifted student had to retake every test. Some kids who previously were strong math students were now struggling. I was having to show parents how to do it. My daughter was basically the in class tutor. Over at the jr high they dropped algebra. If CC is followed the kids can not reach algebra by 8th grade. I raised hell with the district. I continued to even while I was home schooling. We have a really good math teacher in our district and when he found out I was going to homeschool he gave me a book from 2003. He said it was the one my older kids used and in his opinion the very best one. 👍 I educated our district about the issues with the math and fought for algebra to come back to the 8th grade. The kids need the opportunity to teach calculus by 12th. How they figured out how to do it was to start a 6 th grade honors math to play catch up. They bought the honors classes new books that had more normal math. When she was ready for jr high we went back to school. She had to be jumped up a grade in math because the books i was using was old 5th grade and common core is behind a year. Since going back The math has been good. Better books. The regular classes are still using crappy common core math.
Common Core however is also in English class it is packed with social justice, far left and left leaning persuasion. The books are terrible and I let the district know. I pay attention and counter that crap at home. Unfortunately she has had to learn a lot about politics so she can see when they are pushing it her and filter it out. Her 6 th grade book was full of death, fear and phobias. Predominantly fact based. Her 8 th grade book was pro immigration and illegal immigration. A lot on slavery and the Holocaust. So much extra time spent on immigration and the Holocaust. While in this same year we have that party calling Trump a Nazi and pushing for open borders and protecting illegal immigrants. Oh ya also grade 7 she spent a whole month on activism in her English class. Got to train up these child social justice warriors to fight the left wings battles.
There was even a chapter that was odd and not in character with the rest of the book. It talked about raising the driving age and lowering the voting age. Same year we have heard politicians wanting to lower the voting age to 16. Common Core is how they are bringing akkbthis to the kids. Forced our schools into buying the new books full of propaganda and ushered in all the stuff they learn on there tablets, iPads and computers that we never see as parents.
Who knows what is slipping by us and into our kids?
Also note the newer science textbooks are not nearly as good as the old books. If you look at a 2004 California science next to a 2012 it’s easy to see. The newer books look they are written for a younger child.much less content and dumbed down. Our new science standards are Next Generation Science and it’s lower than previous standards. Californias previous standards rated by the Fordsman institute was rated an A+. NGS is rated a C.
When CC came in we were hearing that the Sex Ed was also going to be revamped and was in the works. That is set to begin this school year. Join informed parents of California on Facebook to get further upset.


I taught public school for 11 years. 😐 My child was gifted and the options given to him made him hate learning. It was just more work. He was the exception to the rule. Most of my students struggled to do what was required of them in K and 1. The standards were written from grade 12 down and are developmentally inappropriate for most children. I taught kindergarten and first grade. I can go in depth if you need it, but it would take writing a novel to explain the multiple facets of the matter. I was unable to support what was happening with education and what I was being made to do against my professional training of best practices. I couldn’t stay in good conscience and promote common core or public education. 3 years into homeschooling my now 10 and 5 year old boys and we won’t go back. I have learned how easy it would be to reform education but there is much more at play and our poor, publicly educated children are the pawns.


As a teacher I can tell you this. Its been good and bad. The bad is the cost to the tax payer. We have bought and bought and bought resources to keep up with all the changes they have made along the way. Teachers have been teaching to these changes and the state has added to them and or abandoned them at times. Its like they make it up as they go along.


When I was in high school in the late 70’s (yikes!) VERY FEW students were recognized as top in my class. Compared to now days when 25-30% (or more) are labeled ‘top achievers.’ Considering that 50% don’t read fluently at grade level, I guess the others are ‘top.’ Good grief. About 8 or 9 years ago only about 6 students in my son’s 8th grade class received the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence. Two years later, about 50 students in my daughter’s class received the award. I believe the criteria had been changed from receiving all 95’s and above, to receiving all 85’s and above. So many proud parents…not paying any attention at all.


As most parents are generally struggling with a myriad of obstacles, including meeting their basic needs, the small injustices and suffering caused by public schools don’t get their attention at all. As the bar gets lower all the time and the schools decline, all of America suffers too. I meet recent high school graduates regularly as they are the cashiers in many local businesses. Many can barely think. They can’t make change without a calculator and sometimes, even with a functioning cash register, I still get incorrect change! These kids are going to be responsible for maintaining an orderly society in the future. We are just as screwed as they are. Common Core (and the other pet names for the standards and aligned curriculum) is NOT part of any valid solution to the needs of society. How is your daughter doing today?


My bright, imaginative, joyful granddaughter now hates school. Homework is a chore. Timed tests and pressure in performance on required state testing absolutely crushed her confidence. She is an active learner. Teachers have said “significant attention issues” . I’m a retired exceptional educator and the pace of the curriculum mandated to teachers is ridiculous. There is no place for individual learning needs or styles. Each classroom you visit follows same routine. Teachers are not allowed to be flexible and meet each child where they are. My granddaughter makes good grades, but hates going to school 😒


very well stated friend! I’m still searching for my words since leaving. It has taken a long detox period to realize what I thought to be going on was indeed true! These roots run deep!


Please tell us about the “last straw.” What drove you to leave?


there wasn’t really “one last straw”. It was everything combined. 11 years of compounded issues and seeing the progressive spiral into common core. Most teachers aren’t awake to the deeper political issues. Therefore they just put their head down and keep on being “good sheep”.
I wanted to speak against common core but my school system was quick to tell us that if we weren’t for common core, then they didn’t need us. It was considered it be insubordinate, although I did work behind the scenes and found out quickly it was pointless.
My initial motive to leave was a biblical conviction once having my first child. It took me a few years to get to the point to go. I loved my job and my community. I got tired of lying to parents.
My last PD made me sick to my stomach. I had read about it years before and couldn’t believe my eyes. It was about the culture of the classroom, GRIT, SEL etc.


I am very sorry. Some forces seem intent on ruining the future for as many children as possible. Some of them believe they are actually “helping!” They are continuing to hurt our kids and clearly hurt you too. You would be considered collateral damage. They are targeting our babies and their future.


Here’s another galling one. It’s the public school’s POLICY to side step parents now.
My most recent example: (may be familiar to some)
“Hi Barbara in Guidance, June 24th, it’s Mrs. Me again, I’ve sent you several emails referencing the March meeting YOU required ME to attend & accept teacher’s recommendation to AP course. Was really looking forward to your promised May call w Fall schedule. School closes tomorrow,
please advise.”
And they email your kid personally to his private Google school-account! “Class full. Happy summer!”
“it’s in children’s best interest
to advocate for themselves”- they always say.
of course they’ve been saying this since the 3rd grade 🙄… OR…
since CC washed in!
Anyone else notice this?


The only self advocating requested of the kids I know (from p.s.) pertains to some of them wanting to take the standardized tests *after their parents have refused. Some Principals bribe or otherwise threaten or influence our kids. This is entirely illegal of course. When parents wishes are not respected, parents have every right to sue – but this is often pointless and rarely successful. It’s more effective to leave the p.s. system and home school the kids.


if this thread is well followed, you’ll be barraged with public school parents who consider the schools’ elimination of virtually all parental involvement to be a top complaint.
The PTA are generally the Stepford Wife-conscripts the schools’ use in the battle against nice, anti-reform parents, & oh boy is it so often the Country Club set vs the Backyard Barbecuers 😆


You reminded me about my first (and only) PTA meeting with our local equivalent wives club. They worked to silence any anti CC sentiment and they spent 90 minutes arguing about cupcakes and clowns. They are cabbages. If they intend to get their hands on my kid – call an ambulance for them now.



Here is a post from the Christian Law Assocation page:

Our legal team continues to receive calls daily from concerned public school parents over transgender students using the same locker room as their opposite-gender children. School districts are too scared of lawsuits to stand up for privacy. Please keep this matter in constant prayer.


Here is a post from a friend of mine:

So the NEA is part of Education Reimagined – whose Board has folks from CCSSO, Knowledgeworks, Amazon, New Profit… and is supported by Czi (Facebook Zuckerberg). WHO exactly is protecting students from too much screen time, online data collection and profiling? Certainly not the NEA, who is in bed with BigTech.
See their Board and supporters here:


Here is a post from the Texas anti-testing group:

GPC tomorrow I’m allowing my son to attend and he can use his voice as well. He will be going to 9th grade. His grades throughout the year were good, my main concern is the principal is new, most of his teachers from this year are no longer with the school. Old principal tried telling lies in a meeting earlier and n the year. She literally told me the only reason my son got A’s was because of participation this is because we pulled him from sped by his choice and me opting him out of STAAR.. He is main stream tests above grade level in math, science, and social studies. Only reason he was listed as sped was because he was in speech but he hasn’t been in speech for 2 years. I know for a fact that is not the reason for the good grades he works hard. After we left she pulled my son into her office literally the first thing she said to him was “Don’t Tell your parents but they will not be able to opt you out” obviously we did. He is loved by his teachers who are usually a big support system for him as well. What concern’s me is the ones in the meeting will only know what the previous principal put on paperwork and not his teacher’s point of view. I’m also concerned that even though he’s moving up they’ll try and put him in STAAR tutorials or remedial classes for not taking STAAR.


And another post from this group:

Can someone help me, I know I have seen it on here & talked about on here and I thought it was said there was a form but I can’t find one…

Our current situation my son is going into the 8th grade barely didn’t pass both Starr test (he never test well on these) but his school grades a Great. But yesterday we found his upcoming School schedule online early and noticed they are taking away some electives and putting him in the “Math & Reading Skills Classes”… Last year in 7th grade they put him in the “Reading Skills Class” and all they did all year long is watch Movies and they take test over them how is that supposed to help with reading?

I do NOT want him in these CLASSES how can I get him back in his electives??


And yet another post from this group:

I’m new to the group and honestly did not realize I was able to opt out of taking the staar test. My daughter struggles with taking test and this is the first time we have ever had an issue with her being threatened with being retained. She just finished 8th grade and may not be able to passed to the 9th. She went to summer school and took the 3rd staar test, and just got the results back and she did worse on this one than the last.. they have not contacted me for the meeting but I can not let her retake the 8th grade. We held her back in 2nd grade because she was struggling with math but every since then she has been doing ok. She passed all of her classes in order to be promoted this year but did not pass the math staar. Now I am really stressing because I do not want her being held back another year, I know she knows the material and she has been having tutoring over the summer plus we enrolled her in http://www.mathhelp for extra support, she also went to summer school. I just don’t know what else to do! I am scared that they are going to retain her this year and not pass her to the 9th grade. My anxiety is through the roof. I wish I would have know she could have opted out, I honestly thought it was mandatory and she would have had to make it up or be retained. Any advice for when I have my GPC meeting, I have no clue what I need to say or do, but I am going to fight for her to be promoted.


Here is a post from a group called 500 Mom Strong:

This is a video that was shared by Lifelong.
Lifelong was one of the vendors at King County Library System’s #TeenSEXpo on June 22, 2019.

At the #KCLSTeenSEXpo event, one of our moms recorded them telling her that one of the missions of Lifelong is “queering sex ed in middle and high school”.

Lifelong really means this. Remember the Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE) bill that didn’t make it to the floor of the State Housethis past legislative session? Well THIS is just a sampling of what that bill would bring to our middle schools and high schools in Washington state!

And both Lifelong and King County Library System have many lobbyists, who lobby our state legislators on this and dozens of other radical legislation which negatively impacts kids and families.

In the last KCLS Board meeting, their lobbying efforts were specifically reported on to the board. Specifically, it was stated that a lot of “good” legislation was passed this last session, and that next session the KCLS lobbyists will pushing legislators to pass “good legislation” that didn’t make it to law this past session.

Make no mistake!
This video is exactly what is being pushed into our schools. And after KCLS Teen SEXpo, it’s being pushed in our libraries, too.
HEYO is Lifelong’s Health Education Youth Outreach group

Lifelong

HEYO

CSE


In a Nevada anti-Common Core group, someone posted this Bloomberg article:

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-07-29/standardized-testing-is-losing-ground-in-u-s-schools?fbclid=IwAR2QHG6agaX9cwYeSa0dK2_En12aJ2Somv2Q0ldGpVeYqRMFWrOeusQujSo

To which I replied: I know what’s next: “personalized learning”.

To which someone else replied:

BINGO [my name redacted]
“U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced this month that North Carolina and Georgia now are two of four states in the nation to be granted greater flexibility to assess student achievement in innovative and creative ways. North Carolina will begin this coming academic year to take part in the innovative assessment pilot program, which is part of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.”

http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/News/2019/07/28/State-student-testing-to-change.html?fbclid=IwAR0g9R0_mZly5BtEzreIRJhi-oaUVcDw_tErF9jMlhJaFBmXeeE-avprY8s

Here is Georgia’s application

https://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Assessment/Documents/Flexibility/Georgia_IADA_Application.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3djEs17B-sSdG5Zr9MhnktQ-0VJOTHSPaXI0ul7_61OC470LZShG5t9v4

“Bringing Vision Into Focus: Georgia’s Journey to a Statewide Vision of Personalized Learning”

https://www.edelements.com/blog/georgias-journey-to-a-statewide-vision-of-personalized-learning?fbclid=IwAR3NDjEbdf-rvaqviy2T-FdEh5mULed4jg8t5Z0uEP6-0NlRwDbNh0V7Yyk

An “Electronic Backpack” for every student – see the powerpoint slide via Dr.John D.Barge, State School Superintendent

https://gosa.georgia.gov/sites/gosa.georgia.gov/files/related_files/document/DLTF_GA-Path-to-Personalized-Learning_2_11_13.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0TBKlWQ3M3p3UdAK-tnHljEncSMPATeAgf0iWjgSNSDW56Zwkn4hPfvAs


I found a document from SETDA talking about data interoperability. At the end of the document, they were kind enough to show us a list of the organizations pushing data interoperability and “common data standards”: https://www.setda.org/master/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/State-Leadership-Interoperability.pdf


I posted this in a Minnesota anti-Common Core group:

While looking up an Illinois foster care bill in the Illinois register, I found something from Illinois HHS and it appears to be called “Great Start”:

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES NOTICE OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS 50.420 Provider Registration and Certification Requirements 50.430 Provider Background Checks 50.440 Payment for Child Care Services SUBPART E: GREAT START PROGRAM Section 50.510 Great START Program 50.520 Method of Providing the Wage Supplement 50.530 Eligibility 50.540 Employer Responsibility 50.550 Notification of Eligibility 50.560 Phase-in of Wage Supplement Scale 50.570 Wage Supplement Scale 50.580 Evaluation SUBPART F: CHILD CARE COLLABORATION PROGRAM Section 50.610 Child Care Collaboration Program 50.620 Approvable Models of Collaboration 50.630 Requirements for Approval in the Child Care Collaboration Program 50.640 Notification of Eligibility 50.650 Rules and Reporting for the Child Care Collaboration Program SUBPART G: GATEWAYS TO OPPORTUNITY CREDENTIALS Section 50.710 Gateways to Opportunity, the Illinois Professional Development System 50.720 Gateways to Opportunity Credentials 50.730 Application for Credentials 50.740 Framework for Gateways to Opportunity Credentials 50.750 Professional Knowledge 50.760 Gateways to Opportunity Registry

Wasn’t there something from Minnesota called “Great Start” that involved child care?

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/register/volume43/register_volume43_issue27.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1TU76gXJmkkQMuAC8xXmWSe8qYueiCpNPdhlbS9DUPNr4cF_9wLKa1ty4


I receieved the following replies:

YES!! Good job, [my name redacted] and thanks for sending us this information. It was our BIG free daycare and home visits and a dozen other things, all within 35 pages.


Yes, Illinois is a bit ahead of us thanks to Rahm and Pritzker. But it’s the same concept. HF 1 didn’t hold the creditialing but another bill that went through the Tax Committee did. There were 3 Republicans on it, but I testified against it and shocked the room with my facts about the Anti-Trust Law and Hobb Act Violations. So they pulled their names off and the bill stalemated. It would have given teachers with a high “Career lattice” through DEVELOP, a tax credit as well as a tax credit for parents who took their kids to a 4 Star rated Center.



First Coast Technical College has suspended a student for posting a photo of her at the gun range on Facebook: https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/07/30/florida-college-defends-suspending-student-for-gun-range-photo/


Someone should tell Sen Josh Hawley that these two bills EXPAND the role of the federal government in education and thus are NOT conservative.
https://www.hawley.senate.gov/sen-hawley-break-higher-education-monopoly-provide-more-options-career-training


Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

My Childs first year of Middle school, we attend the Registration Day and I’m left SPEECHLESS! Everyone was pointing the finger, Not 1 Person knew what I was talking about when it Came to the New “CSE” it’s like they were all told to act stupid. Not the School office nor the Counselors had any answers, even tho the School District itself reassured me the same day the school would have Opt Out waivers available because of recent “Parent uproar” their words not mine. I feel I’m about pull my child out. Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated for Homeschooling or Private school. TIA.


And some replies to this post:

Do you mind sharing what district you are in? I have a feeling SRVSD will be the same way


WCSD


Our neighbors who are elementary school teachers received a directive end of last year about how this was being introduced. It said to not speak to anyone about it accept [outside party contact info].
They said its getting weird !



Here is a post from Lynn Davenport:

Some of my previously published articles on LinkedIn have been centered around lucrative edtech companies and years of failed interventions from the corporate education reformers seeking to privatize public education. As a parent of public school kids in Dallas, I see the shift from academic achievement towards more of a workforce model of education. The two should not be mutually exclusive. In order to plant seeds of independence and employability, children must be given the necessary foundation rooted in academics. Once the foundation is laid, exposure to career and college opportunities should be explored. It was once said by C.S. Lewis, “If education is beaten by training, civilization dies.” Schools are now starting as young as elementary school to slot workers for the global workforce.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/hexagons-hive-mind-booming-buzzing-confusion-lynn-davenport


Here is a post that somebody posted on the page of a friend of mine:

I’ve been working in database programming, website development, computer security, and digital marketing for almost thirty years. I can tell you that as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow, there is no such thing as an anonymous electronic survey.” I believe it. Some parents in my school system were asked to fill out a school climate survey in conjunction with the Virginia Dept. of Criminal Services and I was amazed at how easy it would be for them to decipher who many of the respondents’ children were. This article is a good reminder to parents: When they ask if your child can do surveys in school on back-to-school forms, say no. If there’s a specific survey parents would like their child to participate in, they can just opt them in. Also, as you’ve posted before, if your child’s school participates in NAEP testing, you can opt them out of the personal information questionnaire portion.


Here is a post from the anti-CBE group:

Ed Week has a paywall, so here’s an article that made me say, “Uh oh.” Now, maybe he’s talking about good old Ed Reform, but something tells me that there’s much more to his agenda, especially when he says, “…we have many tools in our 21st Century arsenal.” Surveillance, perhaps? Biometric devices for students to wear? Teachers and counselors in my building are beginning to suspect that the policies we’ve been forced to implement have caused the increasing mental health issues in our elementary students. I wonder if this was the goal all along, so that their dangerous behavior justifies ramping up of government surveillance and loss of privacy rights.

“There are some challenges educators shouldn’t have to face alone

By Christopher Morphew

July 31, 2019

This year’s 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, in which 12 students and one teacher were tragically killed, was a somber reminder of how deeply the fear of mass violence has penetrated the fabric of our nation’s school systems. High-profile incidents—in our civic offices, churches, workplaces, music venues, schools, festivals—continue to make safety a front-of-mind issue not just for students and their families, but also for classroom teachers, school staff, and school and district leaders. Their job requirements now include preparing for and responding to school violence—or trying to prevent it from happening in the first place.

When school shooting incidents have occurred in the past, in my role as dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Education, I’ve been asked by reporters what we were doing to solve the problem. Frankly, I haven’t felt satisfied with what I had to say or what we could contribute. The jobs of teachers and principals are different today than decades ago, but our nation’s teacher- and administrator-preparation programs haven’t evolved to ensure that the next generation of educators are prepared to tackle today’s complex challenges. I am convinced that if higher education institutions—especially research-oriented schools of education like ours—want to remain relevant to the K-12 profession, then we must adapt to the changing needs of our K-12 schools and better prepare the professionals who lead them.

Creating safe and healthy learning environments is one of the many multidimensional, interconnected challenges that today’s educators and schools must face. Many schools have gravitated toward measures of questionable effectiveness, including arming teachers, hardening school buildings, purchasing biometric scanners, and updating emergency protocols. But in our conversations with district and school leaders, they frequently ask us specific questions that go beyond school violence and security and reflect more closely their day-to-day reality: How do we roll out an effective safety plan? How can we promote the mental health of our students and staff? How can we address issues like bullying, suicide, discipline, and school climate?

We should have concrete answers for them. We as an institution have a long legacy of transforming the practice of medicine through rigorous application of evidence, an on-the-ground presence in Baltimore schools grappling with some of these issues, and numerous researchers who study different pieces of the school health and safety puzzle. Yet our research efforts on this issue lacked coordination and a common focus, and we had few courses and practical resources to offer our students or educators currently in the profession. So, more than a year ago, we began methodical preparations to launch a new cross-disciplinary center at the university, with our school of education leading the way.

We began by broadly examining how school safety was being addressed across the country and found many different groups offering different solutions—some good, but many lacking any kind of evidence base. We found other institutions of higher education and organizations making important contributions on certain facets of the issue. But no research university had pulled the many pieces of school safety and health together in a multidisciplinary effort—from education to public health to applied physics—dedicated to tackling this challenge comprehensively and holistically.

We’re hoping to do just that with our new Johns Hopkins Center for Safe and Healthy Schools, which we launched this spring. We want to provide schools, communities, and policymakers with knowledge and tools to make informed decisions, and to provide educators and families with the best practices to foster a safe and healthy school climate. This means revamping our own teacher- and administrator-preparation curriculum to include the best research and practice in safe and healthy schools as an integral part of training 21st century educators. We are still very much in the early going—pioneering different tools and ideas, planning to measure the evidence of our impact, and striving to learn all we can from our successes and failures.

We hope that our experience will propel other schools of education to rethink how they can best prepare teachers and administrators. School health and safety is just one area where schools of education can prove our critics wrong by demonstrating we have much to contribute to solving the greatest problems of our day. Collectively, we have many tools in our 21st century arsenal, among them data analysis, learning science, entrepreneurial savvy, and innovative research that transcends disciplinary boundaries. But perhaps our most effective tool can be a passionate commitment to the evidence-based improvement of our schools and our children’s future.

Plenty of other new and evolving challenges face K-12 educators and schools, and I hope our colleagues will launch similar initiatives where they have expertise by identifying, connecting, and adapting all of the levers at their disposal, whether they be research, academics, tools, or training. I also anticipate foundations and individual philanthropists will fund more focused and holistic initiatives that are led by schools of education and designed to help solve the most pressing problems in their local communities and nationwide.

Christopher Morphew is the dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Education.”


And a reply to this post:

Important context: Johns Hopkins was the first school of public health and was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. Today the Bloomberg Foundation is the major funder of the John’s Hopkins School of Public Health. Behavioral health data is a key element for interoperable social impact databases and Johns Hopkins has hosted numerous conferences with the National Interoperability Collaborative. Beware of their plans for “evidence-based” improvement. https://stewardsofchange.org/events/12th-annual-symposium/

https://www.baltimoresun.com/education/bs-md-bloomberg-hopkins-donation-20181118-story.html

The school of education has also been a leader in the development of early childhood data systems

https://littlesis.org/org/337191-Center_for_Technology_in_Education



And another post from this group:

we have one to one devices in Baltimore County and every kid I talk to (which is quite a few) and teachers all HATE it. they talk about the loss of creative interactive learning with their teachers and classmates, how there’s little eye contact anymore in the classroom, how they have headaches (and back aches lugging the every day in their backpacks). Lost data, lost work, lost chargers etc. Wish someone who had the power to change this would actually listen to those affected by crappy policies.


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

Regarding the recent data breach reported by WCSD, Pearson (AimsWeb) is one of hundreds of vendors WSCD shares student data with, without parental consent. Here’s some of the others:


Here is a post from Shannon Joy:

This is great news!

Education should be LOCALLY controlled. Period.
https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/education/2019/08/02/rochester-ny-school-school-board-referendum/1898819001/


This curriculum Abbott put through in Texas sounds awfully similar to what DeSantis is pushing in Florida: https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/gov-abbott-signs-bill-requiring-mental-health-curriculum-in-public-schools/


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

We can’t be in the dark anymore…
It is imperative for us to understand what is actually being done.
As seen in the graphic presented below…
“The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who can not read and write, but those who can not learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

As written in a very important report by Betsy Kraus…

”Behind the alluring “education-speak” of such terms as “Transformative, Outcome Based Education (OBE), Effective Teaching (also OBE), Robust, Relevant, Critical Thinking, Personalized Education, Virtual Learning, Continuous Improvement, and 21st Century Skills”, lurks the “rot” to destroy Christian civilization.

The entire Cyber-System, its curriculum, personalized learning, computer
cybernation, assessments, and methodologies, including business and private school board models that are applied to public charter schools and other schools must be exposed and abolished.

Rejecting “Common Core” alone will not remove the System. This System was in operation long before either Common Core or its Standards were imposed upon schools, and it is now coming into full bloom.

http://womenonthewall.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Catholic-Education-in-America-To-Deceive-the-Elect.pdf

We see it in full bloom as Texas’ Deputy of Governance, AJ Crabill receives the Education Commission of the States’ (ECS) highest award, the ‘James Bryant Conant’ Award on 7.11.2019

As Robin Eubanks pointed out, “if you are not familiar with ECS, they have meetings where the top legislator from the education committee of both chambers in each state plus someone from the Governor’s office all come to hear their pitches. It’s thus the perfect way to get coordination in each state that fits a national or global template. Meanwhile, the politicians can insist “it’s state led” or “this is what business says they want.” It’s what politically connected businesses who prefer cultivating lobbyists to satisfying consumers desire. The schools make a great vehicle for pushing changes in attitudes, values, beliefs and behaviors.

Below is a list of the crony-capitalist/Public-Private Partnership companies who have ponied up to be formal sponsors of the Education Commission of the States.

By the way: Abbott , Patrick and Morath’s hired Deputy of Governance, AJ Crabill’s highest attainment of education is a high school diploma. Technically, he could not get a job as a 1st year teacher. But hey, he was a great Obama Community Organizer in Kansas City. Check it out here:

http://womenonthewall.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Can-I-See-Morath.Crabill.pdf

There is an important book people need to know about called ‘Patterns for Lifelong Learning’, written in part by former President of Notre Dame, Theodore Hesburgh. It is the blueprint for what we see happening in education. Diana Anderson wrote this article about the book, Theory of Unlearning & The Common Core.

“Lifelong Learning is more of a process than an outcome, as a step toward this outcome is unlearning how you think about the world; unlearn any adherence to dogma, loyalty, and heritage that finds you different than your global neighbor. The Theory of Unlearning is the opposite of extended learning. Schools in Soviet Russia called it re-education. Behavioral psychologists positioned the Theory of Unlearning into educational realms: Kurt Lewin called it ‘unfreezing’, Jack Mezirow more poignantly called it ‘transformative learning.’ Inherently, cooperative grouping of students and the emphasis on critical thinking skills set up the environment for practice in unlearning and relearning new paradigms of thinking about the world. The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts set the environment for students to participate in unlearning practices.”


And another post from her:

Time to wake up folks!
Hmm-$5Billion In Fines For Stealing Psychological Data From Users…

Yet, the Feds Steal Psychological Data From Students, Create Dossiers & Target MentalHealth Interventions Without Telling Parents…Oh But, Hey- That’s OK

Our Kids Are Captive Prisoners Of *Psychological Abuse
*Experimental Conditioning, DataMining, *Reprogrammed
PennsylvaniaDOE Did It For 20 Years Before Anita Hoge Stopped Them.
ESSA IS ChildAbuseInTheClassroom. StopItNow!


I heard from the Alabama anti-Common Core rally today that they are sneaking a state ballot measure to do away with elected state school board and make it appointed, in supposedly conservative Alabama.


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

Just what Betty Peters former state school board member is warning about on fb live stream –8:20pm

https://bit.ly/2GM5j2a


Looks like Mathematics Vision Project (MVP) is suing a North Carolina parent for daring to badmouth their “education” curriculum: https://www.educationviews.org/mvp-math-suing-wake-county-parent-for-libel-and-slander-after-he-criticized-program/


Here is a post from a friend of mine:

UN Agenda 21 (2030 Agenda, The Green New Deal) is not about climate or the environment. It is all about creating a global boogie man (climate,environment) to put fear in the heart of good people in order to freely hand over their freedom and liberty for a life of slavery. This plan will dictate where you live, how you live, what you eat, how much money you make. It will control all production, consumption and all human activity. If you don’t know what it is please do some research and don’t be sucked into their lies and schemes. I created a website a long time ago when I did presentations on A21 but since then changed my focus to education because it is in the classroom that our children are being indoctrinated to become global citizens. If you can to visit the site (it hasn’t been updated in a while but the info is still relevant) here is the link

https://americadontforget.webs.com/

Well here you have it right from the leftists mouth. The Green New Deal is about destroying America not about the climate. AOC is being funded to push UN Agenda 21 (2030 Agenda, Green New Deal) and spreading lies and fear to force compliance. She is a communist through and through. Do these useful idiots think they will have a seat at the table?? They are being used to push the globalist agenda and when it is done they will be standing in the same bread lines as us. WAKE UP. Learn the truth about A21, 2030 Agenda, Green New Deal (they all have the same rootsin UN Agenda 21) Even Betsy DeVos signed us up to support the 17 SDGs. Sustainable Development Goals in 2018. Education is how they are changing the country and I think you can agree it is obvious. Here is another article about it:

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/aocs-top-aide-admits-green-new-deal-about-the-economy-not-the-climate


And another post from her:

EVERY teacher should have stood up and WALKED OUT of this indoctrination session. I blame the teachers that stayed seated and said/did NOTHING. PARENTS where are you????? Tax payers is this how you want your money spent??? If you do not nip this in the butt immediately you are just a bunch of bobble head dolls and should be ashamed. This kind of stuff is what promotes racism and hate.

https://www.chattanoogan.com/2019/8/2/394025/County-Teachers-Learn-About-White.aspx#.XUb5E1L3n3Q.facebook


And another post from her:

John Holdren – Obama’s Science Czar – Head of the “Green Team”
In a book (Ecoscience) Holdren co-authored in 1977, the man now firmly in control of science policy in this country wrote that:
Women could be forced to abort their pregnancies, whether they wanted to or not;

The population at large could be sterilized by infertility drugs intentionally put into the nation’s drinking water or in food;

Single mothers and teen mothers should have their babies seized from them against their will and given away to other couples to raise;

People who “contribute to social deterioration” (i.e. undesirables) “can be required by law to exercise reproductive responsibility” — in other words, be compelled to have abortions or be sterilized.

A transnational “Planetary Regime” should assume control of the global economy and also dictate the most intimate details of Americans’ lives — using an armed international police force.


And yet another post from her:

What does the UN consider unsustainable. Here is a PARTIAL list and it can be found in the UN Biodiversity Assessment Report which is the blueprint for UN Agenda 21 (2030 Agenda)

Paved/tarred roads/highways/rails
Logging activities/harvesting timber
Power line construction
Ski resorts/Golf Courses
Fossil fuels
Agricultural equipment
Pesticides/Fertilizer
Grazing of livestock: cows, sheep, goats, horses etc.
Plowing of soil
Building of fences
Dam/reservoirs/straightening of rivers
Single family homes
Consumerism
Industry
Private property
Population Growth
Home Schooling

Source: UN Biodiversity Assessment Report


And some replies to this post:

Thank you for your posts!! I’ve read all this and more…too many people on this country simply do not get it..,my family thinks I’m nuts and discount anything I say regarding the UN, EPA,Bilderberg Group,George Soros,New World Order, All newborns chipped by 2030,Abortions up to and after births, Selling parts of Baby for profit…they never watch the news and have no idea what is going on!!
How do we overcome this “lack of knowledge and acceptance of horrific truths”???


I tried to educate people and have been for over 10 years now. I used to lecture on Saul Alinsky, Agenda 21 and education. People come, they listen, they gasp in horror then go home and turn on the TV to watch the latest football game but never have any time to fight back, attend city council, county commission or school board meetings let alone get engaged with what their kids are learning. This indoctrination has been going on for years and the parents today have already gone through the system.


Population growth?
Western countries have begun to depopulate. So these globalists are importing replacement populations of peoples that overbreed. How about they focus their agenda on those third world populations that can’t stop having 20 to 28 babies per father. 28 is not an exaggeration when a man has 4 wives.


I believe that part of their junk is like I see happening here in FL – no longer mowing the fields and empty areas at the side of the highways


it’s the nature of mankind, and the robbers-rapist-pillagers know mankinds nature,,, most people will watch GOVCO kick in their neighbors door, or shoot a man in the back,, they won’t get off their ass until THEIR door is getting kicked in,, instead they “VOTE” hoping that someone else will “protect” them,,, when “protection” by GOVCO means being locked in a cage… it is sad…….



And another post from her:

Their words not mine….

In the UNESCO program called “United Nations’ Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.” It is their stated goal in this program to steal one generation of children and teach them to place loyalty to the state above loyalty to the family. Once this objective has been realized, it is a simple task to then inculcate the children with the basic tenets of sustainable development. These tenets include:

End of national sovereignty

Abolition of private property

Restructuring of the family unit

Restriction of individual mobility and opportunity

Abandonment of constitutional rights

Relocation of people into smart growth zones

EVERY issue we face today aligns directly with the 17 UN Sustainable Goals (SDGs) and that includes the climate change hoax. Betsy DeVos committed to support these goals. They decided on climate change because climate affects the entire globe. They had to find an issue (global boogie man) that affects all humans everywhere in order to control ALL human activity and spread global communist control with the UN leading the world.


Here is a post from Shannon Joy. It doesn’t have to do with education, but I’m sure coupled with the education and “mental health” data mining that it will further the attacks on the 2nd Amendment:

RedFlagLaws are back door GunControl …

From MISES.com

  1. Due process rights are put on the chopping block. Anti-gun family members, friends, or acquaintances can levy dubious accusations to justify the confiscation of law-abiding gun owners’ guns. They can take these accusations to a court of law, even if the individual in question was not charged or convicted of a crime. In turn, due process rights are turned upside down, as gun owners are presumed to be guilty and must then prove their innocence.
  2. Indefinite time frames for gun confiscation.
    The duration of ERPOs is unclear — which could end up being weeks, months, or even a year. Gun owners would then be forced to go to court multiple times just to win their Constitutional rights back.
  3. Red Flag Laws have Bipartisan Support
    What makes red flag laws even more dangerous is the bipartisan support they currently boast. It is no secret when both parties come together on legislative matters, nothing good can come out of it.
  4. (My addition) These laws place the state as the sole arbiter of what constitutes ‘mental health’ opening up all sorts of potential abuses.

Political insiders constantly remind us that Republicans are staunch supporters of the Second Amendment.

They contend Republicans play a pivotal role in defending our gun rights, and any criticism directed toward them is unjustified.

But nothing could be further from the truth …


American University is considering implementing pronoun fascism policies on their staff: https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/08/06/american-university-considering-policy-to-force-faculty-to-use-preferred-pronouns/


Here is a post from a page called FundEducationNow.org:

TTN DUVAL: Show up. This is your chance to tell Sen. Aaron Bean & Rep. Cord Byrd – that you DO NOT want them to rob you of your right to elect school boards or prevent you from casting your ballot to approve money to repair public schools. These folks want Mayor Curry to appoint school boards as stated in proposed local bill J-1.

The bill will be voted up or down at the October meeting of the Duval Delegation. Read more: https://bit.ly/33bU8tr

Delegation members:
Rep. Wyman Duggan,
Rep. Jason Fischer
Rep. Cord Byrd
Rep. Clay Yarborough,
Rep. Tracie Davis
Rep. Kim Daniels
Sen. Audrey Gibson
Sen. Aaron Bean

This action will:
-Strip voters of local control
-Grant power over Duval’s $1.7B public ed budget to ONE person
-Significantly impact the rights of minorities who already lack representation on most Jacksonville boards appointed by the Mayor


And another post from this page:

FL: NO investment in counselors but plenty of cash to mine student data, invade privacy & blur the lines between FERPA, HIPPA & law enforcement.

https://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/2019/08/02/florida-launches-school-security-database-with-student-discipline-health-social-media-info/


This is not good. Shame on Florida! https://www.wptv.com/news/local-news/investigations/baker-acted-kids-still-on-the-rise-especially-among-younger-children-new-state-data-shows


Glad that they stopped this from happening again, but it should never have happened in the first place: https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/michael-foust/school-punishes-6th-grader-for-using-wrong-pronoun-for-transgender-student.html


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

Governor Walz announces an EXECUTIVE ORDER to reauthorize the Children’s Cabinet. This Cabinet has existed as a policy group and is completely behind the Great Start for ALL Minnesota Children. #1 priority of this session.

More later tonight so we can study the executive order and Children’s Cabinet goals to date.

Langauge of the EO on Placing Children at the Center of Government, August 7, 2019.

https://www.leg.state.mn.us/archive/execorders/19-34.pdf


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

Time will tell… but seeing SC has NOT made any real
Progress in Education for the last 19 years she’s been on EOC .. I’m not holding my breath.
He should have looked to Jane Robbins or Sheri Few or Alex Newman…or anyone who understands the threat our present failed in line with Common Core Standards present to children… NOT someone who is all on board with the Marc Tucker Dear Hillary letter.

And here is the post that was quoted:

“Governor McMaster has made an excellent choice today in naming Melanie Barton as his senior education advisor. Her wisdom and expertise have been a tremendous asset to the EOC over the past 19 years. While the committee will miss her, the citizens of SC are gaining a passionate advocate for young people. She believes in the capacity of all children to learn and grow, and works tirelessly to see that all children in SC are given the educational opportunities to become successful in school and life.” — Ellen Weaver, EOC Chair


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

We got an email from Canyon School district with this letter attached….
Anyone know how to opt out of it from day1?
This is getting ridiculous

_________________________________

And here are the replies to this post:

Go to the principle now and tell them you want the opt out form now because your child will not be doing this. However be prepared to know that they will still probably do it, you just won’t be told about it.


Opt out but until you child is old enough to tell you it will still happen.


Get a lawyer & cite civil rights (freedom and privacy) violations, as well as Constitution right violations.


State law requires OPT IN!


😱 seems the opposite of what the letter is stating. How can they do that if they don’t get an official opt in? Also, is this what they are calling the Comprehensive School Counseling Program that came up when I registered in skyward?


My sister (in Canyons Ddistrict)is flipping out and feels alone! You mom’s sshould all go in together to show you are not the only ones opting out!


I’m in Jordan district but I’m sure it’s just presented in a different package.


I’m curious to know if this is state wide and canyons is the only one providing this form. 😠


say no and refuse to participate


This will be testing behaviors and attitudes, not school-type knowledge. It looks like the new Social Emotional Learning has arrived.


I just got a notice about SEL in the Davis school district.


https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title53E/Chapter9/53E-9-S203.html Here is the law. It is very clear that this is an opt-in type of behavior. Canyons parents should be very upset that this is going on. From our state school board meetings last week it was very clear that information collected can be blocked but never really erased.

Here are the personal items teachers will be observing http://www.ci3t.org/screening

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The Student Risk Screening Scale – Internalizing and Externalizing (SRSS-IE) – is an adapted version of the SRSS (Drummond, 1994) and is available free-access. The SRSS-IE modifies the original 7-item SRSS with the inclusion of 5 new items characteristics of internalizing behaviors. The SRSS-IE includes the original seven items and the new five items with all items rated on the same 4-point Likert-type scale: never = 0, occasionally = 1, sometimes = 2, frequently = 3. For more information on the new secondary level (middle and high school) preliminary cut scores, please consider reading the SRSS-IE MS HS Brief.
Items include the original 7 items (1) steal; (2) lie, cheat, sneak; (3) behavior problem; (4) peer rejection; (5) low academic achievement; (6) negative attitude; and (7) aggressive behavior, and newly added and retained items (8) emotionally flat; (9) shy, withdrawn; (10) sad, depressed; (11) anxious; and (12) lonely.
We encourage you to read the following articles to learn more about how to use the SRSS-IE at elementary as well as middle and high schools.
Note. The following preliminary cut scores are now available for the SRSS-I (elementary: SRSS-I5, middle and high: SRSS-I6). Please note the item peer rejection is included in the SRSS-E7 and SRSS-I6 when used at the middle and high school level. The two subscale scores are used for decision making.
Elementary School Middle and High School
SRSS-E7 SRSS-I5 SRSS-E7 SRSS-I6
(1) steal;
(2) lie, cheat, sneak;
(3) behavior problem;
(4) peer rejection;
(5) low academic achievement;
(6) negative attitude;
(7) aggressive behavior
(8) emotionally flat;
(9) shy, withdrawn;
(10) sad, depressed;
(11) anxious;
(12) lonely
(1) steal;
(2) lie, cheat, sneak;
(3) behavior problem;
(4) peer rejection;
(5) low academic achievement;
(6) negative attitude;
(7) aggressive behavior
(4) peer rejection;
(8) emotionally flat;
(9) shy, withdrawn;
(10) sad, depressed;
(11) anxious;
(12) lonely


Don’t forget that Canyons is part of the “Student Success” partnership grant program in which third parties such as United Way can shop student data to find kids to fill their programs to qualify for additional state and federal funds. Like most government it’s an ineffective and intrusive solution looking for a problem.



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

Another DATA BREACH – NY Schools notified – Pearson

The Brighton, Brockport, Pittsford, Spencerport, Victor, Webster and West Irondequoit school districts have all confirmed to 13WHAM that they were impacted.

Pearson, the company who provides the system which was breached, says they’re looking into it. Possible data accessed includes students’ names, date of births, and in some cases email addresses.

Incident affecting 13,000 Aimsweb customers occurred in Fall 2018 and districts are finding out now (July 2019)

http://13wham.com/news/local/data-breach-affects-local-schools


Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

I just picked up my kids from their first day at school. My junior high aged child gets out 10 minutes before my kindergarten aged child who attends the same school as but gets out 10 minutes before my other children. 🤷‍♀️ I had told my junior high aged child that I desired for them to pick up their sibling and then meet us by the pick up for our other children (on the other side of the school). Evidently the school didn’t place my junior high student as a pick up alternative, even though I requested it so I went to the office to correct the situation. Should have been an easy fix, but here’s the exchange that occurred…

Me: I need to place my junior high student as a pick up alternative for _____. Office: What grade is your child in? Me: 8th at __________ junior high. Office: what’s their name? Me: __________________. Office: Okay, since they are a minor I will need to call their school and get permission from their principal for them to pick up _____.
Me: Ummm. I’m their mom and the only one who can grant permission for my minor to do anything. I sign permission slips for them not the school, so why do you need permission from the school principal? I’m saying it’s okay. They are literally just taking them over to the other side of the school and meeting us where we have to pick up our other kids.
Office: We still have to call the school and get permission from the school principal because they’re a minor.
Me: what does being a minor have to do with whether or not I can give permission for my child to do something?
Office: we just have to make sure it’s okay…

???
Another example of schools trying to override our parental authority.


And some replies to this post:

They have to verify that your child’s file shows that you have custody. There are legal barriers in place to prevent a non-custodial parent, an imposter or someone with a restraining order from showing up to change to take your child. Take a deep breath and let them do their jobs. 😊


they already know this. It’s the same office personnel I’ve dealt with for the past few years. They know my name and ALL of my children. They literally said because my child was a minor they had to get permission from the junior high school principal before my junior high student could be allowed to be on the pick up list for my kindergartener. That oversteps bounds. I am perfectly fine with people double checking that “approved by parent” people are picking up my children, but a school principal does not get to determine who I put on my approved list. Their job is to ensure that the person picking up is someone I said was safe and okay.


They feel they have more rights and control over our children. If Pan gets his way they will.



And another post from this group:

My stepson came home from Denair Middle School with this paper, that was handed out to the 1st and 2nd period 7th grade kids in Luis Davila Alvarado’s class. Per the principal that called my husband, they stopped it after second period and reprimanded the teacher. The teacher said that because he was transgender and the kids had lots of questions, he thought this would be beneficial to them. Which is the most bullshit excuse I’ve ever heard. Feel free to share this post, and contact a school official. the decision to file a formal complaint will be made by my husband or his ex wife I don’t care what you identify as, that’s your decision. But NO ONE has the right to ask my child these questions that have absolutely nothing to do with what you are teaching in a classroom.

[Gender Unicorn Picture] https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/68401428_10217500781008713_7624911760494952448_n.jpg?_nc_cat=106&_nc_eui2=AeGM4cZxeunKlS1vMr5iB7wOCXCo5b1YQldSBGimKzw8ygXSUpXrzTM1bxDs4biEG-McdAv4nCcCYOqqbvEB__aA35SYcNxy5BAGuaRTdTi_Ew&_nc_oc=AQlCeL3I_Tp2GCceZnCCWT3TdUcUUi0luzhXCrTAKrIMxdAaHj9FP7jQ3efGjJX1QIZbtcSn0wXQTldWEIsoj980&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-1.xx&oh=71cbcf52f58cf09c6cb990181254ece8&oe=5DCEC424


And here are the replies to this post:

What grade?


7th. His teacher is transgender so maybe it’s just this teacher, I’m not sure


It’s a sign of the times unfortunatly, i for one would see about pulling my kid from this person’s class! Personally i don’t care what anyone does in their private life but DON’T push your personal beliefs on children it’s wrong and using your job as a teacher to do so is unconscionable!


Unfortunately it is part of public ed code now and is completely legal to teach and expose K-12 students to alternative lifestyles.

it falls under health and sex ed. New laws passed last year that loosened up all of the boundaries with this stuff. This worksheet has been distributed in kindergarten classes, so I’ve heard, and if districts support it, it is totally protected under ed code in public education.


UPDATE: [spouse name redacted] got a call from the principal because of my post. the school was already aware of it. The teacher, Luis Davila-Alvarado, passed these papers (NOT an assignment, optional to fill out) in the first and second period before admin found out and stopped it. Per admin, the paper was passed out because the kids had lots of questions about the teacher telling them that they can call him Mr or Mrs. so he passes out that paper so they wouldn’t be confused. Which is the most bullshit excuse I have ever heard. So that’s the status right now.


If my child has that teacher she will be pulled from that class..!!!!


Unfortunately in the world we live in, if you pulled your child from that teachers classroom because of your personal beliefs then you would be labeled a racist, a homophobe or a non conformist to progressive ideology!


I don’t care what people think about me..!!!!I’m not having that sick bastard teach my child.



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

The Children’s Cabinet is generally a policy setting organization while aligning and organizing all matters the state wishes to address for children. Federally pushed, Children’s Cabinets are in most, if not all, states. This article states some of the trends across the nation and includes Minnesota.

In January 2019, on the heels of gubernatorial elections, twenty new governors assumed office in states across the country, bringing with them new policies, priorities, and people. One critical and under-recognized area of impact? State-level children’s coordinating bodies–often known as children’s cabinets–which bring together state and sometimes private agencies whose work promotes the wellbeing of children and youth. Moreover, some state legislatures have recently taken action on children’s cabinets. Half a year into these new administrations, where do states stand?

Which Governors Are Reinvigorating Children’s Cabinets?

New governors in at least four states–Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, and New Mexico–are placing renewed emphasis on Children’s Cabinets. Moreover, several governors bring prior experience as members of Children’s Cabinets.

In Kansas, recently-elected Governor Laura Kelly (D) has appointed a new leadership team to head the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund, which Governor Kelly herself served on while a state senator. Naming non-profit consultant Kim Moore as Cabinet Chair and former State Representative Melissa Rooker as Executive Director, the Governor plans to reinvigorate the work of the Cabinet to realize her vision of universal access to high-quality early childhood programs across the state. Celebrating 20 years since its inception, the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund is directed by state statute to make evidence-based recommendations for investments in early childhood programs using funding from the Master Tobacco Settlement annual payments.

In Maine, former Governor LePage quietly shut down the Children’s Cabinet functions during his time in office since 2011. New Governor Janet Mills (D) announced plans to revitalize Maine’s Children’s Cabinet, which are now underway. Established by statute, Maine’s Children’s Cabinet met in May for the first time since 2010, bringing together Commissioners from five departments with the Governor’s office and staff. The cabinet outlined two main focus areas for the cabinet: 1) creating a comprehensive early child care and early education system and 2) supporting at-risk youth and their families.

In Minnesota, Governor Tim Walz (D) declared setting the state’s children’s cabinet as a priority for his administration. Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan have since relaunched the state’s children’s cabinet, led by Erin Bailey. Like other state cabinets, Minnesota’s children’s cabinet consists of commissioners from across state departments.

In New Mexico, new Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) is reinvigorating the Children’s Cabinet after a reduced presence under the prior administration. Each of the new secretaries appointed by Governor Lujan Grisham to her 11 cabinet posts, plus Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales, sits on the cabinet. Mariana Padilla serves as the new director for New Mexico’s Children’s Cabinet, which is administered through the Governor’s office and outlined by state statute.

Which States Are Legislating Cabinets for the First Time?

In North Dakota, Governor Burgum (R) signed a bill in April that created a children’s cabinet with members including the Governor, Chief Justice, legislators, the State Superintendent, tribal representatives, and parents. The bill signed by Governor Burgum also creates a commission on juvenile justice that reports to the cabinet and which expires in 2025.

In North Carolina, 2018 legislation under Governor Cooper (D) created the North Carolina Child Well-Being Transformation Council, also called the Children’s Council, for the purpose of coordination, collaboration, and communication among agencies and organizations involved in providing public services to children. Located administratively in the General Assembly, the Children’s Council consists of 25 members ranging from legislators to leaders of public and private youth services to children’s advocates. The North Carolina Children’s Council has two full-time staff: Council Coordinator Vaughn Crawford and Council Assistant Laura Holt-Kabel, who are both full-time staff of the General Assembly.

How Else Are States in Transition Addressing Children’s Cabinets?

In Colorado, Governor Jared Polis (D) continued the Colorado Statewide Youth Development Plan upon taking office in January 2019. The legislation, originally signed in 2013 by then-Governor Hickenlooper and written to require a biennial update, identifies key issues affecting youth and aligns strategic efforts to achieve positive outcomes for all youth. The plan remains largely true to its origins, though has been updated under Governor Polis and incorporates new strategies, revisions, and priorities.

In Ohio, Governor DeWine (R) issued an Executive Order that created some shifts in staffing and organization of the state’s children’s efforts. Governor DeWine established a Governor’s Office of Children’s Initiatives, bringing with him a director who had led similar work when DeWine was Ohio’s Attorney General. The power to convene Ohio’s children’s cabinet now lies with this Director of Children’s Initiatives. New Executive Director of Children’s Initiatives, Sarah LaTourette, brings her experience advocating in the State General Assembly for children’s efforts.

While Virginia has previously had a children’s cabinet, Governor Northam (D) reestablished the children’s cabinet via Executive Order when he assumed office in January 2018. The new version of the cabinet, chaired by First Lady Pamela Northam, places a new focus on early childhood.

In Georgia, Governor Kemp (R) issued an Executive Order transferring the Children’s Cabinet to the Department of Early Care and Learning, which previously served as the fiscal agent, and created both an Executive and Full Children’s Cabinet. The Cabinet is co-chaired by Early Care and Learning Commissioner Amy Jacobs and Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement Joy Hawkins while First Lady Marty Kemp serves as honorary chair.

Wisconsin’s new Governor, Tony Evers (D), has brought into office a mission to reinvigorate Wisconsin’s Early Childhood Advisory Council after serving as the head of the Council for the past eight years as State Superintendent. Governor Evers brings with him to Co-Chair the ECAC his previous Chief of Staff, Katie Domina, maintaining institutional knowledge about the Council across the transition.

What to Watch for in States

States to keep an eye on for new developments include California, Connecticut, Idaho, Kentucky, Missouri, and Oklahoma. In some of these states, legislation is in the process of being passed so cabinets may be forming soon. In others, governors have publicly expressed interest in beginning the process of forming or revitalizing their children’s cabinets.

One key finding in the Forum for Youth Investment’s 2017 Biennial State Policy Survey was an overwhelming response that children’s cabinets were struggling with a lack of funds. As new, reinvigorated, or continuing children’s cabinets move forward, will funding follow? And what other support, such as staffing or policy priority, will their work receive?


And another post from this group:

From the Think Small blog. Think Small is a coalition member for Great Start for ALL MN Children.


And some replies to this post:

Think Small’s Lobbyist is Cisa Keller. She was the former Lobbyist of New Horizons Academy, a franchise child care center, until 2015 which was right after the Block Grant that funds CCAP was finalized at the Federal Level. There are many others who ha e similar timing. It’s all a Ponzi Scheme


Did you notice that Walz and Flannigan will chair the cabinet themselves? That’s a little different…


they are protecting their own hen house….



Another activist federal judge has made the bathrooms less safe in Virginia schools: https://t.co/digxXg4qUQ?amp=1


Here is a post that was shared by Alice Linahan:

Behind the paywall, without the ads. These aren’t my words, but take the time to read them….they represent the pitfalls of pouring government money into a system that is open ended and can’t be useful until redflag laws start. Red Flag laws punish students before they have even committed crime and do not allow for due process which is required by law. You will read that in the panhandle of Texas, students have already been referred for mental health….but, nothing in the system requires they return to the system…RED FLAG laws will close the loop and take student freedom. We already have enough laws….

AUSTIN — Texas lawmakers reacted to a rash of mass shootings, including one at Santa Fe High School, by pouring $5 million this year into expanding a small telemedicine project out of the Panhandle that screens students at risk of hurting themselves or others and refers them to help.

But records obtained by the San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle show that the project housed at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center hasn’t lived up to its own targets.

Few of the more than 200 students screened since mid-2013 followed through with their aftercare plans for counseling or medication, according to the project’s grant filings and interviews with school districts.

What’s more, the virtual referrals have come at a steep average cost of roughly $11,600 per student — more than what the state pays school districts to educate a child for a full year.

Summer Martin, president of the Lone Star State School Counselor Association, said the state could be using that money to boost the number of school counselors in a state where there’s an average of one for every 430 students.

“Don’t get me wrong, we need the help for sure,” she said. “But that could have gone to school counselors who could have gotten a lot more resources to those students for a much smaller price tag.”

It remains to be seen how the project — known as the Telemedicine, Wellness, Intervention, Triage, and Referral Project — will use the additional $5 million to expand beyond roughly a dozen school districts in the Lubbock area. Lawmakers dedicated the money at the recommendation of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, whose office has funded the project since its inception with over $2 million in grants.

A spokesman for Abbott said it has been successful. And spokesman John Wittman called the average cost-per-student — calculated by dividing the grant funding by the number of students screened — a “simple math trick” that “does not accurately capture the effort to implement a pilot project of this nature in West Texas with a lack of available mental health services.”

“There are documented instances where students have been identified through this screening process that intended to commit acts of violence against fellow students, faculty, or themselves,” said Wittman, who referred further questions to Texas Tech. “TWITR does not conduct its own psychiatric care and is intended to identify students that need mental health care to protect those students and improve the overall safety of participating ISDs.”

The project’s successes have sometimes involved the police. In grant filings and public statements, TWITR officials highlighted 25 times when a student deemed dangerous or suicidal was removed from the classroom and sent to juvenile detention, another school or a hospital.

In one case, a student was detained by a school resource officer and a search uncovered a note, map, names and plans to purchase a handgun, the project reported to the governor’s office in 2017. In another, a suicidal student left school grounds and was quickly found by a school resource officer. The student was then sent to a juvenile detention facility, the project reported.

It’s not clear when — or if — the children returned to the classroom, which should be the goal, said Annalee Gulley, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs at Mental Health America of Greater Houston.

“All communities, all students and all youth are better served when nonviolent youth are able to return to campus following rehabilitation,” she said.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center didn’t make project officials available for an interview. A spokeswoman, however, said the project is one tool to address student mental health and its cost shouldn’t be judged by those who are screened, but rather by the thousands of children in West Texas who have access to TWITR in their schools.

Kendra Burris, Vice President for External Relations at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, also said that TWITR staff don’t have the power to remove a student from school, only administrators or parents do.

A mass shooting in El Paso last weekend has renewed the debate over how to confront gun violence and has prompted some calls for mental health care.

During the most recent legislative session — after 10 people died in the 2018 mass shooting at Santa Fe High School — state lawmakers scrambled to boost school safety by investing $100 million in building upgrades such as bulletproof glass and by beefing up student access to mental health services with extra funds and requirements for a statewide plan. Schools will also be allowed to have an unlimited number of armed staff to help guard against shootings. The changes are expected to begin rolling out this fall.

School staff refers students to the TWITR project and parents must give permission for their child to participate. A child psychiatrist then screens students during two telemedicine appointments, which the child’s parent or guardian must attend, and can refer them for in-person visits, recommend medication or direct them to counseling.

School districts say the project quickly connects students with psychiatric care in rural areas where services are scarce and wait times can be long. Abbott trumpeted the program as a statewide model in a school safety plan his office rolled out after the Santa Fe shooting last year.

Education advocates agree the idea is a good one, but question the cost and effectiveness.

No students who participated in TWITR during its first four years complied with aftercare plans, the project reported to the governor’s office. Texas Tech left that number off of its grant reports in the past two years.

Burris said it’s hard to track what happens to a student after a referral is made due to health care privacy laws.

“As we develop this project plan, our goal is really to focus on the access, to give the student the access,” she said. “We found it was a lot harder to track the after-plan.”

School administrators said follow-through depends largely on the parents. Even families who agree to participate may not have the time or money to ensure their kids receive the recommended care, especially in rural areas where a clinic may be far away.

Of the 15 students at Frenship ISD referred to the TWITR project last school year, about half have followed through with the recommended care, administrators said. Plainview High School officials told the Houston Chronicle last summer that about a third of the screening appointments are canceled because a parent fails to show up on campus.

The project helps the school make a quick connection to a psychiatrist once a student’s situation is “over our counselors heads,” said Richard Dean, Executive Director of Administrative Services at Frenship ISD.

“To me it’s about the welfare of the student,” he said, “not about whether he is going to be the next school shooter or not.”

amorris@express-news.net


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

Beware- Today Governor Abbott announced a new set of round table meetings in the wake of the El Paso shooting.

He stated: “We need new and different strategies that go above and beyond what we did in the aftermath of dealing with shootings that took place at the school in Santa Fe,” Abbott said, referencing the 2018 shooting at a high school that killed eight students and two teachers. After that 2018 shooting, Abbott similarly called for roundtables.”
https://www.texastribune.org/2019/08/07/el-paso-shooting-greg-abbott-roundtables/

In America, with freedom comes individual responsibility. Remember that as you read the information below.

There was a time when local community schools meant true local control with a locally elected school board.

There was a time in America when kids actually learned reading, writing, math, and history in public schools. And, there was a time when teachers were taught how to teach reading, writing, math, and history in college.

There was a time when kids actually did love to learn in school.

What did it produce… The greatest economy in the world.

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

We are witnessing today what could be described as the grandest expansion of the Nanny State in the history of America. We believe this expansion to be one of the most diabolical, intricate, and subversive schemes to plague the landscape of American public policy toward Socialism.

A view from the classroom of today would astound onlookers that mental health and social, emotional, and behavioral interventions have replaced academics. With these wrap-around mental health services and interventions into personalities, values, beliefs, and dispositions at school, teachers are expected and forced to monitor and collect personal behavioral data on our children that has nothing to do with education. Data is collected, logged into state longitudinal data systems, shared, and ultimately, exposes our children to ‘surveillance capitalism.’ This personal data is freely given and used by outside contractors, foundations, and businesses to create software, curricula, activities, and programs that delve into changing the personal qualities of children and their families according to a government set of objectives.

Schools represent a “captive audience” and as such, prime targets for social policy change.

From a purely educational viewpoint, this could be termed “The Destruction of the American Educational System.”

From a health care perspective, this could be viewed as “The Subversion of the World’s Finest System of Health Care.”

From a societal vantage point, this could be described as “The Subduing of the American Family.”

However, because of the integration of business and labor, this could also just as accurately be dubbed, “The Collectivization of American Capitalism.”

Analyzed from a public policy perspective, it could be called “The Demise of Representative Government.”

All of these titles would be accurate because each of them describes different appendages of the same program. What is involved in the “Medicalization of Our Schools?” At issue is Medicaid with screenings and interventions that take place under the cloak of prevention and “health.”


Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

🔥 Parents and California Residents 🔥🔥

Even outside of Comprehensive Sexuality Education, the indoctrination may occur if your child has a teacher choosing to push this…just look at these actual quiz notes in 6th grade…LOOK at the 4th point on the right. A teacher tells the class what will be a correct answer on a QUIZ to, “have one or no children.” 😡

This came from a science class in PGUSD (Pacific Grove Unified School District) in Monterey County.

________________________________

And some replies to this post:

UN Agenda 2030


yes… It’s all about population control. But why? What is the long term goal here?


Get rid of as many people, so the greedy elite has more resources.


I’m very curious on my daughters science class… we’ll see how it goes. It sounds like it’s going to be indoctrination.


and keep encouraging her to bravely assert her 1st amendment rights to walk out with what goes against her moral beliefs.
This assignment is from a 6th grade science class.


my daughter is in the 7th grade and her syllabus is a little shady. I hope she’ll do the right thing without fear of getting into trouble


it’s hard work as a parent to undo the approximately 35+ hours (give or take) each week of inaccuracies and indoctrination our children may have been taught through various curricular materials. I am thankful for the great teachers out there and they need our support and our voice. Not every family has the ability with work, etc. to homeschool or pursue a private school but it may be worth considering. We are giving Inspire Charter Homeschool a try this year. I hope your daughter will stand strong also. If your schedule allows maybe you can pick her up just for lunch now and again and be a voice of truth and encouragement in the middle of her day.


One or no children?!?! This is awful and reminds me of a communist China – 1980! Even they don’t promote this anymore!


precisely. This is awful! People need to wake up…I hope the word keeps getting out about all these concerns so more parents can protect their children.


Where did these notes come from? Is this a real picture?


yes this is a real picture from 6th Grade Science class submitted to me by a parent.


It’s amazing you actually got to see this! I feel so much is done via apps and computers that we see less and less of what is being taught.


that’s the whole idea.


a parent submitted this to me and permitted me to share this from their child’s workbook.

the quiz itself was online and this was part of the notes for the quiz that came home


I am going to ask if I can volunteer in my granddaughter’s 5th grade classroom this year. I want to nose around a little…. And, of course, Protect my granddaughter if any of this is presented while I am there! 😳


As a teacher I am not surprised. Many teachers are indoctrinated themselves to believe: THEY care, know, and understand what is best for Your children. They live in a culture that denigrates faith, elevates feelings and mandates approval. It’s shocking to hear how gullible they are. I urge everyone to find an alternate way to educate your children, grandchildren. There is little, very little reason for those with all the power to change direction. They feel invincible. They own CA. My hope is that voters will now look at candidates record of voting.


They do own CA and are teaching their ideology in schools so the next generation will continue on in their paths. What hope have we when the vast majority of kids still go to PS? 😭


This happened on the FIRST day in our school


I raised 3 boys in the public school system. All 3 graduated from some form of alternative schooling (charter school, independent studies, one did adult school) It was usually some bullshit that the school did that caused me to pull them. Now raising my granddaughter and preparing to battle the indoctrinators again. Stand your ground! Call them on their bullshit. And dont let them fill you kids full of lies. I ridicule bad teachers in front of my kids just so they can see not all adults know what they’re talking about.


This is not new. My husband was taught this in school 25yrs ago. That it is irresponsible to have children. They will destroy the planet etc.


you’re right…This effort had been ongoing for decades. They are just bolder now than ever before.


Bill Gates right there!!!! Wow


so someone else knows the truth about Bill Gates and his population control YAY.



Public Schools or Public Screwels? Part 28

This is part 28.

Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

I have received a few messages from people stating they asked their childrens teachers and their district offices about the “Condom Relay” and “Condom Negotiation” activities we have mentioned as well as the normalization of oral and anal sex and the repeated mention of masturbation and sexual pleasure throughout the sex Ed curriculums. According to the parents, they were told that we are “misinformed” and another teacher stated we were making up “crazy claims” which were “simply untrue”.

I understand that these teachers and staff members may not want to believe that something as inappropriate as these activities would be recommended by the California Department of Education since many of us parents were also in disbelief when we found out. I also understand that the district staff and teachers may not have had the time to do the research several of us parents have in order to find this information. I also understand that not every school decided to use these activities.

That being said, the fact that some teachers and district staff have not seen these activities or lessons themselves does not mean they do not exist nor that they are not being used in other schools. Each district gets to select the curriculum that they would like to adopt and each curriculum may be tailored by staff members in order to take their communities needs into consideration. Although tailoring the curriculum may be a way to eliminate SOME of the inappropriate material, I have yet to see a curriculum which does not include concerning information or activities.

After spending approx a year reviewing the new framework, recommended resources, recommended websites, and assignments, I more than ever believe that parents should take full control of talking to their children about sex themselves and opt-out of ANY and EVERY sex ed curriculum the state of California may recommend.

I will attach photos of some of the assignments and lessons many parents were told do not exist. I found these lessons through out the several different sex ed curriculums I reviewed and were approved by the California Department of Education. Some schools are using these activities, some decided not to use them and other schools have not seen these.

The sources of these assignments are the following curriculums:

*Positive Prevention Plus
*Rights Respect Responsibility
*Teen Talk
*Be Real Be Ready

____________________________________________

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

Age 16. Accepted to NINE LAW SCHOOLS.
Schlitz was home-schooled after her parents decided to withdraw her from public school in the fifth grade because they didn’t believe she was being taught properly.


I’ve found an alliance between Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Coalition for Community Schools, Communities In Schools, and StriveTogether called Together for Students:

http://www.communityschools.org/nearly_4_million_investment_will_expand_student-centered_learning/


According to this site, the following guys got the grant money for this initiative:

Birmingham, AL (United Way of Central Alabama)
Chicago, IL (Thrive Chicago)
Dayton, OH (Learn to Earn Dayton)
Fresno, CA (Fresno Cradle to Career)
Lehigh Valley, PA (United Way of Greater Lehigh Valley)
Memphis, TN (Communities In Schools of Memphis)
Milwaukee, WI (United Way of Greater Milwaukee)
Nashville, TN (Metro Nashville Public Schools)
Vancouver, WA (Vancouver Public Schools)
Washington, D.C. (DC Public Education Fund)

https://www.communitiesinschools.org/together-for-students/


I found a partnership between StriveTogether and two groups called Transforming Education annd Student Success Network. It appears to involve some SEL cause that ties to the college and career ready career pathways globalist mumbo jumbo.

I tied the following groups to this effort:

Cincinnati, OH and Newport & Covington, KY (StrivePartnership), Marin County, CA (Marin Promise), Lenawee County, MI (Lenawee Cradle to Career), Northfield, MN (Northfield Promise), Bellevue, WA (Eastside Pathways), Memphis, TN (Seeding Success), Bexar County, TX (P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County) and Norwalk, CT (Norwalk ACTS)


I found a tie between Playworks and StriveTogether: https://www.playworks.org/get-involved/partner/play-partners/


This group Susan Crowne Exchange appears to be promoting the 21st century anytime anywhere learning agenda: http://www.scefdn.org


Here is a post from a friend of mine:

NWEA + Khan teaming up for SEL and CBE .

Two high-profile education organizations—Khan Academy and NWEA—are piloting a new tool designed to match a student’s test results with online instructional materials recommended to help that student learn a given subject in school.

Called the MAP Accelerator, the new platform will pair findings from a student’s performance on the NWEA‘s MAP Growth Assessments with Khan Academy resources to address the specific skills a student needs to master in his or her learning progression.

Teachers will receive the recommendations based on each student’s MAP Growth results and will be able to choose which assignments to make, given the learning opportunities identified. The assessment is typically given three times a year: at the beginning of school, in the middle and at the end.
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More than 150,000 students in four school districts will begin a pilot of the MAP Accelerator in math in English and Spanish for grades 3-8 in September, including the Clark County School District in Nevada, according to the organizations. The first pilot test will last one year, and English/language arts will be introduced as a new pilot for the 2020-21 school year.

MAP Growth, which was released for K-12 in 2001, is an adaptive assessment that helps identify where a student is on a learning pathway. NWEA sees matching Khan Academy resources with its assessment as an opportunity to help teachers faced with students’ diverse academic needs, said Chris Minnich, the CEO of NWEA.

“We’re taking the guesswork out of it for teachers. We want to empower them to have ‘what’s next’ for students,” he said.

“Students will have a personalized course based on their MAP Growth work, and we’ll use the mastery mechanics of skills-based practices, unit tests, and course challenges,” said Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy.

The organizations are recommending that the platform be used 30 minutes a week to make a difference, and they say it can work in conjunction with any curriculum schools are using. By identifying gaps in a student’s learning, and pairing them with practice, the program aims to allow students to tackle “far more questions in their zone of proximal development than they’re typically able to do,” Khan said.

Educators have the final say on which assignments students receive based on their assessment results.

Besides Clark County in Nevada, the districts that will pilot the program are three in California: Madera, Pajaro, and Glendale County.

Khan said the idea of combining NWEA’s assessments with his organization’s learning resources came in a casual conversation with an ed-tech investor friend who said that companies had been pitching him on “the Khan Academy narrative around personalization and differentiation.” That investor suggested Khan speak with NWEA about a possible partnership between the two non-profits. Khan was familiar with the MAP assessments because they had been used as a measurement tool in his organization’s previous efficacy studies. A week later Khan reached out to Minnich.

“We talked about how tests really aren’t going to move the needle for kids; tests themselves don’t teach kids anything,” said Minnich. “We’ve got to make connections.”

The two groups are interested in serving “the most marginalized students in America,” said Khan. “You could be Superman or Superwoman as a teacher, but when you have 30 to 35 kids and a lot of them have gaps from two, three or four years ago, there’s no way to address those gaps … that is not incredibly resource-intensive.”

A focus on efficacy will drive the pilot, Khan said. “We want to be as transparent as possible. If it doesn’t work, I don’t want anyone using it,” he said. Their focus will be on, “How can we get better by looking at those efficacy results?”

Khan said he has had 70 percent of his 210-person organization working on the integration of Khan Academy resources with NWEA’s assessment indicators for the past year. “District rostering alone is very complex,” he said.

As for implementation, he believes that NWEA’s large district support and training staff will help teachers understand how they can implement the accelerator.

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See also:

Khan Academy Launches Education App for Pre-K, Kindergarten Crowd
K-12 Dealmaking: Khan Academy Acquires App Developer; GradeSlam Raises $1.6 Million
K-12 Dealmaking: Chinese K-12 Education Platform Raises $200 Million; DreamBox Learning, NWEA Partner
NWEA Poised to Capture Statewide Testing Contract in Nebraska
What Are K-12 Districts’ Longest-Lasting Tech and Ed-Tech Products?
An Architect of the Common Core Talks About Resistance to Testing and What’s Ahead
Demands for New-Look, Shorter Tests Shape Assessment Needs


And another post from her:

What does your face reveal about how big of a financial risk you are?

One of the world’s largest insurers thinks the answer is quite a bit. It is using facial-recognition technology on potential customers as part of its efforts to assess risk when it sells them financial products

Ping An Insurance Group Co., China’s largest insurer and one of the country’s largest financial conglomerates, routinely scans the faces of customers and its own agents to verify their identities or examine their expressions for clues about their truthfulness.

Since 2016, the company has used its proprietary technology to screen individuals applying for loans at its consumer-finance arm. “Micro expressions,” or brief, small and often involuntary movements on people’s faces, are one area of focus the company has been analyzing.
The efforts are a reflection of what’s going on throughout China, where facial-recognition technology has become a feature of daily life. Unfettered by regulations or privacy concerns, Chinese authorities use it on public streets, subway stations, at airports and at border controls.
Chinese insurance companies may face fewer privacy concerns from consumers, compared with their Western counterparts, says Tjun Tang, a Boston Consulting Group senior partner in Hong Kong, though he adds that Chinese consumers are becoming more concerned about privacy in recent years. “If the consumers are willing to share the data, that’s helping a lot,” he says. “It allows machines to learn.”
Ping An uses its facial-recognition technology mainly to verify customers’ identities. When people open accounts with the insurer, they are often asked to submit images of their identity cards and complete a series of tasks including opening their mouths and blinking when they use the company’s facial-recognition program for the first time.
After setting up the accounts, customers can purchase some life- and health-insurance products after scanning their faces with their smartphones. They can also connect directly with insurance agents in video meetings or submit claims after Ping An’s software recognizes their faces.

Shi Haojing, a 28-year-old airport worker in Shanghai, says she scans her face with her smartphone camera when she needs to speak with an insurance agent and collect or make payments on her Ping An policies.

“It is good that things can be done without leaving home,” she says. “Everyone is getting lazier.”

Ping An also uses the technology in its insurance business to gauge customers’ health. In one new application, facial scans are used to estimate the body-mass index, or BMI, of customers who want to purchase a policy that makes lump-sum payouts of up to one million yuan (about $145,000) when they are diagnosed with any of 100 critical diseases. Policyholders get discounts on their monthly premiums based on how much body fat they have, as calculated by the scan. Individuals judged to have a BMI under 30 can receive a monthly discount of 6 yuan (about $0.87) on the product, which the company sells at a starting price of 30 yuan a month. A BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.

“Just the face itself contains a wealth of information about an individual’s health,” says Michael Powers, a professor of risk mathematics at Tsinghua University in Beijing. It may be possible to glean from a person’s face whether the individual is a smoker, for example, he says. But such use of facial-recognition technology hasn’t yet been commercialized widely, in part because there are concerns it could be used to discriminate against some groups of people.

Some critics say the technology isn’t really being used to set prices for different groups but instead is a kind of marketing tool for the company to generate attention and make consumers more familiar with AI.

Cliff Sheng, a Hong Kong-based partner at consulting firm Oliver Wyman who has closely studied uses of technology by Chinese insurance companies, argues that there are more reliable ways than facial recognition to acquire users’ BMI. However, Mr. Sheng does say he thinks that the technology can be useful to insurers as a marketing tool because it gets people’s attention.

A spokesperson for Ping An says that its BMI-measuring feature using facial recognition is provided to the consumers as “a benefit,” and that its underwriting process takes into account a variety of other factors and data points.

In its lending business, meanwhile, Ping An says it uses its technology to analyze the faces of loan applicants in real time, searching for “micro-expressions” that reveal their emotional and psychological state. Such expressions typically occur within fractions of seconds and are hard for people to control, and loan officers make more accurate judgments on the applicants’ credibility based on this information, according to an article posted by Ping An on its official WeChat social-media account in China last year.

For large loans, applicants often have to answer questions in an online video meeting that typically lasts 10 to 15 minutes. Ping An records and analyzes how the applicant answers questions, and looks for signs of eye-shifting or other suspicious behavior, which would be flagged by its system.

Ping An in January said it has made more than 500 billion yuan worth of loans with the help of its micro-expression technology. It also said the technology has helped shorten its average loan-approval times to two hours from five days.

Zhou Wei in Shanghai. She can be reached at wei.zhou@wsj.com.

Appeared in the June 11, 2019, print edition as ‘The Financial-Risk Secrets That May Be Hidden in Our Faces.’


And yet another post from her:

This post is from a Colorado counselor and has nothing to do with religion, but is refreshingly honest. You may be surprised at what information insurance companies get, what sensitive mental health info is shared with future employers. It’s the reason many folks who can afford it, are paying out of pocket.
Privacy… but not if you are poor.

https://www.appliedbiblicalcounseling.com/UsingHealthInsuranceTheBenefitsTheRisks.en.html


Here is a post from the Common Core Diva:

Warriors, education has been turned into a biz. What a sham for our students. Workforce based & finance updates.

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2019/06/12/rbf-really-big-fad-in-education/


Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

IPOC Members;

Please note that Planned Parenthood and its minions are fighting tooth and nail to discredit and remove all funding from SRA (Sexual Risk Avoidance) programs. They falsely accuse these programs as being ineffective. Inform yourself on what they say and the jargon they try to through our way. This is critical to understand. We need to fight back! We will not be bullied by PP any longer!!! Parents, stand up!

https://sraisabstinenceonly.org/


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

By Jeff Hunt – – Monday, June 10, 2019

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The state knows better how to raise your children than you do. That was the clear message sent by Colorado legislators during this contentious legislative session.

Bill after bill, many of which were written by special interest groups like Planned Parenthood and One Colorado, sought to strip rights and responsibilities from parents and hand them to the state.

Take for instance one of the most contentious bills on comprehensive sex education. Since 2013, the state of Colorado has defined comprehensive sex education and forced any district teaching sex education to do so in line with Colorado’s newfound progressive agenda. This legislative session, they further expanded the definition of comprehensive sex education to embrace LGBTQ perspectives while attempting to specifically ban religious perspectives. You read this correctly, the legislature sought to solidify in statute the specific banning of religious perspectives when it comes to teaching human sexuality. Teachings like chastity before marriage, monogamy, and the importance of a both a mother and father, were sidelined because of their religious foundations.

The 2019 comprehensive sex education bill, written by Planned Parenthood, was a violation of religious freedom and parental rights.

Colorado state Rep. Mark Baisley asked the right question during a packed committee meeting, “Who defines healthy sexual relationships?” This is a parent’s role, not Planned Parenthood’s.

Rather than allowing parents to share values with their children regarding healthy sexual relationships, the state has forcefully assumed this responsibility.

While some of the more egregious aspects of the bill were amended out, the bill is a continuation of the state’s efforts to force a more and more progressive sexual worldview upon Colorado children. This isn’t education, this is Planned Parenthood indoctrination.

Two other bills that passed usurp the role of parents when it comes to treating a child’s mental health. Do you have a child struggling with gender identity? Counselors in Colorado can now only counsel your child to embrace transgenderism. This means encouraging the taking of hormone medication and changing your child’s lifestyle, even if it’s against your guidance. Again, the state thinks it knows what’s best for your child.

Do you have a child struggling with depression? Children as young as 12 years old can now see counselors in Colorado an unlimited number of times without your consent. You have no idea what your child is talking about with the counselor, what issues your child is facing, or how the counselor is guiding them. Again, the state thinks it knows what’s best for your child.

Parents, rightfully so, came to the Colorado State Capitol in record numbers to combat this state takeover. They packed committee rooms, testified until late into the night, held rallies, sent tens of thousands of emails and made their voices heard.

Sadly, parents lost rights this legislative session, and Planned Parenthood is patting itself on the back. Planned Parenthood gained more control over the children of Colorado. Parents must not forget what happened during this legislative session and must continue to build the movement to regain our rights.

The threat to parental rights is not limited to Colorado only. Like many liberal agendas, this is coming to a state near you soon.

Loving parents are the most important factors in the development of healthy children. Removing parents from establishing relationship values or guiding the mental health of their children is the wrong approach.

• Jeff Hunt is the director of the Centennial Institute.

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.


And a reply to this post:

The Polis agenda is closely tied to Planned Parenthood (aka Murder Incorporated), the agenda of the LGBTQ (One Colorado), the GunGrabbers, OPEN BORDERS, and Antifas!
Is what Colorado citizens want? Only those too lazy to think and will follow the other sheep over the cliff.
CALIFORNIA HERE WE COME!
TIME FOR THINKING CITIZENS AND INDUSTRY TO TURN THINGS AROUND OR SEEK SAFER GROUND AND PREPARE TO LEAVE



And another post from this group:

“The bill clarifies content requirements for public schools that offer comprehensive human sexuality education and prohibits instruction from explicitly or implicitly teaching or endorsing religious ideology or sectarian tenets or doctrines, using shame-based or stigmatizing language or instructional tools, employing gender norms or gender stereotypes, or excluding the relational or sexual experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals.”

https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1032


And another post from this group:

DougCo Schls pays our tax dollars to radical activist to lecture middle school kids on her anti-white, anti-male, anti-cop lefty agenda. WHA?


Here is a post that was shared in this group:

District misleading Jeffco parents about controversial curriculum.
Last Friday Governor Polis signed into law one of the most controversial pieces of legislation of the past session: House Bill 1032, which restructures the content of comprehensive sexual education. While the legislation sparked outrage and received historic attention that perhaps helped soften some of its provisions, the adopted version of HB 1032 remains a serious usurpation of local school board power by the state government. However, beyond the light of statewide media attention, similar overreaches are taking place at the local level, including at one elementary school in Jefferson County.

When it comes to human sexuality programs, parents still have the right to opt their children out of instruction with which they disagree. But what about K-12 instruction that touches on controversial issues outside the scope of human sexuality education? Do parents have the right to ask for alternate assignments when their children are to be exposed to resources that are controversial or to topics that are sensitive in nature, or which directly contradict a family’s values and beliefs? The answer: it depends on the school district and in some cases on whether districts decide to abide by their own policies.

Over the past year one elementary school in Jefferson County has been working to introduce a curriculum built by AMAZEworks. The package includes over 100 colorful storybooks and accompanying lesson plans, all of which are designed to “[foster] social-emotional learning through the lens of anti-bias education” and cover an extensive list of topics which include “race/ethnicity, immigration, religion, socioeconomics, disabilities, gay/lesbian/transgender family members, divorce/blended, aging, foster care, incarceration, death, deployment, and adoption.” ReadMore http://ow.ly/z2gA50uyCK1


UPDATE: It looks like the plan to do away with the parental notification about abortions stalled in the spring 2019 legislative session of Illinois. However, the villains in the legislature plan to bring it back as early as the fall. If passed, it could eventually lead to schools taking kids out for abortions without notifying parents like what is currently being done in California: https://www.northernpublicradio.org/post/pritzker-signs-bill-making-abortion-fundamental-right-illinois


Found from this article that 13 states, California among them, currently don’t require parnetal notification for children get an abortion. I’m curious if like California, the schools are also aiding in this process:

https://www.northernpublicradio.org/post/parental-notification-next-illinois-abortion-rights


Apparently “failure to educate” is considered “educational neglect” in half of the country: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2019/06/17/disregarding-orders/


Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

I have a co worker that told me last week that her 5 year old has 3 kids in “transition” in his class. I was like”Whhhhhhhhhhatttt?! “4-5 year olds are changing their gender! What is wrong with these parents?!!! (And I live in Michigan!)


Here is another post from this group:

I did a search on the History/Social Science framework. For the 11th grade, Alfred Kinsey’s name comes up as a person who students may consider for the LGBT movement. They also mention Harvey Milk, of course. It doesn’t reference how both of them committed criminal sexual acts against minors.

The framework is not required instruction but some districts may use it so parents need to be aware. The framework is also what sets the stage for future publications by textbook companies.

Here’s the link, page 46.

https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/hs/cf/documents/hssfwchapter16.pdf


The “mental health” push has spread to Oklahoma City schools: https://okcfox.com/news/local/oklahoma-city-schools-announces-restructuring-focus-on-mental-health


Here is a post from someone on Alice Linahan’s wall:

Samuel Stillman Greene (1810-1883) on behalf of the Boston Masters for their famous Remarks on the Seventh Annual Report of the Honorable Horace Mann, Secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Education, in which they took to task the sight-reading method that had been adopted by the Boston primary schools in 1837 and produced a literacy disaster. And it was this critical essay that revealed who originated this new method of teaching reading: the Rev. Thomas H. Gallaudet, the director of the American Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb in Hartford, Connecticut, who taught the deaf to read via a sight method and thought that this method could be adapted for use by normal children.
However, in 1929, no one seemed to have read what the Boston Masters wrote in 1844. And as we know, when we ignore or forget history we are bound to repeat it. Not only was Dr. Orton unaware of what had been written in 1844, but educators of today are not aware of what Dr. Orton wrote in 1929. He said in as diplomatic way as possible:
I wish to emphasize at the beginning that the strictures which I have to offer here do not apply to the use of the sight method of teaching reading as a whole but only to its effects on a restricted group of children for whom, as I think we can show, this technique is not only not adapted but often proves an actual obstacle to reading progress, and moreover I believe that this group is one of considerable educational importance both because of its size and because here faulty teaching methods may not only prevent the acquisition of academic education by children of average capacity but may also give rise to far reaching damage to their emotional life. NOTE, Emotional Life…Sight word memorization is a constructivist philosophy…Back as far as 1844 this was noticed…And Here We Stand…


Here is a post from a friend of mine:

Jeb


And another post from her:

🎯Two Alexa suits filed… one is federal and seeks class-action. If you are in these states, have kids, you have laws that require consent for voice recording and you might want to take a look.

“It alleges Amazon’s failure to obtain consent violates the laws of Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Washington, which require consent of all parties to a recording, regardless of age.
The proposed class only includes minors in those states “who have used Alexa in their home and have therefore been recorded by Amazon, without consent.”
Aside from “the unique privacy interest” involved in recording someone’s voice, the lawsuit says, “It takes no great leap of imagination to be concerned that Amazon is developing voiceprints for millions of children that could allow the company (and potentially governments) to track a child’s use of Alexa-enabled devices in multiple locations and match those uses with a vast level of detail about the child’s life, ranging from private questions they have asked Alexa to the products they have used in their home.”

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/amazon/suit-alleges-amazons-alexa-violates-laws-by-recording-childrens-voices-without-consent/


A school has spent $10K to send kids to a gay pride parade: https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/report-school-district-spending-10k-send-kids-gay-pride-parade/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=teaparty&utm_campaign=lminetwork&utm_content=2019-06-14


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

ALERT!ALERT! The tie they used to bind all of US–Appointed Boards…how convenient! Alabama is being pushed with narrative that Appointed Ed Board will solve it’s education problems. But looking at the big picture, appointed boards may have been key to Common Core’s leading the country to being in the bottom of 35 industrialized nations. Also AL appointed board’s rubber stamping of unwanted charter school gives parents a peek of the Common Core path.

http://www.hopeink.tv/weekly-summary/the-danger-of-appointed-ed-boards


And another post from this page:

Legislators caught red-handed!! Bait and Switch on Common Core Repeal Bill in Alabama. Here’s the confirmation that shows Bill SB397 was not about repealing Common Core but truly getting total control of education and the appointed board would decide to keep the Common Core Standards or not…duh!! Can legislators imagine why parents are mad? Nine years of untold number of children harmed and these families were just thrown under the bus.

https://www.hopeink.tv/call-to-action/june-04th-2019

Here’s a good article on how they started off with a good bill before replacing with SB397 and throwing parents a can of worms


Here is a post from the Christian Law Association page:

Our offices were recently contacted by a public school parent who was shocked to discover his kindergartner had been assigned a pro-LGBT book to read at school. Our attorneys were able to advise this concerned father as to their rights to “opt out” of objectionable material. If your students are facing similar issues, call our offices today.


Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

Hi, I’m a grandparent of a 2,5,&7 year old who visited this past week. Because of informed parents of CA. my ears were on alert. I am schocked at what they are teaching these young impressional children.

Not only normalizing perversion but meditation came up. I asked them what is meditation to you & the 5 & 7 year old immediately went into cross legs and hand posses. I was schocked as the shared it’s to empty our minds Gramma.

My ??? Is empty your mind? These are beautiful kids who are being taught right and wrong not to empty their minds. PLEASE BE AWARE GET INVOLVED AND TALK TO YOUR KIDS!


And some replies to this post:

it shouldn’t be taught in school. Eastern religion IS about emptying the mind so you have room for whatever they want to put in it.


It’s not ignorance, it’s just that some families do not want children learning yoga because the roots of yoga stems from Vedas- the Indian holy text, which three major religions came from, Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism.


when I began researching this topic I found one source of information whose knowledge came from practicing the New Age herself. Her information aligned with the information I retrieved from multiple sources. I had very little knowledge when I began my research. I remember a bizarre experience I had doing yoga when I was younger and didn’t know much about the practice itself (I thought it was just exercise). Then for me, everything made sense about that experience after researching. I am happy to share about what our school did if you’d like to know. This article and multiple articles from this website have been helpful to me in addition to my other conversations.

http://www.christiananswersforthenewage.org/Articles_MindfulnessForChildren.html


Meditation comes from Eastern philosophies and once you begin to unwrap what is going on you will better understand why parents are concerned. Some in Christian circles will say they go into the “silence.” Either approach, that of “emptying your mind” is causing many to have altered state experiences. During these times, they claim to be given special words from God. Bottom line, mediation is also a form of Eastern Religion and should not be used as a calming method in public schools. I have several people I know who regularly meditate and actually experience some pretty bizarre things. Similar to a high. Again, not to be taught in public schools. It is teaching a religious practice. In 1959 there was a major case where prayer was removed from public schools for the same reason.


this group is focused on parental educational concerns and specifically CSE but SEL (Social Emotional Learning) is an educational concern that parents may also have. Some of the parents in this group have researched different forms of SEL intensely and have taught me additional and helpful information. For my part, I researched mindfulness meditation, MindUP curriculum, buddhist singing bowls, Tapping (EFT), various school apps in use, yoga, etc. I talked with Buddhist temples, I talked with the owners of New Age Spirituality stores, I talked with a woman who was previously involved in the New Age and the occult. All of this was very eye-opening.


It could be used to brain wash them


Parent or family-sponsored SEL/meditation is appropriate. State-sponsored SEL/meditation is not appropriate.

Anyone interested in understanding the concerns behind SEL needs to watch this.


I hadn’t heard about this program in California schools. Is it already in effect?

The part about parents being allocated to the sidelines as just cheerleaders for the government programs versus the school being cheerleaders for parents and helping with their children’s learning was pretty concerning to me.


Yes, SEL has been implemented with Common Core curricula. It’s been going on for about a decade.


This is a Serious spiritual battle- it’s crafty, and it starts in the mind!!!
.. you need to be praying, and talking with your kids-it is All about your kids and the Family values…the Bible says, satan is out like a roaring lion, to see who he is going to devour-to Kill, Steal and Destroy!
A tremendous, Rebellion!!!
A warfare for their very Souls-



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

READ this tragic letter written by a parent who has now removed her children from the Minnesota school district. Yesterday, I posted the thoughts of a teacher who decided to leave teaching based on many factors. In this case, we have an email letter demonstrating the grief and pain this family and children have endured over years in a district. Some people say “the system is broken.” In truth, “the system” has been removed from the local decision-making of teachers and parents. And it’s been happening incrementally for over 30 years. Regulations and policies from “on high” have replaced good ole’ common sense. Non-profits and foundations are more important to superintendents (and school boards and legislators) many times than parents and teachers (and students). There IS a way out! But you have to be willing to step up and stand up for this next generation. (The email is anonymous only because we were not sure about publishing the identity.)
“Greetings,
I am a parent of six children who have all had varying experiences within the Forest Lake Area School district. The purpose of this communication is to bring attention to our experience over the last eight years at Linwood Elementary School. We have not felt comfortable doing so until we had alternative placement for our children.
While I commend the FLAS district for implementing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in 2005, it is severely lacking. On paper it looks like forward progress but in reality it is new wallpaper on a dilapidated building.
There is not a meditation program in place to give children a healthy, safe space to work out grievances between peers or staff. This results in chronic bullying which can lead the bullied child to developing long and short-term symptoms. Bullying can result in isolation, shame, school avoidance, anxiety, suicidal thoughts/ideation, self-harm, and psychosomatic symptoms such as stomachache, headache, muscle aches, to name a few.
Children are regularly discouraged from tattling, which fosters an unfettered victim/abuser environment. While verbal and emotional abuse are on a different plane than sexual abuse it all starts with a power exchange. In the current climate of the metoo movement and the Larry Nassar case we can clearly see that this is a systemic issue beginning at a young age. Being told that tattling is not okay, without giving a safe space to voice themselves, causes irreparable damage to the victim. We are trying to raise our sons and daughters in a different, better world.
Our children are being taught that when they are bullied or victimized they need not muddy the waters. As a parent of six, I can empathize with staff and teachers in regard to nitpicking and tattling. Yet, if there were less stress to meet the demands of Common Core and standardized testing results there might be more time to teach the child as a whole person; educationally and emotionally. Positive mental health does not start after elementary school, in fact that is where it begins.
Our sixth grade son saved a classmates life this year, after the child had endured chronic bullying about his ethnicity and immigration status. The child confided in our son that he was going to go home and take his life. Our son empathized with this boy after having endured bullying of his own. On one occasion, it resulted in a permanent scar to his face. Our son was scared to break the confidence of his classmate but did so knowing a life was at stake.
While we were lucky enough to stop it in time, it never should have gotten to that point. If there had been an adequate, safe space for the child and his bullies to discuss the abuse it could have been avoided. In the days and weeks following the incident there was no mention of what had transpired. No one addressed the bullying, nor did anyone sit down with his classmates. This was a perfect time to discuss how what they hear at home, on the television, or on the bus had no place in the school setting.
Students differences are not celebrated effectively, thereby making it that much easier for slurs of all kinds to be used without a second thought. Two of our sons have encountered racial slurs being flagrantly used towards them despite not being a person of color. In this school year alone they’ve been called “stupid ni**er,” “trans faggot,” and “little gay boy.” We have thoroughly explained the origin of these words and how it does not dictate how they carry themselves in the world; other children may not be so lucky. While sensitivity training is appropriate for a workplace setting, what protections are in place for our school aged children?
Bullying does not end with the students. Our youngest son was in third grade when he endured bullying at the hands of his teacher. She would take his snacks, throw them in the trash, and then publicly accuse him of stealing them from her. She would regularly have him stand in the front of the class so she could mock him. This went on for months before we realized how bad it was. We consulted with staff and were told to have our son report these incidents to the principal as they occurred.
We explained to him that it wasn’t his fault and how even if an adult is awful to you, you have to remain respectful. By the end of that school year, he had lost so much valuable educational time. He was constantly worried about answering wrong or anxious for the next time she would use him to make a point to his classmates.
Earlier the same year, I verbally requested that our son be assessed for Special Education services. She agreed and made note of it. During our last scheduled parent/teacher conference I mentioned my concern with his lack of mastery in core subjects. At this time, I brought up the question of when would the assessment be concluded? Her response was that she didn’t see a need for those services and recommended summer school instead. Our son, who was emotionally traumatized for nine months, was not going to spend one more day sitting at a desk. We politely declined.
The subsequent year his fourth grade teacher was on board and completely understood the need for Special Education services. At that time we had him fully evaluated and the school’s process began. It took until the last half of fifth grade to get his 504 plan into action. Our son went two and a half years without the help he needed. I’m still not sure if all of it was a result of losing funding/staff downsizing or if it was because the FLAS’s special education system is antiquated and lacking. Either way, our son is the one who has to suffer the consequences. He is headed to sixth grade with a deeply lacking toolbelt of skills and knowledge.
His older brother did not experience anything better. While he has the protection of an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) for speech services, his Attention Deficit qualifies as a part of his target goals. We fought to get him services starting in first grade. He had a difficult time staying organized, completing multi-step tasks, and lower than average grades. His IEP does not get followed on a consistent basis. The concerns we have expressed throughout the years have “fallen on deaf ears” more often than not.
In previous years we have voiced our desire to retain both of our sons, on different occasions. We did not make the request without serious research and consideration. Retention is not something to be taken lightly, we did so because it was in our children’s best interest. If a parent can withhold immunizations based on their medical/religious beliefs we should have a right to have a say about whether or not our children are prepared for the next grade. We were told we did not have the right to request such a thing. Our children may be in the care of school, day in and day out, but at the end of the day, we are their parents.
The world our children are living in now is filled with polarizing ideas, questionable ethics, and the deep seated desire to change what has clearly not been working. It may seem inconsequential now but our children spend approximately 2,678 days in school, from kindergarten to graduation. During this impressionable time they are indirectly learning how their voices compare to the world around them.
As a mother, I am my children’s advocate. As a parent, I am appalled at how the Forest Lake Area School district is complicit in letting down the parents and families of our next generation.
Respecfully


And another post from this group:

Morning, friends!! “Woohoo!” states the Minnesota State Longitudinal Education Data System. Evidently legislative funding was passed to keep the SLEDS and ELCS (Early Childhood Longitudinal Data System) fully funded for 2020 and 2021. The MN SLEDS system is the very one whose 40+ contracts a year haven’t been audited in 10-15 years. This is the same SLEDS whose system was purposely configured interoperably in order to share with other states and via the SIF, other countries. The SLEDS are administered by the MDE (MN Dept of Education), OHE (Office of Higher Learning) and DEED (Dept of Employment and Economic Development). So, congrats! If the testing companies, corporate foundations, non-profits or universities aren’t sharing/selling our kids “profiles”- $$$- the government is or helping. Apparently, DATA makes the world go round!!

New Funding for SLEDS!
We are excited to share with you that the Minnesota Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLEDS) and the Minnesota Early Childhood Longitudinal Data System (ECLDS) have been granted ongoing state funding for fiscal years 2020 and 2021.

The new bill, signed into law on May 26th, expresses the intent of the Legislature to support the mission of SLEDS and ECLDS for providing policymakers, educators, administrators, workforce leaders, researchers, and the general public with the most recent data to inform public policy and decision-making. This funding will secure our continuous reporting on early childhood development and students’ educational progress toward career and college readiness, and into the labor market.

In addition, the new bill adds ECLDS’ essential role in the P-20 Education Partnership for evaluating the effectiveness of early childhood and the long-term relationships “among early care, education, and workforce outcomes”.

Our efforts to provide you with integrated data will continue to expand. Both SLEDS and ECLDS have become reliable data sources that can assist you in finding solutions that lead young children and students to successful outcomes in education and the workforce.

We are committed to our mission and appreciate your support.

The SLEDS team


Here is a post from a friend of mine:

BE AWARE of NWEA student engagement score ( HOW FAST THEY CLICK) and how that data is used to PREDICT

NWEA collects voice for k-3rd grade. reading:
NWEA MAP Reading Fluency Assessment now has Voice Recognition
For parents of students, k-3, remember that the NWEA MAP Reading Fluency Assessment has implemented a new voice recognition tool. Parents should ask to opt out. Then ask who is this data shared with? How is it used?

https://www.educationdive.com/news/nwea-unveils-k-3-reading-fluency-test/515364/


Here is a post that I found on Facebook:

“Warren’s choice of education policy advisor for her campaign is also concerning. Josh Dulaney spent two years in the classroom via Teach for America and studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, two organizations aligned with modern education reform. If her idea to appoint a secretary of education who has taught in a public school classroom includes consideration of TFA products who taught for just two years, traditional public school teachers are unlikely to be impressed.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/petergreene/2019/06/06/where-is-elizabeth-warrens-plan-for-k-12-public-education/


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

CCSD families must refuse this test, en masse, to ensure that the pilot fails. That way kids everywhere may not be subjected to NWEA’s new form of personalized learning.


And here is a reply to this post:

This past school year the Kindergarten Team at my school (that means a few other area school in our zone are also on board doing this) are planning to do this for this coming school year of 2019-2020. Kindergarten already had been doing MAPS, Brigance, ST Math, Imagine Learning, ESGI, AIMSweb, EngageNY, SAXON, and Reading Rangers just to name a few. Poor little kiddos being assessed non-stop and only a maybe 15 minute recess to relax and play. This is NOT developmental education!



Here is a post from the California anti-radical sex ed group:

Parents, if you are new to this group you’ll notice we are very concerned about Planned Parenthood. Do you know why? Well, they sponsored AB329, a Planned Parenthood staffer sat on the CFCC committee to help develop the framework for the California Healthy Youth Act and they are deeply involved with the curricular materials and promotion of CSE (Comprehensive Sexuality Education). *Web URL’s to references below are listed in the comments.

In our District Planned Parenthood bribed teens with a condom and a Starbucks gift card when they spoke in classes if students made an appointment to go see them.

Also concerning is what they push and promote to young children…like the book, “It’s Perfectly Normal,” which has a recommendation in the front of the book from Cecile Richards, former Planned Parenthood CEO. Did you know that this book is recommended by the California Department of Education? I found the book there which is why this book is already being used in California.

Scarleteen.com and Amaze.org are two awful websites that Planned Parenthood recommends to young people.

Their website glossary includes a favorable paragraph about Alfred Kinsey, a man born in 1894 who had a special interest in the sexual responses of children and who collected data from sexual predators of sexually abused children (317 of them) and published that in his book in the well-known Table 32 and Table 34.
The corporate plans of Planned Parenthood are not always immediately noticed in the U.S. but there is more awareness now with California’s CSE mandate.

When you want to know what Planned Parenthood would like to accomplish in the U.S., you can sometimes find it first from what the IPPF (International Planned Parenthood Federation) is promoting or from the Planned Parenthood groups in nearby Countries…look at what is being marketed to teens by Planned Parenthood in Toronto, Canada:

http://www.ppt.on.ca/resources/fact-sheets/


Here is a post from Karen Bracken:

Over 600 teacher openings in Metro Nashville school district.

They are destroying the teaching profession and it is by design.

To redesign and transform the teaching profession is one of Pearson’s goals and who did our Governor and Commissioner of Education just hire? PEARSON.

These teacher shortages are all part of the plan. Oh but never fear….Pearson is here to save the day.

GET YOUR KIDS OUT WHILE YOU STILL CAN.


And some replies to this post:

Why do you need a teacher these days? All you need is a facilitator in case a computer crashes!


That is the goal. The computer will do all the instructing. Problem is no one will know what is being taught to our kids. Personalized learning is all about personalized indoctrination and parents think it is all so wonderful. This is CBE/OBE. It is how they will change values, behaviors, attitudes and dispositions of our children starting a young age. College is soon enough.


Teachers are being changed into facilitators. Future facilitators will be paid less than teachers. Think about it


and classroom sizes will increase along with eliminating segregating by grade. why not when everyone is sitting looking at a screen with headsets on.
so much for what they call ‘socialization’


ALL…BY…DESIGN. I also feel this big push for STEM skilled workers is to drive the costs down for engineers bc the market will be flooded with STEM applicants! Grrrrrrrr 👿



And another post from her:

TN Governor Lee said at a big event this weekend that he will get rid of Common Core by the end of the summer.

How many Tennesseans were told at Town Hall meetings, by your elected legislators, that THEY got rid of Common Core??

Truth: Common Core standards were codified into federal law via ESSA. TN has an approved ESSA plan. Is Governor Lee prepared to buck the federal government? I HIGHLY doubt it. We are ready and will be watching this closely.


And yet another post from her:

Please take another hour to hear the words, backed up with proof, from Charlotte Iserbyt about the plan to overtake the education system in order to promote a one world government.

This has been taking place for over 100 years and if you are naive enough to think you can do anything to stop them now you truly do not grasp the depth of this issue.
There is only ONE solution at this point and that is to stop sending our children into the belly of the beast. They can only accomplish their agenda through our children. Time to STARVE THE BEAST.

The Antony Sutton book that Charlotte discusses in the beginning is available for sale on the internet. BUT the Lines of Credit, Ropes of Bondage is out of print but is available for free. It is only 48 pages long. Here is a link to the book: https://www.biblebelievers.org.au/lines.htm


Here is another Wrench in the Gears article on Blockchain and behavior manipulation: https://wrenchinthegears.com/2019/06/19/big-brother-blockchain-babies-coded-religion-and-good-behavior/comment-page-1/#comment-17769


Another CA school district jumps on the LGBTQP bandwagon: https://achieve.lausd.net/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=4466&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=78221&PageID=1


It appears that the scheme to change from the nasty end of year assessments to more “personalized learning” assessments is something called PACE (Performance Assessment of Competency Education) in NH:

https://www.education.nh.gov/assessment-systems/pace.htm


A group called Future Focused Education is aiming to do something similar in New Mexico: http://futurefocusededucation.org/assessments/


While trying to find more personalized learning pushers and schemes, I came across this article about some NC group called Institute for Social Capital that mentioned housing, education, and, of course, lots of data mining: https://www.ednc.org/2019/05/28/unccs-institute-for-social-capital-links-data-across-education-housing-social-services-and-more/


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School district is also using personalized learning: https://www.ednc.org/2019/05/31/using-data-to-meet-students-where-they-are-personalized-learning-at-grand-oak-elementary/


Here is a post from Shannon Joy:

As we expand the definitions of ‘mental health’ and mandate new screenings at a breakneck pace … it might be prudent to PAUSE and remember how easily large government bureaucracies can abuse psychology to further political agendas and quell dissent.

MUST READ —->

https://io9.gizmodo.com/how-the-soviets-used-their-own-twisted-version-of-psych-5940212


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

I am a Kindergarten teacher here in the 5th largest school district in the nation and we are REQUIRED to insure ALL of owur Kindergarten students are using iPads for ST Math, with Imagine Learning , Renasiance/STAR/Reading Ranger Program, EngageNY for math, and SAXON for Literacy/handwriting/Language Arts, beginning reading program. I have been in education as both a teacher and administrator for nearly 3 decades and strongly believe in DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION that allows the child to naturally develop and master everything. They need lots of time to process what they encounter and learn about. It takes lots of time to master fine and gross motor skills. I think we are rushing these children, demanding much from a child to PRODUCE in a finite, defined time. I believe that parents should KNOW what their child is expected to do, because they are a huge part of getting the job done by the time their child is expect to “graduate” or officially be “promoted” to the first grade.

To my knowledge, NO. Only persons who have looked at these have been within the educator community, that I know of. Usually, these decisions are made at the TOP, then they present it, sometimes will bring in the very people from the organizations to do a presentation with a Q & A afterwards (I am thinking many years ago with the AIMSweb & Imagine Learning, and several others) and the more recent like ESGI, ST Math, Reading Rangers, EngageNY, and MAPS are Top-Down then Literacy Specialist to an intro of program, Q & A, and peer pressure, on the spot vote (no time to research on own then come back to it for a vote) and with the SOT meetings/Parent & Community with neighborhood school meetings, usually virtually 1 parent shows up, the TOP presents it (and this is after the fact with teaching staff) there will be discussion (remember there is 1, maybe 4 parents, the most that I have seen in this failed REorganizaion Plan’s SOTs since pushing it on the schools for “management”. Lots of politics, and all this is controversial because each person may agree or disagree on the merits of these. There’s really good people with a heart of gold trying to teach, but at the same time, there is a beast system that tends to roll right past the parents, students, and teachers, even what the businesses and community want. I am happy to meet and share what my personal experiences are for the last 15 years here in Nevada’s educational industrial complex. I do exercise careful wording of things, just an FYI.


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

It seems our state and federal government place a great deal of emphasis on student bullying and mental health and yet… they continue to allow programs to spy and store data on each kid. Guess what? Many of these kids get it. They know that their every word is being recorded. Campus Shield, Securly and Gaggle are just 3 companies or initiatives that steal away student private conversations, facebook information, online curriculum and their character traits and values. Who do these companies benefit?


And another post from this group:

Which foreign country is sending sizeable gifts to your Alma Mater?
“The Department of Education is going after U.S universities over supposed ties to foreign governments, after some allegedly took huge quantities of foreign cash and hid it from regulators.”
“At the top of the list are Georgetown University and Texas A&M, which have taken hundreds of millions of dollars from the government of Qatar, a middle eastern nation with suspected links to international terrorism.”
Unfortunately, the full list of universities is not revealed in the article (researchers?). Countries involved are Qatar, England, Saudi Arabia,, China, Canada and Hong Kong.

https://www.apnews.com/3f003cf969d44cfa96f9cab1253d1eaa

This article from the Daily Caller includes this monetary information.

http://theohiostar.com/…/department-of-education…/


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

Now is the time to write State Legislators & urge them to drop the testing completely.


And here are the replies to this post:

How can they with ESSA requirements ?
The next planned move is personalized learning software which bombards students with assessing and remediation daily.
People will xheer when the yearly state assessments are gone only they will be unwoke to the daily assessing via screens and wonderful marketing of personalized learning.


We’re already headed down that road. That can be the next fight. Right now, we have a little bit of leverage with the whole state of Utah upset about the testing. The only way out of the testing & ESSA requirements is to say no to the federal money. That’s what we have to convince the legislature to do.


if you can show the cost of the requirements tied to the funding and show it supercedes the funding received it cannot be denied.


Is this the 21 mil they want to sign?


Yes, that’s what the legislators are being updated on. The State Board signs the contracts for the testing & it sounds like that decision has already been made. But the State Legislature has the power to stop the testing altogether by taking the requirement out of statute & not appropriating the funding.


When I wrote to board@schools.utah.gov 6/7/19 this was the reply I got: “Hi [name redacted] – Testing is mandated by the Legislature. We don’t have an option to stop testing. -Linda Hansen” That is it, no thank you for writing or great idea we will consider it, just that it is all the Legislatures fault.


This 👆👆👆 is what they told me


I tried and they told me it was impossible! 😬


This is what I got back.…
“Thank you for reaching out suggesting that we eliminate testing for Utah students. Unfortunately, we are bound by Utah law and code to be responsible for and have “general control and supervision” over of the academic success of students in Utah. If we don’t have testing, we would not be meeting this need of our state constitution and for us to be responsible for the “education of all Utah children”.
Changing the constitution requires all citizens in utah to vote in favor of the change.
Please continue to share your ideas.
Thanks for reaching out.
Representative Melissa Garff Ballard
Utah House District 20 “


They are not bound by Utah law and code, they change it every year. That’s their job. It does not require a constitutional amendment. This kind of testing has not been around forever & the legislature was able to generally control & supervise education without it.

And actually, the “general control and supervision of the public education system” is vested in the State School Board, not the legislature, according to our Utah Constitution: https://le.utah.gov/xcode/ArticleX/Article_X,_Section_3.html?v=UC_AX_S3_1800010118000101

“The Legislature shall provide for the establishment and maintenance of the state’s education systems”

https://le.utah.gov/xcode/ArticleX/Article_X,_Section_1.html?v=UC_AX_S1_1800010118000101

Rep Ballard was the one who wanted to get rid of our elected State School Board & replace it with an appointed “rubber stamp” board. So who would have all the power & control then?



Here is a post from Karen Bracken:

Just in case you are among those that do not realize ed reform in the US is global and run by the UN.

“The task before UNESCO… is to help the emergence of a single world culture with its own philosophy and background of ideas and with its own broad purpose.” [1] Julian Huxley, the first head of UNESCO, 1947.


And some replies to said post:

And the first leader of the UNITED NATIONS was Brock Chisholm. Everyone should learn everything they can about him. Valuable info, however sad and terrible.


The Radical Roots of the World Health Organization

The Radical Roots of the World Health Organization
https://crossroad.to/Quotes/globalism/chisholm.htm
TOP 11 QUOTES BY BROCK CHISHOLM
https://www.azquotes.com/author/37751-Brock_Chisholm
WHO | Dr Brock Chisholm, Director-General
https://www.who.int/dg/chisholm/chisholm/en/
Brock Chisholm
Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brock_Chisholm
George Brock Chisholm
http://jesus-is-savior.com/Wolves/chisholm.htm
Steps toward Global Mind Control

http://www.crossroad.to/Excerpts/chronologies/mind-control.htm


Where do we stand today with these organizations? Trump has removed us from certain aspects of UNESCO I have read – will research.


“Education” stayed in the UNESCO agenda with Betsy DeVos signing us onto it late last year. Does DJT not “get it?”


Yes he has BUT what does that REALLY mean. I am very skeptical that his action was nothing more than smoke and mirrors. UNESCO is still very much alive in the US education.

You are 100% correct. The US signed on to support the Sustainable Development Goals of UN Agenda 21 (2030 Agenda)



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

“We can’t silently ignore this brazen indoctrination in this otherwise reputable homeschool program. If you use Khan Academy, stop. Not only that, contact them to let them know that you will not support an organization that purports to educate when their true intention is to indoctrinate.” – Activist Mommy


And here is another post from this group:

Had to pull my 6th grader from FLVS World History when an entire unit was on Islam. One page was dedicated to Christianity and the Jewish faiths.


And a reply to this post:

Yep! In World History book at Pinellas County schools in High schools!!



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

Listen to the Education Interim Committee meeting LIVE at this link.
THEY WILL BE RECEIVING AN UPDATE ON RISE. THEY ARE ALSO DISCUSSING EARLY LEARNING & COMPULSORY EDUCATION/TRUANCY.

Agenda: https://le.utah.gov/interim/2019/pdf/00002956.pdf
https://le.utah.gov/av/committeeArchive.jsp?mtgID=16498


Here is a post from a friend of mine:

Google dominates with its “free” products. …Interesting that YouTube ranks #3 in teaching specific content.

“School districts across the U.S. accessed a total of more than 7,000 ed-tech products in the 2018-19 school year, and individual school systems use an average of 703 different digital tools every month, according to an online analysis of the top 40 ed-tech products released today by LearnPlatform.
That’s a 40 percent increase in the library of ed-tech tools identified on the ed-tech management platform compared to 2017-18. And it’s a 28 percent increase in the average number of products used in individual districts, compared to 2017-18, when the number was 548.

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