Public Schools or Public Screwels? Part 14

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This is part 14.

Another politically biased assignment:


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

I am researching a project for my school Parents Association and wondered — have you heard of recess being cancelled to punish or discipline a New York City public school student? It is against policy, but I’ve heard it is done at some schools and I’d like to learn if its an urban myth or a reality. Thank you!


And here are the replies to this post:

It happened to my son many years ago. Also, when he was in elementary school they only got recess every other week


Happened to my kid 2 years ago in 6th grade, so middle school. MS 839. He got in trouble for talking at the end of lunch when they were lining up to go outside. He was made to clean the lunch tables with several other students instead of go outside for recess.


My kids barely get recess to begin with. Twice a week if weather cooperates. My daughter had it 3 times total in kindergarten


Where is your school?


Brooklyn, PS229


In Dutchess County New York, this is a huge issue with our schools. Recess is constantly being taken away for punitive reasons and finishing class assignments. Our district say they only take 5-10 minutes away but it’s much more by the time the kids get to go out. It’s such a antiquated policy and they refuse to address it.


It is a big problem across the state. Our district adopted a policy that recess could not be with held as punishment – it was incorporated into the wellness policy. But, many teachers continued to do it – and they have to be reminded it is against the policy. I wrote a letter to the editor about it last year. My son was being held in detention for 40 minutes during lunch and recess for forgetting to wear his ID badge in middle school. This was an organizational issue he was being punished for against district policy. Other kids were being put in detention during recess for not having home work done or for behavioral issues.

I am in Kingston New York. Ulster county


What !!! I didn’t know this was illegal my freaking lunch aid hated me and took recess away from me atleast once a week in brentwood north elementary school located in brentwood NY 11717


I am about to contact my 4th grade son’s teacher regarding recess. His class gets it taken away just about every day. This is the third week of school and he’s only had recess a few times. What should I write in the email?


my daughter hasn’t had recess yet


Recess??? Barely exists in our school.


same here


Here is a post from Ron Paul:

It wasn’t until around 1900 that compulsory “schooling” conquered a once free America.

Americans would be considered clay in the hands of their government “educators,” molded to obey authority and to consent to what has now become the biggest government in the history of mankind.

It works … for them.

How else can you get a population of hundreds of millions to sheepishly comply with being manhandled by the TSA, or having every communication spied on by the NSA?

Compulsory “education” is the crown jewel of government control.

Fortunately, modern communication technologies are not only taking down government’s other propaganda tool (the Mainstream Media), but they’re also enabling people to get their kids out of the government’s “education” grip.

If you’re interested in opting-out your children, the Ron Paul Curriculum may be the right homeschooling option for you.

K-8 students get the basics: reading, writing, arithmetic, science, and history. There is also a year’s course on personal finance, saving, investing, and the dangers of debt.


Here is a post from an anti-Common Core group:
Here is a current assignment for a 10th grade science class ~ (The school just received The Blue Ribbon Award~today~btw)~

I e~mailed the teacher~ What is the objective of the assignment?

The answer~ I received this,unacceptable, response from the Science teacher.

“They are to write a Eulogy for the scientist from the point of view of knowing them personally. They are to do research on the scientist and get to know them well enough to speak at their funeral, and we will have the “funeral “ later on this week”

She did not use any salutations.

And they all have to wear black.

I don’t think I’m overreacting. I just want to know what is the Science teacher trying to teach them. What are the children going to take away from this assignment?

My child just experienced a loss of a friend over the up and went to school and is working on a tombstone for the assigned death of a scientist.

My child thinks I’m overreacting, doesn’t seem to mind the assignment. Just have no idea why a Science teacher would assign this type of weirdness.
And here are the replies to this post:
like our kids aren’t inundated with enough dark stuff.
I’d push for more info. What lesson is being learned in this assignment? How does it relate to science class? Were students asked if the topic of death/mock funerals were too uncomfortable for them (perhaps yours is not the only student who recently experienced a loss or has a very sick relative). Why can’t they just do a research project & presentation without eulogies, dressing in black & having a “funeral”? As parents it’s our job to ensure we are aware of not just what is being taught but how it is being taught.
Indeed my response included most of what you expressed. I thank you for more to ask. The teacher is not responding to my recent questions. What is she teaching the children by this assignment and what is she expecting they are going to take away?
I am going to push for more, right now.
I don’t know what state you’re in but here in PA we still have parental rights and that includes objecting to curriculum that we don’t want our kids exposed too. Regardless the teacher should respond to a parent especially one politely seeking info & trying to be involved.
she most likely has never been approached. Also may need to speak to a superior lest a script is needed. Authenticity went out the window a while ago.
It sounds like the objective is to learn about a scientist. However, that objective is not necessarily learning science; it’s the type of assignment you would do in an English class, but not in such a creepy way. I would say that to fulfill a science objective the assignment should be to identify something significant the scientist contributed to our understanding of a particular topic and research how and why the discovery came about, and do it without the creepola factor. Maybe in junior high a Halloween theme would be fun, but in high school it’s time to write for real.
That is what getting to me .. the creepola factor. Besides it is not scientific. I don’t appreciate Death Education.
Bizarre , and as a parent I’d ask what’s the purpose and objective of the assignment ?
You are absolutely doing the right thing by following up . If she blows you off take it up to Principal .
Unfortunately our kids tend to keep us from pokig our noses where they ARE supposed to be.
They just don’t want us to make a big deal; but it is a big deal. And this assignment would disturb me enough that I would opt my child out, and I would make sure all admin understands why. I can’t IMAGINE that there would be ANY reason that would make me feel differently. This is a Social Emotional Learning assignment, not Science.

Ed reform is killing us!
That just makes me ill!
How can parents not come together and demand that academics be fact based and not social-emotional based?
It’s all of the mind-shaping 💩 in our schools that have destroyed academics in our schools. BUT THE SOLUTION… more of it. UGH!
I guess most parents just don’t realize this new education is really so weird or they would do something. Idk…

A new blog by Kumar Mehta,
CFC board member and innovation expert, discusses the importance of social-emotional learning equity and its impact on the US workforce. SEL equity should be a priority in order to better prepare the future workforce.

“If America wants to grow its workforce domestically and compete with other countries globally, our education system must ensure that every young person is prepared for success. Educators and lawmakers alike must make it a priority to tackle inequality—individual, institutional, and societal—by applying a racial equity lens to focus on students’ social and emotional needs in addition to their academic success.”

I know it. 🙄🙄🙄
It’s DIS-GUSTING! 😷 It’s Everywhere!
Can you say exploit kids for financial gain?
The children of our nation in the pub. Ed. Are force fed their education. It’s a travesty.
said I would opt my child out, and I would; but you need to make sure your child is prepared for why you’re doing that. Kids are ALWAYS singled out when they opt out of an assignment. Other kids, teachers, and maybe parents (who know) rarely understand why you’ve made the decision, why you would single your kid out, or: “Can’t she (the opt-out mom) just deal with it” or homeschool? “Why does it ALWAYS have to be a ‘big deal’ with her? 🙄 I mean geez. Her poor kid.”
People are mean when they don’t understand something, and we have to help our kids understand us. If they don’t understand anything else, they need to understand their parents so the relationship is solid between us and our kids. It’s all about standing up for our KIDS for what we believe is best for them…and our community. …even if no one else listens to you, you do the right thing for your good reasons.
Bizarre is right!
Where am I? The Twilight Zone?
Lately, yes. And not one month past since school started. Dealing with crap.
This sounds like “death education.” Has nothing to do with science.
It is. And has nothing to do with science. Not one drop of it. Because they are fulfilling a request from a teacher who claims “
Students came up with this idea” and they are writing a eulogy on a scientist, so that makes it sciency,
Just because the students came up with the idea doesn’t mean it’s a good one. Ridiculous!
BUT that’s another problem with this “new” “education”, they want the students guiding their own learning. Can you say S-T-U-P-I-D! I mean who needs a real teacher when the students can guide their own learning anyway. Teachers might as well become “facilitators.” — Oh wait! That’s what’s happening already.
Its Common Core. Common Core demands a literacy component in every course. There isnt a lot of writing in science so this is how they work it in. The same happens in music and art. Its ridiculous.
I opted him out of the assignment. The “mock funeral” is canceled .
All done. On to the next.
Did you hear of the Ohio teacher who resigned when the sick morality quiz she assigned to 15 year olds was made public? I understand the desire to keep your student in good graces, but it is only with the public airing that it was stopped. Perhaps other parents don’t even know about the assignment.
No I have not . I look around
Which scientist are they researching? Start there, and figure out what they want the kids to learn about the person. The assignment is likely a way in which to get the kids to feel for the scientist, and then to get them to accept their work as fact that cannot be challenged. That’s my guess.

As for the teacher’s response, it sure looks like the teacher copied and pasted the assignment right out of their book. No?
[name withheld] I wish it were , but remember Common Core, as [name withheld], posted.

She is correct. Every course including gym has a writing component. SMH .
I will all my daughter is they’re writing during gym, art and music. I’m an involved parent and I had not heard of that before here.
the writing component for gym is actually a test. In that they are writing their answers down answering the questions. They also use the chrome book , those questions are tied in with SLO’s which child can refuse. As the children progress I’m finding an increase in surveys as well. Which also can be refused.

the writing component begins in sixth grade..if there is a word bank being used in music , art and gym , that is the flag saying there is a writing component. Unbelievable the crap I have been going through during this educational deform. Parent networking in my community is obsolete.
Speaking of dark stuff, have you guys noticed the common core reading curriculum? I have a fifth grader and a ninth grader, both in advanced reading. Last year when my youngest was in fourth grade, she had to read a book about a boy who is in a helicopter crash. He survives, but the pilot doesn’t. The book describes in detail Fish eating the flesh off the head of the dead pilot, divorce, the main character’s mother having a sexual affair with another man, etc. As soon as I found out she was reading this, I put a stop to it. My ninth grader just finished reading a short story that describes a boy who kills his disabled younger brother, and another story that describes a near drowning and describes the blood vessels bursting in a child’s eyes underwater from the pressure. In seventh grade he had to make a wanted sign for Osama bin laden. There is so much dark stuff in the school curriculum and it’s absolutely disgusting. I homeschooled my son until seventh grade and my daughter until second. It’s like a full-time job trying to deprogram them from other school crap. Luckily they are awake to the agenda, but I am sure this dark stuff is inserted in the curriculum intentionally.

Even in freaking band they have a dark theme. My son attends a high school with an award-winning marching band. The theme this year is a post apocalyptic zombie theme. It involves The band getting infected from a virus and then they turn into zombies. There are huge biohazard props. I mean, give me a break!!
that is crazy. What school district?
It is possible that this darkness has influenced America?
Rot for required reading and ELA assignments; and now,SEL core academics.
This kind of literature swept across the Nation’s schools and has influenced our culture entirely.
Deprograming society from this covert and dismal decay is what we need.
Absolutely! This darkness has definitely affected America!! Just look at the circus that is going on right now in the political arena and also all the mental health and confusion in our teen population. Increased suicide rate, depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems.

I don’t know if you guys have heard of the great awakening (Q anon) movement, but I highly recommend looking into it. You will have to get past the mainstream media narrative which labels it a “conspiracy”, but those of us who have been following from the beginning (October 2017) know otherwise.

This subversion and darkness has been going on for a long time and took a big uptick following 9/11. Not only our schools, but our media has become completely propagandized (research CIA operation mockingbird, which ended in 1971 but many people feel it is still in effect). America is being attacked from within and there has actually been a military operation in place. General Flynn has indirectly referenced this several times during speeches and he talks a lot about using citizen journalists to counteract the mainstream media narrative.

If you have paying attention, you may have noticed several unusual things happening, like several military planes, helicopters, and ships crashing and also odd commercial plane crashes, such as the one where a Wells-Fargo executive (woman) got “sucked out of the plane window”. There are also over 50,000 sealed indictments listed on the PACER law review website, indicating a mass arrest event. There have been hundreds of corporate CEO step-downs and an unprecedented number of politicians not seeking re-election (and also the Chicago Mayor). The deep state/corruption is being cleaned up quietly behind the scenes.

(BTW, there will be a Presidential Alert test sent to our phones tomorrow at 2:18pm Eastern time tomorrow.)

And to comment on the assignment described, I’ve seen worse, but yes it’s definitely bordering on inappropriate. I think the point of this I meant is fairly obvious-the teacher wants the kids to learn more about the life of the scientist and she thinks this is a fun gimmicky way to accomplish that goal. I would just be a little more direct with her and write to her and tell her that you understand she wants the kids to learn about the scientists but that you don’t feel the death theme is appropriate, especially since your son experienced a recent loss. You could ask if your son could complete the assignment by just writing a straightforward report about his chosen scientist.

Man, these schools are getting creepy!!
she also explained that she teaches many life lessons in her class. So of course , I need to know what lessons of life are going to be incorporated. I want to know , how is she going to present them.
And why?
They also have read a book “The Brown Dog” also very dark and this is ELA.

Thank you for your suggestions.

Ive gotten Crickets all day.
omg, I HATE when teachers tell me they are teaching “life lessons”. 🙄
Ask her where she got this idea? It is quite possible that this was in some kind of teaching PD or teacher resource. Make clear your objections to the funeral part of it. Or children are subjected to constant news reports of death. As a teacher , I know that a lot of the crap in education comes from teacher resources. I would tell her that my child will do a biography of a scientist, but not an obituary or death related assignment and that my child would be sitting in the office or counseling center if there are presentations or work on this in class. Contact the building administrator Also network and see if you can talk to other parents in this class. I bet there are other parents that are not aware and would be just as upset. Power in numbers
Response from teacher:

“This has been an activity that my students have enjoyed, in the season of Halloween.
This was an idea that students proposed.
Learning about someone’s life and making a personal connection to tell others about their life is usually a very successful learning tool.”

I appreciate your idea to network with other parents. That unfortunately and sadly is a dead end.

So he is not participating and the “funeral”has been canceled.

My hope to be informed to up and coming assignments has now fallen on deaf ears. The Science teacher also incorporates many life lessons in her class. I am still waiting for that information and what those lessons are.

I’ve intimidated her it seems because I am aware that this could not have possibly originated from students , as [name withheld] posted in this thread, “Common Core demands a literacy component in every course. There isn’t a lot of writing in science so this is how they work it in. The same happens in music and art”(gym as well.)
I expressed this to teacher and haven’t heard back from her.
I would follow up with the Principal. I would also find a School Board member to talk to. That usually gets results. Not the whole Board, just one member that would be sympathetic and ask some questions
Actual learning is not the objective in the modern classroom. It is all about methodology, feelings, and participation. I feel so much better since I retired. Now I don’t have to try and teach substance on the sneak.


And another post from this group shows an article that states that New Jersey lawmakers are proposing a bill that would require annual depression screenings for students:


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

This is DUMBED DOWN Common Core English:

Silverman, a 30-year veteran teacher whose scores deem her one of the best teachers in the state, has been using a textbook called “McDougal-Littell Literature” for a decade, although students were using an edition from four years ago. It’s got poems, essays, short stories, Edgar Allan Poe and Shakespeare — a curriculum she says challenges and rivets her students.

But the Florida Department of Education phased out that textbook five years ago and introduced new titles that districts could use. A committee of teachers picked “Collections“ by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a digital textbook that aligns with new Florida standardized tests that heavily emphasize nonfiction and informational texts.

Read more here:


Colorado State University doesn’t like students using “gendered emojis”:


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

If your middle/high school student brought home this assignment, what would you say? Who would you call?

2.Take a moment to contemplate how you identify yourself. This could be as simple as a single white female or perhaps something more complex like vegan, dog lover, relationship hater, band geek. Take a few moments to consider HOW you identify yourself and make a list of at least 10 of them.

3.Revisit this list and identify how many of these identifiers were of your own choice and how many were ‘given’ to you by others. Would you change any of it if given a choice? Why?

4.What’s in a name? Let’s think about how you identify based on your name. How did your family choose your name? Do you like your name? Do you go by a nickname or middle name? Consider the importance of just this single word and how it has/will impact your life – tell me how your name, as it stands, impacts your life.

5.How do you feel about Sasha’s gender dilemma as well as the choice to use pronoun identifiers “they/them?” Why do you feel this way?

6. Consider the list of gender, sex, sexuality, romance terms in this section of the book. What was your first impression? What terms do you personally identify with? Is it possible to experience them separately or intertwined? Why?

7. Do you think our society sees agender and transgender as different from one another? Why? Explain your answer. Do you think agender and transgender is different than homosexuality?

8. How important is gender identification to you? Why? Explain your answer. Where did this importance come from?

9. What is the purpose of the Slater writing “Dress Code” on pages 53-54?

10. Words are powerful…they are in fact POWER! Is there power in something as simple as the pronouns we use to identify ourselves and others? Why? Explain your answer.


And some replies to said post:

Why is this the business of this teacher or the school?


My daughter had to do something a little along these lines for her college special ed class. But it was more of a reflection of how you identify yourself would affect your teaching. My daughter was very honest in her write up (how because of her identity she couldn’t support a student trying to change genders, but she could still teach them). But, it felt very different than this.


Amen [previous poster name withheld], I took an abnormal psych class in college way back when and this is close to one of the assignments then


One of the many reasons I let my kids choose a private highschool. . .


Self-pigeonholing, great. Bad enough that other people want to take away your individuality by putting you in some group box and treating you like just one in a group, but now you’re supposed to do it yourself? People are not one-dimensional, and shouldn’t be. Data gathering is the real reason behind all of this. I predict schools selling info to backfill budget cuts and companies seeking out those places that gather this info for targeted political ads.


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

So how much of these grants will result in unprecedented data breaches regarding student’s private, personal records and, beyond that, unsubstantiated ‘diagnoses’ in their permanent records that will follow them all their lives? Good idea?


And here are the replies to this post:

A mental health diagnosis in permanent school records would certainly harm many young people when they get out of school. I certainly hope they aren’t going THERE!


To me this seems as they are using mental health just to gain money. Reminds me of something I recently read. Pathologizing poverty.


This doesn’t sound good;
” A behavioral specialist at each center will train 10 schools on transforming school climate and integrate the Positive Behavioral Intervention System.”


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

SHOOTING COPS!!! This is the HALF TIME show performed by Forest Hill High School where young black students SHOOT police officers in a dramatized skit!!!

SHARE THIS until something is done about it!

football shooting cops

(Note: based on some of the comments in response to this article, it appears that the event occurred in Brookhaven, MS.  What’s more, it appears that there was a recent incident in Brookhaven where two police officers were shot and killed while on duty, so this display at the football field is even more disgusting in light of that.  Luckily, it looks like the band director that organized this has been suspended.)


Here is a post in response to the story about the digital textbooks that Alice Linahan mentioned earlier:

I examined the works and authors of the works in the 9-12 HMH Collections texts. Not only are there United Nations documents and articles, the majority of the authors are twentieth century. There is no more American literature at the eleventh grade level and British Lit at the twelfth grade level but a few selections scattered through the LESS THAN FIFTY selections in each grade level text. Many of the authors are from Marxist or Islamic backgrounds or Liberal/Progressive backgrounds. There are in some selections overt anti-American bias and other biased information (racial).
One selection in the tenth grade text is Wael Ghonim’s “Revolution 2.0,” an “informational text” about the student uprising in Egypt that led to the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. This selection is complete with “Guidelines for Protest” and “Unified Chants.” Is this what we send our children to school to learn???
This is Common Core, Obama’s education program and put in place by his education secretary Arne Duncan!


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

“We now know why parents have been ignored by the SBOE. The TEA plans to put all children on 1:1 devices with gamification to replace traditional educators and textbooks. They created Math Innovation Zones and partnered with Reasoning Mind and three other vendors to implement blended learning and computer adaptive assessments.”


Here is a post from a pro-homeschooling group:

Michigan residents – I was told by our local middle school principal that my 8th grade daughter could
do track in the spring. Now he is saying that it’s against the rules according to some Michigan althletic group. He said she has to be enrolled part time to be able to compete in meets. I’m not sure if what he is saying is true so I’m asking if anyone has any experience in this area. I plan on calling the althletic director as well to get more info. Thanks for any info!


And here are some replies to this post:

Yes! It is we went though this with robotics.




Try a private school? See if they require the same to participate in sports?


Find out what part time enrollment looks like. She might be able to do track plus art, photography, or other subject suitable. You never know.
How some of the public schools are doing is requiring for the students to enroll in a helps them with government funding
When I was a homeschool student in Michigan I knew multiple students who just took one or two classes like spanish or band or something so that they could play sports.

Find a state homeschooling advocacy group.

In ohio we have it written into the law that our kids can participate in PS sports.

That rule only applies to high school sports from what I have been told.
[previous poster name withheld] is correct. But she must enroll for one extra-curricular for the winter semester in order to participate in 8th grade track and stay in until the end of the year. She will not be able to participate at the high school level per MHSAA rules – she would have to be in attendance at least 60%, or 4 classes, in order to qualify for high school sports.
I am in WA and this is our first year homeschooling. Homeschoolers are allowed to participate in the extras. My 5th grader wanted to do band. So he had to be .003 credits enrolled. We can do the extras as in library, p.e., music, sports, etc…
They did that I. Utah with a group my daughter wanted to join. And then when we agreed, they said we had to report our homeschooling curriculum and grades to them in detail. I told them they were my kids, they should report to me in detail. We walked away.
Yes, we went through the same thing with band
I know in IL, IHSA says no homeschooled kids at meets
In MO the state allows part time students to do sports so my daughter enrolled in 2 classes then after 2.5 months the principal called me to said that it was against the district rules… so my 15 year d went to school board meeting asking for them to change and do what the state says is ok… and they denied us…. so I will continue to fight….
Here is a post from a Nevada anti-Common Core group:
I just received this today from the school. ZCES TEACHER-PARENT HOME VISIT PROGRAM. All I have to say is don’t do it, this is not a parent teacher conference and is stated that it’s not. So there is an agenda with the schools.DO NOT ALLOW TEACHERS OR SCHOOL OFFICIALS INTO YOUR HOMES. BEWARE!! This is an invasion of privacy and more about inspecting your home and family life. Don’t forget there are social workers assigned to Nevada school districts, if I remember upon initiation there were 9 or more. Parent teacher conferences, phone calls, emails, school visits should be sufficient communication with the teacher in order to help your child’s education in my opinion.
Nevada home visit
And here are the replies to this post:
This is a Common Core component to spy on your family. They can collect additional data to be stored permanently on your child/s or family’s record. Social/emotional record?
I have followed CC across the world. In Scotland and or England, home visits were mandatory several years ago.
I find this creepy!

Nope, nope, nope. I don’t invite people into my home unless they need to be there. And the school district does not need to be in my home. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

I wonder what they will do if you say no?

Perhaps you need to have a lawyer there is you let them in.
This is an optional program. Washoe country also offers this program.
Yeah I would pass
I was thinking if this were me, I’d attach a nice note to it saying, “No thank you. Let me know what time I can come to the school like we’ve always done.” 😂
I remember growing up our teachers would do pizza lunch or we would get to bring lunch to the classroom and those were the times teachers got to know us better. Kids spend more awake hours with their teachers then the do at home during the week if they can’t get to know my child in that time then they need to look into a different career choice.
This notice was handed out to everyone in the school Facts & Flyers. As far as I know, I am not the only parent to receive this. Here is an article from the Nevada Appeal in 2016.
After one visit from CPS for false allegations of abuse on my special needs daughter (for a documented injury) we homeschool. It’s frightening that they can make decisions like that.
The concept is good but in this day and age I don’t trust anyone. And I’m sure teachers already have enough on their plate! Can’t imagine making them do this
I don’t trust anyone in my children’s school district that’s for sure.
I couldn’t get the teachers to stay after school hours to have a parent teacher conference and now they want to come to my home at a time I choose just to get to know us???
right people sign up than all of a sudden the teacher is too busy to come so “oh we don’t want to stand you up so we sent this social worker instead!” I am afraid thats how it will go!
thanks for pointing that out. I never even thought of that scenario, I bet you’re right. Wow!
that’s exactly how it goes!! Here in Washoe county it’s never the teacher that goes it’s the school counselor and parent facilitator, they collect data and it’s usually on the low income and on assistance families, so wrong 😡
It looks like at least right now it is optional but I would keep my eye on it!

Hopefully Douglas County parents will be an absolute “No” on this…the public school system is nobody’s friend, and they have no reason to be snooping around our homes. There is no good reason to voluntarily allow the government into your home – meeting at school as usual is always the best choice.

This is based on “community organizing principles”, according to the website of the company that profits off this program. Leave the “community organizing” to the liberal big cities – we sure don’t need it in Douglas County, or anywhere else in rural America.

Oh man, is the school spending money on this? Please say no. 🤦‍♀️
Apparently they are. The PTHV website says that training sessions are $500 plus travel and expenses. Looks like a Washoe District staff member named D’Lisa Crain is who brought it into Nevada first. She discusses the program at a conference in 2016 – starts at 3:35 in this video and continues to 5:00. Note that she says “sometimes we don’t have an agenda, but just want to get to kknow the parents”. The official sales pitch says that they never have an agenda, but looks like that’s not the case:
A home visit does not have to be done by a licensed psychologist. Too professional, stiff. This can be done by what we had in MN, home school laisons who were from the same culture as those visited. These psychologists are not trained teachers nor do they have to have experience with those of different cultures. A Bill Gates mandate.
So extra creepy
WHAT the heck?!!
Fuck NO! A stealth way to see if there is anything that needs to be reported to CPS! What a parent-teacher meeting in a classroom places constraints to get to know each other?
I agree with you!
I did this while I was teaching in Washoe County and to be quite honest it helped me build really amazing relationships with my students and their families. It was not mandatory for me and the parents had the option of home visits. Nothing was ever required.
The guidelines were that we were not to discuss anything academic. It was all about spending time and getting to know my students in their own space. They were so excited.I had some students with pretty severe behavior issues that I do believe home visits helped. Just taking the time to spend time with them was everything and I feel that it built a great foundation of trust, which was very important with my students and the environment they grow up in.
I’m glad to hear your perspective
That’s weird but at least it’s a permission slip.
So far I’ve heard one positive perspective from a teacher of course but, are there any positive accounts from parents that have actually had a teacher/school appointed person home visit? I have yet to hear any parents point out how it helped their children or family. I’ve heard the exact opposite. As my form states, the reason for the home visits is for “educational success and/or academic benefit”. As [name withheld] (above) said her guidelines were not to discuss academics.

I think, however not 100% sure, that the “educational success and/or academic benefit“ could mean that having a teacher invested in a student’s home life and school life can benefit a student greatly and benefit open communication between parent and teacher. At least that’s how I interpreted it. There something amazing that happens when you are invited to a family dinner with one of your students or getting to sit down in their room and have them show me all of their favorite toys. Again this is how I used my home visits and all of the teachers at my school that did home visits did as well.

To my knowledge in Washoe County home visits are more common in lower socioeconomic schools so you likely won’t be hearing positive outcomes from
Parents because statistically parents from these areas don’t use social media to discuss such things or they don’t discuss it outwardly at all.

I would be very wary as a parent and a teacher if this was mandatory.

**a side note about me…yes I was a teacher but I left because the way I want to teach versus the way the school districts want me to teach (out of a box basically) greatly conflict. I have strong opinions on standardized testing and why we should limit testing. Im also a proponent for more recess time. I worked in Clark County and they only give students 15 mins a day of recess. I’m also a mom with my child in public school (kinder), which I find very stressful because of what I do know about teaching. I’ve been on the fence about homeschooling him to be honest.

I honestly think a better idea would be to have more regular meet ups with the family at school. A semester or quarterly parent teacher meeting for 15 min isn’t enough. How about getting together bi-monthly for 15 min just to talk abut how things are going. Give the parents a chance to get to know the teacher and vice visa. Honestly, even though I volunteered a lot, I didn’t know the teachers at all.
Absolutely agree! This would be very beneficial for most parents. On the flip side I think it could be difficult for parents who have to work though. I had a really hard time getting parents to come to conferences because the risk losing that money just that day could be detrimental for their budgets. This is just from my perspective of working in lower socioeconomic areas. If the schools could be flexible with evening conferences that would be ideal.
maybe it could be a phone call or Skype even. Just anything to get to make that connection stronger. I have always tried to be involved, but I can’t tell you how many friends I have that really don’t know what their kids are doing at school or who they spend time with for 7hrs a day. 😔
I can’t believe what I’m reading on this.
Sounds as though,the school system is upset,parents are putting a stop to the indoctrination of our children. How better to reprimand parents, than have the ability to enter your home, and harass.
This is fucking weird, pardon my mouth. I would feel invaded, we are not friends or family. If I need to talk to teachers, I do. Same with them, give me a call. My hopes, my hope is that garbage core curriculum is dumped so I can stop reteaching basics at home
Here is a post from a Washington anti-Common Core group:

Well, one of our schools districts in WA State have made the international news!
Wonder how OSPI feels about their polices now…

“A spokesperson for the Kent School District told the BBC that children got 20 minutes for lunch and 15 minutes for play but that when Mrs Matava visited time had been cut short: “This can happen when classes arrive late to the lunch room or another class takes longer to clean up.”


And here are the replies to this post:

Kids NEED unstructured play time…through middle school.


Yes, I agree. Unfortunately, recess is next up for rules and structure. It’s sad.


DrPeterGray has scientifically linked so many dangers too, to the reduction of unstructured play in these years. 😦 even later-in-life suicide rates go up 😦 , and most importantly for the bean-counters of CCSS, achievement goes UP when more unstructured play is added to the day.


Opstad Elementary in North Bend is the same. They switched to recess before lunch this year but didn’t include additional
travel/line up time in between lunch and recess. My child’s teacher actually tried to complain that my child was taking too long to eat. Excuse me, 10 mins isn’t enough time. Until this is fixed all complaints from staff are null and void in my opinion.


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

Hat Tip Lynne M Taylor who wrote…

“A Quick Review:

Sept. 4th, 2018: I showed you the real agenda for the ‘defacto’ government educratic moves. These moves are the same ones as the globally led moves: bare minimum academics and heaps of workforce skill preparation.

Sept. 6th, 2018: DeVos signs the G20 Education Declaration. Her trip to Argentina was on our taxpayer dime to agree to the G20 (Group of 20) global education.

Sept. 18th, 2018: The in-depth look behind the new morality assessments ties to global education in big ways. This will ensnare Americans quicker than we are prepared for IF we do not arm ourselves NOW.

Next, in the phase to complete America’s shift in education to workforce prep:
Oct. 3rd, 2018, I showed you the latest initiative of UNICEF: “Generation Unlimited” .

Also for clarity:
The G20 Declaration for education was about getting the agreeing countries to align to THEIR plan. UN/UNESCO framework, agenda and all gels right in with the G20 Declaration on purpose.”

Click below to read where this is all going…


Here is a post that was shared by a friend of mine:

“Democrats have been preparing for the day, when they begin to lose their foothold, in destroying our Constitution, taking America down and giving over our sovereignty to the New World Order. They have had and used a contingency that they have developed for the last 60 years. Ask yourself, if you are over 60 years old, what was the attitude of “the people” like, when you were a teenager?

Why, how, what, has happened, to our youth, that so many, so young, all of a sudden, are stirred to aggressive, angry, physically assaulting, because of a political ideology? When you were that age, did you have such a patriotic concern or such a political interest in Socialism or Communism, or Fascism or any other ideology of national or world government? Or were you 98% concerned with fast cars, food, boys and girls, music, finding a job, getting your own place, independence, etc., etc.?

Our young are coming out of school prepared, but prepared for what? To March with VAGINA suits? To join with radical BLM? To fight in the streets for Socialism, free school, free rent, free medical care, literally suing parents for the RIGHT to live in their basements? To join, fight, and attack conservatism with a distorted ANTI-FA? Are they so IGNORANT as to not understand that ANTI-FA stands for ANTI-FASCIST, yet they attack, at school and in the streets, anyone saying or attempting to say, anything they disagree with. The very definition of “Fascism”? They will riot and set fire to their schools for even inviting a conservative speaker, a conservative opinion, a conservative ideology.

Where, how, who gave birth to this mentality, concept? How did a generation of females suddenly think that all men are mysogenist. Why are more men becoming mysandrists? Why and who set racism back 60 years? What happened to the foundation of America, “THE FAMILY”, the value and necessity of a mother, a father, children all in the home?

The key word to the young of today is RESIST. Resist what? All that has been previously thought of as conservatism or decency? In short…YES! Who would want to create that, teach that to our young? Does anyone think, in their wildest imagination, that our youth thought all this up, by themselves, that they naturally evolved to this?

Of course and it’s natural for the young wanting to be grown-up too soon. Stubborn. Resist authority and defy limitations of freedoms that they think they are ready for and deserving of. YES. WE all went through that. But it was controlled, limited, the responsibility of the parents, the adults, to require that the young demonstrate and earn the rights for more responsibility and freedoms. It was a societal, natural responsibility of parents to teach and educate and contain the youth. WHAT HAPPENED?

All parental authority, the value of “the family unit”, respect, common sense, patriotism, belief in a higher, perfect, godly authority was confiscated! Slowly and by the greatest tool of liberal, radical, government creep. It’s not a new plan, but the rebirth of something that was once crushed, for the horrid abuse that came from it.

Democrats revived Hitler’s, “Let me control the textbooks and I’ll control the state”. It began a long time ago but the left knew that it would not be received well by a nation full of patriotism, just out of two world wars, crushing fascism, nazi-ism, communism and Marx style dictator-socialism. So, like leftist government has always done, it was a “frog in the boiling water” and “Pavlov’s dog” used in a “government creep” plan. Slowly, unnoticed, methodically, effectively, relatively. The tool? The National Education Association, the United Nations and its version of the NEA, designed, built and activated by the same, UNESCO.

SLOWLY revise, edit, alter to their agenda, all textbooks. Confiscate and DESTROY parental authority, patriotism, the authority or belief in God. Point all education and authority to a New World Order. Then turn children (like Hitler) into lockstep soldiers. Send them into the streets, angry, disillusioned, brainwashed, indoctrinated to group-think by radical Marxist, communist teachers and professors.

Promise them everything free, utopia, pride in fixing everything that their evil, abusive parents of antiquated patriotism, ruined. Rid the text books of our founding, our founders, our Constitution and it’s “original intent”. Never allow the young, our future leaders to view, study, understand, discuss or debate, the FEDERALIST PAPERS or the construction of our Constitution. Distort, besmirch and redefine civic duty to a radical idiology. America is being taken down by our own Dept. of Education.”



And here are some replies to this post:

Our education failed our kids! They knew better.
We stood up to them before common core when everyone gets a trophy. Not everyone should have a trophy. You want one you earn it! But we were being mean…kids don’t understand how to lose or work harder to achieve winning…but we were being mean,
The no more birthdays, no more Christmas, no more Easter. No more traditions, no more pledge of alliance, no more god! We ask and we got answers that’s just how our policy is because we don’t want to offend anyone…
We fight and get no where but yet teachers just went along with it because it’s a job and a paycheck.
Others didn’t want to stand up because they were afraid of what others would think about them and their child. Status quo was more important.
We live in a society where kids think they are entitled and throw hissy fits and parents shut them up by giving them what they want and never punishing their kids for bad behavior. It’s ugly


Great job. Maybe consider replacing “Democrats” with “Progressives” (in both parties who have brought this mess on) whether by intent or complicity


Oh, I assure you, both parties have responsibility in this mess. The Progressives and Dems are one and the same and the Republicans are so busy lining their pockets, like the Dems that they haven’t done a damn thing to prevent any of this. The assault on education was the utmost tool to take this nation into the abyss of the NWO.
NOT ALL teachers are a part of this mess and you encapsulated the rationale of “cooperate or it’s your job”.

All in all, the only correction now is to immediately remove any chance of government’s slime tentacles touching the education of any child in this country. Even given back to the states, education will have to have an overseer to keep uniformity and meet requirements. On the world stage, we have slipped from #3 to 37th and that’s pathetic.

I respect your profession and couldn’t imagine where we would be without you.


I was a public school teacher, now a home school teacher for my own. I do appreciate your writing. But feel that the Repubs, progressive and not, should be called out equally. The sins of commission and omission, yes, are equally to blame. That’s all!


My son is 10 years old. He understands. My daughter is 42 years old. She understands. My wife is 52 years old. We’re working on it but she sees what is happening. It’s our job to educate those around us.


School became the uncensored baby sitter! Parents were more than glad to let school take over the burden of raising of our kids! And the education department made hay while the sun shone! Now we have a bunch of liberal sniveling brats! Not all of them, but way more than enough!


When I was a teen we didn’t talk back to teachers or any other adult. If an adult told us to quiet down or to leave a place, we did even if the person was a complete stranger. There was none of these entitled demonstrations from students. There wasn’t any back talk ” F*** You! I don’t have to and you can’t make me.” We had respect for ourselves and for the rights of others. I doubt I will live long enough see America go back to those small town values. In my wildest dreams I never expected to live this long and to see the mess our society has become.


Education can only be restored when true patriotic Americans rise up and say enough!
We need to unite to together or divided we will fall! We are up against the beast and if we sit by and do nothing, then nothing gets done. It’s beyond time to push back!


Then BRAVO to you. “Home schooling parents” is another tid bit of statistics, which no one seems to be able to compile accurately. This is info that the left definitely doesn’t want out.

In case you didn’t know, 6 months ago, thanks to Nikki Haley, Pres Trump/BETSY DeVos, ordered our (the U.S.A.’s) withdrawel from UNESCO. THAT is the international version of our NEA, set up by the NEA in 1946 . THAT was exciting, yet drew not 1 word from the media. Google it! Very interesting. BETSY DEVOS, Secretary of Education, appointed by Trump is now working on legislation to make home schooling easier and school choice, THE LAW. I’M PRAYING!


I’m on year #3. The school forced my hand by not providing her FAPE. What else could I do? Watching her fail was not an option





SpecEd term. Free Appropriate Public Education per IDEA



It seems that Kent State University has cancelled their production of “West Side Story”.  The reason?  Too many whites were cast:


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

Now, understanding that it was the Rand Corporation that developed the Delphi method, it makes the Women on the Wall interview I had with Diana Anderson, and what we were told during it even more interesting.

Click to learn more…


And here are some replies to this post:

Did you know that Darling-Hammond used to work for RAND?


Wow, Very interesting, I did not know that


From wiki:
In 1985, after completing her doctorate degree program, she began working as a Social Scientist for the RAND Corporation. Darling-Hammond was a Senior Social Scientist and Director of the RAND Education and Human Resources Program when she departed for academia in 1989.


Huge Dot to connect!! Thank you!!


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

My son is on 5th grade. Apparently, there is a rule, that if the substitute writes a child up, it is an automatic after school detention. It doesn’t matter what the infraction is. There were several students, including my son, who have to serve detention. What are your thoughts on this?


And here are some replies to this post:

Wow, ever since time, substitutes have seen the kids from different sides. Kids take advantage of them, they test to see how far they can get with them. That’s kids for you. Definitely do not agree with this rule. It’s stupid and unfair.


That was my thought. I know my son shouldn’t have gotten put of his seat so much. But the homeroom teacher has this blanket rule. Our schools ate truly prisons.


Here is another post by Alice Linahan:

Hat Tip [name withheld] who wrote…

“I did not allow my son to use a school issued Chromebook this year. I actually read the contract the school asked for me to sign. I printed it, and all of the hyper links attached. The technology user agreement totaled more than 70 pages when I opened every hyper link that was provided. That did not include all of the user agreements that are a part of every app that is front loaded onto the Chromebooks. They want you to check a box and agree so your child can be educated in school with a device. When you check that box you are “agreeing” to all of the verbiage in those terms of use agreements. Do you even know what they say? I do…well, for most of them. I printed off every page. That is why I refused to sign.

I work in contracts every day. I write them and I read them. I have for over 20 years now. I actually printed off the entire contract provided electronically by the school. I was horrified by what I saw. Understand this…this is not an indictment on my school. EVERY school is or will be doing the same thing. In order to get accreditation our schools are being forced to use technology. Technology is expensive and changes rapidly. Google provides the cloud and its “services” for free or greatly reduced cost. In exchange, the school must have consent. If you have parents “agree” to their terms of use, then the data belongs to Google. When you sign off, you are giving away your child’s rights to privacy. They tell you that they will own your child’s “intellectual property”. Thus, the Chromebooks come at a great price. There is a cost involved, it is just not to the school. Data is the new oil. Think about that for a second.

Ask yourself, what is being collected and where is it going? How could this harm my child? How could this affect him/her later in life? Who has this information and where is it being stored?

There is a war going on for the hearts and the minds of our children. Never forget that. YOU are the gatekeeper if you are the parent.

Google is in the news daily right now for how shady they are. They are in the news for good reason.

Please invest in watching this movie and understanding. This is a huge deal. HUGE. There is much more to this story. But, for today here is a good place to start.

You can watch it for FREE on Amazon Prime. It is worth the time to educate yourself on TRUTH.”


The state of New Jersey has told schools to allow kids to “change genders” even if their parents don’t know about it or wouldn’t want it to happen:


Here is a post from a Nevada anti-Common Core group.  It was in reply to a shared post of the Alice Linahan Chromebook post I posted to this blog earlier:

it keeps getting worse and worse…Of course NV chose the Chromebooks as the offical Nevada Ready 21 Devices. They spent at least $20 Million so Google could harvest our childrens data. Some state AG’s have filed lawsuits against Goolge. Adam Laxalt was (is) not interested in filing this type of lawsuit against Google.…/ctl-awarded-contract-for…


Here is a post from a friend of mine.  It is from last year but still relevant:

“EUREKA 3RD Grade math, this is stupidity! I am outraged ! 10 minutes”.

stupid common core math


Here is a post from a conservative Texas page:

A couple weeks ago we shared a disturbing finding that Forth Worth kindergartners were being exposed to transgender sex education without parental consent. Unfortunately, this was not just isolated to Forth Worth, and many other school districts have similar policies.…/transgendersexedtexasprobl…/


And here are some replies to this post:

The reason Texas education has gotten so liberal is because all the Conservatives have retreated to private or homeschool. Fight back, Texans! Not everyone can homeschool or private school. Fight back for your community, your neighbors, the future leaders! FIGHT!
Most conservatives are not homeschooling or in private school that’s just a fraction of people doing it, they just don’t say anything. It’s like we have given up at times or are afraid seems like. You know being called intolerant and bigots… 😳😓 all the name calling and hateful words you get when you disagree with the liberal agenda. I agree we need to push back.
the overwhelming majority of USA public school textbooks are printed in Texas yet my Katy school doesn’t use textbooks. Those in Austin making decisions about our schools are obviously predominantly liberal.
As a retired public (and private ) school teacher and librarian, I think this is sick! Thank goodness I am retired; otherwise I would probably be fired because this mess would never be on my library shelves!
exactly the same with me!!! I left whenthey started issuing in LGBT propaganda! As a (then) 3 yr old preschool teacher is was told i WOULD welcome same sex parents into my class as visitors to share alternative family lifestyles! ( along with puppets, puzzles, books, movies, role play, etc)….
you are so wise,God bless you!
The problem is, it is going on everyday and there is always something worse. It makes me sick that the government gets away with this
This is probably another reason why the Lord allowed me to retire last June .I can’t handle to teach about this topic.If they put a mandatory teaching moral values,I would say,I will be willing to go back and teach.
As soon as I saw this story and that my district was on the article, I contacted my principal and asked if any of these books exist at my kids elementary library. She replied no. But article stipulates they exist at libraries in my district so please fight! Push back! Don’t stop fighting even if your kids attend private schools. Help your community! Push back for the parents of SpED kids who can’t attend private school and need public school services! Please fight back!
I think all Texas elementary schools participate in the Bluebonnet reading program. I saw this year’s list and most of the 20 books seem to push a liberal agenda.
Parents must start attending School Board meetings and join your child’s PTA. If you don’t get active in what is happening in the schools, leftists will push their undercover agenda on your children. Monitor what they learn and talk to them about it.
This just adds to the list of reasons why my future children will be homeschooled. This is just plain ridiculous.
This is what Socialists do, take parental rights away! Just heard a story about Sweden where a couple refused a total body scan for their two year old who fell and broke her leg. The state told them that they are just employees raising that child for the state. Because they get free health care and other state benefits, they are employees of the state. Is that what we would be trading our freedom for. Wake up,you people who think that Socialism just means free stuff.
This is why my grandkids will NEVER see the inside of a public school. Totally disgusting that these schools push their own fake (not supported by science or facts) agendas on innocent children. Brainwashing 101 🤬
I was born and raised in Fort Worth. It was a great place to be raised! Now not so much! It makes me ashamed to be associated with it now. It is time for me to cut all ties with FortWorth! The city and schools don’t even know that they should be ashamed for their actions! They’re even are proud of their actions! Bye FortWorth you have sunk to low for me!
Here is a post from a Nevada anti-Common Core group:
Good Psychology Today article!
Bottom line, keep your kids away from “screen time” while at school: 1:1 Devices, “Free” third party software and apps., and the SBAC test.
And here are the many replies to this post:
Here are the schools that were foolish enough to take the money,
Nevada managed to make the worst possible choice, Google Chromebooks. “Just last month, for example, the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. It alleges, among other charges, that Google is violating the voluntary Student Privacy Pledge by tracking the millions of students who use its Apps for Education tool suite when they venture to other Google applications such as Maps and YouTube, THEN USING THE INFORMATION TO CREATE BEHAVIORAL PROFILES.” (emphasis added)…/analytics-in-k-12-schools-big…
ERE IT IS – at about 1:37:55, school disticts not paying ‘with money’ for Google Apps. for Education. Instead they are paying by giving Google student data. If you can watch 30 minutes start at 1:30:17
Hidden computer algorithms in schools: Personalized Learning #RobotTeaching…/
“Nationwide, providers of computer software, wireless, devices and online curricula are becoming entrenched in education. New tech tools are essential. Yet who is watching for conflicts of interest, student data mining, screen-caused student vision problems or other potential pitfalls? Our boards of education should be.”
An even bigger question: Who is making money off children in this vast educational experiment?”…/bs-ed-county-technology…

Here is the email I sent to several Incline Village parents and community members titled Do NOT Opt your child into the 1:1 Program at IHS On 4/29/16 there was a private meeting at Incline High School between Superintendent Davis, several high ranking Washoe County School District (WCSD) employees, Incline High School administration, and the Incline High School (IHS) Boosters Board to discuss a new 1:1 program at IHS. I was told by: Incline High School Principal Hermann, Vice Principal Yoxsimer, a couple high ranking district employees, and Superintendent Davis I could not attend the meeting because I was only a booster’s member and not a booster’s board member. I know one community member with no children or grandchildren in Incline schools who was invited to the meeting. Prior to the meeting WCSD Trustee Howard Rosenberg, and WCSD Trustee candidate Bill Horn let WCSD district employees including Superintendent Davis know what they thought:

WCSD Trustee Howard Rosenberg:
“You go to the meeting on Friday. If anyone stops you, tell them that Trustee Rosenberg said for you to be there. And if they want to start the third world war they won’t let you stay. It’s really very simple. Every one of those kinds of meetings should be subject to the open meeting law. So go, OK!”

Bill Horn Former IVGID General Manager and WCSD Trustee candidate in District G:
“John has a right to speak at the meeting.”

The local administrators and superintendent did not waiver; I honored their request and did not attend the meeting. I did not want to start world war three, or speak. I told Superintendent Davis, I just wanted to listen and learn more about a proposed 1:1 program that would impact all Incline children when the get to high school.


I know most of the members of the IHS Boosters Board and in my opinion they are good people trying to do something good for the students of IHS. I was encouraged by WCSD employees to meet with a couple members of the booster’s board before the Friday meeting, so I did. It was apparent to me the board’s intentions are good; but unfortunately it was also very clear they had no idea about the Student Data Mining aspects of student issued 1:1 devices.

After the private meeting Vice Principal Yoxsimer sent me an email saying the 1:1 program would be an opt-in program at IHS. He also said parents who don’t want their child to participate will have more traditional types of assignments.

Our high school is so small I hope students who do NOT opt-in to the 1:1 program continue to get an excellent education. In the 2016 IHS graduating class we have at least two students who will be attending Ivy League colleges, and other students who will be attending top universities around the country – all of them had, “more traditional types of assignments,” taught by excellent IHS teachers.

In a 1:1 program a student will be assigned a laptop or tablet. That student will be the only one who ever uses that device; making it easy for software providers and companies like this,
to view, store, analyze, and share information about the student.

Here are a few articles where experts speak about student data issues with 1:1 devices:

Title – Surveillance Society: Students easy targets for data miners
“The growing education technology sector is selling the promise of improved student achievement through websites, apps and tools that analyze each child’s strengths and weaknesses. In doing so, though, ed tech companies are lapping up unprecedented amounts of information about students, while laws provide little protection and privacy policies vary wildly.”
“‘Parents are very nervous, and rightfully so, when third parties are empowered to build dossiers on their children,’ said Joel Reidenberg, a Fordham Law School professor who wrote a 2013 study on data privacy in public schools.”…/Surv…/stories/201508230018

Title – Children’s privacy at risk from software used in schools
“These interactive programs, marketed by private vendors, frequently use sophisticated software that collects massive amounts of highly personal information about the student’s behaviors, mindsets, and attitudes – the ’21st-century’ psychological skills that the government thinks he should have.”
Jane Robbins Esq.…/opinion-digital…/

Title – Common Core: Who’s Watching the Kids?
“This data will be stored forever, and parents will have very, very limited access to it, if any at all.”
Mary Anne Marcella and Cort Wrotnowski…/_common_core_whos…

In my opinion the biggest problem with a 1:1 device is the collection, storage, analyzing, and sharing of student data, but there are other issues with school issued 1:1 devices and screen time in general, learn more here.…/the-hidden-agenda…


My suggestion do NOT opt your child into the 1:1 program at IHS.

There are many things going on in Nevada that impact your child and their data that you have no control over, (I will talk more about them in the next email), but keeping your child away from a school issued 1:1 device, and away from the SBAC test, are two things you can do to help protect their data.

To learn more about 1:1 devices and Student Data Mining in general look at the pinned post here,

Please forward this email to other Incline Village parents, especially parents of 8-11th graders. If you would like to discuss this in person this please contact me.

This article links to others that shows devices do NOT lead to increased student performance.…/schools-might-want…

Here’s the email I sent to Incline parents and community members, titled: Candidates – Student Data 6/04/16

Several people have asked me about the candidates in the upcoming primary. In regards to protecting student data here is what I know:
The Pupil Information Privacy Protection Initiative (PIPPI) would amend the Nevada Constitution to protect our children’s data.…

The two candidates running against Dale have not.

David DeSilva has or would have signed the initiative but he has dropped out of the race.
Bill Horn will not sign the PIPPI but he spoke up against Washoe County School District’s Private Meeting at Incline High School to change the best high school in the district.…
Mr. Horn is in favor of the tax increase for school renovations and construction, he is a good communicator, and he is concerned about student data mining.…/embattled-school-board…/80064884/

Greg Hudson is against the tax increase, he would probably sign the PIPPI if someone presented it to him. Mr. Hudson is not nearly as polished as Mr. Horn.

In my opinion, when it comes to protecting student data Katy Simon is the worst candidate.

LISA KRASNER signed the initiative.
Jason Guinasso refused to sign.
In my opinion Ms. Krasner will work to protect student data and Mr. Guinasso will work to maintain the status quo (1-7 below).

signed the PIPPI.

I am very busy selling real estate and do not know if anyone else in any race has been asked to sign the petition.

There are only a few Student Data Mining activities Nevada parents can opt-out of. In order, by amount of student data available to third parties who otherwise would have little to no data on our children:
A) School issued 1:1 devices
B) Free third party websites and applications affiliated with your school
C) SBAC testing

Here is what we as Nevada residents have no control over and can not opt-out of:

1) The U.S. Department of Labor will: “follow individual student(s) from pre-school through their work life.”

2) The U.S. Department of Education wants states to collect over 400 Attributes of data on every child.…/datamodel/eiebrowser/techview.aspx…
Some of these Attributes have over 200 Code Sets of data. Take a look at Code Sets that are part of the Attribute titled: DISEASES, ILLNESS AND OTHER HEALTH CONDITIONS.

3) At least 47 states, including Nevada, took over $612 Million dollars from the federal government to create Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems that are compatible. Student data will be shared between states, probably with the federal government, and possibly with third parties.
Nevada calls their pre-K through work force data tracking system NPWR (Nevada P-20 to Workforce Research Data System). People call it a, “cradle to grave” data tracking system.
Student data is never deleted.…/nevadas-new-super-data…

4) The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) told us NPWR: “Will follow INDIVIDUAL students progress from pre-K through high school all the way to the work force. The system will help DIRECT students to the type of college or career ready jobs, and into a field which will allow them a successful outcome for both the student and their state.”…/nevada-wins-4-million-grant-for…

5) The K-12 subset of NPWR is called the System of Accountability Information in Nevada (SAIN); it is maintained by the NDE and at least one third party.
About a year ago the SAIN collected this data, file:///C:/Users/John/Downloads/Data%20Dictionary%207.15%20(2).pdf
The amount of data has or will likely expand in the future.


7) During the 2015 Nevada Legislative Session SB 463 would have protected student data. At the 11th hour SB 463 was gutted with Amendment 934,…/Amendm…/A_SB463_R2_934.pdf
The amendment removed the language stating our childrens Personally Identifiable Information (PII) belongs to us or the student. So in NV pupil PII does not belong to the pupil or parent. We still do not know who gutted SB 463, but we do know both Amazon and Infinite Campus testified publically against protecting student data.

You can not opt-out of any of the Student Data Mining mentioned in 1-7 above. Whatever data is stored, analyzed, and likely shared on your child will never be deleted and could impact their future.

A couple of years ago my wife and I spent four hours going over the SAIN data being stored by the Nevada Department of Education on our four children. We discovered a lot of mistakes.…/nevada-officials-seeing…

Do you know what data is being stored on your children? If it is accurate?
Who it will be shared with?
How it will affect their future?

Under current Nevada and federal law, you do not have control over items 1-7 above; you do however have control over items A, B, and C.

To learn more about Student Data Mining join our Facebook page: Protect Nevada Children,

Many NV schools use Edmodo’s website. Has you child been using it without your consent? Please know Edmodo is a free service for schools and teachers. What does/will Edmodo with all the data they are collecting on our children? “5 Business Transfers – If Edmodo, or some all of its assets were acquired or otherwise transferred, or in the unlikely event that Edmodo goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information may be transferred to or acquired by a third party.”…/has-your-child-been… Edmodo’s full Privacy Policy,
“Privacy advocates worry about the impact students’ data could have on their lives decades later
What if a child’s performance in a fifth-grade gym class could be used to set the rate for a life insurance policy when they’re 50? What if a computer program advertised interactive tutoring when your child struggled with long division?Privacy advocates worry these scenarios could become reality as schools increasingly rely on outside companies to collect, manage and analyze the massive amount of data gleaned from standardized tests, transcripts, individual education programs and even cafeteria purchases.”…/student-data-mining-is-a…/

“Khaliah Barnes, director of the student privacy project for the Electronic Privacy Information Center, can imagine another scenario: Companies with rich student dossiers could market aptitude and attitude profiles to college admissions or corporate recruiting offices.

‘As an employer, that’s the sort of profile I would want to buy: Who can solve a problem quickly? Who has the tenacity to finish all the problems? Who drops off quickly?’ Barnes said.”

“A model state bill drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative lobbying group, could make such targeting more likely; it would set up a central state database for student records and allow colleges or businesses to browse them in search of potential recruits.

Companies might also seek to mine student profiles to find customers uniquely vulnerable to their sales pitches. For instance, young adults who struggled with high-school math could be bombarded with ads for high-priced payday loans, Barnes said.

Such prospects may sound far-fetched, but the recent White House report on big data acknowledged it as a very real possibility. Data collected on children as they take advantage of educational services ‘COULD BE USED TO BUILD AN INVASIVE CONSUMER PROFILE OF THEM ONCE THEY BECOME ADULTS’ the report concluded.” (Emphasis added)…/data-mining-your-children……/data-mining-your-children…


“Yes, parents ‘distrust’ the state longitudinal data systems (SLDS) — because they can’t get straight answers about what data is collected and with whom it is shared; because data-mining proponents speak of collecting data on their children’s ‘affective states’; because under current federal law and regulations, access to personally identifiable information (PII) is available to researchers, tech companies, multiple federal agencies, and even “volunteers”; and because recent congressional hearings have exposed the horrifying lack of data security within the U.S. Department of Education [HERE and HERE].

Parents also object that in too many cases, government collects and discloses their children’s data without parental consent. They don’t appreciate hearing that it’s just too much trouble to get their consent or that their right to protect their children’s privacy by opting out of data-collection is secondary to having full data sets for “research” (as was discussed in the March House hearing’ that Leong touts).

Nor is ‘trust’ engendered when data-collection involves psychologically profiling innocent children to provide the ‘individual and micro data advocated by Leong, using creepy, Orwellian devices such as those described in a recent op-ed in U.S. News and World Report and rebutted here:

‘They also measure and monitor things like students’ saccadic eye patterns as students learn from visual and textual information sources, data from sensors tracking facial expressions and posture, and more. These data are all fine-grained, reflecting students’ learning processes, knowledge, affective states . . . .’“…/memo-to-big-data-parents-are…/

Re-posting because this is SO IMPORTANT. All these free third party education software companies like: Google, Edmodo, Prezi, ClassDoJo, Microsoft and others are paid for their products with OUR CHILDREN’S DATA.
(watch from 1:37:45 to 1:43:00)…
Yahoo can’t keep the data of it users safe. “Yahoo suspects the thief acted on behalf of a government.” Can all these third party education software and applications companies keep our children’s data safe? I’m referring to companies like: Google, Microsoft, Edmodo, Class Dojo, etc. and all the parties they will share our children’s personal data with.…/tec…/yahoo-data-breach/index.html
In the last few days we learned of several data hackings including:
1) Pippa Middleton, the sister of Kate Middleton the Duchess of Cambridge, has had her iCloud account hacked:…/pippa-middletons-icloud…/21478265/
2) First Lady Michelle Obama, Bill Gates, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Ashton Kutcher and several other “famous” people information was hacked and posted:
3) Yahoo just announces hackers stole data on 500 million users in 2014:…/technology/yahoo-hackers.html…
Can Infinite Campus, the Nevada Department of Education, Google, Microsoft, Edmodo, Class Dojo, Nearpod, and all the people these entities share students personal data with possibly keep our children’s personal data safe? I think we all know the answer to this question is NO.
You have to see it with your own eyes to believe the incompetence and lack of transparency the WCSD Board of Trustees exhibited at the board meeting on 9/27/16. (from 31:03 to 38:23)
The trustees voted to accept a $250,000 anonymous donation for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) (page 3).…/Anonymous_Donation_for…Will this anonymous party that just donated a quarter million dollars to WCSD profit by any possible psychological profiles created via the SEL; if not will the donor somehow facilitate student psychological profiling; or are they simply a good Samaritan that wants to remain anonymous? The board will not answer the question: “Do you know who the donor is?”…/why-does-your-congressman-want-to……/noncognitive…/…/tools-for-tailored-learning…
“The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) has already come to the defense of an accused vendor and not children, and knowing that the SIIA relies on access to student data and makes money off of edtech products, and now the SIIA is actively opposing student data privacy bills, it’s a little difficult for parents to put their trust in SIIA. It’s all about protecting the kids? $$$$”…/
“Across the country, well-funded armies of technology lobbyists are mobilizing as part of a coordinated national effort to water down common-sense privacy protections for kids and parents.”
The software is called, Summit Basecamp…/2580f9fe-80c6-11e6…
It’s worse that I thought, I need to read the article and study the links a couple more times, but if these people get their way it is terrible for our children and the future of our country.…/
NV one of only 17 states on another questionable list,…/
“The battle over who will direct the hearts and minds of children is intensifying. Within the dangerous labyrinth of Common Core standards, testing, and data-mining is the even more concerning ramp-up of Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Parents and teachers who believe in genuine education rather than pseudo-psychological evaluation are facing off against bipartisan big government and its affiliated corporations and foundations.”…/think-common-core…
The most alarming aspect of the SEL in Washoe County is the fact that CASEL, is “advancing SE competence assessment in a long-term collaboration with the Washoe County School District in Reno Nevada.” I believe what this means is CASEL and others will be keeping SEL records on our children!
American School Counselor Association document titled: ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors
for Student Success:
K-12 College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Every Student…/home/MindsetsBehaviors.pdf
From the article: “The review of 20 recent studies covering four continents and more than 125,000 children found a ‘strong and consistent association between bedtime media-device use and inadequate sleep quantity, poor sleep quality, and excessive daytime sleepiness.’ Similar negative effects were found for children who had access to such devices, even if they did not use them before bedtime.”…/warning-sounded-on-tech… nd the replies are good! (under article)
Got a little air time on My News 4 to discuss Student Data Mining, or what a friend calls the spying on our children by third parties. WCSD is encouraging free third party software vendors “spying” on our children by giving teachers who use them better evaluations. We need to keep this issue on the front burner.…/parents-public-weigh-in-on-washoe…
Student Data Mining and Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education – I thought he was going to defund the Dept. of Edu.…/
Student Data Breach in MD, it is just a matter of time before this happens in Nevada.…/article_a7d3a2f7…
Student Data Breach in Chicago, when will this happen in Reno or Las Vegas?…/ct-chicago-school…
Student and staff Data Breach in Katy TX. Counting the two posts above that is “at least” three Student data breaches in three months. It is just a matter of time until this will affect Nevada children.…/Katy-ISD-warns-parents-after…
Not only is the on-line PARCC a big student data mining tool for third parties students score worse on the on-line test than taking it with a pencil and paper.…/parcc-scores-lower-on-computer…
I’ve listened to the whole program, but to save time start at around the 33 minute mark. IF YOU WANT TO LEARN WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR SCHOOLS THIS IS WELL WORTH AN HOUR OF YOUR TIME. Remember WCSD is one of the few districts in the country experimenting with Social and Emotional Learning.…/women-on-the-wall-with-alison…
She sums up the future of schools and Student Data Mining in four minutes.
This 10 minute video is a little hard for me to follow, but I think the information laid out is accurate.…/how-did-the-department…/

From Stop Common Core in Michigan Inc.: “Ms. DeVos supports allowing big technology companies to datamine children, 50,000 data points per hour, without parents knowing about it or ever seeing how the data are shared, used and profiled.

DeVos is Chair of The Philanthropy Round Table, a group that focuses on Venture Capital Philanthropy (and making “serious money“) and also promotes computer-based datamining and as an added bonus, this group Chaired by Devos is also excited about Common Core. You can read excerpts from their Blended Learning Guidebook here:”…/

Good 37 minute presentation by a scholar, attorney, and privacy expert – Elana Zeide on the Ethical Use of Big Data in Education.
Data Breach in Nevada – I wonder how many kid’s data was compromised, I wonder who got access to it, I wonder if it will affect any of the children. Over time there will be more data breaches affecting the children of Nevada.…/state-doesnt-know…


Washoe County School District (WCSD) has made the decision to store all students personal Cumulative Files in The Cloud, the data will include:
“Perm. Card
Legal Documents
Birth Certificates
Internal Transcripts and
External Transcripts”
There are at least five entities involved with the data and/or data transfer.
(Also see Attachments A-D)

So far, parents cannot opt their K-12 children out of the Cloud based storage…
The District answered a few of our questions here are two of their answers:
Q: “Is the District liable if/when there’s a data breach?”
A: “There is no monetary liability for a FERPA violation. However, the District would be able to file a cause of action for a breach of contract as well as other legal actions for a data breach.”
Q: “Will the District be insuring themselves against a data breach?”
A: “The District is self-insured with an overage carrier. The District carries appropriate insurance for any negligent act committed by the District. Again, a data breach of this sort, would be the responsibility of the provider.”

I believe – if/when there is a data breach the District is “protected;” our children and their data is not.

Soon Infinite Campus (IC) will be a Cloud Based system so most of the data mentioned above and all other data IC has on our children will be stored by in a different cloud.

It appears IC has had at least five data breaches so far. According to an IC representative, “The only sure-proof way to prevent data breaches is to not collect it.”…/school-districts-new-data…/…/probable-security-breach…/…/state-investigates-data…/

Every school district in the state uploads data via Infinite Campus to the NV Department of Education (NDE) nightly. The agreement between IC and the NDE says IC can share Confidential Information with individuals who have been “authorized” by IC. The NDE could not tell me who has been authorized by IC to receive our children’s most personal data.

No one can guarantee Nevada student data stored in the Cloud will not be breached. There was an unrelated data breach in Nevada last month, there will likely be others. No one knows how this data breach and those likely to occur in the future will affect our children and their future.…/nevada-takes-medical…/

Even if there is never a data breach we do not know how having all this data in the Cloud could affect the future of our children; in addition, we do not know who will be authorized by IC and then receive our children’s Confidential Information.


NFINITE CAMPUS (IC) is the company Nevada uses statewide to store ALL data on students. Some of the data IC collects and stores is uploaded to the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) nightly. Soon Washoe County School District’s IC data will be stored in the cloud.

It appears Infinite Campus has had at least five data breaches so far. According to an IC’s COO, “The only sure-proof way to prevent data breaches is to not collect it.”…/school-districts-new-data…/…/probable-security-breach…/…/state-investigates-data…/

The agreement between IC and the NDE says IC can share Confidential Information with individuals who have been “authorized” by IC [I have a copy of the document; if you want it message me].

The NDE could not tell me who has been authorized by IC to receive our children’s most personal data.

I don’t think this stops “free” third party vendors from doing everything they want to do with our children’s data. I also think it does nothing to prevent Infinite Campus from sharing our children’s confidential information with anyone they “authorize.”…/nevada-expands-pi…/
Read the Section titled: United Nations Push For Preschool Data…/
Five moms talk about the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems most states, including Nevada, are currently using.
This doesn’t sound good for any of us,…/congress-is-poised…/…
A Call for Fewer Screens in the Classroom
By Teacher, Amy Williams
March 21, 2017A colleague of mine recently invented a new buzzword: “screen-free reading.” It refers to the act of reading a book, article, or short story with words printed on paper. It is a guaranteed break away from the eye-fatiguing, familiar blue light on which students’ eyes are glued at school and at home.In a day and age in which professional educators are trying out new tech tools, and students are increasingly huddled around screens, a return to paper seems almost innovative—particularly since research comparing reading and writing on the computer vs. on paper supports screen-free classroom time to promote learning.I am not arguing for an abandonment of technology. Plenty of research supports the use of screen reading when it’s used to differentiate instruction for students effectively. Check the hashtag #edtech on Twitter and you’ll also find a deluge of teachers and administrators praising Google add-ons and touting the benefits of apps that promise to engage students, promote collaboration, and transform formative assessment. In my own classroom, I pilot new tools like Padlet and Socrative, and I rely on mainstays like Google Docs and Schoology. I like that English-language learners benefit from dictionary look-up functions in e-readers, and I won’t deny the convenience of apps that help students to annotate articles online.But I also won’t deny the power of paper to engage students and transform learning.Promoting CollaborationA common argument for the use of technology in the classroom is that it promotes collaboration. When students write in groups using Google Docs, for instance, it’s easy for them to build on ideas and divvy up work. It’s also easy for me as a teacher to track their contributions and see their writing process. However, the interactive nature of technology platforms can also be illusory.
It’s easy for students to remain in their own discrete spaces and to avoid the difficult nature of interacting with peers when a screen functions as a mediating force. When my 7th grade students sit side by side without a screen I notice that the dynamic is, well, different. They make eye contact with each other more. They negotiate physical space and make a series of small decisions like: Who will hold the pen? How will they orient themselves so that multiple people can write at the same time?I think these small interactions might hold significance. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Computers in Human Behavior found that screen time has a negative effect on the ability of preteens to read facial cues. This study raises serious concerns about the long-term consequences of technology use on social skills development among school-age children. As our students spend more and more time in front of screens at home and in school, it is worth considering how classrooms can be a space for students to initiate spoken dialogue and to practice reading body language.Increasing FocusA 2016 study at Michigan State University found a correlation between laptop usage in university classes and lower test scores. Even students who were bright and motivated couldn’t resist the temptation to peruse social media sites and read emails in class. In a K-12 setting, teachers often more closely monitor students’ internet usage. However, it seems naive to assume that an engaging lesson paired with a clearly stated internet-usage policy is enough to prevent inappropriate multitasking.The fact remains that an open Instagram window is infinitely more interesting than any lesson to a typical teenager—who may be a pro at getting around a school’s firewalls, but not a pro at self-restraint. I agree that students need to learn how to use the internet appropriately and to be critical readers of digital content.But does that mean that they need to read and interact online in every class, every day? It’s worth considering the daily classroom experience of a typical student over the course of an entire day, week, and month to determine the appropriateness of internet usage in classes. Asking students to close their laptops is like closing a window that opens onto a noisy street.Improving Student LearningWhat this discussion boils down to is a concern about student learning and a skepticism regarding the idea that technology is always necessary or appropriate. New tech tools might promote engagement, but students might also enjoy colorful pens and giant pieces of chart paper as a change of pace in environments that are proudly, and rigidly, paperless. Virtual discussion boards might be crucial for drawing out introverted students; they might also give students permission to sit back and type canned responses.
In his 2003 book The Flickering Mind, author Todd Oppenheimer argued that education technology had failed in its promise to transform education and that it may paradoxically impede learning. Oppenheimer, a journalist who visited a range of schools and institutions in the United States to examine how technology was shaping education, found that educators often conflated sleek but content-thin presentations with evidence of deep learning.Educators also erroneously assumed that the use of tools like PowerPoint counted as relevant skill-building for the workplace. Oppenheimer suggests in the book that students are more likely to prosper if they develop “strong values and work habits,” and master “the art of discussion.”Oppenheimer also expresses skepticism over claims that education technology always engages students. Tech tools simplify the work of compiling information and conducting research, but they also allow students to skip steps, which may cause them to miss out on crucial parts of the learning process.Indeed, easier is not always better; rapt attention may not actually be evidence of engagement; and time that students spend scouring the internet might be better spent reading around course topics. Funds devoted to supporting technology could instead support the creation of drama and music programs.When given the choice between an app that allows students to post on a virtual board or a stack of Post-It notes and a white board that allow students to stand up, I often choose the paper. A discussion board is often appropriate—but so is movement in the classroom. Technology could be used to accomplish the same task. However, it’s difficult to pass up the opportunity to let students move paper around with their hands.When determining the appropriateness of technology in the classroom, we need to focus on learning. What tool, we should ask ourselves, will promote critical thinking, interpersonal skills development, and problem-solving skills? We should embrace the tech age, but with caution.

Amy Williams currently teaches International Baccalaureate IB English courses for grades 7, 10, and 11 at the International School of Düsseldorf in Germany. She tweets at @MsWilliamsEng.…/a-call-for-fewer-screens-in-the…

Video from story above, Alison McDowell – What Silicon Valley Has Planned for Public Education. It’s over an hour and it would be great for teachers to watch this.
From the Washington Post article: “The College Board sells licenses to access the data through a tagging service called College Board Search… The pricing for the College Board Search student data tagging service is $0.42 cents per student, and allows college admission professionals to identify prospective students based on factors such as zip code and race and to ‘Leverage profiles of College Board test-takers for all states, geomarkets, and high schools’…The Department of Defense is among the institutions which buys student data for recruiting purposes… Why is the College Board allowed to share personal student data through the Student Search Service, in which companies are charged via a ‘license agreement’ if this is specifically prohibited by Colorado law?
Is the College Board selling personal student data in other states, through their ‘license’ agreements, despite having signed the student privacy pledge?” My guess is NV does not have any law to protect personal student data.…/how-the-sat-and…/…
This is happening in NH through the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA). Actually, THIS MAY ALREADY BE HAPPENING IN WCSD SCHOOLS THANKS TO CASEL. In WCSD: “Schools also have the option of using the DESSA for K-8…” Look at this link under the heading Assessment and Accountability.…/washoe-county-school-district/
Social-Emotional Learning Assessment
Measures for Middle School Youth…/DAP-Raikes-Foundation…
From the article: “This kind of subjective probing of children’s attitudes, beliefs, and behavior amounts to psychological profiling that (thanks to electronic dossiers) could haunt an individual throughout a lifetime.
Dr. Karen Effrem, a pediatrician who has tracked this trend for years as the president of Education Liberty Watch, laments, ‘Parents are expected to submit their children to this kind of government profiling and psychological experimentation with no explanation, no way to express concern, [and no way to] opt their children out.'”…/do-parents-want-their-children…
New Report form Electronic Frontier Foundation titled,
Spying on Students
“Our report shows that the surveillance culture begins in grade school, which threatens to normalize the next generation to a digital world in which users hand over data without question in return for free services—a world that is less private not just by default, but by design… The data we collected on the experiences, perceptions, and concerns of stakeholders across the country sends a loud and clear message to ed tech companies and lawmakers: families are concerned about student privacy and want an end to spying on students.”…/report-school-owned-devices…/
PDF that goes with presentation above,…/1748gwQvu3DcD2k…/edit…
Another student data breach affecting 1.3 Million students, I’m not sure if any of them were NV students.…/1-3-million-american…/
Here are the data points the state of NV is collecting and storing on all children in NV public schools. Especially look at the Disipline, Psychological (under Disability), and Disability data they will collect. We do not know who will ultimately obtain access to this data. This is NOT good!…/SAINDataDictionary2016(1).pdf
School districts, including WCSD, want to get high speed internet in the classrooms quickly. Instead of installing wired networks many districts, including WCSD, install wireless networks then encourage (almost force) the use of numerous wireless devices in each classroom. According to one expert (middle four minute video in second link), “the incidence of brain cancer in younger people has more than tripled.” The third video, is an expert speaking at a school board meeting in Elk Grove, CA in 2016. Consider emailing this to your school board members.
Title – Psychological Profiling NH Students: Parents BEWARE! Something similar is happening in some WCSD schools, we are still trying to figure out which WCSD schools are using the psychological profiles.…/psychological…/…
This is one of the document that says the DESSA and SELweb (psychological profiles) are being used in some WCSD schools (Step 4 – Quality Assessments).…/APERTURE_CaseStudy_Washoe…
Chromebooks are the device of choice in Nevada. Our Dept. of Edu. either has no idea what they are doing or they don’t care. Either way it is the children of NV who’s data will be compromised! DO NOT ALLOW YOUR KIDS TO USE SCHOOL ISSUED DEVICES (ESPECIALLY CHROMEBOOKS), AND KEEP THEM FROM LOGGING INTO THIRD PARTY “EDUCATION” (I MEAN STUDENT DATA MINING) SOFTWARE!…/eff-google-chromebook-is…

“The breach at the Department of Education is something that we’ve been warning about on this committee for quite some time,” Connolly said. “The Department of Education holds data on 139 million individuals.”

“It seems like it was incumbent on the Department of Education to inform us in a timely fashion,” Connolly said. “I think it’s in violation of the law. I know we’re going to pursue that more.”…/331791-lawmakers-take-aim-at-irs…


The author, Jane Robbins. knows what she’s talking about:

“Digital learning uses interactive software to track the student’s every keystroke, and perhaps his physiological reactions, to create a personal mind-map illustrating not just what the child knows but also how his brain works. This is perfect for CBE. The student can work his way through the different benchmarks at his own pace and have all his responses recorded and incorporated into an algorithm that shows where he is and where he’s likely to go.

Knowing the student to this level of intimacy has several benefits—not to the student, but to corporations and the government. The nub of the issue is data. Among twenty-first-century corporations, data is currency, and education-technology corporations will even give away their products for free to get their hands on it.

With his every keystroke, a student on an interactive platform generates enormous amounts of data that the corporation can use to better market to him in the future. Each piece of data on the platform is tagged, and the student’s every interaction with it reveals valuable information the company can use for product development and individualized marketing. “Minority Report” comes to mind.

According to the CEO of mind-mapper Knewton, the ed-tech companies will have so much data on each student that they can predict what he will do and tell him what he should do. Few parents want the government (through the schools) to have this much information on their children, but of course, parents won’t be told how all this works.”…/competency-based-education…/

Yikes. We’re going backwards
Dr. Peg Luksik – In regards to SBAC testing. “The problem isn’t that it’s self paced, the problem is that the test is open to manipulation.” “It is not a valid assessment.” “Can’t get to next step unless you comply with what is being taught.”


Have You Seen Junior’s Psych Profile?

Public schools may be assessing your kids without your consent.…/have-you-seen-juniors-psych…


Aida Cerundolo

May 8, 2017 7:34 p.m. ET

Imagine bringing your child in for a sore throat and having the doctor administer a psychological screening test—without your knowledge—while you are out of the room. I believe most parents would be uncomfortable with this scenario. Something similar is happening in schools around the country, with many parents unaware it’s happening, let alone consenting to it.

Educators and administrators increasingly are using psychological screening tools to identify children who are at risk for social and emotional issues, and to assess programs geared toward improving social and emotional skills. One such tool, the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment covers eight domains: self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, goal-directed behavior, relationship skills, personal responsibility, decision making and optimistic thinking. The Kaplan Early Learning Company distributes the test and boasts that it was co-authored by two psychologists and a social worker in an effort to “have a scientifically-sound and user-friendly means of assessing each student’s social-emotional competencies.”

Rooted in what’s called “resilience theory,” the test comprises 72 questions that teachers answer about each student every month. They range from “How often did the child carry himself with confidence?” to “Does he cope well with insults and mean comments?” Answers are rated on a five-point scale from “never” to “very frequently.” A student’s composite score “provides an overall indication of the strength of the child’s social-emotional competence.” This information is tracked over time.

The justification for blanket screening of all students is noble—to identify those who may benefit from intervention before their social and emotional issues become a problem that impedes success in school and life. But aren’t we really creating psychological profiles that in other settings would be deemed confidential? If so, what is the privacy cost to students who are not at risk for a psychological imbalance, yet whose mental-health information is being documented by teachers and tracked over time?

In the medical field, patients and legal guardians of minors must give consent for treatment, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act regulations protect any information that is collected. HIPAA prohibits doctors like me from sharing medical and mental-health information with unauthorized sources. In fact, even for critically ill patients, a medical release signed by the patient or a representative is required before an outside health-care facility can transmit potentially lifesaving medical information.

Health information collected by schools receiving federal money that do not offer health-care services is protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. FERPA can be more lenient than HIPAA, with allowances made for schools to disclose records without consent for such vague reasons as “legitimate educational interest” or “for audit or evaluation purposes.” HIPAA is more stringent and applies to “covered entities” such as hospitals and insurance companies, which are involved in the delivery and billing of health-care services.

Schools have an obligation to students and their families to protect the privacy of the information collected in the educational setting. The mental-health information teachers are now obtaining, storing and tracking with tools like the Devereux test is equally as sensitive as that which is collected in a pediatrician’s office. It deserves the same protections.

Dr. Cerundolo is an emergency physician and mother in Greenland, N.H.

Two (2) page summary of EFF’s report titled: EFF’s “Spying on Students” Report Highlights Tech Companies’ Data Collection, Parents’ Frustrations…/effs-spying-students-report…
One of the most widely used free online education products used in Nevada schools, Edmodo, had a data breach – learn more here,…/77-million-edmodo-users…
and here,…/2017-05-11-hacker-steals-77…Click here,…
and listen for two minutes to this U.S. SUBCOMMITTEE ON EARLY CHILDHOOD, ELEMENTARY, AND SECONDARY EDUCATION HEARING as Professor Joel Reidenberg Esq. talks about how companies like Edmodo offering “free” products to schools are paid with student data.Nevada schools have put a lot of pressure on students to use Edmodo. I wonder if these same schools are informing students/parents about the data breach? In my opinion the only sure way to protect your children, their data, and their future is: do not allow them to login to any free third party software or applications used in Nevada schools.
ZDNet called Edmodo’s data breach one of the biggest so far in 2017. As far as I know Nevada schools are NOT informing parents who’s children use Edmodo that their children’s data was likely hacked.…/biggest-hacks-leaks-and-data…/3/
Here’s an example of a university looking at students social media activity then withdrawing acceptance. Third party vendors like Edmodo will end up with an incredible amount of personal data from children who use their products for maybe 10 years (starting in 3rd grade). In addition Edmodo tells they “employ” unknown parties and “need” to share data student data with them. The data Edmodo (& other third party vendors) collect, store, and share on our children is valuable to university admissions offices, employers, and military recruiters! If your child uses Edmodo (& others) you will have no idea what data is collected and stored, how it’s analyzed, and who it is shared with. Most importantly you will have no idea how it will affect the future of your children!…/harvard-withdraws…/…
I wonder why NV didn’t get any of this money. This is the kind of thing they are focusing on, tracking individual students from the cradle to the grave, anything but improving education.
“Digital personalized learning could go beyond measuring and evaluating students’ performance and actually change their attitudes, mindsets, and opinions.” What could possibly go wrong?…/pitfalls-of…/
I think the same thing could be said of NV schools, the NV DoE’s student data base – SAIN, and the NV’s cradel to grave system – NPWR.…/educ…/article156544589.html…/SAINDataDictionary2016(1).pdf
From article above listen to the U.S. SUBCOMMITTEE ON EARLY CHILDHOOD, ELEMENTARY, AND SECONDARY EDUCATION hearing on 6/28/17, listen from 39:04 to 44:12 and from 1:16:40 to 1:19:23
The SAU’s are all corrupt; the BOE’s at the State level are corrupt; the corruption extends to – and arguably initiates from-the UN. There is blessed little parents can do to protect their kids other than to homeschool. If parents cannot homeschool, then they must be fluent in the laws of their state, and fight like anything to protect their kids at the local level.
There is a lot parents can do to protect their children in NV public schools; it begins with becoming educated on the various aspects of Student Data Mining. Homeschooled kids that spend a lot of time learning on the web will likely have more data known about them by data brokers than my children who are public school. The reason is because I do not allow my children to log-in to any third party free “education” website. The “free” sites are paid with student data. The biggest problem is most parents have no idea what’s going on.
One of the worst aspects of Social and Emotional Learning is assessment. The same questions WCSD won’t answer about the psychological assessments being given to kids should be asked of these people: 1) Who will have access to these assessments? 2) Will the assessments ever be deleted? 3) Will parents be told in advance these assessments will be given to their childre and can they opt-out? 4) How will these assessments affect the future of our children?…
Well put: “We should not confuse social-emotional learning (SEL) that focuses on unnecessary data collection involving children, with helping children who have emotional difficulties. SEL is associated with online learning. Real mental health issues are about assisting students when they show up at school with difficulties, so they will feel better about themselves and others. Students with mental health difficulties are not able to learn well in school.” Thank you Nancy!…/addressing-mental-illness-in…/
This is scary and if enough parents don’t wake up soon this is the future……/Press/201708/17-071E/index.html
Here’s what Kevin Ohlandt had to say about story above.…/the…/
Actually Kevin Ohlandt was referencing this story which talks about the Sony press release,
“Most disturbing is Zuckerberg’s hawking of his education vision will proceed with even less openness than did Gates’ push for Common Core, which executed an end run around local school boards and parents. Because of its structuring as a limited-liability corporation, as opposed to a conventional foundation, CZI ‘will be able to make philanthropic donations, invest in for-profit companies, lobby for favored policies and legislation, and directly support candidates for elected office – all with minimal public-reporting requirements,’ Ed-Week reported. Parents and educators would be right to look skeptically at such a lack of transparency.”…/will-ed-tech-control-the-masses…
Remember NV is one of only six states leading this SEL experiment. WCSD is one of only about eight districts in the country leading the SEL experiment.
My suggestion – KEEP YOUR KIDS OFF EDMODO AND ALL ‘FREE’ THIRD PARTY ‘EDUCATION’ SOFTWARE! It sounds like Edmodo got caught doing something wrong, then said they would stop doing it. I don’t trust Edmodo or any of the “free” third party vendors.…/tracking-of-teachers-and…
Excellent article!
“Asleep at the Switch: Schoolhouse Commercialism, Student Privacy, and the Failure of Policymaking focuses on ‘how technological advances, the lure of “personalization,” and lax regulation foster the collection of personal data and overwhelm efforts to protect children’s privacy.’ It examines how ed-tech companies are flooding schools with untested and unvalidated products, targeting children with sophisticated marketing and urging or requiring schools to ‘effectively funnel children into a “surveillance economy” that harvests their data for profit.’ In short, students’ privacy is being obliterated and their education warped.”…/
Faith Boninger from the University of Colorado knows exactly what she’s talking about, 28 minute interview:…/gregory-smith-faith-boninger
Summit online education – My suggestion keep your kids off this and almost all online learning platforms.…/parents-cite…/…
I wonder how these companies are paid for their work with the U.S. Dept. of Education? Companies mentioned are: Amazon, Edmodo, Microsoft, Creative Commons, and Illinois Shared Learning Environment. I’m not sure are they paid with student data?…/us-department-education-launches…
Another recent data breach involving Infinite Campus in Palo Alto of all places……/data-breach-exposes…/
Companies mentioned are: Amazon, Edmodo, Microsoft, Creative Commons, ASCD, and Illinois Shared Learning Environment. I wonder if this has something to do with why Amazon testified against protecting student data during the 2015 Nevada legislative session?…/us-department-education-launches…
“This bill [HR 4174] is clearly setting up a national database that will follow Americans throughout their lives. It is much more akin to Chinese efforts, not that of a constitutional republic.” This is very bad for all of us!…/dangerous-bill-could-be…/
Nine minute video including information on SIB’s (social impact bonds).
“I overhead a parent complaining to administrators that they had always monitored screen-time, but when the laptops were sent home, everything spiraled out of control. Homework is on the computer and often online, and the parents’ ability to monitor screen-time has been hijacked.”…/
Some of our local teachers require students to use “educational” social media accounts.…/former-facebook-exec-ripping…

From the article:

“His first exposure to screens occurred in first grade at a highly regarded public school — named one of California’s ‘Distinguished Schools’ — when he was encouraged to play edu-games after class…”

“If screens are indeed digital drugs, then schools have become drug dealers. Under misguided notions that they are ‘educational,’ the entire classroom landscape has been transformed over the past 10 years into a digital playground that includes Chromebooks, iPads, Smart Boards, tablets, smartphones, learning apps and a never-ending variety of ‘edu-games.’

These so-called ‘edu-games’ are digital Trojan horses — chock-full of the potential for clinical disorders. We’ve already seen ADHD rates explode by over 50 percent the past 10 years as a whole generation of screen-raised kids succumb to the malaise-inducing glow. Using hyper-stimulating digital content to ‘engage’ otherwise distracted students creates a vicious and addictive ADHD cycle: The more a child is stimulated, the more that child needs to keep getting stimulated in order to hold their attention…”

“’I was shocked to learn that the Maryland State Department of Education had no medically sound health guidelines in place before they put so many of our children in front of a computer every day . . . The schools keep encouraging more screen time in the classroom without any regard for our children’s well-being,’ Eckard told me. ‘Our children are owed a safe classroom environment, and right now they’re not getting one.’

Some parents are opting out of public schools for less technology-dependent schools. Many Silicon Valley engineers and executives, for example, put their kids in non-tech Waldorf schools.”…/kids-turn-violent-as-parents…/

There is an insidious patent, number 6,506,148 B2 by Dr. H. Loos, in January 14, 2003 for: Nervous System Manipulation by Electromagnetic Fields from Monitors. Every person who is in front of a computer monitor screen are subject to manipulation. The US Government hired this scientist for government sponsored programs. The LESS time in front of a screen, the better. Years later, this scientist who later owned has shown signs of remorse.
THEY KNOW that they are doing this to our children. Parents need to be vocal. Trump wants to end the hold of the Common Core and is up against the Deep State. Keep being vocal and encourage the President. Let your light of righteous indignation shine and be seen. God Bless.
“’She didn’t mention the central problem with [school choice],’ the authors write. ‘[T]he danger that when the money follows the child, government regulations will be close behind to strip private schools of the characteristics that made them appealing to parents in the first place.’
The authors add:
‘[S]o-called personalized learning is actually depersonalized, computerized training rather than genuine education. It replaces a liberal arts education with pared-down workforce-development training that concentrates on “skills” corporations deem necessary for the (current) job market. It props children in front of computer screens that feed them curricula (probably not available for parental review) that children can click through without really learning anything. It indoctrinates children with government-approved attitudes, mindsets, and beliefs. It collects literally millions of data points on children that will allow the government and vendors to create profiles and algorithms that may control each child’s future life path. It minimizes human interaction, converting professional educators into data clerks.'”…/conservatives-erupt-betsy…/
As problematic as social media is, free “education” software is much worse, because the faceless entities behind the scenes will be developing profiles on our children that will likely affect their future. Most parents have no idea this is happening and even if they do, they will never see the profiles (or t,he data on their children) used to create the profiles. At the moment the only way I can see to stop this is do NOT allow your children to use any “education” software.
MUST READ THIS 2500 WORD DOCUMENT! Thank you [name withheld] for this Document. They leave off a couple things: 1) The data is NEVER deleted 2) NV is one of only 5 states that have taken something like this so far,…/nevadas-new-super-data… 3) NV is at the bottom when it comes to educating children, but toward the top of invading their privacy by tracking them from the cradle to the grave.
In addition in the document (link above) the NDE does not consider parents stakeholders in their children’s education they consider them interested parties. That pretty much sums up the attitude of the NDE, and the NDE has lead NV to the bottom in education performance, but the top in invasion of children’s privacy.
Subtitle: One of the HUGE pieces of Common Core was trading paper and pencil for electronic devices in the classroom with pre-loaded curriculum that parents were not allowed to view, and the results have been catastrophic.…/common-core-failure…/

Third party vendors like Google, Edmodo, Prezi, ClassDojo, Nearpod, and hundreds more may be illegally tracking children younger than 13 years old.

A new study from the University of California at Berkeley and the International Computer Science Institute titled: Won’t Somebody Think of the Children? Examining COPPA Compliance at Scale shows how third party applications and software companies for children are not in compliance with current COPPA laws.…/issue3/popets-2018-0021.pdf

This story did not get as much media time as the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica story but it’s much more important in regards to our children; specifically what “free” third party vendors (including education vendors) are doing with our children’s data.

We at Protect Nevada Children (PNC) have been telling parents for years: “Do not allow your children to use education apps and software.” It’s good to hear that Serge Egelman, University of California, Berkeley (NBC News article below), agrees with us.

One of the big problems is no one is policing what these free “education” vendors are doing with children’s most personal data, school work, and what type of student profiles these vendors are creating on our children. The still unanswered question we at PNC have been asking for years: “How will all this data in the hands of largely unregulated third party vendors affect the future of our children?”

When it comes to collecting, storing, and analyzing data then creating profiles on children, free “education” apps and software are much more problematic than social media and entertainment apps, because they have much more personal data about our children!

Washington Post, April 18, 2018 title: Thousands of apps in Google Play Store may be illegally tracking children
“Thousands of the tested apps collected the personal data of children younger than 13 without a parent’s permission, the study found.”…/thousands-of…/…

Education Week, April 13, 2018 titled: Thousands of Android Mobil Apps Improperly Track Children
“‘This is an important study because it sheds light on the invisible background collection of information about users that many people in education are not aware of,’ said Douglas A. Levin of EdTech Strategies.”…/android_mobile_apps_track…

NBC News, April 17 2018 titled: Thousands of Android apps may be improperly tracking kids’ data
“‘There is no way for the average consumer to tell if an app can do this, (track a child’s location and create a complete user profile)’ Egelman told NBC News. The solution? ‘Don’t use apps,’ said Egelman.”…/thousands-android-apps…

“Key findings of the reporter include:
Parents and students are generally unable to determine how and why certain student lists were compiled or the basis for designation a student as associated with a particular attribute like race, religion, and purported interests.
It is difficult to ascertain sources for student data: large school districts claim they do not sell directory information except to the military and other educational institutions.
Data brokers operating in the student information marketplace frequently change names, merge and have affiliated relationships, making it difficult to identify student data brokers.
Despite all of this, students lists are commercially available for purchase on the basis of ethenicity, affluence, religion, lifestyle, awkwardness and even a preceived or predicated need of family planning services.”…/report-reveals…/

Data brokers are selling our children’s data. Some of this data is collected from “education” software and applications our schools are pressuring our children to use. Schools expect students to share an incredible amount of personal data with these “free” third party “education” vendors. Reading the article below you see why these vendors provide “free” applications and software to school children.

From the article: “Researchers were startled to find that while they were able to easily purchase this information to sell potential products to this demographic, the 14 and 15 year old girls who were presumed to need family planning services knew very little about what data they were providing to commercial data brokers to make this assumption. Their parents were largely in the dark, too.

CLIP recently published the findings from their study, ‘Transparency and the Marketplace for Student Data,’ and found little transparency for data subjects about how student data is being used commercially. Data brokers advertise lists of students organized for traits from religion to ‘awkwardness,’ YET ALMOST NO INFORMATION EXISTS FOR STUDENTS OR PARENTS ABOUT WHERE DATA IS BEING COLLECTED, HOW HIGH LEVEL INSIGHT IS BEING DERIVED, OR WHAT RIGHTS THEY MAY HAVE TO OPT-IN OR OUT.

‘The high level takeaway is that it’s difficult for parents and students to find out much information. There’s a transparency issue,’ N. Cameron Russell, an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School and lead author of the study, told Legaltech News.

Russell and his colleagues pursued their research following a similar study intended to track the growth of cloud computing in school districts. In their followup, the researchers intended to examine some of the sources of student data and map the market landscape around it. Instead, they found those data sources to be ‘completely a black box.’”…/student-data-mining-is-a…/…

NV has zero privacy legislation. We have work to do.
Elana Zeide PULSE Fellow in Artificial Intelligence, Law & Policy
UCLA School of Law. When you have time click here to watch the last 14 minutes of Ms. Zeide’s talk!
One town in CT said NO to allowing computers (Zuckerberg) to take over their school.…/the-connecticut-resistance-to-zucks…
Yes Anita Hoge warned us years ago this was and is happening
The same thing is happening in Nevada. Actually in Washoe County (Reno) the District assigns all students an email address when they enroll (kindergarten), without parental consent. Parents used to be able to opt-out of getting a District email address, now we can’t. To make matters worse the student District email address looks like this:, the user name is also their Student ID. To me that’s like using your social security number for your email address.
you are correct
Here is a post from a Louisiana anti-Common Core page:

Louisiana received a federal grant for literacy. About 56 districts received funding through our state department of education. Districts were essentially bribed to adopt Tier I curricula—chosen by the Louisiana Department of Education under John White’s leadership and most of which were developed by Common Core promoters. The Wit and Wisdom curriculum is from Great Minds, a company formerly known as Common Core, Inc. This state did NOT get rid of Common Core. Only the name has been changed. The result? Well based on research coming out of states who have had this mess longer, student achievement in our state may not only stay at the bottom, it may just sink further still.…/new-york-common-core-produces-m…/


And another post from said page:

Your student is NOT required to fill out the ACT survey. Critically think about why LDOE/BESE is now trying to force all students to take ACT and fill out FAFSA. Research and make an informed decision about your student’s data.…/for-sale-survey-data-on-millions-…


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

Louisiana is first state to be approved for new, #innovative #English#assessment to #assess #student #achievement under the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority, part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (#ESSA) by the U.S. Department of Education

Louisiana Department of Education [Comments on LDOE Facebook page.]


Here is a post from a New Mexico anti-Common Core page:

Instead of more instructional days, students will have 15 more test prep days. Such a shame.


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

“Istation’s computer-adaptive assessments (known as ISIP™) immediately place students on personalized instructional paths unique to their needs. An animated, game-like interface effectively engages students so well, they don’t even realize they’re being evaluated.”….. TX …..FL also.


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

If the parent DOES NOT sign this form ….the child WILL BE attending. “Group Therapy” …parent needs to find out exactly what this therapy is … it’s too generalized….PATENT NEEDS SPECIFICS. IMHO… this type of note is awful…the parent should have to SIGN for child to be able to participate…this type of form letter of …”well if we don’t hear back we “assume” you are okay with us proceeding” is intentional. NOT TO MENTION THE FACT MANY PARENTS DO NOT CHECK YOUNG CHILDREN’s bookbags daily.

sneaky therapy form


And here are some replies to this post:

Haha! These people are delusional!!

“Confidentiality is expected of all group members”

they are CHILDREN for god sake! If they get dirt on any kid it will be used against the child until he graduates! What are these people thinking!?




Give the education system back to the states where it belongs,we can keep a much better eye on these indoctrination tactics. Wake up parents some of these teachers are commie socialist globalist they could care less about America. I know how the schools are,had to fight them all the time for my kids education, they got to see me much to often,they hated it. So when they say they would like to see more parents involved most of them are lying. Do not turn your back on these so called educators, remember they get their money from the government. So be there for your kids,make time they need you more then ever.


This is so crazy. Even if you’re the type of parent that checks the backpack everyday, the child could leave the letter in their desk or lose it. BUT THEY’RE JUST GOING TO ASSUME YOU’RE OK WITH IT…whatever the subjects are? I really don’t know why we (the country) put so much trust in the system.


No way. Parental signature for therapy has to be ‘opt in’ not ‘opt out’. If a school has a problem with astudent, take it up with the parent. I don’t care how hard it might be. This type of policy threatens all parental rights.


I am authorized to volunteer there so she will see me Monday morning. I do not think she knows I am able to come and go there so I won’t announce myself and hopefully I won’t leave in handcuffs like I did last time. She’s going to get an education is trickery from a master. I had to take technical writing for the NSA so I can make a sentence into a book. There is no mention of cause or effect and a non signature is authorization is going to cost her dearly. I won’t leave until it’s changed on every form they have and I will check with my attorney as well. A non signature is illegal that I already know. It’s despicable especially for uneducated parents who would not even notice it. I better take a Xanax before I go so i don’t flip out on her it’s so dirty and underhanded.


And another post from this page:

Panama City, Fla. – Bay District Schools accused the Health Department in Bay County of stealing student health records from schools Wednesday.

News 13 obtained more than 150 pages of public records including emails between principals, district staff, Superintendent Bill Husfelt and Doug Kent, the administrator of the health department.

The district and the health department terminated their contract to provide health services to students this year and the district contracted with Pancare.

Emails from principals at more than 10 schools detail instances where they say health department nurses allegedly came to the school over the summer to pack up supplies and took student information with them.

The district now says they are asking the state to launch an investigation.


And yet another post:

“A homework question that a Pickens High School student whom I tutor needed help on. He will be graded on this and must pick the “correct” answer to get credit. I also posted a copy of the article from which the answer was to be derived and which by name promotes the Democrat Party tax policies. Since this subject is not mentioned in the article, one must assume the teacher pontificated to “explain how this works”. I told the student no correct answer was offered and to just randomly select from the liberal propaganda choices provided. I am not impressed.”


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

Dear Superintendent Minnihan,

Based on this article in the Manchester Union Leader, your school district is actively engaging students in social and emotional learning, (SEL) and screening Kindergarten students. In accordance with RSA 91-as a Right to Know Request, I am requesting the following information:

1) The name/link to the vendor who is providing the materials for screenings, and treatment for children who are then diagnosed “in need of treatment.”

2) Provide the policy that then states how each child’s data will be secured.
a) What happens to that data once a child leaves the school district?
b) What happens to that data if the vendor files bankruptcy?
c) Is this data ever destroyed? IF so, by whom?

3) Provide the peer reviewed/independent research on any program used to diagnose or treat SEL issues? I’m not looking for biased research provided by the vendor, but actual independent research that shows the effectiveness of the program.

4) Who administers the screenings in the school? Their credentials and license?

5) Who then administers the treatment if a child is flagged for needing the additional support/ treatment? Their credentials?

6) What is the percentage of false/positives that accompany the screenings?

7) What happens if there is a false/positive? Who is involved ? Their credentials?

8) Provide a copy of the contract between the school district and the SEL vendor.

9) Provide a copy of ALL questions that are asked to screen students in your school district for every grade level.

10) Provide a copy of the permission slip sent to parents/guardians requesting their consent to screen or assess their child on SEL. What, if any, information did you provide to parents on the vendor who is providing this service?

11) Did the school board members vote to approve of mental health screenings for all students? If so, when did that vote take place?

12) Did the legal team provide any details on the possibilities of a malpractice lawsuit or something similar, that could arise if a child who is being treated by the school district, acts out in a violent way or harms themselves or others? If so, what kind of information was provided to the administration and/or school board members?

13) Is the SEL program being provided though a grant or is there any financial compensation to the district ? If so, what are the details? Was it provided free of charge?

14) Since children become research subjects, have their families been offered any sort of compensation? If not, why not?

15) Are copies of all assessments sent to parents so they can review what is being asked of their children?

16) Provide the ethical guidelines the district currently uses when conducting research on children and/or assessing their mental health.

17) What are the current school board policies addressing mental health screenings/treatment in the school ?

18) What are the current school board policies guiding research on students ?

19) What credentials in child psychology do the staff members have, that were trained by Cassie Yackley?

20) In the article it states: Laconia has been hit hard over the past decade by the opioid crisis and fallout from the economic recession.

And classroom teachers were seeing the impacts in their classrooms: Defiance, disobedience, aggression toward other students and staff members, “kids picking up chairs and throwing them…,” according to McKenzie Harrington-Bacote, director of Laconia School District’s Office of School Wellness.

Have you done any research into the curriculum and teaching practices currently used in the district to see if they are contributing to any of these negative behaviors?

21) The article mentions that Cassie Yackley is a psychologist, can you provide her advanced degree, and clinical training?

22) Once these individuals are trained, what exactly will they do in terms of assessing/treating children who’ve been flagged with an SEL problem?

I was unable to access e-mail addresses for all of the school board members. Please forward this information to them.


And another post  from said group:

Where did Common core come from?? The answer will shock you!

Common Core ties to Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia
By Bethany Blankley – – Tuesday, April 7, 2015

“Where did Common Core come from?” is a question I often hear from parents as I travel the country speaking about the Islamic infiltration of America.

Because in 2014-15 America, public school students via Common Core are:

• Participating in public school-sponsored trips to mosques via taxpayer expense, girls must wear head scarves (Colorado parents complain)

• Debating whether or not the Holocaust was “merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain,” (an eighth-grade assignment defended by the Rialto Unified School District, Los Angeles)

• Pledging allegiance in Arabic (New York)

• Observing two “Muslim holy days,” (New York City)

• Being taught Islamic vocabulary lessons (North Carolina)

• Being taught Islamic culture (Tennessee)

• Being taught world history from Islamic perspective (Florida) that includes learning about the five pillars of Islam (Maryland father, a Marine Corps veteran, complains and is banned from school grounds)

• Told to proselytize by creating a pamphlet about Islam to “introduce Islam to 3rd graders” that introduces Allah to children as the same God of the Christians and Jews (Michigan)

• Reciting in class the Shahada, “There is No God but Allah,” and the Muslim call to prayer (Massachusetts)

Parents in every state are outraged, protesting and asking, “Why is Islam being taught in public schools?” and “How did this happen?” “Where is the ACLU?” “Where are the people ‘protesting against’ religion being taught in public schools?”

Common Core origins

The short answer is that President Obama’s push for “hope and change” translates into completely transforming America — for the worse. Common Core is but one of many parts of an intricate plan to infiltrate every area of American society with Islam. Which is why, Common Core’s origin and funding came from Qatar, Libya and Saudi Arabia.

Globally, Common Core originated from the “One World Education” concept, a global goal orchestrated by the Connect All Schools program. Its origin is funded by the Qatar Foundation International (QFI). The director of QFI’s Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics is Tariq Ramadan, grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder, Hassan al-Banna.

According to the WND website, in 2011, QFI “partnered with the Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to facilitate matchmaking between classrooms in the U.S. and international schools through … the ‘Connect All Schools’ project.” QFI states on its website that the initiative was founded in response to Mr. Obama’s infamous 2009 Cairo speech, during which the Muslim Brotherhood was seated in the front row.

Mr. Obama’s mentor, domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, received $49.2 million from Vartan Gregorian, a board member of the Qatar Foundation, who also is involved with Mr. Obama’s White House Fellowships Commission. Gregorian is an integral part of Connect All Schools, through which Qatar invested $5 million to teach Arabic in American public schools.

Domestically, in America, Common Core was “created by” the National Governor’s Association (NGA), Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), Achieve Inc., ACT and the College Board. The Common Core State Standards are copyrighted by the NGA and CCSSO, a private company, which means they cannot be changed.

Many groups helped create these standards (chief among them, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Nations) but Pearson Education, an NGA donor and CCSSO’s listed business and industry partner, is integral to Common Core.

Common Core was implemented in states that accepted federal funds from the 2009 “Race to the Top” initiative, which encouraged states to receive federal money to adopt new standards that would improve their public school children’s test performance results.

In order for a state to participate, the state board of education and the state’s educational professional standards board would have voted to adopt Common Core standards. Each participating state has posted the Common Core Standards on its state department of education website.

Two years prior to the Obama administration’s Race to the Top initiative, in 2007, the FBI uncovered documents revealing the goals of the Muslim Brotherhood, and its subsidiary organizations like CAIR, planned to indoctrinate American K-12 students by teaching Islam.

The seized documents were part of the 2007 Holy Land Foundation trial, the largest terror-funding trial in U.S. history. The FBI uncovered the Muslim Brotherhood’s manifesto “on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America” (Exhibit 42945 and Exhibit 42946).

After states applied for “Race to the Top” federal funds in 2009, Pearson Education created Common Core curriculum and standards. Pearson Education is also the sole evaluator of teachers in some states. In order for New York State to continue receiving “Race to the Top” federal funds, it had to implement “reforms.” Pearson Education now solely administers the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA).


Here is a post from the anti-CBE group:

more wearable tech …


Here is a post  that was shared on a Michigan anti-Common Core page:

YES! Whistleblower who was fired for questioning SLDS collecting and sharing student data–is suing the Oregon Dept of Ed. Let’s hope there is an investigation into the SLDS!!

She believes that top state officials forced her out because she raised privacy and security concerns about a massive database the state is building with records on millions of Oregonians, many of them children.


Looks like another Illinois school has caved to the Leftist open bathrooms agenda:


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

The greatest illusion in public “education” today is the Title I school. It was the original FedEd money “hook” that allowed the national government to start their invasion in to what had been a local and State domain. And after more than 60 years of national government “help” in Title I schools, outcomes are worse today than they were in the 1960s when all of this “grand plan” was started. And the State and local educrats refuse to even talk about it because their friends and fellow educrats might no longer be needed.


And here is a reply to this post:

I did a Duck Duck Go search (I don’t use Google) on “Title 1 Schools” and this was the 1st result. It’s interesting that the big national government decided way back in 1965 that a child’s economic circumstance was paramount to that child, and in turn their whole school, being able to have academic achievement. To the point where the educrats have developed a whole “system” of methods to deal with “educating” economically disadvantaged children. Doesn’t this seem to be a bizarre measure for determining a child’s learning potential?…/11105-basics-of…/


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

It is all becoming more and more clear….
School Choice Corporate Reformers are not pushing quality education, they are just pushing… “Choice” and “Competition”.

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

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

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

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


What has been written into the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which is the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), originally passed in 1965, which opened the door for Title 1 federal dollars to go to economically disadvantaged students; now is the access point to every American student, pre-natal through the workforce; via illegal collected private data partnered with “Blended Funding” also known as Social Impact Bonds (SIBS).

Anita Hoge clearly laid it out…..

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

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

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


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

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

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


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


A school in Windsor, Vermont gave their fifth-grade students a survey that asked about their sexual history, preferences and gender identity:



Truth about the VA

So, is the VA still abusing veterans?  I’m going to do some research to find out.

Here is a post from a pro-veteran anti-VA abuse group:

‘I knew something was not right’: Mass cancellations of diagnostic test orders at VA hospitals draw scrutiny

VA canceling thousands of diagnostic tests across the country

Radiology technologist Jeff Dettbarn, alleges thousands of tests at the Iowa City VA were improperly canceled, potentially risking veterans’ lives.

Reporter Tony Leys of the Des Moines Register, a member of the USA TODAY Network, contributing.


And another post from this group:

He did’t fall, he was pushed through the cracks by the VA’s psychological battering.


And here are some replies to this post:

No crack the VA created a hole as wide and deep as the Grand Canyon. The VA has become like the Republican Party vets don’t deserve and are looking for a hand out That’s why good doctors and nurses don’t last long . The is a money pit with no bottom l. No amount of money will fix the VA . The VA is organize crime nore ruthless than the costa Nostra and as deadly as the mafia .


That’s despicable! 😔 There are so many cases like this. I can’t believe they’re getting away with it! 😶


Happens 22 times a day as far as Veterans Administration is concerned they just fall through the cracks


When you go to the VA for any mental health issue you are treated like a prisoner. First you are made to strip then you are put into pajamas that look eerily similar to POW cloths. Then at times the staff laughs and jokes about severely ill patients. This has happened to me. While I’m not proud of having PTSD I have seen one person I know kill himself as a result of being turned away from the VA. No Veteran should be left behind. If the VA had that kind of mentality we wouldn’t be in the situation we now are in with the VA!!!!


And here are some posts in reply to a post about the VA rejecting a whistleblower claim of abuse:

I have full, legal binding evidence to the back and paralysis issue in the story. They neglected me for 20 years and I ended up paralyzed, in surgery, learn to walk again, etc… I also have a youtube video of one of their doctors making it a “mental issue”. Mental issues don’t collapse into your spinal cord. Any lawyers want my info? I can bust this case WIDE OPEN….


Following- trying to learn the process… I have paralysis issues because they declared me delusional bipolar when I actually had a broken back


I had a T6-T12 Sci diagnosed then was deleted and told it was all in my head still paralyzed still in a chair. Not sure what’s more messed up is they deleted it or they still provide me stuff like my chair, ramps, lift for my truck and various other stuff including monthly stuff I don’t get full Sci care through the VA but they treat it.
Also not sure if I can say this or not but F it I wonder how a person once under an OIG investigation(I was called for a statement but already played VA games of retaliation I was all set going on record after a doc) goes from that to whistleblower Kois was a completely disrespectful ahole


They dont want any administrative cases proven by Veterans to become a case…especially by the same agency that is suppose to provide care…surely and couldnt be harming us{{INSERT SARCASM}}


HERE IS PROOF: I am battling dental care. My private practice had to threaten the VA with no longer supporting the VA outpatient program because of such long reaction time to a simple implant procedure. I went to the VA yesterday (Sept 26) to ask about payment that has been in limbo well over 2 months. Further investigation determined the VA staff sent the paperwork to the wrong department. Once the dental implant paperwork arrive to the correct department, they had up to 90 days to send out payment. Therefore, they deliberately did it wrong to meet a time line. We finally told the Manch VA dental Department if payment was received almost immediately, we would also speak with the NH Board of NH Dental Practices who would in turn speak directly with the Veteran Affairs Dental Department. MORE PROOF: This particular VA is complained to the DC VFW about me supposedly being abusive and threatening to the staff to the point that the VFW formally withdrew representing me in my otherwise legitimate appeals case that was a slam dunk to win. SOP dictates I must be notified of such commentary and perceived actions which I never was. This happened after I “FIRED” 3 physicians for not doing their job. I found them editing my appointment concerns WITH PROOF. Their response was calling security because the obviously NEW Drs suddenly felt “alarmed” learning I was not taken back by their MD titles. They vanished and security appeared and had nothing to add.


And another post from this group:

As a VA employee, I have seen how they leave veteran’s ssn’s out.I have been reporting it to the privacy officer for over a year. I also have reported it to the oig. Plus they had a doctor throw out multiple vets ssn’s. I have reported it and gave the info to the privacy officer four separate occasions. I have no idea as how to stop it. Ideas?


And here is a reply to this post:

I have made many comments on Ebenifit hacks and I really believe what is behind the uptick of the hacks/frauds is due to SSN not being protected at the VA. In Tampa we had VA employees trading Veterans SSN for drugs and linked is one in Arkansas the FBI caught by a VA employee selling SSN of Veterans. Second link is to a law office getting ready to sue on behalf of veterans who have losses over these hacks and had SSN stolen in recent scandals. If I got your SSN all I got to find is your birthdate and full name to change Ebenifits info to log into account, There have been thousands this year and the VA is still denying its happening.…/arkansas-va-employee-charged…/



SEL Guys Part 2

I made a part 2 (Part 1 was getting kind of long.)

Aperture Education Buddies

Agency and Professional Organization Partners

Devereux Center for Resilient Children
Parent Company and Research Partner

Parent Company and Partner

Distilled Technology
Technology Development Partner

National Association of School Psychologists
Professional Organization Partner

National Afterschool Association
Professional Organization Partner

Oates Associates
Consulting Partner

MDR Education
Marketing Partner

Technical Development Partner

KEH Communications
Public Relations Partner

Big Oak
Marketing Partner

Underscore Creative
Creative Content Partner

Technical Development Partner

Assessment and Curriculum Partners

DESSA Licensing Partner

Esteem Therapeutics
DESSA Licensing Partner

Committee for Children
Aligned Assessment and Curriculum Partner

Engaging Schools
Curriculum Partner


Milwaukee Succeeds SEL Guys

America Scores Milwaukee

Artists Working in Education (AWE)

ArtWorks for Milwaukee

Bader Philanthropies

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

Center for Peace Building

Center for Youth Engagement

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

City of Milwaukee – Office of Violence Prevention

City on a Hill

COA Youth & Family Centers

Community Advocates

Disability Rights Wisconsin

First Stage

Girl Scouts of Wisconsin

Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Growing Minds

Interfaith Older Adult Programs

The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread

Know Thyself

Lake Valley Camp

Mental Health America

Mequon Nature Preserve

Milwaukee Christian Center

Milwaukee Public Schools

Milwaukee Public Libraries

Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Milwaukee Succeeds (SEL Coordinator VISTA)

Milwaukee Urban League

Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO)

Neighborhood House of Milwaukee

New Concept Self Development Center

Our Next Generation

Pearls for Teen Girls


Reset – MindBody

Rogers InHealth

SET Ministries

Seton Schools


United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County

Urban Ecology Center

Urban League

Urban Underground

WI Department of Public Instruction

Wisconsin Humane Society

Youth Frontiers


Education Groups that Gates is Buying off Part 6

New Profit Learn to Earn Fund Buddies

  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • The Boston Foundation
  • Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
  • ECMC Foundation
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Hassenfeld Foundation
  • Hirsch Family Foundation
  • Joyce Foundation
  • Kresge Foundation
  • Lumina Foundation
  • Travelers Foundation
  • Spencer Foundation
  • Siegel Family Endowment
  • Walmart
  • Walmart Foundation


Learning Resource Metadata Initiative Buddies

Association of Educational Publishers

Creative Commons

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation



Teach for All Buddies


Global Champions

Our Global Champions have committed at least $1 million in annual funding to Teach For All

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative DAF, a donor advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Lawrence Ellison Foundation
Seedlings Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation


Our Partners have committed at least $500,000 in annual funding to Teach For All

Acacia Conservation Fund
Credit Suisse
Finnegan Family Foundation
Laura and John Arnold
Oak Foundation
Susan and Thomas Dunn
William K. Bowes Jr. Foundation


Our Supporters have committed at least $250,000 in annual funding to Teach For All

America for Bulgaria Foundation
Chubb Charitable Foundation
Doris & Donald Fisher Fund
IKEA Foundation
Kenneth C. Griffin
Lone Pine Foundation, Inc.
The Greg and Carrie Penner Fund of the Walton Family Foundation
The Moriah Fund
The Scully Peretsman Foundation

Strategic Partners

Our strategic partners provide significant in-kind support across key areas

Boston Consulting Group
Cisco Systems, Inc.

Friends of Teach For All & Other Donors

Our Friends of Teach For All have committed at least $5,000 in annual funding to Teach For All

Aga Khan Foundation
Amgen Foundation
Antonella Mei-Pochtler
Apax Foundation
Arconic Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
Dow Jones
Echidna Giving
Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union
Felipe Medina
Gregory Wendt
Huo Family Foundation
Ian Davis
Lidow Family Trust
Marcy Engel & Stuart Cobert
Nommontu Foundation
Paul & Sarah-Gay Fletcher
Rachel and Mike Jacobellis
Sue Lehmann and Ted Dreyfus
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Inc.
The Pershing Square Foundation
Tim Purcell
Vitol Foundation
Warburg Pincus

Network Partners

Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) Buddies


Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard University Buddies



The Research Alliance for New York City Schools Buddies

General Support Funders

The following organizations have provided support for general operating expenses or start-up funds.


New Schools for Chicago Buddies


Investors of $1,000,000 to $1,999,999

CME Group Foundation
The Crown Family
Exelon Foundation
Hurvis Charitable Foundation
Illinois Tool Works Foundation
Perkins Hunter Foundation
Satter Foundation

Investors of $500,000 to $999,999

Financial Investment Corporation
John Buck Company Foundation
Northern Trust
The Polk Bros Foundation
The Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust

Investors of $250,000 to $499,999

The Civic Committee
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Walton Family Foundation
Tim Schwertfeger

Investors of $100,000 to $249,999

Anderson-Formolo Family Foundation
Michelle Collins
Kautz Family Charitable Fund at the Chicago Community Trust
Deborah and Stephen Quazzo
Rauner Family Foundation

Investors of $25,000 to $99,999

Dr. Scholl Foundation
John Searle Family Fund
Madigan Family Foundation
United Airlines

Investors up to $24,999

The Barr Fund
R. Eden Martin
Sue L. Gin
Louis Raizin





Best Portion Foundation

BMO Harris

The Boston Consulting Group

The Broad Foundation

Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago

CME Group Foundation

The Crown Family

Education Cities

Evans Food Group Ltd.

Illinois Tool Works

The John Buck Company

The Joyce Foundation


Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE)

McCormick Foundation

Molex, LLC

Northern Trust


Steans Family Foundation

United Airlines


Walton Family Foundation


Consortium for Educational Change Buddies

Partner with CEC for IL-EMPOWER Support

The Consortium for Educational Change (CEC) has learned that school improvement hinges on the school, district, union, and board embracing change and nurturing early progress to ultimately produce results for students. CEC’s experience has proven that in order to improve, struggling schools must implement a small number of effective practices with fidelity rather than a… Read More

Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN)

The Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN), founded in 1995, is a nationwide network of more than 200 union locals from the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association. It brings local unions together to promote progressive reform in education and teacher unions, build relationships among key stakeholders, and to cultivate the next generation… Read More

On The Same Page 2.0

Since 2011, six national organizations, along with the U.S. Department of Education, have been working together to support labor-management collaboration in states and school districts throughout the country for the advancement of student learning. The organizations include: AASA, The School Superintendents Association; American Federation of Teachers (AFT); Council of Chief State School Officials (CCSSO); Federal… Read More

Partnership for Resilience

CEC is a member of the Partnership for Resilience, an organization that aims to transform and integrate education, healthcare, and community organizations to create a trauma-informed, family-focused system that measurably improves academic, health, and social outcomes for children impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). The Partnership for Resilience began in 2015 as the Southland Education and… Read More

Early Career Leadership Fellows (ECLF)

The Early Career Leadership Fellow (ECLF) initiative is a collaborative effort between the National Education Association (NEA) and CEC, which connects early career teacher leaders to union leadership, particularly around professional and social justice issues. The program has had a major impact on participants, who have reported increased connection and familiarity with the activities, mission, vision,… Read More

Growth Through Learning

Since February 2012, CEC has served as lead partner and fiscal agent of the Growth Through Learning (GTL) Illinois Performance Evaluation Program. CEC develops and offers online modules that provide training and related assessments to pre-qualify peer observers and teacher and principal evaluators throughout Illinois as part of GTL. The teacher and principal evaluator training… Read More

Partner Organizations


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


4.0 Schools Buddies

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Broad Foundation

Foundation for the Mid South

The Walton Family Foundation

Goldring Family Foundation

Mary Freeman Wisdom Foundation

Kauffman Logo


Baptist Community Ministries
Camelback Ventures
Ella West Freeman Foundation
Eugenie & Joseph Jones Foundation
Eugenie & Joseph Jones Foundation
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Excellent Schools New Mexico
Goldring Family Foundation
Goldring Family Foundation
Mebane Foundation
Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
Moonshot EdVentures
NewSchools Venture Fund
Omidyar Network
Opportunity 180
ProBono Publico Foundation
Rosamary Foundation
The Drexel Fund
The Lean Lab
The Mindtrust
Walton Family Foundation
Washington Charter Schools Association

Institute of Play Buddies


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

General Motors

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The Arthur Miller Foundation

The Benedum Foundation

Carnegie Corporation of New York

California Endowment for the Arts

The Grable Foundation

ESA Foundation

Hive Learning Fund at the New York Community Trust

Intel Corporation

JPMorgan Chase Fellowship Initiative

The National Science Foundation

Pearson Foundation

Riot Games

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Woodrow Wilson Foundation


Allegheny Intermediate Unit



Boys and Girls Club of America

Chicago International Charter School-Civitas

Committee for Children

Connected Learning Alliance

DePaul University

Digital Youth Network

Educational Testing Service

Educator Innovator


Electronic Arts

E-Line Media

Filament Games

Games for Change

Hive Learning Network


Joan Ganz Cooney Center

Kohelet Foundation

The Mozilla Foundation

National Writing Project

The National Center for Literacy Education

New York City Department of Education

NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

New York University

Parsons New School of Design

PBS Learning Media


Quest to Learn


Share My Lesson

SMALLab Learning

SRI International


The University of the Arts, Philadelphia


ASU Center for Games and Impact Buddies

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The innovative ARX middle school curriculum games, Doctors Cure and Mystery of Taiga River, were produced with generous support from the Gates Foundation

Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop

Together we investigate how families and educators can leverage digital media technologies to help children develop 21st century skills.

E-Line Media

Our E-Line partnership is founded on the premise that unlocking the power of games to genuinely engage, educate and empower youth is a challenging, but solvable problem.


We collaborate on game-infused solutions for teacher digital professional development and creating tech solutions for digital literacy for women and girls in Africa.

MacArthur Foundation

Funds and resources from the MacArthur Foundation help advance many impact-based research projects and game-infused solutions for learning and civic engagement.

National Science Foundation

NSF funds support our impact-based research, whitepaper, and roundtable initiatives, as well as the Boone’s Meadow math game (in partnership with Vanderbilt).

New Media Innovation Lab

An interdisciplinary innovation collaboration to teach journalism students newsgame design and investigate game-infused solutions for impact in journalism.


We are working to bring game-infused virtual worlds and systems thinking projects for kids to life in collaboration with the Public Broadcasting Service.


Working with E-Line, NetHope, and USAID, we explore innovative tools that use the power of technology to engage young people in the digital and real world.


On the Same Page 2.0 Buddies

Co-Sponsor Organizations

American Federation of Teachers (
• Council of Chief State School Officers (
• Council of the Great City Schools (
• National Education Association (
• National School Boards Association (
• The School Superintendents Association (

Philanthropic/Non-Profit Organizations

Gates Foundation (
• Joyce Foundation (
• Noyce Foundation (
• MetLife Foundation (
• Wallace Foundation

Educational Laboratories

American Institute for Research (Midwest REL) (
• Education Northwest (
• McREL International (
• Northeast Regional Educational Laboratory (
• Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest (
• SERVE Center (SouthEast REL) (

Leadership Organizations

• Achieve (
• Alliance for Excellence in Education (
• The Aspen Institute (
• Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) (
• Center for Collaborative Education (
• College Summit (
• Education First (
• Education Trust (
• Education Week (
• Hunt Institute (
• Insight Education Group (
• National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) (
• National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) (
• National Governors Association (
• National Middle School Association (
• National Professional Learning Community (
• National Schools Public Relations Association (NSPRA) (
• Phi Delta Kappan International (
• Solution Tree (
• Student Achievement Partners (

Content/Subject Area Organizations

American Association for the Advancement of Science (
• American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (
• Annenberg Learner (
• Center on Instruction (
• Doing What Works (
• Edutopia (
• Illustrative Mathematics (
• Institute of Educational Science (IES) (http://ies.ed.gove/ncee/wwc)
• International Reading Association (
• International Society of Technology in Education (
• Khan Academy (
• National Core Arts Standards (
• National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) (
• National Council Teacher of English (NCTE) (
• National Council Teachers of Mathematics (
• National Science Foundation (
• National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) (
• Partnership for 21st Century Skills (
• Smithsonian Science Education Center (

Assessment Groups

Association for Achievement and Improvement through Assessment (Assessment Reform Group)
• Data First (An initiative of the National School Board Association) (
• National Center for Education Statistics (
• Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) (
• Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) (

Social-Emotional Learning Organizations

Collaborative for Academic and Social-Emotional Learning (CASEL) (
• Dana Foundation (
• Spencer Foundation (
• Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence (

Special Population Organizations

Black Alliance for Educational Options (
• Center on Response to Intervention (
• Colorin Colorado (
• Common Core Spanish Translation (
• National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) (
• National Center for Learning Disabilities (
• PowerUp What Works (Students with Disabilities) (
• Stanford University–Understanding Language (
• Universal Design Strategies – Goalbook (

Parent Organizations

Parent Teacher Association (
• Parent Teacher Organization (


Open Professionals Education Network (OPEN) Buddies

Creative Commons (CC)

Open Learning Initiative (OLI) at Stanford University

Carnegie Mellon University, Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)

Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC)

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Making Digital Learning Work Report Supporters

Boston Consulting Group
Arizona State University
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


University of Texas, Arlington digital learning research network (dLRN) Grant Buddies

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

University of Texas, Arlington digital learning research network (dLRN)


Carnegie Mellon University

University of Michig


SRI International

University System of Georgia

California Community Colleges

University of Arkansas System


College in High School Alliance Buddies


Joyce Foundation

ECMC Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation



National Organizations

AASA: The School Superintendents Association


ACT, Inc.

Advance CTE

Alliance for Excellent Education

America Forward

America’s Promise Alliance

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)

American Association of Community Colleges

American Indian Higher Education Consortium

American Youth Policy Forum

Association for Career and Technical Education

Augustus F. Hawkins Foundation

AVID Center

Bard College

Center for American Progress

Complete College America

Education Commission of the States

The Education Trust

Foundation for Excellence in Education

Gateway to College

GEO Foundation

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities


The Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC)

Jobs for the Future


Learning Policy Institute

National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) 

National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC)

National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO)

National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE)

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP)

National Writing Project

New America

Middle College National Consortium

State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO)

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)

YouthBuild USA

Bold = Steering Committee

State Organizations

Arkansas Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships

Be Foundation

The Bridge of Southern New Mexico

California Coalition of Early & Middle Colleges (CCEMC)

Career Ladders Project

Center of Excellence in Leadership and Learning – University of Indianapolis

City University of New York, NY

Colorado Department of Higher Education

Educate Texas

Georgia State University Early College Program, GA

Illinois Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships

Indiana Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (INCEP)

Michigan Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships

Michigan Early/Middle College Association (MEMCA)

Missouri Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships

New England Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships

New York Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NYCEP)

Ohio Alliance of Dual Enrollment Partnerships

Ohio Early College Association

The Rural Alliance of Washington

SERVE Center, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Technical College System of Georgia, GA

University System of Georgia, GA

Utah Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships


Institutions & Schools

Advanced Technology Academy, MI
Arapahoe Community College, CO
Capital Region Board of Cooperative Education Services, NY
The Early College at Lucy C. Laney High School, GA
Early College High School at Delaware State University, DE
Eastern Washington University, WA
Edmonds Community College, WA
Ferris State University, MI
Front Range Community College, CO
Georgia Cyber Academy, GA
Georgia State University Early College Program, GA
Mounds View Public Schools, MN
Owensboro Community & Technical College, KY
Pima Community College, AZ
Saint Louis University, MO
Scottsdale Community College, AZ
Saint Paul Public Schools, MN
University of Baltimore, MD
University of Louisville, KY
University of Missouri – Saint Louis, MO
Western Kentucky University, KY


CUNY Center for Advanced Study in Education (CASE) Buddies

Association of College and University Educators (ACUE)

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Hofstra University, Center for STEM Research

Hunter College of the City University of New York

Institute of Education Sciences of the United States Department of Education


LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York


National Center for Education and the Economy (NCEE)

Nation Science Foundation (NSF)

New York Community Trust (NYCT)

New York State Education Department (NYSED)

Rutgers University

Spencer Foundation

Teagle Foundation

The College Board

University of California, Merced (UCMERCED)


WCET Digital Learning Solution Network Buddies


  1. Achieving the Dream
  2. Association of Chief Academic Officers
  3. Association of Public & Land-grant Universities
  4. Dlrn @ University of Texas Arlington
  5. Digital Promise
  6. EdSurge
  8. Intentional Futures
  9. Online Learning Consortium
  10. SxSW
  11. Tyton Partners
  12. WCET




Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Equal Opportunity Schools Buddies


Google Foundation

Global Impact Awards support nonprofits using technology and innovation to tackle tough human challenges. We look for entrepreneurial teams with an idea to change the world and a healthy disregard for the impossible.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation established by Jack Kent Cooke to help exceptionally promising students reach their full potential through education. Launched in 2000, the Foundation focuses in particular on students with financial need. The Foundation’s scholarship and direct service programs support the education of approximately 650 remarkable students each year, while our grant making allows thousands more to engage in challenging educational experiences.

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

We focus on developing breakthrough products and practices that address the needs of each student, bringing together the best teachers, researchers, advocates and engineers to tackle pressing problems and growing a movement to support the development and broad adoption of powerful personalized learning solutions.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Silicon Valley Community Foundation is a comprehensive center of philanthropy. Through visionary leadership, strategic grant making and world-class experiences, we partner with donors to strengthen the common good locally and throughout the world.

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, provides grants to nonprofit originations in five states of the Pacific Northwest-Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington-that seek to strengthen the region’s educational, social, spiritual, and cultural base in creative an sustainable ways.

Pershing Square

The Pershing Square Foundation

The Pershing Square Foundation invests in organizations that use innovative and scalable solutions to attack the compounding roots of poverty: poor health, injustice, substandard education, economic limitations and isolated communities.

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Access to a high-quality public school can be a transformative experience for low-income students. Yet despite tremendous efforts, there remain too many low-income students in schools that don’t serve them well. We’re committed to helping underserved students improve academic performance and increasing access to quality education.

Tableau Foundation

Tableau Foundation

The Tableau Foundation is an initiative led by the employees of Tableau Software that encourages the use of facts and analytical reasoning to solve the world’s problems. Tableau Foundation grants combine Tableau’s two most valuable resources – its people and its products – with financial support to nonprofits that are using data to reshape communities around the globe.

Peery Foundation

Peery Foundation

The mission of the Peery Foundation is to strengthen youth and families to build lives of dignity and self-reliance. The Foundation invests in and serves social entrepreneurs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world.

Fossil Foundation

The global opportunity gap is preventing over a third of the world’s young people from reaching their potential. These underserved youth often don’t have access to resources and opportunities that are critical to their success. And it’s not just their loss, it’s ours. We see these young minds as untapped resources that our world simply can’t do without. Together, we must change the game for underserved youth so that they can build a brighter future for themselves, their families and their communities.

Raikes Foundation

The Raikes Foundation

The mission of the Raikes Foundation is to empower young people to transform their lives. The foundation believes that when students have learning mindsets and skills, they are motivated to learn and know how to learn.


Jacobson Family Foundation

The Jacobson Family Foundation’s education portfolio is anchored on the core belief that education is the cornerstone of our country’s success and what provides opportunity to all people. The Foundation’s focus is on dramatically altering student outcomes toward the highest levels of achievement. In addition, the Foundation pursues work intended to drive the system changes necessary to accelerate adoption of effective policies and practices that increase the drive to excellence in K-12 education.

Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and fighting hunger and poverty. In the United States, it seeks to significantly improve education so that all young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Draper Richards Kaplan

The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation provides selected social entrepreneurs with funding. The funds are specifically and solely for entrepreneurs starting new non-profit organizations. The Draper Richards Fellowships are highly selective, only awarding six fellowships per year so each grantee organization can be fully engaged.

New Schools

NewSchools Venture Fund

NewSchools Venture Fund is a not-for-profit organization working to close the achievement gap by funding and supporting entrepreneurs who are creating innovative solutions to the problems in public education so that all children have the opportunity to succeed in college and beyond. We actively share what we’ve learned through our investments, bring together educational leaders from across the country, and advocate for smart policies at the federal level.

Social Venture Partners

Social Venture Partners

Social Venture Partners of Seattle advances the common good by engaging and connecting a community of philanthropic leaders, strengthening local nonprofits, and catalyzing efforts to accelerate system change. SVP’s dual mission strives to strengthen nonprofit organizations and nurture philanthropists as engaged and effective givers.


Margoes Foundation

The Margoes Foundation was established in 1984 by the will of John A. Margoes. John Margoes envisioned the Foundation to be a resource and catalyst to support imaginative and creative program opportunities that enabled low-income and other disadvantaged youth to obtain a college education and people with mental disabilities to live in non-institutional environments and lead productive lives.

New Belgium

We are interested in programs that counteract the apathy that too often affects middle and high school students of all backgrounds. We support programs that help youth realize their own potential for learning and problem solving, as well as broader work that targets aspects of the education system that stifle that creativity.

Echoing Green

Echoing Green

Since 1987, Echoing Green’s mission has been to identify, invest in, and support the world’s most exceptional emerging leaders and the organizations they launch.

Westly Foundation

Westly Foundation

We identify and fund programs that help California’s children at risk. The Westly Foundation believes that investment in our children paves the way for success in the future. We work to do this through building new types of schools, enhancing the quality of the education in existing schools, or finding new ways for children to gain better access to health care and other services.

Silver Family Foundation

The Silver Family Foundation

The Silver Family Foundation focuses on transitional youth development programs that offer in-depth, long-term investments and opportunities for motivated, low-income youth. We prioritize programs that have a proven track record of improving outcomes around key youth development and academic benchmarks including 3rd grade reading, high school graduation, college attainment and completion.


America’s Promise  Alliance Buddies



Jim and Donna Barksdale

Citi Foundation

Ford Foundation


ING Foundation

Lumina Foundation

Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation

Apollo Group Inc.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Casey Family Programs

DeVry Inc.
Ford Motor Company Fund

National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA)

Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

Southwest Airlines

Apex Learning

Bank of America Foundation

Graduation Alliance


Taco Bell

Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation

FedEx Corporation

Andrea Mitchell

The Petersmeyer Family

American Beverage Association

America’s Natural Gas Alliance

Austin Community Foundation

BET Networks

BlueCross BlueShield

Brinker International

Clark, Lytle & Geduldig

Duke Energy

Michael & Melinda Egan

Ruth Freedman

Gould & Ratner


Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Malek Family Charitable Trust


National Restaurant Association

The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association

NextEra Energy

Pinnacle West Capital Corp.

Michael Powell

Reynolds American, Inc.

Roy Coffee




Jim and Donna Barksdale

Voya Financial

Casey Family Programs
Apollo Group Inc.
Andrea Mitchell
The Honorable C. Gregg and Julie Petersmeyer
BET Networks
Malek Family Charitable Trust
Michael K. Powell



FHI 360


Education Development Center Buddies

Achieve, Inc.

Adobe Foundation

The After-School Institute

Amgen Foundation

Amplify Education, Inc.

Arlington (Massachusetts) Public Schools

Bank Street College of Education

Bernard van Leer Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Boston Foundation

Boston Public Schools

Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation

Brooklyn Historical Society

Buckingham Browne & Nichols

The California Endowment

California Mental Health Services Authority

Cambridge (Massachusetts) Public Schools

Central Michigan University


Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Chicago Park District

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Commonwealth of Kentucky

Community Mental Health Center for Central Michigan

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Defense Suicide Prevention Office

DeKalb (Illinois) Community Unit School District 428

Department for International Development (United Kingdom)

The Education Cooperative

Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services

Google Inc.

Gwinnett County (Georgia) Public Schools

Haskell Fund


Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.

Highline (Washington) Public Schools

IBM Corporation

Illinois State Board of Education

Institute for Advanced Study

Intel Corporation

Intel Foundation

JPMorgan Chase Foundation

Kansas Enrichment Network, University of Kansas

Kent (Washington) School District


Lake Forest (Illinois) High School

Lawrence (Massachusetts) Public Schools

Maine Department of Education

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair, Inc.

Massachusetts Technology Collaborative


The MasterCard Foundation

McLean Hospital

MetroWest Health Foundation

Middle Country Public Library (New York)

Millennium Challenge Corporation

Ministry of Education, Dominican Republic

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway

Ministry of National Education, Colombia

Monongalia County (West Virginia) Schools


National Academy of Sciences

National Alliance for the
Mentally Ill

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

National Science Foundation

Needham (Massachusetts) Public Schools

Nellie Mae Education Foundation

New Hampshire Department of Education

The New York Academy of Medicine

New York City Department of Education

New York Philharmonic

Newton (Massachusetts) Public Schools

Northeastern Illinois University

Noyce Foundation

Open Society Foundations

O’Reilly Media, Inc.

Oxford (Maine) Elementary School

Pamoja Education Limited

Pearson Education, Inc.

Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition

Pennsylvania Department of Education

Petron Foundation Inc.

Philadelphia Academies, Inc.

Philadelphia Youth Network, Inc.

Pinkerton Academy

Pittsburgh Public Schools

Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts


Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough (Massachusetts)

Qualcomm Incorporated

The Rashi School

Raytheon Company

Ready At Five

Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals

Rider University

Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

SAE Foundation

SAE International

School Specialty, Inc.

Scope Global

Sesame Workshop

Somerville (Massachusetts) Public Schools

Soroptimist International Club of Damansara

Southern Regional Education Board

State of Rhode Island

Stratford Foundation Inc.


Texas Christian University Counseling and Mental Health Center


Thrive in 5

UHS of Delaware, Inc.


Union Pacific Corporation

Unitarian Universalist Association

United Nations Industrial Development Organization

University of Maine

University of Washington

U.S. Agency for International Development

U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

Vulcan Productions Inc.

The Wallace Foundation

Worcester (Massachusetts) Public Schools

The World Bank Group

World Health Organization

World Vision, Inc.


TERC Buddies

  • Anonymous
  • Arizona Zoological Society
  • Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, Bank of America, Trustee
  • NYC Department of Education
  • Paul Antonucci & Associates
  • Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions, Inc.


ASA Research Buddies

ASA partners have also worked with the following organizations:


Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools Buddies

Founding Funders


Current Funders



LearnLaunch Institute Conference People


2016 Advisory Board

  • Monica Brady-Myerov, Founder & CEO, Listen Current
  • Andrew Calkins, Deputy Director of Next Generation Learning Challenges, Educause
  • Kris Clerkin, Executive Director for College for America, Southern New Hampshire University
  • Wendy Cebula, President & COO, Edx
  • Mary Driscoll, Principal, Edison K8 School at Boston Public Schools
  • Renee Foster, President, Curriculum Associates
  • Kerry Gallagher, Digital Learning Specialist, St. John’s Prep
  • Martin Geoghegan, Principal, John T. Nichols Middle School, Middleborough Public Schools & President, Massachusetts MASCD
  • Karen Greenleaf, Content Strategy, Google for Education
  • Andrew Joseph, VP of Strategic Relations, Amazon Education
  • John J-H Kim, Senior Lecturer of General Management, Harvard Business School
  • Vijay Kumar, Associate Dean of Digital Learning, MIT
  • Jordan Meranus, CEO and Co-Founder, Ellevation Education
  • Jacob Murray, Faculty Director of Professional Education, Boston University School of Education
  • Adam Newman, Founding Partner, Tyton Partners
  • Tom O’Donnell, Director of the Innovation Hub & Visiting Faculty for the Manning School of Business, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Beth Rabbitt, CEO of The Learning Accelerator
  • Ramji Raghavan, Founder and CEO, Pragya Systems
  • Claudia Reuter, Vice President, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Labs
  • Seth Reynolds, ‎Managing Director, Parthenon-EY
  • Peter Sanchioni, Superintendent of Natick Public Schools (MA)
  • Matt Sigelman, CEO, Burning Glass Technologies
  • Ira Sockowitz, CEO, Learning Games Studios
  • Steve Shapiro, CEO, AcademicMerit
  • Paul Toner, President, Cambridge Strategic Partnerships
  • Bill Triant, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Investments, Pearson Education


Platinum Sponsor 

Curriculum Associates Logo
McGraw Hill Education Logo

Gold Sponsor 

Barr Foundation logo
Pearson Education logo
Nellie Mae logo

Silver Sponsor 

Tyton Partners Logo
Microsoft logo
Silicon Valley Bank logo
Ligature Partners
Cengage logo
Nelson Mullins logo
bisk logo

In-Kind Sponsor 

Knowledge Vision logo
Credly Logo

Media Sponsor 

EdTechTimes logo



Who Attended

Strategics and Digital Learning Providers

  • Amazon Education
  • Cengage Learning
  • Curriculum Associates
  • Deloitte consulting
  • Education First
  • ePublishingPartners, Inc.
  • Facebook
  • Google for Education
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Labs
  • Kaplan, Inc.
  • Lengio Corporation
  • Lexia Learning
  • Macmillan Learning
  • McGraw Hill Education
  • MicroLabs Scientific
  • Parthenon EY
  • Pearson
  • Rethink Education
  • Rosetta Stone
  • Tyton Partners

Education Professionals or Associations

  • American Councils for International Education
  • City Year
  • Christensen Institute
  • Digital Promise
  • EdTech & Education Solutions Marketing
  • Educators Publishing Service
  • edX
  • Facing History and Ourselves
  • Getting Smart
  • General Assembly
  • HighFive Partners
  • Ingram Content Group
  • ISTE
  • JCI Strategic Advisory Services
  • Leap Innovations
  • Ligature Partners, Inc.
  • Massachusetts Teachers Association
  • New Sector Alliance
  • Next Generation Learning Challenges, Educause
  • Omidyar Network
  • Second Avenue Learning
  • Syrinx Consulting – EdTech Practice
  • US Department of Education

Higher Ed

  • Babson College
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston University
  • Harvard Business Publishing
  • Harvard Business School
  • Harvard Business School: HBX
  • Harvard Extension School
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Harvard Kennedy School
  • HGSE Dean’s Leadership Council
  • Merrimack College
  • MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • MIT
  • MIT Integrated Learning Initiative
  • MIT Sloan
  • MIT Teaching Systems Lab
  • Northeastern University
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • UMass Lowell
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute


  • Academic Merit
  • Activisor
  • adapptED
  • Authess
  • BetterLesson
  • BKLSchoolVision
  • Burning Glass Technologies
  • Cognii
  • CollegeFindMe
  • CollegeVine
  • CommunityShare
  • Convergent Learning
  • Cooley LLP
  • CourseStorm
  • Creative eLearning
  • Credly
  • DreamBox Learning
  • Education Redesign Lab
  • EnglishCo
  • Enterprise Ireland
  • EverFi
  • ExtensionEngine
  • Flocabulary
  • Flywire
  • Genius Plaza
  • HBP
  • iCivics
  • Kaymbu
  • Kepler
  • Language & Communication Workshop
  • Lyrasis
  • Mad*Pow
  • MazeFire LLC
  • Mind My Education
  • Moxie Reader
  • Mzinga
  • New Mountain Learning
  • Noodle Markets
  • Poly
  • Privolution, Inc.
  • Schola, Inc.
  • SchoolHack Solutions
  • Scrible
  • Shearwater
  • Slang
  • Stepik
  • Story Shares
  • Syllabus2Go
  • SZIV
  • Teach Plus
  • TeachersConnect
  • TeenLife Media, LLC
  • TERC
  • The Grad Spark
  • Topical Storm
  • UnLearn Innovator
  • UpBup
  • Visual Classrooms
  • WestEd
  • What if Math
  • Widmeyer Communications
  • Write the World
  • Writing Whatever

K-12 Districts and Schools

  • Arlington Public Schools  (MA)
  • Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School (MA)
  • Berkley Community (MA)
  • Berkley Middle School (MA)
  • Berkley Public Schools (MI)
  • Burlington Public Schools  (MA)
  • Cambridge Montessori School  (MA)
  • Carver Public Schools  (MA)
  • Chelmsford Public Schools  (MA)
  • Concord Public Schools (MA)
  • Empower Schools (MA)
  • Essex Town School District (VT)
  • John T. Nichols Middle School  (MA)
  • Latin School of Chicago (IL)
  • Lexington Public Schools (MA)
  • Louis Riel School Division (Canada)
  • Maine Schools (ME)
  • Mayerson Academy (OH)
  • Miles River Middle School – Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District (MA)
  • Natick Public Schools (MA)
  • Oak Bluffs School (MA)
  • Roland Park Country School (MD)
  • The Carroll School (MA)
  • Westford Public Schools  (MA)
  • Westwood Public Schools (MA)


  • Barr Foundation
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Lumina Foundation
  • Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
  • Steam Studio Education Foundation
  • The Charlotte Foundation
  • Winchester Foundation for Educational Excellence
  • Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation


Platinum Sponsor

Curriculum Associates Logo

Gold Sponsor

Barr Foundation logo
Pearson Education logo
Nellie Mae logo

Silver Sponsor

Cengage logo
Cengage logo

Startup Village Sponsor

In-Kind Sponsor

Media Sponsor

Credly Logo

Media Partners

Reasoning Mind Buddies

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Cockrell Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the Hoglund Foundation, and the Houston Endowment.


Content Inventions Buddies

The Committee for Children, Educurious, The Teaching Channel, UW School of Social Work, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Amplify, PBS Parents & PBS Kids, Sesame Workshop, Filter Digital, and the UN.


EDUCAUSE Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success (IPASS) Grant Challenge Buddies




Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


RPK Group Clients

  • Akilah School for Girls
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • American Council on Education
  • American Public Land Grant Universities
  • Anne Arundel Community College
  • Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Delaware State University
  • Dillard University
  • Educause
  • Howard Community College
  • iLearn Collaborative
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • Lumina Foundation
  • Marshall University
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Minnesota Online High School
  • Next Generation Learning Challenges
  • Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Notre Dame of Maryland University
  • Quality Assurance Commons
  • St. Bonaventure University
  • TalentWell
  • The City University of New York
  • Gallaudet University
  • The George Washington University
  • The Innovation Project
  • The University of Texas at Dallas
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • The World Bank
  • University of Central Missouri
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • University of Missouri System
  • University of St. Thomas
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of West Florida
  • Vietnamese-German University
  • West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission


OMG Center for Collaborative Learning Buddies

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, the Citi Foundation, the Strive Network, Achieving the Dream, CampusCompact, and the California Career Advancement Academies.



School “Choice” Supporters

There are some that mean well in the push for school choice, but, as a few years of research have found, there are also groups that push for school choice that don’t really intend to support any real educational freedom at all.

I will try and list as many school choice supporters (good and bad) as I can, as well as, if I can find it, their allies and funders.

School Choice Supporters

Center for Education Reform


Focus on the Family


Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC)


Concerned Parents and Educators of Fairfax County


Empower Mississippi


Texas Home School Coalition Association


Reclaim New York


George Center for Opportunity


Americans for Prosperity


Center for Education Reform Buddies


National Organizations

Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO)
Democrats for Education Reform
Education Reform Now
Hispanic Council for Reform & Educational Options
National School Choice Week
Charter School Capital

State-Level Allied Organizations

Arizona: AZ School Tuition Organization Association
Florida: Step Up for Students
Georgia: Center for an Educated Georgia
Indiana: Institute for Quality Education
Iowa: Iowa Alliance for Choice in Education
Louisiana: Louisiana BAEO
Louisiana Federation for Children
Minnesota: Coalition for Kids
Missouri: Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri
New Jersey: Excellent Education for Everyone
North Carolina: Parents for Educational Freedom in NC
Ohio: School Choice Ohio
Pennsylvania: REACH Foundation
Students First Pennsylvania
Rhode Island: Rhode Island Scholarship Alliance
Utah: Parents for Choice in Education
Washington, D.C.: D.C Parents for School Choice
Wisconsin: School Choice Wisconsin
Milwaukee BAEO
Hispanics for School Choice

Students for Ed Reform (SFER): Catharine Bellinger puts college career on pause to create group that gives college students a voice in the reform debate. “There’s an incredible sense of urgency in this country around changing our public education system, and I just thought it couldn’t wait.” Check out ChoiceMedia.TV’s interview for more.



The Achelis and Bodman Foundations
The Anschutz Foundation
The Apgar Foundation
The Laura and John Arnold Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Bakke
Mr. Tim Barton
Mr. Brian Bauer
The Honorable and Mrs. Frank Baxter
The BelleJAR Foundation
The Blackie Foundation
The Bonsal Family
Ms. Katherine Brittain Bradley
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
The Broad Foundation
Mr. Eric Brooks
Mr. S. Joseph Bruno and Building Hope

Mr. Kevin Chavous
Ms. Kara Cheseby
The Ravenel and Elizabeth Curry Foundation
The Daniels Fund
Mr. Angus Davis
Mr. Kenneth Davis
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Devereux
Mr. Philip H. Dietrich
The Honorable and Mrs. Pete DuPont

Mr. and Mrs. Terry Eakin III
Mr. John C. Eason
Mr. William S. Edgerly

The Doris and Donald Fisher Fund
Mr. and Mrs. John Fisher
Mrs. Maureen Foulke

Mr. Robert W. Garthwait
Mr. Randy P. Gaschler
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Mr. Philip E. Geiger
The Gleason Family Foundation
Dr. Charles J. Gorman
Mr. Jon Hage
Mr. John P. Hansel
Admiral Thomas B. Hayward
The Honorable Thomas J. Healey
The Shirley and Barnett Helzberg Foundation
The Christopher and Adrianna Henkels Charitable Fund
Mr. Donald Hense
Mr. Robert M. Howitt

Ms. Virginia James
Bob and Lynn Johnston
The Dodge Jones Foundation
Mr. William I. Jones

Mr. Melvin J. Kaplan
Mr. Robert D. Kennedy
The Kern Foundation
Mr. Norman V. Kinsey
Mr. Steven Klinsky
The Jean and E. Floyd Kvamme Foundation

Mr. Byron S. Lamm
Mr. Bob Luddy

Mrs. Maryann Mathile
Mr. Thomas McNamara
Mr. Anthony Meyer
The L & S Milken Family Foundation
Greg and Pam Miller
Mr. Michael Moe
Mr. and Mrs. Owen Moen
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Moore

Mr. Gene E. Nicholson

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Oberndorf
Mr. Dennis Odle

Dr. Vivian Pan
Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Peabody
The Ruth and Lovett Peters Foundation
The Pumpkin Foundation

The Honorable William J. Raggio
Mr. James S. Regan
Ms. Janice B. Riddell
Mr. Geoffrey Rosenberger, CFA

SABIS Educational Systems, Inc.
Michael and Ellen Sandler
Mr. Daniel P. Schmidt
Mr. Adam Shapiro
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Sills
The William E. Simon Foundation
Ms. Shirley Sontheimer
The Smart Family Foundation
The Honorable H. Cooper Snyder
Mr. and Mrs. William B. Snyder
Mr. John R. Stambaugh

The John Templeton Foundation
Mr. Whitney Tilson

The Walton Family Foundation
Mr. Robert M. Weekley
The Honorable and Mrs. Ronald Weiser
Mr. Helmut Weymar
Mr. Chris Whittle

Jeff and Janine Yass

Ms. Marykay Zimbrick



Reason Foundation

StudentsFirst PA

School Choice Indiana

Heartland Institute

School Reform News

Alliance for School Choice

the Foundation for Educational Freedom

the Foundation for Excellence in Education

the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools


Hispanics for School Choice Buddies











REACH Foundation Buddies


Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC) Buddies

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, whose mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement for all students by fostering a strong charter sector, is a key resource to help you stay connected to public charter news and policy across the country.

The American Federation for Children launched in 2010, and is actively engaged in efforts around the country to expand educational choice, empower parents, and to revolutionize K-12 education. Together with the Alliance for School Choice, AFC has as its mission the advancement of systemic and sustainable public policies that empower parents to choose the education they determine is best for their children.

The Center for Education Reform was founded in 1993 with a focus on school choice and accountability. CER seeks to widen opportunities for students, maximizing economic outcomes and facilitating freedom, innovation, and flexibility in American education.

The Foundation for Excellence in Education, ExcelinEd, was founded in 2008 by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. ExcelinEd works to promote reform―through school choice, accountability, digital learning, and other strategies―that maximize the opportunities of each student and ensure all students are equipped to succeed in the 21st century.

Democrats for Education Reform aims to return the Democratic Party to its rightful place as a champion of children, first and foremost, in America’s public education systems.

EdChoice, formerly known as The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, was founded upon the ideals and theories of Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman and economist Rose D. Friedman. EdChoice works to promote educational freedom and choice for everyone, viewing choice as “a pathway to successful lives and a stronger society.”

Students First’s mission is to build a national movement to defend the interests of children in public education and pursue transformative reform, so that America has the best education system in the world.

KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. KIPP builds a partnership among parents, students, and teachers that puts learning first.


Black Alliance for Educational Options Buddies

The Education Trust

The Education Trust The Education Trust (EdTrust) analyzes local, state, and national data to build broader understanding of achievement and opportunity gaps and the actions necessary to close them. The reports, presentations and commentary available through EdTrust’s website make a compelling case for transformational change in America’s education system.

The Schott State Report on Black Males and Education

The Schott State Report on Black Males and Education This website is an interactive data portal that provides parents, educators, media, philanthropic partners, policymakers, elected officials-and anyone who cares about education and equity-direct access to important, alarming data on the devastating reality of education for Black males across all 50 states.

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Whether you’ve just heard about charter schools or you’re a seasoned veteran of the charter movement, the website of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools offers a wealth of information. Find answers to FAQ, links to the latest research about charter schools, information about what’s happening in your state, and more.

The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice

The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice The Friedman Foundation is dedicated to winning the argument for school choice by informing the public about the issues and possible solutions, and engaging the many groups around the country who are devoted to improving the quality of our schools. The website offers helpful responses to FAQ about school choice.

The Annenberg Institute at Brown University

The Annenberg Institute at Brown University is a national policy research and reform-support organization that works with urban districts and communities to improve the conditions and outcomes of schools, especially in urban communities and in those attended by traditionally underserved children.


redefinED The American Center for School Choice has partnered with redefinED to focus attention on the importance of empowering parents with the authority to educate their children. The editors of redefinED represent professionally the interests of a nonprofit organization in Florida, Step Up For Students, that administers a scholarship for 35,000 low-income children. But the website aims to tap their collective experiences to speak more broadly about learning options.


Truth on Vaccines

I’ve been hearing warning that vaccines were actually dangerous for kids, even that they were used as a form of population control and so have decided to ask others what they know about it.

I got the following replies from an anti-Common Core group:

He [Bill Gates] gave free vaccines to Africa. Many of those children are now steril. Part of the liberal agenda is the depopulation of the world. I am old, in my day I do not think they were do dangerous. So much extra added to it. Various ‘metals’. There are studies they could cause children to be autistic. I really do not sure. I trust our government not at all. It is a difficult decision to make. Personally, I would never trust gates.


So much wrong with vaccines. Good sources of info are The Truth about Vaccines, dr Suzanne Humphries,


Also, read up on VAERS (vaccine adverse event reporting system) which is a pseudo court established when they took all liability away from vaccine manufacturers of all childhood vaccines. Look at how the vaccine schedule exploded after that.

Read how the “safety testing” of vaccines does not use an inert placebo. Instead, the control has all the components (aluminum, formaldehyde, aborted fetal cells, dna fragments, bovine serum) that the vaccine has. How can you possibly test the safety like that?!? These components have never been tested for safety.



These high school students were humiliated at an assembly by the principal for not being vaccinated:


Here is a video on FB where someone speaks out against the vaccines:

(Update: The video above, which had been up since around early February of 2018, and which was linked from here two days ago (8/30/2018), was found today (9/1/2018) suddenly not working as well as removed by Facebook.)


And here are the replies to this post:

I’m a RN, Ex pro vaxxer too. Right there with ya girl!!


RN here too; and I was die hard pro VAX until my son was VAX injured.   Regression after his vaccines at 2. He stopped saying all the words he use to say. Started tip toe walking; and wasn’t able to feed his self with a spoon anymore. He met every milestone up to that point then it just disappeared 😦 he is now ASD and ADHD. His talking has improved a lot over the last year with diet change, detox baths, organic foods, and biomedical treatments. Praise God!


Encephalitis is on every insert as a side effect


Thank you for speaking up. My eldest almost died, was vaccine injured and has seizures thanks to vaccines x


Vaccine injured nurse from Pa. on your side .. I too share my story too .. keep speaking out ..


I’m vaccine injured. My children will never be injected with that poison.   I was in the Air Force. I had a few bad reactions but the one that got me was Anthrax. I have multiple muscle degeneration in both eyes thanks to it but hey… I get free glasses from the VA for the rest of my life…. I have reason to believe there is more and that I have passed a genetic mutation on to my children. I’m waiting on the results of testing now.


Unfortunately, loosing a child to vaccines quickly opens your eyes. We lost our 6 month grandson after vaccines.


I regret vaccinating my older 2. I fully believe my middle childs issues he has are from vaccines. He even had a reaction to the rotavirus vaccine and I still vaccinated him. Lukcily that woke me up and I stopped shortly after. My youngest hasn’t had one vaccine


I do too 😦 So many do


A vaccine almost killed me at age 24.   It was the third dose of the HPV vaccine Gardasil. I had no reaction with the first two doses which leads me to believe it was a heavy metal overdose with the third one. About an hour after the third dose I started feeling cold clammy sweaty and extremely weak I couldn’t even speak and then I went into uncontrollable convulsions for about 4 hours. I was awake and aware the entire time I thought wow this is how I die. Finally I stop shaking and I couldn’t move my entire body felt like I was beaten with a baseball bat, I was so sore I just laid there until I could regain my strength. Finally he was like I was coming out of a fog and was able to sit up and move around I knew it was the vaccine. I received it at Kaiser Permanente in Hayward California and what was weird about that visit was they had me sit there for 20 minutes after receiving the third dose when I asked why I had to stay for 20 minutes she said to see if there were any reactions I said okay and didn’t think anything of it but thought it was weird because with the first two doses they had not asked me to stay the 20 minutes to see if there were any reactions.    I used to try to tell people about the dangers of vaccines especially with sb277 the law in California which forces you to vaccinate if you want to send your child to any kind of school we went to the capital of the state to protest it there were literally thousands of us and they didn’t care at all they pushed the bill through anyway. The lobbyists had a front-row seat and when questions were asked they referred to the lobbyist for the answers it was like watching a movie it was insane. I’ve given up trying to warn people mainly because my children were starting to get attacked people were wishing death and harm on them and it was a fight that was wearing me down. I realized the only way people are going to change their mind anyway is for it to happen to them or to someone they know personally. So I figure with time it will probably change because I’m in a lot of groups on Facebook and everyday that are new parents joining saying they saw a reaction in their children and they are no longer vaccinating. I’m hoping one day it will change I’ve done all I can do here in California calling my Senators writing them showing up to the Capitol on 3 different occasions protesting speaking before them and I’m just done I give up I’ve got nothing left.


Former pro vaxx LPN here. Thank you for always speaking the truth Meghan! Shared!


I whitnessed a child get her middle school shots and a couple months later she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes!!! God I pray every day that people wake up!!!


Hundreds of thousands of parents can’t be wrong. We need to repeal the 1986 ruling that takes away liability from Pharmaceutical companies!!! This has to stop!!


I’m trying to figure out how to get out of the field.


I resigned from nursing in July of last summer .. I’m better than what healthcare has become


Yes the baby that died within 48 hours after her round of vaccines was labeled shaken baby. Her baby sitter was blamed!


The pharmaceutical industry profits $30 million a year for each new vaccine it introduces.


They are STILL covering it up. The CDC directors both resigned after profiting MILLIONS from their position and insider trading with pharma.


Same thing happen to me after getting a flu shot 😔


Me too i got bullied into getting the flu shot for school and I was deathly sick from it for 3 months. Literally thought I was dieing. Then the nervous system problems came


Same thing happened to me after having my son, my second child, & ended up in the hospital with my first flu shot 26 yrs ago


Pharma spends $250 Million Lobbying Congress and the gun industry spends $10 Million


They are going to start censoring this information so we need to obtain it while we can


There is a new division at health and human services department, dedicated to protect our liberties and religious freedom. We can now file a report if we are bullied by Doctors or employers that bully us into vaccines.


I was so angry when I saw Vaxxed. It validated everything I thought was going on.


We have to fight for our children, and future grandchildren! Our rights are at stake. They are coming for exemptions. In other countries they are starting tok fine and take children if parents don’t comply. Get loud!!!


So did I get type I diabetes from immunizations.


You could have. Rubella can be a trigger for the activation of type I. Type I is an autoimmune disorder and can sit inactive until something switches it on if you carry it. 😕


Agenda 21 and depopulation


Now you will understand why more and more children’s hospitals opening up. Here in Aus the large cities have 2 or more childrens hospitals and in these hospitals they have resuscitation units for vaccine administration. Think carefully about that!


I’ve personally known two SIDS cases and one Shaken Baby Syndrome case. Not a coincidence.


Vaccines hyper-activate the immune system, creating autoimmune disorders in our children. ALL of my children’s friends are sick. Severe peanut allergies (need to carry epi-pen everywhere), ADHD, asthma, autism, etc. My son is 10 and he has never been vaccinated. He’s one of the VERY few in his class who doesn’t


Oh Girl, me too! I started working in the school nurses office! Kids are so incredibly sick!!! I have always been reluctant to vaccinate but I did. I vaccinated selectively. I’m fully woke now! My 70 and 80 year old parents are much healthier than the average school kid.


Kudos 💕to ALL RNs 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
SPEAKING OUT/STANDING UP for TRUTH about VACCINES💕more and more NURSES ENLIGHTENED❤️SILENCE can be DEAFENING💕STOP the COVER UP and LIES💕STOP the unnecessary suffering/death of families/children💕LIES Not only on vaccines but chemotherapy and other disease management protocols/ prescription drugs for chronic diseases


People don’t even realize how hateful they get when it comes to vaccines…and without taking any time to investigate even. It was me too. It’s a massive wake up call. Makes you think about what else you judge soo passionately without taking the time to really dig deep first.


I know a SIDS case 2 weeks after vaccines, I know of 3 kids personally who regressed after a vaccine, I blame my bad memory and brain fog on hpv vaccine from 2006. I am a RN and was Pro vaccine until I had my son 5months ago!! Then I started reading and hearing parents stories and led me to research the truth and corruption.


I’m a former pro-vaccine RN until about 2009 when two years in a row, I go bad flu after the flu shot, started researching and turned ex-vaxxer in time to prevent my daughter’s from getting their middle school shots. My youngest has ADD/ADHD, learning disability, eczema. My oldest got tics. After the last flu shot, my immune system tanked and I started getting sick a lot and was getting fever blisters frequently. Finally healthier.


I’m in the medical field and I’m finally wide awake! Subbing in the school nurses office is pretty eye opening!!! It amazes me how sick today’s kids are! I also watched several nurses that I worked with at the hospital develop allergies, autoimmune diseases, and get cancer. They all got thier flu shots every year. I refused. I worked at the hospital for years. I witnessed so many little babies come in with vaccine reactions. This one baby under 2 years old came in one day seizing so bad they could barely hold her on the table to get labs. She died less than 48 hours after her round of vaccines. Sick kids are the new normal. It breaks my heart that people are still so blind….


Yep!! When I started working in the school setting as a nurse is when I got a reality check to!! Our kiddos are the sickest generation yet! They are really suffering!! It’s heartbreaking


Yes, and I truly believe these kiddos will be the first generation that will NOT outlive thier grandparents…


Our stories are very, very similar. I was die hard pro vax. Never second guessed them at all. After I had baby boy #3 in 2013, they gave me a flu shot and the rhogam shot since I am rh- (never questioned them) when I went home the next day I was super sick, felt like I had the flu. I googled “vaccine reactions” and from that point on I just dug more and more into every single vaccine my kids and I had ever had. So, besides Vit K and hepB my 3rd is vaccine free and 4th boy is completely vaccine free. And guess what? They have NO health issues. No allergies, asthma, eczema, no ear infections, never even had antibiotics! It’s a huge difference compared to my older two who were vaccinated. It’s like night and day! You can’t deny that they are much healthier kids overall.


When I was still pro vaxx I took my sweet son for his 3 yr vaccines. Within a couple hours of the appointment he was playing in the backyard and I watched him collapse. He had to drag himself across part of the yard before I got to him because his legs wouldn’t work. He lost all use of his legs for two days and then slowly started regressing and now has sensory issues and problems learning. He whispers responses back to himself. I wish I could take it all back. But now I know better and my newest baby was only vaccinated until 3 months, right before my sons last round, and she got RSV right after those and never had anymore vaccines, and she has been my healthiest! When my others were totally sick she was healthy! So glad I got my eyes opened, only wish it didn’t have to affect my baby


Here is a post on a city-data thread:

A good doctor refused to administer a vaccine to a baby with a vaccine ALLERGY and instead provided the mother with a medical exemption.

California doctor placed on probation for 35 months after failing to do vaccinations | Daily Mail Online

The doctor is not “antivax” but recommends a modified schedule. The government hates him for his different view and put him on probation for this. You can never question the all-powerful establishment. This is how things are headed. Soon, comrades, all babies will have all vaccines the govt/pharma dictate regardless of what their doctor thinks. If we break a few eggs, or well. The good of the collective. If a doctor objects we’ll strip his license and if a parent objects we’ll prosecute for child abuse.


And here are some replies:

People dont seem to care one bit that Govt forced its way between patient and doctor, heck I see many people actually applauding law enforcement/ govt for ‘being so concerned with our health and safety’. LOL

I guess they are not able to recognize the real concern, thats the only thing I can think of to explain it.


Did more people die from measles and mumps than from the vaccines? I know, lets ask the drug companies who have made trillions from the vaccines.


Isn’t it funny that California has its knickers in a twist over vaccines yet allows in millions of illegals who aren’t screened for diseases and have never been vaccinated?


Never be surprised by the extremes our government (and those who are complicit) will go to in order to protect the sanctity of Big Pharma.


California has gone wacko, just like this thread is about too. Pharma has made some good deals with these mandates for Big Pharma. The threat: they don’t guarantee patients, they won’t make vaccines anymore. The solution: So, wallah! Mandates!

The only way to choose your child’s vaccine schedule in CA is to homeschool. Otherwise, the government will be deciding that.
 They give very few if any exemptions. Exemption asking parents anger them.

It’s not just kids either. See what adults will need their vaccines again. SB792, among others.

California is going crazy for mandates yet ignoring immigration laws. Hypocrisy as usual.


the Pharma companies made another great deal which exempts them from a complaint. How many injuries from vaccines are submitted to the VAERS committee they made up to hide reports?

Report an Adverse Event using the VAERS online form, not the manufacturer.

Sure, how many injuries have been reported to that?



Americans were filing lawsuits from vaccine injuries, and the drug companies were in trouble.

In 1982, Merck, Wyeth, Lederie, and Connaught threatened to stop selling shots in America if a law wasn’t passed giving them immunity from prosecution.

It’s all about the money.


Vaccine manufacturers spend ZERO DOLLARS defending lawsuits.

They cut a deal with the govt to tax each vaccine. Each time a vaccine is used, part of the cost to the consumer is tax. That tax money gets put into a fund that then pass out any lawsuits. Billions of dollars has been paid out.

If their product is so safe, why are they AFRAID of lawsuits? The product should stand up in court and discovery with no issues.

Stop lying about how they pay lawsuits. They don’t. You cannot sue a vaccine manufacturer. They do not lose ANY money from lawsuits. None. Not one penny.

Name another product that has immunity from liability.


Physicians are being taught to guilt trip people into getting vaccines.

Not very scientific, is it.

Kinda like peer pressure. Here take this drug. Everyone’s doing it.


My husband had the flu and pneumonia last June despite being fully vaccinated. “They don’t always work”, to quote his doctor.

Believe in them, get them, if you wish, but leave the rest of us alone. I haven’t had the flu in decades, or pneumonia ever, despite not being vaccinated, and being around a lot of people with them.

Marketing 101. Fear SELLS.


My Grandson, not school age yet, gets his flu shot every year. He still gets the flu. So who is he catching it from? Probably from his unvaccinated parents and aunties? Flu shots only work when everyone else (children) gets them, no matter if only 30% effective? Right?

BTW, my daughter has said to me on a number of occasions that they are all not quite over the flu. Should they still visit us? I don’t get vaccinated. Sure, come over. I just don’t catch the flu any longer. This is over decades having family members with the flu, and holding school children in my arms sneezing and coughing in my face in my Senior years. Must be unvaccinated me giving all these other people the flu over these decades. Yeah, right


A friend had their kids sent home from school because they weren’t “up to date.” They actually were, the school screwed up the paperwork …. but the kids were SENT HOME. DCF was called. DCF called my friend. Really??? Over a “late” vaccine??? In a state where vaccines are supposedly not mandatory? I told her she should have sued the school. They had no right kicking the kids out and calling DCF. I mean, are you KIDDING ME????

And people are losing their JOBS over it. You don’t call that mandatory? My neighbor is a nurse and has been able to avoid the flu shot until this year. This year they made it mandatory. Get the shot or lose your job.


And here are some posts I got in response to asking about vaccines in a Utah anti-Common Core group:

My family has a history of vaccine injury, so we stay away. I think different people/families react differently and it’s important to give them the choice to opt-out before it hurts them.


I know too many kids who have autisum or seizures or other personality changes. They are all under the age of 30. I have become a advocate for ANTI vaccines because 2 of my 4 children showed signs of personality changes right after vaccine shots.
There is a strange PUSH to vaccinate every child in America and many other countries. And the fact that it is being forced on every child makes me wonder what is behind it.


Here is a post that was shared to me in the Utah anti-Common Core group.  Apparently, Pinterest is censored anti-vaccine material:

My friend’s #vaccine #research #Pinterest board was removed due to concerns about “self-harm.”
Asking questions, doing research, and thinking are harmful. Leave those to professionals. You wouldn’t want to hurt yourself!

#safeandeffective #vaxwithme #selfharm #CDC#healthiscultivatednotinjected

Pinterest censorship





Public Schools or Public Screwels? Part 13

sad girl Common Core Dr. Suess

This is part 13.

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

Hi [Name withheld]! I have contacted you in the past regarding common core. We have opted our son hunter out of all common core testing since 3rd grade. He is now entering 6th grade and it doesn’t seem education is on the political agenda yet. My question is if we continue to opt him out are there any repercussions for him with graduation or SAT/ACT tests?


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

Why your tax dollars go to support positions you might disagree with.

“Earlier this month, the Utah School Boards Association (USBA) voted to support a change in state law to allow teachers to “incentivize” students to take the statewide RISE test (formerly called SAGE). It also stated its view that parents shouldn’t be able to opt their children out of tests but that all students should be required to participate.

Alpine School District (ASD) taxpayers fund USBA’s lobbying efforts every year through tax funds the district uses to pay dues to the organization. This year, USBA dues cost ASD taxpayers over $56,000”


A 10-year old student was punished in North Carolina for calling his teacher “ma’am”:


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

I have seen a HUGE backlash against opting out this year! Ever since the law change in March, teachers and schools are pressuring me and my kids to take the tests. One of our charters bought their own software to replace the federal one as a way around the opt-out of state-required testing. “It’s not a state test” they told me. I don’t care! I don’t want my kid analyzed!


And another post from this group:

I work as an aid at my kids’ school. Last year I was in a class as a teacher told the kids that SAGE testing isn’t bad and how parents are confused. I just sat there silently, but screaming in my head “YOU are the one who is confused.” If I come across that again, I doubt I’ll be able to stay quiet. But I have emphasized to my kids that they are not to take any test that even smells like SAGE (or RISE)


Wonderful news! Parents are fighting back against the school that had dropped the Pledge of Allegiance, supposedly to be more “inclusive”, and had replaced it with a pledge to “global society”:


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

What was not covered in this segment, is the fact that private psychological data is collected, and handed over to 3rd parties, when students are forced by the state via their local schools, to take the College Board’s PSAT, TSI or SAT assessments, in order to graduate or go to college. It is beyond unethical, a complete violation and wrong.

The psychological data that is collected is available because the assessments are NOT academic knowledge-based, but rather behavioral. The mined student data collected, by third parties, is collected in order to create software programs to modify student behavior. Not to sell products to students, but the students are the product. Students are the investment vehicle for what is known as Social Impact Bonds (SIBS) ALSO KNOWN AS PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS!

In addition to being a national security issue because of who has access to this mined student data.

Where are the Bathroom Bill Republicans when it comes to protecting our children’s privacy in the classroom? Oh, I forget, their campaign donors are profiting from the data in the classroom, so that’s okay.


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

Do you recognize the clenched fist in the picture? This information is on the AZ Department of Ed website. Where is Diane Douglas?!? This is another reason why we need a true leader like Frank Riggs! The following excerpt is from a letter submitted on July 4, 2018 to the AZ Attorney General’s office.

“This ADE program…is called “Excellence in Civic Engagement.” It encourages children to immerse themselves in various social, economic, and political “causes” via youth street activism, political lobbying efforts, get out the vote initiatives, community organizing, and connects youth with radical political groups promoting mobocracy. Among its many politically motivated aims are voting initiatives – lowering the voting age to 16, get out the vote drives, and changing the voting rules related to the electoral college in favor of the popular vote.
Diane Douglas was made aware of this program months ago and has taken no action.”


And another post from said group:

Question: are schools allowed to give an extra lunch hour to achievers on 2017-18 AZmerit and make everyone else take classes? This is high school. After 9 weeks this year they can earn the longer lunch hour with benchmarks. This high school changed their day schedule to start at 730 instead of 830 to accommodate this special reward. 😡


And here are the replies to this post:

Wow!! No idea but that’s ridiculous.   But that just seems to punish kids who don’t measure up and single out those who struggle.


Wow, just wow. Garbage policy. I’d spread word fast and raise hell. Which school or district? Also willfully blind to the multidisciplinary consensus regarding high school start times and adolescent sleep needs/biorhythms. Way off trend to start earlier. Ignorant and even dangerous.


Not to mention extending the school day with no added downtime for those that probably need it most.


Its Round Valley school district in north eastern az. I homeschool for reasons just like this but I thought I remembered this being illegal. There was mention of some sort of approval so I’m guessing they get a pass, but yeah I feel it’s immoral.


I have no idea of the legality. But I can’t believe parents aren’t fuming.


it’s so frustrating. Those who have a say tend to have achievers.


At ALA on the 202, they gave my son an early class to do computer math (for the test) and he still does a normal math during the day. So that sounds very similar.


they did the same to my son this year!! Instead of having an elective!!! He’s at ALA on C.H. & Hawes. 😡😡😡


Just another reason why high stakes testing is so absurd. This is a direct result of increasing federal intrusion into state/local K-12 ed since 2002, the first year No Child Left Behind (NCLB) took effect. NCLB & Common Core prioritize student performance on standardized tests above all else. That’s what we currently have in AZ: Teaching all students to the same standards (CC 3.0!) & requiring all students to take the same test (AzMERIT) aligned to those standards; & then using the test results to evaluate teachers & administrators & rank schools on the “School Report Card.”

The ill-conceived consequences of high-stakes testing & results-based funding mandate teaching to the test & penalize schools serving the most challenged & disadvantaged segments of the student population who make up the “Achievement Gap” (minority, low-income, Limited English Proficient & special needs students). The purpose of testing is to provide teachers & parents with feedback on student achievement & progress. Tests are supposed to be an evaluation & diagnostic tool, not an autopsy!

Standardized testing is a low priority for the overwhelming majority of parents as the attached PDK/Gallup Annual “Back-to-School” Survey of parents shows. They rank standardized test scores as the least important factor in judging school quality! Perhaps it’s time for those of us in educational leadership to start listening to what parents really want & adapting our educational system accordingly!



Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

As reported by Lynne M Taylor over at Common Core Diva:

Below are the millions/billions of dollars being earmarked for

HR 6470 and S 3158 are simply a beginning point for Congress in relation to the Fiscal Year (FY) Finalized 2019 Budget. Both these Bills cover ONLY the Depts of Labor, HHS, Education, and ANY related Agency.

However, by knowing WHERE the money goes, we can track how it ends up in the FINALIZED version.
The fiscal Year 2019 begins 10/1/18.

Career Aligning Data Mining:
*From HR 6470, $6 million to enlarge and innovate the Workforce Quality Data Initiative (WQDI) uses personal, private data from those in post-secondary schools and the job market to streamline back down to the Student Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) used in any K-12th-grade education tracking system (all ed choices).

In S 3158, $6 million for WQDI is also set aside.

*YouthBuild (HR 6470: $92, 534,000/S 3158: $93,079,000

*Expanding Apprenticeships (dovetails directly into the new CTE law and Exec Order for expansion) HR 6470: $150 million/S 3158: $160 million

*State grants for 1 Stop Job Centers, National Data Systems, Vets, etc. HR 6470: $3.47 billion; S 3158: $3.5 billion

*Health Care Data collection S 3158: $21 million

*HR 6470’s Health Care Data Collection is lumped in with Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Admin. (SAMHA) funds for ‘early intervention evidence-based research), $1.4 billion

*HR 6470 Health Surveillance/Research (ties to the Freedom of Information Act) $467 million; Data Collection for Substance Abuse: $79 million. Similar to this in S 3158 is the $60.3 million in funds for Health Information Technology upgrades.

(HR 6470: $5.2 billion; S 3158: $5.3 billion)

*HR 6470 has $6.5 million set aside in education for the Census Bureau and Education Data, S 3158: $5 million

*Career Tech Ed (CTE) HR 6470, $1.9 billion (will use SLDS and WQDI among other DATA RAPE information)

S 3158 for CTE: $1.8 billion
Institutes for Educational Science (IES), USED research arm totally dependent on massive amounts of data)

HR 6470: $613 million, S 3158: $615 million BOTH these amounts carry the mandate that they MUST connect Pre-K to adult education/workforce data.

Most people believe that an IEP is only for students with special needs, as referenced in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). But the fact is, an IEP (Personalized Learning) will soon be, for every American citizen in this new P-20W system. P-20W meaning from Prenatal through the Workforce, and is a part of a much bigger plan. It is a controlled workforce for a controlled global economy.

When the money follows the child, state or federal Education Savings Acts (ESA)s, via government, regulated “School Choice”, the access point is established to reach every citizen, no matter what education choose is used.

A computer has the ability to track everything a student knows, thinks, and does.…/a-matter-of-trust/


Here is a post from a friend of mine:

We share these resources not because we agree but to keep you abreast of the Full speed Freight train…moving ahead in NYS with experimentation and of what is for now “voluntary adoption of social emotional learning SEL” not only is it experimental manipulation of emotions to alter behaviors for conformity but also to emulate “restorative justice” like that in Parkland Florida where there are no consequences for bad behavior, not safe schools for majority of students and instead is a social justice approach that guinea pigs children in “kumbaya circles”
*notice in the links CASEL and Linda Darling Hammond are the driving force. Also note the Democrat pending legislation federally.

Commissioner MaryEllen Elia press release.…/back-school-season-approaches-new-so…

50 pages, what did this cost taxpayers? The promotion and selling of whole child experimental SEL…/SELEssentialforLearningandLife.p…

Benchmarks for emotions?!

So much for high quality knowledge based education.





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

The charter school that I selected specifically for their math program has sold out to a common core program to seek a better grade on yearly assessments. Additionally, they are holding back 25%of the advanced kids to repeat a grade in math because they find the transition to the new curriculum hard for the kids.

Those of you who have found a solution besides full-time homeschool, what have you done? Are there affordable private school options? Arrange release time to do another math program?

Thanks in advance for your ideas!


And here are the replies to this post:

Liberty Hills Academy is a small private school in Bountiful that doesn’t use Common Core anything. Saxon is their math curriculum.


I am not saying the commenters are wrong but every time I try to do an internet search on Saxon and Common Core I keep reading that Saxon sold out to Common Core several years ago, so I am confused.


Frequently Asked Questions About Saxon
Is Saxon Math Common Core aligned?
Saxon Math was not designed as Common Core material. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions (from K-Calculus) are completely Common Core ‘free.’ The newest editions of Saxon adapted to align with Common Core.


I have purchased Saxon math books on ebay and I just make sure to get editions that have been published in 2006 or before. So far, so good.



A California high-school student was kicked out of class for wearing a NRA t-shirt:


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


Just a few notes from “Creating Emotionally Safe Schools by Jane Bluestein, Ph.D.

Writer Larry Lashway says,
“One might wonder at the potential gap between what is being assessed and what is actually being taught – and learned – in any given classroom. Even districts that boast rising test scores may have little actual learning to back up numbers. Such increases may simply reflect the alignment of the district’s curriculum with the tests or local spending in improving test taking skills. Research in one state suggests that test-score gains simply indicate that students are getting better at test-taking, rather than offering evidence of increased learning.”

Principal Aaron Trummer cites an Irish proverb that warns, “You can’t tell the quality of a sheep by weighing it.” Even the best interpretation of a student’s scores doesn’t do justice to his or her talents.

Teacher Mary O’Brien Merrigan remarks, “standardized tests measure only the bottom line, NOT the learning process.

“We can kill children’s enthusiasm for learning with pressure to perform well on these tests,” says New Jersey educator Bonnie Ann McLain. And if students are feeling “panicked” or “under constant jeopardy” because of standardized tests, what is this stress doing to performance, not to mention learning?

In some corners, even the idea of teaching to the test is considered a form of cheating, although there are those who defend this practice as a positive education strategy.

Longtime education reformer Theodore Sizer claims that tests are an easy way out, a popular way to judge a school’s effectiveness because “people are lazy. They are not asking questions.” Tests, he claims, “have this facade of toughness and objectivity.” And regardless of the impact these exams might have on kids and educators, they “PUT NO BURDEN ON THE PEOPLE WHO MOST OFTEN DEMAND THEM – THE POLITICIANS.”

A BIG “thank you” to Beth Swan for finding this book and sharing it with me!


And another post from this group:

Parents can make a difference!

Today, a bi-partisan group of the Michigan State Board of Education (SBE), voted down a grant program authorized by the Michigan legislature for Competency-Based Education (CBE).

According to the State Superintendent, this is the first time State Board of Educaiton has not approved a grant program.

The STOP COMMON CORE in Michigan and MICHIGAN PARENTS INVOLVED IN EDUCATION leadership thanked the Michigan State Board of Education for taking this bold step. We agree with the concerns expressed by Board members. We hope Michigan leadership will move ahead with a better strategy, engaging parents and teachers, before launching another faddish experiment on Michigan’s public school children.

California WAKE UP!


And yet another post:

When we say there is too much data collection going on with students we are not making up this stuff. This is the next iteration because now they want to track them through life.

Just say NO to SBAC testing, surveys, and if your children are taking SAT, AP, or ACT tests make sure they are not filling out the “optional” data because they are collecting that data. The only reason to collect it is to share it or sell it.

Beware please.

Hat tip to John Walker
Modesto School Board


Here is a post from someone on Alice Linahan’s FB page:

It’s a shame most Texans don’t know that we’ve already had our education commission hearings on Next Generation Assessments in 2016; and that the invited guests (ed tech providers) referred to our children and their data as “human capital, the new gold, a gold mine, a treasure trove”! It’s just a disgusting that it’s all being perpetrated under the FALSE guise of “It’s for the kids”! Makes me SICK!

Somebody needs to tell Sen. Larry Taylor (who was Chairman of the NGA hearings): We KNOW what you’re doing. CAPITAL-izing off of our kids. Somehow, he’s capitalizing off of the new “human capital.”


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

My son couldn’t go to advance math they said because we didn’t do SAGE testing. So I need to find some online stuff for him to do. He wanted to skip to the next grade level on Math but the teacher told him without his scores they can’t do it.


And another post from said group:

Governor Herbert is in complete lockstep with everything Common Core. He promised Utahns that Utah was not required to abide by federal mandates, but he failed to tell us that he would voluntarily live by those mandates because he is a Common Core promoter at heart.


And yet another post from said group:

Please excuse my lack of knowledge, but can anyone explain what the scenario looks like/options when a child has been educated using non common core standards and then wants to go to college and the SAT and ACT have common core on it? My kids are young so I am just trying to think of things we would encounter long term. Thank you!!


And the replies to this post:

Don’t just think of what will happen if you don’t comply and use Common Core, think of what will happen to your kids (and other kids) if they DO comply with and use Common Core.
When you start feeling threatened to comply, there’s a problem. That’s the feeling of your rights being squeezed out of you.
Things are changing fast, so it’s hard to tell what will happen ten years from now. We know the people behind CC want to force everyone onto the CC system so people can’t even get a job unless they participate, but they can’t do this if people refuse to participate and stand against it now. They even have plans to bring adults into the system, so if your kids need to join later there should be options available to them.
I feel that we should have struck a while back, but it’s clear that we need to strike NOW, not wait for a more opportune time, for it won’t come.
Colleges LOVE homeschoolers. I wouldn’t stress about it. We have two options: let our kids get analyzed, experimented with and brainwashed OR teach them to be hard-working, intelligent human beings. They will survive if we choose the latter. The former, will be a dime-a-dozen.
They should be smart enough to know the answer and still be able to fill in the correct bubble. Who cares what method they used to solve the problem.

I have home schooled since 1983. This argument is not new. Even before common core, moms feared if they did not play school at home, their kids could not possible pass the ACT. But must did and they did better than those who went to school.

I have a son who decided that instead of taking the ACT he would take the GED even though he did not need to. The GED has just been recently recreated in common core fashion. In our state the GED is a state issued diploma. He had zero common core. He passed he GED with Honors.

Common core is not a curriculum it is a set of standards. The curriculum that some who promoted common core came up with is crazy, propaganda. But common core were the standards.

Just give your child a rich quality education, ignore common core. When they are about 13 or 14 let them take a practice ACT. Find what ever holes they might have and design a path to fill the holes. ACT takes your highest score and there is no limit on the numbers of tests. Taking it at 14 lays a benchmark. Colleges know that every time a student takes the ACT they can gain 2-3 points. Most take it, polish up on what they did not know and take it again. A son in law got a 27 as a junior in High School, he self corrected or improved and took the second time. On his third try he got 34 of 36 and earned a full ride scholarship.

Don’t settle for common core out of fear, your children deserve better. Education can be a fabulous adventure that will bless them the rest of their lives.

And yet another post from this group:
What can you tell me about Prodigy? My kids use it at school, but I just read some troubling reviews on Common Sense Media. Should I be concerned? I feel like pretty soon my kids will be sitting in the corner all day because they’ve been opted out of everything. 
prodigy math game
And here are the replies to this post:
Ha ha ha! me too! It’s like every single subject involves personality shaping, questionable morals and a screen!
I don’t know about it in school but when we have used it at home, you can choose what style or whatever you want to call it … doesn’t have to be common core (if that’s an option).
My son used Prodigy in 5th grade and loved it. He did not use it for school in 6th grade but we kept a membership because he enjoyed using it. I didn’t notice anything suspicious when we signed up.
My main concerns are data mining, incessant advertising, witchcraft, and low actual math content in the game. The last thing I need is MORE game/screen time for my kids. My son says he plays it at school every day. He’s in second grade!
Ripon College in Wisconsin has censored a 9/11 memorial to avoid offending the feelings of Muslims:
And another post from the Utah anti-Common Core group:


There is talk of abolishing our ELECTED State School Board again. This would mean an APPOINTED Board, which would mean parents would LOSE their voice COMPLETELY.

Start talking to your legislators NOW to let them know this would be a horrible mistake.

It was defeated last year, but they are trying it again this year.


And another post from this group:

What I just texted to the reporter who trashed State board member Lisa Cummins.

“I just listened and read your piece on Lisa Cummins…and it took me all day to find someone who knew your number.
I am a precinct leader in my city of Saratoga Springs and helped support representative Jefferson Moss to get him into office. He works with the districts closely and the state education board. He is a good guy. Listens to every side of every issue involving education at the state level. He is kind to everyone, and thoughtful, even when he disagrees, he never has a negative thing to say publically, including about Lisa Cummins…however, I think you should know why. He knows she represents constituents who hate the 6% federal monies…being dangled like a carrot to force the obnoxious annual state wide testing, and data mining…by all students including those with disabilities that should not be being tested for hours on end for days.
He knows parental rights laws in Utah to opt out of state testing are being challanged by the Federal mandates of common core.
Utah parents make and contribute 94% of the money used on education in this state.
And 5.7% of those parents that use the public education system… currently opt out of testing.
That is .7 percent more than the federal government wants to allow…and that 6% of funding they threaten to pull… if Lisa Cummins does not stand up for them.

You did not represent parents in your piece who want parental rights laws…upheld…
When you trashed the woman who is fighting for them.
A total hit piece, destruction of a conservative leader. (zero positive statements from supporters…only statements by people who hate her and want to see her fail).
I get that she is not a PR scrubbed fake version of a politician. And that she has reposted articles on facebook that maybe she should have researched more first before posting (who hasn’t?)
She is not perfect…but she is perfectly willing to at least stand up, volunteer, and serve the parents and kids of Utah.

There are people who wanted someone on that board to ask the hard questions, who was an outsider, to make sure there was not federal over reach into Utah state education.
She is many peoples hero.
And I am re posting what I just wrote about her, to you… on the Utah delegate facebook group pages… so 5000 political influentials in Utah state…understand the other side of a coin…
You failed with severe BIAS-
to tell.”


And some replies to this post:

Everything you need to know about the media was on full display today.


Another State School Board Member Alisa Ellis

Just posted this in response to the news story:

“One View… Is that really what we want?

KUTV is seemingly on a witch-hunt. Last night they singled out one of my colleagues, board member Lisa Cummins. They combed through old meetings, took statements out of context, and made it sound as if she was the lone voice in every one of her votes.

The government, as designed by our Constitution, is messy and slow. And this is a really good thing. It protects us. Do we really want one person to hold the power to push through their point of view without allowing others the opportunity to be heard? KUTV is insinuating that Board Member Cummins holds that type of power. She does not. She is one board member who is powerless without a majority vote. Each different perspective presented on the board adds value to the discussion and helps us make better decisions as we look at all angles. Do we really want to silence someone? Is that the America you want?

The Constitution set up a system of government that has checks and balances. It prevents not only one branch of government from being too powerful but also individuals from being too powerful. The claims that KUTV is making are unfounded. One board member simply does not have enough power to make any type of changes within education. Anything that gets changed has to be voted on by a majority of the board.

Our board is very diverse. We have very liberal voices as well as very conservative voices on the board. As one of those conservative voices, I suspect that I’m on the chopping block next with KUTV.

The question is —

Will they look at the liberal voices and everything they’ve ever said or done as well? I hope not because I value their voices on our board.

Would it be easier for me if everyone felt and thought like me? Yes, it would be. Would I be able to push things through and get the kind of government and education system that I value? Yes.

But is that the right thing to do? NO

We are better and stronger when we are represented with different viewpoints and perspectives. I don’t have to agree with them and I don’t have to like them. But they’re voices are valuable and necessary and needed.

I hope that the good people of Utah will look beyond a news story and recognize that all voices matter. I would hope that the adults in Utah would be better examples for our children.

I do believe that public officials should be held accountable for their votes but it can be done in a respectful and kind way. KUTV is looking to damage and wound someone. It’s simply not right.”


It was a total trash piece. I saw it last night on the 10 o’clock news. Absolute unabashed biased reporting. It made me sick. Lisa does the right thing, asks the hard questions and votes her conscience even when she stands alone. We need more like her.


The whole situation is maddening! Why does it feel we’re always playing a losing game?


Because parents of the past fell asleep and let liberals take over most institutions.


The Mark Tucker letter was written in 1992, they’ve have a decades long headstart. I think we’re doing pretty good.


Here is a post from the anti-CBE group:

I’ve been searching Achieve3000 on Twitter and I thought I’d share this for the horror of the image. No desks with kids bent over small screens in a crowded room forced to read AP articles for data collection. How is this not child abuse?

Achieve 3000 tortures kids


Here is a post that was shared by Alice Linahan:

Oh look. Project Unicorn is showcasing Reasoning Mind. And don’t miss the “Take always from the recent IMS Global Learning Institute”…/project-unicorn-august-newsletter-2018

Case Study Reasoning Mind

Is Meaning Lost When Data Is Exported? Why Reasoning Mind Takes a ‘Wait And See’ Approach

Marisa Kaplan
If you take data out of context, does it lose its meaning? This question constantly plagues Steven Gaudino, VP of Product Management at Reasoning Mind.

The Houston-based nonprofit organization develops online blended learning programs that can be used as core or supplemental curriculum in math classrooms, or to guide small group work in after-school programs. The nonprofit has been researching and iterating its math methodology since 2000, and its products have been used in classrooms since 2005. Currently, Reasoning Mind offers five programs that serve over 140,000 students in Pre-K through seventh grade and provides professional development to help teachers understand the organization’s approach to mathematics.

The programs collect a variety of data, from usage to performance, which Gaudino believes can guide instruction to target specific student needs. But he worries that data loses its meaning when it is shrunken down, exported and fed into other systems. He realizes that some administrators desire to see the data in a single dashboard, but questions whether combining it will help students learn. “Centralizing information in itself is not necessarily going to improve educational outcomes for students,” he says.

Read The Story Here


And another post by Alice Linahan:

Interestingly, I pulled up what I wrote about SB 1882 at the time.…/

“Republicans and Democrats alike are working in coordination to strip Texans of our personal liberties and rights.

Case in point – SB 1882 Relating to a school district contract to partner with an open-enrollment charter school to operate a district campus and it’s companion bill HB 3439 .

As you can see, these bills are clearly a bi-partisan effort which will remove the authority of education from locally elected school boards.”

(Below follows a post that was shared by her as part of the post above)

This is that stupid bill Rep Linda Koop got hoodwinked into sponsoring:

Texas teachers unions sue education agency over charter partnership law

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, two teacher groups argue Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath exceeded his authority and weakened protections for public school employees.

The lawsuit also argues that two of the guidelines Morath set out for SB 1882 violate existing state education law. One of the guidelines require the low-performing campus to be exempt from all district policies, beyond those agreed to in the partnership. The other gives Morath the authority to approve a partnership request if he determines it will “improve student outcomes” at the campus.

“It is an invalid rule that illegally usurps the authority of local school districts to apply their own local policies to SB 1882 arrangements and illegally subjects the rights and benefits of the plaintiff’s members, as provided for in local district policies, to unwarranted control by the commissioner,” the lawsuit says.


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

Question for those of you in Utah with High Schoolers-I’m wondering if others are experiencing this and also wanting to give a heads up to those who will be dealing with this in the next few years. I recently got my daughter signed up to do some concurrent enrollment college classes through UVU at our local high school. Everything seemed fine. She had to take the accuplacer, but she scored great in both math and English. She was fully registered and ready to start classes when they told me that because she is a homeschooler, she isn’t allowed to take any concurrent enrollment classes unless she has taken the ACT and scored a 22 or higher in all sections or has an acredited GPA of 3.0 or higher. I explained that I can provide a transcript and a GPA but they said that because I’m just the mom, it doesn’t count. (Ok- they didn’t exactly word it like that but still…)
This all happened just a few days before these classes were starting so there was no possible way for her to even take the ACT. The public school kids don’t have to take the ACT to take concurrent enrollment classes and it’s just not right to make the homeschoolers jump through an extra hoop. They stated that they want to make sure the kids are ready for college classes because its permanently on their transcript etc. (Isn’t this the parent/college kids job? Why does the state think they get to decide when kids are ready anyway? ) To this I asked what the purpose of taking the accuplacer is then. Apparently they are planning to start phasing that out because of some decisions that were made at a meeting that happened in the beginning of August. Well- that gives nobody any notice or warning or any way around it! It’s not even possible to jump through this new hoop they’ve just created in time for classes this semester. These requirements aren’t listed on any of their forms, on their site, nothing. They don’t even ask for a GPA when you register or enroll and there is no place to enter an ACT score.
The worst thing was that their suggestion was to have her take 3 high school classes of any sort this semester instead so that she can have a GPA through a real school. *eyeroll* and then start concurrent classes after that. If their goal is to educate kids, why would they suggest she take 3 classes she doesn’t need, doesn’t want, won’t help her towards anything other than jumping through this new hoop? There are so many regulations and rules! They are actually preventing kids from learning.
Take math for example. You can’t take math 1050 unless you have taken math 1, 2, and 3. Even if you can easily test into it, you still have to take the classes before that. At least this rule is the same for PS and Homeschoolers. But it’s lame anyway. My daughters thoughts were, well- since I’m doing math every day anyway at this level, I may as well get college credit for it. But since they won’t let her take the class, she’ll keep studying math but end up having to repeat stuff once she does get to take a college math class. Ummmmmm-This system is seriously flawed…..


Here is a post from a Breitbart article on what is going on Utah with the DOE sttrong-arming the state and schools:

My kids go to a charter school in Utah where many parents opted out of the SAGE Test. Why? Because it is a standardized test for Common Core. The test is awful. My kids who are great academically hate the SAGE Test. As the article states, common core is still hard at work in public schools. The Department of Education has not replaced it with anything better. The problem here is that the state of Utah now looses a lot a federal money because so many parents opted their children out of the test. So for all of you Constitutional Conservatives out there that believe in state’s rights you better be paying attention.


And some other posts from this article:

Devos’ family owns an accreditation business. The scum had used common core as a guide to build an accreditation program.

DeVos had been pushing vouchers for “charter schools”, but only if those schools are accredited would a parent be able to use vouchers to pay for their childrens education.

Guess how the schools are accredited? The accreditation company owned by Devos’ family provides accreditation and curriculum, for a fee.

DeVos and its family is absolute scum, ripe for culling.


I got so sick of the Common Core BS, especially in math, that I took my daughter our of public school after 2nd grade, and she has never been back. I could not afford a private school for a long time, so I homeschooled her until then. Don’t regret it for a second. Who would regret their kid taking Latin in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade? That’s why it used to be called “grammar school!”


The Scamway queen DeVoss was one of Trumps worse picks. All but 2 repubs voted in favor of her, Collins of Maine and Murkowski of Alaska did not. DeVoss had a clearcut conflict of interest as she and her Billionaire family have tons of stock in the student loan collection industry and are heavily invested in sally may and Navient and many student loan collection companies. Pense voted to break a tie. DeVoss is 100% pay to play, and her only work experience is marrying into the billionaire Scamway family. I tend to be conservative and agree with many of Trumps policies and picks but he really made an error by selecting DeVoss.She is a total dud and just as bad as Obama’s Dept of Ed pick, Art Dunkme.


Catch up with current events. In classic communist style, the Deparment of Education being merged with the Department of Labor. It’s been a long time coming. Now class rooms are junior corporate job TRAINING camps instead of education centers. All with the use of taxayer money. Research has shown federal common core standards are very often above children’s development levels, resulting in nothing less than child abuse to require kids to successfully complete tasks they simply haven’t the brain development to accomplish.
Watch and learn:


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

I don’t even know what to say….

state despotism


And some replies to this post:

Just another confirmation our feelings to leave SoCal thirteen years ago when we still had five kids left to get thru school, was the right decision.
I stood before the school board in Huntington Beach regarding an issue of parents rights, threatened to pull my kids out to home school, and voilà! Just like that, at the threat of a family pulling 6 kids from their public school, and loosing ALL that funding they receive for each of my kids, and I suddenly had their cooperation.
Of course that was back in about 1994ish.
Now that seems to be the least of my worries, we’re I still there with my last two still in school! (14 & 16)
You couldn’t pay me to move back there with my kids still in school. And I was born and raised there!


Sounds like a concentration camp invitation letter.



I do not think we live in the Land of the Free anymore.


Mind blown. I’ve been saying this was coming for 10 years and my church laughs at me. “The state doesn’t think they own our kids!”!


Omg… considering I was born and raised in that county I can safely say I’m glad I got the hell out. Wait until someone from Newport or Laguna gets arrested for taking their kids to Maui for 10 days 😂😂😂 this is a ticking time bomb…


With what I had uncovered in the he FY 2019 Fed Budget bills, this school law enforcement partnership is not only part of the national tracking plan, it is on our dime as well as the P3s. Get the kids out


Well, the are many reasons we choose the relative quiet of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, I shall add this to the list this morning 🙂


WA state has very a very similar law, called the BECCA Law. Parents will be taken to court after so many absences….so glad to be out of there!


Nope nope and hell no. So, keep your kids attendance up and they get more money. Hmmmm……No Don’t comply…you’re a criminal. Super👍🏻😁


This was the law in Ohio when I went to school. If we missed 3 days, unexcused, the sherif would show up at our house… so it doesn’t shock me.


The real reason is right there…school funding. You go on vacation, we lose money. Plus, we get paid to arrest…so there you go.


Send your child to day prison or go to prison, so sayeth the state!! No child will be allowed to learn. They will only be educated. PEOPLE, this is what happens when you allow your enemy to take custody of your children for the purposes of state propaganda. Once they have them they claim to own them and have say above you. Maybe it was a bad idea to register your child to the state when they were born.


They want to charge parents with the crime yet they’ll let out all the drug dealers and now considering letting people out of jail and let them go free from death row. All in the same state


This is just an illustration of how American education has been designed to support “State as Absolute.” Citizens exist for, and are therefore, to be dependent on (and subservient to) the State. The citizens are not to rely on their individual faculties.

John Dewey, the father of American education, held the concept of “education for social change.”

Note the complete LACK of ACADEMICS in the following statement by Dewey: “The school is primarily a social institution. Education being a social process, the school is simply that form of community life in which all those agencies are concentrated that will be most effective in bringing the child to share in the inherited resources of the race, and to use his own powers for social ends. Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.”

Andrew Sutton commenting: Education is not CHILD centered, but STATE centered, … Parents believe a child goes to school to learn skills to use in the adult world, but Dewey states specifically that education is “not a preparation for future living.” The Dewey educational system does not accept the role of developing a child’s talents but, contrarily, only to prepare the child to function as a unit in an organic whole – in blunt terms a cog in the wheel of an organic society. … the values of the school system are rooted in the Hegelian concept of the State as the absolute.


Many parents don’t know this, but the school actually “owns” your child from the moment s/he steps out your front door until the moment s/he steps back in your front door. Yep. Walking, busing, biking to school… The school owns them the whole way. I was a public school teacher when this policy was implemented.


This explains a lot of the evil behind this letter.…/state-watchdog-to-fine…/


I was threatened with jail when I lived in Sacramento and took my daughter out a week early for Christmas break to attend her sister’s wedding in another state. They tried to force me into counseling and to sign a contract that she would not miss any more school and I refused. I knew that she would be moving back to Utah by the end of that school year so I had no qualms about standing up to them, but I feel bad for parents who have to deal with that kind of intimidation and abuse of parental rights long-term.

They also stated in their letter that they could have my welfare benefits removed…. I think I was more offended at that sentence than anything else and gave them a piece of my mind when I wrote them back and said how dare they assume that I might be on welfare and that I had never received a single dime of government help ever in my life.


Welfare is proving more of a control mechanism than a charitable one.


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

I know removing kids from public schools is not a possible scenario for some families, but can I admit that sometimes I fantasize about a huge tidal wave of parents saying ‘enough is enough, that was the last straw’ and collectively pulling their kids from the system, rather than staying to be boiled alive?


And hare are the replies to said post:

Homeschooling is a great answer for a lot of people on an individual level, but it distracts us from the bigger problem: federal overreach. We can homeschool all we want but they are still going to come after us in the end. To announce we homeschool so it doesn’t apply to us, and then sit back and watch our public school friends fall subject to the whims of federal overreach is ignoring the real problem. We homeschoolers need to stop making excuses and fight alongside our public school friends, because we know the federal government is going to come for us next.


Amen! I personally homeschool, but am very involved in this fight!
But the truth is there is power in the masses, but we are controlled by the few. It reminds me of Bug’s Life. There are far more ants than grasshoppers, but those who control do so because we allow it. My point is that only a huge mass exodus may be enough to force those who make the decisions to rethink their path.


It would if those people didn’t already have plans to control homeschoolers too. They don’t care because it’s not about responding to our needs but achieving their own ideal. They are completely remodeling the education system and are convinced that we don’t like it because everything is not perfectly in place yet. Once it’s perfect everyone will love it.


Yes, I was just going to say… if everyone pulls out to homeschool, they will just come for our kids there. We need to reclaim our liberty and our rights. Governmental overreach, usurpation, and oppression. They think we are their property, or at least that our kids are their property. We need to push back government. (Also, I do homeschool and I love it.)


I didn’t think you were, and I totally get your point. We do need to be reminded that we have power and rights. I think I’m more just despairing this morning. I didn’t mean to be argumentative. I’ve just spent the morning chatting with people who think “what’s so bad” about federal overreach, as long as it’s what they want or agree with or can put up with. I’m shocked and depressed that people think it’s “okay” or “not that bad.” I commented out of a feeling of hopelessness, which is still bad. Just discouraged about it today.


Too bad there aren’t some billionaires out there willing to save our children from the horrors of what Bill Gates has brought down on our nation.I know there are people on the front lines helping to fight to stop the progression of this nightmare, but is there any heavy financing and pushing going on to prepare better curriculum that our reps and leaders who will listen can get into schools to get the ball rolling on something else now or in the near future?


I removed mine and placed them in a private, Christian school and it was the BEST decision I have ever made. The system is broken beyond repair. Our teachers are being used and I refuse to have to fight the school for the right to opt my children out of the sham standardized testing. I will never return to public school, I would homeschool first. The whole thing is tragic. I went to public school in a rough area and did just fine. I had always planned on having my kids attend public school but 2 years (Kinder and 1st grade) was all I needed to see that it was not what it used to be 😦


My words on another post are applicable here…so I repeat:
Its not the child’s welfare or education that is in focus here… It is the funding a school receives when their butts or in a seat. The government pays a school for each child each day. This is what is wrong with our “education” system…. Our children are no longer a means to a better society… Its a means to make sure every little “subject” or citizen is in a seat ready for todays indoctrination. This is also how a forced vaccination system is controling the little subjects.
I have seen so many things. In the past 35 years that scare me. I am not a conspiracy theorist but the changes I have seen since my children were in school to todays grandchildren is obsolutly a controlled system creating a sickly and obident future class of people.

Sorry if that was long and scary but I see how life in America has changed over my 60 years.


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

I happen to be scanning Craig’s list–came across a job ad for a tutor. Below is part of the job description. “Pre-elementary” test prep classes. What is wrong with people?
“Teach our test preparation class to multiple small pre-elementary and elementary level classes in a consecutive manner”


Here is a post that was shared in the Conservative Hammer Facebook group (by a student that I will keep the anonymity of to protect her from possible backlash, as I do many others on here by removing their names.)

Hey everyone, as a student from Parkland I just wanted to share a bit about my experience in politics these past couple weeks.

So I’m sure many of you know the tragedy that took place here on Feb. 14 that took 17 lives at Stoneman Douglas High School. As a result, the media started pushing a heavy gun control narrative with the help of students from MSD like David Hogg, Emma Gonazlez, and others.

These kids have obtained quite the platform, speaking out to over millions of people on Twitter daily. So we had asked them if they’d be able to do us a favor: help endorse two candidates who were running for the Broward School Board election. You see, many people dropped the ball which gave the ability to let the shooter waltz into the school. The FBI, the Broward Sheriff’s Office, etc. And one group of the many was the Broward County School Board.

In 2014, they had allocated 100 million dollars from taxpayers to increase security measures in all Broward schools. Part of that money was suppose to go towards Stoneman Douglas to fix the fire alarm system which was going off from a very low level of smoke (as low as a candle), but the incompetent board members and the superintendent failed to use the money in time.

Four years later on Valentines Day, a gunman started to open fire onto the first floor of one of the schools buildings. Eleven died on the first floor, six more on the third, but none on the second floor. “How come no one died on second floor?” you may ask.

The fire alarm was set off by the gun smoke. Everyone on the second floor had heard the gunshots so they had retreated into their classroom closets and hid against the walls, but because of the loud ringing of the fire alarm- no one on the third floor had a clue there was a gunman. This caused students and teachers to pour out into the halls, killing six more and injuring many others.

It would be a different story if the superintendent had been transparent and honest with the residents of Broward, but they have failed time and time again to do that after many confrontations. That’s why we wanted to get new board members to get a majority vote on ousting the superintendent.

Families of the victims, myself and few others have had multiple meetings with these March For Our Lives students who had promised to help us out with anything we needed- but they didn’t knock ONE out of the 40,000 doors we knocked. They didn’t go out sign-waving with us, or come to the polls and hand out flyers with us.

Instead they went on a road tour plugging their stupid book, and their excuse was that they didn’t endorse candidates running for office. Both candidates we were campaigning for were the father of one of the students killed at their school, Ryan Petty, and the other was Richard Mendelson, best friends with a teacher killed at the school.

They both lost to the corrupt incumbents, one of those incumbents being the daughter of ex-Democratic senate member Nan Rich.

We fully believe that if David Hogg and his pals had helped endorse our candidates that they would have won. But instead they wanted to push an agenda nationally that is unachievable and neglected their home.

Just wanted to highlight the stupid people we deal with here in Parkland to you guys. Now we are stuck with these corrupt monsters in charge of my safety and education instead of genuine, kindhearted people for another few years.


When I asked this student the following question, wondering if my hunch, based on research, was correct:

Am I also right in believing that this March for Our Lives thing is also a youth voter registration drive attempt, particularly to try and flip the Florida governor’s race? I did notice that the Socialist candidate did win there, which even more makes me think this is likely.


I received this reply:

Yes, you’re 100 percent correct.


Here is a post from the anti-CBE group:

I think I’m gonna vomit.


This posted by our WA PTSA state legislative liaison.

The importance on assessing “soft skills”.


And another post from this group:

Our State changed to CBE off Chugach, Alaska. Below is a snippit of FAQ provided to parents of one locale. Buck got passed in the face of reasonable questions towards competency without compromise. Its more of an integrity issue among leadership than lack of knowledge. Most School Boards and leadership know exactly and precisely what they are intentionally accomplishing with youth, and they’ll champion denial of free will of our children to their grave. Below is “One” School Board’s message to parents about thrusting CBE on them.

CBE Alaska


And yet another post from this group:

Do you know if these are private/charter or public preschools? Are they SIBs related? $800,000 for TFA to study something it knows nothing about. How does one get on this gravy train? So many problems with this.


And here are some replies to this post:

Colorado has a little thing called Pay For Success. In years prior, the same bill –titled Social Impact Bonds, failed. But we passed it in great bi-partisan fashion in 2015 with the simple name change to PFS. I do not know the preschools receiving the TFA teachers/funding. From the initial Chalkbeat article: “the Denver-based Gary Community Investments, which gives grants and makes for-profit investments to help low-income children and families, funded a feasibility study to determine whether Teach for America should try early childhood placements. (Gary Community Investments, through the Piton Foundation, is a Chalkbeat funder.)

The study delivered a favorable conclusion and Gary subsequently awarded Teach for America a grant of nearly $800,000 to launch a two-year pilot program. …early childhood corps members will work at five preschools across the city — three operated by Mile High Early Learning and two operated by Sewall Early Child Development Center, which serves students with disabilities and typically developing children together.”…/with-preschool-teachers-in…/


Teach for America … camp counselors without the pine tree logos on their shirts. Know-Nothings.


As my son’s class went through different graduation honors ceremonies, they included a moment for each student to stand on stage to say their name, their next step, and something they look forward to….
I almost shouted “No!” when a young woman said she was going to Teach For America.


I watched a video on TFA which seem more like educational tourists. It it amazes me that parents would subject their children to such inexperienced personnel. No wonder why TFA is failing — Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation written all over it along with some other big names – figures!


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

My 5th grader is begging me not to stir the pot.

sneaky form


And here are some replies to this post:

I have my thoughts, what stands out to you [poster name withheld]?
Because I’ve fallen down the i-Ready rabbit hole, High quality curriculum immediately jumped out at me.

And, of course, the whole parental involvement thing. Parental involvement is only acceptable when you’re endorsing the district’s position.

Love to hear your thoughts.
parental submission and unquestioned alignment.
Do you really want my assessment?

1. Who and what determines “high quality Curriculum? What is their vetting process of said criteria?
2. How often will said parent conferences be held? 1,2 3, 4 times a year?
3. How frequent will said progress reports be shared?
4. Please clarify what they consider “REASONABLE” access
5. How shall a parent communicate without crossing their lines?
6. By monitor your child’s attendance, do they assume that your children run wild?
7. Reasonable homework shall be completed.
8. Pound salt on what I do at home, for example, how much T.V. they watch
9. What volunteer positions do they have in mind? How much is considered adequate?
10. Clarify what decisions you actually have any sort of say in regarding your child’s education
11. Again, pound salt on what your children choose to do with extracurriclur activities
12. How much is enough communication? How much is too much?
13. Self advocacy looks very different at different ages, that needs to be broken down by cognitive ability
14. Forced reading is destined to fail. Again that looks different based on age
15. How bout they use their nifty technology and upload all communication and assignments rather than collect data that they have zero idea how to decipher

last but not least TITLE 1 is significant! Do parents understand what that means??
That’s off the cuff what struck me as abrasive
I vote someone rewrites the contract and takes an attorney with them to the principal and teacher to have them sign it. 🙂
I always read this, crossed off parts I dont agree with and make my own comments, sent back to school telling them to contact my lawyer for further discussion. Never signed anything!
To what benefit is it for the parent to sign this? Students under 18 should not sign squat.
Compliance and agreement to reinforce what they’ve determined as best and you must be a “partner” in rearing your own children?
I already have a partner….my husband, no need for a 3rd party 😜

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

Could mega-schools be a factor in youth suicides? I wonder if Utah’s data reflects this.

“No matter the reason, these numbers reflect a much more de-personalized, de-humanized model of factory schooling.

That such an environment might be harmful to children shouldn’t be surprising. Factory schooling causes a feeling of compulsory incarceration that, beyond doubt, adversely affects the mental health of many children. Psychologist Peter Gray at Boston College has studied in depth the harmful effects of mass schooling on children’s mental health because it is an abnormal setting for children that feels like a prison. Superb and extensive work on the subject has also been done by John Taylor Gatto, who won teacher of the year awards from both New York City and New York.”


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

Kettering School district Ohio. Global citizens.

global citizens student brainwashing


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

Bureaucratic abuses are a real threat to children and their parents, as indicated by what’s going on in Norway. The more intrusion we allow into the lives of young learners by means of the misguided Emotional Social Learning units that USED wants introduced into our schools, the more dangers to our children and their parents.


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

A friend asked me about opting out of the tests, they didn’t know it was an option. I sent them this and thought I would share:

Opting out, I will TRY to keep this short, but I have much to say about it.

There is much misinformation out there, but here are some facts.

The only Graduation requirement is the 10th grade MCAS 2.0.

Colleges do NOT look at MCAS scores, only SAT and the ACT tests

We have opted our kids out for a few years, our kids have gone to the library, no retribution from teachers, administration or the police. Both kids doing well in school, our son gets on the honor roll and our daughter has a 5.0 average.

Some of the misinformation is coming from our teachers and administration. They are getting fed this from the DESE (MA Department of Elementary and secondary Education) I Have spoken with DESE and they told me it was “illegal” to opt out. I asked to see the law he was referring to, he gave me the law and I had Dr Sandra Stotsky and a few others who are way smarter than I read it and the agreed that the law said that the Dept had to GIVE the tests, but nowhere did it say children were REQUIRED to take them. Again, nothing happened to us and our friends who opted out.

They will tell you it will hurt the School and teacher. If there is less than 95% participation rate, the school’s rating goes down, in other words, they blackmail you. Ridiculous that a school’s quality is assessed by how many kids take a test. Not your problem, your priority is your child.

To give another example of the shady DESE policies, they marked our son absent for the test when we got his ‘results’ back. I called to complain that he opted out, he was not absent. DESE told me that they do not put ‘opt out’ on the tests “because they don’t want people to know that it’s an option.” Those were his exact words. Then he proceeded to brag that opt outs went down last year. I said, that’s because you fooled the public by changing the Common Core aligned PARCC tests to call them MCAS 2.0! The then sec. of Ed. Mitchell Chester said that MCAS 2.0 was 70-90% PARCC, so it should be PARCC 2.0, but people opted out and complained about PARCC, so the name change.

I have rambled enough, but if you have any questions, please let me know. Please also keep an eye out for SEL (social emotional learning) and questionnaires. We tell administration, no questionnaires without us seeing them first.

More information at truthinamericaneduction.com…/…/

And here…/

I hope I haven’t overwhelmed you, again, let me know if you need any help.

Good luck!

Here is a post from a Missouri anti-Common Core group:
Can someone explain if Standard Based Grading is just another name for CC?
And here follow the replies:
It is where the kids are only graded on the standards and nothing else… some teachers have the kids re-do the work until the desired grade is reached until the end of the quarter or semester.
Ok my sons school this year has decided for 3rd grade to grade as Proficient, Near Proficient and Not Proficient. I have talked to a few teachers in a few different districts and they said it’s SBG. I’m beyond aggravated and stressed about the whole situation but want to go to the Administration/teacher to discuss why this has changed and what are they looking for moving forward. It’s a Private school so I feel we need to be educated/informed before something like this is to happen.
On the other side I do not want to be over reacting if it’s not a huge deal
If they’re teaching to the standards, it’s Common Core. I sure wouldn’t want to pay for a private school that has a CC curriculum.
If you are in Missouri the standards are called Missouri Standards which are mostly common core. I know this because I was one of the volunteers to rewrite the secondary science standards.
Mastery or proficient is 70 %, near proficient is 65%, not proficient is below 65%. That is what the school I worked for lowered their grade standards to to make it look like students were doing much better than they actually are.
So you need to ask for percentages and then ask them for a copy of all the standards your child will be graded on. I worked in a middle school and I could never figure out elementary grading of 1, 2 ,or 3.
Keep asking questions and looking at your child’s work.
The competencies are aligned to the standards. So yes.
Here is a post from a Utah anti-Common Core group:


This could be an important step towards securing our opt-out rights. Please take the time to write your school board member today.

“If you support this motion, please reach out to your board members today and let them know that you will be watching to see how they vote on parental rights. There will be a move to creating more watered-down version saying that we support parental rights.”

“Whereas the Utah Supreme Court has stated, “We conclude that the right of a parent not to be deprived of parental rights without a showing of unfitness, abandonment, or substantial neglect is …so basic to our constitutional order that it ranks among those rights referred to in …the [Utah and the] United States Constitution as being retained by the people.” Whereas, determining the value of a state-mandated test is most definitely not a showing of unfitness by a parent;

Therefore, we move that the USBE support the legislators in fulfilling their oath to defend those parental rights, which are fundamental rights retained by the people, by retaining current statutes protecting parental rights, including the primacy of parents in their child’s education and the right to opt their child out of tests and assignments as they see fit. We also move that a copy of this motion be given to each legislator and that USBE staff be instructed to actively support this effort.”

PLEASE READ MORE about what’s happening at today’s USBE metting here:


And another post from this group:

Somebody please walk me through this, if you can. My son, who is a senior, is considering NOT taking the ACT’s in defiance of all kinds of pressure from peers, and ‘conventional academic wisdom.’ He has the next 3 years of his life after graduation mapped out and it doesn’t include college. He ‘might’ change his mind in the future and decide to go to college, but for the next 3 years, it’s not on the docket and he doesn’t want to waste money on an education that won’t assist him in his career path. Should he change his mind in the future and choose to get a college degree, how might it hurt him to have NOT taken the ACT’s in his high school years? I particularly want to hear from homeschoolers. How do you handle this testing challenge? Thanks for your insight and experience!
And here are the replies to this post:
My homeschooled son took the ACT but then worked and served a mission after high school. He then attended UVU but because his ACT scores were over 2 years old, he still had to take the acuplacer exam for placement into math and English classes. That was a frustration for him.
Honestly, this info is fresh in his mind and when not used… well you know the saying. I homeschool my children. I had to go back to college at age 38 and get a degree to remember enough to teach them. He has all kinds of choices. And none are “wrong” if he feels they are best for him. But the longer he waits, the more of the education he doesn’t often use (algebra lol) he may forget and need a refresher before taking his exam for adequate scores.
But, the question is, are the ACT’s even still applicable after 3 years? Will they even look at them or consider them outdated?
ACT scores dont matter after 5 years, after that long you just take placement test or prerequisite classes.
He has a plan. Ask him what he will be doing longer than 3 years out and let him decide himself. I don’t think lds missions count in 5 year plans personally, because they’re extremely removed from the world and don’t carry over, can’t be parlayed into much.
Right. Missions are not ‘life.’ He does have a plan for after mission and it requires training classes in his chosen field, and experience, but not a degree. But, should he change his mind, would ACT’s still even be applicable after that length of time?
Every institution has their own rules. If he makes a longer plan it will become clear if he needs to take act or not. It actually sounds like it is clear he doesn’t need to take it from what you’re saying. Are you having a hard time with that, personally? I would let it go, it won’t do any permanent damage to not take it even if he does a 180 with his career decision. P.s. Jordan Peterson has a new video entitled the lie of the idea of a career or something like that. Worth checking out.
I like that he has a plan. That should be applauded. Many kids don’t have a plan at all at graduation. Some go to college and waste their money because that is what they are supposed to do even though they have no idea what they want to do. The ACT can be taken even as an adult but most colleges don’t pay attention to it if not taken in High School. It would a waste of money to go that route after he graduates. If he gets into a local community college or university later they will make him take placement exams to show his knowledge. I wouldn’t worry about it.
Excellent! Thank you!
In Utah, the public universities use the Accuplacer after age 20. My son’s HS counselor told him he didn’t even need to graduate from HS to get into college.
Thanks, [name withheld[! I know you know what you’re talking about!!
The ACT was the only thing that got me into college without high school transcripts.
Depends on the college. None of the Utah colleges rely on act alone for homeschool kids.
He’s not a homeschool kid (unfortunately), so he has high school transcripts. My/his main concern is if Utah colleges will reject him after age 21 because he DIDN’T take ACT’s in high school?
So colleges never let adults attend who did not take a test in high school? Of course they do.
FYI. And does he know about Praxis as an alternative career path option?…/google-and-apple…
Never heard about Praxis. Don’t have time to read the article now, but will tomorrow. (We’re 8 hours ahead of you right now, so getting ready for bed.) I’ll look into this in depth tomorrow.
I don’t think it matters that much as long as you aren’t trying to get into a super-competitive college, like Harvard.
Not even an interest. Haha! Thanks!
He can always go to junior college first, which would allow him to avoid any Common Core, data-collecting test!
That’s what we’re hoping. Are you sure?
My son decided to go to a community college at 16. He took the required tests for math and English. He passed both and received his Associate Degree before leaving on his mission. He has yet to take the ACT. On the other hand I know of kids who jumped through all of the hoops, accumulated a mass of debt from student loans and then decided not to pursue a job in their field or could not find one. I think he will be just fine.
I think he will be, too. He just wants to be sure he’s not shooting himself in the foot later if he refuses the test, now.
I have an older son who also got his Associate’s Degree before graduating high school, took the ACT’s, etc. Then, went on a mission and applied to BYU. They DID look at his ACT’s, even though it was 3 years after he graduated high school that he applied. That’s why we wondered. Is it just BYU or do they all look at ACT’s even after time passing?
It won’t hurt him at all. ACT scores expire after 4-5 years anyway. My 21 old just got accepted at a university. His ACT scores from high school were too old so they had him take a placement test instead- which was less expensive than retaking the ACT anyway.
You can check individual schools to find out what their policies are.

Here is a post, from the pro-Common Core American Enterprise Institute, that was shared in an anti-Common Core group:

By removing college-degree requirements for many well-paying jobs, 15 major companies are helping fight harmful degree inflation.


And here are the replies to this post:

Yeah, right….what it is in fact doing is setting the stage for licenses to be obtained in lieu of degrees. You know, those licenses for every pay increase that can cost money to prepare for and for each exam you take….it is a way to make it even more expensive and without the liberal arts mombo-jumbo which might even make some critical thinkers in spite of the corrupt and leftist minded academia. So–no more university degrees for the masses, just Pearson licensing all the way–test prepping and testing, everything on-line–the $ is now redirected and the student/worker body programmed only with what they want—no accidental learning allowed!
Great point!
it’s all a game. Even the fuss they are making about student loans. What, they did not know they were taking out a loan? And they thought they did not have to pay it back? They thought a degree would automatically get them a job?—Many degrees are already worthless and the graduates are not prepared for the work force so in theory this would be better, but I have a feeling Pearson has been preparing for this all along and is ready to take on the different licensing tests and such. Nothing is EVER done for the good of the people, NOTHING! Only free enterprise can work and for that to work people need to understand what they ar getting into and accept full responsibility. Not everyone can live on easy street and enjoy all the perks and comforts that high tech employees can. That too will change, especially as they ar planning to allow even less trained workers into the high tech field, as if exporting so many jobs to India was not bad enough…. Watch the salaries go down…
Sadly that is not far from the truth of what is likely to happen.
I don’t trust this coming from Apple and Google…but I do believe the narrative. There is a serious college cartel and it begins in preschool.

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

One of the most widely used “free” education software vendors in NV, Edmodo, has been sold to a Chinese gaming company! This is not good for the children of Nevada. Unfortunatly the only way I know to protect your children is to keep them off all “education” software. Does anyone think any District in the state that uses Edmodo will tell parents a Chinese company is now enhancing the “secret profile” Edmodo already started creating on their child (link below)? I’m pretty sure I know the answer.…/2018-04-24-what-happens-to-studen……


And another post from said group:

At school board meeting getting ready to say this:

Two years ago I filled out this WCSD form 7626 to opt-out of Student Email for my daughter at Incline High School. The District told me her District email address was deleted. Evidentially it was re-created against my wife and my wishes.

Two days ago I downloaded the same form from the District website. I filled out the form for my two children in middle school and re-filled it out for my child in high school. For some unknown reason the District is now refusing to delete the email addresses it set up for our three children against our wishes.

Today I notice the link to the school District opt-out of Student Email form no longer works.

There are a couple problems here:

It is not the District’s place to decide when children have an email address or should start using email; it should be up to parents.

The bigger issue has to do with the District’s lack of ability to protect student’s digital footprints and most importantly their Student ID’s.
In WCSD student email address look like this:

The Student ID is the new SS # because it is the number used to track children from K to the work force, probably to the grave.

Last school year one of the most widely used “free” education vendors in the WCSD, EDMODO, had a data breach; where most of the users data was stolen and for sale on the dark web, the data included: usernames, hashed passwords, and most importantly EMAIL ADDRESSES; which for WCSD children is their Student ID’s.

So it appears WCSD children who had a District email address and an Edmodo account, had their Student ID’s stolen and possibly sold to others. Last year when this happened I begged this board to tell parents about the Data Breach, you chose not to tell parents.

What gives you the right to put our children’s personal data and future in the hands of those who can’t keep it secure; then when the inevitable happens hide it from parents?

Since it was the District that got children to share an incredible amount of personal data, school work, and their Student ID (via their email address) with Edmodo; it seemed like the least you all could do is warn parents. Instead when Edmodo had a data breach the District goes silent. THIS IS WRONG!

But NOW the District has taken this one step further by no longer allowing parents to opt their children out of District email address.


The District has already shown they cannot protect what is now probably the most important piece of information about our children, their Student ID.

It should not be up to the District to decide when our children’s Student ID’s (and futures) are vulnerable to the world; it should be up to us parents. Probably the only reason you all don’t have dozens of parents talking about this at every board meeting is because most of them have no idea what’s going on in regards to Student Data Mining, and how vulnerable their children are because of the digital foot print the District is “forcing” students to create.

I’ve sent a few emails to the board about this starting last week, I’m still looking forward to this board honoring our request and deleting the District email addresses that were created for our three children against our wishes.

Thank you


And another post from this group:

WCSD Board Meeting Tuesday 8/28/28 I spoke to them THREE times:
CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO GO DIRECTLY TO MY COMMENTS. INITIAL comments and Superintendent Traci Davis’ reply.
Traci said it’s “board policy” that all students receive email accounts. Via email the board president said she is waiting to hear from “staff.” Notice how Traci never disputed my main point; nor did she say what changed over the last two years that is keeping the District from delete student email addresses upon parent request.
During my SECOND public comments here,
I told Ms. Davis we do not feel the District is protecting our children. I reminded her that their Student ID’s have been stolen for sale on the dark web, and the District chose not to tell parents. She did not reply.
My THIRD public comments were about the psychological assessment the District has given to students in four of five schools without parental consent.
Again the district replied but did not dispute my comments.




And yet another post from this group:

Here’s the email I just sent (with all the links); message me to be added to our email list:

Fordham Law School Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP) recently wrote this article titled: Student Data Mining Is A Black Box, Finds Fordham Law Study. They discovered student data of 14 – 15 year old students is being sold. The article states: “no information exists for students or parents about where data is being collected, how high-level insight is being derived, or what rights they may have to opt-in or out.” We at Protect Nevada Children believe there is a fair chance this data is now, or will in the near future, be collected by the “free” third party education vendors used in our schools. Remember – “education” vendors have a lot more data about our children than entertainment and social media vendors, see Knewton* link below.

“Free” third party “education” vendors like Edmodo and hundreds others are widely used in Nevada schools. The “education” vendors like Edmodo who signed the Student Data Privacy Policy (SDPP) would be in violation of it if they directly sold our children’s data to data brokers. A few issues: 1) If Edmodo, or any “free” third party education vendors used in Nevada schools, is in violation of the SDPP it would be almost impossible for parents to figure it out. 2) Even if one or more of the “free” third vendors used in our schools is in violation of SDPP the federal government and state of Nevada will not be doing anything about it until it is too late for our children. 3) Edmodo tells parents in their privacy policy they “need” to share our children’s information with others, i.e. unknown fourth parties. Not only do we not know who these fourth parties are, we have no idea what these fourth parties are doing with our children’s data. Since these fourth parties are unknown, how can they be policed? 4) When Edmodo had a huge data breach, where student data was for sale on the Dark Web, Nevada schools and districts did not tell parents. 5) Even if all the “free” third party education vendors used by our children in Nevada schools, and all the unknown fourth parties they share our children’s data with, never sell data to data brokers and never have another data breach many of these entities themselves are creating secret profiles on our children. How these profiles will affect the future of our children is still unknown. Parents never see the student profiles created by these third, and unknown fourth parties, or the data used to create these profiles. Remember – the way “free” education vendors are paid is with the incredible amount of personal data and school work our children give directly to them.

Thanks to Cal Berkeley and the International Computer Science Institute we also know: Most of the apps used by children under 13 years old are not in compliance with COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act). This includes most of the “free” apps and software used in our schools. Serge Egelman, director of privacy research at the International Computer Science Institute suggests in the NBC article: “DO NOT USE APPS.” It’s good to hear an expert say this, as this is what Protect Nevada Children has been saying for years!

This is especially true of education applications and software as they have infinitely more data on our children than the entertainment or social media apps. If you don’t believe us listen to a CEO one of these vendors, Knewton*, as he tell us: “Education happens to be today the world’s most data minable industry by far, and it’s not even close….We literally have more data about our students than any company has about anybody else and it’s not even close.” If you do not want numerous third party vendors like Knewton having this much data about your children Protect Nevada Children suggests: DO NOT ALLOW YOUR CHILDREN TO USE ANY FREE THIRD PARTY EDUCATION APPLICATIONS OR SOFTWARE!

Everything above applies to all public, public charter, private charter, and private schools that use “free” third party education applications and/or software.


And yet another post:

My son’s school wants him to take a chromebook home, 8th grade, Clark County, all the teachers have said it’s required. Yes, they have stated all the educational software is included. I’m to pay a $25 fee, then he gets one. The entire school, 6-8th. What now, how do I say no thanks, give him his work for all classes in paper form? Do they have a right to make this happen because it’s their curriculum for this school year? They all want him on Edmodo too, which I just ignored last year.


And the replies to said post:

Outside of the fee, which I feel a parent shouldn’t have to pay if it’s required…

May I ask why you do not want him using a Chromebook?

Students need to build their 21st century skills which include using a computer efficiently and appropriately. This is done to prepare students to be college and career ready to utilize computers as we all know many businesses and colleges require a lot of typing, research, utilizing software such as MS Office 365 or Google Drive apps.


Hi, my daughter is a third year student at UNLV, so essentially although these changes were evolving when she was in school, she was taught in a very different manner, no apps.
I can agree in a technology-filled world knowledge of computer applications is necessary, and she gained that knowledge at home by the use of software, and some in school typing papers, as my son has already done as well. He’s great on the computer and in computer class last year his typing speed was 70 words per minute, pretty impressive for a 12 year old, lol.

My worry comes from what John points out. Other than this year, how will they use this information in the future and for what purpose? I don’t have the answer for that, and if he performs poorly in 8th grade math, what “box” are they placing him in for the future? My daughter for example failed some semesters of math in middle school, what a handful, haha, but turned it around in high school, even receiving the millennium scholarship for college. If she were using apps at the time, I’m just wondering how that information about her failing as a young girl could have potentially effected her future. Again, I don’t have a clear answer, who is doing what with the information and how does what he performs at right now, impact the future.

For my son specifically, being on the computer constantly causes him to get anxious and irritable, he focuses less and doesn’t digest as much information. His scores won’t be reflective of what he’s capable of, because he’s not doing his best work, there’s little retention. He doesn’t learn well this way, I’ve seen it first-hand. This is what concerns me.

With regard to the fee, yeah I can afford $25, but it’s very true, some can’t yet teachers are all listing this on their required school supply list. It’s a bit confusing because the notice from the school states parents will have to give permission, not that it’s required. I’m also wondering, if he’s one of a few without the chromebook, what work do they have planned to give him? If they wanted to give kids computers to learn technology only, type their essays, learn software applications, I would be in favor; that’s not what’s happening.


I agree about the boxes. This is why I work where I do in the district now. All data we collect in the courses guide us to help the students. I give it to the parents when asked because, well, it’s their right.

The only thing we do not control are the mandated tests. I will forever be against those because the info received back is not timely nor show the true depth of a student’s skills within the standards.


There’s sooo much evidence that kids retain better from textbooks than anything digital. And outcome based education is perfect for chromebooks with badges, etc. Did you know that the school Bill Gates’ kids go to has little to no technology? On purpose.


I think many teachers do not understand what blended learning is. They feel everything must be done on the computer once they go that route.

I disagree with that thought process. We should still have students writing their rough drafts on paper, taking notes on paper. They still need to learn manually and by hand as well.


And we shouldn’t implement policies that haven’t been tested and proven. So many come down from organizations and corporations with something to gain.


However, when I am given a directive, I have to implement. Best believe that when this happens, I will make my administration know that I am not comfortable doing it and show up at school board meetings to say so on public record as well as speak to the trustees and higher admins about it.


I have an incredible amount of compassion or maybe call it concern for teachers who are given so many mandates and few parents aware enough or bold enough to speak out. It’s hard to be the only one. But yay that you’re doing it!


Tests like the SBAC are also more of a student data mining tool than a true CRT. In addition, sitting a third grader in front of a computer for 10 hours for one test is ridiculous.


21st Centruy Skills, College and Career Ready, are just buzzwords that mean nothing. The best way to get students ready for their future is to teach them to: communicate (read, write, and speak), do math, think, work effectively with others. Sharing school work and personal information with “free” third party vendors like Edmodo will do nothing to get kids, “College and Career Ready.


I get students in high school who have no idea how to use a computer at all. Since job applications and college applications are all pretty much online-only, these kids are at a disadvantage. That’s what 21st-century skills means to me.
I agree it can be used as a buzzword. However exposing kids to chrome books is teaching those with no home exposure how to use these tools.
The OP may have already done that with her child but there are many other children who don’t have that opportunity at home.


You are not getting an argument from me that kids need to learn how to use a computer, and that not all parents can provide that opportunity at home. However, that’s not what’s happening by handing my son a chromebook. This is going to be the curriculum for the year, apps, and like others I’m fearful what information they will retain and how it could be potentially used in a negative fashion in the future. Like I said above, if he does poorly in math on this app in 8th grade, who may be privy to that information in 5 years when he’s college shopping, and what will they determine about him from one year of poor math grades, or two or three, depending on how the schools progress to making this the norm? Also like I said above, he’s been on a few school apps previously and I watch what goes down. He doesn’t pay attention to the computer voice speaking, his mind is GONE, and he’s anxious and frustrated because he’s not paying attention, yet wants the answers. Perhaps other kids are successful learning this way, he’s not one of them. I feel like I’m in quite a position wondering what alternative I have this school year – soon to find out.


Chromebooks are especially problematic as when students get them they are set to see “everything” a student does online, not just school work: Instagram, YouTube, Snap Chat, Email, Porn. ANYTHING they do. My understanding is there is a way to change that, but I don’t know how, it may be called the Sync Feature.…/google_acknowledges_data…


Right on. You dumb down the graduation requirements and give the illusion they are ready for college. The jobs for their area of expertise need to be there. Colleges aren’t preparing them for a career. Just graduating them to get a kickback.


As a trainned teacher with credentials in CA and NV, I’m not big on computers, or data mining software, replacing teachers. I prefer good teachers, teaching in a classroom setting. To get kids ready for their future I would much rather see students learn coding at a young age than simply sharing personal information and school work with known and unknown parties.



And a follow-up post to the one above:

Update on chromebook. No word from teachers, call from principal. She hopes I’ll change my mind, but said she can’t force me. When I explained why, she said the only purpose of the apps is to assist the teachers, then admitted she doesn’t know what anyone else does with the information collected; exactly my point. She said this will teach my son computer “citizenship,” basically teaching him what is acceptable to post in a public forum since the kids share. She went on to admit that since she has known my son since 1st grade (she used to be the principal at his elementary school) she recognizes this citizenship training is not so necessary for him specifically given his character. She ended by telling me she thought he would feel left out, only 10% of the kids are without a chromebook now, and she hopes I’ll reconsider; probably not. This is the same principal who nudged me more than once not to opt out of SBAC, who told me in elementary school that SBAC scores were required to place him in his middle school classes (not), so I may hear from her again about the chromebook. I asked her why the cameras are enabled, I just think it’s a little weird, she said I could place parental controls. Ehhh, not the issue.


And some replies to this post:

This very issue was why I chose against Somerset… It would’ve been very convenient because it is less than five minutes from my home and all three of my school age kids got in; however the use of chrome books and sbac testing bothered me. We went with private school this year and I’m hoping there will be no surprises


I’ve opted out since 4th grade, my son is now in 8th. But it’s true they always tried to give me a hard time. I just ignore and sign my opt out paper. I hope she just leaves me alone now lol


There shouldn’t be. Private schools aren’t “required” to use those high-stakes tests. 
Thank you for the update! So how does he do his work? At home? I’m curious what alternative they have for him and the other 10%.
No, world citizenship. She needs to know about the free company, Edmundo, is using our student data to make a phycological evaluation on each student without parental knowledge nor permission.
And yet another post from this group:

Data brokers are selling our children’s data. Some of this data is collected from “education” software and applications our schools are pressuring our children to use. Schools expect students to share an incredible amount of personal data with these “free” third party “education” vendors. Reading the article below you see why these vendors provide “free” applications and software to school children.

From the article: “Researchers were startled to find that while they were able to easily purchase this information to sell potential products to this demographic, the 14 and 15 year old girls who were presumed to need family planning services knew very little about what data they were providing to commercial data brokers to make this assumption. Their parents were largely in the dark, too.

CLIP recently published the findings from their study, ‘Transparency and the Marketplace for Student Data,’ and found little transparency for data subjects about how student data is being used commercially. Data brokers advertise lists of students organized for traits from religion to ‘awkwardness,’ YET ALMOST NO INFORMATION EXISTS FOR STUDENTS OR PARENTS ABOUT WHERE DATA IS BEING COLLECTED, HOW HIGH LEVEL INSIGHT IS BEING DERIVED, OR WHAT RIGHTS THEY MAY HAVE TO OPT-IN OR OUT.

‘The high level takeaway is that it’s difficult for parents and students to find out much information. There’s a transparency issue,’ N. Cameron Russell, an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School and lead author of the study, told Legaltech News.

Russell and his colleagues pursued their research following a similar study intended to track the growth of cloud computing in school districts. In their followup, the researchers intended to examine some of the sources of student data and map the market landscape around it. Instead, they found those data sources to be ‘completely a black box.’”


Here is a post from TheBlaze:

This makes absolutely zero sense.


And here are some comments on this post:

My son was bullied in 7th grade he is in 10th now…but when they wanted to suspend him for defending himself …cause the school said he had started the fight…..” I simply said……” I want to see video…and I saw the video. Then I said to the have 2 options….and I promise you better take the first one cause the second would me making a call to my lawyer


That happens a lot, my nephew got bullied bad everyday when.he finally started to defend himself and fight back he was considered the aggressor and the school recommended an alternative school. They said he didn’t fit in with Gen pop…. This is how school shooters are born


The problem with bullies is that they very frequently don’t get dealt with. Suspension rarely fixes anything, except it gets the bullies out of everyone’s hair for a few days. We had bullies when I was young, and my mom took care of one that chased me all the way home from school one day. I ran in the front door crying, and she caught him cutting across the side yard. (We lived on a corner lot). She ran out the side door and caught him. She grabbed that fleshy skin under his chin, squeezed it really tight and shook his head that way, all the while screaming at him! He never bothered me again – ever! Of course, if she did that today, she’d be arrested for child abuse, in spite of the fact that he was trespassing. And if anyone has any thought of trying to find her and arrest her retroactively, don’t bother. She’s been dead for years! 😊 She didn’t injure him, except maybe a slight bruise under his chin. I’m not suggesting that every parent of bullied kids should do the same to their bullies, but something has to change about these dumb rules. What if a kid is being held down by bullies? That kid can’t fight back? Give me a break. There are no consequences in a school system for bullies that stop their behavior.


A long time ago, I worked in a Child Care Center that enrolled school age kids up to 12 years old. I witnessed teachers standing together talking among themselves, and when a Child who had been bullied came to the teachers, the kids were told not to tattle on others, basically ignoring their pleas of protection from the bullies. Sometimes, teachers or school administrators would rather ignore than interfere. Schools look the other way sometimes,rather than face the bully’s parents. Sorry, but the bullied child is likely to be considered as the troublemaker if he or she defends themselves and strikes back.


My daughter defended herself while in high school and was suspended for a week. They had the girl on camera stalking her and persistently pushing and antagonizing her on the stairs. We were not happy with the schools “zero tolerance” b.s. policy. This makes no sense to me.


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

CALIFORNIANS, pay attention.
It’s time to opt out your children for common core testing. As you’re filling out your forms to send to school, include three copies of this:


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

My child who is 7 has Type 1 Diabetes, and attends public school. We received an email stating he CANNOT attend school September 5, 2018 and every day following.

Complete discrimination. He has 3 major laws protecting him due to Type 1 Diabetes.

Jordan School District is revoking Nursing Services unless I sign their form stating, “the district has access to his personal information, medical records, access to contact his doctor and pharmacy. “ His information may not be kept legally confidential”

The form IS voluntary.

My reply:
I will attend the entire school day to PROVIDE medical care for him and ensure his safety due to the fact that Jordan School District refuses to to accommodate his disability, provide care, and violates his legal rights.

District’s reply:
That is not an option for parents to attend school and care for their child. With an attachment of Jordan School District’s policy on TRESPASSING.

I have been attending his lunch everyday since 1st grade to administer insulin.


Here is an update from the anti-CBE group in response to my post about a library getting rid of books:

This is happening in my old district, which is predominantly low income, ELL, students of color. We used to have four libraries (one for each house on our campus of over 4000 students). In January of 2010 after a librarian who had been out on disability retired, we were told we had to dismantle and discard all the books in her library. We were given 2 weeks to get it done. We had to tear the covers off the books and put them in separate bags from the inside text. They converted the library space to a lab for credit recovery using grant money that ran out at the end of the year. The next year they used the space for a tutoring program and eventually it was transformed to the school’s “21st century space” with tables and dividers on wheels. Instead of book displays in the windows, they put a large screen that projected announcements and Powerpoints and photos all day. They never replaced the librarian.

As other librarians in the district retired, they either closed their libraries (middle school) or replaced them with low paid paraprofessionals (elementary) to provide prep coverage and babysitting services. Then in 2015, the final gutting of the library program was put into play. 5 of the remaining 7 librarian positions were eliminated, closing the rest of the middle school libraries for good. The following year they eliminated the department chair, essentially eliminating the library department from the district. Two of the original 4 librarian positions at the high school remain, but they are now called “digital literacy specialists.” I’m no longer working there, but I heard that they are in the process of removing all of the books from all but one of the remaining libraries. I looked at the online catalog recently and it appears they haven’t added any books since I left in 2016. This is a cash-strapped district that buys into all the ed reform schemes out there.

It was gut-wrenching experiencing this. There are legitimate reasons to weed a collection — and it’s an important part of maintaing a relevant and useful library collection, but the way it was implemented there was not thoughtful. They just didn’t want books, and administrators would complain about all the books and how much space they took up. So many kids would have loved to have had some of those books but we weren’t even allowed to give them away.

Here’s a picture of the process of destroying the library in 2010. It was sick. I should have refused.

Library Being Destroyed

it was all done very fast, and we were being yelled and pressured by high level administrators to clear it out pronto! It was crazy. They hated the libraries there. They wanted the space. I fought tooth and nail to preserve them while I was there. At one point they wanted to take half my library and put up a wall and turn it into offices for night school staff. I wrote the superintendent a 2 page single spaced memo about all the ways that space was used by hundreds of STUDENTS and classes all day long. They wanted to take the space and books away from students for OFFICES. They did not put the wall up.

We had kids who loved to read, but they would get discouraged because we never had money for new books.

Same district, while we were in the process of being ordered to dismantle libraries at our school, kids in an alternative school were working on a community service project to create a library at their school because they didn’t have one and really wanted one. (The superintendent loved to pose for pictures in libraries with kids while he gutted them behind the scenes — he’s standing proud with them in the attached article, but he did nothing to stop what happened there later.)

A couple of years later, a new principal came along and dismantled that alternative school library the kids worked so hard to build, and turned it into classrooms.

He was throwing all the brand new books out. Our department chair rescued a lot of them and brought them to us. There are some seriously f-ed up people administering school programs.…/20100201/NEWS/302019642 

The last few years when we still had a library department chair, the woman who was running it had never worked in a library, had never even taught English, and had spent most of her career as an administrator. She was parceling the work of the department out to other departments. The writing was on the wall. She’s now in another administrative position.

She was furious with me when I pointed out that everyone but the librarians were running the libraries. She wouldn’t allow the certified librarians to catalog books but she let paraprofessionals and a graphic arts teacher who took over tech in our department do it. It was so demeaning. I’m in a district now where we have good funding and are treated much better.


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

Here is a perfect example of why they want to privatize education and eliminate the locally elected school board; who could block their access to their greatest commodity. What they desperately want access to profit off of, is the unethical collection of psychological student data; to be used for Artificial Intelligence (AI).

As stated by Yuval Harari:
“Now the question that arises today is what will happen once we create an algorithm that knows me better, that understands me and my feelings better than I can understand myself? What will happen then is that authority will shift. It will shift away from the feelings of individuals to these outside algorithms.”

“There is untapped information sitting on computers in the state Capitol building right now that could help us understand how we get more kids through college or break the cycle of incarceration or move families out of poverty. We want to bring together the best researchers in the country with public officials to unlock the power of that data and use it to make real progress on these problems,” said LJAF President and Chief Executive Officer Kelli Rhee.…/

There are some names people need to start looking into…
Who is James Heckman?
The Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group (HCEO), is run by James Heckman, Stephen Durlauf, and Robert Dugger. It operates out of the Center for the Economics of Human Development (CEHD) at the University of Chicago, and its fiscal sponsor is the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), an entity that emerged in the aftermath of the global financial crisis of 2008.

INET funds research, grooms young economists, and convenes gatherings promoting the work of its 1,100+ experts. George Soros pledged $50 million from Open Society to create INET as a vehicle to explore “new thinking and new rules for the world economy. Heckman, Dugger, and Durlauf are all involved in the operations of INET.

James Heckman worked closely with Flávio Cunha who is now a Professor of Economics at Rice University in Texas. Together they wrote… “Estimating the Technology of Cognitive and Noncognitive Skill Formation,” a paper published in Econometrica that they wrote with Dr. Susanne M. Schennach.

During Texas’ last legislative session, (R)Sen. Van Taylor passed Math Innovation (SIB) legislation (SB1318) to get this ball rolling. (R) Rep. Tan Parker (HB2014) carried the house bill. Knowingly or not, they are pushing George Soros’ agenda. Here is a link to Testimony on (HB2014):

Please note, it is Flávio Cunha, who wrote the white paper with Heckman, that is the expert guest from Rice University who is testifying for the Math innovation social impact bonds.



If you are in the business world, it is likely you have heard the term Total Quality Management (TQM)

TQM is a business model for accountability. A “system” to control the quality of the end product.

Most would agree this is a very important system to have in place in the private sector when creating a good product that will successfully be sold to consumers. In order to control the quality of the product, you must collect a lot of data.

But, what if the “product” is a child?



Remember the Alamo……before the Left rewrites that history too!


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


Data collection is going on in all forms of education. It is most notable in the public and private schools, though it is also occurring in home schools. (95% of private schools, incl religious, take federal funds. They are roped into data collection, too.) Surveys are conducted formally and informally. They can be embedded into so-called curriculum. Also, tests collect personal data on students. Also, online curriculum is collecting data on your child as they interact with the screen. All of this is collected into small, medium and large databases to be shared or sold. Our children are seen as Human Capital ($$$s) in today’s world.


And a reply to this post:

PLEASE NOTE: Google and other platforms are directly marketing to Home School Co-ops. If you home school, tell your co-op to not sign up with any of these data collectors. This is just the home schools following the public schools. Public Schools are required by law, home schools are not.


And another post from this group:


In 1994, some major new laws were set into place which were really started under Bush I. GOALS 2000 and School-to-Work. These laws gave the Dept of Labor authority to write standards and curriculum for the nation. The SCANS documents, authored by the DOL, greatly revised what our children learn. Academics were diminished and skills were elevated. The word, “SKILLS” is not about the trades or certain jobs. “Skills” is defined as a child’s character, attributes and values. Now the govt would teach children what their values had to be and they would be graded accordingly. The computer would be instrumental to the grading process and data collection. This is called, “accountability”. The govt felt that when states sign to adopt the latest ESEA (over 1,000 pages of federal ed law) to receive a rather small grant, the state would be accountable. This collection is the necessity of the federal accountability.


And here is a post from someone about Google data mining:

How many parents of children with school Google accounts (Gsuite) have seen this and agreed to it?
How many have been told it is impossible (nearly impossible) to opt out?


And the replies to this post:

Google has been really pushing for homeschool family’s to start taking advantage of their “services.”


That’s correct and many are beginning to accept Google and other platforms. Very sad!


Several families who have tried to opt out of GSuite/ Google Services in schools and have been told that Google Classroom/ Google Docs/Drive, GSuite grading, email etc is so integrated in the school that students cannot opt out.


When the accounts were first introduced, the kids were told to click the accept button! When I took it to the district, they already agreed to the terms and policies!

I have opted all 5 of my children out of ALL Google apps and Chromebooks!


I’ve heard from a lot of parents whose school district accepts the terms of service and policies on behalf of the students . But there are several who still ask the student to click ‘Accept’.


So sad, because they are telling them it’s ok to agree to something without the parents knowing.😢


No longer can parents directly email teachers from the district website. It forces parents to log into Google or FB to communicate with teachers. Why is this?


Wonder if this circumvents freedom of information act information gathering quests.


Districts make money off of every krystroke, schools have become data brokers, they actually own data on their network, they inturn use a tech data company in charge in submitting data to state department of education as I have uncovered in our district, hence administration encouraged visitors, students, employees to use their wifi. A teacher told my daughter’s class, don’t use the wifi.. they are tracking you.


Then districts turn around, sell data, why some parents get mail.. like for anything they wrote toteachers. Could be innocent, like if you say your expecting, boom, you get coupons in mail, it has happened to me..


tracking parent engagement ? parent scores?


my former district had Title 1 money tied to parent engagement, i.e. how many parents showed up for the parenting classes.


What another mom found out the hardvway, in our district her sons account was tied to her account and they had access to her computer and seee veverything! Shocking! There is away to opt out you can have technology administration opt out as shebdid, earsedbeverything, reset.


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

Question: My 2nd grader is dual enrolled. Her last class ends at 1:15 pm. For years I have showed up to pick up my dual enrolled kids, sometimes allowing my other children to get them from the school. Today the secretary informed me that only someone 18 and older could pick up my 2nd grader from the chair that she sat in at the front desk while waiting for me to pick her up. I was also informed by the principal that I would need to come in and sign her out every day. (Something that I haven’t ever done.)Sign her out and have an adult? Why? I have been doing this same thing for years. I am not checking her out of school but I am picking her up.


And here are the replies to this post:

It must be a new school policy. There is a big emphasis on school safety lately, so that’s probably one of the things they decided to change.


It must be a new school policy. There is a big emphasis on school safety lately, so that’s probably one of the things they decided to change. I live in a town of 800. The school has maybe 70 kids. If she is out at 1:15 and I am there in the front waiting for her, what is the difference in safety than when the rest of the kids get out at 3 and run from the doors to their parents cars?
I’m not sure. Maybe they had a problem & made the change? It sounds like it would be a school level decision though.
I would tell them she walks home
There are so many holes in their thinking.
It sounds like a change in the enforcement of the policy. I would guess that they are just trying to protect your kids. When they have just one or two kids leaving at a particular time, it is just prudence to make sure that it is actually their parent picking them up. I had a daughter that needed to be checked out early one day a week. We always needed to go in and get her from the office. I felt comforted knowing that just anyone couldn’t go in and get her.
Your child is a Ward of the State, you are only entrusted to care for it, because we aren’t quite there for “them” to take the kids from us. Hold them while you can! TIC 😉
So why don’t they require parents to come sign for every child that is released at the end of every school day? All 500-600 students should be required to be signed out at the end of their school day if this one child is required to be signed out at the end of her school day. Or how about requiring bus drivers to sign off that every child they brought is on their bus at the end of the day? Why? Because it’s unrealistic, just like this rule for this student is unrealistic.
i mentioned this. Crickets and stupidity was their reply.

Here is another post from this group:

“Welcome back to school/meet the teachers day.” Common Core was just implemented here (overseas) last year, so this is only year two for this here. Teachers are frustrated, students are confused. The math teacher seems to be a sweetheart who loves math and teaching and the students. He did his best to explain the ‘new’ math standards and how it will affect them in the classroom, but just seemed to have a hard time knowing how to explain it without getting into trouble. It was apparent that he does NOT like this new math garbage. I asked if the kids will still be learning math individually or if they will now be assigned groups and graded as a group. He asked me to clarify. I explained that in the US, thanks to the ‘new’ Common Core standards, that 2+2 no longer equals 4, that it can now equal 5 as long as everyone in your group agrees and can explain their answer. Every parent’s head at that point turned to me with incredulous eyes with echoes throughout the room of, “What?!” They then turned back to the teacher for verification that I was insane. He hesitated and then responded, “Due to political correctness, I cannot answer that question publicly.” Parents here appear to be completely unaware of what’s going on in America’s public school system. It is now world-wide, so it’s spreading, not stopping. And teachers are frustrated. Another quote from the teacher, “I’m sorry. My hands are tied.” So much for a state-led, voluntary program, huh? So, which ‘state’ was it who voluntarily signed up all of the American students internationally?!


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

Here I go bitching about the schools again. Parents you need to talk to your kids and pay attention. You need to assert your parental control and your rights. So, I sent in a refusal letter 2 pages long. In this letter I stated that: 1) my child is not to sign any documents, agreements or contracts. 2) my child is not to fill out surveys of any kind. 3) No SEL SEDL (social emotional crap), no whole child psychological, mental health surveys, questionnaires, worksheets etc. 4) NO homework until my meeting with the school on the 17th (this meeting was delayed because the school couldn’t find the time for the meeting in June, July or August).
3 days of school and the assholes have broken all of the above rules. Today he came home with 3 documents he is supposed sign. Not happening. He also told me that today in school he started to fill out a questionnaire with questions like: 1) What do your parents think about you. 2) What do you think when you are alone. etc.
This is all to pit parents against their children and make them all little liberals. I am fuming!!!!!!!!!!!

And it seems one of his teachers is nuts…wouldn’t let a child go to the bathroom and if a child needs to throw a piece of paper in the garbage they have to fold it in half, crumpling of the paper is not allowed!
God give me strength.


And here is another post from this person, albeit from May 2018.:

NYS is once again giving our children a rotten deal. SEL will be implemented in Phoenix 2018/2019 school year. Parents beware. Refuse all that you can including surveys, questionnaires, worksheets, computer based questions.
First the school created an increase in emotional distress, behavior issues, a hate for school among elementary students and low achievement scores through CC, the standards and curriculum and now they are going to come in and mandate SEL and “save the day and our children”!!! Not with my child. Refusing all of it. What parent in their right mind would want the school district in charge of our children’s mental health, dental, pediatrician visit, etc. No CBT, surveys, questionnaires etc will be done by my child. They have harmed him enough.

Karen Bracken posted the following:
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1. You do know that ESSA is not an education bill but a mental health bill that codifies Common Core aligned standards, mental health evaluations for all children and SEL (social and emotional learning), right?
2. You do know that SEL has absolutely NOTHING to do with teaching our children how to be nice to each other or how to cope with life (which, BTW, is YOUR job)
3. You do know the goal is to change the world view of all future American children and it has been the goal for a long time, right?
4. You do know that the UN is driving the global education reform bus, right?
5. You do know the UN is demanding (and the US is going along because there is a ton of $$$$$ to be made) that we incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 21& Agenda2030) into education. The SDGs will be the driving force in education. They know in order to change the culture of any country they must do it through the schools, education and our youth, right?
6. EXAMPLE of one of those goals. The SDGs want gender equality…….to you this means something totally different than what it means to the UN. Gender equality means they want females to be workers not child bearers because you see according to them Mother Earth cries every time a new baby is born.

7. AND MOST IMPORTANT……do you know that today our First Lady, who was not educated in the US, whose son attends the best private school money can buy, her husband never went to public school and neither has our Secretary of Education or any of her children. Note: Bill Gates sends his kids to private school too, just stood up in public and pushed for SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING in our schools. Says it is our moral obligation. This is a woman like her husband who has no clue what is going on in public education and is obviously sharing prepared talking points probably created by Jeb Bush and the curriculum companies that are salivating over the SEL disgrace.

GET YOUR KIDS OUT. There is no other solution at this point. We need to face the facts. The only choice we have at this point is
to STARVE THE BEAST and watch it crumble and die.

Her program “BE BEST”….is just another feel good worthless program. Melania is pushing ESSA and doesn’t even know it.

If you want children to feel better about themselves then do something about the cost of living so a mother can stay home and raise her own children instead of having to pawn them off on someone else to raise. Do you really think passing your kids off to someone else to raise doesn’t have a harmful affect on your kids? Why are parents surprised when they find out their kids cannot cope with even the slightest amount of stress or that they feel alone and alienated. Why are parents surprised when they see their children have deep anger issues? They ARE angry and they are angry at YOU. If you want to know what is wrong with our kids start with the destruction of the family. If she thinks the school is going to fix these kids she is way out of touch. Another band-aid. Another waste of millions of dollars in order to give her something to do.


And yet another post from this person, albeit from April 2018:

Thinking of having your kids sit for the math assessment? Read this first. Note: This was posted by a teacher in another group.

“I had the opportunity to take a practice grade 3 math CBT today. It sealed my decision to opt my children out. It was highly frustrating and difficult to navigate. The font was very small. At the beginning there were a multitude of directions explaining all the online “tools”. Not all the answer choices always fit on the screen, so you have to scroll up and down to navigate the entire question with answers. On a two step word problem I was required to show my work. To do this you have to tap on an algorithm and then plug in the numbers. For some reason, even though I chose a vertical algorithm, the two numbers were not properly lined up, which made adding them pretty tough. Even with three adults looking at it we couldn’t fix it. The problem also required carrying, and you basically had to do that in your head as there is no way to carry the extra ten to the next column. Also, I had to enter the answer from left to right, instead of adding the ones, tens, hundreds. These tests are already flawed in so many ways, and now we are adding extra anxiety to these kids. And how will the results not be invalid? How will we know if the kid really didn’t know an answer, or just couldn’t figure out how to navigate the computer? None of this is necessary for 8-14 year old children.”


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

Emails obtained by Lucy Parsons Labs reveal that Geofeedia touted social media surveillance of middle and high school students by its suburban Chicago police customers in an effort to sell their services to Evanston police.


John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa has given student a gender-bending assignment:


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

TODAY, I’m presenting the essence of the inadequacies of the Bush Education Reform Blueprint as explained in a September 6, 2001 article — not to point blame at anything or anyone, but — in hopes of bringing up the conversations that were buried by the 9/11 national tragedy. Please read this short blog; share it and have those crucial conversations now.

Bush’s education blueprint became No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the 2002 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

The national discussion of the issues with that reauthorization of federal education law never rose above the rubble left behind by the unfathomable reality of that terrible September day. NCLB’s importance paled in comparison.

But now, more than ever, America’s children need us to protect them from the Corporate State’s agenda to destroy public education. … The fix begins with understanding. Thank you.


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

Utah Valley University (UVU) just fully aligned to Common Core and the UN’s Competency-Based Ed. Here’s how:

1. They chose Astrid Tuminez as UVU’s new President. (Note: Tuminez is a sweet Latter-Day Saint, but also a person committed to global governance of education).

2. Tuminez has worked in important positions for all of the UN’s partners that colluded to enforce Common Core on nations and states. Some of the groups are: Microsoft, Carnegie, Rockefeller, Asia Society.

3. Asia Society and the UN’s global measurement and assessment system, OECD/PISA, have colluded for years to control the standards and assessments that teachers and students have to meet to be considered “competent”. Over the past 8 years, Common Core standards have morphed from national standards (for teachers and students) to international “competency-based” standards (for teachers and students). Children and teachers show their “Competence”, according to all the groups Tuminez has worked for, when they use their learning and lives to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Those Goals include things like: supporting global feminism, supporting climate control policies, championing LGBT rights, activism for children’s sexual rights.

4. Utah’s Family Values don’t allow children to accept and uphold the SDGs, therefore, assessments must hold them to account. Children will only advance through education IF they are measured (by the global Competency standards) as youth that are effectively supporting, and committed to, the SDGs—global governance.

5. Astrid Tuminez is an open feminist with the stated goal to push more women out of the home and into the workforce. She believes, like the UN, that this is necessary to propel the global economy forward.

At the core of Tuminez’s belief is this belief:

The economy is God. And, families exist to serve the state.

(Respected scholar and scriptorian, Hugh Nibley warned us years ago that this belief brings about the destruction of free nations.)

It is a false philosophy that has destroyed the freedom of EVERY free nation that has adopted it.

I’m disappointed in Utah’s Board of Regents. They show us with their choice of Astrid Tuminez that they don’t seek to educate children and youth to uphold family values. They have chosen to indoctrinate for globalism as opposed to educate for freedom.

Parents must start to realize that our education systems are crumbling. Online Competency-Based Ed, whether you’re kids are doing it at school or from home, is designed to measure your kids against a false standard. To ASSESS your kids against a false standard. Your kids’ assessments are BEHAVIORAL, not academic.

Parents must demand that their kids get a freedom-based education in order to pass freedom on to their posterity.

Self-reliance takes on a whole new meaning when parents think of it in terms of education. But, it’s time that more parents Stop, Look and Listen to what’s happening. And, take effective measures to educate their children according to THEIR values. And, to protect their children from the false philosophies that will undermine their freedom and their “pursuit of happiness.”


Tribune announcement of Tuminez’ appointment:…/tribune-editorial-welcome-to-new-…/

Part of Tuminez’s bio:
“[Tuminez] is formerly Microsoft’s Regional Director for Corporate, External and Legal Affairs for Southeast Asia, leading a team supporting 15 markets and more than $1 billion in revenues. Her role is to strengthen government relations, cultivate corporate citizenship, and enhance understanding of trending issues shaping regulation and policy, specifically drivers of inclusive growth in the 4th Industrial Revolution.”

(Note: The “4th Industrial Revolution” is an anti-freedom movement to tie all learning to the UN’s SDGs using technology, standards, assessments and big data)

Tuminez’s policy brief for the Asia Society to advance feminism and push moms out of the home:…/2012/04/Rising-to-the-Top.pdf

The UN and Asia Society brief on the goals of global Competency-Based Ed, ie; Global Citizenship:…/unesco-signs-new-partnership-asia…


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

Parents be advised-

I’ve been given permission to share this. It was written and posted tonight by a friend of mine—an 11-year veteran teacher and one of the most gifted educators I’ve ever known. She is legitimately afraid for her safety if she speaks out publicly against the R4E movement. She has seen the nasty, vindictive horrible things that R4E proponents have done to fellow teachers who haven’t fallen into lockstep. The changes she’s talking about here are planned for when/if Garcia is elected. I won’t include her name—but these are her words:

“As some of you might know, I have worked on teams for the past five years, creating new state educations standards for AZ. I am proud of that time and hard work put in along with others, to create excellent standards of education and guidelines for teaching our children reading and math. I have worked on the new social studies and science standards when I could fit it into my schedule.

I attended an update meeting recently and I was made aware of some potential changes to the science and social studies standards that are currently being revised. I feel the need to share this info with people that I care about.
It was made known to us that current standard work (they were in the final stages) is being halted until after the elections and that there is another direction they might be taking based on election results. This new direction involves not specific events and ideas for social studies, but more “social norms” with the teacher being allowed to use whatever they feel addresses this societal idea or norm. They wouldn’t be required to teach history or anything really, unless it fit their idea of this social concept. Science would be more of a “guided inquiry” where free thinking would be used to come to some idea or concept predetermined by the curriculum. Common Core would be brought back for use with other subjects and curriculum modeled after other programs, one of which was Oakland, CA’s public school system. This was not presented to us in a positive or negative light, more as a real possibility of a new direction AZ might go and it was very specific and planned out.

I then proceeded to go home and lose sleep that night.

I am not making statements about any political candidates, but what I am saying is this: Currently, and God willing, in the foreseeable future, standards and decisions about education have to go through parent review, by either a posted meeting or by review on the AZED website. Please be aware and make your voice heard. Parent choice can and does make a difference. Please also be aware of what each candidate plans for, regarding education, when you vote in this upcoming election.

I will state, as a teacher, that I believe education needs more funding, but I am not willing to advocate for it at the expense of my children or my values. Be vigilant parents and make sure you are educated about education. It has become yet another political battlefield.”

(As part of this new “inquiry”-based standard, she was shown a video that led kindergarteners through the process of questioning whether having a daddy and a mommy or having two mommies was better for kids. The kids ended up deciding that having two mommies or daddies was in some ways superior to the traditional family.

This new direction in curriculum could be used to push ANY agenda by ANY teacher, and parents wouldn’t have any say in it. Think about that, friends. Scary.)


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

We are noticing across the state this month that school boards are quietly introducing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs under a multitude of aliases. Read your board agendas, research what is in them, ask your districts for their research, show up to your board meetings and fight this for your kids. No one else will. It is up to you.


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

Yet another new set of national standards coming out of Chicago is headed our way! Introducing the pilot version: National Food Education Standards


And here are the replies to this post:

I bet SDG’s zero hunger is embedded


the 7 goals:

seven goals


“advocate for food choices and changes”
Whose choices? What changes? Every parent has a different take on what they want their children to eat & what they don’t. They should decide. It’s not anyone else’s decision. Also, education should not be used to turn children into advocates.


did you see the part where kids will be telling parents how to make food choices?


I didn’t! I only assumed that’s where it would lead, but they actually put that in words?!  So, parents are not even trusted to feed their own children & that’s exactly the message that children will be taught…


the government is convinced all parents are idiots.


USDA is in the overreach of the feds in Ed due to their being a part of the US Dept of Ag. AG is sold out to Common Core and STEM. STEM is 100% UN infiltrated garbage.


the top figure in the picture.

big gov food


according to a quick look at the ‘about the standards’ these National standards began in 2014.


Don’t forget. It’s all about assessments. It’s all about what they and their federal/international partners can measure in order to control people’s choices.

Pilot Light was formed after its founder was given federal grants for community food education. The next phase, according to the founder, is these national standards WITH measurement of effectiveness of the program. That means measuring children’s choices and behavior changes. That means Assessment.

We can fight national standards all we want, but has it ever stopped any of them? No. Why? Because when Governor Herbert signed us into the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium in May 2010, he put Utah’s assessment policies under the direction of UNESCO’s partner, the OECD/PISA. Then, in 2015, all the major assessment systems started to become interoperable under OECD/PISA policies (as enforced by Obama’s Every Student Succeeds Act).

Governor Herbert, in essence, said, “We cede control of what is measured and assessed. We believe international globalists can decide better than we can what is important for Utah’s children to learn.”


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

From Karen Bracken

Believe me this will not, in the future, be limited to China. This is the goal for the entire global community. Just look at how recently the Chinese have infiltrated our education EdTech system. They purchased Edmodo. Ever heard of FOXCONN?? It is a Chinese company and the US has given them $4.8 BILLION in tax breaks to set up business in Wisconsin, USA. This CHINESE company will provide curriculum for the area colleges to implement a ready workforce. They are digitizing our classrooms right here in the US. Many schools and colleges today in the US do not have ANY books. This is 1984 come to life. I truly believe global surveillance of all human activity is the ultimate goal. This is how they FORCE compliance. If you refuse to pull your kids out of this system so we can implode it the least you can do is tell your school you REFUSE to allow your child to be hooked up to a computer. You want real teachers and real books. If you can organize and get enough parents to support this you can make a real dent in their agenda. I tried to get a bill passed in TN about 4 years ago to STOP the digital platform. The idea was in its infancy but I knew what the end goal was so I tried to have it stopped before it started but of course the bureaucrats (that knew exactly what was coming and the $$$$ attached to compliance) put a nix to the bill. REFUSE THE DIGITAL PLATFORM for many reasons. First and foremost is not healthy for the development of young brains, kids stop interfacing with humans and start preferring their computers over human contact and we see this already today. REFUSE THE DIGITAL PLATFORM. Organize TODAY!!! Just last week Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, agreed to support the UN/UNESCO Sustainability Development Goals through our education system. Basically she agreed to global indoctrination of our kids.


And another post from this group:

From Karen Bracken

Teachers are not trained psychologists and they should not be evaluating or remediating anyone. Remember when you read this stuff about how SEL is now just as important (believe me the progressives that are out to change the way our future generations think) academics NEW AMERICA is a progressive left leaning think tank. Jonathan Soros (son of George Soros) is the Chief Executive Officer, JS Capital Management LLC; Co-Chair, New America.

Did we ask for a NEW America???? These programs are all about the indoctrination of our children to mold them into global citizens not American citizens. It is no secret that Jonathan Soros father, George Soros, hates this country and has made it his life mission to destroy the borders between countries to create a one world governance. SEL is the new snow job for parents. Just as they are easily convinced they have no authority and the school knows what is best they are now being convinced their children have mental issues that must be addressed of the kids will not make it in life. This is all an emotional snow job. Sad part is that parents are falling for it AGAIN.


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

I opt my children out of all testing including dibels in elementary school. Today I sat down with the teacher and she gave me a form with 3 years of dibel testing results with beg of year, middle of year and end of year test results. I fill out the correct form every year and make it very clear that I don’t want them tested telling the teacher, the principal and the office staff. Besides being super pissed, any suggestions on how to handle this with the school?


And here are some replies to this post:

If it were me, I would immediately remove my kids from public school and take the school district to court.


They still do it for school use. But it’s not included in the testing results.


Wait a minute, so I sign the form and they still test them!? No, that’s not right.


You can only opt out of state mandated tests. 
Dibels is listed on the state-provided opt-out form.
Yes but they can give an alternative dibels test and use that for school use. And still call it diebels.

I would be furious too. If you opt out, you opt out. I will look and see if there is a loophole they’re using to see if we need to close that up.

I would ask for their justification as to why they tested them anyway.

I had to call the district before they took me seriously. The district then erased the scores for me… and now…the school
Calls me two and three times to verify my wishes.
Here is a post that I found:
And here are the replies to this post:

I find this screed false and demagogic.

The underlying theme is that all those people support charter schools, with the implication that charters “take away money from the public system.”

There are many issues with that, and why that is a false implication.

First, the charter schools are public schools, and many public school rules apply to them. Second, the money doesn’t belong to the “regular” public schools, it belongs to the students. I understand that unions wants us to think otherwise, but that’s simply not true.

Further, there is a general dissatisfaction with regular public schools, and general interest and satisfaction with charters. Clearly, there are exceptions in both cases, but the waiting lists at charter schools attest to that. It is not the doing of the billionaires, but of the billionaires supporting the public demand, as they understand the power of choice.

Finally, the broad-brush tagging of those people is — excuse me — stupid. Some of them focus only on charters to offer choices to parents, some of them attempt to improve school governance (e.g., Eli Broad) and charters are just one element for them, and some are attempting to hijack and reshape the whole system, curriculum and all — that’s Bill Gates.

I personally consider Gates the most dangerous, not because of charters but because he found a way to leverage his few billions into controlling essentially all of our public education, with its annual more than half a trillion of our tax money. But that has absolutely nothing to do with charters.

I think you make some valid points about public interest in charters, etc. However, I find some truth in this blog post. The “Portfolio Theory” of the DPE model is playing out in Arkansas, with schools with low standardized test scores being taken over by the state and turned into charters. Just in the past two weeks I’ve started hearing rumblings about those charter kids being woefully behind academically when they leave the charter and return to public education. Parents are also starting to clue in that they don’t have a publicly elected board to whom they can take their concerns. We are also a state that has adopted coding in every school; I hadn’t considered until now the effect on future wages. Interesting theory to consider. Anyway, I agree that not all charters are the devil, but I see much of this (what blog author describes) playing out.

And another big piece of it – SIMS – Student Information Management System.

The most notable case of forced charter is, I believe, the school district of New Orleans after Katrina. It was “charterized” (new verb!) but ACT scores did not improve after a decade of charter, yet the citizens lost control and had no one to complain to. I think it’s Mercedes Schneider who has written most about that, if memory serves me correctly. It’s happening in my state now. The state “takes over” a district and turns it over to a charter, thus removing choice. If a charter is a choice within a district, I’m okay with that.

we are seeing the same here in Idaho- basically it’s an erasing of the level of government closest to the people.

We also had a law that almost passed that would allow charters to hire less qualified Superintendents than traditional schools- so giving them a special privilege.

Another law we saw come through Committee was the written % of low performing traditional schools to be closed down each year and turned over to a private entity-

The erasing of an entire level of government is the most alarming in my opinion.

I’m sorry this ended up being so controversial. But, charters and choice are not necessarily in practice, what they are being sold to us as.

The checker move is charters, choice, and ROI for a select few, with loss of transparency in accountability for taxpayers-

The chess move is erase the school level of government.

My question is…If charter schools are so great, as evidenced by demand, then why don’t regular public schools simply emulate them and then get rid of charters? Money? Almost certainly! Charter schools are just a means to access the public treasury. There is too much money collected and spent by the government to be ignored by the rich and greedy.
The Education Revolution was started by vulture capitalists. Venture capitalists go after business investment. Vulture capitalists go after the education of children. Note: dollar amounts put on our children’s heads were in 2012 dollars.
How much has the pay for teachers been incremented in the last 5 to 7 years? Here’s the trick… when corporations take over, they will hire contract teachers through a broker – the teachers won’t be paid that much, the brokers will take the bulk of it and there will be a kick back to whoever the contract manager is who lets the contract. The children will be short changed because the quality of teachers will drop but the cost to taxpayers will be the same initially but increasing over time. [That’s just a guess.. as a former contractor.]

Yes, that is how it works. And it has been done (is being done) here in the U.S. already. I saved this blog when I took down my old website “A Missing Ingredient.” The reason being that it contained some information I wanted to hang onto.

In 2008, there were three companies that were placing foreign teachers in our schools: Avenida International Consultants, Visiting International Faculty, and Intalage, Inc.. The states using their services at that time were Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and California.


They did the same thing to Nurses and to IT professionals and Engineers. The professionals of a society – the solid middle class are the ones who hold things together. The replacement of American professionals with imported foreigners allegedly equally qualified (a joke) is both the attack on American citizens and another front in the attack on our country.
The reasoning is that parents of kids attending schools should have a say. The biggest problem in Idaho is lack of participation in local government. Our local public schools belong to us. It’s time to reclaim what is ours. Charter schools no longer follow their original intent. The single purpose today is to destroy local government. That said…the thought had occurred to me that registering non-citizens to vote could be a means of getting enough information to find individuals to deport them. Heck we can’t even get citizens to register to vote out of fear they may be challenged at the polls for having too much melanin.

From the images I see, they left out a lot of guilty parties but I really like the idea. Somebody should start a website specifically to identify the people and groups who have destroyed our system of education. Categories… billionaires, foundations, public officials. Pictures, profiles and contributions to ignorance as the highest goal of education.

I think it would be huge.

Nobody ever pays attention until an issue hits the headlines and then the interest is renewed. I love the idea of pictures and then the sketch profile so that people can capture the idea easily because getting into the documentation of the education system loses people on about page 2 🙂 It wasn’t the education system per se that grabbed me, it was the system of control of the lives of people in the future – beginning with the spark of life in the womb – cradle-to-grave, tracking and management system. It’s un-American and in-human.

School choice through charters and “money follows the child” schemes most definitely do one thing. They divide us. Just look at the conversation here.

In communities, they divide. In neighborhoods, they divide. In the nation, they divide us. And it is all for no good reason. We have always had “school choice” in America. You can attend your local public school, homeschool, private school, and we even have magnet schools that truly are based on filling an identified and approved community need.

It is never in children’s best interest to close their schools. We once upon a time pledged to improve all schools, not close them. Then came men and women like Eli Broad and Michelle Rhee.

The whole premise upon which the “need” for charter schools was based is flawed and seen by other countries as detrimental to society. It’s hurting the U.S. but, by God, we fight on…..not for the greater good but for an ideology that is divisive….and harmful.


When the Founding Fathers wrote about education work force training was not mentioned. The purpose of education was to have an educated citizenry – a citizenry that could keep the Republic.

John Adams wrote: “The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it.” There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves.”

Thomas Jefferson, witness to the Revolution, drafter of the Declaration of Independence, and founder of the nation’s first public university, rightfully believed that it was the government and citizenry’s duty to invest tax dollars in public education: “[T]he tax which will be paid for this purpose [education] is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.”

I never minded funding education. I think it’s important that all of our citizens are literate and have a basic understanding of the world and our form of government. I do mind very much, the federal takeover of education and the imposition of federal mandates and programs that increase the cost and don’t contribute to the mission and in fact, are detrimental to it in most cases. In the area of education and other areas, our state officials have been bought off with federal money even though the federal money doesn’t begin to pay for the mandates. I don’t understand how money became the highest good in this country but it will be the downfall of us for sure.
Marc Tucker’s letter – the description the National Human Resource Management system is a conceptual design for computer systems to control the process. I was stunned when I read it. I went to work immediately researching legislation to see if it was true – to see if they were really building that system. What I found was that they were in fact building it. Every education “reform” since the Reagan Administration (Nation at Risk) has simply been the next phase in the development of the system. In other words, a continuation of the project even though the named “reforms” were presented as being new ideas. Marc Tucker just articulated the vision in a clear and concise manner and we should be grateful for that 🙂

Well, I can’ say that I have ever used the word “grateful” in anything I have written about Tucker but I see your point.

Many people seem to think the letter is a hoax. That is why I included a link to its publication in the Congressional Record.

I am very grateful Representative Bob Schaffer for officially entering it. And I’m grateful for government records.

Tucker directly clarified to the first President Bush the perceived need for restructuring schools, national goals, and to focus on workforce training (National Center on Education and the Economy, 1989). …. three years before writing Hillary.

Charolotte Izerbyt described the problems so well in her book “The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America”. I believe the only real competition public schools need is a massive drive in Home Schooling. The internet has produced the tools for availability of custom tailored and self paced education. Besides all the free sources available just imagine how many high performance courses could be purchased by parents if they were freed from paying for public schools to which their children were not attending.
What parents today would want their children being indoctrinated politically and inundated with sexual liberalism all while any survival skills training? I would love to see someone publish some figures of actual value for dollar public schooling now provides.
When I went to college I was struck by how I could achieve a 4.0gpa and still realize how unprepared I was to do the tasks of my chosen profession.
Parents who choose home schooling have to be careful as some of those custom tailored and self paced tools on the internet are programmed learning and controlled by the very corporations that are trying to destroy local public schools. The programs collect data on the children using them. Mila Wood I’ve read that one of the programs flashes messages onscreen and tracks keystrokes. For me…I choose to attend school board meetings and to participate in local government.
from everyone’s comments, sounds like the education system needs deconstructing and rebuilding from the ground up. 
have you ever figured out just how much money a given family actually pays in in taxes that goes to public education? Low, middle, and high incomes, median income, varying states? And is “cheap” education what we really want? Public education has been a generational responsibility proudly taken on by each generation….until now.

I hope you didn’t gather that from my comments. We still have a solid education infrastructure in the U.S. It has taken one hell of a beating but it has survived….to date.

Most of my time researching the solutions to our problems has been devoted to looking at the various parts of the system and who did what to undermine their function. If the day ever comes that the country wants to fix what the corporate-elite broke, we can easily do so.

So rebuild and keep the aspects that are working now. But look at each of the ones you wish to keep with fresh eyes and start over. I’m not an education expert concerning the finer points, but this is a corporate entity that is bleeding profusely according to what I’m reading. Any corporation/entity that is in this much trouble deserves nothing less. There are already solutions out there. Have to find a way to get together with a common mission. I’m just reading the posts and listening in my community to the jungle drums.
Reclaiming. It’s more accurate to say we the people need to reclaim our institutions and participate in our levels of government. Our public schools continue to do well, despite the deluge of propaganda from thew DPE crew.
but the things that are doing well. Are they really independent of all subversive and DPE guidelines? I see a lot of multi-national in what I read on this. So the parts that are doing well – again I’m no expert, but is doing well a universaloutcome? After all, the propagandists claim that the system is doing well when their benchmarks are in place. But as usual, citizen participation should be make paramount. I fear we have a few “Summerhill”generations of parents who never learned this.
We spend enough money on education that I really don’t see why the public schools can’t provide academic education somewhere close to what the private schools offer. They would need to go back to a system that measures based on academic excellence which means that they would have to provide accelerated material for the quick students and a slower pace for the less well endowed students. That’s the way it was done when I went to school… but the thing is that the schools never made a big deal out of it. They didn’t talk about it and as far as I know, the students didn’t either.

People need to look at how the money is spent….now.

Years ago, I asked my school board why the “instructional dollars” as a total and as a percentage of our budget was decreasing consistently over several years….It’s not a good sign. It was because we were losing experienced teachers. Yet as I wrote this AM about a candidate for governor in Idaho, “I’m glad Brad Little understands that “when we have the best teachers in the classrooms we get the best student outcomes.” Now, why can’t he and all the other “leaders” in education see that they need to PUT TEACHERS AHEAD OF TESTING and TECHNOLOGY in our classrooms.”

The blame rests on the Outcome-Based, Test-Based education theory…..and all those who pushed it on schools.

those guidelines did not come from local control Rather these are the result of centralizing government. I’ve sat through many, many school board meetings where the only topic is discussing and acting on the latest legislative mandates.The hours spent are incredible. No wonder no one wants to run for school board. That’s deliberate. Strangle local government in red tape. Our Idaho legislators are pretty good at that.

So, back to the article. Two major exclusions that laypeople need to know. 1) When the model for destroying public education is outlined, there was no mention of leadership training. Both Eli Broad and Marc Tucker have been “graduating” leaders. They not only indoctrinated them into their way of thinking, they strategically placed them in large urban districts and departments of education (US & states).

Ever wonder why we hit brick walls in administration?

2) There was no talk of policy other than that which was related to the Koch’s and ALEC. Senator Lamar Alexander has been THE key education policy pusher along with Marc Tucker.

I believe Tom Luna was one of those people who was recruited based on research that I did on his background). He was in no way qualified to be the Superintendent of Schools. He brought Common Core to Idaho and then he left – mission accomplished.
Here is a post from Shannon Joy:
Get ready! Standardized ‘morality’ assessments are right around the corner.
Here is a post from the anti-CBE group:

JEFF BEZOS is closing a vast Big Finance child-trap, which has already been built. Here’s a tour.

Alison Hawver McDowell writes:
Within moments of hearing the announcement I began poking around to see where the connections were. What immediately came up was that Jeff’s mother Jackie, who helps manage the Bezos Family Foundation, presented on the topic of preschool human capital investing with James Heckman at the Aspen Institute Festival in June 2017.


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

1st grade! I think not!


Here is a post from a West Virginia anti-Common Core page:

From the Harrison County GOP:


A few weeks ago, West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael came out in the press urging the Democrat Party in West Virginia to reject the American Federation of Teachers socialist agenda – an agenda brought to light during the AFT’s recent convention in Pittsburgh. Specifically, policy proposals discussed at the AFT convention included increasing taxes to pay for “free” college tuition and “universal” healthcare and childcare. In this context, “free” and “universal” are euphemisms for “paid for with taxpayer or borrowed funds”. Christine Campbell the president of the AFT West Virginia affiliate chided Carmichael publicly for using what she called “buzzwords” such as “socialists” or “radicals”.

A recent publication entitled “Why Socialists Should Become Teachers” simultaneously vindicates Carmichael and refutes Campbell. It was published by the Democratic Socialist Labor Commission and the Young Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), but the Forward purports to have been written by “DSA teachers of West Virginia”. In that Forward, they claim to have held meetings prior to the teachers strike and agreed that their “demands would require militant action”. They claim credit for “laying the groundwork for what would culminate in a historic, successful nine-day strike”. Finally, they maintain that the strike “was the result of creative shop floor organizing by teachers with socialist politics.”

Read more by clicking below:…/socialists-coordinate-effort-to-use…/p


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


preamble rewrite


And another post from this group:

“Laying bets Testing giant Questar bids or a mirror of NYS custom-made tests will be the new Maryland tests and they will be computer adaptive, and STILL common core aligned – because Feds and ESSA. Just sayin.”
-Michelle Moore already commented on the article.


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

This must be stopped!!

“Google – and others in the tech industry, such as Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, and Pearson – have partnered with the U.S. Department of Education and school districts throughout the country. Their aim is to collect private student data as they also cash in on the Common Core reform that was privately funded by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and championed by politicians from both parties laser-focused on workforce development – also a pet project of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

In fact, in June, the Trump administration proposed a merger of the federal education and labor departments – with a goal of workforce development.

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

The private data helping to plug students into different industries is being provided by tech giants like Google.

“It doesn’t take undercover investigative journalists to unmask the massive privacy invasion enabled by educational technology and federal mandates,” conservative author and CRTV host Michelle Malkin wrote at National Review in April. “The kiddie data heist is happening out in the open — with Washington politicians and bureaucrats as brazen co-conspirators.”


This post was made by a friend of mine:

Okay #Idaho What do you think?

Is Brad Little aware that the “20 recommendations for moving education forward,” which were made by Governor Otters Task Force on Improving Education, were made without consideration, discussion, or debate of the principles upon which they are based…….THE primary one being “Outcome-Based Education.”

When ” student achievement metrics” are “trending upward,” does it correlate to better education? Are children being better served? Has the suicide rate begun to decline? THAT IS A FREAKING IGNORED METRIC!!!!

Way back in 1999 when this whole standards-based, test-based ed reform BS started here in Idaho if we were counting the suicides as school drop-outs, or do we just drop them out of our numbers game?

I’m glad Brad Little understands that “when we have the best teachers in the classrooms we get the best student outcomes.” Now, why can’t he and all the other “leaders” in education see that they need to PUT TEACHERS AHEAD OF TESTING and TECHNOLOGY in our classrooms. #InputsFirst
#EndOutcomeBasedEdReform #EdReformRevolt It’s the right thing to do, now is the time to do it, and it seems we need reminding we are the People. #OurVoicesMatter
Start the debate without the politicians.


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

Leading into the 2019 Legislative Sessions for both Utah and Tennessee, my two homes…I’m going to start public petitions. Very simple…

We The People…demand that all legislators, and the Governor take the 10th Grade TN-Ready/UT-Rise test. If they score less than 4, they must resign from leadership positions. If they score less than a 3, they must resign from public office.

Makes sense. Are you as smart as a 10th grader? If not, time to move along. No harm, right? I mean, if you’re not as smart as a 10th grader, should they be in public office?!

Legislators are so enamored with these centrally planned, one-size-fits-all, bureaucratically driven tests. Let them see what they’ve created. If it’s really as simple as they say, no problem. Right?

Only one way to find out. I’m going to need help. Who’s in?


Here are some replies to an Alice Linahan post:

here are some names people need to start looking into…
Who is James Heckman?
The Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group (HCEO), is run by James Heckman, Stephen Durlauf, and Robert Dugger. It operates out of the Center for the Economics of Human Development (CEHD) at the University of Chicago, and its fiscal sponsor is the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), an entity that emerged in the aftermath of the global financial crisis of 2008.

INET funds research, grooms young economists, and convenes gatherings promoting the work of its 1,100+ experts. George Soros pledged $50 million from Open Society to create INET as a vehicle to explore “new thinking and new rules for the world economy. Heckman, Dugger, and Durlauf are all involved in the operations of INET.

James Heckman worked closely with Flávio Cunha who is now a Professor of Economics at Rice University in Texas. Together they wrote… “Estimating the Technology of Cognitive and Noncognitive Skill Formation,” a paper published in Econometrica that they wrote with Dr. Susanne M. Schennach.

During Texas’ last legislative session, (R)Sen. Van Taylor passed Math Innovation (SIB) legislation (SB1318) to get this ball rolling. (R) Rep. Tan Parker (HB2014) carried the house bill. Knowingly or not, they are pushing George Soros’ agenda. Here is a link to Testimony on (HB2014):

Please note, it is Flávio Cunha, who wrote the white paper with Heckman, that is the expert guest from Rice University who is testifying for the Math innovation social impact bonds.




I think the only way to end this, Alice, is to stop allowing the government to run education, to cease extortion of more and more educational funding by government, and return that money to the tax-payer who can purchase a less-expensive, more effective, and more enjoyable education offered by educational businesses that compete with one-another for your student and their tuition.

The schools will be safer and more enjoyable for the students because there won’t be major behavior problems… Can’t behave here? Go buy your education elsewhere, Oh, and your tuition is forfeit… Parenting skills anyone?

Success isn’t easy. If it were, everyone would do it.

Free market, all-day, every day, all day long…
How many decades of students will be lost to the process of creating this utopia of education. How many years will any student lose because the education product their parents chose for them is substandard. How many skimmed profits will replace the purchase of highly experienced teachers in this capital driven environment.

In the last 20 years, even as corporate profits have grown, NONE of it has either “trickled down” or been “regulated” to the backs of those who do the actual production…..Every penny that can be squeezed is directed toward share holder profit.

I don’t believe in the liberal agenda, I abhor, this “for profit” capitalism model that MUST create “easy success” for any student in the country to be educated.

free market, all-day, every day, all day long and the GREED has created the environment that allows the anarchy in our streets.
Here is a perfect example of why they want to eliminate that locally elected school board. Their greatest commodity to profit off of, is the unethical collection of psychological data to be used for “Artificial Intelligence”(AI).

“There is untapped information sitting on computers in the state Capitol building right now that could help us understand how we get more kids through college or break the cycle of incarceration or move families out of poverty. We want to bring together the best researchers in the country with public officials to unlock the power of that data and use it to make real progress on these problems,” said LJAF President and Chief Executive Officer Kelli Rhee.
here are some names people need to start looking into…
Who is James Heckman?
The Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group (HCEO), is run by James Heckman, Stephen Durlauf, and Robert Dugger. It operates out of the Center for the Economics of Human Development (CEHD) at the University of Chicago, and its fiscal sponsor is the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), an entity that emerged in the aftermath of the global financial crisis of 2008.

INET funds research, grooms young economists, and convenes gatherings promoting the work of its 1,100+ experts. George Soros pledged $50 million from Open Society to create INET as a vehicle to explore “new thinking and new rules for the world economy. Heckman, Dugger, and Durlauf are all involved in the operations of INET.

James Heckman worked closely with Flávio Cunha who is now a Professor of Economics at Rice University in Texas. Together they wrote… “Estimating the Technology of Cognitive and Noncognitive Skill Formation,” a paper published in Econometrica that they wrote with Dr. Susanne M. Schennach.

During Texas’ last legislative session, (R)Sen. Van Taylor passed Math Innovation (SIB) legislation (SB1318) to get this ball rolling. (R) Rep. Tan Parker (HB2014) carried the house bill. Knowingly or not, they are pushing George Soros’ agenda. Here is a link to Testimony on (HB2014):

Please note, it is Flávio Cunha, who wrote the white paper with Heckman, that is the expert guest from Rice University who is testifying for the Math innovation social impact bonds.



leave all schools accepting federal funding hit them where it matters to them their pockets – otherwise this will continue
I understand, and I WISH!; but the reality is that it isn’t going to happen. Our entire populace is not going to exit the building. The large majority of our communities will continue to attend public, charter, and private schools who take the money, unwittingly or not.
you know how deep the dimes of federal assistance have reached every aspect of organized education. I stayed home with my children, your comment judges that in this broken society, every home will have the privilege of one adult staying home to educate their children. And while I respect that, I think you have not fully thought through the “rhetoric” of choice to understand the total scope of your words, you are feeding back the “sound bites.
The scope….and “some” homeschools….federal dollars have encroached upon the freedoms within the walls of homes, especially for those who do not understand the concept of “approved curriculum.” The real issue is not “keeping our own money,” it is if we should be taxed for education at all. And while my answer might be “no,” my fellow citizens have approved spending based on long term debt…the bills do not go away.
Karen Bracken the education industry spends hours in legislative committee laying out the language needed to provide their “service” in the school. I watched hour after hour of the “vendor” crafting the language of the law for both the pub ed committee and appropriations. Those testifying for experienced teachers and strong academics were given 3 minutes and ignored.
aren Bracken, all of democracy will get not what “they deserve” but the consequences of education being handed over to capitalism are being realized in the anarchy of social rebellion in our streets. The path to the future of education is a freight train of globalism, the contents supported by one party, the techniques of transformation supported by the other. And our students futures being stolen by the elites of both. Neither of which places their own children into the process.
These people that are participating are primarily working-class people. The request for them to not participate in schools is unreasonable.

The request that they deny the data collection monster his subsistence of test results is most definitely the place to start. It has gone too far, for too long, and is harming children…..It should be the major principle upon which we rob the elite from their education revolution victory.

They smelled victory back in 2011 and have been held back – slightly – over the last eight years. If the Every Student Succeeds Act had not passed with testing still intact, we would have been the ones popping champagne corks in D.C. rather than Michelle Rhee and Geoffrey Canada. I can’t remember who else was in this article and I refuse to renew my free subscription because I can’t stand the idea of them (Gate’s & Co.) knowing what I read.…/art…/2011/02/14/revolution.html

I should still be reading Tucker’s stuff, but I can’t. 😦 I’ve had enough of him.
Teach for America and Education Week puke. Actually they want us to keep our children in the system so they can keep their jobs and $$$ coming in.

There are plenty of single and dual parent income families finding alternatives to government school system. Where there is a will there is a way.
You’d really puke if you read the article (as I recall). Like I said, I don’t subscribe.

That is right, where there is a will there is a way. The American public hasn’t developed a political will to stop totalitarianism….yet.
unfortunately not and it is being left to us as individual families to take things into our own hands. They are no longer hiding the agenda and it is in our faces yet people are too busy to pay attention or do not want to face the fact that they have to get off their duffs.
I think a lot of people are so overwhelmed and without visible leadership, they can’t see a way out.

A clear vision hasn’t been allowed to surface…yet.
You have never seen a free market in your lifetime. Government corrupts everything it touches. As I read your reply to my original remark, you counter your own argument. I taught in the public education system for over ten years. I’ve lived with “the idea of the month club” in education. We have put more money per student into our public schools than other nations and they continue to embarrass us with their individual student achievement.

Education happens between a caring teacher, and a motivated student; but our education dollars don’t get to the classroom precisely due to the corruption, not in corporations, but in our bureaucratic government. I watched a school system renovate their district office while students wanted for supplies and equipment and teachers struggled to make a living in the single most important job on the planet. Many teachers spend their own pay to buy supplies for their job… There isn’t a better soul on Earth than a good teacher. But they don’t get what they need to do the job effectively under a centrally controlled educational bureaucracy.
An education is something of value, great value, as everyone in this thread is obviously aware. Everything of value can be traded for something else of value which government has learned. “We will collect your earnings as taxes and educate the populous to a standard level…”; an idea which in the eighteenth century the WORLD was coming to the US to see. Since then, our government has gleaned more and more of our money (the power that we worked for) promising to do better, but they haven’t done better.

The failure, the corruption, is systemic. They require our earnings of us, misappropriate our money, waste the energy we provide, and water down the end product by leveling the playing field for everyone. It doesn’t work, or we wouldn’t be up at 2 am passionately discussing it…
We, the citizens, are today so busy in two-income households, some with more than one job, to pay attention to what is happening in and to our country; established to provide and protect freedom SO THAT each of us can prosper to the best of our individual ability.

We’re kept busy paying 25-33% on average in taxes of what we earn to an oppressively bureaucratic government that weakens every thing it touches. Our constitution was drafted to limit what government controls, not to further empower it.

We are kept busy so that we don’t have time to pay attention to the corruption around us. The wages you earn are taxed before you see them. Every dollar you spend providing for your needs has tax applied. When you die, there is a court proceeding called “probate” in which the government involves itself in your family business to decide “Who actually owns the wealth of money or stuff” you leave behind, oh, and how much of it’s value “belongs to the government” in estate taxes. If I personally involved myself in “your business” to that degree, I’m certain we’d have a discussion… but we’ve come to expect it as normal from government.

Government should only do what only government can do, and they shouldn’t be doing anything else. (read it again)

Governments tax those of us that provide goods and services for others at every turn, and they fail to provide what they promise… at every turn. Education is the most important job on the face of the Earth and they hold the power because we allow them to wield our power as money hoping that they control the waste and corruption. It won’t happen.

Do we appreciate the communication and opportunity for democratic discussion that social media has afforded us? Are we respecting it’s inherent power… the people that want to control it certainly do. I truly appreciate your impassioned discourse to this topic, every one of you. It’s important that we examine ideas to make better decisions going forward.
there is an important clarification/correction that does need to be made in relationship to your assertions. Big Business absolutely IS a player in this ugly game. Big Government has held hands with unions in the past. That hasn’t entirely stopped, in point of fact. However, their preferred principal partner today is Big Business. The true source of the problem is not government alone, but government in corrupt PARTNERSHIP with others who can afford to purchase the outcomes of public policy. Public-private partnership is what keeps this whole ugly mess going. Look at the role of Big Business icons such as Bill Gates, Lou Gerstner, and a whole host of others in the policy directions that have been embraced since the late 1980s and early 1990s, in particular. They are just the most visible parts of a massive iceberg. Alice Linahan will back me up on my assertions. Both of us have done more than our share of homework.

Part of the problem we have is that people have been hoodwinked into believing that if business is involved, then it must be free market. Nothing could be further from the truth, as you likely well understand. I think we just need to make sure people understand that there is actually a corrupt partnership going on, because government alone is literally only one half of the problem.
the place for a business to have a say in the shaping their workforce is when they hire an employee. Period. End of story. The interference of Big Business in education has not made things better in education. To the contrary, it has made things worse. Big Business has helped to engineer a system in which they are leveraging public dollars to achieve “pre-job training” for them. Big Government acts as a sort of pimp in that equation, agreeing to prepare children in the way Big Business wishes. That is, quite frankly, collusive and corrupt.

Respectfully, you seem to have bought into the false notion that education is about ensuring that people can get a good job. Education is in fact about something much, much DEEPER than that, as I suspect you would agree, being a former teacher. That we have, as a society bought into the lie that education is about “getting a good job,” has, in large measure, led us down the primrose path to hell. Education for the workforce is a cause of, not a solution to, the problems we now confront. Until we start remembering what true education is really supposed to be–that it’s about giving children the tools and the opportunity to SELF-DETERMINE, as is their natural right, we will continue to be in hell…and to put children in hell.

The problem with workforce development/school-to-work/skills-based training/outcome-based education (call it what you like, it has sundry labels) is that it aims to prepare children for the agendas of OTHERS…NOT to determine their own, personal agendas (goals, hopes, dreams, etc) and write their own futures (self-determination).

If business wants to offer internships, GREAT! But it ought to remain solely a private arrangement between the business and the child, with the involvement and approval of the child’s parents). The minute business is allowed “a say” in what happens in a school, how it runs, what it teaches, etc, I guarantee you that students’ best interests will inevitably be rejected in favor of business’ best interests. The minute a business is permitted to leverage public money instead of their own in order to “form the workforce,” the minute it can pour money into politicians’ campaign funds in order to be able to leverage that public money, you will have corruption. And we do.

Is it all businesses? No. Of course not. But those businesses that ARE involved in this mess are all in the wrong. Corruption is not just a possibility in public-private partnership. Corruptions is ENDEMIC TO public-private partnership. Public-private partnership should have ZERO role in education. If a business wants to create and run a school using private dollars, so be it. Let the buyer investigate the methods and outcomes of any such school and evaluate the merits or drawbacks of sending their child there. But business should have no role in education that involves public dollars.

Am I a fan of government education? No. But I’m even less a fan of public-private partnership. Again, the unions were the big partner before. Now it’s Big Business. We haven’t switched from a bad partner to a good partner. We’ve just switched to another partner that is engaging in corruption.
Making education into a “for profit” business model which is what “vouchers” does will not work. Businesses will always view your child then as a way to make money and they will be trying to find every single way to make money off of your child to supplement their bottom line.

First move will be to eliminate textbooks, the second will be having a single teacher teach 100 kids thru online or distance learning, third will be selling data or access to advertise to your children a certain viewpoint on issues that you may not agree with.

Public schools have TONS of problems. Particularly large urban districts but the last thing you want to do is allow greed to be the driving force for change in a classroom.

Capitalism works great when you are making products for folks to consume, but I certainly do not want the Wall Street in charge of the future generations of children.

This to me is like chemotherapy in the 1970s.

The treatment was worse than the problem itself and will probably end up killing the patient who takes it.
I was just shaking my head watching that Fox News video. Here we go again, devoting a major amount of time to the School Reform agenda on a major network. Millions of dollars in air time devoted to brainwashing the public. If we don’t have a crisis, the Reformers can’t work their agenda. This is a manufactured crisis, David Pandone. School failure is a myth. Yes, some schools do better on the state test than others, but this is due to socio-economic conditions in the neighborhoods. And who cares if students do better on the test. It is a false indicator of what the child knows. The entire Accountability/Testing/School Rating system is a deck of cards waiting to crumble. Competition for students by business entities will only further turn the child into a commodity for profit.
I also love how the major networks choose the books they want to promote. Give me a break. I wish I could get that kind of coverage for my book. How about you, Alice? Kind of like testifying as an uninvited guest at the state capitol.
Exactly!! And why aren’t they covering Devos’ G20 and the UN declaration she signed onto.
It’s like the Enron mentality has shifted to education. Their definition of the free-market is total freedom to exploit. They want access to the $600B industry. They want real estate deals through charters, and they want to capitalize on social impact investing.

“*IF* we get this right, we can compete in the global market”⁉️⁉️
Oh PLEASE!!! I spy More Globalists! Fox News Globalists! They KNOW what they are doing!

“It IS immoral! It IS impractical! It IS EVIL” what these FOX NEWS minions are proposing from a CREATED crisis!
Don’t forget that! This crisis has been CREATED! Our schools were FORCED to select recommended curricula that has ultimately brought us to where we find ourselves in education today.

“The LEFT will fight this”??? Well I’m NOT LEFT! This is NOT a partisan issue! This IS Education reform, aka, TAKEOVER, Narrative! “Conservative” (now-we-know aka Globalist) Fox News is pitting left against right to accomplish the Globalism end. SHAME ON FOX! (Though some of us already recognized this truth about Fox News before this!)

Thank you, Alice Linahan, for the 1994 book excerpts! i CAN See!
I rarely use Facebook but am compelled to remind Mr. Pandone that teachers and schools do not make “educational products.” We educate human beings created uniquely by God. The students I have taught for the lat 45 years are not products. It concerns me gravely that as a former teacher you would refer to students as products. Education is an unmeasurable art and not a science or a business.
After all the numbers are crunched, the data points are pegged, and the tests are collected and corrected, we are talking about people’s lives!!! These folks may be short or tall, but they are real human beings and deserve to be treated with respect and caring during their time with us.

Here is a post from Shannon Joy:

Trump twice mentioned employers who partner with the federal government ‘reaching in’ to high schools to recruit workers.

School Inc. ———>

‘Because some of the best examples we’ve seen is when the employers reach into the vocational schools and reach into the high schools, and develop curriculums and then employ the student right on the other end.’


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

This is How Local Curriculum Control Dies: OER.

At the resource below, the State Superintendents Club (the CCSSO), and their progressive political bed-buddy New America (whose Board is chaired by Google’s Eric Schmidt), detail their work to control districts’ curriculum choices and politicize curriculum. How? Using Open Educational Resources (OER).

Tech giants like Amazon play a key roll in OER. The CCSSO and New America are ecstatic at how quickly schools and states are adopting OER. OER is a term coined by the UN’s education division, UNESCO, in 2002. President Trump has called UNESCO “anti-Israel” for a reason—yet his Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is doing UNESCO’s OER-bidding through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the G20. (see the footnotes in the CCSSO/New America paper to understand how the Obama administration used Race to the Top and ESSA to persuade districts that they were regaining control of curriculum from states when, in actuality, they were/are ceding control of curriculum AND assessments to the tech giant cartel by using OER).

Prager, WND and other conservative media outlets that are sounding the warning about tech giants controlling online content need to understand how this exact same thing is happening with online “personalized” curriculum for every student. Prager, WND and others need to be reporting on THIS dark side of the Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Twitter, US Dept. of Ed, UNESCO story: OER can be rated, curated and tracked in order to control the curriculum and assessments that teachers and children use. OER, using Common Education Data Standards, ties teacher/student learning to global Competency-Based curriculum—which is focused on political indoctrination, not education.. At Utah’s August State School Board meeting, it was noted that the state’s assessment provider, Questar Assessments, was starting to use OER in assessments.…/navigating-new-curriculum-landscape

Remember that districts were “freed” from state curriculum control under ESSA. They just didn’t realize that they were then coerced into politicized, globally data-tracked curriculum:

Also remember that the Obama administration created the curriculum curation system, the Learning Registry—and helped their tech giant partners create similar curriculum ratings/curation systems—in order that teachers’ and students’ choices could be manipulated and controlled by state assessment scores:

The federal tripod of standards, assessments and accountability is strangling local curriculum and assessment control. The tripod is being used to politicize what your children learn.

ESSA. MUST. BE. STOPPED. It’s up to parents. Persuade your legislator to end the federal tripod that the tech cartel is using to control what your children learn. The best way to do this is to stop taking federal education money—your tax payer money returned with strings.

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More from New America on their OER-Learning Technologies Project.…/learning-technologies-project/

I encourage parents and legislators to watch the Obama administration’s Deputy Director of Ed Tech, Steve Midgley, speaking about how OER works at the youtube link above. He stated outright that they were starting to curate curriculum to ensure that teachers choose the “most relevant resource.” Midgley says, “[Through the Registry] we can actually find out this teacher assigned this material; this teacher emailed this to someone else; this teacher dragged it onto a smart board for 18 minutes. . . .” The Registry will also use “the math that I don’t understand which [will] let me know something about who you are and then let me do some mathematical operations against a very large data set and see if I can pair you with the appropriate relevant resource.”

That’s not local curriculum control. That is someone in power, deciding that they know what teachers and children need to know, and using algorithms to control it.


Glad that New Mexico is going after these guys:


Freshmen at Columbia University are forced to attend a three-hour assembly on identity politics as part of their orientation:


Here are some posts in reply to a Wrench in the Gears blog entry:

EXCELLENT. Thank you!!! WE must convince parents that THEY are the protectors of their children’s private information not the government. By a simple act of refusing to allow your child to be hooked up to the data collecting machinery and to also refuse your child’s participation in any and all surveys. Parents need to refuse to fill out surveys as well.
I agree about the surveys. We are meeting with district officials to figure out how to navigate the college application process outside our district’s takeover by Naviance (Hobson’s).
Naviance is huge and too big to fight, I fear. We have it in our district in MD. An asian acquaintance of mine was summoned into the office last year and mandated to fill out FAFSA forms or else they would not send her daughter’s information out to various colleges. This family had saved their money to pay for this college education out of pocket and did not want any help from the Fed Gov’t. The schools hijack a child’s information and hold it for ransom (data).

Here is a post by the Common Core Diva:

All the more reason to unite and fight to protect our students! The cradle to career school is now in Detroit, MI.
#cradletocareer #RepealESSA #RestoreFERPA
#stopcommoncore #endfeded

Thanks to a devoted follower, here’s the link.


A Michigan school caves to militant atheists:


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

Folks- This should be of great concern to all…
The predetermined outcomes Gates is talking about are behavioral; and that means they want access to modify the attitudes, values, beliefs, and behaviors of Americans.

“Gates said it will support new data systems that will make it possible to compare student outcomes across the globe.
Gates said last year that the first step to measuring education quality will be to develop better “cross-national assessments,” particularly for math and reading among younger students. Its new report cites UNESCO’s estimates that over 600 million students are not minimally proficient, lamenting that few countries collect enough data points that would identify where their “learning crisis” lies.”

Key Players Implementing the Transformation in Education known as “education reformers” are…

* Google and Microsoft who are Unesco Partners with deals to promote Unesco’s values through a World Curriculum.

* The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) a World Policy Organization.

The OECD runs an Assessment system to support Unesco’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The OECD’s assessment director, Andreas Schleicher, a German worked with the Obama Administration to reshape the US K-12 online assessment system.

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

The OECD assessments are assessing behaviors more than academics.

OECD/PISA quotes from the Global Competency Framework for an Inclusive and Sustainable World :

“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.”


While the Left wants to shut down any reference to God in schools, they apparently don’t give a care about all the access many students have to hardcore porn in schools:


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

Absolutely ridiculous! When do they find the time to actually teach in the second half of the year?!!!!!

Nevada test of torture


And here are some replies to this post:

The SBAC collects a lot more than data on student learning. Ask them if they want Protect Nevada Children to re-write if for them…LOL What district?


Nye County


That is the major problem. They teach all year to pass the test instead of for education.
That’s exactly what some of us have been saying for years.
That’s exactly what they do! Last year I informed my child’s teacher she was struggling with fractions and was told she will learn it again next year. The testing is more important than anything
Welcome to Common Core.
So since I opt my child out every year..why does he need to even go?
 I had my child enrolled at connections academy. I refused to allow them to place a web cam in my home for maps testing so we got the boot. Now struggling to find another homeschool
they have lost their minds
It’s up to school, unless you pick your child up during testing. Please know testing is only part of the day, the other part is typically instructional time.
Wow! Sorry to hear that. Some of the charter schools do strange things when it comes to testing…
oh I know that. I ment why send him to school at all if they are teaching to pass a test he will never take. (Sarcasm)
There is an NRS requiring schools to notify parents of these testings? I didn’t get notified of the MAP testing yesterday for 3rd grade in DCSD. I’ve even asked in formal complaints to the district to know what tests, when provided, who is providing the tests, etc.. What is NCSD website?
This is the first time I have been notified. I got notified via email by the school.
This is not education, this is a level of politics to invade your freedom so subtly.
And another post from this group:
I found out that the 3rd graders in DCSD, ZCES were MAP testing on the computer today. 3 hours from what my son was telling us. No notification from the teacher or the school Facts & Flyers. My 4th grade son said he heard over the intercom today that his brother’s class was MAP testing but he hasn’t heard when his class is MAP testing, anyone know? On another note, I provided the FBI PSA (DATA COLLECTION AND UNSECURED SYSTEMS COULD POSE RISKS TO STUDENTS) to my son’s teachers in ZCES and was told that the Principal came to the computer lab during MAP testing, took the PSA from the teacher, asked the teacher if questions were asked (by me I assume) and then the Principal asked my son if his brothers had a copy as well. I have not been contacted by anyone from the school about it.
And yet another post from this group:
Are parents told about SBAC pretesting/testing? My daughter just came home and told me she did the pretest today. I am sending a refusal form I found on the website tomorrow.
Here is a post from an anti-testing page:

Homer NY

“Can someone help me with my dilemma? Every year my son’s (4th grade) school has the child and their parents sign acknowledgement of the school handbook for students and parents. The last few years our “Opt Out” percentages have been fairly high and I always opt my children out every year. Now this year they added two whole pages in the handbook for “NYS Testing for grades 3 to 8” and there is a section that states…..

“What is the opt out option? Opting out is not an option at the (Name of the school district). We are required by our district and NYS education department as certified personnel to administer these tests. All students will be given the assessments regardless of parents request.”

I have not signed the acknowledgment yet because it states….

“________ and i have read and discussed the information in this 2018-2019 intermediate handbook. We agree to cooperate fully with these rules in order to make each day at (Name of school district) a valuable one. ”

My son will have recess taken away or some other repercussion if this is not turned in.”


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

First, it was full day kindergarten. Now it’s preschool for all.
In the future, you will see daycare for all.
Where does it stop? At what point do we not allow the state to dictate, require and mandate the raising and up bringing of our children?

“Call to Action!
Do you believe preschool students of all ability levels have the right to participate fully in high quality, inclusive early childhood programs? Are you willing to devote personal and professional time to promote development and implementation of inclusive, high-leverage, policies, procedures, and evidence-based practices? Do you want to be part of a high-performing, efficient, cutting-edge team of collaborators who will change the landscape of preschool programming in the State of Washington? Then you are the Pre-K Inclusion Champion we are looking for!

Opportunity to Serve
Together, the Special Education and Learning and Teaching Divisions of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), in partnership with the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, are convening a volunteer, statewide Pre-K Inclusion Collaboration Team (PICT). This team will assist in the initial development, promotion, and implementation of a new Washington State Pre-K Inclusion Policy, with companion resources for a Pre-K Inclusion Toolkit.”


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

I have a question. My preschooler was sent home with a consent form for testing by the Utah Dept. Of Workforce Services. My first inclination is to not sign it, as I do not want her information and data out there. But am I just being paranoid?
And here are the replies to this post:
Always question and never take anything at face value.
I would not consent. Pre-school? Why on earth do they need to be starting this on pre-schoolers? Just let your child have the fun experience of pre-school without marring it by tests.
That’s what I was thinking too.
I would be so put off by this coming from a preschool that I would probably switch preschools
I personally have a big problem with DWS being involved with 3 & 4 year olds, but the state legislature keeps passing bills that gets them involved with early learning programs.

My guess is it’s because the preschool has received a School Readiness Grant & they have to prove that they are a “high quality” school by reporting assessment results & allowing classroom visits by an evaluator & government agencies (including DWS). If you click on the different Sections of code, you’ll see DWS involvement & the assessment requirement, etc.
DO NOT CONSENT but if she’s already on a computer at school they are collecting data.
Avoiding preschool is also a good idea. I don’t know if that’s an option for you in your situation.
The Workforce garbage is an effort to link any students or job seekers to the data system called WQDI ( Workforce Quality Data Initiative). It marries to the SLDS (Student Longitudinal Data System). SLDS was incentivized by RttT. WQDI was incentivized by U S Dept of Labor. Depending on where in the Ed track students are (or where in the job seeker tracker you are), the data feeds off education assessments to pigeonhole careers. The Labor backtracks their end to meet the classwork and courses which meet the test data.
ESSA simply stepped the whole system up. That is why it clearly mandated ‘all education must be aligned to post secondary readiness standards as laid out by the WIOA ( Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act).’ ESSA also mandated the Universal PreK. Lastly, this all brings to fruition, what Seen Lamar Alexander stated back in the 80s, we’ll take our babies and align them early on.
There are legal data protections (thought minimal) for data collected by the schools, I have yet to see any legal protections for DWS data. I would not sign that at all, unless your preschooler need a job right now.
FERPA once protected the collection of children’s data but it was gutted in 2010 by Obama. Their data can now be collected without parental consent.
PRESCHOOL?? HELL NO. There isn’t any information that they NEED from a preschooler!

So, before our daughter went to kindergarten the school required “screening” for “placement” in kindergarten. They brought her PRIVATELY into another room. They told us she was being tested to see which kindergarten class she would fit into best.
When our baby girl, of 4 years old, came out of this “screening” she had many questions. They went something like this…
“Mommy, why did they ask me where Daddy works?”
“Mommy, why did they ask me if you work?”
“why did they ask me if my brother lived at home? ”
“why did they ask me if you and daddy are married?”
These were just some on the question they asked our daughter
Does that sound like PLACEMENT to you?!?!?
That was 4 years ago!
Do you think all this data mining will help your child or is it an invasion of privacy?
What does my husband’s occupation have to do with our daughters placement in kindergarten?
Why did they take her into a room to do this, where, we, her parents, were not allowed?


Wow! That is crazy!
that was 4 years ago… I can’t even imagine how intrusive it is now. I’m glad we pulled our daughter from school. Until parents wake up and push pack, schools are no longer safe havens
I agree. I homeschool my older kids and it’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. But I’m so grateful that I can keep them out of the madness.
messed up, right?? My daughter lasted a total of 3 weeks in kindergarten before I yanked her out

In this 2017 Utah document, the School Readiness Grants from the Dept of Workforce Development. Shows grants from private sector as well as government funds. So, once again the fascist P3s are rearing their heads.
Check it out!…/615062be-11a8-4ccc-9f86…


Carried out in Prek via High Quality School Readiness Grants (this link will be for FY 2019, which begins 10/1/18!
Here’s the excerpt for what the Grants do (note this is in the Workforce Services Dept, not Workforce Development, as I mistakenly said above.
“The High Quality School Readiness (HQSR) Grant is defined by the Utah School Readiness Initiative, Utah Code §53A-1b-106 (hereafter called the Initiative). The purposes of the Utah School Readiness Initiative are to increase school readiness, improve academic performance, and reduce remediation costs associated with poor academic outcomes. One component of the Initiative is the HQSR Grant Program. The HQSR Grant Program provides resources to existing early education programs administered by Local Education Agencies (LEAs), private child care providers, and home-based educational technology programs. The grants are available to programs serving eligible three- and four-year- old students who are not receiving special education services. It is highly encouraged that programs serve students with disabilities in an inclusive environment (i.e., with both typically developing students and students with disabilities being educated together in the same room).”


For those providing Prek, look at the SEL (social emotional learning which must be embedded (see it just below the ‘must have Common Core State Standards’ and its purple check mark)


Check this out:
From the Summary Report to end intergenerational poverty in UT, the combined efforts of Dept of Workforce Services AND Utah’s Board of Ed, were tasked with PreK development. If that doesn’t tell you the ‘lifelong learning’, indentured servitude ESSA set up, I don’t know what will. This also bears out the fact Ed and Labor will be united at a federal level sooner than later.
Link to report:…/interge…/igpsummaryrecommend.pdf
*Also note that after the PreK alignnment, the K assessment will follow suit, it has to. The cradle to grave system MUST have it.


Here are the photos of the information that came with the consent form.


2002 to 2008 I taught Perschool in my home ad did not have this invasion of the government. This is not right. I am so sad.


And another post from this group:

I’m posting this here because EBSCO provides databases for libraries, schools, online charter schools, K-12 programs, and colleges around the world. The whole US has it, and it is filthy.

We have to stop this!!! SHARE this please!


And here are some replies to this post:

A woman told me the other day that her son was first exposed to porn on the school computer and has since developed porn addiction. They have been working on fixing it now for a while. It breaks my heart to think how common that story probably is, and that no one ever stopped to analyze all the information at the children’s fingertips. We can’t just trust people that say they are for children anymore. Those days are gone. We must always check, and then after a while, check again. 😦

You CAN get rid of EBSCO. This school district did.…/parents-fighting…/73-593150722


We’ve started looking at Gale, their reference material replacement, and while it appears to have less porn, the bad stuff numbers in the thousands of pages.


parents can no longer trust schools to police curriculum content. Believe it or not, the group that advised Utah’s State School Board on our Digital Teaching and Learning law, SB222, knew that porn would become common place in online learning. THAT is the very reason that they (Common Sense Education) worked with the Obama administration to quickly proliferate state and district web portals with mass amounts of digital curriculum—to make it almost impossible to police. From what I’m hearing, other state web portals are exposing kids to pornographic content, as well as lgbtq content, not just EBSCO.

All states and nations are being coerced into using Open Educational Resources (OER) in order to gut local curriculum control. Parents must rise up and demand local oversight—and that can’t happen when digital curriculum is computer adaptive. So. Digital computer-adaptive curriculum and assessments in K-12 MUST GO!!! It’s too risky. And, it’s uneccesary.


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

Did you know…

The below information is very concerning…

Both the Obama and Trump Administrations have and are building an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Society…

It is important to be aware, TODAY, “The Senate Commerce Committee is hosting a much-anticipated hearing on consumer privacy—and consumer privacy groups don’t get a seat at the table.

It is no coincidence that, in the past week, two leading industry groups (the Chamber of Commerce and the Internet Association) have called for federal preemption of state data privacy laws in exchange for weaker federal protections.

The upcoming hearing at the Senate Commerce Committee may be the launch pad for this strategy of undoing stronger state laws.”

We need to make some NOISE and let Congress and the big EdTech (Google, Microsoft, Amazon) know, they DO NOT HAVE CONSENT to access our children and our families private data to be used for profit or control.

Predictive Analytics uses mined education data to create software programs that have the ability to predict, sort, monitor and modify the behaviors of students.

Previously in America, your past did not determine your future. If not stopped, by parents, it will be implemented, mandated, and regulated by law, in the soon to come Next Generation of Assessments and Accountability. America’s next generation’s personal data portfolio will determine not only their future but their daily lives.

As stated by Yuval Harari:
“What will happen when the algorithm knows what is better for me than myself? The authority will shift from the feelings of the individual to these outside algorithms.”
Following up on the Obama Administration’s previous report, Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence,
which was published in October 2016, this report further investigates the effects of AI-driven automation
on the U.S. job market and economy, and outlines recommended policy responses.
This report was produced by a team from the Executive Office of the President including staff from the
Council of Economic Advisers, Domestic Policy Council, National Economic Council, Office of
Management and Budget, and Office of Science and Technology Policy. The analysis and
recommendations included herein draw on insights learned over the course of the Future of AI Initiative,
which was announced in May of 2016, and included Federal Government coordination efforts and cross-sector and public outreach on AI and related policy matters. The report seen here:

President Trump issued this report: Artificial Intelligence for the American People: INFRASTRUCTURE & TECHNOLOGY Issued on: May 10, 2018

PRIORITIZING FUNDING FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (R&D): The Trump Administration has prioritized funding for fundamental AI research and computing infrastructure, machine learning, and autonomous systems.

The Federal Government’s investment in unclassified R&D for AI and related technologies has grown by over 40% since 2015, in addition to substantial classified investments across the defense and intelligence communities.

In the annual guidance to heads of executive departments and agencies, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the White House Office Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) directed agencies to focus on emerging technologies including machine learning and autonomous systems.

President Trump’s FY2019 Budget Request was the first in history to designate artificial intelligence and autonomous and unmanned systems as Administration R&D priorities.

AI of torture
Here is a post from an anti-data mining group:

Turns out your kid cannot even do the diagnostic on Reading Plus until they answer 32 SEL questions.

The video is me trying to do one of these hideous Reading Plus lessons. I also included the company’s privacy policy.

This company is snatching SEL data while supposedly remediating and teaching speed reading.

Our creepy data grubbing interim superintendent has our at and above grade level readers doing Reading Plus every Friday during English and they are forced to do it for 2 hours every week for homework.

These children are not remedial readers. These children all attend the only A rated middle school in our county.

Something tells me this is our interim super is selling our kids data, because she’s certainly not remediating these kids.

Parents tried to refuse the software and requested their children either read books or have instruction from their teacher. Then the Super said nope and now I’m making it for a test grade.

This is just maniacal. Parents want to do the right thing but not at the expense of their kids grades.


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

I was just informed that my son (Kindergarten) will be subject to MAPS testing within the next couple of weeks. We are at a Charter school within Clark County – is there an opt-out form for this? I saw the SBAC opt-out, but nothing for MAPS…and legally the same as SBAC where they cannot penalize my child for not taking them correct? Thanks in advance!!

And here are the replies to this post:

Nothing specific to MAP testing, this is what we have. Some charter schools do strange things when it comes to opting out of testing, some don’t have a problem with it. In my middle school I just tell the principal. Our principal is great, she get’s it!…—–and-more.html
As I understand it MAPs are taken as a placement test at this time of the year. It helps the teachers see what each student knows and what they still need to learn.
MAP is another adaptive test, Dr. Luksik talks about them in this interview, it may be helpful for you to hear this
Here’s the six minute video where Dr. Luksik’s talks about the problems with computer adaptive tests.
Read this: the goal is tracking your little ones. I show you the deceptions about these tests. ESSA has mandated opting out is not an option. Schools and States will be punished.
Listen what is happening in the classrooms across America using a Reasoning Mind math program …

And another post from this group:

I found out that the 3rd graders in DCSD, ZCES were MAP testing on the computer today. 3 hours from what my son was telling us. No notification from the teacher or the school Facts & Flyers. My 4th grade son said he heard over the intercom today that his brother’s class was MAP testing but he hasn’t heard when his class is MAP testing, anyone know? On another note, I provided the FBI PSA (DATA COLLECTION AND UNSECURED SYSTEMS COULD POSE RISKS TO STUDENTS) to my son’s teachers in ZCES and was told that the Principal came to the computer lab during MAP testing, took the PSA from the teacher, asked the teacher if questions were asked (by me I assume) and then the Principal asked my son if his brothers had a copy as well. I have not been contacted by anyone from the school about it.


And some replies to this post:

Wow! I still think we need to show up to a DCSD school board meeting…


is sounds like your children know your stance and have some understanding of it and it seems like a viable option. I know it would make me feel physically ill if any grown ups ever told me that I had to do things that my parents were strongly opposed to.


DCSD for the first time this year has a refusal form but it’s not specific to anything. Write in what you are refusing for your children but be prepared for the consequences. They won’t tell you what will have consequences or what refusals will belong to which punishment/consequence.


I emailed the Superintendent and was told that the next board meeting is October 9th at the Airport Training Center in Minden. I am waiting to be provided with an address and to verify it’s open for public comment.


Did you know Douglas County is the only district we know of that already created their SBAC opt-out form. Last year, or the year before, some schools in Douglas County made it difficult to opt-out.…


Yes I do know. I am the one that provided it to you at the end of last school year. This is the first opt-out form ever for DCSD. Prior to this form, I was told that I can’t opt my children out of anything; tests or assignments provided in school. It is not a specific assessment opt-out form. The parent has to write in what they are opting their children out of for assessments. Yes, DCSD made it more than difficult, they made it a living hell for our family for years because we opt-out and refused.


I forgot where I got the opt-out form. Usually when they come early it’s teachers who send them. The good news is they are getting better, correct. I still think we need to attend the next school board meeting. In addition to the FBI PSA (we hand it to them during the meeting), they need to know Edmodo has been sold to a Chinese company (also hand them this info). Then we challenge them to tell or continue to hide this from parents. They love it when you do it that way…LOL…/2018-04-24-what-happens-to…


Hey do you realize digital personalized education curriculum is going to create unique lessons for every student on demand based on data collected and algorithms ? The students are going to be bombarded with assessing and remediating also. Parents will no longer be able to review exactly what their students will see prior to the school year as a result. This is wrong. I am not sure what your state laws are but ypu may want to review them because of this. It may very well be another way to fight back.



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

“More than 100 public school districts and universities, faced with the prospect that the next attacker may be among their own students, have hired social media monitoring companies over the past five years…”

How do you feel about this?
Is it okay for schools to monitor the personal lives of students?
How far is to far?


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

Further proof of how ridiculous these state tests are. I just got this in the mail. This is for my now 7th grade daughter. So these are her 6th grade spring results. She made straight As last year and was ranked #2 in her class. Yet these are her test results

nevada test of torture 2


And here are the replies to this post:

These scores are stored FOREVER by Infinite Campus and the NV. Dept. of Education in their SAIN system. Per SBAC Level 1 = •Does not meet grade-level performance standard •Needs substantial improvement. So now this child has a 1 in her “perminate” record. What if there was an issue with the computer she was on or the software. There is no way for her mother to know if the score is even accurate. Level 2 isn’t much better = •Nearly meets grade-level performance standard •May require further development. Again stored on this child FOREVER……/EWAToolkit…


do you opt out of map testing?


Yes now that MAP test’s are computer adaptive so we opt-out. In my opinion it used to be a good test but not anymore.


How do you go about that?


I just tell the principal and the kids know to not take it. Most schools will not put up a stink about the MAP.


What grade do they start those?


The NDE says K-3 for MAP testing, but I know they give them in our middle school which is grades 6-8. I guess you’ll have to ask your school.


I was told (and it’s probably a lie of course) that colleges look at these and if the child didn’t do them then they won’t even consider them for admittance


But not every state uses these tests so that’s not true


Is it your kids school that told you that?


The guidance counselor


Not true


I have two kids currently in college. Neither were asked for their scores. One never took the test. It was a non-factor. Although, I believe it could be some day.


My daughter came from Romania where testing isn’t even thought of, she had no problem getting in. They can’t discriminate 🙂


I’m glad to hear it! It’s super upsetting that this will be on my daughters record while she’s working her butt off to get the straight As she’s getting in her classes.


SBAC and MAP tests are not used by colleges. SAT, ACT, grades, sports, extra curricular activities are all important to colleges; not sure about End of Course exams.


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

State Supt Chris Reykdal gave a press release back in May of 2017. His intent is to totally transform K-12 Education according to his vision. This is very troubling and we wonder how it will be paid for.

Part of his plan includes expanding the school calendar year from 180 to 200 days, and increasing the instructional hours from about 1000 to 1230- over a 20% increase of time in school.…/PressReleases20…/Long-TermVision.aspx

“Our system redesign can only claim success if it truly provides equal opportunity and an unprecedented embrace of individual learning pathways for each student,” Reykdal said. “We hope you will join us on this transformation.”…/Prio…/SuptReykdalVision_Narrative.pdf

Our education system has been asked to do more without fundamental change in our school year or school day. To achieve our long-term vision, we will need to expand the school day by 30-60 minutes and the school year by approximately 20 days. Together, these efforts will add a minimum of 230 hours to the existing 1,000 hours of instructional time. The added time will allow for intensive student supports for students who are falling behind, universal second language instruction, research-based time allotments for recess and lunch, and it will provide the necessary collaboration time for K-8 educators to focus on individual student supports and school-wide improvement plans.”


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

Important dots to connect as we are following the Congressional hearing on data privacy and Big EdTech.

Key Players Funding and Implementing the Common Core aligned College and Career Readiness Transformation in Education in America are Google and Microsoft.

Google, Microsoft and Amazon are Unesco Partners with deals to promote Unesco’s values through a World Curriculum.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) a World Policy Organization.

The OECD runs an Assessment system to support Unesco’s Sustainable Development goals.

The OECD’s assessment director, Andreas Schleicher, a German worked with the Obama Administration to reshape the US K-12 online assessment system.

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

The OECD assessments are assessing behaviors more than academics.

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

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


The evil California governor Jerry Brown is now forcing radical sex ex on charter schools in California:


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

Watch out. God is not welcome, but any perversion of the truth is in the public school system.

Alaska Gay Agenda


And another post from this group:

MAPS tests are Common Core aligned per the NWEA site. It’s not the exact same test as the PARCC, SBAC, PEAKS (AK), SAGE (UT), Badger Exam (WI), but they are all CCSS-aligned. The MAP, on its face, is used for the narrower purpose of feedback data on exactly what remediation a child might need. It takes a very deep look into a child’s way of thinking and suggests seemingly innocuous educational curricular resources to fill in gaps; usually computer-based resources. Extra-curricular learning opportunities such as those are being aligned with the CCSS; made so that the child’s detailed response data is coded for the databases. The abbreviation used for these in education reform is “ELO”.


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

This is just one example of how children are being indoctrinated in our public schools via workbooks/textbooks…

Update on this post is in comment section. I contacted the publisher.

You aint the boos DC
Here is a post that was shared in a Colorado anti-Common Core group:
This Florida teacher says she was fired because because she refused to give her students a 50% when they didn’t turn in any work. “If there’s nothing to grade, how can I give somebody a 50 percent?” she asked.
Here is a post from an Ohio anti-Common Core group:

From Karen Bracken

This is ridiculous and it is not true. Look at TN on the map. They are saying that 61% of advertised jobs required college. First, education is NOT about getting a job and you better stop saying it because they are brainwashing people to believe going to school is all about being trained for a job. Training and education are 2 different things. Over 61% of jobs in the past never required college and that is no different today. Heck they want you to have a college degree to sell cell phones. They want ALL children to go to college for only two reasons. Indoctrination and to rake in a ton of money for the college and interest to the federal government. Get rid of college loans and you will see tuition plummet and people think twice about going off to college to come out in debt and unemployed. In my day we were EDUCATED not indoctrinated and were able to go out, be trained and be productive, successful employees. It is time to start rolling back the clock to when it all worked well….pre 1965.


And another post from this group:

From Rosemary Stein MD

Parents: If businesses cooked the books like schools do regularly, their CEO’s would be behind bars. In the education racket, they move on to another job. These ‘Experts’ know how to fix the problem, but they have no interest in doing so. Alamance County spent more than $300,000/year on a Superintendent who was another ‘Expert’. The results were predictable- poor test scores, poor school grades, kids unable to read, and more than 50% of kids needing remedial courses before starting community college. The goal is an uneducated, easily manipulated population that is used for cheap labor. You are going to have to take ownership of your children’s education. To save America we must save one child at a time. Join the cause. Invite a friend.


Here is a post from the Common Core Diva:

Friends, leopards don’t change spots overnight. Real leaders don’t simply make one speech which hits nerves, they lead by example.
No matter what happens in the Kavanaugh Circus, are we really prepared for his service?

We say we want freedom. We say we don’t like to be spied on; that our students shouldn’t be data mined, yet most clamor for this Judge.

If we receive his service, look at his track record on data mining.**************

1) Kavanaugh was way off to help cement the Patriot Act, which set up the modern data rape of our personal private information.

2) Former Judge Napolino was honest about his horrific amazement at Kavanaugh’s stance on our 4th Amendment rights. The 4th Amendment is to protect our personal property (of which our data is considered personal property)

3) To date, 2k data points alone are used in education just for learning to read!

4) To date, Kavanaugh also is one the education savings accounts bandwagon, which uses the money to data track and control the students.

This is the man for the job? Who’s job? Preserving freedom and liberty? Setting us up to be a national conformed citizen?

Stop looking at the flashes in the pan, folks!
Once our personal property rights are stripped, what real freedoms will we have?

Be very careful what you ask for.


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

My son brought this home. 😡😡😡 it really nails down why they ACTUALLY believe reading at home each night is important.

all they care about is the testing


And here are the replies to this post:

All that seems to matter these days to the higher ups, isn’t it?! 😖😡


it just gets frustrating that everything a kid hears has to do with how well they will do on a test. They don’t get recess, because they have to have more class time so they will do better on a test, they are only allowed to eat certain things at school because they have to have the brain function to do well on a test… The kids hear “you must do____ so you can score well on a standardized, once a year test” the stress put on kids to score high is ridiculous. If teachers just taught the skills without adding the words “so you can do well on the MSP (or whatever test) ” , I think kids would be much better off. But the stress put on them ALL YEAR to learn so you can do well on a test is so wrong. Simply put, learn so you can do well on life is a much more positive approach. Read for twenty minutes and you will become a better reader… Adding the word test, will often shut a kid down and they just get to a point they don’t care or they just learn enough to score well. This does not create life long learners.
I work in a school and I can tell you for a fact I have never hear that. Most teachers are nice and do really care for your kids.
I’m glad you don’t but, I teach as well and unfortunately, I hear it all the time.. Especially as the dates get closer to spring standardized testing.
I believe a good analogy is comparing learning to a making a wonderful roast. Those admins, funding sources, policymakers and educators who choose to focus SO much on test percentiles, as did the maker of this marketing flyer, are
A. Pretending / perpetuating a falsehood that kids are Standardized, which they simply are NOT,
B. Not unlike cooks who only worry about the number on a thermometer (or in this case, several days of thermometers …. :/); and thereby neglect food safety, as well as taste, as well as Culinary Art. The thermometer is fine; it’s just that it should be the last priority and you should be mindful of its incredibly narrow scope -, and then it can serve to doublecheck that for which you should probably already have an answer.i.e. the Art of youth Education cannot be reduced to the simplicity of the science of a few numbers.#creativeschools
I have heard directly from friends who are teachers that the testing is ridiculous. So stuff like this annoys me. Teach my kids don’t just test my kids
even with a good heart – teachers hands are tied! I know plenty of excellent teachers who are being essentially kicked out & retired early because they are not allowed to do what they know is best for their students!
It’s frustrating when you have a dyslexic kid who could spend an hour reading and still score 10 percentile. There’s more to life than a test score
Creativity – what ever happened to teachers being able to teach kids the way they learn best, by them being able to have creative projects or reports that make students use their brains in creative ways. Learning is more than just printed words in a standardized test book!!
There are schools and programs doing this but they’re the rebels (and IMO they require – just as mainstream schools- smaller class sizes).
#optOut #CreativeSchools
well I applaud those rebel schools and totally agree on the class size issue. Our kids are not a numbers game that these districts seem to be playing!
They don’t even hide the fact anymore that your child is just a test score now. Sickening. And even more frustrating that our state board, legislature and school boards ALL accepted this. Hook. Line. Sinker.
Exactly! Education is no longer fun and creative- it has become “teach to test”…. and now our workforce is suffering because these young kids can’t even make change! Education has lost its value in the US because our kids are only learning standardized testing material versus actual logic, problem solving skills, and most importantly – CREATIVITY
Also To kind of prove my point about reform not making any difference in 30 yrs, just collecting money & data ….;
the percentile data in that graphic ? Anyone know where it comes from?Study by Nagy &Herman, 1987.

I do not like this way of thinking at all for kids. I can only imagine what the pressure for kids are! “I don’t want to be a student C!” It marginalizes kids and over simplifies the reality. Kids are not an equation.

Seriously, whoever made this flyer believes that Student C scored lower than the rest because they didn’t read 20 minutes a night. And that if a child reads every day for thirty minutes that they will be at the top.

I know of a classmate that doodled during class, didn’t take hours studying and reading up for tests but was always an A student. He listened in class and read what interested him. Always blew my mind when he aced tests and understood things far better than I. I was an avid reader and studied hours—A/B student. Lol we all are different and unique. It’s not as simple as “you do this, you get this”.

If it was so critical they would make it a part of the school day. I remember SSR during my elementary years. It was a half hour “silent sustained reading”. It was kids choice books and it was great. My kids are homeschooled, so do schools not do that in elementary anymore?
Here’s a bit of “recent” history. Meet David Coleman. He’s not an educator, yet he was the main architect of what we have in our schools across the nation, and here in WA.
Those of you who are unfamiliar with the origins and intent of these nationalized standards, this has always been their goal.It’s always been about testing. Children being assessed and tested daily was the goal, is still the goal, and will continue to increase as the structure built to sustain the data compiling gets more streamlined:
I work in the mental health field. Every March I start to get calls from worried parents about their anxious kids. It lasts until school gets out.
I wish they would stop calling CC a “standardized test”. It is not. It’s a standards-based test. The problems with it are: 1. Who sets the standards and are they age- appropriate and largely non-indoctrinating? and 2. Do we really need to spend so much time testing and teaching to the test?
So glad my
Kids were able to retain their love of reading. They hate that they’re now in HS to told to read non-fiction. I guess CC will continue to make kids h8 reading…
My daughter loves to read. But when they started pushing 20 minutes a day on her it is now something she doesn’t look forward to. Shame.

Of course all kids are individuals.When kids step into kindergarten, they can be one, or two grades above in the 3-R’s, if you start treating children like they can learn, from day one (birth), because they CAN! Be fun with it.

From the stories we hear from our kids, parents need to get a strong Christian view of their marriage. Also get off the alcohol and abuse of drugs NOW!

Shredded families is at the root of the Globalist agenda.

Here is a post from a Minnesota anti-Common Core group:
more false information by MDH
💥💥Not requird💥💥
Parents can decline screening.
If a parent is a conscientious objector to the screening program for their child, the child does not need to participate in the state screening program. Read Minnesota Statutes, section 121A.16 through 121A.19 and Minnesota Rules 3530.3000 through 3530.4310 for more information.
you do not have to screen
Here is a post from an article that speaks out against “personalized learning”:
This past year our public school couldn’t find a Spanish teacher to hire. We ended up with an on-line program with a first year teacher aide that didn’t know Spanish. The students were all to work quietly on their chrome books. They were to “look busy” at all times. It was miserable. My child decided to run through the material as quickly as possible and finished the year’s coursework in a semester. She got an “A”. (she is a good test taker) After much protest, the district hired a Spanish teacher this year. Surprise! they are all behind where they should be after a year’s computer instruction. They will be “reviewing” all first semester and cramming this year’s lessons into second semester. Yes, a teacher’s aide and paying for a computer course was “cheaper” than a credentialed teacher.
Watch out for the libraries in Fort  Worth Public Schools:
La Harpe Elementary in Illinois has threatened legal action against a group handing out Bibles on campus:
Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

“U.S. public school education is rapidly and intentionally being pushed through online curricula and programing which (1) illegally collects data from the children using the system in violation of federal privacy laws to protect children (COPPA) and (2) draws students away from an understanding of America’s founding principles, system of government, and free market economy to one in which students are taught they are individual workers in a global community/economy who happen to live in the United States.

States are creating curriculum using OER (Open Education Resources) in which no entity controls what information is uploaded and made available. OER is a term coined by the United Nations Education Division (UNESCO) in 2002.

In Texas, for instance, State law allows the Texas Permanent Education Fund to be used for this type of online curriculum thus bypassing the State Board of Education.

The Research Manual published in in 1994 is a compilation of study and research conducted by professionals to expose what the real agenda is to this quiet takeover of U.S. public education.”

And here is a reply to said post:
concerning the TSI from college board-the suppose it three-part entrance exam needed in order to enroll in dual credit college classes on high school campuses in Texas-it seems to me that the TSI is not an assessment tool nor a content mastery tool. It seems to me that these kids-these young learners-are being vetted.
Many are failing the TSI who would do well in college classes on our high school campuses but because of the testing environment and the TSI being used as a vetting tool itself-many do not have the opportunity. Those who do not have the opportunity usually don’t go much further after high school.
Taking this even further, who does have the opportunity to go further after high school? And how is it that these opportunities are made, or not made, for them?
Just some thoughts.
Here is a post that was shared by Alice Linahan:

This. So much this.
“But as someone who has tracked the advantages and perils of technology for human rights over the past ten years, I am nevertheless convinced that digital ID, writ large, poses one of the gravest risks to human rights of any technology that we have encountered. Worse, we are rushing headlong into a future where new technologies will converge to make this risk much more severe.

For starters, we are building near-perfect facial recognition technology and other identifiers, from the human gait to breath to iris. Biometric databases are being set up in such a way that these individual identifiers are centralized, insecure, and opaque. Then there is the capacity for geo-location of identifiers—that is, the tracking of digital “you”—in real time. A constant feed of insecure data from the Internet of Things may well connect you (and your identity) to other identities and nodes on the network without your consent.

In addition, systems using artificial intelligence and machine learning are used to make decisions based on our identities. Those systems are often built on data that can reinforce bias and discrimination, and are wielded without sufficient transparency or human review. Ultimately, social credit systems, such as those that are currently being developed in China, will be based on digital ID, thereby enabling or disabling our full and free participation in society.

By developing these technologies in parallel with systems for a digital ID, we are not simply establishing an identity to access basic social services. Digital IDs will become necessary to function in a connected digital world. This has not escaped the attention of authoritarian regimes. Already, they are working to splinter the internet, collect and localize data, and impose regimes of surveillance and control. Digital ID systems, as they are being developed today, are ripe for exploitation and abuse, to the detriment of our freedoms and democracies.”


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

Whether you are voting for or against Lt. Dan Patrick, please do not fall for this propaganda political ad!
It is just like former Sen. Dan Patrick said he got rid of CSCOPE and Common Core in Texas.THAT WAS A LIE!!

HB 5- which Lt. Gov. Patrick is referencing, actually opened the door for the federally mandated Next Generation of Assessments and Accountability. These online adaptive assessments and instruction are designed to assess, benchmark, modify behaviors , and sort students for the workforce. HB5, mandates all students must decide what career track (pathway) they will be “trained” on, IN THE 8TH GRADE.
It is a controlled workforce for a controlled economy. Time to start questioning all candidates on this issue!! They are fully implementing the Soviet model of education, aligned to the Common Core/ College and Career Readiness STANDARDS.

Dan Patrick Liar Liar Pants on Fire


And here are some replies to said post:

Can not vote for him … will not vote for the other guy either. He has some teachers following him … that keep telling me that Common Core is not in Texas! …. And he, or any other of them will not answer my questions about his support for CC.


Sounds as if the government decides what career one may have and how much eduction one receives!!! Talk about a socialist (nice word for communist) edict.


I always wondered where that ridiculous rule about deciding which endorsement the student was going to follow originated. There are people in college who don’t even know what they want to be when they grow up, much less kids in 8th grade.


Is Collier worth his salt? I am not a fan of Patrick, but I don’t want someone worse


Yes, he is. Please vote Mike Collier! I met him in Canton after hearing him speak last month. He’s got my vote!


Mike Collier has my vote too!! He really does care.


Do you have a link for info on this? I worked with the govt. side of pub ed in the past few years and have never heard of this. I’m genuinely just curious.


In 2013 Texas legislators pass HB5 (Workforce Development) law. Both Republicans and Democrats overwhelmingly pass HB5, authored by Rep. Jimmy Don Aycock and Sen. Dan Patrick. The Workforce Development (HB5) just like the Common Core National Standards, expands the target from K-12 (Kindergarten through 12th grade) to a P-20W (Pre-school through College, Trade or Graduate School) system in order to control the economy and control our children by funneling them into certain career pathways.

Here is a link to HB5-…/83R/billtext/html/HB00005F.htm


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 December 2015 Congress reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
which replace No Child Left Behind and is now known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). As Rep. Tim Ryan, Ohio stated, this is the “New Common Core,” while he was debating the Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA) is about character traits not academics. It is a clear shift to Competency Based Outcomes- The Next Generation of Assessments and Accountability shifts from the “Mental” (Academics and Knowledge Based Assessments) to “Behaviors” (Performance Standards and Competency for the workforce).
In 2016, the White House is hosting a second annual summit on Next Generation High Schools,recognizing commitments from states and school districts to redesign their high schools.

So what does this look like at the local level……

In classrooms across Texas and frankly the country, parents show up to register their child for school and there is NO way to say…. NO, my child will only be taught by a teacher not a computer when it comes to reading, writing, math and history. My child’s data is not to be shared with any third parties without my consent! Parents are informed they cannot refuse technology for their child while in school because it is now required that they are “21st century learners”.


it is important to note who Abbot originally tapped for the Next Gen Commission; Mike Morath, who then became Commissioner of Ed.

Lt. Gov Patrick led the charge for his Senate Conformation.

Lt. Dan Patrick in his own words…


Morath is completely Restructuring the TEA to fulfill The P-20W “system” thats now been locked in place.

By the way, I really do appreciate your questions; they are important.


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

This is an article assigned to my son’s class in 5th grade on the Newsela platform. 😡 They read from this platform a lot and wonder if anyone has info about it. Not very happy with several articles we have seen!


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

There’s a lot of crap happening in Weber School District. My kids were asked by teachers to fill out questionnaires about how much screen-time they’re getting and on what device they’re using. They’re doing a fifth grade sixth grade split at our Elementary this year. The teacher is teaching half the lesson fifth grade and the other half 6th grade what a waste of a day! They explained that Google said kids should….. and Google said the number one job for kids will be…. so we are going to be learning these things.

Also the math teacher said she needs to teach them more things because they’re behind with the curriculum and if she can’t catch up she could get fired. So regardless of the children understanding the curriculum the more important to get the curriculum covered.


Here are some posts in a New York anti-Common Core group in response to an article about schools tracking mental health of students without the permission of the parents:

So many parents JUST DON’T GET IT!

Last year our district hired one Psychologist. This year they added another one. One for K-5 and one for grades 6–12.

At a board meeting, a parent asked about the need for them and about the primary job responsibilities.

A short answer was given by the Superintendent.

“It’s a new state education mandate. We HAD to hire at least one. Our hands are tied. After assessing the first year with only one, I recommended the board approve hiring a second Psychologist. They’re really just Guidance Counselors.”

I rolled my eyes so hard I almost fell off of my chair.


That’s about it in a nutshell. Follow the money. Everyone get a slice just do as they’re told and get the check. Meantime data mine, build dossiers and pigeonhole kids for life. What could go wrong?


most parents in my district have no idea about SEL or what it’s about. Our superintendent speaks very little about it and when she does talk about it, she only uses the acronym. She never elaborates or mentions the words Social and Emotional Learning.


I suspect it’s the same in 99% of districts. What’s worse is parents aren’t even asking.


I stumbled upon this link in the link you provided.
Tap on red underlined “increased” for the research paper
“CHANGING TIMES OF AMERICAN YOUTH: 1981-2003”…/in-the-wake-of-mass-shootings…/


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

Parents and Teachers, I strongly encourage you to read this ful article.

Excerpts from this VERY IMPORTANT ARTICLE:

“In 2014 the Obama Administration asked the 16,000 or so public school superintendents in the U.S. to sign the “Future Ready Technology Pledge”. Thirty three hundred of them signed it and committed to transition their districts to digital learning. Not only should we not expect this to be effective except for the very top performers, you’ll see that we actually risk leaving low performing students even further behind.

A study done in the U.K. looked at using white-boards [essentially giant touch screens] to improve learning, especially in complex subjects like math and science. The teachers were all extensively trained in the technology and rated themselves as highly competent with it, so the results could not be blamed on user incompetence. The results showed that low achieving students did improve in language skills, but the small gain in math scores observed the first year disappeared by the second year of use. Even more troubling was that they saw a 12x increase in the percentage of students ranked low in science. The well trained teachers were able to deliver content that was above those student’s heads causing them to eventually give up on even trying to keep up.

A lot of entertainment software is designed to activate the Ludic Loop. Professor Natasha Dow Schüll coined this term and it comes from the Latin noun ludus, meaning “play, game, sport, pastime.” It is what happens when you are lulled into a state of near tranquility by doing the same thing over and over because every once in a while you get a reward. Think of the one armed bandit in a casino, playing solitaire or even knitting where finishing a row is a form of reward. You have to be shaken out of it, or have the self control (which kids don’t) to put limits on yourself, like 2 episodes of a tv show or 60 minutes on a device.

This is why kids can play hours and hours of video games and not notice the passage of time. Their brains become disengaged from their normal state of awareness.

Most people like to do things that they are good at and avoid more difficult tasks. Kids in particular are prone to this. Personalized learning allows them to go at their own pace, which for some kids means a crawl or stop. They enter this ludic loop with the technology which can appear to be engagement, when in fact it is staying at a comfortable level doing something they have already mastered. Even programs which say they push kids to go beyond their comfort zones, still suffer from the problem of it being a machine that is pushing them. We are not designed to want to please a machine like we are a human, so kids will often find a way to stay at the easier levels.”

“Paul Emerich, another defector from Silicon Valley, wrote that the primary concern of the edutech companies was not children’s education, it was monetizing the tools to meet the financial goals of the investors. He recognized that the hyper-individualized education promoted by such companies tries to maximize engagement with the product, but it also, “ isolates children, breeds competition, assumes that children can learn entirely on their own, and dehumanizes the learning environment, reducing the human experience of learning down to a mechanistic process, one where children become the objects of learning as opposed to the subjects of their own educational narrative.[4]”


A mother was concerned about a transgender bathroom policy, but the school did nothing.  Eventually, her daughter was assaulted in the bathroom by a boy.  When she complained, they reported her to child services as the “responsible party”:



Public Schools or Public Screwels? Part 12

muller bad

This is part 12.

Here is a post from a friend of mine:

My dear friend and a recently retired teacher Marla Phan shares her insights.

“While I left education of my own volition, I want to share why I would have stayed. Keeping my mouth shut about what I saw happening around me, things that were detrimental to actual teaching and learning, were
contributors to my leaving education.

I would have stayed longer had education not turned into a one-stop-shop for the promotion of socialized, progressive “education.” Education has become the hallowed ground of positivity, where a liberal agenda is put in place with a smile. Students are the barometers of this new deal. They know exactly where lines used to be drawn-academically and behaviorally, and of their near-extinction these days. Fluffed-up grades are the new norm. Who wants to answer for 50% of their students failing? Teachers get called out on grades, not the lazy kids who failed when they could have passed. Teachers have to tutor kids who fail, allow them to re-take failed tests in a different way so they can have a chance to pass, and know full well that these kids are under-served and under-educated. Data dictates moving on, not actually teaching in depth. Yes, I would have stayed longer had my hands not been tied to the grinding death-wheel of data and “do-overs.”

I would have stayed longer if students would have parted with their electronics during the school day. This would have allowed their minds to remain in the classroom instead of on that last text to a BFF, or sworn enemy, that video game, or the incoming call or text from Mom that she should be allowed to answer during class.

I would have stayed longer if students cared about being able to read and write well. My last year was the only one where students were unable to sustain silent reading for a reasonable length of time-longer than ten minutes-by year’s end. It was a year that many students were openly offended if they had to write a paragraph longer than five sentences, and spell and punctuate correctly.

I would have stayed longer had my skills in developing relationships with kids not been pushed aside in favor of a one-size-fits-all program (yes, expensive!), that was mandated for all teachers and classrooms-with a spy from the company visiting to make sure we were in compliance and had class-created contracts posted. The re-education of teachers began with a two to three day indoctrination by a company rep. I could have written such a program with my fellow teachers. It could have been used to help out fledgling teachers who needed a hand, instead of forcing all teachers to comply.

I would have stayed longer if parents truly knew what education was going to be turned into before it happened, so they could have had a voice-if they cared. They would know that their 21st century school buildings, with their kid-friendly charging-station furnishings, new ways of grouping kids so that they can teach each other, and all the other flashy programs and methods, are just cover-ups for what teachers know is missing-true education. Yes, you will still see smiles and and good fun among teachers, but behind those smiles lies ”The Countdown Until I Can Retire.” Some even have it down to months and days. Teachers truly know what is going on.

I would have stayed longer if keeping my mouth shut had not meant two full years in a row of serious illness. Now I know why my doctor wanted me to leave the profession. I also know why she said that she had many other teachers as patients who were leaving education well before retirement. (An aside-I believe people would be surprised to know how many teachers are on medication, have had panic attacks at school, heart attacks due to stress, nervous breakdowns, made a trip to the hospital in an ambulance from school, or cried endless tears with colleagues behind closed doors. But, we don’t talk about those things.)

I would have have stayed longer had unruly, disrespectful, disruptive students been dealt with so that these behaviors stopped. Instead, students sat down for a long chat with an administrator, probably got a lunch detention (a joke), or night school (another joke), and got sent back to class. We teachers were not allowed to know what type of punishment a kid received. If behavior was truly serious, (as decided by an administrator), a student got sent off-campus to alternative education for maybe 30 days. That meant that teachers had to gather that student’s work together and send it there, which was just one more thing to worry about. All we knew was that the behavior often continued unchecked and administrators were often nowhere to be found.

I would have stayed longer had education not been turned into a “look-how-great-I-am” circus of earning stickers once we teachers completed self-education on computer software programs, as chosen by the district. Our stickers went on posters outside our classrooms for all to see. There was one teacher (maybe two), who had two posters. She was very popular with administrators, had small “fun-type” classes and a budget for her fabulous classroom that the rest of us would have liked to have had. Whatever happened to respecting the teachers who quietly went about the business of loving and educating kids, instead of taking up precious time earning stickers? Those veterans used to be the backbone of our schools and the mentors of newbies. Now they are leaving in droves, and nobody cares. All are easily replaced by younger, more progressive, cheaper models-who earn stickers and accolades for going along. They are trained Stepford-like to make sure that everyone is safely homogenized, and individualism is erased.

Stop and think about how many veteran teachers you’ve seen move to private schools, or leave the profession entirely. We’ve all heard the reasons…wanted to retire, wanted to leave the area, wanted to move on, personal reasons…etc. If you asked those same teachers if they would have stayed longer if they were granted the autonomy and support of say, ten years ago, I would imagine that most would still be in the classroom.”
– Marla Phan



And here are the replies to this post:

So well said. The exact reasons I left education

Thisss is a profound expose of a hidden agenda thats so covered up. The real reason seasoned teachers have felt the need (not desire) to leave the profession. So utterly sad. But its truth..i know teachers personally that lost their livelihoods $$ and something they realllly loved. Whatta pity…
Maria Phan, you will be embraced again if you volunteer at any private school. Children need you, and some of them can be helped. Save the ones you can. Public schools be damned. Very sorry it has come to this. Hope that peace and happiness find you.
Thank you for the difference you did make, Marla.
What I’ve learned about the great teachers I had in my life is…they may retire but they never stop teaching.
Long after I received my high school diploma, I stayed in touch with one teacher in particular. she was one connection I could never afford to break or lose. She knew me. She watched me grow. She helped me grow and she never dropped me. Even when she had every reason under the sun to kick me to the curb or drop me, she didn’t. She never quit me and although I thought about quitting on her, all the time, something inside me told me to stay. Don’t you dare quit her, Missy. Don’t you dare.When I was in high school, I fought her more than I followed her lead. If she said sing it this way, I sang it MY WAY and all those years I thought I won. I thought I beat her.
Later she told me how much she enjoyed having me as a student. Me and my “Don’t tell me what to do” Miss Missy Tude. I was in my late 20’s when she said that to me and I laughed at her and gave her one of my signature eye-rolls because…I had grown up a little since high school and I realized just how much of pain in her a$$ I was for her at times. I was bloody amazed that she wanted to bother with me at all after I received my HS diploma. But I was wrong.We were having lunch and she reached across the table and touched my arm and said “Missy, please call me Kate. It’s okay. I don’t mind.”I looked at her. I tried to see her as Kate and not Mrs. Heckard and I grabbed her hand and I said “Don’t tell me what to do, Kate. I wish I could, but I’m afraid I can’t.”She howled. “Missy, Missy, Missy…you are a dying breed and I love you so. Suit yourself.”I miss her. She up and left the planet 6 years ago but…she didn’t leave me. We’re still connected.See, it took me awhile to figure out why we never quit on each other. Somewhere in time, in those 4 short years of high school, probably when we were standing toe to toe, nose to nose, staring each other in the eyes, she reached inside me and took a little piece of my heart and She never let it go and she still has it.She embraced our differences and used them to make difference, to help me.
Not because she had to, because she wanted to and I’m not the only student she worked over. There were many.At her funeral, all the kids, her students sat together and we giggled as they made there way to sit with all the kids she touched in her 40 years of teaching. We were the kids she pushed a little harder and the ones who threatened to quit but never did. We were the ones she stayed in contact with long after we graduated high school. All the kids who she never gave up on while we were in school and for many years after.So Marla…I know this is a bittersweet time for you but sit tight. You made a difference and over the next few years, each and every one of those kids will figure out their missing a little piece of their heart. Don’t be surprised when they pay you a visit or reach out to you.They’re not coming to retrieve what you have. They want you to keep it and use it to mend your own when you need it.That’s what you did, Marla and just like Mrs. Heckard…you did all of this, not because you needed to…because you wanted to.Be well and enjoy your retirement.Sincerely,Miss “Don’t tell me what to do” Missy

My step father retired last year after 25 years of teaching and building a really good Diesel Tech program at the County Tech Center.

He didn’t expect to be so sad because he felt it was time for him to go.
The battles with admin and the all the BS that were getting in the way of doing what he once loved, became battles that he knew he couldn’t win.

But every day since his last day, he thinks about the kids and what’s happening and not happening while he’s not there.

They’ve gone through two instructors since he’s been gone.

It’s haunting him and I see it and so does my son.

When my youngest was old enough to enter the county tech program HE decided he wanted to sign up for the Diesel Program but he wouldn’t do it until he talked to me, dad and Paw-Paw, the instructor, first.

I was the first to balk at the idea. My step father, the instructor, his Paw-Paw was not far behind me, either.

My step dad is a good teacher, a pusher, very organized and regimented. Kids either loved him or they hated him. But more kids loved him than hated him.

We left Ben to have a heart to heart with his paw-paw and Ben wasn’t happy when he came home.

Paw-paw wasn’t sure he wanted his grandson as his student. He wasn’t sure Ben could take and he made it very clear to Ben…”you will always be my grandson but in class…you’re my student and I’m Mr. Ressler, your instructor and because of who you are, you’d better be ready because the guy you see at Sunday dinners and family gatherings is not who you will see in the classroom. Think about that Ben. I want you to go home and think about what you expect out of my program and why you think you want to sign up and be ready for some pretty tough questions.”

Ben was confused and a little hurt and a little angry but he thought about it. He paid his grandfather a visit, not at home…he was waiting by his truck after school at the tech center.

I don’t know what they talked about. Until this day, neither of them mentioned what they discussed.

All I got from my step dad was a text.

“Hey, I’ve decided to take Ben into my class. Don’t tell him I told you. Let him tell you.”

It was the best thing that ever happened to Ben and my step dad.

It was the first and the last time he had a student from the family.

Unfortunately, the program he built has fallen to pieces a lot faster than the time it took him to build it and it’s a shame.

And Ben…he knew his paw-paw was struggling a little in his first year of retirement, but he knew what to do.

The friends he made at the tech center are the friends he held onto and they all complained about the instructor but it didn’t take them long to understand, he was one of the best teachers they ever had.

Ben knows where Mr. Ressler lives and he never needs an invitation to visit. I’ve been there when Ben and his classmates come barreling down my parents driveway.

I get choked up when I look at my step dads reaction. I can see his heart and what all those years meant to him and his students and yes…he’s still teaching.

Every now and then he sneaks over to my sons shop to see what’s going on and he always leaves with dirty hands, grease on his pants and a smile on his face. My mom sends him when he’s miserable or in what she calls his “retirement funk.”

And none of his former students call him Bob…they call him what Ben calls him. PAW-PAW Bob or Mr. Ressler. They can’t bring themselves to call him by his first name. 😆

Ben graduated at the top of his diesel tech class, BTW and was awarded with a scholarship.
Not because he was the grandson of the instructor. Because he earned it. Because Mr. Ressler grabbed a piece of his heart and never, ever let go.

I loved that my step dad was his instructor even though I wasn’t 100% sold on the idea.
I made it clear to both him and my son…”Paw-Paw’s the boss. Do what you gotta do Mr. Ressler. He’s all yours.”

All the adults balked at this challenge…it was the kid…he wasn’t going to quit. He wanted in.


My heart is aching over that story. Your stepdad is very special and your son is fortunate to have such a great teacher in his life, even after retirement.

I wish I had been more organized and disciplined like he was and undoubtedly still is. Unfortunately, being organized for me was making sure all the piles on my desk were nice and neat. But, I was a whiz at searching up curriculum and helping other teachers!

I know your stepdad’s heart for education and that you don’t just shut off instructing once you retire. My youngest daughter is in college, along with two of her best friends. I’ve helped all three with writing they had to do for school. I guess I just love teaching people how to polish their work. Teaching, whether to a group or one-on-one, strikes a chord deep inside that validates who I am as a person. It’s like saying, “Let me help you become better at what you’re doing” and feeding my own heart at the same time. I can’t possibly stop feeding my heart! I intend to tutor older kids once they realize they’ve been short-changed by a broken system.

I know this and say all of the time about pidgin holing of our future leaders and just regular folks! I raise hell about common core and I repost the things that I hope will wake parents and society up! But the beat goes on and on! Parents snooze as their children are brain washed! So sad!
Shared this. As a retired high school English teacher, saddled with the horrid Common Core and burgeoning behavior problems, and everything else mentioned in this poignant piece, I see public education going steeply into a black hole.
I can understand parents not believing me, when i tell then what I understand to be happening in our children’s classrooms. But I am still completely dumbfounded that more don’t pause to consider the situation when it comes directly from the source. Thank you for your insight. ‘Shared.’
 Here is a post from a friend of mine:

The program allows students with issues such as marijuana possession, vandalism and trespassing to go to an alternative school for a few days, which enables them to avoid a criminal record.

PROMISE has received increased scrutiny in the wake of the Feb. 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre, as some have questioned whether district policies have given students like killer Nikolas Cruz repeated second chances.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel highlighted the program in an investigation into a culture of leniency that allows students to receive endless second chances.


And another post from my friend:

“It was mid-afternoon, and superintendents and principals from nearly two dozen school districts statewide had abandoned their tables of stress balls and coffee cups provided by the state Education Department. They huddled around posters of trees that were supposed to represent segregation rising to the forefront of New York’s education conversations. The officials, gathered last Thursday and Friday for the second of four sessions in SED’s efforts to guide integration in struggling districts, had spent the previous two months refining their problem statements — the trees’ trunks — and were now pinning dozens of neon sticky notes scrawled with ‘root causes’ to the lower halves of the posters.”

Can’t make it up.


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

Yesterday I was on a school campus that is used for “head start/early education”… This brochure was in the lobby- can someone please tell me how in the world a 5 year old can be 3 years “behind” when starting K? They also offer “at home visits” to come help you child “be ready” and will bring you toys and activities as incentives to have you sign up for the program.

sad kids


And here are some replies to said post:

It’s my opinion that by having your kids at or higher than kindergarten before they enter Kindergarten makes the district look better for grant opportunities! But that is what K is for…to learn at K level!!! It’s ridiculous.


They clearly don’t actually know what the word KINDERGARTEN means , nor its history as a education method. Froebel spinning in his grave again. 😩😳🤬 😦

“Dear schools: if you’re going to insist on making kindergarten “grade 1 repertory academy” then please stop calling it K. Call it something like ‘grade 0’. Calling it K and tying it to achievement/ academics is like setting up a school that’s nothing but corporate software-led ‘individualized learning’ and calling it “Montessori”; it’s 100% inaccurate and shows that you don’t know jackwipe about education. Your ignorance and chutzpah are showing, fools.”


My son just graduated kindergarten. The things they teach there floored me. Not the kindergarten from my day. Lucky for him he was already starting to read and write or it really would’ve been so hard. My son is a sweetheart that is even tempered and kind. He turned into a brat because he was just so exhausted every day. He would tell me he is tired because there is just so much he had to learn. On top of it there were so many issues not in just his class but the whole school with discipline, understanding and following rules, and language barriers.


Parents need to take Kindergarten back.


They expect so much from these little guys and gals now. I was floored when they told me my daughter should be held back because she didn’t know all of her sight words, there were 50 she was supposed to know before moving on to 1st. This was 11 years ago. It broke my heart and still does because of how hard they push our kids. They are taking the fun out of learning and force feeding them these standards with no regard to hands on learning that children need especially at such a young age.


Our k has 150 sight words!


I have always thought that schools have more control of your kids then they need. I think the school day is twice as long as it needs to be. I am a past home schooling parent, and I educated my kids in about 10 hours a week of sit down time (although I consider every hour of the day to be an education opportunity). Last January my then 16 year old left our neighborhood high school for the community college, She went from being in class 6 hours a day to only 3 hours a day, and getting a better education……….With all that said, I do think that kindergarten should have a very basic list of what incoming students should know and if kids aren’t exposed to enough socialization and structure, then pre-school is a very good thing.


They are only behind because of today’s standards.
Kids aren’t allowed to be carefree children anymore.
These early preschool centers are testing children at three years old for standards. SMH
Same with daycare centers testing developmentally standards. How old were they when they started to sit up, crawl, walk, babble words, speak words, sentences, animals, shapes, colors etc…
It’s all to do with data tracking and making billions a year off of that data.
These standards have nothing to do with children and everything to do with money.
Children can’t be put into boxes and know the same things at the same age, all across the boards.
It doesn’t work that way.
We all learn different and in our own time.


Tacoma has all day kindergarten. Kids in kindergarten are doing the same reading now, that my 16 year old did in first grade.


Remember when naps were part of a child’s day in Kindergarten? How about painting, or exploring fun activities to do during your school day?

My oh my, have children suddenly fallen into this mysterious “gap” that just happened to appear in the last decade?
I think not.
This so called “gap” is a creation of corporate executives and political interests who seek to make millions on their “human capital” (formerly known as our school children).


The home visits and the big push to force kids to do developmentally inappropriate things is all about SIBs and Pay for Success programs. It’s the new way to finance education by tracking children literally from birth.


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

I am strongly opposed to the #InvestInEd tax initiative. As an entrepreneur myself, as well as a former CEO and employer, I know it’s a tax increase on entrepreneurs and job creators, and on capital formation and investment. I believe it would harm and destabilize our state’s economy and lead to an out-migration of businesses and jobs. That, in turn, would reduce tax revenues over the long haul for all state government services, including K-12 education, the largest item in the state budget.

This initiative was conjured and pushed by the highly-partisan political operatives leading the #RedForEd movement. Those individuals come from the far-left, “progressive” (Bernie Sanders) wing of the Democratic Party that fervently believes in redistribution of wealth as the solution to societal challenges. They used the second week of the teacher walkout/strike to gather signatures for InvestInEd at the Capitol as depicted in the photo. In a moment of candor, I heard Joe Thomas, the president of the Arizona Education Association, say publicly that they poll-tested several different forms of increased taxation, and that InvestInEd tested highest under the guise of “tax the wealthy.”

I’ve yet to hear any of these folks decry the recent state standardized test results showing 56% of third-graders aren’t minimally proficient in reading, the foundation of all learning. I’m proposing that we prioritize funding for schools that serve a large number of disadvantaged students who enter school already developmentally behind peer and grade level and lacking basic reading skills. These students need early identification and intervention, and intensive services through individual and small group instruction. InvestInEd says nothing about prioritizing increased funding for K-12 ed, nor accountability for real results and learning by all students.

Lastly, the people so passionate about InvestInEd all have one thing in common: they want to increase individual income taxes but decrease parental school choice. Their constant refrain is “we don’t want our tax dollars” going to support charter and private schools (ESA’s). Any increase in funding for K-12 education should also embrace greater accountability, and the robust competition and school choice we have in Arizona.


Here is a post from the anti-CBE group:

It’s not that teachers have been sold on personalized learning. In Ohio , these are state mandates from our legislature and state BOE. Then our districts require us to undergo training in various aspects of personalized learning, Schoology, STEM/STEAM. My district is striving to be “STEM certified” so even art teachers were told last year to write some STEAM lesson plans and try them out. The mandates have ramped up these past 5 years, teachers are getting burned out. We have no choice in the matter because our union isn’t objecting to any of it. It’s all rolled out as the best thing on earth. My district tries to make the mandates work — a committee spent 16 months revising our teacher evaluation system to meet the new state guidelines but.make it as close to what was already working as possible. Most other districts took OTES “as is” from the state. Several years ago public school superintendents marched at the statehouse to protest over-testing and the head of the state BOE called it a “march for mediocrity” and accused them of wanting students to get by without “holding teachers accountable.” This kind of talk can turn a community against the public school. I can understand why they haven’t protested since!


And some more posts from this group:

i am in a state where the law for homeschooling is to provide equivalent education to my distrct. If they assess it they teach it which means nj homrschoolers must. But no one is discussing this.


if teachers cannot demean the programs for fear of their job then put a bug in the parenys ear to opt out of technology entirely the system cannot function without the data. And use the personalized pitch that students can learn the way that suits them – push for printed books and giving them the option for it.


The assessments for SEL can be embedded in an online test (such as SAT or MAP) or in an online worksheet, measuring how “on task” a student is by how quickly they answer, how they respond to frustration, how persistent, etc. Parents have reported that in state standardized tests, their kids come home saying they were asked questions about if anyone in their home uses drugs or alcohol. Teachers aren’t allowed to see the tests, so we have no idea what questions are being asked.


ah another point if parents have the option to review curriculum prior to the school year digital personalized programs that generate lessons on demand based on the individuals data history and algorithms deny parents this right.
Allowing the parents only to see what may or may not be taught or something similar as a result is unacceptable imo


I work in a highly rated district. A couple of parents held town meetings several years ago to inform parents about opting out, and out of 800 fourth graders, about 30 opted out. The other grades were similar in our 4-6 intermediate school. Teachers were told that if asked, we had to say, “I think your child should take the test.” Parents trust their teachers, so when we seemed to support the tests. they decided it was OK. The next year, same thing, so now we only have a handful of opt outs. The parents like to see how well their kids are doing, our scores overall are pretty high. Of course, eventually the tests will be folded into the daily schoolwork and everyone will think it’s OK.


that is opting out of the test i say opt out of technology the parents need to know about the constant assessing and remediating the programs contain.


do the parents think it os not ok for facebook to data rape adults yet it is ok for their children ?


We’re not fully computerized yet. Students have access to Chrome Books for testing, but the amount of time spent on devices right now is not what we were aiming for several years ago. I think there’s AR reading tests students do, and Larson’s Math during Tech class. I teach art so I am not completely up on everything. I do not think the average parent realizes what’s happening. Just recently we’ve shifted to Standards Based Grading on a 1-4 scale for K-4 and next year 5 and 6 will do it too. That’s one of the requisites for data mining, because it tracks the standards that have been “achieved”.
Teachers have found Standards Based Grading to be burdensome, even in Math where I assumed it would be easy. During one LA meeting where they were struggling to decide how to grade the standards on some examples of 4th grade essays, one teachers sighed and said, “I wish the computer could do this assessment instead of us.” I told her to watch out what she wished for. They don’t like it when I tell them that their jobs will eventually be elminated. They understand how that will happen, but don’t think they can do anything to stop it. And we have to do what we’re told to do, that’s what we’re getting paid to do. A lot of them think all this stuff will go away eventually because in the past, that’s what happened. They don’t realize that this is very different.
the average parent thinks it is just the math and school is the same as when they went. They wont realize unless somehow they are given the info. It has to be video no one really reads anymore although there are still bestselling books – go figure.
teachers need to inform eachother also. Videos that give ed reform history so they catch on … then where it is going.
If I weren’t in the school and seeing what has slowly happened over the past 15 years, I wouldn’t believe it either. It’s been interesting having a front row seat. Still, there are teachers who drink the Kool Aid and convince themselves all of this is really great. But again, without the support of our union, we can’t refuse to give the tests. We can’t say no to any of it.
I do try to inform teachers, but what it does is upset them, and there isn’t an answer to how to stop it, other than to go on strike. Actually in my district, our union has negotiated a very good contract for us. No one’s unhappy with our pay and benefits. So we’re not going to walk out over curriculum changes.
you have to admit the curticulum is quite frankly crap compared to what could be used. I was shocked when i compared and the cost is crazy. They overbloat its just as bad as pharmaceutical markup
So many teachers are trying to sell cosmetics or LuluRoe leggings, thinking they can quit teaching. And everyone my age (62) has retired already. I’m in my 17th year and as an art teacher, I’m not as affected by these mandates. That’s why it’s so unusual that I am more informed than the others, I have a lot of freedom in my classroom, and lots of support for my art program.
No, parents in my district are very much in favor of technology in every aspect of their lives. Kids with fit bits, iPads, apple watches.
Well, there is a difference. Today kids carry around a cell phone, on which they can look up any fact that they want, within seconds. So there’s less emphasis on memorization of facts, such as learning all the states, etc. They don’t learn to write cursive, but they know how to operate a computer, shoot and edit videos, design graphics and slide shows.
Even worse, what students will be permitted to learn will be narrowed. Yes I’m with you on that. Personalized learning will limit the scope of what a student learns, too much emphasis on STEM that may not serve them well 30, 40 years from now.
Liberal arts, philosophy, world history, “useless” majors in college will be eliminated, but also not even exposed to in high school.
Never forget that the children of the 1% attend schools with old-fashioned, well-rounded curriculum and very little tech.
On of my concerns is the progression from proficiency based report cards to the next generation of transferable skills based reporting.
 Here is a post from a Florida anti-Common Core group:

Hard to believe any of the opponents to Common Core, who wasted a good three years talking about nothing else but Common Core, which we have had with us since at least 1949 (the NAEP), except now on steroids, DID NOT UNDERSTAND THAT THE KEY ISSUE WAS THE SHIFT FROM ACADEMICS TO WORKFORCE TRAINING.

The research of many in this country over the past 30-40 years has proven over and over again what the agenda was. Everyone wants to take off on their own rather than join together and be strong.

The agenda was the workforce for all kids but their own: Students will be prepared for, certified and placed in post-secondary education or jobs
which reduce mismatches between students/education and education/workplace, incorporating:
• Career awareness kindergarten through 6th grade.
• Choice of career pathway by no later than 8th grade.
• Work-based learning which includes mentorship, job-shadowing, volunteer service,
school-based enterprise, apprenticeship, internship and paid work experience.
• Students will be required to acquire the following as conditions for graduation:
certificates of initial and/or advanced mastery.
• Workplace competencies and paid work experience in a career field.
• Statutory requirements will be established for schools to adopt block scheduling.
• Health and human services will be integrated with school and work-based learning.
• An electronic data tracking system will be developed for all students.

All the education groups in Florida need to join together to bring this country back under the Constitution, put the government authority back into the control of the state as the Constitution states and not the whim of politicians for THEIR money, power, and control using OUR CHILDREN as THEIR “Human Capital”.

It is “We the People” who allowed our state’s authority to be stripped away from us and now look at the mess. We must take back that authority which will include the proper education of our children.

Now our children’s education is to be combined under the Dept of Labor? IS ANYONE AWAKE???????


Kean University in Union, New Jersey demanded that a student get permission before handing out copies of the US Constitution on campus.  Luckily, he told them to go pound sand and did it anyway.  Luckily, the school didn’t do anything to him:


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

So yesterday my wife had a teacher sit down at her desk to talk about mortgages. This teacher has been with the Granite District (Utah) for 12 years now, and currently teaches first grade in Pioneer Elementary (3860 S. 3380 W., West Valley City). My wife asked her about how long it would be until she retired, and the response was that there was no way this teacher was going to stay until retirement–not a chance.

Reportedly, it’s all chaos in her school now, even in the first grade. The “F word” is apparently the only standard English word that all the children know–and they use it as a noun, a verb, an adjective, and an adverb. Teachers are not permitted to inquire as to the citizenship status of the students, so many obviously come from families where English is not used at all. The parents have children, but they don’t RAISE the children. The District (taxpayers) now provide breakfast, lunch, AND dinner for the kids, and of course there are the meals served in the parks when school is not in session. (I guess if the kids would bring sleeping bags, there would really be no reason at all for them to ever go home. Remember how the Soviets tried this system, and it didn’t work out too well. Surprise, surprise!) Here’s another kicker, and a deciding factor for this teacher to leave soon: since the parents don’t bother to attend parent-teacher conferences, the teachers will (starting in this next school year) be required to make “home” visits, to discuss things with the parents–undoubtedly in the evenings, at the parents’ convenience. Super. I’m sure that will work out wonderfully for all concerned.

Any partially observant residents who’ve lived in the western half of the Salt Lake Valley (West Valley City, Magna, Kearns, Taylorsville, Rose Park, western parts of Midvale, parts of West Jordan, etc.) over the last 40 years or so have seen these areas devolve from basically quiet, working-class neighborhoods into hell holes permeated by drugs, gangs, graffiti, drive-by shootings, and every other characteristic of crime and squalor. (Now if you’ve just moved from somewhere like Reseda or Compton, California . . . maybe seems pretty normal.) But regarding just this public school facet of the society, for the majority of the “students” the schools are obviously simply just tax-funded babysitting . . . even though nearly everyone still pretends that somehow it’s actually “education.”

So now we see many of Utah’s all-knowing “elites” purpose that everything will radically morph into bliss and stellar success if we just follow that old standard formula–you guessed it: higher taxes, and more money dumped into the system. Brilliant. Never mind any possible role played by planning, strategy, structure, qualification, motivation, discipline, accountability, personal responsibility, etc., etc. No, we just need to get a few more billion dollars dumped in there, placate the teachers with some raises, and tell ourselves that it’s all going to be just peachy. Yep, the great experiments calling for more open borders, more “cheap” labor, more “diversity,” more “charity,” and more “inclusion” will somehow just magically take hold and we’ll all suddenly be overjoyed with record progress. Great, huh? Oh yeah, I’m sure it will be simply wonderful as it all plays out.

Uh huh. You betcha.


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

Data brokers are selling our children’s data. Some of this data is collected from “education” software and applications our schools are pressuring our children to use. Schools expect students to share an incredible amount of personal data with these “free” third party “education” vendors. Reading the article below you see why these vendors provide “free” applications and software to school children.

From the article: “Researchers were startled to find that while they were able to easily purchase this information to sell potential products to this demographic, the 14 and 15 year old girls who were presumed to need family planning services knew very little about what data they were providing to commercial data brokers to make this assumption. Their parents were largely in the dark, too.

CLIP recently published the findings from their study, ‘Transparency and the Marketplace for Student Data,’ and found little transparency for data subjects about how student data is being used commercially. Data brokers advertise lists of students organized for traits from religion to ‘awkwardness,’ YET ALMOST NO INFORMATION EXISTS FOR STUDENTS OR PARENTS ABOUT WHERE DATA IS BEING COLLECTED, HOW HIGH LEVEL INSIGHT IS BEING DERIVED, OR WHAT RIGHTS THEY MAY HAVE TO OPT-IN OR OUT.

‘The high level takeaway is that it’s difficult for parents and students to find out much information. There’s a transparency issue,’ N. Cameron Russell, an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School and lead author of the study, told Legaltech News.

Russell and his colleagues pursued their research following a similar study intended to track the growth of cloud computing in school districts. In their followup, the researchers intended to examine some of the sources of student data and map the market landscape around it. Instead, they found those data sources to be ‘completely a black box.’”

Here is a post from an anti-Common Core group:
Angry test takers appealed to the College Board for a do-over of some type and asked for intervention from President Trump and Ellen DeGeneres, among others.
Many students (and plenty of parents) posted comparisons of scores based on how many questions were incorrect on different tests.
“College Board! One daughter got 760 getting only 5 wrong in math in March. Her twin missed 6 in math on June 2 test and got 670? 90 point difference in overall SAT scores for just ONE math question? How is that fair or standardized? So many kids hurt,” wrote one parent.
Here is a post in a  Utah anti-Common Core group:
And here are some replies to said post:

I called and asked Washington Online if it effects their curriculum and they said no, parents will still have the right to opt out…..

But then again, teachers are sometimes the last to hear about these changes.


Every Student Succeeds Act”

Hmmm sounds very familiar.
Kinda like “not one soul will be lost”.


“Terry Shoemaker, executive director of the Utah School Superintendents Association, said it seems counterintuitive to allow parents to excuse children from tests that form the backbone of school accountability systems.”

This whole article read to me as, “lets figure out a way to punish parents for protecting their kids”.

The short answer is… If they’re going to make remediation acceptable to punish “bad parenting, (read force parents to tow the line), It’s time to really and truly pull kids out of these public prisons!

This is very significant. There will be intense pressure during the next legislative session to do away with opt-outs. Utah’s entire education department will be in a panic.
I’m so angry. There is a solution to all of this that will be better for everyone but instead we are punishing parents. I hate the position this is putting everyone in. I will ALWAYS opt out. But now I will have to do so knowing I am hurting my school that I specifically chose for my children. Get the federal government out of education. It’s the ONLY way we can be free of all the coersion.
There weren’t enough votes in the State Board to say no to the federal government & get us out of these requirements. It’s going to take a lot of hard work from a lot of people to help legislators see why it is critical that we stop accepting the federal money. It’s the only way out. Otherwise, parental rights & the freedom in education we have now will be destroyed. It’s already begun.
looks like more homeschoolers

I wish more parents would stand up to it. If they only realized the power we hold, if we stood together. I’m afraid most are apathetic to it. 😢

What happened to Herbert’s promise that in Utah we don’t have to adhere to federal mandates?
That was said just to get reelected.
Precisely. It makes me mad that so many people in Utah were dumb enough to believe him.
None of ESSA is legal, so why are States thinking they MUST abide by it? Do we remember our duty as Americans? We were told to shut down corrupt government in our Declaration of Independence. That framework also told us it was up to US to fix it, then, reopen. Our Constitution set out clear sovereignty for the States. ESSA mandated MORE assessments, MORE federal control AND, that all low performance schools would be taken over by the government for charters.
All we need is ONE family to SUE their school board, their STATE. Set precedent, UTAH. The other 49 will follow
Homeschool will still be an option right? This is a good option for us to homeschool maybe the only way out now😞
This change will not directly affect homeschoolers right away. The federal documents are very clear, they expect homeschoolers to to be entered into the datasystem. They’ve set-up homeschool software programs to collect that data, and since these programs are publicly funded they will eventually require the tests as well. Then it just becomes a matter of, “of course you can homeschool as long as you use an approved program so we know you aren’t neglecting your child’s education.”
mandates in ESSA are clear that all students will be college career ready; that all teachers be credentialed to teach CCR. Family assessments and community assessments for all students being CCR. If not deemed as CCR, then Government interventions. These are home visits, mental health “supports’. Kids who are deemed not CCR are labeled ‘at risk’. Very dangerous.

that last sentence of homeschoolers using an approved program, is already a topic on conversations here.

We’ve got a big fight on our hands.

I think it’s important to also remember. The fewer rights public schoolers have, the easier it will be to take those rights from homeschoolers. Many question why we should have rights that they don’t? We are a minority and at a disadvantage. Their rights act as shield for our own, so by fighting for their rights we protect our own.
ESSA is a key to eroding parental rights, too. Micromanaging families and creating nanny state status.
What I just stated doesn’t even cover how ALL school choices get Common Core in ALL higher education locations. So, if you do escape CC and all that goes with in in K-12 ( which is getting harder to pull off, due to assessments and other requirements), your student gets hit with it in community college, trade school, on line need, or at the university. Between WIOA Act of 2015, STEM Act of 2015, ESSA, and HEA (2008, currently being rewritten), this picture describes all students, all ages.
Here is a post from the Common Core Diva:
Think that US Ed and Labor merger is a great thing? You may wish to raise Hell, now.

image of labor laws
Here is a post from a New York anti-Common Core group:
I ran into my oldest son’s 8th grade math teacher today.
She said his class was the last really strong and prepared class she taught.
She said the students’ abilities and knowledge have been declining ever since.
He’s 29.
And another post from said group:
I watched from the very front lines as the teachers’ unions sabotaged the parents’ effort to save their own children and the public education system in the process from Common Core and the devastating education reform.
I’m still told by teachers to this day that it’s not their unions’ fault.
I think I’ve taken for granted that the people who personally witnessed what I experienced, understood what actually happened, and that while many people who know I’ve opposed the reform, don’t actually understand why and just as importantly, what a political and corrupt endeavor the education reform was, and just how the unions who the teachers believe protect them, sold them out.
I think in light of today’s SCOTUS ruling which affects union political power, that this is as good a time as any to tell the actual story-
I stumbled upon Common Core as a PARENT.
No teacher ever told me anything about it.
I believe to this day, that the VAST majority of teachers still have no idea what it’s really all about.
I hope some of them will read this post.
In 2013 my daughter came home after taking the first ever NYS Common Core ELA exam.
She was forced to validate the following statement in one of the essays:
“Explain in detail why a structured work day of 8 hours of work, 8 hours of recreation and 8 hours of rest is best not only for the individual but by society at large.”
She wasn’t to express her opinion. She was to explain why the statement was valid based on her “ability to draw the compelling arguments from a stated text”.
The text, ironically (and I’m certain deliberately) happened to be from a speech by the early union organizer Samuel Gompers.
I was very curious why every eighth grader in NYS would be forced to affirm such an obviously politically charged ideology. And I wondered if the opposing ideologies were equally charged and present. I’ve found ZERO evidence of that in the five years I’ve been engaged in the endeavor. ZERO.
So, I started researching.
I read news articles, legislation, policy and regulations. And I spoke to anyone and everyone I could find who either had or wanted information.
For hours, days, weeks, months, years.
I found out that the entire system had been covertly merged and was being centrally controlled by a very small group of financial and political elites.
And that the control was exerted through a very ominous testing and rating system which was harming children and holding teachers hostage to a dangerous, rigid, unfair and inaccessible rating system.
After thoroughly investigating and discovering this covert, corrupt financial, political and social hijacking of our national education system, I decided to run for a seat on my local school board.
I approached the president of our local district teachers’ union. Our district is the SECOND LARGEST INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT IN NYS. And I asked the union president :
1-To allow me to present what I’d found out about the control mechanism to his teacher members
2-To support me in my bid for my seat on the board in order to publicly highlight and oppose the oppressive rating and testing system.
Not only did he not endorse me.
He spent 5 times what I did to oppose my candidacy.
The first time, because of two resignations from the 9 member board, there were 5 seats open.
After having attended board meetings every two weeks, for over a year, I did not recognize a single one of the candidates that the union endorsed as ever having even attended a meeting.
But the union spent the money and mailed out their palm cards and got FIVE PRO COMMON CORE and PRO APPR candidates elected to the board.
On the night of the election, none of the candidates were at the district offices to watch as the results were tallied and announced.
But ALL of the union big wigs INCLUDING the statewide NYSUT representatives from Albany were there, high fiving each other for keeping me and the rest of the anti-CC candidates from being elected.
I then spent my own money and petitioned the board to allow a round table discussion of the issues before the community.
The parents came.
I ran again a second time.
And the union opposed my candidacy again.
I got elected anyway.
But the rest of the board, ALL union endorsed candidates did EVERYTHING they could to oppose any and every effort I made to raise awareness and oppose the oppression of the assessments and the rating system.
They wanted the control and the progressive curriculum and the data collection which were all part of the Common Core agenda.
They wanted it so badly that they were willing to sell out our children.
And to this day, their members still don’t even know they did it.
People who can’t even figure out that their own heroes are using THEIR money and THEIR own votes to sell them out, aren’t the people I want “educating” my children or any children about how to get along in the world.
And I certainly don’t want their unions driving the process.
Here is a post from a North Dakota anti-Common Core group:

Article by Alex Newman of Freedom Project (works with Dr. Duke Pesta)
One Mama Bear comments:
“Makes me angry they know ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act passed Dec. 2015 under Obama admin) is going to bring everyone into the system.”
New Mexico Threatens Homeschoolers Who Won’t Jump Through Hoops
State education bureaucrats in New Mexico are under fire nationwide after demanding that homeschool families sign “illegal” declarations agreeing that their “permission” to educate their own children……/723-new-mexico-threatens-homesc

New Mexico Threatens Homeschoolers Who Won’t Jump Through Hoops


Here is a post from the Common Core Diva:

H/T Karen Bracken
Fed led led bent on creating worker drones gets a hearing tomorrow. ‘Lamar’ is leading the charge to rob the cradle to work for ‘the man’.

sneaky workforce stuff


Here is another post from the Common Core Diva:

The House praises the Senate on nailing a coffin in education today. CTE is CBE! CTE is also Common Core and STEM. Way to send us down the workforce drone river.

sneaky workforce stuff 2


A crooked federal judge has upheld the transgender bathroom policy of an Oregon high school:


A new University of Minnesota policy could have students be expelled for the “crime” of “using the wrong gender pronoun”:


Here is a post from a friend of mine:

Munn Elementary, Manitou Rd dumpster, Rochester NY
How many schools are purging their libraries?
We knew this was happening a couple years ago; anything dated before 2000 was tossed, trashed.
What is the status these days in your area?

save the books


And here are some replies to said post:

Dix Hills NY did the exact same thing. Renovating library and going digital. Books tossed in the dumpster. Could have been donated.


Librarian had said schools in 3yrs time are going all digital 😦


We have 25 filled floor to ceiling bookcases in our house. I bet I could make room for more if anyone sees something like this happening near Albany, NY.


Here is a post from an anti-Big Government page:

What the man wants, the man has gotten….as Governor Alexander, as Secretary of Education Alexander, as co-founder of “Empower America” (now called Freedom Works), as Senator Alexander, and chairman of the Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions).

But wrong is still wrong. Time has proven that.

Lamar the loser


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

New York Times on SAT and ACT selling student data.

“Students had taken surveys that came with the SAT or the PSAT, tests administered by the College Board. In filling out those surveys, the teenagers ended up signing away personal details that were later sold and shared …

In May, the Department of Education issued “significant guidance” that recommended that public schools make clearer to students and their parents that surveys with the SAT and the ACT, a separate college admissions exam, are optional. The notice emphasized that pretest surveys could provide opportunities for families to learn about college choices. But it also reminded schools that parents had the right to inspect all surveys in advance. Parents also have the right to opt their children out of any school-required surveys that touch on sensitive topics like religion, family income or politics.

The new federal guidance could give school districts and state education agencies “leverage to push the College Board and the ACT to either eliminate the voluntary survey when it’s being given in a school,”


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

From Karen Bracken

I hope you all understand this is all part of replacing academics with training for a pre-selected career starting in elementary school. This is one of the reasons why they have been collecting so much data on every child. When you provide training instead of academics you don’t need grade levels or grades. All the student needs to do is perform and master the required skill then he/she moves on to the next skill. When the student masters all the skills they are ready for work and that could be at 12 or 20. People who have not researched past education history (and hidden agendas) do not see what this is part of but those of us that have studied the history of education from all angles know exactly what this is leading toward. This lines up with programs being set up in other states. TN is starting a computer programming standard to be started in elementary school.

They will implement this stuff little by little so people will not see the migration away from academics to training. This is how they educate children in China folks. The Chinese are obedient slaves. They have no free will or free thought. They have no innovation skills. They are trained workers. A trained person cannot steer their own ship. It takes an educated, innovative person that is educated to control their own future and this is not what the planned global economy wants. Once a career path has been selected for the young student (of course they will make it appear as if you picked your own career path) only the skills needed to master that career will be provided. If higher math and/or science is not needed they will not get it. History…….who needs history to be a doctor or hair dresser?? This is where we are headed with pubic education (which will end up totally privatized). So what happens if that child who was trained to be a hair dresser finds out the new trend when they are ready for work is bald heads for both men, women and children? They cannot try to seek out a new career because they were never educated and only know what is needed to be a hairdresser. So now what? This is where “life long learning” comes into play. That hair dresser that can find no work will have to have another career path selected for them and they will need to be retrained for their new career. Life long learning for a life time of labor. So sad that so many are so gullible and cannot see what is happening to education and has been happening for decades. We now have a complete generation of people that truly believe sending their kids to school is all about getting a job. The propaganda has worked. “If education is beaten by training, civilization dies.” C. S. Lewis


Here is a post from the anti-CBE group:

From the CEO of Dreambox: “I’m thrilled to announce that today, DreamBox Learning and The Rise Fund, a global impact fund managed by TPG Growth, have decided to join forces to serve more students and educators, and to reshape the future of learning by using technology to unlock human capacity by first unlocking learning potential. Our organizations both believe that society is well served by educating our children so that they grow up to be productive citizens, capable professionals, and life-long learners. I’d say our democracy depends upon the success of our children.

With a $130 million investment from The Rise Fund, DreamBox will be able to fuel more learning innovations, evolve our product and services offerings, and expand our reach on the global stage. DreamBox will also use the investment to explore strategic partnerships that will propel the company forward in its mission to reveal the brilliance we know every child possesses.

DreamBox and The Rise Fund share a joint commitment to both social impact and growth. Together we will help the company grow faster, spur more innovation, and most importantly, continue to support great teaching and learning in the years to come. At DreamBox, we like to say #MKOD(More Kids on DreamBox); it’s what drives us and restores us when we face challenges. With nearly three million students,120,000 teachers served, and 165 employees, we know we’re just getting started.”



And another post from said group:

Do any NH folks have insights on this new law re parental consent for digital badging?

6 New Paragraphs; Student Online Personal Information. Amend RSA 189:68-a by inserting after paragraph II the following new paragraphs:
II-a. No school shall enter into a contract with an operator or implement the use of digital badges without the approval of the school board.
II-b. Any school district that uses digital badges for students shall adopt a policy for notifying a parent or legal guardian of such use and shall require the written consent of the parent or legal guardian for the student’s participation.
The reason I am interested is that SNHU implemented blockchain transcripts in June. So, in many ways NH is on the vanguard of badging. Curious what happens to parents that refuse?
Here is a post from a Utah anti-Common Core group:

New screening for behavior?? In going through the elementary online registration for Canyons District today, the last page required you to check off yes or no you were given information on multiple things, one of which is new to the District this year…behavior assessment. When I clicked for more info it took me to a letter regarding this, some of which is below. It also mentioned to get more info from the office and get an opt out form from the principal. When I tried to google this I found they will be “scoring” each child based on
Lie, cheat, sneak.
Behavior problems.
Peer rejection.
Low academic achievement.
Negative attitude.
Aggressive behavior.
Emotionally flat.
Shy; withdrawn.
Sad; depressed.
We are new to public schools. Does anyone have info on this, is this really new, is it only used in Canyons District, etc.? Should I expect a knock on the door if I choose to opt out? I am not an expert, teacher, nor a psychologist, but as a mother this worries me as much if not more than the academic testing done in this state.

“Parental Notification of Student Screening for Behavior

Canyons School District regularly conducts universal screening in core academic areas and will begin to conduct universal screening in behavior areas to assist in identifying students who may be in need of additional support. Universal screening is the least intensive level of assessment completed within our Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and helps educators and parents identify students early who might be “a-risk” for developing learning, behavior and/or social-emotional challenges.

Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, Canyons School District elementary schools will use the Student Risk Screening Scale (SRSS-IE) due to its ease of administration, low level of intrusiveness and solid research base.

The SRSS-IE is a checklist of observable behaviors that is completed by your student’s teacher three times each year, fall, winter, and spring. If your student scores in the high risk range, additional consideration will be given to determine whether intervention may be provided on condition of
your approval as parent/guardian.”


Here is another post from the anti-CBE group:

Allowing school devices in your home connected to your network here is what happens


And yet another post from said group:

I’m not surprised this rush-rush legislation happened in Florida, which is Ground Zero for disastrous education reform. The fact that an expert is wary of this should be a huge red flag. This is one step away from that data base of SEL which will be used as the “before” data for SIBs. Parents whose children have been diagnosed with ADHD, depression, bi-polar disorder, etc. already share this information with the school psychologist, who keeps it under lock and key in his/her office. It hasn’t (so far) ever been part of a database that can be accessed by third parties, but that’s where Florida is headed full-steam. There has never been a need to pass legislation forcing parents to reveal this information, just as they don’t have to be forced to let the school know their child can’t eat peanut butter. Most families willingly work with their doctor, their child’s teacher and the school psychologist to put a plan in place to help the student cope with the stress of the school day — and they trust that only the staff members who need to know are privvy to the student’s file. Once this information is in a data base, it’s open season for venture capitalists, and the end of privacy.


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It’s a nightmare but it made the pro-gun families here at MSD feel good about doing something. It wasn’t even a secret that Cruz had issues. His mother was a denier/enabler. This is bullshit. Period.


When a child is in school FERPA overrides HIPPA. All medical that takes place in school is part of a childs educational record. Every State has an SLDS. And that info funnels from your local district to your state and to the USDOE. And if you look up the elements on CEDS, SEL and disabilities are already there!!!


I discussed this a while back with someone I personally trust as an honest tech expert…..Response to our discussion of FEPA/CTA—-“”The “multiparty computation” can be a solution, but it really depends on how enforceable it is. HIPAA has a well-defined set of penalties in different circumstances and it’s actually enforced.

As far as an un-breachable method of handling data, I think that it doesn’t exist. Besides, the data that would be protected by this bill (income data, debt, etc) is already breached since at least one credit reporting agency has been hacked.””

Once again, I believe “they” have no good reason to do what they are doing and harm to “us” is inevitable. We should be able to kill the data collection and sharing going on in education…..if we would organize.

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

The “negotiations” that were made in order to get Utahs ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) plan accepted did nothing but place your parental rights in jeopardy. To be honest, Utah simply complied with the Federal Government. Now there is an issue because Utah’s ESSA plan and our current state law protecting opt outs conflict.

Utah is now required to audit opt outs, see Pg. 37 of the ESSA plan:
“Schools that are identified for support and improvement due to the application of the ESSA calculation methodology will be audited to identify the root causes of low assessment participation. These schools will also be subject to remediation to address low participation rates.”…/stat…/utconsolidatedstateplanfinal.pdf

To be honest, this feels like a Screwtape strategy.
“Make parents believe their decision is a mysterious cultural phenomena rather than a calculated and principled decision. They’ll question their own motives and whether or not it’s working.”


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

Please read Reykdal’s narrative on the “unprecedented redesign” of our schools.

Points of note: extra school hours and days, HSBP using digital tools and data collection to steer your child into a career in 8th grade, redesign of HS to more like university: 2 yrs of general ed and 2 yrs of major.


And here are some replies to this post:

studies show over and over that kids need more time for free exploration and less time focused on “academic” subjects to allow their brains to develop – so now they say the day will be longer – with longer recess and lunch- but pretty sure that time will get sucked up into “learning” time- My most memorable year of school was 2nd grade- I can still “see” the classroom layout in my mind- the teacher set up her room in “stations” – there was art, a quiet corner for reading, cooking, social studies/history- we had math packets that allowed us to progress at our own pace, and we got prizes when we finished our packets- I made my first salt dough map, made bread, jam, and several “salads” that allowed us to learn how to read a recipe and follow directions. Our teacher had two parents who were deaf so she taught us sign language. I adored every moment of the school day, and thrived in that class- I only remember taking one “test”– I am sure there were others about topics, but nothing like the “standardized testing” of today- the one I remember? “how many words can you read in a certain amount of time”. We learned based on unit studies- pioneers coming to Oregon= making bread and jam… to me this is true age appropriate learning- hands on, moving at our own pace through math and reading, while exploring the world together- teachers today are so strapped “teaching to the test” and keeping up with all the other classes at their school so everyone will “finish” at the same place… I know wonderful teachers who are buried under paperwork, assessments, and the stress of pushing their class to meet the “standards” that are not age appropriate, do not take into account the developing minds of children that the officials keep ignoring in their “plans”.

Well, I don’t see much of anything wrong with this plan. I know of several places across the country that have always done 8 week summers. My kids have attended some of those schools when they got out in June and went back in Aug. I have a friend living in another state, her kids get out in June and go back in Aug. And there’s nothing wrong with expanding the school days by 45 minutes and giving them longer lunch times and more recess time. Lord knows they could use the exercise instead of being in front of video games. We used to go to school from 8:30am until 3:30pm. Why not go back to that?? There was plenty of time for lunches and recess. And what they’re proposing for jr high and high school, makes absolute sense as well.

We’re locked into Common Core and Smarter Balanced. We have SEL coming down the pike along with a constant diet of digital French fries with Competency Based Ed on 1:1 devices. Kids will be slated down a certain track earlier in their schooling all for sake of being cogs in the planned 21st century managed economy. ESSA didn’t replace NCLB- it codified it. There is plenty of bad policy continuing under the private/public partnership that Gates has bankrolled.
Most of the CTE classes are STEM related. Not every kid is into computers, but the business world loves that. Data entry jobs will be the new fast food jobs that pay next to nothing. At least German schools include other trades.
I’ll throw out one more thing. Teachers. Teachers are already, for the most part. overworked. A lot of that is not the nuts and bolts of teaching, but the added training for this year’s fad in education, complying with state mandates, and, of course, the state testing regime. For me, teaching in a well funded and relatively uncrowded suburban middle school was a 6 day a week job. Adding more hours to the work day and more says to the year is going to be resisted by teachers who are already overburdened. Throwing more money at them may get some to sign on, but I know a lot of teachers who are already doing as much as they can.
Our education system has been asked to do more without fundamental change in our school year or school day. To achieve our long-term vision, we will need to expand the school day by 30-60 minutes and the school year by approximately 20 days. Together, these efforts will add a minimum of 230 hours to the existing 1,000 hours of instructional time. The added time will allow for intensive student supports for students who are falling behind, universal second language instruction, research-based time allotments for recess and lunch, and it will provide the necessary collaboration time for K-8 educators to focus on individual student supports and school-wide improvement plans.” ****
My kindergartener was finally invited to a birthday party and today I realized that a school board member is one of the parents of our kindergarten class and he was asking me today at the party why his daughter’s coming home Moody and whining and then blamed his wife for not able to volunteer enough in the classroom I am floored.
Many don’t have a clue.

He’s probably a school board member who has been schooled in the Common Core way. …. That really is/was the plan. I read it in a document called Moving Beyond the Killer B’s.…/16/the-common-core-system/

Anyone know how many states are using common core?

Yes I told him most likely his daughters behavior was due to the rigor of the new full day kindergarten. I wasn’t very nice I have issues lol I told him I’ve been marked before for speaking out and that wasn’t very fun lol he is new to our board, your right he don’t know but he will

Summer Week 6 of 10 is now done! 4 weeks left. Under Reykdal’s plan, the start of school would be coming right up next week.


#DrPeterGray – according to scientific correlation, we’re literally increasing our children’s risk of mental illness and also death when we take away unstructured play hours and replace with more structured time/‘rigor’. That’s not op-ed, that’s decades of research into behavior, biology, statistics, health sciences, and from a squad of dozens of researchers that Gray has inspired, not just from one smart guy.


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:


I say the same thing today that I’ve been saying all along-it’s long since been proven that the College Board is a moneymaking machine standardizing every child in the country as it possibly can.

Not only that, it is keeping multitudes of young learners from being able to participate successfully in college level classes in high school.

Instead of being a so-called assessment tool, it’s a block to achievement.

Is the president and CEO of the college board, David Coleman, actually on campuses?

Is he looking at data points and data sheets to determine whether, demographically, certain people are eligible for college level classes pending a passing grade not only on this test but on the preassessment activity-an additional hoop that young learners must jump through to even take the TSI.

We can see who is financially benefiting from the TSI.

And the SAT.

And AP exams administered.

It’s so sad that kids are being used as human capital and commodities at every grade level in public and charter education.

David Coleman is one of the original authors of the Common Core, and a proponent of values, attitudes, and beliefs-based curriculum and instruction, and in alignment with globalization.


A school, to be “inclusive”, has eliminated the Pledge of Allegiance:


Here is a post from a pro-homeschooling group:

This week marked my 8th first week of school as a teacher. If some of you are on the fence about homeschooling, allow a frustrated public school teacher to push you in the right direction.

•I have less control over how I teach now than I did my first year of teaching. I’ve earned a master’s degree, attended countless professional development courses, and have taken on several opportunities to write curriculum and teach at the college level, yet I have less control over how I teach my students now– due to more and more administrative involvement– than I did fresh out of college with virtually no teaching experience. Wouldn’t you rather your children have a teacher that teaches them based on her understanding of her students as individuals than what has been regurgitated by a stranger that writes curriculum from behind a desk somewhere far removed from schools?
•Curriculum companies and textbook publishers profit off of creating new buzzwords, instructional standards, and ever-evolving “intervention” techniques to “meet students where they are” in terms of lacking in literacy and numeracy, yet the number of students below grade-level seems to never get lower and I’m convinced said companies want our children to fail to keep us linked to them and keep their pockets deep. Wouldn’t you rather the people teaching your children have a say in what they think will be the best approaches at teaching your children, rather than have a school district be in a masochistic relationship with education consultants?
•There seems to be a plethora of people that want to work in education but don’t want to teach, yet have the connections to create jobs for themselves within the district to be “curriculum instructors” or “teaching coaches” or other titles of the like. It seems to do little more than create more stress (and work) for teachers as I’ve yet to see any students directly impacted by having these pseudo administrators present in the building. Wouldn’t it make more sense to trust these very qualified teachers to teach as they see fit and use the money in the budget for these filler jobs to provide more livable wages and benefits to teachers?

•We still promote children to the next grade when they haven’t obtained the skills they were supposed to master in their prior grade. This is how we end up with 8th graders that can’t multiply and 10th graders at kindergarten reading levels.
•Students are not inspired to follow their own interests and teachers rarely have the autonomy to make decisions about what students are taught.
•Students sit. All. Day.
•Students are often expected to be silent for extended periods of time and are reprimanded for talking yet still aren’t given time to socialize with peers appropriately.
•Privately owned prisons look at failure rates in middle schools to determine where to build prisons. Maybe that’s smart capitalism, but I find it heartbreaking, regardless.

I love being a teacher, but no longer feel that this title is an accurate description of what I do each day. For so long I’ve been fighting alongside incredible people to try and fix what is broken in public education, but I’m no longer convinced it can be saved. It pains me to say this.

After this year I will be leaving the profession to homeschool my children and give them the inspiring and enriching opportunities for learning that I so badly wish I could give my very deserving students.

I encourage you to do the same.

And here are the replies to this post:

I felt much the same way after 20
Years in the classroom. I’ve been homeschooling my daughter for 2 years and home with her for 6 years. 💜


Unfortunately this is 100% accurate. We begged the school to allow us to hold my step daughter back. She was 14 and reading, writing and spelling at a 1st grade level. Her math was 2nd to 3rd grade. She was given a learning disability title of being behind. She learned at a standard rate and retained but was never taught. Her social skills were also that of a 9 or 10 year old with zero boundaries. (Dad worked 16+ hours per day 6-7 days a week, mom drank). We were told no because she would drive before other kids. She graduated in May without knowing Division. Without being able to spell where. She was literally using 5th grade textbooks in 12th grade. That was my final straw and knowing the system failed us. My oldest is 16 and since 4th grade has been bored. Never gotten below 98% in school and was in all the “advanced” classes. They refused to move her up or challenge her. To the point she hated school because it was boring.


Oh wow! I have not had any kids in the public schools in over 5 years. It was bad then, but it seems worse now! So sorry, but I am glad you want to change it for your children.


I think that every administrator and every school board member should have to teach in the classroom periodically. And not some cozy hand-picked group of honors students, but a typical group of “average” learners. I think we’d see some beneficial changes to the system after that!’
Wonderful post. I’m sorry to hear you’re leaving but I can certainly understand. My daughter spent K-3 in a private Christian school. Good grades and tested at or above grade level. 4-6 grade she was in public school (we moved and were too far from the private school). Her grades fell and she tested just below grade level. This year, grade 7, we are homeschooling. Today was our first day and I’m looking forward to seeing her improve and get her confidence back.
Praying for you. I left the classroom 2 years ago after a two year at stay at home then returning for a year. I had hoped things had changed. They hadn’t. I miss the kids and the literature (I taught middle and high, and I have very young kids at home,) but my husband is a former teacher, now administrator and has begged me to never teach again. He knows how much the changes crushed my love of teaching.
Wow…I’m speechless. I know a teacher who left for similar reasons and it gets me every time. Things like this are why I decided not to teach.
I am proud of you for your decision and for this courageous post. When I withdrew my son the local hybrids to which we applied told me they had more teacher applicants than student applicants….and there was no shortage of student applicants. Best wishes for the path you’ve chosen.
From another (former) public school teacher… I couldn’t have said it better myself!
Yep…. that’s why I left the classroom to homeschol.
This is spot on! I just finished my 16th year in elementary education and stepped out this year to re-evaluate teaching and if I’ll be returning or not. I left so stressed out this past year I just couldn’t take it anymore. Btw…this district hired an “instructional coach” this past year and had all the teachers crying, stressed, and a ton more work on their plates.
This is alarming. So many children’s futures are at stake.
Wait wait wait. They pay these poor teacher peanuts, take away their ability to teach the way they think best, then hire someone to tell them how to do it better?! Ouch. I’d be furious. That salary should have gone to the teachers.
Yes! Every year it just seems to be getting worse. Behind all those fake smiles from teachers, are broken, tired, stressed, unhappy souls. They do it for a paycheck. Most teachers love the teaching part, but the rest of the job stinks. I’m not saying all teachers are like this, but many, many are.
I left the public school classroom 14 yrs ago, it was going downhill then. I can’t imagine how much worse it is now 😞 So glad I am able to homeschool my children.
Yep, left nursing to be a teacher in 2015. I taught high school for one year. When that year ended *eyes wide open*, pulled my own children out of school, quit my job, and now we homeschool. A leap of faith, no doubt, but we have not looked back!
Interesting…I know a few teachers who dont think they are qualified to teach their kids at home
After all their hard work they believe they can’t teach at home? Wow. No words.
I am a teacher that feels incapacitated of being successful in the classroom much less in educating my own two. It’s been a rough three years since graduating college and I agree that pulling my son from school was th best decision ever. I just have no confidence in my own abilities thanks to administration. It’s truly sad!
Good heavens. If teachers feel cut at the knees…how are parents supposed to feel!? God bless you teachers… you are my heros
I’m so sorry you feel this way, Amber. I see this happening to my niece too. She’s been teaching for 4-5 years and each year I see her confidence fade. Our education system is broken. I am sure you are a fabulous teacher. 🤗
I felt I could never help because if I taught my oldest “wrong” then how bad will her grade suffer? Like I taught her to solve for X in first grade, but realized that could hurt her because it wasn’t to the test. 

Yes! Administrators have spent so much time discouraging creativity amongst teachers and constantly telling them what they are doing wrong that it leaves you feeling invalid! I literally had a meltdown during a meeting this week due to a similar situation. I do everything asked of me AND tutor students outside of school hours (because at least then I can teach them in a manner that I believe is most beneficial instead of the ridiculous curriculum and lessons we have to teach VERBATIM during the school day) but now we are required to attended 6 additional hours of professional development A WEEK on top of our 8.5 hour school days and the work we take home.

I really am convinced they want veteran teachers to leave so they can keep hiring less experienced and less educated younger teachers that will accept smaller salaries and yield to their demands with less pushback.

I pulled my kid BECAUSE of the public schools..mostly the curriculum…
I spent 6 years fighting common core. I went to rallies,seen speakers,went to my state capital,hounded politicians ,spoke at the common core task force and other places. And all that time they said ” no one ELSE is complaining” ” the teachers approve” and ” higher standards” yada yada yada.
Pull your kids and try to salvage what you can of their education. I was DUMBFOUNDED at what my 10th grader DID NOT know
Your last sentence…I taught for one year and OH the stories I can tell 🤦🏻‍♀️. One day, I literally stepped away from my lesson plans to hold an impromptu lesson on how to correctly write their home addresses. For real.   I had many (as in, I would guess at least nearly half) students who didn’t even know how to abbreviate the state we live in. Literally. I was beside myself. I couldn’t believe it.
I couldnt believe the stuff he didnt know. States and their capitals, the Constitution and bill of rights,HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY … CC hit our school when he was in 5th and after Christmas break,he was expected to learn math the cc way! I mean, come on!
I spent the first
YEAR doing review just to figure out wjere he was at!
Ok, that’s horrible on the parents part as well. My 6 year old is going into first grade. He not only knows our (my hubby’s and mine) phone numbers, our address, but also how to get home from several main points. Ie. School, grocery store, park. Its horrible how many people are giving up on kids now-a-days.

I have to agree with majority of what you are saying. These are the reasons I decided to stop trying to get a teaching job. Teachers aren’t allowed to teach, they teach kids how to take a test. After the test at the end of the school year my 5th grader came home every day for the last month of school telling me what games they were playing and movies they were watching. NO MORE Learning (and yes of course you can learn by playing games and watching movies, but this was not learning)

I have K-5 NJ, K-6 PA and a masters in education. But honestly have absolutely no desire to be in a classroom. I just pulled my now 6th grader out and will homeschool both him and the 9th grader (pulled end of 7th thanks to bullying).

THANK YOU for being such a caring & dedicated teacher! You deserve better. I have been speaking out loud & strong against the horrific & devastating changes in education, but too many parents won’t fight alongside the teachers. The elected officialshave deliberately tried to make the case against teachers & place the blame on them to create a division instead of unity among teachers & parents. Parents…whether you homeschool or not, PLEASE speak out against what is happening in education, fight to save public education, fight to preserve homeschooling rights.

I agree and I think there is honestly a dark and greedy purpose. (Got this theory from teacher friends)

If y’all are forced into what is essentially a “proctor” role, then they can make a case for using the scripted curricula and the online curricula and just hire anyone with a BS degree as a proctor! And who pockets the pay increase for saving costs? The administration!

I taught for 13 years before having my boys. I stayed home with them, but can’t make myself go back now that they are older. It’s just so disheartening.
Former kindergarten teacher here as well. You said it very well. First year of homeschooling for me. 🙂
Thank-you to all former teachers and parents for removing your support from the government education scam. I’m convinced that the best thing we can do is to remove ourselves from it and create different alternatives that meet the individual needs of children, especially our own. There are many ways to use your talents and skills that will also feed your teacher’s heart. Blessings to you all.
I taught for 4 years in 3 different parishes trying to find a place to call home…well guess what? I found it! I’m homeschooling my 1st grader this year while going back to school for Occupational Therapy! Our public schools are so broken with HUGE bullies as our administrators!!! I will not be returning…my kiddos deserve so much more! Good luck, you are making the right decision! ❤️
Thank you so much for writing this! It takes such strength to be so bold and honest. So many of the teachers I know are fiercely defensive of the public school system and villainize the parents. My child was just diagnosed at 9 years old with PTSD from the school. He has special needs and was traumatized over a few years due to his needs not being met and pushed behind his coping skill levels. We’ve had hours and hours of IEP meetings to no avail and you are exactly right that the problem is the administration. In our last meeting the sped teacher and a psychologist agreed with us on how to handle the PTSD and the principal refused ( either because it was going to cost the school a little bit of money or it was a control thing, not sure which one). It was really disgusting she wouldn’t even take accountability for the PTSD! The administrators we’ve had to deal with are some of the most slippery politicians I’ve ever dealt with. I’ve had a BHS come out of a meeting and tell me sorry she couldn’t help but she would be fired if she did. To say it’s all broken is an understatement!
this solidifies our decision… so glad we homeschool! Thank you for your input, it’s nice to see this perspective but also sad to see how school systems are progressively getting worse.
This reminds me of so many complaints my medical and pharmacist friends speak