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  • E.J. Dionne: Bush offers best hope for Republicans

    11/22/2014 10:19:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Daytona Beach News-Journal ^ | November 23, 2014 | E.J. Dionne
    President Obama will no doubt clash regularly with his newly empowered partisan adversaries in Congress. But the most important struggle in U.S. politics over the next two years will be inside the Republican Party. And the person who can play a decisive role in that battle is Jeb Bush. Yes, Democrats have their own divides, usually described as differences between their populist and Wall Street camps. Still, there is broad agreement inside the party, even among most of its Wall Streeters, that wage stagnation and economic inequality are major problems for the country and that Democrats need to make dealing...
  • Jeb Bush: Debate on Common Core 'troubling'

    11/20/2014 3:26:00 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 53 replies
    Politico ^ | November 20, 2014 | Caitlin Emma
    Potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush stood before a packed hall Thursday morning and rallied his education troops, encouraging the crowd to keep fighting the “government-run, unionized and politicized monopolies who trap good teachers, administrators and struggling students in a system nobody can escape.”Addressing a national summit hosted by his group, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Bush stuck to education in his keynote address. But his speech drew national media attention, reflective of a country hanging on his every word, eager to grasp onto any shred of his political ambitions. He once again defended the Common Core, which has...
  • Jeb Bush digs heels in on Common Core because civil rights and stuff (Boy, is he ludicrous!)

    11/20/2014 9:26:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 40 replies
    Twitchy ^ | November 20, 2104 | Staff
    Bored 3L @anythingbutdem Follow Jeb doubling down on #CommonCore? Seems there's another Bush needing a lesson on #federalism... 9:32 AM - 20 Nov 2014 Sigh. So, Jeb Bush continues to dig his heels in on Common Core. This happened on Thursday morning: Troy Kinsey @TroyKinsey Follow In his education summit keynote today, @JebBush will take on critics: "the debate over the Common Core State Standards has been troubling."
  • School Handout: 'The Government Gives Us Rights' "[G]ive your loyalty to the U.S. government."

    11/20/2014 8:38:54 AM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 11/20/14 | Trey Sanchez
    A well-circulated school handout is teaching children that rights are given to citizens not by their Creator, but by their government. The author of the handout, Phyllis Naegeli, writes educational (used loosely) materials for elementary school-aged children. Her lesson Being a Good Citizen, found on EdHelper.com, states the following: When you are a citizen you have rights. Rights are special privileges the government gives you. In our country, you have free speech. You are also given the right to choose a religion. Because the government gives us rights, we have the duty to be good citizens. The writing, which dates...
  • Dad slams school lesson that teaches 2nd graders ‘government gives us rights’

    11/19/2014 9:33:30 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 39 replies
    EAG News ^ | Nov 19, 2014 | Kyle Olson
    FAIRFIELD, Ohio – According to a citizenship lesson for 8-year-olds, rights are given to Americans by their government. Parent Andrew Washburn posted a picture on Facebook of a handout titled “Being a Good Citizen” by Phyllis Naegeli. “So Emma brought home a very interesting handout from school the other day. So informative! I didn’t know that our rights come from the government! Thank you, government!” he sarcastically wrote. “And thank you, Fairfield (City School District), for teaching my eight year old daughter all about her rights!” he added. Washburn tells EAGnews his daughter attends Fairfield North Elementary in the Butler...
  • Common Core Co-Author Admits He Wrote Curriculum to End “White Privilege”

    11/16/2014 3:11:09 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 50 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 11/6/14 | Dean Garrison
    According to Onan Coca, "Dr. David Pook is a professor at Granite State College in Manchester, New Hampshire. He's also the chair of the History Department and one of the authors of the Common Core standards. He was a guest at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics when he opened up on his reasons for participating in the creation of the Common Core standards." So what were his reasons? You are about to learn the motivation behind Common Core through one of its authors. The truth is, not surprisingly to some, that Common Core is very racist and very political....
  • Teachable Moment on Israel

    11/14/2014 6:45:46 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 13, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A pair of activists in the state of Washington are promoting an anti-Israel curriculum that high school social studies teachers are considering adopting. Ed Mast and Linda Bevis, of the Palestine Solidarity Committee, have developed “The Palestine Teaching Trunk.” Bevis gave a presentation on it in October at the Washington State Council for the Social Studies annual meeting, Edward Alexander reported in The Weekly Standard on November 10, 2014. “In 1967, Israel seized control of the West Bank and Gaza from Egypt and Jordan,” the “Teaching Trunk curriculum reads. “Israel instituted a military occupation in Gaza and the West Bank—which...
  • "Public Schools Introduce Islam" In Mississippi

    10/09/2014 7:49:09 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 22 replies
    "Public Schools Introduce Islam" In Mississippi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYDTL4N8y4k
  • HISD okays Arabic immersion schools

    11/14/2014 6:50:43 AM PST · by thetallguy24 · 22 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 11/13/2014 | Ericka Mellon
    The Houston school board granted approval Thursday for the district to open one of the nation's first public Arabic immersion elementary schools. The new school reflects Superintendent Terry Grier's push to graduate more bilingual students. The district opened a Mandarin Chinese immersion school in 2012 and plans to have about 50 schools with Spanish dual-language programs next year after doubling the number last year. "The fact is, America is a really terrible example of learning two languages," said school board member Harvin Moore, who sends his 10-year-old son to the Mandarin school. "I'm proud of the fact this district has...
  • Minneapolis now requires superintendents to approve any suspension of 'minority' students

    11/10/2014 8:28:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/10/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    <p>Racialists across America complain that minority students (chiefly blacks, not so much Chinese, for instance) are suspended for misbehavior at higher rates than whites. Questions of subculture and behavior are secondary to the quota mentality.</p> <p>The Minneapolis public school system announced a major new district-wide policy for disciplining students: any suspension of a non-white student requires the district superintendent's approval.</p>
  • Common Core And Qatar—Sharia Education For All!

    11/12/2014 12:09:47 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 18 replies
    Noisy Room ^ | Nov 12, 2014 | Brent Parrish
    A little while back I spent several months researching the Common Core curriculum, and what I discovered absolutely shocked me. At times, it left me utterly incredulous. I wrote a two-part article on the subject. I still have part three (final installment) in progress. And I will be wrapping up that series of articles here in the near future. But the deeper I dig into Common Core, the more it has led me on numerous research paths, some of which interlock with what I thought were unrelated research paths. I still haven’t absorbed or synthesized it all. One of the...
  • U.S. to Focus on Equity in Assigning of Teachers

    11/11/2014 5:37:40 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 88 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 10, 2014 | MOTOKO RICH
    The Obama administration is directing states to show how they will ensure that all students have equal access to high-quality teachers, with a sharp focus on schools with a high proportion of the poor and racial minorities. In a letter to state superintendents released Monday, Deborah S. Delisle, an assistant secretary at the Department of Education, said states must develop plans by next June that make sure that public schools comply with existing federal law requiring that “poor and minority children are not taught at higher rates than other children by inexperienced, unqualified or out-of-field teachers.” States last submitted plans...
  • Faith schools which 'indoctrinate' children against homosexuality face being closed down...

    11/03/2014 7:01:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | November 2, 2014 | Tom McTague, Deputy Political Editor
    Schools found ‘indoctrinating pupils about gay people’ will face being closed down under new rules designed to promote ‘British values’, the Government confirmed today. The Department for Education insisted it was ‘nonsense’ to suggest teachers would have to give lessons on gay rights. But a spokesman insisted Ofsted, which has introduced the new rules the wake of the Islamist Trojan Horse plot to radicalise pupils in Birmingham, was right to ensure schools were not breeding grounds for homophobia. A spokesman said: ‘Ofsted are rightly ensuring that schools do not indoctrinate pupils about gay people - or any other people -...
  • Common Core Boosts Homeschooling

    11/10/2014 8:15:14 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 18 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 8, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Naysayers take note: Common Core has had at least one unanticipated positive outcome. “Home schooling has steadily risen in North Carolina since it was legalized in 1985 by the state Supreme Court,” T. Keung Hui reported on News Observer.com on August 13, 2014. “Twenty-five years ago, there were about 2,300 home-schooled students in North Carolina.” “But concerns about school violence, lack of a religious focus and the large size of public schools have helped fuel home-school growth.” “And home-school growth in North Carolina has surged the past two school years. There was a net gain of 7,603 home schools in...
  • “We Don’t Need No Thought Control” in Schools

    11/07/2014 9:15:23 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 6, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    A panel discussion at Center for American Progress called for brain research in the classroom and shared their remarks on mandating scientific research in the classroom. Giving a final exam-type test on the first day of class, Benedict Carey, science reporter for The New York Times and author of How We Learn, said, “[It] prepares the brain to receive the information subsequently” because “you see the topics that are coming” later in the semester. He admitted, “Pre-testing is very counterintuitive,” but claimed these pre-tests, which a majority of students fail, “help” students get higher grades on final exams. Glenn Whitman,...
  • Repeal National Common Core, Repeal and Replace Obamacare

    11/05/2014 6:33:17 AM PST · by originalbuckeye · 36 replies
    11/5/14 | Originalbuckeye
    This new Congress MUST represent the people of the country now. With Common Core, our grade school students are being asked to repeat the tenets of Islam. I thought religion wasn't allowed in the schools? Common Core Head, Arne Duncan, withholds education monies, required to be sent to the Federal Gov't from ALL states, from states that don't go with Common Core. With Obamacare, the Fed Gov't is already sucking up Health dollars for other purposes, not having anything to do with Healthcare. We want our freedom to choose our Doctors again! Make Health Insurance competitive, allow Health Insurance to...
  • Phone Calls Needed Today: Common Core Repeal Bill Set for Committee Vote

    11/04/2014 8:45:49 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 13 replies
    Ohio liberty coalition. ^ | Nov 4, 2014 | Staff
    Gongwer News Service reports that the House Rules and Reference Committee will vote on Wednesday November 5th at 1:30 PM on whether to move the Common Core repeal bill HB 597 out of committee. Your support is needed today to ensure that Republican committee members understand the importance of moving the Common Core repeal bill to the full House. Please call the following committee members TODAY and tell them to vote “Yes” on reporting HB 597 out of committee: Rep. William Batchelder: 614-466-8140 Rep. Jim Buchy: 614-466-6344 Rep. Tony Burkley: 614-644-5091 Rep. Timothy Derickson: 614-644-5094 Rep. Dorothy Pelanda: 614-466-8147 House...
  • Math is forbidding for Democrats in struggle for Senate

    11/04/2014 6:29:15 AM PST · by Biggirl · 57 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 4,2014 | David A. Fahrenthold,Katie Zezima,Paul Kane
    On the last day of the 2014 campaign, Democrats knew they were in trouble.
  • Sharia being taught in at least one Maryland high school

    11/03/2014 8:56:01 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/3/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    A World History teacher in Maryland’s La Plata High School is forcing his students to study Islam, the so-called “religion of peace.” When Marine Kevin Wood learned his daughter was being force fed “The 5 Pillars of Islam” in her government run school, he was outraged and brought the matter to the attention of school officials requesting that his daughter be excused from preparing a three page assignment on Islamic beliefs. Now it is Wood who is being forced to defend himself and has been barred from even entering his child’s school. Wood’s objection should have led to an immediate...
  • Marine Dad Barred from School over Protest of Islam Curriculum

    11/02/2014 3:09:40 PM PST · by bestintxas · 58 replies
    breitbart ^ | 11/2/14 | w bigelow
    In an incident mirroring a recent California case, a Marine in Maryland who served overseas and fought against Islamic extremists was barred from school premises when he protested his daughter learning about what he called “the benefits of Islam” at her Maryland high school. Kevin Wood asked that she be excused from class while that subject was discussed, but La Plata High School refused, prompting Wood to argue with the school. That triggered the school to issue a no-trespassing order, reported Pennlive. Station USA9 reported that Wood, presently a firefighter, said he had not made any threats. Wood and his...
  • Why Did Hundreds of Common Core Implementers Meet in Dubai?

    11/02/2014 3:07:05 PM PST · by wtd · 50 replies
    Creeping Shariah ^ | November 2, 2014 | Creeping Shariah
    A concerned Williamson County [Tenn.] parent stumbled upon < a href="http://www.menacommoncore.com">this, “On October 24 and 25, hundreds of schools, leadership teams, and teachers from across the region will gather in Dubai, to learn about the Common Core State Standards, share curricula and best practices, and network with each other.” "If Common Core is local and state-led why are they holding Common Core conferences in the Middle East including more than 20 other nations? If Williamson Strong is local and parent-led why is their logo included among the international organizations sponsoring this event?” asks Julie West. And, what is MENA? Middle...
  • Allah In The Classroom — The ABC’s Of Forced Conversion (conversion to Islam)

    11/02/2014 2:34:25 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 23 replies
    Noisy Room ^ | Nov 2, 2014 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Our children are our world as parents. They are the future of our nation. Most of us would gladly sacrifice all we have and our lives for our little ones. So, why do we so readily hand their learning and their care over to those that would abuse them and trick them into being part of the greatest evil the world has ever known? It figures that the young, innocent ones would be a prime target for Islam and are what they term, ‘fertile ground’ for their broken philosophy. Between such programs as Common Core, Connect All Schools and CSCOPE,...
  • VIDEO: Teacher admits he helped write Common Core to end white privilege

    11/01/2014 6:50:39 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 32 replies
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQ8Nr3_2724
  • Don Hirsch Hailed As A Founder of Common Core Standards, Says 'It's Not Going To Work'

    11/01/2014 8:08:43 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 14 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 8 Sep 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Proponents of the Common Core standards are hailing educational theorist E.D. “Don” Hirsch as a founding father of the education initiative and one who laid the intellectual groundwork for the controversial reform. The problem is that Hirsch himself says, “I hate to be godfather of something that is not going to work.”
  • Common Core English and Math Standards Not Properly Validated

    11/01/2014 6:35:09 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 6 replies
    Pioneer Institure ^ | 23 April 2014 | Editorial Staffg
    Study Finds Common Core English and Math Standards Not Properly ValidatedSome Validation Committee members refused to attest that the standards are comparable to those in the world’s highest-performing countries BOSTON – Five of the 29 members of the Common Core Validation Committee refused to sign a report attesting that the standards are research-based, rigorous and internationally benchmarked.  The report was released with 24 signatures and included no mention that five committee members refused to sign it, according to a new study published by Pioneer Institute. Common Core’s Validation: A Weak Foundation for a Crooked House Download 7.76 MB | 779...
  • Common Core math can be a mystery, and parents are going to school to understand it

    11/01/2014 5:44:42 PM PDT · by grundle · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 1, 2014 | Lyndsey Layton
    ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Jennifer Craig stared at her daughter’s fifth-grade math homework. It was a three-digit multiplication problem, and it seemed simple enough. But her 10-year-old was supposed to solve it by drawing a chart, breaking apart numbers, multiplying, adding and maybe more. “I’m lost,” said Craig, a 31-year-old stay at home mother of three. And that’s how she found herself in her daughter’s classroom Monday night, sitting alongside other parents in child-size chairs and listening as teacher Alyshia Thomas explained new math strategies. Most U.S. public school students are learning math very differently than their parents did, due to...
  • Common Core Seizes Control of Future Internet Education

    11/01/2014 9:58:18 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 60 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 1, 2014 | Jack Curtis
    [T]he current "Common Core" mandate, by which the federal government has enlisted the states to federalize the U.S. school curriculum, cut[s] off traditional local control. Once you control what is taught, you needn’t care where, by whom, or how that is done, you have eliminated all competitors... Common Core represents a fair start toward total federal control of U.S. education... [T]he Progressives so enamored of "diversity" are... dead set against any diversity in educating citizens... [I]f one recalls the works of John Dewey, the patron saint of the progressive education movement, the avowed goal is... to turn out useful and...
  • PARENTS PULL SON FROM CLASS BECAUSE SCHOOL IS TEACHING ISLAM

    11/01/2014 6:03:15 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 95 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct 31, 2014 | WILLIAM BIGELOW
    Parents of a boy enrolled in Manhattan Beach Middle School are pulling their son out of class because the school is teaching children the tents of Islam, Los Angeles news station KTLA reports. The father said, “The audacity of this school, to think that they can sit these children down and teach ’em whatever religion they please; it’s preposterous. This is illegal, basically. You can’t teach religion in schools any more, but apparently, in this particular school, at least, that’s not the case.” Parents said they discovered that what their children were learning about Islam was more about the tenets...
  • How to Fix Science

    10/27/2014 9:19:25 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/27/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    Around a year ago, this column ran a piece entitled “Whatever Happened To Science?” As Baby Boomers will recall, during our early youth, our little heads were crammed full of the promise of Science: Abundant cheap electrical power; the discovery of the structure of DNA would (somehow) lead to curing every disease, and the polio vaccine seemed to demonstrate this; our soaring postwar economy could easily fund ever more dramatic breakthroughs. But then, as the 1960s dawned, reality set in. An extraordinary number of people were dying of heart disease, and good old Watson & Crick (or Salk & Sabin)...
  • School Filing ‘Racial Discrimination’ Against Students Who Refuse Muslim Education [Agitprop]

    10/30/2014 6:14:10 PM PDT · by South40 · 70 replies
    AmericanNews.com ^ | 10/30/2014
    Parents of students at Littleton Green Community School were outraged after they found out that if their children decided not to attend a controversial field trip, they would be officially deemed racist. The trip was to a religious workshop about the Muslim faith, and administration warned that a “racial discrimination note” would be added to the students’ school records, should they fail to join. As to be expected, parents did not take the information lightly, especially since the class consisted of children as young as eight years old.
  • NBC Nightly News Broadcasts Critical Story About Common Core

    10/29/2014 8:49:27 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 29 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 29, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Until recently the mainstream media has portrayed the opponents of Common Core to be just a bunch of conservative yahoos incapable of understanding what a wonderful education program it is. However that might now be changing. Last night, NBC Nightly News surprisingly broadcast a segment highly critical of Common Core. The segment showed just how confusing and lacking in common sense common core is. Although it portrayed teachers as mostly satisfied with the program while parents were distressed, it is hard to imagine any how any sane person can see the utility of Common Core which as you will see...
  • Common Core Rulz

    10/28/2014 8:55:59 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 24, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    On both coasts, grandparents are learning to apply a modern-day rule of thumb with surprising accuracy: If it looks inane, it’s probably Common Core. “The Berkeley school district's curriculum for sixth-grade math was an exact copy of the Common Core State Standards for the grade,” Marina Ratner wrote in The Wall Street Journal on August 5, 2014. “The teacher in my grandson's class went through special Common Core training courses.” “As his assigned homework and tests indicate, when teaching fractions, the teacher required that students draw pictures of everything: of 6 divided by 8, of 4 divided by 2/7, of...
  • Parent banned from La Plata [Maryland] HS after Islam homework dispute

    10/27/2014 3:11:05 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 51 replies
    Southern Maryland Newspapers Online ^ | October 27, 2014 | Jeremy Bauer-Wolf
    The father of a La Plata High School student has been barred from the school grounds after officials said he threatened to disrupt the school environment. Kevin Wood was issued a no-trespass order last week after a telephone call with La Plata High Vice Principal Shannon Morris on Thursday. Wood called to air complaints regarding his daughter’s world history assignment that asked students to examine elements of the Islamic religion. Morris and La Plata High Principal Evelyn Arnold reported to the Charles County Public Schools central office that Wood in his phone call had threatened to upset the school environment...
  • Common Core is reason enough NOT to vote for Democrats

    10/27/2014 12:47:15 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 23 replies
    Rantrave.com ^ | Oct. 15, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Common Core could be called ObamaEd. It's as much a signature issue as ObamaCare. Indeed, it has the same goals: more government power, more control of individual citizens, more jobs and money under White House control. In short, Common Core is Obama's baby. A Democrat who opposed Common Core would be accused of stabbing the President in the back. As a practical political matter, Democrats cannot be against Common Core. And that alone is ample justification for keeping them out of office. Common Core is a nightmare that everyone should be against.If you don't know how bad it is, check...
  • Poor scores for Colo. students on science, social studies tests

    10/27/2014 7:37:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    kdvr ^ | October 27, 2014 | Thomas Hendrick
    DENVER — Results for a new standardized test for science and social studies came in on Monday and they likely put frowns on educators and parents. ... Just 17 percent of Colorado fourth- and seventh-graders scored “strong” or “distinguished” on social studies tests. Those are the scores necessary to for students to be considered on track to be ready for college and a career, ... Achievement gaps still persisted between white and students of color. For example, in fourth-grade social studies, 6 percent of Hispanic/Latino students and 7 percent of African-American students have “strong” or “distinguished command” of the subject....
  • The Ties That Bind Michael Bloomberg, Qatar and Radical Islam

    10/27/2014 5:34:12 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 19 replies
    NoisyRoom.net ^ | October 27, 2014 | Terresa Monro-Hamilton and William Michael
    Michael Bloomberg, in addition to having been Mayor of New York City and currently being a wealthy elitist Leftist, has ongoing ties to the Islamic world and Qatar. In fact, many of his regulatory moves and his philanthropy efforts are connected to one degree or another with Qatar and Islamic nations, causes and endeavors. Qatar, the reader should be reminded, is the host country of the Muslim Brotherhood and is the primary supporter of the Arab Spring, including the genocidal Islamic State. Common Core is a huge, Progressive educational implementation in New York City which benefits Microsoft and a host...
  • Why America Ranks 26th In The Developed World For Math (In 1 Common Core Question)

    10/26/2014 7:57:17 AM PDT · by cutty · 29 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/25/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Among the 34 OECD countries, the US performed below average in mathematics and is ranked 27th ... While the U.S. spends more per student than most countries, this does not translate into better performance (e.g. the Slovak Republic, which spends around $53k per student, performs at the same level as the US, which spends over $115k per student).
  • Discussion Over ‘Common Core’ Gets Heated In Costa Mesa

    10/21/2014 8:41:57 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | October 21, 2014 12:04 AM | Stacey Butler
    COSTA MESA (CBSLA.com) — A discussion over the controversial new curriculum, known as Common Core, got heated Monday night in Costa Mesa during a special meeting at the Orange County Board of Education. Those on both sides of the initiative, which encompasses state standards, spoke out although no decision was reached during the meeting. “Our job is to educate students. To look at both sides. And I think that that’s what Common Core wants you to do. Critical thinking,” said one attendee. But even some teachers admit that no one really knows what Common Core is. “I think it’s supposed...
  • More Common Core for You!

    10/24/2014 7:34:21 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 23, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    President Obama’s favorite think tank Center for American Progress (CAP), wants to align standardized tests with Common Core standards. Recently, at CAP: • Nancy DePalma, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, West Hartford Public Schools, said that her district “totally redesigned our curriculum with Common Core” which “gives the teachers in-the-moment assessment” in classroom settings. • Maura Henry, a teacher at The Young Women's Leadership School of Astoria in New York City, argued that, “Parents aren’t really anti-testing, but [anti-]over-testing” and need to be reassured they aren’t “being tricked” by the state education agencies and their tests. Henry said...
  • Reformers, unions spending big on Democratic State Board candidates ( Common Core )

    10/24/2014 5:58:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Chalkbeat Colorado ^ | October 22, 2014 | Todd Engdahl
    Democrats for Education Reform biggest spender in two races. A political committee affiliated with Democrats for Education Reform has spent nearly $126,866 in two State Board of Education races, and the group’s state director indicates more such spending is planned. That amount is more than five times the combined $22,560 spent as of Oct. 8 by Democratic candidates Henry Roman and Jane Goff from their own campaign treasuries. ... Kerrie Dallman, president of CEA, said the union’s interest is less with the political composition of the board than it is with candidates whose views match CEA priorities. Other education sources...
  • Jeb Bush Talks 2016 Run With Donors [God Forbid!]

    10/23/2014 9:12:36 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | October 23, 2014 | Peter Hamby
    Jeb Bush Talks 2016 Run With Donors By Peter Hamby,October 23, 2014 Jeb Bush wrestles with 2016 decision Jeb Bush met with South Carolina donors and business leaders Thursday Bush said he was seriously considering a presidential run in 2016 Washington (CNN) -- Jeb Bush was blitzed with questions Thursday about his presidential ambitions in a private session with top South Carolina donors and business leaders, multiple sources at the meeting told CNN. Bush was politely non-committal, as he is in public, but said he was seriously considering the possibility and would make a decision after the holiday season. Bush,...
  • Frustrated Parent Posts Ridiculous Common Core Math Question that Teaches to Solve 7x5 in Six Steps

    10/22/2014 7:10:56 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 86 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/22/14 | Aurelius
    A concerned parent posted a picture of their third grader's common core math homework yesterday. Frustrated, they called the homework "ridiculous." Just how ridiculous? Third graders are now being taught how to multply single digit numbers using six steps. Common Core is the over-complication of simple problems. So, how do you solve 7 times 5? You don't just solve it quickly in your head. You don't count by seven five times. Instead, you are supposed to break five into two smaller numbers. It doesn't explain why you don't break seven down, but students are supposed to instantly know that five...
  • Math is on life support. Can we save it?

    10/21/2014 11:03:48 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 62 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 21, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    When is the wrong answer the right answer? Now. Today. Reality alert: we have entered an alternative universe, thanks to Common Core. As people once scorned wrong answers, we will now learn to scorn right answers. Answer-getting (that’s the new jargon) will be held up for contempt, and slowly eliminated. That’s the plan. This is not marginal nonsense. No, it is already mainstream nonsense. Phil Daro is one of the three principal writers of the Common Core Mathematics Standards. A 17-minute video about his ideas is promoted this way: “Phil Daro goes into detail on the problems of ‘Answer-getting,’ one...
  • Common Core Question Asks: "There are 25 Sheep and 5 Dogs in a Flock. How Old is the Shepherd?"

    10/17/2014 11:21:49 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 118 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/17/14 | Aurelius
    In an intentional attempt to study and potentially confuse children, children were asked "There are 25 sheep and 5 dogs in a flock. How old is the shepherd?" Why might you ask this supposedly common-core aligned question? According to the teachers who created this problem, it is to teach students that they must: 1. Explain the meaning of a problem. 2. Plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt. 3. Continually ask themselves, "Does this make sense?" This question has actually been researched for years, and is still being asked to children. Today, however, it is...
  • Texas School ISIS Beheadings Homework Mirrored Common Core Assignment

    10/14/2014 8:04:14 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 6 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com/ ^ | Oct 12, 2014 | MERRILL HOPE
    Brazoria County is home to Alvin ISD where ABC-13 was among the local TV news outlets that reported on parents outraged by a sixth grade assignment on the terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). At the time that these students were given the homework to write a one-page paper, only American journalist James Foley had been butchered by ISIS barbarians. It should also be disconcerting to parents that in the non-Common Core state of Texas, the assignment links back to the Common Core website Teaching the Core. Alvin ISD sixth-graders were asked to read the two-page document,...
  • Hell-bent on Rewriting America's past

    10/09/2014 2:30:25 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 9, 2014 | Dean Kalahar
    There has been a lot of consternation that Common Core and new Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH) standards eviscerate the understanding of our exceptional history. Most concerning is the anti-historical emphasis on social justice, globalism, environmentalism, race, class, and gender victimhood that undermines Western ideals, the Constitution, capitalism, and American culture. Up to this point, definitive proof the new “standards” were deleterious was anecdotal. But facts now show not only intent, but a vision and mission that bring schools face to face with forces bent on instilling a false shame Americas past for the purpose of establishing a global...
  • Education: the media are afraid to tell the truth

    10/10/2014 3:18:27 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 26 replies
    RantRave.com ^ | August 9, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Local newspapers in the US don't cover education in any depth. Maybe they’ll tell you superficial and trivial stuff (for example, that a superintendent was hired or fired, that there will be a meeting next month of the school board). But you won’t find anything about the nuts and bolts that determine whether you child learns to read, or learns anything at all. At first glance, this non-coverage can seem to be a mystery. Everybody's interested in education, especially parents and grandparents with kids in K-12. Probably one of the most valuable things that you could tell these people is...
  • Common Core Math Question: How Does 8 + 5 = 10?

    10/10/2014 9:28:56 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 89 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/10/14 | Aurelius
    Imagine you are a student doing math work. You've gone through a number of questions, and you feel you've really got the hang of everything. Then, all of a sudden you get this question: "Tell how to make 10 when adding 8 + 5." What do you respond? That was the problem facing a young student learning how to add using Common Core. The student responded with confusion, answering the same way most of us would: "You cannot make 10 withe [sic] 8 + 5." The student was told he was wrong. Underneath, his teacher wrote, "Yes you can. Take...
  • National Common Core Database to Track Kids From Birth

    10/09/2014 9:00:59 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 23 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 10, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Attention, parents: Have your little ones been subjected to "TS Gold" in school yet? If you care about student privacy, data mining and classroom intrusions, you might want to start asking questions and protecting your children now before it's too late. What's happening here in Colorado with this onerous testing regime is happening everywhere. Informed families and teachers from all parts of the political spectrum agree: It's a Big Government/Big Business "gold" rush you don't want to join.... Last spring, parent Lauren Coker discovered that TS Gold assessors in her son's Aurora, Colo., public preschool had recorded information about his...
  • Common Core Math Problem: How to Subtract 293 from 568 in Just 10 Steps! (With Picture)

    10/06/2014 1:47:52 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 72 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/6/14 | Aurelius
    Imagine a teacher asks you to solve this question: 568-293. Depending on your age you might do one of three things... ...Third, you might use the new common core was to subtract, which is much simpler, with only... 10 steps. First, you would take the 200 out of the 293, and save the 93 for later. Then you would take 568 and subtract 200 from it. Then you'd take the remaining 368 and you would subtract 60 from it, because you are taught that, for some reason, you cannot simply subtract 90 from 368. 368-60 equals 308. Then you subtract...