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  • Education: None Dare Call Them Commies

    08/08/2014 3:16:57 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 8 replies
    Right Side News ^ | June 23 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [Summary: Decline in American public schools is best explained by the far-left politics of our Education Establishment. These people prefer mediocrity.]-- Historically, Socialism and Communism were sometimes synonyms. But generally there was a sense that Socialism was softer. If you had enough power, you moved on to Communism, which was more coercive. One intellectual summed up the matter this way. Socialists persuade you with speeches. Communists persuade you with guns. In the days after the Russian Revolution, American leftists expended billions of hours trying to describe the perfect society. Fundamentally, all the debates turned on how much power the central...
  • The Education Establishment's Success

    06/25/2014 5:17:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 25, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    Many view America's education as a failure, but in at least one important way, it's been a success -- a success in dumbing down the nation so that we fall easy prey to charlatans, hustlers and quacks. You say, "Williams, that's insulting! Explain yourself." OK, let's start with a question or two. Are you for or against global warming, later renamed climate change and more recently renamed climate disruption? Environmentalists have renamed it because they don't want to look silly in the face of cooling temperatures. About 650 million years ago, the Earth was frozen from pole to pole,...
  • Opt-Out of Common Core, Opt-In to The Ron Paul Curriculum

    06/24/2014 4:45:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 24, 2014 | Ron Paul
    Oklahoma recently took action to protect the state's children from the federal education bureaucracy by withdrawing from Common Core. Common Core is the latest attempt to bribe states, with money taken from the American people, into adopting a curriculum developed by federal bureaucrats and education "experts." In exchange for federal funds, states must change their curriculum by, for example, replacing traditional mathematics with "reform math." Reform math turns real mathematics on its head by focusing on "abstract thinking" instead of traditional concepts like addition and subtraction. Schools must also replace classic works of literature with "informational" texts, such as...
  • Bloom's Taxonomy: “What do you think about X?”

    06/20/2014 11:34:47 AM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 8 replies
    RantRave.com ^ | June 3, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Sixty years ago, Benjamin Bloom came up with what he said was a superior way to categorize educational goals and activities. The Taxonomy was famous for reducing everything to six steps: remembering; understanding; applying; analyzing; evaluating; creating. Note that "remembering" (or "knowing") is the first and LOWEST step. Bloom concocted this taxonomy to describe education at the college level. College professors, however, ignored the Taxonomy. Meanwhile, the people in charge of our public schools put this thing on a pedestal. Why? Because the Taxonomy scorned what had always been considered the most important step: knowing information. Bloom and his Taxonomy...
  • FEDEWA: American schools are failing!

    06/02/2014 3:34:44 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 39 replies
    WashingtonTimes.com ^ | June 1, 2014 | Lawrence J. Fedewa
    According to the latest international rating of education in 65 countries, American public schools are in a free fall. The overall rank of the U.S. is 29th in the world — behind the Slovak Republic, Russia, and Vietnam. Asia dominates the top 10. Shanghai, China, is the international leader, followed by Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei, South Korea and Macao. Including Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, four of the top six are Chinese. These are some of the results of the educational research division of the Organization of European Cooperation and Development (OECD) called the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA),...
  • Sad at results of Educational Testing. Any suggestions going forward? (Vanity)

    05/30/2014 9:47:04 PM PDT · by MacMattico · 48 replies
    Me
    I've brought up education issues before. I've tried to help other people's children with school difficulties and dealing with school administration. I have an Education background. My first child is a HS student and even with all of the public school problems we encounter, she enjoys her school (for the most part) and it is a small enough place where everybody pretty much knows everyone else. My daughter has nearly a 4.0 average. I went to the same school and was happy and grade obsessed. I never could understand how people thought HS was "hard". I must have been obnoxious....
  • Ten Strategies for Successful Teaching

    05/10/2014 2:37:03 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 11 replies
    examiner.com ^ | April 24, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [For all teachers and parents]-- Malkin Dare, a lifelong teacher and education reformer, is the founder of the Society for Quality Education in Ontario. She is a big voice for sane education in Canada and throughout the world. Dare summarized her educational philosophy in an article titled “Ten Keys to Success: Fundamental Principles of Teaching.” That article is condensed here to the main points. Please, parents and teachers, read this material and discuss it. ---------------------- 1. Almost all students can learn: Obviously, there are a few students who, because of a severe disability, are prevented from learning certain things. For...
  • No hard sciences? Then no job offer

    05/08/2014 5:18:30 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 49 replies
    Mpls Star & Sickle ^ | 4-21-14 | HOWARD ROOT
    A college education historically has been the route to a better-paying job and a satisfying career. But currently, more than half of college graduates are “underemployed” in jobs that don’t require a college degree. Why the growing disconnect? Certainly, the main reason is our economy’s slow recovery. But I believe another reason is the lack of substantive learning in many students’ college studies. And while not unique in this regard, the failure to prepare students to adequately perform in degree-required jobs is evident in the undergraduate curriculum at the University of Minnesota. Every year Vascular Solutions hires recent college graduates...
  • What Are Ten Books Your Teenagers Read as Part of Their Homeschool Education?

    04/24/2014 2:27:32 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 4/19/14 | RC Sproul, Jr
    One of the weaknesses of the school model of education is that it squeezes out great books that don’t fit neatly into one or another of those artificial divisions of learning we call “subjects.” We don’t start with, “What books have had a deep impact in shaping what I am?” But with “What subjects am I supposed to be teaching, and which books will help me teach them?” I don’t teach my children subjects—I seek to instill in them wisdom. Which means I have them read the books that gave me wisdom.
  • Why I can't send my kids to public school

    04/17/2014 1:44:49 PM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 9 replies
    The Thanks Project ^ | 04/17/2014 | Steve Berman
    I can't send my kids to public school.  This is a national shame. Both I and my wife are the products of public school.  I still remember a few of my high school teachers who encouraged me, and taught me more about life than just the curriculum in the classroom.  My kids won't be going to public school though. It's not about the teachers.  Most teachers work hard, care deeply about their students, and do their best to educate our kids.  By educate, I mean not just teach the material, but help our kids understand what learning is, and help...
  • 9 big reasons why public schools wallow in mediocrity

    04/12/2014 2:29:04 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 49 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 8, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Video is only 3:15 minutes long. A short graphic presentation of the nine big flaws in public schools. Suppose someone is asking the question, well, what can we do, where do we start? Here's a list of nine places to start. ---------------------------------------------- Personally I like trying to radically simplify things. That is especially appropriate in education. What these professors spend their time doing is creating so much confusion, disinformation, propaganda, alibis, excuses, lies, etc., etc., etc., finally no ordinary citizen knows what to think about the subject anymore. And that's how the Education Establishment wins. At some point you have...
  • How the Web Affects Memory (Internet Hive Mind Emerging)

    03/20/2014 3:06:36 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 17 replies
    Havard Magazine ^ | 11-12/2013 | Havard Magazine
    Google and other search engines have changed the way we use the Internet, putting vast sources of information just a few clicks away. But Lindsley professor of psychology Daniel Wegner’s recent research proves that websites—and the Internet—are changing much more than technology itself. They are changing the way our memories function. Wegner’s latest study, “Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips,” shows that when people have access to search engines, they remember fewer facts and less information because they know they can rely on “search” as a readily available shortcut.
  • Common Core Just Another Progressive Education Program

    In the last year there have been a lot of conservative rumblings against the new progressive education agenda called Common Core. This is yet another in a long line of new progressive initiatives since they created modern government education a century ago. The last was Outcome Based Education, which as usual failed to produce increased learning or test scores unless the tests were dumbed down. You say that it was a failure, the progressive left views this a success. The goal of American government education has never been about learning, it’s been about indoctrination. It’s about separating the next generation...
  • Revolt Against the Testing Tyrants

    03/19/2014 4:35:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Have you had enough of the testing tyranny? Join the club. To be clear: I'm not against all standardized academic tests. My kids excel on tests. The problem is that there are too damned many of these top-down assessments, measuring who knows what, using our children as guinea pigs and cash cows. College-bound students in Orange County, Fla., for example, now take a total of 234 standardized diagnostic, benchmark and achievement tests from kindergarten through 12th grade. Reading instructor Brian Trutschel calculated that a typical 10th-grade English class will be disrupted 65 out of 180 school days this year...
  • With Dems War on Education, is It Any Wonder Students Don't Know History?

    03/11/2014 7:19:33 PM PDT · by LD Jackson · 1 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 03/11/14 | Mike Miller
    In a Breitbart column insisting that Ronald Reagan was not as assertive as commonly believed on military and foreign policy issues, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) mentions, in passing, “I met Ronald Reagan as a teenager when my father was a Reagan delegate in 1976.” . But his father, Ron Paul, is hardly a Reaganite today. Indeed, he is now claiming that Crimea has a right to leave Ukraine and join Russia, and that U.S. sanctions against the Russian regime are “criminal.” “That’s just people looking to start a war,” Paul said. “This is criminal, it’s stealing and will just aggravate...
  • Common Core: Epic Fail

    02/27/2014 7:54:53 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 15 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 27, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    One of the fascinating things about journalism is looking at the factual data that both sides of a controversy agree on and finding that the facts support the critics’ viewpoints. For example, the Thomas Fordham Institute has been, more or less, supportive of the Obama Administration’s Common Core education reforms. Nevertheless, in their progress report on it, the relatively right-of-center think tank paints a rather dismal picture of CC2014: “Teachers and principals are the primary faces and voices of the Common Core standards in their communities; “Implementation works best when district and school leaders lock onto the Common Core standards...
  • Teens defend ‘fail factory’ high school in error-filled letters

    02/23/2014 5:18:26 AM PST · by Libloather · 83 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/23/14 | Susan Edelman
    These kids should learn write from wrong. Earlier this month, The Post exposed a scheme at Manhattan’s Murry Bergtraum HS for Business Careers in which failing students could get full credit without attending class, but instead watch video lessons and take tests online. One social-studies teacher had a roster of 475 students in all grades and subjects. Red-faced administrators encouraged a student letter-writing campaign to attack The Post and defend its “blended learning” program. Eighteen kids e-mailed to argue that their alma mater got a bad rap. Almost every letter was filled with spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.
  • Imagine making children illiterate

    02/20/2014 3:43:06 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 22 replies
    EdArticle ^ | July 9, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Not all at once, by some surgical procedure. No, this will be a slow, subtle process, taking place over years. Every step will be conducted with utmost seriousness. Scientific validity will be claimed. Endless research will be constantly referenced. If there is little progress or outright failure, teachers always seem amazed, as if such a thing had never happened before. Principals explain that the school is doing everything it can, if only parents would help in this delicate training. Children and families will be told with absolute confidence: we use the best methods here and our students learn to be...
  • Liberal Reporter attacks Child for Getting Good Grades

    02/17/2014 7:17:43 AM PST · by tonyome · 49 replies
    Eagle Rising ^ | 02/17/2014 | Onan Coca
    A school hosted a congratulatory event for its straight-A students, which would not normally be a controversial event… but the America we live in has changed. No longer do we push our children for excellence… now we make excuses for mediocrity.
  • Is Public Education Hurting More Than Helping Our Kids?

    02/16/2014 6:04:50 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 48 replies
    Politichicks ^ | February 15, 2014 | by Katie Abercrombie
    “I trudged the several blocks home from school, satchel in hand. It was a beautiful, golden afternoon, and I was ready for some adventure. I had a little homework, but that could wait until after supper. My parents knew that kids needed time to play and there was only so much daylight left. My best friend and I spent the afternoon exploring in the nearby woods and seeking out “evil” boys to annoy. We got home in time for supper and had plenty of time to finish our homework before bed. I don’t remember ever being stressed about tests and...
  • John Dewey's propaganda by deed: The School as a Social Center

    02/15/2014 7:02:24 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 12 replies
    The "propaganda of the deed" or propagandas by deed have traditionally been an anarchist tool - and for violent purposes....... or have they? That's what we have been told for a long time, but why can't other activities by various statist oriented groups also be deeds intended to make a point - even non violently? I think they are and I think they have. In the 1920's, the New York State Legislature put together a joint committee to investigate seditious activities, and the result of all this was a work titled "Revolutionary Radicalism". I actually think this does a disservice,...
  • Common Core and the EduTech Abyss

    01/08/2014 4:23:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    The Common Core gold rush is on. Apple, Pearson, Google, Microsoft and Amplify are all cashing in on the federal standards/testing/textbook racket. But the EduTech boondoggle is no boon for students. It's more squandered tax dollars down the public school drain. Even more worrisome: The stampede is widening a dangerous path toward invasive data mining. According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, the ed tech sector "is expected to more than double in size to $13.4 billion by 2017." That explosive growth is fueled by Common Core's top-down digital learning and testing mandates. So: Cui bono? In North Carolina, the...
  • Common Core again threatens to make little kids pee their pants

    01/07/2014 4:58:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 7, 2014 | Eric Owens
    School officials at a public elementary school in Chicago are ordering teachers to sign students up for “designated restroom times” when entire, overcrowded classes of little kids must use the bathroom each day. The rationale for the draconian pee policy is to improve the school’s dreadful results on Common Core-related standardized tests. An anonymous teacher at the unidentified pre-K-8 forwarded a memo concerning the policy to Anthony Cody of Education Week. The memo reportedly went out to all faculty members at the school last week. “Welcome back and Happy New Year!” the memo reads. “In order to maximize student learning...
  • Watch another high school student take down Common Core like a boss

    01/06/2014 7:26:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/6/14 | Eric Owens
    Another high school student at Farragut High School in Knox County, Tenn. is receiving widespread attention for an eloquent speech he made against Common Core at a school board meeting. This time the student, Kenneth Ye, gave a rousing speech before the Knox County school board urging it to drop the Common Core standards because they make learning joyless and, in fact, turn American schools into something approaching Chinese sweatshops. “Our schools are being turned into data-run factories,” Ye charges around the 4:30 mark in the video, “factories based on speedily-approved standards that are now being implemented around the country.”...
  • ‘I would love to teach but…’ (WaPo)

    01/06/2014 6:27:31 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 48 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 31, 2013 | Valerie Strauss
    I recently published a post with various answers to the question: How hard is teaching? Here is one response I received by e-mail from a veteran seventh-grade language arts teacher in Frederick, Maryland, who asked not to be identified because she fears retaliation at her school. In this piece she describes students who don’t want to work, parents who want their children to have high grades no matter what, mindless curriculum and school reformers who insist on trying to quantify things that can’t be measured.
  • Peonage for the Twenty-First Century

    01/03/2014 7:37:04 PM PST · by annalex · 11 replies
    The Witherspoon Institute ^ | December 6th, 2013 | Anthony Esolen
    Peonage for the Twenty-First Century The Common Core exists only because we have forgotten that parents have a right to educate their children. The state has no educational authority of its own apart from what parents delegate to it. A young man and woman arrive at the office of the town clerk to procure a marriage license. They're all smiles, until the secretary hands them a document to sign, wherein they read this remarkable sentence: “The State, conceding to the parents the making of their children's bodies, asserts its primacy in the making of their minds.” [...] I've lately been...
  • The Common Core: A Train Wreck Coming for Catholic Schools…

    01/03/2014 7:01:20 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | 12/14/13 | The Motley Monk
    For quite a while, The Motley Monk has been on top of the Common Core, concerned about its implications for Catholic schools. Last September, The Motley Monk discussed some reasons why parents should be wary. In November, he pointed out why a number of Catholic school principals fear its potential impacts for curriculum. Also in November, The Motley Monk questioned whether the NCEA had embraced the secularist educational agenda of the Common Core irrespective of what those principals fear. The Motley Monk then followed-up with a post asking whether the NCEA’s President had put the proverbial “cart before the horse”...
  • As Children’s Freedom Has Declined, So Has Their Creativity

    01/02/2014 10:27:33 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 25 replies
    Psychology Today ^ | 17SEP2012 | Peter Gray
    If anything makes Americans stand tall internationally it is creativity. “American ingenuity” is admired everywhere. We are not the richest country (at least not as measured by smallest percentage in poverty), nor the healthiest (far from it), nor the country whose kids score highest on standardized tests (despite our politicians’ misguided intentions to get us there), but we are the most inventive country. We are the great innovators, specialists in figuring out new ways of doing things and new things to do. Perhaps this derives from our frontier beginnings, or from our unique form of democracy with its emphasis on...
  • Global warming will kill us all, warns Common Core-aligned homework

    12/18/2013 7:48:27 AM PST · by rktman · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/18/2013 | Robby Soave
    Fifth grade students at Fremont Elementary School in Colorado were assigned a reading passage that describes global warming as a dangerous, man-made phenomenon that will destroy civilization in a few hundred years. The reading assignment was found inside a workbook aligned with the controversial national Common Core curriculum guidelines, and was titled “Homework from the Future.” It tells the fictional story of a visitor to the year 2512 who discovers that the eastern United States is under water and the country’s population greatly reduced, all thanks to man-made global warming:
  • Common Core is worse than we thought

    12/13/2013 12:01:00 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 15 replies
    RantRave.com ^ | Nov. 23, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Common Core is full of pretentious little gimmicks, each a potential Pandora’s box of nasty surprises. For example, there is one called Close Reading, which says that children in elementary school should read the same difficult passages over and over. I didn’t trust this thing from square one, so I wrote an analysis called “Close Reading is close to a con” (link below). This article was meant to be a strong indictment but to my surprise one of the comments was even stronger. “Domo,” the commenter, clearly has experience in the trenches. Note all the weird little twists. The Devil...
  • Is this Common Core math question the worst math question in human history?

    12/12/2013 8:47:50 PM PST · by Innovative · 126 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Dec 12, 2013 | Eric Owens
    There are also traditional word problems. Twitchy has found a word problem that may be the most egregiously awful math problem the Common Core has produced yet. Take a look: 15. Juanita wants to give bags of stickers to her friends. She wants to give the same number of stickers to each friend. She's not sure if she needs 4 bags or 6 bags of stickers. How many stickers could she buy so there are no stickers left over?
  • Who caused the most damage to American History in the schools?

    12/11/2013 12:44:35 PM PST · by Crapgame · 73 replies
    12-11-2013 | Crapgame
    Freepers, as an adjunct professor of humanities, I am most interested in your opinions on American historiography and education.
  • Common Core Assignment Makes Parents Identify Whether They Are ‘Liberal’ or ‘Conservative’

    12/04/2013 5:38:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | December 3, 2013 | Stephen Kruiser
    AND…creepier. An assignment sent home from an Oak Forest, IL high school government class is raising eyebrows among parents who are shocked by the questionnaire they and their children are required to fill out. The questionnaire (below) has the parents identify their positions on a number of highly-charged issues, and then places them on a “political spectrum”. The survey is part of Oak Forest High School’s Common Core curriculum, which according to the school district’s website is to …”provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do...
  • Illinois High School Requires Parents To Self-Identify As Liberal or Conservative

    12/03/2013 7:24:52 PM PST · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 60 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | December 03, 2013 | Illinois Review
    OAK FOREST - An assignment sent home from an Oak Forest, IL high school government class is raising eyebrows among parents who are shocked by the questionnaire they and their children are required to fill out. The questionnaire (below) has the parents identify their positions on a number of highly-charged issues, and then places them on a "political spectrum."
  • A Textbook That Should Live in Infamy: The Common Core Assaults World War II

    12/03/2013 10:53:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2013 | Terrence Moore
    Saturday the 7th of December will mark the seventy-second anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The commemoration of that “date which will live in infamy” brings up memories of more than Pearl Harbor but of the entire American effort in World War II: of the phenomenal production of planes and tanks and munitions by American industry; of millions of young men enlisting (with thousands lying about their age to get into the service); of the men who led the war, then and now seeming larger than life—Churchill and F.D.R., Eisenhower and MacArthur, Monty and Patton; and of the...
  • Common Core Instructs Students to Learn About Gettysburg Address Without Mentioning the Civil War

    11/30/2013 10:51:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | NOV 30 2013 9:41AM
    Is it possible to teach students the meaning behind President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address without mentioning the Civil War? According to the government’s new Common Core education standards, the Gettysburg Address must be taught without mentioning the Civil War and explaining why President Lincoln was in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. …
  • Catching Fire – A Great Tool For Teaching

    11/29/2013 5:51:52 AM PST · by Bill Russell · 35 replies
    www.williamrussell.net ^ | 11/29/2013 | William Russell
    This past week I took my kids to see the second movie in the Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire. While it is a violent series, I cannot think of a better movie or book series to open the door to moral and political discussions with our teen and preteen kids. For those unfamiliar with the Hunger Games, it is the story of a gladiatorial competition in a futuristic totalitarian regime, which requires each of 12 isolated districts to select a teenage boy and girl by lottery to fight to the death until only one “victor” survives. The story centers on...
  • Public education is a Rube Goldberg contraption

    11/25/2013 2:51:11 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 10 replies
    Educationimproved blog ^ | November 18, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A new book, “The Art of Rube Goldberg,” has just been published. Even though Goldberg died four decades ago, his name and fame are as great as ever. His comic genius was to show simple things made immensely complicated. This image of a nuclear bomb to kill a fly, as it were, perfectly captures a lot of the evils in our modern world. Things are over-designed, over-legislated, over-regulated, over-dictated, over-everything. Except successful. Which brings us by perfect segue to our public schools. People are always saying we don’t spend enough money. Probably we’re spending twice as much as we need...
  • Professor: Students Held Sit-In After Complaining Grammar And Punctuation Corrections Were Racist

    11/23/2013 8:44:31 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 119 replies
    nation.foxnews.com ^ | Daily Bruin
    <p>Current and former students in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies expressed their support for professor emeritus Val Rust following a demonstration in one of his graduate classes last Thursday.</p> <p>Student demonstrators alleged that there is a “toxic” racial climate in the graduate school, including in Rust’s classroom. Organizers told the Daily Bruin last week that they decided to host the demonstration after a recent report examining racial discrimination among the university’s faculty stated that UCLA’s policies and procedures do not sufficiently address racially motivated instances of discrimination.</p>
  • Forced Reading: 4th Grade Common Core Book Tells Kids Why Obama is Rejected by White Voters

    11/22/2013 3:45:59 PM PST · by lowbridge · 41 replies
    http://freepatriot.org ^ | november 21, 2013
    As Common Core continues to concern parents across the U.S., a book that includes drugs, drinking, racial stereotypes all wrapped up in a political agenda has made its way into the Common Core curriculum. Fourth graders in Dupo, Illinois are reading a biography of Barack Obama entitled “Barack Obama”, written by Jane Sutcliffe and published by Lerner. The book contains very mature content and highlights the problems Obama has faced while growing up, all while blaming the color of his skin
  • Obama’s Ed Secretary: Common Core Opponents Are White Suburban Moms with Dumb Kids

    11/19/2013 8:33:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2013 | Michael Schaus
    Obama’s Education Secretary recently said that opponents to the Administration’s “Common Core” Standards are merely “white suburban moms” who are, all of a sudden, learning that their kids aren’t real bright. Arne Duncan (wow. . . Perfect name for a 1970’s sitcom) made the degrading remarks to a group of state school superintendents on Friday. According to the Washington Post: U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a group of state schools superintendents Friday that he found it “fascinating” that some of the opposition to the Common Core State Standards has come from “white suburban moms who — all of...
  • High Standards for All Schools and Students, Everywhere (Arne Duncan on 'white suburban moms' slur)

    11/18/2013 3:46:50 PM PST · by kristinn · 11 replies
    U.S. Dept of Education ^ | Monday, November 18, 2013 | Sec. Arne Duncan
    We have a tendency in our fast-moving world to focus on controversial-sounding soundbites, instead of the complex policy debates that underlie them. Unfortunately, I recently played into that dynamic. A few days ago, in a discussion with state education chiefs, I used some clumsy phrasing that I regret – particularly because it distracted from an important conversation about how to better prepare all of America’s students for success. In talking about the importance of communicating about higher learning standards, I singled out one group of parents when my aim was to say that we need to communicate better to all...
  • Duncan Blames Common Core Fight On 'White Soccer Moms'

    11/18/2013 4:14:08 PM PST · by raptor22 · 23 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 18, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Common Core: Rather than defend a program accused of indoctrinating students via national standards and whose implementation is as bad as ObamaCare, Education Secretary Arne Duncan plays the race card. Perhaps nothing personifies the arrogant nanny state paternalism of the Obama administration more than this statement by Duncan on Friday: "It's fascinating to me that some of the pushback is coming from, sort of, white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn't as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn't quite as good as they thought they were, and that's pretty scary."...
  • Arne Duncan: White suburban moms’ upset that Common Core shows their kids aren’t ‘brilliant’

    11/17/2013 5:50:33 AM PST · by kristinn · 132 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, November 16, 2013 | Valerie Strauss
    (Update: Adding more on opposition to Core, where Duncan spoke) U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a group of state schools superintendents Friday that he found it “fascinating” that some of the opposition to the Common Core State Standards has come from “white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.” Yes, he really said that. But he has said similar things before. What, exactly, is he talking about? In his cheerleading for the controversial Common Core...
  • American education: mediocre is the new excellent

    11/17/2013 7:20:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/16/2013 | Thomas Lifson
    More evidence that American public education is systematically dumbing down the American people. From Breitbart's Jon David Kahn: Parents are generally proud when their child makes the honor roll, but Beth Tillack, the mother of one such student at Pasco Middle School, is anything but beaming. When examining her son's report card, Tillack read hand written comments from his teacher - including "good job," a smiley face and a note saying her son had made the honor roll. The only problem was, her son received a "C" and "D" among the grades. Mrs. Tillack, who actually cares about her son...
  • Watch this high school senior’s epic takedown of Common Core [VIDEO]

    11/14/2013 5:57:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/14/13 | Robby Soave
    A Tennessee high school senior is receiving widespread attention for an eloquent speech he made against Common Core at a school board meeting. Ethan Young, a senior at Farragut High School in Knox County, Tenn., made an impassioned argument for dropping the new national education guidelines, which he called “a glowing conflict of interest … that illustrate a mistrust of teachers.” “Somewhere our Founding Fathers are turning in their graves,” he said. Young reserved particularly harsh judgment for the nationwide standardized testing required by Common Core. “If everything I learned in high school was a measurable objective: I haven’t learned...
  • Schools producing more dummies than ever?

    11/03/2013 7:11:24 AM PST · by rktman · 13 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 11/3/2013 | unknown
    A national effort to unify education standards across America and help American children compete more effectively with students in better-performing nations is actually a dumbing-down of America’s schools, takes away local control, handcuffs good teachers and opens the door for ideological manipulation of our kids. Common Core was developed in recent years as a means of establishing nationwide learning standards, and the vast majority of states signed on, even before the standards were spelled out. And critics of the plan say the emerging reality of Common Core is far different from what was promised.
  • Checking Your Kids' School Assignments

    10/22/2013 9:11:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2013 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Have you checked your kids' school assignments lately? You might be shocked if you do. Sixth-grade children in a history class in the Bryant School District in Arkansas (whose website brags that the district "has embraced" Common Core standards) were assigned a project to update the U.S. Bill of Rights because it is "outdated." They were instructed to "prioritize, revise, omit two and add two amendments." The written assignment is full of lies, such as "the government of the United States is currently revisiting the Bill of Rights"; that "They (presumably the government) have determined that it is outdated and...
  • [Video] Dr. Duke Pesta Testifies Against Common Core in Wisconsin - On Fire!

    10/21/2013 4:35:07 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | October 16, 2013 | FreedomProject Education
    Dr. Duke Pesta Testifies Against Common Core in Wisconsin - On Fire!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QJ3I_xF4MY On Wednesday, October 16, FreedomProject Education's Academic Director testified in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin against the implementation of Common Core. FreedomProject Educationhttp://www.fpeusa.org/ Common Core: A Scheme to Rewrite Education Common Core — new national education standards that the federal government is bribing and coercing states to adopt — will harm students, not benefit them. Orwellian Nightmare: Data-mining Your Kids Being implemented hand in hand with the new national curriculum standards being pushed on schools, called Common Core, is government surveillance of students.
  • No, You're Probably Not Smarter Than an Average 1912 8th Grader

    10/20/2013 4:10:48 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 51 replies
    n the early years of the 20th century, the students in Bullitt County, Kentucky, were asked to clear a test that many full-fledged adults would likely be hard-pressed to pass today. The Bullitt County Geneaological Society has a copy of this exam, reproduced below—a mix of math and science and reading and writing and questions on oddly specific factoids–preserved in their museum in the county courthouse. But just think for a moment: Did you know where Montenegro was when you were 12? Do you know now? (Hint: it’s just across the Adriatic Sea from Italy. You know where the Adriatic...