0359_Betsy DeVos Appoints Former Democrat Governor to Head National Testing Board_by Dr. Susan Berry Nov 6, 2018

December 1, 2018

Just returned from caring for grandchildren for about a month, without the internet available.  Came home to over 900 emails.  Found this sent out by Donna Garner:

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From: BY DONNA GARNER <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 9:36 AM
To:       Subject: BETSY DEVOS APPOINTS DEM LOVER OF COMMON CORE TO NAEP BOARD

11.6.18 — Breitbart

 “Betsy DeVos Appoints Former Democrat Governor to Head National Testing Board”

 By Dr. Susan Berry

 http://www.educationviews.org/betsy-devos-appoints-ex-democrat-governor-to-national-testing-board/

 To read the entire Breitbart article, please go to:  

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2018/11/06/betsy-devos-appoints-former-democrat-governor-to-head-national-testing-board/

 [Comments from Donna Garner:  On March 13, 2018, Leslie Stahl asked Sect. of Ed. Betsy DeVos, “Why have you become, people say, the most hated Cabinet secretary?” Sect. DeVos replied that more than anything she is misunderstood. The article below shows that she is not “misunderstood” but is actually “understood” all too well. 

Even though Pres. Trump ran on the platform of getting rid of Common Core, he made a bad choice in appointing Betsy DeVos as Sect. of Ed.  She, working hand-in-glove with Jeb Bush, is making sure that Common Core becomes permanent.

Now DeVos has chosen former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue to oversee the NAEP. This test is not yet aligned with Common Core; but under Common-Core-lover Perdue, the NAEP is sure to be closely aligned with Common Core in the same manner as the SAT, pre-SAT, and AP are.

The NAEP was mandated by Congress in 1969 and compares representative samples of students’ scores in mathematics, reading, science and writing.  The NAEP allows the nation to compare academic progress from state to state.

Beverly Perdue will be a disaster because by aligning the NAEP with Common Core, she will pressure states with fact-based, academic curriculum standards/tests (e.g., Texas) to move away from their own Type #1 traditional standards and to adopt the Type #2 Common Core philosophy of education that is based upon subjectivity/feelings/emotions/opinions and the social justice agenda.

The truth is that Common Core is failing everywhere. Students’ academic achievement is going down while their indoctrination into the social justice agenda is going up.  Perdue’s almost certain attempts to change the “nation’s” test (NAEP) into Type #2/Common Core will further abandon teachers and schools who want to make sure their students have deep foundational knowledge and a fact-based education.

Beverly Perdue represents a dark day for America’s educational future.

To read more about the dangers of Common Core, please go to this article: “Yes, Common Core Is Advancing a Left-Wing Agenda” – by Dr. Susan Berry — 10.26.18 – Breitbart —

http://www.educationviews.org/yes-common-core-is-advancing-a-left-wing-agenda/

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“Betsy DeVos Appoints Former Democrat Governor to Head National Testing Board”

 By Dr. Susan Berry

 Excerpts from this article:

 Education secretary Betsy DeVos announced Friday she has appointed former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue to serve as chair of the National Assessment Governing Board.

Perdue, a Democrat and Common Core champion who served as North Carolina’s governor from 2009 to 2013, will lead the board that sets policy for the test known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the “Nation’s Report Card.”

The former governor, who was once a public school teacher, oversaw the adoption of the Common Core State Standards in her state.

“I am delighted to welcome former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue as the chair of the National Assessment Governing Board,” DeVos said in a statement. “Her years of experience and time spent in the classroom as a public school teacher will be vital to the work of the board as it continues its efforts to strengthen and advance education opportunities for students across our country.”

In 2015, Perdue penned an op-ed at the Hechinger Report, in which she defended her decision to adopt Common Core for her state.

 “In a global economy, it doesn’t matter where you live but it does matter what you know, and children everywhere ought to know what other students across America and the world are learning,” she wrote. “It makes no difference whether you call them Common Core or whether every state gives them a different name.”

Perdue continued that the standards would be helping young people succeed in a “fast-paced world in which skills and jobs change daily.”

The former governor said she was particularly impressed with Common Core math:

I recently visited a second-grade classroom in North Carolina and watched a fabulous teacher help kids understand the concept of the number “55.”  She used 12 addition and subtraction examples to show kids how many different math equations get you to 55.

She showed them how you can use five buckets of tens and five buckets of ones. Or you can use 11 buckets of fives – or six “fives,” two tens” and five “ones.”  She taught these second-graders to think logically and to explore how many ways you can get to an answer.

“The Common Core standards encourage problem-solving and critical thinking skills – skills that were often absent in the classrooms of the past,” Perdue wrote.

The former governor expressed concern about “fears that, by adopting Common Core, the federal government is over-reaching into our schools and threatening to nationalize curriculum.”

“The state has even empaneled a commission to review and rewrite the standards, even though North Carolina has already invested over $66 million in training teachers and school leaders, updating curriculum and transitioning to the Common Core,” she wrote, defending the Core further and asserting that “standards” and “curriculum” are separate concepts.

“[T]he Common Core State Standards were not created, approved or mandated by the federal government,” Perdue wrote in opposition to grassroots parent groups.” “The standards were created by the states. And, they don’t dictate curriculum, which remains entirely under the control of local school boards, principals and teachers.”

However, even as early as 2014, the CEO of the federally funded Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) – a Common Core assessment consortium- confirmed the standards and their aligned assessments were intended to drive curriculum.

 “High quality assessments go hand-in-hand with high quality instruction based on high quality standards,” said Laura Slover. “You cannot have one without the other. The PARCC states see quality assessments as a part of instruction, not a break from instruction.”

Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, also noted at the time:

The proponents of Common Core and PARCC continue to insist that tests and standards are not about curriculum, but that’s a ruse. Teachers already know that what is tested at the end of the year is what is taught in classrooms throughout the year. PARCC may not mandate one textbook or one pacing guide, but the CEO of the federally funded PARCC has admitted one thing: PARCC controls instruction and instruction is curriculum.

Since leaving office, Perdue has led Digital Learning Institute, an education nonprofit company that seeks to expand technology in the classroom. Perdue received funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – the primary private source of funding for the development and implementation of Common Core – for her venture…

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 Donna Garner – wgarner1@hot.rr.com

0358_President Donald Trump’s 2018 Columbus Day Proclamation_ Trump’s twitter feed link_White House links to News from the White House, Articles, Presidential Actions, and Briefings & Statements

Donna Jack
October 10, 2018

Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the Americas initiated Spain’s colonization on October 12, 1492.

You can find President Trump’s 2018 Columbus Day Proclamation through his Twitter feed [https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump] , by going directly to it through the Whitehouse.gov site:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-proclamation-columbus-day-2018/

From the Whitehouse.gov site, you can also access All News (469 posts to date) from the White House, Articles, Presidential Actions, and Briefings & Statements at: All News

From the All News location you can also link to:

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In 1492, Christopher Columbus and his mighty three-ship fleet, the Niña, Pinta, and Santa Maria, first spotted the Americas.  His historic achievement ushered in an Age of Discovery that expanded our knowledge of the world.  Columbus’s daring journey marked the beginning of centuries of transatlantic exploration that transformed the Western Hemisphere.  On Columbus Day, we commemorate the achievements of this skilled Italian explorer and recognize his courage, will power, and ambition — all values we cherish as Americans.

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0357_Prager Video: The elimination of Columbus Day celebration is not “about paying homage to America’s original inhabitants.” Guest Steven Crowder_Oct. 8, 2018

Donna Jack
October 8, 2018

Note:  On PragerU Website is the following information (see list of “restricted” YouTube videos at the end of this blog post):

“YouTube Continues to Restrict PragerU Videos — Over 10 percent of our entire collection is under ‘restricted mode’ making it impossible for many young people to access our videos.”

 PragerU is fighting for their freedom of speech, and for our freedom of speech.  They need support through prayers, finances, getting out the word, and signing the petition.
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Goodbye, Columbus Day

https://www.prageru.com/videos/goodbye-columbus-day
by Steven Crowder – 53.4K Views

Oct 8, 2018

Even though it remains a national holiday, many cities no longer celebrate Columbus Day. They celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day instead. What’s behind the switch? Contrary to what you might think, it’s not about paying homage to America’s original inhabitants. Steven Crowder, host of Louder with Crowder, explains.

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0356_Knowles_ Democratic Socialists Pushing to Infiltrate Schools Because ‘They Can’t Win in the Battle of Ideas’_ Fox News Article excerpts and link_ Aug. 25, 2018

Donna Jack
August 26, 2018

A pamphlet by the Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ey4yzoto_zTf5BmqUI7yAqn_53AzIMSd/view
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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2018 12:05 PM     To:
Subject: EDVIEWS.ORG — KNOWLES: DEM SOCIALISTS PUSHING TO INFILTRATE SCHOOLS BECAUSE THEY CAN’T WIN IN THE BATTLE OF IDEAS – FOX INSIDER – 8.25.18

8.25.18 – FoxNews

 “Knowles: Dem Socialists Pushing to Infiltrate Schools Because ‘They Can’t Win in the Battle of Ideas’”
 Fox News Insider
 http://www.educationviews.org/dem-socialists-pushing-to-infiltrate-schools-because-they-cant-win-in-the-battle-of-ideas/
 Excerpts from this article:
Radio host Michael Knowles said on “Fox & Friends” that Democratic Socialists are urging Socialists to become teachers because they can’t win a “fair fight.”
A pamphlet by the Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA), in conjunction with the Democratic Socialist Labor Commission, outlines a push for socialists to “take jobs as teachers” as a way to move teachers unions “in a more militant and democratic direction.”
Knowles said that according to numerous surveys, “the blood-soaked history” of socialism is unknown by millennials, leading them to identify as supporters of the movement.

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0355_Karen Kataline — Aug. 20, 2018 — Masterpiece Cakeshop II: If you can’t say no, your yes means nothing. Jack Phillips’ Masterpiece Cakeshop

Donna Jack
August 24, 2018

article by Karen Kataline – please share

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From: Karen <kaykat73@aol.com> Sent: Monday, August 20, 2018 9:43 AM To: KAYKAT73@aol.com Subject: My latest piece just posted in Town Hall: Masterpiece Cakeshop II: If you can’t say no, your yes means nothing. (Feel free to post & share ‘liberally!’) Thnx

https://townhall.com/columnists/karenkataline/2018/08/20/masterpiece-cakeshop-ii-if-you-cant-say-no-your-yes-means-nothing-o

From: Karen <kaykat73@aol.com> Sent: Monday, August 20, 2018 9:43 AM To: KAYKAT73@aol.com Subject: My latest piece just posted in Town Hall: Masterpiece Cakeshop II: If you can’t say no, your yes means nothing. (Feel free to post & share ‘liberally!’) Thnx

https://townhall.com/columnists/karenkataline/2018/08/20/masterpiece-cakeshop-ii-if-you-cant-say-no-your-yes-means-nothing-o

 

Opinion

Masterpiece Cakeshop II: If You Can’t Say No, Your Yes Means Nothing

Karen Kataline

|Posted: Aug 20, 2018 8:56 AM

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not represent the views of Townhall.com.

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As an assertiveness trainer, I made up an axiom: “If you can’t say no, your yes means nothing.” Our belief that we aren’t allowed to say no can be a form of self-imposed slavery. We have even bigger problems when our government typifies that belief.

Once again, the Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD) is targeting Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop. The original drama lasted more than six years and concerned Phillips’ refusal to create a custom wedding cake for a gay couple. The finale came in June 2018 with a 7-2 Supreme Court decision in Phillips’ favor.

The sequel to this story debuted recently when news broke that the CCRD ordered Phillips into “compulsory mediation” for a new discrimination charge. The complainant this time is Autumn Scardina, a transgender attorney who requested a custom cake to celebrate his/her gender transition. Scardina has allegedly targeted this shop in the past with sexually explicit and satanic cake requests. Continue reading

0354_ Use Game Videos & Ditch Traditional Instruction – not the best decision. Article from Dr. Carole Haynes_ August 13, 2018

Donna Jack
August 13, 2018

Public Education just keeps making damaging decisions.  Computers in most cases should not be part of the school day – and certainly NOT for young children.  Students need to learn to listen, work, think, interact comfortably and constructively, and learn how to be productive, considerate, self-controlled citizens.

A great article from Dr. Carole Haynes.

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From: drcarole@host48.registrar-servers.com <drcarole@host48.registrar-servers.com> On Behalf Of Dr. Carole Haynes
Sent: Monday, August 13, 2018 11:16 AM
To:
Subject: Use Game Videos & Ditch Traditional Instruction

Attention spans have plummeted..

The Haynes Report
Dr. Carole H. Haynes
August 10, 2018

Use Game Videos & Ditch Traditional Instruction,
Says Edtech Chief
Today’s students should be taught with video games because their attention spans have decreased.
Mohit Midha, CEO of Mangahigh which develops math games,says to ditch traditional instruction because students cannot focus for more than five minutes. What a life! Getting to hang out with friends and play video games all day.

Speaking at a debate on artificial intelligence and education, Midha claimed people are obsessed with video games” but are “totally out of love” with “traditional forms of instruction” involving “pen and paper.” He gushed that kids can learn a video game without being taught how and, within two days, will be doing “headers.”

Does that mean they can become little math geniuses by acing a video game?

Yet Midha is right about one thing: students’ attention spans are shrinking. Bucket loads of research show that long term skimming of online information, together with interactive distractions, has resulted in lower comprehension. International research also found that heavy users of classroom technology scored worse on math and reading tests. Continue reading

0353_Edviews.org_Are Dual-Credit Courses Helping Poor, Minority Students in Texas? – Aug. 10, 2018

Donna Jack
August 10, 2018

From below:

it is time to rethink the long-term goals of dual-credit programs and whether they have expanded too aggressively without maintaining the rigor students need to succeed in college.

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Friday, August 10, 2018 4:40 PM
To: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Subject: EDVIEWS.ORG – ARE DUAL-CREDIT COURSES HELPING POOR, MINORITY STUDENTS IN TEXAS? – DMN – 8.10.18

8.10.18 – Dallas Morning News

 “Are Dual-Credit Courses Helping Poor, Minority Students in Texas?”
By Dallas Morning News Editorial Board

 https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/2018/08/10/dual-credit-courses-helping-poor-minority-students-texas

 Excerpts from this article:

 …Dual-credit education programs were supposed to be one of those critical, difference-making strategies, allowing high school students — especially minority and low-income kids — to earn college credits. The idea was to inspire students who otherwise might not consider college, give students a chance to earn college credits earlier and cheaper, and ultimately increase college enrollment and completion rates.

Texas has been solidly behind these programs, eliminating a cap on the number of dual-credit courses a student may take and requiring that all school districts offer students the opportunity to earn the equivalent of at least 12 hours of college credit. As a result, dual-credit enrollment swelled from slightly below 80,000 students in 2008 to over 151,000 this past school year. 

This is why a draft report presented to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board analyzing dual-credit programs in Texas from 2001 to 2015 is so disquieting. The report found that the programs have barely moved the needle on college enrollment and performance. In addition, minority and low-income students are less likely to enroll in the courses and more apt to struggle with the rigors of college work. Continue reading

0352_Aug. 10, 2018_Truth in American Education (TAE)_School Leaders Weigh in on Civics Education — by Stan Vander Hart

Donna Jack
August 10, 2018

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From: Henry W. Burke <hwburke@cox.net>
Sent: Friday, August 10, 2018 3:16 PM
Subject: TAE — School Leaders Weigh In on Civics Education — by Shane Vander Hart

TRUTH IN AMERICAN EDUCATION

School Leaders Weigh In on Civics Education

https://caffeinatedthoughts.com/2018/07/school-leaders-weigh-in-on-civics-education/

JULY 5, 2018 

BY SHANE VANDER HART

I read through an Education Week Research Center report on Civics Education based on a survey of 524 principals, assistant principals, and other school-based leaders paints a dismal picture. I wanted to highlight some of the findings and then share some thoughts.

Here are some of the findings: Continue reading

0351_Civic Engagement is Not Civics Education – by Shane Vander Hart_Truth in American Education (Aug. 10, 2018)

Donna Jack
August 10, 2018

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Friday, August 10, 2018 8:03 AM
To: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Subject: CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IS NOT CIVICS EDUCATION – BY SHANE VANDER HART – TRUTH IN AMERICAN EDUCATION- 8.10.18

8.10.18 – Truth in American Education

 [COMMENTS FROM DONNA GARNER: A class in civics should teach students such things as how democracy started, the structure of American government, responsibilities of the judiciary/house/senate (at state and federal levels), the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, instruction on federal/state/local voting regulations, responsibilities and privileges of U. S. citizenship, a study of American democracy and how it compares to other systems of government.

Instead, civics as now being taught in many states has turned into an indoctrination into Obama’s and the leftists’ social justice agenda that emphasizes community organizing and planning and staging political activist demonstrations.  End result:  When reporters have asked student demonstrators to explain why they are demonstrating, many of them cannot even articulate a reasonable response that contains a premise supported by fact-based reasons. Unfortunately, students know HOW to protest but have limited knowledge about WHY.  – Donna Garner]

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0350_How Common Core Testing Damaged High School English Classes – by Peter Greene_July 20, 2018

Donna Jack
Aug. 10, 2018

Excerpts from below:

When the Core hit the scene, ‘Here are some new standards’ was followed directly by ‘and how well you follow them will be judged by these new standardized tests which will be used to evaluate districts, schools and (eventually) teachers.’ David Coleman, CCSS architect, understood that tests would drive the curriculum and teacher behavior.

Remember, the current definition of ‘effective teaching’ is ‘teaching that raises standardized test scores.’ That doesn’t have to include any classic literature, or, what may be worse, only a few paragraphs of them”

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Friday, July 20, 2018 11:00 AM
Subject: HOW COMMON CORE TESTING DAMAGED HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH CLASSES – BY PETER GREENE — FORBES — 7.19.18
https://www.forbes.com/sites/petergreene/2018/07/19/how-common-core-testing-damaged-high-school-english-classes/#5f6e601321be

7.19.18 — Forbes

“How Common Core Testing Damaged High School English Classes”
By Peter Greene, Contributor 

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The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, …longtime staunch supporter of the Common Core, just released a survey of ELA teachers and some attendant conclusions about how the Common Core reading standards are playing out in actual classrooms. They offer four recommendations, and those recommendations reflect some of the damage that has been done, particularly in high school classrooms, by the Common Core movement. Continue reading