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0322_“The Gates Effect: Common Core Has Powerful Ally Keeping Unpopular Program Alive”_Sept. 6, 2017_by Richard Phelps in Education

Donna Jack
April 7, 2018

This is one of the articles Donna Garner sent me 2 days ago – with effects of Common Core.

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 5, 2018 7:20 AM
Subject: THE GATES EFFECT: COMMON CORE HAS POWERFUL ALLY KEEPING UNPOPULAR PROGRAM ALIVE – BY RICHARD PHELPS — IVN.US — 9.6.17

9.6.17 – Ivn.us
https://ivn.us/2017/09/06/common-core-has-powerful-ally-keeping-unpopular-program-alive/

 “The Gates Effect: Common Core Has Powerful Ally Keeping Unpopular Program Alive”
by 
Richard Phelps in Education 

The amounts are huge. A search in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation website for grant awards with the keyword “Common Core” returns 257 results accumulating more than $300 million.

Substituting the Common Core euphemism “college and career readiness” uncovers another $130 million for another 52 grantees.

Even more Common Core money has been sent under vague explanations such as “for general operating support” to organizations whose only relationship with the Gates Foundation is to promote Common Core. Continue reading

0321_Dr. Duke Pesta and Dr. Sandra Stotsky Dissect Why Common Core has Failed Every Child — Video/ YouTube_ Jan. 4, 2018_rough notes

Donna Jack
April 7, 2018

From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 5, 2018 7:11 AM
Subject: DR. DUKE PESTA AND DR. SANDRA STOTSKY DISSECT WHY COMMON CORE HAS FAILED EVERY CHILD — VIDEO — 1.4.18

1.4.18 – YouTube

 “Dr. Duke Pesta and Dr. Sandra Stotsky Dissect Why Common Core Has Failed Every Child” 

Published on Jan 4, 2018

 FreedomProject’s Academic Director, Dr. Duke Pesta, interviews Dr. Sandra Stotsky on the demonstrable failures of Common Core. According to a new study from the Pioneer Institute, the move to Common Core has decimated academic achievement in Massachusetts. Prior to adopting the Core, Massachusetts schools and educational standards were the finest in the nation, in large part because of the work of Dr. Stotsky. Now, Common Core has relegated Massachusetts to the same underachieving, politicized, centralized mediocrity plaguing the rest of the country’s public schools. Learn more @ http://www.fpeusa.org/commoncore

Some really rough notes (with errors) of the video
taken by Donna Ja
ck:

[Common Core] It is everywhere in our schools, and has evolved beyond English and Math – to become a national way to look at every subject.

It is in the textbooks, and other materials, and in our college readiness tests.  Anything aligned to Common Core is basically Common Core. Continue reading

0320_Massachusetts Becomes Dumber so the Rest of us Can be Smarter_By Robert Holland_Heartland Institute_Feb. 14, 2018

Donna Jack
April 7, 2017

In response to my request, on April 5th, Donna Garner began sending me articles that prove Common Core has dumbed down our country.  The following is one of them.

Excerpt from below:
“He did not try to deny the data that clearly show Massachusetts losing its educational edge. Instead, he stood by the progressive credo valuing equality over excellence, even if that means bringing some privileged high achievers down several pegs so that all folks are on one level playing field.” — Robert Holland (Heartland Institute), April 14, 2018

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 5, 2018 7:09 AM
To: Donna Jack
Subject: MASSACHUSETTS BECOMES DUMBER SO THE REST OF US CAN BE SMARTER — BY ROBERT HOLLAND — HEARTLAND INSTITUTE — 2.14.18

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/02/massachusetts-becomes-dumber-so-the-rest-of-us-can-be-smarter/

 “Massachusetts Becomes Dumber
So the Rest of Us Can Be Smarter”

by Robert Holland 

It is not likely that even an exhaustive review of commentary on education in 2017 could turn up quotes compelling enough to qualify as classic nuggets of wisdom. However, perhaps my favorite of the year in the non-wisdom category came from Massachusetts state Sen. Michael Barrett (D-Lexington).

In responding to mounting evidence of the Bay State’s decline from its undisputed number-one perch in K–12 student achievement since replacing its own standards with the Common Core nationalized blueprint, Barrett said the following: “It’s crazy to think that people in Massachusetts should learn more and better content than people in Mississippi. That’s no way to make sure that tide lifts all boats in America.” Continue reading

0319_Bill Gates’ Admission that he Spent $4 Billion on Common Core Over 7 yrs. that Harmed Tens of Millions of Students — By Dr. Susan Berry — Breitbart_October 21, 2017

Donna Jack
April 5, 2018

At my request, Donna Garner re- sent me this article which I had lost. Here is a portion from the article:

 “…However, Ze’ev Wurman, former education policy advisor in the President George W. Bush education department, tells Breitbart News, “Such ‘pivoting’ may be acceptable in the private market, where companies regularly ‘pivot’ while abandoning previous strategies and the money they invested in them.”

“He continues:

“It is different when a private actor such as Gates uses his money to leverage public money – some $600 billion of it for his own relatively small investment of few tens of millions every year – to steer the public money to implement mediocre curricula and ill thought-out programs born of his feverish imagination and ignorance. Yet that is precisely the track record – and the explicit acknowledgement – of Mr. Gates.”
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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 5, 2018 7:16 AM
Subject: BILL GATES’ ADMISSION THAT HE SPENT $4 BILLION ON COMMON CORE OVER 7 YRS. THAT HARMED TENS OF MILLIONS OF STUDENTS — BY DR. SUSAN BERRY — BREITBART — 10.21.17

10.21.17 – Breitbart

 “Common Core Backer Bill Gates Announces Plan
To Invest $1.7 Billion in Public Education”   By Dr. Susan Berry

 http://www.educationviews.org/common-core-backer-bill-gates-announces-plan-invest-1-7-billion-public-education/

 Excerpts from this article:

 Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has announced his latest plan to invest $1.7 billion to improve K-12 public education over the next five years.

After having spent some $3.4 billion on public education in the United States – much of it directed toward the development and implementation of the highly controversial Common Core State Standards – Gates says that 60 percent of his new investment will go to public schools and about 15 percent to the development of charter schools. Continue reading

0318_DID U. S. PERFORMANCE ON PISA DECLINE BECAUSE OF COMMON CORE? — BY DIANE RAVITCH — EDVIEWS.ORG — 3.6.18

Donna Jack
April 4, 2018

Bill Gates funded Common Core possibly to the tune of $2 billion.  He has admitted that his Common Core implementation in schools across the country, not only failed to raise the academic accomplishments of students in the United States, but the results have worsened markedly.

Even sadder is the fact that, for the first time in our country’s history, a curriculum standard has been made federal —  Common Core was established as federal law, in December 2015, through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  Read about Congress’ vote in Blog 0057 on this website.

You can also search for this article by typing “0057” in the search box at the top of this page (next to the “spy glass”).  Search for other ESSA articles on this website.

Stop the national intrusion into our local education

Isn’t it about time to stop pushing standardized education, and let states, local school districts, parents, and schools decide what they want their students to learn.  Our National Standards are based on Type #2 education.  See the  comparison of Type #1 and Type #2 education on the home page of this website.  Also see another online comparison at:  http://www.educationviews.org/comparison-types-education-type-1-traditional-vs-type-2-cscope-common-core/

Type #2 has been and is a total failure, for our children, and for our country.  Common Core is Type #2 education on steroids.

Below you can read parts of one article published last month about this sad state of education in our country.

“Once upon a time” the United States of America led the world academically – before the push for federally-controlled standards and curriculum. Continue reading

0317_Robert LaVoy Finicum & Jeanette Finicum — Greetings from Jeanette & family — she and her family are suing for the wrongful death of her husband LaVoy — Eastern Oregon _ sign up to help them

Donna Jack
March 19, 2018

Jeanette Finicum is the wife of LaVoy, who was killed in Eastern Oregon by the Oregon State Police and other officials.

There is a video taken from within the vehicle LaVoy was driving – when he was murdered — showing the attempts by “law enforcement” (after they killed LaVoy) to kill the people who were in the vehicle with him.

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Greetings from Jeanette & family,

My family’s journey since the dreadful snowy day in Eastern Oregon when my husband was murdered has felt long and hard. We are still grieving and will be for a very long time. We miss LaVoy and wish he could be home with us.

We understand filing a wrongful death lawsuit will not bring LaVoy home but its process will uniquely contribute to the delicate journey of closure for each loved one of LaVoy.

Our motivation to continue this long, hard, and expensive journey is to preserve the American dream by ensuring that out of control agents who are delegated sacred controls within our governmental system are held accountable. Out of control agents must not become the norm in this nation.

The outcome of our case will have a powerful butterfly effect upon this nation. If we do not insist upon this accountability, this type of conduct will continue to take precedence and persist in destroying the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of many more Americans.

It is not American to deny citizens the right to life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, and due process. We are Americans! Continue reading

0316_Part II – LaVoy – Dead Man Talking Trailer – Center for Self-Governance Movie to be released spring 2018

Donna Jack
March 21, 2018

See previous posts about the Federal government harassing, destroying property, and illegally incarcerating Cliven Bundy:

0301_Cliven Bundy cleared of federal charges and set free after 700 days of false imprisonment_ The whole story is now told by one of Bundy’s attorneys, Joel Hansen – sent out by Eagle Forum

From the story told by one of Bundy’s attorneys:  “Over a year later, Cliven was arrested when he got off a plane in Oregon on his way to visit his sons camped on the Malheur wildlife refuge who were defending the rights of some Oregon ranchers who had been unjustly imprisoned on trumped up charges.  That stand-off, in which one of the Bundy supporters, LaVoy Finicum, was killed in cold blood by an FBI agent, went before a jury.”

0315_Governed v Governing _ The Bundy Standoff _ Center for Self Governance (CSG) movie/YouTube released 2018  (1 hour 1 minute)_ Link to post 0301 on this site,  announcing Cliven Bundy cleared of Federal Charges and set free.

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This documentary series showcases the epic 4 year battle for control between the Bundy & Finicum family and Local, State, and Federal Governing. Part II: LaVoy – Dead Man Talking is coming March 2018!  — PART II: LaVoy – Dead Man Talking Trailer:

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Governed V Governing: LaVoy – Dead Man Talking – FULL LENGTH COMING SPRING 2018!

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0315_Governed v Governing _ Center for Self Governance (CSG) movie/YouTube released 2018 _ The Bundy Standoff _ Link to post 0301 on this site announcing Cliven Bundy cleared of all Federal Charges and set free

Donna Jack
March 20, 2018

Link to a previous post (0301) on this website,
that gives the history of the Bundy situation, and
that announced
Cliven Bundy was cleared of all Federal Charges (Dec. 20, 2017)

0301_Cliven Bundy cleared of federal charges and set free after 700 days of false imprisonment_ The whole story is now told by one of Bundy’s attorneys, Joel Hansen – sent out by Eagle Forum – 02/06/2008
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Mark Herr here shares a video history of the Bundy Standoff

Mark Herr, President and co-founder of Center for Self Governance (CSG), made a video history of a standoff between people and the government.  People gathered to support Cliven Bundy’s right to graze on the land that he and his ancestors have been grazing on for generations.

I had the privilege of being in some of Mark Herr’s CSG classes, during the time of the Bundy standoff.  Mark is one of the brave people in our country, who sacrifices most of his life in order to stand up for our liberty, and educate others how to stand up.

 

CSG YouTube movie
Governed v. Governing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=59&v=RqW8ZwiRN1E
This video (above) with footage from  April 11, 2014 — April 12, 2014 –
and presentation by Mark Herr.

The video above begins with a phone call (transcript of the call):

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0314_School Shootings: Isn’t It Time to Arm Teachers? – February 2018 — letter from a friend

Donna Jack
March 17, 2017

A friend of mine sent this to me several days ago.  It is well thought out.

It has been ludicrous [stupid or unreasonable and deserving to be laughed at] to make schools gun free zones (the federal law put into place in 1990).  This irrational law has only guaranteed that all our public school children and teachers are sitting ducks — inviting evil people to shoot at the innocent ones in schools.
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A letter written by a friend:
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It seems that every time there is a highly publicized mass shooting in America these days, instead of grieving the loss of life and blaming the actual perpetrator, we are treated to an immediate knee-jerk attack by the media and politicians on law abiding gun owners, gun organizations, and even the 2nd Amendment itself.

However, rather than be distracted by the politics of gun ownership in America, we need to have a frank discussion about what we can do right now to make our children more safe.

Should we increase surveillance and reporting?  This may help with deterrence.  Yet the Parkland school had monitored security cameras, and there were multiple contacts with the shooter over the years by school administrators and law enforcement (including tips called in to the FBI).  These measures did not stop the killer.

Perhaps we should install metal detectors and have security personnel pat down students and visitors, like we do at stadiums and airports?  This too may help, although it tends to result in crowds forming at choke points (creating an easy target for a truck, bomb, or shooter).  It also doesn’t prevent the killer from pulling the fire alarm to bring everyone outside.

What about “better” background checks?  Unfortunately, this will not stop someone with murder in their heart.  Even if a person has been banned from owning a firearm due to their age, criminal record, or mental health history, it’s not difficult to acquire a gun through an illegal “straw purchase” (having someone else buy it for you).  Firearms can also be readily obtained on the black market.

Some propose banning the sale of certain types of firearms (or even banning them  [firearms] altogether).  However, we can’t make guns go away, any more than we can make knives and pressure cookers go away.  Guns have been manufactured for hundreds of years, and semi-automatic firearms have been around since the 1800’s.  The technology is fairly simple, and you can make your own semi-automatic firearm with a drill press and a file. Continue reading

0313_“Women’s March Praises Students Who Broke Through School Gate To Join Walkout…[List of Far Leftist Organizations Behind ‘Student Protests’]” — by Dr. Susan Berry — March 15, 2018

Donna Jack
March 16, 2018

3rd article about the students walking out of school this month.

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Friday, March 16, 2018 9:12 AM
To: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Subject: WOMEN’S MARCH PRAISES STUDENTS WHO BROKE THROUGH SCHOOL GATE TO JOIN WALKOUT…LIST OF LEFTIST ORGANIZATIONS BEHIND THE “STUDENT PROTESTS” — BY DR. SUSAN BERRY — BREITBART – 3.15.18

3.15.18 – Breitbart

 “Women’s March Praises Students Who Broke Through School Gate To Join Walkout…[List of Far Leftist Organizations Behind ‘Student Protests’]”
By Dr. Susan Berry

 http://www.educationviews.org/womens-march-praises-students-who-broke-through-school-gate-to-join-walkout/

 Excerpts from this article:

Women’s March Youth – sponsored by the Women’s March, an anti-Trump organization with ties to radical anti-Semites such as Louis Farrakhan – tweeted its praise for students who broke through a locked gate at Mt. Diablo High School in Concord, California, to participate in the student walkout Wednesday.

  LIST OF SOME OF THE FAR LEFTIST ORGANIZATIONS BEHIND “STUDENT PROTESTS”

 …Rise to Run’s advisory board [https://www.risetorun.org/ourteam/] includes:

  chairwoman Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action;

 Ilyse Hogue, president of abortion lobbying giant NARAL Pro-Choice America;

 Washington State Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D);

 Brittany Packnett, co-founder of Stay Woke and Campaign Zero;

 Brynne Craig, former national deputy director of state campaigns and political engagement for Hillary for America; Continue reading