Category Archives: Centralized Federal Control of Education

0291_Jan. 1, 2018_DeVos’ Speech on Education Reform_ The Good, The Bad, and the Incomplete_ Jane Robbins, Emmett McGroarty excerpts _Common Core _ ESSA

Donna Jack
January 18, 2018

Jane Robbins and Emmett McGroarty say U.S. Department of Education
Secretary Betsy DeVos is missing the obvious

Jane Robbins and Emmett McGroarty sent out an article, part of which is in this blog post.

In their article they point out that DeVos recommends making all learning individualized, with each student in front of a computer, possibly at home.

Jane and Emmett point out that:  “so-called personalized learning is actually depersonalized, computerized training rather than genuine education.

Robbins and McGroarty suggest Betsy DeVos improve education by:

(1) freeing the states from all federal mandates to the extent she can under the law; (2) working with Congress to revise ESSA to eliminate all mandates; and (3) creating a workable plan to shut down her department.”  (The U.S. Department of Education)

Editorial comment – more needs to be done: 

There also needs to be a change in the content of what is taught in schools, and how students are being taught in schools — changing from Type #2 education, and returning to Type #1 education.  [Type #1 and Type #2 education are discussed on the Home Page of this website, and in blogs:  0005, 0091, and 0247]

Teachers need to be taught to teach, rather than being trained and forced to be facilitators and baby-sitters, spying and reporting on students, parents and other teachers.

Information on ESSA (Every Child Succeeds Act)

ESSA (Every Child Succeeds Act) codified individual data tracking, social, emotional, behavioral and attitude standards and interventions, and a lot more:   0252, 0248, 0244, 0206, 0205, 0097

ESSA didn’t change some of what was already going on in many schools, but since it became federal law in December 2015, it has been officially forcing every school to comply.

Betsy DeVos’ American Enterprise Institute (AEI) speech linked in full

You can read here the full transcript of the speech U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos gave on January 16, 2018, at an American Enterprise Institute (AEI) conference, “Bush-Obama School Reform: Lessons Learned.” Continue reading

0288_January 18, 2018_Common Core standards limit Massachusetts students (and other states’ students) — by Robert Holland — Boston Herald

Donna Jack
January 6, 2018

An article below, printed in The Boston Herald, reports more sad evidence revealing that people who supported Common Core were absolutely wrong in thinking that Common Core was something good for our country.  People fell for the Common Core talking points that it was only a vague standard, and not curriculum — with a carrot of “free” money from the government.

To find other blog pieces on Common Core on this site, search above next to the Spyglass or in the Table f Contents:   “Bracken”  “Dangers of Common Core” “Standardize” or “Peg Luksik.”

A 2013 Common Core Debate

A 2013 Common Core debate is linked in blog 0089_Steamboat Institute Freedom Conference_Dabate with Larua Boggs for Common Core, and Jim Stergios against Common Core  (a transcript of the debate is in blog 0089).

An excerpt from the article below:

These standards rely on process- and skills-based ideas, which brush aside knowledge of Western and English literary traditions,” remarked one of the Pioneer analysts, Emory University English professor Mark Bauerlein.

“Instead, the new-age standards offer a heaping serving of multiculturalism, plus the preposterous notion of 21st century mathematics that renders obsolete, principles validated centuries ago. This is how the dumbing-down so beloved by social levelers proceeds.

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0287_Team Jeb! Bigger and Stronger at U.S. Dept. of Ed_By Jane Robbins_ January 2, 2017 – also links to Bracken’s 2013 background of Common Core and more resources

Donna Jack
January 4, 2017

Common Core (centralized control of education) continues to be cemented into the fabric of education in the United States.

Two excerpts from the article below:

The latest concern is the appointment by President Trump of “Frank Brogan, a longtime Bush ally from Florida.”   “Does this move snuff out the last hope that Trump will keep his campaign promises to stop federal support of Common Core and return control over education to the states and the people?

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From: Donna Garner [mailto:wgarner1@hot.rr.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 4:09 PM
To: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Subject: TEAM JEB! BIGGER AND STRONGER AT U. S. DEPT. OF ED. — BY JANE ROBBINS — TAE – 1.2.18

1.2.18 – Truth in American Education
https://truthinamericaneducation.com/federalized-education/team-jeb-grows-stronger-u-s-department-education/

 “Team Jeb! Grows Bigger and Stronger at U.S. Department of Education”
by jane robbins

Team Jeb! grows bigger and stronger at the U.S. Department of Education (USED). The key position of assistant secretary of education for elementary and secondary education has gone to Frank Brogan, a longtime Bush ally from Florida. We don’t know who recommended Brogan, but we do know who appointed him – President Trump. Does this move snuff out the last hope that Trump will keep his campaign promises to stop federal support of Common Core and return control over education to the states and the people?

As soon as Trump appointed Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary, concern surfaced about her history of supporting the one education policy that Trump railed against during the campaign: the Common Core national standards (though she backtracked, sort of, when appointed). DeVos also apparently embraced the Bush worldview on education – centralized control with benefits distributed to various corporate and other stakeholders. Her strong and longstanding ties to Team Bush include donating to and serving on the board of Jeb’s Foundation for Excellence in Education, which pushes policies such as so-called competency-based education, digital training, increased data-collection on students, and government preschool.

All of these policies were favored by the Obama education establishment as well (the only significant difference between Obama and Bush on education issues concerns school choice).  DeVos’s selection thus signaled a continuation of most policies of the last eight years.

Unsurprisingly, DeVos has now surrounded herself not with representatives of the pro-constitutionalist, anti-Common Core wing of education but with Bush acolytes such as Carlos Muniz as USED general counsel. But the USED position of most interest to parent activists throughout the country — assistant secretary for K-12 education – remained to be filled. Giving that job to a proven anti-Common Core warrior would rekindle hope for some change in USED’s trajectory. But Trump gave the job to Frank Brogan. Continue reading

0268_Paul Ryan-Patty Murray bill permits and requires creation of national database_Part 1: Eagle Forum_ vote to be in Congress Nov. 15_how to contact Congress

Donna Jack
November 13, 2017

[Next blog – information sent out today by Susan Berry, with information on this same subject.]
[At end of this article:  How to make calls, and how to find out who represents you in Congress and in your state.]
[Copy of HR 4174 — 2017-11-13_HR 4174_text_require Fed eval activities_Improve …data mgt…other purposes]

Bill in Congress to further eliminate privacy of everyone.

A bill in Congress, is attempting nationally take away the privacy of all of us — in the name of transparency.  Do not be fooled by glowing reports from the Dept. of Education (Betsy DeVos).  She has a long history of supporting financially, and supporting by being on the board of a national group that has always supported Common Core.  (Example: Jeb Bush’s FEE – Foundation for Excellence in Education — which has always been aligned with nationalizing education through Common Core).

See other blogs on this site that talk about Betsy DeVos’ actual words and her actual actions connected with education. Though many of her words sound good, not all of them do.  Find those blogs by typing in her name after you click the “spy glass” at the top of this page.

Eagle Forum alerts us to a vote that is scheduled to happen in the US House of Representatives
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Eagle Forum, founded by Phyllis Schlafly, always has been on the front line, protecting our freedoms and our national sovereignty.

You can read below, and link here, to their excellent, thorough information on HR 4174 sponsored by Speaker Paul Ryan – legislation which is due for a vote this Wednesday.

http://mailchi.mp/eagleforum/help-protect-student-citizen-data-privacy-house-vote-on-hr-4174-national-database-bill-on-wednesday-11-15-call-to-say-no?e=11c5468dae

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Eagle Forum Nov. 13, 2017 letter – HR 4174:
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0258_Online training to equip people to learn how to combat the censorship, lies and distortions that are in our schools

Donna Jack
October 16, 2017

In Blog 0257, Tim Leonard’s letter called out our school superintendent for pushing the gross misuse of our children in Jefferson County (Colorado)  — when he introduced more radical left-wing curriculum for all our school children — starting as young as 5 years old.  The superintendent justifies this all, in the name of compassionately responding to gross inhumane violence in Charlottesville, VA.

Below may provide a central resource to learn how to combat the destruction of truth that is in happening in our schools.

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Friday, October 13, 2017 9:45 AM
To: Donna Garner
Subject: STOP THE BIAS AND INDOCTRINATION IN STUDENTS’ TEXTBOOKS — TRUTH IN TEXTBOOKS — ONLINE TRAINING PROVIDED — 10.13.17

[10.13.17 — For those people who are desperately concerned about the bias and indoctrination that are found in so many of students’ instructional materials/textbooks, I highly recommend your getting involved with  Truth in Textbooks.  Reviewers trained by TNT are making a difference throughout the country.  TNT training is done online, and a new class is being formed for January 2018. Please go to the TNT website to learn more and to sign up. Help spread the word.  – Donna Garner]

 9.18.19 – HERE IS THE LATEST INFORMATION ABOUT  TRUTH IN TEXTBOOKS

www.truthintextbooks.com

Truth In Textbooks &#8212; Ensuring Truth in Textbooks
Ensuring Truth in Textbooks
Truth in Textbooks Facebook

 Fighting the “PC” Police, Taking Back Our Children’s Textbooks –
Join “Truth in Textbooks”
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0255_“Bill Bennett Touts Trump Has More Conservative Cabinet Than Reagan” By Dr. Susan Berry–THAT IS NOT SO

Donna Jack
October 14, 2017

Summary statement from end of article below:

“Too many of the people selected for K-12 policy can be expected to continue the trajectory launched by progressive educators a century ago and reaching new heights under Obama and his secretaries,” she [Dr. Susan Berry] asserts.… ”

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From Donna Garner:   pdf here or see below:

10.13.17 – Breitbart

 “Bill Bennett Touts Trump Has More Conservative Cabinet Than Reagan”
By Dr. Susan Berry

 http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/10/13/bill-bennett-touts-trump-conservative-cabinet-reagan/

 Dr. Bill Bennett, secretary of education under President Ronald Reagan, told attendees at the Values Voter Summit Friday that President Donald Trump’s Cabinet is a “more conservative cabinet” than Reagan’s Cabinet was.

Bennett – now a radio host and author – specifically named current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos “my friend … who is fighting to empower parents,” as an example of conservatism, and defended her signature policy of school choice.

However, both Bennett and DeVos have come under fire from many conservative parents throughout America for their support – mentioned or otherwise – for the Common Core standards. The movement to eradicate the federally funded and supported Common Core has been led by one of the most significant “populist” grassroots efforts in decades.

As Breitbart News reported in 2014, Bennett drew the ire of anti-Common Core parents throughout the country after penning an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that made a “conservative case for Common Core.”

 In his column, Bennett reiterated all the “talking points” of the pro-Common Core education establishment. His remarks – especially from one who served in Reagan’s Cabinet under a president who had desired to eliminate the U.S. Education Department (USED) – led to an uproar. Ultimately, Bennett admitted that public relations, lobbying, and business consulting firm DCI Group had paid him to write the column. Continue reading

0252_Sept. 27, 2017_ Action Step: Child Abuse in the Classroom — a Legal Challenge to ESSA_ Send Email to President Trump–See other ESSA posts on this site

Donna Jack
September 28, 2017

From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 10:16 AM

“Action Step: Child Abuse in the Classroom, a Legal Challenge to ESSA”
By Donna Garner – 9.27.17

 http://www.educationviews.org/action-step-child-abuse-classroom-legal-challenge-essa-send-e-mail-pres-trump/

[Please join this effort to let Pres. Trump know how desperately concerned we are about the new ESSA (replacement for NCLB) and its codification into law of the implementation of social, emotional, and behavioral standards and interventions into our nation’s classrooms. Simply cut/copy/paste this article but add your own name and home address.  Then e-mail to Pres. Trump.  If you sincerely care about protecting children from child abuse by the government, please take action now. – Donna Garner]

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To:  The Honorable President Donald Trump, president@whitehouse.gov
From:  Donna Garner (Please put your own home address here.)
Re:  Grassroots Campaign —  Child Abuse in the Classroom, A Legal Challenge to ESSA —
http://www.childabuseintheclassroom.com/

 Date:  9.27.17

 On September 27, 2017, Citizens across the United States are going to wage an aggressive grassroots effort to stop The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

 Our nationwide campaign, Child Abuse in the Classroom, A Legal Challenge to ESSA, is prepared to oppose this federal legislation. Parents and citizens across the United States are requesting an immediate injunction to stop the implementation of social, emotional, and behavioral standards and interventions that have been codified in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) passed and signed into law in December of 2015. Continue reading

0249_Betsy DeVos was right to chose to Scrap Obama Campus Sex Policy That Weaponized Govt. to Work Against Students_ By Dr. Susan Berry_Sept. 9, 2017

Donna Jack
September13, 2017

Last week Dept. of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was right
to stand against Obama’s Campus Sex Policy

Betsy Devos, Secretary of Education in the U.S. Department of Education, decided last week week, to stand up against kangaroo trials on campuses.  [Verdicts that are not impartial justice — in these cases, verdicts that are decided against young or older men, in advance.]

It is right that Betsy DeVos is standing up for those who have been accused, prosecuted and punished without a trial — those who have not been given a chance to present a case in their defense.

In this country we are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty — but too frequently in recent history, the supposition of innocence until proven guilty has been reversed:  people are fmore commonoly considered guilty until proven innocent; and even when they are proven innocent, they must still suffer repercussions of having been treated as guilty when they were innocent.

There were two letters by President Obama (in 2010 and 2011) that expanded qualifications that would label a person guilty — qualifications that went far beyond any good reasoning.

But Betsy DeVos continues to think ESSA(Every Student Succeeds Act)
and Common Core are good.

I hope Betsy DeVos also comes to understand that both ESSA and Common Core are wrong, and violate rights of individuals and states to determine education of children.   Control of edeucation is supposed ot be a local and state issue.

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0247_This website had its 2nd birthday last month_ Type #1 and Type #2 ed._ Tour of this site_from Donna Jack

Donna Jack
Sept. 04, 2017

Two years, one month, and one week ago, on July 28, 2015, I posted my first blog on this website.

A listing of all the posts can be found in the Table of Contents — each entry in the Table of Contents has a link to the corresponding blog post.

The Home Page shows what is wrong with education —
and 
the most critical thing to understand
in order to reverse the decline in education today – and to save our nation.

How do we fix the rapid decline in the education of too many people who do not graduate, and too many who do graduate from High Schools, Colleges and Universities?

It is not the condition of the buildings and other facilities — it is not the talent and good intentions and dedication of highly trained and competent teachers, administrators, counselors, teacher librarians, and all the support staff — it is not the freedom to choose the school a child attends (especially if all schools have Type #2 education) — it is not the amount of interest of the parents, or of the students — it is not computerizing all education and gathering more and more data on children, families, teachers, etc. — it is not simply emphasis on certain subjects like sports, music, art, science, technology, mathematics, language arts, reading, writing — it is not focus on becoming a global citizen — it is not in forcing all students to accept everything that students do and believe (unless they are politically incorrect).  Standardizing all attitudes, values, beliefs and behaviors is not the answer, either — and training children to want to change their sexual identity will not improve education standards.

The thing that really matters is THE TYPE OF EDUCATION BEING TAUGHT IN THE CURRICULUM — THE CONTENT.  Type #2 education is taking over our country — to the detriment of everyone.  We need a shift back to Type #1.

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0246_A 35-page list Donna Garner put together in 2015 with articles, etc. about Common Core from Dec. 2009 through Dec 2013_Alice Linahan’s Facebook address

Donna Jack
August 16, 2017

I found this treasure this evening, when searching through old emails for Alice Linahan’s webcasts.  Alice Linahan’s facebook:  https://twitter.com/alicelinahan?lang=en

Donna Garner is on Alice’s webcast right now (August 16, 2017).

The following document is well worth copying, from the pdf, or from the online link.  It is important historical information for your files on Common Core.  Donna Garner originally sent it out in 2015 — 35 pages of links to podcasts, videos, articles, YouTubes, commentaries, etc., over a four-year period.  I can’t wait to dig into them myself.  Many of then will be resources I have already studied – both new and review are important.

0246_Donna Garner 2015 35-page List of information on Common Core.pdf

http://www.educationviews.org/updated-anti-common-core-resources-list-12-11-09-12-31-13/_35 pages