Category Archives: Centralized planning vs Individual freedom and property rights

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

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

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

 

 

0239_What happened Aug 1, 2017 at Jeffco County Commissioners’ Staff Briefings_ELID not to be on ballot 2017_Testimony Oltmans and Wagner against LID_links to all posts so far on ELID

Donna Jack
August 3, 2017

Gramma Griizzly’s Corner

Following is a link to email announcement of Aug 1, 2017 meeting – the county’s schedule for the meeting and county staff recommendations:  – 2017-07-28_County Commissioner’s meeting on ELID_Aug 1 – BCC briefed on ELID_schedule

ELID may have been stopped, but…

The documentation on this site, related to the proposed ELID is important, even though supposedly the proposed ELID is not moving forward.  These blogs will give you a heads-up, so you can see the original direction of this ELID  (Evergreen Local Improvement District), and work to head off whatever it morphs into.

Listed are previous blog posts on this site so far about the ELID issue – including a YouTube of Dean Dalvit presenting his proposal at the Evergreen Lake House.  The blogs on this subject so far:  0234, 0236, 0238, and 0239 (this blog piece).  Titles and links to these blog pieces are at the end of this blog.

Beginning of report on August 1, 2017 Jeffco County Commissioner’s
Staff Briefings

After the conclusion of the 8:00 public testimony on the first floor of the Jefferson County County Building, people moved to the 5th floor conference room for staff briefings for the County Commissioners.

The staff presentation was scheduled to end at 10:45.  It was over well before 9:45, when I arrived. I stayed to talk with people who attended, and below is a report.

Unexpected offer to testify on any of the four agenda items,
to those who were present

Near the end of the public testimony, Commissioner Libby Szabo asked if there were any more people who wanted to testify – and welcomed Dee Oltmans and DeDe Wagner to speak. That was a surprise for them.

Even though Dee Oltmans and DeDe Wagner were not expecting to be able to testify, they were happy to take the opportunity to speak up against the proposed LID. Continue reading

0236_Fact Sheet and Recommended Actions in Connection with Proposed Local Improvement District (LID) in Evergreen

Donna Jack
July 24, 2017

This past week Kathryn Isenberger sent out a 2017 ELID Fact Sheet and action suggestions.

[http://jeffcoeducationtruth.com/grammagrizzly/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/2017-ELID-Fact-Sheet-and-action-suggestions.pdf]

See also Blog Post 0234_Proposed Local Improvement District (LID) to be pushed onto Evergreen, Colorado_Dean Dalvit video June 6, 2017 at Evergreen Lake House

PROPOSED Evergreen Local Improvement District
Facts and Action Suggestions

FACTS

What it is not:  Connected in anyway to “Affordable Housing” AFFH, Federal Grant Money — that was a separate matter being dealt with by the County Commissioners.

What it is:  Additional level of Jefferson County government in the unincorporated Evergreen area, the boundaries of which would be El Rancho on the north, south along Hwy 74 including downtown Evergreen, around the lake south along Hwy 73 to Marshdale, encompassing Evergreen Metropolitan District and West Jefferson County Metropolitan District.  (Shown on attached map.), run by a 5-7 person appointed Board by the Commissions, not elected by Evergreen residents, which would instruct Jefferson County staff (through the Board of County Commissioners), to oversee and manage the projects identified by the appointed Board.

If approved, how long will the LID last?  In perpetuity. Organizers will submit the LID application based upon perpetuity  Per Dean Dalvit, they do not want to provide for a sunset provision.

How much $$ would be generated annually from the 1% sales tax?  Approximately $1 million. Continue reading

0234_Proposed Local Improvement District (LID) to be pushed onto Evergreen, Colorado_ Dean Dalvit video June 6, 2017 at Evergreen Lake House_the Delphi Method/Technique

Donna Jack
July 17, 2017

A meeting in June, that will be considered
to have gotten “public input” and
to have shown “public support”

Not many people knew of the June 6, 2017 meeting at the Evergreen Lake House – nor did they know of its significance.  Questions were not allowed during the meeting, though people were promised that they could ask questions as soon as the formal presentation was over.  They were not told that they would be unable to ask any questions in front of other people, but would be broken up into groups after stretching their legs.

The Delphi Method or
Delphi Technique

This is the Delphi Method, a tactic I have witnessed repeatedly  in the Jefferson County Colorado public school district.  It is used at almost every one of their public forums and workshops.  No matter what the meeting, there is no real input from the public, no answering of questions, no discussion — at the most, people are “given choices” that are already on the table to pick from.  It is a tactic meant to keep people from asking any questions that are answered in public, and keep them from having any influence on public opinion and outcomes.  The outcome is “predetermined.”  No discussion is allowed for others to hear.  It is meant to muzzle people and guarantee that those in “control” can bully their own way through.

An excellent, detailed article you can read on this technique is :  “The Delphi Technique:  Let’s Stop Being Manipulated!” by Albert V. Burns.
http://www.vlrc.org/articles/110.html

“The process used to ‘facilitate’ the meeting is called the Delphi Technique. This Delphi Technique was developed by the RAND Corporation for the U.S. Department of Defense back in the 1950s. It was originally intended for use as a psychological weapon during the cold war.

“However, it was soon recognized that the steps of Delphi could be very valuable in manipulating ANY meeting toward a predetermined end.” Continue reading

0229_AMERICAN HEALTHCARE IN CRISIS: PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS_Parts 1-4_by “DOC”_July 2017

Donna Jack
July 7, 2017

Outline of “Doc’s” articles below:
Part 1: How Health Care Became So Expensive in America
Part 2:
Medicaid, and Why Single Payer Won’t Work
Part 3: Comparing the Costs of “Billed Through Insurance” to “Self Pay”
Part 4: Pre-Existing Conditions and More Free Market Solutions

Articles by “Doc” posted July 4, 2017.
An introduction by “Doc” and links to all four of his articles about
American Healthcare in Crisis.
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“It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication, somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication, and a government bureaucracy to administer it.” – Thomas Sowell

AMERICAN HEALTHCARE IN CRISIS: PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS
http://tipofthespear.net/spearofliberty/2017/07/04/american-health-care-in-crisis-problems-and-solutions/

We are truly at a crossroads in American healthcare.  The seemingly endless layers of regulations and requirements, as well as the overhead for the bureaucracy itself, are crushing it. 
 
Our healthcare system has become rife with corruption and inefficiency.  Special interests lobby politicians to force you to buy their services and pay for subsidies, while politicians leverage their influence to garner votes and enrich themselves and their friends. 
 
Doctors and patients have been reduced to being mere commodities. 
 
When Obamacare was being pushed through Congress, we were told premiums would go down; that we would get to keep our doctor; and that visits to the ER would decrease.  Exactly the opposite happened.  The government has exacerbated, if not created, this crisis. 

0228_Heartbreaking Video of a North Korean Refugee sharing about what she escaped_ Are North Korea, China and Russia Communist?_ Project Veritas James O’Keefe_Trevor Loudon_ Robert Buchar films_ YouTubes

Donna Jack
July 6, 2017/updated July 7, 2017

Introduction to “North Korean Refugee Tells Her Story.”

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
Said by Ronald Reagan – quotations by Ronald Reagan
40th president of US (1911 – 2004)

We must do our best to stand up for freedom, and protect our children from the “one world” “godless” teachings that are being infused into the minds of students in almost all public schools, and in many private schools — including Christian schools and other religious schools.  It begins in nurseries, pre-schools and day-cares – and continues in all forms of public (and even private) education – even at Christian universities and seminaries.  The popular media in our country continues the narrative of one world without God.

“Without God, all things are permitted.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Eliminate recognition of the existence and intervention of God, and you have totalitarian states.

A friend of mine who escaped Communist China tells a similar story as the young lady from North Korea — this similar story exists across the world — repeated accounts of the fear, brain-washing, and brutality like this young Korean witnessed and experienced as she grew up under Communism in China.

North Korean Refugee Tells Her Story.

 Listen to this dear young lady who is a refugee from North Korea.  Her account is heartbreaking…and a foreboding warning to us.  Centralized control leads to uncontrolled abuses.

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0215_Part 2_looking closer at Belittling Parents and Ignoring Evidence Won’t Work (by Jane Robbins)- links worth exploring

Donna Jack
June 14, 2017

This blog is a companion to Blog 0214.

The links in Jane Robbins’ article contain invaluable information – Her article Belittling parents and Ignoring Evidence Won’t Work.

Download her article in pdf here:
Link to the article online: https://truthinamericaneducation.com/common-core-state-standards/belittling-parents-and-ignoring-evidence/.

Search on this website using her name, for other blogs with her material.
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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 8:58 AM
To: Donna Garner
Subject: BELITTLING PARENTS AND IGNORING EVIDENCE WON’T WORK — BY JANE ROBBINS — TRUTH IN AMERICAN EDUCATION — 6.7.17

Belittling Parents and Ignoring Evidence Won’t Work

The Collaborative for Student Success belittling parents and ignoring well-founded research that supports their arguments is a poor method of persuasion.

 

6.7.17 – Truth in American Education Continue reading