Category Archives: Common Core

0230_William Bennett, What Watered Down Massachusetts Standards? (Answer: Common Core) – introductory email commentary by Donna Garner_ article by Shane Vander Hart, May 11, 2017

Donna Jack
July 9, 2017

Donna Jack NOTE:  Common Core was firmly established as federal law through ESSA December 10, 2015.  ESSA is the federal law that proponents, and those who voted for it, claimed brought local control to education.   See links to ESSA summary, law, and audio of summary at bottom of this blog piece.  “Search” other blogs on this site about ESSA, Betsy DeVos; Jeb Bush; FEE (Jeb’s Foundation for Excellence in Education); Sandra Stotsky; Common Core; No Child Left Behind (NTLB); etc.
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Massachusetts was a model for the nation.  In the 1990s the state’s standards were raised above the other states, followed by dramatic improvement in their academic accomplishments.  They had better academic education than all the other states.  Then Massachusetts’ education began to fail even more dramatically than it had improved.

Read Donna Garner’s commentary below and link to the article by Shane Vander Hart that she references.  His article is about the dramatic decline in Massachusetts’ education, and Bill Bennett’s apparent ignorance of why Massachusetts “has begun watering down some of its rigorous standards and that performance is starting to backslide.

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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.

 

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0214_Part 1_The Collaborative for Student Success (CSS) – pushers of Common Core_Belittling Parents and Ignoring Evidence by Jane Robbins

Donna Jack
June 14, 2017

This is a companion to Blog 0215.

People supporting Common Core continue to repeat the same lies. You can read the lies, and learn in Jane Robbins’ article, about the truth they are covering up .

The June 7, 2017 article by Jane Robbins – Belittling Parents and Ignoring Evidence Won’t Work – reveals much about the push behind Common Core and the refusal to engage in or be honest about what Common Core really is.

Link to a pdf of:  2017-06-07_Belittling Parents_Ignoring Evidence_Won’t Work_Jane Robbins

Link to her article:  https://truthinamericaneducation.com/common-core-state-standards/belittling-parents-and-ignoring-evidence/

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0212_Dr. Susan Berry June 9, 2017 article about US Dept. of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos surrounding herself with people connected with Jeb Bush’s FEE_ Hanna Skandera_ PARCC

Links to other previous blogs about Betsy DeVos – at the end of this blog

Donna Jack
June 11, 2017/blog links added June 12, 2017

More people connected with Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education (a main supporter of Common Core) are in the U.S. Department of Education.  We can only hope that Betsy DeVos no longer supports Common Core as she did through her finances and associations with Jeb Bush and his foundation (FEE).

Article showing serious “conflict of interest” and
conflict of message around Betsy DeVos and those supporting her
selection as Department of Education Secretary

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/12/14/former-cnn-anchors-education-site-funded-betsy-devos-family-foundation/

Two paragraphs from Dr. Susan Berry’s artricle:

“Though U.S. [Department of] Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has funded and served organizations that promote Common Core – including Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education [FEE] – since her nomination, she has denied she supports the controversial standards.

The secretary, nevertheless, has surrounded herself with advisers and staff who have ties to Bush’s foundation, as well as to Indiana, where Common Core was repealed, but then simplyrebranded.’”

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0207_The Federalist “Why Competency-Based Education will Deepen America’s Education — by Jane Robbins_Jeb Bush’s unparalleled influence on K-12 education

Donna Jack
May 13, 2017

http://thefederalist.com/2017/05/04/competency-based-education-will-deepen-americas-education-crisis/

The Federalist – May 4, 2017 article

Why ‘Competency-Based Education’ Will Deepen America’s Education Crisis

Do we really want a society in which every action a child takes from K-12 is incorporated into an economic planning algorithm that may control the rest of his life?
Jane Robbins

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Despite his failure at presidential politics, Jeb Bush emerged from the recent campaign with perhaps unparalleled influence on K-12 education. Minions with ties to his Florida-based, Bill Gates-funded Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE) are populating the U.S. Department of Education (USED) under Secretary Betsy DeVos, and FEE leverages Bush’s education legacy to push its preferred policies in multiple states. One of those policies is competency-based education (CBE).

0206_Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Implies Common Core Are ‘High Standards’ — she is wrong — by Dr. Susan Berry (May 6, 2017)_Dr. Sandra Stotsky_ Mike Pence_Dr. Jason Zimba_Dr. James Milgrim_Ze’ev Wurman

Donna Jack
May 13, 2017/update 12:52 p.m./updated 2017-05-15

THIS IS A FOLLOW-UP ON BLOG 0205–Go to Blog 0205 for background information connected with this article.

Comments about:   Common Core and ESSA – and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Common Core was coercively pushed on school districts and states across our country,  (using force and threats in addition to bribery) — it was deceptively implemented, keeps growing in its scope, and has not gone away.

Common Core was officially made federal law (ESSA) in December 2015.  If Betsy DeVos does not know that, or if she does and is hiding it, she should not be our Education Secretary.  We need someone who will honestly and thoroughly champion for local control of education — not just in words, and not just in little parts – but have local control truly be the top priority.

Go to the end of Blog 0205, for some links to other blogs on this website that deal with Common Core.  They contain information that will be helpful to people who know nothing about Common Core, and they are also excellent resources for people who have studied Common Core for years.

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5.6.17 – Breitbart

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/05/06/education-secretary-devos-implies-common-core-high-standards/

www.breitbart.com
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says though Common Core no longer exists – itself a controversial statement – she hopes states will still “shoot high.”

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0205_Intro to blog 0206_inadequacies of Common Core_DeVos mistaken about education_ESSA federalized Common Core__FEE is supported by people who want global control of education_Links to some blogs on this site that are about Common Core_Jeb Bush

Donna Jack
May 13, 2017/update May 15, 2017

FEE Chairman Jeb Bush_Meet our Board–meet our donors 2008-2016

Background information to supplement the next blog – Blog 0206

On May 6, 2017, Donna Garner distributed an article by Dr. Susan Berry, which is also the subject of the next blog (blog 0206).   Donna Garner is an invaluable resource.  You can email her, asking her to place your email on her distribution list — Wgarner1@hot.rr.com.

If you don’t know much about Common Core, you can learn a lot from Dr. Berry’s article and the video she linked within the article.  In the video, Jason Zimba admits Common Core does not prepare students for more than, at best, a non-selective junior college.  Jason was a lead writer of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

To learn about those people and organizations pushing Common Core,
the History and goals of Common Core – and its status

Go to Links to blogs, that can be found listed at the end of this article.  They give some detailed background, history and goals of Common Core.  They are good for beginners, as well as for those of us who have studied Common Core for years.  They can be a refresher and can offer new information. Continue reading

0201_Why Competency-based Education will Deepen America’s Education Crisis—by Jane Robbins

Donna Jack
May 4, 2017

Donna Garner forwarded this article across the country today.  Following are a few selections from the article.  You can link the article at:  http://thefederalist.com/2017/05/04/competency-based-education-will-deepen-americas-education-crisis/

Samples from Jane Robbins’
May 4, 2017 Competency-Based Education (CBE) article

“Our Choices: Minimum Competency Or Indoctrination. Some CBE proponents straightforwardly argue that education must be changed to focus less on instilling knowledge and more on training students in “twenty-first-century skills” such as creativity, communication, and collaboration.
Unencumbered by facts, the government can then establish its own definitions of what success looks like in those areas.”

“This is where CBE becomes much more dangerous than its predecessor OBE. Modern technology allows the training to be accomplished much more effectively, and with data-capture mechanisms that can literally reshape our children’s lives.”

“Slicing and Dicing Kids’ Minds for Market Digital learning uses interactive software to track the student’s every keystroke, and perhaps his psysiological reactions, to create a personal mind-map illustrating not just what the child knows but also how his brain works.  This is perfect for CBE.  Th Student can work his way through the different benchmarks at his own pace and have all his responses recorded and incorporated into an algorithm that shows where he is and where he’s likely to go.”

“According to the CEO of mind-mapper Knewton, the ed-tech companies will have so much data on each student that they can predict what he will do and tell him what he should do.  Few parents want the government (through the schools) to have this much information on their children, but of course, parents won’t be told how all this works.”

“CBE isn’t real education. It’s a mechanism for control. States must reject it.
Jane Robbins is an attorney and a senior fellow with the American Principles Project in Washington DC. She is a graduate of Clemson University and the Harvard Law School.”

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5.4.17 – The Federalist

“Why Competency-Based Education
Will Deepen America’s Education Crisis
By Jane Robbins
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0124_Aug. 7, 2016_Open Letter_Destroying Students’ Chances to Succeed_“21st century learning” agenda [e.g., collaboration, project-based learning (PBL), constructivism, Common Core-compliant methods)_By Donna Garner who tells of her experience teaching PBL

Donna Jack
August 13, 2016

The information below from Donna Garner is not simply going on in Texas.

“Education” is being abandoned for “Schooling” throughout our country.  In the United States “schooling” is being completely standardized — forced on every student.  It is a shift away from an “education” of equal opportunity through the learning of knowledge-based skills (reading, writing, science, history, math, etc.).

See the Home Page of this website and Post 0005 for more information on the “education” that has been trashed, and the “schooling” that has replaced it (Type #1 vs Type 2)

Rather than “opportunity” — planned equal “outcomes”  are the goal.  One of these “outcomes” is to program every child to change their world view from nationalism to globalism — support for a government-controlled economy — for a state-directed economy.  Children are being made into “human capital” for those who plan to control and use them.

The 13-minute video of testimony linked below — is testimony by a mother explaining the attempts to manipulate the thinking of her daughter, using 21st Century Learning.

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OPEN LETTER – DESTROYING STUDENTS’ CHANCES TO SUCCEED –
BY DONNA GARNER – 8.6.16
Re:  Collaboration and Project-Based Learning

Donna Garner <donnaggarner@gmail.com>
Sat 8/6/2016 7:32 AMDonna Garner wgarner1@hot.rr.com

http://www.educationviews.org/open-letter-tex-comm-education-mike-morath-texas-state-board-education-members/

This is a must see — Alice Linahan’s short-but-fascinating testimony at the 8.3.16 Texas Senate Education Committee hearing — Using her own daughter’s experiences in a Texas public school classroom, Alice explains the disastrous consequences of the “21st century learning” agenda (e.g., collaboration, project-based learning, constructivism, Common Core-compliant methods).  

LINK TO VIDEO: https://www.facebook.com/AliceL.Linahan/videos/304688039881295/

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0121_One year ago this blog began – Instructions on how to search and use this website_links to many Blogs where you can watch and listen to people tell what is going on in the public schools — by Donna Jack

Donna Jack
July 28, 2016

Use this website for research, and resources.

This blog site has been in existence one year.  I never imagined the work it would take:  to begin learning how to use it, to design a workable format, to start posting, or to  gather good information and keep writing regularly.  Continuing to post regularly can encourage some people to return for more information.  New blog posts appear at least  every week or so (or more frequently).  I aim for weekly.

The Table of Contents helps you easily navigate all the blog posts

In the Table of Contents, you can see the title of each blog, when it was posted, and click the title to get to the blog post.

One of the frustrations I had almost immediately was this:  I would do a tremendous amount of research and work, post a blog, and then it was like all that work disappeared when I posted more blogs.  It was impossible (even for me) to navigate the website.  The  Table of Contents  easily presents, at least on a surface level, what is on the site, and where to find it.

I want to make it even more useful, but may not have the time to carry out that plan.

Why am I doing this website anyway?  — to seek and share truth.

Too many people today have been conditioned to believe that truth is whatever you think it is — or what you are told it is.  I know that truth does exist, and that truth is not relative.  If you look around at the collapse of our society, the main reason for the collapse is the conditioning people have gone through to believe lies.  People believe:   “Truth is relative” — “truth is whatever you want it to be” — “what I believe and what you believe are equally valid” — “if you don’t believe in relative truth, you are wrong and need to be shut up.”

My main purpose is to keep seeking real truth, share what I find, share resources I have found, and hopefully encourage others to wake up, seek truth on their own and escape lies they have been told.  Then they can help themselves and help others.  Truth is freedom — lies are slavery.

More reasons for this site:

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