Category Archives: Common Core

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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0120_Summary of education issues in the 2016-2017 school year_Bond and Mill Levy Override (taxes) to be on November ballot__Data-gathering video and transcript_PERA — by Donna Jack

Donna Jack
July 26, 2016/edited July 27, 2016 10:30 PM

THIS IS A SUMMARY BLOG OF MANY EDUCATION ISSUES.

School Board meeting Thursday, July 28, 2016.

July 22nd, Helen Neal sent out a notice of the first 2016-2017 school year Jefferson County Colorado School Board (Jeffco BOE) special meeting – study/dialogue session.  Helen is Chief of Staff Superintendent/Board of Education.  Near the end of this blog is a link with more information and information about the meeting.  There you will find information telling you how to get on the notification email list concerning all school board meetings (three or more a month).
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Because of what public schools have become, I am sad

to see the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year in Jefferson County, Colorado.  I have witnessed this mess progressively developing since I became aware of the problems in the 1960s.

Some of you may not be aware that schools are not what the taxpayer thinks they are paying for.

Some things that sadden me:

Parents, once again, will be told how great their children are doing (or how miserable they are doing, and that they need to be put on drugs, and fixed by the system).  Parents  will be told how wonderful the schools are, and how excellent their school district is, compared to other school districts (but not told that all school districts keep declining every year).

Most students will be stressed because of all the pressure to “perform” — caused by the lack of tools they have been given to succeed in school (like reading!).  A huge percentage of students are put on mind-control drugs to make them more docile/compliant.  Most kids don’t want to  hurt their teachers and their school, so their own failures to perform will put more pressure on them — they will miss the chance to experience excitement in learning and the adventure of exploring and discovering — they will not enjoy school — they will be dumbed down.

Teachers will be overburdened and discouraged by the controls and requirements that will be forced on them.  They will use their teaching skills less this year,  and they will increasingly be relegated to being “room monitors” while “experts” and computers will individually “school each student.”   They will continue gathering every bit of information they possibly can, on each of their students, and coordinating with every person who has contact with each student.  All the information on a child will continue to be gathered and placed on a dashboard, to make it easier for each child to be analyzed by more people.

The public will be told that the schools must have more money, in order to better teach students.  It is not true.  Increased amounts of money keep being poured into the schools — and the results are:  more social experiments and social engineering — less education — less morality — and more poorly-educated people.

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0109_July 1, 2016_Sandra Stotsky writes: The Curriculum is Changing, Once Again Without Public Discussion_Preceeded by Donna Garner comments on Common Core’s Social Justice Agenda and Stotsky’s article

Donna Jack
July 2, 2016

Once again, Donna Garner has given us a helpful introduction, and forwarded us a link to an excellent scholarly article.  She keeps  us up-to-date on the continual destruction of public schooling, through the devious debacle (disaster/failure) called Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Below you can read Donna Garner’s helpful introduction and comments about Sandra Stotsky’s article, read some excerpts from the article, or here you can go straight to Sandra Stotsky’s scholarly article talking about the secret changes to Common Core State Standards.

Note:   Since the beginning of Obama’s administration, he, some people under him, and some people of his choosing, have been using our tax dollars to coerce elected officials into forcing the country into Common Core State Standards.  Common Core deliberately dumbs down our public school children, and constantly indoctrinates them into the social justice agenda.

See more about the social justice agenda in Donna Garner’s email below.

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From: DONNA GARNER <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Saturday, July 2, 2016 9:31 AM
To:
Subject:
CURRICULUM CHANGING AGAIN WITHOUT PUBLIC DISCUSSION – BY SANDRA STOTSKY – 7.1.16

7.1.16 – NewBostonPost.com

[COMMENTS FROM DONNA GARNER:  Dr. Sandra Stotsky is a brilliant education expert and researcher.  Because of her stellar background, she was chosen by the Obama administration to validate the research behind the Common Core Standards.

 Neither she nor Dr. Jim Milgram, an expert mathematician at Stanford University, signed off on the Common Core Standards because there was no independent, peer-reviewed, replicated research nor any international benchmarking to prove that the Common Core Standards were a credible improvement over the traditional forms of education. In fact, David Coleman known as the “architect of the Common Core” never taught school a day in his life. 

 Dr. Stotsky’s article (posted below) contains critical information, one of which is that the Common Core Standards force schools away from the great classic pieces of literature and into the reading of snippets of “informational text.”  CCS has forced the teaching of writing into what CCS calls “evidence-based writing.”  Most experienced English teachers know that students learn to be better writers when they are heavily exposed to classic authors who are great writers – not so with CCS. Continue reading

0108_June 17, 2016_Louisiana to Require Teaching Cursive All the Way Through 12th Grade

Donna Jack
June 22, 2016

You may be aware that public schools DO NOT teach any cursive (unless some teachers are able to sneak it in).  They teach Type #2 education.  Sadly, it is getting increasingly impossible to sneak in good content (Type #1 education), because of the monitoring, and reporting-on teachers.  This monitoring and informing on each other is becoming more and more universal in the public schools.  Public schools almost universally teach teach Common Core Type #2 education.

Teaching cursive had already almost been eliminated in the public schools.  But then Common Core was implemented across the country, and Common Core teaches NO cursive.  Common Core, innocently sold simply as national standards, is federal standards that have directed national curriculum, testing and assessing.  It directs how teachers are taught in universities and in their conferences and retreats.  Schools want to pass the tests based on Common Core content.

Within the below-linked article you will find that Louisiana, which made it state law to teach cursive in grades 3 – 12, also replaced Common Core.  Sounds good but – unfortunately you will read that their new standards are pretty much the same as Common Core (with the exception that their state has mandated teaching cursive).

Note:  Louisiana had to replace another set of standards, to get out from under Common Core.  Why would a state want to get out from under Common Core if it is just a set of suggestions and recommendations?

Elimination of cursive in schools is just one, of the many things, that plays into the hands of those who want to make all the people in the United States illiterate so they can control them.  See:  0014_Making Americans Illiterate: A Key Factor in the Deliberate Dumbing Down of America 

Below, the different approaches for teaching are compared – only in the area of English, Language Arts and Reading.

You can see a more extensive comparison of other areas of teaching here: 0005_Comparison of Type #1 and Type #2 Education | Gramma Griizzly’s Corner

English, Language Arts, Reading (ELAR) Phonics; classical literature; cursive handwriting; grammar; usage; correct spelling; expository, persuasive, research writing Whole language, balanced literacy, Guided Reading; no cursive writing instruction so cannot read primary documents of Founding Fathers

Note:  in the article below, it states that public schools in Louisiana (including charter schools, which are public schools) will teach cursive from 3rd – 12th grade.

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Louisiana to Require Teaching Cursive
All the Way Through 12th Grade

“Starting in 2017, students in Louisiana schools will learn cursive writing in 3rd grade—and they’ll keep getting instruction on it through graduation.

“A bill signed by Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards this week applies to both traditional public schools and charter schools.”

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 http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2016/06/louisiana_cursive_12th_grade.html?cmp=eml-enl-eu-news2

 

0107_“Common Core isn’t preparing students very well for college or career, new report says” June 9, 2016_Valerie Strauss

Donna Jack
June 16, 2016

 “ the Core standards do not do academically what supporters said they would and that linking them to high-stakes tests harms students.

Below are excerpts from a June 9th article by Valerie Strauss, distributed
June 10th by Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>.

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6.9.16 – Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/06/09/common-core-isnt-preparing-students-very-well-for-college-or-career-new-report-says/

“Common Core isn’t preparing students very well for college or career, new report says”

By Valerie Strauss

A new report that surveys curriculum nationally and reaches thousands of K-12 and college instructors as well as workplace supervisors and employees has some bad news about the Common Core State Standards: Many people in education and the workplace don’t think some of the English Language Arts and math standards — which are being used in most states — are what students and workers need to be successful in college and career.

The report, issued by ACT Inc., finds:

  • There are gaps between some Core standards and what college instructors consider important for students to succeed — especially in the area of writing. For example, middle- and high-school teachers say that they have been emphasizing analyzing source texts and summarizing other authors’ ideas as required by the Core, but college instructors say they value this much less than the “ability to generate sound ideas — a skill applicable across much broader contexts.”
  • Though the Core standards were designed to prepare students for college and career, the survey found that many workplace supervisors and employees believe skills necessary for success are not part of the Core. Specifically, they say that the No. 1 skill that ensures success is “conscientiousness.”

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