Category Archives: Compulsory Schooling

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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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

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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0114_Two more chances in Colorado to hear movie producer Curtis Bowers, and watch his movie “Agenda 2″_July 15 and 16

Donna Jack
July 14, 2016
(July 15, 2016_ update with link to information on appearances in other states through July 2016)

TWO MORE CHANCES TO SEE CURTIS BOWERS ON HIS COLORADO TOUR

07/15/2016 – Woodland Park, CO at Ute Pass Cultural Center
07/17/2016 – Colorado Springs, CO at Stargazers Theatre

LAST EVENING’S SHOWING OF AGENDA 2 (in Colorado — see other states where Curtis Bowers will be appearing through July 2016)

Last evening Curtis Bowers and four of his nine children were at the Evergreen, Colorado showing of Agenda 2.

Other blogs (with links to his site) that speak of the summer 2016 Curtis Bowers Colorado tour:  Blogs 0110 and 0111.

Up until around Thanksgiving, the Bowers family plans to continue their United States tour promoting the documentary Agenda 2 —   revealing the truth about the deliberately-designed and executed plan to destroy our country.

You have two more chances (July 15 and 17) to meet Curtis Bowers in Colorado, listen to him speak, ask questions, and visit with him before and after the showing of his second documentary, Agenda 2.

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0106_Common Core – not what its supporters thought it was_Some history of Race to the Top (RTTT) and Common Core in Colorado

Donna Jack
June 15, 2016

the Core standards do not do academically what supporters said they would and that linking them to high-stakes tests harms students.” [This quotation is from an article written by Valerie Strauss, linked here, and spoken of in blog 0108.

From the beginning, many people knew where RTTT and Common Core would lead.

There are people across our country who have known since the introduction of Race to the Top (RTTT) in 2009, that it would be a giant step toward putting all control of public, private and home schooling, into the hands of a few people.

This is part of a planned takeover of the control of education by people outside our government.  It is being funded mostly by our own tax dollars.  This subject is talked about in blog 0074_Common Core: Subversive Threat to Education_Karen Bracken_April 8, 2013_YouTubeHere you can also find a “searchable” transcript of the entire YouTube of Karen Bracken’s presentation.

Those who want centralization of our education system were pleased with RTTT (the funding and implementation apparatus for Common Core).

People aware of this government take-over of our education system, have been spreading the word, in the hope of getting back local control.

Some people who in 2009 – 2004 were supporting Common Core and Race to the Top (RTTT) thought they would help improve our education system.

Some people who did not want centralized control, and at the same time didn’t understand the implications of RTTT (which forced Common Core education uniformity throughout our country) — still supported RTTT and Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  They gave their support to CCSS, thinking they would only be a national recommendation for minimum goals that individual states should aim for.  They would say, “Common Core State Standards are recommendations with no strings attached, and we can choose to follow or ignore them — they are just a recommended floor (minimum standard),  not a ceiling.”  They Continue reading

0090_Label-Libel_a term used in “Teaching as a Subversive Activity” by Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner_a 1969 book to teach teachers

Donna Jack
April 23, 2016

Around 1982 I purchased:  Teaching as a Subversive Activity:  A no-holds-barred assault on outdated teaching methods – with dramatic and practical proposals on how education can be made relevant to today’s world. – 1969 by Neil Postman & Charles Weingartner.

At the time I purchased it, I was pretty much a full-time volunteer at Collet Park Elementary School.

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Not just your regular hard-working mommie-volunteer

When I say “full-time volunteer,” I did many of the regular mommie volunteer jobs — bringing  brownies for parties, periodically helping on the school playground or after school as the children were leaving school.  Like some mothers, I was an active member of the PTA and was on the Advisory Council – I was the parent sponsor of the Student Council.  I headed up the talent show, and the ice cream social that took place after the show; the weekly pop-corn sales; projects that the students did, etc.

But in addition to all this, I was also inside the classrooms, day after day, listening to children who read to me; teaching some classes; learning about the unreasonable conditions under which teachers had to teach; learning about all the responsibilities teachers had outside the classrooms; observing how teachers taught; observing the principal (who considered parents the enemy) as he coached the teachers to make sure to keep all school work away from parents; watching the students in the classrooms; taking about 1/2 of the students (5th grade non-readers) out of the classroom and teaching reading, so the teacher could teach the rest of the children; teaching music from class to class; officially reviewing curriculum from 4 or 5 publishers; etc.

[note:  I didn’t know the first thing about teaching reading then, but ended up inspiring at least one girl to get a real tutor and learn how to really read.]

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Teaching as a Subversive Activity — It is meant to instruct teachers

Recently I showed the book Teaching as a Subversive Activity to a couple friends.  When they read the title, they assumed the book was written to expose the tactics used by some teachers to subvert students.

I pointed out that I had purchased the book in a teacher supply store about 34 years ago.  It was written to TEACH TEACHERS HOW TO SUBVERSIVELY CHANGE STUDENTS’ ATTITUDES, BELIEFS AND BEHAVIORSContinue reading

0089_2013 Steamboat Institute Freedom Conference_Debate with Laura Boggs for Common Core, and Jim Stergios against Common Core_supporting links and info.

Donna Jack
April 18, 2016

The  Common Core Debate at the 2013 Steamboat Institute Freedom Conference took place at the Steamboat Grand Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  It was the Steamboat Institute‘s 5th Annual Freedom Conference.

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Laura Boggs in support of Common Core, and Jim Stergios against Common Core

Linked:
1)  YouTube of the debate [1:18] that took place August 23, 2013 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
2)  Transcript by Donna Jack–and links to all 37 audio tracks_Boggs_Stergios_ divided into 37 tracks.
3)  This is a link to a document with links to all 37 audio tracks aligned with 37-track transcript.
4)  Each of the 37 audio tracks, aligned with the transcript, are also linked at the end of this blog.
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MODERATOR AND DEBATE PARTICIPANTS:

Former US Congressman Bob Schaffer, moderator.

Bob was on the Colorado State Board of Education in 2010, and voted against Common Core when four of our seven state school board members voted to bring Common Core into Colorado, August 2, 2010.  Randy DeHoff (republican), voted with the three democrats to bring us Common Core.  Bob is the principal of Liberty Common High School.
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Laura Boggs debated in support of Common Core.

Laura was elected to the Jefferson County public school district in 2009, and is greatly disturbed that far too many students are not learning what they need to learn in school to become functioning literate adults.  Laura is a Univ. of Michigan grad in business administration, and a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies.

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Jim Stergios debated against Common Core.

Jim is Executive Director of the Pioneer Institute, a Boston-based think tank founded in 1988.  He has a PhD from Boston University.  He has taught at the university level, and was headmaster at a preparatory school.  He runs (at the time of the debate) a prep school in Japan.
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0088_Analysis of a recent WSJ piece by Piereson and Riley_to have SAT be the only measure of college readiness_Bad Idea!

Donna Jack
April 13, 2016

Link to a March 30, 2016 article in the Wall Street Journal –
Here’s Why Tests Matter
by James Piereson and Naomi Schaefer Riley

This is the first blog piece about the above-linked article that recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal.  The title of the article is:  Here’s Why Tests Matter:  The SAT is especially important. With grade inflation, report cards are basically meaningless.”

I believe this  WSJ piece unintentionally recommends a solution that will further eliminate literacy in our country.  I suspect the authors of the article are trying to come up with a way to help overcome the fact that many of the grades of students in schools don’t reflect the incompetency and illiteracy of the students.  There are a number of reasons these grades are artificially high.

One reason for this false reporting is that teacher, counselor, administration, etc.  positions and salaries are directly related to the test scores of the students  under them.  Teachers and others don’t want to fail along with their students.  Also, failing teachers means failing schools – which may mean school closures or other unpleasant consequences.

Some lies about school achievement take place to protect jobs, or to placate parents.

False reporting of grades makes it challenging to figure out which grades accurately reflect the academic knowledge of students.  These false reports help hide the fact that education is diminishing across this country.

Very sad is the fact that too many people think it is alright to lie.

These inflated grades should not be used as a reason to discard all grades.  Thankfully some people are still honest (a virtue that is neither encouraged in most national curriculum nor encouraged within most schools anymore).   Still, some students have actually earned the grades they have (whether those grades are high, average or low). Continue reading

0078_Arne Duncan with Charlie Rose_YouTube_March 13, 2009_school should be 12-14 hours a day, 7 days a week, year round_Article telling how Arne reshaped American Education

Donna Jack
First posted Feb. 27, 2016/revised Feb. 28, 2016

[quote from __https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuO_nB7WY9w__]

Sec. of Education Arne Duncan recently [before March 13, 2009] appeared on the Charlie Rose show. He discusses the impact of community schools on children, families and neighborhoods.”
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[Quoted from the 45-second YouTube clip linked below:]

“Published on May 17, 2013

“Secretary Arne Duncan proposes schools become the center of the community and stay open 12-14 hours a day 7 days a week.

“Wait, I thought the family was the center of the community?”
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The extended version of the Charlie Rose/Arne Duncan interview is 3 hours and 33 minutes long.

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President Obama chose Arne Duncan to be U.S. Secretary of Education.  Arne was confirmed January 20, 2009, and stepped down October 2, 2015.

Here is an article: “How Arne Duncan Reshaped American Education.”  He accomplished most of his goals while U.S. Secretary of Education.

Lamar Alexander, U.S. Secretary of Education under a republican president, and Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education under a democrat president, both saw public school as the place children should be at, during their waking hours – not at home and not with their families.  Arne Duncan just expanded on Lamar’s bizarre picture of the role public school should play in the lives of children.