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0289_ Jan 9, 2018_ Should Americans Accept the College Board’s Deformed History of Europe?–by Peter W. Wood–The Federalist_Links to related blog pieces on this site

Donna Jack
January 11, 2018

In 2013 the Advanced Placement presented a radical revision of the Framework of AP US History (APUSH).  After an outcry across the country, they claimed to have fixed the problems.  Actually they never changed anything, except some insignificant details, in the Framework.  The same tests would have to be given, and the books and resources were not changed.

At the time, Jefferson County (Colorado) School Board Member Julie Williams was treated like an idiot and censor, when she pointed out the truth about the new APUSH Framework and the accompanying course.  She wanted a citizen committee (not made up of people who had a vested interest in the school district) – to review the curriculum and report to the School Board.   Hysteria broke out, and the paid agitators began screaming “censor.”

Just like with the APUSH, the AP European History (APEH) is: “cultural Marxism, identity politics, and history as the unfolding of progressive ideals.”  — quote from the end of this article.

Find at the end of this blog links to other blog pieces about this issue.

In 2013 – 2015, the Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) Framework and course were in the spotlight – The current efforts to change AP European History are a replay of the APUSH changes that were made in 2015.

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From: Donna Garner [mailto:wgarner1@hot.rr.com]
Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2018 9:52 PM
To: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Subject: SHOULD AMERICANS ACCEPT THE COLLEGE BOARD’S DEFORMED HISTORY OF EUROPE? — BY PETER W. WOOD, THE FEDERALIST — 1.9.18

1.9.18 – The Federalist

 “Should Americans Accept The College Board’s Deformed History of Europe?”
By Peter W. Wood, President of National Association of Scholars (NAS)
http://thefederalist.com/2018/01/09/americans-make-peace-college-boards-deformed-history-europe/

 The American Enterprise Institute’s Frederick Hess and Grant Addison writing at National Review Online give the National Association of Scholars (NAS) credit for pointing out flaws in the College Board’s Advanced Placement European History (APEH) framework. But Hess and Addison are concerned that, after the College Board responded to our critique by making changes, NAS has continued to find significant fault with APEH.

 This is familiar territory. A few years ago, NAS drew national attention to flaws in the College Board’s premiere AP framework, the one for U.S. history (APUSH). That framework had stood untouched for decades until the College Board issued a radical revision 2013. The College Board brushed off our criticisms for six months, but as pressure mounted decided in early 2015 that APUSH could stand some improvement. 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

0286_ “You’re nothing but a House Negro”_ [what did this term refer to?] Dec. 30, 2017 email from Derrick Wilburn, Advocate for a Free America_ links to Frederick Douglass (former slave) literacy = freedom blog posts

Donna Jack
January 2, 2017

People who are “liberals” call Derrick and his group “house Negroes” — because they are black and conservative. That is why he chose to send out this history lesson.

At the end of this blog entry are links to other blog posts on this site about:  Literacy = Freedom.

A quote from the end of Derrick Wilburn’s email below:

“Such was the lot of the “house Negro” as opposed to the “field Negro.” Now no one is claiming that being called a “house Negro” is a compliment – it isn’t.  But is being called one truly an insult or is it a display of ignorance of history by those using it?”

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From: Rocky Mtn Black Conservatives [mailto:info@rm-bc.com]
Sent: Saturday, December 30, 2017 2:18 PM
Subject: You’re nothing but a House Negro

Derrick is an advocate for a free America, and
founder of Rocky Mountain Black Conservatives (RMBC).

DERRIC~1

Picture of “field Negroes and ‘overseers.'”_from Derrick Wilburn Dec 30 2017:

Field Negroes_cropped

Where “house Negroes” lived_from Derrick Wilburn Dec. 30, 2017:

PLANTA~1
The pictures you see above depict two relatively distinct classes of people from yesteryear. On top is an actual photograph of “field Negroes.”  This particular picture was taken in Oklahoma in 1897 and shows both field Negroes and ‘overseers.’

Beneath it is a picture of the Cedar Springs plantation in Berkeley County South Carolina. Once upon a time, inside such a home, plus inside thousands others like it across the southern United States, was where “house Negroes” once worked.

It’s that latter term, “house Negroes”,  that’s the subject of this newsletter. Continue reading

0285_”A Christmas to Remember” an archived recording by Phyllis Schlafly_sent out by Phyllis Schlafly Eagles Dec 24, 2017. They included a transcript of the recording._Text of Luke 2: 1-20

Donna Jack
December 24, 2017

Today Phyllis Schlafly Eagles sent out an email that contains an archived radio broadcast of Phyllis Schlafly.  The recording of “A Christmas to Remember”  is below, followed by the contents of the email that has the transcript of the recording.

Luke 2:1-20 (referenced in the recording) can be found near the end of this blog piece.

Link to recording:
https://soundcloud.com/pseagles/december-25-a-christmas-to

From: Phyllis Schlafly Eagles [mailto:ryan=phyllisschlafly.com@mail234.suw14.mcdlv.net] On Behalf Of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles
Sent: Sunday, December 24, 2017 3:06 PM
To:
Subject: A Christmas To Remember

On this Christmas Eve, let’s take a moment to hear about an important Christmas to remember. This story from Phyllis Schlafly will remind us how precious our lives in this nation are and how much we owe to those who have defended it.

Take a listen to this wonderful piece from the Phyllis Schlafly Archives.

https://soundcloud.com/pseagles/december-25-a-christmas-to Continue reading

0284_Merry Christmas to all — and I hope people who are Jewish had a blessed Chanukkah – from Donna Jack

Donna Jack
December 23, 2017

Today I was at a Christmas brunch, and our speaker was a Jewish lady.  She shared a lovely talk about the spirit of Christmas, and then, at the request of one of the people at the luncheon, she gave us an excellent detailed history of Chanukkah.

After the Christmas season, I would like to post some of that history — and share some history of Christmas.

Now it is time for family and friends.

Merry Christmas to everyone (since the words “Merry Christmas” are words that mean: “Have a wonderful Christmas season!”).  And to my Jewish friends, and to all Jewish people, I also hope you had a Blessed and Happy Chanukkah.

 

0283_The College Board’s AP (Advanced Placement) European History — Another Politicized Curriculum Revision Means College Board Needs Competitors_Jane Robbins/Emmett McGroarty

Donna Jack
December 19, 2017

The AP (Advanced Placement) is continuing on its radical leftest road.  See other blogs on this site to read about what they did with AP US History a few years ago.

Below is an article about what they are now doing with AP European History.

People need to resist the carrot of “cheap college class credits earned in High School.”  By selfishly wanting to pay less for college credit, they are choosing to subject their own children to brain washing in Marxist/progressive theory, and supporting the dumbing down and the radicalization of their own children.

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From: Donna Garner [mailto:wgarner1@hot.rr.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 10:17 AM

12.19.17 – The Federalist

 “Another Politicized Curriculum Revision Means College Board Needs Competitors”
By Jane Robbins, Emmett McGroarty – American Principles Project

  http://thefederalist.com/2017/12/19/another-politicized-curriculum-revision-means-college-board-needs-competitors/

 History repeats itself. The College Board, which controls much of the curriculum in American high schools through Advanced Placement (AP) courses that can earn college credit, continues its game of leaning as far left as it can before criticism from scholars and parents pulls it back from the brink.

In our last episode, the College Board responded to the uproar over its leftist revised AP U.S. History (APUSH) framework by issuing a new framework that incorporated some of the critiques but retained much of the problematic structure. Now it’s doing the same with AP European History. Continue reading

0282_Why keep supporting public education? — COMMON CORE INFLUENCE REMAINS STRONG – BY JENNI WHITE — HEARTLAND INSTITUTE — 12.16.17

Donna Jack
December 19, 2017

Why keep supporting public education?  People controlling content of curriculum continue to totally ignore parents, teachers, and everyone who says Common Core and much that has been leading up to it, is destroying lives.

Public Education (which influences much of private and religious education) keeps being dumbed down.

Read Jenni White’s article below, which points out that those behind Common Core say they are complying with wishes of parents, etc., but they never deviate from their destructive course.  They just give lip service.

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From: Henry W. Burke [mailto:hwburke@cox.net]
Sent: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 8:15 PM
To: Henry W. Burke <hwburke@cox.net>
Subject: COMMON CORE INFLUENCE REMAINS STRONG – BY JENNI WHITE — HEARTLAND INSTITUTE — 12.16.17

12.16.17 – The Heartland Institute

https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/common-core-influence-still-strong-in-states-despite-political-parental-pushback-1

COMMON CORE INFLUENCE REMAINS STRONG DESPITE POLITICAL, PARENTAL PUSHBACK

DECEMBER 16, 2017 — By Jenni White

 CCSS is a set of national standards dictating what students should know at the end of each grade level.

“Of the states that opted in after the standards were introduced in 2010—45 plus the District of Columbia—only eight have moved to repeal the standards, largely due to political pressure from those who saw Common Core as infringing on local control, according to Abt Associates, a research and consulting firm,” AP reported in September 2017.

Though 29 of the original 46 adopter states have abandoned or revised the Common Core State Standards in response to political and parental pushback, the influence remains. From the first attempt to repeal and replace CCSS by Indiana in 2014 to the most recent attempt in New York, activists and analysts describe the replacement standards as little more than a simple rebrand of Common Core, allegations supported by research published earlier this year. Continue reading

0281_School Reformers fail again _ 12-15-17 National Review article: When school-discipline “reform” makes schools less safe— Common Cores causes decline

Donna Jack
December 18, 2017

It is an old, old story.  Education reformers in Education promise the moon, and keep hampering teachers from doing their jobs of educating our children — as the education in our country continues to lag further behind other countries in the world.

The same is true when these same education reformers insist on changing things to make schools safer.  They make schools more unsafe.

For the entire article click here.

Donna Garner sent out the following article:

From: Donna Garner [mailto:wgarner1@hot.rr.com]
Sent: Friday, December 15, 2017 8:22 AM
Subject: WHEN SCHOOL-DISCIPLINE “REFORM” MAKES SCHOOLS LESS SAFE — COMMON CORE CAUSES DECLINE — BY HESS & EDEN — NATIONAL REVIEW — 12.15.17

12.15.17  — National Review

 Excerpts from this article:

 National Review   When School-Discipline ‘Reform’ Makes Schools Less Safe
by Frederick M. Hess & Max C. Eden December 15, 2017 4:00 AM 

 http://www.nationalreview.com/article/454675/progressive-school-discipline-reform-hurting-students-parents

 Progressive education experts don’t seem to care that the policies they advocate are hurting the students who need the most help... Such tales are painfully familiar to those who track the world of school reform. There’s a rhythm to it: Progressive reformers have an idea that they think should work; the idea doesn’t work; reformers claim to see hints of promise and explain that the problem is one merely of “implementation”. . . and then the cycle repeats. Meanwhile, teachers and parents are left to pick up the pieces…  Continue reading

0280_Lily Tang Williams talks about Communism_ she grew up in China_ YouTube by Stossel_ powerful anti-communist, anti-socialist, anti-tyranny message

Donna Jack
December 6, 2017

I am including this video, not as an endorsement for the Libertarian party (I believe we need to stick within our 2-party system in order to get anything good done.

President Trump is a perfect example.  He is not a political party person, but an American.  He ran on principles closer to the Republican party.   But notice how he is viciously attacked both by Democrats, and by much of the Republican party.  He doesn’t waiver!

I am including the video below for it’s powerful anti-communist, anti-socialist, anti-tyranny message.  Let me make it clear, this is NOT an endorsement of the Libertarian party.

The following YouTube talks of 100 years of Communism.  It is not a pretty picture.

My friend Lily Tang Williams speaks in this video.  When she was a student, she escaped from China to come to this country.  You can watch her as she speaks about China, her love for the U.S.A., and her determination to stand up for our freedom here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxMWs8RyLLI

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