Category Archives: Direction of Public Education

direct instruction vs self-directed learning

0329_Coalition Calls on Congress to Rewrite FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) of 1974 – Truth in American Education _ April 17, 2018

Donna Jack
April 22, 2018

Note:  FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, a federal law).   It governs access of educational information and records to public entities (potential employers, foreign governments, publicly funded educational institutions, …)
It was designed to protect information of children, but that protection no longer exists.

Donna Garner alerts us to efforts to bring back protection of private data of students and families.

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 7:20 AM
To: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Subject: COALITION CALLS ON CONGRESS TO REWRITE FERPA– PROTECT CHILDREN’S PERSONAL DATA — TAE- 4.17.18

4.17.18 – Truth in American Education

 https://truthinamericaneducation.com/privacy-issues-state-longitudinal-data-systems/coalition-calls-on-congress-to-rewrite-ferpa/

 “Coalition Calls on Congress to Rewrite FERPA”

On Tuesday, American Principles Project and individuals from more than 100 organizations including Education Liberty Watch and Eagle Forum called on Congress to rewrite the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). In a letter to the House Education and Workforce Committee, they implored Congress to recognize that citizens have a property interest in their personal data and that Congress should protect that interest. Continue reading

0328_AP U.S. History Text_ Biased Indoctrination_ by Dr. Susan Berry_Breitbart_ April 14, 2018

Donna Jack
April 22, 2018

[For more on AP (Advanced Placement) U.S. History (APUSH):  0003; 000600130015; 0069; 0235; … ]

AP US History – leftist indoctrination

AP U.S. History continues to be Leftist indoctrination, pretending to help parents by providing a great education for their children — enticing them by claiming to offer in high school, college-level, college credit, American history for a low cost.  AP courses are of the same political persuasion.

In 2014, the teachers’ unions and other leftist groups falsely painted the three school board members who were not controlled by the unions — as enemies of good education.  It began as soon as the three-member majority was elected.

The unions finally found their chance to make up a false reason to recall the school board members, when Julie Williams, one of the reform board members, put forth a recommendation to have people from the public review the AP U.S. History Framework and curriculum, and report back to the school board.

You would have thought she was planning to destroy every part of the Bill of Rights with such an “outlandish” recommendation.  People screamed “censorship.”  It was the twisted excuse that the Left then used to fuel the recall that they had been planning since before the 3 school board members were even sworn into office. 

GRAMMA GRIZZLY’S BLOG — Table of Contents | Gramma Griizzly’s Corner

Read  below about the continuation of the anti-American content, and the brain washing that has been, and continues to be forced on students, through AP U.S. History classes and texts, other AP courses, and school curriculum content in general.

This is just a small part of the overall plan taking over education

 You can read about Superintendent Glass imposing leftist curriculum on every class in our Jefferson County Colorado public school district – with no authority, oversight or permission.  It is not his job to dictate curriculum — and certainly not to put curriculum into classrooms, teaching children to hate anything traditional or American.

Blog:  0262  Jeffco Supt. Glass pushing bad teacher resources and curriculum …

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From: Henry W. Burke <hwburke@cox.net>
Sent: Sunday, April 15, 2018 7:50 PM
To: Henry W. Burke <hwburke@cox.net>
Subject: AP U. S.HISTORY TEXT — BIASED INDOCTRINATION — BY DR. SUSAN BERRY — BREITBART – 4.14.18

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/04/14/ap-u-s-history-text-white-christian-americans-finding-it-difficult-to-adjust-to-becoming-minority/ Continue reading

0327_a basic cartoon-like presentation of the history of our U.S. Constitution and our Bill of Rights (a shield protecting us from the federal government)_YouTube

Donna Jack
April 22, 2018

This past week my husband sent (to our Colorado grandchildren) this little 6-minute introductory video about the history of our U.S. Constitution and our Bill of Rights.  It is actually quite good.

The United States Constitution and Bill of Rights

44,455 views

Ryan Hill

Published on Jul 27, 2017

“A whiteboard video on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. My students use the following textbook, some of whose units I have intended to summarize with these videos: Alavosus, Laura, editor. Social Studies Alive! America’s Past. Palo Alto: TCI, 2010. The whiteboard designs and spoken commentary are all my own.”
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SOME OTHER YOUTUBES BY RYAN HILL

Basic Geography – YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP3g3QUBXTo
Jul 27, 2017 – Uploaded by Ryan Hill

A whiteboard video on latitude, longitude, hemispheres, and other geography basics! My students use the …

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0326_ZUCKERBERG SAYS HE’S UNAWARE OF ANY LIBERAL GROUPS THAT FACEBOOK HAS EVER BLOCKED — FOX NEWS — 4.10.18 – but he has blocked countless conservative individuals and groups

Donna Jack
April 11, 2018

Blatant censorship – and denial of it.

Donna Garner in Texas, is one of the people whose Facebook was shut down a few weeks ago.  Blog 0293, and Blog 0300, give Donna Garner’s account.  She also talks of Facebook shutting down her account in the email below.  Blog 0293, also talks of Dennis Prager’s battle with YouTube, which has banned many of his videos.  Prager is fighting this in court.  Many others in this country (who are not liberals) are under the same censorship attack.  Just look at almost all our schools!!

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 6:14 PM
To: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Subject: ZUCKERBERG SAYS HE’S UNAWARE OF ANY LIBERAL GROUPS THAT FACEBOOK HAS EVER BLOCKED — FOX NEWS — 4.10.18

4.10.18 – FoxNews

 [I was one of those conservatives who got shut down by Facebook a few weeks ago. It took contacting our U. S. Representative who then contacted Facebook to get my page unblocked.  As people know who go to my public Facebook page (Donna Garner), I write, research, and publish articles on political, social, and education issues.  I am certainly not a “danger to my community” unless exercising my First Amendment rights under the U. S. Constitution is “dangerous.”

 I am appreciative of Tex. Sen. Ted Cruz for asking Zuckerberg point blank today in the Congressional hearing to name the “liberal” groups that FB has ever shut down. Zuckerberg either could not name any or chose not to do so.  I believe it was the former.  – Donna Garner] Continue reading

0325_Who Watches the Watchmen (April 9, 2018) _by Sandra Stotsky _National Report Card _National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) _No Child Left Behind (NCLB) _National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) _National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) _National Validity Study (NVS)

Donna Jack
April 11, 2018

From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Monday, April 9, 2018 7:16 PM  To: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Subject: WHO WATCHES THE WATCHMEN? — BY DR. SANDRA STOTSKY — EDVIEWS.ORG –4.9.18

4.9.18 – EdViews.org

 “Who Watches the Watchmen?”– By Sandra Stotsky
http://www.educationviews.org/who-watches-the-watchmen/

 “Transparency might guard the integrity of the tests given by the National Assessment of Educational Progress” — Sandra Stotsky

 Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?, a Latin phrase found in the work of the Roman poet Juvenal, is commonly used to refer to the problem of how one monitors the actions of persons in positions of power. We don’t know if we have a problem with the validity of the results of the “Nation’s Report Cards” or the extent of the problem (if there is one) because there is little transparency on the test development process.

 Tests given by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) have been funded by Congress since their inception in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Called the nation’s “Report Cards,” all states have been required since 2001 as part of No Child Left Behind to give these tests at least every two years. Continue reading

0324_April 2, 2018_What I Saw at a College Administrators’ Meeting is Alarming_ politics-far-left, social-justice politics _ equity and inclusion — by Dr. Patricia Daugherty who is president of Eagle Forum of Georgia

Donna Jack
April 10, 2018

This piece is part of a number of articles that shed light on the condition of education in our country.  This article addresses the university level, but it is important to know it is as bad or worse in Pre-K through 12th grades.  It is tragic what is going on.  Citizens do not realize — but need to learn, for our survival as a nation.

The name of the ACPA conference:  American College Personnel Association: College Student Educators International

 Some quotes from article below:

indoctrination isn’t confined to the classroom.
as an Association, ACPA actively challenges traditional definitions of sex and gender.
the ‘ACPA Convention Equity and Inclusion Information Booth.’ At this booth one could report any ‘bias incident .’
    “College students need mentors who are more concerned with their developing competence and strength than with which pronouns they use.”
“Now, however, college students are surrounded by adults who live and breathe an extreme political ideology. No more judging people by the content of their character instead of the color of their skin. No more encouraging everyone to come together around their commonalities rather than focusing on every possible difference. No more celebrating the gifts of all people. It was disheartening to see and hear so much stereotyping from people who pride themselves on their inclusiveness.”

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From: FROM DONNA GARNER <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Monday, April 9, 2018 6:28 AM
To:
Subject: WHAT I SAW AT A COLLEGE ADMINISTRATORS’ MEETING IS ALARMING

 4.2.18 – The Federalist

 “What I Saw at a College Administrators’ Conference Will Make You Laugh and Cry”
By Dr. Patricia Daugherty
http://www.educationviews.org/what-i-saw-as-a-college-administrators-conference-will-make-you-laugh/

 PLEASE GO TO THIS LINK TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE:  http://thefederalist.com/2018/04/02/saw-college-administrators-conference-will-make-laugh-cry/ 

 Donna Garner’s Excerpts from this article:

 The extremely liberal environment on many college campuses is often attributed to the influence of aging hippie professors intent on indoctrination rather than education. But perhaps even more influential is the army of campus administrators who work with college students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 My recent experience at a national conference of such professionals revealed that indoctrination isn’t confined to the classroom. Continue reading

0321_Dr. Duke Pesta and Dr. Sandra Stotsky Dissect Why Common Core has Failed Every Child — Video/ YouTube_ Jan. 4, 2018_rough notes

Donna Jack
April 7, 2018

From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 5, 2018 7:11 AM
Subject: DR. DUKE PESTA AND DR. SANDRA STOTSKY DISSECT WHY COMMON CORE HAS FAILED EVERY CHILD — VIDEO — 1.4.18

1.4.18 – YouTube

 “Dr. Duke Pesta and Dr. Sandra Stotsky Dissect Why Common Core Has Failed Every Child” 

Published on Jan 4, 2018

 FreedomProject’s Academic Director, Dr. Duke Pesta, interviews Dr. Sandra Stotsky on the demonstrable failures of Common Core. According to a new study from the Pioneer Institute, the move to Common Core has decimated academic achievement in Massachusetts. Prior to adopting the Core, Massachusetts schools and educational standards were the finest in the nation, in large part because of the work of Dr. Stotsky. Now, Common Core has relegated Massachusetts to the same underachieving, politicized, centralized mediocrity plaguing the rest of the country’s public schools. Learn more @ http://www.fpeusa.org/commoncore

Some really rough notes (with errors) of the video
taken by Donna Ja
ck:

[Common Core] It is everywhere in our schools, and has evolved beyond English and Math – to become a national way to look at every subject.

It is in the textbooks, and other materials, and in our college readiness tests.  Anything aligned to Common Core is basically Common Core. Continue reading

0320_Massachusetts Becomes Dumber so the Rest of us Can be Smarter_By Robert Holland_Heartland Institute_Feb. 14, 2018

Donna Jack
April 7, 2017

In response to my request, on April 5th, Donna Garner began sending me articles that prove Common Core has dumbed down our country.  The following is one of them.

Excerpt from below:
“He did not try to deny the data that clearly show Massachusetts losing its educational edge. Instead, he stood by the progressive credo valuing equality over excellence, even if that means bringing some privileged high achievers down several pegs so that all folks are on one level playing field.” — Robert Holland (Heartland Institute), April 14, 2018

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 5, 2018 7:09 AM
To: Donna Jack
Subject: MASSACHUSETTS BECOMES DUMBER SO THE REST OF US CAN BE SMARTER — BY ROBERT HOLLAND — HEARTLAND INSTITUTE — 2.14.18

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/02/massachusetts-becomes-dumber-so-the-rest-of-us-can-be-smarter/

 “Massachusetts Becomes Dumber
So the Rest of Us Can Be Smarter”

by Robert Holland 

It is not likely that even an exhaustive review of commentary on education in 2017 could turn up quotes compelling enough to qualify as classic nuggets of wisdom. However, perhaps my favorite of the year in the non-wisdom category came from Massachusetts state Sen. Michael Barrett (D-Lexington).

In responding to mounting evidence of the Bay State’s decline from its undisputed number-one perch in K–12 student achievement since replacing its own standards with the Common Core nationalized blueprint, Barrett said the following: “It’s crazy to think that people in Massachusetts should learn more and better content than people in Mississippi. That’s no way to make sure that tide lifts all boats in America.” Continue reading

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