My latest Opinion column for the Courier newspapers talks about hypocrisy in our public servants. Complete quotes (condensed here for brevity) can be found by clicking on the hyperlinks:
Selective outrage is all the rage these days. That is, what one group calls outrageous becomes perfectly acceptable behavior — so long as they’re the ones doing it.
Examples of selective outrage abound in places like Washington, D.C. and Berkeley, but we really don’t need to go that far. We can see it right in our own backyard.
Three years ago, Jeffco Public Schools found itself searching for a new leader after the superintendent resigned (and as Secretary of the Board of Education, I had a front-row seat). We hired a national search firm that specializes in public school leaders and, with their assistance, evaluated applicants until there were about half a dozen semifinalists, the identities of whom were contractually confidential. After interviewing each semifinalist, we rated them on a scoresheet provided by the executive search firm. Ultimately, the list of contenders was narrowed down to a single finalist — and that’s when the outrage began. Continue reading →
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).
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.
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 →
“With President Trump executing missile strikes in Syria and radical Islamic terrorism being as big a threat as it ever has been, we need to understand how these oppressive regimes and extremist ideologies got started and are empowered. Working with Dangerous Documentaries, director Judd Saul and conservative commentator Trevor Loudon have compiled a team of researchers who have uncovered the history of the Soviet Union’s meddling in Middle Eastern politics, creating a new enemy for the United States, and have learned that Russia’s continuing alliance with Islamists is forwarding a radical domestic threat in America today.
“Soviet Islam” is the second episode in the five-part “America Under Siege” documentary web-series releasing over the course of 2017. Each episode profiles the influence of radical Marxists on various segments of American society. Continue reading →
In light of the displays of anarchy on city streets, and also on College and University campuses — and in light of the training and conditioning of students in public schools — and the conditioning being done by most of the main-stream media, with the goal: to hate the United States of America and shut up anyone who disagrees — this article is timely.
“It was at this moment that I had one of those sudden insights as a parent. I realized that my oldest was a constitutional conservative, my middle child a libertarian, and my youngest a socialist with totalitarian tendencies.”
“my main point today is that we’ve experienced over the past eight years a profound shift in our political culture, a shift that has resulted in a significant portion of our body politic holding a five-year-old’s view of free speech. What makes this shift notable is that unlike most changes in politics, you can trace it back to one day: January 21, 2010, the day the Supreme Court issued its Citizens United ruling and restored free speech rights to millions of Americans.”
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.”
5.4.17 – The Federalist
“Why Competency-Based Education Will Deepen America’s Education Crisis
By Jane RobbinsContinue reading →
A friend just sent me a link to a site with YouTube videos of corruption connected with the 2014 Jefferson County school board election. There are also several articles on that site as well. Below you can link to them all.