Category Archives: Dumbing Down Education

0354_ Use Game Videos & Ditch Traditional Instruction – not the best decision. Article from Dr. Carole Haynes_ August 13, 2018

Donna Jack
August 13, 2018

Public Education just keeps making damaging decisions.  Computers in most cases should not be part of the school day – and certainly NOT for young children.  Students need to learn to listen, work, think, interact comfortably and constructively, and learn how to be productive, considerate, self-controlled citizens.

A great article from Dr. Carole Haynes.

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Subject: Use Game Videos & Ditch Traditional Instruction

Attention spans have plummeted..

The Haynes Report
Dr. Carole H. Haynes
August 10, 2018

Use Game Videos & Ditch Traditional Instruction,
Says Edtech Chief
Today’s students should be taught with video games because their attention spans have decreased.
Mohit Midha, CEO of Mangahigh which develops math games,says to ditch traditional instruction because students cannot focus for more than five minutes. What a life! Getting to hang out with friends and play video games all day.

Speaking at a debate on artificial intelligence and education, Midha claimed people are obsessed with video games” but are “totally out of love” with “traditional forms of instruction” involving “pen and paper.” He gushed that kids can learn a video game without being taught how and, within two days, will be doing “headers.”

Does that mean they can become little math geniuses by acing a video game?

Yet Midha is right about one thing: students’ attention spans are shrinking. Bucket loads of research show that long term skimming of online information, together with interactive distractions, has resulted in lower comprehension. International research also found that heavy users of classroom technology scored worse on math and reading tests. Continue reading

0336_Another failed Education establishment bright idea: Proficiency-based learning (PBL) is a cruel experiment that has failed_by Mike Bernier, Public School Teacher

Donna Jack
April 29, 2018

More Education Alphabet Soup:  PBL – Profiency-Based Learning

From Article by Mike Bernier:

 Never, in my 30 years of high school teaching, have I seen an initiative do so much damage to student learning and motivation as I have with Maine’s Proficiency-Based Learning Diploma. It is a piece of feel-good legislation that was poorly conceived and enacted.

under PBL, there are no homework deadlines and exams can be retaken, sometimes over and over again. In addition, school attendance doesn’t count toward grades or graduation.

“There are reasons why high-performing high schools are trying to retain the traditional grading system. It works. The Legislature needs to understand that our children’s futures depend on it.

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4.25.18 – Sun Journal
http://www.sunjournal.com/proficiency-based-learning-is-a-cruel-experiment-that-has-failed/

 “Proficiency-based learning is a cruel experiment
that has failed”

By  Mike Bernier, Public School Teacher

 Never, in my 30 years of high school teaching, have I seen an initiative do so much damage to student learning and motivation as I have with Maine’s Proficiency-Based Learning Diploma. It is a piece of feel-good legislation that was poorly conceived and enacted.

Fortunately, the Legislature is now considering repealing PBL. I hope others will join me in respectfully encouraging legislators to do so. 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

0303_WHAT IS SO GREAT ABOUT SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING? (SEL) – BY J. R. WILSON (2/7/18) — possible federal ESSA funds for SEL

Donna Jack
February 11, 2018

A quotation from the article “What is so great about social-emotional learning” by J. R. Wilson (later in this blog piece):

Which comes first, feeling good about yourself so you can
accomplish something worthwhile,
or accomplishing something worthwhile
so you have something to feel good about?

Search online, and on the Table of Contents page of this site, for other information about SEL (Social Emotional Learning).  Social emotional learning (SEL) has been taking place in schools for decades, but SEL is now specifically named in the schools, and is touted as what education should be all about.

ESSA (federal education program) provides funding for SEL.  That is one result of ESSA being nationally implemented.  No, we have not gotten rid of Common Core and federal control of education.  You can find the following information online:

Funding for Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) in
ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act_Dec. 10, 2015)

http://www.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/siteASCD/policy/ESSA-Resources_SEL-Funding.pdf
The list contains the specific programs (title and section number) for which ESSA funds may, potentially, be spent to support social-emotional learning (SEL) activities. 

For those programs in existence under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), funding levels are provided for FY 2016.
ESSA-Resources_SEL-Funding_downloaded June 11, 2018 w link

Also search this site for “ESSA”(Every Student Succeed Act) – the federal legislation that cemented Common Core into federal law.  Note:  people in Congress and the U.S. Department of Education deny what ESSA did — and instead they parrot words claiming ESSA eliminated Common Core — claiming that education is now decided on a local level.  That is not what happened.  People too often parrot what they are told, without finding out for themselves.  Search this site for “Betsy DeVos.”

Understanding what SEL actually is, will enlighten you about:
1) a main cause of the dumbing down of American education;
2)  the data-gathering on identified students and everyone that touches their lives;
3)  the collecting of personal data, and storing it with personal identifiers — then distributing that data at will;
4) and the mind and behavior control that is actively taking place in schools across the country.  [This is all Type #2 education, rather than Type #1 education – see Home Page of this site]

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From: Henry W. Burke [mailto:hwburke@cox.net]
Sent: Thursday, February 8, 2018 3:16 PM
To: Henry W. Burke <hwburke@cox.net>
Subject: WHAT IS SO GREAT ABOUT SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING? – BY J. R. WILSON — TAE– 2.7.18

2.7.18 – Truth in American Education
https://truthinamericaneducation.com/social-emotional-learning/great-social-emotional-learning/

What Is So Great About Social-Emotional Learning?
by J. R. Wilson

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0291_Jan. 1, 2018_DeVos’ Speech on Education Reform_ The Good, The Bad, and the Incomplete_ Jane Robbins, Emmett McGroarty excerpts _Common Core _ ESSA

Donna Jack
January 18, 2018

Jane Robbins and Emmett McGroarty say U.S. Department of Education
Secretary Betsy DeVos is missing the obvious

Jane Robbins and Emmett McGroarty sent out an article, part of which is in this blog post.

In their article they point out that DeVos recommends making all learning individualized, with each student in front of a computer, possibly at home.

Jane and Emmett point out that:  “so-called personalized learning is actually depersonalized, computerized training rather than genuine education.

Robbins and McGroarty suggest Betsy DeVos improve education by:

(1) freeing the states from all federal mandates to the extent she can under the law; (2) working with Congress to revise ESSA to eliminate all mandates; and (3) creating a workable plan to shut down her department.”  (The U.S. Department of Education)

Editorial comment – more needs to be done: 

There also needs to be a change in the content of what is taught in schools, and how students are being taught in schools — changing from Type #2 education, and returning to Type #1 education.  [Type #1 and Type #2 education are discussed on the Home Page of this website, and in blogs:  0005, 0091, and 0247]

Teachers need to be taught to teach, rather than being trained and forced to be facilitators and baby-sitters, spying and reporting on students, parents and other teachers.

Information on ESSA (Every Child Succeeds Act)

ESSA (Every Child Succeeds Act) codified individual data tracking, social, emotional, behavioral and attitude standards and interventions, and a lot more:   0252, 0248, 0244, 0206, 0205, 0097

ESSA didn’t change some of what was already going on in many schools, but since it became federal law in December 2015, it has been officially forcing every school to comply.

Betsy DeVos’ American Enterprise Institute (AEI) speech linked in full

You can read here the full transcript of the speech U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos gave on January 16, 2018, at an American Enterprise Institute (AEI) conference, “Bush-Obama School Reform: Lessons Learned.” 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

0256_Revealing interview Sept 13, 2017: Two Security Contractors say they were pressured early 2013, to keep quiet on Benghazi — video and transcript of interview_ Links to book and movie 13 Hours, about the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack

Donna Jack
October 14, 2017/Oct. 16, 2017 update

Book and movie giving accounts of the Benghazi terrorist attack:

Book 13 Hours about the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack (2014 publication).
Movie 13 Hours about the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack (released January 15, 2016).
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SHOCKING Sept. 2017 INTERVIEW WITH 2 SECURITY CONTRACTORS
WHO WERE AWARE OF CONDITIONS BEFORE BENGHAZI ATTACK

Watch a breaking-news interview with two security contractors who were threatened by a high official in Hillary Clinton’s State Department — to remain silent after the terrorist attack on our U.S. Embassy in Benghazi.

These men have come forward, in the hope that something may be done under this presidency, to correct the errors that led to the deaths and destruction In Benghazi, just before the 2012 presidential election.

Watch the Tucker Carlson interview here:
http://video.foxnews.com/v/5574884996001/?#sp=show-clips

Contractors: We were pressured to keep quiet on Benghazi

Sep. 13, 2017 – 4:30 – Five years after the deadly Benghazi attacks, two contractors tell Fox News’ Catherine Herridge that a senior official in the Clinton State Department wanted them to keep quiet because they knew too much #Tucker

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TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW:

Tucker Carlson (Tucker Carlson tonight)         Catherine Herridge (CH)

TUCKER:  And five years after Benghazi, two security contractors are speaking out to Fox News.  They allege they were pressured to keep quiet by a senior official in the Clinton State Department.  “They knew too much,”“ they said.  Catherine Herridge has this exclusive report for us.

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CH:  Was the State Department Contract officer trying to silence you?

#Geri Torres   Oh, absolutely. Continue reading

0247_This website had its 2nd birthday last month_ Type #1 and Type #2 ed._ Tour of this site_from Donna Jack

Donna Jack
Sept. 04, 2017

Two years, one month, and one week ago, on July 28, 2015, I posted my first blog on this website.

A listing of all the posts can be found in the Table of Contents — each entry in the Table of Contents has a link to the corresponding blog post.

The Home Page shows what is wrong with education —
and 
the most critical thing to understand
in order to reverse the decline in education today – and to save our nation.

How do we fix the rapid decline in the education of too many people who do not graduate, and too many who do graduate from High Schools, Colleges and Universities?

It is not the condition of the buildings and other facilities — it is not the talent and good intentions and dedication of highly trained and competent teachers, administrators, counselors, teacher librarians, and all the support staff — it is not the freedom to choose the school a child attends (especially if all schools have Type #2 education) — it is not the amount of interest of the parents, or of the students — it is not computerizing all education and gathering more and more data on children, families, teachers, etc. — it is not simply emphasis on certain subjects like sports, music, art, science, technology, mathematics, language arts, reading, writing — it is not focus on becoming a global citizen — it is not in forcing all students to accept everything that students do and believe (unless they are politically incorrect).  Standardizing all attitudes, values, beliefs and behaviors is not the answer, either — and training children to want to change their sexual identity will not improve education standards.

The thing that really matters is THE TYPE OF EDUCATION BEING TAUGHT IN THE CURRICULUM — THE CONTENT.  Type #2 education is taking over our country — to the detriment of everyone.  We need a shift back to Type #1.

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0235_Hillsdale College 2017 Introduction to the Constitution course (free) – taught by Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College_ links to classes _ information about Larry Arnn, and his books_links to other blogs about false AP US History

Donna Jack
July 21, 2017/July 22, 2017 update

My husband is taking online, the Hillsdale College class “Introduction to the Constitution.”  It is free. It is one of a number of classes Hillsdale College offers free online.

In light of the gross ignorance of the Constitution in our country — and the frightening results of that ignorance that we are seeing around us — it is important that people become aware of our Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence.  We need knowledge in order to be able to stand up to protect and preserve our nation.

For decades, our public schools have been omitting this knowledge from being available to students.  In fact, grossly false information about our country, our founding, and our freedom, continues to be taught throughout the schools.  Children and adults have for a long time been taught to hate America,not understanding the unique blessing it is on us and on the world.

At the end of this article, see four previous blogs on this site that deal with the lies in AP U.S.  History.

Dr. Larry Arnn – teaches “Introduction to the Constitution”

Dr. Larry Arnn is the teacher for the 11 lessons of an “Introduction to the Constitution” class.  He has been president of Hillsdale College since 2000.  He is the kind of person that you gladly listen to — because of his extensive knowledge, and his enthusiasm for whatever subject he speaks about.

In this series he serves as more of a moderator that  one giving a lecture.  He is working with freshmen and sophomores at Hillsdale College.  The information is a very good review, or foundation if you have little knowledge of the Constitution.

In the second class on the Constitution, a number of people take turns leading the sessions, using a lecture format.

You can access here the list and content of the 11 lessons in the
Hillsdale “Introduction to the Constitution” class …or link to each one of them below: Continue reading

0230_William Bennett, What Watered Down Massachusetts Standards? (Answer: Common Core) – introductory email commentary by Donna Garner_ article by Shane Vander Hart, May 11, 2017

Donna Jack
July 9, 2017

Donna Jack NOTE:  Common Core was firmly established as federal law through ESSA December 10, 2015.  ESSA is the federal law that proponents, and those who voted for it, claimed brought local control to education.   See links to ESSA summary, law, and audio of summary at bottom of this blog piece.  “Search” other blogs on this site about ESSA, Betsy DeVos; Jeb Bush; FEE (Jeb’s Foundation for Excellence in Education); Sandra Stotsky; Common Core; No Child Left Behind (NTLB); etc.
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Massachusetts was a model for the nation.  In the 1990s the state’s standards were raised above the other states, followed by dramatic improvement in their academic accomplishments.  They had better academic education than all the other states.  Then Massachusetts’ education began to fail even more dramatically than it had improved.

Read Donna Garner’s commentary below and link to the article by Shane Vander Hart that she references.  His article is about the dramatic decline in Massachusetts’ education, and Bill Bennett’s apparent ignorance of why Massachusetts “has begun watering down some of its rigorous standards and that performance is starting to backslide.

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