Category Archives: ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) 12-10-15

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

0252_Sept. 27, 2017_ Action Step: Child Abuse in the Classroom — a Legal Challenge to ESSA_ Send Email to President Trump–See other ESSA posts on this site

Donna Jack
September 28, 2017

From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 10:16 AM

“Action Step: Child Abuse in the Classroom, a Legal Challenge to ESSA”
By Donna Garner – 9.27.17

 http://www.educationviews.org/action-step-child-abuse-classroom-legal-challenge-essa-send-e-mail-pres-trump/

[Please join this effort to let Pres. Trump know how desperately concerned we are about the new ESSA (replacement for NCLB) and its codification into law of the implementation of social, emotional, and behavioral standards and interventions into our nation’s classrooms. Simply cut/copy/paste this article but add your own name and home address.  Then e-mail to Pres. Trump.  If you sincerely care about protecting children from child abuse by the government, please take action now. – Donna Garner]

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To:  The Honorable President Donald Trump, president@whitehouse.gov
From:  Donna Garner (Please put your own home address here.)
Re:  Grassroots Campaign —  Child Abuse in the Classroom, A Legal Challenge to ESSA —
http://www.childabuseintheclassroom.com/

 Date:  9.27.17

 On September 27, 2017, Citizens across the United States are going to wage an aggressive grassroots effort to stop The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

 Our nationwide campaign, Child Abuse in the Classroom, A Legal Challenge to ESSA, is prepared to oppose this federal legislation. Parents and citizens across the United States are requesting an immediate injunction to stop the implementation of social, emotional, and behavioral standards and interventions that have been codified in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) passed and signed into law in December of 2015. Continue reading

0248_ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) effect on children_ SEL (Social Emotional Learning) assessments_ CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning_ PERC (Persistence, Effort, Resilience and Challenge-seeking behavior) from Donna Garner

Donna Jack
September 4, 2017

This came in from Donna Garner today.

The first part of her August 24, 2017 email, concerns the harmful effects on our children, of ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act).

Then she has an August 24, 2017 article by SHANE VANDER HART about Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and the assessments that will accompany it.  See Blog 0244 which is about SEL.

Following the SEL information, is information on CASEL, the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning.

Then read about “PERC — The PERC is a computer-based tool that assesses students’ Persistence, Effort, Resilience and Challenge-seeking behavior. These are key behavioral expressions of a growth mindset of intelligence.”

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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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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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