Category Archives: Education should not be controlled federally

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)
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]


From: Henry W. Burke []
Sent: Thursday, February 8, 2018 3:16 PM
To: Henry W. Burke <>

2.7.18 – Truth in American Education

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

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0299_Jane Robbins testified before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce_ YouTube of the session_ transcript of her opening statement_ Jan. 30, 2018

Donna Jack
February 1, 2018

Jane Robbins testified before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce.  She shared her concern about the out-of-control sharing of the personal information of individual students.

You can watch her give her opening statement at:  [39:04 / 2:21:55] in the video: 

And you can read the transcript of her opening testimony later in this blog piece.   

Hearing on Protecting Privacy, Promoting Policy: 

Some of the locations on the video, where Jane Robbins speaks:

 Answer57:07 / 2:21:55;
Question: 1:06:39 / 2:21:55 – Answer by Jane:  1:07:42 / 2:21:55 (use aggregate data, and consent for personal data —  stop funding things that don’t work);
Question to Jane: 1:17:29 / 2:21:55; Answer: put parents back in charge of their children’s education — government not choose their education track;
Question to Jane: 1:19:45 / 2:21:55; Answer:1:21:11 / 2:21:55 education research over past years has been designed to reach a predetermined conclusion — needs to be unbiased — need more open broad-based research (even some that is out of favor)
Question: 1:28:07 / 2:21:55


From: Donna Garner []
Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 7:13 PM
To: Donna Garner <>

1.30.18 – Truth in American Education

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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

0290_January 12, 2018_ Blockchain Technology and Education_ by Jane Robbins_ Truth in American Education — Parents who care should take note

Donna Jack
January 12, 2018

Parents need to begin to pay attention to what is going on within the schools of this nation — and seriously ask if it is safe to keep their children within the federal system.

It is dangerous to blindly fall for catchy phrases connected with learning.  If a parent cares about their child and their future, the parent should dig into the meanings and implications connected with:  digital learning; personal data collection connected to their child or children; easy ways to get college credit; individualized education – and a host of other current educational terms, theories and practices.  Don’t be intimidated by the fancy language — and find out what is really happening in school.

Learn about “Blockchain Technology in Education.”  An excerpt from article below:  “In education, blockchain would enable all student records from any source to be uploaded into the system and shared with authorized users as part of a life-long dossier, or ‘digital transcript.'”


 From: Donna Garner []
Sent: Friday, January 12, 2018 5:10 PM
To: Donna Garner <>

1.12.18 – Truth in American Education

 “Blockchain Technology and Education” — by jane robbins

Sony Corporation and Sony Global Education (SGE) recently announced development of a system to apply blockchain technology to education. Parents who are concerned about the increasing digitalization of their children’s education, about security of their private data, and about the future of education in general should take note. 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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0268_Paul Ryan-Patty Murray bill permits and requires creation of national database_Part 1: Eagle Forum_ vote to be in Congress Nov. 15_how to contact Congress

Donna Jack
November 13, 2017

[Next blog – information sent out today by Susan Berry, with information on this same subject.]
[At end of this article:  How to make calls, and how to find out who represents you in Congress and in your state.]
[Copy of HR 4174 — 2017-11-13_HR 4174_text_require Fed eval activities_Improve …data mgt…other purposes]

Bill in Congress to further eliminate privacy of everyone.

A bill in Congress, is attempting nationally take away the privacy of all of us — in the name of transparency.  Do not be fooled by glowing reports from the Dept. of Education (Betsy DeVos).  She has a long history of supporting financially, and supporting by being on the board of a national group that has always supported Common Core.  (Example: Jeb Bush’s FEE – Foundation for Excellence in Education — which has always been aligned with nationalizing education through Common Core).

See other blogs on this site that talk about Betsy DeVos’ actual words and her actual actions connected with education. Though many of her words sound good, not all of them do.  Find those blogs by typing in her name after you click the “spy glass” at the top of this page.

Eagle Forum alerts us to a vote that is scheduled to happen in the US House of Representatives
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Eagle Forum, founded by Phyllis Schlafly, always has been on the front line, protecting our freedoms and our national sovereignty.

You can read below, and link here, to their excellent, thorough information on HR 4174 sponsored by Speaker Paul Ryan – legislation which is due for a vote this Wednesday.

Eagle Forum Nov. 13, 2017 letter – HR 4174:
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0249_Betsy DeVos was right to chose to Scrap Obama Campus Sex Policy That Weaponized Govt. to Work Against Students_ By Dr. Susan Berry_Sept. 9, 2017

Donna Jack
September13, 2017

Last week Dept. of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was right
to stand against Obama’s Campus Sex Policy

Betsy Devos, Secretary of Education in the U.S. Department of Education, decided last week week, to stand up against kangaroo trials on campuses.  [Verdicts that are not impartial justice — in these cases, verdicts that are decided against young or older men, in advance.]

It is right that Betsy DeVos is standing up for those who have been accused, prosecuted and punished without a trial — those who have not been given a chance to present a case in their defense.

In this country we are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty — but too frequently in recent history, the supposition of innocence until proven guilty has been reversed:  people are fmore commonoly considered guilty until proven innocent; and even when they are proven innocent, they must still suffer repercussions of having been treated as guilty when they were innocent.

There were two letters by President Obama (in 2010 and 2011) that expanded qualifications that would label a person guilty — qualifications that went far beyond any good reasoning.

But Betsy DeVos continues to think ESSA(Every Student Succeeds Act)
and Common Core are good.

I hope Betsy DeVos also comes to understand that both ESSA and Common Core are wrong, and violate rights of individuals and states to determine education of children.   Control of edeucation is supposed ot be a local and state issue.

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