Category Archives: Illiteracy

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 —
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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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0178_Goebbels–Master Nazi Propagandist_ (McCarthy) “Blacklisted by History” written by M. Stanton Evans_ Whittaker Chambers_ Samuel Blumenfeld on dumbing down education_ YouTubes

Donna Jack
February 10, 2017

Joseph Goebbels — propaganda minister

Joseph Goebbels’ quote is at the end of this blog —  it talks about making up a huge lie and repeating it over and over to manipulate people.  You can read it in quotation 26 on the Quotations page of this website.

Blacklisted by History, is a book written by M. Stanton Evans
— Below is a video in which Mr. Evans tells about his book.

This video link has a lot of information about Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies.  One of the things you will find in this YouTube, is a summary of things that have been made public in recent years — things that verify the extensive Communist infiltration in our government that Joe McCarthy was trying to expose to the public. Continue reading

0172_Illiteracy by design_The Columbian Orator (the book that helped build the American character) – it was read and studied by two of the greatest orators in the 1800s: Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln

Donna Jack
2017-01-19

By design our country is being made illiterate.

John Dewey is the father of public education in the United States, wrote curriculum and taught teachers how to teach (at Columbia University).
On my quotations page you will find:  Quotation 23c. & 16.
“Teaching school children to read was a ‘perversion’ and high literacy rate bred ‘the sustaining force behind individualism.'”
John Dewey, Educational Psychologist

More and more people in our country are unable to read, write, or think.  This has all been by design.  See Blog 0014, and the linked article “‘Free’ Education and Literacy.”

PDF Of ’Free’ Education and Literacy . . .      and
PDF of 2006_The Cultural Degradation of Universal Education

A great book that increased and perfected literacy and oratory in the 1800s

I want to bring your attention to a great book.  This book and the Bible are what Abraham Lincoln studied and credited for his reading and oratory skills.  And this book was the only book that Frederick Douglass owned when he was growing up.  Both men memorized and practiced the speeches in The Columbian Orator.  These men became two of the greatest orators in the 1800s.

The book is The Columbian Orator.  It can be ordered from Amazon.com at this link.

On the front cover of my 1998 edition of the book, is printed:

“The Book That Helped Build the American Character”

“Containing a variety of original and selected pieces together with rules, which are calculated to improve youth and others, in the ornamental and useful art of eloquence   —  by Caleb Bingham, A.M.”

Back cover:

“First published in 1797, The Columbian Orator helped shape the American mind for the next half century, going through some twenty-three editions and totaling 200,000 copies in sales.  The book was read by virtually every American schoolboy in the first half of the nineteenth century.  As a slave youth, Frederick Douglass owned just this one book, and read it frequently, referring to is as a ‘gem’ and his ‘rich treasure.’

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0121_One year ago this blog began – Instructions on how to search and use this website_links to many Blogs where you can watch and listen to people tell what is going on in the public schools — by Donna Jack

Donna Jack
July 28, 2016

Use this website for research, and resources.

This blog site has been in existence one year.  I never imagined the work it would take:  to begin learning how to use it, to design a workable format, to start posting, or to  gather good information and keep writing regularly.  Continuing to post regularly can encourage some people to return for more information.  New blog posts appear at least  every week or so (or more frequently).  I aim for weekly.

The Table of Contents helps you easily navigate all the blog posts

In the Table of Contents, you can see the title of each blog, when it was posted, and click the title to get to the blog post.

One of the frustrations I had almost immediately was this:  I would do a tremendous amount of research and work, post a blog, and then it was like all that work disappeared when I posted more blogs.  It was impossible (even for me) to navigate the website.  The  Table of Contents  easily presents, at least on a surface level, what is on the site, and where to find it.

I want to make it even more useful, but may not have the time to carry out that plan.

Why am I doing this website anyway?  — to seek and share truth.

Too many people today have been conditioned to believe that truth is whatever you think it is — or what you are told it is.  I know that truth does exist, and that truth is not relative.  If you look around at the collapse of our society, the main reason for the collapse is the conditioning people have gone through to believe lies.  People believe:   “Truth is relative” — “truth is whatever you want it to be” — “what I believe and what you believe are equally valid” — “if you don’t believe in relative truth, you are wrong and need to be shut up.”

My main purpose is to keep seeking real truth, share what I find, share resources I have found, and hopefully encourage others to wake up, seek truth on their own and escape lies they have been told.  Then they can help themselves and help others.  Truth is freedom — lies are slavery.

More reasons for this site:

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0120_Summary of education issues in the 2016-2017 school year_Bond and Mill Levy Override (taxes) to be on November ballot__Data-gathering video and transcript_PERA — by Donna Jack

Donna Jack
July 26, 2016/edited July 27, 2016 10:30 PM

THIS IS A SUMMARY BLOG OF MANY EDUCATION ISSUES.

School Board meeting Thursday, July 28, 2016.

July 22nd, Helen Neal sent out a notice of the first 2016-2017 school year Jefferson County Colorado School Board (Jeffco BOE) special meeting – study/dialogue session.  Helen is Chief of Staff Superintendent/Board of Education.  Near the end of this blog is a link with more information and information about the meeting.  There you will find information telling you how to get on the notification email list concerning all school board meetings (three or more a month).
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Because of what public schools have become, I am sad

to see the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year in Jefferson County, Colorado.  I have witnessed this mess progressively developing since I became aware of the problems in the 1960s.

Some of you may not be aware that schools are not what the taxpayer thinks they are paying for.

Some things that sadden me:

Parents, once again, will be told how great their children are doing (or how miserable they are doing, and that they need to be put on drugs, and fixed by the system).  Parents  will be told how wonderful the schools are, and how excellent their school district is, compared to other school districts (but not told that all school districts keep declining every year).

Most students will be stressed because of all the pressure to “perform” — caused by the lack of tools they have been given to succeed in school (like reading!).  A huge percentage of students are put on mind-control drugs to make them more docile/compliant.  Most kids don’t want to  hurt their teachers and their school, so their own failures to perform will put more pressure on them — they will miss the chance to experience excitement in learning and the adventure of exploring and discovering — they will not enjoy school — they will be dumbed down.

Teachers will be overburdened and discouraged by the controls and requirements that will be forced on them.  They will use their teaching skills less this year,  and they will increasingly be relegated to being “room monitors” while “experts” and computers will individually “school each student.”   They will continue gathering every bit of information they possibly can, on each of their students, and coordinating with every person who has contact with each student.  All the information on a child will continue to be gathered and placed on a dashboard, to make it easier for each child to be analyzed by more people.

The public will be told that the schools must have more money, in order to better teach students.  It is not true.  Increased amounts of money keep being poured into the schools — and the results are:  more social experiments and social engineering — less education — less morality — and more poorly-educated people.

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0117_Another Teacher Vents About Guided Reading_forwarded by Donna Garner 2016-07-14

Donna Jack
July 17, 2016

“Another Teacher Vents About Guided Reading”
From Donna Garner
7.14.16
 
 
After I posted the Texas classroom teacher’s comments about the misguided Guided Reading curriculum (by Fountas and Pinnell) being used across the country, I received the following from another reading teacher who is totally disenchanted with Guided Reading. I am also keeping this second teacher’s name confidential to protect her from any retaliation from her local school district.  
 
[The link to the first teacher’s complaint is posted at the bottom of this page.] 
 
FROM ANOTHER DISENCHANTED READING TEACHER:
 
As a middle school reading teacher in a district that has used Guided Reading in elementary school since 2003, I can agree 100% with that letter!  If your reading program is strong, you shouldn’t need a reading intervention program at the middle school level; yet the administration doesn’t seem to make that connection!
Each year, the building I teach at receives about 120 incoming 6th graders who are testing from 1.5 to 3 grade levels behind in reading vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension!  We have four middle schools in our large district and the others receive even more students!

0114_Two more chances in Colorado to hear movie producer Curtis Bowers, and watch his movie “Agenda 2″_July 15 and 16

Donna Jack
July 14, 2016
(July 15, 2016_ update with link to information on appearances in other states through July 2016)

TWO MORE CHANCES TO SEE CURTIS BOWERS ON HIS COLORADO TOUR

07/15/2016 – Woodland Park, CO at Ute Pass Cultural Center
07/17/2016 – Colorado Springs, CO at Stargazers Theatre

LAST EVENING’S SHOWING OF AGENDA 2 (in Colorado — see other states where Curtis Bowers will be appearing through July 2016)

Last evening Curtis Bowers and four of his nine children were at the Evergreen, Colorado showing of Agenda 2.

Other blogs (with links to his site) that speak of the summer 2016 Curtis Bowers Colorado tour:  Blogs 0110 and 0111.

Up until around Thanksgiving, the Bowers family plans to continue their United States tour promoting the documentary Agenda 2 —   revealing the truth about the deliberately-designed and executed plan to destroy our country.

You have two more chances (July 15 and 17) to meet Curtis Bowers in Colorado, listen to him speak, ask questions, and visit with him before and after the showing of his second documentary, Agenda 2.

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0108_June 17, 2016_Louisiana to Require Teaching Cursive All the Way Through 12th Grade

Donna Jack
June 22, 2016

You may be aware that public schools DO NOT teach any cursive (unless some teachers are able to sneak it in).  They teach Type #2 education.  Sadly, it is getting increasingly impossible to sneak in good content (Type #1 education), because of the monitoring, and reporting-on teachers.  This monitoring and informing on each other is becoming more and more universal in the public schools.  Public schools almost universally teach teach Common Core Type #2 education.

Teaching cursive had already almost been eliminated in the public schools.  But then Common Core was implemented across the country, and Common Core teaches NO cursive.  Common Core, innocently sold simply as national standards, is federal standards that have directed national curriculum, testing and assessing.  It directs how teachers are taught in universities and in their conferences and retreats.  Schools want to pass the tests based on Common Core content.

Within the below-linked article you will find that Louisiana, which made it state law to teach cursive in grades 3 – 12, also replaced Common Core.  Sounds good but – unfortunately you will read that their new standards are pretty much the same as Common Core (with the exception that their state has mandated teaching cursive).

Note:  Louisiana had to replace another set of standards, to get out from under Common Core.  Why would a state want to get out from under Common Core if it is just a set of suggestions and recommendations?

Elimination of cursive in schools is just one, of the many things, that plays into the hands of those who want to make all the people in the United States illiterate so they can control them.  See:  0014_Making Americans Illiterate: A Key Factor in the Deliberate Dumbing Down of America 

Below, the different approaches for teaching are compared – only in the area of English, Language Arts and Reading.

You can see a more extensive comparison of other areas of teaching here: 0005_Comparison of Type #1 and Type #2 Education | Gramma Griizzly’s Corner

English, Language Arts, Reading (ELAR) Phonics; classical literature; cursive handwriting; grammar; usage; correct spelling; expository, persuasive, research writing Whole language, balanced literacy, Guided Reading; no cursive writing instruction so cannot read primary documents of Founding Fathers

Note:  in the article below, it states that public schools in Louisiana (including charter schools, which are public schools) will teach cursive from 3rd – 12th grade.

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Louisiana to Require Teaching Cursive
All the Way Through 12th Grade

“Starting in 2017, students in Louisiana schools will learn cursive writing in 3rd grade—and they’ll keep getting instruction on it through graduation.

“A bill signed by Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards this week applies to both traditional public schools and charter schools.”

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 http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2016/06/louisiana_cursive_12th_grade.html?cmp=eml-enl-eu-news2

 

0106_Common Core – not what its supporters thought it was_Some history of Race to the Top (RTTT) and Common Core in Colorado

Donna Jack
June 15, 2016

the Core standards do not do academically what supporters said they would and that linking them to high-stakes tests harms students.” [This quotation is from an article written by Valerie Strauss, linked here, and spoken of in blog 0108.

From the beginning, many people knew where RTTT and Common Core would lead.

There are people across our country who have known since the introduction of Race to the Top (RTTT) in 2009, that it would be a giant step toward putting all control of public, private and home schooling, into the hands of a few people.

This is part of a planned takeover of the control of education by people outside our government.  It is being funded mostly by our own tax dollars.  This subject is talked about in blog 0074_Common Core: Subversive Threat to Education_Karen Bracken_April 8, 2013_YouTubeHere you can also find a “searchable” transcript of the entire YouTube of Karen Bracken’s presentation.

Those who want centralization of our education system were pleased with RTTT (the funding and implementation apparatus for Common Core).

People aware of this government take-over of our education system, have been spreading the word, in the hope of getting back local control.

Some people who in 2009 – 2004 were supporting Common Core and Race to the Top (RTTT) thought they would help improve our education system.

Some people who did not want centralized control, and at the same time didn’t understand the implications of RTTT (which forced Common Core education uniformity throughout our country) — still supported RTTT and Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  They gave their support to CCSS, thinking they would only be a national recommendation for minimum goals that individual states should aim for.  They would say, “Common Core State Standards are recommendations with no strings attached, and we can choose to follow or ignore them — they are just a recommended floor (minimum standard),  not a ceiling.”  They Continue reading

0091_Donna Garner_her bio and what led up to group think, co-operative learning, outcome based education_abandoning Type #1 Education

Donna Jack
April 28 2016

Several days ago, while trying to sift through my emails (most of you know what I’m talking about), I came across this important document written by Donna Garner in 2015.  She had forwarded it this month to people on her email list.

In this informative, historical account, Donna Garner shares some of her first-hand knowledge about how we got into the education mess we are in.  She includes some relatively recent history leading up to Common Core.

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“Donna Garner: “My Story As I Lived It –Hillary Clinton and the Birthplace of Common Core —  1.9.15

www.educationviews.org

My Story As I Lived It in the Classroom: The Birthplace of Common Core” By Donna Garner.

This is taken from my memory as I lived through this era as a classroom teacher.

 As you may know, I started teaching in 1963, left teaching to have children and stayed home with them for 10 years, then went back to the classroom as a substitute teacher and then a full-time teacher around 1975. 

I was appointed by President Ronald Reagan and re-appointed by President George Herbert Bush to serve on the National Commission on Migrant Education; and then I served on the TEKS writing team in 1995-97.  I was the lead writer of the Type #1 Texas Alternative Document – TAD – that we current classroom teachers wrote as an alternative to the Type #2 ELAR/TEKS. After the Type #2 ELAR/TEKS ended up being adopted by the SBOE [State Board or Educaiton] in 1997, I worked tirelessly in the background to help elect new SBOE members and then to help them write and adopt the Type #1 TEKS starting in 2006 through 2012.  

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