Category Archives: John Taylor Gatto

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

0089_2013 Steamboat Institute Freedom Conference_Debate with Laura Boggs for Common Core, and Jim Stergios against Common Core_supporting links and info.

Donna Jack
April 18, 2016

The  Common Core Debate at the 2013 Steamboat Institute Freedom Conference took place at the Steamboat Grand Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  It was the Steamboat Institute‘s 5th Annual Freedom Conference.

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Laura Boggs in support of Common Core, and Jim Stergios against Common Core

Linked:
1)  YouTube of the debate [1:18] that took place August 23, 2013 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
2)  Transcript by Donna Jack–and links to all 37 audio tracks_Boggs_Stergios_ divided into 37 tracks.
3)  This is a link to a document with links to all 37 audio tracks aligned with 37-track transcript.
4)  Each of the 37 audio tracks, aligned with the transcript, are also linked at the end of this blog.
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MODERATOR AND DEBATE PARTICIPANTS:

Former US Congressman Bob Schaffer, moderator.

Bob was on the Colorado State Board of Education in 2010, and voted against Common Core when four of our seven state school board members voted to bring Common Core into Colorado, August 2, 2010.  Randy DeHoff (republican), voted with the three democrats to bring us Common Core.  Bob is the principal of Liberty Common High School.
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Laura Boggs debated in support of Common Core.

Laura was elected to the Jefferson County public school district in 2009, and is greatly disturbed that far too many students are not learning what they need to learn in school to become functioning literate adults.  Laura is a Univ. of Michigan grad in business administration, and a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies.

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Jim Stergios debated against Common Core.

Jim is Executive Director of the Pioneer Institute, a Boston-based think tank founded in 1988.  He has a PhD from Boston University.  He has taught at the university level, and was headmaster at a preparatory school.  He runs (at the time of the debate) a prep school in Japan.
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0088_Analysis of a recent WSJ piece by Piereson and Riley_to have SAT be the only measure of college readiness_Bad Idea!

Donna Jack
April 13, 2016

Link to a March 30, 2016 article in the Wall Street Journal –
Here’s Why Tests Matter
by James Piereson and Naomi Schaefer Riley

This is the first blog piece about the above-linked article that recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal.  The title of the article is:  Here’s Why Tests Matter:  The SAT is especially important. With grade inflation, report cards are basically meaningless.”

I believe this  WSJ piece unintentionally recommends a solution that will further eliminate literacy in our country.  I suspect the authors of the article are trying to come up with a way to help overcome the fact that many of the grades of students in schools don’t reflect the incompetency and illiteracy of the students.  There are a number of reasons these grades are artificially high.

One reason for this false reporting is that teacher, counselor, administration, etc.  positions and salaries are directly related to the test scores of the students  under them.  Teachers and others don’t want to fail along with their students.  Also, failing teachers means failing schools – which may mean school closures or other unpleasant consequences.

Some lies about school achievement take place to protect jobs, or to placate parents.

False reporting of grades makes it challenging to figure out which grades accurately reflect the academic knowledge of students.  These false reports help hide the fact that education is diminishing across this country.

Very sad is the fact that too many people think it is alright to lie.

These inflated grades should not be used as a reason to discard all grades.  Thankfully some people are still honest (a virtue that is neither encouraged in most national curriculum nor encouraged within most schools anymore).   Still, some students have actually earned the grades they have (whether those grades are high, average or low). Continue reading

0060_We Don’t Need Brains_Chapter 1_Weapons of Mass Instruction by John Gatto

[This is the second post about John Taylor Gatto’s book, Weapons of Mass instruction.  The first post is linked here.]

Donna Jack, February 9, 2016

In the first chapter of John Taylor Gatto’s book, Weapons of Mass Instruction: A School Teacher’s Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling,1  he shares some things that are not reported in curriculum and teachings in compulsory schooling, and are not to be found reported in our society in general.  People today don’t realize that compulsory schooling was never intended to educate, but from its inception, it was meant to destroy education in the United States.

Mr. Gatto gives evidence of this intent to destroy, and reports on some successful accomplishments of this goal over the years.

In Chapter one, under the sub-title “We Don’t Need Brains,”  he shares that the rapid decline of education in our country started to be seen in this country, after a small group of people had been meeting and planning together for a number of years.    This group was made up of people and heads of organizations that intentionally set out to secretly destroy education in this country, for their own secret political, ideological and financial reasons. They decided that the ability to read (literacy) was standing in their way of taking over this country.

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0048_Weapons of Mass Instruction by John Taylor Gatto – compulsory education fails students

by Donna Jack – January 14, 2016

John Taylor Gatto’s book Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher’s Journey through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling, gives extensive thought-provoking insight, which helps explain the shocking phenomenon of the rising numbers of highly “uneducated” adults and young people in the United States.

Mr. Gatto is a former New York teacher, who taught in some of the best and some of the worst public schools.  During his 30 years of teaching, he was teacher of the year in his school district, and in 1991 he was teacher of the year in New York State.  He resigned from teaching that year.

Like in the book Weapons of Mass Instruction, the two videos by James O’Keefe of Project Veritas that are linked below, demonstrate a lack of concern for the education and the well-being of students who are in compulsory schooling.  The following links have both the videos and transcripts of the videos.

Undercover Common Core Video: Exec Says “I hate kids…it’s all about the money”

Undercover Common II: Another Top Publishing Exec: “It’s never about the kids”

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