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0359_Betsy DeVos Appoints Former Democrat Governor to Head National Testing Board_by Dr. Susan Berry Nov 6, 2018

December 1, 2018

Just returned from caring for grandchildren for about a month, without the internet available.  Came home to over 900 emails.  Found this sent out by Donna Garner:

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From: BY DONNA GARNER <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 9:36 AM
To:       Subject: BETSY DEVOS APPOINTS DEM LOVER OF COMMON CORE TO NAEP BOARD

11.6.18 — Breitbart

 “Betsy DeVos Appoints Former Democrat Governor to Head National Testing Board”

 By Dr. Susan Berry

 http://www.educationviews.org/betsy-devos-appoints-ex-democrat-governor-to-national-testing-board/

 To read the entire Breitbart article, please go to:  

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2018/11/06/betsy-devos-appoints-former-democrat-governor-to-head-national-testing-board/

 [Comments from Donna Garner:  On March 13, 2018, Leslie Stahl asked Sect. of Ed. Betsy DeVos, “Why have you become, people say, the most hated Cabinet secretary?” Sect. DeVos replied that more than anything she is misunderstood. The article below shows that she is not “misunderstood” but is actually “understood” all too well. 

Even though Pres. Trump ran on the platform of getting rid of Common Core, he made a bad choice in appointing Betsy DeVos as Sect. of Ed.  She, working hand-in-glove with Jeb Bush, is making sure that Common Core becomes permanent.

Now DeVos has chosen former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue to oversee the NAEP. This test is not yet aligned with Common Core; but under Common-Core-lover Perdue, the NAEP is sure to be closely aligned with Common Core in the same manner as the SAT, pre-SAT, and AP are.

The NAEP was mandated by Congress in 1969 and compares representative samples of students’ scores in mathematics, reading, science and writing.  The NAEP allows the nation to compare academic progress from state to state.

Beverly Perdue will be a disaster because by aligning the NAEP with Common Core, she will pressure states with fact-based, academic curriculum standards/tests (e.g., Texas) to move away from their own Type #1 traditional standards and to adopt the Type #2 Common Core philosophy of education that is based upon subjectivity/feelings/emotions/opinions and the social justice agenda.

The truth is that Common Core is failing everywhere. Students’ academic achievement is going down while their indoctrination into the social justice agenda is going up.  Perdue’s almost certain attempts to change the “nation’s” test (NAEP) into Type #2/Common Core will further abandon teachers and schools who want to make sure their students have deep foundational knowledge and a fact-based education.

Beverly Perdue represents a dark day for America’s educational future.

To read more about the dangers of Common Core, please go to this article: “Yes, Common Core Is Advancing a Left-Wing Agenda” – by Dr. Susan Berry — 10.26.18 – Breitbart —

http://www.educationviews.org/yes-common-core-is-advancing-a-left-wing-agenda/

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“Betsy DeVos Appoints Former Democrat Governor to Head National Testing Board”

 By Dr. Susan Berry

 Excerpts from this article:

 Education secretary Betsy DeVos announced Friday she has appointed former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue to serve as chair of the National Assessment Governing Board.

Perdue, a Democrat and Common Core champion who served as North Carolina’s governor from 2009 to 2013, will lead the board that sets policy for the test known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the “Nation’s Report Card.”

The former governor, who was once a public school teacher, oversaw the adoption of the Common Core State Standards in her state.

“I am delighted to welcome former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue as the chair of the National Assessment Governing Board,” DeVos said in a statement. “Her years of experience and time spent in the classroom as a public school teacher will be vital to the work of the board as it continues its efforts to strengthen and advance education opportunities for students across our country.”

In 2015, Perdue penned an op-ed at the Hechinger Report, in which she defended her decision to adopt Common Core for her state.

 “In a global economy, it doesn’t matter where you live but it does matter what you know, and children everywhere ought to know what other students across America and the world are learning,” she wrote. “It makes no difference whether you call them Common Core or whether every state gives them a different name.”

Perdue continued that the standards would be helping young people succeed in a “fast-paced world in which skills and jobs change daily.”

The former governor said she was particularly impressed with Common Core math:

I recently visited a second-grade classroom in North Carolina and watched a fabulous teacher help kids understand the concept of the number “55.”  She used 12 addition and subtraction examples to show kids how many different math equations get you to 55.

She showed them how you can use five buckets of tens and five buckets of ones. Or you can use 11 buckets of fives – or six “fives,” two tens” and five “ones.”  She taught these second-graders to think logically and to explore how many ways you can get to an answer.

“The Common Core standards encourage problem-solving and critical thinking skills – skills that were often absent in the classrooms of the past,” Perdue wrote.

The former governor expressed concern about “fears that, by adopting Common Core, the federal government is over-reaching into our schools and threatening to nationalize curriculum.”

“The state has even empaneled a commission to review and rewrite the standards, even though North Carolina has already invested over $66 million in training teachers and school leaders, updating curriculum and transitioning to the Common Core,” she wrote, defending the Core further and asserting that “standards” and “curriculum” are separate concepts.

“[T]he Common Core State Standards were not created, approved or mandated by the federal government,” Perdue wrote in opposition to grassroots parent groups.” “The standards were created by the states. And, they don’t dictate curriculum, which remains entirely under the control of local school boards, principals and teachers.”

However, even as early as 2014, the CEO of the federally funded Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) – a Common Core assessment consortium- confirmed the standards and their aligned assessments were intended to drive curriculum.

 “High quality assessments go hand-in-hand with high quality instruction based on high quality standards,” said Laura Slover. “You cannot have one without the other. The PARCC states see quality assessments as a part of instruction, not a break from instruction.”

Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, also noted at the time:

The proponents of Common Core and PARCC continue to insist that tests and standards are not about curriculum, but that’s a ruse. Teachers already know that what is tested at the end of the year is what is taught in classrooms throughout the year. PARCC may not mandate one textbook or one pacing guide, but the CEO of the federally funded PARCC has admitted one thing: PARCC controls instruction and instruction is curriculum.

Since leaving office, Perdue has led Digital Learning Institute, an education nonprofit company that seeks to expand technology in the classroom. Perdue received funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – the primary private source of funding for the development and implementation of Common Core – for her venture…

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 Donna Garner – wgarner1@hot.rr.com

0319_Bill Gates’ Admission that he Spent $4 Billion on Common Core Over 7 yrs. that Harmed Tens of Millions of Students — By Dr. Susan Berry — Breitbart_October 21, 2017

Donna Jack
April 5, 2018

At my request, Donna Garner re- sent me this article which I had lost. Here is a portion from the article:

 “…However, Ze’ev Wurman, former education policy advisor in the President George W. Bush education department, tells Breitbart News, “Such ‘pivoting’ may be acceptable in the private market, where companies regularly ‘pivot’ while abandoning previous strategies and the money they invested in them.”

“He continues:

“It is different when a private actor such as Gates uses his money to leverage public money – some $600 billion of it for his own relatively small investment of few tens of millions every year – to steer the public money to implement mediocre curricula and ill thought-out programs born of his feverish imagination and ignorance. Yet that is precisely the track record – and the explicit acknowledgement – of Mr. Gates.”
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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 5, 2018 7:16 AM
Subject: BILL GATES’ ADMISSION THAT HE SPENT $4 BILLION ON COMMON CORE OVER 7 YRS. THAT HARMED TENS OF MILLIONS OF STUDENTS — BY DR. SUSAN BERRY — BREITBART — 10.21.17

10.21.17 – Breitbart

 “Common Core Backer Bill Gates Announces Plan
To Invest $1.7 Billion in Public Education”   By Dr. Susan Berry

 http://www.educationviews.org/common-core-backer-bill-gates-announces-plan-invest-1-7-billion-public-education/

 Excerpts from this article:

 Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has announced his latest plan to invest $1.7 billion to improve K-12 public education over the next five years.

After having spent some $3.4 billion on public education in the United States – much of it directed toward the development and implementation of the highly controversial Common Core State Standards – Gates says that 60 percent of his new investment will go to public schools and about 15 percent to the development of charter schools. Continue reading

0318_DID U. S. PERFORMANCE ON PISA DECLINE BECAUSE OF COMMON CORE? — BY DIANE RAVITCH — EDVIEWS.ORG — 3.6.18

Donna Jack
April 4, 2018

Bill Gates funded Common Core possibly to the tune of $2 billion.  He has admitted that his Common Core implementation in schools across the country, not only failed to raise the academic accomplishments of students in the United States, but the results have worsened markedly.

Even sadder is the fact that, for the first time in our country’s history, a curriculum standard has been made federal —  Common Core was established as federal law, in December 2015, through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  Read about Congress’ vote in Blog 0057 on this website.

You can also search for this article by typing “0057” in the search box at the top of this page (next to the “spy glass”).  Search for other ESSA articles on this website.

Stop the national intrusion into our local education

Isn’t it about time to stop pushing standardized education, and let states, local school districts, parents, and schools decide what they want their students to learn.  Our National Standards are based on Type #2 education.  See the  comparison of Type #1 and Type #2 education on the home page of this website.  Also see another online comparison at:  http://www.educationviews.org/comparison-types-education-type-1-traditional-vs-type-2-cscope-common-core/

Type #2 has been and is a total failure, for our children, and for our country.  Common Core is Type #2 education on steroids.

Below you can read parts of one article published last month about this sad state of education in our country.

“Once upon a time” the United States of America led the world academically – before the push for federally-controlled standards and curriculum. Continue reading

0287_Team Jeb! Bigger and Stronger at U.S. Dept. of Ed_By Jane Robbins_ January 2, 2017 – also links to Bracken’s 2013 background of Common Core and more resources

Donna Jack
January 4, 2017

Common Core (centralized control of education) continues to be cemented into the fabric of education in the United States.

Two excerpts from the article below:

The latest concern is the appointment by President Trump of “Frank Brogan, a longtime Bush ally from Florida.”   “Does this move snuff out the last hope that Trump will keep his campaign promises to stop federal support of Common Core and return control over education to the states and the people?

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From: Donna Garner [mailto:wgarner1@hot.rr.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 4:09 PM
To: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Subject: TEAM JEB! BIGGER AND STRONGER AT U. S. DEPT. OF ED. — BY JANE ROBBINS — TAE – 1.2.18

1.2.18 – Truth in American Education
https://truthinamericaneducation.com/federalized-education/team-jeb-grows-stronger-u-s-department-education/

 “Team Jeb! Grows Bigger and Stronger at U.S. Department of Education”
by jane robbins

Team Jeb! grows bigger and stronger at the U.S. Department of Education (USED). The key position of assistant secretary of education for elementary and secondary education has gone to Frank Brogan, a longtime Bush ally from Florida. We don’t know who recommended Brogan, but we do know who appointed him – President Trump. Does this move snuff out the last hope that Trump will keep his campaign promises to stop federal support of Common Core and return control over education to the states and the people?

As soon as Trump appointed Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary, concern surfaced about her history of supporting the one education policy that Trump railed against during the campaign: the Common Core national standards (though she backtracked, sort of, when appointed). DeVos also apparently embraced the Bush worldview on education – centralized control with benefits distributed to various corporate and other stakeholders. Her strong and longstanding ties to Team Bush include donating to and serving on the board of Jeb’s Foundation for Excellence in Education, which pushes policies such as so-called competency-based education, digital training, increased data-collection on students, and government preschool.

All of these policies were favored by the Obama education establishment as well (the only significant difference between Obama and Bush on education issues concerns school choice).  DeVos’s selection thus signaled a continuation of most policies of the last eight years.

Unsurprisingly, DeVos has now surrounded herself not with representatives of the pro-constitutionalist, anti-Common Core wing of education but with Bush acolytes such as Carlos Muniz as USED general counsel. But the USED position of most interest to parent activists throughout the country — assistant secretary for K-12 education – remained to be filled. Giving that job to a proven anti-Common Core warrior would rekindle hope for some change in USED’s trajectory. But Trump gave the job to Frank Brogan. Continue reading