Category Archives: Propaganda

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

0352_Aug. 10, 2018_Truth in American Education (TAE)_School Leaders Weigh in on Civics Education — by Stan Vander Hart

Donna Jack
August 10, 2018

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From: Henry W. Burke <hwburke@cox.net>
Sent: Friday, August 10, 2018 3:16 PM
Subject: TAE — School Leaders Weigh In on Civics Education — by Shane Vander Hart

TRUTH IN AMERICAN EDUCATION

School Leaders Weigh In on Civics Education

https://caffeinatedthoughts.com/2018/07/school-leaders-weigh-in-on-civics-education/

JULY 5, 2018 

BY SHANE VANDER HART

I read through an Education Week Research Center report on Civics Education based on a survey of 524 principals, assistant principals, and other school-based leaders paints a dismal picture. I wanted to highlight some of the findings and then share some thoughts.

Here are some of the findings: Continue reading

0335_New Update Apr. 24, 2018_ Teacher Walkouts (in 27 CO school districts) Potentially Cost Taxpayers $13.3 Million_ plus cost for classified employees_ and cost to parents, etc. – by Ed is Watching

Donna Jack
April 29, 2018

Shouldn’t teachers and administrators who encourage (or take part in) walkouts during school hours be fired?!?  Shouldn’t that also be the case for ones who encourage students and teachers to walkout during school hours?

This needs to be stopped – these people are eating up our tax dollars with their tyrannical and bullying behavior.  And they are causing parents and children grief (financial and emotional).  They are negative role models for our children.

The article below by Ed is Watching, was linked in Blog 0334.

It can be found at:  http://ediswatching.org/teacher-walkouts-potentially-cost-taxpayers-11-5-million/

New Update: Teacher Walkouts Potentially Cost Taxpayers $ 13.3 Million



According to Colorado Chalkbeat, 27 Colorado school districts have cancelled classes due to the teacher walkouts scheduled later this week. Based on the average teacher salary in each district plus the cost of PERA benefits, the teacher walkouts in the 27 districts are potentially costing taxpayers $13.3 million. This figure does not include classified employees who serve at each school.

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0312_Chicago GOP Files Lawsuit Against Chicago Public Schools_ Student Walkout Political Indoctrination, Pure and Simple — by Dr. Susan Berry

Donna Jack
March 15, 2018

Every Marxist/Socialist/Communist dictatorship brainwashes their youth, and uses them as pawns in their political schemes.  Who is orchestrating the manipulation and usage of students in our country today?

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2018 1:25 PM
To: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Subject: CHICAGO GOP FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS: STUDENT WALKOUT POLITICAL INDOCTRINATION, PURE AND SIMPLE – BY DR. SUSAN BERRY – BREITBART — 3.15.18

3.15.18 – Breitbart

 “Chicago GOP Files Lawsuit Against Chicago Public Schools:
Student Walkout Political Indoctrination, Pure and Simple”

By Dr. Susan Berry  

 http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/03/15/chicago-gop-file-lawsuit-chicago-public-schools-student-walkout-political-indoctrination-pure-simple/

 The Chicago Republican Party plans to file a lawsuit against the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) over its decision to organize students to participate in Wednesday’s student walkouts that promoted gun control.

“It’s appalling that 10 to 14-year-old kids would be coerced, by their teachers, to participate in a political demonstration,” said Chris Cleveland, chairman of the Chicago GOP, in a statement. “A 10-year-old kid isn’t going to have an informed opinion on these political matters, and shouldn’t be expected to have the fortitude to hold a different opinion from everyone else in his or her classroom. This is political indoctrination, pure and simple.” Continue reading

0261_The Anti-hate Group that is a Hate Group – the SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) – Prager University YouTube and transcript-October 12, 2017

Donna Jack
October 21, 2017/rev. Oct 22, 2017

Our Jefferson County Colorado Public School District Superintendent (Jason Glass), is pushing a huge increase of Leftist, anti-American, anti-White, anti-family, hate-filled class resources onto all grades, K-12.  He is also pushing his own brand of new curriculum on K-12.  See his recommended list of class resources supposedly intended to eliminate hate:

Educator Resources – dnld 2017-10-16 from website

Prager University Video:

Prager University has recently posted a video about the group from which Superintendent Glass has taken quite a bit of the content for his recommended resource list from — a list of resources he has recently sent out to all the K-12 teachers in our school district.

See previous blog posts on this site that address this same subject:   Glass unilaterally pushing new far-left curriculum:

Prager University
The Anti-Hate Group That is a Hate Group
[5 minutes and 5 seconds long]

https://www.prageru.com/courses/political-science/anti-hate-group-hate-group

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0257_Colorado Rep. Tim Leonard reports Jeffco School Superintendent Glass to impose new across-the-board left-wing curriculum–letters–links to new resource list to accompany new curriculum

Donna Jack
October 16, 2017/updated October 22, 2017

Educator Resources – downloaded 2017-10-16 from website
Other blogs about this subject:Gramma Griizzly’s Corner

Colorado Representative Tim Leonard has done us a service, by alerting us to “abuse in the classroom” being expanded through “new” curriculum being imposed on all grades from K-12 — claiming to be in response to events at Charlottesville.  Our Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent justifies his unilateral imposition of the “new” curriculum, and says he is doing it because Jeffco Schools wants children to have an “authentic learning experience.”

In his September 28, 2017 letter, Superintendent Glass links to the Educator Resources for the new curriculum.   If you read through the resource guide, it is evident the children are being pushed to hate.  The curriculum and resources are from a destructive radical left-wing viewpoint.  EVERYTHING is hateful.  Teaching children to hate in the name of fighting hatred, is ridiculous.  Groups recommended as a resource, have an obvious left-wing bias that you can see on their websites – and the curriculum focuses on hate, negativity, and censorship.  Go to Blog 0261 on this website, for a video by Prager University, explaining who the SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) is.

You can link to the Educator Resources document, which has live links to most of the groups being used for Superintendent Glass’ new curriculum content — and examples of their curriculum plans.  Note the international, not American, emphasis on some sites.

How do children learn to be kind and loving?

Children learn to be loving and kind by witnessing love and kindness — not by being shown  negative ugliness over and over every day.  Those behind this curriculum know exactly what they are doing!  They are conditioning our children through this curriculum (and all other curriculum that is like it), to hate and to act out their hatred — beginning in kindergarten.  [Note:  they have influence in preschool and day care as well.]

Representative Leonard’s letter:

From: Timothy Leonard <tim@tim-leonard.net>
Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2017 11:45 AM
To: Tim-Campaign
Subject: Fwd: Message to Jeffco Public Schools community regarding Charlottesville, VA

To some interested Jeffco Public School folks,

The message below was sent to me on 16 August as a parent of children in Jeffco public schools from the new Superintendent Jason Glass.  It informed me that he has decided to introduce new curriculum into the Jeffco schools in all grades in order to use the events at Charlottesville for an “authentic learning experience” for the children.

Twelve days later on 28 Aug, I was sent another more detailed message as a Jefferson County Legislator explaining the significant amount of interpretive information the Superintendent’s “curriculum and instructional team has pulled together for educators” regarding the violence.  I have included this email information for you as well. Continue reading

0255_“Bill Bennett Touts Trump Has More Conservative Cabinet Than Reagan” By Dr. Susan Berry–THAT IS NOT SO

Donna Jack
October 14, 2017

Summary statement from end of article below:

“Too many of the people selected for K-12 policy can be expected to continue the trajectory launched by progressive educators a century ago and reaching new heights under Obama and his secretaries,” she [Dr. Susan Berry] asserts.… ”

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From Donna Garner:   pdf here or see below:

10.13.17 – Breitbart

 “Bill Bennett Touts Trump Has More Conservative Cabinet Than Reagan”
By Dr. Susan Berry

 http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/10/13/bill-bennett-touts-trump-conservative-cabinet-reagan/

 Dr. Bill Bennett, secretary of education under President Ronald Reagan, told attendees at the Values Voter Summit Friday that President Donald Trump’s Cabinet is a “more conservative cabinet” than Reagan’s Cabinet was.

Bennett – now a radio host and author – specifically named current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos “my friend … who is fighting to empower parents,” as an example of conservatism, and defended her signature policy of school choice.

However, both Bennett and DeVos have come under fire from many conservative parents throughout America for their support – mentioned or otherwise – for the Common Core standards. The movement to eradicate the federally funded and supported Common Core has been led by one of the most significant “populist” grassroots efforts in decades.

As Breitbart News reported in 2014, Bennett drew the ire of anti-Common Core parents throughout the country after penning an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that made a “conservative case for Common Core.”

 In his column, Bennett reiterated all the “talking points” of the pro-Common Core education establishment. His remarks – especially from one who served in Reagan’s Cabinet under a president who had desired to eliminate the U.S. Education Department (USED) – led to an uproar. Ultimately, Bennett admitted that public relations, lobbying, and business consulting firm DCI Group had paid him to write the column. Continue reading

0251_Left’s False Narrative: Trump Administration ‘Pro-Rape’ for Scrapping Obama Campus Sex Policies_by Dr. Susan Berry

Donna Jack
September 28, 2017

9.27.17 – Breitbart
“Left’s False Narrative: Trump Administration ‘Pro-Rape’ for Scrapping Obama Campus Sex Policies”
By Dr. Susan Berry
The left’s latest false narrative is that the Trump administration is “pro-rape” because the education department is scrapping former President Barack Obama’s campus sexual misconduct policies.
Democrat politicians, Hollywood elites, and feminist and LGBT advocacy groups are blasting U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s announcement last week that her department is rescinding the Obama administration’s “guidance” on sexual misconduct that turned over serious sex assault allegations to untrained “kangaroo” courts on college campuses… Continue reading

0250_Dr. Kim Holmes, author of The Closing of the Liberal Mind: How Groupthink and Intolerance Define the Left — will speak at 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at CCU Sept 25, 2017_ YouTube of Dr. Holmes talking about his book

September 21, 2017

Dr. Kim Holmes will be speaking at Colorado Christian University (CCU) this coming Monday evening.  Over a year ago he wrote a book The Closing of the Liberal Mind:  How Groupthink and Intolerance Define the Left.  Groupthink and intolerance are what is “taught” in our society, through government schools and the media in general.  It has increasingly moved into law.

Distinguished Lecture Series Featuring Dr. Kim Holmes
Monday, September 25, 2017

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Colorado Christian University

Leprino Hall 170

180 S. Garrison St. Lakewood, CO 80226

Details and RSVP

Our academic system in the United States is designed to keep students focused only on what the system wants them to know, or feel, or do.  They are not equipped to make their own decisions, but rather to carry out the wishes of the “education” system.

At the end of this blog piece, you can watch an early 2016  YouTube with Kim Holmes talking about his new book.

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0235_Hillsdale College 2017 Introduction to the Constitution course (free) – taught by Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College_ links to classes _ information about Larry Arnn, and his books_links to other blogs about false AP US History

Donna Jack
July 21, 2017/July 22, 2017 update

My husband is taking online, the Hillsdale College class “Introduction to the Constitution.”  It is free. It is one of a number of classes Hillsdale College offers free online.

In light of the gross ignorance of the Constitution in our country — and the frightening results of that ignorance that we are seeing around us — it is important that people become aware of our Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence.  We need knowledge in order to be able to stand up to protect and preserve our nation.

For decades, our public schools have been omitting this knowledge from being available to students.  In fact, grossly false information about our country, our founding, and our freedom, continues to be taught throughout the schools.  Children and adults have for a long time been taught to hate America,not understanding the unique blessing it is on us and on the world.

At the end of this article, see four previous blogs on this site that deal with the lies in AP U.S.  History.

Dr. Larry Arnn – teaches “Introduction to the Constitution”

Dr. Larry Arnn is the teacher for the 11 lessons of an “Introduction to the Constitution” class.  He has been president of Hillsdale College since 2000.  He is the kind of person that you gladly listen to — because of his extensive knowledge, and his enthusiasm for whatever subject he speaks about.

In this series he serves as more of a moderator that  one giving a lecture.  He is working with freshmen and sophomores at Hillsdale College.  The information is a very good review, or foundation if you have little knowledge of the Constitution.

In the second class on the Constitution, a number of people take turns leading the sessions, using a lecture format.

You can access here the list and content of the 11 lessons in the
Hillsdale “Introduction to the Constitution” class …or link to each one of them below: Continue reading