Category Archives: Public Schools

0314_School Shootings: Isn’t It Time to Arm Teachers? – February 2018 — letter from a friend

Donna Jack
March 17, 2017

A friend of mine sent this to me several days ago.  It is well thought out.

It has been ludicrous [stupid or unreasonable and deserving to be laughed at] to make schools gun free zones (the federal law put into place in 1990).  This irrational law has only guaranteed that all our public school children and teachers are sitting ducks — inviting evil people to shoot at the innocent ones in schools.
A letter written by a friend:

It seems that every time there is a highly publicized mass shooting in America these days, instead of grieving the loss of life and blaming the actual perpetrator, we are treated to an immediate knee-jerk attack by the media and politicians on law abiding gun owners, gun organizations, and even the 2nd Amendment itself.

However, rather than be distracted by the politics of gun ownership in America, we need to have a frank discussion about what we can do right now to make our children more safe.

Should we increase surveillance and reporting?  This may help with deterrence.  Yet the Parkland school had monitored security cameras, and there were multiple contacts with the shooter over the years by school administrators and law enforcement (including tips called in to the FBI).  These measures did not stop the killer.

Perhaps we should install metal detectors and have security personnel pat down students and visitors, like we do at stadiums and airports?  This too may help, although it tends to result in crowds forming at choke points (creating an easy target for a truck, bomb, or shooter).  It also doesn’t prevent the killer from pulling the fire alarm to bring everyone outside.

What about “better” background checks?  Unfortunately, this will not stop someone with murder in their heart.  Even if a person has been banned from owning a firearm due to their age, criminal record, or mental health history, it’s not difficult to acquire a gun through an illegal “straw purchase” (having someone else buy it for you).  Firearms can also be readily obtained on the black market.

Some propose banning the sale of certain types of firearms (or even banning them  [firearms] altogether).  However, we can’t make guns go away, any more than we can make knives and pressure cookers go away.  Guns have been manufactured for hundreds of years, and semi-automatic firearms have been around since the 1800’s.  The technology is fairly simple, and you can make your own semi-automatic firearm with a drill press and a file. Continue reading

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?


From: Donna Garner <>
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2018 1:25 PM
To: Donna Garner <>

3.15.18 – Breitbart

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

By Dr. Susan Berry

 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

0262_Jeffco Supt Glass pushing bad teacher resources and curriculum_ “Trump Era Chaos stirred up the hatred that already existed” (editorial by Roberta Sutton)_Blogs on corrupted AP US History_Link to Prager U video about SPLC

Donna Jack
October 22, 2017

From Roberta’s letter:  “All of this is not BECAUSE Trump was elected, but his election has REVEALED what already existed.  The hatred and anti-Americanism was already there, . . . ”

The hateful supplemental material (Educator Resources) — recently recommended by Superintendent Jason Glass, for K-12 teachers in Jefferson County (Colorado) Public Schools —  is only an expansion of what public school children have been fed for years (this includes the teaching of AP U.S. History in recent years).

At the end of this blog post, is   1)  how to write and send letters to the editor; and 2) other blogs on this site, that talk about the superintendent’s new controversial resource list and curriculumNote:  The School Board of Education is supposed to decide on curriculum to be used in the classes — not the superintendent3)  list of blogs on this site about the AP U.S. History mess.

Trump Era Chaos”
Letter by Roberta Sutton

We’ve all noticed what chaos has emerged since Donald Trump’s election.

Right away there was a march of women against Trump who were wearing “Vagina Hats.”  There has been the surfacing of Antifa with their masked assailants, and their destruction and mayhem in Berkeley.  The NFL players have complaints about our police, and because of that, they  refuse to honor our nation and its flag and anthem.  All of them “attack” the President.

All of this is not BECAUSE Trump was elected, but his election has REVEALED what already existed.  The hatred and anti-Americanism was already there, but it was stirred up and brought to the fore because someone with a different belief than theirs was in charge—and Trump was going to be leading the nation in a different direction—one they didn’t agree with. Continue reading

0260_Is Jeffco committed to teaching “white guilt” in our K-12 classrooms? (by Kim Lawrence Gilmartin)_

Donna Jack
October 17, 2017

See previous blog (0259) which is a companion to this blog – about John Newkirk’s talk about his recent op-ed which has caused a rabid stir among the Left and their followers.

An October 17, 2017 post by Kim Lawrence Gilmartin

During John Newkirk’s presentation this morning, he told of an October 16, 2017 post by Kim Lawrence Gilmartin.  See Blog Post 0259 for companion piece.

Her post can be read in a printable pdf on this site, is liked here to her post, and can be read below:


Is Jeffco committed to teaching “white guilt” in our K-12 classrooms?

Having grown up in our post-60s world, I have admired the words of Martin Luther King, who professed his “dream,” that we should all be judged by something other than the color of our skin. Specifically, MLK spoke to a group of civil rights marchers in DC: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Of course he was right, which is easy for most of us to recognize today in retrospect. Skin color should have absolutely zero bearing on the world we live in.

And so it’s worth asking another question of my fellow citizens in Jeffco Colorado: Did you know that our new Jefferson County Schools Superintendent, Jason Glass, has taken a stance that advocates Jeffco schools should teach our kids about “white privilege?” In fact, Glass believes our children need to know the “importance of examining their whiteness: It’s impossible to see the privilege and dominance associated with white racial identity without acknowledging that whiteness.” That’s verbatim from the article “Why Talk About Whiteness” which Glass recommended in a list of “educator resources” he sent to EVERY teacher in our school system. He provided these “resources” for use in our classrooms to “address” hate and racism in America. And we are paying Glass over $1,000,000 in tax dollars over the next three years for this kind of “leadership.” Most people are not aware of this; but I think you should be.

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0259_Rabid response to Newkirk’s op-ed_ Reminiscent of 2014 shenanigans by unions_ Jeffco Superintendent Glass’ arrogant disregard for rules and attempts to push additional radical left-wing curriculum_ JUST SAY NO!

Donna Jack
October 17, 2017

This morning John Newkirk (former secretary of the Jeffco Board of Education) attended the High Country Republican Club breakfast (see Blog 0254).  He said that he has had the most vile negative responses to his recent opinion editorial — more irrational and raging responses than for any other of his articles over the past 2 years.   He says he has written many controversial articles before; but he must have hit a nerve! Newkirk-Opinion-Glass-9-2017

Let the superintendent hear from you, and send in a letter to the editor of the Canyon Courier, or other papers, letting them know you appreciate John’s opinion editorial
2017-10-17_How to write a letter to the Canyon Courier

John Newkirk’s presentation was excellent this morning, which was no surprise.  He spoke about the arrogant disregard for rules that our Superintendent Glass has displayed.  Read Superintendent Glass’ letter.

See Blog 0257 for 2017-08 message to jeffco schs on charlottesville va on this subject and comments.  These letters were sent to all legislators, and Representative Tim Leonard forwarded the document to me.  The second letter from Superintendent Glass has his recommended Charlottesville Educator Resource Guide, for new K-12 curriculum, which went to all teachers in the school district. Continue reading

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 <>
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.… ”


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

 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

0254_Oct 17 ’17 Hear John Newkirk speak about his Sept. 10 opinion piece: New Jeffco Supt. Widening the Great Divide_John is former Jeffco BOE member 2013-2015_links to other Newkirk articles & blogs on this site about Jeffco School Dist corruption

Donna Jack
October 9, 2017/Oct. 10, 2017

John Newkirk will be speaking October 17, 2017
at the High Country Republican Club (HCRC)

Next week, October 17, 2017, the HCRC’s special guest speaker will be John Newkirk.  He was secretary of the Jefferson County, Colorado, School Board from 2013 – 2015.

He will be speaking about his September 20, 2017 article that was published in our local newspaper.

Time, cost and location of the HCRC meeting

The breakfast meeting will be at the Lewis Barn, in Evergreen.  Cost of breakfast is $10.  We begin our meeting at 7:00 a.m., and end around 8:00 a.m., or a little later.  John will plan to stay for a few minutes to visit with people.


The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park is located at: 26624 N. Turkey Creek Road, Evergreen CO 80439.  Call Ron Lewis for information:  303 810-1071

More of John’s articles, and other supporting blogs on this website are
at the end of this blog piece.


 Attached and below is John’s September 20, 2017 article:


“New Jeffco Superintendent Widening the Great Divide”
by John Newkirk

 Author’s note: A number of legislators have contacted me about a suggested curriculum put forth by our new school superintendent — and I was not the only one surprised by its one-sidedness.  My resulting Opinion column appeared in the Courier newspapers on 9/20/2017:

Newly-seated Jeffco Public Schools superintendent Jason Glass certainly wasted no time in thrusting our students into the political mosh pit. 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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0245_Aug. 14, 2017 Who is to Blame for Charlottesville?–by Donna Garner_Articles Donna Garner attached that illustrate the dangers of the Common Core agenda

Donna Jack
August 18, 2017

In this article, Donna Garner explains how the Charlottesville situation is a product of the Obama Administration’s  anti-American Common Core agenda.

At the end of her article are some resources Donna Garner sent out that reveal some background behind the problems — going back to the Common Core curriculum, which supporters of Common Core wrongly kept insisting was not curriculum.


 Educator Resources|Education & Information Age Education News

By Donna Garner – 8.14.17

location of other commentaries by Donna Garner:
Donna Garner Education Policy Commentator

 Who was involved in the deplorable and violent events in Charlottesville, Virginia this last weekend?  Our nation witnessed Black Lives Matter, White Supremacists, Anti-Trumpsters, Neo-Nazis, and the KKK yelling, screaming, fighting, cussing, destroying property, venting their rage, killing protesters, maiming bystanders, and injuring first responders.

 What do these groups all have in common?  They are all products of our culture, one in which the majority of our nation’s K-16 students have been indoctrinated by the Obama administration’s anti-American Common Core and the leftwing professors who populate our colleges and universities. Aided by the Democrats and the leftist media, our nation is now “reaping the whirlwind.”  

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