Category Archives: Education Resources

0168_Dr. Joe Wheeler_Professor, Writer, collector of stories_His December 2016 blog on elections

Donna Jack
January 5, 2017

King Soopers in Conifer, Colorado annually lets the local Kiwanis Club set up tables to sell Joe Wheeler’s books – with all proceeds going to the local elementary schools and home schools in the Conifer area.  This year we were able to raise $3,468.59 for the project.

In the process of helping people purchase Joe’s books, I purchased many books for my own friends and family — and was able to work with Joe and get to know his work.  You can discover his books, and other things he offers, on his website:

Below is the text of Joe Wheeler’s December 2016  blog about election 2016.  If you go to this printable link you will not only see the text of the article below, but a Norman Rockwell picture within the article, depicting the division between a husband and wife over the 1948 election in which Truman won over Dewey.  As always, Norman Rockwell beautifully and accurately captured a real piece of life in our county.


Joe Wheeler’s Blog #50, Series 7_Election 2016
From Joe’s “Wednesdays with Dr. Joe” articles

December 14, 2016

What a relief: the long almost unbelievably contentious election is finally over! For most of us, it couldn’t come soon enough. Reason being: now, at long last, normal life can resume again. Continue reading

0161_School Tax Failure had Roots In Recall_Dec. 17, 2016 opinion piece by John J. Newkirk (former Colorado Jeffco School Board Member recalled)

Donna Jack
December 19, 2016/updated Dec. 26, 2016

John Newkirk’s article was first published December 7, 2016, and then was published online December 17, with live links to his references.

As always, John carefully documents the claims and conclusions that he makes.


School Tax Failure had Roots in Recall

Note to the reader: In 2013, concerned Jefferson County taxpayers elected three conservatives (including yours truly) to represent their interests on the Board of Education. Within minutes of the election — two weeks before we were even sworn in — the teachers union began a campaign to unseat “these bastards.” My latest Opinion column delves into the recall election’s surly evolution and its ultimate consequence. It’s also an admonition to the teachers union to heed the old Chinese proverb: When you set out to destroy someone, first dig two graves. ________________________________________________________________

Newkirk Opinion Column, December 7, 2016

To the casual observer, the failure of Jefferson County’s school tax proposal last month was a head-scratcher. Why did our district vote down new school taxes when neighboring districts passed theirs? Why did Jeffco say yes to Democrats Hillary Clinton and Michael Bennet, but no to Democrats on the Board of Education? Why did so many residents who’d never opposed a school tax vote no for the first time ever? A surprising number of voters have contacted me about this, and their common threads bear repeating. So, to best share their sentiments, allow me to channel the gentleman from Virginia for whom our humble county is named: Continue reading

0077_ Jan. 27, 2016_Links to speeches of current interim U.S. Secretary of Education and former Secretary Arne Duncan

This link connects to a U.S. Department of Education site.

At that location you have access to the speeches of the current interim U.S. Secretary of Education, and the speeches of the previous U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.


0074_Common Core: Subversive Threat to Education_Karen Bracken_April 8, 2013_YouTube

This particular video, which was made in 2013, is among the best presentations out there that lays out a straight-forward history of Common Core national standards (which drive curriculum and assessments) and introduces the people and organizations behind Common Core national standards and all that goes along with national standards.

You can read a transcript of the video, approved by Karen Bracken, the person who presents the information in the video.

This video gives information necessary to understand better what is going on today with Common Core, the College Board (AP, SAT, GED, etc), ACT, International Baccalaureate (IB program), and a number of other topics central to education.

Additionally you will hear some quotes by founders of public education in the U.S.A., and learn some of Bill Gates’ activities, goals and alliances.

Karen Bracken lives in Tennessee, and continues to work tirelessly to inform people about the take-over of our education.  Below is her 2013 presentation — Common Core: Subversive Threat to Education.

Published on Apr 23, 2013

Karen Bracken ( ) Presents Common Core: Subversive Threat to Education on 18 April 2013 at the Chattanooga TEA Party meeting. Introduction by Mark West, President of the Chattanooga TEA Party.

Transcript for above YouTube – approved by Karen Bracken.  You can “search” the transcript document by pressing “Ctrl” and “F” and typing in the name or subject, etc.



0055_Exclusive: Former Houghton Mifflin Exec Reveals How Pearson Unfairly Won the LAUSD iPad Deal_Project Veritas transcription, YouTube and Susan Berry article

[Part IV Common Core video expose:  by Project Veritas]

Exclusive: Former Houghton Mifflin Exec Reveals How Pearson Unfairly Won the LAUSD iPad Deal

by Dr. Susan Berry, 27 Jan 2016

A former Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) executive reveals in a Project Veritas undercover investigation how textbook publishing giant Pearson Education won the $1.3 billion contract to put Common Core-curriculum-loaded iPads into the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), despite the fact that, he alleges, other publishers outpaced Pearson in their bids for the contract.

In this fourth video of a series by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas – focused on exposing the corporate cronyism behind the Common Core standards reform, Gilbert Garcia, Ph.D. tells the undercover journalist that “the big boys” of the textbook publishing world are Pearson, McGraw-Hill and HMH.

[for complete story, click here]


0017_How Zinn Gets In: Road to a National Curriculum – by Stanley Kurtz – 2015-08-17

By Stanley Kurtz
August 17, 2015

The Corner – The one and only.

Politics is downstream of culture. We hear that often, yet pay scant attention as the culture slips into partisan hands. I mean partisan not merely with respect to party, but in respect to a leftist ideology that seeks exclusive cultural as well as political control. Our federalist system has long served as the great bulwark against domination of the country by a single ideological faction. Yet in higher education, the game has largely been lost. Now high school is slipping away.

Slowly but surely, the College Board, sponsor of the controversial 2014 and 2015 AP U.S. history (APUSH) frameworks, is becoming an unelected national school board, setting curricula—and just as important—largely replacing states and localities as the shaper of both textbooks and teacher training at the high school level. As a de facto federally-supported monopoly riding a huge wave of government subsidies, the College Board has grown rich by expanding the reach of its Advanced Placement courses.

We are swiftly headed for a situation in which a quarter, a third, very possibly well over 50 percent of high school students, will be taking so-called advanced placement courses whose guidelines, reading material, and teacher training seminars are all controlled by the College Board, a private company with no responsibility to the voters. The superficial U.S. history changes of this summer notwithstanding, the College Board continues to be a plaything of the left-leaning and highly politicized faculty already in control of the nation’s colleges and universities. Continue reading

0011_Should our Children be Standardized? – Peg Luksik – Trailer on YouTube and Transcript

[Click on the title of this article to view the entire article]  [Links open in separate windows.]

This trailer, Should our Children be Standardized?, was linked through Founded on Truth.

This is the full You Tube of the above Trailer.  It is excellent.

Below is a timetable of federal takeover of education seen in the linked YouTube video trailer.  Transcription of the trailer follows this timeline. Continue reading

0001_Charlotte Iserbyt – Some of Her U.S. and World Education Resources

Donna Jack
Published July 28, 2015_Updated April 4, 2016_October 18, 2017

Charlotte Iserbyt – some resources on her website:

Charlotte worked in the Department of Education
Under President Reagan

 Charlotte Iserbyt, who had previously been in the Department of Education under President Reagan.

The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America

In 1999, she wrote a huge book that gives the chronological history of the dumbing down of education in the United States.  It is called:  The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America.


In 1985 she wrote a 40-page book, with a 1993 update:  Back to Basics Reform or OBE *Skinnerian International Curriculum?  *Necessary for the United States’ participation in a socialist one-world government scheduled for the early years of the twenty-first century. Continue reading