Teacher Writes Brochure for Public Education

Mr. Fitz, a middle school teacher in Florida, shares his views of what teaching to the test has done to education. “The thing that struck me one night, though, flipping through a brochure with key words like CREATIVITY, PASSION, PERSONAL INTERESTS, COMMUNITY, SIGNIFICANCE, and RELEVANCE emblazoned across the top of each page, was the fact that…

Parents are Rising Up

It’s simple. Cut the people out, and you get an inferior product. Now, parents are waking up. Alisa Ellis, of Heber City, Utah, typifies their resolve: “Administrators want parents like me to step back and be quiet, but we will not. These are my children, and my voice will be heard.” Read the whole editorial…

"Have It Your Way"

The The Associated School Boards of South Dakota and the School Administrators of South Dakota have announced the theme for their joint convention to be held Aug. 8-9, 2013 in Sioux Falls. “Have It Your Way”. “Have It Your Way” for most of us is the Burger King theme. So let’s take it from there. You…

The Development of Common Core Explained by Michael Chapman

Think Common Core is something new? This video is kind of long, but full of documented information.From the 1989 National Governors’ Association Conference on Education Total transformation of our society Facts and information(knowledge) no longer primary purpose of education Connection between economic(sustainable) development and human capital(labor) Why are the tests now called assessments?Voluntary = Mandatory…

NCLB Bills: A Side-By-Side Comparison

The U.S. Constitution grants no authority over education to the federal government. Education is not mentioned in the Constitution of the United States, and for good reason. The Founders wanted most aspects of life managed by those who were closest to them, either by state or local government or by families, businesses, and other elements of…

Crayola Common Core Lessons Promote Globalization and Interdependence

Despite Arne Duncan’s denial that Common Core purposes a political agenda, the curriculum itself proves otherwise — that Common Core has everything to do with the political and global agenda of those who created it, and nothing to do with a sound education for the benefit of those being taught — our children.http://danetteclark.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/crayola-common-core-lessons-promote-globalization-and-interdependence/

3 Trends Connect NSA Snooping and Common Core Testing

An excellent article by Matt Sanders at the DNews. Here’s a clip.“A bit of context might be helpful. The USOE contracted with DC based social research firm American Institutes for Research (AIR) to develop and host the Utah Common Core assessments that track student data and performance. AIR’s stated mission is, “to conduct and apply the best…