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Category Archives: Common Core-Uption
Common Coore has to do with the Government’s latest educational “benefit” called Common Core then it has continued to misguide our children down the path of Common Core-Uption. Bill Gates has admitted to its failure, but now wants to reinvent the public school system once more.
‘New standards move in exactly the wrong direction’
At every Olympic Games, a 26.2-mile race celebrates Pheidippides’ grueling run back to Athens to bring news of the great Athenian victory over the Persian army at the Battle of Marathon. According to last year’s California-approved ancient-history textbook from McGraw-Hill, however, the Greeks “defeated the Persian navy.” The author of this text also wrote the 2006 edition of the same book, from the same publisher. That earlier edition correctly describes the battle as a clash of armies.
So what changed between 2006 and 2019?
Answer:the Common Core.
American ideas of republican, representative government; the dangers of dictatorship; and the tensions between a republic and an empire all come directly from the experience of republican Rome. Continue reading →
Teaching the value of free thought matters now more than ever.
Unfortunately, most American public schools take the opposite approach.
Many people have long suspected that governments sometimes attempt to indoctrinate their people to increase the government’s own power and influence. Unfortunately, ambitious governments will not stop at merely controlling what their people can do; they must control their minds. Continue reading →
Working-class parents without college degrees aren’t capable of overseeing their own children’s education, according to comments State Sen. Jeanne Dietsch (D-Peterborough) made during a House Education Committee hearing on Tuesday.
Dietsch was speaking on behalf of a Senate bill that would repeal a law allowing the state Board of Education to create an alternative program for granting graduation credits, which became Learn Everywhere.
“This idea of parental choice, that’s great if the parent is well-educated. There are some families that’s perfect for. But to make it available to everyone? No. I think you’re asking for a huge amount of trouble,” Dietsch said. Continue reading →
Maybe part of the “New Normal” should be the “Old Normal” – ’cause it sure beats Abby Normal!
In the last two weeks, lost among the coronavirus ruckus, some organizations have issued reports revealing the poor scores of our elementary and middle school students on standardized tests. From the Pioneer Institute comes a study showing the failures of Common Core in basic subjects like reading and math.
“Nearly a decade after states adopted Common Core,” said the Pioneer Institute’s Executive Director Jim Stergios, “the empirical evidence makes it clear that these national standards have yielded underwhelming results for students. The proponents of this expensive, legally questionable policy initiative have much to answer for.” Continue reading →
With 4.2 million students absent from their physical classrooms, the state is looking to take a tech-focused approach to learning
Elin Eaton, 11, studies during home schooling in New Rochelle, New York, in March shortly after schools were closed. Nola’s mother, Farrah Eaton, is a former high school administrator, and holds sessions with her three children during weekday mornings. – Getty Images
Though the coronavirus pandemic is a “devastating and costly moment in history,” Cuomo said, there are lessons to be learned and opportunities for betterment across many sectors.
New York should “take this experience and really learn how we can do differently and better with our education system in terms of technology and virtual education,” Cuomo said. “It’s not about just reopening schools. When we reopen schools, let’s open a better school and let’s open a smarter education system.”
Just remember – Bill Gates brought the world of Common-Core to our schools – and even HE admitted that is was a resounding failure. So he should be given a second chance???~ Ed.
Results from the latest international exam show U.S. high school students have made “no significant improvement” since the early 2000s and continue to trail students in Asian countries, despite billions of dollars invested in educational reform.
The exam, known as the Program for International Student Assessment, consists of testing exercises in math, reading, and science and is taken by 15-year-old students across the globe every three years. It seeks to measure how students apply knowledge to real-life scenarios and is considered to be a barometer of future economic success.
The public school system my daughter is in was once one of the highest rated in Ohio. I went through this school system myself and have seen the drastic change. Here’s some background on what’s occurring that has our right-leaning community in an uproar, and even some middle-road lefties. The Director of Education – a “male college cheerleader” in his youth (seriously lol), changed the curriculum to meet common-core-type metrics about 6-7 years ago. Purchasing of new books, Chrome Books, equipment, etc. were made. The curriculum change eventually disconnected us from the apples-to-apples metrics the state and other education quality rating organizations use to gauge schools. Slowly each year our school system began rating lower, and lower by state standards… Continue reading →
Dumbing Us Down by John Gatto is a book that gives you the red pill on modern education and how it is tragically failing those who have to endure it. Since I am a product of the public schools in a predominately Democratic state (Maryland), and received a steroidal dose of liberal brainwashing in university, it’s a small miracle that I was able to fully digest the red pill since the whole point of those who educated me was to keep me ignorant.
School is a twelve-year jail sentence where bad habits are the only curriculum truly learned. I teach school and win awards doing it. I should know.
This book is nothing new to those of you who are already aware of the problems in education, but there are a few key segments that I want to share as Gatto offers his perspective from working as a public school teacher. Continue reading →
It looks like this is as close to an apology or admission of failure as we’re going to get, folks. Sorry about that $4 trillion and mangled years of education for American K-12 kids and teachers.
Bill Gates (Sebastian Derungs)
Bill and Melinda Gates run the world’s richest nonprofit, with assets at $40 billion and annual giving around $4 billion. They have helped pioneer a mega-giving strategy called “advocacy philanthropy,” which aims to use private donations to shift how governments structure their activities and use taxpayer dollars.
Since 2009, the Gates Foundation’s primary U.S. activity has focused on establishing and implementing Common Core, a set of centrally mandated curriculum rules and tests for what children are to learn in each K-12 grade, with the results linked to school and teacher ratings and punitive measures for low performers. Continue reading →
A new ethnic studies curriculum will teach students that “ancient mathematical knowledge has been appropriated by Western culture.”
The REAL reason for Common-Core?
Math is a deeply frustrating subject for many elementary and high school students (thanks to Common-Core? ~ Ed.). But Seattle public schools are gearing up to accuse math of a litany of more serious crimes: imperialism, dehumanization, and oppression of marginalized persons. Continue reading →
Arne Duncan said it best……..”this is not a battle for education it is a battle for social justice” Wake up. The goal is to dumb down ALL children to the lowest denominator so it appears as if ALL kids have been educated by this Communist education reform they are and have been trying to implement for years. Sad to say many of our Presidents, including Ronald Reagan and both President Bush’s have been a part of it. Reagan signed an agreement (as did other Presidents) to bring Russian education into the US. The Ford Foundation has been funded by the US government for years to promote the “comfortable” merge of Russia and the US. . . . We are being stripped of our country and our they want our children. They know our children are progressives (Communists) future. ~ Karen Bracken Continue reading →
If there was any doubt that the Common Core standards have been harmful to American academic achievement, that doubt should be erased by the 2019 results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the Nation’s Report Card. Continue reading →
Public schools do hold good teachers who want to follow the best education practices and who object to the indoctrination of the LBGTQ agenda, but they are being penalized.
Him and Her – or They and Zee?
When the National Education Association (NEA) partnered with a radical homosexual and transgender group known as the “Human Rights Campaign” to create “welcoming schools,” a lot of public-school teachers felt uncomfortable, if not outraged. But when the groups sent out a mass e-mail encouraging teachers to ask young children what “pronouns” they prefer — he, she, they, z, tree, and so on — that was a bridge too far for many.
In a video produced as part of the campaign, two transgender children discuss their preferred pronouns with each other. One of the children prefers the plural pronoun “they,” while the other, who claims not to be a boy or a girl, prefers “zee.” Seriously. After that, the two children discuss the alleged need to “educate” their own teachers, especially substitutes, on the supposed importance of using the newly invented pronouns that students choose for themselves. Continue reading →
“This particular American society” is one that is driven, molded and manipulated by Progressive ideologies that have been embedded in all of our institutions, public and private, over the last one hundred years or more.
Unfortunately, the current self-perpetuating system in America and even in most Westernized countries, is Progressivism, which is just another form of collective socialism. It is a flawed, bankrupt system that emphasizes the collective and de-emphasizes the individual, the former being the very antithesis of the foundation of American freedom. Becoming an educator is a process of being indoctrinated in this current self-perpetuating system. Continue reading →
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” ~ Proverbs 22:6
Author Alex Newman’s first experience with American government education, having grown up abroad, was when he moved back to Florida and attended the University of Florida. When taking a course in American History he found that it was being taught by a raving feminist. Instead of teaching the class American history, they learned about the history of feminism and Marxism.
Overwhelmed with his experience, Newman searched the internet and found out about conservative educator and leader Phyllis Schlafly.
Newman shared his findings at Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Council XLVIII, September 13 – 15, at the Marriott St. Louis Airport, Saint Louis, Missouri. Continue reading →