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Want to STOP COMMON CORE? Do NOT Vote For Hillary Clinton

This is an informative article on the link between Common Core in America’s classrooms and Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Manager is a Longtime Corporate Education Reformer

Meet John Podesta.

He’s a Washington lobbyist working hard to support high stakes tests, Common Core and charter schools.

He’s also Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager.

That’s right – the 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate who has been endorsed by the leaders of the national teachers unions has a corporate education reformer running her campaign.

Read and watch the video by clicking on this link: https://gadflyonthewallblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/08/hillary-clintons-campaign-manager-is-a-longtime-corporate-education-reformer/

HILLARY CLINTON admits NH Dept. of Ed is Breaking State Law?

We’ve been trying to warn everyone that the assessments used in our public schools are in violation of state statute. New Hampshire Families for Education has blown the whistle on this but it seems no one is listening.

According to their web site:
To top it all off, under state law, RSA 193-C, statewide assessments must be valid, appropriate and objectively scored. Smarter Balanced Assessments are not and can not meet these criteria, so they must be rejected

State statue says that assessments must be “valid” and yet the NH Dept. of Education has never made available independent validity studies.

Chapter 193-C:
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The NH Dept. of Education is also involved in new PACE assessments that will replace the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Where are the independent validity studies?

Hillary Clinton while campaigning in New Hampshire a few weeks ago stopped to talk to a New Hampshire parent who brought this to her. Even Hillary Clinton admits the Common Core assessments are not valid assessments.

“I asked her if she was aware that the current [Common Core-aligned] tests are not even validated, and she replied, ‘yes,’” Lawless said.

This was confirmed in a letter to the editor: School testing unethical, invalid
“I regard Smarter Balanced as part of a nationwide system of compulsory participation in unethically managed, invalid research.”

When will someone hold the New Hampshire Department of Education and schools across New Hampshire accountable for breaking state law and using unethical and invalid research?

PARENTS: It’s almost time for schools to start administering the standardized assessments. This is a good time to NOTIFY your local school if you want to REFUSE to let your children take these assessments.

Is Hillary Better Or Worse Than Bernie Sanders On Education?

Many of us knew that Hillary Clinton would be BAD on the issue of Common Core , however it’s important to point out that Sen. Bernie Sanders would be bad too.

Those who think Bernie is a good alternative, is in denial about how we got to this problem in the first place.

We are supportive of parental rights but since we have teachers who also support our cause, it’s important to listen to them and be fully supportive of the struggles they now face in their classroom.

The 2015 budget for the U.S. Department of Education will be $68.6 BILLION dollars. That means the Feds take our money, waste much of it paying the bureaucrats who continue to plague us with bad reforms, and then bribe and coerce states in order to get our money back.

Some of that federal money pays for the New Hampshire Dept. of Ed. Roughly 85% of the budget for the NH Dept. of Ed. comes from federal money. That pretty much means that the NH DoE facilitates what the feds want us to do in our schools. No wonder Gov. Hassan and Commissioner Barry are so compliant.

We’ve pointed out Hillary Clinton’s support for Common Core in the past. She’s PART of the problem. Teachers are fleeing her candidacy like it’s a plague and rightfully so.

We’ve wondered though, why they’d run towards Bernie Sanders. Would he be a better candidate for Democrats? Many think so but we’d like to caution everyone before completely signing on to his campaign too.

Democrats tend to oppose school choice for different reasons. It could be because the alternative schools do not employ unionized teachers. It could be because they know this reform effort is a set up for public schools to fail and through school choice, public schools have been and will be closed down.

Whatever the reason, fighting school choice is the wrong battle. Why? Well many teachers are pulling their kids out of public schools and looking for an alternative. They know what’s going on and they want to avoid this disaster like every other good parent out there.

Choice in education, when it’s not part of this Common Core SCHEME, hasn’t been a big problem. For instance in Massachusetts, prior to Common Core, their reform effort included school choice. However the Mass. reform was different from this Common Core SCHEME. Mass. focused on improving the public schools. Common Core is focused on dumbing down the public schools through the workforce model as prescribed by Marc Tucker the chief architect of Common Core.

You’d have to go through all of the reforms they put in place but Mass. developed some of the best academic standards for their public schools. Mass. changed the teacher accreditation process so teachers certified would have to be well educated in academic content. That means that if the schools of ed were wasting time on teaching social justice, this would put a potential teacher in jeopardy of not earning a license to teach. In other words, Mass. expected teachers to know the academic content they were expected to teach the students. Schools of Ed that focus on preparing teachers academically UPLIFTED teachers which in turn would benefit their students.

Mass. focused on IMPROVING public education so parents didn’t feel a NEED to pull their kids out of the public schools and transfer them. Those who needed an alternative had that available to them, but there wasn’t a NEED to get their kids out of the public schools.

Fast forward to the Common Core reform and we see parents and teachers racing to withdraw their kids from public schools.

Some would argue that this has been the intention of Common Core. Common Core sets students/teachers/schools up for failure. Then as parents flee, those public schools could be shut down and kids sent to private charter schools funded by taxpayers but minus local school boards. This agenda would not only destroy public schools, it would remove the local taxpayers from having a voice since private charters have no local school boards. Marc Tucker is on record for advocating the elimination of local school boards.

We do not see this so much in New Hampshire since we do not have private charter schools, however we are seeing it in states like IL and NY where local school boards have been eliminated, public schools shut down and children sent to charters. (New Hampshire has public charter schools)

We are seeing backlash from teachers who are fighting the privatization and school choice movement. They see what’s going on.

We’d still argue that school choice is not the enemy. We saw school choice work well in Mass. when the focus was on making public schools great. Parents were happy with their public schools and the alternatives were there for those who truly needed them.

As this battle rages on we call upon our allies fighting Common Core to make this distinction when fighting against school choice. Many parents need alternatives right now as their children suffer under the Common Core reform.

The focus should be on decentralizing education and taking the power away from the Federal Government and putting it back into the hands of the local community. That includes parents, teachers, administrators and taxpayers.

Federalism allows us to see what’s working in one state and work to make those improvements in our own state. We have the Mass. example but our Governor is ignoring it. Instead Governor Hassan signed us up to follow an unproven experiment that has only brought problems to our classrooms.

The best thing we can do is to work together to remove power from the Federal Government that we never delegated to them. (See the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution) This can be done by abolishing the U.S. Dept of Education. Anything good they provide could easily be moved to another department.

Now back to Bernie Sanders. Is a Bi- Government-Socialist an answer to these problems? Of course not. It’s people like him who have grown the federal government bigger and bigger each year. Handing them power that was never delegated to them by the states.

How would a big government socialist like Bernie Sanders help this situation? All you have to do is look at his vote to re-authorize No Child Left Behind. (S.1177)

That’s right, a big government socialist just voted to further empower the federal government and continue the feds interference in our classrooms.

The threat is not “choice” in education if the Feds are not involved in education. Local communities and states that are committed to uplifting public schools will attract the students and parents to local public schools. A lesson in federalism has already proven it.

Isn’t it time to start looking at what works? Right now the feds, with the help from Democrats and big government Republicans add to this problem. We suggest looking for and supporting presidential candidates who understand this and will work to remove power from the Feds and return it to the local communities. The first step would be, ABOLISH the U.S. Dept. of Education.

What Does Hillary Clinton Have To Do With Common Core? A LOT

From Hillary to Bush to Obama.  Now you know the rest of the story…

These are excerpts from Donna Garner…

HILLARY CLINTON ENTERS THE PICTURE

During the early 1980’s, Hillary Clinton worked hand-in-glove with Marc Tucker, Ira Magaziner, Gov. Cuomo, and the National Committee on Education and the Economy (NCEE) to implement the School-to-Work model. It was Hillary and the NCEE that came up with the term “cradle-to-the-grave.” 

The NCEE idea was to create a three-legged stool – education, labor, and healthcare; and the federal government would direct people’s lives from the cradle-to-the-grave. 

All were to be joined together under one banner with government healthcare controlling people’s lives; school healthcare clinics providing abortions and contraceptives; classrooms emphasizing workforce development skills instead of academic knowledge; and the Dept. of Labor directing students into a career pathway at a very early age.

The government was to manipulate students into the career pathways (or career clusters) based upon whatever the labor market needed at the moment – not upon what students’ natural talents, desires, and interests were.  A certificate of mastery was to be awarded instead of a graduation diploma based on the Carnegie credits, and the last two years of high school were basically dumbed down for those going out into the workforce instead of going to college.

The SCANS Report in 1991 *Taken from: What Work Requires of Schools: A SCANS Report for America 2000. The Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills, a publication of the US Department of Labor, June 1991 is what helped to change the direction of our nation’s schools from knowledge-based, academic content (Type #1)  INTO  the Type #2 philosophy that is subjective; project-based; constructivist; emphasis on emotions, opinions, beliefs (i.e., affective domain); performance standards (know and be able to do); workplace competencies, etc. 

Here is the link to the SCANS report:  http://www.academicinnovations.com/report.html

The U. S. Sect. of Labor Robert Reich under the Clinton administration took the SCANS report, introduced the idea of the Real World Forums (or similar names) in each state, and managed to drive the narrative that schools are meant to be for workforce development and not for students to gain a wide-and-deep liberal arts education based upon fact-based, academic content.

To make the public think they had thought of the changes schools needed to make, the NCEE, Hillary Clinton, and Robert Reich established the Real World Forums.  These were local community meetings in which the facilitators used the Delphi Technique (psychological manipulation methods) to make the attendees think they had actual input into the final Real World Forum report.

However, what actually happened is that the final “report” had already been written by NCEE/Clinton/Reich and focused schools on collaborative learning, interpersonal relations, and the affective domain (feelings, emotions, opinions).  This took the emphasis in the public schools off deep content knowledge and individual learning and moved classrooms into group think, co-operative learning,  and outcomes based education.

Reich organized a huge survey of businessmen through the Chambers of Commerce across the country; and it was widely reported that the majority of businessmen had said something such as, “What we want our employees to have more than anything else is good interpersonal skills.  We will take care of teaching them everything else.”

I believe this survey was bogus and that what the majority of businessmen really said was “What we want is employees who can read, write, and compute accurately and quickly.”  However, Reich reported it the NCEE way which drove classrooms from the academic to the performance-based, socio-emotional level.

As if on cue, the standards movement popped up all over the country.  Texas (similar to other states) appointed writing teams to rewrite all of the courses in K-12, and the new standards required students “to be able to know and be able to do.”

The emphasis in the classroom changed from students’ “knowing” to students’ being able to do; and it was this aspect that changed our curriculum into subjective assessments where the verbs used in the standards documents directed teachers into subjective evaluations.  The typical person would not have thought that verbs would make such a difference in standards, but let’s consider this partial list of verbs and the way they direct teachers’ lesson plans and testing:

Type #1 (right-or-wrong answers):  omit, label, choose, recite, describe, select, identify, list, locate, match, memorize, name, recognize, state.

Type #2 (subjective, fuzzy, values-and-opinion based):  dramatize, generalize, paint, prepare, sketch, survey, construct, design, make up, role play, hypothesize.

Up until this time, the U. S. Department of Education’s laws had required schools to offer students equal opportunities; but under the Clintons, there began to be a shift toward equal outcomes.  In other words, teachers were pressured to grade subjectively to make sure that the “outcomes” were the same for all students… that all students passed and felt good about themselves.

No more red pens were to be used on students’ papers because it would hurt their self-esteem. This soon degenerated into not grading students’ compositions at all for both grammar/usage and for content but instead grading them holistically with a number score of 1, 2, 3, 4.

Holistic scoring was tied to whole language where students no longer had to go through the step-by-step process to learn phonics but instead were supposed to be surrounded by big, colorful books with lots of pictures.  This was supposed to help emergent readers to predict what the text was, and this whole-language method eventually raised up students who could not tell the difference between “horse” and “house.”  (Not much difference, right? Not so…)

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH ENTERS THE PICTURE

When Pres. George W. Bush was elected in 2000, there was a legitimate effort made to implement the National Institutes of Health’s empirical reading research which emphasizes phonemic awareness and decoding skills (phonics).  Reading academies were set up all over the country to train teachers in these methods, and actual improvements in students’ reading skills (particularly among the low-income children) were recorded and became a part of the reading research.

However, the Type #2 people desperately did not want students to learn to read because then they could not be so easily manipulated at the ballot box; and these Type #2 people set out to destroy Pres. George W. Bush’s efforts.

Where Pres. George W. Bush and his administration went astray is when they set up No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and its “impossible” goals based upon states’ showing average yearly progress (AYP).

[At least NCLB still left the states in charge of their curriculum and tests.  Under Obama, the Common Core Standards Initiative completely takes that state control away and puts the federal government in charge.]

To get AYP under NCLB, the states quickly figured out that they needed to set up state-mandated tests that could be subjectively scored so that students’ scores could start out very low and then be raised artificially and at will to show AYP!  In other words, schools learned how to “rig the game.”

Texas and the other states set up Type #2 standards with Type #2 subjectively scored assessments that were steeped in multiculturalism and political correctness. This then drove the day-to-day curriculum to follow the same Type #2 philosophy of education.

I believe the main reason Pres. George W. Bush’s (GWB) administration collapsed in the last two years of his second term was a direct result of Karl Rove’s bad counsel to GWB throughout his Presidency.  Rove believed that the end justifies the means, and I believe he was capable of instigating almost anything to accomplish his goal.

After GWB was vilified and his administration collapsed when the House and Senate both fell into the Democrats’ hands (the last two years of his second term), the reading academies vanished; and the idea of nationalizing education went into full gear.  Of course, GWB and his family are all globalists; and they set in motion many of the foundational pieces that allowed the Common Core Standards Initiative to blossom.

OBAMA ENTERS THE PICTURE

Obama was exactly the person to resurrect School-to-Work, NCEE, Marc Tucker, Achieve, Inc., and Hillary Clinton’s scheme.  However, Obama brought something more to the table.  He brought the social justice ideology that fitted perfectly into the Common Core Standards Initiative, and his ruthless administration (followers of Bill Ayers, Saul Alinsky, Linda Darling-Hammond, Robert Marzano, Arne Duncan, David Coleman, Marc Tucker, Hillary Clinton, etc.) understood full well that: National standards lead to national curriculum which leads to national assessments which lead to teachers teaching the national curriculum each day because their own teacher evaluations depend upon their individual students’ scores.  The end game is the national database in which personally identifiable information can be gathered on every student, family, and teacher in America; and everything can be sent to the NSA.

Obama’s ideology also includes a heavy emphasis on victimization, white supremacy, fake climate change, race baiting, redistribution of wealth, multiculturalism, and political correctness.

BOTTOM LINE TODAY

We have Hillary Clinton (et al.) to thank for the mess our country’s schools are in today.  It is because of her Type #2 philosophy of education as birthed by the NCEE that we now have the Common Core Standards Initiative pouring into our nation’s schools, capturing the College Board and its products (AP, SAT, PSAT), and making billions of dollars in profits for Bill Gates, Pearson, Jeb Bush, and others.  Even PISA, the international test, is being rewritten to align with Common Core.

We also need to lay the blame for the Common Core Standards Initiative right at Hillary’s door.  It was birthed at the NCEE and partially implemented under Bill Clinton and Hillary.  Then under Obama, this germ of an idea has turned into the complete takeover of our nation’s school system by the federal government and the indoctrination of a nation of children into Obama’s social justice agenda.

We have Hillary to blame for a nation of adult non-readers who get most of their news from their social media gadgets; and it is for that reason that I have used my institutional memory to try to educate those people who have no knowledge of Hillary Clinton.

Whatever happens in the classroom eventually controls what happens at the ballot box.

Hopefully a large majority of people have now realized that terrible elections have terrible consequences.