Who Is (Really) Behind Student-Led Protests?

By : Macey France at Politichicks.com

Screen-Shot-2015-03-14-at-10.12.29-AMI’ve heard all kinds of things about teachers’ unions; the good, the bad, and the ugly. I’ve even written a couple pieces on how the 2 big teachers’ unions in the U.S. have made poor decisions and for the most part, to not represent the average teacher.

Lately I have seen a lot of news stories about high school students walking out and protesting the use of standardized tests. I’m all for this if it’s a protest thought of, planned by, and promoted among the students themselves.

Many sites will claim that the students need to walk out and protest these tests and not take them because the students are the ones, after all, who will be ideologically indoctrinated under them.

I find that statement, and statements like that, a little ironic. In many of the schools where the students hold protests there is a large union presence with teachers who discuss union issues and unfair treatment with their classes.

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StreamSavers: Erasing the negative effects of man and nature upon nature.

The StreamSavers Mission

StreamSavers is a conservation organization that cleans waterways of pollution, heavy metals and garbage. The StreamSavers organization is dedicated to healthy watersheds, seeking to protect the environment through the removal of pollution, recycling and watershed habitat and ecology education through grassroots organizations and volunteers.

Government Sanctioned Fat Shaming

From Smart Girl Politics

growproj2_child_on_scaleFor years, parents in the State of Georgia have had to fill out a Form 3300 when enrolling their children in school for the first time. The form, which is mandatory, had sections for vision and dental checkups along with vaccinations. Okay…no big deal, right? After all, kids need to be able to see the whiteboard and dental records can show underlying health issues that could affect their learning capabilities. But have they gone too far with the “nutrition” section that includes a child’s Body Mass Index (BMI)?

The BMI requirement on Form 3300 is ridiculous at best and at worst is another attempt by big government to dictate what we eat through “fat shaming”. As we have already seen, the BMI has been used in other areas of the country to send “fat” letters to parents regarding their child’s “unhealthy weight”. In almost every situation, the parents said that the claim of their child being overweight was ridiculous. The children also expressed feeling confused and “hurt” that they were fat.

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Common Sense, Common People…Common Core? Building The Machine

ABOUT THE FILM

“Building the Machine” introduces the public to the Common Core States Standards Initiative (CCSSI) and its effects on our children’s education. The documentary compiles interviews from leading educational experts, including members of the Common Core Validation Committee. Parents, officials, and the American public should be involved in this national decision regardless of their political persuasion.

WHAT IS THE COMMON CORE?

The Common Core is the largest systemic reform of American public education in recent history. What started as a collaboration between the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers to reevaluate and nationalize America’s education standards has become one of the most controversial—and yet, unheard of—issues in the American public.

In 2010, 45 states adopted the Common Core, but according to a May 2013 Gallup Poll, 62% of Americans said they had never heard of the Common Core. Prominent groups and public figures have broken traditional party lines over the issue, leaving many wondering where they should stand.

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The Trouble With Bright Girls

For women, ability doesn’t always lead to confidence. Here’s why.

Published on January 27, 2011 by Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. in The Science of Success

11679644-smart-schoolgirl-looking-above-her-glasses-in-front-of-a-blackboardSuccessful women know only too well that in any male-dominated profession, we often find ourselves at a distinct disadvantage. We are routinely underestimated, underutilized, and even underpaid. Studies show that women need to perform at extraordinarily high levels, just to appear moderately competent compared to our male coworkers.

But in my experience, smart and talented women rarely realize that one of the toughest hurdles they’ll have to overcome to be successful lies within. We judge our own abilities not only more harshly, but fundamentally differently, than men do. Understanding why we do it is the first step to righting a terrible wrong. And to do that, we need to take a step back in time.

Chances are good that if you are a successful professional today, you were a pretty bright fifth grade girl. My graduate advisor, psychologist Carol Dweck (author of Mindset) conducted a series of studies in the 1980s, looking at how bright girls and boys in the fifth grade handled new, difficult and confusing material.

She found that bright girls, when given something to learn that was particularly foreign or complex, were quick to give up–and the higher the girls’ IQ, the more likely they were to throw in the towel. In fact, the straight-A girls showed the most helpless responses. Bright boys, on the other hand, saw the difficult material as a challenge, and found it energizing. They were more likely to redouble their efforts, rather than give up.

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Robert Oscar Lopez: I was raised by lesbians, and I oppose gay marriage

by Robert Oscar Lopez | Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:17 EST | LifeSiteNews

August 14, 2012 (thePublicDiscourse.com) – Between 1973 and 1990, when my beloved mother passed away, she and her female romantic partner raised me. They had separate houses but spent nearly all their weekends together, with me, in a trailer tucked discreetly in an RV park 50 minutes away from the town where we lived. As the youngest of my mother’s biological children, I was the only child who experienced childhood without my father being around.

After my mother’s partner’s children had left for college, she moved into our house in town. I lived with both of them for the brief time before my mother died at the age of 53. I was 19. In other words, I was the only child who experienced life under “gay parenting” as that term is understood today.

Quite simply, growing up with gay parents was very difficult, and not because of prejudice from neighbors. People in our community didn’t really know what was going on in the house. To most outside observers, I was a well-raised, high-achieving child, finishing high school with straight A’s.

Inside, however, I was confused. When your home life is so drastically different from everyone around you, in a fundamental way striking at basic physical relations, you grow up weird. I have no mental health disorders or biological conditions. I just grew up in a house so unusual that I was destined to exist as a social outcast.

My peers learned all the unwritten rules of decorum and body language in their homes; they understood what was appropriate to say in certain settings and what wasn’t; they learned both traditionally masculine and traditionally feminine social mechanisms.

Even if my peers’ parents were divorced, and many of them were, they still grew up seeing male and female social models. They learned, typically, how to be bold and unflinching from male figures and how to write thank-you cards and be sensitive from female figures. These are stereotypes, of course, but stereotypes come in handy when you inevitably leave the safety of your lesbian mom’s trailer and have to work and survive in a world where everybody thinks in stereotypical terms, even gays.

I had no male figure at all to follow, and my mother and her partner were both unlike traditional fathers or traditional mothers. As a result, I had very few recognizable social cues to offer potential male or female friends, since I was neither confident nor sensitive to others. Thus I befriended people rarely and alienated others easily. Gay people who grew up in straight parents’ households may have struggled with their sexual orientation; but when it came to the vast social universe of adaptations not dealing with sexuality—how to act, how to speak, how to behave—they had the advantage of learning at home. Many gays don’t realize what a blessing it was to be reared in a traditional home.

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H/T Teresa Harke from the Oregon Family Council

Cowboy-style cap gun gets 5-year-old suspended from school in Calvert County

By Donna St. George, Published: May 30 | Washington Post

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A kindergartner who brought a cowboy-style cap gun onto his Calvert County school bus was suspended for 10 days after showing a friend the orange-tipped toy, which he had tucked inside his backpack on his way to school, according to his family and a lawyer.

The child was questioned for more than two hours before his mother was called, she said, adding that he uncharacteristically wet his pants during the episode. The boy is 5 — “all bugs and frogs and cowboys,” his mother said.

“I have no problem that he had a consequence to his behavior,” said the mother, who asked that her name be withheld to protect her son’s privacy.

“What I have a problem with is the severity,” she said, and the way it was handled.

The family’s attorney appealed the suspension late Thursday, asking that the action be reversed and the child’s record be expunged.

If the punishment stands, it would become part of the boy’s permanent school record and keep him out of classes the rest of the school year, the family said. He would miss his end-of-year kindergarten program at Dowell Elementary School in Lusby.

The issue will be examined at a disciplinary conference Friday.

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This story wins the dubious disturbing-story-of-the-day  trophy for a lot of reasons, but the most disgusting is the utter failure of the adults to protect this little boy. The indoctrination of our children has got to be exposed and stopped, it’s nothing short of  child abuse – scaring the hell out of kids , not educating them. These parents should fight this tooth and nail and be joined by other parents and community members. ~ Beesha

A Tale of Tyranny…A Father Speaks Out

Originally posted by Macey at Stop Common Core In Oregon

tyranny-alert2.gifLast Monday I had the pleasure of presenting a primer on Common Core to a group of concerned citizens in Lane County.
They learned a lot about the Core and I learned a lot about things going on in their school district. I was absolutely stunned by one father’s story.

This gentleman is a very involved father and has kept his finger on the pulse of everything going on with his children in school.

He has had many discussions, email messages, phone calls and meetings with the Board of Education and the superintendent.

One day he decided he wanted to see the files that the school district has for his children and himself. As everyone should be aware, these files are all kept by the district on your children and on any interaction you, as a parent, may have with the district. These are all considered “public” documents and you should be able to view this file anytime you wish.

He contacted the school and they explained to him that in order to get all of the documents together for him it would require time and also, by the way, around $200. Apparently gathering files is a spendy proposition.

He agreed, though, and gave them a couple weeks or so to get the information to him. When the time had passed and he still had not heard from them he contacted them again asking if the file was ready for him.

At this time they told him that gathering these documents turned out to be a little tougher than they thought and would require more money. Approximately $500 dollars, to be exact.

Five hundred dollars to view your very own children’s files. Public record files. What is this cabal the district has that it’s demanding an exorbitant amount of money from a concerned parent to view his own file?

Of course this gentleman did not have that much money so his hands were tied. Short of storming the district and knowing exactly where all files were located and being able to round them up himself, what choice did he have but to drop it?

This extortion by the school district was very daunting and, for sure, is a warning to all parents in that district, if not all districts, nationwide.

But this is not the end of the story. No, there’s more. And this might even be worse then the extortion outlined above.

This part of the story begins with the gentleman’s unhappiness with the “new math.” It was confusing and causing headaches, both literally and figuratively, for his son. He requested permission to teach his son the Saxon Math at home and he would be responsible for grading and everything involved. He just asked that his scores be reflected in his sons record at school so that it was clear that he was, in fact, doing math and doing well, although not using the “new math.”

One day as he was either coming or going from the school and was in the school parking lot he ran into another gentleman and they began discussing the “new math.”

He explained his frustration and that he had requested permission to home school math with the Saxon Math.

The man he was talking to happened to be the husband of one of the 3rd grade teachers at the school.

A few days later he received notice from the school that his conversation about math curriculum or school policy in the parking lot was inappropriate and the next time he is caught doing so the police will be called and he will be escorted off the property, charged with trespassing.

I wish I was kidding.

The message I am getting from these instances are very loud and very clear: Parents are not welcome in their children’s education. They do not have the right to see the files on their own children or themselves. They are not even allowed to discuss it.

What happened to the parents’ right to actually parent their child? This is the public education’s way of keeping us completely out of the process. And the public education system is a government entity.

Why does the government want to take your child’s education out of your hands? Your ability to protect your child’s rights and privacy, out of your hands? Your freedom afforded by the little document so integral to our way of life…the Constitution. The first amendment provides us all with the freedom of speech.

This parent has been abused, stripped of his Constitutional and parental rights. He has been victimized by extortion.

All of this at the hands of public school who is showing itself more and more to be a puppet for the government.

We have this gentleman’s testimony on tape and when we have it edited, we will share it with you, so you can see it and hear it for yourselves.

Learn more about how you can stop Common Core in Oregon here

TEXAS ANNOUNCES SWEEPING CHANGES TO CONTROVERSIAL CSCOPE EDUCATION PROGRAM

Feb. 8, 2013 6:15pm  from TheBlaze 

Score a big win for parents’ rights. On Friday, the state of Texas announced that they had reached an agreement with the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum (TESCCC) that would bring sweeping changes to the very secretive curriculum management system known as CSCOPE.

Texas Announces Sweeping Changes To States Controversial CSCOPE Education Program

Back in November of 2012, and based on complaints from parents, teachers, and students,TheBlaze started covering the story about an internal takeover of the Texas Public School education system. According to parents and teachers that we spoke with, the CSCOPE system was causing problems on several levels.

Transparency – Parents were not allowed to review the lessons that being taught in school. CSCOPE’s parents’ portal was a very basic outline and contained only sketchy details. Any parent who requested access to the lesson plans was told that they needed to visit the actual school and be directed by a teacher to see the online lessons.

Oppressive and Threatening Conditions – Teachers complained that working under the strict guidelines of the CSCOPE program, they were expected to deliver the content verbatim and only on the scheduled days in the lesson plan. If some students were not grasping the lesson, the teachers were directed to move on to the next lesson. Uniformity and sticking to the calendar were stressed over actual learning. Teachers were also asked to sign a contract that would prevent them from revealing what was in the CSCOPE lessons or face civil and criminal penalties.

Lack of State Board of Education Oversight – The Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) was virtually shut out of the decision making on CSCOPE.

The agreement announced Friday contains several very important points and makes changes to the system immediately.  One of the most popular concessions will make many educators happy – Teachers will no longer be required to execute the CSCOPE lessons verbatim.

There were other significant changes to the program

From the Cypress Creek Mirror in Texas:

  • All future meetings of the TESCCC Governing Board, beginning with the February meeting, will be public with all the respective notice requirements being met.
  • The TESCCC will begin a joint review process of all CSCOPE lessons with the SBOE beginning with Social Studies.
  • Amendment of all Terms of Use Agreements, signed by both teachers and districts, removing civil or criminal penalties associated with the release of CSCOPE content.
  • Clarifying that all teachers and districts may post any and all CSCOPE lessons that they deem necessary.

The introduction of transparency and the removal of the threats against teachers who exposed CSCOPE were two of the key arguments made by those hoping to slow CSCOPE’s growth. But the agreement actually went further than many people expected. The massive changes also include:

  • Ending the non-profit 501(c)3 arrangement that incorporates CSCOPE.
  • Initiating the posting of CSCOPE lesson content to their public website.
  • Creating a standing curriculum review panel, comprised of: parents, teachers, school administrators, members of the SBOE, and TESCCC board members.

Texas State Senator Dan Patrick was vital to the negotiation between the SBOE and CSCOPE. Mr. Patrick’s statement on the agreement expressed his satisfaction with it, but also issued a little warning to CSCOPE:

“I’m glad the CSCOPE Board realizes that immediate and long term changes must be made to address the serious issues raised by our committee, parents, and teachers. Our committee will be monitoring the situation closely to ensure they follow through with their commitments. We will also be looking at legislation to ensure these changes cannot be reversed in the future and that the SBOE continues in their role of oversight of CSCOPE content. The future of the program will depend on CSCOPE keeping the commitments they have made and gaining the trust of the legislature, teachers, and parents.”

If you are not aware of what CSCOPE  is or was doing, the organization is an offshoot of an educational program that traces its roots back to 1965 when the state established media centers / Education Service Centers (ESCs) throughout each of Texas’s 20 school districts. In recent years, these ESCs have been transformed into a non-profit group that created the curriculum management system known as CSCOPE.

To get a better understanding of how CSCOPE was pushing some controversial concepts into the schools, we suggest you review these Blaze articles:

(H/T: Red Hot Conservative)