Manipulation of Children in English Language Arts

H/T Macey from Stop Common Core in Oregon for originally posting this at their site.

You would assume that English Language Arts for first graders involves spelling, grammatical rules, sentence structure and things of that nature. Very foundational learning tools that will support future learning.

Here are a couple videos showing how ELA is actually not teaching those skills, but, in fact, playing on emotions and manipulating a young child’s mind.

If this doesn’t turn your stomach and churn up outrage on behalf of your child or, really, any innocent child, I don’t know what does.

In case that doesn’t explain it well for you, here is the message from a Clinical Mental Health Therapist on the danger this brings to a child’s emotional well being.

Thanks to the ladies in Utah at Common Core: Education Without Representation for sharing this on FB.

And again I end up at the same question: WHY. Why do they want to do this to our children? Ask yourself. Ask your legislators. Ask. I believe I know the answer but it’s important for you to come to your own conclusion.

If it was honestly about the foundations of ELA…it would be simple stories, not complex emotional manipulation designed to tap into your child’s parasympathetic system.

This is abuse. Plain and simple.

States Rejecting Common Core Standards – Will Salem-Keizer School Board Follow Suit?

Georgia: State school chief will dive into Cobb’s Common Core debate

State Schools Superintendent John Barge is coming to Cobb County on Saturday to address concerns about the controversial Common Core standards.

The announcement of Barge’s visit to Cobb comes on the heels of a 4-3 vote by the Cobb Board of Education last week to reject the purchase of $7.5 million in math textbooks aligned with Common Core. This rejection at the local level came after the state had already committed to implementing the nationwide standards under the past two governors, Sonny Perdue and Nathan Deal, even though the Legislature has never voted on the issue.

That Barge would come to Cobb to face what is likely to be a room full of fellow Republicans with deep-seated suspicions about a federal program is a sign that worry is building in Atlanta about the possibility of a grassroots revolt against Common Core.

Barge is scheduled to address the Cobb Republican Party Breakfast at 8:15 a.m. Saturday at the GOP’s Roswell Street headquarters.

Meanwhile, Republican office-holders in Cobb, along with those hoping to be elected to offices here, continue to line up against Common Core.

Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal – Schools chief to visit Cobb weigh in on Common Core

Here is SKSD’s response to a question about Common Core Standards in SKSD:

With the adoption of Common Core State Standards, we have an unprecedented opportunity to access instructional materials and innovative practices on a national level. Many of these resources are open source, meaning anyone can access the materials.

The primary responsibility of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment program assistants is to take current and innovative research and practices from the field and determine how well it aligns to and supports instruction of Common Core State Standards and promotes college and career readiness in our district. The program assistants also participate in the national and state committees for Smarter Balance, Achieve, Next Generation, South Metro to Salem STEM Hub and national language arts consortium where they are able to provide input to the development of national and state instructional and assessment materials as well learn about innovations relative to CCSS.

We currently are working with both Stanford University and University of Colorado Boulder on development and implementation of instructional practices and materials for K-12 ELL students.

Additionally, the district applies for US Department of Education grants to support expansion through pilots of innovative practices developed by teachers in the field.

Source: http://www.salkeiz.k12.or.us/inside24j/inside24j-april-24-2013/ask-24j-22-questions-answered

 

Public Education Is Costing Us Billions

We all see it.

More money being spent, more money being asked for in bond measures, and more money taken with taxes.

Massive federal mandates are being imposed on our local schools because school districts accepted federal money with little or no time to understand what strings are attached.

Example of a Common Core worksheet - coming soon to your child's school?

Example of a Common Core worksheet – coming soon to your child’s school?

And boy oh boy, are there strings attached!

School districts across the country were coerced with waivers for No Child Left Behind and federal Race to the Top grants from stimulus money that are dictating adherence to Common Core State Standards. These standards will:

  • Mandate nationalized testing
  • Implement data tracking that is a flagrant violation of privacy
  • Impose one-size-fits-all benchmarks that will drive classroom curriculum
  • Require an official observer to be present in the classroom
  • Discourage parental participation in their child’s education

As a School Board Director, I will ask questions, dig deep, and listen to the needs of Salem-Keizer students, parents, teachers, and staff. I will demand answers from the status quo that is all to often just a rubber stamp. I am running for school board because I believe that Salem-Keizer schools need balanced, sensible leadership.

If you agree, please write-in Denise Quinn Nanke for Zone 3 on your May ballot.

Blue Cover

Lynch Mob?

According to this news story, professors at the University of Buffalo compared pro-life students to a lynch mob and tried to shut them down.  Of course, it was one of the professors who was actually arrested for behaving in a lynch mob manner.

The school district had a similar reaction to us when we protested Planned Parenthood’s involvement in our schools.  While we were not the subject of profanity-laced tirades, the following meeting had a large number of security guards present as if we were some sort of threat to their safety.  But we were no such thing.  We are pro-life.  We respect others, even when they don’t respect us.

At Buffalo University, pro-abortion professors and others objected to the graphic depiction of abortion present on the posters.  If they are in favor of abortion, you would think they would be proud to have those pictures displayed.  But they are not.

In Salem-Keizer School District, a grandmother read from a Planned Parenthood website.  You would think that if they were in favor of Planned Parenthood in our schools, they would be proud to hear those words.  But they weren’t.  They asked the grandmother to stop reading from the text of the website.  I think it was called “Take Care Down There”.  Anyway, like the professor at Buffalo University who was arrested for harassing pro-life students, they are in favor of something they are not really proud of.  They don’t want it shown.  They tried to hide Planned Parenthood’s involvement, and downplayed what Planned Parenthood does.  We think its better to be in favor of something that we are proud of.

There are two candidates for the school board who are in favor of getting rid of Planned Parenthood.  Gayle Strawn is on the ballot, and Denise Quinn-Nanke is a write-in candidate.  Support them with your votes.  Just as important, support them by spreading the news on social media and telling your friends.  Like them on Facebook.  Forward e-mails.  We need everyone to know about Planned Parenthood’s involvement in our schools, and that there are two candidates who aim to stop it.

via Lynch Mob?. Fighting Planned Parenthood in Salem-Keizer

Salem, Oregon: Statesman Journal Newspaper SILENT on Gosnell Murder Trial

UPDATE: I’ve been running this search every day and the Statesman Journal is STILL SILENT as of today.

Twitter has been blazing with the #Gosnell awareness campaign, which is bringing attention to the hideous crimes of Dr. Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia, PA. I was browsing articles on Twitchy and came across this piece on the deafening lack of coverage at the venerable New York Times. I decided to head on over to the Statesman Journal webpage and do a little search of my own.

Here’s what my search for “Gosnell” yielded today (April 14, 2013)

SJ Gosnell Search

Screen shot of search page at StatesmanJournal.com taken Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Now some may ask “why would a newspaper in Salem, Oregon cover a murder trial in Pennsylvania?” That’s a good question however, the Statesman Journal is the only major newspaper published in the capital city, it is owned by Gannett,  and it links to USA Today as it’s source for national news. So, perhaps the more troubling question is why didn’t my search yield any results from their national news affiliate?

All news starts out as “regional news”, but some events are so shocking that they transcend that status quickly and make the leap into national news. The Newtown school massacre, the Aurora theater massacre, and Super-storm Sandy were all regional tragedies that demanded national attention. The heinous crimes of Kermit Gosnell – and his murder trial – also have national significance and the massive amount of  social media attention reflects that.

There are people in communities across the country who rely on their local newspapers to give them the news: local, state-wide, and national. Given that these papers are part of a larger food chain of information, my search query should have brought up some results.

It’s Abortion Party Time!

repro-rights-pop-culture-web

Published on April 13, 2013 at Oregon Oracle

On April 3, I challenged Oregon Republican legislators to stand up to Democrats and the Oregon abortion industry and not be bullied by the threat of facing a floor vote on HCR 6, which celebrates Oregon as the state with the fewest restrictions on the barbaric practice known as abortion. In these last ten days, something has happened that should bolster the collective spines of the GOP in Salem. Thanks to relentless reporting by conservative, non-mainstream media, the murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia has finally given America and the rest of the world a gruesome, firsthand look inside an abortion slaughterhouse.

Meanwhile, in Salem, some GOP leaders are quietly hoping Democrat leadership does not bring HCR 6 to the floor, forcing a debate and uncomfortable vote on a keystone plank of the Democratic Party’s platform. To the contrary, there has never been a better time to open the doors to the abortion mills for everyone to see what occurs during this “medical procedure.” Democrats continue their party line that abortions must be kept “legal and safe.” Safe for whom? Babies who are effectively if not literally decapitated while screaming? And what is the response by Oregon’s NARAL and Planned Parenthood chapters to abortion’s dirtiest secrets being revealed? Well, they’re having a fundraiser and abortion comedy show.

Read the rest of this important article at Oregon Oracle

ANTI-GUN BILL ANALYSIS AND TALKING POINTS

 

alertThe following bills are scheduled to be heard, on Friday April 5 at a public hearing at the State Capitol.

We encourage you to attend if you can, and if not make your feelings known to the members of the committee that will be hearing the bills.

Contact info for the committee can be accessed here.

SB 347

This bill would ban licensed concealed carry on school property. This means school buildings and the grounds adjacent to school buildings. It would “allow” a school district to adopt a policy permitting licensed carry or allow persons with CHL’s to store their guns in a safe or vault that the school controls.

(There are 175,000 CHL holders in this state. The anti-gunners cannot point to a single example of a CHL holder misusing a firearm in a school. This bill is nothing more than harassment of gun owners.)

Even the rabidly anti-gun Oregonian Editorial Board asks “what, exactly, makes license holders more dangerous in schools than in libraries, playgrounds or on crowded sidewalks?

A few points about this:

In the very unlikely event that a school provided gun safes, a person would be required to handle a gun that would otherwise not be touched at all.
CHL holders carry firearms as defensive tools. Having the school lock them up renders them pointless.
The anti-gun extremists are pushing for a ban on firearms in the Capitol because some legislators claim they were “intimidated” by the sight of guns. Prozanksi wants to amend the “no-guns-in-the Capitol” bill to allow carry, if no one ever sees the gun, yet in this bill, he is trying to create a situation where a person coming into a school would be forced to display a firearm if he’s allowed to have it at all. In the (virtually all) schools that will NOT allow firearms, a parent would not even be allowed to pick a sick child up from school unless the child was forced to meet the parent off the school property.

As always it “declares an emergency.”

SB 699

As drafted, this would ban those with CHL’s from the Capitol Building if in possession of a firearm. (It’s interesting to note that groups like the “Brady Campaign” have long decried the legality of “hidden handguns.” Now the attack is on open carry.)

This scheme long predates the recent rallies but seeks to exploit them. The fact is when rally goers went into “their” building they were perfectly well behaved. The police reported “no incidents.” Once again, for years licensed carry was allowed in the Capitol. There have been no problems. The anti-gunners claim the were intimidated by the sight of people openly carrying rifles so they respond by outlawing the concealed carry of pistols! This is another bill that looks for a problem where there isn’t one.

If the current amendments are adopted, the ban would not apply to retired cops and corrections officers. There has been no explanation for that proposed change. But another amendment would allow concealed carry “provided that the firearm is completely concealed from view.” It would also extend these new restrictions to all public buildings.

Since this has historically been how CHL holders (including many legislators) have carried their firearms this is an entirely unneeded change. But it’s also a problem. If a license holder’s firearm became visible at any point, that person could be charged with a FELONY. There is simply no need for this legislation and it puts gun owners at great risk. What does “completely concealed from view” even mean? Does this mean if a handgun prints through an outer garment, you become a felon?

Of course, it declares “an emergency.”

SB 700

This bill outlaws most private transfers. The original bill exempts “immediate family” without defining the term. The “gut and stuff” amended version allows transfers between:

“(A) The person’s spouse;

“(B) The person’s parent;

“(C) The person’s child;

“(D) The person’s sibling;

“(E) The person’s grandparent;

“(F) The person’s grandchild; or

“(G) The spouse of a person specified in subparagraphs (B) to (F)

of this paragraph.

The amended version defines transfer as “the sale, gift or lease of a firearm.”

So you can give a gun to your son, but not your step-daughter. You may give a gun to your wife, but not your girlfriend. You may sell a gun to your son-in-law but not your nephew. However you may give a gun to your wife, who may give it to her sister, who may give it to her husband who can give it to his son. (Your nephew.) You may not give a gun to your domestic partner.

While the law says that if you purchase from a gun dealer and you are “delayed” you may take possession of the firearm without state approval after three days have elapsed. There are no similar protections for non-dealer transfers. The State Police can delay a private transfer forever.

As you may know, the Oregon State Police ID unit routinely fails to complete background checks for dealers in a timely fashion. Gun buyers are left waiting sometimes months to complete a transfer. This bill would force the failed system on virtually all transfers. And when the “system” is down, you are simply out of luck. Sellers would be required to have state issued forms before a transfer could take place. Oh yeah, it creates a state wide gun registry too.

Of course, it declares “an emergency.”

SB 796

Range Requirements

This bill creates a baffling collection of shooting requirements to get a CHL. It changes the requirements for legal resident aliens to apply for a CHL. The shooting requirements are totally arbitrary and bear no resemblance to any real life situation. Here are some of the demands:

(A) 20 rounds fired from a distance of three yards, with:

(i) Five rounds fired one at a time with two seconds allowed for each shot;

(ii) 10 rounds fired two at a time with three seconds allowed for each two shots; and

(iii) Five rounds fired with 10 seconds allowed for all five shots;

(B) 20 rounds fired from a distance of seven yards, with:

(i) Five rounds fired with 10 seconds allowed for all five shots;

(ii) Five rounds fired with four seconds allowed for the first two shots and six seconds

allowed for the remaining three shots;

(iii) Five rounds fired one at a time with three seconds allowed for each shot; and

(iv) Five rounds fired with 15 seconds allowed for all five shots; and

(C) 10 rounds fired from a distance of 15 yards, with:

(i) Five rounds fired with six seconds allowed for the first two shots and nine seconds

allowed for the remaining three shots; and

Five shots fired with 15 seconds allowed for all five shots;

The shooting requirements would be necessary for every renewal.

The bill has two amendments. One would make it only apply to new license applicants. The other amendment changes the required course of fire by a few seconds and makes some changes in the order and sequence of the shooting, proving the original bill makes demands that are totally arbitrary and spawned from the fantasy of someone who never picked up a firearm.

The bill makes no allowances for the different rates of fire of semi-auto pistols vs revolvers. It makes no distinction between calibers.

It requires the availability of shooting range and range officers. It has no method for enforcement and does not specify who is supposed to test students or how their grades must be recorded or proven.

April 1 2:40 PM. This has been changed again. Now proof of meeting the test will be required. See this amendment. They have removed the time requirements. So, once again, making it up as they go.

It will vastly increase the cost and complexity of getting and keeping a CHL. As with the other four bills, there has been no reason shown for why this bill is needed as its supporters have been unable to provide any examples that would demonstrate that current license holders have been any kind of problem. It would not apply to people who just chose to carry openly.
Of course, it declares “an emergency.”

H/T Oregon Firearms Federation

Salem mourns loss of a community leader

Mike McClaren

Written by Gerry Frank, Special to the Statesman Journal

A city is very much like an extended family.

In many cases, there is just one individual whom members of the group go to for advice, for problem solving and for inspiration. Salem just lost one of those rare individuals: Mike McLaran, longtime CEO of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and key spark plug for a long litany of projects and events in our area.

When Mike (formerly a resident of Albany) was hired to head this important civic group, he faced an organization that had seen its better days; the chamber was not the strong and influential voice of past years. As a matter of fact, you had to go back to the late 1950s and early 1960s, when Salem was named an All-American City, to find a time when this group was looked upon as “the outfit to be a part of.”

Read more at the Statesman Journal

Sunday news story here

Media Portrayal of Republicans has Activist asking: We’re What? Really!

The Right Sided

We’re What? Really!

Mar 23, 2013
By David Darnell

Much has been written and said about “what went wrong” in the 2012 election cycle.  We lost a winnable presidential election and a few seats in Congress.  Never mind 30 Republican governors and 28 Republican controlled legislatures in a country of 50 states, we lost the big one and that hurt.  Like a feral cat who has chewed a hole in a garbage bag left on someone’s back porch, I too have been returning to feed on the postmortem.

Returning to Draper’s NYT Valentine’s Day post, I’m struck by the now often reported assessment of the GOP’s weakness.  Of a focus group session of young female Obama voters, the article states:

  ” About an hour into the session, Anderson walked up to a whiteboard and took out a magic marker. “I’m going to write down a word, and you guys free-associate with whatever comes to mind,” she said. The first word she wrote was “Democrat.”

“Young people,” one woman called out.

“Liberal,” another said. Followed by: “Diverse.” “Bill Clinton.”“Change.”“Open-minded.”“Spending.”“Handouts.”“Green.”“More science-based.”

When Anderson then wrote “Republican,” the outburst was immediate and vehement: “Corporate greed.”“Old.”“Middle-aged white men.” “Rich.” “Religious.” “Conservative.” “Hypocritical.” “Military retirees.” “Narrow-minded.” “Rigid.” “Not progressive.” “Polarizing.” “Stuck in their ways.” “Farmers.”

If you’re reading this you are likely politically savvy, or at least informed and are likely an activist…..and may very well ask the same question I did.  Who are these Republicans?  As I take a good hard look around me I just don’t see them.  Do you?

Are you working with old, rich, greedy, white farmers who are blah, blah, blah?   Admittedly the party I invest my time, dubious talent and treasure in has several of the old guard, but by and large we are none of the above.  so how did the GOP get here?  How have we come to be perceived as these young women see us?  Is that our message?  Or does the message come from someone other than those of us occupying the rank and file of the Republican Party.

As a Republican Party activist I bought the lie in believing that my advocation of a realistic view of some social issues would guarantee my pariahship.  Quite the contrary.  It seems that my fellow SoCons do recognize that abortion, though an abhorrent procedure, is not illegal in America.  Not something we would ever support but not a club to be used to beat a voter over the head with.  And the sending of Rand Paul’s suggestion of removing marriage  from the tax code  (that it need not be redefined) up the flagpole did not draw the fire I thought it might.  We really are not those people.

I have yet to confidently refute Brietbart’s take on politics.  Policy IS downstream of culture.  Culture IS downstream of media.  This focus group, like millions of other everyday ordinary Americans, has been spoon fed a twisted and inaccurate depiction of Lincoln’s party.  The left leaning bias of American media needs no introduction and it’s sway over public opinion is beyond question.

If we acknowledge that the voters we seek to court view Republicans through the truth filters of the mainstream media, are we to change our positions and platforms to suit the popular misconceptions?  Would a shift in policy position then not be based on a false premise?  And if we radically change our positions, are we to believe the Democrat/Media Complex will suddenly reveal to the American public the true nature of the vast majority of Republican voters and activists?  I don’t think so.

Honest polling confirms that the majority of Americans hold a center-right view and do not run away screaming at the idea of smaller government, lower taxes and more individual freedom.  Simply, it is not the Republican message that is a repellent to some voters,  it’s the leftist media’s version of the Republican message some find unpalatable….and rightfully so.

My point is this.  Let’s not make a game plan or a strategy based on the string pulling of a corrupt and biased media.  In doing so we will only force the puppet master to jerk the strings in a different direction.  WE WILL NEVER GET A FAIR SHAKE FROM THE DEMOCRAT/MEDIA COMPLEX…lets not try.  We ARE the Rightsided and when we claim the rights to our own message and deliver it to the people…one person at a time…we will win elections.

David Darnell is Chairman of the Marion County (OR) Republican Party. Read more from David Darnell here and follow him on Twitter

Oregon School Children used to Shill for School Based Clinics

This video was taken in Salem, Oregon at the capitol on March 14, 2013.  We decided to stroll up and ask some questions – the answers get really interesting at the 3:00 mark of the video. Initially,  a young woman began to answer our questions but very quickly she was pulled back so a staffer could take control. The staffer proceeds to explain that Multnomah County has very different values and politics and as such, makes decisions for school based health clinics based upon those values and politics.  The audio is not great but you can still understand, turn up on the volume on your speakers when listening. There were a lot of high school students milling around so there was quite a bit of back ground noise.

There were many children present at this school based health clinic booth that were brought in by the bus load. At least three school buses were seen in the capitol parking lot that Thursday. Interesting to note that after many of these children were set loose in the capitol with their talking points, a charter bus full of Planned Parenthood folks showed up and followed right behind the kids as they talked to legislators. Coincidence?

Thanks to Carlton Tilley for taking the video