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Tuesday
Oct282014

Alabama's Unified and Comprehensive System of Learning Supports Under Tommy Bice --Will It Lead Children To Stumble And Can Pastors Afford To Be Silent?

"When schools experience chronic underachievement, the reasons are most often the social, emotional, and/or physiological problems of the child and his or her family situation," Dyer said. "The work of Dr. Adelman and Dr. Taylor faces this challenge straight on by bringing the theory of mental health issues to a practice that improves the learning conditions for all students."

Above is an excerpt from an article that touts Tommy Bice's leadership in developing a Unified And Comprehensive Learning Supports that can influence many other states.

According to Linda Murphy, a nationally renowned Educator/Activist, who has studied Dr. Bice's Comprehensive Counseling Guidance Proposal (as this is part of the Unified Supports)-- "This is a dangerous expansion of the authority of public schools into the private lives of students, which has never been allowed in American schools. This plan sets goals for changes in students’ emotions, feelings, attitudes, values and beliefs. The area educators call the "affective domain" (from Blooms Taxonomy)." 

The Alabama State Plan "is an integral part of the preparation of all students to be college and career ready. It serves as a framework to guide school districts, individual schools, and individual counselors in designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive, developmental, and systematic counseling program."

1. It "should be used by all Alabama public schools for developing and implementing comprehensive, outcome-based school counseling and guidance programs that meet the needs of all students."

2. "All students will receive a data-driven counseling program that promotes academic achievement, career readiness, and personal/social development", which includes their "attitudes, character, values and beliefs."

3. It is "aligned with ASCA National Model and its revisions and includes four interrelated components: foundation, delivery system, management system, and accountability."

4. The "ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs, and three revisions promulgate national school counseling standards." 

5. It "helps students achieve their full potential through four program delivery components: School Guidance Curriculum, Individual Student Planning, Responsive Services, and Indirect Services."

6. "Comprehensive school counseling and guidance programs are data-driven by student needs and provide outcome-based accountability measures that align the school counseling and guidance program with the school’s overall academic mission."

7. "VII. RESPONSIVE SERVICES--7.1 Every K-12 student receives prevention education to address life choices in academic, career, and personal/social development."

 Rest on Linda's important summary and warnings here.

Recent examples of one size-fits all mentality that is foundational to this nationalized education aka common core (which is invalid according to Professors Sandra Stotsky and Jim Milgram--see audio link to his and her interviews) was the story of the 5-yr old from Mobile, Al who did a suicide checklist and signed a safety contract without her parents.  This, because she drew a picture of a gun and said pew pew with her crayons. 

Mobile County school system Superintendent Martha Peek said the school counselor used the system-wide safety protocol that school system officials were instructed to use in any situation in which "a student indicates they may be considering any actions such as hurting themselves or hurting someone else," she said. "Unfortunately, with this incident, the one size fits all."

Another example is where schools in Dothan, Al gave out this suicide prevention flyer to all children from Elementary to 12th Grade."This introduces a concept about something very negative that can cause depression, fear and worry that is not necessary.  In the effort to prevent these problems they are actualy creating problems with children that have no connection to that in their life"-per Linda Murphy. 

It is ironic that Common Core Standards Initiative has been known to increase stress in children.  In states like Alabama where the implementation is slower because there is a waiver for teacher's evaluation not to yet be based on student's test results, many teachers are still rallying behind it.  However, many warnings of dangers are there, such as the signed statement from 500 Early Childhood and Mental Health ExpertsMary Calamia's testimony (she's a licensed clinical social worker who testified before New Yord's Board of Ed.), a NY teacher's testimony of the danger, Joan Landes--mental health therapist on the Psychological Damage of Common Core and video from child psychologist-Megan Koschnick.

The proposal by Alabama Superintendent Tommy Bice to pass a Comprehensive Counseling Guidance was presented to the SBOE on 9/11 worksession see pdf file on this link:https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/ViewMeetingOrder.aspx?S=70577&MID=1610

Note the  Preface of the document:

 

The Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance State Model for Alabama Public Schools (the State Plan) presents a model that helps students prepare to be college- and career-ready in the areas of academic, career, and personal/social development. Counseling and guidance is an integral part of each school’s total educational program. The counseling and guidance program helps students achieve their full potential through four program delivery components: School Guidance Curriculum, Individual Student Planning, Responsive Services, and Indirect Services. This document, The ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs, and its revisions should be used by all Alabama public schools for developing and implementing comprehensive, outcome-based school counseling and guidance programs that meet the needs of all students.

With that in mind look at what's in the ASCA Standards For Students:

PS:A2 Acquire Interpersonal Skills
PS:A2.1 Recognize that everyone has rights and responsibilities
PS:A2.2 Respect alternative points of view
PS:A2.3 Recognize, accept, respect and appreciate individual
differences
PS:A2.4 Recognize, accept and appreciate ethnic and cultural
diversity
PS:A2.5 Recognize and respect differences in various family
configurations

Above should be studied by Pastors throughout.

Importance of Data: Yes. Data may be the most important part of the ASCA National Model!

Research for yourself and if you don't think Alabama needs to pass Dr. Bice's Comprehensive Counseling Guidance then please call your school board and let them know and while you're at it--call Governor Bentley (334) 242-7100 and send him a fax too at (334) 353-0004 (leave paper trail.)

There is so much to learn about the Common Core Standards Initiative and we hope you will make time to listen to Dr. Duke Pesta explain to you what's in store with this nationalized education system.  Knowledge is powerful...come join us links to conferences here:  http://www.standinthegapnow.com/

 





Saturday
May102014

Petition/Resolution To Remove State Superintendent of Education-Tommy Bice

Resolution And Petition For The Removal of Alabama Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice
Whereas, Alabama Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice has advocated replacing the high and well-proven educational standards of Alabama with the sub-standard experimental national standards of the Obama Administration, which were developed by progressive educational reformers in Achieve, Inc, copyrighted by two Washington,
D.C. based organizations, and are partially funded by the partnership of the Pearson and Gates Foundations, none of which was done within the state of Alabama, and
Whereas, Tommy Bice has repeatedly told the people of Alabama that the College and Career Readiness Standards were constructed and developed by Alabamians when in fact, forty five other states have exactly the same standards, with Alabama having added Alabama specific standards of less than 3% to ELA and less than 15% to Math, and
Whereas, a national standards and assessments system is not permitted under the United States Constitution, and
Whereas, Tommy Bice, as Alabama Superintendent of Education has greatly influenced others within the Alabama Education System to conform to his preference for the mediocre and developmentally inappropriate College and Career Readiness Standards which are not as “rigorous” as Alabama’s own Reading Initiative which sky rocketed Alabama to the most improved scores in the United States of America , and
Whereas, Tommy Bice has misrepresented the longitudinal data base essential to the College and Career Readiness System/ Common Core System, saying that private and personal student and family information will not be shared with federal agencies and private companies when in fact, the system requires it, and,
Whereas, Tommy Bice in 2013, began an unprecedented government intrusion into Christian Schools, Private Schools and Home Schools to regulate and tax them until he was forced to temporarily retreat from it due to the loud and immediate outcry by Alabama citizens to protect their freedom, and
Whereas Tommy Bice has demonstrated disrespect to Alabama parents and the Governor by making it extremely difficult for parents to exercise their authority regarding the ACT Aspire assessments,
BE IT RESOLVED that the undersigned hereby petitions the Alabama State Board of Education to immediately remove Tommy Bice from the position of Alabama Superintendent of Education. He has proven untrustworthy to guide the education policies and practices in the great state of Alabama for its’ greatest treasure, Alabama children.


Signature:____________________________________________________


Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Fax # to Gov. Bentley (334) 353-0004

 

References:                                                                                                                                 
Mark Bauerlein and Sandra Stotsky. (September 2012) How Common Core’s ELA standards place college readiness at risk. Pioneer Institute White Paper #89.http://pioneerinstitute.org/download/how-common-cores-ela-standards-place-college-readiness-at-risk/
R. James Milgram and Sandra Stotsky (March 2010). Fair to middling” A national standards progress report. Pioneer Institute White Paper #56.http://www.pioneerinstitute.org/pdf/100402         fair to middlingpdf
R. James Milgram and Sandra Stotsky (September 2013) Lowering the Bar: How Common Core Math Fails to Prepare High School Students for STEM, Pioneer Institute White Paper #103.
http://pioneerinstitute.org/news/lowering-the-bar-how-common-core-math-fails-to-prepare-students-for-stem/
http://www.achieve.org/aboutachieve
http://www.ed.gov/race-top/district-competitions/definitions
United States Constitution, Amendment X, The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution ,nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
FERPA Law Changed by Executive Order: President Obama, Secretary Arne Duncan and the U.S. Dept. of Education in December of 2011, amended the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, (FERPA), without congressional approval, and issued new regulations. FERPA Act34 CFR 99. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: A Legal Review, May 1, 2013, Congressional Research Service 7-5700,www.crs.gov

Friday
Jan102014

When Will Legislators Such As Jabo Waggoner Stand Up For Children First

Alabama's State Senator Jabo Waggoner was the only one out of seven that spoke up standing up for State Board of Education decision on Common Core. 

 

Contact info for your legislator: By zip code

 

I guess he along with Governor Bentley, Del Marsh and many others have not heard the following:

 

Joan Landes, mental health expert warns of the cover of Common Core alignment--

Video 1

along with this from Arkansas mom

 

Tommy Bice, Board of Ed Sup., lied to Alabamians as Tommy Bice passed a Resolution to get us out of Common Core through dissolution of Memorandum of Agreement when he had already received word from Legal Counsel (that MOA carried no legal obligation) was superseded by Alabama's College and Career Ready Standards.

 

Can the people who voted for him please let him know your children are important.  Most Alabamians finding out the truth about Common Core, are tired of their children (and teachers) being abused by the Common Core planners and are ready for their legislators to get things done.  Please, Mr. Jabo Waggoner wake up as Obamacore is destructive like Obamacare and more are finding out.  We are tired of the children being the punching bags in lieu of someones $$$$$$$.  Enough is enough. 

Here's food for thought from one former County School Board Member about the Common Core:

Common Core is Rotten to the Core
By:  Annette Griswold

Neal McCluskey, of Cato Institute said it right when he said, “There is a revolution happening, and people probably don’t even know it.  While we worry about wars, spills, bailouts, Washington has been quietly taking over our schools.  Amazingly, almost no one has heard about it; and that is exactly what standardizers want.  Stealth is essential for the proponents of Common Core to succeed.”

There are many reasons why the Common Core curriculum in schools is “rotten to the core.”
It will cost Alabama taxpayers over $282 million just to implement not to mention additional costs each year.  It takes away parental rights to their children’s education.  Common Core calls for unprecedented monitoring, collection and sharing of private student and family information.

 Common Core stifles teachers’ flexibility in classrooms.  Teachers become “agents of change” which John Dewey, the socialist “father of modern education,” intended for public schools. This was a deliberate attempt to change history and the thought patterns of our children. Children’s personal and intimate information, that has nothing to do with academics, will be “data-mined” and shared with the federal government and private organizations without parents’ permission. They will be tracked from preschool through the workforce. 

Thomas Sowell, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, had this to say about Common Core, “The new history books no longer give attention to the great men who founded this country, but include what looks bad for our country.  Howard Zinn’s book A People’s History of the United States degrades our American history to a lower level than the Communist newspapers in the days of the Soviet Union. American schools today are similarly undermining American society as one unworthy of defending, either domestically or internationally.”  It is sad that our president apologizes for our nation’s defense of freedom worldwide.

Bill Gates profits from Common Core because of the technology involved.  Certain publishing companies who print the literature also profit from this.  It is about the “love of money” not about love for our country or love for our children.  Cursive writing will become a thing of the past.  Children will not be able to read the original U.S. Constitution and our national Bill of Rights as both documents are written in cursive.  Legal documents require cursive signatures.

Common Core literature, for high-school students, include smut books such as The Bluest Eyes, by Toni Morrison and Dreaming in Cuba, by Christina Garcia.  Books such as these break down moral barriers for our youth. 

So, what can we do?  Become informed, involved, and in prayer. Be informed by looking up information on websites on Common Core education.  David Barton, Founder and President of Wallbuilders, www.wallbuilders.com  a national pro-family organization that presents America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on moral, religious and constitutional heritage, will be at Calvary Baptist Church in Dothan on January 18, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free.

 Be involved.  Find out how your elected officials stand on this issue.  Insist that they repeal the Common Core curriculum in Alabama schools. If they do nothing, remind them that election day is coming.

 Be connected with your children’s schools.  Teachers have their hands tied and need our support.  Know what your children are being taught.  Although we have the greatest teachers in the greatest schools in this area, we must stand in the gap for our children.  They are our future.  The old saying, “garbage in, garbage out’ should not apply to our children’s mind development.  We must work together to make “rotten-to-the-core” Common Core “uncommon” in our local schools.

Be in prayer.  The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much, James 5:16.

                    Annette Griswold, a former member of the Coffee
                    County Board of Education

 

 

Monday
Jan062014

David Barton Conference On The Dangers of Common Core For The Future of The Republic

 

 

 

Thanks for all those who attended--please go visit the podsite to listen to the audio.  It was great--over 1,000 people came.  We are grateful and we are committed to fighting and removing Common Core.  God is our helper.  Keep praying and act!

All over the country there are conferences and forums springing up.  Please take time to attend some of these and learn.  We would like to ask you to  please help us get the word out for a conference with national constitution and history speaker--David Barton of Wallbuilders along with others such as mental health therapist, Joan Landes that will be held on Jan 18th in Dothan located in southeast Alabama.  This will be an incredible event full of very important information on Common Core with perspectives necessary for the freedoms we hold dear to remain.

 

Also there is a "Pastors Meet and Greet" for an hour prior to the conference--please click on this link and you can print an invitation to give your pastor...https://skydrive.live.com/view.aspx?resid=32EE46693F75259D!1513&cid=32ee46693f75259d&app=Word&wdo=2&authkey=!ADaCk-tD_Q1kNdA

 

If some of  you still don't understand the big deal--please listen to these two videos--

 

one from a mom

http://youtu.be/wZEGijN_8R0

 

and one from a schoolteacher.

http://youtu.be/iGg8XXk8ArU

 

 

It breaks the heart to see the joy being taken out of children's learning --watch Mikey's video:

http://youtu.be/8LQ8x3BdNgQ

 

What's been happening in New York is now happening everywhere.  More of us are becoming informed that Common Core (now being renamed Next Generation as you'll hear with the Science and Social Studies standards) is in reality nationalized standards.  Parental control has been taken away as local school boards will become rubber stamps.  We can stop this but we need your help.  Please be in prayer and if led-- please make copies of this event flyer and pass it out to your friends and family that can possibly attend.  Children needs us to defend them.  Common Core (Obamacore as many have called it,--was drafted like Nancy Pelosi said of Obamacare--"let's pass it so we can know what's in it") --is very dangerous for the future of our Republic as it will affect the minds of children--America's future.

 

Heed the warnings now as just as in Obamacare--it is very damaging to lives!  These children need you.

 

Please share this information with friends and family living in Alabama and surrounding states.  January is busy for Alabama as their legislature starts the new session--here's breaking lies and knocking out the Common Core. 

 

Can anyone tolerate poison? No WAY!

 


 

 

___________________________________________________________________________________________

Fairhope-Town Hall with School Bd. David Cox 1-13-14

"Fighting Common Core in AL"

Saturday, Jan. 13, 6PM

Homestead Village

924 Plantation Blvd., Fairhope, AL (map)

 

 

 

 

 ___________________________________________________________________________________

 

 


Alabama Tea Party/Conservative Coalition
"Welcome Back" Rally--Tuesday, January 14, 2014           

11:00am-12:00pm
State House Steps, 10 Union Street, Montgomery, AL
Everyone is invited to attend a Rally in support of Alabama Tea Party/Conservative Coalition # 1 Issue:
Repeal Common Core/Save Christian Education/Protect Home School Education
Key Note Speaker: Dr. John Killian
             Other speakers: Senators  Beason, Brewbaker and Pittman; Rep MikeBall; Patriots--Don Casey, Ken Freeman, Becky Gerritson, Al Mickle—More TBA!

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Friday
Aug302013

Righteous Anger Rising Up In Alabama Parents--It Is Contagious and Why

Here are thoughts from a parent who attended a school meeting in Leeds, Alabama:

We all knew there'd come a time when the Common Core fight would put parents against teachers. I saw the first sign of it tonight at Leeds' Curriculum Night. It was ugly.

I'm not sure I've ever felt so angry, scared and helpless all at the same time.

Silver lining? I wasn't the only one to get angry. I wasn't the only one to speak out. Parents are being forced to wake up to Common Core and they don't like it.

I think we all lost patience and dropped our niceties when the teacher/presenter said "I don't know that we would need any home support" (when questioned on why there are no text books).

There is a new feeling in the air.  Just as fall is coming--the fall of Common Core (and anything that takes away parental authority) is also coming.  And rightly so in Alabama because this is a state whose God is the LORD.  Most Alabamians still have values and they know they do not want a "dog eat dog mentality" raised up in their children and the same with the majority of citizens in this United States of America.  Many across America are re-learning history and what made America great.  They are seeing that we are reaping results of tyranny and that these words from Washington are ringing true--

 

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

The planners of Common Core are hearing about the new tide rising and they will be fighting it with their media blitz and with so much money...but truth is on our side and God is on our side. 

We have heard the rumblings promoting Common Core. The mantra of College and Career-Ready Standards have all of a sudden dimmed.  There is a new mantra being heard and it is from parents who are fed up with being fed lies.  These parents have researched these wonderfully touted Common Core Standards and found them very wanting and very sick.  Here's is just the latest findings on these wonderful Common Core:

Excerpts from this article link

As the Superintendent of the Middle Country Schools, LI – Roberta Gould – said recently, “We strongly believe there is no correlation between these latest assessment results and our students’ ability to be college-and-career-ready.

Five states have not signed on to Common Core and, unsurprisingly, they share 95% of the same standards as the core but they don’t destroy kids’ self-image with inadequate standardized testing nor do they have a plan to nationalize education.

Common Core has their own website you can go to read the standards.

If you want to determine the age-appropriateness of them, first check out Kindergarten.

The Core ‘experts’ expect kindergarteners to ‘Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing’ by the second half of kindergarten.

Just the use of the word ‘command’ in relation to a five-year old shows their cluelessness and ineptitude.

They start out expecting them to ‘Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking’ by the first half of kindergarten.

By 2014, kindergarten children in New York will be subjected to testing on the many age-inapproriate concepts they have been taught.

Soon, it will be the nation’s kindergarteners since 45 states have signed on to it.

You get the idea. Kindergarten just isn’t fun any more...

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And here's more from Obama's Beloved Partner--Planned Parenthood who will have a key role in Sex Education for kids as early as Kindergarten:

However, some information is inappropriate to give earlier or ever in schools, said Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director.

“We saw in a couple different states last year that part of Planned Parenthood’s curriculum is to demonstrate different sexual positions with stuffed animals to children in kindergarten,” she said.

So you see, more parents are finding out that instead of loving to learn at even the youngest level--they are finding children very troubled by schools and in no time at all, as this video shows.  How dare the planners do this to the children!!  They do--if they think no one will stop them...

So please get educated.  Listen to the warnings here and then research yourself as every state now has a Stop Common Core fb page and then there is Truthinamericaneducation.com and another called Citizens United For Responsible Education (Cure).  There are so many great sites for you to learn so please search and find the truth for yourself.

 

...So why are Alabamians very angry?  Here is a comment from a social worker which we will leave unnamed but am so thankful for her insight that was shared as a comment on the book The Bluest Eye.  Alabama parents (thanks to posting on Stop Common Core in Alabama FB) were alerted on the availability of such an immoral book on a reading list for their children:

 

"This is terrifying! As a social worker who’s worked with teens for over 20 years, I would be terrified to let some young men read this book as they would regard it as a how-to-manual! Do you want your young teenage girls in a classroom with a boy who already has these types of thoughts reading this book together? Discussing it with each other? I am horrified that this book actually puts the reader as a co-conspirator to these sexually violent acts, then regards the rapist/child-molester as “gentle” or “doing God’s work.” The author seems to be trying to “normalize” pedophilia and downplay the life-long emotional, psychological, mental, and physical effects born from sexual violence.

Then I think of all of the young girls I’ve worked with who have been molested by their fathers, uncles, friends of family. I can’t imagine the mental anguish and trauma this would cause these girls.

What in the world was this author thinking? How could Oprah, a woman who was molested herself, recommend this book? What’s next? NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association) literature in the classrom? Playboy magazine in the library? (I hear it has “great articles.”

Shame on “educators” – teachers, administrators, and librarians – who promote obvious pornography as “literature.”

Parents, it’s time to get involved or watch as your children suffer the consequences of your own apathy."

 

Here are two articles for readers to better understand why the rage against this book--

National Reading List/Exemplars(What Happens When People Have To Teach To The Test)

Senator Speaks Out To Remove Book While Defending Common Core (guess he doesn't quite get it that there are more like it in this Common Core mindset).

Many Parents are getting convinced there is a war on the minds of their children and in Alabama and many other states they still believe in the Holy Scriptures:

 

Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.  Proverbs 22:6


Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  Phil 4:8

"If anyone causes one of these little ones--those who believe in me--to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea."  Matthew 18:6

 

And just as in the beginning of this nation, in the first Prayer of Congress (lasted 3 hours)--there are those who remember to stand on God's Word (they read Psalm 35).  It made all the difference then and Alabamians know (and many others throughout the states in this God blessed nation) God can make a difference again today for those who trusts in the name of the LORD.  So righteous anger we have-- but more importantly we have an Almighty God.  Hope others will  join us and ask God as in Psalm 35...

"Lord, you have seen this; do not be silent.
    Do not be far from me, Lord.
 Awake, and rise to my defense!
    Contend for me, my God and Lord.
 Vindicate me in your righteousness, Lord my God;
    do not let them gloat over me.
Do not let them think, “Aha, just what we wanted!”
    or say, “We have swallowed him up.”

May all who gloat over my distress
    be put to shame and confusion;
may all who exalt themselves over me
    be clothed with shame and disgrace.
May those who delight in my vindication
    shout for joy and gladness;
may they always say, “The Lord be exalted,
    who delights in the well-being of his servant.”

My tongue will proclaim your righteousness,
    your praises all day long."

 

Please go to your Pastors and tell them what is going on and see what a difference it makes.  We need to learn that we have not --'cause we ask not of our Mighty Awesome God.  Try it some may say no but for those that say yes--wow what a difference...

Click on this link for suggested information in sharing information to your Pastor--do it soon and be surprised (we were--very very pleasantly)!


Thursday
Aug222013

Steps To Help When Going To See Your Pastor About Common Core

More and more people are looking at what to do against Common Core.  They are also learning that Charter Schools is not the answer as it is like Common Core (CSCOPE in Tx.), taking away PARENTAL AUTHORITY and that is not acceptable.  Sooner or later School Choice will be pushed as The Choice but already experience has shown that more private schools are aligned to Common Core and certainly Charter Schools will so there is really no such thing as School Choice.

It is time to make a stand.  Public education has been broken down because we have not been involved.  We have trusted, or been too apathetic or too busy.  Many reasons and some good,  led majority of Americans to be uninvolved.  But no longer can we afford it.  This quote ought to wake most parents up--

“The goal is to reach kids before they absorb their parents’s values. By middle school it’s too late.”

Many of us have long known that not only the teaching of immoral sexual practices in school but the teaching of those things at younger and younger ages has been specifically targeted to evade parental values.

This video is a must watch because "It's Perfectly Normal" (approved supplemental book in Illinois for 10 yr old and yet not fit for prisoners) and other books permeating on school shelves and/or online will lead to more sexualization of your kids.  They are being led to the path of addiction in this case sexual addiction (perversion) under the lie of children's need to know.

I learned from a national group named--CURE that there are many books from Pre-K on up which is really part of an anti-bias curriculum.  So we have to get beyond the lie that this is not happening (you will when you watch It's Perfecty Normal).  The books we read in the past are now being removed and replaced with newer books--as after all if you want to change America--it begins with the mind.   And now with schools letting children read their Accelerated Reading books online--who knows what children are reading?  Shockingly many of the books our children have access to read in school and/or online have very sexual overtones and are very filthy.  I can't even name them.  Please go to CURE's website to get more info on them.

How can we fight it? 

  • With many prayers. Please cover the children daily--before they go to school and before they do homework and before they go to bed.  Pray over them and let them hear or if they are old enough to read God's Word (even a paragraph is good).  There is something very healing about it and very soothing.  Reading the Holy Bible led to deeper, higher, thinking skills for our founders.  And as  Professor Sandra Stotsky who is the foremost Academic on ELA (the ELA expert that was on the National Validation Committee and would not sign off on Common Core)--it is like reading Shakespeare and she  says it's great to let them read it!!!  Bring a praying friend with you at the meeting.  Ask Pastor if it's ok if you pray first to open the meeting.
  • Join a Stop Common Core group in your state (they all have a fb page) such as this one for Alabama.  Go to Cure for help in finding them.
  • Churches can share information and parents need to know--so they can defend their child!

Example of how you can talk to the Pastor (food for thought):

First ask the Pastor if he remembered how parents could go to their local school boards if they had a problem with what was being taught in school and they usually say yes.  Tell them that is no longer the case.  Share with them that there was a Race To The Top Application for Fed grant $$ that was given to all states around Nov 2009.  Because states were desperate for money most applied within two months.  In the application, they would get points for agreeing to certain things--most importantly that they would give up their own state's standards for what was called Common Core Standards (which were copyrighted and you can't change anything can only add up to 15%). 

Let Pastor read a minute the front of brochure.  Then point to the part where I quote the experts on the back such as Prof. Jim Milgram and Prof. Sandra Stostky (who I say the whole country should be listening to the most.)

Then tell Pastor about how they want us all to think this is just about academics and I point to the brochure and let them read the words about the National Sexuality Standards--"Students need opportunities to engage in cooperative and active learning strategies, and sufficient time must be allocated for students to practice skills relating to sexuality education."


I read out loud to them the part on the brochure about Planned Parenthood wanting to be our children's sex experts. And I follow with the inside of brochure on the observations from Mental Health Therapist.

We have seen miracles as if the Pastor was prepared ahead of time. I think of Habakkuk 2:1-4 as if the Pastors had been waiting for this time:

I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.

And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

Try it and be surprised--but always cover it in prayer first and have someone praying over your meeting.  I have a feeling God has been talking to the Pastors and their hearts are ready to hear from you.  They need to hear from someone in their flock!  Please don't wait--let it be you--God makes all the difference and will delight you with His help.  May the Lord bless you.  It is time for America to seek God and ask for His forgivenes.  He is good and His love endures forever...

 

Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites,
    because the Lord has a charge to bring
    against you who live in the land:
“There is no faithfulness, no love,
    no acknowledgment of God in the land.
There is only cursing,a]">[a] lying and murder,
    stealing and adultery;
they break all bounds,
    and bloodshed follows bloodshed.
Because of this the land dries up,
    and all who live in it waste away;
the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky
    and the fish in the sea are swept away.

“But let no one bring a charge,
    let no one accuse another,
for your people are like those
    who bring charges against a priest.
You stumble day and night,
    and the prophets stumble with you.
So I will destroy your mother—
    my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.

“Because you have rejected knowledge,
    I also reject you as my priests;
because you have ignored the law of your God,
    I also will ignore your children.

 

Hosea 4:1-6

After this --hope you will go to your local school board next.  God is great and will be with you.  And tell them about what's happening with New York (hear this about a Superintendent that spoke up)--it's gonna be a tsunami and it's coming to your state:

 

Concerned parents still on the fence about "refusing" the state tests, read this. Perhaps one of the best rebuttals of the new exams and the nonsense that has followed them.

Dr. William Johnson: "To hell with these scores. They’re not informing us in any way; they’re not giving us any new information. In fact, what they’re doing is serious damage. Kids who had a [Level] 3 last year and ended up with a [Level] 1 this year, how do I tell them they can’t read, when in fact we know they can?”

"According to Johnson, however, King sent an email last week to all of the state’s superintendents, telling them not to use the scores for anything. “It should not be incorporated into APPR, nor should it be used to inform decisions about whether teachers should or should not be here next year, or should or should not get teacher improvement plans,” Johnson said. “So we’re living right now through a time that I can only describe as a theater of the absurd.”"

School test scores drop sharply - LIHerald.com
liherald.com
By Alex Costello acostello@liherald.com New York state released the results of its new tests last week and, as expected, scores for students all over the state, including Rockville Centre, ….

If those are not enough and you are not convinced that you need to do something--this might just do it:

 

Read this to arm yourself and get your mind right:

 

The Psalm
103

Praise for the LORD's Benefits
A Psalm of David.

1  Bless the LORD, O my soul:
        
and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2  Bless the LORD, O my soul,
        
and forget not all his benefits:
3  who forgiveth all thine iniquities;
        
who healeth all thy diseases;
4  who redeemeth thy life from destruction;
        
who crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies;
5  who satisfieth thy mouth with good things;
        
so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
6  The LORD executeth righteousness
        
and judgment for all that are oppressed.
7  He made known his ways unto Moses,
        
his acts unto the children of Israel.
8  The LORD is merciful and gracious, Jas. 5.11
        
slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
9  He will not always chide:
        
neither will he keep his anger for ever.
10  He hath not dealt with us after our sins;
        
nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11  For as the heaven is high above the earth,
        
so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12  As far as the east is from the west,
        
so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
13  Like as a father pitieth his children,
        
so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
14  For he knoweth our frame;
        
he remembereth that we are dust.
15  As for man, his days are as grass:
        
as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
16  For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone;
        
and the place thereof shall know it no more.
17  But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting
        
upon them that fear him,
and his righteousness unto children's children;
18  to such as keep his covenant,
        
and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
19  The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens;
        
and his kingdom ruleth over all.
20  Bless the LORD, ye his angels,
        
that excel in strength,
that do his commandments,
hearkening unto the voice of his word.
21  Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts;
        
ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
22  Bless the LORD, all his works
        
in all places of his dominion:
bless the LORD, O my soul.


Friday
Aug092013

Common Core Opt Out Form/Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) --A Tool For Parents Against Common Core

PPRA Notice and Consent/Opt-Out Form (click here to download and share).

(Thanks to Col. John Eidsmoe with the Foundation For Moral Law!)

 

Please read further to understand the need and what's coming:

 

Parents must recognize that Commmon Core will change America as it takes away Parental Authority (Local Control will be gone as school boards will just be rubber stamps to Washington-led indoctrination.) 

Get to know PPRA (see below link to form) and use it.   If you don't know about Common Core please see this link. Here is an article that will give a glimpse from its planners --please note the Lou Gerstner idea of getting rid of the 16,000 school districts and replacing it with 70 is almost complete. 

Please make copy and pass on to all parents to fill out and turn in to school district.   Defend your child. Don't forget the Petition to Regain Parental Authority. Please click at the book picture of National Sexuality Education Standards which is headed your way--already in states like Illinois.  Obamacore (aka Common Core) is to Education what  Obamacare is to Health.   Planned Parenthood received $75 mil a year to expand and their farming is done right under our noses in schools--read this:

“We saw in a couple different states last year that part of Planned Parenthood’s curriculum is to demonstrate different sexual positions with stuffed animals to children in kindergarten,”...more here .

You will have to ask your school for the OPT Out form on SEX ED as some of this maybe coming through the Health Clinic and you will need to find the Opt-Out form throught the school.  

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It is important as we already are hearing the nightmare from parents in Illinois.  It's Perfectly Normal is an approved textbook supplement which makes most parents angry at the pornographic nature of it.  As one teacher said "If I was showing this to my high school students I would have been hauled away and this is certainly not appropriate for 10 years old".  Video to approved supplement (State of Illinois)--It's Perfectly Normal.

 

PPRA Notice and Consent/Opt-Out Form (click here to download and share).

(Thanks to Col. John Eidsmoe with the Foundation For Moral Law!)

 

Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following protected areas (“protected information survey”) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education (ED)–

 

1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent;
2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family;
3. Sex behavior or attitudes;
4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;
6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;
7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or
8. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.

•Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of–

1. Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding;
2. Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance,
administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a
student, except for hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or
required under State law; and
3. Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students for
marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others.

•Inspect, upon request and before administration or use –

1. Protected information surveys of students;
2. Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or
other distribution purposes; and
3. Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.  These rights transfer to from the parents to a student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under State law.

 

--------------------------------The Opt-Out Form uses their words (excerpt):

 

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), 20 U.S.C. § 1232h, requires school district
to notify and obtain consent or allow parents/guardians to opt child out of participating in certain school activities.
These activities include a student survey, analysis, or evaluation that concerns one or more of the following eight
areas (“protected information surveys”):

1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent;
2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family;
3. Sex behavior or attitudes;
4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;
6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;
7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or
8. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.
This requirement also applies to the collection, disclosure or use of student information for
marketing purposes (“marketing surveys”) and physical exams and screening

 

Please do your homework and study this.  Here is a link to file you can print.

 

The National Sexuality Ed standards may also come through your health clinics and they have special opt out form--find it (there is a warning that PP must approve).  Please be aware if your child is 14 you may not get a notice to consent.  Please look into your state's Personal Responsibility Education Programs (Planned Parenthood by any other name still awful).  In Alabama it is called APREP so study.  On this link is this comment that is a warning:

 

Suggesting Planned Parenthood encourages parental involvement in their teaching is a bold- faced lie! As a former teacher, I sat with Freshmen while planned parenthood presented the "value" of the on- site clinic and several times reiterated "you can come to us and your parents don't need to know". They encouraged students to get a parent signature " on-file" so students could seek their assistance anytime without further parental contact! As a parent I was furious at the "deception" promotion. As a teacher I was equally concerned. Students could not get an aspirin from the nurses office without permission from a parent, but they could go to the on-site "clinic" and get morning after pills without parental knowledge! I could go on and on, but rest assured Planned Parenthood in schools is no friend to parents.

Here are more links on this parents can study:

http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ppra/modelnotification.html

 

http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

 

http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/pdf/ppraconsent.pdf

 

 

Awesome video --nothing new under the sun--only difference is that today the plans are on "steroids."

 

And just in case you haven't heard about the DATA MINING...this will help:

 

 

Parents – Don’t be deceived about data collecting on your children

In response to the article by Bill Maddox with Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education in the Fayette Citizen, http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/07-30-2013/column-common-core-contained-multiple-errors, where he claims Common Core does not require the collection of any data about students.  I always find it interesting that the proponents of Common Core nationalized standards never provide proof of what they claim.   So, in my response I will supply the documentation so parents can do their own research to know the truth about the privacy issues surrounding the collecting of data on their children.

Parents need to know that data collecting on our nation’s government school children has been ongoing for decades. The U.S. Department of Education’s own handbooks on data-gathering on students and faculty should be enough to satisfy any freedom-loving citizen. The two publications are the Student Data Handbook for Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education (NCES 94–303) released in June 1994, and the Staff Data Handbook: Elementary, Secondary and Early Childhood Education (NCES 95–327) released in January 1995. Both Handbooks were produced under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education, the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

The Foreword for the Student Data Handbook states: “NCES is pleased to release the 1994 Student Data Handbook: Elementary, Secondary and Early Childhood Education. It is a major effort to establish current and consistent terms, definitions and classification codes to maintain, correct, report and exchange information about students. When this effort began, the only existing national standards for student data had been published by NCES in 1974. Because student data have evolved greatly over time both in the type and format of data maintained, it was essential that new standards be developed that would reflect current practices. NCES has a strong commitment to provide technical assistance and support to the education community to facilitate the collection, reporting, and use of high quality education information. This handbook is one outcome of that commitment. It is but one in a series of related handbooks and manuals that NCES has published in the past and plans to continue to develop in the future.”

So, what is the relationship between Common Core and data-collection?  As part of Race to the Top, and elsewhere in the 2009 Stimulus bill, along with agreeing to adopt the Common Core standards, the states that wanted federal money had to commit to build massive student databases. These databases are designed to track children from preschool (or earlier), through college, and into the workforce.  At this time, Georgia also agreed to move all the student (and teacher) data to Google servers for storage.  If you are following the stories on the national data collecting by the NSA, you know that our federal government has access to all data stored on these servers, including our student’s information.  

As you may know by now, the National Governor’s Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) are the organizations that the proponents of Common Core standards point to as the “state led” component of development. Citizens should know that these are private trade organizations with no legislative authority to change education standards. Only Georgia’s General Assembly has the constitutional authority to do so. Being private entities they are not subject to open meeting or open record laws.  

A 2008 report by the NGA, the CCSSO, and Achieve, Inc. (another private trade organization contracted by the NGA and the CCSSO to develop the Common Core standards) titled Benchmarking for Success: Ensuring U.S. Students Receive a World-Class Education laid out the framework for the Common Core national standards.  In this document is a list of actions including data collecting. (NOTE: accountability and measuring performance means collecting data)

Action 4: Hold schools and systems accountable through monitoring, interventions, and support to ensure consistently high performance, drawing upon international best practices.

Action 5: Measure state-level education performance globally by examining student achievement and attainment in an international context to ensure that, over time, students are receiving the education they need to compete in the 21st century economy.

Web link to this report: http://www.nga.org/cms/home/nga-center-for-best-practices/center-publications/page-edu-publications/col2-content/main-content-list/benchmarking-for-success-ensurin.html

According to the website of Achieve, Inc (http://www.achieve.org/print/P-20-data-systems) “States must collect, coordinate, and use K-12 and postsecondary data to track and improve the readiness of graduates to succeed in college and the workplace.”  Remember, Achieve, Inc. helped develop the Common Core national standards.  

According to the website of the Council of Chief State School Officers (http://www.ccsso.org/Resources/Programs/Shared_Learning_Collaborative_%28SLC%29.html), Georgia became a Tier I participant in the collection of data through a Bill Gates company called the Shared Learning Collaborative.  The website states “Although the SLC technology delivers the advantage of a common infrastructure for data integration and application interoperability, the end-user experience will be customized by participating states and districts.  

According to a fact sheet produced by the CCSSO (http://www.classsizematters.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/SLCFactSheet_FINAL.pdf) “The collaborative is designing a shared technology infrastructure that will support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and help states and districts provide teachers with the instructional data and tools they need.” 

The Shared Learning Collaborative has morphed into a Bill Gates company called inBloom (https://www.inbloom.org/).   The stated vision of inBloom from their website: “inBloom is dedicated to bringing together the data, content and tools educators need to make personalized learning a reality for every student.”   inBloom has a list of over 400 data points that it would like to collect on our students.  The National Education Data Model recommends collecting over 400 data points – academic performance, disciplinary history, family income range, religious affiliation, health history, etc. https://www.inbloom.org/sites/default/files/docs-developer-1.0.68-20130118/ch-data_model-enums.html#type-SexType&#8221 

Bill Gates has agreed to move the inBloom company headquarters to Atlanta.   This is a “feather in the cap” for Governor Deal’s economic development goals.   At one time Georgia was listed as a partner with this company on the inBloom website.   Is this possibly why Governor Deal is so committed to keeping Georgia’s schools tied to this national standard rather than allowing us to maintain local control as the U.S. Constitution allows? 

This listing of Georgia as a partner with inBloom has now been removed, probably due to the many phone calls to Governor Deal’s office from parents, teachers, and citizens across Georgia with concerns over this data collecting.  However, do not think that this means that your child’s school is no longer collecting data, we are.  In Fayette, the data collected is known as “Infinite Campus.” The national assessments are intended to create even more data.  While Georgia has announced the pull out of our contract with the assessment consortia known as PARCC, Superintendent John Barge stated that Georgia will develop our own assessments aligned with Common Core.  Notice that we are now assessing our children rather than having objective testing of knowledge.   

According to the website, DataQualityCampaign.org, Georgia has completed 7 out of 10 “Actions to Ensure Effective Data Use.”  These actions DO include collection of data, but according to this report Georgia is not yet sharing data across the P-20 education pipeline and across state agencies.  However, this framework is in place and can be launched at any time. 

A February Department of Education report titled “Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance” http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/technology/files/2013/02/OET-Draft-Grit-Report-2-17-13.pdf) reveals the federal government’s plans for data-mining which includes the use of very disturbing monitoring techniques such as “functional magnetic resonance imaging” and “using cameras to judge facial expressions, an electronic seat that judges posture, a pressure-sensitive computer mouse and a biometric wrap on kids’ wrists.” See page 44 of this report for images of this specialized equipment they would like to use on our children.

The DOE report exposes the big lie that Common Core is about raising academic standards by revealing its progressive designs to measure and track children’s “competencies” in “recognizing bias in sources,” “flexibility,” “cultural awareness and competence,” “appreciation for diversity,” “empathy,” “perspective taking, trust (and) service orientation.”

So, do not believe that just because Governor Deal issues an executive order that data should not be collected on our children that this means all data collecting has stopped.  It hasn’t. And don’t believe that the partnership with inBloom has been dissolved.    

I encourage parents to do their homework.  Ask your school about what kind of data they are collecting.  Demand to see your student’s records and data collected so far.   Parents, teachers, and citizens should contact Governor Deal, and Superintendent of Schools, John Barge, and ask them to support the legislation in Georgia that WILL end the collecting of data and withdraw Georgia from the commitment of Common Core national standards.  That bill is S.B. 167 sponsored by Senator William Ligon.  For more information parents should go to www.StopCommonCore.com.

 

Angela Bean

Fayetteville, GA

Leadership Team

National Coalition United for Reforming Education

www.natCURE.org

 

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