Posts Tagged ‘State Office of Education’
Dropping the Common Core State Standards
Still think the Common Core Standards are just a state initiative? Ask yourself these questions and think again.
- What do you call it when standards are adopted from a national body and a state isn’t allowed to modify anything they just adopted except to add up to 15%? De facto federal/national standards
- What do you call it when national assessments funded by the federal government and led by a Marxist researcher will measure the effectiveness of common core standards? National assessments overseeing national standards
- What do you call it when national tracking is done on both academic and non-academic factors to ensure that students are scoring well on these assessments? A massive violation of privacy and national assessments and standards
- What do you call it when the federal government engages with textbook publishers to create curriculum based on common standards? A national curriculum and national standards
- What do you call it when federal dollars for state education come from countries like China and states like California? Immoral because our grandchildren will pay for their parents education
- What do you call it when the federal department of education rewrites the laws on the books to eliminate and redirect local and state control of education to the federal government? Tyranny and national control of education
- What do you call it when state officials and agencies fail to connect the dots on these items? A tragic lack of foresight
The Governor, State Board of Education, State Office of Education, and all others who buy into the story that the Common Core Standards are just a collaboration of individual states are in for a shock when they find out they cannot escape this transition to tyranny because they didn’t have the foresight to get off the federal funds now while there might still be time.
If adopting the Common Core means (and it WILL since we take federal money) we have to take national assessments, national data tracking, national curriculum, teachers teaching to the test which obviously means their failure to follow the national curriculum will result in their loss of a job (so they will proceed to follow the indoctrinating curriculum), and national control, we should immediately move to drop the Common Core standards and look for creative alternatives to save the 9% funding we get from the federal level. No intrusion or authority like this is given in the U.S. Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land.
Further, no loss of freedom can be recovered without tremendous effort. Giving up that freedom for a pocketful of money is so shortsighted that anyone who votes for any measure that includes federal funding of education should be immediately campaigned against and removed from office. For example, someone running for school board who touts “conservative principles” yet tells the public they’ll bring in the federal dollars should never hold any office of public trust that has budgetary authority.
If you believe the day is coming when people cannot buy or sell except through the collective entity (Revelation 13:17), what do you think is coming for education? Do you think the education establishment will escape it? Not a chance. That’s where this scenario starts by indoctrinating people to accept collectivism.
I applaud the resolution against national standards which the National Federation of Republican Women recently passed. You can read it here:
Are you willing to finance your child’s education on the backs of your grandchildren? Shame on you. Anyone who argues in favor of federal funding of state education should not be involved in our education system. Demand your legislators end all federal funding of education in this state. There are plenty of creative solutions to financial challenges and it’s high time we started looking to implement some of them.
Related Post: http://www.utahsrepublic.org/jumping-off-the-federal-education-train/ (shows the Feds are forcing states to adopt Common Core or not receive a waiver on NCLB’s annual yearly progress requirements)
Yesterday afternoon’s Senate Education Appropriations Committee meeting had a bit of an edge to it. The USOE has been asked to reduce their budget 7 to 10 percent. About 36 minutes into the audio, the State Superintendent Larry Shumway came to the stand and this was the exchange he had with Senator Buttars, chair of the appropriations committee. You can listen to it above.
Senator Buttars: Yes Superintendent
Shumway: Good morning
Buttars: Good morning
Shumway: Um well, just facetiously, Senator Buttars, I thought maybe just you and I could go set up a little bake sale and we could come up with the cash.
Buttars: That would be a hell of a bake sale.
Shumway: Well actually I had received an email suggesting that if we could just put you in an oven and sell parts that that would raise it all.
Buttars: I appreciate your humor and I will return the compliment.
Shumway: (laughing) Probably true.
Buttars: Senator Madsen, Madsen, wait wait, Madsen, yes…
Madsen: You can get away with comments like that, he can’t.
Shumway: Oh, really, I didn’t mean it in any offense, I hope everyone knows that.
Madsen: He never does either.
Buttars: A little humor’s ok, (Shumway: just a little) even though it’s below the belt
If you want to listen to the whole session follow this link and listen to the audio from 1/27.
(I am at the beginning of this audio clip, but at the 13:48 mark, the Teacher of the year from the Utah online charter school is interviewed)
For those of you that didn’t listen to Red Meat Radio this morning, here’s the audio from it. I discussed BYU’s McKay School of Education leaving the Goodlad NNER (National Network for Educational Renewal) organization as well as two other important issues.
Back in March when I presented our petition to the State School Board I received a letter from Lynne Greenwood indicating the state office would be opening up the 8th and 11th grade history standards to ensure the concept of a republic received appropriate treatment in the standards. Since then I have emailed individuals at the state office twice and haven’t heard anything back from them…
Next, a week and a half ago at the legislature’s education interim meeting, a teacher spoke about civics education in Utah and the need to study original sources. He then presented members of the committee with a handout on various quality resources that contain original sources. The state superintendent, Larry Shumway, then got up and was asked if the textbooks used in Utah show respect toward the Founders. He first began by questioning the term “Founders” and how differently the “Founders” thought about the same issues or principles. He told the committee, and he was backed up by a former history teacher on the committee, that the textbooks used in Utah show respect to the Founders. The topic of the Constitution didn’t really come up. He said that though the Making of America is a good book, it is biased to a certain “Founders’” viewpoint and should be used only as a secondary resource.
When I asked a history teacher in Alpine School District if the textbooks in ASD showed respect to our Founding Fathers, he replied:
“They absolutely do not. In fact the only teaching they even get on history is a packet with questions and little pamphlet books to find answers. There is no teaching of history and certainly not of our Founding Fathers or even our great nation.”
We’ve got a lot of work to do. )
Today’s Red Meat Radio update contains the following topics:
-ASD School Board races
-Recap on the Motto controversy
-Utah State Office of Education’s “Bias and Sensitivity” committee
-1986 USOE’s unanimous decision to accept “The Making of America” as an approved textbook
With the filings for election races now complete, we ended on a great note this week in Alpine. Thanks everyone for your support in signing up or helping encourage others to do so. The work now begins. Here’s a list of candidates for the ASD school board.
A1-Donna Barnes, 5 competitors
A2-Chrissy Hannemann, 4 competitors
A3-Tim Osborn, 2 competitors one of which is a former ASD administrator (I fully support Tim)
A5-JoDee Sundberg, 2 competitors
State Office Emails
Here is the text of the email exchange with the State Office.
If you missed last weeks’ update that contained the first set of letters exchanged with the state office, check them out here (USOE letters)
Note this letter was also sent to Larry Shumway the State Superintendent and other State Office of Education members.
“The Making of America” and “The 5,000 Year Leap” would need to be submitted by publishers to the textbook review committee. However, I doubt either book would be approved for classroom instruction, although they are excellent reference materials. The books have some religious overtones and terms that would not pass the Bias and Sensitivity Committee. The books were not written to serve primarily as public school textbooks and therefore fail to provide teacher support for differentiation, readability, assessment and etc. Again, I would agree the materials are very informative.
I would invite you to provide us with a list of individuals with backgrounds in the field of education for consideration to serve on our advisory or steering committees, as we move forward with core curricula revisions in the area of US History. Please send us your list of individuals, noting their educational background, as soon as possible. I look forward to your e-mail of nominations.
Thank you for responding so quickly. I want to note that although the 5,000 Year Leap was not written as a textbook, ”The Making of America” was and was very close to being adopted by *California* as a textbook a couple decades ago. I will have the publisher send you a copy for your review if you will send me your address. Also, if for some reason the USOE rejects the book, I would like a detailed reason why. There is no “religious” overtone to the book. It is a disection of the constitution and the arguments and statements made by our Founding Fathers at the time it was created as to why they phrased the constitution the way they did. It is more than a resource, it is an exposition on the original intent of our Founding Fathers in preserving our freedom.
I will also work to get a list together quickly of qualified candidates to assist with the standards review and curriculum writing.
I then followed this email up with this one which contains a clear direction for the state office to approve the textbook “The Making of America” SINCE THEY’VE ALREADY APPROVED IT!
Will you please check the current approved book list and see if “The Making of America” is already on the list? In speaking with the publisher yesterday, I was told it was approved unanimously by the committee back in 1986. The publisher sent me this email below as the text from the approval letter by then Superintendent Moss. Please let me know. If it’s not on the list, I guess it ought to be since it was already approved. Zeldon also sent me the attached fax page of endorsements for the book which includes this letter from the former State Superintendent.
The Making of America”
The text was recommended to the resource material by the Social Studies Curriculum Advisory Committee. This committee works under the jurisdiction of the State Textbook Commission. The recommendation of the committee was then acted on by the Commission on November 13, 1986. The Commission at that time voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the committee. Therefore, it will be suggested to Utah schools that the book be used as resource material for teachers and student use.
James R. Moss
Of Public Instruction
National Center for Constitutional Studies
Here are the Making of America reviews Zeldon sent me which I attached in my email to Lynne and the other state office employees and Superintendent. If you don’t have this wonderful book, order it today at www.nccs.net. It is a powerful textbook and when we are at the razor’s edge of losing the Constitution, this is the book that explains the constitution in its original glory.
In this update:
Red Meat Radio podcast
What’s happening in Alpine School District
Full audio of the public minutes from Tuesday’s board meeting
State office update
Red Meat Radio podcast
I was on Red Meat Radio this morning and spoke about the Alpine School District meeting this week and the official response I received from the State Board concerning the petition on this site. Click the link at the top to listen to it. (one of the two is the radio show and the other is the school board meeting.) RMR Audio (right-click to save)
What’s happening in Alpine School District
In brief, if you missed the press news from the Daily Herald and their posting of ASD’s official response to the link flap that’s going on, check it out here (Concerned Parents Decry Socialism at Alpine District Meeting)
Here are a few clips from their official statement:
We appreciate the opportunity to correct a serious misunderstanding about Alpine School District that has occurred because of a link that was accidentally and briefly on our Web site. The link was inappropriate and does not reflect the beliefs or values of the district, administration or school board. The superintendent had it removed as soon as he became aware of it. We appreciate those who brought it to our attention.
We not only recognize that our government is a republic, but we value and participate in this form of government with an elected board of education. The use of the word democracy underscores the type of republic found in the United States.
Huh? We have a democracy as our type of republic??? Read the rest of this entry »
Friday morning I returned to the State School Board since last month I delivered the petition and had not heard back from them. Audio of this event will be available next week online and I will post the relevant part to this site. In short, I delivered a document to each board member as well as shared a couple quick thoughts.
I shared the story I received from a parent this week that her child overheard two teachers in the hallway talking to each other. One said to the other, “everyone’s saying we’re a Republic, but we’re not, we’re a Democracy.”
I also shared the statement by Thomas Jefferson that a Republic is the only form of government that is not at open war with the rights of man.
Superintendent Shumway and I had spoken in the capitol a few weeks ago and had a nice conversation on this topic, though we have a differing of opinion. He shared a quote from Ronald Reagan where Reagan called us a Democracy and I countered that that just shows how far gone the word has deteriorated. I mentioned how if you look in the dictionary (link) you’ll find two definitions for the word Democracy, one being the original meaning, and one meaning just the opposite which sounds like a Republic. Read the rest of this entry »
Last week I attended the State Board of Education’s meeting and presented them with a copy of the petition from this website and asked them to consider what we were asking for to help restore basic constitutional education.
I then asked a follow up question regarding the K-2 standards they approved in December. I acknowledged the hard work that went into those standards but expressed disappointment that of the many comments sent in with some simple and effective suggestions, none seemed to be included in the final document (to see some click here). I then asked for an official response as to why this happened and anticipate receiving an answer (hopefully soon). I will pass it on to you as soon as I get one and then we will move on to the next phase of this project.
Thank you for your support.