Some parents in Tennessee were SHOCKED to hear what their 5th grade children were asked at school. And it wasn’t asked by another student. It was being asked by the STATE of TENNESSEE!
Tennessee is ending its administration of the PARCC test with six pages of personal questions.
Ten other states went into this deal for MONEY! Have our elected officials no souls? The Federal Dept. of Education will take no responsibility in this because “the states willingly participated for once again MONEY from the FEDS. They don’t have any souls because it was sold to the Feds in 1965.
MONEY! MONEY! GIVE ME MORE MONEY!
Well, the Tennessee Department of Education was awarded a discretionary grant from the U.S. Department of Education to “support district and school measurement of, and targeted programmatic interventions to improve, conditions for learning.” (A “Government Grant” ALWAYS has strings attached. It means they will do things that we wouldn’t allow them to do without the grant money as bribery, like Racing to the Top (4 levels of grants), stimulus, common core, and paying outrageous salaries to “consultants”). Tennessee is one of 11 states that were awarded this grant, but Tennessee is the only state that has developed its own survey to determine conditions for learning and that intend to “connect academic data to the conditions for learning data.”
Anyway, this grant awarded by the US Department of Education (that’s important to note, file that in the back of your head) paid for a slick website, same people to create invasive surveys to anonymously collect personal information about our children, and staff to run the program. Government wastefulness and invasion of privacy at its finest, ladies and gentlemen! (Click HERE to see the website for yourself)
What were those questions that had students giggling in embarrassment and parents blushing in horror?
There are 2 different surveys (Middle School & High School), each containing 88 personal questions. We couldn’t really tell a difference between the 2 surveys, other than the title page.
Asked of 5th graders (ages 9 & 10):
“During this school year, how often has anyone called you an insulting or bad name at school having to do with…
…your sexuality?” (These are 9 & 10 year old children!!!)
…your religion?” (None of the government’s business!)
…your weight or physical appearance?” (Are you trying to give the kids an inferiority complex?)
…how much money your family makes?” (Again, none of your beeswax, government!)
“In the last 30 days, I…
…used or tried tobacco products”
…drank five or more servings of alcohol in a row”
…used or tried marijuana”
…used or tried other drugs or substances to get high”
“I think that…
…students are sometimes distracted in class because they are drunk or high.” (9 & 10 year olds didn’t know what this meant!)
…it makes me uncomfortable when other students bring drugs or alcohol to school or school-sponsored events.” (really? well, let’s just plant some ideas in their young minds!)
And, in case students don’t know what these terms mean, they go ahead and educate them by including all sorts of examples at the top of the survey. If your 9 year old didn’t know they could sniff products to get high, they sure know now… Thank you, government!
U.S. Department of Education Awards $38.8 Million in Safe and Supportive School Grants
October 5, 2010
Contact: Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $38.8 million in Safe and Supportive School (S3) grants to 11 states to measure school safety at the building level and to help intervene in those schools with the greatest safety needs. The goal of the grants is create and support safe and drug-free learning environments and to increase academic success for students in these high-risk schools.
“It’s important that we be able to measure school safety,” Secretary Duncan said. “These grants will allow states to do that by surveying the real experts–students themselves.”
Funds may be used by state education agencies to develop measurement systems to assess conditions for learning within individual schools, including school safety, and to make this information publicly available. Using this data, the grant recipients will work in collaboration with participating local educational agencies to improve the learning environment within schools facing the biggest challenges.
The grant program is managed by the Department’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, which supports efforts to create safe schools, ensure the health and well-being of students, teach students good citizenship and character, respond to crisis, and prevent drug and alcohol abuse. The office also coordinates the Department’s efforts in these areas with other federal agencies.
A complete list of the 11 grant awards follows:
Arizona Department of Education
California Department of Education
Iowa Department of Education
Kansas State Department of Education
Louisiana Department of Education
Maryland State Department of Education
Michigan Department of Education
South Carolina Department of Education
Tennessee Department of Education
West Virginia Department of Education
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Where do we go from here? Well you can see what Florida did this week – totally ignoring the wishes of parents/taxpayers from all over the state.
— Momma Bears
January 28, 2014