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BIG EDUCATION’S NOT-SO-SECRET EFFORT TO MARGINALIZE TEACHERS

By: Emmett McGroarty, Jane Robbins –

Introduction

As we’ve pointed out, so-called “personalized learning” is the current fad in progressive education. But observing personalized learning in action reveals that the term is misleading. Perhaps we should call it “de-personalized” learning.

Most parents don’t realize that the “personalization” aspect of this digital training (not to be confused with education) comes not from extra attention paid by a good teacher, but from creepy mind-mapping and psychological analysis. The sophisticated software used in these interactive digital platforms can evaluate exactly how the child’s mind works (including socio-emotional characteristics) and so, theoretically, tailor the training to fit his needs.

The problem with this is, at least, twofold. First, the government has no business examining how children’s minds work, especially when the data collected from this intrusion may be stored in the children’s lifelong dossiers and used down the road for heaven knows what. Second, notice what, or rather who, is excised from this digital-training process: the teacher.

Although the ed-tech universe pays lip service to the value of the teacher’s involvement, in reality, gluing kids to screens for much of the school day pushes the teacher to the margins of the educational experience. Utah teacher Suzan Barnes has explained that a classroom built around digital instruction too often reduces the teacher to a dashboard monitor, clicking here and there to unlock the next level of each student’s lesson without the necessity of, or the time for, truly evaluating whether that student has learned anything. Students are thus deprived of the teacher’s guidance and wisdom that would come to bear in a traditional classroom with actual human interaction.

This marginalization of teachers suggests the long-term possibility (plan?) of vastly reducing the number of teachers needed in the classroom, saving millions in personnel costs. An added benefit would be, as Ms. Barnes explains, that the government could restrict the points of view to which students are introduced. Why risk exposure to the rogue teacher who doesn’t toe the government-approved line?

Regardless of the macro plan, the result of this “personalized” training is that it’s anything but. Students interact with impersonal software on an impersonal device, perhaps with an occasional computer-generated humanoid voice commenting on their performance. Meanwhile, the teacher is stuck at the desk, inputting the required mountains of data.

It gets worse. The de-personalization movement not only marginalizes teachers, it minimizes their skills in dealing with human students anyway. Educational Testing Service (ETS), which administers standardized tests including the College Board’s SAT and AP exams, is developing a new exam for assessing teacher candidates that observes them in a clinical environment disinfected of all actual students. This new assessment would replace students with avatars. Seriously.

ETS’s proposed “National Observational Teaching Exam” (NOTE) would create a virtual classroom filled with fake computerized students and make teacher candidates “teach” a lesson to the fake students. Feedback on the candidates’ performance would be provided by – of course – artificial intelligence. 

ETS is creating NOTE in partnership with TeachingWorks, a University of Michigan initiative “dedicated to improving teachers’ preparation and to creating a professional threshold for entry to teaching.” That sounds worthwhile until you read the annual report and discover that TeachingWorks is generously funded by (let’s all say it together) the Gates Foundation. Having royally mucked up public education regardingstandardsdigital training, etc., Bill Gates is now directing his well-funded ineptness toward teacher preparation. 

Gates’s sponsorship explains to some extent how education professionals could suggest such a goofy sci-fi way of training teachers. If it involves computers, apparently, Gates is all in. 

But relevant also is Gates’s advocacy of maximum standardization in education – remember his analogy of education as a standard electrical outlet – and such standardization is one goal of NOTE. As ETS explains, “In partnership with Mursion, which provides a mixed-reality teaching environment with simulated students, the avatars are produced by trained, calibrated human ‘interactors’ using standardized protocols. The use of virtual classrooms not only supports greater standardization of instructional contexts and settings for candidates, but also eliminates disruption to classroom activities, curriculum and student learning that occurs in schools.”

Standardized protocols produce standardized “students” to produce standardized teachers. It’s Bill’s ultimate fantasy.

As for using something like NOTE to determine a student teacher’s readiness for the classroom, only someone utterly unfamiliar with caring human interaction and its centrality to genuine education could be talked into that.

This is just the latest in a cascading series of efforts to denigrate the teachers.  It reflects a flawed understanding of human nature, of what makes a teacher great, and of what captures the imagination and enthusiasm of the child.  Recall your most effective teacher from high school. Now try to visualize him or her “teaching” a screen of avatars. Impossible, right? Odds are, sadly, that such people will no longer seek a career in the de-personalized world of personalized education.

https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/07/big-educations-not-so-secret-effort-to-marginalize-teachers/

Contact:  info@americaismyname.org

 

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CIA Supporting the Islamic Indoctrination of Our Children

“Is it not a crime to take a perfectly healthy, normal human child, train him or her up as an animal, destroy the special intellectual gifts which God gave that human being, so that he or she will live the life of a stunted mental cripple, unable to enjoy a good book, a philosophical conversation, or a sense of what it means to be a child of God?                                               Dr. Samuel Blumenfeld 2002

Our Children Do Become What They Are Taught! This is why it is so important to pay attention to what is being FED to our children and who is behind it.

OBUMMER3A declassified US intelligence report from the Pentagon that was released earlier this year, reveals that Western support for Syria’s rebels aided and abetted the rise of the ‘Islamic State’. The report included high-level confirmation that the US-led strategy in Syria contributed directly to the rise of the Islamic State (IS).

The document shows that in coordination with the Gulf states and Turkey, the West intentionally sponsored violent Islamist groups to destabilize Assad, and that these “supporting powers” desired the emergence of a “Salafist Principality” in Syria to “isolate the Syrian regime.”

We have not been given a choice in this war – Assad or ISIS!

Despite anticipating that Western, Gulf state and Turkish support for the “Syrian opposition” — which included al-Qaeda in Iraq — could lead to the emergence of an ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the document provides no indication of any decision to reverse the policy of support to the Syrian rebels.

Among the batch of documents obtained by Judicial Watch through a federal lawsuit, released earlier this week, a US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) document then classified as “secret,” is dated 12th August 2012.

Some outlets have reported the US intelligence community’s internal prediction of the rise of ISIS. Yet none have accurately acknowledged the disturbing details exposing how the West knowingly fostered a sectarian, al-Qaeda-driven rebellion in Syria.

Noting that “the Salafist”, the Muslim Brotherhood, and AQI al-Qaeda in Iraq are the major forces driving the insurgency in Syria,” the document states that “the West, Gulf countries, and Turkey support the opposition,” while Russia, China and Iran “support the Assad regime.”

In a section titled ‘The Future Assumptions of the Crisis,’ the DIA report predicts that while Assad’s regime will survive, retaining control over Syrian territory, the crisis will continue to escalate “into proxy war.”

The document also recommends the creation of “safe havens under international sheltering, similar to what transpired in Libya when Benghazi was chosen as the command center for the temporary government.”

According to Brad Hoff, a former US Marine who served during the early years of the Iraq War and as a 9/11 first responder at the Marine Corps Headquarters Battalion in Quantico from 2000 to 2004, the just released Pentagon report for the first time provides stunning affirmation that: “US intelligence predicted the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), but instead of clearly delineating the group as an enemy, the report envisions the terror group as a US strategic asset.”

In the past several weeks 2,000 fighters, 250 vehicles and hundreds of tons of ammo has been sent from Turkey to Islamic terrorists in Syria giving Britain cause to enter the war. US  Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s warning to the American people about the Obama regimes actions said: “Russia’s installation of their anti-aircraft missile-defense system increases that possibility of — whether it’s intentional or even an accidental event — where one side may shoot down the other side’s plane, and that’s really where the potential is for this devastating nuclear war.”

Russian Death PlaneNow Putin has ordered Russia’s Ilyushin-80 giant command and control aircraft designated for use during nuclear war (otherwise known as the “Doomsday plane”) to prepare for worldwide war operations within a fortnight after military intelligence analysts discovered a “beyond staggering” plot by United States and Turkish government factions to bring down Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan and replace him with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) “designated figurehead” Fethullah Gulen—while at the same time utilizing Islamic State terrorists as “leverage”.

 

As if this information is not enough, another recently released document shows how the CIA is attempting to control the flip of the Turkish government and the Middle East oil while supporting Fethullah Gulen and his Charter schools here in America.

Futah 2The CIA with full knowledge of who and what Gulen is and the purpose of those schools is in supporting their attempt to rule over Turkey while the Gulen goal is to re-instate the Ottoman Empire while indoctrinating American children to build up their numbers.

“CIA’s Graham Fuller: One of the early advocates of using Muslim Brotherhood & Gülen Cemaat to advance US foreign policy.”

WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS AND THE INDOCTRINATION OF OUR CHILDREN!

What is wrong with our parents that they put their children into schools they know nothing about the leaders except it is a “Charter” school. With charters failing at an amazing rate, you would think they would think twice about putting their children in these schools. But, no…..

So what does Putin ordering his Ilyushin-80 giant command and control aircraft designated for use during nuclear war as the “Doomsday plane” to prepare for worldwide war operations have to do with Turkish Gulen Charter schools?

Military intelligence analysts discovered a “beyond staggering” plot by United States and Turkish government factions to bring down Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan and replace him with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) “designated figurehead” Fethullah Gulen—while at the same time utilizing Islamic State terrorists as “leverage”.

This plot to overthrow the current government of Turkey by the CIA was first started in 2008 by the US military-intelligence establishment supported think tank American Enterprise Institute (AEI) whose board members are a “who’s who” of American military connected individuals, including former US Vice President Richard Cheney, and whose research papers advocated the United States creating what they call a “moderate Muslim” majority in the Middle East to battle Islamic extremists and whose target nation for this action was Turkey.

Aiding the CIA in this goal is of course none other than the leader of the Gulen Charter schools who has been hiding in the Pocono Mountains since 1999 – Fethullah Gulen. The CIA will tell you he came here for “health reasons” but in truth he ran from his government and went into exile when he was accused of attempting to undermine Turkey’s secular regime in order to institute an Islamic state. He obtained his long time visa with the help of former CIA officials.

2015 – Gulen also recently ran afoul again of Turkey’s president, Recip Erdogan. Erdogan accused Gulenists of operating a “parallel state,” and he reportedly lobbied President Obama last month to extradite Gulen back to Turkey. With the current CIA information, we know that is NOT going to happen.

These schools first started appearing the same year Gulen first appeared in 1999 with 17 of the original 165 schools no longer open. Currently, there are 148 Gulen Charter schools operating in the U.S. in 27 different states.  Texas (48) and Ohio (17) have the most schools with California and Florida following with 12 and 11 schools respectfully.

Under the leadership of Sheik Mohammad Fethullah Gülen the goal has always been to re-instate the Ottoman Empire by indoctrinating and recruiting American children, especially high school age, to follow their agenda.

In 2013 there was a split between Turkey’s Sunni Muslim Brotherhood Islamist leader, Premier Erdogan and Fethullah Gülen, after Erdogan banned non-state run preparatory schools. Both have the same goal of restoring the Ottoman Empire.

The FBI who has done several investigations of these schools across the country, has resisted in granting permanent residency to Gulen and according to secret leaked cables, parts of the American government have long believed that Gülen “is a ‘radical Islamist’ whose moderate message cloaks a more sinister and radical agenda.”

After years of investigating him the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, due to his guardian angels in the State Department and the CIA, are prevented from bringing an indictment against him, so they try to kick him out of the US. But once again Gulen’s CIA angels step in and portray Gulen as a scholar, despite the fact that Gulen doesn’t even have a high-school diploma and never went beyond the 5th grade.

Ohio state audits of these schools found thousands of public dollars “illegally expended” to finance the U.S. citizenship process for Turkish employees — some fresh out of college with no classroom experience and broken English. Employees are forced to give back a portion of each paycheck to fund the Foundation. – TY CIA!

AND YET GULEN IS ALLOWED TO OBTAIN MILLIONS IN TAXPAYER $$ WITH THE PRIMARY GOAL OF INDOCTRINATING OUR CHILDREN INTO ISLAM!

This report shows that shortly after the CIA got Gulen into the U.S., President Erdogan established in Turkey the Justice and Development Party in 2001 using a moderate Muslim platform to create change throughout the entire Middle East using part of Gulen’s massive wealth estimated to be between $22-50 billion.

Gulen also owns and operates over three hundred Madrasas around the world, including Pakistan, Central Asia, and the Caucasus. While Gulen’s suspicious and secretive Madrasas have been shut down and or restrained in countries such as Russia, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan, based on these governments’ justified suspicions that his schools had more than just education on their agendas, his rapidly and secretively expanding charter school empire here in the US has gone quite unnoticed and unacknowledged by legislators – however the CIA is well aware of what is happening.

The Gulen schools are one of the largest users of the H-1B visa program bringing in teachers from Turkey claiming America does not have intelligent enough teachers in math and science to teach our students.

Collectively this is called the Gulen “Movement” and a large share of the schools are over seen by their own “for-profit” management company Charter Educational Services & Resources formerly Grace Institute for Educational Research and Resources .

The CIA coming up with this less than brilliant idea, believed they could use Gulen and abuse the religion in America as a cover to advance their design of global control. This dual arrangement was then brokered by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton between Erdogan and Gulen factions in Turkey to split the illegal oil wealth captured by Islamic State terrorists in Iraq and Syria—and which Hillary Clinton has been paid by Gulen, to both her families foundation and presidential campaign, an estimated $1 million.

To help support its diverse interests, Gulen movement supporters in the U.S. have in recent years begun to donate heavily to numerous political campaigns. Gulenists have also paid for hundreds of Turkish “cultural” trips for members of Congress from both sides of the political aisle.

In 2013, Prime Minister Erdogan discovered the CIA-Gulen plot against himself and Turkey which he publically labeled as an “international conspiracy” vowing revenge on Gulen and threatening Francis Ricciardone, the US ambassador to Turkey, with expulsion.

Fearing their “moderate Muslim” project would be destroyed, the CIA then transferred out of Turkey “selected” military and intelligence officers, before Erdogan could arrest them, to Iraq—and where on 8 April 2013 they declared themselves to be the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS/Daesh/Islamic State).

So where does this leave our children with essentially stupid people (CIA) who believed they could use GULEN and they could abuse religion as a cover to advance their design for global control. Gulen has his own agenda and they are not the same.

December 1, 2015 Obama announced they were sending more American troops to Iraq to protect their Islamic State allies – BUT – Iraq’s Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, said they were not welcome and their powerful Shiite militia leaders vowed to kill the moment they set foot on Iraqi soil.

So what can we see as our Muslim president’s goal? We have evidence that over 14K Islamic refugees have vanished from Sweden, but in fact have been transported to the U.S. More than 100 radical Islamic charter schools owned and operated by “King of Madrasas” Gulen in the United States set up by the brainchild of the CIA, a maze of dubious NGO’s—including George Soros’ Center for American Progress NGO which joined with Gulen, and which after this “beyond staggering” plot was discovered this past week caused Putin to label George Soros as threat to national security.

For a clearer picture America, these 14K refugees are to be placed in regions occupied by the Gulen Charter schools. Did our various state governors know of this plot? Why would our legislator’s support this use of our children to Muslim indoctrination?

Information in part came from http://www.americaismyname.org/gulen-charter-schools.html  http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/ and www.boilingfrogspost.com and original documents linked.

“Oh What A Web We Weave When We First Practice To Deceive”

IMPEACH OBAMA – Constitutional Accountability Coalition

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THE YEAR OF SATAN – WHO SHALL LEAD? Part 2

After writing Part 1 of this series, my husband thought I should explain why I am writing this series. I am sick at heart because so many of our faith leaders over the years have turned against God and laid down for Satan. And the sheeple are following them. I know of no other way to put it into words.

Every day in the news there is something more to further paint the picture of a New World Order along with the New World Religion. For those of us who have been following and researching this for some time it is very depressing.

On the last day of the year 2014, we are given the news the Lutheran World Federation and the Vatican announce “2017 – Together on the Way”. What this means is they will be using “common liturgical material beginning in 2017.

Pope FrancisTo say that I have been watching Pope Francis closely since taking his place is Rome is an understatement. I admit, the Pope being a Jesuit threw up warning signals for me and his election raised many questions in my mind, but I had decided to take a watch and see position before making any statements. However, my decision has changed.

I am not here to anger my Catholic friends or any Catholics, but I do however want you to think with an open mind.

I can’t help but remember the day my Catholic sister-in-law went to church with us – a Baptist church. She admitted to me after church that she had felt like she had been missing something in her own church and now she knew what it was. It was the gut of the scriptures that was missing rather than having all the pomp and circumstance along with the rituals.

Today’s announcement by the Lutheran Federation was not the first event to catch my eye, but it is certainly important. Having followed the movements toward a New World Order and most certainly the One World Religion (OWR) that is to follow, the one outstanding question would be who will lead the OWR?

The Catholic Church of old was not a very nice entity – they controlled matters of religion and also governed areas of politics and economics. At times, they were the judge and jury of all. Ordering the murder of those who opposed the church at one time was a common place occurrence. Corruption has long shrouded the church beginning with early times. Catholic priests and clergy grew rich by allowing people to pay money in order to be forgiven for their sins. The Catholic Church’s close involvement with the political affairs of Europe and the immense power all throughout Europe kept the church’s closely connected to powerful rulers and kingdoms.

Martin Luther saw change for the church, but the church did not agree. Today, I would guess Luther is rolling over in his grave. Luther’s biggest reform was to separate political power from the power of the church. Now today we see the churches – all churches – deeply involved in politics and power grabbing.

Unfortunately, the Catholic Church and now others are shrouded in corruption and evil and previous Pope’s have had a tendency to ignore the issues, especially when it came to the acts of pedophilia.

Pope Francis showed early on the previous behaviors of some of the bishops and cardinals were not sitting very well with him. His Christmas message to them this year was very clear.  Calling off a list of what the Pope called “spiritual diseases” to which he believes the Vatican officials are susceptible to such as, careerism, arrogance, and gossip referring to them all as “pathology of power”.

The pope blasted the psychology focused exclusively on “what one can obtain” rather than “what one can give.”

There is also the added deep separation of the bishops in the wake of the October Synod of Bishops where the division over what the role of gays and lesbians in the Church should be and Communion for divorced Catholics.

If you are a person who doesn’t believe in the Bible much less God, I do feel sorry for you. It is much better to live your life as if you believe there is a God and find out after you die there is not, than to live your life as there isn’t a God and find out there is. The gates of hell are hot and fired up over the actions of His people especially those who are the false prophets.

One World Religion 2The One World Religion is being assembled as we watch, and all the key players will soon be in place. References to the books of Revelation 17 and 18 refer to the ‘harlot’ and ‘Babylon’ as the mother of harlots’ leading scripture researchers to believe John was talking about the Catholic Church. Obviously Pope Francis agrees.

Earlier in 2014, this supposedly “open minded” Pope stated in a sermon to dispel any and all lingering doubt about how the Vatican views worldwide Christianity. Pope Francis once again declared his unshakable belief that the Roman Catholic Holy Mother Church – the very same one mentioned in Revelation 17 & 18 as the ‘Whore of Babylon’ – is the one and the only church.

Pope Francis stated:  “No one becomes Christian on his or her own! Is that clear? No one becomes Christian by him or herself. Christians are not made in a laboratory. A Christian is part of a people who comes from afar. The Christian belongs to a people called the Church and this Church is what makes him or her Christian, on the day of Baptism, and then in the course of catechesis, and so on. But no one, no one becomes Christian on his or her own. If we believe, if we know how to pray, if we acknowledge the Lord and can listen to his Word, if we feel him close to us and recognize him in our brothers and sisters, it is because others, before us, lived the faith and then transmitted it to us. We have received the faith from our fathers, from our ancestors, and they instructed us in it.”

It is true than one does not become a Christian on their own? To say the only road to Christianity is through the Catholic Church is blasphemy as Christ stated it was through him.  Jesus saith unto him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but through me’. John 14:6 KJV

Pope Francis words declare that he believes as all Christians should believe as Catholics believe. He stated: “the rest of Christianity who are not Catholics cannot possibly know God without the Catholic Church and the Virgin Mary”.  Are his words any less dangerous than the words which come from the mouths of Muslims?

Many do believe the whore of Babylon has killed our good prophets and lured them into the lair of Lucifer. If not the whore of Babylon, then who?

Rev. Martin Junge, General Secretary of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) says relations between the Lutheran and Catholic churches have reached an epoch-making turning-point.

Lutheran CatholicSpeaking during a panel discussion, held 18 December, 2014, in the Lutheran church in Rome, Junge emphasized that the relationship between Lutherans and Catholics was being transformed “from conflict to communion.” Precisely in a world “in which religion and faith are regularly portrayed and perceived as trouble makers,” he said it was a phenomenal testimony that the Lutheran and Roman Catholic churches continued to move “towards a profound communion that frees us to serve God and the world.”

Keep in mind the original world conference was initiated by the Catholic Church – called by Pope John.  This was an invitation “to the Christian brothers, separated from its perfect unity, in a way to make attractive to them the sincere re-composition in truth and charity, of the mystic body of the sole Catholic Church.”  This condition for unity was for the separated Protestant brother’s return to the sole Mother Catholic Church.

At the 2014 event, Geronimo Desumala III, advocacy officer said, “We need each other, if we want to see global changes. We need networking on prioritized global peace issues and effective advocacy work to promote peace among the peoples”.

Yes we need each other, but not under our individual beliefs accepted by the others, not under the wing of one church or a New World Religion. People should not criticize radical Muslims for their beliefs except the part about their belief in Mohammad means the rest of us should be dead. The world should be allowed to have their own beliefs, but they don’t have the right to impose them on others.

One World PopeAfter he was elected, the cover of Time Magazine declared Pope Francis to be the “New World Pope“ and since his election Pope Francis has made it abundantly clear that he is going to make ecumenical outreach a top priority.

Pope Francis has issued the order to bring all the world’s religions into the Vatican tent, and this front-burner priority is being accomplished at a record pace. Emergent church leaders like Rick Warren, who says that Francis is “our Pope”, and prosperity “preacher” Joel Osteen have been on-board since last year after private meetings with the Pope. But this latest coupe is also a swipe against the very heart of the Protestant’s as well.

Has anyone, anywhere of any denomination asked the members of their churches how they feel about all of this or have they just gone along believing their leaders are good men and women and not FALSE PROPHETS leading their sheep to the slaughter.

This one world religion that they are seeking to establish is diametrically opposed to the Christianity that we find in the Bible.  By throwing out Biblical truth for the sake of “friendship between men and women of different religious traditions“, is Pope Francis fundamentally betraying the faith that he claims to represent?

Just what does GLOBAL mean and why all of a sudden is everything from your thoughts to the clothes you wear to our children’s education to what church we belong to, being framed around that one word?

Or is Global in relationship to a church – the OWR – mean in the end all religions are to come together to respect each other’s religions or is there to be just one religion.  You see no one is really talking here!

GLOBAL:  all-encompassing, relating to the whole world; worldwide; relating to or embracing the whole of something, or of a group of things.

March 2014, Anglican priest Tony Palmer, a member of the Roman Catholic Ecumenical Delegation for Christian Unity Pope and Tony Palmerand Reconciliation, gave a rousing call to Kenneth Copeland’s church to “return to Mother Rome”. He was met with a hero’s welcome by a very enthusiastic congregation. And just in case you thought that it was a “one off” meeting, you would be sadly mistaken.

Before playing the video message from Pope Francis to Copeland’s church, Palmer told the crowd, “When my wife saw that she could be Catholic, and Charismatic, and Evangelical, and Pentecostal, and it was absolutely accepted in the Catholic Church, she said that she would like to reconnect her roots with the Catholic culture. So she did.” “The Catholic and Charismatic Renewal is the hope of the ‘Church’,” exclaimed Turner.

I am not sure if that is exactly what the Pope means by a “Mother” church.

If I’m not mistaken God never told us we HAVE to belong to a church (religion), or building – just believe in him as God considers the church to be the PEOPLE and Jesus said:  “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them”. Matthew 18:23 KJV

There should be no objections to all of us being of one religion as long as we get along and agree that religion follows God’s word. To have a OWR under the Catholic Church as a part of a New World Order – I think not.

Would it surprise you to know Americans are moving at a very fast pace to Social Liberalism? Liberal morality is at the top of the charts. The top 2 organizations in the country getting the most attention are Planned Parenthood and SEIU. Have I reminded you lately the leaders of these 2 groups are none other than husband and wife team, Cecile (Richards) and Kirk Adams?

So where is the church failing? Money, Power and Control? Dipping their toes into politics? How about this from the Communist Manifesto:

  • Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a “religious crutch.”
  • Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”

In one of the Pope’s addresses he made it a point to say that he believes that Muslims worship and pray to the “one God” that he also worships.  No wonder he and Rick Warren hit it off so well. This “all roads lead to the same God” philosophy is a hallmark of the one world religion that the global elite have been slowly building toward for decades.  The global elite know that even with a one world economy and a one world government, humanity will never be truly united until there is a single global religion.

The Roman Catholic Church brags constantly that they have “never changed”, and that is very true.

Pope and PeresThis spring has been a very busy time for the Pope.  His call for unity goes beyond the Christian community. During his recent visit to the Middle East, Francis invited Israel’s Chief of State Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Abu Mazen to join him in prayer for peace.

I wonder if Israelis and Palestinians find themselves in a situation similar to conservative and liberal Catholics and those of other religions in the U.S. as they attempted to decipher the words and actions of Pope Francis, wondering if he has a side and which one he’s on, hoping it is theirs.

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FLORIDA’s SCHOOL BOARD TREACHERY! How Is Yours? Part 1

It is becoming increasingly clear that the only preservation for the children of Florida and their futures is to change how things are done in Florida. We must return the position of Commissioner of Education to an elected position; change the positions on the State School Board to an elected position or both.

EthicsThe cronyism in Tallahassee has reached the highest levels it has ever been. The ethics bill last year was a smoke screen to fool us as an effort on their part to be good boys and girls. However the legislation passed in no way touched the real problems in that city and our government.

Appointing people to positions that hold the power such as the Commissioner and State School Board leaves parents out of the equation in regard to education and makes them answerable to whom?  Each other and a governor who has in recent months shown us he cares less about listening to parents concerns in regard to their children’s education and it is more important to him to have dinner with Jeb Bush.

Our past 2 governors,  Bush and Crist along with Rick Scott since the changes in the Florida Constitution in 2003 have given us 5 Commissioners of Education who are currently sitting on Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education; John L. Winn, Eric J. Smith, Gerard Robinson, Tony Bennett and now Pam Stewart. Has Jeb Bush been Florida’s perpetual governor?

Never forget it was George H.W. Bush who picked up the idle gauntlet of Education from Johnson and created the Charter school system which has been the “baby” of the Bush family ever since. Here again, no education experience as is the case with most politicians meddling in the future lives of our children.

Given the timing of the change to the Constitution (2003), the following commissioners (John Winn & Eric Smith) were given a seat on Jeb Bush’s Foundation which of course is what Bush did after leaving the governor’s office – form his foundation. Do you see a little long range plan laid out here?

All of these people support the trash education of the Common Core Standards and the taxation without representation of the Charter/Choice/Voucher scheme along with the unelected school boards of the Charter schools removing the parental input into the equation. They don’t want you to know about the failures of the charter schools – much larger by percentage than traditional public schools.

The focus here is to make the Charter School Management (CSM) companies rich and the heck with what our kids learn! CSM’s fill coffers!

I want to give you the background on those dictating the futures of our children. You got a good look into the disrespect and arrogance of the SBOE Chairman Chartrand this past Tuesday. We saw the board members talking to each other, messing with their iPads or phones, conversing with the administrative assistant through the whole time while over 95 taxpayers explained their point of views in regard to Common Core and education in general.

They didn’t even have the decency to have a conversation amongst themselves in regard to any of the issues brought up by the speakers before taking their vote. The 2 new board members (and there is history there also) spoke basically in favor of the vote that was about to take place with Tuck (new kid on the block) even stating we have to move into the 21st Century.

Florida State School Board:

ChartrandGary Chartrand came to the board in 2011 and of course is now serving as its chairman. His business background is pretty impressive as being one of those individuals who sits on every board you can think of. It is always supposed to make your resume look better. (jaxkidsmatter.blogspot.com/ /2013/08/gary-chartrand-floridas-most.html) Other than the KIPP Charter school thing I can’t find any reason for Scott to appoint him to the board.

Know that no matter how impressive Chartrand’s bio is, it is what it doesn’t say that is important. He has absolutely no background in education except for being involved in bringing Kipp Charter schools and Teach for America (TFA) teachers to Jacksonville. He is a lot like Al Gore – he knows not of what he speaks”. And his actions are getting rather loud.

Not a classroom, not a school office, not even a school janitor – he has no qualifications to sit on the FL. State Board of Education.  It is a little bit like asking a Construction Engineer to teach a Home Ec class (do they still have those?). Or maybe a professional chef to build a bridge!

Under Chartrand’ s direction the board’s 3 decisions in regard to a choice for the states “Unelected” Commissioner of Education have been less than stellar and it would lead those who follow these things to ask who was really behind these choices. Remembering our last five (5) including our present commissioner are also “reformer’s – (formerly chief’s for change) on Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education.  Maybe they just wanted to make sure they had someone who would tow the line.

The main problem here is these choices rather than being individuals interested in actually improving our children’s education, the choice of commissioners were those whose main goal was to privatize our education instead. (Charter Schools).

KIPP 2Chartrand has been applauded for the KIPP Charter schools in Jacksonville – but of course he has given his allegiance to Charter schools. The state’s agenda is charter schools; however his results shown here so far are not any better than his performance as the SSBOE chairman. Chartrand, who helped raise $9 million to bring a KIPP elementary school to Jacksonville, also donated $1 million toward the network’s elementary school in the same city.

KIPP Impact Middle School is of course planted in a “low-income” area which to this writer gives them an out excuse for failure which is where a good amount of charter schools put themselves, low-income areas, especially KIPP schools. 98% of the students are minority and 89% are Title I students both of which bring in extra funds for the school. Started in 2010, their first year grade was an F with less than 30% achieving the FCAT of 25% or less in reading and for math 67% reached the level of 25% or less. Not good.

When Commissioner Robinson made his famous trip to Jax to look into the start-up of another KIPP school (I wonder what his interest was?), he was asked by a reported if he was going to take into consideration the existing Kipp school had received an F, he responded, “we don’t use that as the criteria for allowing new schools to open”.

Wow!  Given the Florida State School Board allows D and F Charter schools (of which there are many more than traditional public schools) stay open for far longer than they should, one does have to ask “What are they doing”?

The mission statement for KIPP Jacksonville Schools is to prepare our students with the academic and character skills necessary to succeed in high school, college and the competitive world beyond.  Not at this rate!

Something else I discovered while doing this posting. Kipp and Charter Schools USA send their teachers to what is called the Clarion Council For Educational Greatness in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  Though not clear, it looks like it is owned by Charter Schools USA and when you go to the web site and try to see what the training is – you have to have a “Clarion Training” password. Secrets, always secrets.

KIPPS’s Accountability report for the 2010-2011 school year – AFRICAN-AMERICAN, ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED KIPP IMPACT MIDDLE SCHOOL has not met federal adequate yearly progress under No Child Left Behind because it needs improvement in one or more areas.  Because this is a Title I school, your student may be eligible for school choice options under No Child Left Behind.

Charter schools are School Choice so where do these students go if the school were to remain a failure. In fairness I admit they garnered a C the following year after the change to the grading process – no figures for the 2012-2013 year. But then the full accountability figures have not been posted on the Florida DOE web site since 2010 – 2011 school year. HUM!

More on Kipp Jacksonville Schools according to the 2012-13 FL Charter School Accountability Report:

Kipp Imagine:  4 of the 8 teachers are Teach For America teachers; 6 of the 8 teachers are not certified but are being paid at the same rate as the certified with benefits; average salary with benefits $48,125; 86.66% rated NOT Highly Qualified; 82.35% Teaching out of their field; in the hole financially at the end of the year $14, 000+ and have a large note due to Kipp,Inc.

Kipp Voice:  8 of the 12 teachers Are Teach For America teachers; only 1 is NOT certified; 100% of the teachers are teaching out of their field; their salaries are equivalent to those of Imagine.

Both schools are NOT certified and rent their building from McDuff Qalicb, Inc. of Jax and they are in a relationship with Kipp, Inc. but how is not clear. Both schools hold board meetings once a quarter and at one of the recent meetings Gary Chartrand asked Ashley Ferguson who is listed as the principal of both schools about her views on the Common Core vs. Florida State standards. There was general discussion about this.  She is also a TFA girl!

It’s too bad that Chartrand couldn’t find it in his heart to leave his ego at the door of the board room but then we tin-hatter’s all know that most of the people we are dealing with today have enormous ego’s.

The saddest part of this “Charter School Scam” is with a country like ours they could have made our children’s education the best in the world. However, they are more interested in privatizing education and making it a big business for pay back donations and at the same time “dumbing the children down” into mental idiots for the “New World Order.

The 2013-2014 school found Florida with 75 new Charter school but 26 existing ones had closed. They lie to you because the school closers in this country are not “regular” public schools but “charter” schools. New Orleans who chose after Katrina to turn all their schools into charter schools and is the only place in the state with charter schools has 18 charter schools and 6 closed.

What about the children and their trying to get an education at the same time as being bounced around from school to school. Why are we as parents not INSISTING we stop this madness?

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Why Students Call KIPP the Kids In Prison Program?

Information in part came from the Miami Herald “Cashing In On Kids” 12/2011 and www.charterschoolscandals.blogspot.com

Part 2:  Andy Tuck and Rebecca Fishman Lipsey – the new kids

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GOOD BYE FROM FRED BROWNBILL AND THE SAVE AMERICA FOUNDATION

This is by far one of the saddest things I have read in a very long time. Fred Brownbill was born in Rhodesia in 1955, and in 1970 moved to South Africa. In 1994 he immigrated to the U.S. and became a proud citizen in 2003. He is currently serving as a Deputy Sheriff in Florida.

He has put his heart and soul into the preservation of the United States. He has worked tirelessly in getting information out to the people, holding monthly informational gatherings and just being an “All Around Good American”.

You ask why he would be so concerned with the welfare and future of America. After returning to Rhodesia after graduating college in 1973, he lived under the Marxist Government when Robert Mugabe took over.

So this tells me the “Sheeple” have won! Not the Communists, Facists, Socialist’s, Bankers, Illuminati, but the Sheeple who cannot be bothered to spend some time learning what is really happening to our country and it is THEY, who are destroying this country. But then the first 5 named knew it would be that way – history repeating itself – Russia, China, Cuba, Germany and Venezuela.

The middle class are gone, more and more are living at the poverty level and just who do you think is going to feed you? You won’t have to worry about electric or cable bills nor a house payment because you won’t have those things any more.

One object of the New World Order is 2 classes and we will all be in the bottom class – you work for the other class and will have nothing of your own. Not even your children for they will take them at an early age and indoctrinate them as they want them to be. No more homes, cars, insurance, cell phones, or other types of toys.

If you are one of the people who believe the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence is out of date for the times – wait until they are gone and you have the new times and then it will be too late. It would be a shame to have to live with knowing you aided in the destruction of something God put his hand on.  Hopefully the “Sheeple” of America are proud of what they “haven’t” done to preserve America.

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By Fred Brownbill on August 25, 2014 in News

Save America FoundationIt is with an extremely heavy and sad heart that I sit down today to write this short and final article on and for the Save America Foundation.  It has become more and more obvious that America in general does not want to make the changes needed to restore this once proud Constitutional Republic, nor does it appear to have the heart. The seemingly smaller group of patriots are out of energy and money and their voices are not being heard, nor does anyone in any position of authority seem to care to even listen to us.  America it appears is ready to complete the final act of turning into a Socialist nation and a part of a One World Order.

It has become impossible to continue this Foundation as contributions and help have become increasingly hard to obtain.  We have been operating since 2009 and have a membership well in excess of 10,000.  Our web site has over 100,000 hits a month as does our face book page, but even with those numbers we are not making any difference of a size that makes the countless hours, money and energy, worth it.

The personal threats received almost daily on myself and at times my wife and daughter as well have to date been managed but the many attacks on our website by hackers and several times agents of the Federal Government has made the site more expensive to maintain, requiring specialists that are not easy to find that will donate many hours and expertise to this problem.

We have supported many projects and initiatives as well as groups in the entire US of A, and the majority of those have not been supported.  As an example I am talking about Tribute Flight 77, Operation American Spring, Voter Fraud, Genocide or Ignorance – You Decide, Sharia Watch and many others.

We have assembled some of the best conservative authors in the country who contribute their time and work on a regular basis and whom I want to thank from the bottom of my heart.  I hope that they can all find another avenue and destination for their all-important work.

We also made many great alliances, strategic partners, like Oath Keepers, the III%ers, the Agenders and The Thomas Moore Law Center whose incredible work protecting Americans Christian Rights will continue to attempt to make a difference in this hard, cruel reality that is a Republic in its’ death throw.

The Federal Government will continue its’ march ever onwards, removing and stamping on the Constitution and the citizen’s rights as they carry on dumbing down and enslaving the population, using Common Core, Agenda 21 and every other left-wing, extremist tool they have in their arsenal aided by the tame and corrupt main stream media.  Continued attacks especially on our First, Second and Forth Amendments will increase as the Police State in place continues growing.

I have no good news America, and could in all reality paint a much darker picture, but I know that our readers are among the best informed in the nation and fully understand what it is we are losing, daily.

Romans 7In closing I want to thank all those who have given of themselves selflessly, who have dug deep in their pockets and gone above and beyond for the Save America Foundation.  I have met and made a lot of friends and will be keeping in touch as I wait to see if another door opens to me or not.

My love of America has not diminished with the closure of this Foundation.  I assure you all of that.

God Bless America, now and always.

In Liberty,

Fred Brownbill, President

Save America Foundation

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Dear Fred,

Thank you for all the effort you and others through the Save America Foundation have put forth. More Americans who were born in this country should demonstrate the Allegiance to the United States and her preservation that you have.

Thank you for all of your information, research and support. You are a gentleman and a Patriot.  God Bless you and your future endeavors.

I cannot say it any better than our Lord – “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord”.  Matthew 25:21 KJV

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THE NORTH AMERICAN DREAM (NAU) – Theirs, Not Ours!

Americans continue to discover more and more players and schemes in bringing down America. Call it what you will – North American Union (NAU), North American Trade Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), New World Order (NWO), CETA, NASP, TPP or just simply TREASON and all of the previous listed are simply the road to a New World Order. There are still many Americans who need to learn about the back room deals which are linking them with chains and every aspect of their lives forever to be controlled by those who consider themselves the “holier than thou elite.

If you doubt my words, I suggest you read “After America Comes North America” which disgraced former General Petraeus boasting at the Margaret Thatcher Conference on Liberty in response to a question about what comes after the United States.

The “highly integrated” forces of Canada, the United States, and Mexico, Petraeus continued, will become the world’s powerhouse for energy and science. “There are four revolutions that are ongoing at various levels in each of the countries but foremost in the United States,”

Have you noticed they already have the EU in place – the fact that it isn’t doing so well should be taken into consideration also?

NAULast year Obama used his pen on one of the many UNCONSTITUTIONAL Executive Orders that seeks to “harmonize” U.S. economic regulations with the rest of the world. This new executive order is yet another incremental step that is pushing us closer to a North American Union and a one world economic system.

Outside of Obama being a communist and a colonialist, he is a committed GLOBALIST. He firmly believes that more “global governance” (the elite don’t like to use the term “global government”) will make the world a much better place. His whole time in office, Obama has consistently sought to strengthen international institutions such as the UN, the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO. Since he was elected, Obama has signed a whole host of new international economic agreements. He regularly speaks of the need for “cooperation” among global religions and once stated, “all nations must come together to build a stronger global regime”.

North American Union 3xMost Americans have absolutely no idea how far plans to integrate the United States, Canada and Mexico have advanced. In 2011, Obama signed an agreement to create a “North American security perimeter” and most Americans never even heard about it because the mainstream news networks almost entirely ignored it

There has been a Mexican customs office built in Kansas City which is to be the SmartPort overseeing the rail transportation of goods from Asia to Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico at a cost of $3M to U.S. taxpayers. Shipments will be pre-screened in Southeast Asia, and the shipper will send advance notification to Mexican and American Customs with the corresponding ”pre-clearance” information on the cargo. Upon arrival in Mexico, containers will pass through multiple X-ray and gamma ray screenings, allowing any containers with anomalies to quickly be removed for further inspection. Do you trust Mexico?

The Mexican trucks will cross the border in FAST lanes, checked only electronically by the new “SENTRI” system.

Container shipments will be tracked using intelligent transportation systems, or ITS, (RIF) that will include global positioning systems or radio frequency identification systems, and monitored on their way to inland trade-processing centers in Kansas City and elsewhere in the United States. The Kansas City SmartPort website boasts: ”Kansas City offers the opportunity for sealed cargo containers to travel from Mexican port cities with virtually no border delays and to return.

Longshoremen will not be employed at the port of Lazaro Cardenas, and, in Mexico, the employees of Kansas City Southern will not be United Transportation Union workers. To the extent that Mexican trucks become involved in the operation, it would mean Teamster Union drivers would not be employed in the operations. In fact, it will be taking a considerable amount of traffic from the west coast.

Kansas City SmartPort Inc. is an “investor based organization supported by the “public and private sector” to create the key hub on the NAFTA Super Highway.

Still believe Wikileaks was wrong in spilling the beans? A document uncovered by Wikileaks shows that those involved in the effort to integrate the North America Union (NAU) believe that an “incremental” approach is best. Apparently they believe that small moves toward integration are less likely to alarm the general population. Keep them deaf, dumb and blind and they’ll never know what hit them!

Obama as America’s Russian trained lap dog, in February 2014 attended the North American Leaders’ Summit Meeting at Tuloca, Mexico, which is the successor to the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) that was launched by President George W. Bush. (The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America was written by the Hudson Institute (Christopher Sands) and the Univ. of Alberta (Greg Anderson).

Any doubt in your minds now that the BUSH dynasty is part and parcel involved in the New World Order? I don’t care what political party you think you support, if you want to retain your country as America, you best wake up!

The U.S. government has housed within the Department of Commerce (DOC) an “SPP office” that is dedicated to organizing the many working groups laboring within the executive branches of the U.S., Mexico and Canada to create the regulatory reality for the Security and Prosperity Partnership.

NAU US Canada Mexico 05It is a process of technical negotiations on economic and security rules and regulations conducted by working-level counterparts in the governments of the United States, Canada and Mexico. It was launched in March 2005 at a summit hosted by President George W. Bush in Waco, Texas.

Forces within the Democratic Party seeking to protect jobs held back Obama in his daylong meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. According to the LA Times, Obama and his two North American counterparts “made little progress in boosting their ambitious plans to ease borders and expand into new frontiers.”

The setback came as congressional Democrats representing the interests of big labor unions succeeded in blocking a Democratic-controlled Senate in cahoots’ with GOP congressional leaders seeking to serve multi-national business interests from granting the Obama administration fast-track authority to push through Congress without debate or amendments anything regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The TPP is a massive 12-nation global trade pact that which has been designed to supersede NAFTA. And let us not forget the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

They told us the TPP was for better security against potential terrorist attacks, but what it does is open the borders from the Yukon to Yucatan. Now you know why nothing has ever been done about securing the border between the U.S. and Mexico. You can’t have closed borders with the NAU.

The Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement (CETA) began in 2009 which is a free trade agreement between the EU and Canada and far more reaching than NAFTA.

Let us not forget for one minute that NAFTA has, since its inception, been one of the main tools being used to bring America to her knees. Carnegie’s Marc Tucker took care of matching training to needs with his Human Resources Development Plan for the United States, developed by the National Center for Education and the Economy which was unveiled in 1992.

Whether you liked him or not Ross Perot made a statement in 1992 before NAFTA was even ratified, warning “You’re going to hear a giant sucking sound of jobs being pulled out of this country. Lower-cost Mexican workers will replace middle class America.”

NAFTA proponents promised tens of thousands of newly created jobs. Small farmers would export their way to wealth. Mexican living standards would rise. Economic opportunities would reduce regional immigration to America. All the promises made never materialized. Reality disproved hype. It does it every time. Ideologues praising NAFTA were exposed. They’re all frauds. They’re discredited liars. However they are doing it again selling the similar Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) snake oil. It’s NAFTA on steroids.

Where was Governor Perry? They used eminent domain to steal property to build this massive 10 lane highway (5 lanes each direction). Cheap South American, Chinese and Mexican merchandise will come from the open ports on the Pacific coast of Mexico in loaded trailers. Each trailer will have a pre-authorized radio chip in it giving that trailer prior authority to drive all the way to the Yukon if it chooses with absolutely no inspection of the cargo. Goods, drugs, illegals, human trafficking – you name it – there will be no border checks. The widening of the Panama Canal is all a part of this deal.

David Rockefeller and the labor wing of the Republican Party – “globalists” are behind this. The push here will be Mexican jobs – not American jobs. This is not to bring jobs to America – it is to destroy the Middle Class and at the same time infuse this country with illegals and drugs. The far left of the Democratic Party are against the TPP because of the effects it will have on the workers and thus fewer funds for the unions.

In the 1993 Annual report of the Heritage Foundation celebrating their 20th year celebration, the following was revealed: The idea of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) originated with Heritage Fellow Richard Allen and has long been advocated by Heritage policy analysts. The idea of creating a North American free trade zone from the Yukon to the Yucatan was first proposed by Heritage Distinguished Fellow Richard Allen in the late 1970s, refined by then Presidential candidate Ronald Reagan, and further developed in a major 1986 Heritage Foundation study.

The power elite simply ordered their puppets in the White House and Congress to approve NAFTA and GATT even though an overwhelming majority of Americans opposed both. Then through globalization, they sent manufacturing jobs overseas, outsourced high-tech jobs, and imported guest workers to perform lower-skilled jobs. Once again, wallets over the American people.

In 2011, Obama made a “stand alone deal” (himself with the pen) with President Felipe Calderon, president of Mexico, to allow Mexican trucks to carry their loads onto U.S. highways and roads bypassing Congress as usual, and defying the wishes of the American people which looked like the action of a Third World dictator who thinks representative government is a nuisance and can be ignored. Congress made its wishes emphatically clear in 2007 when it voted to continue our ban on Mexican trucks: the House roll-call vote was 411 to 3 and the Senate was 75 to 23.

But what difference does that vote make with OPEN BORDERS? It’s like an American Red Dawn!

But where is Congress? I guess they think if they hold Obama accountable for his unconstitutional actions it will give others the ability to do the same!

This deal as with NAFTA is a job killer for Americans and certainly a direct hit on U.S. truck drivers because it helps big-business interests cut their costs by hiring cheaper Mexican drivers. It is also an attack on small business (i.e., the owner-operated and independent truck drivers) which constitutes the big majority of U.S. trucks.

Affecting the areas of transportation, education, immigration, law enforcement, regulations, banking, and agriculture, military and manufacturing, is there anything left? Tell me again the differences between the Republican and Democratic politicians. They all have their games, each side taking turns controlling our every walk of life with the end of the game – controlling the world collectively.

The “Amero”! This is what the new currency is supposed to be if and when the NAU is ever finalized. If America adopts a single currency such as the “Amero” along with Canada and Mexico, America would no longer control their own monetary policy.

The proposed governing structure of the NAU would be composed of a panel of 15 appointees, with 5 representing each of the three countries. This would give Mexico’s population of 108 million, and Canada’s population of 33 million an equal voice in the decisions made by over 300 million citizens of the United States. Critics claim a “North American Union” would be a paramount threat to our nation’s sovereignty, as it would subordinate both federal and state governmental authority to the control of one super-national authority. Gone would be all of the democratic underpinnings of our republic, replaced with a ruling oligarchy of appointed bureaucrats. The Constitution would no longer be the supreme law of the land; the decisions of government elites would now hold that honor.

There is hope. Go to the John Birch Society web site and utilize their anti-NAU and anti-NAFTA campaign tools and resources. Rep. Virgil Goode R-VA introduced H.C.R.40 in January 2007 in Congress to block the American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Superhighway System or enter into a North American Union with Mexico and Canada. Unfortunately it died in Committee.

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One last thing! Does this in anyway look like they don’t like each other or are enemies? Never forget it is PARTY over PEOPLE and THEY ARE ONE – they both have the same objectives, they just go about it in different ways.

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MONEY! MONEY! GIVE ME MORE MONEY!

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.

mONEY tREETen 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.”

failure jailAnyway, 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 alcohol”
…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

FDOE SealThe 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
$5,874,815

California Department of Education
$2,220,770

Iowa Department of Education
3,477,752

Kansas State Department of Education
$2,422,880

Louisiana Department of Education
$3,211,259

Maryland State Department of Education
$3,093,212

Michigan Department of Education
$5,997,018

South Carolina Department of Education
$1,685,180

Tennessee Department of Education
$3,302,071

West Virginia Department of Education
$2,244,586

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
$3,500,000

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.
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January 28, 2014
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Florida Using Undisbursed RTTT Funds To Settle Lawsuit!

Race To the Trough Well, well, well! Now the truth is going to come out! People of Florida have been led to believe that the State as a whole, could not opt out of Common Core Standards because FL had taken the money from the RTTT grant and it had been disbursed to the school districts. Our legislators lied to us!

Well – that is a truth and it is a lie! How can it be both? Because the 6 school districts that did get awarded funds from the Phase 2 grant which we found out was a drop in the bucket of that $700M dollars. What do I mean? I mean in the State of Florida’s report to the Federal DOE 2011-2012 (Florida Report Year 2: School Year 2011– 2012) clearly states they retained 98% of the funds because they knew the individual school districts did not have the funds to pay for this “boondoggle.” That would mean they held back somewhere in the neighborhood of $686M. Under “challenge’s” in the report “Although FDOE struggled with executing contracts in Year 1 and early Year 2, the focus is now on ensuring that the contractors are producing high quality “deliverable’s”. This is particularly important in Florida as 98 percent of the State’s portion of Race to the Top funds is budgeted for contracts. It is going nowhere near the school districts!

Now we find out the state, more accurately the Florida DOE and it’s Commissioner have been sued and are going to pay what they owe in that loss they are going to use the RTTT funds to do so. How can they do this? Because Bennett ask the brand new Department of Education Communications Director Joe Follick, (4-15-2013) if they could use that money and Follick in speaking for the state Department of Education, said the agency has determined that using the grant money for the settlement is allowed and Follick has refused to elaborate.

So who determined this is ok? The State’s legal eagle George Levesque? Another legal entity? Governor Scott? The state’s CFO? Maybe the FL State School Board who seems to have taken it upon themselves to approve the hiring of “throw-away Bennett” and approving the implementation of the Common Core Standards!

TIME FLORIDA STARTED ELECTING ITS COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION AND THE MEMBERS OF THE STATE SCHOOL BOARD!
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Florida Using Federal Money To Settle Suit Over Website By GARY FINEOUT THE AP Thursday, May 23, 2013

TALLAHASSEE | Florida is dipping into federal grant money that was supposed to help improve the state’s schools in order to settle a bitter contract dispute. Education Commissioner Tony Bennett earlier this month agreed to settle a lawsuit filed against his department by a Tallahassee-based technology company.

The Department of Education is paying $1.25 million to Infinity Software Development. Infinity was hired to build a website intended to help students, parents and teachers master new academic standards.

But the deal ended acrimoniously with Infinity suing the state and the state terminating the contract. The money to build the website came from Florida’s $700 million Race to the Top federal grant, aimed at helping improve student achievement in the state. Before the contract was terminated, the state had already spent nearly $2.5 million on the project.

Joe Follick, a spokesman for the state Department of Education, said the agency has determined that using the grant money for the settlement is allowed. Follick refused on Thursday to elaborate. An Internet news operation, the Florida Current, reported Thursday the settlement had been approved.

The settlement not only includes a payment to Infinity — it also calls for the removal of the company’s name from a vendor complaint list maintained by the state. The president of Infinity did not return an email request for comment.

Florida’s effort to create the website as part of its education reforms dates back more than two years.

In early 2011, the state initially chose Microsoft to design and build the website. Infinity, however, challenged the contract by contending Microsoft should have been disqualified because the software company was unwilling to hand over ownership of the equipment and software to the state.
The state agreed to hire Infinity in July 2011, but it took until December of that year to sign a final contract. Emails obtained by The Associated Press showed that one point of disagreement was who should manage the contract.

Those emails showed that Steve MacNamara, then chief of staff for Gov. Rick Scott, was involved in a push to give the governor’s office the ability to resolve any disputes related to the contract.

Then-Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson in November 2011 wrote directly to MacNamara to protest “your desire to have another party manage the contract.” MacNamara told the AP last year that while Scott and Robinson met once to discuss the contract, he was “not involved in the negotiations” and left all discussions to his deputy chief of staff.

Months after the contract was finally signed, both sides were at an impasse. Florida officials complained that Infinity was behind schedule and had turned unacceptable lessons and tests in areas such as math, civics and biology. (Supposedly only math and ELA are supposed to be put into the schools at this time! krd)

Infinity in its lawsuit contended the delay in awarding the contract shortened the time to get the work done by 10 months and required the state to meet tight timelines to keep the project on schedule. Infinity officials maintained the department did not review the work in a timely fashion or failed to sign off on work done by the company. Infinity in September warned state officials about the problems and asked for at least $3.23 million to cover completed work. The letter stated that if lost profits were included, the total due Infinity was $4.5 million.

The bitter dispute leaves in limbo the fate of the Web-based system that was intended to provide practice lessons and tests for the standards that will be phased in for math, English, science and civics. The department said last year it would rebid the contract.

NOW – Education Commissioner Tony Bennett is mulling a reorganization of the state Department of Education http://www.news4jax.com/news/commissioner-may-reorganize-dept-of-education/-/475880/20243938/-/caacwd/-/index.html

I often wonder how much people really know about the members of the Florida State Board of Education. This group is not elected nor are they Educators yet they make decisions about policy that affect students and teachers in the state. They have the ability to “pull the trigger” and raise requirements or lower them as they see fit. This group also selects the education commissioner.

This group has pushed the diversion of more and more money away from regular public schools towards charters, virtual schools, private schools and testing companies. Why are the district superintendents (most of whom received no RTTT funds) and the district school boards supporting Common Core? Something is extremely strange about this whole thing!

How About A Quick Peek At 3 Of Our State School Board Members!

Kathleen Shanahan: Kathleen is the CEO of URETEK. The FLDOE website says she has a distinguished career in many fields (not education). She is a prominent Florida businesswoman with a long and distinguished background in politics and public service. She has held federal and state public policy positions of chief of staff for Fl. Governor Jeb Bush, chief of staff to Vice President-elect Dick Cheney, deputy secretary of the California Trade and Commerce Agency, special assistant to then Vice President George Bush, and staff assistant on President Reagan’s National Security Council. Ms. Shanahan currently is a board member of the Florida Council of 100, executive committee member of the Republican National Convention 2012, a fund-raiser for the Jeb Bush Foundation for Excellence in Education as well as being one of his “REFORMERS”.

Sally Bradshaw: worked for Gov. Haley Barbour and was an advisor to the Romney campaign in 2008. She served as a political advisor to G. H. Bush and was also a chief of staff to Jeb Bush.

Gary Chartrand: He is on the board of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund and a director on the board of the KIPP schools in Jacksonville, FL. (Charter consortium) He is also NOT an educator!

Is there a particular reason why the Florida State Board of Education has NO EDUCATORS serving on the board?

The mantra of this cabal has been to divert more money away from regular public schools and triple down on testing. The coming quadruple down with Common Core cements the shameful legacy of this group of dilettantes.

Additionally in the same report “RTTT Florida Report 2011-2012” emphasizes their 2014-2015 Charter School Plan “Florida is committed to supporting charter schools through its Race to the Top efforts. As such, the State has provided funding to encourage charter management organizations and charter operators to open 30 to 40 new charter schools across the State and provided additional funding to support a program for the development of
turnaround principals in charter schools, educator evaluations in charter schools, and CCSS and LIIS implementation in charter schools. Identified under Race to the Top and the School Improvement Grant as PLA, priority schools identified as part of the State’s approved Elementary and Secondary Education (ESEA) flexibility requests!”

“Florida is working with 17 charter school participants to provide training to aspiring turnaround principals. This work is being done in conjunction with the turnaround principal work (see Turning Around the Lowest-Achieving Schools). FDOE is in the early stages of its work with a vendor to provide training on educator evaluations in charter schools and is currently reviewing proposals from contractors to provide training on CCSS and LIIS implementation in charter schools.”

So if I read this correctly, Florida is using their RTTT funds to also pay individuals to train people to run Charter schools! Would we suppose they are part of the many Charter School Consortium’s also pushed by Jeb Bush?

You need to be asking the questions: “Why the big push for Charter Schools if all the schools in the end are going to have to go along with the Common Core Standards and the students to be robots?

Because – simply put – Charter Schools are part of the plan for the take-over of the Education system by the government! Never, ever forget the bottom line to Charter Schools – they use taxpayer funds and they are unelected boards which leaves Parents and taxpayers out the equation – you have no rights!

Now Florida Legislators and Powers To Be! Let’s be honest – just who are you working for? The children and teacher’s of Florida or those businesses and lobbyists who are packing your election coffers full as long as you “dance” to their “tune?”

Other Common Core States – you need to check out exactly what is happening in your states!

Stated in the report is what will be affected if we do not comply – section 80.43: http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&SID=086932763f55a79ee96960031ae55099&rgn=div5&view=text&node=34:1.1.1.1.26&idno=34#34:1.1.1.1.26.1.129.4

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The Subversion of Education in America: Lesson #4

As I post the last of this series it brings to my mind what I was doing in the 80’s. Kids in school, working and trying to get some enjoyment out of life through my kids, friends and activities. I was like everyone else in regard to my children’s education. Would I have liked to send my children to private school – sure, but it was not possible. Too many kids and not enough money – my fault, but that is the way it was.

I was also like the rest of my friends – we did the same thing parents had been doing since 1964 – sending our children off for 6-7 hours a day to be over seen by TOTAL STRANGERS of which we knew NOTHING about and never did unless there was a problem at school. My kids knew if they got into trouble in school they were in more trouble when they got home. If they felt they were wrongly accused of something, you didn’t talk back to the teacher, you came home and told me about it and I would do the rest.

How I wish I had seen this report and known about Charlotte Iserbyt’s book! Today God has blessed me with an extremely supportive husband, kids who have grown up to be responsible, respectful citizens and the friendship of Charlotte Iserbyt and her many. many circle of researching friends. I certainly do not know what is going to happen to the generations coming behind, but I do have a good clue. Our government’s formation of an education system that will deliberately “dumb down” our children into Communist “school-to-work” robot’s and all the while the same government continually repeating over and over “they know what is best for everyone” is like a Science Fiction novel.

And they don’t – everything they say is a lie and everything they touch turns to crap! Their record speaks for itself and they know it. The only chance for survival for our future generations is for the current one to wake up, share what you know and give up some of your free time to learn more. This idea the government has that “we work for them now” has trickled down to the state and local governments. It is not a PARTY thing – both sides are just as guilty and currently the REPUBLICANS are in deep “doo-doo” when it comes to the Education mess!

And one more thing! Being a former Republican (now just a conservative) I want to remind you that the big push for this miserable education “plan” came during the Reagan years with the Education Treaty with Russia and the rest is history. Even Eisenhower’s “American Assembly”, which developed the predetermined,socialistic “Goals for Americans” in 1960 had a hand in this. Then the Clinton years with the supervising eyes of Marc Tucker, but the big push came with “NCLB” under President George W. Bush which is now being implemented through his son Jeb Bush in his push and endorsement of School Choice, the “non-elected” school board Charter Schools and the Communist Common Core State Standards all with the overseeing eye of the UN/UNESCO!

May the Lord have mercy on the country and its people for the evil they have perpetrated on its children!

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by Alan Caruba

I have lived my whole life in an affluent, suburban community in Northern New Jersey. When I attended its schools in the 1940’s and 1950’s, the vast percentage of graduating seniors went onto college. Their parents had migrated from Newark during or just after WWII because the schools had an excellent reputation. Today, they are not much better than those of the inner city.

Here’s an excerpt from a letter to the editor in our local weekly. “I understand that our education officials have yet to detail for the public exactly what measures have been taken to ensure that a first-rate education will be provided for students.” This stonewalling is endemic to education bureaucrats across the nation. He thinks he’s going to get an answer. He won’t.

An F“I was horrified to learn that 34 percent of the eighth grade students in (our) Middle School were found only partially proficient ‘the worst grouping’ in the 2000 GEPA math section. Simply put, we rank 97th out of 97 schools in this failing category. Further, this dreadful performance has been repeated over the past several years.

“As a homeowner and a taxpayer, I want to know how the district’s school budget increased from $51 million five years ago to $70 million today, a 37 percent increase over four years, during which time these poor test scores have not gotten measurably better and our last place ranking has not moved out of the cellar.”

Throwing more and more money at our nation’s current education system is not the answer. The system is inherently flawed because it is not intended to provide a basic 3R’s education.

President Bush proposes to introduce a national educational standard and then test to it, but we already know American students are deficient in all the areas of knowledge the schools are supposed to be teaching. The tests today’s students take are more about their values than about any body of knowledge they have acquired. Today’s schools are not about educating students. They are about teaching attitudes and values.

3 monkeys 4If you have been reading my series over the past three commentaries in this series, you already know that the system has been designed to deliberately dumb down students.

The architects of this attack on our nation’s youth can be found in the US Department of Education. They have adopted psychological methods of conditioning and jettisoned the teaching of information and basic skills. It is called “Outcome-Based Education.”

Today’s students, as opposed to their grandfather’s or even their father’s education, are being systematically conditioned to think in “global” terms about humanity, nations, religions, and, of course, the environment. They are conditioned to be citizens, not of the United States, but of the world.
That’s what you need when you’re creating a socialist one-world governmental system and that is exactly what is occurring at the United Nations.
Today’s students are taught not to make value judgments about other nations, even if they are authoritarian dictatorships. They may not know where Brazil is on the map, but they “know” all the rain forests are disappearing. They don’t know when the Civil War took place or why, but they “know” that all the Founding Fathers were slave-owners. They also “know” that America’s history is one of destroying the native Indian nations, taking their land, and exploiting it with farms, mining, and the destruction of whole forests. They cannot tell you what the Bill of Rights is, but they “know” the US is the leading contributor of “greenhouse gases” to the atmosphere, thereby causing global warming. It is a full course of lies.

They haven’t a clue about the individualism, sacrifice, daring and innovation that made this nation great, nor its political system, and most certainly not its history.

As Charlotte Thompson Iserbyt writes in her book, The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America, they aren’t being “taught the difference between free enterprise and planned economies, i.e., socialism; between ‘group thinking’ and individual freedom and responsibility.”

By the 1990’s the decades of effort to overturn an education system that taught specific bodies of information and the skills to use them arithmetic, spelling, history, civics, science’ had effectively been transformed into today’s touchy-feely system. It is a place where a student’s feelings of self-esteem are more important than whether they actually know anything other than the specific answers to the test. Thus teachers now “teach to the test” (their paycheck depends on it) rather than provide a broader body of knowledge. It is a place where competition is discouraged as unfair to those less qualified for any reason. It is a place where socialist attitudes and values are the priority, not knowledge.

NCLB SigningGiven President George W. Bush’s enthusiasm for education that is “accountable” and “will leave no child behind”, will it surprise anyone that the “America 2000 Plan”, written in 1991, was presented to the American people by Lamar Alexander, the Secretary of Education serving his father, President George Herbert Walker Bush?

The “America 2000 Plan” proposed to radically restructure American society, beginning with its schools. It was intended to affect 110,00 public and private schools. When you’re trying to create good little socialists, you can’t afford to have anyone who is being taught to think independently or asked to incorporate moral and ethical values.

The “voucher” program exists to give the federal government control over private schools because, whoever pays the piper, chooses the tune. Schools that accept voucher students will soon find themselves required to accept federal education regulations as well.

Goals 2000 and School-to-Work programs introduced to transform our schools reflect what Iserbyt describes as “the internationalization of education with exchanges of data systems, curricula, methods, et cetera, all essential for the implementation of the international socialist management and control system being put in place right now.”

Everything, including the SAT college entrance tests, has been degraded to mask the dumbing down those who are passing through our schools. Today’s SATs permit students to use electronic calculators, ask fewer questions in general and fewer multiple-choice math questions in particular. Reading passages now ask definitions from context and the formerly difficult antonym section, calling for linguistic and intellectual subtleties, has been dropped entirely.

My hometown’s parent who could not get any answers from his district’s school board could not know that this is repeated across America in school after school. Parents are routinely lied to. Worse, today’s parents are often required to put their child put on a regimen of Ritalin, a mind-altering drug. We’ve got seven million government-approved drug addicts going to school in drug-free zones!

To the individual parent, there seems to be no way to resist the juggernaut of a system that routinely turns out thousands of “educated” morons. Some choose to home-school their children. Others who can afford it send them to private schools. Still others shell out for after-school tutoring services. Why? Because the schools have been “restructured.”

President Bush is not providing a solution. He is part of the problem. His father was part of the problem. Presidents going back to Eisenhower have been part of the problem because they failed to see that introducing Soviet-style educational methods’behavior modification to produce good little socialists–into American schools was destined to bring us to this point.

Education is not about national standards and national testing. It’s about individual schools in individual school districts, all answerable to their communities and to the parents of the children entrusted to them. It’s not about how the child feels, but about how well the child learns. There is pride in learning, but if there are no grades, how does anyone, parent, child or teacher know what, if anything, is being learned?

Congress will probably give President Bush the $5 billion he wants to throw away on failed reading programs, and money for the national educational standards and testing he wants. Previous Congresses have gone along, failing or refusing to see how the educational system has been corrupted. The Republican “Contract with America” and the campaign promise of Ronald Reagan to dismantle the Department of Education had it right. It didn’t happen. It is the only hope to reverse the damage and return schools to local control.

Sit down with your child and watch “Jeopardy” together. If neither you, nor your child knows the answer to anything other than the television or film questions, you’re in trouble. Now multiply that against an entire population of Americans who don’t know the answers either.

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PARCC, Chief’s for Change and CCS

PARCCThe Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) creates a standard set of K-12 assessments in math and English. The PARCC, is made up of the following states which includes Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida*, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana*, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey*, New Mexico*, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma*, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island*, Tennessee* and the District of Columbia.

The states listed above with * are those whose Commissioner/Superintendent of Education are also blessed with being part of Jeb Bush’s Chief’s for Change on his “Excellence in Education Foundation”. Talk about “conflict of interest”. And very few people are complaining about this! Anyone got any ideas as to why parents/taxpayers are not throwing a “hissy fit” in regard to this cronyism between their state officials and “big” business having this “choke hold” on our children’s education?

I am having a hard time believing that parents around the country have not heard about all this information regarding the CCS since the liberal press is reporting it because most of the push and support of the CCS is coming from the Republican governors/commissioners/superintendents of education.

Maybe it is because they just do not understand the whole thing?

The PARCC was awarded $186M Race to the Top assessment funds in September 2010 by the U.S. Department of Education to help in the development of the K-12 assessments. PARCC will include educators in the development of its assessments and will consult with more than 200 postsecondary systems to ensure that the examinations are preparing students for college and careers.

The PARCC is basing the content of these assessments on what it takes to be successful in college and careers in the future. I question how these individuals know what it takes to be successful in college or in their future careers since first and foremost they are politicians and most have never been educators.

Considering the far left liberal class of education our colleges are feeding our children these days, I certainly question their input into this whole agenda and we will not mention the enormous salaries our college professors are receiving which in turn is causing the “American’s Student Loan Racket.”

The people pushing this Communist agenda of the Common Core Standards (CCS) were in most cases college students who graduated and within 5 years of graduation were running for political office. For the most part, they certainly did not graduate with a degree in Education.

These examinations are also to coincide with the full range of the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSI) to make certain that standards are present in classrooms. PARCC assessments are currently being developed and are on track to begin being administered during the 2014-2015 school year. But wait!

Just yesterday, Tony Bennett Florida’s new Commissioner of Education and Tennessee’s throwaway, cautioned that Florida needed to prepare itself for a “Plan B” on the implementation of Common Core Standards (CCS) and its PARCC assessments.

What? Are we not so sure we have everything together or is it that the people are beginning to wake up and discover how the CCS will be taught and what is included in the curriculum? We can only hope!

Evidently Bennett is also concerned about the ability of 22 states in the PARCC consortium to agree on common assessments and common cut scores. This is where the real reality of what is going to be taking place in the classroom exists. Bennett must be getting some signals that everything won’t be worked out by 2014-15 – hence the need for Plan B.

Actually I think as part of the accountability process for teachers is to try and drive them crazy. I believe most teachers are smarter than those overseeing the education of our children – the difference is the accountability scam as written is meant to push them over the edge and get rid of smart teachers and yet the proponents of this garbage will continue to get paid even when the standards and graduation rates continue to drop.

I wonder who they will blame for the failures then!

Why is Bennett making the calls for the decisions made by the PARCC? Maybe because he is the head of the “Chief’s for Change” and those who are not already “blessed” to be a part of that group are “hoping”.

Mike Thomas in the “Foundation for Excellence in Education’s blog” stated, “In Florida, 85 percent of teachers who attend training sessions like what they are being trained to do and that is to teach critical thinking skills and more in-depth knowledge.

Really? Teachers all over the country have stated they will play the CCS game but what they are upset about is the massive testing regime that will come with the PARCC and the fact they are not allowed to question any content in the CCS. With the CCS it is “what you see is what you get” whether it proves to be good or bad.

Why change the whole gambit and not just go back to phonics of which we all know worked? Because it is not Communist based!

Thomas went on to say “Implementation issues must be managed so Common Core critics don’t parlay them into deal-killing issues. If so, we’ll never get to 2018. Sounds to me like there is a little dissention within the ranks. Just an idea – maybe they are having second thoughts as to the cost of testing through Pearson of which the current testing fees at least in Florida are about $8 per child and are expected to jump to an average of around $80-100 per child.

Why the big jump? Maybe because those overseeing of the education of our children are once again having a romantic interlude with BIG BUSINESS – Pearson!

I am curious as to what is in it for these Commissioner/Superintendents of the “Chief for Change” states. Is it really something as simple as to what they would consider status? Do they really support all this CCSS of a “one size fits all” education for the children of America? If that is so, then they certainly know nothing about what they are supporting and they refuse to listen to parents/taxpayers who only want to inform them of the background of this agenda.

They are as bad as the elected legislators who have been in office so long they have conveniently forgotten who they work for. They think we are working for them. In the case of state Commissioners/Superintendents of Education this cronyism in regard to the Chief’s for Change and any others who support the CCSS is a great argument for those offices to be an elected one rather than appointed as Florida’s is!

When they are appointed their allegiance is to the governor and state school board rather than the children of their state and their best interest.