It seems that parents, across the United States, are upset and angry about Common Core.
Ummmm, folks, I really have to ask – where you’all been all these years?
Systems education is called by lot of different names – Outcome-based Education; Proficiency-Based Education; Performance-Based Education, Competency-Based Education, Standards-Based Education … It’s called “education reform” by your local teachers and administrators who were around back in the early 1990’s. In the realm of education transformation, there are probably teachers and administrators from back then remaining; they’ve been drummed out as they realized the ultimate goal of systems education was not education for intelligence and objected. Parents, today, undoubtedly think education, as now conceived, is as it has always been. Nothing could be further from the truth. There was a day when education was for the purpose of producing a child who could access a broad spectrum of knowledge, and utilize that knowledge to formulate a reasoned conclusion as an individual. That concept is foreign tosystems education, the focus of which, under the paradigm shift, is the exact opposite – the dumbed-down child, easily led, easily manipulated, easily used.
Full implementation if systems education, as opposed to the piece-meal programs tested and perfected in various schools and classrooms around the country, started with the tome, A Nation at Risk, under President Ronald Reagan in April 1983; full implementation continued under President George H.W. Bush (America 2000), President William J. Clinton (Goals 2000 and School to Work), President George H. Bush, and now Obama (who is not our legal president; therefore, I refuse to address him as such).
Democrat or Republican, the education transformation agenda has moved along just as planned. The ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act), reauthorized every five years, became the funding mechanism for the strategic plans, moving education reform fromwhere we are now to where we want to be in five years; the aforesaid “we” being the planners and those people who ignorantly buy in to the agenda as stakeholders through the facilitated process known as the Delphi Technique. The purpose of the stakeholder is so public buy-in and support can be claimed, nothing more; such then claimed to represent the people when nothing could be further from the truth. As has been shown, too many times, the stakeholder has no clue what he/she just agreed to, represents no one, and certainly not the public, at large. Most times, stakeholders are carefully chosen to participate because of their ignorance of the process of facilitating a group to a predetermined outcome.
Is This a Good Idea or step further toward a Police State?
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) –
The Arizona deserts and highways cover plenty of ground and have plenty of different activity. Federal officers can be sworn as sheriff’s deputies, and it’s being done in a variety of counties, from Santa Cruz, to Pima, to Pinal.
“Some of the criminals we’re targeting are very bad, and very violent. We want to so we have every charge we can, not only to hold them, arrest them, and have them detained here, to pay a consequence for those criminal acts,” Pinal County Sheriff Babeu said.
Sheriff Babeu posted on his public official Facebook page a picture of him deputizing about 30 Border Patrol and ICE agents Thursday. The vast majority of almost 70 comments on the page were supportive. But some questioned giving more authority to federal officers. One said: “this is so wrong. They are not police officers from Arizona they are Federal workers. Sounds like a police state starting to me sir.”
Cochise County backed off from such a move in August.
Babeu said that cooperating with sheriff’s deputies will not take precedence over agents’ original assignments; the move aims to enhance their ability to enforce the law during interactions with suspects.
Let’s face it—America’s public education system is the laughing-stock of the civilized world. In the spirit of throwing gasoline on a fire to put it out, education experts have decided that more intervention by the federal government is the key to turning our overpriced failure factories into a “world-class” display of academic excellence.
And so was born Common Core—a vast new program to get a standardized curriculum, devised by idiots in Washington, into every public school classroom in America. It will also make the system cost more: music to the ears of every bureaucratic parasite that lives on it.
Although tens of millions of American children are to be the guinea pigs in the Common Core experiment, not many citizens—especially not the parents of these children—seem to know exactly what it’s all about. No one’s answering their questions. Shut up and pay.
Consider this North Carolina parent’s experience:
“When I began seeing the ill effects of Common Core in my second grader’s classroom, I reached out to other parents and asked if it was just me. Other parents echoed how they did not like the Common Core Math and what it was doing to their children. We asked for a meeting with the teacher and the principal. The principal denied us access to meet with her as a group, and outright told me to stop communicating with other parents about the Common Core because I was creating ‘unrest.’”
I received the letter reproduced below from a friend who caught it on The Glenn Beck Show, It pretty much expresses a lot of people’s feelings these days. – Editor
On radio this morning 10/17/2013, Glenn read another email he received from “The Forgotten Man”:
The Republicans caved as I expected, but that’s not news where I live. As the discussions were going on in Washington this week, I called my senator and I called my congressmen too. I left them a message with my phone number and my e-mail address. I asked them to stand tall, to get the spending in order, to make Obamacare equal for all Americans, not just special interests. The recording that I received said they would send me a response. I’ve called them before, got the same recording. I won’t hear from them. After all, I’m The Forgotten Man.
The media today is blaming the TEA Party for all the ills in Washington. I laugh when I hear that, Glenn. Just give me 10 minutes with each of those so-called journalists, just 10 minutes. I’d ask them, “What is the TEA Party? How did the TEA Party get started? What do people who support the TEA Party principles actually believe in?” I can guarantee you, Glenn, they don’t know the answers. But I would share it with them anyway.
We believe in liberty. We believe in freedom. We believe in a much smaller representative government. We believe in the God-given right that has been given to each individual. And then I’d ask those journalists, “When you give your daughter her allowance on Saturday and she comes back to you the next Wednesday saying she spent it all, and more, what do you tell her?” If they reply, “Well, you’re going to have to wait until next Saturday and you’re going to have to work it out,” I’d tell those journalists, “Welcome to the TEA Party.” If I met somebody in Hollywood and I asked them, “Why do you use Toronto to depict New York City in their recent movie,” and they told me, “Well, it’s cheaper to do it there,” I’d say, “My gosh, you sound like not only a capitalist but a new member of the TEA Party.” I’d ask them if they believe that every man, woman, and child should be treated equally, regardless of their gender, race, or religion. They would all say, in their journalistic ivory towers, “Of course.” And I would say, “Welcome to the TEA Party.”
You see, where I live, Glenn, using common sense, sharing common values, and exhibiting common courtesy is not the exception. It’s the norm. But I’m The Forgotten Man. And speaking of parties, maybe it is time for a third one. But not for the so-called journalists I see on TV because they already have enough parties. That’s why I don’t think they ask any that you had probing questions. In April I was watching the White House Correspondents Dinner on C-Span. Before it got started, they showed the journalists arriving. I thought I was watching the Academy Awards. Designer dresses, tuxedos, limousines. As each one entered, the flash bulbs would go off. Then they would stop, smile, turn slightly to the right. More flash bulbs, slightly shifting to the left, more pictures. I thought to myself, they’re not journalists; they’re the Kardashians. And it’s the same thing when the Washington Post or the New York Times or Vanity Fair throws a party. They will sell their souls to be there. But they don’t really have any souls to sell because they’ve already sold them before. If you work in the media in Washington or in New York or in Hollywood, I guess you have a decision to make: You can ask the tough questions that Americans actually would support you on, actually expect you to ask, or you can ask the “I want an invitation to the next party” question.
Glenn, I’m through with all of them, but I want you to know I’m also through with complaining. Misery loves company, but I’m kicking misery to the curb. The next time I write to ya, I’m going to focus on what’s good, on what’s possible, what’s remarkable about America. I may be The Forgotten Man, but I haven’t forgotten about America. You say this all the time, “We’ll get through this.” We will. Just wait and see. Much the sun is always brightest right after the storm.
– The Forgotten Man
FLORENCE – The Pinal County Planning and Development Department will be holding a series of public meetings to solicit input on Recreational Vehicles (RV’s) used for visitor housing.
“The Board of Supervisors has directed us to find out how residents feel about this issue,” said Planning and Development Director Jerry Stabley. “The County receives a number of calls each winter from residents concerned about visitors staying in RV’s.”
RVs include all types of camping setups from a small tent trailer up to the largest motorhome. The County Zoning Ordinance does not allow visitors to stay in RVs unless they are residing in an RV park. However, many residents want to allow friends and relatives to stay in RVs when they visit in the winter.
“Once we receive feedback from the public, we will relay that information to the Supervisors and they will determine if and how they want to change the zoning regulations,” Stabley said. “We look forward to meeting the residents and finding out how they feel about this issue.”
- Queen Valley: Wednesday, October 16-7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
- Florence: Thursday, October 17-6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Pinal County Complex, Building F, Ocotillo Room, 31 North Pinal Street
- San Tan Valley: Monday, October 21-6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. SRP Office, 3735 East Combs Road.
- Maricopa, Hidden Valley, Papago Buttes and Thunderbird Farms: Tuesday, October 22-1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Thunderbird Farms Firehouse, 12366 North RalstonRoad.
- Oracle: Wednesday, October 23-6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Oracle Justice Court, 1470 North Justice Drive.
- Casa Grande: Thursday, October 24-6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. 820 East Cottonwood Lane.
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