The textbooks are pushed aside as the sixth-graders deliberate over how to build the biggest fence for their imaginary bunnies. Compared with the math classes from generations past, this pre-algebra room at Sarasota Middle School is radically different.(snip) Critics say Common Core standards amount to a federal takeover of education, which has historically been under local and state control.(snip)
Comments: Why is Common Core´s destruction important? See post below for just a single example of why nationalizing education is dangerous and why families and States around the country are refusing to participate.
http://tiny.cc/6h6i4w , article titled "Clash over Common Core: Opposition grows as national education standards approach"
“It’s a violation of privacy,” she said, echoing both Bell and Peters’ concerns. “The government will tell you there is no central database that is part-and-parcel of Common Core, but that’s an outright lie. They’re tracking over 400 data points, from parents’ political and religious affiliations to how much money they make, what the child eats, behaviors and attitudes toward sex…everything. It’s Orwellian. I had my eyes closed to this and I didn’t believe any of it until I saw for myself.”
Common Core is control over what all children in America learn, and it´s run by the Federal Government. It´s a way to indoctrinate on a national level.
It´s hard to see under all the "good stuff", but the attempt to harvest the minds of all children toward the Leftist agenda is there if you look.
We do not need more first-graders expressing their opinions. We need more first-graders learning how to read.
We do not need experienced teachers throwing out 25 years of files on teaching reading and spelling in favor of ´new thinking´. We have raised a generation of opinionated young people who don´t know how to read and spell. They definitely do not need more training in expressing their opinions. (Now, they could use some training as to when to express said opinions.)
Typical newspeak from the left. The real ´Common Core" is that which underpins the education of those that stormed the BarryCades this past week in D.C.. It can be boiled down to the three Rs, a willingness to work and the love and respect for this great country - none of which this communist claptrap embodies.
Most reasonable people, reading only the Common Core documents, will wonder why there is such controversy over the standards, which are in general not unreasonable (there are quibbles and squabbles every time these things are "updated"). The relevant point is that the Feds have no business setting standards or curriculum requirements.
I haven´t seen the data collection component but that is far more worrisome to me than the standards. I´m glad for example that our youngest students will have more opportunities to read non-fiction. Boys are generally more interested in non-fiction, too, which is another good reason for using more of it to teach reading. This topic is an example of what I consider a non- essential issue. When you begin to battle with your school board on CC, keep your focus on the Constitutional issues and the intrusions into privacy. Ramona (the Pest)
It´s become a hallmark of Barack Obama´s presidency that mistakes made by policy makers, businesses, and governments at all levels must be paid for by American taxpayers. This perverse bailout culture is again evident in ObamaCare, which we now know contains a little-known provision that grants the administration a blank check for a taxpayer-funded bailout of insurance companies when ObamaCare fails. When President Obama recently announced his unilateral order to allow health insurers to ignore ObamaCare´s mandates and regulations and keep offering health plans that people wanted to keep, it exposed another fundamental problem in the law which puts American
In business terms, it’s throwing good money after bad. In political terms, it’s Democrats following Barack Obama over the cliff. Reports say key congressional leaders, furious over the interim nuke pact with Iran, are threatening to buck Obama and add more sanctions. Those threats, I believe, will never come to anything. Democrats are afraid to say no to Obama. They’ve never done it and are not likely to start now.
Fifty-five percent of Americans say they disapprove of President Obama´s signature health care law, up from 47 percent who disapproved of it just a few weeks ago, in late October. Approval numbers also dipped in Gallup´s Nov. 7-10 poll: Only 40 percent said they like the law, down from 44 percent in late October. Currently, 73 percent of Democrats, 39 percent of independents, and 8 percent of Republicans approve of the healthcare law.
On CNN’s The Lead, host Jake Tapper said that Democrats had refused to come on the program to discuss the abysmal Obamacare enrollment numbers released on Wednesday afternoon. Dana Bash reported, “Republicans are tripping over themselves to come out and talk.” She continued, “we’re not hearing from Democrats so far, the sounds of silence, tells you everything you need to know.”
On Wednesday, Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) introduced a bill in the Senate that would allow Americans to keep their health insurance plans for a limit of two years. “I have repeatedly said that the Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect,” Udall said, “and it will need to be improved as it is implemented.” Udall already wants to push off the open enrollment deadline on the Obamacare health exchanges until the end of May. But Udall’s plan isn’t the only one in the offing. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) has introduced the “Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act,” co-sponsored by Sens. Dianne
Despite what the hysterical media will tell you, those distant blasts you heard last week rolling from New York City to Richmond were not cannon fire from the ongoing civil war within the Republican Party. They were the first shots fired in the civil war that is about to break wide open within the Democratic Party. The hyperventilating media have gone from simply jaundiced sideline observers to outright cheerleaders, breathlessly fanning the flames of discord within the GOP at every turn.
President Barack Obama recently ordered the National Security Agency to curtail eavesdropping on the United Nations headquarters in New York as part of a review of U.S. electronic surveillance, according to a U.S. official familiar with the decision. Obama´s order is the latest known move by the White House to limit the NSA´s vast intelligence collection, in the wake of protests by allies, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, over U.S. spying on foreign heads of state.
Senate leaders attempting to avoid a U.S. debt default remained at loggerheads Sunday and escalated the standoff by reopening the contentious issue of automatic spending cuts, damping hopes that some of Congress´s most canny negotiators would break the impasse. (snip) Many Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), oppose retreating from those cuts. That set up a clash that seemed almost as intense as the one that caused budget talks between House Republicans and President Barack Obama to collapse Friday.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday will delve into a decades-old debate over university admissions policies that favor racial minorities, hearing a Michigan case that picks up where the justices left off last session in a dispute from the University of Texas. (snip) In a twist, the two groups in the Michigan case that favor affirmative action to help minorities have put forward divergent views. They will split their side´s half hour of oral argument, each taking a different tack in hopes of influencing a court dominated by ideologically conservative justices
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called on House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to work with House Speaker John Boehner to pass a grand bargain deal that would end the government shutdown, raise the debt ceiling, and protect Obamacare by not delaying or defunding it. On ABC News’ This Week, Graham said Ryan should team with Boehner to pass some kind of deal “that doesn’t delay or defund [Obamacare] but would be good government.”
In another sign of the tough times in Washington these days, the White House Gift Shop, long run by a nonprofit group that helps uniformed Secret Service officers and their families, has gone broke. The Secret Service Uniformed Division Benefit Fund, which traces its roots to the 1940s and for years did business as the official White House Gift Shop, lists more than $600,000 in liabilities in a pending bankruptcy petition in Washington.
Throw the bums out. That’s the message 60 percent of Americans are sending to Washington in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, saying if they had the chance to vote to defeat and replace every single member of Congress, including their own representative, they would. Just 35 percent say they would not.(snip) The 60 percent figure is the highest-ever in that question recorded in the poll, registered in the wake of the government shutdown and threat of the U.S. defaulting on its debt for the first time in history.
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
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