Learn With Homer is a new app that provides a comprehensive contextualized literacy curriculum that kids can use at home on the iPad. The app is created by Stephanie Dua, a well-known education reformer who led the effort to improve understanding of the intent and implementation of the Common Core publishing criteria …read more
There’s an intense debate right now over “Common Core,” an effort to implement a set of education standards in public schools nationwide. The Common Core State Standards thus far have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.
Though it isn’t my area of expertise, I’ve received numerous impassioned emails on the subject. Among them, one person’s concerns particularly struck me.
This person is an expert in the field of education. She is thoughtful, serious, and no foe of public education. Her concerns especially hit home given current fears over privacy intrusions by the federal government. Those fears have swirled around the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, and the IRS. But they don’t end there. There are likewise potentially serious privacy problems involving current and proposed education policy, which likewise relate to data collection, dissemination, and use.
To that end, my friend is hoping to at least help kindle some public awareness.
“The portion [of current education policy] that I believe is most important for raising public awareness,” she writes, “is the changes to the FERPA regulations which have greatly expanded who has access to student data.” FERPA is the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Changes have been made to FERPA that (some believe) will leave parents uninformed as to how their children’s records are shared. “Parents seem totally unaware of what data is being collected,” she adds. “In Pennsylvania it is collected under something called the PIMS system, but in other states it has different labels.”
There’s more. There’s also the problem of a rise in “outside vendors and providers to manage student data—again, without parental consent.”
How, specifically, would this happen?
For starters, Common Core standards, as was the case with previous standards, lead to much testing, which involves a great deal of data collection on students. Coupled with this heightened collection of student data is the prevalence of so-called “longitudinal state reporting systems.” According to my friend, as part of the “Race to the Top” initiative (a federal educational initiative), states were encouraged to create “robust data collection systems.” These systems were touted as a mechanism to provide school districts, state governments, and federal policymakers with more data to analyze trends in student achievement and improve educational efforts. While this might seem benign, notes my friend, we cannot ignore the sheer volume of data that will be collected and how that data might be misused. For instance, most parents have no idea that their child’s “personal information” includes not just test scores but social security numbers, attendance records, records of interaction with school counselors, identification of learning disabilities, and even disciplinary records.
All of this is being collected.
And yet, because such enhanced data collection exceeds the resources of many districts and states, schools will be forced to contract the service to corporations that collect, manage, and store such data—and possibly share it. In other words, outside data managers must be employed to maintain this personal data on your kids. Is there any level of oversight to ensure that this …read more
Vlad the Impaler must be dancing in his grave as the beast known as the Federal Education Department makes the United States into Transylvania West by turning our public school system into its own, blood-sucking, Communist training camp! Orwellian standards, end runs around local school boards, and ruination of states’ rights are all part of the Obama administration’s dangerous Common Core initiative to strip our land of freedom. Dr. Alison Rampersad, a Co-Chair of Eye on U.S. Education, gave a Florida workshop a frightening heads up on what really is in Common Core, slated to be a done deal within this year. And what is most frightening is that teachers, parents, educators, and legislators themselves don’t know what they are getting our children into.
Three huge stoppers Common Core is throwing up in front of our school children in this K-12 disaster include: 1. Dumbing down of all levels of America’s public school system; 2. Taking away the rights of states to individually design, administer, and control their own schools; 3. Setting up a 400 point “Data Mining” paradigm that will encode for the federal government a tracking system for each child. Such data will include parental income, babysitters, bus stops, and even political affiliations of Democrat or Republican/family voting patterns!
“This will change the way students and teachers interact in the classroom and how the education system works in America,” Rampersad warned Floridians. A crazy re-do of the already new, fuzzy math will require students to count in tens, prompting one math expert to opine that this will never work. Parents will not be allowed to enter the schools, read their child’s textbooks (which have to be left at school), and would not have any local school board to meet. Technical manuals, especially relating to the R rating of attic insulations and the Ben Bernanke two step of rules governing our financial systems, will become 70% of what our students will be reading. The beloved classics of literature that teach moral truths, right from wrong, responsible citizenship, and the value of liberty are already being deconstructed along with the canon of early American history and literature.
Stephanie Austin, an advocate of explaining the dangers of wireless radiation, called the workshop audience’s attention to what is known as commercial routers of the WiFi systems as each child must use a wireless tablet. She handed out the public warning about WiFi in schools, issued by the American Academy of Environmental Medicine: “Safer technology, such as use of hard-wiring, is strongly recommended in schools.”
As the No Common Core workshop wore on, cries of Communism, Socialism, and Marxism could be heard from participants just learning about the underlying goals of the program. Loyal United States citizens in every one of our 50 states are being urged to call their state legislators and governor to deny Common Core’s infestation of our public schools by the Federal Education Beast.
Adults who’ve begun working toward their GED are being urged to finish up this year, before the test for a high school equivalency diploma changes and they have to start all over.
The GED Testing Service is introducing a new version of the national test on Jan. 1, 2014.
Developers say the first major changes since 2002 will align the test with the new Common Core curricula adopted by most states to increase college and career readiness. It also will shift test-taking from pencil and paper to computer.
Groups that administer the test nationwide say the push is on to warn students that if they’ve completed some, but not all, of the five sections of the current test, they should finish before their scores expire Dec. 31.
By Bradlee Dean
“This type of propaganda fosters an environment of hate, loathing and resentment toward Western culture, Christians, Jews, Shiites, secular Muslims and non-Muslims.”
– Brigitte Gabriel, ACT! For America
In light of the attacks on and after 9/11, you would think the current administration would use a little prudence if they were sincerely concerned about a radical Muslim threat.
When Obama took his oath of office, he instead defied America in numerous ways. He has given $1.5 billion to Muslim-led Egypt in foreign aid, shortly after the Muslim Brotherhood declared war on the United States. He has now offered them sixteen F-16s and 200 military tanks.
This is the same man who said America is “no longer a Christian nation” (though it is), followed by a reference that America may be described as a Muslim nation.
Muslim indoctrination in public schools
Interestingly enough, in recent years, American public schools have been indoctrinated with the Muslim religion. Studies have shown over 500 historical errors in public school textbooks, giving an Islamic slant to our youth.
As a result, our youth are subject to the following teachings and practices:
- Learning to become a Muslim
- Fasting for Ramadan
- Learning the five pillars of Islam
- Memorizing verses of the Quran
- Adopting a Muslim name
- Staging a Jihad (war against non-Muslims)
How did this happen? The ACLU, the American Muslim Council, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and the Clinton administration joined together to create an environment that opened the door to Muslim teaching, while attacking anyone who speaks of the Christian religion in public schools.
Hence, you see some courts backing the Muslim agenda when, for example, a school in California is teaching their students a three-week course that essentially requires them to become a Muslim for that period of time!
This also very well explains why my ministry has been under incessant attack for bringing a moral and constitutional message to public schools.
To prove my point, a representative from the American Muslim Council, Abdul Rahman Al-Amoudi, today serves a 23-year prison sentence for being one of the top fundraisers of al-Qaida in the U.S.
In addition, there are over 225 Muslim schools in the U.S and around 50,000 children who are being taught to. And I quote Brigitte Gabriel with ACT! For America when I say they “foster an environment of hate, loathing, and resentment toward Western culture, Christians, Jews, Shiites, secular Muslims, and non-Muslims.”
America, why is this happening? In a nation that was founded on Christian principles, whose students were nurtured in a biblical worldview, could it be that the Christians/Patriots became apathetic, went to sleep, and allowed this radical agenda to creep in unnoticed by the public at large? (Read Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28.)
Muslim infiltration in universities
Saudis have taken advantage of the Title VI program that our government implemented after World War II for the education of young Americans about foreign cultures …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Western Journalism