Don Kennedy 9-24-15

Jesse James? Jeffrey Dahmer? Al Capone? If you answered "yes" to any of those names, you could be incorrect.


It’s our education system. Our education system has devolved in the past eighty years into an institution which refuses to teach that the United States is the greatest nation on earth and why it is so. 

No longer is a comprehensive history of our Founding Fathers being taught. Very little is taught about the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. And based on the History and Civics textbooks I’ve reviewed since 2007 it looks as if nothing is being done about it. The school boards continue to choose the most left-wing, liberal History textbooks they can find. Worse yet, they don’t review them for content. They take someone else’s word for it, while ignoring any counter arguments. And content is most important for the building of young minds.

A few years ago I gave a fifth grade student a copy of the third grade McGuffey’s Reader to read to me. After seeing some of her English Language Arts material, I thought it would be an interesting exercise. Sure enough, it was. She couldn’t read the first page. She said it was too difficult. As a nation, we officially stopped using the McGuffey Reader in 1960.

Some time after that intellectual excursion, a Desert Vista senior student and I were talking about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the founding principles, and our presidents.

When I asked who was our first president, he quickly replied, "George Washington." Then I asked who was the second president? Silence...then "Roosevelt?" I asked which one and the look on his face was priceless. It was a look of confusion and astonishment. He had no idea there were two Roosevelt presidents.

We went from the presidents to the Constitution. We began discussing the Preamble, and I learned he knew nothing about it. I asked when he had studied the Constitution, and he said it had been done in his junior year Civics class. This young man was a "B" student who didn’t sleep through his classes. Is it possible the teacher didn’t properly present the subject? 

All of that took place before the Common Core State Standards Initiative was approved. The CCSSI was to be the epitome of the learning experience. But, it was only for Math and the English Language Arts. Nothing was prepared for American History, or any other history for that matter. It’s up to the school districts to devise their own History curricula. From what I’ve seen in the Kyrene and the Tempe Union districts, the curriculum directors are doing a poor job of guiding their schools in teaching how great America is and why it’s so terrific. However, they are doing a fine job of teaching that global warming is man-made and the earth was created from ice, dust and water.

Public enemy #1 is slowly destroying our nation. Pax tecum.

http://teach1776.ning.com/profiles/blogs/public-enemy-1

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Hi all,

This article is right on the money and very timely.  Don Kennedy has been warning fellow Patriots, LD18, school boards, and legislators about our failing education system and the reasons behind the demise for a number of years.  For this reason, a local Patriot started the Don Kennedy  Teacher's Scholarship.  Again, more excellent timing--the first awards ceremony is tomorrow night, May 4th, at Heritage Academy.  (All are invited to join us.) This will be a yearly event as the education system must change and there is no time to waste.  Let's help Don get our youth on the right track!  Thanks, Don.

https://www.gofundme.com/DonKennedyTeachersScholarship

In addition to American History, Civics, geography we had to learn our State History. Loved  all these classes. Of course saying the Pledge every morning.

Yes we need to get back to teaching the kids and give up the indoctrination.

I read this article today 

Why Traditionalism Matters: An Interview with Wrath of Gnon

kinda goes along with getting back to what really matters.

Parents get involved with your school districts ---- make a difference!

And remember, Gov Ducey vetoed 10 bills that were good bills for Arizona in order to force the legislature to give him the YUGH budget increase to school boards... not to teacher raises.  Blackmail may or may not be legal but it is certainly immoral.  Also, by the way, very few democrats voted for the budget increase!  Now Democrats will use that to call out the republicans who raised everyone's taxes!  He also pushed a bill that would deny due process to anyone 18 or over who was accused by anyone of being mentally unstable. Automatic confiscation of that persons Constitutional rights.  Republicans joined with Democrats to pass that.  

If any of these Representatives are in your district, you should work hard for their opponents because they consistently vote the wrong way for Constitutional matters: Rick Gray (LD21) is making his second round in the House and should not be anywhere near a legislative vote; Frank Pratt (LD8) has an excellent challenger poised to "retire" Frank; Bob Worsley (LD25) and Kate Brophy McGee (LD28) don't like Republican ideas and values and can be seen sitting on the wrong side of the aisle too many times on too many bad bills.  Kick these lawmakers to the political curb! 

Un Agenda 21 at work destroy America George Herbert Walker Bush William Jefferson Clinton Newt Gingrich John Mc Cain and Teddy Kennedy. We all have to go to DC and shut it down. Charge them with treason.  

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