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Taking Back Our Country by Taking Back Our Schools!

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If you are not aware of the new effort to control our schools and take decisions about k-12 curriculum out of the hands of local parents and educators, you need to learn about the new Common Core Curriculum.  There are plenty of websites online and here is one of them:

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The Arizona Pricksters … And the Future of American Education

Started by Arizona Freedom Alliance. Last reply by Harry Mathews Oct 25, 2018. 1 Reply

Get ready…Continue

Tags: crusade, anger, fake, teachers, red-for-ed

Red For Ed Communist Ties Exposed

Started by Harry Mathews. Last reply by Harry Mathews Oct 21, 2018. 10 Replies

Who is "Red For Ed"? Here you will get the answer in detail; although this is the abbreviated version.I made an effort to post the embed code for this video but it appears to be blocked by NING (the…Continue

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A move forward for education in AZ

Started by Arizona Freedom Alliance. Last reply by Pat J Sep 24, 2018. 3 Replies

This is from the editor of Arizona Daily Independent.  It's right on target.  It's an opinion and is not published on their website so far as we know.  See if you agree. [Full disclosure: we were not…Continue

Tags: Arizona, classrooms, Ducey, Board, Diane

Cal Poly policy, exclude whites?

Started by Jack Wilborn. Last reply by Patricia Gillenwater Sep 1, 2018. 9 Replies

This is an article about universities, such as Cal Poly…Continue

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Comment by Harry Mathews on January 26, 2015 at 10:36pm

Will someone please get rid of these trolls?

Comment by Patrick Smith on January 26, 2015 at 8:01pm

From Florence to Rebecca:

You state "grade 12 is too late to prepare anyone for college."  The Common Core Standards are set up that what they want students to know by high school graduation begins to be taught already in kindergarten.  You can follow each standard through the years as it gets more and more difficult.


I would agree that I would like to see students taught more morals and religion. 


I see no logic to the statement that Common Core "will make it worse."   

Comment by Patrick Smith on January 26, 2015 at 7:50pm

(From Florence to Harry)

This teacher is talking about the TESTING.  She called the tests "not developmentally appropriate" and "inappropriate tests."  I have downloaded some of EngageNY material which was preparation for their tests, and I was very glad there was an answer sheet with it because it was very difficult. I can see her point in regards to that testing.  Arizona has nothing to do with EngageNY though.   

She refers to Common Core as "lofty goals" and says she "complied enthusiastically with the implementation of the Common Core learning standards." 


According to "84% of math, English language arts, science and/or social studies teachers in Arizona are enthusiastic about the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in their classroom.  83% of math, English language arts, science and/or social studies teachers in Arizona believe the standards will have a positive impact on students' ability to think critically and use reasoning skills." 

Comment by Harry Mathews on January 25, 2015 at 10:34pm

NY Teacher Speaks for Kids: Strongly Objects to Common Core Testing #StopCommonCore

Comment by Patrick Smith on January 25, 2015 at 8:04pm

From Florence to Marc:

Well, they're not controlling us, because everyone is selecting their own curriculum. 

Comment by marc on January 25, 2015 at 6:33pm

It is not about standards or no standards. It is about more Centralized Education so they can control us. That is the bottom line

Comment by Patrick Smith on January 25, 2015 at 6:28pm

(From Florence to Rebecca) (Again)

The address had an extra period in it, but I found it using google.  I think you mean anti-core not pro-core.  I think people are uninformed because they have chosen to believe some people who have given out a lot of misinformation.  I think most of the misinformation goes back to "Controlling Education from the Top" by Jane Robbins and Emmett McGroarty.  There were over 30 items of misinformation in that article, and I see them continually repeated.  They stated "that the Standards are clearly inferior to those of several states."  The reference they gave stated that 3 states had higher standards previously.  (They totally misrepresented what the article stated.)  They said the standards were only good enough for entrance into a 2 year college, not a university.  When you read the whole article they based that on the OPINION of ONE person.  (great research!!)  They claim that states had to sign before they even saw a copy of the standards.  If you look at the timeline given on the Common Core website, there were several drafts that states saw before they signed.  They talk about "massive state student databases."  I have not found ONE state that is doing this, and they claim there will be identical student longitudinal data systems in all the states. I could go on and on with all the false information they gave. 

I thought my conservative side was the truth tellers, but my side is passing on myriads of falsehoods about this subject.  I will continue to post truthful comments as long as Common Core is around.  If no one else will tell the truth, I will.   

As to your "has never been tried," a fellow teacher said, "These are the same standards we have always taught.  Just in other words."  (I would add that they are at a higher level.) 

It is from a state-led initiative, so I wouldn't call it "top down."  I have no idea what you mean by a "new way of teaching."  No one is dictating that I have to teach differently than I have before. 


I am for it because I am for better education for all American children.  If they are given a better set of standards, they should be able to better.

Comment by Patrick Smith on January 25, 2015 at 5:44pm

(From Florence to Rebecca)

No, they're not my "type of people."  I'm not working for global education or the United Nations. 

You neglected to answer my question if you have read the Common Core Standards.

Comment by Patrick Smith on January 25, 2015 at 2:58pm

Florence to Rebecca: 

Have you read the Common Core Standards?  You state, "Common Core will make it worse."  If you have read the standards, I do not see how you can possibly say that.  Start by reading the 12th grade standards.  They should have students ready for college. 

Comment by Patrick Smith on January 25, 2015 at 2:56pm

From Florence to Harry:

If you look at where the article "Communism Survivor:  Common Core Looks Scary Familiar" is found, I have already made at least 8 comments about the article or what people said about the article.  My direct comment to the author was "As a reading teacher who works in three schools I see no comparison with the schools I go to and what this woman has described as happening in the Chinese schools.  Our curriculum is not nationalized.  Each school or district chooses their own curriculum.  I see no nationalized indoctrination going on.  I have never heard the children chanting, much less everyday.  They are not writing diaries for teachers to review.  WAKE UP!  Why are people so willing to believe such ridiculousness?"


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