Tag Archives: NEA

Common Core has replaced Local Control and Local Voices in Public Education

One of the outcomes of Common Core has been to silence teachers who speak out against it.  Common Core has been federally adopted and  has silenced the voices of parents and teachers.  It is parents and  teachers role to advocate for the success of our children as it relates to the curriculm taught in our schools.  We need these voices to insure that we meet the needs of the children in our local communities. Is Common Core a good thing?  Or, is Common Core another step towards manipulating children to all look, think and act alike?  Kind of scary isn’t it?  Is it reminiscent of a future where we all live in idyllic communities such as that portrayed in the movie; “The Stepford Wives?”  Why would a nation built on rugged individualism strive to develop “Stepford Children,” or “Stepford Employees?” The YouTube video below, exemplifies the dangers of this national standardized curriculum called “Common Core.”  What will the future of education and the children who’s lives will forever be impacted by it, be?  Please take a moment to watch this video and talk to your child’s teacher. Rugged individualism – noun 1. individualism in social and economic affairs; belief not …

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Believes Buildings are a School’s Last Priority

Too often local School Bond issues do not receive this type of scrutiny in local media, which is why I believe it is important that I share this email with you.  It personifies that our children’s lives are lived in schools where parents want local control and values that mirror their family culture.  So whether that school is public, private or in our homes, it’s of greater concern what happens inside the school and the spiritual wholesomeness that is baked inside, than how attractive the building our future leaders are taught in. Education is a critical element to a free society.  It is the tool with which we develop an independent, responsible and moral society.  It’s not what the outside looks like that makes a home, a school, a business or a community a great place to live.  Just as it is what’s inside that makes the person, the same can be said for where we live, work, play and yes…how we educate our children. ~ Kris Halterman Buildings Last Priority Schools claim they fail because of the culture. However, schools have actually created the culture. School officials claim parents are not preparing their children. However, it has been statist …

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How will Common Core change Public Education here and around the Nation?

View Full Album This week many people have seen the YouTube video of Mr. Small, who was arrested and faced a potential $2500 fine and up to 10 years in jail for allegedly assaulting a police officer.  Apparently all charges have been dropped, but why did this escalate to an arrest?  Where was the School Board, the police and the audience members in attendance who stood up for Mr. Small for his freedom of speech rights? What did Mr. Small do?  Watch the video (click here) and decide for yourself if this man, this husband, this father, this concerned American citizen did anything that justified the treatment he received at an open, public school board meeting?  When did it become a crime to ask a question of publicly elected officials that weren’t submitted in advance by a scripted process? Saturday Morning Live has a lot of information on our website related to Common Core and call on all individuals, parents, grandparents and US Constitution loving American Citizens to take time our of your day to learn about what the rewriting of curriculum will cost America.  It’s not just about the tens of millions and billions of dollars that will be …

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“Common Core”…Coming to a School Near You…Educate Yourself Now

In the coming months we will bring a number of articles, videos and personalities to the SML Education Contributor’s page, and the SML radio program.  There is a lot to read and understand about Common Core, when it comes to such a radical change in public education. I voted for the Washington State Charter School amendment.  The reason I voted for Charter Schools is that I believe in choices and autonomy for public, private and homeschool education, that is driven by the local community and elected officials who are accountable to the voters.  As I understand the Charter School Initiative, its goal is to allow communities to have more choices in what curriculum is used and how it is delivered.  Common Core and its close cousins, do not appear to achieve that ideal. That said, let’s start with a small clip taken from an article published by Evan Queitsch, in The Examiner March 27, 2013: Meanwhile, Eli Broad’s education connections rise to power in states (Lillian Lowery is Broad Superintendents Academy graduate and Jack Markell has attended Broad workshops) and even in the federal government (Arne Duncan is a Broad Academy graduate and often a feature speaker for new Academy …

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I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate (Video)

Through a world of increased standardization, we are less likely to develop the creative, deep thinkers we need as a society. We increasingly rely on, and are judged by, the results on a standardized test. Those who can’t meet the adequate standards are cast as inferior or damaged goods. Humans are highly complex therefore, cannot (should not) be standardized.  Somewhere along the way someone decided what would be considered a “Smart” person.  Our increasing cookie cutter world is becoming so homogeneous (no thanks to tests like the SAT and the new Common Core standards) that we mold our learning specifically to it. Not doing well on this one test can have lasting effects on your future goals and asperations, because of your number (test score). School is a tool and not the “end all-be all” to learning. Everyday life will teach more, give more knowledge and understanding, than any test can actually measure. This premise is key.  A little tinkering, trial and error brings joy to learning. Whereas we may learn a lot from books and sources like Google, they cannot give anyone a fully fleshed out and developed mind. Remember, we must know where we have been to know where we are going and how to get there. ~ Jacob Deschenes

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