Parents onto Common Core oppose implementation

April 14, 2014

Gallup reports 56% of parents in the dark about fed-ed scheme affecting their own children

This latest Gallup poll concerning U.S. public school parents’ views of the Common Core standards finds that even in states that have implemented the centralized standards, 27% of parents surveyed said they know “only a little” about the standards, while 29% know “nothing” about them at all, leaving 56% of public school parents with little to no knowledge of how and what their children are currently being taught.

Relatively few parents feel strongly about Common Core. Even among parents familiar with the federal program, just 13% view them very positively, while slightly more — 19% — view them very negatively.

Critics of Common Core have argued that the standards were crafted without sufficient involvement from parents, teachers, and local school boards, thus taking the public by surprise. In fact, fewer than four in 10 parents (38%) appear to be knowledgeable about the standards, saying they have heard either a great deal or a fair amount about them. Nearly as many — 31% — have heard nothing, while another 30% have heard only a little.

Parents in states that have already implemented Common Core are only slightly more familiar with it than those in other states, and their overall views toward the standards are about the same.

In not much of a revelation, the Gallup survey reports opposition to Common Core runs deeper among Republican parents.

Last September we wrote, “Alarmed by the voices of angry voters, parents dedicated to protecting their children and facing Diane Douglas, a knowledgeable conservative challenger in the 2014 election, John Huppenthal, Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, has decided the most advantageous scheme is to try to dupe the public by slickly changing the name from ‘Common Core’ to ‘Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.’”

Parental vigilance is needed to protect America’s students from overreaching federal bureaucrats.


Join our future GOP leaders for a gala evening

March 24, 2014

Step up to assist the next generation and “Life of the Party”

We take great pleasure in sharing the news of an outstanding dinner event being hosted by the Teenage Republicans of Arizona (TARS). These terrific conservative teens can use our help.

The group’s mission statement says it all: “The purpose of this organization is to encourage young people to discuss, analyze and participate in the political process while fostering and encouraging the ideals of the Republican Party.”

The banquet will be held at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale 85253.  (Map)

DateSaturday, April 5, 2014

Time6:15 pm

Early bird registration: $55 per person, $100 per couple or $550 per table.

Regular pricing:  $65 per person, $115 per couple and $650 per table.  

Speakers include AZ GOP Chairman Robert Graham, Constitutional expert Shane Krauser, and nationally syndicated columnist Katie Pavlich.

RSVP: Chairman Lilia Dashevsky: 602-918-3411.

Republican elected officials, Precinct Committeemen, District Chairs, GOP officers and those who care about the future of the Republican Party should all step up and ensure the success of this event.


Union protects heroin-using K-6 grade school teacher

March 9, 2014

As expected, parents were outraged when they learned that an elementary school teacher had been shooting up heroin while on the job — not once, but twice. Though drug paraphernalia was found in the faculty rest room at Benjamin Cosor Elementary School in Fallsburg, N.Y, the teacher’s union representing the addict is hard at work preventing efforts to reveal his identity. The school’s young students are kindergarteners through sixth graders.

When police narrowed the list of those entering the lounge area by use of surveillance videos, the teachers union refused to allow them to be drug tested. Of the eight the police were investigating, only one non-union employee agreed to submit to testing.

School administrators are also in collusion shielding this criminal. A letter informing parents of the incident disclosed only that an “employee of the District found drugs and related paraphernalia in a school rest room.” It failed to mention that the drug was heroin, that it was found more than once and that it was discovered in the faculty-only area. The intentionally deceptive letter is not posted. However, there is a letter to parents regarding snow days — in both Spanish and English.

Along with Principal Mary Kate Stinehour’s message outlining the “fundamentals,” for students, is this timely edict including tips for parental involvement, which she calls the key to increased student achievement. “It is vital for our parents to be involved in monitoring their child’s progress.” The School Rules begin with “Respect yourself and others” and “Think before you act.”  But they pertain to students, not union teachers.

When parents demand information about drug addicts who are interacting with their children each day, they are stonewalled. This travesty occurred in New York, but it could have been anywhere. The National Education Union (NEA), the largest labor union in the United States, and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) are committed to implementing Obama’s Common Core and are staunch opponents of parental school choice through the use of vouchers. In 2013 the NEA spent $2,475,284 on lobbying efforts alone. The Center for Responsive Politics reveals the group’s expenditures were overwhelmingly made in support of Democrats. Worthy of note, the NEA also lobbies on behalf of “immigration.

Watch Fox News coverage of the heroin using teacher and the union cover-up in New York.

 


You live in mediocre Arizona….because?

March 5, 2014

Left cites numerous studies attesting to  “mediocre” Arizona 

Those who read the local news might wonder what they’re doing here in Arizona. Monday’s  Page One headline tells us “Trauma common for kids in Ariz.” And the answer? According to the state‘s newspaper of record, “Several Arizona leaders say the data are the latest alarm bell indicating that the state should focus more resources on child welfare.”

“Resources” are your tax dollars that educrats never have in sufficient enough supply. 

The report is based on data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente, which looked at “adverse childhood experiences” nationwide. Results found 31.1 percent — nearly one-third — of Arizona children have dealt with two or more adverse childhood experiences, which is significantly higher than the national average of 22.6 percent.

In the same edition, the Business section headlines a report on another study —  the results of which conclude, ”Arizona is mediocre at luring corporate facilities.”

Other headlines in the newspaper?

“Arizona: Where mediocre education is good enough.”

“The Arizona Department of Transportation recently launched a study which indicates that 52 percent of Arizona’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.

Student journalists at ASU’s Cronkite News have caught on to the tactic and report “Arizona city parks receive mediocre scores in study.”

No doubt it’s merely coincidental that the Leftwing Arizona Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) which claims to “stand up to powerful interests,” uses the same terminology, declaring, “Arizona receives mediocre grade for enforcement of job-creation measures in subsidy programs.”   

Though there are numerous such headlines testifying to Arizona’s abyssmal mediocrity, we provide this small but convincing sample which appears to indicate the lefties want the state to themselves.


Another Dem income redistribution $cam

February 23, 2014

Working Americans provide baby gifts

Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat wants to create legislation designed to set up universal savings accounts for all children born in the United States. Under his plan, every newborn would get a $500 savings account — part of the wealth transfer favored by Barack Obama.

Wyden said universal savings accounts would “really put a dent in the poverty rate.”

This deep thinker is new chairman of the Senate Finance Committee — the top Democrat on tax policy.

Although the federal legislation has not yet been written, Wyden cites a 2009 proposal by Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, as a blueprint for his scheme. The $500 could be put toward the cost of college, buying a home or even used toward retirement.

The city of San Francisco, represented by Nancy Pelosi, in nearly bankrupt California, currently offers these college savings accounts to every kindergartner in its school district. Each student receives $50 deposited into a trust fund under the city’s name. Low-income children qualify for more — up to $100 in the trust account. ‘Kindergarten to College’ is one of a raft of such programs offered by the city. 


Common Core gets hammered in AZ Senate

February 21, 2014

Sen. Al Melvin (R-LD11) is the primary sponsor of SB1310a bill which prohibits the State Board of Education from applying the rotten to the core Common Core Standards in Arizona.

Thursday the Arizona Senate Education Committee voted 6-3 to bar the state from implementing the Obama education standards which have been championed by John Huppenthal, Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction —  with enthusiastic approval from Gov. Jan Brewer.

As the federal overreaches contained in the Common Core curriculum have gained more exposure, parents have balked to the point that Huppenthal and Brewer have attempted to dupe the public by slickly changing the name “Common Coreto “Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.” Her press release deceptively rechristening the federal overreach can be read here. The duo is disgracefully pushing policies intended to cede control of every facet of our education system to federal bureaucrats and undermine local control.

Huppenthal’s transformation is confounding. Though he previously claimed conservative credentials as a candidate, he is now cozying up to Obama’s education point man Arne Duncan as the duo made the rounds of the state. Huppenthal warmly welcomed Duncan and his cohorts from the U.S. Department of Education and accompanied them on stops criss-crossing Arizona, from Window Rock to Bisbee, Phoenix, Marana, Tucson, Chandler, Glendale, and Yuma.

We are being deceived at every turn. In the end, five Republican Senators shamefully broke ranks and voted with Democrats to defeat the bill: John McComish, Adam Driggs, Steve Pierce, Michele Reagan and Bob Worsley, deceived their constituents —- who had every right to expect more than such traitorous actions.  Reagan is now running as a Republican for Secretary of State.

Al Melvin, a conservative from north Tucson, is running for governor. Check out his Issues page.

Conservative Diane Douglas is mounting a challenge to Huppenthal. We have a choiceThe status quo is not acceptable.

 


University text demonizes Reagan, Conservatives

February 19, 2014

Leftist propaganda campaign indoctrinates students

Although President Ronald Reagan appointed the first woman to the U.S. Supreme Court and the first female ambassador to the United Nations, students at the University of South Carolina are being given a much different perspective of the two-term iconic president.

Overpriced at $179, the textbook, Introduction to Social Work & Social Welfare: Critical Thinking Perspectives accuses Ronald Reagan of being a sexist who was insensitive to women and minorities. Interestingly, the book describes conservatives in general, and Reagan in particular, as taking “a pessimistic view of human nature,” though Reagan was known for his optimism. In the skewed book, liberals are described as the optimists.

Among other foolish claims, the book says Reagan ascribed to women ‘primarily domestic functions’ and failed to appoint many women to significant positions. Besides Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, he appointed over 1400 women to policy-making positions including Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Dole, Secretary of Health and Human Services Margaret Heckler and Secretary of Labor Ann Dore McLaughlin.

The author, Karen Kirst-Ashman, also accuses Reagan of discounting the “importance of racism and discrimination.” She asserts conservatives are opposed to change; have a pessimistic view of human nature; and believe in only “minimal assistance to the needy because the needy can help themselves.”

Liberals, on the other hand, are portrayed as having a positive view of change, a much more upbeat view of human nature; and a fundamental belief government serves to protect people from racism, sexism, other forms of discrimination and poverty.

The textbook attacks wealth, arguing that those who have achieved success “find that having a social class of poor people is useful.” In fact, Reagan, who personally understood the promise of the American Dream, firmly believed helping the unproductive become productive benefited us all.  He opposed over-arching government and implemented four specific economic policy components that became known as Reaganomics:

1. Tax cuts to restore incentives for economic growth.

2. Spending reductions, including a $31 billion cut in 1981.

3. Anti-inflation monetary policy emphasizing the strength of the dollar.

4. Deregulation, cutting red tape, and reducing bureaucracy — which saved consumers an estimated $100 billion per year in lower prices.

But the left is obviously dedicated to destroying Reagan’s legacy, conservatism and the economic principles that led to a period of unprecedented economic growth in the United States. The educrats are propagandizing and indoctrinating our youth to believe in the agenda  (shocking linked videorather than truth — as American parents foot the bill for the brainwashing of their own children.


Huppenthal urging parents to remove kids from Common Core?

February 12, 2014

After receiving negative responses from Arizona parents concerned about Obama’s Common Core “standards” infiltrating their children’s schools and indoctrinating their young minds, Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal has responded.  In fact, the Republican who actually escorted Obama’s radical Education Czar Arne Duncan around the state, is now busying himself with auto-dialers, sending this confusing audio to parents. The 30-second messages in Huppenthal’s voice opens with these words:

This is John Huppenthal, Arizona Superintendent of Public instruction….and I have great news for you!

I want you to know about a state program that provides money for parents to offer alternate education choices for their children, including….private school.  That’s right, you may be able to send your child to private schools for free!

Huckstering Superintendent Huppenthal, a public education insider now on the campaign trail seeking reelection, obviously knows what countless parents suspect. Why else would he angle to deceive them with a swift name change for this radical curriculum? In an instant, colluding with Gov. Jan Brewer to pull off the sleight-of-hand scam, “Common Core” magically morphed into “Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.”

Nationally syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin, a concerned mother and outstanding conservative thinker, devoted this past year to exposing the educational disaster and federal data-mining that is Common Core. Acquaint yourself with her treasure trove of informativeRotten to the Core” articles.

As he campaigns and is met with voices raised in opposition, flim-flamming Public Schools chief Huppenthal realizes the consequences of this fed-ed scheme and has begun pushing private education.  

Solid conservative Diane Douglas offers a first-class alternative. Arizona’s children deserve much better than what they are being offered by the vacillating and deceptive antics of John Huppenthal


American educrats teach diversity trumps unity

February 4, 2014

The concept of America as a “melting pot,” where people of many ethnicities came together as citizens to joyfully celebrate the uniqueness of being proud, assimilated Americans, embracing our remarkable history as their own — is regrettably out of style.  Today, to the detriment of this country, multiculturalism and diversity take center stage.

To a large extent, the far-left education establishment has aided in this destructive trend, teaching relativism, and instilling the idea that no culture is superior to any other when comparing systems of morality, law or politics. The theoretical concept that all cultural beliefs are equally valid and that truth itself is relative, goes hand-in-hand with the implementation of Common Core Standards, which are alive and well and being implemented by the administrators at Fort Collins High School in Colorado.

When the student council at Fort Collins High proposed a day to celebrate the United States during next week’s Winter Spirit Week the students opted for “’Merica Monday“ —- and requested their classmates dress in patriotic colors. Their proposal was promptly dismissed by administrators who deemed “’Merica Day” celebrations offensive to the school’s “international” students.

The Coloradoan newspaper reports that students suggested a compromise in “My Country Monday,” which would allow students to celebrate any country they chose. School administrators originally turned that option down, also, but on Monday agreed it was okay since Principal Mark Eversole ultimately told students he thought it was a good way for students to show pride in their country of origin.

One senior said she thought the school’s decision was hypocritical, given that students celebrate the Mexican cultural holiday of Cinco de Mayo. She also believed prohibition of “’Merica Monday” was an affront to students and their family members who have served in the Armed Forces.

According to this analysis in US News & World Report, Fort Collins High has 30% minority enrollment and over a quarter of the student body are considered to be “economically disadvantaged.”

More to the point, they are “educationally disadvantaged” with this type of contemptible instruction.

Todd Starnes, writing for Fox News, has written an excellent commentary on this topic.


Public school overreaches: Mandatory psych exams?

January 19, 2014

If Democrat Assemblywoman Margaret Markey has her way, all public school students in New York will be required to undergo repeated mandatory psychological evaluations. As proposed, Markey’s bill would require that families allow their children to be subjected to such testing twice in elementary school and twice in secondary grades. 

Introduced last October, the disturbing proposal was referred to the education committee on January 8, 2014. The bill, AO 8186, would amend current law requiring physical health examinations to include the following language:

EACH SUCH CERTIFICATE SHALL ALSO STATE THAT A PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATION WAS PERFORMED AND THAT THE CHILD IS MENTALLY FIT TO PERMIT ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL.

Additionally, each student’s entire health history must be made available to the school district upon request. This news interview* (video) provides background.

Those who are paying attention are aware that the Obama administration’s implementation of the Common Core left-wing “standards” include propagandizing American students. The scheme also enables data mining of student information, including out-of-school activities and their parent’s political involvement and religious beliefs.

Since the name Common Core has become so incendiary, Arizona’s Gov. Jan Brewer and Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal have deceptively collaborated to re-christen it “Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards,” in an effort to make it more palatable to the unsuspecting.

Many will remember this shocking video of a father merely questioning the implementation of Common Core getting hauled out of a meeting by security — and arrested!  The left is in this for the long haul and will not only go to any lengths to silence dissent — they want to control our children from the earliest ages. Obama has stated America needs to start enrolling 4-year-olds in all-day pre-K to ensure children are “better prepared for the demands of the global economy” and to help parents save on “child-care costs.”

 *H/T Video courtesy of RightSightings


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