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.


Indiana becomes first state to reject Common Core

March 26, 2014

Other states seek repeal as anti-Fed Ed movement takes hold

Less than four years after Indiana became an early adopter of the national Common Core education standards, Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation Monday making Indiana the first state to opt out of the controversial school guidelines, according to this report in the Indianapolis Star.

Republican Sen. Scott Schneider, the bill’s author said, “This voids Common Core, and we are starting the process of writing new standards. Eternal vigilance of parents is still needed, and I encourage you to do so.”

SB 91 is a strong statement that we are moving forward, moving away from Common Core, protecting Indiana sovereignty and student data,” said Schneider.

Even liberal New York has lost confidence in the scheme.

Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Kentucky —- the first state to adopt Common Core before the “standards” were even publicly released —- all have measures moving through their state legislators to at least halt, if not completely abolish the so-called standards.

But in Arizona the deception continues, as John Huppenthal, Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction has changed the highly charged name of his Obama-influenced vision for Arizona classrooms from “Common Core” to “Arizona College and Career Ready Standards” —- in the mistaken belief we won’t notice.

Fortunately, we have a choice. Diane Douglas is the undisputed conservative running for state Superintendent of Public Instruction. Check out the key words across the top of her website. They’re sure to brighten your day.


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


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


Clinton’s embrace NYC’s uber liberal mayor de Blasio

January 3, 2014

“Plantation of NYC has systemic injustices”

Democrat Bill de Blasio has been sworn in as the mayor of New York City amid radical rhetoric and rancorous racial overtones that would be lethal if he was a Republican.  But the hypocritical liberal double standard is in full gear for New Yorkers.

Bill Clinton officiated as  de Blasio took the oath of office (Video link). The mayor has longstanding ties to both Bill and Hillary. He worked in the Clinton administration as a regional director of Housing and Urban Development and managed Hillary Clinton’s 2000 campaign for U.S. senator from New York.

The new mayor spent the first day on the job defending controversial comments made by many of his inauguration speakers, including one minister who described New York City as a “plantation.” Extremist Harry Belafonte also took the mic.

“I am very comfortable with everyone’s remarks….and I think the ceremony represented the positive aspiration of New Yorkers for a more just city,” de Blasio told reporters

Though de Blasio campaigned on the idea of  building an administration that mirrored the city, he laughed aloud when asked about hiring Republicans, saying “Let’s not get crazy about this diversity idea.”  He concluded by declaring any Republicans he’d consider “would have to share our values.”

Sounding like an anti-capitalist anarchistic Occupy Wall Streeter, his goal, he said, was that New Yorkers would come “to see our city not as the exclusive domain of the One Percent, but a place where everyday people can afford to live, work, and raise a family.”

“We are called to put an end to economic and social inequalities that threaten to unravel the city we love. And so today, we commit to a new progressive direction in New York. And that same progressive impulse has written our city’s history. It’s in our DNA. When I said we would take dead aim at the Tale of Two Cities, I meant it. And we will do it. I will honor the faith and trust you have placed in me. And we will give life to the hope of so many in our city. We will succeed as One City.”

High on de Blasio’s list of policy proposals is universal, full-day pre-kindergarten for the city’s four-year-olds, and the expansion of after-school programs. Think that concept through. Parents turn their toddlers over to government care. Then the tots and their siblings stay from morning to evening for full-blown liberal indoctrination — including taxpayer-provided meals — learning from an early age to rely on others to fulfill their basic needs, as the concept of family is further eroded.

And the new First Lady Chirlane McCray, is no slouch in the radical shock department. In 1979 she announced she was a proud lesbian in an essay in Essence magazine boldly titled, “I Am a Lesbian.” And after you’ve read the salacious, read the stomach turning in this Bloomberg coverage where de Blasio pledges to focus on NYC’s wealth gap.


Educrat trio: Huppenthal, Brewer, AZ Republic

September 27, 2013

Striving for a bold approach and strutting its leftward stuff, the Arizona Republic has outdone itself in editorially supporting Obama’s attempt to nationalize the American education system. Reacting to the ham-handed dual efforts of Gov. Jan Brewer and Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal to magically re-christen Common Core as “Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards” — hoping no one will notice — the newspaper now advises them to “Go ahead, say Common Core.”

Although the Arizona Republic recently provided Huppenthal ample space for a “My Turn” column titled: “Why Common Core needs a new name,” — in which he actually acknowledges the deceptive rebranding — the editorial board has had a change of heart.

The latest editorial claims the name change is a mistaken effort to “pacify the far right,” showing the disconnect the paper has with concerned citizens and alarmed parents. With the back of its inky hand, the newspaper and its cohorts have clearly dismissed us as the tin foil hat brigade.

Brewer and Huppenthal have come to the conclusion that Arizonans and Americans across the nation (video) have figured out that Common Core, when fully implemented, will place control of our school system in the hands of unelected Washington bureaucrats. But deceptively attempting to alter the name of this federal overreach is the least of the problems AZ’s Common Core proponents have.

Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal is out of step with Arizona parents and teachers who are united in opposition to Common Core. The obvious dangers of the implementation of Common Core by Obama/Duncan Department of Education are just the tip of the iceberg. As with all federal programs, the full extent of the collateral damage will best be viewed in retrospect. Concerns about the demise of our nation from the pre-eminent leader of the world to second class status are not limited to the “far right.” Americans of every political persuasion care about their children and understand the basic concept of retaining local control of public schools.

Conservative political commentator and syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin has pledged to devote her energies to exposing the federal overreach that is Common Core. Some of her articles can be read here.


Huppenthal’s con job: Pushes renaming Common Core

September 19, 2013

AZ Education Superintendent tries to fool parents and voters

John Huppenthal, Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, is doing a first-rate imitation of Punxsutawney Phil.  According to tradition, each February 2 groundhog Phil emerges from his burrow. A cloudy day welcomes an early spring. But if the sun is shining brightly and Phil sees his shadow, six more weeks of icy winter is in store.

Unfortunately for Arizona, Huppenthal’s recent emergence from the education abyss will not give him six weeks of winter. Instead the devious policies he is advocating will bring decades of a barren winter landscape for Arizona students.

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 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.”  He acknowledges the term has become “politically charged.” It has also become difficult to sell the leftist standards — long in multiculturalism, self esteem and social justice and short on actual education — to the groups he is addressing. “Unwavering“ in his commitment to Common Core, Huppenthal admits outside of the rebranding, nothing will actually change in his Obama-influenced vision for Arizona classrooms. 

Instead of protecting Arizona’s Constitutional requirement for local control of our district schools, Huppenthal is pushing policies that will cede control of every facet of our education system to federal bureaucrats. Conservative syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin has written extensively about what she calls “Rotten to the Core.”  “Obama’s War on Academic Standards,” is an excellent place to begin.

This shocking video shows a teacher’s training session on Common Core math. The trainer explains how getting the wrong answer is perfectly acceptable. FrontPage Mag exposes the shocking Common Core ‘Exemplars’ and the Daily Caller reveals graphic sex and the praising of Communist Castro. Opponents of such garbage are being categorized as part of the tin foil hat contingent. Read some of this and make your own judgments.

Huppenthal’s transformation is confounding. Here is a man who claimed conservative credentials as a candidate, now cozying up to Obama’s education point man Arne Duncan as the duo recently made the rounds of the state.

The biggest irony, however, is the fact that Huppenthal was the author and prime sponsor of Senate Bill 1038 in 2005. This bill dramatically lowered graduation standards for Arizona students. Now, eight years later, the same John Huppenthal is using the scare tactics that our state standards are too low as the reason for embracing Obama’s Common Core.

At 29 years of age Huppenthal began an unbroken 30-year record of feeding at the public trough. During those years he has become a recognized establishment hack. It’s time to retire him.


Leftist school assignments: Think like a Nazi; doses of political bias

April 14, 2013

Ed Supe blames Common Core for “Jews are evil” assignment

The Times Union reports on a “sophisticated” assignment given to Albany High School students. They were to watch and read Nazi propaganda and then write an argument that Jews are evil and the source of Germany’s problems, using a Nazi perspective. “You must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich!,” their teacher instructed.  In addition, the students were asked to include ”any experiences you have with … Jews being evil.”

One third of the English class refused to participate in the assignment.

Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard blamed tougher Common Core standards that require “sophisticated” writing linking English composition to other subjects, like world history.

Calling the exercise “especially tone deaf,” New York magazine noted that the assignment could have concerned a wide range of topics.

“I would apologize to our families,” Vanden Wyngaard said. “I don’t believe there was malice or intent to cause any insensitivities to our families of Jewish faith.” Vanden Wyngaard said that the teacher will face some kind of disciplinary action, which could range from a letter of reprimand to firing. “You asked a child to support the notion that the Holocaust was justified, that’s my struggle,” she said. “It’s an illogical leap for a student to make.”

There’s even more. EAG reports that eighth-graders in Wisconsin’s Union Grove School District were assigned to fill out a “Liberalism vs. Conservatism” crossword puzzle — learning some new and very questionable “facts” along the way.

In conjunction with their “civics” assignment the students got a good dose of political bias and indoctrination, as they learned conservatism is “the political belief of preserving traditional moral values by restricting personal freedoms.” And liberalism? That’s “the political belief of equality and personal freedom for everyone, often changing the current system to increase government protection of civil liberties.”

How about teachers coaching fourth graders at Cedar Hills Elementary in Jacksonville, Florida to write, “I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure.” Read more here.

On its website, Education Action Group (EAG) says it shines a spotlight on the leftist agenda and activists and their mission to “fundamentally transform” the United States of America through the government education system.

Good luck. America’s children are being indoctrinated by these people each and every school day.


Phoenix Dad with gun stops intruder

January 3, 2013

A quote worth contemplating

As his daughters, ages 4 and 7 slept, a Phoenix father stopped a home invasion suspect trying to break through their bedroom window just before 2:00 am. Wednesday.  The father shot the man three times, fatally wounding him.

The attempted forced entry occurred in the area of 28th Avenue and Acoma, where the man was previously observed trying to break into cars.

The suspect, who has not been identified, is described as a 35-year-old white male, who was acting irrationally, and appeared to pull a weapon from his pants.

Police say the homeowner, who was simply trying to protect his family, was not arrested.

 “The only thing that will stop a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun.”

– Wayne LaPierre, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President.


More Dem hypocrisy: Obama kids’ school has 11 armed guards

December 26, 2012

Liberals exhibit double standard as they send their own children to high security school

The appalling hypocrisy of Barack Obama, his Senate Democrat cohorts and duplicitous media, as they push for tighter gun controls is nothing short of mind boggling.  They mock the NRA’s CEO Wayne LaPierre for suggesting that schools should consider having a security plan that includes armed guards, while ensuring that they and their own families are protected.

As it turns out, Sidwell Friends, the costly private Quaker school in Washington, DC, attended by the Obama’s daughters Malia and Natasha, has 11 security officers.

These armed officers are in addition to Secret Service protection provided the First Family’s girls. The guards are standard operating procedure for the school.  And this is the reason liberal parents like NBC’s double-talking David Gregory send their children to Sidwell.  They can rest assured knowing their kids will be protected from the carnage that befell children at a school where armed guards were not only not used, but are disallowed.

How typical of liberal elitists. Obama is intent on imposing stricter controls on American gun owners and preventing the parents of other school children from doing what he has clearly done for his own children — who securely sit under the protection guns afford. 

Debbie Schlussel reminds us that Israeli schoolchildren are kept safe by armed guards. Check out the photo accompanying this post.

 


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