Wyoming’s 2014 HB0028-Education Czar

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There are a LOT of bills this season.  That alone is concerning.  Within all these bills, there are a few dangerous ones.  One of these is HB0028.  This bill covers teacher and leader evaluations, assessments, graduate requirements, and reporting requirements.

 

What is the most concerning are the director of education duties.  The director will be in charge of administering standardized, curriculum based assessments as chosen by the director.  Not the state board of education, not a team of educators, but the director chooses the assessment!  That is dangerous because it is a single person who may choose an assessment that could be a data mining nightmare and/or isn’t developmentally appropriate, or has content that is not appropriate.  The director is only accountable to the governor.

 

Along with that, as I read through the bill, subject areas covered were: language arts, math, and science.  There was no mention of US or Wyoming history, the founding fathers, the founding documents, or geography.

 

The other area of concern is that the state board of education via the Wyoming Department of Education will determine the target levels of the assessments.  In other words, the director will determine what is advanced, proficient, or not proficient scores on the assessment he/she chose.  The bill does mention that there will be input from public educators and the public at large, but does not state how this committee is chosen.  As I read it, the state board of education’s only responsibility is to make sure the state has uniform student content being taught.  The local school board of trustees are to make sure the curriculum aligns to the standards, and that the assessment (chosen by the director) measures the standards.

 

This bill is dangerous, as it gives the director of education an incredible amount of power without a system of accountability. 

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Learn from His story

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Along time ago there was one denomination of the Christian church.  Only a select few were educated.  That’s why we call it the Dark Ages.  Only a few had access to the True Light.  The printing press started to change that.  Johann Gutenberg was a light in a dark world. He invented the movable printing press in 1448.  Because of him, it became possible for people to educate themselves.  They no longer had to believe everything people in authority told them.  Another light in the dark world was a priest by the name of Martin Luther (the German one, not the one from Alabama), he was searching for the True Light. 

He found it in

Ephesians 2:8-9  1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

 

8 For by [a]grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God,

 

9 [b]Not of works, lest any man should boast himself.

 

Now he had a problem, a big one.  This is NOT what the church taught, but he had found the truth he had sought for so long.  He eventually wrote and posted a list of complaints against the church in 1517.  This was a deadly decision.  He had to go in hiding.  He knew that if people couldn’t read the Bible for themselves, he could be called a liar.  Again, he criminally not only started printing Bibles, he printed them in the language of the people. 

 

One more flame was William Tyndale. Even though all the major European languages had been translated and made available.  Tyndale’s translation was the first English Bible to draw directly from Hebrew and Greek texts, the first English one to take advantage of the printing press, and first of the new English Bibles of the Reformation. It was taken to be a direct challenge to the control of both the Roman Catholic Church and English Laws.

 

People could educate themselves.  Those in control, began to lose some of their control, and those who had no control, began to have some control.  This was not popular with those in authority.

 

A few years later, the flames were further fanned in Scrooby, England where another group of people were prepared for the next step.  In 1592, an English Bible had been written-the Geneva Bible.  The translators used only Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek transcripts.  They did not trust the Latin.  This is the Bible the Pilgrims had.  These people were resolved to live life firmly by the Bible as much as humanly possible.

“[They] as the Lord’s free people joined themselves… in the fellowship of the gospel, to walk in all His ways made known, or to be made known unto them.” – William Bradford

 

  • The English Crown forbade separation from the Church-King Henry VIII, Elizabeth and Mary had caused a lot of problems, persecuting and imprisoning many. In 1608, the Scrooby group fled into more liberal Holland, despite King James’ efforts to prevent their departure.
  • They moved to Holland because it was tolerant of religious beliefs and had many colleges and universities (hum, I guess education was important to them).
  • After a decade in Leiden, the low wages, the danger of renewed war with Spain, and concern for their childrens’ future (the Dutch didn’t follow God all that closely) led them to seek another solution. The Leiden Separatist community decided to relocate to America.
  • The Pilgrims decided to emigrate to America despite the perils and dangers:
  • “all great & honourable actions are accompanied with great difficulties, and must be both enterprised and overcome with answerable courages. It was granted ye dangers were great, but not desperate; the difficulties were many, but not invincible. For though their were many of them likely, yet they were not cartaine (certain); it might be sundrie of ye things feared might never befale; others by providente care & ye use of good means, might in a great measure be prevented; and all of them, through ye help of God, by fortitude and patience, might either be borne, or overcome. True it was, that such atempts were not to be made and undertaken without good ground & reason; not rashly or lightly as many have done for curiositie or hope of gaine, &c. But their condition was not ordinarie; their ends were good & honourable; their calling lawfull, & urgente; and therfore they might expecte ye blessing of god in their proceding. Yea, though they should loose their lives in this action, yet might they have comforte in the same, and their endeavors would be honourable. They lived hear but as men in exile, & in a poore condition; and as great miseries might possibly befale them in this place, for ye 12. years of truce [the truce between Holland and Spain] were now out, & ther was nothing but beating of drumes, and preparing for warr, the events wherof are allway uncertaine.”  William Bradford from “Of Plymouth Plantation” (I modified this slightly for readability)
  • The 66-day voyage was frequently stormy. At one point, a main beam cracked and had to be repaired using a large iron screw. When the passengers sighted Cape Cod, they realized that they had failed to reach Virginia, where they had permission to settle. The season was late, however, and supplies of food and water were low. They could go no further.
  • The Pilgrims drew up an agreement that the passengers would stay together in a “civil body politic.” That agreement, known as the “Mayflower Compact,” was signed on November 21, 1620. The original Mayflower Compact has disappeared; we know its wording from the writings of William Bradford.
  • Finding the place “very good for situation,” they resolved to stay. Soon, however, the little band began to suffer mightily from cold and disease. Of the 102 Mayflower passengers, only half remained alive by spring.
  • These people relied on God and each other to survive.  They frankly had a commune type of system-all food grown was shared equally.  This worked okay the first couple of years, but then the people lost motivation.  It was decided if they grew food for their own families it might be more beneficial.  It was and the community began to prosper.
  • Colonial families often had eight or more children. Puritans believed that parents must instill self-control in their children, so they would accept the discipline of the Lord. Reading, important for understanding the Bible, was generally taught at home. There was no official school in the Colony until the 1670s. Children did not have much time to play. Girls worked in the house with their mothers; boys worked with their fathers in the field or the workshop.
  • “Children are a blessing great, but dangerous… Above all other, how great and many are their spiritual dangers… one or two proving lewd and wicked will break our tender hearts.”  John Robinson
  • Another way God had his plan in our founding is Squanto.  Squanto willingly went to England with some explorers. Came back home, and was kidnapped and taken to Spain.  He ended up with some friars, and learned English, how to read, and received Christ.  Because of this, Squanto was prepared to be a huge blessing to the Pilgrims, as they were for him as all of his tribe had died.

 

There is no way to dispute that God is the founder of our country.  There is no way to dispute that the Pilgrims were willing to sacrifice their lives so that they could raise their children in a Biblical manner and to teach them to read the Bible for themselves. They could educate themselves.

This is our history.  This is what is at stake.  This is why I am fighting CC, so that parents can raise their children, not the government.  As I stated earlier, the government wanted control over the people.  Education was power over the government. That is why the government wants to educate your children. Control.

Heavy Heart

I have a heavy heart this morning.  I just watched a video of a teacher resigning.  Her story is pretty much my story.

I had always wanted to be a teacher.  I can remember coming home from elementary school and “teaching” my younger brother (7 years younger) what I had learned that day.  Poor little kid.

I did go to college and earn my teaching degree.  I remember my first day at my first school.  It was a large, old middle school in Albuquerque.  Under the windows were book shelves with some, not many, old books.  Those were my textbooks.  That’s all I had.  Fortunately my primary educator in college was a strong, firm, classic stereo typical school marm who taught us how to make due and to make our own.  I loved my students and I loved my job.  I got to develop lesson plans, curriculum, and assignments.

Over the years, I’ve taught all sorts of kids: learning disabled, gifted, learning disabled with giftedness, “regular” kids, kindergarten through eighth grades.

I love teaching.  I loved making a difference in students’ lives by letting them know that I care about them and their future.  I love encouraging them to be the best people they can be.  One of the most treasured, and frequent, compliments I received was, “Your students are so polite and caring.”

I also loved creating curriculum and assignments.  Sure, one can purchase these easily enough, but I enjoyed creating them myself.  I didn’t do all of it myself, but I did quite a bit.  One of my favorite units was “Colonial America.”  The end product was turning the classroom into a little colonial village.  We had a candle shop where students made candles, a seamstress where students learned to embroider, and others.  Another favorite was our invention convention.  The students learned about inventors and their inventions and then created their own inventions.  My personal favorite was learning about properties by studying “Oobleck” and trying to determine if it was a solid or liquid or both.  My dad worked at Sandia National Labs and I told the students that this strange sample came to him from Mars and that he asked us to help him by studying it.  They weren’t quite sure to believe me or not-but they loved it too and learned a lot.

These are fond memories.  What makes my heart heavy is that the way education is going, with so much standardized testing,  students no longer get to learn in fun and meaningful ways.  My profession left me behind.

Common Core 1

In the past few weeks, an issue has come to my attention that concerns me greatly and ought to concern any American that loves this country and the state of Wyoming. I had heard of the Common Core curriculum, but had no idea of how insidious it was. I know that any governmental funding comes with “strings attached,” and that is never a good idea. I have also been aware of the goals of the progressives of this country to undermine citizenship, independence, and education.

Back in 1984, when I first started teaching, I found it frustrating that there were no real standards. Teachers pretty much taught from the text book and threw in areas that interested them. Students learned a lot about the tropical rainforest because that was the area of interest for many years. There was a lot of repetition of what was taught and huge holes of was not taught. After about seven years of teaching, I heard about Core Knowledge (no affiliation to the Common Core at all http://www.coreknowledge.org/ ). I loved it because it is a curriculum that covers all areas in a systematic manner so that when a student graduates, they are literate in all subject areas. This curriculum also has high standards that challenges higher achieving students but is also interesting so that lower students are interested and rise to the challenge. A couple of years later, No Child Left Behind came into being and states started writing their own vague, low standards. And now we have the Common Core that has even lower standards.

It is here that you may begin to think I’m crazy, but I have done many hours of research, and I am not crazy. I am sure that you are all aware that the original purpose of education in America was to promote Christianity. The next phase was to educate people so that people were “socially acceptable“:
(http://www.chesapeake.edu/Library/EDU_101/eduhist_earlynat.asp ).
The following era’s purpose was to help people run a business:
http://www.chesapeake.edu/Library/EDU_101/eduhist_19thC.asp
And finally, the beginning of modern education, which has one of two philosophies:
1. To produce thinking citizens and producers OR
2. To produce obedient workers
http://www.chesapeake.edu/Library/EDU_101/eduhist_20thC.asp

The “Progressive Era” had many good qualities: to expose and end corruption, impose child labor laws, and food inspections (among other things).
However, it also brought in some negative things: government over-reach, excessive regulation, and eugenics. It also brought the belief the Constitution is a living document, therefore undermining the intents of the Founding Fathers.
.http://www.theboldpursuit.com/jwts-journal/2011/11/8/the-pros-and-cons-of-progressivism-in-america.html

This in turn, led to UN Agenda 21:
The Agenda was later ratified by the US House in the October 2, 1992 session, as HC 353, “a resolution calling for the U.S. to assume a strong leadership role in implementing the sustainable development recommendations of the Rio Earth Summit including Agenda 21.” http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/48412
But before this, was the US Communist Manifesto of 1963. A few of the goals include:
11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)
17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”
31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.
32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.
http://www.uhuh.com/nwo/communism/comgoals.htm

If you look at the Common Core, you will see that it falls right into the hands of the Communist Goals of 1963, hence Agenda 21.
36.3 says:  “While basic education provides the underpinning for any environmental and development education, the latter needs to be incorporated as an essential part of learning. Both formal and non-formal education are indispensable to changing people’s attitudes so that they have the capacity to assess and address their sustainable development concerns. It is also critical for achieving environmental and ethical awareness, values and attitudes, skills and behaviour consistent with sustainable development and for effective public participation in decision-making. To be effective, environment and development education should deal with the dynamics of both the physical/biological and socio-economic environment and human (which may include spiritual) development, should be integrated in all disciplines, and should employ formal and non-formal methods
http://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/does-u-n-s-education-mandate-push-common-core-in-usa/
Five states opted out of the Common Core, Texas being one of them. However, not to be ignored, it was brought in through the back door under the name C-Scope. This program was all online. Parents were not allowed to preview it and teachers signed a waver stating they would not tell parents about it. Part of the assessments have been leaked. Pilgrims are called illegal aliens. Christopher Columbus (started off a good guy but ended up greedy) is called an environmental terrorist. The Tea Party was an act of terrorism (did you know the patriots swept the ship and left it clean after they dumped the tea and no one was hurt?) and 9/11 in NYC was our fault done by “political activists.”
I have friends who home school and are having a difficult time finding teaching materials that are NOT a part of the Core Curriculum. This curriculum undermines the family, the United States, and individualism. A wolf in sheep’s clothing has been adopted by our state. It must be stopped. Not to mention the data mining they want to do!!! That alone ought to terrify you!
http://michellemalkin.com/2013/03/15/time-to-opt-out-of-creepy-fed-ed-data-mining-racket/
To learn more about the Core Curriculum go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coRNJluF2O4&feature=share

I leave you with a quote you well know, but do you believe it?
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”
The Declaration of Independence
The Core Curriculum supports the opposite of this. Please, as a concerned parent, citizen, and educator, put a stop to this!