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Common Core: The Battle For Our Children & Our Country
At St. Tammany Parish, during a meeting of school board members, the topic of heated debate was the over-whelming desire to defeat the implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in their local public schools.
Board members lashed out at “accusations that they haven’t done enough to fight the new education standards or inform the public about them.”
Parents were recently informed by administration officials for the St. Tammany School Board (STSB) that” they are in the middle of developing that curriculum to align with the standards.”
They responded by stating that CCSS is “not tried, it’s not tested. It’s developmentally inappropriate.”
One mother suggested that parents must unite and prepare for a long fight, “but we’re fighting for our children.”
Those parents who attended the meeting pointed out that:
- Their children are not comprehending the new version of mathematics being taught
- Inappropriate books are being read aloud in class
- CCSS is proving to be less effective than previous curriculums
Marion Brady, a veteran teacher who participated in curriculum design, explains that: “Standards shouldn’t be attached to school subjects, but to the qualities of mind it’s hoped the study of school subjects promotes. Subjects are mere tools, just as scalpels, acetylene torches, and transits are tools. Surgeons, welders, surveyors — and teachers — should be held accountable for the quality of what they produce, not how they produce it.”
Brady points out that CCSS assumes that “what kids need to know is covered by one or another of the traditional core subjects. In fact, the unexplored intellectual terrain lying between and beyond those familiar fields of study is vast, expands by the hour, and will go in directions no one can predict.”
The FreedomProject Education (FPE) released a video entitled, “Common Core: Dangers and Threats to American Liberty and Education” that reveals the purpose of CCSS as a way to gain full governmental control over schooling in the US.
Mary Black, student development director at FPE explains that CCSS is designed to ensure that every student in every school across the nation is learning the same thing, reading from the same book, on the same page at the same time.
Black asserts that the curriculum is tailored to teach children “what to think and how to think.”
Earlier this month, Paul LaPage, governor of Maine, signed an executive order (EO) reiterating that public schools in Maine are locally controlled that student’s personal information will not be shared with corporations and federal agencies.
The EO states that “the Department of Education shall not adopt any educational standards, curricula or instructional approaches that may be mandated by the federal government. That the Department of Education shall not apply for any federal grant that requires, as a condition of application, the adoption of any federally-developed standards, curricula or instructional approaches.”
Because of this new educational standard, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) shows that students in K – 12 have stagnated and are not expected to improve.
Career – ready children are the clear focus of CCSS.
College Measures (CM) released a report finding that degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math are more promising as far as employment after graduation than English majors.
This study was a joint venture between CM, the American Institutes for research (AIR) and the Matrix Knowledge Group (MKG).
Funding for the report was provided by the Lumia Foundation (LF).
This group is comprised of such special interest groups such as:
• Former president of Sallie Mae
• Representatives of community colleges
• Representative of online schools
This report was conducted for the sake of convincing students, parents and lawmakers (including policymakers) that there is little value in higher learning and investments in technical schools will boost enrollment.
Schneider stated: “Until the data about potential earnings among graduates across the nation is unearthed and put to full use, many students will make poor decisions about schools and programs — decisions that will leave them saddled with debt and clamoring for a government bailout.”
The CM report claims:
- Short term degrees yield higher salaries
- Higher tuition does not guarantee higher wages
- Degrees in the scientific field prove more financially rewarding
Since “technical-oriented associate’s degree programs are helping many students successfully enter the labor market by equipping them with skills that are in demand” the encouragement toward a 4 year university seems inappropriate.
Current acceptable skills obtained by lower-level education are:
• Registered nurse
• Police officer
• Dental hygienist
• Diagnostic medical sonographer
Each degree necessitates a fair amount of education; however they are reflective of the lack of actual labor that goes into more respectable positions.
While their pay rate is rising, these are grunt laborers of their respective trades and are not idealized for their social status.
Recently, President Obama spoke to students at State University of New York at Buffalo; a school where most of the student body are made up of children from middle-class families.
The purpose of this speech was to entice residents of lower-profile cities to a new scheme for affordable college.
As part of this scheme, there will be a new ratings system (NRS) implemented to evaluate schools based on the needs of the students; while bring curriculum to those standards as well.
This would connect financial assistance to the value of the student. Those educational institutions that meet governmental standards would be rewarded with more financial aid.
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By Lauren McCauley
Landslide Vote for GMO Labeling in Maine Legislature
Representative: “The people want to know what’s in their food, and they want to be able to make a choice that’s right.”
In a landslide 141-4 vote, the Maine House of Representatives voted Tuesday to advance bill LD 718, which would require special labeling for seeds and foods made with genetically modified (GMO) ingredients.
The Bangor Daily News reports that during debate there was “little disagreement” about the importance of GMO labeling.
“The consumers have a right to know,” said Rep. Craig Hickman, D-Winthrop. “The people want to know what’s in their food, and they want to be able to make a choice that’s right.”
As supporters of the bill celebrate, they are also braced for what they say is an inevitable battle between the wishes of the people and Ag Giant Monsanto, who has already threatened to sue states that pass similar labeling laws.
“You’re challenging a biotech industry that’s operated on the basis of throwing their weight around,” said Rep. Lance Harvell (R-Farmington), who sponsored the bill. “Somebody once said that Monsanto isn’t a seed company, it’s a law firm that makes seeds.”
Jim Gerritsen, president of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA), believes the state is in “excellent position” to combat any legal challenges. What they are promoting is “factual, uncontroversial information which is valid for state interest.”
He added that Mainers will “not be bullied” by out-of-state biotech firms, saying, “It’s an outrageous abuse of the democratic process. For out-of-state trade groups to threaten a state acting in the best interest of its people, that is abuse.”
The measure now advances to the state Senate, however, should it become law, the regulations will not take effect until five other contiguous states (or one state with a population of over 20 million people) enact similar labeling laws.
The New England state is one of a coalition of thirty-seven states currently mobilizing for GMO labeling. Of these, twenty now have legislation slated for introduction this year. Last week, Connecticut became the first state to require GMO labeling.
By Andrew Neff
BANGOR, Maine — Citing a longstanding battle with upper management over journalistic practices at their Bangor TV stations, news co-anchors Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio announced their resignations at the end of Tuesday’s 6 p.m. newscast.
Michaels and Consiglio, who have a combined 12½ years’ service at WVII (Channel 7) and sister station WFVX (Channel 22), shocked staff members and viewers with their joint resignations Tuesday evening.
“I just wanted to know that I was doing the best job I could and was being honest and ethical as a journalist, and I thought there were times when I wasn’t able to do that,” said Consiglio, a northeastern Connecticut native who broke in with WVII as a sports reporter in April 2006.
Not everyone was shocked by the on-air resignations.
“No, that was unfortunate, but not unexpected,” said Mike Palmer, WVII/WFVX vice president and general manager. “We’ll hire experienced people to fill these positions sooner rather than later.”
Neither reporter had told anyone of their decisions before Tuesday’s newscast.
“We figured if we had tendered our resignations off the air, we would not have been allowed to say goodbye to the community on the air and that was really important for us to do that,” said Michaels, the station’s news director, who has spent six of her 15 years in Bangor’s radio and TV market at WVII.
Both Michaels, 46, and Consiglio, 28, said frustration over the way they were allowed or told to do their jobs — something that has been steadily mounting for the last four years — became too much for them.
“There was a constant disrespecting and belittling of staff and we both felt there was a lack of knowledge from ownership and upper management in running a newsroom to the extent that I was not allowed to structure and direct them professionally,” Michaels explained. “I couldn’t do everything I wanted to as a news director. There was a regular undoing of decisions.”
The Associated Press Posted: Oct 31, 2012 4:44 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 31, 2012 4:58 AM ET
At least 55 dead and millions still without power as U.S. northeast starts its recovery
People in the northeastern U.S. battered by superstorm Sandy are taking the first cautious steps to reclaim routines upended by the monster storm, even as rescuers comb neighborhoods strewn with debris and scarred by floods and fire.
But while New York City buses returned to darkened streets eerily free of traffic and the New York Stock Exchange was set to reopen its storied trading floor Wednesday, it became clear that restoring the region to its ordinarily frenetic pace could take days — and that rebuilding the hardest-hit communities and the transportation networks that link them together could take considerably longer.
“We will get through the days ahead by doing what we always do in tough times — by standing together, shoulder to shoulder, ready to help a neighbour, comfort a stranger and get the city we love back on its feet,” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.
By late Tuesday, the winds and flooding inflicted by the fast-weakening Sandy had subsided, leaving at least 55 people dead along the Atlantic Coast and splintering beachfront homes and boardwalks from the mid-Atlantic states to southern New England.
The storm later moved across Pennsylvania on a predicted path toward New York State and Canada.
At the height of the disaster, more than 8.2 million lost electricity — some as far away as Michigan. Nearly a quarter of those without power were in New York, where lower Manhattan’s usually bright lights remained dark for a second night.
But, amid the despair, talk of recovery was already beginning.
“It’s heartbreaking after being here 37 years,” Barry Prezioso of Point Pleasant, N.J., said as he returned to his house in the beachfront community to survey the damage. “You see your home demolished like this, it’s tough. But nobody got hurt and the upstairs is still livable, so we can still live upstairs and clean this out. I’m sure there’s people that had worse. I feel kind of lucky.”
Much of the initial recovery efforts focused on New York City, the region’s economic heart. Bloomberg said it could take four or five days before the subway, which suffered the worst damage in its 108-year history, is running again. All 10 of the tunnels that carry commuters under the East River were flooded. But high water prevented inspectors from immediately assessing damage to key equipment, raising the possibility that the nation’s largest city could endure an extended shutdown of the system that 5 million people count on to get to work and school each day.
The chairman of the state agency that runs the subway, Joseph Lhota, said service might have to resume piecemeal, and experts said the cost of the repairs could be staggering.
By Lori Stacey, DC Conservative Examiner
With several strong alternative candidates available to vote for either on the ballot or as official write-in candidates, will the American people send a strong message to both the major parties by voting for anyone but Obama & Romney? It is hard to say what voters will ultimately do but what is apparent is that there has never been such a strong degree of discontent with the major party choices of candidates than in this presidential election of 2012.
Will Ron Paul finally get his legitimate win in the state of Maine where he has officially been set-up as a write-in candidate? We know the primary results were wrought with obvious fraud and then most of his duly elected delegates were not allowed to be seated at the national convention. Will the people of Maine finally be allowed to be heard in casting their real choice for President on the election night that counts the most?
Ron Paul’s supporters have surprisingly set him up as an official write-in candidate in at least a dozen or more states. The latest state is in California where he will be available for a write-in vote with Judge Napolitano as his Vice Presidential running mate. Don’t expect these write-in votes to be counted, tallied and published until weeks after election night.
Virgil Goode is going to be another one to watch, particularly in the states of Virginia, Colorado, Nevada and possibly in Ohio. He is still wildly popular in southern Virginia where he served as a member of congress for 6 two-year terms and is running his campaign very hard in this state. In Colorado, the Constitution Party broke through in 2010 and now has Major Party status in the state, thanks to the incredible run by Tom Tancredo for Governor in that election year. Expect voters to take Virgil Goode’s candidacy very seriously in Colorado.
Gary Johnson has become a very popular choice among the segment of Ron Paul’s support that leaned more heavily on libertarianism rather than conservatism. Expect him to be a strong force to deal with in several states.
“I don’t think (Ron Paul supporters) have been disrespected.” – Mitt Romney
The Grand Old Party produced a scripted appeal to the faithful. The 2012 Republican Party convention in Tampa, designed to sell a filtered image of a country club version of conservatism, begs the historic substance of a traditional embodiment of true timeless values. Hitting a range of obligatory themes is not equivalent to standing for the principles of a constitutional republic. Appealing to the estranged elements of the GOP needs more than words to restore faith and hope. Reasoned policy stands require a refutation of the failure of the Neoconservative agenda. So do not be duped by the language in the platform.
The indomitable Phyllis Schlafly loves the planks, in the article: Republican Party platform best yet.
“It rejects a long list of United Nations treaties, including the treaty on women’s rights, the treaty on the rights of the child, the treaty on persons with disabilities, the arms trade treaty and the Law of the Sea treaty. The platform also rejects Agenda 21, including its proposal for a global tax and various U.N. declarations on the environment.
Altogether, the 2012 Republican Platform is an excellent document written by grass-roots conservatives. It is a true reflection of American values.”
Now how can any red blooded conservative disagree with a political party that rejects the globalism of the United Nations? Well, our distinguished champion at the Eagle Forum engages in wishful thinking, if she believes that the platform is anything more than tomorrows fish wrapper paper.
For a concise analysis of the irrelevance of the planks in the platform, view the John Nichols: Mitt Romney Versus the Tea Party video. In politics, deeds count, while rhetoric blows away with the wind.
Judge a campaign by the political handlers and their records. Examine the viewpoints that the political endorsers are committed to their core. The notion expressed by the New York Times in Platform’s Sharp Turn to Right Has Conservatives Cheering may give temporary joy, but the ugly underbelly of the NeoCon purity sect is at work to purge the party of the residual of real conservatives.
Published on Sep 2, 2012 by messengersforliberty
While we were in Tampa, Florida on August 26, 2012 we ran across several Ron Paul delegates who offered to share their experience with the GOP corruption that has been ongoing this year.
I am aware that these videos are a few days old but wanted to post some of these together for historical purposes and for reference.
RNC Sham – Ron Priebus Corruption
Boehner Reads Teleprompter Script – Teleprompter Rigged Vote
RNC Rule Change Corruption Explained – No more free delegates
Marco Rubio: Romney/Republicans Chose More Government Instead of More Freedom
- Is this on purpose?
RNC Rule Change – Maine Delegates Treated Unfairly…
Published on Aug 29, 2012 by N0LINKNEWS
I wanna thank Greg Palast speaking at the convention for the billionaires & ballot bandits phrase.
Ron Paul’s Maine Delegates Erupt After Getting Barred from Republican Convention
Submitted by 35intheShade on Tue, 08/28/2012 – 21:27
in Ron Paul 2012
What a complete fraud. Hopefully all of you will now see that there is a conspiracy happening and it is very very massive. And it hates true liberty. RON PAUL
Continued, with CNN interviewing Maine delegates:
Maine delegates walk out:
Brent Tweed, Mark Willis after walkout:
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