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1 sauceruney  Sat, Aug 24, 2013 8:39:14am

Ten Commandments? It isn’t bearing false witness if you believe it’s true


2 I Earned My Sodomy Merit Badge!  Sat, Aug 24, 2013 10:27:24am

You’re right, excellent article. Well written with humor, without being too condescending, that any reasonable person could understand. On the other hand, we are dealing with the Tea Party:

farmer says:

August 23, 2013 at 6:39 pm

This is a mean spirited slam at the Tea Party and Pierre should compare this with Obama,s lies, distortions and all else Obama has done to degrade our country in the last 4 1/2 years.And he is the big VOICE OF REASON.

Patriot Twin says:

August 23, 2013 at 7:34 pm

It’s a shame, Mr. Tristam, that your article has nothing to do with Common Core, but only with publishing your abundant hatred for the Tea Party. Ad hominen attacks–the hallmark of socialist “progressives”.

So, since you won’t take the time to educate yourself, let me share some referenced facts with you:

Former TX Commissioner of Education Robert Scott testified before the Georgia Statehouse on how the National Governor’s Assn and Achieve in Education tried to force CC on TX, after the state had rejected it. He also explains how it was **NOT** created by states, but by lobbyists in DC.
Youtube Video

“President Obama and Education Secretary Duncan falsely said the Common Core standards were developed by the states and voluntarily adopted. Common Core was actually developed by an organization called Achieve and the National Governors Association, funded by the Gates Foundation by at least $173 million dollars. The states were bribed by $4.35 billion “Race to the Top” dollars if they adopted the standards. Former Texas State Commissioner of Education, Robert Scott, stated for the record that he was urged to adopt the Common Core standards before they were written.
Federal laws prohibit the U.S. Department of Education from prescribing any curriculum, but four billion is a big carrot — or is it a stick?” (emphasis supplied)

” … the 2009 stimulus included a “State Fiscal Stabilization Fund” that mandated constructing “longitudinal data systems (LDS) to collect data on public-school students” that resulted in The National Education Data Model. Then in 2012, the U.S. Department of Education rewrote federal privacy laws to let it share a child’s academic record with virtually anyone. States have begun combining student records of test scores, discipline history, medical records, nicknames, religion, political affiliation, addresses, extracurricular activities, bus stop times and psychological evaluations into a private database called inBloom.” (emphasis supplied)

The lies and methodology used to push CC on the States should raise some red flags, as well as concern over serious privacy violations for students and their families.

The link below is Robert Scott’s testimony before the Georgia Statehouse:
Youtube Video (see around 2:00 on)

Maybe you believe it is good for the federal government to control all curriculum and data mine personal information. Study history a little more–it didn’t work out so well in Europe when that happened.

Maybe you believe parents and teachers shouldn’t educate children, but Washington D.C. should. Perhaps you don’t believe in states’ rights.

And maybe you’ve swallowed all the lies Achieve in Education, the D.C. “progressive” lobbyist group that created the CC curriculum, has been schilling for the last several years–but some of us know better.

3 Randall Gross  Sat, Aug 24, 2013 11:37:41am

… and they back the crazy up with links to the American Stinker…

4 majii  Sat, Aug 24, 2013 5:32:42pm

I’m very familiar with the effect the tea partiers have had on the adoption of Common Core Standards here in GA. The tpers took a very good idea for public education and turned it into a mass of distortions and lies, as usual. The tpers’ actions really began to intensify here when the 2012-‘13 algebra test scores were released. They didn’t like that their kids had scored so poorly on the test, so they began looking for someone/thing to blame, and again, it was the federal government, specifically, President Obama, even though he had nothing to do with CCS. The tpers began showing up at school board meetings and making a lot of noise. Their next step was to begin threatening board members and state lawmakers by vowing to vote them out of office. Then, the RW lawmakers began pressuring Nathan Deal, our very stupid, pandering, RW governor. Deal issued an executive order stating that the state of GA would not implement any education directive handed down from the federal government, knowing he had no legal standing to do so. The tpers have been so effective until, in spite of the state secretary of education (also a Rwer) saying CCS are good for the state, CCS have been rejected. CCS are dead in GA. This means that GA students’ test scores can’t be compared to those of students in any other state. It also means that neither the governor, nor the RW lawmakers care anything about the academic achievement and/or progress of any public school student in the state. Oh, they’ll say they do, but their caving to the tpers show that they don’t. The RW secretary of education is so frustrated with Nathan Deal that he’s considering primarying him in next year’s GA gubernatorial race. I am so glad that I retired from teaching in 2009, before all of the stupid TP nonsense invaded the sphere of public education here. Me, I’m just gonna watch the GOPer antics, and if a democratic challenger to Deal shows up, work my butt off for him/her.

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