An Undocumented Goal: Global Citizenship

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Agenda 21, Around the World, Education, Lisa's Personal Insights, National News, U.S History, Utah State Headlines | 0 comments

globalcitizenshipHidden deep within the Common Core State Standards is a goal to teach children that there is no such thing as a boarder defining a country. We are global citizens that accept each other, our cultures, beliefs, educational goals and economic prosperity for the benefit of the world we live in.

In the news, we have seen reports of parents finding assignments that require students to denounce rights provided by the Constitution, to step on Christian leadership, and to write essays about why Jews are evil. Teachers are being fired for being religious or conservative. Censorship is now public enemy number one against anyone or any ideology that is against this new reform of education known as Common Core.

Socialism is being heralded as the way to make things equal, so that no poverty exists. A redistribution of wealth! The phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child,” has evolved into a collective movement where children now belong to the community, or even to the world as a whole. President Obama’s own Department of Justice has declared that children do not need a mother or a father, helping to further the mentality of collective possession!

I was asked by Utah State Board of Education member Tami Pyfer “where exactly does it say in the standardsTamiPyfer that global citizenship was the goal?” I didn’t respond right away as I had several questions for her 1) Haven’t you read the standards and the resources that you send to your teachers? 2) If Utah is claiming that “-Utah Common Core Standards-” are not national standards, why does she get jumpy when I talk about the National Common Core Standards?

Also I wanted to give a her clear answer for all to read!

Let me begin with a personal story. My oldest daughter was planning out her courses out for winter semester last fall. Together we spoke with a U.S. History teacher and I asked him directly how he would be teaching this class. He told me that he would provide documents and he would engage the students in discussions about these documents. You can imagine my eyebrows going up “Oh, really?”

I asked him how the students and my child were supposed to know the history or the story of those documents? He said the students would have to do the research on their own. That was part of the standards which would required students to come to their own conclusion about the documents and history. I was polite in thanking him for his time, but was screaming inside my head, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?” And that was the end of that class for us!

Informational texts without the story will not provide the vision that our Founders’ had of freedom! Informational texts will not tell the stories of emotional hardship, triumphs, sacrifice, service, bravery, and torture that countless individuals endured for us to have the freedom of choice, voice, and pursuit of happiness! Informational text was a goal of Karl Marx. Eliminate emotion, passion, and conviction, and there is nothing for which to fight. Words are just words.

In Education Week, a column was entitled, “Common Core: Preparing Globally Competent Citizens.” This statement says it all. “The Common Core State Standards for English language arts include a series of statements that, while not directly standards themselves, offer a portrait of the capacities of literate students who meet the Standards. One of these seven statements directly addresses the importance of college and career ready students coming ‘to understand other perspectives and cultures’.” The statement continues, “Students appreciate that the twenty-first-century classroom and workplace are settings in which people from often widely divergent cultures and who represent diverse experiences and perspectives must learn and work together. Students actively seek to understand other perspectives and cultures through reading and listening, and they are able to communicate effectively with people of varied backgrounds.”

Is that not the end goal for the government? To provide citizens who know nothing about borders, who accept everyone’s values and cultures, who accept no one culture as superior to another? There is are already fears of a collapsing dollar leading to a global currency. Education would be the means to teach the future residents of this new governance!

On another website, New Global Citizens, it states, “Teaching global competency falls in line quite seamlessly with the Common Core State Standards.” How can that statement be dismissed so casually by those in leadership? People who believe in global citizenship can see it in the writings! I can see it in the writings, why can’t leadership?

And if those two links still don’t show the intent of Common Core to lead our children away from American values and citizenship, then perhaps the International Baccalaureate official documents will persuade:

The IB prepares students to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

• More than a set of rigorous academic standards,
• Emphasizes an education for global engagement,
• Provides a Balance between the skills required to succeed in a competitive, global economy and the values that define responsible, global citizenship.

“The IB applauds the efforts of the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of
Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to improve the quality of education across the United States through the Common Core State Standards initiative (CCSS).

“The IB shares with the U.S. Department of Education and its state agencies the important goals of developing internationally benchmarked standards and the ambition to better prepare all students for success in college and career development.”

The IB is pleased to have been selected in 2011 as one of 5 sets of standards against which the Common Core was measured by education experts to determine its success in meeting its goals.”

Make no mistake, IB standards are aligned with Common Core State Standards by design! Global citizenry and governance is the goal. American values will no longer be taught as goals for the future, but as theories of the past.

For more evidence :
National Association of Secondary School Principles

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Setting the record straight – a rebuttal to Joel Coleman’s post.

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in Education, Lisa's Personal Insights, Utah State Headlines | 0 comments

Yesterday, Utah State School Board member, Joel Coleman, wrote a blog post about the Common Core Standards and where he thinks the mis-understandings lie.

In his opening paragraph he says: “it has become increasingly apparent to me that some of the strongest opponents of Utah’s core standards are people who don’t want any standards at all. Some of them have children that don’t even attend public schools, and therefore are not subject to the standards we are required to implement, anyway.”

Joel, allow me to correct you. We do want standards. We have standards, both in our the religious aspects of our lives as well as in our homes with our children. It’s how we know we are progressing towards our goals. In the 1828 Noah Webster’s dictionary definition #3 for “standard” states: “That which is established as a rule or model, by the authority of public opinion, or by respectable opinions, or by custom or general consent; as writings which are admitted to be the standard of style and taste. Homer’s Illiad is the standard of heroic poetry. Demosthenes and Cicero are standards of oratory. Of modern eloquence, we have an excellent stand in the speeches of Lord Chatham. Addison’s writings furnish a good standard of pure, chaste and elegant English style. It is not an easy thing to erect a standard of taste.”

Standards define a moral and chaste people; of course we want standards. Do not attempt to belittle us to the public on this.

It is true that some of us have pulled our children out of public and charter schools. That is our right, as parents to do so and should not be looked down upon. But there are two other points that Joel neglects to mention. Speaking for myself, I pulled my children out of public school because of Common Core, as a whole, not just the standards. I am not a standards expert. However, I have been taught that you don’t phase out the classics as you get older, you must encourage others to read them more! I also know that introducing classics as abridged or in parts, is not teaching the classics, it’s taking out the most important details that builds the emotion or passion of the story. Both points which David Coleman, noted author of the ELA standards and current President of the College Board, absolutely abhors and find unnecessary for learning. Dr. Sandra Stoskey (a standards expert) would not sign off on the English Language Standards because they do not meet college and university level required reading. Phasing them out to 30%, in 12th grade is horrible to the development of children, even through their teen years!

The second note is that we as homeschoolers will be subject to the “standards” as homeschool publishing companies are aligning their curriculum with the standards (including Saxon and Singapore Math, Excellence in Writing and others), as well as the college entrance exams will most likely provide low scores from our children’s testing. So again, please don’t belittle the effect it will have on homeschooling.

In Joel’s comments, he stated that the Common Core Standards were required by law to be adopted which, is simply not true. In fact you can hear the audio of the Board, on August 6th 2010, saying that they are the ones adopting the Common Core, not the State legislature. State legislatures were not involved with the Standards themselves and in fact didn’t become involved until they started passing laws regarding grading of schools, computer adaptive testing, data collecting, and anything else involving exchange of monies. Now No Child Left Behind is a law, but that is a Federal law, not a state.

Mr. Coleman mentions that the explanations in his post where sent to him; that he is not the original author, I’d like to know his sources, as these should be transparent.

Continuing from his post we find: “The purpose of Utah’s core standards is not to drive everyone to achieve the same specific goals for each student, or for them to achieve at the same pace. It is not designed to promote sameness.” Question: If the students don’t achieve the goal of the teacher, school district or State Board, who fails? According to current law, SB 271, it is the teacher and eventually the school.

In continuing my research, I found Senator Neiderhauser’s, current sitting President of the Senate, blog post on “The Senate Site” B 59 will change that definition so that a school’s grade is based on more tangible benchmarks.”

SB271 is the Amended portion to SB59.

It is based on tangible benchmarks or standards. It is a system of one size fits all, or the teachers and the schools will fail. They are tied together. Bad standards will lead to bad assessments. Bad assessments will drive bad curriculum. Bad curriculum will drive the students to test below college and university levels, which mean the teachers and the schools will receive an “F” or worse. This is not just about standards. The picture is much bigger than that, and the State knows it.

Mr. Colman shared his blog post on his Facebook page, and I found Senator Moss’s response rather interesting:

“Carol Spackman Moss: Thank you for the post, Joel. You are exactly right! The CCSS do not limit students, they set standards that allow students and teachers to have some idea what they should aiming for. It doesn’t set curriculum or teaching style. I’m frustrated with the fear mongering and the insistence by some that these standards will have deleterious effects on our students. Why are some folks fearful of more rigor? If we want our students to be able to compete with students all over the world, we need to raise the bar. Thanks for taking the time to educate and inform. (Your friend and high school English teacher).”

As I speak to various people about Common Core and describe the whole picture, I am amazed that our meetings are much calmer, than those that the State hosts. We lay out what we have found, including original sources. I asked in that same Facebook thread where the evidence that these standards are rigorous was. Where is their research? Post it! Who conducted the research? Who participated? My friends and I have yet to receive an answer to these questions. What we can show you is that they haven’t done the research. We can show you the timeline, and how it was time- sensitive and money driven.

These standards are nothing wonderful! Otherwise there wouldn’t be so much opposition to them nation wide!

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UACC: Progressive Curriculum Materials in Utah

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Education, Utah State Headlines | 3 comments

Last November at the 2012 Agency Based Education Conference, Jared and Denise Carmen gave a presentation on their findings of progressive curriculum in Utah. Jared currently serves on Utah’s State Office of Education’s instructional materials commission. Please watch the presentation below, as Jared and his wife present what your child will be taught in your local school.

youtu.be/o9aKVTKCFVg

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Teaching or Indoctrination?

Posted by on Mar 29, 2013 in Education, Utah State Headlines | 0 comments

The following is an article from an a fellow citizen who shares her concerns about Common Core, published by permission:

By Anonymous

indoctrination-134-1-480440When my conservative friends told me that public schools had become indoctrination centers, I didn’t think much about it. I believed what they were saying and noticed many parents were taking their children out of the public school system. My children are grown, so the public school system was no longer my concern, right? Wrong.

The need for a part-time job arose and in general, it was slim pickings. The school district had several part-time teacher aide positions. I applied and was hired to help kindergarten, fourth and fifth grade students improve their reading skills.

What kids are being taught is now my concern and my conservative friends’ descriptions of the public school system are confirmed.

Politically correct, liberal environmental messages are replete throughout the required materials I use every day.
For instance:

• Burning oil and coal pollutes the air
• Supplies of fossil fuels are running out and “will be gone soon”
• Ride a bicycle more to save gas
• Cut energy use
• The polar ice caps are melting
• Anyone who champions wind energy is a hero

None of the ideas are bad in and of themselves. The problem is context.

Kids are not told the whole story. They are not told that fossil fuel consumption in the U.S. has gone down over the past decade, that there are enough oil resources in the Intermountain West to meet U.S. need for 100 years!

When told that the ice caps are melting, they are not told that this has happened before, that the earth goes through natural cycles of warming and cooling.

We live in the western U.S. where riding a bicycle everywhere is not a safe option for kids so they are left feeling unnecessary concern about pollution.

Samso, Denmark is hailed as heroic for using wind energy to become energy independent. What the kids don’t know is that Samso is a tiny island off the coast of Denmark that is uniquely positioned to have wind 24/7/365. With a population of only 4,300, the 21 wind turbines that it uses to generate energy are adequate for a farming community. Kids are led to believe that this example will fit any community.

In most instances, I have verbally interjected information to give students the full story but I know most aides do not think about it. When I noticed a book that stated that South Dakota was in the southern United States, I mentioned it to a colleague who seemed unconcerned. I passed it along to my supervisor. She didn’t seem concerned either. They couldn’t do anything to change it so why bother? It never occurred to them that they could simply correct this error by showing students a map!

Will Common Core be any better? Of course not. The ground work is already laid for its furthering of the liberal agenda.

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Senator Mike Lee’s push to infringe gun control laws

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in 2nd Amendment, National News, Utah State Headlines | 0 comments

Last Friday, Senator Mike Lee pushed to infringe upon those seeking gun control laws in the Senate. In an amendment to the Senate’s first budget proposal in 4 years, calls for a require super majority vote with any future bills that concern the 2nd Amendment. “It also requires that additional consideration should be given before passing legislation that alters one of our fundamental constitutional rights.

The legislation would have applied to the following:

Bans on so called “assault weapons”
Bans on high capacity magazines
Universal background checks that can only be enforced by a national registry
Establishment of a registry to track firearm purchases
Imposing a de facto ban on gun sales to veterans
This point of order could be waived by a 2/3 majority of the Senate.

In a released statement, Senator Lee made it quite clear that he is still standing with the peoples’ rights to bear arms and the Constitution as it stands.

“Americans are appalled by criminal acts of mass violence,” Sen. Lee said. “However, Americans also recognize that there are limits to the problems that can be solved with new legislation. The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution protects citizens’ rights to defend their own life, the lives of their loved ones, and the lives of the most vulnerable. This right speaks to history’s lesson that government cannot be in all places at all times, and history’s warning that we would not like to live under a government that tried. Government registration of firearms presents a threat to our 2nd Amendment rights. Such a registry would be no less offensive than one monitoring how individual citizens exercise their rights to free speech, association, religion, or any other constitutional right.”

Unfortunately, the following morning, the Amendment was voted down. But don’t assume that has stopped Senator Lee in his fight for Americans 2nd Amendment rights. In the video below Senator Lee answered a caller’s question about what he (Lee), was doing to “block efforts to curtail 2nd Amendment rights?”

Yesterday, media reports spread about a another filibuster that has been planned by Senators’ Lee, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul, on Senator Harry Reid’s gun control bill that asks for more extensive bank ground checks, interstate gun trafficking, and could limit magazine capacities.

In a letter sent to Reid’s office from the 3 Conservative Senators stated ” We will oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions”

Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/paul-lee-cruz-filibuster/2013/03/25/id/496271#ixzz2Ohel4n44

Today, the White House shot back to the Senators, to not get in the way, warning them that it would be unfortunate to send that type of message to the victims who have been affected by gun violence.

Apparently the White House and Harry Reid, haven’t received the message that “infringement” on the American citizen’s right to bare arms is not to be crossed. Americans have sent that message loud and clear, with their rights to purchase such tools of freedom. thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/290383-white-house-warns-gop-against-filibuster-on-guns

I strongly support Senators’ Lee, Cruz and Paul as they continue to stand against a bully system that would love to destroy the Constitution!

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Government vs Parents: The Tug-of-War over our Children

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Education, Family, Featured, Lisa's Personal Insights, National News, Religion, Utah State Headlines | 0 comments

Parents your children are in immediate danger! Stranger danger is prevalent! Local, State, and Federal agencies are coming after your children, sighting “experts” and “studies,” to demoralize the role of a parent in a child’s life.

Victorian Parents Educating ChildrenThe evidence is mounting and it’s past time that parents stand up as the leading experts and protectors of our children.

On March 3, 2013 CNSNews.com published a story about the Obama Administration submitting a legal brief to the United State Supreme Court in the case Hollingsworth v. Perry, which is disputing the Constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8.

“The Justice Department presented its conclusions about parenthood in rebutting an argument made by proponents of Proposition 8 that the traditional two-parent family, led by both a mother and a father, was the ideal place, determined even by nature itself, to raise a child.

“The Obama administration argues this is not true. It argues that children need neither a father nor a mother and that having two fathers or two mothers is just as good as having one of each.

“The [California] Voter Guide arguably offered a distinct but related child-rearing justification for Proposition 8: ‘the best situation for a child is to be raised by a married mother and father,’” said the administration’s brief submitted to the court by Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr.

“As an initial matter, no sound basis exists for concluding that same-sex couples who have committed to marriage are anything other than fully capable of responsible parenting and child-rearing,” the Department of Justice told the court.

“To the contrary, many leading medical, psychological, and social-welfare organizations have issued policy statements opposing restrictions on gay and lesbian parenting based on their conclusion, supported by numerous scientific studies, that children raised by gay and lesbian parents are as likely to be well adjusted as children raised by heterosexual parents.”

“The weight of the scientific literature strongly supports the view that same-sex parents are just as capable as opposite-sex parents,” says the administration. truthfrequencyradio.com/eric-holder-banning-homeschooling-doesnt-violate-fundamental-rights/

My article is not about the constitutionality of gay marriage. It is about the fact that the current administration believes that children are items, “human capital” if you will, for the benefit of the people. The terms “mother” and “father” are no longer valid, as the lines are being erased for gender identification. And with the eradication of those terms, so is the identity of the family, individual rights, and humanity.
At the same time, the Obama Administration is denying the request of a German family seeking political asylum in the United States, under Freedom of Religion. Uwe and Hannelore Romeike have 6 children, and have chosen to homeschool, because they felt that their Evangelical Christian beliefs were not being taught in schools. The current law, making homeschool illegal, was created in 1938 under the Hitler regime. It is because of this law that the parents’ role have been undermined and they have been fined, put in jail, and now face the state taking their children away. www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/03/15/obama-admin-trying-to-deport-german-evangelical-family-seeking-assylum-over-homeschooling/

This case is now headed to the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. It could set a precedent on the legitimate, unalienable right of the parent to decide what is best in the upbringing of their child!

The Obama Administration has made it unequivocally clear that parental rights are on the chopping block. In a statement concerning the Romeike Family, Eric Holder said, “There is no fundamental liberty to homeschool. So long as a government bans homeschooling broadly and equally, there is no violation of your rights.” truthfrequencyradio.com/eric-holder-banning-homeschooling-doesnt-violate-fundamental-rights/

The government is clearly stepping on the toes of parents on how to teach their children. HSLDA lays out the argument on the dressing up of Totalitarianism, here: truthfrequencyradio.com/eric-holder-banning-homeschooling-doesnt-violate-fundamental-rights/

It is time for parents to take a stand for our children! These are not the only two examples of parental rights infringement, look at the outrage over Common Core! Parents should be considered experts in what their children should learn, not the government. Consider what is being taught as normal today; creationism is considered a pseudo science at best, population control is considered necessary to save planet earth, and boys and girls have no gender roles anymore and can, therefore, walk into bathrooms/locker rooms ‘if’ they feel that they are different.

I had one of my local School District Board members say that parents have no right to determine what their kids need to learn. Too may people, in places of power, believe parents are no longer the experts.

I’ll tell you what: I have been an expert on my children for over 17 years. I became an expert the minute I found out I was pregnant with each of them. My husband and I are the ONLY ones with God given authority over our children. Laws and regulation that are set up to control my children’s locations, education, and health, are in violation of my unalienable rights! I am an expert on what my children’s needs are in every aspect; educational, physical, spiritual and temporal. I know their names, their individual likes and dislikes, their favorite colors, what their favorite foods are, their goals and dreams, and even their natural talents. I am the mother of 5 beautiful, talented, gifted, smart, well balanced children. I am the Aunt of 9 equally beautiful, talented, gifted, well balanced children. I am a friend with numerous mothers with multiple children. I am a M.O.M (Mother of Many) – EXPERT!

I will no longer allow the belittling of who I am and what role I play as an adult in my children’s lives.

We are the stewards of these children, by the authority of God, through our unalienable rights. As a mom, I will stand in front of these children, protecting them from the tyrants that are trying to take them away from us! Keep your hands off my children! The government has forced us into playing this silly tug-of-war. But make no mistake, this is a war for our children, and we, as parents need to stand up, and raise our voices loud and clear. Our children’s souls depend on it!

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