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Mississippi Rally AGAINST Common Core

On January 6, the grassroots in Mississippi made a huge statement to the state legislature. We the People are telling OUR elected officials that Common Core is unacceptable as standards and curriculum for our school children. It is particularly offensive due to the fact that it was adopted in order to receive federal funds before the standards were even written.

Common Core is invasive into the child's life, their family environment, and records the child's performance throughout their educational and social experience. Not only that, but data is collected about the child, the family, and the family's home life, along with their habits and diversions. It violates the original intent of FERPA, the Federal law that safeguards private information to be used for only purposes other that assist the child's educational experience. That data is then able to be accessed by the Department of Education.

The Rev. C. L. Bryant spoke to about 500 grassroots activists about the Trojan Horse that is Common Core, masquerading as more stringent educational curriculum. We, the activists, have come to understand this to be true! As only C. L. can do, he charged up that room and energized everyone to take action. We all know that Common Core is the education form of the leftist agenda---compliments of the U. S. Department of Education. It is ObamaCare in the form of Education.

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FJSmith
01/16/2015

Laura Van Overschelde has put together much wrong information on Common Core. I am a reading teacher who uses the K-8 Language Arts Common Core Standards. I have read the standards from kindergarten through high school It is not an "education form of the leftist agenda" I would challenge you to quote ONE standard that portrays any leftist agenda. I have many times offered $250 to anyone's favorite charity who can quote a leftist Common Core Standard. Not one person has yet come up with one. Did you know that the word "Bible" is mentioned in RL.8.9, W.8.9, W.9-10.9, and RL.9-10.9? Here is a standard that should make conservatives happy in my view: "Analyze seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century foundational U.S. documents of historical and literary significance (including The Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address) for their themes, purposes, and rhetorical features." (RI.11-12.9)

She states it is "compliments of the U.S. Department of Education." That is not where it came from. The governors after seeing that their students needed remedial help before entering college or the work force asked for national standards.

It is utter fear-mongering to state that "data is collected about the child, the family, and the family's home life, along with their habits and diversions." I have talked to my state's Education Department and they say this is not being done. They are not collecting personal data on students - only educational information which will be used without being connected to student names. The U. S. Department of Education has stated "The data is being used to assess the effectiveness of educational programs, not to track individual students…Parents can rest assured that their children's personal information is protected better now than it ever has been." I have asked numerous people where this alleged personal data collection is happening. No one has given me any valid answer. It along with many other false ideas about Common Core goes back to the article "Controlling Education from the Top" by Emmett McGroarty and Jane Robbins in which I have found over 30 items of misinformation.

She refers to Common Core as "curriculum." The curriculum is totally decided by the local authorities. There is no national Common Core curriculum. There are over 100 publishers of curriculum, and now that all grades are aiming for the same goals there are thousands (maybe even millions) of creative lesson plan ideas available on the web. So instead of narrowing the curriculum, there are now myriads of choices for teaching a given standard.

She states they were "adopted in order to receive federal funds before the standards were even written." She ignores the fact that there were several drafts available to the states before the final product. There were also drafts available to the general public to comment on (close to 10,000 comments were given and evaluated with many creating changes).

I personally feel like this war on Common Core by FreedomWorks is a war on my students. This set of standards is much higher than our previous standards. It has students doing a lot of thinking. It has a great set of phonics standards. The READING standards have students reading many American documents. (See RI.9-10.9 also.) It has the potential of improving the education of many American students, but instead FreedomWorks has people signing petitions against it and going to rallies where misinformation is recycled and parents are fomented to act against this great set of standards. As a conservative I thought we were on the side of the truth. I am appalled at the misinformation that my side is passing around.

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drmoss
01/17/2015

Most opponents and even proponents have not read the standards. If people would read the standards and go to the source of truth, the official Common Core State Standard (CCSS) web site (http://www.corestandards.org/about-the-standards/), they would see that the standards are outstanding. I'm a conservative and agree with most things FreedomWorks supports, but they're way off on this one. The CCSS main purpose is to help prepare our children for life - for college and career readiness. I have spent countless hours studying the standards from the source of where they originated (Council of Chief State School Officers and National Governors Association); the myths and the facts; how they're being taught; curriculum created to teach these from 150 different districts, etc. Come on people, have the courage and the self respect to dig a little deeper and look for the truth and not take some passionate person's word for truth, whether they're for or against something. Great comments and facts, FJSmith. You've done your research.

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FJSmith
01/16/2015

Laura Van Overschelde has put together much wrong information on Common Core. I am a reading teacher who uses the K-8 Language Arts Common Core Standards. I have read the standards from kindergarten through high school It is not an "education form of the leftist agenda" I would challenge you to quote ONE standard that portrays any leftist agenda. I have many times offered $250 to anyone's favorite charity who can quote a leftist Common Core Standard. Not one person has yet come up with one. Did you know that the word "Bible" is mentioned in RL.8.9, W.8.9, W.9-10.9, and RL.9-10.9? Here is a standard that should make conservatives happy in my view: "Analyze seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century foundational U.S. documents of historical and literary significance (including The Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address) for their themes, purposes, and rhetorical features." (RI.11-12.9)

She states it is "compliments of the U.S. Department of Education." That is not where it came from. The governors after seeing that their students needed remedial help before entering college or the work force asked for national standards.

It is utter fear-mongering to state that "data is collected about the child, the family, and the family's home life, along with their habits and diversions." I have talked to my state's Education Department and they say this is not being done. They are not collecting personal data on students - only educational information which will be used without being connected to student names. The U. S. Department of Education has stated "The data is being used to assess the effectiveness of educational programs, not to track individual students…Parents can rest assured that their children's personal information is protected better now than it ever has been." I have asked numerous people where this alleged personal data collection is happening. No one has given me any valid answer. It along with many other false ideas about Common Core goes back to the article "Controlling Education from the Top" by Emmett McGroarty and Jane Robbins in which I have found over 30 items of misinformation.

She refers to Common Core as "curriculum." The curriculum is totally decided by the local authorities. There is no national Common Core curriculum. There are over 100 publishers of curriculum, and now that all grades are aiming for the same goals there are thousands (maybe even millions) of creative lesson plan ideas available on the web. So instead of narrowing the curriculum, there are now myriads of choices for teaching a given standard.

She states they were "adopted in order to receive federal funds before the standards were even written." She ignores the fact that there were several drafts available to the states before the final product. There were also drafts available to the general public to comment on (close to 10,000 comments were given and evaluated with many creating changes).

I personally feel like this war on Common Core by FreedomWorks is a war on my students. This set of standards is much higher than our previous standards. It has students doing a lot of thinking. It has a great set of phonics standards. The READING standards have students reading many American documents. (See RI.9-10.9 also.) It has the potential of improving the education of many American students, but instead FreedomWorks has people signing petitions against it and going to rallies where misinformation is recycled and parents are fomented to act against this great set of standards. As a conservative I thought we were on the side of the truth. I am appalled at the misinformation that my side is passing around.

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gdw
01/12/2015

"I am waging a Bloodless Revolution in America's Public Schools..." - Shabbir Mansuri (Founder and Director of the Council on Islamic Education)

"Here is an article written by Pamela Geller I read just a few weeks ago exclusively discussing how "Common Core" is being pushed by the Muslim Brotherhood in the public schools across the nation. For example, there was major protests among parents in a small county in Florida about Islamic teachings in World History pertaining to "Common Core." Geller has also did a great job of pointing out about other similar incidences occurring across the country. This is all linked to the indoctrination of Islam to our children and youth which is a very serious problem the nation's educational system. This is a very dangerous trend that has been going on for decades from our elementary schools all the way up to our Universities.

See articles below:

Allah in U.S. public-school classrooms

www.wnd.com/2014/11/allah-in-u-s-public-school-classrooms/

... and this:

Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/11/muslim-brotherhood-american-schools/#T...

... and this:

Muslim Brotherhood infiltrates U.S. public schools?

www.wnd.com/ 2012/ 05/ muslim-brotherhood-infiltrates-u-s-public-schools/

"I have been fielding calls from distraught parents all week, reeling from the proselytizing for Islam in their children’s “social studies” or “world history” classes. They are not teaching the children “world history,” which would include Islam’s 1,400-year history of jihadi wars, land appropriations, cultural annihilations and enslavements, not to mention the extermination of the entire Jewish Banu Qurayza tribe of Arabia.

Instead, children are forced to recite the Shahada. (It’s an Islamic creed one says to convert to Islam.) Instead, they are forced to learn the five pillars of Islam."

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Muslim Brotherhood infiltrates top Gov. positions

December 5, 2011 by Victoria Jackson

Excerpt: Documents found at a 2004 raid in Virginia included a Muslim Brotherhood mission statement that says, “The process of settlement” is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process”…(our) work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s (Allah’s) religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

... get it yet?

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drmoss
01/17/2015

I'm as concerned as the next person about Islam infiltrating our schools. However, the Common Core State Standards are completely focused on Math and ELA. That is an absolute fact. It doesn't involve History or Social Studies.

Myth: These standards amount to a national curriculum for our schools.
Fact: The Common Core is not a curriculum. It is a clear set of shared goals and expectations for what knowledge and skills will help our students succeed. Local teachers, principals, superintendents, and others will decide how the standards are to be met. Teachers will continue to devise lesson plans and tailor instruction to the individual needs of the students in their classrooms.

Myth: The federal government will take over ownership of the Common Core State Standards initiative.
Fact: The federal government will not govern the Common Core State Standards. The Common Core was and will remain a state-led effort. The NGA Center and CCSSO are committed to developing a long-term governance structure with leadership from governors, chief state school officers, and other state policymakers to ensure the quality of the Common Core and that teachers and principals have a strong voice in the future of the standards. States and local school districts will drive implementation of the Common Core.
http://www.corestandards.org/about-the-standards/myths-vs-facts/

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gdw
01/12/2015

And talking heads on both sides of liberal and (so-called)conservative, including Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, apparently don't understand the -why; that the politician's and top government officials that they support are the very politician's enabling, funding, arming and conspiring to empower Islam around the world and in the USA.

I am so confused ....

Remember this?

Google:Hey, America, guess who else Obama is dumping onto your state ...

www.barenakedislam.com/ 2014/ 12/ 02/ hey-america-

The United Nations high commissioner for refugees has already dumped 200,000 to 250,000 Muslim refugees from Islamic countries to be resettled in the United States. Most of them have come from Somalia and Iraq. But Caliph Obama has been greasing the skids for the Syrian (Muslim only, no Christian) refugees for months and they will soon be dumped on American cities throughout the U.S.
This video is 5 years old, the percentages have since increased everywhere, can you recognize the trend happening in the USA?

WHAT ISLAM IS NOT
http://youtu.be/VEXWjlgJ83E

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Jeff Noncent
01/11/2015

I am against what Obala is doing to this nation, especially common core and the affordable health care

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William Mdcannold Jr.
01/11/2015

"Commie Core".Good one. Be sure to put it on posters. Now then, on to apply the same bravery to the FULL picture! Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war!

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Borgus Weems
01/11/2015

It's very clear ... lets call it what it really is ... "commie core".

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drmoss
01/17/2015

Keep in mind how the the standards were developed: The state-led effort to develop the Common Core State Standards was launched in 2009 by state leaders, including governors and state commissioners of education from 48 states, two territories and the District of Columbia, through their membership in the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). State school chiefs and governors recognized the value of consistent, real-world learning goals and launched this effort to ensure all students, regardless of where they live, are graduating high school prepared for college, career, and life.
The standards are informed by:
- The best state standards already in existence
- The experience of teachers, content experts, states, and leading thinkers
- Feedback from the public
http://www.corestandards.org/about-the-standards/development-process/

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Bill Ford
01/08/2015

CL is a great man..

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Bill Ford
01/08/2015

WE THE PEOPLE of Mississippi have spoken. Do mistake our resolve to STOP COMMON CORE. Our children deserve the best and are out future to a Great Mississippi and America. School Boards, Elected officials will listen to our call we do not want sub-stand education for our children..

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drmoss
01/17/2015

I would encourage you to read the standards Mr. Ford. The standards are:
- Research- and evidence-based
- Clear, understandable, and consistent
- Aligned with college and career expectations
- Based on rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills
- Built upon the strengths and lessons of current state standards
- Informed by other top performing countries in order to prepare all students for success in our global economy and society
http://www.corestandards.org/about-the-standards/

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ellen taylor
01/07/2015

GOOD for Mississippi, that is what has to happen to save the children.

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drmoss
01/17/2015

Ms. Taylor: Have you read the standards? If you're open to the truth and do a little research at reputable sites, like the official CCSS site, you'll be able to determine better if it will or will not save our children. I have done the research and looked at all sides and have come to the conclusion that the CCSS are the very best standards for our children.
http://www.corestandards.org/read-the-standards/

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