Answering Florida State Senator John Legg on Common Core Standards
This is in response to a Tampa Bay online column written by Florida State Senator John Legg (R-Port Richey).
The RTTT grant demanded Common Core Standards (CCS) in Florida as a condition for the grant.
You Senator signed onto this before you read anything. How do I know?
Because I testified in front of your committee and asked you not to sign onto something not written.
CCS was not written when you signed to accept RTTT money as another unknown expensive federal program for Florida. When standards are mandated by DC and assessments are geared to those standards, DC dictates curricula.
CCS was not the result of any state-led education initiative.
Lobby groups along with liberal academia wrote the standards which are lower than or equal to Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. Members of the Council of Chief State School Officers (lobbyists), the National Governor’s Association (lobbyists), and a chief education policy group part of the NGA. These groups were joined by members of the Obama Administration and a progressive group calledAchieve, the teacher labor unions – FTA, NEA, and ACT and the College Board. Many of these groups were funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation who stand a lot to gain from implementation.
Legg: Common Core State Standards are built upon strengths of current state standards but are internationally benchmarked.
Truth: The only place international benchmarks come from are UNESCO – a UN anti-American organization influencing American schools.
Legg: Students to succeed in our “global economy and society.”
Truth: A student can not be a global citizen and an American citizen at the same time unless American history is deleted or altered. Today, Students in HS learn American history from 1865 forward. This is the progressive era and omits the reasons for founding American. Students use proprietary texts NOT REVIEWED by the FLDOE, according to the FLDOE.
Students no longer learn cursive writing. Why?
Because cursive writing is highly individual and individualism is unacceptable in CCS. Students are now part of the collective and are called HUMAN CAPITAL.
( Look at the RTTT grant signed by Charlie Crist calling students Human Capital).
The new education goal is of the training the collective (human capital) to work. Many of our founding documents are in cursive writing so students have a void learning of self governing and responsibility by not reading the actual founding documents. Global citizenship teaches the UN grants rights that is in opposition to our Constitution and our GOD given rights. States CAN NOT learn from each other if everything they learn is one size fits all same standards. You are contradicting yourself.
You omitted the National Database of personal information that must be collected at what cost to family privacy and at what expense to the taxpayer?
Our education standards nationwide have been stagnant for the last 30 years. – Why?
Because you (Legislators, parents, teachers, administrators taxpayers) have not paid attention to the CONTENT of the material or of the Pavlov/Skinner method of TRAINING. Our kids will become nothing more than pets responding to a stimulus now called an APP. In the last 30 years, little by way of grades have changed. Kids in record numbers fail regardless of how much money we spend because no one looks at the progressive teaching model which is DESIGNED to make kids DUMB. NO ONE addresses the real issue, WHAT ARE THEY READING? How are they learning?
Where they learning has become more important than what they learn. Who cares if they are trained in a government school, charter school, private school or homeschool if all schools must follow the same standards of CCS.
Training for mediocrity makes mediocre students and adults who become legislators who think the Constitution is a living breathing document to be altered and changed. Mission accomplished. What part of American is that?
Florida, as an education reform leader, has adopted its own rigorous standards beyond the minimum Common Core State Standards, -Fact: The Florida legislators change the name of Sunshine Standards to Common Core Standards. Exactly how is that different?
Florida is a leader of mediocrity. Why? Because CCS is designed to redistribute wealth from the taxpayer to the companies who are pushing CCS. Let’s follow the money:
- So why is Jeb Bush pushing Common Core here in Florida?
- Why is he trying to influence Republican leadership that this centralized form of education is good for Florida?
- FEE – Foundation for Excellence in Education, the Jeb Bush Foundation is contacting REC’s and telling them to support CCS. Why?
Lets dig. Remember everything is connected.
Bush 41 signed the Agenda 21 treaty with the United Nations calling for our Education to follow under the Karl Marx based Sustainable America. (the only place Sustainability is defined is in UN documents. The book, Our Common Future coined the term.)
Clinton continued with Agenda 21. He is close friends of the Bush family and supports the Karl Marx based Sustainable America while he gave away our technology to China. Goals 2000, School to Work, Sustainable America, NCLB, CCS are all the same program. The names have changed but the Anti-American rhetoric has not.
GW Bush 43, siblings are Pauline Robinson “Robin” Bush, John Ellis “Jeb” Bush, Neil Mallon Bush, Marvin Pierce Bush, and Dorothy “Doro” Bush LeBlond Koch.
In 1999, Neil Bush co-founded Ignite! Learning, an educational software corporation. Bush has said he started Austin-based Ignite! Learning because of his learning difficulties in middle school and those of his son, Pierce. The software uses multiple intelligence methods to provide varying types of content to appeal to multiple learning styles.
Ignite! Learning offers middle school curricula in social studies, science, and mathematics. The company’s instructional design is based on constructivism, differentiated instruction, and Howard Gardner’s writing on multiple intelligences to appeal to multiple learning styles.
To fund Ignite!, Neil Bush and others raised $23 million from U.S. investors, including his parents, Barbara Bush and George H.W. Bush, as well as businessmen from Taiwan, Japan, Kuwait, the British Virgin Islands and the United Arab Emirates, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
As of 2006, at least $2 million had come from Taiwanese interests that had given Neil Bush a job consulting for a semiconductor manufacturer, and at least $3 million came from Saudi interests. A foundation linked to Reverend Sun Myung Moon donated $1 million for a research project by the company in Washington, D.C.-area schools. Now it makes sense why the school book texts are Islamic biased with little reference to Christians. Why FBI and military training material has removed words like Islamic terrorist, Jhad etc.
In 2002, Ignite! entered into a partnership with a Mexican company, Grupo Carso to outsource many software and product development functions. Regarding the deal, Ignite! President (then CFO) Ken Leonard stated, “That’s turned out to be great.” Ignite! laid off 42% of its in-house workforce (21 individuals) in preparation for the partnership. (outsourcing initiated by Clinton who signed, NAFTA)
Leonard said that outsourcing production will give it the resources to develop additional course software more quickly, and that the company wants to develop an entire middle school curriculum featuring the basics of language arts, math and science. (or was it to be able to pay less in salary and keep more profit?)
Deceased Russian billionaire expatriate Boris Berezovsky had been an investor in Bush’s Ignite! program since at least 2003. Berezovsky’s partner Badri Patarkatsishvili, Kuwaiti company head Mohammed Al Saddah, and Chinese computer executive Winston Wong.
Imagine that. All these foreign bureaucrats putting a hand into our school system here in the USA!
As of October 2006, over 13 U.S. school districts (out of over 14,000 school districts nationwide have used federal funds made available through the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001) in order to buy Ignite’s products at $3,800 apiece which is Neil Bush’s company !
In December 2003, a Washington Post Style article said that Ignite! was paying Neil Bush a salary of $180,000 per year.
So is Jeb Bush pushing Common Core in Florida so Neil Bush can fund his software company? IMAGINE THAT !
I am a former teacher who remembers real teaching not training. Big difference between education and training. As a former teacher, you Senator, should be appalled at the content of the material that is Anti-American, anti -Judeo-Christian, anti-family. You would have to read the content of emotional, factless, material based on the demise of America. Maurice Strong UN, said, “In order to save the planet we must destroy capitalism”. Now in school, Capitalism has become a dirty word. Did you read any of the material? You are OK with the propaganda about phony man made climate, phony sustainable developments, Jesus being a Palestinian, Mommy being a nag, doing more for less, America being the reason for all of man’s problems, mandatory volunteerism, man being the enemy of the earth? The people touting CCS are the same people who are paid by CCS to promote CCS.
The framers of the Constitution would be horrified as to what education has become. To them school was the place where students learned reading, writing, arithmetic, freedom, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, civics, constitution, responsibility, consequences, logic, reason and cognitive thinking so they could evaluate their own lives and make choices for their own destiny. Instead we have government training, social programs and a one sided progressive training so kids learn how to push an APP instead of thinking. Eliminating texts enable history to be altered at the stroke of the delete key.
Am I wrong? Go take a test from 1920 there are plenty of them online. See how well you do and you will discover what our kids ARE NOT learning as we fill their classes with feel good programs like: drugs, sex, bullying, gender, race.
So Senator Legg, I suggest you read the content of the material then bring back your evaluation of what America you want to live in, one of OBE – Outcome Based Education where the outcome is determined by the government – what we have now?
Or Opportunity Based Education, the one from our framers crafted where every individual has the same opportunity to determine their destiny following the rule of law as laid out in our Constitution?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Karen Schoen is a former teacher, now political activist speaking out on the facts about Common Core, Agenda 21 (agenda21today.com) and many other topics featured on Save America Foundation, Americaismyname.org and others.