Washington’s Latest Education Overreach: National Standards for Schools

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Truth in American Education (TAE) shines a beacon of light directly on the government’s behind-the-scenes efforts to drastically alter American education. As taxpayers, parents and concerned citizens, we believe that proper respect for the American people requires that major educational changes be subject to an open and public discussion prior to approval and implementation, not the other way around.

In particular, TAE focuses on the interrelated system of national standards, national curriculum and national testing connected to Washington’s Race to the Top (RTTT) program, although both the RTTT program and the proposed reauthorization of the original Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, whose most recent reauthorization appeared as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001, also presented historic changes in public education. The top-down mandates and billions of dollars spent according to the NCLB Act did little to benefit improved education results for all students.

Americans rightly have voiced these concerns that we address:

  • Operating outside of the system of checks and balances that Americans rely on is dangerous to our freedoms. They are an affront to parents’ rights, the 10th Amendment and our tradition of local control over education.
  • The mixing of public, corporate and foundation money without proper accountability is troublesome, as taxpayers contribute a significant portion of education funding.
  • A one-size-fits-all set of national standards, curriculum and testing controlled by a few will affect us all.
  • Impacts to public school, private school and home school education will be felt, as mandates increase and curriculum choices will diminish.
  • Students are not widgets and require individualized learning. More top-down control is not in the best interests of educating individual students.

Truth in American Education provides information to parents, taxpayers, school board members, educators and legislators who are concerned about these issues. At the heart of it, the disposition of these issues will determine whether the federal government and elite, special interest groups have the right to form the hearts and minds of children and whether we will reject, or affirm, the concepts laid down by our founding principles.

Current information about the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), CCSSI-related assessments, RTTT, privacy issues, state longitudinal data systems (SLDS), and the ESEA is provided for individuals and organizations to understand and to take action on behalf of our students.

The CCSSI is a major connecting thread tying the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), CCSS assessments, RTTT, SLDS, and ESEA together. The assessments developed by two non-public entities, the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), will assess the CCSS. PARCC and SBAC are funded with RTTT grant funds. RTTT criteria called for states to adopt common standards and implement longitudinal data systems. Student assessment data will be included in the state longitudinal data systems (SLDS). The reauthorization of ESEA/NCLB, A Blueprint for Reform, promotes the adoption of common standards and will require SLDS.


ABC Tries to Trivialize the Founders: ‘Guys Who Didn’t Give Women the Vote and Let Slavery Stand’

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What better way to celebrate America’s independence than trying to trivialize its founders? If it sounds odd, just know that that’s what ABC News did during its Fourth of July weekend coverage.

In a “This Week” piece regarding the Constitution and referencing the founders, ABC’s John Donvan made this curious statement:

The reality is that the framers – posed in paintings as though frozen on an American Olympus – they were not gods, they were guys – guys who didn’t give women the vote and let slavery stand for the time being and who, by the way, were trying to create at the time a stronger central government, of course not too strong, leaving to us a Constitution that we could fix, as needed, – sorry, make that amend – which we’ve now done 27 times.

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What Donvan doesn’t seem to understand is that the founders were brilliant enough to create a document that could expand. That was the point. The amendment procedure was essential to the Constitution, and was utilized early on to create the Bill of Rights. And it was through that process that women were given the right to vote.

Donvan also doesn’t seem to understand the three-fifths compromise. Many try to use that section of the Constitution — which counted the slave population as three-fifths* — to show the founders were decidedly pro-slavery. But actually, the controversial segment was used to help defeat slavery. That’s because the slave states wanted to count the slaves as full people in order to gain more power. But if that happened, it could have had severe consequences in enshrining slavery in the country forever. So the “compromise” was reached to only count the entire slave population* as three-fifths, thus creating a more even balance of power.

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During Break in Peace Talks With Obama – Taliban Kidnap and Execute British Soldier

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The Mirror reported:

RUTHLESS Taliban thugs last night claimed they captured and murdered a British soldier during a firefight with allied troops.

Commanders bragged about the cowardly ­execution in a chilling statement delivered after the young serviceman’s body was found a mile from his base yesterday. It is the first time a British soldier has been kidnapped in the 10 years of operation in Afghanistan.

Spokesman Qari Mohammad Yousuf said: “The soldier was captured yesterday during a firefight. When the fighting got more intense we couldn’t keep him so we had to kill him.”

But western military chiefs insisted there had been no fighting in the area where the soldier, from the 4 Scots regiment, went missing and the Taliban are well-known for ­exaggerating their battlefield exploits.

And confusion reigned as a senior Afghan general claimed the soldier was kidnapped after going for an early morning swim with two Afghan soldiers when he finished sentry duty.

There were even ­allegations the local troops handed him over to a death squad – which British commanders are checking.

An unnamed witness claimed the handover took place under the cover of darkness.

There were fears the Taliban had carried out the snatch after being tipped off that David Cameron was making a secret visit to visit troops in Helmand.


Casey Anthony Verdict: NOT GUILTY of First Degree Murder & Manslaughter

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The jury announced their verdict in the Casey Anthony trial this afternoon:
NOT GUILTY of first degree murder

NOT GUILTY of child abuse

NOT GUILTY of aggravated manslaughter

The jury found that Anthony was guilty of lying to the police.

She can only get 4 years for each of the lying counts. If the judge says they are concurrent, then she has already served 3 years… She would either serve one more year or more likely get time off for good behavior and community service. She walks on murdering her child – more parties in her future I’m sure. Sick. While her baby’s corpse was lying in a swamp in a garbage bag with duct tape around her head. No justice for a brutally murdered child, God rest her soul. Our courts and sense of justice are a joke.


More and More Violence as America Starts Coming Apart at the Seams

View more videos at: http://nbcchicago.com.

CHICAGOLAND: 5 Dead, 23 Hurt Over Violent Holiday Weekend

Mob in Peoria shoots fireworks at police, firefighters

MAYHEM IN MOBILE: 300+ fight on street corner, man shot in face

13 stabbed, shot in Boston in just 5 hours

4-Year-Old Boy Shot While Watching Baltimore Fireworks

2 Shot During Massive Brawl Outside Atlantic City Casino

Dozens of teens loot store, then attack passersby