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Today, hundreds of state legislators from across the nation will head out to an "island" resort on the coast of Florida to a unique "education academy" sponsored by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). There will be no students or teachers. Instead, legislators, representatives from right-wing think tanks and for-profit education corporations will meet behind closed doors to channel their inner Milton Friedman and promote the radical transformation of the American education system into a private, for-profit enterprise.
What is ALEC Scoring on Its Education "Report Card?"
Little is known about the agenda of the ALEC education meeting taking place at the Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island. The meeting is not open to the public and recently even the press has been kicked out of meetings and barred from attendance. So to understand the ALEC agenda with regard to education, it is important to examine ALEC's education "scorecard."
Imagine getting a report card from your teacher and finding out that you were graded not on how well you understood the course material or scored on the tests and assignments, but rather on to what extent you agreed with your teacher's strange public policy positions. That is the best way to understand the American Legislative Exchange Council's 17th Report Card on American Education released last week.
Put ALEC out of business. Vote out republicans.
American Legislative Exchange Council, known as ALEC. Critics say the Washington-based organization plays a key role in helping corporations secretly draft model pro-business legislation that has been used by state lawmakers across the country.
Unlike many other organizations, ALEC’s membership includes both state lawmakers and corporate executives who gather behind closed doors to discuss and vote on model legislation.
ALEC has come under increased scrutiny for its role in drafting bills to:
--- attack workers’ rights
--- roll back environmental regulations
--- privatize education
--- deregulate major industries
--- passing voter ID laws.
Democracy and citizens kicked out the back door.
I suspect you are right. Even Republicans have children they love and for whom they want the best
Should Kansas? Of Core snot. These are very dumbed down standards.
Stupid is as stupid does.....Forrest Gump
I find it increasingly difficult to fathom the focus of the GOP in Kansas. Exactly what is wrong with the common core standards? They are not federal. They rightfully confine science to fact or scientifically derived theory. I feel no loss of local control. In fact I find this effort most encouraging.
By the by, as a military dependent I attended school in many states each of which had their own standards. In consequence I was required to repeat or undertake a fair number of courses not required in my previous schools. With a common core across many states hopefully that challenge will be minimized not just for the millions of military dependents but for the millions of children of commercial employees transferred each year.
It seems to me that there are many more meaningful issues that we might address instead of creating an issue where there is none.
I am embarrassed to say I am from Kansas. There is now a stigma that is attached to anyone from here or living here presently. The stigma is that you're stupid, ignorant, intolerant, a racist or a fanatical bible thumper which is equivalent to Koran thumpers, aka the Taliban.
The extremist who are now in control of the legislature, first started by running for the State Board of Education. When they made the news about teaching creationism in school, many people woke up to what happened and voted them out at the primary and at the general election. We need to keep this issue alive to show how totally ignorant these people are. Hopefully this will wake people up.
More evidence that the Kansas legislature is now dominated by the black helicopter crowd.
Ignorant and anti-education at best, willfully ignorant and undermining education at worst.
This just another ploy for the Kansas republicns to bypass the separation of church and state. Republicans rely on hokey religion for their very existance, keeping the electorate flummoxed with religious hokum and imaginary dieties. Our governer is a prime example of this practice. It is their stock in trade. No one knows the true nature of the real Power of the Universe. All religion is fantasy and imagination. Nothing is subject to proof. It works well for the party that is trying to keep their agenda fresh in the face of plain facts and reality.
This would all make sense if this group met behind one of the glass diorama displays at Dyche. Then a sign in front which read "Neanderthals gather around a fire," would make perfect sense. What next, a resolution that demands opposition to the boogeyman (or bogeyman)? It is really incumbent on Kansas PUBLIC schools to teach our children well. They won't be sticking around and need to be prepared for what lies beyond the borders. If the private schools want to teach the medical theory of humors and the Ptolemaic map of the Universe, so be it.
Why is it that I get the feeling the GOP in Kansas has priorities and goals remarkably similar to those Warren Jeffs harbored?
School board member what are you talking about? If you really are a school board member then you really don't get it. This is not a Republican or Democrat issue. It is a Federal vs. State issue. Do we the people of Kansas really need the Federal Gov't to set the bar for our educational standards? Are we not capable of deciding what we need then and want them to be? The tax dollars you and I spend on Kansas education gives us all the right to determine for ourselves that we get what we are paying for.
remind them that gravity is just a theory. We don't know how it works. Might be little unseeable people pulling us together. Perhaps invisible flying pigs ? Just saying.
State GOP Chair Kelly Arnold said today there is "a groundswell of people" who are opposing Common Core standards for reading and math, which are going into effect in Kansas and 44 other states.
--This is an accurate statement. The problem is the level of knowledge the "groundswell of people in opposition" possess. Which is right around zero, maybe less than that when you average everything out.
"We feel we lose control over what we are allowed to teach our children here in Kansas," Arnold said.
--No, the states are losing no control regarding the issue of education funding or standards.
...represents "an unconstitutional and illegal transfer of power to the federal government and unaccountable private interests." A number of tea-party affiliated groups have targeted Common Core.
--Since when does the GOP have an issue with unconstitutional transfers of power to unaccountable private interests? Heck, even if Common Core were to be adopted or used as a template for state education standards, little to stop these idiots in Topeka from giving your local pizza shack money to start a private school.
The Common Core has nothing at all to do with the federal government. They were sponsored by a large consortium of state governors and drawn up by educators. Any supposed link to the Feds is the result of either misinformation or bald faced lies.
Maybe we could just get it over with and get back to witchcraft and voodoo arts in our schools. That seems to be where this bunch of knotheads want to take us. They did not ask me if I thought common core would obliterate local control. Where do they honestly come up with the majority of people who believe this--at meetings with 100 percent of their kind in attendance?
This just in. State GOP crafting resolution switching all available digital technology to ANALOG and the arrest of ALL Federal agents (Marshals included) sent to sunflower state if they attempt to enforce otherwise. Doppler Radar also on chopping block to be replaced by WWII plane radar, deemed "good enough" for residents in twister prone locales..SWEET JESUS!
Have they asked what the teachers think about Common Core? Just a thought....
Science is fallible, full of frauds, hoaxes, false assumptions, and enforced biases. The Bible is not fallible, never proven wrong.
Keep the federal government out of Kansas public schools.
We live in a moronocracy.
Republican "conservatives" working together to make ignorance a virtue.
Mr. Rothschild has again failed to report the news here. He's just printing a few quotes. A reporter would, at the very least, point out that the Common Core standards are not sponsored or controlled by the federal government. To print that the GOP position is that Common Core would result in a take over of education standards by the federal government and fail to point out that it's a blatant falsehood is poor reporting. The Journal World could save a little money here and just let the Kansas GOP write the articles. I'm sure they would be willing to do it.
Kansas has cut education funding to 16.5% less than it was in 2008, deeper than all but three other states over the past five years, so that wealthy business owners can pay no state income tax.
Is it any wonder that those whose economic interests are the Brownback administration's sole concern should dislike the idea of standards that will clearly show the effects of funding cuts on learning outcomes? If you don't have hard numbers to contradict you, you can always pour snake oil over the problems and in Kansas they will magically disappear. Just ask Flim-Flam Sam.
The Common Core will provide transparency and demand accountability: two things that make Sam's skin crawl. If we have those, the people of Kansas might start to think that you don't really get something for nothing after all.
I really would like to see our education system move back to seeking and expanding knowledge instead of finding a job. Tying knowledge to economics (or religion) seems like a slippery slope to stupidity.
That's right. Common Core means that you're no longer allowed to homeschool or attend private or parochial schools, and if you teach your kids supplemental things at home or take your kids to church on Sunday, you'll be arrested by the Michelle Obama thought police and be forced to drink water and run laps around the gym.
What the hell is wrong with these people? Do they have a clue of how much time and money has been invested in Common Core already? Do they even know what Common Core is? Have they read for themselves what it is or are they just going by rumors and word of mouth from people who don't even know what it is themselves? This is so stupid!
I used to be proud to tell people I'm from Kansas. Now? It's a complete embarrassment to admit that thanks to the clown we have who are driving this State into the ground.
The problem, as it always is, is that these Republicans have never seen the standards, let alone the standards in action in the classroom. People need to get into the schools, and see what is being taught and how it is taught. Instead, they stand outside and listen to every rumor and uninformed opinion that comes along. I am beginning to wonder if Kansans care if our children are educated for the world THEY will live in!
Send in the clowns.
I believe this is part of Sam Brownback's "Roadmap to illiteracy." Couple this with his cuts to K-12 schools (the largest cuts ever made) and his more recent cuts to higher education and you can see where Kansas is going.
Yep, the GOP rejects commonly accepted standards on math, reading, and science all over their religious desire to disprove evolution.
Never mind that such a policy makes Kansas even stupider and less educated and will create more red necks and criminals and drug users.....
Of course, guns, gay bashing, bigotry, brown skin bashing, and ignorance gets the republicans elected and red necks buy into all of that BS so the reality is the GOP does not really care about education as stupid voting mass HELPS them.
Lastly, this BS is brought to you by the same conservative morons that cut off the funds making Kansas the forth worst state in the Union related to Education.
We should never question and always except what Washington does and feels best for us. They always know what's best and are good at their core. Kansas as a State, with it's State Board of Education, local school boards, PTA's and people are not capable of deciding what is best for their children.
Resistance is futile.
1984 was just a science fiction book.
States should have no power.
All power resides in the Federal Government.
There is only one answer.
Resistance is futile.
BULL! We send them our educational tax dollars. They skim off enough to cover their bureaucracy and return to us what is left with enough strings attached to strangle every kid in the system.
Kansas GOP, as ignorant and backward as the rest of the world knows they are.
There is no such thing. There are religious-based mythologies, which of course have no place in the science curriculum.
Oh jeez, here we go. 2+1=dog, humans riding dinosaurs, evolution taught w/creationism...welcome to Kansas' state of academia, 2013. We helped develop these standards, along with other states. Why even go through the process just to shun it 2 years later? Im not democrat or republican, just logical.
RINO. Republican in name only. This is the American Taliban.
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