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Letter: Core standards

If only we could hear such sanity from Topeka.

September 21, 2013 at 12:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

State GOP adopts resolution demanding withdrawal from Common Core, science standards

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.

September 16, 2013 at 9:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Roberts, Jenkins remain opposed to military strike against Syria

Never in my 60 years have I ever seen Republicans pass on a chance to start a war like they are in Syria. Looks like their dislike for the current "decider" outweighs even their inborn bloodlust.

September 10, 2013 at 11:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

State board approves new science standards

OMG! Evolution, climate change AND common Core Curriculum! Has the KSBE gone sane? What wonderful news for the children of Kansas, their future employers, and all purveyors of reason!

June 11, 2013 at 9:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Senate votes to block new education standards

It makes complete sense that conservatives would stand against the Common Core Standards. These standards were designed to counteract years of simple memorization and test taking skills by actually teaching students to use critical thinking skills to solve real world problems. If a generation is taught to think In this way, none of them would ever vote for conservative candidates.

June 1, 2013 at 10:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Push-back on Common Core not unique to Kansas

I don't understand why folks would think that the Common Core Standards have any link to the feds at all. This is simply misinformation. They were developed by a consortium of educators and sponsored by governors. Individual states have voted to adopt them. States who haven't wanted to participate have not. Maybe the fear of the feds isn't really the problem at all. Possibly its the fact that the standards are designed to teach children to think critically. It makes complete sense that conservatives would fear an electorate who has been educated with skills such as logic and critical thinking.

May 21, 2013 at 3:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opponents of drug testing for welfare benefits see it as hassling the poor; Brownback says it will help

Substance abuse and jobs training for those on public assistance could prove to be positive programs. However, this certainly does not sound like small government. It sounds pretty darned socialist. Maybe Sam is coming around and will start implementing more programs designed to help people. That would certainly be a welcome change.

April 21, 2013 at 8:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fighting continues over anti-union bill

Rep. Marvin Kleeb, R-Overland Park, "said it was about protecting individuals from pressure to make the political donations". I find this totally shocking. I've been a public school teacher for 25 years and have never been pressured or even asked to make any political donations whatsoever. Nor have I ever been pressured to join the union. In spite of the fact that all teachers gain great benefit from union efforts, some join, some don't. Rep. Kleeb has completely made this issue up.

This is not about protecting teachers. It's about disabling us as a political force. That way, Republicans can outlaw unions, cut our pay and benefits, cut state funding for education in spite of what the courts say, thereby completely gutting the high quality of eduction in Kansas in order to provide tax cuts for the rich. Some might call this short sighted.

February 1, 2013 at 3:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )