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On a reading test. Hmmm. Do I read better if I answer yes, or answer no? This was a question on a Smart Balanced Assessment test in another state.
The speaker in this video is challenging the Smart Balance Assessments. These tests are manipulative. How you answer one question allows the computer to decide which question to send you to next….
A couple problems mentioned here. One, the Smart Balanced Assessment question on honesty does not give a child the option to do the right thing. The child must chose which one of the wrong things he should do. This of course goes into the child’s record and will last forever, until the next EMP goes of above North America.
The Smart Balance Assessment is testing your child’s tolerance for being manipulated. Another question, you find out your family is moving to Siberia tomorrow. How would you spend your time. Crying, Calling friends, yelling at parents, running away… do any of these things have to do with reading? Yet the child can’t get up and walk away from the test. The child will look over and choose one on the spot because he can’t go on to the next question until he answers this one. The psychological answer, of course, becomes part of his permanent record…
The tests can be manipulated with difficulty going up, or difficulty going down, depending if the state wants to look proficient to save the governor’s job, or look really bad to drum up support for charters moving in and stealing public funding.
These tests simply cannot be trusted. The speaker in the poor quality video above, compares this to written tests, which adults can see and question, but in manipulative tests, parents or teachers do not know the questions.
Furthermore, if a evil ass republican principal named Dreyfus wants to remove an absolutely brilliant Harry Potter who is loved by excellent students, all he has to do is manipulate scores of those teacher’s students tests, to give him the excuse he needs to fire Teacher Harry Potter, and replace him with Teachers Crabbe and Goyle… who incidentally all got fantastic scores out of their classrooms through manipulation as well.
With the Smart Balanced Assessments, we have moved from accountability into secret chambers…
Since the Smart Balanced Assessment is fixed, already in, we need this session, as are other states, bills to allow any parent, and any teacher, to be able to see the actual physical questions and answers of their student’s tests…
Further more, parents must now caution students this spring, to not answer any question that does not pertain to a story they are reading, but is about themselves personally…. For every answer will go on that child’s record and keep him out of college and good jobs forever…
Better yet, parents .. Opt out. Go to Jamaica that week and take the kids…..
As to the question in the title. No, I would try to give the wallet back.. But wait, I’m stuck, that is not one of my options! Oh, what to do!
“Umm. I have a bachelors degree in Dodgeball. Can I grade too?”
“Sure, since that’s good enough to become a chief for change; plus we’ll let anyone grade… It’s just little kids who could possibly get hurt, that’s all. No problem. Just sign up here! Go to computer number 12.”
70% of New York State FAILED. 70% of Kentucky FAILED… Are you finally getting the picture? ITTS.. It’s the test, stupid!
“The Delaware Department of Education says no. The United States Department of Education Says no. Common Core is the opposite of allowing parents to have any control over their children’s education.. In fact, the Chief of Change emphatically state that their organization is taxed with the responsibility of assisting in the removal of parents from the educational process of their children..
Delaware’s Mark Murphy has recently been made a Chief of Change. Their mission:
Bold visionary education reform”.. Does that sound like parent involvement to you? No? The words “bold”, “visionary”, and “reform”, are all corporate mantras. If you work in a corporate environment like BOA, they are second nature to you, and often inspire ridicule whenever out of the bosses hearing range, because they are so oft overused.
Below are their guiding principles:
Recruit, Reward and Retain Excellent Teachers and Leaders
Replace Failure with Success
High Academic Standards
Transparent and Rigorous Accountability
Viable Options for All Students
Does anything remotely sound like it involve parents to you? Or does it sound like it is completely designed by Colonel Klink at Stalag 13? Parents have been opted out of the process.
In the formation of Common Core. There was no parent involvement. In Delaware’s installation of Common Core, there was no parent involvement. In the secret chamber of charter group task force, declared illegal by the state’s attorney general, there was no parent involvement. In the hearings of SB 51, there was no parent involvement. In the hearings of HB 165, there was no parent involvement. In fact the number of legislators in Delaware’s General Assembly who actually care about parents being involved with their children’s education, can be counted on one hand…. They deserve honor and praise. John Kowalko, Paul Baumbach, Charles Potter, and Edward Osienski…
Darryl Scott voted against giving parents the right to decide their children’s education. David Sokola voted against giving parents the right to decide their children’s education…. The one sidedness of Delaware’s legislature simply shows the extent to which it has been bought out by special interest. Particularly those who make money selling contracts to the State of Delaware for your tax dollars… Those contractors mean a hell of alot more to Pete Schwartzkoph, than you, a parent, trying to do best for your child…
In fact the National Department of Education has sent legal advisors to each state to advise how to co-opt parents from the educational process. Their advice was to move quickly, use funding as a foil, to limit public discussion, control the argument and shut off dissent, and interfere when legislators talk to constituents so they do not hear a clear message from parents…
Delaware was easy for them. We rolled over like a professional hoe. But other states, with more of a libertarian bent, are not taking it so lightly. It is finally as we compare notes from state to state, that us parents are realizing how we were so quickly co-opted here in Delaware. The News Journal bears a big brunt of the failure.
In other state’s legislatures bills are brought up in tune with their constituents’ needs, outlawing the use of national standards…
This bill modifies the powers and duties of the State Board of Education related to the development and adoption of core curriculum standards. Essentually it directs the State Board of Education to take into consideration the comments and recommendations of a standards review committee in revising core curriculum standards. …
Whicn in lay speak, means the Common Core Standards should be vetted by the public first, before going forward and put in place under the auspices of the Chief’s of Change.
The Utah Head of Education just sent an email out to all lobbyists telling them to show up at the meeting and do their best to kill that parent friendly piece of legislation… It was bad for business…
The Chief of Change are emphatic that parents have zero place in deciding their children education.. In fact, the head of the Chief of Change, was publicly thumbed out of leading Indiana, and was fired from his Florida position, when it was discovered that he cheated and gave his charter school a grade of A+++ instead of hte C- which it actually incurred.
Darryl Scott supports this organization. When you support a thief, what does that make you? Someone who doesn’t care about parents, that’s who.
Two teachers surveys hit this weekend relating to how prepared they are on Common Core…. One was led by the National Center for Literacy Education a group of organizations devoted to whole school literacy operations, and the other by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As expected there are differences…
Teachers are concerned about how Common Core will impact students. The difference is in how difference, two different teacher’s surveys think so.
The two surveys will be listed for the rest of this post, as NCLE and as BM Gates.
Number of teachers asked per study:
3300 NCLE; 22,000 BM Gates
Percent of teachers NOT involved with any planning for their students Common Core...
37% NCLE; 25% BM Gates
Percent of teachers who felt they were well prepared to roll out Common Core
44% NCLE; 75% BM Gates.
Percent of teachers saying finding time to meet challenges is their most frustrating aspect
50% NCLE; 50% BM Gates
Percent of teachers worried about not being prepared to teach Common Core to struggling students.
80% NCLE; 30% BM Gates
On a very troubling trend, the NCLE data show that over the last year teachers have become even more isolated from each other’s professional expertise, even as they are being asked to undertake the large, complicated task of CCSS implementation.
Courtesy of the NCLE
Furthermore only 17% of teachers were highly involved in Common Core planning….
Courtesy of the NCLE
The lack of peer groups of teachers working together, combined with time restraints, is damaging the effectiveness of Common Core Rollouts…
Courtesy of the NCLE
It appears that Common Core’s effectiveness is doomed.
Courtesy of Disney’s Alice in wonderland
Someone stirred the embers of John Sweeney’s soul. They shouldn’t have…. Sometimes it IS better to rest on one’s laurels…
In a News Journal op-ed Mr.Sweeney tries to shame the Democratic Party… It is worth the read, for in its chutzpah, it reminds old timers still left, of how the very brave Poles road their horses with swords drawn in calvary formation towards the fully armored German Panzer divisions attacking them….
On the rank of futility, his efforts are similar. On the rank of bravery, his efforts are similar.
I think what we are experiencing is the passage of one century into another… Mr. Sweeney is a product of the last century. Things were very different then from how they are today. As one ages one is prone to becomes sentimental, and emotional, and embrace those good things they remember in ones youth…. As a result those things called facts, which depart from the other side of the brain, get vetoed out of existence in editing, and their interference with a fictions narrative is negated…
We get a nice story that if it stayed on the porch in the company of old men rocking their hours away, would remain that, a nice mixture of observation and opinion….
The problem is that this is not staying on the old folks home porch, but is attempting to interject itself into policy and plans for our future. Therefore, it must also be served alongside a complete rebuttal, so that policy makers are given a clear view or our future, both the dreams and reality, and not just the one sided wistfulness of one single old man.
Mr. Sweeney remembers Wilmington of a different era… 1973…. He doesn’t remember it very well for his piece is entirely devoid of any mention of the riots and subsequent war zone imposed on the city of Wilmington 5 years just before. He conviently fails to even mention the despondency of that time captured by then City Supervisor O. Francis Biondi in his telling the New York Times, “the National Guard here has become a symbol of white suppression of the black community. That may be a useful way to get elected, but who wants to run a city under those circumstances?”
He also fails to bring up the Court ordered desegregation rule that evolved from the ashes of that occupation and racial pot stirring. A rule that has the blessing of no political party, and still is the predominant problem underlying New Castle County’s education today..
These alone throw cold water on his assertions that life was ideal back in 1973. Just maybe… if you were a wealthy white; but certainly not for any black… Sweeney simply sweeps all blacks aside as he continues his claim.
Let us take and break down his opening paragraph….
- Is Wilmington a better place to live today than it was in 1973? Why, yes. Yes it is.
- Is crime worse or better? Crime is better. Despite overall shootings in and among drug traffickers, all other crimes are fractions of what they were in 1973.
Are the schools better? Public schools are; particularly for those of Afro-American descent who come from the city. Charter schools suck though.
- Are more kids going to college? More kids are going to college than back in 1973. And at higher percentages too.
- Is business booming?Walk down market street some evening and tell me. Yes, business is as good, if not better than before the ’68 riots.
- Is the city’s future brighter? We have the Riverfront, a baseball team, a civic center, a walk along the river. A very attractive city. Market Street, an Art School. Two state universities and a state college. I would certainly say our city if much brighter than 5 years after we had our national guard overextend their record.
So even his opening assertions, which he never attempts to defend, are at their very starting place, horribly misconceived…
If ones entire premise is horribly misconstrued, then everything afterwards is such as well… Were anyone to make a mistake and use sand instead of flour to make bread, their end product would not be bread would it not? Logic works the same way….
The second gigantic flaw in Mr. Sweeney’s reasoning just oozes out of this statement right here…. (I should warn readers that even in Sweeney’s advanced age, two parts of what he will ring true… both are about his abysmal party, the Republicans…) ==“The easy – and accurate – answer is that there are barely any Republicans left in town. A second – and only slightly more complicated – answer is that the Republicans of late have shown little interest in cities and their problems. The final answer comes directly from the first two: Since the Republicans are no threat, the Democrats do not have to do anything to retain the voters loyalty. They will win automatically.
Did you catch the flaw? If not, allow me to point it out.. Mr. Sweeney seems to totally forget something called “primary elections” Perhaps he can be forgiven for that; Republicans have only had a few primaries in my entire lifetime, and they were only because of Mike Protack. Yet Democratic primaries have been some of the closest, competitive, promise driven contests in this state. If you are voted in, and don’t listen to your constituents, you are going to face 11 challenger for your seat the next session… Hell, the only way to get re-elected in this town, is once lucky enough to get in, you take damn good care of your client base….. And as Mr. Sweeney himself points out, those clients aren’t Republican voters…
You see, Wilmington voters are not voters who follow party rule as Mt. Sweeney so blandly assumes. The reasons they don’t vote for Republicans is because Repulbicans don’t care about them. Republicans only care about big money and is why they can’t get votes in Wilmington. Party has nothing to do with it. In fact you could make Wilmington flip Republican in just one election cycle. Just run a Republican who says he is going to tax Charlie Copeland and his friends 100% out the gazoo. Then you would find it was the issues keeping Republicans off the roster, not the name of their party… Republicans can’t get elected because they are wrong for Wilmington.
Yet Mr. Sweeney makes no mention of that either… And here is where Mr. Sweeney loses it.
He blames Barack Obama. Yep, blame the black man not just for this cities problems, but all cities problems… In his statement that all cities have democratic mayors and Barack Obama is not helping them, her forgets a couple of other observations by which only his statements could have the hint of truth.
He forgets that prior to Barack Obama, there was George W. Bush, a Republican, and he ignored cities too. (Remember New Orleans?) He forgets that not all mayors are Democrats. There are Republican mayors too… New York, Fresno, Miami, Mesa, Tulsa, Virginia Beach, are just a few Republican mayors experiencing the same city problems as is Wilmington. The truth is, that running a city on cutting taxes, getting rid of government, and instilling disciplined religion in all aspects of life, is a very hard sell. The reason almost all town mayors are Democratic, is because Democrats are the only ones who make sense. So if one has Republican mayors and a Republican Executive Branch, and a Republican State government, and still have the same problems, Sweeney’s argument is completely undercut.
He also seems to have had a tad memory slip up, and has forgotten that despite Democrats holding the presidency, and despite the Senate being blue, there is a Republican house. which has proposed nothing, and which has voted down every expenditure brought before it, even Hurricane Sandy aid. (It took Democrats to finally get that passed). With political realities like that, making grandiose plans that never get off the ground is nothing but an exercise in futility. Sweeney fails to mention the elephant in the room: that there can and will be no help for cities as long as they is not a super-majority of Democrats in both houses…
In a complete disembowelment of disbelief, Sweeney states that national politicians have stopped wooing City voters. Two things are missing on Sweeney’s radar. One, Republicans have tried to make inner city voting next to impossible by limiting voting machines and forcing intimidating long lines, and two, it is the growth of urban areas that propelled Democrats in every state. All states have counties red and blue. If a state is more urban, it’s blueness wins out…and more than anything, that is why Republicans are losing.
It is no ones fault but their own…
Is anyone shaping Wilmington’s future Sweeney asks? It is bizarre questioning, because Sweeney already answered it….
In some areas, the city is safer. In others, there are more jobs. Certainly, some schools are better today than they were in 1973. And individual organizations and people, including elected officials, have worked hard and have put together effective coalitions. The Financial Center Development Act brought new banking and credit-card jobs to town, a federal judge desegregated the area’s schools, the decaying dock areas were redeveloped into the Riverfront, with an I-Max movie theater, a convention center and a host of new businesses and condos and apartments
I’d say we had some good plans for our future. We’ve come a long way since 1973…
Is Wilmington better off? Hell yes… If so, that makes Sweeney’s argument that we need to go back to 1973 rather pointless and odd. I can think of no afro-American who wants things returned to 1973….
In the end, Sweeney’s arguement breaks down. We should have one political party he says, and that should include Democrats and Republicans. Well, (confused) that’s what you’ve been complaining over what we had?
Since Sweeney’s arguments boggle th logical mind, I struggle to find a box to put them in. At best, it is someone wistful of their younger days, of back when they were in power and who wishes their privileged class like that of Nicholas and Alexander, could once again rein supreme and not have to deal with “those people”…
The rest of us, are better off with all we got since then.
What do you think?
Having looked at many of the charter propositions across the United States this past year, i can say they all tout how their scores have either climbed or remained near the top in their categories… Here in Delaware both Newark charter and Wilmington Charter were awarded prizes recently for their academic excellence…
The privateers all chimed in. ”See what’s possible? Why can’t public schools perform as well? What we need are more charters…”
They forgot the difference between charter and public schools. The charter gets to pick the student. The public has to take the student….
This fact underlies every report that states Charters Schools rock. They don’t. For in every report that delves deeper and compares students of equal income levels between public and charter, those in public are 20% higher… In other words, they are getting a better education per student, but the charters receive the glory because all they have, are students already considered top notch. The sad thing, is those top notch students are receiving a B- education in charters, when they could be getting an A+ education in public schools.
We know this, because when we compare the top students in public schools with the top students in Charter schools, the public schools stomp them flat.
How can this be you ask? Common sense should tell you why. If you have a bad kidney, would you prefer to go to a hospital that regularly deals with kidneys that are bad, or would you opt to visit the former miracle man who lives in a tree with his cranky wife? (Princess Bride reference). Public schools have been teaching for years. Charters are start ups. Public schools are trained in educational techniques. Charters are investors with money who want a return on their investment. Public schools have plans for every contingency; Charters make it up as they go along.
There is logically no way a Charter can outperform a public school, unless, unless, it is allowed to steal all the top students out of a system and can then say, look, we’re smarter than they…..
A Stanford University study performed by their Center for Research on Education Outcomes, found that even with stealing the cream of the crop, 34 percent of charter students did worse than their public school counterparts, 49 percent stayed the same, and only 17 percent did better.
Research from the same study out of Stanford found charter schools to enroll less students of color, less students with special needs, and fewer English language learners than public schools. Some charter schools are able to push out low-performing students before they take tests as a way to bolster their test scores….
Reformers would have us believe that parents are doing the choosing but in reality it is the charter schools, many which are for-profit corporations, who actually get to choose….
And then, there is that elephant-in-the-room problem. What to do with all those students left behind in public schools, especially those schools who need more intensive interference, but now share far less resources to accomplish anything substantial…..?
Charter schools kill school districts. The Charter School distraction has kept American education revolving in the backwash for 20 years now.
I was challenged recently by the question: why are you so against privatization? it was one of those questions that make you stop and go through self analysis. Like, “Yeah, I guess I must look like I am against privatization, but why AM I against privatization? How did that change ever occur?”
The root word of privatization is “private”. I have long championed individual privacy issues and every person’s right to live their lives as they choose and see fit, and not be forced to succumb to anthers views on of how they should live, through public threats of intimidation or exposure of their lifestyles and habits…
Likewise, in business negotiations, privacy is needed in forming preliminary contracts, just as it is needed in preparing for war. If one’s opponent knows early enough what you are doing, what you are doing, never gets done… So privacy is the significant meme underlying privatization….
But, I don’t think everything should be private. Especially when it comes to money… For example, I don’t think that if a parent gives a child an allowance, that the parent must remain in the dark and unaware of how that money is spent. It was originally the parent’s money, and he has a right to keep it out of the hands of the local drug lords…
Likewise, when a school gets public money, it is to the same principle to which we should adhere. Why should we spend more money on the superintendent’s salary and less on chemicals for chemistry class? Why should we scrap our two year old high school uniforms, and buy another round for all the competing sports teams? Why should we pay the principal’s wife, a 6 figure income to become his administrative assistant?
Just like the parent keeping track of his child’s money, when it comes to education and taxpayers money, the same rights must apply.
Only they don’t,…. when we allow a private corporation to perform a governmental function… because proprietary claims are in effect….
What will the SBA (Smart Balanced Assessment) be like? We can’t tell you. How do I teach my students to do well on the SBA? We can’t tell you. How much money are you making off the $300 million dollar contract? We can’t tell you. Who made up the standards with which we are holding all students accountable? I’m sorry, that we can’t tell you.
Privatization is about making public private… and that is not a good thing. For when you remove something from public into private, you remove accountability…
“Eff you. I don’t have to tell you anything, We’re private.”
Essentially that is why we broke away from Great Britain. They could do what they wanted with our money, without being accountable to us colonists over here… Essentially, royalty is the privatization of government. Everything that happens in the Chamber of Secrets, is proprietary knowledge. There is no accountability, The CEO is CEO and it will only take a stockholder’s revolution to toss him out… And despite all the propaganda of how the King is omnipotent, he is really subservient to the wishes of the majority of his prime investors, those who are counting on him to increase their own fortunes…
Very much like a charter school is run today….. Very much like Common Core is being run today…
Privatization is about keeping what is happening with your money, private… So when you ask a question, what is happening with my money… the answer is…. You can’t know….
More often the real answer behind privatization is that they are using your money in ways of which they know you would not approve for the simple reason it benefits their best interests, and not those of the subjects for which you gave it up….
So in a free market system, where there is no accountability, how does one hold educational officials accountable? Like kings going to war, by the results: some win, some lose. Some businesses grow, some fail; it is the capitalistic system model. The strong win; the weak lose. The powerful prevail; the suffering suffer more. That is the fundamental maxim of privatization.
“If a charter school can’t outperform a public school, it gets closed.”
We now see with Pencader, REACH and Moyer that closing down a school may vaguely and indirectly punish the CEO’s and investors who put up the money, but it devastates the children and parents who chose that school based on its false promises. The CEO’s and investors aren’t ruined for life. The parents and students are; they can never go back in time and relive that year or two in a different school system and get different results…
Privatization protects the kings, and fells the subjects…. Allowing privatization to creep into government goes against every sentiment on which this great nation was founded….
In privatizing education, the results of its failures will be our children. Not the DuPonts, not the Copelands, not the Longwood trustees.
America was once founded upon the principles that all Americans were born equal and therefore deserve the equal opportunity to pursue their dreams, one of which may be the accumulation of wealth, it really doesn’t matter… Privatization works to destroy that principle, and replace it with another one stating that only those with lots of money, shall pass beyond this point…..
“Privatization” Is Inherently Unequal
Photos courtesy of WJLE
They certainly know how to welcome him… with open arms… and signs,… all asking him to talk to them about common core…
The Governor thought it was going to be just a routine Reagan Day Republican Dinner, and as the limo pulled up; he had to be shunted into the hall cordoned off from protesters who were there to protect their children from Common Core.
Obviously Delaware needs to catch up with our sister state (which was the only other state to be awarded RTTT funds as early as Delaware), in publicizing Common Core at each and every one of our Governor’s appearances. The Rodel and the News Journal could then no longer pretend that opposition to Delaware’s Common Core was anything less than, intense.