Common Core

Instead of C&CR can’t we just do…. CCR Ready?

House Bill 30: allows students with basic special education needs to receive extra funding.

Senate Bill 10:  makes technical changes to the Delaware Performance Appraisal System.

House Bill 33:  came about due to the hard work of 24 individuals on the IEP Task Force.  Tabled.  Raise fvcking hell.

House Bill 50:   creates the right for the parent or guardian of a child to opt out of the annual assessment, currently the Smarter Balanced Assessment System.  Tabled.  Raise fvcking hell.

House Bill 56:  provides a moratorium on all new charter schools in Delaware

House Bill 61   requires that all public meetings of the boards of education be digitally recorded and made available to the public.

Most of you have these on speed dial…. but for you newbies……

Get to work. Your kids are counting on you to be the adults.

In fact it undermines the basic tenant of all corporate school reform, period.

That premise is that since our teachers are failing our students based upon these faked standardized tests, (by now all of you should know they are TOTALLY faked; nothing real about them at all)  and we need to get rid of them…

The Scientific Research funded in part by the very people trying to destroy the existing teaching profession, REFUTES that entirely...

You see, as with other professionals, like doctors, lawyers, architects, CEO’s, scientific research shows that experience does indeed count when it comes to basic things: like knowledge retention.

Under corporate policy of “use and abuse them” it had previously been assumed that teachers after 5 years lost their edge.

The study finds that not true at all..  Just as you would want someone to build your house which had done it before, and not someone who only knew how to read plans. so it is with teaching… Those who have done it before, tend to get better results onto forever than those who just step out of the gate….  Just as you would want your gall bladder removed by someone who’d done it before…and not some young kid looking off a YouTube video on his laptop.

In fact, as with most professionals even, those individuals who have the most education and the most experience, tend to give the most results…  Not some kid wet behind the ears…

The only reason for hiring wet eared kids is a) they will work for cheap; b) they will usually do what the boss tells them to, both good things to have in a privately held and run corporation… Not so good when it come however, to educating YOUR kids.

And the advantage is not only with test scores (Teachers with experience 10-30 years, boosted scores 40%) but the real advantage of an older professional teacher core,

Regarding nontest outcomes, the data show that as teachers gained experience, they were linked to lower rates of student absenteeism. The researchers postulate that more experienced teachers got better at motivating students and in classroom management, resulting in better attendance and fewer infractions.

The study also found suggestive evidence of benefits to time spent on reading and homework completion.  The nontest findings were most marked for reading teachers rather than for math teachers, in contrast to the student-achievement findings, which were stronger for the math teachers.

This goes directly in the face of our current DOE and our Governor.  Both blame teachers for the poverty their students undergo.   Research points that firing experienced teachers in priority schools and priority districts, is the absolute worst thing you can do… For the child.

But it makes great sense if you are trying to privatize public schools and want the dirt-cheapest humans found, to staff its useless positions….

What can you do?  You must opt your child out, or if by chance you have no children and read this, you must insist every child-raising parent in your circle knows this…  To protect their child’s education in its future, they must opt out….

Politicians follow the will of their constituents.  Therefore for betterment to occur, you must first opt out children and they, under pressure, will then dismantle the entire reform process.  Only then, will your child and the future of America be safe.

It has recently come to my attention that shenanigans are taking place inside the DOE to counteract the massive numbers of parents opting out.

I’ve gotten feedback now from parents in two separate unrelated districts who have said their children were made to take the same ELA test 4 times.

Will three of those tests be used for someone else?  Someone who opted out and who didn’t take it?  If so, why are we going forward with this sham, since these scores do not represent real people?… Obviously even more now than before, this punishment upon our kids is only about getting a certain number of respondents… It has nothing to do bettering with kids.

If elected officials appreciated our kids as children, we would stop the test now….  Since that won’t happen it is up to parents to stop the process…. Pull your kids off the railroad tracks before the train bearing down on them runs over them!

Why would kids take the same test 4 times?  Except to push the totals up to 95% if more than 5% opt out!  We need everyone to opt out, thereby making this political test a one-year debacle only…..

When perpetrators of evil try to have their way, fear is the tool they use.  Threats of you will die if you do this; you will be punished if you do this; you will suffer if you do this are often enough to make us rather follow the will they set, than flee to ones we have which are our own.

Against that, we have moral obligations.  We feel morally obligated that women should have the same rights as men. We feel morally obligated that people with more melanin in their skin should not be treated differently than those with less.  We feel morally obligated that children should not be tortured simply because they are powerless to object.

It is this moral responsibility within ourselves, one we can turn on or off, that keeps evil from growing out of control. For like a  object set in motion in space, evil continues until it is stopped with a counter force.  Since we have the options of turning on and off this capacity within ourselves, fear by those who in turn fear us, is the tool used so we silently abstain from letting that switch flip from “off” to “on”.

But once that switch does get flipped, amazing power seems to become bestowed on that person.  Fear is as invisible to them as the daily air we breath.  Though it is all around then, they walk through it as unconcerned as we walk through molecules of oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide.

It is this which needs to be harnessed in the opt-out.  We do have a moral obligation to protect children from this horrid test.  As parents we take oaths to ourselves, our God, our Church and maybe our children, that whatever happens we will do what it takes to save our little ones… We promised.

The time to renew those oaths is now… “Whatever it takes” is readily defined… It is opting your child out of these tests…  It is preventing this horrid test result to be embossed on your child’s forehead forever like the “Mark of Cain”.

“Your child is not good enough” this test says… It says nothing about his school… it says nothing about his teacher.  it says nothing about you as parents… Everything everyone has done forever up to now, has always been fine.  But now, with one new test, 70% of students… will “not be good enough” anymore, and will forever carry that tortured scar inflicted upon them by cruelty, …. really…. and nothing else.

It is times like these, you have to trust “love” … If you really “loved” your child… what would you do?  This is the great question now running up and down every parents’ mind in this state right now…

What would you do?

Watch your child’s beautiful spirit die right before your eyes, when all you had to do was keep him out of school?  Or would idle threats of “you’d better do what authority tells you to do” get you in a dither, so you’d rather lose your child forever than suffer the wrath of some unknown entity you’ll never see again?

Fear versus Moral Obligation.

You, make the difference.

Got this in the inbox today….

Dear Kavips. Thank you for your encouragement in opting out.  Today, my 5th grade little girl, was tricked and told to go take the test against our wishes and through family dinner table conversations revolving around your writings, she on her own decided to keep on going out the front door… She’s always been a rule-follower so this is amazing for her. I got her call that she’d walked out and picked her up at burger king.  We’re going to the beach today to celebrate, and I’ll write the sick note tomorrow… I’m so proud of her….  It is the right decision.  Thank you for all you do. 

If a 5th Grader can do it…….. ?  Are you as smart?

Grading the Governors

Courtesy of Education Weekly

Click Image to enlarge and you will see that Delaware is one island of orange in a sea of green.  Our neighbors by dragging their feet on educational reform and slowing the advent of Common Core, were able to stem the tide better than us, who against all expert opinion rushed headfirst into Common Core curriculum and it has cost us.

Name one family of executives who looking at this map, would still want to settle in Delaware?  In Cecil County? Maybe. In Salem County? Maybe.  In Chester County?  Maybe… But certainly not any of Delaware’s three counties unless only it was absolutely necessary.

This downward slide was predicted and is now upon us.  Notice Kentucky, which rushed into Common Core.  Notice Tennessee, the other Race To The Top Winner.  Notice Florida, which is undergoing Jeb Bush’s reforms.

Compare that to states that did not jump on Common Core.  Wyoming. Minnesota, Vermont, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Connecticut…

If you want exact proof that Common Core is the sole reason that the slippage occurred, notice Rhode Island, once green is now, like Delaware… orange… Both state’s secretaries sat on the board of Chiefs for Change… Both were gung-ho in their implementation of Common Core.

These are the real results.  These are not speculation.  Common Core is destroying the very fabric of education… states following it are crashing and burning; states that said “no thank you, we’ll see how it works first”, are doing just fine…

This is Sokola’s and Jacques’ fault.  The governor often criticized, is just an enabler.  These two wrote the legislation that pulled the rugs out from underneath Delaware’s parents. Delaware’s teachers, and Delaware’s schools… Those two individuals, are responsible for the entire slide of Delaware’s educational excellence shown on this map…

To get ourselves back in line with our peers we need to do the following.

  • Eliminate the Smarter Balanced Assessment.
  • Eliminate all Common Core Curriculum attachments
  • Eliminate Dave Sokola and Earl Jacques in 2016.

A.  Is your child going to be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment because you did not make arrangements to keep him out (the flu is very strong now.)

The answer to that, will one day be how your child looking back over your bringing him up into this world, will rank your performance…..  100% of child psychologists now say to opt-out your child from the Smarter Balanced Assessments!

If you couldn’t do the one single thing that was most important,.….. how many vitamin pills daily will you have to give your child to make up for that?

teacher creds

Photo courtesy of FOIA’d document

Click to enlarge and you will see what supposedly makes an effective teacher….

  • Academic Strength
  • Teaching Promise
  • Candidate Completer Diversity
  • Content Knowledge
  • Pedagogical Content Knowledge
  • Teaching Skill
  • Completer Rating of Program
  • Impact on k-12 students
  • Demonstrated Teaching Skill
  • K-12 Student Perceptions
  • Entry and Persistence in Teaching
  • Placement Persistence in High Needs of Schools

None of these would be found in a Teach For America Graduate.  Yet all are all found in all University of Delaware graduates or graduates from other teacher acclaimed colleges.

So why would our DOE and Governors office and Charter School operators even mention that putting Teach for America in schools after firing 50% of regular public school teachers is even a good possibility?

Simply because they are cheaper.  Proving once again Rodel, Vision 2525, Governor Markell, Charter School Network, Penny Schwinn, Mark Murphy, Dave Sokola, Earl Jacques, Pete Schwartzkoph care very little about children… They however are very interested in making money off those very same children….

This is just one more grain of proof that our current DOE is so far out of kilter with every parent of every child. We care about children; they could care less.

Again it is up.  This time sponsored by Karen Peterson for Delaware.  Again, Rick Jensen was fanning flames with gasoline soaked pizza boxes.

In considering this issue, there is a smart way and a dumb way…  The dumb way was pursued by Rick Jensen:  Asking what do you believe?

Counter to that, the smart approach would be to ask:  which is the best course to follow?

What you believe is based off your emotions.  As a rule, we tend to believe what we were told, modified by our experience.  Basically if someone tells us that there is a man at the North Pole who flies around the world in a reindeer driven sleigh one night a year, we will believe it until events prove otherwise.  Usually, waking up Christmas morning as a young adult with nothing under your tree, is enough to deter even the most ardent Christmas fan from continuing to believe in such.

So we will get bad data disguised as opinion.

  • People believe death is a deterrent.
  • People believe death is cheaper.
  • People believe death is cathartic.
  • People believe being unforgiving is the ultimate adulthood thrill.
  • People believe killing someone adequately revenges a personal slight.
  • People believe in acting like an asshole is more mature.

As said earlier, what we believe (like an object in space), continues on its same trajectory until it is diverted by another force or object.

Here are facts taken from those who know most about the effects of death on an incarcerated criminal population: US Prison Wardens.

  • The threat of death is not a deterrent; it does not cross the minds of most people in the middle of their crimes.
  • Death is costlier than life imprisonment.  People have to get rich over death too and they do take a pretty penny out of state budgets doing so, whereas the fixed costs are fixed for prison inmates. Their marginal cost is minimal.
  • Death accomplishes nothing for the victims or their survivors.  Instead they feel they have been a part of creating another crime on top of the one originally performed by the now dead criminal.
  • Being a bitch or unforgiving is easy;  it is usually a sign of brain damage.  Fully functioning brains with no dead spaces showing on their CT scans, tend to all opt for forgiveness… which is why it is the basis of the Christian religion; it’s the smart thing to do…  Supporting the death penalty is more in line with Shara Law than with the New Testament.  More to the point is that the entire premise of the Christian religion is based on the wrongness that occurred of using the death penalty to extinguish an innocent man.
  • Revenge is over-rated… That is so 16th Century.  Revenge is more costly to one than no revenge. Yeah, one may want it, but really?  All the perpetual harm it causes?  No one takes out revenge (yet) when one professional team loses to another.  That ideally is how we should all act.
  • It always amazes me that people think acting like an asshole makes them look more important than what they are: acting than a clown. It simply does not..  We need fewer assholes, not more in today’s world.

100% of all US Prison wardens in 1995 said the Death Penalty should be abolished.  Underlying their case was their experience that the remorse felt in old age and the realization one had wasted their golden opportunity on earth, was far more deterrent to crime, than the taking of their life.

People who think death is a deterrent, are thinking of themselves from their own framework… They are not criminals.  Criminals automatically assume they will be killed, and therefore, they need to do as much living as possible before that time comes.  Sort of like knowing you will lose the chips on your roulette table soon, so you had better buy drinks now for everyone off the winnings you have, because you can’t afford them later.

If dying means nothing to you; it is not much of a deterrent. 

Furthermore these wardens cited that having old lifers in the prison mix, increased the calmness of the prison, as opposed to only having young hot-heads incarcerated.  They spoke eloquently that for young kids to see a sixty year old broken down man and realizing they too would be like that in only 30 years, scared more criminals straight than any number of executions of strangers they never saw or cared less about.

Secondly, they all spoke that the appeals process was necessary and overly costly.  Life Imprisonment and having no death penalty gets rid of both.

The ironic argument over which option is worse for the criminal, is quickly brought to a head when one, as do 100% of prison wardens, comes to the realization that all major convicted criminals die in the penitentiary whether sentenced to life imprisoned or to death.  Just in one option, one has  longer time to mull over what one did, and what one could have accomplished, had one never committed the crime for which one was incarcerated.

So life imprisonment is cheaper, and more of an incentive not to commit crime than the death penalty. So why would anyone once knowing these facts, ever decide otherwise, when facts clearly point that abolishing the death penalty is smarter, cheaper, safer, and good policy… Keeping it intact, is the opposite.

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