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Do not allow your child to take the Smarter Balanced Assessments starting in March.

A. Call your principal’s office and ask when your child will take the tests.

B. Make arrangements to withhold your child from school on that day and the following ones.

C. Instruct your child if he is ever taken to a computer to begin the test, he/she is to get sick right away, go to the nurse, have them call you, and you will pick them up.  Tell your child that is very important that he never take that test.

Opt out your child… It is only for their benefit that we ask…

As mentioned often herein, Common Core does not live up to its potential.  In fact, it downgrades our entire educational system to its lowest common denominator.   But even more so, it permanently shuts the door for any poor, minority, middle class child from ever achieving a good paying job in the fields of science and math, and leaves those jobs for those who come from white, wealthy schools taught by white wealthy teachers… 

Below is a worthy cause and one many of us, including one Diane Ravitch, originally thought  we could achieve it by starting down this path…..

Our goal: was to meet the education needs of all students, including our more advanced students who need quality high-school courses in subjects like trigonometry, pre-calculus, chemistry and physics.
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  • That is not what Common Core does.

While we didn’t expect every student would take those more advanced courses, we did want students in every school to have those options available. We adopted this goal, in part, to help Delaware compete in a global economy and to give our kids the tools they need to realize all their dreams.

  • That is not what Common Core does.

These new standards essentially omit all of the last two years of high school math and science needed to go on to more competitive colleges and STEM careers.

Get that?  They ELIMINATE those courses most of US took back in the day which allowed some of us to excel at the Harvards, Yales, Princetons, Berkleys, and Oberlins, across this great nation….  Common Core completely removes all of that from the curriculum…  Common core does not even attempt to cover Algebra II…  where most of us first grasped the seeds of logical thought….

  • What Common Core does do?

Common Core creates a highly inequitable situation where students from better-equipped high schools, like the Charter School in Wilmington, are the only ones who have a clear advantage because those schools will teach well beyond the Common Core. Meanwhile, students from less advantaged areas would have no option to go on to a math-and-science based career because there simply were no standards requiring their school to offer such higher-level high-school courses.

It discriminates against less affluent kids since they depend on public schools to offer what they need, while kids from wealthier families will have the means to purchase private tutoring to meet their needs.

SO WE SHOULD CHANGE COMMON CORE!

Sigh.  But we can’t.  These standards, created by private groups in Washington, DC, are copyrighted by those groups. Those groups funded by the Gates Foundation have total control over Common Core.

Whether intended or not, Common Core will return America to the 19th Century… There will be two subclasses of people… The Carnegies, Rockerfellers, Vanderbilts, JP Morgan’s,  versus everyone else..  Before public schools were funded by their communities, education in advanced fields was limited  only to those who could afford private tutors or a private school… No one born of working parents, rarely learned to read, or do math, until we began our program of public schools.  Yet all were born of equal brain capacity at birth to become anything they could have chosen to be.

Sadly, the tremendous investments by The Gates Foundation are returning us to that scenario.

If Common Core does go forward, we will again have two classes of Americans… Those who could pass the national test; and those who could not… This allows someone to control who enters the top echelon, by controlling what gets put on the test… Very similar to how blacks were kept from voting in the Reconstructionist South, by means of literacy tests at all polls down there.  If you “think like Whitey” and “talk like Whitey”, you can enter this world of opportunity.  Otherwise, go sweep our streets for minimum wage.

If we are really going to do what our dream requires, this leaves us no option, but to drop the Core and move on to a more equitable and complete standards system — a system that gives a talented but financially challenged urban Delawarean student the same opportunities enjoyed right now by kids in more affluent parts of the state.

But in Delaware, we can’t drop Common Core….Why? Because of Dave Sokola.  Because of the cowardliness of Pete Schwartzkoph who refuses to allow legislation banning it.  Because of the toadiness of Greg Lavelle, most particularly who despite having an exceptional child himself, flipped his vote to NOT protect children from this test, and doom all of Delaware’s children to its horrible side effects.

We the People‘s line of defense has crumbled before the promises of lucrative future salaries somewhere in the corporate educational field after finishing their stints in office….  Therefore it is now solely up to us, We the People.

By not having children take the Smarter Balanced test, none of the harmful side effects will be experienced… This is truly something best expressed by Nancy Reagan of many years back… Just say no.  (By avoiding the test, you avoid all the subsequent problems that come with it, as with “drugs”.)

Opt out your child, by keeping him home from school on those days your school will be testing them….  You will not harm him one iota.  He will miss nothing, and you will defeat this segregationist policy being created, fanned, and propagated by billions of top-down dollars, from going forward….

This IS the civil rights issue of our time… This IS, the prime economic issue of our time… This IS, an attempt to wipe out years of having every man be created equal…. This IS, an attack on the America we grew up under; This IS, an attack on the America as we know it; This IS, an attack on the America we want to be….

Right now, America really needs you to opt out your child.

A.  Shut Down Wilmington Police Department.

B. Hire leader for $160,000.

C. Hire planner for $40,000.

D. Fire entire force and rehire only 50% back.

E. Fire the Police Union and null and void all previous contracts.

F. Give the police department One Million Dollars spread out over 5 years. (most to go to the leader).

G. Give Governor authority to veto and recreate any new contract on whim.

H.  Sell out police force to outside for-hire management company.

I.  Crime will magically disappear because all reporting of it will cease.

One sentence says it all….

“The board’s move comes after the Department of Education rejected draft plans the district had crafted after months of meetings with parents, teachers and others in the schools’ communities.”

Children are the human shields here.  What is only important to the DOE is that the law from on high, is enforced. That law is buried in the No Child Left Behind Bill, put and passed by Republicans a long, long time ago,states that if a school did not meet targets, it should be closed and replaced with one that will.  (It then details how to do that.)

At first glance to most, and I would once include myself in that category (and so was Diane Ravitch btw), is that it makes sense in a general sort of way… Why would anyone continue to put their child in a failing school? One where teachers did not care, one where students did not care, one where principals did not care, one where parents even did not care?

At one time that made sense to me.  But when one looks at schools today, one does not see that type of behavior at all, at least in public schools. One sees outstanding teachers spending inordinate amounts of time, far more than any corporate employee ever had to muster, to teach.  One see students alert, well disciplined, bright, excited to be in school, energetic and very responsive in class. One sees principals engaged, arriving at 5 am, motivating students, and teachers as they start arriving in the am, and leaving often after 8 pm to get things squared for the next day, week, and month.  One sees parents walking their children to school, following their homework on line, talking to teachers, asking questions. getting answers…

Test scores.  Everything is based on test scores and now, all research over the past two years points to data that show all test scores mimic the poverty income curve… Low income per household = low test scores.   High income per household = high test scores, and the curves follow each other exactly.  Both rise and fall at the same income levels.

So in reality, one has in the inner city, where one is teaching children of very low incomes, an awesome school that shows up as failing; and in the suburbs, where all the kids can afford to buy exotic drugs, one has mediocre schools of very high income students, which can brag on their test scores…

Testing is not a proper measurement of educational quality. It only measures how well prepared children are from their home, for any given test.

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But what is profoundly interesting, is a complete disdain of democracy being expressed by the DOE and to some extent the Governor.  The Christina District had after meetings with teachers, principals, parents, students, formed a plan that all could get behind to make test scores higher in that school.  So in a nutshell, this is what the people paying for their schools, want… This is the local control element.

The “outside control” element wants new leaders to shake things up… Don’t know if any of you have been where leaders shake things up, but it rarely works. Things break down and go backwards very quickly.  Only when the leaders settle down into the status quo, let the staff run things again, do good things begin to happen.  However that is one of the things the DOE wants.  Fire the principals, Put our people in there instead.

“At the highest level, the plans propose continuing the work that is already underway at the schools, which we know has not been effective,” Alison May wrote. “The plans propose supplementing the current work in minor ways, which we do not believe will be transformative for students.”

What the DOE wants are leaders who have authority to spend money, hire people, and do what they want with no oversight from anyone.

Local leaders think that giving people money and unaccounted leadership ability, leads to what happened at a charter schools, a place where if you ever delegate to people money and leadership ability… in return, you get Graft. Corruption.  Cheating.  Fornication.  Fellatio.  Cunnilingus, all now being documented page by page at a Charter School audit in Delaware that goes by the initials  FFA… “We don’t want this white trash running our public schools” school boards now say without saying.

Notice the point May’s stated: “the work underway has not been effective”…  The University of Delaware did a study and stated that two of the schools were doing an exemplary job at teaching their students.  They actually did visits to the school.  Yet from test scores, these schools were allegedly in the bottom 5%.  However, another rating  service, Niche, using different criteria, put the priority schools as the 98th, 97th, 75th, 68%, and 67% worst schools in the state.  The last three are far from the 5%.  Meaning in from another set of eyes, the wrong schools are being prioritized.

So it appears something has been effective at changing these schools. but under the test scores being held by the DOE.  that effectiveness is not being shown.

Bottom line, It’s your money.  Who do you think should be in control of your districts schools?  Local control?  OR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT!!!

Anyways, Christina decided to punt, and allow its superintendent to negotiate and if anything gets agreed, the board will vote at that time….