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They were 39 days late… but we got them… The preliminary Smarter Balanced Assessments….

The big takeaway was:  is that all there is to it?

We’ve been arguing over this for 4 years.  (I’ve been doing it for 3). We’ve spent $119 million dollars of Race To The Top Money to bring this to fruition. And we’ve been promised so much good would come from this test that we had no choice BUT to go forward with it…

But looking at the scores, it is the same as it ever was….  Nothing changed.  Kids didn’t learn more. Kids may have learned less. If one takes the word of students and teachers, each student spent 8 hours taking this test spread over an average of 3.25 days…

At 70,000 Delawarean students taking the test, a total of 560,000 learning hours were spent on this actual test… One has to ask if that is worth the cost…

Over half a million hours were spent on this test…  just so we can fire teachers.  Is that the best use of our students time?  Or should every parent be concerned with this, and insist that we return to the DCAS, one which took far less time and unlike this test, gave teachers feedback they could give students immediately afterwards.

Because we all know.

If experts say 8 years olds should be able to jump over a 3 foot high bar and you raise it to 5 feet, you are going to have fewer successful jumps… So anyone who says “see, how terrible education is today?: by looking at these scores, needs to be laughed out, ridiculed, and then ignored….  Because they don’t mean anything… Nothing at all.

The real question that needs to be asked is this…  By raising the bar to 5 feet, did more people jump over the 3 foot bar then before…  That data would tell us if this program was a success or failure…

But we don’t have that data… All we know is that fewer people “passed” because we made “passing” beyond the capabilities of all but our most developed and well trained….

So.. parents… is this truly worth $119 million dollars?  So teachers…. is this truly worth $119 million dollars… So administrators… is this truly worth $119 million dollars?

Money that was taken from reading coaches that the Minner administration placed in every school.  Money that was taken from math coaches that the Minner administration placed in every school.  Money that was taken from having a policeman in every school…  Money that was taken from supplying classrooms.  Money that was taken from extra curricular activities.  Money that was taken from the libraries.  Money that was taken away from field trips. Money that was taken away…  .. from you… After all, it is your money now being spent on this…

Did you get all the worth over what you paid?   Are your kids Smarter?  Do they seem more balanced?

If yes, we can’t knock the program … It appears to have worked… But if no, then as many of us have pointed out, this is a boondoggle of epic proportions….

So, when you looked over the preliminaries… did you too say…. “Is that all there is?

Someone is getting rich… somewhere…

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A)  To Whom do you see as most representative of what the people want in educational policy.  The Governor or the Legislature?

B)  As you know, as people discover what Common Core really is, it is disappearing state by state as fast as free beer at an all-school kegger. Are you prepared to offer a new plan if asked to by this legislature?  What are your ideas on what it should do?

C)  Do you read kavips?

D)  Have you yourself taken the Smarter Balanced Assessment?  If so, which grade?  Which test?

E)  If there becomes a war between the Federal Government and State Government over who is responsible for a child’s education, which side will you be on?

F)  You have a budget of $1.3 Billion.  Yet your schools are all operating above maximum efficiency.  How good are you at convincing Legislators to provide more revenue? (Now is a good time to start… )

G)  How do you feel about eliminating Charters?  Then how do you justify the hardship that Charters create by taking money away from public schools?   Would you support legislation removing  Charters from the per student funding formula and funding them strictly with a line item in the state budget?

H)  One of the reasons you are here is because of the debacle caused by switching from the DCAS to the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  Ohio just dropped PAARC and went solo with AIR and will use what used to be our state’s former DCAS to test all its students.   Of all the tests DSTP, DCAS, and Smarter Balanced Assessment, which do you feel best exemplified student achievement, and why?

I)  Standardized testing is wrong.  Yet we need some way to determine whether a child is able to advance to the next grade which is objective and does not facilitate social promotion.  Where do you see your department 3 years from now in achieving this?

J)  Should there be a test in 11th grade that determines graduation?

K) Rigor has been brutally panned by every single educational expert.  How do you feel about imposing rigor in our classrooms?

L) Charter Schools in a recent study only out-preformed Public schools 17% of the time.. They were worse then their public school 37% of the time..  How do you justify continued support of Charter Schools when they waste so much money for so little results?

M)  We would like a report back from your office showing how much money we could save in our public school systems if we simply eliminated charters.  How long do you estimate it would take to get that back to us?

N)  100% of Child Psychologists have recommend that all children opt out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  What is your feeling about continuing this test against such overwhelming negative medical opinion?

O)  If confirmed are you willing to sign your entire salary over to kavips.

P)  Although dissed by our current governor, poverty is the prime negative factor in improving education.  Great gains have been made by some districts in this state to at least make sure students are fed despite whatever conditions they may face at home.  What other ideas might you have of ways you can make children from environments we can’t even imagine, be able to relax and feel comfortable enough to learn?

Q)  Look, I’m a legislator, not an educator… So can you explain to me in plain language (no alphabet soup) how it is possible that with all the checks and balances and tests we make our teachers jump through in order to be put in front of a classroom, how someone (Teach For America) who only gets 5 weeks of classroom (25 days), and one day of student teaching (5 hours),  can be put in charge of a classroom  for two years with no accountability for poor results?

R) Follow up to the above?  Can you explain why the Markell administration and the previous director actually thought it was a good idea to fire teachers with doctors or masters of education, and replace them with young kids having no real training?  That never made sense to me. and your predecessor always threw out word soup when I asked him to explain it.  It doesn’t make sense to me; what am I missing. How on earth is that good policy?

S) Would you support legislation undoing the anti-strike legislation that was imposed by the Carper administration that still makes it illegal for teachers to strike?

T) With the Smarter Balanced Debacle, Common Core Debacle, Priority Schools Debacle, Charter Schools Debacle, all of which are supported by Rodel and Paul Herdemann, can you give this body any real reason why we should pay RODEL and its $267,000 spokesperson any time of day whatsoever?

U) One of the strong points of your vocational system of yesteryear was that it by not being included in the initial state testing program, actually graduated students who could read, write, and do math proficiently.  Many felt the testing programs in regular public schools were a detriment to achieving great results, and used your district as proof.  Having no tests led to good results.  How do you see bringing the entire state on line to such a program as you successfully ran in your vocational district… where no tests yield great results?

V) Trick question  (laughter)… Who is the most important entity in a child’s education.   The Governor (raucous laughter, foot stomping, table pounding), the Secretary of Education (total silence), the State Board of Education (minus its executive director), Local School Boards, the principal of each school, the child’s teacher, the student, or … the parents?

W) Who do Charters really benefit?  Their students, …or the financial owners?

X) Would you actively campaign and travel the state to make the case for higher taxes on Delaware’s wealthy to generate tremendous additional revenue for education, which would not raise taxes on property values by a single dollar?

Y)  Assuming you are partial to vocational education… I should note that a Brookings Institute study recommended that America needs more plumbers, more electricians, and more fiber optic specialists.  This question is tailor-made for you. What improvements would you like to see in our vocational schools, and what do you need from us to help you?

Z)  If confirmed… how can you use your influence to make the  Charter School Network please leave us alone?  Under Kendall Massett they are always up our asses,  Wanting this, Wanting that,  Putting out their hand like a doorman in New York City. With them in here it is like having a bevy of little Pomeranians following us around… “yip, yip, yip, yip, yip, yip.”.. I’m sick of it.. What can you do in your new position to permanently dissolve this ubiquitous problem?

It is time to stop hiding behind the tired charade that the DOE is discriminating.  You were lucky that it worked once.

Instead, it is time to use these two schools to challenge the real argument underlying these closures….

Is it fair and constitutionally viable to use bogus test scores to affect any decision affecting a child over his lifetime…..

If the test was fair… you would not have a case…  But there is massive piles of uncontestable evidence showing that standardized tests are not a fair assessment of what a child knows…

And to close schools on something so prejudicial, is against the law…  It is a violation of CIvil Rights that rich white students can go to Newark and Wilmington Charter Schools, but poor, impoverished blacks cannot learn at a remedial school designed to help them catch up…. where, of course the scores will be low.

These tests are the equivalent of kicking people out of a 2000 m race because they aren’t in the top third after the first lap…

A lawsuit challenging standardized tests, has a far greater chance of winning…. because….. all the evidence is there.

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.

With what we currently know about the Smarter Balanced Assessments, it puts the rule of law in danger.  IF we take the Smarter Balanced Assessment, here is what the current law says will happen to our children……

(d) The assessments required in subsections (b) and (c) of this section shall measure:

(1) Student performance as required by any federal mandate; and

(2) For grades 3 through 8, the academic progress of individual students.

Pay particular attention to (2).  Then tell me how the lower score of the Smarter Balanced Assessment fits the tenor of the law above, since it rates children on this test with a completely different one last year… How can you determine the academic progress of students who scored well on the DCAS in 2014 and completely fail the poorly executed Smarter Balanced Assessment this year(2015)?

Obviously… there is zero accountability on progress made by any of these children this year.,…  Which, ironically, breaks the law above….  Some lawyer should have caught this long ago… but I guess the assumption was that test would be so similar passing one would be like passing the other….  Not so.  70% passed the old test… 70% will fail the new test.  We will at the end of this summer, have no clue how well any of these children learned over the 2014-2015 year….. (based on these tests; hopefully the classrooms still functioned regularly).

This shows exactly how Common Core damages education… How much time was wasted preparing precisely for these tests that will be meaningless; time which could have been better spent teaching older curriculums that even parents could understand?

Next:

(1) A 3rd, 5th or 8th grade student whose performance on the reading portion of the assessments administered pursuant to § 151(b) and (c) of this title is Below the Standard, Level II on the statewide assessment, shall not advance to the next grade….

An estimated  number of up to 70% of Delaware’s students will show up in the fall and be told they have to repeat the last grade they thought they just finished…. 70%….

How can that be?  How can we promote only 30% of our students, hold back 70% and still take in a new crop of student at the bottom… Where do we put all of them?

Since this is impossible.  we are going to break the law… We really have no choice… The law says they shall not advance, but we have no choice but otherwise, and the law is thereby broken…

(3) An 8th grade student whose performance on the math portion of the assessments administered pursuant to § 151(b) and (c) of this title is Below the Standard, Level II on the statewide assessment, shall not advance to the next grade

Same argument holds here as well.  The law will be broken.

Now… here is the joke:

(5) With respect to a student whose performance continues to be deficient after completion of the retention year, the Department may not require that the student’s district retain the student at grade level for another year, but shall require that the district develop an individual improvement plan.

So we are going to hold them back one year for failing the test, but then promote them anyway the second year if they still have not passed the test…. Meaning that classes will still have people who can’t grasp the subject now but who are just one year older than they would be otherwise.  So…. what’s the point of taking the test?

So what happens to all these failing kids?  Glad you asked.

For every failure there is the option to enroll in a private individual improvement plan, paid for by the parents of the student…. It is all about money….  $$$…

How much is it worth to you to have your child keep up with his class and not be held back?  $100?  $200?  $500? $1000? If you are indigent, you can even get a government secured loans to cover all education expenses.  The quasi- governmental institution pays the vendor, and over time you pay back the institution…  All loans secured by your tax refund if you ever renege.

Free public school is free no more…

That is why your child is taking  this horrible test and as all smart people have been saying, will fail  and you the parent, will still pay lots for them to graduate on time.

Thereby, for the quick fix, we need this following bill put on the table….

This act removes Subchapter Three of Chapter One of Title 14, in it’s entirety.   (The numbers for all subsequent ones shall be move up by one)

We can add a new bill later… But this piece is so huge, so corrupt, so full of holes, it is better to remove it completely and continue forward with something brand new next year…..

common core walkout

Students:  if all else fails… take a walk… Get up and go outside… Your counterparts are doing it all across this country.  Carrying signs that say… We are not a test score…. They are leaving their computers, getting their stuff out of their lockers, and walking out…  You have a Constitutional Right To Express Your Beliefs!  You can never be punished for it!

Seniors need to lead the way… and all other classes need to follow… There needs to be a citizens’ uprising against this test.  Most of your parents seem have no clue or be far too timid.  … Not true with you… You need to set the moral example, like your parents or grandparents did in the 60’s.

Say “Fuck this Shit.”  Get up, get your things and walk outside….  If you have signs hold them up for passing cars and shout… “Stop the Common Core… Down With Corporate Whores!”

Here buried in the Title 14, Education section of Delaware Code…….

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(a) It is an unfair labor practice for a public school employer or its designated representative to do any of the following:

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(1) Interfere with, restrain or coerce any employee in or because of the exercise of any right guaranteed under this chapter.

(2) Dominate, interfere with or assist in the formation, existence or administration of any labor organization.

(3) Encourage or discourage membership in any employee organization by discrimination in regard to hiring, tenure or other terms and conditions of employment.

(4) Discharge or otherwise discriminate against an employee because the employee has signed or filed an affidavit, petition or complaint, or has given information or testimony under this chapter.

(5) Refuse to bargain collectively in good faith with an employee representative which is the exclusive representative of employees in an appropriate unit.

(6) Refuse or fail to comply with any provision of this chapter or with rules and regulations established by the Board pursuant to its responsibility to regulate the conduct of collective bargaining under this chapter.

(7) Refuse to reduce an agreement, reached as a result of collective bargaining, to writing and sign the resulting contract.

(8) Refuse to disclose any public record as defined by Chapter 100 of Title 29.

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If you are a public employee, who has faced any type of personal intimidation, subtle or otherwise, you are fully protected by law if you complain… They may still fire you illegally, power being what power does, but the courts ultimately will decide in your favor and make all the stress monetarily worthwhile… Maybe you can even retire in Costa Rica… Wouldn’t that be nice.

If you are a public employee who has faced personal intimidation, either perceived or otherwise, here is your first contact….

Your best bet would be to copy Rep. John Kowalko when you discuss your predicament with your legislator… You are protected by law…  Which means, if you sincerely feel that opting out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment is the best option for parents to take in order to insist on the changes needed to fully improve our educational system, then you are protected if you communicate your objections directly to your students in order to have passed on to their parents….

The Smarter Balanced Assessment is this century’s colossal mistake:  our equivalent of Prohibition…. Let us hope it doesn’t take 10 years for its repeal… Especially since instead of being socially neutral, it is actually abusive to those children who become ground up and left for dead over such extreme, unnecessary expectations.

Bluntly: since Mark Murphy took over from Ms. Lillian Lowery, the sole focus of Delaware’s Department of Education has been to privatize education across New Castle County.  By “privatizing”, we are specifically mean “charters”.

This is Rodel , (a wealthy group who are paid to achieve one single business purpose), and it should be a surprise to no one, the the current head of Delaware’s Department of Education was culled from out of that organization.

The modus of operation is clear.  They do all to achieve this one single mean.

Otherwise?

A. Why would highly damaging charter legislation be comprised in secret, a decision the Attorney General belatedly said was unconstitutional and illegal?

B. Why would that same bill be rushed through General Assembly without being debated in full?  And quickly signed before any legislator could change their mind over a re-vote?

C. Why would bills that changed the level of test scores, making tests harder so scores would appear lower, be sneaked through both chambers by shills of the followers of this policy?

D. Why would when the above bill failed its first Senate, that the administration scrambled and with deal to put Greg Lavelle on Chuck Todd’s television show, got his vote to switch and put our children into the wood chipper of the Smarter Balanced Assessments (take it yourself here)… ?

E. Why  would a search for someone to oversee accountability, (short for “manipulation of test data”) end up with a controversial figure from a Californian district that had a bitter charter battle where charters won, and now, all evidence shows, students and parents lost?

F. Why would charters waste $2 million of state money to landlords for each charter opened, when we have public education which own their buildings outright?  Answer:  to put money into those landlord’s pockets?

G. Why does the News Journal (slowly improving) only report the administration’s side and white-wash and disregard the mounting piles of direct evidence proving that charterization is not only less satisfactory then public schools, but are actually harming children overall?

H. Why were the Priority schools all chosen for their closeness to the Mega Charter? And schools far away, who are by non-affiliated sources, deemed to be doing worse, were ignored?

I. Why were all the $119 million RTTT funds used to push this agenda, instead of being used to fix schools and help even these students who now are being used as human shields for the DOE privatization of these schools?

J. Why is our current DOE so gung-ho on returning separate but NOT EQUAL schools upon the children of Wilmington?

K. Why did the Wilmington City Council vote to NOT allow charter school into Wilmington without their express approval.

L.  Why did the DOE dismiss and not sign off on the highly acclaimed report publicized by the University of Delaware which stated that two of the priority schools were rated EXCELLENT on their achieving improvement in their students?
M. Why were those charters included in the bottom 5% of the DCAS scoring group, spared from being considered for priority schools, but just public schools were chosen, perhaps since you can’t increase the number of charters if you prioritize a charter school to turn it into a charter?

N. Why the one person who could bring up questions that provide balance against the DOE in House Education Committees, was unceremoniously removed for obviously no other reason?

O. Why does the DOE insist on its ability to over-ride any of the General Assembly’s passage of laws it deems not to its liking?

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We are in a war… A war you may not be aware is going on around you, until it is too late.. There is a Rodel War on public education and as with any war, if you don’t take the right side, you end up losing…

As with any conflict around you, you have only three options.

  • Fight against the side who seeks to destroy you.
  • Stay out of the fray and accept whatever happens.
  • Fight for the side who seeks to destroy you, hoping they will spare you for your good behavior.

Of these three for most of us, fighting and winning against those who seek to destroy you is our only option. Except instead of us, it is children who suffer.  It is children who get less options. It is children who can’t complain that resources that once came to them at their desks, are now quietly siphoned off to wealthy hands sticking out across all our three counties…

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It’s a war.  and what can you do?

Clearly you need to opt out of the test this spring…  The test hurts children. The test destroys schools and teachers. The test allows more charters to invade Wilmington.  Opting out of this test is the ultimate vote by all citizens over whether this policy shall go forward.  If this state has to disqualify these test results… by mass opt-outs of all its citizens, this takeover will not go forward.

YOU are directly responsible for your child’s educational outcome… Your actions to opt-out or not opt-out, will ultimately decide the future upon which your children, your grandchildren, your neighbor’s children will inherit… These are your schools. Not the DOE’s. These are your communities. not the DOE’s. This is about you, not the DOE.

There is a war going on against Public education; that same education that gave most of you the tools you still use today.

Standardized tests do not determine a child’s worth…  You can make that quite clear to those who seek to use them to destroy public education by opting out…..

It can even be classified as an unjust war, and we have been attacked by a well thought-out long-planned process… In war… all things are fair, or so our mom’s told us…

Opting out of the Smarter Balanced in this state, with a DOE which seems to pretend to listen to you, its citizens, but who’s actions certainly show the opposite to be true….

“They seek to change the people’s law, if it does not suit their purpose…”  You need no more evidence.

When you want something good for the benefit of all, and expect a minority to disagree but have enough votes to override them, you tell the truth.  You trust that your telling of the truth will trump the lies they tell, and that the public who is genuinely concerned with getting things right, will jump on both your side and truth ….

ON THE OTHER HAND…….

When you have something that will benefit you while hurting the public, then telling the truth is out… You won’t go far by being honest.  “Oh, I promised a donor that I’d get his money invested in me, back through state funding before my term was out.”  Truth like that won’t get people on your side…. So, you have to .. trick them…. into letting them in….

“I’m cold” said the big bad wolf… “Please, little pigs… Show some compassion.  You have a nice fire purring and crackling; Let a tired old stranger warm his bones a spell, and then send him on his way…”

When what you propose will hurt other people, you HAVE to trick them… Which boils down here to trying to persuade them to allow you the permission to eat them alive,  In such cases you have no choice but to lie to them…

So if we see the Delaware DOE telling what are known to be lies (which even the News Journal (in their pocket) has called out.) we must ask ourselves:…. Why, why, why, why, why, does the Delaware DOE always lie?

What is so bad that they have to lie to cover it up?  Are you aware of the lies?  Do you want a reminder?

Jack Markell twice told Nancy on Sept.4th, there was nothing written up yet.  The next morning 126 pages of memorandums were plopped down on two districts desks…

All these are failing schools moving in the wrong direction;  yet an audit praised the progress of two of those schools as being exemplary.

We need to fire teachers; they are bad and we shall only rehire half and replace all those fired with substitute teachers from the substitute teaching pool called TFA.   Yet last year, 99% of Delaware’s teachers were rated highly proficient in what they do, based on test scores which are the worst judge of progress. How much better would they have ranked with more pertinent methods of evaluation?

We need to bust the union in these schools.  All they do is smoke cigarettes on the playground and send those things called twitters to Kilroy while they are supposed to be inside teaching.  Umm, hello! , None of the teachers smoke…. WTF (unless they roll a big fat one at home while grading 180 student’s Common Core essays)…

These schools are our worst.  They need turned around right away… There are other schools worse in the state. These were picked only because their students come from walking distances to the new Mega Charter School being put in the old MBNA building which will make a lot of Greenville rich.

Test Scores are the only way to rate whether a student is doing well or not… Wrong.  Test scores only rate how well a student was prepared for that particular test.  The Smarter Balance Assessment is on target to fail 70% of our children… Which is pretty good since it currently fails 98% of professional adults who take the test….  If Delaware’s most successful and affluent lawyer cannot pass the English portions of the Smarter Balanced Assessment, then those poor black children who also fail, are not being let down by their teachers or their schools.  They are intentionally being black-balled by Governor Markell and Mark Murphy…. Just like blacks were in the South, where in order to have any of rights of a white citizen, you had to answer impossible questions in order to take that right as your own.  “How many angels are on the head of a pin?  Sorry, wrong answer, you can’t vote. ”

Christina District turned their back on $3.3 million in  RTTT funding.… Well, as those of us who read the newspapers, heard Mark Murphy speak, heard Jack Markell speak, read both op-ed piece they put in the News Journal, and had to deal with the one they slapped former Mayor Baker’s name on to give it a sliver of credibility, Christina turned down $300,000 that would have cost them an additional $400,000 of their own money to fully implement, and Mark Murphy and Jack Markell punished them by taking $2.9 million away from the kids who desperately needed it!

“Oh, we don’t worry about black people… They are just thugs.  Hard to expect results from kids dodging bullets” –Penny Schwinn (paraphrased)…  Well, that is not really a lie… From all of the actions listed above, it is pretty clear that once all the necessary politics have their “t’s” crossed and “I’s” dotted, black people are the furtherest worry from their minds….

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So do you trust those who blatantly lie to you, thinking you are too stupid, scared, or ignorant to contest them? Or do you pull the rug out from under their feet…

If you are looking for the best way to pull that rug, it is to have a state-wide boycott against taking the Smarter Balanced Test this spring!…  That will give our children’s education back. That will fire the irresponsible DOE we now have, and replace it with an older, more experienced human being who has taught, principal-ed, district-ed, and superintended…. For that across the test of time, is true leadership;  not someone hypnotized then propagandized to throw out pithy gym phrases like one squirts water on a fire.

A poll can be slanted to get any result one wants… Taking polls is so old fashioned and is only still used by idiots, or by smart people who need idiots to decide something for them, so they can move forward.

Nancy posted a poll from somewhere where 260 people rated Delaware’s education… The idea was to show that Delawareans don’t have confidence in our educational process…  The poll was so obtuse in its slant I had to reiterate with one of our own…..

Please forgive what some people still proclaim is a profanity, even though facebook and twitter both cite it as the number 2 word used in our nation’s vocabulary today…. (Isn’t it time we all drop the charade?)

Please, Please take this poll….

Which of the following describes your feeling of the educational process now being undertaken by this Delawarean administration:

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A:  Jack Markell is full of shit.

B:  Jack Markell and Mark Murphy are both full of shit.

C: Jack Markell, Mark Murphy, Penny Schwinn, Rodel, the DOE, Dave Sokola, and Common Core are full of shit.

D: My kid came home from school covered in shit.

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We really don’t need a total. but feel free to express yourself in a comment section below….