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I wanted to take time out this holiday with battle lines currently etched deep across our state’s educational system, not so much to point out what it is we don’t want, but to remind all that this fight is indeed worth having by reminding us of what is possible for New Castle County Schools, especially those within the city of Wilmington.

Children learn things quickly.  it’s our genes; If the brain grows, a growing child fills it up with whatever he has available: whether books, video games, twerking, or basketball.

Our problem which we face today is that we have many children in America who grow up, learning and filling their heads with things which are not being tested on corporate developed Standardized tests… We must accept that they are not stupid; they have for the most part the same number of brain cells as did we,   They just used them to study something other than our version of academics, because our version of academics was unavailable to them. Instead they developed neural connections relating to other things.

Example. If one never browses through an encyclopedia, one will never know what is in it.  If one does do so, then one has at least a better familiarity with those topics…  So to fix education in our cities, we need to work on early exposure, which basically inflates their universe very early in their development, so later neurons can be created out of knowledge particles later.


Secondly we are a big country.  If a child is an artist, we will still need artists and forcing them into a spot as a mathematician is bad for them and their employer. “OK, Which one of you keeps drawing daisies on our investor reports?”


Third, think back on your own development… What did you learn and what do you remember?  Most likely what you remember are those moments where your emotions dominated your thought process, whether you were happy or frightened, and you remembered those instances.  Research is now discovering  what we always knew about our selves, which is that when your emotions become stimulated, you remember that moment for a long time.  Emotions are what lay the groundwork of our memories, from our beginning to our end.

Anyone who has gone through our military’s basic training (except for the Navy, their’s is a joke), can attest to this. It is a very (both good and bad) emotional time, and one retains a lot.  You may love or hate your Drill Sargent, but he is the most effective driver of knowledge you’ll ever know.  Without him, learning can not be as thorough.

What works best for children who do learn, is for them to have a personal relationship with their teacher… If they love their teacher, then losing that return affection is an incentive not to do poorly.  No one disappoints those they love; if given a choice, they always disappoint those who don’t matter.

This is exactly why we need an 11:1 student teacher ratio in all our schools which have percentages of reduced lunch over 50%.  Let us look at the advantages of this.  An 11:1 student teacher ratio allows children to know the teacher, and more importantly, the teacher to know the child… It is this bond, especially among those who’ve never had a conversational relationship with an adult, that will cement knowledge into their child’s head.

High need children require more time.  With an 11:1 student teacher ratio (grades k-5; and grade 9)  in schools of high poverty,  a teacher can determine if the child is “getting it”, or if outside factors are preventing that child from moving forward.  Even if each child gets an additional hour per week, that is 11 hours spent (one full workday) on top of a full work week every teacher needs to spend… Now explain to me how a high school teacher who has 6 classes of 30 people can spend one hour per child?

Hopefully most readers have seen this before and know the critical factor in improving education is to have a positive relationship between each student and their teacher.  To achieve that, you need a ratio underneath the maximum of 11:1


The next step is to pay for that.  Raising income taxes on the top 1% of Delaware would add $70 million per year to the revenue stream.  This $70 million should go on to insure that sufficient staffing exists in all schools with over 50% poverty levels.  Those schools must be at 11:1.  Therefore funding for that, needs to be done upfront.  By ignoring  that piece of the puzzle we will in turn, not discuss the most important piece of whether education succeeds or fails.  No one replaces their roof before they figure out how it will be paid.  This pay-piece must be in place for all other reforms to follow…


Next, we need to educate children directly at the levels of their abilities…   If a child enters school with a vocabulary of 3000 words and his seat-mate enters with a 300 word vocabulary. teaching down the middle will benefit neither.. Both will be lost and unmotivated.  Plus children do not learn at the same time of time.  Some children learn fast early and slow down later; and others are cool to start, but catch fire later while the others are slowing down.  One can see the problems.

The best way to fix that is simple and ingenious.  You group children in groups of 11, based on similar test scores. If you have 440 kids in your elementary school,  you will have 40 teams of 11 students each and require 40 teachers. This allows each teacher to specialize in the individual needs of each of their students.   Her 11 person class might include those who scored between 500-550.  Her partner teachers in the same class, might have the 550-600 range and the third teacher in that classroom, might have  the 600-650 score range of students….

If lack of space requires it, this still allows 33 children in the same classroom while complying with the 11:1 ratio.   Each teacher’s job is to make sure their class of 11 understands all educational basics.  In this arrangement there should be no child held back for a year, (unless outside circumstances come into play). The child with low vocabulary works on growing it. The child with a huge vocabulary, works on growing his as well. Each can apply themselves fully to the task at hand.  And there is certain to be intellectual crossover in the same class where what is learned by the top group, gets picked up by the lower two…

With proper funding, this arrangement works on so many fronts.  it allows for specialization by each teacher since their groups are homogenized by test scores, but the entire room remains full of diversity.


Fourth, we need to phase out Charter Schools.  Or to be more precise, make them no longer compete against public schools for funds.  Instead, fund Charter Schools out of line items in the state budget.  We currently do so with vocational schools.  If a child wants to go to vocational school, he goes and his school money does not follow him; it stays in his feeder school.  This would allow public schools to keep their money and properly allocate the experimental funding of charters to the correct repository of that research: the state DOE.  It would also serve as a revenue boost for each public school competing against charters, one coming without the raising of property taxes district wide.


There are two more planks which we  can cover later.  For now, I want you to see how easy it would be to provide education on the world class level with that of Finland by carrying forward four simple steps.

  • 1)  11:1 student teacher ration in schools over 50% poverty line
  • 2)  Tax the top 1% to cover increased expenses.
  • 3)  Group children with others scoring as did they on the test.
  • 4)  Eliminate Charter’s drain on public education.

Hopefully this easy solution to today’s educational problems, is deemed worthy of fighting over.  Because it is.

It’s official! By 2050 whites are the minority.  So who will run things?  Currently all population trends point out those lucky ones will be today’s least educated.  History over the last century showed two ways these reins of power can be exchanged… One happened in the former nation of Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, The other was South Africa. Whites need to hope and pray the South African model becomes the one chosen.  There is no guarantee America will be great forever.. Either of these choices can happen and the wrong one will cause the economic collapse of this country.

Today’s child entering kindergarten THIS YEAR, will be 40 when that shift occurs…  Today’s child will be running the country when if lucky we in our 80’s and 90’s will be completely dependent upon them….

This past class year, we needed to have these true reforms in place.  We are already behind one year… How many more years does it take before we finally drop this charade which lets wealthy get rich by appearing to help lower economic levels get an education, and instead, …make the right choices which immediately start giving them a real education?  

Businesses:  refuse all contributions…..

The PTA is a sham… In their statement they pride themselves “on being a powerful voice for children, a relevant resource for parents, and a strong advocate for public education.”

As any follower knows, one cannot be such and still be in favor of Corporate Run Common Core..  That is impossible.  Like being on the moon and the sun at the same time… is impossible…

This group does not represent parents… It is as if an abolitionist society in 1850 breezed through the South collecting items of value donated from slaves and then, turns around, giving them over to the plantation’s owners…

It is as if a pro-Jewish organization, collected donations from Jews in 1937 to help the fight against the Anti-Antisemitism in Germany, and then turned around and give them over to Hitler….

Did you donate to the PTA?  What did you get for your donation?  I know families that did donate for both parents….  And for that, their money goes right straight in to the hands of these against all the past good public education has even in our lifetimes, stood for….

They are Quislings.  They are Benedict Arnolds.  They are un-American. They are anti-Delawarean…. You cannot be an American citizen and be for Common Core… It, like being on the sun and moon, is a physical impossibility….

If you are under the delusion and still think you can…. it is because you are …. (like I was a year and a half ago)…..  completely unknowing of what Common Core really is….

No one who has ever seen Common Core is in favor of it… Think about that for a second.  All those promoting Common Core are doing it blindly.  Everyone who has had to work with Common Core, students, teachers, and parents, is against it. That is why it is a complete waste of every penny you give your PTA… Every single damn penny is wasted…. Until they return to join the voice of every single parent in the State of Delaware. and echo the voice of every teacher demanding Common Core be disbanded and that the DCAS continue instead of switching to the Smarter Balanced Assessment…..

A parents, you have two options…

  • Demand they reverse and disavow Common Core and the Smarter Balanced Assessment.
  • Demand your money (dues) back…..

They owe my family $100.

Right now…. click open a new tab.... click on this email form .... type your demand for a refund or a reversal on Common Core… send….

Every single Delaware child will be grateful….  when they do graduate with sufficient knowledge, only because Common Core was only a failed experiment improperly done back in 2014….. and not their permanent curriculum.

Still seething mad……  Like Boiling?  Like Can’t See Straight? Like want to take your anger out?

Hit them all….. then…..

President Terri Hodges, Ed.D
President-Elect Bill Doolittle
Secretary Mandy Gonye
Treasurer Kelly Piatt
Education Chair Linda Malatesta
Leadership Chair OPEN
Membership Chair Joan Simon 
Region I VP Ashley Dalzell-Gray
Region II VP (Red Clay School District)) Jamie Gilley
Region III VP (Christina School District) OPEN
Region IV VP (Colonial) Arista Gordy
Region V VP (Appoquinimink) Terri Carpe
Region VI VP (Caesar Rodney, Capitol, Lake
Forest, Milford and Polytech)
Julia Caldwell
Annual Convention Chair Terri Hodges, Ed.D
Bylaws Chair Joan Simon
Scholarship Chair Dayna Shamlin
Exceptional Children ChairExceptional Child Vice-Chair Kathy DeNightLiz Toney
Social Media Chair Terri Hodges, Ed.D
Advocacy Committee Chair Yvonne Johnson
Reflections Chair Vanessa Gallagher
Hispanic Outreach Chair Carlos Dipres
Military Family Outreach Committee Julia Caldwell
Male Involvement Chair OPEN
Family Engagement Chair OPEN
Health Education Chair OPEN
Diversity Chair OPEN
Public Relations Chair OPEN

Office Location

925 Bear-Corbitt Road

Room 101

Bear, DE. 19701


Office Hours:  By appointment

Look…. They want you to share the knowledge …. So share it…

See?  These tests are nothing but bull sh\t…

This teacher just missed her goal by one person.  Obviously her score was too high, so arbitrarily enough students were failed to drop the score to below her agreed-to goal….  All 12 got an 86 which marked the bottom of proficient.  Yet 5 passed, 7 failed.  And ironically, most of those students who skipped class, were given the passing grades over those who had perfect attendance all year long.

These tests are nothing but bull sh\t….

Delaware has to get rid of its Smart Balanced and maintain the DCAS until other states give us the green light that Smarter Balanced is OK.

By being first, Markell is the acting cheerleader for the entire Common Core.  Us Delawareans are in the unfortunate circumstance of having to go along with the cheerleader’s point of view, where other governors who did not get picked to drive up the enthusiasm levels, are able to look with an honest eye, and are in unison, saying…. “unh, unh… No way….”

Delaware’s Legislators must investigate for themselves what is in the Smarter Balanced Assessments…. Delaware’s Legislators themselves must visit teachers, away from DOE handlers…. (ie, meet privately) and simply ask… “Which is better for our kids… The Smarter Balanced Assessment?  or the DCAS?”

It appears the following sources cannot be trusted to tell the truth about what is happening to our children….  Jack Markell, Mark Murphy, staff of DOE, Dave Sokola, Darryl Scott, Frederika Jenner, Delaware Chamber of Commerce, Rodel, And that is sad.  But they are marketers… and that is what marketers… do.

I’m not saying I’m right or wrong about this.. I’m saying Delaware’s children deserve only the best and to get that, every legislator owes it to their district’s children, and parents, to get this right….

If I am right, and after 12 years of schooling our children come out of this educational circus dumb as rocks,…. going forward solely based on trust being placed in this administration, will cause our state huge future problems we wouldn’t otherwise have, for decades to come.

The Brookings Institute study came up with a remarkable observance, that will come as no surprise to most…..

  • For one, the researchers found a strong statistical link between teachers’ observation scores and the achievement level test scores of the students they instructed.
  • Two, the report takes aim at evaluation systems that use a “school-wide” value-added measure, in which all teachers are judged in part on the progress of the school as a whole.  Good schools inflated mediocre teachers; bad schools deflated excellent teachers.
  • Three:  Observers tended to give the best marks to teachers whose incoming students were high performing, while those teachers working with academically struggling students were penalized, according to an analysis of thousands of observation scores.

This comes particularly as we in Delaware rewrite and vote on a House Bill  linking evaluations with test scores…

The Brookings finding discovered that really great phenomenal teachers get penalized for teaching students with low income status, and poor and mediocre teachers get high marks for teaching incoming students who are exceptionally gifted…  It appears that among others, one of the things standardized test scores can’t judge, is how good a teacher is, or isn’t!

We have all heard problems with Value Added Tests before.  All concern in the past, was mostly centered upon the test scores.  In theory that was to be balanced by classroom observation.  What this study breaks into the open, is that now, simply based on data of many subjective teacher evaluations, those class room evaluations are prejudiced depending upon the test scores. There is no offsetting value….

That means even the classroom evaluation is flawed, because of test scores.

This study tended to show that principals were the worst culprit, that when impartial outside observers came in to judge the classroom experience based on a rubric, they were much more honest and correct in their evaluations.

Even the best principal, if being scolded for his school’s low scores, walking in upon one of the teachers whose classroom is full of the sort of students who are guilty of lowering that school’s scores, in this situation, even the best principal, perhaps in the course of trying to move the needle for his school, will unfairly judge that teacher…. simply because of what is at stake…

So it appears that not only are high stakes testings unreliable, the counterbalance of classroom observation is also unreliable, simply because of the human nature to make those observations fit in hand with the test scores….  We can all put ourselves in that principal’s shoes:  “The test scores out of this class are so bad,  I can’t say you are a great teacher, even if you are; I’ll get laughed out of my job!”  Now… my brain is fuzzy.  Where have I heard that Delaware principals were not being tough enough on their evaluations because the actual classroom teachers ratings did not jive with the secret recipe formulated test scores?  Hmmm.  I can’t remember… The knuckleheads all sound alike this late in the legislative session…..

The big answer to solving this dilemma, the one that will get us moving forward again, is for us to continue using the tests to help children, but use that critical mass of data only to discover their weaknesses and work to strengthen those areas in them… Not fire, nor demote, nor put on parking duty, any teacher who has the misfortune to have lower income students incoming into her class……..



I see John got here first… but this link explains Race To The Top better than any explanation so far….    My takeaway was that looking at how the winners taking a lion’s share of the money, how does that help the losers?  It is as if the 1% philosophy of just spending money on the very top… seems to have poisoned the system.

Sitting with an accumulation a large number of people gathered for the holidays, and the feature is an  old Star Trek move… “The Wrath of “something or other….

Someone surprisingly about 25 years old piques up… “Oh look!  It’s that guy from .;… Priceline.!….”

Oh my….

It is beginning.  Destroying history to change history.  In Delaware a principal forbids his teacher from allowing a Holocaust survivor to enter a classroom and give their personal perspective on what it was like to be a Holocaust survivor… This setup has been a regular function in the school.  Same players, new policy… and it was blamed on Common core…..

The principal’s own words…

“What common core standard are the kids learning by listening to her.” 

The second statement was:

“We are not here to teach the Holocaust…they will get that in High School…”

Could it be that the principal is a closet  Nazi, and wants this historical revision.  Perhaps he is a white supremest, and soon will  lead teachers to quietly forget Black History Month as well?  Already in the packets there is no mention anywhere that slavery is bad, in fact,  perhaps there are plans to soon begin teaching slavery was a great Conservative way to ensure cheap labor.   Or perhaps, any mention of how great the Democratic Party was in the 20th Century, will likewise be banned,  dropped from being taught entirely, and only pap from the Republican corporate era will be allowed to enter the curriculum?

Hyperbole?  Or a real threat?  Who knows?  it could be either or both!

Always in the past, it used to be that teachers could work around such guidelines.  As in this case they could ask someone to come in and tell true stories to enlarge their student’s perspectives..

“But… we are not here to teach the Holocaust…..”

Because does having her speak teach reading text?  No..  Does having her speak teach mathematical concepts? No. .

Therefore it cannot be important;  therefore by this principal, it is forbidden…

“What common core standard are the kids learning by listening to her.” 

And from the words of Delaware’s next head of its teacher’s union on this:  “Is what this principal said just relative to this one school? No. We are hearing this from across the state. The humanities are being stripped from our schools in favor of test prep and everything Common Core…”

And so it begins….. selective , bland, cut-and-paste pieces of curriculum.   No longer is a school supposed to teach about the life lesson or experiences of others, but rather, only cut-and paste pieces of common core standards….  As a parent, having my child hear an actual holocaust survivor, (something I’ve never had the opportunity to hear), is a far more important lesson than the ridiculous stupid crap David Coleman calls curriculum.

Perhaps this principal, being an evangelical Christian, has something against Jews and this is his vengeful way of using Common Core to exercise it? Perhaps elsewhere, those with prejudices will do likewise, blame the stringent standards of Common Core to prevent certain parts of our past history from ever being taught….

Soon (and this actually falls within the context of Common Core standards)  our children are likely to get taught……

“In the beginning was the Corporation.  And all about it … was good….”.

This is why every single parent alive today who has ever become involved with their children’s education and has actually with their own eyes, looked at the Common Core materials being sent home, becomes horrified and quickly becomes violently opposed to Common Core. It is a far greater threat to civilization than anything the Koch Brother’s funded ALEC ever dreamed to be.  Right now almost all of us  know the Koch Brothers are warped, frustrated old men.  But in a generation,  college graduates will think there is no better ideal way to be.

It begins by outlawing the teaching of the Holocaust because of Common Core.

No more SAT essay!… This 10 year experiment is finally going to the grave it deserves.  How silly were those academics who thought awarding points for an essay sloppily drawn up on the fly, was indicative of anything about the abilities of the essay writer… As everyone who has ever written anything knows,  the sole power of a well written piece, lies in its editing…

If that first paragraph jolted you a little by its incongruity with the set-up of the head line,  then good.  Sadly that is the only good news of the SAT revisions… Do you remember what they were? Keep in mind, they are being instigated by the very person (David Coleman) who developed the Common Core curriculum that is being trounced and ridiculed across the entire nation of the United States of America…

Here are the changes…..

Big words and rich vocabulary are scrubbed… Instead the test is to determine ones ability to know corporate speak and decipher acronyms and corporate key words (jargon)..

The penalty for wrong answers is now removed.  Now guessing, whether encouraged or not, at least means there will no longer be those unanswered questions near the end at which one one used to get … Just before time gets called, rapidly filling all the bubbles left is now a no-brainer…It used to be a game of risk.  Who knows?  It could get you into MIT if you just happen to randomly hit the right ones!… (Is that not really the stupidest idea or what?  Whose the fvck that put this guy (David Coleman) in charge of the College Boards?)

No higher math;  Math will narrow to linear equations, functions, and proportions..

The test will have two sections;  Both verbal and written will  now be gone.  The replacement is “Evidenced Based Reading” which as mentioned above, will be accompanied by “Remedial Math”..

All will include snips of America’s Founding Documents.


Since you are reading this, it obviously means that you yourself are smart.  So what does this sound like to you?    Doesn’t it sound like a new teacher who doesn’t want to fail anyone, so the make the tests super easy so even the D- students can get a good grade…  Why yes, it does?

None of us would stand for that in a high school.  So why would we allow it for our country?  But alas, if you read the explanation that David Colman makes regarding watering down standards just to give everyone a gold star, you see that is exactly what he is doing.

“Awww… I’m sorry you don’t know by the 12th Grade that 2 + 2  =  4, so we’re getting rid of that question… and now all you have to do is just determine whether the symbol in front of you is a number… or a letter..” Taken from Coleman’s pamphlet….

“Access to Opportunity (“A2O”) pushes (“propels”) low-income, first-generation, underrepresented students to college....  That translates to “forcing unprepared students into to getting loans to sit in computerized college classes being taught from afar by a purple dinosaur… along the lines of :  That Sounds Like An Opposite To Me…”.

(Even the announcement of the changes is dumbed down, spiced up with helpful icons to get across hard conceptual ideas, … like “documents”– )

Perhaps some of you reading are here of the first time… You might be naive about the detrimental impact lurking behind the key words  “college and career ready standards.” Fear not, we were once naive too.  When we first  heard “college and career ” we too thought it meant that we were going to hold our children to higher standards so they would be ready for college and careers… That was the promise.

We got the opposite.  We got a ceiling set very low of what college and career standards would now be.  It was as if at a track meet, the rules for a high jump were changed by a secret committee from seeing which team members could jump the highest, over to see how many of each team’s members could make it over a 3 foot bar.  The emphasis is strictly on the quantity of people getting points, and not on any value being placed on the points themselves…  Obviously from a casual glance at the new standards as with the high jump analogy, it is obvious that very few if any will ever attempt to push themselves to see how high they can jump.  (What’s the point?).  They will make sure they can get over the 3 foot bar and then move on to something else…  Again, who’s the fvck that put this guy (Gary Coleman) in charge of the College Boards?)

Students who go through schools that follow the Common Core Standards will be ill-prepared for the rigors of college. That is, unless something can be done on the other end to ensure that colleges lower their standards. Then everything will be well……


it gets worse.

If Common Core was a baseline for schools, then really no harm.. Things could continue as they are now, and America, despite what the liars of sponsored testing try to sell us, would continue to have the best educated public of any nation.

Alas, but Common Core has become the end game of our  entire educational process for two reasons.

First, it uses up all of the time in a K-12 curriculum..

Second, by the Common Core statute, students who graduate from high school with a Common Core education and admitted to public colleges and universities, will automatically be entered into “credit-bearing courses.”

Aye.  and there’s the rub.  For in those classes, what sweeps and dodges must take place, to make that wish become a reality, must give us pause;  and make us rather bear the ills we have, than flee to others that we know not of…

College standards will have to drop down to those weak levels of Common Core.  They simply have to.  So even if a high school could offer classes in advance of the minimal level where Common Core cuts off, … why should they?  That’s what colleges are for now… Especially in todays cash strapped environment?

As put very well by Peter Wood,  the SAT changes are a life preserver for the flailing Common Core movement in that by lowering the SAT standards, by dumbing them down, they make getting into college easy even if all you know,…  is Common Core…   For old timers, it is as if our masters arbitrarily said,  “all one needs to get into college now is to learn a secret code, we’ll make it pig latin, and if all learn pig latin from  k-12 years, we can get a lot of people into college…….

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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!

“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:

Chiefs for Change is committed to putting children first through bold, visionary education reform that will increase student achievement and prepare students for success in college and careers

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
Reward Excellence
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.