HEADS UP ON TESTING! Break Kite Day – October 28th

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Thanks to KACC mom, Courtney, for sharing this information!  Please take time to read, and click on the links to the KSDE documents for details. 

I was doing some other research today and stumbled across 2 important things. Please pass this along ASAP to those you know who care about state testing or have their kids opted out!

1. A testing schedule for this school year. Note how MANY there are and how much time it takes to give them. Then, think about how much time it takes to PREPARE for these exams.

2. Below you will see something interesting. They are having a “test run” of state testing on Oct. 28th.  Need to pass this along to EVERYONE.

From the document – Break Kite Day

PURPOSE
To test out the bandwidth of local buildings and the bandwidth and load balancers of CETE servers by simulating operational testing conditions during one school day.
ON OCTOBER 28TH
Students will be pre-assigned to the two tests associated with their grade level. All they will need to access the test is their user name and password. No ticket numbers are necessary. Schools should rotate students through computer labs all day Tuesday (if possible), asking them to take both tests, simulating, to the degree possible, a real testing day. (In full in attachment.)

Concerned about APUSH? Please contact the KS State Board of Education

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We recently posted current articles and information about the changes happening to APUSH.  There are local, grassroots efforts pushing back against this happening across the states.  In fact, Texas recently passed a resolution.  And a sample resolution to be adapted for use in other states can be found here: Georgia APUSH Resolution

Even though this is not specifically Common Core, it is an important issue in education.  We hope you will join us and take time to email the Kansas State Board of Education members with your concerns, and consider attending and speaking during the Citizen Open Forum at the upcoming Kansas BOE meeting on Tuesday, October 14, Topeka, KS (details below).

The agenda for the meeting on Tuesday includes:
k.  Act to continue contract with College Board to provide for Advance
Placement exam fees (scheduled for 4-4:10pm

Kansas State Board of Education members:

Mrs. Sally Cauble, Vice Chair, scauble@swko.net
Mrs. Deena Horst, deena@worldlinc.net
Ms. Carolyn L. Wims-Campbell, campbell4ksboe@gmail.com
Mrs. Janet Waugh, jwaugh1052@aol.com
Mr. Steve Roberts, mrxmath@gmail.com
Mr. Jim McNiece, nemprin@yahoo.com
Mr. Kenneth Willard, kwillard48@gmail.com
Mrs. Kathy Busch, kathy.busch@ymail.com
Mrs. Jana Shaver, Chairman, jshaver@cableone.net
Mr. John Bacon, jwmsbacon@aol.com
GROUP EMAIL LIST (copy & paste): scauble@swko.net, deena@worldlinc.net, campbell4ksboe@gmail.com, jwaugh1052@aol.com, mrxmath@gmail.com, nemprin@yahoo.com, kwillard48@gmail.com, kathy.busch@ymail.com, jshaver@cableone.net, jwmsbacon@aol.com

Details about speaking during the Citizen Open Forum:
- *arrive before 10am to sign-up to speak for 3 minutes during the open forum
- *bring a dozen copies of your written statement for distribution to board members
- *Citizens’ Open Forum scheduled to begin at 10:30am.
- Location: All meetings will be held in the first floor Board Room (Suite 102) of the Landon State Office Building, 900 SW Jackson Street, Topeka, unless otherwise noted.  The Landon Building is located just east of the State Capitol.

Quick reminder – please be courteous and respectful in all forms of communication.

THANK YOU!

***If you would like to connect with others planning to attend, please email:***
rosy(at)kansansagainstcommoncore(dot)com OR lisa(at)kansansagainstcommoncore(dot)com

Read more here:
Texas State Education Board Passes Resolution to Stop Redesigned AP US History APUSH
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/09/20/Texas-State-Education-Board-Passes-Resolution-to-Stop-Redesigned-AP-US-History-APUSH/

Georgia APUSH Resolution (Sample resolution that can be adapted for your state)

RNC Adopts Two Strong Education Resolutions

What do you know about APUSH?

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Please take time to inform yourself about the changes happening with APUSH,

and share with others!

LISTEN TO APUSH CONFERENCE CALL – recorded August 4, 2014:
http://georgia.stopcommoncore.com/APUSH-MP3_Format.html

  • Larry Krieger- Teacher of SAT classes for over 20 years and AP classes for over 35 years, specializing in AP U. S. History (APUSH).
  • Ken Mercer, Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) member who has been working aggressively to delay the rollout of the new APUSH Framework.
  • Jane Robbins- Attorney and a senior fellow with the American Principles Project in Washington, D.C.
  • - See more at: http://www.cwfa.org/resources-new-ap-anti-u-s-history-curriculum-framework/#sthash.o0yVbvvx.dpuf

New War Over High School U.S. HistoryAmericans are only just now waking up to a quiet but devastatingly effective effort to replace the teaching of traditional American history in our high schools with a new, centrally-controlled, and sharply left-leaning curriculum.

The College Board, the company that issues the SAT and the various Advanced Placement (AP) exams, has created an elaborate new framework for the AP U.S. History Exam that will effectively force nearly all American high schools, public and private, to transform the way they teach U.S. History.

The traditional emphasis on America’s founders and the principles of constitutional government will soon be jettisoned in favor of a left-leaning emphasis on race, gender, class, ethnicity, etc.

 

College Board’s AP U.S. History Ignores Valor and Sacrifice of America’s Military
About 500,000 of our nation’s most academically talented high school sophomores and juniors take APUSH. The College Board’s new Framework completely omits all American military commanders and notes just two battles – Gettysburg and Sherman’s March to the Sea. It totally neglects the valor and sacrifices of the American servicemen and women. Veterans and their families will be dismayed to learn that Washington does not cross the Delaware, William Travis (a South Carolina hero) does not defend the Alamo, and the GI’s do not liberate Europe.

How the College Board Politicized U.S. History
The College Board, the private company that produces the SAT test and the various Advanced Placement (AP) exams, has kicked off a national controversy by issuing a new and unprecedentedly detailed “Framework” for its AP U.S. History exam. This Framework will effectively force American high schools to teach U.S. history from a leftist perspective. The College Board disclaims political intent, insisting that the new Framework provides a “balanced” guide that merely helps to streamline the AP U.S. History course while enhancing teacher flexibility. Not only the Framework itself, but the history of its development suggests that a balanced presentation of the American story was not the College Board’s goal.

The Brightest American Kids Are Still Set To Learn Anti-American History
One of the earliest justifications for changes to this and a host of other AP classes, was to simplify them so teachers didn’t have to cram so much material into classes. Drastically expanded outlines do the opposite. The second major bone to chew has been the content of this bloated document. The Republican National Committee passed a resolution Friday decrying that the makeover “reflects a radically revisionist view of American history that emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing the positive aspects.” It followed an August 4 open letter opposing the changes, which anyone can sign. The last two probably put a bee in Coleman’s bonnet.

FOR MORE INFORMATION & ARTICLES:
http://www.cwfa.org/resources-new-ap-anti-u-s-history-curriculum-framework/

October – Articles & Updates

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We are currently working hard to connect as many CC fighters across the state as possible. The Kansas legislature returns to Topeka on January 12th and we need your help to STOP COMMON CORE!

Please message us and get connected with others working hard to
STOP COMMON CORE across the state!

OCTOBER – Articles & Updates

  • Un-Common, Not Core – by Cynthia Walker “The reform mathematicians who put together Common Core are ignoring cognitive development. My Common Core pre-algebra students are hurried through the arithmetic review and taught the coordinate system. They graph lines and parabolas. They do transformations, exponents (including zero and negative exponents), and a truly horrendous percentage of percentage problems. The homework can be finished in an hour if the student’s parents can afford to hire a BS mechanical engineer to sit at his elbow and remind him when he takes a wrong turn. Otherwise, he is up ’til midnight. Students work hard at tasks beyond their strength; they flounder; they fail; they learn that math is no fun.”

“This is a post from Stop Common Core in Mississippi on Facebook that currently has over 1,200 shares.

Is this happening in your state?”
 

 

 

“As with most initiatives created by those convinced government is smarter than individuals, this system is predicated on the notion that nationalization is the only way to create a level playing field for all involved. Teachers can’t be expected to help ALL students equally, but a federal mandates will solve that problem nicely.
NONE OF THIS IS AMERICAN. None of it. As Phyllis Schlafly explains,
Designed on the German system, the Tucker plan is to train children in specific jobs to serve the workforce and the global economy instead of to educate them so they can make their own life choices.

WATCH: Common Core Summarized in 2 Minutes – Dr. Peg Luksik

WATCH: Building the Machine – Part II – The Parent Interviews

What is Common Core? September 24 – Alma, KS

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What is Common Core?
(Kansas College & Career Ready Standards for grades K -12)
Why is the concern growing?

Wednesday, September 24th from 7-8pm
Bank of the Flint Hills (basement)
408 Missouri, Alma, KS
(Come in through the alley)

Informational video by Jane Robbins
Expert on Common Core – with American Principles Project

Sponsored by local parents, teachers and grandparents.

Happy Constitution Day!

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We are happy to share this post by one of our Kansans Against Common Core moms…

Hi Everyone-

One of our recent and unsung holidays is Constitution Day.

About Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
September 17 is recognized in the United States as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. The purpose of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is to commemorate the creation and signing of the supreme law of the land and to honor and celebrate the privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship for both native-born and naturalized citizens. Federal law requires that all schools receiving federal funds hold an educational program for their students on September 17 of each year.

September 17 is Constitution Day, and we need to remind ourselves what this unique document does for us.  (Remember too that it is not a “living and breathing” document as some would have you believe. The framers realized that there may come a time where the document must change, and so they created the amendment process. That is a lengthy and difficult procedure, but it is so for a reason.  The law of the land should not be changed on a whim or at the will of only a few, for example.) An American citizen’s rights and responsibilities are delineated in the Constitution our founding fathers created in the late 1700s (1791, to be specific for the Bill of Rights) after we became an independent nation.  Among those guaranteed freedoms, of course, is the right to lawful assembly and the right of free speech, and the right to own and bear arms which many other nations do not guarantee to their citizens. (Thus the unrest, unruliness, and complete disregard for Americans when we exercise such rights, even if it may (or may not) be in poor judgment. Essentially, we have “it,” they don’t, and they don’t understand or respect “it” anyway.) 

In keeping with Constitution Day, I urge each one of you to take a few minutes to review the Constitution, if you have not done so recently.  It is always refreshing to realize how very lucky we are.  You can get a free pocket Constitution at www.Heritage.org, and no, I’m not affiliated with them and so I don’t get a check for sending you there, or anywhere (sounds like a Dr. Seuss story!)  Talk about it with whomever will listen, starting with your own kids. While school is just fine, it is our responsibility as parents to educate our kids on such things in the manner in which we see fit. 

Do you remember having to learn the Preamble to the Constitution in about seventh grade? Do any of you still know it? I do and this is how. It may be a little silly, but it is fun and so if you have a few minutes, watch the old School House Rock video on You Tube.

School House Rock Preamble: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMyfGo-Pv58

Here is also a modern version rap of the Bill of Rights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7RxrQJrdh4

Also, I challenge you to take a few quizzes for fun. They are fast.

Constitution Quiz

http://www.constitutionfacts.com/?page=quiz.cfm

Founding Fathers Quiz

http://www.constitutionfacts.com/?page=foundingFathersQuiz.cfm

Declaration of Independence Quiz

http://www.constitutionfacts.com/?page=declarationQuiz.cfm

I have one other thing that I like to do around this time. I like to look at some of the words of our founders and think about them and ask if we are living by them today. Below, there are several quotations from Thomas Jefferson (who was actually serving in France at the time the Constitution was written, but who had great thoughts and opinions that we can all learn from today).  Copy and paste one into the open forum and give your thoughts. Here we go:

“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”

“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.”

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

Have a Great Constitution Day!

Courtney

SEPTEMBER – Articles & Updates

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LISTEN:
Common Core Blockbuster: Mathematician Dr. Jim Milgram Warns Common Core Will Destroy America’s Standing in Technology

“All of this should really make you angry at the people who are responsible,” Milgram said, directing himself squarely to the parents listening to him.

During a Friday conference call sponsored by Texas-based Women on the Wall, Stanford mathematician and former member of the Common Core Validation Committee Dr. James Milgram, told listeners that if the controversial standards are not repealed, America’s place as a competitor in the technology industry will ultimately be severely undermined.

PODCAST LINK HERE: https://soundcloud.com/alice-linahan/hoosier-kids-deserve-better-gov-mike-pence-protest-dr-jim-milgram

 


LISTEN: Common Core: School Standards in Kansas

Kansans Against Common Core Co-founder Megan King interviewed here on KPR. She is the 3rd interview, but be patient and listen to the first two interviews, so you know what the educators are saying about Common Core.


 Appalling APUSH: Read It Yourself

More historians and commentators are speaking out against the College Board’s long, constraining, and egregiously left-biased Framework for the study of AP U.S. History (APUSH).

Did You Miss the AP U.S. History Call with Jane Robbins?

Call the number below and then enter the access code and reference number.
Playback number: 530-881-1099
Access Code: 632867#
Reference number: 1#

Along with Jane Robbins, a senior fellow with American Principles Project and AP Action the other panelists included:

  • Larry Kreiger- Teacher of SAT classes for over 20 years and AP classes for over 35 years, specializing in AP U. S. History (APUSH).
  • Ken Mercer, Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) member who has been working aggressively to delay the rollout of the new APUSH Framework.

 


The Classroom Reality of Common Core. Is This What You Want for Your Child?

This teacher tells us what is happening in the classroom.  How much longer will you allow your children to be taught in this way and their data to be mined?


State Led. Voluntary Adoption. No Federal Role. Riiiiight.
Can I take off my tinfoil hat now? One of the biggest talking points for the proponents of common core, used to smear the opponents, was that there was no federal role in promoting the standards. The states could adopt them voluntarily. At worst, the federal government would provide incentives for states in the form of grants to help the implementation (RTTT). It’s all voluntary, said the professional choice architects.


UPCOMING EVENTS:

Wichita Campaign for Liberty – Wichita Sales Tax & Common Core
Thursday, September 4 at 7 – 8:30pm
Wichita Marriott, 9100 E. Corporate Hills Dr., Wichita, KS 67207
https://www.facebook.com/events/709872142424882/

Common Core: The Government’s Classroom

On Tuesday, September 9th from 8 to 9pm EST, the Family Research Council will host a webcast to inform parents, teachers, and officials on the coming overhaul in testing and curriculum that is part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Tuesday, September 9th at 7pm CT