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!

Paul1

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

STOPCCApril

 

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

SURVEY RESULTS

We have started posting the results from the survey emailed to Kansas primary candidates for the State Board of Education, the Kansas Senate and the Kansas House.  Thank you to those who have taken the time to complete the survey.  We will continue to post results as they are submitted.

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Kansans Against Common Core does not endorse candidates, but encourages all Kansans to be active and engaged – and VOTE!

Don’t forget the Kansas primary election is August 5th!

You can find those results by clicking “Survey – Primary Candidates 2014″ at the top menu of the website OR by clicking here: http://kansansagainstcommoncore.wordpress.com/survey-primary-candidates-2014/

Here are the questions that were asked:

1. Contact Info – name, address, city/town, KS, ZIP/Postal code, email address, phone number

2. For what elected office are you running and under which party (if applicable)? Be very specific about the county, district, or seat.

3. Do you believe Common Core Standards (aka The Kansas College and Career Ready Standards) will prepare students to be college and career ready?
– Yes
– No

4. Do you believe it should be a parent’s right to opt out a student from the Common Core aligned high-stakes testing and also opt out a student from the State Longitudinal Database system that currently tracks all students without parental consent?
-Yes
-No

5. With regard to the federal Department of Education, do you support:
– Completely eliminating it
– Changing it to a small research and advisory council
– Leaving it the way it is

6. Do you support the removal of laws that interfere with a parent’s natural right to oversee every aspect of his child’s education, including curriculum, assessments, data tracking, teacher selection, school selection, etc.?
– Yes
– No

7. Do you believe Kansas should provide universal pre-K for all children?
– Yes
– No

8. With regards to your own research about Common Core (aka Kansas Career and Ready Standards), have you done:
– No research of my own
– Some research on my own (i.e. I asked around to a handful of teachers, parents, administrators)
– Substantial research of my own (i.e. I have actually read the Standards and their appendices as well as well as other published material on the subject.)

9. Do you have any questions about Common Core (aka Kansas Career and Ready Standards) or would you like to speak with any representative from Kansans Against Common Core?
– Yes
– No

10. If you want to clarify any of your responses, please do so here.

You can find those results here: http://kansansagainstcommoncore.wordpress.com/survey-primary-candidates-2014/

*Please note:  We are doing our best to contact all the candidates for these offices (State BOE, Kansas Senate, and Kansas House), and have initially emailed using this list provided by the office of the Kansas Secretary of State.  However, some emails have not been deliverable and some candidates do not list one.  If you do not see results from a candidate in your district, please take time to contact them, and ask where they stand on the issue of Common Core.  THANK YOU!

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day!
Enjoy today and have a wonderful weekend!

We will be spending time with our friends and families, and plan to keep things quiet on our website, facebook and twitter accounts until Monday.  Don’t forget that later next week, we will begin posting results from the survey we are sending to candidates (State BOE, Kansas House, and Kansas Senate) in the upcoming August 5th Primary Election.  We hope you will check back, and continue to share information!
Thank you all for your work to Stop Common Core.

SURVEY – COMING SOON!

SurveySays

We are happy to share that we are in the process of sending surveys to primary candidates for the August 5th election.  At this time, the surveys are being sent to candidates for the State Board of Education, the Kansas House of Representatives, and the Kansas Senate.  We will begin posting results later next week.

*Kansans Against Common Core does not endorse candidates, but encourages all Kansans to be active and engaged – and VOTE!  Please stay tuned for survey results, and share the information with friends and family.

Here are the survey questions being sent:

1. Contact Info – name, address, city/town, KS, ZIP/Postal code, email address, phone number

2. For what elected office are you running and under which party (if applicable)? Be very specific about the county, district, or seat.

3. Do you believe Common Core Standards (aka The Kansas College and Career Ready Standards) will prepare students to be college and career ready?
– Yes
– No

4. Do you believe it should be a parent’s right to opt out a student from the Common Core aligned high-stakes testing and also opt out a student from the State Longitudinal Database system that currently tracks all students without parental consent?
-Yes
-No

5. With regard to the federal Department of Education, do you support:
– Completely eliminating it
– Changing it to a small research and advisory council
– Leaving it the way it is

6. Do you support the removal of laws that interfere with a parent’s natural right to oversee every aspect of his child’s education, including curriculum, assessments, data tracking, teacher selection, school selection, etc.?
– Yes
– No

7. Do you believe Kansas should provide universal pre-K for all children?
– Yes
– No

8. With regards to your own research about Common Core (aka Kansas Career and Ready Standards), have you done:
– No research of my own
– Some research on my own (i.e. I asked around to a handful of teachers, parents, administrators)
– Substantial research of my own (i.e. I have actually read the Standards and their appendices as well as well as other published material on the subject.)

9. Do you have any questions about Common Core (aka Kansas Career and Ready Standards) or would you like to speak with any representative from Kansans Against Common Core?
– Yes
– No

10. If you want to clarify any of your responses, please do so here.

*NEW* Opt Out of Assessments (VIDEO)

School may be out for summer,
but you can still find information about opting out of assessments.

Check out this great video (less than 2minutes) created by a Kansas dad…  watch, share and OPT OUT!

VISIT: OPT OUT for Information and Forms.

Common Core Testing Opt Out Form

Common Core Testing Opt Out Form – Version 2

Common Core Testing Opt Out Form – Version 3 Letter

Opt Out FAQs

Letter from KSDE – Opt Out

Articles: Testing and Opting Out