2016 Call to Action #1


Now is the time. Now is the time to come together. Stopping Common Core in Kansas will absolutely not happen unless YOU, the PEOPLE, stand up and make your wished heard. The legislative session is very short and we need you to act tirelessly, right now and for the next ten days. Here is where you can see the House Education Committee. Just click on their names and their contact info pops up. The link below is copy/pasted and so it should work. If it does not, then please go to KsLegistlature.org, go to the “House” tab and select “Committees” and then scroll down to “Education.”


Tell them that you expect them to support Common Core Repeal Bill RS2855 and that you want them to contact Rep. Scapa to sign on to this bill.

These are the representatives who require our immediate attention:

John Barker

Sue Boldra

John Bradford**

Rob Bruchman

Amanda Grosserode

Becky Hutchins

Kasha Kelley

Nancy Lusk

Charles Macheers**

Jarrod Ousley

Charles Smith

Ed Trimmer

**= Rep. has signed onto the bill, but his actions have been inconsistent and it’s critical that you let him know he needs to stand firm.




Hi Everyone-

The Kansas 2016 Legislative Session begins in less than a month on January 11. Now is a good time to be thinking about what you can do and how you can help stop Common Core in Kansas. Will you make calls? Will you knock on doors? Will you have a luncheon with your friends and talk to them about this? Would you like one of us to attend your luncheon (or coffee or presentation or whatever!)?  Will you come to the rally when it’s time? Will you commit to bringing three friends with you?  Will you submit testimony? Will you give oral testimony? Will you help pack the committee room?  What? What are you willing to do to stop this monstrosity in Kansas?

As a side note, remember too that you can opt your kids out of state testing. It’s really easy and you can protect your kids from a small portion of intrusive data collection.

Make sure you know what your kids are studying, what their assignments are, and also, talk with your kids. Give them age-appropriate instructions. For example, I tell my 11 year old that if there is anything about religion (and that includes Christianity in order to keep it simple for him), that I want to know about it. At 11, he has been brought up in the faith and so he can largely point to things Christian, and so if it’s something that looks “strange” to him, he’s to ask the teacher to “check with his mom” before he completes the task.

Make sure to communicate with your kids’ teachers so they know your wishes. I usually say, “If it leaves the building, then he’s not to do it.” Or, I say, “He can do it if you give him pencil and paper, not on his iPad where it can be transmitted anywhere in the world” I know it sounds strange in this day and age, but you must remember that the teacher is there to help you and to help you reinforce your goals for your child, not the other way around. Any teacher worth her salt will take this gentle reminder in good spirit and work to make it happen.

Finally, make sure you follow us on Facebook. Almost everything is there and I admit, I’m not nearly as good at keeping up with this website as I am with our Facebook page. Look us up if you haven’t yet: Kansans Against Common Core. You’ll see the green grass with the apple with a bite taken out of it and know you’re at the right place! You can always email me directly at courtney@kansansagainstcommoncore.com.

Thank you, and “see” you when the session begins!


Opting Out Part II

From KACC’s Lisa on OPTING OUT:

It (opting out) is stressful to me, too. I have been doing it for 3 years; and not just testing, but also opting out of nearly all things technology based. However, we have to because teachers and school district administrations are not applying any “critical thinking” in truly determining what is best for kids. (And, by the way, the schools consider YOUR kids to be THEIR kids. They operate the schools in a manner that elevates THEIR authority above parents.) Whether it’s because they are a newly minted product of our education system, or they just want to survive for themselves and their own families, the outcome is the same: the education of a child is the LAST consideration. Representation for the child is absent from the table. Parents are EXCLUDED and PUSHED OUT from being responsible for their child’s education. Every other “group” and “interest” has representation: teachers and other education institutions, business interests promoting their products and wanting worker bees, social agencies insisting their agendas be compulsorily pushed on every single child of our country, elected officials legislating greater CONTROL over people and using children to obtain and manipulate federal funds and promote their social agendas, and on and on.

And, everybody with a stake in education has deemed parents to be ill-equipped to understanding education. If I had a dime for every time a person in the education field asked me about my “background” in an attempt to try to discredit my questions regarding MY child’s education, I’d be in a much higher income level.

It’s YOUR child you are protecting. NOBODY or NO ORGANIZATION/AGENCY can better raise or make better decisions for YOUR CHILD than you.

When you press for accountability and answers from them, you will find THEY are the ones discredited. Parents have been incrementally and purposefully driven from being included and having responsibility for their children.

So….OPTING OUT and insisting on having a say in how your child is raised and education is what you HAVE TO DO. If you don’t EXERCISE your rights and responsibilities, you will LOSE them. IF YOU DON’T, you will wake up one day with NO ABILITY to decide what’s best for your child. My oldest child is almost 24 and my youngest is 9; our education system has moved significantly in the direction of parental exclusion from when our oldest was in kindergarten.

PLEASE, OPT OUT your children.

PLEASE, INSIST that your decisions regarding how your child is educated be complied with.

PLEASE, ACCEPT NOTHING LESS than full accountability. This includes everything from how funds are spent (state/local funding and PTO fundraising) to the explosion of technology in education (the results have not been proven and everyone else but you and your child are profiting from your child’s intellectual property).

It’s not bravery. You have no choice but to be what you are: THE parent. It’s the great and awesome blessing of being a parent. Your child has been given and entrusted to YOUR CARE and YOUR LOVE. They weren’t created by THE STATE; they were created from within YOU.

Gear up to Opt Out…Part I

I cannot believe I am typing this, but school is just around the corner. :(

Registration is coming up fast (next week for many of us!) and it is the perfect opportunity for you to get your kid(s) OPTED OUT of state testing.

It is recommended that parents to do this at the BEGINNING of the school year. (YES, you can do it at ANY time, but the beginning is best.) We all know about the “big” tests in the spring, which are called “summative” tests. But, there are also many, many smaller tests throughout the school year called “formative” tests. So, it is best that you OPT OUT of all of it. It’s VERY easy to OPT OUT.

Just write a note to your principal(s) saying you want to OPT OUT your kid(s) from all state testing–both formative and summative.

It is also suggested that you request that no data about your kid(s) “leave the building” unless it is required by law.

If ever there is a question about what you will or will not allow your child to participate in, make sure that the administration and the teachers all know your contact information and encourage them to make contact with you so that you can gather the information from them that you need to make a decision about whether or not to allow it.

Call To Action–NO to HR 5

NO to HR 5–Your calls and tweets are needed immediately!

PLEASE Call, Email, Tweet! ‪#‎StopHR5‬
Congressman Huelskamp 202-225-2715
Congresswoman Jenkins 202-225-6601
Congressman Pompeo 202-225-6216
Congressman Yoder 202-225-2865


ALERT: HR 5 will be voted on tomorrow (July 8, 2015) either at 1:30 pm or at 4:30 pm (EST)

Call to ACTION–Your Help is Immediately Needed

The American Principles Project has put together a list of 21 reasons not to approve the Every Child Achieves Act.

Please review this and make calls to Senator Roberts’ and Senator Moran’s offices. The vote could happen as early as Tuesday, July 7, so time is of the essence.

Jerry Moran’s Office: 202.224.6521

Pat Roberts’ Office: 202.224.4774

Remember to be polite but firm, and specifically ask that they vote NO on ECAA (Every Child Achieves Act).

*Pass this around to your friends/family in Kansas and also to your friends/family in other states and ask them to call their senators as well!

Again, time is of the essence and so please make these two phone calls on TUESDAY, JULY 7.






11 Ways Finland’s Education System Shows Us that “Less is More”.

It’s rare that I like what Europe is doing or think what they are doing is better. However, there are many things about the way things in Finland work that just make sense. Kelly writes, in part, “Students in Finland start formal schooling at the age of seven. Yes, seven! Finland allows their children to be children, to learn through playing and exploring rather than sitting still locked up in a classroom. But don’t they get behind? No! The kids start school when they are actually developmentally ready to learn and focus. This first year is followed by only nine years of compulsory school. Everything after ninth grade is optional and at the age of 16 the students can choose from the following three tracks…”

Filling My Map

When I left my 7th grade math classroom for my Fulbright research assignment in Finland I thought I would come back from this experience with more inspiring, engaging, innovative lessons.  I expected to have great new ideas on how to teach my mathematics curriculum and I would revamp my lessons so that I could include more curriculum, more math and get students to think more, talk more and do more math.

This drive to do more and More and MORE is a state of existence for most teachers in the US….it is engrained in us from day one.  There is a constant pressure to push our students to the next level to have them do bigger and better things.  The lessons have to be more exciting, more engaging and cover more content.  This phenomena  is driven by data, or parents, or administrators or simply by our work-centric society where we…

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