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.

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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

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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