Why Do YOU Send Your Child To Public School?

Why Do YOU Send Your Child To Public School?

Stop and think for a moment. Why do you send your kid to public school, or school at all? What is the purpose? What do you expect your kid to get out of it or be able to do because your kid receives an education? Do you think that school is about academics? What percentage of schooling should be about academics? 20%? 40%? 80%? More? Less? Who should be offering up feedback to the Kansas Education Department? Parents? Teachers? Government officials? Business leaders? In what percentages should these groups provide thoughts and information?

Randy Watson, the Kansas Education Commissioner, has been scooting all over our state with his presentation called Kansas Can. He is basically laying out the Kansas Department of Education’s marketing plan by asking teachers to “get on board” and help him promote the grand plan. He reveals what he says the Chamber of Commerce wants out of your child and his education. Why the focus on the desires of business? Is parent pro-creation merely the producing of humans for the needs of business and government? Take a look at the graph from his presentation:

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That’s right. You’re not seeing it wrong. You don’t need to reach for a different pair of glasses. According to Watson’s presentation, the Chamber of Commerce tells him that only 15% of a child’s education should focus on academic skills. So, that begs the question, “What, exactly, are these “non academic skills” that the Chamber thinks that education should provide your child?” Well, evidently, young adults don’t know how to show up to work on time or know that they shouldn’t be texting their friends while they are on the clock, and that sort of thing. Never mind that kids are required to show up to school on time, every day, and never mind that schools have existing policies about texting while taking a test.

What jumps into my mind is this, “Why is it a school’s job to teach my child to be punctual? Isn’t that my job?” So now, rather than teaching our kids the “three Rs,” we are going to spend valuable teaching time with these social and emotional types of things. The teachers really do replace the parents in an “educational” environment like this.

But wait…it gets BETTER!

We have done our research. They are also planning on filling up your kids’ minds with the copyrighted, unchangeable Common Core values, beliefs, and attitudes. This includes Common Core aligned standards, such as the “social, emotional and character development standards.” Don’t expect the Kansas educational “elites” to drop this without a big fight; they helped design/implement these intrusive standards. Did you know this was going on?

Take a close look at this pie chart presented in Watson’s Kansas Can presentation with which he is currently “on tour.”

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Here’s a juicy bite: This change in teaching focus violates the Kansas Constitution! Article 6 section 1 states:
1: Schools and related institutions and activities. The legislature shall provide for intellectual, educational, vocational and scientific improvement by establishing and maintaining public schools, educational institutions and related activities which may be organized and changed in such manner as may be provided by law.

It is no wonder. When the Kansas Can marketing bus visited cities and “Delphied” the masses, take a guess how much parental involvement was included. Exactly 5.6%! Now, guess how much input the educational establishment usurped for itself? An unbelievable 74.5%! Classroom teacher involvement is expected and desired, but parental rights are supreme and guaranteed by the 14th Amendment. The U.S. Supreme Court has held that parents possess the “fundamental right to direct the upbringing and education of their children.”

The court has declared that “the child is not the mere creature of the State: those who nurture him and direct his destiny have the right coupled with the high duty to recognize and prepare him for additional obligations.” (Pierce v. Society of Sisters, 268 U.S.10, 534-35).

Is anyone starting to see that things are just not adding up? Is this “Kansas Can” or is this “Kansas Scam?”

Here is a link to Watson’s full PowerPoint presentation: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gszw4nw44qf33m5/AABAGlXh_O6OeY1ln-Qjy5gea/2016%20SESSION/2016%20MEETINGS/JANUARY%20MEETINGS/January%2013%20-%20Dr.%20Randy%20Watson/01-13-16%20KSDE%20Presentation%20RWatson.pdf?dl=0

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Upcoming September Events…

Tuesday, September 10 at 7pm – Common Core and You
Learn more about how Common Core affects you, your children and your community.

Minneapolis Public Library
519 Delia Ave, Minneapolis, KS
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Tuesday, September 10 at 6pm – CC Presentation – Hays Tea Party Meeting
Learn more about Common Core. Presentation to follow the first speaker at the meeting.

Thirsty’s Brew Pub and Grill
2704 Vine Street, Hays, KS
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Tuesday, September 17 at 10am – KS State BOE Meeting
Please join us at the KS BOE meeting!

If you would like speak in the open forum at 10:30am, please arrived before 10am to sign-up for 3 minutes. If you can’t make it in person, you can send your statement to all of the BOE members or you can email your statement to us and we will print it and present it at the meeting.

120 SE 10th Ave., Topeka, KS
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Upcoming Events – July & August

Mark you calendars for these upcoming events! 

Saturday, July 27th – Common Core Discussion – Admire, KS at 9am
Common Core Discussion – guests invited include legislators, local school board members, principal and superintendent.
Admire Community Center – Admire, KS

Event information on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/395206247251285/

Tuesday, August 6th – Common Core Presentation – Hutchinson Tea Party Group at 7pm
Ramada Convention Center, Hutchinson, KS
Common Core Presentation by Joy Pullmann, Research Fellow of Education Policy at the Heartland Institute and Dr. Walt Chappell.

August Monthly Meeting:
6:15 pm social time
6:45pm PFA business
7:00pm Program
Visit http://www.patriotfreedomalliance.org/Pages/default.aspx for more information

Event information on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/212593448893296/

Tuesday, August 13th – State BOE Meeting – Topeka, KS at 10am
Arrive before 10am to sign-up to speak in the Citizens Open Forum at 10:30am.

View more about the meeting details and find the agenda here:
http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=61

If you can’t attend in person or you want to watch a previous meeting, you can watch online:
http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=241

Tonight & Tomorrow – Common Core Presentations in KS

Thursday, July 11th – Common Core Presentation – Southeast Kansas Conservative Group at 6:15pm
Homer Cole Community Center,  3003 N Joplin, Pittsburg, Kansas
Learn more about Common Core! Thursday night meeting on July 11th at 6:15pm with Dr. Walt Chappell and Kansas Rep. John Bradford.

Event information on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/324705620995627/

Friday, July 12th – Common Core Presentation – Topeka 9/12 Group at 5:3opm
Annie’s Restaurant, 4014 SW Gage Center Dr  Topeka, KS
The Topeka 9/12 group will have their monthly meeting on the Common Core.  July 12th 5:30pm @ Annie’s restaurant, Gage Center.  Megan King, Kansans Against Common Core, will be presenting, followed by Rep. Lynn Jenkins discussing current legislation in Washington.

Event information on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/356886454437818/

Photos from the Common Core presentation on Tuesday

It was nice to see a good turnout of people wanting to learn more about Common Core at the meeting hosted by the Conservative Republicans of Southern Johnson County.  Thank you to a friend who shared these pictures.

Dr. Chappell speaking to guests about Common Core.

Dr. Chappell speaking to guests about Common Core.

Rep. Bradford speaking to guests about Common Core.

Rep. Bradford speaking to guests about Common Core.

Megan King, mother and Kansans Against Common Core co-founder speaking to guests.

Megan King, mother and Kansans Against Common Core co-founder speaking to guests.