June 28, 2017

14 Year-Old Conservative CJ Pearson Begs #NeverTrumpers to Think About their Grandkids and VOTE TRUMP (Video)

Young conservative CJ Pierson did an interview with One America News Network this week.   The 14 year-old Republican begged “Never Trumpers” to look at their children and think about their future with Hillary Clinton as president. To the conservatives across the country who have not become Trump supporters, I have one message for you […]

North Korea’s failed missile launch prompts ‘saber-rattling’ jibe from China media

North Korea attempted and failed to launch what experts believe was an intermediate-range ballistic missile on Friday in defiance of U.N. sanctions and in an embarrassing setback for leader Kim Jong Un, drawing criticism from major ally China. The failed launch, as the reclusive country celebrates the “Day of the Sun” on the birthday of […]

Must-Read: The High Cost of Doing Business in Cuba

‘A Series of Razors Waiting to Cut You’: The High Cost of Doing Business in Cuba Sarkis Yacoubian swore he was just a businessman, but the state security agents holding him in a Havana interrogation room called him a spy. It was July 2011, and Yacoubian, then 51, had been working in Cuba for nearly […]

Former Pearson Exec Reveals Anti-American Agenda in Common Core

A former marketing executive for textbook publishing giant Pearson Education reveals the anti-American agenda behind Common Core and the Advanced Placement U.S. History framework in the third video of a series produced by Project Veritas and focused on the corporate cronyism behind the education reform known as Common Core. Kim Koerber, a former Pearson executive […]

How Academic Standards Promoting Islam Have Invaded America’s Classrooms

A mindset that has gradually led American parents to leave the education of their children — unchecked — to schools and elitists has spawned controversies such as the promotion of Islam in classrooms and the unpopular Common Core standards. Eruptions have occurred in more states recently over the promotion of Islam – and the downplaying […]

CONCERNS RISING OVER PEARSON, THE COMPANY BEHIND PARCC AND OTHER COMMON CORE TESTS

Almost 900,000 New Jersey students are taking the Pearson-administered PARCC test in March. Some parents, critics ask if ‘Goliath’ has too much power in assessing N.J. students This year, five million kids in the United States, including New Jersey, will take a new standardized test – the PARCC. Potential new teachers in Pennsylvania will take […]

Cradle to Grave Data System Includes Personally Identifiable Information (PII) on Children and Adults; Data Shared with National Data System

This is part 4 in our series on data, career pathways and workforce tracking in Minnesota informed by audio testimony given before the Minnesota Data Practices Commission hearing of December 2014. As cited in the previous article, (http://commoncoremn.com/2015/09/14/minnesotas-data-practices-commission-meets-our-state-dystopian-data-system-novel-in-the-making/) the Hollywood movie, The Giver, foreshadows the current state of career pathways and necessity for data collection. […]

Black Teen Conservative: Ted Cruz Can Unite America Following Obama’s Divisive Presidency

“In 2016 it is time for us to mend the divisive traits that this president has inflicted upon our country. And I believe Ted [Cruz] can be that uniter,” Pearson told Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle. He said he sees Cruz as a “fighter for conservative values; a fighter who will not give up, who will not […]

Pearson loses huge testing contract in New York — and gets more bad news

A school bus passes a sign encouraging parents to refuse that their children take state tests in April in Rotterdam, N.Y. With standardized English tests set to begin Tuesday in New York schools, some parents are again planning to have their children sit out the exams. (AP/Mike Groll) There’s more bad news for Pearson, the world’s […]

GRADING THE COMMON CORE: NO TEACHING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  Rose Rodriguez-Rabin, left, and Valerie Gomm scored Common Core exams at an office in San Antonio. Ms. Rodriguez-Rabin has worked for the testing company Pearson on various projects since 2009. Ms. Gomm described the scoring process as challenging, saying that “you go into analyzing every trait.” Credit Ilana Panich-Linsman for The New York Times […]

VIDEO: Black Youth Shreds Obama’s Response to Tragic Charleston Massacre

Black youth CJ Pearson, known for uploading amazing political commentary to YouTube, released another video this week — this one about President Barack Obama’s response to the Charleston massacre. The 12-year-old star started his video by expressing how he felt over what happened. “I am heartbroken for everyone affected by it,” the young conservative star […]

Eighth grader: What bothered me most about new Common Core test

Here’s a piece from an eighth grade student named Isaiah Schrader about his recent experience with the new Common Core-aligned assessment tests he and other New York students just took. Isaiah, who is 14 years old, attends Anne M. Dorner Middle School, in Ossining, New York. He is a 2012 Caroline D. Bradley Scholar (awarded […]

Hillary Clinton found at the rotten center of the Common Core national standards initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A veteran educator says parents can thank Hillary Clinton for the Common Core national standards that have been thrust upon schools across the country. Even though most people probably believe that Common Core was developed during President Barack Obama’s term in office, the foundation of the initiative goes all the way back […]

Are Common Core Standards Actually Data Tags?

Don’t think of them as standards. Think of them as tags. Think of them as the pedagogical equivalent of people’s names on Facebook, the tags you attach to each and every photo that you upload. We know from our friends at Knewton what the Grand Design is — a system in which student progress is […]

Common Core Goes Global

[A]t the request of educators I wrote the World Core Curriculum, the product of the United Nations, the meta-organism of human and planetary evolution.   — Robert Muller, former U.N. Assistant Secretary General The education reform known as Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for grades K-12, adopted by forty plus states and more than half of […]

Everything you need to know about Common Core — Ravitch

Diane Ravitch, the education historian who has become the leader of the movement against corporate-influenced school reform, gave this speech to the Modern Language Association on Jan. 11 about the past, present and future of the Common Core State Standards. Here’s her speech: As an organization of teachers and scholars devoted to the study of […]

Common Core: 95 Reasons why it is bad Public Policy

1. Common Core State Standards (CCSS), as an education reform policy, does not satisfy the four pillars of education reform:  1) Accountability 2) More State and Local Control 3) Focusing resources on proven educational methods and 4) Expanded choices for parents. Accountability for implementing the Common Core Standards (that were not properly piloted or vetted) unfairly rests […]

“Assessments and Accountability” (STOP COMMON CORE) Bills About to Be Tabled!

DEMAND UP OR DOWN VOTE ON “ASSESSMENTS AND ACCOUNTABILITY” BILLS! SEND A FREE MESSAGE TO FLORIDA HO– — — USE AND SENATE         To every parent, grandparent and taxpayer who cares about the future of our children: We’ve recently shared the good news that Sen. Greg Evers and Rep. John Tobia filed […]

Orwellian nightmare unleashed on schoolkids

Technology is increasingly being used by schools to gather data on students, testing not just their knowledge of subjects like reading, math and science but subjective “social skills.” Parents and students have been “opting out” of high-stakes testing in record numbers over the past year, saying the standardized tests waste valuable instruction time, cause undue […]

HILLARY CLINTON TIED TO COMMON CORE

This is taken from my memory as I lived through this era as a classroom teacher.  I well remember that we have Hillary Clinton to blame for today’s Common Core Standards Initiative (CCSI). MY BACKGROUND I started teaching in Texas in 1963, left teaching to have children and stayed home with them for 10 years, […]

Facebook Suspends 12-Year-Old Black Conservative Who Criticized Obama

by Warner Todd Huston 3 Mar 2015 1872 A video criticizing President Obama—made by C.J. Pearson, a 12-year-old black conservative—recently became an Internet sensation. But it wasn’t long before the young man felt repercussions from his sudden fame. He has now found that Facebook suspended his account, and Pearson claims that the social media giant did so […]

BOOM! This Awesome 12-Year-Old Georgia Boy Just Backed Giuliani In Sharp Rebuke Of Obama

  He’s literally an overnight sensation — a Georgia middle school student named CJ Pearson who posted a YouTube video on Saturday in defense of Rudy Giuliani’s controversial contention that Barack Obama doesn’t love America. As the former New York City mayor continues to find himself at the center of a swirling firestorm of liberal […]

Common Core Under Fire: Mississippi Exits Key Test Group

Mississippi has withdrawn from the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), one of the two federally funded Common Core test consortia. According to the Clarion-Ledger, the state’s Board of Education issued a press release Friday about the exit from PARCC. Despite the withdrawal, however, the state is still using the […]

King of Common Core Pearson Closes Charitable Foundation Amid Legal Troubles

Publishing giant Pearson Inc. is set to rake in billions of dollars in profits related to the implementation of the Common Core standards, but the corporation is now dealing with legal problems exposing some of its suspicious methods that have led to its status as the King of Common Core. The Pearson Charitable Foundation states it […]

Scandal: FBI Seize LAUSD iPad Technology Documents

In a surprise visit to Los Angeles Unified School District’s offices, Tuesday FBI agents seized 20 boxes of documents in response to a federal grand jury subpoena regarding possible contract fraud involving a $1.3 billion Common Core iPad technology project. According to Mashable, without providing any information regarding the probe, the FBI confirmed the investigation […]

LA schools’ beleaguered, billion dollar iPad project under FBI investigation

LOS ANGELES — FBI agents seized 20 boxes of documents related to Los Angeles Unified School District’s beleaguered $1 billion iPad project, officials confirmed Tuesday. Agents confiscated documents at the district’s offices Monday regarding procurement practices involving the Common Core Technology project, LAUSD’s plan to equip all schools with 21st century learning devices, during a […]

School districts suspend online FCAT after glitches

Problems with Florida’s annual FCAT test on Tuesday rekindled simmering concerns that the state isn’t ready for its next steps toward full computerized testing. At least a dozen Florida school districts, including Pasco and Hernando, were forced to suspend online testing Tuesday as students had trouble signing in to take the annual exam. No problems […]

Common Core tests fail kids in New York again. Here’s how.

Results of the 2014 New York State Common Core-aligned exams were recently released along with new information about the 2013 tests and the news was not good. Here’s an analysis, by educators Bianca Tanis  and Carol Burris, explaining what the results actually mean to students and educators. Burris, of South Side High School, has been […]

Are Common Core Standards Actually Data Tags?

Don’t think of them as standards. Think of them as tags. Think of them as the pedagogical equivalent of people’s names on Facebook, the tags you attach to each and every photo that you upload. We know from our friends at Knewton what the Grand Design is — a system in which student progress is […]

The iPad Fiasco: “What do the Terms of Service Say About My Rights?”

A high school teacher asks us to consider the techrights and human rights of the underage human subjects of business-imposed edtech experiments and “innovations”, and to reflect on Audrey Watters’ column, Ed-Tech and the Templated Self: Thoughts from the “Reclaim Your Domain” Hackathon. by Mary Porter.  Teachers must protect student agency and identity from the “templated […]

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