Women_on_the_wall, National_security, election_2012 http://womenonthewall.org Women taking a stand to protect our children, America's founding principles, and sovereignty. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:02:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Notice of a Public Hearing on HB5 the Common Core of Texas http://womenonthewall.org/notice-of-a-public-hearing-on-hb5-the-common-core-of-texas http://womenonthewall.org/notice-of-a-public-hearing-on-hb5-the-common-core-of-texas#respond Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:32:36 +0000 http://womenonthewall.org/?p=2628 Jane Robbins with the American Principles Project


Ask a teacher if they think HB5 is dumbing down Texas students. I have and yes the good ones know it is and will tell you so.

Take the time to watch Dr. Peg Luksik speak at the #CANiSEE the Solutions Conference in Austin. This is just a small portion from her amazing talk on the Federal Take over of education known today as Common Core/ College and Career Ready standards.

Her full talk covers the true reality on the ground for children especially our minority students. 

To Watch the #CANiSEE Solution Conference 2014 — On Demand – please go to:

http://www.dartfish.tv/CollectionInfo.aspx?CR=p80044c92577

To order CANiSEE SOLUTIONS CONFERENCE DVD’S via mail & pay with check or credit card visit:
http://www.vaulteventmedia.com/images/CanISeeOrderForm.pdf

HB5 which many of us have been saying is the Common Core philosophy of education. A public notice has been release you need to know about so that you can do your part to be there or make sure your friends and neighbors know the truth about HB5.

Donna Garner wrote…

“Revealed: The Dumbing Down of Texas’ Public Schools”

Under HB 5 (passed by the last legislative session), Texas’ high school graduates will no longer be required to take both World History and World Geography. They also will not be required to take the capstone course in English which is English IV. Neither will all Texas graduates be required to take Algebra II and higher-level math and science courses. Not requiring these courses will send our Texas students out into the world bereft of basic foundational knowledge that will plague them the rest of their lives not to mention the fact that Texas public school graduates will go into college and/or careers with a shallow academic degree.

I tried desperately before, after, and during the 83rd Legislative Session to get people to listen to my concerns about dropping the 4 x 4 graduation plan and gutting the individual student and teacher accountability at each grade level/course level. Now the Texas State Board of Education, the Texas Education Agency, and local school districts are stuck trying to implement HB 5 which mucks up every public school in Texas.

I stand by my comments; and as each day passes, more Texans are beginning to see the damage that HB 5 is doing. Here is what I said on 6.17.13 – “For the Historical Record: Texas Will Rue This Day” –

SENATE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

COMMITTEE: Education
TIME & DATE: 10:00 AM, Tuesday, August 26, 2014
PLACE: E1.028 (Hearing Room)
CHAIR: Senator Dan Patrick

The Committee will hear invited testimony followed by public testimony on the below interim charges.

Senate Interim Charge #1 (Portion of Charge):

Examine STAAR writing scores for elementary, middle and high school students. For grade levels tested in writing, review the types of writing required. Explore the need for targeted professional development in writing.

Senate Interim Charge #2:

Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Education, 83rd Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance and/or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor the following:

· HB 5, relating to public school accountability, including assessment, and curriculum requirements; providing a criminal penalty;

(NOTE: Discussion on HB 5 will be limited to an update from our previous hearing on the passing rates of STAAR End-of-Course assessments for the graduating class of 2015)

· HB 1926, relating to the operation of the state virtual school network and courses provided through other distance learning arrangements;
· SB 376, relating to breakfast for certain public school students; and
· HB 617, relating to transition and employment services for public school students enrolled in special education programs.

Public testimony will be limited to two (2) minutes per person.

#CANiSEE THE SOLUTION CONFERENCE VIDEOS ARE AVAILABLE
THESE CONFERENCE VIDEOS WILL GIVE YOU THE KNOWLEDGE AND TOOLS TO STOP COMMON CORE

#CANISEE THE SOLUTION CONFERENCE 2014

To Watch the #CANiSEE Solution Conference 2014 — On Demand – please go to:

http://www.dartfish.tv/CollectionInfo.aspx?CR=p80044c92577

To order CANiSEE SOLUTIONS CONFERENCE DVD’S via mail & pay with check or credit card visit:
http://www.vaulteventmedia.com/images/CanISeeOrderForm.pdf

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Join Texans As We “STAND” for Our U. S. History and Our HEROES! http://womenonthewall.org/join-texans-as-we-stand-for-our-u-s-history-and-our-heroes http://womenonthewall.org/join-texans-as-we-stand-for-our-u-s-history-and-our-heroes#respond Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:14:27 +0000 http://womenonthewall.org/?p=2624  Mercer Stand.001

Parents, Grandparents and Tax Payers ”YOU”
are being called to ACTION!

AP U.S. HISTORY IS UNDER DIRCT ATTACK

Join Texans in Austin for the State Board of Education (SBOE) Meeting 

It is Time to Take a Stand!

Friday July 18th

9 A.M.

William B. Travis (WBT) State Office Building

1701 North Congress Avenue

Austin, TX 78701 

Please contact the Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott 512-463-2100 - Texas State Board of Education Members, State Legislators, Congressmen, elected officials, school administrators, teachers; and tell them that the AP U. S. History Framework/curriculum/exams must be stopped. 

Then SIGN THE PETITION: http://womenonthewall.org/

How will the New AP US History Framework coming down from College Board President David Coleman affect TEXAS children this Sept.?

 

New War Over High School U.S. History

As Stanley Kurtz stated in his article New War Over High School History….http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/382400/new-war-over-high-school-us-history-stanley-kurtz 

“Americans are only just now waking up to a quiet but devastatingly effective effort to replace the teaching of traditional American history in our high schools with a new, centrally-controlled, and sharply left-leaning curriculum.

The College Board, the company that issues the SAT and the various Advanced Placement (AP) exams, has created an elaborate new framework for the AP U.S. History Exam that will effectively force nearly all American high schools, public and private, to transform the way they teach U.S. History. 
 Texas is at the forefront of the resistance to the new AP U.S. History Exam, but the battle is not going well.  Ken Mercer, a member of the Texas School Board, is attempting to introduce a resolution rebuking and rejecting the new AP U.S. History Exam.  Unfortunately, he is now being told that he must wait to introduce the resolution until September, when it will be too late.

Texas makes up about 10 percent of the College Board’s market.  Were Texas to reject the new AP U.S. History Exam, the entire project could be put into doubt.” 
As Stated by SBOE Ken Mercer in his latest Op-ed. 

“For today’s patriots, this is our Valley Forge and our D-Day - 
this is the Revolution of 2014!”   Ken Mercer, Texas State Board of Education

TEXAS SBOE Ken Mercer goes onto say….

“How bad is the new AP U.S. History Framework? Here are a few key items verified with Larry Krieger (retired teacher and author recognized by the CB as one of the best AP teachers in 2004 and 2005) and Jane Robbins (Senior Fellow at the American Principles Project):

 
  • In the period of the American Revolution up to the 1787 Constitutional Convention, almost every Founding Father is omitted – no Jefferson, Adams, Madison, or Franklin. The Framework excludes Lexington, Concord,  Bunker Hill, Valley Forge, Saratoga, and Yorktown. The commanders and heroes of these pivotal battles are all omitted.
 
  • The lessons on the Civil War omit the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the Gettysburg Address, and the assassination of President Lincoln. The Framework once again omits crucial battles, key commanders, and the valor of common soldiers.
 
  •  The lessons on World War II omit “The Greatest Generation,” Truman, Hitler, D-Day, Midway, the Battle of  the Bulge, and every military commander including Dwight Eisenhower.  Inexplicably, Nazi atrocities against Jews and other groups are not required. The CB concludes its treatment of WWII with this blunt statement:  “The decision to drop the atomic bomb raised questions about American values.”
 
  • The lessons on the Civil Rights Movement do not mention America’s first African-American President. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez, Rosa Parks, the Navajo Code Talkers, Tuskegee Airmen, 442nd Infantry Regiment, and Barbara Jordan’s famous speech on the Constitution are all omitted.
 
A word search of the entire 98-page document will not find one military commander or one Medal of Honor recipient. Our best and brightest students will thus learn nothing of the heroism and sacrifices of Americans in uniform.
 
The CB instead presents an overwhelmingly negative viewpoint of U.S. history that will please America-haters such as former Illinois professor Bill Ayers.
 
This unelected body is rewriting United States history and promoting among our students a disdain for American principles and a lack of knowledge of major American achievements.
 
History is a dramatic story which, if taught well, allows students to study both the good and bad of America. The new APUSH Framework purposely stresses the negative while dismissing America’s positive contributions.
 
If we do nothing, this radical AP U.S. History course will enter our high schools this fall.

SO WHAT CAN TEXAS PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS AND TAX PAYERS DO?

Sign the Petition.
SHOW UP IN AUSTIN JULY 18TH AND SUPPORT THOSE WHO TESTIFY.  

I STAND WITH TX SBOE KEN MERCER AND REJECT THE NEW AP U.S. HISTORY FRAMEWORK AND EXAM

STAND with SBOE Ken Mercer and reject the new AP U.S. History Framework and Exam

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#CANiSEE What Will Be Taught in AP U.S. History next school year? http://womenonthewall.org/canisee-what-will-be-taught-in-ap-u-s-history-this-year http://womenonthewall.org/canisee-what-will-be-taught-in-ap-u-s-history-this-year#respond Tue, 15 Jul 2014 03:41:15 +0000 http://womenonthewall.org/?p=2615 AP US HISTORY UNDER ATTACK

Jane Robbins with the American Principles Project

I STAND WITH TX SBOE KEN MERCER AND REJECT THE NEW AP U.S. HISTORY FRAMEWORK AND EXAM

STAND with SBOE Ken Mercer and reject the new AP U.S. History Framework and Exam

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Texans Needed To Testify at SBOE Meeting — Against Mexican American Course http://womenonthewall.org/texans-needed-to-testify-at-sboe-meeting-against-mexican-american-course http://womenonthewall.org/texans-needed-to-testify-at-sboe-meeting-against-mexican-american-course#respond Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:50:04 +0000 http://womenonthewall.org/?p=2443 Photo from Breitbart.com

Photo from Breitbart.com

by Donna Garner

4.2.14

It is my understanding that next Tuesday (April 8, 2014) at the Texas State Board of Education(SBOE) meeting (Committee of the Full Board — http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=25769810402 ) there is to be a discussion about adopting a new course called Mexican-American Studies. I believe that someone from Ysleta ISD is going to present this idea and that his Hispanic supporters may be out in force.  Please read my comments posted below. We need many people to testify against the development of this new course for the reasons that I have given below.  At the bottom of this page, I have posted the details about how, when, and where to testify in front of the SBOE on Tuesday, 4.8.14.

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To:  Concerned Texas Citizens  

From:  Donna Garner

I believe our position should be that we want no new courses such as Mexican-American Studies or Ethnic Studies to be added to already over-burdened school districts that are trying to cope with the 5 new endorsements, foundation program, and other requirements under HB 5.  Even calling the course Ethnic Studies would end up emphasizing ethnic/racial differencesamong students at a time when schools are trying so hard to create unity among the students and faculty. 

I believe this Mexican American course is a direct attempt by the Democrats to turn Texas blue and that we need to stand firmly against it – creating no compromises (i.e., Ethnic Studies Course).  The definitions posted below should help keep us all on the same page.

MY SUGGESTIONS

First, I have posted some definitions further on down this page that I believe will help in the upcoming SBOE meeting. I believe it is very important for like-minded conservatives to “define the terms” rather than allowing others to do so. The term needs to be Hispanic and not Mexican-American.  Mexican-American is very discriminatory and much too exclusive. By defining the terms early-on, those who want to use the term Mexican-American will be identified as being discriminatory and exclusive (which they are).

Second, I hope that an attorney will testify.  The attorney needs to build the case that a Mexican-American course would be highly discriminatory to other language groups, races, and ethnicities.

Third, it would be good to get demographic information from Houston ISD. I think I remember reading that HISD has hundreds of different language groups in it.  A Mexican-American course would be highly discriminatory to the other language groups.  (It should not be difficult to get this language group, demographic information from Houston ISD or from the TEA.)

Fourth, these questions need to be asked and answered:  Under state law, can local school districts offer courses for local credit?  Do those courses have to be approved by the SBOE and/or the TEA?  It could be that if the voters in Ysleta ISD want to offer this multicultural/politically correct course for local credit, then they could offer local credit for it.  Does the SBOE need to be brought into this issue at all – either with a Mexican-American Studies Course or an Ethnic Studies Course?  The curriculum is already so full now that teachers cannot teach everything they need to teach. Why add any more courses, particularly those that could become a hotbed for indoctrination and controversy?  It is evident that there is nothing that we can do to satisfy the left-leaners. If we move a little bit left, they want more.  If we go all the way to their side, they still want more. I believe our best position is to make a stand, do not apologize for it, clearly state our position, and then let the chips fall. This is the way to stop the bullying and intimidation that has become so prevalent under the Obama admin. If we keep compromising, then we will keep losing our conservative principles.

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Excerpts from various websites – Hispanic vs. Mexican

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hispanic

The term “Hispanic” broadly refers to the culture, peoples, or nations with a historical link to Spain. The term commonly applies to countries once colonized by Spain, particularly the countries of Latin America that were colonized by Spain. It could be argued that the term should apply to all Spanish speaking cultures or countries, as the historical roots of the word specifically pertain to the Iberian region. It is also difficult to label a culture with one term, such as Hispanic, as the customs, traditions, beliefs and art forms (music, literature, dress, architecture, cuisine or others) vary widely depending on country and even within the regions of said country. The Spanish and Portuguese cultures are the main cultural element shared by Hispanic peoples.[6][7]

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http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Hispanic

Usage Note: Though often used interchangeably in American English, Hispanic and Latino are not identical terms, and in certain contexts the choice between them can be significant. Hispanic, from the Latin word for “Spain,” has the broader reference, potentially encompassing all Spanish-speaking peoples in both hemispheres and emphasizing the common denominator of language among communities that sometimes have little else in common. Latino—which in Spanish means “Latin” but which as an English word is probably a shortening of the Spanish word latinoamericano—refers more exclusively to persons or communities of Latin American origin. Of the two, only Hispanic can be used in referring to Spain and its history and culture; a native of Spain residing in the United States is a Hispanic, not a Latino, and one cannot substitute Latino in the phrase the Hispanic influence on native Mexican cultures without garbling the meaning. In practice, however, this distinction is of little significance when referring to residents of the United States, most of whom are of Latin American origin and can theoretically be called by either word. · A more important distinction concerns the sociopolitical rift that has opened between Latino and Hispanic in American usage. For a certain segment of the Spanish-speaking population, Latino is a term of ethnic pride and Hispanic a label that borders on the offensive. According to this view, Hispanic lacks the authenticity and cultural resonance of Latino, with its Spanish sound and its ability to show the feminine form Latinawhen used of women. Furthermore, Hispanic—the term used by the U.S. Census Bureau and other government agencies—is said to bear the stamp of an Anglo establishment far removed from the concerns of the Spanish-speaking community. While these views are strongly held by some, they are by no means universal, and the division in usage seems as related to geography as it is to politics, with Latino widely preferred in California and Hispanic the more usual term in Florida and Texas. Even in these regions, however, usage is often mixed, and it is not uncommon to find both terms used by the same writer or speaker.

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JUNE 19, 2013

http://www.pewhispanic.org/2013/06/19/hispanics-of-mexican-origin-in-the-united-states-2011/

Hispanics of Mexican Origin in the United States, 2011

BY ANNA BROWN AND EILEEN PATTEN

An estimated 33.5 million Hispanics of Mexican origin resided in the United States in 2011, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Mexicans in this statistical profile are people who self-identified as Hispanics of Mexican origin; this means either they themselves are Mexican immigrants or they trace their family ancestry to Mexico. Mexicans are the largest population of Hispanic origin living in the United States, accounting for nearly two-thirds (64.6%) of the U.S. Hispanic population in 2011.1

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http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mexican

Mex·i·can

 noun \ˈmek-si-kən\

: a person born, raised, or living in Mexico

: a person whose family is from Mexico

Full Definition of MEXICAN

1

a :  a native or inhabitant of Mexico

b :  a person of Mexican descent

Southwest :  a person of mixed Spanish and Indian descent

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http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hispanic

His·pan·ic

 adjective \hi-ˈspa-nik\

: coming originally from an area where Spanish is spoken and especially from Latin America; also : of or relating to Hispanic people

Full Definition of HISPANIC

1:  of or relating to the people, speech, or culture of Spain or of Spain and Portugal

2:  of, relating to, or being a person of Latin American descent living in the United States; especially :  one of Cuban, Mexican, or Puerto Rican origin

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DETAILS ABOUT TESTIFYING ON TUESDAY AT THE SBOE MEETING

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=25769810247

April 2014 Committee of the Full Board Tuesday

TUESDAY
April 8, 2014

1:30 p.m.

COMMITTEE OF THE FULL BOARD – Room 1-104
Public Testimony – Individual testimony will be taken at the time the related item comes up for committee discussion or action. The procedures for registering and taking public testimony at State Board of Education committee meetings and general board meetings are provided at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=25769804094.

1. Public Hearing on New Course Development 

A public hearing before the State Board of Education (SBOE) is scheduled for Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in the William B. Travis Building, Room 1-104. Testimony will be presented regarding new courses, including courses that might be developed in the future to align with requirements of House Bill (HB) 5.

COMMITTEE – DISCUSSION
SBOE – NO ACTION 

 

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Breitbart News Launches ‘Breitbart London’ & ‘Breitbart Texas’ Verticals http://womenonthewall.org/breitbart-news-launches-breitbart-london-breitbart-texas-verticals http://womenonthewall.org/breitbart-news-launches-breitbart-london-breitbart-texas-verticals#respond Mon, 17 Feb 2014 01:30:42 +0000 http://womenonthewall.org/?p=2403 Breitbart News Launches ‘Breitbart London’ & ‘Breitbart Texas’ Verticals

by Tony Lee 16 Feb 2014, 4:00 PM PDT

Breitbart News launched two new verticals on Sunday—”Breitbart London” and “Breitbart Texas”—that are the first steps in a multi-year expansion effort that will bridge the gap between global and regional news at a time when the rise of anti-establishment forces in politics and new media are threatening the old political and media order.

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The Breitbart Texas Team Includes:
  • Brandon Darby – Managing Director of Breitbart Texas, a former leftist organizer/activist and Andrew Breitbart protégé, leading Texas efforts for Breitbart News.
  • Logan Churchwell – Assignment Manager of Breitbart Texas, formerly Communications Director for True the Vote, Accuracy in Media, and a Capitol Hill staffer.
  • Sylvia Longmire - Contributing Editor for Breitbart Texas, focusing on border security and Mexican drug cartel activity in North America. Formerly an Air Force Officer and Special Agent, senior intelligence analyst for the California Office of Homeland Security, and author of Cartel and Border Insecurity.
  • Merrill Hope – Contributor Breitbart Texas, focusing on education nationally and locally in Texas. Formerly a contributing writer for the Hollywood Reporter and Education Action Group (EAG) News.
  • Bob Price – Contributor Breitbart Texas, focusing on the Texas political scene, legislative issues, border security, and public corruption.
  • Lee Stranahan – Contributor Breitbart Texas, investigative reporter and filmmaker, focusing on the institutional Left and corruption in the State of Texas.
  • Michael Quinn Sullivan - Contributor Breitbart Texas, former reporter and think tank executive, focusing on legislative issues, grassroots activism, and politics.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2014/02/16/Breitbart-News-Launches-Breitbart-London-Breitbart-Texas-Verticals

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Women On The Wall.org Community Conversation Conference Call http://womenonthewall.org/women-on-the-wall-org-community-conversation-conference-call http://womenonthewall.org/women-on-the-wall-org-community-conversation-conference-call#respond Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:21:35 +0000 http://womenonthewall.org/?p=2384 Donna Garner

Donna Garner

By Donna Garner 

Alice Linahan’s Community Conversations — Women on the Wall Conference Call. We are taking on Common Core/ College and Career Ready, and Next Generation Learning Standards! 

“Major changes to Texas high school graduation requirements because of HB 5 are about to alter the fundamentals of the public school system across the state.” WILL YOUR KIDS BE READY FOR THE REAL WORLD IF DEPRIVED OF BASIC KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS? 

The truth is that the curriculum standards (TEKS) adopted by the Texas State Board of Education starting in 2008 through 2012 are rigorous and, if taught by teachers well, will get Texas students ready for college and/or careers. 

By watering down the courses and allowing students to escape responsibility, the end result will be Texas producing high-school graduates who are not ready to take on the challenges of adulthood. For people to make good citizens of the United States, they all need to have a common set of foundational knowledge and skills. 

Please plead with your local school officials to adopt a local requirement that all graduates must take TEKS-based English IV, Algebra II, World History, World Geography, and a fourth year of Science. Without these courses, students will not make knowledgeable employees nor capable voters with the abilities to reason and analyze well. 

To read through the TEKS for each subject area, please go to this link and look under “Texas Knowledge and Skills by Chapter” – http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=6148

LINK TO ALICE LINAHAN’S PODCAST:

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“Discard Common Core Standards, Replace with English Success Standards” http://womenonthewall.org/discard-common-core-standards-replace-with-english-success-standards http://womenonthewall.org/discard-common-core-standards-replace-with-english-success-standards#respond Sat, 08 Feb 2014 22:03:01 +0000 http://womenonthewall.org/?p=2378 SchoolgirlBy Donna Garner 

What is it that parents want their children to learn in English / Language Arts /Reading classes, K-12?  Most veteran English teachers know, but they are frustrated because they usually have no “voice.”  Starting in July 1997, a group of us classroom teachers in Texas managed to be heard and could well be heard again.  

 

The English Success Standards (ESS) document is an example of the Type #1 philosophy of education which is in direct opposition to the Type #2 philosophy of education found in the Common Core Standards (a.k.a., CSCOPE in Texas).   

Link to Type #1 vs. Type #2 chart:  http://www.educationviews.org/comparison-types-education-type-1-traditional-vs-type-2-cscope-common-core/

 

Since its inception in 1997, the classroom teachers who wrote the English Success Standards have offered their document for free to any and all – no strings attached. Users are free to utilize or change whatever they so choose.  

 

The English Success Standards (ESS) remain today as the only standards document in the United States that was written by classroom teachers for classroom teachers. 

 

In every classroom, there are two entities – the teacher and the student.  Therefore, in the ESS, each page has two columns:  The column on the left tells teachers what they should teach (not HOW to do it – that is left up to the creative abilities of the teachers), and the column on the right tells students what they should learn.   

 

The English Success Standards (ESS) are content-rich and explicit for every grade level, increasing in depth and complexity as the student goes through school. This cognitive progression links each concept with previous concepts and produces long-term memory in students.   

 

The ESS is built upon the empirical reading research done by the National Institutes of Health and emphasizes phonemic awareness/decoding skills (phonics).  The document contains an excellent but separate grammar strand that would require schools to emphasize correct writing and speaking at each grade level.

 

The ESS has a clear progression of composition/research-writing skills and emphasizes the four writing modes of expository, persuasive, descriptive, and narrative.  The various genres of literature are covered extensively along with the characteristics of each. 

 

The final English/Reading/Language Arts curriculum standards for Texas (ELAR/TEKS) adopted by the elected members of the Texas State Board of Education on May 23, 2008 utilized much of the content taken from the English Success Standards.

  

Because the public is becoming very disenchanted with the Type #2 Common Core Standards (and CSCOPE in Texas), now would be a good time for people to obtain a copy of the English Success Standards if for no other reason than to see what a Type #1 ELAR document written by actual classroom teachers looks like.

 

Sometimes putting the real thing (ESS) beside a counterfeit (CCS/CSCOPE) reveals the brilliance of the real thing and the shortcomings of the counterfeit.  

 

Henry W. Burke testified to the Nebraska State Board of Education on 2.3.14, and he strongly suggested that Nebraska utilize the ESS to help them write their own state ELAR standards. This would be a good idea for other states to do also. Why “re-invent the wheel” and spend millions of dollars when the ESS is completely free for the taking?

 

To watch Mr. Burke’s testimony, please go to marker 1:39:00 – 1:49:00. (The scroll bar at the bottom of the screen is invisible until you click on it to move the marker.) – VIDEO –http://www.education.ne.gov/Movies/StateBoard/Feb_2014_Work_Session.mp4

 

 

To read Mr. Burke’s full report to the NSBOE, please go to:http://www.educationviews.org/proposed-nebraska-english-standards

 

 

ACTION STEP:

 

If you would like to have a copy of the English Success Standards e-mailed to you as an attachment, please send your request to either Henry W. Burke or Donna Garner. Your e-mail addresses will not be kept, shared, nor utilized in any way:  

Henry W. Burke

hwburke@cox.net

Donna Garner

Wgarner1@hot.rr.com

 Those who teach

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What Is InBloom and Why Is It Collecting Data on School Children? http://womenonthewall.org/what-is-inbloom-and-why-is-it-collecting-data-on-school-children http://womenonthewall.org/what-is-inbloom-and-why-is-it-collecting-data-on-school-children#respond Fri, 07 Feb 2014 07:00:53 +0000 http://womenonthewall.org/?p=2394 by Merrill Hope

Breitbart

Feb. 7, 2014

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/02/06/Feds-Collecting-Data-On-Our-Children-Who-Is-inBloom

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Common Core 101: What Is It and How Does It Affect Our Children? http://womenonthewall.org/common-core-101-what-is-it-and-how-does-it-affect-our-children http://womenonthewall.org/common-core-101-what-is-it-and-how-does-it-affect-our-children#respond Mon, 03 Feb 2014 07:00:43 +0000 http://womenonthewall.org/?p=2397 by Merrill Hope

Breitbart

Feb. 3, 2013

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/02/03/Common-Core-101-What-Is-It-And-How-Does-It-Affect-Our-Children

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Texans Let Your Voices Be Heard~ New Performance Standards for Education Service Centers Proposed http://womenonthewall.org/texans-let-your-voices-be-heard-new-performance-standards-for-education-service-centers-proposed http://womenonthewall.org/texans-let-your-voices-be-heard-new-performance-standards-for-education-service-centers-proposed#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:23:17 +0000 http://womenonthewall.org/?p=2324 Photo Courtesy of Education Blog Dallas Morning News

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You have between now and February 3rd for your voices to be heard Texas.

One thing that has become abundantly clear is the Texas Educational Service Centers that brought CSCOPE to Texas have had absolutely no oversight by the TEA. To rectify that Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has proposed new rule in the Texas Register regarding Regional Education Service Centers (ESCs) - 

If you go to the Texas Register by clicking the link below.  Once at this website, click on Texas Education Agency.  In the body of the text, there is a reference to Figure: 19 TAC §53.1021(b) (.pdf).  http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/archive/January32014/index.html.

Commissioner Williams has proposed an ESC (Education Service Center) Performance Standards and Indicators Manual.  The manual is intended to provide clear expectations to ESCs and executive directors for programs, products, and services developed and provided to school districts and charter schools. The public comment period on the proposed rule goes through February 3rd. 

 

“Agency legal counsel has determined that the commissioner should take formal rule making action to place into the Texas Administrative Code procedures related to the regional education service center performance standards and indicators. The intent is to update, as needed, 19 TAC §53.1021 to refer to the most recently published Regional Education Service Center Performance Standards and Indicators Manual, which would be updated to remain current with applicable statutes and procedures.

Proposed new 19 TAC §53.1021 would adopt the Regional Education Service Center Performance Standards and Indicators Manual in rule as Figure: 19 TAC §53.1021(b), which would establish performance standards and indicators used in the evaluation of regional education service centers and executive directors. The manual would provide clear expectations to regional education service centers and executive directors for programs, products, and services developed and provided to school districts and charter schools. The manual would also provide clear expectations for ensuring compliance with statutory requirements.

The proposed new section would establish in rule the performance standards and indicators by which regional education service centers will be annually evaluated. The proposed new section would have no locally maintained paperwork requirements.

Julie Beisert-Smith, director of regional education service centers, has determined that for the first five-year period the new section is in effect there will be no additional costs for state or local government as a result of enforcing or administering the new section.

Ms. Beisert-Smith has determined that for each year of the first five years the new section is in effect the public benefit anticipated as a result of enforcing the new section would be to inform the public of the existence of annual manuals specifying regional education service center performance standards and indicators by including this rule in the Texas Administrative Code. There is no anticipated economic cost to persons who are required to comply with the proposed new section.

There is no direct adverse economic impact for small businesses and microbusinesses; therefore, no regulatory flexibility analysis, specified in Texas Government Code, §2006.002, is required.

The public comment period on the proposal begins January 3, 2014, and ends February 3, 2014. Comments on the proposal may be submitted to Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez, Rulemaking, Texas Education Agency, 1701 North Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701, (512) 475-1497. Comments may also be submitted electronically to rules@tea.state.tx.us or faxed to (512) 463-5337. A request for a public hearing on the proposal submitted under the Administrative Procedure Act must be received by the commissioner of education not more than 14 calendar days after notice of the proposal has been published in the Texas Register on January 3, 2014.

The new section is proposed under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §8.101, which authorizes the commissioner to establish performance standards and indicators for regional education service centers.

The new section implements the TEC, §8.101.ESC Manual

§53.1021.Regional Education Service Center Performance Standards and Indicators.

(a) In accordance with the Texas Education Code, §8.101, the commissioner of education shall establish performance standards and indicators for regional education service centers to be used in the annual evaluation of each regional education service center and executive director.

(b) The specific performance standards and indicators by which the commissioner shall evaluate each regional education service center and executive director are described in the Regional Education Service Center Performance Standards and Indicators Manual provided in this subsection.

Figure: 19 TAC §53.1021(b) (.pdf)

(c) The specific criteria used in the Regional Education Service Center Performance Standards and Indicators Manual are established by the commissioner and communicated to all regional education service centers and executive directors.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the proposal and found it to be within the state agency’s legal authority to adopt.”

 

 Time is of the Essence to stop the “Fundamental Transformation” of education in America. It is time for parents and grandparents to give the “Gift of American Exceptionalism” back to their child or grandchild. To do this we must go into our children’s school and say…..

 

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#CanISee WHAT you are teaching my child, #CanISee HOW you are teaching my child and #CanISee WHO is financially benefiting from the curriculum products my child’s teacher is being evaluated on.

To follow the movement building a coalition of parents and teacher to give the gift of ”American Exceptionalism” to the next generation follow the hashtag #CanISee on Twitter.

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Please sign the petition linked below and then pass it onto your friends and neighbors.
Ask them to Join the Movement! 

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