I read the "Benchmarking for Success..." and while as you mentioned in your article on the surface it seems harmless, it is not. I noticed the group "Achieve" as a "collaborator" to this report. So digging further I "checked them out" . If you have the opportunity to do so, I suggest you do. The implications of RTTT go even beyond our federal government taking over education. This is serious.
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About Derek SheriffDerek Sheriff [send him email] is a research analyst for the Tenth Amendment Center. His articles have appeared in various publications, and he writes regularly for the Center on issues related to state sovereignty and nullification. His blog and podcast "Principles of '98" can be found at www.PrinciplesOfNinetyEight.Com. View his Tenth Amendment Center blog archives here, and his article archives here.
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so i understand and support this argument and all, but what is the real meaning of states rights? could it be admitted to be segregationist?
It is so unfortunate that states' rights has been pegged to slavery and segregation for so long. In reality, the states' rights tradition is in no way inherently racist or pro-segregation. Tom Woods has worked tirelessly to dispel this myth and in this video he gives one example among many about how states' rights were invoked to resist unjust and unconstitutional fugitive slave laws in the 1820's. I hope you will check it out:
What if our educational policies are about 180 degrees in the wrong direction?
Let's look at another paradigm, home schooling, and see how they fare. Home schooling parents seldom draw up elaborate lesson plans. The often have no degrees in education; many do not even have college diplomas. They work with small budgets. There is little to no government supervision of their efforts.
How do they fare? According to research by NHERI, home schooled children score about 30 percentile points above their peers. Furthermore, parents' socioeconomic status has little impact on children's level of attainment. In addition, this high level of achievement does not involve spending more hours and more days in formal schooling, but the reverse.
One of the best kept secrets of home schooling - which could greatly increase the efficiency of all schools - is that teaching best occurs when the child wants to learn, not according to an arbitrary schedule. When my son asked "what is 5-7?" it took about 5-10 minutes to explain negative numbers; he was only in the first grade at the time. Almost all teachers would put off such a child for years.
Many children learn to read, at their own request, by the age of 3 or 4 - and do so far more rapidly than those who wait until the process of organized education. I have a seven-year-old grandson who tests at the 6th grade level or better in all areas of math; his skills rival those of many high school students.
Compulsory attendance laws lead us to measure the wrong thing - time spent in seats - instead of searching for more efficient use of children's, parents', and teachers' time.
Awesome comment Terry! I hope you don't mind if I re-post it. I wish more parents were able to home school (even though it's not all done just in one's residence), and I wish that those who are able but choose not to would consider the option more carefully. Dostoevsky said, "Beauty will save the world". I think that maybe homeschooling will save America.
They will never willingly let go of your kids, people.
Don't you understand this yet?
The only way to wrest control is to remove your kids from the poisoned system.
Act like parents and treat your kids as the value you believe them to be.
Or send them to rot under the tyranny of the public prison system.
It starts with you.
Are you capable of accepting your responsibilities?
This problem can be solved by an Education Tax Relief Act and a Parental Protection Act: www.SlavesForFreedom.com
The only way to get your freedom back is to kill off all Fed blackmailing legislation and the parasitic departments with their parasitic sturmtruppen that live off of the Public host. I've long said that the only thing "independent", with regards to these individual school districts, was the word itself painted on the side of the bus. Beyond that they've long been Fed tentacles masquerading in some sort of delusional belief that they have some sort of say in the matter. To be honest I believe it's all a sham and a ruse by an entrenched educational elite/bureaucracy that wails and moans that it hasn't enough shekels all the while killing time until they get those golden retirement goodies. Paid for by YOU just so you remember.
His silence is unconscionable-it also leads me to believe it might take more than a simple "No!" to make any "curriculum" coming out of the U.S. DOE just disappear. I know from experience that fact-finding is the best place to start. To that end, would you be so kind as to provide me with information as to how I can find out EXACTLY what has been done so far with regard to Arizona's application [for what was correctly assessed in your article as a "de facto federal curriculum"], so that I can ascertain what it might take to stop it? I would be extremely grateful!
Mr. Sheriff, I am a mother and grandmother living in Arizona, and I am extremely concerned after reading your article as to actions taken by Gov. Brewer to obtain RTTT funding for Arizona's schools. Although we might not all agree on what is best for our children, I believe we could all agree that it is our responsibility to keep our children safe. Today I checked with the Library of Congress to ascertain the status of H.R. 966. This resolution was introduced by Rep. Michael C. Burgess [thanks again Texas!-sorry, NWO] on 12/11/09, calling for the immediate firing of Kevin Jennings as the "Safe School Czar" for the U.S. DOE. Since early October 2009, President Obama has been sent dozens of letters from legislators, thousands of signatures have been obtained on Petitions, article after article has appeared in various publications and blogs, including the Washington Times-all demanding the immediate replacement of Jennings-all have been ignored by the president.
Rick Perry is a puppet of the New World Order.....! A wolf in sheeps clothing. Ignore at your own peril. While he may have done this "1" good deed. The totality of his morass won't matter. He just wants to get you to re-elect him and then it's back to the same game.
Local control of schools is best...who else is motivated to teach children to be the best than the parents and the communities which those children represent? As capitalism works in competition, so goes education and competition to produce the best possible outcome for children who will one day be entrusted with the governing of the country. National control leads to stifling of creativity, innovation and competition which leads to poor school systems such as we have today. Return schools to local control!
As far as I knew the Feds. were already controlling curriculum in their schools. Years ago Anita Hoge's story written by Bev Eakman exposed how the Feds. had taken over. Outcome Based Education, which all STATES have signed on to dictates the Outcomes for students and the Outcomes are reached by the indoctrination supplied. Ohio joined up years ago. The carrot was a few pennies per student offered by the Feds. from the millions they had taken from us already.
Why can't the states get together and demand the repeal of the Department of Education Organization Act . States should have never allowed the fed to grab this power in the first place.The states need to ween themselves off of fed money. It's ridiculous really; We pay federal taxes, a large portion of which is simply wasted and lost to corruption, and then states get in line to beg for the money we payed the fed in the first place. This gives the fed enormous power because the states need that money for roads and such. Take back the powers of the state from the fed, so they don't need all the tax money, and I'll pay taxes to the state I live in to pay for roads and such. FREEDOM
I don't think its such a good idea giving the states and local governments the power to create the curriculums. If we are going to maintain competitiveness with other countries we must do this from a federal stand point. Besides if you let people in this country decide what their kids have to learn you'll have half the schools in the country teaching that intelligent design B.S.
Homeschoolers do it everyday. Most of us select our own curriculum without state or federal input and have consistently better results over the public schools as we teach to the student in a way they can learn. And since Darwinism and the Big bang theory are just that, theories, I'm not sure what your issue is with intelligent design, which is also a theory. Surely there is room in this world for all theories and not just the one you've selected as right.
That's right! We can continue "teaching/indoctrinating" the captives in our state run re-education camps that evolution is a "fact". Funny how I, as a product of the educational sausage factory, believed all that tripe about the "theory of..." and then one day, as if by magic, those very words no longer preceded the word "evolution". So when exactly was it proven? Anybody? Anybody? Did I happen to miss the memo that morning while the news bus zipped past? I'm not a supporter of supernatural causes in any way but neither am I a blind goose-stepping fool who religiously defends evolutionist fantasies passed off as gospel with a gun to my head to pay for it through thieving taxation. If someone "chooses" to believe in ID then by all means let them because the planet won't spin out of orbit because of it. You, dear Terrence, based on your comments, are a slavish drone happy to do as you're told.
Gee, you're right Terrence. That's why in addition to making sure the federal government controls the curricula ("curriculums" as you put it), schools should devote more time to the "advisory periods" I described in my article, just in case kids are being taught to think critically outside the school. And don't worry, although I only hinted at it above, if children are exposed to ideas which call into question official national dogma, the school will already be "Partnering with parents and parent organizations" and with "faith- and community-based organizations" to neutralize such subversive thinking.
The way to improve American education, for the long-term, serious-good improvement that it needs, is for some courageously, brazenly conservative President to say during his inaugural "This DOE must be shot!" and proceed directly to do just that. If the Federal near-monopoly on childhood education can be broken---better yet, eliminate "public" schooling altogether and privatize them all!---we will at last be en route to genuine educational reform.
In his 1833 commentaries on the Constitution, Joseph Story, a Justice on the United States Supreme Court from 1811-1845, wrote that the federal government had not been granted the authority to meddle with the “systems of education, the poor laws, or the road laws, of the states.”
Even a big government guy like Story acknowledged that the federal government had no authority over education.
And since the federal government has no business sticking its big nose into public education, neither do the feds have the authority to lay taxes in the name of public education. This is evidenced by Chief Justice Marshall's writing that Congress cannot lay taxes in the name of state power issues.
"Congress is not empowered to tax for those purposes which are within the exclusive province of the States." --Chief Justice Marshall, GIBBONS V. OGDEN, 1824. http://supreme.justia.com/us/22/1/case.html
So pubic education fits right in with the "ResistDC: The Federal Tax Funds Act" thread on this message board.
An informative, if disturbing, post.
Of course, the real point, as you say, is that both parties are actively working to supplant State control of education. Obama is only building on what George W. Bush accomplished with his No Child Left Behind legislation.
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