It is happening–further dumbing down of students and changing the course of history.  The full title of the ELA Common Core(c) standards is “English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subject”. Very clever.  English Language Arts is more than English.  Since national history standards failed to pass Congress in the past, Read More →

Here we go again–the international Pearson arm is reaching into behavioral assessments of your child, administered by teachers.  Are they doing this in your school?  Do teachers have the psychological training to make these assessments? How will these behavioral assessments affect your child’s future?    Remember the State Longitudinal Database System? Read more details about the Read More →

Have you stopped to consider “what IS education”?  What is the purpose?  How should a child be educated?  Who is ultimately responsible for your child’s education? Don’t miss this opportunity to join us to hear from two leading national experts–David Barton and Terrence Moore. David Barton is well-known for his knowledge of our Founding Fathers, Read More →

So says the Common Core© aligned test from the same developer as Montana’s Smarter Balanced assessment. Several critical thinking readings suggest that video games are superior to literature as seen in the screen shots from the test. Click HERE for an article from our Utah friends and screen shots of the Common Core aligned test Read More →

We have seen the erosion of local control with No Child Left Behind and now with Common Core.  Many states that are further along with implementation of CC have lost control of the curriculum.  As the assessments align with CC, one can expect an even greater loss of control for more states. Last week we Read More →

Parents stand firm.  You have the right to opt your children out of the SBAC field test and any other computerized surveys being foisted upon your children.  Across Montana, Superintendents and Principals are bullying parents when they make an informed choice to opt out. Worse yet, we are hearing about teachers and guidance counselors demonizing Read More →

Moms and dads–now is the time to opt your sons and daughters out of more high stakes testing.  The roll out of the Smarter Balanced “field test” in Montana has been delayed a week so you have time.  Why put your children at risk just so the testing company can research the test questions? Neither Read More →

In this not so private world we live in today, parents wonder whether all the student data collected is safe from prying eyes.  In this recent Fordham Law publication, we find some disturbing answers. Fordham Law: Privacy and Cloud Computing in Public Schools  A new report, “Privacy and Cloud Computing in Public Schools,” published by Read More →

Here we go again!  Pearson and Apple team up in Los Angeles County to bring iPad delivered Pearson common core curriculum–costs unknown, but commitment made. “I think there’s going to be a lot of scrutiny on how we came to Pearson and what we think of Pearson’s quality,” board member Steve Zimmer said.   Curriculum Read More →

One of the most chilling aspects of Common Core is it’s coupling with child-monitoring, data collection systems promoted by the Federal government, in partner with our State’s government. Given recent growing concerns about the NSA’s spying programs, and their abuse by federal government employees, it’s a wonder more parents aren’t concerned about the government’s plans Read More →