School Answering Machine

“This is an actual recording one hears when calling to complain at a school in Australia. If only our educational system were this good…” (Quote from actor and conservative activist, James Woods). Note that the audio does not begin until about 30 seconds into the clip.


Hello. You have reached the automated answering service of your school. In order to assist you in connecting to the right staff member, please listen to all the options before making a selection:

  • To lie about why your child is absent, press 1.
  • To make excuses for why your child did not do his homework, press 2.
  • To complain about what we do, press 3.
  • To swear at staff members press, 4.
  • To ask why you didn’t get information that has already been enclosed in your newsletter and several Flyers that have been mailed to you, press 5.
  • If you want us to raise your child, press 6.
  • If you want to reach out and touch, slap or hit someone, press 7.
  • To request another teacher for the third time this year, press 8.
  • To complain about bus transportation, press 9.
  • To complain about school lunches, press 0.
  • If you realize this is the real world, and your child must be accountable and responsible for his or her own behavior, classwork and homework, and that it’s not the teachers fault for your child’s lack of effort, hang up and have a nice day.
  • If you want this in another language, move to a country that speaks it.

Thank you for your interest in public education.

Parent Activists React to Another Common Core Redo: ‘Kill It and Be Done with It’

AP Photo/ AJ Mast

AP Photo/ AJ Mast

Excerpts from the below article:

…As one superintendent tweeted, “Standards don’t teach children, teachers do.”

…There is no official information about who selected the individuals to write the Common Core standards. None of the writers of the math and English Language Arts standards have ever taught math, English, or reading at the K-12 level.

 

The article:

By Dr. Susan Berry

New York State parent activists who have been battling the Common Core standards say the announcement that the state’s education department will be making changes to its Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) amounts to “only words.”

The state’s education commissioner, MaryEllen Elia, says two committees, composed of parents and educators, have recommended changing 60 percent of the English Language Arts (ELA) standards and 55 percent of the math standards, reports the Associated Press.

However, Yvonne Gasperino and Glen Dalgleish, co-founders of Stop Common Core in New York State, tell Breitbart News the education department is simply drawing out the death of the highly unpopular Common Core.

“For the love of God, kill the rabid fox and put it out of its misery,” Gasperino and Dalgleish say. “Revive the ‘lost standards’ and bring them back to the table or revert to pre-Common Core days.”

Noting the failure of Common Core throughout the country, the activists – who have been fighting the federally incentivized program since 2009 – say New York’s educators are “more than capable of coming up with their own child-centered, age-appropriate standards that educate all children.” Continue reading at breitbart.com.

 

Michelle Malkin’s Riveting CPAC Speach

Best selling Conservative author and firebrand Michelle Malkin stirred up the crowd at CPAC on Friday.  She spoke about how the “Republican Party elite and power brokers and the donor class” were doing what the rest of Washington is guilty of,  not listening to the people.  She then went on to slam Gov. John Kasich, who spoke just minutes earlier, for pretending that he was on the side of local control of education:  “Ohio grassroots activists and moms know better. This is a man who smears homeschoolers and teachers for their opposition to Common Core.”  Following is the full video and the complete transcript:

Hi fellow conservatives. How are you doing? It’s great to see you all. It’s been 13 years since I spoke at an official CPAC event, and it is always an important reminder to stress that this is the Conservative Political Action Conference, not the GOP Political Action Conference. I have been a lifelong Movement Conservative, not a Compassionate Conservative, not a Reform Conservative, not a fill in the blank modifier cooked up by DC elites who think their job is to rebrand plain old fashioned unapologetic Conservatism.

The state of the Republican Party is not sound. The Republican Party has been undergoing slow motion hari-kiri for decades now. What we’re experiencing is not unexpected. It is the result and the consequence of Republican Party elite and power brokers and the donor class doing what the rest of Washington is guilty of: Not listening to the people.

Arnold Toynbee, the famed historian said that civilizations die by suicide not by murder. Guess what, the same is true of political parties. Yes there are external threats to the Republican Party, but the calls are coming from inside the Tent. What has gone on with DC power brokers is the equivalent of a fragging. It’s not people outside the party that have thrown the Conservative Grassroots base under the bus. It’s the people who have paid lip service to limited government while gorging on it. It wasn’t any outside candidate that is not a part of our movement who conspired with the Gang of Eight people with Rs by their name. It was not outsiders who are unfamiliar with our movement who conspired with the establishment on Common Core. That was Republicans who threw us under the bus. That was Republicans who were con men and it was the heart and soul of Conservative Grassroots activists mostly everyday ordinary moms who shamed the Republican Party elite into backing away.

And now what are they doing? The same thing that they always do when Grassroots Conservatives call them out, they sneer at the people who fought against them and who called them out, they sneer at them as hysterical, they sneer at them as just fringe movements on the internet. And then they go and campaign on our side knowing that they’ve stabbed us in the back.

My job is not to tell people what they want to hear, but what they need to hear. We just had Governor John Kasich, a nice guy by all means who last night during the debate pretended that he was on the side of the local control. Ohio grassroots activists and moms know better. This is a man who smears homeschoolers and teachers for their opposition to Common Core.

I am telling you the truth, I am asking you to do your homework, I’m asking you to follow the money. I know it’s what you don’t want to hear, but do you want to hear the same Republicans promise you, as they had been since 1981, that they’re going to abolish the Federal Department of Education? It’s an empty talking point, and those empty talking points need to be punctured like helium balloons.

There are three, there are three reasons why Jeb Bush failed: His last name, his support for amnesty and his cheerleading and cashing in on Common Core. People talk about the establishment without naming names, I do that. You want to talk about the names of the front groups in DC that are cashing in and selling out American parents and taxpayers on things like Common Core? It’s the National Governors Association. They were in the back rooms hiring Clinton era education ideologues, radicals who do not believe in the Constitutional principle of local control of education and sovereignty of our families. Of the 25 people in the National Governors Association meetings where they were writing up the standards, meeting that are secret and confidential and copyrighted. Of the 25 people in that room writing those standards in 2009, six were associated with the test makers from the College Board, five were with the fellow test publishers at ACT, four were with a crony group Achieve, Inc. and several had zero experience in standards writing. Don’t you ever believe a Republican who tells you the talking point that these were locally drafted and from the grassroots, a bottom-up. Bull crap. Pardon my French.

Let’s talk about more con artists’ slogans like this one: “I believe and securing the border first.” Nonsense. Thirteen years ago I stood at a podium at CPAC. And I concluded my speech with these words. Because you never hear people talk about the Constitution when they talk about immigration. Article Four, Section Four says that is the duty of the federal government to protect the state from invasion. In my pocket copy of the Constitution it does not say: “We need to provide for the common defense first.” No. Securing the border and providing for the common defense are ongoing eternal commitments.

It is not a bargaining chip to finish the job and then get on with the business of the open borders lobby and sell us out. We now hear from all these converts to immigration enforcement in the Republican party elite, many of them now running for president, that not only do they believe in securing the border first, but they believe deep in their hearts that what we really need is an entry exit system to make sure that we know who’s coming in, when they’re going out, so that we can root all the overstayers out. Guess what? It was Republican Party brokers and Republican politicians who have helped over the last twenty years sabotage the implementation of that system. Because, it is neither in the interests of big government or big business to do the job we demand them to do.

Another broken promise: We always hear soaring rhetoric from people who have memorized it, pounded into their heads and deliver it with some sense of credibility that they believe in protecting the American Dream. And they tell pretty stories, everybody’s got a story. It’s my story. It’s the story of every person in this room that we cherish the American dream. But we do not cash in, in Washington DC and huddle in back rooms. You want to talk about the elephants in the room, view the elephants in the back rooms who preach about the American Dream and then do everything I can to stab us in the back.

At the intersection of the most important issues that I have covered in my career and dedicated so much of my life to, immigration and education is a very important topic of the American worker. And it is with such abstraction, that so many of these candidates to talk about it, only this year.

We finally heard from people like Leo Perrero, the fired Disney worker who was sabotaged my H1B policies. And of all places the most symbolic, the happiest place on earth. He risked his life, literally, and his reputation to speak out about what’s happening. This is the subject of my latest book that my co-author John Miano, who is a former software programmer himself, who witnessed this destruction over the last twenty, twenty-five years, who went back to school to become a lawyer so that he could do what nobody else was doing in Washington DC: Representing American workers and American interests first.

And the frustration, my frustration, as with so many of you over the course of these presidential, dreadful presidential cycles is: Of course we have a pageant of imperfect. And it’s no clearer than on this issue. I had a reader several years ago send me a mock-up of something that I need every election cycle, nose clips because we gotta do this (holds her nose). It always feels like we gotta do this, hold our nose. The irony is that the GOP elites who always demand that Conservative hold their nose, won’t do it themselves when they don’t get the choices they want.

But I’ll tell you, on this particular issue of foreign guest workers displacing America’s best and brightest high-skilled workers. There’s a lot of confusion, there’s a lot of flipping and flopping, but I welcome anyone who has finally seen the light, and has changed their mind in the right direction as opposed to the wrong direction.

Ted Cruz has a bill that he has co-sponsored with Jeff Sessions to adopt the kind of reforms that we need to protect American workers. You’ve got, you’ve got kids and grand kids out there right? And you want, if they’re in the so-called STEM field, science technology engineering and math, they need to know what they’re up against. If Marco Rubio truly believes in protecting the American Dream in the American worker, if he truly wants to distinguish himself from Donald Trump who has a muddled message about this as he did last night during the debate, sign on to Ted Cruz’s reform bill. Show me the money. Do it.

I want to leave on an inspiring note; because more than half of the CPAC audience every year is young people. And I told you at the beginning of my remarks that I am a Movement Conservative. And the thing about it is, is that our formative years are spent on the most radical liberal bastions, mine more than others. I graduated from Oberlin College OK? That’s right somehow I survived the ground zero of wacky multiculturalism and identity politics. And the thing about being on a college campus is that those of us who are like minded need to bond together whatever our differences are. We know who our enemies are, the clear enemies who are sabotaging Constitutional principles, who do not believe in equality of opportunity, who are essentially Socialist overlords, who are there to brainwash new generations of foot soldiers of Alinskyite, marinated foot soldiers.

And I want to tell you young people, that whatever differences you have in the campaigns that you support. If you are a Movement Conservative, and I am Movement Conservative, no matter what GOP candidate you support, do not let people tell you otherwise. The impulse to excommunicate lifelong Conservatives because you don’t agree with whom they’ve chosen for a particular candidate is as bad as anything I’ve seen from the intolerant mob on the left. Don’t be a Leftist.

I know a man, who came here as an immigrant with nothing, who came here legally, who spoke no English when he came but taught himself English by reading a dictionary, who started out with nothing, who had no crony contacts, didn’t get any government contracts. His name is Anthony Maglica, and I highlighted his incredible story in the book I wrote last year called Who Built That. He refused to take a penny of government money, he believed in the American dream, he fought stupid EPA regulations, he invented a beautiful flashlight. Many of you probably have multiple ones of them in your house or your car: The Maglite flashlight. This guy’s still works at 85 years old, goes to his headquarters, has an all American workforce, refused to outsource to Mexico. And he told me that as long as he breathes American air, and as long as he’s alive, he will never give up, and neither shall I and neither should you!

Thank you CPAC, thank you Conservatives and God Bless!

UPDATE: NatGeo Consultant Sends ‘Cease and Desist’ Demand, Claims She Was Fired After Breitbart Reports Project Veritas Common Core Exposé

Cease and DesistA textbook company sales executive exposed in a Project Veritas undercover video revealing the Common Core initiative’s political bias and anti-American agenda, sent Breitbart News a “cease and desist” demand over our reporting on the investigation, claiming she has been terminated from her job.

On Friday, Kim Koerber, a sales consultant with National Geographic and a former executive for textbook publishing giant Pearson Education, a Common Core textbook publisher, sent Breitbart News the following:

CEASE AND DESIST ORDER:

You are hereby directed to immediately remove the January 21st article titled “Former Pearson Exec reveals anti-American Agenda in Common Core” from your website and other places it may be located.  I was videotaped without my knowledge, and this misrepresents what I said that day.

This article has caused me to be terminated from my job.  I have a lawyer, and if it is not immediately removed, I will persist in legal action.

I expect to hear from you immediately regarding this order.

Breitbart News telephoned and emailed National Geographic on Tuesday in an attempt to confirm Koerber’s claim that she was terminated, but was informed that the offices of National Geographic are closed – presumably due to the east coast snowstorm. Continue reading this article here.

Click here for related post and Project Veritas undercover video.

Former Pearson Exec Reveals Anti-American Agenda in Common Core

Common Core Protest

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 who now works as a sales consultant for National Geographic – another Gates Foundation-funded Common Core publisher – tells the Project Veritas undercover journalist that “conservative voters are afraid of everything,” and proceeds to say why Common Core is important in her view.

Continue reading and watch the video HERE.

Parents Beware: Most Invasive Survey Ever Given to a 7th Grader

This survey was given to Seventh Graders in Texas, as if Common Core wasn’t enough.

Below are some of the questions:

“My family has an online checking account and monitors bills online.”

“During the holidays, my family hires a decorator to decorate the house.”

“Every bedroom in our house has its own TV.”

“My family flies its own plane, company plane, or flies first class.”

PolitiChicks Survey

Read more at politichicks.com

The problem with Jeb Bush – Todd Starnes

“If you want a president who defends the illegals and supports education system that makes our children stupid, then you can vote for the Democrat or Jeb Bush.” – Transcript below video

Hello, I’m Todd Starnes. The problem with Jeb Bush: That’s the subject of today’s commentary. Jeb Bush is running for the White House – Even has an exclamation mark behind his name for added effect. JEB! But quite frankly he should have used a question mark. There are a disturbing number unanswered questions surrounding what a Bush White House would look like. First and foremost the former governor’s position on the illegals. By all accounts, he seems to favor what looks very much like amnesty. Here’s what he said last March in remarks covered by the Daily Caller: The best plan, the most realistic plan, the grown up plan once you control the border is to say let these folks achieve earned legal status. If we just keep people in the shadows, we are not going to solve our immigration problems. Smells like and amnesty to me folks. We need a president willing to stop what is a de facto invasion of the United States.

And then there’s Common Core. In the past he’s called criticism of Common Core purely political and troubling. Folks, Common Core teaches kids to hate America. One lesson compared the Boston Tea Party to an act of terrorism. Another portrayed the presidents on Mount Rushmore as racist slave owners. Under Common Core, the Islamic faith has been given accommodation in American classrooms. Children are being taught there was no true god but Allah. And yet Governor Bush seems to believe the critics of such nonsense are the problem.

So here’s the bottom line: If you want a president who defends the illegals and supports education system that makes our children stupid, then you can vote for the Democrat or Jeb Bush. Finally, I will be giving a major speech this weekend at our nation’s capital at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road it to the Majority conference. A number a presidential candidates will also be speaking including Governor Bush Ralph Reed’s put together a fantastic program. You can get more info at roadtomajority. com and if you happen to be in DC this weekend, drop by and say howdy. Thanks for watching. I’m Todd Starnes.

Jeb Bush Protested by Common Core Opponents in Florida

Darren McCollester/Getty Images

by Dr. Susan Berry19 Jun 2015116

Opponents of the Common Core standards protested the appearance of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in Tampa Friday at the Hillsborough County Republican Lincoln Day dinner.

The newly declared 2016 presidential contender was in his home state to address hundreds of people at the fundraising event, reports SaintPetersBlog.

Protesters’s concerns about Common Core ranged from the amount of testing, to federal intrusion in education, to “Common Core math.”

“I’m against anything that nationalizes education,” said Emma Jane Miller, a member of the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee who was unhappy with Bush as the choice of keynote at the dinner. “When Jeb Bush left Florida in 2006, he helped create the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and they have done nothing but push Common Core in 45 states.”

Miller said she hopes Common Core opponents will be able to prevent Bush from getting the Republican nomination. Continue reading at breitbart.com.

Breaking: Tex. Gov. Greg Abbott is Two For Two

This article, which originally appeared in teapartynation.com, is about Common Core/education in Texas, but it’s national relevance is obvious.

By Donna Garner  6.20.15

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is “two for two.”  Not only did Gov. Abbott make a wise choice in appointing Donna Bahorich to be the new Chair of the Texas State Board of Education, but today Gov. Abbott also vetoed SB 313 (please see both articles posted at the bottom of this page).

With these two critical moves, Gov. Abbott has helped to stabilize two important structures in Texas upon which education reform is built – a strong SBOE Chair and the Type #1 curriculum standards (TEKS) that make our state the most unique and patriotic state in the United States.

Besides giving our heartfelt thanks to Gov. Abbott, we also need to thank so many of the grassroots citizens of Texas who took their time to contact him and request that he (1) appoint Donna Bahorich as Chair and (2) veto SB 313.

These are the comments about SB 313 that I sent to Gov. Abbott on 6.18.15, and many other concerned Texans did the same thing:

Gov. Abbott, we beg of you to veto SB 313 so that Texas can retain the most fact-based, patriotic curriculum standards (TEKS) in the entire United States.  No other state set up the parameters BEFORE a single word of their curriculum standards was written.  Texas did.

We said that our TEKS had to be knowledge-based, academic, grade-level-specific, clearly worded, increasing in depth and complexity from one grade-level to the next grade level, and measurable with largely right-or-wrong answers. This is what is called the Type #1 philosophy of education.

If allowed to go forward, SB 313 would open up all of the TEKS in a helter-skelter, rushed manner and would invite those on the Board who are not conservatives to delete/change the wording, moving the TEKS into the same Type #2 philosophy as seen in the Common Core/CSCOPE products.

Type #2 (instead of emphasizing facts and academic knowledge) emphasizes process over the right answer, emphasizes feelings, opinions, beliefs over facts. Type #2 stresses subjectivity, relativism, and opens the door to the social justice agenda to indoctrinate children’s minds.  SB 313 is not needed, and its only purpose is to trash our present TEKS.

The Texas State Board of Education and the Texas Education Agency have a well-orchestrated plan for revisiting the TEKS; and the English / Language Arts / Reading TEKS are beginning that process right now with the other TEKS in Science, Social, Studies, and Math going through that same, well-planned, systematic process in years to come

SB 313 with its unrealistic mandates would throw that well-planned process into mass chaos. Chaos always breeds chaos which is exactly what the Type #2 proponents want to happen. Again, we beg of you to do the right thing and to veto SB 313.  Thank you. Please continue reading at teapartynation.com.

The problem with Jeb Bush – Todd Starnes

“If you want a president who defends the illegals and supports education system that makes our children stupid, then you can vote for the Democrat or Jeb Bush.” – Transcript below video

Hello, I’m Todd Starnes. The problem with Jeb Bush: That’s the subject of today’s commentary. Jeb Bush is running for the White House – Even has an exclamation mark behind his name for added effect. JEB! But quite frankly he should have used a question mark. There are a disturbing number unanswered questions surrounding what a Bush White House would look like. First and foremost the former governor’s position on the illegals. By all accounts, he seems to favor what looks very much like amnesty. Here’s what he said last March in remarks covered by the Daily Caller: The best plan, the most realistic plan, the grown up plan once you control the border is to say let these folks achieve earned legal status. If we just keep people in the shadows, we are not going to solve our immigration problems. Smells like and amnesty to me folks. We need a president willing to stop what is a de facto invasion of the United States.

And then there’s Common Core. In the past he’s called criticism of Common Core purely political and troubling. Folks, Common Core teaches kids to hate America. One lesson compared the Boston Tea Party to an act of terrorism. Another portrayed the presidents on Mount Rushmore as racist slave owners. Under Common Core, the Islamic faith has been given accommodation in American classrooms. Children are being taught there was no true god but Allah. And yet Governor Bush seems to believe the critics of such nonsense are the problem.

So here’s the bottom line: If you want a president who defends the illegals and supports education system that makes our children stupid, then you can vote for the Democrat or Jeb Bush. Finally, I will be giving a major speech this weekend at our nation’s capital at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road it to the Majority conference. A number a presidential candidates will also be speaking including Governor Bush Ralph Reed’s put together a fantastic program. You can get more info at roadtomajority. com and if you happen to be in DC this weekend, drop by and say howdy. Thanks for watching. I’m Todd Starnes.