Susie Makens: What is Common Core?

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On Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Steamboat Springs School District’s administration office, a presentation will be given about Common Core. What is Common Core? It is about the future education of our children and their personal lives as well as yours.

Common Core is the new federal framework for education in American schools. Grant money was offered to all the states; 45 states took the bait, called “Race to the Top.” States had to agree to four major components:

  1. Adopt standards and assessments aligned to Common Core.

  2. Build a data system that measures student growth and success and statewide longitudinal data systems.

  3. Recruit, develop, reward and retain effective teachers and principals.

  4. Bring low-achieving schools up to Common Core standards.

How would you like to have our government track your children’s health records, testing, teachers’ observations, personal information (religious, political, behavior problems, racial identity, etc.)? It only gets better. The information now can be shared with other organizations around the country if not the world. You pick an organization, and they will be able to access your children’s records if they technically claim to have an educational interest.

The Family Education Rights to Privacy Act was thrown out the window in 2012. The U.S. Department of Education rewrote this act. Parents’ rights have been railroaded; they no longer have the right to protect their children’s information.

This information will be passed up to the federal government all in the name to accommodate Common Core standards. Colorado is 100 percent on board. Colorado P-20 Education reports that under HB 1364, which was passed in 2008, permission was given for state agencies to implement cross-departmental protocols for data sharing across state agencies. The new system will collect student data from multiple sources and will make it available to educators, policymakers, researchers and who knows who else.

As mentioned in the paper this week, Colorado has just passed another law creating a commission that will make annual recommendations for additional legislation. So now, tracking can start at birth and acquire information on school readiness, heath care, parental involvement, family support, childcare, early learning, etc., all for “the best interest of the state.”

What are the true objectives of this data collection? Do you want your child’s information made available for the public? Our Fourth Amendment has been ransacked.

You should applaud Colorado’s Department of Education for allowing our children to become part of a pilot program called “inBloom, Inc.” As mentioned before, all their personnel information will be stored on a “data cloud” and shared with a for-profit corporation.

Scheduled to start in January 2014, schools have begun the massive data collection. We can thank Mr. Bill Gates; it is his organization that is behind “inBloom.” Some states have pulled out of this because of the privacy concerns and parent protests.

All testing will be done online. The SATs and ACTs are being rewritten to Common Core standards. What are these standards? Are the standards being further “dumbed down?” If you have a vested interest in our children’s future, please do the research and attend this meeting to listen with an open mind.

Common Core affects everyone and has no political boundaries. Education was a right reserved for the states not the federal government.

Susie Makens

Steamboat Springs

Comments

Joe Meglen 1 year ago

Common core is not about improving education. It is about the government’s goal of collectivism. Prior to the Progressive/statist takeover of the school system in the 19th Century, education was about literacy, knowledge and teaching critical thinking. Standards and testing were established locally. It is the system that is dumbing down the students not the standards. Students are taught what to think, not how to think. Several generations of teachers, being captive of the system themselves, have innocently contributed to the state’s collectivist goals. Having passed through the public school system parents have abrogated their responsibility, accepting the idea that the state is responsible for educating their children. Parents turn their children’s “education” over to a government devoid of morals, integrity or the competence to even run their own cafeteria.

Where in the Constitution is the government authorized to socialize the Nation’s school system?

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jerry carlton 1 year ago

Well said Joe. One more symptom of a society headed to the same end as Rome. When we let the atheists take God out of the public schools it was the beginning of their downfall.

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Kevin Nerney 1 year ago

Yeah Jerry except Rome lasted a lot longer then 237 years

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mark hartless 1 year ago

It took Rome much longer to slouch into oblivion, but technology didn't move ("progress") things along at the pace of the modern 20th century.

The average age of the worlds democracies has been about 200 years. Helen Keller could see we are living on borrowed time.

"Parents turn their children’s “education” over to a government devoid of morals, integrity or the competence to even run their own cafeteria." Exactly.

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Harvey Lyon 1 year ago

Ms Makens,

First off let me assure you I am for less Government and more individual responsibility in all cases. And I was unaware of this and thank you for bringing it to my attention.

That said, I was and continue to be shocked how many children we raise who's parents truly don't give a damn about how much their children learn in school on the tax payer's nickel.

I had the priviledge to be a volunteer sports coach at the HS level for almost 10 years here in Steamboat. It truly flabergasted me when I found out the grades some of "my kids" were making when I straight out knew they were smarter and more capable than that. It also really torqued me off that they just needed a "D" average to play sports. None of this was my call so I kept my mouth shut after trying to discuss the matter with the individual parents in private and got slammed. And I've seen the problems these former SSHS students had once they graduated.

The number of kids "cruising" thru public school is absolutely astounding. And the number of parents allowing them to do this is even more so.

Right now I'm thinking there should be "academic boards" at the HS level where teachers and athletic coaches discuss and decide if a child is achieveing his/her potential. If not then the Principle must interview the parents and find out why not. If unsatisfied the principle can refer the matter to the local school board. All done in private but needs to have teeth.

The fact is our economy has less and less room for under-educated workers . Every student in Public Schools is on "scholarship" and should be treated as such. If they don't toe the mark they should be removed from that status.....i.e. not allowed to attend public schools. I personally don't believe my tax dollars should go to teenage day care. If they are not working to their potential then its best they find out the alternatives immediately, while they're young enough to recover.

A democracy needs an educated population able to make intelligent, rational choices. Our work force needs an educated population. Making sure kids do their studies is a parental responsibility and, failing that, a public responsibility to "take over" and prevent these kids from becoming wards of the State.

Frankly I'm tired of walking into the local Kum and Go, or Walmart, and be able to do the checkout math in my head faster than the clerk who is so baffled by the cash register and wondering why they are receiving just the minimum wage.

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Joe Meglen 1 year ago

When critising the public schools system I should at least use correct grammer. The excerpt from my first comment should read: "Parents turn their children’s “education” over to a government devoid of morals, integrity or the competence to even run its own cafeteria."

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jerry carlton 1 year ago

One ot the modern things I do like is spell check. I wish it was on this forum.

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rhys jones 1 year ago

Even gmail underlines Peyton -- as rightly it should be!!

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Michelle Hale 1 year ago

There no longer is the effort of freedom of teaching children to think, just training them in what "the government" wants them to know so they will be good sheep. I see the comment about GOD in school. I hold on to what use to be the constitution, but there is a reason for separation of Church and State of which I stand behind. Not that I lack spiritual practice in my own life, but it should never be a demand.

With that being said; Parents, teach your children MANORS, HONOR, RESPECT, AND COMPASSION. Those are simple things that seem to be forgotten. It's not the schools place to "train" your children but to teach them within the guild lines of what they are told to. I think our education system is broken, but has been starting in the 60s, and goes down ever year. At one time an education of a child started with a total understanding of the Constitution of the United States and REAL American History, not the distorted BS that is being fed now. For you Conservatives that are reading this. That is an issue that has been created by the extreme right. Texas is the major printer for all school books through out the United States. The Board of Education in Texas often determines what is going to be placed in those books for the rest of this nation. Thus they decided to remove most of Thomas Jefferson writings because they were "to liberal" and not necessary to an education. Why was this? Because of Jefferson's many letters on the importance of Separation of Church and State. God forbid we teach science, logic, philosophy or critical thinking.... because children might stand against the old paradigms of embraced ignorance.

Children are our most valuable resource, or should be. First it starts at home with basics, demanded by parents to be used at school as well as at home and in public. Shut off the TV, Games, and Computer and pick up a Real History book. I highly recommend The Untold History of the United States as a requirement of every American, along with Rise of the Fourth Reich by Jim Marrs. A gentle little man once said; Be the change you seek in the world. Give to your children the right to learn, demand that they can be taught real education, and most important GIVE OF YOUR TIME, YOUR SUPPORT, YOUR LETTERS TO THE STATE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO DEMAND BETTER.

Sincerely,

Michelle E. Hale CH.t.

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jerry carlton 1 year ago

Michelle The late 60's were when atheists started taking over the schools. Schools prior to the late 60's schools did not demand worship of God but we did say the Lord's prayer every morning and the pledge of allegiance to the American flag. As you said, public education has gone downhill ever since right along with the morality of the country. MANORS are where the landed gentry used to live and I guess still do. Did you mean manners?

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Dan Kuechenmeister 1 year ago

so I googled the 2 books Michelle recommends. Here is a comment I found regards the untold history of the United States. In November 2012, Hudson Institute adjunct fellow historian Ronald Radosh (who was averse to the project since its announcement and encouraged a write-in campaign to cancel the series[24][25]) lambasted it as "mendacious" Cold War revisionism and "mindless recycling of Stalin's propaganda," noting similarities to Communist author and NKVD agent Carl Marzani's Soviet-published treatise We Can Be Friends.[26] Writes Radosh:

"Over and over, Stone uses the same quotations, the same arrangements of material, and the same arguments as Marzani. This is not to accuse Stone of plagiarism, only to point out that the case he now offers as new was argued in exactly the same terms by an American Communist and Soviet agent in 1952."

On the second book concerning the Fourth Reich it appears some proponents of that theory implicate the Bush's. Why is it always the Bush's fault. I noticed Michelle took a shot at conservatives regards the "problems" with our education system. I find that interesting as most folks would agree there are more liberal/democrats then conservatives/republicans employed in the education system.

So, no I would not recommend Michelle's book choices. I would recommend Truman, John Adams, 1776 by David McCullough. If more people read those books they would come to a much better understanding as to what it took to create this once great country. I would also recommend A Pillar of Iron by Taylor Caldwell, a fictional history of Marcus Tullius Cicero and takes you back to the days of Ancient Rome when it was once a great country

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Michelle Hale 1 year ago

Jerry; So lets get something very basic straight first. The Original constitution of this great nation of the United States that was ratified in 1789 had only one reference to ANY religion. That was Article 6. "NO religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

The "de facto" motto of the United States adopted as a part of the Great Seal of this USA by and ACT of Congress in 1782 was E. Pluribus Unum (Out of Many One.) Congress changed it 174 years later in 1956 to "In God We Trust." Why was it changed. Cultivated FEAR. Fear of communism.
The original Pledge of Allegiance was written by a Baptist Minister who was a SOCIALIST. This was done in 1892 by Francis Bellamy who DID NOT include the words "under God." This again was changed OUT OF FEAR of the communist. Where I went to school in Meeker Colorado, ( a very conservative community) it was NOT an enforced change until 1966 because of the upset of such a demand of adding God where the founding fathers made it clear that was not what they had in mind EVER.

The USA didn't issue Paper Currency until 1861 and In God We Trust was not on it. Again out of FEAR it was added some 96 years later. I do not FEAR God, or any concept of it, but I do not feel it is right, to have religion of any kind pushed into public places. We once were a grand nation because of the many back grounds, colors, heritage, and RELIGIONS that built this nation......even the right for NO religion. That would fall under the simple things called manors, respect, honor, and compassion. The concept of Spiritual acknowledgement is PERSONAL and should be kept that way. Honor it, in your church/synagogue/sweat lodge/ whatever, but in YOUR personal space, NOT in Government.

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Michelle Hale 1 year ago

Dan; I was raised before you judge anything from you need to learn about it, read it, think about it, and look past what you are told. You might want to embrace that before you go to bashing, assuming, and telling me anything about books that I took the time to read.. Do you know who the first two presidents of the Federal Reserve were???? The names Prescott and Walker ring a bell? Like in the Great Grandpas of George the buffoon. Do you know what the name of the American Corporation that approached Lincoln and wanted to organized what we now know as the Federal Reserve was? You'll love this... A. I. G. American Investment Group. You know that name don't you. It was the FIRST company to receive bail out money from George. Even Booth claimed "it is about the money." The Second President who was wanting to remove the power from the Fed was John F. Kennedy as well as remove the troops for Vietnam. Look how that ended. Do you know who one of the KEY players was in the CIA at that time that said he was not in Dallas that day but now there are photos to prove other... George Bush Senior. Do you know who was funding the war with the idea of the invasion of Cuba..... HUNT, they were pissed over the banana crops and how the new man called Castro was saying that they needed to fair money, for their product...but it cut into the word called PROFIT. You might also want to do you own looking into the Union Bank prior and after WWII and who was financing Hitler..... guess who.... THE BUSH FAMILY. The wonderful little group called the CIA was more like Corporate thug paid by Government in the 50s to current day. Do you think they really have changed??? Don't embrace fact, that's your choice, but it damn sure is out there for those who remove themselves from cranial rectal inversion. Hope you read these books, look past what you think you know and enjoy some fresh air.

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mark hartless 1 year ago

Government tolerates the two religions which tend to empower government; environmentalism and egalitarianism.

Other religions tend to make people self-reliant or reliant on their community, NOT government. Therefore it is anathema to gubbamint.

I would further disagree with the assertion that this nation was once great because of it's "many backgrounds...etc" The word today is "diversity".

The Tower of Babel was mans first substantive experience with "diversity" and it was a disaster.

What made America great, which we have lost today, is a desire to be the "UNUM" instead of demanding all the "PLURIBUS". Today we demand drivers licenses , street signs and everything else in 50 different languages and it is destroying us. Charles Murrays book "Comming Apart" is worth a glance, Michelle

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jerry carlton 1 year ago

Michelle What is a CH.t.? I apologize for showing bad manners but once again you have misused the word manors. Also "to liberal" should be too liberal. I am guessing that your major at some liberal college was history and not english. I do not care for the Bush family but I did not like the Kennedys and the thought of another Clinton in the White House makes me shudder. It seems our forefathers overthrew King George only for us to put ourselves into servitude to a new breed of Monarchs.

Mark As usual, I agree. I particularly like your Tower of Babel reference.

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John Fielding 1 year ago

"American Gospel", by John Mecham is a nice, easily readable chronology of the advance and retreat of the tides of secularism and religiosity.

Michelle, I agree on the importance of teaching manners, honor, respect and compassion. I place them right behind GRATITUDE. However, gratitude is most easily expressed when it is directed toward the provider. Hence, the provider of the most precious, that which is beyond mortal abilities, (life, the bounty of the earth, the order of the universe) came to be known as Divine Providence. That has been simplified, secularized, come to be called "Nature", or Mother Nature in more modern parlance. That term has wide acceptance except among those who hold that the Creator is apart from, not a part of Creation.

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John Fielding 1 year ago

"American Gospel", by John Mecham is a nice, easily readable chronology of the advance and retreat of the tides of secularism and religiosity.

Michelle, I agree on the importance of teaching manners, honor, respect and compassion. I place them right behind GRATITUDE. However, gratitude is most easily expressed when it is directed toward the provider. Hence, the provider of the most precious, that which is beyond mortal abilities, (life, the bounty of the earth, the order of the universe) came to be known as Divine Providence. That has been simplified, secularized, come to be called "Nature", or Mother Nature in more modern parlance. That term has wide acceptance except among those who hold that the Force That Moves The Universe, (Creator) is apart from, not a part of the universe (Creation).

Children should be taught to recognize their spiritual selves, to nourish it by whatever practices are accepted in their home until such time as they become mature enough to make their own decision. They must learn to accept that there are diverse ways to do so which merit respect, but that none will be selected as the official practice of our society, supported by our taxes, enforced by our police. That would be closest to the intent of our freedom of religion.

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John Fielding 1 year ago

Sorry, posted before I was done composing, how I don't know.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 1 year ago

Michelle, I will choose to ignore your idealogical based hate speech on the conservatives including the Bushes. I try not to live in the world of hate. However where in my post did I " go to bashing, assuming, and telling me anything about books that I took the time to read.. the books you recommended. All I did is state why after googling info on your books why I would not recommend them. I guess your opinion counts and mine doesn't. I could give examples of the current administrations forays outside what might be considered the limits of their powers - Fast and Furious would be one - but they are in power and we as Americans will have to live with their decisions and hope and pray that there is some good that comes from them

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John Fielding 1 year ago

As an ardent student of Jefferson these past fifty years, I recommend a few readings. The first is a simple freshman essay written 20 years ago, well footnoted, easy reading, spot on.

"Who is Nature's God?" by David J Voelker http://history.hanover.edu/hhr/hhr93_1.html

To get deep into the fury of academic debate and distortion read "The Jefferson Lies" by David Barton if you can find a copy (or borrow mine). It's publication was suspended because of some deliberate distortions unfortunately included when the otherwise good research by the author did not quite fit with the view he was promoting. Its refutation became the basis of "Getting Jefferson Right" by Michael Coulter and Warren Throckmorton. I still think it should have been left on the library shelves, many more distorted biographies are, just keep it next to its expose' and file it under a heading of revisionist history. (that would become a big section in the stacks).

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Michelle Hale 1 year ago

I am one who embraces PEACE, LOVE, and the right to be FREE in every cell of my body. My frustration is the division and the need to be right over the idea of the need to think. We don't teach how to learn, we teach children what we want them to learn. There is a big debate in Texas today about Text Books....because of the "Hand selected history." My point is simple.... always reach past what we are told and find more. We have to stop this concept or right and left because the puppet masters are loving it. A nation divided, or distracted nation, is easy to devour. Regardless where you stand, left or right there is far more of us in the middle, but the basics have to come in here. Honor; Of each other, ideas, beliefs, and concepts. Respect; Giving people the right to express themselves with out going out of the way to insult or being "in your face," or pushing personal agenda...like religion. This also going into understanding of boundary's and respecting them. Thus laws and "social rules." That leads to Manors. Social rules of excepted ways to incorporate the above. Teach ALL history, the good the bad and the ugly because TRUTH will always stand by itself. Truth never needs interpreted, is it what it is and stands. Even the most ugly of history teaches a lesson if we allow it. Like the fact that Washington and Jefferson both had children that were half black. Washington raised hemp, and another long list of stuff. When man manipulates fact we all loose. All knowledge and growth comes from embracing mistakes...or I like to call them GRAND learning opportunities. This nation is become more and more restricted, divided, and constipated. Why? In large part no one wants to speak truth, embrace honor, manors, respect, or teach compassion. Compassion is the largest of all. When we can look at history, education and each other with compassion.....we can have conversation, truth, education, and work towards something more. Compassion takes us outside of the need to be right to see and embrace the best of what IS and always IS. We need to remember we are only the reflection we see in our neighbors eye. Love, light, and teach children HOW to think not WHAT to think.

Michelle

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Dan Kuechenmeister 1 year ago

So says Michelle "I am one who embraces PEACE, LOVE, and the right to be FREE in every cell of my body. " So says Michelle " Don't embrace fact, that's your choice, but it damn sure is out there for those who remove themselves from cranial rectal inversion."

I am confused. Are there 2 of you?

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rhys jones 1 year ago

Dan -- Don't confuse the messenger and the message. I agree with Michelle, that the Federal Reserve is behind 90% of this country's woes, having made our government a farce, a power unto themselves, answering to nobody. They created inflation, through "fractional reserve banking" among other methods, including constant wars, to necessitate borrowing from them, for their own gain and at our collective loss. They'll do anything to insure their continued necessity, including killing JFK when he acted to disband them, and blowing up our own WTC to justify a war with Iraq. As Michelle says, the evidence is out there, for those not afraid to check it out. It's overwhelming. Organized religion plays into the charade, separation of church and state a joke, when they enjoy tax-exempt status; opiates for the masses, have faith in God, things will be better in the next world, and don't mind us, partying on your dime.

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jerry carlton 1 year ago

Rhys I need to work on my manors, oh I meant manners. I am hoping for 56 to 0 Monday night. 8 passing touchdowns for Manning. My philosophy is you can never humiliate the Raiders too much. I still remember Tom Jackson getting in John Madden's face at the end of a playoff game and telling him "Its all over fat man!" Do not remember the year but that game was the end of the Raiders domination over Denver. Could not stand John as a coach but I loved him as an announcer! Sad day when he retired.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 1 year ago

no problem Rhys. I just have a problem with any one who says that if they don't agree with them they have a cranial rectal inversion (which in and of itself is a very clever way to suggest an anatomically correct impossibility) and then in the next post claim to be all about peace love and the right to be free. Jerry - can't we please have Monte Ball run a couple in. They will need to get the running game going at some point. And I don't get the manners/manors problem. I thought it was always Miss Manners that offered advice, not Miss Manors.

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rhys jones 1 year ago

Guys -- While I admit that spelling and grammar affect credibility (spelled it right this time, Miss Hackman) I generally try to excuse errors and get to the gist, unless I perceive my target to be arrogant or self-important, then it might earn a comment. (Or they work for this publication.) Entire misuse of words also goes unnoted, and we see that often, there for their, whose for who's, and who's counting? Such errors are self-documenting, and unworthy of further comment.

I've been pleasantly surprised how Moreno has stepped up and cranked out some yards, when Peyton was slightly off or suffered a few drops. The Raiders have been a nasty bunch since Day 1, under Al Davis, arguably one of the two biggest a-holes in NFL history (Buddy Ryan being the other) and John Madden was his henchman for all those years in Oakland, waving those long arms in the air... Fred Biletnikov, getting stickum all over the ball, that nasty sneer on his face... Daryl Lamonica changed the intentional grounding rules, all by himself, with "How can you read my mind?" Ben Davidson was his own brand of nasty, spitting in reporters' ears, spearing Lenny Dawson long after the whistle, inciting Otis Taylor to punch his helmet off... and even though the current bunch is but a shadow of their predecessors... KILL THE RAIDERS!!

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rhys jones 1 year ago

PS -- Professional sports are opiates for men, and I could use some help working that into the conspiracy.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 1 year ago

Sister Louise Joseph, mustache and all, would smack me in the back of the head with her 12 inch wooden ruler if I mixed up manners and manors

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