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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

THANKS, GOP: HOUSE PASSES OBAMACORE

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.   December 7, 2015    World Net Daily

The horse is out of the barn! Congress has admitted that Common Core now will be federal law and that it is not about academic learning but rather changing the beliefs, values, behavior and worldviews of students. In a nutshell, the government is conducting psychological profiling of our children.

Like Obamacare, ESSA is unconstitutional and is a government takeover of education – now we get Obamacore!

On Dec. 2, the conference report for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act – the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA – passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. As with Obamacare, 100 percent of Democrats voted for the bill. Republicans were split 179 in favor to 64 against.

During the House proceedings prior to the vote, Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, made the stunning statement that Common Core is being redefined as social-emotional learning, which must come first in the learning hierarchy – with academics ranking second!

“I believe this bill helps us get back to redefining what the Common Core is. In my estimation the Common Core is – are we teaching kids mental discipline? The ability to be aware, the ability to be focused, the ability to cultivate one of the key components to a successful life and that is the ability to regulate your own emotional state. This comes well before science, technology, engineering and math. Teaching these key fundamental characteristics: mental discipline, physical discipline, focus, concentration, self-regulation – key components before you even get to the academic side. I believe there is a new way of educating our kids emerging here, there is a new Common Core developing and that is the mental discipline and the physical health of our young people.”

Establishment Republicans have bought into the radical left’s focus on Common Core social-emotional learning, to which they are an accessory in its being embedding into the ESSA.

Witness Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who, in a prepared statement after he voted in favor of the bill, said he was proud that the legislation includes language to help expand and make the teaching of social and emotional learning more effective!

Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, boasted that Republicans compromised on the details but not on their principles.

And therein lies the crux of the stalemate in the U.S. Congress: Establishment Republicans no longer reflect the principles of conservatives but rather those of liberals.

To understand the philosophy of the new Common Core/ESSA, history provides a clue. For many decades liberals have endeavored to shift the focus of public education from academic knowledge to that of changing student values, beliefs, behavior and attitudes. This is linked to the U.N. Agenda 21 “education reform” movement to instill radical new values in children to turn them into global citizens with anti-Christian and anti-American views.

Because the tyrants of the world have always understood that controlling education and the minds of children is the key to power, UNESCO was established in 1945 as the educational arm of the U.N. UNESCO believes the family infects the child with extreme nationalism; therefore, schools must find ways to counter family attitudes and values.

In public schools, the monitoring of student progress in non-cognitive attitudes, behavior and mindset is accomplished through project-based cooperative learning – collectivist group think– and frequent testing. Non-academic data of student and family information is collected and stored in statewide longitudinal data systems, which are required by the federal government in all 50 states.

The ESSA places the collection of non-academic data on steroids with the incorporation of factors beyond standardized test scores into state accountability systems. Ignoring nationwide opposition to mandated assessments, Congress is forcing – unconstitutionally – states to annually measure 95 percent of their students and every subgroup of students and penalizing those that fail to comply.

The bill requires that accountability systems include various measurement indicators including “… any other indicator the state chooses that meets the requirements of this clause.”

It is this clause that opens the door for student abuse and has the potential for bias that can result in damage to the student’s future.

It should be a red flag that the U.S. government is forcing students to take tests with psychological profiling. With the passage of ESSA, the government can conduct surveillance through its cradle-to-grave data-collecting on American citizens. As history bears out, governments that control massive amounts of information on citizens will abuse its power.

Ah, President Putin must be quite envious of how quickly our Marxist administration has progressed in its mission to “transform” America.

 

The Come Back of the One-Room Schoolhouse

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.   December 3, 2015  National Center for Policy Analysis      Education Views

The range of exciting school options continues to expand…oddly enough, in Texas where school choice legislation has been thwarted by those who oppose competition to government run schools. 

There was a time when almost every American child learned in one-room schools.  John Adams taught in a one-room school and Abraham Lincoln attended one, as did Henry Ford who loved his school so much that he moved it to a Michigan

The Politicization of American Universities

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. | December 1, 2015 National Center for Policy Analysis   Education Views 

Events on university campuses look eerily like a recurrence of those half a century ago that led to the transformation of campuses into leftist enclaves with tenured radical professors reshaping the faculty in their own image. Scholarship in many areas was severely weakened and trivialized and free speech was denied to anyone with dissenting opinions. 

Online Community College Courses Show Paradoxical Results

By Carole Hornsby Haynes   |  November 15, 2015   National Center for Policy Analysis

Community colleges are attended by 45 percent of the nation’s undergraduates.  Currently the community college sector is under fire for low graduation rates. Only 25 to 30 percent of students who begin their studies at a community college complete their degrees or transfer to a four-year college.  Enrollments are decreasing.

To cut costs while attempting to boost enrollment, community college leaders tout the flexibility of online courses.

Online Charter Schools Show Disappointing Results

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. |  November 12, 2015  National Center for Policy Analysis

The Center for Research on Educational Options (CREDO) at Stanford University recently published its findings for a study about the academic impact of online charter schools.  Only full-time online charter students in seventeen states and Washington, D.C. were included.

The study sought to answer whether e-schools are a niche option that best fit a small group of students possessing a specific set of characteristics or whether they are a viable solution for educational challenges for today’s families.

Nosy Data Mining In Public Schools Is Straight From Communist Playbook....poses grave risks to student's future

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. |  November 8, 2015   Education Views

All 50 states have been mandated by the U.S. Department of Education to establish inter-connected “longitudinal databases” accumulating information on every student from pre-kindergarten through workforce (P-20W)!

Student privacy was shredded in 2011 when the U.S. Department of Education seized unauthorized authority.  With the stroke of a pen, the USDOE reinterpreted the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (20 U.S.C. Section 1232g) to allow a student’s academic record to be shared with virtually anyone, including non-governmental organizations, without prior written parental consent.  For-profit education technology companies can use the FERPA information to develop software for students, teachers, and administrators.

Vanderbilt Pre-K Study: More Evidence of Negative Impact Upon Young Children

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.  |  October 30, 2015  Education Views 

Government continues to spend money on pre-K programs while lying to taxpayers about how more billions is the solution for at-risk kiddies which, of course, will make adults feel good about themselves.  Politicians who claim their decisions are based upon empirical evidence willfully suppress the research findings that these government pre-kindergartens are actually harmful to students. 

Homeschooling Growing In Favor Among Blacks

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. |  October 27, 2015  National Center for Policy Analysis

Many hoped that the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education, would bring equalization of academic opportunity for black children.  However, the federal government’s solution to end “separate but equal” education has had disappointing results.

This has resulted in a growing movement among black parents actively seeking alternatives to public schools for a better education and safer environment for their children.

Home-based Education Growing in Popularity

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. |  October 22, 2015 National Center for Policy Analysis

With the failure of the government school monopoly in the 20th century, tension is building between advocates for parental choice and those for federal centralization of power over education.

Underlying the education debate is the debate over the family.  The real question is whether the technocratic state has primary authority over the rearing of children with “education experts” determining what is best for someone else’s child.

Will Federal Charters Become Our New Public Schools?

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.  |   October 8, 2015  Education Views

The U. S. Department of Education has been so successful in wasting taxpayer dollars for an embarrassing public education system that it now wants to expand its unconstitutional intrusion further by diving into charter schools and mucking those up as well.Touting its support of education reform, the USDOE recently announced that it is spending $157 million to create and expand charters throughout the nation. 

News Flash:  Arne Duncan Stepping Down, John King Is Interim Replacement

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.  |  October 2, 2015 

Arne Duncan is stepping down in December.  John King, former New York State Superintendent will replace him on an interim basis.  The initial public reaction of joy turned to dismay upon hearing the person chosen to wear the mantle of education chief.

The Challenges of ESA Programs

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. |   October 1, 2015  National Center for Policy Analysis

America must think beyond the current system of government run schools to find market driven solutions for education. As parents continue to demand school choice, these policies will face increasingly difficult challenges:  administrative, constitutional, and regulatory.

While a traditional voucher can be used only in a lump sum, ESAs offer a different approach – funds are unbundled to allow access to a variety of private school options as well as options outside of traditional or private schools.

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