Archive for November 2012

How Fast Are We Losing Educational Liberty?   5 comments

How fast are our leaders negatively transforming U.S. Education and removing parents from the process since the election?

Ten days after the election, our Secretary of Education announced a new direction in which the US will partner with the UN and Common Core will be the vehicle for “International Education.”

Then, the Utah State Board of Education announced a $39 million contract with American Institutes for Research (AIR) an extremely liberal international organization with ties to one-world promoters Bill and Melinda Gates and socialist George Soros.  AIR collects data on school children and plays a very active role in projects dealing with Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) youth, Civil Rights, social and behavioral issues, and international health care.

How many parents know AIR  is the group writing their child’s new school tests?

Then, just this week, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch voted to bring a very dangerous UN Treaty to the floor of the Senate which Harry Reid will push into a vote.  It takes parental rights away in favor of a UN committee to decide what is best for the “rights of the child”.

Please call and write your representatives.

Fees for Imaginary Textbooks   1 comment

Dear Principal Kelly and School Board,
I recently received a student fees bill.  I’m not sure why I got it now, since we paid $44 on the first day of school. I have a bill of $200 on top of the $44 we already paid.
I’m writing to ask for an explanation of why we pay huge property taxes which fund our schools, plus schools collect state funds, plus schools collect (just a little, I know) federal monies for our schools, and we supposedly have legislated “free public education” in Utah, yet we have large school fees.
Why do we have to pay to use our tax-funded school?
Students must even pay for the privilege of using a locker?
They must pay for many of the individual classes.
The biggest insult is that we are to pay textbook rental fees of $30 per student when there are no textbooks.  It makes no sense to pay for the use of imaginary textbooks.
My child has not had a single textbook authorized for her.  Most of her classes don’t even have textbooks.  I really wish they did, especially in math.  She can, if she begs, check a history book out and borrow it.  But only for that one class.
We have employment.  I am not asking for a waiver.  I am asking for a fair explanation.
I will make one more suggestion:  make the school board an unpaid position.  If I were a board member, I would consider it an honor to serve.
There are many tens of thousands of dollars going out to pay the board, dollars that could be spent on textbooks and lockers for the kids.
Thank you.
Christel Swasey

Who is Actively Working to Repeal Common Core?   1 comment

Here’s a starter list for groups who are actively working to free our country from the Common Core Initiative. 

If you know of others, please let me know.

National Federation of Republican Women

Heritage Foundation

CATO Institute

Pioneer Institute

Utahns Against Common Core

American Principles Project

Utah Eagle Forum

Joyce & Dick Kinmont Family

LDS Home Educators Assn.

American Leadership Fund

Standard of Liberty

Proper Role of Government

United Women’s Forum

Principled Liberty Foundation

Citizens for Strong Families

Freedom for Utah Education

Sutherland Institute

Thomas Jefferson Center for Constitutional Studies

Teacher Susan Wilcox – Part II: It Feels Like Communism   1 comment

Wolf in Sheep's ClothingCommon Core: It Feels Like Communism

By Utah Teacher Susan Wilcox

It doesn’t feel like the happy neighborhood schools we used to have. Principals are trained to put off parents and just stand firm on what the districts dictate. Parents have become afraid to speak, too, because they are singled out.

I came clean with a few parents at parent teacher conference and tried hard to express my discontent in a friendly way, not making the district look too harsh, but they are.

They ask teachers out of formality to make it look like they respect us, then go ahead with their own agenda.

I am glad to share – I had a lot of emotional, upset moments in the publics schools over this and held SO MUCH INSIDE. Everyone is afraid – it feels like communism, really.

Parents need to be reading and speaking up. They need to be going to EACH school board in hoards, and protesting this but there has been NO discussion amongst parents at all, no voting, as you said in the website, and we have just been told as teachers what to teach and how to teach it. That is not what any of us want for our public schools! I can only speak from experience, but at least you know you are getting one teacher’s story.

Susan Wilcox

What’s Wrong with the P-20 and SLDS Citizen Surveillance in Schools? Video   Leave a comment

History Teacher on Glenn Beck Show   Leave a comment

Posted November 29, 2012 by Christel Swasey in Uncategorized

Are People Afraid of Educational Freedom?   Leave a comment

"Like" LDS Liberty's *page* to continue receiving quotes from Prophets and Apostles as they get released.Some people are afraid of freedom. Not me.

Some people who’ve spent time in jail return to jail deliberately, having found it was scarier to be free than to be a prisoner.  They preferred guaranteed “safety” over the possibilities (and responsibilities) of freedom.

And people with that attitude seems to be growing.

If Obama got more votes than Romney (and it wasn’t a fraudulent, rigged election) then a lot of voters want a nanny government that is “safe” like prison, that is a sort of provider as it is also a slavemaster.  This system enriches the few elites, wastes money on bureaucracies, and sometimes, but barely, pays for the poor.  It’s communism.

Do unemployed people (those who could work, but don’t) really prefer a tiny government check and food stamps to self respect, self control and freedom?

But more to the point:

Are we afraid of educational freedom?

Do we prefer pre-packaged, nationally written tests and standards to writing our own?  Do we so fear failing that we don’t want to have the liberty to innovate and soar or fail on our own?  Do we believe that other people –federal officials, for example–  know best?  If so, why?

Common Core is based on a lie; the lie is that the only way to address the problems we have nationally in education is to put the collective nation in charge of each locality’s choices: what to teach and to test.

That collective notion is not the way to effectively fix the education problems; the right way is to give localities back their own freedom to innovate, to seek out the best and to determine and use what actually works.  Give them back their tax money, their self respect, their self-determination, and their freedom.  Let them look to the best of the best, like the pre-Common Core educational system of Massachusetts, which was second to none– but never to force any system, no matter how good it may be, on states the way the Dept. of Education has coerced states to adopt Common Core with the dangling carrot of grant money (Race To The Top).

The federal government is too big to be adequately aware of local needs.  The Constitution writers set up our nation to make sure that pretty much everything was up to the states– except things like the military, which needed to be federalized for obvious reasons.

Unconstitutional moves –like Common Core– hurt our country.   Look at nationalized health care, a horrible idea, a sick waste of money, a sure way to make sure wait lines are long and service slackens as it has in the European countries.  Ask a Swede.  Ask a Czech.  (I have!)

Similarly, in education, nationalized school systems are a horrible idea, a sure way to make sure innovation stops, mass indoctrination has full sway, teachers’ skills are repressed and boxed in, and students are herded and tracked and branded like cattle rather than taught as individuals.

Some of us are fast.  Some of us are slow.  Common Core is a shackle that tries to make everybody the same.  And that ain’t fun and it ain’t freedom:  not for students, not for teachers, not for textbook writers.

Please, join the fight to reclaim our educational freedom.  Help repeal Common Core.

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