Wyoming Teacher: “Should We Turn a Blind Eye and Be Led Like Sheep Off a Cliff?”   6 comments

Truth in American Education posted a powerful article from a Wyoming teacher that I hope many people read.

It’s so ironic.  In this article, the teacher says that an administrator told the teachers “not to use school resources to push political agendas.” Yet the entire Common Core Initiative is a political agenda!  Look at who leads it:  Arne Duncan, Linda Darling-Hammond, Chaka Fattah, Bill Gates, Sir Michael Barber and other extremists who have no respect for local control, the state-directed provisions of the U.S. Constitution or the forbidding by G.E.P.A. law for the federal government to direct state educational systems.

Here’s that quote:

“…My administrator said that there would be no more emailing, or talking about the common core amongst the staff. There was a finality to his tone and the meeting was quickly over at that point. I then received an email from my administrator reminding me of our district policy of not using school resources to push political concerns or agendas. He also stated that there was to be no more discussion about common core unless it was on an “educational” basis between staff members.

Ironically, I had several teachers contact me outside of school that same day, to say they were shocked at my administrator’s tone. They feel I was being genuine in sharing information that was previously unknown and could potentially affect educators. Several staff member have also approached me saying that they are grateful for this information and are now researching it on their own.

The question being asked in my school now is…Why can’t educators do what they do best? Research, question, inform?? Isn’t it better to question and discuss things, even if we don’t agree on them as to find what is best for the children we have been entrusted with? Should we turn a blind eye, and be lead like sheep off the cliff?”

Read the rest:     http://truthinamericaneducation.com/common-core-state-standards/a-wyoming-schools-common-core-gag-order/

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6 responses to “Wyoming Teacher: “Should We Turn a Blind Eye and Be Led Like Sheep Off a Cliff?”

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  1. HI I AM A SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTORAT OUR SCHOOL AND I WANTED TO PASS OUT THE OPT OUT FORMS AT OUR SCHOOL AND I WAS TOLD THAT IT WOULD BE INAPPROPRIATE TO DO THIS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY..SO I SYMPATHIZE WITH WHAT YOU ARE SAYING! NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR ANYTHING ABOUT THE COMMON CORE! THEY THINK IT WILL JUST ” GO AWAY”. NO ONE SEEMS TO CARE ABOUT THE TRACKING DEVICES THAT WILL BE IMPLEMENTED!! YES GET RID OF ARNE DUNCAN,, LINDA D. HAMMOND AND ANYONE ELSE WHO HAS THEIR FINGERS IN THE POLITICAL PIE!!1WE HAVE GOT TO GET OUR SO CALLED POLITICIANS TO GET US OUT OF THIS!! HAVE THE GUTS TO HELP US FIGHT OR WE WILL SEND THEM A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT WE VOTED THEM IN AND WE CAN SURE TRY TO VOTE THEM OUT!! KEEP ON FIGHTING
    CATHY FIREWEED270@YAHOO.COM

  2. The Common core teaches children how to become SLAVE to a machine, that is the meaning of career readiness, a human is no longer important,
    hence no classic literature, no proper education, etc.. That is why a human teacher also is going to be replaced by a machine (online classes, bio-experiments), may be soon they will download a program directly into child’s brain through some “chip”. Anyways I wanted to share a poem by
    another classic poet prom Russia Maximilian Voloshin.
    He wrote it in 1922 at the time of Industrial Revolution. It is still very true and an eye-opener. Please pass it around.
    Resist the movement of making a human into a machine’s slave.

    Maximilian Voloshin

    Translated from Russian by Natasha Levitan

    © 1997-1999

    A Machine
    (1922)

    As there is no inventor,
    Who by drafting a machine,
    Had not imagined his creation
    To ennoble humans,
    There is no machine
    That did not bring the world
    The most misery
    And the new kinds of enslavement!

    While human hand had pushed the lever,
    And waters
    Spined the wheels of mill —
    Their strenghts combined
    Had not disturbed
    The ancient balances of nature
    But man
    Had picked the keys to her eternal puzzles
    And «captured» monsters were released.

    Like spirit, that embodies itself
    Into the woman’s womb and builds the body,
    The steam, the electricity and the gun powder
    By getting hold of the human mind and its desires
    Have built themselves the bodies made of iron
    According to their utmost nature:
    Blast furnaces and caldrons,
    Dynamo-stations, motors and turbines

    Like poor student of magician
    Who freed the elements by spell
    But could not manage the calamities
    They’ve caused and drowned
    With his house and his village, —
    The same way a man cannot contain
    The fury of machine:
    The levers bend the elbows,
    The wheels are moving madly,
    The belts are sliding, the factories ingulf with fire,
    And, shaking in the endless spasm,
    Their wombs of steel are spawning like fish eggs
    The multiplicity of monotonious useless objects:
    The collars, automobiles and phonographs
    In millions and millions, filling up
    The villages, the regions and countries
    And the entire world
    Creating new empires, taking over markets,
    And there is no way to stop their fury
    Or to restrain the pack of rowdy slaves.

    Machine has won over a man:
    It needed slave to take away its sweat,
    To comfort its insides with pure oil,
    To feed it coal and take away its excrements,
    And then it started asking for itself
    The swarming bungle of musles and of wills
    Brought up in hungry discipline,
    And greedy rude who cheapened his spirit
    For joys of mediocrity and comforts.

    Machine has taught a man to think appropriately
    And logically discuss the findings
    It visually proved to him
    That there is no spirit: only substance
    That man is nothing but a machine himself
    That starry cosmos is merely a mechanism
    To manufacture time, that thought
    Is just a simple product of the brain digestion,
    That mere sustenance defines the spirit,
    That genius is a degeneration,
    That culture means increase in number
    Of the consumer needs,
    That the ideal is general well being
    And stomach satisfaction
    That there is One Universal Worldly Stomach
    And there is no other Gods besides it.

    Fulfillment of all the culture dreams:
    The poles dron and the antennas ring
    And the electric currents direct
    Into the space dome sounds and words,
    The lightning spreads
    The laws and orders
    Of the police, of government and stock exchange,
    But not a single thought of human being
    Would ever pass through these sophisticated wires.
    The rotary press machines spawn
    Day and night the printed pages,
    Newspapers manufacture truth
    One truth for all each hour of day:
    But not a single line is printed of a human, —
    The very ancient, hidden fire.
    The grain is flowing into the shipholds and the barns,
    The ports and markets are crammed with delicacies,
    With hot fresh meals the restaraunts are breathing, —
    But not a single crust is there for the hungry,
    For the unnumerated slaves.
    In ocean depths steel fishes prowl
    The heavy ships explode the abyss of seas
    Propellers sing
    In heights above the clouds
    The earth and waters, air and the fire,
    All rise against the human.
    And in the towns where the slaves are closed
    The doors of theaters and museums are open
    The squares are bubbling
    The orators are throwing into the crowds slogans
    About the hate
    Between the classes,
    About social heaven and of freedom,
    About the happy friendship of the nations
    And petty beggar with a mutilated soul
    And overtensioned brain is celebrating
    The triumph of the culture,
    Thought and labour.
    .

  3. We had our first in service the other day where I teach : Unpacking the Common Core Standards. I attended it because it was held in my first school in the district where I teach. It was where I taught when my first baby was born, when I got married and when my Dad died. I broke up a knife fight in a hallway there and learned that I wanted to be a teacher in spite of the heart breaking circumstances of many of my students. After I looked around and took a pic of the third floor hallway where my first 5 years were spent I sat in the in service until my brain ached. At 11:00 I left for lunch and never returned after advising my school clerk I would need to take a half day. The little time I spent there listening to kool aid pushers who’d been relieved of classroom duties to hammer colleagues with this Bill Gates hogwash produced a nausea even Sartre couldn’t have written about. We need to push back now not later and as hard as we can, not like the namby pamby teachers who’ve been pushed around up to this point. Best of luck to you. Thanks for your message.

  4. Reblogged this on Wyoming Against the Common Core and commented:
    Thank you Christel for sharing this article about my experience as a teacher that questions what we are doing in our schools.

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