Over a thousand pages long, the ESEA bill is now online for all to see. [UPDATE: another new version was re-released on Tuesday, a day after the first version, a day before the vote.]
You can divide it up among your friends and read it. [Newest version here] Or you can call Congress (202-224-3121) and tell them that this is a familiar (Obamacare) recipe for disaster: A thousand pages. No debate. Vote in two days. Strike that; vote in one day.
Did you know that the average reader can read nontechnical information at about two minutes per page? (This bill is highly technical, legalistic, ed reform language) So it will take a genius reader at least 2118 minutes (over 35 hours) to read the bill.
That’s without stopping for a meal or a potty break, without having his or her mind wander from the sheer absurdity of the reading marathon– reading this breathtaking page-turner straight for about nine hours. That’s without stopping to define terms, research context, look at background on policies and initiatives and programs that a reader will come across.
Next, that genius Congressman or woman who will read the ESEA bill without pause, without proper sleep or food, in 48 hours, will have analyzed it thoroughly, from Constitutional, pedagogical, technological, logistical, financial and moral angles; not missing any key clause that could alter the meaning of a section; and then collect constituent (teacher) input, while finding time to discuss this with fellow members of Congress– which will at best happen at Burger King or on the phone, because there’s no time being put aside for a real debate on the actual floor of the House. Simultanesously, he or she is responsible for other issues and other bills.
Ridiculous is not a strong enough word.
And valiant is not a strong enough word for the Indiana moms who, on their own dime, have flown to Washington D.C. this week to plead for sanity from Congressmen in this ESEA reauthorization process. God bless them.
Something is rotten in the state of the Republican party when such disgraceful processes and policies are presented as good and right.
Call their bluff. Let them know that we are onto them.
It’s so obvious! It’s all about top down, centralized control, and the crony partnerships and so-called philanthropies and chambers of commerce that make so much money standardizing our educational universe— without a thought for the effect on actual knowledge, actual education; children, teachers, and American liberty.
CALL THEM. 202-224-3121. Hold them accountable. Tweet them. Call again. Call again. Tweet and Tweet.
If this bill passes, I predict that there will be political careers lost that will trace their demise back to this moment.
This is the moment, Congress. We are watching you.
Michelle Malkin’s #STOPESEA video is available on her public Facebook page; click here to view. It was posted 18 hours ago and already has over 120,000 views. I hope each viewer called D.C. (202-224-3121) or tweeted to Congress @repjohnkline @SpeakerRyan or will do so now.
Michelle Malkin said in the video that even though many have not heard of the hashtag #STOPESEA, it is one of the most important issues on the table in Washington D.C. today.
She called out the media for not covering “bread and butter” education issues like this one and praised “firebreathing moms and dads” from across the political spectrum who “have been ever vigilant on all of the issues involving federal encroachment into education”.
She noted that “so much of this process is taking place behind closed doors out of view of the public with back door and back room negotiations and no sunlight and no input from the people who are most affected. That’s you and your kids and your grandkids.”
“You’ve got a vote coming up in just a couple of days on this massive piece of legislation which isn’t accessible to the public yet [wasn’t as of last night; link just added] that many of these politicians on Capitol Hill will, of course, never read, and will have two days for their staffs to digest before they cast votes on it. It is supposed to be released November 30 with the first vote on December 2nd….Same-o Same-o, business as usual in Washington, D.C., don’t you think?”
“What good is it to elect new GOP leaders who promise transparency and pay lip service –the same way that Barack Obama did– and then sabotage that very process? So much for Constitutional Conservatives.”
“Not only does the process stink, but as many of these vigilant parents have been warning about, it’s the actual policy itself that stinks, too.”
” One of the few heroes out there who’s been warming about this Senator Mike Lee from Utah, who during a floor speech on November 18th warned that voting for this ESEA/NCLB reauthorization will be tantamount to doubling down or tripling down on all of the awful Common Core concepts that have taken so long for so many so-called Constitutional Conservatives on Capitol Hill to finally acknowledge. It’s the expansion of the federal role in education and the meddling in the classroom; the cementing of grant money to all sorts of crony educational special interests; along with that of course is the continued federalization of curriculum, the cementing again of contracts and special arrangements between the federal government and a lot of tech companies in the business of leveraging the power and the money that they’re making on these boondoggles on everything from textbooks to testing to technology. And that data mining aspect, of course, is something that people across the political and ideological spectrum should be objecting to and warning other parents about, and opposing.”
“Of course, it’s hard to digest all that’s in these hundreds and hundreds of still unseen pages in just a matter of days. It’s an absolute disgrace. So Monday morning, tomorrow morning, I hope those of you who have been active in any manner in opposing Common Core will see the connection here…call your congress people: 202-224-3121. ”
She emphasizes that (see minute 8:47) for those in every type of schooling system, those in “public schools, private schools, private schools, charter schools, home schools, Christian schools, secular schools— there is no safe space from fed ed. That’s one of the most important messages I want to get across tonight.”
She adds, “There are all of these strategists in Washington, D.C., who are always puzzling and pulling their chins on, ‘how do they reach out to nontraditional consitituencies” and you have to watch out because when they start talking out loud you have to watch out… that they are about to pander, pander, pander, pander, pander and move to the left on everything… how do we reach out to nontraditional constituencies? What it really means is throwing all their conservative principles and conservative constituencies under the bus in some desperate attempt to cow-tow to nontraditional constituencies. What they should be doing is looking at issues where they can find agreement with people across the political spectrum, without compromising their principles … and yes, that includes Common Core and this massive expansion of the testing racket that has usurped so much of the already limited time that there is in the classroom? Guess what? It’s not just us right-wing, fire-breathing Mammas and Pappas who care about that.”
“…Issues include all of the money that is being poured into overtly political organizations that are using our kids as political and ideological and pedagogical guinea pigs. And I can’t tell you how many parents and educators who span the political spectrum who I’ve talked to over the years since I’ve started learning about this, who tell me, “I don’t agree with practically anything else you say, but you are right on this.”
“It’s finding those issues and actually listening to the people who are affected, that is going to have the most promise for Republicans who are looking to win over people who otherwise wouldn’t vote for them. Education is one of those issues.”
Thank you, Michelle Malkin!
Note to readers: today, the full ESEA bill was released. It’s well over 1,000 pages long. The Congressional vote is set for the day after tomorrow. MAKE SOME NOISE.
Missouri Education Watchdog, Patriot Journalist Network (PJN) and other groups are leading a #STOPESEA rally tonight (all day, too, and all weekend). Please join. There are so many Congressmen to contact. Click here to join.
Twitter is easy, for those who’ve never tweeted. Click here for a free account. https://twitter.com Here’s a link to all of the twitter addresses of the U.S. Congress, or see the list below.: https://www.thomasmore.org/us-senate-twitter-account-list/
Use the hashtag #STOPESEA in every tweet. Even if you have zero followers, you can still tweet to anyone with an account. You just say “at” someone to tag them. For example, tag Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan by writing @PRyan or @RepPaulRyanVP.
Patriot Journalism Network has the twitter addresses for all the House reps: https://twitter.com/DataGenesis/lists/us-house-r/members
… and here’s their directory, so you can click on each name and get information on each individual rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/
If you upload a video version of your #STOPESEA message to YouTube or a blog, it may be even better. I love each of the #STOPESEA videos that are circulating right now, but this one is especially effective because it is directed specifically at those who will vote in a few days on ESEA.
In the video, Utah mom Laureen Simper says to her D.C. representatives:
“Utah Representatives, should you be asked to vote for any legislation which you haven’t read? Your default setting should be no. As our representatives, representing us, these bills affect the lives of people, real people– real children, real families. You have no business voting for something that you haven’t had a chance to read. The purpose of law is not to abolish or to restrain freedom but to enlarge and preserve it… You have no business voting on something that you haven’t read, that hasn’t been open to public scrutiny, and you certainly have no business impacting our lives by voting yes to something that has been rushed through with an air and a shroud of secrecy….Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and instead of preparing dinner for the sixteen people I have coming, I am trying to figure out to post a video of myself, to take time to plead with my representatives… Please stop listening to the so-called experts and listen to the families who you represent.”