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Inspiration From Houston’s #AboutTheChild Conference   Leave a comment

At the #AboutTheChild conference in Houston last week, B&L Network speakers said that even in the middle of a struggle we might seem to be losing, we have great power and great hope.

Although America is seeing dangerous shifts in who can and who cannot amend tests, in who controls (and does not protect) children’s data;  in who gets to redefine even babies’ “educations” as a collective-economy-purposed thing; while we see corporate and federal “central planners” ram initiatives without a vote to assume “stakeholder” rights over our little ones– even in this awful situation, we can defend children’s rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happy education; that is, time-tested, soul-enlarging, non-Common Core education.

I cannot do the conference justice briefly, yet I want to try. A few moments that stood out came from these speeches:

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1          Troy Towns, an Alabama minister and political activist, spoke about the numbers of people who should be actively involved in the fight against Common Core and other false reforms.  He retold the story of Gideon in the Old Testament.  Not only did it not bother the Lord that Gideon was vastly outnumbered; the Lord told Gideon to reduce his numbers, by sending away all warriors who were fearful.  Then the Lord instructed Gideon further, to send away all those who were not alert to the enemy while drinking at the stream.  Reduced to 300 people, surrounded by countless armies, the Lord then led Gideon’s group to victory…  It’s not about numbers.  It’s not about who appears to be winning in the moment.  It is about who is on the side of true and honorable principles.

 

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2.         Daisy Whisenant, Texas advisor in the Christian Educators Association International, a Christian teacher’s union,  implored listeners to let teachers and students know the truth about “separation between Church and State”.  That idea is designed to prevent governments from promoting one religion above another, while upholding all religions’ freedom of speech.  It is not designed to shut down religious discussions.  A teacher is a government employee, but a child is not.  Nongovernmental citizens (students of all ages) may speak and write freely about their religious beliefs.   For more information, visit CEAI.

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3.      Jason Hoyt, Florida radio personality and author, discussed what “Consent of the Governed” means.  The concept is also the title of his book.  (Click here to find the book Consent of the Governed. )  I read it on my trip home. It teaches the history of local, state, and federal grand juries, and outlines the disintegration of that constitutional authority, which serves –or should serve– as a fourth branch and a check on the other three branches.  The book shows that if “We the People” reclaim proper controls of our grand juries, we can reclaim vital, lost political power –more effectively than if we rely only on elections as the means to enforce fair government.

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4.      Angelique Clark, a Las Vegas high school student, spoke about the stand she took and the fight that ensued as she founded a pro-life group for teen activists.  When her application for a high school pro-life club was denied, Angelique fought for her First Amendment rights inside a school, with a lawsuit to the school district that finally allowed her to form the pro-life club.  She won.  Her story has been seen on Fox & Friends, On the Record with Greta, Fox, Bill O’Reilly, and elsewhere.

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5.      Dr. Karen Effrem, a pediatrician, author and researcher, a leader of the Alliance for Human Research Protection, of the Florida Stop Common Core Coalition and of Education Liberty Watch, spoke about the amount of data being collected on every public school student in the nation without parental knowledge or consent; about the psychological and belief data-gathering goals outlined in the US Department of Education’s “Developing Grit, Tenacity and Persistance” Report; about the unfortunate, newly passed, Every Student Succeeds Act; and about the monster on the horizon, the “Strengthening Education Through Research Act“.  Her presentation should be seen by every member of the U.S. Congress.

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6.     Dr. Peg Luksik, a former reform evaluator for the U.S. Department of Education, a lifelong teacher, speaker, and honoree by multiple U.S. Presidents, spoke about the idea of common standards.  She asked the audience if there was such a thing as good standards, and answered her question:  no.  There is no such thing as a good set of standards because every child is so different.  She has a child who is a math genius, who cannot do ballet.  She has a daughter who is a ballet genius, who cannot do math.  She asked:  where would the proper, common standard be for those two children?  The idea of top-down decision making for teachers and students is ridiculous.  She said that years ago, “Outcome Based Education” was pushed on the nation, and was defeated by a handful of level-headed patriots.  Common Core and its related initiatives are the same thing, repackaged.  Those who would be central planners of all children’s lives must be defeated again.

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7.      Dr. Duke Pesta, an energetic literature professor and administrator at Freedom Project Academy, spoke about the devious history of the Common Core Initiative, up to its promoters’ most recent coup against liberty, the Every Student Succeeds Act.  He emphasized the words of Arne Duncan about the Every Student Succeeds Act, and pointed out that even trusted Republican leadership betrayed liberty with ESSA. We must be smarter and faster in overturning the deceptions of this fight.  (FYI, Utahns: rumor has it that Dr. Pesta will be speaking in Utah this April.)

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8.      Neil Mammen, a minister and activist at NoBlindFaith.com (author of 40 Days to a More Godly Nation and Jesus Is Involved in Politics: Why Aren’t You?) echoed the message given by Troy Towns (about Gideon and the numbers-of-warriors issue, above) as he spoke about the St. Crispin’s Day speech from Henry V.  In the scene, when Westmoreland laments not having ten thousand more men to help them fight, the king responds:

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.   (Read the whole speech.)

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9.     Joan Landes,  a Utah therapist, crystallized the issue when she said that the problem with government initiatives like Common Core and its web of tests and controls is that it hurts human relationships.  Her presentation about reversing Saul Alinsky’s evil tactics, and her idea of asking every concerned citizen to spend five minutes or five dollars as often as they can, were truly remarkable.

I spoke, too.  The heart of my speech, “Reclaiming Parental Power” came from a realization I had a few nights before the conference, as I thought about the awful situation that is U.S. Education Reform today.  As I wondered how we can keep going in the face of losing, losing, and losing (Common Core is still here; Common Education Standards and Longitudinal Databases are still here; the ESSA federal law makes things so much less free; and SETRA may soon make them even worse) –I had a clear thought:  HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRADE PLACES WITH A MOM IN CHINA– or a mom in any socialist/communist nation, for that matter?  You would have no freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom to publish, freedom to work to repeal bad laws.  You hardly have freedom to think, in China.  A lover of freedom living in China, loving her children, would give her arms or legs to have the opportunity to face the problems that we face.  Arms and legs.

The glass will always be half full– never half empty–  as long as there is a person left in America who remembers the words and the spirit of the U.S. Constitution.

Freedom is always worth the fight.

Children will always be the reason.

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This blog post is a partial, inadequate sampling that has not included many additional, wonderful  speakers at the conference.  Every speaker (see biographies and speaker list here) –was moving.

If you missed the conference and the livestream, you can still watch it as part of a package deal with B&L*  Network by purchasing a B&L year membership here.  I’m advertising it because:

The conference speakers were an inspiration, and their words need to be heard far and wide, as do the messages from United States Parents In Education (USPIE) which held a press conference as part of this conference, rolling out a campaign to #StopFedEd.   Also, importantly, consider this: the conference organizer was Alabama homemaker and radio show host Diana Crews, who, with her sweet husband, a professional trucker, went into debt to make this conference happen.  If nobody  watches, she stays in debt.  This was her sacrifice because she believes in making this issue About The Child.  It’s not about the “global economy” or the “school to workforce pipeline” or about “human capital”.  It is about the child.

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Kansas Needs Your Help   1 comment

Kansas is requesting help from all those who care for educational liberty nationwide.  Do you have time to send an email or make a phone call?

The Kansas legislature is discussing whether to promote or oppose Common Core.  What happens in other states affects our own.

It matters.

http://www.kansas.com/2013/05/16/2806191/kansas-budget-proposal-could-halt.html

Here’s the contact information for the Kansas Legislature.

Kansas House Roster   2013

Name District Capitol Phone Email

Rep. Alcala 57 785 296-7371  john.alcala@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Alford 124 785 296-7656  j.stephen.alford@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Ballard 44 785 296-7697  barbara.ballard@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Barker 70 785 296-7674  john.barker@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Becker 104 785 296-7196  steven.becker@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Bideau 9 785 296-7636  ed.bideau@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Boldra 111 785 296-4683  sue.boldra@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Bollier 21 785 296-7686  barbara.bollier@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Bradford 40 785 296-7653  john.bradford@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Bridges 83 785 296-7646  carolyn.bridges@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Bruchman 20 785 296-7644  rob.bruchman@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Brunk 85 785 296-7645  steve.brunk@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Burroughs 33 785-296-7630  tom.burroughs@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Campbell 26 785 296-7632  larry.campbell@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Carlin 66 785 296-7649  sydney.carlin@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Carlson 61 785 296-7660  richard.carlson@house.ks.gov

Rep. Carpenter 75 785 296-7673  will.carpenter@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Cassidy 120 785 296-7616  ward.cassidy@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Christmann 113 785 296-7640  marshall.christmann@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Claeys 69 785 296-7670  jrclaeys@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Clayton 19 785 296-7655  stephanie.clayton@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Concannon 107 785 296-7677  susan.concannon@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Corbet 54 785 296-7679  ken.corbet@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Couture-Lovelady 110 785 296-4683  travis.couture-lovelady@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Crum 77 785 296-6989  david.crum@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Davis 46 785-296-7630  paul.davis@house.ks.gov,

Rep. DeGraaf 82 785 296-7693  pete.degraaf@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Dierks 71 785 296-7642  diana.dierks@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Dillmore 92 785 296-7698  nile.dillmore@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Doll 123 785 296-7380  john.doll@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Dove 38 785 296-7670  willie.dove@house.ks.gov

Rep. Edmonds 112 785 296-5593  john.edmonds@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Edwards 93 785 296-7640  joe.edwards@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Esau 14 785 296-7631  keith.esau@house.ks.gov ,

Name District Capitol Phone Email

Rep. Ewy 117 785 296-7105  john.ewy@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Finch 59 785 296-7655 blaine.finch@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Finney 84 785 296-7648  gail.finney@house.ks.gov

Rep. Frownfelter 37 785 296-7648  stan.frownfelter@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Gandhi 52 785 296-7672  shanti.gandhi@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Garber 62 785 296-7665  randy.garber@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Goico 94 785 296-7663  mario.goico@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Gonzalez 47 785 296-7500  ramon.gonzalezjr@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Grant 2 785 296-7650  bob.grant@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Grosserode 16 785 296-7659  amanda.grosserode@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Hawkins 100 785 296-7631  dan.hawkins@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Hedke 99 785 296-7699  dennis.hedke@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Henderson 35 785 296-7697  broderick.henderson@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Henry 63 785 296-7688  jerry.henry@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Hermanson 98 785 296-7658  phil.hermanson@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Hibbard 13 785 296-7380  larry.hibbard@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Highland 51 785 296-7310  ron.highland@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Hildabrand 17 785 296-7659  brett.hildabrand@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Hill 60 785 296-7632  don.hill@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Hineman 118 785 296-7636  don.hineman@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Hoffman 116 785 296-7643  kyle.hoffman@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Houser 1 785 296-7679  michael.houser@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Houston 89 785 296-7652  roderick.houston@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Howell 81 785 296-7665  jim.howell@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Huebert 90 785 296-1754  steve.huebert@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Hutton 105 785 296-7673  mark.hutton@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Jennings 122 785 296-7196  russ.jennings@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Johnson 108 785 296-7696  steven.johnson@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Jones 5 785 296-6287  kevin.jones@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Kahrs 87 785 296-5593  mark.kahrs@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Kelley 80 785 296-7671  kasha.kelley@house.ks.gov

Rep. Kelly 11 785 296-6014  jim.kelly@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Kinzer 30 785-296-7692  lance.kinzer@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Kleeb 48 785 296-7680  marvin.kleeb@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Kuether 55 785 296-7669  annie.kuether@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Lane 58 785 296-7649  harold.lane@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Lunn 28 785 296-7675  jerry.lunn@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Lusk 22 785 296-7651  nancy.lusk@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Macheers 39 785 296-7675  charles.macheers@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Mast 76 785-291-3500  peggy.mast@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. McPherson 8 785 296-7695  craig.mcpherson@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Meier 41 785 296-7650  melanie.meier@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Meigs 23 785 296-7656  kelly.meigs@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Menghini 3 785 296-7691  julie.menghini@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Merrick 27 785-296-2302  ray.merrick@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Montgomery 15 785 296-7677  bob.montgomery@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Moxley 68 785 296-7689  tom.moxley@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. O’Brien 42 785 296-7683  connie.obrien@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Osterman 97 785 296-7689  leslie.osterman@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Pauls 102 785 296-7657  jan.pauls@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Peck 12 785 296-7641  virgil.peck@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Perry 24 785 296-7669  emily.perry@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Peterson 32 785 296-7371  michael.peterson@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Petty 125 785 296-7676  reid.petty@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Phillips 67 785 296-6014  tom.phillips@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. J. Powell 50 785 296-7674  joshua.powell@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Proehl 7 785 296-7639  richard.proehl@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Read 4 785 296-7310  marty.read@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Rhoades 72 785 291-3446  marc.rhoades@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Rooker 25 785 296-7686  melissa.rooker@house.ks.gov

Rep. Rothlisberg 65 785 296-7653  allan.rothlisberg@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Rubin 18 785 296-7690  john.rubin@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Ruiz 31 785 296-7122  louis.ruiz@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Ryckman Jr. 78 785 296-6287  ron.ryckman@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Ryckman Sr. 115 785 296-7658  ronald.ryckman@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Sawyer 95 785 296-7691  tom.sawyer@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Schroeder 74 785 296-7500  don.schroeder@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Schwab 49 785 296-7501  scott.schwab@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Schwartz 106 785 296-7637  sharon.schwartz@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Seiwert 101 785 296-7647  joe.seiwert@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Shultz 73 785 296-7684  clark.shultz@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Siegfreid 121 785 368-7166  arlen.siegfreid@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Sloan 45 785 296-7654  tom.sloan@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Sloop 88 785 296-7646  patricia.sloop@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Suellentrop 91 785 296-7681  gene.suellentrop@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Sutton 43 785 296-7676  bill.sutton@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Swanson 64 785 296-7642  vern.swanson@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Thimesch 114 785 296-7105  jack.thimesch@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Tietze 53 785 296-7668  annie.tietze@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Todd 29 785 296-7695  james.todd@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Trimmer 79 785 296-7122  ed.trimmer@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Vickrey 6 785-296-7662  jene.vickrey@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Victors 103 785 296-7651  ponka-we.victors@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Ward 86 785 296-7698  jim.ward@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Waymaster 109 785 296-7672  troy.waymaster@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Weber 119 785 296-5481  brian.weber@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Weigel 56 785 296-7366  virgil.weigel@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Whipple 96 785 296-7366  brandon.whipple@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Wilson 10 785 296-7652  john.wilson@house.ks.gov ,

Rep. Winn 34 785 296-7657  valdenia.winn@house.ks.gov,

Rep. Wolfe Moore 36 785 296-7688  kathy.wolfemoore@house.ks.gov ,

Here’s a letter for reference:

Dear Kansas Legislator,

It might surprise you that a citizen of Utah is going out of her way to ask you to oppose the Common Core agenda taking root in Kansas.
I have studied the Common Core thoroughly.  I urge you to study it closely.
1)  It isn’t state-led, despite the rhetoric.  Legislators and voters were totally bypassed.  The NGA is not a constitutionally recognized entity to rule on the national stage.
2)  The academic standards are highly controversial, are untested and are based on no evidence to support their theories (diminishing classic literature, slowing math, etc.)
3)  Common Core tests collect personally identifiable student data by State Longitudinal Database Systems, federally interoperable.
4) THERE IS NO AMENDMENT PROCESS.  The standards are under copyright.  Local control is gone.
Here are some videos that will help you learn the agenda of Common Core.
Seton Hall University – Professor Christopher Tienken: http://vimeo.com/58461595
Concerned Women of America – Jane Robbins:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coRNJluF2O4  (five part series)
Utahns Against Common Core – Alisa Ellis, Christel Swasey, Renee Braddy:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYj-HDDrL4w
Heritage Foundation Conference on Common Core – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P40GaKlIwb8
Restore Oklahoma Public Education – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTbMLjk-qRc
Glenn Beck t.v. on common core   – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-uAi1I_6Ds
Kansas School Board hears parents against common core – http://www.wibw.com/home/localnews/headlines/Parents-Against-Common-Core-Inti-207448271.html
Thank you for studying this issue very carefully.
Sincerely,
Christel Swasey
Utah Teacher and Mom

Teachers and Mothers Against Common Core (Video)   Leave a comment

Alisa, Renee and I speak out about our opposition to Common Core.

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