Monthly Archives: December 2012

What’s in your child’s textbook?

I received this email yesterday and (with permission from Sue to post) thought I would pose the question to parents, do you know what’s in your child’s school books?

Oak,

I just thought you would be interested and I want to let as many parents as possible aware of my experience.   I have been a homeschooling mom mostly since my now 17 year olds were in 3rd grade.  We recently moved to Springville and that combined with other circumstances led me to try public school for all my 7 kids who are of school age (I have 2 younger ones still at home.)

It has a positive experience so far in many ways but I continue to dislike common core on many levels and I have really been concerned  about what is and isn’t being taught in history.   So concerned that I decided to ask my 6th grade child’s teacher if I could borrow a copy of the history books he is teaching out of.

Appalled is the ONLY word I can think of to describe what I found there!  It’s a world history book and the section on the US is maybe 4 pages long.  It has no mention of our founding fathers but teaches abundantly about Karl Marx and his “wonderful ideas”.

The section on Christianity is a joke but the section on Islam is lengthy.   It’s just ridiculous! !

Needless to say my kids will either be transferring to the local charter school that does not use common core and teaches much about our founding fathers or it’s back to homeschooling.

I think the media needs to hear about this!  Just thought you’d be interested.

Thanks,
Sue Schmidt

Do you want to be a solution to problems? Speak up to teachers, principals, and your school board. I recently filed a GRAMA request with the state and in correspondence with the legal council for the Utah State Office of Education, I was told the request was going to be charged to me because they felt it was primarily of private interest instead of public since state board members had not received a single complaint on the subject of the selection of the new superintendent. I happened to know this was false but this is how things work. If you don’t speak up, those who do get more easily isolated. It reminds me of a few years ago when in the course of a single month, I was contacted by 4 separate families who went to Alpine School District to complain about Investigations math, and the very same administrator at the district office told each one of them that they were the only parent to ever complain about the math program. Each left wondering if they were the only one to speak up. Unless we all speak up about the problems and work to get our neighbors informed and to do it as well, we will continue the downward slide into government controlled curriculum and indoctrination. I am so thankful for those of you that do speak up in meetings, emails, and phone calls. Please keep pressing forward.

National STEM Push = Green Movement

I received this email below from someone in the Midwest showing the direction the Academy of Science wants to take teachers in STEM fields. STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. STEM is being pushed hard in Utah and other states because there is a very real shortage of math literate students. The problem is, pushing the Green movement as they are below, won’t help math skills improve. If we really wanted to solve the math problem, we would cut constructivism out of schools since it’s a proven failure, and implement real math programs. That would solve the STEM problem by giving children a solid foundation in math and their success would drive their career choices.

Another link someone else sent me this morning shows what UNESCO is planning for teacher professional development. This verifies that this green movement push is all about the “sustainability movement” which is going to be used to control populations.

http://www.unesco.org/education/tlsf/

This comes as no surprise to those of us following the trail of Common Core. Common Core is being hijacked by the Feds and UNESCO to push the sustainability movement. For an excellent video showing this problem, please watch Alisa Ellis’ presentation at the recent Agency Based Education conference. Then write your new Utah legislators and ask them to get us out of Common Core because of it’s direct ties to movements against our freedom and sovereignty.

(sorry for the poor formatting below)

 

 

Free, FUN, informative and interactive Science Careers Explorations with STEM professionals for students in Grades 6 – 8.

Teachers apply soon! Space is limited!

WHO?

Groups of 20 – 25, 6th – 8th grade students.
The program can accommodate four groups of 20 – 25 students per day. Individual students are welcome, but must register and be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

WHERE? 

Missouri Botanical Garden
Commerce Bank Education Center
4651 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63110
(NE corner of Shaw and Kingshighway)

WHEN?

January 23 (Room for 75 students)
January 29 
January 31
February 5 (Room for 75 students)
February 7 (FULL)
February 13
February 22 (FULL)

Program is from 9 am – 1 pm each day.

Pick one or more available dates. NOTE: Dates are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

HOW?

If you would like to select a group, or groups, of 20 – 25 6th, 7th, and/or 8th grade students to participate in Greening Your Future, please REGISTER HERE, or contact program director, Rose Jansen at 314-537-7889, or rjansen@academyofsciencestl.org.

PLEASE PROVIDE:
The date/s you would like to attend, the name and address of your school, grade level/s to attend, number of students per grade level group, and the name and contact information (school, cell, home phone numbers and email addresses) of the teacher chaperone/s and school principal.

 

 

 

 

Greening Your Future is a Science Careers Exploration initiative of The Academy of Science – St. Louis.

Connecting Science and the Community since 1856. ©

Greening Your Future
is a high-impact and informative science careers program that introduces students to real-world science and and possibilities of future science careers.


Each session during the program puts students in touch with working scientists, engineers and STEM professionals to explore careers in science through interactive and hands-on demonstrations. Students experience the interdisciplinary nature and impact of science today.

BRING: sack lunches and drinks for students, teachers and chaperones on the day of the program. Sharpened pencils.

 

Limited funding may be available for bus transportation. Contact program director, Rose Jansen at 314-537-7889, or via email.

 

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Random Quote

Hopefully, one day we can look a child in the eye at the age of eight or nine or 10 and say, “You are on track to be accepted and to succeed in a competitive university and, if you keep working hard, you will absolutely get there. — Arne Duncan, http://www2.ed.gov/news/speeches/2009/06/06082009.html

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