Yup. Because if there’s one thing you want is a set of standards for librarians in how they deal with patrons! :) Sent in today by alert citizens, check this out.
Tiffany Hall at the USOE sent out this letter:
School librarians are an important part of a school community. They are licensed teachers who work with students to promote research and inquiry skills, media literacy, and reading engagement. Over the years, their responsibilities have evolved as resources and techniques have changed. These changes are reflected in the 2014 revision of the Utah Standards for Library Media.
Over the last year, these Standards have been revised by a committee of library media experts from Utah schools, communities, and universities. On Friday, May 9, the Utah State School Board reviewed and discussed the Utah Standards for Library Media (grades 6-12). They voted to allow the Standards to move forward to public comment. On Monday, May 19, the Standards were posted on the USOE website for all interested members of the public to comment after reading them.
Review, insight, and comments from all stakeholders in Utah—teacher librarians, teachers, administrators, and parents—are a critical part of this public comment session! Please read them and submit your feedback before August 17, 2014.
After the public comment session, all comments will be reviewed and incorporated as appropriate into the Standards. The final document will be presented to the Board for their review.
K-12 Literacy Coordinator/Library Media
Utah State Office of Education
The parent who sent me this commented with this:
Please take a quick look at the new, USOE-approved Utah Standards for Library Media, and then comment on the USOE Web site before Aug 17, 2014. Here is one of the standards you might find interesting:
1.2.4. Maintain a critical stance by questioning the validity and accuracy of all information. [emphasis added]
To me, this exemplifies how Progressive education teaches children to doubt the existence of truth (moral relativism), while Classical education teaches children to confidently and logically pursue truth.
Always be polite when you leave comments. :)
Another parent pointed out that Gate’s funded Achieve published their CC implementation guide for librarians in Oct. 2013 and now we see Utah creating Common Core librarian standards. Utah certainly doesn’t act like its in the driver’s seat with anything related to Common Core. If “they” build it, Utah will follow. http://www.achieve.org/files/CCSSLibrariansBrief-FINAL.pdf
Now let me take this path on moral relativism on questioning the validity of ALL information. This is what educators call “critical thinking skills” and national educators define it as critically thinking about everything you’ve been taught…at home.
“…educators must resist the quest for certainty. If there were certainty there would be no scientific advancement. So it is with morals and patriotism.”
– John Goodlad / Education for Everyone: Agenda for Education in a Democracy, Woods Learning Center, pg. 6
“[schools] should liberate students from the ways of thinking imposed by religions and other traditions of thought.”
-John Goodlad, “Education and Community,” in Democracy, Education, and the Schools, Roger Stone, pg. 92.
“…a student attains ‘higher order thinking’ when he no longer believes in right or wrong. A large part of what we call good teaching is a teacher´s ability to obtain affective objectives by challenging the student’s fixed beliefs. …a large part of what we call teaching is that the teacher should be able to use education to reorganize a child’s thoughts, attitudes, and feelings.”
-Benjamin Bloom, psychologist and educational theorist, “Major Categories in the Taxonomy of Educational Objectives,” pg. 185
“Education should aim at destroying free will so that after pupils are thus schooled they will be incapable throughout the rest of their lives of thinking or acting otherwise than as their school masters would have wished …”
-Bertrand Russell, quoting Gottlieb Fichte the head of psychology that influenced Hegel and others.
Have they been successful in the public education system? Absolutely.
The Pew Institute also shows Millennials as turning away from their family’s faith.
We are in a culture war. Common Core is just a powerful piece on the chess board, but it’s not about Common Core. We have to go back to the root of the evil tree to see the anti-God, socialistic thinking that went into this plan to capture children. John Dewey is one of the heads of the hydra who is admired by educators. He said this:
“I believe that the school is primarily a social institution. Education being a social process, the school is simply that form of community life in which all those agencies are concentrated that will be most effective in bringing the child to share in the inherited resources of the race, and to use his own powers for social ends. I believe that education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.”
-John Dewey, My Pedagogic Creed, January 1897
Common Core isn’t the ultimate problem. It’s the system’s design that is at the root of the problem. If you want to take down the system, you have to understand true principles of education. I strongly encourage you to go to www.agencybasededucation.org, read the 5 principles and mission statement on the home page, get on the mailing list, and like the organization on Facebook. Each year there is a conference held in November. This year, one of the speakers will be Neil Flinders, author of “Teach the Children: an Agency Approach to Education.” Neil inspired me to form this organization and you won’t want to miss this event as he is an authority in this very area and will be presenting on educational philosophy.