Schools Ditch Academics For Emotional Manipulation

The following article by Jane Robbins and Karen Effrem is reprinted with permission from http://thefederalist.com/2016/10/19/schools-ditch-academics-for-emotional-manipulation/. This summer the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) announced it had chosen eight states to collaborate on creating K-12 “social emotional learning” (SEL) standards. All students, from kindergartners through high-school seniors, would be measured on five “non-cognitive” … Continue reading Schools Ditch Academics For Emotional Manipulation

Common Core’s Role in Hot State School Board Race

Originally posted at https://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/2016/09/15/common-cores-role-in-hot-state-school-board-race/. Posted with permission. Senate President Niederhauser and House Speaker Hughes The State School Board race has never drawn much attention before. But this year, the Salt Lake Tribune reported, businesses and even top-tier elected officials are personally campaigning and fundraising for and against certain candidates. Yesterday’s headline was: “Niederhauser and Hughes ask … Continue reading Common Core’s Role in Hot State School Board Race

Students Assigned to Report on Parents’ Drug Use

I received the below letter from a parent of a student at Tooele Junior High School where this took place. The parent has asked to remain anonymous. UPDATE (7/14/16): Another parent has come forward whose child attends Clarke Johnson Jr High in Tooele who also received this same assignment. Two different schools and teachers in the … Continue reading Students Assigned to Report on Parents’ Drug Use

Maine State Board of Education member speaks out against CBE

Reprinted with permission from: http://nhfamiliesforeducation.org/content/maine-state-board-education-member-speaks-out-against-competency-based-education My name is Heidi Sampson, I am a member of the State Board of Education in Maine. I am in no way speaking for the Maine SBE, but as a concerned citizen who has a vested interest in NH.  I wanted to share information with the New Hampshire Legislators on … Continue reading Maine State Board of Education member speaks out against CBE

Utah is Losing Teachers. Clintons, Gates and Feds are Supplying Them

Lately we’re hearing a lot about America’s teachers leaving their beloved profession.  Utah’s State School Board is answering this problem, not by restoring local control over education, but by doubling-down on federal initiatives that dismantle local control over curriculum. Here’s what every parent and local school board member needs to know about the teacher shortage: … Continue reading Utah is Losing Teachers. Clintons, Gates and Feds are Supplying Them