Oct 11, 2013 by

10.10.13 — Alice Linahan Radio Show – Community Conversation — #CAN I SEE…


On last night’s program, various guests discussed the #CAN I SEE campaign (parents asking to see children’s instructional materials), the disturbing partnerships behind the public and private funding of Educate Texas (a.k.a., Texas High School Project), project-based learning/grade inflation, Common Core Standards in Texas and the U. S., the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence and the price they paid for their courage (speech by Rush Limbaugh’s father), Congressional funding of pornographic projects, educating teachers, and many other issues.



LINK TO PODCAST — https://soundcloud.com/alice-linahan







9.30.13 – “Yes the Common Core DOES Tell Teachers HOW To Teach” – by Erin Tuttle —



Here are excerpts from this article, but please read it in its entirety:


Within the standards [Common Core Standards] there are several pedagogical approaches that are dictating how students are to learn mathematics. In fact, the writers of the CC math standards wrote documents for teachers, publishers and curriculum developers to use to implement the standards with the “letter and spirit” intended. This is why every Common Core aligned textbook is using the same strategies and curriculum to teach the standards and it absolutely tells teachers HOW to teach.


In the Progressions for the Common Core in Mathematics, the writers of the standards tell teachers EXACTLY how to teach math operations like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They give explicit directions how to teach it and be aligned with the spirit of the Common Core. Keep in mind that these same directions were given to the testing consortium that are formulating the items by which all teachers and students will be measured.




10.8.13 – “Letter to Elected Officials, From Your Bosses: My Concerns with Common Core” – The Halls — http://lawdawghall.blogspot.com/2013/10/my-concerns-with-common-core.html


Here are excerpts from this article, but please read it in its entirety:

First, my children are NOT merely bricks in a wall. They are unique and wonderful children! They have different strengths and weaknesses. My daughter – like her lawyer father – is more geared towards language, words, reading and logic. My son – like his college-educated mother – is more gifted in mathematics and science. My third son is a healthy mixture of the two. My daughter prefers to learn through practical examples and illustrations while my six year-old son likes to learn through straightforward facts and numbers. We cannot successfully parent and teach each of them the same way, so how do you propose that CCSS can successfully teach them and their unique classmates in the exact same manner?



When I was in elementary school, I learned to read and comprehend what I was reading. I don’t know how many words I could read in a minute at each level, but I learned to read at a comfortable pace, while absorbing the material I was reading. Is there some time-sensitive aspect of the “global economy” that I don’t understand? I have lived in Southeast Asia and all over the United States, I have completed 20 years of education and have passed a Bar exam; I do not remember ever benefiting from being able to read something at the fastest pace possible with there being no inherent penalties/drawbacks for lack of comprehension. Why is this so important to state standards?





9.26.13 – “The 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence: The Price They Paid for Courage” – speech by Rush Limbaugh’s Father –

Excerpts from this article: http://nocompromisepac.ning.com/profiles/blogs/56-signers-of-the-declaration-of-independence-they-paid-the-price?xg_source=activity



To read full article published in World Net Daily — http://www.wnd.com/2013/09/why-is-ted-cruz-quoting-rush-limbaughs-dad/



Donna Garner





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