Data at the Core of Education

The Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina has stepped forward to question his state’s involvement in the Common Core Curricula. Dan Forest has a list of 200 questions he wants the superintendent of schools to answer regarding that program.

Ann Kane at Americanthinker.com commends Forest.

It doesn’t appear that anyone checked out the ramifications of the CCSS before the state adopted them in 2010. The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers released the standards on June 2, 2010, and North Carolina’s SBE adopted them two days later. There was no legislative debate and no real public debate (there was a two-month window for public comments, but who knew?).

In his inquiry, Lt. Gov. Forest broaches the topic of international standards under the section entitled “Development of Standards” when he asks, “Who created the international standards to which the CCSS is benchmarked?” Maybe he knows the answer already, but he wants to see if the chief of schools knows it.

In a chilling quote from a globalist who is head of “Indicators and Analysis Division at the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development’s Directorate for Education,” we read the ideology behind the rhetoric:

It is only through such benchmarking that countries can understand relative strengths and weaknesses of their education system and identify best practices and ways forward. The world is indifferent to tradition and past reputations, unforgiving of frailty and ignorant of custom or practice. Success will go to those individuals and countries which are swift to adapt, slow to complain, and open to change.

So tradition, custom, and practice must be thrown into the trash bin. The report is rife with language more appropriate to a socialist state than a republic. The opening statement in the report claims, “We are living in a world without borders.” Really? Tell that to China and Finland, the two countries to whom education reformers constantly compare the U.S.

Politicians are lying when they say standards “are state-based, state-led, and voluntary.” The government uses money, such as Race to the Top funds, to coerce states into accepting this without any input from legislators or voters.

Another reason for Common Core is the data mining operation that helped Obama win reelection. In education, they intend to use information to “equalize learning outcomes.” That means the U.S. will be in compliance with other countries and other countries’ standards.

The author of Common Core, David Coleman, shockingly admits the nexus between education and political manipulation in this speech where he lavishes praise on the Obama campaign directors:

All the people he uses are on the left.

Once they can imposes these standards they can get rid of opposing thought and manipulate thinking. Students will be taught to value world views, a diminished role of America and the end of American exceptionalism. It’s scary stuff.

Jogger Gets Beating for Trayvon

Last night Channel 3 reported this attack in Senatobia on a man who says he was assaulted for revenge in the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case:

(Senatobia, MS) A jogger says three men attacked him in retaliation for the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

The attack happened on Highway 51 in Senatobia, Miss., Sunday night.

The victim, who did not want to be identified, told News Channel 3 and investigators the men drove up to him and asked him to get into their car, implying they had a gun.

The man, who is white, told police the men who attacked him are black.

The man says the men drove him miles away in silence before pulling him from their car and attacking him, saying, “I’m fixin to beat your a** for Trayvon.”

“They put me in the back seat, held me down by the hair, put a towel over my head.”

The attack happened 24 hours after George Zimmerman was found not guilty.

The man had cuts and scrapes and a bruised face.

He was found on a deserted road between Senatobia and Coldwater, MS.

The man said he was able to call his wife for help.

The three men may have been in a white Chevrolet Malibu or Impala.

One of the men should have a bite mark on his forearm.

Dumbing Down a Smart Issue

Monday night Council woman Janis Fullilove held a townhall meeting in city council chambers on smart meters.

How TV and the newspaper have covered this tells a lot about them.

WMCTV reports it this way:

The resolution that sits before the Memphis City Council to exchange MLGW’s analog meters for digital smart meters is creating this talk.

“The smart meters are going to be entry points for hacking,” said resident Yvonne Burton.

She joined about 50 other people at city hall who are opposed to smart meters. They wore tags calling for a referendum in an attempt to stop the installation of smart meters.

City Council member Joe Brown called smart meters a new source of communism.

“The thing is to make sure the people have a voice in this issue,” he said.

City council member Janis Fullilove organized the town hall meeting Monday.

“It’s not so much I’m against it … I just think people need a balanced issue on that balance whether it’s good or bad,” she said.

Burton claims the rates will go up.

Most of the people at the meeting complained the smart meters would make their utility bills go up.

No one from MLGW attended the meeting. But a spokesperson said things got out of control at the last meeting in June with people from the audience heckling the MLGW employees who were trying to answer questions.

MLGW tweeted answers to people’s questions Monday. They took issue with Joe Brown’s statement and tweeted a response:

Brown says the main issue tonight is cowardice of MLGW. Says MLGW staff wasn’t threatened at last meeting. But it happened. We have video.

It is important for customers to note if they do not want a smart meter, whether a business or residence, then they can opt out of the program.

At this point, a referendum vote is not planned. The matter still must go before the full council.

From WREG:

Channel 24:

The bias is tangible, isn’t it? One doesn’t mention why the union rep has a smart meter. Another scoffs at Councilman Brown’s remark about Communism. Then we also get the smug approach of an anchor asking why streamlining meter reading could be so contentious. The Commercial Appeal is still stuck on the townhall at the library being “out of control.” Because it was passionate, they laud MLGW for not bringing a representative to this one.

Today the CA has an editorial against Janis Fullilove for having another townhall meeting. Huh? What am I missing here? A person on the council wants citizen input on a decision they’ll make that will impact everyone in the community? How dare she!

She has held two town hall meetings on the meters, conducted in a fashion that has not allowed an informative discussion on the pros and cons of the meters,” they say.

Really? I was at the library townhall and MLGW chief Jerry Collins was there, but left before the first question! He put other people in charge who clearly showed they didn’t understand the slide show they were presenting. That they couldn’t handle questions reflects badly on them, not the public.

Is Miss Fullilove wrong to try to get information out about the smart meters? The newspaper doesn’t want to show anything but one side – the pro side. The editors place the blame on union leaders and their “concern about saving jobs.” If they listened to the leaders they would understand that this is not the only problem MLGW employees have with the smart meters. Why not listen to the people who actually install them and understand them a lot better than the suits sitting in CA climate controlled offices.

They don’t want to talk about the hacking dangers, higher costs and change in lifestyle smart meters entail. They don’t want to check into who is benefiting from the sale of these. Myron Lowery, why are you so strident for them when your constituents are not?

Reporters have bought into the green angle of the smart meters without doing any research on the true results.

If Miss Fullilove has caused an uproar, she’s onto something. Let’s start doing it with a lot more issues. Somebody has got to be a conduit to the truth.