- September 24, 2016
- 2016 Draft of the Arizona Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics
The first draft of the "Arizona Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics" has been completed and is available for public comment on the Arizona State Board of Education website. Click HERE to read them.
We have until Oct. 3, 2016 to submit comments. Some improvements over Common Core include: 1) the removal of wording that directed teachers how to teach a standard in a specific way, 2) the over-emphasis on informational text has been lifted, and 3) cursive writing is back in.
Unfortunately, the standards you will see in Kindergarten through Grade 3 continue to be developmentally inappropriate. Young children are not little adults. Their brains haven't developed to where they can reflect on their own thinking. They cannot think abstractly. They cannot empathize or view the world as others do.
In Kindergarten especially, children are internally motivated to be independent and creative, and this is very important to them. They are learning to tie their shoes, erect a sand castle, pull up their pants, tie a bow. They are working on competence, mastery, and creativity.
This is not the time to encourage dependence and conformity. It is not appropriate to demand that they express opinions about an author's motives, or collaborate and seek others' suggestions and incorporate them into their writing. Some children will “get it.” However, many more won’t. Teachers will have to drill, drill, and drill the right responses into them. This time would be better spent teaching grade-appropriate materials. Children who cannot meet these standards will experience much stress and a loss of creativity. They will wrongly suffer disapproval from teachers and parents, and might be considered “delayed” and subjected to remedial classes they don’t need. See Dr. Megan Koschnick’s 9/9/2013 videotaped presentation, which she gave at a conference at the University of Notre Dame. The event was sponsored by American Principles Project.
If you are a parent, grandparent, teacher, concerned citizen, or if you specialize in child development, please comment on some of these inappropriate standards. Please also copy me at email@example.com, so I can share your comments with members of our Mommy Lobby. We want to ensure that the State Board is made aware of these serious issues.Click here to read more
- September 9, 2016
- Jim O'Connor Announces Run for State Party Chairman of the AZGOP
I have tremendous respect for Jim O’Connor. In the following press release, you will read about Jim's role in renouncing the National Popular Vote. I was one of the people he patiently educated regarding its problems. Ultimately, a group of us were able to convince our Senator, Sylvia Allen, to back away from supporting it. Jim is true to the Republican platform and has provided leadership in other areas as well, including the passage of HB2088, which protects students against surveys that gather private, personally identifiable information. He advised his representative in LD23, Heather Carter, "Our 444 Precinct Committeemen are reflecting the opinions of the 70,000 registered republican votes in our district overwhelmingly protecting the rights of parents and children. Please represent these and other republicans who desire to restrain government overreach." She voted in favor on reconsideration. Mr. O'Connor has stood firmly in support of legislation that honors parental authority and rejects federal control of education in Arizona.
PRESS RELEASEClick here to read more
- September 5, 2016
- You may know society is doomed when you see....
You may know society is doomed when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you; [and] when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice.Click here to read more
- August 25, 2016
- Get Out the Vote Rally with Congressman Paul Gosar
Please join my favorite U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar (CD4) at this Get Out the Vote rally!
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- August 25, 2016
- Has YOUR Legislator been Endorsed by Pro Common Core, Anti-Parent "Stand for Children"?
Stand for Children/Arizona has just endorsed 26 candidates for the Arizona Legislature in the Primary Election on August 30. “Stand for Children Arizona does not take its endorsement process lightly. These candidates have been fully vetted to make sure they currently agree with, and will stay true to a majority of Stand’s policies and educational priorities that we believe will bring the quickest results."
A review of Stand for Children/Arizona's website indicates that this group proudly supports the entire Common Core agenda, aka Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards, including AzMerit.
Stand is proud to have defeated a litany of anti-Common Core legislation, as well as other bills that parents have fought for, including the defeated SB1455. This bill would have acknowledged that parents know more than the State about what's best for their own children. These parents wanted to opt their children out of the unvalidated, secretive AzMerit. Stand would have none of it. See "Top Legislative Results."
Parents and their children suffered verbal and emotional abuse at the hands of school administrators, teachers, other parents, and other students for daring to opt out of AZMerit. Remember? See Sen. Allen calls for schools to respect parents over assessment concerns, The Schools' War On Arizona's Children: Part 1, The Schools' War on Arizona's Children: Part 2 Online Charter Schools The Schools' War on Arizona's Children: Part 3 Emotional Child Abuse.
Voters should be wary of groups that "sound" wonderful. Scratch the surface, and you discover how pro-Statist and anti-Family they truly are. Expect More Arizona is another such group. See Is Expect More Arizona in it for the Money?Click here to read more
- September 1, 2016
- Gila Watch Primary Voting Recommendations: August 30, 2016
As you complete your Primary ballot, please consider the following candidates for offices all the way from United States Senate to Town Council. Time hasn't allowed for the vetting of every office throughout the state. The suggestions you see here are based on voting patterns, leadership, and commitment to constitutional, conservative ideals.Click here to read more
- August 12, 2016
- Outing Ray Strauss, the Phony Conservative Running Against Rep. Paul Gosar in AZ-4
Did you receive the FALSE flyer paid for by Right Way Super-PAC stating that Paul Gosar (CD4) voted against funding for our military and their families? I suggest you read this article titled Outing Ray Strauss, the Phony Conservative Running Against Rep. Paul Gosar in AZ-4. In my own experience, Rep. Gosar is one of the most Conservative, Constitutional, pro-military representatives in Congress. Ray Strauss is the opposite. "Rep. Gosar’s reputation as a fighter for the conservative agenda has left him as one of the few reliable full spectrum conservatives in the House."
The article begins:
It requires a breathtaking level of deceit to attempt to run to the right of limited government constitutional conservative Congressman Paul Gosar and attack him as an “insider.”
But with the help of a shadowy lobbyist-funded PAC – Right Way PAC – which was founded by K Street insider Daniel Flynn, that is exactly what Gosar’s challenger Ray Strauss is trying to do.
Click HERE to read this excellent, informative, truthful article.Click here to read more
- August 2, 2016
- Itasca Small for LD25 Senate: Event Schedule
Itasca Small will be speaking at the AzRA (Arizona Republican Assembly) East Valley Chapter Meeting on Tuesday, August 2. The meeting is at the City of Mesa Fire Station 201, 360 E. 1st Street, Mesa. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and adjourns at 8:30 p.m.
Itasca will be at the Mesa Republican Women's Luncheon on August 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meeting is held at 1900 E. University Dr., Mesa, AZ 85213, Northwest corner of University Dr. and Gilbert Rd. Riviera Plaza.
Ms. Small has been invited to Marlene Hinton's home on Sunday, August 7. It is open to anyone who wants to come. Marlene typically invites a couple of candidates in each of the main races to come represent themselves and answer questions. Please call 480-205-5178 for the address.
For more information on Itasca Small, please read Itasca Small for Arizona Senate (LD25): DEFEAT Bob Worsley! also Bob Worsley's Anti-Parent Votes.Click here to read more
- August 2, 2016
- Itasca Small for Arizona Senate (LD25): DEFEAT Bob Worsley!
Itasca Small is an official write-in candidate running against Bob Worsley in LD25. Ms. Small is a long-time supporter and activist for Arizona's sovereign rights, local control over education, and stopping the Common Core machine. She is pro-Bill of Rights, Parental Rights, and Individual Liberty. She is against the misuse of tax dollars, including subsidizing corporate welfare and taxpayer-paid entitlement programs, such as ObamaCare (Medicaid Expansion). Her campaign slogan is "Liberty Begins in our Own Backyard! SMALL for small government!"
Itasca is not a passive observer of the Arizona Legislature; rather, she has spent hundreds of hours at our State Capitol as a citizen lobbyist, defending both our U.S. Constitution and Arizona Constitution, and.educating legislators on the proper role of government.
I have known and worked with Ms. Small on many occasions. She is unapologetically passionate about her convictions. Yet, she is always open, respectful, and gracious when responding to differing views. Her humility is refreshing. See her article titled Arizona Standards Committee Working on a Faulty Premise.
States Ms. Small, "I am not a natural speaker. But God gives me the words, and, in spite of my aversion to public speaking, live audiences are usually inspired by my message. I'm thankful that God helps me to do as well as I do."
If you want a candidate who will be faithful to her Oath of Office, please write in Itasca Small for Arizona Senate (LD25).
In this short video clip from a meeting in November, 2015, she spontaneously and passionately speaks to some issues relating to Common Core.Click here to read more
- July 28, 2016
- Bob Worsley's Anti-Parent Votes
You will find this statement on Legislative District 25 incumbent Senator Bob Worsley’s website: “Family has defined my life..” How nice…..for him and his family. But he has no respect for your family, or your fundamental liberty as a parent to “direct the upbringing, education, health care, and mental health of your children.” This God-given right is honored and upheld in the Arizona Constitution. See Arizona Revised Statutes 1-601 and 1-602 explicitly protect parental rights.
Please consider Official Write-In Candidate Itasca Small, NOT Bob Worsley.
Nobody--and no entity--has the right to insert themselves between you as a responsible, caring, and protective parent and your own child. Nobody!
They have voted against every attempt by true conservative legislators to return our K-12 educational system to Arizona, local school districts, and parents.
Worsley and his RINO gang have repeatedly voted against parental opt-out rights. They have repeatedly voted to retain the nationalized Common Core system, including its aligned curriculum, and whatever assessments (PARCC, AZMERIT) are aligned with them. (If you haven't educated yourself about the unvalidated, federal/corporate take-over of our local K-12 schools, I suggest you begin by spending 40 minutes watching BUILDING THE MACHINE - The Common Core Documentary. You will know more about CC than 90% of elected officials at both the state and federal levels. Also read The National Common Core Standards System. Also see articles listed below.)
Bob Worsley's voting record proves beyond a shadow of doubt that he is very comfortable with Big Government, Big Corporate, and Special Interest control over the education that every Arizona child receives beginning in Kindergarten through Grade 12.
He has helped defeat excellent bills that would have allowed Arizona, local school boards, and parents determine what's best for Arizona's students. These bills include:Click here to read more