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11. State Board of Education Ignores Governor, Parents, and Own Policy; Rubber Stamps Common Core for Another 7 Years

Members of the State Board of Education’s Arizona Standards Development Committee (ASDC) speak out.

"Preempting the Arizona Standards Development Committee (ASDC) that was about to conclude 18 months of work, on December 19 the State Board of Education (SBE) voted to impose Common Core standards on all Arizona schools---likely at a tremendous cost to the state's recent education gains!  

In 2010, the SBE adopted "Common Core" for Arizona schools. Parents and teachers soon started having difficulty learning and teaching them. 

Like many government mandates, Common Core benefited those who place profits above our children’s future.   Children who loved math started to hate math.  Children who loved writing started to hate writing.  Parents recognized a problem.  Sometimes, parents with engineering and math degrees couldn't help their children with basic arithmetic.  

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Tags: State Board of Education, Common Core, Education, Educational Malpractice
12. Charity Donation Ideas - 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, you have likely received many requests for donations.  There are many worthy charities and organizations, including your local church!  Gila Watch has some favorites for your consideration.

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Tags: Families, Constitution, Religious Freedom, Pro Life, Schools, Taxes, Bill of Rights, Education
13. Please Comment on Arizona's Existing Science Standards (2004) and Social Studies Standards (2005)

As you recall, public comments regarding Arizona’s 2016 Draft English/Language Arts and Math Standards ended October 3, 2016.  Thank you for commenting on them!

We now have the opportunity to comment on the existing Science Standards (2004) and Social Studies Standards (2005). The public survey to provide feedback on these existing standards will be available through December 3, 2016.

Click HERE for the direct link to the Science Standards (2004).

Click HERE for the direct link to the Social Studies Standards (2005).  

To provide feedback please visit Science and Social Studies Standards - Public Feedback.  According to the Arizona Department of Education, educators (K-12 and higher education) may apply to serve on a revision committee for each of the content areas. The application for committee members will remain open for the duration of the revision process.

 

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Tags: Common Core, Education, State Board of Education
14. Recommended Changes to 2016 AZ Draft English/Language Arts Standards K-5: Lisa Fink

The following recommendations were submitted by Ms. Lisa Fink to the Standards Review committee of the Arizona State Board of Education.  Ms. Fink is the mother of six children.  She also serves as Board president of Choice Academies, Inc.  Ms. Fink has provided an explanation for every standard that she recommends be removed. 

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Tags: Common Core, Education, State Board of Education
15. Recommended Modifications to 2016 AZ Draft English/Language Arts Standards: Richard W Hawkins

The following modifications were submitted by Richard W Hawkins, USAF, Lt Col (ret) to the Standards Review committee of the Arizona State Board of Education.

His recommendations included suggestions to modify:  1) Introduction of the 2016 Draft ELA Standards;  2) draft ELA Standardsand 3) Glossary of the 2016 Draft ELA Standards 

He also included the following papers/articles:  Develop the Skills for Finding Truth and Teach and Develop the Skills to use the Laws of Logic and Identify Logical Fallacies, in addition to a Religious Worldview Chart.  (Click HERE to access it.)    

(Please note that the Comment period closed on October 3, 2016.)

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Tags: Common Core, Education, State Board of Education
16. Developmentally Inappropriate Standards for K-3 Should be Removed

In spite of "over 200 teachers spending over 6,000 volunteer hours to complete a comprehensive revision on the standards," the 2016 Arizona Draft Standards have hardly been changed, especially for Kindergarten through Grade 3.  They are still Common Core.  They are still developmentally inappropriate.  You have until Oct. 3 to make a difference in a child's education!  Please click HERE to comment.  Or send an email to the Arizona State Board inbox at inbox@azsbe.az.gov.

Grades K-3 are critically important, because whatever is learned in these grades affects a child's success in every grade that follows.  

The English Language Arts and Math Executive Summaries indicate that the review Committees considered Clarity, Cognitive Demand, and Measurability. 

Why didn’t they ask this question?   “Is the standard developmentally appropriate? 

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Tags: Common Core, Education, Educational Malpractice, State Board of Education
17. 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 anitalchristy@gmail.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. 

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Tags: Common Core, State Board of Education, Education, Educational Malpractice
18. 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.

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Tags: Arizona Legislature, Republicans, Election, Education
19. Does John McCain Care More About Dead Boxers than Kids?

Some senators/presidential candidates weren't fooled by the majority opinion that the ESSA (S1177 Every Student Succeeds Act) returns educational decisions to local school districts and the states.    Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul voted NAY for cloture on 12/8/2015.  Paul again voted NAY to the bill on 12/9/2015.  Senator Jeff Flake flip-flopped, initially voting YEA on Tuesday, and NAY on Wednesday.  

Senator Cruz stated:  The bill "continues to propagate the large and ever-growing role of the federal government in our education system---the same federal government that sold us failed top-down standards like Common Core."  

Senator Paul stated:  "While the Senate bill goes a long way to remove federal mandates, it also continues a large federal intrusion into education, therefore I will oppose it."  

Senator John McCain voted YEA both days.  Maybe it was because he finally, after 10 years of trying, got his special wish.  

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Tags: Common Core, Education
20. Arizona Senator Sylvia Allen to Speak at Payson TEA Meeting

AZ LD6 Senator Sylvia Allen is the featured speaker tonight, Thursday, December 10,  at Tiny's Restaurant, 600 East Highway 260, Payson.  This is a meeting of the Payson Tea Party, from 6:00 pm -7:45 pm.  The public is encouraged to attend.  Senator Allen will discuss energy, land, and education issues.  There will be time for questions and answers.

Also, Senator Allen recently spoke before the Democratic Women of Rim Country Club meeting on Tuesday, December 8,  “...to participate in a dialogue discussing political differences and looking for areas where we might work together.”

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Tags: Energy, Education, Environmentalists

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