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Alex Newman: Study: Common Core Had “Significant Negative Effect” on Students

by Alex Newman

A barely noticed study on the Obama-backed Common Core scheme revealed that the controversial national “education” standards caused a “significant” decline in student achievement.

Basically, if the Common Core scheme had never existed, students would have been much better off, according to researchers at the federally funded Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction and Learning (C-SAIL).

Results show that student performance declined in both reading and math as a result of Common Core, the researchers noted.

“Contrary to our expectation, we found that [Common Core] had significant negative effects on 4th graders’ reading achievement during the 7 years after the adoption of the new standards,” the study found.

Indeed, Common Core is packed with quackery such as the “sight-word” method that was first exposed as a dangerous failure over 150 years ago when it was tried in Boston. Even contributors to the Common Core reading section are blowing the whistle!

The controversial standards also “had a significant negative effect on 8th graders’ math achievement 7 years after adoption based on analyses of [National Assessment of Educational Progress] composite scores,” according to the analysis.

Researchers were surprised a how bad it was. Mengli Song, one of the authors of the study, noted that it is getting worse, too. “It’s rather unexpected,” Song explained. “The magnitude of the negative effects [of Common Core] tend to increase over time. That’s a little troubling.”

The results, which come after the politically toxic scheme has infested everything to do with education, confirm once again that the critics have been right all along.

The only two subject matter experts on the Common Core Validation Committee tried to warn Americans about it, too. Some of it was even based on incorrect math!

Common Core has been a total disaster for education, as FreedomProject Academy and FreedomProject Media have been warning consistently since the scheme was established. But of course, the disaster began long before Common Core.

And despite false statements from U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Common Core is more firmly entrenched today than it was in the final year of the Barack Obama administration.

The Takeaway

As Ronald Reagan’s National Commission on Excellence in Education warned in 1983, the disaster in public “education” literally threatens the future of America as a nation and a people.

It is time for the fraudulent “education” system to be exposed and replaced with real education before even more children are irreparably harmed — and the nation itself is destroyed.


Alex Newman is a correspondent for The New American, covering economics, education, politics, and more. He can be reached at anewman@thenewamerican.com. Follow him on Twitter @ALEXNEWMAN_JOU or on Facebook

Kathleen Marquardt: THE DEFINITION OF “IS”

Kathleen Marquardt: THE DEFINITION OF “IS” – “I do not want to believe that Trump is just using blue smoke and mirrors…”

by Kathleen Marquardt

No, this has nothing (or very little) to do with Bill Clinton. My question is, ‘Is President Trump’ for or against Sustainable Development? He and his cabinet give mixed signals. Yes, Trump has done more positive things than any president in the last decade, that I can remember, anyway. But then there is this:

Oh, boy! Here we go. Actually, Zinke needs to go.

I emphasized the text in bold to indicate the usual farce of Agenda21/2030 that is going to be the destruction of Western Culture. Keep in mind that the usual disclaimer for A21/2030 is “strictly advisory” and “soft-law”, horse pocky! This piece brags that the Department of Interior will be blanketing all public lands with public/private partnerships, as if this is a good thing. They are painting with words so pretty to make you think Interior is the most patriotic of all departments, while what they are doing is so insidiously evil the devil will celebrate them if they pull this off. Zinke calls it Made in America, but instead it is the unmaking of America, the tearing apart of the Constitution. PPPs help SD destroy property rights – the bedrock of freedom.

As Tom describes PPPs in the link below this one: “It is little understood by the general public how Public/Private Partnerships are actually used, not as a way to diminish the size of government, but in fact, to increase government’s power. In truth, many PPPs are nothing more than government-sanctioned monopolies. These privileged few businesses are granted special favors like tax breaks, free use of eminent domain, non-compete clauses in government contracts, and specific guarantees of return on their investments. That means the companies, in partnership with the government, can fix their prices, charging beyond what the market demands. They can use their relationship with government to put competition out of business. This is not free enterprise, nor is it government controlled by the people.”

In other words, PPPs are fascism in disguise. And, hopefully, America has seen enough of Sustainable Development in any form – Public/Private/Partnerships, carbon footprints, Common Core, social justice, you name it. Let’s tell Zinke that we just say, NO to calling an Agenda 21/2030 scheme “Made in America” as if it were baseball or apple pie, instead of the anti-American pile of horse-pocky that it is.

Secretary Zinke announces Creation of the “Made in America” Recreation Advisory Committee

“ Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the establishment of the “Made in America” Recreation Advisory Committee. The Committee will advise the Secretary of the Interior on public-private partnerships across all public lands, with the goal of expanding access to and improving infrastructure on public lands and waterways.

The duties of the Committee are strictly advisory and will consist of, but not be limited to, providing recommendations including:

Policies and programs that:

  • Expand and improve visitor infrastructure developed through public-private partnerships;
  • Implement sustainable operations embracing fair, efficient and convenient fee collection and strategic use of the collected fees;
  • Improve interpretation using technology;
  • Create better tools and/or opportunities for Americans to discover their lands and waters.”

For more information on public/private partnerships

Which will also lead you to a 3-part primer on PPPs.

After reading the above, one must question whose idea was this?

THE BIGGER PICTURE HIDDEN IN TRUMP’S CUTS TO CLINTON AND OBAMA LAND GRABS

Following up on an April executive order to have Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke review 27 “National Monuments,” Trump on Monday signed an order to cut back the Dec. 2016 Obama-created Bears Ears National Monument in Utah by eight percent (1.35 million acres to 201,876 acres). He also signed an order to cut the 1996 Clinton-created Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument – also in Utah — by nearly 50 percent (1.7 million to 1 million). The remainder of Clinton’s giant plaything will be broken into three separate areas: Grand Staircase National Monument, Kaiparowits National Monument, and Escalante Canyons National Monument.”

All of that leads to something I have been pondering.

Trump has done quite a few things to undo onerous regs and executive orders put in place by Obama, Clinton and Bush. Just today I read in The New American, “One of the very first actions of my administration was to impose at two-for-one rule on new federal regulations. We ordered that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated … as a result, the never-ending growth of red tape in America has come to a sudden screeching and beautiful halt….

Within our first 11 months, we cancelled or delayed over 1,500 planned regulatory actions — more than any previous President by far….

And instead of eliminating two old regulations, for everyone new regulation we have eliminated 22 — 22. That’s a big difference. We aimed for two-for-one and, in 2017, we hit twenty-two-for one.”

Woohoo. That is wonderful. A great start. But . . .. But there is a gaping hole. Nothing has been done to stop the onslaught of Sustainable Development (SD) on property rights and the indoctrination of our children in the schools.

Betsy DeVos, the queen of Common Core is Secretary of Education. Our children are being brainwashed, dumbed-down, and turned into useful idiots, at best. Common Core is still going strong, our children are learning the five pillars of Islam, and there isn’t a single right from the Bill of Rights taught in the classrooms.

AFFH, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing is still alive and destroying property rights through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. People’s life savings and very lives are being destroyed by this as well as neighborhoods are being uprooted, whole classes of people are being dumped in neighborhoods not of their choosing just because of their race or their financial status. What most people do not understand is that AFFH is being embedded into every town, city, county and state the same way Sustainable Development was. When, like SD, AFFH has been put in place everywhere in this country, the name Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing will be dropped (just like SD), and AFFH will be an unnamed cancer eating away at our lives.

Also thanks to Sustainable Development, cities and counties are notifying their residents that they cannot even maintain their properties without getting permission from the planning commissions and abiding by the International Building Codes. Our codes, the best in the world, no longer are acceptable – because every city, county, berg, state in the world must now obey the same standards and rules; it is far easier for the global elite to control us that way.

Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, who loves Asset Forfeiture, is still the AG and is not reining in Asset Forfeiture. He has finally ordered an examination of the Bundy case, but should it have taken him the outrageous infractions exposed by the whistleblower to see there was malfeasance going on there?

There is a lot more, but I think the above shows that, unless things are in the works and will be unveiled soon, we might need to start putting pressure on Trump to do what he said he would do. A lot of the ‘Deplorables’ promised to keep his feet to the fire if he didn’t do the job he promised. If President Trump is to eliminate 20,000 more regulations, if they aren’t to stop Sustainable Development, they will be useless.

I do not want to believe that Trump is just using blue smoke and mirrors to keep us mollified by making all these other good moves while Sustainable Development continues on with no slow down, destroying the greatest country every built. And I am not exaggerating! Sustainable Development should be the first focus for the President right now. We are so close to the tipping point; in fact, we could already be there.

APC: https://americanpolicy.org/2018/01/16/the-definition-of-is/

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Jesse Lee Peterson: The left only knows how to destroy

The Left Only Knows How to Destroy Madonna told people at the Women’s March on Washington that she has “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.”

by Jesse Lee Peterson

Sedition: The crime of saying, writing, or doing something that encourages people to disobey their government – Merriam-Webster

Leftists’ hatred for conservatives is nothing new, but they’ve seriously ramped up their violent protests since the election of President Donald Trump. What’s setting them off?

The left hates God, and it hates real men who display Godly authority. For leftist males, the contrast between President Trump’s strength and their weakness is just too painful. For leftist females, the president represents the masculine force that limits their irrational excesses, such as their hell-bent desire to kill unborn children.

Though they deflect by calling the president a liar, leftist males and females are really angry because Mr. Trump is fulfilling his campaign promises to restore order.

Due to their seething hatred for all that is good, most leftists do not have the creative energy to actually build things; they only have enough power to tear down what is good. This is why Barack Obama was so successful in undoing the U.S. health care system, nearly collapsing the U.S. economy, weakening the military, and breaking down trust between police and citizens. Obama and the Democrats in Congress continue to encourage the rage against Donald Trump that is boiling over into violent protests, boycotts and death threats.

Recently, anti-Trump mobs blocked airports over the president’s travel ban. Protesters destroyed property and attacked Trump supporters at U.C. Berkley. Disturbed rapper Eminem just released a rap about raping and killing my friend, Ann Coulter, for her conservative views. Madonna told people at the Women’s March on Washington that she has “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.” Deranged Democrat “activists” tried to assault new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Left-wing groups also bullied retail giants Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sears, Kmart and T.J. Maxx into pulling Ivanka Trump’s brand from their stores.

What’s happening now clearly shows just how far gone America actually was when President Trump took office. The left had a stranglehold over America, and we were on the verge of losing our country. Over the past eight years, they were aggressively implementing their socialist agenda and laying the groundwork to, as Obama promised, “Fundamentally transform America.” Now that their hold on power is threatened and their destructive agendas are being rolled back, they’re freaking out and being exposed for the nasty people they are!

According to a German study, 92 percent of left-wing protesters arrested on suspicion of politically fueled offences in Berlin are young men who live with their parents. I’m sure this is true with most of the left-wing anti-Trump “activists” in the U.S.

Order Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson’s book, “The Antidote: Healing America from the Poison of Hate, Blame, and Victimhood.”

Leftists are heirs to the violent revolutionaries of history – the Russian and Chinese communists, the brown shirts in Nazi Germany and others come to mind. We know what happens when “idealistic” young agitators “resist” in the wrong way against the existing law and order, and tear it down with the false promise of building a utopia—millions die.

Yet, there are major organizations promoting this growing unrest and violence against a duly elected administration, and Barack Obama is at the center of it. Obama is setting up shop just a couple of miles from the White House to organize these left-wing malcontents in an attempt to salvage his own legacy (ego) and derail President Trump’s agenda.

Obama has mobilized an army of 30,000 agitators who will fight every step of Trump’s presidency through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action, the New York Post reported. According to the Post, sources said Obama commanded the recent widespread anti-Trump riots across U.S. cities. These anarchists jammed airports to protest President Trump’s travel ban. Obama even tweets from OFA’s official account, insiders said. If true, this is sedition, pure and simple, and Obama should be identified as an enemy of the American people.

The left is trying to copy the success of the tea-party movement by organizing at the grass roots. The “Indivisible Guide: A Practical Guide to Resisting A Trump Agenda” is a website with downloadable files containing action points that teach supporters how to effectively lobby and disrupt to get results.

Their comrades are turning out by the thousands to shout down Republican members of Congress at town halls. Left-wing activists recently showed up at Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s town hall in Utah and demanded that that he investigate Donald Trump and save Obamacare. They repeatedly shouted down Chaffetz. Chaffetz was an anti-Trump voice throughout the presidential campaign, which likely explains the lack of Republican support at his event.

The evil on the left has been growing relatively quietly for years, and now that its power is being threatened, it’s rearing its ugly head. Americans are fortunate to be able to see this evil and violent enemy – emboldened and encouraged by Obama and the Democratic Party – before it grows too powerful. Now that we plainly see the malevolence of the left, we need to rally around President Trump’s America-first agenda, so we can finally cut the head off of this vicious monster before it destroys everything.

WND: http://www.wnd.com/2017/02/the-left-only-knows-how-to-destroy/#wLkkSD9iAF0OEQsA.99

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