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From the Washington Post:

By Diane Ravitch

A new Washington Post story by Lyndsey Layton about how Bill Gates’ funded the Common Core revolution is startling. His role and the role of the U.S. Department of Education in drafting and coercing almost every state to adopt the Common Core standards should be investigated by Congress.

The idea that the richest man in America can purchase and — working closely with the U.S. Department of Education — impose new and untested academic standards on the nation’s public schools is a national scandal. A congressional investigation is warranted. The close involvement of Education Secretary Arne Duncan raises questions about whether the federal government overstepped its legal role in public education. (emphasis added)

For the full article:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/06/09/ravitch-time-for-congress-to-investigate-bill-gates-role-in-common-core/

 

This paragraph, towards the end of the article, says it all:

The reality is that the most reliable predictors of test scores are family income and family education. Nearly one-quarter of America’s children live in poverty. The Common Core standards divert our attention from the root causes of low academic achievement.

 

The creation of the Federal Department of Education is one of the biggest travesties in the American history. The schools in the USA are run by the states. The Local Governments license their teachers, approve the curriculum programs and manage the school system including buildings equipment, transportation, and food. Every problem and every question a mother or a student has can be answered on a State level. The school system is funded by state income, sale and property taxes. Federal government just sprinkles billions of dollars on the top of the education pie to spice it up a bit.

The intrusion of the Federal government in education began when Jimmy Carter created the Department of Education as a separate cabinet seat. Ronald Reagan tried to close the new bureaucratic monstrosity, but was stopped by the democrats running the House.

There is absolutely no need for Federal Department of Education. The Feds are trying to duplicate the State Education Board’s functions and that is costing the tax-payers billions of dollars.

All presidents after Reagan kept the Education Department going. We thought George W Bush pushed our spending limits with his “No child left behind” nonsense. If we only knew what Barack Obama had in mind for the education?

The full story at: http://www.bigbureaucracy.com/?p=420

Duncan was quoted as replying: “It’s a fascinating one. I spent a lot of time in New Orleans, and this is a tough thing to say, but let me be really honest. I think the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans was Hurricane Katrina.

see article @ http://michellemalkin.com/2010/01/30/education-secretary-duncans-new-reform-proposal-hurricanes/

     I am not sure which one poses a greater danger– Kevin Jennings and his agenda to promote homosexuality, or Chai Feldblum who supported the concept of alternative marriages, which include “queer couples to queer couples” for the joint raising of children.

From Conservative.com:

EEOC Nominee Contested by Religious Conservatives

By Amanda Carpenter | Dec 15, 8:34 AM“Safe schools czar” Kevin Jennings isn’t the only Obama appointee getting an earful from religious conservatives.

 Gay rights activist Chai Feldblum’s nomination to become a commissioner on the five-person Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) board is also vehemently opposed by family-values groups.

Her nomination was passed out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee last week and is now headed for a full Senate vote. Groups such as the Traditional Values Coalition, Focus on the Family, Liberty Counsel and Concerned Women for America are questioning things Ms. Feldblum, who is openly gay, has said in recent years about the usefulness of marriage and the way religious freedom is, in her view, at odds with sexual freedom.

One of the religious advocates’ biggest complaints is Ms. Feldblum’s support of a 2006 petition for Beyond Marriage, a group that advocates expanding the definition of marriage. “Marriage is not the only worthy form of family or relationship, and it should not be legally and economically privileged above all others,” the petition said.

The petition demanded that the government start recognizing nontraditional families, including “queer couples who decide to jointly create and raise a child with another queer person or couple, in two households” and “committed, loving households in which there is more than one conjugal partner.”

The latter statement prompted widespread criticism, leading the education committee’s Democratic chairman to bring it up in a hearing.

For full article: http://theconservatives.com/2009/12/15/eeoc-nominee-contested-by-religious-conservatives.html

from Gateway Pundit:

In 2000 GLSEN held an anniversary conference. From the content of the workshops it was clear that the organization was not so much about tolerance as it was about teaching children about sex. This conference was fully supported by the Massachusetts Department of Education, the Safe Schools Program, the Governor’s Commission on Gay & Lesbian Youth, and some of the presenters even received federal money.

In this clip one of the activists asks 14 year olds, “Spit or swallow?… Is it rude?”

The clip is from a lecture by Scott Whiteman from Mass Resistance. Scott attended the GLSEN conference on March 25, 2000 undercover. He recorded this clip at the GLSEN Conference.
Here is the full exchange:

Male Teacher: … Spit versus swallowing – I don’t know about the calorie count of cum. All right. Is it rude? Let’s ask this question: Is it rude not to swallow?

Students: No! Oh, no! [Many “no’s” from the children.]

Male Teacher: No. So it’s in good bedroom etiquette … [unclear] to spit out?

You just heard a public employee ask 14-year-olds if it was rude to spit rather than swallow during oral sex. Kevin Jennings who ran GLSEN is now Barack Obama’s Safe Schools Czar.

for full link: http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2009/12/breaking-obamas-safe-schools-czars-question-to-14-year-olds-spit-vs-swallow-is-it-rude-audio-video/

The conference referenced above was privately funded, but employees of the Dept. of Education were the facilitators, and were paid by the State. This is a highly inappropriate use of tax dollars. If GLSEN receives any tax dollars for this agenda. Bullying, harassment, tolerance does not equate to the discussion of sexual acts with teenagers. This is why parents must take an active role in their child’s education.

     The tragic death of honor student Derrion Albert on the streets of Chicago this week has brought the teen violence of Chicago, and other places, to the front pages. While the President was voicably involved in the “racism” that occurred toward his friend, Prof. Gates, a few months ago, he has been noticeably quiet on the inner city violence that took this young man’s life.

     Derrion Albert was a bright young man, an honor student, with a promising future. From the cellphone videos of the attack, it appears that Derrion may have been attempting to be a good samaritan as he came upon a brawl. A huge piece of wood was the murder weapon here, and all but one of the suspects have been arrested.

      At Derrion’s funeral yesterday, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Louis Farrakhan were both in attendance. Both men extolled the need to address the violence amomg the nation’s youth.

      The White House has said that the Attorney General and the Secretary of Education will travel to Chicago to meet with school officials to discuss the issues. Surprisingly, the “Safe School” czar, Kevin Jennings, is not a part of the discussions.

      The death of Derrion Albert should be more than a teachable moment. It should bring out true and valuable discussions that could lead to solutions for this senseless situation. How does someone like Charles Payne or Juan Williams grow up in the same type of inner city situation and emerge as successful people? For his family, this should not be photo ops for our politicians, but a move toward addressing the problems that led to their loss.

     Even as state and local officials grapple with shrinking revenues, the White House is beginning, through the Department of Education, to pursue the concept of shortening the school summer vacations:

WASHINGTON – Students beware: The summer vacation you just enjoyed could be sharply curtailed if President Barack Obama gets his way.

Obama says American kids spend too little time in school, putting them at a disadvantage with other students around the globe.

“Now, I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas,” the president said earlier this year. “Not with Malia and Sasha, not in my family, and probably not in yours. But the challenges of a new century demand more time in the classroom.”

The president, who has a sixth-grader and a third-grader, wants schools to add time to classes, to stay open late and to let kids in on weekends so they have a safe place to go.

“Our school calendar is based upon the agrarian economy and not too many of our kids are working the fields today,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.

for the full article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090927/ap_on_re_us/us_more_school

     President Barack Obama has appointed Kevin Jennings to be the “Safe-School” czar. As a prt of the goals of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, one would assume that he has a complete section of staff dedictaed to the development and implementation of porgrams that would keep our children safe at school. Consider the rash of guns confiscated at schools in Miami Dade county, as well as the recent stabbing at one of their schools, the white high school student attacked by a group of black students on a bus (and it is not deemed a hate crime), and the number of recent revelations of female teachers having sex with their male students.

      But, alas, Obama feels that Duncan’s staff cannot do enough, so he appointed a “Safe School” czar, who, like most of the other special advisors, is not subject to the Senate’s confirmation process.

    If the safe School czar was subject to the confirmation process, one would hope that the Senators would be outraged at the behavior of Kevin Jennings as a teacher.  Jennings has a pro-gay agenda, and believes in promoting homosexuality acceptance in the schools. What hasn’t seen as much press is a violation of the law in his promotion of that agenda. A male teen student confided in Jennings that he was involved with an “older man” in a homosexual relationship, which at the least amounted to statutory rape. By law, Jennings was required to report this to the authorities, yet he chose not to do so.

From the Washington Times:

According to Mr. Jennings’ own description in a new audiotape discovered by Fox News, the 15-year-old boy met the “older man” in a “bus station bathroom” and was taken to the older man’s home that night. When some details about the case became public, Mr. Jennings threatened to sue another teacher who called his failure to report the statutory rape “unethical.” Mr. Jennings’ defenders asserted that there was no evidence that he was aware the student had sex with the older man.

However, the new audiotape contradicts this claim. In 2000, Mr. Jennings gave a talk to the Iowa chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, an advocacy group that promotes homosexuality in schools. On the tape, Mr. Jennings recollected that he told the student to make sure “to use a condom” when he was with the older man. That he actively encouraged the relationship is reinforced by Mr. Jennings’ own description in his 1994 book, “One Teacher in 10.” In that account, the teacher boasts how he allayed the student’s concerns about the relationship to such a degree that the 15-year-old “left my office with a smile on his face that I would see every time I saw him on the campus for the next two years, until he graduated.”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/sep/28/at-the-presidents-pleasure/?source=newsletter_opinion_headlines

     Is this appointment another example of how the vetting process in the Obama administration is incompetent, at the least, or completely arrogant to the role these appointments are playing in the establishment of policy in today’s society?  If Mr. Jennings could not comply with the laws in place to protect our youth from sexual predators, even encouraging an illegal and immoral relationship, how then can we PAY him and fund a staff for him to advise the President on programs to make our schools a safer place.

For more on Kevin Jennings:

http://beetlebabee.wordpress.com/2009/05/28/cri-parents-beware-glsen-founder-to-be-national-supervisor-for-school-safety/

      It looks like the Obamessiah is at his narcissistic best in his “back to school” speech for the children. Although there is nothing wrong with drawing comparisons to his personla experience. However, this is not a work of fiction, so for Obama to say he was raised by a single mother, often struggling to pay the bills is a great distortion of the truth. Just as it is a distortion of the truth when he mentons that he couldn’t attend the school in Indonesia that the Americans attended, considering he was at that point an Indonesian citizen per the records of the Indonesian schools, or that he fails to mention the great opportunity he was given being raised by his grandparents and graduating from an elite private school in Hawaii. Those items would not fit the message.

      Here is a link to Obama’s speech (not @ Whitehouse.gov ): http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/09/07/raw-data-obama-speech-american-school-children/

I don’t know who this is, but she sure dissected Obama’s speech perfectly.