Teacher resigns after 25 years because of a new ‘disturbing era’ in public schools

A remarkable story on TheBlaze this morning demonstrates just how out-of-control the American education has become. Susan Sluyter has been a teacher in Cambridge Public School District in Massachusetts for more than two decades, and one can imagine that she’s seen her fair share of change over the years. But the more recent shift in education requirements was so dramatic, Sluyter made the decision to resign last month. She outlined her concerns in letter that has since been made public.

“In this disturbing era of testing and data collection in the public schools, I have seen my career transformed into a job that no longer fits my understanding of how children learn and what a teacher ought to do in the classroom to build a healthy, safe, developmentally appropriate environment for learning for each of our children,” Sluyter wrote in February her resignation letter.

The kindergarten and pre-K teacher said she’s watched her job requirements “[swing] away from a focus on the children, their individual learning styles, emotional needs, and their individual families, interests and strengths to a focus on testing, assessing, and scoring young children, thereby ramping up the academic demands and pressures on them.”

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“You know, I’ve never seen anything like this before in my lifetime. I’ve never seen teachers do this. And this isn’t the first resignation letter we have seen,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “This is not the first teacher who has said, ‘I’m running out of this because this is a building on fire. And everybody better wake up.’ I mean it’s remarkable to me that in almost everything the government has its hands on, that is happening.”

In an interview with the Washington Post’s education reporter Valerie Strauss, Sluyter explained that she resigned with a “broken heart.” Furthermore, she traced many of the changes she is so frustrated with to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

“Over the years I’ve seen this climate of data fascination seep into our schools and slowly change the ability for educators to teach creatively and respond to children’s social and emotional needs,” Sluyter wrote to the Post. “We are now expected to build in more math instruction time each day, with ‘math blocks’ to mirror our ‘literacy blocks.’ This is kindergarten and pre-K. These are 4-, 5- and 6-year-olds. Children this age do not learn well though blocks of single subject academics.”

Sluyter believes the new standards are leading children to “feel incompetent and frustrated,” and Glenn believes this is the first step in a larger progressive scheme.

“If you want to control [children], you break their spirit. And that’s exactly what’s happening,” Glenn concluded. “Once you do that, once you break the spirit of a child, then they’re just slaves to whatever it is you want them to do. This isn’t healthy. This is not good… Where are people? Where are people on this?”

  • landofaahs

    Relief is only a homeschool away.

    • Karen Anderson


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    • Anonymous

      Obama and holder will deport ya!

    • Anonymous

      Home schooling is only successful when the parents are intelligent. Wake up – over half the parents in this country aren’t qualified at all; they’re imbeciles incapable of doing math, constructing a grammatically correct sentence, or teaching science and history. 70% of the people in Detroit are so illiterate, they are unable to look at their driver’s license and determine whether or not it has expired. And if you really want proof of how stupid the parents are in this nation, simply look at who they voted for!

      • Lkj Slain

        Homeschooling works fine. 😛 The children are required (in most states) to go classes a few times a week to understand things the parents can’t do, and to turn in work that was given. They’ll be fine.

        • Bob Clarke

          I have worked with homeschooling, Christian and public schools, the most important factor in any program is the home or family. Many students in public schools do poorly because of a lack of parents valuing education.

          Education is like an aquarium.
          Administration = Tank
          Parents = Water
          Children = Fish
          Teachers = Food

          A lot of problems in education are with the water. (Home) and we keep trying to fix the food (teacher) when the water is the problem.

      • Jesse Murphy

        Wonder why this could be?? Maybe the education system should focus on encouraging students for what they are capable of instead of constantly proving what they are not capable of…!!!!

      • Anonymous

        The parents who voted for Barack Obama are the ones who think public school is just great. The deficiencies parents have now occurred because they were public school educated. The good news – if they want to, they can learn right along with their children and they all will be great. …furthermore, if you want to look at a group who really have a low bar, try public school and university faculty.

        • Anathema Device

          One guess as to who put the No Child Left Behind Act in action (you know, the Act that the teacher cited as her reason that education in this country is on a downward spiral)? Hint… it wasn’t Obama. I got news for you, as a parent who voted for Obama, I’m not necessarily happy with the change in public school, but I also know who to point fingers at (as if that actually does any good).

          The fact is, parents are going to need to take a more active role in the education of their children (I personally think they should be doing that regardless of public education standards) in order to ensure that they’re as well-educated and well rounded as we want them to be. It’s really no one else’s job but ours. Teachers can only do so much, the rest is up to us.

          • Peter Carey

            Bush may have started no child let behind but the real garbage hit the fan in the last year when the liberal commie YOU voted for forced states to implement the common core bullshit.

          • Nonjudgmental

            It’s true. NCLB is nothing compared to Common Core and Race to the Top.

          • Anathema Device

            Really? Can you not disagree with something without having to sling mud and call names? Makes it pretty difficult to take anything you say seriously.

          • Anonymous

            I lean to Conservative, but at this point I don’t think there is much difference in the body of both parties. Notice, regardless which party is in control, one Pres sets up ‘ this’ and the next Pres makes it worse. Each Pres for years have been leading us to where we are now. The people in power on both sides all belong to a “club” that has secret meetings and it appears that behind the signs, they are mostly buddies. Look how friendly Bush Sr and Clinton are. I think they (both sides) are just continuing the fallacy that we are still free and that we have control. Same thing happened in Rome. The people lost all their rights, but didn’t realize it for years because those in control did it slowly. Kind of like boiling a lobster. The people didn’t know what happened until it was too late

          • Notateachernow

            Totally agree. The push towards standardized testing (AKA accountability) started with NCLB and was increases with Race to the top. Common core was developed by some state Governors, not by the Fed. govnt. but they have backed it and pressured states to adopt it without and research or evidence that it will improve outcomes for kids. Big Corps. also back common core, it is a handy way to can education so that large publishing companies like Pearson can make bank in public education money. The good news is, despite Becks assertion that this is liberal scheme to make a bunch of non thinkers, there is fierce opposition on both the left and the right to this corporate take over of education.

          • http://hankrutland.mynikken.net. Fior Gael

            I don’t see what you see there. The presidents are pushing for what their party wants to accomplish, to blame “Slick Willy” as he was called in Arkansas, for the surplus he inherited as a result of Ronald Regan’s economic program, or the housing collapse because banks were advised to make unsafe loans (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) to get more people into houses, is nonsense. The congress pushes this stuff for their perceived constituencies’ benefits or for “the common good”, then then when it goes wrong, they blame the president. Wasn’t NCLB a bi partisan work? Didn’t leftist progressive Ted Kennedy have a lot of work done on that legislation? Didn’t Ted Kennedy champion federal health care like what was foisted on us by the current Leftist Progressives? It is such a mess.

          • mad man marc

            With the amount of kids growing up FATHERLESS, and most statistics proving this social decline is the real reason for educational decline, it makes sense to me that until we address that problem, academics will not rebound!

          • Anathema Device

            More condoms? Keep abortion legal? What’s the solution?

          • Bob Clarke

            We need morals, and the source of morality is in the churches and obedience to the principles God gave man. America needs to return to the Lord. It happened in the OT, it happened many times through times of repentance ( ouch, oooh, a tough word) and prayer and fasting. That sounds strange today, but it is what helped Kings in the OT. Solomon, Hezekiah, and others repented of evil and turned their nation around temporarily.

          • Resa Forseth Wagner-Pittman

            I have a little different take on that. When we as a nation, make welfare easy to get, then we take charitiable giving away from the neighborhoods that most need it. It used to be the poor and hungry went to churches and soup kitchens not just for food, but to be part of their communities. They were able to network and make friends and have a safe place to be. Charity, while having it’s negative aspects of embarrassement, was REAL charity, and concerned not just the hunger of the body, but the hunger of the soul, the needs for friendship and kindness. Getting a check in the mail or having funds dumped onto a credit card totally takes the human element out of helping the needy.

          • Resa Forseth Wagner-Pittman

            Poverty as a result of being fatherless is probably the number one problem facing the bulk of school kids today.

          • http://stepsinfaithhomeschool.blogspot.com/ mimi

            I disagree with that. I grew up with a father in the home and we lived in poverty all of my life, not as bad as some but much worse than others. It did not hinder my education in anyway and I grew up just fine, worked my whole life and taught my children to work for what they want and to make decisions based on real information and research for themselves, never taking anyones word for anything. Make decisions based on what they think and think they must and being a single mother to them did not affect their education either. My son was and is extremely intelligent and my daughter while not choosing to study as she should has seen the error of her ways and is now and has always been a hard worker and works her way up to where she needs to be. She has been promoted 3 times in the last 2 years, had 3 raises and is now in line for management, something no one else in that company has done that anyone knows of ever. So obviously her education and ethics did not take a hit because of having a slack ass father who was never there. Check the real statistics and you will find that poverty only affects children when the parents are not trying to do anything about anything in their life,

          • Sherry Williams

            Bush was forced to sign the legislation…who authored? Check it out…another libtard, Teddy Kennedy!

          • Anathema Device

            Explain to me how a sitting president is “forced” to sign legislation?

          • Bob Clarke

            Unlike many states the President does not have a line item veto. The President therefor gets many bills with a whole bunch of garbage thrown in, and he does not get to pick and choose.

          • melmc13

            Though I voted for President Bush and I dislike NCLB, he did propose it, but the House and Senate took off with it. Bush did have an influence. (Supporters of Presidents Obama and Clinton never seem able to find anything wrong with what they do or anything right with what any Republican does. I, on the other hand, admit when someone I don’t agree with is right and fuss a LOT when the person I support does stupid things.)

          • One of them too

            Ted Kennedy strong-armed Bush into signing nclb? That’s a creativev view!

          • Anonymous

            Just because NCLB sucked doesn’t make current stuff good.

          • Anathema Device

            I wasn’t implying that it was. I don’t think I’m a fan of CC based on what I’ve experienced thus far. The truth is,I’m actually trying to determine exactly what I think about it. I just really despise when people use political affiliation to decide what they “like” or “don’t like”.

          • Resa Forseth Wagner-Pittman

            I do think it is necessary to take in context where CC is coming from. When you have a man like Arne Duncan who is the head of the Department of Education, say things like “….white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were, and that’s pretty scary,” clearly shows how out of touch he is with how schools work and how they have been working well before he ever took his post. His attitude absolutely smacks of a man whose opinion is that it wasn’t being done right until he came along.

            The other thing about CC that the Dept of Ed is touting, is the idea that we have to compete “globally.” Really? Haven’t we BEEN doing that? What is it about CC that will suddenly make it so we compete “better?” And last I looked, the problems we have had “competing” haven’t been because our kids were too dumb, but because our leaders were/are….despite the President’s degree from Haarvard.

          • Randy Gacke

            I’m not a huge Bush fan but No Child Left Behind and Common Core are apples and oranges. I don’t approve of either and think our public education system should be left to the states and not the federal government.

          • Anathema Device

            My question with leaving education to the individual state is: does it not put children who move from one state to another at a disadvantage not to have some nationwide teaching standards?

            This is only my first year having a child in the public education system, so I’m still trying to figure out whether I feel Common Core really is a good thing or a bad thing. I tend to think that having nation wide standards is a good thing, but to eradicate critical thinking and recess really bothers me. What do you see as the primary differences between NCLB and CC? And why do you feel one is better (or worse) than the other? I’m really trying to understand what the changes before I condemn anything (and it irritates me to no end when people decide they don’t like something just because someone on the opposite political spectrum does).

          • Marilyn Zeman

            Great idea and concept having kids all on the same level if they move from school to school, but I think that was just a story liberals in education unions used to sell it. When schools are teaching the Second Amendment as it is legal to own a gun as long as it is registered. That is nowhere in the constitution. A lot of stuff in common core that seems to be just another way to control and they are starting that with the young children. Just my opinion after doing reading and research.

          • americaalways

            I heard an 11th-grade boy speak on a call-in tonight, stating just this thing – that the Constitution is taught with lines removed and liberal interpretations stated as constitutional fact, when, in fact, the Constitution has been usurped and rewritten by the liberal education system. You know, the reason for schools was to educate children to be intelligent, productive, good citizens of the country. Certainly not what they are hearing today.

          • Anonymous

            Common Core is to graduate little robots with all the same mind set. It is indoctrination not education. Bill Gates had an interview last week were he explained why big business is investing huge amounts in CC. He said it was to help to get new customers wanting the same things. That was, like his company, will only have to produce a few things because everyone will want just those things. Basically he said they are brainwashing the kids to all want the same things, so they can cut production costs and still make a killing. I knew CC was to dumb down our kids, but make little consumers out of them, never occurred to me.

          • Resa Forseth Wagner-Pittman

            Well, and really, who can argue with the concept of a seamless transition in such a circumstance. Sounds good, right?.

            Part of the problem, however, is that school is not just about the learning to a student who has to move from place to place. There are elements involved in the school enviroment and in the home enviroment that Common Core does not address as being significant enough to affect the learing of a child. While I don’t think it’s the place of ANY cirriculumn system to affectively address it, CC doesn’t even allow for flexibility to acknowlege that.

            CC addresses the quantifiable, without addressing how the unquanitfiable significantly influences what should be quantifiable. It doesn’t address poverty, wealth, unemployment, social inequality….etc. Not that it should, but by being so rigid, it clearly DOES NOT take these things into consideration as to their power on affecting learning.

          • Anathema Device

            I don’t get it – why is this all being tagged as a “liberal” agenda? Is it just because we’re on Glenn Beck’s site or what? Do conservatives not think that aligning expectations nationwide is a good thing?

            I have not heard of any school teaching that the Second Amendment only applies to registered firearms, although, is there a reason we would want people to own UN registered firearms??

          • americaalways

            I cannot really speak for No Child Left Behind, and have a lot of information as to why Common Core is a horrible thing to foist on our children. But the thing that bothers me is the question about leaving education to the individual states. The Constitutional specifically forbids the federal government to be involved with education, in that it was not one of the powers delegated to the federal government by the States, and as such belongs to the states and not to the federal government. And even if it weren’t unconstitutional, what do you really see that the government manages that can’t be done better by almost anybody else! The federal government is so botched up, inefficient, and power hungry that the last place I want them to be is in our public schools. The States have the sovereign right to govern themselves individually (each “state” is a State, as in country), except for the few powers that were delegated to the government BY the States. Would you expect to live in Germany and move to France and have the same educational system in place? Yet would you think that all of Europe would want a common educational system, no matter what country you live in? That is the beauty of the United States. We are united in a common union, yet we are each totally individual and should be making our own laws, other than those powers delegated to the federal government, which are few and defined. We are living under a slew of unconstitutional laws and mandates, and it is time for the States to take back the powers which have been stolen from them. They have the right; the powers belong to them, not the federal government.

          • Anathema Device

            Thank you for this reply. I understand what you’re saying. I think a lot of us view the U.S. as one country and that because of that laws / regulations would be the same everywhere. But, what you say makes sense, it’s just unfortunate that the disparity can be so big between one state and the next. For instance, I went to high school in Arizona, and when I moved to California, I had already learned much of what I was being taught. As a kid it was somewhat frustrating to repeat material, but I can appreciate wanting to keep your state’s rights.

          • Brandy Miller

            No child left behind was a great idea that was poorly implemented because it was implemented by people with no practical educational experience. Using a single test to gauge the proficiency of a teacher and the knowledge of a student is like using a single snapshot to determine what the family life is like. Snapshots can be very deceptive and leave a lot of important details out. If it had been implemented the way it ought to have been implemented, IMHO, you would have tested the student at the beginning of the year to set a baseline and then at the end of the year to determine how much progress the individual student made year over year. You then average the amount of progress of students in the classroom to determine the teacher’s performance. If all students made significant progress that year, you know the teacher was doing her job even if she didn’t reach the bar the state hoped the students would achieve. She may just have inherited a class whose previous teacher wasn’t doing the job she was supposed to do. If, however, you see either no progress at all or regression of ability, you know to look closely at that teacher and see what’s going wrong. It can be done, but not like it’s being done right now. Common core sounds good on the surface – make sure all students get educated in the same areas at the same grades – but the reality of it is that its being used as a means of pushing a liberal agenda down the throats of communities who are opposed to those things.

          • Resa Forseth Wagner-Pittman

            NCLB posed special problems for rural schools in particular. One thing it required was that a teacher with a degreein English, teaches English and a teacher with a degree in Math, teaches Math and so forth. That might work well in large school districts that get lots of applications from people to fill those positions and have the money to pay them, however, in a rural school, a teacher who can teach all subjects well is the most ideal and most cost effective.

            The problem with national standards and national requirements that come out of Washignton DC, is that they can in no way be applicable to all students in the country.

            Dwight Eisenhower pointed out that “farming is easy when your pencil is a plow and the corn field is 1,000 miles away.” The same is true for the brain child of national intereference in education. We get these bright ideas from the cradle of our government without their understanding the reality of it on the ground.

            My biggest issue with Common Core is that it was created with no input from expert educators, parents, and it was never tested in a classroom setting before being implemented, so there is little to no data in regard to the overall success of these benchmarks. Further, there IS a lot of big business, big money behind it and they are posed to begin a huge marketing campaign to sell the idea of Common Core to the public. That worries me a lot. If big business is going to start advertising the merits of this standard, then it means they have considerable investment in it…..and that is not how education is supposed to be.

          • Bob Clarke

            We should all be pretty much on the same page, and there should not be a big difference between states. That is the surface of Common Core, and that makes sense. Common Core though is deceptive. It is a Trojan Horse. It is not about leveling the playing field, it is also about insidious incursions into the family as well.

          • Resa Forseth Wagner-Pittman

            Well, and there is so much about “leveling the playing field” that does not help weak students attain more and do more, but discourages stronger students from excelling. That seems to be the continuous theme with this present Administration.

          • ab

            Problem is that the Federal Government has NO Constitutional authority regarding education. The Constitution gives that completely to the states. (Kind of makes you wonder if the US Dept. of Education is even legal.) But this is just one more case of (especially) the current and recent past administrations grossly overstepping and ignoring the rights given to US citizens and states by the US Constitution. And (just for the record) I have been teaching for twelve years. The more the government dabbles in the schools the worse they get!

          • Anathema Device

            I was actually really interested to read that Iowa (I think) was the first state to decline to accept CC standards. I think this whole thing will be very interesting to watch play out. I’m just sad that my child will be one of the guinea pigs. But, that just means that I need to step up my job as a parent and supplement her education at home.

          • rockhillcowboy

            Have you already forgotten that originally education was left up to the states?

          • Jeff Bowles

            No, it wasn’t. In this country, the notion of public education was not something that was around in 1776. It was around the 1830’s that we started going in that direction.

          • Resa Forseth Wagner-Pittman

            I hear what you are saying regarding the goal of having common standards across the board and from state to state. That sounds good and makes sense. However, a lot of that already exisited before the buzz phrase of “common core.”

            I have been sending kids to school since 1993 and will continue for the next 13 or 14 years ( My oldest is 26, my youngest is 3) I have run the gamut of fad educaton systems over the years, Goals 2000, No Child Left Behind, and now Common Core. I’ve had a unique view of them as my mother has worked as a clerk of rural schools for nearly 30 years and my cousin was our county superintendent of schools for about a decade.

            It’s somewhat difficult to point to a specific problem with CC in regard to how it’s working. That is because CC was implemented without the input of expert educators and without being testing at all in a classroom setting, so the data for its success or failure is presently nill.

          • Susie

            Given the fact that our Constitution states that education is to be left to the individual states, it doesn’t really matter how any of us “feel” about it. Depending on where you live, you may feel very differently about government schools in a few years.

          • NorthernMama

            Hopefully this expert analysis on the problems with Common Core helps begin to answer your questions:

            *Part 2 of the series here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-2iXW8JD0g&list=UUxPr4y_MBrcdji_ockXjuPAv=_-2iXW8JD0g&list=UUxPr4y_MBrcdji_ockXjuPA

          • B-Sizzle

            Depends on who explains common core. But no, it’s not a good thing from an overall perspective. Teaching it currently, their are good concepts in it, but most of the other standardized crap is garbage. In High School, there is no such thing as Algebra 1, Geometry or Algebra 2 because of Common Core. Keep that in mind.

          • Elizabeth Love

            The probem is what it does to a childs motivation to learn when they spend their life being tested, and left to feel inadequate if they are found not up to par. Tests should be performed only to assess what their needs are and how to help them. While so many of these programs say that is what their goal is, it proves either inadequate, or to be a false goal.
            The truth is that children WANT to learn. They come in to this world curious, and anxious to make sense out of it, and to understand it. Think of a child with all their questions “what is that?” and “Why?” Then we send them to school where they are tested, graded, and tested again and again. Their questions aren’t as important as whether they are learning what our curriculums tell them they need to know fast enough.(And we tell our teachers that being creative, dedicated, or inspiring to their students at the task of exploring and developing critical thinking skills isn’t so important either.)
            We tell the children they aren’t good enough at reading, they aren’t good enough at writing, they aren’t learning their math facts fast enough, or what ever their deficiences are. There aren’t enough teachers, student child ratios are totally inadequate to sit down with a child and figure out why they have a harder than usual time learning these things, and helping them learn ways to compensate. Skill and training to do this is helpful only if you have time to implement, and help the child build on their strengths and find ways to overcome their hurdles.
            If a child comes away with the sense that they are inadequate, not smart enough, only “average”, (or less), they withdraw and lose enthusiasm for the thirst to understand that came so nauturally, and delight with every accomplishment.
            Remember their delight with crawling, & walkng etc. for the first time because they lunged forward and could do ever more things? We all got excited with their first steps, whether they took them at 9 months or 2 years. Now they can’t seem to succeed.
            They express it every day with decreasing enthusiasm for school, and then expressions of “I don’t like math, or history, or reading”, etc., and they want to escape to almost anything else.
            Any mother. regardless of her educational background, cuddling her child while reading a book with them, counting their beans or peas while eating a meal, cheering as they notice the subtraction answer is correct, and taking them to a library to look up the things they are curious about, will succeed in keeping their child not only interested but enthusiastic. She will also teach their child to take delight in their own responsibility to learn if she isn’t undermined by a system that disourages them (and tells them that the parent is otherwise irrelevant because they don’t know enough). It works with pre-schoolers, 10 year olds, 14 year olds, and 18 year olds. Some of them will grow up to be doctors, engineers, machinists, carpenters, scientists, politicians… what ever their dreams, aspirations, interests lead them to be. And they will love doing whatever they choose to do.
            I know. I homeschooled all of my children, and I have adult children now who are Doctors, Engineers, Artists, and Machnists too. They are all law abiding citizens, with continued curiosity in the world around them. Was it easy, or without challenges, or failures? Of course not. When there was a failure, it was back to the drawing board, and figure it out. I could make adjustments according to each childs needs immediately, and we could switch direction for that child the very next day. Show me where that can happen with a federally mandated program? I know that too, because some of my children were in public school before I saw that public school was failing my children and their special needs.

          • Elizabeth Love

            The biggest problem with Common Core however is that, contrary to whatever the stated goals are, it has absolutely NOTHING to do with education, and EVERYTHING to do with INDOCTRINATION. To really understand, I recommend a book called “Child Abuse In The Classroom” by Phyllis Schaffly, and a book written by Kolberg back in the 1950’s. The goal is to have our children think so differenty about values than we do, and especially than our parents and grandparents, that we will not have any common heritage at all. It throws out both the baby and the bathwater, along with all the family photo’s. Our children will not only not know who and what we were and believed, but despise us without understanding why. They will be able to think only what the establishment wanted them to think. Critical thining is imperitive for true education to take place, and Common Core wants to do away with critical thinking. I know, that is not what it says that it wants, but it is hidden in plain sight, in the title: “Common Core”. It is referring not to core education, or core knowlege, but core values, defined by them. If you question me on this, check out the book reading list mandated in common core, where in one instance Pedephiles and their acts are not just glorified, but put forward as something that must be understood and accepted. Look, this whole thing is being pushed forward without time to really know what is in it. We have a responsibility to know what is in it before foisted on our children. This was debated and revealed in the Colorado Legislature. In spite of bringing some legislators to tears and leaving many wretching at the graphic depictions our 13-14 year olds would be exposed to in their required reading, unbelievably Common Core was passed. There is a legislature begging to be retired by the voters!

          • Anathema Device

            This is interesting, can you please cite the reference for what you’re referring to on the reading list?

          • Marilyn Zeman

            Anathema Device……….George Bush did that program with the major input from no other than Teddy (leave her in the car to drown) Kennedy. It was a joint effort so when you go blaming someone, make sure you know who all was involved. DUH!

          • Anathema Device

            I don’t recall pointing fingers at anyone. Just pointing out some (conveniently forgotten) fact.

          • Slanderous Me

            Nice try to point fingers at Bush, but The democrats have been destroying public education since the 60’s.

          • Anonymous

            The downside in education happened LONG before NCLB. It happened when parents stopped being responsible for their child’s education and gave all responsibility to the schools and then never paid attention to who they elected to the school board and what curriculum they adopted. Parents are responsible for the education system that they ended up with.

          • Bob Clarke

            Parents are the architect and general contractors for their children’s education. The school is the parent’s choice of a “subcontractor” to do the job.

          • Anonymous

            You know, when my kids were growing up, I guess I was naïve, The just assumed they were being taught the same stuff I was taught. My kids were out of high school when I found out much of the history they learned was totally rewritten from when I went to school. Some of the history I was there for and lived through was so distorted, it was unrecognizable. Almost every aspect of their learning was different and sorry to say, inferior. The school system tried to pigeon hole my kids. They are both very smart and learned very fast. My son almost didn’t pass algebra, only because he could do the work in his head and that was not allowed. He can look at a problem and give the answer. They let him do calculus at his own pace. He finished the course in 3 weeks with straight A’s. guess what I am saying, many kids do not fit the average mold. Smart kids can be made to be so bored in school and if they have to work at the same rate as kids smarter or slower than them, it is going to mess them up/

          • Aubrey

            Both of my boys fell through the cracks in public schooling: my older boy because he has a learning disorder and most public school teachers have absolutely no idea how to teach children who learn differently than the average child; and my younger boy because he is extraordinarily intelligent and was bored out of his mind. The older had ONE teacher in 13 years (he repeated a grade) who ever tried to really teach him in the way he learned…and he made straight A’s under her. My younger had ONE teacher in 12 years who approached teaching him in a way that challenged him and he thrived under her.

            Common core tries to put all children into a single mold. Fortunately for humanity, most humans will not fit those molds. Scarier still is that IMO common core is a tool for the government to start indoctrinating our children from a very young age. What I have seen of the curricula is full of misrepresentations, misleading information, and outright lies in some instances. The fact that the government feels the need to be teaching our children about “alternative lifestyles,” the proper way to wear a condom, and that “white people didn’t want Barack Obama to be president because they are racist” while they are still in elementary school frightens me beyond belief. The first 2 of those should be addressed by family. And the 3rd is a blatant attempt to cause division between the races. (While it is a true statement about SOME people, IMO the majority of people who object to Obama do so because of his politics and policies, not his race.) Although on the surface, common core could be good for students, when one digs deep there is nothing i have found to recommend it.

          • Resa Forseth Wagner-Pittman

            When the “school” is the only game in town, that’s not really a choice.

          • B-Sizzle

            Say that in Roanoke County, where Judge Trompeter thinks he is a God and believes in public school more than his own children. Walk in with your children and say they are home schooled and you will see DSS involved.

          • Carri Simmons Roman

            Well said. I have children both at home and in public. Then are benefits to both though I prefer homeshcool, but when a parent completely relinquishes all their responsibility over to the school system their will be problems. A parent must be involved both academically and at the heart level.

          • David

            I am surprised. I can hardly imagine such an observant person voting for Barak Obama, yet you did, but I completely agree with you. The education of our children is not the teachers’ job. It is ours. If children are not being educated effectively, the parents are obligated to find the problem and solve it.
            I am a proponent of homeschooling–being homeschooled myself–but even a homeschooled child with disinterested parents will learn very little and have a low IQ.
            Also, the No Child…Act is a display of ignorant socialism and is arguably no better than Common Core.

      • SC

        You don’t have to be super intelligent to homeschool – just have & use common sense. That’s a pretty broad brush stroke there…

        • Jim Loveless

          Thank you,I thought I was the only one who did not like his ego.

          • Kozmo

            He isn’t wrong though…

          • Forrest Carlton Lackey

            I agree, and I was homeschooled. I’m just more positive about it-but just as serious.

          • Helen Christopher


            ❤❤❤ ❤❤❤ ❤❤❤ ❤❤⟁❤ ❤❤❤I’m not a huge Bush fan but No Child Left Behind and Common Core are apples and oranges.

          • gogetajob

            Yes, actually, he is wrong, and insulting as well. I guarantee you the idiots in Detroit that cannot read their drivers license, are NOT the parents that are going to homeschool, so his point is moot.

          • Jeff Bowles

            “Let’s learn literature by reading the Song of Solomon” is not ridiculous, but it’s sure going to be limited, dull, and dulling.

        • John Voice

          This is correct. There are curriculum’s laid out by experts that you can use in your home-schooling. You also have access to help on line or a phone call away if you need it. It just takes lots of loving, patient time. If you don’t have these two qualities then send them to a school.

          • https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=150793737 Jacob Householder

            That’s exactly what my parents do with my siblings. They get all kinds of workbooks from the local Kimber Academy and then they have them attend the academy for extracurricular and social activities. The materials educate. My parents simply encourage them and work to develop their love of learning.

      • Jim Loveless

        Watch your broad brush,years ago my wife and I neather could afford to finish college,took our daughter out of gov.schools and home sc.we ordered everything to do so,today we are not only retired and comfy.but our daughter goes by Doctor.So you might post what in your book is intelligent.

        • Ava


      • Anonymous

        There are programs that help the parents. Seaton, for instance.

      • melmc13

        I would venture to say that the majority of homeschooling parents did not vote for Obama, so pointing to homeschooling parents as part of the problem is ludicrous. Research indicates that the educational level of the parent has little to do with the success of their children in homeschooling. Quite frankly, some of us (even those of us with more than one college degree) have learned a lot through educating our own children, since much was left out of our own education through the public system. There are so many resources for parents that no one needs to be the be all-know all person for their child(ren). For instance, though I did well in science, I don’t have the enthusiasm for it that I would like for my children to experience. We have a teacher that comes to a cabin nearby and teaches several classes (chemistry, biology, physical science, anatomy, environmental science, etc.). My college-aged children have been quite well-prepared in all areas. By the way, as to your blanket statement at the end of your paragraph, I’d like to see the research that the majority of PARENTS voted for Obama, at least parents that are together and raising their children.

      • landofaahs

        What % of those idiots were taught in public schools? 95%? Detroit illiterates are taught by public school teachers. Parents smart enough to not want their children talk the public school BS are smarter than the public school teachers in my opinion.

      • S Clarkson

        Even though the parents don’t have to be brilliant (There are good video curriculum) They do have to be committed to the task. That is where most would fail there children. In this self-absorbed, fast
        food world, many parents are more than happy to surrender their children for someone else to teach, raise, guide…..

      • Resa Forseth Wagner-Pittman

        Actually, the stats for homeschool speak otherwise. While, yes, you do get parents who homeschool who have no clue as to what they are doing…and never bother to get a clue, overall, the statistics of children who are homeschool score better than than their public school counterparts.

        However, just because a parent is ignorant, does not mean their school system is any better. If 70% of the people in Detroit are illiterate, it isn’t because their parents homeschooled incorrectly. In some places, it’s better to attempt to homeschool because it’s just plain safer than sending them to public school.

      • gogetajob

        A big ego you have there…You and your generalization are insulting, and by the way, you too made an improper sentence skippy, so get off your high horse.

      • clarityEvolve

        Well I do agree to an extent. The thing is, even if the parents are intelligent, they still need the ability to teach their children. It would not help if the parents have high IQs or EQs but cannot teach their children correctly to help their children understand each concept. I believe that the public schools are becoming more disruptive and distorted by all of these state tests and block scheduling simply because the student’s attention span is getting shorter and because of the fact parents are not discouraging their children to not waste their time on their phone/computer. Yes, there are times students need to use their smart phone to contact their classmates if they are helping them out academically or socially, but there are the other times when it’s best to talk to people around them.

      • Alida

        Where did the 70% illiteracy come from? Public schools. Home schooling is the way to turn this around. It will take a little time. But it is the answer for some families.

      • Mory Von Werner

        we home schooled for about 5years with 4 kids, the oldest went back to school in 6th grade the youngest in kindergarten. We did NOTHING! went to hardees, the YMCA, read a little, watched TV allot— we just kinda hung with our kids. When we put them back in their respective grades they were all A and B students, the oldest National Honor society. They are all now doing very well, accept for the youngest that went to school starting in Kindergarten, she’s been in and out of Jail for the last few years and now at 25 hoping to get a job at Walmart. I’d let a certified Moron teach his kids rather than send them to public school!

      • Anonymous

        Consider this…these parents you speak of, they received a top notch public education did they not? Why not just continue the cycle and see what next generation has to offer! Being a homeschooling parent isn’t for everyone, but those who even comprehend this information as relevant are those who are quite capable. Those who are not don’t even know what’s going on anyways and so its not even an issue.

      • TK

        I wonder what percentage of the 70% of illiterates in Detroit were public schooled…or no schooled!!!

      • Kayla Krop-Sickler

        And those parents were educated in public schools. Should we just continue the pattern of raising imbeciles just because we don’t believe those parents can learn right along with their children. Maybe if they did some homeschooling pages themselves they would learn a lot more than they ever did in public schools.

    • Ellie Hooks

      parents work now… they sometimes work two jobs… if they aren’t on assistance that is… when do you expect said parents to teach?? in their sleep?

      • Jim Loveless

        No you do what we did,weekends,nights after work for hours.My daughter was so important to us,we dropped everything to give her the best we could.

      • M. Rotas

        My son was raised in a one parent household. I worked an average of 50 hours per week (not counting travel to and from work) and sometimes had to work two jobs to support our home. I took the time to cook his dinner and while doing the cooking, I helped him to understand his homework. After his father hadn’t lived in our home for just over one year, our son became a High Honor Roll student. He maintained the status, was #16 in his graduating class and in the top 10% for our home state. He finished his Bachelor Degrees major in Government and minor in Japanese. Bottom line, parents must take the time if they want to have a child or children who are educated enough to be contributing members of our society. It is a cop-out for parents to say it is the schools job to educate the children and not the parents responsibility to take a part in the work of that education.

  • Wisdom Seeker

    What about the progressive indoctrination of our children to view traditional American values as bad; and the benefits of giving up freedom in return for “safety”.

  • http://hankrutland.mynikken.net. Fior Gael

    No one in the discussions I have seen on the education system holds the student accountable for their learning. Learning styles, baloney. If the students are given material and expected to know that, How else does the school know what he student has learned but by testing. Ask anyone who has been fired or downsized. They have been tested and found wanting. I have had teachers say that standardized tests require the teachers to teach test. Why don’t they teach the material with emphasis on what can be on the test. Why do experts have to blame the teachers for the student’s lack of accountability?

    • Robert Marlena Leeders

      evidently you dont have children in school these days and have no clues as to what we are talking about here.

      • http://hankrutland.mynikken.net. Fior Gael

        I am behind in my responses, but I only have 2 grandchildren who have recently finished grade school and middle school and what they are showing me as learning tools are really strange. The big thing with me was their not knowin math facts. Single number sums, multiplication tables up to twelve…cursive writing…old school stuff. I want students to learn, but that takes work, and I did not see that in my grandsons.

    • Anonymous

      You are correct. The student must also take responsibility. And they often do in the form of a letter grade. But what happens when all the kids are struggling and failing? The teachers and/or the curriculum may be the problem.

      I like to think of it this way. If you have one bad employee, that employee has a problem. If all your employees are bad, YOU have a problem.

      • http://hankrutland.mynikken.net. Fior Gael

        Yes, I see what you mean, had a few profs like that in college…graded on a curve all but one. Not sure that was such a great idea. Did separate out the few from the many that had the grasp.

      • http://hankrutland.mynikken.net. Fior Gael

        It takes work to succeed anywhere. One’s own abilities and initiative determine how far hard work will take one. I have had courses that were difficult and terrible, but passable. The student’s responsibility is to learn. Teachers tell the students what they need to know, the students have to learn the material and the teacher facilitates with them. At least that was how I worked in school. Teacher teaches, student learns.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72EnfFysPFE Connor

    But liberals keep saying everything is fine.

    • Anonymous

      In their eyes, it is.

  • Anonymous

    This goes back to OBE ( Outcome Based Education ) of the mid 1960’s which S-L-O-W-L-Y nudged America’s children away from being taught critical thinking skills to telling them what to think & more specifically what “feel”. This is all a part of the “feel good” collectivist liberal infestation began in colleges & universities many decades ago. It’s easy to see it’s detrimental effects as the “dependency” & inabilities of folks to understand or to appreciate America is plainly apparent. Get the government OUT of our public schools; put control entirely in local communities for better or worse; ALLOW TEACHERS TO TEACH ACORDING TO THIER INDIVIDUAL SKILLS; FIRE THE ONES THAT FAIL; PAY THE BEST ONES PREIUM PAY. Then we will see MANY communities excel far beyond our imagination & those that would fail, would have only produced mediocre results anyway. *“Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”
    —Vladimir Lenin

    • Leslie

      I do remember teachers quitting in the late 60s and early 70s over too much government interference.

      • Anonymous

        And , as an old school guy, I had some really hard butt teachers, who spoke daily to us small town semi rural kids about the coming ABSOLUTE mess in education. They didn’t mince any words ,either, & as excellent as they were in teaching their respective courses in history, biology, science, English, Sociology, all venues of math, Geography, etc. they would not be hired in today’s warped idea of school systems. I really didn’t understand the significance of those lectures back then, but by gosh with today’s mess, I most certainly do now, & we kids who had those really, genuine politically incorrect by today’s standards teachers, busting our humps every single day owe them a lot!

    • Anonymous

      Actually, you are stating a big part of the problem as your proposed solution. Pay the best teachers premium pay. Exactly how do we determine who’s the best? With testing, testing and more testing, scoring the tests and grading the teachers. Already on that downhill slide.

      • Anonymous

        Actually , it’s very simple. Testing isn’t always the same as results. We plainly, oh so plainly, see that today, as every single student in America has passed all those STANDARDIZED TESTS! Individual kids, just like individual teachers aren’t all of the same mold, & cannot be “standardized”. That is why the local community, closest to the school system & the teachers will be able to be the final judges , as in the older days. Accountability by achievement, not some made up test scores which teach NOTHING but memorization to the student & bowing down to oversight of bureaucrats to the “teacher”. Teaching skills, that is if they are even possessed, must be flexible & yielding to INDIVIDUAL kids, It is obvious that equal outcome, which is the current goal just dumbs down those on top, with more thinking ability, who need more challenge, than those who top notch achievers are “equaled down to”, in order to achieve some liberal ideals of overall EQUAL education. Instead of “no child left behind” we now have all children let down, in order to achieve equality & higher average grade scores in the classroom. The best teachers, will produce children with higher real world abilities & it will be obvious in short order. Likewise , as I stated there will be those teachers & students who don’t do so well. Finland has ALREADY been down this road, & did an about face; the results were astounding! That’s the way the REAL world works. We aren’t all equal , except in God’s own love. We all have equal opportunity & that opportunity is squashed by trying to make outcome equal for everyone, teachers & students alike! Don’t even come back with the old limp “fair” argument , because dumbing down certainly isn’t fair , nor is keeping low quality teachers in a classroom, just because they are good at “teaching to the test”. “Fair” , in that perspective, isn’t moral, right, or good for anything other than dumbing down America.

        • Nonjudgmental

          Fairness is not everyone being treated the same, fairness is everyone being treated according to their needs. That was a good quote in the 80’s.

          • Anonymous

            And fairness, is about equal opportunity , equal freedom,RESPONSIBILITY. NOT equal outcome, which is how liberals, who have had HUGE influence in creating this mess, “feel” it must be done. That “R” word is what scares the dickens out of them, because that & INDIVIDUALISM defeats all their arguments & if applied would correct the wrongs, but alas, it’s going to take time & guts. Your needs are NOT my responsibility. My needs are NOT your responsibility. I am no more entitled to anything you, have than you are of mine. MY education, earnings, “stuff”, & behavior is ALL up to me as a RESPONSIBLE INDIVIDUAL. Those who cannot or will not live to those very basic standards will often end up as failures.

        • Bagofmilk

          You are still missing the point. Our school system receives funding based on the performance of their schools. The only thing they have done is continually lower the bar in order to receive funding. The ridiculous number of tests and assessments are just cover up to try and prove to the public that kids are doing fantastic. According to national stats, Texas ranks one of the lowest in education – However, as a Texas resident and friend to many teachers they ALL have stated that anytime they get a kid from California, the student is at least 1 grade behind. Why is that? Texas ranks lowest but kids transferring to their schools can’t handle the education? Being a principal just became political – lower the bar and get the funding.

          • Nonjudgmental

            I don’t think you’re hearing teachers say the kids are doing fantastic. They are saying just the opposite and pleading to be allowed to stop teaching to the test. Teachers are not allowed to veer from the curriculum to meet the needs of struggling students. They have to keep moving, or fall behind in the dreaded pacing guide, which then means lower checkpoint tests (a test to ensure they will be able to test). They can’t get creative and develop lessons for the higher students because, again, the pacing guide and checkpoints will come back to haunt them. How do we know when a system is broken? Because it no longer works. My third graders know that.

          • Anonymous

            THAT ,my friend is exactly my point! And it has failed miserably, by protecting bad teachers, their insidious unions, & the doggone political class to the detriment of young folks & America’s future.

        • Jimmyd2

          Teachers unions have worked hard to avoid accountability for their members. “Standardized testing” is one way to measure educational outcomes (not the only one). If you start out with students dumb as a box of rocks, there is only one way. Up!
          Teachers should be evaluated on how much progress they make, not where they started only on where they finished. If we make learning subjective with “individualized learning plans” and “teaching tailored to the needs of each student” and don’t measure the outcomes in some meaningful way we give bad teachers a free pass.

        • americaalways

          The problem with good teachers, is that they are quitting. The teachers coming out of colleges now are being taught to teach Common Core, which makes them not really teachers, but media guides. Every time a good, seasoned teacher quits, that is one less person to complain about how bad Common Core is and how education is failing our children. The teachers coming out of college don’t even recognize the difference, and are doing what they have been taught to do – be monitors, follow the rules, and have the students get good grades on the (ever-present) standardized tests. It has nothing to do with teaching and everything to do with teaching the propaganda in the “informational texts” which are a great part of Common Core, rather than reading real books, moving on up to the classics in high school. Books develop creative and critical thinking; ban them and substitute informational texts, which the government can control.

        • http://hankrutland.mynikken.net. Fior Gael

          You said something about success by achievement not by test scores…I assume you meant standardized test scores. How else are we to measure achievement than by tests made up by the teachers to see who has learned what. We are all CREATED equal, but not equal in our abilities. I agree there is no mandate to educate everyone to the same level, but there are basic standards for life knowledge to be met to survive in the world. I would think.

          • Anonymous

            Fior: It’d do you good to carefully read this whole thread, & you don’t need to “assume” that I meant standardized, as THAT’S PECISELY what I stated. I graduated prior to most of this stuff unfolding & we were held accountable & our levels of achievement / learning were designed as INDIVIDUAL TESTS, BY INDIVIDUAL TEACHERS, AS THEY PERTAINED TO SPECIFIC INDIVIDUAL CLASSES. We were disciplined too! Severely if needed. Worked pretty darned good too! Most of us older folks have been asked where we got our degrees since our early 20’s by employers & associates even though many of us have only tech school, military, & some only HS diplomas. You sure as heck CANNOT say that about the past several generations! The fact that several folks on this thread CANNOT think outside the box of strictly or standardized tests, designed for collective measurement instead of lot’s of other ways to measure achievement is a good indicator of what the last 40 years of government controlled education has done to folk’s abilities to begin understand what once worked very, very well. Parents & teachers, INDIVIDUAL TESTS ( see above) , common sense, intuition, all locally controlled ALL used to work. The tests we use to take were specifically designed by the teacher teaching the class
            & no one else!!! Our algebra 2 teacher KNEW each & every one of us, our abilities , how much we progressed & how well we were moving along during the year. He knew who was likely to pass & who wasn’t doing so hot & would call in parents if need be. Those who did not try hard enough, or commit……..well, like the real world that several generations of kids are not ready for………they failed! Those basic standards you speak of, is exactly my point. The OBE type educational system, designed to place ALL kids on the same page has failed miserably to prepare kids for the real world. And it will get worse until common sense folks get back to BASICS & good INDIVIDUAL teaching skills , like it used to be. Will some kids be “left behind”? Hell yes!!! That’s life! And if good teachers, with good skills, & the special gift for teaching are FREE to teach & parents get involved, it will not be the fault for the failures other than the ones who fail. It certainly USED TO BE THAT WAY, & the ones who didn’t want to move ahead, well they didn’t & weren’t handed a diploma simply because they passed some standardized test. Check out some stats & data about how far America has slid down the ladder in math. science, literacy, history, etc. skills in comparison to other nations in the last 20-30-40 years. OR just go out & try to communicate or run a job, with SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS to a LOT of these kids…..Been there, done that—–it is a mess!

          • http://hankrutland.mynikken.net. Fior Gael

            Well, I grew up under the regime of which you speak. I agree with you. I have seen the statistics of the gross slide of the achievement of our students. I am appalled. It was about 35 years ago that I last voted for a public school levy when I found out back then that the students could not be held back for academic failure. That, to me, was loss of achievement. I agree that we are not to be standardized, we were born equal in opportunity etc. as you say, but we all have different abilities and levels of achievement within those abilities that meshes into an “everybody’s got to be someplace” civilization where every level of ability contributes to the success of the whole. What these progressive liberals are trying to do is nearly treasonous, in the sense that they are trying to bring down the constitutional democracy that is our republic. I saw an advice, speaking of taking it local, to find someone who thinks as you and I do, who is willing to run for school board and back them, campaign for them, get them elected to the school board and watch their back. That seems, to me, where the rubber should meet the road. I was considering attending the school board meetings as a way of being informed and speaking out, but I am not articulate enough to say what I mean and make sense. This business with driving the teachers out of teaching is evil.

          • Anonymous

            God bless you, & may He assist us in what we KNOW needs to “change” back. Real teachers are special & they & our kids are being destroyed. The ONLY word that I disagree with in you statement is “nearly”. I’m no good at public speaking either.

    • SC

      Another problem started with education when some dip decided that separating gifted, average and below average students was “discrimination”. When I was in school, there were classes that were accelerated where they moved along at a fairly rapid pace, average classes where they took things a little more slowly and then classes that provided extra help for “slower” (not learning disabled, but just needing extra help) students. Then the discrimination word was thrown into the mix and you have smart students being bored (and getting into/causing trouble) because the teacher has to spend time with remediation instead of educating.

      • Aubrey

        My kids are out of school so I was unaware schools had stopped segregating students by their abilities. Common core is beyond stupid. Our children are just going to become the “useful idiots” envisioned by the old Soviet union.

    • Anathema Device

      I totally agree with you (to a point; I do think there should be some modicum of standard as to what should be taught nationwide just so that everyone is on the same page), but what really irks me about your statement is the fact that you had to pin point it as part of a “collectivist liberal infestation” blah blah blah. Is that really necessary?

      Whether or not it’s actually true, what purpose does it serve to point fingers at political leanings? Would the Conservatives have done things differently? You do realize it was G.W. Bush who was the one who authorized the ‘No Child Left Behind Act’ (which was the legislature that the teacher in this article cited as being the start of the decline in education), right? So, what was his excuse, I mean, he’s obviously NOT a “liberal”?

      • melmc13

        You do realize that Ted Kennedy was a huge part of what went into NCLB, right? He was most definitely a liberal.

        • Anathema Device

          Yeah, he proposed it, and then the Bush cabinet ran with it. So?

          • melmc13

            Um, no. Bush proposed it and then the House and Senate ran with it. Boehner/Miller in the House and Kennedy/Gregg in the Senate. Pretty easy to look up.

          • Anathema Device

            Okay. From what you’re saying it sounds as though you also subscribe to the opinion that GWB was “forced” to sign the NCLB. Is that right?

          • melmc13

            I don’t recall typing that. My point is that we need to give credit accurately and completely.

      • Anonymous

        George W. Bush may not be a ‘liberal’ but he is certainly not a ‘conservative’ either. He was/is a rather progressive republican.

      • Anonymous

        YES! What I said is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY! Why? Because THAT is the core of the problem! And it does all the “good” it can to “point fingers” at the problem, rather than go off into the wild blue yonder seeking more of the same to solve a deadly serious problem with more political schemes designed to protect teachers , unions,
        & political interests rather than those of the kids. You also need to read some other responses to you, who CORRECTLY & FACTUALLY answered your assumptions on NCLB! The whole gist of the very MANY of us, on this thread who recognize the abject, verifiable FAILURE of Federal interference with what should be strictly locally controlled schools & teachers , is to get government OUT of it, & to go back to the way it used to be when it actually worked. Perhaps you are too young to realize that TEACHING in public schools used to work very doggone well. It still can, but will take some courage, common sense , turning loose the unions, & local folks willing to take responsibility. “Same page” is more hokum for standardized. THAT has NOT worked, it just equals everyone down the scale instead of teaching kid how to think so thy can achieve to the maximum of their abilities. That’s the way the real world is. Some do really well; some do well; some do fair; and some don’t care & fall flat. That’s life & if we continue “equaling down” education we will never have those who do really well, or well, but PLENTY of the others.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Break their spirits while they”re young & they”ll be easier to control in the future. :(

  • Anonymous

    Doctors are doing the same thing because, they can”t treat their patients the way they need to.

  • Anonymous

    Where”d he get those stupid looking glasses? lol

  • Anonymous

    Teachers are leaving in droves and new teachers are not overly thrilled with Common Core. I understand that we want and need quality education in this country but this is going to create such a shortage of teachers we may lose years of teaching experience from good teachers.

  • texastruthtweet

    I considered becoming a teacher at one time. The more I learn about this, I know I would have been fired. I would not have not been able to teach that way. I believe robots will soon replace teachers.

    • rebeccafox

      Read the short story “The Fun They Had.”

  • Jason Jones

    Glen my oldest daughter gets increasingly frusted by the day. Test after test, teachers telling her that her reading level isn’t where it’s supposed be. Which after looking at progress reports she is 2pts above where she needs to be. They have been told at her school here in Oklahoma that if she doesn’t pass this test coming up at the end of school year she won’t pass third grade and have to do it all over again. She has came home in tears stressing over a test that that no third grade student should have to stress over.

  • Don Rhodes

    The biggest obstacle now is Mr. Mulatto and his idiotic “common core”. Home school your children.. The government has too many fingers in the public school system.

    • Jennifer Ann Moses Gatz

      Homeschooling does not exempt the children from tests they need to take to get their diploma or their testing to get into college. Same with private schools. They will still need to know the new methods.

      • rebeccafox

        No they don’t. The “method” is irrelevant. They just need to know the correct answers. And homeschoolers know just as much or more than public school students.

      • melmc13

        My homeschooled college kids are doing just fine, thank you very much. And, no, we don’t use the new methods. We use the tried and true methods for mathematics, for instance. Some of the new methods are absolutely absurd. In most states, homeschooled students are graduated by their parents and do not have to take a test to receive their diploma. Yes, they have to take some standardized tests to get into college, but they are not the same tests. And, on standardized tests, you don’t usually demonstrate the method you used, but bubble in your chosen answer.

  • TexasAlien

    ” Furthermore, she traced many of the changes she is so frustrated with to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.”

    hmmm…probably Obama’s fault.

    • Jackie Morin

      So, its more important to you to defend Obama, than to realize what’s actually happening to our education system?

    • Anonymous

      Nope. Definitely Bush’s fault. If he hadn’t have signed the No Child Left Behind Act then Obama wouldn’t have been president!

    • Just Me

      The Christian Science Monitor
      Mar 14, 2010 – Here are five key changes that the Obama administration is proposing in an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act
      If its not his than who’s is it??????

    • Anonymous

      There are Repuke Progressives and Dem Progs…They are all the same…One World Anti American….America must be neutered to make this Globalism work…Bush like Obummer said one thing and did the opposite. They are Socialist and must be stopped…
      What % of the teachers vote Dem? You know their union is a money machine for the tyranny.

  • Shirley Thompson McCafferty

    I left teaching and took early retirement nine years ago. Same reasons. Look up Agenda 21. There is a plan. It doesn’t include you.

  • ed

    Logan’s Run

  • Richard Schiehl

    Wish I could tell you the story of a very good friend of mine (high school senior English teacher) who is almost as much in tears as her kids over Common Core rules. She can no longer teach the classics that we all grew up reading and LEARNING from. Later publications including unpublished works of the current administration’s good deeds are mandated. It is a sad state of affairs and she teaches in a generally conservative district of Florida.

  • Patrick Davis

    fire the feds…….

  • Anonymous

    Education Begins at Home Instead at School!

    • Tasha Elsnau

      Did you know teachers are being required to ask parents to NOT teach their children at home. I got the “common core” letter from my Kids’ teachers, on there they ask the parents to NOT teach children how we were taught so as not to confuse them.

  • Tammy Ann Walker

    I’m hearing that the new Core program keeps all students nationwide at the same pace/learning knowledge which is to enhance their abilities to apply for jobs in the event they move to new states across our country. Meaning, the job resume and expectations in one state might be of a higher caliber than another state and the student/adult will have a harder time meeting the job requirements in the state they move too. And….this entire Core standards is suppose to prevent this from happening. Is there proof that this happens? Enough proof to warrant this type of change in our overall curriculum?

  • Anonymous

    We need to change the entire educational system. Today, it’s about serving the machine so the machine can justify it’s existence. We need to use the machine (computer technology) to enhance education and track students PROGRESS, not their ‘success’ in proving test scores. Allowing an education system to exist where a student is advanced based on their individual progress and achievement rather than march step them together based on age and expectations would serve the child’s interest. All we’re doing now is acting like a child must be on target to achieve so they can enter college at the expected age or they failed what was expected of them. Ridiculous.

  • Sherry Votaw-Huebel

    As a substitute teacher, and parent, I have seen what is being taught now is specifically taught to pass the federal and state mandated tests. What is NOT taught is the real core subjects that I learned (I.e. reading, writing, arithmetic, true history, etc.). I have actually heard teachers tell students that they need to learn what the teacher is attempting to teach BECAUSE it’s on the mandated tests. In my opinion, the mandated tests should be thrown out. Start over again. Go back to testing to see what has or hasn’t been learned, and the proceed to teach what students are doing poorly in or promote students accordingly. Focus on the students and how they learn to help them improve.

  • Anonymous

    Because of crap liberals!

  • Anonymous

    Data collection in and of itself isn’t bad- it’s the obsessive, idolotry of testing and data collection without any quality control or purpose. We test the least able students more than those at the upper end of the curve- to the point they are frustrated and learn to hate school. Rather than to build and scaffold on successes as teachers would prefer, we are ordered to attend endless meetings where we are subjected to the latest PC fads, delivered by less qualified instructors who have been indoctrinated by their professors in the latest panaceas. The assumption is that older teachers are responsible for the failure of young people to learn, when in fact much has to do with the loss of stable families that prepare students for success with a strong work ethic, social skills, moral integrity, perseverance, and accountability. I am still waiting for the day when my students care half as much about their success and devote a fraction of the energy to it, as I do.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not just the public schools folks: it’s the culture. The culture is the antithesis of education, studying, and scholastic achievement. Parents embrace this culture, and the children follow suit. What’s worse is that I’ve seen firsthand this culture practically permeate the most conservative Christian schools. As governments wave $$$$ in front of Pastors, Pastors do not discriminate as they will even scrape the bottom of the barrel in order to pad their numbers and fatten their wallets.

  • Pennee Smith Mecham

    I took my daughter out of school in the 8th grade and we began home schooling. That was in 1992. I am not going to say I had everything prepared, but I knew one thing for certain, what she was learning in public school was against our values and beliefs and that no matter what mistakes I might make, no one at the school would love her and spend the time teaching her as well as I could. She and her two siblings whom we also homeschooled all have advanced college degrees and are very warm, outgoing, social individuals with an appreciation for hard work, good work ethic and contribute to their communities. 3 out of 3 isn’t bad…how many public schools can claim that kind of success? None that I know of. To anyone out there who is considering home schooling, don’t let the negative comments keep you from doing it. There are always going to be those who think it is a mistake. I had no support from parents, siblings or friends, but I followed my inner voice and as far as I am concerned, it was one of the best decisions we ever made, brought us much closer to one another and the results speak for themselves.

    • Jeri Ince Grauman

      3 out of 3…..publicly educated…..college educated….hard working , contributing members of this world……just so you know it CAN happen…:D

      • melmc13

        Before you get your hackles up, Jeri, I think you should understand that Pennee was saying the SCHOOLS couldn’t claim that success rate, not that individual families who have all public school educated students could not claim that success rate. Comprehension and critical thinking are great skills when used.

  • Jason Steele

    Not trying to be negative here but what about the “good old days?” The days in one room schoolhouses that had a teacher that was in total control of the kids and what they did. Also the not-so-old days where what a teachers were respected and had control of their students. I’m not sure that we break their will when they are controlled. Again, not trying to be negative so please tell me where I’m wrong here. If I am at all.

    • Jason Steele

      BTY… I am a public school teacher in Texas.

    • Tasha Elsnau

      Energy IMO is where it’s wrong. Back during the “good old days” kids walked to and from school, kids also had true recess, many had chores, and ample play time basically they were busy from the time they got up until they went to bed. Now? Not so much kids are locked up all day long, drugged to high heaven, and having tons of knowledge crammed down their throats at a high rate of speed, yet no way of venting frustration, stress, etc.

      On the “the not-so-old days where what a teachers were respected and had control of their students”, I think that changed when it became teachers vs. parents. As a teacher I’m sure you have either experienced it or witnessed it. As a parent I have both witnessed and experienced the parent side of it. It’s not working for the parents, teachers, and certainly not for the kids who are stuck in the middle. It also changed IMO when the meaning of respect changed to the whole “respect is earned not given”.

      Sorry I could go on and on lol.

    • rebeccafox

      Hey Jason, I don’t think the issue here is control over the students and the classroom (I am a teacher as well). I think we can all agree that that type of control is paramount to a successful learning environment. I think the central point the others are making is the breaking of the spirit with common core standards. The complete, nonstop barrage of overtesting with little to no basics that uplift and encourage students (especially in kindergarten thru elementary school) is killing their spirits.

    • melmc13

      And in homeschooling, you have all the grades together and can teach each one according to his or her level of understanding. Not to mention, of course, that you have emotional ties to your students that cannot possibly be duplicated in a classroom. I have found it very beneficial to have an older child work with a younger child, ostensibly “teaching” the younger child, when in fact the older child was gaining needed review or cementing of the concept they were “teaching” the younger child. If you are able to teach someone else something, it demonstrates that you truly understand it, yourself. (Besides, what employer ever put you in a section of the company with only people of your same age?)

  • Anonymous

    Communities need to band together and stop paying their property taxes en masse. Want to effect change? Stop the spigot of waste from the source and watch the change happen overnight.

  • Tim Brown

    Uh, Glenn? It was your Republicans who passed No Child Left Behind. I’ve been fighting this law for years. Where were you, Glenn?

    • Anonymous

      Well, one place he wasn’t was with Bill Ayres as he was drafting the common core curriculum.

  • Theresa Lorenc

    I am taking my daughter OUT of public schools this year! She will excel in personal freedom no matter what I have to do!

  • Anonymous

    After 25 years she retired,with good pension!

  • Anonymous

    Where has this teacher been for the past 24 years?

  • Dennis Ferguson

    this is the time i wish i had money its time to stand an put dc on its knees an say we the people have had enough its time america had her freedom back.


    One of the many reasons we’ve chosen a Montessori education for our children.

  • Nonjudgmental

    These tests do not prepare students for the job force. Everyone is getting in on the process of what to teach our children except for teachers. In Texas, lawmakers are listening to the business community saying students are graduating but aren’t ready for the workforce. Their solution? Do more of the same. Teachers and more importantly PARENTS got involved to reduce the number of tests again. No one listens to teachers because they think we are making self-serving complaints. We’re not. Those of us who have been in education long enough know where this road leads, and it’s not a highly educated workforce. At least not for those who can’t pay for it. Here’s a proposal from me to the businessmen out there: let’s pass a law where you have to hire anyone who walks in off the street, no matter their skill level as it applies to you. You are not allowed to fire them, but instead you have to train them and keep your production up, or you are fined. No matter what condition these workers come to you, you have to train them up. If they’re hungry, or they’ve moved a lot, or can’t speak English, you still have to train them to keep you producing. If you can’t do this in an “acceptable” amount of time, the government will step in and create a mirror company that will produce more than you. How many employers do you think would willingly open a business in a poorer, less educated part of the state? How many would still be in business? Businessmen (Bill Gates, for example) and the government need to step out of education and let teachers do what they do best, and teach innovation, creativity and critical thinking, not test taking skills.

  • Steve Wilt

    welcome to common core

  • KoachKrazy Riley

    I left the classroom after 26 years for many of the same reasons. I don’t think they are breaking just the kids’ spirits, but the teachers as well, teachers who question the validity of all the data gathering and it’s expense. More than ever I am encouraging parents to homeschool and offering my education as a resource. I would love to start a network of teachers and parents fed up with state run common core education models who feel that education is more than rote memorization, practice tests, and Benchmarks!

  • Laci Hart

    to home school is not that easy

  • Anonymous

    I am a public school teacher. I served my nation proudly. I am a conservative, church-going man of faith and conviction. I teach government based on the Constitution and the principles of liberty, probity, responsibility, and the contract between the governed and government – the Social Contract.

    I take a lot of heat and I am burdened by increasing demands for data and the educational gurus du jour. Unrealistic and onerous evaluation plans carried out by administrators who have spent 5 years in a classroom (and failed miserably) is a weapon used against experienced or principled teachers.

    Why don’t I quit? I was a grunt. We don’t quit while there is a reason to fight. And my students are a damn fine reason. Public school is the only ticket some of my kids have to a better life. The role model that I try to provide may be the only positive male influence they have in their life. I try to teach them to understand their rights AND responsibilities. I teach them the principles and foundations of this democratic republic so they can someday be productive and active participants and good shepherds of the legacy we have handed them.

    If you want to change things, help. Go to the Board meetings. Recruit and support candidates who ‘get it’. Make sure they are elected and keep them honest – and watch their back. I believe in public education. We just need to take it back from those who wish to indoctrinate the future of our nation that we are just one voice in the choir. We are not. We are the first Constitutional Democracy in history. We fought the greatest power in the world to a standstill not once but twice. Our Constitution withstood the furnace of Civil War. In a little more than two centuries, we went from a backwater agrarian country to one of the most dynamic nations in history. We have lit a fire that will burn forever.

    If we don’t let it gutter and fail. Now is the time, brothers and sisters. Don’t lose heart in the children. I haven’t. I have spent two decades teaching in schools in the poorest and neediest towns in my state because that is where I am needed. This is where I am called to serve.

    And there are more of us in the classroom than you may think. Help us. And pray for us.

    Thanks for letting me ‘vent’. Time to finish some planning for tomorrow.

  • Sherry Williams

    I have been teaching since 1/77 at the high school level. I WOULD leave if I were not single and did not have student loans to earn a doctorate! Not only is the curriculum dumbed down, the students are LAZY, and the parents think they know more about educating their child than I do.

    Even in 2000, prior to NCLB, I enjoyed the classroom and teaching. However, today, after years of the stress from NCLB, public bashing my efforts to teach and politicians mandating Common Core, I am done.

  • Anonymous

    Home school

  • Tim Warren

    The business of education has been turned into a factory. The teachers are the factory workers, the principals are the bosses and the school board is the “big boss man”. The state dept. then becomes the CEO and the students UNFORTUNATELY, become the PRODUCTS. When in the classroom, we are expected to teach things in blocks. It doesn’t matter any more how the kids learn, we are still expected to teach the material the way the CEO wants us to and the products had better come out as excellent. If there is a problem with our products, then it has to be the factory worker’s fault. The bosses’ get in trouble for not spotting these faulty workers and for not making sure they are getting the “proper training” to complete their job to the companies’ standards. Sounds a lot like the classrooms and schools today, with test scores and grading teachers on their kids’ performances. This is also what happens in a FACTORY. I quit teaching because it is NO LONGER FUN. After just 13 years on the job, I have seen education change into something that I NEVER signed up for. I chose to be an educator not a FACTORY WORKER. I have taught kindergarten, first, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. I have taught in schools that had resources available and in some that had absolutely nothing. The teachers are no longer allowed any creativity in their classrooms. Everything must be documented and taught as the CEO wants it to be addressed. Anyone who strays is seen as a trouble maker and is marked with low evaluations to aide in their removal. I have seen this first hand. I am one of those who doesn’t conform to the way the government wants things done. I am one who will teach to the ability and learning patterns of my students. Because I didn’t conform, I was an outcast. But I taught my kids to think for themselves and to never trust what they are told unless they have proof that it is correct and true. I taught them to seek knowledge and truth in everything. Yet I was the outcast. I quit. I quit for many reasons. The foremost reason is that my husband was killed In the Line of Duty in 2011. I had my hands full trying to adjust to being a single mom of two. The second reason for quitting was due to the excessive demands of paperwork and documentation that there was very little time to teach and everything had to be on a time schedule. If you strayed from the time schedule, you could expect trouble to be on the horizon as parents complained that kids in different classes were ahead or behind, and principals would be on top of everything you do. Someone is always looking over your shoulder and there is no time to relax and be real with the kids for the rigid structure you are expected to stick to and teach. At this point, I lost interest and decided to just focus on my family. Yes, I am proud of this teacher for quiting when she did. I am surprised she stuck with it a little longer than I did (considering it was pretty rough on teachers in 2011). I very much agree that if this country wants smarter kids, then the GOVERNMENT needs to back off of education and let the TEACHERS go back to the basics and teach the kids according to their learning style. ~Betsy Warren

  • Todd

    Standards, pure evil right? Tell it to the Chinese with whom our students can’t remotely compete on any quantifiable level. Without standards in education, and yes, standardized testing, we have zero hope of pulling our public education system out of the toilet.

    • Sue

      tell that to Finland.

      • Anonymous

        HOOORAAAA! Someone besides me has seen what Finland did when they went down the total givverment controlled school system pathway to dumb hell & then when confronted , with where America is headed, they slammed on the brakes & reversed course to the wonderful results of real genuine learning for their kids & joyful success for their teachers! ( OOPS! the bad teachers were fired! Which is what a LOT of this junk is protecting—–> the dumb teachers & the dumb or don’t care students)

    • A-Train

      meh, the just beat their students.

  • Tom R. Chambers

    My Take on Education Reform

    Based on my sensitization to the middle school environment, I feel that there is a need to get our youth’s attention today before we begin to talk about education reform. And why do we need to get their attention? Because the majority of them are not paying attention in the conventional or traditional classroom. This is one reason why there is a lot of retesting to force feed our youth to pass the required exams so they can move through the slush gates of education and ultimately out the door. And it seems most school administrations are okay with this as they attempt to fill their state-mandated quotas translated as achievement percentages.

    The students are the victim, here. They may very well pass their required exams at some point in time, but in order to do so, most go through the process of “pulling and pushing”, if you will, to move them away from their lethargic and aliterate behavior to pay enough attention … and I emphasize, enough … to pass. I will leave it up to you to define what passing really means.

    The students I taught at a charter school in Houston, Texas accomplished a great deal with me via Technology Applications. I would like to think that I had a great deal to do with this productivity, but it was truly due to hands-on hardware/software, access to the Internet, and project-based activities involving visualization, design and creation of product. And a lot of the classroom activities paralleled or matched similar, personal activities with hardware/software. In other words, my “wired” classroom was conducive to who they were (are) … “wired” youth, “digital natives”. These accomplishments are evidenced at:


    The lethargic and aliterate behavior in the conventional or traditional classroom is due to two factors: the environmental stimuli via computer technology, media, entertainment, video gaming modes of approach; and the lack of educators being able to acknowledge such, and make amends in the classroom. It seems to me that they need to join the ranks of our youth today, and become ‘wired’ in the classroom. And if this is approached correctly … project-based activities via technology applications that cross over into the core subject areas with STEM/STEAM components … students will participate in and contribute to the educational process for “real” benefit. And I describe benefit this way because of the practicality of the applications process as a part of the learning activity. Not only will there NOT be a need for retesting, but also an enhancement of skill levels that are required in higher education and at the workplace.

    Also, another way to increase the attention span of our youth, and improve their outlook or mindset about education is to have digital entities … computer technology, media, entertainment, video gaming, etc. … place statements of encouragement on their products targeting students in a general sense to do better with the curriculum, stay in school, and graduate. Since these entities have changed the mental attitudes and pace of our youngsters, they should also nurture our youth to stay in school and get an education. I feel that statements of encouragement on their products would have a great impact on our youth’s psyche to begin to think twice about how important getting an education is. This could have an all-encompassing effect on getting our youth’s attention. And I feel that this enhanced awareness … along with technological support in the classroom and tech teaching of teachers … would begin to turn around the educational process in a more positive light.

  • Chloe Rowles

    My generation’s parents would be voting out their school boards if they couldn’t get their attention any other way. Where are the parents on this?? I Know the Unions are powerful, but so are the election polls! Parents, join together, and demand that your school boards listen to your needs. If necessary, fight at the State level, but fight it.

  • ErikandKathy Muller

    We have a situation, where many schools deal with welfare children..do not mean that in a bad way, the kids can’t help their situation, but to further control them, they are told their whole live where to live, what to eat, which Dr to see..it’s all part of the control game.

  • Gabriel Alan King

    If parents won’t stand up to this “common core” crap, and the rest of the NWO garbage, our nation is DONE.

    • Anonymous

      Our nation was put on the road to DONE when obaMao was elected to the Oval Office. Just how “well-done” we become is up to the next few elections – but I am not at all hopeful that we can keep from becoming crispy critters.

  • Jennifer Ann Moses Gatz

    I want to clarify that if homeschooling Is your thing, I truly believe it can be done effectively and successfully. What I posted earlier was that there are in some places tests that are not “bubble-filled” and in which they want to see work and methods. I was unaware that in some states graduation from high school was done by the parents only without a legal exam of some kind. I have just been cautioned that pulling kids out of public school to avoid common core sometimes did not exempt your children from learning the route to the answers that the public kids have to learn. I have not even once taken a side and got some nasty reactions. I can tell there have been some need for defending homeschooling before. It’s a shame because that is a personal decision. For 3 of my undergrad and grad school entrance exams I needed to show work and write essays. Only minimum “bubble-filling.” By the time the 4-7 graders get to take high school grad exams and college entrance exams there won’t be any “bubble-filling” or caring anout right/wrong…… just thought processes. Again, not saying it’s good or bad, just a prediction, as a grad student just coming into the profession.

    • melmc13

      I’m not sure you’re totally correct about the elimination of scantron answer forms, as I’m seeing more of that in college (my kids) than I ever did when I was in school. I think that may still be state-to-state and college-to-college. So far, the SAT and ACT are the main tests that have been used, as far as testing for college, unless the student does poorly enough on the SAT or ACT that they need a placement test given by the college. My students haven’t had to do that, so far, but I’m aware of the possibility for some of my other students (children), as they all learn differently and have differing abilities. With the SAT and ACT, the students use scratch paper to work the problems, but the answer is on a scantron form, so no one sees the method(s) used.

  • D>R>

    The way to go…Charter schools that are run like private schools; waiting list to get in, don’t obey rules of school and your kicked out etc… Dress code applies to being kicked out. It’s basically public schools with real rules, real consequences and real teachers who get paid to teach and if they don’t they aren’t there. Compensation is high for quality teachers. Look no further than Eduprize or Ben Franklin in Arizona, on the right path.

  • http://ladypoet33.wix.com/mountainladyherbals Debbi

    If the public schools could not teach me the basics in 13 years; well enough to be able to teach them to my children…what good is the public school system? I’ve learned more on my own, since leaving college, than I did in all those years of formal education. We homeschool our children, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Jason Durham

    2001/No Child Left Behind = Republicans/George W Bush

    • Anonymous

      The libturd mantra resurfaces.

    • A-Train

      2001/not even close to the start of our educational downfall

  • Deckard426

    I was suspended from a public school for chewing a pop tart into the shape of Joe Biden’s brain.

  • Jenevive Salinas

    Homeschooling is not expensive. There are so many free resources available in this information age, and furthermore as a young homeschool teacher to my own 3 kids I say dont be so quick to judge America’s parents today. It’s obvious whats going on in schools, anyone who ignores does so because they genuinely dont care about their kids future, but the ones that do and thersa more us than you think, are making sacrafices and taking our children’s education into our own hands. I encourage ANYONE to try it. Its alot simpler than you think and personally I find it very rewarding and fun.

  • marilyn

    Children learn when the teacher loves them and loves the subject he teaches.

  • Marc Severson

    The attacks on public education and teachers in general began long ago. After over 32 years as a primary teacher in elementary school I gave up because I could no longer rationalize to myself that what I was doing to children was not horribly wrong. That being said one of the most insidious parts of this problem is the general attack on the teaching profession in current fashion and the proliferation of the theory that anyone can teach. This has led to the dangerous underfunding of public education and the rise of charter schools that unlike many religion based schools are in the business purely “for profit”. No one should be getting wealthy by exploiting our children and their education. One thing is certain, public school teachers never entered the profession with making money in mind.

    • A-Train

      ‘underfunded’? LOL!!
      BTW, the evil charter schools in NYC FAR outperform the ‘non profits’. results, who cares right

  • theelviscerator

    Real people dont use public brainwashing centers. Or support them.

  • Bob Clarke

    Teaching is about people not data.
    “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” That is the heart of every great teacher ever.

  • haveittodayray

    Education is a real issue along with this one. Abraham Lincoln said, “To sin by silence when they should
    protest makes cowards of men”. When our
    mainstream news will not inform you of one of the main issues of the 21st
    Century, due to political correctness,
    then it’s time not to be silent anymore.

    Muslim refugees from Somalia and other “warzones” to the
    tune of 500,000 being relocated to America is the issue. Forget about being labeled a racist, bigot or
    being politically correct, silence won’t turn back the tide. This immigration
    is a real and growing and is a threatening danger to America. Just look at
    Europe today folks.

    The time has come to speak up and take a stand folk, for
    America. Awareness is the issue as most
    families are simply far too busy, working two jobs, raising their children and do
    not have a clue or the time to research the issue.

    I have done that for you, if you Google
    “TheProjectMuslimBrotherhood” you will find that this is their doctrine to destroy America and West from within by
    stealth jihad, and lies. Guess what,
    the doctrine is over 20 years old, and they are making substantial
    progress. We are now approaching 2400
    Mosques along with approximately 2.7 million Muslims here in America.

    Massive immigration and multiculturalism is literally
    destroying most of Europe today. There
    are over 700 “Islamic No Go Zones”, within France, England and Germany, where
    police cannot enter. Take a look around
    you Dearborn, Michigan, Maine, Tennessee, Minnesota, New York, California,
    Colorado for examples of the immigration resettlement program, and very soon
    coming to your State. Over 90% of them
    are illiterate and in need of public assistance. Have you been to Paris
    recently? The young and the rich are leaving France, immigration is bankrupting
    France and Europe.

    I have no problem with the “peaceful Muslims” that wants to
    integrate into our culture and follow our laws.
    The problem lies in that the
    militant Muslims dominate the peaceful ones and eventually wants to force Islam
    and Sharia law upon us all. They agitate and campaign to dominate the
    rest. Why should America be forced into adapting to their culture? They must adapt to our culture. The Boston
    bombers were motivated by extreme militant Islamic beliefs.

    Sad to say, they are making inroads into every facet of our
    lives and trying to change our culture, under the guise of the first
    amendment. Already, they are changing
    our schools, universities, cities, towns and even our own government has been
    infiltrated. They want Sharia law and
    will stop at nothing to see that it happens. School textbooks are being changed
    to put Islam in a more favorable light.
    Have you been to a school board meeting recently? Food menus are being
    changed to accommodate all of them.

    When Jews, Christians, Priests, Infidels are being
    slaughtered and murdered, and churches are being burned down did you ever
    wonder why the so called peaceful moderate Muslims, never speak out against
    these atrocities? Europe is losing the battle and America in less than a
    generation will be next. Where is the
    condemnation from the nearly 3 Million Muslims that are here, have you heard a
    word from them? Their silence speaks volumes on their real intent to destroy us
    from within and have no intention of ever living within our culture. They want Sharia law in America today

    Islam is a political
    ideology; it is the antithesis of a free society. One generation of silence on the issue due to
    political correctness is all it takes.
    What you do today and tomorrow will affect your children and
    grandchildren and future generations of America, yet unborn. Stand up and be counted to defeat this real
    threat from within. Voice your opinion,
    let your congressmen, senators and school boards know how you feel on the

    about being labeled and simply do what is right for America. We need a permanent solution, time is running
    out. Let us not become the next
    Europe. As for me I refuse to be silent
    on the issue. One person can make a
    difference, but think if were united, what a difference we can make to turn
    back the tide and doctrine of the Muslim Brotherhood. Enough is enough folks, if you do just one
    thing today, Google “TheProjectMuslimBrotherhood” and see for yourself their
    intent to destroy America from within.
    Thank you, and please forward this to millions. Let me know your

  • Bob Clarke

    Get a good curriculum, and a good online study course. That can minimize the lack of some skills of the parents.

  • bear

    Most of what I read here, assumes cc proponents care, or that some suggestions should be offered to help their “cause”. But make no mistake, they do NOT care about children or education.

  • Maya Anne Rivera

    Teachers are not supposed to have any emotional attatchment whatsoever. They are to create a curriculum that satisfies the learning requirements of their particular grade. The teacher can incorporate different and fun ways of learning the core subjects as well as very practiced ways where students can see their own progress. Its rather easy and not at all terrifying. I thought glen was going to bring up disciplinary concerns in which I’ve heard that most kids who did not want to be “home schooled” because of a crazy home life. I have seen home schooling work and I’ve seen it not work due to religious fanatical people. The answer and it is the only true one is in the beginning. Now, if the world ended tomorrow yeah schools will probably shut down until people get their own sins addressed. I say this sin stuff bc fanatical religious people have been trying to take over our schools since before the constitution was written and signed. Take care. And catch those crooks man. Stop them.

  • Jenn

    I home schooled my son for 7 years and he turned out ok..it is a bit challenging but fun because at least you are schooling your child the way YOU see fit and not some friggin government ….HOME SCHOOLING ROCKS…

  • Honordads

    Failing tests means losing Guvmint money. That’s why the teachers are focused on tests, not students. They are also all Ed majors who don’t know enough math and science and economics and literature to teach it to their students. And teachers unions protect the whole racket. Yep, it is hopeless.

  • cindy powell

    We need Dr. Ben Carson (Gifted Hands) in DC running our schools in this country…among other things, as well. BTW…I have taught for 30 years. Could not agree more with what this teacher said….she is correct.

  • josh hitchcock

    The majority of blame today, in my estimation, falls directly on the students and the parents of the students! Too much time is wasted beraiding teachers, bad curriculum and a lack of technology in the classroom. When in fact far more time needs to be spent in the teaching of personal responsibility, of the one learning, to learn, instead of making excuses for laziness and bad parenting and playing the blame game, convicting the educational system as the one at fault! Abe lincoln had very little in the way of formal education and zero technology, but he had the personal drive to learn and the will to succeed. Which proves an education in no way lives an dies based on the teacher or the curriculum, but by the dedication and effort of the pupil learning and their will to better themselves for themselves!

  • Anonymous

    All this big government control is by design, make no mistake about it. The takeover of education, health care, food, means of production are all part of the Marxist tenet. Control equals power and that is really what all this is about. Wake up America.

  • Ignatz

    [ I mean it’s remarkable to me that in almost everything the government has its hands on, that is happening.”]

    Actually, Glenn, it’s the American Right that has demanded standardization, and has told us that we can’t trust teachers to use their personal judgment, and we needed rules instead.

    • A-Train

      it was?

  • Joshua Teks Fritz

    Oh noes, you mean they are testing the kids to see if they actually deserve to graduate!! The Nerve! asking them to prove they know what they were supposed to learn. Next thing you know, they’ll say you have to actually pass classes to graduate.

  • flutertooter

    This is exactly why I quit teaching K12 and brought my own kids home to home school.

  • Anonymous

    My parents were teachers so I understand all the joys and the problems of that profession. They retired in the early 70’s as the unions were beginning to take over in the state where they lived and taught school for decades. They predicted that would be the end of their profession and they were correct. Local control of education would disappear, and the children would be the losers. Sound familiar? I am always attacked by what I will say here but I think it needs to be said anyway, I don’t appose Homeschooling, but I believe it gives in to the system that is taking away our personal liberties because we are not concentrating on reversing the system of education that has caused our kids to be dumbed down and instilled with a socialistic mentality. I paid huge taxes in CT for education and wouldn’t give in to that, fighting a long battle with that kind of subversion. Sometimes it wasn’t pretty, like when I had to get the Rabbi’s wife censored for her treatment of ME because I was butting into “her” territory by requesting a conference! Things as simple as that tend to intimidate parents, and that is precisely why we MUST stay and gain back control of education. My girls received a first class education and chose fields of math and science which were their strengths and I’ve never regretted making school accountability my job. We just can’t give up, we must defeat them!

  • Anonymous

    Teachers have been complaining about standardized testing for a long time. So, Glenn, while our global competitors are testing higher in math and science, and since our economy relies on those subjects, what would you suggest? Once again, Beck would rather complain than have an intelligent discussion on how to raise academic standards to beat our global competition. It’s cheap to read a news story and complain. It’s interesting to look at the problem objectively.

    • A-Train

      letting teachers have some say, getting unions (for the most part) out, and not holding back students who are smarter than their peers. good starts at least.

      • Anonymous

        All sounds reasonable to me. The high performing private schools I know about focus on creativity and have a high bar in math.

  • Diane

    Since my own kids are long out of government schools and on their own, I don’t keep up with changes in how our kids are being educated. But I DO know that telling a child that he has the “wrong way to get the right answer” and therefore that he has failed the assignment (that common core math crap) IS WRONG! We all don’t learn the same way! Bunch of top-heavy control idiots running the show…..

  • Maria Solorzano

    Home schooling is an option I have used but it is SO important for us to be involved on the local level! We need to stop being disengaged and start getting involved…speaking out, running for school board positions, etc. Eventually even homeschooling will not be safe. Common Core standards will soon be forced upon private schools and home schoolers as well. We must be vocal, engaged, and involved.

  • Linda Ames

    This teacher said it better than I could but not only havr the expectations changed but the kids have changed also.

  • http://batman-news.com SilverBullet77

    For the time being there are still Catholic and Lutheran schools open for parents. You will not be driving a new Porsche to work but investing in your child’s future.

    You will look for Lutheran schools under the Missouri Synod. Avoid the ELCA because they supported Obama.

  • Larry Jackson

    Common Core is the final straw! It will completely destroy our children.

  • Anonymous

    Where are people on this? Sitting at home griping and moaning. We talk about the lazy people living off of the government but republicans and conservatives and Christians are lazy politically too. A majority of this country is christian but sit on their hands and watch society destroy itself. All this mess isn’t due to progressives. Its due to the lack of fortitude by people who have and have had a shot at stopping this stuff a long time ago. Pretty sad and disgusting.

  • Lisa

    Never give up on the students….. Find out what is going on in your schools, your town and your country and get out and vote accordingly!

  • Darkwing Dragon

    I feel for the kids with learning disabilities. knowing with this new school system they will never get to see or hold that diploma. I was lucky I graduated when I did. Had I been younger, and in school now? I`d be stuck in a rut with no light to lead the way. What happened to schools being there to help kids learn needed skills for a career? now seems all that matters is math. Not even history, English, or science seems important anymore. And most folks I know can`t get past simple algebra. Once you get into high school, you`re expected to know advanced algebra, geometry, and getting into trigonometry. They aren`t teaching kids as individuals anymore. Everyon`s learning skills differ from person to person. What one may be stronge in math, but weak in english, the other could struggle in math, but pass english with flying colors. The system needs to go back to the way is was 15 years ago.

  • insiderknowledge

    It’s not a progressive movement its a faciast movement. He is right to point it out but he is blaming the wrong group.

  • B-Sizzle

    The school system is completely shot. There is no recovery at this point for the public school system. Even teachers have started to quit teaching because of the constant need of data over effective learning. Homeschooling has become the better option if you can afford it. Besides, if your kid is an athlete, they pass them through anyway regardless so that they can get their state titles. Ask some of the NC baseball programs about that!

  • Jeremy Wolf

    Pull the kids out of public schools and home school them! Glad mine were never in public school. I home schooled them from Kindergarten thru 12th grade!

  • caliland

    Sadly what Glenn Beck is talking about is very true and not only happening in the States but also here in Australia… I have four children, one now in high school, two in primary and one at home, and the youngest one just started kindergarten this year has already started readers after rushing through the sounds of letters and a few phonics being introduced… When I asked the teacher ( who happened to be the same teacher who taught my other two kids had in kindergarten) she said that it was a new government initiative starting this year and she wasn’t pleased with the changes at all…I had to agree since the other two kids didn’t even start readers until the fourth term. Sadly because they are going so fast my youngest child is trying to memorize the reader before coming home and of course gets frustrated that he gets it wrong and doesn’t want to sound out the new words being given out every day because, “that’s not what they do at school! “. Sorry but I was home schooled and even though spelling wasn’t one of my strengths I was always able to read anything because of the ground work I had gone through. Mind you this is only one thing I have found drastically changed since my last child entered kindergarten. Kindergarten I believe is where children have fun learning how to sit and do craft and learn their ABC’s and count to twenty if they can, colors and how not to eat the glue!?

  • Anonymous

    From what I’ve heard the curriculum standard was hastily put together. There were educational reviewers who were supposed to be given a chance to put their stamp of approval on it, but were not given that chance. They’ve since spoken out against it.

    The English standard is the most disturbing to me, because most of the material is literally having children read manuals. There is some literature in it, but it’s only there for students to analyze. It’s not presented as a way of exploring who we are. It’s purely utilitarian. The example writing lessons I’ve seen are also purely utilitarian, in the sense of marketing ideas. They don’t encourage writing for the sake of argument and persuasion, using rhetoric. Rather, they encourage writing for *effect*.

    The examples I’ve seen of the compliant math curriculum look like lost opportunities. I can see good ideas in them, but they put too much emphasis on counting units and measuring quantities, and the problems present themselves in a confusing manner. It appears like something that was thrown together without thought to pedagogy.

  • Kim Gallant

    I feel I’m not qualified to home school but feel for the teachers that get no support from home or they have to be both teacher and parent because the parents aren’t qualified to be parents or they are such young parents they are afraid to discipline their child for fear they won’t be liked by their child. And the government doesn’t sit in on the schools to see what’s happening and what’s working and not working. No child left behind does not benefit any one especially the child.

  • http://hankrutland.mynikken.net. Fior Gael

    Anna, I did not mean learning styles were baloney, I am also a visual learner, I have to see it, hearing it does nothing for me. Math was my worst subject. I think I was saying just what you experienced. We teach the material, and the students adapt to THEIR way of learning it, hence the extra work, or different approach. Now, if we know a student’s learning style, great help can be given to assist them in their quest for knowledge, as I see it. I don’t believe we have to teach to every learning style there is in Public school. It is not practical or efficient. There is no simple solution that does not involve work on the part of the student. If learning were easy, everyone would know everything…no, that’s silly. Learning is work, as you and I know. I used to spend 2-3 hours on Latin study and translation in high school, it just did not come easy to me. Science, on the other hand, was easy for me. I am not creative, just inquisitive. I have a creative wife and creative daughters, but I am the nerd of the family…still visual, but a nerd. God bless your creativity!

  • Gregory Lega

    Sounds like a prison everyday…..

  • Bo Tye

    Folks, it’s up to each of us to build the shining city: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878

  • Guest

    the reason children aren’t learning well in America is the parents aren’t involved with their children schooling. My mother never asked if I had homework, what I was studying, How I was doing. She only paid attention when I got profess reports or report cards. It’s unfair to make all kids have to do test practicing when there are only a few children that are not doing well in school.

  • LindsEy Barnes

    the only ones who need extra schooling at home are the ones who aren’t up to muster. That is the PARENTS responsibility, NOT the teachers. They have 26-31 children to teach.

  • Ava

    Not when I was in university for teaching. We focused on everything based around the student’s interests, learning styles and needs. #Canada

  • http://thebenevolentthou.com/ Max T. Furr

    One of the very first things we should do to help our children learn and to reduce the level of misbehavior in public schools is to remove all sources of sugar–soft drinks and candy. http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/nutrition/facts.htm

    Thinkers in Washington are now suggesting this (some have been for years), but their efforts are drowned out by the corporate politicians who value personal wealth and profit over the minds of our children.

  • http://hankrutland.mynikken.net. Fior Gael

    I would have to say that engineering would not have been your forte, but then you did what you needed to do to get through, and Bravo! for that. We all have different abilities and rightly so. We create a tapestry of cooperation that allows us to have the civilization we have. People find needs for their abilities to fill and so it goes. The sorting process in school points you in the direction of your talents. I was good in science but not in history…to compare and contrast points of view was not and is not one of my strong points (as you can see). Some things come easily to me in science, but not so in politics. I only know when what I see does not match what I am being told. I guess that is where my responses come from. You have self esteem because of your accomplishments and the work you have done. You don’t have self esteem because you are a person, because you are a person you should be esteemed by others. When we compare ourselves to other’s accomplishments we will always be found wanting because we cannot all be the best at everything, or work hard enough to get there. It took me a long time to recognize that there are things I cannot do well and to get better I will have to work harder or forget about it. Interesting.

  • http://stepsinfaithhomeschool.blogspot.com/ mimi

    Common core is devious. It is INDOCTRINATION plain and simple. THey don’t want out children to read classic literature which will teach them some critical thinking skills, nor do they want our children to think for themselves. They want to know which children know what and then there is the data mining of our children, Imagine, your child is a number in a system and will always be that to the government. As for homeschooling being only for the intelligent, well my question to you would be “Who gets to decide whether I am intelligent or not? You? the government? How dare you.

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