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Mr. Miller has comments about teacher evaluation.

http://www.viewfromtheedge.net/?p=7405

Snippets with my comments:

“So, we are right back where we were prior to SB2033. Oklahoma can do anything we choose without the threat of federal interference. We can change this law during this legislative session, and we should.”

“That’s right. I vote to abolish TLE completely. Every part of it–The Tulsa Model, Marzano, McRel, roster verification, value-added models, teacher portfolios, student and parent surveys, benchmark testing, qualitative scores, quantitative scores…EVERY. Damn. Part.”

Absolutely. Get rid of all teacher evaluation requirements. We must trust our teachers and principals. If parents will stay involved, that will work just fine. It is, in fact, the only thing that will work.

Accountability means nothing unless the parents are involved. The state need not be involved if the parents are, and the state will only cause harm regardless.

“Adding layers of bureaucracy and mandates at the state level has done little to improve the quality of teachers in our state. This has always been–and will always be–a function of school leadership.”

Yes, absolutely. Local leadership and parental involvement. With no parents, there is no hope anyway.

“Therefore, the best method of teacher evaluation will always be to hire a great principal and let them do their job.

“Likewise, the best approach for our best teachers is to let them teach. We should provide the resources, training and supports they need and then get out of their way.

“The reality is that great teachers will be great teachers with or without TLE. They are intrinsically motivated and likely harder on themselves than any administrator could ever be. This does not mean they won’t appreciate meaningful feedback and suggestions from their administrators. But it’s just gravy for many of them.”

Actually, with TLE, the great teachers succumb. They find it too hard to love the children and teach them, piled on with the requirements to keep up with all the paperwork and restrictions. TLE doesn’t do much for the good teachers, but it does drive them away.

Mr. Miller speaks of improving incentives, but I don’t think incentives are the problem, restrictions and disincentives are the problem. First, we hold a gun to everyone’s head and force them to school. Then we tie the hands of the teachers with one-size-fits-all requirements. We restrict their options, and we force them to deal with those kids who refuse to cooperate, gun to their head or not.

Children love to learn. We do not have to instill a love of learning in them. It is there. We have to be careful not to squash it. Our system is very much geared for squashing love of learning. It also squashes love of teaching.

Likewise for critical thinking. Kids will, if we don’t throttle them every time they do so. We tend to, since there just isn’t time in the classroom to let the child’s thinking run its course. When Sally makes an astute observation followed by an off-the-wall conclusion, the ideal is to work with her and her peers to sort out the error and find better conclusions. She can and will if we can take the time, but we don’t. The typical response is to tell her that she was sharp to notice, but then the teacher must simply interject the correct conclusion because there simply isn’t time for the distraction. The distractions are important. In the distractions, our children learn to think for themselves. Distractions and focus on them develop the love of learning into lifelong habit. Figuring out and working through the errors and misjudgments develops the critical thinking that simply cannot be taught. Tests and lessons cannot teach critical thinking. Telling students what the critical points are teaches them nothing. They know a fact for a while; then it fades from mind. Doing the process of critical thinking instills it. Teaching it, accomplishes nothing.

First, the letter I sent via the Governor’s government web site took multiple tries and multiple parts to send it. The contact form is very poorly executed. The “Name” block will not accept punctuation. One cannot put the period after the middle initial. (How sad is that? The programmer didn’t think to allow the period in a name field?) I had to break the following message into three parts and send separately because the text field is so constricted. Note, none of these restrictions and shortcomings are identified in instructions. Oklahoma’s Governor’s gotta do better than this. (BTW, I despise the scrolling graphics on the state web site pages!) Read the rest of this entry »

Senator Josh Brecheen comments regarding NCLB waiver and federally mandated teacher evaluation based on student test results here: http://www.durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/50629902/Brecheen-discusses-No-Child-Left-Behind-Waiver-and-TLE

“Teachers must be made aware that losing the NCLB waiver impacts the Teacher Leader Effectiveness and Evaluation (TLE) system to their benefit.

“The loss of the NCLB waiver gives Oklahoma the opportunity to not be forced to implement the quantitative side of TLE (where student test scores are the metric in evaluating teachers), as currently being pushed by the Obama Administration/U.S. Department of Education.”

Our State School Board needs to get it in gear and quit shirking their duties. We parents need to hold them and the Governor (and the new Superintendent once elected) accountable.

Enough said here:

http://www.politichicks.tv/2014/09/common-core-oklahoma/

The elites believe they know best. They consider us clueless parents. We are just in the way of them accomplishing their agenda of turning our civilization into a Borg hive collective, with them as the queen.

Don’t let it happen. Resistance is not futile.

Take responsibility for your kids no matter what your educational choices are. (Be sure you think through your choices. Stay on top of it.)

The ROPE organization realizes that the work required to Restore Oklahoma Public Education is not about stopping CCSS, so on they work. So must we all. Our Governor has realized her error on Common Core, now she needs to back up her realization and take the lead in helping our state set reasoned standards and develop reasonable, age appropriate ways to measure it.

I am not convinced that Governor Fallin holds what we generally call conservative principles. Yes, she is conservative, but she seems to have statist, progressivist leanings, or she would have never bought into CCSS in the first place. Being the head of an organization does not mean you necessarily support its projects. CCSS is a project that Mary Fallin should have canned the day after she took the reins of the National Governors Association.

I think the word is out that Jeb Bush is a RINO at best, a true statist who says Republicans to need focus on winning elections, not making points. Same for Chris Christie, http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/04/06/jeb-bush-to-make-decision-on-2016-by-the-end-of-this-year/ Their efforts to continue CCSS nonsense is not the example to follow.

Frankly, we need to stand on Constitutional principles and work for less government, less regulation, and lower budgets. Our Governor does not seem to always stay focused on such. She seems to be running for POTUS herself. Frankly, I’d rather see T.W. Shannon run for President.

Anyway, the ladies at ROPE posted this, http://restoreoklahomapubliceducation.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-oklahoma-standards-writing-process.html, and it is worthy of consideration. Our Governor needs to take the lead here. If we can involve Dr. Sandra Stotsky, I suggest we should.

While it is tempting to assume Janet Barresi is throwing a fit after being trounced at the poles for her failures as Superintendent, it really is just a push from the money behind CCSS and the national organizations who are being empowered by CCSS implementation.

The OK Board is claiming our legislators are not qualified to have any say in our education standards. While that is absurd on its face in a republic with democratically elected representatives, I’ve hardly seen a worse case of the pot calling the kettle black.

Amy Anne Ford seems to be the spokesman for the suit. Here is her official resume from Barresi:

http://www.ok.gov/sde/about/amy-anne-ford

So, is the operator of a temp service better qualified than my elected representatives?

Contact the Governor and your own representatives. Contact the Board. They are wrong. Our students are currently suffering because of them, not because of HB3399.

It amazes me how much money national organizations want to expend fighting Oklahoma.

http://www.jasonnelson.org/2014/06/lawsuit-filed-challenging-common-core.html

I suppose being so red makes us a target of the progressivists and statists no matter what.

Honestly, I think we need to change the Oklahoma Constitution to disband the State Board of Education. We need basics, not bureaucrats.

Our ROPE ladies need our help:

http://restoreoklahomapubliceducation.blogspot.com/2014/06/state-school-board-members-and-others.html

Please consider taking action.

A national organization threatened suit if our Governor signed the repeal of Common Core State Standards, as we worked so hard to get our legislature to do.

This national organization has made good on its threat by cajoling our state board and a handful of others to file the suit here in Oklahoma.

Power grab! Don’t let them.

Sure, it is in the hands of the Oklahoma State Supreme Court, but let your voice be heard. Contact your local Representative and your State Senator.

Point out that this law suit has no grounds. Here is the statement in our constitution:

Section XIII-5: Board of Education.

  The supervision of instruction in the public schools shall be
vested in a Board of Education, whose powers and duties shall be
prescribed by law. The Superintendent of Public Instruction
shall be President of the Board. Until otherwise provided by
law, the Governor, Secretary of State, and Attorney General shall
be ex-officio members, and with the Superintendent, compose said
Board of Education.

Emphasis added. That is it. The whole Constitutional statement. It clearly says the board shall be ruled by law. The legislature writes the laws as we see fit, and that is that. This is the law now. It CANNOT be unconstitutional. The constitution says this is the way it is supposed to be.

 

I just saw an ad (a welcome one) that touted some curriculum as intentionally “not aligned with common core.” Okay, but there isn’t much point in trying to steer clear of any and every aspect of common core, per se. What we need to avoid is the soul-killing progressivism built into the agenda held by the pushers of the Common Core State Standards.

We also need to avoid the “new math” category of failed ideas that try to make something of mathematics that it is not.

The present danger of CCSS is not inherent. We don’t need to scrutinize everything we work with in educating our children to see if it has a scent of CCSS, we just need to ensure we are thoughtfully individualizing what we teach every individual. We must remember that our students are our partners, walking with us. We are helping them learn what they need to fulfill their own desires and achieve their own successes. Our students are not some resource of the state, not some retirement investment for ourselves.

The biggest problem of CCSS was the statism inherent in it. It also pushed the same “new” ideas and teaching philosophies that have failed over and over since the sixties. That is, we just need to avoid what we know has failed in education over the last few decades. The practical badness of CCSS simply resulted from the repackaging of these failed notions about teaching, notions predicated on control of large classrooms and notions of “model citizens”, which translates to Borg-drones in my opinion. The group of people who push the CCSS are mostly in it for the money, but some of them are driven by notions articulated by the late George Carlin. Such people don’t want a truly educated populace, they want compliant people only smart enough to run the machines.

These comments, http://restoreoklahomapubliceducation.blogspot.com/2014/06/joy-hoffmeister-in-my-opinion-jenni.html, by Jenni White of Restore Oklahoma Public Education, are reassuring.

I will support Joy Hoffmeister in this primary. However, it is clear in my mind that Janet Barresi has proven a failure. She is dangerous, and I cannot support her. If Janet Barresi is on the ballot, I will vote for another name, even if that name has D behind it. Being a registered Republican, I cannot vote in the other party election, but from what little I know of that side of things, Freda Deskin seems a reasonable and responsible person for the job.

I expect that the Democrat Party leadership knows that Janet Barresi is vulnerable. I suspect the plans are moving forward to win this statewide office and put it back in the D column. I honestly expect that is what will happen if Barresi wins the primary.

That is okay with me. It isn’t a game. I can support good candidates from any party. While I cannot stand behind him on everything he says publicly, I support my local Representative Scott Inman. He is a good man. He will side with the Democratic Party in general, but he will stand for what is right when his party is crosswise of it.

I find this article at American Thinker by Justin O. Smith worth reading. (I don’t see that I can recommend his other writings at AT.) It has plenty of good information.

However, I also found it a bit overly emotional, and perhaps a little presumptive.

Still, I recommend it:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/05/a_tool_for_americas_transformation.html

Here is a quote:

Common Core is designed by Progressives to control unfavorable views of Progressivism, and it will control all disciplines dealing directly with human affairs, such as history, law, and economics, which will most immediately affect political views. The disinterested search for the truth is not of value in CCSS, because the vindication of the Progressive Marxo-fascist view becomes the sole object, whether it advances the false science of man-made global warming or the false premise that socialism outperforms laissez-faire capitalism, even when the facts and experience show otherwise.

The political ideas of a people and their attitude toward authority are as much the effect of the political institutions under which they live as anything else. So even a strong tradition of liberty is no safeguard if the immediate danger is precisely that the institutions and new policies, such as Common Core, guided by amoral men like Arne Duncan, will gradually destroy that spirit through indoctrination.

It still disturbs me that relatively conservative politicians, specifically some of the Governors, like our own Mary Fallon and Florida’s Jeb Bush can espouse such obviously progressivist bunkum as Common Core State Standards. The statism and ultraleft orientation of it are just too obvious. One cannot pretend the “standards” aspect of it is worthwhile compared to the obvious problems the nationalization of our education system will institute.

Sadly, the nationalization of our public education system is already systemic and probably irreversible. The damage is becoming visible already. Our efforts to roll back the CCSS may be too little, and they may already be too late.

This is a good place to remind ourselves, the more things change, the more they stay the same. No one said it more clearly than Kipling:

http://www.kiplingsociety.co.uk/poems_copybook.htm

The Gods of the Copybook Headings
AS I PASS through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.

We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,
But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.

When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.”

On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “The Wages of Sin is Death.”

In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “If you don’t work you die.” 

Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

I was thinking I posted this, but I don’t see it. So, here ’tis.

This lovely young mother and child clinical psychologist takes about 23 minutes discussing why the Common Core State Standards are not age appropriate.

The reference at the end of Dr. Pesta’s video is to a vendor. Accordingly, one must consider a bit of profit motive, but honest people usually tell the truth anyway.

There are several more videos and references here:

https://www.fpeusa.org/index.php/about-fpe/common-core-free

The PDF documents are zipped for some reason.

Anyway, more references. Most telling is that the educators involved in developing the Common Core State Standards are against it.

I really don’t see how people who understand how destructive progressivism is can support this latest round of “reform” and Federal takeover in any way. It should motivate all parents and reasonable people to oppose it. It is statist. It is the Borg in the most literal sense.

Resistance is not futile. Always speak out against compulsion and objectification. Our children and their teachers are more than test results.

This is a youtube video posted about Common Core State Standards. This English professor has some very good information. If he doesn’t say something that angrifies your blood, well, you might have dry-ice and isopropanol in your veins.

Nothing fancy here, but he makes the points you need to hear.

Note, it is two hours and eight minutes long. Still, it is worth it. He covers the history and development of it, and he explains what it is, and what it isn’t, and he provides some references.

Worth your time.

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