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September 2015 Education Reporter from Eagle Form

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September 2015 Education Reporter

Grad-School Loan Binge Fans Debt Worries

August 21, 2015

A growing number of Americans owe more than $100,000 in student debt and are having difficulty paying it back. Most are paying less than the interest on their balance taking advantage of a federal income-based repayment program, says Josh Mitchell in the Wall Street Journal.

Student debt has doubled since the recession to $1.19 trillion and is likely to become a topic for debate in the 2016 presidential race.

Post graduate students, who account to 14% of students in higher education, are responsible for 40% of this debt. Some federal programs have made it easy for students to borrow huge sums of money and eventually have those debts forgiven.

These Federal programs have had unintended consequences:

  • Graduate schools have been able to keep raising tuition.
  • High-earning graduates who can afford to repay their loans have been subsidized without careful consideration.
  • The students’ ability to repay is not carefully assessed.
  • The amount of students who owe more than $100K has swelled to 1.82 million in 2015.

The current administration has stood behind this program claiming that graduate students have the highest earning potential and will most likely repay their loans. These programs are also designed to generate income for taxpayers. Nonetheless, there has been a rise in enrollment in debt forgiveness programs and an expansion in the less stringent repayment program will cost taxpayers $15.3 billion.

Many borrowers are planning to combine debt forgiveness programs with income-based repayment plans. Debt forgiveness was devised to encourage graduates to remain in public sector jobs instead of leaving for the higher-paying private sector. However, recent studies show that the programs are benefiting the people who need it the least.

Source: Josh Mitchell, “Grad-School Loan Binge Fans Debt Worries,” Wall Street Journal, August 18, 2015.

– Read online from NCPA HERE…

Education disaster ‘no accident,’ expert warns

American schools are producing illiterates by the millions and burning through dollars by the billions – and it’s all by design, according to international journalist and educator Alex Newman.

“It’s no accident that we’re getting the kinds of terrible education results that we’re seeing right now,” Newman said in a recent interview on “The Steve Malzberg Show.”

Watch below…

 

50 Years of Federal Intervention in Education

June 12, 2014

A half-century of federal intervention in education has done nothing to improve educational achievement, according to a report in the Daily Signal.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress conducted a long-term analysis of educational trends:
• Today’s 17-year-old students perform no better in reading and math than did 17-year-olds in the 1970s.
• Only 26 percent of high school seniors today are proficient in math, and only 38 percent of high school seniors are proficient in reading.

Over the last 50 years, the federal government’s role in education has exploded:
• The first major federal intervention in education was in 1965, when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The bill was 31 pages and provided $1 billion in federal funding to low-income school districts.
• In 1979, President Jimmy Carter created the Department of Education.
• President Reagan created a National Commission on Excellence in Education. In 1983, the Commission published a report highlighting the poor educational performance of American schoolchildren.
• In 2002, President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind law. The law is a whopping 600 pages long, spends $25 billion each year and contains 60 competitive grant programs and two dozen formula grant programs.
• Under President Obama, Race to the Top grants and No Child Left Behind waivers are available to states that agree to use the national Common Core standards and tests.

Rather than more federal involvement, the U.S. needs to restore power over education decisions to states and localities.

Source: Brittany Corona, “Nearly 50 Years of Growing Federal Intervention in Education, Explained in One Picture,” Daily Signal, June 11, 2014.

CSCOPE Update: Still More in Our Continuing Series

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – As is the case in most any scandal, it is a story clouded in secrecy and leading down a trail of money. CSCOPE is not a medical procedure, or a mouthwash … and World Net Daily Investigative Reporter John Griffing is one who helped bring its details to light.  

Texas parents, and even some teachers, are none to happy about the CSOPE Curriculum Plans being taught to Texas schoolchildren.

 

Obama Core Is Another Power Grab!

Note: Common Core is not used in Texas. HOWEVER, C-Scope is which is just another form of Commom Core…So Texas Parents Beware!

Americans were shocked at the dictatorial grab for power when Barack Obama threatened to change any law with his pen or phone, and even used that power to personally alter Obamacare and the Welfare law, and to “legislate” the Dream Act that Congress refused to pass.  Now Americans are rising up by the thousands to stop Common Core, which is the current attempt to compel all U.S. children to be taught the same material and not taught other things parents might think important.

Ever since Congress began pouring federal tax dollars into public schools, parents have been solicitous to have Congress write into law a prohibition against the federal government writing curriculum or lesson plans, or imposing a uniform national curriculum. Parents want those decisions made at the local level by local school boards which are, or should be, subject to the watchful eyes of local citizens and parents. Parents are supported in this view by the U.S. Constitution which gives the federal government no power over education. Here is some of the repetitive language included in federal school appropriation laws.

Continue Reading…

 

Jeanine McGregory on CSCOPE

GUEST SPEAKER:  Jeanine McGregory (a.k.a. Ms. Mac) is an award winning educator, speaker, and author. For more than three decades Ms. Mac has been using researched based strategies to help children learn at unbelievably accelerated rates. As a teacher, school director, and parent, the children under her instruction have consistently been able to master academic skills considered years beyond their ability by conventional standards. She continues to write books and make resources to change children’s lives for the better. Also currently working as an educational consultant, she is coming alongside parents, teachers, and schools for the educational advancement of children across the United States.

Common Core-The Chamber of Commerce Is Dead Wrong

by Henry W. Burke

1.16.14

http://www.educationviews.org/common-core-chamber-commerce-dead-wrong

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce argues that national standards will facilitate students who move to another state.  Fact — The percentage of school age children who moved out of state was only 0.3 % of the total population!

 

 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has strongly voiced its support in favor of the Common Core Standards.  The Chamber of Commerce is dead wrong to support the Common Core Standards.  Because the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is such a powerful and influential organization, they need to stop supporting the Obama administration’s education plan that will harm instead of help children.

 

In fact, the Chamber of Commerce is finding themselves on the wrong side of CCS because grassroots citizens are rising up all over this country and in protest are opting their children out of the CCS lessons and assessments.

 

I believe that a pro-growth, pro-business outlook can do wonders for America.   Our economy has stalled since the recession began in 2008; and the economic recovery under Obama has been rather pathetic!  Unemployment remains high and millions of workers have dropped out of the labor force.  We have the lowest labor force participation rate in 36 years!  Economic growth, as measured by the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), is non-existent.  

 

I am a Civil Engineer with over 40 years of experience in the construction industry.  I retired from one of the largest construction companies in the U.S., a highly respected, growing corporation.  I write extensively on education and economic issues because I care deeply about the future of our country.  Much of this writing has focused on the Common Core Standards (CCS). 

 

 

1.  Myth — The Common Core Standards Are High Quality.

The website for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation begins the Common Core talking points by addressing “What are the Common Core State Standards?”  It states:

            The Common Core State Standards are a set of high-quality academic expectations in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics that define both the knowledge and skills all students should master by the end of each grade level in order to be on track for success in college and career.

          http://education.uschamber.com/node/1737

 

Similar arguments are advanced by Chamber President Tom Donohue.  In a 10.22.13 article on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce website, “Dispelling Common Core Myths,” Donohue stated:

          Common Core is an elevated set of standards—not a curriculum. It focuses on the building blocks of learning, such as reading and math, and is designed to be applicable in the real world—namely, college or career.

          http://education.uschamber.com/blog/dispelling-common-core-myths

Fact — The Common Core Standards are not high quality standards!

The Common Core proponents love to talk about college and career.”

Dr. Sandra Stotsky was formerly in charge of developing the widely praised Massachusetts English/Language Arts Standards.  She has written extensively about the lack of quality of the Common Core, particularly in the area of literature.  Dr. Stotsky should know; she sat on the Common Core Validation Committee and refused to validate the standards.  Sandra Stotsky is professor of education reform emerita, University of Arkansas. 

The states that adopted the standards in 2010 did so before the Common Core standards for English and language arts were even finalized.  The Common Core advocates argue that these standards would make all students “college-ready,” but Dr. Stotsky has stated that the Common Core Standards will not produce “college-ready” students.

By reducing the study of complex literary texts and by requiring teachers to place a heavy emphasis instead on informational text, Common Core decreases the students’ opportunities to develop analytical thinking skills.  Hence Common Core students will be less prepared for college.

Students develop a love for reading when they read the rich literary classics.  Would a student rather read a wonderful piece of literature or the informational text found in a boring government document, executive order, or insulation manual?  Such boring, non-literary articles will absolutely kill the love of reading!  Informational texts belong in other classes, not in English classes.

The mathematicsstandards are not any better.  

The Pioneer Institute recently published a report by R. James Milgram and Sandra Stotsky, “Lowering the Bar: How Common Core Math Fails to Prepare High School Students for STEM.”

http://pioneerinstitute.org/download/lowering-the-bar-how-common-core-math-fails-to-prepare-high-school-students-for-stem/

 

R. James Milgram is professor of mathematics emeritus, Stanford University.  He was a member of Common Core’s Validation Committee 2009-2010. 

Professor Milgram states the following in the Pioneer white paper:

            With the exception of a few standards in trigonometry, the math standards END after Algebra II.  They include no precalculus or calculus.

The Common Core mathematics standards do not make high school graduates “college and career-ready,” as the Common Core proponents claim.  The national mathematics standards will not prepare students to study science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in a selective four-year college.

The Pioneer report concludes by offering these chilling indictments:

          At this time we can conclude only that a gigantic fraud has been perpetrated on this country, in particular on parents in this country, by those developing, promoting, or endorsing Common Core’s standards. We have no illusion that the college-readiness level in ELA will be any more demanding than Common Core’s college-readiness level in mathematics.

            http://pioneerinstitute.org/download/lowering-the-bar-how-common-core-math-fails-to-prepare-high-school-students-for-stem/

 

Dr. Stotsky wonders why industry leaders, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, are supporting the Common Core Standards, even though the standards are blatantly inferior.

 

          How could so many supposedly sophisticated industry and business leaders not understand that Common Core Math will not prepare students for jobs in their fields? Surely they have people on their staffs – engineers and technology people – who could offer their opinion!

 

                http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/01/14/Expert-Dr-Sandra-Stotsky-On-Common-Core-We-Are-A-Very-Naive-People?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

  Continue reading “Common Core-The Chamber of Commerce Is Dead Wrong”

Common Core in Texas!

This week educators from across the state of Texas will be attending more progressive training in Gaylord, Texas at taxpayers expense. Not only will we be paying  conference fees but attendees hotel and meals as well. Learning Forward is one of many progressive educational promoting entities across the country with  groups represented in various states. Texas is home to one of the groups. Its board members are employees of various Texas ISD’s. You can go to twitter and use #learnfwd13 and find all kind of info in relation to the progressive conference.

One of the most progressive educators across the Country is Humanist Linda Darling Hammond. Hammond has been behind the implementation of Common Core across the country and is associated with Terrorist Bill Ayers. Hammond has also signed the Humanist TEN COMMANDMENTS: GUIDING PRINCIPALS FOR TEACHING VALUES IN AMERICA’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS.  Hammond will speaking at this conference educating Texas administrators and teachers and some students.

common core training

Common Core Resources List

By Donna Garner

“One Click Away: Anti-Common Core Resources List”

Compiled from Dec. 11, 2009 through Nov. 8, 2013 by Donna Garner

Since Dec. 11, 2009, I have carefully researched and documented the Common Core Standards as they have slowly-but-surely engulfed our nation’s public schools.  For four long years, I have continued to warn the public about the takeover of the public schools by the Obama administration  — ObamaCore.  (This is very similar to the federal takeover  of our healthcare system – ObamaCare.)

Fortunately, the horrors of ObamaCore (and also ObamaCare) are finally being understood by a vast majority of people across our country.  

The Anti-Common Core Resources List is a way to help equip moms, pops, grandparents, caring citizens, businessmen, legislators, the media, and everyone else to arm themselves with the facts about ObamaCore so that they can fight to keep this and succeeding generations of children from being indoctrinated rather than educated.   

WHERE TO START

**The beginning point  – an understanding of Type #1 and Type #2 philosophies of education: 

http://www.educationviews.org/comparison-types-education-type-1-traditional-vs-type-2-cscope-common-core/

OR

http://nocompromisepac.ning.com/profiles/blogs/chart-comparison-of-two-types-of-education-type-1-and-type-2-1?xg_source=activity

 COMMON CORE STANDARDS ALL IN ONE EASY-TO-UNDERSTAND GRAPHIC

***[The following arrows mean “lead to.”]

National standards  ?  national assessments  ?  national curriculum ? national teacher evaluations with teachers’ salaries tied to students’ test scores  ?  teachers teaching to the test each and every day  ?  national indoctrination of our public school children  ?  national database of students and teachers containing personally intrusive information

ONE CLICK AWAY

ANTI-COMMON CORE STANDARDS RESOURCE LIST FROM DEC. 8, 2009 THROUGH NOV. 8, 2013

 http://www.educationviews.org/updated-anti-common-core-resources-list-from-12-11-09-through-11-8-13/  

OR

http://nocompromisepac.ning.com/profiles/blogs/updated-anti-common-core-resources-list-compiled-over-4-yrs-by

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COSTS OF COMMON CORE — UPDATED LINKS:

9.6.13 – “Non-Common Core States Will Save Millions of Dollars” – by Henry W. Burke — http://educationviews.org/non-common-core-states-will-save-millions-of-dollars-2/

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.5.13 – “State-Specific Common Core Implementation Costs” – by Henry W. Burke — http://educationviews.org/state-specific-common-core-implementation-costs/ 

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8.29.13 – “States’ Taxpayers Cannot Afford Common Core Standards” – by Henry W. Burke – http://educationviews.org/states-taxpayers-cannot-afford-common-core-standards-2/

Donna Garner

Wgarner1@hot.rr.com