Statewide Education

More about Stop Common Core Rally at the Colorado Board of Education

A protest was held at the Colorado State Board of Education on August 14, 2013.  About 20 people who are opponents of Common Core and associated issues (high-stakes testing, data tracking, etc) picketed outside the Department of Education in Denver and in the afternoon made comments during the Public Comment section of the Board of… read more

New Standards & Assessments – more cost, less local control – bad news!

New teacher assessment methodology, implementation of Common Core Standards for Math and English Language Arts (ELA)  and changes in state mandated testing for K-12 students, all happening this year.  See this article posted August 18, 2013 at the Loveland Reporter-Herald… “Major reforms gain traction as Colorado kids head back to class”. It is highly questionable… read more

Parent Led Reform holds Common Core Forum in Centennial Colorado

On Monday, August 12, 2013 Parent Led Reform held a Forum on Common Core at the Koelbel Library in Centennial Colorado. Four experts on Common Core and related issues (high-stakes testing and data collection) answered questions. The event was hosted by John Ransom (host of Ransom Notes Radio Show and editor of The panelists… read more

NCLB Generation – Can’t write, Can’t Think!

Our elected leaders tell us that their policies will prepare our children for the 21st Century workplace.  This is a great example of “doublethink”, since No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Race to the Top have accomplished just the opposite! As the NCLB generation is now heading for college, folks in higher education are seeing… read more

Some critical thinking about Colorado Academic Standards (CAS)

In the last 10 years many states have initiated major public education reforms.  This article compares the new Standards developed by Colorado in 2010 with the Standards developed by Massachusetts in 1994 (including all updates since 1994). This analysis is more about the manner in which the CAS standards are presented than about the merits… read more

The Educational Industrial Complex is making money but not improving education – bad news!

This presentation was made during the Public Comments at the Thompson School District R2-J Board of Education Meeting on June 19, 2013 by Margaret L. McKenzie My topic tonight touches on school budgets; in a different realm.  It is about Common Core Education.  Common Core is Nationalized Educational Standards.  Our Liberty Watch group has found… read more

Academic Standards in Colorado (CAS) – Current Status

In 2008, Colorado Legislature passed SB08-212 Preschool to Postsecondary Alignment Act (CAP4K) which called for the state Board of Education to update education standards. On December 10, 2009, the Colorado State Board of Education adopted revised Standards. On August 2, 2010, the Colorado State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards for English… read more

The new School Reform Vocabulary

For over 100 years America has been using a public school model (borrowed from Prussia) established to meet the needs of the industrial age, designed to insure a compliant workforce and to support a consumer society. Especially since the 1960’s social engineers have been busy. Behavior theory assumed that children are a “blank slate”, education… read more

Who are these people? Do you trust your children to their care?

Who can reform American Education?  Well, this is not an easy question to answer because there are lots of players. Not only are schools in need of  reform but due to the current environment no major change can be made without a complicated coalition of many parties most of which do not represent the interests… read more