Tag Archives: School Reform

School Reform Issues – Colorado – Common Core, PARCC, etc.

This presentation by LibertyWatch provides basic information about School Reform Activity at a national level here in America and in Colorado. For additional information we suggest the following resources: Common Core Standards—Fact and Fiction Published April 14, 2013 Joy Pullmann, Education Research Fellow at The Heartland Institute Truth In America Education Colorado Academic Standards Menu… read more

To the American School System – a poem – time for real reform

To the American School System I see the bright eyes of my children. Eager to learn, trusting. Can I trust my children to your care? You are obsessed with testing! Why do you insist on turning my children’s accomplishments into a number? Don’t you know the difference between a child and a number? What are… read more

Testing in Public Schools is out of Control. Not improving our Schools.

The enthusiasm to test is unabated here in Colorado.  K-12 students are subjected to lots of testing, not only by their teachers and the local school district but also by the state. Here is an analysis of test time for students in Thompson School District Problems with high-stakes testing: 1) standardized test scores poor measure… read more

Cross Currents Forum about Amendment 66: School Funding Reform

During the Forum a member of the audience pointed out that Colorado has “bought into” the idea that better standards and assessment activity will improve student outcomes and teacher effectiveness.  Colorado is spending millions of dollars on this strategy, but test scores over the last 10 years show no significant improvement in student achievement.  The… 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

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