Monday, December 16, 2013

New York State PTA Official Threatens Parents Who Want To "Opt Out" of Common Core

This is how badly the "state" and the liberals who are on school boards or PTAs that push this radical "Common Core" education agenda want control over what your kids think and learn (Freedom Outpost).

In a video (seen below) on Common Core, New York State PTA Education Coordinator Bob Aloise  supported calling Child Protective Services and charging parents with “educational neglect” for opting-out their kids from the curricula or testing.

The writer of the article noted that many parents have created support groups to stand up to the threat of Common Core, as well as the Opt out option.

Common Core has roots in unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers and a young then-community organizer named Barack Obama (Breitbart).

Just prior to the presidential election of 2008, Dr. Stanley Kurtz, Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, wrote an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal in which he observed that then-Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama’s “most important executive experience” was heading up the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), an education foundation that was the invention of Bill Ayers, founder of the Weather Underground in the 1960s.

Obama led the CAC from 1995 to 1999 and remained on the board until 2001. The foundation funneled more than $100 million into community organizations and radical education activists.

The CAC’s stated purpose was to improve Chicago’s public schools using funding from an education initiative by Walter Annenberg. As chairman, Obama handled fiscal matters while Ayers co-chaired the CAC’s other key entity, the “Collaborative,” which influenced education policy. Archives from the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago showed that Obama and Ayers worked as a team to advance the CAC agenda.

In his op-ed, Kurtz explained that the Obama campaign at the time said that Ayers had nothing to do with Obama’s “recruitment” to CAC’s board. However, as Kurtz discovered, the Daley archives showed that:
…along with [Deborah] Leff and [Patricia Albjerg] Graham, Mr. Ayers was one of a working group of five who assembled the initial board in 1994. Mr. Ayers founded CAC and was its guiding spirit. No one would have been appointed the CAC chairman without his approval.
Kurtz continued that the CAC’s agenda channeled Ayers’ educational philosophy “which called for infusing students and their parents with a radical political commitment, and which downplayed achievement tests in favor of activism.” Ayers wrote that teachers should act as community organizers whose focus is provoking resistance to American racism and oppression.

...The Chicago Public Education Fund was created in 1998 by Obama, Ayers, and the rest of the CAC board. Then-Illinois state Sen. Obama was a member of the leadership council, as was Bill Ayers’ father, Thomas Ayers, and brother, John Ayers. Ultimately, the CAC closed down in June of 2001, leaving the Fund to distribute grant money.

According to Kurtz, when CAC, prior to closing, conducted its own study of the effects of its grants on the test scores of Chicago public-school students, they found no evidence of educational improvement.

...As Clark observed, many of the same individuals who began in Chicago are expanding the Annenberg/Coalition of Essential Schools model, one that is very similar to the Common Core standards in terms of teaching strategies, lesson plans, and curriculum resources.

Bill Ayers continues to speak on behalf of the Annenberg/CES reform effort and provides professional development to teachers and principals from CES schools and districts.

President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan both promote Bill Ayers’ Small Schools Workshop and the Coalition of Essential Schools in the Department of Education’s recent document, Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance: Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century. In addition, Obama and Duncan have sent billions of taxpayer dollars to states that have adopted the Common Core standards.

And David Coleman, who is now the president of the College Board, has been making sure the SAT, ACT, AP, and GED exams are all aligned with the Common Core standards.

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