Three states – Iowa, Florida and Arizona – have rebranded the Common Core Standards Initiative with different names in clever attempts to bamboozle critics of the standards. (RELATED: Common Core proponents try to save flailing standards using this one weird trick)
On Monday, Indiana skipped this desperate marketing ploy and simply ditched Common Core altogether, reports The Indianapolis Star.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence affixed his signature to Senate Bill 91, a law ordering public K-12 schools across The Hoosier State to stop using the controversial education standards.
Indiana is the first state to opt out of Common Core.
“I believe our students are best served when decisions about education are made at the state and local level,” Pence said in a statement.
My Comment: Yes, Governor Pence I agree. Most things are better off left to the state and local levels.
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I’m sorry, but this story just irks me. Surely you’ve read it by now. A police officer parks in a fire lane and a teenager leaves him a “ticket” with a fine of $10.
True: police are not above the law and should respect parking regulations when not involved in an emergency.
True: we should teach our children to obey the established rules and regulations of their environment, community etc.
What irks me is the girl’s lack of respect, both for the policeman and the fact he is an adult. If it were an unmarked or citizen’s car would she have left the ticket? I wonder.
We see more and more of this every day; children and teenagers disrespecting adults, smart-mouthing etc. It won’t get any better, of course, especially since the police officer REWARDED her disrespectful behavior. I don’t care if she thought she was being cute. It isn’t cute; not to me, or anyone raised to respect adults and keep your mouth shut (except in cases of abuse of course, duh). Am I overreacting?
By Jeff Mason and Katya Golubkova
THE HAGUE/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia and the West drew a tentative line under the Ukraine crisis on Tuesday after U.S. President Barack Obama and his allies agreed to hold off on more damaging economic sanctions unless Moscow goes beyond the seizure of Crimea.
Describing Russia as a “regional power” and not the biggest national security threat to the United States, Obama said Russian forces would not be removed militarily from Crimea, but the annexation of the Black Sea region was not a “done deal” because the international community would not recognize it. Continue to Source
A remarkable story on TheBlaze this morning demonstrates just how out-of-control the American education has become. Susan Sluyter has been a teacher in Cambridge Public School District in Massachusetts for more than two decades, and one can imagine that she’s seen her fair share of change over the years. But the more recent shift in education requirements was so dramatic, Sluyter made the decision to resign last month. She outlined her concerns in letter that has since been made public.
“In this disturbing era of testing and data collection in the public schools, I have seen my career transformed into a job that no longer fits my understanding of how children learn and what a teacher ought to do in the classroom to build a healthy, safe, developmentally appropriate environment for learning for each of our children,” Sluyter wrote in February her resignation letter. Continue article
Has it ever been a tough day. Nothing major happened, it’s just been rough. I, of course, stayed up too late last night and thus climbed out of bed this morning wanting nothing more than to stay in it. No matter how hard I try, I find my mind to be the clearest and most engaged at night after the kids are in bed. I really need to get in the habit of going to sleep earlier (much earlier) and waking up much earlier. I feel better when I do that, but for some reason I find myself burning the midnight oil once again. I simply must condition myself to get up at dawn. We’ll be getting our first flock of backyard chickens soon, so I need to be up to let them out as early as possible. Ah, I’m just blabbering.
Please continue to pray for my daughter. The evenings have been rough on her, and thus, me. As soon as her dad leaves for work, (5:30 pm) she goes into meltdown mode. An afternoon rest period does not seem to help. I am getting to where I dread seeing him leave. So, please pray for us and this seems like the enemy’s current line of attack on my family.