100% of Students opt out of Common Core Test at a Seattle High School
Interesting that the money to launch Common Core came from Microsoft’s Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation based at 500 5th Ave N., Seattle, Washington 98102. Like earlier "progressives" who decided all kids should go to Harvard, the "progressive” Gates apparently thinks all kids should be software designers, a fine career it is.
I often speak to a veteran teacher, asking her every time I see her, "How's your CC today?" She said it is testing week. The kids are frustrated, she has to teach to a regimented schedule of specifics - bouncing from Egypt to the Mayans. She is not allowed to see the test scores. I'm told 50% will fail. Re-testing is a major profit center for the promoters.
Much of this came from three elements - 1) Federal government with no competence or Constitutional mandate in health, education and welfare; 2) Academia with its evil stepchildren, political correctness and divisive diversity; 3) "progressives" with inability to understand both the sanctity of human life and the infinite range of gifts and talents those lives have that need to be discovered and developed.
Political Correctness has eliminated intelligent discourse; thus dividing us into race, gender, ethnicity and sexual urge. Isn't this a sure recipe for the horrors we're facing today? True diversity would recognize those gifts be "educere" – drawn out. Education is not indoctrination, but the mutual discovery and development of latent gifts and talents. It’s criminal to limit education to software design and college indoctrination.
Race, gender, ethnicity and sexual urge have nothing to do with diversity except some urges are offset by creativity and beauty, others to provide the infinite capabilities that make the world work. The USA is exceptional because our Founders created a constitutional republic where all can discover their Creator’s endowments, pursue happiness and rise above their stations in life.
My wife with over 50 years in education has always maintained that if a teacher has 30 kids in her class, she must be prepared to teach 30 different ways. Some slow or precocious kids will suck up more than one of these methods. Beats feeding them Ritalin! Is it any wonder that under Common Core, a good teacher is completely stymied in her teaching regimen and her relationship with her charges?
Pope Benedict XVI had it right in his encyclical "Caritas in veritate" - Charity in truth - (58.) "The principle of subsidiarity must remain closely linked to the principle of solidarity and vice versa, since the former without the latter gives way to social privatism, while the latter without the former gives way to paternalist social assistance that is demeaning to those in need." Having lost touch with the electorate, one might suspect that our elected officials have failed to consider these basic norms... personal responsibility and e pluribus unum. Only despots rule and educate from the top down.
Jerry is a retired engineer with strong experience in environmental innovation which he still applies today with 2 clean water and energy saving technologies. His life avocation in writing and study of philosophical and biblical themes as they apply to the body politic's spiritual warfare. He survived stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006; now in excellent health. A graduate of the University of Illinois (1958, Industrial Engineering), Jerry had post graduate studies at both the University of San Francisco and the University of Santa Clara in California between 1961 and 1963 (Logic, Marketing). As co Founder and seminar presenter he was awarded a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Valley Christian University operating under California private-post secondary statutes for mid career student, VCU was the pioneer external degree school for mid career students. Its course structures were picked up by several well known Christian colleges. Hosted local broadcast radio and TV shows, "Religion on the Line" and "The News Firm" (jointly with wife, Joanne), respectively. Jerry has published several books that are available at Amazon. Jerry is available to speak as a visiting lecturer at the high school, college or community organization level. Jerry is married 55 years to Joanne Dean Todd – 3 children, 8 grandchildren.