Small but HUGE victory for Missouri in regards to Common Core

Small victory today, SB 210 was passed by the Missouri House with a vote of 123 to 28.

SB 210 requires DESE to hold a meeting with each of the eight Missouri Congressional districts before common core curriculum can be implemented in the state of Missouri.

Missouri Senate SB 210

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–Tattooed Liberty

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Common Core State Standards: Bad for Everyone

Common Core State Standards: Bad for Everyone

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Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is an across the board education curriculum for all students K-12 regardless of individual students’ learning abilities or level. CCSS is said to benefit school children by preparing them for the workforce. Others say it puts too much emphasis on test taking and not enough on actual learning. By the time students graduate high school, they will only have a seventh grade reading level. Common Core State Standards is not a program that is advancing the students, but holding them back academically (Stop Common Core).

Common Core State Standards have been implemented in 45 states. The other five have opted out of the across the board program and others that have already implemented it are trying to repeal it, Missouri being one of those states. As of right now, CCSS has only been implemented in English, Language Arts, and Mathematics, but soon it will be implemented in History. These standards are only being implemented in the public school system; however it will soon be implemented in private schools as well as homeschooling curriculums. Parents will than have zero say as to how their child’s education gets carried out. According to homeschooling advocate Lisa Payne-Naeger, CCSS is an “assault on parental rights.”

According to Common Core State Standards Initiative:
The standards clearly communicate what is expected of students at each grade level. This will allow our teachers to be better equipped to know exactly what they need to help students learn and establish individualized benchmarks for them. The Common Core State Standards focus on core conceptual understandings and procedures starting in the early grades, thus enabling teachers to take the time needed to teach core concepts and procedures well—and to give students the opportunity to master them (CCSS Initiative).

These standards are said to be rigorous, state-led, voluntary, and designed to make the students college and career ready (Stop Common Core). However, CCSS does the opposite. It emphasizes too much on assessment testing and data mining and not enough on actually educating. The question has become “how does all this assessment testing equal educating?” it doesn’t.

CCSS is a violation of the Tenth Amendment, which says “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people (Revolutionary War and Beyond).” CCSS comes from the federal government, not the states. It is being forced upon states using grant money as a bribe to indoctrinate the children.
In addition to the data mining, the cost of implementing CCSS is outrageous. It will cost Missouri three million dollars to implement CCSS. The federal government will pay for the initial implementation of this new curriculum, but what happens when those funds are used and states still need funding for this new mandatory education curriculum? The states will turn to higher taxes. Not only is the people’s tax money going toward the implementation of CCSS but the states will then raise taxes on its people just to keep it funded. It is another drain on the economy.
According to Common Core State Standards Initiative;

The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy (CCSS Initiative).

Which translates to, the government will now, more than ever, control more children’s education and the parents of these children will have zero say in how their children are taught. If the parents wish to pull their kids from the public school system and place them in private school or homeschooling, they will have to endure the CCSS regardless.

CCSS will not offer special accommodations to students who may suffer from learning disabilities such as dyslexia. On the other extreme, it will also not offer special accommodations for children who learn at a faster rate than other students. There will no longer be an option to advance the curriculum, or slow it down for that matter, based on the individual child. More students will be failing or dropping out of school than ever before. The ones who learn at a slower pace or who have learning disabilities will no longer be helped by the teachers, will get frustrated and just stop going all together. The students who learn faster than others will get bored and stop trying because they are already beyond what is being taught. It is no longer challenging and they will to stop going.

In addition to the “rigorous” new standards that are being put in place, they also have aligned the ACT test with CCSS (Focus on Learning). This will ensure that educators are teaching for these tests and not for what the students should be learning. They are also doing data mining. Similar to what is happening with the Department of Revenue (DOR) and Conceal and Carry Weapons permits, they will take information form the students, personal information, and use it however they want, show it to whoever they want. These questions will ask about information from the moment these children were born. Questions like birth weight, any medications, counseling they may have received. These questions will be following them all throughout their lives.

A way to fight the CCSS implementation and repeal there is a petition that each person should take the time to sign to help keep this from going further. In addition to this petition, it is a good idea for people to call representatives and get their voices heard on this topic. Currently in the Missouri General Assembly there are two bills in the House and Senate respectively combating CCSS, House Bill 616 and Senate Bill 210.
Senate Bill 210, which is sponsored by John Lamping (R-MO) and co-sponsored by Brian Nieves (R-MO), states “the state board of education and the department of elementary and secondary education shall not implement the Common Core State Standards developed by the Common Core Standards Initiative (Missouri Senate). Senate Bill 210 further calls for public meetings in all eight congressional districts prior to implementation of CCSS.
In addition to the Senate Bill, there is a House Bill. House Bill 616, which is sponsored by Kurt Bahr (R-MO) and co-sponsored by Speaker of the House Tim Jones (R-MO), which “Prohibits the State Board of Education from adopting and implementing the standards for public schools developed by the Common Core Standards Initiative (Missouri House of Representatives).”

It is forced curriculums like these that are making our country fall behind in academics, which is also causing jobs to go overseas. America has turned into a lazy, dumb country that depends too much on the government.

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–Tattooed Liberty

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Common Core State Standards Initiative

Missouri House of Representatives: HB 616

Missouri Senate: SB 210

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My Newest Mission

After I was finished writing an outline for a paper I’m writing, I went on my schools website and did a little curiosity looking. I checked to see if my Mid-term grades were posted yet, no, then checked my school email and the syllabus’ for my classes. After checking all that, I decided to look into the clubs that are offered at my campus. One club did catch my eye, Young Democrats. This is not the shocking part. It was a good chance that a club like this existed at my school. However, what I find shocking is there isn’t a Young Republicans club.

Maybe its just me, but it seems that in order for anyone to make an educated decision on which side (or no side for that matter) to be on, than all aspects need to be explored. So wouldn’t it be best to have a Young Democrat AND Young Republicans club offered on campus?

Well this is my new mission, to get a better balance, education, and options. In order to do this, there needs to be a counter part to the already existing Young Democrats club. I have already emailed someone who I met at Lincoln Days 2013 in St. Louis who is with the College Republican National committee, Young Republicans of St. Louis, and the club coordinator at my school about starting a club. I will most definitely keep my blog updated with how its going.

–Tattooed Liberty

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Just a little paper I wrote: Republicans V. Democrats

During the 1800’s, two political parties appeared. In 1824, the Democratic Party was established. Thirty years later, in 1854, the Republican Party was founded (Democrat vs. Republican). Each party, then and now supports different viewpoints. No one side is better than the other, no matter how much their supporters claim. One side may be more popular than the other, but not necessarily better.

A few obvious differences include each party’s mascot or symbol. For the Democrats, it’s the donkey; Republicans, it’s the elephant. The symbols, or mascots, were a means of negative attacks on the individual running. The origin of these symbols goes all the way back to the 1800’s. In 1828, while Andrew Jackson, a democrat, was running on the populist platform for president, his opponents referred to him as a jackass (donkey). Naturally, Jackson turned it around, adding the donkey to his campaign, comparing the donkey to his stubbornness to his opponents. Later, in 1837, after Jackson had left office a cartoonist illustrated Jackson pulling a donkey which represented the Democratic Party. It symbolized the stubborn Democratic Party not wanting to follow the past president. This began the habit of associating the democrats to the Donkey. (Donkey and the Elephant)

The Republican’s mascot, the elephant, came a few years later in 1864 in a presidential campaign newspaper for Abraham Lincoln. The illustration “showed the elephant holding a banner and celebrating union victories. Seeing the elephant was slang for engaging in combat so the elephant was a logical choice to represent successful battles. ” (The Donkey and the Elephant). However, it wasn’t until 1874 when a cartoonist depicted both these mascots which solidified them as the official symbols for each party.
In addition to mascots, each party has a specific color to represent their party. The Democrats are blue while the Republicans are red. “Due to the TV coverage during some of the presidential elections in the past, the color Red has become associated with the Republicans (as in Red states – the states where the Republican presidential nominee wins) and Blue is associated with the Democrats. “ (Democrat vs. Republican)
There are many other differences in these two political parties, such as their views. Republicans tend to more conservative while Democrats are more liberal. On a more serious issue, such as abortion, Republicans (mostly) believe that abortion should be illegal and the Roe V. Wade case from 1973 should be overturned. Democrats, mostly, are more pro-choice, supporting the Roe V. Wade decision. This issue should be researched by each person to decide for themselves. Not every Democrat is pro-choice while not ever Republican is pro-life.

Republicans, mostly, support the death penalty while Democrats, mostly, are against the death penalty. This is another topic that deserves each person’s own thoughts to determine what they believe in. Again, not all Democrats are against it while not all Republicans are for it.

In the issue of gun rights, our Second Amendment rights, Republicans tend to be for keeping our right to keep and bear arms. Democrats, mostly, tend to be for having stricter gun regulations. Democrats also state that guns kill people. Republicans are more pro-gun rights stating it’s our right as an American citizen to have a firearm in our homes and to protect our loved ones when necessary. Some Republicans believe that it is a slippery slop with creating more gun regulations, stating that once it starts, it’s hard to find a stopping point.

On a similar note to the above topic, military funding, Democrats tend to be for less military funding and spending while Republicans are for more military spending and funding. It is their opinion that if we cut the spending to our military we won’t be protected. Democrats seem to want to take away all America’s ability to protect ourselves, while Republicans want to ensure that we, as a nation, are safe.

Democrats tend to have a more socialist view on how we as a nation should run. They believe that a community responsibility is best, while Republicans are more for individual responsibility. In a community responsible nation, no one would truly own anything. Everything would be shared among the rest of the community. If one person goes went to school and achieved a master’s degree in their field and made a lot of money, that person would be responsible for supporting the more impoverished population. Republicans, who are for individual responsibility, disagree by saying that if one hard-working person is made to support others who are just too lazy to work hard, the one who is supporting the others will stop working hard. This will end up bringing the wealthy down and keep the impoverished down, because if someone else isn’t required to work hard, why should the rest of the population?

On the issue of gay rights, Republicans tend to be more against gay rights while Democrats are more pro-gay rights. This is yet another topic that should not be involved in politics. This should be based on personal preference and should fall under the Right to Privacy, which is protected by the constitution.
There are many differences to these political parties. All have their reasons as to why they think the way they do. It might be personal reasons or religious reasons. The important thing to remember is that it’s each person’s right to research each issue and decide for themselves what they believe in. Each party thinks that its views are the right views, but that is just another opinion. Most of these issues will never be worked out, but that’s politics. No matter what happens there will always be opposing views and the other is always wrong, no matter what side an individual is on. However, it is our responsibility as educated Americans to spread our knowledge with the rest of the population to help them decide what is best for them.

–Tattooed Liberty

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