FOX News and Common Core

I’m sure most of you have seen the ads even on FOX News about Common Core. Here is a Malkin article about the new ad campaign trying to save Common Core. Note that Achieve has received 37 mil. from Gates to promote CC. Then ask yourself why in the world IN is asking the advice of 2 Achieve employees on our new standards.

http://michellemalkin.com/2014/03/21/get-to-know-the-common-core-marketing-overlords/

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Tuesday, April 8, 7pm, CP meeting

Join us Tuesday, April 8th at 7pm for our monthly Constitutional Patriots meeting. We meet at Central Christian church in Carmel at 1242 W. 136th Street.

We will have candidates for Hamilton County Superior Court Judge and Hamilton County Council joining us. These are important seats for our county so please join us.

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Hamilton County Candidate Forum

Join us Tuesday, March 18th, 7pm at Central Christian Church, 1242 W. 136th Street in Carmel (between Meridian and SpringMill) for a candidate forum.

We’ll have the candidates for Hamilton County Recorder, Hamilton County Clerk and Hamilton County Coroner. There will be time for Q&A after they speak.

There will also be an update on the legislative session and what issues we still need to be watching.

Entrance is in the back of the building.
See you Tuesday night!!

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Will Indiana Cut-and-Paste Its Way to Common Core Serfdom?

As a college professor and former head of a K-12 school, I know when a student is giving me the runaround. Here is one scenario I have been through more than once: I hand back a student’s paper—clearly written in a rush—that is bleeding with my markings on typos, incomplete sentences, contradictory statements, and bizarre punctuation. The student looks at the grade, gasps, and then exclaims, “Oh, my gosh! How could I have done such a thing? I handed in my rough draft by mistake. But here is my final draft!” (which the student just happens to have in his book bag).

Just such a scenario is unfolding in Indiana as the state school board tells citizens that the “new” standards in mathematics and English, unveiled a couple of weeks ago and meant to replace the Common Core, were only meant to be a draft; that the board was eager to solicit public input; that they have created a “process” (a word that we have heard ten thousand times by now) that is completely transparent; and that the hearings people just drove two hours to attend so that they could speak for 180 seconds were only the first step in coming up with an entirely new set of “college- and career-ready standards” entirely different from the Common Core. Is anyone buying this line? I see three substantial objections to this process as it has unfolded so far.

First, the allegedly new draft standards are a cut-and-paste job from the Common Core. Here is reading standard number 16 for Kindergarten in the “new” draft of the Indiana standards: “Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.” Here is reading standard RF.K.3b in the Common Core: “Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.” There is no difference. And such is the case with virtually all of the draft standards. The committee simply took the Common Core logo off the standards, made minute adjustments to them, and passed them on to the public to see if anyone would notice. Well, we did.

The second objection is that these standards are utterly inadequate and in many cases embarrassingly false or ridiculous. Take the standard written above. The original authors engaged in typical circumlocutory edu-speak in order to make something very simple sound wonderful and mysterious. But their standard doesn’t pan out. Presumably the authors of the standard are telling teachers to teach children the long and short sounds of the vowels. But that is not what it says. Rather, students are supposed to associate (know?) the long and short sounds when they see “the common spellings . . . for the five major vowels.” What?

Now ask yourself: How many ways are there to spell the letter A? I can only think of one, unless you mean to distinguish between capitals and lower case, which is not what is being said. A is always spelled A. Even if we give the original authors of this standard and the Indiana committee the benefit of the doubt, and allow them to claim that learning the vowel sounds was what they meant, we still have the problem of the more generous reading of the standard not being true, either, or at best only half true. Why learn only the short and long sounds? Every vowel except for e has more than a long and a short sound. The letter A, for example, has four sounds: /ă/, /ā/, /ah/, /aw/, as in at, tape, want, talk. Consider the word father. You do not call your father your făther, nor your fāther. Yet this simple truth about the code that is the English alphabet is lost on the very people who are in charge of writing “standards” for our children’s schools.

The third objection concerns just who is in charge of this “process.” Teaching children to read, to write, and to understand and enjoy great literature, while not easy, is shockingly straightforward. Good schools did this for hundreds of years in America before mind-numbing and misnamed “standards” were introduced in the Sixties, when the level of both general and civic literacy began its steady decline. Yet whenever we ask the people in charge of this “process” to explain in direct terms how students learn to read and write we are not given anything close to a straightforward answer. A couple of weeks ago at a public meeting, I asked two state school board members whether a very clear sentence that I offered concerning the teaching of phonics could ever make it into the standards. I was basically testing whether the board members themselves understood phonics. The response was four minutes of dancing around the issue, with no indication that our school board members have any idea how students learn to read. Are these really the people in charge of our children’s education?

No one has been fooled by the promises of a “transparent process” in writing good standards for Hoosiers. Either the state school board and the committee they have appointed are in over their heads and unable to outline how students learn to read, write, and do math, or they are deliberately fighting a war of attrition in order to hold onto the Common Core, albeit without the name, hoping that the troublesome parents of Indiana will eventually lose interest in the issue and go away. Well, education leaders of the state, it’s now time to whip out your final draft and convince us that you know what you’re doing.

Terrence O. Moore, a former K-12 principal, is a professor of history and school advisor at Hillsdale College. He is the author of “The Story-Killers: A Common-Sense Case Against the Common Core,” and lives with his wife and four children in Angola, Indiana.

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Senate Overwhelmingly Approves Bill to Allow Governmental Entities to Charge Prohibitive Fees to Block Access to Public Records

The legislation, HB 1306, which would effectively bar members of the public from making public records requests because of the exorbitant fees governmental agencies will be permitted to charge you for your request if they claim it takes an employee more than two hours to search for the records you request easily passed the Indiana Senate on a 38-10 vote.

Go here http://iga.in.gov/static-documents/6/7/0/8/67089411/HB1306.04.ENGS.262.pdf to see if your senator is among the overwhelming number of members of our state legislature who voted for this.

Hat tip to Indiana Law Blog, which has been monitoring the progress of this legislation. Expect to begin paying $20 an hour for all of your public records requests thanks to this legislation.

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Constitutional Patriots meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 18th, 7:00PM
Central Christian Church
1242 W. 136th Street, Carmel

Please join us for our meeting as our guest speaker will be Chase Downham, Indiana State Director for Americans for Prosperity. He will be discussing the costly Indianapolis Mass Transit bill that narrowly passed the Indiana Senate despite bipartisan opposition. This bill for expanding mass transit contains provisions that could lead to $125 million in new taxes for central Indiana residents and job creators. He will also be sharing with us some of the other bills that AFP has supported. There will be time for Q&A.

Doors open at 6:30. Parking and entrance are in the back of the building.

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JUDGES NEEDED – 2014 NCFCA Hoosier Qualifier

From February 6-8, 2014, several hundred home schooled students ages 12-18 will gather for this exciting three day tournament. The National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) offers two styles of debate: Lincoln Douglas (where 1 student competes against 1 student in a value-based debate) and Team Policy (where a team of 2 students debates another team of 2 students in a policy debate).The event this year will once again be held at:

Community Church of Greenwood
1477 W. Main St.
Greenwood, IN 46142

They are faced with the monumental task of finding over 550 judges to evaluate the student competitors. The judging is about a 3 hour time commitment, which includes a short orientation, about 1 ½ – 2 hours for the round, and filling out your ballot(s) in the hospitality room (where we feed you lots of delicious refreshments).

To register as a judge, please go to http://www.ncfca.org/, click on “Judges” at the top, click Indiana on the map, and select “Hoosier Qualifier” and then click on “Sign Up.”

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IFIRE Alert: Indiana legislators propose in-state tuition, driving permits and equal wages for illegals

The Indiana State Legislature will be considering 4 bills to benefit illegal aliens unless you stop them! Find all details in the IFIRE alert link below. Please share this with your friends via email and on facebook and twitter, etc.

Right now, you need to contact committee members and your own state senators. Contact info and sample emails are in the alert.

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs137/1103318109545/archive/1116321747707.html

We can prevent this but we need you to pull out all the stops and get your like-minded friends and family members to help. This is critically important! This may be our last best chance to stop this so please give it your very best effort! We expect to also be fighting federal amnesty legislation soon, so let this be a warm up for you!

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Grassroots Leadership Workshop

On Saturday, January 18th 2014, the Constitutional Patriots will be hosting a grassroots leadership workshop from 9am-5pm at Central Christian Church, 1242 W. 136th Street in Carmel, Indiana. The cost is $35 and includes lunch.

This Grassroots Workshop teaches you how to manage or contribute to a winning campaign, advocacy organization, or legislative initiative. Ideal attendees are campaign staff, candidates, activists, or groups interested in working on ballot initiatives, propositions, or legislation.

In this workshop, you will learn to:

•Develop a persuasive message
•Build a grassroots infrastructure
•Recruit and manage volunteers
•Get your voters to the polls
•Build strong coalitions
•Target voters with specific messages

You can click on the donate button on this website to register or click the link below to the Leadership Institute website for more information, agenda and flyer. You can also register from their website.

Grassroots Leadership Workshop

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Constitutional Patriots Meeting – Come & Join Us

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Central Christian Church
1242 W. 136th Street (between SpringMill & Meridian)
Carmel, IN 46032
(entrance in the back)

Join us for our monthly meeting with author David Bego, Indianapolis business owner of Executive Management Services. He filed a lawsuit against Service Employees Union and won!! This was for threats against his business and family for not signing an agreement to unionize his company and submit them to card check. David is one of the most inspiring speakers you will ever hear. Don’t miss this!!

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