"I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power." - Thomas Jefferson 1820

"There is a growing technology of testing that permits us now to do in nanoseconds things that we shouldn't be doing at all." - Dr. Gerald Bracey author of Rotten Apples in Education

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Friday, June 25, 2010

We have the answer for Hillbuzz!

I'm pleased to find another excellent article about the growing concern regarding educational spending and control we are experiencing in the public schools. Here is one of the latest:


Read the statistics about the enormous amount of spending and lack of results. The Common Core Standards signed by the State Board will create more spending, more layers, and based on the last 50 years of experience no discernible increase in testing scores.

Contact your legislator and express your concern regarding the control the Board is allowed under the state constitution. Perhaps it is time to reel in the spending and bad decisions of this group.

Watch the spending. Ask questions. Demand answers. Become a watchdog.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Could this happen in MO--schools providing condoms to students even if parents object?

Thanks to Hot Air for reporting on this dubious decision by a Massachusetts school district. The district is to supply students of all ages with condoms---even if the parents object. Click to read:


This is aimed primarily at fifth and sixth graders, but will be available to students as young as kindergarten age.

Call me crazy; call me paranoid. Indulge me for a moment. Think outside the box and down the road. Just what if this decision is not overturned in Massachusetts? What if the Department of Education thinks this is a great idea and mandates this be ordered in those states who signed on to the common core standards? What if the Department of Education feels its necessary to provide these condoms? The teaching of "safe sex" demands the participants use them. What if the districts of Missouri do not think this is a reasonable teaching device or practice they want to pass on to their students in health class? It won't matter what the districts want to put in place or not adopt. They will have no choice but to adopt the Federal standards.

By agreeing to sign on to the common core standards (many of which have not been determined), the Missouri State Board of Education has taken such possible decisions OUT OF THE DISTRICTS' PURVIEW.

Aren't common core standards great? Aren't you delighted our districts wouldn't have a say in such a mandate? I'm not saying this mandate will exist, but I implore you to keep your eyes open and get involved. Be a watchdog. IF IT CAN HAPPEN IN MASSACHUSETTS, IT CAN HAPPEN IN MISSOURI.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Be a part of your new nationalized education system in Missouri

Have you registered to discover what's in store for your child's curriculum in Missouri? Your federal government is allowing you to ask questions on the new national standards we will be forced to adopt. (If you are new to this site, access the previous articles explaining how the unelected State Board of Education signed away our educational state sovereignty).

You can register to be part of a webinar and ask writers of these standards about their intent and vision. You may register below:


It's your money, it's your children, you can't make any decisions...but you can at least see what's coming round the bend.

Get ready and get involved. Know your facts. Ask questions. Be bold. Become a watchdog.

Meet and greet at "Freedom Fights"--Sunday, June 27

Come meet us this Sunday, June 27, noon to 5 PM at the St. Charles Convention Center for "Freedom Fights". This is sponsored by "I Heard the People Say" and is a unique opportunity to meet the candidates in various Missouri contests. They will be "in the ring" answering questions and I expect we'll see some lively exchanges! You can access this link for more information:


MISSOURI EDUCATION WATCHDOG will have a table of information on educational concerns in the state, as well as how YOU can become a watchdog. We'd be interested in hearing your concerns and suggestions.

See you Sunday!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The educational arm twisting continues...

It's too bad our State Board of Education and Commissioner are not as clear thinking as the author of this article on why national standards (aka "common core standards") will not benefit children:


Pay special attention to Misconception #3 listed in the article. Massachusetts is named as one state with particularly high standards. Missouri is also a state with one of the highest standards in the nation. With the dreadful decision to relinquish our state sovereignty by the State Board last week, Missouri children will suffer the same fate of Massachusetts students...the "dumbing down" effect.

We can only hope when this administration is over, both on the state and national level, we can overturn some of these policies and return the power to the state for the education of its children. As educational watchdogs for our children, we need to campaign for a governor who will uphold the state sovereignty he/she PROMISED to defend. Our current governor has sold out for unknown standards with known consequences. We will now experience more centralized power and loss of state control. Do you have an issue with your child's curriculum? Good luck. Take a number and drop a line to the appropriate bureaucrat.

In the meantime, have pity on the teachers, children and taxpayers who will suffer the unintended consequences of this decision. The massive amount of money spent in the last 30 years by the Federal Government to increase test scores has not worked. Why should it be any different now?

(ht: a Missouri watchdog)

Constructive Citizen Action in Liberty, MO

This is a great blog (claycomopolitics.wordpress.com) about Missouri politics, including the reporting of educational concerns in Missouri. The following article landed in my inbox today and I salute these watchdogs for public education. They are taking action in their district and are positive examples of citizen input.


Contact your district and determine if you have the opportunity to be in the planning process in your school. As I've said before, it's our kids and it's our money. Use your voice and your time in investigating and contributing to your district.
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