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I DO NOT #SupportTheCore

In Common Core, Education advocacy, School Deform, School reform on Thursday, 2 October 2014 at 05:20

#SupportTheCore: How Not To Do a Social Media Campaign.


common core’s latest inappropriate assignment…taking on the validity of the holocaust.

In Common Core, School Deform on Monday, 19 May 2014 at 08:15

yes, this page has been very quiet lately.  there is so much to share but i find myself spending more time trying to make sense of common core (so far, i can’t) and fighting against it.  but…this was something i found so wholly in appropriate that i thought it needed to be shared wherever it could.  below is the actual assignment (retrieved from: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/5/8th-grade-assignment-asks-students-argue-if-holoca/#ixzz32A5vje5L ):

“When tragic events occur in history, there is often debate about their actual existence,” the assignment read. “For example, some people claim the Holocaust is not an actual historical event, but instead is a propaganda tool that was used for political and monetary gain. Based upon your research on this issue, write an argumentative essay, utilizing cited textual evidence, in which you explain whether or not you believe the Holocaust was an actual event in history, or merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain. Remember to address counterclaims (rebuttals) to your stated claim. You are also required to use parenthetical (internal) citations and to provide a Works Cited page”

“The English/Language Arts assignment, first reported Sunday by the San Bernardino Sun and provided to KTLA by the newspaper, asked students to write an argumentative essay about the Holocaust describing “whether or not you believe this was an actual event in history, or merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain wealth.”

The 18-page assignment instructions included three sources that students were told to use, including one that stated gassings in concentration camps were a “hoax” and that no evidence has shown Jews died in gas chambers.

“With all this money at stake for Israel, it is easy to comprehend why this Holocaust hoax is so secretly guarded,” states the source, which is a attributed to a webpage on biblebelievers.org.au. “In whatever way you can, please help shatter this profitable myth. It is time we stop sacrificing America’s welfare for the sake of Israel and spend our hard-earned dollars on Americans.”

The other sources were from the websites history.com and about.com” (retrieved from: http://hotair.com/archives/2014/05/06/great-moments-in-education-ca-school-asks-students-to-ponder-whether-holocaust-story-was-just-propaganda-for-political-and-monetary-gain/).

“the school district was defending the assignment to The Sun as part of Common Core requirements to teach critical thinking. In an early response, one school board member said, “Current events are part of the basis for measuring IQ. The Middle East, Israel, Palestine and the Holocaust are on newscasts discussing current events. Teaching how to come to your own conclusion based on the facts, test your position, be able to articulate that position, then defend your belief with a lucid argument is essential to good citizenship.”

The Holocaust is a current event? Anyway, I can see both where this bus was going and why it was never going to get there. What if dozens of students decided to argue that the Holocaust didn’t happen, given the small amount of information provided by the writing assignment? Even though I believe the slaughter obviously did happen, I could easily see the argumentative eighth grade version of me trying to argue the other side just to prove I was clever. Imagine the kind of public relations disaster it would have been if it got out that a bunch of Rialto students wrote that the Holocaust didn’t happen in a school assignment. Imagine being those kids’ parents” (retrieved from: http://dianeravitch.net/2014/05/07/a-common-core-disaster-did-the-holocaust-actually-happen/).

your thoughts???

ravitch-everything you need to know about common core.

In Common Core, Education, Education advocacy, School Deform, School reform, Uncategorized on Friday, 28 March 2014 at 04:10


blog to watch

In Common Core, Education, Education advocacy, Pedagogy, School Deform on Wednesday, 5 February 2014 at 07:42

this is francesco portelo’s page.  he is one of the many in the ‘famous’ rubber rooms.  so, so many have been through the manipulations and lies of the ny doe.  francesco’s story is just one in many.  sad, but true.


you might also be interested in another case called “david versus goliath.”  david pakter fought and refused to back down.  he is a true hero in education and i am extremely proud to know him and be able to call him “friend.”  here is one link to his amazing story (ironically written by francesco portelos):


one more:


just know that these are only TWO stories in thousands.  many did not fight.  many tried to fight.  many sit in rubber rooms waiting to hear their “fate.”  it’s just not right.  when will this inane war on teachers STOP?  we have teachers who jump in front of bullets to save children, teachers who stay at work for DAYS with stranded students during a snowstorm instead of going home to their own families, as well as teachers who do remarkable things each and every day out of a true care for their students.  unfortunately, trying to save childrens’ lives or comforting them while they are stuck at school for two days are NOT part of the common core.  there are no tests to bubble in, so these things teachers did to protect their students and out of love don’t count.  there is no test to bubble in; nothing to show the things that go above and beyond.  instead, test scores determine their pay and could be a cause for termination. should student surveys and test scores determine a “good” teacher???  teachers are our everyday heroes.  please thank a teacher today.

a common core roadmap

In Common Core, Education, Education advocacy, Pedagogy, School Deform on Wednesday, 5 February 2014 at 07:21



Attention dog owners: introducing the new Common Core National Canine Standards

In Common Core, Education, School Deform, School reform on Tuesday, 7 January 2014 at 08:35

Attention dog owners: introducing the new Common Core National Canine Standards.

THIS is the reality of the public schools…

In Education, Education advocacy, Education Law, School Deform, School reform on Thursday, 24 October 2013 at 16:30

this is a must-read!


new york and the common core…a parody (kind of)

In Common Core, Education, Education advocacy, Pedagogy, School Deform, School reform on Thursday, 19 September 2013 at 05:51


“igniting purpose” download

In Education, Education advocacy, School Deform, School reform on Sunday, 15 September 2013 at 17:19

i have just downloaded.  sounds interesting.  i hope to read it soon.

from a post i saw:

Igniting Purpose is still available for free online athttp://www.ignitepurposenow.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Igniting-Purpose-Book1.pdf this book is a great resource for anyone looking for guidance on how to strengthen the relationship between adults and children/teenagers both at home and at school. The book discusses a philosophy that helps are children/teenagers become better people instead of better test takers. It is a philosophy that creates a home/school environment that is more nurturing and inspires young people to find their purpose in life and use their gifts in the service of others.


In Education, Education advocacy, School Deform, School reform on Friday, 13 September 2013 at 07:07

but why pay attention to the research???


capitalism and education…

In Education, Education advocacy, School Deform, School reform on Friday, 13 September 2013 at 06:54



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