Archive | January 28, 2014

New York Teachers withdrew Support for the Cabal’s Common Core Agenda

New York Teachers withdrew Support for the Cabal’s Common Core Agenda*

By Stephanie Simon

The board of the New York state teachers union this weekend unanimously withdrew its support for the Common Core standards as they have been implemented — a major blow for Common Core advocates who have been touting support from teachers as proof that the standards will succeed in classrooms nationwide.

“We’ll have to be the first to say it’s failed,” said Richard Iannuzzi, president of New York State United Teachers.

Iannuzzi said he has talked with union leaders in other states who may follow suit. “We’ve been in conversations where we’re all saying our members don’t see this going down a path that improves teaching and learning. We’re struggling with how to deal with it,” he said.

The board also unanimously voted no confidence in New York Education Commissioner John King Jr. and urged the state’s Board of Regents to remove him from office.

The move on Common Core put the New York union at odds with the national teachers unions, which have steadfastly promoted the new academic standards for math and language arts instruction, now rolling out in classrooms nationwide.

Amid fierce and growing opposition to the standards — fanned by conservative political organizations — promoters of Common Core have counted on teachers to be their best ambassadors and to reassure parents and students that the guidelines will lead to more thoughtful, rigorous instruction.

Now, one of the biggest groups of educators in the country is on record saying it’s not working.

The NYSUT, which represents about 600,000 teachers, retired teachers and school professionals — and accounts for 15% of national teacher union membershipis demanding “major course corrections” before it can consider supporting the standards again.
It wants more time for teachers to review the Common Core lessons the state has been promoting, and it’s demanding more input on whether they are grade-appropriate. Parents and teachers have complained that the standards push the youngest kids too fast, demanding so much work from kindergarteners that there’s little time for the play that’s deemed essential for young children’s development. On the other end of the scale, they have complained that the high-school math trajectory laid out by the Common Core leaves out key math concepts and does not push top students to take calculus.

The union is also demanding that all questions on the new Common Core exams be released so teachers can review them and use them to shape instruction.

Students across New York performed miserably on the first round of Common Core exams, given last spring. The NYSUT is insisting on a three-year moratorium on the high-stakes consequences attached to the exams; the union argues that no teachers should lose their jobs and no students should lose their chance at graduation because of poor performance on the tests during a transition period.

Iannuzzi said the union still believes “the potential is there” for the standards to succeed, but said that won’t happen unless the state brings everything to a halt and effectively starts from scratch.

In response, Commissioner King issued a statement suggesting flexibility; he said he would work with the legislature, governor and Board of Regents to “make necessary adjustments and modifications to the implementation of the Common Core.” But he did not back away from his staunch support of the guidelines, saying that “now is not the time to weaken standards for teaching and learning.” The statement, issued jointly with Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, continued: “Our students are counting on us to help them develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in life. The higher standards the Common Core sets will help them do just that.”

The Common Core standards are a central plank in President Barack Obama’s education agenda.

They were developed by nonprofits and organizations representing states, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, but have been heavily promoted by the White House and by Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

In Obama’s first years in office, the administration gave states financial and policy incentives to adopt the standards; 45 states and the District of Columbia quickly did so, with little public debate. But as the standards have been introduced into classrooms — in some cases accompanied by notable shifts in math instruction and a much more heavy emphasis on non-fiction texts in English classes — parents have raised questions and conservative advocacy groups have jumped on board with warnings of federal overreach and a loss of local control.

Several states, including Alaska, Pennsylvania, Florida and Georgia, have backed away from prior commitments to use new Common Core exams funded by the federal government to assess their students’ progress and measure their achievement against kids in other states. Other states are going further still and considering revoking the standards altogether.

“We don’t ever want to educate South Carolina children like they educate California children,” South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley recently told a gathering of Republican women. “We want to educate South Carolina children on South Carolina standards, not anyone else’s standards.” She urged the legislature to overturn the Common Core standards, promising she would sign such a bill the moment it came to her desk.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana and Scott Walker of Wisconsin have also signaled their distaste for centralized standards. “Told attendees at state education convention that academic standards should be set by people in WI, not DC,” Walker tweeted on Friday.

The anxiety has touched Democratic leaders, too. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently said he has concerns about the way the standards have been implemented in his state. And at a hearing in Albany last week, Commissioner King fended off a barrage of tough questions and angry complaints about Common Core from legislators in both parties. “Hit the delay button!” state Sen. George Latimer, a Democrat, demanded, banging on the table for emphasis.

Opponents of Common Core said they see the NYSUT vote as a turning point, indicating that the protest movement has expanded beyond parents and political activists.

“Were this a small union no one would take notice,” said Jim Stergios, executive director of the Pioneer Institute, a think tank that has been active in opposing the Common Core. “But the size and breadth of NYSUT tells even the casual observer that the wheels are coming off Common Core in NY.” The vote, he said, “clearly gives lie to view that teachers support the whole Common Core apparatus. The fact that NYSUT cuts across over a thousand local unions speaks to how widespread opposition has become.”

Carol Burris, an award-winning principal in New York who has been outspoken in opposition to the new standards, called the vote “both courageous and significant.”

But Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, which helped develop the standards, called the vote “unfortunate.” He noted that the standards “were developed with substantial involvement from classroom teachers, and teachers overwhelmingly support these standards.”

As evidence of widespread teacher support, the National Education Association points to a poll taken last fall showing that three quarters of its members back the standards. But that support isn’t rock solid. The poll found that 26% of NEA members support the Common Core wholeheartedly, another 50% back them tentatively, with reservations, and 13% said they didn’t know enough to form an opinion.

The NEA has heavily promoted the standards as crucial to making American children more competitive with their international peers. It recently launched a website with more than 3,000 sample Common Core lessons, including videos of master teachers presenting the material.

The American Federation of Teachers has been a bit more nuanced; it supports the standards, but President Randi Weingarten has called for a moratorium on high-stakes testing while the Common Core exams are phased in.

The standards have been promoted as well by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable, as well as by prominent education reformers from both parties, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Michelle Rhee, the former chief of Washington, D.C., schools.

Supporters of the Common Core have expressed frustration at the mounting opposition, saying the standards have become a convenient scapegoat for anything anyone doesn’t like about education today.

“We’re in an environment where anything anyone thinks is wrong, people think [that’s] part of Common Core,” said Michael Cohen, president of Achieve, one of the nonprofits that helped write the Common Core. In an interview last fall, Cohen said he was counting on teachers to be “credible advocates” for Common Core in every state. Teachers, he said, would be able to parry the conspiracy theories and “get the argument grounded again.”

Source*

Related Topics:

Common Core Curriculum: Parents in 17 States Remove Children from School *

Concerned Citizens Demand Withdrawal from the Common Core Curriculum*

Principals Express Concern over the Common Core Curriculum*

“Common Core” Education Making our Children Stupid!

Islam Next Stage in NWO Common Core Curriculum*

Common Core Education Standards Teaches Fourth Graders about Pimps!

Parent Arrested for Questioning the Common Core Curriculum*

Childhood Play Decreasing as Childhood Mental Disorders Increases*

Single-Sexed Schools vs. Civil Liberties*

Deleting Religious Thinking: A Governmental Agenda*

How Forced Government Schooling has Created a Dysfunctional Society

The Genetic Legacy of Stress*

NWO: UK Effectively Bans Homeschooling*

Common Core Standards Failing Gifted American Students*

California Schools Prepare for Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law Changes*

Father of ADHD Last Comment on the Matter!

Jesus not Allowed in School*

Social sciences and the destruction of individuality

A Silent Education Revolution in Brazil*

Globalized Education and One World Government

Ukraine Prime Minister and Cabinet resign, but…

Ukraine Prime Minister and Cabinet resign, but…

This is where the road ahead gets tricky because the cabal’s ‘protestors’ have been alive and kicking literally in the Ukraine mass protests as they were in Egypt when they ousted  Mubarak and Mursi…

Kurt Nimmo,  Infowars informs us that Soros’s men (Spilna Sprava ) are the one’s who took over Ukrainian governmental buildings.

Spilna Sprava, translated as “The Right Deed,” is an Open Society Institute supported and funded group. George Soros’ Open Society Institute, now known as Open Society Foundations (OSF), doles out grants to activist NGOs in central Europe attempting to undermine the Russian Federation. It builds upon and continues the work of the Ford Foundation. Since the early 1950s, the CIA has used the Ford Foundation as a funding cover.

Spilna Sprava is mentioned in the 2009 annual report of the International Renaissance Foundation (IRF), an organization described as “an integral part of the Open Society Institute network (established by American philanthropist George Soros) that incorporates national and regional foundations in more than thirty countries around the world, including Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.” IRF cooperates with the International Monetary Fund and European banksters interested in “economic reforms” and “integration processes and trends” in Ukraine and Moldova.

Soros’s man in Egypt was Muhammed al-Baradei, a member of Soros’s International Crisis Group (ICG) that claim to be “committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict,” but create the problem so that they can provide the solution i.e. the agenda of the global corporate elite aka global governance.

Notable ICG Board Members:

George Soros
Kenneth Adelman
Samuel Berger
Wesley Clark
Mohamed ElBaradei
Carla Hills

Notable ICG Advisers:

Richard Armitage
Zbigniew Brzezinski
Stanley Fischer
Shimon Peres
Surin Pitsuwan
Fidel V. Ramos

Notable ICG Foundation & Corporate Supporters:

Carnegie Corporation of New York
Hunt Alternatives Fund
Open Society Institute
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Morgan Stanley
Deutsche Bank Group
Soros Fund Management LLC
McKinsey & Company
Chevron
Shell

The real protestors need to identify all members of Spilna Sprava and others, and disempower them before they end up disempowered themselves. It is far easier to fight against something, but the way forward is in fighting for something, and the more widespread that is felt, and understood the more likely the mountain ahead will be easier to climb.

Related Topics:

Ukraine Kidnapping and Executing Protestors*

Counter-revolutionary Template from N. Africa to the Ukraine*

The NSA and the 9/11 Deception‏

The NSA and the 9/11 Deception‏

From Alexandra Bruce

This piece, by my idol, James Corbett, discusses a bold new citizen-led initiative to nullify the NSA, which is now gaining momentum around the United States. 

From its activities, it would appear that, as far as the NSA is concerned, the “Enemies of the State” were never so-called terrorists from poverty-stricken nations, half-way across the world.

The “enemies” were primarily a US public that was informed about its rights – and of NSA’s crimes.

As former NSA Executive Thomas Drake is quoted as saying, here: there were those in his office, who referred to 9/11 as “a gift”.

Literally: a gift, which would give them more justification to expand their already-illegal activities, which had nothing, whatsoever to do with their mandate, which US Taxpayer dollars were supposed to be subsidizing.

Two US Congressmen, Stephen Lynch (D-MA) and Walter Jones (R-NC) are now lobbying Congress to de-classify the 28 redacted pages of the Congressional Investigative Report on 9/11.

If these redacted pages do reveal, as alleged by Veterans Today Senior Editor, Gordon Duff, that 9/11 was perpetrated by at least two foreign intelligence agencies, in collusion with the Bush (43) Administration and NOT by 19 hijackers wielding plastic box-cutters (puh-LEEZE!) – and when we really take a look at just who the NSA is *really* spying on – it would not appear that they don’t care too much about monitoring Bedouins in the Middle East but more about high-level industrial secrets and the personal, possibly blackmail-worthy private information of the leaders of the US’ purported allies.

Most of all, the focus of NSA’s spying effort seems to be directed toward every activity of the US populace, itself.

THIS WOULD MAKE ALL THE SENSE IN THE WORLD, IF AS SUGGESTED BY ALL OF THE ABOVE, THAT 9/11 WAS A COUP D’ETATAGAINST THE UNITED STATES AND ITS PEOPLE.

9/11 was enabled by perverted individuals who held high positions of power in the US Government, at that time – but these “people” (if you can call them that) were the mere minions of yet more powerful entities, who would bring America crashing down, just like the WTC Towers, which were a grim illustration of a planned “Domino Effect”, which would ruin economies and Rule of Law, in countries worldwide, so that this handful of people could control everybody and everything.

(Already, the top 85 most-wealthy individuals on Earth earn the equivalent wealth of the bottom 3.5 billion of this planet’s inhabitants).

If we are to regain any possibility of Rule of Law, these 28 pages must be de-classified, in order that the proper entities be legally prosecuted, for their crimes against humanity.

Related Topics:

Witnesses of 9/11 Mysteriously Dying Off!

$: 9/11 Coincidences on 8/1/2012

The Inside Job: Scholars for 9/11 Truth

9/11 Truth Movement Goes to Court in the UK*

A Court Win against BBC 9/11 Cover-up*

9/11: $1.7 Billion in Bullion Missing from WTC

Egypt’s Junta’s 9/11 Mantra has Won the Battle but not the War!

Surprise! The Human Body is not made for Space*

Surprise! The Human Body is not made for Space*

Using thousands of human guinea pigs by pressing the emotional button so  that those at the apex of the cabal pyramid continue to pump billions into longevity: cloning, time travel, genetic engineering, GM offspring, interdimensional space etc., there are some rather basic laws of nature to still consider.

By Kenneth Changjan

In space, the head swells.

A typical human being is about 60% water, and in the free fall of space, the body’s fluids float upward, into the chest and the head. Legs atrophy, faces puff, and pressure inside the skull rises.

“Your head actually feels bloated,” said Mark E. Kelly, a retired NASA astronaut who flew on four space shuttle missions. “It kind of feels like you would feel if you hung upside down for a couple of minutes.”

Expedition 31 crew members were carried to a medical tent shortly after they landed in their Soyuz capsule in remote Kazakhstan, in 2012. Bill Ingalls/NASA

The human body did not evolve to live in space. And how that alien environment changes the body is not a simple problem, nor is it easily solved.

Some problems, like the brittling of bone, may have been overcome already. Others have been identified — for example, astronauts have trouble eating and sleeping enough — and NASA is working to understand and solve them.

Then there are the health problems that still elude doctors more than 50 years after the first spaceflight. In a finding just five years ago, the eyeballs of at least some astronauts became somewhat squashed.

The biggest hurdle remains radiation. Without the protective cocoon of Earth’s magnetic field and atmosphere, astronauts receive substantially higher doses of radiation, heightening the chances that they will die of cancer. How much of a cancer risk later in life is acceptable?

At the Johnson Space Center here, the home base for NASA’s human spaceflight program, scientists probably have until the 2030s to dissect these problems before the agency sends astronauts to Mars — a mission that would take about three years, or nearly six times the current standard tour of duty on the space station.

The longest any human has been off Earth is almost 438 days, by Dr. Valery Polyakov on the Russian space station Mir in 1994 and 1995. (Two private organizations, Inspiration Mars and Mars One, have announced plans to launch a manned interplanetary flight sooner and have had no problem attracting people despite the risks, known and unknown.)

NASA recently announced that it would continue operating the space station until at least 2024, in part for additional medical research.

NASA officials often talk about the “unknown unknowns” — the unforeseen problems that catch them by surprise. The eye issue caught them by surprise, and they are happy it did not happen in the middle of a three-year mission to Mars.

In 2009, during his six-month stay on the International Space Station, Dr. Michael R. Barratt, a NASA astronaut who is also a physician, noticed he was having some trouble seeing things close up, as did another member of the six-member crew, Dr. Robert B. Thirsk, a Canadian astronaut who is also a doctor. So the two performed eye exams on each other, confirming the vision shift toward farsightedness.

They also saw hints of swelling in their optic nerves and blemishes on their retinas. On the next cargo ship, NASA sent up a high-resolution camera so that they could take clearer images of their eyes, which confirmed the suspicions. Ultrasound images showed that their eyes had become somewhat squeezed.

NASA is now checking astronauts’ eyesight before, during and after trips to the space station.

The issue turns out not to be new. Many space shuttle astronauts had complained of changes in eyesight, but no one had studied the matter.

“It is now a recognized occupational hazard of spaceflight,” Dr. Barratt said. “We uncovered something that has been right under our noses forever.”

Dr. Barratt said the vision shift had no effect on his ability to work in space. The concern, however, is that the farsightedness may be just a symptom of more serious changes in the astronauts’ health. “What are the long-term implications?” he said. “That’s the $64 million question.”

It will be one of the many things NASA will be monitoring in the health of Scott J. Kelly, who will spend one year on the space station beginning in spring 2015, twice as long as his stay there in 2010 and 2011 and the longest for an American. A Russian astronaut, Mikhail Kornienko, will also make a yearlong trip to orbit then. Dr. Polyakov and three other Russian astronauts have already had orbital stays longer than that and returned seemingly not much the worse for wear.

John B. Charles, chief of the international science office of NASA’s human research program, is setting up the medical experiments, designed to figure out how different a six-month stay is from a 12-month stay. “Logically, you might say, how can there not be?” Dr. Charles said.

But it is also possible that the body becomes acclimated to weightlessness after only a few months, and that the changes in vision and bones level off.

An astronaut’s eyeball before a spaceflight, top left, and after a flight, top right, showing pressure against the back of the eyeball. In the bottom image, the arrows point to abnormal bends in the optic nerve following spaceflight. Radiological Society of North America

 

John B. Charles, chief of the international science office of NASA’s human research program, is setting up the medical experiments, designed to figure out how different a six-month stay is from a 12-month stay. “Logically, you might say, how can there not be?” Dr. Charles said.

But it is also possible that the body becomes acclimated to weightlessness after only a few months, and that the changes in vision and bones level off.

The doctors will also compare Scott Kelly’s health to that of Mark Kelly, his twin brother. “I imagine I’ll be giving blood and urine samples,” said Mark Kelly, who is married to Gabrielle Giffords, a former Arizona congresswoman. “My attitude is, I worked at NASA for 16 years and whatever I can do to help, I will.”

A decade ago, NASA scientists worried that astronauts were returning to Earth with weaker bones, their density draining away by 1 to 2 percent per month. In space, the body does not need to support its weight, and it responds by dismantling bone tissue much faster than on Earth.

NASA turned to osteoporosis drugs and improved exercises, like having the astronauts run while strapped to a treadmill. The up-and-down pounding set off signals to the body to build new bone, and NASA scientists reported that astronauts then came back with almost as much bone as when they had left.

“That was huge,” said Scott M. Smith, a NASA nutritionist.

Because both the formation and destruction occur at accelerated rates, “we don’t know if that bone is as strong as when you left,” Dr. Smith said. But the scientists now feel that bone loss is not a showstopper for a long-duration mission.

For the eyesight issues, scientists have more questions than answers. They suspect that the adverse effects result largely from the fluid shift, the higher pressure of the cerebrospinal fluid in the skull pushing on the back of the eyeballs, but that has not been proved. And that theory does not explain why it usually affects the right eye more than the left, and men far more than women.

Dr. Smith has also found that the astronauts who experienced a shift in vision also had increased levels of the amino acid homocysteine, often a marker for cardiovascular disease. That may suggest that a zero-gravity environment sets some biochemical process in motion.

Artificial gravity could be generated by spinning the spacecraft like a merry-go-round, alleviating both the bone loss and the fluid shift. But that would also add complexity to a mission and raise the potential for a catastrophic accident.

But the eye issue “could be something that drives us back to artificial gravity,” Dr. Barratt said.

The lack of gravity also jumbles the body’s neurovestibular system that tells people which way is up. When the returning to the pull of gravity, astronauts can become dizzy, something that Mark Kelly took note of as he piloted the space shuttle to a landing. “If you tilt your head a little left or right,” he said, “it feels like you’re going end over end.”

That may not be as big an issue for a Mars spacecraft that is landed autonomously, and if the astronauts have time to rest before getting out of their seats.

Regarding radiation, NASA operates under a restriction that astronauts should not have their lifetime cancer risk raised by more than three percentage points, but that is an arbitrary limit. Mark Kelly, for one, said he would be willing to accept twice that if he had a chance to go to Mars.

There may be other complications, though. At Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, scientists are bombarding mice with radiation that mimics high-energy cosmic rays that zip through outer space. Those mice take longer to navigate a maze, suggesting that the radiation may be damaging their brains.

Scientists say it may damage other organs, including the heart, nervous system and digestive system. “Those could be acute effects,” said William H. Paloski, the head of NASA’s human research program. “We just don’t know. It’s one we’re looking at.”

Beyond the body, there is also the mind. The first six months of Scott Kelly’s one-year mission are expected to be no different from his first trip to the space station.

But Gary E. Beven, a NASA psychiatrist, said he was interested in whether anything changed in the next six months. “We’re going to be looking for any significant changes in mood, in sleep, in irritability, in cognition,” he said.

For distant trips beyond Earth orbit, astronauts will be isolated from the rest of humanity. During the Apollo missions, there was a lag time of 1.3 seconds between a command from mission control and an astronaut hearing it — the time for a radio signal to travel the 240,000 miles from Houston to the moon. At Mars, the lags would stretch minutes, and real-time conversation with someone on Earth would be impossible.

The crew of a Mars mission — four or six astronauts in NASA’s current thinking — would have to be more self-reliant to solve any personality conflicts. Dr. Beven envisioned computer systems that could detect subtle changes in facial expressions or tone of voice, perhaps offering some suggestions for diffusing tensions.

In a Russian experiment in 2010 and 2011, six men agreed to be sealed up in a mock spaceship simulating a 17-month Mars mission. Four of the six developed disorders, and the crew became less active as the experiment progressed.

“I think that’s just an example of what could potentially happen during a Mars mission, but with much greater consequence,” Dr. Beven said. “Those subtle changes in group cohesion could cause major problems.”

Dr. Charles said he thought NASA could already send astronauts to Mars and bring them back alive. But given the huge expense of such a mission, he said it was crucial that the astronauts arrived productive and in great health.

“My goal,” he said, “is to see a program that doesn’t deliver an astronaut limping to Mars.”

Source*

Related Topics:

NASA and Hidden Portals in Time!?

The Real Reason Why NASA Is Being Shut Down*

Finding God in a Particle!

Oh Dear Pope Francis*

Oh Dear Pope Francis*

Before Pope Benedict II announced his dramatic resignation, the bird of peace he launched from the papal balcony was attacked by another bird.

Countless experiments and eight years later when they finally announced that the butcher of Shabra and Shatila, Sharon was dead, our Earth responded to Sharon’s death with a shudder – an earthquake.

 

A dove which was freed by children flanked by Pope Francis during the Angelus prayer, is chased by a black crow in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014

Pope Francis’ offering of the bird of peace, a dove also seems to be rejected.

CBS News reports:

Two white doves that were released by children standing alongside Pope Francis as a peace gesture have been attacked by other birds.

As tens of thousands of people watched in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, a seagull and a large black crow swept down on the doves right after they were set free from an open window of the Apostolic Palace.

One dove lost some feathers as it broke free from the gull. But the crow pecked repeatedly at the other dove.

It was not clear what happened to the doves as they flew off.

While speaking at the window beforehand, Francis had appealed for peace in Ukraine, where anti-government protesters have died.

Related Topics:

The New Pope!

When Sincerity is in Doubt, even the Pope’s Dove of Peace is Challenged!*

Why Would a Pope Seek Immunity After Resigning!

The ‘Black Pope’