Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Young People of America Changing Their Schools

I know the fight against Common Core is not necessarily a fight for Christians only. These young people have made a video that will open the eyes of many as to what is going on in our public schools. http://dream-trading.co.za  
Where have we adults been?
From their website:
"Christianity is being frozen out in America. It is time for a thaw! Without a doubt, Christian youth are living in an increasingly anti-Christian culture. This isn’t the America that we, as parents and grandparents, once knew."
"The youth of Reach America have created a five-minute video entitled, “The Thaw.” It is their call to youth and their parents across America to join them as they bring Christ and our Judeo-Christian values back to our country."


Monday, May 6, 2013

Health Care in Sioux Falls Schools Part 2 - Parental Consent Form

Health Care in Sioux Falls Schools Part 2
   Parental Consent Form

I want to share with you the parental consent form for your child to be seen in the Falls Community Health Clinic located in your child's school.

A couple of things of note.
    Services provided at Falls Community Health—School-Based Health Clinic will include:
  • Physical exams and immunizations.
  • Routine lab tests and x-rays. 
  • Care for acute illness and injury.
  • Assistance in care of chronic conditions—such as asthma or seizure disorder. 
  • Follow-up as requested by family doctor.
  • Student health education.
Where do I begin? 
Physical exams and immunizations - well child check-ups? I've never quite understood those. If my child is well, and I as a parent, the person who knows my child best, have no physical or developmental concerns, why take my child to the doctor? Oh yeah - immunizations. In this state we still have the right to refuse immunizations for our children based on religion or medical reasons. Why would the school need to do a physical exam on an otherwise healthy child? how to trade with binary options

Routine lab tests and x-rays. Please tell me what lab tests and x-rays are routine and that the school should have the right to order.

Care for acute illness or injury. Isn't that the parents right? A hypothetical question here - if my child has an acute illness that my husband and I, after much research into treatment plans, have chosen to treat holistically, will the school be able to go against our wishes? Before you answer that question too quickly, don't forget about the Minnesota family that chose holistic treatment in lieu of chemotherapy to treat their son's leukemia, only to be taken to court and ordered by a judge to begin chemotherapy. The details of that case may make it an extreme example, but, has the precedent been set?

Injury - if my child is hurt on the playground and requires stitches, they will just stitch him up without my knowledge.(I will cover that later.) I'm not there to hold my child's hand and do the things that I, as the parent, know bring comfort to my child. binary option trading company

Assistance in the care of chronic conditions such as asthma or seizure disorder - First of all, don't the schools already do this on a certain level. With a doctor's orders, they administer meds to a number of students with chronic conditions. Here, the word "assistance" makes me nervous with the same concerns as above under acute illness.

Follow-up as requested by a family doctor - I don't get to ask the doctor any questions?  

And last, but certainly not least - Health Education 

Students seen in the clinic must have consent from a parent/guardian prior to receiving care. Please complete, sign, and return this consent form to the SFSD school nurse. Consent for treatment must be obtained yearly.

So once a year, I give them consent to do what they see fit for a whole year. 

Providing consent allows for information to be shared with between FCH (Falls Community Health aka the City of Sioux Falls Health Department) and SFSD (Sioux Falls School District) including, but not limited to: 

  Contact information (parent/guardian name, address,                           phone number). 
  Insurance (Medicaid) information. 
  Completed school child physicals. 
  Summary of acute care visit. 
  Immunization records. 

Now, please think of the information, which is required with the acceptance of CCSS, the schools will be sharing with the data-base that the state of South Dakota is building to be able to share this personally identifiable information with the Federal Government, who is getting ready to share this information with other "stakeholders". By the way, these clinics are built with federal grant money.

If your child receives services at the SBHC, you will be contacted after each visit, either by phone and/or a visit summary, which will be sent to your home. (I put the italics on that phrase) You are encouraged to attend the visit with your child if possible. Staff from FCH can answer questions regarding the health center or health concerns you may have about your child.

You will be contacted AFTER each visit, either by phone and/or a visit summary, which will be sent to your home? I don't think I need to elaborate on what's wrong with that. And "You are encouraged to attend the visit with your child if possible." To be fair, there is an option on the second page, that you can "opt-in" to be notified of services before they are received. 

And did I mention they also will be providing dental services?

If my child is not feeling well in the morning, and I call the school telling them that he will not be there that day because he is sick, will it get to a point that they will tell me to bring him to school because they have a clinic there that will decide if my child is sick enough to stay home? If I call into work and tell them I won't be in because I need to take my child to the doctor, will my employer threaten my job because I choose to take my child to the doctor and not let the school do it?

Now, I can hear many of you saying, "What's wrong with a clinic in the school? Do you know how much easier life would be if I didn't have to leave work to take my child to the doctor?" Trust me. I get it. I just want you to be aware of the pitfalls of the school having a clinic and your blanket permission to treat your child in the school. 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Pressure on Utah Governor's Office is Relentless

Utah school board denies guv’s Common Core request

Utah has been on the frontlines of the battle against Common Core. I want to share this story from the Salt Lake City Tribune, dated Friday May 3rd.

'Christine Kearl, the governor’s education advisor,...She said the Governor’s Office hears daily complaints about the Common Core.'
' "It’s become very political as I’m sure you’re all aware," Kearl said. "We’re under attack. We try to get back to people and let them know we support the Common Core and support the decision of the state school board, but this has just become relentless." '

Every day people say to me, "What can we do?" "It's a done deal." This story proves the power of the people. We need to be relentless in contacting our elected officials. I know we are all busy. But if we all commit to one day a week, contacting an elected official, be it a local school board member, state legislator, or the governor, imagine the power in that. You can use the same email for all the people you want to contact if you choose. Once you have the body of the letter written, you can just copy and paste. I think every elected official that represents us, should be afforded the right to answer the same questions. 

Here is the link to Governor Daugaard's
Office of the Governor
500 E Capitol Ave
Pierre, SD 57501

Here is the link to all South Dakota Legislators' email. Just choose the legislator you want to contact. 

Don't know who your legislators are or what district you are in?
Here is the link to find your district and legislators.

Here is Representative Kristi Noem's contact information:
1323 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Toll-Free Phone: (855) 225-2801

Here is Senator Tim Johnson's contact information:
135 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5842

Here is Senator John Thune's contact information:
United States Senate SD-511
Washington, DC 20510

Toll-Free: 1-866-850-3855

Share your concerns and ask whatever questions you would like them to answer about Common Core State Standards. As always, be respectful whenever you are contacting any official about Common Core State Standards.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Health Care Clinics in Sioux Falls Schools

Need a Nurse? No problem! Leave the Classroom and Go to the Clinic


When this first hit the news that the school district was adding clinics to the schools - I had never heard of Common Core or Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan's philosophy about the role he believes schools are to play in the community. You can hear Arne in his own words hereI can tell you I had an awful feeling in the pit of my stomach and knew where it was leading. 

One of the quotes in the story I found probably the most interesting was, "We try to go into areas that are high need, vulnerable populations. The benefit is the child loses less educational time,” said Kendall. The key words are "vulnerable" and "loses less educational time." 

"Vulnerable" - The district sees busy, working families as a great place to start taking over the role of the family. I have never known a child who is sick, to not want their mom. The role of the family is being taken away - the comfort family brings to children is being removed. That always knowing that mom or dad has your back. Instead of mom or dad or grandma or grandpa coming to the rescue and taking the child to the doctor and then home, the school has taken over that role. 

"The benefit is the child loses less educational time...If the child isn’t ill enough to miss school they can be sent to the clinic.  They don’t miss as much class time,” As if time in school is the most important thing in a child's life. I contend that parents know their child best. How often has your child said they don't feel well without showing any symptoms only to spike a fever a few hours later? I contend that if a child says they don't feel well, and there are no clinical symptoms yet, the school will be the ones to determine whether or not the child goes home. Not the parent who knows their child best. And if a child is "coming down" with something, how much education are they getting? Where's the benefit in that?

Then, these clinics are open to the public year round as are the Community Centers located in the public schools. Arne Duncan must be so proud of the Sioux Falls Public School District.

An Undocumented Goal: Global Citizenship

We already know that Common Core State Standards and the International Baccalaureate share the same ten educational goals. But CCSS puts a greater emphasis on "transforming America." Sound familiar?


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

National Sexuality Education Standards - Core Content and Skills, K-12

OK, so I just discovered this little secret of Common Core. 

And before you say it is not a part of Common Core, because it is "A Special Publication of the Journal of School Health," please go to page 6 where it says, "The National Sexuality Education Standards were further informed by the work of the CDC’s Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool(HECAT)3; existing state and international education standards that include sexual health content; the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education: Kindergarten – 12th Grade; and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, recently adopted by most states."

And before you say, "We won't allow it in our schools. We will go to the school board." Local control is gone. On page 6, "Specifically, the National Sexuality Education Standards were developed to address the inconsistent implementation of sexuality education nationwide and the limited time allocated to teaching the topic." The whole idea behind Common Core is to create universal standards.

I wanted to know who would think they know what information was appropriate and at what age my child should learn this "appropriate" information. Here's what I found out about a few of those on the Advisory Committee. I'll let you research the rest.

Nora Gelperin, was the recipient of the national 2010 Mary Lee Tatum Award from the Association of Planned Parenthood Leaders in Education!

Deb Hauser has been with Advocates for Youth for almost 20 years, first as Director of the Support Center for School-based Health Care, then as Executive Vice President. In January 2012, Deb became the organization’s fourth President and Executive Director, representing Advocates with the media, funders and colleagues organizations and speaking nationally and internationally about young people’s rights to honest sexual health information, confidential sexual health services and equitable social and economic opportunities.

Robert McGarry, EdD
Director of Training and Curriculum Development
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

Cynthia Lam, Sex, Etc. Teen Editorial Staff
Been writing for Sex, Etc since she was 14, she's now 17.

Then I wanted to know what information these people thought was age-appropriate. Oh my goodness. Do you remember in the movie "Kindergarten Cop", when the little boy walks up to Arnold Schwarzenegger and says, "Boys have a penis and girls have a vagina."? I don't know about you, but I was shocked and found it funny at the same time. I remember thinking, 'boy, his parents have shared a lot of information with him.' Parents will no longer have the right to decide what is developmentally and age appropriate for their individual child. 

On page 12 it says
       "By the end of 2nd grade, students should be able to: Use proper names for body parts, including male and female anatomy." 

On page 14 it says:
      "By the end of 5th grade, students should be able to: Describe male and female reproductive systems including body parts and their functions. Identify medically-accurate information about female and male reproductive anatomy.  Define sexual orientation as the romantic attraction of an individual to someone of the same gender or a different gender."

On page 9 under "Guiding Values and Principles"

"Instruction by qualified sexuality education teachers is essential for student achievement." 
Wouldn't that be the parents? Who decides who is "qualified"?    

"Students need opportunities to engage in cooperative and active (I underlined those two words) learning strategies, and sufficient time must be allocated for students to practice (I underlined that one too) skills relating to sexuality education."
What does that mean? Something like this

And I just have to highlight this principle:
Students need multiple opportunities and a variety of assessment strategies to determine their achievement of the sexuality education standards and performance.

I know this is already in many of our schools. This is sex-education on steroids. You can download your own copy of the standards here.

I have only highlighted a very few of the items I, as a mom, find objectionable. You may not have any issues with the standards, principles and skills that children will be taught as a part of the Common Core Standards. I'm not asking you to agree with me. After all these are only minimum standards. Page 6 -  Outline what, based on research and extensive professional expertise, are the minimum, essential content and skills for sexuality education K–12 given student needs, limited teacher preparation and typically available time and resources. I just want you to be aware of the details.

If Common Core is so wonderful, why did they bring it in the back door without legislation? Education we are paying for, without representation.

Check back, as I am researching the companies that are creating curriculum to meet these standards.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Senator Chuck Grassley's Letter to the Appropriations Committee

Last week on Facebook we asked you to contact Senators Thune and Johnson with regards to co-signing Senator Chuck Grassley's letter to the Appropriations Committee. In this letter he outlined the reasons the Common Core Standards, in relation to federal funding are illegal and is requesting that they prohibit future funding for the Common Core State Standards, their assessments, and the assessment review panel that was recently launched.

Here is a copy of that letter, with the signatures of 9 senators. Please note that Senator Thune's and Senator Johnson's signatures are not on the letter. 

We have much work to do.