The Most Dangerous Domestic Spying Program is Common Core

By: Joshua Cook
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Earlier this year, revelations about the Department of Justice spying on the Associated Press were quickly followed by revelations that the NSA was collecting phone data on all Verizon, and then all American cell phone, users.  Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing drew yet more attention to the issue, and domestic surveillance programs have remained a top issue in people’s minds ever since.


While Americans focus on institutions like the CIA and NSA, though, programs are being implemented which would lead to a much more institutional way of tracking citizens.  Obamacare is one of these, but Common Core Standards – the federal educational program – is the most eyebrow-raising.

Bill Gates was one of the leaders of Common Core, putting his personal money into its development, implementation and promotion, so it’s unsurprising that much of this data mining will occur via Microsoft’s Cloud system.

Even the Department of Education, though, admits that privacy is a concern, and that that some of the data gathered may be “of a sensitive nature.”  The information collected will be more than sensitive; much of it will also be completely unrelated to education.  Data collected will not only include grades, test scores, name, date of birth and social security number, it will also include parents’ political affiliations, individual or familial mental or psychological problems, beliefs, religious practices and income.

In addition, all activities, as well as those deemed demeaning, self-incriminating or anti-social, will be stored in students’ school records.  In other words, not only will permanently stored data reflect criminal activities, it will also reflect bullying or anything perceived as abnormal.  The mere fact that the White House notes the program can be used to “automatically demonstrate proof of competency in a work setting” means such data is intended to affect students’ futures.

Perhaps even more alarming is the fact that data collection will also include critical appraisals of individuals with whom students have close family relationships.  The Common Core program has been heavily scrutinized recently for the fact that its curriculum teaches young children to use emotionally charged language to manipulate others and teaches students how to become community organizers and experts of the U.N.’s agenda 21.

Combined with this form of data collection, it’s easy to envision truly disturbing untruths and distortions making their way into the permanent record.

Like Common Core, states were bribed with grant money from the federal government to implement data mining, and 47 states have now implemented some form of data mining from the educational system.  Only 9 have implemented the full Common Core data mining program.  Though there are restrictions which make storing data difficult on the federal level, states can easily store the data and allow the federal government to access it at its own discretion.

The government won’t be the only organization with access to the information.  School administrators have full control over student files, and they can choose who to share information with.  Theoretically, the information could be sold, perhaps withholding identifying information.  In addition, schools can  share records with any “school official” without parental consent.  The term “school official,” however, includes private companies which have contracts with the school.

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NSA data mining is troubling because it could lead to intensely negative outcomes, because it opens up new avenues for control, and because it is fundamentally wrong.  Common Core data mining, tracking students with GPS devices however, is far, far scarier.

It gives the government the ability to completely control the futures of every student of public education, and that will soon extend to private and home schools.  It provides a way to intimidate students – who already have a difficult time socially – into conforming to norms which are not only social, but also political and cultural.

 

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  • scrivenerNP

    The unstated fact is that all of this intelligence community- devised data collection is being used to facilitate a covert social cleansing, an ideology- and hate-driven domestic genocide that targets minorities, journalists who dare to speak truth to power, “activists” or non-conformists — any person or group that thugs in suits and uniforms seek to marginalize, neutralize, and eliminate. These programs are the basis for a silent genocide, which also involves covert attack with a celltower-mounted electromagnetic neuroweapon capable of neuromodulation of human beings, says this veteran journalist and nine-year victim: viclivingston.blogspot.com/2011/12/u.html

  • scrivenerNP

    The unstated fact is that all of this intelligence community- devised data collection is being used to facilitate a covert social cleansing, an ideology- and hate-driven domestic genocide that targets minorities, journalists who dare to speak truth to power, “activists” or non-conformists — any person or group that thugs in suits and uniforms seek to marginalize, neutralize, and eliminate. These programs are the basis for a silent genocide, which also involves covert attack with a celltower-mounted electromagnetic neuroweapon capable of neuromodulation of human beings, says this veteran journalist and nine-year victim: viclivingston.blogspot.com/2011/12/u.html

  • Mandi Armstrong

    As a teacher’s assistant and tutor for the last 10 years this explains so much!!especially in a low income area,title 1school.

  • Mandi Armstrong

    As a teacher’s assistant and tutor for the last 10 years this explains so much!!especially in a low income area,title 1school.

  • deadcentershot.com

    Reminds me of the mandatory “pioneer camps” for kids in the soviet union. I met kids from the brain washing/social engineering camps when I was there with the state department in 1989.

  • Kevin Merck

    All the more reason to send your children to a private school or home school them.
    This information will be used to deprive your children of a future if they don’t fit the profile the government wants.
    ‘Orwellian’ doesn’t begin to describe how diabolical this program is.

  • teeky2

    And this is only ONE of many reasons why teachers are fighting hard against the Common core, high-stakes testing, and Race to the Top. Parents and the public need to know that this stuff will be happening soon. Bill Gates’s InBloom is set to go.

  • Elizabeth Sacks

    How will it extend to homeschool? This I need to know, as a homeschool parent.

    • Susan

      Because colleges are adopting similar protocols, and soon, so will the workplace. Our homeschool kids will be severely handicapped if they should hope to get hired by a large corporation or any other business with any ties to local, state, or federal government.

      • Maria

        Oh, cool. Not such a bad handicap after all. Keep homeschooling.

        • Leslie

          K-12 (the online public school) is Common Core. It’s online so wouldn’t all the info that children are inputting on the computer be compiled and tracked too?

      • PatrickHenry1789

        We are using the K-12 program, common core is included. It’s very rudimentary for our daughter. She’s 7 with a 7th grade reading comprehension level. Shapes and colors, things she’s known since she was two.

    • Leslie

      Elizabeth – consider joining this group if you are on facebook. I have heard great things about it. https://www.facebook.com/groups/theeducationalfreedomcoalition/

    • curious1

      Where do you get your curriculum? From the State no doubt, well that’s where it’s coming from.

      • Cotswoldsrose

        I’m curious why you guess that Elizabeth is using State resources? Homeschoolers generally homeschool to get away from the State. Virtual schools are growing, but I think that most homeschool parents still use privately published resources. I homeschooled for eight years (up until this year) and that’s all I used, and almost everyone in my homeschool community used privately published resources, too.

        • curious1

          I guess I was wrong. That was an assumption on my part because a friend of mine had homeschooled her son (a long time ago) to prepare for his G.E.D., he had dropped out, and I asked where she got the books etc. and she said from the state. So I figured if you home schooled that at some point you would be taking some sort of test to graduate from the state in order to get a diploma.
          Egg on my face!

          • Cotswoldsrose

            No, not egg on your face at all. You don’t know what you don’t know, right? You just know what you see or are told. Most people don’t know a lot about the world of homeschooling, which is much bigger and more complex than you might expect.

            As for the GED, I don’t think that the GED is really that common in homeschooling. I didn’t homeschool long enough to get through a graduation, but as far as I could tell by watching others and reading, homeschoolers get a diploma based on their schoolwork and mandated standardized testing, like regular students do. I think you just ran into an unusual situation and didn’t know it was unusual.

          • curious1

            Thanks for the kind reply! :-)

          • babyblue

            If you use standardized tests don’t they come from the state?

          • Cotswoldsrose

            That is the one thing homeschoolers have to do that is state mandated, at least in the two states I have lived in and homeschooled. However, there is choice about which tests to use, and at least in my states I didn’t have to report the scores to the state. States have different rules, though, and what you have to do can also depend on how qualified you are as a teacher (like if you have only your high school diploma vs. a B.A.)

    • Tom223

      Good for you on the home schooling.

  • http://xeoncross.com Xeoncross

    You should look into http://mailelf.com which is an open source, encrypted email system for normal users.

  • CreepyAssCracker

    Sending your child to public school is becoming a form of child-abuse.

  • curious1

    I AM LIVID!!! (YES I AM TYING IN CAPS. BECAUSE I AM YELLING!!!) THIS IS ABSOLUTELY BEYOND DISPICABLE!! IT’S ONE THING THAT THE GOV. IS SPYING ON ADULT(WHICH IN AND OF ITSELF IS SICKENING), IT’S A WHOLE NOTHER BALLGAME TO GO AFTER OUR KIDS!!! LAST I CHECKED WE STILL LIVED IN AMERICA NOT RUSSIA OR NORTH KOREA AND THE CONSTITUTION WAS STILL IN TACT!!! THE GOV. IS DEBATING WHAT TO DO IN SYRIA BECAUSE THE GOV. POISENED THEIR OWN PEOPLE??? I FIND THAT WHAT OUR GOV. IS DOING TO OUR PEOPLE TO BE FAR WORSE, SNEAKY, UNDERHANDED AND REPREHENSIBLE!!! SINCE WHEN ARE OUR CHILDREN FAIR GAME IN A POLITICAL BATTLE FOR CONTROL OF AMERICAN CITIZENS???? NOW IS TIME TO FIGHT AND FIGHT I WILL AGAINST TYRANY IN OUR COUNTRY!! THE TERM, HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A WOMAN SCORNED, WAS WRITTEN FOR A REASON!!!

    • Tom223

      Thanks for speaking up. The extremely low level of confront of evil on the part of the average American is what’s so shocking. There are people in this world playing an evil game. (by evil I mean going against survival of individuals, families and a nation or nations). Running our nation into extreme levels of debt don’t support the survival of the average American or the poor. The ones who make out are the politicians and the bankers. They gain more power and the people become dependent on them for basic survival. That is the picture of slavery. This is nothing new as compared to human political history. What’s amazing is that apparently so few people can either see it or are willing to speak up.

  • edwardhoward

    While cell tower neuro-weapons are the fear of some, on a much more benign level, if freedom lovers who don’t embrace the state, just happen to not get into the good schools, not get the good well paying jobs – or if self employed – the lucrative contracts and google ranking, freedom lovers will as a group be too busy trying to eek out a marginal existence on their subsistence incomes to fight the good fight. The statists will have the power, wealth, time and the state on their side.

    • Not Bob

      Yeah, there is something to be said for raising a child to have personal ethics and a desire to be free. Getting into the right school so you can get the right job is the plantation owners siren call to the willing slaves of the 21st century.

      There is a huge world out there that doesn’t take every breath based on their ability to climb the corporate ladder and have more admoiratoin and respect for someone of substance.

  • curious1

    Those of you who think your kids are safe because they go to private or Catholic schools, might want to read this. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/347973/two-moms-vs-common-core/page/0/1

  • zeestan

    saying a kid is safe in catholic school is like saying a kid is just gonna see a movie with pee-wee herman

    • Tom223

      Bit of a generality. You paint Catholic schools with a broad brush. From the schools I’ve seen in California I think the safer bet would be the Catholic school.

      • Not Bob

        Even if the brush is a bit to broad and snarky they are still part of the surveillance state

        • Tom223

          Personally I don’t adhere to the Catholic doctrine so would pick a different type of private school. I would defend the right of a parent to send their children to a Catholic school if they so chose. At least the kid would graduate knowing how to read and write.

  • Toni Coleman

    Do you know which 9 states are implementing the full data mining?

  • Tim

    The link regarding Federal Grant bribes looks to be going to a dead end. Either the White House pulled the information from the site or the wrong link is in the article.

    • JoshuaCookMBA

      fixed – thanks!

  • Bob Smith
    • JoshuaCookMBA

      PolitiFact? LOL stay tuned … breaking a story on them soon.

      • Mary

        So I bet you feel like a big man. telling lies to your uncritical readers? Anyone can put up a website and tell any kind of lies they want.

        • Not Bob

          Politifact is a compromised disinformation website, it has been known for some time yet you want to argue that the author is the source of disinformation ?

          • Mary

            What you believe is far right propoganda and they are experts at lying. Why don’t you look up the actual story instead of uncritically believing every rumor?

          • Tom223

            Again with the generalities. No facts coming from you. No actual useful data. Vacuous communication.

        • Tom223

          Wow Mary there you go again. Using the tactic of speaking in generalities “telling lies”. What lie was told. You state it is if it is a fact that this person tells lies and yet you don’t give any data. Your comments are meaningless and useless. How long until you start calling names to obfuscate the truth. You don’t like the message so you malign the messenger in an attempt to hide the truth. It is a very old trick and quite transparent.

    • Tom223

      I checked the corestandards.org site. It is just a Public Relations site. They are not going to tell the full truth. Just like Obamacare. The pushers of that bit of legislation had to lie their buts off to get it passed.
      It brings up that old joke. “we’re from the government, we’re here to help”.
      We don’t kneed more federal involvement we need less.
      Education in this country was really good before the 60′s and the amount of money spent per student was far less (yes, corrected for inflation).
      Things got worse when the federal government stepped up its involvement in funding and control of schools. They turned them into indoctrination centers rather than institutions of. The teach kids what to think and not how to think.
      The politicians answer to money and in this case to the teachers union (I didn’t say teachers). The teachers unions across the country spend hundreds of millions of dollars on issues having to do with pay and benefits and not holding teachers accountable for poor work. They don’t represent the children in school, that is not their issue. The children don’t have a voice and nether do the parents.

      • Mary

        You use the example of ObamaCare and yet you guys come up with the most ridiculous stories about it, without even taking the time to learn about it. So you are actually proving Bob Smith’s point. Way to go.

        • Tom223

          Who are “you guys” and what “ridiculous story’s”? Speaking in this way is a way to use a general statements to give the impression of a truth without there being any evidence of an actual truth. In other words try being specific and you might have a legitimate argument.
          Evidently you are of the opinion that the Democrats did not lie to the American people in order to pass Obama-care. If this is the case, that is evidence enough that you are either a shill for the government or are sufficiently detached from reality so as to make it futile to attempt having an intelligent and honest discussion. Too bad.

  • Amie in CT

    Seriously? I think this is just another conspiracy theory. Much of this information has been collected and shared for years. Can we focus on more important things?

    • Tom223

      You are throwing a generality “conspiracy theory” which is a completely irrelevant concept. The US government should not be tracking the political affiliation of a students parents their beliefs and religious practices. This data has nothing to do with education and has everything to do with government controlling the population. You are either grossly ignorant of history or are just incapable of assimilating important data. I don’t mean to be rude here but it is people like you who can’t see the importance of the government using children as a means of gathering data on parents that is the real threat of this or any nation. Throughout history the greatest threat to human rights have been governments and dictators. And it is people like you who have allowed them to do it. The Federal Government or the Federal Reserve or the big Bankers only have power because the citizens of the US allow them to. Your level of confront is an enemy of freedom.

      • Mary

        “The US government should not be tracking the political affiliation of a students parents their beliefs and religious practices.”
        You are correct. That is why they are not doing that. Read a credible source instead of the make-believe on this site.

        • urbaned

          and don’t forget that we have people who dedicate their lives to monitoring this, such as the ACLU

        • Not Bob

          You are in denial there are already stories coming out about politicians who have been blackmailed because of the information collected on them. Gen. Petraeus was railroaded our of the military using just that type of information, The point of gathering data on all of us is to control us, so if your child ever became an important leader they could use every bit of historical data to prevent your child from doing anything important.

          • Mary

            You can believe what you want but I suggest you go and read up on what Common Core is about. There is no evidence that they plan to collect sensitive info on people. In fact they refute it.

        • Tom223

          Common Core is a NEW power grab. The intention is to do these things. The communication isn’t that this data collection is the current norm but rather the direction or objective the Fed. Govt. is moving toward. Where in the constitution does it give the Feds the power to dictate education? The Feds always overstep their bounds. Look at the census. They are only supposed to count the number of people living in a household. They expand it to things like race, income bracket, gender etc. All for their own manipulative political ends. The founding fathers didn’t include those items in the Constitution because it is not the right of the Federal govt. to track these things. They want to know and control everything you do. They passed a law that by a certain date all vehicles sold in the US have traction control. This conveniently mandates a computer in every vehicle manufactured. It won’t be long before the cars we buy have speed limiters based on the posted speed limit and GPS that tracks the movement of each vehicle. By your phone, your car, computer, smart meter they will know where you are just about every hour of every day and will know your every conversation or communication sent electronically. They are supposed to work for us we are not their “subjects” as in a dictatorship. The price of freedom is not paid by those who allow such governmental behavior to be tolerated, ignored or diminished in importance.

          • Mary

            I am not going to respond to everything in your paranoid rant, but you are wrong about many things. The Feds are not going to dictate education, that is up to the states to deal with. Common Core is just a set of standards.

            Personal info is not going to the feds. There are laws that protect people from that.

            Anonymous info will be gathered in order to analyse how the program is working.

            The idea that they want detailed info on people’s private lives is not true.

            The Truth Is Out There. Seek it.

          • Tom223

            You are misusing “paranoid” and “rant”. First off I don’t believe everyone is out to get me. The fact is that the government is gathering massive amounts of data about US citizens and is spending billions to increase their ability to store that data and gather even more data. That is not in question unless someone hasn’t been paying attention. The real threat is people who ignore when the government violates the citizens rights. You are part of the problem as you are apparently more interested in appearing to be “right” than to look at the actual data and actions of the government and seeing what they are and have been, by their own admission, doing. The world is more violent than at any time in the past. More people were killed in war in the last century than at any time in history. That is modern man and modern government. There are still people alive who barely avoided being gassed and burned in Germany. There are people alive who had family members killed by socialists and communists all across this planet. From Europe to Asia. We must stand up for liberty and civil rights. If we don’t they will be taken. That is not theory it is fact. Congress has now decided that any US citizen can be detained indefinitely without trial or representation as long as the government has labeled them terrorists. They have by their own documents labeled citizens wanting a Constitutional government, a smaller government and no war and the right to keep and bear arms as potential terrorists. These people can now potentially have their right to a fair trial taken away just by the decree of the president or one of his underlings in the Dept. of Justice. This is not fantasy this is now law. They are creating a police state. Obama has publically stated that he wants a domestic police force with as much military funding and capability as our military. This is intent to create a police state. This data is not hidden away it is openly stated by Obama and other members of the government in Congressional hearings, press conferences etc. Start paying attention and discover the truth by looking and not by believing everything you “think”.

    • Not Bob

      Your suggesting that since our privacy and right s have been violated for years that at the point where the citizens wake up to this abuse we should just roll over ?

  • phd1

    As a teacher in Georgia we were told that every child taking any type of medication for any length of time would need a federal form 504 completed. This form would have to be used to explain details of why the child was taking the medication. So if your daughter is taking birth control the school has to know and then they tell it into the feds.

    • D.B

      What? So if my son need medication for his hypothyroidism and he took it at home, the feds need to know?

      • Ruth de los Santos

        YES. If the schools don’t report it, the doctors will, under Obamacare, anyway. The government knows WAY too much about our kids, and the kids who are in the system, public school, are the most vulnerable to having no privacy whatsoever.

        • D.B

          Why though? Why do they need to know?

          • berky

            They don’t NEED to know, but they WANT to know… it’s all about control and feeding the interests of a small group of people.

          • urbaned

            Incorrect. Did you hear about the camper who died after eating peanut-laced food this summer? Dealing with people – youngsters to be exact – means having to know a lot about them. There is MUCH more to this than nefarious spying on our kids.

          • berky

            Incorrect. We were talking about the gov’t, who still does not need to be collecting this information. food allergies should be left up to the parents to inform any and all ‘supervisors’ during said camping trips. There is no reason gov’t needs all of that information.

          • urbaned

            I’m in the down arrow group. I am not sure why citizens hate our country so much. I do hate one aspect of our government: the military industrial complex. I also HATE that they use private corporations that bill me (the tax payer) 3x as much as they would if they were not selling “secret” products (they can get away without scrutiny). Basically, that’s the only part of government that I hate – besides the fact that the Supreme Court now allowed corps to become people. I like libraries, highways, bridges, utilities, social services, etc. They can all be improved and could be improved immensely if we rid ourselves of the military industrial complex.

          • berky

            You are entitled to your opinions. I’m not sure why you assume I hate this country… I never said that. I just believe that private information should be allowed to remain private and disseminated as each person feels fit… not REQUIRED to be collected. BTW, I agree with you wholeheartedly on the M-I-C.

          • Michael Malo Lauzardo

            Hating the state and your country are 2 very different things. You are compartmentalizing things. That is not the reality, everything works in unison.

          • Dead_Right

            You sir are a large part of the problem. You imagine that government is the answer, except of course for only one of three things the constitution actually demands of government, defense. All those other things you like, were built by the private sector. When a developer wants to build homes or office buildings he is dinged with an extra charge or project of building roads and bridges.
            Government does not actually provide these things. If they are the conduit for such projects , the money comes from taxes from those that produce the wealth through various projects.
            Consider:
            With free enterprise you have a choice not to buy.
            With government you are coerced into buying theirs at gun point.

          • urbaned

            oh really? someone held a gun to my head when I bought a stamp in the post office? how do you intend to organize people without a government? how do you plan on dismantling our existing one? who is living in a dream?

          • berky

            obviously, the gun point reference was a figure of speech. Generally speaking though, when a gov’t requires a service be used, you have no alternative, and there’s no free market to keep costs and benefits in check. You seriously don’t know how to organize people without government? You’ve never heard of town hall meetings? or perhaps the revolutionary war? What do you think people did before the idea of government existed? Ever hear of a tribe? I don’t believe in complete anarchy, but I certainly don’t believe that we should be so dependent upon gov’t. Personally I believe that eventually our gov’t will implode when our debt-based economy self-destructs. I only hope that as we rebuild, we learn from past mistakes.

          • urbaned

            town hall meetings are held in government offices. a tribe is CERTAINLY a form of government (a very strict and good one as far as I can tell, although it’s a bit like a monarchy). and, at this point, as we rebuild from the forthcoming collapse, there will certainly be no middle class in the picture. where will you be?

          • berky

            town hall meetings can be held wherever the town wants it to be held. There has and always will be some form of ‘social structure’ that we currently call government. The point I’ve been trying to get across is that the role of this ‘government’ should be EXTREMELY minimal.

          • urbaned

            we probably really agree. If we cut off the branch of the MIC, government would shrink enormously. I’m all for that!

          • Dead_Right

            Thank you for proving my points. Does your government tell you what kind of light bulb to use, how much you can flush, how much energy, what you are allowed and not allowed to do to earn a living, what kind of car you can drive, whether to put on your trousers front to back?

            You are living a nightmare. Do you take any responsibility for yourself and yours? Do you know what to do when big government fails you? Have you even given a glance at the abject failures of big government in history?

            Review the term “civil society”. It means we are mostly self governed by internalizing what is right living. The constitution is only fit for governing a self controlled people. Outside of that it is just raw and meaningless and cruel power. Don’t for a minute imagine that because “your people” are in charge of it that gross miss-uses of it will not follow.

            NSA Snooping, IRS against one brand of the body politic, Engaging in wars outside of your will.

            I recently re-read the declaration of independence and this government has done all of the injuries and usurpations listed.

            Wake the heck up and stand on your own two feet. Quit waiting for someone to “organize people” Be your own organization.

          • Dead_Right

            When it comes to taxation, trust me there is a gun pointed right at your head. Produce, pay taxes or be jailed.
            OR suck up to the government trough, vote for those that feed you and escape taxation altogether.
            You remember those $800 plus checks “evil bush” handed out” I paid for 65 of them.

          • Not Bob

            All the things you love come from local government not omnipotent federal governments.

          • urbaned

            I love Yosemite and other national parks. This is a huge country. Have you crossed it? I did via Amtrak.

          • Nick

            Hitler wanted to know such things as well. He implemented several similar programs. He used the “harmless information” to put anyone he considered “mentally ill”. In camps to await being euphanized ie. killed. And mental illness could include many things such as ADD, ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, etc… I often wondered why people freely offered up such personal information without a fight. It was because they had no idea what Hitler was up to. How could they? He was simply a proud German who was turning their horrible economy around. Why not answer all those seemingly innocent questions? Please take your blinders off!!!!

          • urbaned

            nowadays, there are confidentiality laws

          • HumanLiberty

            The Military Industrial Complex is inseparable from, and very much the now-controlling offspring of, our Government. All the other things you mention, bridges, roads, etc, are not in any way intrinsic to Government, nor is Government, especially monolithic central Government, necessary for their production. Before assessing any SCOTUS decision or other legal matter, make sure you are using the proper context, and legal definitions of the operant terms or you will misunderstand their meaning. “Person” may not mean what we tend to think it means. Going full circle, you cannot dissolve the MIC without dramatically disempowering central government, or the power it has will always be used to increase itself, and regrow the MIC. This is an endlessly recurrent process, which only indiscriminate liberty can interrupt.

          • HumanLiberty

            Oh yeah, and “The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government.” Thomas Paine

          • urbaned

            I don’t know why this implies hating the government. There are many ways to counter the government. For example, if corporations are infiltrating it, you could boycott them. For example, Starbucks and Pearson. You could urge the government not to cater to nefarious interests. You could protest wars. There are lots of ways to create strong opposition without all of the paranoia.

          • g.johnon

            urbaned,
            please do not confuse our country with those working hard to destroy it. you are only in the down arrow group because you are not fully awake.
            but you do appear to be on your way.

          • Not Bob

            Yeah the big-pharma industry wants to know who is taking their drugs and especially who is not taking their drugs. Gathering that data is expensive so lets have the schools do it for us.

          • urbaned

            have you ever tried getting your child’s school record? it might be stored in the school, or it might be missing. large servers have backups and password protection. I’ll take my kid’s record digitally.

          • Not Bob

            Are you suggesting that you are willing to sacrifice your privacy and your child’s privacy for the sake of convenience ?

          • urbaned

            no. I’m happy with what’s out there now. If I wanted to change it, I’d work on it. http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

          • Mary

            Sorry that is not a good answer. This is the usual trap of conspiracy thinking is that they can’t come up with a rational reason for them doing whatever they are accused of doing. It doesn’t matter to the Feds what meds are given to children.

          • berky

            you said it yourself… “It doesn’t matter to the Feds what meds are given to children”… so i ask you, WHY do they need to know then? WHY are they gathering the information? You probably also use the logic “if you’re not doing anything wrong, then it doesn’t matter if they know your private business”. This type of thinking is a disease that has infected this country. Even if you are right and they really don’t care about the information, that DOESN’T mean they have a right to collect it!!! that is the entire point. end of story.

          • Fred

            There is a field called informatics. It requires a lot of data to find relationships and correlations. What outcomes are derived from differing inputs. How do you know you have a better education if you don’t measure? Yes, lots of data there to be misused. And, lots of potential good. Can you see the good?

          • berky

            I absolutely can see the good. That still doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. I’d be ok with it if each parent signed a waiver saying that they give permission to collect the information. Otherwise, no.

          • Mary

            The data that Fred is referring is anonymous. They don’t need to know personal info in order to do that kind of analysis.

          • Mary

            The school itself should know about medical conditions and what meds kids are on in case of an emergency. That could mean the difference between life and death. What if a kid with diabetes collapsed and no one knew what was wrong in order to help him?

            There are privacy laws that protect this info from getting into the hands of the feds.

          • Not Bob

            Your suggesting that the pharmaceutical lobby doesn’t want to know the usage rates and demographic distribution of their products from a source as solid as the schools ? I wonder what they could possible want that information for ?

          • Mary

            That is possible, but that is irrelevent because that would not be personal info. They would not need it to perform such an analysis.

          • Not Bob

            Whether or not you take medicine for a disease or condition is not personal info ? The schools would not need to but the pharma lobby would pay for just such a study. In the age of big-data everything is analyzed from 10 different directions and the raw data is what has value.

            Can you grasp the idea that the grocery store that you carry a value card for makes more money off the sale of the tracking information from the shopping card than they do from your purchases?

          • Mary

            I am not saying this would be right, but since we don’t know that this is even happening then let’s turn down the rhetoric here. In fact it is highly unlikely because we have privacy laws in place already
            .
            To address your specific hypothosis I am having a problem figuring out exactly WHAT it is. You indicated that it could be used for demographics which never includes personal info. It is completely anonymous. So what is the threat there?

            As far as tracking info exactly how would that apply to a child? He is not going to buy anything.

            The only point you seem to be making is that it is bad to give anyone personal info, even if it might save your child’s life.

          • hangman

            It is called control. What part don’t you get? You think it is a conspiracy theory. You are half right, it is a conspiracy and no theory. Why does the NSA need to know about you? To say it does not matter to the feds? Well it must because they are the ones who are asking or demanding the data. Maybe you need to go ask them!

          • Mary

            The Feds are not collecting personal info. The law forbids that and anyway Common Core is not going to be run by the federal government. It will be run on the state level.
            There is difference between collecting info that will remain anonymous for statistical analylisis of how the students are doing. This is ALREADY info collected on the state level and is submitted to the federal government. This has been true for decades. So why don’t you protest that?

          • Brandon Crary

            Mind telling that to the East German government?

      • phd1

        Yes.

        • Not Bob

          the feds claim they need to know but you dont have to tell them.

      • tonyarn

        Off topic, but I have a son with congenital hypothyroidism also. Anyway, I homeschool, but will be very careful with what I share from now on!

    • Not Bob

      I guess he message here is don’t share anything with the feds that you do not absolutely have too and you dont have to without a court order..

    • ej1

      You are misinformed. Research “Section 504″. Every state and school district can comply differently.

  • phd1

    This reporting is a condition of Race To The Top funding. If states don’t report then funding will be revoked.

  • Rick Matheson
  • Sonofateacher

    The educational system is increasingly producing idiot know-nothings who instinctively look to the federal government for their every need and want. Sorry if this statement is offensive to you, but before you post a response please look at this 8th grade exam from 1912, given to 13 – 15 year olds in Bullitt County, Kentucky.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/12/1912-eighth-grade-exam_n_3744163.html

    Did you read it? Do you know even half of the answers yourself? Ok, now post your defense of education in 2013.

    • Mary

      Very enlightening. To be honest I would flunk that myself. I was not taught a lot of what was on the test in school and I am 49 years old. Educational standards have been going down for a long time.
      On a job that I had I had to check the paperwork of people under me. I had one young lady who didn’t even know HOW TO PRINT, much less cursive writing. I kept telling her to write legibly but to no avail. I finally had to do her paperwork for her.
      How do you graduate from high school without learning even basic skills? How do you take a test or write an essay without knowing how to print? I haven’t a clue. The ironic thing is that this girl was not stupid. So the system failed her big time.

      • berky

        I know many teachers and from what I can tell (and have been told), they are basically forced to pass students that should fail. The reasoning is that the schools have become so dependent upon the federal funding that if they begin to fail these students, they will stop receiving funding because the will no longer meet the requirements to receive funding. It’s all a facade to make the ‘numbers’ look good just to get the funding. In addition, they need the funding because they factor that in as part of their budget, so they are basically spending money they don’t really have. All of this creates a dependence upon government, so now the system is set up so that the federal gov’t can basically force the schools to do whatever they want by simply threatening to pull funding. It’s like hanging a bag of heroin in front of an addict and asking them to steal for you. Even if they don’t want to, they will because they need that ‘fix’.

        • Mary

          Most of your argument makes sense. It is sad that the schools are pushing kids into the real world without even preparing them to hold the most basic of jobs, much less making them college ready.

          I am a little confused though because I thought the funding came from the state, not the federal government. Maybe I am behind the times. I do know that states will be getting money from the feds for Common Core.

          Fortunately your scenario is not holding true with my fourteen-year old nephew who is already planning what college to go to. He is in advanced math and science classes and may qualify to take some college classes while still in H.S. He just aced the state math test and last year was awarded the NASA Math and Science Award.

          The part of your argument that I disagree with is that Common Core is designed so that kids will have standards to live up to rather than the teachers just passing the kids as in the situations you describe.

          • berky

            It’s not like they are shoving every kid through… just the ones that would have failed. The kids that deserve good grades are passing on their own merit and learning along the way, just like your nephew, whom you should be very proud of (and I’m sure you are). regarding funding, I’m not sure how exactly it works, but I know the fed gov’t does give money to the states in some way, but I’m not sure if it’s just to the state and they decide who gets it or if it’s directly to each school or whatever.

            According to the constitution, the fed gov’t has no business in education. That’s the problem I have with common core. I hope it ends up being a great program, but regardless, it’s not within the realm of what the fed gov’t is allowed to do.

      • teeky2

        You word process it on computer.

  • Joshua Allen Donini

    Just watched this.
    I’m not making any claims about it, just putting it out for others to make their own informed opinion about.

    http://www.politicollision.com/story.php?title=agenda-grinding-america-down-full-movie-on-vimeo

    • JJNYC

      Excellent documentary

    • Karen

      Thank you Joshua….going to watch tonight.

    • g.johnon

      well josh,
      I went there clicked on the go button (about 80 times) and got nothing. then I noticed the page asking me to order the movie. sorry, not in my budget this week, pig in a poke and all that.
      so, I went to the trailer, watched it and damn if it didn’t look like this movie was more happy horse dook about how it’s all the left”s fault and only the right can save us.
      Marxist sociocommunism or Fabian sociofascism? not a choice I would care to make.
      it does appear that the movie is well made and scary as hell. but seems to leave out any indications of culpability from the right.
      we really need to get past this partiotic crap.

      • Cin

        You can watch the whole documentary for free on Vimeo. It’s ninety- two minutes long but worth it I believe. I understand what you’re saying about them blaming it on the left and that not being so but that does not change the points made in this film. The thing is… if even 20% of this film is accurate, regardless of who’s doing it, it has to be stopped or we’re done :(

        • g.johnon

          cin, first off I didn’t say it wasn’ so. what I meant was both sides of the aisle are equally culpable in the downfall of the great experiment for human dignity known as the usa.
          I do so much agree that this needs to be stopped.

          I went to vimeo, that is where I watched the trailer. didn’t see the free full movie. I will try again. thanks.

      • Debij

        You are right G. Johnson. I usually identify myself as a Republican. We do need to be very careful about thinking the enemy is not also within our own party affiliation.
        I

        • g.johnon

          hey deb, I am a republican too, because I believe in the concept of a constitutional republic. but I rarely identify myself as one lest I confuse folks into thinking that I support the party that erroneously uses the name when I would not approach within 50 yards of the gop if I was wearing a hazmat suit

          • Houston Retrievers

            Your a Rino.

          • g.johnon

            I am sorry, but that is not a term that I am familiar with. could you explain?

          • g.johnon

            Houston, we have a problem. you appear to have not been paying proper attention to the whole of the words I posted above before your knee jerk insult spewed forth.
            I am a republican because and only because I believe in the concept of a constitutional republic. of the people, by the people and for the people with strong emphasis on the supreme value of the individual unfettered human mind and spirit.
            I am a true republican. those who associate themselves with the gross dysfunction and perversities of the gop are the real rinos. and the left is equally lethal, so don’t try pin that one on me either. you can never escape ignorance if you are a partiot. (last word not a typo)

      • Joshua Allen Donini

        I agree, it doesn’t hit the right as hard as it ought.
        Though it does indicate the “right” has shifted to where the left started out, while the left is now WAY left…

        And sorry, I intended to put the free vimeo link up.

        • g.johnon

          found it josh, but I had to hunt. you may want to put that link up
          although I would not recommend the film, everyone should make up their own mind.
          while accurate in it’s accusations against the left wing agenda, as I suspected, the film was not forthcoming about the perils of the equally lethal agenda that it was simultaneously promoting.
          the film told its own big lie over and over. the constitution was derived from the magna carta, not from the Christian bible. our founding fathers were very much not Christian and were, in fact, avid anti religionists.
          please google spend some time there. you may find it shocking, but you wlll learn something new.
          the question that needs to be asked is: would you prefer to give your children up to a mind numbing socialist agenda? or to a mind numbing neocon theocracy?

          • Houston Retrievers

            Not true. They were religious and Christian. (not all, but a majority) David Barton gives great details on this subject and makes very valid arguments to the same.

          • g.johnon

            care to leave a link to david barton and his details?

          • Houston Retrievers

            http://www.wallbuilders.com/abtbiodb.asp This is a good place to start. We use the American Heritage Series as a precursor to our history lessons.

          • g.johnon

            yeah, I went of and looked this guy up on my own. hard core right wing Christian revisionist pseudo-historian who claims to have compiled all of the writings of the founding fathers and has used them to prove that most of the founding fathers were Christians who founded this country based on the teachings of the bible.
            Houston, are you sure that you are not teaching your kids to give up their desires and to do without because you are sending mr. barton checks to help support his $300 haircuts and $1200 shoes?
            don’t you know when a racket is being run on your ass?

          • Houston Retrievers

            No he is about facts. The revisionist showed up in the 60′s which he points out as well. As for him needing to eat and clothed himself, I guess all those left wing extremist dont have to eat and work as professors for free huh.

          • g.johnon

            oh, so you are sending checks to this man at the expense of your children?
            revisionists showed up when the mayflower landed and there has not been a moment since when they have not been among us. thank you for another wonderful example of mr. barton’s “facts”
            as for those left wing extremist professors. on that point we agree.

          • Houston Retrievers

            No i dont send any money and I dont really need to defend myself against your ignorance. Where is all the information I posted? I guess you find that to inconvenient for your lies.

          • g.johnon

            Houston, you are ranting.
            since you have seen fit to call me a liar, could you manage to post just one of the alleged lies I have told?
            just a simple cut and paste with quotation marks will do.
            thanks.

          • g.johnon

            apparently you and I have an altogether different idea of the definition of “valid argument”

          • Houston Retrievers

            Just because you do not want to accept something as fact because it goes against your motives or bosses narrative does not mean they are not facts. The paper trail they left supports the “valid arguments” Not that you actually looked into what he has to say or how he proves it.

          • g.johnon

            I accept facts as facts, not data manipulated to support and agenda. my motives are the basic building blocks of freedom: truth, honesty and sovereignty. I have no boss.

            they are not facts just manipulated data. here is a good taste of the paper trail they left:

            http://freethought.mbdojo.com/foundingfathers.html
            how much of that do you find in mr. barton’s “proof”?

          • Houston Retrievers

            I started to read it, up until “If the U.S.
            was founded on the Christian religion, the Constitution would clearly
            say so–but it does not. Nowhere does the Constitution say: “The United
            States is a Christian Nation”

            It starts out lying, they wanted all people to enjoy their religion outside of persecution “like the Quakers” or they would never have included the 1st amendment.

            But that does not discredit or negate that the framers were Christian. Over and over again Barton, instead of using skillfully crafted words, and attacks, unlike the left, he uses documented proof. Jefferson in the end stated he wished he would not have supported it, not because he was a deist, but because he believed in separation of church and state, as religion is of a private, not public, matter. Without reading it Im sure it makes no mention of the documentary evidence of presidential proclamations made respecting Christianity which are found in the library of congress. Though most of them were Freemasons, they were not all together deist. George Washington was a Christian. By the writing in the link you provided, it suggest that if you are enlightened then you cannot be a Christian. The only way that would hold true is if it were directed at catholics as they do not teach their people to read the bible. I am a Christian and I have looked at a lot of information over the past 8 years from many different angles and even went as far back as 10k years. Just because you loathe it does not make it untrue. I’ll pray for you.

          • Houston Retrievers

            The federalist who established this country did not have to revise anything, they stood on the facts and principles of which they established this nation on. It is those who came up years after they were gone who have been attempting to dismantle this country, those who have revised history in order to suit a means to its ends. The founders did that when they beat the British. The founders believed that the only way our country would stand is on education morals and religion, that which is constantly under attack by people who stand on feelings and not principles, those who offer half truths, those who purposely blind and under educate the people in order to serve the globalist agenda.

          • g.johnon

            so, you started reading and came to a wall you could not get over without regurgitating barton’s revisionist blatherings.
            the first amendment is a guarantee that humans will not suffer a state religion. period.
            so, what is it that you and barton are after really?
            do ya wanna bring back the dunking pond? burn up some witches? maybe get a good ol’ fashion inquisition going? maybe a new crusade? or just get them pesky women back in the kitchen where god says they belong?
            no matter. just understand that as long as you and your ilk continue to attempt to erode this country from within while enjoying the fruits of freedom, I will consider you a more clear and present danger than both Taliban and al CIAda.
            btw, I was a Christian for probably close to as long as you have’ been on the planet. I got the tee shirt.
            but now I am free.
            oh yeah, and I got a good 50 years into paying attention to both history and current events.
            just pray that you are not doing lasting damage to your children. with any luck, they will revolt when the time is right.
            alright then Houston, we are done

          • Houston Retrievers

            So now you are locking the thread so only your last argument is left standing.

            Francis Hopkinson:

            -
            Founding father

            -
            Signer of Declaration of Independence

            -
            Wrote the hymnal that included the melody of notes
            in the staph (The PSALMS OF DAVID)

            Roger Sherman:

            -
            Helped frame the Bill of Rights

            -
            Provided the solution to a problem between large states and small
            states by establishing 2 houses

            o
            The Senate (each had a equal vote regardless of
            size of state)

            o
            The House (number of representatives measured
            out to size of state)

          • Houston Retrievers

            George Washington: Was he a Christian? Documents say yes until around the first
            quarter of the 1900’s

            -
            Commander and Chief of the continental army
            during the American revolution

            -
            President of the Constitutional Convention
            (which produced the Constitution)

            -
            First President of the united States

            -
            President who oversaw the creation of the Bill
            of Rights

            -
            Was considered religious until around 1927 where
            it was stated he was a deists

            -
            Was elected unanimously (only president ever)

            -
            Book written about him called Maxims of Washington
            by Schroeder

            -
            Book broken up into 4 categories, Political,
            Social, Moral and Religious

            -
            First federal thanksgiving proclamation issued
            by George Washington

            -
            One of the leaders to end slavery (no
            emancipation until death, all slaves freed at his death)

            -
            Signed first federal anti-slavery law

          • Houston Retrievers

            John Quincy Adams: 1767-1848

            -
            At 8 years old performed full musket drills with
            Massachusetts minutemen.

            -
            At age 11 he was secretary to his father (John
            Adams) who was ambassador to the British

            -
            At age 14 he was Secretary for the US Ambassador
            to Russia

            -
            Became 6th president of the US

            -
            Read the Bible once every year

            -
            Wanted his children to learn the bible
            thoroughly

            -
            Served as overseas diplomat

            -
            Authored book on how to study bible (religious
            letters to his son)

            -
            Poet

          • Houston Retrievers

            Benjamin
            Franklin and Thomas Jefferson were considered the least (in a comparative
            sense) religious of all the signers.

          • Houston Retrievers

            Franklin Recommended for Pennsylvania:

            -
            To teach Christianity in the public schools

            -
            To raise church attendance

            -
            Made forceful defense of Christianity when it
            was attacked by

            Thomas Paine (Author of Common Sense)

          • Houston Retrievers

            He also called for the establishment of chaplains and daily
            prayer at the Constitutional Convention

          • Houston Retrievers

            Thomas Jefferson:

            -
            Suggested Great Seal of the United States depict
            a Bible Story

            -
            Suggested the word God be in the national motto

            -
            As president he negotiated treaties with the
            Indians and provided federal funds to Christian Missionaries to evangelize the
            Indians.

            -
            Treaties were ratified by the US senate

            -
            Approves Church in the capital building

            -
            Wrote letter of separation of church and state
            (was meant to prevent government from limiting public religious freedom)

          • Houston Retrievers

            Benjamin Rush:

            -
            Started 5 colleges and universities

            -
            Started the firstwoman’s college

            -
            Trained 3000 medical students

            -
            Made numerous medical discoveries

            -
            National leader in the abolition movement

            -
            1791 he founded the Sunday School movement

            -
            1808 Started first Bible Society

            -
            Signer of Declaration of Independence

          • Houston Retrievers

            Samuel Adams:

            “I rely upon the merits of Jesus
            Christ for a pardon of all my sins”

          • Houston Retrievers

            Robert Treat Pain:

            “I am constrained to express my adoration of the Author of
            my existence in full belief of His forgiving mercy revealed to the world
            through Jesus Christ, through whom I hope for never ending happiness in a
            future state”

            Charles Caroll:

            “On the mercy of my Redeemer I rely for salvation and on His
            merits, not on any works that I’ve done in obedience to His precepts”

          • Houston Retrievers

            John Quincy Adams: 1767-1848

            -
            At 8 years old performed full musket drills with
            Massachusetts minutemen.

            -
            At age 11 he was secretary to his father (John
            Adams) who was ambassador to the British

            -
            At age 14 he was Secretary for the US Ambassador
            to Russia

            -
            Became 6th president of the US

            -
            Read the Bible once every year

            -
            Wanted his children to learn the bible
            thoroughly

            -
            Served as overseas diplomat

            -
            Authored book on how to study bible (religious
            letters to his son)

            -
            Poet

          • Houston Retrievers

            James Madison: 1751-1836

            - Issued prayer proclamations

            James A. Garfield:
            1831-1881

            The faith of our founding
            fathers: Part 2

            Patrick Henry: 1736-1799

            Richard Stockton: 1730-1781

            All made
            declarations, statements, sent letters making reference to and in support of,
            Christianity.

          • Houston Retrievers

            Is this why you want to tear us down…

            Alexis De Tocqueville: 1805-1859

            -
            Came to America to watch us and study us

            American Exceptionalism -

            Is not an attitude is a
            statement of fact.

            - One
            revolution since 1776

            - Longest running Constitutional
            Republic in the history of the world

          • Houston Retrievers

            John Locke

            – Huge political influence in America

            – Considered a theologian

            – Wrote Reasonableness of Christianity,
            including a first and second vindication

            – Wrote Two Treaties of Government (influenced
            the Declaration of Indep.

          • Houston Retrievers

            I think thats enough to prove my point. Facts, not hyperbole.

          • g.johnon

            locking the thread? last argument? you are blithering son.
            and oh look!! more disjointed data.
            you are a debate monster!! such an elegant stream of logic as to take one’s breath away.
            look Houston, there is only one question that matters here.
            if the united states was founded upon the principles of Christianity, then why is there no mention of this whatsoever anywhere in the supreme founding document, and why does the first amendment clearly put Christianity on equal footing with all other systems of belief?
            game, set, match…….BOOOYAHHHH!!

      • Houston Retrievers

        Why History Matters:

        Quotes:

        “I know no way of judging the
        future but by the past” Patrick Henry

        “History, by apprizing them of the past, will enable them to
        judge of the future” Thomas Jefferson

        “History is God’s providence in
        human affairs” Daniel Webster

        “A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday,
        does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to
        do a futile thing if we don’t know where we have come from, or what we have
        been about. Woodrow Wilson

        JOB 8:8

        Ask the Former Generations and find out what their fathers
        learned.

        DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE:

        One of the reasons we separated from Great Britain was
        “Taxation without representation”

        Listed in the Declaration of Independence among 27 grievances given. Not the
        most pressing reason for separation and was ranked among immigration and trade.

        Listed 11 times more often in the Declaration of
        Independence, was the abuse of representative powers.

        Listed 7 times more often, was the abuse of military powers.

        Listed 4 times more often, was the abuse of judicial powers.

        Listed 2 times more often was the stirring up domestic
        insurrection.

        Unearthing America’s Christian Foundations: Part 1 Arguing Americas Christian Roots

        250 Founding fathers:

        56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence

        55 at Constitutional convention 39 of them signed it.

        90 framers of the Bill of Rights, where it was created, at
        the First Congress.

        John Jay, the First Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court,
        under the pseudonym Publius helped write the Federalist Papers (A collection of
        85 essays) along with Hamilton and Madison.

        Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson were considered the
        least (in a comparative sense) religious of all the signers.

        Franklin Recommended for Pennsylvania:

        -
        To teach Christianity in the public schools

        -
        To raise church attendance

        -
        Made forceful defense of Christianity when it
        was attacked by

        Thomas Paine (Author of Common Sense)

        He also called for the establishment of chaplains and daily
        prayer at the Constitutional Convention

        Thomas Jefferson:

        -
        Suggested Great Seal of the United States depict
        a Bible Story

        -
        Suggested the word God be in the national motto

        -
        As president he negotiated treaties with the
        Indians and provided federal funds to Christian Missionaries to evangelize the
        Indians.

        -
        Treaties were ratified by the US senate

        -
        Approves Church in the capital building

        -
        Wrote letter of separation of church and state
        (was meant to prevent government from limiting public religious freedom)

        James Madison:

        -
        Before he died wrote Detached Memoranda

        -
        Assisted with the Federalist Papers

        Benjamin Rush:

        -
        Started 5 colleges and universities

        -
        Started the firstwoman’s college

        -
        Trained 3000 medical students

        -
        Made numerous medical discoveries

        -
        National leader in the abolition movement

        -
        1791 he founded the Sunday School movement

        -
        1808 Started first Bible Society

        -
        Signer of Declaration of Independence

        Samuel Adams:

        “I rely upon the merits of Jesus
        Christ for a pardon of all my sins”

        Robert Treat Pain:

        “I am constrained to express my adoration of the Author of
        my existence in full belief of His forgiving mercy revealed to the world
        through Jesus Christ, through whom I hope for never ending happiness in a
        future state”

        Charles Caroll:

        “On the mercy of my Redeemer I rely for salvation and on His
        merits, not on any works that I’ve done in obedience to His precepts”

        Francis Hopkinson:

        -
        Founding father

        -
        Signer of Declaration of Independence

        -
        Wrote the hymnal that included the melody of notes
        in the staph (The PSALMS OF DAVID)

        Roger Sherman:

        -
        Helped frame the Bill of Rights

        -
        Provided the solution to a problem between large states and small
        states by establishing 2 houses

        o
        The Senate (each had a equal vote regardless of
        size of state)

        o
        The House (number of representatives measured
        out to size of state)

        American Heritage Series: Disk 2 David
        Barton
        11/14/2012

        The faith of our founding
        fathers: Part 1

        George Washington: Was he a Christian? Documents say yes until around the first
        quarter of the 1900’s

        -
        Commander and Chief of the continental army
        during the American revolution

        -
        President of the Constitutional Convention
        (which produced the Constitution)

        -
        First President of the united States

        -
        President who oversaw the creation of the Bill
        of Rights

        -
        Was considered religious until around 1927 where
        it was stated he was a deists

        -
        Was elected unanimously (only president ever)

        -
        Book written about him called Maxims of Washington
        by Schroeder

        -
        Book broken up into 4 categories, Political,
        Social, Moral and Religious

        -
        First federal thanksgiving proclamation issued
        by George Washington

        -
        One of the leaders to end slavery (no
        emancipation until death, all slaves freed at his death)

        -
        Signed first federal anti-slavery law

        John Quincy Adams: 1767-1848

        -
        At 8 years old performed full musket drills with
        Massachusetts minutemen.

        -
        At age 11 he was secretary to his father (John
        Adams) who was ambassador to the British

        -
        At age 14 he was Secretary for the US Ambassador
        to Russia

        -
        Became 6th president of the US

        -
        Read the Bible once every year

        -
        Wanted his children to learn the bible
        thoroughly

        -
        Served as overseas diplomat

        -
        Authored book on how to study bible (religious
        letters to his son)

        -
        Poet

        James Madison: 1751-1836

        - Issued prayer proclamations

        James A. Garfield:
        1831-1881

        The faith of our founding
        fathers: Part 2

        Patrick Henry: 1736-1799

        Richard Stockton: 1730-1781

        All made
        declarations, statements, sent letters making reference to and in support of,
        Christianity.

        American Heritage Series: Disk 3

        The Ideas that
        birthed a Nation.

        - France: 15 constitutions since its inception

        - Brazil: 7 constitutions since 1822

        - Poland: 6 constitutions since 1921

        - Afghanistan: 5 constitutions since
        1923

        - Russia: 4 constitutions since 1918

        Same for many other nations,
        Africa, Europe, South America, except America.

        Alexis De Tocqueville: 1805-1859

        -
        Came to America to watch us and study us

        American Exceptionalism -

        Is not an attitude is a
        statement of fact.

        - One revolution since 1776

        - Longest running Constitutional
        Republic in the history of the world

        -

        Alexander Hamiliton -
        1757-1804

        – Was
        pivotal in establishing checks and balances between branches of government.

        John Locke

        – Huge political influence in America

        – Considered a theologian

        – Wrote Reasonableness of Christianity,
        including a first and second vindication

        – Wrote Two Treaties of Government (influenced
        the Declaration of Indep.

  • Sonofateacher

    Dear Joshua Cook:

    Thanks for an eye-opening article.

    My kids attend a private secondary school, (Seventh-day Adventist) which has been using Renweb.com to automate many aspects of running a school. This from the Renweb homepage. “Today, RenWeb incorporates over 200 core features and growing — automating school administration, classroom management, and communication with the home.”

    Renweb collects all the data you mention in your article plus student and family medical information. Renweb claims to serve 2500 private schools nationwide. I have only reluctantly gone along with the program but now have an increased sense of dread. I can find no evidence with a cursory search but it would seem that 2500 schools’ worth of student and family data would be an irresistable plum for the voracious federal personal data vacuum machine.

    Do you know anything about Renweb? and their possible compliance/cooperation with Common Core and its data harvesting program?

    Thank you

    • Not Bob

      I would suggest that you assume the data is being mined regardless of proclamations to the contrary of the developer. Even if they do not directly cooperate their systems are undoubtedly build on technology and systems that have been compromised by the federal government for many years.

  • Cheryl Newcomb

    I am so glad my kids are grown and out of this system. With what I know now I would be homeschooling. Ron Paul is doing a home school program and I foresee it being extremely popular. These states are being manipulated by the promise of federal funding to implement these despicable programs. And the kicker? It’s our tax money they’re using against us!! The I.R.S. robs us and then we beg and plead to get a portion of it back. And then it’s used to our detriment. Brilliant plan by these disgusting psychos.

    • g.johnon

      yeah, my kids are out too Cheryl. unfortunately, their kids are not.

      • Houston Retrievers

        Teach them to do without, to sacrifice their selfish desires, and homeschool.

        • g.johnon

          thank you so much for your generous tips on grand parenting, . how bout we just teach them as best we can how to think and leave the what to think up to them?
          I am a big fan of homeschooling just so long as parents are not trying to keep their kids close in order to make sure they turn into little carbon copies of themselves.

          • Houston Retrievers

            lol go troll a lake there are no fish here to catch.

          • g.johnon

            goodness, did I touch a nerve?
            pretty sad if all you got left is calling me a troll.

          • Glenn Festog

            g.johnson – As opposed to public schools turning out little carbon copies of mindless consumers? Education based upon whatever is the PC flavor of the day? Just wondering…..
            Houston Retrievers – Its all well and good to blanketly state that parents who don’t homeschool are only following their selfish desires; truth of the matter is that their selfish desires in many cases is to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. Also noted no recourse for single-parents, just saying……

          • g.johnon

            sorry glenn, I just can’t see that what I said is in opposition to those things at all.

          • Glenn Festog

            Just adding to the list, not actively disagreeing with you; main jab was at HR….

          • g.johnon

            well, alrighty then.

  • concerned

    and it’s starting with fingerprint scanning in the cafeteria and library. Pretty soon, scan the finger for attendance, getting on and off bus, to access parts of the school building, before standardized tests, if they check in at the nurse… all in the name of security. Do we really think all this data is going to improve education? Is it really going to improve security or just give us a false sense when in reality our personal information is being collected and kept in poorly secured databases. Do we really need to run our schools like prisons? It has nothing to do with what is good for children and learning and developing critical thinkers capable of making their own, informed decisions. It’s about what is best for a lot of adults and the educational-industrial complex that wants control over billions of dollars of education money. At best, this database on kids is so lots of corporations can mine the info and sell more stuff and make more money. At worst, it’s the start of a surveillance society.

    • Rob

      Sorry. This is in NO WAY “the start of a surveillance society.” We are already that…fully!

      • JJNYC

        Some parents have only found this out recently

    • Fred

      That fingerprint is cause your poor little darling cannot remember their pin, and the computer systems are a pita to have to look someone up. They have their identity at the end of their arm. It is not about surveillance or security.

      • g.johnon

        wow, that was disturbing. fred, if she can remember her locker combination, she can remember her pin. but what the hell does she need a pin for anyway?

        • Mary

          It would depend on the age of the child. Little kids don’t have to remember locker combos because they don’t use lockers.

          The pin number would be for cashless transactions
          (cafeteria meals), checking out library books etc.

          No fingerprints are stored visually but go through an incription algorithm. This is designed to not allow others to rebuild the print visually. However I doubt it is a perfect system so probably some hacker could get around it. But it does provide a measure of confidentiality.

          • Houston Retrievers

            But that is not what its about.

          • g.johnon

            unless these children have been convicted of actual crimes, taking their fingerprints and putting them in any kind of data base is both theft and gross violation of their basic sacred right to privacy.

      • Darla Hutchcroft Bailey

        Are you a troll CHANGE AGENT?

      • Houston Retrievers

        That is nonsense. You know if they actually came out and said look, we are going to make it so that children of poor families do not have to feel bad about themselves or their parents short comings in life, that we are going to come up with a way to subsidize them so they can eat in a social setting the same as everyone else, most people would be okay. But having closed door meetings and coming up with ideas that essentially are stealing from others to give to others so those others do not feel bad about themselves is BS. A national conversation is needed about how to address the development of children. This because I think Im smarter than you and know whats best for your child crap is crap.

  • Roger Monk

    My third grade daughter brought home a paper she worked on in class, ‘how to be a good citizen’
    one question asked ‘if you saw someone fall down what should a good citizen do? the correct answer they gave was to help them up.. My concern is ‘good citizen phrases. And the lack of critical thinking and looking at the big picture context. Why did that person fall, is there danger nearby, were they pushed, are they the bad guy. And how much help can an 8 year old 67 pound girl give to an adult, oh that’s right they did not say if they were adult, so my daughter would assume and believe that she should come directly to the aid of anyone. What if it was on their porch? Should she go there alone, should she run for help? What if there was blood? A seizure? or a protective dog that may attack her?
    Being a good citizen should first honor the following rule; A good citizen teacher must not indoctrinate any child.

    • Mary

      I thought a lot of you conservatives wanted to teach the bible in school and yet you are critical of teachers who promote morals. I guess it is only moral if it comes straight from the bible.
      However I do agree that what she was taught was overly simplistic. A child molester could easily use a situation like that to grab a child. It isn’t always wise to go directly to the aid of someone else for the exact reasons you describe.
      Personally I would go to the teacher and discuss that with him/her.

      • LYKOS

        Marty you are a cantankerous, argumentative person. No where did Roger state he was a conservative, nor did he say anything about the Bible or morals. Perhaps he believes morals should be taught in the home first. The government has too much private info on all Americans and if you don’t believe that you are truly a fool

      • Houston Retrievers

        Im a conservative and Im not about teaching the bible in school. Teaching from a biblical perception (real history vs. 21 century manufactured history) will produce for more understanding, wisdom,values and personal morals then just teaching them all to be zombies.

      • Houston Retrievers

        The logic of because I said so, or children should be seen and not heard, and medicate them so I can think nonsense, is dying, and I think all of your generation should go along with it.

    • Houston Retrievers

      Good citizenship has nothing to do with socialism. It has everything to do with knowing your rights.

  • Darla Hutchcroft Bailey

    At my children’s school they instruct the children to walk to class with “PEACE HANDS, and BUBBLE LIPS” Which is hands behind your back and and your lips pursed in a blowing bubbles manner (shut your mouth). This certainly goes along with the idea of brain washing our kids.

    • Fred

      Your dear little ones do not know how to keep their hands to themselves and their voices silent. They are probably in the hall, while other classes are still in session and do not need to hear the chatter.

      • Olivia Kaitlyn Richardson

        Children shouldn’t have to be quiet and contained at all times. Theyre children. Let them live life.

        • teeky2

          No one said it was “all the time”. Children DO need to be able to be quiet when their noise can disturb others who are working—-as when they are walking in the halls. Not all kids are able to be quiet for 2 minutes. They need to learn how.

      • Houston Retrievers

        This does not apply to all children, only the baybay kids and children of selfish irresponsible parents. But here we go again with forcing the well behaved and responsible to act like those who are being disciplined for the betterment of the whole. Well, when I was going to school it was a good thing that all of us were different. Now if you are different they want to prescribe meds. Again, nukn futs.

    • Mary

      I noticed that this is ONLY when they are going to class. Distracted children don’t go to class. When I was in school we had the “freeze game.” The first time the bell rang we would freeze in whatever position we were in. Then the teacher would blow the whistle and we would go to class.
      I fail to understand how your example has anything to do with “brainwashing” They are just teaching your kids discipline and good manners. How could ANY parent object to that?

      • Houston Retrievers

        Oh cause manners prescribe that you walk around with your lips pursed while holding your hands behind your back…. You are nukn futs

    • Jack Leo

      You can take them out of that school. Find a way. There is always away and nothing is more worth it than our children. Nothing.

    • Houston Retrievers

      are you kidding me? Im pretty certain our tax dollars are not meant to be used against our children.

  • JJNYC

    The program is called InBloom https://www.inbloom.org/

  • NewsWoman64

    None of this is true. FERPA prevents states from sharing student-identifiable data. And no one cares about your religion or politics. States don’t collect that stuff.

    • jenni

      Then, why did my 4th grader have to complete a math and reading assessment from the NCES with the questions: how many movies did you watch in theaters and on tv in the past month? How many bathrooms are in your house? Do you share a bedroom with a sibling? How many pets do you have? Does your family have to share a washer and dryer? Mark everyone who lives in your home…….. my child took this test BS without my knowledge. Her name was preprinted on the assessment. Her class was led through the questions one at a time. RRRGGGGGG Don’t tell me they don’t collect this shit. YES THEY DO

      • Mary

        I am skeptical that you are telling the truth, but if you are exactly what does it hurt to give answers to these questions? This is not sensitive info.

        • Joe

          I’m a multiple award-winning journalist Mary who has investigated this for months. These stories aren’t just true, they are alarming.

        • Houston Retrievers

          Says you. This is socioeconomic data mining BS that is none of your fkn business.

    • teeky2

      It’s true all right. Data mining. To be stored in the cloud. Bill Gates assures everyone that their information will remain private and not-accessible by others. So states would not be sharing data. Do you want to put your faith in Gates’ statement, especially given that things change rapidly. He may be tempted to sell info within a few years.

  • asdfdsa

    just tell your kids ahead of time to make up stuff on the assessments. tell them they to put that they have unicorn and a troll that hangout outside. the only way to beat this problem is feeding the monster misinformation

    • teeky2

      Or use your parental rights to opt-out of the required testing.

  • mo

    It`s time to go back to the past no cell phones and no computers and no e-mails, use the post office and a land line.

  • samhille

    all the other kids with the pumped up kicks better run better run faster than my . . .whistling begins here. . .

  • Frank W Brown

    Homeschool or private school your children unless you want them indoctrinated in the leftist mentality that goes nowhere!

    • Sevi99

      Were Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Idi Amin, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Nixon, Wolfowitz, et. al. LEFTISTS? Do you not yet know who is driving this train?

  • Frank W Brown

    The feds have NO business in education, states rights should prevail!

    • Mary

      Common Core does nothing to restrict state’s rights, since it is not administered at the federal level. And some states have opted out of it.

      Common Core is only designed to have a common standard for evaluating students’ peformance. But it is up to the teachers and the school districts to determine how to implement it.

      • teeky2

        If you have the Common Core, you WILL HAVE the high stakes testing from either PARCC or SBACC, and this is where the data mining and storage comes in.

      • Ren

        That, Mary, is the same old, same old jargon line that every supporter is saying in defense of CCSS despite the MOUNTAIN of truth the proves otherwise. It is a GROSS over simplification at best (best case by the uninformed sheep- worst case LIE by the informed wolves- which are you?). CCSS are standards that every standardized test will be aligned with and you can’t pass a test unless you have been taught the material ahead of time which means, in order for a student to have a good academic record or in some cases a diploma and, in order for the teacher and the school to have a good “grade” they will need curriculum that is CCSS aligned to teach from and training in how to teach it. To say it’s “just standards” is not true and to say that the state’s, school’s, and teacher’s have a choice is also not true. Those who don’t adopt will get left behind leaving the in a position of being strong armed into it. That’s not really freedom now is it?

      • Houston Retrievers

        I guess life on this planet will always be considered a game where it has little value unless its entertaining someone, as long as we keep forcing our children into it. Common Core should = Homeschool. Mary, you please complete your sentence. It is not just about evaluating students, its about evaluating them against each other. This will all lead to the India type cast system. Furthermore it will give the bleeding hearts more ammo to use against the strong, cause God knows we gotta hold back the strong so the weak does not feel so terrible about themselves.

  • RJ

    Excellent expose of Common Core by Dr Duke Pesta, I think he starts in at about 30 minutes or so: http://newsradio1310.com/top-story-podcast-8813-dr-duke-pesta-on-the-dangers-of-common-core-education/

  • Dianne Sterling

    I am afraid the focus is misdirected. Everyone labels these problems as Common Core, but they are actually due to twisted application of some standards. We must focus on the IMPLEMENTATION methods and data collections rather than the standards or we will be ineffective in the true battle of privacy rights.

  • Stephen Sela

    “the ability to completely control the futures of every student of public education”

    This is the only thing that I disagree with. How could you believe such a thing?

    • Mary

      Because once people come up with some wild conspiracy theory then it gets wilder in the telling. A snowball becomes an avalanche And there are a lot of people who actually ENJOY bad news (even if it is completely untrue) like many gossipers do. I would suggest that you not trust this website and do research on credible sites.

      • Joe Sef
      • Joe

        You couldn’t be more wrong. Common Core is an AWFUL social agenda, wake the heck up lady.

      • teeky2

        Do some research on Bill Gate’s InBloom data gathering and storing in the cloud—–it goes with the Common Core. Truth IS stranger than fiction these days.

      • Houston Retrievers

        Feminist always looking for a way to serve their feelings. Globalist, always looking for a way to exploit feminist.

        • g.johnon

          patriarchs, expending vast amounts of energy and time to demean women in any way and by any means because they are just flat scared shitless of them.

      • Alex

        Why do you say no to trust this site? This is a good news site, it’s better than the main stream media ones and unbiased unlike the main stream media

      • Jack Leo

        No conspiracy needed “mary” it is COMMON knowledge that insurance companies, employers, and, of course, bank/lenders run your credit score and use it to determine the terms of the business they will conduct with you. Your credit score is checked by hundreds of companies per year without you knowing it. That is why Consumer Reports advises that you request your credit reports twice a year (to examine for mistakes/fraud) and freeze your credit if you do not plan to apply for credit anytime soon. It keeps those hits off your score. Again, this is not a secret but common and excepted practice.

        BG checks are done for CCW liscence, Gun purchase from FFL dealers, MANY employers, for litigation, the list goes on (and on). If you are seeing a conspiracy theory I am missing it! http://www.backgroundcheck.org/10-common-reasons-to-order-a-background-check/

    • Jack Leo

      If this data follows a student (and it will/does) into the future then it can (and will) be used to affect others’ decisions regarding that student. Employers, police, you name it, will act as the Credit agencies currently operate. If we are not very careful and stand our ground against this Orwellian, evil agenda we will find ourselves in the land of Background Checks. It will make the bogus reasons for Credit checks seem like child’s play.

  • seanhfitz

    This sounds a lot like when I was a kid in the 70′s in school and folks
    warned me not to fail a test or get detention “because it’ll stay on
    your ‘record’ forever.” So… nothing new and nothing true.

    • Houston Retrievers

      Just because it was happening in a incubated form does not mean its right or should be happening. Not to mention its unconstitutional and immoral.

  • Houston Retrievers

    The is all about profiling you throughout your life.

  • Houston Retrievers

    American Heritage Series: Disk 1David Barton 11/11/2012

    Why History Matters:

    Quotes:

    “I know no way of judging the
    future but by the past” Patrick Henry

    “History, by apprizing them of the past, will enable them to
    judge of the future” Thomas Jefferson

    “History is God’s providence in
    human affairs” Daniel Webster

    “A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday,
    does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to
    do a futile thing if we don’t know where we have come from, or what we have
    been about. Woodrow Wilson

    JOB 8:8

    Ask the Former Generations and find out what their fathers
    learned.

    DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE:

    One of the reasons we separated from Great Britain was
    “Taxation without representation”

    Listed in the Declaration of Independence among 27 grievances given. Not the
    most pressing reason for separation and was ranked among immigration and trade.

    Listed 11 times more often in the Declaration of
    Independence, was the abuse of representative powers.

    Listed 7 times more often, was the abuse of military powers.

    Listed 4 times more often, was the abuse of judicial powers.

    Listed 2 times more often was the stirring up domestic
    insurrection.

    Unearthing America’s Christian Foundations: Part 1 Arguing Americas Christian Roots

    250 Founding fathers:

    56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence

    55 at Constitutional convention 39 of them signed it.

    90 framers of the Bill of Rights, where it was created, at
    the First Congress.

    John Jay, the First Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court,
    under the pseudonym Publius helped write the Federalist Papers (A collection of
    85 essays) along with Hamilton and Madison.

    Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson were considered the
    least (in a comparative sense) religious of all the signers.

    Franklin Recommended for Pennsylvania:

    -
    To teach Christianity in the public schools

    -
    To raise church attendance

    -
    Made forceful defense of Christianity when it
    was attacked by

    Thomas Paine (Author of Common Sense)

    He also called for the establishment of chaplains and daily
    prayer at the Constitutional Convention

    Thomas Jefferson:

    -
    Suggested Great Seal of the United States depict
    a Bible Story

    -
    Suggested the word God be in the national motto

    -
    As president he negotiated treaties with the
    Indians and provided federal funds to Christian Missionaries to evangelize the
    Indians.

    -
    Treaties were ratified by the US senate

    -
    Approves Church in the capital building

    -
    Wrote letter of separation of church and state
    (was meant to prevent government from limiting public religious freedom)

    James Madison:

    -
    Before he died wrote Detached Memoranda

    -
    Assisted with the Federalist Papers

    Benjamin Rush:

    -
    Started 5 colleges and universities

    -
    Started the firstwoman’s college

    -
    Trained 3000 medical students

    -
    Made numerous medical discoveries

    -
    National leader in the abolition movement

    -
    1791 he founded the Sunday School movement

    -
    1808 Started first Bible Society

    -
    Signer of Declaration of Independence

    Samuel Adams:

    “I rely upon the merits of Jesus
    Christ for a pardon of all my sins”

    Robert Treat Pain:

    “I am constrained to express my adoration of the Author of
    my existence in full belief of His forgiving mercy revealed to the world
    through Jesus Christ, through whom I hope for never ending happiness in a
    future state”

    Charles Caroll:

    “On the mercy of my Redeemer I rely for salvation and on His
    merits, not on any works that I’ve done in obedience to His precepts”

    Francis Hopkinson:

    -
    Founding father

    -
    Signer of Declaration of Independence

    -
    Wrote the hymnal that included the melody of notes
    in the staph (The PSALMS OF DAVID)

    Roger Sherman:

    -
    Helped frame the Bill of Rights

    -
    Provided the solution to a problem between large states and small
    states by establishing 2 houses

    o
    The Senate (each had a equal vote regardless of
    size of state)

    o
    The House (number of representatives measured
    out to size of state)

    American Heritage Series: Disk 2 David
    Barton
    11/14/2012

    The faith of our founding
    fathers: Part 1

    George Washington: Was he a Christian? Documents say yes until around the first
    quarter of the 1900’s

    -
    Commander and Chief of the continental army
    during the American revolution

    -
    President of the Constitutional Convention
    (which produced the Constitution)

    -
    First President of the united States

    -
    President who oversaw the creation of the Bill
    of Rights

    -
    Was considered religious until around 1927 where
    it was stated he was a deists

    -
    Was elected unanimously (only president ever)

    -
    Book written about him called Maxims of Washington
    by Schroeder

    -
    Book broken up into 4 categories, Political,
    Social, Moral and Religious

    -
    First federal thanksgiving proclamation issued
    by George Washington

    -
    One of the leaders to end slavery (no
    emancipation until death, all slaves freed at his death)

    -
    Signed first federal anti-slavery law

    John Quincy Adams: 1767-1848

    -
    At 8 years old performed full musket drills with
    Massachusetts minutemen.

    -
    At age 11 he was secretary to his father (John
    Adams) who was ambassador to the British

    -
    At age 14 he was Secretary for the US Ambassador
    to Russia

    -
    Became 6th president of the US

    -
    Read the Bible once every year

    -
    Wanted his children to learn the bible
    thoroughly

    -
    Served as overseas diplomat

    -
    Authored book on how to study bible (religious
    letters to his son)

    -
    Poet

    James Madison: 1751-1836

    - Issued prayer proclamations

    James A. Garfield:
    1831-1881

    The faith of our founding
    fathers: Part 2

    Patrick Henry: 1736-1799

    Richard Stockton: 1730-1781

    All made
    declarations, statements, sent letters making reference to and in support of,
    Christianity.

    American Heritage Series: Disk 3

    The Ideas that
    birthed a Nation.

    - France: 15 constitutions since its inception

    - Brazil: 7 constitutions since 1822

    - Poland: 6 constitutions since 1921

    - Afghanistan: 5 constitutions since
    1923

    - Russia: 4 constitutions since 1918

    Same for many other nations,
    Africa, Europe, South America, except America.

    Alexis De Tocqueville: 1805-1859

    -
    Came to America to watch us and study us

    American Exceptionalism -

    Is not an attitude is a
    statement of fact.

    - One revolution since 1776

    - Longest running Constitutional
    Republic in the history of the world

    -

    Alexander Hamiliton -
    1757-1804

    – Was
    pivotal in establishing checks and balances between branches of government.

    John Locke

    – Huge political influence in America

    – Considered a theologian

    – Wrote Reasonableness of Christianity,
    including a first and second vindication

    – Wrote Two Treaties of Government (influenced
    the Declaration of Indep.

    • g.johnon

      huh! so what is this? some kind of excuse for revising history into a pack of lies? not very well thought out if it is.

      • Houston Retrievers

        Keep sponsoring your father of lies. The truth always presents itself in the arrogance of the opposing faction. You get on the internet with an agenda to help drive and control the minds and thoughts of the audience in a subversive way. Im here to do just the opposite. David Barton is a good man who is telling the truth, you are an arrogant subversive manipulating soothsayer who pushes lies and poison.

        As for truth, the constitution and your ridiculously anti christian rants, the founders were far more intelligent then you or I, and whether you want to accept it or not, or you want to destroy the idea of it or not, they were Christian, some were deist, none were atheist nor muslim, and this was built on Christian principles and doctrines. There is no way around that, the library of congress supports it.

        It is sad that you have been hurt so much in your life that you are against everything that is good and meaningful, but you and your kind will never have this land or the mind of its people.

        The 1st amendment is what gives you the right to say what you want without anyone else being able to squelch it so that only your voice is heard, regardless of your religious beliefs.

        In doing this it highlights their intelligence because it prevents people like you from being able to take over by making your voice so loud no one else can hear. And if they dont agree, just like all made men, you start screaming profanities and acting like you your argument is the only of value, when in reality it only have value to you. If you have not noticed your kind is losing this war, and I guarantee by the end of my life the democratic party will be a faint memory.

        As for the the pilgrims being revisionist, that is the most laughable thing I have heard. You cant revise the history of your own existence before it happens. Besides, they would not have crossed the ocean to start a new way if it wasnt for the evil of the despots of their time, and the tyranny that was being exercised against them. I feel sorry for people like you who hate this country, the Christian faith, or God in general. You are dead inside and only looking for some form of entertainment.

        i.e. boooya or whatever your childish rant was. The point is, you are a sad individual.

        Not sure what happened to you in your childhood that would make you want to help destroy the US, but you should seek help with that.

        The founders were honest good and fair men, they obviously found no need to limit speech to a zone and wanted open debate. It was another way to insure we would be free from despots and tyrants. As long as people maintain the spirit of free speech no one will ever successfully take over this nation.

        Which is why you snake in the grass democrats are constantly trying to come up with clever ways to undermine that and all of the other amendments.

        Political Correctness, which is dying, was a an attempt at destroying the first, your staged gun violence, the 2nd, dumbing down children, the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th, 14th.

        All paid for by the illegal 16th. But its coming to an end and the people of God will be freed again while you mud slingers and toad eaters will always fail in the end.

        • g.johnon

          Houston, what is it with you and the library of congress? everything ever published in the u.s. is in the library of congress. the library does not support or validate, its only function is to catalog.

          how the hell did you get it into your zealous little mind that I am a democrat? or is it just that everyone who refuses to take part in your particular brand of religionism is a democrat?
          we are in pretty much total agreement as to the bill of rights. the thing is, I don’t see you as part of the cure.
          tyranny is tyranny, and religion is one of the oldest most efficient forms in existence.
          barton is a false prophet plain and simple. and he has you body, mind and soul. all you need to do is walk away, but you can’t.
          so, you have no choice but to follow the puny little fictitious god of your choosing straight to hell. you are locked on course and the only one who can save you is you.
          oh, and fyi, I had a great childhood, I miss those days a lot.

  • SchoolDemons

    The government does not do anything well. A monopoly on anything especially with these people involved can and will be used for greedy evil deeds and the rules will be bent depending on who you are. That is the truth. It is just the continued insanity of throwing our extorted tax money at a problem coupled with military technology because we all know science will make everything so much better. There are so many other companies and private ways of educating instead of this crap. It is only another façade bending our collective will toward more debt slavery or worse. They have enough of our money now and we have become expendable that’s why your beloved GOV. buys billions of rounds of ammo people.

  • Ro

    I would just like to point out that YOU used plenty of “emotionally charged language to manipulate” our thoughts and opinions. I’m guessing someone had to teach you how to do that, didn’t they?

    • Annie

      He is speaking to adults who have developed reasoning skills – for the most part. Schools should be teaching children how to read, write, and do math. Small children should be learning the alphabet, vowels, consonants, verbs, nouns….not emotional words to manipulate others to get something. As they mature, they should be taught how to reason and critically think. Will the kids flunk if their attitude is not state approved?
      Study some history, Stalin, Hitler, Pol pot, despots in Africa always use the kids. They are more malleable to brainwashing.

  • YLIMAN

    Its a shame what this world is coming to. And even worse what I feel its turning me into. I don’t like the thoughts I’ve been having lately, but this system is corruption in itself and I will not stand for the injustice. How many of you will stand against the tyranny as well?

  • bobfairlane

    FK Commie Corps

  • ustraveler

    This is another example of a resource claiming to be Common Core. Common Core are LEARNING STANDARDS, not books, not lessons, not software. People are making resources that intertwine Common Core Standards in them, but they are NOT common core. I could teach Common Core Standards without the use of technology (excluding the standards that ask for students to use technology to CREATE a project).

    Please look up Common Core standards at common core.org. No “spying” is a part of Common Core. If your district CHOOSES to buy a software program that tracks your child’s learning by using technology that includes Common Core standards, then it is your district that you feel is spying, not Common Core standards.

    • AlarmedInMD

      ustraveler, you are foolish, or just simply trying to limit the conversation to standards alone. First, as a parent, I don’t care whether these issues are “Common Core” or a related education reform. They are problems and need to be discussed. Rather than trying to dismiss the concerns by insisting on the correct label, why not address the merits of the issue? Second, CCSS comes with many implementation requirements which include curriculum, textbooks, assessments, teacher professional development, and yes, data collection.

    • Dawn

      You are very misinformed. Or extremely superficially informed. If you do more research, you’ll find that there is much, much more to the story.
      But hey, why waste the energy thinking about stuff when MSNBC can do the thinking for you…?

  • ghendric

    If you think that putting your “stuff” into the Cloud is safe, then you’re an idiot.. Freaking Microsoft has the “password” to your “stuff” and they can get into it any time they want. They provide the encryption..think about that for a minute.. and they give the NSA access to it as well..