CALL FOR DOCUMENTATION!!!

MINNESOTANS:  PLEASE HELP WITH OUR HUGE RESEARCH PROJECT!!!

MACC wants to keep you apprised of the Bill writing process.  We are now in need of DOCUMENTATION!  Documentation is submitted with the Bill and provides sufficient warrant/need for a bill.  The timeline is one week from today. (Sun, March 2nd)

Written testimony or personal stories may be submitted electronically to this website (info@MNagainstCC.com) or via our facebook state open page, Minnesota Against Common Core, (https://www.facebook.com/MinnesotaAgainstCommonCore).  Please include your name, address, city, zip and phone number.  Also include if you are willing to testify to the legislature in person.

The bills are listed separately below and cover data collection, opting out, stop implementation, parental bill of rights and local control.  Here’s what we need!

* Personal stories of parents, teachers, school board members or superintendents related to the above bills

* Personal stories of children related to abusive curriculum

* Video record of issues for children, parents, teachers

* Testimony from school board members and superintendents regarding a loss of Local Control at the district level

* Personal stories of children who had legally been opted out, but schools refused and tested the child anyways

* Personal stories about schools who say they cannot amend curriculum

* Personal stories of parents who are unable to contact their duly elected school board officials

* Personal stories of school board officials who have been told they cannot speak with parents

* Personal stories from superintendents and school board members regarding coercion of Common Core implementation from within the district, county, state or regional educational service centers

* Personal stories from superintendents and school board members regarding the sharing of student/family data with federal government agencies, as found in numerous School Board Policy Manuals

* Informative articles

* Research articles from respected authors

* Information from the Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota School Board Association, Minnesota Superintendents Association and other regional education associations (like WMEP,etc.)

* Information regarding data collected/mining by ACT, NWEA, OLPA, FAST, SCAN-TRON, MAP, MCA and any other testing vendor

* Information regarding AIR – American Institutes of Research and data collection and data mining

* Information regarding ETS – Educational Testing Service

* Information from the Tri-State Consortium

* Information from Education Minnesota, Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, St. Paul Federation of Teacher

* Information related to Minnesota Statute (law) dealing with data collection, opting out, local control and parental voice.  We already have the Statutes on local control and parents authority to guide their children’s education.

* Information regarding the State Longitudinal Database (SLDS) – amount of data; infrastructure and where data is sent

Again, send all information, testimony and personal stories to our e-mail here at MACC or via private message to our state facebook state page.

Representative Jim Abeler has originated three bills and MACC is having two additional bills written.  Here’s a quick summary of the bills we feel will best protect Minnesota children.

1.  Data Collection Bill.  stop the flow of data out of the state

2.  Data Opt Out Bill.  allow parents to opt their children out of testing and surveys without issue

3.  Stop Common Core Implementation.  stop further implementation of common core – a protective measure

4.  Local Control of School Districts.  restore local control back to individual school districts

5.  Parental Bill of Rights.  strengthen current Minnesota statute regarding parental voice

Hatch Amendment Opt Out Form

Here’s a unique Opt Out!!!

We highly recommend that you opt your children out of the standardized tests and surveys at your schools.  All of these tests and surveys are data mined and information is shared beyond our state borders.

This Opt Out form is for removing your child from controversial lessons that you as a parent would rather your child not receive.  Every family is different.  The primary authority in what your child receives in public, private or home school is held by you, the PARENT! You’ll find the link at the bottom of the form.  You may use this generic all-purpose Opt Out and edit it as you wish.

Hatch Amendment

(Parent’s Name)
(Address)
(City/State/Zip Code)

Dear______________:

I am the parent of________________ who attends______________ school. Under U.S legislation and federal court decisions, parents have the primary responsibility for their children’s education, and pupils have certain rights, which the school may not deny.

Parents have the right to be assured their children’s beliefs and moral values are not undermined by the schools. Pupils have the right to have and to hold their values and moral standards without direct or indirect manipulations by the schools through the curricula, textbooks, audio-visual materials or supplementary assignments.

Under the Hatch Amendment, I hereby request that my child NOT be involved in any school activities or materials listed unless I have first reviewed all the relevant materials and have given my written consent for their use:

? Psychological and psychiatric treatment that is designed to affect behavioral, emotional, or attitudinal characteristics of an individual or designed to elicit information about attitudes, habits, traits, opinions, beliefs or feelings of an individual or group;
? Values clarifications, use of moral dilemmas, discussion of religious or moral standards, role-playing or open-ended discussions of situations involving moral issues, and survival games including life/death decision exercises;
? Contrived incidents for self-revelation; sensitivity training, group encounter sessions, talk-ins, magic-circle techniques, self-evaluation and auto-criticism; strategies designed for self-disclosure including the keeping of a diary or a journal or a log book;
? Sociograms, sociodrama; psychodrama; blindfold walks; isolation techniques;
? Death education, including abortion, euthanasia, suicide, use of violence, and discussions of death and dying;
? Curricula pertaining to drugs and alcohol;
? Nuclear war, nuclear policy and nuclear classroom games;
? Globalism, one-world government or anti-nationalistic curricula;
? Discussion and testing on interpersonal relationships; discussions of attitudes toward parents and parenting;
? Educating in human sexuality, including pre-marital sex, contraception, abortion, homosexuality, group sex and marriages, prostitution, incest, bestiality, masturbation, divorce, population control, and roles of males and females; sex behavior and attitudes of student and family;
? Pornography and any materials containing profanity and/or sexual explicitness;
? Guided-fantasy techniques; hypnotic techniques; imagery and suggestology;
? Organic evolution, including Darwin’s theory;
? Discussions of witchcraft, occultism, the supernatural, and mysticism;
? Political and/or religious affiliations of students or family;
? Income of family;
? Non-academic personality tests; questionnaires or personal and family life attitudes.

The purpose of this letter is to preserve my child’s rights under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (The Hatch Amendment) to the General Education Provisions Act, and under its regulations as published in the Federal Register of September 6, 1984, which became effective November 12, 1984.

These regulations provide a procedure for filing complaints first at the local level and then with the U.S Department of Education. If a voluntary remedy fails, federal funds can be withdrawn from those in violation of the law.

I respectfully ask you to send me a substantive response to this letter attaching a copy of your policy statement on procedures for parental permission requirements, to notify all my child’s teachers, and to keep a copy of this letter in my child’s permanent file.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

 http://www.crossroad.to/Quotes/Education/hatch_amendment.htm

MACC County Groups are Growing on Facebook

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MACC Counties Against Common Core

Minnesotans Against Common Core COUNTY GROUPS are growing and asking for your help. Join your County Group on Facebook and help out with local efforts.

We especially need people of ALL ages (and ALL tax payers) to get into those District School Board meetings.  A lot of changes are being made quickly and our children need our protection.  School Board members are asking for the public to attend meetings and speak up!  THEY NEED OUR SUPPORT!

Not on Facebook?  Send us a message through our website and we’ll connect you with people in your area.

Aitkin & Carlton Counties Against Common Core

Address:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/549291391833707/

Anoka County Against Common Core

Address: https://www.facebook.com/groups/612237268813157/

Becker, Wadena & Mahnomen Counties Against Common Core

Address:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/639363012788414/

Carver & McLeod Counties Against Common Core

Address:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/622466507807104/

Clay, Douglas, Todd & Wilkin Counties Against Common Core

Address:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/438000759663089/

Clearwater, Hubbard, Cass & Crow Wing Counties Against Common Core

Address:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/431510226977105/

Dakota County Against Common Core

Address: https://www.facebook.com/groups/5126270855235/

Faribault, Freeborn & Mower Counties Against Common Core

Address:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/413868702076608/

Hennepin County Against Common Core

Address:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/539657202796562/

Houston, Winona & Fillmore Counties Against Common Core

Address:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/575333832561610/

Jackson, Nobles, Watowan & Cottonwood Counties Against Common Core

Address:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1411867269054916/

Kittson & Rouseau Counties Against Common Core

Address:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1410365982538890/

Lake of the Woods & Koochingching Counties Against Common Core

Address:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1391337317786564/

Lac Qui Parle, Chippewa & Big Stone Counties Against Common Core

Address:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/234029543443825/

Otter Tail, Todd & Morrison Counties Against Common Core

Address:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/511294965655422/

Pine, Isanti, Kanabec & Chisago Counties Against Common Core

Address: https://www.facebook.com/groups/511269042305491/

Pipestone, Lincoln, Murray & Rock Counties Against Common Core

Address:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/454598357/

Polk, Red Lake & Pennington Counties Against Common Core

Address:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/769274143086231/

Ramsey County Against Common Core

Address:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1385996308327/

Sibley & Nicollet Counties Against Common Core

Address:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/537083276399612/

Scott & LeSueur Counties Against Common Core

Address:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1401246113457303/

Stearms & Sherburne Counties Against Common Core

Address:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/268040203350612/

Steele, Olmstead & Dodge Counties Against Common Core

Address:    https://www.facebook.com/groups/676428602396688/

Swift, Pope, Stevens, Traverse & Grant Counties Against Common Core

Address:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1413387935567279/

Waseca, Blue Earth, Brown & Martin Counties Against Common Core

Address:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1457903124421350/

Washington County Against Common Core

Address:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1412211415685231/

Wright, Meeker & Kandyohi Counties Against Common Core

Address:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/654870407910025/

Yellow Medicine, Redwood, Renville & Lyon Counties Against Common Core

Address:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/729424520402610/

 

A Lesson in Sex, of Did a Kansas School Finally Get us to Wake Up to the National Sexual Education of the Common Core?

A Lesson in Sex, or Did a Kansas School Finally Get us to Wake Up to the National Sexual Education of the Common Core?

Minnesota parent reacts to Kansas school districts sex education curriculum, opting out & the latest on Embedded Health “Sexting” Lessons.

By: Anne Taylor

Last week a story broke about an angry dad after his middle school daughter brought home a picture of a poster listing sex acts to 12 and 13 year olds that included grinding,” “anal sex,” “sexual fantasy,” “oral sex” and “touching each other’s genitals,” but also “dancing,” “talking” and “hugging.” The district later disclosed it was part of their sex education program. While some parents were okay with the explicit list and sex curriculum, others argued it didn’t belong in a classroom and were outraged that the specifics of the class was not disclosed to parents before signing off on sex education for their child.
Reality is we know access to technology has been an ongoing issue in homes across America with youth and it doesn’t stop when our kids hit the school doors. They bring their phones with them in the name of ‘safety,’ and recent implementations of Common Core standards will tell you electronics are imperative to “21st century learning” so kids will come fully equipped with iPads and laptops to the tune of some 90 Billion dollars from the U.S. Department of Education.
Being the parent of a middle school child, I can’t even begin to tell you how often the kids are breaking the firewalls so they can game the system to play video games or do snap chat during language arts class (we no longer call it English). At a recent middle school PTA meeting in Minnetonka, Minnesota, parents – about 20 something moms in a district that serves thousands – were warned Instagram screen shots posted to FB are “in.” What’s a parent to do to keep up?
So imagine if you will what a relief it must be when parents shy away from the sex talk or simply don’t make time with their child to talk on these issues and schools say, “We can help!” While most parents I’ve talked to say they wish their mom or dad had been more open to discussions on the birds and the bees, I know a lot who have decided to take that on themselves. We can’t help but feel protective when someone ‘else’ is teaching our kids about sex (and everything in-between).
But what happens when we allow the government to decide for us what is best for our child and what benchmarks they need to meet when it comes to health and sex education?
“Is health a requirement for middle school graduation?” I asked the counselor. “No,” she responded, it is not a state requirement.” “Can I opt out my child from the sex education portion in health and teach the materials from home?” I asked again. “Yes.” she responded. Good, I thought, I see a study hall in my child’s future. And so began a journey where long story short, it was a month before that sex ed teacher would remove ‘missing assignments’ from my child’s electronic record even though my child was NOT to be penalized in any way for withdrawing or opting out. Needless to say, the following year my child was opted out of health class completely, including the sex ed portion.
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This all took place in 2011-2012 and assumed the rest was behind us. Fast forward to fall of 2013 where
“Embedded Health Lessons” begin.
An email from the school district explained that upon completing the EXPLORE Test, 8th graders would
participate in the first of a series of embedded health lessons. The first lesson would cover social
networking, specifically in the area of sexting. We were asked to check with our child and ask what they
took away from the “sexting lesson” and what their perspective is on the issue.
For those new to school lingo, the EXPLORE Test is a pre-ACT exam for 8th graders taking up nearly a full
day of class that follows up with a 72 questionnaire of inventory information on likes and dislikes so the
computer can spit out what careers your child will be good at. All the while children are required to log
into the schools computers to access the test using their personal school ID code (another well known
feature of Common Core standards).
So here we are with embedded health. No one at the school, not even the teachers knew exactly when
these ‘lessons’ would be taking place I was told. I was later informed through the principal and guidance
counselor (and many, many emails going back and forth) that the High School teachers come in to teach
the embedded health AND often do so during regular classroom time. Could that be one way they are
trying to cover ‘health’ without a class, I wonder?
Make that ‘opt-out’ number three now for our family, because what I’m about to share with you will
really knock your socks off while sending Dorothy back to Kansas!
Opting out or not, parents DO have the right to review curriculum materials. I asked for the materials
and received a Power Point presentation from the principal. Clearly, that was their only curriculum for
the sexting lesson (ahem, they could at least change the title of the lesson, yes?). There was a point in
the presentation that gave statistics on sexting – in fact, the more I flipped through the slides it seemed
to me they REALLY WERE TEACHING OUR CHLDREN HOW TO SEXT, even the photos of kids used in the
presentation had high school looking features! Back the statistics…
Statistics were listed on the power point and at the bottom of the screen and in small print it read, “The
National Campaign.” So I asked the principal who was this National Campaign or “Council” and where
did the school get their sexting statistics from. Two days later I received a response and links to where
the information came from as follows:
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
http://www.thenationalcampaign.org/sextech/ Results from this survey of Teen and Young Adults
Survey PDF http://www.thenationalcampaign.org/sextech/PDF/SexTech_Summary.pdf
Some of you may be in support of the National Campaign and their efforts, but look closely at the next
link and you will find a “Cosmo Girl” Survey on Sexting taken from 2008. Twenty pages of ‘sex & tech’
statistics right at your fingertips! Did the school take the time to disclose this to parents so that we may
have a meaningful conversation with our child and information at hand? No. Did the school ever
wonder what our perspective could be as parents? I don’t think so.
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The information on sexting and the dangers prevalent in today’s society with youth having so much access to the internet is pretty relevant and an important one; however, for the majority of parents who may be too busy or too trusting of their district, we may overlook what is being taught by the school. Should we accept that a Cosmo Girl survey is the only survey out there on sexting?
I remember Cosmopolitan magazine back in the 80s, known for their insight on sex and still exists today, but now they have a ‘Cosmo Girl’ magazine? I’m all for liberating women, but this is too much. I have to sit back and ask what are we teaching our youth when schools refer to these types of resources? What are we allowing our government to teach to our youth when a parent or trusting adult is not available?
This is what happens when we allow the media’s culture to direct our very primal forces of nature – the culture of actually creating more sexuality and promiscuity than perhaps is really all there. Don’t believe me?
Take another look at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy’s website. Check out “the Too-Skinny Jean” ad on a failed attempt at sex. Those aren’t teens as the actors clearly appear to be in their 20s – while one couple could be in their 40s! Although the PSA’s create hilarious scenarios in the ads, it’s really geared more toward adult humor. And that’s the key in this: Sex is meant for Adults. So how do we keep our teens abstinent as all Superintendents and school principals will brag that all their schools teach it. Read closely again at the National Campaign’s site to see right on their front page the following:
“Sex & Tech: What’s Really Going on”
“Shock or Snore? CosmoGirl asks youth what they think.”
“Sex & Tech…Sex & Tech…(repeated in 4 headlines)Teens tell us what they feel about sex & tech.”
I’m hearing sex & tech! Sounds catchy, yes? Do you suppose that’s why teens could possibly be attracted to it?
There is a link you can check out to view the new Common Core standards in National Sexuality Education Standards for K-12 http://www.futureofsexed.org/documents/josh-fose-standards-web.pdf Upon viewing all 44 pages of the new standards, tell me who you want interpreting your child’s benchmarks for health and sex education, because their GPA is going to depend upon it. Maybe Kansas did wake us up. After all, sex sells!