Minnesota Advocates and Champions for Children has now officially passed the 1700 mark!!!

Thank you for your help in getting the word out about the confusing curriculum, poor standards, data collection that leaves our state and standardized testing that never ends. THIS is the dismantlement of our education system in America.

We need everyone calling the education committee members and education committee chairs.  Please make sure you have also called your own state senator and representative and voice your concerns.  We have only 2 1/2 weeks to be sure our bills are heard.  Help us by putting pressure on all our elected officials.

Let’s continue to support an excellent education for our children in Minnesota, not just some dumbed-down “workforce training”.  Thanks again!

The Dangers of the Dramatic Increase in Technology Required by RTTT

Link to Article: Ten Reasons Why Hand Held Devices Should Be Banned For Children Under The Age of 12

This article underscores the importance of not forcing kids to be plastered to a technology device all day as required in RTTT. We have already heard of many schools and districts moving to more technology to deliver the curriculum, as well as the testing. Not only is this a data mining issue, it has developmental effects on our children.

From the article:

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS 2010). Children and youth use 4-5 times the recommended amount of technology, with serious and often life threatening consequences (Kaiser Foundation 2010, Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012). Handheld devices (cell phones, tablets, electronic games) have dramatically increased the accessibility and usage of technology, causing escalating usage, especially by very young children (Common Sense Media, 2013). Cris Rowan, pediatric occupational therapist is calling on parents, teachers, and government to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years.