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MACC DAY AT THE CAPITOL 2015

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MACC Day at the Capitol 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015 

Rally: 9:00am Upper Mall Steps of the Capitol
Meeting: 10:10am  State Office Building Rm 400N

TIMELINE:
9:00am – 10:00am Rally Capitol Steps
(Bring your Rally posters or MACC yard signs)

10:10am Check-in/Welcome table State Office Bldg
Name Tags – MACC Buttons

10:20am – 11:30am Speakers including:
Senator Roger Chamberlain
Rep. Jim Davnie
Rep. Sondra Erickson
Rep. Jason Isaacson                                                                                                     Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer

Rep. Eric Lucero

Rep. Jim Nash

Rep. Dennis Smith

MACC leadership speaking on MACC’s vision in growing the grassroots, working with our legislature and the mission of our school groups.

Brief explanation of how we will visit with legislators.

11:30am Bag lunch (bring your own lunch) or Eat in the Cafeteria

12:00pm Visit your legislators / education committee

1:00pm Rm 400N clear

Parking is best in the Department of Transportation/State Office Building parking lot.

http://mn.gov/admin/images/capitolvisitor.pdf

MN.GOV

ALERT: Kerkhoven-Sunburg-Murdock (KMS) School District to offer “National School Climate Center” Survey This Week to Elementary Students

6th grade photo

ALERT: Kerkhoven-Sunburg-Murdock (KMS) School District to offer “National School Climate Center” Survey to its Elementary Students. This article is a re-post of the same survey from this past spring given to Orono schools. Again, if you are concerned about data collection and the nature of questions, parents may opt their child OUT. KMS is said to distribute the survey to students THIS WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7th and 9th, 2015.  Other districts may be offering the survey, also.

This article is a re-post of the same survey from this past spring given to Orono schools.   Again, if you are concerned about data collection and the nature of questions, parents may opt their child OUT.   KMS is said to distribute the survey to students THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9th, 2015.

WELCOME to our third in a series of Minnesota Surveys on Parade!  We have collected a lot of surveys.  Have you seen these surveys in your public or private school?   Not only do they take up precious classroom time but also may have been distributed without parental consent.   This one is from Orono Schools.  Surveys are given weekly. Feel free to mail us your surveys at info@MNagainstCC.com.

“This is not a test!  We just want to know how you feel!”

by Anne Taylor

National School Climate Center (NSCI):  NSCI is an organization that helps schools integrate a climate that is safe and supportive while nurturing social and emotional, ethical, and academic skills.  According to the NSCI web-site, the aim is to enhance student performance, prevent drop outs, reduce physical violence, bullying, and develop healthy and positively engaged adults.

NSCI works with the entire academic community including teachers and staff as well as school-based mental health professionals.  Students are told, “This is not a test!  We just want to know how you feel.”  According to NSCI’s website, the U.S. Department of Education’s Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center recognizes CSCI as a reliable and valid measurement tool.  This is very telling who exactly is collecting your child’s answers.

For those of you convinced the survey may be a good thing, I would ask: What if the child didn’t understand the question, marked an answer incorrectly, or thought it would be funny to mark the worst possible answer?  Well, that answer is now recorded.

And while it is stated on the first page of the survey that answers are
anonymous and “no one from the school will ever see your answers and no identifying information,” in the world of technology we know that ALL technology IS completely traceable.

In 2015, 6th graders in the Orono school district were asked in the
questionnaire several times sexual orientation and gender.  This made some parents feel uncomfortable as some of the questions were not deemed developmentally appropriate for all students, and could be considered ‘grooming’ if the child has not been exposed to this language.

Again, if the parent did NOT receive information on the option to opt-out, that child likely participated in the survey under what is called “passive consent.”  We will be discussing this more at length in another article soon.

CLASSROOM TIME USED:  20 Minutes

You can check the NSCI website here:
http://www.schoolclimate.org/climate/csci.php

MAIN orono survey 2015 6th grade

1 orono 2015 6th grade survey

 

2 orono 2015 6th grade survey

orono survey 6th grade

“It’s Nearly-Spring Minnesota!” Parade of School District Surveys – Matchomatics

High School Students Sitting in Bleachers

Welcome to the world of surveys!  This week we begin our series on surveys and questionnaires given 1 – 2 – 3 times per week at your local public or private school.   The vast majority are assigned via online learning and through student assigned ipads or chromebooks. Surveys can take up a lot of valuable classroom time.  99% of all surveys are nonacademic.   Most importantly,  surveys are an invasion of privacy, most often assigned without parental notification or consent and given for the expressed purpose of collecting  data for marketers, researchers, and government agencies.

Parents and the general public have yet to be told “why” and “for what reason” great volumes of survey data is being collected on children and teens.  Important to note:  Parents and students, you can opt out of surveys – you need only refuse.

Join us now as we start our “It’s Nearly-Spring Minnesota! Parade of Minnesota School District Surveys”!!!    First up,  Anne Taylor informs us of the “Mathomatics” survey given in the Minnetonka School District (as well as other districts in the state).   This survey looks like fun, but all that data can easily be “lifted” by unaccountable 3rd parties!  Minnetonka has already had issues with data breaches.

Matchomatics:  The “Ultimate Student Matching Fundraiser”

by Anne Taylor

Matchomatics is a popular student matching (or compatibility) fundraiser hitting schools around Valentine’s, St. Patrick’s Day, even Homecoming.  Students fill out a questionnaire including their name, birth date, height, hair color and other questions of likes and dislikes that teens can relate to (favorite foods, sports, colors, music, etc).  While the students fill out the surveys, the company comes up with the matches and then a school club sells the results.  But some questions are a bit more revealing and may contain sexual content which raised a complaint most recently in January of this year at Enka High school in North Carolina.

There are other formats of the questionnaire that Matchomatics subscribers may use which includes questions such as:  How you communicate with your parents, which way you lean in politics, or where you get your money from.  And while Matchomatics claims they don’t sell the data, the information is put into a data system.  Should that data get hacked, that’s an awful lot of information on a minor, including the name of the school and address.  At Minnetonka High School, parents received no notification of this survey.  To
add to it, approximately 20 minutes of instructional classroom time was used to take the survey.  You can find the Matchomatics link here:http://matchomatics.com/usa/index.htm

Attached is a copy of the actual survey taken at Minnetonka High School this year.

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Matchomatics pg 2

The Time to Stand up for our Children is NOW!!!

Hey Mama! HR 5 ESEA

The Time to Stand up for our Children is NOW!!!

The reauthorization of the ESEA nears.

The House had to stall HR 5 business as the grassroots have spoken and they did not have the votes.  That was on Friday!  Hearings will most likely pick back up on Monday.  This bill is not going away.  It is the strategic plan of the US Dept of Education to have this House and the Senate companion passed this spring.  Be ready to re-start your communications!

1.  Call / Email / Tweet to Rep. John Kline (R-MN), Rep Tom Emmer (R-MN) and Rep Erik Paulsen (R-MN).    Kline is the author of HR 5 and Paulsen is supporting.

2.  Call/ Email / Tweet to any of the House Education and Workforce Committee members.   Contact info for the House Education and Workforce Committee members. here:http://edworkforce.house.gov/committee/subcommitteesjurisdictions.htm

3.  Call / Email / Tweet / Set up a personal meeting: Communicate with your own constituent Minnesota senator and representative.  Inform them of the nationalization of education coming within the next few weeks.  This bill will totally usurp local control and parental authority.  It does not remove the US from the common core regime.

Thank you for standing for your children and our nation’s children.