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- October 14, 2016
- Please Reelect Jared Taylor for Gilbert Town Council
(Gilbert Watch welcomes this guest letter by Jared Taylor, who is currently serving as the Vice Mayor in Gilbert. He has lived in Gilbert since 1996 with his wife and three daughters.)
Over the last few years, Gilbert has been showered in recognitions. I’m running for re-election to build on our strengths, address our challenges, and keep Gilbert the best place to grow a family and build a business.
Here are a few of the recognitions our wonderful residents and Town have earned: 22nd Best Place to Live (Money Magazine, 2014); 2nd Safest City in the US (Law Street Media, 2016); Best City for Raising a Family (Move.org, 2016); 7th Happiest City in America (Zippia, 2016), and Top 5 Safest Cities to Build Your Startup (Tech.Co, 2016).
We couldn’t live in a better place at a better time. Who would have thought that Gilbert would have grown from “The Hay Capitol of the World” to one of the most successful cities or towns in the US?
My appreciation goes to the many wonderful residents and Town leaders who have made Gilbert so great.
While we have had tremendous success, we continue to need strong leadership to address the challenges we face.
Over the last few decades, a large part of Gilbert’s budget has come from construction sales taxes.Click here to read more
- October 14, 2016
- Recommended Changes to 2016 AZ Draft English/Language Arts Standards K-5: Lisa Fink
The following recommendations were submitted by Ms. Lisa Fink to the Standards Review committee of the Arizona State Board of Education. Ms. Fink is the mother of six children. She also serves as Board president of Choice Academies, Inc. Ms. Fink has provided an explanation for every standard that she recommends be removed.Click here to read more
- October 14, 2016
- Recommended Modifications to 2016 AZ Draft English/Language Arts Standards: Richard W Hawkins
The following modifications were submitted by Richard W Hawkins, USAF, Lt Col (ret) to the Standards Review committee of the Arizona State Board of Education.
His recommendations included suggestions to modify: 1) Introduction of the 2016 Draft ELA Standards; 2) draft ELA Standards; and 3) Glossary of the 2016 Draft ELA Standards
He also included the following papers/articles: Develop the Skills for Finding Truth and Teach and Develop the Skills to use the Laws of Logic and Identify Logical Fallacies, in addition to a Religious Worldview Chart. (Click HERE to access it.)
(Please note that the Comment period closed on October 3, 2016.)Click here to read more
- September 24, 2016
- Developmentally Inappropriate Standards for K-3 Should be Removed
In spite of "over 200 teachers spending over 6,000 volunteer hours to complete a comprehensive revision on the standards," the 2016 Arizona Draft Standards have hardly been changed, especially for Kindergarten through Grade 3. They are still Common Core. They are still developmentally inappropriate. You have until Oct. 3 to make a difference in a child's education! Please click HERE to comment. Or send an email to the Arizona State Board inbox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grades K-3 are critically important, because whatever is learned in these grades affects a child's success in every grade that follows.
Why didn’t they ask this question? “Is the standard developmentally appropriate?Click here to read more
- September 24, 2016
- 2016 Draft of the Arizona Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics
The first draft of the "Arizona Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics" has been completed and is available for public comment on the Arizona State Board of Education website. Click HERE to read them.
We have until Oct. 3, 2016 to submit comments. Some improvements over Common Core include: 1) the removal of wording that directed teachers how to teach a standard in a specific way, 2) the over-emphasis on informational text has been lifted, and 3) cursive writing is back in.
Unfortunately, the standards you will see in Kindergarten through Grade 3 continue to be developmentally inappropriate. Young children are not little adults. Their brains haven't developed to where they can reflect on their own thinking. They cannot think abstractly. They cannot empathize or view the world as others do.
In Kindergarten especially, children are internally motivated to be independent and creative, and this is very important to them. They are learning to tie their shoes, erect a sand castle, pull up their pants, tie a bow. They are working on competence, mastery, and creativity.
This is not the time to encourage dependence and conformity. It is not appropriate to demand that they express opinions about an author's motives, or collaborate and seek others' suggestions and incorporate them into their writing. Some children will “get it.” However, many more won’t. Teachers will have to drill, drill, and drill the right responses into them. This time would be better spent teaching grade-appropriate materials. Children who cannot meet these standards will experience much stress and a loss of creativity. They will wrongly suffer disapproval from teachers and parents, and might be considered “delayed” and subjected to remedial classes they don’t need. See Dr. Megan Koschnick’s 9/9/2013 videotaped presentation, which she gave at a conference at the University of Notre Dame. The event was sponsored by American Principles Project.
If you are a parent, grandparent, teacher, concerned citizen, or if you specialize in child development, please comment on some of these inappropriate standards. Please also copy me at email@example.com, so I can share your comments with members of our Mommy Lobby. We want to ensure that the State Board is made aware of these serious issues.Click here to read more
- September 10, 2016
- "We’ve got, tops, five years to win this war against the jihadists"
"Since September 11, 2001, America has been at war. And that’s about all anyone can say with certainty about a conflict that has cost 7,000 American lives and almost $2 trillion. As long as the most basic strategic questions—Who is the enemy? Why are we fighting?—remain unanswered, victory is impossible." Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War, by Dr. Sebastian Gorka.Click here to read more