Gilbert Watch Blog
- 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
- September 10, 2016
- 9/11/2001 Timeline
The timeline begins at 5:45 am on September 11, 2011: Hijackers Pass Through Security Screening in Portland, Maine. On the morning of 9/11, a total of nineteen terrorists will hijack four California-bound commercial airplanes shortly after their departures from airports in Boston, Massachusetts; Newark, New Jersey; and the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Hijackers Mohamed Atta and Abdul Aziz al-Omari pass through security at Portland International Jetport in Maine at 5:45 a.m. Atta and al-Omari board a commuter flight to Boston Logan International Airport, where they connect to American Airlines Flight 11. Three other hijackers will join Atta and al-Omari aboard Flight 11.
Less than two hours later, the five terrorists who will hijack American Airlines Flight 77 are videotaped as they pass through Washington Dulles International Airport’s west checkpoint. Three of the hijackers, Nawaf al-Hazmi, Khalid al-Mihdhar, and Majed Moqed set off metal detectors, but no weapons are found. They proceed to the gate. The hijackers are carrying concealed knives on their persons or in their carry-on luggage.
Before 9/11, airports were not required to videotape security checkpoints. At that time, knives were allowed on planes if the blade was less than four inches in length.
6:00 A.M. New York City Polling Stations Open....Click here to read more
- September 9, 2016
- Jim O'Connor Announces Run for State Party Chairman of the AZGOP
I have tremendous respect for Jim O’Connor. In the following press release, you will read about Jim's role in renouncing the National Popular Vote. I was one of the people he patiently educated regarding its problems. Ultimately, a group of us were able to convince our Senator, Sylvia Allen, to back away from supporting it. Jim is true to the Republican platform and has provided leadership in other areas as well, including the passage of HB2088, which protects students against surveys that gather private, personally identifiable information. He advised his representative in LD23, Heather Carter, "Our 444 Precinct Committeemen are reflecting the opinions of the 70,000 registered republican votes in our district overwhelmingly protecting the rights of parents and children. Please represent these and other republicans who desire to restrain government overreach." She voted in favor on reconsideration. Mr. O'Connor has stood firmly in support of legislation that honors parental authority and rejects federal control of education in Arizona.
PRESS RELEASEClick here to read more
- September 5, 2016
- You may know society is doomed when you see....
You may know society is doomed when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you; [and] when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice.Click here to read more
- September 1, 2016
- Gilbert Watch Primary Voting Recommendations: August 30, 2016
As you complete your Primary ballot, please consider the following candidates for offices all the way from United States Senate to Town Council. Time hasn't allowed for the vetting of every office throughout the state. The suggestions you see here are based on voting patterns, leadership, and commitment to constitutional, conservative ideals.Click here to read more
- August 27, 2016
- Sen. Ted Cruz Endorses Andy Biggs in Race to Replace Rep. Salmon
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