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May 17, 2016
Donald Trump: Make America Great Again

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Tags: American Values, Christianity, Elections, Media Malpractice
May 17, 2016
Dr. Ben Carson and President Thomas Jefferson call for unity

It is time to unite and elect Donald Trump.  Former President of the Arizona Senate, Russell Pearce, recently called for unity.  So did Dr. Ben Carson and President Thomas Jefferson.  

On March 4, 1801, Thomas Jefferson delivered his First Inaugural Address.  Within that Address, he wrote:

“Let us, then, fellow-citizens, unite with one heart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things. And let us reflect that…we have yet gained little if we countenance a political intolerance as despotic and wicked. But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. We have called by different names brethren of the same principle. We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists.”  

On May 12, 2016, Dr. Ben Carson wrote an article titled The Cost of Division: Truth and Consequences.  Within that article, he wrote:

"As we approach the presidential election of 2016, conservatives need a strong dose of purpose and harmony. We have witnessed the politics of personal destruction at a level even more intense than occurred during the 2012 election cycle. After that failed attempt by conservatives to capture the White House, much post-election analytical activity concluded that the Republican candidates had once again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by crucifying one another, leaving President Obama with relatively little work to do to win despite his dismal record on the economy and international relationships."

Dr. Carson ends the article with this:

"It is time for us to think about our patriotic ancestors who sacrificed much, in many cases even their lives, to provide opportunities that we now enjoy. It is our turn to be responsible."

 
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Tags: American Values, Elections
May 14, 2016
Donald Trump: One-Man-Wrecking Ball Suited for our Times

I didn't vote for Trump.  But I agree with former Senate President Russell PearceTreasurer Jeff DeWitconservative activist Sandi Bartlett, and a host of others that we must rally behind Trump as our next President.  His detractors say he's flip-flopped on issues.  He isn't a "true" conservative.  He's uncouth, narcissistic, and unrefined.  All of that may be true.  They say he's racist.  He's sexist.  I don't believe that.  But why is he so popular with the American people?  This article addresses that question, and explores another one:  Is it possible, as asked by Australian Pastor Steve Cioccolanti , that the Hand of God is on Donald Trump, "for such a time as this"?  If so, it won't be the first time that God has used the most unlikely of men for His Purpose.

As to Donald Trump's popularity, Scott S. Powell believes that Trump possesses "qualities that are among those most vital to rebuilding relations with America’s allies and restoring respect -- even fear -- from adversaries. Mr. Trump’s directness also suggests he is the best-suited presidential candidate to take on America’s insolvency. He could be the president who corrects the nation’s out-of-control spending, deficits and unsustainable debt. Trump’s toughness may be the key virtue needed to rule in a divided country and to successfully downsize and restructure federal agencies and get Washington out of the way of the American economy and its people."

America: The Unprotected and the Suicidal  

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Tags: Christianity, American Values, Elections, Media Malpractice
May 12, 2016
WE MUST UNIFY IF YOU LOVE THIS REPUBLIC, by Russell Pearce

Russell Pearce has taken a stand to support Donald Trump, and I agree with him.  Please read what he has to say: 

As former President of the Arizona Senate, as former Chief Deputy to Sheriff Joe, as former 1st Vice Chair of the Arizona Republican Party and as a consistent Constitutional defender of our Founders Constitution, as Tea Party Patriot, I stand with the majority of Arizona Republicans and America in standing with Donald Trump.

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Tags: American Values, Christianity, Constitution, Elections, Illegal Aliens, Islam, Media Malpractice
May 9, 2016
California Teacher: "Get out of my way, I have some laws to change, and no one's stopping me."

This post appeared in Stop Common Core in California Facebook on May 6, 2016.  It was shared by California teacher, Dawn Nikisher Kelly, with her permission:  

(GW NOTE:  It may be of interest to know that, unlike Arizona, California law allows a parent or guardian to excuse a child from all or parts of the statewide assessment.  Not many parents do, however.  See 60615 of EDUCATION CODE SECTION 60604-60618.)  

 

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Tags: AzMERIT, Common Core, High Stakes Testing, Schools
May 9, 2016
SILENT NO MORE: Why this Former Teacher Opted Out of the AzMerit

Those of us in the anti-Common Core/AzMerit/High Stakes testing movement have long explained why teachers don't speak out against the insane nationalization of our K-12 Education System.  Mostly, it's because they don't want to risk losing their jobs.  Even former teachers don't speak out, for fear they will never work again in the public school system.  Ms. Debra Jo Borden, a former Arizona teacher, bravely went public in late April 2016 .  She is silent no more about the gagging of teachers, AzMerit, the data mining and psychoanalysis of our children, and much more.   Please read what she has to say: 

1) I disagree with the contracts teachers are required to sign that force them to remain silent.

2) I can be brave and I will speak up.

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Tags: AzMERIT, Common Core, High Stakes Testing, Schools
May 7, 2016
Cowardly AZ Legislators Fret over "maybe" Losing Federal Money: Courageous NY Children Refuse Tests!

The Arizona Legislature has adjourned Sine Die.  The Fifty-Second Legislature, Second Regular Session ended May 7,  2016.  Unfortunately, the majority of legislators (including all Democrats) refused to respect parents' rights in voting Nay to SB1455 (parental opt out) . Yet, in liberal left New York, young school children happily joined together to stiffen adult spines against statewide (nationalized) assessments.  

 
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Tags: AzMERIT, Common Core, High Stakes Testing, Schools
May 3, 2016
Vacancy on the Arizona State Board of Education’s Standards Development Committee

If you would like to play an effective role in replacing Common Core in Arizona, now’s your chance!  There’s a vacancy on the State Board of Education’s Standards Development Committee for a member who is a parent of a public high school student.  The Arizona Standards Development Committee includes representation from the Board, business community, deans of colleges, parents, classroom teachers, a school administrator, and a school district governing board member. The Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas is also a member of the Committee. Members of the Committee are an equal mix of those who have and have not participated in the standards development process in the past.

More information about the Arizona Standards Development Committee can be found HERE.   

Applicants are encouraged to complete the application and return the requested documents to inbox@azsbe.az.gov by May 31, 2016.   Click HERE to print out the application.  

According to State Board Member Jared Taylor, “It would be great to get some good parents of high school students to apply.”

Are you interested in reviewing some excellent K-12 standards that already exist?  See 
An English Language Arts Curriculum Framework for American Public Schools: A Model  and Mathematics Content Standards for California Public Schools Kindergarten through Grade Twelve: A Model

Two addenda could be added to the California standards referenced above that elaborate on the standards themselves and deal with pedagogical and organizational issues:  1) Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools, 2000 Revised Edition; and 2) Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools, 2006 Edition."

Please contact Gilbert Watch and let us know if you apply!

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Tags: AzMERIT, Common Core, High Stakes Testing, Schools, State Board of Education
April 23, 2016
The Schools' War on Arizona's Children: Part 3 Emotional Child Abuse

As stated in Part 1 and Part 2, even though Arizona legislators are ultimately to blame for causing the ugliness, humiliation, undue stress, and mental anguish experienced by parents and their children who dare to reject AzMERIT, it is the teachers, principals, and administrators who are inflicting the pain.  As you will see from these parent comments, some local school "leaders" seem to take delight in emotionally punishing children for their parents' actions. Local school authorities are willing to suspend their own consciences and actually harm children under their care, all in the name of standardized testing.  The comments you will read below aren't unusual.  They are representative of what's happening all over Arizona.  These parents will never again trust the "public school system." 

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Tags: AzMERIT, Common Core, High Stakes Testing, Schools
April 22, 2016
Sen. Allen calls for schools to respect parents over assessment concerns

(Phoenix, State Capitol)---Senator Sylvia Allen today urged local school leaders and administrators to work with parents, be respectful and not retaliate against a student for choices that parent may make.

It is that time of year again when Arizona schools are administering the statewide assessment to our students, also known as AzMERIT.  Unfortunately, another legislative session is coming to an end where a parent’s right to make educational decisions for their children are not being recognized in our state laws. Senator Allen sponsored SB 1455, which would have allowed parents to opt their children out of the AzMERIT assessment. This year Congress reauthorized the federal education law that gave states the flexibility to develop their own opt-out policies, but Senator Allen was unable to get it through the legislative process this session.

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Tags: AzMERIT, Common Core, High Stakes Testing, Schools
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