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Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 12:00 am

On May 14, the Lodi Unified School Board met over a new curriculum called "Common Core."

At the meeting, the board members (Bonnie Cassel, George Neely, Ron Heberle, Ralph Womack, Joe Nava, Ruth Davis and Ron Freitas) ignored the huge cost of this system to school districts. State and local taxpayers will foot 90 percent of the bill, making it a huge, unfunded federal mandate. According to Truth in American Education, each school district will spend over $165 million to implement such an expensive curriculum.

You bet your taxes will rise further as life in California increases in cost. It's a huge cost at a time when Stockton is bankrupt. Lodi faces uncertainty over its unfunded pension obligations, while unofficial unemployment hovers around 20 percent. The Lodi Unified School District has past budget shortfalls due to the current economic stagnation.

Common Core will cost California billions of dollars it does not have. Common Core was not voted for by the state Legislature or the local school boards across California. It's like buying a car without test driving it or seeing the sticker price.

Call your local State Senator, State Assembly and local Lodi Unified School Board to opt out of this expensive curriculum.

Alex Aliferis

Lodi

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21 comments:

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 4:27 pm on Fri, May 31, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    ROFLMAO?

    [lol]

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:31 am on Fri, May 31, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Ms. Parigoris wrote: "Alex, good letter but you must realize that some of the comments here are made by people that are used to the government providing for them with their public jobs and inflated pubic money pensions, so the fact that this costs the taxpayers billions of dollars does not faze them. They are used to going to the taxpayer money tree for everything and think that it is government's job to provide for us."

    So, Ms. Parigoris would prefer to eliminate public sector jobs? And obviously, she has the opinion that public sector employees are not ALSO taxpayers - they pay no taxes and just take and take from HER.

    AND she has the gall to claim that those who work in the public sector are all LEACHES who couldn't survive without government?

    Sounds more like sour grapes and jealousy than any type of reasoned thinking.

    "Nationalized education? Why, if it is good enough for their Lord and Master Obama, it's good enough for them!"

    What did you call No Child Left Behind, Ms. Parigoris? NCLB is the worst "national education" ever mandated. But I suppose you didn't care about that one because YOUR "Lord and Master" George Walker Bush mandated it, right?

    And just exactly WHO is mandating that all the states adopt this curriculum? In a previous thread, Ms. Parigoris gave a link to the website of a group who opposed Common Core - Lo and behold! The first sentence on the site stated: "Myth- Common Core is federally mandated" or words to that effect.

    I always get a laugh out of the people who refer to anyone who supports President Obama as his "worshipers." That has to be one of the most JUVENILE comments (meant to insult those who support the president) and is very prevalent among the right wing children who comment here.

    "Heck, even Chris Mathews is starting to see the light with this trainwreck of a President and his policies."

    It must be very unusual for right wingers to see someone in the media who can both compliment and criticize. That is called balanced and unbiased, unlike this commenter.

    "But his lemmings will defend him and anything he does to the bitter end. Because they could never survive in the real world.."

    "Never survive in the real world?" Poor Ms. Parigoris can do nothing more than belittle anyone who opposes her opinion. She hasn't offered a single intelligent response to the Common Core Curriculum here, most likely because she has no idea what it is about. As for surviving in the "real world?" The world of Ms. Parigoris where everything is a plot to steal her property, her money and God knows what else?

    Let's recap her comments:

    - "people that are used to the government providing for them"
    - "the fact that this costs the taxpayers billions of dollars does not faze them."
    - "They are used to going to the taxpayer money tree for everything"
    - " and think that it is government's job to provide for us."
    - "if it is good enough for their Lord and Master Obama, it's good enough for them!"
    - "his lemmings will defend him and anything he does"
    - "they could never survive in the real world.."

    I count 134 WORDS in her entire comment. Out of those 134 words, 87 WORDS were used to insult and belittle those who deign to think differently than she.

    Sad, very sad indeed!

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 9:07 am on Fri, May 31, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    Ladies and gentleman, As unbelievable as it is I do believe Mike has had a rare moment of clarity.
    ROFLMAO...[lol]

    "Ad hominems are not derogatory if they are true." "And all the "ad hominems" attributed to you are true."

     
  • Kim Parigoris posted at 8:05 am on Fri, May 31, 2013.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    Alex, good letter but you must realize that some of the comments here are made by people that are used to the government providing for them with their public jobs and inflated pubic money pensions, so the fact that this costs the taxpayers billions of dollars does not faze them. They are used to going to the taxpayer money tree for everything and think that it is government's job to provide for us. Nationalized education? Why, if it is good enough for their Lord and Master Obama, it's good enough for them! Heck, even Chris Mathews is starting to see the light with this trainwreck of a President and his policies. But his lemmings will defend him and anything he does to the bitter end. Because they could never survive in the real world..

     
  • Mike Adams posted at 6:28 am on Fri, May 31, 2013.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1492

    "I don't want to hear "everybody knows it" or some quote from a quazi "expert" or liberal or democrat in the mistaken belief that that will somehow lend gravitas to your argument."

    “The United States came in 23rd or 24th in most subjects. We can quibble, or we can face the brutal truth that we’re being out-educated,” said U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan."

    As I thought...... you are incapable of locating and assimilating knowledge regarding this issue (well really all of them).

    "The "ad hominems" as you copy and pasted remain." Ad hominems are not derogatory if they are true. And all the "ad hominems" attributed to you are true. You can't interpret. You can't assimilate. You can't synthesis. Given this, you are no more capable than the millions of American public school children you denigrate here.

    As I've said before, you are out of your class here. Maybe you should stick to comments on the alex jones hour of lies. With your attributes, you'd fit right in.

     
  • Mike Adams posted at 6:19 am on Fri, May 31, 2013.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1492

    Joanne: I think you are dead wrong about having to rely on the internet to do their thinking. In our case, people like this need to copy and paste what someone else thought about the issue.

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 10:05 pm on Thu, May 30, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    “The United States came in 23rd or 24th in most subjects. We can quibble, or we can face the brutal truth that we’re being out-educated,” said U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
    [sleeping]

     
  • Mike Adams posted at 3:40 pm on Thu, May 30, 2013.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1492

    And you base the decrease in the quality of public education on what....?

    I don't need some quotes purloined by you and pasted as an answer.

    What do you base your statement that the quality of public education on?

    Have you allowed that the audience being tested is not the same as the homogenious populations that we are so often compared to? Have you allowed for anything for that matter to substantiate your claim? I don't want to hear "everybody knows it" or some quote from a quazi "expert" or liberal or democrat in the mistaken belief that that will somehow lend gravitas to your argument.

    My guess is that, left without the ability to copy and paste, your answer(s) will be lacking?

    The "ad hominems" as you copy and pasted remain.

    "I said, "It is no "conspiracy" that, as federal control over education has increased, the quality of public education has decreased." ........................... Began with a lie ("I said" should be "I copied and pasted something someone else said...") and ends with an admonishment that I not do what you do.

    Typical. Typically weak.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 3:17 pm on Thu, May 30, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Most kids in K-12 probably couldn't analyze Green Eggs & Ham, let alone a novel of classic literature. It is just too difficult because they actually have to THINK about what they are reading and they just don't care, period.

    This is why we have individuals who turn to the Internet to do their thinking for them and then come up with garbage like kids "will have to analyze government studies," instead of reading literature.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 3:11 pm on Thu, May 30, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    [beam]

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 3:10 pm on Thu, May 30, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Exactly, Mike.

    Who comes up with this nonsense?

    Oh, yeah - http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/05/common-core-nationalizes-and-dumbs-down-public-school-curriculum/comment-page-1/

    Have you gone to the actual website for Common Core, Mr. Liebich, instead of reading made up stuff on the Internet?

    http://www.corestandards.org/

    [scared]

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 2:28 pm on Thu, May 30, 2013.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1585

    Joanne come on " his assesment" I doubt our local Conspiracy Theorist has had an original thought in years.

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 12:55 pm on Thu, May 30, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    Are you suggesting news as well as education should be dictated by the dictator?

    "Take your pick"???
    [huh]

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 12:50 pm on Thu, May 30, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    I said, "It is no "conspiracy" that, as federal control over education has increased, the quality of public education has decreased."

    Yet another ridiculous ad hominem doesn't negate this reality Mike.
    [sleeping]

     
  • Mike Adams posted at 12:34 pm on Thu, May 30, 2013.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1492

    Joanne: There's clear evidence he doesn't know. Just read the statements ( all authored by someone other than the poster (or imposter).

    When one of the legs of their argument starts with "It is no "conspiracy" that..." they realize their information is weak, perhaps made up, but definitly requiring close scrutiny. The mushbrains that believe this type of story are oblivious, deliberately ignorant, because they might find out the truth. Conspiracies are a sham perpetuated by people like alex jones who pull the strings of people like andrew, who are unequipped to determine real from fantasy.

     
  • Mike Adams posted at 12:23 pm on Thu, May 30, 2013.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1492

    Take your pick:
    www.naturalnews.com/040179_common_core_public_education_socialism.html

    http://libertydwells.com/showthread.php?16501-Obama-trying-to-take-over-public-education-with-common-core-curriculum-that-teaches

    http://gatesofvienna.net/2013/05/gates-of-vienna-news-feed-532013/

    ......and many more.

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 11:24 am on Thu, May 30, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    It is no "conspiracy" that, as federal control over education has increased, the quality of public education has decreased. Local control of public school curriculum and instruction has historically driven innovation and reform in education.
    [sleeping]

    The Obama administration is trying to turn Common Core into a national curriculum by offering states increased federal education funding if they impose Common Core’s curriculum on their public schools. This is yet another example of the government using money stolen from the people to bribe states into obeying federal dictates.
    [sleeping]

    Students will read such inspiring materials as studies by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the EPA’s “Recommended Levels of Insulation,” and “Invasive Plant Inventory” by California’s Invasive Plant Council. It is doubtful that reading federal reports will teach students the habits of critical thinking.
    [sleeping]

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:42 am on Thu, May 30, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    It was only a matter of time before our local Conspiracy Theorist would come out with his assessment of this evil plot to take over the minds of our nation's children.

    "slanted to a particular point of view (socialism)"

    Seriously - I don't know how it is possible to make language arts and mathematics slanted toward socialism I don't believe YOU know either, Mr. Liebich.

    And "generously funded by the Gates Foundation." Another huge socialist enterprise. After all, Bill Gates forced us all to use Windows. Now he wants kids to think the way he and Melinda think?

    Really, give it a rest, Mr. Liebich.

    [lol]

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 7:52 am on Thu, May 30, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    Initially, 45 states and the District of Columbia signed on, but as more states found out the curriculum is decidedly slanted to a particular point of view (socialism), a number of states are now working on legislation to bail out.

    The Obama Administration is claiming the standards were developed by the states but, according to Diane Ravitch, a former assistant U.S. secretary of education who was appointed to office by both Clinton and George H.W. Bush, that’s a bogus claim.

    The standards “were developed by an organization called Achieve and the National Governors Association, both of which were generously funded by the Gates Foundation."
    [sleeping]

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 7:23 am on Wed, May 29, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Similar to organizations that have "patriot" in their name - or are affiliated with those with "patriot" in their name, i.e., LCIA.

    Chances are they are not patriotic nor do they take any action, but rather wrap themselves in the flag of the United States and imply that all other sare NOT patriotic.

    The politics of shame and blame when intelligence and educated decisions are REALLY called for.

     
  • Mike Adams posted at 6:42 am on Wed, May 29, 2013.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1492

    Oh no! Boogie men!!

    I'm pretty sure disticts (if they want federal money) have to do this program.

    And beware of any organization that has "Truth" as part of it's name. Often, what they generate is anything but.

     

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