Anti Fed Ed Warriors, I cannot believe it’s been for years ago since I wished you all “Happy Thanksgiving” for the very first time on this blog! That’s right, back in 2014, in my early days of daily posts for your War Vs the Core information.
So much has happened between then and now, so I thought it might be an exercise in gratitude to see how far we’ve come in this War, together, as those fighting to save our nation, our kids, and our education. The best news? We’re not done yet! We have miles to go together.
‘Then’ (2014) words will be in italics; ‘Now’ words will follow with parentheses and regular font and will only appear where needed.
Enjoy and THANKyou for being you. THANK you for being a fantastic and dedicated Warrior!
“Okay, my anti Common Core warriors, it’s merely days before most of us will gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving 2014. I’m sure we have a million things to do between now and then.”
(Warriors, Thanksgiving 2018 is almost upon us in earnest. While we’re still focused on our mission, let’s take the time to enjoy our families and the brief break to be with them.)
“Thankful for what CC has taught me”: (Thankful for what fighting against tyranny with others has taught me)
This day, as every day for me, I’m reminded WHY I fight Common Core: truth, freedom, and our students. (I’m reminded that our freedoms and liberties are being threatened now, more than ever; especially via education.)
Thanks to this fight, now a little over 5 years strong for me, I’ve been reminded what REAL education is. (Nine years and countless hours)
Real teachers are always a blessing and a gift to our kids I am thankful for.
I’m thankful for true officials who, rather than sell out to false agendas, stand for truth.
It’s been a real blessing to be connected with so many everyday men, women, and students who, like me, could care less what convention is, and dare to be different.
“Fighting CCSS has reinforced my voice as a citizen. (Fighting ESSA and global education)
I’m thankful I live in a country where we are still free and able to exercise freedom of speech, not merely be ‘yes’ men and women.
It’s great to know that all of us, together are needed, vital, and a big part of the legacy of education in America.
I’m honored to be called a hero in this war and even more honored to have followers who are just as big in the ‘hero’ business.
Lastly, fighting Common Core has taught me that truth is bigger than fear.
That regardless of who’s watching, consistent pressure and effort is worth it.
(Fighting an educratic system has taught me truth is bigger than fear and safety in numbers in vital.)
“So, my Warrior friends, I leave you with this:
May your travels be graced with safety and peace. May your families be happy and rich in laughter as you gather together. May you take every opportunity granted you to speak the truth with love and firmness. I hope to see you next week when I resume posting. Until then; time to get in the kitchen!
May our words, “End Common Core” be carried out to fruition.” (May our dedication to ending the global and federal overreaches into our families be carried out swiftly.)
On this Saturday BEFORE Thanksgiving, why not send a note concerning Common Core Standards to your student’s school. You can widen the circle by sending letters to school boards, chambers of commerce, local representatives or senators, state level legislators, your governor, your US Representatives and Senators, and the list can go on. What? I’m sure you think I’ve lost my mind, but read on, my followers..I’ve got a plan that may help rid us of Common Core!
Simply put, this old Southern mindset can serve our anti CCSS fight well. You catch more flies with honey than you do vinegar.Widely misunderstood as ‘weak’ or ‘meely mouse’, this mindset has been able to be applied to successfully bring down many a nasty person or plan. You might think it’s a bit too late for being nice in such a nasty fight, however, knowing we must be able to work with these people to free our students from CCSS, it does bear putting into practice..especially when we’re so close to our season of thankfulness.
So, maybe you aren’t gifted with smooth words in tense situations. That’s okay. When I began speaking out against Common Core, I didn’t always have eloquent words either. BUT, I did speak from my heart. Guess what? So can you. You know how fighting Common Core has caused you to feel. Isn’t time others did too? What if you’ve BEEN telling others how you feel and you might as well be talking to a brick wall. That’s okay. keep trying..your sentiment WILL get through.
In the interest of our ‘Sic’ ‘Em Saturday’ theme, where we have some kind of action to put into play, here’s a sample letter you can write and send. If you choose to email your letters, super! If you send your letters via private message or even Twitter, that’s great! In this sample, I’m writing Senator Do-right. Feel free to use this sample OR use it as a template to create your own. Yes, I understand your receiver may be on vacation, but, that’s okay, your words WILL get through to them at some point. Persistence is key.
Date: Today’s the Day!
Ms. I’m Fed Up
1234 Get Rid of Common Core Way
No Deposit, No Return, USA 56789
Dear Senator Do-Right,
I thank you for your service to our great state of “No Return”. You, have given much to our citizens and it is time for us to give back to you. While you have many issues which vie for your attention and many people and communications fill your every moment, I’d like to take just a few moments to express to you one issue that is on my mind constantly. This issue troubles me to my very soul as I see its damage played out everyday in my local school and I fight it on a personal level every night when my children struggle with homework.
What is so important to me that I would take time to share with you? Quite simply, Senator Do-Right, it’s Common Core State Standards that has me so consumed. While I’ve been fighting on this side of the capital city, I know that you have been busy fighting as well. Your presence on the Education Committee has been tremendous. However, Senator, I know there’s even more we can do, together! Please find below the points I feel most strongly about. I would be happy to schedule an appointment with your office to share even more evidence that Common Core State Standards are NOT right for the students in No Deposit, No Return.
1) The Common Core State Standards are illegal, frankly Senator Do-Right any other issue pales in comparison to this fundamental fact that is widely ignored. Our 10th Amendment is violated. At least 3 federal education laws have also been broken and no one has been arrested, fined, or jailed. I know for a fact you didn’t vote for the Common Core Standards, because none of our legislative members did!
2) No study has been found that proves ‘international benchmarks’ exist. I know you’ve seen the evidence to support the drastic drop in grades our state has experienced. Why is the legislative body not more actively addressing this? Has any law been passed that cannot be re-written so that the BEST for our students is once again protected?
3) Senator Do-Right, if you aren’t aware of this, I know it is my civic duty to tell you that Common Core goes before and beyond K-12th grades. Preschools have Common Core! Post-Secondary education has Common Core! Carefully crafted laws, initiatives, programs, and funding have tried to hide this, but I have the documented proof that YES, Common Core is in all our educational choices, institutions, and budgets. I know you and your fellow Committee members fought hard for Career Tech Education, but, sir, that’s only a portion of where Common Core hides beyond high school! That Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act recently signed in Washington has Common Core embedded, data mining that will join with the U.S. Department of Education’s Student Longitudinal Data Base System! We must dispel the rumors that Common Core is only K-12 and is only known by “Common Core”.
Thank you, I look forward to continuing our conversation very soon.
Ms. Fed Up
When writing letters, spell all titles out (ex: Senator, NOT Sen.)
Be respectful, yes, the person you write may not know you OR may not like you BUT they are still in a position of power that can be helpful to fighting CCSS.
Make your letters as personal as possible. An official receiving a chain letter will more than likely throw it away before reading it.
Keep letters to one page, these folks are immensely busy people. It’s better to give them a little important information and then schedule a follow up meeting where you’ll have more time and can take hard copies of any evidence. Remember, they work for US, not we cower to them! Be sure to leave a way for them to get in touch with you. You’d be surprised that most officials will be curious about learning more IF they are treated with respect, dignity.
Always begin your letters with thanks. If it takes you a little while to find something they’ve done to be thankful for, that’s okay. The point is, you start off with as positive a footing as possible, not a negative footing.
Do your homework before you mention any voting records, etc. Nothing kills credibility like incorrect facts.
If you know the official has ties to any of the known CCSS issues (like data mining, testing, etc.) use that knowledge to let them know you are a savvy citizen and are fully aware of what’s going on.
Remember that sometimes the officials don’t know about all the places CCSS hides simply because they are SO busy. Yes, they may have the resources to find out, but without the time to find out or the direction to look into, they aren’t going to be as informed as we are. That’s where we can really shine!
What if who I’m writing to is a well identified CCSS supporter? Then, my friends you do 2 things: 1) still use thanks and respect, 2) give them as many credible facts, figures, links, reports, etc. as possible. Leave no stone un-turned. The truth sets us free, it’s time they faced the truth. We know some will not be able to handle the truth that CCSS is a horrid mess, that’s okay, because, thankfully, we can exercise our freedom to replace them come next election.
Happy Monday, my anti CCSS Warriors! Fighting against the illegal, inappropriate, and downright WRONG that CCSS is, day in and day out, can leave us weary. Warriors need care and feeding to remain strong. Today’s Musings is an update ‘recipe’ of what I envision would be appropriate to keep us firm, fit, and faithful to our cause of fighting the CCSS Machine! So, let’s get our ‘kitchen’ ready! Have a great day out there!!
From 2014, the Original Recipe (published 9/15/2014):
Earlier this year, I was feeling a bit creative when faced with the challenge of a way to get a message across to those I help lead via a small grassroots group devoted to preserving the integrity and excellence in education. I’m the type of person who likes the slightly off-beat ways of making an impact. So, I’m sharing with you my “Recipe for a Common Core Warrior”. As with any recipe, make it your own and SHARE it.
1 ounce of sense (anything but ‘common’)
2 ounces of truth
1 dash of clarity
2 hands (for typing, writing)
As many fellow CC warriors as you can find
Optional & for a bit of added flavor: affirmation
New ingredients to add (2015’s update)
7 doses of longevity
Well timed media outreaches (op-eds, social media, etc.)
Assorted anti CC rallies, national phone calls
Using the sense, truth, and clarity, mix well. Spread this among the fellow warriors. Use your 2 hands as often as possible to seek out resources, pitch in and help others, unite together to protect our students, and take back our Constitutionally protected rights! Use your 7 doses of longevity weekly to help you plan out those media outreaches. Follow up with as many on-line or in-person group rallies or phone calls as you can. There’s safety in numbers, warriors!
Combine all of the above well, ‘bake’ until everyone is ready to ‘dish’. Serve immediately. Repeat as often as needed.
Alone is ok, but why?
How many of us have been waging war against Common Core in all its forms? The answer, untold numbers. Are most of us fighting it alone? Answer: NO. Yet, answer this, how many times do we FEEL alone in this war? If you’re like me, the answer is plenty of times. After all, this is what I am supposed to be doing in my ‘spare time’. However, when you add my contributions to yours, then we add ours to others, look how FAR we’ve come!! ‘WE’, in this fight, is so much more of a presence than ‘I’. How can you help a fellow CC warrior continue to ‘duke it out’? Support each other, attend as many events TOGETHER as possible.
The ones I’ve met so far
When I starting researching the push for national standards, (2009) almost no one I knew was there to pitch in. I had a few willing to listen. Fast forward to 2014 and I’ve not only met many willing to pitch in, but many standing shoulder to shoulder with me. Of all the crap Common Core has stirred up, I’m thankful and grateful for the fine, level headed people I’ve met who are not afraid to be uncomfortable in this fight. People like Nicole, Andrea, Kim, Missy, Dave, Guy, Laurie, Lindalyn, and the list goes on. These folks have devoted so much of themselves to helping get the truth about Common Core into the hands and minds of others. Since the original article, I’ve met many MORE fine, level headed anti CC Warriors! Our group grows daily. Thank you!!!
Are we there yet?
In a word, ‘no’, we’re not. However, as long as we are there to continue to hammer away at the lies, work arm in arm with each other. WE can get there! We know our purpose: ridding our country of a nightmare that not only kills a love of learning, but harbors deeper, uglier roots. I leave you today with a link to a video that, I hope, will remind you who we’re fighting for (all students). It features Whitney Neal, who at the time was with Freedom Works.