That page 1 Associated Press article in last Monday’s Herald-Journal was op-ed rhetoric aimed at making voters believe the Common Core State Standards Initiative is great. My favorite sentence was, âIt’s as much about probability, predictability and luck as it is about memorization of addition and subtraction tables.â This constitutes, I believe, an experiment with a system that’s not setting global standards.
I’m an engineer, and âprobability, predictability and luckâ in combination have no place in math class.
Whether you’re building skyscrapers, balancing your company’s budget or your family’s checkbook, designing nuclear reactors or launching spaceships, that way of thinking will not succeed. Math is the universal language because it is not flexible or subject to the vagaries of politics or language.
I recall the NASA Climate Orbiter that disintegrated in the Mars atmosphere in 1998 because of mixed English and metric units. A $650 million failure due to bad math. Or was it just luck?
If industry finds that future graduates of the American education system are not up to the task, companies will fill the positions elsewhere. No Child Left Behind did such an illustrious job on our education system that we think we can improve on it? Several Asian nations’ kids now test higher than American students (see Tuesday’s AP report in the Herald-Journal), along with Ireland and Poland. The results show stagnation rather than progress in U.S. scores.
America is being left behind, and our solution is to dilute, rather than strengthen, basic technical learning.
I feel that once again a myth, repeated, is being passed as reality. That’s not the way it works, y’all.
JAMIE SELF at TheState.com with an update … of sorts … on Speaker Harrell’s ethics investigation.
Activists pushing S.C. lawmakers to strengthen state laws governing public officials met last month with S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson to ask what, for them, is a burning question: What is going on with the State Law Enforcement Divisionâs investigation of House Speaker Bobby Harrell?
Wilsonâs spokesman Mark Powell told The State that SLED has not completed its investigation of the Charleston Republican. When that investigation is completed, the agency will report its findings to Wilson.
The handful of activists who met with Wilson left that meeting with no details about the Harrell investigation but differing impressions about where it stands.
One says he expects the matter to be dropped, after staffers in the attorney generalâs office raised questions about the vagueness of state ethics law and whether it is enforceable. Another said she left the meeting with no sense of Wilsonâs intent, but she questions whether there is any appetite to take on a powerful state legislator.
Read more by clicking the link above.
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We are currently planning a 6 to 8 hour “Prepper Crash Course” that would cover all of the major topics and what you need to do to prepare. There would be multiple speakers and a small charge to offset the expense of putting on the course (~$20 per person).
Some of the topics to be covered:
The event will be held in the Spartanburg, SC area on a Saturday in either late January or early February.
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The new Common Core Standards were adopted by the SC Board of Education in July of 2010 and by the SC Education Oversight Committee in June of 2010. The legislature meets in regular session from the second Tuesday in January until the second Thursday in June. It is important to note that actions to adopt the Common Core occurred when the legislature was not in session.
Notices that new standards may be adopted were not communicated to the members of the Senate Education Committee. Also, notice of the adoption of these new standards was not communicated to the members of the Senate Education Committee. While I can not speak for what occurred in the House, I would not expect that their communications were any different.
Very few people in our state knew that our educational standards might be changed. Governor Mark Sanford, Education Secretary Jim Rex and their staffers were the leaders that brought the Common Core State Initiative to South Carolina. They were also responsible for aligning our state with the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium. Without legislative input, the SC Board of Education with the concurrence of Education Oversight Committee officially changed our educational standards.
Senator Mike Fair, as a member of the Education Oversight Committee was one of the first legislators to learn about the efforts to adopt the Common Core in SC. He introduced the first bill to nullify the actions that brought Common Core to our state.
Below are links to the minutes of the EOC and SBE meetings that adopted the standards.
I hope this information helps,
This is the perfect month to attend the County Council meeting if you don’t regularly do so.
We are not having a Spartanburg Tea Party meeting, so fit this one in.
You can go by the donut place right next door, surely they have some seasonal treats like Pumpkin Eggnog Peppermint Donuts!
But seriously. No one other than us Spartanburg County conservatives are watching our local council. Paying attention to the budget and ordinances. Observing whether they are moving toward more liberty or toward more restrictions. No one else but us will be the voices.
Committee meetings begin at 3:30 PM that’s when all the discussions and presentations take place. THIS is when you want to be there to listen/learn.
General meeting begins at 5:30 PM, that’s when they take the votes and have the public comments section.
Some items on the agenda … ponder if any of these might impact your taxes, property rights, etc.
Receive information and take desired action in reference to a request from the Spartanburg Humane Society
Receive information in reference to the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail and Wadsworth Trail
Receive information in reference to NaCoâs Healthy Counties Database
Receive Planning Department Reports on Development Activity
Receive information regarding activities of Public Works Department
Reading and approval of resolutions, ordinances, agreements, petitions, and other documents for the financing of certain industrial facilities through the issuance of Spartanburg County, industrial development or similar bonds or notes, or Fee-In-Lieu of Tax (FILOT) agreements
Christmas parade line-up point will be on E Henry St. Please be there at 6:00. Parade starts @ 6:30 and will take time to put people on float and go over any changes or instructions.
Everyone has their “thing”. The thing they want their elected officials to do. That really resonates with their heart. The thing I love for my elected officials to do is to speak the words I would speak if I were there, with the fervor, tone, and intent I would use.
My Congressman Trey Gowdyďťż does that. Often. Here’s a stellar example.
It’s December, the prefiled bills are here!
Once you are there, if you click on “Word version” you’ll be able to read the entire bill.
This one has gotten some attention on social media:
A bill “to provide that driving at least 5 miles less than posted speed limit in farthest left lane” is a violation http://bit.ly/19frhAH
here’s a few more random:
A bill to require SC to release high school graduation rate data based on race or ethnicity by Sept. 1st of each year http://bit.ly/19fshot
This bill would let county voters raise the gas tax in their county to pay for road repairs http://bit.ly/19fsYOv
This bill would let “legally separated” spouses receive 4 percent property tax assessment for owner-occupied homes http://bit.ly/19fuvny
This bill would allow funeral homes to refuse to release bodies until they are paid http://bit.ly/19fv3tS
This bill would require S.C. public officials to receive “continuing ethics instruction” http://bit.ly/19fvaWj
The debate over Common Core academic standards has predictably devolved into a squabble along established political lines, but the real question should be whether national standards will improve the education our children receive.
The program was developed by the states but at the urging of the federal government. As usual, Washington used federal money to bribe and bully states into the Common Core system.
Why do we think the next round of tough standards, tests to meet those standards, and reporting those results would be any different?
well well well. Go to the link above to read the whole article.
We are so doomed here in South Carolina.
The State Ethics Commission apparently has some magical powers these days – at least when it comes to making a certain public record disappear and reappear later.
On Sept. 5, The Nerve submitted a request under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act to Herb Hayden, the commission’s longtime executive director, and Deputy Director Cathy Hazelwood asking for a copy of an Aug. 28 letter that Hazelwood wrote to Gov. Nikki Haley directing the governor to reimburse the state for travel costs incurred by her and her campaign staff during a June trip to North Carolina.
In an initial email response to The Nerve on Sept. 26, Hayden said only, âNo letter was sent to Governor Haley.â When The Nerve in a follow-up request on Sept. 27 pointed out that the FOIA required the release of the letter regardless of whether it was sent to Haley, Hayden in an email response that day said, âThe letter was destroyed when the decision was made that it was not necessary.â
But on Wednesday, The Nerve received a signed, electronic copy of the Aug 28 letter from Hazelwood, the Ethics Commissionâs chief lawyer, as part of a Nov. 22 FOIA request to Hayden and Hazelwood for all correspondence between the commission and Associated Press reporter Seanna Adcox since Jan. 1.
The Nerve made the request after the AP published a Nov. 17 story written by Adcox reporting that it had obtained the Aug. 28 letter from the commission under the FOIA, and citing part of the letter in its story. Emails provided Wednesday by Hazelwood to The Nerve show that Adcox was provided the letter on Nov. 14 – six weeks after Hayden told The Nerve that it had been destroyed.
The Nerve on Friday sent an email request to Hayden and Hazelwood asking why the letter was not released when initially requested in September by The Nerve, and whether the non-release then was a violation of the FOIA.
No response was given.
Go to the link above to read the rest of the story.