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Still Falling for the Republican Games? They Aren’t Conservative!

It’s 5:01 A.M. – and all is not right with the world! Satan is marching foot loose and fancy free and you can’t sleep.

You toss, turn and finally decide to get up because your brain will not stop! Is it God tapping on your mind – I like to think so, for when I find I need to sleep he softly touches me and says, “Sleep child, the day has been long!”

THINGS I KNOW FOR SURE –  

God is Crying! His people are wandering in a world of self – “It’s all about me”!

Over the past 24 hours California has had over 100 earthquakes from 0.6 – 4.1. Michigan of all places had one this month at 4.2.; at 4:45 am today 5/22 Maine had a rare 2.1 quake; and over the past 48 hours the whole of the West coast of the United States has moved on at least a 4.0 magnitude level or greater.  A large share of these is natural especially all the ones they have had in Nepal, but the man-made induced ones are a serious concern. An April 2015 a USGS report found the increase in seismicity has been found to coincide with the injection of wastewater in deep disposal wells in several locations, including Colorado, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Ohio.

Much of this wastewater is a byproduct of oil and gas production and is routinely disposed of by injection into wells specifically designed and approved for this purpose. It’s called hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”. Things are moving.

Political ProstitutesI now know our elected officials are “Political Prostitutes” (PP) continuing to waste our money and pass legislation to push forward their massive lie regarding Global Warming. Now all over the country individual community unelected city and county councils are trying to gain control over all our water.
I refer to their corporate buddies in crime as “corporate whores” whose greed has taken over their very being demanding control of every aspect of our lives.

I know morality and values were this country’s greatest strength – John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other”. I don’t care what the atheists are trying to make you believe. This country was founded on Godly teaching which is why it was one of the main things the Communists knew they had to change – our morals and values.

The United States of America is now a dictatorship because our PP have over the years deliberately set us up not as a country, but a mass of corporations from every town, village, city, county, state – including the federal government! You ask why the elected ones are not following the Constitution – they work for us? No they don’t – they haven’t since 1871.

I know the difference between “The Constitution of the united states of America” (a republic) and “THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” (a corporation) because when I went to school they still taught us how to learn – not to be indoctrinated.

I know Congress committed TREASON against the People, who were considered Sovereign under the Declaration of Independence and the organic Constitution. I also know that every elected PP since them has at some point learned we are not operating as a Republic.

I know we have allowed ourselves to be manipulated and indoctrinated into the touchy-feely world believing what we want is far more important than what we need.

I know God has become an afterthought only to remembered when we need something.

I know we have clergy with yellow stripes running down their backs because they don’t preach the truth of what is happening for fear of losing donations from some heavy donating liberal.

I know we have clergy who are preaching a “prosperity” form of religion and oh how Jesus hated the money changers. They distort the words of the bible to suit whatever social agenda comes along even to the point of trying to convince we Christians we pray to the same God as Muslims.

I know Evil has overtaken country not to mention the world as a whole. It is hanging over us like a deep, dark veil with a stink that burns your very soul.

I know Barack Hussein Obama is NOT the Chosen One – he just thinks he is! He is a puppet as most PP’s are.

Our world is being dominated by corrupt MEN/WOMEN whose only focus in life is MONEY – POWER – CONTROL! I almost want to still be alive to watch as they try to take over the world in their New World Order and self-destruct while fighting to see who will be on top – all of these political prostitutes and corporate whores cannot be in control at the same time. It will be like an eating frenzy.

I know these individuals and more like them are liars by their actions and the words they speak! Karl Rove, Dick Morris, Dick Armey, Colin Powell, Jeb Bush, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Gates, Clinton’s Newt Gingrich, Dick Chaney, Condoleezza Rice, governors and elected legislators and many others– are evil, some so deeply ingrained in the worship of Lucifer they no longer can see any light! Their eyes are dull and their smiles tainted.

But they will certainly try to get your support and/or vote by telling you they are Christian and Conservative. But they are liars!

I know most Minister’s, Priest’s and Rabbis are following a false God called 501 (c) (3) not willing to stand-up and speak out for HIM who they are supposed to be serving or those whom they are to be guiding and leading – look at Rick Warren – Joel Osteen and many others. The Jesuit Pope – listen to what is coming out of his mouth!
I know Islam is evil and their GOD is nothing like my GOD as Rick Warren would have you believe – my GOD does not wish all those who do not believe in HIM should be dead. Jesus never ask his people to murder those who don’t believe in him just because they don’t believe – if that were true there wouldn’t be any Jews alive today.
Always remember when they talk about honoring Islam as a religion and Sharia the enforcing part of that religion – Islam is NOT a religion but a social and political ideology. A way of life so to speak.

Many so called conservatives co-opted the initial intentions of the Tea Party movement – I guess it was easier to let others decide what we were all about! Many of those groups are funded by those who are actually our foes in “sheep’s clothing” – others are just plain greedy taking our donations in masses to live “high on the hog”.

Where do you stand? Are you awake? Have you fallen into the neo-con phony world of so called conservatives? Are you buying into a temporary fix rather than a total repair? We worked ourselves to death to get the Congress majority to Republican and they have done NOTHING to protect the American people, but have continually gone along with Obama and the left and refused to defund his policies and activities.

Do you still believe if a republican candidate tells you he is a conservative and loves God you believe him without checking him or her out?

Is your next updated cell phone more important than the communist actions that have stolen your constitutional liberties? Is family important to you or just a bothersome detail?

Are you a sheeple or a God fearing, Constitution loving, stand-up American who will do everything in your power to preserve and defend the United States of America?

What are “sheeple”? A term referring to Americans used to describe those who voluntarily acquiesce to a suggestion without critical analysis or research; easily led; refuse to listen to the truth with facts; actions lead to the destruction of the country.

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I personally will not accept anything less nor should you – no excuses – anyone elected to any office in this country will have to PROVE to me they are a God fearing, Constitutional trusting individuals – all are politicians, with the exception of about six I can name and are currently speaking “double-speak” and that is nothing but lies!

Example – we have 3 men – governors – who whole heartedly were out there supporting the Common Core Standards and Jeb Bush, but now that they have decided to throw their 2 cents into the Presidential ring – they have recanted to give the appearance they are now on the side of all the parents who have been fighting this monster.  Mike Huckabee – the most disgusting as a supposed man of God; Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal.

Example – Ted Cruz has been talking a good talk, but what about his past and that of his wife? It is a proven fact that many “first” ladies have had a lot of influence on what comes out of the White House. Is he another Republican plant? A good-looking talker who for you, always seems to say the right things at the right times?
If you are awake and learning you know the Bush Dynasty are liars and crooks – this is where you first heard about a New World Order and got the beginnings of ruining your children through their education not to mention the Global Warming Lies – G.H.W.B.!

Cruz spent a good portion of his early career working for President George W. Bush — first as a legal policy adviser to the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2000, then as part of the recount team in Florida (remember that election?). He was the Department of Justice coordinator for the Bush-Cheney transition team and then spent six months as Associate Deputy Attorney General at the DOJ. But his longest stretch of work for Bush was at the Federal Trade Commission from 2001-03 at the Office of Policy Planning as the director. In 2003 he left to become the Solicitor General of Texas on Bush’s recommendation.

Cruz was a relatively unknown when he ran for the Senate and had spent the last several years writing op-eds and making speeches for conservative think tanks. Few knew much about him; he’d held some appointments at the federal level, courtesy of Bush, and been Texas solicitor general—but aside from the most superficial resemblance to Tea Party crush Marco Rubio, that was about it as far as his credentials went. Cruz had never run for any office, but he’d spent a lot of time with the hard right.

I heard the statement made “Oh he’s a good guy – his father is a minister”. Our ministers today are not all “good guys” having been rather taken by the almighty $$.

If you are beginning to wake up you will see has been a political star of the Bush family as he was not that well-known in Texas when he decided to run for office. George W. Bush was the first to give him a huge endorsement and then had the added assistance of George P. Bush (Jeb’s son) in pulling in the Hispanic Republicans of Texas.

His wife, Heidi Cruz, has worked at the investment banking firm of Merrill Lynch since 2005 and will take a leave of absence to campaign with her husband. Heidi Cruz also has a formidable political résumé. She previously was the director for the Western Hemisphere at the National Security Council and worked at the Treasury Department. She graduated from Harvard Business School and Claremont McKenna College.

Heidi was an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations until June, 2011 on a 5-year “term membership” program.

Her time at the CFR cannot go unnoticed as during her term at the CFR Heidi Cruz served on a task force that in 2005 wrote “Building a North American Community,” a report from CFR on relations between the United States, Mexico and Canada which in actuality they were referring to the work to put in place the “North American Union” (NAU) a baby George W. Bush was heavily pushing and Obama has now taken up the reigns.

Heidi’s bio on this report states: HEIDI S. CRUZ* is an energy investment banker with Merrill Lynch in Houston, Texas. She served in the Bush White House under Dr. Condoleezza Rice as the Economic Director for the Western Hemisphere at the National Security Council, as the Director of the Latin America Office at the U.S. Treasury Department, and as Special Assistant to Ambassador Robert B. Zoellick, U.S. Trade Representative. Prior to government service, Ms. Cruz was an investment banker with J.P. Morgan in New York City.

There is also a notation on the document – Note: Task Force members participate in their individual and not institutional capacities. * The individual has endorsed the report and submitted an additional or a dissenting view.

This is no small matter – you cannot serve on a task force and help write something as important as this and not believe in what you are doing. I don’t care what anyone says. You cannot serve more than one master!

The real danger here folks is once again our elected “prostitutes” have gotten in bed with big corporations, seeking to serve multi-national business interests aligned to the fast-track authority to push through Congress without debate or amendments anything regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TIP) which when put in place will be an even bigger job killer of America than NAFTA ever thought off. The NAU is part of this along with the future New World Order.

COLLECTIVISM is COLLECTIVISM is COLLECTIVISM is COLLECTIVISM!

After all the free information passed along to friends and foes – many still do not want to know or hear the truth – choosing rather to ignore the information thinking it will all go away and they won’t have to deal with it.
“THEY” chose our children to be used as the main tool in the destruction of America and most of our future leaders have had the Communist education fed to them.

“THEY” are monitoring everything we do, say, buy, sell!

“THEY” are adding GMO’s to our baby foods and nearly all of our infant formula, including every one of the millions of bottles distributed free by the government. Gerber, Kellogg, Wal-Mart brands contain genetically engineered corn or soy, as well as milk from cows injected by bovine growth hormone.

“THEY”, Monsanto knows infants and young children are more sensitive to the toxins found in GMOs and they are weakening their immune systems.

“THEY” are creating vaccinations which are killing and/or leaving our children with weak immune systems and at the very least Autistic – a proven medical fact. Why is it when one child is murdered by a violent person, as a culture, we put forth anger, hatred, and punishment towards such a sick person. Yet when there is documented evidence that proves, beyond any doubt, that hundreds, and likely thousands of infants, are murdered every year by vaccines in this country, we consider it to be good public policy?

Our children are being given RFID’s by the schools to monitor them – are we in NAZI Germany?

Our children are singing songs wishing people who are against Obama or Mother Earth would die! They have been taught the animals are more important than humans!

What kind of a nation have we become that our people are so indoctrinated and brainwashed they will not even do their own research to know for a fact that every Communist country has always killed three-quarters of the people by first taking their guns and the other quarter spend the rest of their lives as “worker-bees”!
We do not protest when our President tells us we are to “honor” the UN when they are the force behind our destruction!

The political parties have ruined this country! The only difference between the 2 political parties is their names. They are friends in war!

If you are a Politician you cannot be God fearing or support the original Constitution!

Lucifer will lose and the timing is all up to us! I have learned far too much!

WHAT I AM NOT SURE OF –
If I will still be alive when Christ returns to enjoy the glory; if Ian will be able to realize the dream he has had since he was 4 years old; if Liam will be able to grow up in the America I knew that was God loving and Constitution respecting; if our grandchildren have paid enough attention to what we have told them and if we are part of the 9% who will have to participate in civil war to save America!

Wake Up America! Stop being sugar-fed by these politicians who “seem” to say the right things at the right time just when you need the reassurance they care about you. They don’t!

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Wow – I am back and more!

SickI have really missed posting but I have really been sick! I would like to mark the reason for my month long illness to Chemtrails, but I have no proof other than they have been hitting the Orlando skies like crazy for the past 6 months, I guess I can’t do that. Please naysayers don’t dispute the evidence of Chemtrails especially since the government and the businesses paying for it now admit – yes we are spraying all kinds of gunk all over us and the food we eat.

Even most dogs are smart enough they don’t want to go out on the days they are spraying.

It first started out as a simple cold, very tired and a lot of sleeping. Two days later I had a hard time breathing and was coughing like I had never coughed in my life. Severe Bronchitis – and I have been allergic to Penicillin since the age of 19 which was discovered when I had strep throat.

Now after having gone through 2 artificial antibiotics and being no better, everything advanced to a sinus infection and now Bronchial Pneumonia. I absolutely hate being sick and I make the worst patient ever. I am almost never idle and being sick like this really puts me down. So antibiotics 3 and 4 might have worked except I couldn’t keep them down – instructions say to take them with food and I did – but that didn’t help at all.  Fortunately # 5 is working, but I have been down for a solid month and to my knowledge had not been around anyone who had been sick.

I am sure you know what they are spraying out of those chemtrail planes. Aluminium is the big thing and I suggest you learn to do some research and look up what that can do to especially if you ingest it over a long period of time. I have to wonder about the pilots who fly those planes – it all goes back to money – it always does or it is that along with no conscience

Battelle 1The planes are outfitted with huge tanks inside with hold the liquid. Aluminum, barium and other elements have been found to be up to thousands of times higher than normal limits. Such high quantities lead to unhealthy PH levels in the soil which can be deadly to ecological life systems.

These shocking results led to additional testing around the country in the soil and mountain streams that have tested over 4,610 times the maximum contamination level of aluminum allowed in drinking water in the state of California. Also, peer reviewed scientific studies conclude that bio-available aluminum, now found in huge quantities in rain world-wide, is very harmful to flora and thus the eco-system. If it is being sprayed it is also falling on the crops we eat.

Symptoms can be burning eyes, migraine headaches, anxiety, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and other health problems on days that airplanes are allegedly witnessed spraying aerosols in the sky.

It isn’t bad enough that Monsanto is using it’s Roundup on everything in sight and the only large country still allowing the use of Roundup is the United States.

According to a press story, community after community continue to report that hundreds of people are becoming ill at the same time-usually following heavy chemtrail activity. Three physicians reported an increasing number of patients being seen for similar illnesses.

“Persistent hacking coughs, upper respiratory and intestinal distress, pneumonia, extreme fatigue, lethargy, dizziness, disorientation, splitting headaches, elevated arthritis symptoms and unexplainable nosebleeds are just a few of the symptoms these doctors have described. The doctors have said they are seeing larger numbers of patients with these complaints during or within days after the times that the physicians themselves have observed a larger number of chemtrails in the skies above mountain communities.”

Pharmacist Ed Burrows is sick himself. Since early December he has been suffering from a respiratory ailment that has includes a “gooey phlegm” that, despite his best efforts, he has been unable to relieve. Burrows said the issue is raising “high concern” for him that his health may be “jeopardized.” Burrows says he “feels that it is directly related” to recent chemtrail activity.

The world population being lied to…“Our government’s refusal to level with the people indicates that whatever it is they are polluting our environment with must be dangerous and/or unhealthy. There is no need to be secretive if what you are doing is beneficial,” he says. “As the former owner and pharmacist of the Lake Gregory Pharmacy for more than two decades, this is the first time in those 22 years in which I’ve witnessed so many in our community suffering with respiratory ailments with no apparent cause… ”

Yet at the same time the government is spending our money on Agenda 21 telling us, we are responsible for global warming. The spraying is helping to bring the haze you so often see in the sky any more. The sky is not that vivid blue we have been used to but the change has been so slow and subtle most people are not even noticing the difference. The sun is also not shining like it used to.

Please listen to this video – they have done some very extensive research – “Geoengineering and the Collapse of Earth 2014″.   Everyone should go to this website and learn!

If you truly are trying NOT to believe what I am telling you and that our government is aligned with this monster, please read this 1966 document – “A Recommended National Program In Weather Modification A Report to the Interdepartmental Committee for Atmospheric Sciences” by Homer E. Newell.

And back to Monsanto for a moment. Proof of the dangers of “Roundup” which is used on almost all of our crops and those around the world have now been proved to be responsible for the increase of many different diseases.

gLYPHOSATEOur lawmakers are making it EASIER for big companies to HIDE their GMO products from consumers. As we learn from one doctor at MIT, this GMO craze could cost a lot of children their health. MIT Dr. Stephanie Seneff links the increase of the Autism Spike. In her recent article she makes a very stark warning that by the year 2025, half of all American children born in 2025 could have autism. That’s an alarming increase over one decade. As the new Congress kicks off in Washington, one of the biggest agenda items on the table will be how much money and how much power the FDA and Department of Agriculture will have at their disposal. We’ve already seen signs in the new spending bill that indicate lawmakers want to make it EASIER for big companies to HIDE their GMO products from consumers. As we learn from one doctor at MIT, this GMO craze could cost a lot of children their health. As the new Congress kicks off in Washington, one of the biggest agenda items on the table will be how much money and how much power the FDA and Department of Agriculture will have at their disposal. We’ve already seen signs in the new spending bill that indicate lawmakers want to make it EASIER for big companies to HIDE their GMO products from consumers. As we learn from one doctor at MIT, this GMO craze could cost a lot of children their health.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zOlGf_MWsg

GLYPHOSATE IS THE MAIN INGREDIENT IN ROUND-UP and IT KILLS OFF GOOD OR BENEFICIAL GUT BACTERIA WHICH IS RESULTING IN MORE AND MORE CASES OF CELIAC & CHRONE’S DISEASE AND GLUTEN INTOLERANCE ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN.  IT IS ALSO THE CAUSE FOR THE INCREASE IN VITAMIN DEFICIENCY AS THE GLYPHOSATE PRESENTS THE LIVER’S ABILITY TO ACTIVATE THE VITAMIN D YOU RECEIVE THROUGH YOUR FOOD – HENCE THE VERY LARGE INCREASE IN THOSE TAKING VITAMIN D REPLACEMENTS IN SUCH LARGE DOSES.

GLYPHOSATE IS NOW BEING REFERRED TO THE “DARTH VADER” OF HERBICIDES –

gLYPHOSATE AND aUTISMDr. Seneff noted the ubiquity of glyphosate’s use. Because it is used on corn and soy, all soft drinks and candies sweetened with corn syrup and all chips and cereals that contain soy fillers have small amounts of glyphosate in them, as do our beef and poultry since cattle and chicken are fed GMO corn or soy. Wheat is often sprayed with Roundup just prior to being harvested, which means that all non-organic bread and wheat products would also be sources of glyphosate toxicity. The amount of glyphosate in each product may not be large, but the cumulative effect (especially with as much processed food as Americans eat) could be devastating. A recent study shows that pregnant women living near farms where pesticides are applied have a 60% increased risk of children having an autism spectrum disorder.

You may recall our story on the CDC whistleblower who revealed the government’s deliberate concealment of the link between the MMR vaccine (for measles, mumps, and rubella) (does have glyphosate’s) and a sharply increased risk of autism, particularly in African-American boys. Other studies now show a link between children’s exposure to pesticides and autism. Children who live in homes with vinyl floors, which can emit phthalate chemicals, are more likely to have autism. Children whose mothers smoked were also twice as likely to have autism. Research now acknowledges that environmental contaminants such as PCBs, PBDEs, and mercury can alter brain neuron functioning even before a child is born.

Please do your research – the information is out there – know what is going into your food, vaccinations, fertilizers, especially when it comes to our babies! Life is hard enough without our own government through corporations for financial and political gains

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UNNECESSARY COMPLICATIONS

By Dr. Peg Luksik April 15, 2015

Editors Note: Never ever forget that Common Core is Child Abuse!

Can you add the numbers 17 and 15?

If you are like most adults, you write the number 17, put the number 15 below it, add the ones column to get 12, write the 2 in the ones column, carry the 10, add the tens column to get 30, and write the 3 in the tens column.  The answer is 32.
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You learned that process in about the second grade.

But according to the PARCC Model Curriculum, our children do not have to be able to do this until Grade 4.  At the same time, we are told that Common Core is “more rigorous” than the math that preceded it.

The obvious question is, how can the math be more rigorous if the concepts must be learned up to two years later?  What are our kids doing in those extra two years?

Common Core math is not more rigorous, it is just more complicated.

The children are not taught the simplest and most direct way to solve a problem, called the standard algorithm, and then provided with adequate practice opportunities to master that process completely.  Instead they are simultaneously presented with a variety of options to solve the problem, many of which require levels of understanding that do not yet exist in their minds, such as the “add from the left” method.

The first result is confusion.

At first, the students don’t know how to do any of the methods being presented to them, so they have no yardstick…

to use to evaluate each method to discover which is the most effective.  They don’t receive adequate practice in any one method so they don’t actually reach mastery of it.  They are forced to attempt methods which make no sense to minds operating at a concrete operational level.  And they can’t turn to their parents for help since their parents were never subjected to this type of math instruction.

The second result is frustration.

Because the standard algorithms in math were designed to provide the most simple and direct method for solving problems, students who learned them succeeded.  They were given a task that they could accomplish and adequate practice to master the steps.  As a result, they actually did solve the problems, experiencing the positive feedback that comes from success.

But in Common Core classrooms, and in homes struggling to complete Common Core math homework assignments, success is not the norm.  Instead, children struggle through the confusing assignments, not really understanding what they are doing, and not ever truly succeeding.  When children are consistently placed in this situation, frustration is the inevitable outcome.

In the end, the children call themselves failures.  They can’t do the task that has been presented to them, and they can’t conceive of a world in which the grown-ups could be wrong.  So if things aren’t going well, the only possible explanation is that they themselves are stupid.

Tragically, this statement is now echoing across the elementary classrooms of America.
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If the goal of Common Core is to destroy, not only the mathematical achievement of our children, but their self-esteem as well, then it is succeeding beyond any expectations.  If such destruction was not the goal, then a reasonable person might wonder why anyone would continue to defend a program that is shredding the self-image of America’s little ones.

Dr. Peg Luksik is a teacher with over 35 years of experience in both special and elementary education, and a former advisor to the U.S. Department of Education. She has extensive experience in assessments in a classroom setting and has written and evaluated curriculum, as well as authoring several books on education issues.

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A Discussion of the Issues With the Common Core Mathematics Standards

By James Milgram, Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus – 

Dept. of Mathematics – Stanford University, Stanford CA

Dr. Milgram has written this for all to see what the whole process was in developing the Mathematics Standards for the Common Core, the players and the deceit within.

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Eighteen years ago we were 5 years in on using the old CA math standards that had been approved in 1992.  The lead author of those standards was a guy by the name of Phil Daro.  The most important thing about those standards – they weren’t mathematics standards at all – they were all about motivations and what it is mathematicians do but Phil Daro has no background in math and hasn’t a clue about what mathematicians actually do.

Here’s what happened.  In 1992, when we started with those standards, CA math outcomes were in the middle of the pack among all the states, which is reasonable since it’s by far the largest state by population with about 13% of the United States total population.  But, by 1996, four years in, CA had dropped to 49th in the country!  Later, in the early 2000s, Daro initially headed up the teams revising the Georgia and New Jersey mathematics standards, and the results were so bad that both sets of standards had to be entirely redone by others.

So there we were with those terrible standards.  There was some mathematical content in them but much of it was simply incorrect, and the majority of the discussion was about pedagogy, not content.  As a consequence, the programs that were written to align with these standards, programs like Mathland, and TERC’s Connected Mathematics series seemed to actually be lowering student outcomes.  So the California State Board of Education requested that I, together with three of my colleagues in the Stanford Department of Mathematics create new California mathematics standards – which we did.  It took all of 2 weeks and these new standards were adopted by California in 1997-98.

For about the next 10 years they were generally regarded as the best mathematics standards in the country.  And California really made progress with the standards, the new aligned curricula, and the newly designed tests and measures of achievement that also aligned with them.

We were definitely recovering from the 1992 disaster and kids were beginning to show real progress – and most, across all ethnicities and SES levels were learning mathematics at a level that was very close to what is expected internationally.  It had taken a while to get there but that’s what was happening.

After our work on the California mathematics standards, I had been asked to help out writing standards in other states, and by 2004-2005 I think I was pretty much regarded as the country’s leading expert on mathematics standards.

Then the Common Core project came along in 2009.  At that point I was trying to distance myself from education issues and get back to actually doing mathematics, so I didn’t think much about Common Core.  Indeed, even though I had been appointed to the reviewing team for the mathematics standards, I was not intending to participate in their development.

However, out of the blue, I received this invitation inviting me to be one of the members of the Validation Committee for the new standards.  The role of the Validation Committee was described as overseeing the development of the standards, verifying all the research that was supposed to underlie them, and, if necessary, rewriting sections of the document.  Basically we were charged with overseeing the entire development of the standards.  This was something so important that I did not feel I could turn it down, so I agreed to serve.

Initially, there were about 25 members of Validation.  Since I was the only content expert in mathematics in the group, I focused almost exclusively on the mathematics standards, and I believe the entire group acknowledged that I was the logical person to oversee the day to day development of the standards.

As I said above, Phil Daro was responsible for the 1992 CA standards, but, in spite of their terrible quality, he was appointed to be one of the three lead authors for the Common Core mathematics standards along with two other people, William McCallum and Jason Zimba, who both had Ph.D’s in mathematics, but had no experience with K-12 mathematics standards and the pitfalls that had to be avoided.  So, to all intents, it appears that Daro was responsible for the level and the philosophy underlying the Common Core document.

Consequently, it should come as no surprise that the Common Core mathematics standards are very low level indeed – at least 2 full years behind international expectations by the eighth grade – and they have the same underlying philosophy and are focused in the same way as the disastrous California 1992 standards.  Moreover, the same curricula that we got rid of in 1998-2000 in California are now reappearing claiming to be entirely aligned with Common Core.  Consequently, the most likely way the implementation of these standards will play out is exactly the way the 1992 California standards did, something that cannot be regarded as encouraging.

Indeed, when we put together the 97-98 standards we introduced new tests in CA and those tests were in place from 1999 until 2012.  This gave us a huge data set of nationally normed outcome data and most of it was in the public domain.  Consequently, I was easily able to access it.  Some years back I asked myself this question: “How long would it take for a student initially in the Phil Daro 1992 program before its low level and erroneous perspective on mathematics would have produced irreversible damage?”  What the data showed was that if a student had been in that program for four or more years – that is to say they had already entered K-12 by 1993 – statistically they never recovered – They were always lagging behind their compatriots who had been in programs aligned with the much more mathematically reasonable program that we had introduced – And they never matched up.  Those students who had been in the Daro program for only 1-2 years recovered pretty quickly. Those with three years took longer, but they appeared to reach a high enough level after sufficient time had elapsed.

So you have a situation with the Common Core mathematics standards where you have a limited window and you pretty much know what’s going to happen.  You know because the guiding ideas behind it are the exact guiding ideas behind the 1992 CA standards.

So I’ve been there – I’ve heard all the verbiage.  All of the explanations these people have for how wonderful these ideas are and how much they’ll help kids.  Those were the exact statements I was hearing consistently from 1992-1998 and the same program that we were using then that had been put in CA are the programs that are now labeled Common Core aligned and are reappearing.  Chief among them at the high school level is a program called College Preparatory Mathematics, CPM for short, while TERC’s Connected Mathematics Program, CMP, is being widely touted for it’s alignment with Common Core for grades K – 8.

So it isn’t that I am guessing – I’m not guessing – I know what’s going to happen and it’s just going be an unmitigated disaster – But now it will be across the entire country.

The above was by way of introduction.  We need to return to the work of the Validation Committee to see why the well designed plans for truly first rate national math standards fell apart so badly.

The first draft of the Common Core mathematics standards came out in October, 2009, and, aside from all the usual problems one expects in a first draft, they completely stopped with just Algebra I, which was, moreover, moved from the eighth grade to ninth.  In the high achieving countries, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II are compulsory and are taught in grades seven through nine.  In China, for the last 8 or 10 years, they’ve even added a course in “algorithms” to that list.  This is a quite high level course in computers and computer programming.  So this is the normal background of kids in the high achieving countries entering their last two years in high school.

Besides the material above, in about half of the high achieving countries, calculus is required for high school graduation.  Moreover, in all the high achieving countries over 90% of the population are high school graduates.  These numbers are so large that we have to conclude that virtually all kids are capable of learning mathematics to this level, but here, the initial draft of the Common Core mathematics standards stopped with Algebra I in ninth grade.

Data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the department in the US Department of Education responsible for education data and statistics, shows that in 1992, a student with just an Algebra I course would have only a 7% chance of ever obtaining a 4 year college degree, and there is no rational way that such a background could possibly be declared college ready.  But college and career ready was the announced goal of the Common Core Standards!  Clearly, there was a huge disconnect here.

Since I was the only content expert on Validation, it seemed entirely reasonable that I would focus on the mathematics standards and try to bring the level of these standards as close as possible to the actual expectations in the high achieving countries, and I had long discussions with McCallum and Zimba (but not Daro) about these issues.  My impression was that they fully agreed, but it appeared that their hands were tied, and I had to discuss these concerns with the leaders of Achieve.

So I spend most of a day showing these people the relevant standards for countries like China, South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore as well as the conclusions of the report of the National Mathematics Panel on the essential topics that needed to be present in K-12 algebra, and shortly afterwards it appears that they gave the Common Core writing team permission to include a limited amount of geometry and second year algebra in the document.  Based on this, it seemed reasonable to assume that the end result would be a document that would have a (non-compulsory) path to calculus in it, something that would match up adequately with international expectations.

But shortly after that the members of Validation received a note from higher up the ladder stating that we no longer would be permitted to “interfere” in the work of the writing group, nor would be be able to explicitly vet the “validating” research for the individual standards, or revise and rewrite portions of the document.  All that was allowed would be for us to sign a letter asserting that the standards were excellent, and benchmarked to the highest international expectations.  There were no provisions for those of us who would not sign that letter.

However, I and 4 other members refused to sign the letter.  My reasons were simply that I could not sign something asserting facts I knew to be incorrect.

Moreover, during that same time frame both McCallum and Zimba, in public testimony clearly indicated that they also believed the standards were unacceptably low.  (To be fair, this occurred while they still believed that they would be allowed to include a pathway to calculus, and both of them mentioned that this pathway was going to fix their issues.  But, while this pathway was strongly hinted at in the drafts between January 2010 and May, 2010, it is completely missing in the final document which was released in June, 2010.)  After June 2010, they tried to suppress their previous remarks, but, none the less, those remarks are in the public record.

It is also worth noting that even with the added material ending with a weak version of Algebra II, if a student stopped with just the material in the final version of the common core standards, then there would be a less than a 40% chance of ever obtaining a college degree in any area, and if a student with only that background wished to major in a STEM area, there would only be a 2.1% chance (1 in 50) of an actual degree in STEM.

But besides this, there has been no analysis of the evidence supporting the standards as written, and, to my knowledge there is an overwhelming amount of evidence that things like the approach to geometry there will simply not work.  Indeed, the Common Core approach is almost identical to an approach that was tried in the old USSR, though there it was limited to their strongest students.  In spite of this, it was a disaster and was rapidly abandoned.  Other areas where there are severe problems are (1) the crucial sixth and seventh grade material on ratios, rates, proportions and percents, where there are outright errors in the standards, besides the fact that this material is placed at least two years behind the grade level expectations in the high achieving countries, and (2) the handling of vectors and matrices in the high schools, where the definition of vectors is entirely incorrect.

Finally, the standards have not been tested.  They have simply been decreed to be the gift that will fix all this countries problems in spite of the fact that the two authors that are competent in mathematics have no background with the creation, verification or testing of standards, while the third author has never been successful in creating standards of any quality what-so-ever.

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Note from the Editor:  Small groups of teachers and instructional leaders from across the country looked at digital and print K-8 mathematics materials from widely used publishers—including Pearson, McGraw-Hill, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt—as well as from some lesser-known providers whose texts passed state review processes. The results echo previous alignment studies conducted by university-based researchers.

“In general, the results are pretty bad for all the publishers,” said Morgan Polikoff, an assistant professor of education at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, who studies common-standards alignment but was not involved in the EdReports.org project. “I think people really will pay attention to this, and I think it will affect [curriculum] adoption processes going forward.”

In all, just one curriculum series stood out from the pack. Eureka Math, published by Great Minds, a small Washington-based nonprofit organization, was found to be aligned to the Common Core State Standards at all grade levels reviewed. As you can see, they were also recipients of Gates funds. The money flowed from Gates Foundation to Common Core, Inc. to individual companies- http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/2688/Common-Core-is-Curriculum-Contrary-to-Advocates%E2%80%99-Claims.aspx

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THE LIFE OF AMENDMENT 8 – You Thought It Was Over!

I apologize to my readers for this article being about Florida. However, since that is where I live and where most of the corruption and plans to destroy our children’s future’s originates, I hope that by informing you of the measures our legislature is taking in ruining our children’s futures – you will also take a long hard look at your state to see if you are becoming a ‘copycat’!  Amendment 8 to FL SB 1552!

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In 1999, Jeb Bush pushed through the legislature an “Opportunity Scholarship Program” that gave students in “failing” public schools state funding for tuition at religious and other private academies. Americans United for Separation of Church and State and other allied groups immediately challenged the voucher scheme in state court.  After years of legal wrangling, the Florida Supreme Court finally struck down the program in January 2006. The 5-2 court majority said vouchers violated a provision of the state constitution requiring a uniform system of free public schools.

Our new governor, Jeb Bush, stated vouchers will help parents rescue their children from chronically failing schools. If we have chronically failing schools, then the State of Florida and its legislators have failed to live up to what is expected by all Florida residents. A voucher allowing public money to be used in private schools defies the very definition of PRIVATE SCHOOLS. This money should be used to take all these failing and critically low-performing schools to a higher standard than we have today and get our legislators out of the BUSINESS of EDUCATION.

Jeb Bush reportedly was livid about the FL Supreme Court’s decision and vowed to press for a constitutional amendment, but he found it more difficult in the state legislature than expected. In May 2006, the proposed constitutional amendment fell short by one vote in the Republican-controlled Senate, despite a lot of hardball political pressure from the governor and his allies.

Bush then went for Plan B – after leaving office in Jan 07, he & his top advisers crafted a back-door maneuver to revise the state constitution and advance vouchers. They decided to stack the state’s 25 member Taxation and Budget Reform Commission  (TBRC) which meets every 20 years & has the power, by a two-thirds vote, to place initiatives directly on the ballot, bypassing the legislature and other governmental checks and balances.

Commission members were appointed by then governor Charlie Crist (Bush arranged with Crist to appoint Greg Turbeville, a former Bush policy director, the Senate president Ken Pruitt and the House speaker Marco Rubio who helped the scheme along by appointing Bush education adviser Patricia Levesque and other voucher fans). In all, “nine Bush-era acolytes with financial ties to voucher groups who stood to gain financially” were appointed to the Commission!

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Once again the FL Supreme Court stepped in and prior to the 2008 election, they ruled that the TBRC had exceeded its narrow authority of dealing with issues related to taxation or the state budgetary process in proposing the two initiatives and removed them from the ballot.

In the Spring of 2010, the Florida Legislature considered two resolutions (amendments) which, if passed, would have placed a ballot initiative similar to the TRBC’s Amendment 7 on the ballot. The legislation failed to advance beyond the Rules Committee in both the Senate and House of Representatives.

Now we are back to the table again and in the Spring of 2011, the Florida Legislature approved a resolution to place Amendment 7 on the November 2012 ballot. Amendment 7, similar to the church-state related constitutional provisions considered by the TBRC and the Florida legislature, would strip the Florida Constitution of its long standing church-state separation provision. The Amendment was designed to eliminate religious freedom protections currently in place in Florida and open the back door to taxpayer funded vouchers for private and religious schools. The Amendment would eviscerate protections in place governing partnerships between the state and private or religiously affiliated organizations, (possibly even permitting taxpayer money to flow directly to houses of worship). The Amendment is the first step towards permitting private school vouchers.

In July of 2011, Florida parents and clergy, as well as representatives of school administrators, teachers, and school boards, filed a lawsuit in Leon Circuit Court seeking to remove Amendment 7 from the November 2012 general election ballot.

The lawsuit made two claims. First, the plaintiffs contended that the language that will appear on the 2012 ballot doesn’t accurately describe what the amendment, if adopted, will actually do. In short, they argued that the ballot language was misleading. Second, the plaintiffs argued that the process set in place by the legislature for fixing misleading ballot language violates the separation of powers. The current law would have allowed the Attorney General to rewrite Amendment 8 if the Court had found it to be defective. The Plaintiffs argued that the Attorney General (a member of the Executive Branch) lacks the power to rewrite the language, as only the legislature can approve ballot language.

Judge Terry P. Lewis of the Second Judicial Circuit of Leon County ruled that the language that was slated to appear on the actual ballot to explain Amendment 7 was misleading and ordered Attorney General Pam Bondi to make the changes and hence, Amendment 7 came back as Amendment 8 in 2012. http://www.au.org/content/legal-challenge

But wait, vouchers have already been ruled as unconstitutional by the Florida Supreme Court stating they violated a provision of the state constitution requiring a uniform system of free public schools. However, Amendment 8 is focusing on vouchers to be used by PRIVATE and RELIGIOUS AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS!

http://www.redefinedonline.org/2012/07/floridas-amendment-8-is-not-about-private-school-vouchers/

Then in April 2014, the voucher hypocrisy of Jeb Bush supporter Florida legislators gave us vouchers despite the fact the voters in 2013 turned it down by a decisive margin and the FL Supreme Court had ruled it unconstitutional.

You see here in Florida it is not about the children, but “whatever Jeb Bush wants, Jeb Bush gets – sooner or later and by hook or by crook! Cons to this scam:

  • Private schools have little to no accountability requirements as to having certified teachers. Taxpayer funds should never be made available to private or parochial schools. (In the 2012 Voucher amendment, 2 of the 3 legislative writers of the amendment are Catholic).
  • The untruth passed through the halls of the legislature were that the parents wanted a push for STEM ((Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) when it originated within the Federal government. Teaching children science and history that is corrupt is not the way to equip them for the modern world unless the intention is indoctrination or you plan for them to be in the fields and factories anyway.
  • Programs for private schools are sometimes attractive to parents precisely because they are free of the innumerable unfunded mandates and endless testing inflicted on public schools. Parents are NOT checking with the private and parochial schools to see if they participated in the RTTT grant games and a good share of them did take money from the federal government which means CC.
  • And last but certainly not least, private school vouchers defy the Florida Constitution, which states that it is the state’s paramount duty to have a uniform system of high quality, free public schools. Corporate tax vouchers create a dual system that is profoundly unfair, dangerous and is intended not to benefit our children, but to fill the wallets of legislators and their corporate cronies along with filling another dream of Jeb Bush’s.

In a poll taken by Sunshine State News in April 2014 showed 55% of those participating were against vouchers, 42% supported and 2% were undecided. So again we must ask who is the FL legislature working for. With Andy Gardiner (R) now the head of the Fl Senate and a strong supporter of education privatization our children are in serious trouble.

One thing taxpayers must remember when it comes to education in Florida is that our system is set up that the governor in the end CHOOSES who will be our Commissioner of Education and APPOINTS the State School Board. Cronyism? Where else do you know that an APPOINTED state school board can overrule a district ELECTED school board?

Charters make up a disproportionate number of F-rated schools within the state and you never hear about all their failures and always with the excuse that they enroll students who have struggled in traditional schools and that they are in the low-income areas and were set up for failure from the start. I ask those parents if that is the right mentality to start a school with and is that what they are projecting to their students?

But then you have charters where they are earning A’s. In some cases, as with magnet schools, that’s the result of cherry-picking good students with motivated parents. Charter Management companies have even found ways to weed out the lower achieving students to help make their overall grade look better – yet it is the charter school which have all the unaccountability, uncertified teachers and in some cases uncertified schools themselves.

A warning to parents who are choosing the voucher approach to educate your child if they fall into the category of ‘English Language Learners’ (ELL). In the state of Florida there are laws in place that cover this in a ‘traditional public school’.

When your child goes to a school where vouchers are used for payments, all bets are off when it comes to these rules, and it’s because these schools are private and are not required to comply with state ESOL rules.

Another failure by our legislature is instead of insisting that students going to private schools with public money take the same standardized tests that public school kids take, the legislature would use public money to pay the Learning System Institute at Florida State University to do annual reports on the performance and learning gains of voucher students.  So they are going to use additional taxpayer money to ‘assess’ the performance of the children being school on the voucher system?

Now we are back to the Florida State Constitution which states ALL children must be treated the same! I do believe we have some laws suits floating around again!

So in essence children going to a private school by voucher do not have to take the FL standardized tests but a child with disabilities who are in alternate schools do. In case you aren’t aware, so are hundreds and hundreds of students who are classified as not liking school, truant, 1-2 years behind their peers, or just normally cannot pass a test.

(Yet the FL Statutes clearly states all testing is mandatory and Commissioner Stewart has stated there will be consequences for anyone not participating in the testing process. She however fails to tell parents what those consequences are).

These children are housed in traditional and charter school settings within normally un-used buildings all over the state never having to take another test, not show graduation rates, but we are paying for their bus transportation not only to school but to work. For you see these students are actually in ‘school-to-work’ schools – not technical schools just school where the most important agenda is them working in a McDonald’s, Burger King, car wash – not very often in an office and certainly not in training that would support them.

And most certainly do not call one of these school principals and ask any questions. Not only do they become rude and unaccountable, but in some cases will even tell you they don’t have to answer your questions and they send you to your district board to try and find out who is overseeing the program.

Now the current chapter in Florida’s charter/voucher corruption, the legislators are using the basic format of Amendment 8 from the 2012 election cycle and putting it in SB 1552.

With an ongoing Republican control in the Florida Senate and House, parents best start forming home school coalitions and tap into the ‘good’ teachers who have quit teaching because of Common Core and the antics in Tallahassee.

Parents it is impossible to make this stuff up and we must come together and stop this madness. I don’t care what your party affiliation is, your nationality, or your race – I care about the futures of our children.

 

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Cold Calculated Screwing with Our Kids!

On Friday, March 6, a Tampa Bay Times reporter actually called a spade a spade. His article was right on regarding how these State Superintendents/Commissioners of Education and State School Boards are messing with our kids. The article addresses Florida kids, but from what I have been reading, this article reflects back to what is happening all over America.

Parents are waking up and realizing you are using them as collateral – “future collateral” – for the corporate public private partnerships and cash cow donations to the pockets of legislators. Read and see if this fits where you live. Time to start calling them out and removing them – elected or governor appointed.

YOU ARE MESSING WITH OUR KIDS LIVES

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The Real Error Message on Florida’s Computers

by Daniel Ruth

Perhaps it is because the state is governed by a walking motherboard that so many apparatchiks in Tallahassee’s bureaucracy seem to think of the populace as automatons who bleed algorithms.

How else to explain the indifference to Florida’s schoolchildren and the unemployed who have been treated as if they were Orwellian cogs doing the bidding of Tallahassee’s grand and glorious sigh tech wizards of faux pas.

In recent years, Florida’s high priests of education have hammered away about how our little dickens need to be repeatedly tested to make sure they are reaching Socraticesque heights of brilliance and classroom accountability.

But that same degree of accountability doesn’t extend to the very agency responsible for the assessment — the Florida Department of Education, which deserves a dunce cap for its ineptitude in ensuring that if you are going to subject school children high-stakes testing, you darn well better make sure the kiddos can actually take the exam.

Last week, eighth-, ninth- and tenth-graders were supposed to take an online state-mandated writing test. But when many of the little munchkins attempted to log on to school computers to begin the exam, their gizmos locked up. Some students were kicked off the system in the middle of the test, answers were lost and still other pupils received inexplicable error messages.

Widespread technical problems plagued at least 36 counties around the state, including Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco. Who cooked up this cyber practical joke? Hackers Without Borders?

It all could have been easily avoided, had only a tone-deaf Tallahassee not decided to go all “Harry Potter’s” Severus Snape. For months the state’s school superintendents had warned Education Commissioner Pam Stewart that her department’s transition to a new testing regimen was too rushed, that the state’s schools had not had time to properly implement the software for the computerized testing system. And they were ignored.

While Stewart claimed everything would be fixed, the glitches persisted.

If Tallahassee’s geniuses were truly interested in measuring student achievement rather than merely crunching numbers to create a false sense of classroom accomplishments, the Parris Island of testing would be suspended until students were assured they don’t have to worry about also having to contend with the cyber gremlins plotting against them. Fat chance.

“You’re always going to have implementation issues,” Senate Education Committee Chairman John Legg, R-Trinity, sniffed. But Legg and Stewart are ignoring the disservice they are imposing on the state’s students, whom they expect to academically and emotionally prepare for high-stakes testing, only to be told, “Sorry, the computer crashed. Come back tomorrow, or the day after that, and be prepared to go through this all over again.”

How fair is that? How can test scores from students under the additional pressure of being jerked around by state computers remotely be regarded as a reliable academic measurement? If students are expected to arrive for a test fully prepared, why isn’t the Florida Department of Education under the same mandate to have a test ready to take? Too much to ask?

Apparently so.

At the same time the Department of Education’s hamster was working overtime on the treadmill to keep its computers running, over at the oxymoronically titled Department of Economic Opportunity, out of work Floridians would be better off filing for unemployment benefits from a loan shark than expect much help from Tallahassee.

A state auditor general’s report has issued a damning indictment of DEO’s computer problems associated with its $77 million CONNECT website, which is supposed to help unemployed Floridians file for benefits.

The auditor general lambasted DEO for: requiring applicants to use their Social Security numbers to log on to the CONNECT system; mishandling some 408,356 claims; permitting 20,535 potentially ineligible claims to be paid because of dubious safeguards; consistently entering wrong data into the system; overpaying some claims; and having almost zero accountability controls in place.

Other than that, everything was fine.

But that didn’t stop DEO’s executive director Jesse Panuccio from sitting on the scathing report for weeks until he could release it in a late Friday afternoon document dump in the vain hope no one would notice he oversees Tallahassee’s answer to a Third World bus system.

What do these two stories share? When Florida’s most vulnerable populations — its schoolchildren and the unemployed in dire need of assistance — turn to their state government for help, all they get in return is, “Error Message: Invalid Proper Value.”

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/ruth-the-real-error-message-on-floridas-computers/2220373

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Larry Grathwohl – An American Hero!

Mary Grabar, Ph.D. wrote this article. She was friends with Larry Grathwohl for years. She teaches English at the University of GA and has since 1993. She has also been writing about the ruination of our education system since 2006.  www.dissidentProf.com

Editor’s Note: Parents why aren’t you asking the question hoe Bill Ayers, his wife and friends – some of whom even went to jail – were so readily accepted into our education system? They have spewed their descent against this country and communistic theology for years through our college ssystem – hence where we are today.

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An Interview with Larry Garthwohl

If your church’s new pastor had a long and well-known history of atheism, contradicting church doctrine, or fire-bombing churches, would you trust him to serve the church community in good faith, and to do everything in his power to uphold the church’s principles and practices?  More to the point, would you continue to attend that church, and to take your children there?

If people dedicated to the complete destruction of the United States as a constitutional republic became power-players in the public school establishment, would you expect them to build an education system that fostered and preserved the tenets of republican citizenship as understood by America’s founders?  Would you continue to support the public schools, and send your children there?

For a hundred years, the main intellectual force behind America’s educational establishment has been John Dewey, a socialist and open critic of the Enlightenment, American individualism, and American constitutional government.  What kind of education system should people have expected Dewey and his admirers to promote?  Should anyone be surprised that the public school establishment built largely according to his theories has become an anti-American cesspool of collectivism, irrationalism, and immorality?

Today, the educational insanity has reached new heights.  The public school establishment has devolved from following the wisdom of men who hoped to remodel America in a Marxist image to following men who have actively sought to instigate violent revolution.  The church leadership, as it were, has devolved from atheists to fire-bombers.

Bill Ayers, a leader of the Weather Underground terrorist organization, became a “respected” professor of education — a teacher of teachers — and a leading theorist on early childhood education.  If you are one of those who wish to remain blissfully in the fog about this fact or its implications, you had better stop reading now.

Larry GrathwohlLarry Grathwohl was the military veteran who volunteered to infiltrate the Weather Underground as an FBI operative in 1969.  He is probably best-known for his firsthand account of a Weatherman meeting at which the organization’s leadership, including the future Professor Ayers, discussed the logistics of how, after the communist revolution they were trying to spearhead, they would murder the ten percent of the American population that would likely remain resistant to the communists’ re-education program.

Grathwohl was often been interviewed about that meeting and about his days among the Weather Underground (WU).  The focus of those interviews used to be on the radicals and their terrorist operations.  More recently, interviewers have turned to Grathwohl to help them highlight Barack Obama’s own radicalism, by reminding people of the true nature of the “guy in Obama’s neighborhood.”

Rather than retrace these (important) angles, I chose to tie Grathwohl’s knowledge of Ayers and the rest of the WU leadership to the issue of public education.  Alarming as it is that the president of the United States has, and has carefully concealed, a personal association with a lifelong revolutionary communist, I believe that even that pales in comparison with the mainstream influence and respectability that Ayers, and some of his old cohorts, have come to enjoy in the field of childhood education.  A president with Marxist inclinations and attitudes is a great threat.  Entire generations of children receiving their first years of moral and intellectual education at de facto Marxist re-education camps — that is a societal catastrophe.

Recently, I have been urging anyone who will listen to stop making excuses for allowing the government to continue controlling the education of their children, and to get any child under their influence out of the public education system now.  Stop rationalizing inaction: modern public education, as the few intelligent, noble, suffering teachers in the system can tell you, is a Dewey-rigged atrocity, a forced-retardation machine.  In America, that machine is now, increasingly, being reprogrammed as a direct socialist indoctrination system.  One of the leading programmers is Bill Ayers.

From my own interview experiences, I know that one often feels dissatisfied with one’s answers after the fact and wishes one could go back and refine one’s statements.  With this in mind, I conducted my interview with Larry Grathwohl in writing.  I sent him my questions, in the order presented here, and he answered at his leisure.  I trust that you will find his responses as bracing and thought-provoking as I do.

Daren Jonescu: From your time among the WU, what was your understanding of the relationship between the group’s members and the Cuban DGI?  Were they just basically admirers of Castro, or did the WU have some kind of genuine operational relationship with the DGI, KGB, or any such organization?

Larry Grathwohl: In my knowledge of the connections the WU maintained with the Cuban DGI and with other communist-bloc countries, it was extensive.  The WU created an organization called the Venceremos Brigade with the sole purpose of sending members of their underground cells to Cuba for training in the administrative functions of organizing a revolution, as well as being trained in the creation and the use of explosives.  The Venceremos Brigade itself was composed of young students who were sent to Cuba under the guise of being there to help harvest sugarcane, but included were members of the WU whose reason for being there was to receive this specialized training from the DGI.

Additionally, these trips to Cuba were utilized in order to maintain contacts with the North Vietnamese and other communist-bloc countries.  As an example, Kathy Boudin traveled extensively through the Eastern Bloc countries of that time frame and also attended the University of Moscow.

At one time it was intended for me to travel to Cuba for this indoctrination and training; however, I was able to convince the WU leadership that I didn’t require this kind of training, being that I had been in the U.S. military.  Therefore, my name was taken off the list, and someone else was sent in my place.  I did have the opportunity to meet and discuss their experiences in Cuba with some of the individuals who were part of the first Venceremos Brigade.

This connection between the Cubans and the WU was so extensive that in the event that an individual lost contact, they could go to a Cuban Embassy in Canada and simply tell them that they were (the first name didn’t matter) Delgado, which was a codename to be used to re-establish contact with the WU.  I also know of at least one incident where Bill Ayers and Naomi Jaffe traveled to Canada to make contact with the Cubans in the Québec Liberation Front in order to obtain funds in the amount of at least seven to ten thousand dollars.  They returned to Buffalo, New York, after having been gone for a day and a half, with this money.

I have no direct knowledge of how involved the KGB was in directing the DGI and therefore the effect it may have had on the WU.  However, it is my understanding from intelligence sources I have since come in contact with that the DGI was essentially run by the KGB.  Again, I have no direct knowledge of this, but it seems apparent from other information that I have seen and developed through the years that this was the relationship that existed between the Soviet Union and the Cubans.

DJ: Why exactly did the WU want to overthrow the U.S. government?  In favor of what?

LG: Specifically, the WU intended, as their ultimate goal, the total destruction of U.S. imperialism and of course our government.  They intended to replace our current government with what they referred to as “democratic centralism.”  They claimed that this was the current form of government of the Cuban islands, and this was what they intended to establish here in the United States.  Additionally, they felt that certain portions of the United States would be occupied by third-world countries after our destruction.  They estimated that 100 million citizens of the United States would have to be re-educated after the revolution had succeeded.

DJ: How would you answer people who say, “Oh, back then all the young people talked that way.  Kids do all kinds of crazy things that they regret later.”

LG: Yes, it is true that many people during that time spoke in extremely radical terms, especially regarding their government and what needed to take place in order to change what they saw as the evils of U.S. imperialism.  Most of these groups, however, believed in a nonviolent means of achieving these goals, and it was only the WU who felt that the only possible way of achieving this change was through violent revolution.  There are many who were part of this movement during this period of time who feel that the WU had undermined their activities and ultimately destroyed any possibility of their success.  This is one of the great criticisms that exists of the WU and their tactics during that period.

Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dorn, among others, claim today that they were merely an antiwar group, but this is not the truth.  In all of their writings and all of their political manifestoes, they made it very clear that they were a violent revolutionary organization inside the belly of the beast, as they called it, and that their purpose was the destruction of the U.S. and what they called U.S. imperialism.

DJ: For many people, the hardest part about accepting the true motives of subversives like the WU is that when we see them on TV, or read their later writings, they often just seem relatively “normal.”  It’s hard for people who think of “bad guys” in movie terms to accept that evil people really are “normal” for much of the day — they are human beings, after all, and therefore they do many of the same things we all do.

Please give me some insight into this issue: did the WU, even during those violent early days, sometimes seem like relatively normal people?  Could someone meeting them in a non-WU context see Bill Ayers or Mark Rudd as ordinary, or even likable?

Ayers 2LG: While there were some members of the WU that I took a personal liking to, I cannot say that of the individuals that I knew as members of the leadership collective.  This would have included people like Bill Ayers, Mark Rudd, Bernadine Dorn, Jeff Jones, and others. These people were absolutely vicious in their dedication to overthrow the government by any means necessary, including the use of bombs and shrapnel in order to create the greatest injury and death to people they deemed enemies.  There were some whom I knew as part of the operational personnel who were more to my liking, and the difficulty surrounding these individuals was knowing that I was betraying them and their friendship as I continued to pass information to the FBI.  So the answer to this question is yes, there were some who were relatively normal and therefore likable, but this did not include the leadership, which was extremely focused and intent upon destroying every remnant of democracy, including innocent bystanders who might unfortunately be in the way.

DJ: The quote for which you are probably best-known is your account of the WU leadership’s discussions of post-revolutionary “re-education camps in the southwest,” and of the likelihood that ten percent of the U.S. population, the “diehard capitalists,” would have to be killed.  I would like to focus on the “re-education camps.”  To the best of your knowledge, how did the WU conceive of these camps?

LG: [T]his conversation took place in Cleveland, Ohio, at a meeting for the organization to begin its underground activities, which included what they referred to as strategic sabotage.  Of course this meant bombing symbols of our government as well as individuals whose positions were meant to protect and defend.  The conversation involving the re-education camps and the elimination of approximately 25 million people began as a result of my inquiring as to what we (the WU) would do when and if our revolution succeeded and we were forced to deal with the everyday operations and logistics of running a country.  There was very little interest in what would need to be done in order to feed, house, clothe, and otherwise provide for the population.  The main focus was what had to be done in order to protect themselves from what they construed as the counterrevolution, which they expected to occur shortly after they had seized power.  Because of this it would be necessary to establish re-education centers in the Southwest with the purpose of indoctrinating people into the new order and beliefs of their revolution.  They estimated that 25% [of the camps’ 100 million occupants], or 25 million people, would not be able to assimilate or accommodate this re-education and therefore would have to be eliminated.  [T]hese individuals could be worked to death, starved to death, or shot, depending upon what works best for the revolution.

While I cannot remember everyone who attended this meeting, I do remember that Mark Rudd, Cathy Wilkerson, Bill Ayers, Linda Evans, and other members of the leadership were present.  The most remarkable thing that affected me at that time was the amount of education that these people had in comparison to myself and to the general population.  Many had graduated with postgraduate degrees from some of the most prestigious universities in the country, and here they sat in a room on a cloudy afternoon, seriously discussing not only the need, but the means to eliminate 25 million people, with absolutely no pangs of conscience or hesitation.

Author’s Note: I conclude Part 1 by emphasizing one aspect of Grathwohl’s last point here.  In noting their level of education, Grathwohl is reminding us of the WU leadership’s ages.  Ayers and Gilbert turned 25 the year Weatherman was formed; Dorn was 27, Boudin and Jaffe 26.  In 1980, when Ayers and Dorn finally surrendered to police — without apologies for their “underground” activities — they turned 36 and 38.  The following year, Boudin and Gilbert, aged 38 and 37, participated in a murderous Brinks armored car robbery with members of the Black Liberation Army.  The haze of distance is a convenience for those inclined to dismiss any relation between the WU’s “youthful” radicalism and their “mature” work in education and social justice — a convenient lie, that is.

Larry Grathwohl died July 18, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio