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Obamacare not the Only Obama Mandate Crashing and Burning

by Mars ( 176 Comments › )
Filed under Academia, Barack Obama, Cult of Obama, Democratic Party, Education, Fight Thread, Free Speech, Multiculturalism, Political Correctness, Politics, Progressives, Regulation at January 2nd, 2014 - 7:00 am

Here’s an article from National Review on Common Core. The central tenet of the article is that we can’t have a debate on Common Core because even it’ advocates aren’t being honest about who they are and what they want. Well, inside the article there is something more interesting. It seems Common Core is collapsing without any outside interference. Like everything else the liberals do, it is unorganized and chaotic. Conflicting standards, overly bloated textbook selections, unclear goals, and no sense of authority whatsoever.

As Chester E. Finn Jr., president of the Thomas Fordham Institute and a longtime champion of national standards, observed in 2010, “For these standards to get traction . . . a whole bunch of other things need to happen. Curriculum needs to happen, textbooks need to be aligned with the curriculum, teacher preparation and professional development need to be aligned, tests need to be aligned, [and] the accountability system that is built on those tests needs to make sense.”

There’s little evidence that Common Core boosters really believe that states, school districts, and commercial providers will make this work on their own. For instance, a quick search of Amazon for “Common Core” shows more than 30,000 books — and superintendents and teachers are quick to acknowledge that no one knows how to tell the good from the bad. Finn’s Fordham Foundation just released a report noting that most English teachers are not assigning the kinds of reading envisioned by the Common Core. The National Council on Teacher Quality recently reported that the vast majority of education schools are not preparing new teachers to teach the Common Core. Right now, school districts, states, and Common Core advocates don’t have an answer for any of this.

In each case, plenty of Washington-based Common Core enthusiasts think the feds need to help get this stuff right. In 2011, the American Federation of Teachers endorsed the creation of a national curriculum to support the Common Core. The National Governors Association has previously called on Uncle Sam to help fund and encourage Common Core implementation. The Obama Department of Education has embraced a much more prescriptive role in telling states how to measure teacher effectiveness and where teachers should teach.

States including Oklahoma, Georgia, and Florida have announced that they’re abandoning the federally recognized Common Core tests, and other states are weighing similar moves. These states have promised to develop their own tests. But someone will still feel obliged to determine whether those new tests meet promises states have made to Washington in order to secure federal education funds. This opens the door to federal officials’ micromanaging test design and even test scoring.


As most here now, I loathe the Politico, I think they are a bunch of leftist radicals masquerading as middle of the road. But, here is something interesting from them.

Common Core testing problems seem inevitable

By CAITLIN EMMA | 12/27/13 11:46 AM EST

The education world is scrambling to avoid its own version of a full-scale HealthCare.gov meltdown when millions of students pilot new digital Common Core tests this spring.

Technological hiccups, much less large-scale meltdowns, won’t do: The results of the Common Core tests will influence teachers’ and principals’ evaluations and other decisions about their jobs. Schools will be rated on the results. Students’ promotion to the next grade or graduation from high school may hinge on their scores. And the already-controversial Common Core standards, designed to be tested using a new generation of sophisticated exams that go beyond multiple-choice testing, may be further dragged through the mud if there are crises.

States and the test developers have thought through some of the possible pitfalls. For example, some schools are stocking up on technology, and the tests have been designed to go easy on schools’ Internet infrastructure.

But problems with the exams seem imminent if issues during other large-scale online assessments are any indication: Schools’ bandwidth could collapse under the stress of too many students testing at the same time. Computers could hang up or crash. And schools in some places will have to come up with creative schedules to test all of their students, who may far outnumber available computers. Some schools are already planning to take paper exams until their districts can get up to technological speed — even though those tests will cost more per student than online counterparts and might throw off comparisons with computer-based tests.

“There will be bumps in the first couple years,” said Jeff Livingston, senior vice president of education policy and strategic alliances at McGraw-Hill. “There’s no question in my mind about that … It’s an engineering problem and a policy problem.”

The tests will be given on a massive scale: Roughly 4.2 million third through eighth graders will test the exams in math and English this spring, and 29 million students nationwide will use them starting next school year.

Last spring, Kentucky students taking digital end-of-course assessments designed by ACT had to switch to paper and pencil after slow and dropped connections complicated the testing. Alabama and Ohio students also had problems.

The Kentucky Department of Education wanted ACT to conduct a “stress test” in mid-November to see if the server could handle 20,000 students at one time. ACT was supposed to make software corrections and hardware fixes to improve the online system, but the testing company told the state those fixes wouldn’t be ready for the stress tests or next round of end-of-course exams. The stress test was ultimately canceled.

In addition, CTB/McGraw-Hill apologized last spring for interruptions after its digital testing service disrupted exams in Indiana and Oklahoma. About 3,000 students in Oklahoma lost their connections to the testing provider’s servers. And nearly 80,000 out of a half million Indiana students who took the company’s tests in the spring had their testing postponed and about 30,000 were kicked off of the testing platform on a single day of testing. One Indiana charter school has said the errors are to blame for its F grade from the state.

The company said the Indiana outage occurred because “our simulations did not fully anticipate the patterns of live student testing.” Members of the Indiana Board of Education called the situation “disastrous.”

Oklahoma dropped out of one of the groups developing Common Core tests in early July, citing technology challenges as one of its leading reasons.

Wyoming ditched its online testing system a few years ago, after network infrastructure buckled when 80,000 students tried to take state exams. The debacle cost the state superintendent his job.

Those problems and others have the potential to play out on a much larger, more public stage in the coming years.

“There’s a lot of anxiety in the field, and I think it’s rational,” said Brian Lewis, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education.

At least four states have officially withdrawn from the testing consortia. Other states are teetering on the edge of their relationships with the federally funded groups devising the tests, decrying cost, federal overreach and the potential tech troubles. A shaky roll out could burn more bridges with those organizations and drive up the cost of testing for remaining states.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/common-core-testing-problems-seem-inevitable-101568.html#ixzz2okBO24oP

Of course there are many out there that think these problems were planned in order to pave the way for even more government interference. I see this as possible, however, this administration has shown itself over and over as incapable of even getting their own nefarious schemes done right.

So, time will tell. Is this a monumental disaster and screwup? Or is this another plan for a huge federal power grab? Feel free to fight it out in the comment section.

Fight on a California Freeway

by Phantom Ace ( 156 Comments › )
Filed under Fight Thread, Open thread at June 21st, 2012 - 7:00 pm

Here is a nasty fight that broke out on a California Freeway.

No word on whether Bath Salts was behind this attack.

Post Debate OOT

by Bunk X ( 162 Comments › )
Filed under Fight Thread, Humor, Movies, OOT, Open thread at August 11th, 2011 - 11:17 pm

Why stop now? Duck your heads, because we’re still flinging it on
The Overnight Open Thread.

Today I Offend EVERYBODY!

by 1389AD ( 28 Comments › )
Filed under Abortion, Barack Obama, CAIR, Fight Thread, Free Speech, Hate Speech, Healthcare, Liberal Fascism, Multiculturalism, Muslim Brotherhood, Open thread, Political Correctness, Serbia, Special Report at June 25th, 2011 - 10:33 pm

The ad shown below deeply offends ME.

No, NOT because the ad uses some politically incorrect words for various “diverse” groups, words that the left has bullied us into considering taboo.

I don’t give a rat’s patootie about something so trivial as politically incorrect vocabulary that might hurt some poor little crybaby’s feelings. Matter of fact, I hate crybabies.

Not Acceptable R-word PSA

I am very rarely tempted to indulge in a good rant. I’m as good at inflammatory rhetoric as anybody can be, but I normally deliver my invective with ice water in my veins.

Today will be an exception.

So here goes…

In the video above, the politically-correct thought police have just warned us that the word retarded is now taboo.

I don’t care whether the “Spread The Word To End The Word” campaign has a valid point or not – I am NOT having any self-appointed Gestapo telling me what I am allowed to think and to say, and that’s that!

What’s the result of all of this “diversity” guilt-tripping? Do you think it makes people like each other all of a sudden? No, it just creates an overpowering flood of pent-up rage in people who hate to be told what to do and what to think.

But very few people have the courage to tell the thought police where to go.

Who are the socially acceptable targets?

That flood of pent-up rage at being ordered to pay lip service to “diversity” has to go somewhere. There is always a group or two that are left out of the “diversity” mix on purpose, to provide a safety valve in the form of a socially acceptable target for demonization. Since the 1990s, the main targets in the US have been Slavs, with Russians and Serbs targeted in particular, and, of course, white people who live in the South. I end up in both categories, and whether anybody likes it or not, I am fighting back.

For more than two decades, the Serbian nation and people have been subjected to an unending parade of groundless accusations and truly unspeakable blood libels. As a direct result of those deliberate lies, Serbs have been thrown off their land, imprisoned, tortured, maimed, killed, and even butchered for their organs. Do you seriously expect me to care because somebody might call you a NAME?

If you, or your friends, cheered or dropped bombs when your government made war on my people, and if you still do nothing while one president after another persecutes and abuses my people – and yes, they are my people – don’t waste your time telling me why I should care about what anybody calls YOU.

How that video helps our ENEMIES

Every form of political correctness gives ammunition to the Muslim Brotherhood and its front groups, who are doing all they can to censor, and even to criminalize, any criticism of Islam or of Muslims.

Yoo-hoo, CAIR, you will NEVER shut me up! I am far from alone, you are our ENEMIES, and you are going DOWN!

Banning the words that identify stupidity

“Two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the universe.” – Albert Einstein

“The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.” – Albert Einstein

According to the video, we are to be condemned for using the word “retarded” to describe stupid behavior. Next, they’ll be telling us that we can’t even use the word “stupid” to describe stupid behavior. By stopping us from recognizing and putting a name to stupidity when we encounter it, these thought police would render us helpless to combat it. Shame on them for destroying the English language in their Orwellian attempt to eliminate the words and concepts that describe reality.

Do these bozos seriously think they can banish human stupidity and inadequacy simply by censoring the word retarded? The word came from the phrase mental retardation, which used to be the accepted term for what is now called developmental delay – which means the same thing anyway.

As soon as people start getting angry about the new term developmentally delayed, we’ll see yet another PSA telling us not to use it, and they’ll have to coin some other euphemism. Stupidity is a fact of life, it affects everybody, and the only difference is that some of us aren’t that way all of the time. If you can’t deal with that, then it’s easy to see which category YOU fit into!

If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you're not a racist, You'll have to vote for someone else in 2012 to prove you're not an idiot.
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Was that video meant to stop us from saying – or even realizing – how stupid Obama is?

We, the people of the United States, have a president, Barack Hussein Obama, who simply does not have, and never will have, the mental candlepower to function normally in the real world without 24×7 care on the part of various “handlers.” He can’t even call his dog without looking at a Teleprompter. We are not supposed to come out and say that he is mentally deficient, but in his case, it applies.

Why does Ubama have such a big scar on his head? Just askin’.

Our badly-educated and media-manipulated voting public has elected a president who, for whatever reason, can’t think on his own. His handlers – all of them prominent leftists – have been with him from the beginning. They made sure that he had all of the funding and the outside help and “influence” that he needed to get through college and law school, but of course we don’t get to see his school transcripts or medical records. He has never served in the military, nor has he needed to support himself by doing any real work.

Those handlers chose Obama, not in spite of his deficiencies, but because of them. He was, and is, amenable to their control. He is too dense to comprehend that anything could be wrong with what they want him to do. He may be dimly aware that there is a difference between right and wrong, but he learned early on to prefer wrong. He makes gaffe after gaffe after gaffe, and he can just barely manage to read his Teleprompter aloud, but at least his handlers can be sure that he won’t go rogue all of a sudden.

It sure seems mighty suspicious to me that this ad is coming out just after there has been a spate of complaints, in the blogosphere and elsewhere, that this president is anything but the genius that his media shills made him out to be.

I would call Obama and his handlers what they are, but no language in the world has words bad enough to describe them.

And that’s that.


After having posted this on 1389 Blog, I sent out an email to inform many people on my own mailing list that I have put up a blog post that not only would be sure to offend many people, but also might cause them to face some anger and blame on account of being associated with me. I did get some “negative feedback” myself, not all of it printable, but then, it isn’t a bad idea to prune my blogroll and mailing list every so often.

Most people on Blogmocracy are aware that I myself know a thing or two about brain damage. In fact, I refer to myself as brain damaged, because it is true. I will not use some other term for it, even though it upsets my stepdaughter when I say it. Some years back, I was in a car accident (hit by a semi), followed by brain surgery (Chiari decompression and repair of cervical stenosis). For several months, I had practically no short-term memory at all. I still struggle with poor memory and coordination issues. It’s a lot better than it was, but it’s still a problem. There are a lot of things that I am never going to be able to do, but that’s just the way the cookie crumbles.

I am infertile myself, so I don’t have the experience of giving birth to anyone. That said, I am opposed to aborting unborn children, whether on account of Down’s Syndrome or anything else.

I am also opposed to the Obama Administration’s rationing of health care to the elderly, with the stealth implementation of “death panels” that will be sure to follow. Both my grandmothers died after long periods of senile dementia. One of them reportedly committed suicide, but given the fact that I was but three years old at the time, I cannot be sure about what actually took place.

Having suffered from severe and sometimes exceedingly painful neurological impairments myself, I will say that any form of neurological impairment is tragic for everyone involved. That does not mean that we cannot love people who have such impairments, only that it would be far easier for everyone if such were not the case.

Sugar-coating the terminology does not help anything. And if we have a president who is not fit to handle that type of job, the citizenry needs to confront that issue, and the sooner the better.