This is a lengthy and informative interview with one who actually WANTS our children to learn…and learn well. Click on this link for the full interview.
The below represents the second in a series of interviews with everyday Americans who are fighting back against Common Core, released in connection with Glenn Beck’s new book, “Conform: Exposing the Truth About Common Core and Public Education.”
We spoke with Brad McQueen, a 5th grade teacher from Arizona who after working on the development of Common Core’s standards with teachers and education forms grew disgusted with what he was seeing and decided to speak out about it, ultimately self-publishing a book titled “The Cult of Common Core.”
Our interview was conducted via email, with slight alterations for grammar and brevity.
1. Speak to your background and why you took an interest in Common Core specifically and public education more broadly?
McQueen: I’ve been a 5th grade teacher in public schools for the last ten years. I’ve always worked in schools that give teachers a great deal of autonomy in the classroom to use whatever teaching methods they feel are useful to teach their students over and above the minimum state standards. I have also experienced schools where they prescribe how and what teachers teach in the classroom and it was pure agony to witness.
Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t remember this as one of his campaign “promises”.
WH ‘picking up the pace’ on executive actions
By Justin Sink
The White House will be “picking up the pace on executive actions,” as Congress focuses its efforts on the newly formed select committee investigating Benghazi, senior Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer declared Tuesday.
In an op-ed for The Huffington Post, Pfeiffer argued that congressional Republicans are not interested in engaging on the economy, instead spending time “obsessively trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act” and “ginning up politically motivated investigations.”
“Given this dynamic, President Obama has only one option — use every ounce of his authority to unilaterally improve economic security,” Pfeiffer said.
“Next week, as congressional Republicans spend their energy on yet another partisan investigation, we’ll be picking up the pace on the executive actions to help the economy,” Pfeiffer added.
The White House has dismissed the select committee investigating the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, announced earlier this month by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) as redundant and politically motivated. Republicans have argued that the special panel was necessary after the release of a previously undisclosed email from White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes showing involvement in drafting then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s infamous talking points.
The veteran White House aide did not detail exactly how the president would exert his executive authorities in the coming days, although Obama is expected to take at least two major actions on the environment.
On Wednesday, Obama is slated to designate the largest national monument of his presidency in the mountains of New Mexico. And Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy hinted Monday that the president would personally present new carbon emissions limits on coal-fired power plants. The White House has said that announcement would come in early June.
The president will also travel to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Thursday, Pfeiffer said, “to make it easier for foreign tourists to see more and spend more money in our country.”
“We have many more executive actions to come, and every day the president has charged us with looking for additional ways to expand opportunity,” Pfeiffer said.
The accelerated focus on executive actions might further complicate efforts to pass major legislation on Capitol Hill before the summer recess, however.
House Republicans have said that the president’s willingness to act unilaterally is a core reason they’re reluctant to move on immigration reform legislation — one area where the White House has conceded that executive actions alone aren’t enough.
Earlier this year, Boehner warned that if Obama “tries to ignore” the Constitution, “he’s going to run into a brick wall.”
“House Republicans will continue to look closely at whether the president is faithfully executing the laws — as he took an oath to do,” Boehner said.
Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/206600-white-house-picking-up-the-pace-on-executive-actions#ixzz32JenxaLX
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Mountain Grove Property Rights Group Last Spring Meeting
The Mountain Grove PRC (Property Rights Coalition) will be meeting on Thursday, May 22nd in the ConnXtion Entertainment Center large meeting room.
The meeting will begin promptly at 7pm and ends at 9pm. Bob Parker, co-chair of PRC states “Our interest has always been in preserving and fighting for private property rights. We strongly, and effectively, advocate to protect property owners from losing their ability to exercise their rights.”
The topics of the meeting will include updates on the State legislative session, new information regarding privatization of National Parks, newly proposed DNR non-point pollution regulations, and info about future meetings. Bob Parker says, “The citizens need to know how these agencies are expanding their authority and destroying the God given rights of the people without their knowledge and even without the oversight of the elected officials.”
Doreen Hannes will be covering the methodology being employed by several of the federal agencies to take control of land use for agriculture including a brief history of the BLM activities in confiscating cattle prior to the Bundy Ranch incident in Nevada.
Hannes says, “This will be the last meeting for awhile. We are planning a large meeting for August, but in the interim, people need to be aware of the latest regulatory controls coming along. Most importantly, they need to know effective actions they can take to protect their rights.”
PRC meetings are open to all interested people and are free to attend. Visit www.prcnews.org for more information.
Just spoke with Tim at Missouri Rural Crisis and this foolish language is still in Senate Bill 506 which will be on the floor either today or tomorrow. Their email alert copied below says only 8 Senators need to be called, but actually ALL Senators need to be called about this. More money out of cattle and dairymen’s hands and into the coffers of pseudo-marketing experts is NOT helpful to actual producers. Please pass this on and make calls ASAP:
Florida Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Adrian Wyllie told Ben Swann on his radio show Monday that he’s happy about being arrested and is ready to take the case to a jury trial.
On Friday, Wyllie was arrested for driving with a license, which he has been trying to do for the last three years.
“I’m out of jail. I only spent one day in jail. I was probably the only person there happy to be there since this gives us the legal standings to challenge the constitutionality of Real ID in court,” said Wyllie.
“We’re very happy that this finally occurred and we’re going to use to my benefit,” he said. I’m sure my political opponents thought that this would be damaging to the campaign.”
Wyllie surrendered his license three years ago. He said the timing of this arrest was interesting, since it was recently reported that he was invited to participate in the largest gubernatorial debate.
“It’s very interesting timing,” he added. “For three years, we heard this through the grapevine of law enforcement officers and from others within the attorney’s office, I actually had immunity. They were telling law enforcement to keep their hands off. That immunity was apparently lifted and it happened in a very interesting way. I was actually in the parking lot of Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, attending a charity event, which I was scheduled to be at. So they actually nabbed me in the parking lot as I was scheduled to walk into an event.”
Wyllie was specifically pulled over for not having a license. He received no other citation.
He has been waiting for this to happen, and said he’s actually been hoping that it would.
“We’ve actually been looking forward to this possibility in the campaign. This is something we totally embrace,” said Wyllie.
For the political set, an arrest is most likely a career ender or at least a career changer. For Wyllie, he hopes that his arrest will better inform the public of the dangers of Real ID.
He wants to be able to challenge the constitutionality of Real ID as it relates to our 4th Amendment.
“Basically what they’re doing now when you go to the driver’s license agency, you have to submit an array of documentation. Much of the documentation, law enforcement would have to submit a warrant for. But just for the simple privilege of driving, you have to surrender all that voluntarily,” he explained.
Also, he said that the driver’s license picture is a biometric face scan, which is stored in a database managed by Homeland Security.
“It’s only a matter of time until we’re tracked via our facial recognition scans everywhere we go,” he said.
His hope is to take this case to a jury trial, because he said, now more than ever are people aware of their shrinking civil liberties. He believes that finding jurors that side with him and his beliefs will be easier than if he was arrested in 2011 when he gave up his license.
“Given the recent revelations of NSA spying on Americans, I think it’s going to be that much easier, because everybody now knows that we are being spied on we are being tracked our e-mails are being read, our phone calls are being listened to, and recorded and monitored and stored and catalogued.”
As of now, Wyllie will appear in court for arraignment on June 4 and at the Florida gubernatorial debate on Oct. 15.