School Test Teaches Kids: “Commands Of Government Officials Must Be Obeyed By All”

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A parent of a ten year old was shocked to discover a grammar and writing test paper that their child brought home from school reads more like document from an authoritarian country such as China.

The parent sent a portion of the test paper to Infowars, revealing that it contains sentences such as “The commands of government officials must be obeyed by all.”

The paper uses such sentences and asks school children to replace certain words in order to make the sentence contain a possessive noun.

Others within the paper include:

“The job of a president is not easy.”

“He makes sure the laws of the country are fair”

“The wants of an individual are less important than the needs of a nation”

Here is the portion of the paper Infowars received:

Upon further investigation it appears that the paper is part of a set produced by Pearson Education, a global corporation that provides education publishing and assessment services to schools in the US and the rest of the world. Pearson is the world’s largest for-profit education business.

The particular sentence about everyone obeying government commands appears in other Pearson papers, such as this fifth grade grammar test.

According to the company’s Wikipedia page and its website, Pearson owns leading educational media brands including Addison–Wesley, BBC Active, Bug Club, eCollege, Fronter, Longman, MyEnglishLab, Penguin Readers, Prentice Hall, Poptropica and Financial Times Press. Pearson is part of Pearson PLC, which also owns Penguin Books and the Financial Times.

In 2010, Pearson also negotiated a 5 year, $32 million, contract with the New York State Department of Education to design tests for students in grades 4-8.

Some have criticized the company’s test papers. Last year papers designed for NYSED were found to contain over 30 errors. Writing for the New York Times, Gail Collins noted:

“We have turned school testing into a huge corporate profit center, led by Pearson, for whom $32 million is actually pretty small potatoes. Pearson has a five-year testing contract with Texas that’s costing the state taxpayers nearly half-a-billion dollars.”

Collins outlines the fact that Pearson is being contracted under the controversial No Child Left Behind program set up by the government in 2001:

“This is the part of education reform nobody told you about. You heard about accountability, and choice, and innovation. But when No Child Left Behind was passed 11 years ago, do you recall anybody mentioning that it would provide monster profits for the private business sector?”

Collins continues:

“[Pearson’s] lobbyists include the guy who served as the top White House liaison with Congress on drafting the No Child law. It has its own nonprofit foundation that sends state education commissioners on free trips overseas to contemplate school reform.”

Ah… all becomes clear. Government contracted education papers telling children that they must obey the commands of the government. Nice.

Along with enforcing government mandated rules such as banning packed lunches, this will be seen by many as yet another example of how the nanny state is encroaching via the public education system.

It’s a concept also being promoted by the mass media. Earlier this year, MSNBC ran a segment pushing the notion that kids belong to the “collective,” and that the “idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families” should be eliminated.

These revelations also remind one of Common Core, federally mandated education principles, which are effectively dumbing down students by standardizing education across the board and shutting out diversity in teaching.

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Sixth Grade Assignment: Destroy the Bill of Rights

Students are told that the Bill of Rights is “outdated” and must be “revised”

Sixth graders at the Bryant School District in Arkansas were given an assignment to “revise” the “outdated” Bill of Rights by deleting and replacing two amendments, using the “War on Terror” and the Patriot Act as a guide.

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The worksheet, which is the first Constitutional assignment of the school year, tells students that they will be on a “National Revised Bill of Rights Task Force” who will “prioritize, prune, and add amendments” for a “Revised Bill of Rights.”

“The government of the United States is currently revisiting the Bill of Rights,” the assignment states. “They have determined that it is outdated and may not remain in its current form any longer.”

The assignment assumes that our birthrights are not our property which we inherently own as human beings but are rather privileges granted to us by the state after being decided upon by a central planning committee.

Instead of teaching that the Bill of Rights merely recognizes the rights that we ALREADY have regardless of any government erected upon us, the teachers would rather instill the idea that the State is God into the minds of our youth.

As the history of the world has shown throughout the ages, people who don’t defend their rights will be enslaved.

This assignment, however, conditions children into believing that they are already slaves to the state and should be thankful of the “rights” the majority grants them.

The scenario of the assignment also ignores Article Five of the Constitution, which describes the actual process of proposing and ratifying amendments.

A parent of a girl in the class, Lela Spears, said that this was the first assignment given to the class dealing with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

“When I asked my child what the assignment was to teach her she had no idea, Only that she was TOLD to do it.” Spears said as reported by Justin King. “I believe that, with the wording of the assignment, many children will think that the Bill of Rights is amended and can be changed by a ‘special’ committee instead of an act of Congress.”

Below is the assignment’s introduction in full:

There has been a lot of controversy lately surrounding the War on Terror. Many feel as though The Patriot Act is infringing upon our privacy and other individual liberties, while others feel protected by it. The government of the United States is currently revisiting the Bill of Rights. They have determined that it is outdated and may not remain in its current form any longer. Their aim is to ensure that our personal civil liberties and the pursuit of happiness remain guarded in the 21st century. The government has asked for input from experts on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. You have been selected to participate on the National Revised Bill of Rights (NRBR) Task Force. You will be working in a small team with others who may or may not share your values and opinions. You have been charged with the task of revisiting and editing the Bill of Rights. More specifically, you will need to prioritize, prune, and add amendments and then turn your ideas into a Revised Bill of Rights. Your team’s proposal will be submitted in its final form as a persuasive presentation to Mrs. Knight and associates. She and her associates have been given the important charge of judging the proposals based on valid arguments demonstrated by its authors during the presentation.

This isn’t the first attack on the Bill of Rights in the public school system.

Last month, school textbook authors inaccurately defined the Second Amendment as “the right to keep and bear arms in a state militia.”

This trend will continue as the federal government consolidates its control over the minds of children through the Common Core curriculum.

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School apologizes for ‘Nazi’ writing assignment

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The Albany school district is embroiled in controversy after a teacher assigned this assignment to students that requires them to write an essay that proves the writer is loyal to the German Nazi’s and that “Jews are evil and the source of our problems.”

Think like a Nazi, the assignment required students. Argue why Jews are evil.

Students in some Albany High School English classes were asked this week as part of a persuasive writing assignment to make an abhorrent argument: “You must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich!”

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Students were asked to watch and read Nazi propaganda, then pretend their teacher was a Nazi government official who needed to be convinced of their loyalty. In five paragraphs, they were required to prove that Jews were the source of Germany’s problems.

The exercise was intended to challenge students to formulate a persuasive argument and was given to three classes, Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard said. She said the assignment should have been worded differently.

“I would apologize to our families,” she said. “I don’t believe there was malice or intent to cause any insensitivities to our families of Jewish faith.”

One-third of the students refused to complete the assignment, she said.

Vanden Wyngaard said the exercise reflects the type of writing expected of students under the new Common Core curriculum, the tough new academic standards that require more sophisticated writing. Such assignments attempt to connect English with history and social studies.

She said she understood the academic intent of the assignment — to make an argument based only on limited information at hand. Still, she acknowledged that it was worded in a very offensive manner. She did not identify the English teacher or discuss whether the educator faced any discipline.

Students were asked to make a rhetorical argument, drawing on previous lessons in crafting an opinion.

To help with their writing, they were required to incorporate the elements of an argument identified by Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher. Students had to look up the definitions of “Logos” (persuasion by reasoning), “Pathos” (persuasion by emotional appeal) and “Ethos” (persuasion by the author’s character) and choose one of those argument styles before writing.

Other ill-considered teacher assignments have made national news this year.

In February, a Manhattan teacher caused an uproar after fourth-graders were given a math problem based on how many daily whippings a slave received.

In January, Georgia educators attempted to teach division to elementary school students by asking how many beatings per day former slave and abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass received.

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Georgia cops hand out felonies to high schoolers for having pocket knives locked in cars

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MARIETTA, GA — A high school senior is facing felony charges after police searched his car in the parking lot of his school and found a tackle box with some fishing knives in it.   The young man could now be sent to prison for 10 years if convicted.

Cody Chitwood, age 17, was pulled out of class at Lassiter High School on September 17th, and told, “You’re going to be in a lot of trouble,” by police and school administrators.

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Outside the building, the Cobb County Sheriff’s Department had been combing the parking lot with dogs looking for reasons to arrest  students.  Performing random sniff-searches of the vehicles in the lot, one police K9 made a signal on Chitwood’s car.

The dog had smelled a firecracker that had been left over from “Independence” Day, two months earlier.  Regardless that it is not criminal  to have a firecracker laying under your seat, this sniff gave police the excuse they needed to perform an exhaustive search of his personal  vehicle.

As deputies rummaged through his property, they found some fishing gear and a tackle box.   In it they found — what else — basic tools  for fishing, including a fillet knife and a few other utility knives that serve all sorts of useful purposes to a country boy in Georgia.  A total  of 4 knives were taken from his car.

Police now had the chance to make the arrest they so desperately sought.  As they walked around on school property, armed to the  teeth and immune to the state’s asinine hoplophobic laws, they took the opportunity to ruin some kid’s life with a felony for keeping knives locked in his own personal vehicle.

“It’s pretty ridiculous,” Chitwood told The Marietta Daily Journal. “I have an attorney and I’m hoping to get the felony dropped so I can still  get in the Air Force.”

Chitwood was charged with Carrying a Weapon in a School Safety Zone, a Georgia law that criminalizes possessing a whole variety of inanimate objects near a school, even if they are locked in your own car.  If the district attorney goes forward with the felony charges, Chitwood could face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

A pattern of punishment

Cobb County Sheriff’s Department performs the random K-9 searches of student parking lots at least once or twice a year at all high schools in the county.   Just two weeks before nabbing Cody Chitwood, Cobb County Sheriff’s deputies nailed another high school student in a nearly identical scenario.

On September 5th, an senior at another high school in the same county was subjected to a parking lot search.  This time it was not based on a dog sniff, it was based on an anonymous tip.  Andrew Williams of Allatoona High School was pulled from class because one of his fellow students anonymously reported that he blew smoke out his car window, and that student thought it smelled like marijuana.

The tip was all the reason that school authorities had to perform the search.  Williams did not give them permission and there was no warrant to perform the search.  School administrators cited the school handbook as their warrant.

But rather than finding the forbidden plants that he was looking for, Assistant Principal Sam Sanford found a pocket knife in the vehicle’s center console.  A pocket knife that could potentially ruin Williams’ life.  Sanford promptly called the Sheriff’s Department to have the student arrested.

Williams was charged the same as Chitwood: “Carrying weapons within a school safety zone” carrying a maximum of 10 years in prison.

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The teen’s parents knew and approved of his own owning the pocket knife.  It turned out that he had a good reason for owning it, not that he should have needed one.

“His grandparents have one exactly like it they keep in their glove box,” said Andy Williams, the student’s father. “It’s got a hooked edge so you can put that on the seatbelt and run it across the seatbelt to cut it off.  I look at it as a rescue tool. It just never crossed our minds that this could result in a felony weapons charge.”

That’s a perfectly legitimate reason to carry a knife; one of many.  It turns out that Andrew had a first hand reason to be prepared for the worst.  He had himself been involved in a terrible car accident in which he had to drag his friends from a wrecked vehicle out of fear for the gas tank exploding.  A knife like that could save precious moments if it were ever necessary to remove a seatbelt from a passenger.  And the knife would do no good sitting at home in compliance with a nonsensical state law.

“I’m just flabbergasted. It just blows me away,” Andy Williams said. “I know the state has a zero tolerance law as far as what they consider weapons and evidently that goes to kids’ cars in the parking lot.”

“I think the intent of the law, they don’t want people coming into the school carrying knives and I totally agree with that, but there’s got to be some kind of common sense to that. It’s just whether someone can admit they’re wrong.”

The common sense that should be applied to the law is an abandonment of prosecuting victimless crimes.  Possession of an arbitrary plant or item should never be made into a crime.  Petty prohibition laws are an injustice unto themselves.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL TO STUDENTS: “BE A SERVANT” TO OBAMA

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The principal of a Wisconsin middle school is working to smooth relations with a number of parents upset over a video shown recently to students. As part of an ongoing effort to support peace missions around the world, Hudson Middle School subjected young children to a leftist star-studded video called “I Pledge.”

Well-known actors and musicians were among those who demonstrated their voluntary subservience to Barack Obama through a series of pledges.

“I pledge to be of service to Barack Obama,” said singer Anthony Kiedis, while Demi Moore promised to “be a servant to our president.”

These vapid entertainers, exhibiting not even a tenuous grasp of the American system of governance, actually suggest the people exist to serve politicians instead of the other way around.

Commentary from upset locals abounded on social media, with one individual calling “I Pledge” the “creepiest and scariest video I have ever seen.”

For his part, principal Dan Koch addressed the brewing controversy with an apologetic statement, acknowledging the inappropriate message contained in the video.

“We respect the Office of the President of the United States,” he explained, “but like all of our other elected officials, that office serves each of us as well.”

Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten also publicly lamented the incident, noting the “district is nonpartisan and does not endorse the political messages found in this video.”

She also expressed her hope that this glaring misstep “does not overshadow the value of the positive message of this event for our middle school students.”

While administrators deserve some credit for admitting the error, their apologies cannot take back the reprehensible message contained within that video. Already being indoctrinated with socialist ideals by a leftist educational system, seeing recognizable stars reinforcing those flawed notions only serves to make them more attractive.

If Hollywood elitists choose to identify themselves as slaves to the progressive cause, they certainly have that prerogative. A public school, though, should have no part in promulgating their inane rants.

In reality, the reason celebrity leftists can afford to be so brash with their statements stems from their assurance Obama’s disastrous policies will do little to interrupt their posh way of life. For the rest of us, however, this Marxist regime is on course to create a permanent class of government servants — with or without a videotaped pledge.

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Parent Arrested At Town Meeting for Questioning School Curriculum

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Maryland parent was physically removed from meeting and charged with second-degree assault on a police officer after questioning “common core” a new federal curriculum.

Oh my, don’t question the authoritarians! I mean after all,  the government owns your kids not you, at least that is what they said on MSNBC. Things are getting way out of control. This father, Robert Small, was calmly questioning this new federal curriculum and like the Nazi’s that this nation is becoming demanded that he sits down and shuts his mouth. He continued with his questions and a security guard comes up to the father and starts shoving him like a bouncer dealing with a drunk at the bar. Other parents were trying to stick up for the father as he is getting tossed out of the meeting.

The father Robert Small said: “I want to know how many parents here are aware that the goal of the Common Core standards isn’t to prepare kids for full-fledged universities, it’s to prepare them for community college…..Parents, take control. We’re sick of this. This is not a CNN political game. This is a public town hall… Listen, don’t stand for this. You’re sitting here like cattle. You have questions. Confront them. They don’t want to do it in public…. Parents, you need to question these people….Do the research, it’s online.”

This is from the Examiner:

According to my conversation with Liz Bowie, a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, Mr. Small was arrested after being removed from the auditorium.

The video clearly shows that, if anyone was aggressive, it was the security guard, not Mr. Small. What may have happened out in the hall however, is unknown.

In the second video clip (click here), you can hear multiple parents call out how their question was not read and they were ignored.

There will be one more out of four Common Core meetings hosted by county school boards in Maryland. This one is on October 1 in Prince George’s County. Click here for more info.