Dr. Karen Effrem addresses the frightening ramifications of a “brave new world” outlook.
Large national organizations like the National Association of State Boards of Education and the American School Counselors Association have already admitted that one of the main purposes of the Common Core standards and the aligned testing is to mold and profile students’ attitudes, beliefs, and behavior — through what’s called social emotional learning (SEL) or “21st Century Skills.” Can we as a nation, continue to survive as a constitutional republic, if our children are being deemed worthy or not through a “brave new world,” outlook?
Dr. Karen Effrem’s recent Florida Legislative testimony bears witness to sound advice falling on deaf ears.
“This would be especially tragic for our already beleaguered school districts, because this concept of tying NAEP proficiency to state test achievement levels has NO, and I repeat NO support in the government and research communities. The National Center for Education Statistics that administers the NAEP, as well as the National Academy of Sciences, The National Academy of Education, and the Brookings Institute all say that proficiency on the NAEP and achievement levels on state tests like the FSA are completely unrelated and should have nothing to do with each other.”
Dr. Karen Effrem offers a list of viable candidates for the open position under Mrs. DeVos. These candidates are genuine opponents of both the standards and the ever-metastasizing role of the federal government in education.
While it is too bad that Republican senators did not take more notice of Betsy DeVos’ support of Common Core and other problems of grave concern to parents, it is heartening that they and the White House are finally beginning to respond to all of the concerns that arose during her contentious nomination fight when she was opposed by activists, parents, and teachers from all points on the political spectrum.
Dr. Karen Effrem examines the proposed very healthy and respectable $9 billion federal education budget cuts. Noting, that this proposed budget cut is probably more than this wasteful, invasive, unconstitutional department has ever been cut in its entire history.
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