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The 912 Project-Nebraska Message Board › Urgent Meeting tonight April 30th and May 1st on Social Study Standards Las

Urgent Meeting tonight April 30th and May 1st on Social Study Standards Last Day to Comment May 15th

Darlene E.
user 14539080
Omaha, NE
Post #: 230
Lincoln: April 30, Mon., 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Scott Middle School, Multi-purpose Room, 2200 Pine Lake Road, Lincoln
Omaha: May 1, Tues., 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Lewis and Clark Middle School, cafeteria, 6901 Burt St.,
Omaha
http://www.education....­.
Posted: Apr 21, 2012 10:07 AM CDTUpdated: Apr 21, 2012 10:07 AM CDT
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraskans can comment on new social studies standards proposed by the state Department of Education.
The department has scheduled a series of community meetings to gather input on the changes. The comments will be considered by a 45-member committee comprised of teachers, education officials and curriculum directors before the standards are sent to the State Board of Education for approval.
The community meetings are set for Wednesday in North Platte, April 30 in Lincoln and May 1 in Omaha.
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The names of dozens of historical figures, including Benjamin Franklin and Malcolm X, would be stripped from Nebraska's public school social studies standards under a proposed rewrite.
Draft standards made public last week emphasize essential skills and concepts rather than listing important people, dates and battles.
Officials leading the rewrite say local districts should decide for themselves which historical figures and details deserve attention in the classroom.
Donlynn Rice, administrator of curriculum, instruction and innovation in the Nebraska Department of Education, said the draft reflects the state's “strong tradition of local control.”
“There's a real danger once you start listing specific battles or specific people in history,” Rice said “Where do you stop with that?”
The draft, instead, contains broad directives such as making sure high school students can “analyze and evaluate the impact of people, events and symbols upon history in the United States and abroad.”
In 2007, state lawmakers directed the Nebraska Board of Education to update the state's academic standards — language arts, math and science are already done. This year, it's social studies.
Nebraska's nearly 250 school districts must adopt the standards or enact their own standards of equal or greater rigor.
Meetings are scheduled Monday in Lincoln and Tuesday in Omaha to take public comment on the draft standards, which were written by a committee of 45 Nebraska educators.
The standards are a guide for teachers of history, economics, civics and geography.
The new draft puts greater emphasis on personal finance, such as loans and credit card debt, and it calls for teaching students to look at history from multiple perspectives.
The standards would also encourage civic participation by having students “engage in appropriate civic activities,” examples of which are “advocating for personal rights and the rights of others,” registering for Selective Service or “influencing governmental actions.”
The state's current standards — 33 pages written in 1998 to guide instruction in kindergarten through 12th grade — mention dozens of historical figures, dates and details. For instance, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington are each mentioned twice.
Those standards have drawn criticism from inside and outside the state.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit civil rights organization, gave Nebraska's standards an “F” grade for a lack of comprehensive civil rights content. The conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an education think tank, said Nebraska's history standards deserve a “C” grade for lack of detail, poor organization and “serious gaps.”
Some critics, however, say Nebraska's current standards are overly detailed, a virtual laundry list of human events, people and places.
Rice said the committee wanted the new standards to focus on the big concepts all students need to know and be able to do.
State officials took the same approach when writing the other state standards, she said.
“For instance, in reading we don't give schools a list of novels that they have to read at every grade level,” Rice said. “We talk about what we expect students to know and be able to do, but we leave those kinds of decisions to the local school district.”
The standards are written to foster critical thinking and help students analyze events and their impact, Rice said.
The standards also focus more attention on geography, helping kids to understand and measure the physical world around them.
Karen Stanley, a retired social studies teacher in the Lincoln Public Schools, is working as a state consultant on the rewrite.
Stanley said the committee did not want the state to dictate what takes place in the classroom, as in Texas, where the state approves the public school curriculum.
“We really were working very hard to set up the standards so that they would allow for local control but provide the kind of guidance of what you really need to be sure that you include,” she said.
The draft gives districts flexibility about when to teach about certain people and events, she said.
The new focus on personal finance was a response to concern of teachers and business people that students don't really understand money management, as evidenced, she said, by the load of personal debt the country's carrying.
These days, Stanley said, credit card companies are approaching high school kids. The goal is to make kids “economically literate,” she said.
She said the call for civic participation could mean a student gets active in politics, campaigns to beautify a park or speaks out against bullying.
John Sieler, a member of the Nebraska Board of Education, said there's room to improve the draft by requiring students to know certain facts, such as states and their capitals.
“We do need to have some specific things in the standards,” Sieler said. “I'm for local control. I campaigned on that. But, on the other hand, here's some minimum information that each student in Nebraska needs to know.”
Contact the writer:
402-444-1077, joe.dejka@owh.com
A former member
Post #: 17
I cannot believe that only two people have viewed this post. Come on folks, we are 912 - like Michael said in another discussion... let's start screaming for the sake of our children and our grandchildren!
Michael P.
on69triumph
Group Organizer
Council Bluffs, IA
Post #: 2,132


Well if everybody just sits back and hopes someone else does something, that should push back the radicals and the Communists that have been destroying the foundation of this nation for oh, 150 years!

It's not like they WAKE UP EVERY DAY WITH NOTHING ON THEIR MIND BUT TO DESTROY THE WESTERN WAY OF LIFE, CHRISTIANITY AND THE FREE MARKETS.

They are not resting, sleeping, watching Family Guy or Jersey Shore, Dancing with the Stars, or Two and a Half Men. Wait, are the Oscars on? They already are full fledged Communists, they don't need the Hollywood Communism indoctrination that they laugh at the rest of America soaking up. Let's just let Grover and Oscar teach our kids how to put the I in fist when we raise ours. Sesame street Solidarity after all. Ronald Reagan spoke out about the SAG being saturated wuth Communists and their plans to indoctrinate the next two generations. That was three generations ago folks.

Nothing to see, move on, go back to your video games and Farmville... Comrades
Darlene E.
user 14539080
Omaha, NE
Post #: 232
Minute Mom Magazine


There is an article in the magazine about what is happening to our education system.
Richard E.
Conservative_Vet
Plattsmouth, NE
Post #: 1,244
I expected it would only be a matter of time before the assault on our educational system, similar to Calipornia and the northeast would come here. I'm not surprised. What sickens me is that my grandchildren will be subjected to this. I urged my daughter to home school or find a christian school for the grandkids. I get excuses rather than acceptable answers. At least my brother, son and I won't be influenced!
A former member
Post #: 18
Thankfully we had about 60-70 people show up for this meeting and for once the message was overwhelmingly conservative... And for once, at least in my experience, I felt schoolboard officials really heard us! So while I am not psyched to the extent I think "we won." I am encouraged and I can sleep knowing that I was not silent.

You realize that not everyone in Germany were Nazi's but the silent Germans were IRRELEVANT.

Thank you to everyone who came out and spoke out.
Darlene E.
user 14539080
Omaha, NE
Post #: 233


I hope some of you were able to make last nights meetings. It is very important that you make comments about these issues. Included was global governments, one teacher spoke about his class of world religion and how he teaches tolerance. Page G-5 talks about consolidation of schools and closing of post office how it affects the community. These are both union organization, no mention of the rest of community. There was no mention of the founding fathers in any of the papers we were handed. Has anyone heard of Human Geography because that is what they are teaching your children. It talks about climate change and no mention of how the EPA is affecting the community. You must make comments and read this document it is imperative to our state and country.


I urge you to please, contact the state board of education and make you feelings known. Everyone usually has plenty to say on this web-site. Let's get going people support the citizens that took the time to show up at this meeting. This is our country and we have to take it back.
A former member
Post #: 20

I hope some of you were able to make last nights meetings. It is very important that you make comments about these issues. Included was global governments, one teacher spoke about his class of world religion and how he teaches tolerance. Page G-5 talks about consolidation of schools and closing of post office how it affects the community. These are both union organization, no mention of the rest of community. There was no mention of the founding fathers in any of the papers we were handed. Has anyone heard of Human Geography because that is what they are teaching your children. It talks about climate change and no mention of how the EPA is affecting the community. You must make comments and read this document it is imperative to our state and country.


I urge you to please, contact the state board of education and make you feelings known. Everyone usually has plenty to say on this web-site. Let's get going people support the citizens that took the time to show up at this meeting. This is our country and we have to take it back.
Here is another set of notes on this meeting:

Carl xxxxx and I attended this meeting Tues. night in Omaha on the rewriting of the Social Studies standards.  I have never been prouder to be a part of such an informed group.  The NEA was definitely not prepared for us!!!!!  

Bullet points of the standards and the meeting with the Nebraska Educational Association.

1.  The term democracy needs to be changed to republic.

2.  The standards are agenda driven by teachers union such examples are evident with terms such as global levels, Fascism, Climate Change and Agenda 21.  We stressed that the kids need to be taught facts and not opinions.

3.  The Geography standards are full of Agenda 21.

4.  Teachers complained of not having enough time to teach the basics - I brought up that too much time is spent teaching "social" issues such as sex-ed, passing out condoms, etc.

5.  These are Social Studies Standards.  Social Studies is the umbrella that encompasses History, Civics, Geography and Economics.  I also found it odd that they teach Social Studies but have no funding for testing.  What is the point for a child to be taught if you are not tested?  Why?  Why is there not money for funding when as taxpayers we are paying for flowers for the teachers and staff - Fremont budget of $16,000.

6.  Lots of references to global government.

7.  There are 3 references to Islam but not how Islam is being taught.  What happened to the Jews and Christians?  How are the Jews and Christians being perceived?

8.  Diversity - Diversity and more Diversity - We addressed that kids need to be taught American's exceptionalism and how it was founded.

9.  No mention of capitalism

10.  Geography is expanded and lots of standards for Human Geography and more social issues.

11.  People were outraged at the standards and said this is nothing but pure indoctrination of our kids.

12.  Local districts decide the curriculum and textbooks.  I asked why we needed the Dept. of Education?

13.  We were told a group of Nebraska teachers wrote these standards - I do not believe NE teachers wrote this but it was downloaded from the NEA's union site.

14.  We asked what the global levels meant and received no answers.

15.  The deadline for citizen input is May 15th.  We asked why this had to be rushed when there is not enough time to cover all the standards.  Of course, I immediately thought of Nancy Pelosi!

16.  Seems to be different standards taught from grades 5-8 depending upon how that school is structured ie.  6,7, 8 grade or 7,8 grade or 5,6,7,8 grade - so lots of confusion on what is taught when you have kids transferring between schools.

17.  Sustainable is in the standards.  Agenda 21

18.  I had an atheist and admitted he does not consider himself an American in my group.  He kept bringing up the issues of race, more multi-culturism, etc. I said when I went to school - Wausa was Swedish, Bloomfield was German, etc.  I did not go to school to learn about Swedish or German culture but I learned about American culture and don't know why we have to deal so much on diversity.  We are Americans!  He even mentioned Fremont and all the negativity coming out of Fremont.  I said by the way I am from Fremont.

I encourage everyone to download the standards, read them for yourself, pick it apart and submit your input by May 15th.

The good news from the meeting is that the NEA was not prepared to handle such a group as ours and John Sielar from OPS has said we will have another meeting.  His e-mail is Johnsieler@hotmail.com if you have any questions.   Bob Evnen from NEA has requested a copy of the Texas Standards which was written by David Barton of Wallbuilders. One of our conservatives from Lincoln is providing him a copy.  This is encouraging!  Whatever happens we definitely need to get involved and keep these people's feet to the fire and our kids taught the facts of history, geography, economics and civics.

As always I encourage you to pass this info onto others to GET ACTIVE!!!

We have 4 board memebers out of 8 who share our concerns lets get behind them by giving them the amo they need! Write the curriculm standards people. I'll provide you with thta email address in my next post!

We all complain about poor representation lets get busy!
A former member
Post #: 22
Here are some easy "talking points" that anyone can use regarding the proposed social studies standards. You do not have to get down to specific page or item to comment. Getting trapped by the minutia is one way to get swallowed up...
email Donlynn Rice at Donlynn.Rice@nebraska.gov. Members if the school board (http://www.education....­) and the World -Herald!

Remember - The Board of Education establishes the standards while the individual school district chooses the curriculum so this is just the first step in the process. A victory here, makes the next step that much easier. 

Below are talking point ideas that could be expressed:

1.           Students need to learn facts!  We cannot rely on the Internet as our source of information.  Memorization has many benefits to long-term learning and the development of thinking skills.

2.           Historical information is key to relating this country’s greatness.  For younger children historical stories, for older children historic novels should be included in their course of study.

3.           Patriotism needs to be part of the standards including the pledge of allegiance, singing of Star Spangled Banner and other patriotic songs that tell of our history and our unique freedoms.

4.           The goal of our schools should be to make patriots of our young Americans.  

5.           Our Social Studies standa­rds should foster in our students an emotional connection to our country.  This can be achieved through such activities as saying the pledge, singing patriotic songs.

6.           With historical facts and patriotism as the foundation, older students need to apply critical thinking skills to assess the positive and the negative dealings of our nation.

7.           Our nation should not be destroyed from within by the social studies curriculum that is one sided.

8.           Standards should include discussions of the character of our national heroes, their passions, purposes and the decisions that were made to better their lives and the circumstances of our country.  

9.           Multiculturalism and an unbalanced emphasis on diversity training has failed in England as well as other areas of Europe. Britons and Europeans have learned there is no need to highlight certain classes, races or sexual preference but rather to teach respect for human beings based on the fact we are all people.

10.       Students should learn the responsibilities and choices necessary to be a successful citizen in America.
Darlene E.
user 14539080
Omaha, NE
Post #: 234
Stephanie, thank you for the great notes.
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