Common Core Rebrand?

mad mom 2Ok, I’ve been rather vocal about the underhanded double-talk and lies that Arne and the corporate goons (sounds like a new band–a band that sucks) are using to sell Common Core, but this one really takes the cake.

Talk now is of changing the name, or “rebranding” as Governor Rick Scott in Florida referred to it. Arizona did it–Common  Core’s new name tag is the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.  Arkansas is talking about it as well. After all, Common Core has gotten a bad rap and there are “misconceptions” about it,  causing people to reject it when they should be embracing it.

Really?! THAT’S what state leadership is spending taxpayer dollars to accomplish? THAT’S the big concern? Creating MORE deception?

You rebrand a product. You don’t rebrand an educational “reform” effort that seriously damages children and education.

You don’t rebrand something that is being used to divide this country and tighten the federal noose around our necks.

You don’t rebrand something that causes so much stress children are physically ill because of it.

You don’t rebrand something that began in the shadows and is now a soup of lies being dumped on the children and educators of this nation while a few elite are counting their money all the way to the bank…and laughing.

You refuse it, you change it, you reject it, but you DON’T rebrand it.

Changing the name perpetuates the deception Common Core is infested with, and undermines the intelligence of the parents,

Know the facts about Common Core!

Know the facts about Common Core!

children and educators in America.  It’s shallow,evil and it ticks me off.

I really  hope you guys are paying attention, because Arne and the corporate goons think we all are stupid.

Are you willing to sit by and watch this happen?

I’m not. I hope you’ll join me in the battle, because it’s a fight well worth fighting.

Three Reasons Why My Child Has a Cell Phone

girl phoneEvery once in a while, I find myself being criticized for providing a cell phone for my daughter, Miki.  Now that she is nine, I find this happens less, but a few years ago, I seemed to encounter this frequently.  The topic came up again recently, so I thought I would address it here.

When I first thought of purchasing a cell phone for Miki, I put quite a lot of thought into it.  After all, she was only seven, and I can understand the question “Why in the world does a seven-year-old need their own phone?”  This is certainly an individual decision, and different circumstances may deem a cell phone for a young child a good idea.  I did not like the idea of complete access to the outside world that a cell phone brings, however, so I purchased one with usage controls, and I use them. For along time, I was the only one who could call or text her, and she could only access me and 911.  She has a little more freedom now, but not much more.

Here are my three reasons why my child has a cell phone:

1. I was looking for a creative tool to facilitate practicing her spelling, reading and writing skills.  At this time, she did not like spelling AT ALL.  Miki had always been fascinated by my phone, and loved to type letters on it, so I thought if she had her own phone, it would be fun to practice spelling words on it.  It worked like a charm.  I would call out the spelling word, and she would send me the spelling of it via text (I turned off the auto-correct feature). If it was incorrect, I would text her, and she would respell it.  This quickly progressed into her texting  me little messages, and having to read and respond my text messages.  Great practice, and very effective.

2. Land lines are becoming less popular in homes, mine included, and I wanted to make sure she was familiar with cell phones and comfortable using one in the event of an emergency.  I have no qualms there.  Technology almost seems to be second nature for children today.

3. At the time I bought her the cell phone, we lived in a small neighborhood in Cheyenne, Wyoming where it was appropriate for the kids to walk around the block or ride their bikes together.  If she was out of site, I wanted to be able to communicate with her. As loud as I can be, hollering for her from the front yard didn’t work so well and gave me a headache.   The cell phone proved to be very useful for emergency situations as well.  Twice, a friend of hers wiped out on his bike and injured himself, so she called me immediately both times to come help.  Another time, she was riding her bike with a friend and was around the corner, when the wind suddenly picked up.  Now, for those of you not familiar with Wyoming winds, they can be very sudden and very strong. Well, the wind was too strong for the girls to ride their bikes or push them home, and she called for a  mommy rescue.

Whether or not parents want to provide cell phones for their younger children is an individual decision.  Not everyone needs one, and not all parents like the idea.  Take a look at potential reasons, and determine if the reasons are compelling enough to justify the expense, and go from there.  If you do purchase your child a cell phone, please be aware of safety considerations, use parental controls, and teach them to handle it responsibly.

If you have any children-and-cell-phone stories, I would love to hear them.

Hook Up with Lifelong Learning in Boulder County

Concept-of-Learning-FeaturedSummer is here, and you may be wondering what to do with your kids since school is out.  Lifelong Learning offers fun and educational classes for children and adults alike, and the selection is fabulous.  The choices range from art to science, and are developed to be educational and fun. For instance, Mystery Science is offered at several schools in the district this summer, and here is the course description:

We’ll explore “What if” science with crazy, wacky experiments that you will talk about all summer.  Join the Science Matters CSI team and build your own forensic science kit.  Come face-to-face with an amazing weight lifting beetle!  Join the all-camp “Science Quest.”  It’ll be UNBELIEVABLE fun!

Who could resist a course in the tradition of Myth Busters? This course is for children ages 6-12, and is offered on various dates at Lafayette Elementary, Kohl Elementary, and Monarch K-8.

Visit Lifelong Learning’s website to explore additional courses, register, or to submit course suggestions.

Once you visit their site, I would love to hear your thoughts about their selection.