“Queen of Education Misinformation”
An open letter to U.S. Secretary of Education DeVos concerning her most recent speech
by Lynne M. Taylor
Dear Mrs. DeVos,
America sure is a great country, isn’t it? We, the People, would like to keep it that way, too. However, some of the Patriots, aka: hard-working, loyal, taxpaying, and concerned citizen-activists, have noticed you are misinforming us.
This is unacceptable, Madame. Below, are our observations.
1) You spoke to the AEI (American Enterprise Institution). While you did speak of the longevity for AEI’s policy work, you left out another fact. AEI is in the pocket of Bill Gates, one of the most well-known financial supporters for Common Core.
Your words via evidence shown on the U.S. Dept. of Education’s ‘Speeches’ page, “It’s an honor to be with all of you at an organization I have long appreciated. AEI is now in its 80th year and in that near century, the Institute’s scholars have influenced and shaped the way Americans think about so many issues in the public square. AEI has been – and will continue to be – a treasured constant in this town of transition.”
Patriots’ Evidence shows the AEI and Gates connection. From the Washington Post and featuring research from an anti Common Core activist, Mercedes K. Schneider’s book “Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools?”
2) The banner behind you, Mrs. DeVos. What were you thinking?! Do you assume Americans, especially, Patriot-minded Americans couldn’t see the ‘forest for the trees’? This banner alone is a billboard of Common Core from shore to shore! What’s more is that every one of these groups will continue to work with the U.S. Dept. of Education to continue ruining learning for millions!
Patriot evidence to show the ties between the 6 organizations above:
a) Council of Great City Schools (CGCS) is a part of the CEC (Consortium for Educational Change) and is ‘knee-deep’ in Common Core/Bill Gates. While we’re on “Council of Great City Schools”, let’s also share that Males of Color is a part of CGCS. (*Note: While visiting the CGCS’s Males of Color page, look to your right and see the ‘quick links’. Notice the “Common Core of Data”. This is a direct sign to what Common Core is truly about: data mining for educational alignment!) The red highlighted link will take you to the anti Common Core blog, ‘Crucial Voice of the People’.
b) Houghton Mifflin-Harcourt (HMH) is a huge supporter of not only Common Core, but, Career Tech Ed (the adult version of Common Core) as well as UNESCO ideology which embeds STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math)!
c) Curriculum Associates (CA) is the group behind iReady. You’ll find CA in not only public schools, but every other school choice out there. Common Core is woven into iReady. Because iReady is used by home educators, private schools, and all the other choices out there, NO classroom or home is immune to Common Core!
d) Gaggle, from their own files, has a Common Core Alignment statement.
e) Public Consulting Group, partners with well-known Common Core supportive corporations like Pearson Publishing and WestEd. Pearson and WestEd are also huge into the data mining portion of education alignment.
Mrs. DeVos, we wish to address your bold statement below:
“Then, rightly, came the public backlash to federally imposed tests and the Common Core. I agree – and have always agreed – with President Trump on this: “Common Core is a disaster.” And at the U.S. Department of Education, Common Core is dead.”
a) If you truly wish to propel a bold image of Common Core being dead in your Department (which by the way, is funded by We, the People), don’t use banners as seen above.
b) While almost no taxpayer Patriot was in the room when Sen. Lamar Alexander uttered a phrase eerily similar to “Common Core is dead” after the passage of ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), it appears you were. Alexander has been misleading the nation where education is concerned since his days as U.S. Secretary of Education. We, Patriots, know this is not the first time you have mislead the nation on Common Core’s lifespan, though, Mrs. DeVos. From July 2017, “…citing ESSA, DeVos said, “There really isn’t any Common Core anymore,” adding the federal law “does away with the whole argument about Common Core.” (*Note: when you click on the red embedded link above, you’ll also see some of Sen. Alexander’s hype.)
Sadly, Mrs. DeVos, there are several other errors you propelled into the national spotlight about ESSA. There are so many a book could be written on the subject. We, the People will not stand to see our tax dollars and children abused by your leadership. So, we’ll not write the book, and focus on protecting our kids from poor leaders like you.
In the future, Mrs. DeVos, please make sure you double check your facts before addressing US on education. We would hope someone in D.C. would halt the continued illegally based federal overreach into our families. To our dismay, you are not the leader we are seeking.
Concerned Patriots of the United States