What do Common Core and Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow’s (R) upcoming trip to China have in common?
According to a Press Release from the Wyoming Department of Education, Mrs. Balow will:
“travel with a U.S. Delegation of seven other State Superintendents to Shanghai, China for the U.S. – China State/Provincial Education Leaders Dialogue on May 12-14, 2015. The U.S. – China Dialogue offers an opportunity for leaders of education in the United States and China to learn from one another on advancing reforms of the education system.”
The Press Release quotes Mrs. Balow as saying:
“It is an honor to be part of the U.S. Delegation in the U.S. – China Dialogue and see China’s educational structure firsthand,” said Superintendent Balow. “They have gone through significant societal shifts to accommodate a modern education system, have focused heavily on transitions into higher education, and have developed strong partnerships with business.”
But who is paying for this trip and what does all of this have to do with Common Core?
Well, before I go on, I need to tell you that Mrs. Balow supported Common Core before she was “against it”, then for it, then “against it”, then ambivalent to it… Really, I am lost as to her “current public stance on Common Core”… but actions speak louder than words.
In fact, Wyoming Freedom in Education was the only grass-roots education organization in Wyoming sounding the warning alarm about Mrs. Balow prior to the 2014 elections.
Back to this trip to China…
Who is paying for it, and why do I keep telling you that this has to do with Common Core?
The financial backer of this trip is none other than the Council of Chief State School Officers, (CCSSO), and if that sounds familiar it is because they are none other than a “co-author” of the Common Core State Standards. Which means now Mrs. Balow has direct connections with both “authors” of the Common Core Standards: the CCSSO and the NGA.
–You can read about Mrs. Balow’s role in the Wyoming Early Childhood Education State Advisory Council, an initiative of the National Governor’s Association “Co-author” of the Common Core State Standards, here.–
The CCSSO is a non-profit organization, whose partners include:
- McGraw-Hill Education
- Pearson Education –The same Pearson that is a major player when it comes to Common Core testing
- And more, you can read the full list of the CCSSO’s Corporate Partners here.
What exactly, can Mrs. Balow hope to learn about education in a Communist country?
Does she want to learn when to send children to work in sweat shop if they don’t meet the standard, causing the overall test scores to drop?
Does she want to learn how to encourage children to use IV’s to help them get through testing?
Does she want to learn how to assign what will be permanent careers to 2nd graders?
Does she want them to learn how to call our president “Father” or “Grandfather” — (like the people called Hitler, and how Chinese children refer to Mao)?
Does she want to learn how to take away a child’s free will and individuality, and make them conform into a mold that is best for the collective?
The “success” of education in China is a lie. Only the top students in any area are tested. There is nothing beneficial that Mrs. Balow can glean from visiting schools in China. Even if she learns what to avoid, it should be glaringly obvious that China is a COMMUNIST country… What does she expect to see?
If Mrs Balow really wanted to learn about successful educational models best suited for children, and how to promote their individual strengths in learning, she should instead visit Finland, better yet, rather than wasting tax payer dollars she could Skype for free!
Governor Mead and Jillian Balow are doing everything they can to fundamentally transform Wyoming’s schools. They are conforming to will of the Bureaucracy that is the US Department of Education, and its chief bureaucrat Arne Duncan.
The same Arne Duncan that has threatened states that won’t get “unruly parents” who refuse the test “under control”… He is threatening to pull federal funding for states that don’t test at least 95% of children enrolled in public school.
Duncan’s threats are leading to states threatening to arrest parents who opt their children out of the Common Core tests like SBAC or PARCC, as well as leaders of groups (such as Wyoming Freedom in Education) who suggest that parents opt their children out of the data mining, and absurdness of the assessments designed to test the Common Core Standards.
Wyoming Freedom in Education fights for your right as parents to make the best decision for your children. We believe you know what is best for your children, not the Governor or Superintendent of Public Instruction, and definitely not unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats in D.C. (or Wyoming for that matter).
Wyoming Freedom in Education is not afraid of the threats being made by Arne Duncan, and those who seek to please him.
Our Governor and Mrs. Balow LOVE federal money, and will do what it takes to get that money. You can give in, or you can stand up and fight with us.
Consider donating to Wyoming Freedom in Education today, so we can continue to fight for your right to determine what is best for each of your children.
If you do not want your children exposed to the Communist education that Wyoming is pursuing, we strongly encourage you to make the decision to homeschool. You can learn more about homeschooling Wyoming here, and be sure to check out our Homeschooling menu above for resources and to find a local homeschool group.
You can read about Mrs. Balow’s Common Core flip-flopping and her in her own words:
- Jillian Balow and Obama’s Preschool for All: What You Need to Know Who is Jillian Balow? And Why Do You Need to Know?
- Completed 2014 WFE Superintendent of Public Instruction Candidate Questionnaires
- Data Collection and the Common Core part 1
- Data Collection and the Common Core part 2
- Where is Wyoming? Proof that Common Core is Not truly State led Part 1
- Where is Wyoming? Proof that Common Core is Not truly State led Part 2
- Let the Common Core Games Begin, and May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor
- Common Core- What is in a Name?
- Common Core: How To Kill Divergent Mockingbirds