June 21, 2013 Radio Commentary

A Wide-Open Data System

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, June 21, 2013 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Good morning, Jim.  Georgia parents and students lost big-time when S.B. 167 failed to pass this session.  The bill sounds like just another ho-hum plan to educate children, but it’s far from that.  It’s about state-wide competencies and core curriculum, state education agencies and federal Race to the Top plans, accompanied by a data base of students’ private personal information to be shared with an unlimited number of people, agencies and organizations, world-wide.

Had it passed, S.B. 167 would have stopped the Common Core State Standards Georgia was forced to adopt to get Race to the Top grant money.  The strange thing is Common Core Standards aren’t completed, yet.  So, Georgia bought “a pig in a poke,” which could be as devastating to education as Obamacare is to healthcare.

The curriculum will be beyond parental influence and local school board control, because Common Core is a federal mandate tied to federal money.  Next Generation School data will be collected and stored on personally identifiable students, so their education and attitudinal data can be tracked throughout their lives, as required in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which has NOT been ratified by the U.S. and should not influence decision-making in this state or this country. Continue reading

October 26, 2012 Radio Commentary


Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, October 26, 2012 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Good morning, Jim.  In Georgia politics, we’re at a critical fork in the road and the fork we take determines whether our public schools will be controlled by elected officials or an appointed committee.  As I talk about this, some say, “Just tell me how to vote!”  I’m happy to tell them to vote AGAINST the charter school amendment, because public education ain’t what it used to be and will be worse if the amendment passes.  For some time, schools have been used for social engineering and, right now, the goal has become job-training instead of academic learning.

Ronald Reagan’s statement, “You can’t control the economy without controlling the people,” must have prompted politicians to pass the Federal School-to-Work Act in 1994.  So schools could be used to train laborers to stimulate the economy.

Control is the reason public schools use outcome-based education K – 12.  The goal of OBE is to teach just enough to keep students from failing in a normal classroom.  OBE keeps high achievers and average achievers from learning more than the lowest achiever can learn.  No child is left behind and no child can get ahead, either!  Then, a school-to-work plan puts every child on a career path, with a curriculum focusing on the JOB he says he wants to do when he grows up.  With that plan, schools graduate kids that can’t read or spell or do math without a calculator, but they CAN work at entry level jobs in local businesses and stay in the community. Continue reading