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Textbook Review Videos (Only) from June 1, 2017 CCPS Special Hearing

These video clips show objections to 6 of the textbooks that have been approved for use by the Collier County School Board.

Video Clips from June 1, 2017 CCPS Special Hearing

These video clips from the Collier County Public Schools "Special Hearing" meeting on June 1, 2017 show clearly that CCPS is NOT interested in community and parental input, nor are they interested in following Florida law. Clip 1 Chairman Terry violates 1st amendment Freedom of speech rights of Collier citizens--Changes rules  to “limit public comment only to the 6 objectionable...

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2017 ~ Lee Textbook Review ~ grade: k-5 ~ History & Social Studies ~ “HMH Social Studies: Civics in Practice Integrated: Civics, Econ, & Geography Florida: Student Edition 2018” ~ 2018 ~ isbn 9780544826151

While I have not reviewed any other 7th Grades Civics books on the market I can honestly say I have serious reservations and cannot recommend this book to be used in our school district. The chapters I have had time to review contain omission of facts, half-truths, factual errors, bias and slants and call into question compliance with the Florida Statutes 1003.42.

2017 ~ Lee Textbook Review ~ grade: k-5 ~ History & Social Studies ~ “Florida McGraw-Hill Networks Social Studies” ~ Pub. Year: N/A ~ isbn N/A

This series is designed as a consumable. This means that students will be able to write in them, cut out vocabulary foldables and take home the text for homework. For this reason choosing these texts is expensive and involves reordering books every academic year. If administrators do not want to have the books used as consumables it would be better to find another text suitable to that plan.

2017 ~ Lee Textbook Review ~ grade: 9-12 ~ History & Social Studies ~ “HMH Social Studies American History: Reconstruction to the Present Student Edition” ~ 2018 ~ isbn 9780544669062

Title: HMH Social Studies American History: Reconstruction to the Present Student Edition
Author: NOT IDENTIFIED
ISBN: 9780544669062

Objectives and Alternatives for Objectionable Textbooks

Our objective is twofold: FIRST: To get CCPS to work with textbook publishers to fix errors/omissions. Several years ago Truth in Texas Textbooks (TNT) carefully reviewed 13 social studies books, most of them by Pearson/Prentice, McGraw  Hill and Houghton/Mifflin. They found 1500 errors, key omissions of fact, and bias. According to TNT, Pearson and McGraw Hill fixed 60% of the…

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2017 ~ Collier Textbook Review ~ grade: UNK ~ History & Social Studies ~ “Understanding Economics 18th” ~ 2018 ~ isbn 780076681402

Team/Last Name of Reviewer: Flaugh/Konuk
Publisher/Exact Title of Publication/Year Published: United States Government Our Democracy (2018)

2017 ~ Collier Textbook Review ~ grade: UNK ~ History & Social Studies ~ “United States Government (Our Democracy)” ~ 2018 ~ isbn 9780076681136

Team/Last Name of Reviewer: Flaugh/Konuk
Publisher/Exact Title of Publication/Year Published: United States Government Our Democracy (2018)

2017 ~ Collier Textbook Review (Part 1 of 2) ~ grade: UNK ~ History & Social Studies ~ “Street Law: A Course in Practical Law – 9th edition” ~ 2016 ~ isbn 9780021429257

Name of Reviewer: Steven J. Bracci, Part 1
Publisher/Exact Title of Publication: Street Law: A Course in Practical Law (McGraw-Hill, Publisher)

2017 ~ Collier Textbook Review (Part 2 of 2) ~ grade: UNK ~ History & Social Studies ~ “Street Law: A Course in Practical Law – 9th edition” ~ 2016 ~ isbn 9780021429257

Team/Last Name of Reviewer: B Oakey Part 2
Publisher/Exact Title of Publication: McGraw Hill Publisher, Streetlaw: A course in practical Law, Part 2

2017 ~ Collier Materials Review ~ K-5 ~ History & Social Studies ~ “Florida Social Studies (varied subtitles)” ~ 2013 ~ isbn: various

This series is designed as a consumable. This means that students will be able to write in them, cut out vocabulary foldables and take home the text for homework. For this reason, choosing these texts is expensive and involves reordering books every academic year. If administrators do not want to have the books used as consumables it would be better to find another text suitable to that plan.

2017 ~ Collier Textbook Review ~ 9-12 ~ History & Social Studies ~ United States History (Florida Edition) ~ 2018 ~ isbn 9780328914937

Team/Last Name of Reviewer: Mogil Publisher/Exact Title of Publication/Year Published: Pearson/United States History, Florida Edition (?Honors?)/2018

2017 ~ Collier Textbook Review ~ 9-12 ~ History & Social Studies ~ By the People (A History of the United States) ~ 2015 ~ isbn 9780131366183

According to Florida Statute 1003.42, “American history shall be viewed as factual, not as constructed….and shall be defined as the creation of a new nation based largely on the universal principles stated in the Declaration of Independence

(2016) “Street Law: A Course in Practical Law” Text Book Review by Brantley Oakey

“Street Law: A Course in Practical Law” Text Book Review by Brantley Oakey , Collier County Lawyer and Parent of public school children I’ve been asked to review “Street Law,” which is a text that the School Board in Collier County is hoping to adopt. It’s supposed to be a basic text that introduces high school students to legal principles…

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(2016) The Gulen Movement – A broad based movement to bring Islam to the US and US K-12 Charter schools

The Gulen Movement: Turkey’s Islamic Supremacist Cult and Its Contributions to the Civilization Jihad by Christopher Holton and Clare Lopez The Authors Book You Tube Video   This is a very interesting read. Florida already has at least 10 K-12 Charter schools sponsored and funded by the Gulen Movement.

(2016) Oct. 2016 Objectionable Materials Curriculum Report updated

Objectionable Materials Curriculum Report This is the updated version of objectionable materials found in over 60 textbooks and materials in Florida.  The base assessment was done in Collier and Lee County and 6 other counties then validated that the vast majority of these materials exist in their Counties School System (Marion, Lake, Volusia, Brevard, Charlotte and Okaloosa County)   This…

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(2016) Florida School Board Votes to purchase this Biased AP History book- What is your School Board doing?

Recently Martin County School Board (4:1) voted to purchase this AP History book despite full knowledge of its bias and objectionable content.  Here is a link to a fantastic assessment done by local  Martin County Activists  What is your school board doing? Start a Watch Dog group in our county and share examples with concerned activists across the state. We…

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(2016) Simple Common Core math- Check it out!

Simple Common Core math- Check it out! www.facebook.com/groups/1098747146808512/permalink/1283632734986618/ This is a frightening 2 minute “Common Core” math lesson … This is what they teach our kids in school today

(2016) OPEN LETTER TO FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL RE: Pornography in our public schools

OPEN LETTER TO FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL Pam Bondi 2/16/2016 Dear Madam Attorney General, “You wouldn’t be such a tease if you were being properly f*****.”  This quote is from the Beautiful Bastard, a 2015 summer reading list recommended for Collier, Lee and Marion County Public School children, beginning with 6th graders. Because the school districts select summer reading material from the same list,…

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(2016) Project Veritas- 4 undercover videos of National Textbook publishers

It’s never about the children! Project Veritas documents with these 4 videos the power hungry and greedy motivations of Pearson, PLC execs and other publishers proving, once again, “it is always about the money!” Watch and share with all your friends and parents and grandparents with children in public schools.  

(2016) Project Veritas undercover videos of national textbook publishers

                                      Have you see the Project Veritas undercover videos of national textbook publishers. This is the same group that did the Planned Parenthood videos.   This video makes it very clear why school boards need to require indemnification/warranty from the publishers for all purchased textbooks and materials. Today, IT is about the money, not the children and instructional materials publishers, should…

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(2016) PROJECT VERITAS EXPOSES $1.3 BILLION BID-RIGGING SCANDAL INVOLVING Pearson,PLC

PROJECT VERITAS EXPOSES $1.3 BILLION BID-RIGGING SCANDAL Video.   Editorial Comment: This is the 4th in a series of Project Veritas  videos regarding corruption with the National Textbook companies and Common Core.  Pearson, PLC has been buying up its competitors and is now the “Big Dog” controlling over 80% of all Textbook and on-line k-12 instructional materials in the US….

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(2016) Do our Children and their future matter? We think so!

Project Veritas undercover videos of national textbook publishers. This is the same group that did the Planned Parenthood videos.   This video makes it very clear why school boards need to require indemnification/warranty from the publishers for all purchased textbooks and materials. Today, IT is about the money, not the children and instructional materials publishers, should be required to produce  quality, factual…

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(2016) Brevard County textbook review as of 1.22.2016

Brevard County textbook review as of 1.22.2016 using the list provided from multiple counties 12.27.2015   goo.gl/Tmhj0i

(2016) Who is Dr. James Milgram?

Who is Dr. James Milgram?   Bio In 1992, California implemented new Math standards authored by a man named Phil Daro.  Four years later, California had dropped from the middle of the pack to 49th in the country.   So, the California State Board of Education requested Dr. James Milgram, Professor Emeritus of Stanford University, along with 3 of his colleagues, to…

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(2016) Lake County review of Objectionable Instructional Materials

Lake County report  

(2016) Marion County Text Book validation of objectionable materials found in other school districts

Marion County Text Book validation of materials found in other school districts This confirms ” at least some” of books with objectionable obscene material found in Collier, Brevard and Volusia Counties are in Marion Novels in Question: Our school libraries have the following titles: Angela’s Ashes The Women of Brewster Place The Awakening Clockwork Orange The Bluest Eye Beloved The Truth…

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(2016) Taxpayer and grandparent letter to Lee County School Board- Math Standards in FL

Dear Superintendent and School Board,   As you know, I’ve been working with state and national experts on standards.  Here is an excellent short summary of the reasons we support other, more effective math standards by Deirdre Clemons which I am passing along for your review.  It would be important to plan workshops on adopting higher standards soon: In 1992,…

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(2016) “19th Century Reforms: Crash course US History #15” by John Green

www.youtube.com/watch?v=t62fUZJvjOs&sns=em   This video was shown in a Collier 7th grade History class  ( need month) and is titled: “19th Century Reforms: Crash course US History #15” by John Green. It was sourced from an on -line lesson plan provider. John Green begins the video with an enthusiastic   “Today, we get to talk about sex. I promise there will be…

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(2016) Examples of What 6th Graders are reading in Collier County

Examples of What 6th Graders are reading in Collier County   1) There was a 7 page article/assignment on ‘Harry Potter vs. Twilight” in which 3 of the 7 pages concentrate on “Meeting the Actors” and discussing and comparing each movie and their respective box office revenues. One whole page was devoted to rewriting all the titles of the movies…

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(2016) Collier Textbook review by Greg Harper: World History Ancient Civilizations

Author: Holt DcDougal Publisher: Houghton Miffin Harcourt Title: World History Ancient Civilizations Year: 2013   Page Text-Quote Problem Issue 29 Dr. Donald Johanson discovered the fossil remains of Lucy a human ancestor. Factual Error or Half Truth Dr. Charles Oxnard completed one of the most sophisticated computer analyzes of australopithecine, “Lucy” fossils ever undertaken, and concluded that the australopithecines have…

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(2016) Imposing Islam in Your Public School in Six Easy Steps

Imposing Islam in Your Public School in Six Easy Steps ByPAMELA GELLER on May 9, 2010 Check out this “instruction sheet” to Muslims on how to Islamize their public schools. There is no separation of mosque and state — mosque is state in Islam. If this guide shows us anything, it’s what idiots they take us for. This is, of…

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(2016) Common Core Math by its designer(Zimba) and by Dr James Milgram (math stds. expert)

Common Core math does not prepare a student for STEM colleges or Careers Jason Zimba interacts with Dr. Sandra Stotsky: www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJZY4mh2rt8     Two videos with James Milgram talking about the effects of Common Core: The US is already ranked in the mid-twenties internally with the average student at an 8th grade level. In Florida, the FL DOE just released…

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(2016) Political Indoctrination: Gorbachev responsible for bringing down the East Berlin Wall

Book: The Americans ; Reconstruction to the 21st Century by McDougal Littell   Portrays Gorbachev as taking all the initiative in bringing down the East Berlin Wall. No mention of the key roles Reagan and Pope John Paul II had in demanding the Wall be taken down. More Gorbachev

(2015) Email Letter exchange over Math between Collier Parent and School Board Member – Roy Terry

Email Letter exchange between a Parent in Collier County and a Collier School Board Member, Roy Terry, who is in denial of the facts. In 1992, California implemented new Math standards authored by a man named Phil Daro.  Four years later, California had dropped from the middle of the pack to 49th in the country. So, the California State Board of…

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(2015) Religious Indoctrination in Florida School Districts: Citizens for National Security Report of 25 Florida Textbooks

Religious Indoctrination in Florida School Districts: Citizens for National Security Report of 25 Florida Textbooks Citizens for National Security, a nonprofit,501©(3) Public Charity, has created and extensive 101 page assessment of 25 Florida  K-12 textbooks that specifically outline “egregious errors, glaring omissions, questionable inclusions or political, ethical, cultural and other biases that clearly seek to foster an Islamic agenda” Their…

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(2015) Check these books for use FL Schools: Truth in Texas Textbooks

Below is a list/assessment of text books used in Texas. As you will note many are from Pearson, PLC and its subsidiaries ( Pearson now owns 80 + % of all Instructional Materials delivery in the US ( textbooks and on-line lesson plans). Pearson, PLC is a British company whose 3rd and 4th largest shareholders are Islamic based companies or…

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(2015) Political Indoctrination: Collier students encouraged to lobby with Leftist www.350.org

Your tax dollars at work! ??? See the attached photo from the AP Env. Science textbook.  It is an invitation for  all students taking the US AP Environmental Science class  in Collier County to “Lobby policymakers to take action to curb emissions. Doing this with a group like 350.org makes it fun.” Is such a call to environmental activism at…

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(2015) Parent letters: Requesting specific answers to documented Curriculum issues with APUSH

From: Douglas Lewis [mailto:douglasalewis@me.com] Sent: Friday, December 18, 2015 4:51 PM To: Aune, Peggy (Margaret) Subject: Re: AP US History Course   Thank you for your e-mail today. However, kindly provide answers to the following questions given the widely-reported defects in the US AP curriculum:   As fifty-five (55) distinguished scholars (who published an open letter on June 2, 2015) are…

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(2015) Publication: Florida Social Studies, 5th Grade Lee County

Publication: Florida Social Studies, 5th Grade Author: Multiple Authors, contributors and Consultants Publisher: McGraw Hill Education Reviewer: Kimberly Aufderheide Bio: Kimberly Aufderheide, BA Management and Organizational Development, Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor MI; graduate of Walled Lake Western High School, Walled Lake MI. Married to Matt Aufderheide, mother and homeschooler of six children. Professional interests include educational philosophies, curriculum development, dyslexia research…

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(2015) Parent letter to Collier School Board with specific examples of failed methodologies

Parent letter to Collier School  Board with specific examples of failed methodologies and dramatic downward outcomes in Countries that are using Common Core Math Dear School Board,   As you are aware students, parents and teachers are not happy with your decision to adopt and now to continue with the failed investigations math curriculum and related instructional materials.  See, for…

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(2015) “Florida History: People and Nations”

“Florida History: People and Nations”  Collier County 6th grade History: These two pages teach the children that we descended from apes. This is stated as a fact not a theory. Nowhere in the material is a balanced discussion of the biblical explanation. floridacitizensalliance.com/liberty/init-res/scc-public-res/curriculum/book-material-revs/religious-indoctrination/evolution.pdf

(2015) Socialism vs Capitalism found in “US Government; Principles and Practice”

Socialism vs Capitalism found in “US Government; Principles and Practice”, published by Holt and McDougal This exercise stresses the Marx argued the working class was treated unfairly by capitalist system and that socialism best protects the workers’ rights. It goes on to state that the ‘inequalities of capitalism harm the great good and it is fair to provide everyone with…

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(2015) What is it to be an American? Collier 8th grade classroom exercise

What is it to be an American? Collier 8th grade classroom exercise. It highlights the statement that ‘anyone who wants to be an American already is.’ This is clearly a one world globalist bias. Here is the link to the 2 pages in the book floridacitizensalliance.com/liberty/init-res/scc-public-res/curriculum/book-material-revs/political-indoctrination/what-is-an-american.pdf   Here is the link to the video, min mark 1.58. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zcyy1kJtwZo

(2015) “The Americans”: multiple authors, Holt and McDougal publishers

The Americans, multiple authors, Holt and McDougal publishers Every Chapter in this book features an American “of the day”. It is told thru the eyes of the featured American and emphasizes the many victims throughout the creation and early history of the US : the victims include women, blacks, Indians, Latinos, poor , etc.  This book highlights that the good…

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(2015) AP History Framework for Collier High Schools:

AP History Framework for Collier High Schools: 4 page that documents the AP Framework.  We have highlighted concerns and issues. One example is the section on Critical Thinking Skills:  It suggests an appropriate answer to an essay question about US Revolutionary war is ‘wasn’t really a revolutionary war because the elites of US (Washington and the Founders)  fought against the…

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(2015) Publication: Florida Social Studies, 3rd Grade- Lee County

Publication: Florida Social Studies, 3rd Grade Author: Multiple Authors, contributors and Consultants Publisher: McGraw Hill Education Reviewer: Kimberly Aufderheide   Bio: Kimberly Aufderheide, BA Management and Organizational Development, Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor MI; graduate of Walled Lake Western High School, Walled Lake MI. Married to Matt Aufderheide, mother and homeschooler of six children. Professional interests include educational philosophies, curriculum…

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(2015) “Florida Collections” High school textbook: this is a sample of req’d reading in AP English found in Collier County.

Video by Deirdre Clemons, educator and mother of 10 www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnLoK9St4XQ Florida Collections– by Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt Published-2013. Below is just a sample of req’d reading in AP English found in Collier County in this book. This collection is full of many, many stories teaching our children they are victims; stories of marital infidelity, promiscuity, masturbation; last thoughts as bullet enters…

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(2015) Pornography: Recommended Summer Reading list for 11 yr. olds and up in Collier PS

Author: Jennifer Mathieu   Author: Roaring Book Press-2014 About the book”: Winner of the Children’s Choice Book Awards’ Teen Choice Debut Author AwardEveryone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party. When Healy High star quarterback, Brandon Fitzsimmons, dies in a car crash, it was because he was sexting with Alice. Ask “anybody.” Rumor has it Alice Franklin is a…

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(2015) Florida Social Studies 4th grade,Year: 2013 by Chris Quackenbush

Review Template Author:    Banks, Colleary, Greenow, Parker Publisher:  McGraw Hill Publication Title: ___Florida Social Studies  4th grade         Year:  2013_____ Reviewer: Chris Quackenbush Problem: Bias (B), Omission of Fact (OF), Half-Truth (HT), Factual Error (FE) Conclusions: Social studies is defined by the National Council for Social Studies as “the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic…

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(2015) NEAP reports only 26% of FL students proficient in Math

Parent letter regarding Florida National Assessment of Educational Progress show that only 26 percent of eight graders scored at the proficient or advanced levels in math Dear School Board, As you know, under Florida law you are responsible for the adoption and approval of the District’s math curriculum and instructional materials.   You should also know that  math scores for Florida’s eighth…

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(2015) Political Indoctrination: Public School Students at Barron Collier assignment

Public school students at Barron Collier HS students were given the assignment as documented in the provided picture. “Disruption: A Call to Act on Climate Change” is an improper and unbalanced propaganda video supporting activist causes like a march for climate change (www.peoplesclimate.org is organizing for future marches and events of civil disobedience).   The video attacks the Keystone XL…

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(2015) APUSH Design issues: Larry Kreiger’s reply to David Coleman

These are detailed letters by Larry Kreiger as REPLY TO MR. COLEMAN’S LETTER   One week ago we published an Open Letter to Mr. Coleman. The letter called on him to address the flaws in the redesigned AP U.S. History Framework and Exam.  opposenewapstandards.us Common-Core-AP-US-Hist-letter-by-Kreiger (3).doc Common-Core-APUSH-letter-and-resources-Larry-Krieger-and-Jane-Robbins.docx

(2015) Modern World History, 9th grade Teacher Edition Year: 2013 by KOF

Review Template   Author: __Holt McDougal______________________            Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing______________________ Publication Title: Modern World History, 9th grade Teacher Edition Year:  _2013____ Reviewer: __Keith Flaugh_– Collier County___________________ Problem: Bias (B), Omission of Fact (OF), Half-Truth (HT), Factual Error (FE)     Page #/Line # Quote/themes Problem Fact & Source 1. First 105 pages Describes the correlation of FL Next Generation…

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(2015) The Religious and Political Indoctrination of our Children- a must watch video

This is an excellent must watch 10 minute video for every parent and grandparent. The Religious and Political indoctrination of our children by Pearson, PLC- a British Company that now controls and delivers over 80% of all k-12 instructional materials in the US.

(2015) “Out of Many”, an AP US History textbook Review by Lee County

Here’s a textbook review Chris Quackenbush just completed on Out of Many, an AP US History textbook in use in Lee County. Since most of the school districts buy off the same lists and most of these materials are now produced by Pearson, PLC the odds are very high this book is in your schools. In Addition, Here is a…

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(2015) Brevard County Watch Dog Committee: status Nov 2015

Do you know what your children are reading? Brevard County Watch Dog Committee: status Nov 2015 Hi all, Age inappropriate reading material in our Brevard County Schools, at all levels is a real problem. We are addressing this at the HS level. The process for addressing parent’s grievances, as well as the process that “chooses” the books the students will…

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(2015) Ingenious- Dad shows why Common Core Math is Wrong

Only the Government can decide that thousands of years of math methodologies are inadequate,   Really? thefederalist.com/2015/09/21/frustrated-dad-shows-why-common-core-math-is-awful/