On the WomenOnTheWall.org radio show we were honored to have Author Bill Ames call into the show and share his 3 min. Testimony that he shared at the Richardson ISD School Board meeting on June 3rd, 2013.
Richardson (TX) ISD - "backdoor" implementation of common core
Richardson ISD Board Testimony – June 3, 2013
My name is Bill Ames. I live in the district.
On January 13, 2010, governor Rick Perry wrote to the U. S. Department of Education, rejecting common core curriculum in Texas.
In spite of that rejection, the principles of common core are being implemented in the Richardson ISD, via the adoption of TASA and local “visioning” initiatives.
On April 22, I attended an event for senior citizens who live in RISD. One stop was a visit to the 4th grade class at the Brentfield elementary school.
The students were busy with their IPODS. I sat down with a little guy who was studying energy policy and the environment.
I noticed that his source for the lesson was a
liberal-biased publication, Time magazine for Kids.
So I asked the child, “What do you think of oil companies?”
His knee-jerk response was, “Oil companies are bad. They extract oil from the Earth”.
Further, he volunteered , “All fuel in our gas tanks should be 100% ethanol.
The TASA visioning document tells us, “Students are not just consumers of knowledge, they are creators of knowledge as well.”
And from RISD’s visioning, “Students are given choices regarding what they learn”.
So this 9 year old little guy, who is being exposed to biased, unvetted information, is allowed to believe the information that is being fed to him.
In the common core, visioning environment, teachers are simply facilitators, rather than the classroom authority and presentor of facts.
So no one will tell this child the facts: Energy costs to produce a gallon of ethanol exceed the energy available from that gallon.
No one will tell this child that due to rapidly improving technologies of locating and extracting oil and gas, the U. S. is poised to not only surpass middle east production, but to create domestic reserves for the next 100 years.
In short, this child is being indoctrinated with biased information, that is unvetted and unreviewed.
What is the potential damage to this nine year old child?
Let’s fast forward this little guy’s life by about 11 years.
On May 28, I attended Congressman Pete Sessions town hall meeting in Richardson.
Outside the Eiseman Center, I was approached by a group of disheveled young people, one of whom was young lady in her early twenties.
The girl’s distinguishing characteristic was a prominent nose ring.
The young lady, carrying a “Stop Fracking” sign, was adamant that fossil fuel exploration is destroying the Earth’s biodiversity.
The tragedy is that this young woman, due to her brainwashed, dogmatic behavior, is virtually unemployable as a professional in mainstream America.
Board members, you must insist that RISD students are exposed to balanced curriculum, and encouraged to think critically, rather than becoming indoctrinated, useful idiots in support of the leftist agenda.