Doctor Who: All elephants are pink, Nellie is an elephant, therefore Nellie is pink. Logical?

Davros: Perfectly.

Doctor Who: You know what a human would say to that?

Davros: What?

Tyssan: Elephants aren’t pink.

Davros: Humans do not understand logic.

Doctor Who Destiny of the Daleks pt 4 1979

 

Last week I referenced Earl Anthony quoting Glenn Reynolds quip about a “famous blogger” being like a champion bowler and challenged the readers to tell me to who Earl Anthony was without googling his name.

As a person who used to watch the pro bowling on ABC as a kid (even though it wasn’t candlepin although I watched that too) Earl Anthony was THE man.  The left-handed bowler was one of the most successful men in the history of the pro-bowlers tour making over a million dollars during his career.

So imagine my surprise when I googled him and saw this result in the right hand section of the search:

earl anthonyThat book caught me by surprise, for a second I figured he might have been interested in history until I clicked the link and saw the result at Amazon.com and the write ups therein :

This poorly edited, disorganized autobiography is an unsatisfying amalgam of significant revelations about the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party in the San Francisco Bay Area of the late 1960s and early ’70s and trivial information about the author’s troubles with women and drugs. A graduate of the University of Southern California and a one-time law student, Anthony was the first black middle-class convert to the Panthers’ cause, and was an intimate of Bobby Seale, Huey Newton and Eldridge Cleaver. Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

I’ve heard of sex change operations but I never heard of a race change operation.

One must conclude that either Mr. Anthony’s transformation from black nationalist radical to white champion bowler is the greatest example of the skill of the FBI’s witness protection program or that Earl Anthony the former Black Panther and Earl Anthony the Bowler are two different people.

This is why I’ll always take the Encyclopedia Britannica over a computer generated or crowd edited encyclopedia. A person can pick up things that a machine can’t.

Final thought. There is a feedback link at the bottom of that photo. I don’t remember when Google started putting those photos up but I must conclude there haven’t been a lot of Pro-Bowling fans searching for Mr. Anthony since they started, or at the very least they aren’t very curious.

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Oh, okay, that’s not the real title of the bill I’m about to discuss.

The Strengthening America’s Schools Act of 2013 (let’s dub it “SASA”) is eleven hundred fifty pages of stereo instruction.  After mentally ingesting most of it over the weekend, I’m wondering whether printing it out and physically ingesting it might have been easier.

This bill updates the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.  At times, it is a painful hash of subsection redesignations and language striking and insertions.  The rest of the time, it is just painful tedium.

SASA came to my attention a couple of months ago, when a warning popped up on Facebook about this bill interfering with homeschooling.  At the time, I found one website with news of its own:  SASA creates a national school board and changes the state implementation of Common Core from voluntary to mandatory.

Since then, I’ve kept an eye out for additional coverage, but I didn’t run into it any.  So, I stuck my nose into the text of the bill and half-heartedly attempted to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Well, I got buried in the chaff faster than a pig burrowing in a haystack.  Still, it was interesting to see the mutation of the law’s purposes from 1965 to 2013.  The changes are stunning.  For example, the first of the 1965 purposes was about making sure that parents, teachers, and administrators implemented challenging and measurable standards for students.

The 2013 version deletes that language, and instead sweepingly states that the law itself (i.e., the federal government) will be the one setting the expectations.  Those expectations include “critical thinking,” “deep content knowledge,” and “college and career readiness.”

Hey, guess what pops up when you google those phrases?  Come on now, the first two guesses don’t count.

That’s right, Common Core!

The bulk of SASA is a veritable grab-bag of bribe-tastic grant-awarding goodies, from the environmentally friendly “Green Ribbon Schools” (sec. 1133) to the creation of “21st Century Community Learning Centers,” (sec. 4107) which require a longer school day or a longer school year.  After finding twenty-eight different grant categories, I stopped counting.

Your state doesn’t have to apply for these grants.  So no, they aren’t being forced to do anything.  Wink, nudge.

I was a little confused as to why the federal government needed to give out more goodies, since most states already agreed to implement Common Core when they accepted Race to the Top money.

But then I noticed how Race to the Top is a more flexible program.  The state decides how much it wants to comply with the federal criteria before submitting the application.  If the application wins the competition, then the funds are dispersed even if all the federal criteria are not met.

SASA has no such leeway.  For example, under section 1201(e)(3)(E)(i), (page 260 of the PDF) an entity accepting a “Secondary School Reform” grant under Title I, Part B “Pathways to College,” shall “redesign academic content and instructional practices to align with high academic standards for all students, the criteria associated with admission to and success in postsecondary education, and the skills necessary to be successful in the workplace.”

Hey boys and girls, can you guess where lingo like that comes from?  First two guesses don’t count!

That’s right, Common Core!

The most detailed curricula requirements are in section 1111(a)(1).  This section is in “Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged,” page 36 of the PDF.  It is three pages long and referenced seventy times as the standard required in the rest of SASA.  Here my abridged version of it:

SEC. 1111. STATE AND LOCAL REQUIREMENTS.

(a) ACADEMIC STANDARDS, ACADEMIC ASSESSMENTS, AND ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS.

(1) REQUIREMENTS FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER READY STATE STANDARDS.—In order to receive a grant under this part, each State shall demonstrate the State meets the following requirements:

(A) COLLEGE AND CAREER READY ALIGNED STANDARDS FOR READING OR LANGUAGE ARTS AND MATHEMATICS.

(i) The State shall not later than December 31, 2014, adopt college and career ready academic content standards in reading or language arts and mathematics that meet the requirements of clauses (ii) and (iii); and not later than the beginning of the 2015–2016 school year, adopt college and career ready student academic achievement that meet the requirements of clauses (ii) and (iv).

(ii) Each State plan shall demonstrate the State has adopted college and career ready academic content standards and college and career ready student academic achievement standards aligned with—(I) credit-bearing academic coursework, without the need for remediation, at public institutions of higher education in the State; and (II) relevant State career and technical education standards and the State performance measures under section 113(b) of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006;

(iii) College and career ready academic content standards shall be used by the State, and by local educational agencies, public elementary schools, and public secondary schools in the State, to carry out the requirements of this part; and be evidence-based and include rigorous content and skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills.”

Kind of funny, isn’t it, the way this bill is steeped in Common Core terminology, but never actually mentions it by name?

So the Education Freedom Committee is right.  S. 1094, The Strengthening America’s Schools Act of 2013, requires states that receive funds to use Common Core.

Also, SASA does create a brand new federal school board.  Well, technically it is called the Commission on Effective Regulation and Assessment Systems for Public Schools.

This commission is not confined to reviewing the grants offered under SASA.  Still, it appears to be a rather toothless affair.  Under Title X, section 10014, it has the power to hold hearings and make recommendations.  Under section 10015, it has the duty to take whatever actions necessary to gain full understanding of the issues of effective regulation and assessment systems for public schools.

Hmm.  Might be some teeth hidden in that sentence.  Anyway, the important thing is to simply establish the commission.  Mission creep will come along in due time.

Time for some good news!  First, as long as control of the House isn’t handed to the Democrats, SASA is unlikely to go anywhere.

Second, the bill does not attempt to regulate homeschool students.  In fact, SASA appears to keep the original language from the 1965 Act, which in 20 U.S.C. sec. 7886(b) states:

“Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to affect a home school, whether or not a home school is treated as a home school or a private school under State law, nor shall any student schooled at home be required to participate in any assessment referenced in this chapter.”

So we’ve got that going for us, anyway.  Have a great week everyone!

Update (DaTechGuy) Stacy & Michelle are also on this subject today.

You know when playing “follow the leader” with a political party is a problem?  When that leader lies through his teeth and you mimic him:

How many Democrats made the promise? There’s no comprehensive list of all of them, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office has compiled a list of 27 Democratic senators who pledged that Americans could keep their coverage under Obamacare. The list includes the entire Democratic leadership in the Senate as well as Democrats facing tough re-election races in 2014, like Mary Landrieu, Mark Begich, and Kay Hagan. Here is that list, compiled by McConnell’s office:

How much do you want to bet that as soon as they put themselves on record supporting he Upton bill vulnerable elected democrats had aides diving through their twitter streams to delete any sign of them repeating the President’s Promise in their name.

Of course for Democrats in districts where they couldn’t lose if they released a sex tape foursome with Hitler, Satan & Cruella de Vil it’s not a problem:

Pelosi isn’t worried, and she’s not alone.  Check out these names from Byron’s York’s list.

DURBIN (D_Il), SCHUMER (D-NY), MURRAY (D-Wash.), HARKIN (D-Iowa), BOXER (D-Calif.), CARDIN (D-Md.), LEAHY (D-Vt.), MENENDEZ (D-N.J.), MERKLEY (D-Oreg.), MIKULSKI (D-Md.), REED (D-R.I.), SANDERS (I-Vt.), WHITEHOUSE (D-R.I.).

Do you think a single one of them is going to be called on direct lies to the voters of their state? Is a single one of them frightened for their job over this disaster?

No.

The ultimate responsibility lies of course with the voters who send people who lie to their face back to the congress over and over again but in fairness the people who helped these pols deceive the voter are the press.

While Tom Brokov on Meet the Press Sunday talked about the Russians giving President Obama cover on Syria but neither he nor his counterparts on any other network had anything to say about the cover they gave the president and democrats for five years. As I asked on twitter:

 

Stacy McCain had the answer:

Grant that the editors of the Los Angeles Times know their readership: No Republican would subscribe to a newspaper which is so blatantly biased, and so the remaining subscriber base of the Los Angeles Times – which has been hemorrhaging circulation for 20 years — is composed entirely of Democrats who don’t want to read honest reporting. Just like the New York Times, the Washington Post and practically every other major newspaper in America, the Los Angeles Times has become a Democrat Party propaganda organ.

“Liberal bias is not a matter of unfairness, but rather
a matter of dishonesty — deliberately ignoring some facts,
and misrepresenting other facts, in order to misinform
the public by portraying to them a politically falsified
view of events and personalities.”

I submit and suggest that we have a press that is so desperate for Democrats in general and the first Black President in particular to succeed that they either kept themselves willfully ignorant or simply didn’t report any evidence contrary to the party line and I echo Stacy McCain’s final word from his excellent piece:

The problem is that you’re not angry enough about this.

Until the viewers and voters get angry enough, nothing will change.

Via Ed Driscoll & JohnE. at Ace of Spades, comes this video.

Key quote from the president at 2:57

This exchange will take effect in four years which will give us time to do it right.

That never gets quoted

Update 2: Instalanche, thanks Glenn and don’t forget this whole mimicking a leader BS really broke through the dam in 1998 for Democrats.

Update 3: BTW if you are coming here from Instapundit don’t forget that DaTechGuy Blog now features DaTechguy’s Magnificent Seven seven writers and bloggers dealing with all kinds of subjects Make sure after 1 PM EST you check out this post by Linda Szugyi of No one of any import.

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