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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Professor Christopher Tienken of Seton Hall University in New Jersey wrote the book “The School Reform Landscape: Myth, Fraud and Lies”. It is very engaging and makes such important points.

This video is a great introduction to School Reform

Christopher H. Tienken: The School Reform Landscape from Colin Comstock on Vimeo.

We can spend our time chasing meaningless rankings and competing for those rankings with countries that have populations no larger than Dallas/Fort Worth or Northern New Jersey, but that would be an offensive waste of taxpayer money. The results from international tests do not suggest a cause and effect relationship to economic strength or innovation.

I believe that in the US we should use our massive resources to enrich a unitary, democratic public school system to foster students to become resilient, persistent, creative, innovative, collaborative, empathetic, intrinsically motivated, socially conscious, globally/culturally aware, and critically thinking human beings.

According to the released items from the TIMSS battery of tests, TIMSS does not measure any of those traits; nor does PISA or PIRLS. Focusing too much on any single test is a recipe for fostering imitation, not creation and innovation. {Read more here: http://christienken.com/2013/01/08/test-post/}

Are you in need of a get away even if it is for one night? The LOVE Concert ought to help you shed some stress and add some great laughs and pure enjoyment!

1st Annual – LOVE: The Valentine’s Concert

The ONE event everyone’s been waiting for Valentine’s Day is traditionally known as a day to celebrate the love between two people, planning for Valentine’s Day was just made easier for you this year. Celebrate a special evening with your favorite date Valentine’s weekend, “LOVE: The Valentine’s Concert” at Thanksgiving Point Show Barn in Lehi, Utah. On February 15th, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. Presented by On Broadway Music Theatre Academy, there will be no shortage of fun at this first annual Valentine’s performance.

Bringing together the highly regarded performances from Odyssey Dance Theatre, Sam Payne, Caleb Chapman’s “Groove Trader” Band, On Broadway Academy, and hosted by comedian Keith Stubbs from 101.5 The Eagle this concert will be a night packed with excitement and stellar entertainment.

LOVE: The Valentine’s Concert is one night only; experience a little bit of rock-n-roll, comedy, and lively entertainment in a relaxing environment. Limited seating so order your tickets early. Light refreshments and food will be available.

Tickets range from $17-25 and can be purchased online at:

http://boxoffice.printtixusa.com/thanksgivingpoint/eventcalendar

The Show Barn, at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, is conveniently located off I-15 at 3003 North Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, Utah.

There’s an interesting article about Obama’s call for the U.S. to pay for the education of the world.  ”A Global Fund for Education: Achieving Education for All” read more here:  http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2009/08/education-gartner

“In order to realize the world’s commitment to ensuring education for all by 2015, important innovations and reforms will be needed in the governance and financing of global education. In 2008, Presidential Candidate Barack Obama committed to making sure that every child has the chance to learn by creating a Global Fund for Education. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has recently called for a new architecture of global cooperation…  A new Global Fund for Education… must be capable of mobilizing the approximately $7 billion annually still needed to achieve education for all, while holding all stakeholders accountable for achieving results with these resources. None of these objectives will be achieved without a major rethinking of the global education architecture and an evolution of current mechanisms for financing education… Achieving these two Millennium Development Goals, and the broader Education for All Goals… will require more capable international institutions.”

There’s a United Nations/UNESCO program called “Education For All” that involves the same ideas and the very same key people as “Common Core”.  And there’s also an “Education, Public Awareness and Training” chapter in the U.N.’s Agenda 21 goals.

For more great info on how these topics relate, read more at WhatIsCommonCore.