Kindergarten teacher: My job is now about tests and data — not children. I quit.

Susan Sluyter is a veteran teacher of young children in the Cambridge Public Schools who has been connected to the district for nearly 20 years and teaching for more than 25 years. Last month she sent a resignation letter ( “with deep love and a broken heart”) explaining that she could no longer align her understanding of how young children learn best in safe, developmentally appropriate environments with the testing and data collection mandates imposed on teachers today.  She wrote in part:

I have watched as my job requirements swung away from a focus on the children, their individual learning styles, emotional needs, and their individual families, interests and strengths to a focus on testing, assessing, and scoring young children, thereby ramping up the academic demands and pressures on them. 

Each year, I have been required to spend more time attending classes and workshops to learn about new academic demands that smack of 1st and 2nd grade, instead of kindergarten and PreK.  I have needed to schedule and attend more and more meetings about increasingly extreme behaviors and emotional needs of children in my classroom; I recognize many of these behaviors as children shouting out to the adults in their world, “I can’t do this!  Look at me!  Know me!  Help me!  See me!”  I have changed my practice over the years to allow the necessary time and focus for all the demands coming down from above.  Each year there are more.  Each year I have had less and less time to teach the children I love in the way I know best—and in the way child development experts recommend.  I reached the place last year where I began to feel I was part of a broken system that was causing damage to those very children I was there to serve.

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She is oh so right. It is no longer about the child as a person, but as a subject. When a child is enrolled in preK or Kindergarten, it is so they can be molded to what fits them best for their learning needs. Yes they are to be tested but not as a 1st or 2nd grader. The school system has gotten completely out of hand and quite frankly, I am thankful my son is no longer in school. I am afraid I would have some choice words to say to those teachers. They need to get back to the basics that they were taught for teaching and perhaps we would once again have some worthwhile graduates. I realize that this particualr governmental regime is partly to blame, however, some teachers and Principals are taking things way out of control.

At lleast you have the courage to QUIT this pathetic communist Education Department and its rank Common Core- the only thing common is that it is rotten to its very core. 

Good for her. It's always nice when you find someone that won't sell their soul. God Bless Susan Sluyter.

DON'T QUIT...! TEACH THEM THE RIGHT WAY....!! LET THE SOCIALIST LIBERALS TRY AND FIRE YOU....!! FIGHT BACK...., THAT IS WHAT AMERICA IS ABOUT....!! STANDING UP FOR WHAT IS...., RIGHT.....!! IF YOU QUIT THEY WIN....!!

Sorry, I am not trying to be cocky, but I told you so. No one listens until a crisis gets out of hand. Myself, and I am sure others have been sounding the alarm about the teacher purge for some time now.  As this teacher who is obviously centered on her students well being says, this broken system is damaging children. Any person who is married to a pre-K, Kindergarten, or first grade teacher becomes aware that burdens are being placed on children that you and I never had when we were growing up, learning, and being allowed to be children.  

The work load on teachers is arbitrary. Why is is that some teachers have little extra work load, and many others work until 10 o'clock at night and sacrifice weekends with endless work chores?  Could it be that some are politically  desirable and have favor with the leftist bureaucracy.  Could it be that other teachers appear to be conservative or Christian and therefore are undesirable to the establishment.  What of young mothers who are teachers and have no time to devote to their families, and so their children suffer?

Any way around this, children suffer from the incompetence of establishment politicians and administrators. 

I don't know if anyone heard Hillary Clinton on TV remarking about the globalization of educations. But the reality is that this is the attempt at  Sovietization of education on a massive scale.

The evil must be stopped, for the sake of children, for the sake of our nation, and for the sake of the teachers who have dedicated themselves to the real education of children instead of the vile and wicked indoctrination that evil forces are trying to impose on us all. Teachers cannot do it by themselves, The citizens of the nation must voice outrage at the barbarism of the establishment, and take back the country that once was ours. 

The PROBLEM is that ALL of this NONSENSE comes Down From On High.  The 'Bosses' in D.C. tell the administrators in the States, and they pass it on to the town and city 'boards', who dump it on the Teachers, who dump it on the Kids. 

If you GO to 'On High' you'll find a POLITICAL HACK, whos last experience in a CLASS ROOM was prior to his graduation, and whos last experience with Kindergarden was 50 or so years ago, when he attended it.  This is STILL ANOTHER reason for term limits.  When bordom sets in, 'tinkering' with things they know nothing about follows.  And this story is an example of PART of the result.

Going to start seeing more of this.

students today are nothing but political fodder for the leftist, with common core, social engineering, and a political correct system gone haywire. the schools today have eroded into checks and balances, skin colors, and sexual identities......where the teachers unions are exempted from the national educational failures, the prevents inadequate teachers from being fired, out of touch school boards, and where the educational standards are coming from a progressive leftist ideology in Washington, rather than the local communities and states. Washington and the department of education are never accountable for the united states not even being rated in the top 25 of educational achievement in the world, even though more money is thrown to education than any other country in the world, and where thousands of employees work for the department of education, but nobody knows exactly what they are there for.

Al,

"...political fodder for the leftists."

More than that.  They are PART OF THE INVENTORY, pledged to the National Debt, which WE have no right to question of challenge.  We have all been so pledged, since the FED already HAS our gold.

And we wonder why high school graduates can not read, comprehend, or do math.

It has become all to apparent that the goal of the new progressive system of education is to dumb down American kids, so that this country will not be competitive in the new world order.  If we the people don't change things soon, this country truly will be doomed.

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ALERT ALERT

Hillary Clinton Was Not Formally Under
FBI Investigation At Any Time In 2015-2016

On Tuesday, Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified in a joint Congressional hearing to the House Oversight and House Judiciary panels about his review of the FBI’s (mis)handling of the Clinton email investigation.

House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) came out swinging Tuesday in a a joint hearing held by the House Oversight and House Judiciary Committees.

Gowdy ripped into Comey in his opening statement, stating, “we can’t survive with a justice system we don’t trust.”

Investigative journalist Paul Sperry reported Horowitz dropped a bombshell in his testimony.

Horowitz revealed the FBI never named a target or even a subject in the Clinton email probe!

Sperry tweeted: BREAKING: IG Horowitz revealed in Senate testimony FBI never named a target or even subject in Clinton probe. Not Mills, Abedin, Combetta or Clinton herself. “Nobody was listed as a subject of this investigation at any point in time,” adding this was “surprising” for a crim probe

Paul Sperry@paulsperry_

BREAKING: IG Horowitz revealed in Senate testimony FBI never named a target or even subject in Clinton probe. Not Mills, Abedin, Combetta or Clinton herself. "Nobody was listed as a subject of this investigation at any point in time," adding this was "surprising" for a crim probe

So neither Hillary nor her top aides were formally under investigation by the FBI at any time in 2015-2016, tweeted Sperry.

IG HOROWITZ DROPS BOMBSHELL DURING SENATE TESTIMONY:

“Nobody was listed as a subject of this [Clinton email] investigation at any point in time,” adding this was “surprising”

So neither Hillary nor her top aides were formally under investigation by FBI at any time in 2015-2016!

Paul Sperry@paulsperry_

IG HOROWITZ DROPS BOMBSHELL DURING SENATE TESTIMONY:

"Nobody was listed as a subject of this [Clinton email] investigation at any point in time," adding this was "surprising"

So neither Hillary nor her top aides were formally under investigation by FBI at any time in 2015-2016!

Paul Sperry@paulsperry_

BREAKING: Horowitz revealed that Hillary was never really under formal investigation, never listed by FBI as a "subject" of investigation.

President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton reacted to this bombshell bias from the FBI.

Tom Fitton  @TomFitton

.@RealDonaldTrump is a subject, but Hillary Clinton was never a "subject." Outrageous. Shut the Strzok-Page-Comey-McCabe-Lynch-Yates-Glenn Simpson-Steele-Brennan-Fusion GPS-Muller special counsel "stop @realDonaldTrump" investigation down.

Paul Sperry@paulsperry_

BREAKING: IG Horowitz revealed in Senate testimony FBI never named a target or even subject in Clinton probe. Not Mills, Abedin, Combetta or Clinton herself. "Nobody was listed as a subject of this investigation at any point in time," adding this was "surprising" for a crim probe

tigation’ into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server was a complete sham.

No subjects were named, immunity was handed out like candy and Hillary was exonerated before witnesses were interviewed, including Hillary Clinton herself.

Hillary Clinton’s ‘interview’ with the FBI wasn’t even under oath.

Even more egregious, Hillary discussed pregnancy and babies during the majority of the 2.5 hour FBI interview because one of her lawyers was pregnant at the time.

Inspector General Horowitz also testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday.

TEA PARTY TARGET

Targeting Of Tea Party Groups
John McCain’s Staff Director Urged Lois Lerner
And IRS To Engage In “Financially Ruinous”

Conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch obtained IRS documents Thursday revealing backstabber Senator John McCain’s former staff director urged the IRS, including the corrupt Lois Lerner to engage in “financially ruinous” targeting of conservative Tea Party groups.

And they did.

The IRS Conservative Targeting Scandal involved:

  • Hundreds of conservative groups were targeted
  • At least 5 pro-Israel groups
  • Constitutional groups
  • Groups that criticized Obama administration
  • At least two pro-life groups
  • An 83 year-old Nazi concentration camp survivor
  • A 180 year-old Baptist paper
  • A Texas voting-rights group
  • A Hollywood conservative group was targeted and harassed
  • Conservative activists and businesses
  • At least one conservative Hispanic group
  • IRS continued to target groups even after the scandal was exposed
  • And… 100% of the 501(c)(4) Groups Audited by IRS Were
  • Conservative

Now this…

Via Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch today released newly obtained internal IRS documents, including material revealing that Sen. John McCain’s former staff director and chief counsel on the Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee, Henry Kerner, urged top IRS officials, including then-director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner, to “audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous.” Kerner was appointed by President Trump as Special Counsel for the United States Office of Special Counsel.

The explosive exchange was contained in notes taken by IRS employees at an April 30, 2013, meeting between Kerner, Lerner, and other high-ranking IRS officials. Just ten days following the meeting, former IRS director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner admitted that the IRS had a policy of improperly and deliberately delaying applications for tax-exempt status from conservative non-profit groups.

Lerner and other IRS officials met with select top staffers from the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee in a “marathon” meeting to discuss concerns raised by both Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that the IRS was not reining in political advocacy groups in response to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Senator McCain had been the chief sponsor of the McCain-Feingold Act and called the Citizens United decision, which overturned portions of the Act, one of the “worst decisions I have ever seen.”

In the full notes of an April 30 meeting, McCain’s high-ranking staffer Kerner recommends harassing non-profit groups until they are unable to continue operating. Kerner tells Lerner, Steve Miller, then chief of staff to IRS commissioner, Nikole Flax, and other IRS officials, “Maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous.” In response, Lerner responded that “it is her job to oversee it all:”

Henry Kerner asked how to get to the abuse of organizations claiming section 501 (c)(4) but designed to be primarily political. Lois Lerner said the system works, but not in real time. Henry Kerner noted that these organizations don’t disclose donors. Lois Lerner said that if they don’t meet the requirements, we can come in and revoke, but it doesn’t happen timely. Nan Marks said if the concern is that organizations engaging in this activity don’t disclose donors, then the system doesn’t work. Henry Kerner said that maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous. Nikole noted that we have budget constraints. Elise Bean suggested using the list of organizations that made independent expenditures. Lois Lerner said that it is her job to oversee it all, not just political campaign activity.

President of Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton had this to say about the newly obtained IRS documents showing more proof the agency was weaponized under Obama:

“The Obama IRS scandal is bipartisan – McCain and Democrats who wanted to regulate political speech lost at the Supreme Court, so they sought to use the IRS to harass innocent Americans. The Obama IRS scandal is not over – as Judicial Watch continues to uncover smoking gun documents that raise questions about how the Obama administration weaponized the IRS, the FEC, FBI, and DOJ to target the First Amendment rights of Americans.”

Tom Fitton  @TomFitton

The Obama IRS scandal is not over – as Judicial Watch continues to uncover smoking gun documents that raise questions about how the Obama administration weaponized the IRS, the FEC, FBI, and DOJ to target the First Amendment rights of Americans.

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