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Parents Frustrated With Government School Failure Want Control

March 7, 2012 by  

Parents Frustrated With Government School Failure Want Control

Frustrated with the failed bureaucracy that has left one local school operating less-than-satisfactorily, parents in the small desert town of Adelanto, Calif., have decided to take over the school and fix its problems themselves.

Through a 2010 California law, the parents are working up a petition that will allow them to do such things as fire the school’s principal, close the school and reopen it as an independent charter.

“We just decided we needed to do something for our children,” Doreen Diaz, a parent organizing the trigger effort told The Washington Post. “If we don’t stand up and speak for them, their future is lost.”

According to the newspaper, Diaz’s daughter attends Desert Trails Elementary where last year two-thirds of students failed the State reading exams, half were not proficient in math and 80 percent failed the science exam. The school has reportedly for the past six years been ranked among the bottom 10 percent of schools in the State.

If the parents are successful, they are seeking to get preschool classes, a longer school day, a computer lab, every teacher to have a master’s degree, a full-time librarian and clean, working restrooms, among other things at the school. The district school superintendent says the demands are impossible to meet because of financial constraints.

Parents in other school districts throughout the Nation have taken similar steps. The Florida Legislature is voting on a parent trigger this week, and at least a dozen other States are weighing similar measures this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • s c

    Finally. Americans are seeing Uncle Scam for the worthless, blood-sucking filth he is. First, if you can do it [you do NOT have to be a "teacher"], homeschool your kids. Consider a private school or a church school. If you think a charter school will work, then make it work.
    Get it straight, people. Uncle Scam is NOT your friend. Education is just a word to be used and abused to the old fart. America might as well be a Third World country in education. Your money is being wasted, and your kids are being indoctrinated by people can’t wait to take your kids away from you.
    This news has been around for a long time. ACT on it. If you love your kids, do the right thing while you can. If you think public education will get better if we throw more money at it, you need to question WHY you have kids. Open your eyes. From one coast to the other, public schools are failing and CONTINUING to FAIL. Uncle Scam had his chance starting in 1957. HOW is the old scummer NOT an utter failure? Use what’s between your ears and PROVE that you love your kids. Uncle Scam DOES NOT.

    • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

      Here here, sc! You were RIGHT all along!!!

    • Sirian

      Outstanding s c, Outstanding!!! The more the merrier!!!

    • Vigilant

      Samurai posted a video yesterday that everyone should see. You want to know why the schools are screwed up? Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkuTm-ON904

      • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

        Wow! TY Samurai, and thanks to you Vigilant for re-posting the link.

      • http://naver samurai

        You are welcome, fellow patriots! We need more like Chris Christie in office. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

      • http://AWD SKIP

        I hate that youtube is blocked over here in Afghanistan.

      • http://AWD SKIP

        Samurai, remember that Christie appointed a muslim brotherhood muslim to the N.J supreme court! That disqualifies him from any legitimate partiotism as far as I am concerned, perfect in every way and then that!!!! WTF was he thinking.

  • bsg

    Sounds good on the surface but if these parents are raising such stupid kids should they be trusted to run the school system. Whoever leaves the education of their children up to the schools is in for a big disappointment. They should be reading with their kids and doing homework with them. To think that the school will solve all the familial problems of educating the kids is just a dream.

    • Ted Crawford

      I agree that parents must be actively involved in theuir childrens education, on the other hand, if these teachers and school administrators are unable or unwilling to handle the job of teaching the youth, why the heck would we pay them these hugh Union wages? If you called an Electrician to your house for some repairs would yopu expect to strap on a tool belt and help?

      • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

        If you called an Electrician to your house for some repairs would you be expect to strap on a tool belt and help?

        Perfect analogy, Ted!

      • http://gravatar.com/marine72 marine72Marine72

        The analogy is great with the caveat that when I negotiate to help my electrician with his busy work for a reduced price, then I should be able to do that. In union diminished schools, the only way to negotiate for a lesser price is scorched earth. Adelanto parents, please keep us informed via similar forums and ask for help when needed. Will a charter school work? Just ask the unions and their bought and paid for legislators who are trying to kill the program.

        Watch words to live by: recall jerry brown, the of this mess 30+ years ago.

    • Daveh

      Ted, that is a terrible analogy. Stupid.
      Not even close.
      It is proven that kids do better where parents are involved.
      The low scoring schools can directly show that improvements can be made but it is more involved than just teachers teaching.
      A Masters degree to teach grade school?
      Idiotic. And expensive, too.
      Charter schools in Fla have started being shut down for not making the”grade”, too.
      One was being run by Scientologists and even the daft State Government knew that wouldn’t work.
      Work with the kids, maybe you’ll learn something in the process.

      • NOBAMA2012

        Is it likely to presume that you are an educator of some sort by which you hold less than a Masters degree and are offended by “TED’s” comment of demanding higher standards for our educators by which would render you out of a job?

      • Mac

        The teacher is only a catalyst. The real learning is at home. It cannot be any other way as there are just so many hours in the day. Just a few miles away is the town of Helendale. Their state scores are way above the state average. It is another small community with about 700 total students in the district. It is a bit of an up-scale town where the education level of the adults is above average. Like it or not, There is a correlation of the education of the parents to the success of the students. The call for a masters degree is proof that these parents in Adelanto do not have a clue. A masters degree dose not a teacher make. The average earnings bump after a teacher gets a masters is less than a $1000.00 a year. The cost of the education is in the range of $30,000.00. As it stands a teacher will never earn enough additional income to offset the cost of the degree. The state has in place a program to take over failing schools, replacing admin staff and most of the teaching staff with a handpicked crew. It works to a point but the underlying problems remain. Gangs, drugs, whole communities that do not and in some cases refuse to speak English and parents that think it is an easy task to teach their little darlings all the things that 99 percent of them will never understand. There is always a disaster looking for a place to land and it looks to me like Adelanto is on the radar.

      • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

        The analogy is not stupid, Dave. The analogy, i’m quite sure, is intentionally limited, limited as it relates to the incompetency of most educators! Hello!

    • 45caliber

      bsg:

      But TV is so nice! Why spend time with your kids on homework when you can sit and stare at the TV with them all evening?

    • Shaana

      Sounds to me like the parents ARE getting involved. Is this not what they are doing? I’m glad to see parents stepping up and saying “Our kids are too important to stand by” The one thing I disagree with is forcing teachers to have a Masters. Having (or not having for that matter) a degree doesn’t prove intelligence. If we force teachers to have a Masters to teach our kids, the government will swoop in on homeschooling families and require the same. Get rid of the unions and let the PTA and Principal’s have the control of the schools back. See if that doesn’t fix the problem!

  • Cliffystones

    I was impressed until the part about “They are seeking to get” blah, blah, blah. Instead of taking the responsibility, they are injecting themselves into the failed system to demand that that same failed system pour more money into itself. And what does having a Masters Degree have to do with making a better teacher?

    And if they are really “taking over” and are concerned for the conditions at the school, I’m quite certain they THEMSELVES could have the school restrooms cleaned up and functional in a couple of days.

    • Ted Crawford

      Well said! If we plug money spent and International Standings onto a graph, beginning almost as soon as the Department of Education was established, We see that the money line shoots upwards as the Standing line plummets!
      As for the Masters Degree, well it shouldn’t hurt but what is sorely lacking in our schools, and clearly in our Government is simple, good ole Common Sense, the least abundant commodity in existance!

      • Sirian

        Common sense was placed on the “Endangered Species” list about thirty years ago Ted, about thirty years ago.

      • Ellen

        So true, Ted. Spending more money has just damaged our federal budget; it has not improved education at all. I went to Catholic school and we didn’t have art, music, or phys. ed. because we couldn’t afford them. We had 30+ kids per teacher. We didn’t have air conditioning and my school was in Miami, FL, where it is hot most of the school year. Our teachers were paid far less than public school teachers and didn’t receive their benefits. Yet, we were all educated. Why? Because that’s what the parents expected of the students and of the teachers. All the people who claim we must spend more money are fools. We’ve already done that and our results worsen yearly. While some parents may set expectations, the great majority do not. They shovel the kids out the door and hope someone will teach them school subjects and social graces. Many don’t have the energy to sit and work with their children on their homework after they’ve been at work all day. Others don’t want to be bothered with raising their own kids even though they’ve spent the day smoking pot in their apartment in the projects. Teachers get no support at home, so they get burned out dealing with useless parents. Also, nearly 1/2 of our school-aged kids are minorities and are living on welfare. We already know that 1/2 of black and hispanic kids will drop out of high school. We also already know that the single most important factor in school performance is poverty. Yet, for over a decade, 40% of our kids are born into poverty annually. We’ve created the perfect storm with out abused welfare system.

      • 45caliber

        The way I look at spending more money is: The original schools had very little actual money. The teachers spent their time teaching. As a result the students learned far more than they do today. Today the teachers expect the school to provide money for trick projects or slide programs so the teachers can sit in a corner and read a book while the kids do something else.

        Further, if someone tells me that if they are paid more they will do a better job, it means to me that they are refusing to honor the contract they made when they were hired to do the best job they can for the pay they agreed to accept. So instead of giving them more money in the hope they will do a better job, as far as I’m concerned, they should be fired for breaking their contract.

    • Jeff

      I thought the same thing about the Master’s degree. The author doesn’t really cover what the root cause of the problem is. I don’t live there, so I have no idea, but throwing a computer lab and higher paid teachers probably won’t solve the issue.

      • Vigilant

        I agree. While kids will have to be computer literate to survive, these computer labs are being used to teach other areas. In my school district they are urging “distance learning” by computer to save $$$.

        It’s just one more way for “teachers” to remove themselves from the learning process. Kids might as well just stay home and “learn” by computer all day long.

        As for requiring masters degrees, that will solve absolutely nothing. Teachers no longer become proficient in academic areas before they’re pushed out to program our kids. They major in “education” and get a lot of social work, environmentalist, sensitivity, and babysitting training to achieve a teaching certificate. And don’t forget the socialist bias they’re being spoon fed by the America-hating professors.

        Only a precious few schools, like Hillsdale College, require a 4-year degree in core academic courses before they will allow a graduate to go on and get a teaching certificate.

        Given the watered down courses of today, at many schools, for example, you don’t need to take any courses on Shakespeare to earn a degree in English, and reading in the classics is just about unknown. The first two years of college are wasted teaching kids the basics they should have learned in high school. And at most places, the requirements to get a Business degree are higher than those to become a teacher.

        But that’s what the progressives have always wanted. And they’ve succeeded. It’s a crying shame that, when I graduated from high school in 1964, our class was better educated than today’s high school teachers, let alone students.

      • http://AWD SKIP

        I wonder what the demographics of this school and the community is? depending on the demographics, perhaps the Detroit public school system could be used as a model.:)

  • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

    The majority of parents have no clue as to what goes on in the “Classrooms”. For If they did, the first thing they would do; is remove their children from the schools; the second, they would file a massive law-suit against the system; reason? Child abuse!

  • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

    My students arrive at college knowing only that they should recycle and that smoking is bad for you. Progressivism has destroyed the classical education that made the West great, and has replaced it instead with unthinking anti-capitalism and the myth of the noble savage.

    My students believe that capitalism protects the wealthy at the expense of the poor; they can’t explain why our capitalist society has produced the largest and wealthiest middle class in human history (of course, they’ve had no contact with human history). Nor can they explain why Marx, that champion of the poor, attacked not the aristocrats but the bourgeoisie, the middle class. They are surprised to learn, when they read the Communist Manifesto, that Marx mourned the loss of “the feudal ties that bound man to his ‘natural superiors.’ ”

    I understand that intellectuals like for all people to be bound to them as “natural superiors,” but academics long ago abdicated the throne when they embraced relativism, deconstruction and post-structuralism.

    V. Franks, Ph.D.

    • Sirian

      From what you’ve said then is it not proof that our schools are no longer learning centers? Instead, they are now indoctrination centers – correct? It most certainly appears as such to me.

      • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

        Of course, Sirian. Of that, there can be no-doubt!

      • 45caliber

        Sirian:

        Exactly. After all, if you depend upon parents to teach that instead of the schools, then the kids get the same ideas of government as the parents had. And if the parents wont’ trust the government to always make the right decisions, how can you expect their kids to do it? Obviously they must teach the children that early – and it is far more important than the basics are. They can always learn those later if they have to.

    • 45caliber

      Intellectuals are always “natural superiors” – at least in their own estimation. Just as progressives are always better than conservatives – in their own estimation.

  • dagodave

    According to the government it is more important to teach children under 12 yrs. old About Homosexuality-condems, birth control,How to turn in your parents and sue them! Not to much on govrnment or the lack of it- math -reading AMERICAN HISTORY or the unspoken word(GOD)oh now I’m in trouble! When I said the Pledge of Allegeiance to the flag,sang the National Anthem—–I felt good- safe ! Now they desecrate our flag and our Constitution and all our rights ! The sad part of this our President is Illegal-and along with him our government has turned its back to us and people that are not even citizens of our country are the ones doing all these horribile things, with our governments blessings!

    • 45caliber

      They don’t have time to study the basics the kids are tested on when the government requires all those other important things be taught first …

  • sabulaman

    Good for them. They will still have to employ professional teachers, but they will be in control of them. That’s the way it should be. When you promote teachers to be in charge of teachers they all have the teachers best interest in mind, instead of the children’s. Parents are more likrly to have the children’s interest in mind.

    • 45caliber

      sabulaman:

      Agreed. Further, they teach the future teachers in college that it isn’t their responsibility to insure the kids learn – they are only to present the materials. If the kid doesn’t learn, who cares? And they never bother to teach the future teachers what they are to teach – like science or math. They teach them how to teach with the belief that if they know how to present the materials, they don’t need to know what it is they are teaching. I’ve met math teachers who couldn’t work the problems they assigned their students to do as homework! Many of the new teachers have little interest in teaching the kids; they take the job due to the perks and free time away from the job.

  • http://Yahoo Rob

    I understand that education is a nationwide problem, but this article deals with a town in “California”. When I hear or read ANYTHING regarding issues in California, I sadly smile then laugh. California is one messed up state and the LEGAL citizens have allowed these problems to continue with little to NO outrage. Sorry, no sympathy here…….

  • Yoppy

    As a former NON-UNION public school employee in California (for nearly 25 years), I need to shed some light on dismal student test scores and the performance of teachers and support staff. I personally know employees in the Adelanto School District, although I have never worked there. Generally speaking, most teaching and support staff are wonderful folks with good intentions. There are, of course, burnt-out and/or incompetent teachers in any school system who need to leave the profession and should have never entered teaching in the first place.

    In all cases, teachers and school administrators (in CA and across the United States) are shackled by complex rules and regulations imposed by liberal-minded State and Federal bureaucrats hell-bent on reshaping and dumbing down young minds. One such example is teaching reading with “Whole Language” rather than Phonics (Google it to learn more).

    Elitist California legislators such as Sheila Kuehl (“retired”) and Mark Leno (Google those two upstanding citizens to see THEIR agenda for YOUR kids), both militant homosexuals, have supported or sponsored laws in the past which REQUIRE schools to teach the positive attributes and social contributions of lesbians, gays, transsexuals and transgenders. Last I read… these behaviors were called “sin”. Oh yah, MY “God of the Bible” was asked to leave the school house long ago. In any case, the schoolhouse has been relegated the teaching of family values and duties that rightfully and traditionally have belonged to the parent and should NEVER be taught in the public arena, especially to to children. What a person does in their bedroom or home is between them and their Creator but when that person teaches those behaviors to my kids – watch out! That’s when we need to speak out.

    In the California desert community of Adelanto, there lives a VERY poor socio-economic population – many, many of them beneficiaries and recipients of our scarce government tax dollars in the form of food stamps, welfare, and public housing assistance. Their kids receive free school breakfast and lunch daily. Many of the homes are “father-less” with kids turning to gangs and other bad role models in their neighborhoods. Are they necessarily bad folks – NO!

    And did I mention that a large percentage of the kids in Adelanto and throughout many California cities come from non-English speaking homes? That means that all meetings with parents need to be conducted with Spanish interpreters. Kids are required to be taught in Spanish for much of their instructional day. What does this mean? …Huge added costs; and that these kids go home to a Spanish-speaking household where a well-intentioned parent is not equipped to teach or tutor, cannot read, period…, let alone read English. The parent themself may not have any formal education.

    And then there are the parents who just don’t care and would rather drink a “40″ and imbibe illegal mind-altering substances rather than read to their kids or help them with homework. Check the crime stats for Adelanto and the surrounding Victor Valley of this High Desert area – they are shocking. Many parents expect the school system to feed their kids, teach them life skills and instill morals. Folks, these things used to be taught and nutured in the home.

    Yes, schools need to do better – no argument there; however, stop placing ALL the blame on the always-villified employees.

    When the Superintendent says they have no money, they don’t… Do the Teacher and Classified Unions (i.e., support staff) claw for every dime they can squeeze from the already austere budget? YES!!! These Unions need to make some concessions too. Salaries, retirement, “time off” (sick leave, non-work days and vacation) and health benefits are already VERY good for most of these employees – give it a rest guys. Yes, you work hard – so do millions of other folks. When compared to the private sector, public employees are truly blessed.

    I am sure that parent/activist Doreen Diaz has the best of intentions. I am not sure that the District can afford her ideas nor do I think she has any idea what is REALLY needed to reform public education. We need to get back to teaching the three Rs, as a starting point. That reform alone would be too radical for the well-entrenched education system monster that has been created. Eliminate all sports and other electives like music. Let the private sector do those things for parents. Promote vocational education too – not everyone is geared for college. There are other complicating factors. God Bless!

    • dunce

      If you did not say it all, then i do not know what you left out.

    • 45caliber

      Yoppy:

      When my kids were still in school, I at least reviewed their homework. What I thought interesting was that many of the teachers DID NOT know what they were teaching the kids! Math teachers couldn’t work the problems they had the kids doing for homework. History teachers didn’t know – or care – if what they were teaching was the truth or not. Health teachers had no idea what a calorie was. Science teachers were at a premium since they had to at least have some basic idea of science. About the only thing some of the teachers understood was football.

    • Nancy in Nebraska
  • 45caliber

    School control was supposed to be left in the hands of the local parents anyway. The problem is that the government wanted to take it over to indoctrinate the children in things that the parents weren’t worried about such as environmentalism. While this may be something everyone needs to learn, it is an adult problem, not one for children. Sex education is another. What has happened is that the government has demanded training in so many things that are NOT basic education that the teachers seldom have time to teach math, sciences, English, history, and geography. Instead they teach environmentalism, “Jane has two mothers”, how to put on condoms, etc. The more pressure that is placed on teachers, the more they try to satisfy the government first.

  • Daveh

    You guys should go to the classrooms to see the reality at schools. Grade school , middle school, etc. High school is worthless, by that time if the stdent is not doing well it’s pretty much too late.
    The teachers are working hard for low wages and lower esteem. Our lack of respect, that’s all I hear from everyone with little knowledge of the schools, for educators is terrible. The kids hear it, too. They don’t respect them either.
    Give the world a break and get active. Stop whining and volunteer somewhere, you really do have time to.
    Get an eyefull and an earfull. The kids will be better for it.

    • 45caliber

      Daveh:

      I am on the mailing list of think tank here in Texas. Several years ago they were hired by the government to study improving the school system here.

      What they found was interesting. If you adjust for location (NE for instance has to pay more since the people there have high energy bills to heat their homes in winter), and adjust for them working 9 months of the year instead of twelve, they make MORE than most other professionals. When you include all the time off they get (they can get up to 30 days off per nine months with no pay loss or reason to take off), they come out smelling like a rose. It almost made me consider changing to that career. (However, I’m afraid I’d kill some of those little s.o.b.s shortly after I took the job.)

    • Scott in SC

      I have to wonder about those who suggest that we should go into the classroom to see what’s really going on. I’ll relate my personal experience on the matter.
      After finally getting thruogh security at the gate because in his estimation I had no valid reason to be there, I cross 50 ft. of open lobby to get to the front desk completely enclosed in bullet proof glass. I tell them I’d like to visit my child’s classroom and they instantly go into high alert and armed security is there within seconds to interrogate me. I’m told I must go to the superintendents office downtown and submit a written request with all my ( and my childs) personal info and a specific reason for wanting to see the classroom. It’s then forwarded to the pricipal for their approval; and then to the teacher for their approval. If granted you will be notified of a date and time when you will be allowed to view the class. Security then escorts me to my vehicle and insures I leave the campus.

      • 45caliber

        Scott:

        It depends upon the school. Our last school requested that parents volunteer to tutor slower students. It still does – and it helps them a lot! My wife did this for years. They just won’t allow you to help your own child at school. (We like this school!) At another school, the teachers are told to automatically give students all “A”s if a parent once questions why their student is having problems since the superintendent doesnt’ want parents on campus. (They tend to graduate 3-5 students a year with diplomas with 2-3 grade educations.) Some schools actually illegally do things by “implied parental consent”. In other words, if you don’t object, they can do what they wish with your student. At most schools, at least in the states I’m familiar with, a parent can visit without problems.

        One of the funniest parent visits I know about happened locally. A mother was called by her daughter’s principal who asked her to discuss a problem with her 15 year old daughter. The girl was talking and cutting up in class, disrupting what the teacher was trying to do. She took a belt and walked to the school, walked directly to her daughter’s class and opened the door. Her daughter was indeed talking. She pulled her out of the class into the hall and blistered her bottom in from of her class mates. She then marched her back into the classroom and slammed her down in her seat again.

        As she left the principal came running up. “Madam, we can’t spank students here in our school,” he told her. “You are right,” she agreed. “But I can! You have any more problem with my daughter, you just let me know.”

        They didn’t have problems with her daughter after that – nor any of the other kids in that class the rest of the time they were in high school!

    • Pete0097

      If the teachers are not well paid, you can thank the unions. WHen my briother was a school board director, he had to negioate with the unions. They wanted percentage raises. This awards longevity and punishes the new teachers. My brother wanted to raise all teacher salaries $2000 per year in addition to the mandatory raise due to more experience (in reality, the same years experience only one more time) The union said NO. We want percentage raises and keep the beginners low.

  • 45caliber

    This is a test given to 8th graders over a hundred years ago. They couldn’t finish the 8th grade unless they passed it.

    How many of you can pass this test NOW? And how many college graduates NOW can pass it??

    8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, KS -1895

    Grammar (Time, one hour)

    1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters.
    2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications.
    3. Define verse, stanza and paragraph.
    4. What are the principal parts of a verb? Give principal parts of “lie,” “play,” and “run.”
    5. Define case; Illustrate each case.
    6. What is punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of punctuation.
    7 – 10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

    Arithmetic (Time, 1:25 hours)

    1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
    2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
    3. If a load of wheat weighs 3,942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1050 lbs. for tare?
    4 District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
    5. Find the cost of 6,720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.
    6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
    7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $20 per metre?
    8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
    9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance of which is 640 rods?
    10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.

    U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes)

    1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided
    2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus.
    3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
    4. Show the territorial growth of the United States.
    5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas.
    6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
    7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe?
    8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, 1865.

    Orthography (Time, one hour)

    1. What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication.
    2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
    3. What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals
    4. Give four substitutes for caret ‘u.’
    5. Give two rules for spelling words with final ‘e.’ Name two exceptions under each rule.
    6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
    7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, sup.
    8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
    9. Use the following correctly in sentences: cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays. 10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.

    Geography (Time, one hour)

    1 What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
    2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas?
    3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
    4. Describe the mountains of North America.
    5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco.
    6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S
    7. Name all the republics of Europe and give the capital of each.
    8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
    9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
    10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give the inclination of the earth.

    • Sirian

      Truthfully 45, I seriously doubt if anyone could pass it. The Progressives had managed to pull this level of beneficial education from our kids. We too – many, many years ago. I hate to even think of whether I would’ve even made it out of High School if we had been required to have taken this test. What’s even more disturbing is that Kansas is my home state. Go figure. . . :(

      • 45caliber

        Sirian:

        I suspect we would have passed this test – if they had taught the information. The real problem is that they no longer try to teach things like this. I had Civics in high school – it was a required course for graduation. It basically taught everyone what rights you had under the Constitution and why. It also taught what rights AND responsibilities you have as a citizen of the US. It taught that the final judge of all laws is the jury.

        Today, I think the only people who are taught that are new immigrants hoping to become a citizen.

        And NO ONE is being taught that the jury is the final say in law. In fact, it no longer is. They aren’t even the final say in punishment. I’ve heard of juries finding a person innocent or guilty because the judge told them they must. And most juries are told what sentence to give the guilty.

        I know of a case years ago in AR where a man shot his wife. He pled guilty – and insisted that he did it because she deserved it. The jury agreed and gave him a one day, suspended sentence. The prosecutor and judge almost had s*** hemerrages! But there was nothing they could do about it.

      • s c

        Sirian, kids today couldn’t pass that test unless they had the answers before they took the test (if they crammed – MAYBE). And when it comes to POLITICIANS, how many do you think could pass it? Do you think a self-styled “genius” like Obummer could pass it?
        I’d like to see 10 union teachers taken from each state to see how THEY do on that test. For that matter, grab some administrators and see how THEY fare.
        Education today is an INDOCTRINATION process. It starts in grade school. If it “works,” you get people like ‘e,’ ‘j’, the other ‘e,’ flush,’ ‘k,’ and the rest of the utopian geekoids who show up on this website.
        Public school is for future National Socialists and progressive utopians. It’s NOT for Americans.

  • Scott in SC

    To be clear, the system isn’t failing. It’s succeding fantastically in achieving it’s intended goals. If you’ve never seen “The Miseducation of America”, a conversation with Charlotte Iserbyt, check it out. A true insider who will expain to you what is going on.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezTIYd5UFRY

    • Sirian

      Does this not run along the same lines as Karl Marx had prescribed? Yes, obviously so.

  • Yoppy

    Imagine this: You spend five to six years earning your college degree. Then possibly, an advanced college degree, and a required State teaching credential at a cost of a little under $100,000. After all this, you student teach for a period of time and then if you are fortunate, you will land a job as a beginning teacher in this dismal economy. Beginning teachers make around $18,000-$34,000 depending on the area (pretty low considering the level of education).

    You had no idea when you started this process that you had neither the stamina, the drive nor saintly patience to deal with 25 to 40 kids per class period – all day, every day. Add to this the fact that schools are not allowed to effectively discipline students any longer. Any discipline permissible these days can be met with accusations of racism, violation of Civil Rights or child abuse. The days are gone when a principal or assistant principal could mete out discipline via a paddling. For all you liberals, this is called “not sparing the rod” (reference the Book of Proverbs).

    Now that you have invested all that time and money into being a teacher and have discovered that the kids were not taught by their parent or guardian to respect adults, you have an epiphany that you were not cut out to be a teacher. You HATE your job but are stuck with highly specialized career training and huge student loans. Many new teachers come to this realization. It does not in any way excuse bad teachers, but may explain the burnt-out teachers and the rookie teachers with bad attitudes.

    Look at your own workplace. Compile a mental list of stellar employees who have great attitudes every day and really know their stuff. Can’t think of too many, can you? Now apply that same logic to a school setting. Do we really expect every human being, hired as a teacher to exhibit exemplarary performance every day and do so with a wonderful attitude? Remember that there is no longer an ability to effectively discipline the students. The parent or guardian revolts against staff and may even threaten the school employee when mild administrative discipline is applied to their “little angel”.

    Then add the “race card” that may be applied to anything that you do as a teacher. And don’t forget “political correctness”. PC does not allow for honest opinions and feedback to be provided to district administration, parents or the public at large by school employees. Many urban and rural school boards are either stacked with or highly influenced by political activists from such organizations as NAACP or La Raza. These organizations sometimes defend thugs and file lawsuits against school employees and the district when “people of color” are suspended or expelled for serious school offenses.

    This school meltdown is just a symptom of greater problems endemic to America. Just wait until radical Islamic influences pervade our schools – never mind…; I forgot, kids of those radicals go to private American taxpayer-sponsored Islamic charter schools or are home-schooled.

    There was a great line in a movie years ago that applies to our current situation: “You can’t handle the truth!” May God help us all!

    • 45caliber

      Yoppy:

      When you talk wages, consider that they are being paid for 3/4 of a year, not a year as most are. They can have the school give them 12 checks but it is for 3/4 of a year. If you multiply their pay by 4/3s you will get a closer approximation to what a teacher makes. And you will find that in most instances it is close or above what other professions are paid, whether starting or later.

      And many people get college degrees and then discover they don’t like the field that they had selected. At least with a teaching career, they can usually find a job. Over half of each class of graduating engineers never find a job in their field. Those teachers who discover they don’t like teaching can do the same thing others do – find another job in something else. McDonalds needs managers…

  • DAVID MICHAEL MYERS of WV

    I am glad someone has recognized that so-called “public schools” are GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS no matter what level of government you talk about. County “public schools” are county government schools.

    Every freedom-advocating person should insist on SEPARATION OF SCHOOL AND STATE — just like separation of church and state.

    Do you tolerate the stat’s (government at any level) interference with your religious practice? If not, then why do you let them screw up your kids’s minds?

    Boycott their government schools. refuse to pay school taxes, especially if you don’t have any kids in their schools.

    Stand on your own two feet. Be a SOVEREIGN INDIVIDUAL !

    • 45caliber

      Working for a school is a government job – just as a clerk at some Congressman’s office is. It is just a different layer of government.

      And if you take ALL government workers – federal, state, county, city, school, etc. there are more government workers than private workers. Espiecially if you add the welfare recipients in as government workers since they are paid by the government to sit at home.

  • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

    Between 1967 and 1974 teacher training in the US was covertly revamped through the coordinated efforts of a small number of private foundations, certain universities, global corporations and several other interests working through the U.S. Department of Education and through key state education departments, one of which is the state of Vermont.

    Three critical documents in this transformation are Benjamin Bloom’s multi-volume TAXONOMY OF EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES. That was the first. The second was a many-state project begun in 1967 called DESIGNING EDUCATION FOR THE FUTURE,
    and it was set forth in an enormous manual of nearly 1000 pages and finally the BEHAVIORAL TEACHER EDUCATIONAL PROJECT which came in a manual of over 1000 pages. These were inserted into every state education department in the country and moneys were inserted there to pay faculty salaries a certain range of bribes for the school districts that would pioneer the use of these things.

    DESIGNING EDUCATION FOR THE FUTURE papers. They were the collusion with the federal education department and the presumably independent state agencies. They redefined education after the 19th century Germanic fashion as (quoting now from the document) “as a means to achieve important economic and social goals for the national character” — and I would hasten to add that none of those goals included the maximum development of your son or daughter. State agencies would henceforth “act as Federal enforcers insuring compliance of local schools with Federal directives”. The document proclaimed that ( I’m quoting again), “each state education department must be an agent of change”, proclaimed further “change must be institutionalized”. I doubt if an account of this appeared in any newspaper in the state of Vermont or for that matter any newspaper in the country (U.S.). Education departments were (I am quoting a third time) “to lose their identity as well as their authority in order to form a partnership with the Federal Government”.

    The BEHAVIORAL TEACHER EDUCATIONAL PROJECT outlines specific teaching reforms to be forced on the country, unwillingly of course, after 1967. It also sets out, in clear language, the outlook and intent of its invisible creators. Nothing less than quoting again “the impersonal manipulation through schooling of a future America in which few will be able to maintain control over their own opinions”, an America in which (quoting again) “each individual receives at birth, a multipurpose identification number which enables employers and other controllers to keep track of their [underlings]“, (underlings is my interpretation, everything else came out of the document), “and to expose them to the directors subliminal influence of the state education department and the federal department acting through those whenever necessary”.

    Readers learned in 1967, of course you and I were not among those readers, that chemical experimentation on minors would be normal procedure in the post 1967 world. That is a pointed foreshadowing of the massive Ritalin interventions which would accompany the student body of the future. Teachers were expected to function as government change agents and their trainers, ( this the first time reading this document that I realized that the expression “teacher trainer”, like animal trainer, is an odd locution) the teacher trainers, were notified that behavioral science would henceforth replace academic curriculum in schools. The project identified the future as one (again I’m quoting) “in which a small league would control all important matters, one in which participatory democracy would largely disappear”. Children would be made to see that their classmates, and indeed the average man or woman were so inadequate, were so irresponsible that they had to be controlled and regulated. The tremendous rise in school violence and general chaos in the late 1960′s, a period when teachers and schools across the land were stripped of their ability to discipline children, might be seen as a convenient public justification for sharp constrictions of traditional liberty. Each outburst resonated through the press like a billboard for emergency measures.

    Read the rest here:http://4brevard.com/choice/Public_Education.htm

    • kkflash

      These should be shocking revelations to believers in personal freedom, but I must admit that, though this information is entirely new to me, it only confirms what I’ve suspected all along: that the effort to indoctrinate rather than teach is intentional, coordinated and purposeful. I graduated high school in 1975, thankfully prior to the mass implementation of behavior modification, so I can still think for myself. But, my children were subjected to this so-called education, and my grand-children are just beginning it. We must wake up the nation before another generation of mindless zombies results.

      • 45caliber

        kk:

        I graduated from high school in ’65 so I missed most of the indoctrinations. However I insured that what my kids were taught also included how to think for themselves. The main problem today is that the government is trying to prevent the parents from teaching their children that.

        Shortly after Clinton became President, he came out with the “Goals 2000″ education program. He “co-authored” it. The other author? Hitler (and for you libs, CLINTON was the one who said that! In fact, he stated that Hitler was the most intelligent man of the 20th century.) It was modeled on Hitler’s Youth Program that resulted in the SS troops and WWII.

        When the fall semester started, all state school boards (at least in Texas) were sent a copy of this program and were told that they MUST use it. It included the following: honesty training (which was actually teaching the kids to report anything they saw their parents do), racial harmony (by telling each racial group they were “special” – except the whites, of course – which in Chicago resulted in racial problems), acceptable lifestyles (homosexuality, polygamy, beastality, etc. with emphasis on trying all of them and then selecting what you wanted), teamwork (by requiring the teacher to assign all the students school work to be done as a group – which usually ended by a couple of students doing it and the rest copying), all religion is a myth, and “the government is always right”. There were a couple of other things. The school boards were told that if they didn’t do this, the government would step in, dismiss the school board, and appoint one that would do this. It was pointed out that the kids wouldn’t have time to learn the rest of the school studies and Clinton agreed. His plan called for NO ONE to learn reading and writing until the 6th grade. (They didn’t need to read and write since they could get all their information from tv and radio.) At that time, all students would take a computer test and all those below 90% would then be placed in “Apprentice programs” where they would be taught welding, car maintenance, etc. The jobs would be selected for them by a computer in Washington. Those would never learn reading and writing. The passing 10% would then be taught to read and write – but would again be tested upon graduation. The top percentage (as selected by Washington which would vary depending upon government decision on needs) would go on to college – to careers selected by the computer – while the rest would be given jobs as clerks, etc. (Politicians would be selected by computer. Any guesses as to whose sons and daughters would get those premium jobs?) Education would start at age 2 to insure that the kids’ values would be set by the school/government and not the parents. Any parent who tried to teach something that wasn’t included (kids were to be raised by a committee of four – a gov. official, a teacher, and a nurse at school in addition to ONE parent – notice three gov. to one parent) would be disciplined and/or lose the care of their children. Computer education at the school would continue until age 40 – primarily courses on marriage, child development and training at night. And if you didn’t pass, you couldn’t have kids or lost those you had. I helped stop that in Texas.

  • chuckb

    there will be no change in the education field until the teachers unions are broken, they control the curriculum and teachers tenure. they control the curriculum thru the state legislature and the legislatures fear the power of the union. unless we have a complete revolution of the teaching system all else will fail.

  • 45caliber

    About thirty years ago Tennessee instituted the “Master Teacher Program”. If nominated by someone, the state would send in a person to study how the teacher was doing. They would sit through several classes and check the students. One of the requirements was that a student who left the class knew a lot more than when they entered it.

    Once a person got this title they also got about a large pay raise. They were the only ones who could run summer programs and many other positions. It was not an automatic thing and over half of those nominated did not gain it.

    It worked great for a number of years. But the unions hated it for it rewarded the best teachers and not those with the most seniority. Finally under a compliant governor the unions managed to get rid of the program. But it worked well when it was in place.

  • Rocketman

    The demands are not “impossible” as all school administrator. First they get rid of all the top heavy administrators that don’t teach just sit around shuffling paperwork and bossing around the teachers. That should save 50-60% of the budget right there. Then they eliminate all of the socialist claptrap like “feel good” courses that don’t have any basis in reality then they concentrate on the fundamentals and teach the kids what they should have been taught in the beginning. Simple.

  • ChuckL

    Until the federal government involved itself in education, these problems never existed.

    It is well past time to throw them out.

  • brianS

    The whole system is a mess and will continue to be until (1) Parents take some responsibility for their children and their education and stop using the school to babysit little johnny. (2) Give the teacher more disiciplinary control over the rabble. (3) The parents become more interactive with teachers, the school and the system. (4) Go back to the basics of teaching. (5) Left rid of the left wing crap being taught and teach what they are paid to teach. I realise there are great teachers out there and they are as frustrated with the system and it wears them down. Power back to the people.

  • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

    The secret of American schooling is that it doesn’t teach the way children learn — nor is it supposed to. Schools were conceived to serve the economy and the social order rather than kids and families — that is why it is compulsory. As a consequence, the school can not help anybody grow up, because its prime directive is to retard maturity. It does that by teaching that everything is difficult, that other people run our lives, that our neighbors are untrustworthy even dangerous. School is the first impression children get of society. Because first impressions are often the decisive ones, school imprints kids with fear, suspicion of one another, and certain addictions for life.

    It ambushes natural intuition, faith, and love of adventure, wiping these out in favor of a gospel of rational procedure and rational management.

    About a month ago, the New York Times sent a reporter to three daycare centers in Houston, Texas, one for white kids, one for black kids, and one for Hispanic kids. To everyone’s surprise, he found that all three were identical, they were wonderful places, they were very well appointed, they were clean, bright, they were colorful. All looked fine. But according to the reporter, each gave only token personal attention to individual kids, because mathematically no more than that was possible.

    Communication was by cheerful admonitions like “Don’t do that Wilma” or to-whom-it-may-concern statements like “it’s line-up time!”. Workers saw their goals more as managing children than interacting with them. Managing children is what professional childcare is about in America. Schools are part of the professional child care empire and education has nothing whatsoever to do with it.

    Behind the melodrama of lurid school headlines, hammer attacks on pregnant school teachers, paramilitary assaults on elementary schools by students whose cheeks have never felt a razor, pass the red herring — the falling or rising of S.A.T. scores.

    What seems clear to me after 30 years inside the business, is that school is a place where children learn to dislike each other. What causes that? The self hatred, ineptitude, and generalized antagonism are certainly the justification for a managed society that deviates from the founding documents of this nation, which conferred sovereignty on ordinary people, not on experts.

    The U.C.L.A. study done recently of a 1000 public schools found that the teachers” averaged 7 minutes daily in personal exchanges with students. Divided among 30 kids, that is a total of 14 seconds each. The constant scrambling for attention and status in the close confines of the classroom., where those are only officially conferred by an adult who lacks both the time or the information (to be fair), teaches us to dislike and distrust each other. This continuous auction of favors, has something to do with our anger, and our inability to be honest or responsible, even as grown-ups.

    Yet, ironically, irresponsibility serves the management ideal much better than decent behavior ever could. It demands close management, it explains all those lawyers, all those courts, all those policemen and all those schools. Now either we are structurally undependable, necessitating constant policing, or somehow we have been robbed of our ability to become responsible.

    Consider the strange possibility that we have been deliberately taught to be irresponsible and to dislike each other for some good purpose. I am not being sarcastic or even cynical. I spent 19 years as a student, and 30 more as a school teacher and in all that time I was seldom asked to be responsible, unless you mistake obedience and responsibility for the same thing, which they certainly are not. Whether student or teacher, I gave reflective obedience to strangers for 49 years. If that isn’t a recipe for irresponsibility then nothing is.

    In school your payoff comes from giving up your personal responsibility, just doing what you’re told by strangers even if that violates the core principles of your household.

    There isn’t any way to grow up in school, school won’t let you. As I watched it happen, it takes three years to break a kid, 3 years confined to an environment of emotional neediness, songs, smiles, bright colors, cooperative games, these work much better than angry words and punishment.

    Constant supplication for attention creates a chemistry whose products are the characteristics of modern school children — whining, treachery, dishonesty, malice, cruelty and similar traits. Ceaseless competition for attention in the dramatic fishbowl of the classroom, I have never seen this dynamic examined in the public press — not in 50 years of reading the public press.

    Ceaseless competition for attention in the dramatic fishbowl of the classroom, reliably delivers cowardly children, toadies, school stoolies, little people sunk into chronic boredom, little people with no apparent purpose, just like caged rats, pressing a bar for sustenance, who develop eccentric mannerisms on a periodic reinforcement schedule.

    Those of you who took rat psychology in college will know what I’m referring to — just like the experience of rat psychology, the bizarre behavior kids display is a function of the reinforcement schedule in the confinement of schooling to a large degree. I’m certain of that. Children like this need extensive management.

    Read the rest here:http://4brevard.com/choice/Public_Education.htm

    • 45caliber

      Jay: See my comments above to kkflash on Clinton’s Goals 2000 program.

      • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

        Good post to KKflash, 45. You basically nailed it! But Clinton is just another spoke in the wheel, a facilitator. This process was set in motion long before Clinton, and/but it took decades before the godless progenitors of the system(education), infected with their amoral agenda, would harvest a return from their hellish investment. Plato wrote in the Republic that an ideal city state should be governed by philosopher kings, educated to think freely, and protected by a high class military. The majority of children should be educated only to the level of productive workers with family ties broken as possessions of the state. If there is a feeling in America that education for the majority is being ‘dumbed down,’ it does not come from IDers or creationists, but it is part of the humanist controlled
        system itself, only training children to be obedient, subservient economic units who belong to the state.

        I would suggest that those of us interested in education need to develop a fresh vision for education based on respect, freedom, including freedom to discuss spiritual values, and equality. A complete and well rounded education for all children should ideally go beyond turning out economic units to include philosophy and theology so that children can think freely across different realms of thought. Wasn’t that the original vision of the founding fathers?

        “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

        Contrary to claims by Scott and Branch in Scientific American, it is the humanist dominated education system that is holding back the real education of children because it is based on state control not freedom.

  • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

    Did you know all 44 U.S. presidents have carried European royal bloodlines into office? 34 have been genetic descendants from just one person, Charlemagne, the brutal eighth century King of the Franks. 19 of them directly descended from King Edward III of England. In fact, the presidential candidate with the most royal genes has won every single American election.

    “This information comes from Burke’s Peerage, which is the Bible of aristocratic genealogy, based in London. Every presidential election in America, since and including George Washington in 1789 to Bill Clinton, has been won by the candidate with the most British and French royal genes. Of the 42 presidents to Clinton, 33 have been related to two people: Alfred the Great, King of England, and Charlemagne, the most famous monarch of France. So it goes on: 19 of them are related to England’s Edward III, who has 2000 blood connections to Prince Charles.

    The same goes with the banking families in America. George Bush and Barbara Bush are from the same bloodline – the Pierce bloodline, which changed its name from Percy, when it crossed the Atlantic. Percy is one of the aristocratic families of Britain, to this day. They were involved in the Gunpowder Plot to blow up Parliament at the time of Guy Fawkes” -Researcher/Author David Icke, “Alice in Wonderland and the World Trade Center”

    If America declared its Independence from the European monarchies in 1776, how is it possible that every single president has descended from European monarchs? If presidents are democratically elected as we are told, what are the odds that we would always choose members of British and French royal bloodlines to lead us?

    “The Americas have always been owned and governed by the same royal families of Britain and Europe that conventional history states as being among those defeated during the wars of so-called ‘Independence.’” -Michael Tsarion, “Astrotheology and Sidereal Mythology”

    “If it really is the Land of the Free and if, as is claimed, anyone really can become the president, you would fairly expect that the 43 presidents from George Washington to George W. Bush would express that genetic diversity. You’re having a laugh. The presidents of the United States are as much a royal dynasty as anything in Europe, from whence their bloodlines came.” -David Icke, “Tales from the Time Loop”

    Researchers like David Icke, Michael Tsarion, and Fritz Springmeier, along with foundations like the New England Historical Genealogy Society, Burkes Peerage, the Roman Piso Homepage, and other reliable genealogical sources have documented these royal presidential bloodlines. Actually, by branching out far enough on the presidential family tree, the dedicated researcher will find that all 44 presidents share kinship, belonging to the same general ancestry, often called the 13th Illuminati bloodline, the Merovingian line, and/or the Windsor-Bush bloodline.

    “If you go deeply enough into the genealogical research you will find that ALL the presidents are from this line …A spokesman for Burkes Peerage, the bible of royal and aristocratic genealogy based in London, has said that every presidential election since and including George Washington in 1789 has been won by the candidate with the most royal genes. Now we can see how and why. United States presidents are not chosen by ballot, they are chosen by blood!” -David Icke, “The Windsor-Bush Bloodline”

    Granted the relationships are sometimes distant 10th or 15th cousins, but in a country with hundreds of millions to choose from, this simply cannot be chance or coincidence. Gary Boyd Roberts, a genealogist at the New England Historic Genealogical Society thoroughly traced these connections in his book “Ancestors of American Presidents.” George W. Bush himself is directly related to 16 former U.S. presidents including George Washington, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, Grover Cleveland, Teddy Roosevelt, William H. Taft, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, and Gerald Ford.

    Bush is closely related to the king of Albania and has kinship with every member of the British royal family and the House of Windsor. He is related to 20 British Dukes, the 13th cousin of Britain’s Queen Mother, and of her daughter Queen Elizabeth. He is 13th cousin once removed from Prince Charles and has direct descent from King Henry III, Charles II, and Edward I of England. Through the House of Windsor and King Henry III, the Bush’s and Bill Clinton are genetically related as well.

    “According to Burke’s Peerage, even according to the official genealogy, Bill Clinton is genetically related to the House of Windsor, the present royal family in Britain; to every Scottish monarch; to King Henry III of England; and to Robert I of France.” -David Icke, “Alice in Wonderland and the World Trade Center”

    In 2004 George W. Bush ran as a “Republican” against “Democrat” John Forbes Kerry – his 16th cousin. These cousins, related to the same British and French monarchs, are also secret society brothers in the infamous Skull and Bones fraternity. John Kerry descends from King Henry II of England and Richard the Lionheart, leader of the third Christian crusade in 1189. He also has links to royalty in Albania, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Russia, Persia, and France, but still not enough royal genes to top George Bush. Earlier in 2000 we see the same story – George W. Bush ran neck and neck with Al Gore; another supposed democrat and cousin of the Bush family.

    “Al Gore is a descendant of Edward I, Roman Emperors Louis I, II, and Charles II and is direct descendant of Charlemagne which makes him a distant cousin of Richard Nixon and George W. Bush. So the top “democratic” candidates against Bush in 2000 and 2004 were actually his cousins!” -Michael Tsarion, “Where History Ends DVD”

    “Never in the history of the United States have two presidential candidates been as well endowed with royal alliances. There has always been a significant “royal factor,” in those who aspired to the White House, with Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, among others, all boasting blue blood links. Al Gore…a descendant of Edward I, he is also a cousin of former U.S. President Richard Nixon, who resigned from the White House in 1974 for his part in the Watergate scandal. However, Al Gore does have direct links to the Holy Roman Empire. He is descendant of Roman Emperors Louis II, Charles II, and Louis I and is therefore also a direct descendant of Charlemagne, the eighth-century Emperor. The problem is that Gore’s Charlemagne links also make him a cousin of George W. Bush.” -Harold Brooks-Baker, Burke’s Peerage Publishing Director from p. 7, NEXUS magazine, Vol. 8, No 1, January-February edition

    By placing bloodline members on both sides of America’s faux political dichotomy, the old monarchs have guaranteed their right to throne under the guise of democratic elections. Back in 1996 we see the same tactic as “Democrat” Bill Clinton defeated “Republican” Bob Dole, his cousin.

    “Even Bill Clinton and Bob Dole, who ‘opposed’ each other at the 1996 election, are distant cousins. They can trace their ancestry to England’s King Henry III, who reigned from 1227 to 1273, and US Presidents William Henry and Benjamin Harrison …Clinton has far more royal blood than Dole and is directly descended from the same bloodline as the House of Windsor, every Scottish monarch, and King Robert I of France. This is why he was the Brotherhood’s choice.” -David Icke, “The Biggest Secret” (191-192)

    http://www.atlanteanconspiracy.com/2008/06/presidential-bloodlines.html

  • stephen

    Home school?? Close the district down?
    Role model for LAUSD?

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