Women in combat and Jessica Lynch have become quite
controversial among conservative circuits. Many are calling for
President Bush to change the Clinton policies that put women into
combat areas. And well he should. However, those who value the role
of women as mothers and nurturers, have already lost the next
generation who are enrolled in the indoctrination camps called
public schools. Women in combat and other politically correct
thoughts must be taught in all schools requiring students to take
statewide or national assessments.
Education officials like to call these authentic assessments.
Beverly Eakman, author of several books, including Cloning
of the American Mind, defines a "test" as an objective
measure of a child's ability to solve a problem; an "assessment" is
a social scientist's speculation about the environmental
conditioning of the child.1
Ms. Eakman says, today’s standardized tests are more concerned with
the child’s psyche, social values, and ability to conform, than his
ability to calculate, use correct punctuation, or read a periodic
indoctrination by the collectivists who run our schools is not
lurking in some photocopied handout in 5th hour Social
Studies class. Here in Republican-run Michigan, part of that
indoctrination is a mandate resulting from questions in the Michigan
Educational Assessment Program test, known as the MEAP. Oh yes, the
MEAP asks plenty of politically correct multiple choice and essay
questions, including but not limited to evolution, how privatization
drives up costs, and what those chauvinist colonial men thought of
women. But my favorite is the question asking students their opinion
of women in combat.
scoring is based on rubrics requiring that part of the score be
based on outside data to support the conclusion. The MEAP study
booklet for teachers and students includes charts and data
purporting to show that military officers and the public
increasingly support women in combat. What is a student to do? To
get a top grade, he must use the data provided and support women in
Values tested in Michigan are called Core Democratic Values,
as determined by a foundation called CIVITAS, not your local school
board. This group has a similar philosophy to the Center for Civic
Education, who determines the national standards for civics and
government for the NAEP, national testing, along with the new
federal curriculum. So pushing the idea of women in combat and other
politically correct thoughts are not unique to Michigan. (See
www.edwatch.org for more on CCE). Most parents are unaware of the
content of these tests since obtaining, reviewing, or releasing the
questions is unlawful in most states, and a possible federal
right does the state or federal government have to ask our children
their opinions on political and possibly religious based beliefs?
Just what happens to those answers? They are turned into the state
for grading, and eventually make their way to the Center for
Educational Performance. CEPI administers a computer database
capable of tracking the attainment of every student in Michigan to
determine what instructional programs really work.
Based on the answers, policies are initiated to improve the
scoring on assessments. What is necessary is continual remediation
until the student answers correctly. That is why many questions
found on the 8th grade tests, are repeated in the
11th grade tests.
Besides worries about privacy, parents should realize that
they have the near impossible job of de-programming their children
every night if they attend test-administering schools. Most do not,
and many that try will be unsuccessful. Today’s generation raised by
public schools that teach what to think and not how to think will
rule this country.
Schools must teach the acceptance of women in combat along
with of other socially leftwing ideas to ensure their students pass
our state and national assessments. The students must answer
properly to pass those tests. Unless there is an unlikely immediate
change in those who control our public schools, or an immediate mass
exodus from public schools, we can be assured that the values
historically held by Americans and Christians will not survive to
the next generation. Those who control the test, control the
curriculum and the thoughts and beliefs of our children.
- To learn
more see article by Bev Eakman, The
Darkside of Nationwide Tests.
May 14, 2003
Deborah DeBacker [send
her mail] is the chair of the Oakland County Republican
Assembly. She has been a political activist in education issues for
the last 10 years. Most important, she and her husband are the
parents of three teenage boys.
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