Snohomish School District
Last updated October 24, 2002
This page is dedicated to the improvement of public education, and to
the teaching of the knowledge necessary for our children to understand,
reason, and function intelligently for the futures of themselves, their
families, and their communities.
This page is also dedicated to our teachers, who, in spite of all the
resistance of administrators and central planners, continue to teach our
children the academics that made this the greatest country of the world
in our time. I further wish to acknowledge that it is the teachers who
are taking the blame for the declines in learning, whereas the actual responsibility
for those declines rests upon those same administrators and central planners.
Learn:---To gain knowledge of; to acquire knowledge or ideas
of something before unknown. We learn the use of letters, the meaning
of words and the principles of science. We learn things by instruction,
by study, and by experience and observation. It is much easier to learn
what is right, than to unlearn what is wrong. To acquire skill in any thing;
to gain by practice a faculty of performing ; as, to learn to play
on a flute or an organ. To teach; to communicate the knowledge of something
before unknown. American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah
Learning.---1. knowledge acquired by systematic study in any
field or scholarly application. 2. the act or process of acquiring knowledge
or skill. 3. Psychol. the modification of behavior through
practice, training, or experience. Random House Webster's College
"In our dreams, we have limitless resources and the people yield
themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands. The present
educational conventions fade from our minds, and unhampered by tradition,
we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive rural folk. We
shall not try to make these people or any of their childen into philosophers
or men of learning, or of science. We have not to raise up from among them
authors, editors, poets or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo
great artists, painters, musicians nor lawyers, doctors, preachers, statesmen,
of whom we have an ample supply. The task we set task before ourselves
is a very simple as well as a very beautiful one,
to train these
people as we find them to a perfectly ideal life just where they are. So
we will organize our children and teach them to do in a perfect way the
things their fathers and mothers are doing in an imperfect way, in the
homes, in the shops, and on the farm." Occasional Letter No.1, The
General Education Board, 1903, organized by J.D. Rockefeller, with Fred
T. Gates, and Andrew Carnegie as a trustee. [emphasis added]
really, or is this more "training"? Updated 6/24/98
One of the prime resources for the history of OBE is Diana Fessler,
a member of the Ohio State Board of Education, who researched and put together
a 68 page Report on the Work Toward National Standards, Assessments
and Certificates. This report is available from Diana
Fessler in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format.
"The NCEE/Commission made recommendations to the NCEE board for the
creation of five interlocking systems. The remainder of this report is
divided into chapters that correspond to NCEE’s five systems. I refer
to these systems, collectively, as The System:
· A system to certify student readiness to enter the workforce
· A system of Youth Centers for those not certified labor
· A system of occupational certificates
· A system of finance for education and workforce training,
· A system of labor market boards to pull it all together.
Essential Learning, or Essential Academic Learning Requirements.
This the current buzz word, and is required to be implemented. Most do
not realize that the source is dictated by the Carnegie sourced interests.
Lynn Stuter has a report on Achieve,
showing the source of this program. It is not a local program.
Tired of being duped with governmental smoke and mirrors? Wonder
how bureaucrats perpetuate their agendas/jobs/programs? Want to learn how
to stop it?The Bureaucrats Bible
is a step-by-step description of what will happen when you work for true
reform. Shirley Basarab.
The Origins of Political Correctness, a speech by Bill
Lind, at Georgetown Univeristy
SEMINAR ON GOALS 2000 -- (BY ROBERT HOLLAND) (Extension of
Remarks - February 26, 1997). Mr. Robert Holland of Richmond, VA, an editor
for the Richmond Times Dispatch not only delivered one of the best presentations
but contributed the following editorial
appeared in the Washington Times, Sunday, February 23, 1997, which I am
pleased to share with my colleagues.
School-To-Work. Wonder where the requirement for community service
came from? School-Work
-A Formula for Failure by Karen Holgate,editor of Parents National
Network. She is an education researcher and legislative analyst.
STW assistance to State of Washington
is traced back to those organizations that provide the funding for that
assistance, including the UN. Lynn Stuter details the connections of the
National School to Work Office, a project of the Academy of Education Development.
"School-to-Work Opportunities Act of 1994"
this is a searchable file. Use Control F and then type in the word you
are looking for, i.e., mandatory.
On Sept. 25, 1998, Rep. Bob Schaffer placed in the Congressional Record
an 18-page letter that has become famous as Marc Tucker's "Dear
Hillary" letter. It lays out the master plan of the Clinton Administration
to take over the entire U.S. educational system so that it can serve national
economic planning of the workforce. The "Dear Hillary" letter, written
on Nov. 11, 1992 by Marc Tucker, president of the National Center on
Education and the Economy (NCEE), lays out a plan "to remold the entire
American [school] system" into "a seamless web that literally extends from
cradle to grave and is the same system for everyone," coordinated by "a
system of labor market boards at the local, state and federal levels" where
curriculum and "job matching" will be handled by counselors "accessing
the integrated computer-based program."
BACKGROUND OF SCHOOL TO WORK CONCEPT -- (BY DR.
D. L. CUDDY)
TRANSATLANTIC EDUCATION AGENDA -- (BY D.L. CUDDY,
PH.D.) (Extension of Remarks - July 14, 1998)
For those who would like to see the connection between the workforce
development boards, the workforce investment boards, local schools, workforce
training ... Arkansas has it's one stop website in operation ...
The material on the website is so blatant, I'm not sure how anyone could
miss the intent or meaning. Lynn M Stuter
ASB - Associated Student Body
ASB Basics, or how the money is supposed
to be spent. Val Barschaw
Teacher's Salaries are of interest right now. Analysis shows that salaries
for the first 15 years in Snohomish are going up at the a rate between
2.44% and 5% each year, while the inflation rate is essentially flat. Interesting
to note that average income in 1995 for our region was $32 -$35,000. Spreadsheet..4/19/99
Does one 2nd grade teacher who receives twice the income as other teacher
twice as good at teaching? A look at some teachers'
salaries , (2001-2002).
District salaries far exceed the amounts supplied by the State, leaving
only approximately $9 million for books, supplies, and other items. Salaries..4/11/99
State Level Support of Teachers Salaries needs to be raised in order
to account for the loss in real wages due to an annual inflation rate of
1.5 -1.6%. Yeah, Sure!!! A look at the State schedule shows an annual wage
increase of approximately 3% each and every year. Take
How to read your School District's budget-
How your School Levy dollars are spent. Spreadsheet analysis
derived from Snohomish School District documents shows that levey dollars
are not reaching the classroom, but are being used to support programs
94 and 97. No wonder the kids have no books. The spreadsheet is in Quattro
In the l996-97 school year the district took out $800,000 from the basic
education revenues supplied by the state to spend on programs other than
In the 1997-98 year, $1,100,000 was budgeted out of Basic Ed.
In the 1998-99 $1,000,000 is budgeted out of Basic Ed.
More than 80% of the levy money is going into administration, and not the
"Most surrounding districts run at least a 20% levy. Our past two levies
have been at 18%. It may be relevant to note that had we passed a 20% levy
this debt would not have occurred." Candace McKenna's
words after ESD briefing on what went wrong in the school district. We,
the citizens are to blame.
The State Auditors Office audits the district. CleanAudit?
The truth about funding in the Snohomish School District Or How can
Students Learn with 37 in a Class? Dave Stewart
Contractof Snohomish Principals and
the School District.
Assistant Superintendents -- Can you imagine $95,000 per year, with
12 paid holidays, and 29 days of vacation? Read the Contract! And no books
for the kids, but they CARE! Contract
They say they care for the kids, but nothing is too good for our
The amount of money that is allocated by the state to the district for
principles' and administrators' salaries is a specific amount that is set
by the legislature. Snohomish chooses to pay a higher amount. So where
does the money for the higher salaries come from?
A retired Principal goes to work for
the district. Questions, and maybe few Answers..
During the week days of August 6th, 7th, & 8th ( Wed. - Fri.)of 1997,
the school administrators took a week-end retreat to Leavenworth for leadership
training and strategic plan implementation. What a week-end!
Poetic Justice, Val Barschaw comments on elected
Control of Outcomes in Groups
Lifetime Student Tracking
Requests for Student Social Security numbers, A
Number, Not a Name: Big Brother by Stealth,
an essay by Claire Wolfe, May 1998. Big Brother is watching your student.
The State of Washington is Tracking your student.
Tracking of Students, an exerpt
from Education Reform--The Silent Weapon. Shirley Basarab
High School HiJinx
(Or not all the Donkeys are seated in the grass.
Or as one city officicial stated, the administration is out of control)
E-mail from a parent who no longer has students in school.
The School Board:
Minority Report, Communications
Task Force, August 23, 1997. Teach phonics? Naaah!
The School Board Protocols: What do they say? Operating
Six Rules of Education, Max Rafferty
Deierling resigns: "In the past year, I
have experience the humility of ostracism by administrators and board members,
I have seen the duplicitous actions of our education community leaders
in ways that are disingenuous to not only our students and staff, but to
the very citizens who are responsible through their representation of the
integrity and academic excellence that the Snohomish School District has
be acclaimed for."
Included in her resignation statement, Deierling encloses documents
on Neal J. Powell's un-accredited Phd.
Neal J. Powell claims a Ph.D. from the University
of Santa Barbara. Report of the The Bureau
for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education committee that evaluated
the claim of USB
Bushwhacking Johnny~ by B.K. Eakman
"Technically, cognitive dissonance is 'a stressful mental or emotional
reaction caused by trying to reconcile two opposing, inconsistent, or conflicting
beliefs held simultaneously.' In practice, it is a form of mental
coercion. (I ought to know: I sat through enough workshops as a prospective
educator and practicing teacher. We learned how to disrupt logic, how to
make it difficult for the uninitiated to sustain a train of thought.)"
and other testing
Local Control of Education in your District?
The following press release is from the State
Board of Education in
Washington State. Of particular note is the part about state
school districts being tied to schools exhibiting the Nine Characteristics
of High Performing Schools, listed following the press release.
becomes contingent on districts complying with state and federal
requirements. Lynn Stuter
No Child Left Behind? right out of Goals 2000.
No Child Left Behind? An e-mail from
Arkansas on Frameworks program, and the federal
No Child Left Behind
- Gerald W. Bracey is an independent researcher and writer living in Alexandria,
VA, an Associate of the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation and
an Associate Professor at George Mason University.
No Child Left Behind? While the No Child
Left Behind Act amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to require
that public high schools turn over students' names and addresses to military
recruiters, it also contains an opt-out clause for concerned parents. [if
parents know about it- df] cnsnews
Part I: Supreme Court Issues Death Sentence
for Private Schools ~Charlotte T. Iserbyt, former Senior Policy
Advisor, U.S. Department of Education :
"The Supreme Court's recent 5-4 decision allowing the constitutionality
of financial aid to parents which they may use at religious or private
schools, including virtual academy(computer-assisted-instruction)
charter schools available to home schoolers, will result in the deliberate
dumbing down of all education.In this latter regard, the writer of this
article was told in 1981 by the Director of the Office of Libraries and
Learning Technology, U.S. Department of Education, that "in the future
all education will take place in the home, but that we will always have
the schools for socialization purposes". This is the UN's lifelong
learning/brainwashing concept which places all community services under
the umbrella of the community school. (The National Alliance of Business
refers to this agenda as Kindergarten-Age 80)"
PERFECT CRIME: HOW PSYCHOLOGY AND HIGH-TECH MARKETING HAVE "DEFORMED"
EDUCATION ~by Beverly K. Eakman ~Author, Educator and Executive
Director - National Education Consortium January 27, 2001
So, in effect, children are being "warehoused," not educated. If you think
back, you'll find that this approach to education mirrors the childrearing
advice that started being disseminated in books and magazines beginning
in the mid-1950s. Parents who continued to transmit even innocuous virtues
like propriety, tact, and modesty had the rug pulled out from under them."Between
1968-1975, standardized tests started looking more like opinion surveys
than cognitive measures. Teachers like me were told essentially not to
teach-not to put red marks on pupils' papers, not to say anything that
could even be construed as a negative comment about a youngster's work,
clothing, or speech. [snip]
Now, four consequences necessarily follow from this shift of emphasis:
First, both curriculum and testing center on passions.
Secondly, the group is put before individual students. Today's "cooperative
learning" concept is aimed at turning out "team players," not at supporting
individual performance. That means peer pressure is heightened instead
of alleviated. Which brings us to consequence
#3: Children flit from one activity toanother, with no continuity between
skill-bases, distracted and discouraged from the kind of study that results
in the ability to make logical conclusions. Post-modern people, you see,
are not supposed to be moved by reason, and given the events of the past
8 years, obviously they're not. So, the endless distractions create both
an intellectual and emotional void.
Finally, because group-think and consensus are rewarded over independent
thought, the old school cliques we knew have "morphed" into violent, "Lord
of the Flies"-style, kiddy subcultures, like Littleton's Trench-Coat Mafia,
indulging in brutal territorial exercises. That's "mob rule."
EDUCATION: Uncle Sam's Classroom~ by B.K. Eakman http://www.beverlye.com/~eakman/classroom_20000821.html
the September 2000 Chronicles magazine, pp. 40-42 Under the section, Vital
Signs [This is a long article, but a real eye-opener,-df]
Links to internet web sites
Why the WASL* is so Awful! (*Washington
Assessment of Student Learning) Why parents are refusing
to let their children take the Washington Assessment of Student Learning
(WASL). Shirley Basarab
A rebutal to the Federal
Way School District.
An e-mail exchange between
Patrick Patrick and Arthu Hu
Mothers Against WASL, an e-mail
by an organizer.
The NAEP Test -(NAEP = National
Assessment of Educational Progress) The Maple River Education Coalition
PAC "...neither teachers nor parents are allowed to see the test.
This way the federal government can include any questions it wishes to,
while, at the same time, it cannot be held accountable by its citizens.
The national system of education is designed to hold the citizens accountable
to government, not the other way around."
A discussionn by two moms
Education researcher Lynn Stuter:
various articles on Education Reform. Mrs. Stuter is one of several education
researcher in our State. Her site has many topics that provides valuable
information for parents. This is a good site to bookmark.
Snohomish Schools mailing list,
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