“New” AL Math Standards ARE Common Core! Vote is Dec 12th-We Need More “NO” Votes

URGENT: We need the AL State School Board and Gov Ivey to vote “NO” on the “New” AL Math Standards because they are Common Core! See for yourself. The vote is Thursday, Dec. 12th. WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH VOTES TO KILL IT YET. WE NEED YOU to contact Gov Ivey and your school board member now. Find out details in this less than 2 minute clip. PLEASE SHARE! TIME IS RUNNING OUT!

Eagle Forum of Alabama’s position on the teaching of origins in Alabama public schools

Eagle Forum has not and does not object to the teaching of evolution. To the contrary, Eagle Forum advocates that students be correctly taught about origins. For example, good education requires defining terms: “evolution” — i.e., microevolution (observable changes within a species) and macroevolution (changes from one species into another).
In order to stimulate inquiry, Eagle Forum also advocates that students be informed of current scientific problems with Darwinian evolution, rather than its being taught as undisputed fact.

Joan Kendall, Eagle Forum of Alabama Science Education Chairman

Teaching of origins has always been controversial since the publication of Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species. Eagle Forum’s position is that:

• Origins in public schools must be presented in a way that helps students HOW to think scientifically rather than WHAT to think about science.
• Good science teaching presents the content of scientific theories as well as any unanswered questions and problems with scientific theories; and it challenges students to think creatively about how to improve and even what would be required to replace one.
• Good science instructors must teach that a theory should always conform to the data and not be imposed upon the data.
• The ultimate goal is to produce students who will understand the nature of science and be able to contribute to its advancement.

Norris Anderson, Science Consultant to Eagle Forum of Alabama, and former biology teacher and textbook writer for major publisher

“Abandon This Approach.” Mathematician-Dr. Milgram’s Review of 9-12 Grade AL “New” Math Standards)

Dr. James Milgram,  (bio below) reviewed the new proposed 2019 AL Math Standards for 9-12 grade.  Read his scathing review here: https://alabamaeagle.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Dr-Milgram-Scathing-Review-9-12-AL-new-Math-Standards-Nov-2019-Plus-original-review-from-spring-2019.pdf

BIO: R. J. Milgram is emeritus professor of mathematics at Stanford University. He has served on the board of directors for the National Institute for Education Sciences, the NASA Advisory Council, and the Achieve Mathematics Advisory Panel. He was the sole expert in mathematics itself among the original members of the Common Core Validation Committee. From 2002 to 2005, Professor Milgram headed a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education that identified and described the key mathematics that K-8 teachers need to know. He also helped to direct a project partially funded by the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation that evaluated state mathematics assessments. He was one of the four main authors of the 1997 – 2010 California Mathematics Standards, as well as one of the two main authors of the California Mathematics Framework. He was also one of the main advisors for the mathematics standards previous to Common Core in Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts , Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Texas. Among many other honors, he held the Gauss Professorship at the University of Goettingen, the Regent’s Professorship at the University of New Mexico, and Distinguished Visiting Professorships at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and at the University of Lille. R. J. Milgram has published over 100 research papers in mathematics and four books, as well as serving as an editor of many others. He currently works on questions in robotics and protein folding. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the
University of Minnesota.

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Side-by-Side Comparisons: 2019 “New” AL Math Standards vs Common Core State Standards

We have prepared several side-by-side comparisons of the “new” proposed 2019 AL Math Standards (K-8) vs Common Core.  Use the links below.

We used highlighting Keys are located either at the top or bottom of each document.   It’s easy to see that the “new” standards aren’t new at all.  They are the same old failed Common Core standards that hurled Alabama to dead last in the United States’ math rankings. 

K-5 Side-by-Side with highlighting        https://alabamaeagle.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/K-5-AL-Math-Standards-vs.-Common-Core-HIGHLIGHTED.pdf

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Side-by-side with highlighting https://alabamaeagle.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Kindergarten-1st-Grade-AL-Math-Standards-vs-Common-Core-HIGHLIGHTED.pdf

2nd Grade Side-by-side with highlighting-By: J.R. Wilson: https://alabamaeagle.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Comparison-2nd-grade-math-common-core-vs-AL-2019.pdf

3rd grade Side-by-side with highlighting: https://alabamaeagle.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/3rd-Grade-AL-2019-Math-comparison-to-Common-Core-with-Highlights..pdf

4th grade Side-by-side with highlighting-By Danny Hubbard: https://alabamaeagle.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Side-by-side-Comparison-Grade-4-New-2019-AL-Math-vs-Common-Core-with-highlighting-By-Danny-Hubbard.pdf

5th Grade Side-By-Side with Highlighting https://alabamaeagle.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/5th-Grade-2019-AL-Math-Standards-comparison-to-Common-Core-HIGHLIGHTED.pdf

K-5 Side-by-side NO Highlighting  by J.R. Wilson: https://alabamaeagle.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Side-by-Side-Comparison-K-5-Math-2019-New-AL-standards-vs-Common-Core-NO-HIGHLIGHTING-By-J.R.-Wilson.pdf

The vote is planned for Dec. 12th 2019.  Contact your Alabama State School Board member today and ask them to vote “NO” on the proposed 2019 AL Math Standards.  Ask them to adopt proven non Common Core, classic Math Standards to enable all students to succeed.

 

Don’t Be Fooled – The Proposed “New” AL Math Standards Are the Same Old Common Core

Don’t Be Fooled – The Proposed “New” AL Math Standards  Are The Same Old Common Core

Co-authored by: Becky Gerritson, Theodor Rebarber and J.R. Wilson

 VOTE ON “NEW” MATH STANDARDS EXPECTED ON DEC 12TH

On December 12th the Alabama State School Board is scheduled to vote on revised “new” math standards. We are all acutely aware of how Common Core math standards have failed us. The recently released math scores showed Alabama at dead last.

THE NEWEST PROPOSAL ISN’T REALLY NEW—SEE THE COMPARISON    

The Alabama Math Course of Study Committee has come up with their final version of “new” standards. They say that these standards are not Common Core. We prepared a side-by-side comparison of the new 2019 Alabama proposed standards versus Common Core State Standards.  We randomly used second grade as our sample.  It’s easy to see these “new” standards are most definitely the same failed Common Core Standards. In many areas it’s word-for-word the same. The highlighted areas indicate identical wording or insignificant word changes to identical standards. See color key at the bottom of the comparison.

REMOVAL OF COMMON CORE IN ELEMENTARY GRADES IS CRUCIAL

The foundation for all math is learned in the early elementary grades. Math builds upon itself so if you don’t learn it well in the lower grades you will continue to have trouble moving on to higher math. Those who learned math before Common Core probably remember learning to add and subtract with the standard algorithm of carrying and borrowing numbers. When Common Core came along that became the least used strategy. The focus became using non-standard algorithms to add, subtract and multiply that used drawing pictures and grouping numbers in obscure and abstract ways – so obscure and abstract that even parents with college degrees had trouble helping their kids with homework. Many young students have become frustrated and now “hate” math. Delaying the standard algorithms has set us back several grade levels and two years behind top performing countries.

Further, the proposed 2019 AL standards don’t require that students memorize math facts for numbers up to 20. Instead they list “counting on” and other non-standard techniques as different ways of demonstrating fluency with math facts. So, despite including the words “math facts,” the proposed standards don’t really treat the answers as “facts” but as answers that students never really have to know by heart.

The lack of memorization in the proposed Alabama standards leads to stories like the following.   An 8th grade student asks his dad for help with algebra homework. The dad looks at the problem and says to start with the first part of the equation and asks his son, “What is 6×3?”. The son says, “Give me paper and a pencil and I can figure it out.” No wonder our test scores have gone down! There must be proficiency (or memorization) of these facts if one is to move on to higher math successfully.

The proposed “new” 2019 AL standards, as do Common Core, reflect the belief that memorization of math facts and computational fluency with the standard algorithms starting at the early elementary grades is somehow unnecessary for students. (See our comments on how this differs from top-performing countries.) The only thing these misguided approaches in the proposed “new” standards accomplish are frustrated or apathetic students and more parents having to pay for tutoring.

TIME TO SCRAP COMMON CORE COMPLETELY-CALL YOUR SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER TODAY!

Common Core Standards are a failure, and these almost identical standards will be too. We must scrap what doesn’t work and start with standards that are tested and proven and that completely remove the failed (pedagogy) teaching methodology. Don’t take our word for it. Compare the “new” 2019 AL math standards (K-6) to the failed Common Core; besides some reformatting and rewording there is little difference. The vote is expected for December 12th.   Contact your school board member and the Governor today and ask them to vote “NO” on the proposed 2019 Alabama Math Standards. Ask them to adopt proven non common core, classic math standards to enable all students to succeed.

 

 

What is a Veteran?

WHAT IS A VETERAN?

By: Theresa Hubbard, Commander (USCG ret.), Eagle Forum Anti-Terrorism Chairman and serves on the Eagle Forum of Alabama’s board

November 8, 2019

Just who and what is a Veteran? A Veteran is the neighbor down the street, the school bus driver, the golf car repairman, the guy who drives the garbage truck, the entrepreneur who runs the patriotic T-Shirt company, one who started the coffee company for deployed troops, the CEO, the doctor, the lawyer, and the nurse. A Veteran could be standing next to you waiting, at the light of a busy intersection, to cross the street. Most of the time they look just like you or me, but they carry a load of memories with scars seen and unseen.   Sometimes they don’t look like us because they have lost an arm, a leg, or both or all. You will see them with the amazing prosthetics made today, or you’ll see them in the wheelchair with their scars from the Middle East, Vietnam, Korea, or the continent of Europe. Some are young and still in their 20’s others are aging in their 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.

The Veteran is the man who went off to the South Pacific in WWII with his fellow Marines. He left home a handsome young 19-year-old and came home a white-haired man of 21. Rarely did he talk about the island hopping that he did, and the intense fighting done day to day to survive. The raising of the flag on Iwo Jima was 2 minutes in days filled of living in hell. Few know of the hero who came home an old man of 21.

The Veteran is the young woman who joined the Army became a MP, then went to Afghanistan to do her duty. After serval months of routine duty, the day came when returning back to base the Humvee she was in hit an IED. Tangled, mangled and confused she was medevaced out along with the others in the vehicle and before she knew it, her duty to country was done. Luckily, no one was killed that day. Back in the states and out of the Army she became a preschool teacher. Few know of the hero who now teaches young children.

The Veteran is the 90-year-old who after serving 26 years, went to get his benefits from the VA and was told his military record had been destroyed in a fire and his TDY records of his time in Korea and Vietnam no longer existed. There was no proof of his service to his country. Now when he needs his country the most, he is obligated to prove his service to the country. For him it was like being punched in the stomach. Few know of the hero who was told you were never in combat.

The Veteran is the man who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, he survived IED’s, RPG’s, and homicide bombings, lost friends, and spilled blood in a land that is harsh, brutal, unforgiving and tribal. Yet he fights on, continues to serve, but now he drinks too much, is short tempered, on the verge of losing his family and he knows not where to turn for help. He wonders what it is all for, but then realizes that is above his paygrade, and continues to serve. Few know of the hero who is just trying to survive with his demons from one day to the next.

The Veteran is the one who served on missions, secretly going after those who would do America harm. These are stories we will rarely hear about because of their classification. Often times they leave home with no notice and cannot call home because of the secrecy behind what they are doing. When it all goes down, however, family members knowing their loved one is deployed, and hearing nothing from them and now a big mission hits the headlines. Hummmmm, they wonder????? Few know of the hero who went on those special, highly classified missions and returned home the quiet, humble solider.

The Veteran is part of a crew who goes into the night by helicopter, C-130, Cutter, or boat when a fishing vessel, small boat, ship or downed aircraft is in distress. He goes when no one else will. On one rescue in he was responsible for saving the lives of four M/V crewmembers who had gone aground near a rugged coastline, next to cliffs, in a blinding snowstorm, with 40 knot winds. It was his responsibility to read the radar, direct the pilot on where to hover so they didn’t hit the nearby cliffs, to lower the hoist and time the waves in order to get those off the vessel below. This is just one of numerous rescues he was on, going into the water on 4 different occasions, long before there was a rate or training provided, it was a judgement call in those days. At one point a fellow crewmember put him in for the “Distinguished Flying Cross” when he participated in another bad weather mission but was told it was denied because he was “just doing his job.” In 27 ½ years of service he had one personal award to show for the numerous lives he aided in saving. Few know of the hero of the 1960’s who helped saved so many lives under the worst of weather conditions.

The Veteran is the one who lost her arm and leg from an IED, has come back from the abyss and has adjusted to the prosthetic arm and leg she needs to get around, and now has a job. Yet she is self-conscious about her broken and scarred body and wonders late at night if she will ever find someone who will love her for her and if she will ever know the joy of having a family. Few know of the hero who fears never having a family.

The Veteran is the one who lost everything, faith, family, friends, and home, he lost it all. Then through some miracle came back, got the help he needed and saw the need for helping other Veterans and their families. So, he and a group of fellow Vets got together and started a non-profit for the battle scarred Veteran and his or her family. So often we think about what our Veterans are going through and forget about the spouses and the children who so love and admire their Vet but find it difficult to deal with him or her. Often times it is only the Vets and their spouses who understand how hard it is to turn around the pain of war and it is only a fellow Vet they will turn to for help in piecing back the part of their lives so badly broken. Few know of the hero who is now trying to help save a fellow hero and put his or her life back together with their family intact.

The stories of our Veterans and what they go through are many. If you have one in your family write down their stories and the struggles they have had. It will help others in the family understand who they are and what they have been through. If you don’t have a Veteran in your family pray for them daily, for they need your prayers. Help where you can for these are just a few of their stories, there are many more out there, some good, some bad and some uplifting. Yet, I can tell you that all Vets have memories that were awe inspiring that gives credence to the term “Band of Brothers” and if asked “Would you do it all again?” The answer is always a resounding, “Yes!” On this Veterans Day, do as I do, remember those who have served and given so much of themselves for our freedoms in America. Thank you.

 

 

Eagle Forum of Alabama’s position on the teaching of origins in Alabama public schools

Eagle Forum has not and does not object to the teaching of evolution. To the contrary, Eagle Forum advocates that students be correctly taught about origins. For example, good education requires defining terms: “evolution” — i.e., microevolution (observable changes within a species) and macroevolution (changes from one species into another).
In order to stimulate inquiry, Eagle Forum also advocates that students be informed of current scientific problems with Darwinian evolution, rather than its being taught as undisputed fact.

Joan Kendall, Eagle Forum of Alabama Science Education Chairman

Teaching of origins has always been controversial since the publication of Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species. Eagle Forum’s position is that:

• Origins in public schools must be presented in a way that helps students HOW to think scientifically rather than WHAT to think about science.
• Good science teaching presents the content of scientific theories as well as any unanswered questions and problems with scientific theories; and it challenges students to think creatively about how to improve and even what would be required to replace one.
• Good science instructors must teach that a theory should always conform to the data and not be imposed upon the data.
• The ultimate goal is to produce students who will understand the nature of science and be able to contribute to its advancement.
Norris Anderson, Science Consultant to Eagle Forum of Alabama, and former biology teacher and textbook writer for major publisher

IT’S NOT ABOUT “FREE SPEECH” IT’S ABOUT DEFENDING TRUTH-RESPONSE TO AL TODAY ARTICLE

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Alabama Today posted an article yesterday entitled, “Tea Party Activist Becky Gerritson vs Baron Coleman: An absurd fight against his First Amendment Rights”. The Gerritson vs Coleman issue has nothing to do with “freedom of speech” or the U. S. Constitution. It doesn’t even primarily have to do with Coleman’s offensive language towards women. What it does have to do with is holding people accountable when they go on the public airways and make false statements in order to hurt an organization.

After reading the Alabama Today article it is clear that neither the author nor Mr. Coleman himself recognize why an Alabama bar ethics complaint was filed against him and why he should be held accountable for false statements.

I am Becky Gerritson, the Executive Director of Eagle Forum of Alabama. Eagle Forum is a Christian, pro-family organization that upholds conservative principles like limited government, lower taxes, personal responsibility, and we promote public policy that protects and strengthens the nuclear family.

HOW THE “FIGHT” BEGAN

On May 28th I testified before the AL House Health Committee against SB236, the bill to legalize medical marijuana. I testified at the public hearing because there were several problems with the bill which I identified in my testimony and then offered ways to make the bill better. Later that night WSFA, Montgomery’s NBC affiliate, showed a clip of me testifying for a few seconds, although you could not hear my testimony.

The next day, May 29th, Baron Coleman, the host of News and Views radio show, went on the air and lied about what I said in my testimony. He said that I said, “There were no known benefits to medical marijuana.”  “…and it leads to like black tar heroin.”  I said nothing of the sort and actually praised the current cannabis oil trial at UAB and recommended extending it. Not only did Coleman lie about my testimony, but he also proceeded to call me “a big pharma whore” multiple times.  (Transcript/Audio here)

The next day, May 30th Coleman continued his rant and “promised” his listeners that Eagle Forum was taking money from big pharma for my testimony. Again, completely baseless and false. It’s one thing for comments to be “offensive” like calling a woman a whore. I can handle that. But the more significant issue is having to endure completely baseless and false statements that disparage our organization.

Mr. Coleman’s false statements matter. Eagle Forum is a non-profit organization. We rely solely on donations from our supporters to fund the work we do to protect and strengthen families and promote our conservative values. We work diligently to research issues and create policy based on facts. So when a radio host broadcasts on the air that we have said things we haven’t and then falsely states that we were paid by big pharma (or any other interest group) for the position we took on an issue; it is my right and my duty to stand up for truth and call out the lies. So, that’s what I did.

WHY FILE AN ETHICS COMPLAINT?

Attorneys in Alabama have ethics rules they are required to abide by. His words and actions violated Alabama’s Bar Misconduct rule 8.4. Let’s be clear, filing an ethics complaint is NOT the same as trying to take away someone’s law license. I’m not known as vengeful nor am I the kind of person who tries to destroy someone with whom I disagree. But I am compelled to stand up to injustice. The bar complaint was a private matter and was never intended to remove Coleman from practicing law but rather a way to hold him accountable. These are the very standards which Mr. Coleman agreed to follow when he became an attorney.

The AL Today article claimed that I was trying to “silence” Coleman. I did alert the radio station owner and Coleman’s sponsors to his comments with a copy of his own words. Because Eagle Forum is an advocate for free speech, we intentionally did not call for a boycott nor make public comments. I just wanted them to know that he was spreading false information about Eagle Forum under their name. It was clearly their decision on whether to continue to support his show.

COLEMAN REACTS ON AIR TO THE ETHICS COMPLAINT

When Coleman found out that I had filled the bar complaint he then went on the air and publicly threatened me. The following venomous rant was due to our privately calling out his false statements. The audio is worth listening to because the tone reveals so much. He goes on for three minutes but here are just some of his choice words about me that he said on the air:

“I’m going to destroy this bitch. I’m going to absolutely destroy her. Her life will never be the same. I’m going after her. I’m going after her organization. I’m going after her national organization….   I’ll lose everything destroying your life. I will lose absolutely everything in search of making sure your life is hell. … Fourteen different chapters will be sued. Her life will be over. She will be begging me to go away in due time… I’m smarter than you guys are and I will blanking destroy you and everything you hold dear.   If you threaten me, I will burn at your damn house to the ground.”

 An hour later he made more threats. Here are just a few of those statements: “But when you come after me I come after you 10 times as hard. And I will never give up. I’m just warning you. I will never give up. You can pay me to go away but short of that I will never go away. I never, ever, ever give up. And I win….

Please note that Mr. Coleman said that he himself could be paid to go away!!

Again the next day, he continued threatening to destroy me and Eagle Forum. Some choice words from that rant include: “…there’s gonna be some real fireworks across the state the in near future. Someone’s proud organizations are gonna be brought completely to their knees and bankrupted. Someone, a great conservative activist around here will be brought completely to their knees and bankrupted, destroyed and humiliated. Because that’s what I do. I don’t ____ around. You step into the ring with me I will destroy you period.”

Baron’s hateful, arrogant response confirmed to me that the original ethics complaint I filed was just.

REPORTER GOT IT WRONG – EAGLE FORUM DIDN’T TAKE MONEY

Eagle Forum stands for truth and the principles of Eagle Forum are not for sale. In the AL Today article author Apryl Marie Fogel says if you google Big Pharma and Eagle Forum you will see a fundraising event reported by Huffington Post which claims “Eagle Forum” took money from big pharma. However, the groups which did that fundraiser call themselves Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagles and Eagle Forum Education Fund both of which are run by Ed Martin. Neither Eagle Forum of Alabama nor Eagle Forum nationally have any affiliation whatsoever with either of those organizations nor the event which they reportedly sponsored. Not surprisingly, other information in the Huffington Post article is also incorrect.

I am certainly not the first conservative Mr. Coleman has vowed to destroy and I’m sure I won’t be the last. I am disheartened that even in Alabama civil discourse has succumbed to swearing, name calling, character assassination, lies and more. It’s especially damaging when it happens between people who are supposed to be on the same side. I truly hope that conversations on News and Views are more positive in the future.