ESEA (ESSA) Bi-Partisan Re-Write Agreement is NOT What the Summary Will Tell You It Is

November 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

U.S. Senators:
December 2, please vote against the ESEA re-write which will have been created BEHIND CLOSED DOORS (not open to the public or to you). Let me explain why I am against it. There are a few reasons.
Although nobody can read it yet, I know which bills (ideas) are merging, so these are what I think will be happening in the bill:

1. It will solidify the College and Career Readiness Standards agreed upon by many states (which is the Common Core and anything named by any name which is actually based upon the Common Core) as something more accepted as “Constitutional” even though Education, according to Constitutional Ammendment X, is reserved for the individual states to be in charge of–Education should NOT be under Federal, but under State jurisdiction.

2. It will solidify Data Mining as normal and no big deal in yet another bill. HIPPA privacy laws are already “out the window” because the state (and therefore Federal) government and anyone who needs to use the data (private companies, etc.) can access and share any collected data without parental consent. Data will be collected about students It does the same with testing.

3. It will make Pre-School a program paid for by the Federal Government and we will be taxed for it. This will likely push kindergarten into compulsory status AND it will make it so kids will have data collected on them when they are only 4 or 5 years old.

4. There is no time for Senate and House to actually read the bill, let alone time for the general public to read it. This should not be written in secret and brought out right before the vote with a biased “summary” being presented. Please, do not trust the biased summary. I know you can close yourself in your office and read this bill all the way through. Please do so! If you don’t have time, then please vote against it simply on the grounds that you were not given enough time to read it before the vote.

5. My final reason: I do not want Karl-Marx-based Government here in the United States of America. Russia, China and other communist countries are NOT good models for us, whether Harvard and Stanford Socialist propoganda say so or not. I want kids to get the chance to live their dreams.

This is what I mean by that: 

Say the Federal Government decides 50% of the kids need to work in automated jobs, 10% need to be in the medical field, 10% need to be in STEM jobs, 2% need to be teachers, and so on and so forth. Then they get data on each child. This child “J” has the dream to be an inventor, but her test scores, psychological profiling, medical history and so forth, show that it would be best for the community, for her to work in the fast-food industry as cashier or a cook. Millions of kids like this child “J” will be told they cannot live their dreams. In fact, no kids will be able to live a dream they would come up with on their own. Their “dreams” will be to work in the careers the Federal Government wants them to work in. 
My dad told me years ago that this was what was sad about watching the Olympics in the 80s. He said, in Russia, China and other Karl-Marx-government-based countries ike them, these cute little girls and these young men were told when they were 5, that they were chosen to server their country as gymnasts–and they did not get to choose that path. He said, “look, these U.S. girls and boys got to choose that they wanted to do gymnastics. They do it because they want to, because they love it!”

This is the reason for my “inflammatory” words: I do NOT want ANY U.S. gymnast to be a U.S. Gymnast because he or she was “chosen to serve” their country in this way. I want U.S. Gymnasts who are there because it is their love, their dream, their passion!

Sincerely, Lisa Christensen Jackson

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November 25, 2015 § Leave a comment

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November 25, 2015 § Leave a comment

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A Grandparent’s Guide to Homeschooled Grandkids: What to Maybe Expect or Maybe Not Expect

November 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

Grandparents, I am sure you may have expectations and lack of them, about your homeschooled grandkids. Sometimes, you may be wrong. Herer is a guide to help you.

Some homeschool families keep track of grade levels. Some do not. All families will know what age their child is. I do keep track of what grade my children are in. 

Do not assume that your homeschooled grandkids will get grades. Some locations require grading. Some do not. Some parents believe in it. Some do not. I, for one, do not give my kids grades. The homeschool teacher will for sure know what the child knows, how well the child knows it, what the child is learning and how the child is improving. 

Your homeschooled grandchildren may take tests and they may not. This is the decision of the homeschool parents. I know many homeschoolers who give their kids tests. I do not. If there is a test, we treat it just like a worksheet here in our home. If my kids complete a math worksheet quickly and correctly, I know they understand it. If I give them some concept for a whole week and they always do it quickly and correctly without asking for help, I know they have masterd the concept. A test is not necessary because I see what their level of understanding is, every time they do an assignment.

Your homeschooled grandkids may earn awards in homeschool or at local group homeschooling events, but the greatest likelihood is that the homeschooled grandkids will not get awards. This does not mean your grandchild is not amazing in some way. Your homeschooled grandchild will not get a ribbon for perfect attendance, an accredited diploma or a Grade Point Average. This child will get chances to show exceptionalism, uniqueness, gifts, talents and improvements. Please notice.

Please, I beg you, PLEASE do not say, “It is too bad you cannot go out and make friends!” Please do NOT assume that because your grandkids do not go to public school, that they do not have friends. Pleas do not intimate that they never get out of the house. I assure you they have friends. I promise you that they also “get out” of the house more than public schooled kids “get out” of the school classroom.

Please stop thinking that your homeschooled grandkids never take showers, get dressed or wake up early. My kids are usually awake by 7 a.m., without an alarm clock. They simply have the desire to wake up because life is so good. Now, when we happen to stay up until 10 p.m. or later, they do sleep in until 8 or 9. This is indeed a benefit to homeschooling.

I have also heard said that homeschooled kids do not learn responsibility, are not prepared to “get a real job” are rarely challenged and do not learn to work for what they get. These are all is very far from true. 

Please do not think that your homeschooled grandkids do not learn about other cultures or people with other religious beliefs because they are not in public school. Even if they are learning a religious curriculum, they meet other homeschool families from different belief systems, cultures and backgrounds. The main difference is, they actually get to go into the houses of the other cultures and eat of the food from the other cultures right in the homes of the people of other cultures. They do not learn these things only from seeing someone of another race their same age sitting beaide them in a school classroom.

Do not think that in homeschool, your grandkids will be learning the same things or learning things in the same order, as do other kids. My kids, for example, have to date learned about a great many things that public schooled kids will not learn until they become adults, graduate, and go out into “the real world,” because my kids are already living in “the real world.” When my kids turn 3 or 4 or 5, they do not leave “the real world” to go into a public school environment. They stay in “the real world” with me, their mom, as their guide. My kids do not know many things that kids their age who are in public school DO know, either. That is fine, because they will eventually learn it. They may learn it when they are children, or may learn it later, when they become adults.

Please do not think that we homeschool moms lock our kids up in a tower like the witch did to Rapunzel in the Disney movie “Tangled.” This is far from true. In fact, my kids and I think it is quite hilarious when someone tells us about the cultural assembly or field trip that my child missed out on because he or she is not in public school. We think it is funny because of all the cultural events and field trips that my kids get. I assure you that your homeschooled grandkids get more of these than public schooled kids.

Grandparents Guide: Help! My Grandkids are Homeschooled! What Shall I Do?

November 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

Perhaps your child is considering, or perhaps your child has already decided, to homeschool your grandkids. It is also a possibility they have been doing it for quite some time. No matter which is the situation, please read the following, as it will come in handy in creating the positive, joyful relationships you likely seek to have with your son or daughter, son-in-law or daughter-in-law, and with your grandchild(ren).

Gifts of Kindness and Respect for The Choice to Homeschool

1- The best way you can handle this is by not being critical, not questioning the decision to homeschool, and accepting that it is the choice of the family to do so. This, for some grandparents, is the most difficult gift to give.

2- If you simply hate the idea of homeschooling, be honest but say (and mean) this: 

“I hate the idea of homeschooling. I will, however, learn as much as I can about it to try to understand it, and I will be supportive where I can, because I love you and I love my grandkids. Out of respect and love, I will be kind and supportive. What can I do to be kind and supportive?”

3- Avoid quizzing children strategically to see whether they are at grade level. If you do want to quiz them, do it in a fun way (like as part of a game) when children (such as their cousins) their age are around (ones who are in public school), so that you can quiz all of the children equally and so that the homeschooled kids do not feel they are being quizzed because they are in homeschool.

4- If you want to know whether they are at grade level, it is better that you ask your own child (the parent of your grandchild) and that you show trust in his or her judgement and assessment. (If you do not, then do not expect them to tell you anything after that–you will lose their trust). It is possible that the parents could prepare for you a portfolio, discuss it with you or write to you about it. This should not be a time of criticism or judgement. If it is, it will never happen again and you will not get updates anymore. 

5- Sincerely seek to understand, with empathy and compassion, and without judgement or harsh words, why the family has chosen this method of education. Do not expect to understand. If you do, consider it a bonus. It is not required that you approve or understand. It is not your decision. The sooner you accept that, the better things will be for the learning and improvement of your grandchildren!

6- Even if you never come to understand or like it, please appreciate the sacrifices that the parents are making in their efforts to do what they think is best for their children. Thank them for their efforts and hard work. Be kind to them. Do not try to change them. Appreciate them for who they are and what they do. There is a National Teacher Appreciation Day. Celebrate it by honoring the teacher of your homeschooled grandchildren in the most kind and respectful way, without judgement or criticism.

Gifts of Your Time

1- Teach your grandchildren about you and about your life. Teach them about the music you like, your hobbies and so forth. Teach them about your own personal story and beliefs.

2- Take the kids on an age-appropriate field trip now and then (maybe monthly) to learn about exercise, nutrition, society, people, Universities, colleges, careers, history, geography, cultures, science, sewing, crafts, building things, theater, art, music, dance, math, engineering, finances, literature, sports, shopping, cooking, gardening, yard care, health, safety, emergency preparedness, wilderness survival, hiking, camping, nature, scouting or the like. The field trips needn’t cost money. If it last a long time, remember that kids need to eat a nutritious meal every 3 to 4 hours and that small children still need naps and rest.

3- Spend at least a couple hours of time with each grandchild separately, each month. Appreciate and love each child for his or her goodness, personality, talents and efforts. Maybe take them on visits, errands or on a walk. It need not cost money. Ask the child what he or she is learning and doing without comparing the child to other children. 

4- Attend some of their sporting events, performances, tournaments art shows or the like, if they have any. If they do not, do not be critical of that. Do not criticize the efforts, performance or abilities of the child, but instead just be loving, be grateful that you have this grandchild and happy with the new experience this child is having. It is not about winning or being the best at it, but about learning, improvement, excercise, friends, fun and joy. Enjoy seeing your grandchild learn, improve and make friends. Enjoy just being with the child.

5- Attend Homeschool events the family invites you to attend. This will help you to understand the world of your grandchildren. It will also cause the children to put in more effort with time, because they know that you care. Take them to lessons or practices if you are asked to and if you can. It will help the parents and it will show your grandchild that you care.

6- If you truly have it in your heart to do so in an effort to apprciate and thank (not to judge), offer to give the homeschool teacher a day off if you have the time. Be a substitute teacher for homeschool. Ask the teacher what is needed and for lesson plans. They surely have some. If not, then they have some rough ideas. Celebrate National teacher appreciation day by thanking, appreciating and honoring the teacher of your grandchildren. 

Helping Out With Money

If you do have money to give and are willing to give it to help with the education of your grandchildren, here are some ways to make your money go the farthest in improving the learning and improvement of your grandchildren.*


*If you wish to know why they do not buy it themselves, or if you wish they understood that the public system is willing to pay for all of this, do not give it. It will be given grudgingly, and no homeschool familiy will appreciate a gift given grudgingly and with judgement, like this.

1- First, before giving, ask the teacher of your grandchildren (usually their mom) what is needed and wanted the most at the time, for the further learning and improvement of your grandchildren. 

2- Buy educational supplies, learning DVD’s, learning games, textbooks, workbooks and books that the parents advise you are needed for each child so that they can learn and improve continuously.

3- Pay for sports fees, or buy sports equipment for the sports they are currently involved in. Pay for therapy, homeschool classes, tutoring or lessons the parents advise you the child needs for his or her learning and improvement.

4- Gift to them the supplies needed for the interests of each child (such as sheet music or lesson books for a piano player or art supplies for the artist). Find out what each child is truly interested in year-round (not just when the toy catalogs market to them). Give them gifts that they have wanted all year and they will be more likely to use them all year.

5- Field trips can cost money. Take them on field trips like the ones listed above, that cost money, if you can afford to.

6- Homeschool families need back to school supplies and clothes. At Back to School Sales time in July and August, buy them some clothes. Ask the teacher of the children what supplies are needed for that school year and help out there, too, if you can.

7- Gift books of fiction at the child’s reading level. Keep in mind, their reading level will not necessarily be the same as their “grade level.” Ask the homeschool teacher which books are preferred and which ones are at each child’s current level. (The child may be above or below grade level). Bookshelves, plastic caddies with drawers, shelves and cabinets are also helpful! Again, ask what is needed. They may already have the book you have in mind.

8- Pick up some books about homeschooling and read them. Go to homeschool conferences and events. Even if you do not agree with the idea of homeschooling, these events, conferences and books will help you to understand the culture of homeschooling. That will help you to communicate with your child, in-law and grandchildren about their everyday lives.

Solution to the ISIS Problem

November 18, 2015 § Leave a comment

Dear Latter-Day Saints:

Please do not take this the wrong way. I am not saying we do not need to be involved in politics or the armed forces. I am not saying that U.S. Intelligence Operations are useless. I am simply saying that this is what we, the common citizens can do right now about the ISIS terrorist problem. Here is the 3 part simple solution to the ISIS problem, and every other problem that will come up:

1) Spread the Gospel of the church run by Jesus Christ:

“We are commanded by God to take this gospel to all the world. That is the cause that must unite us today. Only the gospel will save the world from the calamity of its own self-destruction. Only the gospel will unite men of all races and nationalities in peace. Only the gospel will bring joy, happiness, and salvation to the human family.” (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1988, p. 167.)

2) The family and the home are the solution. The Proclamation to the Family has guidelines. Here are some additional good ones:

President Kimball’s Words about the Family

3) Keep the Commandments of God.

Mosiah 2:31 (King Benjamin speaking)

“……if ye shall keep…the commandments of God which shall be delivered unto you [by the Prophet], ye shall prosper in the land, and your enemies shall have no power over you.”

The Book of Mormon: God’s Words Given to One Nation (The Ancient Americas) like unto Another (The Holy Lands)

November 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

2 Nephi Chapter 29

“But behold, there shall be many—at that day when I shall proceed to do a marvelous work among them, that I may remember my covenants which I have made unto the children of men, that I may set my hand again the second time to recover my people, which are of the house of Israel; And also, that I may remember the promises which I have made unto thee, Nephi, and also unto thy father, that I would remember your seed; and that the words of your seed should proceed forth out of my mouth unto your seed; and my words shall hiss forth unto the ends of the earth, for a standard unto my people, which are of the house of Israel; And because my words shall hiss forth—many of the Gentiles shall say: A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible.

“But thus saith the Lord God: O fools, they shall have a Bible; and it shall proceed forth from the Jews, mine ancient covenant people. And what thank they the Jews for the Bible which they receive from them? Yea, what do the Gentiles mean? Do they remember the travails, and the labors, and the pains of the Jews, and their diligence unto me, in bringing forth salvation unto the Gentiles? O ye Gentiles, have ye remembered the Jews, mine ancient covenant people? Nay; but ye have cursed them, and have hated them, and have not sought to recover them. But behold, I will return all these things upon your own heads; for I the Lord have not forgotten my people.

Thou fool, that shall say: A Bible, we have got a Bible, and we need no more Bible. Have ye obtained a Bible save it were by the Jews? Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth? Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also.

“And I do this that I may prove unto many that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and that I speak forth my words according to mine own pleasure. And because that I have spoken one word ye need not suppose that I cannot speak another; for my work is not yet finished; neither shall it be until the end of man, neither from that time henceforth and forever. Wherefore, because that ye have a Bible ye need not suppose that it contains all my words; neither need ye suppose that I have not caused more to be written. For I command all men, both in the east and in the west, and in the north, and in the south, and in the islands of the sea, that they shall write the words which I speak unto them; for out of the books which shall be written I will judge the world, every man according to their works, according to that which is written.

For behold, I shall speak unto the Jews and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the Nephites and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the other tribes of the house of Israel, which I have led away, and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto all nations of the earth and they shall write it. And it shall come to pass that the Jews shall have the words of the Nephites, and the Nephites shall have the words of the Jews; and the Nephites and the Jews shall have the words of the lost tribes of Israel; and the lost tribes of Israel shall have the words of the Nephites and the Jews.

 “And it shall come to pass that my people, which are of the house of Israel, shall be gathered home unto the lands of their possessions; and my word also shall be gathered in one. And I will show unto them that fight against my word and against my people, who are of the house of Israel, that I am God, and that I covenanted with Abraham that I would remember his seed forever.”

Mosiah 2:31 (King Benjamin speaking)

“……if ye shall keep…the commandments of God which shall be delivered unto you [by the Prophet], ye shall prosper in the land, and your enemies shall have no power over you.”

3 Nephi 12:9 (Jesus speaking in the Americas after His resurrection)

“And blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.”

Doctrine and Covenants 1: 37-38

“Search these commandments, for they are true and faithful, …..whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.”

Amos 3:7

“Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”

It is the same today as it was when Amos 3:7 was written. We have the Prophet of God on earth today and he speaks to us as the messenger of God. He deliver’s the words of God to us, for our day and time. His name is President Thomas S. Monson. Here are some of his words to the world from October of 2015:

[We read in 1 Corinthians: “There are … so many kinds of voices in the world.” We are surrounded by persuasive voices, beguiling voices, belittling voices, sophisticated voices, and confusing voices. I might add that these are loud voices. I admonish you to turn the volume down and to be influenced instead by that still, small voice which will guide you to safety. Remember that one with authority placed his hands on your head after you were baptized, confirming you a member of the Church and saying, “Receive the Holy Ghost.” Open your hearts, even your very souls, to the sound of that special voice which testifies of truth. As the prophet Isaiah promised, “Thine ears shall hear a word … , saying, This is the way, walk ye in it.” May we ever be in tune, that we might hear this comforting, guiding voice which will keep us safe.]

Here he is telling us that in today’s world, there are many voices. We need to choose to listen to the Holy Ghost. What have you felt reading my words here today? If you have felt peace, goosebumps, a joy inside that you cannot describe that makes your soul jump with gladness inside of your body, then you have felt the Holy Ghost telling you that these things you have read today are from God, the Father of your Spirit. Is this not a reason to risk everything to obtain a copy of the Book of Mormon? This, that you may investigate for yourself, like a detective, whether God still guides us today with new and different words just for our day, and whether God has scriptures like unto the Bible, written by people in the Americas at the same time the Bible was being written! If God does have more words in addition to the Bible, do you want them? 

Moroni 10:3-5

Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.

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