- Oklahoma endorses federal education policy at the most local levels, as do most other states. With the federal government now sanctioning gay marriage, public schools will not only continue to push sex education, but sex education directly undermining natural law and traditional marriage.
- Studies have shown that Christian children are more likely to lose their worldview in a public school than evangelize other children to Christianity. Peer pressure is an enormous issue for children – especially those of middle school age and above – and if peers aren’t Christian influences, they tend to be influences against the Christian world view.
- God teaches that parents have control and authority over the education of their children via Proverbs 22:6, “Train a child up in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it”. Deuteronomy 6:4-7 says, “…And tho shalt teach diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”
- Public schools are not willing to teach the Biblical tenets necessary to provide a firm foundation for your child in their relationship with the Lord – the most important part of their upbringing.
- Public school literature has become polluted with sexually deviant and explicit reading material. It becomes very hard to fight teachers that assign books from reading lists that include today’s genre of unfiltered, secular humanist world view to an entire class for a grade.
- Though you may spend time at home with your children discussing the foundation of their Christian views, children in public schools are often indoctrinated into racism and hatred of America through re-imagined history, or science courses that elevate the Earth and animals above man – God’s first creation.
The TLE Commission was set up under SB 2033. Remember that was the bill from 2010 that gave us Common Core and started the crazy train of multiple “reforms” and the drain sucking sound of education dollars and instruction time. After attending and observing the Teacher and Leader Evaluation Commission meetings for several years now, I feel we had a small win last week. At the Nov 5, 2015 TLE Commission meeting, Student Surveys as a Quantitative measure was voted down. Had this passed, all districts would have been able to choose to evaluate teachers and potentially fire teachers based on a student perception of the teacher, including as young as kindergarten! However, because the vote failed, Student Surveys will NOT be recommended to the State Board of Education as a Quantitative measure for the state Teacher Evaluation system. Congratulations is deserved to the Commission for getting this one right! What precipated this vote? SB 706 passed last session and tasked the TLE Commission with recommending a list of Quantitative evaluation methods that are “reliable, research-based”. As stated by Dr Audrey Beardsley at a meeting for Superintendents and Legislators last Wednesday, “Students’ subjective perceptions quantified using a Likert-scale makes this set of data no more “quantitative” than quantifying principals’ observations or using portfolios using a rubric”. I find this interesting, since the TLE Commission did vote to recommend Teacher Portfolios as a “quantitative measure” to evaluate teachers. One of the best statements of the entire 2 hr meeting was from new TLE commission member, Corey Holland when he stated that the passing of this measure would be saying student surveys ARE a valid reliable quantiative measure? There is definitely much more education needed as to what exactly IS a quantiative measure and a qualitative measure! Teacher evaluation systems should be a matter of each district and not this EXPENSIVE convoluted system we are making up based on the wishes of the Federal government. I urged Superintendent Hofmeister to call for an independent review of the Oklahoma TLE system and the Tulsa TLE system by a statisical researcher that has no ties to any companies that benefit from this. She did this when she called for an independent review from OU/OSU for the A-F grading. She should do this again for the TLE System. It would either back up what she is doing or correct misteps, as well as give her credibility with the teachers and principals subjected to this evaluation system, showing she wants to get it right.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Effective immediately, ROPE – Restore Oklahoma Public Education – will become ROPE2.0 – Reclaiming Oklahoma Parent Empowerment.
Though Restore Oklahoma Public Education has worked diligently to tutor Oklahoma parents and taxpayers about how issues such as the Common Core State Standards and threats to Student Privacy effect students using public education since its inception in 2010, its mission field has shifted markedly in the last several years.
President, Jenni White explains, “For years, ROPE board members have worked as volunteer citizen researchers and lobbyists, watchdogging Oklahoma public education on behalf of parents and taxpayers. Over the years, as our organization has navigated the often-choppy waters of education policy, we’ve begun to believe strongly that parents – not governments of any kind – hold the keys to the future educational successes of Oklahoma’s students. Only parents can truly know what’s best for each of their individual children and only parents have the vested interest necessary to raise children with the education each will need to become productive Oklahomans and Americans. Every child has the right to an education best suited to them, and every parent has the right – and duty – to provide such an education. We believe the time is right to invest in the education and support necessary to equip parents to champion their child’s educational needs.”
Vice-President Lynn Habluetzel concurs, “I’m frequently asked, “Don’t you want accountability?” Yes. I want the ultimate accountability – the parent. Let’s let parents choose the best education for their particular child.”
ROPEs new trajectory will include four levels of outreach. Lynn Habluetzel will become ROPE’s Legislative Director and facilitate connection with the state legislature. Tracey Montgomery will bring her experience as Oklahoma’s Parental Rights.Org Director to her position as Parental Rights Liaison, Julia Seay will act as ROPE’s Political Director, taking on the task of helping parents find their voice in the decisions that affect the education of their children at the state level, while Joy Collins will become Creative Director, overseeing the new website and creation of marketing and education tools. Former ROPE President, Jenni White will transition to Education Director, educating parents about practical homeschooling methods and other approaches toward making student-centered education a reality.
ROPE2.0 will be available to parents in any size group interested in hearing more about how to empower themselves to fully invest in the education of their children.
(Update 2/9/2017: Lynn Habluetzel has resigned from her position to found another venture. Best of luck Lynn! We’ll miss you!)