Another Chick Check!

Here they are today.

Look at how much their little wing feathers have grown!

And what else do you notice?

Tail feathers!

Go, Chickies, Go! :-D

Wings and Tails!

Wings and Tails!

More Wings and Tails

More Wings and Tails

And they are trying to fly, already! Hmm…

Federal Secretary of Education: “To Phase Out the Authority of States”


Wake up, friends!

Originally posted on COMMON CORE:

Have you seen the new regulations that just came out of the White House?

Americans who see these must run screaming to legislators for protection against the Department of Education.

The new regulations declare that Secretary Arne Duncan will amend ESEA to “phase out the authority of States to define modified academic achievement standards and develop alternate assessments based on those modified academic achievement standards in order to satisfy ESEA accountability requirements. These amendments will permit, as a transitional measure, States that meet certain criteria to continue to administer alternate assessments… for a limited period of time.”

“Phasing out the authority of the states” has been precisely the point for every last one of Duncan’s promoted education reforms, from Common Core to Common Data Standards to State Longitudinal Database Systems to P-20 programs to Common Core Assessments to teacher and school evaluations.

It’s been the shared vision of…

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More on the Chickies!

After several hours, these new babes are already putting on wing feathers! Just see!

Five-day-old chick. Buff Orpington variety.

Five-day-old chick. Buff Orpington variety.

Just had to share with those who never get to see or enjoy chicks. They weigh about like picking up a wad of cotton–almost nothing. But hidden inside them, given enough feed, etc., lies the beautifully mysterious potential to become five to eight pounds. About half are hens.

They are much stronger today than they were yesterday. Had to bathe one baby bottom, today, (five, yesterday) and the poor thing nearly got a full bath, it struggled so. :) Did not photograph that one because it is having a bad hair day right now. However, the temp is 90 degrees in their little brooder pen and things dry very quickly there.

The sixteen of them have drunk a whole quart of water. Good babies!

We chose the Buff Orpington variety on the advice of a good friend in the B&B business.

Look What We Got!

It’s so much fun, even now. I never get too old for this:

Baby Chicks

Baby Chicks

Constantly charmed by their helpless yet feisty, teensy selves.

Dr. Gary Thompson: SAGE/Common Core Tests Break Basic Codes of Test Ethics

Originally posted on COMMON CORE:


I sat in the Early Life Child Psychology and Education center this week, watching Dr. Gary Thompson’s presentation about Common Core testing, thinking that Dr. Thompson is the fearless kid in the tale, “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”

Dr. Thompson stands armed with honesty, science and evidence, pointing out that the Emperor of SAGE/Common Core tests is stark raving naked.  All around Salt Lake City, meanwhile, people play along with the wealthy emperor, pretending that nothing’s wrong with what the whole world seems to have been paid to agree are such smashing, new  –dare we call them rigorous— clothes.

What does Dr. Thompson see as he analyzes the Common Core SAGE test in its birthday suit?

He points out foremost that there is such a thing as a code of ethics for the psychological testing of children.

“Wait, wait–” says the State Office of Education– “We’re not doing psychological testing on…

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