I attended a fellowship held by Dr. Mainous the II, the father of my pastor, Charles Mainous III. Dr. Mainous were one of the first people to fight for educational freedom for Christian schools and homeschools in the state and national levels back in 1975, a legacy that the VDP strives to honor and carry. He sat with politicians (particularly the current governor of Ohio, John Kasich, whom he presented a KJV Bible), written books, spoke at universities, and fought the IRS and won.

He preached the sermon "It's Worse Than You Think".

The United States is worse:

1. Politically

2. Economically

3. Morally

4. Educationally

5. Spiritually

He made several points, which were all interesting. He brings notice to the Chinese and Islamic encroachment of our nation, through foreign owned farms and Sharia Law. Dr. Mainous recalls prayer being taken out in public schools. He brought attention that we are indeed a constitutional republic, not a democracy.

With this call of action, we, the new generation, shall restore and revive.

## Wednesday, September 25, 2013

## Tuesday, September 17, 2013

### Our Strategy

Weeks ago, I received a phone call from the father of one of our affiliates. He is a school board president and the vice president of a conservative school board leadership council here in Ohio. He gave me advice on how to handle this campaign and background on Common Core.

Our Common Core campaign is designed to target all of the populace at once, but focusing on our elected officials, because the so-and-so final decision is in their hands, instead of putting much of our focusing on school board officials.

The education committee of the Ohio House is our primary target:

Gerald L. Stebelton (R) Chair

Andrew Brenner (R) Vice Chair

Teresa Fedor (D) Ranking Minority

Nickie J. Antonio (D)

John Becker (R)

Heather Bishoff (D)

Timothy Derickson (R)

Denise Driehaus (D)

Bill Hayes (R)

Michael Henne (R)

Matt Huffman (R)

Stephanie Kunze (R)

John Patterson (D)

Kristina Roegner (R)

Marilyn Slaby (R)

Ryan Smith (R)

Fred Strahorn (D)

Andy Thompson (R)

We will be compiling profiles to determine the best possible way to sway our officials from the Common Core. We will then move to press releases and other media heavy actions afterwards.

## Wednesday, September 4, 2013

### Common Core: When an Adult Takes Standardized Tests Forced on Kids

View the Washington Post article here.

An accomplished school board member took a tenth grade level standardized test and got a grade of 62% or "D". He has a "bachelor of science degree, two masters degrees, and 15 credit hours to a doctorate". He says that the test is not applicable to experience and in careers.

And I am right. Tom Sing writes:

An accomplished school board member took a tenth grade level standardized test and got a grade of 62% or "D". He has a "bachelor of science degree, two masters degrees, and 15 credit hours to a doctorate". He says that the test is not applicable to experience and in careers.

I took the practice test segment on the website. It is mostly fifth and sixth grade education level. The questions are purportedly taken from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). With only seven questions, I do not think it's an accurate picture of the actual test, having just got out of high school.“I won’t beat around the bush,” he wrote in an email. “The math section had 60 questions. I knew the answers to none of them, but managed to guess ten out of the 60 correctly. On the reading test, I got 62% . In our system, that’s a “D”, and would get me a mandatory assignment to a double block of reading instruction.He continued, “It seems to me something is seriously wrong. I have a bachelor of science degree, two masters degrees, and 15 credit hours toward a doctorate.“I help oversee an organization with 22,000 employees and a $3 billion operations and capital budget, and am able to make sense of complex data related to those responsibilities.“I have a wide circle of friends in various professions. Since taking the test, I’ve detailed its contents as best I can to many of them, particularly the math section, which does more than its share of shoving students in our system out of school and on to the street. Not a single one of them said that the math I described was necessary in their profession.

“It might be argued that I’ve been out of school too long, that if I’d actually been in the 10th grade prior to taking the test, the material would have been fresh. But doesn’t that miss the point? A test that can determine a student’s future life chances should surely relate in some practical way to the requirements of life. I can’t see how that could possibly be true of the test I took.”

And I am right. Tom Sing writes:

I wrote Rick Roach an email about this after having read the Uncertain Principles blog about it -http://scienceblogs.com/principles/2011/12/the_inn...Anyways, I did well, except for the palmettos question. In the actual test segment, the figures are much, much smaller, almost unreadable.

From his response - that he had algebra, geometry, and some calculus problems, and that basic arithmetic questions were not a part of the test he took - I don't think he actually took the 10th grade FCAT. I suspect it was some hybrid of the Algebra 1 and Geometry End of Course assessments; Florida requires Algebra 1 and Geometry to graduate (and will soon require Algebra 2 as well). It is still very disappointing to me that he was unable to answer a single question, but not so disappointing as when I thought he couldn't do arithmetic.

I've encouraged Roach and Brady to correct the record. Valery, perhaps you could contact them and help clear up this issue.

## You got 6 correct out of 7.

Two of the questions were of low difficulty, four were moderately difficult, and one was highly difficult. Questions are from the 2006 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). View more released tests here (PDF).

23141 people have taken this quiz.

Question 1:

Tonja and Edward are participating in a jog-a-thon to raise money for charity. Tonja will raise $20, plus $2 for each lap she jogs. Edward will raise $30, plus $1.50 for each lap he jogs. The total amount of money each will raise can be calculated using the following expressions where n represents the number of laps run:Tonja: 20 + 2nEdward: 30 + 1.50nAfter how many laps will Tonja and Edward have raised the same amount of money?Your answer: 20Correct answer: 20

Question 2:

Stan weighs 150 pounds (lbs) and would like to gain between 0.5 and 1.0 pound (lb) per week over the next 10 weeks. He plans to record his progress on the graph below. On the graph, the dotted line represents a weight-gain rate of exactly 0.5 pound per week, and the solid line represents a weight-gain rate of exactly 1.0 pound per week.If Stan gains between 0.5 and 1.0 pound per week, which region on the graph will contain all possible points that could represent Stan’s weight-gain progress?Your answer: region BCorrect answer: region B

Question 3:

Tom used the Pythagorean theorem to calculate the direct distance from his house to the park. He found the distance to be the square root of 50 miles.Which of the following is equivalent to square root of 50?Your answer: 5 square root 2Correct answer: 5 square root 2

Question 4:

Highlands Park is located between two parallel streets: Walker Street and James Avenue. The park faces Walker Street and is bordered by two brick walls that intersect James Avenue at point C, as shown below.What is the measure of ∠ACB, the angle formed by the park’s two brick walls?Your answer: 84 degreesCorrect answer: 84 degrees

Question 5:

In 1790, the United States had a population of approximately 4,000,000 people, as shown on the graph below.According to the graph, in what year had the population grown to approximately twice that number?Your answer: 1813Correct answer: 1813

Question 6:

An environmental group needed to determine the number of palmetto palms in a nature preserve. The group used a map of the preserve and counted the number of palmetto palms within a square section.Assuming that the number of palmetto palms within the square section is representative of the entire nature preserve, which is closest to the number of palmetto palms within the entire nature preserve?Your answer: 1000Correct answer: 650

Question 7: In music a certain “A note” has a frequency of 440 hertz (vibrations per second). This is called the ﬁrst harmonic. The second harmonic of that “A note” is 880 hertz, and the third harmonic is 1,320 hertz. According to this pattern, what is the frequency of the ﬁfth harmonic?Your answer: 2,200 hertzCorrect answer: 2,200 hertz

## Tuesday, September 3, 2013

## Monday, September 2, 2013

### Ohio School Board Leadership Council Common Core Panel

As being only a small group with limited resources, we are not above using what others have built before us. Common Core, while just somewhat a relatively recent intrusion compared to other federal programs, already has organizations fighting against it. This is the Ohio School Board Leadership Council's Common Core panel.

## Sunday, September 1, 2013

### PopVox: Write Congress To Oppose Pro-Common Core Bill H. Res. 43

This is sent to the National House of Representatives.

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