I Cannot Believe This Has Happened In America

Sometimes I come across a post that is too important for me to change any of it. This is such a post. Please read it and make your own decision. I am saddened by what has happened in our great country of America, where everybody is promised a chance at an education if they so choose, or their parents choose for them if they are too young to make the choice. I copied the whole thing word for word.
Kelley Rhodes

February 7 at 9:29pm · Chesapeake, VA ·

Someone posted this in a group, and I think it’s too important not to share. Of course, it’s anecdotal, and it’s just one opinion, but it’s just one great example of why many are upset and bewildered about today’s education news.

The Senate Republicans and Vice President Pence have spoken today and I heard their message loud and clear; my child’s education is not important and my heart is broken.

Meet my daughter Alice, who at 3 years old was accepted into a state funded special needs preschool on Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Her acceptance into this school has meant so many things to us; she learned how to be a peer, she learned how to cope with the stresses of school, and most importantly, she learned how to learn. In Betsy DeVos’ America, these programs are wasteful spending of our taxpayer dollars.

In Betsy DeVos’ America, the IDEA Laws that now governor her IEP in the 1st Grade are useless because she does not believe children with special needs deserve or have a right to public education.

My heart is broken for every child who is going to have to go without under Betsy DeVos.

My heart is broken for every child who is going to lose their aid and support team under Betsy DeVos.

My heart is broken for every child who’s education isn’t a priority to Betsy DeVos.

My heart is broken for my daughter, because the Senate Republicans and VP Pence spoke today, and they have declared unequivocally that her right to an education is not as important as her sister’s.

Education is not a partisan issue—it is an issue that effects every child of every color and every ethnicity and every political side. But Senate Republicans and VP Pence have decided that our kids don’t matter, MY Alice doesn’t matter.

The fight has just begun, and I know that it is so hard, but please, please don’t forget these children. Don’t forget about Alice and those like her who can’t fight for themselves; they need us, ALL of us to get through these next 4 years.

This picture was taken when Alice was 3 years old as she waited to go to class. Autism has many faces and hers is one of them.

#AliceMatters

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Kerri Beth
Kerri Beth I just keep praying….
Diane Spattifor Allen
Diane Spattifor Allen I certainly hope that children with disabilities continue to receive and have access to public education. We can’t return to the past!!
Ashleigh Kastner
Ashleigh Kastner I hate to sound super ignorant and uninformed, but all I can find are biased media reports that differ greatly from each side. Is there a link of actual facts that anyone knows of that I can read her plans on education?
Ashleigh Kastner replied · 2 Replies
Elisa Willoughby
Elisa Willoughby We had a meeting with Logan’s teacher today. He’s excelling in every area except reading, where he is at a level 4 when he’s “supposed” to be at a level 12 right now. He makes strides and seems to master something, then back slides for no apparent reasSee More
Jennie Hott
Jennie Hott Is this an actual fact? I find it hard to believe because this would be discrimination. Is there a link to back up this?
Brandi Jackson Stiff
Brandi Jackson Stiff Having Jack, I researched her. Unfortunately she really bungled her interview with Senator Kaine. That said, I don’t think SPED kids are the ones that should be worried. We selected our house based on schools for Jack. I know there are lots of familiesSee More
Kelley Rhodes
Bonnie Jean Hern
Bonnie Jean Hern Oh my dear God please be with all of the special needs children that are going to be left out because of this uneducated woman that is now in the office of controlling our children’s education and she is not even qualified to do so. She herself does not have the education necessary to make these decisions. Please dear gracious God do not let our children suffer beyond which they cannot recover after this woman can no longer make decisions on what type of education they should have. I guess she wants our children to be as ill prepared for life as she is for the job that she has been entrusted. Only time will tell how much damage this woman is going to do to our children, who will be our leaders of tomorrow, because of her own lack of education.

Children’s Hospital vs Non American Citizen Being Offended

It is in my opinion, but I don’t think that any Non American Citizen has a right to DEMAND that anything that OFFENDS THEM has to be removed from any place in America. If you are a Non American Citizen in America and something is offensive to you, just deal with it. You have no right to come to a foreign country and demand that anything be removed from that country simply because it OFFENDS you. By the same token, I have no right to go to your country and DEMAND that something that OFFENDS me be removed from your country. You are not being chained to anything here and you have the ability to leave at any time that you please. So please leave. I TAKE OFFENSE at you DEMANDING that something be removed simply because it OFFENDS YOU.

Now for the story behind the above introduction. A Non American Citizen is in  America to obtain medical treatment for her child from one of our children’s hospitals. She is offended by the cute little pictures of animals on the walls of the children’s hospital here in America. She sued to have all the pictures removed and sued for damages to the psychological well being of her child for having had to see such pictures. You may be asking what the heck kind of picture are we talking about here. The picture is of a giraffe on a train going down the train tracks. Chances are, since the pictures are in a children’s hospital, that the animals have people clothes on them and this person does not want her child to see such a picture. This is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard in my life. Even worse is that the woman sued and won. She was awarded ONE POINT FIVE MILLION DOLLARS for the supposed psychological damage to her child. Now all of the pictures of the cute little animals have to be removed, and hundreds of thousands of children that are sick and or in pain are no longer going to be able to enjoy all of the cute pictures. Why is the psychological well being of this NON AMERICAN CITIZEN any more important than the psychological well being of the hundreds of thousands of AMERICAN CITIZENS?

America is bending over backwards to accommodate the ” I am offended by” movement of NON AMERICAN CITIZENS and punishing the AMERICAN CITIZENS on account of it. WHERE IS THE JUSTICE FOR THE AMERICAN CITIZENS BEHIND ALL OF THIS? Why should so many MILLIONS of AMERICAN CITIZENS have to suffer for people that are not even supposed to be here, being offended by anything that is in America? How do these people have any RIGHTS at all. They are not citizens and don’t even belong here.

AMERICA NEEDS TO WAKE UP AND STOP BENDING OVER BACKWARDS TO APPEASE THESE PEOPLE WHEN THEY DO NOT EVEN BELONG HERE. We are giving our beautiful country away piece by piece every time that something that is offensive to people that don’t even belong here gets taken away from the people that do belong here. BEFORE WE EVEN KNOW IT AMERICA WILL BE NO MORE!!!!! Wake up America and take action an do something about this while there is still time.

I hate to think about our children now being deprived of these cute little animal pictures simple because ONE STUPID NON AMERICAN CITIZEN WAS OFFENDED BY THEM. Chances are that her child was not even old enough to do anything except for to smile at all of the bright colors and the child smiling is what offended her.

One thing should be very obvious by now, I AM OFFENDED THAT ANY AMERICAN LAWYER WOULD TAKE THE CASE, AND EVEN MORE OFFENDED THAT ANY JUDGE WOULD AWARD THAT MUCH MONEY TO ONE PERSON AND PUNISH THE  HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN CHILDREN THAT WILL BE GOING TO THESE CHILDREN’S HOSPITALS IN THE FUTURE BY MAKING THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITALS REMOVE THE PICTURES.

But wait, I guess I am the stupid one here. I forgot that any lawyer will take any case if there is enough money in it whether or not they win. THIS ONE FALLS ON THE JUDGE. THE JUDGE IS SUPPOSED TO ADMINISTER JUSTICE. AND HOW IS THIS JUSTICE TO ALL OF THOSE INNOCENT CHILDREN? THERE ISN’T ANY JUSTICE FOR THEM.

Think about it and let me know what you think in the comments. I read all comments that are in english (since english is all that I know), and that are not spam. Depending on the comments, there may or may not be another post on this subject. I just feel sorry for all of the children in the future that will now have to go to any of the children’s hospitals in this chain of this particular children’s hospital, and there are a lot of them. My heart goes out to all of them. I know that smiling and laughter helps in any medical situation because of the endorphins that are released. The endorphins are a natural medication that our own body makes.

 

The Wonder And Magic Of Santa Claus And Christmas

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“Jesus is the reason for the season”, as the phrase goes. Christ was born on that day, and there was a celebration of His birth. When we go to Church we celebrate God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Ghost. This celebration at Church is called a Mass. The term given to the birth and the celebration of the birth was Christmas. The name for the celebration came many years after Jesus was born though.

The spirit of giving started when Jesus was born. The Wise-Men and Kings brought the baby Jesus all kinds of gifts. They brought Gold, Frankincense,and Myrrh. The little drummer boy had no money to buy a gift for the baby Jesus, so his gift to Jesus was playing the drums for Him. That showed that a gift can be something as small as spending time with someone, or singing for them. Whatever you give, whether it is bought or handmade, or just a gift of time, it is the thought of doing something for the person that counts.

Now that you know how Christmas came to be, I will tell you a story about how Santa Claus came to be. I have heard many different stories ever since I was a very little girl. Now I am going to try to put them all together so that they make sense. This is what I think happened.

 Santa Claus has been around for hundreds of years. When the story of Jesus birth traveled around, many people started giving gifts to young children in honor of the baby Jesus. But there was one man that traveled long distances in order to give young children gifts. His name was Nicholas Kriss Kringle and he was a big man. Because he also gave things like food to whole families, he was made a Saint. It didn’t take long before everyone knew about Saint Nicholas Kringle.

Saint Nicholas was also a great magician. Not only was he a magician, but he had studied the movement of the earth. While studying the movement of the earth, he discovered the different time zones around the world, and learned that there was as much as a whole days difference in the time zones.Once he discovered this, he figured out which countries were a day ahead of the other countries. That way he knew which countries to go to first, because Christmas day would be in those countries a whole day earlier than in the United States of America. That way Saint Nicholas actually had two days to deliver the presents in.

However calling him Saint Nicholas Claus was a very long name. Before too long, his name was shortened to Santa, for Saint Nicholas, and Claus for his last name, for a new name of Santa Claus. And so on it went for many years, until Saint Nicholas Claus passed away.

Well, everybody liked the things that he had done, and didn’t want the practice to stop. They didn’t want Santa Claus to be forgotten. Groups of men from many areas came together to discuss what needed to happen. Everybody wanted the practice of giving to the young children to stay, and to start giving to older children and adults as well. But they agreed that there needed to be someone in charge of everything, and that whoever that man was, would become the new Santa Claus. The rest of the men would be Santa Claus’s helpers. The helpers would be called elves. The elves were different sizes when they were born. Some of the elves were little people, and the rest of them were big size like Saint Nicholas was.

Because Saint Nicholas was a magician, he was able to do all of the deliveries by himself. None of the men in the group was a magician. Because of this, there was no way that one man could make all of the deliveries in the two days that Saint Nicholas had done. They knew that it would take a lot of men to do the job. That is where the elves came in. On the first of the two days, the big elves would put on Santa Claus suits and join Santa Claus in delivering the presents. There were just enough elves to get all of the presents delivered. Oh, and when the elves aren’t helping Santa Claus deliver presents, they are going all around making sure that every little boy and girl goes to sleep like they should, and that they are being nice, just like the song says. It is the elves that tell santa Claus if you are sleeping or if you are awake, and whether you have been good or bad. So you really better be good.

Now there had to be some way to make the sleighs fly. Well the original Saint Nicholas was able to make what can only be called “Magic Dust”. It was so magic that it never ran out, It kept making more and more of itself all the time. This magic dust worked only when it was put in the reindeers food for a whole month before Christmas. That way it would be in their muscles and stuff. Well this magic dust changes regular reindeer into flying reindeer. That way, by the time that Christmas came they would be able to fly. Then all that would be needed was for some of the magic dust to be sprinkled on every Santa Claus and their sleighs so that they could also fly.

There was one reindeer that was really special to Santa Claus. This reindeer was called Rudolph, and he was born with a nose that lit up red. Santa always liked him, so he never wanted to have him help to fly the sleigh, but Santa still fed him the food with the magic dust so that he could have fun flying around the North Pole. Santa didn’t want anything to happen to him. But one night the weather was so bad and the snow so heavy that Santa and the regular reindeer could not fly. Then Santa thought about Rudolph with his nose that lit up. That night Santa decided to use Rudolph to help to light the way for the sleigh. He did such a great job that Santa started using Rudolph all the time. There was another secret about the magic dust. With the reindeer eating it and it getting into their blood streams, it made them so that they would live for ever.

Now you know what I think the real story about Santa Claus is. So you better mind your Mommy and Daddy, or whoever takes care of you.

 

 

 

 

“Christmas” Time

Christmas is for everybody, but let’s face it, Christmas is especially exciting for children. Half of the children’s excitement is in the anticipation of it’s arrival. To help the children contain their excitement the adults in their life can show them how to do simple do-it-yourself projects. They can make these presents for family members and/or friends. If the children happen to be in an orphanage situation, then possibly some of the adults there can help the children with the projects. Once the projects are finished, the children can help to find nursing homes to go to and give the gifts to the residents there. They can inquire as to which residents don’t get any visitors and then give the gifts to those residents. Or if the adults help the children, then together they can make cookies and possibly give a small “party” for the residents. Take the cookies and make drinks with the powder mixes. While the residents are having their cookies and drinks, the children can be singing simple Christmas carols to cheer everybody up. It will obviously be a simple “party”, but after all, it is supposed to be the thought that counts. It’s a “win – win” situation. Doing this should result in both the residents and the children being happy. The residents will be happy because they received unexpected visitors, and the children will be happy for having helped to make the cookies and other projects that they gave to the residents. It’s almost impossible when one person smiles not to smile back. By the time the “party” is over everybody should be happy. And best of all, the children will have learned it’s better to give than to receive, and maybe they won’t be quite as sad if they don’t receive much.

“Jesus is the reason for the season”, as the phrase goes. Christ was born on that day, and there was a celebration of His birth. When we go to Church we celebrate God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Ghost. This celebration at Church is called a Mass. The term given to the birth and celebration of Jesus birth was Christmas. The name for the celebration came many years after Jesus was born though.

The spirit of giving started when Jesus was born. The Wise-Men and Kings brought the baby Jesus all kinds of gifts. They brought Gold, Frankincense,and Myrrh. The little drummer boy had no money to buy a gift for the baby Jesus, so his gift to Jesus was playing the drums for Him. That showed that a gift can be something as small as spending time with someone, or singing for them. Whatever you give, whether it is bought or handmade, or just a gift of time, it is the thought of doing something for the person that counts.

“CHRISTMAS” TIME

Children like this time of year.

Hearts are light and full of cheer.

Radiance is noticed everywhere.

Inside people feel a change.

Sharing and smiling carolers sing.

Thankful for life and everything.

Making sure all is done.

Anticipation is half the fun

Santa surely now will come.

It seemed like Christmas day

never would get here

The children’s anticipation

filled half of the year

On this eve, their eyes

are so very big

It is really hard

to get them to go to bed

And when they awaken

to fruit, candy and toys

There sure are some happy

little girls and boys

Amanda Joy

July 28, 1992

Three Year Old Blind Boy – Plays Piano Like A Pro Without Lessons

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This little boy is only three years old, and according to the article has never had a piano lesson. Listen to how well he plays. He is quite something to be as little as he is. I think that if you enjoy piano, then you will enjoy hearing him play.

Magical Color Changing Drinks For Children – 10/19/14

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 Kelly Bagnasco
How Cool

~This would be a cute idea for a child’s birthday party~
Color Changing Drinks- Magically Delicious

Guests will stare wide-eyed as they watch clear water or soda transform into a vibrant color! must be magic!-
What you’ll need: Plastic party cups, food coloring, ice, and any clear drink (I used Sprite, Fresca and Ginger Ale).
Place 2 to 3 drops of food coloring at the bottom of each party cup and let dry. Just before serving the drinks, fill each cup with ice to hide the food coloring. While each child watches, pour the drink over the ice, and the clear water or soda will magically turn into a color as it fills their cup! Use different colors of food coloring so that the kids won’t know what color to expect from their magic soda.
For another fun twist you could add a fortune telling element to the drinks by assigning a meaning to each color and displaying the different meanings on a small sign near the soda.
For example, purple = royalty, green = wealth, yellow = long life. Whichever color each guest’s soda turns also predicts their personal fortune.

Reindeer Christmas Cookies – 9-29-2014

here is a cute idea for some Christmas cookies. The idea was on a post on Facebook.

Cute idea.

 

Look at these super cute and easy to put together Christmas cookies with Nutter Butters! What are your Christmas cookie traditions?

Salt Dough Hand Ornament

Another possible Christmas present!!!

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  • Bonnie Jean Hern This is so cute for parents and children to do together to give to family members. Most all family members love hand made presents from children. Will have to post this on MammaHen.com

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Great ideas and easy recipes for Halloween!!!

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Great ideas and easy recipes for Halloween!!!

Ghost Bananas…
Cut bananas in half and pour any citrus drink over them.
This will keep them from turning brown. Use raisins for eyes.

Halloween Mice…
Maraschino cherries with the stems, Dipping chocolate, Hershey Kisses,
Almond slivers. Dip cherries into chocolate and put onto waxed paper.
Add almond slivers for the ears and attach kisses. You may need to add some dipping chocolate to the kisses to make them stick. Refrigerate until set up and add eyes with frosting. Keep refrigerated until you serve them.

Mummy Dogs…
8 hot dogs, 1 can refrigerated crescent roll dough.
Cut dough in strips and wrap around hot dogs leaving
opened area for eyes. Bake according to directions on can.

Pumpkin Oranges…
Peel oranges and put a piece of celery stalk in the middle for stem.

Spider Web Cookies…
Frost sugar cookies with white icing. Take black frosting and make
circles on the frosted cookie. Using a toothpick start at the center and
pull through icing to the edge.

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 Ghost Bananas…

Cut bananas in half and pour any citrus drink over them.
This will keep them from turning brown. Use raisins for eyes.

Halloween Mice…
Maraschino cherries with the stems, Dipping chocolate, Hershey Kisses,
Almond slivers. Dip cherries into chocolate and put onto waxed paper.
Add almond slivers for the ears and attach kisses. You may need to add some dipping chocolate to the kisses to make them stick. Refrigerate until set up and add eyes with frosting. Keep refrigerated until you serve them.

Mummy Dogs…
8 hot dogs, 1 can refrigerated crescent roll dough.
Cut dough in strips and wrap around hot dogs leaving
opened area for eyes. Bake according to directions on can.

Pumpkin Oranges…
Peel oranges and put a piece of celery stalk in the middle for stem.

Spider Web Cookies…
Frost sugar cookies with white icing. Take black frosting and make
circles on the frosted cookie. Using a toothpick start at the center and
pull through icing to the edge.

Common Core math is not fuzzy: Column – As Seen In USA Today Article

Real fluency is an improvement on traditional math’s plug-and-chug, mechanical approach.

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Common Core math is getting the works from critics: It’s too demanding for most kids; holds back the speedy kids; not the same as what parents already know; makes kids cry. It even promotes “fuzzy math.”

As a professional mathematician, I’m as firmly against fuzzy math as they come. Common Core lays the foundation for students to have a better grasp of mathematical concepts than present standards and sets higher expectations for teaching and learning.

If that doesn’t sound fuzzy, there’s a simple reason: It isn’t.

To appreciate the changes under way, and perhaps to understand the anxiety provoked by Common Core, it’s helpful to look at math before the core.

Too often, it has been “plug and chug” math. In this approach, math is a bunch ofmemorized rules that don’t make much sense. Follow the rules, and you will get the right answer. Do something different, and you’re likely to get it wrong. “Analytical thinking” consists of figuring out which rule to apply. There is limited need for originality, explanations, or even genuine understanding. Learning enough rules will allow you to solve the problems you are given. Do this for enough years, and you may firmly believe that this is what mathematics actually is. If your kids are asked to do something different, you may be up in arms.

Reality of rules

Math as rules starts early. Kids learn in elementary school that you can “add a zero to multiply by ten.” And it’s true, 237 x 10 = 2370. Never mind why. But then when kids learn decimals, the rule fails: 2.37 x 10 is not 2.370. One approach is to simply add another rule. But that’s not the best way.

Common Core saves us from plug-and-chug. In fact, math is based on a collection of ideas that do make sense. The rules come from the ideas. Common Core asks students to learn math this way, with both computational fluency and understanding of the ideas.

Learning math this way leads to deeper understanding, obviates the need for endlessrule-memorizing and provides the intellectual flexibility to apply math in new situations, ones for which the rules need to be adapted. (It’s also a lot more fun.) Combiningcomputational fluency with understanding makes for problem solvers who can genuinely use their math. This is what businesses want and what is necessary to use math in a quantitative discipline.

Here is what good math learning produces: Students who can compute correctly and wisely, choosing the best way to do a given computation; students who can explain what they are doing when they solve a problem or use math to analyze a situation; and students who have the flexibility and understanding to find the best approach to a new problem.

Common Core promotes this. It systematically and coherently specifies the topics and connections needed for math to make sense, and promotes both understanding and accuracy.

No revolution

This doesn’t sound revolutionary because it’s not. Common Core is a list of topicseveryone knows we should teach. It doesn’t tell teachers how to teach them (though it does ask that they teach them coherently, with understanding). It is also not a test, not a curriculum, not a set of homework problems, not a federal mandate and not a teacher evaluation tool.

But you wouldn’t know it from some of the criticisms directed at it. It lays out the topics for students, grade by grade. The rest is up to the teachers, school districts and state boards.

The higher expectations laid out by the Core have been endorsed by every major mathematical society president, including the American Mathematical Society and the American Statistical Association. They called the Common Core State Standards an “auspicious advance in mathematics education.”

Of course, the core will do best if parents can support their children in reaching these higher goals. Websites such as Khan Academy and Illustrative Mathematics have incorporated the standards and show best practices and well-crafted math problems.

There is no doubt that the new standards are more rigorous. They will require more of our students, our teachers and our parents. Knowing what you are doing, instead of just knowing a set of rules, is the essential foundation for applying math to the real world.

That’s not fuzzy. It is smart.

Solomon Friedberg is chair of the Math Department at Boston College and an editor of the book series Issues in Mathematics Education.

In addition to its own editorials, USA TODAY publishes diverse opinions from outside writers, including our Board of Contributors. To read more columns like this, go to theopinion front pageor follow us on twitter @USATopinionor Facebook.

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