Oregon Schools Chief Threatens Teachers Who Don’t Adhere to Common Core

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Deputy Superintendent of Oregon Schools Rob Saxton
Deputy Superintendent of Oregon Schools Rob Saxton

It’s creepy enough knowing that state educat0rs want to get a hold of your child in the womb and be responsible for them till college graduation ! See the “All your kids belong to us” video here. 

The top educator in the state is back with more on his beloved P-20 plan–and more!

 “We have this P through 20 initiative, and it makes sooo much sense to me. It isn’t that we’ve just removed some of the barriers but we make it easier for our children in the state really to move from birth all the way to graduate school.”

Now, as parent and activist Jason Schmidt discovers (see his YouTube Channel here), schools chief Rob Saxton will not tolerate anyone who does not conform to his plan to grab the kids in the womb till grad school using Common Core standards. After all, the program represents, “[E]verybody collectively pulling in the same direction.”

Oregon was one of early adopters of Common Core. It's usually at forefront of most fads.
Oregon was an early adopter of Common Core. The state usually is at the forefront of most fads.

An attempt to carry out anything that is not or to have any teacher in your school, to have any counselor, to have any person in that program not carrying out the plan as intended is completely unacceptable.

Saxton (not to be confused with former Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron Saxton) told administrators at a Common Core presentation, 

Your job is to ensure that that [standards] is happening. If it is happening, I believe you will absolutely be successful. Especially if your plan is evidence based. But an attempt to carry out anything that is not or to have any teacher in your school, to have any counselor, to have any person in that program not carrying out the plan as intended is completely unacceptable.” [emph added]

And he gloats that the school plan basically shuts out oversight by the legislature,

The legislature does not have a choice to say ‘we’re not going to do this really well.’ And so, we kind of have them where we want ’em at some point, but we also need to make sure that we convince them that our plans are correct and that they want to bring those funds to us, cuz they know that we’ll use them to very best effect.”

There are some good things about Common Core. But, as we’ve found out these past few decades, top-down standards only serve the adults in DC , in the Ed School at Yale, or paid consultants–not the kids in your local schools. This is a cram down. There should be input from the legislature. The above quote shows, however, the disdain with which the bureaucrats at Oregon’s Ed Department hold the people’s representatives. 

And I have to know that a true SOB is going to enfor [sic] check on it and know it and enforce it. 

And finally Saxton talks tough to the administrators present saying disloyalty will not be tolerated because, you know, he’s an ‘SOB’ and all. Look at the way he catches himself when he nearly goes all-authoritarian on the crowd,

But here’s what I do know. I kind of am an SOB. I really, truly kind of am an SOB when it comes to the expectation about what people are gonna do. That we’re going to have a plan and we’re going to DO what we’ve agreed to DO. And when they leave and close the classroom door, that there’s no room for them to change their mind about that. And I have to know that a true SOB is going to enfor [sic] check on it and know it and enforce it. That means I’m going to be in the classroom a bunch and I’m going to know precisely what’s happening in every classroom and I’m going to be demanding about the kind of instruction that takes place in that classroom that every single person is going to run our plan 

Here’s one thing on which I can agree with Rob Saxton, though it may be a bit impolitic for a molder of children’s minds to say it like this,

I can guarantee you that if a kid cannot learn to read by the third grade, they are toast. It is an ‘Oh, shit’ moment for them.

When there is such zeal to comply, when there is talk of enforcement against those disloyal to the cause, you’re not dealing with educators, you’re dealing with authoritarians. They are ideological zealots. I happen to think ideology is not necessarily a bad thing, but when their ideology is used to snuff out my free choice, there is. 

Watch this experiment with children in Oregon. And watch the legislature get cut out of the oversight, for, after all,

The legislature does not have a choice to say ‘we’re not going to do this really well.’ And so, we kind of have them where we want ’em 

Did you elect the bureaucrats? No. Education has now been removed from the people’s grasp. 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Oregon Schools Chief Threatens Teachers Who Don’t Adhere to Common Core

  1. Strange …. He can say “shit” to this gathering, but saying “hard ass” is somehow a no-no.

    Yep … Gotta be a kindly, SOB, nazi and get all the teachers to fall in line anything else is unacceptable … Sure sounds like 1930s-style indoctrination to me.

    “Anything to report?”

  2. “I happen to think ideology is not necessarily a bad thing, but when their ideology is used to snuff out my free choice, there is.” – Victoria Taft, 2013

    That’s one for the history books, ideology is not necessarily a bad thing? Grammatical errors aside, do you even understand what you are saying? How do you have a blog about education when your writing suggests you don’t care for it?

    Let me make a suggestion – stop taking sound bites out of context to push YOUR misinformed political narrative. It’s making your ‘movement’ look illegitimate and petty. I don’t even work for ODE, I’m just doing you a favor.

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