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Rockwood School District Publishes Student Health Records Online

It seems that the Rockwood School District in St Louis Missouri just can’t take a break. continues to make poor, unconstitutional decisions.

First, in an effort to receive vouchers from the state, schools implemented a “Run for Recess” requiring students run laps around the track before participating in what was left of their 15 minute recess. Next, it was discovered that the district  fingerprints all students without parental consent. Then came the state audit which unveiled what we already knew: the district was funneling millions of dollars to school board president Steve Smith (who later resigned, but not before throwing Superintendent Bruce Borchers under the bus. Borchers will not return to RSD).

The fingerprinting scandal broke when a mother noticed that someone else was eating off of her child’s account. Upon inquiry, she was told that “someone else’s fingerprint must be similar to your son’s”. Huh? Fingerprint. The district refused to comment on the issue, but later published an *opt-out* document for parents to restrict the child from being fingerprinted…but there is no indication anywhere on their website which informs parents of the standard practice. In other words, if the parent is not aware of the fingerprinting of their child, they would have no way of knowing to click on the opt-out link. This also gives the district the opportunity to implement this measure, though unconstitutional, and without parental consent of a minor, by default.

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Now it has been discovered that the Rockwood School District has taken upon itself to actually publish student health records online. These records can be found on the district’s “Infinite Campus” site which is a database for all things and anything the district wants on record. Personal information. Information that goes directly into the Longitudinal Database as part of Common Core Standards. You can find all you need and more on the Longitudinal Database, as well as Common Core at Missouri Education Watchdog.

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This database, though on a secure webpage, still jeopardizes student privacy rights. Personal information of a minor can not be shared or published without parental consent. RSD was approached on this issue, to which they (per their M.O.) remained silent and refused any comment regarding these publications. This database, of course, may be subject to sale, where another entity would have full access to this information. Worse, this database may also be seized by the federal government as part of  Common Core integration.  It seems that as long as the parents don’t know what is going on, RSD will continue to institute whatever practices they desire, despite the law.

The Logical Solution to School Security: Veterans

After the tragic shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, there has been a justifiably heightened awareness and desire for the safety and security of our children in school. However, instead of creating gun free zones, or over-exerting local police forces, why don’t we take a look at a more logical approach to the solution?

Thousands of men and women across the country join and dedicate their lives to military forces. These troops are tactically trained and certified in combat. They are trying to neutralize the threat not only with arms, but hand to hand. Tens of thousands of them are train to dismantle incendiary devices.
As of September 2012 9.7% of all veterans are unemployed, actively seeking work. Who more worthy of employment based upon their training and abilities than our military? And what could possibly cause for our students, staff and parents to feel more secure than a soldier standing next to them?
Retired veterans pride themselves on their services, experiences and accomplishments while on active duty. How could one learn more about military purposes and history then by the first hand knowledge of someone who willingly lived through it? Isn’t that what education is all about in the first place. Isn’t education the entire purpose of school?
Perhaps we will rediscover the reverence, respect and appreciation our military once had in this country.

CRPD: The Disabled Newborn Registration Act. . .and the End of Personal Freedom

UPDATE: URGENT!!! Senate set to ratify CRPD 12pm EST, December 4, 2012

 

How many of you have heard of CRPD (more exhaustively known as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)? Probably few of you.  In fact, in a quick google search, of the hundreds of hits endorsing the legislation, not a single one actually had a link to the Bill, or explanation of it’s wording.

Not here: USICD, nor here: National Association or the Deaf, not here: National Federation for the Blind, not even on The Hill …thank goodness Clay Aiken tweeted his support out.

First of all, this is not state legislation, this is not federal legislation…this is a UN treaty agreement.

Article Eleven:

States Parties shall take, in accordance with their obligations under international law, including international humanitarian law and international human rights law, all necessary measures to ensure the protection and safety of persons with disabilities in situations of risk, including situations of armed conflict, humanitarian emergencies and the occurrence of natural disasters.

This, in essence, makes the States the UN’s bitch, for lack of a better term.

Now, why in the world would it be necessary to enter into an agreement with the UN to register at birth and track anyone with disabilities? Why would legislation be written to mandate that all newborns with disabilities have the right to a name?  Why would legislation be written to mandate that all newborns with disabilities have the right to be raised by their birth parents?

Huh?

The answer to this puzzling piece of legislation is directly connected to the longitudinal database system…the final piece of the puzzle. MissouriEducationWatchdog has spent the better part of three years researching and documenting government sanctioned database system.  CRPD is simply one more arm in this system. By documenting people born with disabilities from birth, the government will be able to track that person via school records, medical records, employment history, socio-economic status, political preference, and so on.

Sounds crazy, right? Feel free to research the longitudinal database system for yourself…then take a few days to absorb and wrap your head around it.

In a nutshell, this program collects and tracks data of each individual…it has gone so far to take digital fingerprints of children without legal consent. Based upon the information gathered, government agencies can determine who will be a contribution to society, who will only amount to menial labor, who will live on entitlement programs, disabled persons who can be exploited for government purposes (neat wording for a pat om the back) based upon their accomplishments, and so on.

Yes, all of your information neatly collected in one nice little UN sanctioned package…your childrens’ too.  This is not about better education, it is about surrender of sovereignty…and the worst of it, the government is exploiting disabled persons to further their agenda.

Boy Scout Bashing, UPS, and a Tale of Discrimination Hypocrisy

The United Parcel Device has announced that they will no longer grant any charity to one of the most charitable organizations in America: The Boy Scouts of America.

The BSA, a private organization, has spent over 100 years in nurturing the moral, charitable, and responsible character of young boys, and maturing young men.

UPS released a statement:

The UPS Foundation seeks to support organizations that are in alignment with our focus areas, guidelines, and non-discrimination policy. UPS and The UPS Foundation do not discriminate against any person or organization with regard to categories protected by applicable law, as well as other categories protected by UPS and The UPS Foundation in our own policies. These include, but are not limited to race, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status, pregnancy, age and religion.

Hmm, actually, it sounds to me as if UPS is discriminating against the BSA, as well as scouts everywhere. Hypocrite much?
I’m sure the BSA will manage. There are other parcel services who would gladly contribute to the BSA.

The Boy Scouts of America’s official policy on homosexuality and court rulings:
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), one of the largest private youth organizations in the United States, has policies which prohibit atheists, agnostics and “open or avowed” homosexual people from membership in its Scouting program as directly violating its fundamental principles and tenets. BSA has denied or revoked membership status or leadership positions for violation of these foundational principles.

The BSA contends that these policies are essential in its mission to instill in young people the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

The organization’s legal right to have these policies has been upheld repeatedly by both state and federal courts. In Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, the Supreme Court of the United States has affirmed that as a private organization, the BSA can set its own membership standards. The BSA’s policies have been legally challenged but have not been found to constitute illegal discrimination; as a private organization in the United States the BSA has the right to freedom of association, as determined in the court case.

As of the announcement by UPS, thousands of Scouts throughout the United States have declared that they will no longer use UPS, both personally, as well as businesses. Many taking to their blogs and are suggesting to buycott other parcel services:

One of the reasons this country is going downhill so fast is that conservatives and Christians continue to support organizations that are hostile to our values

Take UPS, for example.

Its decision to publicly attack one of the finest organizations in America, the Boy Scouts, for putting kids first and staying true to its core principles by refusing to admit homosexual members tells you that this is not an organization that is friendly to Christian values.

The philanthropic arm of shipping giant UPS said it will no longer give money to the Boy Scouts of America as long as the group discriminates against gays, the second major corporation to recently strip funding from the scouts.

The UPS Foundation made the change Thursday after an online petition protesting its annual grants to the Boy Scouts attracted more than 80,000 signatures. UPS, based in Atlanta, follows computer chip maker Intel in withdrawing corporate support for the Boy Scouts.

UPS spokeswoman Kristen Petrella said groups applying for the foundation grants will have to adhere to the same standards UPS does by not discriminating against anyone based on race, religion, disability or sexual orientation.

“We promote an environment of diversity and inclusion,” Petrella said Monday. “UPS is a company that does the right things for the right reasons.”

Certainly, UPS doesn’t have to give the Boy Scouts any money, but when it wants to make sure that everyone knows that it doesn’t support the single best youth organization in America because that group is trying to adhere to their own traditional values, Christians shouldn’t support that. Use the Post Office, use FedEx, but don’t keep giving your money to companies that hold people like you in contempt.

While some have argued that the BSA is a Christian based organization, that would.be incorrect…however, Christian values are most certainly alligned with the core values if the Boy Scouts organization.

That being said, to discriminate against and organization for “discrimination” is just about the most backward-thinking, idiotic act of stupidity out there.

This is what UPS is discriminating against:

Scouting statisticshttp://scoutingabout.com:

Of 100 Boys in Scouting -* Only rarely will one appear in juvenile court. * 12 will receive their first church contact through Scouting. * 5 will receive church religious emblems. * 1 will enter the clergy due to his Scouting relationships. * 18 will develop hobbies that will give them a lifelong interest. * 8 will find their future life vocations. * 1 will use Scout skills to save another’s life. * 1 will credit Scout skills with saving his own life. * 2 of the 100 will reach the Eagle Rank. * 17 will later become leaders in Scouting and will pass on their skills, inspiration and leadership to countless youth. A comparative study of the records of Scouts and non-Scouts in a sampling of schools and colleges shows that Scouts hold most of the major positions of leadership in the student body. The survey resulted in the following statistics in regard to school officers bearing a large amount of responsibility. * Of senior class presidents, 89% were Scouts. * Of junior class presidents, 80% were Scouts. * Of business managers of school publications, 75% were Scouts. * Of student council presidents, 85% were Scouts. * Of school newspaper editors, 88% were Scouts. * Of editors of school annuals, 77% were Scouts. * Of basketball captains, 64% were Scouts. Numbered among the alumni of the Boy Scouts of America are: * 64% of Air Force Academy graduates. * 58% of West Point graduates. * 70% of Annapolis graduates. * 72% of Rhodes scholars. * 85% of FBI agents. * 26% of the 29 U.S. astronauts.

Wow!
…and UPS carries boxes.

Don’t Miss: Victory Bus Tour – St. Louis Rally, Today

Join Senator Roy Blunt, Congressman Todd Akin, Ann Wagner, Victory Chairman Ed Martin & your statewide GOP ticket.
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The Victory Bus will be at the Victory Fieldhouse (Highway 44 & 141, Fenton) Wednesday, August 15th at 4:00 PM. For more information contact Zachary Harper at 314-686-1367.

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Finally, A Patriot’s Program for Children!

As I entered my greatroom yesterday, I was initially upset that my children seemed unusually glued to the television  (we got rid of cable months ago, over great concern over the indoctrination of our children by the Main Stream Media). . .however, once I took a closer look at the content they had seemingly absorbed into, I felt great pride and gratitude.  My children had found a new program on the Instant Queue on Netflix. . .the name of the series: Liberty’s Kids by Jill Anderson.

As I paused the program, my children excitedly told me how they had stumbled upon this program by searching “Tea Party” on Netflix.  I learned that they had been doing this religiously on a weekly basis, in their ever growing desire to become part of history, via grassroots activism, by educating themselves on the history of our Forefathers.  I immediately sat down with them, and they eagerly skipped back to the first episode “The Boston Tea Party“, so I could watch the entirely of the program with them from the beginning.

In Liberty’s Kids, the story of American Revolutionary War is told via the eyes of an American teen-aged lad, a young English lady, and a French boy, all three of whom work as reporters under the employment of Benjamin Franklin.  The story-line for Liberty’s Kids, according to IMDB:

Benjamin Franklin enlists the help of young people to record the happenings leading up to and during the Revolution for his newspaper the Pennsylvania Gazette. First, there is a James Hiller, a patriot who tends to act before he thinks and is, at times, too quick a judge in his search for American heroes. Next is Henri, a French orphan who’s only quest is for food. Lastly, a young woman named Sarah Phillips joins the team; the daughter of an ex-English general with strong views opposing slavery. Together, they travel the colonies witnessing the sacrifices made for freedom.

Liberty’s Kids’ first episodes first launched in 2002, Long before the birth of the Tea Party movement, and ran a full 40 episodes, targeting children ages 7-14 with teachings on the origins of the United States of America. 

Interestingly, while the show initially aired on PBS- Funded Programming channels,the program was dropped by PBS, despite it’s popularity:

I have found no further explanation as to why the program was dropped.  Id did find, however, that the DVD’s can be purchased (so once it’s yanked off of Netflix, my children can continue to watch and learn from this great program).  I’m very excited to continue watching this with my children, and will be documenting any errors, need they be found. **I only say this because of the connections to both PBS and funding by the U.S Department of Education. . .so odds are, the show may become slanted as the episodes continue.

Stay tuned for updates!


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