| Join me to hear "The Making of Little Socialists"....
February 8, 2019
Welcome to the Haynes Report!
Are you puzzled by the barbarian fringe of American society that is destroying our beloved nation, tearing down our history, and turning California into a third world society? How about the lunatics who behave like wild animals when someone disagrees with them? How did we get to this point? What can we do about it before it's too late? Those are questions I’ll answer on Sunday evening when I speak at First Baptist Dallas. Please do join me there for an eye opening evening.
"The Making of Little Socialists"
February 10, 2019 5:30 p.m.
Dallas First Baptist Church, Lovvorn Hall, First Floor
1707 San Jacinto Street, Dallas, Texas 75201
Texas Lawmakers File Tech Bills, Ignore Research and Voters – As Usual!
February 4, 2019
The 2019 Texas legislature is rushing headlong into expanding K-12 “personalized learning,” a euphemism for replacing teachers with digital screens. The code term is a marketing ploy of aggressive Silicon Valley tech companies that have found the education market to be worth hundreds of billions of dollars for their corporate bottom line.
Ignoring volumes of proof that digital learning has lowered academic achievement and created mental and psychological problems, states spend $5 billion each year of taxpayers’ money on technology.
Removing children from the “dangerous influences” of parents and day teachers is a goal of UNESCO, the educational arm of the U.N. founded in 1946. Through computers, children are being brain mapped and their mindsets changed to accept a socialistic One World Order. Extensive data mining of personal student information is being via digital learning, a violation of a student’s Fourth Amendment rights to privacy.
Several technology bills have been filed.
HB 199 - provide salary and other expenses for tech support
By far, the most egregious bill is HB 429, authored by conservative Rep. Matt Shaheen, a technology and management consulting executive with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services.
The bill calls for the TEA to conduct a study about the effectiveness of digital learning in public schools. The study must include methods for providing digital learning to K-12 and recommendations regarding partnerships with higher education institutions and other private and public entities. By Sept. 1, 2020, the TEA is to submit a report to the education commissioner and legislative committee with recommendations about how to improve digital learning, along with virtual learning under 30A.
Based upon recommendations, the education commissioner will establish procedures to increase student digital learning and participation in virtual school network and increase public private partnerships with higher education institutions and other private and public entities.
Parents should be highly concerned about this bill which
Children under 10 are especially susceptible to screen addiction. Two hundred peer-reviewed studies have connected screen time to increased ADHD, increased aggression, anxiety, screen addiction, depression, and even psychosis.
The Journal of the American Medical Association study showed students who used several types of digital media several times daily were twice as likely to have ADHD as classmates who were less frequent users.
Tech companies are pushing addictive educational video games into American classrooms that collect lucrative personal data on students. Renowned Dr. Nicholas Kardaras finds that educational video games in the classroom affect the brain exactly like cocaine.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found lower scores on reading and math tests for students with classroom computer access.
Reading expert Maryanne Wolf said that, because students skim materials online with interactive distractions, their reading comprehension has declined, making it difficult for them read the classics.
Education psychologist Jane Healy finds that computerized learning interferes with the development of the child’s motor skills and ability to think logically and distinguish between reality and fantasy. The development of social skills may also be impaired.
American Citizens Matter has compiled information from numerous studies about the dangerous consequences of digital screens upon children and shared it with many Texas leaders. Will they heed the warnings about screen technologies or be swayed by big money interests?
Federalized School Choice? A High-Risk Choice
February 6, 2019
In his State of the Union speech, President Trump urged lawmakers to pass a federal school choice bill. Fortunately, it’s highly unlikely that any such legislation will be passed.
The $1 billion competitive grant for vouchers that Trump favors and the federal tax credit scholarship, considered a federal power grab by conservatives, lack Congressional support.
The school voucher is rejected by most of the highly independent and growing homeschooling population in the United States.
A 2010 study at Cato concluded that voucher programs impose a substantial and statistically significant additional burden on participating private schools because state funds—which invariably invite state regulation—are directly transferred, in the form of vouchers, to parents to spend in an alternate education setting.
State tax credit scholarships, however, involve no state funds directly expended on private schools. Instead, taxpayers, both individual and businesses, can receive full or partial state tax credits when they donate money to nonprofits that provide private school scholarships.
Sparks flew in 2017 when Senator Ted Cruz filed an amendment to the tax reform bill allowing 529 college savings accounts to be expanded to include private, religious, and homeschools. The homeschool associations squared off in separate corners on the homeschool provision. Eventually the amendment was withdrawn.
Despite the good intentions of the Cruz amendment, one of the main reasons families who homeschool or enroll their children in private or religious schools is to keep the federal government out of their child’s education.
The homeschool associations disagree on whether the Cruz amendment will result in the unintended consequence of allowing the federal government to exercise control over homeschools.
The Home School Legal Defense Association, which is strongly opposed to federal funds for homeschoolers, helped to craft the Cruz amendment and maintains they are not concerned with encroaching federal control.
Constitutional attorney Deborah Stevenson with National Home Education Legal Defense charged that the Cruz Amendment was unconstitutional because under the Tenth Amendment, the federal government has no authority to grant a benefit to individuals for education purposes, since control over education is left to the states.
It’s true that no federal funds are deposited into 529 accounts, only after-tax funds of individuals. Here’s the problem. Because the federal government rules how you spend your own money from the account, the heavy hand of the federal government is exercising control over education. This is a Trojan horse for the federal government to gain control over homeschoolers and private schools.
The federal government has gradually taken control of education at all levels, which has been accomplished with enticement through monetary “benefits.” The Elementary and Secondary Elementary Act of 1965 was “sold” on the basis that it simply provided help for poor students – although politicians understood it was really about gaining eventual control over K-12 public education.
This was the nose of the camel in the education tent. It didn’t take the camel long to take up residence in the tent while shoving out parents and states. Later the ESEA was reauthorized as No Child Left Behind and the Every Students Succeeds Act of 2015.
Those politicians who voted for ESEA in 1965 have succeeded: the goal of ESSA is the nationalization of education. So much for “helping poor children.”
The federal government has also butted into higher education, helping students with loans and all manner of enticements along with requirements for colleges and universities. This intrusion of the federal government has created many of the problems we have in higher education today.
If Congress really wants to help parents with better education options for their children, lawmakers can begin by abolishing all federal involvement in education and return control to the states and local governments.
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