Earlier today, I received a letter released to the press by Representative Kevin Calvey (R-82) requesting State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Joy Hofmeister, resign. Here is the text of the letter (which apparently made the Washington Times):
OKLAHOMA CITY – Conservative lawmaker Kevin Calvey, R-Oklahoma City, today called upon State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister, R-Tulsa, to resign in the wake of felony charges against her.
“Joy Hofmeister’s own words make it clear that it is best for the children of Oklahoma that she resign,” said Calvey, referring to emails referenced in the indictment filed by District Attorney David Prater, D-Oklahoma City, against Hofmeister and representatives of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA) school administrators’ lobby and the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) teachers’ union, among others. “This isn’t a case of ‘he said, she said.’ Ms. Hofmeister admits in her own emails that she and CCOSA officials planned the massive illegal dark money negative campaign against her GOP primary opponent in advance, and that this dark money campaign would allow Ms. Hofmeister to focus solely on touting her own background rather than engaging her opponent.”
Calvey noted that his call for Hofmeister’s resignation should not be confused with the criminal case against her.
Just yesterday, my article on homeschool co-ops was published in the Federalist (Homeschoolers Invent The Most Daring Ways To Educate Kids). I hope you’ll read it if for no other reason than to check out my interview with Mrs. Sam Sorbo – wife of Kevin Sorbo (God’s Not Dead) – and read her explain why homeschooling is the right choice for their family of five.
The article generated a very LARGE number of comments, most of which were supportive of homeschooling, yet one commenter simply could not possibly accept homeschooling as an overall viable alternative to public education and remarked continually to that effect.
I finally felt the need to jump in and thought it might be helpful to copy and paste one of his comments and my response here. I hope you will read it in full and think critically on the words and I hope you will endeavor to take a look at schooling your own children at home – if you haven’t already!
Wolf Tracker in reply to Jenni White
Jenni- you and your friends are shilling for home schooling and spreading a completely unrealistic picture that does not include all the cons of homeschooling and reasons to not homeschool. That is very disingenuous and will lead to many people jumping in and then failing as most parent’s do not have the education and mastery of subjects and skill necessary to teach their own kids.
They also are not likely to have the income you and your friends do that can afford to stay at home to educate their kids. I made it clear in my post that home schooling can be successful for well educated parents and those with the income and time needed for that huge commitment but you are promoting this as if it is the best option for all people and that is not realistic or mature and as a former teacher you should know better.
Consider adding in the facts of how much homeschooling costs and what education parents should have and what skills it takes to be a good home school teacher and maybe your article would be credible.
Joy Pullmann at the Federalist wrote a GREAT piece today on why Michelle Rhee should NOT be named as theSecretary of Education. I loved it so much, I’m doubling down on it.
No, neither Rhee nor anyone else of her ‘ilk’ should be appointed as head of DOE.
In case you don’t know – or are somehow new to education policy (or heck – just governance in the United States) – there is no middle ground. NONE. Yes, there is supposed to be a gradient of governance that tends to rest somewhere near the middle of the ideological spectrum (ideally) in EVERY area over our lives the government has usurped, yet – particularly in education – what you really have is this:
Dear President-Elect Trump,It’s November 24th, and though I run a small farm and am up early every day anyway, I’m up this morning – not readying myself to make Thanksgiving dinner – but writing to you about my frustration over your pick for US Secreta…
This blog originates from ROPE2: http://reclaimoklahomaparentempowerment.blogspot.com/
Photo: Joy Hofmeister and OPE Administrator Angela Little at the Hofmeister watch party November 2014
Early this year, much media fanfare (Tulsa World, NewsOK, Oklahoma Watch) welcomed a new political action committee (PAC) – one started by Oklahoma teachers and parents specifically to advance public education. It arose from a Facebook group, Oklahoma Parents and Educators for Public Education…
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I spent my entire morning reading both the Affidavit for Search Warrant for Chad Alexander’s cell phones (following his 2014 Controlled Dangerous Substance possession charge in May of 2014 – which led to the current charges against State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and others) and all 32 pages of the Affidavit Of Probable Cause including the charges, the background, the investigation – all
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Recently I saw an article in EdWeek called, “The Case For Universal National Service. Reading it made my blood boil to the point I became incensed.
This state, once so constant at the offense of Common Core, is now a rarity truthfully. In fact, I have pretty much given up attempting to turn the Titanic that has become Public Education after fighting the public education establishment and the layers upon layers of bureaucracy that serve as government. It simply isn’t a tenable objective anymore when combined with the ignorance of the majority of those living in our country today (much of it deliberate) as to even the functions of our state and federal government, let alone what it means to actually live in a Republic.
I’ts also a rarity to find me commenting on articles because screaming into the hurricane is a waste of time better spent doing anything but.
To this I had to respond, however.
Source post (originally published Sept 23,2016)
Just recently, Diane Ravitch penned an article for US News and World Report in which she claims that “Worldwide, Public Education is For Sale”. Unfortunately, I could agree with none of it. Here’s what I thought after finishing the piece…
Having adopted children from Africa, I know a little bit about the inability of many African countries to provide educations for their youngest citizens, yet you want me to cry because a private organization is coming in and educating them for a dollar a week – because some families don’t even have the dollar, the teachers are *gasp* UNCERTIFIED, and the foundation might make a buck? I seriously am just completely confounded.
Though I would personally not opt my children into a Pearson school if another alternative was available, Pearson is unarguably providing these children a better future than they could hope to have just because they are being afforded a basic education they wouldn’t have otherwise had.
(Originally published via ROPE August 11, 2016)
It has seemed to me lately that much of America has gone to Hell in a hand basket, thus the news from EdWeek today didn’t actually help my state of mind.
Two articles appeared today in my daily inbox notifications; Ethics Education; A National Imperative and Election 2016 Is a Real Civics Lesson for Students (Video).
Article one says this,
Ethical questions engage students early on and can put them on a path to success. In early stages of learning, ethical questions directly related to students’ experiences can spark curiosity and foster the inquisitive nature of young children, setting the stage for honing critical-thinking skills that will be useful throughout life.
This article was originally published by ROPE July 14, 201
Though not included in their department email press releases for the week, the Oklahoma State Department of Education, under the direction of Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, have filed a waiver with the United States Department of Education (USDE) to absolve her department from having to follow at least one section of the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), for now.
Here is a section of the OSDE Waiver Request: