Yesterday, the Delaware Attorney General’s office opened up Delaware to the world of the Delaware Pathways. Granted, this had to come in the form of a FOIA complaint from yours truly. But feast your eyes on all the big plans rolled around this initiative. An initiative so big Governor Markell had to issue an Executive Order when the General Assembly said no thanks to legislation creating a Steering Committee around the Pathways gig. Given how much is tied into this thing: Common Core, the state assessments, millions upon millions of dollars of state funding, outside businesses, all three of our major colleges, etc., is it any wonder this group has tried to keep things hush as long as they can? All I can say is whenever Rodel gets involved, something goes wonky with transparency. So what is “Work-Based Learning” and “Working To Learn”? The answers lie within. If you oppose this, let your voice be heard now. I do not believe it is a coincidence at all that Delaware will be handing in the first draft of their Every Student Succeeds Act state plan in the next few days. Between this and the ESSA state plan, with all the smoke and mirrors involved with that, NOW is the time to be extra vigilant. Read every single word in these documents. Every. Single. One.
I knew there would be some very big education legislation coming up in the final weeks of Delaware’s legislative session. And here we go! Senator David Sokola introduced Senate Bill 277 today which deals with the Pathways to Prosperity program. This legislation would make it a permanent fixture in our schools, would create a permanent steering committee, and create a Pathways to Prosperity leadership team. Once again, parents have been shut out of being on this committee. I guess our voices no longer mean anything, right Dave? God forbid a parent might just have something important to lend. I’ll bet it isn’t even an afterthought when he writes these bills.
I don’t have anything against programs designed to help future graduates obtain jobs should they not pursue a higher education. But to actively promote this option in high school will cause long-term damage to the economic advantages we have as a state and a country. I believe that is what people like Governor Markell and Sokola want. I refer to the “Dear Hillary” letter written by the architect of Common Core, Marc Tucker, to Hillary Clinton shortly after Bill Clinton became President. It is the blueprint for all that has gone down in education since. For those who wonder why I will not vote for Hillary, there is far too much proof she not only backs this agenda but is also a proud supporter. I see the same circle of vultures circling Hillary’s wagon waiting for their big chance. So much legislation, plans, and task forces assume Hillary will be the next President and the timetable on so much of this stuff is written with a President Hillary in mind. Do not mistake this as coincidence. It is far too important for the future well-being of our country and the generations to come. This cradle to grave mindset with the people of America is not a good thing. If the government doesn’t want people to think for themselves, why don’t they just come out and say “We are communist now”. Instead they do the long con thing with crap like this.
When I see legislation like Senate Bill 277 come across my screen, I shudder. It is all falling into place. And when I see Senator Brian Pettyjohn on this as well, I have to wonder. Bi-partisan support for a bill like this scares the crap out of me. It isn’t even about political parties anymore folks, it’s about the agenda. Bills like this make splashy headlines and make us think we are looking out for the kids. The reality is the ultimate smokescreen, the tracking and decreased effort to make our kids the best they can be. Just last week Markell tweeted about how kids don’t really have to go to a four-year college to be successful. He may be right, but chances are much better their lives will be better in the long run if they are about to go a four-year college versus a two-year community college. But schools like Del-Tech are huge supporters of initiatives like these. They are banking on it! Why else would we see legislation honoring their leader months after he got the position show up last week? It is all glorified ass-kissing, done in such a way that nobody will know. The “Delaware Promise” is great for those who profit off it. But for every day people like you and I? Forget about it. So why do we keep electing these knuckleheads who introduce legislation just to make themselves look great?
Sokola is winning brownie points by giving the teachers what they want with the Component V bill, which is part of their evaluations. But don’t forget who wrote the original bill which put the bad stuff into place in the first place. Hello Senate Bill 51! All eyes will be on that and the Wilmington redistricting bills while legislation like this gets passed very quietly and smoothly. Unless someone writes about it first. I oppose this bill for all the reasons I’ve written. I’m not shocked Sokola is introducing this bill today. But I do hope Meredith Chapman kicks his Markell-loving ass next November! And Paul Baumbach is not impressing me at all lately. I know he is a darling with the Newark crew, but this is all politics! The Delaware Dems need to watch out if they want to retain their power in the General Assembly next year. They are due for a monstrous shift in power. I wouldn’t necessarily assume they will all get to keep their window seats next year!