105 Peavey Rd, Ste 116
Chaska, MN 55318
Candidate Questionnaire 2002

Candidate responses are in blue.


Representative Ron Erhardt
for House District 41A
4214 Sunnyside Rd, Edina, MN 55424

To Whom It May Concern:

Thank you for taking the time to contact me with your legislative questionnaire. The questions you asked have provided me with a sampling of the issues which are important to your group.

Past experience at the legislature has taught me that compromises are the nature of the legislative game. Most issues have more than one side. I am not willing to make commitments until I am comfortable with all aspects of an issue. By promising to support issue A, B or C to win votes before an election, my constituents will not be receiving the type of objective representation they deserve.

Ron Erhardt, State Representative

1. Independent evaluations provide evidence that the Profile of Learning is a costly failure.

2. Will you support a knowledge-based, liberal-arts, academic education in Minnesota that is independent of the federal curricular mandates?

3. Assessments drive the curriculum. According to the Department of Children, Families and Learning, the purpose of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) is to measure how fully schools are implementing the Profile of Learning. In other words, the MCAs measure whether schools are teaching government approved attitudes, beliefs and values, as directed by the Profile. Government rewards and sanctions are tied to student MCA performance.

4. The Minnesota Board of Teaching adopted new licensure rules for teachers that tie teacher licensing to the Profile of Learning and force acceptance of the School-to-Work system.

5. The Profile of Learning and School-to-Work system are turning K-12 schools into job training centers where job skills training is replacing academic instruction. Students are frequently leaving the school sites for entry level, on-the-job training instead of pursuing academic knowledge. Students are required to plan careers by middle school. In some school districts, students are being required to apply for a specific career pathway (called Smaller Learning Communities) in the 8th grade.

6. Nonprofit foundations and the federal government are promoting a massive expansion of an early childcare system in every state that will place the government in authority over parenting. An early childhood government education system will require government credentialing, and therefore mandate a government curriculum. State early childhood curriculum incorporates content aligned with the Profile of Learning and often uses material deeply offensive to parental values and beliefs.

For example, the early childhood credentialing program called TEACH uses a curriculum that promotes childhood acceptance of homosexuality, engages in sexual identity training, promotes negative attitudes toward western civilization and history, rewrites history that reflects a bias against traditional values, and trains young children to be political activists.

7. The federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 mandates that all states create a workforce system directed ultimately from Washington, DC. Appointed boards, accountable to the federal government, will plan and manage state economies by credentialing and placing workers into government-targeted industries. K-12 education becomes the human-resource supplier, trained under the new School-to-Work system.

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