105 Peavey Rd, Ste 116
Chaska, MN 55318
USE THESE ISSUES TO EVALUATE YOUR CANDIDATES!
Candidate responses are in blue.
Angela Mitchell for Senate District 32
6927 Ives Ln N, Osseo, MN 55369
1. Independent evaluations provide evidence that the Profile of Learning is a costly failure.
Will you vote to repeal the Profile of Learning?
Although I do believe it needs serious modification.
Have you voted for repeal of the Profile in the past? (incumbents only)
Not an incumbent.
2. Will you support a knowledge-based, liberal-arts, academic education in Minnesota that is independent of the federal curricular mandates?
There are mandates which we must fulfill. I am not in support of adding additional mandates for our teachers and students.
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.
Will you support the development of an objective, academic achievement test that measures students’ knowledge and intellectual capability, rather than government-approved attitudes, beliefs and values?
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.
The profile must be changed before we disregard teacher training in this area. As a teacher, I know how overwhelming preparing for graduation standards packages was and we must help our new teachers prepare many creative teaching methods and understanding various assessment tools. We simply cannot ask them to teach standards that they are not prepared for.
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.
Will you support legislation that protects students in K-12 schools by prohibiting all requirements that all students must participate in career skills training or other work-based curriculum, instruction or employment-related activity in career areas?
I oppose limiting students choices. They should be able to experience areas of interest to them including career areas. They should not be corralled into specific areas where they become "stuck"!
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.
Will you support legislation that prohibits the state from usurping the authority of parents for their children or from requiring early childhood curriculum that is negative toward traditional values?
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.
Will you oppose the creation of an appointed central planning board in Minnesota that will choose government-favored industries and direct the state economy and workforce?