User Profile: JennyLedge

Member Since: March 21, 2012


  • April 4, 2014 at 11:20am

    These poor children are meant to make sense out of poorly worded instructions and answer questions in an overly convoluted and contrived manner. And then they are told what they did was wrong. Children naturally want to please; they want their parents and teachers to be proud of them. Let me tell you from experience, if your hand gets slapped every time you reach out, guess what you learn to do? You stop. You just stop trying. Do you want your children to turn inward? Do you want them to give up? That’s what they will have to do to protect themselves. They will retreat away from their parents and teachers. They will no longer feel safe to take that next step, to reach out, to venture out, and to grow.

    This curriculum will cause our children’s minds, hearts and spirits to atrophy. I know you’ve seen signs of it. We have only just begun down this path; imagine what it will look like in 10 years. It took one final, massive beating for me to leave. By then, my brain had been hard wired to except bad as good, good as bad and to believe that I was a small minded, crazy woman who didn’t deserve better. What will our children look like in ten years? Will they be thriving, existing or devolving? What are you willing to do to stop it?
    Don’t blindly give your allegiance to someone or something just because they tell you it’s the right thing to do. Listen to your heart. Listen to your instincts, they are sound. It’s when we ignore these warnings that we get into trouble

  • April 4, 2014 at 11:19am

    You see, experiences build roads in our heads; frequently traveled paths are readily available for our minds to grab onto and go…like a parkway or a freeway. Try as I might, I can’t seem to shake this well-worn path. Now I look to the children that I ‘rescued’ and I look to these new Common Core standards and every bell in my head is ringing. I ignored these bells in the past and I vowed NEVER to ignore them again.

    When you introduce mathematical concepts that are developmentally inappropriate, then test that child on these concepts and mark them as having failed, how is that not abusive? You are essentially giving them a task they cannot do and then telling them they are stupid. Now do that over and over and over again. Are these the rigorous results we are looking for? Or is this simply abusive?

    Once the child fails the test they were meant to fail, tell them that they have to forgo music, chorus, recess, lunch and so on…so that they may receive additional instruction to ‘help’ them with the math they had trouble with. Now notice that they are fidgeting about and recommend that they get tested for ADD or ADHD…I have heard this scenario an uncountable number of times. Now we are telling the child that there is something wrong with them mentally. We are telling them that they are crazy. The adults who pulled them out of recess to improve upon skills they should not possess at their age are not crazy; it’s the child that has the issue.

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  • April 4, 2014 at 11:11am

    From the Long Island Opt-Out Info FaceBook page: “April is official, Child Abuse Prevention Month – make no mistake Common Core is child abuse.

    I was the victim of abuse at the hands of my husband. For years he emotionally and verbally abused me. This may sound strange, but I was relieved the first time he beat me. I finally had something to show others. I finally had something that he couldn’t twist and manipulate; something tangible that he could no longer claim was my imagination. When I look at Common Core assignments, I see them as a… physical manifestation of the abuse that is occurring, right now, across our country, directed squarely at our children. Allow me to explain.

    For a decade I was told by my ‘loved one’ that I was stupid and crazy. I was told that the things that I knew in my heart were right, were really wrong. I was told that the things that I felt in my heart were wrong, were really right. If I said “I have an idea!” I was told, “Don’t think!” If I said “I feel like this is wrong”, I was told, “I make all the decisions, this is MY domain!” If I cried after being yelled at for 4 hours, and asked to be allowed to care for our small children, I was told I was crazy – you see my priorities were backwards; my allegiance should be to my husband first, not our children.

    It’s been four years since I left him and to this day I cannot speak or think the words “I have an idea” without hearing him yell back “Don’t think!

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  • September 26, 2013 at 2:07am

    My 12-year-old just finished reading this book for school (not a public school). When she started it, I listened in on her and a friend talking about not wanting to read about books being burned. Halfway through, they were both frightened by it. The other day, she said to me that she thinks this book came true, not because they are burning books, but because they substituted things that don’t matter and kids eat it up. They’re too distracted to care. No point in censorship when nobody’s paying attention.

  • September 4, 2013 at 10:35am

    Has this “leader” accepted responsibility for a single action, statement, or policy? He makes me so angry there’s really nothing to say. This is the man who should be held up as an example of honor, intelligence, integrity, strength and wisdom. This is what our youth see as a reflection of what they should strive to be. Freakin’ weasel.

  • September 3, 2013 at 10:57pm

    Bill Maher and any of the liberal talking heads are insulting. I am against action in Syria because I am judging our President by his character, not by the color of his skin. I believe that is a certain dream coming to fruition and men like Maher should be able to recognize that it is no longer 1963 and a man or woman of any color can be fully responsible for his decisions and actions. To imply that I would support such asinine ideas from a white person is absolutely insulting.

  • July 3, 2013 at 11:19pm

    YES. Right now, Egyptians seem to understand a lot more than we do. We suffer this “leader” who repeatedly acts with hostility toward his citizens, leads our military to action that the people don’t want to be involved in, and promises to bypass Congress anytime he doesn’t get his way. The once great America would be an international joke if she didn’t have an arsenal of drones. Now, she is a washed-up great just like the idols of her people. Yet, with all this damage, we have a lot to say but not so much to do. If Egypt did it, seems like we could, too.

  • July 3, 2013 at 11:05pm

    And he wants us to give up our guns. Riiiiight…

  • July 3, 2013 at 11:03pm

    You all are witty as Egyptians tonight, making me laugh out loud. However…In a world that makes sense, shouldn’t Anne Patterson have been evacuated when this started to boil? Feels to me like she is in grave danger. Oh, the curse of 21st century ambassadors.

  • May 15, 2013 at 11:43am

    In today’s America, what’s a racist?

    The one winning the argument.

  • April 30, 2013 at 10:49am

    @Grover – You almost make sense, but then the powers that be should have called a press conference and explained the imminent and widespread danger that lead to the decision to call the “Stand-Down Order.” Instead, those powers called a press-conference and talked about a You Tube video AND proceeded to arrest the man who made it. You simply can’t take this stuff at face value; we’re dealing with subversives.

  • April 16, 2013 at 2:28am

    Thank you. Needed to be said.

  • April 16, 2013 at 2:25am

    Anything that man has to say against violence rings hollow after seeing his movies. Walked out of “Django” because of the horrifying violence. I’m not about censorship, but clearly he cannot connect the dots so he should stop the preaching.

  • April 5, 2013 at 10:36pm

    No. We have been fighting and fighting – writing, protesting, talking, even begging. Our districts were re-drawn after the last election and we have a falsely left-leaning legislature now. Like the others, they refuse to listen to the people they work for. Their are at least four recall efforts in place now and I don’t even know how many lawsuits are being prepared. It’s a travesty for us here. The Western Slope is mostly rural ranchland and coal mines, largely funded by hunting tourism. This barrage of regulation is the worst thing that could happen to this state.

  • April 3, 2013 at 11:25pm

    Riiiight…He was looking for work. This is a little tiny town with a population around 500. Exactly the kind of place one would go to make it big. Clever backstory.

  • February 27, 2013 at 11:01pm

    I read a local version of this story, and the mother made the very sad comment that this was just the first of the many difficulties Coy would be facing in her lifetime. All I could think about was the fact that these are the parents, trusted to spare a child as much pain and suffering as possible. At 18 months every child likes pink and sparkly things but no toddler understands gender identity. I remember my friends and I all at some point wishing that we could be boys, just out of simple childlike curiosity. Thankfully, none of our parents saw fit to indulge us.

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  • January 12, 2013 at 11:21pm

    Midway through his second term, Bush was refered to as “Mr. Bush” in the media. To me, the “mister” indicated that it was understood that he was deserving of some deferrence, but not recognition as “President.” It felt very intentional, so this is fun to watch.

  • October 22, 2012 at 11:12pm

    OMG – Friday I dreamed that I was in Target buying “Congratulations on surviving Jihad” cards. :) I sympathize, @Catb, I sympathize.

  • October 22, 2012 at 11:04pm

    I struggle with this issue on a deep level. Rhetoric as I have read here all but guarantees that no homosexual will ever find the Lord. He would be thwarted by tripping over His people. The Bible is clear that homosexuality is a sin. It is clear that so many things that I, myself, struggle with are sins. Thanks to the love of Jesus, I have been delivered of many of these things, but that would not have been likely had the Church spoken of my vanity as something that somehow excluded me from salvation. Or my greed. Or my lust. How can we talk about the Lord’s creation in the hateful way we talk about homosexuals and still say we want salvation for everyone? There has to be a line of civility and love somewhere. It doesn’t make me liberal. It doesn’t make me permissive. I just want everyone to have a chance at the miracle that is a relationship with Jesus Christ. Personally, I will not use words that will stand in the way of that goal.

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  • September 25, 2012 at 11:31pm

    You know that the UN is working on that with Hillary right now, right? AND…the government seriously outguns most private citizens (talk about a 1%-er). Time to be on your game, folks!