Skip to main content

tv   Lance Izumi The Corrupt Classroom  CSPAN  March 27, 2018 3:31am-4:36am EDT

3:31 am
>> hello, good evening. glad you are here. we would like to say welcome to liberty for him at silicon valley were at least once a month we know that we are not alone. look at all of us here. i'm delighted to bring back. it's been a long time he was a speaker when the forum wa form l down in santa clara plenty of those that remember those days and now he's here and he's back at his main focus is education and he will talk about corruption in the classroom, part of his remarks will probably be nerve-racking and
3:32 am
make us angry that somebody has to fight that so we are glad he's here to do that for us. he has an incredible background i know when i'm up here there are people that have been the military or think tanks are education and he has a little of all of them. something notable about him that you might not have known he was a speechwriter for a gentle man in california. does anybody remember the name george duke mason and also a writer for at least in the reagan administration. he's had experience, he is now the head of policy person at the pacific research institute on the education track and we are delighted to welcome him back ladies and gentlemen. [applause] thank you very much for that
3:33 am
kind introduction and all of you for welcoming me back here to the silicon valley to the biggest group therapy session in the area. after cow as mentioned, i started my career i'm a recovering lawyer so i started my career as a speechwriter and for those of you that remember governor i was the guy that gave him all that charisma. i was a speechwriter for ed meese when he was attorney general of the united states and also i tell folks that behind every great man is a little japanese man at the keyboard. [laughter] i'm glad to hear that the bar is going to be opened because i always sound better after a couple of drinks, so all of you partake. i want to thank eric for
3:34 am
reaching out and i want to thank a conservative liberty for him now from silicon valley for having me back and all the volunteers out there who are helping to staff this event. i know with a group like this it takes a lot of effort on the part of a lot of people to put these things together and i have a great admiration for organizations like yours that provide this type of outlet for people who feel marginalized and isolated especially in an area like san francisco area, so thank you to this organization and all of you that took the time out to come here. i'm going to be talking about education and i was very hard heartened on the way into the hall today when i ran into erica and i were walking in and we ran into the young man here and his father who were coming here for the first time and he's just starting high school this is his
3:35 am
first time here and he's coming here in order to get ideas for being in a public private school for the first time and that's a lot of angry to be talking about is what is that experience like in public schools nowadays. i've written this book called the corrupt classroom and the subtitle is biased, indoctrination, violence, social engineering so why america needs school choice and let me give you a little bit of background on me and my research. i've been with the institute which is a free-market think tank that we also have offices where i'm based and also down in pasadena we are the leading free-market think tank i in the state focusing on california issues and also national issues
3:36 am
as well. the president and ceo talking about health care which is her big issue but i'm the senior director of the center for education and a senior fellow. i've been here for the past 20 plus years i can't believe that, but in a lot of my time researching education in california i focus a lot on academic issues like test scores, how well schools are doing. some of you have come up to me before the event started and talk to me about some of my previous books. i wrote a book called not as good as you think that looked at the underperformance of middle-class and more affluent schools in california. a lot of people think that the only proof performance we are experiencing here or from those that are populated mostly by kids from low-income backgrounds
3:37 am
and that certainly is not the case. for example here in california just most recently on the national exam that the states administer the national assessment for educational progress if you look not at the students as a whole just to those who are classified as not from poor or low income background on what to say eighth-grade mathematics you find a 55% of non- poor students perform at the level of mathematics had even worse than reading. on the eighth-grade reading exam, 57% nearly six out of ten.
3:38 am
the reason i wrote this book is that parents make decisions about where they want to send their child not just on test scores and how kids are doing there may be a reason parents are dissatisfied in the education of their children are receiving a. interested in politics we've often talked about the liberal
3:39 am
bias in the society as a whole in american culture but certainly the casthatcertainly s a liberal bias in the classroom and it's not just on the college campuses. you see a lot of news about a professor lecturing about something that's absolutely offensive to the point of view that's dominated the k-12 level as well. i have a whole list of examples in the book take for example the anti-trump protests that were occurring here in berkeley and san francisco and northern california like sacramento where i'm coming from these the leader of these protests one of them some of you may recognize her name she was actually on the
3:40 am
tucker carlson show last week. she is a middle school teacher at martin luther king public middle school in berkeley. allegedly physically assaulted a man at an anti-trump valley in 2016 that started that ended up with numerous people staffed eventually after going through a lot of videotape. they ended up charging various criminal charges based upon her involvement in this demonstration that the first
3:41 am
amendment, and this is one of her excuses when people ask her about her activities the first amendment shouldn't protect the speech with which she disagrees but labels hate speech. what do appearance think of that even for those like berkeley pairings think that it's beyond the pale it's the violence in your face message that has no place in the classroom.
3:42 am
suspended after he left her to students on the parallel between donald trump and adolf hitler. it came to the floor in 2016. if all across the country in blue states, red states and purple states.
3:43 am
the teacher can be heard saying the only people that are saved from donald trump are white christian males. parents of the kids enough north carolina school said her son felt like this teacher was attacking anybody who anybody that likes trump and the conservative parents don't want to fight the system because they know that they are going to be shouted down. sound familiar? he thought were the only ones here an area that had that feeling into this islamic state in north carolina. the teacher did, another red state, the teacher did a fake assassination of the president in class using a squirt gun as she yelled die at the image.
3:44 am
another put his face on a piñata and asked students to take a whack at it. ..
3:45 am
to complete the sentences to disparage president trump. i knew your parents that i don't think that's putting your personal feelings about politics into his sixth-graders homework paper is proper. there were at least a thousand sentences that could have been used besides disparaging our president. absolutely true, right? but it's more than individual teachers. if you look at teachers union here in san francisco, the san francisco teachers union issued a lesson plan for all teachers in the district after president trump selection the call trump a racist man who had a huge racist and sexist aso wasn't just some attacking trump, it was them attacking i assume all of you but all of the people who voted
3:46 am
for him as well. the lesson plan asked students to create a poster erected at trump supporters who are described as dehumanizing students. the lesson plan only included articles and reports and videos by left-wing sources and publications like producer director michael moore. how are pro-trump students supposed to feel in trump is characterized by teachers as racist, sexist and unjust? there's no acknowledgment of the chilling effect that such a policy has on free speech in general and specifically on the ability of students to make up their own minds about candidates and policies. dylan who is a republican activist in the bay area, she's a national committee woman from california and she calls this plan by the san francisco teachers union and inappropriate
3:47 am
propaganda that unfairly demonizes the campaign that donald trump, the winner ram but also the people who voted for him. but there is more to political and ideological bias than individual teachers and teachers unions who are talking about president trump. it goes much deeper than all of that. the curriculum itself is often intentionally biased on one site but if you look for example at california's history and social studies curriculum framework which is supposed to be instruction in classrooms it fails to mention for example the monumental atrocities committed by communism in the 20th century. so exactly how do they depict communist nations such as the soviet union? the curriculum framework only said the soviet union had a poor record of protecting human rights.
3:48 am
is that it? it never mentions the fact that the soviet union killed at least up to 20 million people during its existence. but yes wait until you hear another statistic i'm going to come up with in just a second. the framework also says the cultural revolution and communist china which were two of the biggest mass murder events in human history cause what? not genocide but caused unrest and disorder. it does not mention that these two programs alone killed up to 46 million ordinary chinese people. one of the things i mention the book is that if you look at what actually happened and countries
3:49 am
like communist china during this program you have an unbelievable thing occurring, and evil atrocities occurring like for example the imposition of-- which resulted in the largest mass famine in human history in a cause in the countryside parents to cannibalize their own children in order to survive, trade at children between families in order to cannibalize them in order to survive. just unbelievable things that make you wince just reading the words on the page. and yet we are told that this was a regime that simply caused unrest in the countryside. not surprisingly the framework failed to mention as a whole in
3:50 am
the 20th century communism is responsible for at least up to 100 million deaths and yet none of that makes it into the classroom in california. and what is the impact of this failure to transmit this basic information about not only the most evil but also one of the most important ideologies that ran governments throughout the world in the 20 century is the fact that it whitewashes that experience with the result that students in california and elsewhere end up having no idea about the immensity of the evil that was communism. so for example in polls of millennials you find out those millennials who have heard of them, one in four have--
3:51 am
of lenin and even worse than that more millennials believe that more people died under the administration of bush than under joseph stalin. so you know whatever anyone thinks about the bush family, i mean there's no concept out what jeane kirkpatrick the ambassador to the united nations during the reagan administration said about the soviet union and about communism and what ronald reagan herb boss depicted communism as the evil empire. there is none of that comes through. and what is the future for people who have that viewpoint? it turns out that only 25% of millennials according to polling data say that living in a democracy is essential. that should be scary.
3:52 am
only a quarter of millennials actually think that the mock her seat is essential or living in this country? so if we were to stop the political bias that would be shocking and that would be enough and would fill the entire book but like they say on the tv commercials, but wait, there's more. there's also a thing such as school violence in the classroom if you look at the latest federal statistics it's absolutely shocking to see the amount of violence is taking place across america school campuses. according to the federal statistics 65% of the public schools reported more than one incident of violence that translates to more than three-quarters of a million committed on our public school campuses and even worse more
3:53 am
nearly nine in 10 public middle schools report their up in crimes of violence committed on their campuses. let's face the statistics. one of the things i have tried to do in this book is to not only talk about the data but to tell the human story behind the data. take for example this little 9-year-old girl named lanny. lanny goes to public elementary school in alabama and she was unfortunately the victim of bullying and physical assault. in fact she was assaulted by another student which caused her to receive a concussion. she was bleeding all over her face. she had contusions. she was in bad shape. the school calls her mom and depict lanny up. so the mom goes to the nurses
3:54 am
office and the nurse tells lanny's mom and of course lanny's mom asked how did this happen? the nurse tells lanny's mom that she accidentally fell and hit her head. lanny although she had a concussion and was bleeding and was able to pipe up and say no, mama i told them the other girl jumps me. so of course lanny's mom extremely upset that this information, she goes to the principal and as the principal what's going to do-- be done about the perpetrator of this crime? the principal allegedly said we are going to suspend that student. turns out they never did. so it's not enough that lanny received severe physical injures
3:55 am
but then the school tried to cover it up after that. so lanny's mom ends up taking her out of the school and starts to homeschool her but she said in an interview with the newspaper in alabama said that many of the parents have the same types of experiences at the school. first made the news but there are all these others that didn't that's an important point. you might hear a terrible story like this but it's not an isolated anomaly. these sorts of things are happening all across the country in all states. i will give you another example in this is particularly bad. there's a little girl in south carolina and african-american girl in public middle school and she had been verbally and physically assaulted for two years for supposedly acting white. now her parents have sued the school district. the girl was an honor student
3:56 am
but according to the lawsuit was constantly taunted us an oreo, a white girl and a wanted the white girl. students through water in her face, beat her with a bottle and slammed her face with the back pack the broker teeth. she was stalked on campus both in and out of the classroom and things had gotten so bad for this poor girl but she was forced to eat her lunch is in the girls restroom toilet stall to avoid her tormentors. again all of this is bad enough but what is really bad as school officials did nothing. the girl's parents are ordered the harassment to school officials, to district officials and school board members and they did little or nothing. i should mention that the girl's father is a career u.s. army soldier at a base in south carolina. here is this man who is putting
3:57 am
his life on the line to protect all of our liberties and protect the liberties of school officials and what has he get in return? he allows these kids in school to assault and torment his daughter to the point where she is in very bad shape. that's the kind of payment that we give to a soldier? after reading this story and this lawsuit was filed a few months ago it reminded me of an episode, anybody here watch the series on netflix called the crown? it's a really good series. it's a story about the royal family, queen elizabeth when she
3:58 am
gets sent to the throne in the early 1950s. but anyway there's an episode in the crown that focuses on prince charles when he is sent away by the royal family to a school in scotland called gordon's son, because that's where prince stewart had gone to school. he had a terrible experience there and according to the epilogue he refers to this experience there is on earth. you can only imagine that's probably what this girl in south carolina felt about her time at this middle school having to eat her lunch in a toilet stall in order to feel safe from her attackers. in the face of the surging crime epidemic what's being done? you would think that we would beginning tough on the people who are committing these crimes.
3:59 am
unfortunately under the obama administration the education department sent out a letter a direct hit to school saying that they should stop detention policies that have the disparate impact on minority students even if those policies were mutual on its face. even if it they had no discriminatory intent of more minorities were suspended-- yet if you look at the research, the research that's been done by scholars at the florida state university the university of cincinnati and the university of texas in dallas it shows students are best explained by previous behavior not by their race or the policies of that school. so what has been the effect of the policies by the obama
4:00 am
administration and adopted by so many school districts? what you find out is discipline has broken down across the country. so you find large majorities of teachers in places like santa ana in southern california that region louisiana, denver colorado, jackson mississippi, syracuse, new york teachers think the anti-suspension policies that have been adopted by their district have brought more brow as to the where they worry about their own safety. a parented minnesota said when she complained that the school had not called the police when her child was viciously kicked in the, the principal shrugged and replied that's your job. so what is the impact on this chaos in our nations schools?
4:01 am
research by the university of california at davis, i did my masters there, research by uc davis and the university of pittsburgh show one disruptive-- disruptive students in the classroom negatively impacts the learning of all the rest of the class. think back to your days in school. if there was a disruptive student in your class was a teacher doing? the teacher was focusing on that student had not teaching the rest of you. those are precious minutes that are taken away from the learning process for the majority of the students in focusing and trying to calm down or do something about disruptive students. but it's not just student on student crime. one of the things i talk about in the book is also teacher on student crime.
4:02 am
we have all heard by now about harvey weinstein and all the things that came out about him but let me tell you a harvey weinstein of public education. as the school year started in the summer of 2017 investigative reporter named stephanie barnes of the oregonian newspaper broke the story about mitchell whitehurst who is a portland physical education instructor led then-- the complaints were not just lewd comments but weinstein likes demands but according to the columbia journalism group this reporter stephanie barnes went through old records and found unbelievably shocking accounts. in 2008 a former student came forward and revealed in the
4:03 am
early 1980s she and another female student for allegedly asked by whitehurst to perform. whitehurst allegedly took the girls to an apartment. this former student, it's almost like you can't make this up, this former student eventually becomes a substitute teacher and reported the incident in 2013 but she found out whitehurst taught at the school in which she substituted. but whitehurst continued to teach. like weinstein whitehurst allegedly preyed on those females were in power imbalance situations. 2001 according to the report by bart spent a year making unwanted-- whitehurst said you know why
4:04 am
they are so great? because of the zipper to you just unzip them and bublé are on paid whitehurst allegedly told up to a sports car as she waited at a bus stop in allegedly said you know where rose, i knew-- why don't you get in. rose eventually mustered the courage to report him giving a detailed first-hand account to the portland school district but there are no records anyone bothered to talk to rose. no one from the licensing board contacted her even of complaint was referred to the agents. the attorney for the school district did tell the licensing agent that rose could be confused in whitehurst was still allowed to teach. whitehurst went unpunished. by 2013 barnes said dozens of eighth-grade girls boycotted
4:05 am
white hearse classes and according to interviews of those girls they avoided him and wore shoes unfit for gym so they could sit out of class. one girl said most girls are scared when they enter pe. what did the portland public schools to about whitehurst? nothing. just as open secret in hollywood one of whitehurst-- admitted for the past 30 years there have been more rumblings about coach whitehurst and it's over friendliness with female students and staff. in fact she even worried that i'm extremely concerned about his conduct becoming at penn state university scandal referring to the coach sandusky joe paternal debacle. like hollywood the portland public schools ignore ignored complaints of the victims and according to barnes school district officials would repeatedly protect whitehurst and dismiss complaints from the girls. records and interviews show the
4:06 am
system protected white hearse not the children and district officials including top lawyers to two human resource are sent three principals downplayed complaints from students and staff as isolated instances, rumors or misunderstandings. the teachers union surprised has been silent on whitehurst. despite all of these investigations provisions in the teacher union contract portland protects whitehurst. eventually whitehurst was so forced to surrender his teaching license but why? not because of the complaints from all these women overall these many many years but the cause he had to inappropriately mistreat a male colleague. but whitehurst is far from an anomaly. in just a year of 2014 alone a
4:07 am
study came out showing teachers and school staff reportedly committed 800 sex crimes against students. that's just the tip of the iceberg because remember that whitehurst was protected for years by his school district and did not become part of any statistic. how many of those sorts of things are occurring throughout their education system that are never reported and yet those victims like rose soto and others never get there fair hearing. there's never a meet to move and for them like is going on in hollywood. no one is wearing black clothing to mark their suffering like was done by hollywood, right? and it's not as if school districts aren't aware that these kinds of things are occurring. in fact los angeles and new york city holding teachers and other
4:08 am
school staff responsible and they are paid to do nothing but sit in schools and in both cities the cost are his teen million dollars a year. i have a whole chapter devoted, and if you think that's a waste of time, read my chapter on fiscal mismanagement of the school district. i have lots of examples. take los angeles unified school district which is facing bankruptcy, surprise, surprise. why? because of things such as a couple of years ago l.a. unified took a group of their own hand chosen experts to go for their fiscal management track this is and this panel came back and said if the district continues to adhere to their spending habits that they could face a
4:09 am
dire financial future yet despite this warning within a few months of that recommendation from their own panel what did the school board to? they negotiated a very extensive contract with the service employees international for part-time workers to get people health care coverage. unsurprisingly this action was taken without any discussion as a school board. now it's reported that l.a. unified could face a budget shortfall of more than 400 lion dollars in 2019 alone. there are just so many other types of examples. take a look at the book but what all of this shows is who suffered? it suffers from the politics in the classroom? who suffers from lack of safety
4:10 am
and the children entrusted to the school? who suffers from the fiscal mismanagement? l.a. unified for example that cutting back of services to kids in the classroom. the people who suffer are the children. they are the people for whom the system is supposedly established in the first place. and yet they are the ones who are not prioritized and whether it's investigating misbehavior, whether it's deciding where the scarce resources should be put or deciding the suitable instruction in the classroom. kids are ours the second priority. the bottom line if children are stuck in a politically biased school and an unsaved school or a fiscally mismanagement school or socially engineered school that undermines their values you need an exit tool so that they
4:11 am
will have a choice in the school and the type of education that is provided to their children. all of these reasons have nothing to do directly anyway with test scores and academics. these are all about issues that involve values, culture, all those things we hear on some of our favorite radio shows. and yet that's what's happening in the classroom and those are reason enough for parents to have that choice and to be able to be in a school that is undermining them as parents and undermining their values and undermining their children's future as thinking adults. so whether the choices charter school or in education savings account in nevada and arizona, tax credit for private school tuition or some other type of school choice mechanism parents
4:12 am
have to have the ability to access the type of education that that suits the needs of their own children. [applause] your children are not wards of the state. your children are your children and you should have the liberty to be able to choose the type of education that best suits their needs. you shouldn't have some faceless bureaucrat at some district office or in some anonymous state agency in sacramento or in washington telling you about how to educate your child and how best to do that. that ladies and gentlemen is why i wrote this book and i hope afterwards you take advantage of the. >> of books there and we asked for a 10-dollar donation for them. you can also get them if you
4:13 am
want to take them for your friends. the classroom is available on i would say our book has had a huge notice across the country. i was happy to be able to have a private meeting with secretary betsy devos to present her a copy of the book. [applause] one of the things i don't think erica mentioned in her aunt eduction is i was very honored and 2016 to serve as a member of president trump's transition agency action team on education policy. [applause] i was one of seven people in the country to serve on that team and i'm pleased to say that the national headquarters view our team as one of the model teams of transition. so i think all of you are such
4:14 am
an important part of taking back our country and even in that area like the bay area look at what happened with president trump. no one thought he would have a chance and now he is president of the united states. so i want to thank you all for your dedication to the principles of freedom and liberty and for your support of this organization and all the great speakers whom you have brought here through the years and who you continue to bring to educate yourselves and your neighbors so thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you very much. the information is depressing that we have to hear it anyway. the ushers are walking around.
4:15 am
raise your hand to get a card and they will walk around and collect them. for those of us who are-- there is no raffle tonight, sorry. i know. everyone loves the raffle but in the meantime while we are getting cards joel brought up a great question. it's been about a year and has there have been any change with betsy devos at the helm of education department? >> i think there is. i think even more will be coming down the pike. one of the initial things i wrote about in president trump's tenure is when he put out his budget recommendation he wants to eliminate a number of programs which research has shown has been effective in achieving the purposes for which they were designed and so i think even though those ended up
4:16 am
not being passed by congress i think that shows you the type of thing that is going to be coming down the pike. the president early on in his presidency signed an executive order instructing secretary devos to form a task force to review administrative regulation put out by the education department and to cut those that have no sense to them that were counterproductive and that prevented innovation and real learning in the classroom. she gave us a 300 day limit to that review so that should be coming out soon. i should mention in addition to my book "the corrupt classroom" i've also because you can never stand still in the think tank, have also come out with a new
4:17 am
publication called an american education agenda which makes 15 recommendations for reforming education in america, five for the federal government and 10 for state and local governments. so if you are interested in that publication it's best to go to our web site at www.pacific, pacific research all one and it's going to be released actually next week. >> that's a perfect segue. my first question was do you have any information mouse schools have been changing? that was one of our questions. another question was how does the movie and? are there any consequences if regarding her actions? >> i actually checked on this before i came here.
4:18 am
i wanted to see if there were any developments. she was charged last year on these writing charges and i believe it's going to come to court actually i believe next week. i believe it's going to be in sacramento county. i think we are going to see how this turns out area soon. >> this is an interesting question about exactly a year ago we had a speaker who i think you knew and we had the key talking about school choice and arizona and the questioner wants to know why are schools as bad in arizona as they are in california if they have school choice? is this a cure for everything?
4:19 am
>> that's a very good question. i think one of the things that we have to realize is i'm not saying school choice is a universal panacea for everything just look at the charter school movement. california had 1000 charter schools and they had different performances. the pedagogy's that are more successful than others so that's one of the things that parents have to be aware of. the other thing though is i think for a choice system, if you look at the studies that have been done, the best studies, the ones looking at a group of students in what they call an experimental group to go into a choice program and apply for charter schools and look at a comparison group for students who remain in the public system
4:20 am
most of those studies show that students who end up going to the choice schools and that reforming better. i think that's an important thing to realize. individual schools whether they are charter or private may not do as well but if you look at the broad groupings of schools involved in the choice movement you find overall students in those programs end up doing better. so i think that's important. i think what is the most important is that you find improvement in performance doesn't just go one way. what you find is when faced with more competition to a choice program for example the people in the public system feel that pressure and see that they are potentially going to lose their kind-- clientele the customer base. you also find public schools end
4:21 am
up trying deal with public competition which is really what competition is all about. it depends. depends on if they feel big enough pressure by losing that students, if you have just did what he program for example that only pull a few students from the district is a pinprick. therefore the district may not feel as though they need to really change. they are in danger of losing large groups of students because the program is more universal for example then that is one of the things that is a real push for the districts in the schools to improve their performance. >> a term that i've been hurt for a while, don't know about the rest of you but understanding could you please discuss common core?
4:22 am
>> one of my recommendations in my education agenda in the state and local area is too real in-- repeal and replace common core. [applause] i actually wrote a book back in 2012 about common core. in fact that was the time in which virtually no one in insider circles have heard of common core. i wrote a book called obama's education takeover. was put out buying counter books out of new york and basically what it was was an analysis of why common core was not all that it was cracked up to be. not only from an academic point of view but also from a control point of view. one of the things that i argue in the book and elsewhere was in california one of the few things we actually got right under pete wilson, we actually adopted a set of academic standards that
4:23 am
actually works very good. in fact they were so good they were rated by an organization in washington is one of the best in the country along with standards like in massachusetts. what happened when common core which was a national set of education standards which came along with a lot of baggage that included a set of curriculum in a state of national tests. we have this huge triangle, standard curriculum and testing that came with common core. when california decided to adopt common core and replace its previously good state standards adopted under governor wilson what they got was an inferior group of standards which then led to an inferior curriculum and tests. in fact some of you may know a
4:24 am
colleague of mine at the hoover institution name till evers. bill was also on the trump education action team for education policy with me. he was actually her team leader but he has written an eye-opening article on the huge failure of the common core test. it just came out within the last week or so. so what you find is common core a weaker standard lease for california's concerned imposed a curriculum that was less vigorous than what we had under the old california standard. algebra was required in the eighth grade of common core and required in ninth grade. what happens when you only have a ninth-grade? you can't get to calculus by a junior high school. therefore how are you going to be in college especially some of the more directed colleges if you can't get to calculus by
4:25 am
high school. i think it was an absolute tragedy that we adopt the common core for academics and political control. we are now told by all kinds of people there's no way they can touch common core but there is a way. we adopted it. week in review it. [applause] there's nothing to stop california from saying we are going to go back to pre-common core. president trump in his campaign one of the things he talked about during the campaign. he talked about common core. there are two themes to the president's campaign on education. he's against common core and for school choice. unfortunately there is not a whole lot that the federal government can do about common core because all the common core adopted a state boards of
4:26 am
education in legislatures is up to the state to now do something about what they did. and listen to all of you who have children or grandchildren who are now suffering under the pedagogy's of common core. if we had more time i have a whole speech about common core and maybe you can invite me back and i will give that. [applause] >> the next question is asking what are your thoughts on the teacher-student biases based on their political views quick someone in the ninth grade in public school i feel like i cannot speak up. parents or grandparents saying they are affected by this, what can they do? your examples of going to a teacher, principal or school board don't bring any further. maybe there is no answer but can you discuss what is left? what can people do?
4:27 am
>> well i mean again one of the chief reasons, let me put it this way. you can try and reform the education system. good luck with that. good luck with that. take for example and i mention this in the book. i have a chapter on the sexualization of the classroom and here in cupertino, those of you who are from mactown may know there was a big controversy there about the sex ed materials that were eating debated there and a lot of parents thought it was much too graphic for middle school kids. so eventually because they pushed hard enough and made their presence known in school board meanings-- meetings i think was not 2-2 vote they decided to pull back
4:28 am
on that material. that is great but what if they didn't? what was left for those parents? what they have to wait for the next school board election to elect people who would support their views? that is great and i would recommend that but the kids are out of middle school by then and they had to put up with a curriculum that they didn't agree with. i think what people need is they need an escape that allows them to get their kids out immediately and if the school board members, district officials want to say you know we are not listening to you because we have other agendas that are more important than yours even though your kids are the ones that are we are supposed to be educating i think parents need that opportunity to say not in our era.
4:29 am
>> this is more on economics. right now for 60% of property taxes good education. what plan he do to make sure it's been appropriately. outside of the bias i'm sure there's a lot of ways. can you talk about that? >> well you know, yes. if you look at the way government operates government even when it tries to do the right thing it often fails. take for example governor brown's, his big achievement in k-12 education in a local control funding formula. with this program is supposed to do is to reduce sacramento in monies coming to school districts that is supposed to go to kids in need and one of the problems is that money you think
4:30 am
okay that's great. that's red tape in sacramento and it's going to the school district but it's going to the school district, goes to the district office. doesn't go to your kid. it's not backpack than your kid. it goes to the district which gets suspended on being a teacher union contract. there is part of the local control hunting formula called the local control accountability plan. the money that the districts receive are supposed to be accountable to all of you as parents and members of the public and taxpayers. there's a district that is supposed to implement a two babies that will make their use of that money more transparent and have all of you have an
4:31 am
impact on how that money is spent. have any of you heard about that no? surprise. you are probably with 100% of the rest of californians who have never heard about that too is never attended a school board meeting to talk about that, never knew it was on the school district web site. so even though yes there's this thing called local control accountability plan there is no accountability because none of you are holding district officials accountability even know that it exists. but if you had as i say in my hate to keep sounding like a broke and record if you said hey my kid is being lectured to by somebody who has a political viewpoint who is impervious to a perverse discussion of clinical views i'm going to take my kid
4:32 am
out and i'm going to send them someplace else were they due respect that. that they will no. you won't have to go to a school board meeting to talk about which school, which whatever. how is that affecting my kid in the classroom? >> will make this the last question. lance will be at the book table afterwards. he will have some books for you. last question is there a school choice ballot, measure on the ballot for california coming up? >> no but there are people who are interested in that. all i can tell you at this time is to stay tuned. >> ladies and gentlemen, lance
4:33 am
izumi. >> thank you very much. i appreciate it. [applause] [inaudible conversations]er davd cameron testifies about global security. unfoldsn, where history daily. in 1979, c-span was created as a public service by america's cable television companies and today we continue to bring you unfiltered coverage of congress, the white house, the supreme court, and public policy events aroundington, d.c., and the country. c-sp
4:34 am
4:35 am


info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on