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This is an actual page out of the Desoto County Schools new Common Core Math Curriculum, authored by Asst. Supt Jennifer Weeks and staff. This is only one of many reasons that we should be concerned about Common Core, textbooks and the leadership of our Assistant Superintendent. Is this really the more rigorous standards or work they speak of?!! Is this work the reason “she is the Boss of EVERYONE”?! And we wonder why our kids aren’t learning anything.

She got rid of Spelling from the Curriculum. She is getting rid of Grammar from the curriculum. She has thrown Reading, Writing, Grammar and Spelling into one subject, Language Arts. We have a VERY limited amount of textbooks and in most cases, Z-E-R-O! Teachers have no manuals. Teachers do not get ample or appropriate professional development training. All important training, in great locales, are only open to the Supper Club. In the last 5 years alone and under her direction, the district has paid for OVER 25 new programs, curricula and testing methods. She pushed 3 Assistant Superintendents, 1 Chief Academic Officer, 1 Specialist and 2 of her “supposed” BFFs out the front door of the county office and into a “Have Not” School or into retirement from the district. Our schools have fallen from an ALL STAR rated district to a “B” district (and that rating was padded by MDE to make us look better as proven in the email correspondence between MDE and Ryan Kuykendall). ALL TEACHERS WERE FORCED to take a pay cut a year ahead of all of the other teachers in the state, BUT she was given a raise that year! This led up to and resulted in a $62,000 RAISE over 3 years! Now we need not forget about her husband Donnie Weeks, who was promoted that same year. He went from teaching Driver’s Ed to becoming the Horn Lake High School Athletic Director. This means a possible increase in pay of $25,000 or more.

I may not have a BA, a Master’s Degree, PhD or Specialist degree in education or mathematics, but let me write a mathematical story for you, using the directions given in the example.

The school board approved a pay raise for Jennifer! Jennifer was making $91,085.89 in 2010. Her pay in 2013 is $153,000. She was promoted to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Academic Education. Jennifer is married to Donnie. Donnie made $38,473.98 in 2010 as the Driver’s Education teacher. Donnie was promoted to the position of Athletic Director at Horn Lake High School. He was promoted the same year as Jennifer. Directors in DeSoto County make between $65,000 to $85,000/year. Using “critical thinking” and Common Core State Standards, what can we infer from this story?

$91,085.89 + $38,473.98 = $129,559.87 = Total 2010 Gross Income for Jennifer and Donnie
$153,000 + $65,000 = $218,000 = Total 2013 Gross Income for Jennifer and Donnie
$218,000 – $129,559.87 = $88,440.13 = Total Pay Raise for the Weeks Household from 2010 to 2013

We can infer that our elected figure head loves Jennifer and Donnie because they were given almost $90,000 in raises when everyone else had their pay taken away by force. Now I could cut out some pictures in magazines, cut and paste them on paper or draw some diagrams to tell this mathematics story, but I see no need to rub salt in the wounds of those who were not on the receiving end. I think it is clear, whether I write it, spell it out, show my work or add some pretty pictures, that this does not add up! This makes as much sense as the work shown above in the DCS curriculum authored by Jennifer Weeks. At least my story is factual and my numbers add up. And even if Donnie’s salary is off a little bit, in the words of our Common Core cheerleaders, all that matters is that I showed my work, my thought process and wrote a lengthy explanation using words and numbers to summarize my problem with Common Core and our Assistant Superintendent.

13 thoughts on “An Actual Page Out of the DeSoto County Schools Common Core 2nd Grade Math Curriculum

  1. when are you going to stop with all these lies and misrepresentation. you should be ashamed. you wont even put your name on these thoughts. you will have to answer to GOD for this at some point, but for now you are making the conservatives in this state look bad.

    • It is no secret now or before who writes these articles. My name is Heather Fox, and you can take to the bank that every single word of this is true! They are the facts. Most conservatives here are very proud of the work I do. For those that don’t get it, I can’t do anything about it. For the teachers and the kids suffering through pages in a curriculum like the one in this article, I keep on. To call me a liar is to call the teacher who sent this to me a liar. I am sure they will appreciate your lack of care and concern for getting to the truth. Have a great day!

  2. THE LIES AND ATTACKS ARE OF A MORE PERSONAL NATURE TOWARDS SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS. THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WORKING AT THE SCHOOL BOARD ARE CONSERVATIVE AND JUST WANT THE BEST FOR ALL STUDENTS. YOU SAY YOU SPENT THE DAY READING ABOUT THE COMMON CORE, YOU COULDNT HAVE A FULL UNDERSTANDING FROM THE SHORT TIME YOU HAVE LOOKED AT IT. THE PEOPLE AT THE COUNTY OFFICE AND THE STATE OFFICE HAVE STUDIED THIS FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND FEEL IT GIVES THE STUDENTS THE BEST CHANCE TO DO WELL IN COLLEGE AND LIFE IN GENERAL. PLEASE STOP ATTACKING PEOPLE AT THE COUNTY WITH WRONG INFORMATION AND USING HALF TRUTH. WE HAVE A GREAT SCHOOL SYSTEM WITH GOOD PEOPLE. STOP TRYING TO TEAR DOWN A GREAT TEAM THAT IS COMMITTED TO BEING NUMBER 1.

    • What has been stated is the truth and nothing that couldn’t be proved in a court of law. Teachers, administrators, county office employees, local elected officials, business owners, Republicans, parents and citizens contribute to everything I write and do. I have had more training on Common Core than the majority of teachers in the district. I did not spend one day on Common Core. I know about every program our county has used. I know about every person, their personal lives, professional lives and school life. I know things I wish I didn’t know. The tearing down of this district has come from those you want to protect. DCR didn’t do the damage or wrong anyone. It gave a voice to all of those inside of the schools. Right now, I could have an entire team ready to go and fill almost every job of the ones who are doing the wrongs. Right now the district has had textbook law violations, EPA federal violations, multiple law suits for discrimination, teachers working in Speech Therapy, SPED and other areas without the required credentials, buildings in need of serious repair, were proven to have lied about the reason for redistricting and everything associated with that, built schools where we did not need them, saturated the district with friends and family that in most cases are not qualified to do the job they were hired to do, violated board and state policy on campaigning, allowing friends to keep jobs that have been caught doing wrong and I could go on and on. We are not responsible for the actions of school leaders. Certain ones are used to bullying employees and parents to keep things covered up. Now DeSoto County is saying enough is enough. Obviously If what I wrote was without merit and others did not agree with me, no one in county office or anywhere else would pay any attention to me, this page of our contributors. People in the county office pretending to be conservative is not the same thing as actually being conservative. Our Superintendent’s Dad was on the Democratic Executive Committee for 25 years. Milton followed in his father’s footsteps in everything he has done and is currently doing. Why would his political affiliation be any different. People say what they want but we have too many Rhinos in this area and that is a fact. I have no problem now or in the future having an open public forum where we can bring our facts and proof to discuss what is reality vs. what is nothing more than smoke and mirrors. I am not going to debate on here. For people that don’t like what we say, quit reading it. Stay off! It is simple! If what we say is without merit, then why do so many respected legislators, city leaders, long time residents, educators and many others support us and what we do? My phone doesn’t stop ringing and the emails have not stopped. People are tired of it because of what the district has done, and all of that has nothing to do with me or anyone else.

  3. JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE SAYS IT, DOESN’T MAKE IT TRUE. SOUNDS LIKE DISGRUNTLED EMPLOYEES TO ME AND THEY RARELY MAKE GOOD WITNESSES. WHERE DO WE NOT NEED ONE OF OUR SCHOOLS. THEY ARE ALL FULL TO THE MAX. NOW PROVERBS 6:16-19 THERE ARE SIX THINGS THE LORD HATES, SEVEN THAT ARE DETESTABLE TO HIM: HAUGHTY EYES, A LYING TONGUE, HANDS THAT SHED INNOCENT BLOOD, A HEART THAT DEVISES WICKED SCHEMES, FEET THAT ARE QUICK TO RUSH INTO EVIL, A FALSE WITNESS WHO POURS OUT LIES, AND A PERSON WHO STIRS UP CONFLICT IN THE COMMUNITY. YOU SEEM TO FORGET THAT YOUR POLITICS IS WHAT IS DRIVING YOU. DCS IS ON THE RIGHT PATH BUT NOTHING IS PERFECT. YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT, YOU EVERYTHING ELSE. TYPO’S DO NOT MAKE THE ENTIRE SYSTEM COMPLETELY INVALID. I’VE HAVE WITNESSED SEVERAL IN YOUR CORRESPONDENCE AND WILL HAVE SOME IN MINE. SOMEONE WHO CAN ONLY SEE THEIR POINT OF VIEW IS NO USE TO ANYONE AND SURELY NOT TO THE STUDENTS OF DCS. DO YOU DENY THAT MS IS BEHIND THE REST OF THE NATIO?. DO YOU DENY THAT THE U.S.IS FALLING BEHIND OTHER COUNTRIES? THE STATUS QUO IS NOT GETTING US WHERE WE NEED TO BE AND FRANKLY I WASN’T THAT IMPRESSED WITH WHAT WE WERE TEACHING. TV STATIONS LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT CONTROVERSY WHETHER VALID OR NOT. THEY DIDN’T INTERVIEW YOU BECAUSE THEY AGREE WITH YOU. I’M ASHAMED OF FOX NEWS FOR USING THE SAME TACTICS AS THE LIBERAL MEDIA, RECORDING AND AIRING WITH NO CONFIRMATION AND NO CREDIBLE RESEARCH. YOUR RESEARCH IS NOT BASED ON WHAT IS GOOD FOR OUR STUDENTS, IT’S BASED ON WHAT HEATHER FOX WANTS AND SINCE YOU ARE NOT AN EXPERT IN ANYTHING BUT HATE MONGERING I DOUBT ANYONE BUT THOSE WITH THE SAME HATE MONGERING ATTITUDES WOULD THINK YOU CREDIBLE. JUST BECAUSE YOU CLAIM TO KNOW ABOUT PEOPLES PERSONAL LIFES, WHAT HAS THAT GOT TO DO WITH WHETHER OR NOT THE COMMON CORE IS THE WAY TO GO WITH OUR STUDENTS. I MAY NOT AGREE WITH YOUR PERSONAL CHOICES BUT THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE COMMON CORE. IF YOU WANT TO ADDRESS THE COMMON CORE, THAT’S A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT SUBJECT, BUT YOU ARE MAKING ATTACKS ON PEOPLE THAT YOU HAVE NO IDEA OF THEIR MOTIVES. WHAT DO THOSE PEOPLE HAVE TO GAIN FROM TAKING OUR CHILDREN DOWN THE WRONG PATH. NOTHING! IF DCS DOESN’T PERFORM, THEY WILL TAKE THE HEAT NOT YOU OR ME. THAT’S ENOUGH FOR ME. IT’S TOO BEAUTIFUL OF A DAY TO SPEND TALKING TO SOMEONE WHO ONLY SEES THE DARK AND NEVER THE LIGHT. AGAIN, PROVERBS 6:19 GOD DETESTS A PERSON WHO STIRS UP CONFLICT IN THE COMMUNITY.

    • “If DCS does not perform, they will take the heat not you or me”. If that is how you view it, you are more lost than I thought. It has nothing to do with us. It is the kids that lose out. And when calling me out, why not be honest and forthcoming about your identity. Be confident enough to say who you are!

      The people that contribute here are some of the most respected educators in the state and in our district. I think they know how it is whether you agree or not. When MS developed our MS Benchmarks and Frameworks in 2007, where were all of these local individuals that seem to know so much now? They didn’t contribute one thing to the development of those standards and assessments, but I can tell you who did. Pearson, one of the top educational companies in the nation, MS’s Think Tank and top educators in our state representing schoolsand universities throughout our state. These standards and assessments were modeled after the leader in education at the time, the State of California. These same standards were reviewed by outside companies that compared ours to Common Core. In most sections of the report, our standards were more rigorous. I can give you a specific example of where it “appeared” to be less rigorous. CCSS expects kindergarteners to be able to count from 1-100 by 1s and 2s, whereas MMFR expects a kindergartner to count from 1-20 and backwards from 10-1. Yes that is more rigorous, BUT MMFR was written for kids in the state of MS where kindergarten isn’t mandatory. The CCSS K expectation is set forth for 1st graders in MMFR because that is the first grade in our state that kids are required to attend. That is just one of many examples I can use to show my point. But again, you don’t want the truth!

      I have worked with individuals that wrote MMFR. I work with teachers and administrators that have been in education for 10-40 years. In our district we have changed curricula, programs and testing almost yearly (26 different ones just in the last 5-6 years). How can anyone determine what is working or how it will work when we only stick with it 1 year?! Can you explain that? How can a teacher use a new program that they have received little to NO training on. How can the teachers get behind and support a program when they know, as history as shown, the district will be onto something new the next year.

      How can our kids do well when they have had no textbooks and learn from a worksheet? How can kids do well when children with learning disabilities are denied being put on an educational plan that meets their needs? Why does Southavem Elem, who has the worst test scores in the district, a huge lack of resources and the only school to still have portables, not have a preschool program? Why does our most needy area go without when those are the ones they were put in place to help? I agree we have a huge district problem!

      The premise of Common Core is pulling from the top educational programs already in existence and packaging it together to make the Common Core. In most cases, some of the standards parallel that of private schools curricula. So why do we have to spend all that money when utilizing programs already in existence? And do you honestly think that children living on an Indian reservation in Utah, farm children living in Idaho, Eskimo children in Alaska, the children of actors in LA or children growing up in a small rural city that primarily employs people in car factory are ALL going to need the same educational tools or skills? Are we training kids to be doctors and scientists? What if some want to be artists, chefs, painters, carpenters, teachers or builders? They don’t all have the same needs or wants. Why not make a school in the district the science and math focused school of the county? Why not have a magnet school where children are required to have a certain GPA to get into? There are lots of answers!

      I agree our educational system is failing, but we disagree on the reason why. When you teach kids to the standardized tests instead of educating them for the future and fail to provide them with all of the necessary resources, you end up exactly where we are today. The leaders get paid the highest amount for what? #9 in the country in pay for administration, yet the schools are failing. Put the leaders on merit pay and I bet we would have different results. Superintendents and school officials that spend more time campaigning and out of the schools do not produce results. Sorry but that is a fact!

      And lastly, anytime you want to meet to swap facts, I am happy to oblige. As for your bible quotes, that does not impress me. A true Christian does not have to prove that he or she is a Christian. Knowing a bible verse is very different than knowing what it means and living your life according to it. I care not what you or anyone else thinks about me. I answer to God and because I do, I know that I am doing what God wants.

    • And a couple of more things I forgot to respond to….that homework sheet was not one typo. Just the 2nd grade math curriculum has had 300 PAGES of corrections. Principals have had to run off 300 pages of corrections for 30+ teachers at their school. Do the math on that! How long do you think that takes and how much time does that take away from instruction? How does that help our teachers teach our kids? Again you are proving my point. They chose to do a half ass job of writing our curriculum instead of buying the books for ones written by professionals. Don’t forget the $10,000.

      And what politics are you talking about that drive me? I have no political position of authority or office. I would really love for you to explain that.

  4. Bubba, hang on buddy I have plenty examples of the reasons behind DCR’s constant attack on our public school system……will post shortly… Careful though. She’ll have you blocked and deleted so fast your head will spin!!!

  5. Heather, I could contradict you all day long if I were filled with the hate that it appears you are. I feel sorry for you that you are so angry that you spend 10 hrs plus a day trying to tear apart a school system that was here long before you got here and will continue to be here after we are gone. I know this post won’t be published and that’s fine……just a little note to you. Desoto County Schools are not perfect, yes changes need to be made, but your rants are a little over the top. First of all, as the reader above points out, just because someone tells you something doesn’t make it a fact. With a district as large as this one yes, you are going to have parents who get angry…..that doesn’t mean they are correct. When you feed into their anger you create potentially dangerous situations. I feel safe to say that you recently put two entire schools in danger feeding into an angry parent’s drama. Tax dollars being wasted? Why don’t you call the sheriff’s department and ask how many extra deputies had to be on duty last week because you kept stirring the pot? we both know what I’m talking about…. That situation scares me to death! I have friends at both schools and friends that have children at both schools. To me, you are putting thousands of lives in danger all because of your own selfish agenda which is to settle your score with DCS …. Not sure what the bottom line is though…you didn’t get your special plan you wanted or did the district not hire the right professional mold finding crew you wanted? As for Hodges, that one is easy, she had the wrong information from the beginning….. District policy never changed, you were never allowed to go out and “rent” a piece of property just so you could pick the school you wanted your child to attend. Look up the policy. I do hope you have a good attorney though because you are going to need one after all the libel statements you have made about people. Just because you delete some of them doesn’t mean they are gone. Your so called research amounts to a lot of hearsay that will NOT hold up in court. People you get your info from are usually parents who like you, are angered at the system telling you want you want to hear so you can write your hate filled comments. Believe me when I say, Desoto County children do not need to be saved from public education like you insinuate……. They need to be saved from hate mongers like you who put them in dangerous situations! Please do us all a favor and look up the word fact so that before you start your next rant you have actual facts and not just the word of an angry parent, teacher or administrator. Again, I know you won’t publish this but no worries, the truth always comes out and I’m sure it will in this case too. It’s funny to me that you claim to be bullied and threatened…….,isn’t that what you spend 10 hours a day doing? Bulling people?
    Sincerely,
    Ben

  6. Ms needs to throw CC out the door. Fire any and all school employers that support it. Be on the look out for chldren being taught about islam, but Christianity is off limits. Kay Thomas Nunnally. 901-734-0865

  7. Hi Heather,
    You seem to be doing a wonderful job down there. Keep up the good work. Are you sure bubba smith isn’t Jennifer. Looks like a lot of anger in those capital letters.
    God Bless you,
    Chuck from Pa.

  8. Bubba and Ben, I think both of y’all should get back too work at County Office! If this page of parents and citizens is so full of hate and lies I really can’t understand why you continue to read and comment on here!! It’s so obvious!!

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