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Katy ISD has passed the 2017 Bond referendum, 8,710 to 4,554.  The good guys lost!  We've spent the last several months watching the no longer new superintendent show his wares. I'm not impressed that he would use his position to browbeat the teachers into voting for the bond.  That's not what he should be doing!  If the bond measure could not pass on its own merit, then it should not have passed. Giving all the employees, including himself a 1% raise the night before the election was unconscionable!

 

Superintendent Hindt's con job on the teachers was pretty remarkable to watch.  What was even more remarkable was watching the employees fall for it.

 

I've been a teacher.  I know what it means to stand against what "everybody else is doing."  It's no fun, but at least I could always sleep at night!"  

 

I've been standing against bad ideas and the people who proffer them all my life when I thought those people  were wrong.  And I don't mean just wrong in my opinion.  I mean wrong because they were not in keeping with what is decent and right and what we all know to be decent and right.  Most of the time in the last thirty years, my jousting has been at the windmills of "restructured education."  That term and all it embodies is phony and deleterious to children.  There was no need to "restructure" American education.  It had been just fine for 250 years!

 

Building huge buildings and bilking the taxpayers to pay to build them, is one of the negative aspects of our current educational ideology.

 

Education is the bedrock of our civilization.  We have had basically the same educational curriculum in America for the last 250+ years.  The formerly academic education allowed our young people to grow and prosper in a world that embraced their hopes and dreams.

 

That aspect of America has disappeared thanks to the likes of Lance Hindt, George Scott, Joe Adams, Jackie Birkel, Chris Crockett, Alton Frailey, Judy Snyder, James Peters, Barrack Hussein Obama, George W. Bush, Leonard Merrell, and Eric Duhon and their sycophant followers.  These are all people whose interest in education has/had to do with personal aggrandizement.  Talking the talk and then voting or espousing the opposite of what everyone expected puts one in the traitor slot. 

 

While those of us who have, over the years, opposed these people and their ideologies, and could see what lay ahead, we fought them and their plans as long as we could. There comes a time however, when for the sake of one's sanity, one has to capitulate. 

 

So you win!  You get to dumb down the kids.  You get to create automatons.  You get to fix it so they can't get into anywhere but Prairie View, HCC, Blinn, and Wharton JC's.  You get to send the kids back home to live with Mom and Dad because they can't earn a decent living with the sorry education they are getting in Katy ISD schools.

 

Be proud of your "accomplishment"!  That supercilious and haughty attitude covers up what you are really doing.

 

It sickens me to have to watch you, but my smart friends and I are tired of fighting you.

 

There are 4,554 people who live in our school district who were intelligent enough and wise enough to be solid citizens and go vote against the bond referendum. My appreciation for their effort knows no bounds. 

 

We have about 10,000 KISD employees these days.  Looks like most of them voted for the bond.  It couldn't  have passed any other way.

 

The bottom line, however, is that our community and all the Katy ISD students lost on November 7, 2017.

 

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I urge you to read the section on the left regarding "Things You Need to Know From the 2017-2018 School Year.

 

Another urgent post is one on the hidden psychological testing of your child that is being undertaken by public schools.  Go to Education and then Testing and then the last item called Psychological Testing of Your Child Without Your Permission.  It's a must read. MM

 

Katy ISD is getting ready to float another bond referendum.  This one is advertised as being for $609 million.  $206 million of that is for a new high school for half of Cross Creek Ranch (located in Fulshear, Texas).  Tompkins High School, our next to last high school building project four years ago, cost $116,000,000. The last high school building project was Paetow High School on the north side of I-10 where most of the current growth in the District is headed. The estimated cost for this high school is $162,750,435. It is outrageous to think that the cost of a high school increased by 90 million dollars in four years!  It is even more outrageous to think that the cost of a high school increased by 43 million dollars in two years! The architects and the builders are sticking it to the taxpayers, and your school board is going to let them do it!  One has to wonder why they are so gullible and/or complacent. Thirty-three years ago in 1984,  Mayde Creek High School cost $17 million dollars.  My house in 1981 cost $140,000.  My house's value has only doubled in value in 36 years. All of Fielder Elementary was built for $6.5 million in 1993.  Now they're going to spend $20.9 million to "renovate" it!

 

My point is that construction costs have not increased at the percentage rate with which we are being confronted.  They just haven't!  A lot of our tax dollars are not going into the construction--they are going into the pockets of the over-priced architects, builders, and other hangers-on who abound when it comes to public school construction projects. Everyone has their hands in the school district's pockets.

 

Also pay attention to how much of the 2010 bond funds seem to crop up as the source for this or that additional  project.  How do they have bond funds left from 2010--seven years ago-- unless they asked for way too much money in the first place! They will tell you that they "got good deals," or that "the financing was beneficial" or that "they saved money" by doing this or that, but the truth is they build in a 30% cushion on all bond items when they present them to the bond committee! That way they have money to do the things they want to do without going to the voters as they are supposed to do!  The school board and the administration in Katy ISD are out of control. 

 

That being the case, we all need to vote, and the message that needs to be sent is that unless you come to us with an itemized bond, which you will have to honor, and then use the funds exactly as they are listed, forget any of us voting for it!

 

Vote NO! on the 2017 bond.

 

Here is the link to the web site that has information on why we should not vote for the bond this time: 

   https://www.katyisdbond2017.com/   It may be necessary to cut and paste this link.

 

   Here is the link to the Facebook page that has information on why we should not vote for the bond this time:

   https://www.facebook.com/katyisdbond2017/  It may be necessary to cut and paste this link.

   

Never blame anyone except your elected school board members who allow all of this wrongdoing to occur.

 

One might want to visit the Education/Delphi articles elsewhere on this site that explain how bonds get constructed and passed.

 

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Welcome to my web site.  Over time my view on many subjects will appear. My purpose here is to make the reader think about what is transpiring in our public schools and why it is happening.  The changes in our public schools are deliberate and part of a huge plan by leftist progressives.

 

If you are a leftist progressive, maybe I can change your mind here, because if you care about children as you say, you surely cannot abide their being dumbed down for the sake of large corporations that need compliant workers.  If you are a real Conservative Republican, you will find information here that will verify and validate the concerns that you have about our educational system.  If you are a person who claims to be a Republican, but you have no idea what that means, I would suggest that you should spend your time elsewhere. Go to the closest mall instead and go shopping. There is nothing here for you!

Primarily I am interested in returning academics and ability grouping to our
public schools
. In order to accomplish these goals, smart people are going to have to involve themselves in ridding our public schools of the people (administrators and board members) who presently have a lock on the curriculum and methodology being used which is all atrocious and is dumbing down our children. Whether they know what they are doing or not, they have had a chance to fix things, and they have failed and need to go do something else, somewhere else. Thankfully former Superintendent Alton Frailey has left the Katy school district.  His departure was not soon enough. I'm shocked that the current school board did not have the gumption to send him packing and get him out of their hair when he announced to them in  OCTOBER (2015) that he was retiring.  They just allowed him to stick around and draw another year's pay on his Texas Teacher Retirement thus sticking the taxpayers with another bill!  [See The Katy  Rancher article on Frailey's $425,850 payout for "work" from January 1, 2016 to August 1, 2016.]

 

Parents of all races and ethnicities send their children to school to be EDUCATED, not socialized or futurized or clarified or collaborated or multiculturalized.  Parents want their children to know how to do math, how to read and write, to understand the history and government of America and Western Civilization, to learn about scientific matters (and not just play with "scientific" toys), and to build each year on the KNOWLEDGE that they acquired the previous year. That kind of an education is called a "liberal arts education."  It allows people to finish high school and go on to do anything they are capable of doing.  It is a foundation on which every other kind of post secondary education is built. Without such an education, students are lost.  I would suggest that right now your child in a Katy ISD public school is no longer able to get such an education because the Katy School Board has taken it away from him. [One might want to read about the use of the Partners in Education (PIE) program to bring socialism to our KISD students.  Find it under Education/Partners in Education on this web site. I have inserted their original "strategic plan" outline. One might also try to realize that the "Futures" program (Odyssey of the Mind/Destination Imagination etc.) is also a villain in disguise, and that all those smile-in-your-face school administrators who allow this program know EXACTLY what they are doing to your child!] Parents also should be wary of the public schools' efforts to "partner" with parents in the upbringing of YOUR children.  Children belong to their parents, and they are not to be "shared" with the public schools and their minions.  If you read the "Mission Statement" of Katy ISD, you will see that they intend to be fully "partnered" with parents in the rearing of their children.  That's just wrong!  Parents should insist that the public schools STOP this practice.  They should not be teaching your children about drugs and sex and life skills and other things that are YOUR responsibility to teach according to YOUR beliefs and moral code--not the school's.  When I see threads on social media where seventeen year old CHILDREN are leaving home, I can't help but think to myself--"This is the result of the public schools' interference in what is the sole right and domain of individual parents."  Beware! The things your children are learning in our schools from leftist educators are not what you as their parent would want them to learn. 

 

Ironically, our school board has just hired a new superintendent.  They're paying him an awful lot when I'm sure he would have come here for less since this is his hometown, his family lives here, and he went to public school here.  But don't blame the new superintendent for the excesses and mindlessness of all seven of our current school board members.  They could have set up the contract properly, given him a competitive salary and not broken the bank.  In no way are their mistakes transferrable to the superintendent! I also blame our state legislature for their refusal to tie superintendent salaries to that of the governor.  No one with a brain can argue that a superintendent anywhere has more responsibility or value than the governor! It is of note, just to put things in perspective, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will make $253,767.60 this year (2015), while the Katy ISD superintendent will be making $375,000.00. Something's not right here! Also of note is the fact that built into his contract is the right to approve all contractual changes, receive the same percentage pay raise, on average, as teachers every year, and to have the contract re-upped continually so that he always has a 5 year contract!Too bad the KISD school board doesn't have as smart an attorney as Lance Hindt does!

 

With regard to our "in decline" educational system I think smart teachers also want a knowledge based education, but they too have been kept from delivering a traditional American education. Mostly what I see is that "traditional" teachers have by this time been brainwashed, fired or retired, so there's no one left to explain what is wrong with what is being done in our classrooms.

 

American education accomplished these traditional goals of excellence for hundreds of years before the likes of Arne Duncan, George Bush, Hillary Clinton, Bob Thompson, Skip Meno, Ann Richards, Hugh Hayes, Barrack Obama, Leonard Merrell, and Alton Frailey got a stranglehold on our educational system.  Parents need to pay attention and take back our schools starting with the ones in Katy, Texas!

Like the frog in the pot of boiling water who dies slowly when he could have jumped out had he been paying attention, the public does not see the subtle changes that have transpired for many years that spell eventual doom for public education.  These changes collectively mean that the public schools are not what they were set up to be so many years ago.

 

Through the efforts of progressives in the last one hundred years, the curriculum, the role of a teacher, the school building architecture, and the purpose of public schools and public education have been undermined and altered.

Without understanding of the changes, parents send their children off to public schools where they do not learn anything of substance.  Teachers are no longer allowed to teach, having become "facilitators" with copies of mindless Common Core worksheets in their hands. School leaders have been co-opted to the point that most of their goals are greedy and self-serving. Students are left out of the equation, and parents and taxpayers are none the wiser as all that currently constitutes a public school is hidden in every manner imaginable. The perpetrators of this scheme should be ashamed of themselves for their part in it.

 

Ironically, private schools are also under siege, and anyone who thinks their child is "safe" from all of these dumbing down initiatives because he is in a private school is sadly mistaken.  All those teachers at the private schools are products of the same state and private Colleges of Education which are steeped in progressive malarkey. Your child at a private school just gets more attention so that the school can make certain of his transformation into a little Democrat. The curriculum director at a private school has no more discernment about the quality of a curriculum than any public school administrator.

 

I hope to provide understanding about how such changes developed, how those changes appear, and what parents and taxpayers can do to fix things.  We will know that the schools have been fixed when we see ability grouping return! That is the litmus test.

 

I also hope that if you have found your way to this site, you will take the time to read the 600+ pages of articles presented here. I'm doing the best I can to tell you the truth about what is happening in the schools where your children go 175 days a year. There is a conspiracy afoot, and it has negative intentions and consequences.  To take away the right to an academic education from our youth is despicable!  Failing to teach our children how to read (40% or more of Katy ISD students graduate as functional illiterates), failing to teach them how to do real math, failing to provide them with the opportunity to understand their American culture and their American history, failing to teach them real science, failing to teach them how to write cursively and well, failing to teach them how to read classical literature, and diverting funds that should be spent on academics to other uses instead, is foolish. You should not and can not let them continue to do this to your children! And if you want to understand the bigger picture in America, think "education."  The people that are causing political problems are Americans who have not received a proper academic education.  They cannot think because they do not know anything about which to think!

 

It is of note, that our new superintendent (July 2016), Dr. Lance Hindt, was the benefactor of a traditional education as delivered to him (at least partially) in Katy ISD prior to the dumbing down efforts of the current and last two KISD administrations. He was taught to read by the end of the first grade; he learned math facts, he knows that 2+2 is 4, and he doesn't have to do 300 machinations to figure that out because he memorized the "times tables," he learned real science, not "hands-on, let's play" science, he had American history from the beginning in the 11th grade, so he probably knows who George Washington is, he had a government course; he took Algebra I and II and passed them in one year, same thing for geometry; he took at least two years of science in high school; he learned to write themes, he learned to spell, learning spelling rules from a spelling BOOK, he learned how to write cursively so he could sign his name on big contracts, write fast, and read documents written cursively, he learned grammar and punctuation. He also was a football player, which helped him to get and pay for a college education (and while in high school and junior high he didn't have to pay stupid fees for uniforms, pads and shoes!) When he decided along the way to get serious about his education, he had that academic background to fall back on--he could read, he could think, he could think "critically," he could read with comprehension because he had acquired real knowledge while he was going to public school in the 1970's and 1980's.  He also did not have to spend time learning "technology."  An IT curriculum wasn't available then, but Dr. Hindt is proof that it's not that necessary.  Anyone but a dummy can pick up the skills needed to work on a computer without spending twelve years doing it! If he were smart, he took typing in high school for an elective!  That's way more important than learning how to turn on a computer. His ability to think is what is propelling him in his career.  He didn't get hornswoggled by PBK (the Allen ISD stadium architect and designer of the KISD new stadium) while he was at Allen ISD because he was smart enough to see the problem with their work and to demand that they fix it.

 

I think he's not going to get hornswoggled by the KISD Board either.

 

It is very sad that today's KISD graduates will not get that same academic background that Dr. Hindt received.  They have had the most precious thing we as the public can give them-- a proper academic education, taken away from them.

 

Many of the articles on this website that provide explanation, come from others.  I appreciate their willingness to allow me to post their efforts here.

Along the way, there are other issues and information on subjects that are important to me that I wish to share.

 

My intent is always to be factually accurate. My intent is not to berate personally any individual. Any criticism that appears here (and some of it is harsh) is directed toward the actions and words of  those who have made themselves public figures. Any factual errors should be reported to me immediately so that they may be corrected.

 

As for my opinions, (and all articles that appear are tinged with my opinions,) they are my own, and if one wishes to oppose my opinions, get your own web site!  You may be put off by the name of this web site, The World According to Mary, but please know that I have been trying to get people to realize what is happening in public schools since the 1970's.  I've not always understood all of it either, but I think I know more about the agenda than most.  It's hard to get a handle on all of it because it is so wide-spread, pervasive and hidden while being so destructive to the academic educations of school children.  All I am interested in is fair treatment of all children in our public schools. If there are those who choose, knowing full well what they are doing (and at this point I think most of them DO know), to continue with this agenda of deliberately dumbing down our children, then they make themselves, as public figures, fair game for criticism.

 

Fortunately our State is coming to its senses with regard to curriculum and testing.  The new STAAR test actually tests real academic knowledge.  The fact that it does is the reason Katy ISD students are not doing well on the STAAR tests--Katy ISD has not changed the curriculum yet to fit the test.  Not changing the curriculum is illegal, and parents need to be screaming about that instead of that the STAAR test is too difficult! Figure it out. Don't be as stupid as our school board appears to be! The District is NOT CHANGING THE CURRICULUM TO FIT THE STAAR TEST ON PURPOSE!!! They want the STAAR TEST to be dumbed down again to match their Socialist curriculum so they may keep proclaiming to the public how wonderful KISD is, and we can expect them to join with other Districts to try to oust the current Commissioner of Education, a good Republican, who is trying to fix the Texas educational system. [And oust him they did, and there's a real ringer in that position now who took his place...]

 

I will try to keep the content current, but frankly my heart's not in this anymore, and I have other things I'd rather do! Having tried for years to make the public see what is happening to their children and then having them ignore all the warnings is very discouraging.  I made sure MY kids were well educated, so I guess the rest of you are on your own! If you want them back living with you when they grow up, that's your choice.  I tried my best to warn you.

 

I encourage your responses, and I may be reached at Icemom617@aol.com  Be sure to put an identifying word or two in the subject line so I'll know it's not spam! And please, no attachments! I don't open them.

Submission of a response to my opinions constitutes permission for me to print the response, or not.

 

Those submitting confidential information of course will not have their identity or email revealed, and I encourage those who have vital information about what is transpiring in our school district to share your concerns.  I have already heard from a great many parents and employees since I started this web site nine  years ago. It would be helpful to also hear from students.  If I were a student, and I suddenly realized how I had been shortchanged by this school district, I would be very angry.  In my opinion students have been cheated out of their future! Many of them who have to still live at home because they can't get into a good college or even get a job should be especially angry. Their best weapon is their vote.  They should use it!

 

Students who are seniors in high school right now should also be aware by now how they have been shortchanged. If they are 18, they should GO REGISTER TO VOTE!!  VOTE AGAINST THE KISD BOND in November, and vote for good candidates for the school board in May.

 

I suggest that before you read anything else, you first go to KatyISD and then Mission Statement so that you can begin to understand what is afoot in the Katy school district.  They have clearly delineated what it is they want to do with YOUR children.