FOM Friday: Ed Reform Sans Common Core?!

It's Friday, you know what that means! Time to measure what's truth, what's fallacy/fib or what's in between.
It’s Friday, you know what that means! Time to measure what’s truth, what’s fallacy/fib or what’s in between.

Today’s “Fib-o-Meter” Friday is a quest to see if we can find any modern education reform NOT impacted by Common Core Standards from just a few of those in the ‘education’ business.

First up, Nellie Mae Foundation:
Maybe you’ve heard of Nellie Mae? Maybe you haven’t. Nellie Mae hangs out in the upper eastern side of the USA. She’s been around since 1990 and is a huge fan of public school reform. Way back when, she was helping fund education for students. Fast forward to today and you’ll find Nellie’s had a makeover!! One of her ‘sugar daddies’? Gates Foundation! Since 2009, Nellie Mae’s  gotten well over $1 million to transform her entire outfit. (see: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=nellie%20mae%20foundation) Let’s see how!!

Changing, according to Nellie Mae, begins at the school district level. Here’s our first statement that the “Fib-o-Meter” will rate.

“School districts are essential actors in any education reform
and will have to play a vital role in any efforts to expand
student-centered approaches to learning. Without district
leadership of student-centered reform initiatives, widespread
implementation is likely to fail.”

“Fib-o-Meter” will be rating this as “Neutral”. Why? It is becoming more and more unclear how essential school districts are when filtered through Common Core. One only has to turn to the media to find real life accounts of how local control is being misused, undercut, and ignored. One school board official I’ve met shared how mandated the state has kept them. However, ask the state and they share how much freedom the school districts have. To make this a “Total Truth”, we’d need to be free of the CCSS in all shapes and forms. To make this a “Total Fallacy”, we need only to listen to those convinced it’s the business world that’s the new reformer. What makes the above statement so worthy of the “Fib-o-Meter”? It’s one of the findings educational experts discovered.

“School districts serve as a key connection between communities and their schools.”

While this may be true in the upper eastern portion of the US, I highly doubt this is a statement the rest of the nation can agree on. “Fib-o-Meter” is giving this statement a “Fallacy” rating. With all the funding being thrown around in the nation for those 21st Century Community Learning Centers and CCSSO movements like “Strive Together”, added to the overall aspirations of some business groups to dissolve school boards, it’s a hard sell to believe this finding.

If you’d like to read the rest of the report geared on why schools need to reform to student-led learning vs. teacher-led (a big portion of CCSS; notice the CCSS in the upper left hand corner too), http://www.nmefoundation.org/getmedia/b43eeeb6-0a13-4f71-955f-fdd49486fc90/Changing-district-practices-exec-summ?ext=.pdf

ILN (Innovative Lab Network):

One of Nellie Mae’s  ‘boyfriends’ (aside from Gates) is the ILN, an arm of the Chief Council of State School Officers. I found this CCSSO/ILN video embedded on Nellie Mae’s website. As you watch it, run the statements you hear through your “Fib-o-Meter”. Be sure you note the white board in the opening moments and look for CCSS.

Related to ILN are 2 of my previous posts and one from fellow anti CCSS warrior, LadyLiberty1885.
1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/ftf-tuesday-common-core-network/
2) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/fom-friday-knowledgeworks-or-knowledge-quirks/ 3) http://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/10/24/the-ccsso-unc-nc-and-india/

Here’s what CCSSO says about ILN, “The Innovation Lab Network (ILN) is a group of states taking action to identify, test, and implement student-centered approaches to learning that will transform our public education system. The goal of the ILN is to spur system-level change by scaling locally-led innovation to widespread implementation, both within and across states, with a constant focus on student outcomes. Current states in the ILN include California, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Schools and districts within these states have been given the opportunity to act as pressure-testers of new and innovative ways to address the needs of their students, with backing and support from their state departments of education. In the context of the ILN, CCSSO acts as a centralizing entity that facilitates collaboration and communication among ILN states, and provides leadership as states move forward with their innovative efforts.” Based on the fact CCSSO owns one half the copyright to CCSS and has vested interest in education reform, “Fib-o-Meter” rates them as “Total Fallacy”.

The Framework Institute:

Nellie Mae’s been busy, she helped this institute come to life. She had lots of help, however. This Institute could double for a “Who’s Who Among CCSS” event! See for yourself, “With funding from Nellie Mae, Ford, Hewlett, Mott, Kellogg, NoVo and Raikes Foundations; significant previous related funding from Lumina and The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and recently-added funding from the Noyce Foundation, this collaborative endeavor has supported extensive quantitative and qualitative research to identify how to reframe critical issues in education reform.” You really need to see their entire list of funders/supporters: http://www.frameworksinstitute.org/partners1.html

This pro CCSS group wants to play a game with you.
This pro CCSS group wants to play a game with you.

I found the above game, “Swamped” on the FI’s website. It is geared for adults. You really need to access this game and see the ‘pay it forward collective’ agenda. It’s complete with ‘think/say this’, ‘don’t say/think that’. For example, you, the player are told to NOT focus on the triangle of ‘parent, student, teacher’. (“Totally Fallacy” via the “Fib-o-Meter, by the way. We SHOULD be focused there. CCSS is damaging all in the triangle!)

More “Total Fallacy” from the Framework Institute, an entire ‘Talking Points” guide to STEM in education!
STEM-talking-points, Sorry FI, if you want me to discuss STEM in education, I’m using the PCAST report that explains how STEM is the agenda for “STEM citizen for life” in education (see my 09/02/14 post about PCAST, STEM and Common Core)

Well, folks, looks like if we truly wish to find education that works without CCSS, it won’t be from any of these organizations.
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8 thoughts on “FOM Friday: Ed Reform Sans Common Core?!

  1. Thank you!
    Your research and writing is invaluable to us. Enjoy the Holiday and please consider shining the light of truth upon CT at some point. Jonathon Pelto’s blog, “Wait, What?!” Is CT specific, well researched and insightful.
    From the “mom-level”, it appears that our public schools are closing under the “leadership” of Education Connection’s John Costa, “declining enrollment” ushering in school closings and regionalization.
    Specific to New Milford, CT-
    I’ve three times requested my BOE member’s email addresses & been refused. Rather, the process to “communicate” with the BOE is:
    1)use their online email portal with a max of 1,000 characters.
    2) ONE copy of the email printed at main office & put into a folder
    3) folder is circulated to BOE members DURING BOE meeting.
    4) no discussion or response has ever been given

    Public comment at meetings is limited to 3 min, in which you need to first (using your 3 min) properly address the BOE & others present, state your name & address (yet, our elected BOE doesn’t disclose their info) and, site the agenda items you’ll be commenting on. Nothing off the agenda. No clapping. No addressing or contacting individual members, no accountability, no discussion or responses.
    Stonewalling.
    Yet, Education Connection (conflicts of interest) has received grants to support CCSS to BOE’s. They e been giving (deceptive!) presentations to BOE’s in seemingly secret or atleast limiting public knowledge.

    What is the role of the town-level BOE?
    Is it to serve the SBOE or their town parents/teachers/students?

    If using the pro CC argument that CCSS is only standards and local BOE’s can choose curriculum, are there CC aligned curriculum that are not “tagged”, biased and laden with indoctrination?

    Is/should the local BOE and school district have to disclose FACTS to parents?
    Ie:
    -You’re children are participating in an experiment. (CCSS & tests untested, invalid, lacking dm pericarp evidence…)
    – your children are being data mined for non cognitive, psychological etc info
    -PII is attached to that info and it’s shared with local government agencies, vendors and eventually bought by the USDOE.

    I’d LOVE to have a visual that simply depicts the data flow from desk to all…THAT would get the public’s attention!
    I’m starting to understand it.
    See YouTube:

    Thank you again!!!

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    1. Noyce Foundation in this instance is correct. Not to be confused with the Joyce Foundation. Framework/Noyce have partnered together on more projects. Noyce focuses on math improvement along with early literacy.
      Joyce on the other hand, is a well known CCSS supporter/funder out of the upper midwest with a focus on a geographic area (according to their website).
      Thank you for your question!

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