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First of Its Kind

Warriors Against Fed Ed, Common Core, and, Global Education’s takeover in America, we find ourselves approaching the end of June 2017. As I said earlier in the year, summer would not be a time the CCSS Machine would slow down its continual grinding down of education.

To that end, a CCSS/Global Ed laced Conference is just getting started. It’s the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) 2017 Conference. It’s meeting in Texas. Late Sunday afternoon, #ISTE and #GlobalEd17 were trending topics on Twitter.
The proganda was digusting. The painted on smiles of those attending and leading were deceiving.  Be sure to check all the latest ‘news’ out.

As I also stated earlier in the year, the summer is the ideal time for us Warriors to continue to arm ourselves with information to be ready for action when the new school year begins. The War Vs. the Core is NOT over, not by a long stretch.

Briefly, ISTE’s Connection To Global Education:

Warriors, back in 2015, I shared with you, an article titled “Tech Thursday: Global Day for Education”. It was the first time I’d run across ISTE. Quickly, just think “Microsoft” (and we know who THAT leads us to). Microsoft is the main sponsor of ISTE. Does it align the standards for technology in the classrooms to the dreaded CCSS (Common Core State Standards)? Absolutely. Does the ISTE apply its alignment to the re-branded names of CCSS, certainly! Where there’s international data, there’s got to be international data mining. That too, has an annual conference. Here’s an article where you can see the plethora of workshops devoted to harvesting education information.

Because technology is global, we know data created by technology is also global. However, the connections to global education and technology, which are very disturbing, (CCSS Machine propaganda uses ‘disruptive’) are the cultural mindset shifts hiding behind all those neat sounding apps and computer programs.

For example, from the article I’ve linked above, is a screen shot (below) where you ‘ll see the ‘global’ pledge. This pledge is used by all kinds of education related groups.

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With international technology comes the need for global education days. At least that’s what Harvard University and the others involved in the Global Education Conference Network believe. You can find out more about the Network in the article I’ve linked you to to learn more about the ISTE. You’ll also see how the AFT (American Federation of Teachers) is connected. (*Note: both the NEA (National Education Association and AFT) have ‘bought’ into the Education International, an organization with ties to UNESCO (you know, an arm of the United Nations. UNESCO is also known for it’s “Education for All” Program.) You can find out more about this, here.

Related: One of my most in-depth global education articles can be accessed here. It is from earlier this year and jam packed with information you can use to ready yourselves for the 2017-18 school year. (*Note: global education is present in all educaiton choices and will continue to seek out ways in which to lessen those choices until there is no choice at all. ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act, is a great example for reducing school choices, not increasing them.)

ISTE 2017 and Global2017:

Warriors, since the ISTE Conference is technology based, you know the latest and most aligned resources will be available to you, even if you can’t make it to TX. Here’s the schedule, with embedded links 
Wait, is there a separate Global Ed 2017 Conference at the same location?
From what I can find, no; the global education is part of the ISTE Conference. How? The location is the same.  See below:

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Warriors, you can sign up for free to access all the Global Education Network resources (you’ll want to see the Google classroom items, the lists of global organizations, the resources and those who’ve written them (I saw Steve Hardagon’s name pop up).

How to access all this? Visit this website, click on ‘visit’. Sign in (you can use your Facebook, Google Plus, or email if you don’t have an Iparticipate i.d.) Notice at the bottom of the page, that the P21, Inc (Partnership for 21st Century Skills) is a sponsor.
Access this list of global education organizations and people on Twitter. Even if you do no ‘tweet’ you can still find out about this CCSS Machine global members.

Why access all this? After all, it’s from the CCSS Machine. Warriors, if we are to be armed with the latest information, especially when it comes to technology and data mining, we must ‘hang out’ among the creators. Since so many of our schools are leaving parents, grandparents, and taxpayers in the dark, any advantage we can gain by seeing what the CCSS Machine is doing, is needed.

First Isn’t Always Best:

So far, Warriors, I’ve not said anything which relates to the title of this article. What is ‘first of its kind’? In the push for global technology, these two examples I want to leave you with. Ask yourselves, is this being planned for my school district? Is this where my tax dollars are going? Am I okay with the continued misuse of money to not educate students, but, to indoctrinate them?

Digital Portfolios may NOT be brand new, but a school district in AL is featured among the ISTE resources (and global education) for its first of its kind update. What’s the update? “Whole Story for the Whole Child”. This is about 30 minutes of video.

By giving the students a computer, showing them how to use it to lay out their lives, this portfolio COULD be used for other purposes. Such as, at the 3:25 mark (or just after it) a high school teacher reveals just ONE of the ‘other’ purposes: a track to see where each student needs to round themselves out for “college and career readiness”! (If you are new to the War vs Common Core, ‘College and Career Ready” is a re-branded name for the same thing.)

You’ll also have the person in charge of the federal funding for this AL school district explain how to start digital portfolios in your area. She will tell you that as school leaders implementing this you’ll WANT to look into each student’s personal life as well as their academic ‘lives’. Watch for the grade levels involved and the end result. (hint: by the times the students get to colleges, not enough is known about them)
Here is the website’s banner from the school district featured:

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Warriors, so much of global education and technolgy involves STEM (Science, Engineering, and Math), but they also include STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math).

Both STEM and STEAM are not American. STEM is the marketing name dreamed up by the NSF (National Science Foundation) to incorporate the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. STEM and CCSS go hand in hand. STEM was introduced about the time the CCSS was rolled out. Common Core was the distraction; STEM was the real agenda for education. It’s all been researched and documented.  As far as STEAM, it too, is not American. It’s roots are from South Korea and brought to the US. If you’ve missed these facts, please find them here.

This leads me to another ‘first of its kind’ and in the nation. This time we’ll find it in TN.

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Full article  (*Note: this was back in 2016). Warriors, notice the underlined portions of this published article. K-12 grades; Arts Innovation Zone, PBL(Project Based Learning) daily on STEAM. Do we have any idea how one-dimensional this is going to be for our littlest ones? Sure, the CCSS Machine talks it up that all kinds of engaging education will happen with STEAM, but every day?! True education honors that while engaging needs to happen, so does some down-time. So what’s happened to this one-of-a-kind school since 2016? A big dollar donation from a private company to go to a public school; the hope that those big bucks will prove STEAM can work for both inner city schools and rural schools. See the article here.

Closing:

Warriors, the bottom line to all the ISTE/global ed dribble is this:
“Learning without limits” will get us farther in education than ever before. Yeah, right…

By-Standers in Education

For those of us dedicating our lives to fighting to preserve American education and its freedoms, some things are easier to learn than others.

It was easy to learn what goes on behind the scenes in our school districts, for the most part. It was harder, however, when we discovered how much of what goes on means to undermine our children, not equip them.

It was easy to trace the CCSS Machine (and still is). It’s not been so easy getting those around us to get involved in stopping the manaical agenda that comes WITH the CCSS Machine.

Some of us have become Warriors Against the Core. Others, have remained by-standers. Likewise, on the OTHER side, there are Warriors For the Core. Then, there are those who pretend to be by-standing all the alignment, data mining, and just plain egriousness of it all.

We’ve learned about many of these types of education posers through the years, right, my fellow Warriors? Well, I’ve got one more..maybe you know this group; maybe not.

 

“Stand For Children Leadership Center”:

I first learned about this noble-esque sounding group a couple of weeks ago, while researching the SMART and HARD Goals originally designed for business and being liberally applied in classrooms now.

While the ‘Stand for ChildrenLeadership Center’ didn’t invent either of the Goals, it’s interesting to learn what type of ‘standing’ the organization DOES do.
Simply put, lots of collective plotting and planning for a) ‘college readiness’, b) school choice, c) the type of educational standards used, e) engaging the family, f) STEM, and many other education-related issues. See their entire menu of stances.

Warriors, in other words: “Stand for Children” should be re-named “Stand for the CCSS Machine”. Why? Our first clue is below.

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have been funding “Stand for Children’s Leadership Center” for many years.

A second clue? “Stand for Children Leadership Center” is a part of a bigger group by almost the same name.  That name is “Stand for Children”. This separate website can be found here.

The mission for this group? “Our mission is to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, college or career training.”

Here’s a sample from their website. I’ve summarized some of the information.

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While the “What We’ve Done” website page didn’t reveal activity in OK, the 2016 Annual Report does. In fact, the Annual Report shows how “Stand” fought to keep aligned assessments, CCSS, and even which candidates were financially supported. Stand’s entire group is a non-profit with over 500 state-level associated groups. You can also find out who and/or what organization gave funds to Stand for Children. While Gates funds the Leadership Center; you’ll find Bloomberg Philanthropies and Education Reform Now as donors to the Stand for Children portion of the overall non-profit.

Related Information:

Tied to the Stand for Children, you’ll find two Board members have had previous (and who knows if these connections are not still viable) positions with:

a) Stand for Children’s Chair Board member is an active working member with the Emerson Collective (where you can find the XQ Super School Project). The President of Emerson Collective also sits on the Boards of Teach for All, New Schools Venture Fund, and others. Her name is Lauren Powell Jobs. She also founded College Track.

I wrote about the XQ in 2015. Emerson’s update on the XQ from May 2017.
You can find one of my New Schools Venture Fund articles, here.

If you’d like to learn more about Teach for All, look below for a quick summary:

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b) Another Board member is tied to KIPP Schools, and founded a non-profit called Murmuration. It’s a politically active education group. Her name is Emma Bloomberg (daughter to Michael Bloomberg). She is the CEO of Murmuration. If you’d like to see the Murmuration campaign donations, Emma Bloomberg made, see them here.

Closing:

Warriors, as you can see from above, lots of inner connections back and forth to the same old well-known CCSS Machine members and their organizations. It appears Stand will expand their impact from 11 States to all 50 at some point. Project XQ is tearing through our nation’s middle section with a reform bus (literally) full of propaganda to spread. KIPP, as we know is all about charter schools and reform agenda. As we can also see, political funding is ripe in the CCSS Machine.

As Warriors, we’ve learned (easily) that throwing money at anyone or any thing does not FIX education. We also have learned (painfully) that aligning education does not FIX it either. So, why is the CCSS Machine grinding America down to support alignment?

I believe, from researching, it is to wear us down to the point we give up and give in.

What can we take forward with us from all this information? To remain firm and strong. Look how many have become by-standers at each advance of the CCSS Machine. Will we be next in bowing down to it? While it is the Machine’s goal, it isn’t ours.

It’s clear that the stance by the sold out CCSS Machine members and groups is one of total conformity. We MUST make it clear that our stance is one of fierce protection. We cannot afford the stand and look the other way any longer.

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Why Have Goals?

Warriors, in my “Purse Strings” article, you were promised a follow-up article further looking at the connections between SEL (Social Emotional Learning), the SMART Goals, and, the HARD Goals.

Briefly, before we get to that follow-up information, I’d like to point out something I didn’t in the original article. The connections between who funds each of these types of activities in each of our States is worth looking into. However, don’t only look at the wealthiest folks, but look at their foundations. Look at the traditionally conservative or liberal policy think-tanks. Are there connections between these groups? Are there partnerships? A great conservative example is the AFC (American Federation for Children). Besty DeVos has been instrumental in AFC’s work in the States. Does AFC have an affiliate in your State? As far as an liberal example, try to see if your State has any affiliate offices for the Center for American Progress (CAP).
(*Note: A resource I found where the political spectrum of policy groups is featured is the Citizens Source.)
Also, what PACs (Political Action Committees) are active in education in your State?
More information about PACs and how they are broken down can be found at OpenSecrets.com.

Why We Need to Know The Money Trail:

ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) not only mandates MORE P3s (public private partnerships), it will reward them for overreaching into education!
Find out what are they supporting or funding in the War Vs. the Core.

 


SEL, Grit, SMART, HARD, And American Education:

To quickly review the connections between these  encompass the global education design for “grit”. Meaning, all education must be a certain way in order to be deemed as ‘successful’. Put another way, per the NC ESSA State Draft Plan (I found it in other State Plans as well), ‘grit’ is for ‘college and career readiness’ (CCR). CCR is another phrase for ‘post-secondary readiness’! See the evidence here.

By passing WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) in 2014, ESSA (Every Student Succeeds) and the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)Acts in 2015, renewing the HEA’s (Higher Education Act) funding in 2015, our federal government has done a ‘bang up’ job of mandating we’ll see MORE grit, SEL, SMART, and HARD parameters in ALL educational levels. 

Here are two visuals to explain SMART Goals and HARD Goals:

You’ll find plenty of SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Revelant, and Trackable) and HARD (Heart-felt, Animated, Required, and Difficult) in every digital resource your students encounter.  All those ‘personalized courses’ are an example.

Teachers will also face the same constraints. HOW? Professional Development in ESSA mandates teachers and other educational leaders MUST be credentialed in everything post-secondary readiness so their students can measure up. Teachers/leaders/students will be collectively graded on how successful what is taught and learned. It’s called whole school grading. ESSA will reward or punish States where schools do not measure up. Likewise, teachers/leaders will be rewarded or punished if not properly credentialed or badged.

Here are some vital resources you’ll need for SMART and HARD Goals:

1) As we know, there’s a 2013 U.S. Dept. of Education publication about GRIT.
It unabashedly connects CCSS to SEL. Find it here.  (*Note: you’ll find mega bucks Bill and Melinda Gates had a huge hand in helping create this document.)

2)  SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound) Goals. Originally designed for business, it appears they’ve made their way into education.  Here’s a document from the State of VA. It’s from the Human Resources Dept of the University of VA. It’s clearly visible this document was for use in higher education.

Warriors, we know higher education has been overrun with corporate/federal interference to help embed that cradle to grave stream global education needs for all citizens. I’ve covered this multiple times here on my blog. WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) and HEA (Higher Education Act) are tools for this. ESSA’s the same.

3) What happens when GRIT and SMART are combined? Find it here.
3a) From CA, a 6th grade Career Roadmap using SMART.

4) Below, Lifelong Learning Labs has this definition of SMART for education. As you can see it’s not too far removed from the business model (‘SMART’ in business stands for Specific, Measurable, Achieveable, Realistic, and Timely.). LLL also calls SMART Goals ‘mind tools’.

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5) From the Science and Arts School at the University of PA, the 12 Point GRIT Scale used in classrooms across America.
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HARD Goals supposedly are to make your brain engage and cause your performance levels soar..at least in the business world. According to this blog article about HARD Goals, the concept has been around a long time. These are to be the ‘softer’, more personal skills you have or can groom in others. According to this same article, Leadership IQ’s Mark Murphy has created the latest acroynm. So, who is Murphy? From his Leadership IQ website, this excerpt about his ties to the CCSS Machine and global workforce/education.
With a reputation for brilliant, yet immediately actionable, insights about leadership, he’s trained leaders at the United Nations, Harvard Business School, the Clinton Foundation, Microsoft, MasterCard, SHRM, and hundreds more organizations.  Mark leads one of the world’s largest leadership skills studies, and his work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and U.S. News & World Report. Mark has also appeared on CNN, NPR, CBS News Sunday Morning, ABC’s 20/20, and Fox Business News.” Source 

1) According to Tony Gurr, he created HARD Goals for education/teaching back in 2012.
His blog entry reveals he ‘borrowed’ Mark Murphy’s business model. See it here. Gurr’s based in Turkey, by the way. According to his LinkedIn profile, he’s got his finger on the HARD/SMART, English Language Learning (ELL) and, English Language Teaching (ELT) education reform. See his ties to Dubai, too. Gurr’s a presentor in this on-line course for teachers available to all education choices.

2) From the “Read Less, Do More” website, Murphy’s summary on how HARD goals are to be used. Read this and see if you do not recognize some of the techniques used in classrooms.

3) If you don’t have time to read the summary, look below for a visual example of HARD goals from 2014. Entire Slide Share presentation, here.

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Warriors, ‘personalized learning’ uses SEL, GRIT, SMART, and HARD!

4) Murphy’s lastest article on HARD vs SMART for Forbes, states both are best for career development. Knowing how aligned to this mandate ESSA is, look for more of this type of BS in classrooms.

5) Tying Grit to Education Savings Accounts, will not only encompass personalized learning, but CBE (Competency Based Education). Big money groups in our States fund these! A ‘leader’ in this is The Jeb Bush Foundation for Excellence in Education. However, FEE is hardly the only big-buck-group in this education reform. Here’s a previously published article where I laid it all out for you.

Closing:

Warriors, I hope between the strings and goals I’ve presented for you in the 2 related articles, you can get an idea that ‘local control’ as promised by the CCSS Machine is a big, fat lie. Locally controlled education should not have nebulous purse strings or someone else’s business modeled priorities as the guiding framework. Local education should be OF the people, BY the people, and, FOR the people.

One truth you can still share with your State’s leaders/funders, etc. is that this federal statute is STILL being broken every day ESSA’s implementation continues. Every day WIOA’s workforce ursurping of education continues, furthers this breach. With the HEA being re-written, the egregious overreaches will continue. Will your State speak up?!

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No Strings Attached?

Warriors Against Fed Ed, we’ve seen the influence of money in the modern education reform. We’ve seen our tax dollars used in ways to spur this reform on at a break-neck speed. It’s also not new news that big business has spent a fortune pumping their money into the effort to re-shape education…and thus, re-shape our nation.

We also know that Common Core (in its old name OR under any of its re-brands) is part and parcel of EACH of our States. So, what happens when you:

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A Map Paints The Picture:

Forbes’ State by State 2016 List also gives you clues as to who and what groups help run your State. As we’ve learned he/she who holds the purse strings more than likely interferes in education/workforce in your backyard. (*Note: you can access a full size map like the one below on Forbes’ website.)

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I urge you to look at the List. Some of the education reformers will be super easy to spot. For example, Bill Gates in Washington.

Others will be obvious to only a few folks. For example, you’ve heard of SAS, Inc.’s involvement in data mining for the CCSS Machine, but would you know the name of the owner? It’s James Goodnight and he’s from NC.

Then, there are other rich citizens who’ve created foundations by which to conduct their reform agenda, especially in education. For example, Vermont’s John Abele has the Argosy Foundation which funds the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Competitions in schools. You’ll find STEM and CCSS being promoted without abandon in these activities. Look below, Warriors. Agenda..right in plain sight and dressed as fun.

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Warriors, these men are far from the only ones in the CCSS Machine. Argosy isn’t the only Foundation, either.

Below, find my list of the people and their organizations I think are the ones we should really look into. It will expand what I’ve revealed for you above. Are these, people ALSO helping the education reform agenda?!

NM: Marbob Energy/Mack Energy and the Chase Foundation (ties to Mack C Chase)
NH: JAB Holding, Inc (global and ties to Andrea Reimann-Ciarcelli)
ME: Dexter Shoes/Berkshire Hathaway (Bill and Susan Alfond who are tied to Warren Buffett)
UT: Salt Lake City Community College’s Board Chair, Gail Mitchell (also ties to Toyota and NBA)
SD: Sandford Harmony’s education program by T. Denny Sandford. (also ties to global credit)
RI: Providence Equity Partners (ties to Jonathan Nelson and for-profit Education Management)
SC: InterTech Corp (ties to Anita Zucker and her heavy Charleston Chamber of Commerce activity)
PA: Campbell’s Soups (ties to Amery alice D. Malone, global food markets)
OH: Victoria’s Secret and others (ties to Les Wexner and family; especially the Columbus Partnership’s grasp on the economy)
IL: Citadel Hedge Fund (ties to Ken Griffin, global trade)
HI: Ebay/PayPal (ties to Pierre Omidyan and his Network)
MO: Stanley Kronenke (ties to NFL/UK Soccer and Wal-Mart)
AZ: Discount Tire Co. (ties to Bruce Halle and his Halle Foundation’s focus on higher education)
TN: Hospital Corp. of America (ties to Thomas Frist and family; global and political connections)
NJ: Advance Publications (ties to Donald Newhouse and connects to Time-Warner Cable. T-W was recently re-branded as Spectrum. T-W is also in the CCSS Machine.)
CO: DISH Network (ties to Charles Ergen and LightSquared)
MA: Fidelity Mutual Funds (ties to Abigail Johnson and global trade)
CT: Bridgewater Associates Hedge Funds/Dalio Foundation (ties to Ray Dalio). Dalio pumps big bucks into CT’s public education as well as participates in global grant giving.
WY: Mars, Inc (think Mars Candy/Pedigree pet food, etc.) ties to the Mars Family. I published an article about their association with the Sustainability/STEM/CCSS goals.
NV: Sands Casino (ties to the owner, Sheldon Adelson who is said to bankroll the GOP)
*Given that CCSS is NOT a one-political party issue, we should bear in mind our Congress is GOP majority.
TX and AR: Wal-Mart (ties to the remaining Walton family members). Wal-Mart openly has backed the CCSS Machine for years.

 

As we’ve learned, these educrats and reformers have been stragetically placed in each and every State in America. IF you didn’t see the State you live in, do not assume it is without it’s ties. They ARE there.

We also know they reach beyond our borders and encompass the globe. After all, the CCSS goal is united to the UNESCO’s design for “Education for All”.  Resource for EfA Goals.

Related: Also, back in 2016, I layed out the “Pied Pipers” in our States.  A chilling Forbes article was also featured in my research. If you missed it, I urge you to read it.

 

2017’s Global Richest:

For consistency, I’ll stick with Forbes’ list here. Among the global ‘leaders’, Warriors, you’ll find Buffet, Koch, Gates, and Zuckerburg (with others) from the USA. But, you’ll see Australia, China, Vietnam, and many other nations. As we know, some are easy to connect to the global education reform. Others, will not be as evident. However, look at what makes their big bucks. Digitally based trading means data mining. Manufacturing means jobs/economy. You can easily trace money trails, as we’ve learned by the phrase ‘follow the money’.
*Note: back in 2014 Education Dive published an article discussing how these mega-buck-laden-people were shaping education. Was it USA specific? Or, even then, were the global roots showing? You decide.

SEL Will Combine HARD and SMART:

Warriors, by now, we should recognize another global shift in education, SEL (Social Emotional Learning). It’s ripe in Common Core, it’s increasing in content, largely due to ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) becoming law, AND it isn’t going away. SEL is also deeply rooted in the UNESCO’s Sustainability Development Goals and in the USA’s SCANS Report (1990s). Look below:

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Closing:

Warriors, I hope you’ll join me in the next article where I’ll pick up the trail connecting SEL to SMART Goals and HARD Goals. It’s quite a revealing piece.

For now, take what you’ve learned from here. Look deeply in your State’s coffers. Are any of these CCSS Machine players there? If so, expose it!! If you have any anti CCSS/fed ed, or Public Private Partnership information connecting any of these people/groups, please share it here, if you like. We have everything to gain in protecting our students when we cut the purse strings.

 

Closing Out April

My fellow Warriors Against Federally-run education, April 2017 is almost a thing of the past for us. 

During this month, we’ve seen several States turn in their ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Plans for approval by the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Secretary, Betsy DeVos.
To see our States, yet again, bow to the Feds is angering. ESSA, was to give the States BACK their power to decide education, NOT,  once again, to seek a federal employee’s permission.

Warriors, we knew, from researching ESSA, the fallacy of State-led education. So what will May 2017 bring in this area of our War Vs the Core? Hopefully, a re-awakening! There are State level bills out there designed to help create ‘locally led’ education. Will they survive? Time will tell.
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In April, we’ve seen many of our fellow Warriors slandered by pro-CCSS Machine member groups. I salute these Special Warriors because they are consistently seeking the truth, finding it, and sharing it. All the while encouraging our DC leadership to keep the promises to rid our nation of ‘Common Core’.
However have you noticed? ‘Common Core’, in name is gone. Yet, in every other aspect of education, ‘Common Core’ has survived via name changes used in the hopes to throw all of us off the track. Warriors, we have learned and shared every ONE of those name changes. No amount of opportunistic word play is going to deter us, is it?!

**ESSA’s name change ‘winner’ is “Challenging State Academic Standards”.  Yeah, right..until you read the fine print, then you’ll find those ‘challenging’ standards are the same old, failing standards they’ve been since 2009/2010.**
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Think of it this way, Common Core’s name changes can be related to the lump of coal which is turned into a stunning diamond. The lump of course, is the ugly version. The diamond is the version everyone desires.

Common Core by ANY name is ugly. It promises us diamond-like results, but has failed every single time, in spite of ‘the-name-of-the-month’.

Archives To Use:

During April, you also know that I’ve been through quite a bit personally, and in my educational activism. I’ve not written as much, and when I have censorship via social media has succeeded somewhat in muting my voice. To that end, I’m embedding those particular articles below. Each are very, very important to read and share.

1) Calling out our leadership on the stance of education, is something in May, we must continue.

2) For our States to truly be free, they must learn to end relationships with those groups, companies, and, partnerships which are NOT being honest in seeing each State do its best where education is concerned. These groups, like the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers), are, in fact, helping enable each State to become a federally mandated and restrained environment. The goal as to WHY groups like the CCSSO have for your State and mine? Workforce based education for a global economy.

3) In May 2017, I hope you find at least 5 other folks who are as ‘Fed Up’ as we Warriors are! Share this with them so they can hold their Representatives and Senators accountable, while they learn some of the names ‘Common Core’ hides behind (example: CTE, Career Tech Education).

What’s Ahead For The Diva:

I’m honored to share that I’m researching some special projects for my MO Warriors, as well as those of you in OH seeking to end “Common Core”.

I’ll keep writing when and where I can, both here and as a guest columnist on the Patriot Institute, where I address education exclusively.

I’ll be once again, cranking up the media apperances with the Negdog Network. I hope to continue other appearances as well, like the Women on the Wall calls.

The very special project I’ve been included in (and took me to Wisconsin), is due out very soon. I cannot wait to share that video based educational activist resource with you! Watch the Common Core Diva Facebook page and my Twitter (same name), or check out the U.S. Parent Call to Action Facebook page for the debut of this 4 part series.

Warriors, if there is anything I can assist you or your State with, please do not hesitate to let me know. I’ve love to meet each of you on your home turf someday, and maybe, soon. The fight isn’t over, my freinds. We’ve got a lot left to do and a short window of time to complete it in!!  You can count on me to be by your side.

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Gauged Education

Warriors, you’ve heard me say time and time again, that based on research, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is directly connected to the CCSS Machine.

You’ve also heard me, and, seen the proof.
Together, we’ve been able to piece together that the acroynm “STEM” was a marketing tool created by the NSF (National Science Foundation). NSF is a government funded, non-government agency. It’s also fully supportive of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the recent past, I’ve written at least 2 in-depth articles about the UN SDGs.

Below is a screen shot of the the history of NSF. Notice the side bar. Then, read the bottom box. You’ll need to enlarge the picture.

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To see more about GOALI, click here. (*Note: this is not an NSF website, but one of the partners.)
To see the 2015 NSF Partners for Innovation Report, access it here.

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The biggest take away from all of the above information is simply this:

STEM is an intregal part of the UN’s SDGs and America’s up to its neck in alignment.

What better way to usher STEM into our classrooms for ALL ages that the Common Core (aka: College and Career Readiness), CTE (Career Tech Ed), and more?

That’s exactly what the PCAST Report to former President Obama laid out.

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Fast forward to 2017. I’m sure you’ve heard of NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards). I’ve even written about them in the past. Below are just a few questions I’m sure you may have by now.

Those “Burning” Questions:

1) What group is behind the NGSS?
2) What States are involved in using (or preparing to use) NGSS?
3) How does all this connect to a new curriculum called IQWST (Investigating and Questioning Our World Through Technology)?
4) How does all this tie back to NSF? CCSS Machine? STEM? Common Core (aka: College/Career Readiness)? CTE (Career Tech Ed)?
5) Are there connections, in any way, to the UN SDGs?
6) Is there any action geared toward all this in my State? Where would I look?

The Revealing Answers:

1 and 2; some of 3 and 4) NGSS is a ‘collaborative’ effort between Achieve, Inc. several States across America, the National Research Council, the NSTA (National Science Teachers Assoc.), and, AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science). According to another related organization producing materials to support NGSS, the Standards are registered trademark of Achieve, Inc. (see below) Warriors, did we not raise the question about ‘trademarked educational standards’ with CCSS?!

Educational standards which are trademarked CANNOT be altered!

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By contrast, see how Truth in American Education’s article reveals California’s battle over NGSS assessments. How Achieve, Inc. impacts home education , or, what else is happening via Achieve, Inc. in more traditional education choices; access the highlighted links.
What Achieve, Inc’s website describes the organization as, Achieve is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit education reform organization dedicated to working with states to raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability.”

IQWST (Investigating and Questioning Our World Through Science and Technology) is just one of the ‘services’ Activate Learning has created. What is Activate Learning (AL)? The organization produces K-8th grade resources focusing on STEM. AL also partners with Achieve, Inc and Measured Progress to support and extend NGSS. Specifically, the IQWST is PBL (project based learning) with a digital component.

A pause for a question:
Now, why is ‘STEM for babies’ (Kindergarten) a bad idea? It starts our children off for an aligned agenda NOT for academic prowess, but workforce based aligned careers paths. See this and this.

If you’d like to see IQWST’s alignment to NGSS, click on the highlighted word. This will also help answer question number 4 when you see how NSF funded the writing of the curriculum.
If you’d like to see NGSS’s alignment to CCSS (which leads to alignment to CTE/STEM/CCR):
http://ngss.nsta.org/making-connections-common-core.aspx

For a visual of interconnection, look at the example from Washington State, below:

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To answer number 5, from above, Population Education has quite a bit about the ease of adding the UN’s SDGs to existing CCSS and NGSS. By default, doing this adds in CTE, CCR, and STEM. Here are  two excerpts, “The SDGs can be an excellent way to take a solution-minded approach to teaching about climate change and social justice in the classroom.”  Then, this is followed by this, “…fit teaching the SDGs into an already crammed schedule, which has to prioritize CCSS and NGSS, state standards, and meeting district or school-wide curriculum goals.”
To see the Populate Education’s plan for SDG goals to be embedded in CCSS and NGSS, click here.

Populate Education is a  project of Populate Connection. Populate Connection was previously known as ZPG or Zero Population Growth. It was formed back in the late 1960s. If you’d like to see an example of the group’s global attitude about teen pregnancies and how it is addressed in a classroom: PopEd.

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To access the entire Population Connection’s PAC Financial Statement, go here.

So, what about Question 6..what’s going on in our States? Here’s an example from this past week in NC.

A STEM Teaching Program got the go-ahead from our legislators. State Representatives Horn and Barefoot, along with UNC President Spellings, and, others made the headline news. Here is ABC 11’s Report on the re-release of the STEM Teacher Program. (*Note: Rep. Barefoot, at one time was anti Common Core. ) If the name Spellings rings in your head, that is because it would be Margaret Spellings, as in former U.S. Secretary of Education.
The most important thing about this re-introduction is it is targeting STEM for special needs students.

To see how a NC Bond ties STEM to more than you realize, use this article as an example of where to look in your State.

From MS and including a NC STEM leader, this article with disturbing language like ‘we must understand STEM as a culture’, and more.

Connecting All This to ESSA, WIOA, and the HEA:

Warriors, in ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) STEM Master Teacher Corps are embedded.
Since social justice is being taught, those who will be teaching MUST be trained to embed it.
This is where the ESSA mandates for teacher preparation also link to CTE (Career Tech Education) and therefore link to the HEA (Higher Education Act).
Since CTE includes Career Pathways, that links you back to WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act).

Related Resources:
1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/school-board-special-part-two/
Where you’ll see the STEM pipeline picture with more information.

2) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/tech-thursday-cte-ccss-and-special-needs-in-post-secondary-education/ (shows the targeted efforts toward special needs and their families to align to the CCSS Machine

3) Copyright laws prohibit me from linking you to the Measured Progress’s 3D (3 Dimensional) STEM Gauge Guide (where STEM is aligned to NGSS), but I can point you to where to look. Use your internet to search for Measured Progress STEM Gauge. You should find a free poster you can download.

4) Go here to learn how 3D Learning is the ‘new’ best gift in education.

5) To tie NSF to the assessments used in our classrooms, go here.

Know Thy Local Board, Parts 1 and 2

Part One:

Warriors Against Common Core, how well do you know your local school board? Are you a school board member? If so, how well do you know the State laws for your important position in the community? If you are a school board member, read what I’ve found and ask yourself, ‘Am I okay with this?’
These questions and more await us in today’s in-depth article.

The Search Began:

I was recently contacted by a concerned NC citizen. She needed help in figuring out what is State law for school boards, does local policy adhere to State law, and, is there any policy which side-steps the State, and goes to a federal level of compliance. All excellent questions.

I shared with her I’d already found one NC county school board with a local policy which, from all appearances, seems to side-step the State of NC and pledge compliance to the federal level. (See below)

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Warriors, I profess that I am not a lawyer, but with a policy which reads like this, it certainly calls into question, why is a county school board appearing to go around the State law to pledge adherence at the federal level?

FYI: The ‘NC Standard Course of Study’, aka, ‘Essential Standards’ (Common Core rebrand) are written into State law. Look for NC General Statute 115C, Article 8.

While I didn’t find a similar policy for the county I was contacted about, what I found in our State law is worth sharing. It also gives us some BIG questions to have answered!

Part Two:

The School Board Laws In NC General Statute 115C, Article 5:

1) Access the Statute here. You’ll notice that the specific legislation is 22 pages. One of the most immediate concerns we should all be thinking ahead about: Will school boards across America change much under the ESSA mandates?

1’s Reality: Here in NC, our school boards are locally elected. However, not every State is the same. Elected or not, what does it mean locally? ESSA  increases power, both at federal and State levels.

2) In the paragraph marked 115C-36 (Page 1), Said boards of education shall have general control and supervision of all matters pertaining to the public schools in their respective administrative units and they shall enforce the school law in their respective units.”
The big questions: What is ‘school law’? Does the ‘enforcement’ mean ‘any and all measures’? What group holds the school board in check to ensure local citizens there’s no manipulation of the assigned power?

2’s Reality: Under ESSA, all education MUST be aligned to post-secondary readiness as defined by WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). WIOA is not a specific ‘school law’. It DOES encompass education, but it is, after all, a U.S. Dept. of Labor law. How will NC, or, for that matter, ANY State, fare locally with their school boards when a workforce based law dictates education?!

3) Near the bottom of Page 2 and continuing on Page 3, “The local board of education shall revise electoral district boundaries from time to time as provided by this subsection.”
Wait, What?! Yes, according to NC Law, local boards can adjust districts. BUT these are depedent on federal Census information. Supposedly, the benefit is financial, BUT, consider these realities, Warriors:

a) The Census is being used by the CCSS Machine to orchestrate neighborhoods, manhandle museums and libraries, and more. From right here, in the town I live in, an excerpt from this article about local control and federal overreach.
“* You will see lots of data (includes the U.S. Census) and graphs used to support the moves; you’ll see the increased push for social and economic equality;”

b) ESSA’s codification of Promise Neighborhoods, as well as the continued creation of 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

c) Does your State have ‘Prosperity Zones’? NC does. There’s even another State Statute in place to streamline jobs and their training. By now, we know that ESSA is the ‘missing link’ between jobs and training. While the article about the Zones is from 2015, you can see just how overreaching the federal government is and how State districts will directly play into the overreaches.

4) Page 4, under the paragraph 115C-40, this excerpt, “Local boards of education, subject to any paramount powers vested by law in the State Board of Education or any other authorized agency shall have general control and supervision of all matters pertaining to the public schools in their respective local school administrative units;”
Your big question here should be, does my State have similar language? If so, what other agencies in addition to the SBE, have control over my school board? What about heavy influence over the school board, is there a tie to the CCSS Machine?

5) Pages 9-21 spell out the 63 responsibilites and powers  local school boards in NC have, as well as are authorized to carry out. I won’t list all 63, but, I will point to the ones we should all be looking at, regardless of where you live. Each will be followed by a question to consider.
5’s Realities: a)  “To Provide the Opportunity to Receive a Sound Basic Education”, page 9.
Who decides the soundness of a basic education? ESSA says the States must have the Secretary of Education’s approval for what’s taught. Where’s the local control there?

b) “To Regulate Extracurricular Activities”. With ESSA’s 24/7/365 mandate for anytime, anywhere learning (you can’t have student achievement without being hooked to a computer device), this is going to be almost impossible for local school boards to carry out.
(Refer back to the embedded articles above about wrap around services in the community.)

c) “To Accept and Administer Federal or Private Funds”, page 10. Warriors, this is huge!
ESSA increases the amount of P3s in our schools. P3s are public-private partnerships. We have seen the damage of P3s in our educational systems across America. One of the biggest supporters for interferring business with education is Business RoundtableBR was big on Common Core; they are also behind CC’s other names: CCR (College and Career Ready) and CTE (Career Tech Education). Let’s not forget some other big names in creating P3 overload in our local schools: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, your State Chambers, and Bill Gates. (*Note: Items 32, 32a, 34, and, 34a on Page 15 are directly related to MORE P3 education through Career Tech Education, Community Colleges, or School-to-Work.)

d) “To Sponsor or Conduct Educational Research”, bottom of Page 10. ESSA’s ‘educational research’ includes an in-home assessment for how well connected to the internet everyone is America is. See my article.Also, Warriors, any time you see ‘educational research’, think of what the underlying activity: data mining. Then, the big question: What group or groups did my local school board hire?

e) “To Adopt Rules and Policies Limiting the Noninstructional Duties of Teachers”, Page 13.
ESSA’s not kind to teachers at all. They are expected to teach to post-secondary readiness, regardless of age or grade, their pay will be factored by overall student success and engagement, AND, they will become quasi-doctors via the social emotional learning and behavior interventions. (*Notes: Look directly below the ‘teachers’ on Page 13 and you’ll see their training, as well as principals. Use all 3 embedded links directly above and apply. Then, refer to Page 18, Items 43 and 46) Our big question here: What pro CCSS/CCR/CTE/STEM groups is my school using at their discretion OR the State’s bidding which train, incentivize, or other wise reward for aligning teachers to ESSA?

f) Page 15, “To Appoint Advisory Councils”. This is legalized in yet another NC State General Statute. Appointing key positions is dangerous. No vote means no voice. This, in the long run, mutes the taxpayer’s and parent’s voices. Big question: Are these ‘advisors’ local or are they somehow connected to the educational reform?

Closing:

I noticed in searching some of the NC local school board policy pages, that more than 1 have not only our State Board of Ed to satisfy, but AdvancED, too. What is AdvancED? A  sold out CCSS Machine member organization. In my County, the exact words are:
“Maintain accreditation of its schools by AdvancED and/or the State Board of Education.”

We’ll pick this up in my next article, Warriors. We’ll also address how city school boards, private schools, home education, and, charters authorities will be treated in the ‘ESSA Era’

CCSS/CTE BS Alert!

Anti CCSS Warriors, Fed Ed Warriors, and everyone in between…
Are you fed up with the lies about education from educrats?!

I am! My article today is a response to the Vice President’s education remarks during the recent CPAC event.

Talk is cheap. I feel mocked…again. Some educratic buzz phrases we’ve heard SO many times showed up in Pence’s words. I am so tired of people in power who think they can mutter what sounds good or popular and be trusted. The one statement which really ticked me off?! “We’re in the promise keeping business.”  Before I go any further, here is the link to his speech.

From Pence’s Time In IN:

His work, in education, did not  keep his constituents happy. Just ask the anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors in IN. They KNOW he’s a CCSS Machine member. I know it from previous research. Our entire nation needs to wake up and see he is an EDUCRAT!

From the Washington Post’s article, Pence, as Governor ignored the voice of the People in IN many times when it came to education. So, how are the American Citizens supposed to believe anything Pence says about education as VP?!
(Below is a screen shot showing Gov. Pence’s signature on a Race to the Top document for IN.)

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Source of the screen shot can be accessed here.

Back to the CPAC Words:

Anyone given the right words can whip up a crowd. Especially when you leave out key facts. Pence near the 13:32 mark that no State should ever be forced to adopt ‘Common Core’. The crowd cheered loudly.

Of course cheering would happen when you preempt your ‘adoption’ comment behind how the Trump Administration is on board with education reform which wants to give more school choices and that recognizes education is a local function. Pence didn’t appear uncomfortable one bit when saying these things. However, let’s look at WHY these statements ARE supportive of ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act).

First off, neither the President or Vice President should be on board with education reform in its current state of top-down, bottom-up; anti teacher; anti parent;  and willingly selling out our students. They should not be supportive of any of the educational federal laws which are illegally based and contridict the U.S. Constitution! Secondly, ESSA has been sold by the CCSS Machine as education is given back ‘locally’. False!  By acknowledging the ‘local control’ yet doing nothing to end the illegally based reform is double speak. Lastly, ESSA lies have been spread that ‘school choice’ will somehow give you more in education, when it reality it is more of the same! Look below. (My thanks to Michele K. for the work on the image below.)

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In a fairly recent article, I showed you how the Trump/Pence Education Plan was about expanding fed ed, not lessening it. Since that publication, it appears Trump STILL doesn’t know what’s Common Core and what isn’t. Since Pence likes to claim he balances the President, apply that concept here.  Pence isn’t clueless about CCSS or CTE (Common Core State Standards/Career Tech Education). Suddenly, now that he’s the second most powerful man in America, he wants us to believe he is among our best allies in fighting the CCSS Machine. A quick internet search shows Pence is closely tied to CTE.

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IF all this wasn’t enough, add Pence’s claims about school choice and his alliance with Betsy DeVos. Research which shows her family’s friendships with Pence. One could even point out these ties may have swayed him, especially in his vote for DeVos as Secretary of Education.  Pence has a close relationship with DeVos’s brother, Erik Prince. Here’s proof of campaign donations. This link shows you the Prince family donations to the Trump/Pence “Make American number 1”).

As Far As The Reality of “School Choice”:

Recently, Alice Linahan asked me to guest appear on the Women on the Wall National Conference Call. It is imperative the Trump Administration listens. Why?

School Choice’ via ESSA is exposed to be exactly what we, the anti CCSS Warriors know: an unadulterated farce. You sure haven’t heard Mr. Pence share THAT truth with anyone, especially when appearing before adoring fans.


If You Want to Speak The Truth:

After absorbing all this information, use the #KeepYourPromise on Twitter and help tweet on Feb. 27th that the Trump/Pence campaign promised  “No More Common Core!” For there to be NO ‘Common Core’, it MUST be destroyed in ALL its forms, even Pence’s champion cause, CTE!!

From the White House:

President Trump’s “National School Choice Week” Proclamation included this excerpt shows us just how effective the CCSS Machine’s propaganda has been. At almost every turn, since Trump/Pence’s inauguration, their ears have been plugged to our consistent truths about the CCSS Machine. If they’d listened, they would know the Proclamation was a victory for the CCSS Machine, NOT a blow against it. Here’s an excerpt:
“By expanding school choice and providing more educational opportunities for every American family, we can help make sure that every child has an equal shot at achieving the American Dream.  More choices for our students will make our schools better for everybody.”
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From VP Pence’s official White House biography, “As Governor of Indiana, Vice President Pence increased school funding, expanded school choice, and created the first state-funded Pre-K plan in Indiana history. He made career and technical education a priority in every high school.”

A painful truth I found on the White House’s website, education is not listed among the ‘top issues’.

What is top among the Trump/Pence Administration? Energy (the U.S. Dept of Energy is in the CCSS Machine via CTE.), Foreign Policy, Jobs Returning to America and Job Growth (will most definitely encompass STEM and CTE), Military and Law Enforcement (tied to the CCSS Machine), and, Trade Agreements (will definitely tie to global economy).

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My Last Thoughts, Comments, and, Responses to Pence’s Speech:

1)The friendship between so many in the Administration is giving off the attitude of greatness and shaking the established system up, especially in education. BS! You CANNOT possibly have greatness or beating the Establishment as long as you deceive the nation with ridding us of CCSS when you have so much firmly embedded to carry it on.

2) ‘Government for the people, by the people, and, of the people’ would be more believable when the People speak by the millions to not confirm the worst Secretary of Education to date. Somehow, though that message got blocked. Very much like when Pence, as IN’s Governor ignored the will of the citizens there.

3) Pence said Trump was already delievering results for American citizens, so far, I must disagree on education. If you really want America  to buy into the “Promise Keeping Business”, Mr. PenceSTOP the misinformation! STOP the CCSS Machine in ALL its forms, NOT just Common Core! Do not tell us (the anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors) education reform begins with MORE SCHOOL CHOICE. ESSA kills ‘school choice’. If you’ve not read ESSA like I have, you would know this and not spread the lie that ‘school choice’ is the answer.

4) Pence said (CPAC Speech) the States should not be forced to adopt CCSS. Is he serious? Does he not remember that the ‘CCSS forced acceptance’ happened back with Race to the Top?!  States had no choice when it came to CCSS being in their educational system thanks to the federal funds and the strings which came with them.

What Should Be Said:

1) “States shouldn’t have to CONTINUE to be forced to adhere to CCSS or anything connected to it.” (my words)
2) “I will uphold the U.S. Constitution and recognize all that goes with Common Core violates it.” (words to be spoken by Pence, Trump, and the entire Congress)