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Blinded Leaders

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, if I’ve shared it once, I’ve shared it repeatedly; Rep. Virginia Foxx is a sellout. Her view of education is no secret. She’s traveling the D.C. area with her skewed preaching about how great CTE (Career Tech Education) is. Problem is CTE IS Common Core, or as it’s been re-branded, College/Career Readiness (CCR).

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While Rep. Foxx does ‘represent’ the citizens of NC (in name only), her power as Chair of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ed/Workforce Committee means her influence is nation-wide.

If you’ve missed her more recent CCSS/CTE (Common Core State Standards/Career Tech Education) appearances touting what a ‘savior’ the PROSPER Act will be for America, or how closing the ‘skills gap’ is everyone’s business, I urge you to listen.

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(*Note:1) if you click on the ‘closing’ link, you can access her brief statement from Twitter.  2)  PROSPER is the House’s version of an updated Higher Education Act (HEA). HEA’s re-authorization will complete the birth to death workforce based education system the CCSS Machine has set out to create. 3) Be sure to listen for Foxx’s bold statement that all education is career education so therefore all education is workforce development.)

This screen shot (below) is from her opening statement during a recent hearing in D.C.:

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Warriors, Rep. Foxx is hardly alone in the selling out of education to workforce in D.C.

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As we’ve seen from Congress many times over, when it comes to education, they’re ALL blinded by the CCSS Machine! Consider Foxx’s ‘blinded’ partner over in the Senate, Sen. Lamar Alexander. He leads the U.S. Senate’s HELP (Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Committee).
His power in D.C. is ‘legendary’ in how quickly he’s thrown our children under the CCSS Machine’s wheels. The HELP’s most recent action? It was sharing that a new amendment for the existing HEA has been introduced. S 2984 was introduced, read twice and referred to the HELP committee 5/24/18.

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(Sen. Cardin’s a big sellout to STEM and College Promise programs.)

That Foxx and Alexander are in such high places of leadership should be cause for every single one of us to watch both the Committees (Ed/Workforce and HELP).
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Warriors, look also at every single member of these 2 Committees. Where are they in the CCSS Machine’s pecking order? How sold out to CTE are they? What about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)? We mustn’t forget that the ‘Fed Ed’ overreach is in EVERY level of education, so what about the early college programs? The internships or apprenticeships? The rehabilitated education/work programs? What about allowing MORE Private companies and corporations into the education reform?
May 9th’s hearing from the Ed/Workforce Committee did just that!

(*Note: you can also watch the hearing. It’s just over 2 hours.)

We also should keep in mind that education is NOT the only avenue the CCSS Machine will ‘drive’ down. There’s Labor, Health/Human Services, Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, and more! Blindness is rampant in D.C.!

If You Missed Mrs. DeVos:

Warriors, if you missed U.S. Secretary of Education’s DeVos and her ‘testimony’ before the Ed/Workforce Committee last week, you missed a great opportunity to see a CCSS/CTE Machine dog and pony show. Here’s the video, but be warned it’s over 4 hours long according to the You Tube description.

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Below are a few of DeVos’s excerpts from her prepared testimony.

“I must begin by commending you, Dr. Foxx, for your leadership on moving to
reauthorize and reform the Higher Education Act (HEA) through the PROSPER Act.
This is an issue where we share great passion to help American education catch up to the
needs of today’s – and tomorrow’s – students. Unfortunately, in too many ways, the
outdated HEA is holding our students – and by extension, our nation – back. The
Administration is pleased the bill aligns with many of its own goals for HEA
reauthorization. I look forward to working with each of the Members of this Committee,
the broader House of Representatives and the Senate to advance meaningful HEA reform, and I know the president looks forward to signing a bill into law.”

Under the paragraph “Progress Made”:
“In 2015, you wisely passed legislation – the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – that
intends to do just that. ESSA’s overwhelming bipartisan message was clear: States and
local communities, not the Federal Government, must lead the way on improving
education for every student in America.”

From “FSA Next Gen’s” paragraph:
“Perhaps no effort has a greater potential to positively impact postsecondary students
directly than reforms being undertaken at Federal Student Aid (FSA). The Next
Generation Financial Services Environment will be the most significant improvement to administering student aid in two decades.

From the “Where We Are Going” section:
” We must make bold, fearless changes that allow all students to pursue an education that meets their unique needs. Students deserve learning environments that are agile, relevant, exciting. Every student deserves a customized, self-paced, and challenging life-long learning journey. That is why I challenge the Department and every teacher, school, parent, and leader in America to rethink school.”

Her possible solutions? Look below:

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Warriors, talk about blinded leaders, are you kidding me, Secretary DeVos?! 
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A “New Approach”:

Never one to disappear from the news, Jeb Bush’s group (FEE, Foundation for Excellence in Education/aka Excel in Ed) and their partner (Education Elements) are blindly leading the whole CCR (College/Career Readiness) agenda from a ‘new angle’, get the parents to buy into the ‘skills gap needs closing’ fallacy.

As we know, CCR is a re-brand for CCSS. It also embeds CTE and STEM in education.

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Here’s how Education Elements feels about learning:

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Related Resources:

Continuing the ‘dumbing down’:
1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/credentialed-transcripts/
2) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2018/03/05/bridging-gaps/
3) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2018/05/07/eager-beavers/

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“Dumb” cannot make our nation great.

Dangers of updating HEA:

1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2018/01/23/anti-fed-ed-warriors-heads-up/
2) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/the-road-ahead/
3) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/whats-up-ahead/

Closing:

Warriors, did you notice how the ties between Foxx/DeVos/Bush and the rest of the evidence presented all echo the same ideas? It is not by chance this has happened. As we know the plan (for well over 100 years) has been to assimilate America into a more global form. Education has long been the ‘best’ tool by which to do it.
Three Blind Mice Clip Art N4 image in Vector cliparts category at pixy.orgThe reform was never simply for K-12th grade students. It has always been about ‘cradle to grave’. The reality of HOW our lives will become IF we do not stop the CCSS Machine can be seen here. Notice, it’s a loop. Like a hamster’s wheel. Once on it, we won’t get off.
This is what the REAL meaning of ‘lifelong learning’ is, Warriors.

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States are ensnared in the alignment of education and workforce.

Re-authorizing HEA via the PROSPER Act or the Senate’s HEIA (Higher Education Innovation Act) WILL complete the CCSS Machine loop. Will we stand by and allow this? Will we march forward and throw kinks into the CCSS Machine?

Warriors, will we continue to follow these blinded leaders?! Will we allow our kids to be subjected to this type of treatment? Will we prostrate ourselves to this system?  Will we let Congress continue to bully us into conformity?

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Warriors, it’s time WE lead with open eyes and steadfast purpose!

Education/Workforce: Springtime Edition

Spring has sprung in DC, alright. If you’ve been following my anti Fed Ed/global research information long, you are fully aware of the activities from Washington which have locked in the shift from academics to workforce.

So, my fellow Anti Fed Ed Warriors, what’s in fashion for Spring 2018 in the CCSS Machine’s line of education/workforce reform? Well, apparently dressing up the reform in spring colors. I guess that way it looks a bit more fashionable..and less conforming.

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Ahh, Warriors, isn’t it so pretty?! ‘Streamlined and straight jacketed’ just for our American taxpayers!

If you are not sure what PROSPER is, it is the U.S. House of Representative’s version of what the 1965 HEA (Higher Education Act) should be transformed into.

“PROSPER” stands for ‘Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and, Opportunity through Education Reform’. It’s HR 4508, it’s key sponsor? Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC) who just happens to be the Chairwoman for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Education and Workforce Committee.

Her ‘design concept’ on all education? 

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As far as the ‘quality’ education in the CCSS Machine, you’ll find more worthiness in what lines the chicken coop floor than you will what’s being fashioned for higher education! Be it in the House OR the Senate.

Either version of the upcoming HEA Re-authorization (PROSPER Act or the Higher Education Innovation Act) will increase the conformity in the education reform. It will tie K-12 students (in all choices) to the CCSS Machine’s workforce standards in higher education. Either will increase the amount of ‘student data rape’ needed to feed the global workforce.

Warriors, we might as well as hand out these Brazilian kid-sized straight jackets for school uniforms and/or diplomas!

cutestraightjacket(*Note: The Brazilian show, Super Nanny created and used this (and other control toys) to spike viewership and point out there’s a better way out there to have a happy family. Source; see how successful the campaign worked by watching the roughly 2 minutes of video.)

In a similar context, we, as those opposed to federal control of education at any age, know that conformed, straight-jacketed workforce education is NOT the better way.

Ed/Work Thinks We Missed Some Things:

Yes, Warriors, the House’s Ed and Workforce Committee must assume we, as taxpayers. are totally clueless. Just last week the Committee published a blog article to show us what we may of missed about PROSPER.
In their article, it was revealed that We the People might of ‘missed’ how great PROSPER will be in 3 areas.
a) grading and assessing ALL higher education institutions, not just the ‘for profit’ (proprietary) ones.
b) how student debt and tuition can be decreased.
c) how the taxpayers lose out when student debt is high.

While it IS true that student debt and tuition are at ridiculously high levels, the obvious is MISSED by Ed/Workforce, not, We the People! How?! Get the government out of the student loan business, Duh! The government hoarding of student loans is awful.

It ramps up the ‘student data rape’ while it controls who can and cannot go to college. The ‘student data rape’ happens every single time a Career Tech Education, Career Track, or Career Pathway, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math) course is taken.  (there are several other names like “Future Ready”, “College and Career Readiness, etc.)  Be it in middle school, high school, extra curricular classes, dual enrollment, early college, and others.

The data is used against your student (or yourself if you are going back to school) to pigeon hole you to a prescribed course to pursue. Tying ‘success’ in any education choice BEFORE college is used to tie it to your student FAFSA (which is now mandatory to complete in some States). FAFSA has been re-written to ‘data rape’ families.

Warriors, by controlling both the money AND the education, a dangerous trap is being set for Americans. The CCSS Machine is seriously spinning all this as ‘making America better’ or increasing the job market. Which leads to economic gains. However, as we’ve learned, who really loses?! The citizens! They loose their freedom to choose what they wish to live, work, and, how to contribute to society. Citizens also loose when they are continually forced to pick up the bill for ‘free community college’.

The federal government has long been trying to instill a ‘nanny state’. ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) completed much of this type of alignment. How? It tied not only the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) ‘education’ standards to K-12, it opened the door for birth to 1st in setting up workforce tracks. Don’t you remember Arne Duncan’s words about looking at the 2nd graders and knowing where they’d end up?!

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By ‘grading’ and assessing all higher education institutions, you’ll also seeing a big CCSS Machine spin on reality. Warriors, remember when ESSA stated that ALL education must be aligned to post-secondary readiness standards? Well, you have to align those post-secondary institutions! The ‘best’ way to force conformity?! Funding!

Closing:

No, Warriors, I do not thing we ‘missed’ anything about PROSPER. I think we totally ‘get it’. D.C. is so far entrenched with lies about their role in education, they have deceived themselves in this case.

As far as this Spring 2018 fashionable makeover for selling “PROSPER”, my advice is to skip it. No one needs springtime straight jackets. Quality education cannot be found in D.C., my followers. When it comes to ‘makeovers’ in education, D.C.’s a ‘knock off’.

Bridging Gaps?

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, how well do you think our digital connection across the globe is? Is it big enough? According to Congress, it’s not big enough. In fact, we MUST have US legislation fix the international problem!

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Meet HR 600, Digital GAP Act:

Okay, Warriors, we know the GAP stands for something. So what IS ‘GAP’? “Global Access Policy”. HR 600’s full name is: Global Digital Access Policy Act.

This bill was sponsored by Rep. Royce (CA). This was January 2017. It’s passed the entire US House and is currently in the US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee. Before I get too much further, Warriors, let me point out this bill (HR 600) was introduced on Jan. 23rd of 2017. It passed the entire House on Jan. 24th of 2017.

The stated purpose for Digital GAP is to increase opportunities for everyone across the world to have better internet access. It will grow jobs, boost economics, improve education, and, so on. It would also help the US taxpayer funds being used in global internet governance to get the ‘best bang for the buck’.

Also in the Bill, is the ‘sense of Congress’ that a standardized, P3 (Public Private Partnership) approach be made universal so that everyone suffering from a digital divide can now find themselves in much better conditions. The Bill’s language is very slick in including global groups the US is a member of; or, works with, to close this gap.


Grants and loans will be used to expand information gathered and shared, too.
By expanding information, expect expanded government, too.

All this connectivity will find education involved, because, after all digital distance learning boosts economics, increases jobs, and so on.  (Warriors, don’t you just hear the noise of the CCSS Machine’s digital alignment companies humming along?)

Below is Page 8. Look at the connections between the CCSS Machine and the US Government in this one Bill which was pushed through so quickly. It’s not a law, yet. But it could become one.

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Find the MCC and it’s information.
The World Bank resources are here. (*Note: my articles on the World Bank’s CCSS involvement.)
The IMF’s Article
The Open Data Barometer (*Note: here’s the link for the Data for the SDGs)
The Alliance for Affordable Internet

Enter the State:

Warriors, also in HR 600 is the ‘sense of Congress’ as to having the U.S. State Department become involved. I’ve already proven to you how this Dept. is a member of the CCSS Machine. What will the State Department do? Use a power shift to create a new government employee position for cyberspace. That position will be a big one, too. They’ll also update all civil service and foreign service training policies. Among them? More people with IT skills.

USAID’s In On It, Too:

The United States Agency for International Development was included in HR 600’s language. Their part of closing the digital gap? Adjust the education portion (among others) to include CBE (competency based education) in digital literacy. If you’d like to see their global innovation platform, find that here.

Send In The Corps:

Warriors, Congress’s ‘sense’ extended to the Peace Corps in HR 600. The US Peace Corps have teamed up the UN several times throughout history. In 2011, it was to fight hunger.
It’s no secret that CCSS Machine member groups (like the Gates Foundation) fund US Peace Corps. While the website for the US government run Corps wouldn’t name their partners, you can do a general search. (*Note: in 2017 the UN Peace Corps began seeking volunteers.)


However, in 2017, the House of Representatives decided to have the Corps participate in the CCSS Machine outright. Look below at Page 12’s proof:

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As if education hasn’t been leveraged enough by the CCSS Machine, ESSA, WIOA, the HEA, STEM, STEAM, Next Generation Science, Next Generation Social Studies, Career Tech Education, College and Career Readiness, Global Readiness, Future Readiness, Choice Ready, and whatever else your State has re-branded Common Core by!

Lastly, funding for HR 600 will be one giant P3 the US Government establishes, too.

Closing:

Warriors, how sensible is Congress? Will HR 600 truly bridge a gap? In my research it appears it’s a plank that we are being forcibly ushered down. Leading us is our government. Notice how this one US bill does so much for other countries. Did no one consider America’s own students? Are they once again, an unintended consequence at the sake of money and internet access?

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“Quality Provisions” Are A Farce

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, we were last together, I left you with the fact that in the coming days I’d dive into more federal level legislation which is actually setting our nation up to fail in massive ways. Most especially our citizens when it comes to their education…at EVERY level.

If you missed just how badly the Congressional ‘provisions‘ for higher education will fail our students, I encourage you to find out about HR 2859.

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If you’ve not heard of HR 3199, it’s very similar to HR 2859. It also amends the HEA (Higher Education Act), it also will fast-track and data rape students in post-secondary education. It also uses CBE (Competency Based Education) which over-assesses students to the point of utter frustration.

However, HR 3199 targets those who are disabled and/or have special needs.
I wrote about this absolutely horrible bill back in late 2017. I urge you, to re-read it.

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Over in the Senate? Oh, they’ve been busy too, coming up with ways to ‘amend’ the HEA for ‘quality’ and ‘provisions’.

S 2342, Innovation Zone Act:

Currently, this Bill is sitting in the Senate’s HELP Committee. S 2342, would literally use your student’s ‘higher education success’ as as experiment (voluntary, of course) in ‘statutory and regulatory flexibility’. Warriors, that’s double speak for:
Data mining, increasing how much information your student retains, reducing debt connected to higher education, as well as, placing all the power to choose/conduct/assess these experiments at the feet of Sec. DeVos.

Which schools will she choose? That depends on which post-secondary schools volunteer. “Bonuses” will be given to any school which wishes to ‘fast track’ their cooperation.
Anywhere between 5 and 100 schools will be all that are needed to carry out this 10 year experiment. The IES (Institute of Educational Sciences) will also be in on all the data tracking (aka ‘student data rape’) going on.

P3s( public private partnerships) which come with ‘innovation’ and data mining will be allowed to be involved in the experimentation using OUR citizens! On Page 2, lines 20 and 21, are most concerning in the amount of gray area is given to what else will be included in this experiment. Basically, any ‘innovation’ U.S. Dept. of Education chooses which will ‘benefit’ your student.

What else? Any school in this experiment will become known as an ‘innovation zone’.

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(Article where you will find this picture)

Warriors, we’re seeing how Congress is using the word ‘innovation’ against us in K-12th grades, do we really trust them when our kids are adults?!

(*Note: in the current Senate version of the re-authorization for HEA, S 615 (Higher Education Innovation Act), you will be able to see how the word is a cruel deceptive word used intentionally.)

Warriors, again, a pausing moment. I am NOT trying to be the doomsday alarmist in the War Vs the Core. We KNOW we cannot take these federal bills at their word. Deception run amuck is what is happening.

When D.C. leaves a ‘gray’ area, we SHOULD be demanding answers! When the CCSS Machine helps create these bills using our kids as experiments AND gives the Secretary of Education a HUGE increase in power over them, we SHOULD be storming D.C.!

HR 2590:

Also giving DeVos another boost in power is HR 2590 (Computer Science for All Act). My article on HR 2590 will show you more, but note that via this bill, DeVos is to award grants throughout K-12th grade education for as much computer indoctrination as possible. “Computer Science for All” was an Obama-era White House created initiative which has since been codified in ESSA. (Source)

(*Note: my 2017 article exposing the CCSS Machine’s effort to glorify the ‘father of computer science’ will give you lots of related background information.)

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HR 3636 and S 1694, “Educator Preparatory Reform Act”:

Warriors, these ‘sisters’ will also go hand in hand with the student abuse. When you think about it, they have to. As we’ve been told by the CCSS Machine guru, Bill Gates, the assessments drive the curriculum. Well, the curriculum AND assessments drive the teachers!
If you’ve not seen the article I wrote on how abusive ESSA’s language to teachers (concerning their pay) is, please take a few minutes to review it.

So, what do HR 3636 and S 1694 have in common?
a) Both were introduced in August 2017.
b) Both sit in their respective Committees (3636 is in the Education and Workforce; 1694 is in the HELP).
c) Both are 52 pages long.
d) Both amend the HEA.
e) Both appear to be carbon copies of each other. I’ll highlight a few items from each Bill below.

S 1694 broadens the definition of ‘educator’. While ‘teacher’ is included, basically anyone who could be leading your student in the classroom (or across the campus) will have the ‘educator’ label. Warriors, by redefining who is able to educate this opens the door for all kinds of trouble. (*Note, the embedded link to my article laying out how ESSA’s doing this, click on ‘pay’, above.)

Also in S 1694 will be data mining from formative and summative assessments from the students K-12th grade education. The data will be carried through in post-secondary education as well as the same national, state, and, local assessments. Warriors, this will tie back to Title One funding. It’ll also tie back to Perkins funding (which feeds the CTE, Career Tech Education arm of the CCSS Machine).

HR 3636 will show you the sections of the HEA which will be redesignated, especially for teachers. This is just before the same redefining of who qualifies as an educator. On Pages 7 and 8, you’ll need to see what the principals will now be responsible for in your communities. (Warriors, is it only me, or did you notice that a Bill for amending HEA is addressing K-12 principals?)

Also from HR 3636, you’ll see how the teacher training is heavily dependent on their assessments. This will also be part of Title 2 funding. This, of course, opens the flood gates for the CCSS Machine’s P3s (public private partnerships) in PD (professional development), Warriors. We’ve seen this happen quite heavily in K-12th education, as well as post-secondary for a while now. (*Note: in case you missed my latest article about this type of alignment, go here.)

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Closing:

Warriors, because these two Bills will impact every single type of post-secondary educator, we MUST alert our fellow Warriors; our family members or friends who are among this particular group, and, our leaders.

As far as ‘quality’, I see none in any of these Bills.

In my next article, Warriors, I’ll show some more federal education legislation and the continued farce-worthy leadership being exerted against We the People.