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The Con Jobs Live On?

To all my Anti-Fed Ed Warriors, I hope you saw the news a few days ago that the U.S. Secretary of Ed and the U.S. Secretary of Labor held a joint press conference about skill-based education. While each of the leaders I mention were either elected, or put into office at the hands of those elected, I am not stating for a fact they are ‘con artists’. I am pointing to their ‘con artist-like’ actions.

As we know, Warriors, actions (in education) ‘speak’ a lot louder than the (CCSS Machine) propaganda these DC leaders speak.

A Host of Con Artist Actions:

If you missed the glamour and glitz of the duo dead set on helping uphold the D.C. top-down alignment of our education system to a workforce breeding ground, you missed DeVos’s priceless statement that not only is higher education in need of skill-based reform, but our K-12th education is, too.

Look at the featured screen shot (above), notice the President’s full support of this press conference.
Then, look below for another President Trump workforce education supportive tweet:

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Of course, a few days before the DeVos/Acosta ‘side show’ and the DeVos/Acosta/Trump photo opportunity (seen above), was the Pence/DeVos meeting (it was closed to the Press) about workforce based education, too.
Watch the DeVos/Acosta/Trumps video:

Below is Vice President Pence’s proud tweet from August 7th about his meeting with DeVos:

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Warriors, if this were the first time we’d seen Pence tout workforce aligned education, we might be shocked, but it’s far from his first time. If we’d seen DeVos’s opposition to aligning education to the economic needs, we might be cheering, but that’s not the case at all. As far as our President, he’s not listened to the Moms, Dads, grandparents, teachers, and, taxpayers when we’ve shared how toxic the overreach of labor into education has proven. No, he’s used every opportunity to listen to the G20, the UN, and other connecting organizations about workforce based education. If you missed the President’s June 2017 Press Release about leading the workforce development (aka: workforce education) shift, access that here.

Likewise, Warriors, if this were the first D.C. level administration hell-bent on extending the globally led shift in education which divorces itself from academics to skill-based jobs, we could raise the roof with outrage. But, this ISN’T the first administraion to do so. When Obama/Biden were at the helm of America, we saw Common Core become law. We saw it’s ‘cousin’, Career Tech Ed (which, by the way still exists in the Every Student Succeeds Act, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, STEM Act, Higher Education Act, and every law connected to each of these), become the ‘special project’ assigned to Vice President Biden. Which, he carried out with glee..and some key labor unions. 

In fact, Warriors, my fellow blogger, researcher, and anti Fed Ed Warrior, Dr. Young, has given us an article showing how far back the D.C. administrations date to force a shift in education.

Warriors, if you do not see the direct connection from Workforce Development to education, please find that research here. You can find the U.S. Dept. of Education’s document where the WIOA related education shift items are laid out via State Plans to help you make the connections. This document pre-dates the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) passage into law, but ESSA’s language embeds every bit of the shift.
Below, is a screen shot I created for visual impact to stress the true goal of ESSA.


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Warriors, think about this, if we, the People, conducted every day business in these  con artist-like ways, we’d be charged with crimes and thrown in jail. Yet, these leaders walk and operate freely…all on our taxpayer dimes.

Stopping the Con Artist Actions:

Warriors, is it REALLY possible to halt these D.C. Con leaders and the related CCSS Machine?! Yes, I believe it is. How? Existing laws which ARE Constitutionally binding. If you missed my fellow writer and anti Fed Ed Warrior, Alex Newman’s article last week, you may not know about the anti ESSA national campaign where just this type of action is being planned! If you read Alex’s article, you’ll see that I was honored to be quoted in it.

To visit the “Child Abuse in the Classroom” website, Alex wrote about:
http://www.childabuseintheclassroom.com/

Warriors, we know our War Vs the Core is hardly about promoting ourselves. Oh no, far from it. Our War is about 1) protecting our students/children, 2) preserving freedom, 3) halting Un-American agendas in education, 4) honoring our Constitution where we’re clearly told the federal government has NO place in education, and 5) giving teachers the opportunity to conduct their profession without corporate driven undermining.

This War is NOT about us: it’s about our Nation, it’s about our future as a free people. It’s about doing what’s right. Something, it appears, our con artist leadership has cast aside.

Join me; join the others who are seeking justice in its true sense for our education system.

Knot In My Backyard

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, the G20 Summit has ended for this year.

What missed the mainstream media (as far as I know) is the state of education, according to the G20. What was said? What was plotted? Will all this tie to ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) or WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act)? Will the STEM Act  (Science, Technology, Engineering , and Math) be included?
What about the impact on the re-writing of the HEA (Higher Education Act)? The UN’s SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), are a uniting bond between all these American ‘education’ laws and connected programs.

What Those G20 Leaders Did:

From what I’ve found, the G20 (stands for ‘Group of 20’) has sub-groups. An overall theme of the G20 and all its sub-groups is an “interconnected world”.
One such sub-group is the B20 (Business 20).
Look below what they came up with while in Germany:

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If you haven’t heard of the B20, click here to access their 2017 website information.

So, what IS G20’s agenda when it comes to education?

Four main points, my fellow Warriors:
a) more females as business leaders/owners
b) more immigrants and refugees in the workforce
c) supply chains which embed the SDGs
d) future workforce

The 2 uniting factors for the G20’s agenda?
a) our youth
b) social issues

Find the above information here.

In the B20’s White Paper, you’ll find how education is (once again) used as an ‘ends to a means’, NOT as an endeavor of its own.
Plenty of ‘innovation’, technology, and skill based learning are part and parcel of the B20 Plan to support the G20 agenda!

Warriors, if you wish to have further proof of America’s resolve to become global (and not remain a strong nation of our own), consider these facts:
a) America is a ‘card carrying member’ of both the UN and the G20. This means whatever agenda items these groups have, the US has as well. These, items are either already in our backyards, or will be very soon!
b) The G20 has the following sentences ‘buried’ in their 2017 Agenda“The G20 will be resolute in its endeavours to ensure the rapid and comprehensive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its global goals for sustainable development, and of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.”

What’s The ‘Addis Ababa Action Agenda’?

Basically, its a set of 134 items created in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) back in 2015 to finance all the needed programs and goals of the Sustainable Developmental Goals by the UN. Actually, there are only 133 items. The last item is the plan for a possible 2019 meeting to see how things are going.

In this particular document (2015 for a ‘post-2015’ world), you’ll find legal frameworks, either already in place, or about to be set in place; you’ll find how public-private partnerships will use private money to support the common, public good; you’ll see how STEM and data mining will go hand in hand, and there’s more.

Several world financial entities are named. For example, the World Bank. (Warriors, we’ve known for a long time how the World Bank backed Common Core. It still supports in the the ESSA Era, too.)

As has been shared in the past, education is #4 on the SDG list of 17 items. Every one of the 17 SDGs is already in America’s backyard.

Warriors, also appearing in our backyards are the school programs and extra-curricular events centered about global citizens or making our world better. Listen to the words this ‘ambassador for education’ utters in this short YouTube video. The video was filmed a few days ago during the G20 Summit. Notice the backdrop, look at the bottom right hand corner to see the SDG colorful wheel appear every so often during the video.

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*Note: in the video clip, Sharika refers to an international finance committee. She suggests an investment of trillions of dollars to support global education. Her ties to the UN are thick. Thus, the ties to the CCSS Machine are also there. (Sharika focuses on early childhood education.) We’ve seen as Warriors what’s happened to this age group in education, thanks to the CCSS Machine.

The committee Sharika meant is the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity. You can access their website here. The USA ties to this Committee can be found in the form of two Harvard University personnel members, who are among the ICFGE’s Leadership.
(Warriors, remember Harvard has been named here on my blog several times as being a key CCSS Machine member organization.)

A mandate of the Commission for education? “The Commission’s mandate was to identify the most effective and accountable ways of mobilizing and deploying resources to help ensure that all children and young people have the opportunity to participate, learn and gain the skills they need for adulthood and work in the 21st century.”

The Commission says its main focus is low-income and middle-income countries and their education debacles. Why will you find this information? Click here to get their Learning_Generation_full_report_v2.

So WHY is the US involved? Why would the US, as a first-world country need to shift its education to match everyone else’s?!

Warriors, think about it, if America doesn’t align, the agreements we’ve entered into to concerning adhering to global agenda items, we’ll have violated them.

What We CAN Do:

Warriors, encourage; no, demand that our US leaders cut the ties to the UN completely! Demand we, as a nation, divorce our nation from the agreements which have found our educational system as an intended consequence. Refuse the global pushes in your backyard.  We MUST act to save our students and teachers from the global education/CCSS Machine. Demand your State STOP funding any assessment or educational resource group tied to the UN. Resist the global citizen push in your communities. End the relationships with the Unions in education. The top two, NEA and AFT are tied at the hip to the global education shift.

We are STILL American! We STILL have freedom. We MUST act now to preserve our nation.

*Note: if the video link is broken, look in the comment section to view it.

 

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.