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Speaking Out

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, we know sometimes we JUST have to speak out. 
This weekend’s news is a quick recap of my most recent speaking out moments.

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From March 31st’s Breaking News Journal Marathon:

Warriors, if you missed this CO based broadcast, the topic was all about how the current trend of school violence, student and teacher self-harm, and death are impacting us. There was also much discussion about why kids bully each other, as well as many thoughts on how to positively stop this kind of movement in our nation. If you wish to listen to the entire broadcast, it’s about 4 hours. If you are interested in my portion, you’ll find it near the 2:10:00 time stamp. It ends about the 2:45:30 time stamp.

Basically, I hold the federal government, the global push for CBE (Competency Based Education), and, the CCSS Machine at fault for the violence, self-harm, bullying, and, death. Sure, each of these things were present in our nation’s schools BEFORE Common Core (or whatever else your State has re-branded it since ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act), BUT, Common Core and all the insane amounts of pressure to achieve a ‘perfect score’ has come at a price our families should never have had to pay.

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My Own Videos:

On April 5th, I recorded two homemade videos to raise the Warrior’s ire over the global push to indoctrinate our students. The moment which pushed me to record videos? Uncovering a UN (United Nations) created board game to target our youngsters to become better ‘global citizens’.
(*Note: The specific game information I shared in the above embedded link is just above the ‘closing’ portion of one of my latest articles.)

To access the 2 videos, use the links below:
Video #1 is about 30 minutes.
Video #2 is near 15 minutes.

I will point out that while I’d scheduled a live event on Facebook for the first presentation, the audio to my live feed was shut off. So, in a hurry, I grabbed the cell phone. I also gave a wrong date for the Gates/UN agreement. The correct date was 2004, not 2014. Those ‘hiccups’ aside, the information shared is what truly matters. 

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When did ‘reinventing education’ become code for Common Core?

Related:

Warriors, if we simply stop at 2004’s Gates/UN agreement, we are cheating ourselves of some crucial evidence which points out that the global push for CBE and 2030 Agenda (formerly Agenda 21) predates the agreement to have a ‘one world curriculum’.

Closing:

Please, share what’s above. Even the embedded links. The march of ruinous overreach by the UN into the US is surviving everyday we do nothing to stop it. Use what time you would of reading a well researched article of mine and devote it to sharing the priceless information so we, together, can save our nation and her children.
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A Response

To my fellow anti CCSS Warriors, by default this includes those against the federally led education overhaul, as well as the global overreaches.

We know, from research, that all this can be traced to one source. The United Nations. By default, that encompasses the UNESCO arm. *UNESCO means United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. (To be precise, the ‘z’ is an American spelling, the official spelling uses a ‘s’.) We also know from research that what we have known as education (academics) is becoming ‘education’ (workforce training).

While I’ve seen many anti CCSS Warriors jump up and down with glee over the U.S. State Department’s announcement that the nation is leaving UNESCO, I am not among them.  I will admit, it SOUNDS like a good move, but as always, the research STILL points to many ties which, UNESCO membership or NOT, the US will still be bound by. I’ll say it now, I am choosing to remain on the ‘offense’ side of this War Vs the Core. 

Many media resources happily shared the US’s news about leaving UNESCO, but how many of them included in their headlines that We the People will have to wait until the end of 2018? Do we really think after the many years of the UN’s foundation laying educational overreach, that a measly year will be all it takes to truly be free of UNESCO? The CCSS Machine includes UN/UNESCO.

We have to look beyond the headlines, Warriors!

Some Facts:
1) Go to the U.S. State Dept. website right now and look at their headlining article. It’s not that the US is leaving UNESCO, it’s that we MUST have more STEM, especially for women! This is a UN ‘play by the book’ move, if ever there was one!! In fact, this comes right out of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) Tool Kit.  As we know, the SDGs use ‘education’ as a ‘change agent’ for all kinds of indoctrination.

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In this article for Women and STEM, it states just how committed to STEM the Trump Administration is. Warriors, if ever there was a ‘hiding in plain sight’ statement which reveals the continued shift to un-American ideals, it’s that the DC leadership has totally sold out to this. The article also shows how the President has laid a foundation to cement STEM in America with the NSF and NASA programs. (Both are CCSS Machine supportive)

In the State Department’s “Other News”?  Is the fact the US and China are welcoming 3 more partnerships for economic and technology purposes. So, it’s basically an agreement for MORE STEM (although not using the “STEM” acronym). STEM means “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math”.

2) In fact, a few days ago I exposed much about the UNESCO/UN and their STEM and STEAM (STEAM is STEM with the “Arts” embedded.).

3) Following that information, I showed you how the UN/UNESCO, the WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society) and the use of technology in a “Matrix” form that’s already embedded in the US (and the rest of the world) and will NOT be going away.

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The yellow circles are highlighting that UNESCO is in charge of each of the categories. This is only 1 page of the WSIS/UN’s joint work. UNESCO is only shown 3 times in this screen shot, HOWEVER, the 3 categories are ICT (Information and Communications Technology), Media , and Knowledge! The black boxes show the SDG #4 which is education for all.

4) The US still owes UNESCO money, over $500 million to be exact. UNESCO uses part of the money it receives to oversee our American historic sites which are considered World Heritage sites.
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5) UNESCO has several P3s (Public Private Partnerships) involved in the World Heritage Sites. How many of these American or American-tied groups will be willing to leave UNESCO?

6) What about the time between now and when the US leaves UNESCO? Well, the US becomes a kind of silent partner. It’ll be around to keep a watchful eye. HOWEVER, that means ‘education’ will still be up for alignment! Also, there’s a big question about the next UNESCO leader.

7) The UN/UNESCO is really pushing AI (artificial intelligence), especially in ‘education’. This article from the Mirror (UK) is down-right creepy. My fellow anti CCSS Warrior, Alex Newman wrote and spoke about the AI being used to advance 2030 Agenda (of which the SDGs are now a part of. Previously, the SDGs were with Agenda 21, but 2030 is the newer version). Here’s what I found out about AI. Again, all this connects back to the massive WSIS/UN/UNESCO data control you see in #3 above.

8) From 2002, an article detailing why (then) Pres. Reagan removed the US from UNESCO. It appears the concern for media control is almost being overlooked in our current situation. This won’t be going away simply because our current Administration plans to remove America from UNESCO.

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9) The infamous UNESCO/Gates ‘Cooperation Agreement haunts us to the this day. It is THE single most telling root of the UNESCO plan for American ‘education’! This shift is SO embedded in America, thanks to WIOA(Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), and HEA (Higher Education Act) (to name a few laws), that our extraction from UNESCO won’t mean anything different. Add to this the UNESCO (Huxley) idea of what American education should become. After all, it plays right into the UNESCO/Gates Agreement.

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Also thanks to the UN, our individual States have ‘pimped out’ their schools. In this article, I show you how MN went first back in the 1980s.
Finally, for #9, the UNESCO Publication 356. It lays out what ‘global education’ should be like. There’s a tremendous emphasis on ‘commonalities’. (*Note: I couldn’t find a date of publication, but this document has been around a while.)

10) Back in the 1960s (87th Congress), there was no problem with announcing the UNESCO was Communism after our children. So, what has happened between then and now to go from ‘no way’ to ‘hey, have our kids’?! The CCSS Machine is what’s happened!

11) Back in 2010, (then) U.S. Sec. of Education, Arne Duncan addressed UNESCO. Consider his remarks and how they fit into what was being coerced upon our States. Add to that the 2014 UNESCO Report for how far the shift to Universal Design for Learning (embedded in ESSA) had progressed.

What about Secretaries King and DeVos? Have they spoken out to stop UNESCO? Dr. King is currently the head of The Education Trust which is heavily funded by Bill Gates and other CCSS Machine members. Also at the Education Trust is Amber Arellano. Her biography at the Ed Trust reveals she was previously at the UN’s High Commissioner on Human Rights.

DeVos is mentioned in this Truth in American Education article as well as Sec. Tillerson (State Dept.) as ‘playing’ President Trump with ‘education’. The UN has recognized DeVos’s family business (Amway) as one of the top companies in the world practicing biodiversity (a big component of the SDGs). Be sure to listen to the entire video below. It is from the late 1980s.

Below is a screen shot for you so you can see the other UN accolades for Amway:

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12) UNESCO and aligning teachers has been happening for quite a while. HOWEVER, it will not go away just because the US is leaving UNESCO. In fact, in 2015, the Incheon Declaration was made for all Member States and their commitment to adhering to the SDGs (Warriors, remember, education is Goal #4). As 2030 Agenda compliance dictates, that means our US teachers will have to have their professional development align!

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You can see the International Task Force on Teachers (formed 2008, as part of the Onslo EFA (Education For All) meeting) Part 2 Strategy Plan. The Plan was completed in 2016. 

Closing:

Warriors, I realize this may not be a well received article. Truth usually isn’t easy to hear. I do have some optimism about the US leaving UNESCO, but with all this evidence, I am being very cautious in my thinking. I think we all should be cautious. I know we all MUST speak the truth about the CCSS Machine. I want to thank the many dedicated Warriors who supplied their documents for this article.

*I purposefully chose to NOT use any type of wording or featured picture which could alert social media as to my topic. I know it has the distinct possibility of being blocked. When you share, please keep this in mind.

FTF: CCSS Education/Community Alignment Reaction

The Common Core Machine loves to create minions to do its bidding.
The Common Core Machine loves to create minions to do its bidding.

I really hope yesterday’s article got your attention. I know for those of us fighting to rid America of the CCSS Machine, its initiative; their educational inappropriateness; and everything else related, we needed to know that information. However disgusted we may be, we need to press on.

Among several anti CCSS Warriors, many nerves were touched by the image of the hub from yesterday. While I understand WHY the image may be upsetting, it is important to know that because of the information, others responded (either via Twitter or Facebook) with very similar images that depict educational/community alignment. Below is the one from “Tacoma 360” for a parents school!

Courtesy of Diana Anderson via the 'Stop Common Core in Oregon' Facebook page.
Courtesy of Diana Anderson via the ‘Stop Common Core in Oregon’ Facebook page.

Here’s what another reader posted from Oregon:

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Both the anti CCSS Warriors who provided these noted that like Ms. Hoge’s discovery of the 1990s hub (featured in yesterday’s post), these new versions all capture the Goals 2000 or Agenda 21 concept.

Another reaction which was shared to help us all in this data mining/community aligning educational reform is from another one of the anti CCSS warriors who happens to specialize in computer technology. His submission: http://itsmypii.com/
According to the mission statement for “It’s My Pii”:Secure, protect and defend Parental Rights and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of students, parents and teachers.’


Another follower was able to spot how the hub is a symbol used by several groups determined to undermine our nation.

No matter what we see, the fact of the matter is the CCSS Machine’s INTENT is this: 
Reshaping America (at any cost) in the name of education reform.

From Twitter:

In response to my article, Mrs. Anita Hoge posted the following DIRECTLY related resources. I urge you, as Warriors Against the Core, to access these, share them, and contact your legislators immediately!

Her 1995 discoveries titled “Womb to Tomb”Womb_To_Tomb-Anita_Hoge-1995-299pgs-EDU.sml

Contrast her findings on page 197 and the following pages with Sen. Lamar Alexander’s original vision for an aligned community via education reform. Remember, he’s the main person behind the “Every Child Achieves” Act (S1177). He also is the main one behind the upcoming re-authorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA).

Here’s the visual explanation Mrs. Hoge tweeted earlier today:

Much of the re-authorization of the ESEA includes Title One funding!
Much of the re-authorization of the ESEA includes Title One funding!

Another good article she guest wrote that ties in ‘whole child learning’ and all the community alignment: http://www.newswithviews.com/guest_opinion/guest229.htm

 

The “Whole Child” Learning Destroyed by CCSS?

Yes! Before the outcome based education model, ‘whole child learning’ was what another dear researcher and anti CCSS Initiative Warrior, Donna Garner calls the “Type One”  whole child learning. That’s where basic, good academics were taught. Contrast that with her “Type Two” (outcome based education) definition of ‘whole child learning’. That’s all out performance levels, workforce training..in other words almost NO academics!

To further explain this shift , read her article about reading vs. pre-reading:
http://kgab.com/battle-lines-drawn-in-common-core-standards-whole-language-vs-phonics/

You may wish to see Mrs. Garner’s ‘whole child learning’ revelations on this North Texas
website. (Scroll to the bottom and look for point #3 where it is pointed out how illegal the ESEA waivers are and how the funds are being used to misrepresent ‘whole child learning’.)
http://www.northeasttexan.com/headlines/2015/2/21/big-texas-problem-congressman-culbersons-language-in-hr-5-th.html

The CCSS Machine’s idea of “Whole Child Learning” can be found at the ASCD website. ASCD is Gates Foundation funded. (I’ve exposed their ties to Gates and CCSS in other articles). Here’s their definition of ‘whole child learning’, “A whole child approach to education is defined by policies, practices, and relationships that ensure each child, in each school, in each community, is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. It engages all stakeholders—educators, families, policymakers, and community members.”  To see the rest of the description: CCSS-and-Whole-Child-one-pager

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It):

Yesterday’s article featuring the toxic amendments in committee which will cement more whole child learning/community alignment: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/supportive-acts-to-back-initiative/

My ASCD article tying them to Gates:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/wybi-wednesday-ccss-and-the-altruism-movement/

Another of my ASCD articles:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/fom-friday-ccss-cant-be-wrong/


Looking Ahead:

Just a reminder that Wednesday is my ‘media day’, so no blog article will be shared. However, you can catch me on the Negdog Radio Show, 9:30 am, (EDT, Eastern Daylight Time). Call in during the show with questions about fighting the CCSS Machine. The number is 347-843-4165. Then, catch me on the Women on the Wall national conference call, 302-202-1110, enter conference number 702165. That call begins at 8:30 pm (CDT, Central Daylight Time). I look forward to continuing to look at how we can take back our educational system. Join me!

RMT: Will You Help?

Every second wasted in mediocrity is another supportive move for CCSS aligned workers.
Every second wasted in mediocrity is another supportive move for the “CCSS Machine”.

Here’s the riddle for this Sunday: Want to keep Common Core Standards?

I sure don’t!! However, there are those who not only believe CCSS is the way to go, but are proposing legislation to help keep it for our students. Please continue to read on to see how you can help STOP the “Common Core Machine” dead in its tracks!

Washington Requests Our Input:

An avid reader of my blog and active anti CCSS warrior, Dr. V sent me a ‘heads up’ notice recently. The notice? A Washington, D.C. based legislator wants feedback on his bill to make sure we keep CCSS via an amendment to No Child Left Behind. Now, I know I’m not the only one writing about this, but I feel it only fair to alert you to the fact WE, the warriors AGAINST Common Core have an opportunity to leave feedback for this legislator. We don’t get opportunities like this often, so we need to active swiftly. We need to act with respect while being firm, truthful, AND fierce in what we have to say. Before I get to the body of the bill he’s proposed let me give you a direct quote from the good doctor, “You can write him Chairman Alexander who has asked for input on his proposal here: fixingNCLB@help.senate.gov (Note, the Chairman is actually Senator  Lamar Alexander, a Republican from Tennessee). Why the clock image above matters? Comments will only be taken until Jan. 21st, 2015!!

The Bill:

Officially, this Amendment to the No Child Left Behind Act of 1965 to be known as
“This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Every Child Ready  for College or Career Act of 2015’’ ” The Amendment is over 300 pages (387 to be precise). As my fellow warrior pointed out, on the surface the Amendment is being considered a great thing. BUT, as is usually the case with the Common Core Machine, there’s another side that IS a terrible thing. So, why would the Senator from TN offer this?? We’ll address that riddle AFTER we look into the ‘terrible thing’ embedded in this Amendment.

The Hidden-in-Plain-Sight Agenda?!:

From page 2 of the Amendment,  “SEC. 4. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE.  The purpose of this Act is to restore freedom to parents, teachers, principals and other school leaders, States,  Governors, and local communities so that they can improve their local public schools.” IF this could be a reality, then, yes, it WOULD be a fantastic thing..it would actually be honoring our U.S. Constitution!!

However, let’s look a bit deeper..other things that have been updated (oops, sorry, in legal speak, amended) the definition of ‘college and career ready’ now includes NO Remediation AND closing the skills gap (so I guess the false argument will not be gospel because it’s in an amendment that could become law?) LEA grants will be a whopping $15 billion per year until 2021. Add to that $400 million for assessments. Federal money will be relegated for the states to have ‘technical assistance’ in these 2 areas.

Okay, so , so far, nothing really contradiction-wise yet. After this above information, you’ll begin to see the part of the Amendment that is ‘the States this, the States that’.  The states will be held accountable to the federal government for several things beyond assuring that ‘challenging state academic standards’ have been aligned, adopted,and implemented.  It appears this is especially the case for the English Language Arts and Math (including the participation in the Nation’s Report Card, student data mining, continued teacher assessments, and, because of Perkins Funds and IDEA legislation those ‘career pathways’ will be cemented in education). What I kept noticing is the amount of power the LEAs will be granted under this Amendment (this includes PreK, post-secondary, outside the classroom, etc.)

Other nuggets of a darker side: family financial data as supplied by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, The U. S. Dept. of Commerce’s branch, The Census Bureau (especially their American Community Survey, which is a mandatory on-going process that helps determine how tax dollars are used). For more about the ACS (American Community Survery, see: http://www.census.gov/acs/www/ ,  the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; proposed sharing of assessments, standards on a voluntary basis between states, thereby saving money; ‘Developing challenging State academic standards and aligned assessments in  academic subjects for which standards and assessments are not required..’; ‘Refining State assessments to ensure  their continued alignment with the challenging  State academic standards and to improve the  alignment of curricula and instructional materials.’; ‘Evaluating student academic achievement through the development or improvement
of comprehensive academic assessment instruments, such as performance-based assessments  that emphasize the mastery of standards and  aligned competencies in a competency-based education model, technology-based academic assessments, computer adaptive assessments, and  portfolios, projects, or extended performance  task assessments.
Collaborating with institutions of higher education, other research institutions, or
other organizations to improve the quality, validity, and reliability of State academic assessments.’;
 the use of formative and summative testing will continue as well.

Renaming doesn't change alignment of education as a stark reality.
Renaming doesn’t change alignment of education, it is a stark reality, as we’ve experienced.

On page 113, ‘Career Technical Education’ will be replacing ‘Vocational Education’ if this Amendment is adopted. Why is this bad?  CTE (Career Tech Ed) is the Adult version of CCSS! By the end of the page, be sure to note the seemingly harmless word changes. For example, ‘student’s progress’ would be known as ‘improve student achievement’. More of these are in the next few pages which follow.
 Page 116 uses a phrase about information being made available to all interested educational parties. From what I’ve researched that could mean almost anyone, especially in the public/private partnerships seeking to redefine education.

Be sure you note the activity the Amendment would allow the Secretary of Education to exercise. (now, bear in mind, in the earlier portions, many restrictions were laid out) If the Secretary were to enact this exercise, Congress would only have 30 available for review/comments, the public would have 90 days. Whatever it is he could put in motion is expected to cause the States tremendous burdens. (see the pages 117-121).

Teacher reform is laid out in detail in this Amendment. So is having school leaders help transform curricula via technology. As with students, the States will have to submit accountability plans for teacher training, etc. (As above, the states accountable to the Feds..hhmm, does anyone sense something amiss??)

Page 145 gives you CCSS without ever mentioning it or the catch phrase ‘challenging state academic standards’. See for yourselves, ” providing programs and activities to  help students prepare for post-secondary level  coursework, including early college or dual enrollment programs, Advanced Placement and  International Baccalaureate programs.” (don’t see the CCSS ties in AP or IB? Consider who oversee AP courses..the College Board. As far as IB? Yes, it’s Common Core via the United Nations) I’ve written about both, as have others who are fighting CCSS. (here’s one of my articles about how indoctrinated IB schools/programs are with CCSS: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/fib-o-meter-friday-ib-international-baccalaureate-schools-common-core/ )

Page 150 states that among all their professional development only certain types of groups will be included. Here’s an excerpt, “promote innovative instruction and learning strategies by nationally recognized organizations with a proven track  record of effectiveness in providing preparation and professional development activities and programs for teachers, principals, and other school leaders, particularly in  underserved areas.”  Pardon me, but who will be responsible for overseeing these ‘proven’ organizations? With so many private businesses with their fingers in the educational mix which don’t have any business there, does this mean they’ll be given the green light to continue to step in and reform education?? Not too far after this section of the Amendment is a bit about money from 2003 that’s not been touched could get tapped IF the Secretary of Education deems it needed. Where would these funds be used? National Programs!

This Amendment also allows for any non-profit OR for-profit entity to jump in a student’s education..as long as achievement is the goal (pages 153, 154).

Par for the course in American education, the Amendment continues to do all it can to promote outcome based education…both for STUDENTS and TEACHERS. Institute of Education Sciences will be key to all the evaluations of effective programs (page 164) This is only a few sentences before a section that tells us the Secretary of Education (or any other federal employee) can’t mandate states. This includes curricula, standards, and assessments.

Pages 189/90 mention National Professional Development Project and a National Clearinghouse. Be sure when you leave comments, you ask for more details about what these are, who they involve.

On beginning on page 193 is the ‘Healthy and Safe Students’. Now, do not misunderstand me, I’m all for healthy and safe students..just not under the federal government’s plan of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (also a huge portion of CCSS, Agenda 21). What do I mean? Read the Amendment text, “The purpose of this title is to improve students safety, health, well-being, and academic achievement during and after the school day by (1) increasing the capacity of local educational  agencies, schools, and local communities..” Items 2 and 3 cover a student’s mental health and drug awareness/abuse. Have we not yet had enough evidence of the federal government’s increased efforts to know this can’t be a good thing?? As far as the mental health component? Several authors, including myself, have stressed grave concerns on CCSS aligned ‘professionals’ charged with the mental health of our students. When you add that money and the allotment of it is added to this, I’d be raising a red flag!

Beginning on page 217 is the “Empowering Parents/Expanding Opportunities” section. Great!? Especially when you find that the empowering/expanding has to do with charter schools and magnet schools. (Note: I have nothing against these 2 educational choices, however, both have been largely considered as CCSS free..guess what? Not!) This section lays out how even MORE charter schools will be provided for. They’ll be known as ‘high quality’ ones. Not sure being concerned about charter schools/CCSS? Read: http://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/07/07/guest-post-common-core-in-charters-private-homeschools/ and https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/ftf-tuesday-clarity-for-sale-aligned-to-common-core-for-free/

As far as the Magnet schools?? “magnet  schools that will substantially strengthen the knowledge of academic subjects and the attainment of tangible and marketable career, technological, and professional skills of students attending such schools..”  Yep, MORE Career Tech Education to be written into law!

Be sure to ask for more information on the “Rural Education Initiative” and the “Rural Education Achievement Program” (page 280) This is yet another big way to write in CTE Common Core Standards garbage.

Page 287 lays out how the Secretary of Education will award in a competition style method money to states with a certain criterion for low-income based schools. (gee, does anyone remember this style of funding?? Can we say “Race to the Top”?) State level agencies will get to award money like this as well..to the satisfaction of the Dept. of Education.

Page 300 makes a point to include the Hawaiian Workforce Development Council in the mix..hhmm..we know Workforce is tied into not only the U.S. Dept. of Labor BUT Career Tech Education, Career Pathways as well. Be sure to ask about your state’s Workforce Council.

Page 318 is where in-home instruction for Alaska students will be impacted. State money will go towards education ‘readiness’ for preschool Native American residents. Near page 323 is how military children(U.S. Dept. of Interior enters the data mix when military activity is involved) will be impacted. I especially found the phrase ‘federally connected children’ unnerving. (NOTE: Puerto Rico and other U.S. Territories are included in this entire document)

How our tax dollars will be collected/used is also included under “Impact Aid”.

Almost at the end of the document is this nugget (pages 348/49) seeking a change in verbiage. As we’ve seen changes in wording are HUGE, especially where CCSS is involved. ” by striking ‘‘until an agreement for the  extension of United States education assistance
 under the Compact of Free Association for each of the freely associated states becomes effective after the date of enactment of the No Child Left Behind  Act of 2001’’ and inserting ‘‘except during any period for which Secretary of Education determines  that a Compact of Free Association is in effect and contains provisions for education assistance prohibiting the assistance provided under this Act’’ “

This is followed by the teachers using aligned standards, assessments, curricula, and programs all tied together. (page 350-51)!

For the entire Amendment, alexanderamendnclb

Act Now or Forever Hold Your Peace!

If you’ve not read enough to cause you to be extremely wary of this Amendment, I would ask that you review how CCSS got started, where it has spread, who it impacts, how it continues to ‘align and mine’ our students, and it continues to penalize teachers. Our time to act is short, but we MUST act NOW! How can you help? Go to the link featured here, http://www.fixingNCLB@help.senate.gov/

FYI:
The Senator behind this bill is not only a former TN governor, but a Common Core Supporter. See: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2014/03/24/sen-lamar-alexander-let-s-don-t-talk-about-common-core/

Mr. Alexander was also, at one time at a federal level position. To see more about him and to gauge his involvement in CCSS or CTE,
http://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/15691/lamar-alexander#.VLrVdivF-hQ

Mom’s Musings: An Open Letter, Revisited

The following is an open letter I first published in November 2014. As the “Common Core Diva”, I, like all moms out there, am hopping mad about the overreach into our children’s lives. Yet, my mother’s heart still yearns to protect our kids. I wish for all the moms out there to have a great Mother’s Day 2015!!

The original intent was to address the generation of not just my children, but those even younger. I had been especially saddened by Common Core’s alignment with the UNESCO, UN, and the Green Movement motives. In my research, I’ve found it  has ruined everything it in education it touches.

My daughters, my loves..
My daughters, my loves..

Dear Daughters,

As a teacher, I beseech  you to consider ‘social justice’ from the way you were taught and not from the way the world has recreated it to be. As your mom, my heart is burdened for the ways in which the worldview is tainting so much for your futures.

Why is ‘social justice’ on my ‘hit list’? It no longer means we learn that by being the best ‘us’ we can be, we can help change the world. No, it now means we are so globally minded we must embrace everything. By not learning the individual parameters in each of ourselves; by downplaying the importance of family first, world second, we’re seeing values erode. We seeing love being replaced with bitterness, we’re seeing open and warm hearts being reshaped into ones hostile to those who dare to think differently.

Our world, both as an entire planet and our immediate circle of influence cannot live long, live well, or live freely with this mindset or black hard-heartedness.

My heart longs for those who are not only your ages, who are young ladies and gentlemen, but for those who are just starting out, like your cousins. This Common Core aligned ‘global awareness’ will soon find us so open-minded, we’ll not have any sense of good, decent; or wrong, immoral. I shudder to realize this is the goal of those who have so painstakingly crafted our educational system.

Social justice, when taught well, lived out well is a fabulous activity, NOT a lifestyle. Many of our great historical moments down through history have been the results  of correctly carried out SJ movements. However, what I’m seeing in schools now, no matter what grade level, is not well taught. How can we be families who love each other if we’re turning each other in for what the school says we shouldn’t have in our homes? How can we have impacting peace in our communities when they are being aligned with programs rooted not only in lies (remember, Common Core is illegally in our lives), but with ‘nanny state’ mentalities?

I am reminded of some of the turmoil back when I was growing up. The hateful protesters over the Vietnam War; the malice, the envy, the overwhelming strife that would permeate the air. This is what I want for you as you continue to mature? This is what I hope the world will benefit by? NO!! NO!! A thousand times, no!

I know the world, in its quest to be one giant community is turning its agenda on us all, but please remember this, my daughters…you CAN make a great difference in life: use truth; live out wisdom; resist bitterness; know your personal boundaries and that as a wonderfully made child of God, YOU matter! That ‘collective, greater good’ is not a 24/7, 365 daily mantra. There is a time, place, and duration for that. All other instances…are YOURS to exercise as you wish, not what someone else manipulates.

You have been taught exceedingly well how to be socially minded and that justice is not always ours to carry out. Don’t forget that, no matter how much ’21st century, globally minded citizens’ rhetoric you hear, you are strong, you are independent, you are an American who is free! Know what you stand for so you do not bow to everything.

Each of you know how hard I fight for your futures, know that I’m far from alone in this endeavor. I thank each of you for how you’ve fought for the same things as well. I urge you to continue on. To whom much is given, much more is expected. You each have a legacy to live out..may it be as it should be, not as mandated by others for you.

Know that each of you are so precious. I love you, Mom.

Be as wise as a serpent, be as gentle as a dove, my loves.