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Something Wicked Brewing

No, I don’t mean the latest hurricane or tropical storm. I’m not referring to the Halloween season. I’m referring to the constant push to ruin not only our educational system, but America itself.

Anti CCSS Warriors, I know you are being bombarded with all sorts of things right now. But, let’s remember that some of the worst moves made by the CCSS Machine, have been made while our heads have been turned.

Example #1:
The recent “I Just Sued the School System” video. I’ve had plenty of folks send this to me and say something like ‘that’s a great idea’. That’s where the CCSS Machine wants us to look, however, LOOK behind the video (if you haven’t already).

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If you’ve not seen the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqTTojTija8
While the famous rapper (Prince Ea) gripes about one size fits all education, he also brings up PBLs (project based learning), charter schools, and other CCSS Machine alternatives which are clearly NOT alternatives!

While the rapper does list John Taylor Gatto as a inspiration, he also cites Ken Robinson (as in Sir Ken Robinson, a global education fan) as well as the Khan behind Khan Academy who was personally paid by Bill Gates to align his educational resources to the CCSS Machine.
As far as Susan Blum, I have no idea, but knowing she wrote about higher education, I’d say an in-depth look is in order.
My point: Most folks stop looking when they heard ‘sue’, the phrases about being fed up and then seeing John T. Gatto’s name. What’s been missed is HUGE, if that’s where we stop.

If you’d like to see the website of the company behind the video: https://www.neste.com/fi/en/corporate-info/who-we-are/mission-and-vision-0

I encourage you to really look at their website. This is an global oil company with a definite agenda.Why? They are hoping the Prince Ea video reaches at least 2 million ‘likes’. There are plenty of other agenda items as well.

Example #2:

This one’s also on YouTube right now, but is a preview. I do not suggest you watch it with your children. Called “The Thinning” it’s supposedly a ‘what-if-this-could-happen’ type of movie. The plot is population control via student assessments. Basically, you pass the high-stakes test, you get to live; you do not score well or fail the test, you are escorted immediately to a death chamber. Of course the setting is a post-apocalyptic one, but LISTEN to the words in the trailer.

This movie comes out in its full form, 10/12/16. The company behind it is Legendary Digital. Legendary is funded by some pretty big CCSS Machine member organizations. Who holds the financial debt? Bank of America, a huge supporter of education-for-one-size-fits-all-global-citizen-workforce-educated. Other investors include: Goldman Sachs and Accel Partners (venture capitalist group/also funds Facebook). To see all the Legendary Digital investors, use the second link in the screen shot. As always, to see the picture better, click on it.

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While the ‘look here while we do this’ isn’t as thinly veiled as the “Sued” video, we MUST look at what is behind this movie.

To see what else Accel Partners fund: http://www.accel.com/companies/
(*Note: look for ‘Dropbox’..then think data mining.)

Example #3:

Early yesterday, I spied this tweet sent out by notorious CCSS Machine member, McGraw Hill Publishing. They are SO grateful for educators they will award $50,000. What really ticked me off, was the ‘iconic sculpture’

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Well, Warriors, we KNOW that McGraw Hill isn’t hiding anything in plain sight as far as aligned education, BUT is there more? Yes! I believe so. You see the money and statue are being used to sway folks. McGraw Hill, will, create another false narrative as to the ‘success’ of CCSS.

Hiding behind the Prize? Arizona State University! This higher education institution is also a notorious CCSS Machine member organization. The trail grows, though. Because I also found the ASU/GSV Summit is behind the Prize.

To learn McGraw Hill’s side of the Prizehttp://www.mcgrawprize.com/about/

To see how ASU and the ASU/GSV Summit hit my ‘anti CCSS radar’:

a) GSV Capital ties to General Assembly, which ties to White Board Advisors:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/do-you-know-this-ga/

b) GSV Advisors with plans to dissolve school boards:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/from-the-files-tuesday-down-in-the-valley/

c) AZ State University with ties to Parchment (data mining), Unique Identifier Numbers, and more: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/credentialed-transcripts/

d) AZ State University also ties us to Jason Zimba (math for CCSS):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/monday-musings-whats-in-a-name/
(*Note to see the team he’s a part of for CCSS at ASU:
http://math.arizona.edu/~ime/progressions/ )

e) AZ State, the 2015 Superbowl, and related information:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/rmt-sunday-superbowl-ccss/

f) What I have on Khan of Khan Academy:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/ftf-tuesday-the-core-is-ready-are-you/

Other Related Technology/Digital Articles:

a) ICANNhttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/10/03/no-enigma-here/

b) Facebook, Google, and other tech giants for a new council for artificial intelligence:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/10/05/bees-in-ncs-bonnet/
(*Note: refer to Part 2)

Closing:

Gather the troops, Warriors! We must look in every direction.

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CCSS wickedness surrounds our nation! We must be ready.
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Weekend News: “No”, a Powerful Word!

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Anti CCSS Warriors, have you noticed how “no” is working in our fight to free our nation of all things ‘Common Core’? Slowly, but surely, our voices are proving effective. However, we have a lot more speaking to do! In this edition of my Weekend News, I have some ways in which we are proving ‘no’ is succeeding in chopping up the CCSS Machine!

Just Saying “No” to Dr. King:

A few days ago, someone posted on Facebook to use the hashtag: #saynotoking on Twitter. There have been a few comments shared. We need many more Tweets, Warriors!
Another hashtag which needs more comments and is related: #sayno2king.
You can post your anti-King comments on the account #noking, but be warned, there are many other comments referring to more sexual topics than anything else. The same will ring true for the hashtag #no2king.

Of interest and can be related to saying ‘no’ would be to ‘crash’ the NEA Summit’s Trending Twitter account, happening this weekend. NEA (National Educators Association) is a well known member of the CCSS Machine and was totally supportive of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). Let ’em know, we the opposed, are saying ‘no’, ‘no’, and a ‘thousand times, no!’ to Dr. King AND ESSA!

 

Every Congress member should know our position when it comes to fed led education!
Every Congress member should know our position when it comes to fed led education!

The Devil is in the Details:

While the date of 2/25/16 was widely shared as the confirming/denying vote for Dr. King, little was shared about the the ‘quiet approval’ of the U.S. Senate HELP Committee (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee) on the 25th of February 2016.

Since it is, in fact the entire U.S. Senate who must confirm or deny Dr. King’s appointment as the U. S. Secretary of Education, let their Twitter feed reflect our ire and disgust! Use #USSenate! To date, there is only one Tweet devoted to saying ‘no’ where Dr. King is concerned. Let’s see if we can increase that number exponentially, shall we?

We must use the days between now and 3/9/16 to continue to raise awareness, to speak louder to EVERY U.S. Senator in saying “no”. How do I know the vote was cast? A pro-side CCSS Machine member’s Tweet:
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By looking further into the Tweet, I found the U.S. HELP’s proceedings were quick (about 2 and 1/2 hours) and another step in the WRONG direction for education!
Follow this link to get the EdWeek viewpoint (will be the second article you see) Then go to the hearing itself from the HELP Committee.
The EdWeek link: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/
See: http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/nomination-of-dr-john-king-to-serve-as-secretary-of-education
(Warning: Sen. Alexander begins the entire hearing, so have a punching bag ready! You will also need to hear the new Coalition Alexander spews off in his opening comments.) While it painful to listen to, as an anti CCSS Warrior, you must! It gives us plenty of clues as to where to target our ‘no’ voices!

To see Dr. King’s prepared statement given before the U.S. HELP Committee:
http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/King8.pdf
(Note: Dr. King directly points out the work to be done to update the HEA, Higher Education Act. Big warning for MORE alignment to the CCSS Machine, Warriors!!)

To contact your Senators directly, use the U.S. Senate contact pages:
http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

To help put together a Twitter rally and/or Facebook campaign of urging the Senators to ‘just say no’ to Dr. King and his reign of pain in education, help me urge your state groups or national groups against CCSS, to get this ‘no’ effort to increase! If you have ties to the Patriot Journal Network and are familiar with their awesome Twitter rallies to bring attention to a cause, let them know we need help immediately! Together, we CAN do much! Together, we can say “NO” forcibly enough Washington will have no choice in confirming Dr. King, they will have to deny him! Are you with me?! Great! Keep saying NO to federally led education! Keep saying NO to the embedded CCSS in the ESSA, in spite of what lies you hear that it isn’t!! Help us unite to say ‘YES’ to Stop Fed Ed!!

Winter 2016: A Look Ahead, NC and the USA

Bond, bad bond

I call this picture above, “Bond, bad bond”. Why? As a dedicated education policy and law researcher who has uncovered many ties to Common Core and its related entities, I can smell a foul stench when I see something like this. The great news is, I am NOT alone! I will go back to the Bond later in this article, but first, these important pieces of the ‘picture’ NOT seen above:

A) With the recent news of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) and its purposed exclusion of the phrase “Common Core State Standards, or, CCSS”, we have all been told CCSS is dead, is no longer an issue.
Ha, ha, I am not laughing. Nor are many of the other anti CCSS Warriors I know. Why? We have discovered the ESSA replaced CCSS with the following (interchangeable phrases):

1) ‘College and career readiness’, ‘college and career readiness standards’ (in some instances ‘career pathways’ and ‘career technical education’  were also variations)
2) ‘Challenging state academic standards’
3) ‘Workforce’ (WIOA, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) which was usually located in the direct vicinity of ‘education’.

If you missed my articles exposing these phrases and their locations in the ESSA, please see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/?s=ESSA

B) So what does the ESSA have to do with ‘Bond, bad bond’?

In my opinion, it will have a  great impact. However, knowing that the workforce based education movement involves not only education, but labor and commerce, we need to know what those projects will be as well. And since we, across America, have seen how non-transparent a lot of the projects are, we must be ever watchful!

C) So, if you don’t live in NC, what can you glean from this type of bond activity?
1) As always, use it as an example of what is going on in your state!
Every state has departments for education, labor, commerce. Every state has bonds placed on their ballots.
2) In this day and age if one side says the bonds are imperative for education, find out how and WHY!
3) We can NO LONGER assume the supportive side in ANYTHING related to education is all that we are being told it is. NOR, can we always assume the non-supportive side in ANYTHING related to education is being up front.
4) With 2016 being SUCH an important election year, we CANNOT let any sneaky move by the CCSS Machine pass. Their omnibus bonds, bills, etc. CANNOT live on! Why? Not only does it grease the Machine’s gears, it lassos our future generations into MASSIVE debt.

 

Back to Bond, Part One:

Returning to the graphic you see and the statement I have about NC higher education being sold out, here is what I am referring to.
“Here’s the basic idea about state policies in education, at least in the CBP(Competency Based Pathway) Way:
a) ‘good’ policy moves include using students outcome to drive precedents.
b) ‘guarding’ those high quality academic standards
c) ‘create’ a community wide education effort (ie: must include ALL ‘stakeholders’)
d) offer incentives to help force certain outcomes and remove any rules or regulations not encouraging ‘more ways to learn/earn’.” (source: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/06/tech-thursday-career-pathways-meet-competency-based-pathways/) In  this August 2015 article, you can not only see NC’s progress in CBP but how it encompasses CTE (Career Tech Education)! You can find the links and other resources for what to look for in your state, too!

The Connections:

So, what has the supportive side for this mega bond for NC stated? The Bond’s real name is Connect NC. According to the Raleigh News and Observer, the entire Bond will be for infrastructure projects. Here is an excerpt,
“The $2 billion worth of projects expected to be paid with bond dollars include university and community college infrastructure, parks and North Carolina Zoo improvements and N.C. National Guard and agricultural projects. On its website, NC Against the Bond points out that the funding wouldn’t pay for transportation projects or K-12 education programs.” (see the rest of the article: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article53288900.html)

I would like to pause to remind you, my fellow anti CCSS Warriors, that this media source is very CCSS Machine friendly, and has slanted many articles concerning education in the past.

Another media source, from a smaller county in NC (Alamance) had this to report in support of Connect NC: “If voters do approve, Alamance Community College would get $6,100,339 out of $350 million earmarked for state community colleges. President Algie Gatewood said ACC’s Board of Trustees would need to talk about how best to spend the money, but much of it would probably go to nursing and other medical training programs.”, Wait, there is more you need to read! “BOND SUPPORTERS, and there are many, say the focus is on funding education in growing areas of employment like the medical professions, engineering and the sciences.“This allows the community college to train more nurses, medical assistants and nurses’ aides,” said Dan Ingle, ACC trustee and chair of the Alamance County Board of Commissioners. (see the rest of the article: http://www.thetimesnews.com/article/20160109/news/160109142)

I would like to point out that the ACC President is stumping this Bond. It is in the article.

Back to the Bond, Part Two:

Now, as far as the Connect NC Bond, it is part of a movement. It has the Governor’s blessing. If you missed my Weekend News article, it focused on the NC State Board of Education resolving to align education NOT to true academics, but to career tech education/college and career readiness/workforce related education for BUSINESSES and the ECONOMY in 100 % support of the Governor’s plans!(See:https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/08/weekend-news-tangled-webs-of-educratic-moves/)

When you take into consideration the Resolution in support of the gubernatorial office to the alignment to all things CCSS/CTE/CCR related it isn’t hard to see where the statement made in support of Connect NC is too far removed. Here is an excerpt, “The $2 billion bond will connect North Carolina to the 21st century through statewide investments in education, parks, safety, recreation, and water and sewer infrastructure.”

In the screen shot below, you can see the Connect NC projects are already in the works to some degree. In this PDF you can see Alamance County’s project specifically states ‘new construction, repairs, renovations’
With as crafty as the CCSS Machine is, you can see the education updates will most likely fall in the renovations portion of the funding. Very non- transparent, don’t  you think?! Get the pdf:
http://connect.nc.gov/Final%20Bond%20Project%20List_12.11.15.pdf

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Oh, if you are wondering, there is NC State legislation for the Bond. See:
http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?BillID=H943&Session=2015

It is here in the language of the law you can find the loophole Alamance County appears to be taking advantage of with its plans to use the bulk of its Connect NC Bond money for educational courses. “It is the intent of the General Assembly by this act to provide, subject to a vote of the qualified voters of the State, for the issuance of two billion dollars ($2,000,000,000) general obligation bonds of the State for the purpose of providing funds, with any other available funds, to update the State’s public facilities for the 21st century, including, without limitation, construction, repair, renovation, and furnishing of new facilities in order to (i) enhance other economic development efforts of the State and (ii) attract new and assist existing industry, business, technology, and tourism for the benefit of the State and its citizenry.” (NOTE: you can access the rest of the ratified law by clicking on the embedded link to it from the website above.)

Again, if you don’t live in NC, how can you find similar activity in your state? Use the upcoming primaries to see what bonds, taxes, etc. are being added which are connected to education in ANY way. Then, see what connecting legislation (and/or policy) is being used as the justification!

More Connections:

Since STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) are part of CCSS, CCR, and CTE; as well as being so specifically pointed to in the Bond and the Law providing for it, we need to see where NC has STEM (already in the works, too).

From the NC level:

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/wybi-wednesday-rttt-stem-ed-waivers-and-more/ (This ties our Race to the Top funding to STEM as well as CCSS)
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/monday-musings-global-readiness-and-ccss/ (Since Global economy and global competency were including in the NC SBE Resolution, this article will be important)
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/07/the-great-education-experiment/ (This shows not only NC in the thick of STEM, but Workforce alignment to CCSS/CTE, too)From the federal level and to where to watch for in 2016:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/28/ftf-update-for-stem-workforce-and-the-hea-part-one/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/30/tech-thursday-part-two-of-the-hea-stem-the-workforce-and-america/
2) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/wybi-nc-businesses-and-common-core/
3) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/wybi-job-development-grants-and-ccss/Again, if I am not an NC resident, why should I read these?
Since all 50 states have state governments, are aligned to the CCSS Machine via federal funding in some fashion, have jobs and careers where those businesses are forming the educational plans, educational institutions which must carry out the P3 (public private partnerships), we can use each others PRO CCSS movements to see where in the other states similar activity may be.

Career Clusters, Part of the Whole Mess: 

Notice that Alamance County Community College wants to use the bulk of its money for updating courses. (see above) How does that factor into the CCSS Machine and Connect NC Bond? The short answer is they are part of the Career Technical Education arm of CCSS.These clusters usually begin in the K-12 area of education, but are also in post-secondary education. My article from 2015 about the Clusters and data mining may be of help in your state as well. Linda Darling-Hammond is connected. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/ftf-tuesday-career-readiness-and-data/
Impacting all 50 states is the U. S. Dept. of Ed’s Career Clusters road map for education, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/tech-thursday-difference-between-careers/
How special needs students and those deemed as ‘alternative’ will be sucked in: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/03/tech-thursday-career-techcommon-core-and-alternative-education/

And the biggest way in which not only NC is tied to this, but your state as well: Perkins Funding! See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/tech-thursday-perkins-gets-the-common-core-squeeze/

Closing:

If you want to find out more about NC Against the Bond, you can find them on Facebook. Here is their link: https://www.facebook.com/AgainstTheBond/


If you wish to sign the petition against the Bond and pledge your vote to a ‘no’ on March 15, 2016, visit: http://againstthebond.com/petition/
(I will happily share that I am among those who are saying “No!”)

As far as a federal level of education bonds or legislation which would impact infrastructure in education’s name, that will be another article for another day.

Tech Thursday: Update on CCSS/CTE for Adults

CCSS,CTE treats any student, regardless of age, like this 'stackable chunk' of conformity.
CCSS,CTE treats any student, regardless of age, like this ‘stackable chunk’ of conformity.

Warriors Against Common Core: how many times have I shared with you that the CCSS Machine seeks to encompass EVERY student..including adults? Young adults, just graduating high school and moving on in life; mid-life adults and/or older adults desiring to go back to work and needing education…you get the idea.

No matter how many times it has been we MUST talk about it more often! Yes, most anti CCSS Warriors are looking out for those who aren’t adults yet..I totally agree. However, with all the evidence out there to shine the light on the adult versions of CCSS, why aren’t more adults standing up and saying ‘NO’!?!? Warriors, we MUST look out for the grinding down of ANY student when it comes to the CCSS Machine!! We MUST protect every citizen from, not only the educational demise of America, but the workforce caste system embedded in CCSS/CTE!

 

A ‘Refresh’ for Your Adult CCSS/CTE Information:

If you are new to the blog, you may of missed one of the first articles I wrote about CCSS/CTE after high school; you may not of seen the CCSS Adult Standards, either. If you’ve been around the blog for a while, you know that every age group is targeted when it comes to CCSS/CTE. You know every educational choice being targeted is a purposed and planned step. New or not, please share the links below so everyone is your anti CCSS circle of influence can be as informed, prepared, and ready to fight this awful takeover of education!
1)  For any student (regardless of where you graduated from) after high school:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/common-core-after-high-school-reality-check/
2) For the special needs students after high school:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/tech-thursday-cte-ccss-and-special-needs-in-post-secondary-education/
3) Perkins Funding (used in post-secondary education) reworked to support CCSS/CTE:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/tech-thursday-perkins-gets-the-common-core-squeeze/
3a) Title 9 Funding is also used in post-secondary education & gets the CCSS/CTE makeover:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/ftf-more-know-thy-title-9-ccss-and-education/
4) The National Career Path Network:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/tech-thursday-national-career-pathways-network/
4a) The American Apprenticeship Initiative is CCSS/CTE/CP (Common Core State Standards, Career Tech Education, Career Pathways aligned and supported in the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014)
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/tech-thursday-aligned-apprentices/
5) Have you ‘met’ SHEEO (States Higher Education Executive Officers Organization)? If not, you need to see how cozy the organization is with the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/ftf-tuesday-meet-sheeo/
6) Adult textbooks aligned with CCSS/CTE or CCR (college and career readiness):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/ftf-ascending-and-aligning/
6a) GED and more adult textbooks:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/20/tech-thursday-high-school-equivalency-ccsscte-style/

 

So, What’s New in the Adult CCSS Education Realm?

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If you need to enlarge the above screen shot, simply click on it. Do you see? More ‘adult learners’! “new math”, and, ‘McGraw Hill Education‘. Good grief! But hold on, anti CCSS/CTE Warriors, there’s more!

From the news release pictured above, “For many people seeking to improve their career prospects, a high school diploma is the first stop on the pathway to prosperity. But an increasing number of adults and adolescents without a high school diploma are struggling to obtain one, according to the latest high school equivalency test data, which shows that fewer and fewer adults taking these assessments pass them. For these individuals, math is proving to be the biggest roadblock of all, with the math portion of most high school equivalency assessments having the lowest pass rate of all subjects.” Now, you may ask why I added emphasis on the ‘pathway to prosperity’. That, my warriors, is a pro CCSS/CTE buzz phrase (or educratic doublespeak) How do I know? Pearson Publishing and Harvard University teamed up to create the Pathways to Prosperity! See this article where you’ll also find ‘national job credentialing! https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/tech-thursday-just-say-no-to-nocc/

The news release also goes on to tell you of the lagging math scores by adults as based on the research by  ‘Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)If you missed my article about the OECD and the ‘human capital’ ties to CCSS/CTE, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/ftf-human-capital-the-new-name-for-citizens/

After the news release shares the USA’s ranking, it goes on to share with you how McG H has a new ‘mathematics program aligned with Career and College Readiness Standards for adult education.’

To see the entire news release: 
http://www.mheducation.com/news-media/press-releases/help-adult-learners-earn-high-school-equivalency-certificates-new-empower-for-math.html


What’s Inside the ‘New’ Math?

McG H Education, has a ‘great’ presentation of each of the new textbooks, both on-line and in print. Listen up for the ‘your country’, the ‘CCRS leveling system’ (College and Career Readiness Standards).

On e of the 'new math' programs for adults..complete with lots of hands on learning activities.
On e of the ‘new math’ programs for adults..complete with lots of hands on learning activities.

New and available this Winter:

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To access the entire on-line preview of the above and even more CCSS ‘sneak peeks’,
http://www.brainshark.com/mcgraw-hillseg/vu?pi=zHfzetjXpz57VEz0&intk=810014462

To see more about all of this from the McG H Education website, be sure to click on the embedded link in the press release (see above) where you see the phrase ‘new EMPower’

You’ll probably also want to check out the TERC (Technical Education Research Center) and its part in this ‘new math’ for adults. A link to their website in at the bottom of the above news release. Briefly, TERC is a non-profit group. It’s devoted to not only post-secondary education and curriculum development, it’s into STEM as well (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math). Among the funding organizations are AIR (American Institutes of Research, The Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the U.S. Dept. of Education, and a host of other groups, schools, and consortia. Find them all:
https://www.terc.edu/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=2392330

*Note, I will be further investigating TERC in a future article, as many of their projects in research and development are geared for reforming education. With as many CCSS Machine members as TERC is either working with or being supported by, we must know more!

 

Closing:

I hope you will share today’s post widely. I trust you will use the information at your local school board meetings or presentations to those in charge of higher education in your states. We simply MUST have more conversations of ALL the levels of CCSS/CTE infiltration!

Monday Musings: IDEA: When Good Goes CCS/CTE Bad

Source: ideamoneywatch.com
Source: ideamoneywatch.com

Fighting CCS and CTE for those with special needs is especially heart rendering. I’ve had the honor of speaking with several parents of these wonderful students. In my educational experience, I’ve worked with these families and seen how an education that fits them, NOT streamlines them is a delight. However, when I speak with parents today, they are not delighted, their students are miserable, and all involved feel absolute anger and frustration toward the misuse of education and IDEA funding.

What’s IDEA funding? It is a federal statute set up in 1975. It’s original name was “Education for All Handicapped Children”. Congress, at some point, began to refer to it as “IDEA”. The name then or now isn’t so important as WHAT the funding does.
From what I’ve found the Act has 2 purposes: a) due process detailing parental rights, and b) permanent grants available to states for ‘free, appropriate public education to all children with disabilities in the least restrictive environment’.
(*Source: http://atlas.newamerica.org/individuals-disabilities-education-act-overview)

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Where Good Went Bad:

Let’s see if we can pinpoint what other groups are supportive of the shift where IDEA went from its original purpose (stated above) of ‘appropriate education in the least restrictive way’ and when it aligned with Common Core

From 2009, a pdf file from the NASDSE (National Association of State Directors of Special Education). Why this pdf? See the screen shot below:

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To access the entire pdf: idea_partnership
Why this matters in 2015: 1) if you’re a new anti CCSS Warrior, this may be information which is new to you; 2) knowing the dates of the pro CCSS Machine’s activities can help those who’ve been fighting CCS and all its other entities by tracking when and where it showed up in their states, who might be involved and knew what the states were in for, but went along with it, etc.

So what’s the NASDSE up to now, in 2015? Currently they are conducting 8 projects. One of which might be of particular interest in our War Against the Core. It is called the “National Center on Educational Outcomes Subcontract”. (NCEO for short). This particular subcontract is through the University of MN. Working with the NASDES, the Univ. of MN, is the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers)! The goal of their teamwork? Assessments! More assessments for our special needs students. To read more about this project, see: http://www.nasdse.org/Projects/TheNationalCenteronEducationalOutcomesNCEO/tabid/421/Default.aspx
(*NOTE: this page will have an embedded link to the NCEO’s website. Go to that website. You’ll find “College and  Career Readiness Standards”, formative assessments, Universal Design of Assessments, and, you can access any of their publications {which date back to 1996}. You can access the 2015 publication where you can find out how CCSSO is driving IEPs to be written, as well as how assessment for ALL learners was discussed: 2015ForumReport Be sure if you live in CO, AL, or KS, you see how your states are used as success models.)

Somewhat related is the 2006 Report I found featured on the website for the National Assoc. of Secondary School Principals  (which just this past weekend I showed you how aligned to CCSS/CTE they are).  This particular report is addressing the need for IDEA to become ‘fully funded’. Take note of the other groups in the IDEA Partnership involved in the full support of this. It can help you trace IDEA funds timeline, especially where the 2004 re-authorization of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) was concerned. See: principalsreport
Another project of the NASDSE is the “Idea Partnership”. Fully funded and equipped to work across  ‘federal agencies, federal investments, national organizations, State agencies and stakeholder groups’. To see the full description of this project, see: http://www.nasdse.org/Projects/IDEAPartnership/tabid/413/Default.aspx


To see the 2015 list of all the IDEA partners: http://www.ideapartnership.org/the-partners.html
One of the IDEA Partnership ‘Working Together’ activities? The “Cradle to College and Career Pipeline”! When did this happen? 2011, according to the website. You need to have the rest of the information on this directly from the website. Visit: http://www.ideapartnership.org/working-together/collaboration-on-issues.html?id=1572:overview-on-cradle-to-college-career-collection-work&catid=400:cradle-to-college-a-career-ccc-collection
Below is a screen shot from the IDEA Partners stating what they believe to be their purpose in the Pipeline.

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Be sure to click on the website address directly above the screen shot, scroll down and click on ‘Dialogue Guides for Cradle to College and Career’. Once there you can see an ‘Early Learner’ Guide, which is for pre-K to 3rd grade; for Middle School, it’s the “Breaking Ranks” reports I told you about in this past weekend’s news. Lastly, the transition for middle to high school in included. Other than the national group of those secondary school principals I told you about, you can see how the ECS, ‘Education Commission of the States’ is cited as a source for the dialogue documents.  If you are curious as to the alignment of the ECS to CCSS and CTE? Don’t be. It is 100% evident on their website. See below.

This group claims 'they don't take sides' in education. The states pay to belong to this group. They also span P-20 education.
This group claims ‘they don’t take sides’ in education. The states pay to belong to this group. They also span P-20 education.

As far as not taking sides, I would have to disagree. Why? Here is an excerpt of just one of the education projects they are conducting, ‘ECS is continuing the Blueprint Project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Designed for state leaders, the Blueprint features a menu of 10 critical policies that promote college readiness and success.’
Briefly, the 10 policies most critical according to ECS:
1) high school policies (has 4 distinct subsections)
2) higher education policies (has 4 distinct subsections)
3) policies for bridging from high school to higher education (has 2 which include data mining)
To get the “Blueprint”: ECSBlueprint (*Note: 2 states which didn’t take CCSS, TX and VA, are used in this report as shining examples of college and career readiness.)
To learn more about ECS, http://www.ecs.org/html/aboutECS/home_aboutECS.htm
(*Note: I will be digging into this group more in the near future. There’s a lot more information we need waiting there.)

Bottom line for the musings today: We’ve got some great information for using to fight the Core, let’s get busy!

Tech Thursday: Adult CCSS Reading

Today's article uncovers the almost $10 million dollar grant for adult literacy.
Today’s article uncovers the almost $10 million dollar grant for adult literacy.

Would you believe an almost $10 million dollar grant given to the National Research and Development Centers was given back in 2012 and ends in 2017? Would you believe it’s tied to Common Core ELA? Would you believe it’s geared for ADULTS both in the USA and Canada? Read on, my Warriors!

The Grant:

You can find the grant information by following this link: http://ies.ed.gov/funding/grantsearch/details.asp?ID=1343
The government organization awarding this money? The IES (Institute for Educational Sciences)
How much money was awarded? Exactly $9,999,985.00!
The institution receiving all that dough? Georgia State University.
The purpose? Research and Development for Adult Literacy. Here’s an excerpt about the purpose, “The Center for the Study of Adult Literacy (CSAL) seeks to improve our understanding of ways to advance the reading skills of struggling adult learners reading at the 3rd to 8th grade levels. The Center will both conduct exploratory work on underlying cognitive and motivational processes that contribute to or impede reading development and develop and evaluate a multi-component reading intervention for this population. In addition, CSAL will examine the adequacy of measurement instruments and assessments for this population. CSAL is a collaborative effort across four research sites: Atlanta, Georgia; Memphis, Tennessee; and Toronto and St. Catharines, Canada. Struggling adult readers in both the United States and Canada will participate.”

Now, it’s important to point out that staff members of CSAL include experts in childhood and adult education, psychometrics, educational technology, and statistics. Helping all this reading intervention along? AIR (American Institutes for Research)! How did I discover that pro CCSS/CTE backing group? On the grant project’s website. (see: http://csal.gsu.edu/content/homepage)

Before we proceed, I want to highlight the incentous relationship between the IES, the CSAL, the NCER, and the U.S. Dept. of Education. First, you have the head: the U.S. Dept. of Education, follow that with the IES as the neck. Then, two arms, one for the NCER and the other for the CSAL. So, what you have is lots of money staying within the U.S. Dept. of Ed, but in different arms of it. Confused yet?! Don’t fret, the bottom line is that money is being used for adult literacy educational reform. But..it is Common Core ELA? Let’s press on…
(*Note: If you’d like to see ALL the related ‘body parts’ of the IES, see: http://ies.ed.gov/ncer/randd/ Be sure to look at all the current research grant programs going on)
The Fact Sheet:

If you want the ‘facts’, here’s a link for you. This one takes you to the flyer GSU and the rest of the grant project have put together. See: http://csal.gsu.edu/sites/csal.gsu.edu/files/CSAL_Factsheet_2015.pdf
Here are just two of the ‘facts’ I’ll share, you can read the rest of them on your own.
1) A curriculum is being written for learners to use.
2) A computer program will teach them to read.

The Common Core/CTE?:

Okay, so far, we’ve gotten the U.S. Dept. of Education and some of its sub-departments, so we know that’s ONE aspect of CCSS/CTE (Common Core State Standards/Career Technical Education); we’ve seen that AIR’s connected, so that’s a SECOND aspect of alignment. But..is there more?!  Oh yes, my anti CCSS Warriors, there most certainly is! Where did I find those featured below? On the website of the almost $10 million grant project!

“Equipped for the Future” from the University of Tennessee (see: http://eff.clee.utk.edu/)
To see the executive summary of how aligned EFF is to the CCSS: EFFUT

“Council for the Advancement of Adult Literacy” (CAAL), based in New York, NY. (see: http://www.caalusa.org/about.html)
To see how CCSS/CTE bound this group is, be sure to read the portion of the website’s homepage where Carnegie Foundation and the Ford Foundation are given credit for helping create the Council. More CCSS/CTE pro supportive groups also give lots of money to the Council (see: http://www.caalusa.org/funders.html). There you’ll see some of the most familiar CCSS funders like Lumina, Verizon, the Joyce Foundation, and many more.
Among the CAAL publications, is this ‘gem’. It’s all about the data mining for Career Pathways! (CP is another part of the Career Tech Education)Please note that the published date is 2010, before the GED was aligned, before the Longitudinal Data Collection systems were united. Also of note, the CLASP(Center for Law and Social Policy) is mentioned in the footnotes concerning data mining. I’ve written about CLASP before to expose their CCSS/CTE ties. See this article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/tech-thursday-ccss-workforce-pushing-labor-reform/
To see the CAAL publication: LongitudinalCoreTrackingElements-Indicators52710

“Commission on Adult Basic Education” (COABE), based in Syracuse, NY.
(see: http://www.coabe.org/)

To see their CCSS/CTE allegiance, just look at the screen shot below:

When I took this screen shot, the words were changing from
When I took this screen shot, the words were changing from “Test Ready, Future Prepared” to “Now Available the College and Career Readiness Standards”.

This Commission has around 13, 000 members devoted  “To promote adult education and literacy programs, including Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Family Literacy, Skills Development, Workforce Development, and other state, federal, and private programs which assist undereducated and/or disadvantaged adults to function effectively.” If you’d like to read the rest of the Commission’s mission, see: http://www.coabe.org/mission/
If you look around the website a bit more, you’ll see the USA is divided into regions.
You’ll also find their new publication about “New Pathways” which details how the COABE is embracing the WIOA’s(Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014) education/workforce alignment. (in other words, MORE Common Core Career Tech and Pathways). See: COABE_stratg_broch_v4

“Center for Applied Linguistics” based in Washington, D.C.
See: http://www.cal.org/
This group (non profit) has an entire Common Core State Standards section. See: http://www.cal.org/content/search?SearchText=common+core+state+standards
Founded in 1959 with a Ford Foundation grant, CAL is very supportive of the CCSS/CTE.
Be sure to access their 2014 Annual Report where you can find out that this group impacts K-12 educators, those working with immigrants and refugees, and how they are helping with the ‘next generation of assessments’. See: http://www.cal.org/who-we-are/annual-reports

Are there others groups like the ones above? Yes, there are. I’ll be looking up close at them in a later, not yet written article.

Closing:

While all the information above is certainly very revealing about how in-depth the CCSS/CTE Machine is going beyond K-12, I want to re-direct your attention to one of my very first anti CCSS blog articles where the CCSS Adult Standards were shared.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/common-core-after-high-school-reality-check/

How does it all interconnect? Simply put: the Common Core curriculum

Monday Musings: “Rigor Walk”

Marzano strikes again!
Marzano strikes again!

Anti CC Warriors, have you heard of Dr. Marzano before? If you’ve been fighting Common Core long, his name, his institute should be very familiar. If not, here’s the link to my 3 previously published articles exposing his toxic grasp on education. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/?s=marzano

Walking with Rigor:

As we’ve learned in the War Against the Core, we’ve come to know the CCSS Machine loves the word ‘rigor’. We’ve seen the anti CC Warriors, who’ve pointed out the true definition of the word ‘rigor’. Rigor denotes death, a stiffness that will not be broken. Nowhere in education should we see this kind of attitude with our students OR teachers.
Yet, time and time again, institutes like the one Marzano is in charge of, do just that..dream up and create MORE rigor for our education system! (The name of the institute is “Learning Sciences International”)

According to Marzano’s new “RigorWalk” system, taken directly from their website page, here are the ‘pillars of rigor’:

  • “School climate and culture
  • School leadership practices
  • Cultivation of a growth mindset
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Rigorous, standards-based instruction
  • Formative assessment implementation”

How does Marzano carry this out in a practical way? On-site interviews; walking the halls of your schools, and data collection! To access the website page, http://www.learningsciences.com/solutions/rigorwalk/

Developers who are credited with creating this system? Dr. Betsy Carter and Dr. Jennifer Reeves (also of the Learning Sciences Institute) To see their biographies featured from a past Marzano Education Conference, http://www.cvent.com/events/building-expertise-2015/speakers-3c184adf9bfd44ca928c4089d245e0b9.aspx (*Note: Dr. Carter’s prior educational system involvement was in Ohio; Dr. Reeves’ was in Florida)

LSI has even provided a YouTube video about “RigorWalk”. It’s almost 1 hour.

Here are the biggest points we, as anti CCSS Warriors need to know:
a) The webinar had a very large audience (which means lots of interest, areas for application of what was covered)
b) About 2 minutes into the webinar, you’ll hear the speakers (Drs. Carter/Reeves) give their educational backgrounds (both state that they’d like schools to be better)
c) In their words, “RigorWalk” is a diagnostic tool which measures the amount of ‘rigor health’ your school has (or doesn’t have, but needs). Once a baseline ‘rigor health’ number is established, it’ll be easier to check the progression to the ideal amount of ‘rigor health’ is met.
d) Near the 3:45 minute mark, listen for their answer to the question of “Why rigor?” (Hint: jobs not yet created)
e) Not long after the question is “d” is asked you’ll hear  that rigor means ‘not specific content’, but ‘how to think’.
f) From the 4:50 minute mark to the 5:42 minute mark listen for the Learning Sciences International approach to creating MORE ‘rigor’ in your schools is. Disguised and ‘sold’ as student autonomy and cognitive complexity. The end goal? “Ready for the work world.”
g) From the 6:49 minute mark until the 7:49 minute mark, the topic of ‘why creating more rigor in schools is so needed NOW.
h) The 7:18 minute mark will reveal what Standards LSI is using, “College and Career Ready Standards” Why, ‘because everyone needs to improve in our schools’. You’ll need to refer to the below screen shot.
resourceyouneedi) The white paper referenced in the picture above: Sustaining-TLCs-20140829

Closing:

There’s much more ‘rigor’ in the rest of the presentation, but I want you to experience the You Tube video for yourselves. The bottom line is quite simply this (and the most important action point for us, the anti CCSS Warrior, to take away from all this:

LSI, “RigorWalk”, and all that’s associated with it, will target school leaders FIRST, then the students. School superintendents, district leaders, principals, and teachers.

May Day, May Day! CCSS/CTE Urgent News!!

Beginning today, I'll be featuring, all weekend, CCSS/CTE's united efforts to dumb down our students..at every level of education, not just K-12!
Beginning today, I’ll be featuring, all weekend, CCSS/CTE’s united efforts to dumb down our students..at every level of education, not just K-12!

Usually, on Fridays,  you anti CCSS Warriors would see the “Fib-o-Meter” appear. Believe me, today’s article will be FULL of CCSS/CTE Fibs! However, since there’s an urgency to getting as much information to you BEFORE the Senate resumes their education overhaul marathon, I’m devoting the entire weekend’s article to giving you ‘ammo’ (aka ‘information’) that we MUST share immediately to stop the audacious propaganda that’s literally streaming out of Washington, D.C. at the moment. It’s worse than ‘stuck on stupid’, it’s an attempt to bombard us with lies wrapped in ‘good legislation’ to promote the CCSS Machine’s total domination of American education!

We’ve seen the way the House of Representatives listened. We’ve fired back, not so nicely, as a result. We’re not afraid. We must use our pro-active effort  as a tool to be effective with the HR5, the ECAA, the HEA, and the most recent educational push: “College Promise Act”. (see the above screen shot)

The CPA, College Promise Act:

This Act is NOT the HEA (Higher Education Act). CPA is a totally separate bill designed to push the free 2 years of Community College. While that may sound great, this concept, has been researched, written about, and shared by many of the true nature of the legislation: Educational coercion!
 {*Note:  The HEA will be popping up soon. How soon, I don’t know. However, with the researched proof that the HR5, S1177, and HEA are all designed to be a seamless transition from grade to grade (preK to college), it will be heard in Congress. One report I’ve previously shared stated that Sen. Alexander is hoping it will be not only presented in session, but passed before the next big Congress recess. That’s a dire warning we MUST heed!}

A mere two days ago, a press release was shared stating senators from Wisconsin, Virginia, and New Jersey introduced the College Promise Act. The press release also shared that Arne Duncan was also included in a media conference call promoting the dire need for this legislation. By now, you may know that the angle being used by the CCSS Machine to create such legislation is equity in education for all students, especially low-income ones. I’ve no problem with making college more affordable, however, as I’ve stated time and time again, community colleges have already been CCSS aligned. With that stealthy move, community colleges became part of the CCSS/CTE track.

Press release: http://www.baldwin.senate.gov/press-releases/baldwin-americas-college-promise-act-to-make-higher-education-more-accessible-and-affordable

Other key points:
1) Community colleges, under the grasp of CCSS/CTE, while local, will not have local control!

2) Community colleges don’t only impact recent graduates from ALL high school choices, but adults returning to the classrooms after, maybe, many years. This means anyone will be slammed with the CCSS/CTE alignment!
3) ‘Free’ will NOT be free! How many times have we lived this out? In order for ‘free’ community college for some, it means others will have something taken away!
4) Just as in the K-12 bills, teachers and other educational staff personnel in post-secondary institutions will need assessing, re-education to handle all the behavioral aspects of the CCSS/CTE legislative parameters.

 
Another press release by the AACC (American Association of Community Colleges) you’ll need: http://www.aacc.nche.edu/Advocacy/Pages/acpa2015.aspx

A must read anti CCSS warrior article tying a lot of the information main stream media HASN’T told you about some of the movement towards aligned post secondary education:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/ftf-chea-cte-ccss-and-america/

Senators aren’t the only ones pushing the CCSS/CTE agenda. The Representatives are as well.

Look for other Reps, like VIrginia Foxx who fully support Workforce. Workforce that's chock full of CCSS/CTE!
Look for other Reps, like VIrginia Foxx who fully support Workforce. Workforce that’s chock full of CCSS/CTE!

Other propaganda which surfaced yesterday during the D.C. education marathon:

As we know, ECAA and HR5 weave CCSS/CTE all throughout themselves to align for a trained Workforce.
As we know, ECAA and HR5 weave CCSS/CTE all throughout themselves to align for a trained Workforce.
Oh, there's lots more hype about CPA out there.
Oh, there’s lots more hype about CPA out there.

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One resource the pro CCSS/CTE side is saying is a ‘great’ thing (which is a HUGE clue to how it’s exactly NOT a great thing):
http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/in-focus/americas-college-promise-act-new-legislation-supporting-our-nations-students-workforce-and-economy

In a brief statement of fact, why this is bad, is that every student loan will see more federal funds, less state funds (example: for every $3.00 the federal gov’t loans, the states loan $1.00). Translated: more federal control; watered down degrees with CCSS/CTE alignment, and a horrid amount of student debt.

I’ve covered CLASP’s overreach before now, They’re not just pumped about the College Promise Act, but the HEA, too!
See:  https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/tech-thursday-ccss-workforce-pushing-labor-reform/

Closing:

I know we, the anti CCSS warriors are being flooded at the moment. Congress is presently, very active. As tired as we may be, we MUSTN’T let up the pressure directed toward D.C.!!
Yes, many of us anti CCSS warriors are sharing lots of information to combat the rhetoric we’ve come to identify and despise. Yes, it may make your head spin. However, my fellow warriors, we must consider what’s at stake. Is it worth the dizzying pace? Absolutely! We MUST press on! We MUST be the thorn in Congress’s side. We MUST fight for our students!!