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“Spicing” Education Up

My fellow Anti Fed Ed Warriors, here’s the latest agenda filled system behind AP World History.

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Warriors, you know I’ve held nothing back in exposing that ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is impacting (in real time) EVERY school choice.

It absorbed AP (Advanced Placement) courses into the mandates for aligned education. Also, IB  (International Baccalaureate) Schools.
You also know that IB Schools are UN (United Nations) breeding grounds for globalism and collectivism. (*Note: early in my blogging days, this resource filled article.)

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To be a global student I must also be altruistic. IB Schools have a ‘diploma program’ where you must complete 1 year of service or you do not receive your diploma.

At one time AP courses were truly ‘advanced’. At one time the credits and scores your student earned actually meant ‘honor’.

However, these courses and tests went the way of the wind when they were aligned to the CCSS Machine.

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Now, AP Courses are just as empty as the rest of the CCSS aligned (or whatever label your State has re-branded CC to) ‘curriculum’ and assessments.

I know you’ve seen the decrease in quality. I’ve watched it over the past few years. Especially in private and homeschooling. I’ve also seen how the public schools have used AP as a sort of ‘dividing line’ among students. Truly sickening.

Where AP and the UN Meet:

Warriors, simply put, World History.

In this teacher led instructional video, she openly tells the students that she’ll be away for 2 days attending the UN Model Club Conference. She’s leaving them an assignment to watch a documentary and then complete the SPICE chart. What’s a SPICE chart?
Look below:

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(Source)

Before I share what each letter stands for, look at the simplicity of this chart:

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Why all the detail and fuss for such a simple chart? Why not let kids take notes in a way which makes sense to them? If these students are truly ‘advanced’ shouldn’t they be able to figure this out for themselves? And finally, why let the computer guide them?

The Meaning Behind SPICE, Agenda Dressed In Education:

“S” stands for ‘Social’ and includes class structures, social mobility and barriers, gender roles and relations, family and kinship, racial and ethnic constructs, urbanization, and, freedoms/rights.
“P” stands for ‘Political’ and includes government and leadership, nations and nationalism, revolts and revolutions, conflict and war, legal and court systems, regional/trans-regional/global, and, structure/organization.
“I” stands for ‘Interacting with the Environment’ and covers demography, disease, migration, natural resources, settlement patterns, impact of natural barriers, flora/fauna/climate, and technology.
“C” stands for ‘Cultural’ and covers religions/beliefs/ideologies, language, writing, art/architecture, clothing/food/music, education, science/technology, and nationalism.
“E” stands for ‘Economic’ and entails material wealth, production (agricultural and pastoral), distribution (trade and commerce), labor systems, industrialization, wealth distribution, and banks/currency.

However, Warriors, look at how this OH teacher’s blog highlights each letter of SPICE.

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Do you see what he is choosing to put at the top of the list for “Social”? The UN also has a ‘gender agenda’, its SDG #5. (*Note: SDG is short for Sustainable Development Goal)

To see how the CCSS Machine uses gender as a ‘change agent’, read this.

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Warriors, the UN actively recognizes America as a ‘nation-state’ or as a ‘member-state’.

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Many of the UN’s SDGs center on environment. To the point environment is more important than people.

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Notice how this theme centers on a dominant belief system? Notice how science and technology are also present? You can trace the science/technology all through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math) and the SDGs. STEM is a tool created by the UN to implement the SDGs.

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This next SPICE video from You Tube reveals a broader agenda in AP World History.
Flip Learning (where all individual school work is completed at home and all collaborative work is completed in class) is what this one teacher is saying has been proven to be more effective than traditional school work.  Warriors, this is all but eliminating ALL individual work in class.

While that’s a wake-up call on its own, it’s the teacher’s leading the students on how to decipher a picture they are seeing which is even more awakening. Why? She coaches them by telling them when we don’t know things we can be uncomfortable about them. However, by using this SPICE system, as they know more the students will feel more comfortable about the world around them. This teacher also guides the students thinking by telling them nothing happens in a vacuum/that everything interconnects.

Warriors, just how does the AP coursework intersect with Model UN Clubs? From 2014, this NC high school used the two to from a ‘joint crisis committee’.
Here’s another example of how AP is steering kids to see the UN’s global continuity and tie it to which of our U.S. Presidents was most supportive. Compare what you read here with the SPICE information. Do you see the connections?!

In 2016, I showed you how the UN Model Clubs were impacting homeschoolers (as do AP courses). Earlier this year, I showed you more about the march for global citizens and gave you more information on education as that ‘change agent’.

While McGraw-Hill isn’t the copyright owner of AP, it has an entire catalog of AP ‘electives’. World History is among them. You’ll see how the current AP courses align to C3 (College/Career/Civic Life) as well as NGSS (Next Gen Science Standards). The UN can be found in C3 and NGSS.

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AP Summer Time:

For students during the summer, the CCSS aligned AP courses keep going! This AP Summer Institute at one NC university campus this year is just an example. See below:

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To see how the State of NC gives these AP Summer scholarships, go here. Note that when you scroll all the way down the screen you’ll find out the partner for these scholarships is the NC State Board of Education. So, in other words, the AP summer institutes are taxpayer funded!

Now, Warriors, I know your State will have AP courses as well, so be looking for those summer camps! If you want to see how AP students are data raped to provide your State with ‘information’ that can be ‘celebrated’, go here.
Let’s not forget, The National Review showed the leftist approach from College Board to support the UN’s activities back in 2014.

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Closing:

Warriors, as far as who created the SPICE chart system, it doesn’t really matter. What does, is that the AP courses and assessments have increased their amount of collectivism.
This is infecting ALL education choices. Do we want to be a free America or a controlled one?

(*Personal Note: I’ll be traveling to CT to appear at a Parents Rights Rally there. If you can make it to Hartford, we need you! I’ll use my @commoncorediva (Twitter) account to update you all.)

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King’s Bandwagon..It’s A-comin’

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Yes, Anti-Fed Ed Warriors, you saw it correctly…Dr. John King, U.S. Secretary of Education has waxed ‘collective’ when it comes to your students. We’ve known for a while his attitude towards parents, so it shouldn’t be a surprise when he comes up with yet another insulting comment.

Climbing on My Soapbox for a Moment:

‘Everybody’ did not help me birth or raise my children. I didn’t help you birth or raise yours. We CERTAINLY do NOT need the U.S. Dept. of Education’s help either!!
I do NOT desire to see anyone’s child climb on board King’s ‘we’re-all-in-this-together’ bandwagon. The popular mindset in D.C.:  we need as many folks as possible to raise/teach our kids. If this continues: we won’t have a bandwagon of student’s champions, but I fear, village idiots running amuck! It appears, however, that King is determined to get as many on his bandwagon as he can. What do I mean?! Let me climb off my soapbox and we’ll find out.

First Stop, NPR:

Dr. King was a guest on “All Things Considered”, Sept. 3, 2016. You can either listen to the archive or read the transcript of the interview. I am choosing the transcript. The less I have to hear a CCSS Machine disciple spew rhetoric, the better.
http://www.npr.org/2016/09/03/492549553/education-secretary-says-status-quo-in-schools-is-unacceptable

As I usually do, I’ll only point out the things that need our attention the most. For example, get a load of the bandwagon-mindset title NPR chose to circulate the interview.
‘King/status quo/unacceptable’ ?!!? Are you kidding me?! Has NO ONE at NPR read ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)?! Has NO ONE at NPR talked with Congress lately?! Sure, they obviously talked to King, but he’s a CCSS Machine disciple.

Those in the D.C. arm of the CCSS Machine wouldn’t know ‘quality education’ if it sat up and punched them!
King is acting out what the CCSS Machine wants..and it WANTS STATUS QUO citizens!

As far as the interview, here are the bandwagon-worthy statements NPR and/or King had the audacity to utter.
1) NPR: “Earlier this week, his agency proposed new rules that would govern how school districts distribute federal money meant to support the education of low-income kids. The rules are intended to ensure that these federal funds, known as Title I, can only be used in addition to state and local money and not instead of those funds.”

Excuse me, but does anyone see the bandwagon mindset? HIS agency?! Governing how Fed $$ is spent?!

What was included in King’s response? “And so this is really about requiring districts to direct resources to the kids who need them most, to ensure that students have access to pre-K, to advanced coursework, to school counselors.”

Hold the horses, Dr. King! The amount of federal overreach into education has gone far enough! We DO NOT need NOR want more ways for you to require, mandate, order, or govern for us. The ironic thing is that school counselors have been ‘encouraged’ to become Career Track/Pathway and/or College and Career Readiness sales personnel! Pre-K should be up to the parents, not the government. Not every student should go to Pre-K. They need those crucial parental bonding times. (*Note: be sure you read how upset he is over Civil Rights when it comes to AP (Advanced Placement) courses. When you factor in how un-advanced those courses have been reduced to, he should be incensed about that ‘status quo’ move.)

2) The sympathy card is played by both. Whhaaa…Grow up. Most of us have hard times and don’t go on to purposefully muck up millions of students, teachers, education leaders, and abuse taxpayers money to achieve the ‘muckness of it all’.

3) The charter school/school choice card is played. Again, did no one read ESSA? ‘School choice’ is a mirage waiting for us to fall into! Charters are being aligned now to take over public schools in some states as a way to ‘fix’ those low ‘whole school grades/report cards’. If you ever need a fine example of P3 (public private partnership) disasters, look at the CCSS Machine and what’s it’s done to education.

4) NPR: “… is part of the play here on these new regulations is that if affluent schools realize they might lose something, that that might create some urgency around making sure that less affluent kids get what they need – is that part of the logic of this?”

Oh NO they DIDN’T! There is absolutely, positively NOTHING playful about ESSA or Dr. King’s rein as the top person in charge of education at the federal level! As far as ‘logic’, leveling education to a one-size-serves-all is the entire agenda.

This is where King’s response you see in the tweet above comes into context. But..what ELSE did he utter? Here’s the entire set of comments. “I hope in the end it’s that folks see that they have a stake in the success of other people’s children. The reality is you can’t build walls high enough to keep the fate of your kids separate from the fate of the kid down the block, down the street, down the road, in the next community over – all our kids’ fates are bound up together. And the work that we’re doing on supplement not supplant, the work that we’re doing on socioeconomic diversity in schools and promoting efforts to increase school diversity, all of that is about saying we are one community and we are ultimately stronger together.”

Ahh, yes..Dr. King, your global citizenship card is in the mail!

Second Stop, A Fed Ed Tour to Inspire:

Yes, the U.S. Dept. of Ed is, once again, polishing up  their CCSS/CTE (Common Core State Standards/Career Tech Education) indoctrination bandwagon using OUR taxpayer funds to convince (oh wait, sorry, it is to inspire us) all Americans how ‘opportunity’ awaits.

The Tour is officially known as “Opportunity Across America”. There’s even a handy website with smiling faces you can visit to learn more: http://www2.ed.gov/opportunity/index.html

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“Opportunity for All” is code for “Mediocrity for All”!

Bandwagon stops: D.C., VA, TN, AL, AR, MS, and LA

What opportunity/mediocrity will King help promote on this latest bandwagon show?
By the way, King is a puppet for the CCSS Machine in each of these.

a) Pell Grants (used in the HEA, Higher Education Act). Pell has been refigured to align with stipulations in WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) This includes “Second Chance Pell Grants”.
b) America’s College Promise (used in secondary and post-secondary education, White House created and federally funded) will be found in ESSA, WIOA, and HEA. Totally aligned to the CCSS Machine. Often sold as ‘free college’ or ‘free community college’.
c) ConnectED (used in Pre-K to career, public libraries, and more) If you missed by eye opening revelation of how ConnectEd is not only a White House created Initiative, then you need to see it. It’ll show you tons to help you connect the indoctrination dots.
(See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/your-home-or-bust/)
d) Pre-K for All (mandated in ESSA and based on universal design for learning; will start our babies out in the ways of the CCSS Machine, not our ways.)
e) Promise Neighborhoods (codified in the ESSA, this White House created and led Initiative is now law. With it will come whole community/family alignment to the CCSS Machine in the guise of ‘student success’.)
f) Computer Science for All (another White House created and championed Initiative. The Fed Ed 2017 Budget Requests for this are astronomical. It is also woven into Item C, ConnectED. This is meant for every citizen’s alignment, not just students.
g) Teach to Lead (2017 Budget figures are ‘off the charts’ as well as every organization leading the teachers on how to lead students? CCSS Machine banner carrying member organizations.)

The rest of the items are woven into ESSA, WIOA, and or HEA collectively where needed. They include Race to the Top, college affordability, school turnarounds and anything connected. If they are in all 3 of the laws, they’ll be in one of them.

The video for “Opportunity for All” is below. In the first few seconds, you’ll hear each of the above programs championed by the President of the United States. Please note how many of the above programs are from his office. Remember, this President doesn’t have an educational background, but rather legions of educrats advising him.

Closing:

Warriors, I encourage you to go to one of the bandwagon tour stops. Protest the use of your tax money used against us. Protest the unjust activity of using ‘opportunity’ as a guise for ‘control’!
If you cannot attend:  tweet, email, or call Dr. King, the U.S. Dept. of Ed., and Congress!!
Join the nationally recognized anti fed-ed groups, like U.S. PIE (United States Parents Involved in Education, http://www.uspie.org), share this information with someone who needs it. More more truth we raise, the more the bandwagon will shrink.

Inadequacy Breeders

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What every US citizen said they always wanted… NOT!

 

Anti CCSS/ESSA and Fed Ed Warriors, schools are beginning to open for the new year (2016-17). We are beginning to see the first tentacles of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)  reach down from the national level to the state and local levels.

Much of it will NOT use the phrase “Common Core State Standards”, but instead “College and Career Readiness”. We have been alerted to this fact well before now. However, how is the CCSS Machine spinning the ‘newness’ of the same old agenda?! That by conducting education any way BUT the ESSA way, is to “breed inadequacy”.

From ‘Their’ Files:

According to the CCSS Machine member organization “Getting Smart”, by 2020, 65% of all jobs will require post-secondary education.

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From the notorious “Foundation for Excellence in Education” (FEE), here is their take on ‘inadequate’ students:

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FEE also has a short video to support how inadequate education before CCSS was and how heavy the changes for CCR (via STEM, dual enrollment, AP and IB courses, and CLEP exams (College Level Examination Program)).

Every one of these ties in some way to not only CCR (College and Career Readiness) but can be found in the ESSA, the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) and the HEA (Higher Education Act) as well.

The sheer fact that FEE is using the ACT, Inc. assessment as one of its OTHER solutions for College and Career Readiness is also a clue for us. How? Act, Inc. owns “WorkKeys” assessments. “WorkKeys” is the Competency Based Education, Career Pathways test which sets the course for what job your students should not only be trained for, but educated in! Those CLEP assessments? Those are owned by the College Board, Inc., yet another CCSS Machine key member organization.

Here is the video:

While FEE is using Florida as an example in the video, their influence is felt in all 50 States. FEE is not only fully supportive of the ESSA, but is pledging to help each State navigate its way through the implementation process. Here is just one of the ways FEE can support your State, “Identifying ways that new federal funds can support state reforms in areas including K-3 reading, college and career readiness and digital learning.”

Awww, Warriors, aren’t we ‘honored’ to have such bias help?! (I am being 100% sarcastic here).

Let’s look at the statement above from the Warrior’s side.
a) To be truly State led (as ESSA was sold to the nation), why would we need a national group’s help in making decisions?
b) Does the FEE and other CCSS Machine organizations just assume the States are too stupid to identify funding for themselves?
c) The 3 targets FEE is offering support on are some of the biggest bullet points in ESSA. Digital Learning will be at least $849 million for the States.  Where will the objectivity come from? Where will the objective research be allowed to surface? (*Note: FEE cannot be objective on this topic. How do I know? Check out their Initiative called “Digital Learning Now”, http://www.digitallearningnow.com/)

To see the other ways FEE wants to help: http://www.excelined.org/principles-2015-reauthorization-elementary-secondary-education-act/

In case you would like to see how FEE commented publicly on the ESSA Proposed Regulations (all public comments are closed as of 8/1/16):
 http://www.excelined.org/news/excelined-submits-comments-u-s-department-education-essa-regulations/

Digital Learning Now:

As mentioned above, this is an initiative project of FEE’s but it is not solely FEE’s.
Read this excerpt about the history of the project, Governors Jeb Bush(FL) and Bob Wise (WV) convened the Digital Learning Council in August 2010 to develop the roadmap to integrate current and future technological innovations into public education.”

So who is on the DLC (Digital Learning Council)?

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Among other CCSS Machine/ESSA Supporter groups in the DLC:
Microsoft, the Center for Education Reform, Apple, Pearson Publishing, Connections Academy (an arm of Pearson Publishing), Data Quality Campaign, The Hewlett Foundation, The Carnegie Foundation, ETS (Educational Testing Services, associated with AIR, Inc. (American Institutes for Research), The Fordham Foundation, SchoolNet, Nat’l Assoc. for Charter School Authorizers, the U.S. Dept. of Education, and a few State Senate bodies. To see the entire list of DLC adivors and membershttp://www.digitallearningnow.com/about/history

To see the 10 key points the DLC presented to the National Summit on Education Reform:
http://www.digitallearningnow.com/policy/10-elements/ (*Note: all 10 are woven into CCR and the ESSA, WIOA, and the HEA.)

If you would like to see the other DLC Initiatives:
http://www.digitallearningnow.com/initiatives/ (*Note: among them is the E-Rate Legislation. I exposed the ties to the CCSS Machine and the E-Rate: http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1223; How does E-Rate fit in the ESSA? Remember the $849 million mentioned above? Not only will portions of that go to State for Technology updates, other tax money will be used to update entire infrastructures of regions, cities, and States for the 24/7, Open Educational Resource access to ALL learning connected resources. How? In the name of ‘student achievement’.)

From My Files:

ESSA and the Ditigal Makeovers:
a) nationally: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/essa-and-digital-overload/
b) State levels: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/state-digital-education/
c) ESSA codified Digital Promise and its connected Neighborhoods:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/ed-for-sale/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/meet-your-new-neighbor-essa-seriously/
d) ESSA and the national technology/in-home assessments:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/essa-in-a-nutshell/
e) ESSA and the data mining for private education (including homeschoolers), which also lumps in AP, IB, and dual enrollment:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/warriors-guide-to-essa-and-private-education/
f) The White House’s “Computer Science for All” will also be included in the digital push/ESSA, CCR, etc.:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/07/catching-up/

Closing:

Find out if your State has received any Digital Learning Grants recently. For example, this one from 2014 from Indiana:
http://www.doe.in.gov/elearning/digital-learning-grant

What new laws or older laws undergoing a rewrite to fit Digital Learning are there in your State? For example, the NC DPI, has a list of legislation. See:
http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/dtl/policy/regulations/

What State affiliated Colleges, Universities, and/or related post-secondary educational institutions are involved in the Digital Plans? For example, the NC State University’s Friday Center (both NC State and the Friday Center are ‘banner’ CCSS Machine members) produced this detailed Digital plan in 2015: http://ncdlplan.fi.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/NC-Digital-Learning-Detailed-Plan-9-14-15.pdf

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So, the better question (anti Fed Ed/ESSA/CCSS Warrior) should be: what CCSS Machine members are breeding inadequate education?

Speeding Through Education, Pts. 1/2

Warriors, my anti CCSS/ESSA Weekend News was such a revelation, wasn’t it? Thank you to all who have responded. As I promised in the ‘Closing’ of that article, I am using today’s “From the Files” post to look at the OTHER gifted/talented national organizations. Are they just as sold out and devoted to the CCSS Machine as the NAGC (National Assoc. of Gifted Children)? If you missed the NAGC article,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/07/17/the-gift-that-keeps-aligning/

If you would like to only see  the other national gifted groups, skip to Part Two. If you would like to see more on how gifted students and ESSA intersect, see Part One.

 

 

Part One: Speeding Up’s Agenda:

If you didn’t know it (or you missed the big bombshell news), the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) has written in the ‘fine print’ how gifted and high-ability learners will be used as research subjects. We have seen how the U.S. Dept. of Ed and its partners have used other sub-groups of students for research purposes in the past. It is truly despicable! So why write into the ESSA measures to create a NEW gifted and talented research facility, a director to oversee this, AND the Sec. of Ed’s power used to control it all?! Based on research of my own into the CCSS Machine (including its agenda, legislation, etc.), I think it is a two-prong plan.

Prong #1: Separate the gifted/talented students from the students who are not. It fits right in with the leader/follower mentality we have seen surface in CCSS lessons, maneuvers for alignment to a workforce based education system, AND in the Career Clusters of the CCSS Machine. How? Look at the small number of Clustered Tracks for Career in Management/Leadership and compare it to the larger Clustered Tracks for workers.

What you see below is a map from the U.S. Dept. of Education for the Career Clusters (aka: Career Tracks):

edspeedmapI featured this image (map only) in a previous article. It is a great resource for a back ground information set of facts. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/tech-thursday-difference-between-careers/

Prong #2: Control and greed. We know much of the rhetoric surrounding the ESSA is more about global workforce for a global economy than whether or not Johnny and Susie can read, write, or think for themselves. We’ve also heard enough junk about training for those mysterious 21st Century jobs with 21st Century Skills. To see my previous collection of alignment for workforce (encompasses local, state, federal, and points to global), see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/25/aligned-workforces/

So, take those 2 Prongs, apply them to the gifted learners and what do you get? Students speeding through education. This also fits the ‘cart before the horse’ tactics the CCSS/CCR/CTE (Common Core State Standards, College and Career Readiness, Career Tech Education) uses. Teachers are being forced to introduce lessons, resources, and other materials to students who are simply not mature enough (yes, this applies to our high-ability learners, too) to handle it all. Throw in the fact that written in the ESSA is the mandate that ALL students learn (and teachers teach) to ‘Challenging State Academic Standards’ which also align with credentialed industry parameters all geared for post-secondary readiness. (On pages 32 and 33 of the ESSA Final Conference Report, you can find how States(on their local levels) must use part of the federal funds for education which fits this mandate. States MUST tie this to the WIOA, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014)

Here’s the excerpt, “‘‘(c) LOCAL USE OF FUNDS.—A local educational  agency receiving an award under this section— ‘‘(1) may use not more than 1 percent of its award for outreach and communication to parents about available direct student services described in  paragraph (3) in the local educational agency and  State;  ‘‘(2) may use not more than 2 percent of its  award for administrative costs related to such direct student services;  ‘‘(3) shall use the remainder of the award to  pay the costs associated with one or more of the following direct student services—
‘‘(A) enrollment and participation in academic courses not otherwise available at a student’s school, including— ‘‘(i) advanced courses; and ‘‘(ii) career and technical education coursework that— ‘‘(I) is aligned with the challenging State academic standards; and ‘‘(II) leads to industry-recognized credentials that meet the quality criteria established by the State under  section 123(a) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (2910 U.S.C. 3102); ‘‘(B) credit recovery and academic acceleration courses that lead to a regular high school diploma; ‘‘(C) activities that assist students in successfully completing post-secondary level instruction and examinations that are accepted for credit at institutions of higher education (including Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses), which may include reimbursing low-income students to cover part or all of the costs of fees for such examinations; ‘‘(D) components of a personalized learning approach, which may include high-quality academic tutoring..”

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I do not support the over assessing of students and their teachers via the Common Core aligned tests; the Career Path assessments; or the data mining included. 

 

Part Two:  National Gifted Groups and the CCSS Machine/Global Education:

The Acceleration Institute:
Website: http://www.accelerationinstitute.org/Default.aspx
According to their website, each State has some level of policies already in place for those needing ‘accelerated’ education. So, who or what is the Accelerated Institute? “The Acceleration Institute was first established under the name, “Institute for Research and Policy on Acceleration” in 2006″. It is housed at the University of Iowa. From 2006-2012, the John Templeton Foundation was the financial supporter. While I have not been able to see what groups have supported the Institute since then, I can tell you there is much support for it via the University of Iowa’s College of Education, and partner programs like the one it has with Steston University. (see: http://www.stetson.edu/other/hats/).

Part of their work is to shape State policies in education. Here is a screen shot from their 2009 partnership created document expressly for the States to use as a checklist for the appropriate ways to create/implement gifted and talented programs.

accelleadTo access the either long or short 2009 Checklists:
http://www.accelerationinstitute.org/Resources/Policy_Guidelines/
*(Note: the access the other 2 partner groups: 
a) IRSP: 
http://www.ctd.northwestern.edu/institute-research-and-policy-acceleration-irpa
b) CSDPG: http://csdpg.weebly.com/ )

To see a more up-to-date resource for Accelerate Institute and your State:  http://www.accelerationinstitute.org/Resources/Policy/By_State/Default.aspx

What kinds of education are considered  for being ‘sped up and finished early’? Early entrance to preschool, early entrance to kindergarten, scoring well enough you can skip grades, early college programs (includes dual enrollment), and early graduation. Factor in that EVERY type of educational choice can utilize these programs and suddenly, EVERY student is capable of being sped up somehow. Warriors, why the rush for our young people? But wait, the Accelerate Inst. folks also have a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) ‘Speeding Course’. (Look at the Career Cluster map, above, again find the STEM jobs. They ARE part of the CCSS Machine. They are a big part of personalized learning, too.STEM is also embedded in the ESSA.)

Warriors, it is important to note that Act, Inc. is also based in Iowa. We know that the Gates Foundation has given many grants to the Act, Inc. folks. Coincidence in the locations of the Accelerated Institute AND Act, Inc.?

The U.S. State Department’s Gifted Program:
Website: http://www.state.gov/m/dghr/flo/c21956.htm
Here is an excerpt from their website, “Within the cross-section of learning styles are children who display an extraordinary intellect or passion for learning. Gifted children do have special educational and social/emotional characteristics, and the responsibility for educational planning falls upon the individual family. Parents need to become advocates for their gifted children by ensuring that each child’s particular needs are met throughout his or her educational career. The personality and interests of each child should be weighed along with the intellectual or artistic potential.” The State Dept. is addressing their employees in this. Not the general population. However, look at the State Dept’s allowance for Gifted Education participation. It includes public education, private schools, at home study. It encompasses the same College Board, AP, and IB courses
https://aoprals.state.gov/content.asp?content_id=249&menu_id=81
If you look at the main U.S. State Dept. website above, scroll down to near the bottom of the page to see the resources. The same CCSS Machine sources. Be sure to note the Youth and Education Programs the State Dept. has. Note how global some of them are. The U.S. State Dept. also has its hand in higher education from a global aspect. See: https://educationusa.state.gov/
Oh, and Warriors, one last fact: The U.S. State Dept. uses some of the same data mining education/workforce information as the U.S. Dept. of Ed and the U.S. Dept. of Labor. See:
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/map/index.htm

 
National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT):
Website: http://www.nsgt.org/
For our final look at a national organization for  ‘high-ability learners’, the NSGT, is also sold out to the CCSS Machine. I will get to that in a moment. However, what does the organization do? “The National Society for the Gifted & Talented (NSGT) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization created to honor and nurture gifted and talented (G&T) children and youth. It is committed to acknowledging and supporting the needs of G&T children and youth by providing recognition of their significant academic and performance accomplishments and access to educational resources and advanced learning opportunities directly related to their interests and talent areas.” How do they do all this? P3s (public private partnerships)!NSGT collaborates closely with other G&T program providers, school districts, colleges and universities, community programs, and corporations, and we invite all stakeholders who are dedicated to fostering the development of these extraordinary young people..” What ages does the NSGT target? 5 years old to t 17 years old.

As far as how sold out  to the CCSS Machine NSGT is, consider a former sponsor is none other than ETS (Educational Testing Service) which has been aligning assessments to the CCSS/CCR/CTE education reform for awhile. Some States have even abandoned SBAC and PARCC assessments to use ETS’s assessments. It’s a lateral move, Warriors!

The NSGT also cites a global gifted education program housed in the University of Warwick (UK). One of the main benefits?! Global education/culture exchange. See below:

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While this seems innocent enough, the University of Warwick is a UNESCO partner institution. See: http://www.unesco.org/most/partners.htm (look for ‘CRER’)

If you missed it a few days ago, I dug into global education with the CCSS Machine’s and UNESCO’s involvement via the upcoming Olympic Games. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/going-for-the-golden-games/

Closing:

Again, Warriors, we are seeing the same pattern. US law (ESSA) used to support global goals. Consider, we started with gifted learners and have circled back to how it all connects to UNESCO. Between the two gifted articles, you see how in-depth the scourge is going. There is no quick read. We must get in the cracks and crevices of the CCSS Machine to know all we can to protect our nation. Thank you for bearing with me through the twists and turns of this information.

The Gift That Keeps Aligning

Anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors, have no fear, I am still here! Yes, it has been a few days since I last shared any education research with you. However, that does not mean I have been slacking off. Quite the contrary. I have found myself involved in a project which has me combing through the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) once again. I wanted to make sure I hadn’t missed any nugget of truth hidden inside the Law. The first time I read the Law (yes, I actually read all the pages of the Final Conference Report (1, 059) pages and the Law (391 pages) ), I knew there were mandates in there to impact every single educational choice known to man, but I also knew that with the ESSA Proposed Regulations Public Comment period drawing to a close (Aug. 1, 2016), I’d better see if there was anything else I missed the first time. A special note for you Warriors, the Final Conference Report AND the Law have the same wording, items, and intent, it is simply a matter of page number difference. The font on the Report is much easier to decipher.

That Gift Quote:

Warriors, we know the ESSA was signed in early December 2015. We know the CCSS Machine members in the Congress, White House, and those in attendance, were almost giddy with joy over the Law. (See below)

ESSA gift
Now, I am not rubbing salt in any wounds. I am actually using the President’s quote to make a valid point:

While the Law was to ONLY encompass K-12th, look at the picture. This is based off my research/reading of the ESSA (as well as the WIOA and HEA) As I have shared with you in the past, birth to career education is embedded in the Law.  ESSA embeds WIOA and HEA in it! ESSA will not stop at the school’s front doors, it means to invade your home, your neighborhood, your entire town (rural or urban), it means to invade your job, too! { WIOA: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; HEA: Higher Education Act) } Some gift…some miracle, Obama.
( To see the entire speech: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/10/remarks-president-every-student-succeeds-act-signing-ceremony )


The Gifted Students:

While I have covered how ESSA will cover every educational choice and shown you have almost every type of student/citizen will be entwined, I have not gone into as much detail for the gifted students as I have for the others. So, the remainder of this article will focus on how ESSA will take this subgroup (as ESSA refers to any type of student outside of the traditional public school student) and align them as well.

The National Gifted and Talented Student Associations:

If you didn’t know it, there are a few of these groups. There is the NAGC (National Association of Gifted Children), there is the NSGT (National Society for the Gifted and Talented), The U.S. State Department’s Gifted Education, The Acceleration Institute and, more. (*Note: According to the Open Education Data Base Website) there are at least 50 organizations of some type for gifted students. See: http://oedb.org/ilibrarian/50-essential-links-for-the-parents-of-gifted-children/)
I urge you to look into as many of these as you can. Like always, I am delving into just one of these groups and ESSA Law itself. (I will be looking in-depth at the other gifted groups later.)

NAGC, National Assoc. of Gifted Children:

Website: https://www.nagc.org
Their stance on Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards:
 https://www.nagc.org/sites/default/files/Position%20Statement/Common%20Core%20and%20Next%20Generation%20Science%20Standards.pdf

An excerpt from this Press Release, ” The developers of the CCSS and NGSS have acknowledged individual differences of gifted students noting that some students will master the standards before grade 12, and that it is up to educators to extend the learning goals and objectives beyond the standards to meet their needs. This acknowledgement means that effective implementation of the standards requires specific instructional strategies and curricular materials, including modified formative and summative assessments, for advanced and gifted students whose levels of learning exceed grade-level expectations. Effective instruction using CCSS and NGSS for gifted students will require extensive professional development on the standards and the assessment systems, sufficient materials and personnel resources to support implementation..

The NAGC’s Board of Directors includes a Dr. Dina Brulle. If you do not recognize her name, she has written much on the subject of Common Core, gifted students, how they learn, and why group cluster settings are the best for the gifted learners. You can see her position paper on the group cluster settings on the AASA (American Assoc. of School Administrators, aka: The School Superintendents Assoc.). AASA is a huge CCSS Machine member organization! Access the paper: http://www.aasa.org/content.aspx?id=17446

Now, Warriors, why would I point out this one Board member? Certainly there are others who are CCSS Machine friendly. Brulle is a former Product Developer for Pearson Publishing’s Assessments Division! Her CV (Curriculum Vita) shows that from 2006-2009, Pearson was Brulle’s employer. See the CV: https://webapp4.asu.edu/directory/cv?id=282980

To see the other NAGC Board Members: https://www.nagc.org/about-nagc/who-we-are/nagc-board-directors
The NAGC Annual Fund uses part of its money to promote and train leaders for gifted students in Common Core. Among the top donors in 2015? Pearson Publishing! See: http://www.nagc.org/get-involved/volunteercontribute-nagc/thanks-these-nagc-2015-annual-fund-donors

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To access the NAGC’s Common Core/Next Gen Science website pages:
http://www.nagc.org/common-core-state-standards-national-science-standards-and-gifted-education

Warriors, you might be interested in the NAGC’s Special Interest Groups and what groups they network with in the name of educating gifted students. See: http://www.nagc.org/get-involved/nagc-networks-and-special-interest-groups

There are Gifted Programs nation-wide which align to the NAGC Standards. One example is from CA. The University of California at Irvine’s Extension has the GATE (Gifted and Talented) program. Not only does it align to the NAGC Educational Standards, but to the CAG (California Assoc. for the Gifted) Standards. See the UCI brochure:
https://ce.uci.edu/pdfs/brochures/color/gate.pdf

Do the GATE Standards include Common Core? Indeed they do. Taken from the 2013 document from the CAG, is the screen shot below:

GATECCS

To see the rest of how CCSS and GATE influence gifted learning:
https://c.ymcdn.com/sites/cagifted.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/docs/ccss-gate_cde_website.pdf


ESSA, That Gift for the Gifted?

Okay, Warriors, just WHAT does the ESSA have to say about gifted students? Well, according to the NAGC, ESSA includes several items (mandates) from the TALENT Act. TALENT Act was to support and enrich gifted/talented learners. (*Note: TALENT stands for:  To Aid Gifted and High-Ability Learners by Empowering the Nation’s Teachers Act {S. 363 and HR2960}. To read the S 363, (HR 2960 is an exact copy): 
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s363/text
Basically, the Act was to help address the so called achievement gap, both here in the US and globally in the 21st Century with 21st Century skills. As we know, ESSA is full of this very theme.

As far as what those several TALENT Act items are, the NAGC doesn’t make too clear on their page concerning ESSA and gifted learners. See: http://www.nagc.org/get-involved/advocate-high-ability-learners/nagc-advocacy/federal-legislative-update/every-student

SO, what have I found in the ESSA language about gifted and talented learners? From my July 5th article, I showed you how an entire program (called Envision) is geared for younger gifted students and uses CTE (Career Tech Education) as one of its ties to both the CCSS Machine AND ESSA. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/youth-envisioned/

Back in January 2016, I shared with you how gifted students (including those in AP Courses and dual enrollment) where being sucked in by ESSA. This one gives you exact page numbers, too.
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/07/the-great-education-experiment/

Not included in either article are the following ESSA Final Conference Report page numbers and how they relate to gifted students:
Page 138, identifying schools serving gifted and talented students (means any school with gifted learners will be noted.)
Page 328, ELLs (English Language Learners) who are identified as ‘gifted’  receive personalized  learning
Pages 335 and 336 explain how local funds must include activities for gifted learners
Page 636 (Section 4644) begins the Supporting High-Ability Learners and Learning details.
Here is a screen shot as to why this should be a concern.

giftedESSA

On Page 637 you will find that it is the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Secretary who will consult with Gifted and Talented Child Experts and enter into contracts with the States for funding the Javits Program. Further in on Pages 637 and 638, you will find how the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Secretary will have any group or person wishing to help educate the gifted and talented, must submit an application to him, NOT their States!

Page 639 establishes a National Research Center for Gifted and Talented Students! Here is the proof, “CENTER FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT.—
‘‘(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary (after consultation with experts in the field of the education
of gifted and talented students) shall establish a National Research Center for the Education of Gifted and Talented Children and Youth through grants to, or contracts with, one or more institutions of higher education or State educational agencies, or a combination or consortium of such institutions and  agencies and other public or private agencies and organizations, for the purpose of carrying out activities described in subsection (c). ‘‘(2) DIRECTOR.—The National Center shall be  headed by a Director. The Secretary may authorize  the Director to carry out such functions of the National Center as may be agreed upon through arrangements with institutions of higher education,  State educational agencies, local educational agencies, or other public or private agencies and organizations.”

More details can be found out about this National Center from Pages 639-642.

Closing:

I know this is a lot to take in. It is a lot to wrap our heads and hearts around. How in the world our Congress members DID NOT read this Bill before it became a LAW is still something I do not understand. Aligning education is one thing, using our teachers and students for ‘research’ is quite another. Let’s remember, however, that ALL students and teachers will be used for ESSA purposes, not necessarily their own.

Be sure to stay tuned for my look into the other Gifted Associations.

Youth Envisioned

Anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors, in the past couple of weeks, I shared with you a look at Envision and how it is tied to the CCSS Machine. If you missed it, the article exposed how Act, Inc. is partnering with Envision in the name of globally workforce ready students. (See:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/06/24/envisioning-you/ )

While researching the Envision entity, I uncovered a similarly named group. It appears that only the names are almost the same. So, today’s article will look at this other ‘Envision’ group which is designed for gifted students.

Envisioning Gifted Students:

To access this Envision program, http://www.mindvinepress.com/about.html
Look below at the screen shot. The question in red (mine) will be where we spend the remainder of this article.:

envisiongift


Mind Vine Press:

According to the Mind Vine Press website, the Envision tools you see in the picture begin in Grade 3, last one year, and are great for personalized learning. Remember the question above? I am most interested in how the ‘Career Aspiration’ connects to the CCSS Machine. We can get to how this connects to the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) in a bit.

See this screen shot as an example of how this gifted program is tied to the Common Core AND the Career Tech Education (adult CCSS):

envisiongiftcareer
When you use the address to find the other Student Links, note that it is interesting how few Career links are actually given. Of those, it is also not a surprise to see how the CCSS Machine is included. You may also catch that the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is among the links. It has been proven that the EPA is tied to CCSS/CTE and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/wybi-tying-stem-to-ccss-again/

So, who is behind Mine Vine Press? I can only find one person on the website. The Mind Vine Press is based in TX. Melanie Bondy is not only the only person I could find on the website, she is also the author and consultant for Mind Vine Press. Below is the latest brochure from the Press:

mindvinebro
To see Ms. Bondy, speech topics (and see her fee based schedule):
http://www.mindvinepress.com/consulting.html

According to LinkedIn, Bondy has been at the Mind Vine since 2007. See:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/melanie-bondy-b4919246 (*Note: her educational background is listed as  Central Michigan University.)
If you would like to access CMU’s CCSS information,
See: http://libguides.cmich.edu/c.php?g=104186&p=677683
If you would like to see CMU’s CTE (Career Tech Education) and STEM information, see:  https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/ehs/unit/css/Pages/Future-Teachers.aspx (*Note: the CTE information will be in plain sight. The STEM information can be found at the bottom of the page.)

You may find it also noteworthy that back in 2014 (the same copyright date on the presentation below), Central Michigan University partnered with the Michigan Dept. of Ed to target high school students desiring to become educators in a CTE based program. See: https://www.cmich.edu/news/article/Pages/cmu-to-offer-course-credit-to-high-schoolers-looking-to-become-teachers.aspx

Other Bondy information:
1) Access this  previous presentation Bondy gave and note how the Bloom Taxonomy is the basis for the Mind Vine Press publications. (Slide #5)
http://www.gagc.org/Resources/Documents/2015%20Convention/Handouts/Mind%20Vine%20Press/2015%20Bondy%20Handouts%20(1).pdf (*Note: be sure to see her slides on the Career Paths)
2) Related is Bondy’s 2007 Career Path resources from Texas, see: http://www.humbleisd.net/cms/lib2/TX01001414/Centricity/Domain/150/careeraspirationposter.pdf
3) If you’d like to find more of Bondy’s Career/Envision Path tools, resources (all geared to PBLs (project based learning) ), where you can find the U.S. Dept. of Labor, various State Depts of Labor, etc, be sure you check out her Pinterest page:

What you WON’T see on Bondy’s work is a copyright from CCSS or CTE, BUT you do see the ties. You can see the support she gives the CCSS/CTE Machine!

Tying CTE to the ESSA:

Since it appears the overall goal of Envision for Gifted Students, is workforce (I mean career based) education, how DOES CTE fit in the ESSA?! Will gifted students be standardized just like all the other students via ESSA?!

For a quick answer, CTE is found in the ESSA under a few different phrases. For example, ‘post-secondary readiness’. CTE is also woven into the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). WIOA is specifically named in the ESSA multiple times.

A bit more in-depth answer is that while CTE (is also called Career Pathways, Career Clusters) is in the ESSA under other phrases (in addition to CTE), the post-secondary readiness (PSR) factors includes ALL students AND all teachers. Students must learn to be PSR AND teachers MUST teach everything to PSR factors. Who is deciding those factors? Supposedly the States, but look at the current Proposed U.S. Dept. of Ed ESSA Regulations where PSR is among the mandates. If you look closely at the Proposals, you can see other CCSS Machine member groups as cited in research/evidence sources for justifying these proposed measures.

We also need to consider that Career Pathways (another one of the CTE names) is embedded in WIOA (2014) at least 21 different times..again, interchanging phrases! We also need to remember that the HEA (Higher Education Act) is full of ALL of this as well!

Below are links to not only my articles with research/evidence to support the answers you see here, but to the Proposed ESSA Regulations.

To see how I found WIOA in the ESSA (and connecting them to the HEA and STEM Acts):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/weekend-news-essas-untold-ties-to-hea/

To see how AP (Advanced Placement) Courses, Exams (usually attended by gifted students) ties into the standardization of ESSA:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/warriors-guide-to-essa-and-private-education/
(*Note: while this article is geared for private education, AP is most definitely included.)

To see how teachers will be rewarded/punished via the ESSA and student achievement:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/essa-and-teacher-pay/

To find where the ‘post-secondary readiness’ is in ESSA (and how it is craftily substituted for ‘college/career readiness’):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/25/conformity-readiness/

To see how PBLs tie to CCSS and CCR:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/sic-em-saturday-ccss-progressives-and-pbls/

To find the ESSA Proposed Regulations:
1) https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/05/31/2016-12451/elementary-and-secondary-education-act-of-1965-as-amended-by-the-every-student-succeeds
2) https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=ED-2016-OESE-0032
3) My response to the Regulations (so far): https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/leading-the-charge/

Closing:

Warriors, we need to know that there are many large pro CCSS/ESSA groups AS WELL as some smaller groups. We need to know how they are carrying on the ESSA, CCSS reform, AS WELL as the push to continue shifting education to Career-based NOT traditional based.
We need to continue to hold accountable ANY person, group, or company in education or ANYTHING connected IN any WAY to education! Why? ESSA will level and standardize every student (young, old, rich, poor, gifted, special needs, private educated, homeschooled or not).

ESSA will go down as one of the greatest bridges in the educational reform. Why? It bridges birth to K and higher ed for a streamlined workforce full of competency based quasi-education. One of the worst parts in all this? Companies (big or small), speakers (well known or not-so-much) are making lots of money while seemingly pedaling student supportive educational materials.


 

School Board Special, Part Three

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

Today’s “From the Files” Tuesday, brings us to Part Three in my special candidate special series devoted to arming these brave citizens with as much ANTI Common Core/College and Career Readiness/Career Tech Education as possible!

So far, Parts One (focused on the birth to 5 year old alignment to CCSS (Common Core State Standards) via the ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act) and Two (focused on the K-12th grades in their alignment to CCSS via the ESSA), have been a huge success in arming those facing primaries in the next few months. This series is also a great tool for any citizen concerned about the overreach of the CCSSI (Common Core State Standards Initiative) into our educational system! This article is jam packed and a bit lengthy, but we MUST know what our nation is facing via this ‘great educational bill’.

In this article, the focus will be on my specialized area of research: Common Core/Career Tech Ed in POST-Secondary education. You know, one of the areas CCSS was supposedly never to be found?!

For the sake of consistency, I will use my phrase ‘CCSS Machine’ in the rest of the article to point to the Initiative behind Common Core, the agenda surrounding it, the public private partnership (P3s) side, the resources, the Standards themselves, and anything else connected to the illegally based education reform. ESSA, will stand for itself.

Before we see where the post-secondary alignment is, I offer a couple of points:
1) The ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is a law which is to impact K-12th grades ONLY.
Yet, in the law, (as I have pointed out in the previous 2 articles), we have found younger than Kindergarten (K), and, today, we will see older (aka: post-secondary students) than 12th grade involved.
2) Where the ESSA has now become law, don’t think the CCSS Machine is going to leave post-secondary education alone. In the picture above, note the use of “P-20”, also note the headline. You should see a definite warning! Higher Education (another name for post-secondary education) is the LAST link in the streamlined chain of education which HAS not been rubber-stamped by Congress to embed the CCSS into it.
The strings of the CCSS Machine are already in place in post-secondary education, they just have not been re-authorized. Think about it, since 1965, almost in tandem, the re-authorizations of the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education laws have occurred. I am almost certain that in 2016, we will be seeing the HEA (Higher Education Act) come up for re-authorization, too! You can bet the farm, all sorts of alignment will be embedded. (*Note: to save article space for now, if you have any questions about my research and how I can connected the links between PreK to Higher Ed, please contact me ASAP!)

 

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To see the rest of the wheel: http://www.educationvalue.org/college-value/


The ESSA and Students in Higher Education:

In the picture above, this is an example of how our high school graduates (or for that matter, any citizen seeking higher education) are being described… a ‘return on investment’. (*Note: In yesterday’s article you saw 2 equally demeaning visual pictures of how our students are defined by the CCSS Machine.) According to the CCSS Machine, we are all just ‘human capital’, so it is no wonder the shift in how students are taught is happening right before our eyes!

From the ESSA Final Conference Report, I have previously shared with you that the phrase “Higher Education” is embedded 64 times, that “Career” is used 63 times, that “Workforce” is written in 33 times. Sprinkled throughout the ESSA, each of these will repeatedly tie back to not only Common Core, but to Career Pathways and its counter part, Career Tech Education to Apprenticeships; to STEM; and to the most damming of all: the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). Why is the WIOA damming? In its language, Career Tech Education and Career Pathways are embedded a total of 21 times! STEM is also embedded to help create a STEM Workforce.

 As a candidate, you need to know that in plain talk, this means that not only will your traditionally educated public schools students be aligned to a workforce based education, but so will your private school students, your homeschooled students, your faith-based educated students, and ANYONE seeking a job! The difference (at least right now) is that those outside of public education will be aligned when they either 1) enter post-secondary education , or 2) seek employment! (*Note: I have published articles on all of the above, which I will be more than happy to provide you upon request.)

Here is even more you need to know as a candidate. I urge you to read the pages below for yourselves as what I have provided is a contextual paraphrase:
1) P. 33 deals with LEAs (Local Education Agencies) and state financial awards. Not only will you as a candidate need to see what percentages of the funding goes for a) the parents, 1b) the student services, and c) the students courses (including AP, IB, CTE), but you will need to read how all of these are to be aligned to the CSAS (Challenging State Academic Standards) by way of the ‘industry recognized credentialing system’ set forth by the WIOA of 2014!
2) P. 48 of the ESSA Final Conference Report states that the CSAS and post-secondary education must be aligned for a more streamlined education.
3) P. 50, special needs students who have benefited from IDEA funding/programs and seek higher education ‘on track with alternative aligned courses/assessments’.
4) P. 85, States are to measure and report students ‘post secondary readiness’.
5) P. 121, Those students in dual enrolled courses (AP, IB, early college, etc.) will be ensnared here. As a candidate, consider this is an area for your privately educated (including faith-based and homeschool students) to be aligned. (Also on P. 991)
5a) P. 123, the data mining of these privately educated students comes into play.
6) P. 137, the LEAs determine how students transition from one grade group to the next (including post-secondary) with the help of P3s and ‘other stakeholders in education’.
7) P. 255, technology and digital post secondary education.
8) P. 265, students taking credit bearing career tech (CTE) courses for a shift to post secondary education.
8a) P. 273, again CTE courses, credit bearing, and students
9) P. 323, how all school leaders, including teachers will be trained to teach students for post secondary education, especially dual enrolled, concurrent enrolled, and early college students. (also on P. 780, 81)
10) P. 344, how teachers are to prepare post secondary/workforce ready students.
11) P. 325, how all the post secondary course from above will be regionally specific only.
12) P.397, how eligibility of funds will be tied to post secondary graduation rates.
13) P. 427, how post secondary readiness and the English Language Learners (ELLs) will be joined.
13a) P. 459, ELLs in more detail; Page 460 will discuss their assessments.
In those Activities which support a student’s learning and success (Sec. 4107):
14) P. 474, Post Secondary career awareness and exploration activities, including FASFA (student financial aid forms) (*Added note: where in some states this is now a requirement to graduate whether you intend to go to college or not!)
15) P. 502, OBE (Outcome Based Education– a supposed improvement in education at all levels, but especially higher education) will be the preferred tool for aligning academics and accompanying evaluations.
16) P. 508, Data mining will need to be aligned to any CSAS implemented by the States.
17) P. 509, as part of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers.
18) P. 601, where entire families are tied into the post secondary success of a student. (Also on P. 609)
19) P. 610 and 611, At-risk youth are encompassed in the alignment here.
20) P. 663, begins the Native American students and their alignment. (*Note: be sure to read this entire section to see how these alignment plans are laid out.)
21) Pages 759-66 deal with the Military bases needing to be realigned. (For any candidate who has the military nearby, page special attention!) Added note: the U.S. Dept. of Defense is in full support of CCSS, CTE.

Closing:

Candidates, do you see the pattern above? Do you see any educational choice exempt from the CCSS Machine alignment?! Is there more in the ESSA which directly relates to post-secondary education? YES!

Since very few Congress members read the entire over 1,000 page bill BEFORE it became law, we are only now beginning to uncover all the hooks baited and ready for our nation.
As a candidate, do your part of due diligence and use this information to stand in the gap!

 

Monday Musings: “Global Readiness” and CCSS

NC has its first "Global Ready" School. Is your state next?!
NC has its first “Global Ready” School. Is your state next?!

Anti CCSS Warriors, another work week is upon us. Another week to fight against the agenda behind the CCSS Initiative. We know part of the agenda is NOT a true academic education, but a workforce based, globally minded, and career ready citizen who will be an economic ‘positive’. I’ve written much on the topic. Our students, regardless of the their age are being described as ‘human capital’, ‘talent supply’, and other disgusting phrases. We can now add the dishonorable ‘globally ready’ to this list, at least in NC. But are there other states already willing to sell out their schools? You bet!

NC, First is ‘Globalness’?

Where can you find out more? http://www.ncpublicschools.org/globaled/
Where can you find out more?
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/globaled/

I invite you to enlarge the above screen shot. This is no joke for NC, but it’s a foolish move for the state, nonetheless. Why? Because instead of the state receiving LESS CCSS, it is continuing to LOCK CCSS into the schools!!
Here’s a quote from the page above, “In September 2011, the North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE) formed a Task Force on Global Education to assess the state’s effort to produce “globally competitive” graduates ready to live, work, and contribute in an interconnected world.” The Task Force found 6 major goals and committed to 5 of them. What are they? I’m so glad you asked! Below you’ll find the 6 goals in plain language, not the tricky double speak so often used in CCSS supportive dribble.

1) prepare students for global readiness
2) use LEAs (Local Educational Agencies) to co-ordinate and align for global readiness
3) prepare and align teachers for global readiness
4) stress global language and culture
5)  involve as many P3 (public private partnerships) to get in the ‘global push’ as possible
6) hone a sustainable, global competitive edge in communities

The 5 commitments? Again, in plain language, not pro CCSS rhetoric!
1) embedded global themes, more PBLs (problem or project based learning), and groom teachers for more globalness, not less
2) partner with HLIs (Higher Learning Institutions) for more to increase the supply of global ready teachers
3) transform schools into ‘new schools’ with the help of non-education related entities
4) expand the ‘global ready’ push to more NC school districts
5) work directly with the NC Dept. of Commerce and other external partners

To see the pro CCSS language as the State Board of Education’s Task Force stated the 6 goals and 5 commitments: exec-summary

Okay, that’s just the summary above, but what was in the 2013 Full Report?? Read on, anti CCSS Warriors, but have a ‘barf bag’ close by, you’ll probably feel your stomach begin to revolt! Oh, and I’m leaving it in their words this time. Following each quote, I’ll provide you with a plain speak articles of HOW each of these are locking in MORE CCSS, CTE, CP, STEM, and more! {*Note: CCSS is short for Common Core State Standards; CTE is short for Career Tech Education; CP is short for Career Pathways; and STEM is short for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math}

College- and Career-Ready Standards. Like 45 other states, North Carolina is implementing the internationally-benchmarked Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts. In addition, unlike elsewhere, the state has also developed the new NC Essential Standards that underpins the newly developed North Carolina Standard Course of Study for all content areas.
My recent article where you can see how sold out to CCR (college/career readiness NC is and just which groups and schools are involved):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/10/weekend-news-collective-workforce/

“Teacher and Principal Evaluation. Beginning in 2008, North Carolina implemented new, statewide teacher and principal evaluation instruments..”
See how principals are being encouraged to align not only traditional students to CCSS, but encompass the special needs students as well!:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/monday-musings-idea-when-good-goes-ccscte-bad/

“Longitudinal Data System. To enable greater levels of data-driven decision-making, the state has implemented a Common Education Data Analysis and Reporting System (CEDARS), which links students and staff and allows data to be analyzed across sources, such as financial systems, teacher licensure, student information, and testing.”
To see how well NC has covered its backside on mining student data and for how long it will go on in our student’s lives. I must warn you, other states are doing this as well!:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/ccss-follow-up-system-more-than-money-will-follow-your-students/

“District and School Transformation. 118 low-performing schools and 12 school districts are receiving intensive and ongoing support to dramatically increase educator effectiveness and student achievement.”
School district alignment often involves those who are employed therein. See how the CCSS Machine has its grasp on some of the nation wide groups overseeing or helping school districts!:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/18/weekend-news-ccss-school-officials-alignment/

“Early College High Schools. The state has 69 early college high schools in operation on community college and university campuses..”
Dual enrollment combines the last part of high school with that of the first year of college. In NC, all 58 community colleges are CCSS/CTE aligned. Most of the major universities are also helping grease the wheels of the CCSS Machine.:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/wybi-wednesday-we-owe-our-souls-to-the-company/

NC STEM Learning Network. The NC STEM Learning Network guides implementation of our state’s coordinated STEM Strategy to increase student achievement in STEM…”
Learn about the STEM Affinity Network that’s in full speed across America!:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/tech-thursday-stemccss-push-making-it-american/

North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS).  NCVPS offers over 100 courses to students across the state, including Advanced Placement (AP), World Languages, Occupational Course of Study (OCS), and credit recovery courses.”
What the NC Dept of Public Instruction doesn’t reveal is that NCVPS pulls in homeschoolers and other educational choices!:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/monday-musings-two-wrongs-no-right/

“Instructional Improvement System (‘Homebase’). The state is developing this online system to help educators manage student work and assessments, classroom activities, and their personal professional growth.”
What the NC Dept of Public Instruction prefers you DON’T know about “Homebase”!:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/rmt-dont-look-now-nc-ccsscte-overload/

“Early Literacy Interventions. The state is developing a comprehensive, diagnostic assessment for K- 3 students.”
To see the NC ‘homegrown’ birth to 5 year literacy, pro CCSS alignment:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/monday-musings-alignment-for-wee-ones/

If you’d like the full 2013 report this juggernauts come from: final-report

Here’s a screen shot of the 2015-16 “NC Global School Ready Rubric”:
globalrub
To get the entire rubric: ncglobalrub
To get the school district ‘global ready’ rubric: NCdistrictrub
{*Note: the partnerships used in creating this rubrics. Asia Society is among them. To learn where the Asia Society is housed and how it connects to the CCSS Machine, as well as the CCSS aligned teacher standards see:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/30/sic-em-saturday-ed-leaders-aligned-standards/
}

 

Closing:

So, I’ve shown you what’s up in NC, but what about the other states? Look for phrases like ‘globally connected’, ‘global network’, ‘future ready’, and similar. If you want more information on how many states are already connected to the GEN (Global Education Network): https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/17/tech-thursday-global-day-for-education/
If you’d like to learn about the Global Competency Task Force:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/fom-friday-primary-source-friend-or-foe-of-ccss/


With moves like these in our states, we know LOCKING in more CCSS/CCR/CTE is a reality, not a questioned possibility. If our leaders are saying ‘no’ to CCSS, but ‘yes’ to ANY of the above, we must hold them accountable!

Monday Musings: Who’s Responsible?

If HR 5, S117, and HEA pass AS IS, we can expect more of this scene above.
If HR 5, S117, and HEA pass AS IS, we can expect more of this scene above.

Warriors fighting to end Common Core and all that goes with it, if you’ve been following my blog in the past week, you’ll know that I’ve been following much of the concerted efforts aimed at our post-secondary students.

If you’re anything like me, you are beyond disgusted with the unabashed claims to all the federal overreach; all the P3 meddling; all the teachers being blamed; and all the students being sacrificed in the name of ‘education reform’, ‘global competitiveness’, and ‘the good of the national economy’.

We have corporations blaming everyone except themselves for the mess education is in. We have legislators creating education  bills where they have absolutely no jurisdiction. We have different parts of the federal level of government so busy pointing the finger at each other that it is absolutely childish.

In this game of ‘educational dodge ball’, we have our students right in the line of fire. Enough!! The game of dodge ball can be quite viscous. Yet, daily, we’re seeing the public-private partnerships pummel our kids of all ages with the initiative surrounding Common Core and all its related parts.

Daily these groups line up on opposite sides and throw educational landmines at our teachers, too. Yet, through it all, things remain mostly the same. Each state still has illegally based education reform via either the Common Core, American Apprenticeships, Career Pathways, Career Technical Eduation, STEM, STEM to STEaM, AP classess, IB Schools, Next Gen Science, C3 (the CCSS aligned replacement for civics), Workforce Education, and any other connected program.
Each state has received some sort of incentive in a variety of ways, from a variety of federal/state agencies that seemingly are helpful, yet, when researched, the ties to further constrain us are found. It can be enough to make one weary beyond belief.

However, I’d like to encourage us to in spite of the pain, the weariness, we KEEP informing others. We KEEP protecting our students! We KEEP those in authority in check. We KEEP exposing the corruption.

While the false arguments, the trumped up worded phrases which are double speak are being flung at us left and right, we have folks willing to speak up and share their personal experiences about living the CCSS Machine’s nightmare in education. For example, as a result of my recent articles exposing the post-secondary undermining, a brave former student reached out and shared the following:
“As for STEM, I am a STEM graduate, and am one of those who can’t find a job now. I found that 1/3 STEM jobs are going to foreigners now and 1/2 that go into STEM field are not ending up in it as a career.
My personal feeling is that STEM companies are partnering with Common Core so they can DELIBERATELY dumb down the kids and then use that as an excuse to hire more cheap labor foreigners.”

At least 2 post-secondary educators have also commented via other social media outlets about the horrors of alignment they are having to adhere to. One of these educators, who wishes to not be featured here, shared how the lies about the skills gap has been so overplayed it is a sham! Here’s a pro CCSS perspective on the responsibility of who we should be holding accountable. http://shop.mheducation.com/ideas/educator/prepare-students-workforce.html  An anti CCSS warrior’s response: ‘poppycock’!

Trace the educational failures back to NOT the people currently in the classrooms, but the switch from academics to outcome based education! Note how, since competency based models have been implanted in our schools,  education has taken a nose-dive! As long as the supporters of the CCSS mess are allowed  to keep producing ‘research’ which states the need for more of the same, we’ll not be free of it! Here’s an example of the ‘skills gap’ based on ‘research’. See: http://diverseeducation.com/article/76145/ (*Note: students are referred to as ‘human capital’)

Education has become so incestuous with the agenda behind the CCSS Machine’s work, it has polluted not only traditional schools (public schools of all kinds), but private schools (including homeschools and faith based schools), and our post-secondary institutions (including for profit ones). Please take the time to read this article by long time education watchdog, Charlotte Iserbyt, “The Death of Free Will, Parts I and II”. (http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com/MomsPDFs/Death%20of%20FreeWill_12_11_2010.pdf)

Closing:
In my researched opinion, the responsibility of who’s to blame in the realm of all this educational is a red herring. Why? With so many pointing the finger at others (and they, in turn, point out even more folks), the REAL issue gets lost. What’s the REAL issue?! Eliminating the illegally based education reform from our nation! Stay informed about the REAL issue. Do not allow the red herring above or any of the others which are being served up almost daily to throw you off course. Help stop the senseless educational dodge ball ‘game’ the CCSS Machine has forced upon us.