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Have You Heard?

My Fellow Anti Fed Ed Warriors, have you ever heard of BARDA? I’ll be honest, I hadn’t. However, in looking at the Congressional Appropriations Bills (HR 3358 and S 1771) for the U.S. Depts. of Labor/Health and Human Service/Education, I discovered BARDA. Specifically, the ‘new-to-my-research’ agency was written into the S 1771’s Bill.

On Page 96, you’ll find under the heading of ‘Transfer of Funds‘ for the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, directives for where the NIH (National Institute of Health, a part of the HHS) could use some of the funds. Warriors, remember, these funds are our taxpayer dollars.

On Page 97, is where BARDA first shows up. “BARDA” stands for ‘Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority’.

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To access the Public Health Service Act, click here.

BARDA is part of the nation’s PHE System. PHE means Public Health Emergency.
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We’ll look at the BARDA funding and research project near the close of this article. For now, we need to see how, if, at all BARDA plays into the CCSS Machine’s overreach in education.
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Thought:

Warriors, with the word ‘biometrics’,  is there more BARDA does than simply prepare us for the worst scenarios? We know ‘biometric’ devices are used to monitor the SEL (social emotional learning) and have been tied to Common Core.

 

Question:

Now that ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is the law, will biometrics continue to be used? Back in March 2017, I published an article about some (then) current Congressional Bills. Related to them? A 2011 biometric study! Be sure to access this more recent article about the SEL and special needs students via ESSA.

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When I typed in ‘Social Emotional Learning’ into the PHE’s BARDA search bar, what you see below, is what I got back in results.

Warriors, please note I am NOT saying we do not need emergency plans, especially in our schools. BUT, my question is simply this, where does the emergency planning end and the SEL manipulation begin?


Answer #1:

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Warriors, some of the ‘red flags’ I saw in the highlighted resource in the screen shot above were: all States have behavioral health partners/plans. The plans are to cover emergencies, the partnerships go a bit deeper than ’emergencies only’. Some of these partners happen to be some of the very same ones which have rubbed stamped Common Core, support STEM, have Career Tech Education, or, are CCSS Machine member organizations in on approving the SEL overreach in education!

You can access the 2016 document, here.
(*Note: back in 2014, I wrote how SAMSHA was using Common Core as a tool for gun control via “Project Aware”; in 2015, this article about mental health and the manipulation of it in education for workforce needs. Then, in 2016, this article gives you a big run down of the federal level of overreach in not only mental health with agencies like SAMSHA, but many others!)

In the 2016 Document (above), look for the bottom of Page 14, ‘federal behavioral health support usually involves the provision of technical assistance, educational resources..’ (‘technical assistance’, more times than not, means data mining in some form)
Page 15, an inter-agency council for behavioral health: Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies. This Forum is a P3 (Public Private Partnership). It’s been around since 2007.

SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration), Red Cross, (Red Cross is mentioned on Page 16 and others.) Here’s a screen shot of Page 16 with emphasis added:

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More Answers:

Below, are related documents from each of the major groups listed in the screen shot tie directly to ESSA, SEL, and/or behavior interventions OUTSIDE of disasters or emergencies!

Answer #2) https://www.nasmhpd.org/sites/default/files/the-business-case-for-behavioral-health-prevention.pdf (Uses CASEL ( Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning), WHO (World Health Organization), OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), and other big name CCSS Machine members as ‘credible’ research sources)

Answer #3) http://nasadad.org/2015/03/state-substance-abuse-agencies-program-management-and-data-utilization-case-studies-of-eleven-states/ (from 2013, how 11 States were already sharing data across State lines and using the National Outcomes Measure model and connecting it for data mining. *Note: this organization is also the one involved with opioids. Warriors, as we know more students are being prescribed opioids and other behavior managing drugs.)

Answers #4 a, b, c) http://www.apa.org/pi/about/newsletter/2016/03/student-act.aspx (use this to find the 2 ESSA supportive documents from 2016)

Also from the APA is the 2017 Annual meeting syllabus. “School” is mentioned 57 times in the topics/presentation notes. I noticed at least 2 on ADHD.

To get to the Skinner referring article(s) from the APA, go here first (this is a research paper on a study of behavior interventions tested on college students), then visit here. (this is one of the few cited sources from the study on college students. It’s where Skinner’s education theory is mentioned.)

Answers #5 a and b) https://www.socialworkers.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=mLtr0q6HLnA%3d&portalid=0 (NASW’s support for ESSA document. Be sure to note the long list of other supporting groups.)

Also from the NASW, an entire page of ‘school’ related social work information for you, Warriors.

Answer #6) To access the Behavior Health Consortium (in the screen shot above), go here.

Answer #7) The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Press’s Disaster Publication has all kinds of partnerships and programs which you may find interesting.

Answer #8) Warriors, we know the educational shift is all about money, so do not be too shocked when you see the picture below:

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Access the article where this screen shot is from.

Answer #9)

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Getting back to BARDA:

This 2014 article likens BARDA to a venture capital group hidden in DC.
Warriors, we know how toxic venture capitalists have been in education. Where health and education intersect is probably just as bad.

As far as the 10 year contract mentioned in S 1771 for BARDA? It appears that is a continuation of a project which began back during President Bush’s (the first) administration. It’s known as Project BioShield, (PB).
From the Strategic Plan (2011-2016) for PB, an increase in public private partnerships (P3s); 21st Century skills; a workforce steeped in science and technology (which of course means STEM education and STEM jobs); and, all which connects them.  

Warriors, the PB price tag is in the billions. (*Note: refer to the highlighted “Bush” above. When that document opens, look to your right for ‘funding’).

Two resources for more about Project BioShield can be accessed here. Johns Hopkins (a known CCSS Machine member) and Oxford Press have articles.

STEM Endorsed by PHE:

Warriors, remember that BARDA is under the Public Health Emergency (PHE) arm of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. I was able to find on the PHE’s blog, not only an endorsement for early emergency preparation by studying STEM in 2017, but how the PHE is working in the context of a 17 year (began 2009) partnership for global health.

As we know from research, global health is part of the UN’s SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). STEM is a part of the SDGs, as well as part of the CCSS Machine.

Closing:

Warriors, S 1771 and its partner Bill HR 3358 lock in all the funds for things like BARDA and more educational overreach on 10/7/17. The LAST day to raise any challenge is 10/6/17. IF you’ve not contacted your Senator or Representative about the massive amounts of overreaching taxpayer-abused-funds. Please hurry!

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Update on “Of Late”

When I wrote “Of Late”, I knew there were several key pieces of evidence to present and somehow tie together. 

Almost immediately after the article hit the social media circuit, I got at least 2 other leads from fellow Warriors, making EVEN more connections to the subject matter in “Of Late”. If you missed that topic, it was all about the how our current U. S. Congress is bowing MORE to a global vent for workforce based education for all ages and all educational choices.

What follows is to be used as tools for every anti Fed Ed Warrior out there. Yes, it’s in-depth. But, it needs to be.

Where I Left Off:

Warriors, I left you with the confirmed evidence that American education is being used as a tool against us for the purpose of reshaping our nation. To continue that re-shaping, look to North Dakota, first.

Heading West:

My fellow Warrior from “The Roughrider State”, noticed that some of the items I shared seemed a bit TOO familiar. She then referred me to Gov. Burgum’s recent Innovation in Education Summit. She laid out some quick facts about the ties some of those presenting ‘expert’ evidence have to the CCSS Machine. She heavily questions how well these people represent the values of the North Dakotians.

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I  found Dintersmith involved in another education reform area (which was also another tip from my ND friend). That is the “Most Likely to Succeed” documentary. This was filmed back in 2015 and was considered a hit by the Sundance Film Festival. What the documentary shows is chilling, Warriors. Below is the just over 2 minute trailer. Notice the key CCSS Machine members (Robinson is tied to Pearson, Khan is tied to the Khan Academy and received Gates Foundation funding to switch to CCSS, Common Core State Standards.)

(*Note: the full length documentary is not available legally for free on You Tube due to copyright issues.)
Below is a ‘team’ spirited description about the documentary. The number one team member? Dintersmith!

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If you’d like to see the “Most Likely to Succeed Learning Sparks” (short videos to spur you into action to help create more ‘innovation’ in your schools), find them here. Warriors, you find out how to ‘hack’ education and more. Look for Linda Darling-Hammond to be among the ‘experts’. Try not to cringe.

Warriors, I haven’t forgotten Dintersmith’s assignment by former President Obama (in the brief bio description above) to the UN. Neither should you.

Time and time again, I’ve shown you fact based research on how the former leader and his administration bent over backwards to help continue the cycle of ‘dumbing down’ American education.
There was the PCAST Report from 2010 where STEM was ushered in as a disguise for the UN’s SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), thanks to the NSF (National Science Foundation) and many other CCSS groups. There was also ‘innovation’ after ‘innovation’ initiative or some digital push to be foisted on our teachers and students.

Thanks to ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), those ‘innovation’ and digital overhauls are 100% certain. Has our current President slowed any of this down? Hardly.

Mr. Trump has, in fact, seemingly turned a deaf ear to the CCSS Machine’s technology de facto moves.

To see what Pres. Obama’s White House Report (Next Generation High Schools) featuring Mr. Dintersmith, contained, look here.

Warriors, remember, Dintersmith is a business man, not an educator. The fact sheet for the same White House Report reveals not only a big STEM push, but CTE (Career Tech Education) push, too. Both STEM and CTE are tied up in CCSS, apprenticeships, and the global education scheme of the United Nations.

Getting Back To The “Most Likely”:

Warriors, here’s an almost 30 minute video featuring the producer and lead team member for “Most Likely to Succeed”. You’ll not only see clips from the full documentary, you’ll hear first hand pro CCSS Machine discussion. Once again, Linda Darling-Hammond will surface during this video with her explanation as to how ‘grit’ will help solve the outdated American education. Listen all the way to the end. There is key evidence there.

Meanwhile In North Dakota:

One of the major concerns of my ND Warrior friend is shared by others in a few other States. The profiling of our high school students. If you’ve heard of “NorthStar” you know what I mean. The Facebook group Educray is based in TX. When my ND Warrior shared her concerns on social media, Educray was quick to join her. See below:

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From TX, the Highland Park ISD graduate profile reeks of “content rich” global citizens rhetoric.

To see the Profile of a Graduate/EdLeader21 description of these types of data mining profiles, access the information here. To see the 4 Cs, collaboration, creativity, communication, and, critical thinking (which replace the 3 Rs in education), look here.
Getting Smart (Tom VanderArk) has a detailed article and podcast you’ll need to investigate. You’ll see other States using these profiles for ‘quality education’.

ReTool Your School:

Also featured in the ND Innovation Summit was “School ReTool”. If you’re not familiar, have you noticed how many of our schools are building torn down to be replaced by buildings which could double as a prison? To find out about this movement and how it connects to the global scheme:

https://vimeo.com/album/3269852

If you wonder about the ReTool’s ‘mission’? Look below:

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 Among School ReTool’s Partners? Groups from ME, NH, CO, CCSS Machine members Hewlett Foundation, Ted Dintersmith, and more. Find the rest here.

Part of the ‘retooling’? “Academic interships”..a fancy name for ‘Apprenticeships’!! If you’ll remember, Warriors, most of the “Of Late” article spells out for us the global ties to apprenticeships, higher education, and more. To see School ReTool’s Academic Internship plot, visit here.

Warriors, since most of the apprenticeships and internships are targeting our high schoolers in an attempt to groom them for higher education, we know to be watching the post-secondary reform like a hawk. You also know, I have been helping you do just that for years. EdWeek has an article, published earlier this week which reveals some valid points (even for a pro CCSS/ESSA source).

Point #1: Since the U.S. Secretary DeVos has been in office, she’s tackled much more higher education reform than K-12th grades.
Point #2: There’s a ton more federal control on colleges, community colleges, proprietary (for profit) schools, and all the early college, skill prep programs to unite K-12th to post-secondary education.

Innovation Kills:

Warriors, much of the conversation about all this alignment, reform, and increased innovation leaves out the bare faced fact that innovation actually stunts our minds.
How? Too much of anything is bad for us. As the push to unite the USA to a global education continues; technology and innovation/infrastructure for such will continue to envelope us. 

Released in 2016, is the short You Tube film which depicts a father and child. Conformity to a work/school system is the topic. According to the resource I found highlighting this film, the tone of the writer is that we must change society to join work and education.
Exactly the message we are hearing from the UN, Congress, and our Administration in Washington, D.C. 

The writer stresses that is it our current mindset toward work and school which is killing our student’s minds. In the fact-based research and evidence, it is the CCSS Machine grasp on education which is doing the stunting. NOT parents, not our environment.

I was able to find that one of the producers of “Alike” (Daniel M. Lara) is tied to the Blender Foundation and their 2016 Conference, where he was a featured speaker. Blender Conferences have been an annual event for a while now. Blender’s focus? Arts, technology, animation, and all related subjects. I also found that the Blender Foundation was cited as a resource (page 86) in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) publication from 2015 for IGI Global for use in America. This Google Book is a goldmine of education reform. Chapter 83 is all about embedding pedagogy into NGSS (Next Gen Science Standards), you’ll see how innovation is to be used to target those ‘less academic’ than their peers, you’ll find out STEM is being unleashed on our babies, how ‘blended learning’ and PBLs (Problem Based Learning) is to shift education’s responsibility from teacher to student as a force tactic, future trends for K-20 education (kindergarten to 4 year college degree or similar), service based education (as in grooming the ‘collective, global citizens’), computer games as science teachers, multi-pronged distance education, how the Europeans are educating in these ways, open source lectures (coding classes will tie in here), and, more. (*Note in the beginning pages the number of American Universities.)

A 2014 Oregon State University Blender Camp brochure. Warriors, it will show you how ‘blending art’ and STEM fit into the classrooms.

A Blender Foundation “STEM in the Classroom” example. It’s called “Teach STEM Now”.

Interestingly enough, Betsy DeVos and Ivanka Trump just promoted more girls to STEM in the Smithsonian Museum, 7/25/17. They teamed up back in March 2017 to do much the same. (*Note: Not so funny, one of the UN’s SDGs is promoting women in education, especially STEM.)

IGI Global has a Pearson Publishing assessment available for a price. Check it out.

Last Stop, North Carolina:

Warriors, as you know I’ve shared with you how sold out to the CCSS Machine, NC is. Living here has given me the opportunity to show you things to watch for. Look below. One of the NC legislators is bragging on how ‘we’ will be the first in the nation for state-wide classroom internet access. Remember, ESSA’s mandates in technology include such. Way to align, NC.

Access the “Economist” article and you’ll literally read the beginning words with the name of B.F. Skinner, quickly followed by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerburg.

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Closing:

The long road of reform to a global education is fully in the works. Warriors, let’s get busy!

Monday Musings: Conservation with an IB Student

The beauty we see isn't always the beauty we get to create.
The beauty we see isn’t always the beauty we get to create.

As you know, I’ve taken on all kinds of angles to researching Common Core’s presence in every educational realm. This includes not only traditional schools, but private ones, homeschools, post-secondary education, charters, and  IB Schools (International Baccalaureate). I’d like to share a first hand student’s account of the experience in an IB school. But first,  a bit of background for you.

Setting the Context:
In case you didn’t follow me back when I first wrote about CC and IBs, here’s the link to one of  the original articles. https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/fib-o-meter-friday-ib-international-baccalaureate-schools-common-core/
Also from Sept. 2014, when I was revealing the ties between a very controversial professor and IB Schools: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/wybi-wednesday-ccss-and-the-altruism-movement/

In case you are short on time and can’t access the entire articles, here are a few tidbits before I get to the conversation story I have to share.

From November’s article:
1) “The IB supports the creation and adoption of the Common Core State Standards.” (as stated in the 2012 IBO {International Baccalaureate Organization} presentation during the Conference of the Americas)

2)  Provides more precise definitions of academic success, a logical pathway toward goals while considering international benchmarksƒ.” (also stated in 2012 at the same conference)

From September’s article:
1)” ‘IB Schools’ were created in 1968 and are a UNESCO partner. Alec Peterson is the person who founded the IBO, International Baccalaureate Organization.”

2) ” ‘IB schools’ are also tied to Aga Khan Academy Development Network, FL Virtual Public Schools. The USA was ‘saddled’ with ‘IB schools’ thanks, in part to the Reinvestment Act and with Race to the Top funding. ‘IB schools’ mission isn’t American, it’s global. From their mission statement, “At our heart we are motivated by a mission to create a better world through education.”  From their history page: “…consisted of a common pre-university curriculum and a common set of external examinations for students in schools throughout the world, seeking to provide students with a truly international education..”  ”

The Conversation:

Now that you have the context, here’s the setting of the conversation.
Setting: giving one of my daughter’s friends a ride in the car from her school to the local community theater. (This particular theater uses ‘theatre’ as part of its title)
The people involved: “Carol” and myself.  “Carol”  is someone I’ve met recently, so there’s not a long history between us.  Being a mom, I’m used to asking how either my children or any of their friends questions like ‘How was school today?’. Call me an involved parent. After this initial question, it is usually not long before a natural conversation ensues. This was most certainly the case during this 20 minute drive. “Carol” responded to how her day went with ‘it was okay’. Knowing “Carol” was going to be at my home for the next few days, I asked if there was a tremendous amount of homework involved. This is when “Carol” stated that yes, there was a sizable amount because her school is an IB School. Now, not knowing how much about myself, my daughter has shared with her friend, I certainly wasn’t going to announce “I’m a research nut on all things Common Core, so let me pepper you with questions, see your textbooks, etc.” For this conversation, I simply wanted to see if any tidbits that are relevant to my research emerged…and yes, there were a couple of tidbits “Carol” gave me.

The Tidbits:

“Almost all my homework is a project. I have an English project, a math project, and an art project. In science our project is ________________________.”

“The art project is set to the IB’s parameters, not my parameters of creating what I see and wish to capture.” To clarify this, I asked, “So, you don’t get to paint or express artwork that’s your own, it must be the curricula’s?” Her answer, “Yes, it so awful. I want to learn the concepts of art, not be told what to draw!”

“I must do not only all this, but I’m performing in a show next week, and i have to find time to perform my community service hours.” As having researched IB schools, I know that at least one year of the upper classes (meaning 10th-12th) are required to complete 1 year of community service. So, knowing this, I said, “Yes, that’s right, as an IB student you must do that.” “Carol’s” reply, “I hate my school. I don’t want to have to serve, I want to be free to choose.” 

“Because my last school was a charter school and I have AP courses, the IB school won’t give me credit, so I’m having to retake courses I’ve already passed, just so I can get them to match up with the IB’s system.”

“Our big end of year test is coming up in May and I must study to be able to pass that and make a good grade.” 

Other tidbits “Carol” gave me were the buzzwords we’ve come to know in fighting CCSS in education. She literally used (on her own) the phrases “my path”; “my track for life”; “lining up my education for my life.”; “I must get everything together to earn that diploma.”Just so you know, “Carol” is only 15 years old.

What I was able to find out about her IB School:

Parents are encouraged to join the IB Parent Action Council for more partnering in a student’s life.

Here’s a visual of why “Carol’s” need for the diploma is so important (click to enlarge it):
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Students are required to complete “Personal Projects” over their summers. Here’s the excerpt from a 10th grade 2014 assignment.
“10th Grade IB: The Personal Project
Over the summer being thinking about your IB Personal Project! The Personal Project is a significant and long-term body of work that grows out of your interests, initiative, and creativity. It will last ALL YEAR and is the capstone of the Middle Years Program. For many of you–hopefully most!–it is the bridge into the Diploma Program.”

From an 11th grade IB Psychological Summer Person Project, students were to choose one book from a book list of 7 books. The subjects were varied, but they are books I wouldn’t think suitable. Here’s the one book I know as a CCSS Warrior, you’ll cringe over:

Opening Skinner’s Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century
by Lauren Slater
Through ten examples of ingenious experiments by some of psychology’s most innovative thinkers, Lauren Slater traces the evolution of the century’s most pressing concerns—free will, authoritarianism, conformity, and morality.
Beginning with B. F. Skinner and the legend of a child raised in a box, Slater takes us from a deep empathy with Stanley Milgram’s obedience subjects to a funny and disturbing re-creation of an experiment questioning the validity of psychiatric diagnosis. Previously described only in academic journals and textbooks, these often daring experiments have never before been narrated as stories, chock-full of plot, wit, personality, and theme. To see how the students were to complete the assignment: IB Psychology I Summer Assignment

As a student (from primary years and up), you must have an IB Learner Profile. Here’s the official description of why every student needs to be profiled, “The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.” To access the entire profile: learner_profile_en (Note, if you see several blank pages, it is more than likely that information has been removed) From the IBO’s information, the obvious is ‘internationally minded’ citizens. Of course, the profile also bases everything on outcome based education. To see the IBO’s flyer: http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/digital-tookit/flyers-and-artworks/learner-profile-en.pdf

WYBI Wednesday: ICE, Chilling Our Education

Typically ice cubes make our drinks more enjoyable. However, when ICE hits education, it's anything but enjoyable.
Typically ice cubes make our drinks more enjoyable. However, when ICE hits education, it’s anything but enjoyable.

In yesterday’s post, I revealed quite a bit about an international credentialing company tied to Common Core. Today’s “Would You Believe It” Wednesday post, looks at the American based companies. Will they, too, be tied to Common Core?

ICE (aka: Institute for Credentialing Excellence):

Here’s how they describe themselves, “The Institute for Credentialing Excellence, or ICE, is a professional membership association that provides education, networking, and other resources for organizations and individuals who work in and serve the credentialing industry.  ICE is a leading developer of standards for both certification and certificate programs and it is both a provider of and a clearing house for information on trends in certification, test development and delivery, assessment-based certificate programs, and other information relevant to the credentialing community.” {note: website address is http://www.credentialingexcellence.org/p/cm/ld/fid=32)
Below is a screen shot from the latest Annual Report showing the USA and where ICE members are located.

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Who Is Shaping the Credentials? Again, using the 2013-14 Annual Report, you can find there are members from the Alpine Institute, Pearson VUE (gee, what a surprise), Cisco Systems(data mining), and a Psychometrician (Careers in Psychology have this description for what psychometrics are),

“Psychometrics is the science of measuring people’s mental capacities and thought processes through a systemized manner. In other words, it’s a way to create tests to determine how smart we are or what are personalities are like. Psychometricians are the scientists behind those interesting – and sometimes nerve wracking – aptitude and personality tests. The tests that these professionals create help to better understand how the mind works. They are able to measure the how a mind functions and how it compares to other groups of people.” The Report: 2013-14 ICE Annual Report v3 Final

ICE’s “Other” Arm:
NCCA (National Commission on Certifying Agencies)
This particular part of ICE was created to ensure all of the citizens in America were actually safe while we used the many services ICE accredited. For example, if I wanted to work in aviation, ICE would accredit the National Aviation Business Association and NCCA would keep them accountable so I’d be able to earn my credentials to get a job. (You’ll need to look at the many healthcare agencies they oversee, especially knowing CC aligned courses are being taught). What I found interesting about this arm of ICE, is their “Career Center” page. If you want, you can become employed by AIR, Inc. (America Institutes for  Research, Inc.; as in Common Core related assessment measuring AIR, Inc.) as a psychometrician!! See the actual job posting, http://careers.credentialingexcellence.org/jobseeker/job/21233199/
{Note: heading up the NCCA? A member from the Alpine Testing Solutions, Inc.}

Alpine Testing:

I must confess, I mistook this company for another one by a similar name and was about to pass it over, when a search turned up a post by the President of Alpine Testing Solutions (according to their own website, the name “Alpine Media Corporation” was used from 1998-2005). The president then was Arana Greenburg. Her paper, “WBT: The New Millennium: Training at the Speed of Change”. {note: WBT stands for ‘web based training’} (see: http://www.isoc.org/inet99/proceedings/2a/2a_1.htm ) You’ll want this paper. Why? It details the purposed transition of not only assessments (which now lead to credentials), but how computer testing was in need of becoming ‘COOL’ (Collaborative, Objective Based, On-line, Lifelong Learning Oriented). She goes on to cite B.F. Skinner’s work, how students will go from one knowledge based to ‘just enough’. She details shifts in how learning parameters have shifted, how assessments were to become the core of education and oh, so much more that we now have been able to connect to CC. What else you might find interesting is that the author graduated with a social policy doctorate. You’ll need to see who she used to work for.
One more note about Alpine Testing, they are affiliated with NRMERA (Northern Rocky Mountain Education Research Association). How does NRMERA feel about Common Core, Career/College Readiness?? They embrace it! See this presentation from 2012 titled “Success for All” : http://www.nciea.org/publication_PDFs/NRMERASuccessForAll_BG100412

Take a look at the ICE 2014 Conference Book, there you’ll find Pearson VUE presented several workshops on various topics surrounding credentials that span the globe; you’ll see Cisco Systems also among those who presented. ACT, Inc. (which is also a partner of the International group I shared with you in yesterday’s post about international credentials being tied to CCS) also was at the conference. See the resource, http://issuu.com/credentialingexcellence/docs/2014_ice_exchange_final_program

If you’d like to see who is funding all the research for ICE, http://www.credentialingexcellence.org/p/cm/ld/fid=181

The Gates Foundation, the U.S. Dept. of Ed and the Rest of the Credential Bunch:

After a bit of digging I found the pdf file for the 2009 Round table discussion that was to help both the Gates Foundation’s and the U.S. government’s initiatives concerning post-secondary education get moving toward globalization via credentials, degrees, and whatever else in between you could master. Here’s an excerpt, “The intent of the round table is to identify and define the nature of the array of post-secondary subbaccalaureate credentials (e.g., certificates, certifications, licenses), ascertain the nature of the institutions involved in granting and overseeing such credentials, and discuss the implications for public policy.” Download the document, Subbac-Roundtable-Mtg-Notes_110309

The Business Roundtable’s Efforts for Credentials and Your Students:

Extremely pro Common Core/STEM supportive group “Business Roundtable” released last July (2014) what they are doing to ensure CC credentialed education. Here’s a tiny portion of what’s happening, ”

“Defining clearly the attributes of quality, valid industry credentials, making it easier for students, learning centers and employers to know which credentials and certifications matter.”

Want the entire ‘game plan’? See, http://businessroundtable.org/resources/taking-action-connect-learning-work Oh, if you’d like to see HOW the Business Roundtable plans to help the workforce become as aligned to CC as possible, be sure to read their “Action Step List”, where the number one priority is to  “Fully adopt and implement the Common Core State Standards” (Action List: http://businessroundtable.org/resources/taking-action-on-education-workforce-preparedness)

If you’d like to see more of the BRT’s CC supportive materials, search their website, trust me, you’ll find plenty.

One Last Resource:

Back in 2002, a dissertation by Kathy Emery, titled “The Business Roundtable and Systemic Reform: How Corporate-Engineered High-Stakes Testing Has Eliminated Community Participation in Developing Educational Goals and Policies”. Quite detailed, super ammo for the anti CCSS warrior. (Emery_Dissertation_all

Closing:

So, while the past two days have given you plenty of ties that bind our students to credentials bought and paid for with funds from CCSS, I hope you’ll be able to use the resources, information provided to wage war on the Core, thereby melting any tainted ICE you find.

Monday Musing: An Interview You MUST Hear!

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Usually my Monday’s posts are about my feelings on Common Core situations. Today, however, I’m featuring an interview one of my fellow warriors shared with me. As a fighter against Common Core, I urge you to listen!!! Many of the comments you’ll hear from her are specific issues about CCSS that many of us warriors may already know (or in my case, researched, written about). However, how Mrs. Hoge details it IS a ‘must hear’!!

The Interview:

“Caravantomidnight” (website: http://caravantomidnight.com/) show from 1/21/15 featured Anita Hoge. A well known education researcher, among other areas of knowledge. If you don’t know much about Anita, I found a brief bio of her at “Freedom Outpost”. (see: http://freedomoutpost.com/author/anitahoge/)

When to listen:

Begin at the 28:10 minute mark. Here the host will tell you about Anita’s topic. Then Mrs. Hoge explains how and why she began fighting against educational reform that was the precursor to where we are in the fight against CCSS today. From there she’ll mention Charlotte Iserbyt; Pennsylvania’s role in being a guinea pig for the National Assessment, etc. At the 45:00 mark, data collection and The U.S. Dept. of Ed.; 57:00 The government’s creation for compliant citizens; 1 hour mark gives you how Mrs. Hoge defines CCSS; 1:08 ‘what’s your worth (human capital wise) to the nation?’ and the massive agenda that EVERY child is educational deprived, so they MUST be corrected. When you are at the 1:17 hour mark, listen to the way state grants will use ALL students (regardless of where they attend school) are entered into the P-20 data stream (Preschool to age 20); Listening at 1:26, be sure to note the ‘wrap around mental health’ interweaving into schools; Workforce alignment is at 1:33(to include all citizens from preK to retirement); At the 1:36 mark, a short break where you’ll hear Pink Floyd’s “Brick in the Wall”.  After this the Gov. of PA discussion resumed; next is the critical thinking via CCSS about 1:47; The ESEA reauthorizing and Lamar Alexander’s Title One debacle at 1:49 (I just wrote about this last week); School choice and your taxes used for CCSS will kill all private education, 1:51; 1:54 homeschooling impact via failing standardized tests, thus being denied work or college; 1:57 Mrs. Hoge brings back up the Title One funding will kill public schools in your neighborhood..so where does the local school board go? AWAY! What will replace, charter schools with NO elected school boards. Therefore no representation for local education! Near the end, 2:02 the Senator’s bill with NO number is on the fast track for vote in March 2015. “Charter schools are public schools”, 2:05; 2:07 a bypass of states rights!! “Free day care” gives us data collection, 2:08; toddler and kindergarten behavior assessing via teachers/caregivers (who are not licensed mental health professionals), 2:10; Mental conditioning for toddlers, 2:12; redefining what special needs is in education will continue mental conditioning, 2:15. At the 2:20 mark, how the U.S. Census will be redesigned to help data collection along. Weak links include data collection, HIPPA not covering educational records, follow this topic. Listen to 2:30, how in some states schools are being taken over and converted into charter schools because assessments aligned to Common Core were failed!

 

What you need to take away from this:

Collectivism training (If there was an old lady would you push her in the road OR throw rocks at her?) No individualism will be tolerated.

Career Pathway (don’t pass the test at 3rd grade, don’t move on; don’t graduate…)

Blueprint for Learning a Living, SCANS report: http://wdr.doleta.gov/SCANS/lal/lal.pdf

B. F. Skinner’s Plan (radical behavior plan)

Functional Literacy/what are you teaching my child?/how can you assess honesty?

Mental health agenda IS the main point of education reform! FERPA monster moves.

Common Core: transfer of power from local to federal for data’s sake so you can be measured by your attitude.

National I.D. System: http://www.newswithviews.com/Hoge/anita112.htm

See what the information will look like:
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E-Scholar, a leader in educational data mining, website: http://www.escholar.com/ {impacts ANY student 29 years and under in all types of schools, not just public}

Interpersonal training at home (passed off as ‘parent involvement’)

Standards Aligned Systems from Pennsylanvia (http://www.pdesas.org/module/sas/aboutsas.aspx)

Title One will follow the child via scholarship or vouchers. Totally changes how your property taxes are assessed via CCSS.

Effective domain: http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/affective/index.html

Pyramid Model for Educational Mental Conditioning: http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/affective/index.html

My article about Sen. Alexader’s massive bill: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/rmt-will-you-help/

Activist steps:
Listen to the list Mrs. Hoge gives, 2:33

1) Charlotte Iserbyt’s website: http://abcsofdumbdown.blogspot.com/

2) Change HIPPA to include educational records.

3) Parents write letters for informed consent to Superintendents/Principals .

4) Use the Data System resource mentioned earlier to know what items to ‘opt out’ of.

5) Every state has RTI (Response To Intervention). STOP IT!

6) PPA (Protection of Pupils Amendment) will stop the psychological abuse!

7) Watch your property taxes and what happens with the funding, is it staying in my community or is it going to Regional Workforce, State level organizations.

8) Contact your federal legislators and tell them to seek anti Common Core warriors like Mrs. Hoge, Mrs. Iserbyt to appear BEFORE the Sen. Alexander bill can be voted on!!