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Tech Thursday: CCSS/CTE Low Down

Sometimes even the most seasoned anti CCSS Warrior needs a refreshment in purpose. I know, I do. Lately, however, I’ve been meeting more and more new folks, who are stepping up to the fight and willing to become anti CCSS Warriors. Today’s “Tech Thursday” will be ‘low-tech’. I’m harkening back to some basics in our ‘War Against the Core’.

Protecting each other well during a battle is vital for success.
Protecting each other well during a battle is vital for success.

The thoughts of new Warriors needing information and veterans needing refreshing  is thrilling AND challenging. Why? Thrilling because the message about the toxicity of the agenda, initiative behind the CCSS Machine is waking up more and more citizens. Challenging because there SO much information out there, they are quickly overwhelmed.

Anti CCSS Warriors, veteran or new, we don’t have much time.

The swiftness of this War Against the Core is moving quickly. Even now, Congress is set to re-authorize the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) via a combination of the two versions of bills passed by each Chamber earlier this year (the House’s version is HR5, “Student Success Act”; the Senate’s is S1177, “Every Child Achieves Act”. The combination bill is set to be well over 2, 000 pages. It is full of MORE CCSS (Common Core State Standards), CTE (Career Tech Education), CP (Career Pathways), CCR (College and Career Readiness), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math), NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards), C3 (the new CCSS aligning Civics), and countless other measures which lock in national assessments, teacher and educational staff alignment, and ESA (Education Savings Accounts or ‘portability’ {this is where the money follows the child throughout their educational lives}. The combined bill will lock in social and emotional mental health for ALL students. It will lock in 21st Century Community Learning Centers (where our schools will be transformed into ‘one stop’ locations for education, health care, job searches, and more). We’ll see MORE data mining, high stakes assessments for educational staff and students. To hear that a legislator or leader is against Common Core (assumed to be only K-12), they must also be against the post-secondary versions, the birth to PreK versions, the versions which impact those outside public education.

We must also be watching for any re-authorization of the HEA (Higher Education Act of 1965). This re-authorization is set to CONTINUE all of the above into our post-secondary educational institutions (where it already is).

We must focus, we  must be purposed. Me must be diligent, vigilant, and vocal.

We must remain united. If we are against the CCSS Machine and all it encompasses, that is all it takes.
Our evidence must be factual and credible. For those who are new to this War, it can be confusing whom or what to trust. My researched advice? Follow the evidence where it leads. Don’t rely on a name alone. I’ve been horribly surprised in finding out who is really fighting AGAINST the agenda behind the CCSS Machine and who is really casting shadows.
This should include those in your local areas as well as those on a national level.
If our evidence uncovers someone who appears to be against one part of the Core and supports it in another way, we should hold them accountable as to WHY. ANY part of the agenda or the initiative to change not only our education system, but also change our country is UNACCEPTABLE.
If what we’ve found to be credible, factual exposes P3s(public private partnerships), legislators, etc. so be it. Common Core has many parts in its “Machine”. We know with responsibility to be truthful, that means we may face hard times. So be it. When we answered this battle cry to save our students, teachers, schools. WE MEANT IT. 

We also must take the time to attend as many ‘Warrior meetings’ as possible. By this I mean, in person, virtual, or on the phone. We must stay connected. No warrior in any battle will survive alone. We must take care to remember, what we fight against is a ‘initiative’, not people. It’s easy to attack people. That lessens our effectiveness in this War Against the Core. However, if we attack the initiative, that, my fellow Warriors, is much more impacting.  We have proven how effective and impacting we can be against the CCSS Machine. If not, why else would the Machine be churning out MORE rhetoric?! The Machine may be well funded and huge, (think Goliath), but those of us choosing to be anti CCSS Warriors know just where to cast the truth (think David and his 5 smooth stones and 1 slingshot). Truth hurts, however, truth WINS!

If you are a new anti CCSS Warrior, I invite you to contact me at your convenience. If I can not fully answer what is it you are questioning or seeking, I have no hesitation in pointing you to the correct person or fact based evidence. My research of all things connected to national standards began in 2009. The blog has over 300 articles full of embedded documents, links, media resources. I do not ask you to take my word alone about ANY of the CCSS Machine’s activities, I give you the information so you can USE it as a WEAPON. I don’t TELL you WHAT to THINK, I POINT you in the DIRECTIONS best suited for this War.

If you are a seasoned anti CCSS Warrior and need help, i am at your service. I thank each of you who have found my research trustworthy and who seek me out for what actions would be best in certain situations you’ve faced during your journeys.

 

Be focused in your actions against the CCSS Machine.
Be focused in your actions against the CCSS Machine.

If you only seek to do one thing to strike a blow against the CCSS Machine today, it is this:
Call your Representatives or Senators in D.C. at 202-224-3121 and tell them to vote AGAINST the re-authorization of the ESEA in ANY form. 

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.

FTF: CCSS, Dehumanizing Characters Daily

No CCSS Resource has all 7 pillars of traditional education. It CAN'T based on it's illegal nature.
No CCSS Resource has all 7 pillars of traditional education. It CAN’T based on it’s illegal nature.

“What a tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive.” How many of us remember learning this as a child? Common Core Standards, the CCSS Machine, and those running it attempt to deceive us every single day the illegally based Standards are allowed to exist.

It’s ‘Back to School’ season. That means parents shopping, which means money is being spent. It means corporations (ESPECIALLY those embedded in the CCSS Machine) are dangling new resources, products, and technology in front of everyone from the school staff to the state levels of education decision making.

It means the CCSS Machine is pumping out  big volumes of ‘white paper research’ to back up WHY CCSS/CTE (Career and Technical Education)CCR (College and Career Readiness) is a ‘must have’. (Don’t forget with each of the above, you have STEM, STEM to STEaM, Next Generation Science Standards, the C3 (CCSS aligned Social Studies), and so much more that’s egregious!

No matter how many ‘back to school’ seasons we get where CCSS is being rammed down our throats, the pattern’s the same. Hype up the Common Core and all its related crud and you’ve got ‘credible’, ‘new’ research to support it. BULL! As I’ve shared with you before in my ‘subjective’ vs ‘objective’ anti CCSS article, you CAN’T call research or studies conducted by the SAME folks corrupting education AND use them as your ‘evidence’ as to HOW CCSS is a proven success. IT’S called CONFLICT of INTEREST!

Those Pillars:

In the picture I provided above, I stated in the caption that ‘no CCSS Resource has all 7 pillars of traditional education.’ My fellow Warriors, CCSS by its very existence has NONE of the 7! The 7 pillars you see above: ethics, humility, instruction, discipline, knowledge, integrity, and, honesty are attributes. Together, they make up true wisdom. What’s an attribute? In its noun form, ‘attribute’ is a quality regarded as a part of yourself that’s inherent. In other words, it is deeply rooted in your character. Character, as we know, takes YEARS to develop. It takes real life experiences. No computer device or program can teach attributes in their true sense. Yet, during “Back to School” season, the CCSS Machine will promote….

Attributes via CCSS, Courtesy of the Computer:

One of my avid followers tipped me off the what I’m about to share with you. I thank her tremendously. This picture comes from an article targeting teachers for the upcoming school year. It’s promoting how to make the most out of those new tablets, laptops, and, other technology devices your students will be using this year. Note what’s in the center of the picture: “Graduate Attributes and Capabilities”

There's more in the middle than 'attributes and 'capabilities'.
There’s more in the middle than ‘attributes and ‘capabilities’.

Just what else is stated in the middle of this circle? “Good communicator; energy, passion and enthusiasm; true to value and ethics; understands strengths and limitations; listens and learns from errors and experiences; empathizing; time management skills; remains calm; thinks strategically; transparent and honest; gives credit; persevering.” 

The symbols you see? Oh, those are all the computer based programs which are to being used to ‘teach’ attributes!

To access a fuller size picture, refer to the article, my friend shared with me. http://www.edudemic.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-using-ipads-in-the-classroom/

You’ll definitely want to see all the others words littered throughout the circle. You’ll be able to recognize some of the more well known pro CCSS corporate logos. Ones like Facebook and Google, but, oh my..there are TONS more right in front of you! Be sure to read the comments. They are all from foreign countries expressing how great learning like this is!

For example, the article features “Dragon Dictation”. I featured the “Dragon Voice Recognition” as CCSS aligned back in December 2014. The difference here is the first one is an application to download on that new tablet, laptop, or whatever device students bring to class. The second one is an entire software program for home use. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/10/wybi-wednesday-common-core-promises/ (*Note: you’ll see some other digital learning resources in this article besides Dragon)

Then, there’s one application for ‘mind mapping’ capabilities. Yes, the teacher is encouraged to use this to stimulate brainstorms in his/her students. It’s called “Simple Mind +” The company behind this one is a privately owned Dutch company! Their speciality? According to their website, “specializing in smart card enabled cryptographic software used to solve real-world problems in large corporations.” To find out more about them, http://www.xpt.nl/about (*Note: the most recent publication I found on the website was 2006. Microsoft in among the companies supported by XP. To find that, look in the “Products” and click on ‘Castella’)

The Mind Push:

With all this alignment via technology style, we already know tremendous amounts of money are being not only poured into creating the tools, but in selling them, too! While you may know some of the groups involved, here’s one you may not recognize. “MIND Research Institute”. Website: http://www.mindresearch.org/

If you learn best  visually, this is fine. However, no every child learns visually!
If you learn best visually, this is fine. However, no every child learns visually!

According to their current statistics, 800,000 students and 31,000 teachers are exposed to this math program called ST Math (Spatial-Temporal Math). See: http://www.mindresearch.org/stmath/
K-6th grade ST Math? ” It is closely aligned to state and Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and integrates with core instruction.”
Middle School and High School ST Math doesn’t use the same wording, but it does use ‘remediation’ and ‘intervention’ as well as pointing back to the K-6th program.
On the “About Us” page, leading counsel at the Mind Research Institute are at least 2 public education officers and one elected politician. You can also see pro CCSS supportive groups represented like Bank of America and State Farm. (*Note: If you weren’t aware of  State Farm being supportive, here’s the statement I found on the CCSS website, ““State Farm is pleased to support the Common Core State Standards Initiative. State by State adoption of these standards is an important step towards maintaining our country’s competitive edge. With a  skilled and prepared workforce, the business community will be better prepared to face the challenges of the international marketplace.” -Edward B.’Rust’Jr., Chairman and CEO, State Farm Insurance Companies” ) To see the other supportive statements as well as State Farm’s original sourced excerpt, http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Quotes-from-Supporters.pdf

MIND Research Institute is a non profit, tax exempt group incorporated back in 1998, according to their financial documentation on the website. In 2014, over 7 million dollars in total for ‘fundraising and philanthropy’ was collected. To see their filed documents, http://www.mindresearch.org/pdf/financials/MIND-FS-2014.pdf

Among 2013 donors/supporters of the MIND Research Institute Math program? BR (Business RoundTable) and the White House’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign.

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To access the 2013 Annual Report: MINDInstitute Why do you need this? It contains the vision of expanding the math to college levels so those earning teaching degrees can teach this! You’ll also get to see who or what group donated to the Institute. Some heavy hitting CCSS backers are included.

To see the White House’s detailed “Educate to Innovate” website,
https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/k-12/educate-innovate
Be sure to look at the “At a Glance” page. You’ll see all kinds of federal overreaching plans. Plans that very much are STILL being decided in D.C.! Plans that involve birth to career education!

Want to dehumanize character via CCSS, easy..just use a computer to teach everything.