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Truthful Banter

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, we’re not far from Halloween. As we’ve seen in previous years, many of us fed up with Common Core, used the season to make up flyers, treats, or similar items to raise awareness. While the awareness has been raised, it hasn’t been enough to stop Congress from continuing the overreaches into education.

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We know CCSS (now called “College and Career Readiness” is a horror!

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However, this year, try something a bit different. Try a short video. No, you don’t have to create one (although you could, if you like). There’s a Monty Python skit from 1969 that will send a very vivid picture of what we are seeing in education. Wait, what? Monty Python?! Yes.

We know the shift in education is all about pigeon-holing us into jobs. Jobs some test said we’d be good at, regardless of the fact our desires may be somewhere else. Monty Python ‘nailed’ this is their 6 minute skit. If you not seen it, here it is. It’s called “Vocational Guidance Counselor”. Start the video at the 51 second time mark.

If you can’t watch the clip or you can’t stand Monty Python, here’s my summary.

A grown man walks into the guidance counselor’s office. The counselor greets him with the news that his career test results have arrived. The counselor tells the man “Based on test, we have a clear picture of you. I can say without hesitation that the job for you is 
chartered accountant.” The man responds with “But I already AM an accountant. You’re not listening, that’s what I’ve been and I want something different.” He continues, “I want something new, something exciting–something that let’s me live!” The man then describes how bored he is as an accountant.  He’s dissatisfied, feels stifled in life.

Basically he’s confined to a job he hates. Finally, the counselor asks what the man wants to do. Excitedly, the man answers with ‘lion tamer’. His eyes light up, his body language shows happiness.

Instead of finding the man a lion taming job, the counselor steers every bit of the conversation back to accounting. Systematically destroying the desire to tame lions.
The counselor is ‘slick’ with the dialogue. Tells the man he could get to lion taming via accounting, but it would be a long journey he may never complete. Telling the man “It’s a different path from A to B.” The counselor begins to patronize the man by saying, “If I call the experts and alert them to this change you want, they will challenge this into submission.” Finally, the counselor just tells the man he’s wrong in wanting to tame lions.

Warriors, this is what is happening every day in schools of all ages and in job placement centers. If it’s not the same scene, it’s very similar. What the Monty Python players hit on is sadly a stark reality in 2018.

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Much like ghouls, the CCSS Machine is consuming our schools.

Warriors, we’ve seen the workforce base shift ruin academics, we’ve seen kids burned out from all the confinement at schools. We’ve seen kids commit suicide over the dullness and sheer meanness existing in education. The ‘education’ is killing them from the inside.

Consider this, based on the skit, adults are facing this, too. Just as they are in 2018 when attending any institution where WorkKeys or similar types of career tracks are given. Why? They (the tests) force CTE (Career Tech Education), apprenticeships, internships, workforce credentials or certificates…not true diplomas!

Think about our teachers, principals, and guidance counselors. I would hope they would see this, stop and think, ‘what am I doing?’ and help us bring an end to all the CCSS Machine degradation and indoctrination.

Maybe, just maybe, it those helping spread this drab alignment could see through a truthful bit of banter that they are contributing to the demise of millions, they’d ‘get it’ and stop in their tracks.

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FTF: Visual Special for the Anti CCSS Machine Warriors!

Greetings my fellow Warriors against the CCSS Machine. By now you know I am 100% opposed to the Common Core, the Career Technical Education arm of the Common Core, the College and Career Readiness arm of the Common Core, and every OTHER connected entity of the CCSS Machine.  Today’s “From the File” Tuesday article is a special visual edition. Why? Congress is back in session..which means votes could come ANYTIME between now and the next break (or, votes could come after the first of the year). Regardless of WHEN the votes happen, the fact is that BOTH the HR5 and the S1177 will be among those bills voted upon!

Since our time is NOW to let our voices be heard, we must use EVERY available means possible. Call the legislators who represent you. Write the legislators who speak for you. Use social media as a tool to send a visual message that speaks to your legislators! Below are suggestions of appropriate visuals you can use (complete with captions). Use what you choose, customize the captions or create memes from them, I really don’t care..just use them to send a message your legislator won’t soon forget about HOW important it is to KILL the HR5 and theS1177!

Here’s one to address the constant assessments:

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. STOP HR5 and S1177.
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. STOP HR5 and S1177.

Here’s one sure to wake up a Congress member. If they value their jobs, they need to know this truth!

Support our Constitutionally created government! Vote NO to the re-authorization of the ESEA! Stop HR5, S1177.
Support our Constitutionally created government! Vote NO to the re-authorization of the ESEA! Stop HR5, S1177.

 

Here’s one to show your legislators that ANY human is NOT ‘capital’. CCSS, CTE, and all that’s connected reduce ALL citizens to this debased capacity. We MUST speak up!

How the Initiative behind all that Common Core encompasses SEES your students like this.
How the Initiative behind all that Common Core encompasses SEES your students.

 

Here’s a ‘classic’ of mine. I found these lapel pins on Zazzle. I’ve worn mine to every event I can where education is discussed. Quite effective all by itself.

 

In spite of all the fallacies of the CCSS Machine when it comes to 'returning local control' and 'ending CCSS', one FACT remains!
In spite of all the fallacies of the CCSS Machine when it comes to ‘returning local control’ and ‘ending CCSS’, one FACT remains!

Below is one of the latest visuals I’ve used to help raise awareness of how vital keeping our students away from the CCSS Machine it is.

Congress, I want MORE than just a shell of who my students used to be. STOP the HR5 and S1177 emotional abuse!
Congress, I want MORE than just a shell of who my students used to be. STOP the HR5 and S1177 emotional abuse!

Here’s an ‘oldie but goldie’ that’s been on the Internet for quite a while. It’s still very powerful.

Corporations tied to CCSS  do NOT represent the people's voice. Stop HR5 and S1177.
Corporations tied to CCSS do NOT represent the people’s voice. Stop HR5 and S1177!

 

Here’a s visual which is used by the pro CCSS side to suggest how much ‘choice’ there is in an aligned educational system.

Education via HR5, S1177,  and the post secondary CCSS/CTE is NO CHOICE for America!
Education via HR5, S1177, and the post secondary CCSS/CTE is NO CHOICE for America!

Below, is an appropriate visual. Why? The U.S. Gov’t created this to show us how great competency based education (that’s stackable and will follow the student wherever they go in life) can be. We can use it to show them our students are MORE than ‘chunks’!

My student is MORE than a 'stackable' chunk of credits. HALT the CTE embedding in my child's education!
My student is MORE than a ‘stackable’ chunk of credits. HALT the CTE embedding in my child’s education!

 

The CCSS Machine disrespects special needs students and teachers 100%!

Encompassing a 'one size fits all' education is one of the biggest disabilities served to our special needs students.
Encompassing a ‘one size fits all’ education is one of the biggest disabilities served to our special needs students.

 

Regardless of where your student’s K-12 years were spent, with the enacted HR5, S1177, and the upcoming re-authorized HEA (Higher Education Act), ALL students will enter the TSP  (Talent Supply Pipeline).

Common Core's famous for stating it can have our students 'college ready', now it claims 'career ready', too.
Common Core’s famous for stating it can have our students ‘college ready’, now it claims ‘career ready’, too.

Much evidence has been produced to show exactly how private, faith-based, and home educational choices are ALREADY being aligned to the CCSS Machine. STOP the indoctrination, anti CC Warriors!

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Lastly, Anti CC Warriors, let’s let Congress know we DON’T want our communities CCSS/CTE/CCR aligned!

An aligned collective community?! Is this really what CCSSO has begun? Common Core is entrenched in this, folks.
An aligned collective community?! Is this really what CCSSO has begun?
Common Core is entrenched in this, folks.

Warriors, be sure to join me tomorrow, on the radio or national phone calls I am honored to be a part of each week. In the mornings, Negdog Radio (a blogtalk station), 347-843-4165. Time of broadcast is usually 9:30 am (Eastern Time). Then, in the evenings, I join thte Women on the Wall national phone call (302-202-1110, code 702165). That call begins at 8:30 pm (Central Time).

RMT: Don’t Look Now, NC! CCSS/CTE Overload!

The CCSS Machine's rolling over every state in its path to do WHATEVER it can to align our students!
The CCSS Machine’s rolling over every state in its path to do WHATEVER it can to align our students!

While all our heads were turned toward D.C. this past week, our states kept rolling on in their CCSS/CTE ways. The ‘riddle’ today (since it is “Riddle Me This” Sunday) is “What did NC get while while ESEA re-vamping was happening in Washington, D.C.?” In short, the answer is ‘CCSS/CTE Overload’! As always, if it’s going on in one state, it’s going on in the rest of them.

NC DPI’s Announcement:

First, on 7/9/15, how NC’s proficiency rate is one of the best in the USA. Here’s an excerpt from Dr. Atkinson, NC’s State Education Superintendent (AND the president of the Chief Council of State School Officers; 1/2 owner of the CCSS copyright), ““North Carolina has set high expectations for our students,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson. “We know that today’s competitive economy requires more in order for our students to be well-prepared for success. The challenge before us is to ensure that our schools are equipped and staffed to help students reach these goals.””

To see the entire press release which reveals NAEP’s (National Assessment of Education Progress) figures for NC: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/newsroom/news/2015-16/20150709-02
To have the NAEP’s graphic for NC: mapping-factsheets

 

Then, a Newsletter Highlight:

As we’ve noticed in all things CCSS related, the timing is precise. While one CCSS related activity is going on, others to support it are either in the works or just appearing. Case in point, NC’s ‘new’ Academic and Digital Learning upgrade. An avid reader of my blog and fellow anti CC warrior sent me a tip and requested I look into this. Here’s the tip, “I get the various DPI updates , this was in the July Web highlights.” Then, my contact shared what you see below:

4. Academic and Digital Learning Launches New Website Academic and Digital Learning recently launched a new website that provides easy access to its divisions that include: Career and Technical Education, Digital Teaching and Learning, Exceptional Children, Home Base, K-12 Standards, Curriculum and Instruction, and the NC Virtual Public School. To learn more about Academic and Digital Learning and how it prepares students beyond graduation for work, further education and citizenship, please visit  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/academic-digital-learning/.​” (*NOTE: NC’s Virtual Schools are accessible by all educational choices, including homeschool students)

 
So, How “Recent” is Recent, NC DPI?

In trying to access the rest of the July 2015 news items from NC DPI, I stumbled upon a January 2015 newsletter where some of the ground work for this appears to have been announced. What do I mean? Here’s a ‘sample’,

Coming in July 2015!  Logging into Home Base with the IAM Service The IAM Service will be replacing the “PowerSchool Login” after the 2014/­2015 End­ of­ Year processing, July 6. With this change, all North Carolina K­12 students and employees will login to Home Base applications using their NCEdCloud username and password. The accounts are currently available and LEAs and Charter Schools can begin providing students and employees their accounts at any time. Employees can follow the “Claim Account” process described in For Teachers and Staff on the NCEdCloud IAM Website (ncedcloud.mcnc.org). Students’ accounts will be issued by their teachers, who have access to their students’ usernames and initial passwords. Parents will continue to use the PowerSchool Parent Portal for access to their student’s information. Identity and Access Management (IAM) is one of the NCEdCloud initiatives for the K­12 community of North Carolina and provides LEAs and Charter Schools a tool to help manage the authentication and authorization needs of students, employees and guests (and eventually parents) in accessing cloud­based resources. It provides self­ service capabilities to all end users, and delegated administrator capabilities to LEA and Charter School technology leadership. The actual service is being provided by Identity Automation and the IAM infrastructure is hosted in Amazon’s AWS, a robust environment providing expandable capacity as well as increased stability. “

What’s more is that in the same Jan. 2015 newsletter, an effective digital teaching course was being offered (course began in Feb. 2015). Here’s the screen shot, the website to access the Jan. 2015 entire newsletter is included.

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/homebase/updates/biweekly/2015/20150108.pdf
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/homebase/updates/biweekly/2015/20150108.pdf

 

From That July 2015 Website Address:

From the website provided in the tip my anti CCSS buddy sent, I was able to find all kinds of information about Career Tech Education, Common Core, and more.
First, the website address: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/academic-digital-learning/

On the website’s main page, you’ll read this ‘lovely’ information, “This area of the agency encompasses Standards, Curriculum and Instruction, Digital Teaching and Learning, Career and Technical Education, Exceptional Children and the NC Virtual Public School. Area functions address all State Board goals but focus primarily on preparing students beyond graduation for work, further education and citizenship” Among the major tools to cause the preparation> NC’s Standard Course of Study (code name for CCSS) and Home Base (data mining). Assessments will be in BOTH Standard Study/Home Base.

If you’d like to see the 2009 NC, Career and Technical Education’s Strategy and thus, makeover to align to CCSS, strategic-plan

If you’ve followed my blog very long, you know I’ve provided scores of facts, documents, and other related information into NC’s total CCSS Machine alignment. My warriors, NC is far from the lone participant in this, as you can well attest to. I know it’s in every one of our states of residence. It has to be. The workforce/economy components of the reshaping of America are to encompass ALL 50 states, territories, and military posts.

Supporting all this alignment? “Programs that support digital teaching and learning are reinforced by legislation and policies for implementation of legislation.” Source: NC DPI’s Digital Teaching and Learning Policy page. (http://www.ncpublicschools.org/dtl/policy/ )

One of the main laws requiring adherence? The ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965), which is currently in a state of re-vamping. Which leads us back to the current events in D.C. ESEA is ‘boss’ in every state of the United States.! What other laws support the alignment of America? NC’s Digital Teaching and Learning page, offers links to all the federal agencies involved: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/dtl/policy/regulations/ (*Note: NC’s DPI didn’t provide the state legislation, only the federal level)


One last note, the funding to help support the digital teaching and learning? E-rate! (see: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/dtl/resources/funding/) Related resource you can use, my previously published look into what some of those ‘pesky fees’ on your phone bill actually do in regards to all the digital education: http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1223

The path that leads in a circle soon gets you nowhere.
The path that leads in a circle soon gets you nowhere.

 

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

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

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

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

The CPA, College Promise Act:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Closing:

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