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Anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors, the last article I wrote for you featured the General Assembly global education group. Connected to them is WhiteBoard Advisors. Today’s article gives you a speedy guide as to how these two and others are gunning to reform education to that of a for-lining-their-pockets-while-breeding-and-branding-more-CBE(Competency Based Education)-especially-in-higher-education.

First off, the May 2016 document from The White Board Advisors (“Education Insiders Report”)
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Mentioned in the Report are the WhiteBoard Advisors, General Assembly, the HLC (Higher Learning Commission), EQUIP Experiment, Western Governors University, and HEA (Higher Education Act) priorities.

Below are related, key pieces of evidence for the CCSS Machine involvement:

1) How WhiteBoard Advisors,W/A (as they call themselves) tie to General Assembly (a hybrid CBE based global ed group) and venture capital investment firms bent on reforming education in a toxic, profit making way:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/do-you-know-this-ga/

2) The White House led EQUIP Experiment delivered to America via the U.S. Dept. of Ed and the U.S. Dept. of Labor links:
(2015) Ed’s: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/fact-sheet-department-education-launches-educational-quality-through-innovative-partnerships-equip-experiment-provide-low-income-students-access-new-models-education-and-training
White House/Labor’s: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/17/fact-sheet-white-house-and-department-labor-launch-100-million-techhire

3) The Higher Learning Commission,HCL (oversees the North Central US States in Higher Education/accrediting, etc.): https://www.hlcommission.org/About-the-Commission/about-hlc.html (*Note: the U.S. Dept. of Ed is their gatekeeper; HLC is considered gatekeeper for Title 4 funds) Title 4 funds are Perkins Loans (used for CTE, Career Tech Education courses); PLUS Loans, Pell Grants, etc

The U.S. Dept/Ed Higher Learning Commission audit (where CBE is encouraged):
https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/auditreports/fy2015/a05o0010.pdf

While I couldn’t locate the sources of HLC’s funding, I did find the 2010 Contractual Agreement where 3rd parties are allowed access to information: http://dmi.illinois.edu/nca/ContractualRelationships2010.pdf

My 2015 article featuring HLC and Common Core, Career Tech Ed and how it is related to the CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/23/weekend-news-hea-higher-ed-act-and-the-common-core/

4) Western Governors University ties to the CCSS Machine and what it means for Higher Education:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/23/weekend-news-hea-higher-ed-act-and-the-common-core/

5) HEA ties to the Vice President (you will see his work mentioned in the White House/U.S. Dept of Labor link above):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/12/weekend-news-heads-up-higher-ed-cte-update/

The VP, CTE, and unions: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/rmt-vp-unions-career-tech-and-common-core/

6) Ties of the CHEA, CCSS, and CTE for America:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/ftf-chea-cte-ccss-and-america/

7) For those not sure how CTE and CCSS intersect:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/07/weekend-news-ccsscte-catch-up-edition/

8) Tying proprietary post-secondary education to the CCSS Machine:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/tech-thursday-workforce-commissions-education-and-common-core/

9) Tying the HEA to the ESSA:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/weekend-news-essas-untold-ties-to-hea/

If you are a bit confused by this speedy guide, these references and others will be given in detail tonight (5/18) on the Women on the Wall national conference call. You can access the Call: 302-202-1110, code 702165. One of the biggest pieces to tonight’s call will be the up close look at Page 6 of the Education Insiders Report, where the most popular candidates up for the next U.S. Secretary of Education will be vetted by Diana Anderson, a long time education researcher. Join me, this is a vital call we need to understand in our efforts to fight the War Against the Core!
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Catching Up

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Anti CCSS Warriors: Mother’s Day Weekend is upon us. While I wish each of you who are Moms a great time celebrating, there is still much for us to share in helping us fight this War Against the Core. Here are some of the latest resources from the past couple of weeks, in case you missed them.

 

From ‘It’s About the Child’/’Bears and Lord Network’:

This hardworking group just wrapped up a 3 day marathon concerning the overreach in education from the federal level. You can access the entire marathon on Roku and LiveStream. Quite a few of our fellow Warriors were featured. You can also find clips on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/About-The-Child-914500671951994/
The LiveStream link: 
http://livestream.com/accounts/16731436/events/5325777/videos/121957889?t=1462501585022
To access the Roku Channel and to get the free app for Bears and Lord Network:
https://www.itsaboutthechild.com/

 


From the ‘CCSS Machine’:

During April 2016, I was blocked, banned, and put in Facebook ‘jail’ more times than ever. Warriors, the censorship from the CCSS Machine is not exclusive to myself..it is happening more and more to others of us as well. As you know the founder of Facebook is a huge CCSS Machine member. But are you aware that Zuckerburg AND Gates (and many, many others) are behind the push to implore Congress with a petition for MORE CCSS, CCR, STEM, CTE, and NGSS (Common Core State Standards; College/Career Readiness; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math; Next Generation Science Standards)
See the petition:
https://www.change.org/p/offer-computer-science-in-our-public-schools-csforall#CSforALL

See the White House/top-down Initiative about Computer Science for All:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/01/30/computer-science-all

For my research into the Computer Science for All Initiative:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/fed-ed-2017-are-you-ready/
(*Note: see point #7 and then follow the related article, if you would like even more information.)

 

ICYMI on My Blog:

Just this past week, I gave a huge 1, 2 punch in the gut about the 2 biggest American Teachers Unions being used as fronts by the CCSS Machine. If you haven’t read them:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/03/turn-the-ccss-page-please/
(*Note: Exposed the TURN Organization, a Network combining the educational change agents from the AFT and the NEA.) Then, the 2nd punch:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/following-up/ (*Note: Exposed the Clinton Foundation, Tony Blair’s Foundation {United Kingdom}, and more.)

Since CCSS is global, the UK is also experiencing a dilemma we see almost daily in the news.  Catch up on the push back from parents there over too much testing. If you haven’t read about it: http://www.bbc.com/news/education-36188634

 

A Word of Warning for Home Educators:

This last article I am sharing from my blog is for every Warrior, but is especially vital to those who home educate. Why? Dual enrollment, early college classes, and AP courses are VERY popular among them. College and Career Readiness is a HUGE part of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) language. So is Career Tech Education. Every one of the 50 States has BOTH! Here is an excerpt to share with every citizen, home educated or not,
“The most popular career-readiness indicators? a) dual enrollment (which includes homeschool students, AP course students and IB students); b) post-secondary enrollment(which includes any citizen seeking a higher education); c) CTE courses (includes apprenticeships or work-based learning); and d) students earning industry credentials(again, any citizen involved in this).”
To read the entire article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/05/achieving-states/

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What most pro CCSS groups would like us to look like and believe.

 

 

Closing:

Thank you, Warriors, for all that you do. Have a great weekend. Hug Mom. If you can’t hug Mom, hug someone you love.

 

ESSA in a Nutshell

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Anti CCSS Warriors, the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is meant to be tough. It is meant to embed educational reform as we have never before seen. It was meant to be SO tough, no one would ever truly know the rotten insides lurking underneath the ink.
It is full of CCSS, CCR, CTE(Common Core State Standards/College Career Readiness/Career Tech Education), and a host of other programs, initiatives, and WASPs (Wrap Around Service Programs) which will conduct anything and everything in the name of student outcomes, student achievement, and/or student competency.

BUT like every tough nut, the ESSA is NOT impossible to pry open to reveal the rottenness inside of it! In today’s article, I will do my best to expose the rottenness in one ‘crunch’!
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The following lists are from the ESSA Final Conference Report. They will also be in the ‘Final Law Version’, but the page numbers will be different.

 

Data (and all that goes with it), Technology, and the In Home Assessments:
Page 123; 138; Page 255; Page 363; Page 450/451; Page 463/464; Pages 485-488; Page 508; Page 630; and Pages 943/ 944. (A complete explanation as to why these are so rotten:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/essa-and-digital-overload/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/weekend-news-the-ies-and-the-essa/ )
In a crunch: almost $900 million for more technology to data track, data mine, and sell to almost anyone connected in or outside of education. All in the name of ‘student success’. Assessments will be part of this rotten portion. (Section 9210 is where you need to crack open the in home assessing.)

Teachers,  School Leaders, Non-Profits, For-Profits Inside and Outside the Classrooms:
Pages 300/301; Page 302; Pages 323, 324; Page 344; Pages 347-349; 351-357; Page 406; and Section 9210 (yes, as in the Data paragraph above). In one ‘crunch’, see my “School Board Special Part 3”, for not only more revealed rottenness for teachers and leaders, but you will see more about intrusive data mining, as well as whole community alignment all in the name of ‘challenging state academic standards’ for student competency based education.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/school-board-special-part-three/

Timeline the States Will Have to Adhere to:
In a crunch, just keep July 1, 2016 circled on your calendars and share with your legislators this date. There will be others, but this one will hit the States bank accounts rapidly.
See the ESSA timeline of the MOST important dates (there are others that we will discover as the school year 2017-18 approaches. To fund this straight path to alignment rottenness, the FY 2017 Federal Education Budget Requests.
Timeline: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/school-board-special-part-4/
Big Bucks for ESSAhttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/fed-ed-2017-are-you-ready/ (*Note: be sure to follow the 2017 Budget’s rottenness is the related articles.)

Workforce/Career Tech/Career Pathways/Career Clusters/STEM/Apprenticeships:
This is a huge part of the rottenness in the ESSA! The passage of the ESSA embedded workforce based education in a multitude of page numbers, programs (existing or about to be introduced). The supposed lack of business trained workers is what we are told the career paths are for and why they are needed in education ON THE SURFACE, but underneath? The rottenness: more data mining, tracking, and aligning students (0f all ages) for the sake of Mr. and Mrs. Businesses. ESSA directly ties to WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014).
In a crunch know that the WIOA and HEA (Higher Education Act) are mentioned in the ESSA over 160 times!  To see the rest of the rottenness surrounding this ESSA/WIOA marriage: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/weekend-news-essas-untold-ties-to-hea/

The WASPs (Wrap Around Service Programs):
Unlike the nuts we’ve crunched so far, the WASPs won’t be inside the nuts, they will, however, be close by the nuts. This will be another huge part of the ESSA rottenness.
Look for Promise Neighborhoods, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, SEL (social emotional learning) interventions, and much more. Page numbers and all the stinging news will be seen: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/meet-your-new-neighbor-essa-seriously/
and here: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/the-school-board-special-part-one/


Is There More Rottenness?
Absolutely, we could break the above categories down into smaller ones to reveal even more rottenness disguised as good legislation for education. However, we know if we are to share this with legislators, we must, out of respect for their busy schedules, keep the information concise. In my researched findings, this is about as concise as I can make the over 1, 059 pages. ( ESSA FINAL CONFRPT_112915 ) or its shorter Final Law version ( Finalessa.391pages ) Why do I continually refer to the larger document? It is easier to read, therefore easier to sift through.

Not a Nut, but a Cog:
I have kept the nut theme going for a reason. Nuts all look the same on the outside, of course depending on their variety. You usually can only tell when the meat inside is rotten once it is cracked open, crunched in an inertia device, etc. However, you know I have long referred to all the activities in the education reform we are witnessing, as part of the CCSS Machine. Below, I leave you with my ESSA, CCSS-Machine-like screen shot. You certainly may share this with your busy legislators, but please be sure to make it as relevant to your state as possible. I have one specifically for NC, that I will be sharing with the NC General Assembly. If you live in NC and would like that graphic, please contact me.

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Tell ’em it’s from the Common Core Diva when you share this!!

Fed Ed, 2017, Are You Ready?

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If we haven’t felt the pain yet, we are about to!

Usually, on Thursdays, I delve into the CCSS Machine’s overreach into post-secondary education, but today I am focusing on the President’s Fiscal Year Budget request he has just given Congress. Why should, we, those opposed to Common Core, College and Career Readiness, Career Tech Education, and all the rest of the CCSS Machine’s grinding America down? Because a whopping amount of OUR taxpayers dollars are going to be used in our educational system!

The Announcement:

Released just a couple of days ago (2/9/16), this blog article spells out the millions of dollars our President is asking to go for specific educational programs. But, before we look into them, here is a screen shot:
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(If you need to enlarge the picture, click on it.)

The Details of the Announcement:

In case you would like the link: http://blog.ed.gov/2016/02/equity-and-excellence-in-the-presidents-budget-for-education-2/
(*Note: Part One’s Article address the money to be used for Teachers and School Leaders, Part Three? Oh, college access and completion. You can bet there will be tons of CCSS/CTE/CCR* alignment there! I will be researching those as well.)
*CCSS/CTE/CCR means Common Core State Standards/Career Tech Education/College and Career Readiness

To access the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Budget Highlights: 2017budget-factsheet

The following is a summary. As always, I encourage you to read for yourselves and take what you need to best fit your fight Against Common Core.

1) The total Budget request “includes $69.4 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $1.3 billion over the 2016 appropriation.”

2) The 3 pronged goals for so much taxpayer money are high-quality early learning; stronger and more diverse schools; and increased access to evidence and data to help all of us improve outcomes for students.”

3) For your little students (Pre-Kindergarten), you can expect “high-quality preschool programs for 4-year-olds with $1.3 billion in mandatory funding in 2017 and $75 billion over 10 years for the President’s landmark Preschool for All proposal.”

What is the Preschool for All? Great question, Warriors! To see the ‘need to know sheet’ from the White Househttps://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/02/14/what-you-need-know-about-president-obamas-plan-provide-high-quality-early-education-

One of the biggest items which sticks out to me, as a researcher, is the Early Head Start part of the Plan. Why? Refer back to my disturbing article about Early Head Start, which pre-dates the passage of ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), but as you will see, plays right into the Budget Plans. Access it:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/04/sic-em-saturday-pint-sized-common-core/
The other biggies which stick out? Special needs and early behavior interventions! My article above will address some of the planned social and emotional manipulation. For what this means for special needs little ones (like their IEPs), see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/10/rmt-ccsss-present-to-special-needs/

4) For any student/school: $450 million in additional funding for Title I Grants, for a total of $15.4 billion to help local educational agencies ensure that all students graduate from high school prepared for college and careers…” The biggest targets? Low performing schools. Much research by myself and others has been shared about what exactly all the Title One funding and the plans for LEAs (Local Education Agencies) ensuring CCR (college/career readiness). It is quite disturbing. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/21/weekend-news-the-state-of-ccsss-sel/ (*Note: this article will also give you an insight into the low-income students.)

5) For your communities:$120 million in grants to launch Stronger Together, a voluntary program to support the development and expansion of new and existing, community-driven strategies to increase socioeconomic diversity in America’s schools.”

What is ‘Stronger Together’? While the U.S. Dept. of Education AND the White House do not openly share where you can find an initiative with this exact title, I did find one federal level department WHICH does have a “Stronger Together” set of initiatives. Which one? The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Service’s SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service’s Administration).

Why would this be a concern? In all the years I have researched the push for national educational standards, the one trifecta (if you will) in all of this reform, has repeatedly been the U.S. Departments of Education; Health and Human Services; and Labor.

Also, of a concern is the fact the U.S. is not the only country with “Stronger Together” initiative, not to mention the special interest groups in America with the same title! This should cause great concern for us as we wage War Against the Core! If the SAMSHA set is indeed what the federal budget is referring to, here is the link:  http://www.samhsa.gov/faith-based-initiatives (*Note: the logo will be where you see the ‘Stronger Together’ words.)

As far as how SAMSHA fits in the CCSS Machine, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/08/tech-thursday-technically-speaking-for-ccss/ (*Note: this article will also show you the top-down approach with all sorts of programs connected to Head Start, Early Head Start, and more!)

6) For all families, more ‘school choice’, via public charters and magnet schools:
“The budget includes an additional $17 million for Charter School Grants and an additional $18 million for magnet schools.”

If you do not know how public (and private) charters are tied to the CCSS Machine, see: http://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/07/07/guest-post-common-core-in-charters-private-homeschools/ (*Charter schools begin about halfway down the page.)

Then my look at those major charter school managing companies,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/ftf-tuesday-clarity-for-sale-aligned-to-common-core-for-free/

Magnet schools? I found a lot of information as to how these schools are tied to the CCSS Machine while researching the candidates for the upcoming primary election for NC Dept. of Public Instruction Superintendent! To see the entire section,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/weekend-news-nc-primary-part-one/ (scroll down until you see “Schools of Excellence” and begin there.)

Related  to Magnet Schools and the ESSA which are worth pointing out:

Back in Jan. 2015, I shared with you an article detailing the Every Child Achieves Act, ECAA (one of the many names given to what has become ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act).
Back then, ECAA, was merely an amendment to the NCLB (No Child Left Behind), which is what ESSA was replacing when signed into law.
Here is a direct quote about magnet schools from the ECAA“magnet  schools that will substantially strengthen the knowledge of academic subjects and the attainment of tangible and marketable career, technological, and professional skills of students attending such schools..”

Now, why bring this up? Some of the same language from ECAA is now in the ESSA. One example is ‘challenging state academic standards’! This phrase is uses countless times in the ESSA and interchanged with College/Career Readiness..all educratic buzz-worthy phrases for Common Core! To see if you can identify any other phrases from ESSA which were founded in ECAA, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/rmt-will-you-help/

7) “Computer Science for All” will receive a whopping $4 billion over 3 years. (I just related that to the ESSA’s digital/data overhaul in:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/weekend-news-the-ies-and-the-essa/

8) “Promise Neighborhoods” will get $55 million. How is this tied to the CCSS Machine or the ESSA? I have it all detailed right here: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/meet-your-new-neighbor-essa-seriously/

Tying the Budget to the Law:

 ESSA’s Final Conference Report (the 1059 page basis for the 391 page Law by the same name), the following sections address where the 2017 Budget money could be applied IF approved by Congress. I repeatedly refer to the Conference Report for consistency in my writing.

Sections 4001-4206 will address 21st Century Community Learning Centers (where a large portion of the Title One funds will be used)
Sections 4301-4311 will address the Charters Schools
Sections 4401-4409 detail Magnet Schools
Sections 4501-4506 address Family Engagement in Education
Section 4601- 4611 detail National Activities in Education
Section 9212 is all about Preschool development grants
Pages 120, 166, 170, 184, 252, 254, 341, 364, 365, 439, 626 all deal with either other details of PreK programs or how the family will be involved in them as well.

Closing:

Warriors, be sure to know I will go over Parts 1 and 3 of this news from the U.S. Dept. of Ed and share with you the ties to the ESSA.

 

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. 

Sic’ ‘Em Saturday: Using Community Colleges for More ‘Core’

It’s not new news that community colleges are Common Core aligned via either their ‘dual enrollment’ courses (which serve high school students) or the Career Pathways/Career Clusters tracks. However, I have found a new document that gives 21 ways to make the bonds of the CC even STRONGER.

SREB, Southern Regional Education Board:

“The Southern Regional Education Board works with 16 member states to improve public education at every level, from pre-K through Ph.D. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, SREB was created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislatures to advance education and improve the social and economic life of the region. Member states are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.”

I’ve written about SREB a few times before. so I know how supportive of CCSS they are. Recently, the entity has published a Community College Report. Titled “Community Colleges in the South: Strengthening Readiness and Pathways” The work going into this is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

As I normally do, I’ll only give you the highlights from the document. You can access the entire document from here to research on your own. What if you live outside of the SREB’s domain? I’ll be sure to show you how to find the Regional Education entity in your area by the time we’re through.

Point #1:
Community colleges are essential to achieving state goals — increasing educational achievement of the population, increasing access and completion, eliminating achievement gaps, closing opportunity gaps, and addressing workforce and economic development objectives. These complex institutions are also flexible, adaptable, affordable, community-based, user friendly and proximate to the state’s population.”

Point #2:
“Community colleges serve students, employers and communities.” (think P3 involvement on hyper-drive)

Point #3:
“SREB’s Community College Commission met several times during 2013 and 2014 to recommend policies and practices to increase students’ college and career readiness through effective community college and K-12 pathways. Composed of community college system leaders, legislators, national experts and others.” Below, are the numbers the Report provided:
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Point #4:
“In an effort to tighten the connection between state goals and funding, approximately half of the states in the nation are moving to outcomes-based funding. In states such as Ohio, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, Tennessee and Washington, state support — all or in part — is derived from a funding formula with metrics specifically designed for community colleges. Program designs in most states would reward institutions on a range of measures, including rewards for students who reach momentum points such as successful completion of a specified number of credits, transfers, success with underserved populations and at-risk students, completion of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) programs, as well as completion of certificates and degrees. Programs with higher rates of completion receive incentive funding for contributing to a state’s educational attainment goal. Although now used widely, outcomes-based funding is still controversial…”

Point #5:
Addressing the admittance policies that could be changed, “The urgency to redesign both placement and developmental education is fueled recently by the impending, new college- and career-readiness standards and associated assessments being implemented by most states. These nationwide standards and assessments are more rigorous, especially with respect to reading and writing, and the more demanding assessments most likely will publicly reveal a much more severe readiness problem. To these points, the recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 12th grade achievement-level results for literacy and math — which apply performance expectations empirically linked to college success and to the new common readiness standards — show that only 38 percent of students perform at or above the Proficient level in reading, and 26 percent perform at the Proficient level in math. Hence, these placement and remedial challenges must be addressed so that colleges and students come closer to meeting the postsecondary completion goals set by most states…” 

Point #6:
“….emphases in the emerging new common college readiness standards, there is a growing call to address the fundamental and logical importance of students being able to read with comprehension moderately complex texts across a variety of content areas.”

Point #7:

Regarding math readiness, “In fact, numerous examples in postsecondary education (public and independent) have resolved this issue by requiring math other than college algebra (or precalculus) as a free-standing degree requirement. For non-STEM majors, many institutions accept, for degree credit, math courses such as finite math, introductory statistics, contemporary math and quantitative reasoning. It is thought that the logical and critical reasoning and thinking skills required for a degree — for future careers and perhaps for successful study in other areas of the curriculum — can be nurtured through rigorous engagement in these courses. The four major math associations (American Mathematical Society, American Statistical Association, Mathematical Association of America, and Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) will issue recommendations this year that college algebra no longer be a general education course requirement.” Not much further down the page the discussion of which math areas would be considered as alternatives, “The construction and implementation of these new approaches to developmental education centering on these courses is proceeding through the work of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Quantway and Statway projects and the New Mathways Project from the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas.”

Point #8:
“…placement and readiness evaluation tend to identify and assess literacy skills based on students’ abilities to read texts of moderate- to lower-level complexity, within a narrow range of academic disciplines. Too often, these evaluations do not challenge students’ abilities to read and understand academic or technical texts, or to analyze and explain their meaning in writing. This ability to read more complex text in many subjects is critical to students’ abilities to succeed in postsecondary education. For example, the most commonly used placement tests, Accuplacer and Compass, use relatively simple texts and writing prompts. The lack of challenging literacy readiness standards and assessments explain why math skills have been viewed as the area which most contributes to the readiness problem.” Not too far down the page, “Moreover, many state K-12 systems have adopted new literacy standards, such as the Common Core State Standards and others, that are based on the deep and effective reading of complex information texts across different disciplines and the ability to engage in expository writing that parallels the higher text complexity.”

Point #9:
“Public schools need the direct support of community colleges to meet the immense readiness challenge. Community colleges need to lead in making more students ready for postsecondary education, especially in supporting systematic high school efforts to raise achievement in literacy and math skills. Community colleges need to engage in the following activities jointly with local public schools:  *Send specific, concrete messages about the literacy and math readiness skills needed.  *Support the need for junior-year readiness assessments based on specific readiness skills and standards*Support the provision and required enrollment of students in 12th grade bridge or transition courses based on the literacy and math readiness skills. These courses should be taken by students assessed as not ready by the junior-year assessments and provide a way to move developmental education from the community colleges to K-12.  *Provide concrete, actual examples of first-year community college course work to high schools. SREB will use its convening and advocacy capacity to bring together groups of states to address these recommendations; in light of the controversial nature of the recommendations…”
Point #10:
“One of the most underutilized strategies to support student degree completion is the emphasis on a well-defined, rather narrow pathway that students should adhere to in order to complete an associate or bachelor’s degree in a timely manner.” Not long after you read this, you’ll read this, “A structured guided pathway is an academic program map where faculty have sequenced the courses and identified well-defined learning outcomes. Pathways imply structure and guidance toward timely completion and next steps along the path. Structure and guidance are both important and costly. They include adequate and appropriate advising that focuses on careers and programs, rather than courses, and keeps students on track, requiring them to have a plan and declare a major early. Pathways help students build credit toward a certificate or skill base, should they leave the institution before completing a certificate or degree. They provide the opportunity to take accelerated courses such as dual enrollment and Advanced Placement.” Wait, there’s this as well, “While the definition of a structured or guided pathway may vary somewhat, policy-makers, educators and business leaders agree that postsecondary programs of study that lead to certificates and associate degrees must be better aligned with local, regional, and state workforce needs. Additionally, the programs and courses should be regularly evaluated against workforce needs.”

There is SO much more you need to read in this report! Access it: CommCollegeCom_2015
Of interest: The SREB upcoming College/Career Readiness Conference! Set for July 2015 in Atlanta. (see: http://www.sreb.org/page/1615/CCSSConference.html)
Who funds SREB? Here’s the list of CCSS funders we’ve seen so many times before:
*Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
*Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
*Consolidated Management Resources
*Lamar Plunkett Family
*Lumina Foundation
*National Board of Professional Teaching Standards
*National Research Center for Career and Technical Education, University of Louisville
*National Institutes of Health
*National Science Foundation
*The Pearson Foundation
*U.S. Department of Education

Want to learn more about SREB’s preK-PhD work? http://www.sreb.org/page/1068/about_SREB.html

Other regional Education Boards:
WICHE, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education: http://www.wiche.edu/
MSC, Multi-State Collaborative: http://www.sheeo.org/projects/msc-multi-state-collaborative-advance-learning-outcomes-assessment#What
NEBHE, New England Board of Higher Education: http://www.nebhe.org/
MHEC, Midwestern Higher Education Compact: http://www.mhec.org/
Consortium of State and Regional Education Research Associations: http://www.srera.org/
American Educational Research Association: http://www.aera.net/

Tech Thursday: CAPS via Career Pathways is Still CCSS!

Back on March 1, 2015 I shared with you a bit about how the educational deck of cards (so to speak) is continually being stacked in favor of Common Core or any of its other arms: Career Tech Ed, Career Pathways, College, Career Readiness, etc. So, today’s article is a follow up to more of the same stacking via Education Week publication.

First, an excerpt:

Being such a research ‘nut’, I have all kinds of ‘pro CCSS’ stuff AND ‘anti CCSS’ stuff hit my inboxes or social media feeds. One such is “Ed Week”. I knew it was supportive of the Core, but I just didn’t know HOW much. Here’s my ‘confession’ as it appeared in the original article. If you don’t read this original one before you read today’s article, be sure to have it ready to access as a reference point of importance. (see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/rmt-why-is-the-deck-still-being-stacked-to-serve-ccss/)

“When I first subscribed to this online newsletter, I had no idea it was funded by so many of the same big name foundations supportive of CCSS. Thus, making almost everything reported vented toward CCSS. When I did discover this fact, I was able to discern the lies from the truth much more easily.”

I can happily say that since the discovery of those pro CCSS groups using Education Week as a front, I know right away any webinar, conference, or other resource I’m invited to participate in or use, will ALL be to help further the CCSS Machine.

The Conference I Passed Up:

For as long as Education Week has held an annual “Leaders to Learn From” Conference, Washington, D. C. has played host city. The group of “Leaders” are reader nominated for their best practices, proven models of what works in today’s classrooms. Here’s how it was promoted in an email, “Leaders To Learn From 2015 is your one chance to join more than 150 of the most influential education leaders from across America to gather in one room and celebrate outstanding leaders in K-12 education: the practical innovators who have found frontline, effective solutions to the challenges facing today’s districts.” This conference happens each March. As you already know, I passed up attending. Why? My registration fee of almost $2,000.00 would help fund the CCSS Machine. In case you’re interested in discovering who the Keynote speakers were or any of the other details from March 2015’s event: http://leaders.edweek.org/event-details/

Among the 2015 Most Influential Education Week Leaders:

Here’s a short video to watch which was to celebrate those 2015 leaders. Listen for the educratic buzzwords we know mean CCSS/CCR/CTE.

For the rest of the article, I’m focusing on the leader of AND the program called CAPS.

Dr. Tom Triggs and his Center for Advanced Professional Studies. You’ll find Dr. Trigggs in Kansas. You’ll find many folks who reside in Kansas (as well as in other states) really like this program. I’ll admit, it is impressive, however, it’s still Career Pathways, Career Tech Ed and most definitely Common Core aligned!

To see the featured video of Mr. Trigg and CAPS: http://leaders.edweek.org/profile/tom-trigg-superintendent-career-pathways/?intc=ltlfcarous
To see the featured video of Mr. Trigg and CAPS:
http://leaders.edweek.org/profile/tom-trigg-superintendent-career-pathways/?intc=ltlfcarous

Here are Dr. Trigg’s 3 most important “Leadership Lessons”:

  • Real-World Relevance: Many comprehensive high schools understand the new three R’s—including the need for rigor and the importance of relationships. The third “R,” relevance, is the most difficult to implement. Involve business and industry partners to provide relevance.
  • Expertise, Not Money: Instead of approaching partners to ask for money, ask them to share their expertise and human capital. The business community is eagerly waiting for school districts to approach them.
  • High Expectations: Don’t underestimate your students. You can expect them to consistently exceed the expectations of the district’s business partners.

Education Weekly happily shared with readers that Dr Trigg has been named a Kansas Superintendent of the Year; that CAPS has been honored with not only awards, but other states replicating his program. WHAT Education Week didn’t share was Dr. Trigg serves on his local Chamber of Commerce Superintendents’ Forum and other community leadership roles. He’s a sought after member of the WSBC (Western States Benchmarking Consortium); the AASA (American Association of School Administators); under his ‘watch’ all those high stakes assessment scores have appeared impressive; Kansas state legislators take his words to heart. (see his entire bio: http://www.aasa.org/uploadedFiles/Programs_and_Events/Awards_and_Scholarships/SOY2011/Tom-Trigg-info-sheet.pdf )

As far as how AASA is CCSS friendly: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/fom-friday-ccss-cant-be-wrong/ (I featured AASA as one of the big supporters of all things CCSS)

As far as how WSBC is CCSS friendly (click to enlarge the screen shot):

Be sure to see the entire list of those behind WSBC.
Be sure to see the entire list of those behind WSBC.

Here’s Education Week’s featured video of Dr. Trigg and CAPS:

The CAPS:

The comprehensive high school offers students 6 strands (hey, wait isn’t CCSS plan ‘clusters’ or ‘pathways’?) From the FAQ page, here’s their description, “Blue Valley Schools’ Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) is a nationally recognized, innovative high school program. Students fast forward into their future and are fully immersed in a professional culture, solving real world problems, using industry standard tools and are mentored by actual employers, all while receiving high school and college credit. CAPS is an example of how business, community and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of tomorrow, especially in high skill, high demand jobs.”

I found this logo in the parent/student catalog for CAPS. Twenty-first Century Skills is a definite component.
I found this logo in the parent/student catalog for CAPS. Twenty-first Century Skills is a definite component.

As for those Common Core aligned Career Clusters? Yes, they are embedded in CAPS ‘strands’. See page 7 of the 2016 CAPS Vision document. caps_visioning_for_web_site Other things you’ll find in the Vision include how MIT (a known CTE/CCR/CCSS developer) helped ensure the school’s benchmarking component; how this particular CAPS is to become the flagship for a global network of such programs.

The Business partners of CAPS are many in number. If you’re interested in seeing just which local and national businesses have joined in on the alignment, http://www.bvcaps.org/s/1403/index.aspx?sid=1403&gid=1&pgid=322 *Note, you’ll have to access each business per CAPS strand. For example, if you want the Human Service Strand’s group of supporting businesses, you’d click on the live link marked “Human Services Strand”. In doing so myself, I was able to spy at least 3 national CCSS businesses which have chosen to align with CCSS. One example, Lego Education.

Lastly, If You Aren’t Familiar with Career Tech Education or Career Pathways:

Here are the links to my other articles on each:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/page/2/?s=career+pathways+career+clusters (contains 2 pages of research)

From Prevent Common Core’s website, my published research:
http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1187

About the Career Pathways National Network:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/tech-thursday-national-career-pathways-network/

FOM: Elected Officials Vow To Us or CCSS?

It's Friday, you know what that means! Time to measure what's truth, what's fallacy/fib or what's in between.
It’s Friday, you know what that means! Time to measure what’s truth, what’s fallacy/fib or what’s in between.

Today’s anti Common Core “Fib-o-Meter” post will be a bit different from my usual ones. Why? Because it has struck me as rather bittersweet lately that those who are elected to serve us appear to be vowing more and more to Common Core (and all that goes with it) than we, the people. So, follow along with me for a special edition of “Fib-o-Meter” Friday.

An Oath:

If I were to meet you face to face and ask you what does the word ‘oath’ mean; what would be your response?

For me it’s not just a promise. It’s more than that. It’s a commitment. It’s a  lifestyle you choose to uphold. It’s a decision you face every single day. Will I uphold my oath? Will I not uphold my oath?

Now I know, just as you do, that we are reminded daily in several ways how those we elected appear to be so taken with everything else except us. This is a “Total Truth”. It’s also a “Total Truth” that many of those we did put into office ARE standing up against CCSS. It’s also “Total Truth” that even more officials support parts of the CCSS, but not others. For the life I of me, how can you be for ANY part of it when you took an oath to serve the people?!

So, what is the officially ‘correct’ definition of the word ‘oath’? Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary has this entry:

‘a formal and serious promise to tell the truth or to do something’ 

The ‘something’?? ‘sincerely intends to do what one says (2) :  a solemn attestation of the truth or inviolability of one’s words’

If you’d like to see the entire entry for oath (as it is interesting), see: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oath

THE Oaths (all “Total Truths”):

Here’s what the U.S. President’s Oath states: “I, <name>, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Here’s what the members of the U.S. Congress have for their oath: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

Every federal employee takes the SAME oath as the members of Congress.

Every armed service member takes a similarly worded oath. The difference between officers and enlisted members is the enlisted are to expressly follow orders, whereas officers can break an order IF it violates the U.S. Constitution. (see the official oaths for the U.S. Armed Forces: http://www.military.com/join-armed-forces/swearing-in-for-military-service.html

Oh, and by the way, the currently used oaths for the President and Congress were worded as such to ensnare traitors of America. If you’d like more history about  these oaths, see: http://twothirds.us/the-oaths-of-office/

As far as the 50 U.S Governors across America and other state level officials, they too must take an oath of office. I’ve not been able to find one location where each of the states oaths are, so I’m offering our sitting governor’s oath as an example. The video is just under 1:30 minutes.

Why All This Matters in Respect to Common Core:

Maybe it’s just me..but I’ve been reminded quite succinctly, lately, that those who’ve taken this oaths have NOT done what they swore to do to the best of their ability. Much less to the best of their knowledge. How can that be when SO much knowledge about Common Core is out there? How can they claim “I didn’t know about CCSS being more than K-12.” or other statements of the kind.

Maybe it’s the successes of all those who are ‘opting’ out of the high stakes assessments and have those officials in somewhat of a panic.

Either way, I’m sensing somewhat of a shift in those who swore to not only uphold their offices, but protect our Constitution. I say somewhat based on the fact that recently (during the NC Academic Standards Review Committee Meeting) out of all the elected state level officials NC has, I counted only 2 in the meeting. That, my warriors, is awful.

Here’s another reason these oaths matter in light of CCSS….and MY question to each of those federal, state, and local….

HOW CAN YOU UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION WHEN YOU ALIGN TO SUPPORT COMMON CORE?!

The “Total Fallacy” of It All:

When you’ve taken an oath of office, the ‘Total Fallacy‘ that you can support the citizens by allowing any part of CCSS to exist is simply this, ladies and gentlemen who are elected: you CAN’T.

The entire debacle is un- Constitutional! It’s a domestic enemy! Every time you continue to allow Career Tech Education, rebrands of CCSS, Career Pathways, Workforce Education, high stakes assessments, textbooks that are rewritten to teach America is a hostile nation, YOU are the domestic enemy! Instead of keeping your oath to do all you can to protect, you’ve replaced it with a pledge to the CCSS Machine (all those fund, create, and continue to purport CCSS) The fact that federal funding has been accepted to help further align has happened of each of your ‘watches’ in office! How is that protecting the people OR defending the Constitution?!

Here’s, my version, of the pledge you’ve sacrificed us all for:

“I pledge my allegiance to the Core and to the deterioration for which it exists.
I have pledged my support to the degrading of my people which CCSS ensues.
That being one way to learn, for all, indivisible and rigor for all.”

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Closing:

Warriors, I hope you’ve been inspired to continue to give your elected officials “Total Truths” about CCSS to dispel the “Total Fallacies” which have turned their heads, hardened their hearts, and lined their states purses with money.

Warriors, I trust that we, Together, can continue to rise up and defeat the CCSS Machine!

Tech Thursday: Pitching the CTE, You Tube Style

What do I mean by CTE? It’s short for Career Tech Education. Or, in anti Common Core language, it’s ‘adult common core’. Since I began my blog, each Thursday has given you solid evidence of how far and wide the CCSS Machine has gone to pump up the alignment to support the ‘cradle to career’ rhetoric. Today’s post looks at a few ways the CTE is being sold to our students to make it look attractive. Nothing says 21st Century Skilled Workforce like a CTE aligned student.

In spite of all the glitz and glam of the sales pitch, CTE in reality will be more like this.
In spite of all the glitz and glam of the sales pitch, CTE in reality will be more like this.

The YouTube CTE Channel:

If you visit the popular channel much, you’ll know how it works. Go to http://www.youtube.com, type in the search bar what you’re looking for, and boom. Instant gratification! Right? Well, many marketing campaigns are on YouTube as well…especially in promoting CCSS, CTE, or whatever other alphabet soup name the agenda is going by these days. When I typed in “Career Tech Education”, one of the first results which appeared was from the ACTE (Association for Career and Technical  Education)

Dr. Matula’s Pitch to Leaders:

From the “Build Your Future”, Dr. Anne Matula speaks to those in charge of education about how exciting a ‘national resume’ will be. Notice this is for not only adults, but will reach back to ‘junior high’ (aka: middle school)Note how she’ll share that these trained workers will earn more than those people who have completed their masters degrees!

If you’d like to see a pfd of a presentation supporting Dr. Matula’s presidency of the CTC of the Coastal Bend (Craft Training Center of the Coastal Bend). I’ve provided it for you. Be sure to note on page 7 that EVERY completed ‘module’ for this program is tracked NATIONALLY. In other words, data mining in action. See: 3.1 Dr Ann Matula (*Note: in 2014 Goodwill Industries named Dr. Matula as Chief Education Officer. See: http://www.goodwillsa.org/the-good-news/247-goodwill-announces-dr-anne-matula-as-new-chief-education-officer) In a testimony before the Texas Senate, Dr. Matula had quite a bit to add about CTE. Notice which publisher is providing the course textbooks. Hint: Pearson. See: 0410-AnneMatula-1

Next Up? Parent Touts the CTE!

In this next video, also provided by Build Your Future, is a parent named Mary McQueen. McQueen is also the Executive Director of Development at DelMar College. DelMar College belongs to a “BoldFuture” Community Initiative. What’s so ‘bad’ about that? When looking beneath the sales pitch (again, that ‘collective’ mindset of ‘we’re all together in this’) Take a look at the education component of the 6 part project. The goal appears to be pumping up the TX Work Force! That document: 06profile_educ (to see any updates in the project, click on the update tab, under the “Final Phase”. http://www.boldfuturecoastalbend.org/publications.html

A Beginning?

This 12 minute video expresses the ‘life changing’ aspects of CTE as its sales pitch. Not quite sure how effective the message is when you hear one of the speakers state something along the lines of ‘you get to apply what you should of learned in school’. Note the amount of promise each speaker mentions, the self discovery. Note how a particular person with special needs is featured.

The Student’s PSA videos:

The ACTE has a contest encouraging students to submit short videos promoting CTE. Here’s one of the winners from 2013, not his use of fun, vibrancy. From a young person’s viewpoint I can totally understand how I might want to log on and learn more.

There’s More!:

ACTE’s YouTube channel has many more videos. If you want to see the other Student videos selling your kids on CTE, visit: https://www.youtube.com/user/actecareertech

A Final Video:

From the 2014 CTE Policy Update, a 50 minute video detailing how all the states using CTE are faring in implementation.

 

To get the pdf version of the report (which is a ‘must have’). StatePolicyReview_PPT_2-5-15_FINAL

My Other CTE Articles:

If you’d like to access my other CTE articles (you can also search by Career Pathways, Career Clusters) here’s the link for several previously published articles detailing CTE.

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/?s=career+tech+education

There are at least 6 pages of articles, so if you are gearing up to fight CCSS in the post-secondary realm, you’ve got plenty of fact based evidence!

Closing:

Please note that I’m not against careers, post secondary education, or allowing a student to be able to discover where they fit in society. I DO, however,think it shouldn’t be through the CCSS aligned programs. The thinly veiled ‘workforce’, ‘talent supply’, ‘human capital’ goals we’ve heard all too many times when it comes to careers nowadays. We should be more focused on each student attaining the BEST education for them. Not every student can or will ever fit a mold, look at those of us now out of school. We didn’t fit molds, so why are so many willing to help promote all the ways in which our students ARE being placed into career molds? Remember, where CCSS is concerned, NOTHING is as it appears on the surface. There is much more underneath.

FOM Friday: CCSS “Can’t Be Wrong”?!

It's Friday, you know what that means! Time to measure what's truth, what's fallacy/fib or what's in between.
It’s Friday, you know what that means! Time to measure what’s truth, what’s fallacy/fib or what’s in between.

What Could Possibly Be ‘Right’ About Common Core? In today’s post we’ll measure the latest ‘new evidence’ about Common Core in the classroom. Let’s get the Fib-o_Meter fired up!

First, the organization:

ASCD (formerly, The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) The website: http://www.ascd.org

“Total Truth”, each state has an ASCD Affiliate. So do several countries across the globe. The purpose? “Common values and goals”. (see: http://www.ascd.org/about-ascd/Affiliates/Directory/Affiliate-Directory.aspx )

"Total Truth", Gates funded ASCD Common Core resources since 2011.
“Total Truth”, Gates funded ASCD Common Core resources since 2011.

Next, The Book:

The new book that’s got the Fib-o-Meter all fired up? “17,000 Classroom Visits Can’t Be Wrong” by authors John V. Antonetti and James R. Garver, the designers of the Look 2 Learning model of classroom walkthroughs. ASCD is so proud of this book that you can not only buy a copy off the website, you can get a sample download of the book.

Fib-o-Meter’s guess is this is so you, too, as an educator can get started right away ‘doing IT correctly’.  Let’s see what we can find. Now, while I can’t give the download sample, I can point you to where to get it for your own research. Fib-o-Meter will help guide you on some of the biggest CC points. To get the sample: http://www.ascd.org/Publications/Books/Overview/Seventeen-Thousand-Classroom-Visits-Cant-Be-Wrong.aspx (be sure to click on the ‘excerpts, pdf’ near the bottom of the page)

Fib-o-Meter Spied The Following From the Sample: 

From Page 4: there was talk about ‘benchmarks’ being used as school effectiveness tool. “Total Fallacy” when you consider the entire ‘benchmarked CCSS’ myth has been busted open long ago. (see: http://pioneerinstitute.org/blog/blog-education/blog-common-core/common-core-was-neither-internationally-benchmarked-nor-state-led/ )

Page 4 also shares about “PLCs” (professional learning communities) guiding thoughts..Hhmm..when you consider the multitude of PLC workshops expressly for CCSS, I guess the guiding thoughts would be all about Common Core. (for example, see: http://www.schoolimprovement.com/how-to-make-friends-and-influence-people-with-the-common-core-standards/ ) If this isn’t enough for you, check out the agenda behind those 21st Century Community Learning Centers, which are also helping guide thought, blur lines, and so much more. (see: http://www.p21.org/). “Total Fallacy” for this entire topic! Why, a true PLC shouldn’t shove agendas, it should encourage individuality of the teacher, the respect for him/her to know what would be applicable, and the trust to pull it all off. You can’t have any of that when you are constricted by the CCSS. (see: https://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/tag/teachers-against-common-core/ )

Page 5 introduces the “TIMSS” (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study). Well, let’s see what the Fib-o-Meter can share. “Total Truth” that this study exists. However, bear in mind it’s part of the U.S. Dept. of Education. SO, objectivity is going to be somewhat skewed in regards to CCSS, don’t you think? (see: https://nces.ed.gov/TIMSS/)
“Total Fallacy” that we should even try to use the TIMSS in regards to CCSS, as revealed in this article by a guest for Pioneer Institute. (see: http://pioneerinstitute.org/news/why-common-cores-math-standards-dont-measure-up-by-guest-blogger-zeev-wurman/)

Other Things to Consider:

Fib-o-Meter found these things worth considering:

  • “Colleagues on Call”, considering they influence others, you want to note that the author featured in the Carnegie event is a co-founder of ‘C on C’. Think influence in education isn’t a big deal these days? You may want to consider where ‘C on C’ goes. According to their website, “ongoing partnerships with many schools, districts, service centers, professional organizations, and departments of education.” It is because of groups like this why we need to look further at who’s pushing the districts, the superintendents, and others straight into the CCSS Machine at break-neck speed (see the ‘related’ below). ‘C on C’s’ website: http://www.colleaguesoncall.com/our-work.php

Related to All This, Because They Handle School Leaders:

  • From a post I wrote as a guest on LadyLiberty1885’s blog last year is this excerpt. It shows that influences among leaders in schools, etc.
  • “One such  “group known as NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals). According their website, they have much help in aligning not only honor societies to Common Core, but they have a guide for school counselors. Look down at bit on the page and you’ll see the Hunt Institute, the Council of Chief State School Officers, IDEA Partnership, Council of Great City Schools and others. (Link)” (See the entire post: http://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/06/29/guest-post-how-common-core-standards-are-taking-over-our-national-honor-societies/)
  • To find out some “Total Truths and Fallacies” (I’m sure you can correctly match the truths/fallacies to the boldly highlighted words) from the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), see this excerpt below (the entire document: AASA_CCSS_Report):
  • “The CCSS-aligned tests were designed to assess student achievement, and any effort to rush implementation of them that includes using the test data to inform teacher evaluation is ill-conceived. Frustration over an arbitrary deadline to implement tests in a manner for which they were not intended threatens the good that stands to be gained from successful implementation of the CCSS and related assessments. Whatever happens in the news and the political debate, districts are already hard at work implementing these new standards and their related assessments. In order to see how the implementation of the new standards is faring, AASA conducted a survey of superintendents and administrators throughout the country in April, 2014. With 525 responses representing 48 states, the survey provides a glimpse into the planning and implementation of the new standards and assessments as well as the support superintendents are receiving from the state and community. Overall, most superintendents have already begun to implement the new standards, which they see as much more rigorous than previous standards. The new standards will increase students’ critical thinking skills and ensure that they are more prepared for college and the modern workforce than previous standards did. School and district staff are viewed as prepared and engaged in implementation of the new standards.”

Even Further Related to AASA:

AXA (partners with both the PTA, NEA, and the AASA). Interestingly enough, they also give out lots and lots of scholarships in America. (Find out what AXA is: https://us.axa.com/home.html) *Note: be sure to look at the Foundation arm, as well as the corporate one.

Aramark, helps uphold not only school leaders, but school meals. Here’s a document they have helped in supporting a  “Superintendent Forum” full of CC alignment. See: WP-NYSF_2013

Hobson’s, partners of AASA, as well. See their P-20 (Preschool to age 20) work: http://www.hobsons.com/about-hobsons/p-20-summit/
*Note: Be sure to look at all the curricula resources under the “Learn What We Do” tab.

NASSP Partners and Related Information:

Not to be left out of all the CCSS support from afar, the NASSP, has ‘friends’ too.

Prudential: Hardly the only insurance company to back the CCSS Machine, this one is special in the amount it has given to not only education, but Workforce alignment. (see: http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1154)

Wallace Foundation: See all 357 Common Core resource papers they have. http://www.wallacefoundation.org/Search/Pages/results.aspx?k=common%20core%20standards

Minnesota Life: Not only partners with NASSP, but insures “Coverage is also available to NASSP employees and advisors with: National Association of Student Council, National Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Junior Honor Society.” (refer to these groups above to see again how CC aligned they are)

Closing:

Well, I’m not sure about you, but I think the Fib-o-Meter’s dealt enough “Total Truth” for one day AND exposed enough “Total Fallacy” as well. The original statement the ASCD folks claimed was “17,000 Classrooms Can’t Be Wrong”. I know as long as Common Core is involved, those 17,000 classrooms will be grossly under-served. Right along with the millions of other classrooms left OUT of the book!

As far as those ‘Classroom Walk Throughs’ and how they relate to Common Core?..that’s another article unto itself.