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This is Our Choice?!


Recently, one of my dear fellow Anti CCSS Warriors from the other side of the nation, contacted me about her State Superintendent’s words about being ‘choice ready’ by 2030.
My friend/Warrior, Ida F. has allowed me to share her State’s story so you can check in yours for similar such messages.

The State, ND; The ‘Super’, Baesler:

ND’s Superintendent has shared in the media that by 2030 all the students in North Dakota are to be choice ready for their futures. To see the 2 page agenda, https://www.nd.gov/dpi/uploads/1404/Agenda.pdf  To see just Baesler’s activity,
see below:


Then, consider this screen shot:


Baesler is also a Board Member serving the National Drop Out Prevention Network (NDOPN). In 2015, she, along with other NDOPN members held a national conference in TX. From the program I found detailing the conference, plenty of CCSS Machine members were not only in attendance, but were leading workshops. Was the ‘choice ready’ rhetoric there? Of course. See: http://dropoutprevention.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/SanAntonio-Program10-14-15.pdf

So, What IS “Choice Ready”?

Here’s a screen shot of an AdvancED 2015 presentation which was given in ND in May of 2016.


To get the entire presentation,
(*Note: be sure to see how easily this fits into ESSA’s accountability/implementation plans.)


There must be a 2030 Bandwagon Around Somewhere:

It appears that ND is not the only State jumping on the bandwagon heading for 2030, look at all these other 2030 Ready Resources I found.


1) Hoover Institute’s “American Education in 2030”. You’ll need to know that the Fordham Institute’s very own Chester Finn is cited in this book of 87 pages, that there is a copyright date of 2010 and is tied to the Leland Stanford Jr. University. This book is a collection of essays on education. See:

2) The Center for Teacher Quality’s “Teaching 2030: Leveraging Teacher Preparation 2.0”.
This 66 page document doesn’t give a clear date of when it was published, but it does give you an insight into what groups have influenced this report.  American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), NCATE (National Council for Teacher Accreditation), Commission on Effective Teachers and Teaching (CETT) an independent group convened by the NEA (National Education Association), and the National Bureau of Economic Research.
The CTQ Report is also a collection of related topics in education by various teacher/authors.

Here’s an excerpt, “Pre-service teachers need customized preparation for the 21st-century pedagogical skills demanded by not just the Common Core State Standards, but the global economy in which students must participate. Too much of today’s criticism of teacher education is driven by politics, not substance, and focuses on outdated issues instead of ones unique to the demands of 21st-century teaching and learning. Teacher preparation of today and tomorrow needs to equip new recruits to teach highly mobile students, develop their own assessments, improve data systems, engage parents and policymakers, and lead the transition of many of our high-needs schools into 24/7 community hubs.”

It appears that by 2030, teachers are to have the 3Cs: ‘Communication, character, and content’. In some way this is to go along with the CCSS Machine’s 4Cs for students: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. My question is this (and I do not mean to be snarky): Did I miss something?!  Since the 4Cs for students are happening NOW, why are teachers getting only 3Cs?  Why do they have to wait until 2030?

The CTQ Report:  http://www.teachingquality.org/sites/default/files/TEACHING_2030_Leveraging_Teacher_Preparation.pdf


1) The “Yidan Prize Forecast: Education to 2030”

This 33 page research report is available on-line (I would suggest downloading it) and is based on the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) calculations and research.

Look at the CCSS Machine ties and the UN Ties from the EIU’s ‘experts’:

To download the 33 pages of global ‘choice readiness’: EIU_Yidan prize forecast_Education to 2030
To find in on the Internet:

2) The UN’s Education 2030 Agenda video. This short but scary video shows WHY the innovative data (written into ESSA and its related laws) is such a big deal.

The 2030 Agenda has been well reported (both by others and myself). That said if you don’t have see the connection between the UN, the US, the ‘choice readiness’, the data mining, and education, it is simply this: US is a ‘card carrying UN member. We have signed a global  goals agreement (known as SDGs, Sustainable Developmental Goals). Education is the fourth goal globally. The choice readiness will use the education and data for our students to be one of 3 tracks: college (leader or authority), citizen (includes military as protector or authority), or worker. See the 2015 UN Report

Related Resources:
1) The AASA Article about the 3 Choices:
1a) From the AASA’s  website, how all this ‘choice’ for ‘readiness’ means ‘ready for anything (or in anti CCSS Warrior language: ‘ready to conform’). See: http://www.aasa.org/SchoolAdministratorArticle.aspx?id=13570

2) How AdvancED is a CCSS Machine member tied to the Global Agenda:

3) The AACTE’s Common Core Devotion:

4) A CETT/NEA 2012 “Teacher Effectiveness” document:

5) The National Bureau of Economic Research has ties to the OCED (Organization for Co-operation in Economic Development), as well as have a resource on education being the solution to the turnaround of the U.S. Economy. How? skill based and technical!
To see the resource, http://www.nber.org/chapters/c13695.pdf (*Note: if you really want to feel great about being an American, look at how the Bureau writes us up in mathematical equasions!)
If you’d like to see the corporate funding streams the Bureau receives (note the CCSS Machine groups):

6) To see one of my articles on the OCED and American workforce based education:

7) My article on Chester Finn:

8) How America went from MDGs (Millennial Development Goals) to SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), courtesy of the UN:


So, Warriors, has Ida’s original question helped us? It is good to see that ND is hardly alone in this ‘choice ready by 2030’. Why? Knowing we are not standing alone in this War Against the Core is vital. Knowing how big the target is gives us quite a bit of space to aim our best informational shots at. It also affords us lots of room to strike consistently, often, and hard.


Tech Thursday: CCSS, Worthy of the Folly of Shame

We know, by research, that Common Core is a BIG mistake from its inception to implementation. However, based on evidence (not my opinion), I’ll share today WHY Common Core deserves to be inducted into a Folly of Shame Club. (Prov. 26:11 states that fools who repeat folly are like dogs which return to their vomit./Joseph Conrad stated, “Let a fool be made serviceable according to his own folly.”)

Today's Folly of Shame 'winner' is the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) for their college, career, and citizen ready (CCCR) via Common Core Standards activities.
Today’s Folly of Shame ‘winner’ is the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) for their college, career, and citizen ready (CCCR) via Common Core Standards activities.

The Fools: CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers)

Let us count their follies, shall we? One for half copyright owner of the CCSS (Common Core State Standards).
One for participating against our U.S. Constitution for helping create the CCSS. One for meddling in education and forcing an un-American agenda on innocent people. One for stacking the deck of what is being sold as ‘educational research’ with ONLY pro-CCSS groups. One for assuring all this by impacting legislation across the nation. One for selling lies as truth to those who run the schools at the LOCAL capacity. One for encouraging data mining, global readiness, and workforces as ‘human capital’ (aka: ‘talent supply). One for pushing over assessing students and creating a falseness surrounding a skills gap that’s pretty dire. Okay, I count 8. I’m sure there are others, but I think we can see the fools keep recycling folly clearly enough.

The Follies in Print:

First, you’ll want to download the entire pdf of repeated follies, ILN Knowledge Skills and Dispositions CCR Framework February 2013 Published in 2013, this wonderfully shame worthy paper explains in detail how the folly of “CCCR” (College, Career, and Citizen Readiness) is to play out. From research by leading experts (especially post-secondary ones) to graduation from a post-secondary school.

Here’s a sampling of what you’ll discover about the CCSSO’s shameful folly making:
a) via the CCSSO’s ILN (Innovation Lab Network) follies began about 2011. Here’s what the introduction states, “In 2011, member states of the Innovation Lab Network (ILN or Network), facilitated by the
Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), agreed to work together under the shared
belief that their states face a great opportunity to transform their education systems to new
designs that prepare all students for postsecondary learning, work, and citizenship.
Gathering as a Network, these states aimed to define the challenge, establish shared
objectives, and support one another in identifying, testing, and sharing replicable, cost
effective models that will compel system-wide changes in lab states, in other states, and in
federal policy. First among their objectives was to create a shared framework for
understanding the definitional elements of “college, career, and citizenship readiness”
(CCCR) that will serve as a compass for state-to-local actions.” {Note: If you don’t know what the ILN is, please read my article, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/ftf-tuesday-common-core-network/ ; Fellow anti-CCSS warrior, LadyLiberty1885, wrote this one about the CCSSO and ILN, “http://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/10/24/the-ccsso-unc-nc-and-india/ “; for other CCSSO Common Core follies, see my article, “https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/tag/newtech-network/ “}
b) each of the lab states committed to ensuring CCCR measures were made. (Member states lead the way for the rest of the states. CO, OR, CA, NH, NY, OH, WV, KY, WI, and ME) c) by exerting constant outcome based education/assessments pressure, the CCSSO gets the agenda goals they have made, met. d) the lenses used to formulate CCCR?? A well known person, Dr. David Conley. The source? His book about CCCR! {Note: Want to learn more about Dr. Conley’s CCSS ties? He was a member of the CCSS validation committee!! See the committee’s report, featuring his ‘wisdom’, http://www.corestandards.org/assets/CommonCoreReport_6.10.pdf }; e) You’ll see how the Asia Society, PISA, and others made up the ‘international’ component to the CCSSO’s master plan of folly; f) you’ll see the post-secondary education experts {here’s the list, I couldn’t wait for you to see which groups are considered ‘experts’:  “Achieve, ACT, Center on Education Policy, ConnectEd, Data Quality Campaign, National Council of Social Studies, National High School Center at the American Institutes of Research, Next Generation Science Standards, Southern Regional Education Board, and Ready By 21, among others”}.

When You Assume..Well, You Know the Rest:

The CCSSO has repeatedly made the same follies when it comes to education, but here’s one they admit they’ve assumed about our students, “Several underlying assumptions were agreed upon…..1. Every student should graduate college, career and citizenship ready. 2. Causing consistently high levels of learning among young people from widely varying backgrounds and with diverse needs will require radical changes in current beliefs, policy, practice and structure. 3. The Common Core State Standards are foundational to college and career readiness; they are absolutely essential, but not sufficient. 4. There is a significant overlap between the profiles of college readiness and career readiness that should be fostered in all students, although additional technical skills may be required for one versus the other. 5. Citizenship readiness, or preparing America’s youth to be contributing members of the larger society, is a fundamental mission of public schools.”  {Note: to see what kind of student a CCCR one is to be, click on the picture below to enlarge it.}

What a foolish move, CCSSO..to expect that ALL students will fit your mold of CCCR.
What a foolish move, CCSSO..to expect that ALL students will fit your mold of CCCR.

How the Legislators Got Fooled:

You’ll also see HOW the CCSSO made moves blatantly, to have legislators come up with laws to back the agenda in this document!!! For example, “… several domains of state policy and implementation, including how the state will establish CCCR as the goal of its education system; how delivery systems will be redesigned to ensure each child’s development of CCCR; how educators will be prepared and supported to develop students’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions; how state and local systems will measure student progress toward CCCR; how systems will hold students, schools, districts, and educators accountable for fostering CCCR; how K-12 diplomas, credentials, or certificates articulate with post-secondary opportunities including higher education and the workforce…”

See Wisconsin’s ILN video:

Below is the ILN member state of WI and the video they placed on YouTube to show you how some of the key pieces in the report have been ‘successful’.


While I’m not the only one to write about the CCSSO, I know that should you care to search my blog, you’ll find articles on Individual Learning Plans, data mining, Project Based Learning and how each of these are so embedded in the CCSS. If you’re not aware of how all the repeated follies are being used in a viscous cycle, I urge you to investigate. If not here, on my blog, then on some other anti CCSS warrior who has the evidence.