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A Shiny New Coat

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, we all know the story of the “Emperor’s New Clothes”, right?
Basic themes in the story are vanity, money, and deception.

Those same basic themes can pretty much sum up the educratic shift in our classrooms across the globe. Here in America, we’ve definitely seen the greed and deception take our academics away and replace it with workforce training.

So, what happens when you take a CCSS Machine member group like IBM, attach a shiny new coat of deception to education and add it to a notoriously bad on-line school? 

A slick sales pitch with a hidden agenda attached!

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The “New Collar” Is Still A Servant’s Collar:

Warriors, IBM’s CEO, back in 2016, came up with a new phrase for the same old CCSS Machine alignment: “new collar jobs”. Below is her opinion column in USA Today:

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Part of the CEO’s plan for ‘new collar jobs’? P-Tech Schools (I exposed them years ago). These schools are 6 year high schools which focus on industry skills at a ‘community college’ level.

Community colleges have been called ‘Camelot’ (by the CCSS Machine) for their access to all school choices intersecting and the ability to carry on (or introduce) CTE, Career Tech Education, CCs (Career Clusters), CPs (Career Pathways), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math), dual enrollment, and, concurrent enrollment.

IBM, late 2018, announced that Ireland became the first country outside of the US, to adopt P-Tech. Notice how IBM is taking credit, as well as using ‘local educators’ as the creators.

Warriors, IBM’s CEO is an appointed member of the new National Council for the American Worker (aka: National Workforce Council), here in the US.

K-12, Inc., A Long Time CCSS  Machine Member Group:

Warriors, back in 2015, I showed you how K-12, Inc. was in the CCSS Machine, as well as in co-operation with the NASBE (National Association for State Boards of Education). If you followed me back then, you also know I shared with you the struggle NC (where I live) had with keeping K-12, Inc’s. terrible track record out of the State, only to allow it in the end, as a school choice. Then, there was the overreach by K-12, Inc. into homeschooling. If you read their recent “Student Impact” report, you’ll see lots of hype about increased student engagement.

So, with such an awful past, why is K-12, Inc. still in the ‘education’ business? Look below for one reason why:

This is the recent ad K-12, Inc. ran on social media:

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The goal for K-12, Inc. NOW, is to be a part of building a national career readiness infrastructure. One of the ways this will happen, is ‘the right education’, not “more education”.

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How will the K-12, Inc. folks know they’ve helped close the ‘skills gap’ (another CCSS Machine fallacy)? By sending “K-12 powered” students into the workforce.

As far as the partnerships K-12, Inc. is building to have all the career readiness infrastructure take off? A direct quote, “To do this, we are aligning with higher education institutions, school districts, and industry partners to offer career training. We are working to pair this training with summer jobs, externships*, paid internships, drop-in training, and part-time and full-time employment opportunities.”
(*Note: ‘externship’ is a temporary training period.)
Be sure to notice which ‘top companies’ K-12, Inc. mentions to work for in the article linked above.

In that article, Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce was cited. I showed you last year (2018) how Georgetown was assaulting real education with quasi-education.

The Report the Center on Ed/Workforce has published (which K-12, Inc. is basing their infrastructure plan off of) doesn’t state ‘Hey, we’ve got a few suggestions.’ It clearly states their findings are ‘requirements’. Among those ‘requirements’? STEM jobs!

Warriors, below is WHY Georgetown University is so biased about an educated workforce:

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If you cannot read the print, Lumina Foundation, Joyce Foundation, and, the Gates Foundation are the main funders of the Georgetown Center on Education for the Workforce.

So, if you’re going to change the national infrastructure to career readiness, these are a few of the groups which will be involved.

The Career Readiness Partner Council:

Warriors, if you’ve not heard of this Council, it’s been around since 2012. Housed in the Advance CTE National Association (a huge CCSS Machine group). The list of Council members is long. You’ll see all of them are CCSS Machine members, too.

CEP (Center for Education Policy):

Warriors, this CCSS Machine member group has published many CCR (College/Career Readiness) documents. Most are geared for one goal: 21st competency skills graduates.

JFF (Jobs for the Future):

Warriors, be sure to look at their “Opportunity Works” program for workforce readiness.

National Informal STEM Network:

Warriors, this Arizona State University and Univ. of MN backed on-line group, have all sorts of STEM activities (which are CCR dressed as fun)

CCREC (College and Career Readiness Evaluation Consortium):

Warriors, this group works with certain States and those States GEAR UP grants.
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is a federal program which is 100% workforce based. It uses STEM, CCR, CCSS, and, CTE. The Consortium also partners with Act, Inc. and is a heavy student data collector.

NCPN (National Career Pathways Network):

Warriors, be sure to read their “Items of Interest” section. You’ll see CTE and STEM promoted. You’ll also see the IBM ‘open collar’ article. You’ll want to read about the German based ‘vocational dual training system’, too. (*Note: among the top items of the German study, are economic goals, social goals, and, personal goals.)

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Warriors, don’t forget to change an infrastructure you have to have legislation. So Congress is an obvious CCSS Machine group to watch in all this.

Don’t forget, all the job websites (like Monster and Indeed, etc.) will have career readiness or career assessments. Our federal government gives States grants for One-Stop Job/Employment Centers. These will be huge CCR locations.

Closing:

Warriors, the last place we will need to watch for ‘infrastructure’ changes in education is the HEA (Higher Education Act) as it is readied to become re-authorized. I have shown you over the years, how the HEA is the last link in the cradle to grave workforce education chain. Career Readiness will be a huge part of the new version.

Believe me, the educratic emperors will be strutting all over the nation with THAT shiny new coat of deception.

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Red words are my added emphasis.

(My article where the above image first appeared.)

**Personal note: Warriors, I’ll be offline until the first part of April due to computer issues and family business. Take care until we meet again!

Use our time apart to review any of the past week’s mega articles, jam packed with links for your Warrior’s belt.


When Agenda Means Dirt

To all you Anti Fed Ed Warriors, out there, did you know that way back in 1893 Emmett Culligan was born? Who was he? The founder of what would become the world’s largest water treatment company. We’ll find out more about Culligan in 2019, later on. But, first…

Water is one of the most basic elements of our lives. Water is connected to dirt or soil. Soil and water grow what we eat, as well as what we feed our animals. Without proper care of water and dirt, we will not survive. Period.

 

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So, what do you do with a global agenda which ‘monkeys’ with BOTH? You find it in education, you see it in modernized farming, and, you taste it in modified foods.

In 2016, I showed you how some of this was inserted into a FL  PTA (Parent Teacher Association) project.

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Back in Dec. 2018, I showed you not only federal legislation using agenda to redefine farming, but the Utah food standards, which aligned to Common Core. The ‘unseen’ agenda via these lessons (used nation-wide): usurping parental rights!

Warriors, have you noticed the increased amount of foods being grown without soil or grown completely indoors with artificial light? Somehow our students in all agriculture related fields are being swayed that this is more practical and ‘earth friendly’ than actually using nature! The connection from education to agenda? STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math.

 

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The website to access the data for STEM from pre-K to Workforce. http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/sei/edTool/explore.html



In today’s article, I’ll show some new evidence connecting our food and water to STEM and the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) of the UN, United Nations.

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National Ag Day/Week

Warriors, March 14th, 2019 has been declared National Agriculture Day. Held annually, the National Ag Week (March 10-16, 2019) is a big deal in D.C. What group is behind National Ag Week? The ACA (Agriculture Council of America). Among the ACA Board Members, FFA (Future Farmers of America) is represented. (*Note: see Related Resources, below.)
If you’d like to see the many groups sponsoring National Ag Week, go here.
ACA is a non-profit group, but I haven’t been successful in tracking down what groups fund it. However, it is tied to ‘agribusiness’.

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(OpenSecrets.org source. To access the ‘contributors’, you can click on their tab.)

How else is DC involved in agriculture? USDA (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture) Farm to School grants. By the way, Warriors, the USDA is a huge CCSS/STEM supporting agency. (*Note: I’m embedded all my articles where USDA is tagged. The 2017 “OtherColleague” letter is a huge piece of evidence.)

If you missed it, the President has not only embraced STEM, he is helping promote it, big time. I must point out that our 116th Congress is also promoting STEM with many federal legislative bills.

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NSAC, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition:

This national grassroots based group has significant power in DC. According to one of their latest blog entries, the FY 2019 Dept. of Ag budget hasn’t been voted on yet. It’s a ‘minibus’ bill with tons of agenda. I’ve given you a screenshot below of a few of the priorities NSAC is pushing:

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(To see the numbers for the participating States)

Warriors, to illustrate how the SDGs are woven into the USDA and groups like the NSAC, look below:

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If that’s not eye opening enough, look at the SDGs from the UN’s FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization):

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(To view the entire ‘road map’)

Warriors, to see the FAO’s “Transforming Food and Agriculture to Achieve the SDGs”, go here. Note that much of what you read will look exactly like what DC is doing in agricultural legislation and programs, as well as your States.

From President Trump’s Desk:

Warriors, in Dec. 2018, the President released a statement on all sorts of positive appearing plans for agriculture. Did he really? Look below:

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As far as the repealing the Obama Era Waters of the United States, I found this on the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). Clarification of federal authority under the Clean Water Act. This ‘clarification’ will redefine the federal footprint on our water. We the People have until April 15, 2019 to leave public comments. I urge you to learn more and comment!

As far as the EPA’s stance on Sustainability, there’s an entire section on ‘Going Green’.
To see the EPA’s participation with the UN Environmental Program, visit here.
To see the EPA’s ‘membership’ among the UN’s Economic and Social Council, read from here.
Did you know there’s a MOU (Memo of Understanding) from 2016 between the EPA and the UN? To the best of my knowledge, this MOU still stands.

To see my article about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, go here.
To see my article on the Import/Export Act, go here.
To see how ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) ties to Smart Cities, go here.

“Socially Responsible”:

Warriors, this website was one of those which popped up on social media. Simply by the picture and words, I knew this was a group to look into.

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While I couldn’t find out very much about SRAP, I did discover many colleges and universities, along with private investment groups flock to projects like this to fulfill education and social justice motives.

Messing With Our Water:

Along the lines of social justice and education, I’ve had one Mom from PA contact me about the recent assignment her son had in his high school class on environmental science. While she couldn’t supply pictures to share, she did tell me that 
‘His project was based on water consumption. He had to list everything he drank or ate that needed water. Then he had to create a plan to reduce that water intake. Then, he screamed at me about how much water it takes to feed a cow, so we don’t need to eat meat, we need to eat plants.’ As a side note, Mom did point out that plants, too, need water. Moms and Dads also know that meat and meat by-products are needed for healthy children.
We shouldn’t all be herbivores. We were designed to be omnivores!

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(Source)

The GRACE Communications Foundation is the group which has the Water Consumption Calculator the PA Student probably took. GRACE is all about increasing public awareness of critical environmental issues. I took the quiz, Warriors.

You should do, just to see some of the questions. I was asked how much I feed my pets, who in my family eats meat, how often we flush a toilet (called ‘letting it mellow’), and so on. Included also were questions like do I recycle? Do I drive a car? How often do I drive? Do I want to learn about ‘virtual water’? Based on my family of 5 and the type of answers you were constricted to give, the results were skewed.

As far as ‘virtual’ water? That’s gasoline and anything used indirectly, like electricity, etc. GRACE is a partner with the Global Alliance for the Future of Food (ie: SDGs in action).

STEM In 4-H:

Warriors, you read above how I’d found the CCSS Machine in 4-H. So now we can add STEM to that list.

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Google is a big supporter of STEM in 4-H. The main goal for Google? Career Pathways for kids via 4-H. Warriors, Career Pathways are also a part of the nebulous SDGs.
Here you’ll find all kinds of STEM/agriculture activities and resources. There’s even a Coding Day for 4-H which ties to agriculture. It’s called the “National Youth Sciences Day”. This targets 8-14 year old students.

Many of us have fond memories of participating in the a 4-H Club. But STEM has taken over both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, so why not 4-H? STEM has even ensnared the National PTA.

**Warriors, do you see the march to globalism in America is mere steps away from completion?**

Related Resources:

1) Back before I had my own blog (mid 2014), but, had been researching CCSS/STEM for quite a while, I exposed how FFA (Future Farmers of America), 4-H Clubs, and, other leadership extra-curricular activity groups were being aligned to the CCSS Machine. As we know, extra-curricular activities are available to ALL school choices.

2) As a follow up, here was the one showing Beta Clubs and Honor Societies. In 2019, the CCSS/STEM agenda is even more visible.

3) Farming and agriculture not only impact our food, but the entire American insurance and credit industries.  If you’d like to see the billions of dollars going toward this, read this 2017 Annual Report about Farmer Mac. (Think Sallie Mae for rural America)

4) AFA (Agriculture Future of America) partners include many CCSS and/or UN/STEM aligned public universities, as well as some big businesses.

5) To learn about biomass crops, community food development grants, and biotechnology in agriculture, this 2014 Sustainable Ag Research & Ed Grants document will help you see some connections. Note, the underlying support of private foundations in the USDA branch of government.

Closing:

Warriors, what about Culligan Water Treatment? After all it is the day Mr. Culligan was born. Has the company also embraced STEM or the SDGs? See for yourselves.

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A Scientific Ploy

**Third in a Series of 116th Congressional Bills overreaching into education

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, after 10 years of research and 5 years of blogging, the trails connecting educratic overreach literally span the globe.

By far and away, the most ‘picked upon’ school subject shoving the CCSS Machine agenda down our throats is SCIENCE

Why science? Well, if you look at the history of science, it was a way in which to explore the wonder and awe of God’s creation. It was a way in which discoveries truly made life better. It was a way to learn which truly delighted the senses and helped create imagination.

Fast forward to near the Renaissance time and secular humanism entered the picture. This was the very beginning of divorcing God from science. To this day, there are many who embrace that science is more credible than God. Vice versa, those who still regard science as a way in which to discover and better life, see the two as intertwined. 

The reason this type of context is important leads to our modern day education reform which so pivots off science.  The ‘teaching’ of science has become a former shadow of greatness.
Science, especially as the UN (United Nations) and UNESCO have spun it, has BECOME a god.
Why does that matter in the US?

Because the United States has adopted the UN/UNESCO’s ‘science as a god’ mentality via STEM and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math/Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and, Math).


IF you’d like to see (for the first time or as a review) my extensive amount of research into how embedded the U.S. Government, including Congress, has made STEM/STEAM. Here is the link  for STEM/STEAM/UNESCO (2 pages). Here’s the link for STEM/STEAM/UN (7 pages).

Below are the most relevant which will connect to the new Bill from the 116th Congressional session.

From 2015, the traceable connections from the CCSS to STEMtoSTEAM shift for every single educational choice and age available in the United States.

From 2016, the CCSS and UNESCO ideology match to incorporate STEM into CTE (Career Tech Education), CCR (College and Career Readiness). Next Gen Social Studies and Next Gen Science would follow suit. The crux of the ideology? Collectivism in life, belief, and action all to sustain the Earth.

From 2018, how BOTH major political parties have inserted, supported, and, codified UN agenda into US legislation and programs to usher in STEM/STEAM via infrastructure, as well as education.

From  August 2018, the FY 2019 STEM budget earmarked $150 million from one Chamber of Congress and $160 million from the other. Then, add in an Executive Order expanding apprenticeships which include STEM/STEAM.

From October 2018, how STEM budget money and programs stoop to exploit gender, involve social impact bonds, and, create havoc in education as well as the nation.

 

STEM, by way of Common Core..and not in a distant galaxy.


Meet The Representative Behind HR 627:

HR 627 was introduced by Rep. Rob Wittman of VA. Below, is a screen shot from Rep. Wittman’s Congressional website. (*Note: the added rhetorical question is one I’ve longed to ask EVERY Congress member and President since 2009!!)


Of Rep. Wittman’s “Issues”, education is dead last on the list. However, the Representative does brag about his service during the 115th Session in pumping up CTE and STEM for education.  I encourage you to enlarge this screen shot or open in a new tab. The dynamics of the language used is almost comical, if this wasn’t so tragically real.


HR 627’s Language:

Warriors, this House of Representatives Bill is called the ‘STEM Research and Education Effectiveness and Transparency Act’. HR 627 is  5 pages long. It’s currently in the House Committee of Science, Space, and Technology.
1) As we’ve seen so many times in STEM/STEAM related initiatives, programs, funding, and bills or laws, HR 627 targets women and under-served minorities for STEM jobs and careers.
2) It directs the NSF (National Science Foundation), to direct the entire program being expanded (ie: bigger government overreach). It was the NSF, the UN influenced to force STEM into President Obama’s agenda which has been extended by President Trump.
3) Involves any US federal agency with $100 million in FY 2019 Research and Development earmarked funds.
4) Ties to the HEA of 1965 (Higher Education Act, currently being updated for a renewed passage). Grants and merit awards in Research/Development will be given for STEM in higher education and government jobs. Any federal laboratory job awarded or given under HR 627 parameters are defined by the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, Sect. 4.* (a brief explanation of what the public law established is below.) What HR 627 will do is EXPAND upon that foundation for use in #5.
5) Expands the data tracking of students as well as economic and demographics. (aka: ‘data rape’).
6) Expands the NSF power and authority (an independent US government agency). The Director of the program HR 627 sets up will be housed in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (Executive Branch).
7) Includes the Congressional catch all phrase ‘and other purposes’.
8) No less than 1 year after HR 627 is made into law (if it survives), the NSF will report (per the Section 37 of the NSF Authorization and Science and Technology Equal Opportunity Act; brief explanation below) to Congress how effective efforts to target women and underrepresented populations have been. Whatever efforts have been successful will be credited to the universal streamlining of data. What isn’t successful will be tweaked and streamlined. ALL data will backtrack to the past 5 years as well.
9) Defines STEM as per the America COMPETES Act, 42 U.S. C. 6621 note (description below) of 2010.

i) Stevenson-Wylder Technology Innovation Act of 1980 established technology centers around the nation to support the innovation in commerce, economics, environment, and social well-being of Americans. Here’s an excerpt from the Public Law 96-480 Cooperation among academia, Federal laboratories, labor, and industry, in such forms as technology transfer, personnel exchange, joint research projects, and others, should be renewed, expanded, and strengthened.” Section 4 (page 2), defines the Secretary of Commerce is in power. Also defines ‘non-profits’. Education is thrown in, too.
**HR 627 will double up on the data sharing.
ii) Public Law 96-516 (“National Science Foundation Authorization and Science
and Technology Equal Opportunities Act”.) stated that beginning in 1982, every 2 years the NSF must include the U.S. Dept. of Education, U.S. Dept. of Labor, the U.S. Dept. of HHS, and others in its data reports.
iii) America COMPETES Act of 2010, 42 U.S. C. 6621 note basically made STEM a federal entity with its own law, funding, activities, and more, especially in education. Public private partnerships (P3s) were also included. The 2010 Act (scroll down to the summary) was a re-authorization of an earlier COMPETES Act. “COMPETES” is short for ‘Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science’

 (*Note: there was an America COMPETES Act 2015 version I wrote about, which also can be tied to the HR 627 above)

 


Closing:

Warriors, I hope you can see that once again, the 116th Congress isn’t really promoting excellent education or terrific jobs. This entire series I’m writing all has ONE word in common: data. HR 627 expands government, but it also expands the data tracking, BUT it’s using STEM to accomplish it.  As was written in the 2010 PCAST Report about STEM:  it would make us STEM people in a STEM nation with a STEM workforce for a STEM economy to gel with the globalism. How’s that for making science a god and turning us into minions, not free willed people to bow to the UN’s agenda?! This is what your federal government of the US has set into place.

Next up in this series: the GREAT Act(s).