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Betting on Education

Hello, my Anti Fed Ed Warriors! I’m sure you’ve heard of ‘betting on the farm’ (which means you risk everything you have to win a bet or succeed with an investment or organization). I KNOW we’ve seen education bet on in this fashion since the CCSS Machine rolled into the classrooms. If you’re like me, you have fought long and hard to expose the under the table deals; reveal the backroom meetings, and so much more.

Recently, the U.S. Secretary of Education gave a speech where the tone was definitely MORE ‘betting on education’ was woven throughout. If you missed my scathing rebuttal to Betsy DeVos, I’ve included it here, for you. Be warned, Warriors, her speech was written to sound like ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is worthy of sainthood.

Warriors, we know the media loves to help sell lies to us these days, especially when it comes to education. If you look only at the headlines surrounding DeVos’s latest speech, you’ll be misguided in the notion that “Common Core is dead” . What the media leaves out is that her passion and poor leadership will send American children of all school choices to one sad conclusion:

Personalized digital learning is the ESSA way and as such, is the ONLY way to learn

Warriors, we’ve seen tons of research which proves ‘personalized learning’ is a farce. The fact it is continually tied to the digital push also proves that the ‘learning’ isn’t really taking in information. No, the digital personalized learning is all a data mining trap to force your student into a preconceived pigeon hole job.

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That DeVos is steering the bets on education and has pointed America to MORE Common Core/Career Tech/College and Career Readiness/STEM proves on thing:

                    The globalization of education will continue on ‘as is’.

Also, because DeVos’s devotion to digitally connected, personalized education seems so ‘pure’, consider this: she, via family business holdings, can literally profit from the use of digital computer and programs in the classrooms. My article from November 2016 shows where those holdings are.

If you have friends and family who are still convinced DeVos is a great champ for American education, show them the article. DeVos nor Trump have done one thing to rid our nation of Common Core. They’ve done everything to ensure the globalization of our nation’s classrooms continues.

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BETT In The U.S. By Way Of The U.K.:

Warriors, I first learned of BETT ( British Educational Training and Technology Show) from an email sent to me by a CCSS Machine group. I was being invited to attend briefing sessions connected to the Conference in London the last weekend of this month (Jan. 2018). Below is a screen shot of the email. The added emphasis is mine.

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If you question BETT’s stance on why it is pushing for digital personalized learning, look below:

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Other sponsors and partners include Cisco, Dell, and, Microsoft. Underneath every partner or sponsor is how they are tied to BETT. For example, Microsoft is a ‘worldwide partner’. Because digital and technology pushes across the globe involve the UN/UNESCO, you’ll find STEM and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math; Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and, Math) there, too.

Evidence has also proven that these UN led agenda items were inserted into American education as part of the CCSS Machine’s ‘bet’ in education. The payoff? A STEM people for a STEM workforce who live in a STEM nation with a STEM economy for global good.

BETT is all about bringing together the global education community in the hopes of transforming education. With the ties we see above, is it any wonder DeVos is so hell-bent on trying to convince us digital education on a personal level is the ONLY way to go? It makes sense to me.
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Closing:

Make no mistake, Warriors, DeVos will keep placing dangerous bets in education supposedly on our children’s behalf. We KNOW she’s totally unqualified to be in such a powerful position. We MUST continue to keep watch and help dispel the damaging misinformation which is coming at us from ALL angles in D.C. We MUST continue to protest against ANY involvement with the United Nations. It’s not enough to pull funding from specific programs and expect all the ties to the UN will go away. The CCSS Machine, along with the UN have been planning total educational upheaval for many, many years.
Folks like DeVos only make it harder to untangle. Those groups the UN is using, like BETT, certainly uphold transforming education from learning to workforce.

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The “Low Down” in the NoLa

In my last article, Warriors, you got quite a bit of information on STEM, STEAM, and how it’s taking over education.

The “T” stands for ‘technology’. We know the CCSS Machine’s grasp on education cannot survive without technology. We also know the most common form of technology is the computer. Where there’s a computer, there’s data to harvest, transfer, and sell.

In the past, I’ve shared with you the International Data Mining Conferences. If you missed this article of mine from 2016, I urge you to go back and read it. Your freedom of speech in 2017 is connected.
From earlier this year (2017), I showed you how the international data miners use those student profiles. Again, massively important to connect back to ESSA.

Coming  Soon To New Orleans:

“The IEEE International Conference on Data Mining series (ICDM) has established itself as the world’s premier research conference in data mining.” This excerpt is the first sentence you read on the 2017 Conference page. However, the vibrant photos of New Orleans may distract you. What does “IEEE” stand for? “The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.”

https://youtu.be/wJyQwLfPtZ4

So what will the 2017 ICDM bring? Below is a screen shot of the full day workshops. I added short descriptions of each workshop. (*Note: to see the IEEE Educational Partners List, go here. Several schools/businesses from across the world will be presenting work at the 2017 Conference.)

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Here are the half day ICDM topics:

icdm17halfThe 2017 Conference’s Keynote speakers are from Harvard (a huge CCSS Machine member school), a Berkeley University AMPLab co-creator, SUNY, NSF, and the WHO. (*Note: look under the “Program” tab for the Keynote Speakers. You can also find the accepted papers from the workshops there.) 

Related:
The IEEE also is key to the Smart Cities (part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals). Smart Cities also bring us community alignment. ESSA has community alignment, too.

While my town isn’t among the IEEE’s Core Smart Cities, it is among the smaller communities being aligned right under our noses. Kansas City, MO is an IEEE Core Smart City. The U.S. Dept. of Transportation also has a list of Smart Cities. As of this year, there are 7 major cities (Kansas City, MO is among them). From one of the UN’s own Power Point presentation’s:
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To access the other UN “Smart Cities” resources, go here. If you’d like to see the UN Web TV’s video on New York City’s being transformed to a “Smart City” to align to the UN’s SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), click on the highlighted word ‘video’.

How do the IEEE and UN connect?

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To access the website, go here.

In August of this year, IEEE embraced the UN’s SDGs during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). (*Note: IEEE’s archived documents contain a pdf version of the possible UN approved official language called “UN-Speak”.)

WSIS is also aligned to the UN’s SDGs. When you visit the website, look to the right of the WSIS logo and you’ll see the SDG circle logo. Below is a screen shot of the WSIS actions and how they mesh with the SDGs:

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To see the entire Matrix document, find it here. Here’s a ‘flyer’ version of the Matrix.

Closing:

Warriors, I hope you see how much we need to continue to fight the CCSS Machine when it comes to data mining. It won’t be going away anytime soon. If you’ve not heard of the national grassroots campaign to “Repeal ESSA and Restore FERPA”, I urge you to visit the website. As long as FERPA stands as it is RIGHT now, the data mining of our students will not only continue, it will increase (as evidence shows above). As long as ESSA stands, the alignment of education to a UN-inspired workforce base continues (and increases as well). What’s happening is Big. Fighting it? It’s not Easy.

Monday Musings: Learning for Whom?!

Have you heard of this group? They've got your school's data.
Have you heard of this group? They’ve got your school’s data.

We all know that the CCSS Machine is sparing no expense to grab onto our student’s personal information, today’s post will highlight this particular company’s foray into the educational world.

What “Learn Sprout’s” All About:

According to their website, they are here to help us all with school data. That’s one thing because, in these times, data is rather abundant. Where we anti CCSS warriors are concerned is HOW that data is used; whom it is sold to or shared with; and other CCSS bonuses gained from possession of sensitive facts. If you look at the mission statement it seems fairly harmless, but we’ll be looking further into the company than simply its mission statement. “Our mission is to help K-12 educators use data to understand the past, analyze the present, and anticipate the future.”  Okay, not too informative, but its what companies and advisors “Learn Sprout” relies on that is the bigger concern to me as an anti Common Core warrior. For example, one of “Learn Sprout’s” is “Power School” as in Pearson Publishing’s data miner. Another “Code for America”. I’ve written quite a bit about the ties to coding (computer programming) and Common Core. Here’s the link for all those articles: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/?s=coding 

“Code for America”:

So, in a nutshell can I tell you what “Code for America” is? Sure, I can! For instance, their 2011 Annual Report tagged the effort as ‘a new kind of public service’. If you look very closely at the report, you’ll begin to notice just how data is being harvested, where it’s been used, and what organizations are funding this. Common Core supporters such as “Google”, “Microsoft”, and the “Rockerfeller Foundation”, among others. Back in 2013, “Watchdog Wire” reported how the data mining, Common Core, and foundations such as Rockerfeller’s (and others) are making huge bucks off our kid’s data. See: http://watchdogwire.com/florida/2013/08/08/data-mining-using-common-core-cha-ching-cha-ching/ To access “Code for America’s” report: http://www.codeforamerica.org/2011-annual-report/2011_CfA_Report.pdf

While this may not sound so bad, consider this: one of the 5 kingpin agenda items for “CfA” is ‘changing people and practices’. See the screen shot below:

Find out more: http://2014.codeforamerica.org/
Find out more:
http://2014.codeforamerica.org/

Back to “Learn Sprout”:

On the website (https://www.learnsprout.com/ews) you’ll find the false argument for ‘closing the skills gap’ that’s been so overused by the CCSS Machine. You’ll see how “LS” has an ‘early warning system” available for use in regards to the skills gap.
Excuse me, are we discussing students or weather systems here? I don’t need an early warning system for my school, I need care and concern for my students. Early warnings are more suited for impending weather emergencies and the like, but NOT people!! (*Note: Many researchers and/or publications have presented all kinds of evidence about the “skills gap”. If you conduct an internet search, you’ll find several credible articles which state those seeking to reform education have skewed the information to create a big mess. Business say education is to blame for the not-skilled-enough-workers; education counters with not-enough-jobs. It’s a mess.In the meantime, we, the warriors can easily get side-tracked about skills OR no skills..all the while the CCSS Machine churns on with its P3, public-private partnership overreach into our students lives. We MUST not be swayed!) You’ll also find the “College Readiness” can be at your disposal with the company. (see: https://www.learnsprout.com/product) The “CR” will take your student’s data and turns it into action items for their future. Wow…that’s a comfort for us as parents, isn’t it? NOT! My child’s performance data on assessments, etc.  shouldn’t be used against them! While the site claims to have honorable intentions, I can’t trust that when I know Pearson and others supporting CCSS are somehow involved. Their track records speak another message to me. As far as the student data, the LS company has a ‘snazzy video’ about transparency, but again, consider what companies LS partners with. Companies known to abuse student data. Here’s their video clip:

Notice, that throughout this website and all I’ve presented so far, you’ve not seen or heard Common Core. However, I’ve shown you ways in which LS is tied to CCSS. I’m not done yet……

Those 21st Century Tones:

Having researched so much about all that’s connected to CCSS, the undertones of so much 21st Century agenda got me a bit curious. Could Learn Sprout be a part of the P21 movement? Wait, what’s the P21? Oh, great question! P21 is short for “Partnership for 21st Century Skills”. I’ve written quite a few articles about just HOW P21 is devoted to Common Core. Here’s the link  to each of the articles: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/?s=p21 (*Note: you’ll really want to take the time to read each of these as there are many of the same ‘players’ in P21 as Code for America and/or Learning Sprouts). If you want to see which companies have aligned themselves to P21:
 “Adobe Systems, Inc., American Association of School Librarians, Apple Inc., Cable in the Classroom, Cengage Learning, Cisco Systems, Inc., The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP), Crayola, Dell, Inc., EdLeader21, EF Education, Education Networks of America, Ford Motor Company Fund, GlobalScholar, Goddard Systems Inc., Hewlett Packard, Intel Corporation, Knovation, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, LEGO Group, Mosaica Education, National Academy Foundation, National Education Association, Pearson, Project Management Institute Educational Foundation, The Walt Disney Company, Wireless Generation, Verizon Foundation, and VIF International Education.” (To see the article from which this excerpt is from {details how P21 is behind Next Generation Science Standards},
https://computinged.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/disappointing-support-for-new-nrc-framework-for-science-standards-from-p21/ )

Related:
My article from “Prevent Common Core” about EdLeader21 (which is eerily close in agenda to all the CCSS rhetoric we know). See: http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1263

Articles laying out how truly community aligned Knowledge Works is setting out to make America: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/?s=KnowledgeWorks (*Note: the first 5 articles are the ones to focus your research on.)

From Prevent Common Core, my “Skewed America” article:
 http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1247

From my fellow anti CCSS warrior, Gretchen Logue about P21’s CCSS Toolkit:
http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/relativism-one-of-the-goals-of-a-21st-century-learner/

From fellow warrior, LadyLiberty1885, her 2 articles about Pearson’s Power School debacle in NC: http://ladyliberty1885.com/?s=power+school (*Note: refer to the first 2 articles you’ll see)

From P21’s website, be sure to see who and what companies are a part of the efforts to align, mine, and confine Americans to the CCSS Machine’s way. See: http://www.p21.org/about-us/strategic-council-members One last common link to all of this I’ve presented to you? Pearson Publishing. They are involved in each one of the organizations above. As far as how they are involved with P21, they fund an ‘Exemplar’ School Program. Schools must be committed to school, college, work, and community readiness. See: http://www.p21.org/exemplar-program-case-studies/1255-about-the-exemplar-program