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Is There A Code For Alignment?

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, I know many of you will be getting ready for celebrating Thanksgiving, as I will be. However, before we all eat too much, I wanted to leave you with some things to ponder. 

You see a question in the article’s title. Look below and you’ll see another one to ponder.

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Warriors, as we’ve seen time and time again from the CCSS Machine and its educratic overreaches that modern education is not about the academics, or even the true critical thinking; it’s about confining a student’s life to a predisposed track based on a workforce skills assessment. So imagine my non-surprise when I received an e-mail from the NC DPI (Dept. of Public Instruction)

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Warriors, you really should see the rest of the education related compromises. While this IS a NC Legislative Budget supposedly for public education, it crosses the lines into private education and home education by using STEM, CTE, College and Career Promise, and more. In the academic year 2018-19, funds for the Coding Grant Program will double to $800,000.00.

What if you don’t live in NC? Well, Warriors, as we’ve learned from experience, when it’s connected to the CCSS Machine, it will be in ALL the States, Territories, and military bases contained within American power.

Lies From NC:

Warriors, below is a screen shot of an interactive NC DPI Career Pathway map. Here’s the link to the map. Be sure to refresh the page to find out whatever information you’d like most to see.

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While NC’s not a PARCC State, I did find this evidence of the International Morse Code inserted into 4th Grade Common Core Standards.

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Source

 About Lumos:

Lumos is located in NJ. It’s also knee-deep in 21st Century skill based learning.

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To see what I’ve previously shared (2015) with you about ACT’s Aspire, go here.
To see how Aspire is part of ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) mandates, go here.
Lumos Learning has quite a few resources where they help States with Title One funding, where they are sounding off about Pres. Trump’s impact on education, and more. Lumos Learning is a division of Lumos Information Services, LLC. I found plenty of YouTube videos for Lumos Information Services, LLC. I also tried to locate the CEO, the Board of Directors, and other related information, but very little success was had.

Back to NC’s Coding Grant Program:

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Warriors, what you see above is from the NC DPI’s document about the nuts and bolts behind the Coding Grant Program. Also in this document is that fact the entire Program gets off the ground in the Spring of 2018. The ‘winning schools’ will be judged on a 100 point scale as to how aligned their coding programs/partnerships are. Below, is just a portion of the judging (grading):

codedeceptionTo see the entire 9 page document: coding-and-mobile-app-grant-application

Warriors, this, of course brings about several questions.
1) What federal funds will these private coding partners receive, if any?
2) What State tax breaks will these coding partners receive?
3) What about any un-funded portions of the coding programs in schools. Will the taxpayers be expected to pick up the tab?
4) What happens if any of these schools are graded as failing?
5) What about the private schools and homeschool students utilizing NC DPI’s Virtual Public School or are involved in any early college/career programs?

Related Resources:
1) My article on the National Career Pathways Network.
2) My article from 2015 showing you CAPS from KS is still tied to the Career Pathways.
3) The ALA (American Library Assoc.) is giving $500,000.00 in coding grants. The sponsor? Google.
4) When I searched for ‘National Coding Grants’, the National Endowment of the Humanities surfaced. They sold out to the CCSS Machine long ago. Since the NEH receives federal funding, think about this: coding means technology, innovation, and, computers. Which translates to data. Data needs to be collected and studied. We also know how data collection has turned into a massive nightmare for our freedoms and privacy. We also know that the federal government is making bold steps (no matter how illegally based they are) to create MORE data mining. All this data will need deciphers. How awful it is that our students education will train them for such ill purposes. Sadly, the NEH is not alone when it comes to federally funded grants for coding or anything related.
5) When I searched for ‘STEM Coding Grants’, the first resource which popped up was the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. Below is the screen shot of the interactive map for all the innovation (will include Race to the Top, and much more) from FY 2009 to FY 2017.

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Source

6) To access the “STEM 2026: A Vision” from the U.S. Dept. of Education, visit the highlighted phrase.
What you see is that coding is tied to Google, United Way, and more. You’ll see what student groups are being most targeted for coding.

That brings me to ponder something else. Since ESSA was supposedly going to break down education for equality, why is the federal government working with the CCSS Machine to discriminate against students using education as the weapon?

Warriors, we know Google is hardly the lone aligner in all this coding. We also know that all this coding is meant to confine citizens.

Closing:

Warriors, as I stated earlier, this is probably not the news you want to mull over during your family time. I do thank each of you for continuing to access my blog. I wish each of you a blessed time together. Look at what is going on in your State when it comes to coding or workforce based regional partners. Find out what is going on in your schools, or if your school is in the living room, look at what extra curricular activities involve anything related to any of the coding, apprenticeships, etc.

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Near or far, I wish you and your family a wonderful week.

 

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100, 500, and Still Counting

Celebrating my 100 anti CCSS/Fed Ed blog followers AND my 500th post! We’ve come quite a long way together. I pray our time together will continue to be fruitful. We seek not fame or fortune in what we do to fight the CCSS Machine. We ARE, however, leaving a legacy of patriotism, devotion to remaining free, and love for our people, regardless of educational choices. We do what we do to help each other, not to stand on each other’s shoulders. How absolutely refreshing it would be to see our leaders do the same.

Numbers..Everywhere!

There’s a double purpose to using numbers in this article. One of the best ways to get news out is social media. However, some sites are more oppressive than others. So, purpose #1 is to celebrate, purpose #2 is to hide the article in plain sight on social media.

I’m Not the Only One Spinning Numbers:

ICYMI: My latest article which was banned on Facebook revealed how numbers will be shifted to abuse teachers via ESSA and Title 2 Funds; how special needs and their IDEA funds via ESSA get squeezed; how numerous families across our nation will now be receiving “Family Engagement Ambassadors” aka U.S. Dept. of Ed Parent Nannies.
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/28/bon-voyage-hello-grinders/

 

Then, there are the numbers CCSS Machine member/publisher McGraw-Hill are trying to spin in their most recent survey. I just found this one yesterday.

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Oh, I cannot stop chuckling over how stupid this company assumes us to be by a quiz like this!

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So, what questions does McGraw-Hill have? The brief introduction tells you they got together with top education research groups to create this. Can’t you just smell the CCSS Machine stench already? But wait, it gets deeper. Scroll down to the bottom of the main page and you’ll see it’s a survey to point to the 2016 elections!! I kid you not.

Q1) Proficiency in math question. (Source: the NAEP scores)
Q2)  About ELLs (English Language Learners) (Source: U.S. Dept. of Ed’s National Center for Educational Stats)
Q3)  U.S.’s world rank in reading. (Source: PISA)
Q4)  Low-income students percentage. (Source: Southern Education Foundation)
Q5)  Internet speed in schools. (Source: Education Superhighway) *Note: according to the explanation, 3/4 of the country NOW exceeds the FCC’s requirement.
Q6)   High school graduation numbers. (Source: U.S. Dept. of Ed)
Q7) Cost of remediation in colleges. (Source: Education Reform Now)
Q8) How long it takes to graduate college. (Source: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center)
Q9) Students who need financial aid. (Source: U.S. Dept. of Ed’s National Center for Educational Stats)
Q10) Unemployment for college graduates. (Source: NY Times)
Q11) Student loan defaults. (Source: U.S. Dept. of Ed)
Q12) Over your lifetime question. (Source: College Board) *Note: CB states that the BIGGEST pay increase happens at the Bachelor degree stage.

To take the survey: http://www.mheducation.com/ideas/how-much-you-know-us-education-quiz.html

Oh, and you’ll find it ironic that I ‘flunked’ this survey from the “how many did you get correct” viewpoint. Oh well, flunking a CCSS Member group survey is not something I will fret over. On the more serious side of this survey though, look at the questions agenda points, the sources cited, and what will be more than likely coming soon.

Remember, the ‘fine print’ points all this to the November 2016 elections. Helping drive the conversation? None other than McGraw-Hill’s CEO. Read his article, https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/lets-talk-education-david-levin

If you would like more CCSS Machine numbers, McGraw-Hill ever-so-nicely embedded their Workforce Readiness 2016 Study in the CEO’s article..and think, just in time to influence our votes.

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Check out this bunch of numbers from the Study:

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I’ve got an idea, use this screen shot as proof that your State’s CTE (Career Tech Education), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), as well as CCSS (Common Core State Standards or by their ‘new’ name, CCR, College and Career Readiness) Tracks, Paths, etc. AREN’T WORKING!!

This Study also plays the ‘gender card’. That’s something you may wish to see. You may wish to see how McGraw-Hill’s plays into Pearson Publishing ‘gender intelligence’ CCSS Machine plan. If you didn’t know about Pearson Publishing ‘GI’, I’ve got your back.
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/pearsons-gi-more-alignment-in-the-workplace/

To access the McGraw-Hill Workforce Readiness Study2016-student-workforce-readiness-survey-expanded-results

 

Need More Numbers?

10/17/16: US PIE (United States Parents Involved in Education) “Keep Your Child Home From School Day” to protest the U.S. Dept. of Ed on its 40th anniversary. See:
http://www.uspie.org/protest-fed-ed-.html

I have understood via social media that more groups besides US PIE are doing something ‘radical’ for Ed’s 40th anniversary.  As long as we Warriors Against the Core are rebelling against educational tyranny on that day (or for that matter, every day), I think the message will become even louder. If we could unite our events, beyond  our usual circles of influence, we could teach Congress what true teamwork CAN do! As always, know that I am all for speaking out, just be safe and respectful.

This number:

Congress, 9/29/16; call! Protest the move to remove American internet and give it total global access. Knowing how much ESSA is spending on digital, Internet, and all related parts, we NEED our privacy as in tact as we can to protect our children.

See my dear fellow Warriors (Gretchen Logue/Cheri Kiesecker) warning article!
http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/on-sept-30-2016-our-internet-will-be-transferred-unless-you-say-no/

 


Closing:

Warriors, I’ll have more news about numbers and legislation soon. In the meantime, fight, fight, with all your might!  I leave you with a short clip from a TV show in the 1960s called “The Prisoner”. The show was one my Daddy loved. I hated it. I was so young, it scared me.

While I don’t know the entire plot, I do know the main character was not free to be himself. He was assigned a number; his name no longer necessary. Of all the things we give our children, their names are their very first gift upon their birth. Their names are beautifully hand-picked, lovingly chosen, and carry on our family identities. Much like “The Prisoner”, our children are in danger of losing who they truly are.

K.I.S.S. Congress

BREAKING NEWS!!!!
H5963 has advanced in the House! If you received my earlier version of this same post, you’ll see the Bill number was incorrect. I’ve addressed that. I’ve also found out that I misunderstood exactly where HR5587 is. It passed the entire House by a vote of 405-5! The flurry of activity?! The House of Representatives is on ‘fire’ for their “Better Way” agenda. Leading that charge? Paul Ryan! A huge sold-out leader!
Link to HR5587’s Vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2016/roll503.xml
Link to H5963’s advancment: http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=401014

Warriors Against the Core, so far, 2016’s federal overreach into education has been written quickly, promoted widely, and is set to increase the choke-hold on freedom as we know it.

Yet, it appears the U.S. Congress could care less. Recently, I was a guest on the “Lori on Liberty” show, based out of CT. We discussed such nonchalance attitudes displayed from our leaders. We delved into all but H5963, you see below. If you would like the interview link (I’m part 1): https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/YtW2n
(*Note: the link expires 9/18/16. You can download it as a zip file.)

Why talk about these bills in D.C. which are in their ed/workforce committees? BECAUSE the bills SHOULDN’T be there AT all!!

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My point, Warriors?! EVERY one of the Bills you see above is toxic to America in HUGE ways! Warriors, we have the ‘writing on the wall’ before us. WHAT are we willing to do with it?


As you can see in the graphic above, each of the Bills has the most basic of toxic components listed. But, know this: each of one them you see above has more ties than a centipede wearing tennis shoes!

Here is a chart I prepared in August 2016 which gives you a side by side look at HR5587, S3271, S3190, and S3174. One for H5963 will need to be created, too.

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 (*Note: Only HR5587 has moved out of its Ed/Workforce Committee. See the press release: http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=401008 )

A problem is the LEGISLATORS want short and sweet (or ‘to the point’) pictures; one-half to 3/4 of a page in information!
Which is a HUGE clue as to they are unwilling to conduct the due diligence which they swore to do.
They should be not only willing to read the ENTIRE lengthy ‘saga-like’ bills being churned out, they should be doing it. IT’s THEIR JOB we PAY them for! We (Warriors) know several citizens who are DOING Congress’ job for them!!

Why are our Congress members NOT jumping up and down, screaming with anger over the 100% illegal daily activities going on?! Why are our Congress members NOT staging protests or holding press conferences revealing the criminal (yes, seriously criminal) charges which should be being levied against each other (and quite possibly themselves)?! If a ‘regular’ American citizen conducted even a FRACTION of any of the illegal moves, they’d be under the jail!

No, Congress is too busy NOT listening! Too much money is stuffed in their ears! The press conferences they are holding are to congratulate, not only, each other but every one of the supportive/sold out CCSS Machine members who helped ‘craft’ the Bills!

WHEN CONGRESS DOES NOT TAKE ITS JOB (ITS ONE and ONLY JOB) SERIOUSLY, WHY SHOULD I TAKE THEM SERIOUSLY?

If they’re not serious, why are they even there?! Because they’ve over complicated EVERYTHING, even the law. If they’d take the CCSS Machine’s money out of their ears, divorce themselves from the curried favors of the lobbyists of the CCSS Machine (or any person connected to it), THEY’D KNOW, “We the People” are their REAL Bosses! They’d recognize it is OUR voice with which they are to vote/protest/protect. They’d truly understand WE are to be respected, not manged like ‘village idiots’.

As an example of the glee and glory with which the House of Representatives is using in celebrating the advancement of HR5587, they’ve proudly displayed the list of organizations who are in 100% support of the Bill. It’s a ‘no brainer’ to see how many of them are CCSS Machine member organizations. Which means, Warriors, our same old foes are pumping out propaganda left and right.

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Since they are most of the same CCSS Machine members/tactics, we should be easily able to defeat them!

If you wish to access the “Letters of Support” our Reps are so proud of:
http://edworkforce.house.gov/letters-of-support-for-h-r-5587/

Don’t you wish they were as proud of our nation as they are of their criminal partnerships?

Warriors, if you’d like to help rein in Congress, or know someone who does, share this.
As has been said before, it’s up to “We the People”, we cannot trust or rely on those who have been elected and have jumped on the CCSS Machine.

Women on the Wall and U.S. Parents Involved in Education are two such groups. I’m honored and proud to be a part of both. A dedicated Warrior has taken it upon herself to create a new Facebook page (honoring my work looking into these Congressional bills) where you can help rein in Congress.
https://www.facebook.com/CommonCoreDiva.CallToAction1/

I CANNOT do this ALONE nor SHOULD you! One of us is easily marginalized. Many of us might be discounted, but a lot of us, will get their attention. We MUST be LOUDER than ever! We MUST not be polite..it’s a fight, not a Sunday dinner. We MUST protest in their backyard (which we pay for them to use). We MUST be truthful, our nation has suffered enough with the lies.

Please, help me, help you by listening out, watching out where these (or any other related legislation) Bills are concerned. We MUST be pro-active, not reactive. Help our nation and our students by taking whatever strikes your heart the most when you read the articles below and create screen shots, charts,  memes, or whatever will help get this life-saving message of our out there!

Closing:

HR5587/S3271: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/congress-loves-cte/
S3190https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/ctes-health-country/
S3174https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/18/americas-obsession/
H5963https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/the-chain-gang-cometh/
(*Note: as of the publication of “Chain Gang” I didn’t know the Bill number, it has since been released.)

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Pot Stirring

Warriors Against the Core, what do you get when you take an at-home ‘teachable moment’ and add digital badges?!  You get a CCSS pot stirring lesson.

Look below and see if you can see the hiding-in-plain-sight CCSS/STEM themed agenda.

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Uncle Ben:

What you see above is from the name brand “Uncle Ben” rice. The cooking with your family concept is wonderful. It’s part of how we bond. It’s a great way for parents to guide their children. However, not everything connected to education needs an agenda. So, IS there an agenda to the Uncle Ben’s current project?!

The company behind Uncle Ben’s  is Mars Food North America. Back in Oct. 2015, Mars/Uncle Ben’s conducted an educational survey. Here’s an excerpt about the survey. “Between both the survey and video, the goal was to have parents stop and ask themselves if they were taking the same level of passion around homework into the kitchen to teach their children how to cook,” said Andrew Cops, U.S. Director of Marketing. He went on to state, “Cooking is an integral part of a child’s development because it teaches them math when they measure out ingredients, science when they bring things together and reading as they learn to understand and decipher recipes.”
If you’d like to see the entire Press Release and see the video mentioned in the excerpt,
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-uncle-bens-brand-shines-light-on-missing-piece-of-childrens-education-through-parent-survey-300154870.html

Let me pause here to say that I think teaching kids to cook is absolutely vital. My concern is as always, is there more just under the surface we should know? For example, is Mars Food North America a CCSS backing company? Is the ‘Homework Direct’ service featured in the video a real service? Is the “Ben’s Beginner Program simply a way to teach cooking, or is there CCSS or any of its related alignment present in the Project?

Mars and Common Core?!

Mars Foods (aka Mars, Inc.) is a global company. They make more than rice and candy, however. Pet foods are among their products. They also are the company behind Banfield Pet Hospitals and many other products/services.
Mars, Inc. is also into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). STEM is a big part of CTE, Career Tech Education, which is part of Common Core. Mars is involved with fossil fuels, solar energy, green house gas emissions. Their webpages on these will show you they are convinced (and thus leading others to the same conclusion) that the climate change is a big, scary deal. See: http://www.mars.com/global/doing-our-part/principles-in-action

Mars, Inc. has their own “Career Paths”. As you may know Common Core also uses the phrase “Career Pathways” as part of  CTE, Career Tech Education. To see Mars’ ‘Paths’:
http://www.mars.com/global/careers/explore

Mars, Inc. believes in, and participates in P3s (public private partnerships) in education. Through the Wrigley Foundation (as in Wrigley’s Chewing Gum). See:
http://www.mars.com/global/doing-our-part/community-outreach/people-societies/improving-education-through-partnership
(*Note: to see the Wrigley Foundation’s overreach into the classroom with CCSS and STEM, see this CA school: https://dornsife.usc.edu/wrigley/foodforthought/ )

Mars, Inc. is a member of the Business RoundTable. A HUGE ed/workforce, Common Core; Career Tech Ed; CCSS Machine member organization. If you haven’t seen the latest pro CCSS/CTE/STEM propaganda out of the BRT, you can find it here:
http://businessroundtable.org/issues/education-workforce


The Uncle Ben’s Project:
The Mars Foods/Uncle Ben’s project is called “Ben’s Beginners”. You can see, above, what the purpose of the Beginner’s project is. There is more, however. Look below:

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Okay, winning something for your school isn’t too bad, BUT…

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Knowing that the National PTA is a CCSS Machine member, we need to ask about our State PTAs or local PTAs. Are they, too, aligned?! (see: http://www.pta.org/commoncore)
For all the promotion are expected to do in the picture above, all you get for motivation is coupon worth less than $3.00!

You can download the official Press Kit, https://beginners.unclebens.com/docs/default-source/about/pr-toolkit.pdf?sfvrsn=2

The resources for PTA/PTOs can be found: https://www.unclebens.com/ben’s-beginners/for-schools

As far as the ‘digital badges’? You receive them upon completing each recipe/lesson. For example, when you click on the link below, notice the steps as the link loads. “Polishing badge” will appear. See:
https://beginners.unclebens.com/lessons/en-us/recipes/chicken-broccoli-and-rice-casserole/ingredients
There are 5 lessons/recipes in all: https://beginners.unclebens.com/cooking-lessons

October 15th has been set aside by the folks at Uncle Ben’s as “International Cook With Your Kid Day”. See: https://beginners.unclebens.com/cwykd


‘Loose Grains of Rice’ (related information):

As far as the question about “Homework Direct”, as featured in the Uncle Ben’s video, there is NOT a real service that I could find with that logo or tied to Mars. I did find several services with that name, however. The biggest one is from the United Kingdom. I didn’t find any connections, though.

October 15th, 2016:
Interestingly enough the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has deemed Oct. 15th as “Global Handwashing Day”. See: http://www.cdc.gov/features/globalhandwashing/

There’s even a public private partnership (P3) for Global Handwashing Day. See:
http://globalhandwashing.org/global-handwashing-day/

Finding ‘Ben’s Beginnings’ in your school district’s budget: I found the Mars/Uncle’s Ben’s Project in a FL public school 2013-14 budget. Pasco County, FL Warriors, take note!
Page 31 is what you see below:

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Pasco’s 2014-15 Budget included the Ben’s Beginnings again. Same General Fund (CCSS comes under that General Funding, too), same account number. Page 30, though.

Closing:

You won’t find “Ben’s Beginnings” exclusively in FL, just like CA is not the only State the Wrigley Foundation’s overreach in the classroom can be found either. Since Mars, Inc. is connected to Uncle Ben’s and Wrigley’s Foundation, it’ll continue its quest for global CCSS/STEM/CTE alignment. Who knew a pot of rice could contain so much agenda?

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?!

Anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors, if you remember watching “Mary Poppins” you know the title of my article should point to something simply wonderful or extra special. So why did I pick this when what I have to share is anything BUT wonderful and good?! It’s an attention grabbing word. It also got my mind to thinking…..

“Step in time; step in line”
(this is a line from another “Mary Poppins” song which translates extremely well to the timing of a Congressional Committee, the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)), the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, and how they will align as many young children as possible!

We all know Head Start and Early Head Start are government programs with top-down, federal-to-state-to-you control. Both have been embedded in the modern education reform, thanks to the CCSS Machine’s planning, funding, and implementing. ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) will most definitely ensure the continued alignment between the U.S. Dept. of Education and the U.S. Dept.of Health and Human Services, where Head Start and its Early version are housed.

Since I began publishing research in 2014, I’ve written at least 4 articles about Head Start and/or Early Head Start. If you’ve missed them, here they are:
1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/25/aligned-workforces/ (connects Head Start to massive data mining)
2) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/08/tech-thursday-technically-speaking-for-ccss/ (will show you the top-down alignment for ages birth and up for an ‘educated’ workforce)
3) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/fed-ed-2017-are-you-ready/
(shows you how Head Start/Early Head Start are in the 2017 Fed Ed Budget Requests from the President)
4) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/11/the-education-road/ ( a real life example of how the federal-to-state-to-you the CCSS Machine alignment is going and how Head Start/Early Head Start is being folded in)

 

An Awful ‘Spoonful of Medicine’:

From the U.S. Senate’s Education and Workforce Democratic Committee:
http://democrats-edworkforce.house.gov/media/press-releases/-scott-statement-on-final-rule-for-head-start-performance-standards-

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According to the embedded document attached to the Press Release (above),
45 CFR Chapter XIII RIN 0970-AC63 Head Start Performance Standards“, the Head Start Program Standards were last updated in 1998. Then, the  Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, we found Congress instructing the Office of Head Start to update itself.

Basically, it was a ‘step in time, step in line’ move. Since 2007, tons of ‘research’ has been conducted; public feedback has been gathered; and, now is the time to ‘re-up’ the Head Start again. This 2016 final version of updates? Only 621 pages long!

Gee, just in time to step in line with ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) and its overreach into early childhood ‘education’.

On Page 15 of the latest and final version for updating Head Start/Early Head Start, you’ll find the “Compliance Table”. This table gives federal statutes, start dates, and descriptions of what each Head Start/Early Head Start Program AND location MUST do to ‘step in time, step in line’.

Included in the mandates of compliance:
Alignment of education in school and at home
Data mining
Streamlining the data collected
Credentials required to conduct ‘in home’ visits
Hours each program and location must be available
Curriculum to be used
Assessments

Here’s what the curriculum portion will embed:

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So, what does the ‘partnership’ boil down to? An absolutely bitter pill to swallow!
The screen shot below is from the “Early Learning Outcomes” Framework.

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To access the entire Framework document,
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/hs/sr/approach/pdf/ohs-framework.pdf

For the Data mining connected to Early Head Start/Head Start?  Learn the CCSS Machine’s alphabet code “Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS)” and Data systems. (Page 14 of the 621 page document). It too, must be in place by Aug. 2017.

What is the QRIS? Their website: http://qrisnetwork.org/
From their website, you can learn that QRIS is a part of Build’s Initiative. Before we get to the Build’s Initiative, let me show you the once again, tangled web of the same CCSS Machine member organizations connected to the QRIS.

QRIS’s website also tells you there are public private partnerships involved in the quality control/data mining. Thus, the tangled web begins…

a) from the QRIS Newsletter’s August 2016 post, (http://qrisnetwork.org/sites/all/files/lt/private/NEWSLETTER%20QRISAugIssue2.pdf)

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b) This redirects you to the QRIS page featuring MORE reports (where you can get State by State progress reports). http://qrisnetwork.org/resource/2016/race-top-early-learning-challenge-2015-progress-reports
When you click on the external link at the bottom of the page, you are, once again, redirected
c) This takes you to the U.S. Dept. of Education’s website,
https://elc.grads360.org/#program/annual-performance-reports

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d) Still not finding the public private partnerships in QRIS, I desperately was hoping the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s ‘collaboration partners’ may reveal something. Boy, did it. A huge bitter pill of CCSS Machine ‘medicine’ to swallow.

earlyedtasThe groups with red stars are ones I’ve researched and have proof of their P3 (public private partnership) grasp on American education. The CCSSO, the NGA, are well known to you, the anti CCSS/ESSA Warrior, thanks to many who’ve researched their ties.
If you’ve missed my findings on CLASP, Zero to Three, etc. just use the search bar on my blog. If you can’t find them that way, contact me. It’s proof you need to fight for your children.

To see the other Technical Assistance groups helping undermine early education,
https://elc.grads360.org/#program/collaboration-partners

 

More ‘Spoons’ of Fed Ed “Medicine”:

1) Unlike the other documents I’ve researched which are from the federal government, this one (that 621 page document with a long title) actually has a redesignation table for you to see what old Standards are being shifted to. As the writer of this document put it, it’s a roadmap for ease of access. It begins on Page 16.

2) After the “roadmap”, you are ‘treated’ to all the ‘research’, ‘reasons’, and ‘purposes’ behind the latest Early Head Start/Head Start shift. In all honesty, the parts about how all this aligns to ESSA didn’t surface, that I could easily see. However, having read ESSA and listening to both Senator Alexander AND Senator Murray, it is easy to find the early education overhaul.

3) To access the 621 page document: 2016-19748

Finding Early Ed Alignment in ESSA:

When I read the 1,059 ESSA Final Conference Report, I found the following. These are selected excerpts from my previously published articles.

ESSA and the digital overreaches for the little ones:
*) “Page 630: Preschool and ‘Ready to Learn’ digital content, especially via PBS (Public Broadcast Stations).
Page 943 begins Section 9210 of the ESSA Law. This is the biggest overreach of all!
Why? “Student Home Access to Digital Learning Resources”! To find out how successful students are at HOME, a Study conducted by the Director of the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) no later than 18 months AFTER all portions of ESSA are in place! Details of the Study will be found on Page 944.”

You’ll want the article these are in because it links you to the other areas of concern for your little ones. Near the bottom of the article, you’ll find out how I learned that Sesame Street is now CCSS Machine controlled, thus aligned.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/essa-and-digital-overload/

ESSA’s use of immigration to overreach into early education:
*) “Page 2 reveals Sections 3001-3004 (these sections begin on page 408 and follow from there) will break down what alignments, accountability, etc. will be taking place in education and services related. I found on page 409, under the Section 3001 and “Appropriations”, the following figures of the tax dollars up for grabs by the states and awarded by the federal government for this express purpose, “(1) $756,332,450 for fiscal year 2017;  (2) $769,568,267 for fiscal year 2018;(3) $784,959,633 for fiscal year 2019; and (4) $884,959,633 for fiscal year 2020.” Page 410 will show you how the ELLs (English Language Learners) will have to meet those ‘challenging state academic standards’, too.’
Skip down to section 3115 (page 421) , however and you will find that all schools will have to jump through a hoop or two to reform education so that no child will be excluded. How? Through ‘sub grants’ to eligible entities as long as they are educating students in ELA to the tune of ‘challenging state academic standards’!”

You’ll want the rest of the article this comes from so you can learn the 4 purposes of ESSA’s ties to WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). Why? One of the 4 is EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING!
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/essa-ties-to-wioa-2014-and-new-citizens/

ESSA in your neighborhood:
*) “Over on page 612 you can learn about types of schools and what they must provide to the neighborhood will include. Follow this through to page 615. There you will see the following language. “(2) INDICATORS.—The performance indicators  established by the Secretary under paragraph (1) shall be indicators of improved academic and developmental outcomes for children, including indicators of school readiness, high school graduation, post-secondary education and career readiness, and other
academic and developmental outcomes…” The next section is 2465 and this is where the full service community school is laid out in detail.”

ESSA’s authors used the law to codify “Promise Neighborhoods”. You’ll want to read the article this portion comes from so you can learn how your entire family will assessed, graded, and ‘encouraged’ to align with educational resources from the U.S. Depts. of Ed/Health, Human Services.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/meet-your-new-neighbor-essa-seriously/


Closing:

If you are interested in viewing a 2014 Head Start/Early Head Start webinar, you’ll find the video below. While the information is dated, you will find out from those involved in the P3s for early education how valuable they think your kids are (look about the 19:58 minute mark). The entire video is just over 1 hour. Be sure you listen for the ‘wedding’ remark near the end of the video.
To all those involved in the grab for our children, I say their hearts are as black as the soot on Bert’s face as he danced with the chimney sweeps in ‘Mary Poppins’.

Digitally “Fried”

Warriors, we’ve heard plenty of CCSS Machine rhetoric about “Personalized Learning”. The CCSS Machine has taken a classic teaching tool and destroyed its true purpose.

The phrase has been bounced around SO much by the propaganda, the ‘objective’ studies and research, and all those profiting off the NEW rendition of Personalized Learning (PL) that most everyone has no clue as to what PL should truly be. Most only know it means a computer. Too much computer time/instruction means a ‘digitally fried’ student, a frustrated teacher, and a sold out state of existence.

So, before we get much further into how ‘digitally fried’ our nation has become, I want you to consider the ‘burning’ question you see below:

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*Note: While what you see above is NC specific, this is NOT a problem exclusive to the State. You will find similar in your State. We will be re-visiting the moves NC is making later. But first, a national view.

Classic PL:

Much like the tasty potatoes you order at a restaurant, you’ll notice there are choices. There are ‘classic’ fries (meaning cooked just right, a little salt, not too thin or thick cut), curly fries, seasoned fries, fries smothered in cheese, and other endless examples.

TRUE PL closely resembles the classic fries. How do I know? Ask a retired educator (The best people to ask  need to be over 40 or 50 years old). Look at a classical education model.

True PL plans show a lot of flexibility in both the teacher AND the student; a variety of teaching tools, styles, games to engage the student’s 5 senses or their whole body.

Today’s ‘digitally fried’ PL, uses agenda driven, watered down versions of plans, tools, and resources. Today’s PL hardly uses the student’s 5 senses/whole body.

Think about it from the fries example, lots of copy cat versions seeking to improve upon the classic order of fries, but not nearly as satisfying. Education is HARDLY the place for copy cat, failure embedded versions of what really works.

Ask a researcher or a child psychologist; look at the way in which some school desks have been redesigned. This picture (below)stated it was ideal for the kinesthetic  learner.

Well, which KIND of kinesthetic learner?! The student who needs to keep only their hands busy or the student who needs to move around, sit on their legs, or be able to turn around? As the mother of a kinesthetic learner, I can tell you, my child would not have liked this desk/bike at all. Why? Limited movement. Too much limited movement for some learners like this, stunts their thinking and will cause burn-out when it comes to completing assignments.

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Oh, and the cost of one of these desk/bikes? A single one can be over $1,000.00; One like these 4 seater? Almost $3,700.00! True PL can be accomplished at a fraction of this cost. Who foots the bill for ‘school improvements’ like what you see above? TAXPAYERS! With the way the current education laws are written, P3s (public private partnerships) will also be helping with ‘improvements’ like this. Think of it this way, they want to be the ultimate order of ‘loaded fries’ in your school. A whole lot of ‘eye appealing yumminess’ and a lot of ‘bad for you’ calories.

What does the U.S. Dept. of Ed say PL is?  That depends..do you want the PL for teachers, leaders, or students? See below:

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To find out more: http://tech.ed.gov/netp/assessment/
To continue our order or fries example, think 24/7 hours of nothing but AYCE (All You Can Eat).

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To find out about the “Future Ready” PL, see: http://tech.ed.gov/netp/

Dear Old NC:

Now that you see how the nation is serving up PL, just what is SO important I have to (once again) call out NC’s activities?! For starters, the CCSS Machine mouthpieces shouted ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) would free the States, mean less testing (assessments), and so forth. As research is proving in real time since ESSA’s passage, States are creating ways in which to appear like they are taking control of education, but when you look closely, you see the national agenda in the plans. How so? Look below:

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Before I share more, let me state for the record that I know some of our NC legislators personally. I know they absolutely hate the CCSS Machine and what it is doing to NC. I know you have legislators like this in your State. While not every legislator serving us will be a party to this kind of activity, there are countless others who either will or simply are not aware of how many strings are being put into place.

NC’s been in the news before for what looked like a repeal, but was in all honesty, a rebrand. That was when we supposedly repealed CCSS. Nope, the law which went into place was watered down to a name change. We had the chance to totally ditch the CCSS mustard and ketchup for our fries, and didn’t!

So what else does this ‘new’ Repeal-but-not-really Law do?
a) gives an illusion
b) will be taxpayer funded
c) to access the entire document from above: http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2015/Bills/House/HTML/H237V6.html
d) allows for retention of students from grade to grade
e) supposedly improves transition from elementary grades to middle school; middle to high school as defined by the NC State Board of Ed. Who heads our State Board of Ed? Dr. June Atkinson, State Superintendent AND President of the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers)!
f) by repealing ‘personalized learning’ this Law opens the flood gates for ‘alternative assessments’.

What the State Board Says:

If your State Board of Ed is anything like NC’s, you are sick to no end of their selections they serve up when it comes to education. (Think rotten fries or spoiled potatoes..they stink!) Above, point E shifts the responsibility of defining PL from the lawmakers to the educators. While that is as it should be, the obvious fly in the room is that those serving as educators are sold out to the CCSS Machine’s agenda.

In a few days, our State Board will have a meeting (8/31 and 9/1). Among the topics?

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Included in the announcement of this topic was a supporting 22 page document. By removing the PL as it had been defined, the State Board listed ALL the ‘alternative assessments’ they used in conducting a survey of what works and what doesn’t. The actions the Board will take with PL’s ‘repeal’ or revision will more than likely be based on this survey!

In other words, a steady diet of ’24/7 loaded fries’ will continue!

You have to see this. Not only have these ‘spuds which are really duds’ been  24/7 assessing, most, if not all are DIGITAL!

By the State Board’s apparent direction, that means humongous data mining will CONTINUE.  ESSA and WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) increase this mining via State grants/incentives.

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To name a few for the K-3rd graders in English and Math: Dibels, iReady, Discovery Education,Dreambox, universal screening, performance monitoring, past performance, SchoolNet Benchmarks, and MAP.

For these students in their ‘success’ or ‘achievement’ measuring (remember, K-3rd graders): SAT Teams; teacher observations; outside entities like the Dept. of Social Service, law enforcement, etc.; below grade level activities; mental health involvement, and after-school programs.

You will find the same types of measuring students in grades 4th and 5th; 6th-8th; and 9th-12th. What I noticed is the K-3rd grade group has more than the others. When you consider ESSA embeds birth to 3rd overreach, this should have you ready to fry some spuds of your own.

If you’d like to listen in via an audio live link (8/31 and 9/1) to see what the NC State Board will do: http://stateboard.ncpublicschools.gov/live-audio-streaming

Closing:

What’s in your State’s PL activity? How many ‘cooks’ are in the education kitchen? How many ‘fryers’ are in State Legislative bodies? Do we really want to see America ‘digitally fried’ and marginalized?! After all this, I’m ready to launch a few potato rockets.

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Is This Truly the Best?

Recently, my fellow anti CCSS/Fed Led Ed Warriors, I had a very concerned citizen from a state with several U.S. Tribal Schools, contact me. The concern? How ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act, (and its school reform clauses) is to impact the schools for Native Americans on their reservations (or serving nearby). While I know there are mandates in ESSA for the Native American Tribes, as well as a separate section for the Hawaiian Tribal education, this concern raised the question to a level I cannot ignore.

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Notice the banner from the BIE (Bureau of Indian Education). “Doing What’s Best for Students!”.
Not to be cynical, but are you kidding me? It is NO secret that our U.S. Government has hardly done the best it could for the Native Americans, so HOW in the world are we (or expect those impacted by the BIE)  to ‘buy into’ the fact that ESSA is NOT the best for ANYONE!?

Does BIE also support WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), HEA (Higher Education Act), STEM, American Apprenticeship Initiative, Career Tech Education, Competency Based Education, Universal PreK and/or College and Career Readiness?
Why do I ask this? Every one of this laws or concepts is embedded in ESSA.

We already know ESSA and all its relations are to impact every school choice, so the answer would have to already be a ‘yes’ one. You will see more of the connections as you read on.

School Reform:

Since the concerned question I received was on the school reform issue, just what does the BIE have to say about this topic? In a summary, the BIE is choosing to reform itself as a government agency FIRST, then address the individual schools.

Here is an excerpt, “To effect real change in BIE-funded schools, the BIE organization must change how it delivers services to schools. The current administrative structure is a relic of the past when all BIE schools and dormitories were directly operated by the federal government and oriented towards “command and control” of its own schools. Today, the federal government no longer operates the majority of BIE schools; rather, tribal nations or locally controlled school boards directly manage 68 percent of BIE-funded schools. The BIE’s administrative structure, however, never evolved to meet this new reality.    The proposed reorganization will modernize the BIE and help it take a critical step towards becoming a school improvement organization rather than a direct operator of schools. After extensive consultations, the BIE proposes important organizational changes which are essential to improve outcomes for Native American youth.”
To see the entire topic, http://www.bie.edu/BFRI/index.htm

According to the 2014 “Blueprint for Reform Implementation” (approved by Congress), look at HOW the Reform is to work:

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To access the entire Reform OrderBIEsecOrder

To see how I learned about this Order, see: http://www.bie.edu/BFRI/Schools/index.htm

Before we move on, it should be pointed out the Bureau of Indian Education is part of the U.S. Dept. of the Interior.

Is THAT Dept. aligned to the CCSS Machine?! Yes! Here’s just one way to prove it: Lesson Plans (available to ALL educational choices),
https://search.usa.gov/searchutf8=%E2%9C%93&affiliate=doi.gov&query=Common+Core+State+Standards
The Interior is big on STEM, too. STEM is embedded in WIOA, ESSA, HEA, and all the other places you find CCSS or College/Career Readiness. See: https://www.nps.gov/choh/learn/education/classrooms/upload/CM-1-STEMguide.pdf

Other BIE Ties to the CCSS Machine:

BIE 21st Century Community Learning Centers:
http://www.bie.edu/Programs/supprog/TitleIVB/index.htm
Includes after school programs, character education, and, so much more! Per ESSA, 21st Century Community Learning Centers are mandated. Notice, however, when you visit the above page the dates on the supporting documents are before ESSA’s passage. Also notice that every one of the related Titles on the right, are in ESSA and other laws connected to it. Connected to the 21st CCLCs is Career Pathways. See the below screen shot for what I found:

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If you would like to see the rest of the document above:
http://www.bie.edu/cs/groups/xbie/documents/text/idc009804.pdf

BIE 2009 ARRA Funds:
http://www.bie.edu/Resources/index.htm
Just like the rest of us, this funding opened the door for massive data mining.

E-Rate and BIE:

The E-Rate legislation created a not-so-obvious way for the CCSS Machine to not only overreach into education, but into our entire communities for streamlined alignment connecting work and education. I exposed this on Prevent Common Core awhile back.
If you aren’t sure how this connects to all of us, http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1223

E-Rate legislation also opened the door for the White House led (ie: top-down control) ConnectED Initiative. BIE is impacted in this way, too.
See: http://www.bie.edu/Resources/ERate/index.htm

BIE and the ESSA:

I found 2 documents detailing what BIE has done already to conform to ESSA.
This first one is for Special Education. See: http://www.bie.edu/cs/groups/xbie/documents/text/idc1-034217.pdf

The second one is from the Federal Register and is definitely worth reading. Begin on the 3rd column of the first page you see and then continue to the next page’s first column. Remember, this Register is not written from an anti CCSS/Fed Led Ed Warrior’s viewpoint. See: http://www.bie.edu/cs/groups/xbie/documents/text/idc2-042401.pdf

As far as BIE and Universal Design for Learning? There is a Power Point Presentation available under the heading 2012 Presentations. See: http://www.bie.edu/Programs/SpecialEd/index.htm

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Related to the BIE and Native American Education:

NIEA, National Indian Educators Association:
Website: http://www.niea.org/
This organization has been around since the 1960s. It is the largest Native American Educator group in the nation. Thus, lots of influence. NIEA was also among the collection of groups signing a supportive letter from the Leadership Conference’s Civil Rights arm to SUPPORT ESSA!

To see the Collective Letter, http://www.civilrights.org/press/2016/ESSA-Oversight-Letter.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/

What else has NIEA done in relation to ESSA and/or the CCSS Machine BESIDES being associated with the Collective Letter? Their upcoming Conference has AFT (American Federation of Teachers) as one of its 3 biggest sponsors.

ESSA is listed as one of NIEA’s Education Priorities. To see their resources on it:
http://www.niea.org/for-advocates/education-priorities/elementary-and-secondary-education-act-esea-and-every-students-succeeds-act-essa/

Also among the Education Priorities is their association with the BIE. Among their Reports for Supporting Educators, the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Dashboard for adhering to the President’s 2020 College Goals: http://dashboard.ed.gov/dashboard.aspx

This screen shot is from NIEA’s “Toolkit” for ESSA implementation:

NIEAIf you are curious, the Guide is NOT NIEA’s, but rather, the CCSSO’s! See:
http://www.ccsso.org/Documents/2016/ESSA/CCSSO%20Stakeholder%20Engagement%20Guide%20FINAL.pdf

Closing:
One of NIEA’s biggest funders? The Gates Foundation. Since around 2009, over $4 million in grants. See: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=NIEA

I also found a NIEA Grant from Gates for the express purpose of joining BIE in Common Corehttp://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database/Grants/2013/10/OPP1094487

Again, I’ll ask you: is this truly the BEST we can do in America?

Inadequacy Breeders

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What every US citizen said they always wanted… NOT!

 

Anti CCSS/ESSA and Fed Ed Warriors, schools are beginning to open for the new year (2016-17). We are beginning to see the first tentacles of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)  reach down from the national level to the state and local levels.

Much of it will NOT use the phrase “Common Core State Standards”, but instead “College and Career Readiness”. We have been alerted to this fact well before now. However, how is the CCSS Machine spinning the ‘newness’ of the same old agenda?! That by conducting education any way BUT the ESSA way, is to “breed inadequacy”.

From ‘Their’ Files:

According to the CCSS Machine member organization “Getting Smart”, by 2020, 65% of all jobs will require post-secondary education.

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From the notorious “Foundation for Excellence in Education” (FEE), here is their take on ‘inadequate’ students:

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FEE also has a short video to support how inadequate education before CCSS was and how heavy the changes for CCR (via STEM, dual enrollment, AP and IB courses, and CLEP exams (College Level Examination Program)).

Every one of these ties in some way to not only CCR (College and Career Readiness) but can be found in the ESSA, the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) and the HEA (Higher Education Act) as well.

The sheer fact that FEE is using the ACT, Inc. assessment as one of its OTHER solutions for College and Career Readiness is also a clue for us. How? Act, Inc. owns “WorkKeys” assessments. “WorkKeys” is the Competency Based Education, Career Pathways test which sets the course for what job your students should not only be trained for, but educated in! Those CLEP assessments? Those are owned by the College Board, Inc., yet another CCSS Machine key member organization.

Here is the video:

While FEE is using Florida as an example in the video, their influence is felt in all 50 States. FEE is not only fully supportive of the ESSA, but is pledging to help each State navigate its way through the implementation process. Here is just one of the ways FEE can support your State, “Identifying ways that new federal funds can support state reforms in areas including K-3 reading, college and career readiness and digital learning.”

Awww, Warriors, aren’t we ‘honored’ to have such bias help?! (I am being 100% sarcastic here).

Let’s look at the statement above from the Warrior’s side.
a) To be truly State led (as ESSA was sold to the nation), why would we need a national group’s help in making decisions?
b) Does the FEE and other CCSS Machine organizations just assume the States are too stupid to identify funding for themselves?
c) The 3 targets FEE is offering support on are some of the biggest bullet points in ESSA. Digital Learning will be at least $849 million for the States.  Where will the objectivity come from? Where will the objective research be allowed to surface? (*Note: FEE cannot be objective on this topic. How do I know? Check out their Initiative called “Digital Learning Now”, http://www.digitallearningnow.com/)

To see the other ways FEE wants to help: http://www.excelined.org/principles-2015-reauthorization-elementary-secondary-education-act/

In case you would like to see how FEE commented publicly on the ESSA Proposed Regulations (all public comments are closed as of 8/1/16):
 http://www.excelined.org/news/excelined-submits-comments-u-s-department-education-essa-regulations/

Digital Learning Now:

As mentioned above, this is an initiative project of FEE’s but it is not solely FEE’s.
Read this excerpt about the history of the project, Governors Jeb Bush(FL) and Bob Wise (WV) convened the Digital Learning Council in August 2010 to develop the roadmap to integrate current and future technological innovations into public education.”

So who is on the DLC (Digital Learning Council)?

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Among other CCSS Machine/ESSA Supporter groups in the DLC:
Microsoft, the Center for Education Reform, Apple, Pearson Publishing, Connections Academy (an arm of Pearson Publishing), Data Quality Campaign, The Hewlett Foundation, The Carnegie Foundation, ETS (Educational Testing Services, associated with AIR, Inc. (American Institutes for Research), The Fordham Foundation, SchoolNet, Nat’l Assoc. for Charter School Authorizers, the U.S. Dept. of Education, and a few State Senate bodies. To see the entire list of DLC adivors and membershttp://www.digitallearningnow.com/about/history

To see the 10 key points the DLC presented to the National Summit on Education Reform:
http://www.digitallearningnow.com/policy/10-elements/ (*Note: all 10 are woven into CCR and the ESSA, WIOA, and the HEA.)

If you would like to see the other DLC Initiatives:
http://www.digitallearningnow.com/initiatives/ (*Note: among them is the E-Rate Legislation. I exposed the ties to the CCSS Machine and the E-Rate: http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1223; How does E-Rate fit in the ESSA? Remember the $849 million mentioned above? Not only will portions of that go to State for Technology updates, other tax money will be used to update entire infrastructures of regions, cities, and States for the 24/7, Open Educational Resource access to ALL learning connected resources. How? In the name of ‘student achievement’.)

From My Files:

ESSA and the Ditigal Makeovers:
a) nationally: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/essa-and-digital-overload/
b) State levels: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/state-digital-education/
c) ESSA codified Digital Promise and its connected Neighborhoods:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/ed-for-sale/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/meet-your-new-neighbor-essa-seriously/
d) ESSA and the national technology/in-home assessments:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/essa-in-a-nutshell/
e) ESSA and the data mining for private education (including homeschoolers), which also lumps in AP, IB, and dual enrollment:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/warriors-guide-to-essa-and-private-education/
f) The White House’s “Computer Science for All” will also be included in the digital push/ESSA, CCR, etc.:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/07/catching-up/

Closing:

Find out if your State has received any Digital Learning Grants recently. For example, this one from 2014 from Indiana:
http://www.doe.in.gov/elearning/digital-learning-grant

What new laws or older laws undergoing a rewrite to fit Digital Learning are there in your State? For example, the NC DPI, has a list of legislation. See:
http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/dtl/policy/regulations/

What State affiliated Colleges, Universities, and/or related post-secondary educational institutions are involved in the Digital Plans? For example, the NC State University’s Friday Center (both NC State and the Friday Center are ‘banner’ CCSS Machine members) produced this detailed Digital plan in 2015: http://ncdlplan.fi.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/NC-Digital-Learning-Detailed-Plan-9-14-15.pdf

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So, the better question (anti Fed Ed/ESSA/CCSS Warrior) should be: what CCSS Machine members are breeding inadequate education?

Envisioning You

A few days ago, I shared with you all kinds of ‘ACTions’ being taken in regards to shifting American education to national credentials with international data collection. At the close of that article, I also shared we would take a closer look at the Envision entity (that is the international data collector).

If you are a bit confused, do not fret. Quite simply, Act, Inc. has several workforce/competency education based assessments that are becoming increasingly prevalent in not only education (some states as young as 3rd grade), but employment centers as well. The goal? Aligning your skills with a path of work. Where Envision comes in is helping match people with jobs all the while collecting, sorting, and sharing their data across the globe. Why? Global workforce. Remember, the Envision portion is supposedly so you can become a better you.

In case you missed the article where I laid out how Act, Inc. and Envision are joined at the hip in educational reform for workforce purposes, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/skill-building-the-ccss-way/
(*Note: be sure you access the joint study on 21st Century job readiness by Act/Envision.)

If you missed the follow-up article about how the education reform business (yes, it appears to be a business, or at least conducted like one) is using the workforce based education in each State for job development and how global companies are jumping on board to make it all happen, see:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/shrills-call/
(*Note: this one was so truthful, it got me blocked on Facebook!)

 


Enter Envision:

The website: https://www.envisionexperience.com/
The mission: ‘POP (Power of Potential)’ is their short answer. Looking a bit deeper, however, you will find the same old pro CCSS/CBE (Common Core State Standards/Competency Based Education) rhetoric: digital learning which is personalized, gives the best critical thinking, promotes collaboration, AND helps Johnny and/or Suzy change the world! Sign up and your student can have all this learning wrapped up in FUN, too!
See the entire ‘mission’: https://www.envisionexperience.com/our-story/our-education-philosophy

How does a student get selected to become an Envision participant? Grade point averages, assessments scores, and career interests. Since the Envision programs begin early and go all the way to Grad School, thousands of students are involved. See: https://www.envisionexperience.com/our-story

For the record, Envision is known as Envision EMI and is a LLC which is privately held AND for profit. This is according to the Better Business Bureau. I am including the link to show you the other names Envision has gone by. See if you recognize any of them.
See: http://www.bbb.org/washington-dc-eastern-pa/business-reviews/lecture-and-seminar-bureaus/envision-emi-in-vienna-va-7001305/

So, who owns Envision EMI? Gryphon Investments. Why would we need to know about Gryphon Investments? The CCSS Machine is BIG, and is loaded with money. Follow the money, find the agenda, and locate the participants. Gryphon is a private equity company. Many private equity companies, as well as, venture capitalism companies are already hard at work helping the CCSS Machine with education reform, right under our noses. They also know data collection/sharing/selling is a hot commodity.

To see Gryphon’s portfolio list of companies: http://www.gryphon-inv.com/portfolio/
(*Note: related is the shift in management of Envision, which pointed me to Gryphon: 
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120605006213/en/Envision-EMI-Names-John-B.-Richards-CEO)

Also for the record, Envision has a troubled past when it comes to education and politics. What do I mean? Their involvement in a lawsuit surrounding one of their programs, a Presidential election, and promises made which were broken. Notice the range of ages involved, notice the events. Consider the impressions these young minds were receiving. See:  http://www.dc2009-settlement.com/

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Now that you have a good idea of the KIND of entity Envision is, let’s see how they are shaping our students. Remember, according to the website, the ‘fun learning’ begins in 3rd grade. Through programs with the NYLF alphabet soup-like title in front of the descriptions.

NYLF stands for ‘National Youth Leadership Forum’. See the screen shot below and notice the NYLF topic for STEM, (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
(*Note: If you haven’t heard me before state how STEM is the motivation behind Common Core, consider this, STEM jobs are being touted as a huge economic factor in America AND across the globe! If you haven’t seen the evidence of how I came to this conclusion, ask me. I would love to place the evidence in your hands.)

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The NYLF topics in Middle School add to the STEM and include politics. Dig deeper, and you will find CCSS Machine members/groups guiding the discussions surrounding politics, as well as providing the classroom resources.

As an example, check out the NYLF Middle School Presidential Inauguration topic. Discovery Channel is the guiding entity. How is Discovery Channel a CCSS Machine Member? I featured their education arm (Discovery Education, aka Discovery Learning) in my previous published article about Skill Based Learning and the companies behind it. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/07/tech-thursday-upskilling-america-part-2/
(*Note: legislation is backing up the shift in education from academics to workforce, as seen in Part 2, as well as Part 1. Also, be sure to access the CCSS link of Discovery Learning’s search results.)

Envision in High School NYLF topics? STEM, politics, business, leadership (global, of course), and more. See: https://www.envisionexperience.com/explore-our-programs/high-school
Since all this effort is being put into global workforce, global education, and global citizens, let’s see what CCSS Machine member organizations are behind the NYLF Global Leaders topic, shall we?

Oh my, Warriors, one of them is Harvard University! How have I proven Harvard is in bed with the educational reform and the CCSS Machine? In one word: Pearson. In a few more words, their joint project called Pathways to Prosperity, which helped birth the global career pathways and tracks we now have.

If you haven’t seen the evidence, see my article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/tech-thursday-national-career-pathways-network/ (*Note: this article embeds several other ones with even more evidence. My original Harvard, Pearson expose can be found there. It was from Nov. 2014.)

Harvard is hardly the only culprit in helping Envision with its NYLF Global track. There are other universities as well. There is also the Leadership Initiative. Before we look into them, look at the screen shot. What do you notice? (hint: date!)

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The Leadership Initiative:

The website: http://www.lichange.org/
Among Board members are representatives from Exxon-Mobile and Harvard University (two well known CCSS Machine member organizations). See: http://www.lichange.org/board/
Among the Advisory Board, you can find Siemens and CitiBank, two more well known CCSS Machine member organizations. See: http://www.lichange.org/advisory-board/

Here is a screen shot of the press release linking Envision, Leadership, and Harvard.
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To see the entire release (as well as others): http://www.lichange.org/press-releases/

Warriors, do not get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with addressing human needs. We have been doing so since time began.

However, as I have stated before, when EVERYTHING is run through the CCSS Machine of ‘global this’, ‘global that’ and for the ‘collective good’, it is enough to make you scream!

Why? Collective thinking kills individualism. Global everything keeps the focus away from your immediate environment and forces you to not only look outward, but take it all in as acceptable. Consider how the brain develops. Not everyone can understand ‘collective globalism’ at an early age OR if their development inhibits their understanding. As the brain develops we DO understand immediate environment, we are geared to create close relationships.

Common Core, College/Career Readiness, Career Pathways, STEM, STEM Pathways don’t work because they go against the natural flow of not only our thinking, but our way of living. As a result ANYTHING connected will alter our lives as well.
The Bottom Lines:

1) The CCSS Machine agenda ruins not only education, but quality of life.
2) When your national and local levels of government knowingly (or unknowingly) endorse, support, or instigate the efforts of the CCSS Machine, they might as well as find themselves sitting in a corner of their offices!
3) Instead of each person being the best they can be, the true CCSS Machine vision is for collective good where personal best cannot exist.

Warrior Mindsets:
3) Think ‘Martin Luther’ and grasp his ire at the church which inspired him to find 95 truthful facts and nail them to the door.
4) Think the ‘Apostle Paul’ and his thorn in his side. He didn’t let the pain it caused stop him. Embrace that spirit of ‘never quit’.
5) Think ‘Joan of Arc’ and her willingness to die for what was true, good, and right. Re-enact her fierce stare, her defiant stance, and her strong voice.

So, which Warrior will you become? What mindset will you adopt? What bottom line will you erase as a result? We, those opposed to the CCSS Machine, are their thorns; their truthful witnesses; their worst nightmare. We, those opposed, will NOT give up, never surrender our freedoms. We, those opposed, outnumber them. Coincidence? Hardly.

Skill Building the CCSS Way

Recently, anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors, the CCSS Machine organization known as Act, Inc. (think high stakes assessments, data mining, and workforce based alignment) published a  paper about the ‘soft skills’ education alignment MUST include if we are to have employable students. It is the 2016 National Curriculum Survey (more about this later).

Many researchers, like myself, have been sharing with you over the years how the CBE (Competency Based Education) is a huge component of the illegally based education reformation we are witnessing. The evidence is plentiful, so I will not waste our time rehashing CBE’s roots.

I would like to point out to you this recent publication so we can see just how MUCH more propaganda the CCSS Machine has spun in regards to ‘soft skills’ and how ONLY the Common Core/ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)/HEA (Higher Education Act)/WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) can do it all!

 

The Acts That Keep on ‘Killing’:

From the Act, Inc. 4 page document promoting how great a national workforce based credentialed system is and WHY everyone should be involved, is in the screen shot below.
Note how the data base of skills is ONLY available at Act, Inc.

What does this have to do with ‘killing’? When we stop educating people to do what they desire and rely on skewed tests which align us to learn what the CCSS Machine demands, we KILL the love of learning.

This 4 page document is geared for the students and refers to them as ‘Career Seekers’.

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To access the rest of the 4 page document, https://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/NCRC-CareerSeekersBrochure.pdf


Act, Inc. has also published another 4 page document for educators and how THEY can make sure students are CERTIFIED for workforce based national tracking!

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This document informs us that there are 3 nationally based assessments students must take; that their scores to be workforce ready must be certain numbers which also translate into platinum, gold, silver, and bronze levels.

As educators, we are ‘killing’ our students spirit with alignment like this. Think about it, our students (of ALL ages) will not be as recognized for WHO they are, but WHAT level of certification they have!

To access this document (which harps on how all the certification is key to success for post-secondary readiness),
https://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/NCRC-EducatorsBrochure.pdf

 

 


Engaging Us All for a Workforce Agenda:

Warriors, Act, Inc. also has a document explaining how they have studied all this workforce based/competency based education. They wax on about the case studies, the need for alignment, the ease of it all via data mining.  As part of the alignment, Act, Inc. has a self assessment we can take called, Act ‘Engage’.

When I take this self assessment and COMBINE it with the other Act, Inc. workforce based assessments, I become part of a global workforce skills based company’s database called Envision. See for yourselves, below. Notice how early this alignment is starting, notice the personalized learning component, and yes, the data mining.

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To access this 21st Century Job Readiness document,
http://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/ACT_Engage_Case_Study_Envision.pdf
(*Note: There will be a separate article on Envision in the coming days.)

 

For the First Time:

Look below at this screen shot. Notice how Act, Inc. is stating that for the first time workforce stakeholders were included in the National Curriculum Survey!!

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This almost 90 page document is full of CBE information! It is full of all kinds of ways education is being made over with workforce as the ultimate goal!  Act, Inc. also states, in this report, that the College and Career Readiness Standards are theirs. Throughout the ESSA, you will find the phrase ‘college/career readiness’.

It has been reported by other anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors that the ACT test is also being considered as one of the 2 national assessments that would replace the SBAC and PARCC. Think this is all a coincidence? It certainly doesn’t seem that way to me.

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Page 3 of this Survey will connect ACT, Inc. to the Common Core State Standards, as well as continue the ties to workforce based education. To access this information,
NCS_Report_Web

If  you would like to see the Act, Inc. National Campaign for College/Career Readiness (it began in 2013), be sure to watch the video embedded here:
http://www.act.org/content/act/en/policy-and-advocacy/college-and-career-readiness-campaign.html

Notice that the Campaign includes policy and government relations. That means Act, Inc. has a front row seat in Washington, D.C.! Notice the States and leaders from those States tout how great Act, Inc.’s College/Career Ready efforts are.

Lastly, from Act, Inc.’s website, you can find a recent report for the purposed use of dual enrollment which also blends in quite easily with the education agenda for workforce readiness. Dual enrollment is a favored option for home educated students. So, when the CCSS Machine set out to align ALL educational choices, they meant it. You can find this 2015 Report at the bottom of the website page: https://www.act.org/

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Closing:

Warriors, find out how far down the Act, Inc. alignment path your State is. What legislation does your State have for Workforce Development? Is your State aware of the ties to the CCSS Machine with the College/Career Readiness?