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RBF (Really Big Fad) In Education?

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, RBF really doesn’t stand for “Really Big Fad” in education, but it might as well. What IS “RBF” it’s the acronym for “Results Based Financing” in education.

RBFs are not only found in education, but other business industries. While the link I’ve provided shows other countries, as quickly as the US is embracing these, it’s only a matter of time before we’re saddled up for these returns/results.

Wait, Lynne, is education a business industry?! Yes, Warriors, that’s exactly what education’s been turned into: an industry. The ‘fodder’ for the industry? Our students and teachers. Those profiting? The corporations and P3s (Public Private Partnerships) in the CCSS Machine

Being squeezed out of the education industry? Teachers, leaders, and, most of all, PARENTS!

kisspng-bank-robbery-crime-clip-art-bank-robber-cliparts-5a8a0d587fa600.3009802115189968245229So, far, from what I’ve been able to find, the biggest ‘industry’ RBFs are used in is health care. RBFs are VERY popular in the global aspect (worldwide), too. Why not? After all, the World Bank is a huge part of RBFs.

If RBFs sound a bit confusing, think of it this way: Pay for success or vouchers.
That’s right, PfS and Vouchers ARE forms of RBFs. We saw PfS embedded in ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). We see vouchers are a big kingpin to the current DC Administration’s stranglehold on education, too.

roundupWarriors, truth be told, ‘paying for success’ in ANYTHING, here in, the US isn’t new. But it IS rooted in several global political ‘isms which are anti American.

According to this website, PfS is a great way to ‘measure outcomes’. It also says that here in the US, the first PfS was in 2012. If you look at the makeup of the PfS in the ESSA law, you’ll see that it is Sen. Hatch’s example.

**Remember, Warriors, any time you see the federal government, education, and ‘outcomes’, it is THEIR goals and mandated targets you are to measure up to, NOT your own personal best.

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Warriors, this is exactly how the CCSS Machine grinds on. The only ‘measured outcome’ the PfS or RBFs care about is simply this: are you workforce ready to have a job to boost the economy. This is exactly WHY the language of page 17 is SO important.

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Those ‘industry based standards’ are from WIOA, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, NOT an education law!

Warriors, we’re being set up to be nothing more than a society run worker!

Look at this emphasized screen shot:

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Warriors, it’s super easy to see that this isn’t about people’s best interests in health care as it is about the economy being well ‘fed’.

Same with education! Here’s another visual from the same slide presentation. Imagine instead of health care,you see education.

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If you’d like to see the entire slide presentation, that link is here.

The RBFs, World Bank, And, Education:

Warriors, I found RBFs by a tip from a fellow Warrior who’s concerned with the overreaches in ruining our children’s lives. This Warrior found a group called IREX ( a global development and education organization. IREX is tied to the U.S. State Department’s USAID. As you know, I’ve tied USAID to the UN (United Nations) and the CCSS Machine many times.

What connects IREX and USAID? The World Bank.

***We’ll look at IREX in a bit, first, let’s see what else the World Bank has to offer us on RBFs and education.***

Remember, results based financing is mainly concerned with the investor’s bottom line, not your individual results. Why would this be most upsetting to us as parents, taxpayers, and teachers? Because it doesn’t respect the student’s differences in learning! All measured outcomes are the same, according to ESSA! Refer back to page 17 and the penguins above!

The ONLY measured outcome the CCSS Machine (thereby the federal government, too) will accept is College/Career Ready;  aka Common Core State Standards; aka CTE (Career Tech Education) for workforce ready drones.

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Think of it this way, Warriors, “results based financing” is a lot like the old ad slogans where you heard ‘results may vary’.

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You knew once you heard this that what you ended up with may or may NOT be like everyone else’s results.

Warriors, what ESSA’s variety is, in reality, is ‘results will NOT vary’:

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Why is there no ‘variety’ for Johnny and Suzy in THIS photo? All education MUST be the same. This means all curriculum, learning, teaching, resources, tests, related activities, and, on and on.

So, in this example those RBF investors are putting all their fruit into ONE basket!

This, my Warrior friends, is EXACTLY what the World Bank is encouraging!!!

Talk of variety (personalized learning) is muttered, but it’s absolutely a smokescreen. Don’t let your child become some corporation’s bottom line profit!

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IREX’s RBF In Education:

So, Warriors, since the World Bank is shoving RBFs in education in all corners of the world, what is IREX doing to support the WB and does it tie to the CCSS Machine?

First, IREX is short for International Research and Exchanges Board. From my 2018 article on IREX, look at their globalization plans for classrooms:

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From the IREX 2018 Annual Report, their example of RBFs will strike very close to home, here in the US:

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To access the Annual Report, go here.

ESSA’s mandate for 21st Century Community Learning Centers was featured in this article from my archives. 

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Related:
From 1974 a 215 page US/USSR report on exchanges in education and the economy.

IREX’s full list of donors (many are very easy to spot as CCSS Machine members).

Economic hoops States have to jump through to uphold the ESSA mandate for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (as the example from NC showed).

Months before ESSA was made into a federal law, the original intent for 21st Century Community Learning Centers. This fits right in with not only the RBFs, but big tech/big data, too.

Closing:

Remember, Warriors, 21st Century Learning Centers and Results Based Financing are not simply reserved for public education. They were created for public conformity.
We’d do well to become non-conformists as soon as possible. That way we can make RBFs stand for Really Bad Fiasco which We the People laid to rest.

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CTE, ‘By Hook Or By Crook’

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, we know for a fact, or by several facts, that the ‘hook/crook’ system has been well implemented in American education. Chiefly responsible is the CCSS Machine (in more modern history).

What do I mean by the “CCSS Machine”? The “Common Core State Standards Machine”. What groups or people make up this ‘Machine’? Anyone and every group who/which has undermined our U.S. Constitution to strap us with federal education laws? (Congress and their corporate backers, State governors, State laws, local entities are a few examples) The complete list is long and is well documented.

My focus for this article will be on Congress AND businesses, though. These, in my researched opinion, are the biggest crooks using the meanest hooks.

The political cartoon from long ago, best illustrates how education has been manhandled by Congress and its corporate cronies.

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Another Hearing:

Warriors, I don’t know about you, but I get emails every time the U.S. House’s Ed/Workforce Committee has news. There has been an abundance of hearings lately.

Each is a dog and pony show with the head of Ed/Workforce (Rep. Virginia Foxx) leading the agenda. What might her agenda be? It’s the same as every other U.S. Representative, that CTE (Career Tech Education) is our ‘silver bullet’ for America.

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(Source of screen shot above)

So, what Hearing am I referring to? It was the House’s June 13th hearing. The Ed/Workforce Committee’s Press Release was selling ‘the power of charter schools’.

So how does CTE connect to charter schools? According to the Hearing’s archive, Rep. Foxx’s final questions focus on charters and CTE. You can find this near the 2:36:07 time mark. She pointedly asked Nina Rees (President and CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools) about the potential of charters to expand CTE. Rees responded with this, ‘Roughly 400 charters label themselves as either CTE or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math) field schools.’ If you look up ‘CTE’ on the Alliance’s website, there are 22 listings for CTE teachers. From special needs students to all CTE concentrations, Career Tech Ed is used for student’s career tracked pathways and lifelong learning.

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What’s interesting, Warriors, is that the CCSS Machine member organizations funding this Alliance include the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Charter School Resource Center. Other funders include the Gates Foundation, The Eli Broad Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, The Kellogg Foundation, and many others. (source)

By having a group tied to the U.S. Dept. of Education speaking as a witness at a hearing for the U.S. House’s Ed/Workforce Committee is totally subjective, thus, whatever ‘testimony’ is given will naturally support Congress’s moves.

Frankly, as I listened and watched this almost 3 hour hearing, I was offended by the smugness of Foxx, the superiority of some of the other Congress members making statements and asking questions. You could easily hear digs at certain parties, disrespect toward others, and false vibrato towards the one citizen presented as a witness.

You could hear the coached words spilling from not only Foxx’s mouth, but others like Rep. Davis of California, Rep. Polis from Colorado, and Rep. Thompson from Pennsylvania. Other Representatives appeared to have valid questions, but used most of their question time to espouse their opinions.

Davis said that America (‘we’) need CTE. “We” also need to partner with communities. ‘We want CTE’. ‘We want many opportunities for students, we’re primed to do that to a scale which will create careers.’

Warriors, this is the way in which businesses and corporations are infiltrating the classrooms across America. If they aren’t in the K-12 classrooms, they are in the early college classrooms, the apprenticeships, the dual enrollment, the one-stop-job-centers, etc.
Grooming workers tied to 16 different career tracks is the sole goal. THERE IS NO OTHER. Those who don’t fit into these tracks will find themselves on a different kind of career track: management

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To access the entire hearing, go here.
(*Note: I’ll be writing a separate article about the dog and pony show surrounding ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) and charters, so the hearing link will be embedded in that article as well.)

Foxx And House:

Not to miss a moment to brag on the PROSPER Act, the Ed/Workforce Committee sent this email out:

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The PROSPER Act is a land mine of CTE, STEM, and anything else connecting education to the workforce development. In my recent article, I exposed how as well as Foxx’s misleading the nation on the number of jobs available or not. PROSPER is geared for those in higher education BUT depends on K-12 education to be locked in the alignment for cradle to career ‘education’. Both CTE and PROSPER will encompass ALL school choices! Just like ESSA!
To see other Congressional bills seeking to align all school choices to the skill based mantra in education, my article from Nov. 2017 will help you out.

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Part of the CCSS Machine’s agenda is, not only ‘cradle to career’, but entire communities supporting it!

Warriors, when you see it like this, then the words of Foxx and Davis make even more sense. Not good sense, mind you, but it should show you the underlying need for Congress to by hook or crook, deceive our nation.

(*Note, Foxx and Davis are only 2 of the members at that hearing which were touting charters schools. However, it was this pair which chose to focus on CTE.)

Closing:

Warriors, make no mistake, the U.S. Congress, as a CCSS Machine member, is doing EVERYTHING possible by hook or by crook to mandate education into workforce development. If it’s not CTE, it’s CBE (competency based education).

This is in line with the global education agenda, as well. Look below to see the connections between US and UN visions for workforce education:

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Seen below, this one lays out how CBE (aka CTE, STEM, College and Career Readiness) fits to the UN’s Global agenda. We can find each of the 7 steps in WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), the current HEA (Higher Education Act), and ESSA. HEA is the only federal education law left to be 100% aligned to all this.
Currently, the PROSPER Act is the ‘answer’ the House has for HEA. The U.S. Senate? Their ‘answer’ is the Higher Education Innovation Act.

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If you need to see how ALL school choices are impacted by all this, look below:

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Lastly, if you don’t think Common Core (aka College/Career Readiness) is found in the CTE, I urge you to read my previous research exposing how CTE IS the adult version of Common Core.

A Pied Piper’s Tale

Warriors Against the Core, it’s not a festive report I bring to you today. However, it IS relevant to our War Vs Fed Ed.

That stated, I would like you to recall the ancient tale of the Pied Piper. You may remember the version where the Piper would play his flute to lead the rats away. However, the original version of the tale is a bit more sinister. In that version, the Piper returns to the village for payment for removal of said rats. His payment? The children. I’ll leave it at that. However, if you wish to read the more ghastly version: http://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends/disturbing-true-story-pied-piper-hamelin-001969

So how is the CCSS Machine playing its own version of the Pied Piper?

I think, we, as educated anti CCSS Warriors, know how: with deception at almost every level of existence.

Depending on what type of deception is needed determines what tune the Piper uses on the flute. Depending on what level of ‘accountability’ is being performed determines just who the Piper may be at that moment. For example, The Pied Piper of ESSA has to be Sen. Lamar Alexander playing his ‘song’ of ‘returning education control to the States’. However, the Piper’s tune for something like ‘filling the skills gap’ or ’21st Century Skills’ could be led by many groups anxious to lead our students away.

In the remainder of this article, our Piper for the “21st Century Skills” is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“Business Leads Solutions”:

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Warriors, this article appeared almost at the end of November, 2016. To see the entire ‘song’ of this Pied Piperhttps://www.uschamber.com/above-the-fold/business-leads-solutions-workforce-challenges

One of the first graphics you’ll see is this (added emphasis is mine):

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To see my U.S. Chamber/Gates Foundation article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/fom-chambers-pot-of-lies-for-ccss/

To see my USA Funds researched article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/ftf-measure-twice-cut-once/

To see one of my articles on the “Talent Supply Pipeline”:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/ftf-tuesday-career-readiness-and-data/

The Academy Piper Tune:

First off, watch the video about the “Academy”:

So, Warriors, just WHAT does this organization do to lead our students off to a CCSS/CTE/Workforce Educated demise?! Here’s an excerpt from Oct. 2016:
“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) announced today the first cohort of nineteen participants in the Talent Pipeline Management Academy which is supported by a $2.5 million grant from USA Funds. USCCF’s signature workforce development initiative, Talent Pipeline Management (TPM), is a new way of addressing the nation’s skills gap by positioning employers in a more central role as key customers of post-secondary education and training providers. The TPM Academy consists of workshops led by USCCF for business professionals to receive instruction on talent pipeline strategies and guidance for implementation. In addition to a curriculum, technical assistance, and a peer-to-peer learning network, a key resource to be developed as part of the Academy will be the next generation of software tools and applications that support ongoing implementation of signature TPM strategies.”

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To access the article where the screen shot above is located: 
https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/press-release/us-chamber-commerce-foundation-and-usa-funds-announce-first-cohort-talent-pipeline

The Talent Pipeline has regional hubs, “The regional partners include the Arizona Chamber Foundation, Vermilion Advantages in Illinois, the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors in Kansas, Impact Northern Kentucky, Michigan Energy Workforce Development Consortium, the Greater Houston Partnership, and Elevate Virginia.”
To see the Talent Pipeline “Piper’s hubs”: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/center-education-and-workforce/talent-pipeline-management-learning-network

To see short videos for Talent Pipelines in KS, KY, MI, TX, IL, and VA:
https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/talent-pipeline-management/videos

More Piper Tunes:

One of the ‘biggest’ Piper tunes the CCSS Machine churns out and that ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) plays, leads students astray via business/corporate overreach into the classroom as the answer to lots of ‘skill gap’ problems.

GradsforLife plies this ‘tune’“The talent pipeline is developed with specific needs and current challenges in mind. Standards developed by the employer coalition are constantly changing based on the current economic environment. It is, therefore, more impactful for the business community to define what skills its workforce needs than to wait for the world of academia to catch up. At the same time, this progressive approach may incentivize academic chiefs to develop reforms.”

To see the rest of this ghastly Piper tune: 
http://www.forbes.com/sites/gradsoflife/2016/03/09/how-employers-can-manage-their-talent-pipeline-like-they-manage-their-supply-chain/#4cc80b565cdb

Warriors, we’ve seen enough non-educator based disaster via the CCSS Machine. We do not need more. Yet, between ESSA, WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), and HEA (Higher Education Act) have laid a road for the “Pied Piper” where businesses and corporations INCREASE their overreach into the classrooms.

Of the Case Studies the U.S. Chamber’s Talent Pipeline has conducted, at least 2 are corporations and/or businesses are ones I’ve researched and published my findings as to each of their “Pied Piper CCSS/CTE” tunes. Toyota and General Assembly. To see the Case Studies, https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/talent-pipeline-management-case-studies

To see my articles on each:

Toyota’s (Notice they have every age group covered): 
a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/rmt-vp-unions-career-tech-and-common-core/
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/monday-musings-more-parent-ccss-alignment/
c) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/monday-musings-alignment-for-wee-ones/

General Assembly’s:

a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/do-you-know-this-ga/
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/special-edition-news/
c) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/10/07/something-wicked-brewing/
(*Note, this last GA related article is truly fitting into the Piped Piper’s luring of our students away from true education to a workforce based nightmare existence. It features a made-for-You Tube movie were students are given achievement tests. If they pass, they live; if they do not, they die.)

Closing:

Warriors Against the Core, I do not wish to leave you on such a drastic mental image. However, I am not the only Warrior who’s compared what is happening to our students to awful things. I am not alone in hating what is going on in America, as far as our education system being so overrun with Pipers who deceive, indoctrinate, and conform our students.
We must mute their tunes! We must stand between the Pipers of Reform and our students, regardless of their age. The Pipers of Reform are here for EVERY student, not a select few.