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Good Colors/Bad Colors

We’ve all had discussions about education. Some of these ‘talks’ are pretty easy; some others aren’t. With most of us back home and resuming our post-Thanksgiving lives, it is easy to think about what was said around the table.

My family is no exception. Most of the family’s offspring are up in age. A few, however, have little ones. By little I mean ’10 years and younger’. My most ‘in-depth’ education conversation wasn’t with one of the grown-ups. It was with a 7 year old.

Here’s what this child is experiencing daily in a summary form:
 “I got a new teacher when I went to my new school. I like this one much better because he gives me good colors. My old school teacher gave me bad colors. I don’t like the bad colors. She was mean.”

My heart still hurts when I recall his face and body language.

Warriors, I do not know about you, but this was something, no one, not even a Warrior Parent had shared. Since parents are being left out of education so much, these Warriors may not know about the ‘good color/bad color’ strategy in the classroom. Maybe they do and are fighting so hard against it, it’s assumed everyone knows.

It doesn’t matter. What DOES matter is looking at how this strategy is reshaping (literally) our children’s mindset.

Behind the Color Wheel, An Old Agenda Awaits:

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Warriors, I found this example on Pintrest, along with hundreds of other color behavior management charts. Since I do not know exactly what school my young kinsman attends, I cannot access his school directly.
I did find his school district’s website. No mention about color controlled behavior management was available. (You can also find via an internet search how colors are replacing report cards. We know that in some States report cards and diplomas are being phased out totally.)

So, where’s the ‘agenda’? PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) While the screen shot you see above may or may not co-ordinate with the particular school district I’m referring to or not, the PBIS, thanks to ESSA, (Every Student Succeeds Act) is only going to get more invasive. An added ‘bonus’? The amount of money to be made by private companies which partner with schools. ESSA gives that opportunity many times in the Law.

Earlier this year (2016), I shared with you the Pearson Behavior Management System (Review 360) and how it uses P3s (Public Private Partnerships) for conditioning not only our students, but our school leaders, too. See Part 2 of my article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/pearsons-gi-more-alignment-in-the-workplace/

Also from earlier this year, I shared with you how ESSA and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers were set (or, are being set in place) for whole family behavior managing. The agenda? If the entire family is on the same track, the student will have better success in life (aka: student achievement/student outcome). See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/04/10/ccss-machine-potpourri/

Related to what is happening NOW in behavior management, is this screen shot from a 2014 article I published which revealed to you the Behavior Standards used in schools which aligned to Common Core.

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You can see how the PBIS will fit into schools. It doesn’t matter what name the States use for educational standards, the behavior portions will remain in place and yet, will INCREASE in overreach!

If you wish to access the Behavior Standards and Mindsets:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/08/sic-em-saturday-common-core-minding-our-manners/

Above, you noticed I stated 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Here’s a screen shot of how the PBIS will fit:

scarybehave
If you’d like the entire article (with links):  
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/meet-your-new-neighbor-essa-seriously/

PBIS In Real Time:

From the school district information I found that the Positive Behavior uses not only colors (think a traffic light), BUT coins as rewards to use for ‘shopping’.

In this ‘new way’ of behaving, kids are taught that ‘fail’ doesn’t mean the opposite of ‘success’, as it is traditionally taught; no, it represents  an ‘opportunity to try again’, ‘failing is another word for growing’, or ‘first attempt in learning’! Warriors, do you sense the importance of this shift?! (Do an Internet search for the images of these phrases, you’ll be surprised at the shift in traditional critical thinking.)

So, what is the school district I found using for PBIS?
It’s at every grade level; it uses Starbucks Rewards cards; weekly school ‘shopping’ trips;
colors as ‘good’ or ‘not good’ (‘bad’ is not an option); and, levels of keeping behaviors in line with every other student (for example: blue level or gold level, the higher the color, the more the responsibility).

It’s important to note that the school district is Greenville, SC. According to their website, they are SC’s largest school district and the 51st largest in the entire nation. They also are accredited by AdvancEd (a huge CCSS Machine member group which manipulates behavior.)

To see Greenville’s PBIS description (to be used anywhere learning can happen):
https://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/monaview/Upload/uploads/PBIS.pdf

To see how PBIS is used for elementary students:

pbispaws

Warriors, do you see how music is used in the cafeteria?! Do you see how much silence is expected?! Do you see how often lines are to be used or order is to be kept?!
To see the entire chart: https://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/parise/students/0809/pbis.asp

PBIS for older special needs students (self contained)? Greenville’s School District offers a specific teacher’s letter. In it PBIS is described as a “Behavior Management System”. The introduction states a Unique Learning System (a Standards based on-line curriculum) is also used. To see the traffic light/shopping trip plan for behavior: https://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/rms/syllabi/KellettSelfContained.pdf
To see the Unique Learning Systems SC Standards Base (College and Career Readiness Standards; code for Common Core State Standards): https://www.n2y.com/unique-learning-system/

What’s interesting is that Greenville’s School District AdvancED accreditation‘more information’ link is broken. However, I did find the information at the Greenville Economic Development Board’s website. (see: http://www.greenvilleeconomicdevelopment.com/greenville-county-schools.php )
(*Note: AdvancEd is big into the the 2030 UN Agenda for an educated workforce. See:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/31/this-is-our-choice/)

Why would school information be located at an economic website? The workforce agenda!!
“College and Career Readiness” doesn’t just involve education, it arches over into jobs.
Jobs drive the local economy. ESSA and WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) use Career Tech Education and Career Pathways (sometimes Career Clusters). The Higher Education Act (HEA) also plays into this!

The Ultimate Goal for the students in Greenville School District (as well as a national goal we see playing out in ‘real time’)? The screen shot shows only a portion of the information. The entire 2 page brochure reveals the ‘building’ begins in Pre-school!

greenvillegoals

To access the brochure: https://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/Parents/docs/gradplus_brochure1611.pdf
As far as the “education evangelist”? He’s preaching innovation in education for the economy’s benefit! See for yourselves:

Closing:

Warriors, we all are at risk of losing our students to the CCSS Machine’s workforce agenda. It doesn’t matter how young or old our students are. By using colors to encourage or discourage young minds, we condition them unjustly. By using music as cues to be ourselves and chat with others or not, we are restricting personalities. By showing instant gratification for ‘good’ behavior, we are seeing the entitlement programs increase in society.

What’s my little kinsman’s future?! Sadly, like all the rest of ours. A ‘color coded credential for work’ where we are all ‘bronze, silver, gold, or platinum’ workers…not free people with hopes and dreams.
(see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/tech-thursday-just-say-no-to-nocc/)

So, the ‘education evangelist’ is truthful about one thing ‘who do I want to work for?’;
the rest of his message? An empty vat of lies.

Weekend News: Those Ghouls in Our Schools

Much like ghouls, the CCSS Machine is consuming our schools.
Much like ghouls, the CCSS Machine is consuming our schools.

On this last weekend in October 2015, many of us are using the fall festivals, Halloween parties to help raise awareness toward the damages CCSS, CTE, and all the other ‘alphabet soup’ acronyms we find the CCSS Machine (my name for the CCSSI, or the Common Core State Standards Initiative) where anything connected to CCSS was plotted, planned, and being executed.

We all know what damages we are seeing in our teachers, our students. We’ve seen how our principals, school counselors, school board members, and other educational staff members are being ‘consumed’ with CCSS Machine indoctrination. Some are succumbing to the Initiative, others are NOT. We’ve been horrified by our state leaders and federal representatives (who were elected to serve us) when they’ve also, given in to the ‘fodder of ruin’ and continued to create programs and legislation to continue the ‘cycle of pain’ in our schools.  We’ve also felt our anger at all this injustice rise. We’ve shouted, we’ve cursed, we’ve fought hard, and stood in the way  to protect others from this ‘tide of doom’. So, as one of my fellow anti CCSS warriors has asked (in a way to encourage others to press on)….WHY BOTHER?

 

We bother because no human being on the face of this planet should have to endure the mental and physical abuse we are seeing in our schools..regardless of preschool, elementary, middle school, high school, or post-secondary schools of all types. The CCSS Machine is grinding away in a plethora of ways. We bother because we know what is good, right, and true ISN’T possible in an illegally based education reform. We fight on, against the all consuming agenda behind the ghouls in our schools, because massive change for the future of our nation is upon us..and IT IS NOT to see our beloved country carry on as it has, but rather to shape it into some hollow image of globalism. We bother because, we, the people, were not consented, our tax dollars used against  our desires and wishes. We bother because the trust we’ve placed in those to lead us, speak for us, and act for us, have abused that sacred privilege without hesitation. We bother because those few brave souls who’ve spoken up, who’ve exercised courage deserve to have our companionship.

 

We have become activists, speakers, authors, and more importantly, we’ve become champions to those we seek to protect. That reason alone, my fellow anti CCSS Warriors, is paramount to wiping the CCSS ghoulish intent off the map. We find ourselves on the cusp of another new month. Depending on which state you live in, is to how many other months you’ve battled the CCSS Machine. However, the fact is we know that every single day ANY student is exposed to ANY part of the CCSS Machine is one day too many!
Tools to Help Take Down the  Ghouls:

Below are the best tools I’ve found to fight the CCSS Ghouls in D.C.,
1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/tech-thursday-stemccss-push-making-it-american/
Why this is a set of tools in one article: I’ve shown you in this article how a bill not really connected to education, is being crafted to INCLUDE CCSS/CTE/CCR (Common Core State Standards/Career Tech Education/College, Career Ready) in it. We’ve seen this tactic used repeatedly in D.C. Let’s let them know that the anti CCSS Warriors will not tolerate or support this dirty move any more!

2) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/ftf-measure-twice-cut-once/
Why this is a tool to use: It shows you how the private side of the P3s (public, private partnerships) is setting our students up for one way of education is becoming the normal in America, rather than the freedom of choice we’ve known for so long.
3) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/26/monday-musings-the-ccss-are-you-kidding-me-files/
This article is an eye opener for the hype the CCSS Machine produces on a daily basis. We know the hype is from other sources as well. Use this as an example of looking at those other sources and then SHARE it with others.

Closing:

Know that I will continue to find these CCSS Ghouls where they hide. I’ll expose what plans they intend to unleash in education and SHARE it as far and as wide as I can. No matter the cost, I will NOT stand to see the CCSS Machine take down America, her citizens, or her freedoms. I’m honored you are fighting with me against ANYTHING connected to the CCSS Initiative.

Tech Thursday: High School Equivalency, CCSS/CTE Style

The GED's (General Educational Development) makeover isn't new news, but what HAS been happening with it since the news broke?
The GED’s (General Educational Development) makeover isn’t new news, but what HAS been happening with it since the news broke?

No, the GED’s makeover ISN’T the biggest news at the moment in the War Against the Core. However, as we’ve seen in this fight to save our educational system from the massive agenda which accompanies it, WHAT has been going on SINCE the GED Makeover??

If your state is anything like the one I live in (NC), plenty. If you refer to the picture at the beginning of this post, you’ll not one, but 3 testing services now offer the NC HSET (North Carolina High School Equivalency Test). Your diploma will be awarded to you by the NC Community College System. The NC Community College System has ‘sold out’ to the Common Core Standards/Career Tech Education.

Before we look at the 2015 update, step back with me to gain a better context of HOW CTE and Common Core are related:

From 2014:

How do I know the NC Community College System has aligned itself to the CCSS Machine? Please refer to my  former article exposing the alignment:
Here’s an excerpt from the “Despicable Moves” article, “all 58 of NC’s Community Colleges are in tune with the businesses in our state. The “master plan”? Kindergarten-12th grades, as well as community colleges (those 4 yr colleges will be added soon, or so it is hoped) to have classroom lessons in tune with the jobs in manufacturing , finances, logistics and healthcare.” (the entire article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/tech-thursday-ncs-workforce-despicable-moves/ )

How do I know the rest of America’s Community Colleges are also aligned? Here’s an excerpt, “‘THE’ College Board involved with local community colleges. I hope this, because, it should continue to illuminate just how big of a grip on upper level education the group has. One part of the College Board’s organization is known as the Office of Community Colleges…. It is their job to work with local community colleges & help guide their decision making among other goals. The Board for the OCCI has many members. At least 2 are vocal about their support of & promotion the CC Standards in community colleges.  Kenneth Ender, Chair of the Advisory Board, “There is considerable work to be done to assure our K–12 curricula align with that of community college higher education. Our goal should be nothing less than assuring every high school graduate is prepared for postsecondary training and/or postsecondary education. The economy and workplace of the 21st century demands nothing less.” Nancy MacCallin, “If we do not address alignment of our K–12 and higher education systems, we will not be competitive in the global economy. Remediation needs of postsecondary students continue to worsen and need to be addressed in order to increase educational attainment. I hope to align assessment with the common core to provide an authentic assessment to ensure students move quickly through the remediation sequence and into a program that leads to a skilled workforce.”  (see the rest of the article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/tech-thursday-common-core-community-college/)

 
Step Back, Circa 2012:

Before NC could become so aligned in all that’s related to the Common Core, there had to be some states to be the ‘guinea pigs’ for post-secondary Career Tech Education. From 2012 (or close to it), this is what was happening, “Since CTE is a federal level national initiative, there will be all kinds of funding, programs, etc. To get us to this point in education reform, research had to be conducted. From what I’ve been able to find, there were 5 states of OR, CO,KS, MN, MA, were awarded funding to participate in Advancing Career and Technical Education (CTE) in State and Local Career Pathways Systems, a two-year project managed by Jobs for the Future through a contract with OVAE(Office of Vocational Adult Education, which, by the way, has been renamed to OCTAE or the Office of Career, Technical Adult Education). Technical assistance will be provided to assist these states in building their capacity to integrate CTE Programs of Study (POS) into their broader career pathways system development efforts.” (Read the rest of the article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/tech-thursday-ccss-career-pathways-and-workforce/)

 

Modern Day “Progress”:

Now that you’ve got a bit of context as to HOW the post-secondary CTE and the K-12 CCSS are related (if you need more evidence, I’ve got plenty, just let me know), let’s look at the current ‘progress’ via the High School Equivalency Test (aka the GED) from North Carolina. NC has 3 options, some states only have one or two options for measuring high school equivalency.

ETS’s HiSET: (Educational Testing Service), is a well known pro CCSS assessment maker, educational research entity and student data miner. According to their website for the HiSet, by offering you MORE options than every before for high school equivalency testing, you have greater opportunities! (see their encouragement letter to potential test takers,
http://hiset.ets.org/test_takers/letter/)

The ultimate goal in the equivalency test.
The ultimate goal in the equivalency test.

Other States using the HiSet are California(specific locations), Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Tennessee, and, Wyoming. (see: http://hiset.ets.org/requirements) The U.S. Territories are also in the CCSS/CTE ‘mix’. Click on the U.S. Territories tab to see their requirements.
To see the 2015 HiSet’s “Test at a Glance” pdf: 2015_taag

“GED”: Since GED is now a registered trademark owned by the American Council on Education (see this from their legal page, “The trademarks and logos used on our site identify our products and services and are owned by the GED Testing Service LLC or are used under license by GED Testing Service LLC. GED® and GED Testing Service® are registered trademarks of the American Council on Education (“ACE”)), much about the assessment has changed. For example, the main ‘selling point” as per their website can been seen below.

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The North Carolina Community College page shares that the “GED” is available in all 58 locations. Be sure to refer back to the fact that all 58 locations are tied to the CCSS Machine. (see above). Unlike the HiSet, “GED” is an anywhere, anytime assessment. See:
https://ged.com/how-it-works

Get all the alignment details: http://www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/ccr
Get all the alignment details: http://www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/ccr

The TASC (“Test Assessing Secondary Completion”):

This particular assessment is tied into MacGraw Hill’s CTB arm of assessments as well as the Data Recognition Corporation (DRC). See the links for much more information,
http://www.tasctest.com/about-ctb-for-educators.html
http://www.datarecognitioncorp.com/Pages/News%20Articles/news-3.aspx

Proof of the association can be seen in this screen shot:
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TASC’s position on “Common Core” can be found in this excerpt, “TASC Test Item Types Reflect College and Career Readiness. Field tested and normed in 2013, the TASC test delivers the newest high school equivalency content available. It is aligned to Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) National College and Career Standards for Adult Education, Next Generation Science Standards, and Social Studies national frameworks.

Wait, I didn’t see “Common Core State Standards” in that excerpt. You’re exactly right. Here’s HOW the CCR(College/Career Readiness) and the CCSS (Common Core State Standards) are basically the same thing, “In April 2013, after the TASC test development was initiated, the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (now named the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education) completed a project identifying a subset of the Common Core State Standards most appropriate for adult preparation for college and/or careers and issued its report, “College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education.”  You can access the rest of the document from which the above excerpt was taken when you click on the provided link. It’s an alignment timeline plan from McGraw Hill’s CTB Plan. TASC_Test Transition Plan_Revised_May.11.2015

The NC Memo from the US Dept. of Education which connects the high school equivalency tests to FASFA (post-secondary financial aid) forms can be found at
 http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/sites/default/files/numbered-memos/cc15-001.pdf

How does that memo tie to the CCSS Machine? The makeover of the FASFA for one, the U.S. Dept. of Education is another, the NC Community College is next.

Not shown in the memo or any of the above is the NC Chamber of Commerce’s involvement in education, but it’s there for sure. It has to be. Why? Simply put, the NC Workforce combines education and businesses.
In Your State:

As you know I use NC as an example for you to see where in your state these CCSS/CTE/CRR ties are. However, here are some articles I have previously published which tie the national organization for Community Colleges, as well as others,  to all this aligned agenda. Please,  use these, share these! The re-authorization of the HEA (Higher Education Act) will be upon us very, very soon! It is meant to be the second part of the re-authorization for education in America. It will directly follow up the re-authorized results of the K-12 education (Every Child Achieves Act/Student Success Act). Why? You cannot have complete education alignment that’s been stated as ‘cradle to career’ without our K-college system being distorted.

Every one of the links below is written from the national level of involvement, not just NC’s.

This ties so many ends of the CCSS Machine/Initiative together: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/25/sic-em-saturday-using-community-colleges-for-more-core/

This one features some of the current proposed legislative moves in Washington, D.C.:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/10/may-day-may-day-ccsscte-urgent-news/

This one shows how the high school assessments (GED, SAT, and, others) are being used against us:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/fom-post-secondary-ed-the-ccss-trojan/

My two part “Upskilling” articles pack a ‘one, two punch’:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/wybi-upskilling-america-part-1/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/07/tech-thursday-upskilling-america-part-2/

The Council for Higher Education (CHEA) and the CCSS Machine:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/ftf-chea-cte-ccss-and-america/

 


A Parting Thought:

Anti CCSS/CTE Warriors, please note post-secondary education, no matter if it’s community colleges, for profit trade schools, on-line classes or certifications, public or private 4 year schools, every student who enters into them comes from a different educational choice. No education choice will be saved from the CCSS/CCR/CTE agenda as long as the illegally based initiative is allowed to survive. 

 

FTF: CCSS, Dehumanizing Characters Daily

No CCSS Resource has all 7 pillars of traditional education. It CAN'T based on it's illegal nature.
No CCSS Resource has all 7 pillars of traditional education. It CAN’T based on it’s illegal nature.

“What a tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive.” How many of us remember learning this as a child? Common Core Standards, the CCSS Machine, and those running it attempt to deceive us every single day the illegally based Standards are allowed to exist.

It’s ‘Back to School’ season. That means parents shopping, which means money is being spent. It means corporations (ESPECIALLY those embedded in the CCSS Machine) are dangling new resources, products, and technology in front of everyone from the school staff to the state levels of education decision making.

It means the CCSS Machine is pumping out  big volumes of ‘white paper research’ to back up WHY CCSS/CTE (Career and Technical Education)CCR (College and Career Readiness) is a ‘must have’. (Don’t forget with each of the above, you have STEM, STEM to STEaM, Next Generation Science Standards, the C3 (CCSS aligned Social Studies), and so much more that’s egregious!

No matter how many ‘back to school’ seasons we get where CCSS is being rammed down our throats, the pattern’s the same. Hype up the Common Core and all its related crud and you’ve got ‘credible’, ‘new’ research to support it. BULL! As I’ve shared with you before in my ‘subjective’ vs ‘objective’ anti CCSS article, you CAN’T call research or studies conducted by the SAME folks corrupting education AND use them as your ‘evidence’ as to HOW CCSS is a proven success. IT’S called CONFLICT of INTEREST!

Those Pillars:

In the picture I provided above, I stated in the caption that ‘no CCSS Resource has all 7 pillars of traditional education.’ My fellow Warriors, CCSS by its very existence has NONE of the 7! The 7 pillars you see above: ethics, humility, instruction, discipline, knowledge, integrity, and, honesty are attributes. Together, they make up true wisdom. What’s an attribute? In its noun form, ‘attribute’ is a quality regarded as a part of yourself that’s inherent. In other words, it is deeply rooted in your character. Character, as we know, takes YEARS to develop. It takes real life experiences. No computer device or program can teach attributes in their true sense. Yet, during “Back to School” season, the CCSS Machine will promote….

Attributes via CCSS, Courtesy of the Computer:

One of my avid followers tipped me off the what I’m about to share with you. I thank her tremendously. This picture comes from an article targeting teachers for the upcoming school year. It’s promoting how to make the most out of those new tablets, laptops, and, other technology devices your students will be using this year. Note what’s in the center of the picture: “Graduate Attributes and Capabilities”

There's more in the middle than 'attributes and 'capabilities'.
There’s more in the middle than ‘attributes and ‘capabilities’.

Just what else is stated in the middle of this circle? “Good communicator; energy, passion and enthusiasm; true to value and ethics; understands strengths and limitations; listens and learns from errors and experiences; empathizing; time management skills; remains calm; thinks strategically; transparent and honest; gives credit; persevering.” 

The symbols you see? Oh, those are all the computer based programs which are to being used to ‘teach’ attributes!

To access a fuller size picture, refer to the article, my friend shared with me. http://www.edudemic.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-using-ipads-in-the-classroom/

You’ll definitely want to see all the others words littered throughout the circle. You’ll be able to recognize some of the more well known pro CCSS corporate logos. Ones like Facebook and Google, but, oh my..there are TONS more right in front of you! Be sure to read the comments. They are all from foreign countries expressing how great learning like this is!

For example, the article features “Dragon Dictation”. I featured the “Dragon Voice Recognition” as CCSS aligned back in December 2014. The difference here is the first one is an application to download on that new tablet, laptop, or whatever device students bring to class. The second one is an entire software program for home use. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/10/wybi-wednesday-common-core-promises/ (*Note: you’ll see some other digital learning resources in this article besides Dragon)

Then, there’s one application for ‘mind mapping’ capabilities. Yes, the teacher is encouraged to use this to stimulate brainstorms in his/her students. It’s called “Simple Mind +” The company behind this one is a privately owned Dutch company! Their speciality? According to their website, “specializing in smart card enabled cryptographic software used to solve real-world problems in large corporations.” To find out more about them, http://www.xpt.nl/about (*Note: the most recent publication I found on the website was 2006. Microsoft in among the companies supported by XP. To find that, look in the “Products” and click on ‘Castella’)

The Mind Push:

With all this alignment via technology style, we already know tremendous amounts of money are being not only poured into creating the tools, but in selling them, too! While you may know some of the groups involved, here’s one you may not recognize. “MIND Research Institute”. Website: http://www.mindresearch.org/

If you learn best  visually, this is fine. However, no every child learns visually!
If you learn best visually, this is fine. However, no every child learns visually!

According to their current statistics, 800,000 students and 31,000 teachers are exposed to this math program called ST Math (Spatial-Temporal Math). See: http://www.mindresearch.org/stmath/
K-6th grade ST Math? ” It is closely aligned to state and Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and integrates with core instruction.”
Middle School and High School ST Math doesn’t use the same wording, but it does use ‘remediation’ and ‘intervention’ as well as pointing back to the K-6th program.
On the “About Us” page, leading counsel at the Mind Research Institute are at least 2 public education officers and one elected politician. You can also see pro CCSS supportive groups represented like Bank of America and State Farm. (*Note: If you weren’t aware of  State Farm being supportive, here’s the statement I found on the CCSS website, ““State Farm is pleased to support the Common Core State Standards Initiative. State by State adoption of these standards is an important step towards maintaining our country’s competitive edge. With a  skilled and prepared workforce, the business community will be better prepared to face the challenges of the international marketplace.” -Edward B.’Rust’Jr., Chairman and CEO, State Farm Insurance Companies” ) To see the other supportive statements as well as State Farm’s original sourced excerpt, http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Quotes-from-Supporters.pdf

MIND Research Institute is a non profit, tax exempt group incorporated back in 1998, according to their financial documentation on the website. In 2014, over 7 million dollars in total for ‘fundraising and philanthropy’ was collected. To see their filed documents, http://www.mindresearch.org/pdf/financials/MIND-FS-2014.pdf

Among 2013 donors/supporters of the MIND Research Institute Math program? BR (Business RoundTable) and the White House’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign.

mathmindmoney

To access the 2013 Annual Report: MINDInstitute Why do you need this? It contains the vision of expanding the math to college levels so those earning teaching degrees can teach this! You’ll also get to see who or what group donated to the Institute. Some heavy hitting CCSS backers are included.

To see the White House’s detailed “Educate to Innovate” website,
https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/k-12/educate-innovate
Be sure to look at the “At a Glance” page. You’ll see all kinds of federal overreaching plans. Plans that very much are STILL being decided in D.C.! Plans that involve birth to career education!

Want to dehumanize character via CCSS, easy..just use a computer to teach everything.

RMT: Connected to the Core?

AdvancED leading NC straight to more CCSS.
AdvancED leading NC straight to more CCSS.

Today’s “Riddle Me This” is all about a new effort accredited by AdvancED (so CCSS friendly it’s downright shameful) and growing in NC. We’ll also delve into which other states are involved.

The Context:

Many of us who are fighting CCSS, have already been able to connect the dots between AdvancED and CCSS. However, I know many of us may need a refresher OR may be so new to fighting CCSS, they haven’t made the connection. To help you establish what AdvancED does, here’s an excerpt from my guest post I wrote on LadyLiberty1185’s blog in mid 2014: AdvancEd is an online company dedicated to helping your school be the best. Just look at their Common Core Standards page. My personal ‘favorite’ is the reinvention of the report card into digital badges. Read it for yourself. Note: the author is from NASA — as in the guys who went to the moon.” Access the report:  http://www.advanc-ed.org/source/reinventing-report-card
If you’d like to read the entire article on Lady’s site, http://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/07/07/guest-post-common-core-in-charters-private-homeschools/

Here’s what AdvancED has to say about themselves: “AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world. We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of PreK-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. While our expertise is grounded in more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation, AdvancED is far from a typical accrediting agency. Our goal isn’t to certify that schools are good enough. Rather, our commitment is to help schools improve.”

What you need to know about AdvancED:
1) They fully support the re-authorization of ESEA (as in the HR5 federal legislation).

2) To support their position of the re-authorization, their report on ‘Diagnostic Review’ explains how they will use school data to an extreme. Get the report: Diagnostic-Review

3) In AdvancED’s latest Annual Report, the non profit shared many vital details we, as anti CCSS warriors need. FYI, the organization is worth over $16 million dollars and is purposed to reinvested everything into continuing to change education. Get the report: AE-AnnualReport2013-14

4) Partners of AdvancED include quite an extensive list of faith-based schools as well as State Boards of Education. Partners link: http://www.advanc-ed.org/services/partnerships State Boards link: http://www.advanc-ed.org/services/state-departments-education (*Note: among the State Boards is CCSSO, as in the Council of Chief State School Officers–you know, half owner of the copyright to Common Core Standards)

The New Push:

Now that you have that information, here’s how AdvancEd is pushing their CCSS support into NC via a ‘new’ school….

Called “North Carolina Connections Academy” (website: http://www.connectionsacademy.com/north-carolina-virtual-school/home.aspx) How did I discover this new school? I received a colorful flyer in my regular mail. The big banner at the top of the mailer states that the school is a ‘tuition-free virtual public school’. All the in-person, ‘get-to-know-all-about-us’ meetings are held in nearby locations (here in NC). However, the return mailing address gives me a Maryland location. Hhmm….not surprised. Here’s the website address for the home office in MD (it’s called “Connections Education, LLC”): http://www.connectionseducation.com/

Because it's virtual, this school can reach anywhere--any state, country, or school which is willing to sign up.
Because it’s virtual, this school can reach anywhere–any state, country, or school which is willing to sign up.

 

The first clue to CCSS allegiance is ‘public school’. Virtual public schools in NC are still rather new, therefore, not totally understood. Here’s an excerpt from an article by UNC’s WUNC. “The General Assembly required last year that the state create a four-year pilot program for two virtual charter schools. Only two schools applied: North Carolina Virtual Academy, run by K12 Inc.; and Connections Academy, to be managed by Connections Education.” (entire article: http://wunc.org/post/virtual-charter-schools-coming-nc)

The second clue is the curricula publishers list. (Pearson, MacGraw-Hill, and many others) Every page of this “NC” school has Pearson’s logo of “Always Learning” at the bottom.

The third clue: Talent Networks (includes STEM)

The Board of Directors:

It won't take long to research how each of these people are connected to CCSS.
It won’t take long to research how each of these people are connected to CCSS.

“Connections Education” was a 2013 “Best Places to Work” winner. See: http://www.connectionsacademy.com/news/ce-named-among-2013-best-places-to-work

Pearson’s Connection Education is not only in NC, but the following locations:
International Connections Academy, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, LA, MA, ME, MI, MN, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TX, UT, WI, and WY. Here’s the link to see what the names of the schools are (most are the state’s name followed by “Connections Academy”, however, “Nexus” and a couple of other names are used as smoke screens): http://www.connectionsacademy.com/online-school/availability

The Pearson run entity also offers CTE (Career Tech Ed) courses, so those Career Clusters/Pathways can occur in the virtual student’s life as it does in the students’ lives in the brick and mortar schools. (look under the ‘curriculum’ page for proof).

Of course, with Pearson in charge, you know your student’s information will be data mined all over the globe.
See a related news announcement: http://www.connectionslearning.com/connections-learning/news/advanced-academics-acquisition.aspx

Closing:

While it’s no secret how tied to CCSS North Carolina is, I do wonder if the NC General Assembly did their digging into finding out what organization is behind Connections Academy before they approved the educational experiment with not only our students, but, our tax dollars. If you live in NC, pass this information to your legislator. IF you live in any of the states listed above, share this with your legislators. Hold them accountable! No CCSS in our states MEANS No CCSS, CTE, CCR, or other sly rebrand, rename dreamed up.