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A Scientific Ploy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


Meet The Representative Behind HR 627:

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


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


HR 627’s Language:

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

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

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

 


Closing:

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

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

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Beware, The “Change”

Anti  Fed Ed Warriors, have many times have we heard that  ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) will REDUCE testing?! How many times will it take (via research) to prove this is a LIE?! Recently, the State of Utah was awoken to the fact that ‘opting out of the high stakes’ testing cannot happen. Fellow anti Fed Ed Warrior, Autumn Cook gives you the full blow-by-blow account.

I truly hope Utah will step up and sue the U.S. Dept. of Education, as well as all the involved in violating our student’s privacy rights.

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Surprised? We shouldn’t be. When ESSA was first being combed over (before it became law), the mandate for a strict 95% testing rate, was largely scoffed at and dismissed. Despite warnings and proof of this, millions have been banking on the lies about ESSA. Even in 2018, we are seeing ‘opt-out guides’.

Presto, Chango?!:

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, ESSA is clear: opting out will not be possible. Testing, not only will remain, BUT must INCREASE! How? Those daily assessments via computer based learning!

The ties to the student/teacher data rape will INCREASE (did you know ESSA’s mandates include that ALL current assessments/tests not only must communicate well with the past 3 years of data, BUT, they also must either match OR be similar to what assessments/tests your neighboring States use!

(Below, is a screen shot from 2015 about the massive amounts of teacher data rape. ESSA will ‘harvest’ even more and hold schools ‘hostage’!)
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I’ve been contacted by a few parents who are discovering that because of ESSA’s language and the mandates, those tests their children WERE able to opt-out of, are now being held against them. How? By not taking ‘x’ number of tests, the holes in the SLDS (Student Longitudinal Data System) cannot be filled with anything else. Too many holes in the data means no graduation!

We have to STOP believing the CCSS Machine, Warriors! Take the time to access my entire set of ESSA/assessment articles. In these you’ll see just how heavy handed the federal government will be when it comes to ALL school choices (even homeschooling) and their testing. (*Note: this plays right into the Gates plan that all ‘assessments will drive the curriculum’.)

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I do not support the over assessing of students and their teachers via the Common Core/College and Career Readiness aligned tests; the Career Path assessments; or the data mining included. 

Back in 2016, I showed you the ways in which ‘education technology’ was ramping up for students, teachers, and entire communities. Digital Promise is another way, too.

Not Just Utah:

While the article from Utah which Autumn wrote exposes quite a bit, NC’s State Superintendent of Education, Mark Johnson has been ‘busy’ producing testing ‘changes’ for students. (Here’s the link, but be sure to read the line where it states the laptops can do more than monitor kids.)

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While this sounds great and appears to back up the NC Teacher Survey (where teachers do express they know the students are tested too much), we need to look VERY  CLOSELY at the ‘changes’. Why? They are smoke and mirror changes! To learn more about the MClass/Amplify activities in NC (and where to look in your State), go here.

“Innovation” Is A CCSS Machine Buzzword:

Warriors, we’ve seen ESSA embed ‘innovation’ in its mandates. Research has proven ‘innovation’ in education is not all sunshine and roses.

“Innovation” means technology increases. The increases mean infrastructure changes to beef up internet access. Innovation means textbooks disappear and constant data tracking happens. Innovation has to be in place for the data to be collected and sold.

“Innovation” also uses another CCSS Machine fallacy filled phrase: “personalized learning” or PL. PL is a huge data raper.

Look what student/teacher student group Johnson’s ‘reduction’ targets: the littlest learners! Warriors, NC is NOT alone in this alignment/assault of our children!! Look back at Utah’s case, the student data rape will continue via the not being able to opt out.

Remember, Warriors, the biggest smoke and mirror move across America, thanks to ESSA is the amount of end of grade or course testing MAY decrease, BUT the daily ASSESSMENTS and TRACKING increase!

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Innovation forces a managed system for economics. Sure, one of the by-products of innovation CAN be ‘learning’, but education is NOT the reason ‘innovation’ is happening in our school districts. It IS what is being shoved on us. It’s also being sold to us as the only way to prepare students for the 21st Century.

Data not only means economic gain, it means control. Think about it, control the education, you control the schools.

Below, I’ve created a chart to illustrate the distinct likenesses of data rape and its physical equal. It isn’t pretty, but we MUST face the stark truth. (Read more about the federal government’s data rape plans, here.)

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Closing:

Warriors, the bottom line is this: innovation will not be our education’s true friend. It’s a change, alright, but it’s setting up changes we really MUST beware.

Innovation via technology which data rapes us ALL is popping up everywhere across America. My fellow researcher and whistle-blower, Patrick Wood has shown us how our privacy is assaulted via the Smart Meters. Think how this connects to your school issued technology device used at home. Not only are Johnny and Suzy tracked, but the entire family is. ESSA included THAT, too in its mandates.

FY 2019 will have scads of data raping programs.

Remember, data isn’t simply a way to make big bucks off our private information, it’s control. It’s manipulation and it’s criminal.

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Eager Beavers

Recently, an Anti Fed Ed Warrior from out West asked me for several resources concerning a CCSS Machine group which is ramping up alignment in her State. During our exchange, I was asked if I knew “AVID”, or had any research on the group. I did not, but I do now. 

Interestingly enough, another Warrior in another State out West, shared some news she had discovered about AVID, too. Her pointed out these objections: The cost is too much, agenda is woven throughout, and, the CCSS Machine makes a profit. 

AVID is short for Advancement Via Individual Determination”

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Warriors
, you’ll find the picture you see in the embedded link ‘some news’ above.

So Why A Beaver?

If you look at the AVID website, you’ll see how much hype is placed on being eager to get somewhere in life. Hence, the eager beaver. How anyone can be excited to a 3 inch thick binder filled with agenda, I don’t understand.

Looking Into AVID:

AVID’s approach in education sounds like a CCSS Machine dream: open classrooms, collaboration, closing opportunity gaps (aka: closing the skills gap), and turning teachers into classroom facilitators. ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) has these exact mandates, Warriors!

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To access the AP/IB links with AVID, go here. (*Note: this is where you’ll also find College Board.)
To see the STEM/STEAM information, look here. (*Note: like IB Schools, STEM/STEAM is UN, United Nations, based.)
If you’d like to see the SEL proof, find that here. (*Note: you’ll see CASEL’s 5 competencies are aligned to AVID. CASEL is short for Collaborative for Academic Social Emotional Learning. “Competency” is also part of the ESSA mandates, as is, CBE, competency based education.)
To learn about AVID’s partnership with GEAR UP, that’s here. (*Note: You’ll find GEAR UP in WIOA, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the HEA (Higher Education Act), and any other law for education and labor.)

Warriors, as you know, I’ve exposed how every one of these programs and partnerships tie back the CCSS Machine! However, if you’ve missed any of the connections, use the search bar on my blog.

AVID’s Leader:

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AVID’s founder was featured by her alma mater (Univ. of California: Davis). You’ll find the 2010 information there. The current information is from AVID’s history page on their website. Be sure to note that in 2003, College Board joined forces with AVID.
(*Note: meet the other leaders of AVID.)

AVID From A High School Viewpoint:

 

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Warriors, according to the MO school’s website, students are recruited for AVID. Here’s a video where you’ll hear current AVID students share what the coordinator is using to entice new students. You’ll hear “AVID Rocks…We Want YOU!”

From TX, Channelview ISD’s Avid Recruitment document lays out the year long schedule teachers are to use to add new students to the program as well as lay out what the students must do, once an AVID member.

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From another TX school, this You Tube video (about 5 minutes) details more about AVID in real time. A couple of interesting notes, the teacher featured in the video is a TX Teacher of the Year as well as married to an AVID employee. 

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The other interesting thing? All AVID students MUST use the Cornell University Notes system.
Warriors, back in 2015, I showed you how the Gates Foundation, Cornell University, and many others were uniting to bring about Career Passports.

Think about this, my fellow Anti Fed Ed Warriors, ESSA streamlines the way kids learn and the way teachers teach to ONE way, so, in essence, taking notes in only ONE way makes sense. However, it totally overlooks the fact NOT everyone learns that way OR takes notes that way!
For example, if someone were to look through my notes (and I am a copious note taker), they’d see scribbles, drawings, words, lines, arrows, and circles. What I’ve seen from my children proves, a cookie cutter system would of been harmful!  One color coded everything in word form only; one drew or wrote in languages from Lord of the Rings, Klingon, etc.; my last child only wrote down key words, the rest of her information? She listened!

Warriors, time and time again, in looking at AVID material the readiness for college is evident. Do a quick search on note taking and you’ll see several colleges have resources of effective note taking that are NOT Cornell University derived.

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AVID From The School Choice Viewpoint:

One Anti Fed Ed Warrior stance is ESSA gives school choice back to the States and parents. Reading ESSA proves this stance is incorrect. ESSA is clear that it will NOT matter which school location your child uses, ALL education will be the same. AVID plays right into this. Just look at the evidence!

Included in ‘school choice’ are the home educated. Will AVID impact those learners? What about private schools, so far the only evidence I have found has been from public schools. I have found a private Catholic high school in WI where AVID is used.

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Notice, the website states this is the only high school (private) where AVID is fully implemented. Does this mean other private schools are beginning the AVID process?

AVID is also in post-secondary education which includes private education. As we know, those who homeschool usually see their kids go into post-secondary schools.

Be sure to access AVID’s research and data information. You’ll see so much subjective material. Warriors, click the ‘learn more’ buttons every chance you get. You’ll see lots.

Closing:

Warriors, sure, we’d love to see kids eager about learning. Given a choice, though, I really believe we’d rather see ESSA thrown out, the CCSS Machine shut down, teachers able to do what they love, and parents assured the education system isn’t out to conform their kids into some former shadow of themselves.

Paul Raymond

Weekend News for the War Against the Core

For the last weekend in April (2016), I wanted to leave you with a few things every anti CCSS Warrior needs to know about P3s (Public private partnerships). If you missed these, you can now find them in one place. If you haven’t gotten this information before, you now have some great tools to use.

Blasted P3s!

If you have followed my research long, you know that time and time again, the P3s keep showing up in the midst of the CCSS Machine and its grinding away at America. Like everything fed through the CCSS Machine, P3s and their intent is not good for education at all.

What once was to be a healthy relationship between government and the private sector has become a holy hell. Consider this: early P3 relationships concerning the private sector and schools were to BUILD the schools. That way the private sector could return to their private business and the schools could get on with teaching.

But in the shift to CBE (Competency Based Education) aka OBE, (Outcome Based Education) the private sector has done more than build the schools, they now help guide what is taught. Meanwhile the schools have appeared to have no problem selling our kids education out in the process.

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In the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), States will be awarded big bucks for allowing MORE P3s in our schools, not less. P3s will get to work with the LEAs (Local Education Agencies) to determine if a student is ready to proceed to the next grade level. (Page 137 of the ESSA Final Conference Report states this.)

Recently, while on a national webinar/conference call with a pro CCSS group concerned about the ESSA and civil rights, they brought up the fact that P3s were a great thing in schools. When I asked them about Page 137 and the mandate; how would the P3s be accountable; how could the P3s do the teacher’s job, they were stumped! I was told that while they didn’t have a good answer they certainly agreed P3s need to be vetted and deemed appropriate.

Warriors, do you see what an open-ended message the ESSA used in this instance? Do you see how fraught with alignment this leaves our States?! Consider the recent news that Planned Parenthood has now been given the green light to open offices directly in select schools across the country. (Source: http://associatedmediacoverage.com/planned-parenthood-announces-on-site-partnership-with-select-public-school-systems/ )

This is a blazing example of a P3 overreach. While it is supposed to be in high schools only, think about the fact our high schools are being redesigned (or already have been) and now include middle school age kids in the SAME buildings!! This means students younger than high school could now have access to the P3, CCSS agenda driven Planned Parenthood.

Please note, Planned Parenthood is not the only agenda driven group. There are plenty more. Ask yourselves, since ESSA has it that groups like this will help determine how ready for the next grade level your student is, HOW will they measure this?!

More on P3s from my blog articles:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/warriors-guide-to-essa-and-private-education/ (*Note: P3s will definitely include the digital makeovers in our homes/schools/wrap around services as laid out in the ESSA.)

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/meet-your-new-neighbor-essa-seriously/ (*Note: According to the White House Promise Neighborhood has over 1,000 P3s involved. The White House link to find this is embedded in the article.)

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/play-money/ (*Note: just published earlier in April, the article where I featured the P3 group teaching teachers how to run recess/play time and their alignment to the Social Emotional Learning aspects of CCSS.)

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/04/17/watch-out-alignment-ahead/ (*Note: Also recently published, this one shows how the States will be incentivized to create MORE P3 partnerships for education.)

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/10/update-ccss-cte-stem-and-connect-nc-bond/ (*Note: Will give you an example of how the P3s are in our community colleges already. NC is used as the example.)

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Related P3 Information, Top/Down and Spread Around:

From the U.S. Dept. of Ed, the i3 Grantees (Investing in Innovation):
http://www2.ed.gov/programs/innovation/awards.html

From the U.S. Dept. of Ed, the Promise Neighborhood Awards (will only be up to 2012, as 2013-14, no new awards were given. Also note that Promise Neighborhoods are codified in the ESSA and have an entire Section in the Law, see Section 4624; Others related to Promise Neighborhoods: Full Service Community Schools, Section 2465; 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Section 4001-42016. Each of these will also have P3 involvment/overreach):
http://www2.ed.gov/programs/promiseneighborhoods/awards.html

While I provide the following as examples, please note that each named partner may also have other partners they work with and are NOT named. Regardless of how trustworthy the names of the partners/groups are, remember, this is all part of the purposed and planned overreach in the name of ‘student success’!

An example from CA of an existing Promise Neighborhood Partnership program:
http://www.haywardpromise.org/partners.php
However, look at the vision behind the Promise Neighborhood in this instance:
http://www.haywardpromise.org/vision.php

Here is another CA example of a Promise Neighborhood, in this one, I saw at least 3 CCSS Machine members (United Way, La Raza, and a Economic and Workforce Development Council)http://missionpromise.org/our-work/mpn-partners/

This Promise Neighborhood in MN is governed by a private council!!
https://www.wilder.org/Community-Leadership/Saint-Paul-Promise-Neighborhood/Pages/Partnership-Council.aspx (Ask yourselves, what does this mean in an ESSA era? Will this type of governing replace current school boards, town councils, etc.?) Think I am nuts for suggesting this question? Remember the ESSA is written as an open-ended law in some of its parameters on purpose! Also, the mandate of student achievement wrap around services basically rubber stamps ANYTHING as long as it can be considered educational, a resource, or both.

From TX, A Promise Neighborhood’s  Picture:
(when you click to enlarge it, notice the tag line at the bottom)

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From their Strategic Plan (2013-2107), the following excerpt, “EPN initiated its target setting process in November, 2013 prior to DOE/Urban Institute’s released of its target setting guidance. EPN’s process included thirteen community-wide meetings with over 200 individuals from the broader community and ten small-group meetings with over 50 individuals from specific workgroups (e.g., the Dual Generation Workforce Pipeline workgroup) or specific partnerships (e.g., Out of School Time providers, City Year, all SAISD campus principals and their teams). The process continued up until the submission of the Data Plan on March 31st, 2014.” To get the entire PlanEPN-Strategic-Plan-to-Achieve-Results-2013-2017
(*Note: you will need to know that Head Start is mentioned in this Plan. Head Start is also aligned to the CCSS Machine! Early Head Start is too. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Funding (used in many communities across America) is also aligned.)

For Head Start/Early Head Start:
a) This one will show you many P3s in the educational mix now:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/04/sic-em-saturday-pint-sized-common-core/
b) This one ties the U.S. Dept. of Health/Human Services and their Substance Abuse/Mental Health Services to all CCSS Machine alignment, top/down style:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/08/tech-thursday-technically-speaking-for-ccss/

For the TANF Funding:
a) See point #3: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/29/ftf-more-tracking-the-workforce-aligned-society/
b) How TANF is used in CCSS aligned research for preK and up to accomplish CBE/OBE:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/ftf-prek-research-ccss-cbe/

Tying Promise Neighborhoods,P3s, Head Start, and TANF to the ESSA:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/the-school-board-special-part-one/

Closing:

I hope I have not confused you on the intent embedded in the ESSA and the P3s. They mean to ruin academic education and replace it with competency based, workforce purposed, social justice minded, and constricted paths for our students. While much is being said about P3s, the danger is what ISN’T being said and how it will be carried out thanks to the ESSA!

As I recently heard an author state about this kind of treatment in another country (I have paraphrased it):
They (those in charge of government/education) do not kill you outright with guns  and knives, they kill you daily by not allowing you to be who you were meant to be or doing what you want.

Foolish Moves

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Happy April, anti CCSS Warriors! As you can see, a prominent member of the CCSS Machine has foolishly sent me an invitation to join them.

We help encourage each other every time we are blocked from sharing anti CCSS/Fed Ed truth by saying it is a ‘badge of honor’. So, I guess a personalized invitation is ‘a trophy’. Oh, how  I ‘hate’ to break it to ASCD, but this is one trophy I will happily discard!

If you think I am being pithy about this, I am. Consider this my way of celebrating April Fool’s Day. However, I know there is serious business to attend to, so let’s get to it, shall we?

In Case You Missed These Recent Truths:

I will confess, March was a whirlwind month for me, so I wasn’t as on target with sharing the following as I have been in the past, especially with my Twitter followers. So, in the spirit of unity, here are the items from March we really need to know about. An informed and active Warrior is much better to War Against the Core! We cannot let up, too much is at stake.

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The Fools Line Up:

1) The NEA (National Educators Assoc.) will begin their “Spring Into ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)” campaign, April 3, 2016. The goal? To ‘inform’ as many parents and schools about the great things ESSA will do to restore local control. As we know from researching the ESSA, this is a bold lie. NEA will use its power to bully the nation with this lie. To see what other CCSS Machine members are planning to do similar things to America:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/essa-aligners/

Action Step: This weekend, brainstorm for how the REAL truths about ESSA can be shared in your local areas. To read the rest of the article where I highlighted this (near the bottom of the article): https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/quick-kill-the-education-romance/
(*Note: After you brainstorm how to combat the lies with the truth for next week, go back and access the VITAL information the rest of article reveals! Post secondary education will need our anti CCSS Warrior truths as well!)

2) CBE (Competency Based Education) will be a requirement for teachers, thanks to ESSA.
Here are the biggest and latest moves being plotted by a number of CCSS fools.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/24/technically-speaking/

3) Other School Leaders will be aligned to the ESSA, as well as being put into positions to ‘heavily influence’ others under their authority and throughout the local communities. One of their weapons? Title One funding! (Title One is just one of the federally funded education Titles which will be re-purposed.) Read the plots being laid out: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/principled-leadership-in-the-essa-era/

4) If you want to learn how the CCSS Machine is set to make MORE profits off our citizens across America, then you will need to read this eye-opener. All this profit will be made by adhering to the ESSA (most specifically the passages embedded which allow MORE P3s in education (P3s, public private partnerships).

While the private businesses will reap money, the federal government will reap student and teacher data. Educational data is worth at least $21 billion dollars and is used for the express purpose of a ‘birth to Workforce to Professional Development alignment’. An added fact from the ESSA is that $849 million dollars is earmarked for MORE digital access in education, for education, and to create a streamlined education!
To see the profit making, money grubbing fools’ plans/actions: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/29/ccss-machines-dangerous-3/
To see the ESSA’s earmarked funds:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/weekend-news-the-ies-and-the-essa/

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More Fools Rush In:

As the clock ticks ever closer to the full implementation of the ESSA, expect more CCSS Machine members to almost trip over themselves to rush out MORE foolish information, plans, products, services, propaganda, subjective webinars/conferences/resources.

This is a huge bonus for those of us warring against this illegally based modern reform set to impact our entire nation. How?! Think in military terms here, you know your enemy; you know their objective; you know they will not give up.
That said, remember this: we are not giving up either! We are more in number than the enemy. We are more invested in this War than they will EVER be! How? We haven’t sold out, compromised, or walked away with our hands in the air. We have TRUTH! We have ‘gumption’ (ie: guts, fortitude)! We have the protective hearts to do WHATEVER it takes to stand up for those in education. We have the patriotism to stand up and do WHATEVER it takes to unite to save our country!

I leave you with the ‘Warriors Theme’. It was especially created for our U.S. Military forces to support their dedication to our nation. While the images show only Armed Forces personnel, listen to the words, the attitude conveyed, and the precision. Apply it to our War. (Note: There are a few colorful words in the song.)


Fed Ed, 2017, Are You Ready?

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If we haven’t felt the pain yet, we are about to!

Usually, on Thursdays, I delve into the CCSS Machine’s overreach into post-secondary education, but today I am focusing on the President’s Fiscal Year Budget request he has just given Congress. Why should, we, those opposed to Common Core, College and Career Readiness, Career Tech Education, and all the rest of the CCSS Machine’s grinding America down? Because a whopping amount of OUR taxpayers dollars are going to be used in our educational system!

The Announcement:

Released just a couple of days ago (2/9/16), this blog article spells out the millions of dollars our President is asking to go for specific educational programs. But, before we look into them, here is a screen shot:
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(If you need to enlarge the picture, click on it.)

The Details of the Announcement:

In case you would like the link: http://blog.ed.gov/2016/02/equity-and-excellence-in-the-presidents-budget-for-education-2/
(*Note: Part One’s Article address the money to be used for Teachers and School Leaders, Part Three? Oh, college access and completion. You can bet there will be tons of CCSS/CTE/CCR* alignment there! I will be researching those as well.)
*CCSS/CTE/CCR means Common Core State Standards/Career Tech Education/College and Career Readiness

To access the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Budget Highlights: 2017budget-factsheet

The following is a summary. As always, I encourage you to read for yourselves and take what you need to best fit your fight Against Common Core.

1) The total Budget request “includes $69.4 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $1.3 billion over the 2016 appropriation.”

2) The 3 pronged goals for so much taxpayer money are high-quality early learning; stronger and more diverse schools; and increased access to evidence and data to help all of us improve outcomes for students.”

3) For your little students (Pre-Kindergarten), you can expect “high-quality preschool programs for 4-year-olds with $1.3 billion in mandatory funding in 2017 and $75 billion over 10 years for the President’s landmark Preschool for All proposal.”

What is the Preschool for All? Great question, Warriors! To see the ‘need to know sheet’ from the White Househttps://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/02/14/what-you-need-know-about-president-obamas-plan-provide-high-quality-early-education-

One of the biggest items which sticks out to me, as a researcher, is the Early Head Start part of the Plan. Why? Refer back to my disturbing article about Early Head Start, which pre-dates the passage of ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), but as you will see, plays right into the Budget Plans. Access it:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/04/sic-em-saturday-pint-sized-common-core/
The other biggies which stick out? Special needs and early behavior interventions! My article above will address some of the planned social and emotional manipulation. For what this means for special needs little ones (like their IEPs), see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/10/rmt-ccsss-present-to-special-needs/

4) For any student/school: $450 million in additional funding for Title I Grants, for a total of $15.4 billion to help local educational agencies ensure that all students graduate from high school prepared for college and careers…” The biggest targets? Low performing schools. Much research by myself and others has been shared about what exactly all the Title One funding and the plans for LEAs (Local Education Agencies) ensuring CCR (college/career readiness). It is quite disturbing. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/21/weekend-news-the-state-of-ccsss-sel/ (*Note: this article will also give you an insight into the low-income students.)

5) For your communities:$120 million in grants to launch Stronger Together, a voluntary program to support the development and expansion of new and existing, community-driven strategies to increase socioeconomic diversity in America’s schools.”

What is ‘Stronger Together’? While the U.S. Dept. of Education AND the White House do not openly share where you can find an initiative with this exact title, I did find one federal level department WHICH does have a “Stronger Together” set of initiatives. Which one? The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Service’s SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service’s Administration).

Why would this be a concern? In all the years I have researched the push for national educational standards, the one trifecta (if you will) in all of this reform, has repeatedly been the U.S. Departments of Education; Health and Human Services; and Labor.

Also, of a concern is the fact the U.S. is not the only country with “Stronger Together” initiative, not to mention the special interest groups in America with the same title! This should cause great concern for us as we wage War Against the Core! If the SAMSHA set is indeed what the federal budget is referring to, here is the link:  http://www.samhsa.gov/faith-based-initiatives (*Note: the logo will be where you see the ‘Stronger Together’ words.)

As far as how SAMSHA fits in the CCSS Machine, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/08/tech-thursday-technically-speaking-for-ccss/ (*Note: this article will also show you the top-down approach with all sorts of programs connected to Head Start, Early Head Start, and more!)

6) For all families, more ‘school choice’, via public charters and magnet schools:
“The budget includes an additional $17 million for Charter School Grants and an additional $18 million for magnet schools.”

If you do not know how public (and private) charters are tied to the CCSS Machine, see: http://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/07/07/guest-post-common-core-in-charters-private-homeschools/ (*Charter schools begin about halfway down the page.)

Then my look at those major charter school managing companies,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/ftf-tuesday-clarity-for-sale-aligned-to-common-core-for-free/

Magnet schools? I found a lot of information as to how these schools are tied to the CCSS Machine while researching the candidates for the upcoming primary election for NC Dept. of Public Instruction Superintendent! To see the entire section,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/weekend-news-nc-primary-part-one/ (scroll down until you see “Schools of Excellence” and begin there.)

Related  to Magnet Schools and the ESSA which are worth pointing out:

Back in Jan. 2015, I shared with you an article detailing the Every Child Achieves Act, ECAA (one of the many names given to what has become ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act).
Back then, ECAA, was merely an amendment to the NCLB (No Child Left Behind), which is what ESSA was replacing when signed into law.
Here is a direct quote about magnet schools from the ECAA“magnet  schools that will substantially strengthen the knowledge of academic subjects and the attainment of tangible and marketable career, technological, and professional skills of students attending such schools..”

Now, why bring this up? Some of the same language from ECAA is now in the ESSA. One example is ‘challenging state academic standards’! This phrase is uses countless times in the ESSA and interchanged with College/Career Readiness..all educratic buzz-worthy phrases for Common Core! To see if you can identify any other phrases from ESSA which were founded in ECAA, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/rmt-will-you-help/

7) “Computer Science for All” will receive a whopping $4 billion over 3 years. (I just related that to the ESSA’s digital/data overhaul in:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/weekend-news-the-ies-and-the-essa/

8) “Promise Neighborhoods” will get $55 million. How is this tied to the CCSS Machine or the ESSA? I have it all detailed right here: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/meet-your-new-neighbor-essa-seriously/

Tying the Budget to the Law:

 ESSA’s Final Conference Report (the 1059 page basis for the 391 page Law by the same name), the following sections address where the 2017 Budget money could be applied IF approved by Congress. I repeatedly refer to the Conference Report for consistency in my writing.

Sections 4001-4206 will address 21st Century Community Learning Centers (where a large portion of the Title One funds will be used)
Sections 4301-4311 will address the Charters Schools
Sections 4401-4409 detail Magnet Schools
Sections 4501-4506 address Family Engagement in Education
Section 4601- 4611 detail National Activities in Education
Section 9212 is all about Preschool development grants
Pages 120, 166, 170, 184, 252, 254, 341, 364, 365, 439, 626 all deal with either other details of PreK programs or how the family will be involved in them as well.

Closing:

Warriors, be sure to know I will go over Parts 1 and 3 of this news from the U.S. Dept. of Ed and share with you the ties to the ESSA.

 

Tech Thursday: More Alexander, HEA, and the Next America

Part two of the look at the recent conference discussing the re-authorization of the Higher Education Act.
Part two of the look at the recent conference discussing the re-authorization of the Higher Education Act.

In today’s post, we pick up where the CCSS/CTE trail left off from yesterday. That is the “Next America” Conference held recently. Sen. Alexander, Ted Mitchell, and the others you see above all spoke. We looked at Mr. Mitchell’s speech yesterday. Today, it is an opportunity to hear what the Senator said. We’ll also look at what the panel had to share as well. Will there by more Common Core/Career and Technical Education speak?

The Video Archive of the Conference:

Once again, here’s the You Tube video of the conference hosted by “National Journal”, the Gates Foundation, and Lumina.

Sen. Alexander’s portion of the Conference begins at the 1 hour, 23 minute mark. Interestingly enough, his speech isn’t nearly as long as his predecessor, Ted Mitchell, but his speech is full of things we anti CCSS Warriors need to know…and fight. If you missed part one (Mr. Mitchell’s speech and a brief look at the hosts of the “Next America” conference [exposes their ties to the CCSS Machine], see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/10/wybi-sen-alexander-the-hea-and-next-america/)

Pride Goes Before a Fall:

One thing we’ve seen in those pushing the CCSS/CTE legislation, is their pride in the belief that all this reform and alignment is the greatest thing since sliced bread. IF the person is a politician, the pride factor of how they’ve been key to this is doubled. Below are the key times and CCSS/CTE catch phrases from Sen. Alexander. His speech begins with a ‘gloom and doom’ statement about America being 5 million jobs short by 2020 because we won’t have enough properly skilled post-secondary trained graduates. (as stated above, Alexander’s speaking begins at the 1 hour, 23 minute mark).

From that point to near 1:25, Alexander condemns K-12 education as well as give you a brief history lesson about post secondary education. Then, three key agenda items to be written into the re-authorized version of  the Higher Education Act (HEA).
1) reduce the red tape which regulates Higher Ed
2) stop the ‘kids can’t afford college’ lie
3) make college more affordable
(*Note: when you see this, notice what document he holds up with pride. It’s the ‘blueprint’ for exactly how this 3 top priorities (he’ll go on to tell you the blueprint has 59 changes). If you don’t have this blueprint, you need it. It is full of just how CCSS/CTE friendly the HEA will become. See: Regulations_Task_Force_Report_2015_FINAL Be sure to listen for the other key legislators the Senator keeps naming. We need to look further into their part in all this (at a later time).

1:27-1:32, you’ll hear how those top 3 priorities are now suddenly 5 steps. Be sure to listen for the Medicare funding connection; the filling out the FASFA (which would be re-named) in your students junior year of high school (‘we must get them started even earlier’); how College Board’s opinion is of importance; and how ‘free’ (or ‘nearly free’) colleges can be.
(*Note: The Senator will compare student loans to car loans to make his points)

Alexander’s speech ends at 1:34. Then, it’s on to the one-on-one talk with one of the hosts. This is the part of the video you need to have a piece of paper and something to write with.

1:35 his work with Sen. Murray to fix NCLB by Sept. 2015
He also mentions the “Fast Act”.(see: http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Final_draft_Onepager%20for%20fin%20aid%20bill%20with%20Bennet.pdf)

1:36 getting all this new technology into post-secondary education
1:38 (and several other times) ‘skin in the game’ reference. This relates to having colleges join in on student debts.
1:39 broadening incentives to colleges
1:40 broadening mandates with incentives (uses TN’s community colleges as an example)
1:41 that ‘other’ white paper on student data collection
1:43 refers to Ted Mitchell (US Dept of Ed)’s college rating system and data collection
1:44 listen for the ‘ax grinding’ or grudge that Alexander displays toward the U.S. Dept. of Ed and how he now can address it via legislation.
1:45 repeats broadening incentives
1:46 admits he blocked votes
1:47 mentions Elizabeth Warren’s plan for public college and debt free students
1:48 ‘free’ or ‘nearly free’; ‘average’ (all referring to the cost of college. I’m not sure how much college costs have been studied by the Senator or his staff. The figures he gives are ridiculously low)

The Assorted Other Speakers at Next America:

As in part one, I shared with you how the Gates Foundation and Lumina were both not only hosts of the Conference, but speakers as well. I encouraged you to look at each of the biographies for these assorted members of the panel. It is at the 1 hour, 50 minutes mark, the balance of those featured in the above picture, gather to speak about all that’s been shared thus far. If you’re looking for indoctrinated talk, you’re in for a treat. The Q/A begins with modern innovations in the classroom.

1:56 ‘lots the federal government CAN do and SHOULD do.’
(*Note: start counting how many times ‘outcome based’ education or funding is used from this point on.)

Other statements you’ll want to know were spoken:
*Having employers become part of the post-secondary accreditation mix so that college is relevant and can respond to businesses.
*Need for more data heaviness
*Culture shift in higher education
*How more states are participating in performance education based funding and how many more should be participating.
*Data learning outcome based statistics
*STEM degrees
*No quick track for education/graduation
*Collecting student/school data and publicizing it
*Risk taking by colleges; federal government pushing institutions to comply (‘islands of excellence’)
*Have or re-vamp existing ‘outcome based education framework’
*Get that degree any way you can
*Data-lifting the student ban
*College degrees to better help graduates in the Work Force

Related resources NOT part of the Conference:

1) The 2006 Spellings Report for Higher Education (see how much of the CCSS/CTE main themes are in this older report): 2006 hea spellings
2) The ‘Realignment of High School’ (with the ESEA rewrite and the HEA rewrite being overseen by the same education reformer, we need to see how much of what’s reported here is part/parcel of the newer versions of the ESEA/HEA)
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3) Gates Foundation’s post-secondary agenda items (how many of these will end up in legislation?) Gates Higher Ed policies
4) The House of Representatives HEA paper: hea_whitepaper

Closing:

As a follow up to today’s article, be sure to read the “Fib-o-Meter” Friday article coming tomorrow. I’ll connect the dots on how community colleges (so overstressed in this conference as the answer America needs) are so entrenched with CCSS/CTE.

RTM: What Would You Do?

I have no clue what drew you into the battle against Common Core. If you’ve not heard my story of what drew me in, it was what I read about the push for nationalizing education and the injustice therein that got me started.  You, your friends,  my friends and myself got involved for a myriad of reasons. How we became involved, while important, can help us remember to keep the focus on ridding our students of the ‘epic fail’ Common Core Standards and what I call the Common Core Machine (all the arms, legs, programs, initiatives that are embedded)

In some ways, Common Core is just as big a failure as the Hindenburg!
In some ways, Common Core is just as big a failure as the Hindenburg!

So, What Would You Do?

In my early days of fighting for what was truth and justice on another topic in education, a wise friend once asked me this, “I know why you are opposing the ____________, but what if you were in charge? What is your solution?” So, let’s pose the question in the context of CCSS. What would I do to solve the problematic CCSS? Well, let me see, first I’d have to ask myself some of the following questions.

Would I ban it? Would I have it  legalized so the US Constitution is honored and the federal laws not broken? Would I make the public private partners who created this failed set of standards and all that accompanies it to take it back and leave education alone? Would I fire the lawmakers involved? Would I send those responsible for ruining our students education to jail?

Now, why would I put myself though all this thinking? Because a true warrior knows sometimes the fight is against a principle or a set of them. Sometimes the fight is against people. A CCSS warrior is going to need to be strong enough to not only separate the battles at present, but to know what they are fighting at the moment: the injustice, the wrong that has been committed OR the person or people supporting the injustice! Sometimes I have to separate the issue from the people in order to not loose perspective.

I bring this up because while some of us have been fighting CCSS so long, we have been and still can be tempted to lump injustice and people together, thereby creating much anger, even hatred for fellow humans. Will hating a fellow human, regardless of how much we agree or disagree really solve the problem? I don’t think so. In fact, I think it will only make the problems worse. Don’t get me wrong, those responsible for giving us CCSS,and keeping it alive, certainly are not folks I want to get to know. I will not agree with them on anything about CCSS. However, for myself and for my family, I try to steer as far away from name calling, bullying, gossiping, and belittling as possible. It will not help my warrior skills improve, it will only make me look small, and weak. It is truly sad when no matter how honorable a warrior you are in fighting CCSS, those supporting it OR those undecided, treat you with cruelty.

Remember, the fight we fight is FOR people, our students! Our fight is against Common Core’s injustice in education. Our fight is for freedom in education! Our fight is against illegally written standards. We fight to preserve what’s good, right, and honorable! We oppose tyranny, insidiousness, and greed. We fight to preserve our nation’s greatness! We will not stand by and watch America fall.

What Say You?

Yes, if I had to, I  would be willing to carry through some of the actions I first asked myself. I would be willing to see the US Constitution honored, the laws abided by. I would be willing to hold those responsible for their crimes against our students. If that means firing, jail time, or something punitive, so be it. So, what say you about all this? Would you be willing to kill the CCSS and if so, how? Would you be able to separate the issues involved in the Standards and the people?

A Solution:

I’ve seen pro CCSS folks tease people with ‘what’s your solution to education’ OR ‘you’re against education’ (the ever classy ‘you’re against the Core, so you must be against standards’) complete with a snide voice and a condescending look . Notice, however, when this begins. It is, 9 times out of 10, mentioned when too much focus has been on the poor quality of the CCSS Machine’s standards, curricula, rhetoric, or other connected. The attempt at teasing is a side step, to avoid the truth. IF we are to have a serious chat with our opponents, we need to leave the playground mentality out of it.

Remember, if there’s to be true discussions about repairing the damages of CCSS on our students, we’re going to need to be respectful. We can’t be respectful with much success if we’re too tied up in anger or hatred.

So, what would you propose, seriously, in education?

I know if I were in charge, outcome based education would be burned at the stake. Right along with all the buzzwords, catchy phrases. I’d take all the digital technology and its overreaching into privacy and revamp them so that no one’s information would be compromised. I would defund every single business that has made money off the hard earned income of our families and have them, not only pay the families back, but pay for any therapy needed for those students who are harming themselves just to avoid school. I would employ my fellow warriors to help me start at the top and clean house from Washington on down. Anyone who has disrespected the citizens of this country as to think we’d be led like lambs to the slaughter doesn’t deserve to represent us. THEN, after all that, I’d sit down with those who are truly willing to serve our students with quality education, and we’d start with 3 goals in mind, keep learning alive; keep teaching simple (after all it’s a pretty old profession, too), and enjoy the journey. Yes, by all means we should carry on..but we should always do it with grandeur.

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IF you have any suggestions as to how you’d want to repair the damage we’ve experienced in our homes, in our schools, and in our country, PLEASE, leave a comment.

FOM Friday: ‘KnowledgeWorks’ or Knowledge Quirks?

It's Friday, you know what that means! Time to measure what's truth, what's fallacy/fib or what's in between.
It’s Friday, you know what that means! Time to measure what’s truth, what’s fallacy/fib or what’s in between.

This past Tuesday, I wrote about the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) and their “lab states” for Common Core. Well, thanks to an avid Common Core Diva reader from AZ, I was pointed to even more that falls under the realm of the CCSSO.  So, let’s get the Meter ready…

“KnowledgeWorks”

This arm of the CCSSO has been around since 2005. It’s the educational vision caster for the Council. From what I read, it should qualify for science fiction, that is, if all of this  education reform were a joke.

KW, as I’ll refer to them from here on, uses the collective results of all the Innovation Lab Network research. From their 2013 report “Recombinant Education: Regenerating the Learning Ecosystem” here are their 5 goals for the future of education:

1) disrupt education via social interventions

2) data flood will need cognitive assistants/contextual feedback systems

3) be rid of institutionalized systems

4) open businesses, open communities

5) shareable cities via infrastructure

KW’s homepage can be found: http://knowledgeworks.org/ (you can get your own copies of their plans for the future, choose ‘3.0’ or ‘Learning in 2025’)

Start up the Fib-o-Meter:

KW fully supports personalized learning. So what is ‘personalized learning’ via CCSS? Well, according to the West Ed(a separate CCSS entity) presentation featuring two Personalized Learning experts, It’s a 3 prong answer. a) Differentiation (lessons tailored to meet the students needs); b) Individualization (learning needs paced to different learners); c) Personalization (a combination of both).

They went on to share that UDL (Universal Design for Learning) works well with CCSS because by profiling the students to find their needs (differentiation in action), redesigned the classrooms to fit everyone (individualization in 3D), the Common Core flows, blends, and moves with ease. All this is done in an effort to ban failure of any kind, because via the CCSS Machine, ‘failure in not an option’.

Fib-o-Meter rates this as “Total Fallacy”.  Why? Failure is a vital part of us, as humans. We simply cannot succeed at every single thing we think, do, say, feel, or learn. It’s impossible. Thomas Edison’s 999 times of failure before his 1,000th try which equaled success resulted in this quote saying, “The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”

There are literally hundreds of examples of similar experiences. They all share one thing about us as humans, if we DON’T fail, we cannot learn all there is to learn. As we know, CCSS loves rigidity, so naturally, ANYTHING promoting flexibility must be stopped! Therefore, “Total Fallacy” prevails.

(Resource for the WestEd Personal Learning presentation: https://wested.app.box.com/s/7rhm9khjab9es95c6p8c/1/1690276070/15070225638/1)

Next statement, please:

More of KW’s vision? State leaders  must set parameters for ALL students knowledge, skills, and dispositions for career/college, citizenship, and lifelong learning.  States must set into motion competency based, personal learning that can happen anywhere and at anytime.

Before I share with you some more, let’s rate this overall, “Total Fallacy”.

Why? Several reasons, the biggest one is which state leaders? I, personally do not think every state leader should set parameters for ALL students. It’s almost impossible to combine  a CCSS aligned version of  ‘personalized learning’ in such a broad context. This statement is better suited as a paradox, not a solution! If we break this down further, what context is “ALL students” used in? According to CCSS, it only impacts certain students. “Certain” and “ALL” are not the same and the fact the KW purposefully chose all capitalized letters for ‘all’ leads me to wonder. However, even the Fib-o-Meter knows the CCSS statement that ‘it only impacts certain students’ is “Total Fallacy”, too much has been documented, reported, and shared that will many times over disprove this CCSS claim! CCSS impacts all students in one way or another!!  Oh, what was I going to share? If you type in the key words to the above statement, you’ll get an almost verbatim result from other well known CCSS supporters, like ‘Achieve, Inc’.

FYI:

CCSSO also has the following groups under its authority. NewTech Network, EDWorks, and STRIVE Together. Each of these groups has specific missions which encompass the basic principles set out in KW’s vision. They each come at it from different angles. Making sure Common Core is further implemented. Don’t conquer and divide what you can surround and suppress.

Helping them along are partners like, iNACOL (the International Association for K-12 Online Learning), their mission? All students have a world class education via blended learning for a lifetime of success. iNACOL is managed by MetisNet (a group which works with non profits, as well as other kinds to promote the ‘greater good’ and help change society) as featured in the recent report published by iNACOL in conjunction with ‘Competency Works’. The report also involved Achieve, Inc., Great Schools, Matchbook Learning, NH Dept. of Ed, IA Dept. of Ed.,  Clay Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, the National Center for Learning Disabilities, Jobs for the Future, EdTrust, and the Nellie Mae Foundation. The report?? It details the Federal Framework for K-12 Education Policy (the official title: “Worthen, M. and Pace, L. A K-12 Federal Policy Framework for Competency Education: Building Capacity for Systems Change.”) The report is full of the same tired lines about outcome based education, ditching as much old (traditional) models and revamping everything.  Did you catch the biggest ‘Total Fallacy‘? Here’s a hint, federal. (Fib-o-Meter’s going ‘totally fallacy’ crazy on this concept) Here’s where you can get your copy of the report mentioned above.

http://www.competencyworks.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/CompetencyWorks_A_K-12_Federal_Policy_Framework_for_Competency_Education_February_2014.pdf

Next up, ‘EDWorks’:
EDWorks, part of the greater CCSSO body, is all about fast tracking high school and college for students. After all, everyday is a great day to get college and career ready..especially when you align your learning to CCSS and buy in to the already run through the Fib-o-Meter fallacy of  ‘college/career readiness’ (you can find that post in an earlier Fib-o-Meter Friday) EdWorks also uses ‘Career Pathways’ (CCSS aligned) and ‘STEM’ (the greater agenda item using CCSS as a means to an end).

Please don’t misunderstand me, I think if done legally, meaning not based on CCSS or any of its arms/legs,  and carried out correctly with care, some students can have great success with fast tracking. That said, If you want to see for yourself how the fast tracking is carried out CCSSO style: http://www.edworkspartners.org/

Let’s all ‘StriveTogether’!:

This is a truly ‘out in left field’ portion of the CCSSO, in my researched opinion. Why, look at their tag line: “Every child, cradle to career” (website: http://strivetogether.org/) If you check out their website, be sure to study the “Theory of Action”, here’s a preview of what you’ll find:

“A Continuum of Quality Benchmarks

Communities across the world have embraced the concept of collective impact, and over the past several years StriveTogether has worked to support this momentum by establishing the Cradle to Career Network of more than 90 communities working to build cradle to career collective impact partnerships. With different approaches to collective impact emerging in communities throughout the country,Network members want to ensure that the StriveTogether approach remains rigorous, calling for a more defined structure around what it means to do this work with quality

StriveTogether has established a continuum of quality benchmarks called the Theory of Action for building and sustaining civic infrastructure. Across the continuum, there are four fundamental “Gateways” which signal your partnership’s progression towards becoming a Proof Point. By crossing through each Gateway, there is a greater likelihood for sustained impact and improvement over time.” Be sure to click on the picture to enlarge it.

An aligned collective community?! Is this really what CCSSO has begun? Common Core is entrenched in this, folks.
An aligned collective community?! Is this really what CCSSO has begun?
Common Core is entrenched in this, folks.

While what’s begun is “Total Truth” remember it’s based on “Total Fallacy”, so the Fib-o-Meter’s going to balance out and end up in the ‘neutral’ position. My advice, we need to delve into these branches of CCSSO a bit more. As far that 90 city “Cradle to Career” network, the closest city to me that’s a member is Winston-Salem, NC under the name “The Forsyth Promise”. To see if a city near you is already begun this alignment, http://www.strivetogether.org/cradle-career-network.

Lastly, the Tech end of CCSSO, New Tech Network:

This arm, is non profit, transforms schools digitally and is big on PBL (Project Based Learning), all of course set for rigor! (http://www.newtechnetwork.org/) How much are they behind the CCSS? “The broad acceptance of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as de facto national standards in literacy and math.” Read more about their alliance, http://www.newtechnetwork.org/sites/default/files/resources/ntnccssccready.pdf  The Network is also into STEM, embedding data and more! As far as the Fib-o-Meter’s take on the ‘de facto’ reference?? This is the closest comment that’s almost rendered the Meter off the scale! “Total Fallacy”!!  Education in America was never supposed to be ‘de facto’ anything! Our Founding Fathers, our U.S. Constitution, our Declaration of Independence painstakingly laid out a system of freedom.

Sic ‘Em Saturday: Google’s Common Core Classroom

Recently, I ‘attended’ yet another webinar connected to Common Core and classrooms. It’s amazing to me just how many on-line meetings have taken place over the past few months with new ways to ‘sell’ the Standards, make them ‘easier’ or how you just can’t live without their greatness..Please, give me a break!

Here are the takeaways I got from the ‘Google Classroom‘, which by the way, is all CCSS aligned!

All the ‘Google Classroom’ programs are FREE!

Paperless & virtual so no one can see your (the student’s) mistakes!

Teacher and students are in the same domain so engaging, eagerness, pride, and confidence can be experienced with richer, deeper meaning and content!

‘Google Classroom‘ is so tech savvy and filled with all the skills needed to prepare for the SBAC assessments (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium)!

Collaboration with other students is suddenly easier and better than ever!

Kids/students can conduct their own research and become better motivated in their free time!

Google Classroom‘ will help the students/kids to NOT focus on a few things they can do really well, it will have them focus on lots of things for seamless assignments and workflow while enabling communication (ditches the traditional homework, classroom work)!

Dell Overview, Twitter, Netflix, and others are all involved as well since 2010!

Can take to college with you, too! As long as you have a Google Education account, your learning never ends!

Teachers can access student data and share it with many others!

Along the same lines:

As I’ve stated before in other posts, in personal conversations, on social media, all you have to do to access FREE aligned games, apps, and toys such as ‘Google Classroom‘ is offering, is to do a simple search on your smartphone. On my android, I can have over 250 apps within seconds. All aligned, designed for and targeting Common Core as ‘fun’, ‘engaging’,  and ‘cute’. However, what about some of the old companies who want in on the CCSS money machine? Like “Leap Frog”, “Think Fun” and many others?

They align as well! “Think Fun” went as far as to change their name, to become more attractive (my opinion) to the CCSS parent or/and student. New name: “Binary Arts”. “Games building 21st Century thinking skills via play.” “Change the world by translating mathematicians, engineers and inventors crazy dreams into simple toys which make STEM more organically possible.” So ‘forward thinking in curricula’ STEaM will be wonderful! (In my PCAST, STEM and CC post, I exposed how STEM is the ultimate agenda riding into our lives via CC ,all, at the current administration’s bidding; STEaM is a newer way to expand that agenda, but that’s a future post)

On “Binary Arts” blog, back in June of 2014, the owner made this statement, “Thinking Sigmund Freud meets Apple Pie.” He also expresses much support for Mr. Gates & the efforts to bring CCSS to us Americans. See blog entry:

(http://www.thinkfun.com/smartplayblog/?p=3751)

Teacher turned toy maker:

(http://www.thinkfun.com/smartplayblog/), former teacher, Tanya Thompson, expresses the importance of changing the world through play. However, listen for the portion of her talk centering around coding being a wheelhouse for education. Look into the SNAP Math Fairs (big supporter is connected to the Canadian Government’s Ministry of Education). While I’ve not researched this to see if this is CCSS north of our border, I do include the link so you can read how the website is using similar language to what we, here in America, are seeing so much of in relation to Common Core(https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/)& HATCH Conferences (http://hatchexperience.org/project/what-is-hatch/). Watch the video, if you like, click on  ‘about HATCH’ and look for the ‘creativity is the common thread’ visual. Then, listen to how many times you can hear ‘change the world’. Intel, Inc. is a big underwriter of HATCH. Intel, Inc. is an ardent defender of CCSS (see: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/marketplacek12/2013/09/business_execs_fight_for_common_core_before_its_too_late.html)

While I couldn't find a direct link to WHAT education HATCH is promoting, I did find this graphic. Makes you think, doesn't it?
While I couldn’t find a direct link to WHAT education HATCH is promoting, I did find this graphic. Makes you think, doesn’t it?

A couple of loose ends:

Before we part company for the day, I wanted to tie up a few loose ends about Binary Arts. If you watched the short video featuring the teacher/inventor, did you catch her reference to “Robot Turtles”? Did you hear “Adventure Quest”? Both these games partner with Code.org (a non profit group tied to Bill Gates, Zuckerburg with Facebook, and Kopp of Teach for America) The agenda (besides CCSS) is coding as a ‘social issue’. Holding the creative communications license to the games? Khan Academy (another group which has ‘sold out’ to CCSS). Khan is hoping to impact the proposed AP (advance placement) courses as well.

So, in “Sic ‘Em Saturday” fashion, LOOK into the games, the apps, the toys your students/kids are using. Want to stay Common Core, global agenda free during play time? Get offline! Go out and play, read together, have a family game night (use a classic game or one created before 2008, which is my time marker for before CCSS and after CCSS).