Anti Fed Ed Warriors, you may wonder what sap (that gooey stuff found in certain types of trees) has to do with education? Well, that kind of sap doesn’t, but there is a ‘sap’ which directly applies to education.
If you’ve not heard about it, there’s a new magazine from SAP(Student Achievement Partners) have loads of propaganda. Propaganda, they hope will stick to your view of how ‘great’ the CCSS Machine’s type of workforce prep can be. (*My thanks to KB for the tip)
Core Connections, as the new magazine is called is to be published quarterly (4 times a year). The Fall 2019 issue is the first issue.
To learn more about SAP (Achievethecore), visit the website.
Warriors, the magazine’s on-line version is a bit difficult to read, so use a magnifying option.
From what I could read, upcoming webinars from Core Connections, are Sept. 2nd, ‘formative assessments’; Oct. 2nd, ‘CCSS Math’; Nov. 6th ‘foundational skills’; and Dec. 4th, ‘math modeling and equity’.
For teachers/educators, from Oct. 15th to Nov. 26th, a series on how fractions can lead to student achievement.
Also, among the 32 pages of propaganda are all kinds of cheerleading type of articles. There’s even an opportunity for educators to win a $25 gift card for sharing their love of the CCSS Machine.
I saw ‘news’ for ELA (English Language Arts). What news? Mini assessments, as if the students are assessed enough. (Page 16) Not to be confused with ELA, on the same page is ‘news’ about ‘Coherence maps’.
What are those?! That’s SAP’sconvoluted approach to math. Somehow, the shift in math is supposed to make more sense when ‘it’s across grades and topics’. The real SAP goal of ‘coherence’ is CCR , College and Career Readiness. However, Warriors, I ask you, how can any student be CCR with CCSS Math? (By the way, the propaganda spin is that CCSS Math is the ‘most misunderstood standard’, but it’s not their fault.)
Warriors, we KNOW, that CCR is not anything but re-branded Common Core. While SAP is applying gooey lies, we know that CCR is assigning our students to 3 different ‘readiness’ tracks: college/jobs/military. No more, no less.
Core Connection Partners:
Warriors, in the first issue of Core Connections, you’ll also find ‘shout outs’ for the SAPpy Partners. Groups from the CCSS Machine for sure. Achieve, Inc; ANET (Achievement Network); EdReports; TNTP (The New Teacher Project); IBM, and Learning Forward.
Leadership for ANET is Harvard University tied. As we know, Harvard is a huge CCSS Machine member.
You’ll find Zuckerburg is tied to TNTP, in this 2017 article from the news section of TNTP. Zuckerburg’s interest? Personalized learning (PL). Joining Zuckerburg in this? College Board. As we know, CB is Coleman’s ‘baby’.
As far as Learning Forward and EdReports, I’ve written about each of these groups recently. LF can be tied back to the UN and the Schlechty Center; ER can be tied to the Annenberg Foundation. Warriors, IBM’s alignment is easy enough to trace, but if you’d like my latest article about their ‘sappy’ propaganda, you’ll find it in this 2019 article where IBM can be tied to Lenovo and GIGA data centers.
Closing: Warriors, sap can ruin clothes. The CCSS Machine’s SAP is ruining our children. It’s ruining true teaching, too. Both major teacher unions in the US are SAP partners.
What will the second issue of Core Connections bring us in propaganda? We’ll have to ‘stay tuned’ to find out.
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”
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!
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 founder was featured by her alma mater (Univ. of California: Davis). You’ll find the 2010 information there. The current information is from AVID’shistory page on their website. Be sure to note that in 2003, College Board joined forces with AVID. (*Note: meet the other leaders of AVID.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’sresearch and data information. You’ll see so much subjective material. Warriors, click the ‘learn more’ buttons every chance you get. You’ll see lots.
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.
Anti Fed Ed Warriors, I’m changing things up a bit today. Rather than give you tons of resources exposing more CCSS Machine (Common Core State Standards) involvement than we EVER thought could be possible; I want to leave some hard hitting questions before you. When I first began thinking about all I’ve seen and connected for you this past week, I wanted to name this article “To Hell in a Handbasket”, it certainly fits.
However, I know some folks may not understand that this old-as-time phrase means ‘on your way to a disastrous course’.
Warriors, WEARE on such a course!
I urge you to talk about these questions among your family members, close and extended. I urge you to talk at your neighborhood get-together events, at school meetings or parents nights.
Most importantly, I urge you to petition your pastor, reverend, preacher, deacon, or any other church leader you know. Try to do this ASAP.
We’ve got work to do!
*Remember, just because ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) exists DOES NOT mean we are free of Common Core and all that goes with it!
A Bit of Context:
Why would I ask you to contact clergy members where education is concerned? After all hasn’t our government protected us from the ‘separation of church and state’?
Yes and no. We know the ‘separation of church and state’ was embedded in our Constitutional amendments. We also know that the context Jefferson meant was different. However, I’m not debating Jefferson’s meaning.
I using how the federal government has applied the separation when it comes to education and religious activity. Because the federal government has split hairs over the topic, we’re definitely seeing an overreach into faith based education. Look below:
However, due to the ‘hair splitting’ the overreach into ALL education also risks our freedoms, even in religion.
Churches are told to stay out of the ‘State’s business’, but the “State” isn’t as respectful when the tables are turned.
Questions To Ponder/Discuss: 1) Why are our churches and/or religious based publishing groups supporting the CCSS Machine?
2) Why is the government allowed into churches or faith based organizations, especially in the name of education?
3) Are there groups which oppose one type of religion and have used laws to insert their choice of religious activity ‘instead of’ OR ‘in addition to’?
4) Since the 14th Amendment has been so connected to the 1st Amendment, why are more clergy members NOT helping guide their congregations AWAY from federally led education?
One Point: 1) If we all do not speak up, and loudly, we will lose our nation at the hands of outside forces THROUGH education. We cannot rely on a select few when so many of us are opposed.
Evidence to support Qs 1-4: Q1) How can we expect future generations to discern where P3s (Public Private Partnerships) aka “Blending Finances” are when they are helping the CCSS Machine with co-operation like this?
Q2) Consider the government funds given to churches and/or their education programs for immigrants. This is a huge overreach into private education embedding extremely secular curriculum.
Q4) Back in 2015, Christianity Today published a pro-CCSSembracing church instilling the illegally based standards into VBS (Vacation Bible Schools). In 2016 I showed you a VA based church’s VBS where STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math) was a part of the overreach between church and state. *Note: STEM is a tool of the UN’s SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) in American education as well as our entire lives.
Warriors, this doesn’t even come close to fully addressing the problem of state overreach into private education. Remember, David Coleman’s presence in education has been embraced by the Catholics. Churches around the nation are opening their doors for STEM after school programs. All the while NO ONE bats an eye at the egregiousness of illegally based education darkening the halls of institution where honesty is a commandment.
Even if you are not a Christian, the blurring of lines between government and families is dangerous. If you are a homeschooling family (exercising religious freedom or secular), curriculum and assessments slam full of Common Core has been thrust upon your family. Yet, very few of our leaders seem to care.
Author’s Note: Much of the information included in this article has been provided by other Warriors for me to pull together. It is my goal to convey the TRUTH. No matter how popular or unpopular that truth is. To those who’ve shared their information and concerns, I thank you sincerely.
Warriors, have you heard of Koret before? Koret, as in Koret of California Sportswear Fashions, or as in Koret Foundation, or as in Koret Task Force for Education housed at Hoover Instititute?
Well, you’re about to.
Koret’s Task Force for Education has been partners with the Hoover Institute for a while now. As we know, Hoover Institute is a well known organization in and of itself. But what do each of these Foundations do separately, and, more importantly, together?!
Koret Foundation (website: koret.org) Since 1979 this Foundation has done tremendous things to help its local community, and its fatih-based community as well.
With such a rich heritage, it is a shame the Foundation has seen fit to help fund KIPP Schools. KIPP Schools, as you know, Warriors, are public private charter schools across America. They are also a part of the CCSS Machine. I found their KIPP donations in this “Community Report”.
Koret joined education forces with Hoover back in 1999. The Hoover Institute’s been around since the late 1950s and is tied to the former President of the U.S., Herbert Hoover.
From its Mission Statement, you’ll see the Institute is in full support of the U.S. Constitution, improve our quality of life as Americans, and limit government. See: http://www.hoover.org/about/missionhistory
Here’s an excerpt from Koret Foundation President Taub, “Our 1999 partnership with Hoover envisioned a new model for academic engagement with current policy issues. By bringing together leading education scholars from around the country, we created a venue with Hoover in which these experts could converse, argue, and, most of all, learn from each other as they tackled the complex issues facing K–12 education. Over the past eight years, the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education has produced highly acclaimed, award-winning, influential work that has changed the landscape of the K–12 education arena.” (*Note: to access the 2008 Task Force Model Report where I found this quote, http://koret.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/perspectives_winter_08.pdf )
So, basically you have Hoover Inst. as the older entity, joined 20 years later by another Foundation (Koret). You can see one Foundation gives to KIPP, but is Hoover somehow stitched into the fabric of education reform as well?
Back in 2012, see what Hoover/Koret thought were ‘hits’ and ‘misses’ in education:
Please, click on the picture to enlarge it and ask yourself, how can we accept anyone in education leadership who says one part of the illegally based reform is ‘fashionable’ (a ‘hit’), and the other part is a ‘disaster’ (a ‘miss’)?
If you are questioning the loyalty of either of these big name ‘education/policy designers’ to true American ideals, look at the Timeline of activity in the name of education reform.
Among the Task Force’s ‘ideal education’ design’? School choice, accountability, and transparency. While those in and of themselves CAN be a great thing, between NCLB, RttT, and ESSA, these concepts have brought about MORE strings, LESS Choice, and are REMOVING freedoms faster than a stain remover. Notice who is among the Task Force members, too. Again, any one you see here raises the question of ‘Should we trust them in leadership?’ Access the entire Timeline: k-12-education-tf-timeline
There is a 2012 Hoover/Koret Report, “Choice and Federalism”. It does bring up the fact we need LESS top-down micromanaging in education, BUT the ways in which we are to achieve this is vouchers, charters, and some federal activity. In other words, the same old worn out design we’ve heard from the CCSS Machine before!! See: http://media.hoover.org/sites/default/files/documents/Choice-and-Federalism.pdf
Michelle Rhee, raised several red flags for more than one anti CCSS Warrior as well. I was flooded with information on her.
Her 2012 10-99 Tax Form reveals her reform in education design, see: students-first-irs-990-2012
The 2010 10-99 Tax Form ties Rhee to David Coleman, Susan Pimental, and Jason Zimba.
Written before the 2016 November Elections, our fearless anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warrior, Charlotte Iserbythad strong words for all of us to learn from.
1) “Check carefully track record of your education policy advisors.” 2) “To make available to all candidates for President of the United States of America information not only regarding the role of the U.S. Dept. of Education in the destruction of American academic education, but also to warn them not to surround themselves with advisors whose agenda may not have anything to do with traditional education designed to create upward mobility for the children of our nation (our children!)”
However, it’s Mrs. Iserbyt’s truthful words of warning about WHY the U.S. Dept. of Education will not be shut down anytime soon, we must pay attention to!
Contact the Transition Team as soon as possible and share with them HOW toxic the fabric of their education designs are! Trump wants school choice, vouchers in the form of education savings accounts, he says ‘no’ to CCSS, but is wanting to have an educated workforce..which is impossible when the workforce education IS Common Core!!
Transition Team on Twitter: #TransitionTeam @Transition2017
President-elect on Twitter: @realDonaldTrump
“Climb every mountain, Search high and low; Follow every byway, Every path you know; “Climb every mountain, Ford every stream; Follow every rainbow, ‘Till you find your dream.”
Those lyrics, my Warriors, are from the epic musical “The Sound of Music”. They were written by Oscar Hammerstein II. While most of us may remember watching this movie, some of us may not have a clue about the plot of the musical. If you are among those Warriors, who don’t know, please, look up the movie, it’s message is one we can apply to our War vs the Core.
No, my fellow Citizen Warriors, I’ve not lost my mind. My article DOES have an education point to it. I just wanted to set an image in your mind, first.
While most of the conversation is still honed in on the 2016 Elections, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, FEE (as in Jeb Bush’s organization), is all about their upcoming National Summit for Educators. It’s to be held late November 2016 to early December 2016.
You’ll love the title for the Summit (aka: conference), “Transforming Lives Through Education”. Almost sounds like one of those medical TV specials, doesn’t it?
However, it’s HOW the Foundation is transforming student’s lives that we need to know. CBE (Competency Based Education), as in the ESSA/WIOA blend of workforce based, skills for 21st Century jobs for a 21st Century economy!! (ESSA: Every Student Succeeds Act/WIOA: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). Also connected is the HEA (Higher Education Act). How so? ESSA states ALL students MUST be post-secondary (after high school) ready by graduation. WIOA has HEA embedded through the lifelong career aspect.
Before I move on, please let me state that as a former candidate for the U.S. Presidency, Mr. Bush seemingly disappeared after he bowed out of the 2016 campaigning. We should not, for one minute, think that any of the other former candidates (including Mrs. Clinton) will just ‘disappear’. Oh, no, my Warrior friends, these pro CCSS Machine members and their groups will find a way to resurface in education and/or policy and legislation. We’ve seen it time and time again since the CCSS Machine first cranked up its motor to chug up that summit of reforming education.
What you see above is a screen shot of the ‘hottest education topics’, according to FEE. Note the CCSS Machine agenda is hiding in plain sight. Right down to the most recent Congressional propaganda moves to shove us up the CTE mountain of ‘success’ for America.
Maybe your State already has employed FEE to help guide you through the ESSA mandates/updates/regulations, etc. Yes, all that help so you can be more aligned and climbing that mountain to someone else’s profit, can be yours for a price. Check out the PDF sales pitch: http://www.ecs.org/ec-content/uploads/Implementing-ESSA-Claire-Voorhees-ExcelinEd.pdf NC, where I live took FEE up on their offer to help align our students to ‘learn to earn’ via ‘education’.
Here is Voorhees’ presentation from the NC General Assembly’s files: feeinnc
This isn’t the first time the FL based organization and NC have joined together. Back when “College and Career Readiness” was still called Common Core State Standards, the roads between north and south were heavily traveled.
Lastly, Warriors, if you noticed, I used quotation marks for the word education. If you are wondering, it’s because I believe the CCSS Machine’s push up ‘Alignment Summit’ (or ‘Alignment Mountain’, if you like) has completely transformed a classical based, academic education and replaced it with something far less desirable. The last, little push the CCSS Machine needs is when the HEA (Higher Education Act) gets its very own re-authorization as a federal law.
Ahh, summer approaches. While you may have plans of relaxing fun, the CCSS Machine has a fully ‘locked and loaded’ menu of intentional alignment to illegally crafted Standards. Would you know where to spot them?
CCSS, Summer Style: Type in “CCSS Summer” as a search option. If your results are anything like mine, almost 500,000 results will appear. One such group is “Student Achievement Partners, Inc.”. They are hosting summer courses around the country. They partner with your local schools, so you may not always see “SAP”, you may see “Achieve the Core”, or some other innocuous name.
“SAP, Inc.” was founded by David Coleman, Jason Zimba, and Susan Pimentel. They are a non-profit group. From their website, http://www.achievethecore.org, “Student Achievement Partners, Inc. was founded by David Coleman, Susan Pimentel and Jason Zimba, lead writers of the Common Core State Standards. We are a non-profit organization with one purpose: to help all students and teachers see their hard work lead to greater student achievement.” (the preceding excerpt is from their http://achievethecore.org/about-us page.) I urge you, as an action step to read the entire ‘About Us’ page. You’ll see how the group is careful to point our where their money comes from (or not), who’s on the governing board, and more. (*Note: be sure to expand the ‘see more’ option near the bottom of the page.) As far as funding, I bet as a studied anti CCSS warrior you can guess at least one of the partners funding this group. That’s right, the Gates Foundation!! See their huge grant to the SAP suckers (sorry, couldn’t resist that jab). http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database/Grants/2012/06/OPP1061551
So how does “SAP, Inc.” wind up in your school if they don’t receive taxpayer money? Easy, they get invited by your community. One “Become a Core Advocate” page of SAP’s, you find out that “Core Advocates live and work all across the country, in 46 states. As of 2014, Core Advocates in 13 states have also launched their own local networks, which are teacher-led and focused on addressing Common Core needs specific to their states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Washington state and Washington, DC.” You can read more about the networking, agenda driven advocates: http://achievethecore.org/page/1026/core-advocate-national-page
Below is a screen shot of 2 of the other SAP, Inc. partners responsible for helping CCSS aligned resources (be sure to see what summer ‘fun’ they have planned). There are all kinds of CCSS Summer groups, programs, and resources out there. This is just ONE group with a monumental grasp on the nation. Action step: Look behind that summer program or class BEFORE you sign up!!
I could spend all day pointing out other CCSS Summer plans, but I want point out other CCSS Machine plans for the other illegally based portions of Common Core. Why do I say illegally based? Each one of the following categories is based off the CCSS in some way. Knowing CCSS was illegally crafted and thrust upon us, it is reasoned the rest of the associated arms of education reform are as well.
A “CTE” Summer?:
Could your family be facing a Career Tech Education filled summer as well? You bet!! I was able to find a 2006 Association of Career and Technical Education’s plan for redesigning high school. However, their approach targets the teachers first. How so? Summer conferences and workshops! Here’s the ‘re-design’ plan: Reinventing_American_High_School So how will you know if your state is hosting a summer conference? Here’s the ACTE Arizona’s 2015 Summer Conference page as an example. Action step: AZ isn’t alone, on my quick search I found that CT, PA, AL, TX, GA, and many others are also hosting summer career tech education conferences. If you can attend, do so!! If not, access the documents connected to the Conferences!
AZ’s page: https://login.acteaz.org/registrations/view-areas
Yes, by far and away, my pointing out that STEM is part of the CCSS Machine has gotten me the most heated criticism. However, the factual documents I’ve shared throughout my writing have proven otherwise. STEM is the agenda behind CCSS! If you’d like the document which proves this, please contact me. But let’s keep focused on the summer ahead.
STEM summer camps, on-line classes, and even public library programs will be everywhere AND hosted by any number of organizations. Action step: before you sign your family up, look behind the scenes of the program. Here’s just one of the thousands of STEM summer resources: http://www.stemsummerexperience.com/ Based near where I live this popular (and that’s part of the problem..STEM camps are geared to promote fun while building invisible chains to agenda). Watch the promotional video and see if you can spot the invisible agenda item:
Another example, this time from a city wide approach (meaning public funds are used AND more than likely private funds as well) from NY. See: http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2015/05/07/city-offers-new-stem-summer-program-to-hundreds-of-students/#.VU4b0vlViko
Here’s another example, this time from the local community college/university approach.
Next Generation Science Standards:
Like it’s cousin, CTE, NGSS will be focusing on the teachers this summer. In July 2015, take your pick, ‘sunny’ CA or ‘happening’ NJ. Here’s how it’s being promoted, “Join NSTA for one of two first-ever summer institutes to help science educators and leaders implement the NGSS. Each event kicks off with a special keynote address from Barbara Morgan, former NASA Astronaut and Distinguished Educator in Residence at Boise State University, then continues with an engaging series of sessions given by NGSSexperts and differentiated for two grade bands: elementary and secondary.” CA’sagenda: http://www.nsta.org/docs/2015SummerInstituteAgendaAnaheim.pdf
NJ’s agenda: http://www.nsta.org/docs/2015SummerInstituteAgendaAtlanticCity.pdf
You may or may not be familiar with the newest movement from the CCSS Machine. It’s called “STEM to STEaM”. The “STEaM” part stands for ‘Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math”. I’ve not written much about this to date. Not because I haven’t researched it, but because it was do to be published in a national magazine. However, the publisher has since changed its mind and declined my article. Not to fear..it will appear here! You’ll hopefully be amazed to the point of action when you find out all I’ve uncovered. However, let’s keep this on the upcoming summer.
The official website, STEM to STEaM’s opening line is a classic rhetoric filled statement we’ve seen in much of the CCSS Machine’s propaganda..the U.S. economy. Read it for yourselves, “In this climate of economic uncertainty, America is once again turning to innovation as the way to ensure a prosperous future.” Website: http://stemtosteam.org/
As far as this summer, look for all kinds of ‘fun’ from all angles: public AND private (just like STEM).
Here’s an example from East Carolina University: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/soad/STEM-STEAM.cfm Which part of the University is hosting this? Why the College of Fine Arts and Communication! The selling point, a community outreach. Another collegiate example? The University of TX at Dallas. See: http://www.utdallas.edu/atec/steam/
Thanks to an avid supporter of my blog, I recently received a tip that the profit making, CCSS writer, David Coleman was a guest at a CAPE event. What’s CAPE? CAPE stands for the Council for American Private Education. Website: http://www.capenet.org/states.html
CAPE was founded in 1971 by 8 different private school related groups to ensure there was a unified voice for private schools. Fast forward to ” Today CAPE is comprised of 18 national organizations serving private elementary and secondary schools.” CAPE is considered to be the prominent voice for private schools across the nation. It also has close ties with federal funds. We know federal funding usually means strings are attached..especially in education. Those 18 member organizations? Here they are: Augudath Israel of America, American Montessori Society, Association Montessori International-USA, Association of Christian Schools International, Association of Christian Teachers and Schools, Association of Waldorf Schools N.A., Christian Schools International, Council on Educational Standards and Accountability, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Friends Council on Education, Lutheran Church, MO Synod, National Association of Episcopal Schools, National Association of Independent Schools, National Catholic Educational Association, National Christian School Association, Oral Roberts University Educational Fellowship, Seventh Day Adventists Board of Education, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and WI Evangelical Lutheran Schools.
CAPE appears to really be on the preschool development grant ‘bus’. This archived pdf of their in house publication features not only their support for more preK, but the re-authorizing of ESEA. See: http://www.capenet.org/pdf/Outlook394.pdf This next pdf is where CAPE expresses support for expanded school choice. As we’ve seen and learned from other anti CCSS experts, the school choice arguement has shown that once CCSS in thoroughly embedded, there will be NO choice. See: http://www.capenet.org/pdf/Outlook374.pdf The smoking gun for me in all these publications: look at who the CAPE writers keep citing as their resources! All pro CCSS groups.
CAPE is fully supportive of not only the re-authorization of ESEA, but the HEA (Higher Education Act) as well. In case you didn’t see my earlier article about why the HEA is a bad bill (much like the ESEA’s newer version), here’s the link: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/tech-thursday-more-on-the-hea-higher-ed-act/
All CAPE schools awarded the Blue Ribbon status of the U.S. Dept of Ed’s Blue Ribbon School Program will have an application to fill out. One component for each of the CAPE schools that is on the private school application? Assessments. The funny thing about those assessments is IF they are CCSS aligned, then by process of need, you’ve have to have CCSS aligned curricula or lessons somewhere. See the CAPE U.S. Dept of Ed Blue Ribbon Application Verification : http://www.capenet.org/brs.html#verification
See the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Blue Ribbon application (where both public and private school parameters are laid out): http://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/2015/2015-application.pdf
Since there are so many CAPE Blue Ribbon Schools, let’s look a bit more closely at one as as an example to discover just how CCSS aligned they are (or aren’t). Using the CAPE website, I was able to find the 2014 Blue Ribbon Schools.
Since I live in NC, I chose to see how many Blue Ribbon Schools there were. Less than 1 dozen, and all public schools. So, in seeking out a private school near me, I found a Roman Catholic private school in SC.
It serves K-8th grade. According to its website, “curriculum based on NCTM and State Standards“. The site does go on to say it uses Singapore Math, 2010 edition. *NOTE: Depending on what publication year of Singapore Math you use determines if it’s CCSS aligned or not. When my private school students were using the curricula, it was most definitely NOT CCSS. SM, sadly has gone over to the CCSS side. All that said, however, consider this: the 5th grade sample math lesson I accessed from McDougal Littell .
If you don’t know of McDougal Littell, that’s okay. You are about to find out. McDougal Littell is part of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing. When I searched for McDougal Littell, it redirected me to Holt McDougal. I clicked there are was taken to Hougton Mifflin Harcourt. (follow the CCSS trail: http://www.mcdougallittell.com/ml/ from there you can go to HMH) HMH is a huge CCSS profit making company. Once you access their site, be sure to see the Singapore Math section.
Getting back to the McDougal Littell sample for 5th grade, the website did say it was a NCTM 2000 Standard. (see: http://www.classzone.com/cz/books/msmath_1_na/resources/applications/homeTutor/media/standardmenu.html?state=SC) However, that leads us to a question: Just when did NCTM Math go over to the CCSS?
From one of my very first articles, here’s an excerpt that can help us answer the question: “1989– Nat’l Council of Math Teachers (NCMT) create standards as do the American Assoc. for Advancement of Science (AAAS); 1993– benchmarks for science literacy created (Project 2061); 1994– Goals 2000 joined science & math with the “Improve America Schools Act”, ESEA was re-established; 1995– NCMT determines need to examine standards periodically, thus creating the first piece of the foundation for 21st Century goals.”
From the NCTM’s own website, here’s their executive summary of those 2000 Math Standards: http://www.nctm.org/uploadedFiles/Standards_and_Positions/PSSM_ExecutiveSummary.pdf
The Language Arts of This Example School: Well, that was just the math for our private example school. So, is the LA also CCSS aligned? Yes. This school uses the “Superkids Reading Program”. Here’s the link to the Superkids CCSS ELA alignment: http://www.superkidsreading.org/superkids-reading-program/common-core.php The Rowland Reading Foundation publishes “Superkids”. So who is Rowland? It’s a non profit, according to its website. (No, Gates Foundation database returned a ‘no entry by that name’ response.) Here are the funding sources they list: “• Investing in Innovation (i3) • Race to the Top (RTTT) • School Improvement Grants • Title I, Part A • Title II, Part A: Teacher & Principal Training • Title III, Part A: English Language Acquisition • Title V, Part A: Charter School Programs • Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), Part B • State-specific funding sources • Private and corporate funding sources” What’s odd is that you are invited to learn more about the grants they receive, yet when you access the link they provide, you get a ‘page does not exist’ response. You know me, I’ll keep looking! Federal funds can be accessed: http://www.superkidsreading.org/grants/federal-funds.php
State funds: http://www.superkidsreading.org/grants/state-funds.php
Private funds: http://www.superkidsreading.org/grants/private-funds.php
Click to enlarge the State funding requirements for “Superkids”:
Here’s CAPE’s promo video, listen up for the educratic buzzwords we know to be CCSS, without ever using the phrase “CCSS”:
Your action (sic’ ’em) steps to take away from all of the above:
1) start digging into those private schools
2) make some noise about what you find
3) help dispel the rumor that CCSS doesn’t impact those outside the public classroom
4) hold your private school leaders accountable!
Let me ask you a question, my fellow anti CCSS warriors. When it comes to objective critiques, do you ask yourself or someone very close to you for the help? If you’re like me, you determine to ask someone who ISN’T in your immediate circle of influence. That way I know I can better rely on things I didn’t take into consideration. I also know when I do this I can spare my close family/friends any fallout that may occur over whatever needed critiquing in the first place.
However, like we’ve seen with the CCSS Machine before, objectivity gets blown out the door when it relies on its own resources to APPEAR ‘on the level’. Let me give you the recent announcements that surfaced late last week as evidence about CCSS’s lack of objectivity.
The Washington Post’s article:
Many of us rely on this famous newspaper for objectivity. This article (link is below) appears to be no exception. The writer tells you there’s a new “Consumer Report” like non profit called “EdReports”. It tells you the group found several CC aligned materials, including textbooks, lacking (gasp, say it isn’t so!) in their ability to successful meet the CC Standards. If you’d like to read the entire article for yourselves, http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/new-consumer-reports-for-common-core-finds-learning-materials-lacking/2015/03/04/3153d264-c1f6-11e4-9ec2-b418f57a4a99_story.html?postshare=6321425571619494
The author even goes on to share that the following Foundations which GAVE to CCSS to help create it, push it on us are the VERY same ones funding THIS ‘non profit’, “Consumer Reports” like group!!
Here is what the EdReports ‘About Us’ page stated, “EdReports.org is funded by Broadcom Corporation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Helmsley Charitable Trust, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Samueli Foundation, the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, and the Stuart Foundation.”
Now, while I couldn’t be happier to see real evidence that the CC aligned textbooks and other resources didn’t measure up, I have to wonder HOW truly objective EdReports can be. We know the CCSS Machine grinds out rhetoric, materials, and more lies than you can keep up with BUT to also state their own stuff stinks?? While on one hand this tactic can be consider brave (as in “I’ve made a discovery about myself and I can change it for the better.”), I am leaning more toward the side of ‘they’re up to something’. Think about it…too much time, energy, and money has been poured into CCSS! In my researched opinion this move is more like placing a screen door on a submarine and hope it doesn’t sink!
How EdReports Made Up It’s Mind:
Website: http://www.edreports.org/ According to their March 4, 2015 Press Release, much help was sought out in creating these ‘first ever, free reviews’. When did ER begin? Who was there? ER was a think tank creation from the ” Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands by a Design Team of the nation’s leading minds in math, science, K-12 and higher education in response to fill this gap by reporting on the alignment and quality of instructional material programs.” Then, there’s this, “Instructional materials that claim to be Common Core-aligned have saturated the market. Yet we know many of those claims have not been verified by a reliable source. Without an independent review to identify quality materials, the promise of Common Core cannot be realized.”
Notice in the above, who created ER is somewhat identified, but there’s no date. Why the Annenberg spread? Why not the local schools or civic meeting houses? I think we warriors might be able to guess when you read what level of leaders meet at Sunnyland.
(see: http://www.annenbergfoundation.org/) The website tells you world leaders meet here, top educational folks, diplomats, and many others convene here to shape many things which impact us all. Annenberg’s Ties to CC:
The website for the Foundation has much evidence that we anti CCSS warriors know connects more dots in the puzzle of all things CCSS related.
When I looked at some of the grants that the AF has given I noticed something we need to know.
Annenberg Foundation has given several millions to well documented CCSS supporters/creators of initiatives. For example, one of the biggest recipients is Harvard University. Oh, Harvard hasn’t created CCSS initiatives or resources, you may say. However, they have done exactly that. If you’ve heard of the Pearson/Harvard “Pathways to Prosperity” initiative, that’s adult level CCSS via Career Pathways. Many of our fellow warriors (including myself) have written about the efforts of Harvard and how CC was the recipient. (for one example, see the “What is CC” blog’s 2013 article, https://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/tag/harvard/
You can see some of the other grantees when you look at the “Milestones and Moments” timeline. (see: http://www.annenbergfoundation.org/about/milestones-and-moments) See if you can immediately spy any other CCSS tied groups.
The Annenberg Institute for School Reform (housed at Brown University) is a big time champ of changing not only public education, but impacting charter school, college and career readiness, etc. See the link for all the resources CC related from their website:
As far as education dollars spent, look at the screen shot of the Annenberg’s Interactive Grant Locator. You can click on the bubbles with figures to get more information. When I clicked on some, not information was available at all. Two of the CA grants was for EnCorp Teachers. That’s a group to increase the number of science and math teachers in the state. To see the grants, use this link and click on ‘interactive grant map’. http://www.annenbergfoundation.org/grantmaking
Let’s Go Back to EdReports, Shall We?
While the Annenberg tie is key to our anti CCSS fight, let’s go take a look at HOW EdReports graded CCSS. Here’s the pdf of methodology, EdReports Methodology
What was measured was ONLY the student text and the teacher text. So, if there are homework resources, for example, those DIDN’T get the EdReport “Consumer Report” like treatment. So, while the one page says they critique quality materials, anything OUTSIDE of the text books isn’t being measured. Remind me, how’s THAT objective? You have to look at all the resources, otherwise it’s a false positive! C’mon, does the CCSS Machine think we’re really that fallible?
If the CCSS material or resource got at least a 10% market share, it was critiqued by the over 20 hours of ER training those who perused the resources received. If at least 2 state level educationally minded groups approved or has suggested the resources for use, it was critiqued.
See this screen shot of the ‘quality control’ model for finding out if the CCSS materials/resources are up to their task.
According to the report for quality and measuring, the following excerpt, “The tool builds on the experience of educators, curriculum experts and leading rubric developers and organizations – such as Achieve, Inc., the Council of Great City Schools, the Dana Center, Illustrative Mathematics Project, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and Student Achievement Partners, among others – that have conducted reviews of instructional materials, lessons and tasks. To create the evaluation tool, EdReports.org conducted research into the use of more than 11 commonly-used rubrics, observed review process.” In the footnotes were the names of other groups. Brookings Institute, Cambridge, and Harvard received special notice. See the entire document, EdReports-Quality-Instructional-Materials-Tool-K-8-Math
Now It All Makes Sense:
It wasn’t until I watched the short video provided by EdReports that I understood WHY those in support of the Core created this ‘Consumer Reports’ like non profit. It’s to ensure that if a product says CC aligned, it better be aligned 100%. See the video for yourselves and see what you take away from it.
Oh, by the way, EdReports calls Durham, NC home. That was buried on the ‘Contact Us’ page of ER’s website.
So while we don’t know when exactly ER was crafted, we at least know which way the CC wind is blowing.
I can’t help but be reminded of whom ever leads our leaders, is in control. If we look at the CCSS Machine’s creation of a supposedly objective task, add the CC subjectivity and then glory in the fact that a collaborative group gave it the pass or fail, we can then somehow rest than all is well in CCLand. What a load of crap, CCSS Machine! What an insidious thing to do to your country.
According to the ‘College Board’s’ website, the product line is a foundation. The description also goes on to tell you how great it, how it’s been proven, and so on. (http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/prepare/springboard) What’s interesting is that to find out about Springboard, you have to go the site’s ‘K-12 Services’. Oh, gee, thanks College Board, for considering willfully aligning our students to CCSS as a service! Next thing you know, you’ll be telling us there are no sharp rocks in the picture above, as a service!
What the product line does:
Targets 6th-12th graders with customized content full of rigor, performance based assessments and all professional developed. Sounds great, right? Here’s a link address for a video of one of the schools used as a testing site. There are a total of 22 schools in a select number of states. http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/video_audio/springboard/qcsd-qchs-video.mp4
You jumping in? We did! The ‘water’s fine’!
So far, 8 states have adopted Springboard: CA, GA, TN, FL, NM, UT, OR, and TX. From what I can gather, member states get free workshops, especially during the first year of a mutli-year implementation process. I picked a state to see just what else is in store for them, here’s Georgia’s Teacher workshop: “introduces the key components of the SpringBoard framework, emphasizing rigorous instruction, alignment to the Common Core, formative and summative assessments, and other challenges facing Georgia educators. Teachers learn how to use SpringBoard’s digital and print components to differentiate instruction, ensuring all students are engaged in education that leads to college and career readiness.” For the school districts: “SpringBoard coaches collaborate with district leaders in partnerships that grow stronger every year. They work together to design and implement a program of professional development that meets the needs of each school and evolves as those needs change.” This is just the first year, the second year is building expertise and covers even more implementation of the standards. The third year is for capacity building, after all, everybody’s gotta jump in at some point.
Another partnership Springboard offers the states, is called “Learning Walks“. If you’ve not heard of these they are quite something. While the state I live in hasn’t adopted Springboard, they DO use it in some of the schools. However, the state does use Learning Walks. I’m including the pdf file from one of the public schools: Learning_Walks_Overview
“Using the Learning Walk system (handhelds, laptops, or paper forms), “walkers” collect specific data that provides a series of snapshots of the teaching and learning process. Learning Walks are brief, often lasting no more than four minutes. The focus of a Learning Walk is on student work and teacher responses in the context of teaching and learning. Over time, the observer collects data on five specific components supported by research related to student learning. This information provides the walker with the opportunity to pose questions based on trend data to engage the teacher, PLC team, or entire faculty in thinking about beliefs, goals, practices, and instructional decision making. Promoting reflective practice will result in several benefits for all educators: • building trust in the reflective practice process itself; • inspiring teacher-driven research through the self-reflection focus; • informing dialogue about teaching and learning between the walker and teacher; • expanding capacity for analyzing thoughts, actions, beliefs, and emotions; • enhancing dialogue about teaching and learning within a professional learning community; • fostering self-monitoring of professional growth; and, • creating a school-wide climate of inquiry and research. In the formative performance appraisal process, observers use the Learning Walk model to collect observation data as a basis for posing periodic reflective questions as well as for sharing trend data periodically.” The five focus areas? Curriculum, lessons, students, work, and the quality framework. You’ll be interested to know that the opportunity for EVEN more data collection is available. The goal behind this particular county’s schools? “All ________ County Public Schools students will graduate having actively mastered the lifelong-learning skills they need to succeed as 21st century learners, workers and citizens.” Of the ‘lifelong competencies, not one was based on specific subjects. they do contain a long, lofty list of character attributes. Collect and organizing data, think critically, be ethical, be healthy, communicate clearly, be civic minded among others.
How ‘Springboard’ is aligned to CCSS:
You will need to enlarge the picture, but it’s worth a 1,000 words.
You’ll want to read some of the texts, books, novels used in the program, among them, Fahrenheit 451, Pygmalion and others you will find interesting. Also included is a Socratic seminar (this should be interesting as well, considering only a few days ago I wrote and shared with you the before/after treatment of Socrates/Plato) Here’s the link to see the rest of what’s in store for your students.
I can tell you the Springboard Student textbook I have (part of my CCSS evidence collection), is directed to “All About Me”, the changes I’m facing, the changes in my perception, my world, measuring all those changes. If I were you, I’d want to sit in on a class or two with this subject matter.
What you can do:
1) If offered a choice for your student to have another English/Math class, take the non Springboard one. IF there’s no other choice, test the waters..ask to see the teacher’s guide, look at your student’s book. The website for Springboard has samples, so be sure to access those, print them out and take to your school board. Advance Placement courses are all being run by College Board, which means they are under David Coleman’s direction! You may know how the AP U.S. History has been rewritten, there are other courses that will also be rewritten in similar fashion.
2) Inform other families who have students using Springboard! Share this post, resources. Spread the word. Be willing to accompany those conducting “Learning Walks”. Find out how far the data sharing goes. Inform those in charge you will not allow your student to participate. Remember, exercising your rights as an informed parent is making a statement. It is NOT asking permission. You do not need the school’s permission to do what’s best for your student/child.
3) Be a step ahead of your students. Since you may be able to get the reading list (it can’t hurt to ask the teacher), get the book from the library, borrow it from a neighbor, buy it in a store, etc. Use family time to discuss what the actual vernacular is and contrast to the aligned assignment. If you would like other suggestions for how to counter English assignments with non CC aligned activities, leave me a comment with what you are looking for. I can help!
4) Participate, if you can, in the upcoming “College Board” Forum. They’ll be having a grand time discussing more alignments, more rigor, how the SAT alignment is progressing and more! The Forum is in CA, and is to be held 10/27-29, 2014. (details: http://forum.collegeboard.org/) Can’t make it to CA? There’s a Twitter handle already set up, you can follow it, #CBForum14 If you are interested, be sure to look at the extensive list of colleges who will be participating in the College Fair (a portion of the Forum). I spied several public AND private colleges. Hmmm..makes you want to see if all of them are CCSS aligned as well.
5) Draw up a petition to present to your school board that expresses the parents/students wishes to NOT use Springboard, CollegeBoard or AP classes! Write your legislators urging them to STOP their paid support of College Board CCSS aligned products. Help stop the misconception so prevalent..that all with CCSS aligned materials is a calm pool of delight. Stir up the water, folks!