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Oh, Community..

Anti Fed Ed Warriors,

How many times have we seen the CCSS Machine invite us to a place at the community table for education? It’s been many times, right? How many of those times have we seen the Delphi method used? (Delphi methods invite people in to have a discussion and then drive the discussion to predetermined results which has nothing to do with the people’s input.)

We’ve seen this tactic repeatedly used against us, Warriors. It stinks. Thanks to ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) and its mandates for MORE federal control in education, the Delphi method was launched in every ‘stakeholder’ meeting; every ESSA forum for ideas and suggestions; and, it was pulled off right under our noses.

To add insult to injury, NOW, the States are rolling out all kinds of meetings across their boundaries. These meetings are a continued effort to attract (under false pretenses) community citizens to become involved in ‘local’ education.

The example? Why, NC (North Carolina), of course. Warriors, you know it’s where I live. You also know, from a few articles ago, the State education, business, and, political leaders are rolling out the CCSS Machine bandwagon fallacies.

The leaders want SO much for NC to be a national leader of ‘local education’. Yet, look behind the facade and you’ll see the same egregiousness here, that is happening THERE (wherever you live).

To be more specific about the latest NC example of CCSS Machine education alignment, think ‘innovation’. As in ‘districts of innovation’. As in, piling on more technology, digital learning, and the data mining which goes with it. (*Note, back in 2016, I published this article about the NC ties to other States and some of their ‘districts of innovation’. Scroll down to “Part 2”.)

Before I get to the latest innovation news, let me give you some background and context.

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The State Data Gets You Every Time:

Many NC leaders, especially some high profile elected officials (like Lt. Gov. Dan Forrest), have been pushing for the past few years to have MORE digital programs and technology and more band-width internet connections in EVERY classroom across our State. (*Note: the ‘connections’ article will show you Forrest is also on the ‘school choice’ bandwagon for CCSS.)

Forrest is currently gearing up for a run as the next NC Governor. Forrest also sits on the NC SBE (State Board of Education) and has signed at least one resolution damning our students across the State to MORE CCSS aligned CTE (Career Tech Education), because, after all, jobs in NC will make our State excel above others. His initiative for 1 technology device for every single student is also a death knell in education.

How? A computer in every student’s hands will some how many education even better. Yep, and let’s recall the plethora of articles proving how damaging too much computer access, time, and, education is literally sucking the life out of students.

All this technology  is tied to STEM (which is part of the UN, United Nations, education agenda). STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math. The data mining which accompanies all this technology will make millions of dollars for the members and their organizations of the CCSS Machine.

More Background/Context Related Resources:
From 2016, after ESSA became law, a look at the NC digital shift and State law which supports and promotes this activity in education.

From 2015, the ‘new’ digital upgrades NC got which most definitely set the trap for data mining in all school choices from Pre-K to adult, using technology and CTE for jobs and the economic health of the State.

From 2014, the NC Community College System, the (former) Governor of NC, McCrory, and business leaders sell out higher education for alignment to workforce based learning. (*Notes: McCrory (a conservative Republican) was Forrest’s former boss.
The current Governor of NC, Cooper (a liberal Democrat) has done zero to unhinge NC from the federal overreaches in education, the alignment of cradle to career tracking systems, and everything which connects these.
Serving as Lt. Governor alongside BOTH these Governors, Forrest has NOT bucked the educational alignment system either.)

The Latest Delphi Method/Innovation For NC:

Warriors, the latest innovation push is called the “Connecting Communities of Education Stakeholders (CCES)” Conference.  Below is a screen shot of the topic strands for ‘innovation’:

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The Conference was announced on the NC DPI (Dept. of Public Instruction). The official title of the Community Conference is “Fostering Innovation Across Our State”.
The vision for all this updating in education? Warriors, you’ll ‘love’ it! According to the website page for the Conference, the coming together of all the ‘stakeholders’ for innovation’s sake, “builds capacity for continued growth and success for all learners.”

Among the goals for the Conference is ‘data-driven’ strategies and resources’.

Found in the 84 page Conference Guide, beginning March 12th, 2018, the opening breakout sessions will give teachers data gathering tools to use as they walk about their classrooms. How compliance from students will be turned into ‘engagement’, and, digital classes for coding on-line and reading for little ones. That’s just for the students. For the teachers there is digital badging in competency driven PD (professional development). For the parents? How to use Twitter for your school.

Warriors, those are just the first few breakouts. Do you see what kind of tactic is being used? While each breakout says the target audiences include parents, I wonder how many parents who can afford this Conference (about $250.00 per person), will be able to attend the breakouts where they are not mentioned in the descriptions? If they are allowed, how many will be ‘delphi-ed’?

You’ll want to scroll through the Guide to find out what other data mining, and ‘innovation’ can be found. Look for assessments, districts for innovation, any company specified. (For example, I saw PowerSchool mentioned quite a few times) You’ll also want to look for globalization of your classes, shared business and school fiscal ventures.

Closing:

Warriors, ‘innovation’ is a code word, I do believe. What’s it code for? Anything the CCSS Machine needs to happen in education can fit under ‘innovation’ and be found acceptable. The CCSS Machine needs more data to mine, track, and sell.
Easy, label a program or initiative with ‘innovation’ and presto-bingo! People buy into it. We’re being delphi-ed to death, Warriors! Our kids are being data raped every day in the name of ‘innovation’. Look at the levels of compliance, too.

A leader needs to look good so that more people will support their agendas. Easy, pop in the word ‘innovation’ or use it in connection with ’21st Century education’, and watch the support pour in!

The federal government wants to maintain its compliance with the United Nations and their global grasp on education for workforce needs. Easy, write ‘innovation’ into a piece of legislation and watch how quickly it becomes a law. Laws, which by their very existence render their illegal based overreaches as ‘treason’.  When it comes to education, we are no longer a United States of America, Warriors. We’ve become the United State of Delphi.

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FTF: Loose Ends are Still Strings

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For today’s ‘From the Files’ article, we, those opposed to the overreach in education, will see if we can pick up any loose ends of strings the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Machine has left around the nation.

Could we make a ball of yarn with it? No doubt. Those backing the illegally based (now codified into law) education reform point to ‘no strings attached’, we need to not accept this fallacy quite so quickly. Why? Loose strings are not as loose as they appear. Somewhere connected to that loose string is a ball of yarn. What else is in the ball of yarn? Hidden programs, resources, funding, and MORE.

Loose End #1:

ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)  will return control to the States. This has been publicly proclaimed by Congress members, the mainstream media, and anyone willing to follow this loose end. However, many of those researching the ESSA, including myself have pointed out what pro CCSS/ESSA organization has the ball of yarn connected to this loose end. The U.S. Dept. of Education!! Pages of the ESSA Final Conference Report  (as well as the Final Law version) reveal the ball of yarn as well as the loose ends. “Pages 7, 85, 450, and 905 to see how the States will be under the Sec. of Ed’s thumb, for not only approval of State Ed plans, but getting the bucks to do so.”

To access my “ESSA National Control” Open Office Document (3 pages of where more loose ends of string will tie back to the big ball of yarn): ESSAnationalcontrol

If you would like the entire article this document was first featured in:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/29/warriors-guide-to-essa/

Related: States have begun, in earnest, to realign education (which also ties into the loose end of workforce) to fit ESSA. If you want to see what pro CCSS/ESSA groups have lined up to help extend the loose strings to make the ball of yarn bigger:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/essa-aligners/
As an example of how States are picking up those loose ends and extending them across our Nation, here is the press release the NC Dept. of Public Instruction about implementing ESSA. Below is the screen shot. In the caption is the link address.

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/newsroom/news/2015-16/20160406-01
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/newsroom/news/2015-16/20160406-01

Loose End #2:

An invitation to participate. If you haven’t expanded the screen shot above, you may not of seen the invitation so graciously extended to the ‘stakeholders’. This educratic buzzword is a favorite of those in the CCSS/ESSA mix who want to extend what appears to be a ‘string of cooperation’. However, the string is another loose end of the big ball of yarn. In this instance, the ESSA language itself. Because the Law is now the rule of the land and all the parameters/mandates embedded MUST be carried out, the cooperation from stakeholders is pretty much a posturing move. It is a move designed to have us think we can have a say in how education is run, but we really won’t. I am planning on attending one of these meetings to see if and how Delphi Method is used. If you are not sure what the Delphi Method is, here is an excerpt of how is was originally supposed to used, “The Delphi technique is a widely used and accepted method for gathering data from respondents within their domain of expertise. The technique is designed as a group communication process which aims to achieve a convergence of opinion on a specific real-world issue. The Delphi process has been used in various fields of study such as program planning, needs assessment, policy determination, and resource utilization to develop a full range of alternatives, explore or expose underlying assumptions, as well as correlate judgments on a topic spanning a wide range of disciplines.”

The CCSS/ESSA Machine likes to use this Method on parents..a lot. Just ask some anti CCSS Warriors who have publicly shared the meetings they attended under the guise of ‘we want your input to help us plan’. Oh, and here is a fun fact about  the Delphi Method, Rand Corporation is given credit for creating it. Rand Corp. is a big CCSS Machine member organization. See the rest of the Delphi Method Study:
http://pareonline.net/pdf/v12n10.pdf

Loose End #3:

Data and Refusing the Assessments. This is a rather big loose end for the CCSS/ESSA Machine to be dangling about, but shamelessly, it is. While I do support those parents who are choosing to protect their children by refusing the high stakes formative, summative, data tracking/mining assessments, we need to know that the ESSA will have MORE assessments, not LESS. We need to realize that almost $850 million dollars in earmarked in the ESSA for digital/technology based updates. This is where the assessments will be hidden! Huge ball of nasty yarn! What do I mean? One of my dear anti CCSS Warrior friends from Alaska granted me permission to share their loose strings and where the ball of yarn ended up. See: http://refusetheamp.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-rise-of-new-answers-while-amp-was.html
We Warriors must opt out of not only the assessments, but ANYTHING digital. This loose string portion of ESSA is a ball of yarn which will be used to knit a web of educational crimes against humanity.

Related:
My article detailing the digital yarns of ESSA:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/essa-and-digital-overload/

The 2015 article where I exposed the data yarn trails of SBAC, PARCC, and the Federal Learning Registry: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/monday-musings-assessments-data-mining/

The U.S. Dept. of Labor’s loose ends/balls of yarn are woven into the ESSA and the HEA (Higher Education Act). These are probably some of the most deceptive loose ends in the nation! See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/weekend-news-essas-untold-ties-to-hea/

Closing:

Yarn can be used to make many beautiful items. ESSA is not one of them. The CCSS Machine is using all its yarn to bind us up. Let’s be savvy. Let’s fight this. Let’s knot up the yarns as much as we can.