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Monday Musings: Alignment for Wee Ones

To find out more about this NC offering for education, http://getreadywithwords.org/
To find out more about this NC offering for education, http://getreadywithwords.org/

How many times in my anti CCSS research have I found things I shake my head over? Too many to count. However, when I find something that bring Common Core to those who aren’t even school age, I REALLY shake my head..and my fists!

What brought me to this NC created educational offering? Quite simply a TV commercial. When I saw this commercial, I couldn’t believe it. I knew I had to check it out. What I’ve found, I’m sharing with you. Even if you don’t live in NC, with the plethora of social media, instant access to any kind of multi-media resources, we know where we live isn’t really a factor.

About “Get Ready with Words”:

From their ‘About Us’ page, the following excerpt, “Get Ready With Words is funded by a grant from PNC as part of PNC`s Grow Up Great program, which helps children from birth to age 5 prepare for school. It is a collaboration between Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Discovery Place, and Community School of the Arts.”  PNC is a banking institution. Discovery Place is a kids science museum. We’ll look into the ties each of the partners in this birth to 5 years project in a bit. First, however, let’s see if we can find any other ‘smoking guns’ of CCSS alignments or connections.

One of the things that cause me to suspect CCSS ties is several of the ‘read more about here’ tags take me to those ‘404 error pages’ we hate to see when searching. Why would an error message cause me to suspect CCSS? Think about it, in our anti CCSS quest for fact based evidence, how many times have we been directed to a particular website or document, only to find it’s been removed? More times than not, it’s because someone or some group doesn’t want that particular information to be known. That’s where looking in between the cracks (or in this case words) to see where I can find information that’s fact based.

Aside from the ‘about us’ page, the “Get Ready with Words” website doesn’t have much more information at all. There are the ‘Words of the Week’. So far, there are only a few pairs of words.

I did find another resource that shared a press release type bulletin about the collaborative effort. See: http://www.thecharlottepost.com/news/2015/09/26/local/word-up-vocabulary-initiative-helps-kids-develop/ Why I offer this particular website, is it clearly states 2 things we anti CCSS Warriors need to know. 1) it’s an initiative with an educational vent to it and 2) it’s a P3 or a public-private partnership. As you know, many P3s have meddled too much in education, especially since the Common Core State Standards Initiative came into being.

PNC’s Grow Up Great Program:

Before I share much more about this banking institution’s foray into education, see the screen shot below. Notice, how innocent it appears.

pncprogram

Now that you’ve seen the shot, you might think, ‘oh, that’s not so bad’. Oh, but my fellow Warriors, there’s more to this $350 million early education effort.  Read their reason for doing all this early education activity, “The research is compelling: A focus on the years from birth to age five helps reap dividends for society and the economy — better achievement in school, more graduates of high school and college, higher salaries, less crime and drug abuse, fewer people on welfare…on and on. Even better: the chance to feed the passions and curiosity of all those young minds.” In case you’re curious, this educational effort began for PNC back in 2004.  They are advocates of education in each of the state capitals as well as at the Capitol. They offer reading resources, too. Those reading resources? Sesame Street readers. Sesame Street has aligned with CCSS. According to two different websites, ShareMyLesson.com and a blog by a teacher, Vicki Davis, you can search over 1,000 Sesame Street aligned resources. Ms. Davis blog entry from July of 2012, shared this excerpt, Sesame Street has taken more than 1000 videos and resources (all for elementary school) and aligned them with Common Core standards on the sharemylesson website. This is a great account for elementary teachers to follow on the site.” (see her blog, http://vickidavis.me/post/26820599057/sesame-street-resources-aligned-to-common-core) Over on ShareMyLesson, I found much about the CCSS aligned childhood classics.
See: http://www.sharemylesson.com/mypublicprofile.aspx?uc=2246999&page=1&SFBC_FilterOption=2 (*Note: be sure to scroll down and just read how many have ‘aligns with the Common Core State Standard’)

PNC’s educational resource page (which includes not only the Sesame Street readers, but other lessons as well) has this ‘lovely’ statement at the bottom of their website page, ” Common Core State Standards Initiative: These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (“CCSS”). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.*” (Note: the asterisk PNC provides you is a note which leads you to an embedded link…directly to the Common Core Standards homepage!) To see it for yourselves, https://www.pnc.com/grow-up-great/resources/lessons.html (*Note: you’ll also need to look at what other groups provide content for the CCSS aligned lessons.)

Let me pause here, last week, I shared with you how USA Funds measures our post-secondary students by their ROI value (return on investment value). PNC has done it with the youngest of our learners as well! “For every dollar spent on high-quality early education, society stands to gain up to $16 in long-term savings.” Please, read the rest for yourselves, https://www.pnc.com/grow-up-great

Discovery Place:

This science museum for kids is an interactive based one. It also is tied to Bank of America (a huge CCSS supporter) and is a STEM career readiness location. Here’s an excerpt, “Uniquely located adjacent to Discovery Place in the Bank of America STEM Center for Career Development…” In Discovery Place’s education resources you can find Next Generation Science Standards, as provided by NASA, Toyota and others. Get the guide: DPedguide
Why this is important, Discovery Place is a public place. Meaning its educational resources are available to any educational choice. Including private schools, homeschools, faith-based schools, day care programs, kindergartner programs, and charter schools. So again, CCSS is not intended for just K-12 public schools! To see more about Discovery Place, visit:
http://www.discoveryplace.org/education/resources/

Charlotte’s Community School of the Arts:

From their “Giving Tuesday Share” website page,Community School of the Arts (CSA) is a nonprofit arts education organization with the mission to “transform lives and inspire community through outstanding and accessible arts education.” The School reaches 4,000 students annually through high-quality music and visual arts programming, with nearly half paying reduced or no tuition through CSA’s extensive financial aid, merit scholarship, and outreach programs.” See the rest, http://sharecharlotte.com/nonprofit/community-school-arts
Among the funding groups CSA has, PNC (back in 2012) gave plenty for new educational endeavors. You’ll also find Discovery Place in the mix too. You’ll see the NC Governor give his ‘thumbs up’ to this news as well. NC’s Governor has made no mistake about his stance on Common Core. To see CSA’s article about the big grant to involve the littlest of learners as well as school age children: http://www.csarts.org/resources/news/154-pnc-grants-530-000-for-new-pre-k-science-and-arts-programs-for-charlotte-children
The CSA also receives funds from the Arts Science Council(ASC). Even their logo screams CCSS! See below.
asclogo

Before I share with you how ASC is connected to CCSS, please know the aforementioned groups are not the only financial backers of the CSA.

ASC, Arts Science Council:

This NC Council works directly with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. CMS is the largest school system in the state and is very CCSS loaded. From ASC’s Education page, you can find the following, “All programs are meant to align the cultural community’s resources with the Common Core State Standards and the North Carolina Essential Standards.” To find out about the 5 year plan the ASC has in mind for education, see: 
http://www.asceducation.org/who-we-are

I’ve included the ASC Common Core aligned lesson plan for the Holocaust. Those of you who’ve shared the horrible times and events during that time in our world’s history is being either marginalized or left out. c3588941-c2d0-4b50-8389-7ce35994a0c5

As far as the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s involvement? Between the STEM Act of 2015 and my previously published article about all public libraries aligning to CCSS, you can guess where their educational efforts will be focused.
For the libraries alignment, see:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/monday-musings-hitting-the-books/
For how the STEM Act of 2015 will involve libraries, museums, and more:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/wybi-tying-stem-to-ccss-again/

Closing:
Remember, my fellow anti CCSS Warriors, all this is connected to not only every child from birth to 5 years, it’s full of so much alignment, agenda, and indoctrination. The CCSS Machine may be trying to roll over us, but with information like this, I hope you not only share it, you contact your legislators NOW! If you live in NC, you can contact the Governor or any legislator. If you live outside NC, start looking? Has your state received PNC programs for education? Has your state received NASA educational aids? What P3s are in bed with STEM, CCSS, Next Generation, or any of the other CCSS acronyms. Don’t forget the career readiness components woven in the lessons.

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Monday Musings: CCSS Field Trips?

Has your child taken a field trip lately? Just how CCSS aligned was it?
Has your child taken a field trip lately? Just how CCSS aligned was it?

Who doesn’t love a great field trip with the class or group? How far as CCSS gone to line up these educational excursions? Let’s see if we can find out!

Road Trip Ahead!:

I don’t know how much you may or may not know about field trips. I know plenty. It used to be my business, literally. My business partner and I had a great time planning educational field trips for private schools.

Then, 2008 came, and suddenly, the business dried up. Times were so financially tough, field trips fell to the back side of the planning table. Since then, I’ve noticed in researching Common Core that many of the destinations schools or educational groups go to are becoming more and more aligned. Then, I got my latest issue of the Student Group Travel magazine (seems my free subscription didn’t get cancelled). While not one mention of CCSS was in the glossy ads, plenty of clues to lead to the alignment were.

Down on the Farm:

So, why would some these destinations CHOOSE to align themselves with CCSS? After all, most of the places chosen for a field trip have no full time teachers for lesson planning. What do I mean? Well, take for example, a local farm which has become an agritourism location. What this means is the farm gets visitors, the visitors get activities and lessons. Here in NC, the agritourism has partnered with the NC Dept. of Public Instruction. No question about Common Core’s presence there. Below look at the graphic which was put together by NC State and is on file in the NC General Assembly’s website.

While not visible in the graphic, we know 'education' is more than 'workshops'.
While not visible in the graphic, we know ‘education’ is more than ‘workshops’.

In fact, in this 2014 report, education is the second highest benefit of agritourism! I’m including the entire pfd, as you’ll want to see how ‘community(collective) minded’ the entire movement is. See: 2. NCSU_Agritourism_2014 You’ll also note that MO and NC worked together on this and that most of the data appears to be from 2011. I imagine, you may be asking the question, “That’s great, Lynne, but where’s the NC DPI tie in?” See this graphic from a farm near where I live in NC:

This is just one farm in NC where agritourism has met CCSS.
This is just one farm in NC where agritourism has met CCSS.

If you were to click each of the Standards, you’d be taken to a separate page where the CC is laid out for Preschool and up. Please note that I’m not suggesting ALL agritourism is CCSS aligned, but I’ve found where back in 2009, all kinds of agribusiness leaders met and were learning from each other how to increase agritourism for the ‘collective region’ of TN, GA, NC,and SC. Grant money was used to fund this educational meeting. See: http://www.caes.uga.edu/center/caed/pubs/agritourism/documents/AgritourismTrainingforAgricultureProfessionalsManual.pdf  How this can be helpful in your area? It will show you where to look in your state’s agritourism (example: USDA grants). I was able to find in SC, a specific type of grant used, RBDG (Rural Business Development Grant). Among the institutions which may be able to benefit are higher learning facilities. See: http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-business-development-grants

Don’t think I’m out to kill the farmers, I grew up on a farm. I love farmers. However, when CCSS is involved, I’m not afraid to dig up the dirt!

Going shopping or to the classroom?:

You, as a warrior of CCSS, know, it is everywhere, but what about at the mall? Yes, I found it at the Mall of America! Remember I said I had a magazine with suggested field trips? This one was a featured destination. In the event you’ve not been to MOA (Mall of America), it’s in MN, where supposedly, there’s no CCSS. So, is it true? MN has only adopted the ELA portion of CCSS. See: http://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/07/education/common-core-standards

Nickelodeon has a big place at the Mall. So big, it’s called “Nickelodeon’s Universe”. Nickelodeon is the #1 brand with kids. It also is part of Viacomm. Viacomm is a huge supporter of STEM (yes, STEM is absolutely connected to CCSS). At the “Universe”, you can get a 3 or 4 hour physics class. The materials have recently been updated. I did find the old physics guide, but to access the updated version, you have to contact group sales. I was able to find that on Nick, Jr. preschool games are crammed with STEM. See: http://www.nickjr.com/blaze-and-the-monster-machines/about-blaze/blaze-curriculum_ap.html

American Girls brand and Legos each have big stores in MOA. Both have chosen to align with CCSS, as well. AG (American Girls) uses history as a main feature in their dolls. Legos, we know, involves science and creativity. The news about AG broke a couple of years ago when a Pearson Publishing mini textbook showed up in the accessories for the dolls. See:
http://thefederalist.com/2013/12/13/even-american-girl-dolls-spared-common-core-national-standards/  As far as Legos,  they have an entire page of CCSS ELA, Math, and Science, see: https://education.lego.com/es-ar/lesi/elementary/storystarter/ss-curriculum/ss-standards

Other Field Trips:

Aquariums, museums, and yes, even amusement parks can have CCSS.

For example, I live near Carowinds Amusement Park. Each year there’s an Educational Day where school groups of all educational choices may join in and learn engineering, science, physics, math, and other subjects. Is CCSS there? Through the partnering group, Discovery Place, yes it is! While DP supplies the lessons, which are aligned, Carowinds provides the place lessons are carried out. Sneaky! If you’d like to see the STEM/CCSS Teacher Workshop Guide (funded in part by Bank of America, another big supporter of the CCSS Machine), http://www.discoveryplace.org/content/education_studio/resources/educators/pdf/7.pdf

Where can you find the CCSS tie to museums? If they are connected to any sort of U.S. Department, you can bet your school bus, CCSS is there. If they are associated with the Smithsonian Institute, CCSS will be there. If your museums are gifts to the state citizens, CCSS will be there. For example, here in NC, we have public aquariums on the coast. Aligned lessons are there. Why? Funding is part of the answer. The Dept. of Public Instruction’s the other. See the below screen shot:

Even the turtle's a victim of CCSS!
Even the turtle’s a victim of CCSS!

It’s a shame CCSS is ruining education, but it’s absolutely horrid that field trips are going down the same road.