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Proclaiming “Superb”, Not S.O.S.

Warriors Against the Core, forgive me, but I must speak up. We’ve been together for quite awhile. Day in and day out, we’ve continued to fight for saving our students, teachers, and nation from the egregious CCSS Machine.

We’ve survived federal legislation hearings, social media blitzes, local and state level witnessing opportunities, and the heart sinking moments when those almighty Congressional votes didn’t go as We the People wanted them to go (references: ESSA’s passage and Dr. King’s confirmation). Yet, for the most part we’ve stuck together. Win or lose, we have had each other’s backs.

Since the election, we’ve seen our nation divide between ‘lovers and haters’; between ‘champs and chumps’. However, when the Trump Transition Team announced a short list for the U.S. Dept. of Ed Secretary, it appears a division is among us, as Warriors.

My fellow Moms and Dads; Patriots and Citizens. THIS IS EXACTLY HOW THE CCSS MACHINE will advance their agenda!

While the entire Anti CCSS and Fed Ed Warrior group is nation-wide, there’s no way each and every one of us will agree on just who should have the education reins of this nation.

Depending on where we are in our knowledge of all things Common Core, we may each feel there’s a specific person who would be the best for the job of overseeing the Ed.

However, before I go on, please remember, Ed oversees early learning (birth to PreK), K-12, and Colleges, Universities, and Career Tech Education schools. Thanks to ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), HEA (Higher Education Act), and all the connecting laws, the CCSS Machine has almost completely aligned our nation to a CBE (competency based education).

If we are SO opposed to federally led education, why would we, as the MOST knowledgeable on this illegally based education reform even be satisfied with the Transition Team’s choices? Have we become so resigned that we are willing to take one more elected official at face value?

Why are we not doing all we can to suggest names of those truly on our side in this War?

Are we willing to rubber stamp other establishment choices?

If we truly peel back the layers behind all the candidates on that short list, you’ll find that there ARE connections back to the CCSS Machine in some way. Why are we not being the Warriors/Patriots and bucking this establishment?

Isn’t that what We wanted? We should be making every opportunity to influence this Team of Leaders on those Warriors for our children who have a proven, 100% vested interest in our future generation, not in an agenda.

It is not only possible to find such candidates, it is imperative! Some of the most SUPERB candidates are those who’ve been fighting this for longer than most of us; who’ve dug into the trenches right by your side; who’ve spoken out or up at countless meetings, seminars, interviews, etc.; who’ve openly dedicated their lives to education as it should be.

These type of anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors are the ones I would go into battle with any  day. They are not just great Warriors, they are SUPERB Warriors.
Some more than qualified Warriors that I’ve been contacted about:
Dr. Peg Luksik, Dr. Duke Pesta, Anita Hoge, Diana Anderson, Dr. Gary Thompson, Charlotte Iserbyt, Donna Gardner, and Dr. Pat Huff. While they are well known on our side of this War, why have We not uplifted them to the Transition Team? After all to beat the system, you have to offer more than the system.

Just consider this, my followers, if we do end up with one of the ‘top choices’ the establishment has tagged, will this be enough to change the system? I doubt it. If we desire only greatness, it won’t be enough. Not when the stakes for our children ‘are through the roof’ important.

No, for American education to be free of the CCSS Machine, we must not only demand ‘superb’ people, we must strive for superb results.

Superb American education should be the goal of our War, not the same old stuff backed by the same old system for the same old ‘quasi-success’.

To have the superb education, we MUST not feed the Dept. of Ed, we must wipe it out. We must not feed the workforce based education marriage of the Depts. of Labor and Education. We must refuse to have the Dept of Health and Human Services use our students as ‘lab rats’. We must openly and often strike a blow to the CCSS Machine.

Helping further the misnomer of ‘quality education’ in America is none other than our current Administration. From the ‘love affair’ Congress is displaying for CTE to the President’s proclamation for “Education Week 2016”.

As I’ve shared with you, countless times with fact based evidence, our current Congress is chafing at the bit to make CTE a ‘saving grace’ for America. Does that sound superb?

Our current President is hell-bent on leaving office claiming how much he’s had to do with the educational success in America. Oh really?! As evidence has come along, we’ve seen just how sold out to the status-quo, aligned CCSS Machine education he’s supported and pushed along. Is that superb?

To see this “proclamation”: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/10/presidential-proclamation-american-education-week-2016

If We have any hope of shifting education BACK from aligned to superb, we MUST rid our nation of the data mining geared for another person/company’s profit over a student’s benefit of knowledge and superbness:

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While the 9 federal levels are easy to spot, look at the variety of other agencies which are not easy to identify as connected.

And this connected system that’s been in place since the early days of the current President’s service:

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Then, the global assessments, the lies about skills gaps and achievement gaps. The fallacies that the only way to teach is via a plugged-in computer instead of a dedicated and wonderful teacher, and yes, even the fallacies of school choice and education savings accounts.

Every bit of these things DETRACTS from superb citizens and FEEDS right into the U.N. Sustainable  Development Goals for educated workers in a global economy as a global citizen. They use our taxpayer dollars against us and open the door for micro-managing how we live our lives. 

HOW is any of this SUPERB? How will any of this catapult America beyond all this ‘less than great’ education to one that is truly desired? Forget transition, we need TOTAL TRANSFORMATION.

Rather than back the establishment’s choices, why not have THEM back ours?!

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Wormy Education

Warriors Against the Core, it’s a new week. It is getting closer to BTS (Back to School). It is also, according to NPR (National Public Radio), “Worm Week”. In my anti CCSS/ESSA/Fed Ed mindset, it is also a good time to look at the ‘biggest worms’ in the illegally based education reform. ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act, has rubbed stamped and codified this education reform. It has re-branded ‘Common Core’ into ‘College and Career Readiness’ and/or those “Challenging State Academic Standards”.

It’s been a while since I have used Monday’s article to express my views (when I first started sharing my research, Mondays were dubbed “Monday Musings”). So, who or what do I consider as an educational worm?

We can contrast real worms to conceptual worms. Relax, I will not too graphic.

Real worms have no legs, educational worms have no legal leg to stand upon.
Real worms have long and thin bodies, educational worms are thin in objective research.
Real worms have different jobs, some compost and recycle, some destroy. The educational worms recycle ‘Common Core’ and destroy true learning and teaching.
Real worms are found in every habitat, educational worms are shifting academics to workforce based in every habitat.
Real worms have been doing what they do for a very long time, educational worms have been reforming education for about 100 years.
Real worms have caused a lifelong fascination for some people, educational worms pass off their reform as ‘lifelong learning’.

Warriors, I am sure you can add to the list.

So, Who or What Will Receive “Wormiest”?

Below, are my nominations for “Wormiest Education Reformers”.
Their ‘prize’?  A rotten apple trophy. (see below)

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In no particular order:

1) The ESSA, ESEA, HEA, WIOA, STEM Act, NCLB, and every related law in between.
(ESSA: Every Student Succeeds Act; ESEA: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; HEA: Higher Education Act; WIOA: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math; and the NCLB: No Child Left Behind).

2) Those responsible for writing, campaigning, and passing any of the laws while in Washington, D.C. in number 1. If you voted for any of these, I won’t be voting for you in Nov. 2016.

3) The P3s (Public Private Partnerships) who have taken government overreach in education to lower and more disgusting levels than ever. P3s saddled us with CCSS in the first place.

4) The United Nations and all the global partners for assuming Americans would actually be okay with transforming from American educated citizens to ‘globally ready ones’.

5) For the organizations (including the sold out teacher unions) hell-bent on trampling teachers, aligning school staff members, subjective influencing parents, and misguiding students. This would extend to those involved in ‘educational research’.

6) The local and state level leaders too used to complacency (and the big amounts of money) to actually stand up to this egregious mess and put a stop to it.

7) The ‘posers’ among the  anti CCSS Warriors. As the ESSA gets closer and closer to being fully in place, we are finding those we thought were against this ed reform, who are in fact, among us only pretending to fight. Their goal? To help deceive us.

Shame on every blasted one of these laws, people, and companies.

Warriors, who or what would you nominate? Why would I ask you to name them? Exposing them! Now is the time for us to be roaring, not soft-peddling our message. The CCSS Machine marginalizes us on a daily basis. It is time we fire back. Name names, name the laws, identify the companies. We should do this on a daily basis. Why? To show we mean business. That we mean, we are fed up and that this kind of activity will NOT be acceptable in 2016-17’s school year!

If you haven’t seen Dr. Duke Pesta’s “Common Core, Six Years Later” video, you should. It is just over an hour long, in the opening seconds he expresses EXACTLY my message for today.
If you have seen it, share the opening comments with your local family and friends in this War with us.