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What She Said…

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, would you wait 4 or 5 years to enact your household budget or a family emergency plan? No! You’d make sure once you set a budget you’d immediately begin going by it.

Not so with our federal government’s involvement with education. Nope, ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) was passed in Dec. 2015, we’re not far from its 5th anniversary. As federal laws go, especially for education, ESSA’s set to be re-authorized and funding extended in 2020.  

One huge bone of contention about ESSA was the phrase ‘supplement not supplant’. (This was also in ESEA, Elementary and Secondary Education Act. ESSA is the re-authorized version of ESEA.)

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Supplement Vs Supplant:

Why do I bring this up, Warriors?

Because Sec. DeVos has recently completed a new non-regulatory ‘Supplement, not Supplant’ guidebook for SEAs and LEAs (State Education Agencies, usually your State Dept. of Education) and Local Education Agencies).

The bottom line: While the document is supposedly a guideline, the language in ESSA is more of a mandate. Where will we most likely see ‘supplements’ in education? Title One funding, my Warrior friends. Title One, as we know, via ESSA, was made over to cover EVERY student, not those in the most need, as Title One was originally to cover. Title One funds, via ESSA, are to be used to label and categorize mental and behavioral health of EVERY student in the community, not simply the public school system.

Warriors, this new guidebook is the result of the federal government wanting to appear ‘flexible’ to each State. We’ve seen the ‘flexibility’ of the federally run education. There isn’t any. Especially when you consider that Page 17 of ESSA clearly states how ALL education is to be:

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Supposedly, the public was allowed time to give their feedback about how federally led education was to help supplement local education, not supplant it. Yet, when you look at the guidelines (which coach SEAs and LEAs on HOW to use federal funds in ADDITION to Title One), you don’t see the public’s desire to END federal control of education, you see the CCSS Machine’s grasp tighten the funding streams, just a wee bit more.

Two questions: How does this type of ‘guidance’ even begin to appear like local control in education? How does this further illustrate our example of sticking to a family budget instead of waiting 5 years to enact it?

Two answers: Guidance, via our federal government, is a dressed up mandate to conform. In education, conformity equals the ‘privilege’ of receiving federal funds.

 
As far as our example, with 5 years between making plans and enacting them, doesn’t do anything to achieve your goals. It’s a moot point. You’d have been better off to not make a budget if you won’t work to make it happen.

If any State TRULY wanted to be free of the federal intrusion in education at ALL age levels for ALL choices, the answer is a plain as day: DON’T take the money! It violates our Tenth Amendment!!the-capitol-view-return-to-sender-snqyhq-clipart

When you read the Supplement Not Supplant Guidelines, look at the language..’May a State do x,y, and z’? If the States weren’t addicted to the federal funds, no State leader would EVER need to ask the government, “Mother, May I?!”

Higher Education’s Accrediting Updates:

As if we’ve not been insulted enough by the DeVos leadership, we also have the President’s EO (Executive Order from 2017) about reforming accrediting bodies when it comes to higher education. DeVos, at her ‘boss’s’ beck and call, has also updated (aka: reformed) higher education. Warriors, again, it’s taken 2 years for this ‘reform’ to hit the States. The U.S. Dept. of Education’s Press Release was even more insulting. DeVos has been ‘rethinking’ higher education reform.
Really, this woman with ZERO educational background?

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To access the 28 Page document full of DeVos’s ‘thoughts’, go here. Below is a screen shot of the front page with added emphasis.

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While I do recognize we need to rein in predatory accrediting and higher education schools, it should be a locally led charge, not a federally run dictated system.

This Accrediting document even has the same “States must report to the federal government”, as we’ve seen in ESSA. Let’s also take into account that EOs bypass Congress, therefore, bypassing “We the People”. With education, NO federal official, President Trump included, should have power to interfere.
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With the HEA (Higher Education Act) currently under re-writing for re-authorization, we know more mandates and compliance will be forced upon the States.

Below, is a graphic image I made back when DeVos had just been confirmed as Secretary of Education. As you’ll see, Dr. King was still around. I left his name so Warriors could see the status quo in the CCSS Machine would live on.

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Closing:

Warriors, we MUST Repeal ESSA, HEA, and even, WIOA as soon as possible. If we don’t more DeVos (or whomever’s appointed to take federal education to the next level) reforms will be visited upon us. (*Note: ESSA: Every Student Succeeds Act; HEA: Higher Education Act); WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act))
Do you think our budgets can withstand this type of tyranny? I don’t!

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*Two personal notes:
a) While I will continue to do my best to keep you up to date on the overreaches of the CCSS Machine, I also am having to divide my time between education and a recent nasty turn of events concerning my neighborhood. Homes on my block are being targeted to be impacted by a road widening project involving a P3 (public private partnership) contract. We are facing a long and uphill battle to save our homes. As America marches more toward the UN’s (United Nations) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we’ll ALL see this happen more and more.

b) Breaking News Journal has honored me with taking all my Common Core Diva visual content and placing in on their Roku channel. BNJ is a Christian based national network and survives on view funding (much like PBS without the agenda). If you’d like to donate to BJN, go here. BJN is also on Facebook. BJN has also partnered with Bears and Lord Network. B & L has a phone app where you can find out the latest anti Fed Ed News, too! B & L has graciously added my content (from Twitter) there. To access the app, go here.

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Moving Along

Just a quick update, Anti Fed Ed Warriors..my blog is moving to a more private website to protect us all from hackers. From what I’ve been assured, you’ll still get access to all my research (past and present) on the new website.

Thank you for your continued support and patience during this move.mountain-climbing-clipart-38

IF you’ve wondered what I’ve been up to since my last mega article, I’ve been pouring over 20 federal budget bills to see where the CCSS Machine’s agenda is hidden. It’s absolutely awful, my friends.

What we need to remember is that FY (Fiscal Year) 2019 is just around the corner, so Congress will be focusing on how much money will be needed.

We cannot simply look at the one or two most obvious federal agencies and their budgets, we MUST take note that there are MANY federal agencies conducting federal education overreach.
They are: U.S. Dept. of Education, U.S. Dept. of Labor, U.S. Dept. of Health/Human Services, U.S. Dept. of Defense, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, U.S. Dept. of Transportation, U.S. Dept. of the State, U.S. Dept. of Justice, the Office of Veteran Affairs, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), the Office of Budget and Management, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, U.S. Dept. of Energy, the Social Security Administration, and the U.S. Dept. of HUD (Housing and Urban Development).
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Stay tuned for more information. I’ll be doing a live Facebook to reveal some of the most important figures and then a follow up article to give you everything else.

To put it bluntly, the government is moving us along…down a path none of us truly asked for. To be even more blunt, it isn’t simply one political party wreaking havoc, it is ALL political parties!
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The biggest ‘tidbit’ I’ll leave you with is this: the price tag of the CCSS Machine’s agenda via Congress is not only our ‘public responsibility’ but, an ‘investment opportunity’ for P3s (public private partnerships).

FY 2019’s ‘public debt responsibility’ is set by Congress at $16.6 trillion dollars.

As it stands right now, the FY 2019 figures for education/job training/employment/social services:
$90 billion dollars

Congress’s self imposed deadline for all reports and figures to be completed by:
September 14, 2018. If we’re going to impress upon our elected officials we are opposed to the continued taxpayer misuse, we haven’t much time at all.

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Blinded Leaders

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, if I’ve shared it once, I’ve shared it repeatedly; Rep. Virginia Foxx is a sellout. Her view of education is no secret. She’s traveling the D.C. area with her skewed preaching about how great CTE (Career Tech Education) is. Problem is CTE IS Common Core, or as it’s been re-branded, College/Career Readiness (CCR).

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While Rep. Foxx does ‘represent’ the citizens of NC (in name only), her power as Chair of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ed/Workforce Committee means her influence is nation-wide.

If you’ve missed her more recent CCSS/CTE (Common Core State Standards/Career Tech Education) appearances touting what a ‘savior’ the PROSPER Act will be for America, or how closing the ‘skills gap’ is everyone’s business, I urge you to listen.

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(*Note:1) if you click on the ‘closing’ link, you can access her brief statement from Twitter.  2)  PROSPER is the House’s version of an updated Higher Education Act (HEA). HEA’s re-authorization will complete the birth to death workforce based education system the CCSS Machine has set out to create. 3) Be sure to listen for Foxx’s bold statement that all education is career education so therefore all education is workforce development.)

This screen shot (below) is from her opening statement during a recent hearing in D.C.:

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Warriors, Rep. Foxx is hardly alone in the selling out of education to workforce in D.C.

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As we’ve seen from Congress many times over, when it comes to education, they’re ALL blinded by the CCSS Machine! Consider Foxx’s ‘blinded’ partner over in the Senate, Sen. Lamar Alexander. He leads the U.S. Senate’s HELP (Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Committee).
His power in D.C. is ‘legendary’ in how quickly he’s thrown our children under the CCSS Machine’s wheels. The HELP’s most recent action? It was sharing that a new amendment for the existing HEA has been introduced. S 2984 was introduced, read twice and referred to the HELP committee 5/24/18.

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(Sen. Cardin’s a big sellout to STEM and College Promise programs.)

That Foxx and Alexander are in such high places of leadership should be cause for every single one of us to watch both the Committees (Ed/Workforce and HELP).
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Warriors, look also at every single member of these 2 Committees. Where are they in the CCSS Machine’s pecking order? How sold out to CTE are they? What about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)? We mustn’t forget that the ‘Fed Ed’ overreach is in EVERY level of education, so what about the early college programs? The internships or apprenticeships? The rehabilitated education/work programs? What about allowing MORE Private companies and corporations into the education reform?
May 9th’s hearing from the Ed/Workforce Committee did just that!

(*Note: you can also watch the hearing. It’s just over 2 hours.)

We also should keep in mind that education is NOT the only avenue the CCSS Machine will ‘drive’ down. There’s Labor, Health/Human Services, Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, and more! Blindness is rampant in D.C.!

If You Missed Mrs. DeVos:

Warriors, if you missed U.S. Secretary of Education’s DeVos and her ‘testimony’ before the Ed/Workforce Committee last week, you missed a great opportunity to see a CCSS/CTE Machine dog and pony show. Here’s the video, but be warned it’s over 4 hours long according to the You Tube description.

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Below are a few of DeVos’s excerpts from her prepared testimony.

“I must begin by commending you, Dr. Foxx, for your leadership on moving to
reauthorize and reform the Higher Education Act (HEA) through the PROSPER Act.
This is an issue where we share great passion to help American education catch up to the
needs of today’s – and tomorrow’s – students. Unfortunately, in too many ways, the
outdated HEA is holding our students – and by extension, our nation – back. The
Administration is pleased the bill aligns with many of its own goals for HEA
reauthorization. I look forward to working with each of the Members of this Committee,
the broader House of Representatives and the Senate to advance meaningful HEA reform, and I know the president looks forward to signing a bill into law.”

Under the paragraph “Progress Made”:
“In 2015, you wisely passed legislation – the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – that
intends to do just that. ESSA’s overwhelming bipartisan message was clear: States and
local communities, not the Federal Government, must lead the way on improving
education for every student in America.”

From “FSA Next Gen’s” paragraph:
“Perhaps no effort has a greater potential to positively impact postsecondary students
directly than reforms being undertaken at Federal Student Aid (FSA). The Next
Generation Financial Services Environment will be the most significant improvement to administering student aid in two decades.

From the “Where We Are Going” section:
” We must make bold, fearless changes that allow all students to pursue an education that meets their unique needs. Students deserve learning environments that are agile, relevant, exciting. Every student deserves a customized, self-paced, and challenging life-long learning journey. That is why I challenge the Department and every teacher, school, parent, and leader in America to rethink school.”

Her possible solutions? Look below:

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Warriors, talk about blinded leaders, are you kidding me, Secretary DeVos?! 
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A “New Approach”:

Never one to disappear from the news, Jeb Bush’s group (FEE, Foundation for Excellence in Education/aka Excel in Ed) and their partner (Education Elements) are blindly leading the whole CCR (College/Career Readiness) agenda from a ‘new angle’, get the parents to buy into the ‘skills gap needs closing’ fallacy.

As we know, CCR is a re-brand for CCSS. It also embeds CTE and STEM in education.

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Here’s how Education Elements feels about learning:

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Related Resources:

Continuing the ‘dumbing down’:
1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/credentialed-transcripts/
2) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2018/03/05/bridging-gaps/
3) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2018/05/07/eager-beavers/

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“Dumb” cannot make our nation great.

Dangers of updating HEA:

1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2018/01/23/anti-fed-ed-warriors-heads-up/
2) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/the-road-ahead/
3) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/whats-up-ahead/

Closing:

Warriors, did you notice how the ties between Foxx/DeVos/Bush and the rest of the evidence presented all echo the same ideas? It is not by chance this has happened. As we know the plan (for well over 100 years) has been to assimilate America into a more global form. Education has long been the ‘best’ tool by which to do it.
Three Blind Mice Clip Art N4 image in Vector cliparts category at pixy.orgThe reform was never simply for K-12th grade students. It has always been about ‘cradle to grave’. The reality of HOW our lives will become IF we do not stop the CCSS Machine can be seen here. Notice, it’s a loop. Like a hamster’s wheel. Once on it, we won’t get off.
This is what the REAL meaning of ‘lifelong learning’ is, Warriors.

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States are ensnared in the alignment of education and workforce.

Re-authorizing HEA via the PROSPER Act or the Senate’s HEIA (Higher Education Innovation Act) WILL complete the CCSS Machine loop. Will we stand by and allow this? Will we march forward and throw kinks into the CCSS Machine?

Warriors, will we continue to follow these blinded leaders?! Will we allow our kids to be subjected to this type of treatment? Will we prostrate ourselves to this system?  Will we let Congress continue to bully us into conformity?

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Warriors, it’s time WE lead with open eyes and steadfast purpose!

Bridging Gaps?

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, how well do you think our digital connection across the globe is? Is it big enough? According to Congress, it’s not big enough. In fact, we MUST have US legislation fix the international problem!

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Meet HR 600, Digital GAP Act:

Okay, Warriors, we know the GAP stands for something. So what IS ‘GAP’? “Global Access Policy”. HR 600’s full name is: Global Digital Access Policy Act.

This bill was sponsored by Rep. Royce (CA). This was January 2017. It’s passed the entire US House and is currently in the US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee. Before I get too much further, Warriors, let me point out this bill (HR 600) was introduced on Jan. 23rd of 2017. It passed the entire House on Jan. 24th of 2017.

The stated purpose for Digital GAP is to increase opportunities for everyone across the world to have better internet access. It will grow jobs, boost economics, improve education, and, so on. It would also help the US taxpayer funds being used in global internet governance to get the ‘best bang for the buck’.

Also in the Bill, is the ‘sense of Congress’ that a standardized, P3 (Public Private Partnership) approach be made universal so that everyone suffering from a digital divide can now find themselves in much better conditions. The Bill’s language is very slick in including global groups the US is a member of; or, works with, to close this gap.


Grants and loans will be used to expand information gathered and shared, too.
By expanding information, expect expanded government, too.

All this connectivity will find education involved, because, after all digital distance learning boosts economics, increases jobs, and so on.  (Warriors, don’t you just hear the noise of the CCSS Machine’s digital alignment companies humming along?)

Below is Page 8. Look at the connections between the CCSS Machine and the US Government in this one Bill which was pushed through so quickly. It’s not a law, yet. But it could become one.

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Find the MCC and it’s information.
The World Bank resources are here. (*Note: my articles on the World Bank’s CCSS involvement.)
The IMF’s Article
The Open Data Barometer (*Note: here’s the link for the Data for the SDGs)
The Alliance for Affordable Internet

Enter the State:

Warriors, also in HR 600 is the ‘sense of Congress’ as to having the U.S. State Department become involved. I’ve already proven to you how this Dept. is a member of the CCSS Machine. What will the State Department do? Use a power shift to create a new government employee position for cyberspace. That position will be a big one, too. They’ll also update all civil service and foreign service training policies. Among them? More people with IT skills.

USAID’s In On It, Too:

The United States Agency for International Development was included in HR 600’s language. Their part of closing the digital gap? Adjust the education portion (among others) to include CBE (competency based education) in digital literacy. If you’d like to see their global innovation platform, find that here.

Send In The Corps:

Warriors, Congress’s ‘sense’ extended to the Peace Corps in HR 600. The US Peace Corps have teamed up the UN several times throughout history. In 2011, it was to fight hunger.
It’s no secret that CCSS Machine member groups (like the Gates Foundation) fund US Peace Corps. While the website for the US government run Corps wouldn’t name their partners, you can do a general search. (*Note: in 2017 the UN Peace Corps began seeking volunteers.)


However, in 2017, the House of Representatives decided to have the Corps participate in the CCSS Machine outright. Look below at Page 12’s proof:

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As if education hasn’t been leveraged enough by the CCSS Machine, ESSA, WIOA, the HEA, STEM, STEAM, Next Generation Science, Next Generation Social Studies, Career Tech Education, College and Career Readiness, Global Readiness, Future Readiness, Choice Ready, and whatever else your State has re-branded Common Core by!

Lastly, funding for HR 600 will be one giant P3 the US Government establishes, too.

Closing:

Warriors, how sensible is Congress? Will HR 600 truly bridge a gap? In my research it appears it’s a plank that we are being forcibly ushered down. Leading us is our government. Notice how this one US bill does so much for other countries. Did no one consider America’s own students? Are they once again, an unintended consequence at the sake of money and internet access?

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Everyone Loves A Fair, Right?!

To All My Anti Fed Ed Warriors, out there, I ask you the question above..
Everyone loves to attend a fair, right? Well, not everyone, I suppose. There are plenty of folks who would rather stay home than ride the ferris wheel, eat cotton candy, and, see all the local exhibits.

However, Warriors, what about a different kind of fair? Say, an international one.

Is there such a thing? Would you attend? Who would organize it, what activities would be present? How does all this impact education reform in America?

I invite you to read on to find out the answers and so much more.

Meet BIE, Your Fair Guide:

BIE (Bureau for International Expositions) would be the organization in charge of the fair, or, as they call it ‘exposition’.
(*Note: This BIE is not to be confused with the US BIE, Bureau of Indian Education within the U.S. Dept. of the Interior)

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According to the BIE’s website, an ‘expo’ (aka ‘fair’ for our conversation) is,  “a global event that aims at educating the public, sharing innovation, promoting progress and fostering cooperation. It is organized by a host country that invites other countries, companies, international organisations, the private sector, the civil society and the general public to participate.”

Everyone from young kids to senior citizens and from every walk of life are invited to these events.

The four main goals of these types of events are:
a) collectivism (although it referred to as ‘cooperation’); b) education (carried out through entertainment); c) showing off the host country; and, d) growing your nation’s economy. (Warriors, pause and ask yourselves this, “Where have I seen or heard this type of agenda before?”)

A quick and simple answer is the UN’s SDGs (United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals). In fact, the BIE, has a document expressly for tying in the SDGs to the Expositions. Below is a screen shot of the 2017 document’s front page.

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(Source)

To read the 2016 U.S. House Bill 5624, go here.
To read the 2017 U.S. House Bill 534, it’s here.
To see the BIE’s information on the US, as a member nation, that is located here.

So, What About Education Reform?

Warriors, we know several Anti Fed Ed researchers and activists have tied Dubai to the CCSS Machine. So, it isn’t surprising to find a 2013 BIE Speech (concerning the upcoming 2020 Dubai World Expo)  where education was brought up 5 times.

Of those 5 times, only a couple are evidence of the global reform being carried out today, in 2018.

Here’s the first reference which should set off a few flags:

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Followed by:

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Source for the 5 page speech

Warriors, just think this was back in 2013; while the US wasn’t part of the BIE. Now that the US is once again a member nation, how much of this has already been done here in America? How much of this type of alignment is currently being carried out?
(*Note, the first question I posed here is more rhetorical. We have tons of evidence as to the global education push established in the past.)

If you’d like to see more ‘education’ items from the BIE archives, simply type in ‘education’ in their general search bar on their main page.

Another Fair:

Warriors, as far as other type of fair, this past July (2017), the celebration fair outside the G20 (Group of 20) featured many celebrities pushing for global citizens, global agendas, and, using education as one of the tools by which to pull this off. I covered this information in my article, “Knot In My Backyard”. (*Note: be sure to scroll down to the comments section.)

There was an important update to the “Knot” article I published in Sept. 2017. In it you’ll find the Global Citizen scorecard and tons more information. You’ll see how NY Sen. Schumer is a global sell-out, as is Stevie Wonder (entertainer).

Closing:

Warriors, these types of fairs, expos, and, celebrations will not stop. In fact, they may increase. How do we fight back? These are public domain meetings. Use that to your advantage!

We cannot win the War Vs the Core in the CCSS Machine’s territory, BUT, we CAN fight the Machine in OURS. If we ‘win’, super. If we don’t, the Machine will suffer greatly by the time we are through.

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Protecting each other well during a battle is vital for success.

Our work as activists is FAR from over. So, let’s turn the tables. Instead of a ‘fair’ exhibiting hype, let’s exhibit truth.
Let’s have teachers and students give ‘fair’ speeches about how damaging the
globalization of their classrooms is.
Let’s have them display the CCSS curriculum and resources for all to see how unfair this education reform is for THEM.
Let’s trot out the data mining tools and show the unfair AND illegal data rape happening everyday in America for the ‘global good’.
Let’s expose the UN’s SDG takeovers in our cities and towns, too.