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Update on “Of Late”

When I wrote “Of Late”, I knew there were several key pieces of evidence to present and somehow tie together. 

Almost immediately after the article hit the social media circuit, I got at least 2 other leads from fellow Warriors, making EVEN more connections to the subject matter in “Of Late”. If you missed that topic, it was all about the how our current U. S. Congress is bowing MORE to a global vent for workforce based education for all ages and all educational choices.

What follows is to be used as tools for every anti Fed Ed Warrior out there. Yes, it’s in-depth. But, it needs to be.

Where I Left Off:

Warriors, I left you with the confirmed evidence that American education is being used as a tool against us for the purpose of reshaping our nation. To continue that re-shaping, look to North Dakota, first.

Heading West:

My fellow Warrior from “The Roughrider State”, noticed that some of the items I shared seemed a bit TOO familiar. She then referred me to Gov. Burgum’s recent Innovation in Education Summit. She laid out some quick facts about the ties some of those presenting ‘expert’ evidence have to the CCSS Machine. She heavily questions how well these people represent the values of the North Dakotians.

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I  found Dintersmith involved in another education reform area (which was also another tip from my ND friend). That is the “Most Likely to Succeed” documentary. This was filmed back in 2015 and was considered a hit by the Sundance Film Festival. What the documentary shows is chilling, Warriors. Below is the just over 2 minute trailer. Notice the key CCSS Machine members (Robinson is tied to Pearson, Khan is tied to the Khan Academy and received Gates Foundation funding to switch to CCSS, Common Core State Standards.)

(*Note: the full length documentary is not available legally for free on You Tube due to copyright issues.)
Below is a ‘team’ spirited description about the documentary. The number one team member? Dintersmith!

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If you’d like to see the “Most Likely to Succeed Learning Sparks” (short videos to spur you into action to help create more ‘innovation’ in your schools), find them here. Warriors, you find out how to ‘hack’ education and more. Look for Linda Darling-Hammond to be among the ‘experts’. Try not to cringe.

Warriors, I haven’t forgotten Dintersmith’s assignment by former President Obama (in the brief bio description above) to the UN. Neither should you.

Time and time again, I’ve shown you fact based research on how the former leader and his administration bent over backwards to help continue the cycle of ‘dumbing down’ American education.
There was the PCAST Report from 2010 where STEM was ushered in as a disguise for the UN’s SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), thanks to the NSF (National Science Foundation) and many other CCSS groups. There was also ‘innovation’ after ‘innovation’ initiative or some digital push to be foisted on our teachers and students.

Thanks to ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), those ‘innovation’ and digital overhauls are 100% certain. Has our current President slowed any of this down? Hardly.

Mr. Trump has, in fact, seemingly turned a deaf ear to the CCSS Machine’s technology de facto moves.

To see what Pres. Obama’s White House Report (Next Generation High Schools) featuring Mr. Dintersmith, contained, look here.

Warriors, remember, Dintersmith is a business man, not an educator. The fact sheet for the same White House Report reveals not only a big STEM push, but CTE (Career Tech Education) push, too. Both STEM and CTE are tied up in CCSS, apprenticeships, and the global education scheme of the United Nations.

Getting Back To The “Most Likely”:

Warriors, here’s an almost 30 minute video featuring the producer and lead team member for “Most Likely to Succeed”. You’ll not only see clips from the full documentary, you’ll hear first hand pro CCSS Machine discussion. Once again, Linda Darling-Hammond will surface during this video with her explanation as to how ‘grit’ will help solve the outdated American education. Listen all the way to the end. There is key evidence there.

Meanwhile In North Dakota:

One of the major concerns of my ND Warrior friend is shared by others in a few other States. The profiling of our high school students. If you’ve heard of “NorthStar” you know what I mean. The Facebook group Educray is based in TX. When my ND Warrior shared her concerns on social media, Educray was quick to join her. See below:

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From TX, the Highland Park ISD graduate profile reeks of “content rich” global citizens rhetoric.

To see the Profile of a Graduate/EdLeader21 description of these types of data mining profiles, access the information here. To see the 4 Cs, collaboration, creativity, communication, and, critical thinking (which replace the 3 Rs in education), look here.
Getting Smart (Tom VanderArk) has a detailed article and podcast you’ll need to investigate. You’ll see other States using these profiles for ‘quality education’.

ReTool Your School:

Also featured in the ND Innovation Summit was “School ReTool”. If you’re not familiar, have you noticed how many of our schools are building torn down to be replaced by buildings which could double as a prison? To find out about this movement and how it connects to the global scheme:

https://vimeo.com/album/3269852

If you wonder about the ReTool’s ‘mission’? Look below:

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 Among School ReTool’s Partners? Groups from ME, NH, CO, CCSS Machine members Hewlett Foundation, Ted Dintersmith, and more. Find the rest here.

Part of the ‘retooling’? “Academic interships”..a fancy name for ‘Apprenticeships’!! If you’ll remember, Warriors, most of the “Of Late” article spells out for us the global ties to apprenticeships, higher education, and more. To see School ReTool’s Academic Internship plot, visit here.

Warriors, since most of the apprenticeships and internships are targeting our high schoolers in an attempt to groom them for higher education, we know to be watching the post-secondary reform like a hawk. You also know, I have been helping you do just that for years. EdWeek has an article, published earlier this week which reveals some valid points (even for a pro CCSS/ESSA source).

Point #1: Since the U.S. Secretary DeVos has been in office, she’s tackled much more higher education reform than K-12th grades.
Point #2: There’s a ton more federal control on colleges, community colleges, proprietary (for profit) schools, and all the early college, skill prep programs to unite K-12th to post-secondary education.

Innovation Kills:

Warriors, much of the conversation about all this alignment, reform, and increased innovation leaves out the bare faced fact that innovation actually stunts our minds.
How? Too much of anything is bad for us. As the push to unite the USA to a global education continues; technology and innovation/infrastructure for such will continue to envelope us. 

Released in 2016, is the short You Tube film which depicts a father and child. Conformity to a work/school system is the topic. According to the resource I found highlighting this film, the tone of the writer is that we must change society to join work and education.
Exactly the message we are hearing from the UN, Congress, and our Administration in Washington, D.C. 

The writer stresses that is it our current mindset toward work and school which is killing our student’s minds. In the fact-based research and evidence, it is the CCSS Machine grasp on education which is doing the stunting. NOT parents, not our environment.

I was able to find that one of the producers of “Alike” (Daniel M. Lara) is tied to the Blender Foundation and their 2016 Conference, where he was a featured speaker. Blender Conferences have been an annual event for a while now. Blender’s focus? Arts, technology, animation, and all related subjects. I also found that the Blender Foundation was cited as a resource (page 86) in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) publication from 2015 for IGI Global for use in America. This Google Book is a goldmine of education reform. Chapter 83 is all about embedding pedagogy into NGSS (Next Gen Science Standards), you’ll see how innovation is to be used to target those ‘less academic’ than their peers, you’ll find out STEM is being unleashed on our babies, how ‘blended learning’ and PBLs (Problem Based Learning) is to shift education’s responsibility from teacher to student as a force tactic, future trends for K-20 education (kindergarten to 4 year college degree or similar), service based education (as in grooming the ‘collective, global citizens’), computer games as science teachers, multi-pronged distance education, how the Europeans are educating in these ways, open source lectures (coding classes will tie in here), and, more. (*Note in the beginning pages the number of American Universities.)

A 2014 Oregon State University Blender Camp brochure. Warriors, it will show you how ‘blending art’ and STEM fit into the classrooms.

A Blender Foundation “STEM in the Classroom” example. It’s called “Teach STEM Now”.

Interestingly enough, Betsy DeVos and Ivanka Trump just promoted more girls to STEM in the Smithsonian Museum, 7/25/17. They teamed up back in March 2017 to do much the same. (*Note: Not so funny, one of the UN’s SDGs is promoting women in education, especially STEM.)

IGI Global has a Pearson Publishing assessment available for a price. Check it out.

Last Stop, North Carolina:

Warriors, as you know I’ve shared with you how sold out to the CCSS Machine, NC is. Living here has given me the opportunity to show you things to watch for. Look below. One of the NC legislators is bragging on how ‘we’ will be the first in the nation for state-wide classroom internet access. Remember, ESSA’s mandates in technology include such. Way to align, NC.

Access the “Economist” article and you’ll literally read the beginning words with the name of B.F. Skinner, quickly followed by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerburg.

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Closing:

The long road of reform to a global education is fully in the works. Warriors, let’s get busy!

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Bon Voyage! Hello, Grinders

Well, Warriors Against the Core, we’ve made it halfway through the week. While Congress hasn’t made too much noise about fed ed, the U.S. Dept. of Ed has.

Also busy at work? Those CCSS Machine members/groups bent on aligning our nation as quickly as they can.

However,  before we get to the latest moves, let’s be sure to say a not so cheerful ‘Bon Voyage’ to Rep. John Kline as the head chairman for the U.S. House of Representative’s Education and Workforce Committee.

During Kline’s rein, he helped ramp up fed ed, not decrease it. His position of power for education and workforce has plunged our nation further into deep and dark places which will take years, if not the rest of our lives, to correct….and, Kline’s walking away. Why are our students not given the same choice?!

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His partnering with Sen. Lamar Alexander, as chairman of the Senate’s HELP Committee, has been one we Warriors do not need to soon forget. Between these ‘twins’, American education has seen a complete shift from academic to aligned; from freedom of choice to forcibly constricted. The only thing these 2 have filled our ‘looking glasses’ with is smoke.

While we know Kline’s leaving all this behind, who is stepping into his shoes? Rep. Joe Wilson from SC. Time will tell what we can expect from him. It is my personal hope that Mr. Wilson will be a true champ to our students, not another chump. Serving as co-chair will be Rep. Virginia Foxx from NC. She’s already shown her love for CTE (Career Tech Education) many times over. Will our voices be enough to melt her heart? Time will tell.

To all those about to be elected  as Congress members, the featured picture is an oath I hope you will take on behalf of the anti CCSS Warriors and those opposed to fed led ed.

So all that said, Bon Voyage, Rep. Kline, we Warriors Against the Core, will not pine.

Let the ESSA Grinders Begin:

Grinding down our kids Participant #1)
9/27/16, Data Quality Campaign had the unmitigated gall to release this:
“Among ESSA’s numerous provisions highlighting the value of data in education is a new provision to expand the role of research in education.” They carry on with how this is to help the States.

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If you wish to see the 5 page document: http://2pido73em67o3eytaq1cp8au.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/DQC-Why-research-matters-09142016.pdf

Be sure you note the OTHER involved CCSS Machine member groups.

You will also want to see the 4 data policies DQC will ram down our throats, too.
http://dataqualitycampaign.org/why-education-data/make-data-work-students/

Grinding down our kids Participant #2)

While folks are still scrambling mad about Dr. King’s ‘overreach’ in post-secondary education and his off-base remarks about home education, he’s been busier than a king in his court. Meeting with special education teachers, leaders of education related groups (aka CCSS Machine member groups), groups who influence teachers in Title II funding, and all the while telling American students how great education is, and hey, while you’re at it, come fill out a new and improved FASFA app. He even crowned a ‘family engagement ambassador’.

Congress has proven they have short-term memory problems. Why? It’s their confirmation which saddled our nation with Dr. King’s ‘service’.

Participant #2 grinds on….

Late Tuesday, 9/27, America was given a newly crowned “Family Engagement Ambassador”. But, wait, more will be crowned in the future. Here’s an excerpt from the 27’s Press Release, ” U.S. Department of Education’s first Family Ambassador, Frances Frost, to increase parent and family engagement in education policy. The Family Ambassador position is made possible by a grant from the Kellogg Foundation and an agreement with The Campagna Center of Alexandria, Virginia, to support family engagement in education.”

Remember when it was decreed by first Duncan, and then King, that the U.S. of Ed was to be your partner as a parent? This is the way in which it’s being softly sold. Below, it a picture:

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You’ll want to download this. Look at the CCSS Machine member groups who contributed to this! frameworks-resources

Grinder #3)
The ‘Chiefs for Change’ meeting was all about Title II funds. I covered the toxic CCSS Machine ties to CforC back in the previous election cycle when lots of State Superintendents were running in elections. These ‘Chiefs’ are all up in federally led education! To see their website: http://chiefsforchange.org/

To see how CCSS Machine influence is being used in relation to Title II funding (ie: public tax dollars): https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/saluting-all-you-hortons/

To see the Dr. King/Chiefs for Change meeting:

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To access the Chiefs Title II/ESSA document: cfc-title-ii-policy-brief

What’s interesting is that King met with Chiefs in the afternoon, and led a teacher discussion in the evening…hmmm, can we say ‘agenda’?!

Back to Grinder #2, again)
So what in ‘blue blazes’ did King say to the special education  folks at their convention?
The CCSS Machine member group, EdWeek, tells a subjective side,
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/speced/2016/09/education_secretary_praises_pr.html

From the EdWeek article, you can see that two national groups devoted to special education had a first ever joint conference. The NASDSE (National Association of State Directors for Special Education) and the CASE (Council of Administrators) just wrapped up. See what ESSA items they discussed:

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My research about NASDSE :
1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/monday-musings-idea-when-good-goes-ccscte-bad/
2) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/tech-thursday-cte-ccss-and-special-needs-in-post-secondary-education/
3) What ESSA has in store for special needs:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/school-board-special-part-three/

Grinder #2, yet still)
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even showed up (9/26) to encourage the Gen-I students! Gen-I is short for “Generation Indigenous”
See the Press Release: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/09/26/white-house-outlines-massive-outreach-indian-country-tribal-nations-conference-165903
You’ll need to note that Sec. Sally Jewell was there, HUD (as in U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development) and others were not only in attendance, but helping to lead the ‘unity’ (aka: alignment). I recently wrote about the degradation of education at the hands of the CCSS Machine:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/is-this-truly-the-best/

Closing:

Warriors, I know you see lots of opportunity to choose where you’d like to take a shot at the CCSS Machine. After all, It’s mission is what I call an ‘equal opportunity offender’.
Let’s be purposed, focused, and armed with facts when we do strike.

Leading the Charge?!

Anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors, Have you made your public comments on the Proposed ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Regulations yet? We only have until August 1, 2016.

What’s Up:
Lately, I have been overwhelmed with family health care needs, research, working on a special anti CCSS/ESSA project, and mentoring Warriors across the nation. While I’ve not been as active in writing the past couple of weeks, I have NOT been slacking when it comes to what CCSS Machine members are ramping up their propaganda to support the ESSA. The most ‘in our face’ push, is the public comment period surrounding the Proposed ESSA Regulations for State Accountability.

Why This Matters:
If you missed the late May 2016 announcement about the Proposed Regulations, I am including my published article about it, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/hear-ye-hear-ye/
In this article, I shared with you how, another pro CCSS group, ASCD was hot on the heels of this announcement. I have to stop and wonder sometimes, why these pro CCSS groups seemingly trip over each other to be the first one at spewing propaganda..

What Other Groups Are Commenting/Spewing:
We Warriors should know what the supportive side for ESSA is saying so we can best counter the fallacies with precise TRUTH! So far, the public comments surrounding the proposed regulations for state accountability are either just over 800 or 1700, depending on which website you access. The 821 number comes from The Federal Registry:
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/05/31/2016-12451/elementary-and-secondary-education-act-of-1965-as-amended-by-the-every-student-succeed
The just over 1700 number is from the Regulations Docket,
https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=ED-2016-OESE-0032

I hope you catch the irony of the numbers gap in reporting.
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Did you notice the pro CCSS/ESSA group leading? It is the NEA! The National Education Association. If you want to see how the NEA is sending a mixed message, simply access their website. A screen shot is below. The mixed message explanation will be below it.
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To access the website: http://www.nea.org/essabegins
Mixed messages: While the NEA is accurate in stating the ESSA will continue NCLB (No Child Left Behind) style of assessments with its rewards and punishments for all, that is about all they are accurate on.
Those ‘opportunity gaps’ ESSA is supposed to close? Nope, a BIG fallacy! When you read the ESSA as in-depth as I have, you can point to the sections where gaps will NOT be closed.

Notice how the NEA is also lifting up ‘weighted evidence’ is needed in the forms of early childhood education, AP courses, etc. Again, if you have truly read the fine print of the ESSA, you will know these ‘education opportunities’ will be used AGAINST the students AND teachers when accountability enters the picture! How? The ESSA plainly points to everything learned and taught MUST be in preparation for post-secondary readiness! Funding for early education through high school will be weighed against how many students in your States are enrolled in post-secondary education! All this doesn’t even begin to address the levels of data collection, mining, and sharing that MUST occur (and is mandated) via the ESSA!

Let’s also remember, Warriors, the NEA was a banner heralding group publicly thanked by Senators Lamar Alexander AND Patti Murray after the ESSA was passed. Alexander’s fallacy is the ‘state led’; Murray’s is the ‘quality early education’ which is double speak for mandatory (and universal) birth to PreK education!

So, what are the leading comments the NEA is leaving when it comes to these Proposed Regulations? It appears to be a ‘canned’ message. You have the option to leave your name, as I saw some folks who did, or you can remain anonymous (as seen below). You can also choose from ‘educator’, ‘paraeducator’, and other titles when commenting.

“I am an educator and a member of the National Education Association and I urge the U.S. Department of Education to support the flexibility afforded to local stakeholders, including educators like me, by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Educators are experts at working with students and helping them reach their potential and we are ready to lead implementation efforts in our communities so students have access to the public schools they deserve. I am hopeful about the Department’s support and promotion of ESSA’s stakeholder engagement requirements in the proposed regulations, and recommend that these provisions be strengthened to ensure not just input, but two-way dialogue aimed at reaching consensus among stakeholders. Additionally, the final regulations should explicitly say that stakeholder engagement should include meetings that educators actually can attend, and that the engagement extends throughout the implementation process. However, I implore the Department not to short-circuit the stakeholder engagement process it professes to support by taking away from that process the very decisions that ESSA says states, districts, educators, parents, and other stakeholders should make – with the aim of that engagement being providing all students a better education. I urge the Department to promote transparency about school quality by dropping language in the regulations that would reduce the entirety of a school’s performance to a summative number or grade. The Department should instead promote a rich data dashboard on multiple academic and school quality indicators that will truly inform parents and others charged with helping students and improving schools. I urge the Department to promote equity by dropping the proposed regulations’ new restrictions on the use of school quality and student support indicators (“Opportunity Indicators”) in the accountability system. ESSA for the first time requires an Opportunity Indicator, not just test scores and graduation rates, to be an indicator for measuring and improving schools. The Department should promote, not undermine, school quality and student support indicators since they are the best way to ensure every student has access to a quality public school. I urge the Department not to take away my voice in the implementation process by using the regulatory process to restrict our community-led innovative solutions and opting to add requirements in the regulations that, according to ESSA, were left to states and districts in consultation with stakeholders. For example, the Department should drop the timelines for improvement, limits on interventions, and definitions of consistently underperforming that conflict with ESSA. I urge the Department to learn the lessons of NCLB’s failed interventions by dropping its list of recommendations for draconian interventions in schools, such as school closure, and allow stakeholders to determine appropriate creative, community-based interventions for struggling, under-resourced public schools as envisioned and outlined by ESSA so that all students have greater opportunities for a good education. I urge the Department to respect the decision by Congress to let states determine the weight and impact of any students who are opted out of testing by their parents instead of inserting proposed penalties into the regulations. The best way for the Department to promote test participation is to continue its campaign for better and fewer tests, which will create confidence in parents that tests have a role beyond labeling and punishing schools. In closing, I look forward to seeing my views and those of educators across the country reflected in the final regulations. I have every confidence in my fellow educators to help come up with strong, creative solutions that help all students excel and reach their full potential.”

Is the NEA alone in sending mixed messages about the ‘greatness’ of ESSA?! No! Remember, ASCD is already publicizing much. But what OTHER groups are there?

Enter, the LCEF (Leadership Conference Education Fund) Organization:
Back in March 2016, The Leadership Conference Education Fund (uses the web address of ‘civilrights.org’) sent a supportive ESSA letter to the Secretary of Education. It is signed by a big collection of OTHER supportive groups. Access the letter:
http://www.civilrights.org/press/2016/ESSA-Oversight-Letter.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/

If you are a bit confused about the LCEF and CivilRights.org, here is a direct quote from the fine print at the bottom of the website’s page, “CivilRights.org is a project of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights & The Leadership Conference Education Fund.”

If you question how tied to the CCSS Machine the LCEF is, read their college/career ready toolkit: Education-Equity-Toolkit-FOR-WEB
Then check out their take on what constitutes civil rights in education (*Note: almost every one of the ESSA mandates):
http://www.civilrights.org/education/equity/

The CivilRights.org folks will be hosting an ESSA Proposed Regulations Webinar in early July 2016. It is by invitation only, from what I can find.

Other groups giving webinars in support of ESSA, or more, pointedly, shaping your mind toward ESSA are iNACOL, Parent Central Hub, The School Superintendents Association, ASCD, White Board Advisors, EdWeek, and the U.S. Dept. of Education. You can find more when you type in a general search for ‘ESSA Regualtions Webinars’ on your own.

Contrast all this with the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and THEIR take on how ‘great’ ESSA is: http://www.publiccharters.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/NAPCS-ESSA-Overview-Webinar-3.10.2016.pdf

Warriors, remember, charter schools, as per the ESSA language will see a huge increase in growth. This is very important! From my March 2016 article about the Warriors Guide to Private Education and ESSA, you will find all the details for charters (both public AND private) in “Sections 4301-4311 will address the Charters Schools” (entire article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/warriors-guide-to-essa-and-private-education/

Here is a related article with evidence of how the charter schools are being used against the  true improvement of education,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/learning-from-our-neighbors/

What is a Warrior To Do?
When it comes to the Proposed Regulations for ESSA?! Protest them! Provide truth based evidence as to WHY the Regulations are toxic in nature. Show HOW the Regulations support the CCSS Machine. Be sure to keep reading my blog, in about 2 weeks, I will be able to tell you much more about how we CAN STRIKE a blow to the CCSS Machine’s prize law, ESSA!

I See, Do You?

Over the weekend, I shared some globally impacting education news. For today’s article (Monday Musings),  I have even more to share. Anti CCSS Warriors, hang on, there are sure to be many parts of the CCSS Machine exposed.

The Webinar, Again:

In case you didn’t read my Weekend News, here is the link.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/ed-for-sale/
The Webinar I am discussing in today’s article, is embedded in the News and can also be accessed: http://www.edweek.org/ew/marketplace/webinars/webinars.html#archived

Hosting the Webinar was EdWeek (Gates Foundation funded) and the ISC (International School Consultancy). The topic? Global businesses in education and their profit potentials, especially with the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) now law.

The ‘Hosts With the Most…’:

1) The most educational P3 (public private partnerships) in mind, not the academic quality of your student’s education.
2) The hosts have the most diabolical workforce based credentialing system in place and are using it without abandon, globally.
The fact that the US now has federal laws* which not only support workforce based education, but mandate it, should be of no surprise to us, as those opposed to the CCSS/Fed Ed Machine. We should be able to see that many key events, organizations, and agenda points are geared carefully for the continued shift in American education.

(*Note: WIOA, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014; ESSA of 2015; HEA, Higher Education Act of 2008 and is being re-written now to be passed into new federal law soon. All 3 laws have the CCSS embedded. You will find it under Career Pathways, Career Tech Education, College/Career Readiness, STEM, post-secondary readiness, and/or Career Clusters. Of special note, ESSA uses ‘challenging state academic standards’. The CCSS agenda is STILL there, just a name change to try to fool us.)

Seeing Through the Hype:

As a long time researcher against Common Core and all that goes with it, it takes a tremendous amount to shock me when it comes to the vastness of the CCSS Machine, as I refer to the education reform. While most of the Webinar’s attendees appeared to be blown away by the information packed into all those PowerPoint slides and spoken words, I was not. I was disgusted. I know you are too, Warriors.

Seeing Through ISC:

As I stated above, ISC (International School Consultancy) was a co-host. What or who is behind ISC? Let’s see what we can discover. Below is what the home page looks like. Notice the number of country flags you see.

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The website: http://www.iscresearch.com/
The company is big on educational research for not only K-12, but post-secondary, too.
ISC is based in the United Kingdom, but has offices all over the globe. They also partner with some well known CCSS Machine members. For example, College Board is one. Why? All that data mining information! However, before we delve into the CCSS Machine partners, take a look at this one minute video about ISC.

As far as those CCSS Machine member partners….

1) To see all of them: http://www.iscresearch.com/company/partners.aspx
2) ECIS (European Council of International Schools), ECIS also is a member of the Council of International Schools, CIS.
3) CIS has a specialized Child Protection Task Force where you can also find the U.S. State Dept.’s Overseas Branch for Education as a banner member.
(Task Force’s website: http://www.cois.org/page.cfm?p=2465, as seen below in the screen shot.)

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4) As far as the U.S. State Department’s education branch, it has an OSAC (Overseas Schools Advisory Council). That Council? It is FULL of Private businesses!!

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5) This Council also partners with the National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation. NAESP is tied to the CCSS Machine in many ways.
They are the ones who gave us “GRIT” in our schools, which positively championed for the ESSA’s passage, and more disgusting education reform moves. Here is one of my previously published articles on the Principals. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/18/weekend-news-ccss-school-officials-alignment/
5a) As far the Foundation portion of the Principals? Tied to the United Way, UW.
United Way is also internationally tied to the CCSS Machine! Here is just one of the UW articles I have. You can usually find UW where you find Promise Neighborhoods (now, a mandated part of the ESSA.) See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/weekend-news-for-the-war-against-the-core/

6) College Board, we already have lots of information on them.

As you access some of the previous research I have done, notice the OTHER federal level American government agencies; the repeated use of some of the same CCSS Machine members; and, how all this fits oh-so-nicely with the global information research.

Is There More?!

Oh, yes, Warriors, there is. Much like the ‘Song That Never Ends’, the CCSS Machine grinds on.
A couple of odd notes from the Webinar you may want to investigate on your own.
1) The OERs, Open Educational Resources are becoming big profit makers for those making money off our schools and at our students/teachers expense. One of the EdWeek’s favorite resources for OERs is known as CMX powered by EdGate. EdGate is a division of EdMin.
To access the OERs for CMS, See: https://correlation.edgate.com/cmx/login.php
This OER website is for teachers AND students. It aligns with not only CCSS, but CTE (Career Tech Education), too. CTE is embedded in both the WIOA and the ESSA.
2) To see EdMin’s tie to international workforce based education, see the screen shot below.

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Link to the international CTE information: http://www.edmin.com/news/cte-cctc-international-and-supplemental-standards-added-edgate-repository-standards
3) The International Teacher Standards were also featured in the Webinar.
To access these, see: http://www.theptc.org/ttc-standards/
One name to note: Bambi Betts. Her name is also seen above in the CIS screen shot, but with a different named organization. In the CIS shot, she is representing the Academy of International School Heads. Her connection to the International Teacher Standards is organization which has the Standards, the Principal’s Training Center, PTC. PTC is based in Florida. To see PTC’s member schools (all with international education in mind),
http://www.theptc.org/current-members/

(*Special note, when visiting the PTC website, be sure to scroll over the “Standards”. You can select International Teacher, Principal, or Counselor.)

To understand why I pointed out Betts to you, see below:

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You can also tie Betts back to the ISC (International School Consultancy). She authors a regular column in TIE ( The International Educator), a partner group of ISC. If you would like to see Bambi Betts’ brief bio: http://www.theptc.org/bambi-betts/ (*notice the absence of American education positions.)

Betts and her PTC organization are hosting a workshop in July 2016. It is geared for school leaders, but targets student assessments. Use this link to find out how the workshop is described, then be sure to click on the web/print resources. It is here you will find many CCSS Machine member assessments. See: http://www.theptc.org/ptc301/
In case you cannot access the separate web/print resources, http://www.theptc.org/assess-resources/

 

Ed For Sale

Greetings Anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors! The Weekend News is here! What can we learn from the CCSS Machine? In a short sentence: how the global education business market is growing.

A Recent Webinar:

Just a few days ago, I was among many who joined in a pro CCSS backed group’s webinar for how educational business/services can a) capitalize on the recent passage of (Every Student Succeeds Act, ESSA); b) go global with education; c) make big sales for their companies; and d) drive education as we know it straight down the tubes.

Which group was hosting? The Gates Foundation funded EdWeek, of course! What global educational consulting firm also joined the frey? The ISC (International School Consultancy). If you haven’t heard of ISC, they are based in the United Kingdom and are the oldest global education consulting group of their kind. Because of this, it was shared in the webinar, the ISC has the historical educational data to back why going global is a great thing for all of us. Among the nations attending this webinar, the most were from the U.S.A., while the next 2 biggest attendees were the U.K. and the United Arab Empire.

About 2 months ago, EdWeek launched its Marketplace, where educational business, services, and those seeking such, can get information. I was invited to join the Marketplace, so I could get all kinds of research. However, at $750.00, I decided to pass. Besides, why in the world would I support the Gates Foundation’s backed group by purchasing their research?

It was the Marketplace portion of EdWeek presenting in this webinar. According to Kevin (from Marketplace), the virtual store is where gaps of what K-12th education needs meet business providers. Thus a harmonious bridge is created. Aren’t we so lucky….Among some of the provisions are Next Generation Science Standards/Assessments, Data Mining tools, etc. Kevin also stated the ESSA is for business ‘a canary in a coal mine’ opportunity. WiseGeek.org says that for governments and businesses the phrase means a ‘harbinger of the future’. (See: http://www.wisegeek.org/what-does-it-mean-to-be-a-canary-in-a-coal-mine.htm)

According to one of the slides from the Webinar, Bill Gates has predicted the education businesses (especially digital) will increase by 50% or $1.1 billion dollars. Driving the sales? Ed Tech (supposedly higher quality education/more personalized learning/evidence based results based on proven technology)

What I Have Seen/Heard:

As one who has researched the stuffing out of the ESSA, I can tell you, the increased amount of P3s (public private partnerships), businesses/educational services will increase dramatically. LEAs (local education agencies) and SEAs (State Education Agencies) will be able to open their federally provided funds up to anyone offering any type of business/service which can be related to student success (aka: student outcomes, competency based mastery, college and career readiness, post-secondary readiness, and student achievement).

Warriors, we should NOT be the last to know this information! Why do I say this?
a) The EdWeek Research arm recently partnered with the National School Superintendent’s Association to conduct a study on ESSA friendly PD (Professional Development).  I have shared with you in the past how aligned to CCSS, the School Supers Association is.
b) a recent meeting I attended hosted by the North Carolina Dept. of Public Instruction was full of folks from P3s either imploring the DPI for ESSA federal funds or employing more people from those P3s (and new ones) for educational purposes! Among the most sought after? SEL (social emotional learning) My point? The pro side is wasting NO time in getting the message out. Since the state I live is in already hopping on the bandwagon, yours probably is too!

More We Need to Know From Both Hosts:

The CCSS/ESSA slanted Webinar also shared the following information:

1) Educational business and services are golden opportunities for America.
2) School leaders WANT more personalized learning (as based off Digital Promise research). (*Note from my research: Digital Promise is a huge portion of ESSA.)
3) With more personalized learning comes better data tracking via student CBE (competency based education) progress.
4) SC, MS, ND, KY, and KS lead the nation in ELL (English Language Learning) digital education content.
5) Professional Development for teachers is slowly embracing the digital shift.
6) OERs (Open Educational Resources) are popular with teachers now and are better aligned to the CCSS than previous resources. OERs also are a great business profit maker because your company can help purchasers save school funding.
7) The ESSA will give educational businesses not only more money, but give schools better accountability, too. (*Note from my research: ESSA’s main damaging points are the national assessments, the accountability of the States to the U.S. Dept. of Ed and the funding which unites all this.)
8) Non-academic education businesses/services will also have opportunities to cash in.
9) Consider all of the above as opportunities for experimentation in education, especially how our students/teachers are measured.
10) EdWeek is helping the gradual building of international education marketing and trends. In 2015, around $15.2 billion was made by those participating. ISC shared that the tuition market for profits is about $39 billion and will increase to near $90 billion by 2026. Fee based education is a huge portion of the global education aspect. All this means the global economy is very healthy and that enrollment population is increasing.
11) English is being considered the language of business, therefore the need for ELL alignment is paramount for globally recognized credentials. In the screen shot below, notice the EMEM (Engish-Medium Education Market). This is something we will see increase via ESSA and other moves.

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12) Global education has 4 benefits, the top 2: labor/quality learning
13) Inclusion is a top need for those being globally educated. Globally educated students are best fed by curriculum which supports inclusion.
14) There are over 200 International School Associations.
15) UAE (United Arab Empire) leads the world in the most international schools.
16) Curriculum trends find that UK based resources and IB (International Baccalaureate) are among the most used. (*Note from my research: IB Curriculum is not only UN/UNESCO based, it’s main contributor is a noted leftist.)
17) ISC noted that the most measured global assessments they track are the IGCSE*, the IB Diploma Program, the PSAT and SAT, and the GCEA*. (*IGCSE stands for “International General Certificate of Secondary Education”.) The University of Cambridge developed this over 25 years ago. To learn more:
 http://www.cie.org.uk/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-secondary-2/cambridge-igcse/
(*GCE stands for General Certificate of Education; the GCEA, from what I can find refers to only one level of GCEs. There are GCE-As, GCE-A2 levels. Combined, the 2 levels have 31 career based tracks you can earn your Certificate in. There is also a GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education). There are 41 career based tracks available at the secondary level.)

Warriors, does this sound familiar?! Career Pathways, Career Clusters, Career Technical Education….all part of the CCSS Machine!! To see more about GCEs:
http://ccea.org.uk/qualifications/gce; to learn more about GCSEshttp://ccea.org.uk/qualifications/gcse

Closing:

I will be taking a more in-depth look at the ISC and reporting what I find in the upcoming week. In the meantime, here are some resources you can access:
The EdWeek/ISC Webinar slides: ISCed
How GCEs are tied to PearsonNEA1516 (*Note: NEA stands for ‘Non-examination assessments’)

Principled Leadership in the ESSA Era

Source: A recent NASSP webinar slide. The added emphasis is mine.
Source: A recent NASSP webinar slide. The added emphasis is mine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warriors Against the Core! A call to action is before us. The question is, will we continue to see the CCSS (Common Core State Standards) Machine spew deceptive principles right before us OR we will expose them quickly, mightily, and with purpose?! With the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) in full creation/implementation mode, the deceptions are flying at us a break neck speed. We can’t afford to miss them. For truth to win, we must be sharp!

The Deceptive Catch?! (Oh yes, there are several, in fact)

Profit. Your state or school district pays the money to access these supposed helpful resources. The supplier, in turn, sells more to other states and school districts. The supplier’s bottom line gets bigger and your freedom of choice gets smaller. Nice bait and switch, isn’t it?! However, the suppliers are not done with your state or school district yet…Besides profit, the others are: data (to be collected, sold, shared, and used against each other for more profit/gain), ESSA mandates in what is taught and how it is taught (not choices), workforce agenda (not true academics for students or teachers), entire community assessments (if your community doesn’t measure up, there will be more ‘helpful resources’ available..of course for a price!), and family interventions (The CCSS Machine’s agenda is NOT family togetherness)!

Warriors, in this age of cyber meetings, expect the following to continue to happen:
1) More deceptions disguised as helpful resources.
2) More data/technology systems will be out soon and available for purchase.
3) More and more webinars will be churned out in the name of adhering to the ESSA.
4) More meetings geared for school leaders to adhere to the ESSA.
5) We will continue to expose it all!!!

The Screenshot Above:

The graphic I made for you is a perfect illustration of the ‘happy to deceive you’ tactics so ripe and in use by the CCSS Machine. This one happens to be a recent webinar (3/23/16) slide hosted by the NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals)


The NASSP is no exception. How do I know? I have researched this group before. Sen. Lamar Alexander bragged on them, in fact, when he gloated after the ESSA passed AND Dr. King was confirmed. In fact, all those groups Alexander mentioned are busy churning out webinars, emails, tweets, and any other type of ESSA alignment hype. It is almost laughable how each one is saying THEIR information is the ‘most accurate’ about ESSA ‘really means’!

So, what did the NASSP have to spin eloquent about concerning the ESSA? Title One funding. However, the NASSP was not alone in this presentation. The Learning First Alliance (another pro CCSS group) had a guest speaker featured in the webinar. He also claimed to have great insight into all things Title One. (To access the Alliancehttp://www.learningfirst.org/)

Here are some other need to know anti CCSS Warrior items from the webinar:

1) College and Career Readiness is purposefully inserted in the ESSA and contain 3 levels of achievement. The CCR will also mandatorily have to meet CTE (Career Technical Education) and post-secondary public college/university requirements.

2) The U.S. Dept. of Education has a new pilot program out for up to 7 states to become a part of. Stated as the ‘Innovative Assessment and Accountability Demo Project’. However, I did not find a project with this name on the U.S. Dept. of Education’s website. I did happen to find another pro CCSS media spin on the Project, “…the law also includes a pilot program that initially allows up to seven states to develop innovative assessment systems—such as competency-based assessments and instructionally embedded assessments—that provide valid, reliable, and comparable data on student achievement. States approved for this program can pilot these innovative assessment systems in a few districts before implementing them statewide.” (Source: https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/education/report/2016/01/29/130115/implementing-the-every-student-succeeds-act/)
What this means for us: those schools in the approved states will be experimental yet again for education reform purposes. Those presenting during the webinar said that many, many more states (besides the allotted 7) are lining up to participate. (*Related to this is what the U.S. Dept. of Ed has on file about assessments:
http://tech.ed.gov/netp/assessment-measure-what-matters/)

3) How much Title One funding our states will receive will be based on the past 3 years of student data. Funding will be doled out on two dates in 2016: July 1st, and October 1st. The states will receive money based on the child count per district as well as the poverty rate. These figures are taken from your county’s (or parish’s) data.

4) Gone will be the Yearly Annual Progress tracking and 100% graduation rates. Supposedly states will get to set all the parameters, at least according to the hosts. What is also being debated is which national assessment to used as the high school requirement…it will be either the SAT or the ACT (both, just happen to be aligned to CCSS!)

5) More high schools could get Title One funding, thanks to the ESSA. This change would allow more students to be included in all those supportive success activities and programs ESSA is full of. The Title One funding states get must go for development of school wide programs/services and can be used for dual enrolled or concurrently enrolled students.

6) According to the webinar, the ESSA will be updated in about 5 years and completely replaces NCLB, No Child Left Behind(funny, another pro CCSS webinar I attended and shared the results said NCLB was largely in place via the ESSA). I guess this happens when you deceive folks so much you get lost in the lies!

7) Because of possible shifts in Title One funding from ‘targeted assistance’ to ‘school wide’, you will need to see what school districts consider as capital purchases. The example given: laptops for each student (as long as they are $500.00 or less) qualify as capital purchases. The U.S. Dept. of Ed is ‘encouraging’ states to use ‘school wide services/programs’ to avoid the technicalities of ESSA.

 8) NASSP wants to be a top influencer in the ESSA changes we face. Expect this wish from all the others clamoring for our attention with ESSA changes.

9) States MUST submit Title One plans to the U.S. Dept. of Education in a timely manner. Meaningful consultative results MUST also be presented. The consultative process will involve all ‘stakeholders’ in education AND have to co-ordinate with all other educational programs the states use/plan to use. Since there is no set consulting process yet, this means we have an opportunity to become involved in defining what the process will look like!!

10)The NASSP shared that most State Boards of Education do not contain a full staff of professionals, it is important to get as many professional education-minded people in place. Another opportunity for us to get as many anti CCSS professionally minded education Warriors in place!

To access the entire Webinar slide set: nasspwebaddy

Other Webinars we Warriors should make plans to attend:

NASSP’s Title Two (will target educator funding), April 27, 2016 and the Title 4 (Block grants for States and education) for 21st Century Community Schools, May 4, 2016. Both will be held Eastern Daylight Time (3:30 pm to 4:30 pm). You can sign up for these by using the same address included in the screen shot above.

Be sure to check EdWeek’s website. This Gates Foundation backed group is also busy churning out deceptions with the ESSA.

ASCD is featuring many pro ESSA resources right now in preparation for their upcoming conference. (ASCD is also backed by the Gates Foundation).

Not a webinar, but a date we can use to counter act the pro ESSA lies the NEA will be spinning: April 3rd, 2016. Look to your local NEA chapters for news on this.

Closing:

All this deception reminds me of some lyrics from a song I first heard last year. Sung by a British artist named Paloma Faith, the song is titled ‘Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful’?  While written as a love song, it is my opinion that those in the CCSS Machine live this out daily:

‘Do you want the truth or something beautiful?
Just close your eyes and make believe
Do you want the truth or something beautiful?
I am happy to deceive you’

So much for principled leadership, huh?

 

Weekend News: Open Invitation

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ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is chock full of punitive measures. The CCSS Machine is a willing and ready partner in all this.

Anti CCSS Warriors, this edition of my ‘Weekend News’ contains links to upcoming or archived events you may not know about and can attend/listen to in how we can learn more ways to fight the federal overreach in education…and our lives as families. NO educational choice will escape this!

First up, a vital conversation between the CrossWalk host and Alex Newman. CrossWalk is a Christian based organization. However, whether you are a Christian or not, this conversation is HUGE in its importance. The conversation took place 3/18/16. It focuses in on how teachers are to spy on students; how the U.S. Dept. of Education is calling parents ‘partners’ in raising families; and how a recently released FBI document plays into the Social Emotional Learning so deeply embedded in the ESSA factors into what will be our lives now.
To access the conversation: http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/crosstalk-march-18-2016
To access the FBI document (I suggest downloading it before it disappears):
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Secondly, if you have followed my blog for a while, you know how I have broken down the ESSA and exposed its overreach into our families by aligning education from BIRTH and will extend it to higher education! Add to this Dr. John King’s confirmation as the Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Education. Then, go back and listen to Sen. Patty Murray’s speech directly relating to HOW Dr. King would be a great fit for the early learning push.
The sum? Massive amounts of family interventions and CCSS/CCR/CTE/STEM (Common Core State Standards/College and Career Readiness/Career Tech Education/Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in our communities, our homes, and our choices in life.
To access the Confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate where you can hear Sen. Patty Murray’s speech (be sure to listen to Sen. Lamar Alexander’s speech, too): http://floor.senate.gov/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1866
If this link does not work, you can access the Hearing via: http://www.senate.gov/floor/, then scroll down and select ‘March 14, 2016’ and ‘video’.

To attend a related and upcoming Webinar specifically detailing the Birth to Grade 3 Alignment to the ESSA from a State level (includes how it will be funded), then register to attend the NC Early Childhood Foundation’s April 6th, 2016 session. While the Webinar is geared for NC, the Foundation has extended the invitation to ANY citizen from all other States to attend.
To access the Webinar’s invitation: http://buildthefoundation.org/2016/03/essa-webinar/
If you are curious as to how friendly the NC Early Childhood Foundation is (I know I was), see the screen shot below:
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As in the past, Warriors, you can learn much from this even if you don’t live in NC. Why? Every state will be put through this cycle.

Thirdly, the CBE (Competency Based Education) push will hit teachers and educators very hard, thanks to the ESSA. An upcoming Webinar, March 22nd, will address this shift in education from the VERY (friendly) CCSS Machine members, Digital Promise (a White House led initiative) and the Gates Foundation funded, EdWeek.
To access the open invitation:
https://vts.inxpo.com/scripts/Server.nxp?LASCmd=AI:4;F:QS!10100&ShowKey=30380
To learn a bit more about the main presenter in the Webinar, visit:
http://schools.bloomboard.com/state-educational-leaders-come-together-to-discuss-the-shift-towards-competency-based-learning-for-k-12-educators/ (*Note: 3 States, FL, TN, and DE will also be presenting information.)

Other things to look for where open invitations can be shared? Your State’s ESSA Virtual Academy is a great place to look. For example, CO has one titled the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act Virtual Academy. They, of course, have shifted the topics to ESSA, but you can still get a great look into all the archives of the ESEA/ESSA topics from a State level, so you can look for similar in your State. To see what I mean, visit their website:
https://www.cde.state.co.us/fedprograms/virtualacademy
(*Note: In NC, where I live, there is an entire set of webpages in the DPI (Dept. of Public Instruction) for federal monitoring, which is similar to the CO Academy. I show you this to contrast how different the names of these pages of information can be. To see what I mean, visit NC’s site:
http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/program-monitoring/)

So, Warriors, act quickly, learn much, and SHARE!

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Together, we can do much!

 

Weekend News: “No”, a Powerful Word!

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Anti CCSS Warriors, have you noticed how “no” is working in our fight to free our nation of all things ‘Common Core’? Slowly, but surely, our voices are proving effective. However, we have a lot more speaking to do! In this edition of my Weekend News, I have some ways in which we are proving ‘no’ is succeeding in chopping up the CCSS Machine!

Just Saying “No” to Dr. King:

A few days ago, someone posted on Facebook to use the hashtag: #saynotoking on Twitter. There have been a few comments shared. We need many more Tweets, Warriors!
Another hashtag which needs more comments and is related: #sayno2king.
You can post your anti-King comments on the account #noking, but be warned, there are many other comments referring to more sexual topics than anything else. The same will ring true for the hashtag #no2king.

Of interest and can be related to saying ‘no’ would be to ‘crash’ the NEA Summit’s Trending Twitter account, happening this weekend. NEA (National Educators Association) is a well known member of the CCSS Machine and was totally supportive of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). Let ’em know, we the opposed, are saying ‘no’, ‘no’, and a ‘thousand times, no!’ to Dr. King AND ESSA!

 

Every Congress member should know our position when it comes to fed led education!
Every Congress member should know our position when it comes to fed led education!

The Devil is in the Details:

While the date of 2/25/16 was widely shared as the confirming/denying vote for Dr. King, little was shared about the the ‘quiet approval’ of the U.S. Senate HELP Committee (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee) on the 25th of February 2016.

Since it is, in fact the entire U.S. Senate who must confirm or deny Dr. King’s appointment as the U. S. Secretary of Education, let their Twitter feed reflect our ire and disgust! Use #USSenate! To date, there is only one Tweet devoted to saying ‘no’ where Dr. King is concerned. Let’s see if we can increase that number exponentially, shall we?

We must use the days between now and 3/9/16 to continue to raise awareness, to speak louder to EVERY U.S. Senator in saying “no”. How do I know the vote was cast? A pro-side CCSS Machine member’s Tweet:
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By looking further into the Tweet, I found the U.S. HELP’s proceedings were quick (about 2 and 1/2 hours) and another step in the WRONG direction for education!
Follow this link to get the EdWeek viewpoint (will be the second article you see) Then go to the hearing itself from the HELP Committee.
The EdWeek link: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/
See: http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/nomination-of-dr-john-king-to-serve-as-secretary-of-education
(Warning: Sen. Alexander begins the entire hearing, so have a punching bag ready! You will also need to hear the new Coalition Alexander spews off in his opening comments.) While it painful to listen to, as an anti CCSS Warrior, you must! It gives us plenty of clues as to where to target our ‘no’ voices!

To see Dr. King’s prepared statement given before the U.S. HELP Committee:
http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/King8.pdf
(Note: Dr. King directly points out the work to be done to update the HEA, Higher Education Act. Big warning for MORE alignment to the CCSS Machine, Warriors!!)

To contact your Senators directly, use the U.S. Senate contact pages:
http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

To help put together a Twitter rally and/or Facebook campaign of urging the Senators to ‘just say no’ to Dr. King and his reign of pain in education, help me urge your state groups or national groups against CCSS, to get this ‘no’ effort to increase! If you have ties to the Patriot Journal Network and are familiar with their awesome Twitter rallies to bring attention to a cause, let them know we need help immediately! Together, we CAN do much! Together, we can say “NO” forcibly enough Washington will have no choice in confirming Dr. King, they will have to deny him! Are you with me?! Great! Keep saying NO to federally led education! Keep saying NO to the embedded CCSS in the ESSA, in spite of what lies you hear that it isn’t!! Help us unite to say ‘YES’ to Stop Fed Ed!!

FTF: A Chip off The Education Block

Sure, you've heard of private schools, but have you heard of 'micro' schools?!
Sure, you’ve heard of private schools, but have you heard of ‘micro’ schools?!

Anti CCSS Warriors, we have another education reform ‘wannabe’. Consider it a chip off the old CCSS Machine’s block.. What AM I talking about?! “Micro Schools”, of course! If you haven’t heard of them, that’s okay, I recently discovered these schools, too.
One other question we will address is how this ties back to the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act).

So, What is a ‘Micro School’?

I found out about them via the Gates Foundation supportive, CCSS Machine member: Ed Week. (See: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/01/27/micro-schools-could-be-new-competition-for.html?r=608439843&cmp=eml-enl-eu-news1-RM)

Like its name, these schools are small in size (typically no more than an entire school population of 150). Unlike traditional schools, micros have all the students in one classroom.  While the article suggests these schools are like the old-fashioned one room schoolhouses, there is absolutely NOTHING old fashioned about the agenda behind these small schools. As an anti CCSS Warrior, see if you can catch the agenda the CCSS Machine has laced through these modern minis.

AltSchools, the Supposed Leader in Micro Schools:

This group is mentioned in the article I have linked you to (above). You can access their website, https://www.altschool.com/
From their ‘About Us’ page, their mission statement begins with, ” AltSchool is a collaborative community of micro-schools that uses outstanding teachers, deep research, and innovative tools to offer a personalized, whole child learning experience for the next generation.”
(*Note, be sure to watch the embedded video with the smiley faced guy.)
You should love the fact he is a businessman now involved in education. While that doesn’t seem so bad, listen to his pro CCSS companies he rattles off. (example: Google) Don’t miss his plug for project based learning (which is rooted in another progressive, pro CCSS Machine member, The Buck Institute. (my previously published look at PBLs:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/sic-em-saturday-ccss-progressives-and-pbls/ )

Currently, AltSchools are in CA, NY, IL. To see the AltSchool locations in their entirety,
https://www.altschool.com/about-us#our-parents
(*Note, be sure to click on one of the existing locations to look at the floor plan. You will see what many other traditional schools are doing, totally transforming them to be open locations with centers.)

The curriculum? Forget about seeing your student as a person, this group is after “T-shaped learners”.  What the heck is a “T-shaped learner”? An excerpt, “…Students who have a wide breadth of knowledge across all subjects and depth in the subjects that they are passionate about. In addition to cultivating strong social-emotional skills, AltSchool students build competency across core academic areas: math, science, English language arts, and social studies. Through our before- and after-school co-curricular offerings, students delve even deeper into subjects of interest, including drama, arts, coding, and foreign languages.”
The educators? All 21st Century ones. See the entire description of both curriculum and educators, https://www.altschool.com/education#curriculum
(*Note: the heavy use of technology and the reference to aligning to the most recent education discoveries.)
From the FAQs, this loaded statement of CCSS Machine groups in the curriculum:
‘AltSchool’s learning objectives draw from a variety of standards and metrics as a framework for instructional design. Our Lower and Middle School instruction is informed by the Common Core, National Council of the Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Next Generation Science Standards, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), among others.’

Helping fund AltSchools? Facebook and Apple owners! Yep,  these two pro CCSS Machine members even made the news about their investments. See: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2015/05/04/altschool-scores-100-million-from-mark-zuckerberg-and-others/26740867/
(*Note: be sure to read where the AltSchool founder reveals that there are non-profits and other investors on board as well.)

Other financial backers? “Founders Fund, Andreessen Horowitz, First Round Capital, Harrison Metal, John Doerr, Jonathan Sackler, Learn Capital, Omidyar Network, and other leading investors.” To learn more about why these investors are lining up in huge support of AltSchools, you will need to see the AltSchools Press Release from 2014. It explains that the schools are a ‘certified B organization’. What does THAT mean? Heavy on social justice issues with a large collective mindset. See the entire press release: https://www.altschool.com/press-release-11-17-14

Want to better understand what a B Organization truly is? As an anti CCSS Warrior, you will be quick to pick up on the main themes, the global aspects, and the money to be made.

 

New Orleans, TX, and Globally: Micros Coming Soon!

Also included in the featured EdWeek article about AltSchools, were the facts that New Orleans public charters are considering the AltSchool way of education; that at least one private school in TX is already involved (since 2009); that  Catholic schools could be well served; how  comprehensive high schools could learn from AltSchools; and, that several non-USA locations are benefiting from AltSchools.
Warriors Against the Core
, are you seeing the pattern?

Not included in the NAIS:

AltSchools, according to the EdWeek article are not being tracked by the NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools), so there may be many MORE micro schools in the world. However, my question is, are AltSchools accredited at all? One CBS interview from 2015, reveals the groups is in the process of becoming accredited. See: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/altschool-alternative-education/
Anti CCSS Warriors, do you recognize an issue here?

As Far as How This Plays into the ESSA:

Besides the red flags I have recently raised about the ESSA and technology/data/digital, the AltSchools have all sorts of CCSS Machine ties to overlook or assume they won’t be part of the ESSA written educational future in America. All this said, the AltSchools are considered ‘alternative education’. That phrase is most definitely used in the ESSA.
Alternative education evidence based state practices your LEAs (Local Education Agencies) can use to support a student: Page 99; Alternative routes for SEAs (State Education Agencies) to certify supporting programs: Page 111;  any alternative education method in regards to correctional facilities: Page 266;  alternative means of receiving a high school diploma: Page 793; For Native Americans, alternative education, standards, assessments: Page 811; The bigger the LEA, the bigger the funding weighed alternative: Page 946;Alternative routes for educators to teach or school leaders to lead: Pages 141; 305; 318; 322; 398; 800; 972-981 (ESSA Final Conference Report).

 

Related:

Considering my last 3 articles went into great detail about the digital and technology ties the ESSA has now put into action for all of us, you might wish to factor schools like AltSchools into the mix. You may find their other EdWeek article about the big push for technology and data worth using as knowledge, too. See: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/01/13/the-future-of-big-data-and-analytics.html

If you haven’t see the last 3 articles where you are given the CCSS Machine ties, the ESSA page numbers and related MUST KNOW information.
How much digital and technology the ESSA is mandating:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/essa-and-digital-overload/

How the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s IES will assess not only students, but entire families for digital and technology: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/weekend-news-the-ies-and-the-essa/

How State Grants for public places and other funding is being manipulated and will continue to be thanks to the ESSA:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/state-digital-education/

How comprehensive high schools/post-secondary education are extensions of the CCSS Machine via CTE (Career Tech Education):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/tech-thursday-caps-via-career-pathways-is-still-ccss/

Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation was also featured in the original EdWeek article above. Their website: http://www.christenseninstitute.org/

Be sure to grab their publication on using schools as community hubs (also embedded in the ESSA via Title One funding)). The publication is published by the Brookings Institute, a huge CCSS Machine member. : http://www.christenseninstitute.org/publications/schools-as-community-hubs/

How the NAIS/NCTM are tied to the CCSS Machine:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/sic-em-saturday-ccss-in-christian-schools-even-more/

Next Generation Science Standards and CCSS:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/wybi-wednesday-silent-classrooms/

CASEL, 21 Century Community Learning Centers and CCSS:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/21/weekend-news-the-state-of-ccsss-sel/

WYBI? Tying STEM to CCSS…Again

For my return to “Would You Believe It?!” Wednesdays,  I’ll share with you how the STEM Education Act of 2015  ties back to Common Core Standards. If you’ve followed my blog long enough, you are aware of the numerous times I’ve given you documented evidence of how STEM, STEM to STEAM, are all   aligned with CCSS. (Did you know there’s now a STEM to STREAM? (It stands for Science, Technology, R______, Arts, and Math).

STEM, by way of Common Core..and not in a distant galaxy.
STEM, by way of Common Core..and not in a distant galaxy.

So, What is the STEM Education Act of 2015?

If you haven’t heard of this new federal law, it became such on October 8, 2015. In a nutshell, the law states that STEM must now include computer science. While that sounds perfectly innocent, there’s more to this law than a simple course addition. You wouldn’t need a federal law for that.

Here’s one of the ‘there’s more’ statements: “to support existing STEM education programs at the National Science Foundation.” Now, before I go on, let me clarify that this statement is only a short version, or a summary of the law. If you were to stop there, again, you’d think ”this doesn’t sound bad”.
But, let’s look at the Act itself. Here are the other organizations this extends STEM to. “For purposes of carrying out STEM education activities at the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Environmental Protection Agency.”  These cover STEM in formal education settings, but wait..the new law covers STEM in informal settings as well. As in museums, camps, or anywhere else you can have an informal learning environment. Here’s the direct language, “improve STEM  learning outcomes and increase engagement for K– 12 students, K–12 teachers, and the general public,  including design and testing of the scalability of  models, programs, and other resources.” You’ll also want to read how the Master Teaching Fellows are included. Read the new law:
http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20150223/SMITTX_1020_xml.pdf
To read how the Gates Foundation funded EdNews broke the story, see: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2015/10/new_law_includes_computer_scie.html?cmp=eml-enl-cm-news2-RM

 


So, Where are the CCSS Connections?

Back in June 2015, I wrote an article after attending an education conference. Here is the one sentence expert from that article that ties NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) not only to STEM, but CCSS, as well: “NASA’s CCSS/STEM statement: http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov/media.html 
If you’d like to read the rest of the article and where I found more CCSS/STEM ties:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/terrific-tuesday-anti-ccss-news/

NOAA: When I searched the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website, I was able to find an entire library of NOAA, CCSS resources. See: http://search.usa.gov/search?affiliate=oceanexplorer.noaa.gov&query=common+core+state+standards
If you want to see their STEM resources, http://search.usa.gov/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&affiliate=oceanexplorer.noaa.gov&query=STEM+&commit=Search
NOAA even has the Next Generation Science Standards! See: http://search.usa.gov/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&affiliate=oceanexplorer.noaa.gov&query=Next+Generation+Science+Standards

 

EPA, The Environmental Protection Agency:

Their website is on you should certainly check out. Why? This agency is not only ‘big’ in education, but its ‘big’ into our communities as well. See their ‘students’ page.
http://www2.epa.gov/students If you visit there, notice how they are classifying their offerings for education. It’s called ‘Environmental Education’. See that page: http://www2.epa.gov/education

What might be of particular interest is their rather dated pdf on aligning EPA issues with those of educational standards. As they put it, ‘Aligning EE Resources to National and State Curriculum Standards’. In this document (from the days of NCLB), you will find the FCAT assessment, the ASCD (Gates Foundation funded educational company), and more! Please make note the EPA used the 1983 “Nation At Risk” report, and Americans questioning education as reasons to align their resources with education. The report concludes with how the EPA planned on continuing to align with education in the future. Get the document, EPAalign
You may find the Washington Post’s article about the EPA CCSS aligned reading materials a bit ‘snarky’. After all, who wouldn’t want to replace classic reading materials with insulation guides? See: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2012/12/07/the-common-cores-70-percent-nonfiction-standards-and-the-end-of-reading/

 

 

The PCAST Report:

Rather than continue on with how each of the named federal agencies are tied to CCSS, I want to go back to when I first began to blog about fighting CCSS. After years of in-depth research, and sharing in among a few people also fighting CCSS, I was encouraged to go national with the sharing. Hence, the blog. One of the first articles was the original tie between STEM and Common Core. Since then, I’ve referred to it a lot. Why? Because that PCAST report laid out how the need for a STEM nation would use the, then, new ‘common standards’. Here’s an excerpt you might appreciate, “Nuggets of information include clear bipartisan support in the need for education reform in general (page vi); on page v, increasing federal involvement in education and a presence of public private partnerships is also brought into play. I found it interesting that the P3s were mentioned before the states.”
Be sure to read this one, warriors. You’ll especially want to see point #3, where the 2 prongs and 5 overarching priorities are laid out. Read: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/from-the-files-pcast-stem-and-common-core/

If that’s not enough ‘evidence’, be sure to go back and read the 3 part series I wrote about the STEM, STEAM, and CCSS.
a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/wybi-stem-to-steam-ties-to-common-core-pt-1/
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/28/tech-thursday-pt-2-stem-to-steams-ties-to-common-core/
c) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/29/friday-special-post-part-3-stem-to-steam-ties-to-ccss/

Then there’s is the article about the STEM Affinity Network, The Race to the Top Funding, and Educational Waivers. Read, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/wybi-wednesday-rttt-stem-ed-waivers-and-more/
For how CCSS/STEM devoted the NSF (National Science Foundation) is, read: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/wybiupclosewithnsf/

 

 

What About the Computer Science?

Notice in the new law it specifically adds computer science. How is computer science aligned to CCSS now? I found the Computer Science Teachers Association‘s map of each course in computer science and  its place in the CCSS. Get the map,
CSTA_Standards_Mapped_to_CommonCoreStandardsNew
You might be interested to know that the CSTA has ‘completed crosswalks’ with Google, Linux, Oracle, and Tech Corps. See: http://www.csta.acm.org/Curriculum/sub/CompletedCrosswalks.html
You can also see the CSTA map of the Computer Science courses aligned to STEM.
Get that map: CSTA_Standards_Mapped_to_STEM_Cluster_Topics-2
If you’d like to see the CSTA sponsors, see:
http://www.csta.acm.org/Sponsorship/sub/MeetOurSponsors.html
You shouldn’t be surprised to see Google and Microsoft among the sponsors, but you may be surprised that the College Board is also a sponsor. Warriors, remember, the College Board is funded by each state!

 

 

STEM to STREAM?

Above, you can see I have given you much information about the STEM to STEAM shift. But STREAM??  If we look at the EdWeek article, notice the ‘R’ could stand for ‘religion’, or ‘reading and writing’, etc. Is there a more non-Gates funded perspective to what the ‘R’ subject may be?
The National Writing Project has their opinion, ‘ agencies also realized that adding the arts to STEM is not enough. We also need to add the thinking skills embodied in reading and writing. STEAM may condense into STREAM!’ This project also states how the National Endowment for the Arts, the NSF helped with the ‘A’ in the “STEAM”. Refer back to the above STEM to STEAM articles to see how CCSS aligned both these groups are.
In 2014, Huffington Post shared their take on STREAM. Reading took the ‘R’. This article also shared how essential to the ‘core’ ELA (English Language Arts) has been. Read the article, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rob-furman/stem-needs-updated-to-str_b_5461814.html

In my researched opinion, it appears the STREAM, just like the other standards based education reforms, needs proper vetting BEFORE they are made into law, but more importantly BEFORE they are EVER introduced into our classrooms!!