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America’s Challenge

Hello Anti Fed Ed Warriors! We’re hours away from America’s Independence Day celebrations. While you’re passing around the hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, and drinks, why not pass around a petition as well?!

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Independence Day has always been about celebrating freedom.

However, when’s the last time you read the Declaration of Independence? Did you know it has a citizen’s ‘charge’ in it as to what to do with the government should it become ‘against’ the people?!

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 Warriors, why are we not exercising our RIGHTS to alter government where it concerns education?! Why are we NOT protesting in DROVES about the illegally based U.S. Dept. of Education and U.S. Dept. of Labor merging?!

Sure, we say we KNOW federal overreach in education is wrong, but what are we DOING about it?! Are we waiting for the government fairies to whack DC leaders over the head and HOPE they realize the overreaches are unconstitutionally based?

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Are we going to sit and watch our students (and ourselves) be overrun by the CCSS Machine and turned into workforce minions? I encourage you to meet my fictitious family, The Wannabees. They’ll show you exactly HOW the merging of education and labor is as un-American as it can be.

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Signing the petition is a great first step to doing something besides acknowledging corruption. We the People could have a choice seat at the ‘table’ to complete our civil duties as citizens!

If you don’t realize just how BAD the merger between Ed and Labor will be for all of US, I urge you to gather the folks around the picnic table and watch this video WHILE you pass the anti merger petition around! The video is one I’ve featured before and is all about the European Union’s education/labor pipeline. If that’s not enough to set your charcoal on fire, U.S. Secretary of Education, DeVos wants the merger so we CAN be just LIKE those European nations with such systems(*Note: the Prevent Common Core website I referred to in the archived link above, seems to no longer exist.)

What will really set off your fireworks is this is EXACTLY the same ‘global education for all’ BS the United Nations has been pushing and implementing right under most of America’s noses! This workforce based education is one DeVos and Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, regularly stump for.

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Related Resources (aka: the picnic’s condiments):

The ‘pickle’ of DeVos being overseer of American education when she’s a globalist educrat: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/11/26/a-nation-scorned/

The ‘onions on the table’ for DeVos’s ties to globally UN education efforts:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2017/10/14/a-response/

The mustard, ketchup, and mayo of the EU’s workforce system:
http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=1079

Closing:

Warriors, this Independence Day, make sure your voices are loud, clear, and stronger than your beverage of choice! Sign the petition, get out there, and demand our leaders GET OUT of education! We only have until July 24, 2018 to gather at least 100,000 signatures. As of this writing, 1,480 Americans has said “NO!”. We want education to be academic, not workforce prep.
So, there’s our American challenge: can we be Warriors strong enough to exercise our civic duty as laid out in the U.S. Declaration of Independence?!

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WYBI: Career Ready

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Common Core beyond American shores is one thing. CCR (College/Career Readiness), also Common Core aligned, now reaches beyond America as well. Find out more in today’s post.

AIR (American Institutes for Research) is a well documented Common Core Standards supporter..to say the least I care to about this organization. So, to know the group is pushing CCR beyond America..that’s a ‘Would you believe it?’ Wednesday moment.

The Map:

In the screen shot from Twitter above, you’ll notice the tweet is bragging about all the places CCR is now. Yes, I understand that every state and territory mentioned is considered American, but what IF CCR were in OTHER countries? Can we find the relationship? (we’ll get back to those questions in a bit, first, let’s see what the map will reveal.
Access the map: http://www.ccrscenter.org/

Okay, you know where I’m going with this. Click on a state, for my post, we’ll use NC (since I live there) as our example. According to this website page, my state is all hooked into CCR (College/Career Readiness) (aka CCSS or CTE, Career Tech Education). But, then, why wouldn’t it be? (if you’ve been following Common Core long you’ll know why NC is so easily identifiable with CCSS). I get big topics like “AP incentives”;”Dual Enrollment” (that got a new nickname, by the way, “College, Career Promise”; “Alignment” between secondary and post-secondary schools; and more. If I am really curious enough, I can be linked to Achieve, Inc.’s website that’s exclusive to NC’s alignment in all this. Nothing says ‘objectivity’ like using pro CC bias resources, now does it? If I’m curious about all the NC students being able to graduate, I can be linked to Johns Hopkins University’s “Everybody Graduates”. What’s the purpose of “Everybody”? From my brief visit to the NC page, I’d have to say it isn’t about the ‘people’ in ‘everybody’, rather the ‘product’ of ‘everybody’. Here are their words, “With a 90 percent graduation rate, the additional graduates could deliver an estimated $97 million in increased annual earnings, $13 million in increased annual state and local tax revenues, and an increase in the Gross State Product of $173 million.” Yes, IF everybody in NC graduates, this is what the state would get: $173 million. 

There are many other CCR components AIR can offer you, if you like. http://www.ccrscenter.org/ccrs-landscape/state-profile

“Doing Better”:

AIR isn’t done with students yet. If you click on the image below, you’ll see I highlighted 2 tweets for you. In the first bubble, you’ll see education issues that span from PreK to college. The second gives you a link to access. So, I did. I got “How Can We Better Equip Our Kids for Life After High School.” Hhmmm..note the ‘we’/’our’ verbiage. Nice touch, there AIR. I doubt you’d seriously subject your students to CCR/CCSS/CTE so, why pretend to care about mine?

Career ready via AIR Institute, a pro CCSS group.
Career ready via AIR , a pro CCSS group.

AIR’s View of “Our” Problem:

According to the website’s post “How We Can Better Equip…” (see: http://www.ccrscenter.org/products-resources/blog/how-can-we-better-equip-students-life-after-high-school) The entire problem America faces is “Ensuring that all students graduate high school ready for a successful academic life or career has become a national priority.” There is much more detail about the problem, but you need to read it for yourselves. Their solution? Again, very detailed AND with ’empirical evidence’ to boot, “If we want to prepare students to succeed in their educational and career pursuits, we must pay attention to the full spectrum of knowledge and skills proven to be essential for success, including those that lie beyond the core academic disciplines.”  So, how DO you solve this?? According to the author’s research and ties to AIR, we redefine WHAT CCR means. That’s so NOT how to help our students!! You cannot solve a problem simply by redefining WHAT your parameters are!

So, Is CCR in other countries?

I found this from the European Union:

At least the EU is upfront about their career readiness.
At least the EU is upfront about their career readiness.

To see the rest of their position: education_training_youth_and_sport_en
China’s stance for CCR is still referred to as Vocational Education (in America, Vo Tech Ed got a makeover to CCR/CTE). See China’s stance on Vo Tech Ed:
 http://www.chinaeducenter.com/en/cedu/vel.php

Brazil has a whopping amount of money dedicated for education that will also help the nation’s economy. See: http://www.infobae.com/2014/06/01/1569283-dilma-rousseff-es-absurdo-decir-que-el-mundial-le-quito-dinero-la-educacion (you should be asked for a translation to English)

I’m not going to highlight every country, but I have given you a brief look at some of the biggest groupings of countries so you can get the general idea. CCR is alive all over the globe. Here’s the link to the article I wrote about “Workforce” in America that shared Europe’s “Learning for Jobs”. Be sure to access the study, the video to see what I mean.
See: http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1201

What the U.S. Dept. of Ed Has in All This:

No article about CCSS is truly complete without the US Dept. of Ed.; especially where CCR and international matter intersect. Check their International Education website out: 

http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/internationaled/international-strategy-2012-16.html

Get the strategy plan: international-strategy-2012-16 *Note: what’s interesting about the strategy (at least from my perspective) is that while all the aligning is going on, it’s being referred back to ANOTHER study from the Council on Foreign Relations (see: TFR68_Education_National_Security). In THIS report you’ll find the statements that express the sentiment of US education being a national security issue. What’s totally ironic is that one of the leaders of the Council was Mrs. Rice (as in Condeleeza). Mrs. Rice was recently named head of Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education (see: http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/condoleezza-rice-takes-reigns-jeb-bushs-education-foundation). FEE is steeped in all things CCSS/CCR/CTE

Related resources:
http://www.naviance.com/college-and-career-readiness-curriculum (CCR curricula tied to Clinton Global Initiative)

http://www.globalkids.org/#/our-programs/collegecareer-readiness (be sure to check out their “Power of Citizenship” program for the international participation)

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Act, Inc’s 2011 Report for International College Readiness: AffirmingtheGoal

Closing:

Career Ready students..everywhere, but here’s the question. Is that what the students want OR what someone else wants? IF it’s what the students want, then WHY is someone else aligning the course?

FTF Tuesday: IASSC..Universal Certification

IASSC (International Association for Six Sigma Certification) is a third party in the field of workforce credentials. If you’re not familiar with how credentials play into Common Core, think WorkKeys assessments (from the ACT, Inc. folks), Career Tech Ed, and THAT arm of the CC Machine. What’s interesting to note is this credentialing company has this tag line,
“THE Universal Certification”.  Unlike “WorkKeys” which is used in aligning your students academic path (for those in 12th grade and under; whereas for those beyond 12th, the assessment is used to pigeonhole one in a job), IASSC uses classes of certification that sound like a karate class. Green Belt certified, Yellow Belt, and the best, Black Belt. Or you could go for the “Get Lean Six Sigma Certified” for your workforce career.

Belts…Binding You to a Job:

The Yellow Belt Worker: Is considered a basic level professional. This worker bee will sit through a 1 and 1/2 hour exam. This proctored exam contains 60 questions, is offered in over 100 countries and to date, and given in 8,000 testing centers. The goal? Can this worker be a great team member or lead small projects? (for more: http://www.iassc.org/six-sigma-certification/yellow-belt-certification/)

The Green Belt Worker: Is considered suitable for leading projects. This exam has less questions, but the time to assess is expanded to 3 hours. Like the Yellow Belt, over 100 countries and 8,000 testing centers. (see: http://www.iassc.org/six-sigma-certification/green-belt-certification/)

The Black Belt: this successful assessed worker will be different than the yellow or green belts (these are for part-time workers) in that they will be suited for full-time employment. The candidates are considered leaders of teams. Testing centers and countries which offer this are the same as the others.

The Six Sigma: not a ‘belt’, but an on-demand approach to high stakes job assessment initiatives. Here’s a quote, “IASSC is now offering a breakthrough approach to high-stakes certification testing. Facilitated completely and available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year.” Then, “IASSC provides multiple avenues for achieving your Black Belt, Green Belt and Yellow Belt Certification or integrating the IASSC Lean Six Sigma Certifications into your initiatives, programs and offerings.”

Enter Pearson Vue:

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If you don’t know this branch of the Common Core Machine, you should. Why? Each year millions of people take exams or assessments through them. Working with over 400 credential owners (meaning those groups in charge of setting up credentials are worth, etc.), Pearson, as we know, has us covered. Here’s an excerpt,  “From downloadable practice tests to high-stakes, proctored exams that require the industry’s most secure testing environments, Pearson VUE is the leader in computer-based-testing — and much more.”  So, since we know Pearson’s record of massive profits with Common Core alignment how does it connect to the IASSC? PeopleCert. PC is a global ‘leading player’ in the certification industry. Here’s the sales pitch straight from Pearson’s website:

“Get certified today for the globally recognized project management and ITSM qualifications 

Boost your resume with a PEOPLECERT certification! PEOPLECERT exams via Pearson VUE currently include: 

  • ITIL® Foundation exam (English)
  • PRINCE2® Foundation exam (English)
  • PRINCE2® Foundation exam (German)
  • MSP® Foundation exam (English)
  • M_o_R® Foundation exam (English)
  • MoP® Foundation exam (English)
  • IASSC Lean Six Sigma – Yellow Belt
  • IASSC Lean Six Sigma – Green Belt
  • IASSC Lean Six Sigma – Black Belt”

What’s an “ITSM”?  It stands for “Information Technology Service Management”, it is usually coupled with ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library).  If you want to understand how these factor into all the assessments, certifications, think about how much in CCS is pushing digital learning, coding classes, and even data mining.. (a good website of information is http://www.itgovernance.co.uk/ {Note: you can even find publications for taking all the information from silos to implemented programs and services!} If you’d like to see more from Pearson’s Vue website about PeopleCert, http://www.pearsonvue.com/peoplecert/ If you wish to go straight to the PeopleCert website, http://www.peoplecert.org/en/Pages/Peoplecert-Home.aspx {Be sure to note which well known CCS corporations are in the thick of things.} If you wish to see what other assessments PearsonVue is in control of, http://home.pearsonvue.com/About-Pearson-VUE/Discover-Pearson-VUE/Pearson-VUE-businesses.aspx {Note, there’s the GED and many others}

Why is this a big deal? If you look a bit behind all the ads about credentials, better careers, ease of access to take an assessment, you’ll find things like this, from PeopleCert’s CSR webpage, “Our goal is to act as a responsible corporate citizen and as such our commitment to sustainable development is an integral part of our business strategy.” This is followed by this juggernaut paragraph,

“Fully aligned with the EU strategy for Information Society to make IT and Communications technologies accessible to all, PEOPLECERT focuses on 3 key initiatives:

  • In cooperation with national institutions, PEOPLECERT free ECDL and City & Guilds certifications to teenage offenders, offering support and training for their re-induction to society.
  •  In addition, PEOPLECERT’s systems have been designed to include the Automated Test Evaluation facility, so that visually impaired individuals can take any PEOPLECERT exam.
  • GetBusy: Developed by PEOPLECERT Microsoft and the Hellenic Professionals Informatics Society (HePIS) to boost the skills of young people and improve their employment opportunities. Part of Microsoft’s Youthspark Global programme, getbusy.gr was designed to help young people aged 18-27 test their skills through an online quiz and improve their know-how through an informative portal which offered ‘How to’ tips on areas such as CV and interview techniques, presentation skills, basic principles of entrepreneurship and fundraising techniques, as well as on basic ICT skills based on the globally recognized ECDL certification. “

The Six Sigma/Lean Six Sigma:

If you’re not familiar with “Lean Six Sigma” it’s a business model based on the “Six Sigma”. The biggest difference, the lean one is based on a model to reduce waste. Now, if you’re talking waste as in using too much paper, that’s one thing, but remember..what are these credentials and assessments measuring? It’s not paper..IT’S People!! One of the best resources for the use of Lean Six?? From IBM! (gee, another CCS supporter, profit maker). The paper details how IT (information technology and those who are in charge can collaborate, streamline and align, have businesses go in and measure or monitor any data they choose). See: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redpapers/pdfs/redp4447.pdf 

‘Six Sigma’ found its start in 1986 from Motorola before it was moved to GE in 1995. The basics were to apply to manufacturing using an empirical method of people. The mastermind creator? Jack Welch. McGraw-Hill Publishers (more CCS profit makers) has a book that details Six Sigma. Called the “Six Sigma Handbook” by Thomas Pyzdek and Paul Keller. ISBN# 9780071623377

Related information:

The design is you have two similar models that can become a part of your credentialed path, the DMAIC or the DMADV via the Six Sigman (either in full form or lean form). Where to two models are almost in total agreement…using only fact based information..NO intuition is needed. Where the two disagree the most…levels of control. Here’s what a website I found explaining the 2 shared; see below and click to enlarge the graphic.

Common Core trained workers will need to be many while Common Core managers will need to be few.
Common Core trained workers will need to be many while Common Core managers will need to be few.

Source for the above related information: http://www.isixsigma.com/new-to-six-sigma/design-for-six-sigma-dfss/dmaic-versus-dmadv/

How CC benefits from Six Sigma:

Jack Welch, that’s how. Common Core Institute is another. Daily Censored wrote about all of the connections, see: http://www.dailycensored.com/get-a-black-belt-in-common-core-curriculum-implementation/  Here’s an excerpt, “Jack Welch. Welch was affectionately known as Neutron Jack, for his policy of getting rid of employees at General Electric while leaving the buildings intact. After his retirement from GE,  New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein  tagged Welch as chief advisor to a new academy to train principals. Caroline Kennedy, then-chair of the city schools fundraising effort,, said  corporate heads were eager to chip in $30 million here and there for this venture. ”
Link to the Common Core Institute: http://commoncoreinstitute.org/cart.aspx
Link to the C2 Collaborative (also a part of the CCI): http://c2ready.org/

Note: since many teachers are being run through the Six Sigma models, you’ll have to factor in the universities which offer these educational degrees! The Daily Censored article gives you two. University of Ohio and University of California. I’m sure there are more.

Closing:

I truly hope that each of you anti Common Core warriors will use the above information to help stress to our legislators WHY Career Tech Ed/Career Pathways/Workforce aligned CC IS not only un-American, it’s downright playing right into the hands of the loss of individuality for our students. As I’m sure you’re tired of me saying this every time this subject comes up, but I’ll state it again..it matters NOT where our students learn, traditional schools or home; young students or older…ALL will be ensnared. Look at all the evidence and decide how you will get involved in this battle.