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NC’s Brain Freeze

(Featured picture is courtesy of My Cute Clipart)

My fellow Warriors, sometimes in research for educratic BS (or related ties), you find something so ridiculous, it’s hard to pass it up.

Warriors, believe it or not, NC (the State where I reside) sends out a weekly email with the week in review for education bills in our General Assembly. So imagine my surprise when I see NC HB 30.

The purpose? To declare an official State Frozen Treat.

My friends, how woeful it seems; all this time, the taxpayers have been denied an OFFICIAL dessert of a frozen variety.

Go ahead, laugh. I certainly did. All the things which need legislation AND this comes up in education related business? Let’s see what we can find hiding in the freezer….

First, A Fun Fact:

Did you know July is National Ice Cream month? The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) established that and President Reagan declared it back in 1984. We’ll come back for a second scoop on information about IDFA in a bit.

NC Has A ‘Problem’?

From the 2019 NC General Assembly, a look at HB 30, The NC Official Frozen Treat Act:

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Warriors, Rep. Torbett is a 5 term Representative. According to VoteSmart, his campaign funding can be tied to a few CCSS Machine member groups in NC. The NC Chamber of Commerce, Wells Fargo, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, American Airlines, General Motors, and, Duke Energy name just a few.

Ironically the NC Dental Association also helped fund Rep. Torbett’s last campaign. I’m truly hoping the NC dentists will be ready for all those brain frozen patients when it comes time for filling cavities. (The NC Dental Assoc. is part of the American Dental Assoc. which has evidence that ice cream alone adds 6.5% more sugar to your diet and therefore can cause tooth decay.)

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If you look at the Committee assignments for Mr. Torbett you’ll not see any farmers or dairy councils. He is the Vice Chair for the NC House Appropriations, though. 

Warriors, before we go further back in the ‘freezer’, go back and look at HB 30’s text.

Ice cream contributes $39 billion to the US economy but only employs roughly 200,000 people? Somebody’s sure ‘double dipping’. (Gee, could it be a brain freeze AND Common Core math-itis?)


NICRA (National Ice Cream Retailers Association):

This is a trade organization which serves up ice cream and frozen treats across the globe. Much of the service goes on here in the US.
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is headquartered in MO.
Part of
NICRA’s mission is to have education as part of a career track. Scholarships are available to young students for tuition, room, board, and school supplies.
Listed among the
NICRA’s Supplier Leadership Officers is a representative of ConAgra Foods. ConAgra is a CCSS Machine member.

NC’s Dept of Agriculture & Consumer Services:

Back in 1991, the NC Dept. of Ag/Consumer Services inducted Mr. Kilgore into the NC Agricultural Hall of Fame. Look at the amount of money one ice creamery made.

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Second Scoop, IDFA:

Warriors, if you are wondering where Rep. Torbett got the $39 billion figure, it is right off the IDFA’s website for National Dairy Month. So here’s a question, since this is a State specific bill WHY the national figures?

Why not use the NC economic figures and job numbers? By the way, if you want local dairy economic figures and jobs created, the IDFA has a mobile app you can use.

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Warriors
, be sure to look at the IDFA’s ‘issues’. You’ll see bioengineered food, NAFTA (which can be tied back to WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), the (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math) STEM Act of 2015, HEA (Higher Education Act), and ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), and a few more ‘sprinkles’.

If you look at a recent IDFA Press Release you’ll see an international sweetener conference was held in FL. Among the topics: the US-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) Trade Agreement. This will also tie back to ESSA and its aligned workforce education track. If you didn’t know it the USMCA replaced NAFTA.

Warriors, hold on to your toppings! Look below to see not only the IDFA supports Agenda 2030, but other US organizations connected to the dairy industry do, too!

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To see the 2016 Rotterdam Declaration, read it here. 

Warriors, just yesterday, I exposed a huge UN-led grab via STEM for our farmers. One of the biggest connectors was the FAO of the UN (Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN). Now, take into consideration that not only are the farmers getting the indoctrination, the students in schools are. Most especially that going vegan will cut down climate change.

How can you go vegan when you’re eating ice cream made from cow’s milk?! How will States like NC, agriculture based, have a thriving economy or all those jobs, if you wipe out dairy and livestock?

What do you do with the cows? Tax the farmers on the cow’s methane like CA?! In 2016, Gov. Jerry Brown certainly sold the ‘global warming’ via tooting cows. In late 2018, the regulations took place state-wide.
Sadly, this is a grab to mandate what farmers feed their cows. How about this, just good ole plain grass. It’s how God made them have the capability to produce milk.

No telling how long it will be before idiotic legislation like this comes to NC, after all, there are plenty of cows here, too!
Also, think about it, since taxing folks with gassy bovines has begun, what about those who eat dairy products and produce similar results?

I can tell you that NC has a methane recapture program going to help create renewable energy. 

The Cherry On Top For NC:

Warriors, why would a seemingly silly bill about declaring ice cream as the official NC frozen treat lead us down so many twists and turns? Because, as we’ve learned time and time again, the CCSS  Machine will take the simplest joys in education and dumb them down, while gushing how ‘sweet it is’.

So, what’s the real ‘cherry on top’ for NC via HB 30? It’s not the endorsement of good times or summer fun, it’s helping set up a dairy assembly line of worker drones for NC jobs and the NC/national economy.

Look at what NC’s got in its Career Clusters for CTE (Career Tech Education):

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Warriors, if you’ve not seen the 2018 Career Clusters Guide, look at NC’s. It’s broken down over 120 pages and has a one-track-so-you-can-learn-to-earn system.

**Look at the ‘school choices’ involved in Career Clusters! This is further proof ‘choice’ is a fallacy of what’s learned in schools. It’s all the same for the same results!**

So, why did Rep. Torbett sponsor such a frivolous bill as HB 30? I’ve no proof of ‘why’, but I can show you why I believe he did:

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Closing:

Warriors, there you have it, one sour dish of alignment. When will our legislators skip the ‘sweet’ deceptions of globalism and bring America back? As you can see it is absolutely fruitless to say it’s all one major political party’s mess.

So, now we can all see why little ole HB 30 was in an educational email.
How many of us want to bet the only connection most folks make between ice cream and education is that the school cafeteria may serve it for dessert.

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(Read left to right, “The worst Educratic Trick of all: Rebranding “Common Core” into “College and Career Readiness”. Thereby forcing States to create a locked in two-track workforce prep assembly line for all.”)

 

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Big City, Private Education

Warriors, I was recently contacted by a concerned Anti CCSS Warrior from a big city in Texas. My fellow Warrior lives in Houston. She also is involved in a faith-based private school. The photos she sent me have been troubling her. She wants to know when the shift from academics to workforce took over her church’s school.

Previously, Warriors, I’ve shared with you a few articles about the Catholic Church’s leap from academics to Common Core (or, as it is now called, ‘College and Career Readiness’ or “Challenging State Academic Standards” found in ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act). You also may remember how the private, faith-based schools are tied to a newer wave of education called ‘micro schools’. The Catholic Church has been targeted by this movement based on its love of serving communities.

If you’ve followed my blog for a long time, you’ll remember the articles about private education using CCSS aligned assessments.  That article shared an account of a distraught mother and the private Catholic school her children attended.

However, Warriors, this latest mom is from the Lutheran church. She has allowed me to share her evidence.

Let me pause long enough to answer one of her questions. She has asked me when did the Lutheran church schools sell out to the CCSS Machine? I cannot say for every single church school, but I can share that 3 large Lutheran bodies belong to the CAPE (Council for American Private Education). Look below:

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Mom Supplied Evidence:

“Maggie”, as I’ll refer to her shared that her Lutheran Church recently joined forces with a more liberal Lutheran sect, Lutheran Social Services. This now allows the Social Service group to run a school. From the slides shown at a meeting about the school, Maggie noticed a definite shift. Tell me what you see, Warriors.

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Then, this:

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Other slides Maggie sent me were geared around how all this education shift was a great “Christian” thing to do. It was hyped as ‘opportunity’. There were also more slides about the people in Upbring leading the school. These are a bit more fuzzy than the 2 above, but I will share them with you.

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To see how Upbring is part of the Lutheran Social Services, go here.
To learn about the ties to the CCSS Machine the newly announced principal has, go here.
(*Note: if you do not see the ties immediately, think Head Start, Early Head Start.)

According to Maggie’s information, the LSS (Lutheran Social Services) is a federal government contractor for refugee resettlements. When you look at the LSS’s website, look at the community wide classes offered. All kinds of religion, just not Christianity.
I was able to find that others have written about this. What I discovered is it isn’t only TX this is happening.

This newest Upbring school in Maggie’s church will closely mirror the Austin, TX Upbring School of Arts and Science. That school uses the Reggio Emilia educational approach. If you do not recognize that early learning philosophy, think ‘child centered’, open classrooms, and ‘critical thinking’. USAS, Upbring School of Arts and Science is a STEAM curriculum user. Recently, I shared with you an Alabama elementary school which is a STEAM recognized school. (*Note: look below for the highlighted “STEM and STEAM” phrase to see that AL elementary school.)

For the Lutheran School being a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) means, “STEAM empowers students to connect what they learn about science, technology, engineering and math through the STEMscopes curriculum with reading, writing, music and other arts.”

STEMscopes is from Accelerate Learning in partnership with Rice University. It’s tied to NGSS (Next Gen Science Standards), and those ‘state standards’. According to the website, STEMscopes is the most widely used science program in the State of Texas in all types of PreK to 12th grade settings.

If you’re interested, Warriors, I found a thesis on how well Reggio Emilia, Project Based Learning and Common Core work together. The author gave big nods to John Dewey and then tied the research back to her major, psychology.

How Low Can We Go?

Warriors, I know we are all beleaguered by the awful impact the CCSS Machine has rendered upon our schools. But to do all this and then slap a faith-based label on it? I’m sorry Warriors, but to me, that’s pretty deceptive. 

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Source of the image 

 

Closing:

Warriors, I hope the evidence Maggie has provided paints the picture of just how much the CCSS Machine is overreaching into our lives. I hope you can see the agenda behind this type of reform in church based schools. If not, here it is:
 global uniformity in the name of educational excellence

Of the code names you see in the image above, almost every one of these can be traced back to the United Nations. Most especially STEM and STEAM. Maggie had asked me about those as well.

Warriors, we will not be free of the global agenda in education or in our nation as long as we are tied in ANY way to the UN. The US has invested too much time, taxpayer dollars, and, energy creating legislation (at all government levels) adhering to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Embedded in these Goals is the shift we’re seeing:

One type of education for everyone. One way to live and work. Attacking faith-based schools with this? It’s all part of the plan toward a one-way-to-believe-society.

School Board Special, Part Three

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This group claims ‘they don’t take sides’ in education. The states pay to belong to this group. They also span P-20 education.

Today’s “From the Files” Tuesday, brings us to Part Three in my special candidate special series devoted to arming these brave citizens with as much ANTI Common Core/College and Career Readiness/Career Tech Education as possible!

So far, Parts One (focused on the birth to 5 year old alignment to CCSS (Common Core State Standards) via the ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act) and Two (focused on the K-12th grades in their alignment to CCSS via the ESSA), have been a huge success in arming those facing primaries in the next few months. This series is also a great tool for any citizen concerned about the overreach of the CCSSI (Common Core State Standards Initiative) into our educational system! This article is jam packed and a bit lengthy, but we MUST know what our nation is facing via this ‘great educational bill’.

In this article, the focus will be on my specialized area of research: Common Core/Career Tech Ed in POST-Secondary education. You know, one of the areas CCSS was supposedly never to be found?!

For the sake of consistency, I will use my phrase ‘CCSS Machine’ in the rest of the article to point to the Initiative behind Common Core, the agenda surrounding it, the public private partnership (P3s) side, the resources, the Standards themselves, and anything else connected to the illegally based education reform. ESSA, will stand for itself.

Before we see where the post-secondary alignment is, I offer a couple of points:
1) The ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is a law which is to impact K-12th grades ONLY.
Yet, in the law, (as I have pointed out in the previous 2 articles), we have found younger than Kindergarten (K), and, today, we will see older (aka: post-secondary students) than 12th grade involved.
2) Where the ESSA has now become law, don’t think the CCSS Machine is going to leave post-secondary education alone. In the picture above, note the use of “P-20”, also note the headline. You should see a definite warning! Higher Education (another name for post-secondary education) is the LAST link in the streamlined chain of education which HAS not been rubber-stamped by Congress to embed the CCSS into it.
The strings of the CCSS Machine are already in place in post-secondary education, they just have not been re-authorized. Think about it, since 1965, almost in tandem, the re-authorizations of the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education laws have occurred. I am almost certain that in 2016, we will be seeing the HEA (Higher Education Act) come up for re-authorization, too! You can bet the farm, all sorts of alignment will be embedded. (*Note: to save article space for now, if you have any questions about my research and how I can connected the links between PreK to Higher Ed, please contact me ASAP!)

 

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To see the rest of the wheel: http://www.educationvalue.org/college-value/


The ESSA and Students in Higher Education:

In the picture above, this is an example of how our high school graduates (or for that matter, any citizen seeking higher education) are being described… a ‘return on investment’. (*Note: In yesterday’s article you saw 2 equally demeaning visual pictures of how our students are defined by the CCSS Machine.) According to the CCSS Machine, we are all just ‘human capital’, so it is no wonder the shift in how students are taught is happening right before our eyes!

From the ESSA Final Conference Report, I have previously shared with you that the phrase “Higher Education” is embedded 64 times, that “Career” is used 63 times, that “Workforce” is written in 33 times. Sprinkled throughout the ESSA, each of these will repeatedly tie back to not only Common Core, but to Career Pathways and its counter part, Career Tech Education to Apprenticeships; to STEM; and to the most damming of all: the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). Why is the WIOA damming? In its language, Career Tech Education and Career Pathways are embedded a total of 21 times! STEM is also embedded to help create a STEM Workforce.

 As a candidate, you need to know that in plain talk, this means that not only will your traditionally educated public schools students be aligned to a workforce based education, but so will your private school students, your homeschooled students, your faith-based educated students, and ANYONE seeking a job! The difference (at least right now) is that those outside of public education will be aligned when they either 1) enter post-secondary education , or 2) seek employment! (*Note: I have published articles on all of the above, which I will be more than happy to provide you upon request.)

Here is even more you need to know as a candidate. I urge you to read the pages below for yourselves as what I have provided is a contextual paraphrase:
1) P. 33 deals with LEAs (Local Education Agencies) and state financial awards. Not only will you as a candidate need to see what percentages of the funding goes for a) the parents, 1b) the student services, and c) the students courses (including AP, IB, CTE), but you will need to read how all of these are to be aligned to the CSAS (Challenging State Academic Standards) by way of the ‘industry recognized credentialing system’ set forth by the WIOA of 2014!
2) P. 48 of the ESSA Final Conference Report states that the CSAS and post-secondary education must be aligned for a more streamlined education.
3) P. 50, special needs students who have benefited from IDEA funding/programs and seek higher education ‘on track with alternative aligned courses/assessments’.
4) P. 85, States are to measure and report students ‘post secondary readiness’.
5) P. 121, Those students in dual enrolled courses (AP, IB, early college, etc.) will be ensnared here. As a candidate, consider this is an area for your privately educated (including faith-based and homeschool students) to be aligned. (Also on P. 991)
5a) P. 123, the data mining of these privately educated students comes into play.
6) P. 137, the LEAs determine how students transition from one grade group to the next (including post-secondary) with the help of P3s and ‘other stakeholders in education’.
7) P. 255, technology and digital post secondary education.
8) P. 265, students taking credit bearing career tech (CTE) courses for a shift to post secondary education.
8a) P. 273, again CTE courses, credit bearing, and students
9) P. 323, how all school leaders, including teachers will be trained to teach students for post secondary education, especially dual enrolled, concurrent enrolled, and early college students. (also on P. 780, 81)
10) P. 344, how teachers are to prepare post secondary/workforce ready students.
11) P. 325, how all the post secondary course from above will be regionally specific only.
12) P.397, how eligibility of funds will be tied to post secondary graduation rates.
13) P. 427, how post secondary readiness and the English Language Learners (ELLs) will be joined.
13a) P. 459, ELLs in more detail; Page 460 will discuss their assessments.
In those Activities which support a student’s learning and success (Sec. 4107):
14) P. 474, Post Secondary career awareness and exploration activities, including FASFA (student financial aid forms) (*Added note: where in some states this is now a requirement to graduate whether you intend to go to college or not!)
15) P. 502, OBE (Outcome Based Education– a supposed improvement in education at all levels, but especially higher education) will be the preferred tool for aligning academics and accompanying evaluations.
16) P. 508, Data mining will need to be aligned to any CSAS implemented by the States.
17) P. 509, as part of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers.
18) P. 601, where entire families are tied into the post secondary success of a student. (Also on P. 609)
19) P. 610 and 611, At-risk youth are encompassed in the alignment here.
20) P. 663, begins the Native American students and their alignment. (*Note: be sure to read this entire section to see how these alignment plans are laid out.)
21) Pages 759-66 deal with the Military bases needing to be realigned. (For any candidate who has the military nearby, page special attention!) Added note: the U.S. Dept. of Defense is in full support of CCSS, CTE.

Closing:

Candidates, do you see the pattern above? Do you see any educational choice exempt from the CCSS Machine alignment?! Is there more in the ESSA which directly relates to post-secondary education? YES!

Since very few Congress members read the entire over 1,000 page bill BEFORE it became law, we are only now beginning to uncover all the hooks baited and ready for our nation.
As a candidate, do your part of due diligence and use this information to stand in the gap!

 

Tech Thursday: Online Learning for Everything?

Warriors Against the Core, We know there are all kinds of great ways to teach and to learn. Common Core has ruined this in SO many ways. With the push for digital this, digital that, on-line courses, and all the other resources available via the computer it can be SO confusing to know which are CCSS aligned and which are not. While the question I’ve posed to you in the title is rhetorical, we still should see what are some of the latest offerings out there. Why? To help steer clear of them, to inform others who might need to know, and to see what pro CCSS organizations are behind them.

 

English Language Learners:

As an avid education researcher, I get all kinds of notices about educational products which are new. One such recent announcement was a way to help those learning the English language with a new ” innovative digital ELL curriculum designed to help close the achievement gap.” The goal? Improved student outcomes. According to the sales pitch the product was to ‘boost performances’ of those ELL students. Shameful..we boost the performance of our cars. In my researched opinion (and personal experience as an educator) we shouldn’t be teaching to ‘boost performance’ of our students. We should be seeing educational resources which ‘encourage and help our students to LEARN’ not to ‘perform’! The on-line lessons are provided by Middlebury Interactive Languages. However, MIL worked in tandem with ‘We Are Teachers’.  MiL (Middlebury Interactive Languages has courses for K-12 students in all school choices, including homeschooling). If you’re curious about the CCSS Machine’s propaganda, don’t be, it is there plain as day. Here is an excerpt from the website, “Middlebury Interactive Languages is the academic leader in digital language learning for K-12 students. We provide access to superior world language and English Language Learner curriculum solutions that prepare students with the skills and cultural understanding to compete in the 21st Century global marketplace.” So, what company or organization is behind MIL? Middlebury College! What is also interesting is that most of the board managers have had some tie (at one time or another with K12, Inc. K12, Inc. has ties to CCSS, as well.) We can come back to them in a minute or two. If you look at MIL’s education partners, you will see quite a few members of the CCSS Machine. See them: http://www.middleburyinteractive.com/about/partners

K12, Inc. I previously showed you their CCSS ties in two articles. One ties them to the NASBE (National Assoc. of State Boards of Education). See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/sic-em-saturday-do-you-know-nasbe/
The next one showed you how this on-line school fared with North Carolina. (hint: it wasn’t nice) See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/monday-musings-two-wrongs-no-right/

We Are Teachers, (WAT) This group has a ton of resources available for anyone who is on the internet. When I found it I could get anything from lessons, to free printables, and free recipes. When I looked closer, I saw I could get all the STEM stuff I wanted, as well as PD, Professional Development. As you know, my research has proven just how twisted the ties between STEM and CCSS are. But back to the website, it seemed everything was easy to find EXCEPT who runs WAT. We Are Teachers is a LLC (Limited Liability Corporation) based in TX. It appears that all kinds of educational information is available for anyone on-line. See their terms of use policies, http://www.weareteachers.com/homepage/terms-of-use
The concern is, with this type of information sharing can have you come face to face with CCSS, STEM, or who knows what else? The screen shot below is from the WAT ‘Assessment’ section of the website.
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Closing:

My fellow warriors, what do you think about all this? An on-line educational company so bad they were at once run out of a state, only to at a later day, be allowed?! Educational services based out of a college that has been around for years, which not only offers its CCSS aligned materials to public students, but extends them to those who are homeschooled?! A LLC where teachers are encouraged to share, but has a nebulous side to it?! Not to mention STEM?! Why, oh why, must everything  connected to education seem to always come back to the CCSS Machine?! I am so beyond mad over the fact that the CCSS Machine has slicked up its offerings to include any student or teacher in or outside of the traditional public schools!

What is a take-away from this article which I most hope you will share with others? If you must choose on-line for all your student’s needs, SNOOP! Be nosy, ask questions about what group created the educational content. Has the curricula been vetted properly? Bottom line: if something does not appear to be trustworthy, walk away! If it sounds too good, check it out anyway! We say in the anti CC warrior conversations that ‘we will not conform’. If we really mean those words, we MUST investigate everything! When we find ANYTHING connected to the agenda of the CCSS Machine, we MUST expose it! Warriors, let’s learn a valuable lesson from our proCCSS fellows about what NOT to do when it comes to education.

It can best be summed up in an old saying.  ‘Ride the fence too long, you find splinters in your bottom’.

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FTF: Visual Special for the Anti CCSS Machine Warriors!

Greetings my fellow Warriors against the CCSS Machine. By now you know I am 100% opposed to the Common Core, the Career Technical Education arm of the Common Core, the College and Career Readiness arm of the Common Core, and every OTHER connected entity of the CCSS Machine.  Today’s “From the File” Tuesday article is a special visual edition. Why? Congress is back in session..which means votes could come ANYTIME between now and the next break (or, votes could come after the first of the year). Regardless of WHEN the votes happen, the fact is that BOTH the HR5 and the S1177 will be among those bills voted upon!

Since our time is NOW to let our voices be heard, we must use EVERY available means possible. Call the legislators who represent you. Write the legislators who speak for you. Use social media as a tool to send a visual message that speaks to your legislators! Below are suggestions of appropriate visuals you can use (complete with captions). Use what you choose, customize the captions or create memes from them, I really don’t care..just use them to send a message your legislator won’t soon forget about HOW important it is to KILL the HR5 and theS1177!

Here’s one to address the constant assessments:

I do not support the over assessing of students and their teachers via the Common Core aligned tests; the Career Path assessments; or the data mining included. STOP HR5 and S1177.
I do not support the over assessing of students and their teachers via the Common Core aligned tests; the Career Path assessments; or the data mining included. STOP HR5 and S1177.

Here’s one sure to wake up a Congress member. If they value their jobs, they need to know this truth!

Support our Constitutionally created government! Vote NO to the re-authorization of the ESEA! Stop HR5, S1177.
Support our Constitutionally created government! Vote NO to the re-authorization of the ESEA! Stop HR5, S1177.

 

Here’s one to show your legislators that ANY human is NOT ‘capital’. CCSS, CTE, and all that’s connected reduce ALL citizens to this debased capacity. We MUST speak up!

How the Initiative behind all that Common Core encompasses SEES your students like this.
How the Initiative behind all that Common Core encompasses SEES your students.

 

Here’s a ‘classic’ of mine. I found these lapel pins on Zazzle. I’ve worn mine to every event I can where education is discussed. Quite effective all by itself.

 

In spite of all the fallacies of the CCSS Machine when it comes to 'returning local control' and 'ending CCSS', one FACT remains!
In spite of all the fallacies of the CCSS Machine when it comes to ‘returning local control’ and ‘ending CCSS’, one FACT remains!

Below is one of the latest visuals I’ve used to help raise awareness of how vital keeping our students away from the CCSS Machine it is.

Congress, I want MORE than just a shell of who my students used to be. STOP the HR5 and S1177 emotional abuse!
Congress, I want MORE than just a shell of who my students used to be. STOP the HR5 and S1177 emotional abuse!

Here’s an ‘oldie but goldie’ that’s been on the Internet for quite a while. It’s still very powerful.

Corporations tied to CCSS  do NOT represent the people's voice. Stop HR5 and S1177.
Corporations tied to CCSS do NOT represent the people’s voice. Stop HR5 and S1177!

 

Here’a s visual which is used by the pro CCSS side to suggest how much ‘choice’ there is in an aligned educational system.

Education via HR5, S1177,  and the post secondary CCSS/CTE is NO CHOICE for America!
Education via HR5, S1177, and the post secondary CCSS/CTE is NO CHOICE for America!

Below, is an appropriate visual. Why? The U.S. Gov’t created this to show us how great competency based education (that’s stackable and will follow the student wherever they go in life) can be. We can use it to show them our students are MORE than ‘chunks’!

My student is MORE than a 'stackable' chunk of credits. HALT the CTE embedding in my child's education!
My student is MORE than a ‘stackable’ chunk of credits. HALT the CTE embedding in my child’s education!

 

The CCSS Machine disrespects special needs students and teachers 100%!

Encompassing a 'one size fits all' education is one of the biggest disabilities served to our special needs students.
Encompassing a ‘one size fits all’ education is one of the biggest disabilities served to our special needs students.

 

Regardless of where your student’s K-12 years were spent, with the enacted HR5, S1177, and the upcoming re-authorized HEA (Higher Education Act), ALL students will enter the TSP  (Talent Supply Pipeline).

Common Core's famous for stating it can have our students 'college ready', now it claims 'career ready', too.
Common Core’s famous for stating it can have our students ‘college ready’, now it claims ‘career ready’, too.

Much evidence has been produced to show exactly how private, faith-based, and home educational choices are ALREADY being aligned to the CCSS Machine. STOP the indoctrination, anti CC Warriors!

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Lastly, Anti CC Warriors, let’s let Congress know we DON’T want our communities CCSS/CTE/CCR aligned!

An aligned collective community?! Is this really what CCSSO has begun? Common Core is entrenched in this, folks.
An aligned collective community?! Is this really what CCSSO has begun?
Common Core is entrenched in this, folks.

Warriors, be sure to join me tomorrow, on the radio or national phone calls I am honored to be a part of each week. In the mornings, Negdog Radio (a blogtalk station), 347-843-4165. Time of broadcast is usually 9:30 am (Eastern Time). Then, in the evenings, I join thte Women on the Wall national phone call (302-202-1110, code 702165). That call begins at 8:30 pm (Central Time).

Monday Musings: Is There a Better Way?

We've got the sight set for wiping out CCSS. Let's set our sights on CTE, too!
We’ve got the sight set for wiping out CCSS. Let’s set our sights on CTE, too!

Anti CCSS Warriors, we’ve made progress in the battle for wiping out CCSS, we’re on the move to now include the adult version, CTE. After going on another ‘undercover’ research trip into the ‘world of education’ this weekend, I came away with a few muse worthy findings. These, of course, lead to questions we Warriors need to consider in this extremely important ‘War Against the Core’!

What I Discovered:

1) A definite shift in what is being highlighted at educational conventions, conferences from academics to services.
2) A distinct ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ aura. I saw this in action with one educational service where the parents, teachers, and students were drawn in like flies. The service is 100% aligned to CCSS, CTE, yet THAT fact was no where in sight. What was? Colorful prizes, discounts for signing up right away, and how much smarter your child would be by learning to read with a computer leading the way.
3) Since I’ve attended many, many educational conventions, conferences, symposiums, curriculum fairs, and the like, I know where the focus has been and is now shifting. I’ve been able to meet and interact with educators of ALL types, in all the different choices out there. Of all the folks I met with on this particular journey, less than 1 dozen noticed what I did…that educating our students in academics is being changed right before our eyes.
4) Laws in different states are also being updated to reflect the need for more accrediting from those schools which have, up to now, been just fine in graduating students. An example? Changing the scholarship requirements from ‘open to all graduating seniors’ to ‘open to graduating seniors with an accredited diploma’. For some schools, like homeschools, this will continue to be a warning sign of more control, more alignment to the ‘more traditional system’.

 

What’s The Solution?

In a recent conversation with a education professor who’s also an author and holds a doctoral degree, we were sharing how it’s been great to have so much information point to what’s wrong about Common Core and it’s ‘cousin’, Career and Technical Education, but who’s got a solution to offer as an alternative? This is a great question for us to not only ponder, but to get busy on. Our legislators are being bamboozled by the giant CCSS Machine, the Business RoundTable, the Chambers of Commerce on the “Who, When, Where, Why, and How” of CCSS/CTE. Very few of these elected men and women have seen the light that we, the anti CCSS Warriors have.

I’ve shared with you, as have others opposed to the CCSS Machine, there has been a credible solution offered by a dedicated group of NC citizens for the K-12 educational system. The “NC Plan” has been publicized nation wide as a worthy, CCSS free framework.
Freedom Project Education has purposed itself to be 100% CCSS free in its K-12 virtual school. However, as the professor and I were sharing in our conversation, we MUST have an alternative for the Post-Secondary CCSS/CTE overhaul. If we don’t all the K-12 CCSS free moves will be absolutely negated. The assessments, the data mining, and other K-12 CCSS tools are also in post-secondary education. We’d like to see those go away, too.

The CCSS Machine will be 100% successful in claiming all the post-secondary students it possibly can IF we, the anti CCSS Warriors, do not focus on this huge, yet under-discussed issue. Remember, post-secondary education encompasses EVERY citizen in this nation, who chooses to return to the classroom. EVERY taxpayer’s hard earned dollar is going to help fund (as it already has been doing) the CCSS/CTE alignment.

There are others out there just as purposed to freeing the post-secondary educational world of CCSS/CTE. There are a few institutions NOT CCSS/CTE aligned. However, with the rewriting of the ESEA of 1965 (Elementary and Secondary Education Act), the recent passages of BOTH the HR5 and S1177 (Student Success Act/Every Child Achieves Act, respectively), AND the up-coming bills for “College Promise” Act, updated “Higher Education” Act, any school receiving any type of federal education (and in most cases state education) dollars, will have NO choice in remaining free of the CCSS/CTE agenda. In short, all of the above cement the bridge between K-12 and post-secondary education.

We know, now, how the post-secondary educational world has been helpful in creating and continuing Common Core. We know, now, how post-secondary institutions are being turned into a grooming parlor for more CCSS/CTE drones. (examples of this can be found in my older articles about the colleges where education majors are being taught to teach only CCSS/CTE)

We know, without the shadow of a doubt our time to have a CCSS/CTE free America is short.

I urge you to contact Sen. Mike Lee, who is seeking folks like us to address the post-secondary educational dilemma.  His current higher education proposal(known as the HERO Act) is a start. While, from the summary, reads like another way to streamline education, it’s an avenue for feedback, we’ve not had before. By us providing people of influence with the credible facts and research we have about the CCSS Machine in post-secondary education, I think we can make a big difference. I’ve reached out to the Senator. I hope you, as my comrades, will do the same.

If not Sen. Lee, then someone similar whom you know will help us fight the CCSS Machine. There are at least 2 other Senators, concerned about the reformation of higher education, see: http://www.goacta.org/the_forum/senators_embrace_higher_ed_reform_agenda

Remember, we have the Machine in our sights. Let’s hit the bullseye, anti CCSS Warriors!

http://www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/higher-education-reform-and-college-opportunity
http://www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/higher-education-reform-and-college-opportunity

Finally, if you know of any other legislators, state or federal level, who join us as opposed to the CCSS Machine, please leave a comment to this article sharing his or her name and contact information.  We’ve got to work together to provide an alternative to a CCSS/CTE aligned education, no matter at what level it is.

Sic’ ‘Em Saturday: CCSS Menu, Your Choice

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Warriors against Common Core, make no mistake, Common Core isn’t only going to be set in stone for the next 7 years IF the HR5 re-authorized bill headed up by Sen. Alexander is passed; it will also be set in stone IF the HEA re-authorized bill headed up by Sen. Alexander is passed, as well!!

Many warnings have been given over the past months–by others who’ve researched both bills and in my articles. I’ve researched the HEA one especially.

While HR5 is set to impact K-12 students, teachers, and their schools;  HEA’s Common Core tentacles will grasp all citizens no matter what educational choice they had in the past. This means if you were homeschooled, attended a private charter, or private faith-based school for K-12: Common Core via its adult version of Career and Technical Education (or Career Pathways, Career Clusters, American Apprenticeship Initiative, Workforce Training) will be there. This means if you just graduated from a public charter school, a public school of any kind, your introduction to Career and Technical Education (or the other names above) has already begun! This means that if  you’re hold a job which requires you to further your education via post-secondary education, Common Core will ensnare you, too! This means if you’re going back to school to begin a new chapter of life, Common Core is your ‘welcome back’ to class!

Both bills, HR5 and HEA contain data mining, high stakes assessments which encompass not only students, but the teachers, professors, and/or instructors.

Both bills are being sold to America as improvements for education. HR5 will give the states sovereignty again. HEA will save taxpayers money. Again, both of these points have been proven to be smoke in our eyes to blind us from the stark reality of what is really written in both bills! Both bills are the babies of not only Sen. Alexander, but a wide array of the CCSS Machine members–both public and private citizens and/or their corporations. Many hours by dedicated researchers have shared all of the above and even more tied to BOTH bills.

So, what can you do? Tell your Congress members to kill BOTH bills..not just one. Where one dies, the other can live on and be implemented even moreso in our laws. Don’t let the CCSS Machine continue to use the law to hide behind or be embedded in when Common Core (and all that goes with it) are ILLEGAL in the first place!

We don’t have time for emails, snail mails, we MUST call ASAP!
Call the United States Capitol switchboard at 1-202-224-3121.  The switchboard operator will connect you with the office you request. Call your Congress members, call the Congress members who don’t represent you. Call every single Congress member on the Education and Workforce Committees; the Education Appropriations Committees; the Early Education Committees; the Committees overseeing alternative education, special education. Make your voice be heard, Warriors..our country needs you..NOW! Remember, we’ve been given an educational menu of apples gone bad. We need a different menu for our students.

This upcoming week: Make D.C. tremble with the war cries of those opposed to the CCSS, CTE, Workforce agenda.
This upcoming week:
Make D.C. tremble with the war cries of those opposed to the CCSS/ CTE Workforce agenda.

Sic’ ‘Em Saturday: When Your Faith Based School Uses CCSS Assessments

It's one thing when your student's school has no choice about aligning to Common Core, it's a whole other issue when the choice is made TO align on purpose.
It’s one thing when your student’s school has no choice about aligning to Common Core, it’s a whole other issue when the choice is made TO align on purpose.

A few months ago I was chatting via Facebook with a parent of 2 children enrolled in a particular faith-based school. She had contacted me to find out how to discover where the Common Core Standard ties were hiding. What tipped her off? Homework!

“Sara’s” Story:

To protect my long-distance, anti Common Core mom, I’ll refer to her as “Sara”. Sara lives on the other side of the USA from me. She’d read a post I’d written and felt confident I could help her out. Sara told me that previously her children had been in another school that wasn’t faith-based but full of Common Core. After much soul searching and discussion, Sara and her husband made the sacrifice to put both children in this highly recommended faith-based school. Their house of worship’s leadership team was the one suggesting the move.  By the time Sara messaged me, the children had been there about 6 months. Thankfully, both Sara and her husband had had “The Talk” with the kids. No, not the coming-of-age talk, but the Common Core talk. What to look for on the pages of their books or what assessments, etc. Thanks to great communication, the kids were able to tell their parents when things went ‘to pot’.

Sara was livid. Her husband was ready to tear those leaders apart. After asking a few questions Sara didn’t mind answering, it was discovered that not only had the worship leadership team given this school a great thumbs up, but the school, itself, had assured ALL the parents, including Sara and her husband ‘that ABSOLUTELY NO Common Core was in their school’. Now distraught, she asks me if I can find the connections. After getting the website of the school and looking through some of the related web pages, I found the connections. I’ll share in the action items how you, too can spot connections IF you suspect them.

Willfully Choosing Common Core:

By now, you’ve probably heard reasoning like this from parents around you:

“I might as well have them attend XYZ, they’re bound to have CCSS anyway.”

“So what, the school said…”

“I have to have my kids get CCSS, if I don’t they’ll not be ready for college!”

“If they don’t get CCSS, how can we score well on the assessment?”

If you’ve not heard these , count your blessings. I’ve heard not only these statements, but others that have caused me great sadness and puzzlement.

The reason I share these trains of thought with you is while these are from parents, I think the statements can help us to TRY to understand why an entire school, especially faith-based would exercise some of the very same attitudes.

Is it truly possible to have education anymore WITHOUT Common Core? While I cannot answer that question outright, I can tell you that I believe if we are very careful in our discernment, we can be CCSS free.

However, no matter where our students attend Pre K through 12th grades, as long as Common Core lurks in post-secondary schools and is being hidden in Workforce training, it’s going to be a work in progress. I’ll share a bit more in the action items below.

Faith-based, CCSS aligned assessments:

No, you didn’t misread the heading. There are, not only CCSS aligned assessments for faith-based schools, but there are entire companies which specialize in them!! ERB is where we begin.

1) ERB (Educational Records Bureau): According to their website, they are at least 85 years old. “ERB is a global not-for-profit educational membership organization of independent, public, faith-based, and boarding schools providing admission, achievement and instructional services for PreK – Grade 12” Their goal: support student learning. (more about their history,
http://erblearn.org/about)

ERB’s Assessments are many, each aligned to CC in some way. Let’s take a look. Now, remember, this is a company which serves all kinds of independent schools, public schools and/or charter schools. They also serve faith-based schools (read their website description again).

WrAP (writing assessment placement) and WPP:

ERB decided to use these 2 Common Core aligned assessments after working with WestEd. (‘WestEd is at the forefront of providing alignment services for states, districts, several non-profit organizations including ACT and College Board, and most recently, Smarter Balanced Consortium of the Common Core State Standards.’) Why? Because ERB believes the ‘rigor’ is what is worth going for in today’s education. To see exactly how the assessments are aligned with Common Core and what they mean for your schools: http://erblearn.org/news/wrap-wpp-ccss-alignment-study-1

Formative Item Bank Assessment:

ERB only provides an overview for this aligned assessment because you’ll have to talk to a company representative to see how to get it implemented in your schools. Here’s a bit about FIBA, “pre-made Benchmarks or Testlets that are developed with items that meet the content expectations and cognitive demands outlined in the Common Core frameworks. Powered by Measured Progress and eMetric”. Students in grades 3-8 will face over 6,000 reading and math items to be measured.

2) Prometric, part of ETS (Educational Testing Services):

Before looking into Prometric, you need to know that ETS was created back in 1947, as a result of 3 organizations joining forces. Two of which are the Carnegie Foundation for Education and the College Entrance Examination Board (in modern times it is known as College Board). So, not really a question of how aligned Prometric would be, but rather, where.

Prometric is another globally serving assessment service. Typically, their services are for higher education and/or professionals (like teachers), however, since the company is a partner of ERB, a subsidiary of a known pro CC group, we should look at them. While not every student will have to complete the biometric procedures used by Prometric, you really should watch this short video, called “What to Expect on Testing Day”. https://www.prometric.com/en-us/news-and-resources/pages/videos.aspx  (*Note: if you have older students, remember they are not free of CCSS or data mining either.)
You’ll want to view the short video “Setting the Standards” that’s on the same page. It details not just data mining/sharing, but what credentialed workers are needed. Be sure to watch this from the perspective of all that you’ve been able to learn about a CCSS aligned Workforce, Career Pathways education.

While I couldn’t find much of anything for a definitive statement on the Prometric website about Common Core, I was able to find a press release from ETS about a new CCSS assessment called Praxis which is administered at Prometric. Here’s an excerpt you really need to see, “We worked with committees of teacher educators to ensure that the new Praxis CORE series of exams reflects the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), in particular those standards that the educators deemed most important to success in a teacher preparation program,” said ETS Vice President and COO of Teacher Licensure & Certification Programs, George Powell. “The new tests are designed to help teacher educators choose the candidates most likely to flourish in programs geared to meet the intensified demand for teachers whose students will complete their K–12 education ready for college and for the workforce.” To access the entire press release: http://www.ets.org/newsroom/news_releases/praxis_core_academic

3) Certica Solutions:

This company uses assessments to aid school districts in being in a better position to receive more funding, more data, and better information about outcome-based CCSS aligned education. Founded in 2001 as the consulting firm for the U.S. Dept. of Education.

TestWiz: 

This is a student based assessment that allows the learner to be tracked by any number of school administrators. Used at a district wide level and shared with a variety of  ‘stakeholders’. Here’s an excerpt: “Users can create local assessments using their own items or items from NWEA’s (Northwest Evaluation Association’s Formative Assessment Item Bank, a high-quality, Common Core-aligned Item Bank.”

” NWEA’s Formative Assessment Item Bank, with over 81,000 items in Math, ELA Science and Social Studies, including over 53,800 Common Core-aligned items.” (more about the Formative Item Bank: http://www.certicasolutions.com/k12-assessment-creation_assessment-administration_assessment-reports/testwiz-item-banks_nwea_locals.asp)

There are others:

MAP (Measure of Academic Progress)/MPG(Measure of Primary Grades), from NWEA, offers you seamless assessment from K-12. (See: https://www.nwea.org/assessments/map/map-for-primary-grades/) Scroll all the way to the bottom.

ACIS (Associatin of Christian Schools International) has partnered with known pro CCSS publisher, supporter, and curricula provider McGraw Hill (see the website: http://www.acsiglobal.org/student-assessment)

Iowa Assessments are a division of Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt, another known pro CCSS publisher and supporter. (See: http://riversidepublishing.com/products/ia/index.html)

Stanford 10 (see Pearson Publishing’s pdf on the alignment: http://images.pearsonclinical.com/images/PDF/Stanford_10_Alignment_to_Common_Core_Standards.pdf)

**Note: they are probably many other assessments available to the faith-based schools. I only have listed the most popular ones that I can find.

Action Items:

So, if you’re like Sara’s family, what do you do?

1) Have the CCSS talk

2) Notice publishers names on any textbook, website, homework, or take home paper. Keep the list. Make notes, then share the list…far and wide.

3) If your faith-based school is part of a larger group, find out what organizations the school answers to, is a member of, or pays fees to.

4) If  those larger organizations have a Common Core statement, position paper, or disclaimer, ask to see it.

5) Ask for a list of the textbooks to be used during courses of study and what assessments are being used.

To avoid becoming slammed with CCSS in your faith-based school:

1) Use action item 3, 4, and 5 from above BEFORE you sign the contract or admission papers.

2) Talk with the governing body of the faith-based school, listen for any buzzwords known to be used by those supportive of the CCSS. For example, “globally competitive in the 21st Century”; ‘skilled workforce’.

3) Learn the names of the publishers who are supportive of CCSS by accessing websites or using the database available on the Homeschool Road Map’s Common Core Project (many faith-based schools use the same resources for assessments/curricula as home educators)

For both sets of parents:

1) Ask to see demonstrated ANY on-line assessments to be used. Take notes, names of those providers.

2) If any school personnel is not willing to be open with you as a discerning parent, ask someone else. If the entire staff seem closed off or clueless, be prepared and share with them facts, evidence as to WHY they need to know.

3) Determine to be choosy if you feel the school is in any way being pushy, after all, most faith-based schools can be quite expensive.

As Sara told me before our chat ended, “We paid tons of money on the basis of what we were told about the school being CC free! I wracked myself with guilt over not getting them out of the public school sooner and now to know I’ve paid to have them exposed, I feel horrible.”

Whatever action you take, don’t take alone. Find a friendly fellow anti CCSS warrior and take them with you! There’s safety in numbers, my friends.