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Great Fallacies Abound

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, what would you do if your State began an ‘ad’ campaign designed around ‘in-your-face’ fallacies? What if those fallacies centered on education?
Would you tell someone?

If you’re like me, you’ll do your best to share what you saw to help others know what to look for as well. The fallacies I’m about to share are SO deep, I’m even going to dust off my “Fib-o-Meter”!!
*For those new and fairly new to my blog, my “Fib-o-Meter” was a weekly Friday feature when I first began blogging. It was in those articles I would take what was being passed off as ‘truth’ and expose the fibs and fallacies.


Warriors, we’ve reached another phase of the CCSS Machine’s education reform BS, that separating truth from hype is definitely needed again.

First Up, NC’s Education “Facts”:

Warriors, look below at the ‘suggested page’ Facebook offered me to ‘like’.


Warriors, look at the ‘in-your-face’ fallacies! In less than 30 words, this simple picture and it’s teaser spell out 2 fallacies.

Second, Enter “Fib-o-Meter”:

For this one small ‘ad’, the “Fib-o-Meter” rates its use of  ‘facts’ as the first ‘Total Fallacy”.

The ‘facts’ are all subjective in content! How do I know? First, no State, especially NC has ditched Common Core. No State, including NC has said “Not on my watch!” to all that is connected to Common Core! No State, including NC has escaped (nor will it) the federal overreaches into our schools of ALL choices thanks to ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). NC has done what every other State has done, re-branded Common Core.

The next Fib-o-Meter” rating goes to ‘cradle to career’. This overused and meaningless phrase has been used as “Total Truth” by the anti CCSS (now Fed Ed) Warriors for years. “Cradle to career” is also part of the tag line for Strive Together (a big CCSS Machine member). Strive Together encompasses entire communities with the ‘cradle to career’ agenda. In NC, Forsyth County is one such center of alignment.

An aligned collective community?!

Where Warriors have used the ‘cradle to career’ phrase to expose the ‘one-way-to-learn’ for OBE/CBE (outcome based education/competency based education) workforce trained students; the CCSS Machine uses it as a selling point.

Third, ‘Hype NC’:

Warriors, North Carolina (NC) has some great folks and great places. The State level government has also spent many taxpayer dollars coming up with all kinds of ‘feel good’ slogans to entice people and businesses to move here. For example, if you want really good, locally grown food, look for the “Goodness Grows in NC” label. Another label you can find for locally made consumer goods is “It’s Got To Be NC”. I’ll admit, the name “BEST NC” ranks right up there with something which sounds great. We’ll look into what is behind the catchy slogan in a few minutes.

However catchy (or not) a slogan or name is, look at NC’s State level education entities. Between the NC DPI (Dept. of Public Instruction) and the NC SBE (State Board of Education) you’ll not find slogans so much as you will CCSS reform agenda-driven vision statements. You’ve seen these in your States, too. The ones which sound ‘super’, but are ‘in-your-face’ with an ugly reality lurking behind the words.


For example, here’s the NC SBE’s vision for education:
“Every public school student will graduate ready for post secondary  education and work, prepared to be a globally engaged and productive citizen.” Warriors, look at the picture directly above. That is the SBE’s vision in reality being carried out in the NC DPI.

Since the CCSS Machine impacts all other school choices in addition to public schools, you won’t have to look to hard to spot how ‘hidden’ the alignment is. For example, the Dept. of Non-Public Education (housed in the NC Dept. of Administration) is set aside for home education as well as private education. However, visit the home education information and there sits the NC Public School graduation requirements should your student wish to attend a NC public college.

What’s more is that the website directs you to the NC SBE if you have more questions. This is followed by a note to parents that states your local school boards usually require additional graduation parameters. Warriors, the reason parents choose home education is to be FREE of the public system!

Fourth, “BEST NC”:

Warriors, “BEST” stands for ‘Business for Educational Success and Transformation’.
No need to ponder their agenda, is there? Look below and see how ‘in-your-face’ their design for education in NC is:

Warriors, below is BEST NC’s ‘Core Values’ page. Added emphasis is mine.


Thanks to ESSA’s mandates for MORE P3s (public-private partnerships) in education, we’ll see groups like BEST NC increase their choke-hold in our educational systems.

Remember, Warriors, part of the CCSS Machine corporate plan is to squeeze out parents and teachers altogether. 

If you’d like to  see how the priorities from BEST NC will be carried out, visit their page.

If you wish to view the BEST NC hype video for leading the nation in great education, it’s below. Listen for the buzzwords of the CCSS Machine, like ‘personalized learning’.

If you wish to read the BEST NC 75 page “Facts and Figures” Report, you can find it here. You’ll find CTE (Career Tech Education, the adult version of Common Core), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math), ACT assessments, WorkKeys (pigeonholing assessment for career tracks), and so much more CCSS Machine evidence to support one goal:

                                    “the future of our state’s economy is inseparable
                                     from the quality of our education.”


In my next article, I’ll be highlighting an upcoming NC conference dedicated to professional development for teachers and tons of CCSS Machine agenda for communities across the State. While many of you do not live in NC, you can use what I’ve found as evidence it can be found in your State. Maybe by a different name, but the agenda is all the same across America.






So, Where’s the Choice?

Warriors Against Fed Led Education, the image you see above was featured in one of my 2015 articles detailing the scam behind school choice. Since then, I’ve (along with others) have repeatedly sounded the call against ‘school choice’.


It wasn’t that we didn’t believe in the parents right to choose the education for their children. It was because we knew the CCSS Machine was erasing ALL choices in education but one: workforce geared, skill based Common Core (aka: College/Career Ready; Future Ready; Choice ReadyNext Gen Standards and Assessments; STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math) as well as many other names for deceptive purposes).

Warriors, ESSA(Every Student Succeeds Act) stated in no uncertain terms that ALL education MUST be aligned to the SAME Standards! No exceptions.
The CCSS Machine’s deception is trying to still convince America that ‘choices’ are available in education.

The truthful reality is, no, true choice died when President Obama signed ESSA into law.
(*Note: in late 2016 and late 2017, I published two articles continuing to spotlight the deception with ‘school choices. You’ll find 2016’s, here; 2017’s, here.)

Enter: Penguins!

nochoiceWarriors, what you see above is a screen shot of the cute penguins used by the National School Choice Week organization.

Since 2011, this group has been doing a ‘bang up’ job of deceiving folks. Wait, why would I say ‘since 2011’? ESSA wasn’t a law then. You’re correct, ESSA wasn’t a law yet, but Common Core had taken over education in every choice available by 2011.

My fellow Warrior, Alice Linahan, published a scathing report (2017) on who is really behind the National School Choice Week organization.

What’s New For 2018?

Warriors, the penguins will be dancing (that’s what they do in the GIF on social media) into our areas the 21st-27th of January. Believe it or not, there’s even a dance for people to celebrate school choice. Of course, you can purchase the song and video.

Yes, nothing says let’s deceive folks quite like a catchy tune and some pumped up (fake) enthusiasm.

Warriors, these folks may be dancing now, but what will they be doing when they see ESSA fully implemented and NO choice in education is still around? Remember, the way the law is laid out, everything is to be fully in place for ESSA by now. However, all States were to have their State Plans submitted to the U.S. Secretary of Education no later than Sept. 2017. If you’ll remember, there were 2 submission dates. Seventeen States chose the earlier 2017 date, while the majority waited until September. The point is, it’s mid-January 2018. Each State which chose the latter date AND received an ‘interim feedback’ letter from Sec. DeVos, is under a 120 day time crunch. The federal level department has to react to each State plan within that time frame.

For example, where I live (North Carolina) received its ‘interim feedback’ letter on Dec. 13, 2017. For all the things which US Ed required, the State had a mere 2 weeks (with Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa right in the middle of it all) to re-submit its Plan. The letter was sent by Jason Botel, not Betsy DeVos. It appears that all the Fall 2017 States also received a Dec. 2017 letter with Botel’s name attached. Since there are 34 States, I only checked a few States which surround NC and saw the pattern.

The State Plans are being held up due to the fact the feds do not think the States are compliant enough. Remember how it was deceptive spoken that ESSA would give the educational control BACK to the States?

What’s interesting is that supposedly Botel was released by the US Ed before Dec. 2017, so why is his name used as the signature?

Warriors, with this much backlog and confusion, ESSA’s fullest version and implementation will be taking place in the 2018-19 academic year. All this means is a longer and stronger grip on ‘locally controlled’ education by the federal government..not LESS and certainly not full of choices.


Warriors, back in January 2017, I wrote about the lessons we should be learning from the (then) current state of federally controlled education. In the midst of that article was the reality of the school choice belonging to the parents and their heartfelt desires. Go back and read how that lesson has been trampled upon since ESSA, since the presidential election, since DeVos, and since organizations like National School Choice Week have been in ‘charge’.

With this January (2018) “Choice Week” about to launch, there is plenty we can do to protest, to expose the fallacies, and to protect our children from this massive deception.


Also, when January 2018’s ‘Choice Week’ rolls around, watch for the CCSS Machine to roll out the red carpet of deception. Note who’s helping roll that carpet out, too.

Will The Real Leaders, Please, Stand Up!

My fellow Anti Fed Ed/CCSS Warriors, we’ve seen countless ways in which those involved in the CCSS Machine have welded their power. We’ve seen the damage. We’ve felt the sting as we’re lashed back at for speaking the truth. Are we to give up? Not I!

My question in the title, points to several things in our War Vs. the Core:
1) Those sold out to the CCSS Machine and its ruining of our educational system are no true leaders at all.
2) Those of us fighting against the ruinious mess across America, have risen up to become truthful leaders who were united. 
3) Some of our Warriors have been swayed by  ESSA’s rhetoric of the ‘school choice’ issue. Thereby playing right into the CCSS Machine’s plan of fallacies before facts. The result? In-fighting amongst our combined efforts.
4) Some  of our Warriors have remained solid in their stance against the CCSS Machine. How? By continuing to present consistent evidence that, not only school choice, but other CCSS Machine fallacies (data mining is not a big deal; States can actually lead their own efforts in ESSA’s implementation) are about to render all we’ve held near and dear about ‘quality education’, completely useless.
5) Those leaders in our political offices we’ve looked to to ‘save’ our kids, have, for the most part, continued to sell them down the river. Those who’ve dared to stand up against the Machine, have suffered as well.

All the while, the CCSS Machine churns on.

While we’re looking so hard at one portion of the CCSS Machine, the other parts make moves clothed in ‘greatness’. In truth, these are setting our nation up for total alignment to everything America fought to be free of.

The CCSS Machine is turning our school officials into puppets. Are we really OK with this?

Not sure which part of the Machine I’m referring to, while the other parts churn on?

As I revealed yesterday, in my highly censored article, the CCSSO or the Council of Chief State School Officers.
1) They’ve posed as leaders we trusted in the past; while, they have proven themselves to be 100% untrustworthy.
2) They’ve inserted themselves into the global push to change American education.
3) They love data mining our students and teachers of all ages.

4) The CCSS Machine group has had the audacity to brag about how their partnering with those citizens who THOUGHT they were helping shape their State’s ESSA plans was a positive move, knowing full well those citizen voices wouldn’t be written in!
5) CCSSO was actually named, by the U.S. Dept. of Education’s newer ESSA regulations, as one of the groups States HAD to work with to create State plans. (So, as always, my question has been: How can a State create its own plan when the CCSS Machine is micro-managing every move?!)
6) Most of all, CCSSO owns half the copyright to the Common Core State Standards. As I’ve proven to you before, ESSA did NOT kill Common Core! It re-branded it! So, in essence, CCSSO will still literally profit off our State educational systems.

So much for ‘great’ objective leadership, huh?


What Leaders Will We Be From Here On Out?

Warriors, we do, in fact, face a bleak outcome in the War Vs the Core; if we continue to ignore the ENTIRE set of CCSS Machine’s movements.

How can this be done when all the ‘cards are stacked against us’?

1) Get the facts about the CCSS Machine fallacies for school choice, data mining, etc.
2) Know that the assessments geared to the CCSS Machine will not be going away anytime soon due to the ESSA mandates. This means the participation rates will also be enforced. Mandates in the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) and HEA (Higher Education Act) also ensure high-stakes assessments are here to stay.
3) Petition your States to sever their membership with the CCSSO. Find out if there is a State level, or even, a federal level law requiring membership in this sold-out-to-the- workforce-global-way-of-21st-Century-living. Is there a State level or federal level policy which has been misconstrewed to fool each State into thinking membership is required?
4) Fire up the Warrior’s cry against the CCSS Machine lobbyists who have purchased politicans votes. Both at the State and federal levels. If the CCSS Machine believes we’re divided and in-fighting, here’s where we can prove it wrong! We’re NOT going away! We will NOT surrender each other to this one-way-to-learn-one-way-to-conform system!

We are STILL that mighty force which outnumbers the CCSS Machine, question is, will we continue to lead like we believe it?

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

We must face the fact that there is SO much more to taking down the CCSS Machine than simply at the federal level. We MUST look at our States. The biggest portions of  education funding in each State is from within, meaning your tax dollars.

Getting the States out of the CCSSO, is a definite beginning to true State-led education. Repealing all federal level education laws will absolutely re-instate our U.S. Constitution’s State Sovereignty in education.

Finally, while it may appear we face a ‘stacked deck’, appearances can be deceiving. We must carry ourselves as leaders who want a victory SO bad, we will be the mightest we’ve ever been!



Warriors, as we leave each other to celebrate this Holy Weekend, know that we STILL have much to accomplish. As such, most of next week, I will be away helping create a new and special Warrior tool to aid us in our War Vs. the Core. Use this article as a ‘study guide’ for how your troops can unite and formulate a great strategy to help your State regain its Sovereignty.

Controlling the Authority

A very important follow up to Monday’s article about local school boards.

 “We’ll also address how city school boards, private schools, home education, and, charters authorities will be treated in the ‘ESSA Era’.” 

Before that closing statement, I also shared with you how I noticed a pattern of counties in NC which chose to be held to AdvancEd’s standard of accrediting. I’ve got some information about AdvancEd below. Here is what I’ve previously written about them.

AdvancEd is chosen by several States to be the ones which hold school boards accountable. Here are just a few noteworthy items about the mindset behind the company holding your board members (schools and States, too) accountable.

1) Be collective! “The AdvancED Accreditation Policies and Procedures outlined in this document represent the unified policies and procedures for accreditation from AdvancED and its Accreditation Divisions: North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), herein collectively referred to as AdvancED.”

What does this mean for the school board? Any and all schools wishing to be a part of the AdvancEd ‘team’, must abide by all the policies and procedures laid out by AdvancEd.
AdvancEd serves school districts, b) systems of schools, c) corporations, and, d) Education Service Agencies, (ESAs).

{*Note, ESAs may or may not be included in our LEAs and SEAs (Local Education Agencies; State Education Agencies). According to the national group for ESAs, there are over 500 service oriented groups in 45 States. With ESSA’s increased push for P3s (public, private partnerships), CCSS and/or CCR aligned Professional Development, and other global agenda items, we’re sure to see these service groups become more of a presence in our local school boards.}

2) Be global! According to a NC General Assembly document,  AdvancED represents tens of thousands of schools and districts across the United States and 69 countries worldwide“.

Considering the per school/ed service agency (ex: Sylvan Learning Centers)/school board, this will be quite a profit maker for AdvancEd.

I found an AdvancEd Application from 2016, where the Group was seeking  Pennsylvania’s authority to operate in businesses like Sylvan. Kumon Math Centers were included, along with others.

******As always, ask “What is in my State?”*******


Since I frequently give you NC information to use to see where to look in your State:

1) A NC County’s (2012-13) AdvancEd Report (Note the CCSS Machine agenda/ties)  click here

2) According to the NC State Board of Education’s Accreditation information, schools must be accredited, BUT they do NOT have to choose AdvancEd. See the document below for what the SBE (State Board of Ed) considers a ‘savings’ for schools to be accredited. 


The Chain of Command For Accreditation:

As another example for where to look, the NC State Legislative Accreditation Document shows how the command chain works.

How will ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) change this? (*Note: while ESSA may change accreditation, the HEA, (Higher Education Act’s) upcoming re-authorization will most definitely change the process.)


Before we move on, what do we, as Warriors do, when we discover our county school board adheres to BOTH AdvancEd and our State Board’s accreditation? Does that mean our taxpayer dollars are twice used without our voice?! If only one is adhered to, which one wins out over the other? Is it the State or AdvancED?!

So, How Do Charter School Boards Fit In?:

These are not actually ‘school boards’ in a traditional sense. The authorizing body is called a “NC Charter Advisory Board”. Written out in NC General State Statute 115C Article 14A.
The Article begins with, “authorize a system of charter schools to provide opportunities for teachers, parents, pupils, and community members to establish and maintain schools that operate independently of existing schools.” Sounds great, doesn’t it?! “Independent of existing schools…”

IF this is true, why do we see the same pro CSSS Member groups involved?! I hope you see the irony below:


If you wish to see Chapter 138A, access it here.

What do charter school Advisory Members have for requirements as laid out in 115C Article 14a? I’m so glad you want to know. (*Note: this Chapter is 23 pages long.)

1) Collectively strong, experience wise with “public and non profit goverance,  management and finance, assessment, curriculum and instruction, public charter schools, and public education law. All appointed members of the Advisory Board shall have demonstrated an understanding of and a commitment to charter schools as a strategy for strengthening public education.”
, re-read that last line, please.

2) These APPOINTED members serve in 4 year terms.

3) These members basically become the State Board of Education’s cheeerleaders for charter schools.

4) A new office within the NC Dept. of Public Instruction was created per this 14a chapter.
It’s known as the  Office of Charter Schools. Here’s the ‘kicker’, the Office is ‘subject to the supervision, direction, and control of the State Board of Education’. As part of the subjection, more appointees will be put in places of power.

Warriors, do you see a pattern here? More appointees means LESS VOICE by taxpaying citizens!

In NC, Charters And AdvancEd Meet:

Warriors, if you recall yesterday’s article, I laid out for you quite a few questions about school boards and the pro CCSS Machine member ties.

AdvancEd has been mentioned in more than one NC County. For example, I told you the county I live in has written in their school board policy to maintain their accreditation ties to AdvancEd and/or the State Board


Iredell Charter is also a ‘tutition free’ public charter school. There is a ton of information you should read if you are interested in learning how a ‘tutition free’ public school is governed. However, look below for a better definition of HOW charter schools are funded.



One more thing about Iredell Charter. It’s a Charter School USA managed educational institution. I tied AdvancEd to Charter Schools USA back in 2014. The focus of that article was the behavior management being bred in these ‘alternative’ schools.

What About Private Education and Homeschooling?

Here in NC, private schools and homeschools are under the authority of the NC DNPE (North Carolina Department of Non Public Education). As a ‘retired’ home educator in NC, I know this Department well. I’ve seen it shift from helping separate public education from private (NC considers homeschooling a legal form of private education).

However, since 2013, this Department has been ‘relaxed’. How? A law set forth to protect homeschooling (see Part 3 of the law) was changed ever so slightly under the guise of giving MORE choices to those families who chose to educate their own children.

The purpose, as one NC General Assembly member stated, was to ‘purposely blur the lines between public education and homeschooling.’

Guess what? It happened. Once of the BEST ways in which the lines were blurred was through the NC Virtual Public School. Thanks to ESSA, the blurring of lines will INCREASE.

ncvpsNotice that NC’s Virtual Public School is also carrying out the State Board of Education’s bidding: ‘producing modern learners’ for the “21st Century”.

Warriors, let’s not forget that some States have home education out in the open and not protected under private education clauses. Think about this, homeschool students use the same nationally normed assessments. If they haven’t been mandated to use the nationally normed assessments so far, they will be very soon.

So, how will ESSA play out for charters, private schools, and home education?

Here are just a few ways:
Titles funding (example, Title One is the largest federal funding stream and is used in all school districts; Title Four is for block grants; think 21st Century Community Learning Centers)
Data mining
High stakes assessments
College and career readiness
American Apprenticeships

Related Resources:

Articles Spelling how educational choices will be impacted via ESSA.
a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/who-doesnt-love-coupons/
(vouchers, ed savings accounts, school choice, and the fallacies of them all)

b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2017/02/26/the-other-dear-colleague-letter/
(nails CTE as the conduit by which every educational choice is passed through)
c) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/setting-us-up/
(details how our tax dollars are used against us in the name of educational progress)
d) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/essa-in-a-nutshell/
(for those pressed for time and/or in traditional schools)

e) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/warriors-guide-to-essa-and-private-education/
(for those in private, faith based, or, home education)

To see how NC’s mucking up the ‘local control’ via ESSA so far:

Is there a solution?

Proclaiming “Superb”, Not S.O.S.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are we willing to rubber stamp other establishment choices?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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:
The just over 1700 number is from the Regulations Docket,

I hope you catch the irony of the numbers gap in reporting.

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.
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:

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):

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:

Here is a related article with evidence of how the charter schools are being used against the  true improvement of education,

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!

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!

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).

FOM Friday: Best CCSS Fallacies

It's Friday, you know what that means! Time to measure what's truth, what's fallacy/fib or what's in between.
It’s Friday, you know what that means! Time to measure what’s truth, what’s fallacy/fib or what’s in between.

Think of today’s “Fib-o-Meter” as the collection of the biggest fallacies we’ve heard/seen/experienced about CCSS so far. Enjoy!

Aligned School Leaders:

So far, 3 articles about Common Core and superintendents! Not only do students get penalized by Common Core, or teachers, but superintendents are being held to the Standards as well. Given that many of our state level superintendents are pro Common Core, you’ll need to see the first one from Sept. 2014: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/19/fib-o-meter-friday-state-superintendents-common-core-standards/ Not only will you see the attempt to rebrand CC, you’ll get to see how. Follow that with the 2nd CC/Super article that was created via reader/follower requests. It’s from Sept. 2014 as well and features more switcheroo tactics as well as bold face lies! See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/26/fib-o-meter-friday-more-cc-aligned-superintendents/ The final CC/Super article from Oct. 2014, features Teach for America troops in addition to the final requested state superintendents. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/fib-o-meter-friday-even-more-state-superintendents-common-core/ For research purposes, see how aligned each of these Supers are. More than likely they will still be just as CC discipled as before.

Related article:
School counselors are some of the best leaders in schools with access to not only faculty and students, but parents as well. Don’t think for a moment the CCSS Machine has missed the opportunity to ensure these counselors are selling the Career Pathways, Career Tech Education, and other CCSS related courses. While not a Fib-o-Meter Friday article, it WAS a Friday “Breaking News” post. See to what extent the federal overreach goes when it comes to the guidance students receive. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/fridays-post-breaking-news-you-need-to-know/

The Fallacy About CCS and IB Schools:

Maybe your student doesn’t attend a traditional school. Maybe they attend an IB (International Baccalaureate) one. Think Common Core isn’t there? Oh, my friends..it is. In fact, because IB schools are rooted in the UN (United Nations), CC is certainly there. Think about it, the global citizen aspect so much in Common Core. UN and UN related organizations helped shape that. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/fib-o-meter-friday-ib-international-baccalaureate-schools-common-core/

Fallacies About the Core Itself:

Lastly, for those new to the fight, you might find the fallacies of the Common Core interesting.
Originally written as a ‘see how much you know about the Core’ presentation for an audience, I shared in on the blog. There are many lies out there, would you know these? See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/fib-o-meter-friday-history-of-ccs/

In Jan. 2015, I wrote another FOM Friday about the lies of CC. See how many of these you know: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/fom-friday-update-truths-lies-of-ccss/

Got something related to Common Core you’d like to see run through the Fib-o-Meter? Let me know and I’ll do my best to research it. Thanks!

Monday Musings: Where There’s Smoke, There’s Common Core

What could be considered dangerous is sometimes easy to see, other times, not so much.
What could be considered dangerous is sometimes easy to see, other times, not so much.

Those of us fighting Common Core and all that it entails know the battle’s been a long one; that we still have miles to go before a real victory can be claimed. In my post for today, I’d like to take you along in my thoughts to several places concerning Common Core and we, the citizens.

First up, intentions of fighting:

I can’t speak for your intentions, but I can assume that they are honorable. After all, you are reading this, so you must be concerned with the plight of the federal takeover in education. However, since I’ve come under fire lately as to MY intentions, here they are:

1) I fight, not so much for my children alone, but for all students. Why? I know Common Core is more than K-12. I know it also involves other acronyms and is in more places than most people believe. I fight also because our U.S. Constitution, federal law and the states as sovereign are being ignored, trampled on, and besmirched. As a citizen, I’m deeply offended.

2) I have been researching this since 2009, I’m not a new kid on the scene, nor do I write or publish information without checking into it from several resources that I know I can rely on. If you find you don’t like something, please remember, I am a MESSENGER, not the creator of this battle. Every article has been written, not so I do your thinking for you but rather, so you can derive your own conclusions based on all the evidence proved for you. This is why all those links, screen shots, embedded files are there.

3) I do my utmost to be fair, to listen to your comments.  However, labeling me as ‘uninformed’, ‘crowd monger’, ‘pot stirrer’, ‘fear monger’ are not helpful to either of us. Our quarrel is with Common Core, it shouldn’t be with each other. Yes, I’m fallible, and when I make a mistake, I will do my best to clarify, correct, and move on.

Next, the Research:

Choosing to write articles on a daily basis takes a tremendous amount of time, creativity, and gumption. Please remember, I am an activist, an advocate of freedom..AND a volunteer. That said, you need to know I take my position as seriously as if I were being paid. Why? Because getting the truth, no matter HOW unpopular is more important to me than anything else. Since I’ve been following the ‘fed led ed trail’ since 2009, I’ve amassed more hard copies, filled 2 computer hard drives and am working on my third. There is no assistant for me, at this time. My point? My research is varied, it’s massive, it’s vital. Some days, you’ll find it to your liking and other days, you don’t. Regardless, consistent information is what I seek to provide. I have gained your trust because of my consistency. That is not only a serious honor, it is a tremendous guiding mindset.

Feedback reminders:

Let’s remember, we’re all adults. We use social media as a tool. Our names, our reputations, and our conversations are appearing in public for ALL to see. When in the battle against Common Core, tempers will sometimes flare. Feedback, I do ask for. I also have asked for kindness, respect, and let’s keep it about the issue NOT the person or people. If we must disagree, let’s discuss the root, not the outcome. As we all know, the disadvantage of social media is we cannot hear each other’s voice, so tones can be misinterpreted easily. To be on a team fighting this together is an honor, I’d like to keep it that way.

Smoke/Fire and other Fallacies:

As a blog writer I do NOT, nor will in the future, take part in the following fallacies—especially in the battle against the CCSS Machine.

“Where there’s smoke, there’s fire”, ie: a ‘hasty conclusion’ or ‘jumping to one’. What you read hasn’t been written in haste, nor after reading a few things and jumping. Again, tons of time, consideration, and feeling go into each and every article you see, read, and share.

“Scare”, “Taboo”, “Transfer”, or “Straw Man”, ie: controlling or manipulation of what I discover and share. It is what it is. No more, no less. I have reserved one day a week for my opinions, the other 6 are divided into CCSS categories. Why? Because I have found there is so much connecting CCSS to so many other things, you need to spread it out.

I’m not into ‘snowjobs’(using irrelevant information to ‘prove’ something relevant), ‘lying with ignorance’, ‘lying with statistics’ (both are related to the ‘snowjob’).

If you’ve noticed, I don’t usually name call. I don’t believe in half truths, we get enough of that from the pro-CCSS side.

Fallacies used by the Pro-CCSS side:

Bandwagon – CCSS is right because so many people say it is! It’s state led because look at all the resources that say it is!

Big lie – “Rigor”, ‘deeper, clearer’, ‘richer content’, ‘more flexibility in how I can teach’ (apply other lies here).

Circular reasoning – aka: ‘begging the question’; ie: repeating the same thing multiple times, but using different words each time to back up your claim. It’s false arguing.

Blind loyalty – a respected leader or group supports something, because they do, it’s trustworthy.

Closing thoughts:

While I am a dedicated warrior against CCSS, I, like you, are human. I make mistakes. I admit it. We all make mistakes, especially when we are passionate. However, our opponents do not need to see a division in our efforts. Where there’s a division, there’s a weakness. We, on the same side of the battle, don’t need division either, it causes bitterness.

Information I share is to fortify your stance, not weaken it. None of us have time for that. 

Please remember, no matter what group supports the CCSS Machine, what person who we are surprised by in their support of the Common Core..the Standards are ILLEGAL. For me, that’s the bottom line. I don’t care how rich, famous, generous, or whatever a group or supporter is. .if they stand by the Standards in any way, they are basing that support on a lie. That hurts our citizens. It’s a principle too many are willing to overlook.

 I will not apologize for shedding light where it needs to be. 

Remember, there are many who seek to destroy America, they are accomplishing it every day that CCSS continues to be allowed to exist, be taught, and adhered to. I want to help change that WITH you by my side.

Consider these words by leaders who were once thought to be worth following:

“Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.” Josef Stalin
“The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother’s care, shall be in state institutions at state expense.” Karl Marx

“Give me four years to teach children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.” Vladimir Lenin

These reasons and hundreds more like them are WHY I do WHAT I do to help the anti-CC movement. I am humbled you choose to walk this daily battle with me. Your advancement in battle is my reason for blogging. Thank you for your support. I trust we can continue down the anti-CC road together.