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May We Move On?

Ahh…summer is quickly approaching, anti Fed Ed Warriors. In some States, EOGs/EOCs have all been taken; graduations completed. In others, this season is upon them. Social media’s been flooded with proud parents and teachers showing off Johnny and Suzy’s rites of passage.

Pardon me, if I’m a bit melancholy. You see, I’d LIKE to feel great for these young people about to set foot into the next chapter of their lives. I’d LIKE to know they would be able to be free enough to be who they WANT to be. Maybe it’s the research, maybe it’s the evidence. I’m not sure. Somewhere in all that I’ve uncovered about the CCSS Machine’s grasp on our nation, I am finding my mom’s heart is troubled for yet another graduating class. I’m a bit angry, a bit sad.  

Why? Warriors, thanks to the modern education reform, what you see below IS their future! 

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 Education in America was never supposed to be about streamlining our students for adherence to one way to learn/think/act or believe. It was never supposed to be about chucking academics out the door and replacing learning with skill based, workforce ready competencies. It’s purpose was not supposed to dishonor all the different choices of HOW to educate, either. But, again, thanks to the modern education reform via ESSA’s (Every Student Succeeds Act) mandates, EVERY education choice will face the bridge you see above.

No, education was supposed to gift our students with how to think, NOT what to think.
Education is a NOT a business to be micromanaged! Being educated is a privilege. Being a teacher is a gift. Neither should be governmentally over-regulated….EVER!

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Think about it Warriors, every single time the government (and, yes, include the P3s, public private partnerships) has taken natural privileges and gifts away and replaced them with man-made rights and programs with strings to give you something.

What happens? Is the results BETTER than before? Absolutely not! Every single time, what the government takes away and ‘re-gifts’ Americans is sub-par. Where there was a natural flow before, now there’s a dam.

History is a clear marker of the assault on many citizens in this regard. Voltaire’s quote below pretty much illustrates the shift in education, thanks to the modern educational reform from the CCSS Machine.

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So, Warriors, how shall we move on? How shall we continue to fight against all that is seeking to rob our students? How may we rise against the national changes we are seeing?

1) We need to remember some ‘leaders’ have not led us well. They have led us astray.
While some ‘leaders’ have clearly sold out to the CCSS Machine, not all have.
We must work with those leaders who are like-minded.
Our ‘leaders’ are merely representing us in their positions of power. They are not mega-lords or demi-gods. Stop treating them as such. Holding their ‘feet to the fire’ is not mean, it’s necessary.
Respect doesn’t mean bowing down, it means being firm and standing up.

2) Remember for whom we fight to protect. This War isn’t for our glory and fame; it’s for preserving freedom for the next generations.

3) Use the summer to catch up on what’s going on in your environment. This is not the time to be an ostrich, Warriors! We know, come the fall of 2017, more over-reach and over-regulations will hit us all. We also know that the CCSS Machine doesn’t slow down just because of summer vacations. We also know that the reform is NOT just for one type of educational choice or grade level. It is a purposed intention to impact ALL choices and EVERY grade level.

Resources to use to sharpen your Warrior mindsets:

1) The 4 part video series by FPE Media. Suitable for all educational choices, but mainly for those outside the public system. Make no mistake, there is MUCH for public education Warriors within the content. Use them in small group settings, watch; discuss; formulate what actions your group wishes to put in place.

Part One addresses the purposed shift as illustrated by the bridge graphic above.
The remaining 3 portions will fit underneath the water line in the iceberg graphic above.

Part Two reveals what you may know or may need to know about data mining as the ‘cash cow’ by which ‘education’ has become.
Part Three addresses the purposed fallacy behind ‘school choice’ as being played out in real time in DC.
Part Four exposes the exclusion of parent participation and how ‘local control’ of education is far from locally decided.
(*Note: a follow up to the FPE Media series is in the works.)

2) Re-examine your position in the War Vs the Core. Maybe it’s time to step beyond where you are right now. Is there more you can do? Is there an area you need to release? Are there others you’ve been working with who will take what you release? Are you seeking others to work with? Is it time to step from attending the school board meetings and speak at them? Are you thinking of serving on the school board or a State level education related position? This War cannot be won from the outside-in, exclusively. We need to consider infiltration. Why not?! The CCSS Machine hasn’t hesitated to infiltrate our school boards and State level offices!

Closing:

Warriors, our road ahead is long. We all need to be sharply focused and ‘at the ready’ for what’s before us. Rest a bit, regroup; but do not give up. Do not give in. We are the only ones our children will be able to trust. 

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Monday Musings: Know Thy Title 9, CCSS Warriors

Where false authority governs, fallacies are ripe.
Where false authority governs, fallacies are ripe.

Greetings fellow anti CCSS Warriors! What can we expect from the CCSS Machine now that the precedent has been set to allow those who are not to govern us, in fact, do so? How do we handle this latest assault on our U.S. Constitution? How does all this impact Common Core and our battle against it in education? I believe all these questions have at least one thing in relation to each other…

Title 9 (a 1972 Education Amendment)
Updated and renamed in 2002

How Title 9 Already Impacts Education:

Because of the original intent of Title 9,Every school district and college in the United States is required to have a Title IX Coordinator who oversees implementation, training and compliance with Title IX. ATIXA brings campus and district Title IX Coordinators and administrators into professional collaboration to explore best practices, share resources and advance the worthy goal of gender equity in education.” (Source: ATIXA, or Association of Title 9 Administrators;  https://atixa.org/)

Wait, that’s not all! From the U.S. Dept. of Education, here’s what else Title 9 already impacts: Title IX applies to institutions that receive federal financial assistance from ED, including state and local educational agencies. These agencies include approximately 16,500 local school districts, 7,000 postsecondary institutions, as well as charter schools, for-profit schools, libraries, and museums. Also included are vocational rehabilitation agencies and education agencies of 50 states, the District of Columbia, and territories and possessions of the United States.” (Source: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/tix_dis.html)

So why I am I bringing this up now? Two reasons. The first: in case someone fighting Common Core didn’t know the above. The second: by knowing the above we can be watchful for the areas in which the most recent decision made by the Supreme Court will surface.

*NOTE: I’ll be digging into more about ATIXA and its parent group in tomorrow’s “From the File” Tuesday article. Be sure to access it. It’ll reveal more about the agenda/education grasp in America.

Title  9 Groundwork Already Achieved via CCSS:

1) An archive of everything the Title 9 has accomplished from the U.S. Dept. of Ed:
http://findit.ed.gov/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&affiliate=ed.gov&query=title+9

2) An example from the Ohioans Against CCSS. proves what many of us are finding in our current school systems..as a result of Title 9 (and the gender/non-gender issue we’re seeing more and more from CCSS aligned curricula). See: http://ohioansagainstcommoncore.com/2014/11/guess-what-your-local-school-board-member-learned-today/)

3) An example of the ‘gender/no gender’ CCSS aligned curricula resource from Teaching Tolerance (a group many of us anti CCSS warriors have published evidence on about their allegiance to the CCSS Machine). See: http://www.tolerance.org/lesson/think-outside-box-brainstorming-about-gender-stereotypes

4) From Washington(state), a pdf of the National Sex Education Standards where CCSS is woven into them (access the document, then see Appendix D for “Selected CCSS English Language Arts”) WAsexed

5) If you’ve not seen these set of Sex Skills Standards from Planned Parenthood, you should. These combine all sorts of CCSS, gender-no-gender, anything is okay attitudes for students beginning Kindergarten and up). You’ll  need to visit the Freedom Project Education’s Common Core Resource page if you’ve not seen the PP’s Sex Skills Standards (be sure to note what other groups helped with these besides PP). See: http://www.fpeusa.org/commoncore (*Note: Scroll down to “National Sex Standards”, you’ll be able to download a zip drive document of the Standards)

Oh, For the Hype of It All:

So, what’s next for us in this educational battle? Plenty! We can expect more federal overreach. Maybe the next time it will be more sex education related, maybe not. We’ve seen the U.S. Dept. of Ed overreach its federal jurisdiction, now we know the Supreme Court is ‘playing this tune’ as well.

Congress? Well, we’ve seen (as researched and evidenced) where legislation is being bent to support federal overreach. An example of this is my last Friday’s “Fib-o-Meter” article. As important as the topic I addressed in it is, I purposed to NOT share it as much on Friday. Why? Because I knew with all the headlines the article would get lost.  So, here’s the link. The topic? “The D.C. Hype” for passing re-authorized versions of the Higher Education Act (which will contain Title 9 ramifications) and the HR5 (Every Child Achieves, or the latest version of ESEA from 1965, which also will have Title 9 implications). BOTH of these bills are MORE CCSS! MORE data mining! MORE federal overreach. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/26/fom-ccsscte-hype-d-c-style/

What Does an Anti CCSS Warrior Do Now?

Know that not just Title 9 impacts education. There titles built into educational parameters for almost every combination of guidelines you can imagine.
Know that when a bill or law or even suggested piece of legislation or related matter is state or federal hands it doesn’t belong, we need to not only know about it, but share the news and react proactively.
Know that bills on a state or federal level don’t necessarily have to do with educational needs to impact education. For example, not too long ago a federal level bill was put into action where the title pointed to just one issue, but in fact, had aligned educational intent embedded.

Don’t be surprised when moves like the one made last week is used to pit us against each other. That’s, in my researched opinion, a definite unintended bonus of the CCSS Machine. If they cannot conquer us, they’ll use certain issues tied to education OR education itself to cause us to fight amongst ourselves. We must beat them at their own intent! We must stand firm.

Lastly, realize that it is not only the outcome of any authority’s decision that sets the mold by which all future activities will be based; more importantly is HOW the decision is made. Did it follow proper, legal channels? Did it consider the citizens? When appropriate, were citizens involved? When appropriate, did the correct authority address the decision.

Why is all this important? It’s my belief that not only is anything LESS than what I’ve just described criminal, it sends a dangerous message of fallacy to all of us. If we play to win, we must win properly and justly. Not by any means possible. To win unjustly or by improper means it shows all of us, what you’re fighting for isn’t  all that important. It also proves out the age old saying. “Anything worth doing, is worth doing well.”