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It’s Saturday Morning

Hello all you Anti Fed Ed Warriors! We’ve reached the next-to-the-last day of 2017. We’ve had many highs and lows in fighting our War Vs the Core this year. 

When I last wrote you, you learned about some ways in which not only education, but health care, is being used as tools for total alignment in our lives. The evidence shows a deeply sinister shift toward manipulation of our minds, as well as confinement for our students when it comes to what they will do with their lives.

It is my belief we should be looking more into things like this. Why? We can’t fight what we do not see coming at us.
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In the “Educating Our Health?” article, you were able to see how gaming is being used as a weapon to target students. I also suggested you look at all the other NIH (National Institutes of Health) SEPA (Science Education Partnership Awards) projects which are helping fund moves like this. 

For example, while the NIH/SEPA gave NC State University big bucks to create and implement a game bent on steering kids towards pre-determined healthcare careers, funds were awarded in Denver for what’s called ‘citizen science’.

What’s ‘citizen science’? A screen shot below from the Project page (added emphasis is mine)

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Warriors, we’ll get back to the NIH/SEPA later, it’s the thought of ‘citizen science’ I would like to stay in for a little longer. Why? It deals with Saturdays.

My TV On Saturday Mornings:

satmornWarriors, when was the last time you turned on your TVs on Saturday morning and watched? I’ve seen what’s there. IF you have access to the channels where you CAN find cartoons, that’s great. However, what’s the theme underneath those cartoons?

IF you’re like me and you have removed that access, what’s on the antenna channels on Saturday mornings? Education/informational shows! Shows filled with farces and fallacies when it comes to education. How? Read on, Warriors!

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This is a screen shot of the official Xploration Station TV show. This image I’ve captured lasts only a few seconds before it’s replaced with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) award-winning show information.

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According to the “About Us” video (which continually flashes several images at you in rapid speed, along with a Carl Sagan quote), Xploration Station is where ‘entertainment and science intersect’. If you visit the website, notice that the usually-only-seen-on Fox TV show is also available on Hulu, Amazon, Yahoo, and Netflix. This one show reaches over 4 million people.

Warriors, while I know there are other such shows on Saturday mornings now, I chose to use Xploration Station as an example because of what the spoken content was telling the audience. As the show comes on you hear the introduction of how this show is rated E/I (educational and informative). You also hear how this show is designed for the entire family to get involved in science.

Warriors, Xploration Station also ‘is the country’s ONLY broadcast destination dedicated exclusively to STEM EDUCATION for teens and families.’

Xploration Station has some pretty big partners, too. Zero Gravity (Zero-G) Corporation, National Geographic, and more. If you do not know about Zero Gravity Corporation, go here, scroll down to “About” and read how a former NASA employee started this company. To see the National Geographic information, go here.

Warriors, did you know there are federal education mandates for TV? Below, you’ll see how Xploration Station complies.

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Just before the TV Show first aired (began in 2014), B & C (Broadcast and Cable) reported WHY the Xploration Station was being trotted out for early Saturday mornings.  It was because America, as a nation, was falling behind in STEM education.

Warriors, this one show is a block of at least 2 hours! When ESSA’s (Ever Student Succeeds Act) mandates were signed into law, one of the ones I pointed out was how the push for increased overreach into our homes would be seen. The mandate of 24/7/365 access to technology for educational purposes was not a joke. The mandate for learning anytime, in any location, including your home has become a reality. We not only should ‘starve the beast’, we should turn off the technology!


Meanwhile, At NIH/SEPA:

The mentality of let’s get the entire family on the STEM bandwagon is at a rabid pace.
In Seattle, WA, another SEPA winner has a family specific STEM program. Why? Because enough families aren’t engaged enough with STEM.

The CCSS Machine’s not done with us yet, look what’s coming in 2018:

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To access the grant information for both arms of the NIH programs, go here and here.

If you’re not sure how STEM fits into the CCSS Machine, simply consider this for 2018 and beyond. The UN (United Nations) is a connector. 

Warriors, we KNOW the two are connected. Congress may or may not. Evidence proves that regardless of their knowledge of HOW STEM and CCSS are connected, they’ve turned a blind eye. I believe they’ll solider on in compliance to all that is happening in our educational system. Is it wrong? Absolutely! Is it up to us to put a stop to all that we can? Indeed!

Closing:

Warriors, do not simply resolve to fight back against the CCSS Machine in 2018, plan your actions now! The window of opportunity for us to protect our students is closing faster than we want to admit. Be brave in 2018! Stand up in 2018! Speak out, even if your voice shakes. We were not born to be compliant people. We were born a free people. Free, we must remain!

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Working Over The “Old North State”

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, just a few days ago, I shared with you how ‘great’ NC’s updated school-wide report cards are. ICYMI, here it is.

Worth repeating, though, is this: A CTE (Career Tech Education) specific school in my county had ZERO textbooks (according to the NC Report Card website).

What does this have to do with workforce based education? Everything! Not only is NC (Old North State) getting ‘worked over’, every other State is too!

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Warriors, the name chosen for one of the  NC (Old North State) Workforce Education based programs is “NCWorks”.

Look below and tell me, Warriors, how well this federal-to-state-to-your child’s education has workforce woven into it. This is meant for ALL school choices.

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It’s been said for years that the goal for ‘education’ isn’t being well educated, it’s being well-trained.
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Not long after I began my blog (2014), I attended an meeting held on a local community college campus. The rhetoric spilling out of the elected officials and school employees was eye-opening, to say the least. It was all about workforce aligned schools. See this article. (You’ll even see the embedded You Tube video about national workforce credentials. As the business owner stated in the short film, ‘no certification; no job’.)

Programs like “NC Works” bring the workforce aligned schools to 100% fruition.

I also shared with you how the NCWorks program came to be in Sept. 2014.

An updated article about NCWorks in 2015 showed you how the Governor of NC ( Pat McCrory) had laid out a ‘smooze fest’ of CCSS Machine member groups and citizens to carry out his plan for education and workforce training to intersect.

Warriors, every Governor did likewise. It was due to the language of WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). Governors were given more power. Using it to create aligned school-to-work systems was just the beginning.

In 2016, I gave you an update on NCWorks and how it was connected to a bond for statewide community colleges. The bond was a poorly disguised taxpayer disaster for generations to come. Thanks to the CCSS Machine, the bond was voted on and passed.
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Warriors, when the Education and Workforce Commission was started, it was housed in the Governor’s administrative branch. During the summer of 2107, the Commission was moved from the Governor’s office to the NC DPI (North Carolina Dept. of Public Instruction).  From what I can find, the new location is in the NC DPI’s CTE (Career and Technical Education Office)

The announcement I found about the move is from the Public Schools First NC website:

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If you are curious, the Public Schools First NC states its a group of nonpartisan citizens. However, “Mapping the Left” website shows the Public Schools First NC, has received some previous funding from The Reynolds Foundation.

Reynolds Foundation supports all kinds of community groups, social justice projects, and education. Among one of the red warning signs I found on Reynolds 2015 Grant page was to a non-profit called “DigiLearn”. DigiLearn was founded by former Governors (NC) Perdue and (WY) Geringer. (*Note: Perdue was in office when NC’s Race to the Top funds were awarded.)

DigiLearn’s Board has two well-known CCSS Machine members, one is NC legislator Craig Horn and the other is Tom VanderArk.

From a DigiLearn 2017 presentation, this screen shot:

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If you’d like to see the Policy guide which goes with the DigiLearn presentation, look here. Note that by 2018, all NC school districts are to digitally ready.

If you’d like to see how the Reynolds Foundation is represented in the current NC Governor’s (Roy Cooper) appointed Education Commission, go here.
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So, Why Share This Now?

Warriors, I share this now, as the NC DPI is wrapping up 2017, with sights set for 2018. Planned? A new workforce based learning program AND approach. It all appears to be housed in the NC DPI’s CTE Office, too. You’ll more than likely find this type of activity in your State.

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The ‘new’ program? “The Students@Work is a project of the North Carolina Business Committee for Education in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.Warriors, the new program won’t replace NCWorks. It compliments it!
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Both NCWorks and CTE use Perkins funding. Perkins funding was not to be embedded in K-12th education when it first began. Perkins funds were for post-secondary educational institutions and programs. However, when the CCSS Machine began the shift from academics to workforce, Perkins funds found their way into the classroom. ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) even embeds CTE and Perkins funds.
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Where can you find the “Students@Work”?  I found it in the 2018-19 NC CTE Standards.
You can also watch a short YouTube video about the program. The Students@Work website is here. Members of the NC Business Committee for Education can be found here. Every business and/or school you see is tied to the CCSS Machine.

Warriors, “CTE Standards” are CCSS Standards! (More information)
You can also read about the recent 6 States (NC, AL, IA, IL, NV, and RI) involved in the CTE/STEM Workforce based Siemens Corporation education initiative.

CTE also marries Common Core to STEM.

The Siemens Initiative began back in 2015. According to the Siemens overview, it was to target ‘young adults’ (16-24 years). However, the NC workforce education plan (above) is to start in 6th grade or about 11 years old.  The Siemens Foundation partners are some heavy-hitting CCSS Machine member groups.

**I also am sharing this now to tie all of this to the fact that the HEA (Higher Education Act) is being re-written. It has been for a while now.

In these last remaining days for Congress (before the 2017 holiday recess), Rep. Foxx is the sponsor of HR 4508PROSPER Act.  It’s the House’s re-authorization of the HEA (Higher Education Act) .

Warriors, it combines CTE, STEM, CCSS, Workforce agenda, globalization, data mining,  and, cradle to grave data tracking.

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To access the PROSPER Bill, go here. The Politico 12/13/17 Morning Report stated that HR 4508 would shrink the U.S. Dept. of Education; shift some of Ed’s business to the U.S. Treasury, and more.

Warriors, remember, while these moves SOUND good, I’ve already shown you evidence of how DANGEROUS these actions will be to our schools!

Oh, and let’s not forget Sen. Lamar Alexander’s bragging about overhauling HEA. He’ll be a big mouthed liar once again in 2018 when it comes to education.
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HEA (as I’ve said for at least 2 years) is the LAST link in the American education chain which will forever change schools from academic institutions to workforce training facilities…for all ages and educational choices!

As chair woman for the House’s Education and Workforce Committee, Foxx is featured in this article about how badly PROSPER’s agenda/alignment is needed. If you ever doubted Foxx’s view of ‘quality education’, look below:

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I’ve researched this ‘sold-out-to-the-CCSS-Machine-Representative’ several times. Her grasp of truly representing her citizens has been replaced by corporate lies.

**I also share all this now, because several federal level bills seek to create national data tracking in the name of education. HR 4174, S2046; the assault on Net Neutrality will also involve data and our right to privacy (this involves the FTC and FCC: both use taxpayer funds for data mining); the ‘data raping’ will continue via many more proposed bills.
Data is needed to pigeon hole students into workforce training aka ‘education’!

Data is the key, here, Warriors.  On one hand, we need to access HOW the data is being used against our children, as well as protect our civil right to freedom of privacy. On the other hand, as Americans, we know we must use the internet for all kinds of purposes. So, shouldn’t it be as open and free to use as possible?

If data becomes privatized or government micro-managed in any way, we’re losing our civil rights. Not to mention how terrible a track record the US government has with cyber security lately.

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Closing:

Warriors, this is rotten timing, I know. We should be focusing on all the December holidays we have. We shouldn’t have to be contacting our Representatives and Senators.

BUT, we must sacrifice our energy and time! We have to do all we can to block the undermining of our nation! Congress is NOT helping our education system; it’s NOT representing true American values; and, it’s NOT honoring our U.S. Constitution.

Isn’t that worth a few minutes of time in the last days of 2017? We must revolt against all that is wrong with these egregious Bills! 

Sic’ ‘Em Saturday: No Laurels to Rest On Yet

There's no time like NOW to fight the CCSS overreach.
There’s no time like NOW to fight the CCSS overreach.

If you’ve been following the news lately, you’ll note that a victory (of sorts) was gained by those fighting CCSS.

The Good News:

The controversial HR5 (Student Success Act) was put on hold. HOWEVER, that’s not the end. As long as the federal overreach and P3 money flows, you can bet your crown of laurels, a new version of the SSA will be just around the corner. So many news sources/anti CCSS warriors have reported this. I’ll not repeat them in this post, BUT we will look at the action steps we MUST continue to take!

Our hard work and tweeting messages were just a portion of the victory the anti CCSS warriors have experienced.
Our hard work and tweeting messages were just a portion of the victory the anti CCSS warriors have experienced.

The Not So Good News:

We also suffered a loss, of sorts. How? The newly passed overtaking of the Internet. This happened just one day BEFORE the HR5 derailment.

If you’re not clear on exactly what this means for the anti CCSS effort, please consider my article published on “Prevent Common Core”, titled “A Cup of Coffee Can Now Data Mine”. (see: http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1223)

When I originally wrote this in November of 2014, I shared with you the seemingly unlimited power the FCC has and how it will impact not only schools, but our public libraries as well. I shared with you the data mining aspect, the way STEM education was laced in. (yes, contrary to popular opinion, STEM is the master agenda to which CCSS is the method. My “PCAST, STEM, and CCSS” article lay out all the facts AND give you the links to the documents.) If you read that “Cup/Coffee” article you were able to learn that with about the cost of a simple cup of coffee added to your phone bill fees every month, you’d be able to help pay for all this activity. I don’t know about you, but I’m rather tired of seeing my tax money put to such ill use in education.

The original article gave  you 4 distinct areas The CCSS Machine is directly embedded.
I shared that the “ConnectED” was part and parcel to this.

Since then, others have also shared much about this.

When D.C. allowed this overall effort to proceed (much to the glee of the FCC), we, the citizens, have lost a sizable amount of freedom. We also gained a sizable amount of educational mess.

Actions:

So, what’s a warrior to do? Plenty!

1) Keep contacting your Congress men and women. Why? See the screen shot from the US Gov Tracker:

See: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr5
See: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr5

2) Not sure what to write your members in Congress? A fellow warrior has allowed me to share a sample letter. The encouragement was to use whatever portion you feel applicable for your state. I want to thank Glenda for her tireless effort in not only writing this but allowing me to pass it on to you.

“I’m posting a letter that I’m sending to all my Local and State Representatives as well as the Speaker of the House and all Congressmen involved in drafting this Bill that will take away States as well as our Parental rights concerning our Children’s education.. This is so very important for us ALL to take a few moments and speak out against this Bill until it is DEAD! Please feel free to copy and modify this letter and send it out to your own Representatives.. I share a grave concern with Parents and Teachers across this Country concerning this HR5 Student Success Act 2015 Bill.”


“Dear_______________ I am urging a “No” Vote to HR5 Student Success Act 2015. This bill is deceptive and is not what it is portrayed to be. This bill actually “takes away” States as well as Parental Rights concerning our Childrens Education!

  • Professor Sandra Stotsky Prepared the Following Response to Speaker John Boehner’s Memo Praising HR 5 “10 Things You Should Know About the Student Success Act [HR5]” [View Speaker Boehner’s Claims Here: http://www.speaker.gov/./10-things-you-should-know-about-st.]

    10 Things NCLB/ESEA Supporters Want You to Think About the Student Success Act: A Modification of What Was Issued by House Speaker John Boehner’s Office.

    Fictional Purposes: This week, the House is set to vote on the Student Success Act, legislation to replace No Child Left Behind and expand opportunity in education so that every student can get ahead – no matter where they’re from. Read the text here, and a fact sheet from the Education & the Workforce Committee here. This measure contains a number of conservative reforms to reduce the federal footprint, restore local control, and empower parents and local leaders to hold schools accountable.

    Actual Purposes: HR 5 deliberately takes away most authority by parents and locally elected school boards, makes departments of education the conduits for federal policy, and does not seek standards that prepare students for a STEM career.

    FICTION 1. The bill replaces No Child Left Behind with conservative reforms to restore local control and stop top-down education mandates. In the absence of congressional action, the Secretary of Education has been using waivers and pet programs to dictate national education policies and increase the federal foothold in the classroom. The Student Success Act will put a stop to this.

    FACT: The bill removes almost all acts of local control, including what is on the report card local schools give local parents. It doesn’t empower parents or local school boards at all. It doesn’t allow any school district to opt out of a state’s assessment system.

    FICTION 2. The bill replaces the current national accountability testing scheme. The Student Success Act will establish a state-led accountability system, returning responsibility for measuring performance to states and school districts.

    FACT: This state-led system will be identical from state to state and determined by the US ED, because states have to use US ED-approved standards, tests, and other tools IF THEY WANT TITLE I MONEY. It doesn’t give states or local school districts any options in the grades and subjects they want tested, even though there is no clear case to be made for the benefits of annual testing in all major subjects, for any students but especially for low-income students. See an excellent article on this subject: http://nonpartisaneducation.org/./no-child-left-behind-ren./

    FICTION 3. The bill eliminates dozens of federal programs and downsizes the education bureaucracy. All told, the Student Success Act will eliminate more than 65 existing federal programs that have been declared duplicative, ineffective, or were never funded. It also requires the Secretary of Education to take steps to reduce the department’s workforce.

    FACT: It may well eliminate 65 existing programs, but it won’t give a block grant to the states to let them decide how to use their own Title I money.

    FICTION 4. The bill establishes funding flexibility for local school districts. The Student Success Act replaces the current maze of programs with a Local Academic Flexible Grant, which allows school leaders to dedicate funding where it’s needed most rather than having these decisions dictated by federal bureaucrats.

    FACT: The bill does not specify one single kind of activity or program that local schools can use Title I money for if they so choose. They can’t even design their own report cards.

    FICTION 5. The bill expands school choice and empowers parents. The Student Success Act supports magnet schools, expands high-quality charter schools, and allows Title I funds to follow low-income children to the public or charter school of the parent’s choosing.

    FACT: Federal mandates attached to Title I also follow the child so that the child ends up with NO choice in curriculum, instruction, or standards. Whatever the state DoE has been approved for by the US ED is what the vouchered child will have in the new school, no matter what else the parent wants.

    FICTION 6. The bill prevents the feds from imposing common standards. The Student Success Act protects state and local autonomy over decisions by preventing the Secretary of Education from coercing states into adopting Common Core or any other common standards or assessments.

    FACT: The bill mandates that state DoE’s submit their plans for standards to the US ED, where they will be approved BY US ED-APPOINTED REVIEWERS. The PLANS FOR STATE STANDARDS will all look suspiciously like Common Core because the Common Core-based tests are ready to use and are being used. The bill also mandates who will review these state “plans” and not one academic expert from higher education in the state is to be used.

    FICTION 7. The bill repeals federal requirements for teacher quality. The Student Success Act supports local and state efforts to recruit and retain the best teachers.

    FACT: In one of the most blatant acts of dishonesty, the bill eliminates the NCLB stress on teachers demonstrating mastery of the subject content they teach (the only research evidence we have for teacher effectiveness), and simply says they must be “licensed.” Most licensure tests for K-8 are at the middle school level and demonstrate no mastery of subject content at all. This is a huge disaster for low-income kids. They will be taught by minimally competent teachers, as will other children. But they will not have parents who can compensate for minimally-knowledgeable teachers.

    8. FICTION: The bill supports private sector initiatives. The Student Success Act puts aside resources to support state and local programs that operate outside of traditional public school systems, providing a much-needed infusion of private sector innovation.

    FACT. Private schools must admit vouchered children who apply and provide them with the “services” they would get in public schools. Private schools are to lose their autonomy, deliberately. There is no language preventing federal mandates from following Title I money.

    9. FICTION: The bill boosts transparency and accountability for the Department of Education. The Student Success Act prevents the Secretary of Education from creating additional burdens on states and districts, and outlines the specific steps the Secretary must take when issuing new regulations so as to maximize public scrutiny.

    FACT: There will be no accountability by the states or the federal government for the academic competence of Title I teachers and aides. That is how 90% of Title I money is used.

    FICTION 10. The bill empowers parents and taxpayers with meaningful information they can use to hold their schools accountable and ensure that every dollar spent makes a direct and lasting impact for students.

    FACT: The bill dictates what local report cards must look like and contain. In no way can parents and their local schools negotiate about the kind of information parents want on their schools’ report cards. Nor can parents/local school boards require teacher-made tests of what they teach, to be graded and sent home regularly to parents.

    Parents, Grandparents and students are asking you to stop the REAUTHORIZATION of ESEA, HR 5, the Student Success Act of 2015 which will amend No Child Left Behind.

    . HR 5 denies parents their rights over their children. References page 488; 522-555.

    . HR 5 legislation creates the radical transformation of tax collection through the assigned destruction and hostile takeover of our local neighborhood schools.

    . HR 5 violates states’ rights under the United States Constitution and is in violation of Federal law.

    . HR 5 is designed to destroy local, public neighborhood schools through usurpation of elected school boards’ authorities and responsibilities.

    . HR 5 will destroy all private education in America, as well, legislating Title I “choice” vouchers that will “follow the child,” enforcing HR 5 compliance in EVERY PRIVATE AND RELIGIOUS SCHOOL.

    . HR 5 would legislate services to these Title I “choice” children called DIRECT STUDENT SERVICES AS A VOUCHER that must be equitable and comparable to any public school, which is needed to satisfy Common Core.

    . HR 5 will destroy representative government, all non-governmental schools, and standardize education across this nation. This overreach of the federal government is in direct violation of our United States Constitution which dictates separation of federal jurisdiction vs. State jurisdiction.

    A Very Upset and Concerned Parent/Grandparent & Citizen, Glenda Madaris Czaplinski (OH)”

    Closing: 
    As far as the FCC’s moves, be sure to note that that battle may not be over yet either.  See this article by ComputerWorld:
    http://www.computerworld.com/article/2888789/broadband-backers-push-gop-led-congress-to-overturn-fcc-on-net-neutrality.html
    THEN, re-read OR read for the first time my Prevent CC article.
    Also of note, the warriors at the “What is CC?” Blog also have a great article that’s related.
    See: https://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/federal-control-of-technology-and-data-on-internet-neutralitythe-connected-initiative-and-setra/
    More Resources:
    FCC moves:
    U.S. Budget moves: