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Why Have Goals?

Warriors, in my “Purse Strings” article, you were promised a follow-up article further looking at the connections between SEL (Social Emotional Learning), the SMART Goals, and, the HARD Goals.

Briefly, before we get to that follow-up information, I’d like to point out something I didn’t in the original article. The connections between who funds each of these types of activities in each of our States is worth looking into. However, don’t only look at the wealthiest folks, but look at their foundations. Look at the traditionally conservative or liberal policy think-tanks. Are there connections between these groups? Are there partnerships? A great conservative example is the AFC (American Federation for Children). Besty DeVos has been instrumental in AFC’s work in the States. Does AFC have an affiliate in your State? As far as an liberal example, try to see if your State has any affiliate offices for the Center for American Progress (CAP).
(*Note: A resource I found where the political spectrum of policy groups is featured is the Citizens Source.)
Also, what PACs (Political Action Committees) are active in education in your State?
More information about PACs and how they are broken down can be found at OpenSecrets.com.

Why We Need to Know The Money Trail:

ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) not only mandates MORE P3s (public private partnerships), it will reward them for overreaching into education!
Find out what are they supporting or funding in the War Vs. the Core.

 


SEL, Grit, SMART, HARD, And American Education:

To quickly review the connections between these  encompass the global education design for “grit”. Meaning, all education must be a certain way in order to be deemed as ‘successful’. Put another way, per the NC ESSA State Draft Plan (I found it in other State Plans as well), ‘grit’ is for ‘college and career readiness’ (CCR). CCR is another phrase for ‘post-secondary readiness’! See the evidence here.

By passing WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) in 2014, ESSA (Every Student Succeeds) and the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)Acts in 2015, renewing the HEA’s (Higher Education Act) funding in 2015, our federal government has done a ‘bang up’ job of mandating we’ll see MORE grit, SEL, SMART, and HARD parameters in ALL educational levels. 

Here are two visuals to explain SMART Goals and HARD Goals:

You’ll find plenty of SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Revelant, and Trackable) and HARD (Heart-felt, Animated, Required, and Difficult) in every digital resource your students encounter.  All those ‘personalized courses’ are an example.

Teachers will also face the same constraints. HOW? Professional Development in ESSA mandates teachers and other educational leaders MUST be credentialed in everything post-secondary readiness so their students can measure up. Teachers/leaders/students will be collectively graded on how successful what is taught and learned. It’s called whole school grading. ESSA will reward or punish States where schools do not measure up. Likewise, teachers/leaders will be rewarded or punished if not properly credentialed or badged.

Here are some vital resources you’ll need for SMART and HARD Goals:

1) As we know, there’s a 2013 U.S. Dept. of Education publication about GRIT.
It unabashedly connects CCSS to SEL. Find it here.  (*Note: you’ll find mega bucks Bill and Melinda Gates had a huge hand in helping create this document.)

2)  SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound) Goals. Originally designed for business, it appears they’ve made their way into education.  Here’s a document from the State of VA. It’s from the Human Resources Dept of the University of VA. It’s clearly visible this document was for use in higher education.

Warriors, we know higher education has been overrun with corporate/federal interference to help embed that cradle to grave stream global education needs for all citizens. I’ve covered this multiple times here on my blog. WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) and HEA (Higher Education Act) are tools for this. ESSA’s the same.

3) What happens when GRIT and SMART are combined? Find it here.
3a) From CA, a 6th grade Career Roadmap using SMART.

4) Below, Lifelong Learning Labs has this definition of SMART for education. As you can see it’s not too far removed from the business model (‘SMART’ in business stands for Specific, Measurable, Achieveable, Realistic, and Timely.). LLL also calls SMART Goals ‘mind tools’.

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5) From the Science and Arts School at the University of PA, the 12 Point GRIT Scale used in classrooms across America.
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HARD Goals supposedly are to make your brain engage and cause your performance levels soar..at least in the business world. According to this blog article about HARD Goals, the concept has been around a long time. These are to be the ‘softer’, more personal skills you have or can groom in others. According to this same article, Leadership IQ’s Mark Murphy has created the latest acroynm. So, who is Murphy? From his Leadership IQ website, this excerpt about his ties to the CCSS Machine and global workforce/education.
With a reputation for brilliant, yet immediately actionable, insights about leadership, he’s trained leaders at the United Nations, Harvard Business School, the Clinton Foundation, Microsoft, MasterCard, SHRM, and hundreds more organizations.  Mark leads one of the world’s largest leadership skills studies, and his work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and U.S. News & World Report. Mark has also appeared on CNN, NPR, CBS News Sunday Morning, ABC’s 20/20, and Fox Business News.” Source 

1) According to Tony Gurr, he created HARD Goals for education/teaching back in 2012.
His blog entry reveals he ‘borrowed’ Mark Murphy’s business model. See it here. Gurr’s based in Turkey, by the way. According to his LinkedIn profile, he’s got his finger on the HARD/SMART, English Language Learning (ELL) and, English Language Teaching (ELT) education reform. See his ties to Dubai, too. Gurr’s a presentor in this on-line course for teachers available to all education choices.

2) From the “Read Less, Do More” website, Murphy’s summary on how HARD goals are to be used. Read this and see if you do not recognize some of the techniques used in classrooms.

3) If you don’t have time to read the summary, look below for a visual example of HARD goals from 2014. Entire Slide Share presentation, here.

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Warriors, ‘personalized learning’ uses SEL, GRIT, SMART, and HARD!

4) Murphy’s lastest article on HARD vs SMART for Forbes, states both are best for career development. Knowing how aligned to this mandate ESSA is, look for more of this type of BS in classrooms.

5) Tying Grit to Education Savings Accounts, will not only encompass personalized learning, but CBE (Competency Based Education). Big money groups in our States fund these! A ‘leader’ in this is The Jeb Bush Foundation for Excellence in Education. However, FEE is hardly the only big-buck-group in this education reform. Here’s a previously published article where I laid it all out for you.

Closing:

Warriors, I hope between the strings and goals I’ve presented for you in the 2 related articles, you can get an idea that ‘local control’ as promised by the CCSS Machine is a big, fat lie. Locally controlled education should not have nebulous purse strings or someone else’s business modeled priorities as the guiding framework. Local education should be OF the people, BY the people, and, FOR the people.

One truth you can still share with your State’s leaders/funders, etc. is that this federal statute is STILL being broken every day ESSA’s implementation continues. Every day WIOA’s workforce ursurping of education continues, furthers this breach. With the HEA being re-written, the egregious overreaches will continue. Will your State speak up?!

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“In Alignment We Trust”

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Just released yesterday, was this glowing article about how fantastic and ‘for education’ Vice President-elect Pence is. Sure, the IN based media has a right to brag..after all it is one of their own who will be second in command of the entire nation. (article link is below in the ‘school choice’ portion)
Pardon me, if I (along with other Anti CCSS Warriors) are not joining in the celebration.

Let me state, it is not Gov. Pence I am attacking, it is his involvement in education I wish to bring to light. First, the stance on Career Tech Education. Then, the stance on vouchers and school choice.

Career Tech Education: Education/Workforce Alignment For All Ages:

Recently, I’ve shown you how the U.S. House’s Education and Workforce Committee has used Gov. Pence’s words about the glories and praises of CTE (Career Tech Education). Those words were from 2015. With their  mantra, our Congress has been spreading, they are leaving out some very crucial details. (For example, see the ‘featured shot’ above.) To see the  important CCSS Machine information surrounding that featured picture and to learn more about Pence’s speech,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/11/09/does-it-really-matter/

Warriors, I’ve been sharing with you for years about the toxicity of CTE (Career Tech Education). Why? It is the adult form of Common Core. It is all about workforce education, NOT academic education. It is designed for EVERY educational choice known to mankind due to all the locations it is embedded.

From my research, I’ve shown you how this ‘adult version’ has reversed itself and now traces backwards into K-12 education. It also extends itself into community colleges, apprenticeships, job seeking services, and everywhere in between. Four year colleges, on-line colleges, some private higher education institutions (especially the for-profit trade based schools) ALL have CTE!

Warriors, from my article I’ve linked you to above, you can see how Congress is considering some pretty wide sweeping CTE legislation. That article mentions 2 pieces. However, back in August, I showed you a total of 4! Each are toxic on their own, but it is the LADDER Act which is the MOST damming of all. To learn about the data mining, the job/economy education micromanaging, and lots more: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/18/americas-obsession/

Pence on CTE:

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In this undated IN article, the two bills to strengthen CTE in IN were described as ‘sweet music’. The first bill combined P3s (public private partnerships) to create workforce based education. The second bill created ways for all the ‘stakeholders’ to be present at the same time and place. Pence stated CTE would reduce the drop out rate, help IN’s economy, and attract new jobs. He also stated he’d create a new high school curriculum for ‘vocational tech’. Warriors, CTE is the re-brand name for ‘vocational tech’!

To see the entire article: http://techedmagazine.com/node/5298

*Note: While Gov. Pence is on record for creating a new educational curriculum, his biography does not reveal any education experience whatsoever. There’s no education degree, no education resource authorship. Nothing.
To see his biography: http://www.biography.com/people/mike-pence-071416

In July 2016, the New York Times had what you see below in their article about Pence’s stance on education. As you’ll see the added emphasis is mine.

fencepenceAs you can guess the national groups for CTE are pumped Gov. Pence is on board with this part of the CCSS Machine. Here’s an article from the Career Tech Blog:
http://blog.careertech.org/?p=12435

Here’s a screen shot of the Blog. Emphasis is mine.

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From Pence’s 2014 Roadmap for Education, the last page detailed how he was set on increasing CTE. On the pages preceding the information, you’ll find his plan for vouchers and low-performing schools.
See: https://www.in.gov/gov/files/Roadmap_2014_Education.pdf

Vouchers, School Choice Stances:

Taken from the first page of Pence’s Roadmap, early education vouchers (emphasis mine):

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Over on the Trump Campaign website, you’ll find a glowing statement made by Pence about Trump’s school choice plans. GOV. PENCE:“A Bold Set Of Policies That Will Increase Accountability And Lead To Better Results For Our Nation’s Children…” ” To see the policies:
https://www.donaldjtrump.com/press-releases/pence-statement-on-trumps-new-school-choice-policies

*Note: I do not know for a fact if either of these elected officials is aware of the dangers in ‘school choice’, ‘education savings accounts’ (vouchers/tax incentives), or re-prioritizing federal funds to create these ‘opportunities’. I do not know if they are aware that all that accountability they seem to believe is available in these options is a fallacy. Why? ESSA and its accountability mandates decrease local control NOT increase it! ESSA and its language neuter school choice completely.
Feeding this rhetoric (regardless of political affiliations) to our nation only accomplishes 3 things:
a) furthers the CCSS Machine grasp on education thereby increasing the P3 overreach
b) renders campaign promises as null and void as to ending CCSS thereby strengthening CTE (CCSS’s extension)
c) sets our nation up to continue its global workforce education streamlined march into a caste America
(*Note: if you’d like to know how I know these 3 points, please refer to my portion of Alice Linahan’s recent article, http://www.voicesempower.com/betsy-devos-being-against-common-core-is-like-saying/)

The IN based article (the very first picture you saw with “In Pence, Trump Finds School Choice Advocate”), you’ll see that Pence is heralded as a champion for not only choice, but vouchers. Read this excerpt, school choice policies that have come to define Indiana’s educational landscape could gain an unprecedented prominence on the federal level.”

Warriors, this should have us all concerned. We DO NOT need more federal level education activity!

Another huge warning should be this quote, “While the administration of President Barack Obama has supported the expansion of charter schools nationwide, educators expect the Trump-Pence administration to provide a bully pulpit for national discussions on school choice.”

To access the entire article:
 http://www.indystar.com/story/news/education/2016/11/26/pence-trump-finds-school-choice-advocate/94338258/

Warriors, we’ve seen the many other Obama administration overreaches into the school systems (ie: data collection, digital assessments which lead to data mining, STEM initiatives, College/Career Readiness initiatives, The American Apprenticeship Initiative (CTE and P3 in one location). We’ve witnessed Vice President Biden join forces with American unions to promote workforce based education on several local, state, and national levels. We are seeing our U.S. Congress create legislation after legislation to continue CTE. We’ve seen our Congress pass, without hesitation, the ESSA which further expands charter schools, incentives (which could be called vouchers or education savings accounts in the future) to States, all the while keeping the workforce based streamlined education embedded for students AND teachers.

Do we really need more of the same? Do we really need a ‘bully pulpit’?

Closing:

It’s important to note that while there is so much true and fact based information as to why school choice is a fallacy, there is just as much fallacy based, misguiding information out there. The CCSS Machine is funding many groups to spread the latter. In fact,they’ve already been at it for a while. How do we know? Look at your State legislation already in place for charter schools. Look at the already passed ‘school choice’ options available.

Then, look at the national groups spearheading BOTH. For example, Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education (I recently wrote and published information about his latest D.C. push for such activities.), EdChoice (formerly the Friedman Foundation) was also featured in the IN news article above. Here’s is an excerpt as to why they re-branded themselves, “Although we will no longer be using their name, we will never lose sight of universal school choice as the intellectual legacy of Milton and Rose D. Friedman. We have been honored to be their legacy foundation during the last 20 years and to be the nation’s only organization solely dedicated to promoting their concept of educational choice. We believe that government has a responsibility to educate the public, but that doesn’t mean writing every child a mandatory prescription for “public school” as it’s been defined over the past 60 years.”
(entire article: https://www.atlasnetwork.org/news/article/friedman-foundation-changes-name-to-focus-on-benefits-of-educational-choice)

In this You Tube video, be sure to note how the Foundation has already been at work ‘training’ policy and law makers to sway the ‘school choice’ illusion. So, Warriors, our War vs the Core will take on a different direction, it seems. Not only fighting for our students, but debunking the myths so permeating the nation.

WYBI: FEE’s CCSS ‘Opt Out’ Mocking

We know FEE loves CCSS, but to mock those choosing to opt out is truly in poor taste.
We know FEE loves CCSS, but to mock those choosing to opt out is truly in poor taste.

In today’s “Would You Believe It?” post I hope you will find yourselves fired up more than ever to see the backside of the Common Core Machine ASAP! I know I am!

What Started This:

If you haven’t already, click on the above screen shot to enlarge it. Did you find that shallow? Well, guess what? There’s even more shallowness and poor taste on the Foundation for Excellence in Education‘s blog entry from 3/9/15.

Known as the “EdFly Blog”, even the title of the article is mocking. “I Wish I Could Opt Out of Writing This” was written by a paid member of the FEE family. His remark about going ahead and writing or he wouldn’t get paid is offensive, frankly. Consider the millions of students who will receive absolutely NO payment whatsoever for having to suffer the assessments currently being given. Maybe he found all the recent citizen uprisings, students walk outs, and teacher refusals to be a bit too much.

The Mocking Continued:
The vein of the article continues that by parents choosing to opt their children out of these high stakes assessments, the kids are being taught a lesson of avoidance for anything unpleasant. To which he compares the assessments to colonoscopies or other things that could be called ‘necessary evils’.

My Comments:

What the author is blind to is that parents are teaching their kids to stand up for what’s wrong! It is wrong that Common Core high stakes assessments exist at all, Mr. Author. It is right for the citizens of the US to exercise their rights to protest. It is right for a student to not have to be over tested. It is right that teachers and parents expose the CCSS Machine for what it is! You can find my similar comments in response to the blog.

Your Comments:

So, would you care to comment to the blog entry? I hope you give it to FEE with all you have! To access the mocking, smarmy article:
http://excelined.org/2015/03/09/wish-opt-writing/

Read it all the way to the end and use the ‘response’ option. Help strike a blow to the CCSS supportive Foundation for Excellence in Education!

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FOM: Career Readiness Via Coding

Throughout our battle against Common Core aligned education, we’ve heard the rhetoric about College/Career Readiness. We’ve heard about being ‘globally skilled’, etc. Join me today as we filter through the “Getting Smart”/MIcrosoft team effort to making coding career readiness. Time to crank up the Fib-o-Meter!

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.

Briefly, before we find out what’s “Total Truth”, “Total Fallacy”, or “Neutral”, it will be helpful to know what or whom “Getting Smart” is. We know, all too well, MIcrosoft’s foray into CCSS.

“Getting Smart”:

Website: http://gettingsmart.com/  Describes themselves as a community. They blog, they will come and speak to your group AND they have products to offer you. Now, that’s not sounding too bad until you look at WHAT they are promoting AND whom they PROMOTE ‘it’ with!

Here’s what more they have to say about what they do, “We believe the shift to personal digital learning holds promise for improved student achievement in the developed world and access to quality education in the emerging economy–for the first time we have a chance to provide a quality education to every young person on the planetWe’re advocates for better K-12 education as well as early, post-secondary and informal learning opportunities for all students. We attempt to accelerate and improve the shift to digital learning. We cover important events, trends, products, books, and reports. We welcome guest bloggers with something to say. We look for ways that innovation can help reframe historical problems and suggest new solutions.” 

Let the “Total Truth” Begin!:

Right off the bat, the “Total Truth” begins to emerge! FIb-o-Meter has the below visual to prove it.

Too see Presence Learning's CC ties: http://presencelearning.com/?s=common+core+standards&submit.x=9&submit.y=11 We know, well, FEE's ties.
Too see Presence Learning’s CC ties:
http://presencelearning.com/?s=common+core+standards&submit.x=9&submit.y=11
We know, well, FEE’s ties.

More “Total Truth” in who “Getting Smart” works with in support of CC alignment:
See Fib-o-Meter’s second proof:

Feeling 'smart' yet?
Feeling ‘smart’ yet?

The Coding for Career Readiness:

Because this is one of those documents you’ll have to read for yourselves to see the levels of “Total Fallacy” and “Total Truths”, I’m providing the link here: 

http://cdno4.gettingsmart.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/SmartBundle-MicrosoftFINAL.pdf  (be sure you download your own copy of this, copyright laws prohibit me from linking it directly in this article)

We will take the main points and measure their truthfulness or sheer fallacies.

A “Total Truth” in our present day society is this one, ” Young people are growing up in a technology rich, data-driven world and will enter a workforce that depends on tech-skills.”

A “Total Fallacy”,  spoken by Mr. Bill Gates himself, “Coding is critical thinking.” Here are the rest of his words, ” “Learning to write programs stretches your mind and helps you to think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.” Fib-o-Meter’s going with ‘fallacy’ simply due to the fact that knowing what else Mr. Gates believes is great about CC. I don’t see his view on coding via CC, any exception.

Another “Total Fallacy”, this one spoken by Greg Garner (educator and blogger), ” “Learning should always be a process of identifying and then solving unique and interesting problems that don’t yet have answers.” Learning is SO much MORE than this description! I’m an educator and blogger, too and even I can spot the fallacy.

This “Total Fallacy” is truly scary when you consider the message embedded, ” Making coding and computer science available to all students is a social justice issue–there doesn’t have to be a gap between haves and have nots here.” This was spoken by yet another person involved in the publication, educator Adam Renfro. As we’ve seen elsewhere in CCSS aligned classes, social justice is everywhere. Social justice no more belongs in a computer class than it does in a science class!

A “Total Truth”, sad, but true is this: “Coding is collaboration.” Why would Fib-o-Meter rate this a sad truth? Consider all the real life accounts of students we’ve been alerted to about collective grades in class. Consider this other total truth, college professors are finding students are so collaborative minded, individual work is an impossibility.

Where You’ll Will Most Want to Look:

Page 3 begins the ‘social justice’ aspect of computer coding.

Page 5 begins the loss of cursive writing and the transition to keyboarding. Page 6 will be of most interest as they describe cursive as myth/fallacy.

Page 8 will endorse Khan Academy as a great resource. Never mind the “Total Truth” that Gates gave Khan money to align his courses to CCSS. That fact was somehow NOT included in the text. Also in the CS (Computer Science) section, you’ll find the ‘jackpot’ of other CC friendly companies.

Page 12 is where you’ll find the ‘global economic importance’. Following this, on page 13, is where you’ll find the support for learning anywhere, anytime (somehow the “Total Truth” of data mining wasn’t included in the text.)

Considering all the above, I leave you with this closing comment. Read it, let it sink in. Then, re-read it knowing CCSS is at the foundation of all of this. Think about those many students now in the grasp of it.

“The work of teaching coding continues- and is thriving. In 2014, 60 million students tried the Hour of Code. 60 school districts partnered with Code. org, including all 7 of the largest US school districts.”