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Education/Workforce: Springtime Edition

Spring has sprung in DC, alright. If you’ve been following my anti Fed Ed/global research information long, you are fully aware of the activities from Washington which have locked in the shift from academics to workforce.

So, my fellow Anti Fed Ed Warriors, what’s in fashion for Spring 2018 in the CCSS Machine’s line of education/workforce reform? Well, apparently dressing up the reform in spring colors. I guess that way it looks a bit more fashionable..and less conforming.

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Ahh, Warriors, isn’t it so pretty?! ‘Streamlined and straight jacketed’ just for our American taxpayers!

If you are not sure what PROSPER is, it is the U.S. House of Representative’s version of what the 1965 HEA (Higher Education Act) should be transformed into.

“PROSPER” stands for ‘Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and, Opportunity through Education Reform’. It’s HR 4508, it’s key sponsor? Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC) who just happens to be the Chairwoman for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Education and Workforce Committee.

Her ‘design concept’ on all education? 

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As far as the ‘quality’ education in the CCSS Machine, you’ll find more worthiness in what lines the chicken coop floor than you will what’s being fashioned for higher education! Be it in the House OR the Senate.

Either version of the upcoming HEA Re-authorization (PROSPER Act or the Higher Education Innovation Act) will increase the conformity in the education reform. It will tie K-12 students (in all choices) to the CCSS Machine’s workforce standards in higher education. Either will increase the amount of ‘student data rape’ needed to feed the global workforce.

Warriors, we might as well as hand out these Brazilian kid-sized straight jackets for school uniforms and/or diplomas!

cutestraightjacket(*Note: The Brazilian show, Super Nanny created and used this (and other control toys) to spike viewership and point out there’s a better way out there to have a happy family. Source; see how successful the campaign worked by watching the roughly 2 minutes of video.)

In a similar context, we, as those opposed to federal control of education at any age, know that conformed, straight-jacketed workforce education is NOT the better way.

Ed/Work Thinks We Missed Some Things:

Yes, Warriors, the House’s Ed and Workforce Committee must assume we, as taxpayers. are totally clueless. Just last week the Committee published a blog article to show us what we may of missed about PROSPER.
In their article, it was revealed that We the People might of ‘missed’ how great PROSPER will be in 3 areas.
a) grading and assessing ALL higher education institutions, not just the ‘for profit’ (proprietary) ones.
b) how student debt and tuition can be decreased.
c) how the taxpayers lose out when student debt is high.

While it IS true that student debt and tuition are at ridiculously high levels, the obvious is MISSED by Ed/Workforce, not, We the People! How?! Get the government out of the student loan business, Duh! The government hoarding of student loans is awful.

It ramps up the ‘student data rape’ while it controls who can and cannot go to college. The ‘student data rape’ happens every single time a Career Tech Education, Career Track, or Career Pathway, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math) course is taken.  (there are several other names like “Future Ready”, “College and Career Readiness, etc.)  Be it in middle school, high school, extra curricular classes, dual enrollment, early college, and others.

The data is used against your student (or yourself if you are going back to school) to pigeon hole you to a prescribed course to pursue. Tying ‘success’ in any education choice BEFORE college is used to tie it to your student FAFSA (which is now mandatory to complete in some States). FAFSA has been re-written to ‘data rape’ families.

Warriors, by controlling both the money AND the education, a dangerous trap is being set for Americans. The CCSS Machine is seriously spinning all this as ‘making America better’ or increasing the job market. Which leads to economic gains. However, as we’ve learned, who really loses?! The citizens! They loose their freedom to choose what they wish to live, work, and, how to contribute to society. Citizens also loose when they are continually forced to pick up the bill for ‘free community college’.

The federal government has long been trying to instill a ‘nanny state’. ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) completed much of this type of alignment. How? It tied not only the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) ‘education’ standards to K-12, it opened the door for birth to 1st in setting up workforce tracks. Don’t you remember Arne Duncan’s words about looking at the 2nd graders and knowing where they’d end up?!

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By ‘grading’ and assessing all higher education institutions, you’ll also seeing a big CCSS Machine spin on reality. Warriors, remember when ESSA stated that ALL education must be aligned to post-secondary readiness standards? Well, you have to align those post-secondary institutions! The ‘best’ way to force conformity?! Funding!

Closing:

No, Warriors, I do not thing we ‘missed’ anything about PROSPER. I think we totally ‘get it’. D.C. is so far entrenched with lies about their role in education, they have deceived themselves in this case.

As far as this Spring 2018 fashionable makeover for selling “PROSPER”, my advice is to skip it. No one needs springtime straight jackets. Quality education cannot be found in D.C., my followers. When it comes to ‘makeovers’ in education, D.C.’s a ‘knock off’.

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Weekend News: Heads Up, Higher Ed CTE Update

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This Weekend News is an update to the continued Common Core/Career Tech Education/Aligned Apprentices efforts our post secondary students are facing. What can we do to fight this? How can we inform others? Read on, my fighters!!

A White House “Fact Sheet”:

Dated September 9th, 2015, this news release gives us several key pieces to the continued alignment of our students. We know this is part of the ‘cradle to career’ agenda so prevalent in the CCSS Initiative. What is stunning, is that the White House continues to promote these efforts.
WHfactsSo, what are the ‘key pieces’? Here’s my list:
1) “Education and job training are among the surest pathways to the middle class.” (The old school ‘American Dream’ wasn’t middle class, it was MUCH bigger)
2) “President, the First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, and Secretary Arne Duncan will travel across the country in the coming days to highlight the need for affordable, quality career and education choices..” (in my past articles, I have shared how the Vice President was tasked by the President to come up with Workforce/Education ideas)
3) “President will announce new steps to expand apprenticeships and to continue to build momentum nationwide to make community college free for responsible students.” (in past articles, I’ve shared with you how the nation’s community colleges are already CCSS/CTE aligned)
4) Specific agenda items the “Touring Team” will promote:
a) Dept. of Labor grants “Grants to 46 public-private partnerships marrying the efforts of employers, organized labor, non-profits, local governments, and educational institutions to expand high-quality apprenticeships.”
b)  “independent creation of the College Promise Advisory Board, led by Chair Dr. Jill Biden, and Vice-Chair former Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer and directed by former Under Secretary of Education, Martha Kanter.”
c) “Heads Up America will call on everyone to join the movement to make two years of community college free for responsible students around the country.”
d) Those “American Apprenticeship Grants “ will help train and hire more than 34,000 new apprentices in high-growth and high-tech industries as diverse as health care, IT, and advanced manufacturing while scaling up proven programs in construction, transportation, and energy over the next five years.”
e) “Over 140 employers, colleges, and labor organizations have signed on to be ApprenticeshipUSA LEADERS (Leaders of Excellence in Apprenticeship Development, Education and Research) by expanding their own training programs and encouraging their peers to get on board.” 

To summarize the rest of the news release, it is basically affirming that the White House is over-stepping its authority again, blaming Congress for not being supportive enough when it comes to WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). It is also revealing the massive amounts of money, the number of citizens to be involved in MORE career pathways for life.

The College Promise Advisory Board:

Helping the efforts of ‘free’ community colleges will be the following:
Walther Bumphus (American Association of Community Colleges) I exposed his ties to CCSS/CTE in my 2 part series: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/wybi-upskilling-america-part-1/  AND https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/07/tech-thursday-upskilling-america-part-2/
Lily Garcia(NEA), Randi Weingarten(AFT), LaVerne Srinivasan (Carnegie Corp.), Ellen Alberding (Joyce Foundation), and Randy Boyd (TN Economic and Community Development). There are many others, but these individuals above are well known CCSS/CTE/CCR supporters. (you can see the entire list by accessing the news release’s link)

Those 46 P3s:

The grants are broken down by regions across the USA. In the Northeast, MA, NY, CT, RI, and VT were the ‘winners’. The bulk of the grants appear to be workforce education, outcome based education, or economic based. Some of the programs include The United Way, various department of labor current activities, and more. In the South, SC, GA, AR, TX, and FL ‘won’ money. Money awarded in these states appears to be ’21st Century Initiative’, ‘compressed education’, economic, and workforce based. Mid-Atlantic ‘winners’ are WV, MD, DC, VA, and PA. Their money will be devoted to all kinds of apprenticeships, including a grant to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters! The Mid-West states getting grants are IL, MI, MN, and WI. Illinois received the bulk of the grants. Among the apprenticeships, workforce, education alignment, you’ll find STEM and MAP+ (MI). In the West, HI, CA, OR, NM, WA, NV, and AK will get the big bucks. It appears the bulk of the money will be for either community wide efforts (including community colleges).

Each grantee will have a specific dollar amount, what organizations will benefit by receiving the money and what purpose the money will serve. All kinds of ethnic groups, special needs, and much more are included. The grant information can be accessed:
americanapprenticeshipinitiativegrantsawardsummaries

“Heads Up”:
This website gives us only two choices 'yes' and 'maybe'.

This website gives us only two choices ‘yes’ and ‘maybe’.

This website is so full of agenda driven motives it isn’t funny. For example in the ‘toolkit’, you’ll find ‘willing to work for it’ defined. Part of the definition? Good grades, credits that will follow you, and a commitment to serve your town. As an example of the ‘service’ TN is featured. “Required community service” there when you get ‘free community college’.
“Heads Up” is being called a nation wide grassroots activity. They’ve got a Twitter account (#HeadsUp) The group is really pushing for everyone to get on board with the program, too. One of the ways is to embed their website or Twitter handle in every communication you have access to. Here’s a quote, “Spread the word through social media and by organizing events on your campus and in your community! Think creatively about ways you can make a lasting impact. Every time you spread the word, use our official hashtag ..Make sure you keep an eye on all @Comm_College, @CCTrustees, @AchieveTheDream, @WhiteHouse and @ScholAmerica social media accounts for the latest campaign updates and progress as well. And spread the good news. Let’s do this!”

Here’s the ‘toolkit’, wait until you open to to see how ‘grassroots’ this really isn’t. HeadsUpAmerica_toolkit

The White House Press Release: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/09/09/fact-sheet-providing-more-americans-affordable-access-education-and-job

One last quote from the news releaseThe Administration has also undertaken efforts to better align community college programs to in-demand jobs.”


Resources:

 To access my articles about the Vice President’s role in aligning America to CTE, Apprentices, and more: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/06/tech-thursday-career-pathways-meet-competency-based-pathways/ (*Note: this article will link you to two other articles about the VP, CCSS, CTE, and Achieve.)

To access the article about those “Aligned Apprentices”, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/tech-thursday-aligned-apprentices/

To see how all this ties to the current NCLB (No Child Left Behind) re-authorization bills (HR5, The Student Success Act and the S1177, Every Child Achieves Act), read:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/20/sic-em-saturday-ccss-menu-your-choice/

Monday Musings: More Parent CCSS Alignment

Anti CCSS Warriors, we’ve seen time and time again, especially in the past month, how the CCSS Machine has been cranking out the “parents checklists”, the ‘parents toolboxes’, and the like. However, did you know there’s a new “Parent/Community Checklist” by the U.S. Dept. of Education? Yes! The Gates Foundation even helped them pull it off. But wait, so did the Scholastic Books Company! I’ll be sure to include the link to the checklist, but to see the Gates/Scholastic mentions, you’ll need to see the footnotes.

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As far as the U.S. Dept. of Education’s suggested resources to help you become a better aligned parent/community? Great Schools, National PTA, and the federal government. Need I mention that each of these ‘resources’ are subjective about Common Core and not objective?!

There are a couple of other groups which helped create the aligned guide to the ‘high standards’. They are the UNCF and NCLR (UNCF stands for “United Negro College Fund”/NCLR stands for “National Council of La Raza”) So are these groups also sold out to the Common Core State Standards Initiative? Let’s see!

 

UNCF, United Negro College Fund:

Their website: http://www.uncf.org/
Their CCSS/CTE ties include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation via the scholarship program set up between the two. (See: http://www.gmsp.org/publicweb/aboutus.aspx)
See this screen shot from the webpage and note that the now CCSS aligned GED is included as a qualifier for the scholarship. Note that the abbreviation CCR stands for “College/Career Readiness”, CTE stands for “Career Technical Education”, and, CCSS stands for “Common Core State Standards”.

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Another tie to help fuel the CCSS Machine’s agenda? The support of the “America College Promise Act” which includes free community college tuition (community colleges are sold out to the CCSS/CTE alignment), data mining, universal design for learning, and that continues the grinding down of our communities and their citizens.
See their supportive statement: http://cqrcengage.com/uncf/app/write-a-letter?6&engagementId=117276

Another tie? This tie includes two other pro CCSS financial backers. The Walton Foundation and the Koch Foundation. Walton’s program is targets ‘reform’. Helping them out with this agenda? See this excerpt about the Summer Intern Program, “One of the principal elements of the paid summer internship program that exposes Fellows to professional careers at leading K-12 education organizations and schools focused on education reform. Specifically, Fellows are deployed as interns to organizations and schools located in such cities as the District of Columbia, New York, Boston, New Orleans, and Atlanta. Examples of internship host organizations included: Teach for America, New Schools Venture Fund, Paul Public Charter School, BUILD, Black Alliance for Educational Options, Thomas B. Fordham Research Institute, and Stand for Children.” If you’d like more evidence about the Walton/UNCF: http://uncf.org/sites/Walton/index.walton.asp  As far as the Koch Foundation’s interaction, $25 million for scholarships (began in 2014 and will end in 7 years). The scholarships are targeted to those students in post-secondary education and concerned about their communities. There are other parameters. To see more: http://uncfkochscholars.uncf.org/

Now, are you ready for a bit of irony? Even the UNCF has noticed that College/Career Readiness isn’t improving at all, in fact, their July 2015 reports a lag. See: http://www.uncf.org/sections/News/SS_PressReleases/pressrelease_details.asp?prID=420

NCLR, National Council of La Raza:

Their website: http://www.nclr.org/
Their CCSS/CTE ties include so much Common Core and College Career Readiness support, there’s an entire section of the website devoted to it. Complete with the fallacy of the ‘state led’ CCSS. There are plenty of resources on this page, including two You Tube videos. One is from a charter school using CCSS, the other is how the ‘global economy’ is involved. Gee, can we tell where we’ve heard THAT fallacy before?  To see the entire page, complete with the videos, http://www.nclr.org/index.php/issues_and_programs/education/common_core/

From their NCLR blog, here’s the fifth reason they claim teachers love the CCSS:

“If you want your kids prepared for college and career, then you’ll love Common Core State Standards because…They are aligned to higher education standards that demand the skills students need to be successful in college and in their careers. The Common Core State Standards are our best hope for ensuring our kids are well-served and college-ready, but we’ll need all our teachers on board for this effort to be truly successful.”

To see a webinar from 2014 concerning the “Step Up, Step In” (their name for the NCLR campaign in support of CCSS and CCR), set aside at least one hour.

The NCLR also has it’s own type of “Career Pathways” programs, too. Oh, no questioning the CTE ties with this effort! Their support stretches all the way to the WIOA (Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act) as well. See it all for yourselves: http://www.nclr.org/index.php/issues_and_programs/economic_policy/workforce_development_programs/ Be sure you look at their in-depth blog articles about how the community needs to weigh in on education/workforce efforts. Below you’ll find the corporations which advise the NCLR.      ” AT&T; Bank of America; Chevron; Citi; The Coca-Cola Company; Comcast/NBCUniversal/Telemundo; ConAgra Foods, Inc.; Ford Motor Company; General Mills, Inc.; General Motors; JPMorgan Chase; Johnson & Johnson; Kraft Foods; McDonald’s Corporation; MillerCoors LLC; PepsiCo, Inc.;Prudential Financial; Shell; State Farm Insurance Companies; Time Warner Inc.; TOYOTA;  UPS; Verizon; Walmart; and Wells Fargo”

To see the many, many funds the Gates Foundation has granted the NCLR, visit:
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=La%20Raza

To see the U.S. Dept. of Education’s new checklist, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/documents/family-community/parent-checklist.pdf

Note that every group you, as a parent, are pointed to in this checklist is somehow tied to CCSS/CTE/CCR. Note the IB and AP (International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement) are also tied to the CCSS/CTE/CCR and the UNESCO ‘Education for All’ agendas.