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Happy Thanksgiving, Four Years Later

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, I cannot believe it’s been for years ago since I wished you all “Happy Thanksgiving” for the very first time on this blog! That’s right, back in 2014, in my early days of daily posts for your War Vs the Core information.

So much has happened between then and now, so I thought it might be an exercise in gratitude to see how far we’ve come in this War, together, as those fighting to save our nation, our kids, and our education. The best news? We’re not done yet! We have miles to go together.

‘Then’ (2014) words will be in italics; ‘Now’ words will follow with parentheses and regular font and will only appear where needed.

Enjoy and THANK you for being you. THANK you for being a fantastic and dedicated Warrior!

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For all my fellow Anti CCSS/Fed Ed/Global Ed Warriors

“Okay, my anti Common Core warriors, it’s merely days before most of us will gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving 2014. I’m sure we have a million things to do between now and then.”
(Warriors
, Thanksgiving 2018 is almost upon us in
earnest. While we’re still focused on our mission, let’s take the time to enjoy our families and the brief break to be with them.)

“Thankful for what CC has taught me”:
(Thankful for what fighting against tyranny with others has taught me)

This day, as every day for me, I’m reminded WHY I fight Common Core: truth, freedom, and our students. (I’m reminded that our freedoms and liberties are being threatened now, more than ever; especially via education.)

Thanks to this fight, now a little over 5 years strong for me, I’ve been reminded  what REAL education is. (Nine years and countless hours)

Real teachers are always a blessing and a gift to our kids I am thankful for.

I’m thankful for true officials who, rather than sell out to false agendas, stand for truth.

It’s been a real blessing to be connected with so many everyday men, women, and students who, like me, could care less what convention is, and dare to be different.

Fighting CCSS has reinforced my voice as a citizen.
(Fighting ESSA and global education)

I’m thankful I live in a country where we are still free and able to exercise freedom of speech, not merely be ‘yes’ men and women.

It’s great to know that all of us, together are needed, vital, and a big part of the legacy of education in America.

I’m honored to be called a hero in this war and even more honored to have followers who are just as big in the ‘hero’ business.

Lastly, fighting Common Core has taught me that truth is bigger than fear.
That regardless of who’s watching, consistent pressure and effort is worth it.
(Fighting an educratic system has taught me truth is bigger than fear and safety in numbers in vital.)

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Near or far, I wish you and your family a wonderful week.


“So, my Warrior friends, I leave you with this:

May your travels be graced with safety and peace. May your families be happy and rich in laughter as you gather together. May you take every opportunity granted you to speak the truth with love and firmness. I hope to see you next week when I resume posting. Until then; time to get in the kitchen!

THAT SAID….

May our words, “End Common Core” be carried out to fruition.”
(May our dedication to ending the global and federal overreaches into our families be carried out swiftly.)

 

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How Much More?

Hello Warriors,

We’ve got several federal level bills, as always, which seem to want to take all we’ve got and even more! As taxpayers, our burdens are quite large. Add to that HOW our tax dollars are used, and we get a boat load of agenda! It doesn’t seem to matter if that agenda is to our liking or not. Once D.C. has got it in its ‘head’, we’ve stuck with the account statement!

What does THIS have to do with education?? PLENTY!

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Why The Taxpayers Need To Know:

During this past work week, while knee deep in researching, I was able to help draw attention to some big DC bills. We’re not only expected to pick up DC’s tab, we’re supposed to sit by and watch those dollars be used against our students! If you have followed my research for a long time, you know this will NOT be tolerated. First, off it invades our children’s freedom. Then, let’s talk about their civil right to privacy.

Between ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), and every OTHER law which is related to BOTH (for example: HEA, Higher Education Act), our students will be conformed to fit a business pattern (ESSA’s mandates for workforce aligned education) where their every move is tracked (data mined).

While I’ve been speaking out about the bills, I’ve also been sharing with everyone HOW they can help END this cycle of data mining for an educated workforce. That is by joining the grassroots efforts of http://www.childabuseintheclassroom.com

The two pronged goal of @CAintheCR is 1) Repealing ESSA AND 2) Restoring FERPA. Both of these will help end the cycle.
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By our being aware of how ESSA, WIOA, and, HEA are funded, we can also help raise awareness about 1) what our government is setting our students up for, and, 2) knowing how our tax dollars are (or aren’t) being used with OUR representation.

The “Biggies” Right Now:
*NOTE: Both HR 3358 and S 1771 ONLY address the appropriations for the U.S. Dept. of Labor, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Dept. of Education. The fact Congress has lumped the 3 US Depts. together in appropriations is not out of convenience, it’s a strategy to help combine WIOA, ESSA, and HEA, along with all the related agencies, contracts, agreements, and strings.

First on our watch list need to the be the House and Senate versions of the FY 2018. House’s is HR 3358. Senate’s is S 1771. Both are very wordy. Both are loaded with trillions of dollars that the majority of will come from our pockets. Both will have massive amounts of those dollars earmarked for the alignment of education to workforce ‘needs’ and data mining to ensure it all happens.

However, we also need to have these following bills in mind. Why? They, too, will extend the ESSA/WIOA/HEA implementation of workforce geared, skill-based education. All these bills and funds will also be used to help wipe out true academics, school choices; bump up assessments for competency levels, and so much more.

THOSE bills? H Concurred Resolution 71 (sets FY 2018 and earmarks FY 2019-2027 funds) is 126 pages. It shows the funding for each House Committee by fiscal year;
S Concurred Bill 3 (earmarks FY 2018-2026 funds) is simply a record of agreement with the House on appropriations; and,
S Resolution 62 (funds all the Senate Committees for FY 2017 through Feb. 28, 2019)

 

Let me share briefly on H 3358 and S 1771, here. I will be covering the 3 above in my video presentation where I will dive further into ALL the bills listed in this article.
When will that presentation be aired? As soon as I can record it, Warriors!

Most noteworthy on HR 3358 are Pages 71 and 101. However, I was able to track down many OTHER connecting dots among the rest of the bill. For content purposes, I’ll only bring up the 2 pages. IF you’d like to know what other dangers I have uncovered, PLEASE do not hesitate to let me know. Each one somehow and in some way connect to ESSA’s plan for workforce shifts in education and/or the continued assault on FERPA’s data mining.

Page 71 is among the many pages devoted to the U.S. Dept. of HHS. On this page you’ll see the plethora of programs mentioned: “..under SSA (Social Security Act) $1.7 billion to be used for children and family services.” Also, on Page 71, $11 billion to the HHS. Among the programs for the $11 billion? Head Start (Early Head Start gets $650 million, on page 73), ESSA, Community Service Development Block Grants (CSDBGs), and several other programs. The CSDBGs may not sound like a problem, but ESSA uses them for Promise Neighborhoods and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. ESSA also uses/abuses Head Start and Early Head Start.

Page 101 is among the pages devoted to the U.S. Dept of Education. Below is a screen shot of my notes for you. I’ll explain after you view the picture.

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Warriors, what you are looking at is a $15 billion dollar diagram of all the places it is to be divided per ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act). That’s right HR3358 didn’t refer to any education funding per ESSA, no, it identified all the funds as for ESEA. If you’ll notice, it was HHS which got ESSA funds.

As far as the educational alignment and damage in S 1771, it is almost a mirror image of the House’s version. One notable exception is seen below:

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Warriors, remember, ESSA embedded WIOA several times, especially on Page 17 of ESSA where ALL education must be aligned (means ‘learned’ and ‘taught’) to WIOA’s post-secondary readiness NOT academic knowledge.

Also a bit different from the House’s version, but just as damaging is Page 121 of S 1771:

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Warriors, again, MORE data mining alignment on our students! Along with all those local, state, and national levels of data sharing, you can bet there are countless other agencies, P3s (public private partnerships), vendors, and nations receiving the data as well.

Closing:

Warriors, from the way I see the research stacking up, there is NO better time to speak up about the taxpayer misuse than NOW! There is NO better grassroots campaign to END the FERPA’s overreach of data mining. There is NO better time to join the fight to REPEAL ESSA! We CAN halt the social and emotional learning that tie ESSA and FERPA  around the necks of our children like a millstone.
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We CAN interrupt the massive data mining cycle which continues to assault our rights to freedom and privacy. We DO NOT have to take this type of abuse from our leaders.

Join me for my live presentation (either in person or in an archive version). Learn all the other ways the Congressional bills are laying a trap for educational high-jacking in the name of ‘greatness’ and economic gain.

Lastly, join with me and the other national leaders of “Child Abuse in the Classroom”. Together we can have the damaging reform disrupted. 

Education Elephants in the Room

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As Anti CCSS Warriors we are used to being told to ignore the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) as it will REMOVE CCSS from education.

We are savvy, smart, and well informed Anti CCSS Warriors!
We know the truth..the truth that ESSA in fact does NOT removed Common Core from education, quite the contrary, it will continue the agenda, the plans and the foundations already set in stone, as well as hundreds of other things.

Over the past weeks, I have shared with you an up-close, in-depth look at the ESSA Final Conference Report (which is also the Final version passed into law and signed by the President).

Education Elephants Now Entering:

I have shared with candidates for office just how, when, where, why, and what CCSS ties will continue to be, thanks to the ESSA. Communities have been alerted as to how they will fit in, where new programs will begin, and how they are to be aligned to help every child get ahead.

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A picture is worth a 1,000 words. Here is what I believe the ESSA really says about America.

Education Elephant #1:
Yet, it is amazing how muted this message seems to be.
Anti CCSS Warriors, we have simply GOT to  stop assuming because we KNOW ESSA is toxic, that others know it. If, by now you haven’t read the ESSA, you should. If we don’t learn all we can NOW, we will have no basis for strategy that is effective. (Read the ESSA in either form: Report or Law. The only difference is the Report is easier to read than the Law. The Report is 1,059 pages; Law is 391 pages, you will just need a magnifying glass.)

Education Elephant #2:
We must ask ourselves are WE making enough noise? Are we helping others who don’t see the toxicity to learn about it? Some citizens across America are buying into the false message of ‘now that ESSA is law, we can relax’!! No, no, and $#%^ no, we can NOT!

Since it has taken me weeks to examine and pull out so much from the ESSA we need to know, I will continue to work on ways to make it more accessible so you, the Anti CCSS Warrior, can have tools to use to help START those conversations with those citizens who need to get involved. I urge you to let me know if there is a way I can better do this. I implore you to continue to look for tools from the others who are also combing through the ESSA

Education Elephants #3-5:
#3: We need a modern day revolution. We need to have patriots who will stop at nothing to stand up for the truth, bat down the wrong, make as much noise as possible to highlight the illegality of all the federally led education alignment. If we allow our distractions to pull us away from our fight  for long periods of time, we will become a less effective Anti CCSS Warrior.

#4: We must continue to learn much, share much, act often, speak loudly-even if our voice shakes.
Consider our nation when it was young. Plainly dressed citizens determined to be free-no matter what hardships they faced are some of our ancestors. Did they give up? Did they get weary in the battles? Did they forge ahead? YES, to all these!! WHY did they do this? Because they knew the truth, they believed the truth, and died for the truth so WE could have the distinction, the honor, and the blessing to Americans. To be free. Education is NOT a civil right, it is not a federal controlled mandate..education, true education is a privilege.

In my opinion, there is little to be scared of in the ‘War Against the Core’, and EVERYONE to be brave for. Is the federally led, P3 rich CCSS Machine nerve wracking, frustrating, and needing to be added to the relics of the past?! ABSOLUTELY!

#5: Warriors, we haven’t time to relax now. States are scrambling to try to dump CCSS, or pass laws to limit it. As per the ESSA, July 1, 2016 is when state funding formulas for Title One will begin! I do not think states can move quickly enough to have anything in place to stop this federal tie to education! It is NOT time for a band-aid fix!

Before we part for today, please see below for my pithy look of the ESSA. You saw the other one above. If you feel these would help make your message about the TRUE ESSA (versus the triumphed “Every Student Succeeds Act”), then use them as a tool. I know, as you do, that WHATEVER ‘it’ takes, is what we are compelled to do to save our nation. Let’s save the elephants for the jungles. Let’s take back our patriot-like mindsets of fighting for freedom today will preserve a nation worth keeping in the future.

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Weekend News: Those Ghouls in Our Schools

Much like ghouls, the CCSS Machine is consuming our schools.
Much like ghouls, the CCSS Machine is consuming our schools.

On this last weekend in October 2015, many of us are using the fall festivals, Halloween parties to help raise awareness toward the damages CCSS, CTE, and all the other ‘alphabet soup’ acronyms we find the CCSS Machine (my name for the CCSSI, or the Common Core State Standards Initiative) where anything connected to CCSS was plotted, planned, and being executed.

We all know what damages we are seeing in our teachers, our students. We’ve seen how our principals, school counselors, school board members, and other educational staff members are being ‘consumed’ with CCSS Machine indoctrination. Some are succumbing to the Initiative, others are NOT. We’ve been horrified by our state leaders and federal representatives (who were elected to serve us) when they’ve also, given in to the ‘fodder of ruin’ and continued to create programs and legislation to continue the ‘cycle of pain’ in our schools.  We’ve also felt our anger at all this injustice rise. We’ve shouted, we’ve cursed, we’ve fought hard, and stood in the way  to protect others from this ‘tide of doom’. So, as one of my fellow anti CCSS warriors has asked (in a way to encourage others to press on)….WHY BOTHER?

 

We bother because no human being on the face of this planet should have to endure the mental and physical abuse we are seeing in our schools..regardless of preschool, elementary, middle school, high school, or post-secondary schools of all types. The CCSS Machine is grinding away in a plethora of ways. We bother because we know what is good, right, and true ISN’T possible in an illegally based education reform. We fight on, against the all consuming agenda behind the ghouls in our schools, because massive change for the future of our nation is upon us..and IT IS NOT to see our beloved country carry on as it has, but rather to shape it into some hollow image of globalism. We bother because, we, the people, were not consented, our tax dollars used against  our desires and wishes. We bother because the trust we’ve placed in those to lead us, speak for us, and act for us, have abused that sacred privilege without hesitation. We bother because those few brave souls who’ve spoken up, who’ve exercised courage deserve to have our companionship.

 

We have become activists, speakers, authors, and more importantly, we’ve become champions to those we seek to protect. That reason alone, my fellow anti CCSS Warriors, is paramount to wiping the CCSS ghoulish intent off the map. We find ourselves on the cusp of another new month. Depending on which state you live in, is to how many other months you’ve battled the CCSS Machine. However, the fact is we know that every single day ANY student is exposed to ANY part of the CCSS Machine is one day too many!
Tools to Help Take Down the  Ghouls:

Below are the best tools I’ve found to fight the CCSS Ghouls in D.C.,
1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/tech-thursday-stemccss-push-making-it-american/
Why this is a set of tools in one article: I’ve shown you in this article how a bill not really connected to education, is being crafted to INCLUDE CCSS/CTE/CCR (Common Core State Standards/Career Tech Education/College, Career Ready) in it. We’ve seen this tactic used repeatedly in D.C. Let’s let them know that the anti CCSS Warriors will not tolerate or support this dirty move any more!

2) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/ftf-measure-twice-cut-once/
Why this is a tool to use: It shows you how the private side of the P3s (public, private partnerships) is setting our students up for one way of education is becoming the normal in America, rather than the freedom of choice we’ve known for so long.
3) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/26/monday-musings-the-ccss-are-you-kidding-me-files/
This article is an eye opener for the hype the CCSS Machine produces on a daily basis. We know the hype is from other sources as well. Use this as an example of looking at those other sources and then SHARE it with others.

Closing:

Know that I will continue to find these CCSS Ghouls where they hide. I’ll expose what plans they intend to unleash in education and SHARE it as far and as wide as I can. No matter the cost, I will NOT stand to see the CCSS Machine take down America, her citizens, or her freedoms. I’m honored you are fighting with me against ANYTHING connected to the CCSS Initiative.

Make That 300 Anti CCSS Posts, Please!

Hard to believe it's only been 300 posts ago since I began sharing all my research with you.
Hard to believe it’s only been 300 posts ago since I began sharing all my research with you.

Ahh, another work week has begun. For those of us against the Common Core Machine, it’s another week of standing up for our students, teachers, and, parents. We’ve come a tremendous way, but we know, we’re SO not ‘done’ yet!!

 

August 2014:
After several years of in-depth and low-profile researching all I could about the CCSS Machine (Common Core State Standards Machine), quite a few of my local warriors asked me to begin to share publicly all that I’d found. Thus began my blogging days. Since then, together, you and I have covered 300 different (and yet still quite related) articles about all that Common Core encompasses.

Since August 2014, we’ve used all that’s been shared, by not only myself; but by many other warriors; MUCH true information about the undermining of U.S. education to help inform our fellow citizens as well as our legislators. Together, we’ve seen how Congress has fallen victim to the P3 Machine (Public Private Partnerships) which thrust us into this War Against the Core. We’ve been ‘bloodied and bruised’, but we’re STILL here! We’ll be here for as long as it takes to SAVE our nation and the future generations FROM an aligned, workforce minded caste educational system.

My deepest gratitude to ALL of you who have counted my research, writings, and, efforts in this War as credible. My hat is ‘tipped’ to each of you who’ve shared your personal battles in the War; to those who’ve asked questions, provided tips, and basically spurred me on to go MORE in-depth. Daily you remind me that what we do to preserve our freedom of educational choice; to protect our freedom from federal overreach that’s totally in violation of our U.S. Constitution; lastly, to protect our nation from those P3 groups which seek to reform our nation into a place we will not recognize.

 

Going Forward:

Simply stated, I’ll keep going. I know you are with me. That is a GREAT team effort.

Simply stated, we know the CCSS Machine has loaded up all it can to assimilate us in the upcoming school year. We WILL NOT go without continuing the fight!!

I’d like to thank the Idaho anti CCSS Warriors (officially known as Idahoans Against Common Core) for creating the picture below. Someone was inspired by my ‘Anti CCSS Back to School Wish’ article (this past “Weekend News” article).
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Which reminds me, the pro sided CCSS folks at #SchoolYrResolution could use a few well placed CCSS truths (as only we anti CCSS warriors can provide). Letting our ‘enemies’ know we know what they are up to  is a great tactic of warfare. EVERY hole we can poke in the CCSS Machine is another opportunity for freedom to survive.

Remember we, the opposed, to Common Core (and ALL its parts)  are RENTLESS WARRIORS. Have a tremendous week. I’ll see you for the 301st posting and as many more as it takes to kill the CCSS Machine.

Sic’ ‘Em Saturday: Actions for Armchair Warriors

Calling all Common Core Warriors...it's time to get out there!
Calling all Common Core Warriors…it’s time to get out there!

An open letter:

The letter below is one that every leader of an anti Common Core group would love to have read by others, especially by those who’ve encountered CCSS,  express valid complaints, frustrations, or issues; yet are hesitant to become active in joining the fight. Please bear in mind this is a composite letter (meaning it’s not just one person’s viewpoint, it’s several leaders views combined). Actions for those who want change AND those leading the charge for change are included below. 

Dear Fed Up Parent,

 I feel your frustration with Johnny’s homework. You want to help, but have no clue what to do because the paper in front of you makes no sense. I know the pain you have over Suzy’s new attitude about her ‘lack of knowledge’. 

Thank you for sharing you do know the source of this frustration and pain…Common Core.

Please find below HOW you can help out:

a) Join us in this fight! Don’t just sit on the couch. Not sure whom to ask?  Here’s my contact information:

Stop Common Core Leader
10th Amendment Way/Take No More, State of Mind

Phone: 800-Get Tough

b) Using your voice outside your living room’s comfort is what we do with style. Your style is important to our fight. Why? United efforts in this battle win every time. We are all busy. By having your assistance, we can all get back home in time for whatever  life is calling us to do.

c) If you have time to know the problem, become part of the solution. Common Core is an affront to every citizen in its reach. While it’s true knowing the problem is important, it’s also NOT the solution..it’s a first step. As a leader against CCSS, I cannot fight this battle alone. I need you. As a concerned, frustrated parent, you need me.

d) Your children need you to fight for them. I know you’d do anything possible to protect your sons and daughters. As their chief role models, they are watching. What legacy do you want them to have? One where you talked strongly, but participated very little OR one where you talked strong and participated strongly? Lead them in conviction: Stop Common Core!

e) No 80/20 here. While human nature has  pretty much shown us 80 percent of any task is completed by only 20 percent of the same people, here’s where this pattern can be broken!  The flip side of this is no leader can be in charge 24/7. Leaders are only as strong as their physical bodies will allow. Let’s consider the leaders and their health. YOU are vital to the efforts being put forth. Our freedoms are worth our committing to  and  any sacrifice involved.

Sincerely yours,

The leader who needs you, the students who love you, the teachers who respect you, and the Constitution which needs your help in being re-instated as our guidance document of what are federal responsibilities and what are the sovereign states responsibilities!!

Closing:

Considering all the above, keep these few facts in mind as guiding factors in your fight against Common Core.

To be a great leader, you need those willing to join you, not as armchair warriors, but as soldiers in the trenches. After all, we face Common Core together much better than on our own, or worse by not facing it at all.

To be a great warrior, get out of the chair, get out of the house…make some noise!