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Striking Freedom?!

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, with the dedicated shift in American education AWAY from academics and TOWARD workforce alignment, have you ever wondered about all those plentiful jobs out there? Where IS ‘there’, anyway? What proof do we have that there truly are so many more jobs than people? Why aren’t we seeing these jobs in our backyards?

Supposedly, America’s doing SO well economically and labor wise. The CCSS Machine has worked overtime to strike a tone of ‘freedom’ and ‘booming bank accounts’. Trouble is, those bank accounts are NOT yours and mine. They aren’t even our children’s, neighbor’s, or, friends. Those booming bank accounts are the CCSS Machine’s corporate minions. From DC, you’ll hear the strike of ‘freedom’ described as a ‘vibrant economy’.
Again, the vibrancy ISN’T for us, it’s for ‘the greater good’ and unimportant national standings.

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Why would I say ‘unimportant’? Because when it comes to importance, people; their lives, liberty, and freedoms are FAR more important than how fantastic your nation looks on paper.

For the rest of today’s article, we’ll see if we can find some answers to all these questions.

Below is an older visual I created to show that no matter what ‘freedom’ and ‘economic greatness’ is being reported/promoted, this is the reality striking us all:

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“Outsource, Insource; Upwork, Downwork”:

Warriors, recently I was made aware of an on-line company (Onlinejobs.ph)
offering cheap labor.onlineph


The slick and quick ad stated that if you’re too busy but have lots of stuff to do, simply hire an on-line PA (personal assistant). Sounds great, right?! I mean, c’mon, how many times have you or I felt we were too busy and needed extra help?! There are some catches, however.
First, the pay mentioned in the ad. A measly $3.00 per hour. Secondly, the extra help is located in the Philippines. So, naturally, whatever ‘stuff’ you have which requires extra help will need to be digital. This means data trails. Trails which can be hacked and tracked. (*Note: to see all the facts you see called out in the visual above, click on each of the tabs when visiting the main website.)

Is this type of virtual employment new? Hardly. Called “Upwork” back in the 1990s, it’s been re-branded ‘virtual assistant’. To be even more insulting, try the ‘personal virtual assistant’ or ‘outsourced employment’.


How does all this play into the ESSA mandates for education? The CTE (Career Tech Education), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math), and, CBE (Competency Based Education, also known as Outcome Based Education).


If you’ve heard of ‘coding’ in education, you’ve hit the nail on the head. This direct assault on our classrooms is grooming our kids to be poorly paid minions for others, not free thinking, independent Americans! Cybersecurity is also a ‘coding’ job many are being groomed for, both in public K-12 systems, as well as community college courses, dual enrollment, and hybrid classes. 

The bottom line is that all this type of outsourcing, on-line virtual garbage is this:
We ARE Human Capital, not respected human beings!!

Human capital concept in tag cloud
How the Initiative behind all that Common Core encompasses SEES your students like this.

Related:

1) To see the ‘comprehensive’ pay scale for the Philippines and virtual assisting jobs, go here.
2) To see a comparison chart for Upwork vs Onlinejobs.ph, visit this site.
3) The IRS isn’t happy about tax-free employment, virtual assisting.
4) On-line jobs in the US, look here.
5) The Philippines is a UN (United Nations) member-state nation. As such, all the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) will be in place. Just like in America. SDG #8 is ‘Decent Work for All’. If you go back and look at the Onlinejobs.ph site, under the “education” tab, look at the way the Filipino citizens are described. Will our citizens be described like this in the future?!

Closing:

Warriors, how do we fight back? We must repeal ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)! We must repeal WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act)! We must halt the re-authorization of the HEA (Higher Education Act).

How do we do that? Remembering We the People far outnumber our DC Administration. As that reality is brought out, use it to protest, petition, and, revolt against this overreach which not only is conditioning us to be totally government dependent, but pin our kids down to mindless jobs.

We need to follow full repeals with carefully planned extractions of ALL unconstitutional agencies in DC. The U.S. Dept. of Education is only ONE of them, not the ONLY one. The others INCLUDE the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services as well as the U.S. Dept. of Labor!

(*Note: no mergers have taken place, officially, but by merging and not extracting unconstitutional agencies will only extend the overreaches.)

Warriors, all 3 of these (Ed, HHS, Labor) were given HUGE power increases in ESSA for one reason: grooming students for human capital. A commodity to be bought and sold; controlled and dependent. This is NOT the future we want for our children, or our nation!

Take it back, Warriors!!

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iNACOL Comes to Home Education?!

onlinehsccssEspecially for the anti CCSS Warriors who have chosen home education as a way to escape the CCSS Machine. If you don’t home educate, then this news can be of use to you as well in seeing just how far overreaching the P3s (public private partnerships) have become. Continue reading iNACOL Comes to Home Education?!

WYBI Wednesday?!: CCSS and the Altruism Movement

When was the last time you looked up the word ‘altruism’? Without looking it up now, what do you think it means? Common Core Standards, of course, will skew the meaning. On that, you can take it to the bank..better yet, let’s see how the Gates Foundation bankroll brought it to US! (if you would like a better look at each of the graphics featured, please be sure to click on them to enlarge them)

My Random House College Dictionary (1984) states ‘altruism: The principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others. As opposed to egoism.’. According to the Merriam-Webster on-line dictionary(2014), the word means ‘feelings and behavior that show a desire to help other people and a lack of selfishness’. While the definition is basically the same, by using a simpler vernacular, you can see the context of the word has a totally different vibe to it. Now, why would I need a new ‘vibe’ for altruism??  Read on, my friends…

What caught my eye: While posting on Twitter I spied a ‘tweet’ from the ASCD (formerly known as the ‘Association for Supervision of Curriculum Development’) This group is the one who helps teach teachers. However, did you know they received a big fat check from the Gates Foundation?! Yes, the purpose? Common Core Curriculum, teaching practices, etc. To date, somewhere around $4 million dollars. If you cannot read the caption below, it states that 2013’s grant was to support implementing CCSS; 2011’s was to support district, school, and classroom implementation of CCSS. I had previously researched ASCD to know this, so when I saw the ‘tweet’ announcing an upcoming ‘professional development conference on ‘the force of altruism’, I became suspicious. Spring-boarding off their misleading phrase ‘teaching to the whole child’ (which is educractic doublespeak for we’ve always taught to the mind, body, and spirit of a student, we just changed what we teach from ‘you becoming the best American citizen you can be’  to ‘about what you can do to be a global citizen for the greater good’).

According to the Gates Foundation Grant database, 2013's grant's 'Purpose: to support implementation of the Common Core State Standards.' 2011's:  "Purpose: to provide teachers and school leaders with supports to implement the Common Core State Standards at the district, school, and classroom levels."
According to the Gates Foundation Grant database, 2013’s grant’s ‘Purpose: to support implementation of the Common Core State Standards.’ 2011’s: “Purpose: to provide teachers and school leaders with supports to implement the Common Core State Standards at the district, school, and classroom levels.”

If you’d like a great pdf chart of the “Traditional  and Progressive Models in Education” for the Whole Child, please visit:

(http://www.illinoisloop.org/ceo_ed_war_chart.pdf)

How to groom an altruistic citizen: Mix a tremendous dose of empathy (more ‘living it out, not just feeling it’) with plenty of student leader opportunities (beginning with teaching other students), and apply lots of expectation. Presto! In 3 easy steps you have an altruistic citizen. But wait, to really groom these citizens, you need time…and lots of it. While I AM paraphrasing this ‘recipe’, I certainly am not making it up. I found this (and more) directly on the website page, that the original ‘tweet’ directed me to.

As an added bonus, if you want your school to become part of the great movement, you simply can complete an on-line Google course called ‘Changemaker’ (see my post from this past Sunday about how aligned to the Common Core Google is).

ASCD’s link for altruism in the classroom: (http://inservice.ascd.org/education-resources/the-force-of-altruism-a-basic-recipe-for-empathy-leadership-and-learning-to-make-a-difference/) Please note, since this entire site is devoted to teachers and their development, remember, this is what is going into each classroom represented by an ASCD member teacher. One last thing, the ASCD organization is hosting several teacher directed workshops in about one month where they will learn strategies to target kids. One of the targets? Cede classroom responsibilities over to the students. While some students will be up for this, I can’t help but think about someone who is shy or has a special need. What a disaster for them this will be.

How to keep the altruism growing: Since Common Core isn’t satisfied with a K-12 altruistic citizen, we are about to see how students beyond 12th grade are targeted, not just by Common Core, but by altruism at hyper-speed.

California, here we come:  Imagine my surprise when I found the “Effective Altruism Summit 2014”. Part of the Summit was held in Berkeley, CA and another portion, in the Domincian Republic. What’s interesting is that the University of California at Berkeley has a “Greater Good Science Science Center”. Also interestingly enough ASCD has several ties to UofC, at Berkeley and other campuses. “The Greater Good Science Center” will be hosting a 2015 Educator Summit to help teach teachers how to become better with social-emotional learning. Guess what one of the ‘core’ platforms of the ‘Greater Good Science Center’ is? Altruism, along with empathy, kindness, and a few others. I’m giving you the link for all the ‘education’ topics under ‘altruism’: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/education

As far as the Summit, backers and sponsors were: Leverage Research, Founders Fund, Integral Center, Give Directly, Center for Applied Rationality (CFAR), Future of Humanity Institute (Univ. of Oxford), PSI (Healthy Lives/Measurable Outcomes), Machine Intelligence Research Institute, Future of Life Institute, The Life You Can Save, Give Well, Giving What We Can, 80,000 Hours (High Impact Ethical Careers), Good Mind Hunting, THINK (The High Impact Network)

From Summit to Effectiveness: There is an organization called Effective Altruism with a detailed outreach plan you have to keep reading to believe. Based on a framework of detailed strategy from their ‘glory days’ with the current President’s first campaign for office, Niel Bowerman  and William MacCaskill are running the Effective Altruism Outreach. The EA Outreach is under the umbrella of the EAC (Centre for Effective Altruism based in the UK).  Why do I need to know this, you may be asking. Well, let’s say you know next to nothing about being effective in your altruism, but you want to learn more. You’d probably turn to an introduction or tutorial, correct? On the EA website, they’ve put one together for you. One of the first names you’ll see? Peter Singer. Yes, THAT Peter Singer..Princeton Professor, TED Talker, controversial activist. Well..keep him in mind, my friends. We’ll visit his contribution to all this is a bit, but first…

THINK (The High Impact Network): Remember I said we’d get back to the Gates Foundation? Remember how I said we’d get back to Common Core? Well, here is where the three meet. They all intersect via THINK. How? The Gates Foundation funds (or recently funded) THINK. Here’s the evidence:

THINK

So, with Gates money, what group of people does THINK serve? College age students. Think Harvard (I just ‘exposed’ them as Common Core tied via Career Pathways within the last 2 weeks), Arizona State (also CC tied & exposed), Boston College, University of NY (CC tied), Duke University, Florida State University (one of the CCS creators teaches there), MIT (CCS aligned) and more. Here’s the homepage: http://www.thehighimpactnetwork.org/. 

So, as a member of THINK, what would a college age student do? Here’s an excerpt from their ‘about us’ page: The High Impact Network (THINK) is an organization that promotes effective altruism. “THINK members gather across the globe in meetup groups, practicing skills and learning new tools, empowering each other to bring about the greatest good they can. With creativity, strategy and intellectual rigor, you can dramatically multiply your impact on the world.” Think’s founder, Mark Lee, greatly influenced by Peter Singer. *Be sure to visit THINK’s ‘about us’ page, you’ll be amazed at the number of groups on this website as appear above from the Summit description. Have you begun to see a pattern? Good, but we’d not done yet!

Mr. Singer, the altruism ‘guru’: Here’s where we pick up our ‘visit’ with Peter Singer of Princeton. He’s very well versed in philosophy and bioethics. He’s even influenced curriculum for the International Baccalaureate  schools which are tied to UNESCO! (ahh..UNESCO and Common Core tied together. It was detailed for you in an earlier post).

If you’ve not heard his views, here are a few quotes,
“It is now generally accepted that the roots of our ethics lie in patterns of behavior that evolved among our pre-human ancestors, the social mammals and that we retain within our biological nature elements of these evolved responses. We have learned considerably more about this responses, and we are beginning to to understand how they interact with our capacity to reason.” (Expanding Circle: Ethics,Evolution, and Moral Progress, preface)”If evolution is a struggle for survival, why hasn’t it ruthlessly eliminated altruists, who seem to increase another’s prospects of survival at the cost of their own?” (Origins of Altruism, page 3) “Since ancient times, philosophers have maintained that to strive too hard for one’s own happiness is self-defeating.” (Reason and Games, page 5) Mr. Singer has LOTS more to share about life, how we should act, live, and give. However, I’ve had enough.

Singer & IBs:
‘IB Schools’ were created in 1968 and are a UNESCO partner. Alec Peterson is the person who founded the IBO, International Baccalaureate Organization. Some of ethics curriculum which impacts students from kindergarten and up (ages 3-19) is by Peter Singer!

‘IB schools’ are also tied to Aga Khan Academy Development Network, FL Virtual Public Schools. The USA was ‘saddled’ with ‘IB schools’ thanks, in part to the Reinvestment Act and with Race to the Top funding. ‘IB schools’ mission isn’t American, it’s global. From their mission statement, “At our heart we are motivated by a mission to create a better world through education.”  From their history page: “…consisted of a common pre-university curriculum and a common set of external examinations for students in schools throughout the world, seeking to provide students with a truly international education..”

To be a global student I must also be altruistic. IB Schools have a 'diploma program' where you must complete 1 year of service or you do not receive your diploma.
To be a global student I must also be altruistic. IB Schools have a ‘diploma program’ where you must complete 1 year of service or you do not receive your diploma.

IB students in younger grades get the “Everyday Math” (one of the worst ever math curricula choices). Common Core publisher, Pearson has engineered the EM for CCSS. I would suggest going to the IBO’s website & inserting “Peter Singer” into the search bar. I got 7 lessons from global climate change to global engagement (suggests ‘ethical circles of concern’) See: http://www.ibo.org 

If you think ethical circles don’t sound too bad, find out what a ‘circling’ is all about at: http://integralcenter.org/blog/ (Integral Center was one of the presenters at the Effective Altruism Summit mentioned in the first part of this post). Look for how much ‘self’ is present, how much ‘community’ is involved.

Closing: I hope you’ve been able to see the global agenda in vivid detail. I hope you can use the evidence presented to help others stop this insanity. I’m all for giving to others. As a Christian, it’s so much a part of who I am, I wouldn’t be writing this blog everyday, among all the other things I do. However, if we’re all going to be the best we can, give unto others, shouldn’t we be learning how to and exercising it appropriately based on our family values, our personal choice and NOT the ‘global greater good’?