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A Scientific Ploy

**Third in a Series of 116th Congressional Bills overreaching into education

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, after 10 years of research and 5 years of blogging, the trails connecting educratic overreach literally span the globe.

By far and away, the most ‘picked upon’ school subject shoving the CCSS Machine agenda down our throats is SCIENCE

Why science? Well, if you look at the history of science, it was a way in which to explore the wonder and awe of God’s creation. It was a way in which discoveries truly made life better. It was a way to learn which truly delighted the senses and helped create imagination.

Fast forward to near the Renaissance time and secular humanism entered the picture. This was the very beginning of divorcing God from science. To this day, there are many who embrace that science is more credible than God. Vice versa, those who still regard science as a way in which to discover and better life, see the two as intertwined. 

The reason this type of context is important leads to our modern day education reform which so pivots off science.  The ‘teaching’ of science has become a former shadow of greatness.
Science, especially as the UN (United Nations) and UNESCO have spun it, has BECOME a god.
Why does that matter in the US?

Because the United States has adopted the UN/UNESCO’s ‘science as a god’ mentality via STEM and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math/Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and, Math).


IF you’d like to see (for the first time or as a review) my extensive amount of research into how embedded the U.S. Government, including Congress, has made STEM/STEAM. Here is the link  for STEM/STEAM/UNESCO (2 pages). Here’s the link for STEM/STEAM/UN (7 pages).

Below are the most relevant which will connect to the new Bill from the 116th Congressional session.

From 2015, the traceable connections from the CCSS to STEMtoSTEAM shift for every single educational choice and age available in the United States.

From 2016, the CCSS and UNESCO ideology match to incorporate STEM into CTE (Career Tech Education), CCR (College and Career Readiness). Next Gen Social Studies and Next Gen Science would follow suit. The crux of the ideology? Collectivism in life, belief, and action all to sustain the Earth.

From 2018, how BOTH major political parties have inserted, supported, and, codified UN agenda into US legislation and programs to usher in STEM/STEAM via infrastructure, as well as education.

From  August 2018, the FY 2019 STEM budget earmarked $150 million from one Chamber of Congress and $160 million from the other. Then, add in an Executive Order expanding apprenticeships which include STEM/STEAM.

From October 2018, how STEM budget money and programs stoop to exploit gender, involve social impact bonds, and, create havoc in education as well as the nation.

 

STEM, by way of Common Core..and not in a distant galaxy.


Meet The Representative Behind HR 627:

HR 627 was introduced by Rep. Rob Wittman of VA. Below, is a screen shot from Rep. Wittman’s Congressional website. (*Note: the added rhetorical question is one I’ve longed to ask EVERY Congress member and President since 2009!!)


Of Rep. Wittman’s “Issues”, education is dead last on the list. However, the Representative does brag about his service during the 115th Session in pumping up CTE and STEM for education.  I encourage you to enlarge this screen shot or open in a new tab. The dynamics of the language used is almost comical, if this wasn’t so tragically real.


HR 627’s Language:

Warriors, this House of Representatives Bill is called the ‘STEM Research and Education Effectiveness and Transparency Act’. HR 627 is  5 pages long. It’s currently in the House Committee of Science, Space, and Technology.
1) As we’ve seen so many times in STEM/STEAM related initiatives, programs, funding, and bills or laws, HR 627 targets women and under-served minorities for STEM jobs and careers.
2) It directs the NSF (National Science Foundation), to direct the entire program being expanded (ie: bigger government overreach). It was the NSF, the UN influenced to force STEM into President Obama’s agenda which has been extended by President Trump.
3) Involves any US federal agency with $100 million in FY 2019 Research and Development earmarked funds.
4) Ties to the HEA of 1965 (Higher Education Act, currently being updated for a renewed passage). Grants and merit awards in Research/Development will be given for STEM in higher education and government jobs. Any federal laboratory job awarded or given under HR 627 parameters are defined by the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, Sect. 4.* (a brief explanation of what the public law established is below.) What HR 627 will do is EXPAND upon that foundation for use in #5.
5) Expands the data tracking of students as well as economic and demographics. (aka: ‘data rape’).
6) Expands the NSF power and authority (an independent US government agency). The Director of the program HR 627 sets up will be housed in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (Executive Branch).
7) Includes the Congressional catch all phrase ‘and other purposes’.
8) No less than 1 year after HR 627 is made into law (if it survives), the NSF will report (per the Section 37 of the NSF Authorization and Science and Technology Equal Opportunity Act; brief explanation below) to Congress how effective efforts to target women and underrepresented populations have been. Whatever efforts have been successful will be credited to the universal streamlining of data. What isn’t successful will be tweaked and streamlined. ALL data will backtrack to the past 5 years as well.
9) Defines STEM as per the America COMPETES Act, 42 U.S. C. 6621 note (description below) of 2010.

i) Stevenson-Wylder Technology Innovation Act of 1980 established technology centers around the nation to support the innovation in commerce, economics, environment, and social well-being of Americans. Here’s an excerpt from the Public Law 96-480 Cooperation among academia, Federal laboratories, labor, and industry, in such forms as technology transfer, personnel exchange, joint research projects, and others, should be renewed, expanded, and strengthened.” Section 4 (page 2), defines the Secretary of Commerce is in power. Also defines ‘non-profits’. Education is thrown in, too.
**HR 627 will double up on the data sharing.
ii) Public Law 96-516 (“National Science Foundation Authorization and Science
and Technology Equal Opportunities Act”.) stated that beginning in 1982, every 2 years the NSF must include the U.S. Dept. of Education, U.S. Dept. of Labor, the U.S. Dept. of HHS, and others in its data reports.
iii) America COMPETES Act of 2010, 42 U.S. C. 6621 note basically made STEM a federal entity with its own law, funding, activities, and more, especially in education. Public private partnerships (P3s) were also included. The 2010 Act (scroll down to the summary) was a re-authorization of an earlier COMPETES Act. “COMPETES” is short for ‘Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science’

 (*Note: there was an America COMPETES Act 2015 version I wrote about, which also can be tied to the HR 627 above)

 


Closing:

Warriors, I hope you can see that once again, the 116th Congress isn’t really promoting excellent education or terrific jobs. This entire series I’m writing all has ONE word in common: data. HR 627 expands government, but it also expands the data tracking, BUT it’s using STEM to accomplish it.  As was written in the 2010 PCAST Report about STEM:  it would make us STEM people in a STEM nation with a STEM workforce for a STEM economy to gel with the globalism. How’s that for making science a god and turning us into minions, not free willed people to bow to the UN’s agenda?! This is what your federal government of the US has set into place.

Next up in this series: the GREAT Act(s).

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Spin Cycle, Anyone?!

Would any of you Anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors care to guess how the Center for Education Reform (CER) is spinning the 2016 Election results?!

If you don’t know the CER, here is my published article about them from earlier this year:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/shrills-call/ (*Note: you’ll learn how the CER is ‘buddy-buddy’ the BRT (Business Roundtable); how their I+O (Innovation plus Opportunity) Manifesto is reshaping education; and more.)

Because we know BRT has long ago sold out to the CCSS Machine, it isn’t hard to imagine CER has also jumped in the Machine as well.

Read, watch, or listen to either of these two organization’s propaganda long enough and you’ll see the spinning is always geared to CTE (Career Tech Education), CC (Common Core), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and most recently..CCR (College/Career Readiness). Yes, the ‘brain bleach’ is served up daily!
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Bring On the “Soap Sales Pitch”!

On 11/9/16, the CER CEO, Jeanne Allen offered her congratulations to President-elect Trump. Like a great soap saleswoman, Allen laid the innovation and opportunity agenda thickly. Here is most of what she stated, ” “Our hope is that in the coming days President-elect Trump and his transition advisors will consider all good ideas and begin to learn from the myriad people working throughout the nation who are transforming their schools and communities.
President-elect Trump – We believe there is much you can do to address the hopes and dreams of all who elected you. We hope you will embrace innovation, applaud and incentivize ambitious state efforts to create opportunity for all learners at all levels, reject the status quo and think hard about all those you appoint to support you and the needs of citizens everywhere. We will provide concrete recommendations for you to consider in the days and weeks ahead. Until then, congratulations. And welcome to Washington.” ”

Warriors, do you see the problems?
1) IF Trump is to reject ‘status-quo’ education, it would mean his promise to pull the plug on Common Core would be the way to go, NOT have the CER and similar groups already knee deep in a bucket of CCSS/CTE ‘polluted water’, influence him. However, we saw this very scene play out when Obama took office…those who advised him steered him right into the CCSS Machine.

2) By encouraging Mr. Trump to CONTINUE to incentivize States is a replay of the Obama/Duncan RttT funding! How in the name of ‘clean laundry’ will we EVER be free from the CCSS Machine with advice like this?!

3) “All learners at all levels”..what an overloaded lint trap of danger that statement is!!
Warriors, repeatedly, I (along with other anti CCSS Warriors) have proven to you that between the toxic trio of ESSA, HEA, and WIOA (Every Student Succeeds Act/Higher Education Act/Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), the workforce based education reform spans from babies to grandparents! I have to pause here for a moment to interject that I think someone has gotten a bit too close to the electrical outlet.

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CER’s Look At Governors:

Because the CCSS Machine has done a spiffy good job of top-down-micromanaging our education system, CER would be remiss if it didn’t ‘check the pockets’ of  each of the 12 Governors seeking office. That stated, CER keeps all 50 Governors on a tight laundry schedule. (See the Governors’ grades at CER’s “Education 50” webpage:
https://www.edreform.com/education-50/)

Of the 12 Governors, only NC’s (where I live) is too close to call, as of this article.

Wait! Senators Ahead!

As far as how ‘fresh’ the Senate will be in the coming D.C. Session of lawmaking, see below.

cersenateWarriors, I do not know about you, but I’m seeing quite a bit of ‘dirty CCSS/CTE laundry’ in this screen shot. If you know of just how sold out to the CCSS Machine any of these people are, please be sure to share your information.

It is only then that we, the Anti CCSS Warriors, can ‘clean their clocks’!!

For ‘my’ Senator (Burr) here’s what I know about his ties to CCSS and/or CTE,
(use this as an example of how you can tie your leaders to the CCSS AND CTE overreaches)

a) Much of his work to re-arrange Title One funding formulas made it into ESSA.

b) He voted Yes to ESSA (S1177) on Dec. 9th, 2015; the very next day, Pres. Obama signed the Bill as federal law.(from his website: http://www.burr.senate.gov/press/releases/24-million-per-year-for-nc-schools-common-core-repeal-heads-to-presidents-desk)
from the Congress Vote Tracking site: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/114-2015/s334

c) He supported NCLB, too (Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Senate/Richard_Burr.htm
Note: first bullet point on his education views.)

d) He has voted against some CCSS Machine related items, but still supports many other items. Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Social/Richard_Burr_Education.htm

e) He has worked hand-in-hand with Sen. Mikulski on getting Child Care and Development Block Grants(CCDBGs) updated. While the main federal agency this is housed under HHS (Health and Human Services), it also has SOME shared programs with the U.S. Dept. of Ed. I found the CCDBGs in the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Office of Non-Public Education. (See: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oii/nonpublic/childcare.html) With ESSA encompassing early education and in-home visits/assessments, this is a big deal.

f) Lastly, Burr is a member of the U.S. Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) Committee. Look below to see how many of the Committee members were just re-elected and given a ‘shout out’ by the CER (Center for Education Reform):
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Pre-treat Those “Education Stains”:

If you are not sure why the S3271 and HR5587 are more ‘dirty laundry’ created by the CCSS Machine, please use this side by side comparison chart I created a few months ago. You’ll note that there are also 2 other Congressional Bills I included. Please, look closely, you’ll see why. (*Note: S3190 is Sen. Franken’s ‘load’; S3174 is a huge warning to us all we need to move quickly to halt this activity!)

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Related:

If you’d like to see the CCSS Machine sold out group, The First Five Years Fund and what they have to say about those Child Care Development Grants:
 http://ffyf.org/our-focus/child-care-development-block-grant/ (*Note: be sure to look to the left to see their white paper on the ESSA’s Preschool Development Grants. Both will be used together for education to fit the CCR (college/career readiness).

Getting Hung Out to Dry:

The CER also shared in their 2016 Elections Results that 2 State School Superintendents lost their re-elections. One, was Dr. June Atkinson from here in NC. While we, the local anti CCSS Warriors are thrilled she will be leaving, the rest of the nation needs to watch her. Why? She is the President of the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers). CCSSO not only owns 1/2 of the copyrights to the CCS Standards, they have produced mounds of alignment materials to CCSS, CTE, and now ESSA. If you want to see the CCSSO’s CCR (College/Career Readiness webpage) and how this ties to CTE,
http://www.ccsso.org/resources/programs/career_readiness_initiative.html
(*Note: if you are curious if CCSSO has anything to do with the HEA, Higher Education Act, be sure to do a general search on their website.)

Closing:

Warriors Against the Core, we have got to get D.C. out of education NOW. Having these career politicians (and yes, some new comers who’ve sold out), we are going to keep seeing our country digress. It’s kind of like having someone throw a red sock in a load of white socks. They all come out the same shade of ruined laundry.

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