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When “Choice” Really Means “Confinement”

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, this is my second article on the federal overreach into education by the 116th Congress.

So, far we’ve seen the HR 62’s grab for our little learners with shifting Head Start and Early Head Start funds to block grants your Governor’s will be in charge of. The hidden in plain sight agenda there? “School choice”, especially via vouchers for low-income families.
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Since ESSA codified Common Core and ALL that goes with it, let’s remember what ‘school choice’ REALLY looks like in 2019:

 

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For today’s article, it’s HR 69, the ‘‘Ending Common Core  and Expanding School Choice Act’’.
This bill is 6 pages long and is sponsored by Rep. Bill Riggs from AZ. There’s one co-sponsor from CO (Rep. Doug Lamborn).
HR 69 is in the hands of the House’s Education and Labor Committee.

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Warriors
, before you break out the champagne and burn your anti Common Core t-shirts, let’s dig into this Bill as well as some breaking announcements from around the education news circuits which connect to ‘ending Common Core’.

 NO State has gotten rid of Common Core, it’s re-brands, assessments, resources, curriculum, professional development, etc. The ‘name’Common Core might be missing, but it is still there. You know it’s been proven repeatedly on my blog and others!
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SO, does HR 69 get rid of Common Core or does it champion school choice?! Look at these tweets from Rep. Biggs. Do you see what’s missing?

From Jan. 24, 2019:

On the 25th of January, rather than promote the HR 69’s intent to “End Common Core”, Biggs once again touts ‘school choice’. Warriors, don’t you think if your Bill had the first three words as “Ending Common Core” that you’d shout it from the mountain tops?!


In this Tweet, near the time HR 69 was introduced in the 116th (1/3/19), note the promise Biggs felt was honored:

 

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First up: The Fine Print:


Warriors,  HR 69 has “End Common Core” in its title, but does it REALLY end CCSS?!
Let’s find out!

As I stated, this bill is only 6 pages long, the first 3 and 1/2 pages are devoted to expanding school choice via ‘money following the child’ schemes.

HR 69 also is targeting the money toward low-income families. This is dangerous in the false hope it gives. Money following the child is a worn out CCSS Machine tactic to attract those outside the current education system and draws them in, only to be trapped in the alignment. Homeschoolers are also among those targeted by ‘school choice’.

On Page 4, nearly at the bottom is ONE paragraph devoted to actually mentioning ‘Common Core’ and its supposed end.
But look how Rep. Biggs worded it. This, is not only a deception, it’s a waste of taxpayer money to even print this Bill!

Warriors, if you cannot read the excerpt from the bottom of Page 4, here it is, along with the balance of the paragraph on Page 5:
‘‘SEC. 1113. RULES OF CONSTRUCTION.  ‘‘(a) IN GENERAL.—No officer or employee of the  Federal Government shall, through grants, contracts, or other cooperative agreements, mandate, direct, or control  a State, local educational agency, or school’s specific instructional content, academic standards and assessments, curricula, or program of instruction (including any requirement, direction, or mandate to adopt the Common
 Core State Standards developed under the Common Core State Standards Initiative, any other academic standards  common to a significant number of States, or any assessment, instructional content, or curriculum aligned to such  standards), nor shall anything in this Act be construed to authorize such officer or employee to do so. “

As I stated in the screen shot, there’s no need to stress that States are not to be forced into ADOPTING Common Core, that has already happened via RttT (Race to the Top) AND ESSA!

ESSA also removes ‘school choice’ as we knew it. How? The mandate for all education to be aligned to the same workforce based standards (teaching, resources, assessments, and, curricula) as laid out by WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act).

HSLDA Joins Jeb’s Yellow Scarves:

Warriors, back in 2018, I published an article which featured a scathing expose on Jeb Bush’s involvement with National School Choice Week and the iconic yellow scarves used to signify support.

Congress has embraced this annual CCSS Machine laced week. Rep. Biggs, among them. However, he is far from the only Congress member who supports and (falsely) believes ‘choice’ (meaning the type of education learned/taught) still exists.

Since ESSA’s passage, ‘choice’ is only applicable to location. So, those very so-called champions of education who keep telling the nation education isn’t defined by zip code, are in essence, MAKING education defined by zip codes. The very agenda they say they ‘hate’ is one they are backing 100%. Will we continue to support these double-speaking educrats?!

Remember, earlier I stated homeschoolers were being drawn in the school choice debacle?

HSLDA, Homeschool Legal Defense Association has come out of the shadows and into the spotlight. In this HSLDA press release you see how the organization is using ‘school choice’ to equate to educational freedoms. Sure, back before ESSA, we had educational freedoms. A few still exist, but, Warriors, the longer we see the ESSA mandates continue to increase (like those in-visits and the birth to 5 yrs overreaches), the freedoms will totally disappear.

Warriors, if you look more closely to what other CCSS Machine items HSLDA supports, you may be surprised. What may those be? Career Technical Education, education savings accounts, apprenticeships, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).  Frankly, I’m glad to see HSLDA remove all the behind the scenes support for the CCSS Machine and come out blazing. It means all the illusions of the past few years have been shattered.

 

CCSS/CTE impacts ALL educational choices, don’t be fooled!

Here Comes Betsy!

On January 23rd, during “School Choice Week” Sec. of Education, DeVos was reported as saying it’s imperative Congress support school vouchers and thereby school choice. The Daily Signal’s article tells the entire story.

In January, and on the U.S. Dept. of Education’s blog, a ‘myth vs fact’ guide to ‘school choice’ has been provided. However, it paints those opposed to school choice as somehow the problem. How like the federal government to point the finger at citizens rather than admit the reality of THEIR lies.

Related Resources:
1) To see the Paradise Valley Community College/Chamber of Commerce connections which connect to the AZ charter school featured in the first Biggs Tweet picture, go here. To see the AZ Chamber of Commerce News about this, go here.
2) Paradise Community College is a part of the Maricopa Community College District in Phoenix, AZ. Maricopa Community College District is tied to the League for Innovation in Community Colleges (LICC). LICC has received grant awards from the Gates Foundation. LICC also has Pearson Publishing and WalMart (among others) as partners. LICC also is a nationwide organization.
3) To read Rep. Biggs’ “Freedom Friday” post about HR 69, that’s located here.
4) To see Rep. Lamborn’s pro-ESSA stance, as well as his belief in school vouchers and ESAs (education savings accounts), read this.
5) Rep. Biggs’ Campaign contributions show that the Koch Industries (as in Koch Brothers, part of the CCSS Machine) was among the funding groups.
6) To see my collection of HOW many ways the CCSS Machine has already infiltrated homeschooling, go here.
7) Since the CCSS Machine’s ultimate goal is total control of our children (and ourselves), we see parental rights eroding a bit slower than school choice is disappearing. We know the ESSA mandates for family involvement and student success mean those in-home tracking visits (see the very first part of this article).
However, Illinois has just shared that a bill which FURTHER takes parental rights away is in the works. The Bill also will factor directly into home visits and family involvement. It’s called the Parental Bullying Bill.  The way in which this Bill will also add to the CCSS Machine’s control of children is through ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and mental/behavior health interventions. Most certainly all this will be included in ‘school choice’ options. (*Note: I am not condoning parental bullying in its true form, however, the broad strokes being used against parents needs to be of concern.)

Closing:

Warriors, my next article in the latest Congressional overreaches will look at the increase in educratic powers the NSF, National Science Foundation, is set for.

 

Current Nat’l Science Foundation work for CCSS includes professional development (for the teachers, leaders), infrastructure (computers, software), research (as in mind, education, etc.) and assessments (tests that measure)

 

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Global Models at Home

Warriors Against the Core, you know the fight we have is vast. We know it has taken much sacrifice. We also know the truth, while setting us free, has also caused many to disbelief what we have researched and shared. Some are SO much in disbelief they marginalize us as ‘crazy’ or, my personal favorite, “conspiracy theorists”.

Many have said homeschooling is ‘safe’. Warriors, not only have many others revealed that homeschooling, is in fact, in the cross-hairs of the CCSS Machine, but finding out how safe/not safe education is has been my main motivation since 2009.

I have lost count of how many articles, how much research, and how many hours writing it has taken to help keep you informed about just HOW home education in America is being set up to be entrenched in the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), the HEA (Higher Education Act), STEM Act (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), AAI (American Apprenticeship Initiative), and anything remotely connected to all these.

So, it is absolutely NO surprise to find the UN (United Nations) is invading American homeschooling as well.

The rest of the article will give you the details of HOW this is happening.

The AHMUNC (American Homeschool Model United Nations Club):

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Thanks to one of my dedicated followers, Michelle K., she alerted me to what you see above.
Website: https://chapmodelun.wordpress.com/

The Club’s history: The American Homeschool Model United Nations Club (AHMUNC) was founded from a strong heritage in the Classical Homeschool Academy of Princeton Model United Nations Club (CHAPMUN). AHMUNC was founded to bring together homeschoolers from across the United States who are interested in global affairs.  The club: hosts the American Homeschool Model UN Conferencepromotes Model UN to homeschoolers through in-person and virtual events; holds its own crisis and historic simulations; and attends Model UN conferences.”

Interestingly enough, many of our home educated students leave their in-home classrooms headed for colleges, universities, and elsewhere. There are Model UN Clubs at the collegiate level, too. 

Before the Club was CHAPMUN based, it was tied to the  “PMUNC (the Princeton Model United Nations Conference) and ILMUNC (the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference at University of Pennsylvania).”  In 2013,  The ‘North American Invitational Model United Nations (NAIMUN) hosted by Georgetown’ was added.

To see more about the AHMUNC, visit: https://chapmodelun.wordpress.com/about-2/

The homeschool delegates from this Club are worth looking at their global aspirations. Why? I think you will see the agenda quickly when you read which countries they pretended to represent, the issues they were to solve, and more. See: https://chapmodelun.wordpress.com/delegates/

 


The Purposed Indoctrination Starts Very Quietly:

The purpose of being Model UN:Model United Nations is a fun and dynamic atmosphere for students to learn about issues from around the world. More than textbook learning, students learn the dynamics of debate and working together to form resolutions.” What you see below is a quote from the former leader of the UN (United Nations).

The Home Educated Begin to Sound Like Everyone Else in the CCSS/Global Machine:

If you are a delegate going to one of the Model UN Conferences, here is a detailed description of all you must prepare for. Everyone is to follow these procedures in preparing themselves. See: https://chapmodelun.wordpress.com/how-to-prepare-for-model-united-nations-conference/

You might also find it very interesting that the student leader of the PMUNC authored a Nov. 2015 paper as an assignment. Among the topics? The OAS (Organization of the American States) and Smart Cities.

While I haven’t looked into the OAS, I have shared with you in previous posts, how the “Smart Cities” are tied to the CCSS Machine.

If you do not know the roots of the OAS, here is what the author cited in her paper, The Organization of American States was formally established by the 1948 Charter of the Organization of American States in Bogota. However, this meeting of the 21 member states was, in fact, the Ninth International Conference of the American States. The first of these conferences hosted 18 nations and was held in Washington DC from October 1889 to April 1890. These periodic meetings were fundamentally based in the “continentalization” of the Monroe Doctrine, ensuring the collective protection of the Western hemisphere by creating obligations and encouraging cooperation among all states in the region.” (*Note: her footnotes reveal her sources as the OAS itself and the Britannica Encyclopedia.)

You will want to read the author’s entire assignment. It ties to the economy, diversity, education, the Chinese powerful influence in the world, and much more. See:
https://chapmodelun.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/alanna-williams-oas-background-guide-final.pdf

What do one of these model UN Club meetings look like? See the short video below:



The Upcoming 2016 Conference’s Keynote Speaker:

In the first screen shot above, you will see the Sept. 2016 Conference for the American Homeschool Model United Nations Club’s keynote speaker is to be Frances Lee of the World Federation of the United Nations Associations (WFUNA). Her bio is in the screen shot below:

leebioTo see the rest of the staff members of the (WFUNA) World Federation of the United Nations Associations:
http://www.wfuna.org/staff

What is the purpose of WFUNA? According to them, anything it takes to make the world a better place. See all their ways in which all this ‘betterment’ is taking place: http://www.wfuna.org/mission-and-vision

Be sure to see what partners WFUNA has. One of them is the notorious Hewlett Foundation (a big funder and supporter of the CCSS Machine in America.)
http://www.wfuna.org/partners

But Wait, There’s More Indoctrination To Be Learned!

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What the heck is a UN4MUN Procedure?! In the WFUNA’s words, UN4MUN simulates the United Nations accurately and gives participants an experiential insight into how the UN really functions. This includes a goal of adoption of resolutions by consensus, meaning delegates have negotiated resolutions to a point where they feel it can pass without even needing a vote, which is important in real life to ensure implementation of the resolutions by UN Member States. The collaborative nature of the procedure to focus on every solution presented is in stark contrast to the simple majority voting goals of rival resolutions in traditional Model UNs.”

To see more about this ‘fabulous’ 2017 Conference: http://www.wimun.org/#!the-wimun-advantage/z1630

If you can’t wait until 2017 to find out more about UN4MUN, there is a Nov. 2016 Workshop description available: http://www.wimun.org/#!un4mun-workshop/zjlwq

Here is a 16 minute video promoting the use of Model UNs for the youth and what it will mean for them as future leaders. You really need to listen in. The speaker? A licensed psychologist.

Closing:

If you missed any of my previous UN articles, here they are:
1) How the UN used the recent Olympics for global agenda (*Note: since this article was published the International Olympic Committee has launched a 24/7 television channel.)
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/going-for-the-golden-games/

2) How the UN/UNESCO has rewritten American History:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/ftf-education-degradation/

3) How the UN is tied to ESSA, STEM, and more:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/ccssunesco-ideology-anyone/

4) How an on-line, global education opportunity reached all schools, everywhere; how it is part of the UN’s 2030 agenda and more:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/17/tech-thursday-global-day-for-education/

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?!

States Get Graded CCR, Style!

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How does your State stack up on CCR?

Hot on the heels of Dr. King’s confirmation as the Secretary of Education, Achieve, Inc. has released its report of grading each of the States on College/Career Readiness (CCR), a form of CCSS (Common Core State Standards). CCR is embedded in the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) several times.

Since Sen. Alexander felt it important enough to ball up his fists and bang them on the podium in expressing the need to ‘implement ESSA just as it was written’, we know CCR will be part of the process.

The Report from Achieve, Inc.:

First, the link to the website: http://www.achieve.org/state-profiles

Secondly, an excerpt of interest. For more than a decade, Achieve has issued an annual 50-state report on each state’s adoption of college- and career-ready (CCR) policies as reflected in state standards, graduation requirements, assessments, and accountability systems.”

A reflecting question:
Hmmm…wait a minute, CCSS is NOT a decade old, is it? IF CCSS is that old and CCR is a part of it (as I have previously proven and shared with you), why are we just seeing CCR instead of CCSS, especially in the ESSA?
The answer: As we know, CCSS is a toxic phrase, by switching the language to a not-so-well-known-name-of-the-same-thing, you impress folks that all is well. However, those fools didn’t count on savvy anti CCSS Warriors who KNOW no matter WHAT name is slapped on a piece of paper, when it comes to CCSS, it is ALL the same!

What the Report says:
“These individual state profiles, as well as a K–12 summary report, represent the first time that indicators of college and career readiness, from publicly available sources, have been compiled to paint a picture of college and career readiness in every state in this way. The report and accompanying state profiles illustrate that too few high school graduates are prepared to succeed in post-secondary education, the military, and careers.” 
My guess? Achieve, Inc. is painting a subjectively based picture. Why? How many times have we seen ‘research’ that is from one CCSS Machine member based on other CCSS Machine members findings? PLENTY!

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The Report gives you charts, percentages of CCR success based on SBAC, PARCC, SAT, AP, and ACT testing. It will give you a map of the USA color coded by degree of the following:
1) no current CCR standards or coursework in use
2) has current CCR standards/coursework, but will not publicly share that information
3) has current CCR standards/coursework and does publicly share the information.

Thanks to the language of the ESSA, all States will have CCR Standards, or Challenging State Academic Standards which must meet the assessments used.

The Report also gives you the name of each State’s diploma name. Be sure to read how many have some form of CCR in them! (One important note: while the introduction says all 50 States, all 50 State’s information is not included! Why? That pesky category #2 from above, not all the States publicly share CCR information. By the way, since you know I live in NC, I can share NC doesn’t publicly share its CCR information. Fortunately however, I have!)

Further in the Report you will find the CCR measurements of dual enrollment students, early college students, Tech School, and IB (International Baccalaureate) students. Since many homeschool students use AP, some IB, early college, Tech Schools, and dual enrollment (and since this will only increase in the ESSA) options for education, you can see how even these students do NOT escape CCR!

Access the Report: CCRHSGradsMarch2016

The Report’s Research and Methods? NCES (National Center for Education Statistics), College Board, ACT, Inc., and the Education Trust. ALL CCSS Machine members! Talk about subjectivity! Talk about massive data mining/sharing!

Part of the research and methodology included race, income, STEM, formative assessment scores, and military or post-secondary enrollment. To access the methodology: Achieve-Methodology-CCR_HS_Grads

If you live in a State which does not publicly share CCR information, Achieve, Inc. has you covered there. Use the link at the very top (will say ‘state profiles’). Scroll down to the portion of the website you see each State’s name. You can click there and access the findings Achieve, Inc. has been able to use to paint their picture. You can print off or download each of the State Reports if you choose.

Oh, and one last note: Achieve, Inc. believes in CCSS/CCR SO much they even provide you with a video on how to understand the Report at the bottom of the page. They seriously need a new set of paints and paintbrushes!

If you need more proof of the Achieve, Inc.’s agenda for aligned education, be sure to see their page: http://www.achieve.org/our-agenda
Don’t miss their proud work on their initiatives of Next Generation Science Standards, Competency Based Career Paths, and using CCSS to its fullest! See: http://www.achieve.org/our-initiatives

Special WYBI: CCSS Recaps

The "Would You Believe It?" Wednesday is back this week only!
The “Would You Believe It?” Wednesday is back this week only!

A recap of the ‘Recent Past’ and “Not-So-Recent-Past” in the best of the “Would You Believe It?! Wednesday articles. Grouped by topic to help you focus in on only the portion of anti CCSS info you can best use. Please note, these are only the Wednesday articles, I have many, many more on each of the topics below.

The Recent Past:

Just yesterday, a fellow educational activist, Nancy Bailey released her list of the most ‘wonderful blogs, books, websites’ from the past year. I am honored to share with you that Nancy’s article included my blog among her ‘rare coins’ she has been collecting. Also included as great anti CCSS resources are some of the fellow warriors I’ve come to know and trust.
The Florida Stop Common Core Coalition, Stop Common Core NYS, PW Withering‘s blog made Bailey’s list as well. Peter Greene‘s blog was featured as well. Among the books, Karen  Lamoreaux‘s “No Choice, No Voice” was called out. If you’d like to see the entire article, see: http://nancyebailey.com/2015/09/26/highlighting-websites-blogs-and-books/
(*Note: the article will feature all kinds of ‘education’ resources, not specifically anti CCSS ones)

Another anti CCSS Warrior, I’ve come to know, trust, and guest speak (via the phone) with her, is Anita Hoge. Anita’s been such an inspiration and her Twitter graphics for the anti CCSS Warriors to share and use to fight the illegally based education reform are terrific. You can find Anita on the Internet as well. I’m including her archives here which begin in 2015 and go back to 2013. See: http://www.newswithviews.com/Hoge/anitaA.htm
(*Note: Anita’s work on exposing how FERPA, Title 1 funding, and other funding is desperately needed to help fight the CCSS Machine.)

The Not-So-Recent-Past:

From my blog, divided by topic, are the articles filled with facts, documents, graphics, and more.

Thinking Skills/Play and Games:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/free-thinkers-not-needed/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/would-you-believe-it-fun-common-core-style/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/wybi-wednesday-ccss-and-critical-thinking/

The Standards, themselves/Assessments:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/will-this-be-delivery-or-dine-in/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/wybi-wednesday-assess-obsess-then-assess-again/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/wybi-wednesday-silent-classrooms/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/10/wybi-wednesday-common-core-promises/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/17/wybi-wednesday-summative-testing-task-force/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/wybi-fees-ccss-opt-out-mocking/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/wybi-ccss-and-ngss-where-dumb-meets-dumber/

UN/UNESCO/ global CCSS:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/would-you-believe-it-evil-hath-no-place-in-education/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/wybi-wednesday-ccss-and-the-altruism-movement/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/wybi-the-gtn-of-north-carolina/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/wybi-global-ed-for-all-through-2030/

Career Tech Ed/CCSS/Career Pathways, Career Clusters:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/wybi-wednesday-we-owe-our-souls-to-the-company/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/wybi-wednesday-icaps-common-core-and-more/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/wybi-wednesday-ice-chilling-our-education/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/wybi-nc-businesses-and-common-core/

Early Ed to Grad School:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/wybi-update-amping-up-the-common-core/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/wybi-new-america-ed-central-pre-k-to-high-pay/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/wybi-crystal-clear-common-core/

Homeschoolers and CCSS:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/wybi-wednesday-almost-snookered-into-common-core/

Post-Secondary, CCSS, CTE:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/wybi-wednesday-national-center-for-post-secondary-research-and-ccss/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/wybi-wednesday-flying-minds-common-core/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/wybi-ccsss-ego-issues/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/wybi-ccss-supporter-profiling-higher-ed-degrees/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/wybi-upskilling-america-part-1/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/10/wybi-sen-alexander-the-hea-and-next-america/

STEM, Education Waivers, and CCSS:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/wybi-wednesday-rttt-stem-ed-waivers-and-more/

CCR/CTE/CCSS/STEM for all educational choices:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/wybi-jhuy/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/wybiupclosewithnsf/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/wybi-job-development-grants-and-ccss/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/wybi-whats-in-a-word/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/wybi-stem-to-steam-ties-to-common-core-pt-1/

CCSS aligned communities:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/wybi-seeds-of-gates-for-ccss/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/18/wybi-the-elephant-in-the-ccss-room/

For the Anti CCSS Warriors:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/13/wybi-cc-warrior-advice-from-the-battlefielda/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/03/wybi-more-recap-for-anti-cc-warriors/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/24/wybi-recap-of-todays-anti-ccss-guest-apperance/

Closing:
Due to previous commitments, my anti CCSS morning interview normally has me unable to post a Wednesday article, however, this week only, that morning interview is scheduled for tomorrow (so no “Tech Thursday article”) at 9:30 am on the Negdog Radio Blog Talk Radio. You can catch me tonight, however, on the weekly Women on the Wall National Phone Conference Call. To access tonight’s free call: 302-202-1110, conference 702165. To access the Negdog interview, call 347-843-4165. Listen in, ask a question, make a comment. Time for the Women’s call is 8:30 pm, Central; Negdog’s is 9:30 am, Eastern. Both calls will be archived for your reference. I thank you for your continued support in my efforts to rid America of the CCSS Machine.

Terrific Tuesday! Anti CCSS News

Both the HR5 AND the HEA re-authorizations are being fast tracked!
Both the HR5 AND the HEA re-authorizations are being fast tracked!

Hi Anti CCSS Warriors, it’s been a whirlwind of busy times for the CC Diva, but have no fear, I’m back with anti Common Core news you can use!! I’m breaking from the my “From the Files” Tuesday to bring you important information. Please read on….

Fresh from the News:

The HR5, aka “Every Child Succeeds” Act (the most current name to the re-authorization of No Child Left Behind) is set to be back in front of our Congress members in the upcoming week. However, don’t stop there. The HEA, aka “Higher Education Act” re-authorization is ALSO being fast tracked. Why? Well for starters, BOTH are being re-written by the SAME pro CCSS/CTE Congress member. At least he’s heading up the re-write team. Sen. Alexander has a long track record of education reform that’s down right scary. Many anti CCSS warriors, myself included, have warned of his activity, some for a very long time, and others, more recent.

While the HR5 has gotten most of the spotlight due to the K-12th grade nature, please don’t overlook the post-secondary bill or think the CCSS/CTE moves begun in the HR5 will stop once your student graduates high school. Far from it, the purpose and intent is to CONTINUE the CCSS/CTE pipeline from one bill to the other! All the curriculum alignment, the assessments, and the data mining are locked in from PreK-20. But, stop to consider, what if I’m an older adult seeking to go back and earn a degree from a post-secondary school.. you’ll be in the pipeline too!

While I Was Away:

When I last posted it was a few days ago. Since then I’ve attended an out of state educational conference which catered to home educators. While Common Core wasn’t a main feature I did observe quite a bit of the CC in plain sight. Trouble was, not many noticed the Standards presence. Why is this an anti CCSS warrior’s concern? The CCSS Machine likes to be stealthy in being among those who educate in ALL school settings.

While those who brought up the fact they’d left the public school system in this state to home educate, most said they were anxious to find virtual schools or being placed in magnet schools, especially the STEM ones. Please do not misunderstand, I am NOT criticizing these school choices. What I’m pointing out is, that we, as anti CCSS warriors need to step up our game and help as many know and understand that ALL school choices have (or can have) CCSS/CTE in them.

For example, all school choices have access to many textbooks, virtual or physical. All school choices have teacher development workshops they can be a part of. (*Note: Not, the development for a home educator will not look like the ones a more traditional educator has, but I can speak from personal experience that I’ve attended workshops hosted by my state’s wildlife resources department where I was shoulder to shoulder with educators spanning the gamut of school choice and including elder care leaders. ) All school choices have field trips, camps, and other extra curricular events. The CCSS Machine has rolled out their agenda in a community wide effort. This includes our libraries, museums, and camps like STEM ones.  Proof has been offered to document each one of these facts. Again, others who are adamantly anti CCSS/CTE, myself included, have shared this knowledge. Don’t forget free curricula that’s CCSS/CTE aligned is also available to all school choices. For example, the Smithsonian Institution, the Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities (separate endowments), MIT online courses, Teaching Tolerance, and others all are CCSS/CTE aligned.

An example of the free online curricula available to all school choices and CCSS aligned.
An example of the free online curricula available to all school choices and CCSS aligned.

The Slick Goody Bags:

Another surefire way to identify CCSS/CTE while I was at this conference was via the slick ads in the goody bag I received once I walked in.  You know these bags, they’re the ones filled with ads for this company and that. Ads which help sell you on why this educational opportunity is the best thing since dirt was invented. As seasoned anti CCSS warriors, we should know what to look for that are easily recognized clues. Why? So we can help others learn to spot the CCSS Machine’s slick sales job!
The ones from my goody bag that I spotted right away:

NASA, the clues? STEM camps, classes and educator workshops, a Smithsonian Institute partner, Boy Scouts partner (yes, even the Boy Scouts are choosing to align to CCSS, that’s recent news, too.I’ll share more on that in a bit), and the fact that I’d already connected NASA to CCSS. In the slick brochure it was evident that these opportunities are available to all educational choices..including homeschoolers. The sad news: you pay for these opportunities, sometimes in pricey sums.

The CLEP brochure, the clues? The College Board logo. (*Note:Once upon a time, CLEP (meaning College Level Exam Program), was an ideal choice as an assessment for all school choices, but most especially home educated ones. ) As seasoned anti CCSS warriors, we know David Coleman is the ‘mastermind’ at College Board, but do others? The vast array of CCSS/CTE aligned CLEPs include: some foreign languages, science, math, composition, business, history, social sciences, and literature. The sad news: you pay to take these assessments.

Mr. D Math, the clue? SAT boot camps. The sad news? This former public school teacher has written not assessments for a HI public school rooted in the P20 community agenda, but has been featured in the RefinED publication discussing the 21st century math teacher. (*Note: RefinED is an active partner to the American Center for School Choice which is a social justice, education reform Walton family funded group. Walton is a known CCSS supporter)

Liberty University’s Dual Enrollment, the clue? The phrase ‘dual enrollment’. The sad news? I’d researched Liberty University in a previously published article exposing their CCSS alignment, especially in their education majors.

There are other slick brochures I can share, but that will be a follow up post for a later time.

Links to use to help educate others where CCSS/CTE is openly hiding:

Helping the Boy Scouts with virtual badges is the Computer Science Student Network. Their CCSS tie? Carnegie Mellon University and DARPA (a special arm of the Dept. of Defense) (*Note: We already learned as anti CCSS warriors that the DofD is participating in student data mining)
To access the above information, see: http://www.cs2n.org/about
To learn more about DARPA: http://www.darpa.mil/

NASA’s CCSS/STEM statement: http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov/media.html

Mr.D’s Math: http://www.MrDmath.com
RefinED’s statement of activity: http://www.redefinedonline.org/
American Center for School Choice: http://www.amcsc.com/
Walton Family Education Reform Grants 2013: http://2013annualreport.waltonfamilyfoundation.org/grant-reports/education-reform-grants/
The HI school with the P20 community agenda: http://www.kamaile-academy.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=197475&type=d&pREC_ID=422740

My Liberty University article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/fom-friday-christian-colleges-exempt-from-common-core-not/

CLEP’s College Board tie: https://clep.collegeboard.org/

Project Learning Tree (which provided the free curriculum at the educator based workshop I attended with others who educate in all arenas, as mentioned above) https://www.plt.org/correlations (*Note; you’ll also be able to find the Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, and other ‘non formal’ groups included here)

CCSS/CTE impacts ALL educational choices, don't be fooled!
CCSS/CTE impacts ALL educational choices, don’t be fooled!

 

Monday Musings: Two Wrongs, No Right

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Don’t look now, but NC’s gone CCSS dumber!

Okay, so it’s not new news about the love affair NC has with Common Core. However, the latest move to allow both K12, Inc. AND Pearson into the virtual educational airwaves of the state remind me of the “Dumb and Dumber” guys.

The Backstory:

While I’ll not give you the entire past account of NC’s Virtual Public School saga, I’ll tell you this, it’s CCSS aligned. It’s been offered as an option for home education students. It’s a crock! Tax payer funding AND student disservice..what two wrongs we have. So, has your state made a similar move?

The Legislation:

Giving the state CCSS via Virtual School, the NC General Assembly passed the following:
From 2011, the Funding formula legislation (meaning the fees charged to enroll in the virtual schools paid by homeschoolers, etc.)  HOUSE DRH70171-LE-129A

From a special report on NC’s Virtual Charter Schools, this excerpt, “Virtual education is not new to North Carolina. Created in 2007, the state-led North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) offers supplemental high school courses to public, private, and homeschooled students across the state. NCVPS is the country’s second largest virtual school and it continues to expand.” Not too long after this, is this bit of fact, “Digital, online, and virtual learning are no longer endeavors of the future. They are here. North Carolina education is becoming more technologically enabled daily. Entire local education agencies (LEAs) are utilizing 1:1 device initiatives, and the General Assembly has mandated that the State transition to digital materials by 2017. The education-technology world is ever evolving, and no one knows yet how expansive it might become. As the State embraces new methods of education delivery and technological advancements, it is important to remember that each is only one piece of a very large puzzle.”

More About the NCVPS from the report on virtual charters:
“The North Carolina Virtual Public School opened in 2007, serving over 195,000 students since that first year. It is the nation’s second largest state-led virtual school with over 50,000 enrollments in 2013-14 from all 115 LEAs and many charter schools. NCVPS offers over 150 different courses as a supplement to local high school course catalogues and includes Advanced Placement, Occupational Course of Study, electives, traditional, honors, and credit recovery courses. All courses are taught by teachers licensed in North Carolina and provide strategies for active student engagement through a variety of technology tools. Teachers are required to make personal contact with students and parents regularly to maximize the student-teacher relationship. Courses are free to students who enroll through their local North Carolina high school. NCVPS is available to home school and private school students for a fee. The law states that the director of NCVPS shall ensure: 1. Course quality standards are established and met. 2. All e-learning opportunities other than virtual charter schools offered by State-funded entities to public school students are consolidated under the NCVPS program, eliminating course duplication. 3. All courses offered through NCVPS are aligned to the NC Standard Course of Study. NCVPS is a supplemental program and is not a credit-granting or degree-granting institution. As such, the student’s face-to-face school awards all credit. Students typically enroll in one or two courses each term with the remainder of their courses taken at their face-to-face school. However, a small number of homebound students take their full course load through NCVPS, yet they are still officially enrolled in their local high school and are granted credit through that school. Currently, all courses offered by NCVPS are high school level courses, although many middle school students who need high school level opportunities enroll with NCVPS. Development of middle school level courses has begun and will be piloted in 2014-15. NCVPS is not the only supplemental option in North Carolina for virtual education. Recently, some LEAs have experimented with similar programs on a local level that offer courses to students in single districts. Because they do not offer courses beyond their borders, they do not fall under the purview of NCVPS.” If you wish to have the entire report, visit: http://www.ncleg.net/documentsites/committees/JLEOC/Reports%20Received/2014%20Reports%20Received/Study%20Virtual%20Charter%20Schools%20Report/Virtual%20Charter%20Schools%20Report.pdf

Was it 2005 or 2007?: 

In the above report’s excerpt, we saw the year 2007 was given as to when virtual public school began in NC. However, a NCVPS financial audit from 2014, says this, The North Carolina Virtual Public School was established in 2005 to provide students with free, online classes that are not offered at their local schools. The Virtual School began offering online courses to high school students in 2007 and later expanded its course offerings to middle school students. During the 2011-2012 academic year, student enrollment reached 49,189, up from 6,984 in the 2006-2007 academic year. The school offers more than 100 courses and serves all 115 school districts and 36 charter schools. Total expenditures during FY 2012 were about $19.7 million.” Did you see the portion about middle school students? One report says expansion to them was 2014-15, this financial audit doesn’t give a specific date, but has lumped it close enough to 2007, you might assume it was about the same time. You’ll want to access the audit. It gives a very interesting finding. Enrollment numbers inflated and teacher pay based upon enrollment. Virtual public schoolaudit

According to the NC General Assembly’s archives, HB2417 and Senate Bill 1616 from the 2005 legislation session gave $5 million dollars to the NC DPI (Dept. of Public Instruction) begin the virtual school. State Statute 116C-5 was modified to reflect the new type of school. See the Senate’s bill: http://www.ncleg.net/sessions/2005/bills/senate/pdf/s1616v1.pdf  House of Representative’s bill: http://www.ncleg.net/sessions/2005/bills/house/pdf/h2417v2.pdf

Related:
Interestingly enough in 2005, the Senate had a bill that’s been tabled for quite awhile, but COULD be playing into today’s educational snafu. The title of the bill was “Education Improvement Act of 2005” (SB 965). Part 4 of the Bill was subtitled, “21st Century High Schools”. You really should see this section. 

http://www.ncleg.net/sessions/2005/bills/senate/pdf/s965v1.pdf (*Note: you’ll notice in this bill it discussed the Governor’s plan for education. To see the General Statute it refers to: 

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/HTML/BySection/Chapter_116C/GS_116C-4.html )

To see the NC DPI’s financial information for the Virtual Public School: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/fbs/finance/ncvps/

To access the official Virtual School website: http://www.ncvps.org/ (*Note: be sure to look at the RttT and STEM page in the “About Us” portion. Look at the partners under the “Our Partnerships”. Leading the partners, SAS Inc. with the CCSS algebra portion.)

The RttT Funding:

Thanks to the Race to the Top funding, NC Virtual Public School got help.
Thanks to the Race to the Top funding, NC Virtual Public School got help.

From the 21-3-14 Race to the Top update, Virtual Schools were #8 on the priority list. Pages 18 and 19 of the report give all kinds of information about what’s been going on. Full report: Statewide Education Initiatives in RttT

The Latest Part of the Story:

This is where Pearson and K12, Inc. enter the story. From the Raleigh’s News and Observer edition (2/5/15), the CCSS supporters will gain access to our students via virtual charter schools. (Be sure to read the virtual charter study. Ask yourselves, what accountability does a charter school which is virtual have? Where’s the funding, etc.) To see the N and O’s story, http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/05/4533524_two-online-charter-schools-approved.html?rh=1

Buzzfeed have a similar story on 2/5/15, however their’s was a bit more revealing. It shared that because of a ‘rider’ in the state budget, that’s how the 2 pro CCSS companies gained a victory in having access to students. See: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mollyhensleyclancy/online-charter-schools-winning#.fg2VPO4AM1

Related articles:
Huffington Post has an entire page of articles on the poor performance of K12, Inc. See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/k12-inc/

From 2012, “Getting Smart” shared how NC blocked the K12, Inc. from operating in the state. See: http://gettingsmart.com/2012/06/north-carolina-blocks-online-public-charter/

From 2014, “NC Policy Watch” shared how NC blocked K12, Inc. via the State Board. See: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/tag/k12-inc/

From the John Locke’s Lockeroom, NC’s track record with Pearson. See: http://lockerroom.johnlocke.org/2015/02/11/politico-nc-dpi-gives-no-bid-contracts-to-no-good-pearson/

From NC’s DPI, just one of the many contracts they’ve awarded Pearson (you can use this link to access the one and then search for the others). See: http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/publicnotices/notices/2013-14/20140515-01

An announcement from 2013, June Atkinson writes  about Pearson’s presence. See: Pearson-IIS_Announcement

From LadyLiberty1885, in 2014, the contract Pearson got with NC Community Colleges (which are also CCSS aligned). See: http://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/10/12/pearson-equella-contract-for-nc-community-colleges-35284419/

The back door for Non Public Students to CCSS is the NCVPS. See the below screen shot to see how.

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So, what about your state? Is it providing for its students in the ways NC is? Have you looked at every corner of your state’s budget, state’s education legislation? Have you contacted any home school group or private school group to see if they are aware of the back doors? Don’t let your state get dumber when it comes to CCSS!

FOM Friday: CCSS “Can’t Be Wrong”?!

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.

What Could Possibly Be ‘Right’ About Common Core? In today’s post we’ll measure the latest ‘new evidence’ about Common Core in the classroom. Let’s get the Fib-o_Meter fired up!

First, the organization:

ASCD (formerly, The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) The website: http://www.ascd.org

“Total Truth”, each state has an ASCD Affiliate. So do several countries across the globe. The purpose? “Common values and goals”. (see: http://www.ascd.org/about-ascd/Affiliates/Directory/Affiliate-Directory.aspx )

"Total Truth", Gates funded ASCD Common Core resources since 2011.
“Total Truth”, Gates funded ASCD Common Core resources since 2011.

Next, The Book:

The new book that’s got the Fib-o-Meter all fired up? “17,000 Classroom Visits Can’t Be Wrong” by authors John V. Antonetti and James R. Garver, the designers of the Look 2 Learning model of classroom walkthroughs. ASCD is so proud of this book that you can not only buy a copy off the website, you can get a sample download of the book.

Fib-o-Meter’s guess is this is so you, too, as an educator can get started right away ‘doing IT correctly’.  Let’s see what we can find. Now, while I can’t give the download sample, I can point you to where to get it for your own research. Fib-o-Meter will help guide you on some of the biggest CC points. To get the sample: http://www.ascd.org/Publications/Books/Overview/Seventeen-Thousand-Classroom-Visits-Cant-Be-Wrong.aspx (be sure to click on the ‘excerpts, pdf’ near the bottom of the page)

Fib-o-Meter Spied The Following From the Sample: 

From Page 4: there was talk about ‘benchmarks’ being used as school effectiveness tool. “Total Fallacy” when you consider the entire ‘benchmarked CCSS’ myth has been busted open long ago. (see: http://pioneerinstitute.org/blog/blog-education/blog-common-core/common-core-was-neither-internationally-benchmarked-nor-state-led/ )

Page 4 also shares about “PLCs” (professional learning communities) guiding thoughts..Hhmm..when you consider the multitude of PLC workshops expressly for CCSS, I guess the guiding thoughts would be all about Common Core. (for example, see: http://www.schoolimprovement.com/how-to-make-friends-and-influence-people-with-the-common-core-standards/ ) If this isn’t enough for you, check out the agenda behind those 21st Century Community Learning Centers, which are also helping guide thought, blur lines, and so much more. (see: http://www.p21.org/). “Total Fallacy” for this entire topic! Why, a true PLC shouldn’t shove agendas, it should encourage individuality of the teacher, the respect for him/her to know what would be applicable, and the trust to pull it all off. You can’t have any of that when you are constricted by the CCSS. (see: https://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/tag/teachers-against-common-core/ )

Page 5 introduces the “TIMSS” (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study). Well, let’s see what the Fib-o-Meter can share. “Total Truth” that this study exists. However, bear in mind it’s part of the U.S. Dept. of Education. SO, objectivity is going to be somewhat skewed in regards to CCSS, don’t you think? (see: https://nces.ed.gov/TIMSS/)
“Total Fallacy” that we should even try to use the TIMSS in regards to CCSS, as revealed in this article by a guest for Pioneer Institute. (see: http://pioneerinstitute.org/news/why-common-cores-math-standards-dont-measure-up-by-guest-blogger-zeev-wurman/)

Other Things to Consider:

Fib-o-Meter found these things worth considering:

  • “Colleagues on Call”, considering they influence others, you want to note that the author featured in the Carnegie event is a co-founder of ‘C on C’. Think influence in education isn’t a big deal these days? You may want to consider where ‘C on C’ goes. According to their website, “ongoing partnerships with many schools, districts, service centers, professional organizations, and departments of education.” It is because of groups like this why we need to look further at who’s pushing the districts, the superintendents, and others straight into the CCSS Machine at break-neck speed (see the ‘related’ below). ‘C on C’s’ website: http://www.colleaguesoncall.com/our-work.php

Related to All This, Because They Handle School Leaders:

  • From a post I wrote as a guest on LadyLiberty1885’s blog last year is this excerpt. It shows that influences among leaders in schools, etc.
  • “One such  “group known as NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals). According their website, they have much help in aligning not only honor societies to Common Core, but they have a guide for school counselors. Look down at bit on the page and you’ll see the Hunt Institute, the Council of Chief State School Officers, IDEA Partnership, Council of Great City Schools and others. (Link)” (See the entire post: http://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/06/29/guest-post-how-common-core-standards-are-taking-over-our-national-honor-societies/)
  • To find out some “Total Truths and Fallacies” (I’m sure you can correctly match the truths/fallacies to the boldly highlighted words) from the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), see this excerpt below (the entire document: AASA_CCSS_Report):
  • “The CCSS-aligned tests were designed to assess student achievement, and any effort to rush implementation of them that includes using the test data to inform teacher evaluation is ill-conceived. Frustration over an arbitrary deadline to implement tests in a manner for which they were not intended threatens the good that stands to be gained from successful implementation of the CCSS and related assessments. Whatever happens in the news and the political debate, districts are already hard at work implementing these new standards and their related assessments. In order to see how the implementation of the new standards is faring, AASA conducted a survey of superintendents and administrators throughout the country in April, 2014. With 525 responses representing 48 states, the survey provides a glimpse into the planning and implementation of the new standards and assessments as well as the support superintendents are receiving from the state and community. Overall, most superintendents have already begun to implement the new standards, which they see as much more rigorous than previous standards. The new standards will increase students’ critical thinking skills and ensure that they are more prepared for college and the modern workforce than previous standards did. School and district staff are viewed as prepared and engaged in implementation of the new standards.”

Even Further Related to AASA:

AXA (partners with both the PTA, NEA, and the AASA). Interestingly enough, they also give out lots and lots of scholarships in America. (Find out what AXA is: https://us.axa.com/home.html) *Note: be sure to look at the Foundation arm, as well as the corporate one.

Aramark, helps uphold not only school leaders, but school meals. Here’s a document they have helped in supporting a  “Superintendent Forum” full of CC alignment. See: WP-NYSF_2013

Hobson’s, partners of AASA, as well. See their P-20 (Preschool to age 20) work: http://www.hobsons.com/about-hobsons/p-20-summit/
*Note: Be sure to look at all the curricula resources under the “Learn What We Do” tab.

NASSP Partners and Related Information:

Not to be left out of all the CCSS support from afar, the NASSP, has ‘friends’ too.

Prudential: Hardly the only insurance company to back the CCSS Machine, this one is special in the amount it has given to not only education, but Workforce alignment. (see: http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1154)

Wallace Foundation: See all 357 Common Core resource papers they have. http://www.wallacefoundation.org/Search/Pages/results.aspx?k=common%20core%20standards

Minnesota Life: Not only partners with NASSP, but insures “Coverage is also available to NASSP employees and advisors with: National Association of Student Council, National Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Junior Honor Society.” (refer to these groups above to see again how CC aligned they are)

Closing:

Well, I’m not sure about you, but I think the Fib-o-Meter’s dealt enough “Total Truth” for one day AND exposed enough “Total Fallacy” as well. The original statement the ASCD folks claimed was “17,000 Classrooms Can’t Be Wrong”. I know as long as Common Core is involved, those 17,000 classrooms will be grossly under-served. Right along with the millions of other classrooms left OUT of the book!

As far as those ‘Classroom Walk Throughs’ and how they relate to Common Core?..that’s another article unto itself.