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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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Sic’ ‘Em Saturday: Open Letter to CCSS Assessments

Imagine, those who make the assessments, That the child you see is YOURS.
Imagine, those who make the assessments, that the child you see is YOURS.

A special edition of my “Sic’ ‘Em Saturday. My thanks to whomever created the graphic you see above. What you’ll find my anti CCSS warriors, is a letter I’d love to see written to any of those CCSS assessment writers.

To my Mom or Dad,

I HATE the TESTS you write! If you think I get an exemption from the assessments, I don’t! I AM included in the masses of test takers and/or assessments you’ve created. I know you’ve done your best to raise me to be my own person. There are many things I tell you, but there are many things I don’t. I can’t possibly talk to you about this, so I’m writing it all down.

Mom, Dad, I do not understand why or how you can be proud of what you’ve done to my friends and I.

You’ve told me Common Core State Standards weren’t that bad; that they’d help me become a better student. You told me the work would ‘toughen me up’, that I needed to stop complaining or crying so much. I HAVE tried. I still feel stupid. Especially when those tests I saw you writing come up. You tell me you love me, yet I’m to answer questions I don’t know? When I told you why my scores were so low because I hadn’t been taught about the test subject yet, did you listen? My friends thought because you are my parent, I’d know the answers. They don’t understand how you could be so mean. I don’t get it either.

I’m to care about the environment. I’m to care about others. That’s what you’ve taught me at home. Yet, I see how what you do is harming others every day. How do you sleep at night? I know I’m very sad that you are being so unfair to me when you make assessments so hard no one passes them. How does that make me tough? I try my best, but it’s not good enough. I wish I hadn’t been born sometimes. Sometimes I even wish you weren’t my parent.

I’ve got some kids at school I know who are telling all of us about those who’ve discovered how my privacy is being invaded. How, all those things I don’t want others to know about me are being shared around the world. Is this true?! Mom, Dad, you KNOW I hate that. Why are you allowing this to happen to me?! I don’t go around sharing your secrets (at least not to the entire world), so WHY are you writing programs that share MY stuff?! You tell me to respect you, but how can I? You aren’t respecting me..or anyone, when you violate my privacy.

Another thing:  all these tests, programs you write, and assessment stuff you help create; you’re always gone or on the phone with someone else. You don’t know I hear you talk, but I do. Who is Pearson?  Why do you like him more than me? Who is he? Why do you go to his house so much? I wish you want to spend time with me. I miss our days where we could just see each other. If you’re not on the phone, computer, or gone, you’re too tired to hang out. If this is being an adult, I’m not sure I want to be one. You taught me I’m not supposed to cheat, but I see you do it everyday. I see you cheating all of us with your work. If this is what productive, successful work is like, I don’t think I will do it. I don’t like what I see at all in my future. Especially when I don’t see the justice you keep telling me I’m to strive for.

Mom, Dad: give us justice in our education; not just tests. Let us see the justice of your love and care, not the injustice of tests mattering more than we do.

*This letter is especially dedicated to all those students who didn’t ask for school to be like this, but must suffer it on a daily basis.