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For What It’s Worth

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, for today’s article, I’ve got odds and ends to share. Each ‘odd and end’ is somehow connected to the CCSS Machine.

Think of it as you are cleaning out your closet. You know you’ve had the items for awhile. You know you’ve meant to pay attention to them before now.  I must confess, the last time I let items pile up in the closet was July 2018.

Let the ‘cleaning’ begin!

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Odds/Ends #1:

Proposed IRS changes will mean those education vouchers (or Education Savings Accounts) will mean more interference AND CCSS Machine alignment by  P3s (public private partnerships). How this ties to the current ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) mandates? More P3s in education; creating money trails which follow children and set up data raping files. If you missed how or why Education Savings Accounts are actually a toxic move, read my archived research.

The ‘starch in our underwear’ for this Odds/Ends is that the vouchers/education savings accounts are a trap. They promise ‘school choice’ which ESSA cannot deliver upon! Why? ESSA mandated that all education be the same in content: post-secondary readiness.

Also, think about it Warriors, if it is to be truly YOUR choice of where you money goes, why do you need (or want) the government’s strings? You do NOT need their permission to make a choice when it comes to your children.

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, you actually can weigh in on this. All public comments must be submitted to the federal government by October 11, 2018. The public hearing for the IRS changes will take place November 5, 2018.
(*Note: even some groups which are part of the CCSS Machine are protesting these changes.)

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Odds/Ends #2:

Borderless Teaching Academy is a small on-line community geared for homeschoolers. Especially those in K-2nd grade. I saw a Facebook ad for them one day last week. While I had my suspicions, I knew looking a bit closer at the new ‘school’ would be in order.

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Warriors, I’m sure you can spot the ‘stain’ of the CCSS Machine right away! Now what’s a bit disappointing for me, is the ad on Facebook simply said the ‘school’ was a community of homeschooling parents.
Sadly, as I looked around the website, I saw lesson plans for sale. In my mind, that’s not so much a community, as it is consumerism.
If you look at the founder for Borderless, you’ll see lots of traditional school class time and instruction.

When you click on the block where you see the CCSS logo, you’ll be taken to a page for Kindergarten lessons. Be sure to look, though. Read how this teacher wants you to teach Kindergarten.
Lessons are for sale, sight unseen. (*Note: while the page says for Kindergarten, the web address simply says ‘skills’.)

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Warriors, if you missed my look at how ESSA is harming our earliest learners, please go back and read it. Then, compare those leads to what you are seeing in 2018. If you believe homeschools are safe from ESSA, please refer to this.

Odds/Ends #3:

EdReports.Org, this was another lead to look further into. According to the information in the advertisement, all you need to help improve K-12 education, is passion and access to ‘high quality instructional materials’. Your ‘job’? Content reviewers for ELA (English Language Arts). Sounds kind of loaded, doesn’t it?!

Warriors, according to their 2017 Organizational Report, they are a non-profit with free resources for schools, districts, and are designed for education by educators.

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That said, the measuring for standards based education is STILL there. The CCSS Machine is still visible, too. How? In the EdReports.org Mission Statement you’ll ‘rigorous’ and ‘college career readiness standards’. You’ll also see the claim that the CCSS  aligned resources aren’t easy to spot, so these experts can help point you to them.

Warriors, to be honest not a lot of changes to EdReport.org have happened since I first exposed them in 2015. Their tie to the CCSS Machine (besides what is already showing?): The Annenberg Foundation.

Odds/Ends #4:

GSG Impact Summit 2018 was something I was sent on Twitter. The image was one which smacks of the CCSS Machine’s agenda not only for education, but globalism.

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So, what ‘tipping point’?According to the description for this Summit, these global investors want force such changes in our world that by 2020, it’s all about to tip their way. Read their agenda here. So why should we as education Warriors, be concerned with this type of investment meeting? Social impact in today’s world means social justice. Social justice is a UN led activity and is laced throughout every Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs). These Goals are embedded in American education. Impact investing involves P3s (public private partnerships). Impact investing brings bitcoins and blockchains (massive data raping systems).

Is education involved? You bet. Are there CCSS Machine member groups involved? Bingo! Among partners (some will be speaking) are the Ford Foundation, the Dell Foundation, USAID (a US government entity), the United Nations (UN’s) Social Impact Fund, and more. The entire list is here.

As far as other speakers who are HUGE in not only undermining education, but our nation? The Rockefeller Foundation, former Vice President Al Gore, Soros Economic Fund, The Brookings Institute, Harvard University, Merrill Lynch, MacArthur Foundation, and Prudential Finance. The complete list of speakers can be found here.
(*Note:My fellow Warrior, Alison Hawver McDowell has an archived article on one of the speakers, Sir Ronald Cohen. You’ll definitely want to read how his impact investing is sizing up America.)

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If you missed my recent in-depth look at the American involvement is Middle Eastern testing, find that here.

Odds/Ends #5:

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, this ‘too good to be true’ job is exactly that. Based in China, hiring Americans and based on the CCSS Machine education. If you look closely at the screen shot below, look at the perks: flexible hours/part-time and the big bucks you could make. According to the website, $14-22 per hour is possible. That’s tempting to many Americans. I’ve even had college students attempt to sign up, until they realized they’d be teaching CCSS English. No amount of money was worth that to them.

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In this teacher video, listen to how much is revealed, as far as the ‘behind the scene’ items.

Warriors, teachers are called ‘affiliates’ and you can earn almost $200.00 per person the more affiliates you get to sign up.  (*Note: find that on the ‘affiliates’ page from the website embedded above the screen shot.)

Look below at this screen shot. See the CCSS Machine at work?

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Warriors, did you know that the CCSS Machine member group Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) is the curriculum partner for VIPKids?

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To learn more about the proficiency based English which prepares students for ‘lifelong learning’, visit their page.

Odds/Ends #6:

Purdue University Global has recently begun advertising on the radio, on TV, and elsewhere. While I don’t have the script memorized it’s the standard ‘learn anywhere, anytime’ kind of hype. You’ll also hear something about faster degrees and lower costs.

Warriors, Purdue University is no stranger to the CCSS Machine. Back in May 2018, I showed you how the University was partnering with IN high schools to expressly pump up the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) portions of the UN’s global grasp on education.  In 2016, I showed you Purdue’s work in creating technology which has become our student’s nannies.

So, knowing all this, it’s no surprise that Purdue is offering ‘global university’. But, what IS a ‘global university’?  Well, first off, it’s accredited by the (HLC)  Higher Learning Commission. Second, all the courses are on-line and there are 180 to choose from.
(*Note: If you’ve been seeing or hearing a lot of Western Governor’s University ads, as I know in NC, they now have a ‘branch’, WGU is also tied to the HLC. The difference between Purdue and Western’s ads is Western only offers a few tracks for faster degrees. WGU was also featured in the embedded article above.)

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While Purdue University Global tells you there are corporate partners in education (website), they are not stating which corporations are involved. You have to request that information. However, I did find that back in 2014, Purdue was recognized for University Industry Partnerships. Purdue is also globally known for STEM. If you’d like to learn about the Purdue University’s Corporate and Global Office, visit here. (*Note: the Ford Motor Company is a corporate partner. Ford is HUGE in the CCSS Machine.)

 

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The companies here love CTE (Career Tech Education) and Career Pathways. They also are unabashedly supportive of CCSS and STEM.

Closing:

Well, Warriors, there you have it. The top Odds and Ends from my ‘closet’. I do have a few more items, but those will need to wait until I can dig a bit deeper. We’re finally in October 2018. May we stand firm and strong in our War Vs the Educratic Takeover.
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On a totally unrelated note, I hope you have heard by now that one of our fiercest Anti Common Core Warriors, Angela D. Weinzinger(California) has passed away. Her spirit and dedication to our children across the nation was always strong. Her fight against the CCSS Machine spurred many people on. Personally, Angela and I didn’t always agree, but I valued our differences. It made us better Warriors. If you would like to help contribute to the family Angela leaves behind, please visit the GoFundMe page set up for her.

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FTF: Education Degradation

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For those of us finding ourselves fighting against the modern education reform (Common Core, Next Generation, College/Career Readiness, Career Tech Education, etc.), it is increasingly alarming when the degradation of our nation is turning up in textbooks. The textbook above, is one geared for high schoolers, but there is also a post-secondary companion book. Both are FULL of not only CCSS, but a degraded view of America.

For today’s ‘From the Files’, we will look at how this ties to the global agenda which is part and parcel of the CCSSI (Common Core State Standards Initiative). This Initiative is alive and preserved in educational laws of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) and the HEA (Higher Education Act). The Initiative is also embedded in the labor law, WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act).

Where You Can Find the CCSSI in the ESSA:

As I have previously researched, written, and shared, the CCSSI is in 4 distinct locations of the ESSA, both in the Final Conference Report (the over 1,000 page document) as well as the Final Law Version (391 pages).

Back in January 2016, I wrote a series of articles designed for those running in elections so the candidates would be as armed as possible with HOW the ESSA would impact their districts, states, and our nation. It was in the second article of this series where I explained WHAT the CCSSI is. See this excerpt, “What do I mean by the CCSS Initiative? Simply put it refers to the entire scope of not only the CCS Standards, but the agenda which accompanies it; the resources (including curriculum and assessments); and ANYTHING else connected to the Common Core.” (*Note: if you missed that article OR simply wish to see what other evidence I presented, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/school-board-special-part-two/)

Since College/Career Readiness, Career Tech Education, etc. ARE parts of the Initiative, as well as connected to Common Core, the Initiative can be found in the HEA, too! See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/weekend-news-essas-untold-ties-to-hea/ (*Note: this article also shows you exactly HOW the WIOA is part of the Initiative as well!)

 

The Global Aspect of the Initiative:

This previously published article of mine, from 2015, will use the global ties to CCSS (and all its other names) as an example of where those in other States can find their global ties! See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/monday-musings-global-readiness-and-ccss/

This article about the UNESCO/CCSS Ideology exposed a K-12 textbook in use in the classrooms. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/ccssunesco-ideology-anyone/ (*Note: It also points you to the 21st Century UNESCO living goals. America has its version of these, too!)

 

The “American Nation” Book From Above:

According to Amazon, the secondary textbook was published by Harcourt (a well known member of the CCSS Machine) back in 1994.  However,  if you look closely at the screen shot above, you see Holt, Rinehart, and Winston (HRW). HRW is part of the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Hougthton Mifflin Harcourt is most definitely part of the degradation in education!

Notice in the screen shot above the author was Paul S. Boyer. If you do not know much about Boyer, that is about to change. Let’s start with the biography of his from the American Historical Association (https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/may-2012/in-memoriam-paul-boyer) Below is a screen shot of it. Be sure to click on the image to enlarge it in another tab on your computer. It is there you can see his ties to not only the UN (UNESCO), but Harvard (another well known member of the CCSS Machine).


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Be sure to listen to his interview where he discussed both books, the American Nation and the Enduring Vision. Notice how he is referred to as the ‘driver of a bus’. This means he is steering students to what to read, learn, and buy into! It is important to point out, as well, that much of the interview is geared for religion being included in history. The interview is in two parts: Part One is directly below.

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Part Two: 

Did you notice how the author shared that the books were (in 2009) on their 7th edition and how the constraints of the publisher dictated how many pages had to be excluded or shortened? This means not near as much content can be included in what students, high school or in post-secondary, learn!

The visual evidence of the American Nation textbook can be seen below. These are the pictures shared this past weekend on Twitter, both to my @commoncorediva feed and elsewhere by at least 6  dedicated anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors!

Source of this photo: http://www.evilworldnews.press/2015/10/18/new-world-order-in-school-book/
Source of this photo:
http://www.evilworldnews.press/2015/10/18/new-world-order-in-school-book/

Here is another look at the same high school textbook:

Amazon has this textbook ranked as one of its best selling textbooks.
Amazon has this textbook ranked as one of its best selling textbooks.

As far as the post-secondary Enduring Vision? It is part of Cengage Learning. I first wrote about the ties to CCSS/CTE and Cengage back in 2015 in a two part article set about ‘Upskilling our Nation’. See Part 2, where you can see HOW Cengage is tied to the degradation in education: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/07/tech-thursday-upskilling-america-part-2/

Below is a screen shot of how I was able to tie Enduring Vision to Cengage:

http://college.cengage.com/history/us/boyer/enduring_vision/5e/instructors/themes.html
http://college.cengage.com/history/us/boyer/enduring_vision/5e/instructors/themes.html

You can find the Enduring Vision on Amazon, too. Here is a screen shot of what I found when I chose the ‘Look Inside’ feature.

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Boyer and the UN/UNESCO:

As far as I can tell Paul S. Boyer can be found among the documents of the UN (United Nations). You need to know there is also a Paul D. Boyer with the UN. Paul S. is recognized as a historian, Paul D.  is recognized as a scientist. You can access this brief UN file of noted people/books where you will find Paul S. Boyer. Note the other topics and read their brief descriptions as well. I have not been able to find out WHY these people/books are grouped this way. That is certainly a question which needs answering.
Access the file: Veryshortintro

UN/UNESCO and the Global Education Movement:

Related to the topic of today’s article is this 1996 UN Report on Global Education. Why this one? Boyer’s first publication date of the textbooks featured above has been reported as 1994. This 1996 Report is just two years after that. You can find, on page 81, the heading Education Reform for Change. America is specifically mentioned here. Get the entire ReportUN1996

From my previously published work, this excerpt, “This article details the plan for global Common Core (or Common Core-like) education through the year 2030.
It ties the UN, UNESCO, the Gates Foundation, and others together. Not too surprising if you’ve fought the CCSS Machine for awhile, but if you’re new to the battle, this is a vital piece.” See the article I am referring to:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/wybi-global-ed-for-all-through-2030/

Closing:

I thank those Warriors who have shared their findings with me and who have asked for my help in finding out more. Knowledge is power, so keep the information coming. I will continue to do my best to research any leads. As far as exactly WHEN and HOW Boyer shifted from the interviews above to the pictures you see has yet to be uncovered. What is clear is that the words spoken and the words printed do NOT reflect the same message.

CCSS/UNESCO Ideology, Anyone?

It’s a great day to be alive and fighting for the RIGHT kind of education for our students, don’t you think? I do! As an Anti Common Core Warrior, I have the privilege of working with some of the MOST patriotic, dynamic, and dedicated people I have ever met.

Warriors, just because the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is now law is NOT the time to back down from our fight for our students. It is a time to step up and fight for our nation!

What do I mean? We have seen time and time again, evidence which points out in great detail how anti-American our textbooks, on-line courses, and everything related is becoming. We also know, that the importance of being ‘globally competent’, or a global citizen is also gaining momentum via the Common Core Standards, the College and Career Readiness Standards, or any of the other names the alignment is hiding behind. How? The United Nations as well as the UNESCO overreach into American education (at all levels and available to every school choice).

The Project Veritas (PV) folks broke their 3rd anti CCSS video earlier today and has helped expose the anti-American ideology in our schools!! (See: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/01/21/exclusive-former-pearson-exec-reveals-anti-american-agenda-in-common-core-on-constitution-guns-christianity/)
We have seen countless other examples of this via social media well before this breaking news. However, their news is HUGE for the reasons below:
1) This 3rd video also verifies the twisted AP (Advanced Placement) U.S. History rewriting!
2) The importance of the PV undercover work is we now have people who are responsible being identified! We can now have the face and name of someone who has helped the CCSS Machine ruin our educational system. Why is this important? Testimony!!
3) It also absolutely confirms all the evidence we have seen in our students’ homework. I am so thrilled the undercover reports are surfacing. Please, share with everyone! You can visit Project Veritas’s website to gain access to the first 2 videos as well, those took on the textbook money making scheme. (See: http://www.projectveritas.com/)

All this said, we know that there is even more anti-American/global citizen out there in our society, most especially our schools. Here is what I found recently….

 

2003 Ideology?!:

What if I told you I found some global ideology from before CCSS’s supposed implementation date? Recently, as I was preparing for a very important presentation before a great group of concerned citizens, I got out my CCSS filled collection of textbooks (would you believe parents are still asking to see textbooks so they can know what is in them?). Among them is the Teacher guide, Student Textbook, and the complimenting Workbooks for a NC (North Carolina) specific Social Studies book titled “Horizons”. This particular set I have was published in 2003.  But that is not why I had the set. It was the publisher’s name! I knew, from all the years of research that Harcourt (as in Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt) was a sold out provider of Common Core Standards. (See PV’s first video revelation from one of their, now, ex-employees).

Most of us have assumed most textbooks prior to about 2008 were ‘safe’ (as far as indoctrinating materials tied to the CCSS). So, image my surprise when I stumbled upon what you see below:
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Wait a minute, Lynne..You said ‘CCSS indoctrination’, the picture says ‘UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) ideology’! Are these related? Are they the same?  Let’s find out. In a set of points, I can point you to how the CCSS and the UNESCO ideology and the indoctrination have been with us longer than we first thought. (Please let me state I am certainly not the first one to discover the connections, nor will I be the last. It just seems fitting to show that as early as 2003, our states were laying foundations of alignment we didn’t see before us.)

*Notice the textbook uses “Citizenship”, “Common Good”, and “Democratic Values” as the main points. In an Constitutionally honoring education, our students would know that America is a Republic, NOT a democracy!

*Notice the name of the school in the feature box, ‘Farmington Woods Elementary’. It is a public school in the Wake County (NC) Public School System (one of the most CCSS friendly school systems in the entire state). See the website,  http://www.wcpss.net/farmingtonwoodses 


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*Notice the IB-PYP (International Baccalaureate-Primary Years Programme (International English spelling)

*As an UNESCO created school, IB-PYP Programs are for students ages 3 to 12 years. As a globally minded school, any ideology will be UNESCO in nature, not American! There is a 3 step goal cycle the IB-PYP has. It is called the IB Global Action Cycle. ‘Reflect, Choose, and Act’.

*According the the IB Schools website, the IB-PYP prepares students, 3 years to 12 years, to become active, caring, and, lifelong learners. They are to respect themselves as well as others. That all sounds nice, right? The website goes on to explain what this respect means. (paraphrasing is mine) Being involved in the world. Of course the goal of all this ideology is to educate the ‘whole child’.

If your school wishes to become part of the UNESCO led IB schools, your school must be authorized to do so. The IB-PYP education framework is as follows: Knowledge, Concept, Skills, Attitudes, and Actions. The 5 rigor pillars of an international education. Want to learn more? See: http://www.ibo.org/programmes/primary-years-programme/curriculum/

If you want to see the UNESCO’s vision for 21st Century Learning:
http://en.unesco.org/themes/education-21st-century
If you want to see the American arm of these visions, see:
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/worldwide/education-regions/europe-and-north-america/

*Looking at the UNESCO’s arm which oversees curriculum development that impacts America, it goes back 90 years. Which explains the 2003 UNESCO/IB ideology in the textbook, “Horizons”. (See: http://www.ibe.unesco.org/en)

*That ‘lifelong learning’? Which we have heard the CCSS Machine grind out in so many ways? Not only will you find it in the UNESCO and IB ideology, but in the new ESSA law (Every Student Succeeds Act), too.  It will continue to be a banner buzz phrase in ‘College and Career Readiness’, too! How will this connect to the ESSA? Informal or non-formal learning via educational facilities,  learning settings and their education related services, groups,  and/or activities. (Think museums, libraries, etc.) See the UN’s research:
http://www.uil.unesco.org/lifelong-learning/recognition-validation-and-accreditation/global-perspectives-recognising-non-0

 

Related and previously published:

Here is one article I published back in Sept. 2015, where you can find a grouping of not only UNESCO researched articles, but College and Career Readiness, too.
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/30/special-wybi-ccss-recaps/

From 2014, where I found the Common Core alignments via the local public libraries:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/monday-musings-hitting-the-books/

Since culture is a big component of the global ideology, you might be interested in the CCSS alignment of the Humanities:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/terrific-tuesday-anti-ccss-news/
AND https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/wybi-stem-to-steam-ties-to-common-core-pt-1/

My collection of IB School research (even features a real interview from an IB student):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/?s=International+Baccalaureate

Answering the Question:
So are the CCSS indoctrination and the UNESCO ideology the same or related? It is my researched evidence which points to a simple, ‘yes’. Now, a more in-depth answer is also from evidence based research, in a multitude of ways they are related. (after all Gates signed a 2004 agreement with UNESCO to create a one world curriculum. See: Berit Kjos’s publication, Common Core: A Global Education) You might be interested in this previously published article of mine where you can find the global education declarations America is now embracing, thanks to some degree of the UN. https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/17/tech-thursday-global-day-for-education/

Another part of the answer, of course, is definitely revealed in the Project Veritas video released today. While I offer my evidence as a compliment to the Project, it is in no way to supercede their awesome work. I, like you, my Anti CCSS Warriors, am so excited to see what else the Veritas folks can capture on video/audio!

HMH Exposed, Post Your Complaint!!

Just released this morning by Project Veritas, this undercover video is key to the War Against the Core!

I have written about Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) several times. They publish books for every aspect of education. This includes textbooks, teacher development, and more. They host on-line classes for every aspect of education, too. Every type of school choice is also included in the reach of HMH. In the above video, there is language. There is also a political jab. There is negative talk about home education and charter schools. But most importantly, there is TRUTH we can use.

While helping Project Veritas share this bombshell (as we are asked to do once we watch this), I received a comment from a parent I wish to share. She has mixed feelings about the breaking news.
Her words are paraphrased to protect her identity. “I am happy the news has been broken, but what good will it do? It won’t change anything.”

My fellow anti CCSS warriors, we MUST make sure to use this breaking news as a tool to create enough outrage that things DO change!

We have known,for quite a while, the CCSS Machine’s greed was the driving force. Now we have proof.


ICYM Them, Or Wish to Review:

My articles on just how deep into CCSS and CTE (Career Tech Education) HMH is:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/?s=Houghton+Mifflin+Harcourt

Each will show you alignment for educational leaders, assessments, data mining, religious schools, homeschools, and private schools. You can see partner connections to other CCSS Machine members, see which federal departments are connected, and much more. Information is power, and, my Warriors, we have it!

If You Wish to Voice Your Outrage to HMH:

Hit them up on Twitter (where they have tweeted nothing but more pro CCSS hype) by using @HMHCo
Call the U.S. A. Home office (after all they are a global education company) 1 (800) 323-9239 (Tech Support number) 1-617-351-5000 (Customer Care)
Use the following link for contact information, notice the different areas of education are broken into categories. https://customercare.hmhco.com/contactus/contact_us.html
Better yet, visit the following Customer Care link. Then look at the bottom right hand corner where you will see a flashing gold box “Post Your Complaint” (see below)
You get 3,000 character spaces to voice your views.
http://allcustomercarenumbers.net/Customer-Service-Number-Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt-013493

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As you might expect, HMH is feeling the backlash already (see below):
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Sic’ ‘Em Saturday: Grab a CAPE, CCSS Warriors!

Thanks to an avid supporter of my blog, I recently received a tip that the profit making, CCSS writer, David Coleman was a guest at a CAPE event. What’s CAPE? CAPE stands for the Council for American Private Education. Website: http://www.capenet.org/states.html

Not every state is a CAPE member.
Not every state is a CAPE member.

CAPE was founded in 1971 by 8 different private school related groups to ensure there was a unified voice for private schools. Fast forward to ” Today CAPE is comprised of 18 national organizations serving private elementary and secondary schools.” CAPE is considered to be the prominent voice for private schools across the nation. It also has close ties with federal funds. We know federal funding usually means strings are attached..especially in education. Those 18 member organizations? Here they are: Augudath Israel of America, American Montessori Society, Association Montessori International-USA, Association of Christian Schools International, Association of Christian Teachers and Schools, Association of Waldorf Schools N.A., Christian Schools International, Council on Educational Standards and Accountability, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Friends Council on Education, Lutheran Church, MO Synod, National Association of Episcopal Schools, National Association of Independent Schools, National Catholic Educational Association, National Christian School Association, Oral Roberts University Educational Fellowship, Seventh Day Adventists Board of Education, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and WI Evangelical Lutheran Schools.

Before I had a blog of my own, I did some guest writing on LadyLiberty1885′ s blog. It just so happens that at least 3 of the organizations above are ones I exposed as having Common Core ties. Which ones? American Association of Christian Schools, National Christian School Association, and the National Association of Independent Schools. See: http://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/07/07/guest-post-common-core-in-charters-private-homeschools/

I also have been able to uncover Catholic Church Support for CCSS. See ‘Sara’s Story’, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/sic-em-saturday-when-your-faith-based-school-uses-ccss-assessments/

 Here’s a screen shot you’ll want to see:

CAPE's promo video (not featuring Coleman)
After much searching of CAPE’s website I wasn’t successful in finding when Coleman spoke. I think we can guess what he had to say, however.

CAPE appears to really be on the preschool development grant ‘bus’. This archived pdf of their in house publication features not only their support for more preK, but the re-authorizing of ESEA. See: http://www.capenet.org/pdf/Outlook394.pdf  This next pdf is where CAPE expresses support for expanded school choice. As we’ve seen and learned from other anti CCSS experts, the school choice arguement has shown that once CCSS in thoroughly embedded, there will be NO choice. See: http://www.capenet.org/pdf/Outlook374.pdf The smoking gun for me in all these publications: look at who the CAPE writers keep citing as their resources! All pro CCSS groups.

CAPE is fully supportive of not only the re-authorization of ESEA, but the HEA (Higher Education Act) as well. In case you didn’t see my earlier article about why the HEA is a bad bill (much like the ESEA’s newer version), here’s the link: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/tech-thursday-more-on-the-hea-higher-ed-act/
All CAPE schools awarded the Blue Ribbon status of  the U.S. Dept of Ed’s Blue Ribbon School Program will have an application to fill out. One component for each of the CAPE schools that is on the private school application? Assessments. The funny thing about those assessments is IF they are CCSS aligned, then by process of need, you’ve have to have CCSS aligned curricula or lessons somewhere. See the CAPE U.S. Dept of Ed Blue Ribbon Application Verification : http://www.capenet.org/brs.html#verification
See the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Blue Ribbon application (where both public and private school parameters are laid out): http://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/2015/2015-application.pdf

Since there are so many CAPE Blue Ribbon Schools, let’s look a bit more closely at one as as an example to discover just how CCSS aligned they are (or aren’t). Using the CAPE website, I was able to find the 2014 Blue Ribbon Schools.
Since I live in NC, I chose to see how many Blue Ribbon Schools there were. Less than 1 dozen, and all public schools. So, in seeking out a private school near me, I found a Roman Catholic private school in SC.

It serves K-8th grade. According to its website, “curriculum based on NCTM and State Standards“. The site does go on to say it uses Singapore Math, 2010 edition. *NOTE: Depending on what publication year of Singapore Math you use determines if it’s CCSS aligned or not. When my private school students were using the curricula, it was most definitely NOT CCSS. SM, sadly has gone over to the CCSS side. All that said, however, consider this: the 5th grade sample math lesson I accessed from McDougal Littell .5thsc

If you don’t know of McDougal Littell, that’s okay. You are about to find out. McDougal Littell is part of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing. When I searched for McDougal Littell, it redirected me to Holt McDougal. I clicked there are was taken to Hougton Mifflin Harcourt. (follow the CCSS trail: http://www.mcdougallittell.com/ml/ from there you can go to HMH) HMH is a huge CCSS profit making company. Once you access their site, be sure to see the Singapore Math section.
Getting back to the McDougal Littell sample for 5th grade, the website did say it was a NCTM 2000 Standard. (see: http://www.classzone.com/cz/books/msmath_1_na/resources/applications/homeTutor/media/standardmenu.html?state=SC) However, that leads us to a question:  Just when did NCTM Math go over to the CCSS?
From one of my very first articles, here’s an excerpt that can help us answer the question: 1989– Nat’l Council of Math Teachers (NCMT) create standards as do the American Assoc. for Advancement of Science (AAAS); 1993– benchmarks for science literacy created (Project 2061); 1994– Goals 2000 joined science & math with the “Improve America Schools Act”, ESEA was re-established; 1995– NCMT determines need to examine standards periodically, thus creating the first piece of the foundation for 21st Century goals.”

From the NCTM’s own website, here’s their executive summary of those 2000 Math Standards: http://www.nctm.org/uploadedFiles/Standards_and_Positions/PSSM_ExecutiveSummary.pdf

Next, be sure to read the NCTM’s position paper on CCSS: http://www.nctm.org/ccssmposition/
Then follow that up with the 2013 letter from the NCTM president urging the continued support of CCSS. See: http://www.nctm.org/News-and-Calendar/Messages-from-the-President/Archive/Linda-M_-Gojak/Stay-the-Course_-Supporting-Success-with-the-Common-Core-State-Standards/

The Language Arts of This Example School:
  Well, that was just the math for our private example school. So, is the LA also CCSS aligned? Yes. This school uses the “Superkids Reading Program”. Here’s the link to the Superkids CCSS ELA alignment:
http://www.superkidsreading.org/superkids-reading-program/common-core.php
The Rowland Reading Foundation publishes “Superkids”. So who is Rowland? It’s a non profit, according to its website. (No, Gates Foundation database returned a ‘no entry by that name’ response.) Here are the funding sources they list: “• Investing in Innovation (i3) • Race to the Top (RTTT) • School Improvement Grants • Title I, Part A • Title II, Part A: Teacher & Principal Training • Title III, Part A: English Language Acquisition • Title V, Part A: Charter School Programs • Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), Part B • State-specific funding sources • Private and corporate funding sources” What’s odd is that you are invited to learn more about the grants they receive, yet when you access the link they provide, you get a ‘page does not exist’ response. You know me, I’ll keep looking! Federal funds can be accessed: http://www.superkidsreading.org/grants/federal-funds.php
State funds: http://www.superkidsreading.org/grants/state-funds.php
Private funds: http://www.superkidsreading.org/grants/private-funds.php

Click to enlarge the State funding requirements for “Superkids”:
superccss

Lastly:

Here’s CAPE’s promo video, listen up for the educratic buzzwords we know to be CCSS, without ever using the phrase “CCSS”:

Your action (sic’ ’em) steps to take away from all of the above:
1) start digging into those private schools
2) make some noise about what you find
3) help dispel the rumor that CCSS doesn’t impact those outside the public classroom
4) hold your private school leaders accountable!

Sic’ ‘Em Saturday: Do You Know NASBE?

This national group has deep pockets..and lots of hands in them.
This national group has deep pockets..and lots of hands in them.

Before the CCSS, a Brief History:

The National Association of State Boards of Education is a public policy, non profit group since 1958. They are dedicated to helping your state B of E be even stronger. Given CCSS’s grasp on our state Bs of E..we’re in trouble. (more history: http://www.nasbe.org/about-us/about-nasbe/)

Enter, Mr. and Mrs. Gates:

Well over $1 million dollars from GF to NASBE. So much for objectivity in education.
Well over $1 million dollars from GF to NASBE. So much for objectivity in education.

Click on the screen shot above to see just how many dollars the Gates have granted the National Association of State School Boards of Education. Here’s a very brief description of each of the years. Website address is on the left hand side of the screen shot.

2005’s grant: to redesign high schools via leverage tools

2006’s grant: to address those high school redesign priorities

2009’s grant: regional meetings across the nation to ‘increase knowledge’ about CCSS

2011’s grant: building capacity to implement CCSS across the nation

2013’s grant: more implementation money for CCSS to survive and thrive

2014’s grant: money for student data safeguarding

Jump In, the Rest of the CCSS Gang is Here!

By no means are the folks at Gates Foundation the only CCSS supporters who are unabashedly partnering with the NASBE. Here’s the short list of the Backers for the Common Core with their hands in your state’s Boards of Education:

Pearson Publishing, Inc.

The Wallace Foundation

AdvancEd

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers

CTB-McGraw Hill

K12, Inc

College Board

ACT, Inc

See the rest of the gang at: http://www.nasbe.org/about-us/partners/   *Note: you’ll be sure to recognize almost all of the logos of those who support Common Core, don’t forget those who are included and don’t have a logo featured.

Navigating the Website:

Now that you know how subjective this non-profit is toward education and Common Core, be sure to look into their policy briefs. Handy for your research are downloads galore.

Topics that need our action on a citizen level (our action steps for today’s post) include:

Focus on the ‘curriculum and instruction’ topic (the most recent information is 2013), the ‘assessments’ (includes the Next Generation Science Standards), ‘standards and accountability’ (repeats some of the other downloads), ‘teaching’ (includes calling students ‘human capital’). What’s truly sad is there is absolutely NOTHING in the ‘education data privacy’ topic!

What may be  surprising (especially if you’re new to fighting the Core): The Centers for Disease Control partnering with NASBE. Think there’s not a connection between CDC and student data? Here’s a pdf I found from the Stop Common Core New Hampshire’s site: Wellness-Evaluation
To see what the Stop CC NH folks have, be sure to see their website: http://stopcommoncorenh.org/sccnh/category/privacy/page/3/   *Note: look for the “Gilman Health and Wellness Survey” post.

To see the CDC’s other data mining tools:  http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/surveys.htm 

Some related articles:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/from-the-files-health-care-gets-a-common-core-transfusion/ (my article where I show you the Mayo Clinic’s involvement and more)

Freedom Project Education’s You Tube video with Dr. Pesta and Mary Black, features where in the health care reform Common Core is primed for action. (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OPpbQWg9X8 )

What You Can Do Now:

If you live in a state where your state level education people are elected, great! You are the TRUE power, not these CCSS bloated organizations! If you live in a state where those in charge are appointed, work to take the power of the people BACK to the people! Get to know how the State Board of Ed interacts with the state government. They MUST work together somehow. Is there a link your anti CCSS group can use a grain of sand that will quickly gain speed? If so, jump on it! If not, continue to beseech your officials to LISTEN to the people. Continue to use all the evidence you can to show those in charge. Many have very little clue as to just WHAT Common Core is OR the fact that it is in SO many places we were not informed of. We can’t afford to be blindsighted anymore than we’ve already been by the CCSS Machine!

A special shout out to all the Patriots Against Common Core.
A special shout out to all the Patriots Against Common Core.