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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!



FOM Friday: Christian Colleges, Exempt from Common Core..NOT!

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.

How many times have we heard that ONLY public schools have Common Core Standards? If you’re like me, you’ve heard this out and out fallacy TOO many times. However, how many folks have you met who still think Christian universities are exempt from the Standards? Yes, you read correctly, Christian universities. Many of us anti CCSS bloggers have covered the ways in which Common Core has been inserted into K-12 Christian schools, but yet, many don’t stop to realize, the post secondary world of education for those who are Christian is just as full of Adult CC.

First on the Fib-o-Meter, Concordia University:

Originally founded over 100 years ago by the Lutherans in Missouri, today CU has 3 physical campuses and on-line classes as well. All campuses, on-line or on-site are committed to the highest educational standards, care, compassion, and a Christian viewpoint. Hmmm….then why are there master degrees available for Common Core Standards, Career Tech Education, STEM? (see below)

What a tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive.
What a tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive.

For this undeniable proof, rating this on the Fib-o-Meter will be tough. Why? No statement saying ‘we don’t support Common Core’ is on the website I accessed, yet they are clearly teaching how to teach Common Core. Thankfully, Dr. Karen Effrem with the Education Liberty Watch was present at a California meeting recently. Dr. Effrem was speaking against Common Core, one of the supporters? Dr. Doug Grove of Concordia University. Dr. Grove is the Assistant Provost for Adult, On-line, and Graduate courses. (see the minutes from the Orange County School Board Meeting: http://www.ocde.us/Board/Documents/11.12.14%20BOARD%20AGENDA%20PACKET.pdf, scroll down to page 16) To access Dr. Effrem’s report: http://edlibertywatch.org/2014/11/elws-dr-effrem-participates-in-major-debate-on-common-core-with-national-experts/

So, NOW we can run this through the Fib-o-Meter much easier. Sorry, Concordia, you teach “Total Fallacy” with Common Core aligned classes. Concordia’s website address, should you want to look deeper, http://education.cu-portland.edu/

Oh, I almost forgot, another “Total Fallacy” for offering each new student a laptop ready to data mine! (visit the website to see what I mean)

Next up, Regent University:

Here’s another big named Christian based university. Let’s see what we can find out about their adherence to CCSS, if any. Website: http://www.regent.edu/ Their tag line, “Christian Leadership to Change the World”.

Well, one of the first clues they are Common Core friendly is the offer to Veterans. Now, do not misunderstand me, I love our Veterans! However, because of the federal funding attached to their higher education, I already know the university will HAVE to be CCSS aligned. Under the newer version of the Perkins Act is the first alignment, then under the new Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (for more about the military financial aid and how it’s tied to the U.S. Dept. of Ed, http://www.military.com/education/money-for-school/federal-student-aid.html)

Then there are the CCSS aligned required textbooks for education majors,

1. Teaching Common Core Math Standards, Author: Muchala, Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Ed: 1st, 2012, Nook ISBN: 9781118237281; Hard Copy ISBN: 9781118108567
2. Learning to Love Math, Author: Willis, Publisher: Association for Supervision &
Curriculum Development, Ed: 1st, 2010, Nook ISBN: 9781416612285; Hard Copy ISBN: 9781416610366

There are even more books in the education major that will more than qualify. Pearson Higher Ed is used for teaching literacy. There are books on social emotional learning, too. If you want to access the entire textbook list, http://www.regent.edu/acad/schedu/pdfs/textbooksFA14.pdf

Sorry, Regent, if this is your idea of Christian leadership, I’d have to pass. For misleading vets, “Total Fallacy” (not to mention disgraceful). For implanting CCSS into future teachers, ‘boo’..and a “Total Fallacy”.

What if my Christian College is part of a larger denomination’s umbrella?

Great question! For example, the Southern Baptist Convention has a very large co-op/partnerships with colleges and universities in 19 states (and not just in the South). So how does a set up like this avoid Common Core, if at all possible? First, let’s consider their statement of relationship status. Right off the bat, the Convention’s listing tells you it is a courtesy to have all this information in one location. The next part is a bit tricky, so here’s a direct excerpt, ” With the exception of the five theological colleges associated with our SBC seminaries, the Southern Baptist Convention has no direct connection with any of these institutions. It provides no funding. It elects no trustees. Each institution is related to one of our partnering Baptist state conventions.”  After this distinction comes the money part. There’s a co-op agreement between the colleges/universities, the churches AND the Convention. Any scholarship or financial funding must come from each separate school as per their requirements. So, you have to search each and every school’s website to find out if there are tied to Perkins, or any other U.S. Dept. of Ed. funding. Then, you’d need to see if they participate in early college (formerly known by dual enrollment), International Baccalaureate or Advanced Placement programs (both of which are tied to Common Core). To rate each of the 19 states on the Fib-o-Meter at once wouldn’t be feasible for this unique situation. So, while the Convention itself has tried to distance itself from CCSS, each of the colleges/universities may not. Fib-o-Meter will have to rate this as “Fallacy”. To see the entire list of states and all the schools therein, http://www.sbc.net/colleges/

Even more CC alignment:

Bob Jones University had Barbara J. Rooks (one of the co-authors for “Elements of Literature” published by Bob Jones Press) give a CC implementation presentation. Here’s the workshop description, “Common Core Standards are garnering attention in education. What are they? How can they help teachers and administrators? This workshop offers tips on implementing these standards into the English classroom.” The University offers no other information. (to see an up close look at the BJU stance, here’s a link to Lady Liberty 1885’s Guest post from July 2014, http://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/07/07/guest-post-common-core-in-charters-private-homeschools/) There’s quite a bit about private Christian schools from the K-12 perspective. For being a fence rider (this is someone who straddles a fence much like a horse and expects to not get splinters), “Fallacy” on the Fib-o-Meter.

Liberty University’s faculty blog writer Dr. Ackerman shared her thoughts back in 2013 that are quite sadly supporting the CCSS, but you need to see the way in which the support is written. The assumption is just because some are Christian, their CC should be better than other’s CC. To see the post, http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=9720&blogpid=20067&id=697181 Sorry, Dr. A, but this is “Total Fallacy”. For using Pearson Publisher Higher Ed textbooks in Math (which will be CC aligned), “Total Fallacy”, this may fit in with your version of the Christian way, but I’m not interested. Oh, before I forget, “Total Fallacy” for STEM goes to your school as well.

Brigham Young University (BYU), in their on-line newsletter, http://universe.byu.edu/2014/11/11/to-teachers-common-core-is-not-such-a-bad-apple1/ will get a “Total Fallacy” for many reasons, but read this excerpt, “Tim Morrison, an associate chair of BYU’s Department of Teacher Education, said he believes the consistency of Common Core makes it better for children in a mobile society.” There are other comments like that (but I want you to see for yourselves).

Loyola University Maryland (http://www.loyola.edu/) is truly into Common Core Standards. Not only do they teach their undergrads, grad students how to be CCSS aligned, they help host pro CCSS Forums. Their associates include the Fordham Institute, as well. “Total Fallacy” for each of these. Learn about their most recent CCSS Forum, http://www.loyola.edu/news/2014/0821-leading-minds-common-core For more about their other CCSS projects, http://www.loyola.edu/search-results.aspx?&q=common%20core%20standards

Notre Dame (specifically their Institute for Educational Research), http://iei.nd.edu/, “Total Fallacy” ratings for STEM Academy, AP Training Incentives (which increase college/career readiness), and for its partnership with the U.S. Dept. of Ed (see: http://iei.nd.edu/our-initiatives/education-research/)


Before we part for today, please know the following:

1) I have nothing against the Christian higher education students

2) I have no bone to pick with the idea of Christian based higher education

3) There are hundreds more Christian higher education institutions I’ve not covered. Why these? Because I wanted a cross section of the more well known schools for you to see just how far CCSS has infiltrated our society.

4) I am deeply troubled that those who profess to honor the Lord AND are in charge of educating others would want to have their students adhere to godliness in certain ways, yet uphold Standards based not only on lies, but that seek to discredit the Christians themselves.