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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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Monday Musings: If I Were on a Repeal Common Core Committee

Hey, I would be a great team member!
Hey, I would be a great team member!

If you’ve been following the news in NC, you are aware we have a “Review Committee” currently studying the Common Core Standards. IF you’ve not been following the NC events, you should..opportunities to hold those in charge accountable for ridding us of the CCSS are abundant.

Quick review:

First up, the way in which NC received Common Core, was, without a single legislative voice. Then, when enough stink was raised, those in charge, got very busy, created legislation and held hearings. Only 1, on March 20, 2014, had opportunities for NC citizens to speak in support of the Standards OR speak out against the Standards. Of the 60 speakers, I was the first one to say “I’m against the Common Core Standards“. Happily, that day, there were more of us AGAINST the CCSS than supporting them.

Hopeful, I even publicly stated that those in charge seeking knowledge, advice, or research could seriously consider someone like me! After all, I’ve been following the push for nationalized standards in America since 2009. I have a ‘few’ files I could share, folks.  But..as the media will tell us a committee was, indeed formed. How it was formed is an embarrassment to the taxpayers and an affront to our legal system.

How so? The law signed stated exactly who was to be on the Repeal (not Review) committee. The members were to be a mix of not only professional educators BUT early childhood experts AND parents AND concerned citizens (only educators are on the committee). It also stated deadlines (totally blown off), meeting locations (not to include the DPI, but yet, oddly enough, the first meeting was held in a tiny room of the DPI). The DPI wasn’t to be involved for transparency, accountability, and frankly, protective reasons. Yet, they are doing their best to bully the system and have their way. The reason a cross section of the population was to be assigned was to have as much objectivity as possible. I invite you to go look up each of the members and find out how many are CCSS disciples. What a sham for our students.

Now, if only they’d taken me up on my offer:

You might be reading this and thinking I’m bitter..hardly, while largely disappointed I didn’t get chosen to serve on the Repeal Committee, I have been better able to be a watchdog, to continue my researching into all the cracks, crevices, and wormholes the CCSS machine has insured it’s in here in NC. I’ve also been able to help folks nationwide. I’ve been saved from the ‘stacked deck’ mentality; spared the fits of unkind words, no lady should utter.

I am not pleasantly surprised by the unfairness it appears is happening. I’m most troubled that once again, while this state has the tremendous opportunity to rid itself of ALL that CCSS entails, money is speaking louder than NC’s people.

“Had your chance, muffed it.”

This quote is from “Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang”, a movie I’ve seen many times and a quote I’ve used repeatedly. Dick Van Dyke was seeking the attention of a wealthy business owner. The wealthy man, being very impatient, gave Mr. Van Dyke only seconds to state his case. When it didn’t happen the way the business man wanted or in the time frame he set out, he uttered the words, “Had your chance, muffed it. Good day, sir.”  So, to those who chose the committee, here’s what you muffed:

a) Citizens, non educator professionals who are qualified, concerned, and very involved in this present state of educational chaos.

b) Researchers who don’t get lobbyist money, corporation funding, or are otherwise impeded in what they discover so their objectivity is absolute.

c) Everyday people who can make a difference and rid the state of NC of this illegal, ill written, insidious mess. Folks who could, would, and have pledged to help right the wrongs public private partnership created CCSS brought us.

d) The transparency factor, the accountability is very suspect when you chose to disrespect the law. How can we citizens trust you when you act like a spoiled child?

e) Your opportunity to cut the crap by cutting the purse strings. Education is NOT a business to be bought, use ‘best practices’, unite to Washington, D.C. agendas. Education is more than this.  Students should NEVER, ever be referred to as ‘talent supply’, ‘human capital’, part of a ‘pipeline’ or any other of those sold out, educratic terms you share.

f) The relationship you could of formed with me. You missed out on my humor, charm, personality, knowledge, networking capability, teamwork ability, loyalty, dedication, five years worth of research, fact finding skills, fearlessness. I, along with my well connected anti CC friends/warriors could show you things about the CC Standards you’d have to see to believe, but..guess you’ll  miss that too.

Everything has a time, a purpose:

Well, we all have a job to do, paid to do it or not. You will continue on in your work, and I, in mine. Remember, I, along with my thousands of buddies, will be watching what transpires with NC and CC.  Should you need me, or someone just as up to date on CCSS as possible, I’m not hard to find. I am willing to give our students the best education possible. One that’s agenda free, legal, honoring, true, and right.

It’s time to finish what was started and ‘kill the Core’.    common-core-NC-house-060414

Let’s not muff the opportunity to have education free of all the CC Machine (CCSS, STEM, AP, STEaM, Hire Standards, College, Career Tech CC, Community Colleges, IB Schools, UN Global Schools, Race to the Top, Smarter Balance Assessments, Gates, Pearson Publishing, data mining and every other connected group). Let’s show the nation how tough NC can be and say “ENOUGH!” “No more Core!”