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When Agenda Means Dirt

To all you Anti Fed Ed Warriors, out there, did you know that way back in 1893 Emmett Culligan was born? Who was he? The founder of what would become the world’s largest water treatment company. We’ll find out more about Culligan in 2019, later on. But, first…

Water is one of the most basic elements of our lives. Water is connected to dirt or soil. Soil and water grow what we eat, as well as what we feed our animals. Without proper care of water and dirt, we will not survive. Period.

 

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So, what do you do with a global agenda which ‘monkeys’ with BOTH? You find it in education, you see it in modernized farming, and, you taste it in modified foods.

In 2016, I showed you how some of this was inserted into a FL  PTA (Parent Teacher Association) project.

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Back in Dec. 2018, I showed you not only federal legislation using agenda to redefine farming, but the Utah food standards, which aligned to Common Core. The ‘unseen’ agenda via these lessons (used nation-wide): usurping parental rights!

Warriors, have you noticed the increased amount of foods being grown without soil or grown completely indoors with artificial light? Somehow our students in all agriculture related fields are being swayed that this is more practical and ‘earth friendly’ than actually using nature! The connection from education to agenda? STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math.

 

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The website to access the data for STEM from pre-K to Workforce. http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/sei/edTool/explore.html



In today’s article, I’ll show some new evidence connecting our food and water to STEM and the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) of the UN, United Nations.

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National Ag Day/Week

Warriors, March 14th, 2019 has been declared National Agriculture Day. Held annually, the National Ag Week (March 10-16, 2019) is a big deal in D.C. What group is behind National Ag Week? The ACA (Agriculture Council of America). Among the ACA Board Members, FFA (Future Farmers of America) is represented. (*Note: see Related Resources, below.)
If you’d like to see the many groups sponsoring National Ag Week, go here.
ACA is a non-profit group, but I haven’t been successful in tracking down what groups fund it. However, it is tied to ‘agribusiness’.

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(OpenSecrets.org source. To access the ‘contributors’, you can click on their tab.)

How else is DC involved in agriculture? USDA (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture) Farm to School grants. By the way, Warriors, the USDA is a huge CCSS/STEM supporting agency. (*Note: I’m embedded all my articles where USDA is tagged. The 2017 “OtherColleague” letter is a huge piece of evidence.)

If you missed it, the President has not only embraced STEM, he is helping promote it, big time. I must point out that our 116th Congress is also promoting STEM with many federal legislative bills.

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NSAC, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition:

This national grassroots based group has significant power in DC. According to one of their latest blog entries, the FY 2019 Dept. of Ag budget hasn’t been voted on yet. It’s a ‘minibus’ bill with tons of agenda. I’ve given you a screenshot below of a few of the priorities NSAC is pushing:

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(To see the numbers for the participating States)

Warriors, to illustrate how the SDGs are woven into the USDA and groups like the NSAC, look below:

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If that’s not eye opening enough, look at the SDGs from the UN’s FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization):

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(To view the entire ‘road map’)

Warriors, to see the FAO’s “Transforming Food and Agriculture to Achieve the SDGs”, go here. Note that much of what you read will look exactly like what DC is doing in agricultural legislation and programs, as well as your States.

From President Trump’s Desk:

Warriors, in Dec. 2018, the President released a statement on all sorts of positive appearing plans for agriculture. Did he really? Look below:

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As far as the repealing the Obama Era Waters of the United States, I found this on the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). Clarification of federal authority under the Clean Water Act. This ‘clarification’ will redefine the federal footprint on our water. We the People have until April 15, 2019 to leave public comments. I urge you to learn more and comment!

As far as the EPA’s stance on Sustainability, there’s an entire section on ‘Going Green’.
To see the EPA’s participation with the UN Environmental Program, visit here.
To see the EPA’s ‘membership’ among the UN’s Economic and Social Council, read from here.
Did you know there’s a MOU (Memo of Understanding) from 2016 between the EPA and the UN? To the best of my knowledge, this MOU still stands.

To see my article about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, go here.
To see my article on the Import/Export Act, go here.
To see how ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) ties to Smart Cities, go here.

“Socially Responsible”:

Warriors, this website was one of those which popped up on social media. Simply by the picture and words, I knew this was a group to look into.

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While I couldn’t find out very much about SRAP, I did discover many colleges and universities, along with private investment groups flock to projects like this to fulfill education and social justice motives.

Messing With Our Water:

Along the lines of social justice and education, I’ve had one Mom from PA contact me about the recent assignment her son had in his high school class on environmental science. While she couldn’t supply pictures to share, she did tell me that 
‘His project was based on water consumption. He had to list everything he drank or ate that needed water. Then he had to create a plan to reduce that water intake. Then, he screamed at me about how much water it takes to feed a cow, so we don’t need to eat meat, we need to eat plants.’ As a side note, Mom did point out that plants, too, need water. Moms and Dads also know that meat and meat by-products are needed for healthy children.
We shouldn’t all be herbivores. We were designed to be omnivores!

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(Source)

The GRACE Communications Foundation is the group which has the Water Consumption Calculator the PA Student probably took. GRACE is all about increasing public awareness of critical environmental issues. I took the quiz, Warriors.

You should do, just to see some of the questions. I was asked how much I feed my pets, who in my family eats meat, how often we flush a toilet (called ‘letting it mellow’), and so on. Included also were questions like do I recycle? Do I drive a car? How often do I drive? Do I want to learn about ‘virtual water’? Based on my family of 5 and the type of answers you were constricted to give, the results were skewed.

As far as ‘virtual’ water? That’s gasoline and anything used indirectly, like electricity, etc. GRACE is a partner with the Global Alliance for the Future of Food (ie: SDGs in action).

STEM In 4-H:

Warriors, you read above how I’d found the CCSS Machine in 4-H. So now we can add STEM to that list.

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Google is a big supporter of STEM in 4-H. The main goal for Google? Career Pathways for kids via 4-H. Warriors, Career Pathways are also a part of the nebulous SDGs.
Here you’ll find all kinds of STEM/agriculture activities and resources. There’s even a Coding Day for 4-H which ties to agriculture. It’s called the “National Youth Sciences Day”. This targets 8-14 year old students.

Many of us have fond memories of participating in the a 4-H Club. But STEM has taken over both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, so why not 4-H? STEM has even ensnared the National PTA.

**Warriors, do you see the march to globalism in America is mere steps away from completion?**

Related Resources:

1) Back before I had my own blog (mid 2014), but, had been researching CCSS/STEM for quite a while, I exposed how FFA (Future Farmers of America), 4-H Clubs, and, other leadership extra-curricular activity groups were being aligned to the CCSS Machine. As we know, extra-curricular activities are available to ALL school choices.

2) As a follow up, here was the one showing Beta Clubs and Honor Societies. In 2019, the CCSS/STEM agenda is even more visible.

3) Farming and agriculture not only impact our food, but the entire American insurance and credit industries.  If you’d like to see the billions of dollars going toward this, read this 2017 Annual Report about Farmer Mac. (Think Sallie Mae for rural America)

4) AFA (Agriculture Future of America) partners include many CCSS and/or UN/STEM aligned public universities, as well as some big businesses.

5) To learn about biomass crops, community food development grants, and biotechnology in agriculture, this 2014 Sustainable Ag Research & Ed Grants document will help you see some connections. Note, the underlying support of private foundations in the USDA branch of government.

Closing:

Warriors, what about Culligan Water Treatment? After all it is the day Mr. Culligan was born. Has the company also embraced STEM or the SDGs? See for yourselves.

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(Source)

Pot Stirring

Warriors Against the Core, what do you get when you take an at-home ‘teachable moment’ and add digital badges?!  You get a CCSS pot stirring lesson.

Look below and see if you can see the hiding-in-plain-sight CCSS/STEM themed agenda.

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Uncle Ben:

What you see above is from the name brand “Uncle Ben” rice. The cooking with your family concept is wonderful. It’s part of how we bond. It’s a great way for parents to guide their children. However, not everything connected to education needs an agenda. So, IS there an agenda to the Uncle Ben’s current project?!

The company behind Uncle Ben’s  is Mars Food North America. Back in Oct. 2015, Mars/Uncle Ben’s conducted an educational survey. Here’s an excerpt about the survey. “Between both the survey and video, the goal was to have parents stop and ask themselves if they were taking the same level of passion around homework into the kitchen to teach their children how to cook,” said Andrew Cops, U.S. Director of Marketing. He went on to state, “Cooking is an integral part of a child’s development because it teaches them math when they measure out ingredients, science when they bring things together and reading as they learn to understand and decipher recipes.”
If you’d like to see the entire Press Release and see the video mentioned in the excerpt,
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-uncle-bens-brand-shines-light-on-missing-piece-of-childrens-education-through-parent-survey-300154870.html

Let me pause here to say that I think teaching kids to cook is absolutely vital. My concern is as always, is there more just under the surface we should know? For example, is Mars Food North America a CCSS backing company? Is the ‘Homework Direct’ service featured in the video a real service? Is the “Ben’s Beginner Program simply a way to teach cooking, or is there CCSS or any of its related alignment present in the Project?

Mars and Common Core?!

Mars Foods (aka Mars, Inc.) is a global company. They make more than rice and candy, however. Pet foods are among their products. They also are the company behind Banfield Pet Hospitals and many other products/services.
Mars, Inc. is also into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). STEM is a big part of CTE, Career Tech Education, which is part of Common Core. Mars is involved with fossil fuels, solar energy, green house gas emissions. Their webpages on these will show you they are convinced (and thus leading others to the same conclusion) that the climate change is a big, scary deal. See: http://www.mars.com/global/doing-our-part/principles-in-action

Mars, Inc. has their own “Career Paths”. As you may know Common Core also uses the phrase “Career Pathways” as part of  CTE, Career Tech Education. To see Mars’ ‘Paths’:
http://www.mars.com/global/careers/explore

Mars, Inc. believes in, and participates in P3s (public private partnerships) in education. Through the Wrigley Foundation (as in Wrigley’s Chewing Gum). See:
http://www.mars.com/global/doing-our-part/community-outreach/people-societies/improving-education-through-partnership
(*Note: to see the Wrigley Foundation’s overreach into the classroom with CCSS and STEM, see this CA school: https://dornsife.usc.edu/wrigley/foodforthought/ )

Mars, Inc. is a member of the Business RoundTable. A HUGE ed/workforce, Common Core; Career Tech Ed; CCSS Machine member organization. If you haven’t seen the latest pro CCSS/CTE/STEM propaganda out of the BRT, you can find it here:
http://businessroundtable.org/issues/education-workforce


The Uncle Ben’s Project:
The Mars Foods/Uncle Ben’s project is called “Ben’s Beginners”. You can see, above, what the purpose of the Beginner’s project is. There is more, however. Look below:

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Okay, winning something for your school isn’t too bad, BUT…

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Knowing that the National PTA is a CCSS Machine member, we need to ask about our State PTAs or local PTAs. Are they, too, aligned?! (see: http://www.pta.org/commoncore)
For all the promotion are expected to do in the picture above, all you get for motivation is coupon worth less than $3.00!

You can download the official Press Kit, https://beginners.unclebens.com/docs/default-source/about/pr-toolkit.pdf?sfvrsn=2

The resources for PTA/PTOs can be found: https://www.unclebens.com/ben’s-beginners/for-schools

As far as the ‘digital badges’? You receive them upon completing each recipe/lesson. For example, when you click on the link below, notice the steps as the link loads. “Polishing badge” will appear. See:
https://beginners.unclebens.com/lessons/en-us/recipes/chicken-broccoli-and-rice-casserole/ingredients
There are 5 lessons/recipes in all: https://beginners.unclebens.com/cooking-lessons

October 15th has been set aside by the folks at Uncle Ben’s as “International Cook With Your Kid Day”. See: https://beginners.unclebens.com/cwykd


‘Loose Grains of Rice’ (related information):

As far as the question about “Homework Direct”, as featured in the Uncle Ben’s video, there is NOT a real service that I could find with that logo or tied to Mars. I did find several services with that name, however. The biggest one is from the United Kingdom. I didn’t find any connections, though.

October 15th, 2016:
Interestingly enough the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has deemed Oct. 15th as “Global Handwashing Day”. See: http://www.cdc.gov/features/globalhandwashing/

There’s even a public private partnership (P3) for Global Handwashing Day. See:
http://globalhandwashing.org/global-handwashing-day/

Finding ‘Ben’s Beginnings’ in your school district’s budget: I found the Mars/Uncle’s Ben’s Project in a FL public school 2013-14 budget. Pasco County, FL Warriors, take note!
Page 31 is what you see below:

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Pasco’s 2014-15 Budget included the Ben’s Beginnings again. Same General Fund (CCSS comes under that General Funding, too), same account number. Page 30, though.

Closing:

You won’t find “Ben’s Beginnings” exclusively in FL, just like CA is not the only State the Wrigley Foundation’s overreach in the classroom can be found either. Since Mars, Inc. is connected to Uncle Ben’s and Wrigley’s Foundation, it’ll continue its quest for global CCSS/STEM/CTE alignment. Who knew a pot of rice could contain so much agenda?

Weekend News: Looking at the 2016 NC Primary, Part One

It took me several minutes to find a website featuring more than the Gubernatorial Primary.
It took me several minutes to find a website featuring more than the Gubernatorial Primary for NC.

Greetings this weekend, my trusted anti CCSS Warriors (To be more accurate since the ESSA{Every Student Succeeds Act} passed into law, maybe I should refer to you as the CCSS*/CTE*/CCR* Warriors? But no matter what label is slapped over the ‘CCSS’, peel them back and it is STILL Common Core!) *CCSS: Common Core State Standards/*CTE: Career Tech Education/*CCR: College and Career Readiness (a special ‘favorite’ phrase embedded in the ESSA)

Each of our states is gearing up for elections in 2016. Some of our states will have primaries, some won’t. My news this weekend is especially for my NC Warriors, as we have a race that so far, has been very kept in the corner. Well, you know me…it is time to shine the light on that corner!! Before we turn on the hypothetical flashlight, though, I want to encourage all the Warriors in other states. IF you are having election races soon, do you know all the candidates to consider? Do you even know if there is a race?

From what I have seen and heard here in NC, I had very scant information about one of THE most important races: The Superintendent of Public Instruction! Why?!  Considering the importance of this position and how many people are to be impacted, I would think MOUNTAINS of attention would already be ‘out there’. But as you see above, only one candidate has an embedded website.

While we are pondering this ‘buried’ race, consider this: I didn’t find it on my NC voter guide website (the most recent guide was dated 2015). So, I went to another one: total dud of a website. Then, when steered to another, it a became a ‘wild goose chase’ on another national voter site, where it finally becomes obvious you will not even see NC featured! EGADS, Warriors!!
I found it on a national election information website(see: http://www.uselections.com/nc/nc.htm)!!  I am getting the distinct feeling that something (could it be the CCSS Machine?!) is purposefully hiding this March 2016 Primary. However, before you think my tin foil hat is on a bit too tightly, let’s see IF there is, in fact, more information available about this race.

This edition of my Weekend News will be the FIRST in a two part report. There are 2 Democrats and 3 Republicans in this race. We start with the Democrats below.

Dr. Atkinson’s website:

Again, another wild goose chase. Geez, by the time a citizen unearths all the needed information, they may be so frustrated they will think it isn’t worth researching! (Maybe that is the CCSS Machine’s wish?!) I even tried the embedded link in the US Elections website featured above and it was inaccurate.

While it appears her campaign site is way out in the cyberspace world and I have a deadline to meet, I can share with you some of the news she has been featured in concerning this upcoming election.

1) According to the Raleigh CBS TV Station, WRAL (on 1/8/16),  Dr. Atkinson had several predictions for the state of NC in 2016 and this was among them. “I will be re-elected as State Superintendent of Public Instruction.”  You need to see her other predictions as they include assessments, Pre-K, and more. Access the information: http://www.wral.com/state-superintendent-shares-predictions-for-nc-public-schools-in-2016/15217644/
2) According to another website, Lillian’s List (a group supporting women who are creating  progressive changes in NC), Atkinson will have their full support. This will be along with several other key political positions, Lillian’s List will support. See: http://www.lillianslist.org/blog/2016-january-newsletter-new (To see the progressive women LL has helped place in office, see: http://www.lillianslist.org/candidates/elected)
See below for an upcoming ‘kick off’ event where Atkinson (among others (will be featured).

http://www.lillianslist.org/events/2016-campaign-kickoff-luncheon
http://www.lillianslist.org/events/2016-campaign-kickoff-luncheon

3) I FINALLY was able to uncover Dr. Atkinson’s website (after many hours). How? It was featured on her Twitter account! Her website has almost no information about anything in the future except the words “Help me continue the journey for the sake of children and NC’s prosperity.” (see her site: http://www.drjuneatkinson.com/)

While we on the subject, you can learn a lot more about Atkinson from her tweets (see: https://twitter.com/DrJuneAtkinson).
Such as what CCSS Machine rhetoric she is spinning in support of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), or her sharing about a Dec. 2015 Washington, D.C. meeting. It was called the ‘White House Convening of State Educational Leaders’. The only thing you will learn is she was there. That’s it.

Being the researcher I am, I found more information about the ‘Convening’ from CT and OR attendees! Below is from the CT source. (see: http://www.housedems.ct.gov/cook/2015/pr065_2015-12-16.asp#.Vppf1vkrLIU)

“Topics discussed included: high school redesign; tuition-free Community College; Computer Science; College Opportunity and Affordability; Early Education; FAFSA; and College Scorecard”

From the OR source:
Who was leading the education leaders at the Convening: U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, incoming Acting U.S. Secretary of Education, John King, Senior Officials from the White House and the U.S. Department of Education and other national education leaders for The White House Convening of State Education Leaders on December 8, 2015.” (see:
https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/johnsonm/Documents/Johnson%20White%20House.pdf
)

Related: The U.S. Dept. of Education released two days AFTER the Convening, the 2016 National Education Technology Plan. The subtitle? Future Ready Learning, Re-imagining the Role of Technology in Education” (see: http://sites.ed.gov/octae/2015/12/)

How is this related? NC is fully entrenched in Future Ready Schools!! See: http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/gradrequirements/resources/gradchecklists.pdf) To see a Future Ready School Summit Meeting (contains all the notes and information an anti CCSS Warrior needs to find new ‘ammo’ for the War  Against the Core), see: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jrz91itHcJ4-veKPMSrfCLUXihl9GJwf0az-vwQDyMI/edit?pref=2&pli=1

**Before we move to the other candidate I wanted to explain WHY I went so far into detail with Atkinson’s ties. Whether you live in NC or not, her stance on education WILL impact you! As President of the CCSSO, her influence is felt everywhere in education! Besides, as the head over the entity which owns half the copyright to the CCS Standards, we don’t have to guess how supportive (or sold out to) of the Common Core she is!

 

 Henry Pankey’s Campaign:

According to the Winston-Salem(NC) Journal’s article about Pankey, his campaign is more grassroots in nature than the Atkinson’s. The article tells you some about his background before it launches into (at that point questionable) Atkinson’s tactics. Poor guy can’t even get a full article. See: http://www.journalnow.com/news/columnists/scott_sexton/sexton-henry-pankey-s-qualifications-for-n-c-superintendent-more/article_9923498c-e3d5-11e4-bdf1-6b7e3fe8731a.html

Below is  a picture of Pankey:

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AEI (American Entertainment International)Speaker’s Bureau had this to share about Pankey, “Henry Pankey’s new book ‘How to Turn Around low Performing Schools’ will be his step by step detailed platform as he runs for North Carolina State Superintendent of Instruction. It includes common sense basics designed to turn around struggling schools and create “Schools of Excellence”. The successful outcomes have been vetted and certified by the North Carolina Department of Instruction, newspapers, news reports and magazines.”

Hold on, educational success worthy of an entire state has  been vetted by the media?! Where is the legislative vetting? The teachers’ vetting? Aren’t they much more credible that the media’s approval?! The biography goes on to share this: “Henry Pankey is best known as a school improvement mentor and highly effective tough love urban principal.”

With all the behavior interventions in place, as well as the huge additions the ESSA will usher into NC schools (as it will in every other stated) I question the school improvement tactics, the mentoring, and most especially the tough love. We Warriors have already seen enough awful evidence of the CCSS Machine’s mind altering moves in education, do we really need more?!
See what else the AEI website has to say: http://aeispeakers.com/speakerbio.php?SpeakerID=770

Over on http://www.henrypankeyjr.com, the list of praises for him is quite revealing when you consider the presence of  the CCSS Machine (ie: U.S. Ed leaders, public instruction groups, etc.) See: http://www.henryjpankey.com/testimonials

Related: “Schools of Excellence”, are not only in NC, the schools are in other states as well. See the 2014 (latest list I could find) of nation-wide Schools of Excellence:
http://www.magnet.edu/files/awards/school-of-excellence-list-2014-merit.pdf
It is important to point out here that exactly what qualifies a school to be tagged as one of excellence is a bit harder to define. Why? Well, you have the Merit reference in the above link, then there is the National PTA’s program, then the Blue Ribbon Schools program in the U.S. Dept. of Ed (which also is an excellence distinction awarded to ANY type of school meeting the parameters). I also found the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges has a School of Excellence program, too! The CCSS Machine is tied to the National PTA, the U.S. Dept. of Ed, the Magnet/Merit, AND the Career Schools/Colleges entities! See: https://www.pta.org/excellence (PTA’s site);
http://www.accsc.org/Events/Professional-Development-Conference/Award-Winners/Schools-of-Excellence.aspx (Career Schools/College’s site); http://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/index.html (the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s site)

Mentoring under the CCSS: The ASCD (Gates Foundation funded and very much a part of the CCSS Machine) features many resources for ‘tough love mentoring’ aligned to CCSS.
See: http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/apr04/vol61/num07/-Mentoring-New-Leaders.aspx
Here is a document from CA where mentoring and CCSS are drilled down on people:
http://www.kappancommoncore.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/59pdk_96_6.pdf
The Center for American Progress has a Teacher Success guide for mentoring and CCSS:
https://cdn.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/CCTeacherVoiceFinal.pdf
The effect of Robert Marzano’s behavior interventions are already well in place not only in NC, but in the rest of the USA. Here is everything I have on his work: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/?s=Marzano

Whether or not, Pankey would carry on what Atkinson has put into play for NC, will of course, be decided later, should he survive the Primary. However, I am raising concerns (with the above related resources)  to help emphasize that  there are serious questions the citizens need to ask BEFORE they vote!  If either of these is against more Common Core (aka: College/Career Readiness, NC Essential Standards, Career Tech Education, etc.) it certainly does NOT look like it.

In “Monday’s Musings” I will look into the 3 Republicans vying for the NC Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Weekend News: Your Anti CCSS Back To School Wish

Jpeg image credit:  imgion.com
Jpeg image credit: imgion.com

Warriors, have no fear, I’ve not converted to the supportive side for “Common Core”. I’m still VERY MUCH opposed. However, as we all know, it is the time of year our schools are gearing up for “Back to School”. For many of us, that means MORE CCSS. During this past week, I shared with you how the Bic Ink Pens Company is hosting a BTS (Back to School) Contest full of ‘Common Core English Language Arts’ lessons. What else is lurking out there? Plenty! This weekend’s news feature is the CCSS laden “Parent Toolkit”.

“Education Nation”:

Using Twitter as a tool for building support for Back to School, this NBC News project (NBC is part of the CCSS Machine), has a current campaign called “#SchoolYrResolution”. Who’s contributing? Everyday parents like you and I; Pearson Publishing; The American Heart Association; Education Nation and NBC personalities; Parent Toolbox (another NBC Education Nation project); doctors; and, school districts. While most everyone’s contributions are varied, it is the Pearson Publishing contributions that are the most pointed…toward MORE parent involvement. If you’re not familiar with the ideas Pearson has about more parent involvement (a nice way to phrase their real meaning of ‘compliance’), I urge you to find out for yourselves. As far as “Education Nation’s Parent Toolbox” goes, it’s slam full of pro CCSS social-emotional mind bending.

www.parenttoolkit.com
http://www.parenttoolkit.com

 

The Mind Bending:

By simply searching the PT (Parent Toolkit) with the phrase “Common Core”, I got back the following results: Academics, 12 articles;  Health and Wellness, 19 articles; Social and Emotional, 8 articles; lastly, the latest news on CCSS, 48 articles.
Titles among the latest news include how grit and persevering CAN be taught and then there’s one detailing their version of STEM (as you know, I’ve shared a true version of STEM with you many times). Repeated in several different articles: sex, bullying, on-line behavior, money management, and lots more. Under social/emotional, you’ll see empathy, diversity, and how to collaborate. As far as the experts putting all this information together for you, the parent, there are several of them. You’ll see their names and smiling faces, but to learn more about them, you need to click on each of them. I would encourage you to look into them. Most folks, will do what we’ve seen before: add the ‘expert’ title to a face featured on a famous website and leave it at that. That’s what the CCSS Machine is banking on..that we WON’T investigate those experts they use. But, oh, how we’ve proved them wrong.

 

The Other Supportive CCSS Machine Members of Parent Toolkit:

Curious about how many of the experts were dyed in the wool CCSS supporters, I searched for information. Not getting the results I bargained for, however, did lead me to the ‘other’ pro CCSS groups involved in ‘Parent Toolkit’ and as such, part of the efforts to sway parents toward the CCSS Machine.

Hunt Institute is a well known part of the CCSS Machine (if you don’t know how, please find my fellow anti CCSS Warrior, LadyLiberty1885’s blog and search for “Hunt Institute”)
NEA, Khan Academy, Council of Great City Schools, Sesame Street, the National PTA, SAT, and many others. See: http://www.parenttoolkit.com/?objectid=E0F96EB0-20A6-11E3-8EC10050569A5318


What We Can Do:

Share this news with other parents, first of all!
Second, why not visit the Twitter page for the School Year Resolution and make a few anti CCSS truths available.
Look into the Parent Toolkit’s experts, philosophies, and use these are guidelines for interviewing those school officials who will be leading your students this year. Are they of the same mindset? If so, use your true knowledge of social emotional damage CCSS causes! Remember, most pro CCSS folks have no evidence to support its worth, yet we have evidence to support its harm! Use it!!

NBC’s tie to CCSS:
The PolitiChicks‘ article: http://politichicks.com/2014/08/gates-funds-commoncore-coverage/

Khan Academy’s CCSS page:
https://www.khanacademy.org/commoncore

National PTA: The group has several pro CCSS position papers, look in the “Position Papers” tab.
http://www.pta.org/content.cfm?ItemNumber=3444

NEA: They were invited into the CCSS Machine’s fold by the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers AND the NGA (National Governors Association). The two groups who OWN the CCSS copyright!
http://www.nea.org/home/46665.htm

Hunt Institute: This organization has partnered with both the National PTA and the CCSSO to produce pro CCSS propaganda.
http://www.hunt-institute.org/resources/2014/06/pta-common-core-videos/
http://www.ccsso.org/resources/digital_resources/common_core_implementation_video_series.html

Closing:

So, my anti CCSS Warriors, what is your Back to School Wish? We know we want to be Common Core free. We still have time to influence our national level legislators as they are home on break right now. The Student Success Act and the Every Child Achieves Act are both being updated and enlarged. The bills are’omnibus’ bills. This is BAD. As we’ve seen with other mammoth bills, this means all kinds legislation unrelated to education will be thrown in! We know we desire a post secondary education free of the CCSS’s CTE (Career Technical Education), CP (Career Pathways), and the recently revealed CBPs (Competency Based Pathways). This means we must be on top of the re-authorization of the HEA, Higher Education Act.
Keep going, my friends, we’ve got lots to do.

Sic’ ‘Em Saturday: Common Core, Minding Our Manners

Manners, then Behavior Standards, now.
Manners, then; Behavior Standards, now.

Recently, I wrote about Social and Emotional Learning and how ‘Common Core’ is incorporating the style. If you remember, it’s more about the ‘greater good of a collective group’ than it is about ‘being the best you, you can be’. So, why the shift? It appears to be to better accommodate the ‘global citizen’ mindset so rampant in the Common Core Standards.

Behavior Standards:

The American School Counselors Association has produced an all-in-one pdf for helping the school counselors to get the schools ready for not only college-and-career readiness, but now adding to that, social and emotional readiness. See (www.http://schoolcounselor.org/asca/media/asca/home/MindsetsBehaviors.pdf)

Here are what the school employees are to encourage daily in all students:

‘1. Belief in development of whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, social/emotional and physical well-being
2. Self-confidence in ability to succeed
3. Sense of belonging in the school environment
4. Understanding that postsecondary education and life-long learning are necessary for long-term career success
5. Belief in using abilities to their fullest to achieve high-quality results and outcomes
6. Positive attitude toward work and learning’

Why this is important to know:

ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors” align with specific standards from the ‘Common Core State Standards’ through connections at the competency level. This alignment allows school counselors the opportunity to help students these college-and-career-readiness standards in collaboration with academic content taught in core areas in the classroom.”

By following these, the counselors, themselves are modeling alignment. If you are a school counselor in a non CCSS state,  you can model the alignments anyway.

So, what are the ‘behavior standards’?

They are broken into 3 categories, academic; social; and self-management. For all 3, the students WILL ‘demonstrate the following standards’ (I’ve not included all of them, so be sure to access the document):

critical thinking skills in making decisions; identifying long-term and short-term academic, career,  and social-emotional goals; participate in enrichment and/or extra curricular activities; assume responsibility; demonstrate ability to overcome barriers in learning; demonstrate empathy; be socially responsible

Do you spy the ‘grit’ in there? It’s embedded, alright. Every one of the ‘self-management’ category is designed to instill it.

The pdf gives you another page of the ASCA to access if you want to see the grade appropriate levels of competency that aligns with the Behavioral Standards.  To use the general search, try a character trait. For example, I chose ‘maturity’ for my search. My results? Ten different ‘competencies’ of tasks or skills. When I typed in ‘love’, I didn’t get one result. If you want to use the advance search, click the blue tab and it will give you many options to choose from. For example, Under ‘grade level’, I selected 3rd-5th; then by ‘mindset filter’, #4 from the list above about post secondary education being a part of my life. The results I got back were summarizing texts and various media about the importance of attending college and listening to a speaker present points for attending college and giving supportive reasoning as to the validity of each point. Try it for yourselves and see what you can get.
http://www.schoolcounselor.org/school-counselors-members/about-asca/mindsets-behaviors/search-for-competency.aspx?searchtext=&searchmode=anyword&domainfilter=&searchfilter=1;&mindsetstandards=&behaviorstandards=&behaviorstandardsselfmanagementskills=&behaviorstandardssocialskills=&englishlanguagefilter=&filterenglishlanguageartssubstandards=&mathstandards=0;

Who the ASCA Foundation is:

It’s a 501(c)3 non profit group. They receive both private and corporate funds to encourage the profession of school counseling. Sounds okay, so far. But then, they have so much aligned to CCSS. But wait, there’s more! An ASCA “National Model” that data driven!!!

“Use of data  is to measure the results of the program as well as to promote systemic change within the school system so every student graduates ‘college-and-career ready’.”

See the rest of the ‘Executive Summary’ on the “National Model”:
http://www.ascanationalmodel.org/Ascanationalmodel/media/ANM-templates/ANMExecSumm.pdf

ASCA is a member of the “National Alliance of Pupil Services Organizations (NAPSO) is a coalition of national professional organizations whose members provide
a variety of school-based prevention and intervention services to assist students in becoming effective learners and productive citizens.
NAPSO organizations represent over a million members, including school counselors, school nurses, psychologists, school psychologists,
social workers and school social workers; occupational, physical, and creative arts therapists; and speech-language pathologists, audiologists,
students, parents, and pupil services administrators. NAPSO promotes interdisciplinary practice and cooperation and advocates for
ensuring access to quality pupil services for all students.”

*Note: I’ve included a related link to NAPSO, as they sent a letter to the White House back in 2008 to the Transition Team concerning the ESEA re-authorization.

http://otrans.3cdn.net/e1f2028adcf24fbcf5_ysm6b93in.pdf 

(another note: if you click on the NAPSO website link, you’ll be directed to a plastic surgery blog)

As far as a dedicated website for NAPSO, there isn’t one. Every time I thought I had it, it was back to the plastic surgeon’s blog. However, I did find this from a mental health website:
National Alliance of Pupil Service Organizations
c/o Myrna Mandlawitz , School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA)
2800 Quebec Street NW, #218 ,Washington, DC 20008

SSWAA, School Social Work Association of America:

(http://www.sswaa.org/?page=655) This group, along with the ASCA (see above) and he National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) support many different school administration roles, including the counselors. If you click on the “Coalitions and Partners” page, it’s there you’ll find the same contact lady’s name from NAPSO here for SSWAA..and she’s a member of the Committee for Education Funding’s Executive Committee. This Committee’s purpose is to INCREASE federal education investments overall. Members of it include many pre-K to graduate school people. It’s also here that I found NAPSO is supported by the NEA, the ATF, the National PTA, and others. (see: http://www.sswaa.org/?page=249)

Related:

CEF, Committee for Education Funding (http://cef.org/) was founded in 1969 and is America’s largest education coalition.
(http://cef.org/who-we-are/member-organizations/) This is link is for 80 groups who belong to the Committee. See how many CCSS supporters there are! Some of them pop out (aka College Board, Council of Chief State School Officers, AIR which is a known data miner, ASCD which is funded by Gates Foundation to create CC teacher materials)

*Note: I’ll be tackling their massive budget in another post. It’ll be full of twists and turns in the CCSS laden mess.

For fun:

Secretary Duncan’s letter

(http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/guid/secletter/140630.html)

From June 2014, the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Duncan sent a letter to key people about school counselors and their jobs. While vital to each institution they serve, counselors are to continue their jobs in ensuring students are ‘college-and-career ready’ in order to meet the President’s 2020 Goal.

Actions to take:

No Saturday would be complete with out some suggestions for actions you can take from here. a) get to know the other social and emotional components from the SSWAA. There’s much to sift through. b) see how much aligns to the CCSS Behavior Standards. c) talk to your school’s counselor about what data is being tracked and opt out, if you feel it is needed. d) look over the 80 groups on the CEF and make a visual map if you need to of how interconnected they are to CCSS. e) leave room on your visual so when we delve into the budget in the next few days, you can add to it. This will make an excellent tool in your anti CCSS arsenal. Go get ’em, team!