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Now, More Than Ever, We MUST Fight On!

This was from the NCLB days. Since ESSA is now in the picture......
This was from the NCLB days. Since ESSA is now in the picture……

Well, Warriors Against the Core, we have seen our Congress members fail us miserably. We have witnessed, first hand, how the CCSS Machine chewed through the red tape; influenced those in D.C.; and now has only one more stop before nationalized education hits the local schools. Oh, I know, all those media reports stated Common Core was dead. However, Warriors, think back to what you’ve learned here about those IN the Machine, their efforts, their investments. Other researchers and I have SHOWN you consistently that not only is CCSS (and all its other names) here to stay, the law headed to the U.S. President’s desk will chain us (as a nation) to CCSS (and all its related resources)!

If you missed my article about what do NOW (this was the article I published after the disastrous U.S. House vote on ESSA), I urge you to go back and read it.  https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/03/the-morning-after-ccss-lives-on/

Here’s an excerpt I think you can well identify with: “Our educational reform being handled so illegally (consider the U.S. Constitution’s parameters for a ‘we the people’ government), so rushed, so without due diligence is the worst example of leadership I have ever seen. It certainly is the worst Christmas present Congress could give America!”

If you still are not sure how to pick up your battle weapons and move forward (for we simply MUST do so), please consider the Women on the Wall phone call from Dec. 3rd, 2015. We discussed what kinds of actions would be appropriate. Listen to the broadcast, then think about how it applies EVENMORESO now that the Senate has also given the citizens a disastrous vote). Access the archive:
 https://soundcloud.com/alice-linahan/stop_esea_women-on-the-wall-communication-team-conference-call-what-now-esea-passed

 


Where We Need to Look….Again:

During the Senate’s ‘debate’ from the past couple of days, a lot of groups were thanked, as well as individuals. If you listened closely, you heard all kinds of information we, the anti CCSS Warriors, already knew and could piece together, but thanks to bragging orators, we learned some things we maybe didn’t know, we certainly got a list of those involved.

Why does this matter? Think about it, until we knew what people were involved in creating CCSS, we couldn’t discover how they connected to the agenda to ruin America via education. (example: David Coleman) At first, we heard a person’s name, saw they had a fancy title with a big educational group and assumed they had our student’s best interest in mind. Keep in mind that while we were watching the proceedings, those who are standing to literally profit the most from this new law, were using social media to promote and call attention to their new products, services, and standards we will be seeing very soon. Think I’m bluffing? Here’s an example of what I saw on Twitter debuting on 12/9/15:

So much for state led, local control where leaders and educators get to make up their own minds how to run things!
So much for state led, local control where leaders and educators get to make up their own minds how to run things! 

By the way, the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers)  is quick to tell you these new Standards are voluntary. If you’d like the pdf file to do you own fact finding:
ProfessionalStandardsforEducationalLeaders2015forNPBEAFINAL
I don’t trust, for a minute, anything the CCSSO has to say, they have lied to us, as a nation way too many times to be trustworthy.

Moving on, TODAY, the 10th of December; we can be a more informed Warrior! We KNOW which groups/people are NOT interested in our student’s best interests, but rather the inappropriate agenda that is knitted throughout the CCSSI( Common Core State Standards Initiative).

If you would like to review those Congressional sessions (both from the House and Senate) you have the Congressional Record website, where all the proceedings are documented.
For example, the link below is the one where you can find the Senate’s every word spoken and recorded from yesterday, 12/9/15. The first page is a summary, however, if you want a verbatim account, click on the highlighted page numbers.
See:  http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/B?r114:@FIELD(FLD003+d)+@FIELD(DDATE+20151209)
If you are really want to hear anything that happened on 12/9/15 and was related to the ESSA, here is a link where it is all in one place:
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/R?r114:FLD001:S08509-S08513

If this isn’t to your liking, you can access C-Span’s archives as well. For example, here are the two links from 12/8/15. Why those and not the ones from the 9th? You are listening out for names, many were stated out loud on both days, but the 8th’s ‘debate’ was much longer than the 9th’s. The names will help us when it comes time to look at the State level of control.
See: http://www.c-span.org/video/?401766-1/us-senate-debate-child-left-behind-rewrite
and http://www.c-span.org/video/?401766-101/us-senate-debate-child-left-behind-rewrite

Closing:

Warriors, NBC News has stated the President will sign the ESSA into law, today, the 10th of December. See:  http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/obama-sign-education-law-rewrite-power-shift-states-n477656
Warriors, we MUST not give up! State led education, as we know is a fallacy, but the CCSS Machine knows that as well. The media will continue to spin how the states can now have control, DO NOT let it divide us.

Yes, there will be many anti CCSS Warriors assume all is over and rejoice. Many others in this War Against the Core will pack up their toys and go home. However, we MUST continue to expose the ESSA’s language! We MUST continue to read the law! When we meet a legislator or citizen who is falling for (or has fallen for) the rhetoric of local control, we NEED to have the page number of the ESSA, topic, and, real time meaning to refute the lies! Truth, my fellow Warriors, TRUTH is what sets us free!

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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.