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Anti Fed Ed Warriors,

How many times have we seen the CCSS Machine invite us to a place at the community table for education? It’s been many times, right? How many of those times have we seen the Delphi method used? (Delphi methods invite people in to have a discussion and then drive the discussion to predetermined results which has nothing to do with the people’s input.)

We’ve seen this tactic repeatedly used against us, Warriors. It stinks. Thanks to ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) and its mandates for MORE federal control in education, the Delphi method was launched in every ‘stakeholder’ meeting; every ESSA forum for ideas and suggestions; and, it was pulled off right under our noses.

To add insult to injury, NOW, the States are rolling out all kinds of meetings across their boundaries. These meetings are a continued effort to attract (under false pretenses) community citizens to become involved in ‘local’ education.

The example? Why, NC (North Carolina), of course. Warriors, you know it’s where I live. You also know, from a few articles ago, the State education, business, and, political leaders are rolling out the CCSS Machine bandwagon fallacies.

The leaders want SO much for NC to be a national leader of ‘local education’. Yet, look behind the facade and you’ll see the same egregiousness here, that is happening THERE (wherever you live).

To be more specific about the latest NC example of CCSS Machine education alignment, think ‘innovation’. As in ‘districts of innovation’. As in, piling on more technology, digital learning, and the data mining which goes with it. (*Note, back in 2016, I published this article about the NC ties to other States and some of their ‘districts of innovation’. Scroll down to “Part 2”.)

Before I get to the latest innovation news, let me give you some background and context.

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The State Data Gets You Every Time:

Many NC leaders, especially some high profile elected officials (like Lt. Gov. Dan Forrest), have been pushing for the past few years to have MORE digital programs and technology and more band-width internet connections in EVERY classroom across our State. (*Note: the ‘connections’ article will show you Forrest is also on the ‘school choice’ bandwagon for CCSS.)

Forrest is currently gearing up for a run as the next NC Governor. Forrest also sits on the NC SBE (State Board of Education) and has signed at least one resolution damning our students across the State to MORE CCSS aligned CTE (Career Tech Education), because, after all, jobs in NC will make our State excel above others. His initiative for 1 technology device for every single student is also a death knell in education.

How? A computer in every student’s hands will some how many education even better. Yep, and let’s recall the plethora of articles proving how damaging too much computer access, time, and, education is literally sucking the life out of students.

All this technology  is tied to STEM (which is part of the UN, United Nations, education agenda). STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math. The data mining which accompanies all this technology will make millions of dollars for the members and their organizations of the CCSS Machine.

More Background/Context Related Resources:
From 2016, after ESSA became law, a look at the NC digital shift and State law which supports and promotes this activity in education.

From 2015, the ‘new’ digital upgrades NC got which most definitely set the trap for data mining in all school choices from Pre-K to adult, using technology and CTE for jobs and the economic health of the State.

From 2014, the NC Community College System, the (former) Governor of NC, McCrory, and business leaders sell out higher education for alignment to workforce based learning. (*Notes: McCrory (a conservative Republican) was Forrest’s former boss.
The current Governor of NC, Cooper (a liberal Democrat) has done zero to unhinge NC from the federal overreaches in education, the alignment of cradle to career tracking systems, and everything which connects these.
Serving as Lt. Governor alongside BOTH these Governors, Forrest has NOT bucked the educational alignment system either.)

The Latest Delphi Method/Innovation For NC:

Warriors, the latest innovation push is called the “Connecting Communities of Education Stakeholders (CCES)” Conference.  Below is a screen shot of the topic strands for ‘innovation’:

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The Conference was announced on the NC DPI (Dept. of Public Instruction). The official title of the Community Conference is “Fostering Innovation Across Our State”.
The vision for all this updating in education? Warriors, you’ll ‘love’ it! According to the website page for the Conference, the coming together of all the ‘stakeholders’ for innovation’s sake, “builds capacity for continued growth and success for all learners.”

Among the goals for the Conference is ‘data-driven’ strategies and resources’.

Found in the 84 page Conference Guide, beginning March 12th, 2018, the opening breakout sessions will give teachers data gathering tools to use as they walk about their classrooms. How compliance from students will be turned into ‘engagement’, and, digital classes for coding on-line and reading for little ones. That’s just for the students. For the teachers there is digital badging in competency driven PD (professional development). For the parents? How to use Twitter for your school.

Warriors, those are just the first few breakouts. Do you see what kind of tactic is being used? While each breakout says the target audiences include parents, I wonder how many parents who can afford this Conference (about $250.00 per person), will be able to attend the breakouts where they are not mentioned in the descriptions? If they are allowed, how many will be ‘delphi-ed’?

You’ll want to scroll through the Guide to find out what other data mining, and ‘innovation’ can be found. Look for assessments, districts for innovation, any company specified. (For example, I saw PowerSchool mentioned quite a few times) You’ll also want to look for globalization of your classes, shared business and school fiscal ventures.

Closing:

Warriors, ‘innovation’ is a code word, I do believe. What’s it code for? Anything the CCSS Machine needs to happen in education can fit under ‘innovation’ and be found acceptable. The CCSS Machine needs more data to mine, track, and sell.
Easy, label a program or initiative with ‘innovation’ and presto-bingo! People buy into it. We’re being delphi-ed to death, Warriors! Our kids are being data raped every day in the name of ‘innovation’. Look at the levels of compliance, too.

A leader needs to look good so that more people will support their agendas. Easy, pop in the word ‘innovation’ or use it in connection with ’21st Century education’, and watch the support pour in!

The federal government wants to maintain its compliance with the United Nations and their global grasp on education for workforce needs. Easy, write ‘innovation’ into a piece of legislation and watch how quickly it becomes a law. Laws, which by their very existence render their illegal based overreaches as ‘treason’.  When it comes to education, we are no longer a United States of America, Warriors. We’ve become the United State of Delphi.

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Summer Salad

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I was recently asked by a fellow anti CCSS Warrior and Research expert how the CCSS Machine has been so successful in its march to align our nation’s education to a massive agenda NOT of our choosing.

From what each of us has found, it is enough to make our heads hurt. Trying to get others to understand? Well, we were struggling for a way to get the points across while remaining true to the evidence. We summarized it with this, the far left leaning politicans and groups have the funding, the far right leaning politicans and groups have the laws. In the middle? Those of us wanting the truth. Those of us sick to death of the overreach by BOTH sides.

Since that conversation with my dear friend/Warrior, I wanted to challenge myself to see if there was a simple, yet effective visual which embodied our chat.

Above, is the results. As the informed anti CCSS Machine Warriors, we can share WHAT is happening with our fellow citizens who have not yet seen how decieving ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) truly is. We can share this visual to help remind the seasoned citizens and patriots who stand with us.

Why a ‘Summer Salad’?

1) It is hot outside, or about to get hot. When we are hot, our tempers are shorter. An anti CCSS Warrior with a temper, is a force to be reckoned with.

2) Summer veggies are plentiful, so are the anti CCSS Warriors.

3) Most of the layers of a summer salad, have seeds. Seeds can represent the anti CCSS Warriors truth/facts/research. Planted in the right locations, these seeds yield tremendous results!

4) When you factor in the massive amounts of money ONE side of the CCSS Machine has poured into ‘growing agenda filled products’ (produce) and combine it with the massive amounts of supportive legislation from the OTHER side of the CCSS Machine, you have a ‘recipe for demise’.

The screen shot above, shows you how this has been assembled to resemble what we THINK is a great and healthy summer ‘treat’.

5) Summer is the prime time the CCSS Machine will crank up the PD (Professional development), the Conferences (where the latest and greatest technology, resources, and curricula can be found), the extra curricular activities and camps, and more!
Each and every one of these will LOOK, TASTE, and FEEL fresh, bright, new, different, and LOCALLY GROWN, but alas, dig deeper. Suddenly, your tasty, layered salad becomes rotten. A bitter top-down taste has been left in your mouth.
Warriors, the CCSS Machine is getting desparate to disguise what we have come to know as CCSS and ‘dress it up’ as ESSA. As the full implementation date of ESSA gets closer, you will see ‘bumper crops of crap’ produced. You will see pro-ESSA webinars, products, services, and propaganda flood your lives. WIOA, and the HEA, as well as other laws have been treated in the same fashion.

The CCSS Machine has mistaken us Warriors as ‘dumber than dirt’. Why else would they work so hard to decieve so many? They assume we will not dig into their deceptions; they think we will not know the ‘produce’ from the ‘weeds’ (or that we will take the time to look at the ‘weeds’ planted to distract us).

Wickedly, the CCSS Machine has placed ‘master gardeners’ in our  midst who look like ‘Warriors’, but who, in fact, are  CCSS Machine members themselves. All the while deceiving us daily with their influence, subjective research, and lies.

Lastly, the CCSS Machine is working over time to promote ‘locally grown’ education as a reality with ESSA and all the rest of the legislative strings to the other laws. Pure compost we NOT feed upon!

Coming this Summer:

Use this link to see a presentation geared for ‘ESSA compost’ by pro CCSS Machine member organization, ‘Education First’ for all States. Note the Summer dates included. See which States are already ‘farming for ESSA’.
http://education-first.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Education-First-Making-the-Most-of-ESSA-May-2016-1.pdf

If your State has not already had a slick CCSS Machine member/organization presentation given to your legislators about how great a ‘producer’ ESSA will be in your  State’s college/career ready economy, you might want to see this one given in Feb. 2016 to the NC Legislators by Jeb Bush’s ‘Foundation for Excellence in Education’:
http://www.ncleg.net/documentsites/committees/house2015-175/February%2024-25,%202016/Claire%20Voorhees_ExcelinEd%20Presentation%20to%20the%20NC%20House%20Select%20Committee%20on%20Education%20Strategy%20and%20Practices%20(February%2025,%202016).pdf

Over 1, 000 Summer 2016 Educational Conferences will be held (or have just wrapped up) across America. These Conferences encompass ALL educational choices!

Look closely at who the main speakers are; find out what workshops are available and look into the leaders guiding you through them; research the sponsors, and the exhibiting vendors.

I bet you my bag of fertilizer, CCSS Machine member organizations and representatives will be at EACH and EVERY one..spreading false rhetoric all the while. See: http://www.eventsinamerica.com/trade-shows/education/general/date/100000/

So, Warriors, will you be there?! If so, buy someone a salad, and share the truth.

Sic’ ‘Em Saturday: Those Who Oppose, Yet Support

Legislative sessions across America are back to business.
Legislative sessions across America are back to business.

Common Core Standards have been proven to be embedded in our post-secondary schools via Career Pathways, Career Tech Ed AND Workforce Training! So what do you do with your legislators who are opposed to Common Core yet are working overtime to ensure Workforces???

North Carolina’s Story:

As you know, I’ve been sharing how the state I reside in has been ramping up the post-secondary Common Core since I began my blog in mid 2014. If you check my link here, you’ll get every story I’ve written about the subject (there at least 4 pages of articles): https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/?s=workforce From the post I wrote called “Tech Thursday: NC’s Workforce Despicable Moves”, you’d find this excerpt, “Here in NC, everyone wants in on the educational direction our students take. We have the Dept. of Commerce firmly involved, we have the NC Chamber of Commerce foaming at the mouth to put their money’s worth in, private corporations have become education’s pimp. All the while, the most of the politicians smile and tell you how ‘great’it is!” What preceded this was this note, “**NOTE: While I am basing this off what I discovered here, in NC, do not assume if you live elsewhere, you are not impacted. ” CCSS aligned Workforce” is alive, implemented, and growing in all 50 states!”

From my January 20th article, “From the File Tuesday: Career Readiness and Data”, this evidence, “Also, further legislation has continued to progress the CTE in our schools, all while our heads have been turned on K-12 Common Core movement. For example, NC has stepped up its game for Workforce, CTE courses. How? Legislation that ties not only the Dept. of Public Instruction, but Dept of Labor AND Commerce Dept.!! I dare you to check your states.  See: http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/cte/and fc_10_allocation_for_cte_leadership_grants_-_career_pathways and nc cte planning

So Who Among the CCSS Opposers are NOW Workforce Supporters?:

This is a tough one, because fighting Common Core takes all the warriors it can. So when one splits his/her awareness, it’s always up to the citizens to help give them a hand in remaining as up-to-date on all the cracks, crevices, and areas the Common Core Machine is cranking away in. For example one of the NC Senators who opposed Common Core in K-12 (and even nominated me to sit on the now famous NC Academic Standards Review Commission), has been appointed to several committees in our General Assembly which will continue to pave the way legislatively FOR education reform to fit a Workforce agenda!! These committees include Education/Higher Education, Appropriations for Education/Higher Education. Here are his words, “Serving as co-chairman of the Work Force and Economic Development Committee is very exciting.  The reverberating theme of our last session was job creation.  We used tax reform and regulatory reform to create a business environment encouraging job creation.  Additionally, we used education reform to make sure our students could read and have the skills required for gainful employment.  Our Workforce and Economic Development committee will focus on using tax dollars efficiently to train students with the skills in demand today.  Furthermore, we will focus on ways to retrain displaced workers in order to acquire the skills needed to find new jobs and, likewise, helping our military veterans find jobs.” 

In addition to the above Senator’s remarks,  the 2015 President of the NC Senate, had much to say along the lines of education reform and workforce. Below is the video from the opening day of the new session. Mr. Berger remarks begin about the 25 minute mark.

Not to be left out, the House of Representatives also had something to say about education reform and workforce. According to the Raleigh News and Observer (newspaper that’s liberally biased), both the House and the Senate will spend much of the session ‘focus(ing) on jobs, the economy, continued reform of state government and education’ See:  http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/01/14/4475708_republican-rep-tim-moore-elected.html?rh=1

So, Which Members Opposed CCSS and now Support Workforce?

From the 2013-14 General Assembly information (click to enlarge):

Which of those opposed to the CCSS support an aligned Workforce?
Which of those opposed to the CCSS support an aligned Workforce?

If you’d like to see who in the House of Representatives voted, click here: http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/voteHistory/RollCallVoteTranscript.pl?sSession=2013&sChamber=H&RCS=1772

To see the Senate’s vote, click here: http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/voteHistory/RollCallVoteTranscript.pl?sSession=2013&sChamber=S&RCS=1132

Compare the members from above to the Joint Legislative Workforce Development System Reform Oversight Committee for the current 2015-16 Session. (See: http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/Committees/Committees.asp?sAction=ViewCommittee&sActionDetails=Non-Standing_6578)

My Point/Action Steps:

While the above links will give you the names of the NC legislators and how they voted on the subject of Common Core; along with where some of them are now serving in the capacity of Workforce Reform, there are other committees to look towards. For example, here in NC, there’s a joint Study Committee on Education Reform, which includes some members of the public. Now, as notorious as CCSS is for having public, private partners, I’d dare say THOSE folks need a good looking into to.

A) IF you live in NC, what to do: 

Contact those who opposed the Core, yet are supporting Workforce education reform! Visit their offices, write them emails, help educate the constituents of each of the districts represented! Since we know the NC Chamber of Commerce is heavily involved, hold their feet to the fire!! Use the tried and true grapevine; social media; letters to the editor.

B) IF you live outside NC, what to do:

Investigate your Workforce Education Reform members; Education Reform; Appropriations for Education/Higher Education. We all know where the money is, there the Standards will be. Find out if your state level Chambers of Commerce are deep into the legislation. If so, find out where and expose it!! Remember, word of mouth; credible evidence.

C) For all of us:

When contacting Legislators, keep your facts concise (don’t babble); when writing, keep bullet points of the most crucial importance to a one page list. Provide documented proof (remember, each of my articles is written so that any link or document is totally accessible for sharing). Have students who are living the CCSS aligned Workforce saga talk with the legislators!

Finally, while some states aren’t involved in the CCSS, they ARE involved in Workforce! Don’t let your great state settle for CCSS adult aligned education (which via CCSS begins in elementary levels of education). Remember, cradle to career can’t happen IF we fight it with purposed direction.

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