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The Global Game

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, we well know the ‘fed ed’ wouldn’t exist as it does right now, if it weren’t for the global education agenda. Just last week, while writing for the Patriot Institute, I came across the World Education, Inc. website.


Warriors, the list of groups funding this corporation is a massive one. So many of the CCSS Machine members. We’ll look closer at the World Education, Inc. in a bit. First, let’s use a game show perspective.

It’s not enough that many of these members have ganged up on America, no, it’s like the CCSS Machine is playing us for all it can. Like a sick and twisted game show. Instead of American education being treated like a winner with lots of wonderful prizes, education has been reduced to a wheel of disaster.

Why would I use a wheel? Look below:


Warriors, this type of wheel includes everyone involved in education, not just students.
Below, is one wheel for teachers only:


Here’s another depiction of the disasters in education, thanks to ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). As you can see, no education choice will be a winner in escaping the overreaches.


Do you see Warriors? A wheel represents no beginning and no end. It goes around and around.

Think about some of the other images you’ve seen connecting the CCSS Machine to education. Chunks, clusters, pipelines, and, straight arrows.

World Education, Inc.:

Warriors, in the first screen shot, you may notice the ‘since 1951’ phrase. From their website, this excerpt, “Founded in 1951 to meet the needs of the educationally disadvantaged, World Education has worked in over 50 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, as well as in the United States. Working in concert with private, public, and nongovernmental organizations, World Education initiatives support effective local management and promote partnerships between local organizations.”

Here’s a YouTube video about the corporation. Below is a screen shot from the 2016 Annual Report:


What else is in the Annual Report? Teacher Professional Development in the US; funding from CCSS Machine members (The U.S. Dept. of Ed, The U.S. Dept. of Labor, UNICEF, the UN Foundation, and the AIR, American Institutes for Research); and the Board members with their organization’s name. CCSS Machine members Harvard University and MIT are among those represented.

From the World Education, Inc.’s archives, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s ‘contributions’:


Currently, there are 5 World Education initiatives in the U.S.


Supporting these in the U.S. are 39 College and Universities and/or their Systems, 18 Corporations (including the GED Testing Service from Pearson), 12 Foundations (see below), 37 U.S. Government agencies (including the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s CTE, Career Tech Education, Office), 82 Non-profit groups (includes quite a few well known CCSS Machine member groups), and, 4 Union and/or Workforce Development Boards.


Warriors, in a week or so, the World Education, Inc. is having a Conference for workforce based education. One of the key note speakers? A 2009 Obama nominee for the U.S. Dept. of Education as the Under Secretary. She now leads the College Promise Program. Dr. Martha Kanter. Her bio can be found here. When I first wrote about the College Promise Campaign, the same logo you see below was used in a “Heads Up” Project. The overall goal for the College Promise: free community college for all.


The World Education, Inc. has a monthly newsletter called the “Change Agent”. The current issue is all about Career Pathways. I’ve written several articles about the Career Pathwaysworldedchangeagent
To access the free webinar slides, go here.

The World Education, Inc. is trying so hard to sell its work as ‘expert’. When you take into consideration all the ties to the CCSS Machine, it’s not expertise they have, it’s alignment!



Warriors, please know that when I share things like this, I am not blaming those involved in education who are fighting by our sides. I AM blaming the CCSS Machine for its continued game of ruining America’s education system. I AM speaking up and highlighting what the CCSS Machine is doing so we can be as informed as possible.
We cannot fight a war if we do not know all the opponents.

I’d personally like to see education become a winning ticket for everyone! Personally, I’d love to see the CCSS Machine destroyed.


FOM Friday: Ed Reform Sans Common Core?!

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.

Today’s “Fib-o-Meter” Friday is a quest to see if we can find any modern education reform NOT impacted by Common Core Standards from just a few of those in the ‘education’ business.

First up, Nellie Mae Foundation:
Maybe you’ve heard of Nellie Mae? Maybe you haven’t. Nellie Mae hangs out in the upper eastern side of the USA. She’s been around since 1990 and is a huge fan of public school reform. Way back when, she was helping fund education for students. Fast forward to today and you’ll find Nellie’s had a makeover!! One of her ‘sugar daddies’? Gates Foundation! Since 2009, Nellie Mae’s  gotten well over $1 million to transform her entire outfit. (see: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=nellie%20mae%20foundation) Let’s see how!!

Changing, according to Nellie Mae, begins at the school district level. Here’s our first statement that the “Fib-o-Meter” will rate.

“School districts are essential actors in any education reform
and will have to play a vital role in any efforts to expand
student-centered approaches to learning. Without district
leadership of student-centered reform initiatives, widespread
implementation is likely to fail.”

“Fib-o-Meter” will be rating this as “Neutral”. Why? It is becoming more and more unclear how essential school districts are when filtered through Common Core. One only has to turn to the media to find real life accounts of how local control is being misused, undercut, and ignored. One school board official I’ve met shared how mandated the state has kept them. However, ask the state and they share how much freedom the school districts have. To make this a “Total Truth”, we’d need to be free of the CCSS in all shapes and forms. To make this a “Total Fallacy”, we need only to listen to those convinced it’s the business world that’s the new reformer. What makes the above statement so worthy of the “Fib-o-Meter”? It’s one of the findings educational experts discovered.

“School districts serve as a key connection between communities and their schools.”

While this may be true in the upper eastern portion of the US, I highly doubt this is a statement the rest of the nation can agree on. “Fib-o-Meter” is giving this statement a “Fallacy” rating. With all the funding being thrown around in the nation for those 21st Century Community Learning Centers and CCSSO movements like “Strive Together”, added to the overall aspirations of some business groups to dissolve school boards, it’s a hard sell to believe this finding.

If you’d like to read the rest of the report geared on why schools need to reform to student-led learning vs. teacher-led (a big portion of CCSS; notice the CCSS in the upper left hand corner too), http://www.nmefoundation.org/getmedia/b43eeeb6-0a13-4f71-955f-fdd49486fc90/Changing-district-practices-exec-summ?ext=.pdf

ILN (Innovative Lab Network):

One of Nellie Mae’s  ‘boyfriends’ (aside from Gates) is the ILN, an arm of the Chief Council of State School Officers. I found this CCSSO/ILN video embedded on Nellie Mae’s website. As you watch it, run the statements you hear through your “Fib-o-Meter”. Be sure you note the white board in the opening moments and look for CCSS.

Related to ILN are 2 of my previous posts and one from fellow anti CCSS warrior, LadyLiberty1885.
1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/ftf-tuesday-common-core-network/
2) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/fom-friday-knowledgeworks-or-knowledge-quirks/ 3) http://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/10/24/the-ccsso-unc-nc-and-india/

Here’s what CCSSO says about ILN, “The Innovation Lab Network (ILN) is a group of states taking action to identify, test, and implement student-centered approaches to learning that will transform our public education system. The goal of the ILN is to spur system-level change by scaling locally-led innovation to widespread implementation, both within and across states, with a constant focus on student outcomes. Current states in the ILN include California, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Schools and districts within these states have been given the opportunity to act as pressure-testers of new and innovative ways to address the needs of their students, with backing and support from their state departments of education. In the context of the ILN, CCSSO acts as a centralizing entity that facilitates collaboration and communication among ILN states, and provides leadership as states move forward with their innovative efforts.” Based on the fact CCSSO owns one half the copyright to CCSS and has vested interest in education reform, “Fib-o-Meter” rates them as “Total Fallacy”.

The Framework Institute:

Nellie Mae’s been busy, she helped this institute come to life. She had lots of help, however. This Institute could double for a “Who’s Who Among CCSS” event! See for yourself, “With funding from Nellie Mae, Ford, Hewlett, Mott, Kellogg, NoVo and Raikes Foundations; significant previous related funding from Lumina and The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and recently-added funding from the Noyce Foundation, this collaborative endeavor has supported extensive quantitative and qualitative research to identify how to reframe critical issues in education reform.” You really need to see their entire list of funders/supporters: http://www.frameworksinstitute.org/partners1.html

This pro CCSS group wants to play a game with you.
This pro CCSS group wants to play a game with you.

I found the above game, “Swamped” on the FI’s website. It is geared for adults. You really need to access this game and see the ‘pay it forward collective’ agenda. It’s complete with ‘think/say this’, ‘don’t say/think that’. For example, you, the player are told to NOT focus on the triangle of ‘parent, student, teacher’. (“Totally Fallacy” via the “Fib-o-Meter, by the way. We SHOULD be focused there. CCSS is damaging all in the triangle!)

More “Total Fallacy” from the Framework Institute, an entire ‘Talking Points” guide to STEM in education!
STEM-talking-points, Sorry FI, if you want me to discuss STEM in education, I’m using the PCAST report that explains how STEM is the agenda for “STEM citizen for life” in education (see my 09/02/14 post about PCAST, STEM and Common Core)

Well, folks, looks like if we truly wish to find education that works without CCSS, it won’t be from any of these organizations.
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