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It’s Saturday Morning

Hello all you Anti Fed Ed Warriors! We’ve reached the next-to-the-last day of 2017. We’ve had many highs and lows in fighting our War Vs the Core this year. 

When I last wrote you, you learned about some ways in which not only education, but health care, is being used as tools for total alignment in our lives. The evidence shows a deeply sinister shift toward manipulation of our minds, as well as confinement for our students when it comes to what they will do with their lives.

It is my belief we should be looking more into things like this. Why? We can’t fight what we do not see coming at us.
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In the “Educating Our Health?” article, you were able to see how gaming is being used as a weapon to target students. I also suggested you look at all the other NIH (National Institutes of Health) SEPA (Science Education Partnership Awards) projects which are helping fund moves like this. 

For example, while the NIH/SEPA gave NC State University big bucks to create and implement a game bent on steering kids towards pre-determined healthcare careers, funds were awarded in Denver for what’s called ‘citizen science’.

What’s ‘citizen science’? A screen shot below from the Project page (added emphasis is mine)

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Warriors, we’ll get back to the NIH/SEPA later, it’s the thought of ‘citizen science’ I would like to stay in for a little longer. Why? It deals with Saturdays.

My TV On Saturday Mornings:

satmornWarriors, when was the last time you turned on your TVs on Saturday morning and watched? I’ve seen what’s there. IF you have access to the channels where you CAN find cartoons, that’s great. However, what’s the theme underneath those cartoons?

IF you’re like me and you have removed that access, what’s on the antenna channels on Saturday mornings? Education/informational shows! Shows filled with farces and fallacies when it comes to education. How? Read on, Warriors!

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This is a screen shot of the official Xploration Station TV show. This image I’ve captured lasts only a few seconds before it’s replaced with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) award-winning show information.

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According to the “About Us” video (which continually flashes several images at you in rapid speed, along with a Carl Sagan quote), Xploration Station is where ‘entertainment and science intersect’. If you visit the website, notice that the usually-only-seen-on Fox TV show is also available on Hulu, Amazon, Yahoo, and Netflix. This one show reaches over 4 million people.

Warriors, while I know there are other such shows on Saturday mornings now, I chose to use Xploration Station as an example because of what the spoken content was telling the audience. As the show comes on you hear the introduction of how this show is rated E/I (educational and informative). You also hear how this show is designed for the entire family to get involved in science.

Warriors, Xploration Station also ‘is the country’s ONLY broadcast destination dedicated exclusively to STEM EDUCATION for teens and families.’

Xploration Station has some pretty big partners, too. Zero Gravity (Zero-G) Corporation, National Geographic, and more. If you do not know about Zero Gravity Corporation, go here, scroll down to “About” and read how a former NASA employee started this company. To see the National Geographic information, go here.

Warriors, did you know there are federal education mandates for TV? Below, you’ll see how Xploration Station complies.

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Just before the TV Show first aired (began in 2014), B & C (Broadcast and Cable) reported WHY the Xploration Station was being trotted out for early Saturday mornings.  It was because America, as a nation, was falling behind in STEM education.

Warriors, this one show is a block of at least 2 hours! When ESSA’s (Ever Student Succeeds Act) mandates were signed into law, one of the ones I pointed out was how the push for increased overreach into our homes would be seen. The mandate of 24/7/365 access to technology for educational purposes was not a joke. The mandate for learning anytime, in any location, including your home has become a reality. We not only should ‘starve the beast’, we should turn off the technology!


Meanwhile, At NIH/SEPA:

The mentality of let’s get the entire family on the STEM bandwagon is at a rabid pace.
In Seattle, WA, another SEPA winner has a family specific STEM program. Why? Because enough families aren’t engaged enough with STEM.

The CCSS Machine’s not done with us yet, look what’s coming in 2018:

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To access the grant information for both arms of the NIH programs, go here and here.

If you’re not sure how STEM fits into the CCSS Machine, simply consider this for 2018 and beyond. The UN (United Nations) is a connector. 

Warriors, we KNOW the two are connected. Congress may or may not. Evidence proves that regardless of their knowledge of HOW STEM and CCSS are connected, they’ve turned a blind eye. I believe they’ll solider on in compliance to all that is happening in our educational system. Is it wrong? Absolutely! Is it up to us to put a stop to all that we can? Indeed!

Closing:

Warriors, do not simply resolve to fight back against the CCSS Machine in 2018, plan your actions now! The window of opportunity for us to protect our students is closing faster than we want to admit. Be brave in 2018! Stand up in 2018! Speak out, even if your voice shakes. We were not born to be compliant people. We were born a free people. Free, we must remain!

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Taking Us For A Ride

Warriors, maybe you remember back in the early 90s, a PBS show called “Magic School Bus”. I know I sure do. My children loved the show.

Well, it’s back and fully aligned to not only to the CCSS Machine, but to it’s counter-part, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

The show is to be used as a tool to entice children into anything and everything STEM has to offer. All the way from its “STEM education” for a “STEM nation”, to its “STEM citizens”. (These references are to the PCAST Report I’ve shared with you many times where it’s revealed that Common Core’s introduction into education was to help hide the agenda behind STEM’s roll-out.) The show’s also sure to include the “A” (for Arts). Thus, making “STEM” become “STEAM”. (I’ve also exposed THAT agenda in education reform as well.)

I was really saddened to hear another really fun educational show has become ensnared by the CCSS Machine.

What Lurks Behind That Bus:

In a word, Scholastic, Inc. This CCSS Machine member organization has totally sold out to the education reform. Scholastic, Inc. is the company which owns “Magic School Bus”. The updated STEM Version is to be called “Magic School Bus 360”.

In another word, PBS. This CCSS Machine member organization has seen fit to have Sesame Street aligned to Common Core, so why NOT Magic School Bus?!

In a third word, Netflix. This company is owned by an educratic reformer convinced America should eliminate all school boards. Netflix also is streaming the 90s versions of Magic School Bus.

From Scholastic, Inc’s press release, this excerpt, Uniquely aligned with the global emphasis on STEM education, the new Magic School Bus360° showcases all fields of science, while embracing technology as a creative tool that supports learning and impacts daily life. The series provides an exceptional opportunity for kids to watch, learn and explore science, inspiring them to become active participants in the scientific process through the show’s extraordinary adventures and fantastic discoveries.”

Access the entire Press Release: http://mediaroom.scholastic.com/press-release/scholastic-medias-magic-school-bus-continues-legacy-magic-school-bus-360-new-netflix-o

According to the Magic School Bus website, the Bus makes real life stops at libraries across the nation. Given how ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) has communities aligning to the education reform, these stops will be a great opportunity for more STEM agenda to be spread around. See: http://www.scholastic.com/magicschoolbus/travel/index.htm

While you will not see “Common Core” in plain sight on the Magic School Bus website, I did find this as evidence:

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According to EdWeek’s Blog (EdWeek is also sold out to the CCSS Machine), “The revival is timely, as there has been a nationwide push for STEM education, including by President Barack Obama, who has championed investments in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education for years.” (*Note: the entire article can be found, 
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_now/2017/01/magic_school_bus_reboot.html?cmp=SOC-EDIT-FB )



From The Bus To The White House:

It’s no secret how much federal overreach has taken place in education. It’s also no secret how much the outgoing President has participated in these efforts either. It was, in fact, his PCAST (President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) group which gave him that Report back in 2010.

That Report had bipartisan support. The goal? Improving education. Trouble is, as we’ve seen before, Warriors, take an agenda targeting group, add federal funds, new legislation, and ‘presto-changeo’: education reform run amuck. If you’ve not seen all that I found about this Report, revisit it: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/from-the-files-pcast-stem-and-common-core/

As far as the President’s STEM activities (and those closely related) since then:
STEM Act of 2015:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/wybi-tying-stem-to-ccss-again/
Tying STEM to the Import Export legislation:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/tech-thursday-stemccss-push-making-it-american/ *(Note: watch for ‘Smart Cities’)
Education waivers and the STEM Affinity Network:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/wybi-wednesday-rttt-stem-ed-waivers-and-more/ (ESSA will have States competing for federal funding and waivers as well.)
i3 Initiativehttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/10/19/sorry-mr-babbage/
STEM Master Corps: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/01/and-the-winners-are/
STEM, your community’s alignment, and a Vacation Bible School:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/04/24/full-steam-ahead/ (*also ties ESSA, WIOA, HEA to STEM)
STEM and Teacher Pay: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/essa-and-teacher-pay/
The Brain Initiativehttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/10/23/sure-fire-disaster-fed-ed/
Computer Science for All, ConnectED,  Promise Neighborhoods,  and, America’s College Promisehttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/kings-bandwagon-its-a-comin/

STEM, STEAM, And America:

1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/wybi-stem-to-steam-ties-to-common-core-pt-1/
2) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/28/tech-thursday-pt-2-stem-to-steams-ties-to-common-core/
3) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/29/friday-special-post-part-3-stem-to-steam-ties-to-ccss/

Netflix’s Ties to the CCSS Machine:
1) An interview: http://educationnext.org/disrupting-the-education-monopoly-reed-hastings-interview/

2) How I tied the company to Google’s education CCSS/STEM activites: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/sic-em-saturday-googles-common-core-classroom/

3) How a group of business investors in Silicon Valley have the ‘get rid of all school boards’ agenda: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/from-the-files-tuesday-down-in-the-valley/

PBS and ESSA:
1) Will also tie back to the President’s Digital Promise Initiative now codified in ESSA:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/essa-and-digital-overload/ (*Note: you will find 3 other PBS, CCSS Machine/STEM embedded researched articles in this link as well.)

Closing:

Warriors, while we see the damage of the STEM agenda/CCSS Machine behind us, we know that in the coming days, there will be much to fight in this continued War Vs. the Core. How much of the top-down overreach will we be free of is anyone’s guess at this point. Just remember, every single day this type of poor education continues, is another day we’ve lost many great minds.


Sic ‘Em Saturday: Google’s Common Core Classroom

Recently, I ‘attended’ yet another webinar connected to Common Core and classrooms. It’s amazing to me just how many on-line meetings have taken place over the past few months with new ways to ‘sell’ the Standards, make them ‘easier’ or how you just can’t live without their greatness..Please, give me a break!

Here are the takeaways I got from the ‘Google Classroom‘, which by the way, is all CCSS aligned!

All the ‘Google Classroom’ programs are FREE!

Paperless & virtual so no one can see your (the student’s) mistakes!

Teacher and students are in the same domain so engaging, eagerness, pride, and confidence can be experienced with richer, deeper meaning and content!

‘Google Classroom‘ is so tech savvy and filled with all the skills needed to prepare for the SBAC assessments (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium)!

Collaboration with other students is suddenly easier and better than ever!

Kids/students can conduct their own research and become better motivated in their free time!

Google Classroom‘ will help the students/kids to NOT focus on a few things they can do really well, it will have them focus on lots of things for seamless assignments and workflow while enabling communication (ditches the traditional homework, classroom work)!

Dell Overview, Twitter, Netflix, and others are all involved as well since 2010!

Can take to college with you, too! As long as you have a Google Education account, your learning never ends!

Teachers can access student data and share it with many others!

Along the same lines:

As I’ve stated before in other posts, in personal conversations, on social media, all you have to do to access FREE aligned games, apps, and toys such as ‘Google Classroom‘ is offering, is to do a simple search on your smartphone. On my android, I can have over 250 apps within seconds. All aligned, designed for and targeting Common Core as ‘fun’, ‘engaging’,  and ‘cute’. However, what about some of the old companies who want in on the CCSS money machine? Like “Leap Frog”, “Think Fun” and many others?

They align as well! “Think Fun” went as far as to change their name, to become more attractive (my opinion) to the CCSS parent or/and student. New name: “Binary Arts”. “Games building 21st Century thinking skills via play.” “Change the world by translating mathematicians, engineers and inventors crazy dreams into simple toys which make STEM more organically possible.” So ‘forward thinking in curricula’ STEaM will be wonderful! (In my PCAST, STEM and CC post, I exposed how STEM is the ultimate agenda riding into our lives via CC ,all, at the current administration’s bidding; STEaM is a newer way to expand that agenda, but that’s a future post)

On “Binary Arts” blog, back in June of 2014, the owner made this statement, “Thinking Sigmund Freud meets Apple Pie.” He also expresses much support for Mr. Gates & the efforts to bring CCSS to us Americans. See blog entry:

(http://www.thinkfun.com/smartplayblog/?p=3751)

Teacher turned toy maker:

(http://www.thinkfun.com/smartplayblog/), former teacher, Tanya Thompson, expresses the importance of changing the world through play. However, listen for the portion of her talk centering around coding being a wheelhouse for education. Look into the SNAP Math Fairs (big supporter is connected to the Canadian Government’s Ministry of Education). While I’ve not researched this to see if this is CCSS north of our border, I do include the link so you can read how the website is using similar language to what we, here in America, are seeing so much of in relation to Common Core(https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/)& HATCH Conferences (http://hatchexperience.org/project/what-is-hatch/). Watch the video, if you like, click on  ‘about HATCH’ and look for the ‘creativity is the common thread’ visual. Then, listen to how many times you can hear ‘change the world’. Intel, Inc. is a big underwriter of HATCH. Intel, Inc. is an ardent defender of CCSS (see: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/marketplacek12/2013/09/business_execs_fight_for_common_core_before_its_too_late.html)

While I couldn't find a direct link to WHAT education HATCH is promoting, I did find this graphic. Makes you think, doesn't it?
While I couldn’t find a direct link to WHAT education HATCH is promoting, I did find this graphic. Makes you think, doesn’t it?

A couple of loose ends:

Before we part company for the day, I wanted to tie up a few loose ends about Binary Arts. If you watched the short video featuring the teacher/inventor, did you catch her reference to “Robot Turtles”? Did you hear “Adventure Quest”? Both these games partner with Code.org (a non profit group tied to Bill Gates, Zuckerburg with Facebook, and Kopp of Teach for America) The agenda (besides CCSS) is coding as a ‘social issue’. Holding the creative communications license to the games? Khan Academy (another group which has ‘sold out’ to CCSS). Khan is hoping to impact the proposed AP (advance placement) courses as well.

So, in “Sic ‘Em Saturday” fashion, LOOK into the games, the apps, the toys your students/kids are using. Want to stay Common Core, global agenda free during play time? Get offline! Go out and play, read together, have a family game night (use a classic game or one created before 2008, which is my time marker for before CCSS and after CCSS).