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Big City, Private Education

Warriors, I was recently contacted by a concerned Anti CCSS Warrior from a big city in Texas. My fellow Warrior lives in Houston. She also is involved in a faith-based private school. The photos she sent me have been troubling her. She wants to know when the shift from academics to workforce took over her church’s school.

Previously, Warriors, I’ve shared with you a few articles about the Catholic Church’s leap from academics to Common Core (or, as it is now called, ‘College and Career Readiness’ or “Challenging State Academic Standards” found in ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act). You also may remember how the private, faith-based schools are tied to a newer wave of education called ‘micro schools’. The Catholic Church has been targeted by this movement based on its love of serving communities.

If you’ve followed my blog for a long time, you’ll remember the articles about private education using CCSS aligned assessments.  That article shared an account of a distraught mother and the private Catholic school her children attended.

However, Warriors, this latest mom is from the Lutheran church. She has allowed me to share her evidence.

Let me pause long enough to answer one of her questions. She has asked me when did the Lutheran church schools sell out to the CCSS Machine? I cannot say for every single church school, but I can share that 3 large Lutheran bodies belong to the CAPE (Council for American Private Education). Look below:

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Source for image 

 

Mom Supplied Evidence:

“Maggie”, as I’ll refer to her shared that her Lutheran Church recently joined forces with a more liberal Lutheran sect, Lutheran Social Services. This now allows the Social Service group to run a school. From the slides shown at a meeting about the school, Maggie noticed a definite shift. Tell me what you see, Warriors.

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Then, this:

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Other slides Maggie sent me were geared around how all this education shift was a great “Christian” thing to do. It was hyped as ‘opportunity’. There were also more slides about the people in Upbring leading the school. These are a bit more fuzzy than the 2 above, but I will share them with you.

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To see how Upbring is part of the Lutheran Social Services, go here.
To learn about the ties to the CCSS Machine the newly announced principal has, go here.
(*Note: if you do not see the ties immediately, think Head Start, Early Head Start.)

According to Maggie’s information, the LSS (Lutheran Social Services) is a federal government contractor for refugee resettlements. When you look at the LSS’s website, look at the community wide classes offered. All kinds of religion, just not Christianity.
I was able to find that others have written about this. What I discovered is it isn’t only TX this is happening.

This newest Upbring school in Maggie’s church will closely mirror the Austin, TX Upbring School of Arts and Science. That school uses the Reggio Emilia educational approach. If you do not recognize that early learning philosophy, think ‘child centered’, open classrooms, and ‘critical thinking’. USAS, Upbring School of Arts and Science is a STEAM curriculum user. Recently, I shared with you an Alabama elementary school which is a STEAM recognized school. (*Note: look below for the highlighted “STEM and STEAM” phrase to see that AL elementary school.)

For the Lutheran School being a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) means, “STEAM empowers students to connect what they learn about science, technology, engineering and math through the STEMscopes curriculum with reading, writing, music and other arts.”

STEMscopes is from Accelerate Learning in partnership with Rice University. It’s tied to NGSS (Next Gen Science Standards), and those ‘state standards’. According to the website, STEMscopes is the most widely used science program in the State of Texas in all types of PreK to 12th grade settings.

If you’re interested, Warriors, I found a thesis on how well Reggio Emilia, Project Based Learning and Common Core work together. The author gave big nods to John Dewey and then tied the research back to her major, psychology.

How Low Can We Go?

Warriors, I know we are all beleaguered by the awful impact the CCSS Machine has rendered upon our schools. But to do all this and then slap a faith-based label on it? I’m sorry Warriors, but to me, that’s pretty deceptive. 

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Source of the image 

 

Closing:

Warriors, I hope the evidence Maggie has provided paints the picture of just how much the CCSS Machine is overreaching into our lives. I hope you can see the agenda behind this type of reform in church based schools. If not, here it is:
 global uniformity in the name of educational excellence

Of the code names you see in the image above, almost every one of these can be traced back to the United Nations. Most especially STEM and STEAM. Maggie had asked me about those as well.

Warriors, we will not be free of the global agenda in education or in our nation as long as we are tied in ANY way to the UN. The US has invested too much time, taxpayer dollars, and, energy creating legislation (at all government levels) adhering to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Embedded in these Goals is the shift we’re seeing:

One type of education for everyone. One way to live and work. Attacking faith-based schools with this? It’s all part of the plan toward a one-way-to-believe-society.

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Update on “Of Late”

When I wrote “Of Late”, I knew there were several key pieces of evidence to present and somehow tie together. 

Almost immediately after the article hit the social media circuit, I got at least 2 other leads from fellow Warriors, making EVEN more connections to the subject matter in “Of Late”. If you missed that topic, it was all about the how our current U. S. Congress is bowing MORE to a global vent for workforce based education for all ages and all educational choices.

What follows is to be used as tools for every anti Fed Ed Warrior out there. Yes, it’s in-depth. But, it needs to be.

Where I Left Off:

Warriors, I left you with the confirmed evidence that American education is being used as a tool against us for the purpose of reshaping our nation. To continue that re-shaping, look to North Dakota, first.

Heading West:

My fellow Warrior from “The Roughrider State”, noticed that some of the items I shared seemed a bit TOO familiar. She then referred me to Gov. Burgum’s recent Innovation in Education Summit. She laid out some quick facts about the ties some of those presenting ‘expert’ evidence have to the CCSS Machine. She heavily questions how well these people represent the values of the North Dakotians.

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I  found Dintersmith involved in another education reform area (which was also another tip from my ND friend). That is the “Most Likely to Succeed” documentary. This was filmed back in 2015 and was considered a hit by the Sundance Film Festival. What the documentary shows is chilling, Warriors. Below is the just over 2 minute trailer. Notice the key CCSS Machine members (Robinson is tied to Pearson, Khan is tied to the Khan Academy and received Gates Foundation funding to switch to CCSS, Common Core State Standards.)

(*Note: the full length documentary is not available legally for free on You Tube due to copyright issues.)
Below is a ‘team’ spirited description about the documentary. The number one team member? Dintersmith!

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If you’d like to see the “Most Likely to Succeed Learning Sparks” (short videos to spur you into action to help create more ‘innovation’ in your schools), find them here. Warriors, you find out how to ‘hack’ education and more. Look for Linda Darling-Hammond to be among the ‘experts’. Try not to cringe.

Warriors, I haven’t forgotten Dintersmith’s assignment by former President Obama (in the brief bio description above) to the UN. Neither should you.

Time and time again, I’ve shown you fact based research on how the former leader and his administration bent over backwards to help continue the cycle of ‘dumbing down’ American education.
There was the PCAST Report from 2010 where STEM was ushered in as a disguise for the UN’s SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), thanks to the NSF (National Science Foundation) and many other CCSS groups. There was also ‘innovation’ after ‘innovation’ initiative or some digital push to be foisted on our teachers and students.

Thanks to ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), those ‘innovation’ and digital overhauls are 100% certain. Has our current President slowed any of this down? Hardly.

Mr. Trump has, in fact, seemingly turned a deaf ear to the CCSS Machine’s technology de facto moves.

To see what Pres. Obama’s White House Report (Next Generation High Schools) featuring Mr. Dintersmith, contained, look here.

Warriors, remember, Dintersmith is a business man, not an educator. The fact sheet for the same White House Report reveals not only a big STEM push, but CTE (Career Tech Education) push, too. Both STEM and CTE are tied up in CCSS, apprenticeships, and the global education scheme of the United Nations.

Getting Back To The “Most Likely”:

Warriors, here’s an almost 30 minute video featuring the producer and lead team member for “Most Likely to Succeed”. You’ll not only see clips from the full documentary, you’ll hear first hand pro CCSS Machine discussion. Once again, Linda Darling-Hammond will surface during this video with her explanation as to how ‘grit’ will help solve the outdated American education. Listen all the way to the end. There is key evidence there.

Meanwhile In North Dakota:

One of the major concerns of my ND Warrior friend is shared by others in a few other States. The profiling of our high school students. If you’ve heard of “NorthStar” you know what I mean. The Facebook group Educray is based in TX. When my ND Warrior shared her concerns on social media, Educray was quick to join her. See below:

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From TX, the Highland Park ISD graduate profile reeks of “content rich” global citizens rhetoric.

To see the Profile of a Graduate/EdLeader21 description of these types of data mining profiles, access the information here. To see the 4 Cs, collaboration, creativity, communication, and, critical thinking (which replace the 3 Rs in education), look here.
Getting Smart (Tom VanderArk) has a detailed article and podcast you’ll need to investigate. You’ll see other States using these profiles for ‘quality education’.

ReTool Your School:

Also featured in the ND Innovation Summit was “School ReTool”. If you’re not familiar, have you noticed how many of our schools are building torn down to be replaced by buildings which could double as a prison? To find out about this movement and how it connects to the global scheme:

https://vimeo.com/album/3269852

If you wonder about the ReTool’s ‘mission’? Look below:

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 Among School ReTool’s Partners? Groups from ME, NH, CO, CCSS Machine members Hewlett Foundation, Ted Dintersmith, and more. Find the rest here.

Part of the ‘retooling’? “Academic interships”..a fancy name for ‘Apprenticeships’!! If you’ll remember, Warriors, most of the “Of Late” article spells out for us the global ties to apprenticeships, higher education, and more. To see School ReTool’s Academic Internship plot, visit here.

Warriors, since most of the apprenticeships and internships are targeting our high schoolers in an attempt to groom them for higher education, we know to be watching the post-secondary reform like a hawk. You also know, I have been helping you do just that for years. EdWeek has an article, published earlier this week which reveals some valid points (even for a pro CCSS/ESSA source).

Point #1: Since the U.S. Secretary DeVos has been in office, she’s tackled much more higher education reform than K-12th grades.
Point #2: There’s a ton more federal control on colleges, community colleges, proprietary (for profit) schools, and all the early college, skill prep programs to unite K-12th to post-secondary education.

Innovation Kills:

Warriors, much of the conversation about all this alignment, reform, and increased innovation leaves out the bare faced fact that innovation actually stunts our minds.
How? Too much of anything is bad for us. As the push to unite the USA to a global education continues; technology and innovation/infrastructure for such will continue to envelope us. 

Released in 2016, is the short You Tube film which depicts a father and child. Conformity to a work/school system is the topic. According to the resource I found highlighting this film, the tone of the writer is that we must change society to join work and education.
Exactly the message we are hearing from the UN, Congress, and our Administration in Washington, D.C. 

The writer stresses that is it our current mindset toward work and school which is killing our student’s minds. In the fact-based research and evidence, it is the CCSS Machine grasp on education which is doing the stunting. NOT parents, not our environment.

I was able to find that one of the producers of “Alike” (Daniel M. Lara) is tied to the Blender Foundation and their 2016 Conference, where he was a featured speaker. Blender Conferences have been an annual event for a while now. Blender’s focus? Arts, technology, animation, and all related subjects. I also found that the Blender Foundation was cited as a resource (page 86) in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) publication from 2015 for IGI Global for use in America. This Google Book is a goldmine of education reform. Chapter 83 is all about embedding pedagogy into NGSS (Next Gen Science Standards), you’ll see how innovation is to be used to target those ‘less academic’ than their peers, you’ll find out STEM is being unleashed on our babies, how ‘blended learning’ and PBLs (Problem Based Learning) is to shift education’s responsibility from teacher to student as a force tactic, future trends for K-20 education (kindergarten to 4 year college degree or similar), service based education (as in grooming the ‘collective, global citizens’), computer games as science teachers, multi-pronged distance education, how the Europeans are educating in these ways, open source lectures (coding classes will tie in here), and, more. (*Note in the beginning pages the number of American Universities.)

A 2014 Oregon State University Blender Camp brochure. Warriors, it will show you how ‘blending art’ and STEM fit into the classrooms.

A Blender Foundation “STEM in the Classroom” example. It’s called “Teach STEM Now”.

Interestingly enough, Betsy DeVos and Ivanka Trump just promoted more girls to STEM in the Smithsonian Museum, 7/25/17. They teamed up back in March 2017 to do much the same. (*Note: Not so funny, one of the UN’s SDGs is promoting women in education, especially STEM.)

IGI Global has a Pearson Publishing assessment available for a price. Check it out.

Last Stop, North Carolina:

Warriors, as you know I’ve shared with you how sold out to the CCSS Machine, NC is. Living here has given me the opportunity to show you things to watch for. Look below. One of the NC legislators is bragging on how ‘we’ will be the first in the nation for state-wide classroom internet access. Remember, ESSA’s mandates in technology include such. Way to align, NC.

Access the “Economist” article and you’ll literally read the beginning words with the name of B.F. Skinner, quickly followed by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerburg.

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Closing:

The long road of reform to a global education is fully in the works. Warriors, let’s get busy!

Gauged Education

Warriors, you’ve heard me say time and time again, that based on research, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is directly connected to the CCSS Machine.

You’ve also heard me, and, seen the proof.
Together, we’ve been able to piece together that the acroynm “STEM” was a marketing tool created by the NSF (National Science Foundation). NSF is a government funded, non-government agency. It’s also fully supportive of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the recent past, I’ve written at least 2 in-depth articles about the UN SDGs.

Below is a screen shot of the the history of NSF. Notice the side bar. Then, read the bottom box. You’ll need to enlarge the picture.

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To see more about GOALI, click here. (*Note: this is not an NSF website, but one of the partners.)
To see the 2015 NSF Partners for Innovation Report, access it here.

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The biggest take away from all of the above information is simply this:

STEM is an intregal part of the UN’s SDGs and America’s up to its neck in alignment.

What better way to usher STEM into our classrooms for ALL ages that the Common Core (aka: College and Career Readiness), CTE (Career Tech Ed), and more?

That’s exactly what the PCAST Report to former President Obama laid out.

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Fast forward to 2017. I’m sure you’ve heard of NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards). I’ve even written about them in the past. Below are just a few questions I’m sure you may have by now.

Those “Burning” Questions:

1) What group is behind the NGSS?
2) What States are involved in using (or preparing to use) NGSS?
3) How does all this connect to a new curriculum called IQWST (Investigating and Questioning Our World Through Technology)?
4) How does all this tie back to NSF? CCSS Machine? STEM? Common Core (aka: College/Career Readiness)? CTE (Career Tech Ed)?
5) Are there connections, in any way, to the UN SDGs?
6) Is there any action geared toward all this in my State? Where would I look?

The Revealing Answers:

1 and 2; some of 3 and 4) NGSS is a ‘collaborative’ effort between Achieve, Inc. several States across America, the National Research Council, the NSTA (National Science Teachers Assoc.), and, AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science). According to another related organization producing materials to support NGSS, the Standards are registered trademark of Achieve, Inc. (see below) Warriors, did we not raise the question about ‘trademarked educational standards’ with CCSS?!

Educational standards which are trademarked CANNOT be altered!

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By contrast, see how Truth in American Education’s article reveals California’s battle over NGSS assessments. How Achieve, Inc. impacts home education , or, what else is happening via Achieve, Inc. in more traditional education choices; access the highlighted links.
What Achieve, Inc’s website describes the organization as, Achieve is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit education reform organization dedicated to working with states to raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability.”

IQWST (Investigating and Questioning Our World Through Science and Technology) is just one of the ‘services’ Activate Learning has created. What is Activate Learning (AL)? The organization produces K-8th grade resources focusing on STEM. AL also partners with Achieve, Inc and Measured Progress to support and extend NGSS. Specifically, the IQWST is PBL (project based learning) with a digital component.

A pause for a question:
Now, why is ‘STEM for babies’ (Kindergarten) a bad idea? It starts our children off for an aligned agenda NOT for academic prowess, but workforce based aligned careers paths. See this and this.

If you’d like to see IQWST’s alignment to NGSS, click on the highlighted word. This will also help answer question number 4 when you see how NSF funded the writing of the curriculum.
If you’d like to see NGSS’s alignment to CCSS (which leads to alignment to CTE/STEM/CCR):
http://ngss.nsta.org/making-connections-common-core.aspx

For a visual of interconnection, look at the example from Washington State, below:

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To answer number 5, from above, Population Education has quite a bit about the ease of adding the UN’s SDGs to existing CCSS and NGSS. By default, doing this adds in CTE, CCR, and STEM. Here are  two excerpts, “The SDGs can be an excellent way to take a solution-minded approach to teaching about climate change and social justice in the classroom.”  Then, this is followed by this, “…fit teaching the SDGs into an already crammed schedule, which has to prioritize CCSS and NGSS, state standards, and meeting district or school-wide curriculum goals.”
To see the Populate Education’s plan for SDG goals to be embedded in CCSS and NGSS, click here.

Populate Education is a  project of Populate Connection. Populate Connection was previously known as ZPG or Zero Population Growth. It was formed back in the late 1960s. If you’d like to see an example of the group’s global attitude about teen pregnancies and how it is addressed in a classroom: PopEd.

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To access the entire Population Connection’s PAC Financial Statement, go here.

So, what about Question 6..what’s going on in our States? Here’s an example from this past week in NC.

A STEM Teaching Program got the go-ahead from our legislators. State Representatives Horn and Barefoot, along with UNC President Spellings, and, others made the headline news. Here is ABC 11’s Report on the re-release of the STEM Teacher Program. (*Note: Rep. Barefoot, at one time was anti Common Core. ) If the name Spellings rings in your head, that is because it would be Margaret Spellings, as in former U.S. Secretary of Education.
The most important thing about this re-introduction is it is targeting STEM for special needs students.

To see how a NC Bond ties STEM to more than you realize, use this article as an example of where to look in your State.

From MS and including a NC STEM leader, this article with disturbing language like ‘we must understand STEM as a culture’, and more.

Connecting All This to ESSA, WIOA, and the HEA:

Warriors, in ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) STEM Master Teacher Corps are embedded.
Since social justice is being taught, those who will be teaching MUST be trained to embed it.
This is where the ESSA mandates for teacher preparation also link to CTE (Career Tech Education) and therefore link to the HEA (Higher Education Act).
Since CTE includes Career Pathways, that links you back to WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act).

Related Resources:
1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/school-board-special-part-two/
Where you’ll see the STEM pipeline picture with more information.

2) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/tech-thursday-cte-ccss-and-special-needs-in-post-secondary-education/ (shows the targeted efforts toward special needs and their families to align to the CCSS Machine

3) Copyright laws prohibit me from linking you to the Measured Progress’s 3D (3 Dimensional) STEM Gauge Guide (where STEM is aligned to NGSS), but I can point you to where to look. Use your internet to search for Measured Progress STEM Gauge. You should find a free poster you can download.

4) Go here to learn how 3D Learning is the ‘new’ best gift in education.

5) To tie NSF to the assessments used in our classrooms, go here.

Tech Thursday: CCSS/CTE Low Down

Sometimes even the most seasoned anti CCSS Warrior needs a refreshment in purpose. I know, I do. Lately, however, I’ve been meeting more and more new folks, who are stepping up to the fight and willing to become anti CCSS Warriors. Today’s “Tech Thursday” will be ‘low-tech’. I’m harkening back to some basics in our ‘War Against the Core’.

Protecting each other well during a battle is vital for success.
Protecting each other well during a battle is vital for success.

The thoughts of new Warriors needing information and veterans needing refreshing  is thrilling AND challenging. Why? Thrilling because the message about the toxicity of the agenda, initiative behind the CCSS Machine is waking up more and more citizens. Challenging because there SO much information out there, they are quickly overwhelmed.

Anti CCSS Warriors, veteran or new, we don’t have much time.

The swiftness of this War Against the Core is moving quickly. Even now, Congress is set to re-authorize the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) via a combination of the two versions of bills passed by each Chamber earlier this year (the House’s version is HR5, “Student Success Act”; the Senate’s is S1177, “Every Child Achieves Act”. The combination bill is set to be well over 2, 000 pages. It is full of MORE CCSS (Common Core State Standards), CTE (Career Tech Education), CP (Career Pathways), CCR (College and Career Readiness), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math), NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards), C3 (the new CCSS aligning Civics), and countless other measures which lock in national assessments, teacher and educational staff alignment, and ESA (Education Savings Accounts or ‘portability’ {this is where the money follows the child throughout their educational lives}. The combined bill will lock in social and emotional mental health for ALL students. It will lock in 21st Century Community Learning Centers (where our schools will be transformed into ‘one stop’ locations for education, health care, job searches, and more). We’ll see MORE data mining, high stakes assessments for educational staff and students. To hear that a legislator or leader is against Common Core (assumed to be only K-12), they must also be against the post-secondary versions, the birth to PreK versions, the versions which impact those outside public education.

We must also be watching for any re-authorization of the HEA (Higher Education Act of 1965). This re-authorization is set to CONTINUE all of the above into our post-secondary educational institutions (where it already is).

We must focus, we  must be purposed. Me must be diligent, vigilant, and vocal.

We must remain united. If we are against the CCSS Machine and all it encompasses, that is all it takes.
Our evidence must be factual and credible. For those who are new to this War, it can be confusing whom or what to trust. My researched advice? Follow the evidence where it leads. Don’t rely on a name alone. I’ve been horribly surprised in finding out who is really fighting AGAINST the agenda behind the CCSS Machine and who is really casting shadows.
This should include those in your local areas as well as those on a national level.
If our evidence uncovers someone who appears to be against one part of the Core and supports it in another way, we should hold them accountable as to WHY. ANY part of the agenda or the initiative to change not only our education system, but also change our country is UNACCEPTABLE.
If what we’ve found to be credible, factual exposes P3s(public private partnerships), legislators, etc. so be it. Common Core has many parts in its “Machine”. We know with responsibility to be truthful, that means we may face hard times. So be it. When we answered this battle cry to save our students, teachers, schools. WE MEANT IT. 

We also must take the time to attend as many ‘Warrior meetings’ as possible. By this I mean, in person, virtual, or on the phone. We must stay connected. No warrior in any battle will survive alone. We must take care to remember, what we fight against is a ‘initiative’, not people. It’s easy to attack people. That lessens our effectiveness in this War Against the Core. However, if we attack the initiative, that, my fellow Warriors, is much more impacting.  We have proven how effective and impacting we can be against the CCSS Machine. If not, why else would the Machine be churning out MORE rhetoric?! The Machine may be well funded and huge, (think Goliath), but those of us choosing to be anti CCSS Warriors know just where to cast the truth (think David and his 5 smooth stones and 1 slingshot). Truth hurts, however, truth WINS!

If you are a new anti CCSS Warrior, I invite you to contact me at your convenience. If I can not fully answer what is it you are questioning or seeking, I have no hesitation in pointing you to the correct person or fact based evidence. My research of all things connected to national standards began in 2009. The blog has over 300 articles full of embedded documents, links, media resources. I do not ask you to take my word alone about ANY of the CCSS Machine’s activities, I give you the information so you can USE it as a WEAPON. I don’t TELL you WHAT to THINK, I POINT you in the DIRECTIONS best suited for this War.

If you are a seasoned anti CCSS Warrior and need help, i am at your service. I thank each of you who have found my research trustworthy and who seek me out for what actions would be best in certain situations you’ve faced during your journeys.

 

Be focused in your actions against the CCSS Machine.
Be focused in your actions against the CCSS Machine.

If you only seek to do one thing to strike a blow against the CCSS Machine today, it is this:
Call your Representatives or Senators in D.C. at 202-224-3121 and tell them to vote AGAINST the re-authorization of the ESEA in ANY form. 

Monday Musings: Honor Among CCSS Warriors

Even if you aren't a homeschooling family, PH's consistent researched articles are vital to fighting education reform.
Even if you aren’t a homeschooling family, PH’s consistent researched articles are vital to fighting education reform.

Greetings anti CCSS warriors! The beginning of a new work week. The beginning of a new day to war against the CCSS Machine. I’ve a short story for you today…one that’s full of honor among those of us who choose to fight for our students of ALL ages in ALL educational choices every single day.

The 1990s to 2009:

I’m not sure when or why you joined the anti CCSS movement, but here’s how I got involved. First off, my family had chosen (way back in the early 90s) to educate our children at home. Being that ‘out of the normal box’ family has worked well for us through the years. Knowing we were ‘different’ kept us on our toes, so to speak. We faced the ire of the local school boards when we learned they didn’t like our choice because it deprived them of per student funding. We stood firm in our decision. We’ve faced the ridicule of those who chose the more traditional route in educating their children. We stood firm in not ridiculing them.

When a new job created the need to move to NC from FL, we did so while still choosing to home educate. We moved to a city where we knew no one except each other and our dog. It was that need to find others like us which got us involved in leadership possibilities in our unique community of learners, teachers, and families. I had to learn the new laws of what constituted home education. Years passed, all was well…or so I thought. Yes, there’d been pushes here and there from national groups and local ones to further regulate home education, but every move failed.

Then one day, I find myself at a meeting full of educational leaders. Different national magazines were being shared. One of those was “Practical Homeschooling” magazine. In the particular issue from mid 2009 I was alerted to big trouble looming in the form of a push for national standards. Then I picked  up a second issue of the same magazine and found an article about the globalizing of American education. Between the two articles (full of researched and credible information), I was spurred on. After reading what I had, I knew in my heart there was NO WAY I could sit by and watch our freedoms be stripped away. By ‘our freedoms’ I mean everyone’s right to choose how to educate their children. I’ve never been in the conversion business for there’s only ONE WAY to teach and learn.

From 2009 to Now:

Since digging into fighting national overreach into education (which is NOT in the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, or any other foundational document for our country), I’ve met some amazing people, been privileged to speak out (and to be sought out to speak up), had many wise folks to learn even more from, and to be asked repeatedly for information, advice, and what my research has exposed. I can happily share that MOST everyone I meet, and everywhere I get to travel in this “War against the Core”, more and more people who desire honor (and are honorable) are standing up! “Practical Homeschooling” spurred me on, I’ve been able to ignite that spark in others; they will carry on to excite even more people.

Our work is FAR from over, our journey is long..it is exacting. But, as has been written ‘when courage is in our hearts it WILL appear on the battlefield’. I would encourage you, no matter WHAT educational choice you have made for your families, look at ALL the available researched and credible publications you can find. While we know CCSS overreach spans day care to career, we are learning more daily on HOW that overreach is impacting ALL the educational choices. We’ve learned it’s in STEM, STEM to STEaM, CTE, CCR, Career Pathways (includes Career Clusters and Workforce training), NGSS, C3 Social Studies, our extra curricular clubs, our community wide educational events; we’ve learned how our entire communities are being aligned via all types of ‘feel good, do good for the town’ projects, initiatives, and legislation. We’ve seen our federal Congress bend over backwards to create bills which ‘rubber stamp’ anything connected to the CCSS Machine. We’ve watched as our states have forgotten (or just been lazy in exercising) their sovereignty in protecting the citizens against federal overreach…especially in education!

My point in all this? Continue to stand firm; to fight, not because you want to, rather because you have to; be honorable in your battle, remember whom you represent; seek out those who consistently provided facts, evidence, and aren’t seeking glory, these are the folks most likely to be the ones you’d want standing with you as we proceed.

To find out more about PH Magazine, the publishers have granted me permission to share the following subscription links:
For individuals:   http://www.home-school.com/catalog/pages/phs-usa-individual.php
For groups or libraries:  http://www.home-school.com/catalog/detail.php3?code=PHG1

(*Note: if the links do not open automatically, you can cut and paste in your internet browser; below is the entire cover of the magazine.)

"Practical Homeschooling" is on Facebook and Twitter, too!
“Practical Homeschooling” is on Facebook and Twitter, too!

 

Sic’ ‘Em Saturday: Aligned Summer

No matter how fun it appears, a summer CCSS machine program is still full of agenda!
No matter how fun it appears, a summer CCSS Machine program is still full of  cruel agenda!

Ahh, summer approaches. While you may have plans of relaxing fun, the CCSS Machine has a fully ‘locked and loaded’ menu of intentional alignment to illegally crafted Standards. Would you know where to spot them?

CCSS, Summer Style:
Type in “CCSS Summer” as a search option. If your results are anything like mine, almost 500,000 results will appear. One such group is “Student Achievement Partners, Inc.”. They are hosting  summer courses around the country. They partner with your local schools, so you may not always see “SAP”, you may see “Achieve the Core”, or some other innocuous name.

“SAP, Inc.” was  founded by David Coleman, Jason Zimba, and Susan Pimentel. They are a non-profit group. From their website, http://www.achievethecore.org, “Student Achievement Partners, Inc. was founded by David Coleman, Susan Pimentel and Jason Zimba, lead writers of the Common Core State Standards. We are a non-profit organization with one purpose: to help all students and teachers see their hard work lead to greater student achievement.” (the preceding excerpt is from their http://achievethecore.org/about-us page.) I urge you, as an action step to read the entire ‘About Us’ page. You’ll see how the group is careful to point our where their money comes from (or not), who’s on the governing board, and more. (*Note: be sure to expand the ‘see more’ option near the bottom of the page.) As far as funding, I bet as a studied anti CCSS warrior you can guess at least one of the partners funding this group. That’s right, the Gates Foundation!! See their huge grant to the SAP suckers (sorry, couldn’t resist that jab). http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database/Grants/2012/06/OPP1061551

So how does “SAP, Inc.” wind up in your school if they don’t receive taxpayer money? Easy, they get invited by your community. One “Become a Core Advocate” page of SAP’s, you find out that “Core Advocates live and work all across the country, in 46 states. As of 2014, Core Advocates in 13 states have also launched their own local networks, which are teacher-led and focused on addressing Common Core needs specific to their states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Washington state and Washington, DC.”  You can read more about the networking, agenda driven advocates:
http://achievethecore.org/page/1026/core-advocate-national-page 

Below is a screen shot of 2 of the other  SAP, Inc. partners responsible for helping CCSS aligned resources (be sure to see what summer ‘fun’ they have planned).
sapsucker
There are all kinds of CCSS Summer groups, programs, and resources out there. This is just ONE group with a monumental grasp on the nation. Action step: Look behind that summer program or class BEFORE you sign up!!

I could spend all day pointing out other CCSS Summer plans, but I want point out other CCSS Machine plans for the other illegally based portions of Common Core. Why do I say illegally based? Each one of the following categories is based off the CCSS in some way. Knowing CCSS was illegally crafted and thrust upon us, it is reasoned the rest of the associated arms of education reform are as well.

A “CTE” Summer?:

Could your family be facing a Career Tech Education filled summer as well? You bet!! I was able to find a 2006 Association of Career and Technical Education’s plan for redesigning high school. However, their approach targets the teachers first. How so? Summer conferences and workshops! Here’s the ‘re-design’ plan: Reinventing_American_High_School So how will you know if your state is hosting a summer conference? Here’s the ACTE Arizona’s 2015 Summer Conference page as an example. Action step: AZ isn’t alone, on my quick search I found that CT, PA, AL, TX, GA, and many others are also hosting summer career tech education conferences. If you can attend, do so!! If not, access the documents connected to the Conferences!
AZ’s page:
https://login.acteaz.org/registrations/view-areas

Remember, ALL 50 states have CTE!
Remember, ALL 50 states have CTE!

STEM Summers:

Yes, by far and away, my pointing out that STEM is part of the CCSS Machine has gotten me the most heated criticism. However, the factual documents I’ve shared throughout my writing have proven otherwise. STEM is the agenda behind CCSS! If you’d like the document which proves this, please contact me. But let’s keep focused on the summer ahead.

STEM summer camps, on-line classes, and even public library programs will be everywhere AND hosted by any number of organizations. Action step: before you sign your family up, look behind the scenes of the program. Here’s just one of the thousands of STEM summer resources: http://www.stemsummerexperience.com/ Based near where I live this popular (and that’s part of the problem..STEM camps are geared to promote fun while building invisible chains to agenda). Watch the promotional video and see if you can spot the invisible agenda item:

Another example, this time from a city wide approach (meaning public funds are used AND more than likely private funds as well) from NY. See: http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2015/05/07/city-offers-new-stem-summer-program-to-hundreds-of-students/#.VU4b0vlViko

Here’s another example, this time from the local community college/university approach.

To learn more:  http://www.careercornerstone.org/pcsumcamps.htm
To learn more:
http://www.careercornerstone.org/pcsumcamps.htm

Next Generation Science Standards:

Like it’s cousin, CTE, NGSS will be focusing on the teachers this summer. In July 2015, take your pick, ‘sunny’ CA or ‘happening’ NJ. Here’s how it’s being promoted, “Join NSTA for one of two first-ever summer institutes to help science educators and leaders implement the NGSS. Each event kicks off with a special keynote address from Barbara Morgan, former NASA Astronaut and Distinguished Educator in Residence at Boise State University, then continues with an engaging series of sessions given by NGSSexperts and differentiated for two grade bands: elementary and secondary.”  CA’s agenda: http://www.nsta.org/docs/2015SummerInstituteAgendaAnaheim.pdf
NJ’s agenda: http://www.nsta.org/docs/2015SummerInstituteAgendaAtlanticCity.pdf

Action step: If you’re not sue how CCSS and NGSS are intertwined, read the Eagle Forum’s articlehttp://www.eagleforum.org/publications/educate/july13/next-generation-science-standards-common-core-incognito.html
Action step: If you want the actual appendix that lays out for you the direction connections:
AppendixM-ConnectionsToTheCCSSForLiteracy

STEM to STEaM Summers: 

You may or may not be familiar with the newest movement from the CCSS Machine. It’s called “STEM to STEaM”. The “STEaM” part stands for ‘Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math”. I’ve not written much about this to date. Not because I haven’t researched it, but because it was do to be published in a national magazine. However, the publisher has since changed its mind and declined my article. Not to fear..it will appear here! You’ll hopefully be amazed to the point of action when you find out all I’ve uncovered. However, let’s keep this on the upcoming summer.

The official website, STEM to STEaM’s opening line is a classic rhetoric filled statement we’ve seen in much of the CCSS Machine’s propaganda..the U.S. economy. Read it for yourselves, “In this climate of economic uncertainty, America is once again turning to innovation as the way to ensure a prosperous future.” Website: http://stemtosteam.org/

As far as this summer, look for all kinds of ‘fun’ from all angles: public AND private (just like STEM).

Here’s an example from East Carolina University: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/soad/STEM-STEAM.cfm Which part of the University is hosting this? Why the College of Fine Arts and Communication! The selling point, a community outreach. Another collegiate example? The University of TX at Dallas. See: http://www.utdallas.edu/atec/steam/

Another example: A private Christian school’s summer STEaM/STEM camp. This school is located in CA. Look at the way in which the camp is sold to the parents. From the 7 to 12 year old’s camp, “Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math will be used to solve the daily individual, partner, and group challenges.  The essence of STEAM/STEM is problem-based learning for 21st century students.” From 5 to 10 year old’s camp: “Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math will be used to solve the daily individual, partner, and group challenges.  The essence of STEAM/STEM is problem-based learning for 21st century students.  Aspiring scientists and engineers plan, build and test their designs, and then improve them until they are successful.”
For the older camp, see: https://www.tccs.org/event-registration/index.php?option=com_vikevents&task=viewevent&itid=90&Itemid=676 For the younger camp, see:
https://www.tccs.org/event-registration/index.php?option=com_vikevents&task=viewevent&itid=81&Itemid=676

PBLs, the 'latest, greatest' invention in education?!
PBLs, the ‘latest, greatest’ invention in education?!

 

RMT: Update on the Technocratic Ed Reform

Back in Sept. of 2014, I researched and wrote about the ties between CCSS, STEM, and the Technocratic Party. Seeing  how much education reform has been firmly put in place without citizens input, I wondered if there has been any more recent activity.

From the original article, the 3 basic ideas behind the lesser know Party are the following,

1) Technocrat is driven to utilize technology – invented or otherwise – into a domestic and a foreign policy.

2) Technocrat’s mission is to improve our nation with: prosperity, abundance, liberty and security.

3) Technocrat continuously pursues a better vision for our nation and humanity.

If you’re wondering what this means in the scope of the size of government needed to pull all this off, check this quote out:

technoquoteWow! That’s a bit scary, right? Well, again, since the original publishing, have there been changes? We’ll take a look today.

A New Line:

Maybe the education reform isn’t new, Technocratic beliefs aren’t new, either. BUT I did find this new line: “Technology and innovation are critical to the prosperity of a nation, which creates a robust and a dynamic economy.” Followed by, ” ATA (America for Technocratic Action) is taking action to start the ground work for the coming change.” To be fair, the group says it believes in capitalism. That’s fine and well, but it is the level of technology and innovation we need to be looking into. You see, the Technocrats are relying heavily on technology/innovation to be the vehicle for all this change.

Stop and think about how much technology and innovation the CCSS Machine is using to reduce quality education to a dismal version. According to my previously published article one of the biggest Technocrats influencing education is Mr. Bloomberg (as in Bloomberg Foundation). Somewhat related to the Technocrats are AT & T, The Atlantic magazine, and others. (Be sure to go back and read the original article).

See the screen shot (click to enlarge) to see the updated agenda for not only America, but education as well:

(the red words are my words, not the website's)
(the red words are my words, not the website’s)

What the Technocrats Withheld on the Updated Website:

If you visit the updated Technocratic website, you’ll see all these categories with headings like we’re used to seeing. You know, “About Us”, “News”, etc. However, go to access the information and you must sign in with Twitter or Facebook OR create an account to view their policies on things like education. Website address is: http://www.technocraticparty.us/about

So, knowing what I’ve already found out from research and seeing that there’s been some change, but not entirely sure of WHAT it involves. I decided to go back and see if Technocratic and Socialism are related. After all, considering how the agendas of the CCSS Machine and Socialism appear to be, the Technocratic one doesn’t sound far from the mark either.

Technocratic Socialism:
From the following website, http://www.technocraticsocialism.org/policies/, here’s what the view of education by the members of the Party have, “Public education up through 12th grade should be mandatory and federally funded, with little involvement by local communities and no faith or culture-based exclusions. There should be experimentation within the public school system, with a variety of educational and organisational methods as options, provided the schools remain public, secular, compliant with a universal service obligation, and otherwise meet reasonable metrics. Higher education should be entirely funded through the general tax burden, and should continue at intervals for all citizens with an option of up to two university-level classes every five years.” This website is not American. For the first clue, note how ‘organization’ is spelled. It’s the International English spelling, not the American one. Clue #2 is when you access the entire policy page, you’ll see phrases like, “In countries like America”. I urge you to read the entire policy page. Note at the top of the page the comment about issues to be pushed and how America is ‘pushable’. 

The Economist has an eye opening article on Technocracy. It shares that Singapore is the best example of a modern technocracy. China’s mentioned as well. So is America, from many years ago. Here’s an excerpt, “Technocracy was once a communist idea: with the proletariat in power, administration could be left to experts. But the appliance of science to politics was popular under capitalism too.” To see the entire article, http://www.economist.com/node/21538698

What Hasn’t Changed:

The push for STEM, is still as much in the Technocratic platform as ever. The belief that Congress must enforce more legislation and funding for programs associated with STEM is also just as strong. Knowing how much of a part Congress has played in education overreach; seeing that the Technocratic Party believes the National Science Foundation (and other groups) should ramp up the education/social policy agenda, it wasn’t surprising to find one such tie between the technocratic belief and a NSF grant of $15 million dollars. The topic? A dissertation study on changing the public’s perception of climate change to satisfy an old technocratic debate. The grant was awarded in 2012 and was set to expire in 2014. You’ll find the entire description here: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1155402 (the technocratic phrase is in the ‘potentially broader impact’ section.

To Ponder:

When I was doing more research to update this article, I found a book on “Google Books” (the on-line libary) by James D. Finn titled “Extending Education Through Technology: Selected Writings by James D. Finn. The search phrase I used was “NSF Technocratic”. The Google Book took me to pages 141 to 144. Near the bottom of page 141, “Science, Technology, and Invention on a large scale have become such a handmaiden of industry in the United States that research and development are now regarded as basic keys to progress in our economy.” On page 142 the author is expressing how ‘free’ technology should remain (his words were ‘can’t be confined’). He compared the freedom needed for technology to best serve humans with that of religion or of love. He went on to say there must be a great temptation by those who are technologists to ‘not take over’. It is his next few sentences I want to quote, “As an example of this phenomenon close to the heart of educators, it might be well to examine the activities of the National Science Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences. It will be found, I suspect that the two of them have already overtaken some  functions of the U.S. Dept. of Education, the NEA and its departments and other possible ‘nonscientific’ educators, and are, busily spawning a new scientific educational bureaucracy. Such a bureaucracy is but the beginning-and there are many others in other fields of a movement I have dubbed “Neo-Technocracy”. Finn then goes to the express the Neo-Technocrats move into positions of power. FYI: Mr. Finn was a professor at the University of Southern California. He died in 1969.

I am so glad the good professor stated what he did above! Fast forward to my blog and you’ll find I, too, have looked into the NSF and the NAS. Here are my published findings:
Here’s my up close look at the National Science Foundation (an arm of the federal government) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/wybiupclosewithnsf/
To access the National Academy of Sciences(chartered by Congress) :
 https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/wybi-ccss-and-ngss-where-dumb-meets-dumber/

Well, there you have it. An update on the Technocratic influence in America. Did you notice how easy it was to circle back and find some of the same organizations? Let someone else know about this. We’ve got work to do!