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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!

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FTF: New CCSS “Unpacking” Guide

This is from 21012. Just published (2015), is a new 'unpacking guide' from another company.
This is from 21012. Just published (2015), is a new ‘unpacking guide’ from another company.

It seems fitting for my “From the Files” post, that we look at CCSS and it’s unpacking. After all, if we’re going to continue to see students fail, teachers frustrated to the point of resigning, and other staff members saught after for MORE CCSS alignment, we need to know the latest. The graphic you see above is from 2012, supposedly as the CCSS was just being rolled out.  Just by the sheer fact the Standards needing an ‘unpacking’ guide should tell you that even then, the Standards were convoluted, but I digress. I will add that according to most veteran teachers I have talked to during this War Against the Core, educational standards are to be SO clear and concise, a teacher automatically knows how to approach them on their own. However, as we’ve seen with the CCSS Initiative’s agenda, nothing (or no one) connected to education can accomplish much ‘on their own’, it has to be all one way…sadly, that’s the ‘Common Core Way’.

A Bit of History:

From 2012, (where you’ll find the graphic above) and the State of NY, watch this short video and note how ‘talked down to’ the teachers are. Before you scream at me over that statement, consider that teachers have graduated colleges and universities, obtained many degrees, thus, they shouldn’t need to be told how to draw a circle, find the nouns or verbs, BUT that’s just what this presenter is doing!



Did you notice the makeover of “Bloom’s Taxonomy” to fit the CCSS?! While “Bloom’s” is considered a great model for education, it is OUTCOME based education. As such, it makes sense CCSS folks in NY would use this. We anti CCSS Warriors know and have proven CCSS is all about ‘student outcomes’, ‘leveraging’, and on and on.

Not to pick on NY, I wanted to see what the CCSS official website had for ‘unpacking’. So, I found this You Tube video from THE CCSS official site. It’s from 2013. In the 2012 video, you saw the main point as how to ‘unpack’ or utilize the CCSS. This one instructs you on how to read and utilize CCSS!

Did you notice that not even 1 minute into this short video, you heard CCR (college and career readiness)?! Did you spot that the example was a K-5 page?! Did you hear that math isn’t supposed to be taught in an exact order, but rather clustered together? If you’re a parent who has wondered WHY your students struggle with math, this is key information! “No sequential order”, that is a disaster happening before our very eyes every single day throughout our nation when it comes to math. For math to make any sense, there MUST be a sequence. Is it any wonder we have students AND teachers giving up, burning out, and quitting?!

Fast Forward to 2015:

Just published by the Learning Sciences International (part of the Robert Marzano group) has a NEW CCSS ‘Unpacking’ guide. It’s by Toby J. Karten (a staff member of LSI) and is all about ‘inclusion’ for students and teachers using CCSS. Now, if you don’t know who Robert Marzano is or what Learning Sciences International does, I urge you to read my previously published articles, which I will include at the conclusion of this article. In short, LSI and Marzano are using CCSS for globalist mindsets and bending social and emotional learning (another huge part of CCSS indoctrination).

All that said, you’re probably wondering about the guide, after all this article is about ‘unpacking CCSS‘.
You can find the book on LSI’s website for sale in their ‘bookstore’ tab. Website: http://www.learningsciences.com/ When you visit the website (if you’ve not done so before) notice the names of the programs designed for students and educational staff. Just awful, in my researched opinion.
In order to promote Karten’s new book, LSI hosted a webinar (10/28/15). I’ve included in here for you. It’s just about 1 hour. Some of the key points are listed below for you. Please, don’t take my word for it, watch it, share the information with parents and others fighting this CCSS scourge.

Key points:
a) using CCSS for inclusive classrooms
b) affirming what you already know about CCSS
c) different strategies for using CCSS even better
d) at about 3:09, Karten points you to the crayon drawing beside her picture. It’s here she states the ultimate goal of CCSS is CCR (college and career readiness) {*personal note: please listen to how she describes the picture}
e) what will ‘trip the CCSS up?’ No support!!
f) special needs students, anyone who is ‘outside’ the ‘normal’ is used as an example in this presentation. You’ll see IDEA talked about, IEPs for IDEA students, etc. *7:08 in the video)
In case you’re not watching the video, here’s her slide for IEPs and CCSS:
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g) CCSS is successful for ALL learners, differences or likenesses, aside.
h) collaboration is a non negotiable part of CCSS. This extends to not only teachers and other educational staff but the students families as well!
i) 19:10 different strategies for more CCSS modeling and monitoring of the students (which is to be an on-going process) are revealed (they are repeated at 26:30 as well in not only their ‘alphabet soup’ forms, but what each stands for)

Related resources:
Marzano, LSI:

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/monday-musings-purposed-embedding-for-the-core/ (This one highlights the global aspect of the Marzano Institute before it became the LSI)
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/03/monday-musings-rigor-walk/
(This article describes for you the ‘rigor’ LSI is after in our schools and how it grades both staff and students)
Project Based Learning:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/sic-em-saturday-ccss-progressives-and-pbls/
Special Needs, IEPs, IDEA:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/monday-musings-idea-when-good-goes-ccscte-bad/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/tech-thursday-cte-ccss-and-special-needs-in-post-secondary-education/


Closing:

Anti CCSS Warriors, please, read, review, and share all this information. From the pro side of CCSS, you heard it: with out support, CCSS will not succeed! That’s our intent..to NOT support it. However, many others must know this, too!

FOM: Achieving CC Aligned Competencies

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.

Every Friday, since I began blogging, you’ve been treated to the “Fib-o-Meter” and how it measures various Common Core documents, groups, and other related parts of the CCSS Machine. Today, you’re in for a treat…we will be tackling Achieve, Inc’s. “Post-Secondary” foray into education.

A Tiny Bit of History for Achieve, Inc.:

This pro CCSS group has been in America since 1996 when it was begun by various governors and business leaders. P3s (public private partnerships), in other words, crafted this group. If you’ve been fighting CCSS long, you are familiar with how toxic the P3 effect has been in education.

Achieve, Inc. has been involved in CCSS related activities for some time, now. Guess what? They show no signs of slowing down any time soon. To see all their checkered past, http://www.achieve.org/history-achieve

The Post-Secondary Efforts:

Before I share with you how Fib-o-Meter rates the efforts, I wanted you to see the Achieve logo, if you’ve not seen it before.

“All students should graduate from high school ready for college, careers and citizenship.”

In 2014, Achieve, Inc. published a paper detailing a 2013 meeting which involved ME, VT, RI, CT, and NH. This is a “Total Truth”.

Since 2013, other states have joined these 5 listed above.

It was in another meeting in 2014 that a newer purpose was shared. That purpose? (also, a “Total Truth”) Here’s what Achieve, Inc. shared,

“create a national movement for post-secondary leaders to signal their support for proficiency-based and competency-based high school diplomas and transcripts.” 

Also shared during this 2014 meeting is that it’s the ‘first of its kind’. It will also involve more ‘stakeholders’ than you can shake a stick out. “Stakeholders” typically means more P3 involvement as well.

The Document:

Yes, Achieve, Inc. has a policy brief about this all important, ‘first-of-its-kind’ meeting. Fib-o-Meter will take us through the main points and reveal “Total Truth”, “Total Fallacy”, or “Neutral”. As always, you’ll be privy to the document for your own researching.

Titled “PostSecondary Support for High School Competency-Based Transcripts: Lessons from the Compentency-Based PostSecondary Transcripts Convening” (screen shot below reveals more than Achieve’s participation)

Fib-o-Meter's taking on the folks at the above groups to sniff out CCSS.
Fib-o-Meter’s taking on the folks at the above groups to sniff out CCSS.

Page one reveals that the need for competency-based transcripts is due to parental concern about their children not being able to get into colleges.

Fib-o-Meter is purposefully waiting to rate this statement until the parents in the 5 states are able to share with me if this is, indeed true, or if this is another way to push a P3 agenda through and pass it off as a ‘do good’ move. So, my anti CCSS warriors in VT, RI, CT, ME, and NH: Fib-o-Meter’s waiting for your input! Please, share what you can about this!! 

Page one also shared that the NESSC (New England Secondary Schools Consortium) helped answer this need in participating in the creation of competency-based transcripts. (Here’s an excerpt,  “New England states, among the pioneers in promoting competency- or proficiency-based approaches to learning, have been working together through the New England Secondary Schools Consortium (NESSC) to address this concern and provide evidence to parents that their children will not be disadvantaged when they transition to college”)

NESSC’s View:

We have Achieve’s side, so let’s see if NESSC’s reveals anything useful.

NESSC’s website: http://newenglandssc.org/

Well, the CCSS wasn’t too hard to find, or so the Fib-o-Meter found it to be!

On NESSC’s ‘about’ page, the educratic buzzwords were a clue enough. but it is the partnership capacity that nails this “Total Truth” to the wall! Nellie Mae Foundation, Great Schools..UGH! (to see how Nellie Mae is a CCSS ‘hussy’: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/19/fom-friday-ed-reform-sans-common-core/) As far as Great Schools? Maybe the screen shot below will give you an idea of their allegiance to the Core:

See the entire PDF: http://www.greatschoolspartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Final_March-5-Webinar_for_web_reduced.pdf
See the entire PDF:
http://www.greatschoolspartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Final_March-5-Webinar_for_web_reduced.pdf

Another partner for NESSC? The Gates Foundation! (see below)

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The Other States:

Achieve’s brief shares that other states outside of New England have jumped into the competency based diploma pool. CO, DE, KY, MI, OH, and OR. Another “Total Truth”?! Let’s see what Fib-o-Meter can find.

What Achieve didn’t mention in the announcement of the brief (link is below in “Related”) was the fact that even more states are in the CBD pool! “Total Truth” (at least from Achieve’s view) The other states not mentioned before now? IL and OK. See: http://www.achieve.org/CBP

The Theme Grows:

If you were able to access the page immediately above, you should notice the theme of all of the competency- basing graduation is to level the college entrance field, ensure a readiness for college and career, continuing the rhetoric about career pathways, more rigor, AND continue to tie us to the high stakes assessments of PARCC and SBAC.

Now, if you are saving the link until later, Fib-o-Meter just gave you some more “Total Truths” to use in your fight against CCSS.

The Competent Leaders?:

The leaders of the 2014 meeting are seen below. Note how many foundations or groups you know to be CCSS supportive. Then, consider who is checking their competency levels to secure that we, the citizens, should trust their leadership in education? Most of the supportive groups in CCSS, are P3s, and have absolutely no formal educational classroom experience. However, Fib-o-Meter will remain “Neutral” on these people until such evidence can be found to support a ‘truth’ or ‘fallacy’.

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One More Thing:

Something that struck me in researching all this is that throughout the Achieve, Inc. brief the phrase ‘disadvantaged students’ kept popping up. If you’ve been following the HR5 saga, you might begin to wonder if the dots are connected.

What do I mean? Several writers have pointed out the tremendous number of students who would become Title One classified IF HR5 is passed as it is right now. Title One funding is reserved for schools with a certain number of ‘disadvantaged students’. Think about it! If the schools can get an increased amount of Title One funding because it has an over abundance of ‘disadvantaged students’, then that means more control from beyond your local level!

Other Related Resources about Competency:

If you’d like to see Achieve’s other post-secondary documents: http://www.achieve.org/publications/postsecondary-support-cbp-transcripts-brief (you’ll need to look on the right hand side to access them)

To see how the Great Schools Partnership is already working on getting Next Generation Science Standards into the mix with CCSS and Project Based Learning alignment, see: http://www.greatschoolspartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/PBLS_Standards_Language_Crosswalk.pdf

To see the other NESSC partners: http://newenglandssc.org/about/partners 

For a guide on a  clear picture of what competency based learning is from the post-secondary viewpoint (*Note: it’s all about affordability of college and not so much knowledge seeking..meaning it’s more economically driven in movement than it is educationally based) See: http://www.collegeaffordabilityguide.org/blog/competency-based-education-why-moocs-and-independent-learning-are-tomorrows-course-credits/ *Note, in this blog entry, you’ll notice Western Governors University, it’s CCSS supportive in the fact of the foundations and corporations funding it. Usually where pro CCSS money goes, so goes the CCSS education. You’ll also see “SmarterThinking”, an on-line tutoring company. It’s 100% Pearson Publishing! To learn your own “Total Truth” or “Total Fallacy” about the other groups mentioned, be sure to look at the ‘about us’ pages, the funding information, or just search for ‘common core standards’ in the search bars.

For a guide to the competency based degrees in America, http://www.cael.org/pdfs/2012_competencybasedprograms

Fib-o-Meter was also able to locate a website, not related to Achieve, Inc., detailing IA’s competency based alignment, see: https://www.educateiowa.gov/pk-12/standards-and-curriculum/competency-based-pathways/iowa-cbe-collaborative) So, check your state’s department of education. They, like IA could have their own CBD thing going on.

To see Western Governors University funding groups: http://www.wgu.edu/about_WGU/governors_industry

To see SmarterThinking’s website: http://www.smarthinking.com/