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FTF: Loose Ends are Still Strings

ballofyarn

For today’s ‘From the Files’ article, we, those opposed to the overreach in education, will see if we can pick up any loose ends of strings the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Machine has left around the nation.

Could we make a ball of yarn with it? No doubt. Those backing the illegally based (now codified into law) education reform point to ‘no strings attached’, we need to not accept this fallacy quite so quickly. Why? Loose strings are not as loose as they appear. Somewhere connected to that loose string is a ball of yarn. What else is in the ball of yarn? Hidden programs, resources, funding, and MORE.

Loose End #1:

ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)  will return control to the States. This has been publicly proclaimed by Congress members, the mainstream media, and anyone willing to follow this loose end. However, many of those researching the ESSA, including myself have pointed out what pro CCSS/ESSA organization has the ball of yarn connected to this loose end. The U.S. Dept. of Education!! Pages of the ESSA Final Conference Report  (as well as the Final Law version) reveal the ball of yarn as well as the loose ends. “Pages 7, 85, 450, and 905 to see how the States will be under the Sec. of Ed’s thumb, for not only approval of State Ed plans, but getting the bucks to do so.”

To access my “ESSA National Control” Open Office Document (3 pages of where more loose ends of string will tie back to the big ball of yarn): ESSAnationalcontrol

If you would like the entire article this document was first featured in:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/29/warriors-guide-to-essa/

Related: States have begun, in earnest, to realign education (which also ties into the loose end of workforce) to fit ESSA. If you want to see what pro CCSS/ESSA groups have lined up to help extend the loose strings to make the ball of yarn bigger:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/essa-aligners/
As an example of how States are picking up those loose ends and extending them across our Nation, here is the press release the NC Dept. of Public Instruction about implementing ESSA. Below is the screen shot. In the caption is the link address.

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/newsroom/news/2015-16/20160406-01
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/newsroom/news/2015-16/20160406-01

Loose End #2:

An invitation to participate. If you haven’t expanded the screen shot above, you may not of seen the invitation so graciously extended to the ‘stakeholders’. This educratic buzzword is a favorite of those in the CCSS/ESSA mix who want to extend what appears to be a ‘string of cooperation’. However, the string is another loose end of the big ball of yarn. In this instance, the ESSA language itself. Because the Law is now the rule of the land and all the parameters/mandates embedded MUST be carried out, the cooperation from stakeholders is pretty much a posturing move. It is a move designed to have us think we can have a say in how education is run, but we really won’t. I am planning on attending one of these meetings to see if and how Delphi Method is used. If you are not sure what the Delphi Method is, here is an excerpt of how is was originally supposed to used, “The Delphi technique is a widely used and accepted method for gathering data from respondents within their domain of expertise. The technique is designed as a group communication process which aims to achieve a convergence of opinion on a specific real-world issue. The Delphi process has been used in various fields of study such as program planning, needs assessment, policy determination, and resource utilization to develop a full range of alternatives, explore or expose underlying assumptions, as well as correlate judgments on a topic spanning a wide range of disciplines.”

The CCSS/ESSA Machine likes to use this Method on parents..a lot. Just ask some anti CCSS Warriors who have publicly shared the meetings they attended under the guise of ‘we want your input to help us plan’. Oh, and here is a fun fact about  the Delphi Method, Rand Corporation is given credit for creating it. Rand Corp. is a big CCSS Machine member organization. See the rest of the Delphi Method Study:
http://pareonline.net/pdf/v12n10.pdf

Loose End #3:

Data and Refusing the Assessments. This is a rather big loose end for the CCSS/ESSA Machine to be dangling about, but shamelessly, it is. While I do support those parents who are choosing to protect their children by refusing the high stakes formative, summative, data tracking/mining assessments, we need to know that the ESSA will have MORE assessments, not LESS. We need to realize that almost $850 million dollars in earmarked in the ESSA for digital/technology based updates. This is where the assessments will be hidden! Huge ball of nasty yarn! What do I mean? One of my dear anti CCSS Warrior friends from Alaska granted me permission to share their loose strings and where the ball of yarn ended up. See: http://refusetheamp.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-rise-of-new-answers-while-amp-was.html
We Warriors must opt out of not only the assessments, but ANYTHING digital. This loose string portion of ESSA is a ball of yarn which will be used to knit a web of educational crimes against humanity.

Related:
My article detailing the digital yarns of ESSA:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/essa-and-digital-overload/

The 2015 article where I exposed the data yarn trails of SBAC, PARCC, and the Federal Learning Registry: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/monday-musings-assessments-data-mining/

The U.S. Dept. of Labor’s loose ends/balls of yarn are woven into the ESSA and the HEA (Higher Education Act). These are probably some of the most deceptive loose ends in the nation! See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/weekend-news-essas-untold-ties-to-hea/

Closing:

Yarn can be used to make many beautiful items. ESSA is not one of them. The CCSS Machine is using all its yarn to bind us up. Let’s be savvy. Let’s fight this. Let’s knot up the yarns as much as we can.

Tech Thursday: Common Core Military Special

Normally on Thursdays, I treat you to an article about Common Core in post secondary education. Today, however, I’ve got a special article. Collaborative for Student Success has just released a new infograph about Common Core and our U.S. Military students.

What you don’t see below is the staggering number of students set to be in the direct line of fire for receiving CCSS in military schools. Eighty-two thousand (82,000).
Outside those military families, look at those students wishing to get in the military, no matter where they attended high school, a CCSS laden exam awaits (more on that later). As far as not having enough students qualify to to join the military upon graduation from high school? I found one article which suggests the reason isn’t because of education, but because the recruiters don’t need as many service men and women, so they can be a bit more choosy in selecting new members of the armed forces! Something the Collaborative folks left out in their infograph. (see: https://news.vice.com/article/the-common-core-military-readiness-and-the-myth-of-americas-dumb-youth)

Get the full inforgraph: http://forstudentsuccess.org/why-military-students-deserve-high-standards/
Get the full inforgraph:
http://forstudentsuccess.org/why-military-students-deserve-high-standards/

From 2003:

A document I found on the State Dept.’s website caused me to pose a question. Could the ‘common core curriculum and programs’ developed for the military training be the same as the CCSS of today? I’ve provided a screen shot where you’ll be able to see how some funding was being used. While I’ve not been able to actually see the curriculum, it does leave a question for us.

To see the entire file: http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/9468.pdf
To see the entire file:
http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/9468.pdf

Why this question is of concern:

While the above may or may not be THE CCSS, it should concern us. Why? If you look at some of the courses taught in the Civilian Military Naval Post Grad School, you’ll see that the United Nations plays a huge role in it; you’ll see that legislators are involved in some of the classes as well. How do I know this? As an example, take a look at the Naval Post Grad School. Knowing that the UN is behind CCSS and has recently (as in yesterday) been pushing for more CCSS globally, we should be very concerned! We should be finding out all we can!!
(see: http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/education/item/20657-un-pushes-common-core-style-global-education-regime)

To see the Civilian-Military Courses: http://calhoun.nps.edu/bitstream/handle/10945/41974/CCMR_Courses_2002-01-01.pdf?sequence=1
To see the Civilian-Military Courses:
http://calhoun.nps.edu/bitstream/handle/10945/41974/CCMR_Courses_2002-01-01.pdf?sequence=1

Army Supports the CCSS:
Read the statement from the head of U.S. Army in full support of CCSS. Hasn’t anyone told him as a defender of the U.S. Constitution, support for the Core is treason?

http://www.corestandards.org/assets/ccsi_statements/StatementArmy.pdf

Dept. of Defense Backs the Core:
Read the Rand Corp. book detailing how the DofD has implemented CCSS into military schools. Again, why are those who took an oath to uphold the Constitution even considering such an act of internal hostility??http://www.rand.org/pubs/occasional_papers/OP384.html

If you aren’t familiar with Rand, here’s their description from their website, “The RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. RAND is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and committed to the public interest.” What’s ironic is that Rand prides itself on fact based research. How in the bloody heck can you even consider CCSS fact based research when so much has been proven to be totally undeserving of being used?! While copyright protection bars me from sharing the Rand 2014 Annual Report, what I CAN share is where to access it. I can also tell you to read the section on education (begins on page 12) and then refer to the list of donors who supported Rand in 2014. You’ll find the complete list on page 64. Count the well known CCSS supporters. Then, check out some of the others to see if they, too, support the Core. http://www.rand.org/pubs/corporate_pubs/CP1-2014.html

Collaborative for Student Success:

If you look at the Collaborative more in-depth (http://forstudentsuccess.org/) You’ll see all kinds of support for CCSS. Here’s one of 4 main screen pictures you’ll see:

successcore

To see the video where the Major praises the CCSS:

Who Backs the Collaborative? See the list of CCSS Shameful:

  • The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Helios Education Foundation
  • Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Lumina Foundation
  • The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

Who is in the Collaborative?

“The members of the Collaborative share the belief that the successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards is an important next step in ensuring that all students are prepared to succeed at college level work. The mission of the Collaborative is to support the state-led efforts of State Education Agencies and local education organizations responsible for educating and informing all stakeholders — parents, students, teachers and community leaders — about the new state standards and assessments. There is great support for the Common Core State Standards among educators – from the National Network of State Teachers of the Year, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers.”

So much for objective facts about CCSS!

Related to Those in Military Families:
See my fellow warrior, LadyLiberty1885’s article about the military and CCSS:
http://ladyliberty1885.com/2015/03/23/military-leaders-mission-readiness-is-back-pushing-common-core/

See Achieve, Inc.’s thumbs up for CCSS:
http://www.achieve.org/military-and-common-core

The Daily Caller has an article about all the military branches and CCSS:
http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/07/support-for-common-core-strong-in-u-s-military/

Related to Those Wishing to Become a Military Member:
Achieve, Inc.’s ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) article:
http://www.achieve.org/be-all-you-can-be-first-master-common-core%E2%80%A6

To see fellow warrior, Nancy Bailey’s article on ASVAB and data mining:
http://nancyebailey.com/2014/07/16/the-asvab-are-you-handing-your-students-information-over-to-the-military-with-out-knowing/

To see fellow warrior, Shane Vander Hart’s article on ASVAB and CCSS:
http://truthinamericaneducation.com/tag/asvab-tests/

The U.S. Dept. of Defense:

From the U.S. Dept. of Defense’s press release back in 2012 about how CCSS was a great way to fix schools for military children, this excerpt, “DOD provided about $3.7 billion over five years to fix these schools.” Remember, that’s your hard earned tax dollars at work. See the entire press release:
http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=117695 
Keep in mind the Defense’s job is national security. Our public trust is that the men and women providing that security are a) honoring the oath they are sworn to take, b) upholding the American values our Founding Fathers based the U.S. Constitution, and c) that the protection provided is not driven by substandard education! To better visualize just how damning CCSS in our military is, visit the DofD’s website link below. Just look at all the areas of access the DofD has over our nation. Do you really want a CCSS aligned military? Especially given what objective, fact-based evidence, we the people had uncovered??

http://www.defense.gov/RegisteredSites/RegisteredSites.aspx

Finally, considering the vast reach the DofD has, you’ll want to read the U.S. White House’s document on data sharing:governmentdatashare