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The Last To Go

Warriors, we’ve had a hell of a couple of weeks, haven’t we? Yes, I know, I normally do not use such language, but what we’ve seen happen in DC lately (as far as the DeVos saga), has me spewing a few more choice words.

It totally baffles me; though, I shouldn’t be all THAT surprised; that time and time again, our Congress members have ignored the overwhelming majority of evidence and protesting citizens who’ve repeatedly stated “No to DeVos as Secretary of Education!”

However, this is NOT the topic I wish to write about.

No, we as prepared Warriors, need to look ahead, beyond the next couple of days, and look at the last federal education law left to be re-authorized/updated and 100% aligned to Common Core*: the HEA (Higher Education Act) (*ESSA’s code names: College/Career Readiness/Challenging State Academic Standards), CTE (Career Tech Ed), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and ‘post-secondary readiness’ (as ESSA mandates ALL education is to be geared.)

Why would ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) need to mandate ALL education to be geared to ‘post-secondary readiness’?
**Because that 3 word phrase embeds every bit of the federal workforce/education law known as WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act).

Why does HEA need to be re-authorized/updated?
**Because the CCSS Machine’s education reform calls for a ‘seamless transition from birth to career’. Congress, as a huge CCSS Machine member organization has bought into the fallacy that this ‘seamless transition’ creates an educational bridge which can not only improve ‘personalized learning’, but make that learning career based so the economy can benefit.
Higher education is the ‘perfect’ intersection to ensnare EVERY citizen into this learn-to-earn model. How so?
**If you haven’t been streamlined in a career type education in a public traditionally run school, you’ll see it when you get to college, trade school, university, community college, on-line training courses/schools, hybrid or blended courses/schools, some private post-secondary schools, and every single post-secondary public institution. You’ll find it waiting for you if you are recently graduated, updating a degree or certificate, going back to school after many years, or if you need to get a job.

Since Congress has the thickest set of ear muffs known to mankind (I mean it must be the only explanation as to why our Warrior voices didn’t reach them, right?!), we must look at what is being done to the higher education world NOW. We must see what they are doing in the HEA law updates. Why? So we can prepare, not only our evidence, but more importantly, our students headed right for all this!

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What’s On The Books Right Now:

The website I used: http://www.congress.gov 

There are 287 higher education related bills or resolutions currently in Congress. Some are to amend the HEA (Higher Education Act of 1965). Why go back to 1965’s version? Look how going back to the ESEA of 1965 worked for ESSA:

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Congress did a super job of covering its tracks (aka: backside). They’ve done it before and you can bet the farm the re-authorization of HEA will be a repeat.

Here’s a brief rundown (this is not a complete list, nor is it in any particular order of importance):

* S 206, amends the 1965 HEA for federal job training Pell Grants awarded by the Secretary of Education.
* HR 413 is an amendment to 1965’s HEA for early commitment to Pell Grant Programs.
* HR 414, amends the 1965 HEA for educators in student loan forgiveness areas.
*S 149, amends the 1965 HEA so post-secondary terrorism survivors can may defer student loans.
*HR 483, amends the 1965 HEA’s Title 4 funding. Specifically the Part G and ‘sanctuary campuses’. (*Note: Title 4 funds are several types of student loans, “Federal Family Education Loans (FFEL); Direct Loans; Federal Perkins Loans; Federal Pell Grants; Academic Competitiveness Grants (ACG); National SMART Grants; Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Granst (FSEOG); and, Federal Work-Study (FWS)”)
*HR 201
, also amends the 1965 version of the HEA. This one provides loan deferment and/or cancellation of certain types of small start up businesses for young people.
*HR 415, GEAR Up amends the HEA of 1965 in the regards of mental health counseling, as well as academic counseling.

Related to higher education activities:
* HR 813, the ACCESS Act. As of this writing, the text of the Bill was not available, so I cannot see if it stated that it is to amend the HEA of 1965. I can tell you Rep. Sanchez from CA sponsored it. Sixty-three other Representatives have co-sponsored this bill. It is to give students access to year round Pell Grants.
* HR 615, Student Loan Repayment Act of 2017. Changes an IRS tax code. Rep. Ross from FL is the sponsor.
* HR 795
, Sponsored by Rep. Davis of IL, also changes an IRS tax code. This one differs slightly in that impacts those employer education assistance. Only certain qualifying student loans are accepted.
* HR 287, Student Job Protection Act, is the 3rd one in a string of IRS code changing/pos-secondary bills. Rep. Turner of OH is the sponsor. It exempts “student workers for purposes of determining a higher education institution’s employer health care shared responsibility.”
*S 268, Sponsored by Senator Todd Young (CT). This bill text was also unavailable, so verifying if it amends HEA of 1965, was not possible. The gist of the bill is to set up a way for students to find private funding for post-secondary education.

Now, Warriors, you probably are wondering why in the world I included all these bills. After all, a quick glance reveals lots about higher education which APPEARS to be safe from the CCSS Machine. Oh, but let’s examine the following facts, shall we?

1) Sen. Lamar Alexander and his education reform minions are hard at work rewriting HEA of 1965. They’ve been working on it since the passage of ESSA. Go back and listen to his gloating ESSA speech where it was revealed, next up (and last to go) was the HEA re-authorization. Lamar also is head of the Senate HELP Committee. We’ve got lots of evidence as to how sold out to the CCSS Machine the Committee is overall.
2) The DeVos Family has given tons of money to many Congress members. For example, from the Congress members identified here, Todd Young has received $48,600.00 in campaign donations from them.
3) Besty DeVos, if confirmed as Secretary of Education, will oversee all activities in higher education (as well as K-12 and early learners).
4) Rep. Virginia Foxx oversees the House of Representative’s Education and Workforce Committee. We’ve also got plenty of evidence of how devoted to the CCSS Machine this Committee is, too! Remember, while new as the leader, Virginia has revealed how she sees education.

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5) Before Rep. John Kline stepped down as the Ed/Workforce chair, he gave an interview where he revealed he wasn’t worried about the upcoming HEA re-authorization passing because his good buddy Lamar was leading the way. I wrote about Kline/Alexander and others: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/11/07/edworkforce-false-positive/
6) The HEA is tied to the ESSA and the WIOA already. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/weekend-news-essas-untold-ties-to-hea/
7) Anytime funding and education are in the same sentence, we need to pay attention.
8) Anytime education and jobs (or the workforce) are in the same bill, we better sit up and get ready to act.
9) Congress has a love affair with CTE (Career Tech Education). While I wrote this in August 2016, these Bills are still in their respective Committees: See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/congress-loves-cte/
Congress shares the CTE love in our health care system: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/ctes-health-country/
10) Most damming of all is the LADDER Act Congress has in store for America.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/12/06/agenda-junkies/

Closing:

Warriors, have no fear, our War Vs the Core isn’t over yet. DeVos or no DeVos, it’s Congress which needs our focus.

Weekend News: ESSA’s ‘Untold’ Ties to HEA

How the Initiative behind all that Common Core encompasses SEES your students like this.
How the Initiative behind all that Common Core encompasses SEES your students like this.

Warriors Against the Common Core, as you know I’ve devoted much of my research to finding where the CCSS Machine (my name for the all encompassing agenda and parts of the Common Core State Standards Initiative) is lurking in post-secondary education, as well as the other non traditional educational choices of public K-12 schools. In my last article I promised you I would reveal MORE ties between the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act, formerly Every Child Achieves Act or S1177) and the HEA (Higher Education Act). The biggest connection which I shared with you in that article was WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014).

WHY this matters: As I have stated in previously posts and publicly, NO educational choice will escape the alignment embedded in WIOA, ESSA, or HEA! ANY student seeking a post-secondary education (regardless of public colleges, universities, community colleges, for-profit (proprietary) schools, on-line courses, some Christian colleges, or some private colleges/universities) the CCSS (Common Core State Standards), CTE (Career Tech Education), CP (Career Pathways), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math), STEM to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and, Math), CC (Career Clusters), and, AAI, (American Apprenticeship Initiative) will be there! These programs will not respect your natural talents or intelligences; they will not respect those with special needs. Too much misuse of Title 1, 4, and 9 funds; Perkins Funding; and other state funding formulas has already been committed to the joint union of the U.S. Departments of Education, Labor, and Health/Human Services to ignore the purposed alignment, yet, many have…especially the legislators (both on federal and state levels).  We need to also consider that since the labor aspect in woven in to include anyone seeking a job, those looking for employment will also be impacted!!

If you wonder how I’ve been able to connect the CCSS Machine to higher education, please refer to my previously published articles (please note, these are just 3 of the many like them; if you would like more proof, do not hesitate to let me know, I will be happy to provide you with as much evidence as you need):

1) This one gives you a detailed history of how the U.S. Dept. of Education AND the U.S. Dept. of Labor joined forces to align a workforce based education long ago and how the CCSS Machine fits into it:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/tech-thursday-blast-from-our-workforce-past/
2) This one is a detailed look from this past summer (complete with page numbers and groups helping align our schools for workforce, post-secondary CCSS/CTE):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/monday-musings-the-boys-are-back-in-town/
3) How the HEA fits right into the UNESCO global agenda of aligned citizens/workers. This one also shows you how the ESSA will do the same:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/ftf-human-capital-the-new-name-for-citizens/

So, Where’s the HEA in the ESSA?

For a short answer, ties to WIOA and the HEA appear at least 168 times! How did I get this number? Since the ESSA is well over 1,000 pages, I used a keyword search of the document. I used the educractic buzzwords I’ve come to learn from the documents are the key words for CCSS/CTE, Workforce alignment. Below are my results:

Keywords of ‘Perkins Funding’ (for CTE): a total of 8 references to page numbers 38, 123, 132, 516, 677, 939, 993, and 1026.
Keywords of ‘Higher Education’: a total of 64 references to page numbers 33, 35, 137, 167, 208, 302, 304, 315, 318, 338, 372, 387, 393, 397, 402, 431, 437, 439, 460, 470, 473, 478, 594, 598, 599, 608, 611, 625, 628, 637, 639, 685, 687, 692, 694, 728, 730, 731, 780, 781, 802, 847, 848, 898, 952, 971, 972, 991, 1018, and 1043.
Keyword of ‘Career’: a total of 63 references to page numbers 33, 38, 48, 123, 132, 137, 138, 163, 165, 167, 171, 264, 265, 266, 268, 271, 273, 274, 275, 297, 318, 320, 324, 337, 338, 344, 358, 425, 428, 474, 490, 503, 516, 545, 575, 579, 600, 601, 615, 677, 684, 685, 695, 716, 726, 728, 870, 880, 892, 903, 939, and 993.
Keyword of ‘Workforce’: a total of 33 references to page numbers 33, 39, 128, 132, 165, 266, 273, 293, 325, 344, 464, 497, 509, 516, 601, 611, 659, 695, 708, 734, 813, 913, 945, 949, 1049, and 1057.

While I’m slowing working my way through each of these pages, I want you to know that I’ve been able to find out how (pages 32- 36) LEAs (local education agencies) and funding states receive will be used. Note how the funding is used, what groups are to receive it, which groups are targeted.

“(c) LOCAL USE OF FUNDS.—A local educational agency receiving an award under this section—
 ‘‘(1) may use not more than 1 percent of its  award for outreach and communication to parents  about available direct student services described in  paragraph (3) in the local educational agency and  State;
(2) may use not more than 2 percent of its  award for administrative costs related to such direct  student services;
(3) shall use the remainder of the award to  pay the costs associated with one or more of the following direct student services
(A) enrollment and participation in academic courses not otherwise available at a
student’s school, including—
(i) advanced courses; and
(ii) career and technical education
 coursework that—
(I) is aligned with the challenging State academic standards; and
(II) leads to industry-recognized  credentials that meet the quality criteria established by the State under section 123(a) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (29
 U.S.C. 3102);
(B) credit recovery and academic acceleration courses that lead to a regular high
school diploma;
(C) activities that assist students in successfully completing postsecondary level
instruction and examinations that are accepted for credit at institutions of higher education (including Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses), which may include reimbursing low-income students to cover part or  all of the costs of fees for such examinations;
(D) components of a personalized learning approach, which may include high-quality
 academic tutoring; and
(E) in the case of a local educational  agency that does not reserve funds under
section 1111(d)(1)(D)(v), transportation to allow a student enrolled in a school identified for comprehensive support and improvement under section 1111(c)(4)(D)(i) to transfer to another  public school (which may include a charter  school) that has not been identified by the State  under such section; and
 in paying the costs associated with the direct student services described in paragraph,
 shall—
(A) first, pay such costs for students who are enrolled in schools identified by the State
 for comprehensive support and improvement under section 1111(c)(4)(D)(i);
(B) second, pay such costs for low-achieving students who are enrolled in schools
implementing targeted support and improvement  plans under section 1111(d)(2); and
(C) with any remaining funds, pay such  costs for other low-achieving students served by
the local educational agency.
(d) APPLICATION.—A local educational agency desiring to receive an award under subsection (b) shall submit an application to the State educational agency at such
 time and in such manner as the State educational agency  shall require. At a minimum, each application shall describe how the local educational agency will—
 provide adequate outreach to ensure parents can exercise a meaningful choice of direct student services for their child’s education;
 ensure parents have adequate time and information to make a meaningful choice prior to enrolling their child in a direct student service;
 in the case of a local educational agency  offering public school choice under this section, ensure sufficient availability of seats in the public schools the local educational agency will make available for public school choice options;
 prioritize services to students who are lowest-achieving;
 select providers of direct student services,
 which may include one or more of—
(A) the local educational agency or other  local educational agencies;
(B) community colleges or other institutions of higher education;
(C) non-public entities;
(D) community-based organizations; or
(E) in the case of high-quality academic tutoring, a variety of providers of such tutoring
that are selected and approved by the State and  appear on the State’s list of such providers required under subsection (e)(2);
 monitor the provision of direct student  services; and
 publicly report the results of direct student  service providers in improving relevant student out comes in a manner that is accessible to parents.”

Warriors, if ever there is a time to let D.C. know THIS kind of alignment, abuse of our tax dollars is NOT the best for education or America, it is NOW! The Senate has yet to vote on the ESSA!! Use this kind of proof to alert them we WILL not be conformed to the CCSS Machine’s Workforce agenda!

Remember, there will be more information, proof I will share with you from the pages of the ESSA (which I have renamed for our purposes to mean “Erroneous Socialist Streamlined Agenda”) in the coming days! Remember as well that Sen. Alexander and Sen. Murray (as well as other Congress members in D.C.) have made it clear that what was laid out in the ESSA would be completed in the HEA re-authorization!

The CCSS Machine: ‘One Ring to Rule Them All’

Those responsible for the existence and movement of the CCSS Machine won't stop until it rules us.
Those responsible for the existence and movement of the CCSS Machine won’t stop until it rules us.

Anti CCSS Warriors, for today’s “From the File” article, I am borrowing from the “Lord of the Rings”.  We MUST continue our fight against the CCSS Machine with ALL our might! It’s a BIG deal! 
Yesterday, I hope you found the encouragement you needed to call Congress and tell the members to vote NO to the re-authorization of the ESEA(Elementary and Secondary Education Act). Why? It’s a VERY big deal!

 

Why I Chose the ‘Ring’:

If you have read the book series or seen the movie series concerning the “Lord of the Rings”, you know the battles to preserve what was good, right, and, honorable took much effort; caused much sacrifice; and lasted a long time. You also could identify the pattern of a circle. You also may know the famous line, “One ring to rule them all.”

The educational impacts of the CCSS takeover are much the same. If not, why would SO many of the logos and visuals used BY the CCSS Machine contain the pattern?! The agenda behind the CCSS takeover doesn’t stop! It continues on…rolling from birth to the grave! I’ve given you plenty of documented evidence…as have others! This is NOT a conspiracy theory. It is reality and it is playing out right before our eyes! The CCSS Machine will not stop until it rules us all!

The agenda is quite simply: to rule over us all, not matter what our educational choice (as there will no longer be true choice); to create the rulers of those who produce and those who produce..not what they wish, but what they are directed to produce.

In plain speak this translates into the Workforce based Career Pathways or the American Apprenticeship Initiative. Those ‘rulers’? Look at how many post-secondary institutions (public, private, or for profit) are grooming them for CCSS alignment! Again, I’ve provided you with tons of documents and other resources to prove this..as have others! Much like the saga of the “Lord of the Rings”, the CCSS Machine is sometimes very easy to identify, and, at other times, appears to present itself as THE solution to what plagues education!

What does this means in our plain spoken language? For those in the traditional type of schools, the circular pattern will roll on, continuing a cycle of gloominess and dooming our students. For those in non traditional schools, including home education, the circular gloom/doom pattern will begin. For those returning to post-secondary schools after years away, you too, will find the circular gloom/doom pattern will surround you as well.
It means the obsessive data mining, tracking will grind and roll on, it means the punitive assessments will continue on for anyone in education. 

NO one is to escape the pattern.

Again, too many well versed and researched anti CCSS Warriors have pointed this reality out.

What will be set around us IF the re-authorization of the ESEA is passed, will roll on into the re-authorization of the HEA (Higher Education Act)! This too, has been researched, evidence provided, and shared.

My point in all this comparison between a fantasy setting and our reality? Will we act against the CCSS Machine and break the cycle?! Or, will we let it roll on, grinding our nation down? We must be diligent and let NO part of the ‘ring’ encompass our nation, our educational systems, and most of all, our students/citizens!

If you haven’t called the members of Congress out on this issue, do so today! If you know others who are lulled into the quasi solutions the CCSS Machine is spewing out, let them read this, show them the evidence. Regardless of which anti CCSS warrior provided it. At this point, it isn’t so much WHO shared the evidence as it is that the evidence is SHARED and acted upon!

Monday Musings: Make That Call!

Call, NOW! Congress needs to hear your voice.
Call, NOW! Congress needs to hear your voice.

Anti CCSS Warriors, I simply want to encourage you to contact Congress today. Those helping us fight this War Against the Core have been quick to alert us that the changes to the re-authorization of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) are BAD NEWS! I am not about to repeat those warnings. Why? You can easily find them on you own. However, a great place to start would be the Truth in American Education’s website: http://truthinamericaneducation.com/

That stated,  I DO want to pass on that you MUST call! Do not just stop by reaching out to your specific state, contact those key Congressional members responsible for this debacle, too! Not sure what phone number to use? Start with the main switchboard for Congress, 202-224-3121. Want a specific list?  Use the Citizen’s Guide to Congress: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

Don’t forget that the CCSS Machine is working overtime to pump out as much negative press as possible right now to make those of us against Common Core (and the rest of the ‘quality education’ connected to it from “cradle to grave”) look at daffy and misguided as ever!
For example, the Raleigh News and Observer published today this awful piece.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article44804307.html


Be sure to leave a comment, I certainly did! I will share with you what I wrote:


“Good grief! Once again the N & O has a reporter promoting one side of this issue moreso than the other! If you want to know the real story of oppostion AND how long the ‘real’ sides have been at it, you would need to do more research. If so, you would find the roots of Common Core in NC are much older than what you report. You would find those who are opposed, as am I, to this illegally based education reform, that WE the People did NOT get to weigh in on, you would know we have uncovered evidence that this paper would never consider to report!
The NCCTM has been helping align math standards for years! But, you’d know that, if you have dug into this important issue. You would also know that laws have been broken as well as created to cover the snafus created by all that Common Core encompasses. You would also find the Common Core ISN’T simply math and english; you would discover it is in EVERY subject! You would find the alignment begins in Preschool and extends to graduate schools AS well as the NC job markets! NC sold out its citizens years ago for money over education. We are just beginning to see the damages. It will only get worse IF the state doesn’t wise up and DUMP Common Core, Career Tech Education!”

Please keep in mind, anti CCSS Warriors, the CCSS Machine will NOT stop at high school..it is (and will to) continue on through post-secondary education. This means the re-authorization of the HEA (Higher Education Act) will follow soon. I have given you plenty of evidence on this subject. Do NOT delay, halt Common Core NOW!

FTF: Only We Can Prevent….

Anti CC Warriors, you may be old enough to remember the “Smokey the Bear” ads used to prevent wildfires. So, what does that have to do with fighting Common Core? Plenty! Only we, the Warriors Against the Core can prevent the CCSS Machine from spreading further alignment in our nation!

Preventing the CCSS Machine from progressing is a shovel ready project I can believe!
Preventing the CCSS Machine from progressing is a shovel ready project I can believe!

What We Can Continue Doing:

1) Keep spreading the truth. If you’re new to the War Against the Core, dig in and find the facts. If you don’t know where to look, ask someone you know who’s been fighting. Chances are, if you are reading this, you’ve been spreading truth already and know that Warriors like myself, have plenty of evidence you can use. Don’t by shy in asking for help.

2) Keep attending meetings with your local officials, not just the school boards. Why? So much of the CCSS Machine is based on total community alignment, not just education. Also, given the level of meddling by the public, private partnerships (which often include businesses), we’ve seen proof of those ill-equipped to run education try to do just that.
If you’re not sure about the total community alignment, feel free to search my blog (or google the following phrase) for “KnowledgeWorks”, “P21”, or “aligned communities”. You’ll find the Council of Chief State School Officers involved in these efforts as well. You can also search for “US Chamber of Commerce”, they’re in on total alignment as well.

3) When you learn something that could help others fight this battle to free our education and nation of all things CCSS (includes its related efforts such as Career Tech Education, etc.), be sure to share it! Like Smokey used to say, there’s no spark too little to ignore when it comes to preventing forest fires. For we warriors, there’s no too small a bit of information or evidence to ignore!

4) I’m sharing 2 articles which illustrate points 1, 2, and 3 from above. The first one is called “Lead and I Will Follow?”.
http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1263  
The second is “A Common Core Future: A Skewed America”.
http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1247


A New Prevention to Fight CCSS:

Released just moments ago, a letter to the U.S. Congress and the select committee leads to halt the conference negotiations concerning the re-authorization of ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act). This means BOTH the HR5 (Student Success Act) and the S1177 (Every Child Achieves Act) would be tabled until after the new administration takes over in Washington D.C. as a results of the elections set for November 2016. It also means any connectors to the re-authorization efforts toward HEA (Higher Education Act) would need to be tabled. Anti CCSS Warrior Leaders from across the nation have signed this letter of support for a delay. Both the HR5 and the S1177 contain more, not less, CCSS alignment in a various amount of ways. Current HEA language extends what began in the ESEA and applies it to higher education. The same formula is being planned for a newer version!
That means more alignment in post-secondary schools!! As previously stated by Sen. Lamar Alexander, what began with the re-authorization of the ESEA will be completed in the re-authorization of the HEA.

To see the press release: http://edlibertywatch.org/2015/10/for-immediate-release-national-coalition-opposes-no-child-left-behind-rewrite-conference-bill/
To see the letter: http://www.flstopcccoalition.org/files/340E4386-4C72-4839-A8DC-2F671AF25561–0B810B12-A6E9-4D7F-9414-7DC79D4D7940/congressional-esea-letter-final.pdf

Use the letter as an example of one your group could write and send. Use the letter as a personal example of a support letter you can send to Congress. Our voices are LOUD! Our message is TRUTH! In spite of what the recent rhetoric is, We, the Warriors, ARE winning against the CCSS Machine! A huge thanks to Dr. Karen Effrem, the Florida Stop Common Core Coalition’s Executive Director. I am honored to have my name attached to this letter as a representation of citizen ire.

Weekend News: Your Anti CCSS Back To School Wish

Jpeg image credit:  imgion.com
Jpeg image credit: imgion.com

Warriors, have no fear, I’ve not converted to the supportive side for “Common Core”. I’m still VERY MUCH opposed. However, as we all know, it is the time of year our schools are gearing up for “Back to School”. For many of us, that means MORE CCSS. During this past week, I shared with you how the Bic Ink Pens Company is hosting a BTS (Back to School) Contest full of ‘Common Core English Language Arts’ lessons. What else is lurking out there? Plenty! This weekend’s news feature is the CCSS laden “Parent Toolkit”.

“Education Nation”:

Using Twitter as a tool for building support for Back to School, this NBC News project (NBC is part of the CCSS Machine), has a current campaign called “#SchoolYrResolution”. Who’s contributing? Everyday parents like you and I; Pearson Publishing; The American Heart Association; Education Nation and NBC personalities; Parent Toolbox (another NBC Education Nation project); doctors; and, school districts. While most everyone’s contributions are varied, it is the Pearson Publishing contributions that are the most pointed…toward MORE parent involvement. If you’re not familiar with the ideas Pearson has about more parent involvement (a nice way to phrase their real meaning of ‘compliance’), I urge you to find out for yourselves. As far as “Education Nation’s Parent Toolbox” goes, it’s slam full of pro CCSS social-emotional mind bending.

www.parenttoolkit.com
http://www.parenttoolkit.com

 

The Mind Bending:

By simply searching the PT (Parent Toolkit) with the phrase “Common Core”, I got back the following results: Academics, 12 articles;  Health and Wellness, 19 articles; Social and Emotional, 8 articles; lastly, the latest news on CCSS, 48 articles.
Titles among the latest news include how grit and persevering CAN be taught and then there’s one detailing their version of STEM (as you know, I’ve shared a true version of STEM with you many times). Repeated in several different articles: sex, bullying, on-line behavior, money management, and lots more. Under social/emotional, you’ll see empathy, diversity, and how to collaborate. As far as the experts putting all this information together for you, the parent, there are several of them. You’ll see their names and smiling faces, but to learn more about them, you need to click on each of them. I would encourage you to look into them. Most folks, will do what we’ve seen before: add the ‘expert’ title to a face featured on a famous website and leave it at that. That’s what the CCSS Machine is banking on..that we WON’T investigate those experts they use. But, oh, how we’ve proved them wrong.

 

The Other Supportive CCSS Machine Members of Parent Toolkit:

Curious about how many of the experts were dyed in the wool CCSS supporters, I searched for information. Not getting the results I bargained for, however, did lead me to the ‘other’ pro CCSS groups involved in ‘Parent Toolkit’ and as such, part of the efforts to sway parents toward the CCSS Machine.

Hunt Institute is a well known part of the CCSS Machine (if you don’t know how, please find my fellow anti CCSS Warrior, LadyLiberty1885’s blog and search for “Hunt Institute”)
NEA, Khan Academy, Council of Great City Schools, Sesame Street, the National PTA, SAT, and many others. See: http://www.parenttoolkit.com/?objectid=E0F96EB0-20A6-11E3-8EC10050569A5318


What We Can Do:

Share this news with other parents, first of all!
Second, why not visit the Twitter page for the School Year Resolution and make a few anti CCSS truths available.
Look into the Parent Toolkit’s experts, philosophies, and use these are guidelines for interviewing those school officials who will be leading your students this year. Are they of the same mindset? If so, use your true knowledge of social emotional damage CCSS causes! Remember, most pro CCSS folks have no evidence to support its worth, yet we have evidence to support its harm! Use it!!

NBC’s tie to CCSS:
The PolitiChicks‘ article: http://politichicks.com/2014/08/gates-funds-commoncore-coverage/

Khan Academy’s CCSS page:
https://www.khanacademy.org/commoncore

National PTA: The group has several pro CCSS position papers, look in the “Position Papers” tab.
http://www.pta.org/content.cfm?ItemNumber=3444

NEA: They were invited into the CCSS Machine’s fold by the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers AND the NGA (National Governors Association). The two groups who OWN the CCSS copyright!
http://www.nea.org/home/46665.htm

Hunt Institute: This organization has partnered with both the National PTA and the CCSSO to produce pro CCSS propaganda.
http://www.hunt-institute.org/resources/2014/06/pta-common-core-videos/
http://www.ccsso.org/resources/digital_resources/common_core_implementation_video_series.html

Closing:

So, my anti CCSS Warriors, what is your Back to School Wish? We know we want to be Common Core free. We still have time to influence our national level legislators as they are home on break right now. The Student Success Act and the Every Child Achieves Act are both being updated and enlarged. The bills are’omnibus’ bills. This is BAD. As we’ve seen with other mammoth bills, this means all kinds legislation unrelated to education will be thrown in! We know we desire a post secondary education free of the CCSS’s CTE (Career Technical Education), CP (Career Pathways), and the recently revealed CBPs (Competency Based Pathways). This means we must be on top of the re-authorization of the HEA, Higher Education Act.
Keep going, my friends, we’ve got lots to do.