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Monday Musings: More Parent CCSS Alignment

Anti CCSS Warriors, we’ve seen time and time again, especially in the past month, how the CCSS Machine has been cranking out the “parents checklists”, the ‘parents toolboxes’, and the like. However, did you know there’s a new “Parent/Community Checklist” by the U.S. Dept. of Education? Yes! The Gates Foundation even helped them pull it off. But wait, so did the Scholastic Books Company! I’ll be sure to include the link to the checklist, but to see the Gates/Scholastic mentions, you’ll need to see the footnotes.

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As far as the U.S. Dept. of Education’s suggested resources to help you become a better aligned parent/community? Great Schools, National PTA, and the federal government. Need I mention that each of these ‘resources’ are subjective about Common Core and not objective?!

There are a couple of other groups which helped create the aligned guide to the ‘high standards’. They are the UNCF and NCLR (UNCF stands for “United Negro College Fund”/NCLR stands for “National Council of La Raza”) So are these groups also sold out to the Common Core State Standards Initiative? Let’s see!

 

UNCF, United Negro College Fund:

Their website: http://www.uncf.org/
Their CCSS/CTE ties include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation via the scholarship program set up between the two. (See: http://www.gmsp.org/publicweb/aboutus.aspx)
See this screen shot from the webpage and note that the now CCSS aligned GED is included as a qualifier for the scholarship. Note that the abbreviation CCR stands for “College/Career Readiness”, CTE stands for “Career Technical Education”, and, CCSS stands for “Common Core State Standards”.

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Another tie to help fuel the CCSS Machine’s agenda? The support of the “America College Promise Act” which includes free community college tuition (community colleges are sold out to the CCSS/CTE alignment), data mining, universal design for learning, and that continues the grinding down of our communities and their citizens.
See their supportive statement: http://cqrcengage.com/uncf/app/write-a-letter?6&engagementId=117276

Another tie? This tie includes two other pro CCSS financial backers. The Walton Foundation and the Koch Foundation. Walton’s program is targets ‘reform’. Helping them out with this agenda? See this excerpt about the Summer Intern Program, “One of the principal elements of the paid summer internship program that exposes Fellows to professional careers at leading K-12 education organizations and schools focused on education reform. Specifically, Fellows are deployed as interns to organizations and schools located in such cities as the District of Columbia, New York, Boston, New Orleans, and Atlanta. Examples of internship host organizations included: Teach for America, New Schools Venture Fund, Paul Public Charter School, BUILD, Black Alliance for Educational Options, Thomas B. Fordham Research Institute, and Stand for Children.” If you’d like more evidence about the Walton/UNCF: http://uncf.org/sites/Walton/index.walton.asp  As far as the Koch Foundation’s interaction, $25 million for scholarships (began in 2014 and will end in 7 years). The scholarships are targeted to those students in post-secondary education and concerned about their communities. There are other parameters. To see more: http://uncfkochscholars.uncf.org/

Now, are you ready for a bit of irony? Even the UNCF has noticed that College/Career Readiness isn’t improving at all, in fact, their July 2015 reports a lag. See: http://www.uncf.org/sections/News/SS_PressReleases/pressrelease_details.asp?prID=420

NCLR, National Council of La Raza:

Their website: http://www.nclr.org/
Their CCSS/CTE ties include so much Common Core and College Career Readiness support, there’s an entire section of the website devoted to it. Complete with the fallacy of the ‘state led’ CCSS. There are plenty of resources on this page, including two You Tube videos. One is from a charter school using CCSS, the other is how the ‘global economy’ is involved. Gee, can we tell where we’ve heard THAT fallacy before?  To see the entire page, complete with the videos, http://www.nclr.org/index.php/issues_and_programs/education/common_core/

From their NCLR blog, here’s the fifth reason they claim teachers love the CCSS:

“If you want your kids prepared for college and career, then you’ll love Common Core State Standards because…They are aligned to higher education standards that demand the skills students need to be successful in college and in their careers. The Common Core State Standards are our best hope for ensuring our kids are well-served and college-ready, but we’ll need all our teachers on board for this effort to be truly successful.”

To see a webinar from 2014 concerning the “Step Up, Step In” (their name for the NCLR campaign in support of CCSS and CCR), set aside at least one hour.

The NCLR also has it’s own type of “Career Pathways” programs, too. Oh, no questioning the CTE ties with this effort! Their support stretches all the way to the WIOA (Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act) as well. See it all for yourselves: http://www.nclr.org/index.php/issues_and_programs/economic_policy/workforce_development_programs/ Be sure you look at their in-depth blog articles about how the community needs to weigh in on education/workforce efforts. Below you’ll find the corporations which advise the NCLR.      ” AT&T; Bank of America; Chevron; Citi; The Coca-Cola Company; Comcast/NBCUniversal/Telemundo; ConAgra Foods, Inc.; Ford Motor Company; General Mills, Inc.; General Motors; JPMorgan Chase; Johnson & Johnson; Kraft Foods; McDonald’s Corporation; MillerCoors LLC; PepsiCo, Inc.;Prudential Financial; Shell; State Farm Insurance Companies; Time Warner Inc.; TOYOTA;  UPS; Verizon; Walmart; and Wells Fargo”

To see the many, many funds the Gates Foundation has granted the NCLR, visit:
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=La%20Raza

To see the U.S. Dept. of Education’s new checklist, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/documents/family-community/parent-checklist.pdf

Note that every group you, as a parent, are pointed to in this checklist is somehow tied to CCSS/CTE/CCR. Note the IB and AP (International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement) are also tied to the CCSS/CTE/CCR and the UNESCO ‘Education for All’ agendas.

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FTF: CCSS, Dehumanizing Characters Daily

No CCSS Resource has all 7 pillars of traditional education. It CAN'T based on it's illegal nature.
No CCSS Resource has all 7 pillars of traditional education. It CAN’T based on it’s illegal nature.

“What a tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive.” How many of us remember learning this as a child? Common Core Standards, the CCSS Machine, and those running it attempt to deceive us every single day the illegally based Standards are allowed to exist.

It’s ‘Back to School’ season. That means parents shopping, which means money is being spent. It means corporations (ESPECIALLY those embedded in the CCSS Machine) are dangling new resources, products, and technology in front of everyone from the school staff to the state levels of education decision making.

It means the CCSS Machine is pumping out  big volumes of ‘white paper research’ to back up WHY CCSS/CTE (Career and Technical Education)CCR (College and Career Readiness) is a ‘must have’. (Don’t forget with each of the above, you have STEM, STEM to STEaM, Next Generation Science Standards, the C3 (CCSS aligned Social Studies), and so much more that’s egregious!

No matter how many ‘back to school’ seasons we get where CCSS is being rammed down our throats, the pattern’s the same. Hype up the Common Core and all its related crud and you’ve got ‘credible’, ‘new’ research to support it. BULL! As I’ve shared with you before in my ‘subjective’ vs ‘objective’ anti CCSS article, you CAN’T call research or studies conducted by the SAME folks corrupting education AND use them as your ‘evidence’ as to HOW CCSS is a proven success. IT’S called CONFLICT of INTEREST!

Those Pillars:

In the picture I provided above, I stated in the caption that ‘no CCSS Resource has all 7 pillars of traditional education.’ My fellow Warriors, CCSS by its very existence has NONE of the 7! The 7 pillars you see above: ethics, humility, instruction, discipline, knowledge, integrity, and, honesty are attributes. Together, they make up true wisdom. What’s an attribute? In its noun form, ‘attribute’ is a quality regarded as a part of yourself that’s inherent. In other words, it is deeply rooted in your character. Character, as we know, takes YEARS to develop. It takes real life experiences. No computer device or program can teach attributes in their true sense. Yet, during “Back to School” season, the CCSS Machine will promote….

Attributes via CCSS, Courtesy of the Computer:

One of my avid followers tipped me off the what I’m about to share with you. I thank her tremendously. This picture comes from an article targeting teachers for the upcoming school year. It’s promoting how to make the most out of those new tablets, laptops, and, other technology devices your students will be using this year. Note what’s in the center of the picture: “Graduate Attributes and Capabilities”

There's more in the middle than 'attributes and 'capabilities'.
There’s more in the middle than ‘attributes and ‘capabilities’.

Just what else is stated in the middle of this circle? “Good communicator; energy, passion and enthusiasm; true to value and ethics; understands strengths and limitations; listens and learns from errors and experiences; empathizing; time management skills; remains calm; thinks strategically; transparent and honest; gives credit; persevering.” 

The symbols you see? Oh, those are all the computer based programs which are to being used to ‘teach’ attributes!

To access a fuller size picture, refer to the article, my friend shared with me. http://www.edudemic.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-using-ipads-in-the-classroom/

You’ll definitely want to see all the others words littered throughout the circle. You’ll be able to recognize some of the more well known pro CCSS corporate logos. Ones like Facebook and Google, but, oh my..there are TONS more right in front of you! Be sure to read the comments. They are all from foreign countries expressing how great learning like this is!

For example, the article features “Dragon Dictation”. I featured the “Dragon Voice Recognition” as CCSS aligned back in December 2014. The difference here is the first one is an application to download on that new tablet, laptop, or whatever device students bring to class. The second one is an entire software program for home use. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/10/wybi-wednesday-common-core-promises/ (*Note: you’ll see some other digital learning resources in this article besides Dragon)

Then, there’s one application for ‘mind mapping’ capabilities. Yes, the teacher is encouraged to use this to stimulate brainstorms in his/her students. It’s called “Simple Mind +” The company behind this one is a privately owned Dutch company! Their speciality? According to their website, “specializing in smart card enabled cryptographic software used to solve real-world problems in large corporations.” To find out more about them, http://www.xpt.nl/about (*Note: the most recent publication I found on the website was 2006. Microsoft in among the companies supported by XP. To find that, look in the “Products” and click on ‘Castella’)

The Mind Push:

With all this alignment via technology style, we already know tremendous amounts of money are being not only poured into creating the tools, but in selling them, too! While you may know some of the groups involved, here’s one you may not recognize. “MIND Research Institute”. Website: http://www.mindresearch.org/

If you learn best  visually, this is fine. However, no every child learns visually!
If you learn best visually, this is fine. However, no every child learns visually!

According to their current statistics, 800,000 students and 31,000 teachers are exposed to this math program called ST Math (Spatial-Temporal Math). See: http://www.mindresearch.org/stmath/
K-6th grade ST Math? ” It is closely aligned to state and Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and integrates with core instruction.”
Middle School and High School ST Math doesn’t use the same wording, but it does use ‘remediation’ and ‘intervention’ as well as pointing back to the K-6th program.
On the “About Us” page, leading counsel at the Mind Research Institute are at least 2 public education officers and one elected politician. You can also see pro CCSS supportive groups represented like Bank of America and State Farm. (*Note: If you weren’t aware of  State Farm being supportive, here’s the statement I found on the CCSS website, ““State Farm is pleased to support the Common Core State Standards Initiative. State by State adoption of these standards is an important step towards maintaining our country’s competitive edge. With a  skilled and prepared workforce, the business community will be better prepared to face the challenges of the international marketplace.” -Edward B.’Rust’Jr., Chairman and CEO, State Farm Insurance Companies” ) To see the other supportive statements as well as State Farm’s original sourced excerpt, http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Quotes-from-Supporters.pdf

MIND Research Institute is a non profit, tax exempt group incorporated back in 1998, according to their financial documentation on the website. In 2014, over 7 million dollars in total for ‘fundraising and philanthropy’ was collected. To see their filed documents, http://www.mindresearch.org/pdf/financials/MIND-FS-2014.pdf

Among 2013 donors/supporters of the MIND Research Institute Math program? BR (Business RoundTable) and the White House’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign.

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To access the 2013 Annual Report: MINDInstitute Why do you need this? It contains the vision of expanding the math to college levels so those earning teaching degrees can teach this! You’ll also get to see who or what group donated to the Institute. Some heavy hitting CCSS backers are included.

To see the White House’s detailed “Educate to Innovate” website,
https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/k-12/educate-innovate
Be sure to look at the “At a Glance” page. You’ll see all kinds of federal overreaching plans. Plans that very much are STILL being decided in D.C.! Plans that involve birth to career education!

Want to dehumanize character via CCSS, easy..just use a computer to teach everything.