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First of Its Kind

Warriors Against Fed Ed, Common Core, and, Global Education’s takeover in America, we find ourselves approaching the end of June 2017. As I said earlier in the year, summer would not be a time the CCSS Machine would slow down its continual grinding down of education.

To that end, a CCSS/Global Ed laced Conference is just getting started. It’s the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) 2017 Conference. It’s meeting in Texas. Late Sunday afternoon, #ISTE and #GlobalEd17 were trending topics on Twitter.
The proganda was digusting. The painted on smiles of those attending and leading were deceiving.  Be sure to check all the latest ‘news’ out.

As I also stated earlier in the year, the summer is the ideal time for us Warriors to continue to arm ourselves with information to be ready for action when the new school year begins. The War Vs. the Core is NOT over, not by a long stretch.

Briefly, ISTE’s Connection To Global Education:

Warriors, back in 2015, I shared with you, an article titled “Tech Thursday: Global Day for Education”. It was the first time I’d run across ISTE. Quickly, just think “Microsoft” (and we know who THAT leads us to). Microsoft is the main sponsor of ISTE. Does it align the standards for technology in the classrooms to the dreaded CCSS (Common Core State Standards)? Absolutely. Does the ISTE apply its alignment to the re-branded names of CCSS, certainly! Where there’s international data, there’s got to be international data mining. That too, has an annual conference. Here’s an article where you can see the plethora of workshops devoted to harvesting education information.

Because technology is global, we know data created by technology is also global. However, the connections to global education and technology, which are very disturbing, (CCSS Machine propaganda uses ‘disruptive’) are the cultural mindset shifts hiding behind all those neat sounding apps and computer programs.

For example, from the article I’ve linked above, is a screen shot (below) where you ‘ll see the ‘global’ pledge. This pledge is used by all kinds of education related groups.

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With international technology comes the need for global education days. At least that’s what Harvard University and the others involved in the Global Education Conference Network believe. You can find out more about the Network in the article I’ve linked you to to learn more about the ISTE. You’ll also see how the AFT (American Federation of Teachers) is connected. (*Note: both the NEA (National Education Association and AFT) have ‘bought’ into the Education International, an organization with ties to UNESCO (you know, an arm of the United Nations. UNESCO is also known for it’s “Education for All” Program.) You can find out more about this, here.

Related: One of my most in-depth global education articles can be accessed here. It is from earlier this year and jam packed with information you can use to ready yourselves for the 2017-18 school year. (*Note: global education is present in all educaiton choices and will continue to seek out ways in which to lessen those choices until there is no choice at all. ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act, is a great example for reducing school choices, not increasing them.)

ISTE 2017 and Global2017:

Warriors, since the ISTE Conference is technology based, you know the latest and most aligned resources will be available to you, even if you can’t make it to TX. Here’s the schedule, with embedded links 
Wait, is there a separate Global Ed 2017 Conference at the same location?
From what I can find, no; the global education is part of the ISTE Conference. How? The location is the same.  See below:

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Warriors, you can sign up for free to access all the Global Education Network resources (you’ll want to see the Google classroom items, the lists of global organizations, the resources and those who’ve written them (I saw Steve Hardagon’s name pop up).

How to access all this? Visit this website, click on ‘visit’. Sign in (you can use your Facebook, Google Plus, or email if you don’t have an Iparticipate i.d.) Notice at the bottom of the page, that the P21, Inc (Partnership for 21st Century Skills) is a sponsor.
Access this list of global education organizations and people on Twitter. Even if you do no ‘tweet’ you can still find out about this CCSS Machine global members.

Why access all this? After all, it’s from the CCSS Machine. Warriors, if we are to be armed with the latest information, especially when it comes to technology and data mining, we must ‘hang out’ among the creators. Since so many of our schools are leaving parents, grandparents, and taxpayers in the dark, any advantage we can gain by seeing what the CCSS Machine is doing, is needed.

First Isn’t Always Best:

So far, Warriors, I’ve not said anything which relates to the title of this article. What is ‘first of its kind’? In the push for global technology, these two examples I want to leave you with. Ask yourselves, is this being planned for my school district? Is this where my tax dollars are going? Am I okay with the continued misuse of money to not educate students, but, to indoctrinate them?

Digital Portfolios may NOT be brand new, but a school district in AL is featured among the ISTE resources (and global education) for its first of its kind update. What’s the update? “Whole Story for the Whole Child”. This is about 30 minutes of video.

By giving the students a computer, showing them how to use it to lay out their lives, this portfolio COULD be used for other purposes. Such as, at the 3:25 mark (or just after it) a high school teacher reveals just ONE of the ‘other’ purposes: a track to see where each student needs to round themselves out for “college and career readiness”! (If you are new to the War vs Common Core, ‘College and Career Ready” is a re-branded name for the same thing.)

You’ll also have the person in charge of the federal funding for this AL school district explain how to start digital portfolios in your area. She will tell you that as school leaders implementing this you’ll WANT to look into each student’s personal life as well as their academic ‘lives’. Watch for the grade levels involved and the end result. (hint: by the times the students get to colleges, not enough is known about them)
Here is the website’s banner from the school district featured:

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Warriors, so much of global education and technolgy involves STEM (Science, Engineering, and Math), but they also include STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math).

Both STEM and STEAM are not American. STEM is the marketing name dreamed up by the NSF (National Science Foundation) to incorporate the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. STEM and CCSS go hand in hand. STEM was introduced about the time the CCSS was rolled out. Common Core was the distraction; STEM was the real agenda for education. It’s all been researched and documented.  As far as STEAM, it too, is not American. It’s roots are from South Korea and brought to the US. If you’ve missed these facts, please find them here.

This leads me to another ‘first of its kind’ and in the nation. This time we’ll find it in TN.

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Full article  (*Note: this was back in 2016). Warriors, notice the underlined portions of this published article. K-12 grades; Arts Innovation Zone, PBL(Project Based Learning) daily on STEAM. Do we have any idea how one-dimensional this is going to be for our littlest ones? Sure, the CCSS Machine talks it up that all kinds of engaging education will happen with STEAM, but every day?! True education honors that while engaging needs to happen, so does some down-time. So what’s happened to this one-of-a-kind school since 2016? A big dollar donation from a private company to go to a public school; the hope that those big bucks will prove STEAM can work for both inner city schools and rural schools. See the article here.

Closing:

Warriors, the bottom line to all the ISTE/global ed dribble is this:
“Learning without limits” will get us farther in education than ever before. Yeah, right…

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Tech Thursday: Global Day for Education

According to the Global Education Conference Network, September 17th is a very special day.
According to the Global Education Conference Network, September 17th is a very special day.

In today’s “Tech Thursday” article, we’ll find out how the Global Collaboration Day for Education is laced with Common Core, Workforce aligned education.

A Bit of History, First:

Before we get to the latest information, I wanted to provide you with a bit of history on the Global Education Conference Network. I first wrote about them in June of this year. In that particular article, I shared with you how evidence to the ‘state led’ argument was blown out of the water. I was able to connect Harvard University and others to the GECN. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/05/fom-2015s-ccss-whoppers-so-far/

If you’d like a bit more of an idea about the background of the GECN, the annual conference is co-chaired by Lucy Gray and Steve Hardagon. The Network itself (website:
http://www.globaleducationconference.com/) is acollaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. Our activities are designed to significantly increase opportunities for connecting classrooms while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity and educational access for all.” 

Be sure to check out the Advisory Board as well. You may be surprised at who the participants are.:
http://www.globaleducationconference.com/page/advisory

Now that you have a bit of history, here’s a brief look at what’s ahead, globally education wise. On September 25th, 2015, the “World’s Largest Lesson” is going to be taking place. 
A Global Leadership Summit
is being planned for sometime in the Spring of 2016, while a Global Education Day will be held in June 2016 at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).  (more about all these in a bit)

 
Declarations in Global Education:

From the co-leader, Steve Hardagon, a declaration he wrote and presented in 2013 during the GEN Conference. this excerpt on the value of global education:

“Because we are citizens of our individual nations and also part of a larger human family;
Because it is important to learn about other cultures and to understand the similarities that unite us and the differences that define us;
Because global understanding, empathy, and compassion depend and are built on communication, shared experiences, and relationships;
Because we increasingly live in a “global village”;
Because we increasingly work in geographically and culturally interconnected ways;
Because we are interconnected physically and our ecological and resource-use decisions impact others;
Because we share a world which appears to be increasingly fragile;
Because complex worldwide problems need collaborative, cooperative, and intelligent solutions….”

To read the entire Declaration, visit:
http://www.stevehargadon.com/2013/11/a-declaration-of-value-of-global.html

So who IS the man? How is he qualified as an educator? Is he tied to the CCSS Machine?
Answers can be found on his website as to his personal history and educational experience.
As far as being tied to the CCSS Machine? ABSOLUTELY! How, you ask?
Blackboard, Microsoft, the U.S. Dept. of Education, the U.S. State Dept., CoSN (Consortium for School Networking; see their corporate list of members:
http://cosn.org/about/membership/membership-directory ), PBS, and host of others, too. However, it’s his work with the KnowledgeWorks that is the most revealing. If you’ve followed my blog long or listened to some of my audio appearances, you are familiar with how KnowledgeWorks is tied to the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) and how much of their work is devoted to 100% aligned communities. (See my published articles):
Oct. 2014: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/fom-friday-knowledgeworks-or-knowledge-quirks/
Dec. 2014: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/19/fom-friday-ed-reform-sans-common-core/
Feb. 2015: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/tech-thursday-cradlecareer-conference/
March 2015 gave us three: a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/tech-thursday-difference-between-careers/
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/rmt-cc-education-and-marriag
c) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/ftf-ccss-pearsonites-at-your-higher-ed-campuses-now/
May 2015: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/monday-musings-learning-for-whom/
June 2015: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/07/rmt-halting-a-ccsscte-aligned-workforce/
August 2015: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/06/tech-thursday-career-pathways-meet-competency-based-pathways/

If you see nothing else from the number of articles above, click on them long enough to see the ‘tags’ between the titles and the body of the article. What do you see?  You should see several repeating themes and  names of certain organizations. My point in including each of them is because KnowledgeWorks has an all-encompassing agenda. The foundation has been laid. Check it out.

As far as the ‘other’ declarations I was referring to in the subtitle above? The UN’s educational declarations!! See the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights , Article 26 (http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/), the UNESCO’s “Education for All” statement as found on their UN-related website:
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/leading-the-international-agenda/education-for-all/ and the UNESCO’s Declaration of how it carries out the UN’s Declaration. (see: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/themes/human-rights-based-approach/60th-anniversary-of-udhr/unesco-and-the-declaration/)

ISTE, International Society for Technology in Education):

The website: http://www.iste.org/
One of the main mission sponsors? Microsoft! (scroll down the main page of the website to see the logo)

What’s a bit unusual is the ISTE has several sets of standards, depending on your role in education..and YES, they cater to the CCSS (Common Core State Standards)! See: http://www.iste.org/standards/iste-standards  (if you’d like to the CCSS specific standards, see: http://www.iste.org/standards/standards-in-action/common-core;  be sure to look into the Project ReimaginED)

That “World’s Largest Lesson”:

As part of the GECN’s “EverNotes” (see: https://www.evernote.com/pub/lucygray/globalresources#st=p&n=d000f90f-a46d-4fac-9058-af75e0d1ce9c), the “World’s Largest Lesson” is actually a joint project of UNICEF and TES (UNICEF is an arm of the UN, United Nations, TES has  a global impact with an American group’s help in its founding. Which group? Oh, I’m so glad you asked! The AFT (American Federation of Teachers!!) Need to see it to believe it? (see: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/us/partners) Here’s an excerpt from the TES Global ‘about us’: TES Global is a fast growing and digital education business committed to supporting teaching and learning. Our mission is to help improve performance and standards in education by both supporting the world’s teachers with a portfolio of tailored digital services and providing the world’s most respected higher education data and analysis..” For the portion of TES that’s not global, “We’re proud to be part of TES Global, a fast-growing digital education company that’s been supporting educators worldwide for over 100 years. ” To see more about TES and TES Global: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/us/about

Note the declarative statement for a date that's not even here yet.
Note the declarative statement for a date that’s not even here yet!

 

 

 

 

 

Wait a minute..isn’t the UN in New York right now holding its General Assembly?! YES!
The schedule: http://www.un.org/en/ga/info/meetings/69schedule.shtml
Now, according to that schedule the votes are to be taken over 3 days, one of which is the same date the “World’s Largest Lesson” is to be carried out!!

Related to all this are the two resolutions which will impact American education (and involve the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals, as well as include the  SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals):
a) http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A%2Fres%2F69%2F244
b) http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A%2Fres%2F65%2F1

The MDGs impact education, see this excerpt: “By packaging these priorities into an easily understandable set of eight goals, and by establishing measurable and timebound objectives, the MDGs help to promote global awareness, political accountability, improved metrics, social feedback, and public pressures. As described by Bill Gates, the MDGs have become a type of global report card for the fight against poverty for the 15 years from 2000 to 2015. As with most report cards, they generate incentives to improve performance, even if not quite enough incentives for both rich and poor countries to produce a global class of straight-A students.

The SDGs by contrast impact the physical world and are ” an important idea, and could help finally to move the world to a sustainable trajectory.”  The document tying the MDGs and the SDGs together can be found: MGDstoSDGs

As far as the “World’s Largest Lesson”, be sure to view the “Other Resources” page where you can see each of UN’s agenda points in a kid friendly way. (https://globaldimension.org.uk/worldslargestlesson/)

Closing: 

I hope you share this very important article with as many folks as you can who still think CCSS is “state led”, or “American only”.  I hope you help me to continue to expose where every scrap of CCSS Machine agenda, global ties, and any other connected pieces therein are!