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A Pied Piper’s Tale

Warriors Against the Core, it’s not a festive report I bring to you today. However, it IS relevant to our War Vs Fed Ed.

That stated, I would like you to recall the ancient tale of the Pied Piper. You may remember the version where the Piper would play his flute to lead the rats away. However, the original version of the tale is a bit more sinister. In that version, the Piper returns to the village for payment for removal of said rats. His payment? The children. I’ll leave it at that. However, if you wish to read the more ghastly version: http://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends/disturbing-true-story-pied-piper-hamelin-001969

So how is the CCSS Machine playing its own version of the Pied Piper?

I think, we, as educated anti CCSS Warriors, know how: with deception at almost every level of existence.

Depending on what type of deception is needed determines what tune the Piper uses on the flute. Depending on what level of ‘accountability’ is being performed determines just who the Piper may be at that moment. For example, The Pied Piper of ESSA has to be Sen. Lamar Alexander playing his ‘song’ of ‘returning education control to the States’. However, the Piper’s tune for something like ‘filling the skills gap’ or ’21st Century Skills’ could be led by many groups anxious to lead our students away.

In the remainder of this article, our Piper for the “21st Century Skills” is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“Business Leads Solutions”:

bizleadpiper

Warriors, this article appeared almost at the end of November, 2016. To see the entire ‘song’ of this Pied Piperhttps://www.uschamber.com/above-the-fold/business-leads-solutions-workforce-challenges

One of the first graphics you’ll see is this (added emphasis is mine):

talentpiper

To see my U.S. Chamber/Gates Foundation article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/fom-chambers-pot-of-lies-for-ccss/

To see my USA Funds researched article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/ftf-measure-twice-cut-once/

To see one of my articles on the “Talent Supply Pipeline”:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/ftf-tuesday-career-readiness-and-data/

The Academy Piper Tune:

First off, watch the video about the “Academy”:

So, Warriors, just WHAT does this organization do to lead our students off to a CCSS/CTE/Workforce Educated demise?! Here’s an excerpt from Oct. 2016:
“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) announced today the first cohort of nineteen participants in the Talent Pipeline Management Academy which is supported by a $2.5 million grant from USA Funds. USCCF’s signature workforce development initiative, Talent Pipeline Management (TPM), is a new way of addressing the nation’s skills gap by positioning employers in a more central role as key customers of post-secondary education and training providers. The TPM Academy consists of workshops led by USCCF for business professionals to receive instruction on talent pipeline strategies and guidance for implementation. In addition to a curriculum, technical assistance, and a peer-to-peer learning network, a key resource to be developed as part of the Academy will be the next generation of software tools and applications that support ongoing implementation of signature TPM strategies.”

19pipers

To access the article where the screen shot above is located: 
https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/press-release/us-chamber-commerce-foundation-and-usa-funds-announce-first-cohort-talent-pipeline

The Talent Pipeline has regional hubs, “The regional partners include the Arizona Chamber Foundation, Vermilion Advantages in Illinois, the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors in Kansas, Impact Northern Kentucky, Michigan Energy Workforce Development Consortium, the Greater Houston Partnership, and Elevate Virginia.”
To see the Talent Pipeline “Piper’s hubs”: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/center-education-and-workforce/talent-pipeline-management-learning-network

To see short videos for Talent Pipelines in KS, KY, MI, TX, IL, and VA:
https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/talent-pipeline-management/videos

More Piper Tunes:

One of the ‘biggest’ Piper tunes the CCSS Machine churns out and that ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) plays, leads students astray via business/corporate overreach into the classroom as the answer to lots of ‘skill gap’ problems.

GradsforLife plies this ‘tune’“The talent pipeline is developed with specific needs and current challenges in mind. Standards developed by the employer coalition are constantly changing based on the current economic environment. It is, therefore, more impactful for the business community to define what skills its workforce needs than to wait for the world of academia to catch up. At the same time, this progressive approach may incentivize academic chiefs to develop reforms.”

To see the rest of this ghastly Piper tune: 
http://www.forbes.com/sites/gradsoflife/2016/03/09/how-employers-can-manage-their-talent-pipeline-like-they-manage-their-supply-chain/#4cc80b565cdb

Warriors, we’ve seen enough non-educator based disaster via the CCSS Machine. We do not need more. Yet, between ESSA, WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), and HEA (Higher Education Act) have laid a road for the “Pied Piper” where businesses and corporations INCREASE their overreach into the classrooms.

Of the Case Studies the U.S. Chamber’s Talent Pipeline has conducted, at least 2 are corporations and/or businesses are ones I’ve researched and published my findings as to each of their “Pied Piper CCSS/CTE” tunes. Toyota and General Assembly. To see the Case Studies, https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/talent-pipeline-management-case-studies

To see my articles on each:

Toyota’s (Notice they have every age group covered): 
a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/rmt-vp-unions-career-tech-and-common-core/
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/monday-musings-more-parent-ccss-alignment/
c) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/monday-musings-alignment-for-wee-ones/

General Assembly’s:

a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/do-you-know-this-ga/
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/special-edition-news/
c) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/10/07/something-wicked-brewing/
(*Note, this last GA related article is truly fitting into the Piped Piper’s luring of our students away from true education to a workforce based nightmare existence. It features a made-for-You Tube movie were students are given achievement tests. If they pass, they live; if they do not, they die.)

Closing:

Warriors Against the Core, I do not wish to leave you on such a drastic mental image. However, I am not the only Warrior who’s compared what is happening to our students to awful things. I am not alone in hating what is going on in America, as far as our education system being so overrun with Pipers who deceive, indoctrinate, and conform our students.
We must mute their tunes! We must stand between the Pipers of Reform and our students, regardless of their age. The Pipers of Reform are here for EVERY student, not a select few.

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Weekend News: Worker Ed

Warriors in the War Vs the Core, we are approaching the one year ‘anniversary’ of the passage of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) into federal law. While much remains status quo in the quest to transform American education into a skill based worker pipeline, much has already changed. As we approach a new calendar year, new administration, and new ESSA mandates in action, we must remember one thing:

     Protect the students, teachers, and citizens!

Just take a close look at the feature shot above. It was one of the simplest ways to illustrate how all the recent laws, initiatives, and programs tie altogether for one goal. What the   CCSS Machine often calls our students: ‘human capital’ or ‘talent pipeline supply’.

Those recent laws?
HEA (Higher Education Act of 2008) is said to be currently under its latest rewriting
WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014),
STEM* (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Act of 2015
 ESSA, 2015

*STEM actually appeared about the same time as Common Core State Standards according to a 2010 PCAST (Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) Report.

Each of these connect Career Tech Ed, Career Pathways or Clusters,  STEM to STEAM, American Apprenticeships, and all the associated programs to the shift from academics to workforce. ESSA refers to all of this as ‘college and career readiness’ or ‘challenging state academic standards. ESSA also collectively groups all the initiatives and programs into professional development/streamlined learning with one goal:

                        Post secondary readiness in competency based education

 

Workforce/Ed News With A Spin:

During the past week, the U.S. House’s Ed and Workforce Committee have been zipping out press releases ‘celebrating’ the important work of the past few years under Rep. Kline’s leadership. Somehow, we the Warriors and Citizens, need to be reminded of the pro CCSS/CTE side of education at the hands of these legislative educrats. They are desperate to have us believe all this reform will make our nation stronger.
However, this past week isn’t the only time the CCSS Machine has used Congress to churn out fodder. Since the last recess began, Ed/Workforce has zipped out many such press releases. I’ve dug through those and shown you the fallacies. I’ll include them in the Related Resource section below.

The ‘Success’ Emails:

A quadruple spun set of Ed/Workforce articles began showing up in my email on Nov. 30th. The subject title? “Leadership & Results: Empowering Americans to compete in the workforce”
The email was quick to point out that under Rep. Kline’s leadership, the Committee had worked hard on the behalf of all Americans. The track record of ‘success’ begins (in the email) in 2007. It also points out the Skills Act* of 2011 where Rep. Foxx was a key player. (Look for my Skills Act article below in Related Resources.) The email ends with the terrific news about WIOA becoming law. No where in the email does it state Rep. Foxx was set to become the new chair for Ed/Workforce.
*Skills Act (2013) stands for: “The Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act”
It was also Rep. Foxx’s ‘baby’. (In Monday’s article, we’ll look closely at her education stance.)

The bottom line? American education had already begun its shift to becoming a workforce based education well before 2007, the Skills Act.

The next Ed/Workforce email was also dated 11/30/16. It’s subject line? “Leadership & Results Part 2: Helping every child receive an excellent education”
Right away, the red flag was the same introduction as the first. How hard Ed/Workforce had worked to represent the citizens of America. Another red flag? The ‘lifelong learning’ educratic phrase is code for ‘birth to grave’ streamlined education* (look for “Local Schools Open for WIOA in ‘Related Resources’). This email was all about how ‘local’ ESSA is going to make American education.

The bottom line? No American citizen truly desires ‘success’ at the price our government expects our education system to cough up.

Ed/Workforce’s third email (dated 12/1/16) focused on child safety via Neighborhood Development Block Grants. The subject line stated it this way, “Leadership & Results Part 3: Protecting the nation’s most vulnerable”This will most definitely continue to tie education to the U.S. Dept. of HHS (Health and Human Services). In ‘Related Resources’ look for  the “Sure Fire Disaster” article.

Lastly, the series of ‘success’ emails showed up on Dec. 2nd. It’s subject line, “Leadership & Results Part 4: Making it easier for students to pursue higher education”. This email touted the “Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013”. Warriors, while I have not studied this Law, I can tell you what I do know about higher education when it comes to the federal overreaches. Look in ‘Related Resources’ for them.

To find all 4 press releases: http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentquery.aspx?DocumentTypeID=1854:1826:1925:1825:1924:2481

Related Resources:
1) This one shows Rep. Foxx’s statement in support of competency based, federally supported innovations in education, as well as Rep. Kline’s ties to Sen. Alexander, along with how Lumina and other CCSS Machine members are involved:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/23/weekend-news-hea-higher-ed-act-and-the-common-core/

2) The Skills Act article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/29/ftf-more-tracking-the-workforce-aligned-society/ (*Note, it will show you how the SKILLS Act was embedded in not only WIOA, but will link you to my article where it was also embedded in the House/Senate versions of what was to become ESSA! In case you do not spot the link (will be in ‘Related Articles’ at the bottom, here is the link: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/27/weekend-news-tracking-the-ccsscteworkforce-aligned-society/)

3) WIOA and HEA embedded into ESSA articles (has page numbers to the Final Conference Report version):
a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/27/weekend-news-tracking-the-ccsscteworkforce-aligned-society/
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/essa-ties-to-wioa-2014-and-new-citizens/

4) ESSA and WIOA, along with HEA and STEM mean to have every citizen, regardless of age or school choice, somewhere in the ‘talent supply, workforce based education pipeline’.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/local-schools-open-for-wioa/ (*Note: this is also the article where you will find the featured image.)

5) How ‘local’ can a State be with ESSA aligned national leadership (P3s,  public private partnerships)? These articles expose what Ed/Workforce didn’t.
a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/essa-aligners/
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/essa-and-digital-overload/
c) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/weekend-news-the-ies-and-the-essa/
d) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/essa-and-teacher-pay/
e) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/warriors-guide-to-essa-and-private-education/
f) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/principled-leadership-in-the-essa-era/

6) Just one of the HHS articles I have which directly relates to ESSA and fed ed overreach:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/10/23/sure-fire-disaster-fed-ed/

7) The ‘affordable’ post-secondary education myth can be tied to the CCSS Machine in these articles. One of the most vocal selling points for HEA re-authorization will most definitely include student debt load and taxpayer burdens. While it is true these need addressing, must they be tied to the CCSS Machine to achieve them?! NO!!!
a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/28/affording-ccss-higher-ed-reform/
(*Note: takes a look at federal and state (NC) legislation meant to help ease student debt, but with a ton of CCSS Machine strings.)
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/tech-thursday-more-alexander-hea-and-the-next-america/ (*Note: written in 2015, this one shows you Sen. Alexander leading the bandwagon for higher education reform. Since he’s ruined K-12, we know he’ll ruin higher education, too.!)
c) Since we’re already in the fiscal year of 2017, you may wish to see how the ‘savings’ for higher education is to occur in this article. https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/big-bucks-for-post-secondary-ed/ (*Note: if you like, skip to the “Next Up: It’s All in the Name of Savings” portion.)

Monday Musings: The CCSS “Are You Kidding Me?!” Files

While this cartoon was depicted a U.S. Congress run by monopolists, it can easily resemble the 'CCSS Machine' running  education.
While this cartoon was depicted a U.S. Congress run by monopolists, it can easily resemble the ‘CCSS Machine’ running education.

As October winds down, anti CCSS Warriors, the hype supporting CCSS appears to be ramping up. Today’s post will show you how. Use the information to keep the pressure to STOP ‘Common Core’ (and all its aliases)!

First up, Special Needs:

Those running the CCSS/CTE Machine have made it no secret that ALL students, regardless of their educational choice OR abilities are to be run through the streamlined fare ‘Common Core Standards’ and all its accompanying resources. This, sadly, impacts our special needs kids. IF your family receives any IDEA funding, you are being subjected to CCSS in some way. When the schools receive their IDEA funding (and this includes post-secondary schools or all kinds), your students are most definitely being slammed with Common Core, Career and College Readiness, STEM, and, Career Ed Tech.  To find out MORE, please refer back to https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/monday-musings-idea-when-good-goes-ccscte-bad/
If you would like the ECS (Education Commission of the States) document from 2014 where plans to collect more ‘measurements’ of special needs students progress as well as their parents, see: SPtracking To see another way the special needs students were tracked, is a report from 2004. See: SpecNeedsDataCollect If you’d like to learn just how toxic the re-authorization of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) via HR5 (Student Success Act), please read Anita Hoge‘s article where she speaks in plain English how special needs students (as well as all the other types will be marginalized horribly).
http://www.newswithviews.com/Hoge/anita113.htm

 

Here Come the STEM, CCSS latest moves:

Most folks balk at me when I even dare to mention how STEM is tied to CCSS, yet, the evidence is there. In case you didn’t see the news about the STEM Act passed into law at the federal level, here’s the article where I shared all the news about it. The Act is named “The STEM Education Act of 2015”. Why would a new Act concerning education be a problem? First, it’s at a FEDERAL level! As in ‘federally led education’. On Twitter anti CCSS Warriors refer to it as ‘fed led ed’. Secondly, the federal level law dictates a certain type of course now be included in STEM. Seriously?! Yes!! So where was the parental input? Where was the local level of education? It was excluded…just like we’ve seen from D.C. more and more in our recent past. This Act involves several other federal agencies in education, alignment, and data mining! This Act is so overreaching into education, it will not stop at the school yard’s boundary. No, this one takes education into almost every informal learning environment we could possibly use. For example, your libraries, museums, field trips, and so on. Again, HR5 (see above) has stealthily embedded the CCSS tied-STEM into the language as part of the  ‘afterschool programs’ and ‘wraparound services’.
Read all about it: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/wybi-tying-stem-to-ccss-again/
If you’d like to see the archive where I was able to find the STEM tie to HR5, refer to:
http://wpllc.net/tag/hr5/

Rumor Has It:

I’m including my release of this past “Weekend’s News” because you have to get the vital information somehow! What do I mean? I’m referring to the ‘block’ I received from social media when I was sharing the truth about what’s up in America and CCSS. Once again, (this isn’t my first time being blocked), and, as other anti CCSS Warriors have experienced, the CCSS Machine tried to stop me. But, the funny thing about truth is..it ALWAYS wins! Thankfully, several of my fellow Warriors, picked up the story and passed it on for me. However, there are many others who didn’t get the what’s up. So, I’ll state briefly WHY the “Weekend News” was so controversial it got blocked.
1) It named certain people as being involved in the corruption of education in America
2) I openly displayed the social media site in some of my screen shots
3) Point by point CCSS/CTE/STEM tied programs were specifically named and tied back to a well known university
4) Of those named, two are legislators in NC and another is running for the US Presidency
5) I exposed the fallacy which was shared over social media that NC had removed CCSS recently, when in fact, the original source was from 2014 AND didn’t tell the entire story!
Get it while you can: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/25/weekend-news-ccss-rumors-abound-at-least-in-nc/

I urge you, read the article. It IS so vital to our War Against the Core! You need to see just how far the CCSS/CTE Machine is going to place specific people in very educational influential positions. Yes, we’ve seen this before, BUT the operators of the CCSS Machine are becoming less and less stealthy about it! We MUST act! We MUST continue to expose the injustice that is happening every day in America via education reform! We know the bottom line isn’t an academic education, it’s about a ‘talent pipeline’ to feed a ‘workforce agenda’.

From ‘Your’ U.S. Dept. of Ed:

As you read this, the US DofEd is hosting a “Parent Camp”. I kid you not. If you use Twitter, be sure to look up ‘#ParentCamp’. You won’t believe the ‘shuck and jive’ dribble about education leading parents. Better yet, why not scoot over to the US DofEd’s Family Engagement page. There you can find all kinds of things the Dept has put together to show you HOW to parent THEIR way! Think I’m joking?! Read this excerpt, “If effective cradle-to-career educational partnerships between home and school are to be implemented with fidelity and sustained, engagement initiatives must include a concerted focus on developing adult capacity, whether through pre- and in-service professional development for educators; academies, workshops, seminars, and workplace trainings for families;” Want to read the rest? Be sure not to miss that one of the 4Cs in this parental persuasion is ‘human capital’!
USDofEDparent

 

From The US Chamber of Commerce’s Education and Workforce Committee:

Their latest efforts? Using local Workforce Boards to highlight the skills gap needs to be closed. As I’ve shared in the past (as have other anti CCSS Warriors, there is NOT a skills gap! The CCSS Machine has presented the fallacy that such a gap exists, but it does not)

The skills gap 'fear factor' fallacy is successful because those spreading it, use the wrong numbers s their source.
The skills gap ‘fear factor’ fallacy is successful because those spreading it, use the wrong numbers as their source.

By the way, the article to which the Chamber refers is worth reading. Get it:
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/county-688751-employers-workforce.html
Here is the picture the “Register” chose for the article:
skilltree

So, my fellow Warriors Against CCSS, we have MUCH to do and not much time in which to accomplish it!

FTF: “Human Capital”: The ‘New’ Name for Citizens

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

Well, Anti CCSS Warriors, Labor Day Weekend 2015 is behind us. Yet the Common Core State Standards and its Initiative (which includes CCSS, Career Technical Education, College and Career Readiness, Aligned Apprenticeships, STEM, and SO much more) continues to grind away at our students…of ALL ages. How does an upcoming UN General Assembly play into all this? Let’s find out today! Then, catch me tomorrow morning on my weekly guest radio appearance as we discuss this and more about ‘human capital’!

First, the Upcoming Assembly:

The United Nations (UN) is getting set in to have its General Assembly. When is it? September 15, 2015. Where will it be held? In New York City, New York. How will education, especially geared to become ‘human capital’, be involved? Read on, my fellow Warriors!

Secondly, the “Human Capital” Agenda:

What is the definition of ‘human capital’? Well, that depends on which resource you use. For example, I’m using the “World Economic Forum” descriptions as evidence. Why the WEF? I chose this one as it uses the UNESCO/WHO/ILO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization/World Health Organization/International Labor Organization) and other international groups’ pillars for ‘human capital’! While I’ll share the entire report’s link with you, here’s an excerpt which will explain the pillars of being ‘human capital’.

“The Four Pillars are:  The Index a) The Education pillar contains indicators relating to quantitative and qualitative aspects of education across primary, secondary and tertiary levels and contains information on both the present workforce as well as the future workforce.  b) The Health and Wellness pillar contains indicators relating to a population’s physical and mental well– being, from childhood to adulthood. c) The Workforce and Employment pillar is designed to quantify the experience, talent, knowledge and training in a country’s working–age population. d) The Enabling Environment pillar captures the legal framework, infrastructure and other factors that enable returns on human capital.”

The Report will go on to share with you that in all, there are 51 indicators of measuring humans as ‘capital’. In Pillar A, there are 12; in Pillar B, there are 14; in Pillar C, you’ll find 16; and in the last Pillar, D, there are 9. Below is a screen shot of Pillar A (they refer to it as “Pillar One”).
pillarhumaned

Also featured in this report are all the ‘sub-categories’ used to measure citizens. Among them: their private data, their talents, and, their well-being. Get the entire report:
WEF_HumanCapitalReport_2013 (Please note, this report is from 2013, but the information is still very important to those of us in the War Against the Core. It is also over 500 pages.)

Human Capital via OCED (Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development) and the UN:

Back in 2009, there are was a meeting hosted by OCED. A big topic, which was receiving much attention, was ‘human capital’. The entire pdf presentation is included in this article for you, but, I’ve got a screen shot you need to see.
2009humancapital

One of the ways to measure ‘human capital’ revealed in this pdf presentation was the PISA assessments. (PISA stands for Program for International Student Assessment). The Warriors at “What Is Common Core” have an article which I’m including the link to. Questions 33 are 34 concern the PISA and CCSS. See: https://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/tag/pisa/  Then contrast that with the OCED’s CCSS and PISA report. See: http://www.oecd.org/pisa/keyfindings/PISA2012-US-CHAP4.pdf
Once you read their ‘rhetoric’, be sure to balance it with the real truth about PISA and CCSS! See my fellow anti CCSS Warrior, LadyLiberty1885’s scorcher about Pearson Publishing’s ties to the PISA. Access: http://ladyliberty1885.com/2015/03/04/pearson-is-everywhere-pisa-2018/

Get the 2009 OCED pdf presentation: OECD2009

Back to the Upcoming UN General Assembly:

So, my fellow Anti CCSS Warriors, what will the 2015 UN General Assembly hold for education? Well, aside from the above, the Assembly will consider 2 resolutions which will definitely have MORE aligned education/human capital components! One resolution contains the MDGs from the UN (Millennium Development Goals). Of those goals, at least 2 will further the UN’s push for ‘global education’. One goal will target the youngest learners; another goal will use educational lessons to further the social justice surrounding gender issues. To see all the MDGs: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/
To see the Resolutions for adopting more MDG/educational/human capital programs, visit:
http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/res/69/244
http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/res/65/1

To see the entire UN General Assembly schedule: http://www.un.org/en/ga/info/meetings/69schedule.shtml

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Tech Thursday: Part Two of the HEA, STEM, the Workforce, and America

As the push for the re-authorization of the HEA heats up, more evidence has surfaced showing how post-secondary education is an ideal set-up for more than meets the eye.
As the push for the re-authorization of the HEA heats up, more evidence has surfaced showing how post-secondary education is an ideal set-up for more than meets the eye.

Last we were ‘together’, anti CCSS Warriors, I was sharing with you how the Higher Education Act (of 1965) is set for a re-authorization sometime very soon. We were able to connect the dots between the purposed alignment between the pre-K to 12th grade and post-secondary levels of education. In the last article, you saw how the current members in the U.S. House of Representatives have put together many bills related to re-vamping higher education. As I closed Tuesday’s article I promised you we’d look at the S1398 (Senate’s version of the “America Competes” Act), how we would tie it to not only STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math), but to CTE (Career and Technical Education)as well. CTE is the ‘adult version’ of the pre-K through 12th grade CCSS. (I’ve shared with you repeatedly exactly how this is documented.)

Today’s article will prove to be a distinct eye-opener. So much so, I’m even shaking my head in just how interconnected the American reform is proving to be. Warriors, we’ve known the real agenda behind the education reform is the trained workforce. We’ve seen how the 2014 passage of the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) has embedded CTE (written in via one of its other names, Career Pathways) and is woven into the legislation at least 21 times, per a high ranking U.S. Dept. of Labor spokesman.

In the event you haven’t had the opportunity to read Tuesday’s article, or you’d like both of these articles together:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/28/ftf-update-for-stem-workforce-and-the-hea-part-one/
Part One gave you vital information as to just HOW the WIOA and HEA are united via the CCSS Machine. A machine which includes those in public office as well in private business.

 

So just what is “America Competes”? It’s designed to involve America’s energy competitiveness in the global scheme, the ‘need’ for 21st Century technology (which includes energy efficiency, climate control, and other related activities here in America) AND education that’s aligned with Pre-K through 12th grade CCS Standards. As we know, CCSS can also mean ‘college and career ready standards’, ‘essential standards’, ‘career pathways’, ‘career clusters’, and on and on the names go.
(*Note: While I’ve not studied any of the ‘AC’ legislative bills in-depth, it does appear that the U.S. Dept. of Energy, along with the NSF {National Science Foundation; another federal level government entity}, get to influence the U.S. Dept. of Education in HOW to align courses, scholarships, etc. to fit all of the above into “America Competes”!  How will this be BEST accomplished? STEM and its related programs. This will include the STEaM, Common Core, Next Generation Science and MORE!)

All this “American competitiveness” is to be completed in the name of scientific research.

S1398, “America Competes”: 

As I shared on Tuesday, both the Democrats and the Republicans of the Senate like this bill. (The House has 2 versions, one which the sitting Republicans like, one the sitting Democrats like)
Here are some facts about S1398, you, the anti CCSS Warrior need the most:
a) the sponsor of the bill? Sen. Lamar Alexander (as is one of the chief people in rewriting the ESEA, and the HEA)
b) it was introduced in May 2015
c) it has many co-sponsors from both main political parties, every one of whom voted ‘yes’ to the ‘Every Child Achieves’ Act, also headed up by Sen. Alexander (Sen. Murray was also heading up the ECAA ‘charge’)
d) it is classified as an ‘energy’ bill, not an ‘education’ bill
e) while much shorter than its counter part bills in the House, it does involve ‘talent expansion’ programs, lots of taxpayer money, certain data NOT being made available to the public, “National Laboratories”, public-private partnerships being encouraged and incentive driven, removing duplicate authority in the “Science Enhancement Education” realm within the U.S. Dept. of Energy (question is, who gets to the be ONE authority?), protecting the PACE graduate program, giving ‘early career awards’, rewarding schools which drive up the attendance and graduation rates, and merit pay based peer reviews. (Does any of this sound anything remotely like what we’ve seen the primary and secondary educational reform? Of course it does! It’s MORE CCSS Machine rhetoric) While much shorter at the moment, remember the bill could grow by leaps and bounds when all is said and done.

To see the current form of S1398: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s1398/text

The U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Angle for Higher Education:
Before we get too far into just HOW aligned to CCSS/STEM/CTE the Dept. of Energy is, see this screen shot:

As we've discovered, where you see "Workforce" or "STEM", you know Common Core or Career and Technical Education is there as well.
As we’ve discovered, where you see “Workforce” or “STEM”, you know Common Core or Career and Technical Education is there as well.

It appears, from what I can find, that the U.S. Dept. of Energy is really throwing its educational influence towards the Workforce in the “Smart Grid” sector. One such example comes from the MS Gulf Coast Community College. See: Mississippi-Gulf-Coast-CC-Workforce-Development-Electric-Power-Sector
Now, if you’ve followed my blog for very long, you know how I’ve given you proof of how the community colleges across the nation have aligned themselves to the CCSS Machine. From the CCSS derived ‘Adult Standards’ to the CTE courses, hybrid classes (meaning on-line and in-person), and, beyond.

Below, is another example of the Workforce ‘chunks’ your student (or maybe even yourself) can find as an educational choice.

You'll find other energy career ladders, paths, clusters, and internships or apprentices at almost every community college, trade school, or high end university.
You’ll find other energy career ladders, paths, clusters, and internships or apprentices at almost every community college, trade school, or high end university.

To access the entire Energy/Workforce document,
US_Smart_Grid_Revolution_Smart_Grid_Workforce_Trends_Brochu
What you’ll find is more about the energy stance, the economy, or other items than you ever will about the academic nature of the student achieving a “Smart Grid” workforce degree. Why? Because, as we’ve seen time and time again, in all things related to the CCSS Machine, academics as we’ve known them, take a backseat to service. As you might notice, the above gives you a birds-eye view of how the U.S. Dept. of Energy has been able to influence the Workforce angle of education.

 

The White House Chimes In:

Back in 2010, the “America Competes” Act helped create “CoSTEM”. The purpose? According to the White House’s website, it was to co-ordinate the federal level activities in STEM education. (*Note: Does anyone recognize that ‘federal level activities’ violates the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution?!)

One of the co-chairs to CoSTEM is from the NSF (National Science Foundation). I’ve given you plenty of evidence how the NSF has been party to aligning our education, but a great reminder as to HOW is found below.
Members of federal level offices working together to see that STEM/CCS/CTE/Workforce survive and thrive?

  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Interior
  • Department of Transportation
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration 

To access more about the above, see: https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/nstc/committees/costem

 

The NSF and the CCSS Machine, ‘Bedded Partners’ for any Education Level:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/rmt-sunday-ccss-snake-oil-of-our-time/

 

Closing:

I truly hope you’ve been able to see my point in sharing what I have to complete the look at just how toxic the revamping of any educational choice is when put through the CCSS Machine’s cycle for America. If you’ve not, I’ll try to summarize below.
1) Any educational re-authorization currently on the table which impacts pre-K through grad school is seemingly under one man’s domain: Sen. Lamar Alexander.
2) The public-private partnership which makes up the CCSS Machine is impacting education from a birth to grave aspect. This will include not only our pre-K through grad school choices, but also our entire communities. Is this really what’s best for America?
3) That by ensuring every federal law possible that can influence an alignment to the Workforce agenda can happen, we see our human lives are less considered than the economy. How did I arrive at this point? Simple, look at the CCSS Machine agenda, it’s more about economy than personality.
4) Finally, by allowing a CCSS/CTE aligned Higher Education bill to pass, we see the cement ‘bridge’ completed from the earliest of American lives to the oldest completed.

As far as I’m concerned, it’s not a cement bridge, but, a cement block. The CCSS Machine wants you to envision a bridge to cross over when in reality it’s a cement block tied to your ankle to drag you down…and remember..it’s all in the name of ‘education’.

cementblock
My student is MORE than a block, or an apple..my student is a human!

FTF: Anti CCSS Files Recap

It's been a good year, so far, to fight the CCSS Machine!
It’s been a good year, so far, to fight the CCSS Machine!

In continuing to look back at the anti CCSS year so far, today’s article will share the best files I’ve been able to offer you in aiding your battle against Common Core.

In no particular order, here are the ‘files’ most important and worth sharing again.

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education:

This info packed article from March, 2015 gave you an in-depth look at how aligned to not only Common Core, but, Career and Technical Education this group is. In it you’ll find connections to Pearson Publishing, Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford University, and Sage Publishing to name a few pro CCSS supporters. You’ll also have access to the letter the AACTE wrote to Sec. Arne Duncan!

To access all the files related to AACTE, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/ftf-tuesday-aacte-and-common-core/

AIR and the ‘Pathways To College’:

What do the massive data miners AIR (American Institute of Research) and an on-line library have in common? “Pathways to College” , as well as the Alliance for Excellent Education! You might recognize Pathways to College is very similar to those  like ‘Career Pathways’, ‘College and Career Pathways’, ‘Career Clusters’, and ‘Career and Technical Education’. Yes, ALL of these names are connected to Common Core. The online library featured in this article from February of this year will also share with you how Horace Mann’s philosophy of education is tied in. You’ll also get to know much more about those high stake assessments, too!

To access this all important set of pdf files, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/ftf-tuesday-comprehending-assessments/

Our Students as Part of the “Talent Supply Pipeline”:

From January, 2015, here’s another article with Linda Darling-Hammond, Career and Technical Education, and what is known as “Adult Common Core”. Yes, you read correctly..’adult CC’. You’ll also note, as I’ve stated many times, that while all 50 states may not of adopted CCSS, ALL 50 states have Workforce training, Career and College Readiness plans. In this article, I shared with you North Carolina’s current status in all this as an example of what to look for in your state; the Adult CC Caucus information on a federal level was also revealed in this published article. There’s lots to delve into the learn all you can about the plans to turn ALL our students (regardless of educational choice or age) into ‘talent supply’ to churn down the CCSS/CTE/CCR (Common Core State Standards/Career and Technical Education/College and Career Readiness) pipeline!

To access the ‘game changer’ article, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/ftf-tuesday-career-readiness-and-data/

The SBA and Common Core:

The discovery of the Small Business Administration and its ties to Common Core, set a few readers and/or followers aback with shock. I shared all kinds of news, findings, and documents back in February 2015. So just  how is the SBA tied to the CCSS Machine? Funding initiatives, business ventures, and capital investments. You’ll see pro friendly CCSS corporations like Apple, Intel, and Hewlett-Packard.

To see how this federal agency is helping spread educational overreach, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/ftf-the-sba-and-common-core/

Closing:

Are there aspects about anything related to Common Core you’d like me to investigate to see what files are available? I’d be honored to dive into it for you, if you’d like me to. As you’ve been able to see from each of the articles above, I don’t tell you what to think, I point you to where to look so you can use what you need for your state’s fight in this war against the Core.

What most pro CCSS groups would like us to look like and believe.
What most pro CCSS groups would like us to look like and believe.

WYBI: Job Development Grants and CCSS?

Known by a bevy of names, let’s see what we can learn today about CCSS and job development investments grants. Are they only in NC (where I first learned about them) or are these in other states? If so, what are the educational implications?

Some of the companies here love NC. They also are unabashedly supportive of CC aligned citizens.
Some of the companies here love NC. They also are unabashedly supportive of CC aligned citizens.

The Name Game:

As knee deep into CCSS as NC is, I wasn’t too terribly surprised to find one more ‘cutesy’ name to identify yet another grab at jobs and the economy..but is all this tied to education? If so, how? The first name I came across was JDIG, standing for “Job Development Investment Grants”. All the information about JDIGs wasn’t on a JDIG website. No, all the information I found was on a site called “Thrive in NC”. (see: http://www.thrivenc.com/incentives/financial/discretionary-programs/job-development-investment-grant) Now, if you look at the top of the website page, you’ll see the Economic Development Partnership of NC’s name. We’ll come back to the EDP of NC in a little bit. First, what is a JDIG? According to Thrive’s website description, it’s a program embedded in the NC General State Statutes. That means it’s a law that’s been decided upon by the GA (General Assembly) via voting.

So, what’s the law when it comes to JDIGs? In a nutshell, here’s what NC Legislative Study found and  has laid out per § 143B-437.50:
1) It’s state policy that NC generate jobs, keep the economy boosted via expanded industries already here and attracting new ones. What we’ve seen via the CCSS/CTE agenda in relation to this is that to accomplish this: anything goes.

2) Not content with keeping NC focused, part of the law is tracking international and national jobs, economic growth as well. Yep, in all things CCSS/CTE, we must be ‘cookie cutter’, workforce ready drones.

3 and 4) Since the economy is changing, re-evaluting how industries are attracted is vital. To accomplish this ‘certain programs’ must be updated. (No specifics here, of course) Also, because of all this updating, not only will citizens be better off, so will the ‘political subdivisions’. With CCSS/CTE firmly in place, states have lost their backbone and sacrificed their U.S. Constitution based 10th Amendment power. 

Statute § 143B-437.51 defines all that is in the preceding Statute. You’ll want to note what types of industries, and/or businesses can qualify for the JDIGs. CCSS/CTE groups especially like non-profits to ‘hide’ behind. NC’s Statute includes non-profits. (*Note: this is not to suggest all non-profits are CCSS/CTE aligned, nor are all businesses, industries.) This statute also includes community economic development boards..and we know how integral these are with Chambers of Commerce. Remember, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce received millions from the Gates Foundation for the express purpose of selling us the CCSS/CTE. Each state has been privy to those funds. Look at how hard NC’s Chamber promotes CCSS/CTE. (*Note, my fellow NC resident and anti CCSS warrior, Lady Liberty 1885, has the entire soap opera like drama extremely well detailed on her blog. See: http://ladyliberty1885.com/2015/03/12/foia-nc-chamber-pushing-asrc-to-consider-rebrands-like-florida/ )

Statute § 143B-437.52 is the one which explains how the JDIGs will work and will also include the Attorney General of NC. So, in lay man’s terms, any qualifying business or industry meets with the NC Economic Council and the State AG to determine HOW the growth of jobs (and don’t forget where jobs are, so is education and training) is to be accomplished. (*NOTE: this is my interpretation. I am NOT a lawyer.)

Statute § 143B-437.53 reveals number crunching..as in how many JDIGs in any given area of the state.  It appears too many in one location isn’t the best for NC. Whatever happened to freedom of choice where my business is located? Well, in a CCSS/CTE aligned world, freedom’s an enemy.

So, who makes up the Economic Council which makes a lot of these state wide impacting decisions?? Great question. According to this set of statutes, The Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Revenue, the Director of the Office of the State Budget/Management, and two private sector appointees from the General Assembly. (*NOTE: this is all NC state level government. You’d have to check your state for JDIGs or similar if you live outside NC. See who’s involved and to what degree.)

To see the rest of the JDIG related Statutes, including how the individual community economic councils are involved, see: 2013-JDIG-TempUpdates What I can tell you is the “Thrive in NC” website page of member community econ councils is like a “Who’s Who in the Hall of Career Tech Education”. Be sure to enlarge the screen shot below.

ncmarketpeople

Here’s a set of Tweets about the “Thrive in NC” marketing strategy from 2011:
thrivestrive

To see a more modern sales pitch for trained workforce seekers, see below:

To access more information on JDIGS in NC:
http://www.thrivenc.com/incentives/financial/discretionary-programs/job-development-investment-grant

Is There a JDIG in MY State?:

Your state may OR may not use the same title that NC has chosen. I have found one nationally encompassing document that features all the places you can find career development or workforce training grants, especially those ‘under served’ groups of people. See: career_development_grants_for_underserved_populations

You’ll also want to access the U.S. Dept. of Labor. Just last year, 2014, they gave over 50 million dollars to various states and/or schools for workforce job development training programs. See: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20141754.htm

If you cannot locate your state’s information from either of the above resources, try it from the U.S. Economic Development Administration angle. after all it’s part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce! See: http://www.eda.gov/
Their Career Tech Education (CTE) list is quite long and involves many states. See: http://search.eda.gov/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&affiliate=eda&query=Career+Tech+Education&commit=Search

Here’s an excerpt from a  stunning report the EDA has. “This report on the Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge (JIAC) program represents one element of the larger effort, and has been produced alongside reports on parallel studies of the i6 Challenge (i6) and Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) programs.” (*NOTE: here are other named programs you can use to search for in your state!!) To get the entire study so you can find out how careers, clusters, economy, data tracking, and assessment all are interwoven:
EDA-JIAC-Program-Assessment-and-Metrics Oh, and you’ll love this if you live in NC, UNC-Chapel Hill partnered with SRI International to conduct this study project which was completed in 2014.

A few other investment projects you might be able to glean more from, hardly an exhaustive listing, but a start.

AAUW (American Association of University Women), gives career grants, especially if you’re looking for a STEM related career. (*NOTE: STEM is CCSS’s granddaddy. That was revealed in my PCAST, STEM, and CCSS article in late 2014) See: http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/career-development-grants/

Nationwide Workforce Development programs from the Weinberg Foundation. See: http://hjweinbergfoundation.org/program-areas/workforce-development/ (*NOTE: to see their CTE contributions, http://hjweinbergfoundation.org/?s=career+tech+education)

You’ll get plenty of CCSS/CTE agenda with Workforce training from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) See: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/job.htm

Previously Published and Related:

NC’s push to combine Workforce and Community Colleges: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/tech-thursday-ncs-workforce-despicable-moves/

Workforce alignment, apprenticeship alignment, and more CCSS/CTE: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/tech-thursday-workforce-commissions-education-and-common-core/

Closing:

It would appear from all this that not only is education compromised via CCSS, CTE, but our state level economies. Not only will we need to research the educational side of our states, but it appears we’ll need to see where our Attorney Generals, Secretary of Economy, etc. stand on CCSS/CTE.

WYBI Wednesday: Flying Minds, Common Core

For today’s “Would You Believe It Wednesday”, we’ll be taking a closer look at the Common Core Talent Supply Pipeline. All thanks to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Ed and Workforce Center.

We are human! We are NOT pipeline material!
We are human! We are NOT pipeline material!

Personally, I absolutely despise referring to people in such a debase term as ‘talent supply’ or to suggest they are ‘pipeline’ matter. I think it is offensive, degrading, and inhumane to place fellow human beings into this kind of terminology. However, when you have a bunch of non-educators running education, hoping for correct terminology is a stretch.

USCCF (U. S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation): 

Since it’s public knowledge that the Gates Foundation gave millions of dollars to the US Chamber of Commerce to promote Common Core, we don’t have to go into the Foundation’s history to trace the ties to CC as we normally do for most of our groups.

So determined to undermine the value of a human being, this Foundation has an entire website devoted to “Business for Core”, complete with toolkit, videos, pledges, and more. There’s even a page for “Leaders and Laggers” where data from the states is used to shame some states and glorify others..all in the name of Common Core, college-and-career-readiness. Aren’t you thrilled with this American institution? I know I’m not.

“Make Minds Fly with Common Core”:

This portion of the USCCF has its very own website, http://www.maketheirmindsfly.org/

The site is set up to mimic a paper airplane being launched. The spiel is “By nature kids are thinkers, doers, creators, innovators..until they learn NOT to be.” By this point in the scrolling graphic you see a traditional America school house, with the banner “American School System: since forever”. (Someone clearly has no clue about the timeline for the American education system) The creators of the website are quite good. Why do I say this? Because that paper airplane launched at the top of the page now joins several others in a gutter on the roof of the schoolhouse. We’re about to go down the pipeline attached to the gutter. (called the ‘no fly zone’) As you progress down the line, you’ll see many jabs at the American education system. Then, the screen brightens up and you see ‘Change is coming…it’s called Common Core’. Below this, you’ll spot that teachers suddenly have MORE freedom to help students. Then the real rhetoric begins. What would that be? The future of our economy. To have a great economy, you need a great workforce.

I invite you to share your stories with me about how FALSE this statement truly is.
I invite you to share your stories with me about how FALSE this statement truly is.

When you visit the above website and get to the point you see the same picture as above, click on the arrow and read the Open Letter to businesses. It’s truly a piece of work.

To further the USCCF’s agenda, solidify the need for supporting the CCSS, and making sure those businesses get a great return on their investment, is this promotional piece. Be sure to listen for ‘talent supply’, ‘clear career pathways’, and ‘how all involved share the cost of the talent supply.

 

 CC supporters not ashamed to associate with the US Chamber:

As if there isn’t enough to turn your stomach so far, here’s an article by the CEO of Amplify, who happens to be the Executive VP for News Corp. The article, titled “Time to Disrupt Class” expresses how much we need the new technologies offered in our classrooms (hmmm, self promotion or greed? I’ll let you decide) Read the article:

 http://www.uschamberfoundation.org/time-disrupt-class

This article, “A Nation at the Crossroads of Excellence”, stresses the need for education to be exactly like business…where outcome (or produced good) is the goal, NOT the process, the details, or the concepts. Read it: http://www.uschamberfoundation.org/nation-crossroads-excellence

A President’s remarks:

President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is John R. McKernan. He was, at one time, the Governor of Maine. Here’s an excerpt of what he feels we need to know about the Foundation’s word in education, ”

The Chamber Foundation is tackling these issues* head-on because we want America’s economy to grow, business to be competitive, and all students to have the opportunity for success. Essential to turning around those dismal international comparisons is setting high expectations for all students. We know from decades of experience that setting low standards in grades K–12 results in high remediation rates in 2- and 4-year institutions and workers without the skills employers require.  Rigorous college- and career-ready standards are what students deserve, what higher education requires, and what the business community is demanding. The Chamber Foundation supports the business community through expertise, resources, programming, and communications tools to advance college- and career-ready standards, such as the Common Core, and aligned assessments to ensure students are meeting these higher goals.” (*Note: issues: skills gap, strong education, thriving economy. In the President’s words ‘we work to strengthen the pipeline from early childhood education to post-secondary education and training.’)

Institute for a Competitive Workforce:

Never heard of this institute? It’s part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Actually, an affiliate. If you’re looking for a website address, the only one you’ll need is about under the UCCF. No matter what story or link I found, when I clicked on the title “ICW” it always lead me right back to the Chamber’s Foundation. I’ve featured for you below one such source that came up in my searching, which referenced ICW.  Oh, I almost forgot, ICW is a non-profit, non-partisan group dedicated to rigorous education standards.

Related:

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability describes the ICW (Institute for a Competitive Workforce) as ‘charged with establishing the US Chamber of Commerce as a leader in workforce development strategies. Why? Because through local chambers of commerce, much can be carried out toward streamlining education/workforce. See this and more, http://www.ncwd-youth.info/node/118

National Career Pathway Network:

Website link: http://www.ncpn.info/ This network is a ‘members only’ one that includes educators, employers, and anyone along the way involved in Career Pathways, Career Technical Education, or any related educational reform. The Network is housed under CORD (Center for Occupational Research and Development). The CP Network is staffed by a  ‘subject matter expert for the U.S. Department of Education’s Designing Programs of Instruction for Career Pathways “Communities of Practice” and serves on the National Advisory Group for the Alliance for Quality Career Pathways initiative.’ Her name is Debbie Mills. To read more about the 3 staff members and their ties to other organizations friendly with CCSS, CTE: http://www.ncpn.info/ncpn-staff.php (take note of the advisory board, too) The Network is a non-profit, non-partisan one dedicated to leading changes in education.

Where the two meet:

ICW and NCPN meet in a publication titled “Thriving in Challenging Times: Connecting Education to Economic Development through Career Pathways”.

Because the Network is housed under CORD, Cheryl Carrier (a board member of ICW as well as the Program Director for 21st Century Education Programs, Ford Motor Company, known as “Ford PAS”), wrote this in the Foreword of the publication, “There are four key areas that businesses must consider when we make an investment in education:
• The first is the development of “human capital.” Human capital has become more important than land and buildings, or tax incentive packages. Through a meaningful and educational engagement with students, we are developing a talent pipeline of students who are ready for college and careers. The cost to communities of not taking action — the lack of a skilled workforce — will cause existing businesses to leave and new businesses to stay away.
• The second area is to help educators prepare students with 21st century workplace skills. Businesses of all sizes are looking for employees who possess higher order thinking and leadership skills. Organizations have become lean and need to empower their employees to make decisions using 21st century skills, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, synthesizing data and information from multiple sources, and the ability to be part of a cross-functional team
• The third area is boomer retirements. The aging of the American workforce and the impending retirement of older workers in key occupations is well-documented. For example, the utility industry projects that 20% to 40% of their workforce will retire within five years, while the pipeline of young workers is insufficient. In coming years, many organizations with a significant number of workers in STEM fields could find themselves with significant worker shortages.
• The fourth area is the increased need for homegrown talent. Communities cannot depend on attraction strategies to strengthen their local workforce. The Millennial generation, today’s new employees under age 26, are less likely on average to relocate than preceding generations. That means communities owe it to themselves to better prepare their own students for not just college, but careers close to home as well.
Thankfully, more and more business leaders are coming to understand the direct linkage between workforce and economic development and K-12 education. However, there is still plenty of work to be done.”

Other nuggets from the publication include:

It’s up to our public schools to produce ‘pools’ abundantly filled with capable workers

Refers to Career Pathways as ‘education with a purpose’ (you’ll find the familiar ‘rigor’ rhetoric in this section)

“Strengthening the High School to College Pipeline” (where you’ll see dual enrollment, early college touted)

Programs from around the nation, such as “AchieveTexas” highlighted as Career Pathways success stories. (be sure to note Georgia’s program, too. That’s the one Act, Inc uses as a promo video clip on their website for WorkKeys assessment where you’re told, ‘no national number, no job’) *If you’ve not seen that promo, here’s the You Tube link:

Lastly, in the publication, you’ll find certain Career Clusters highlighted as how successful all this streamlining of our ‘talent supply’ is.  Want the publication? Here it is: Thriving_in_Challenging_Times(web) Be sure to note the partners, the participating schools, businesses, and the funding sources throughout the publication. Be sure to read the Career Pathways handy-dandy checklist, too. What 4 words you will NOT see: “Common Core State Standards”, but you’ll see enough to connect the dots (especially if you’ve been reading my posts very long).

Closing:

Well, my friends, fellow warriors of the Common Core, and those who are just joining me, I hope and trust you will find the above trail of research help you abundantly. Any contributions you would like to share, please know that I will do my utmost to respect your privacy. Our voices, our stories, and experiences will continue to raise awareness. Your voice is vital. Thank you for all you are doing.