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Got the ‘Can Do’ Spirit?

schoolcandoAnti CCSS Warriors, it is no secret that the CCSS Machine knows who we are. I have to chuckle, however, when I get mail (snail or electronic) from one of the members. Case in point, Dr. John B. King, himself! As in the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Dr. John B. King.

What did he say? A lot of BS wrapped in a ‘can do spirited’ letter!

The Email:

I have no clue if you received such a letter, but I will share what I got. Notice the screen shot above. The image was at the bottom of the letter with 2 ways to share it with all my friends. The title of his letter to me, was ‘What My Teachers Did for Me’. I agree, our teachers are PRICELESS in what they teach…when they CAN teach! However, we are well aware that the activity of teaching is not happening like it should. So, what else did Dr. King wax eloquent about? See below in a point by point way. I will warn you, my musing self will add comments of satire. Why? Because a) it’s Monday and b) I have no respect for this man.

1) He called me ‘friend’. (Aren’t I the lucky one?)
2) He gives a super short description of how important ‘well rounded’ education is. (Tell me something I don’t know, Captain Obvious! While you’re at it, the real definition of ‘well rounded’ is NOT what you are overseeing.)
3) Almost the entire letter is about himself and his rough life. (Awwww, isn’t that special?)
4) He whines about not enough of today’s students are having ‘life changing’ educations. (Sure they are. They hate school, think they are dumb, hurt themselves, and other negative life changes.)
5) He shares that we have said there is too much focus on math and English. He cites NCBL (No Child Left Behind) as the problem. (Oh geez, here we go again, blame the past for ALL this mess instead of acknowledging the CURRENT law (ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act) which extends the mess!)
6) He then sets the tone of “I have spoken” with his statement of agreeing with the President and the recently departed Arne Duncan, as Secretary of Education that there is too much testing.  While I agree the testing is too much (this is possibly the only truth in this letter, by the way), stating it in a bossy tone and admitting you agree with two other CCSS Machine members doesn’t make a strong statement I can believe.
7) Here is how he ended the letter, as my ‘friend’…
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I guess this is the part where I am supposed to fawn over this invitation to partner with the U.S. Dept. of Education..NOT!

 

What the ‘Can Do Spirit’ is Doing on Twitter:

If you noticed above, in the very first image, you saw the Twitter handle Dr. King has created for all this partnering he has invited us to. If you don’t see it, it is:
#WhatSchoolCanBe

Upon visiting, and leaving a few truth zapping comments, I noticed what appears to be at least one other Anti CCSS Warrior group, OptOutPinellas (FL). A big hat tip to them!!

The rest, all CCSS Machine members, organizations, or fans. Their ‘Can Do, Can Be Spirit’ is off the charts. (My ‘Fib-o-Meter’ would have a field day with this.) Pardon me, Warriors, but it is despicable. The U.S. Dept. of Ed has many other Twitter accounts and is using some of them to create buzz. One such?

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The CCSS Machine organization, Teach to Lead’s tweet was pretty far off the Fib charts, too.

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This one is crystal clear about the ‘Can Do/Can Be’ agenda..globalness.
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Trust me, if you want to check the rest out, do so..Then leave a few truth zapping facts, as the OptOutPinellas Group and I did. But, if you do check it out,  be warned, you will get a belly full of indoctrination and CCSS support, if you do!

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Fed Ed Budget for Teachers/Leaders

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It is no secret how fed up most American teachers are with Common Core Standards. Now iron-clad bound by the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act).

What MORE CCS (aka: Competency Based Education, College and Career Readiness, or Challenging State Academic Standards) will they be subjected to? What about the other school leaders (principals, superintendents, school board members)? Will, they to, now be dancing with ESSA puppet strings? You bet!
How many of our tax dollars with be used to set the music? Plenty!
Today’s focus: the President’s Education funding requests built into the Fiscal Year 2017 Federal Budget. Why talk about it now so early in 2016? The Budget has just been released and needs Congress’s rubber stamp!

 

Lead On, Oh ‘Mighty Feds’:

In case you missed the preceding article where I detailed the CCSS Machine’s grasp on the ESSA and how it impacts students, schools, families, and communities, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/fed-ed-2017-are-you-ready/

Knowing the agenda BEHIND the CCSS (Common Core State Standards) is one of ‘cradle to grave’ AND will include every citizen, we know that teachers and leaders in our schools will NOT be exempt from aligning to whatever name the CCSS Machine slaps on their educational standards.

Like yesterday’s article, you will get a summary of the main ways in which this alignment will either continue or begin.

Oh, and one technicality, ‘Mighty Feds’: ESSA, like CCSS, is illegally based and thus is Constitutionally prohibited! Asking money to back all this ‘conducting’, is quite egregious.

 

ESSA’s ‘Sheet Music’:

To see the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s blog article about the Education Budget requests for teachers/leaders, see: http://blog.ed.gov/2016/02/the-presidents-fiscal-year-2017-budget-request-supporting-teachers-and-school-leaders-for-student-success-3/

To see the hidden CCSS Machine ‘notes and strings’ is where we will spend the bulk of this article.

The article begins with a pretty big erroneous statement about how the ESSA passage will continue the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) and its civil rights legacy. I guess the U.S. Dept. of Ed totally overlooking the NCLB (No Child Left Behind) as a continuation of the ESEA, is no big deal. Without NCLB, there would not of been the RttT (Race to the Top) which saddled all of us with CCSS in one form or another! Be sure you read the next part about what research proves and every parent understands “the most important school-based factor impacting a child’s academic success is the quality of the classroom teacher..”
No, it isn’t, U.S. Dept. of Ed! As a retired private educator I know for a FACT that the teacher IS important, but she/he is certainly NOT the MOST important factor in education. There is MUCH more that goes into a student’s academic success. I will add, as I have heard from parents and teachers across the nation that they not only understand this, but KNOW it! So, how will the federal government apply even more pressure to perform on our teachers/school leaders? Let’s see:

1) ‘RESPECT: The Best Job in the World’, a new billion dollar program in MANDATORY funding. What is this ‘new’ program? From the 2017 Federal Budget Fact Sheet:
“Helping ensure equitable access to effective teachers and school leaders for low-income and minority students in high-need schools by investing $1 billion in mandatory funds for the new RESPECT: Best Job in the World program to support a nationwide effort to attract and retain effective teachers in high-need schools, and $2.8 billion in discretionary funding to support teachers and principals at every phase of their careers.” Page 5 of the 7 Pages of Facts points out this billion dollars is a one time investment and implies the program is an update of an older version. I found the older version, as well as what ‘RESPECT’ stands for. From the Federal Budget 2015 Justifications document, “Recognizing Education Success, Professional Excellence, and Collaborative Teaching (RESPECT) Project”. See the dollar amount below in the screen shot:
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2) Ten million taxpayer dollars will go to to ‘Teach to Lead’, a most definite collection of CCSS Machine members support this program. Visual proof below is directly from their website (http://teachtolead.org/) You can click on the picture to enlarge it, if needed.
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My look into the ‘Teach to Lead’ article and what, you the anti CCSS Warrior needs to know about them (in case you are not familiar with them): https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/monday-musings-leadingteaching-duncan-style/

3) A proposed ‘Teacher/Principal Pathways’ program is also included in the 2017 taxpayer funded Federal budget. The cost? It isn’t spelled out in the Ed’s blog, but I did find a dollar amount in the Fact Sheet. There it states, $125 million. Here is the excerpt, “$125 million for the proposed Teacher and Principal Pathways program for grants to institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations, working closely with school districts, to create or expand high-quality pathways into the teaching profession, particularly into high-needs schools and high-need subjects such as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).”
I have repeatedly shown proof as to HOW STEM is a federal led program to create a STEM nation filled with STEM citizens who have STEM jobs and HOW the CCSS was the best way to embed this. Here is JUST one of my anti CCSS Warrior, need-to-know, articles where you can learn this fact AND more! See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/tech-thursday-stemccss-push-making-it-american/

As an example of what the new proposed program may contain, see how Louisiana started their program for teacher and principal pathways from their RttT funds (2012), see: http://sites.ed.gov/progress/category/teacher-and-leader-preparation-and-pathways/

4) Supposedly saving students ,who decide to teach, big bucks (‘up to $25,000’) is a built in forgiveness clause in the 2017 Budget Request. Sad truth of it all is, the forgiving won’t apply until 2021 and as one teacher who left a comment on the Blog stated, she can’t qualify because she already consolidated her student debt load in 1994! From the Fact Sheet, “A streamlined and expanded initiative to provide up to $25,000 in student loan forgiveness for teachers graduating from an effective preparation program who serve in low income schools, starting in 2021. This proposal would consolidate various post-secondary assistance options available for teachers, such as TEACH grants and the current teacher loan forgiveness program, into a single loan forgiveness program in which the benefit increases over time as teachers stay in high-needs schools.”

5) ‘Teacher and School Leader Incentive Grants’ will receive a whopping $250 million dollars. As an anti CCSS Warrior, you need to know what they will be getting for their money. From the Ed Blog, “support efforts to develop, implement, or expand human capital management systems or performance-based compensation systems in schools.” Why? From the Budget Fact Sheet,attract, develop and retain talented, committed, and accomplished teachers in high-need schools.”

6) “Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED)”, will get $100 million. Being sold as a way to help teachers become better teachers, this money will go to “nonprofits (who) can provide evidence-based professional development activities, as well as prepare teachers and principals to serve in traditionally under-served school districts.” Below is the screen shot of the 2015 SEED grantees.
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To see the U.S. Dept. of Ed Press Release this came from:
http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-awards-50-million-support-great-teaching-and-school-leadership


Closing:

For the last look at the proposed (after all, Congress hasn’t approved all this yet) 2017 Federal Education Budget Request, the focus will be the overreach into post-secondary education and how the ESSA is involved.

Related Resources:

To see just how many laws are being violated with JUST the data tracking/mining included in the ESSA and applies to not only our students, but everyone, see: http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/breaking-laws-or-breaking-children-a-list-of-data-and-the-laws/

To see the 2017 Federal Budget 7 Page Fact Sheet:
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To access the 2015 Federal Budget Justifications Document for RESPECT, as well, as other very revealing CCSS Machine ties: 2015Justified

If you haven’t read these, or need a refresher as to HOW the CCSS Machine is targeting our school teachers and leaders:
1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/18/weekend-news-ccss-school-officials-alignment/
2) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/wybi-crystal-clear-common-core/
3) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/fom-friday-ccss-cant-be-wrong/

Monday Musings: Leading/Teaching, Duncan Style

Have you, the anti CCSS Warrior, heard of “Teach to Lead”? Get set for another U.S. Dept. of Education approach to the education overreach and P3 involvement. In the screen shot below, note the pro-CCSS groups also backing “Teach to Lead”.

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“Teach to Lead” is the apparent brain child of the National Board (they included the NEA and ATF in their inaugural press release as having been involved) and the U.S. Dept. of Education. The NEA, National Educators Association and the ATF, American Teachers Federation have worked with the National Board on other projects as well. See the “Teach to Lead” press release: http://www.nbpts.org/newsroom/us-department-education-partner-national-board-teacher-leadership

Watch the video below and see if you can glean any coherent message. I, tried..I really did, but the people talking said enough to take up lots of time, yet the message didn’t really share much of anything. At least in the way I was listening. But, as always, the resources are provided so you can make up your own mind.

Let the CCSS Abound:

While the video above wasn’t blatant with CCSS love, the website more than makes up for it. For example, the Resources page looks more like a CCSS Shoppers Dream. Titles include:

Creating Sustainable Teacher Career Pathways: A 21st Century Imperative by NNSTOY

Common Core: Teacher Leaders and Common Core Implementation in Tennessee by the Aspen Institute and Lead Teachers

and then there’s this ‘beauty’:

the CCSS aligned teacher not only leads the class, but the policy making, too.
The CCSS aligned teacher not only leads the class, but the policy making, too.

To get the entire PDF to see how the “Teach to Lead” needs you to align: Teacher%20Leadership%20Competencies%20-%20FINAL

Hey, Let’s Get Mikey..

If you’re over 40, you may well remember the Life cereal commercial. Two boys are afraid to try it, so they chime in “Hey, let’s get Mikey. He hates everything he won’t eat it.”  Mikey tries it and proceeds to dig into the bowl of cereal. It is only after this that the others find it to their liking as well.

It appears the “Teach to Lead” is almost up to the same approach. In fact, the whole guise of getting the teachers to do the ‘dirty work’ via this program sounds eerily close to the “EdReports” way of conducting business. (see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/monday-musings-ccss-subjective-objective/)

Why can’t we let teachers conduct their job? Why are so many so busy selling them (and us) on one way to do teach?  If CCSS is so great, why is it being pushed so hard? Why is so much going in to convincing others? Why does the U.S. Dept. of Ed act like teachers weren’t leaders before this program? Teachers ARE leaders! They always have been! Let them lead without the CCSS agenda, Mr. Duncan!