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No Truer Words

Anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors, a few hours ago, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Education/Workforce Committee hearing wrapped up. In the ‘feature’ picture you see above, it’s an explanation of the Article 1, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution.

As expected, the Hearing WAS a ‘dog and pony show’, of sorts. There were ‘expert witnesses’ alright, there were supposedly ‘angered’ Representatives, too. What was missing was the usual hand picked ‘successful’ citizens backing up this latest episode of “We Love the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Show”. The entire Hearing is below.

“Nothing But the Truth”:

As a Warrior Against Fed Ed and as a citizen of the United States, we know this phrase is one that is most serious. If you’ve already listened to the Hearing, you will note that each of the 4 witnesses had to recite this pledge. I’ll side track myself for a moment to say that each of our Representatives ALSO made a pledge of similar sorts when they took office.
Those words are :

congressjobtruthMaybe, we Warriors should demand they take this oath every day they serve, rather than just after their election. I think it would leave NO question in their minds as to what their ‘sense’ of  leadership should be. I feel we really should demand something drastic from our Congress members. They clearly are NOT upholding their jobs. 

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Some Objective Truths to Balance Those Subjective Ones:

During the Hearing I took lots of notes. Below are just a few. Subjective truth is italicized. Objective is in bold type.

During the Opening Statements,
1) Proposed ESSA Regulations, especially for Title One funding are ‘unlawful and must be investigated’.  The original press release stated this Hearing was to center around supplementing and supplanting funding in the ESSA, with a focus on two areas: a) Title 3 funding (used in post-secondary education) and regulatory fiat (whatever it takes to make the Regulations happen.) This hearing did NOT discuss Title 3 funds NOR did it clearly state what needed to be done to make the ESSA Regulations so.


What the Hearing did do was point fingers at each other in Congress; lay blame on the U.S. Dept. of Education, label those opposed to ESSA and/or the Proposed Regulations as ‘disingenuous’. While the supplement/supplant discussion DID go on to some extent,  is was absolutely awful HOW the exchange went.

2) ESSA was a truly bipartisan effort that the U.S. President signed. Clearly sending a message to the people of  united authority. Now, the U.S. Dept. of Education is interfering with that authority. IF (and I say this with all the gumption I possess) the U.S. Congress had read their copy of the U.S. Constitution, as well as the U.S. President, they would recognize their authority is limited, not absolute! IF (and again, with gumption) the U.S. Congress had taken the time to read ESSA, they would know the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Secretary was  given increased power.

In fact, in the early pages of the ESSA, the language reads that Dr. King, as Secretary of Education, is the one in charge of an orderly transition nationwide in the implementation of ESSA. However, that I know of, no CONGRESS member read the ESSA before they voted on it! There was not physically enough time. It was another ‘wham-bam, thank you ma’am’ piece of illegally based legislation.

3) ESSA must be carried out as it was written. This Hearing is to protect families and students. The supporting evidence shown around this time was from Section 1118(b) (2), not from the ESSA bill or law, but from its FORMER version when it was a Senate specific Bill without the House’s compromise!  IT (ESSA) was written as its being carried out!

The States control, flexibility, the choices..all well written fallacies. Those who wrote the ‘bipartisan’ Law should know this. As far as protecting? If the families and students were underneath the seats of the Committee today, they were successful. Otherwise the only protection afforded was to each Committee member’s backside.

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How many people do you think will see the point Congress is trying to be make? That the U.S. Dept. of Ed is in violation, especially its leader. When using evidence which is NOT truly from ESSA, but a former version of itself?!
More than likely the CCSS Machine will only show that the Sec. of Education is over-stepping. It will not show Congress as not being responsible in any way.


Congress is being very sloppy here. Yes, they should rein in Dr. King. But then, they should not have allowed his confirmation. They should know the Constitution and their oath of office demands they not allow any federal overreach in education.

4) CTE (Career Technical Education), Vocational Tech, Advanced Placement, Magnet Schools, Education Savings Accounts, and College/Career Readiness(CCR( all need not only MORE money to give education equity, but we must ramp up these options while creating ones to compliment them.
 Congress has proven, by their own words, that not only do they NOT know WHY ESSA’s imploding before their eyes, but, that they are SO clueless about education they are professing they do NOT know their own districts. Yet the ‘obvious solution’ is MORE taxpayer money for CCSS Machine education.

CTE is vocational tech remade with the CCSS/CCR Standards and Assessments! Magnet Schools and AP Courses, have all been made over to confine to the CCSS Standards and Assessments. The Education Savings Accounts are only MORE ways to burden taxpayers with levies and bonds in the pseudo name of school choice geared to the CCSS Machine.

Closing:

Warriors, this is by NO means all I could share from the Hearing today, but I want to leave you with this. When you see/hear Congress members asking ‘supposed’ experts what Congress’s  job is, it should be a huge warning sign to us all.

Look for more information about the most recent Congressional moves coming in the next few days. We must be alert! We must make concerted moves to dispel these ‘subjective truths’ being sold as facts. Why? Given the tones of the most recent Ed/Workforce Press Releases, the goal of Congress appears to be criticize and level the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s power and use that power as their own.

As the Hearing went on, the competency based, career readiness rhetoric increased. At the end of the day, when you put the issues of Title One, equity, and all else in the Hearing aside.
It is my belief that the supposed anger directed to the U.S. Dept. of Education is a ruse. Shifting the blame, posing as  education’s savior (especially when you claim you are clueless), and suggesting money is the only solution shows Ed/Workforce wasn’t truly about ‘whatever it takes’, but ‘whomever to blame besides us’  today.


Either way it’s spun federal supplanting or supplementing of education funds is illegal.

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RMT: National Humanity, Common Core Style

Could it be possible to have an independent federal agency for humanities align us all via Common Core? That’s the riddle for today, April 12, 2015.

The Common Core Machine loves to create minions to do its bidding.
The Common Core Machine loves to create minions to do its bidding.

NEH, National Endowment for the Humanities:

Before we get into what NEH does or who is involved, let’s assume you aren’t familiar with ‘humanities’. According the Act of 1965 which gave us a federal level organization, here’s the definition the NEH uses:
“The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”
Related Note:  the National Arts have been Common Core aligned since June 2014 (see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/rmt-ccss-hits-the-sour-notes/ )

So, if it’s an independent federal agency, where does the funding come from? The screen shot below is the NEH’s budget from 2015.

Here's the link to the funding: http://www.neh.gov/files/2015_neh_budget_approp.pdf
Here’s the link to the funding: http://www.neh.gov/files/2015_neh_budget_approp.pdf

NEH activities don’t just impact K-12 education, their work goes on to post-secondary educational institutions, to communities. Due to the Act that gave us the NEH, the mandate requires all this interaction with we, the people of the U.S. Many partners, both public AND private partner with the NEH to ensure teachers, leaders have educational resources to promote all that humanities encompasses. So, knowing what we know about P3 involvement in education AND the federal overreach into education, what could possibly point me to the ‘Common Core-ness’ of the NEH? Is it, in fact there? If so, where? Let’s see if we can find out.

Clue #1: The economy merits a mention even in culture. Why if we aren’t cultured properly, we won’t have a proper economy. (see page 2 of the NEH’s proposed 2016 budget request submitted 02/15)

Clue #2: The vast impact in numbers: “The nation’s 4,500 institutions of higher learning employ approximately 125,000 humanities faculty who teach millions of students. More than 3 million teachers dedicate their lives to teaching humanities subjects to tens of millions of school children who attend the more than 128,000 K-12 schools across the country. In addition, the nation’s 17,500 museums and historical societies, which greet 2.4 million visitors daily, and the state humanities councils, which annually reach millions of citizens of all ages, help form the cultural backbone of cities and towns across the country. Collectively, these institutions, and the people they employ, buttress our democracy, strengthen communities, and represent a significant part of the American economy.” (from page 2 as well)

Clue #3: Presidential nominated (means hand picked for a reason) and Congress approved leader requested over $5 million dollars for the “Common Good” Initiative. From page 3: “… enabling legislation to demonstrate “the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.” To bolster this essential component of NEH’s work, the Endowment has launched a major new initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square. The initiative will be an agency-wide effort designed to demonstrate the critical role the humanities can play in our nation’s public life. NEH requests $5.5 million in support of The Common Good in FY 2016.”

Clue #4: The Common Good initiative continues the rubric set forth from a previous one titled “Standing Together”. Pages 3 and 4 lay out how much the community will be involved in both of these initiatives. Be sure to look further into exactly what the ST and CG initiatives will do (near pages 11 and following) in regards to current public attitudes, policies, and issues. Pages 14 and 15 spell out some of the main agenda points.
You’ll want to note how proud the NEH is of the contribution from the Mellon Foundation. What the budget request won’t tell you about the Mellons, is they are in on the educational list of interlopers. (see: http://www.aaup.org/article/when-billionaires-become-educational-experts#.VSllWvnF-hQ ) While I suspect there are other donations from Mellon on behalf of CCSS, I did find this one, http://www.hamilton.edu/wellin/wellinformed/wellin-museum-receives-100-000-from-mellon-foundation

Clue #5: “Lifetime learning”, “strengthen teaching”, and “strong networks within states”, all on page 5.

Clue #6: Encouraging more P3 involvement in educational endeavors to enhance the ‘Common Good’ program. Including a direct union with the National Science Foundation (I’ve already exposed how deep into CCSS the NSF is, see both articles: (https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/tag/national-science-foundation/ )

Clue #7: Found on page 7, Verizon’s union with the NEH. Verizon is an unabashedly proud supporter of CCSS. “EDSITEment” is Verzion’s CCSS laden offering to NEH and to we, the people. You can search the internet for more articles, but here are my three, (https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/?s=Verizon) Here’s an excerpt from page 7 in NEH’s own words, “The website, EDSITEment, now contains over 500 scholar- and teacher-developed lesson plans for the K-12 classroom and links to more than 400 peer-reviewed sites selected for their high quality humanities content and interactive design. More than 3 million visitors—teachers, students, and parents—avail themselves of EDSITEment’s rich resources each year.”

Clue #8: Dangling grant money in front of communities and towns. Sound familiar? See page 15 for the two types of grants we get to compete for.

Clue #9″ The use of the word ‘common’ in relationship to the USA’s heritage. While that in and of itself may or may not be bad to you, it’s something to keep an eye on in HOW this is taught. We’ve already seen what the CCSS Machine has done to history. Oh, and one of the ways to accomplish a ‘common heritage’? Placing resources in libraries and other public locations. If you’ve not already noticed how ‘cleaned out’ your local library is, then you may want to know WHY it has recently gone through such a culling of resources. See:
(https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/monday-musings-hitting-the-books/)

Clue #10: That federal and state partnership found on page 17. Pardon me, but shouldn’t the correct order be States and federal?! See the U.S. Constitution for Amendment 10.

Follow the Money, Honey:

Making sure we all get as much Common Core as humanly possible, check out the NEH’s budget request for teacher prep:
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Under this breakdown, you’ll find the almost laughable concept of the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s ‘support’ in many educational areas. I think all of us, as anti CCSS warriors are more than familiar with the ‘support’ overreach. If you’d like to have the entire NEH 2016 Budget Request: neh_request_fy2016

As far as the “Edsite”, CCSS tie? Yep, not only that, but a CCR (College/Career Ready) Standard plug as well.

Website: http://edsitement.neh.gov/
Website: http://edsitement.neh.gov/

How can CCSS impact homeschooling beyond assessments? If you’d like to know NEH also impacts those AP U.S. History resources too! See: http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plans for ALL the latest news.

"This year for National Poetry Month, in response to the Common Core State Standards initiative, EDSITEment has strung a garland of multimedia resources for students of all ages. The Common Core Standards encourage students to develop deeper literacy skills. The depth and rigor found in the study of poetry can be a vehicle by which the CCSS grade level goals of complexity, quality, and range can be accomplished."
“This year for National Poetry Month, in response to the Common Core State Standards initiative, EDSITEment has strung a garland of multimedia resources for students of all ages. The Common Core Standards encourage students to develop deeper literacy skills. The depth and rigor found in the study of poetry can be a vehicle by which the CCSS grade level goals of complexity, quality, and range can be accomplished.”

Closing:

This isn’t the last national grasp at our nation by the CCSS Machine, folks. We’ve answered the riddle for today. Now we must contact local elected officials who aren’t afraid to stand up for our country! If we can have a movement to defund the College Board, why can’t we defund other national organizations using CC as a weapon of mass indoctrination?! We, the people, must continue to raise awareness of ALL the places CCSS, CCR, CTE, and all the other creations of Common Core are lurking in plain sight.

Sic’ ‘Em Saturday: Actions for Armchair Warriors

Calling all Common Core Warriors...it's time to get out there!
Calling all Common Core Warriors…it’s time to get out there!

An open letter:

The letter below is one that every leader of an anti Common Core group would love to have read by others, especially by those who’ve encountered CCSS,  express valid complaints, frustrations, or issues; yet are hesitant to become active in joining the fight. Please bear in mind this is a composite letter (meaning it’s not just one person’s viewpoint, it’s several leaders views combined). Actions for those who want change AND those leading the charge for change are included below. 

Dear Fed Up Parent,

 I feel your frustration with Johnny’s homework. You want to help, but have no clue what to do because the paper in front of you makes no sense. I know the pain you have over Suzy’s new attitude about her ‘lack of knowledge’. 

Thank you for sharing you do know the source of this frustration and pain…Common Core.

Please find below HOW you can help out:

a) Join us in this fight! Don’t just sit on the couch. Not sure whom to ask?  Here’s my contact information:

Stop Common Core Leader
10th Amendment Way/Take No More, State of Mind

Phone: 800-Get Tough

b) Using your voice outside your living room’s comfort is what we do with style. Your style is important to our fight. Why? United efforts in this battle win every time. We are all busy. By having your assistance, we can all get back home in time for whatever  life is calling us to do.

c) If you have time to know the problem, become part of the solution. Common Core is an affront to every citizen in its reach. While it’s true knowing the problem is important, it’s also NOT the solution..it’s a first step. As a leader against CCSS, I cannot fight this battle alone. I need you. As a concerned, frustrated parent, you need me.

d) Your children need you to fight for them. I know you’d do anything possible to protect your sons and daughters. As their chief role models, they are watching. What legacy do you want them to have? One where you talked strongly, but participated very little OR one where you talked strong and participated strongly? Lead them in conviction: Stop Common Core!

e) No 80/20 here. While human nature has  pretty much shown us 80 percent of any task is completed by only 20 percent of the same people, here’s where this pattern can be broken!  The flip side of this is no leader can be in charge 24/7. Leaders are only as strong as their physical bodies will allow. Let’s consider the leaders and their health. YOU are vital to the efforts being put forth. Our freedoms are worth our committing to  and  any sacrifice involved.

Sincerely yours,

The leader who needs you, the students who love you, the teachers who respect you, and the Constitution which needs your help in being re-instated as our guidance document of what are federal responsibilities and what are the sovereign states responsibilities!!

Closing:

Considering all the above, keep these few facts in mind as guiding factors in your fight against Common Core.

To be a great leader, you need those willing to join you, not as armchair warriors, but as soldiers in the trenches. After all, we face Common Core together much better than on our own, or worse by not facing it at all.

To be a great warrior, get out of the chair, get out of the house…make some noise!

Welcome & Introduction

Think you know Common Core Standards? Maybe you do, maybe not. It is my purpose to give you concise bullet points how Common Core Standards and ALL its arms & legs, parts & pieces impact our daily lives.

Got a question about Common Core? Based on my extensive research skills, I can probably answer it. IF not, I have no problem directing you to other credible resources to help your search for truth. Be sure to use the comment section to leave your query.

Make no mistake, I do NOT support the Standards or any of the connecting factors at all. In fact, I am an outspoken opponent of the Standards based on the undeniable truth that the Standards violate our U. S. Constitution via the Tenth Amendment and at least, 3 Federal Laws. Which ones? Great question! Here they are (consider them my first bullet points)

  • 1) Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”  Bottom line: Education is NOT included in the Bill of Rights (Amendments 1-10)
  • 2) General Education Provisions Act (20 USC § 1232a)
    Which tells us: “No provision of any applicable program shall be construed to authorize any department, agency, officer, or employee of the United States to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruction, administration, or personnel of any educational institution, school, or school system, or over the selection of library resources, textbooks, or other printed or published instructional materials by any educational institution or school system, or to require the assignment or transportation of students or teachers in order to overcome racial imbalance.”
    Bottom line: No part of the federal government can control what is taught.
  • 3) Department of Education Organization Act (20 USC § 3403(b))“No provision of a program administered by the Secretary or by any other officer of the Department shall be construed to authorize the Secretary or any such officer to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruction, administration, or personnel of any educational institution, school, or school system, over any accrediting agency or association, or over the selection or content of library resources, textbooks, or other instructional materials by any educational institution or school system, except to the extent authorized by law. Bottom line: Any part of Common Core is illegal!
  • 4)  Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (20 USC 7907(a)) “Nothing in this Act shall be construed to authorize an officer or employee of the Federal Government to mandate, direct, or control a State, local educational agency, or school’s curriculum, program of instruction, or allocation of State and local resources, or mandate a State or any subdivision thereof to spend any funds or incur any costs not paid for under this Act.Bottom line: no funding should mandate, dictate, suggest what a State uses in education.

Okay, you have the ‘platform’ for which everything connected to CCS (Common Core Standards) is. It is from this perspective I have based all my research. It is from the love of preserving the integrity of what is worthy, that I filter all through.

About me: I am unique in the fight against Common Core Standards, I am a homeschool mom who fights not just for my students, but for all students. Based on my fight (since 2009 against any form of U.S. National Standards), I take every opportunity to expose the fraud Common Core Standards (and any connecting entity) are!