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If Agenda Could “Talk”

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, you know I’m consistently sharing fact based evidence and resources for you to read, dissect, share, and use. From time to time, here on my blog, I’ve taken the liberty to give my opinion. Sometimes, I’ve even gotten creative and shared my thoughts in how the CCSS Machine is ruining us all.

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Yes, it’s summer, this usually means some of us, as Warriors, are a bit more relaxed in the War Vs the Core.
However, I’m not one of those who does this.  I’ve given you truth upon truth about the agenda which seeks to take ALL students, regardless of age, where they have learned their education, and turn them into globally competent workers.

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I know the truth is working, Warriors.

However, it’s not enough. At least from what I see.

So, today, I’ve taken a fictitious stab at ‘exposing’ the agenda among us. Like a picture’s impact which replaces a 1,000 words; fictitious tales can stick with us and impress our actions/reactions.
Think about how many of us still remember Orwell’s “1984”, or the “Jungle” by Sinclair. Most of us know Shakespeare’s words are still used among our language even today.

Fiction has often been used as a way to point out distress in relationships, reveal truths about misuse of government, and, so on.

 

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Like roses turned black, is CCSS’s ‘hand’ in our lives.

 

I’ll warn you, the fictitious letter below, is ‘dark’ in nature. It’s supposed to be. It was inspired by a recent article featured on the KiddyFirst (UK based) article by Dr. Athena Staik.

Her letter is even darker than mine, but it’s about narcissism, not education. I encourage you to read her letter at some point.

The crossover to education really wasn’t that hard to come up with. If you’re not familiar with a narcissist, they can manipulative, an egotist, self-centered, or self-obsessed. As such, we find the CCSS Machine and all its member groups and disciples.

For context, the letter is penned by what I imagine as the workforce based agenda sounding like, as a person. It’s written by ‘him/her’ to all students and teachers in America.

As we know the workforce training agenda respects NO school choice or American citizen. It’s after us all.

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“Dear Student/Teacher,

If I had to ‘come clean’ with you about my ‘end game’, it would be that you exist for ME. That’s my entire point in steering your devotion to what you think is ‘academic learning’.

I steer you away from your useless imagination, where you’re going those thoughts are petty. When my game is complete, your every thought will be centered on one thing:

          SURVIVAL

My life’s mission is simply this: manipulating you into complete submission. Every time you hear ‘human capital’, that means my plans are working seamlessly. I make you work harder in ALL your school work. The harder you strive, the more I move the mark so you’ll never be truly successful. The more tests and assessments you take or receive makes you more enslaved to me. The more you fail, the stronger my grasp on you becomes.

                                     YOUR EXISTENCE FEEDS MY HUNGER FOR PROFITS

Your joy means NOTHING to me. Your ability to do as you’re told is all I need to support my peace of mind. My plans for you are this:
 CAN YOU TURN A SCREW? WILL YOU MARCH IN STEP?

Your ‘need’ for math, doesn’t matter. How well you know the periodic table means ‘zilch’. I have complete power over your life every day. I don’t mind if you feel like a ‘cog’. I don’t need you to feel happy.
I crush your innocence under my every step. Your love of American history or fondness for classic literature disgusts me. My power is to train you to fill my chests with gold. I am SUPERIOR to you. I deserve all the GLORY in your demise. YOU are MY possession.

SEEING YOU DEPRIVED OF ACADEMICS FUELS MY PLEASURE

Every time you earn another digital badge, mark off another credential; you’re proving your real worth: WORKFORCE TRAINED MINION.

Those credits you think will be your ‘free ticket’ to personal success?! Hardly worth my energy. I hang these, along with other such trinkets, around my neck. These are trophies to me, of your childhood lost. These are the baubles to show my power of undermining teachers; as well as proof the global economy increases every second.

Yes, MY student/teacher, you ARE my minion. I will keep you on the ‘cradle to grave’ treadmill for the rest of your lives.

Remember, I said, ‘IF I were to come clean’. However, I have no intention of every revealing this to anyone. I will deny every word of this letter, if pressed. I will never stoop to the level of ‘loving you’. I am incapable of love. Where you will end up, love won’t be necessary.”

Your master,

Workforce Education, aka:
Career Tech Education
Career  Pathways/Clusters/Tracks
STEM/STEAM
Apprenticeships
Learn to Earn
Trade Schools (for profit and not for profit)
Competency Based Education
Future Ready
21st Century Ready
College/Career/Life Ready
Choice Ready

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CTE’s Open Memo

To: All Career Tech Educational Instructors {CTE} (K-12, post-secondary in public, private, or for-profit educational institutions)

From: The Common Core Diva

CC: All anti Fed Ed Warriors, regardless of school choice

Subject: Impact of shift from academics to workforce in your workplace

Summary: Due in part from the United States federal government’s agreement with the United Nations to uphold and adhere to the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals); Congress’s legislation to create WIOA {Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act} and the STEM Act {Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math}; re-write and re-authorize both the ESEA {Elementary and Secondary Education Act} and the HEA {Higher Education Act}. ESEA is now the ESSA {Every Student Succeeds Act}, HEA remains the same..for now. Also responsible for this shift in your workplace are the P3s {Public Private Partnerships}. These P3s will be either globally active or locally active; some will be both.

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Changes You May See Now, or, Will See Soon:

1) An increase in computer training to earn digital badges or credentialed certificates thereby creating a decrease in hard copy books or instructional manuals. This is usually promoted as a way to ‘go green and save paper’. In reality, it’s a way to create a ‘life-long learning’ track of employability for you. In most instances, these courses are used for giving a teacher/leader a ‘promotion’. Ususally, these are mere lateral steps, not actual promotions. As such, you may see (or not see) your income increased. These tracks are usually professionally developed by various CCSS (Common Core State Standards) supportive groups or organizations. Because CTE IS Common Core (by a different name), your training is aligned to meet THOSE standards. Most of the time, in addition to your company’s policy for training and leadership. Teachers/Leaders, remember the Business Roundtable, several unions, and almost every major corporation have backed this shift in education from academics to workforce for years. CTE has given them the opportunity to do it in the name of ‘jobs’. Our federal government uses it as a tool to sell human diginity in exchange for a better economy.

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2) A shift you will NOT see, but is happening to you is a direct result of #1. That is data mining. Yes, your computer based training is captured, studied, and shared by countless educational groups and any other group they work with or are contracted to work with. This data, is also shared on the federal government level, as well as globally. Why? Your ‘competency’ is measured to be used against you later on. If you do not ‘teach’ well, your students do not ‘learn’ well. These 2 factors are weighed against the entire school. If a post-secondary school doesn’t measure up to the accrediting body’s standards (also directly overseen by the U.S. Dept. of Education and those post-secondary accrediation organizations it works with), funding is cut. Which means, pay cuts or lay-offs become a bigger reality.

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3) CTE teacher/leader ‘incentives’  are part of the ESSA mandates for workforce-based education. On Page 17 of the Law, it is plainly stated that ALL education must be post-secondary readiness aligned as per the WIOA definition of ‘readiness’. That definition?! “Career and College Ready” (which is another name for Common Core and Career Tech Education). However, instructors, the strings by which you may earn these ‘incentives’ is hardly worth the price. Expect more monitoring of your student’s contributions in class; group based projects/group collective grades; their behaviors and attitudes (College and Career Ready calls it SEL, social emotional learning); expect that you will have to jump through more hoops than ever to be qualified to teach, but NOT how you wish to lead, but by a contrived system. As part of the re-writing of the HEA, expect more of this kind of micro-management of your schools. Consider, if your school loses accrediation for lack of credentialed leaders or enough graduates, you may be out of a job.
(Remember, as a post-secondary educational institution, public, private, or for-profit, your largest funding stream is CTE money based on students from ages 5-17, regardless of what school they attend.)

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4) How does a student become Career and College ReadyCareer Tracks!  Assessments! These do not only show up in traditional K-12th grade schools. They are present in early college programs, trade schools apprenticeships, dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, AP courses and IB courses. All of which are accessed by ALL education choices, including home education. Any extra curricular STEM program is also part of the Career Tracking and Assessments.

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Some of the companies here love CTE and Career Pathways. They also are unabashedly supportive of CC aligned citizens.

Teachers/leaders, do not be surprised if you see an increase in the number of tests your students must take. Look out especially for the assessment called “WorkKeys”. If a student hasn’t received it in a K-12th grade institution, it may be an added requirement at your school, given upon admissions. “WorkKeys” is most definitely a Common Core/CTE alignment tool to groom students for their career tracks. These tests do not take into consideration talents or desires of students. Whatever skill -based results the WorkKeys gives, is what your student’s education will be streamlined to. Look for buzzwords like “personalized learning” or ‘personalized instruction’. These are ‘code’ for data mining, career tracking algorithms for both teacher and student.

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Questions for Reflection:
Is this why I wanted to teach? Is this how I wish to continue to teach? Will the cost of college, career schools continue to increase? If so, how much of MY tax dollars will be used? Will these dollars be used as I choose? Since I receive a portion of these tax dollars as my salary, am I okay with this shift in education?
If I stay in my teaching position, how can I fight this overreach in my school?  Is my stance helping promote this kind of governmental control to succeed, or, is there a way I can strike an effective blow?


Closing:

CTE teachers/leaders, if you have any questions, need more information, I urge you to contact me as soon as possible. I am available here, on my blog. 
commoncorediva.wordpress.com, Twitter: @commoncorediva, Facebook: Common Core Diva or U.S. Parent Call to Action

** You can also click on the highlighted words in this memo for linked and relevant articles.