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Bridges and Ladders

My Fellow Anti Fed Ed Warriors,

In the above picture you see a classic example of a brilliant mind. Leonardo da Vinci’s “Revolving Bridge”.  He created this, and other bridges for military purposes. The bridges were light weight (easy to carry, travels well), they were sturdy (conveyed strength), and they lasted long periods of time.

I use this as an example, not to give you a history lesson, but to use it as an analogy for the webinar devoted to higher education.

During the CCSS Machine sponsored webinar, education bridges, ladders, and pathways were discussed. Much like Leonardo da Vinci’s “Revolving Bridge”, higher education is set to become transportable (easy to carry, travels well/stackable, chunkable certifications), sturdy with more ‘rigor’ (conveying strength), and lock in lifelong learning (lasts a long time).

The Webinar:

Hosted by Atlantic Live! (an arm of the publication, The Atlantic Magazine) Atlantic Magazine also has another arm, a project called “Next America”. If memory serves me correctly, the last time I wrote about “Next America”, Sen. Lamar Alexander was a featured speaker. If I’m thinking correctly it was the time period leading up to HR5 (Student Success Act) and S1177 (Every Child Achieves Act) were in the making. Of course, as history shows, HR5 and S1177 ‘married’ and gave us ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act.

Why do I bring this up? IF history is about to repeat itself, then Atlantic’s Next America having Rep. John Kline and other sold out CCSS Machine members gather to ‘discuss’ where higher education should go, we need to pay attention! Especially when your conversation guides are hand picked to feed the agenda of streamlining education to create a birth to grave education ladder or bridge.
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The image you see above is NOT from one of the CCSS Machine member organizations present at the webinar. But, it does give you a great idea how the webinar’s conversation was geared.

Lumina Foundation, the Gates Foundation, Next America, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and key members from SIGs (special interest groups) in higher education either had representative speak or they helped fund the production. Adding Rep. John Kline as the only federal Congress member was not a fluke. It was a strategic move. Kline admitted during the webinar that he had just come from breakfast with Sen. Lamar Alexander. You see, the two are partners in education demise.

Here’s the link to the webinar’s introduction page: http://www.theatlantic.com/live/events/the-changing-face-of-higher-education/2016/
(*Note: Archive version should be available soon. You can check out the Twitter account for more information, too. Use #NextAmerica)

The Biggest Warnings for Us:

1) The changes are coming, no doubt at all. The CCSS Machine has already begun turning the screws for higher education/post-secondary education. As I’ve shared with you many times, this is how EVERY citizen from ALL educational backgrounds will be funneled through the CCSS Machine. One of the choice terms for citizens during the webinar? “Human Capital”. The very first comment spoken by the Lumina Foundation’s education ‘expert’: “Post-secondary education MUST change.”

2) The CBE (competency based education), Career Pathways, MOOCs, digital learning, soft skills development, and more are the front runners for all the changes. New patterns, systems, and alignment are either in the works, or yet to be created. BUT, they will be added.
3) Purposed placement of school counselors in our K-12 systems are already identifying students who are ‘achievers’, tracks them, pulling them into a pathway to a baccalaureate degree in college (sometimes early college) via community colleges(which by the way, are Common Core, Career Tech aligned). Then, these graduates are funneled through to a 4 year institution. Look for “Pathways Colleges”. The example program given was “Pathway to Baccalaureate”. See: https://www.nvcc.edu/pathway/ (*Note: look for the ‘extraordinary pipeline to college’. Running this program? Former NC Community College President, Scott Randall. He was key in helping align all 58 NC Community Colleges to the CCSS Machine.)

The rest of the students? They get tracked too. Their path will be directly to community college, get a skill, get a job. Return to community college, get another skill, return to job. Repeat this cycle until you have all the credentials you need to enter your career field. The ‘new’ higher education?! Imagine it for 100% of the population. I’m not kidding. Some form of higher education (aka: post-secondary institution) is what can help America.

4) Rep. Kline’s comments contained these ‘gems’.
a) The key higher education moves in the U.S. House’s “Better Way” plan. It was revealed that the Paul Ryan pushed Plan is based largely on Kline’s earlier work in politics. Education is SO important that it’s embedded in the ‘economy’ plan under item #4.
See: http://abetterway.speaker.gov/?page=economy (*Note: KIine was quick to repeatedly use ‘bipartisan’ and ‘bicameral’ when it came to education. However, for all the bi-partisanship in the House, he didn’t mention the House Democrats view for higher education. If you want to see what CCSS friendly programs they  would like to keep or expand: http://democrats-edworkforce.house.gov/issues/education/higher-education. Examples of CCSS aligned programs: TRIO and GEAR UP.) Kline was asked how the Senators view higher education. He said that was ‘unfair’.)
b) The U.S. Congress only has a few days left before closing before the 2016 Election, so much has to be done quickly. Means rushed legislation moves. Bad news for everyone.
c) “More Access, More Success” via lower costs in higher education. His solutions?! CBE and digital education. America MUST promote innovation! This will keep the government out of the way. Oh really?! I guess the ConnectEd, the Computer Science for All, Digital Promise, etc. are all ways to keep government of education. Especially when each of these i is embedded ALREADY in ESSA and WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) or their related legislation. By the way, Kline said there have been 5 related bills already passed by the entire Congress to continue support for America’s College Promise (Obama’s plan for ‘free’ community college. “Free” is costing taxpayers at least $60 billion.) Way to keep government out of education, huh?!
d) Kline favors more digital, that’s obvious, but he also stated that families and students need things simple..as in a digital dashboard. The biggest impediment right now in higher education? Seat time because it’s taking away from CBE time and hinders credit hours. More P3s (used the Clemson/car manufacturing joint program as an example.) are the best way for America to go.

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5) Add to your list of global programs, like “Education for All” and “Universal PreK for All”. The new one brought up in the webinar? “Universal Free Public Higher Education”.
I found the EduCause’s older version of “universal higher education for all” (circa 2000).
See: https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ffpfp044.pdf

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Link to this article that would make the United Nations SO proud:
https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/university-venus/universal-free-higher-education-good-global-citizenship

Speaking of The Global Citizen:

There was plenty more in the webinar which can be used to alert us to the ‘global citizen’ mindset that the CCSS Machine is shoving at us.
a) pay as you go/learn to earn models
b) systems where higher education tracks your work hours while tracking your education hours so that you can have 2 transcripts to show you are a skilled citizen
c) eliminating extra curricular activities to divert space for the common community’s good (example: Paul Quinn College shut down their football team (said it was a drain on finances) and converted the football stadium into an organic community accessible farm.) The President of Paul Quinn College has been glorified by the Atlantic Magazine. He’s also been groomed for educational ‘success’ in part by the Aspen Institute. (Article about the Presidenthttp://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/09/bringing-a-college-back-from-the-brink/500375/)

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I am not singling out this college, but rather, using it as an example. The reason we have extra curricular activities like football, arts, music, etc. is to expand our minds, exercise our bodies. Seeing these vital parts of Americana vanish is sad. Seeing them aligned to the CCSS Machine, outright tragic.

Seeing so many leaders in America moving us away from independence and freedom is not only un-American, it’s criminal!

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WYBI: Sen. Alexander, the HEA, and Next America

One of the featured speakers at yesterday's conference (sponsored by Lumina and the Gates) was Sen. Alexander.
One of the featured speakers at yesterday’s conference (sponsored by Lumina and the Gates) was Sen. Alexander.

Sen. Alexander has been a huge supporter of aligning education for quite some time, especially where CCSS?CTE are concerned. He’s presently rewriting both the HR5 AND the HEA legislation which will impact (and align) everyone from K-College. Mr. Mitchell, with the U.S. Dept. of Ed has also been at work (quietly) on 5 agenda driven initiatives concerning education. What’s ironic is that while Alexander’s been getting a lot of press, Mitchell has been continuing on in helping the CCSS Machine roll on. Today’s post is Mr. Mitchell’s turn to be featured. (*Note: we’ll look at Sen. Alexander’s portion of this conference in Thursday’s ‘Tech Thursday’ post) So, let’s find out just what Mr. Mitchell shared with the “Next America” folks

I’ve included the host group’s history for you, as it also needs some anti CCSS warrior attention.

 

National Journal Media, the Group Hosts for “Next America”:


First, a bit of history.  If you don’t know what publication the “NJ” is, the website for the National Journal, states the following: National Journal is regarded as the most influential publication in Washington, providing more than 3 million influentials in public policy and business with the insights they need to make government work.  Fiercely honest and scrupulously non-partisan, National Journal has a four-decade history of serving leaders in Washington—and around the country—with trustworthy, in-depth analysis on legislation, politics, and the structural trends shaping America.
(website address: http://www.nationaljournal.com/nj/about-us-20131001)

If you’re curious as to who owns the National Journal, it’s the Atlantic Media Group. AMG also owns the “Atlantic” magazine (and others). The leadership of the “Atlantic” has proven very friendly toward CCSS. (*Note: here’s an excerpt from my Sept. 2014 article about the Technocratic grasp for education. “The Atlantic Media owner is a favorite featured guest of the Aspen Institute (which has invested over $3 million in Common Core). Aspen, another group pushing Common Core. Aspen also is a big pusher for technology in the classroom. Just this past week, 9/16/14, the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Deputy Secretary, Jim Shelton,  was the featured speaker. (See, http://www.aspeninstitute.org/about/blog/impact-of-technology-in-the-classroom-q-and-a-with-jim-shelton”  To access the entire article, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/rmt-sunday-technocratic-education-design/)

As far as the event held on the 9th of June, NJ proudly announced it was underwriting the conference. (To see more about all the NJ hosted events, be sure to read the bottom left corner of the link to access the conference video.

 

Ted Mitchell and a Panel of Speakers:

 

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On the website page with this picture you can get a brief biography and all the contact information you could want. I urge you to look at each one’s biography.
From Mitchell’s bio:
 “To spur education, economic growth, and social prosperity, Mitchell is charged with planning and policy responsibilities to implement President Obama’s goal for the U.S. to have “the best educated, most competitive workforce in the world” as measured by the proportion of college graduates by the year 2020. Mitchell and his team are keenly focused on implementing President Obama’s American Graduation Initiative to improve college access, affordability, quality, and completion.  Mitchell is the former CEO of the NewSchools Venture Fund and served as the president of the California State Board of Education.

Can you see the potential for Common Core and Career Technical Education here? I can!
To see all the biographies and how they are fitting with the alignment of our education/nation to fit the CCSS Machine’s plan, visit: http://www.nationaljournal.com/events/the-next-america-taking-stock-50-years-of-the-higher-education-act-20150609

The Conference video:

In its entirety, the Conference is 2 hours and 34 minutes. Subtract from that the first 23, almost 24 minutes of introductory music, you have plenty of time to hear the modern education reform battle cry from more than one person. Leading the charge is Mr. Mitchell, the undersecretary for the U.S. Dept. of Education. The actual dialogue begins at about 26:51. (between the first 24 minutes and now, you’re encouraged to follow the Conference on social music with #NJNextAmerica; see: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NJNextAmerica&src=tyah)

Ted Mitchell’s Speech highlights:

During Mr. Mitchell’s time, he extols the virtues of the ESEA and the HEA; how they are forever joined and how each is a ‘moral imperative’ (see the 27:40 mark). From this point until the 28:50 mark, you’ll hear about the national credentials in education. Following this are the buzzwords ‘pipeline’, ‘equity’, ‘opportunity’. Then at the 29: 04 mark, you’ll hear the buzzword ‘rigorous’ immediately followed by ‘college and career ready’. What could be better, you ask? How about ‘modernizing education via standards and assessments’?Then by the 29:25 time mark, Mr. Mitchell has successfully told the audience that all his previous claims can be ‘deepened by the HEA’.

From this point on you’ll hear some of the following catch phrases or programs. I urge you to take the time to listen to Mitchell’s speech. It’s followed by a one-on-one interview that is also filled with rhetoric for education reform we’ve become used to.
‘Civil right; civic duty’ patriotic message.  America is experiencing ‘islands of excellence’ and creating a template for the future with universal access for all from down to Pre-K and up to college.’ Not content to end there, Mitchell continues on with ‘early college’ and ‘dual enrollment’; a seamless transition for students from 2 year to 4 year schools and (33:50) reaching the President’s North Star. (*Note: to find out just what the “North Star” is, see:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2014/02/11/reaching-north-star-2020
)
Near the 34:00 mark, listen for the federal role in technology; 36:00 mark, how Congress is needed to back up the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s efforts completed thus far; ’21st Century Learners’; how much better America is since the Feds took over student loans; how Congress needs to empower the U.S. Dept. of Ed even more; making college as a ‘universal learning’ opportunity just like high schools have become; ‘student outcomes’ or ‘outcome based schools’; ‘evidence based interventions’ and finally ‘skills vs. developmental learning’.

Mr. Mitchell will also bring up one more program he’s pushing for the President. It’s called “First in the World” (it’s near the 40:27 mark). What’s FITW? From the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s website page for the brand new program, The FITW program is designed to support the development, replication, and dissemination of innovative solutions and evidence for what works in addressing persistent and widespread challenges in postsecondary education for students who are at risk for not persisting in and completing postsecondary programs, including, but not limited to, adult learners, working students, part-time students, students from low-income backgrounds, students of color, students with disabilities, and first-generation students.”  To learn more about FITW, see:
 http://www2.ed.gov/programs/fitw/index.html

(*NOTE: at the 50 minutes mark, Mitchell refers to the ‘blueprint’ for re-authorizing the Higher Education Act. If you’ve not seen that ‘blueprint’, let me know. I shared news about the document on last week’s Women on the Wall conference call. I’ll be happy to share it again.)


 

 

Closing:

Tomorrow, we get to know what CCSS/CTE plans Sen. Alexander shared during this all important conference. Oh, as by the way the Lumina and Gates Foundation not only helped host this event, they weighed in on WHY the HEA needs to be re-authorized as well. Gates’ guy spoke at the 1 hour, 8 minute mark; Lumina’s president spoke at the 1 hour, 14 minute mark.

RMT: Update on the Technocratic Ed Reform

Back in Sept. of 2014, I researched and wrote about the ties between CCSS, STEM, and the Technocratic Party. Seeing  how much education reform has been firmly put in place without citizens input, I wondered if there has been any more recent activity.

From the original article, the 3 basic ideas behind the lesser know Party are the following,

1) Technocrat is driven to utilize technology – invented or otherwise – into a domestic and a foreign policy.

2) Technocrat’s mission is to improve our nation with: prosperity, abundance, liberty and security.

3) Technocrat continuously pursues a better vision for our nation and humanity.

If you’re wondering what this means in the scope of the size of government needed to pull all this off, check this quote out:

technoquoteWow! That’s a bit scary, right? Well, again, since the original publishing, have there been changes? We’ll take a look today.

A New Line:

Maybe the education reform isn’t new, Technocratic beliefs aren’t new, either. BUT I did find this new line: “Technology and innovation are critical to the prosperity of a nation, which creates a robust and a dynamic economy.” Followed by, ” ATA (America for Technocratic Action) is taking action to start the ground work for the coming change.” To be fair, the group says it believes in capitalism. That’s fine and well, but it is the level of technology and innovation we need to be looking into. You see, the Technocrats are relying heavily on technology/innovation to be the vehicle for all this change.

Stop and think about how much technology and innovation the CCSS Machine is using to reduce quality education to a dismal version. According to my previously published article one of the biggest Technocrats influencing education is Mr. Bloomberg (as in Bloomberg Foundation). Somewhat related to the Technocrats are AT & T, The Atlantic magazine, and others. (Be sure to go back and read the original article).

See the screen shot (click to enlarge) to see the updated agenda for not only America, but education as well:

(the red words are my words, not the website's)
(the red words are my words, not the website’s)

What the Technocrats Withheld on the Updated Website:

If you visit the updated Technocratic website, you’ll see all these categories with headings like we’re used to seeing. You know, “About Us”, “News”, etc. However, go to access the information and you must sign in with Twitter or Facebook OR create an account to view their policies on things like education. Website address is: http://www.technocraticparty.us/about

So, knowing what I’ve already found out from research and seeing that there’s been some change, but not entirely sure of WHAT it involves. I decided to go back and see if Technocratic and Socialism are related. After all, considering how the agendas of the CCSS Machine and Socialism appear to be, the Technocratic one doesn’t sound far from the mark either.

Technocratic Socialism:
From the following website, http://www.technocraticsocialism.org/policies/, here’s what the view of education by the members of the Party have, “Public education up through 12th grade should be mandatory and federally funded, with little involvement by local communities and no faith or culture-based exclusions. There should be experimentation within the public school system, with a variety of educational and organisational methods as options, provided the schools remain public, secular, compliant with a universal service obligation, and otherwise meet reasonable metrics. Higher education should be entirely funded through the general tax burden, and should continue at intervals for all citizens with an option of up to two university-level classes every five years.” This website is not American. For the first clue, note how ‘organization’ is spelled. It’s the International English spelling, not the American one. Clue #2 is when you access the entire policy page, you’ll see phrases like, “In countries like America”. I urge you to read the entire policy page. Note at the top of the page the comment about issues to be pushed and how America is ‘pushable’. 

The Economist has an eye opening article on Technocracy. It shares that Singapore is the best example of a modern technocracy. China’s mentioned as well. So is America, from many years ago. Here’s an excerpt, “Technocracy was once a communist idea: with the proletariat in power, administration could be left to experts. But the appliance of science to politics was popular under capitalism too.” To see the entire article, http://www.economist.com/node/21538698

What Hasn’t Changed:

The push for STEM, is still as much in the Technocratic platform as ever. The belief that Congress must enforce more legislation and funding for programs associated with STEM is also just as strong. Knowing how much of a part Congress has played in education overreach; seeing that the Technocratic Party believes the National Science Foundation (and other groups) should ramp up the education/social policy agenda, it wasn’t surprising to find one such tie between the technocratic belief and a NSF grant of $15 million dollars. The topic? A dissertation study on changing the public’s perception of climate change to satisfy an old technocratic debate. The grant was awarded in 2012 and was set to expire in 2014. You’ll find the entire description here: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1155402 (the technocratic phrase is in the ‘potentially broader impact’ section.

To Ponder:

When I was doing more research to update this article, I found a book on “Google Books” (the on-line libary) by James D. Finn titled “Extending Education Through Technology: Selected Writings by James D. Finn. The search phrase I used was “NSF Technocratic”. The Google Book took me to pages 141 to 144. Near the bottom of page 141, “Science, Technology, and Invention on a large scale have become such a handmaiden of industry in the United States that research and development are now regarded as basic keys to progress in our economy.” On page 142 the author is expressing how ‘free’ technology should remain (his words were ‘can’t be confined’). He compared the freedom needed for technology to best serve humans with that of religion or of love. He went on to say there must be a great temptation by those who are technologists to ‘not take over’. It is his next few sentences I want to quote, “As an example of this phenomenon close to the heart of educators, it might be well to examine the activities of the National Science Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences. It will be found, I suspect that the two of them have already overtaken some  functions of the U.S. Dept. of Education, the NEA and its departments and other possible ‘nonscientific’ educators, and are, busily spawning a new scientific educational bureaucracy. Such a bureaucracy is but the beginning-and there are many others in other fields of a movement I have dubbed “Neo-Technocracy”. Finn then goes to the express the Neo-Technocrats move into positions of power. FYI: Mr. Finn was a professor at the University of Southern California. He died in 1969.

I am so glad the good professor stated what he did above! Fast forward to my blog and you’ll find I, too, have looked into the NSF and the NAS. Here are my published findings:
Here’s my up close look at the National Science Foundation (an arm of the federal government) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/wybiupclosewithnsf/
To access the National Academy of Sciences(chartered by Congress) :
 https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/wybi-ccss-and-ngss-where-dumb-meets-dumber/

Well, there you have it. An update on the Technocratic influence in America. Did you notice how easy it was to circle back and find some of the same organizations? Let someone else know about this. We’ve got work to do!