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Global, Smobal?!

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, we know there are continued links between ‘federally led education’ and globally led education. We also know these ties which lie between education and our communities are deeply embedded. To that end, I’m using ‘global, smobal’. The “global” is self defining. The “smobal”? My take on ‘small town gone global’.

The manifestations of these ties are easily found in the UN’s (United Nations’s) SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), as well as the American laws:
WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014), ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015), HEA (Higher Education Act, currently being re-written), and any other law which combines any of the above.

Thanks to many Anti Fed Ed Warriors and many other Anti Global Education Warriors, we’ve been able to see what programs are being used to breed so much collectivism. As we know, the UN’s SDGs use education as the single most important ‘change agent’ to infiltrate our towns and cities. (Source for image below)

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What do some of the activities look (or sound) like to bring the UN’s desired alignments to fruition? I have a few examples below:

Global, Smobal: Part One:

Warriors, recently I was in Georgia attending to family business. While helping out, I found myself in a doctor’s office where I picked up a local magazine. The magazine was all about the arts and culture of the area. As I was thumbing through the pages, I stumbled upon an article about a county at the opposite end of the State, where the citizens are finding Career Clusters as a great unifier for them.

One of the reasons this particular magazine was featuring the far away county? Since it appears to be such a great success in one rural area of Georgia, it can be an equal success somewhere very similar in another part of Georgia.

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See how the local magazine’s writer ‘sold’ the Career Clusters Pathway alignment:

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(Source for the article, see page 99 and those immediately following)

To learn about the Georgia county featured, go here. Notice on Page 6, the amount of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math) aligned workforce education, as well as those ‘wonderful’ Career Clusters. Note that the County’s schools are charter ones. Notice among the community unifying buildings is a new innovative amphitheater. By sheer coincidence, the area I was visiting had just completed their new amphitheater.

Global Smobal, Part Two:

Also, in the same magazine, another article about a multi state effort to join businesses and education. This effort is geared more for adults than the previous article, where students are the main focus. To find that article, go to page 93 and those immediately following. Below, is a screen shot of one of the pages:

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If you’d like to learn about the STEMIE Coalition, (STEMIE stands for ‘Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math linked to Invention and Entrepreneurship’) 
STEMIE is based in CT with leaders in CA, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, MA, NH, OH, OK, SC, TN, and TX).
It was the AL based
Champion Network (link is in the above screen shot) which helped STEMIE Coalition get started. Visit STEMIE.

Warriors, the ‘global smobal’ here that this new type of business and education collaboration is a direct product of STEM. The purpose of the ‘teamwork’? Redefining how communities work.
Below is a screen shot of the early 2000s Tool Kit education-for-sd-tool-kit-fully-highlighted-1.

(*Note: this article is just one where I give you more context for the Tool Kit.)


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As we know, STEM is a UN directive contained within the SDGs. The redefining of our communities? That’s straight out of the SDG Tool Kit. How does STEM tie to the Career Clusters? Read the ‘research’ behind STEMIE. The free K-12th grade curriculum for STEMIE? Aligned to the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards and, is based off the PAST Foundation’s framework for education.

PAST Foundation is based in OH, but is an international group devoted to project based learning combining STEM and anthropology to prepare for 21st Century careers. PAST’s public private partnerships are what make this twist on STEM ‘work’. Warriors, as we know, the increase of P3s (public private partnerships) was a mandate of ESSA, the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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Global Smobal #3:

April 21st, 2018, my local town newsletter is advertising the Global Youth Service Day. According to the town’s information, this workday is the only one devoted to children (ages 6 to 18). What type of projects will be completed? Local service projects to benefit the collective community.

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If you want to see how sold out to the UN’s SDGs the YSA (Youth Servicing America) is, look below:

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Warriors, if you access @YouthSDGs (Twitter), you’ll find a tweet where the 17 Sustainable Development Goals reveal 169 targets throughout them. You’ll also find how targeted our youth are to achieve the collectivism of  it all.

Remember, these are woven into education across America! Regardless of where you go to school.

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More Global, Less Local:

Warriors, look below at this screen shot of the March 2018  ISO Technical Committee for Asset Management Systems Report on attaining the SDGs through good management of your organization’s assets. For our context, think your city budget and city employees:

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As if high-jacking the city budget isn’t bad enough, check out the SDG 2030 Board Game you can use to teach your kids! (*Note: you will be asked to register to download the game, board, dice pattern, and, questions. They will appear on your computer has zip files.)

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Warriors, in what other ways are your businesses, towns and schools working together in these types of ways? What about the rural Americans? How are they being encircled? Look around you, my friends!

Closing:

Warriors, if you haven’t seen the connection of all the UN/SDGs and STEM to your country’s demise at the hands of the CCSS Machine, I hope this article has helped shed some light on the dastardly wicked deceptions going on in education. We are well on our way to being that ‘STEM nation with a STEM people for a STEM economy with STEM jobs’ for a global good which was inserted in America during the previous administration. Presently, no stopping this global dagger which pierces our hearts has been given by the current administration.

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First of Its Kind

Warriors Against Fed Ed, Common Core, and, Global Education’s takeover in America, we find ourselves approaching the end of June 2017. As I said earlier in the year, summer would not be a time the CCSS Machine would slow down its continual grinding down of education.

To that end, a CCSS/Global Ed laced Conference is just getting started. It’s the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) 2017 Conference. It’s meeting in Texas. Late Sunday afternoon, #ISTE and #GlobalEd17 were trending topics on Twitter.
The proganda was digusting. The painted on smiles of those attending and leading were deceiving.  Be sure to check all the latest ‘news’ out.

As I also stated earlier in the year, the summer is the ideal time for us Warriors to continue to arm ourselves with information to be ready for action when the new school year begins. The War Vs. the Core is NOT over, not by a long stretch.

Briefly, ISTE’s Connection To Global Education:

Warriors, back in 2015, I shared with you, an article titled “Tech Thursday: Global Day for Education”. It was the first time I’d run across ISTE. Quickly, just think “Microsoft” (and we know who THAT leads us to). Microsoft is the main sponsor of ISTE. Does it align the standards for technology in the classrooms to the dreaded CCSS (Common Core State Standards)? Absolutely. Does the ISTE apply its alignment to the re-branded names of CCSS, certainly! Where there’s international data, there’s got to be international data mining. That too, has an annual conference. Here’s an article where you can see the plethora of workshops devoted to harvesting education information.

Because technology is global, we know data created by technology is also global. However, the connections to global education and technology, which are very disturbing, (CCSS Machine propaganda uses ‘disruptive’) are the cultural mindset shifts hiding behind all those neat sounding apps and computer programs.

For example, from the article I’ve linked above, is a screen shot (below) where you ‘ll see the ‘global’ pledge. This pledge is used by all kinds of education related groups.

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With international technology comes the need for global education days. At least that’s what Harvard University and the others involved in the Global Education Conference Network believe. You can find out more about the Network in the article I’ve linked you to to learn more about the ISTE. You’ll also see how the AFT (American Federation of Teachers) is connected. (*Note: both the NEA (National Education Association and AFT) have ‘bought’ into the Education International, an organization with ties to UNESCO (you know, an arm of the United Nations. UNESCO is also known for it’s “Education for All” Program.) You can find out more about this, here.

Related: One of my most in-depth global education articles can be accessed here. It is from earlier this year and jam packed with information you can use to ready yourselves for the 2017-18 school year. (*Note: global education is present in all educaiton choices and will continue to seek out ways in which to lessen those choices until there is no choice at all. ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act, is a great example for reducing school choices, not increasing them.)

ISTE 2017 and Global2017:

Warriors, since the ISTE Conference is technology based, you know the latest and most aligned resources will be available to you, even if you can’t make it to TX. Here’s the schedule, with embedded links 
Wait, is there a separate Global Ed 2017 Conference at the same location?
From what I can find, no; the global education is part of the ISTE Conference. How? The location is the same.  See below:

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Warriors, you can sign up for free to access all the Global Education Network resources (you’ll want to see the Google classroom items, the lists of global organizations, the resources and those who’ve written them (I saw Steve Hardagon’s name pop up).

How to access all this? Visit this website, click on ‘visit’. Sign in (you can use your Facebook, Google Plus, or email if you don’t have an Iparticipate i.d.) Notice at the bottom of the page, that the P21, Inc (Partnership for 21st Century Skills) is a sponsor.
Access this list of global education organizations and people on Twitter. Even if you do no ‘tweet’ you can still find out about this CCSS Machine global members.

Why access all this? After all, it’s from the CCSS Machine. Warriors, if we are to be armed with the latest information, especially when it comes to technology and data mining, we must ‘hang out’ among the creators. Since so many of our schools are leaving parents, grandparents, and taxpayers in the dark, any advantage we can gain by seeing what the CCSS Machine is doing, is needed.

First Isn’t Always Best:

So far, Warriors, I’ve not said anything which relates to the title of this article. What is ‘first of its kind’? In the push for global technology, these two examples I want to leave you with. Ask yourselves, is this being planned for my school district? Is this where my tax dollars are going? Am I okay with the continued misuse of money to not educate students, but, to indoctrinate them?

Digital Portfolios may NOT be brand new, but a school district in AL is featured among the ISTE resources (and global education) for its first of its kind update. What’s the update? “Whole Story for the Whole Child”. This is about 30 minutes of video.

By giving the students a computer, showing them how to use it to lay out their lives, this portfolio COULD be used for other purposes. Such as, at the 3:25 mark (or just after it) a high school teacher reveals just ONE of the ‘other’ purposes: a track to see where each student needs to round themselves out for “college and career readiness”! (If you are new to the War vs Common Core, ‘College and Career Ready” is a re-branded name for the same thing.)

You’ll also have the person in charge of the federal funding for this AL school district explain how to start digital portfolios in your area. She will tell you that as school leaders implementing this you’ll WANT to look into each student’s personal life as well as their academic ‘lives’. Watch for the grade levels involved and the end result. (hint: by the times the students get to colleges, not enough is known about them)
Here is the website’s banner from the school district featured:

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Warriors, so much of global education and technolgy involves STEM (Science, Engineering, and Math), but they also include STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math).

Both STEM and STEAM are not American. STEM is the marketing name dreamed up by the NSF (National Science Foundation) to incorporate the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. STEM and CCSS go hand in hand. STEM was introduced about the time the CCSS was rolled out. Common Core was the distraction; STEM was the real agenda for education. It’s all been researched and documented.  As far as STEAM, it too, is not American. It’s roots are from South Korea and brought to the US. If you’ve missed these facts, please find them here.

This leads me to another ‘first of its kind’ and in the nation. This time we’ll find it in TN.

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Full article  (*Note: this was back in 2016). Warriors, notice the underlined portions of this published article. K-12 grades; Arts Innovation Zone, PBL(Project Based Learning) daily on STEAM. Do we have any idea how one-dimensional this is going to be for our littlest ones? Sure, the CCSS Machine talks it up that all kinds of engaging education will happen with STEAM, but every day?! True education honors that while engaging needs to happen, so does some down-time. So what’s happened to this one-of-a-kind school since 2016? A big dollar donation from a private company to go to a public school; the hope that those big bucks will prove STEAM can work for both inner city schools and rural schools. See the article here.

Closing:

Warriors, the bottom line to all the ISTE/global ed dribble is this:
“Learning without limits” will get us farther in education than ever before. Yeah, right…

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”:

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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):

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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.”

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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.

Watch Out, Alignment Ahead!

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For this edition of Weekend News, I thought we should take an updated look at the ‘FREE’ College Movement run by the Federal Government, not local control. All anti-CCSS/CTE (Common Core State Standards/Career Tech Education) and federally led education Warriors should be aware of this push to transform America, from the inside out!

The Back Story:

The last time I wrote to you about Heads Up America, it was Sept. 2015. Has much changed with the movement? Since Arne Duncan’s departure from the U.S. Dept. of Education, has Dr. John King picked up the torch or extinguished it? After all, ‘free college’ is a hot political issue right now. We will find out what the absolute latest is in a bit, in the meantime…
Main points from the previously published  article include:
1) The cradle to career agenda portions of the CCSS Machine extend everywhere, in every State.
2) White House, top-down control and promotion.
3) Our community colleges used as the connector for all to a workforce based education.
4) Many U.S. Dept. of Labor grants; Programs for Higher Education from the U.S. Dept. of Education are ‘married’ to complete the cradle to career tracks.
5) Many well known supportive CCSS Machine members and groups are identified, as well as the documents to back it all up. If you need a true connect the dots from K-12 and Higher Education, this is it!
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/12/weekend-news-heads-up-higher-ed-cte-update/

The Vital Questions for 2016 and Beyond:

Now that you have the history of why I have written about the above at least twice, you may have plenty of questions, just like I do. Where is all this going? Will Dr. King continue the U.S. Dept. of Education’s marriage with the U.S. Dept. of Labor in cradle to career education? We have seen how the candidates (on every level of government) are claiming education solutions, but do they truly get just HOW embedded in America the transformation has progressed and is continuing to point to MORE alignment?

So, let’s start with the Heads Up! Movement and see what new plans have been laid out or, are being proposed.

1) From early Feb. 2016, the screen shot below introducing the Gateway Promise Program in WI and based on the Governor of TN’s plan.

http://headsupamerica.us/press/college-promise-campaign-celebrates-gateway-promise
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2) More incentives for States to encourage P3s (public private partnerships)! Also announced in early Feb. 2016, this will support and align with the language in the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) where P3s are not only encouraged, the relationships are now law. See the screen shot below:
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To access the entire press release explaining the monetary incentives for the States:
http://headsupamerica.us/press/strengthening-partnerships-between-businesses-and-community-colleges-grow-middle-class

3) Making no bones about the connections between Common Core, College and Career Readiness and a streamlined education, is the Mission Statement for Heads Up. Here is their statement, “We want to spread the message, far and wide. We’ll do that by leveraging the power of a robust, cross-sector engagement strategy throughout the campaign. A National Advisory Board has been convened to work closely with seven key sector-based Leadership Committees, together advocating for free community college, as well as degree and certificate completion for responsible students. The College Promise Campaign will mobilize an influential, diverse, broad–based and growing network to educate the public, elected officials, community and state stakeholders and the media on the benefits of the College Promise, emphasizing high-quality community college education. Leaders from four-year institutions and the business community will have multiple opportunities to participate and extend the impact of the College Promise beyond community colleges to ensure a high-performing pipeline of college and career-ready students flowing from K-12 through higher education.” The National Board appears to be the same today, as it did when I last wrote about the Heads Up. (see point #5 in the Back Story paragraph) To see who is among this National Board:
 http://headsupamerica.us/collegepromise

Related Articles:  ESSA and HEA’s union:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/weekend-news-essas-untold-ties-to-hea/
College Promise in the upcoming (FY 2017) Federal Education Budget Requests:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/big-bucks-for-post-secondary-ed/ (*Note: you will find other CCSS Machine members and organization revealed here.)

So, what has Dr. King said or done to carry the torch for all this? Here is an excerpt from his prepared speech from March 2016, “So while it’s true that college remains the greatest driver of socioeconomic mobility in America, it’s also true that if we don’t find ways to keep a college degree within reach for middle- and lower-class families, our institutions of higher education could end up having the opposite effect – they could become a barrier, not a bridge, to greater prosperity.” To see his entire speech,
http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/ensuring-higher-education-all (*Note, notice his use of the ‘caste system’ in his speech.You will also need to see, how once again, the State of TN is heralded as a model. Take into consideration this is the State which is represented by Sen. Lamar Alexander, who championed the ESSA’s passage, the confirmation of Dr. King,  as well working on the upcoming re-authorization of the  HEA.)

Dr. King also conducted a national tour about colleges and alignment ‘sold as’ opportunity. See: http://www.ed.gov/news/media-advisories/us-acting-education-secretary-john-king-announces-opportunity-across-america-tour

Dr. King’s prepared speech on CTE (Career Tech Education, or as I have uncovered, the adult arm of the CCSS, which begins in middle schools and extends to high schools, dual enrollment classes, early college promise programs, and higher education.) Here is an excerpt, “I can’t think of a better venue to talk about the rapidly evolving field of CTE – Career and Technical Education. We’ve come a long way from what we used to refer to as vocational education. Today, every job that leads to a secure future requires critical thinking, problem solving and creativity, as well as some postsecondary education or training. The best CTE programs help students prepare for this future once they graduate from high school. Today’s CTE is about the future you can’t prepare for with just a textbook. It’s about learning how to build your own business, from an idea to a prototype and beyond. It’s about creating new tools to solve everyday problems. It’s about applying practical skills to tackle major challenges, like global warming or public health crises. One thing is clear—it’s not your grandfather’s “shop class.” ” To read the rest of his speech,
http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/prepared-remarks-acting-us-secretary-education-john-b-king-jr

Related resources, “Made in America” and ‘Computer Science for All’, are two more White House Initiatives that will embed and align our nation to MORE federal control in education and joins the union between CCSS and the Depts. of Education/Labor.
My articles about both:
a) Made in America: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/tech-thursday-stemccss-push-making-it-american/
b) Computer Science for Allhttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/fed-ed-2017-are-you-ready/

Closing:
As our nation continues to face the upcoming elections in November 2016, we should take the above information and use it to question our candidates about what is being laid out in our States to support this. Are the candidates on board with this national overreach? Do they know about it? Will they purpose to NOT join in? Remember, the groundwork to get to this point has taken many years, much money, and is purposing us to become globally educated, employed, and aligned; not American educated, employed, or free!

 

Weekend News: Open Invitation

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ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is chock full of punitive measures. The CCSS Machine is a willing and ready partner in all this.

Anti CCSS Warriors, this edition of my ‘Weekend News’ contains links to upcoming or archived events you may not know about and can attend/listen to in how we can learn more ways to fight the federal overreach in education…and our lives as families. NO educational choice will escape this!

First up, a vital conversation between the CrossWalk host and Alex Newman. CrossWalk is a Christian based organization. However, whether you are a Christian or not, this conversation is HUGE in its importance. The conversation took place 3/18/16. It focuses in on how teachers are to spy on students; how the U.S. Dept. of Education is calling parents ‘partners’ in raising families; and how a recently released FBI document plays into the Social Emotional Learning so deeply embedded in the ESSA factors into what will be our lives now.
To access the conversation: http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/crosstalk-march-18-2016
To access the FBI document (I suggest downloading it before it disappears):
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Secondly, if you have followed my blog for a while, you know how I have broken down the ESSA and exposed its overreach into our families by aligning education from BIRTH and will extend it to higher education! Add to this Dr. John King’s confirmation as the Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Education. Then, go back and listen to Sen. Patty Murray’s speech directly relating to HOW Dr. King would be a great fit for the early learning push.
The sum? Massive amounts of family interventions and CCSS/CCR/CTE/STEM (Common Core State Standards/College and Career Readiness/Career Tech Education/Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in our communities, our homes, and our choices in life.
To access the Confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate where you can hear Sen. Patty Murray’s speech (be sure to listen to Sen. Lamar Alexander’s speech, too): http://floor.senate.gov/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1866
If this link does not work, you can access the Hearing via: http://www.senate.gov/floor/, then scroll down and select ‘March 14, 2016’ and ‘video’.

To attend a related and upcoming Webinar specifically detailing the Birth to Grade 3 Alignment to the ESSA from a State level (includes how it will be funded), then register to attend the NC Early Childhood Foundation’s April 6th, 2016 session. While the Webinar is geared for NC, the Foundation has extended the invitation to ANY citizen from all other States to attend.
To access the Webinar’s invitation: http://buildthefoundation.org/2016/03/essa-webinar/
If you are curious as to how friendly the NC Early Childhood Foundation is (I know I was), see the screen shot below:
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As in the past, Warriors, you can learn much from this even if you don’t live in NC. Why? Every state will be put through this cycle.

Thirdly, the CBE (Competency Based Education) push will hit teachers and educators very hard, thanks to the ESSA. An upcoming Webinar, March 22nd, will address this shift in education from the VERY (friendly) CCSS Machine members, Digital Promise (a White House led initiative) and the Gates Foundation funded, EdWeek.
To access the open invitation:
https://vts.inxpo.com/scripts/Server.nxp?LASCmd=AI:4;F:QS!10100&ShowKey=30380
To learn a bit more about the main presenter in the Webinar, visit:
http://schools.bloomboard.com/state-educational-leaders-come-together-to-discuss-the-shift-towards-competency-based-learning-for-k-12-educators/ (*Note: 3 States, FL, TN, and DE will also be presenting information.)

Other things to look for where open invitations can be shared? Your State’s ESSA Virtual Academy is a great place to look. For example, CO has one titled the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act Virtual Academy. They, of course, have shifted the topics to ESSA, but you can still get a great look into all the archives of the ESEA/ESSA topics from a State level, so you can look for similar in your State. To see what I mean, visit their website:
https://www.cde.state.co.us/fedprograms/virtualacademy
(*Note: In NC, where I live, there is an entire set of webpages in the DPI (Dept. of Public Instruction) for federal monitoring, which is similar to the CO Academy. I show you this to contrast how different the names of these pages of information can be. To see what I mean, visit NC’s site:
http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/program-monitoring/)

So, Warriors, act quickly, learn much, and SHARE!

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Together, we can do much!

 

Monday Musings: CCSS Field Trips?

Has your child taken a field trip lately? Just how CCSS aligned was it?
Has your child taken a field trip lately? Just how CCSS aligned was it?

Who doesn’t love a great field trip with the class or group? How far as CCSS gone to line up these educational excursions? Let’s see if we can find out!

Road Trip Ahead!:

I don’t know how much you may or may not know about field trips. I know plenty. It used to be my business, literally. My business partner and I had a great time planning educational field trips for private schools.

Then, 2008 came, and suddenly, the business dried up. Times were so financially tough, field trips fell to the back side of the planning table. Since then, I’ve noticed in researching Common Core that many of the destinations schools or educational groups go to are becoming more and more aligned. Then, I got my latest issue of the Student Group Travel magazine (seems my free subscription didn’t get cancelled). While not one mention of CCSS was in the glossy ads, plenty of clues to lead to the alignment were.

Down on the Farm:

So, why would some these destinations CHOOSE to align themselves with CCSS? After all, most of the places chosen for a field trip have no full time teachers for lesson planning. What do I mean? Well, take for example, a local farm which has become an agritourism location. What this means is the farm gets visitors, the visitors get activities and lessons. Here in NC, the agritourism has partnered with the NC Dept. of Public Instruction. No question about Common Core’s presence there. Below look at the graphic which was put together by NC State and is on file in the NC General Assembly’s website.

While not visible in the graphic, we know 'education' is more than 'workshops'.
While not visible in the graphic, we know ‘education’ is more than ‘workshops’.

In fact, in this 2014 report, education is the second highest benefit of agritourism! I’m including the entire pfd, as you’ll want to see how ‘community(collective) minded’ the entire movement is. See: 2. NCSU_Agritourism_2014 You’ll also note that MO and NC worked together on this and that most of the data appears to be from 2011. I imagine, you may be asking the question, “That’s great, Lynne, but where’s the NC DPI tie in?” See this graphic from a farm near where I live in NC:

This is just one farm in NC where agritourism has met CCSS.
This is just one farm in NC where agritourism has met CCSS.

If you were to click each of the Standards, you’d be taken to a separate page where the CC is laid out for Preschool and up. Please note that I’m not suggesting ALL agritourism is CCSS aligned, but I’ve found where back in 2009, all kinds of agribusiness leaders met and were learning from each other how to increase agritourism for the ‘collective region’ of TN, GA, NC,and SC. Grant money was used to fund this educational meeting. See: http://www.caes.uga.edu/center/caed/pubs/agritourism/documents/AgritourismTrainingforAgricultureProfessionalsManual.pdf  How this can be helpful in your area? It will show you where to look in your state’s agritourism (example: USDA grants). I was able to find in SC, a specific type of grant used, RBDG (Rural Business Development Grant). Among the institutions which may be able to benefit are higher learning facilities. See: http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-business-development-grants

Don’t think I’m out to kill the farmers, I grew up on a farm. I love farmers. However, when CCSS is involved, I’m not afraid to dig up the dirt!

Going shopping or to the classroom?:

You, as a warrior of CCSS, know, it is everywhere, but what about at the mall? Yes, I found it at the Mall of America! Remember I said I had a magazine with suggested field trips? This one was a featured destination. In the event you’ve not been to MOA (Mall of America), it’s in MN, where supposedly, there’s no CCSS. So, is it true? MN has only adopted the ELA portion of CCSS. See: http://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/07/education/common-core-standards

Nickelodeon has a big place at the Mall. So big, it’s called “Nickelodeon’s Universe”. Nickelodeon is the #1 brand with kids. It also is part of Viacomm. Viacomm is a huge supporter of STEM (yes, STEM is absolutely connected to CCSS). At the “Universe”, you can get a 3 or 4 hour physics class. The materials have recently been updated. I did find the old physics guide, but to access the updated version, you have to contact group sales. I was able to find that on Nick, Jr. preschool games are crammed with STEM. See: http://www.nickjr.com/blaze-and-the-monster-machines/about-blaze/blaze-curriculum_ap.html

American Girls brand and Legos each have big stores in MOA. Both have chosen to align with CCSS, as well. AG (American Girls) uses history as a main feature in their dolls. Legos, we know, involves science and creativity. The news about AG broke a couple of years ago when a Pearson Publishing mini textbook showed up in the accessories for the dolls. See:
http://thefederalist.com/2013/12/13/even-american-girl-dolls-spared-common-core-national-standards/  As far as Legos,  they have an entire page of CCSS ELA, Math, and Science, see: https://education.lego.com/es-ar/lesi/elementary/storystarter/ss-curriculum/ss-standards

Other Field Trips:

Aquariums, museums, and yes, even amusement parks can have CCSS.

For example, I live near Carowinds Amusement Park. Each year there’s an Educational Day where school groups of all educational choices may join in and learn engineering, science, physics, math, and other subjects. Is CCSS there? Through the partnering group, Discovery Place, yes it is! While DP supplies the lessons, which are aligned, Carowinds provides the place lessons are carried out. Sneaky! If you’d like to see the STEM/CCSS Teacher Workshop Guide (funded in part by Bank of America, another big supporter of the CCSS Machine), http://www.discoveryplace.org/content/education_studio/resources/educators/pdf/7.pdf

Where can you find the CCSS tie to museums? If they are connected to any sort of U.S. Department, you can bet your school bus, CCSS is there. If they are associated with the Smithsonian Institute, CCSS will be there. If your museums are gifts to the state citizens, CCSS will be there. For example, here in NC, we have public aquariums on the coast. Aligned lessons are there. Why? Funding is part of the answer. The Dept. of Public Instruction’s the other. See the below screen shot:

Even the turtle's a victim of CCSS!
Even the turtle’s a victim of CCSS!

It’s a shame CCSS is ruining education, but it’s absolutely horrid that field trips are going down the same road.

Sic’ ‘Em Saturday: “Springboarding” into the CCSS/AP Pool

"Srpingboard" is a product line by "College Board" said to prepare students for Advance Placement classes. Guess, what, Common Core aligned!
“Srpingboard” is a product line by “College Board” said to prepare students for Advance Placement classes. Guess, what, Common Core aligned!

Have you heard of “Springboard”?

According to the ‘College Board’s’ website, the product line is a foundation. The description also goes on to tell you how great it, how it’s been proven, and so on. (http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/prepare/springboard) What’s interesting is that to find out about Springboard, you have to go the site’s ‘K-12 Services’. Oh, gee, thanks College Board, for considering willfully aligning our students to CCSS as a service! Next thing you know, you’ll be telling us there are no sharp rocks in the picture above, as a service!

What the product line does:

Targets 6th-12th graders with customized content full of rigor, performance based assessments and all professional developed. Sounds great, right?  Here’s a link address for a video of one of the schools used as a testing site. There are a total of 22 schools in a select number of states. http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/video_audio/springboard/qcsd-qchs-video.mp4

You jumping in? We did! The ‘water’s fine’!

So far, 8 states have adopted Springboard:  CA, GA, TN, FL, NM, UT, OR, and TX. From what I can gather, member states get free workshops, especially during the first year of a mutli-year implementation process. I picked a state to see just what else is in store for them, here’s Georgia’s Teacher workshop: “introduces the key components of the SpringBoard framework, emphasizing rigorous instruction, alignment to the Common Core, formative and summative assessments, and other challenges facing Georgia educators. Teachers learn how to use SpringBoard’s digital and print components to differentiate instruction, ensuring all students are engaged in education that leads to college and career readiness.” For the school districts: “SpringBoard coaches collaborate with district leaders in partnerships that grow stronger every year. They work together to design and implement a program of professional development that meets the needs of each school and evolves as those needs change.” This is just the first year, the second year is building expertise and covers even more implementation of the standards. The third year is for capacity building, after all, everybody’s gotta jump in at some point.

Learning Walks:
Another partnership Springboard offers the states, is called “Learning Walks“. If you’ve not heard of these they are quite something. While the state I live in hasn’t adopted Springboard, they DO use it in some of the schools. However, the state does use Learning Walks. I’m including the pdf file from one of the public schools: Learning_Walks_Overview

“Using the Learning Walk system (handhelds, laptops, or paper forms), “walkers” collect specific data that provides a series of snapshots of the teaching and learning process. Learning Walks are brief, often lasting no more than four minutes. The focus of a Learning Walk is on student work and teacher responses in the context of teaching and learning. Over time, the observer collects data on five specific components supported by research related to student learning. This information provides the walker with the opportunity to pose questions based on trend data to engage the teacher, PLC team, or entire faculty in thinking about beliefs, goals, practices, and instructional decision making. Promoting reflective practice will result in several benefits for all educators: • building trust in the reflective practice process itself; • inspiring teacher-driven research through the self-reflection focus; • informing dialogue about teaching and learning between the walker and teacher; • expanding capacity for analyzing thoughts, actions, beliefs, and emotions; • enhancing dialogue about teaching and learning within a professional learning community; • fostering self-monitoring of professional growth; and, • creating a school-wide climate of inquiry and research. In the formative performance appraisal process, observers use the Learning Walk model to collect observation data as a basis for posing periodic reflective questions as well as for sharing trend data periodically.” The five focus areas? Curriculum, lessons, students, work, and the quality framework. You’ll be interested to know that the opportunity for EVEN more data collection is available. The goal behind this particular county’s schools?  “All ________ County Public Schools students will graduate having actively mastered the lifelong-learning skills they need to succeed as 21st century learners, workers and citizens.” Of the ‘lifelong competencies, not one was based on specific subjects. they do contain a long, lofty list of character attributes. Collect and organizing data, think critically, be ethical, be healthy, communicate clearly, be civic minded among others.

How ‘Springboard’ is aligned to CCSS:

You will need to enlarge the picture, but it’s worth a 1,000 words.

Currently, English and Math are the two "Springboard" subjects.
Currently, English and Math are the two “Springboard” subjects.

You’ll want to read some of the texts, books, novels used in the program, among them, Fahrenheit 451, Pygmalion and others you will find interesting. Also included is a Socratic seminar (this should be interesting as well, considering only a few days ago I wrote and shared with you the before/after treatment of Socrates/Plato) Here’s the link to see the rest of what’s in store for your students.

http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/springboard/springboard-publishers-criteria-english-language-arts-146-583.pdf

I can tell you the Springboard Student textbook I have (part of my CCSS evidence collection), is directed to “All About Me”, the changes I’m facing, the changes in my perception, my world, measuring all those changes. If I were you, I’d want to sit in on a class or two with this subject matter.

What you can do:

1) If offered a choice for your student to have another English/Math class, take the non Springboard one. IF there’s no other choice, test the waters..ask to see the teacher’s guide, look at your student’s book. The website for Springboard has samples, so be sure to access those, print them out and take to your school board. Advance Placement courses are all being run by College Board, which means they are under David Coleman’s direction! You may know how the AP U.S. History has been rewritten, there are other courses that will also be rewritten in similar fashion.

2) Inform other families who have students using Springboard! Share this post, resources. Spread the word. Be willing to accompany those conducting “Learning Walks”. Find out how far the data sharing goes. Inform those in charge you will not allow your student to participate. Remember, exercising your rights as an informed parent is making a statement. It is NOT asking permission. You do not need the school’s permission to do what’s best for your student/child.

3) Be a step ahead of your students. Since you may be able to get the reading list (it can’t hurt to ask the teacher), get the book from the library, borrow it from a neighbor, buy it in a store, etc. Use family time to discuss what the actual vernacular is and contrast to the aligned assignment. If you would like other suggestions for how to counter English assignments with non CC aligned activities, leave me a comment with what you are looking for. I can help!

4) Participate, if you can, in the upcoming “College Board” Forum. They’ll be having a grand time discussing more alignments, more rigor, how the SAT alignment is progressing and more! The Forum is in CA, and is to be held 10/27-29, 2014. (details: http://forum.collegeboard.org/) Can’t make it to CA? There’s a Twitter handle already set up, you can follow it, #CBForum14 If you are interested, be sure to look at the extensive list of colleges who will be participating in the College Fair (a portion of the Forum). I spied several public AND private colleges. Hmmm..makes you want to see if all of them are CCSS aligned as well.

5) Draw up a petition to present to your school board that expresses the parents/students wishes to NOT use Springboard, College Board or AP classes! Write your legislators urging them to STOP their paid support of College Board CCSS aligned products. Help stop the misconception so prevalent..that all with CCSS aligned materials is a calm pool of delight. Stir up the water, folks!

Fib-o-Meter Friday: State Superintendents & Common Core Standards

Chances are your state has an education superintendent. Maybe they are called ‘commissioner’ instead. Regardless of the title, there is one person in charge of an entire state’s education decisions, regulations, etc. However, that one person rarely works alone. Usually an entire team is under his/her authority. Some states have very forthright leaders, and are open to interaction, while others, reign like a king or queen and want almost no interaction. Some of these leaders are appointed (really a bad idea when held up to the Constitution’s wording about power of the people), some are elected (exercises the Constitution’s wording about citizens power).

Given their important position and the huge number of people their decisions impact, it’s a good idea to hear, see and read what they are sharing. Now, I haven’t researched all 50 state leaders. Given the present day status of Common Core Standards in each state, it would take me days to find out what our leaders have said about Common Core. However, I did, for the sake of the post keep it to three. These 3 are either the state I live in or are directly to my south & west. Each has a unique position when it comes to CCS. As usual for each Friday, we’ll measure the statements on the “Fib-o-Meter”. If you’ve read how the Meter works, you know what to do. However, if you are new to the Friday’s “Fib-o-Meter”, it goes like this (click on the graphic to enlarge it. Read the sample statements & use those categories to place the statements shared in this post where you think they best belong.)

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First up: North Carolina

This is the state I currently reside in. Currently, our state is set to begin a process that by law is to repeal Common Core, not re-brand or recycle it. SB 812 which is a law and as such should, no longer identified by its Senate Bill status. It’s Session Law 2014-78   signed into law. It is at the center of quite a mess. More will be shared  at a later time.

Onto the facts/fibs!! Our state superintendent has been serving here since 2005 as an elected official. Dr. Atkinson is a strong supporter of the Common Core Standards. She is part of one of the public/private partnerships which own the copyright to the Standards.  She is extremely protective of CCSS.

As far as State Education Superintendents, only 13 other states get to elect this particular position. In August of 2014, NC’s Superintendent was featured in an almost 8 minute address to NC teachers to give what looks and sounds like motherly advice to those listening.  Here are some statements made about Common Core during the presentation.

“Lawmakers made decisions that effect public schools in NC” (in regards to what she consistently refers to as SB812).  Bit of context here, yes, the NC General Assembly did pass SB812 and it became law. However, this is one of the more classic lines to disassociate the Dept. of Public Instruction and the General Assembly. Do some research on your own about how NC was saddled with Common Core Standards, it was the State Board of Education, not the General Assembly. So, while ‘Total Truth’ is correct, consider the context.

“IF you teach Math and English Language Arts.. will I have to throw away all the work I’ve done to develop quality lesson plans?” Total Fallacy’! Studies & a simple reading of the Standards show that all subjects are encompassed in Common Core. Dr. Atkinson does go on to say that those who teach other subjects MIGHT be impacted.

“IF Common Core is taught correctly…” Probably of all the statements, this is my ‘favorite’. Why? Well, how many times have we heard CCS is ‘just standards’?! Standards don’t teach, so therefore cannot be taught correctly or incorrectly. Which makes the  statement  of ‘taught correctly’ a ‘Total FallacyStandards are a set of guidelines by which you plan what you teach! I’m a teacher, I know this well. The guidelines are there to ‘guide’ you (henceforth the use of the word). This guidance leads you to your choice of curriculum or a method by which you use to express yourself in leading the student to understanding. Common Core proponents suggest such freedom, however, experts have shared the CCS is so behemoth with its standards, resources (which entail scripted lessons or curriculum) that no one truly has the time or energy for  freedom. Which means you won’t be ‘correct’.  It also, in my professional opinion, puts an insane amount of pressure on an already stressed out teacher.

“The Common Core Standards, like all the other standards are silent on testing, curriculum, and strategies.” Really? I guess all those CC branded instructional materials, digitized textbooks, etc. are figments of a disgruntled taxpayer then. As far as the testing. Dr. Atkinson freely shares that EOGs (End of Grade tests) have been given annually since 1993. Also shared, is that due to federal and state requirements ‘measuring of students’ must be done. Okay, so it sounds like not so big a deal..right? We’re talking maybe two or three assessments, tests. UNTIL you dig a bit. Here’s what I found, over 40 tests/assessments throughout the 2014-15 school year:

 http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/accountability/testing/calendars/1415optestcal.pdf  So, your answer? ‘Total Fallacy’

“SB812 is at the heart of what you do (teach).” This is another statement by Dr. Atkinson. Here’s a link to the law that states its heart(soul and body) is about REPEALING the Common Core Standards with these words “AN ACT TO EXERCISE NORTH CAROLINA’S CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY OVER ALL ACADEMIC STANDARDS; TO REPLACE COMMON CORE; AND TO ENSURE THAT STANDARDS ARE ROBUST AND APPROPRIATE AND ENABLE STUDENTS TO SUCCEED ACADEMICALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY. “:

http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2013/Bills/Senate/PDF/S812v7.pdf   So the answer is “Total Fallacy”.

Related “Fib-o-Meter freebie for you: In section 2c, topic 4, teachers are directly mentioned. The Repeal Committee is to consider the impact upon them. (Later in the video, this conversationalist  statement is made by Dr. Atkinson)

Several other statements were made to allude to the power of the Dept. of Public Instruction and or the State Board of Education. Read the law (which by the way is no longer ‘SB812’). The power of the Repeal Committee is separate. The law also lays out specifically which entity is in power over which. Let’s remember one fact: State Government is above the departments established in order to serve the people. While the statements alluding to who’s more powerful have some shades of truth/fallacy, their general message is to throw a red herring into the mix.  Before I move on, I’ll also give you a hint, parents and the general public are also mentioned, but almost as an afterthought. Students? Almost totally left out of the entire message. Here’s a link to the video I’m highlighting so you can see for yourself. (mov, 21.7mb) See if you can use the law’s text to identify any other facts/fallacies.

Tennessee, it’s to My West:

This state appoints their Public Education top position. He is identified as Commissioner Huffman. He was featured in a TED Talk held in Nashville, TN in April of 2014. Here’s the link to the almost 22 minute talk: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IznMHnRH5c) Mr. Huffman is also a big supporter of the Common Core Standards. His background had him working for the ‘pro Core’ Teach for America program. He also is a member of ‘Chiefs for Change’, the non-profit arm of “Foundation for  Excellence in Education”. Both have pledged not only their support to Common Core, but will defend it to the end (see: http://chiefsforchange.org/chiefs-for-change-states-should-determine-what-is-best-for-their-students/ and http://excelined.org/common-core-toolkit/)

His statements from TED that can be measured on the Fib-o-Meter:
“I was explicitly brought in as a change agent.” This one’s ‘Total Truth’. He stated it in his TED Talk and was quoted by almost the same words in March of 2014. Makes me wonder who’s up to something in TN.

“Two prongs of priority: raising academic standards via Common Core and evaluations of everyone: principals, teachers, students.” TN has already been awarded Race to the Top funding in March 2010 with $500 million dollars.  Tim Webb was the TN Education Commissioner at the time of the initial $500 million award. “In Tennessee, the decision to adopt Common Core State Standards was made by the governor and the State Board of Education. On July 30, 2010, Common Core State Standards adoption was passed unanimously by the State Board of Education. The Tennessee legislature, all 136 local education agencies and local boards of education committed to the implementation of College and Career Ready Standards through the Race to the Top Application and Grant Award.” (source: http://www.tn.gov/sbe/FAQ_Page/Common_Core_Facts_History.pdf) What ties Webb/Huffman: “Tennessee was a founding member of the governing board of PARCC. The founding Memorandum of Understanding with PARCC was signed by Governor Bredesen, Education Commissioner Tim Webb, and State Board of Education Chair Fielding Rolston. After the election of Governor Haslam and appointment of Commissioner Kevin Huffman, an updated Memorandum of Understanding was signed by both individuals in June 2011.” (also from the above document) Huffman was appointed in March of 2011. In November 2011, Huffman submitted the ESEA Flexibility Waiver (see: https://www2.ed.gov/policy/eseaflex/tn.pdf) This waiver says it offers you flexibility in certain parts of No Child Left Behind & in exchange your state gets ‘rigor’ in comprehensive form. It commits your state to all kinds of data mining, assessments, and other ‘fun’ CCSS stuff. (by the way, NC is stuck with one of these waivers too. It’s what helps increase the number of tests/assessments we supposedly don’t have.) So, your answer, “Total Truth”, although it’s hard to discern where Webb began and left off and where Huffman picked up the baton.

Mr. Huffman compares US students to those in Singapore and South Korea. This, is one of the masterfully placed red herrings those who love the Core throw out to impress you. As has been written extensively about by others and research given to back up, when comparing Americans students to other nationalities it isn’t exactly a fair comparison. All US children are assessed. Those in the mentioned countries are not. So, impressive as Huffman’s statement is, it is in fact, “Total Fallacy” that our students are being ‘crushed by the students in Singapore/South Korea’.

“Building an education coalition for reform that means more work and harder work. We took 1800 schools to support 60,000 teachers to get 1 million kids to do more work and harder work.” Before I give you the Fib-o-Meter answer, consider this. In the rhetoric of Common Core, how many groups or how many times have we heard the world ‘coalition’? I’ve lost count. I wonder if those who speak it realize the definition. Webster’s Dictionary tells us “A group formed for a common purpose.” Look at the full definition, it’s another word for ‘union’. This one’s ‘Total Truth’. The push in TN to adhere to Common Core is super strong. In Mr. Huffman’s TED Talk he goes on to say many trendy things audiences love to hear about educational success. But, while most of what he says is true, consider how agenda driven to CC he is. As one of Huffman’s supportive teachers stated. “The juice is worth the squeeze.” Makes me wonder who’s been Kool-Aid drinking’ lately.

Lastly, South Carolina, my Southern neighbor: 

In a 35 minute speech given in June of 2014, Mick Zais, shares his vision for SC education, overall. (Mr. Zais has been in office since 2011.) He, like Dr. Atkinson, was elected to serve. Of the 3 speeches, his is the longest, yet the least ‘fluffy’. In fact, the presentation I watched, listened to,  I didn’t see his face at all. It is his vision for the state.(access it here:

https://ed.sc.gov/agency/superintendent/vision/index.cfm)

You’ll get a slide show of his points as he talks with you very conversationally. Now, officially, SC is in the midst of creating their own educational standards while still using the CCSS ones. From the State’s website: Pursuant to Act 200 passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor in June 2014, Common Core will only be the basis for instruction and assessment in the 2014-15 school year; SC has initiated the process to develop new, high-level College and Career Ready standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics with the intent of putting those new standards in place for the 2015-16 school year.” (source: http://ed.sc.gov/agency/programs-services/190/)

Now,  we will not be measuring his vision. Why not? While his vision entails much that sounds like CCSS, has some of the same players as CCSS, he is sharing a vision. Visions include desires based on facts, fibs, etc.  but until we see exactly HOW his vision is laid out and approved by others, we cannot accurately put it through our purposed “Fib-o-Meter” scale. DO listen to his vision & see where he sounds like CCSS.

What you CAN measure is from  the  school counselor’s guide on the SC State’s website. The guide is given to help diffuse the anxious student or parent. (see: http://www.counseling.org/docs/resources—school-counselors/common-core-state-standards.pdf?sfvrsn=2It is the Common Core Mission Statement that you will be putting to the Fib-o-Meter test.

I will leave you with this challenge to complete without  my providing the answers. Why? Remember: every Fib-o-Meter is designed for you to use to help educate others in the fight to stop Common Core Standards and the assault on our American students, families and local schools. It is my hope/goal that by you doing this with them, you can help them see just how fallacy based CCSS is.

CCSS Mission Statement: “Common Core State Standards provide a consistent{unwavering in change}, clear{easy to perceive} understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. {think of all those parents who can’t or aren’t  able to help} The standards are designed to be robust {in this context, the meaning is ‘able to withstand’} and relevant {closely connected} to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers {research has shown you can be one or the other but not BOTH college/career readysuccessfully in the global economy.”

(source: CoreStandards.org)

Last words: What if my state isn’t one of these 3 featured? Questions you need to ask: What background or present conflicts of interest does my superintendent have? What is their stance on CCSS? Are they open and transparent? Do they welcome parent input or act like parents are only as good as their checkbooks? Is my state currently supporting, not supporting or somewhere in between with the CCSS? What can I do to get involved to help others? Do I notice a pattern that legislative, U.S. Constitutionally bound state Congresses were bypassed to receive Common Core Standards in the first place? While not the only national group for superintendents of all levels, Here’s a resource that may help you find answers to your state’s superintendents: http://www.aasa.org/

As always, comments are welcome, in fact, I hope we can get a discussion started about our states and their top educational officers.