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Be Sure To Tune In

Fellow Anti Fed Ed Warriors,
  Does the featured image look familiar? We know the digital push for our families is at an all-time high. We’ve certainly seen the research on too much screen time and the damages laid upon our students when they are on their computers. But, what about the stealthy moves by those TV networks to not only draw students in, but entire families?

The type of shows being used? CCSS aligned education, for sure. Wrapped up as fun? More than likely. Adventures? Maybe. Indoctrinating plots or themes? You bet. The trouble is, you’ll never notice IF you’re not informed.

No, I’ve not recently read “1984”, but we all may as well of. “Big Brother” is snooping through our homes already. If you’ve got a Smart Meter for electricity; a Smart TV; a Smart kitchen appliance; and, most especially if your student has a school issued laptop. For those who home educate or take virtual classes? It’s a safe bet to know you’re ‘watched’ as well.

So, why would I bring up TV networks? Does this have to do with the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) mandate that no student would be denied 24/7, 365 days a year access to quality digital on-line learning resources? I believe it does, 100%. In late 2017, I shared with you how Saturday morning TV had been totally transformed from simple cartoon fun to education.

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know the tie between the major media companies, especially Silicon Valley venture capitalists in major media (ex: Netflix), have a massive game plan to reinvent education. It’s well it the works. Part of the plan is to totally shift away from people on school boards. Another part? Totally computer (and/or) TV driven education. Netflix is hardly alone, there’s Google, Verizon, Amazon, and scores of others ‘hot’ in technology and cannot wait to infiltrate our families with ‘education’.

Enter Quest TV:

While most of the attention for TV indoctrination has been obvious on cable and satellite TV, what about good, old-fashioned antenna TV? Warriors, if you have an antenna and receive PBS (Public Broadcasting System), that’s a start. But what about your local CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, or, other networks?

What I’ve found is that they, too, are opening up channels on your antenna feed exclusively for education-that-doesn’t-feel-like-education-but-is. Especially for STEM. One such channel? Quest TV. This one is fairly new (at least in my neck of the woods). It’s 24/7 access to ‘entertain and inform’. Simply look at the leaders behind Quest TV and you have to wonder no more about the intent. Former leaders from NBC (US and globally), National Geographic, Discovery Channel, ABC, and, Kraft. Warriors, every single one of these groups is a CCSS Machine member. What’s worse is that every one of these uses the UN-driven STEM as well.

While all that seems bad enough, what we should also consider is the presence of a former leader of SyncSense. What’s that? Look below at a screen shot from their website:

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If you cannot read the description of Syncsense in the picture, “When audiovisual content spikes the brain, you’ve captured the viewer’s attention. We optimize content to drive spikes or brain synchronization-without changing the creative. SyncScore then measures the effectiveness of media elements causing those spikes.”

If you’re not exactly sure what the ‘brain spikes’ and data mining mean? Think:
attention grabbing and retaining information, which keeps you coming back to watch more TV. (a 2013 article explains this). Another article explains that the reason these brain spikes are so important is due to the fact we see and hear, so taking in information in short visual bursts is ideal.

Apply this concept to all the computer time students have thanks to the CCSS Machine. If you’d like more research into the how and why this type of activity happens in the human brain, visit this blog.

Warriors, while it is fantastic how our brains are wired, it is terrible how the CCSS Machine has turned that into manipulation!

Warriors, is it any wonder the shift in TV is so successful? I know many researchers have studied this topic for years, but add to it the digital learning, global push and it indeed spells massive trouble for entire families, not just students! Notice that some of the same groups in the CCSS Machine also are clients of SyncSense.

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SyncSense also has analytical clients. Among them, Peace Corps! If you wish to learn about the founder and other key data mining partners are in SyncSense, go here.

Enter the NIH (National Institutes of Health):

Warriors, did you know the NIH, back in 2014, had a research article exposing CCSS was BAD for students? Here’s the excerpt:

“Today, the US government, facing numerous educational failures, has developed the Core Curriculum, which proposes to address the needs of all students (5). The Core Curriculum assumes children have homogeneous gifts and weaknesses and, thus, applies one standard for all students. Yet, we are learning that this is absolutely the wrong approach.”

Yet, in the same article, it cited that ‘critical thinking’ is a ‘must’ for education. Warriors, as we know the CCSS Machine’s ‘critical thinking’ is not true critical thinking. The CCSS version is about ‘what to think’ not ‘how to think’.

Fast forward to today, and the NIH is EVEN more involved in education. Why? ESSA (as a law) increased the choke hold on education by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. NIH is a key part of the HHS.

Conflicting “Evidence” From the NISCE:

In 2013, the NISCE (National Institute for Student-Centered Education) held a “Learning and Brain” Conference. During this Conference, it was widely shared and taught that CCSS was GOOD for neuroscience and student’s brains.

learningbrainLink to the NISCE Conference article.
Link to the Pearson Publishing article.

Warriors, if you are not sure what the NISCE does, it is an arm of the Schools for Children, Inc. According to the homepage for NISCE, their goal is the center of education being students, not tests or politics. While I can find no activity for NISCE beyond 2015, take a look through their website’s search results for “Common Core”. You’ll see 21st Century schools/skills and more.

If you’re not sure what Schools for Children, Inc. does, look below:

s4cIf you cannot read the words, basically Schools for Children, Inc. puts students needs first. Then, fills educational gaps. Followed by your school leaders receiving the right professional development. Then, the families and communities are factored in for a quality education. HOWEVER, read the SfC history and you’ll find the roots are in CBE (competency based education) via skill based learning. Be sure to read all three pages of the history. You should see the CCSS Machine agenda woven throughout it, just not by name.

Listed among the ‘Educator Resources’ for Schools for Children, Inc. is the ASCDNAIS, and the ISTE (*Note: ASCD is short for Association of School Curriculum Developers; NAIS is short for National Association of Independent Schools; ISTE is short for International Society of Technology in Education.)

Closing:

Warriors, make no mistake, during school hours or outside them. The CCSS Machine is after every one of us. What can you do? Unplug the TV and spend a family night watching the stars, having a pillow fight, or just hanging out. Instead of tuning in, try tuning out the indoctrination and fodder of the global grab for our brains.

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One of my most distinct messages I’ve created to express my ire toward the CCSS Machine.

 

How Much More?

Hello Warriors,

We’ve got several federal level bills, as always, which seem to want to take all we’ve got and even more! As taxpayers, our burdens are quite large. Add to that HOW our tax dollars are used, and we get a boat load of agenda! It doesn’t seem to matter if that agenda is to our liking or not. Once D.C. has got it in its ‘head’, we’ve stuck with the account statement!

What does THIS have to do with education?? PLENTY!

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Why The Taxpayers Need To Know:

During this past work week, while knee deep in researching, I was able to help draw attention to some big DC bills. We’re not only expected to pick up DC’s tab, we’re supposed to sit by and watch those dollars be used against our students! If you have followed my research for a long time, you know this will NOT be tolerated. First, off it invades our children’s freedom. Then, let’s talk about their civil right to privacy.

Between ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), and every OTHER law which is related to BOTH (for example: HEA, Higher Education Act), our students will be conformed to fit a business pattern (ESSA’s mandates for workforce aligned education) where their every move is tracked (data mined).

While I’ve been speaking out about the bills, I’ve also been sharing with everyone HOW they can help END this cycle of data mining for an educated workforce. That is by joining the grassroots efforts of http://www.childabuseintheclassroom.com

The two pronged goal of @CAintheCR is 1) Repealing ESSA AND 2) Restoring FERPA. Both of these will help end the cycle.
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By our being aware of how ESSA, WIOA, and, HEA are funded, we can also help raise awareness about 1) what our government is setting our students up for, and, 2) knowing how our tax dollars are (or aren’t) being used with OUR representation.

The “Biggies” Right Now:
*NOTE: Both HR 3358 and S 1771 ONLY address the appropriations for the U.S. Dept. of Labor, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Dept. of Education. The fact Congress has lumped the 3 US Depts. together in appropriations is not out of convenience, it’s a strategy to help combine WIOA, ESSA, and HEA, along with all the related agencies, contracts, agreements, and strings.

First on our watch list need to the be the House and Senate versions of the FY 2018. House’s is HR 3358. Senate’s is S 1771. Both are very wordy. Both are loaded with trillions of dollars that the majority of will come from our pockets. Both will have massive amounts of those dollars earmarked for the alignment of education to workforce ‘needs’ and data mining to ensure it all happens.

However, we also need to have these following bills in mind. Why? They, too, will extend the ESSA/WIOA/HEA implementation of workforce geared, skill-based education. All these bills and funds will also be used to help wipe out true academics, school choices; bump up assessments for competency levels, and so much more.

THOSE bills? H Concurred Resolution 71 (sets FY 2018 and earmarks FY 2019-2027 funds) is 126 pages. It shows the funding for each House Committee by fiscal year;
S Concurred Bill 3 (earmarks FY 2018-2026 funds) is simply a record of agreement with the House on appropriations; and,
S Resolution 62 (funds all the Senate Committees for FY 2017 through Feb. 28, 2019)

 

Let me share briefly on H 3358 and S 1771, here. I will be covering the 3 above in my video presentation where I will dive further into ALL the bills listed in this article.
When will that presentation be aired? As soon as I can record it, Warriors!

Most noteworthy on HR 3358 are Pages 71 and 101. However, I was able to track down many OTHER connecting dots among the rest of the bill. For content purposes, I’ll only bring up the 2 pages. IF you’d like to know what other dangers I have uncovered, PLEASE do not hesitate to let me know. Each one somehow and in some way connect to ESSA’s plan for workforce shifts in education and/or the continued assault on FERPA’s data mining.

Page 71 is among the many pages devoted to the U.S. Dept. of HHS. On this page you’ll see the plethora of programs mentioned: “..under SSA (Social Security Act) $1.7 billion to be used for children and family services.” Also, on Page 71, $11 billion to the HHS. Among the programs for the $11 billion? Head Start (Early Head Start gets $650 million, on page 73), ESSA, Community Service Development Block Grants (CSDBGs), and several other programs. The CSDBGs may not sound like a problem, but ESSA uses them for Promise Neighborhoods and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. ESSA also uses/abuses Head Start and Early Head Start.

Page 101 is among the pages devoted to the U.S. Dept of Education. Below is a screen shot of my notes for you. I’ll explain after you view the picture.

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Warriors, what you are looking at is a $15 billion dollar diagram of all the places it is to be divided per ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act). That’s right HR3358 didn’t refer to any education funding per ESSA, no, it identified all the funds as for ESEA. If you’ll notice, it was HHS which got ESSA funds.

As far as the educational alignment and damage in S 1771, it is almost a mirror image of the House’s version. One notable exception is seen below:

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Warriors, remember, ESSA embedded WIOA several times, especially on Page 17 of ESSA where ALL education must be aligned (means ‘learned’ and ‘taught’) to WIOA’s post-secondary readiness NOT academic knowledge.

Also a bit different from the House’s version, but just as damaging is Page 121 of S 1771:

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Warriors, again, MORE data mining alignment on our students! Along with all those local, state, and national levels of data sharing, you can bet there are countless other agencies, P3s (public private partnerships), vendors, and nations receiving the data as well.

Closing:

Warriors, from the way I see the research stacking up, there is NO better time to speak up about the taxpayer misuse than NOW! There is NO better grassroots campaign to END the FERPA’s overreach of data mining. There is NO better time to join the fight to REPEAL ESSA! We CAN halt the social and emotional learning that tie ESSA and FERPA  around the necks of our children like a millstone.
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We CAN interrupt the massive data mining cycle which continues to assault our rights to freedom and privacy. We DO NOT have to take this type of abuse from our leaders.

Join me for my live presentation (either in person or in an archive version). Learn all the other ways the Congressional bills are laying a trap for educational high-jacking in the name of ‘greatness’ and economic gain.

Lastly, join with me and the other national leaders of “Child Abuse in the Classroom”. Together we can have the damaging reform disrupted. 

“Here I Stand, I Can Do No Other”

No, Warriors, I haven’t confused two historic figures. Yes, the picture you see is Joan of Arc. The title you read is a hat tip to Martin Luther as he nailed his 95 Points on that church door so long ago. If you have been following me long on my blog, or on social media, you know I have long identified with Joan’s fierceness. As far as Martin’s boldness? Yes, I’m about to go there.

A Certain Recent Release:

The President has recently released his 2018 Federal Budget Blueprint. It’s creating quite a buzz. You also know that in past federal budget releases, I’ve also gone over them.
In-depth and not unwilling to expose the alignment to the CCSS Machine.


The reality that the current President has promised to rid us of Common Core and yet padded the Administration with pro CCSS members, certainly has given us pause.

Trump’s promise for more jobs should also give us pause. Why? With the distinct presence of WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), ESSA (Every Student Succeeds), HEA (Higher Education Act); the federal money in place right NOW funneling through each of these; the CCSS Machine up to its neck in all 3, we need to be pointing to the same priorities:

a) Workforce based education IS here, playing out daily. It plays out not only through Common Core, but Career Tech Education, STEM, Next Gen, and so many other areas.
b) It’s playing out in employment centers, community colleges, our public-private partnerships, job development programs, and so many other places.
c) It comes in the form of SEL (social, emotional learning), CBE (competency based education), PBLs (project based learning), and constant over assessments for skills to meet some business’s idea of what a human should be able to do.

For the President to rid us of ‘Common Core’, he needs to be ready to rid us of ALL the connections. Think how many times we’ve heard and said, ‘follow the money’.

Since D.C. is a favored conduit of the CCSS Machine, we know a lot of evidence is waiting to be exposed. Federal budgets have lots of money…and lots of evidence we can trace.

Every day we hesitate, the more ingrained the CCSS Machine becomes in the new Administration. Warriors, we saw the CCSS Machine take up residence in D.C. during the previous Administration. The Machine is STILL there.

Warriors, do not simply look at the Blueprint’s ‘Dept. of Education’ budget items. Read the WHOLE thing.

I wish I could tell you that the CCSS presence has been eliminated with Mr. Trump’s Blueprint. It hasn’t.

Flummox Awaits Us:

(*Note: ‘flummox’ is an old word for being bewildered or perplexed.)

Flummox #1): So, in Trump’s Blueprint, did ‘Common Core’ get the axe? Not by name. There were some things involving CCSS, but not too many. Warriors, eliminating CCSS in one area (no matter how huge), means it survives elsewhere.

Flummox #2): Did the Dept. of Ed receive cuts? Yes, but are those cuts enough? That, my Warriors, remains to be seen.

Flummox #3): While the President’s Blueprint is not the entire Federal Budget,the word ‘blueprint’ suggests that what the President wants may be changed by Congress.

When will “We the People” get to see the entire 2018 federal budget? What other CCSS Machine ties will be revealed when We see it? Will We have time to influence Congress or will it be too late?

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 A First Glance At The Blueprint:

Mr. Trump has identified (in the opening pages of the Blueprint) that the following federally funded activities/groups/services will be eliminated if his Budget requests are approved.

I’ve researched each of of these and have proven their CCSS ties. I’ve provided the previous published articles so you can go back and read just how deep those CCSS ties go. We’ll need to know which groups will be spinning the pro-CCSS rhetoric in the coming days.)

National Endowment of the Humanities  


National Endowment of the Arts 


PBS (proof)
*Note: be sure to scroll down to see PBS’s embedding in ESSA.


Institute of Library and Museum Services 
*Note: there are at least 2 other related articles mentioned in this one. Find them here and here.
We should also note the question posed in the ‘Services’ article. If local areas cannot match federal funds, services like your libraries will close.


Woodrow Wilson International Center of Scholars (my article delved into the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Program. Both are under the same logo.) In the Blueprint, it is unclear how and if the International funding cut will impact the entire Woodrow Wilson organization.


21st Century Community Learning Centers
*Note: of the many articles surrounding 21stCCLCs, this is probably the most relevant considering the Blueprint.

Be sure to see the other connections you’ll also see in the Blueprint. Also remember, Warriors, 21st CCLCs are codified in ESSA. Will Trump’s elimination of CCSS, repeal ESSA?!

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Blueprint Agency Items “I Can Do No Other With”:

Martin Luther’s passion for truth and his boldness for making the evidence public drove him to state the declaration you see above. I like that boldness. While he found 95 pieces of evidence for action,  I’ve been able to identify 85 Concerns in the President’s Blueprint.  Here is the link to my special Guide detailing them.

To use the Guide, simply open the link. All red highlighted words will have several of my previously published articles which directly relate to each of the Agencies in the Blueprint.

Use the research to help you formulate your dissent to seeing MORE Common Core (and all its related entities) continued in the 2018 Budget!

Use any of the research to help you create a way to help remind the President of his campaign promise to rid us of Common Core. To rid us of the name only, solves nothing.

Lastly, share the Guide, as you see fit. Knowledge about the CCSS Machine is what keeps us powerful. We should be making as much of a protest about the Blueprint as we did about the new Secretary of Education’s confirmation.

No, we should be making MORE noise. We should demand a full repeal of any and all federal activity overreaching into education.

Warriors, it will take MORE than alerting the Oval Office with our priorities. We need to be ‘nailing these points to Congress’s doors. We need to be shouting these pieces of evidence boldly.

Warriors, we must do all of this. To do less, is something we should not permit. To take a ‘wait and see’ attitude could be dangerous to our fellow citizens.
Why? The federal budget impacts every age group, not a select few. With so much of the CCSS Machine still in our education, we must be a modern day Martin Luther of Joan of Arc.

 

Who’s Watching?

Warriors, It’s becoming increasingly clear that the leaders in D.C. have gone as far away from the protections of our U.S. Constitution as humanly possible.
HR1313 is in the news right now, but what about BEFORE HR1313? What is HR1313?
(*Note: While I am not the first person to write about HR1313, I will be the first one to come at it from an anti CCSS viewpoint.)

Our Task:

From the title of this article (and hopefully the featured picture), you know this will be about data mining. But, my fellow Warriors, it will go beyond ‘just’ data mining…down to our very DNA. Our task, Warriors, is simply this: learn all we can from the researched facts and share it.

The Force Behind the Bill:

The Bill, HR1313, is known as “Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act”. It’s sponsor is ‘our’ sold-out CCSS Machine member, Rep. Foxx from NC. Mrs. Foxx is the lead Chair of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Education and Workforce Committee. While Mrs. Foxx has claimed she isn’t a fan of CCSS, she sure does love its ‘alter ego’, CTE (Career Tech Education). While she’s claimed to not be a fan of the U.S. Dept. of Education, she sure doesn’t appear to have a problem with accessing their shared data.

Foxx, in case you didn’t know it, was key in helping get the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to become a federal law. Since CTE  is woven into WIOA at least 21 different times it’s easy to see WHY she has been quoted as saying ‘All education is Career Tech Education.’ 

(*Note: In researching WIOA, I found an alternative phrase used in the place of ‘Career Tech Education’; CP or ‘Career Pathways’.)

If you access the highlighted key’, or ‘all education…’ above, you’ll also learn that Foxx is a fan of ESSA. Needless to say, she ignored every single bit of voter/anti CCSS or anti Fed Ed contact urging her to vote ‘no’ on ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act).

What’s So Damning About HR1313?

First, Foxx’s ties to the CCSS Machine.
Second, the data mining will extend from the U.S. Dept. of Labor to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Treasury.  What federal agencies AREN’T mentioned should be on our radars. They also share data with agencies mentioned. An example would be the data which flows freely between the HHR/Labor/Education. But, does the data pass between the Dept. of Ed and the Treasury? Look below:

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We Need To Stay Diligent:

Another thing that should be on our anti Fed Ed Watch is the fact that the LADDER Act would create a NEW National Workforce Council where each of the federal agencies (picture below) would have more access to your data.
(*Note, they can access it now, but the Council would have even greater access.)

While HR1313 is geared towards those with jobs, we need to remember with the CCSS Machine’s shift TO a work-based education, it is all about the jobs and the economy, NOT education! So combine HR1313 with the Ladder Act and the control/data mining will increase at an insane rate!


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More Troubles With HR1313:

The most troubling about HR1313, is the biometrics it will use. On Pages 1 and 2 of the Bill,  you’ll see the words ‘assessment’ and ‘biometrics’.

Warriors, I am not the biometrics expert on education. However, I find a connection to education via ‘biobanking’.  Microsoft’s data collection is linked to the Special Olympics. The Special Olympics uses ‘biobanking’. So does the Dept. of Health and Human Services through their sub-agency, the NIH (National Institutes of Health ). If you aren’t sure what ‘biobanking’ is, here is the definition from my previous article, “What is ‘biobanking’? It refers to banks where human tissue samples, their DNA, and other such personal items are stored.”

 Here’s the entire article: NIH data mining
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According to this 2011 Biometrics Research Paper, the technology behind invading our privacy will increase, become more important, and..impossible to lose.

While HR1313 is targeting adults, let’s not forget that the CCSS Machine is a ‘seamless transistion’ intended for cradle to grave. So, what happens at the beginning, happens repeatedly.

What has already happened in data mining for our K-12 students, is happening with our adults. SLDS (Student Longitudinal Data System) and WQDI (Workforce Quality Data Initiative) take care of that. It’s happening with biometrics as well.

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See these excellent connect-the-dots resources on the damages of intrusive data mining:
1) For our Students:
a) Michelle Malkin’s
2013 article on the collection for federal control.
b) Michelle Malkin’s article on eye scans taken without parental permission.
c) “What Is Common Core?” blog articles for CEP (Commission on Evidence Based Policy Making) which uses student data/biometrics.
d) From the New American Magazine, this 2013 article, shares a mom’s real life story of biometrics. (*See the screen shot below.)

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Related:
If you are concerned about the amount of ‘research’ ESSA will meter out to your student or your family, read this. Be sure to look for the “Brain Initiative”. Since it’s a White House led program Obama started, will Trump extend it?

2) For Our Adults:
a) This 2016 Slate article is jam packed with evidence about the falsehoods of the incentive-driven wellness programs HR1313 wants to mandate. It points out how the government is pushing companies (never a good sign) to use wellness programs to save money, yet the truth appears to be while the healthy workers get a discount, the non-healthy absorb the costs to make up any differences. On paper, everyone wins. In reality, only a select few.
b) “Total Wellness’s” website published this article questioning how legal employer based wellness programs are. (*Note: Be sure to read the comments about real life experiences.)
c)
This 2013 Joint Concensus Journal explains biometrics and the need for them in the workplace. The evidence is based on the following definition, “The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines biometric screening as the measurement of physical characteristics such as height, weight, BMI, blood pressure, blood cholesterol, blood glucose, and aerobic fitness that can be taken at the worksite and used as part of a workplace health assessment to benchmark and evaluate changes in employee health status over time.” (*Note: Refer back to the NIH embedded article to see how the CDC is included in data mining.)
 d) COABE_stratg_broch_v4 From my 2015 article, this document gives the strategy for using research data (includes biometrics) to spread WIOA’s influence in your community. Note that the CCSS Machine member organization, McGraw-Hill underwrote the document.

Other warning signs about HR 1313 include:
Page 3, with its’ ‘Uniformity Across Federal Agencies’ clause.
Page 7, gets into family genetics and personal information your employer can access.
Page 8, ‘earn a reward’. The government’s idea of a bad joke?

Closing:

This last article shares that HR1313 is following political party lines. Rep. Foxx’s party, the Republicans, are ‘winning’ so far. Warriors, as we know the fight to save our students has become a fight to save our citizens. Why? Because, as has been pointed out, it’s no longer about education, it’s all about the jobs.

Lessons Learned

Warriors, late yesterday, America was witness to one of the worst performances of a ‘reality show’ I think we’ve ever seen.

What am I referring to? The ‘reality show’ was the DeVos Hearing ‘produced’ by the U.S. Senate HELP Committee. Almost completely ‘directed’ under the leadership of Sen. Lamar Alexander. Rather than seeing ‘contestants’ voted off one by one, we saw how Alexander manipulated the clock.

I’m not about to recap the entire debacle, there is plenty of evidence out there. There are also several anti Fed Ed Warrior reactions already published, too. Most of the anti Fed Ed Warrior articles I’ve seen have suggested we spare ourselves watching the ‘reality show’.
So, instead, let’s look at Mrs. DeVos’ ‘script’ for Hearing.

The Lessons We Can Learn From DeVos’ ‘Script’:

If you’d like a copy of her testimony (aka ‘script’) from the Hearing, visit: 
http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/DeVos.pdf

Lesson #1: Knowing your stance is an absolute requirement in leadership.
“I am honored that President-elect Trump asked me to join his team and am grateful for his dedication to education. If confirmed, I look forward to working with him, Vice President-elect Pence and all of you to bring educational opportunity to every family in this great nation.”

Why this is a lesson. First off, when contacted by concerned citizens and leaders from across America, President-elect Trump shut them down and ignored their voices. In spite of credible fact based evidence as to why DeVos was a horrid choice, Trump was unrelenting. As far as his knowledge on education in America?  Go back and look at his campaign.

Secondly, Trump has set Americans up to continue ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)/WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act)/HEA (Higher Education Act*) aligned education! Sure he said he’d rid the land of ‘Common Core’, but when you factor in his Vice Presidential choice (Pence) is one of the American ‘champions’ for Career Tech Education (CTE), otherwise known as ‘adult Common Core’ and geared for 100% workforce based education, Trump gave us a HUGE clue as to the agenda’s grinding on; not stopping, like he promised! Like most politicians in D.C., Trump appears to be fairly clueless when it comes to how far reaching the Common Core reform is.
(*HEA of 2008 is currently up for rewriting. At the helm? Sen. Lamar Alexander.)

Lesson #2: Correctly identifying your groups is a sign of a great leader.
“The schools in which they (teachers) work are as diverse as the students they educate. In fact, all of us here – and our children – have attended a mix of traditional publicly-funded and private schools. This is a reflection of the diversity that is today’s American public education.”

Why this is a lesson: If you’re going to make the statement that we are diverse in education, don’t lump those differences into one group, specifically, ‘American public education’! The better statement would be to honor all that diversity with ‘reflecting this is today’s American education.’

Lesson #3: Parental choice is from the heart. Establishment’s choice is ‘no choice’.
“I share President-elect Trump’s view that it’s time to shift the debate from what the system thinks is best for kids to what moms and dads want, expect and deserve. Parents no longer believe that a one-size-fits-all model of learning meets the needs of every child, and they know other options exist, whether magnet, virtual, charter, home, religious, or any combination thereof.” Before I get to the point we need to recognize, DeVos does go on to state that too many are denied ‘true choice’ in these options.

Why this is a lesson: First off, I don’t know any parent who isn’t getting the opportunity to be their BEST child’s advocate when it comes to choosing education. We either do it or we don’t. It’s really that simple. However, I do see many CCSS Machine members and educrats  telling US we NEED ‘choice’ and that our tax dollars will pay for it all, too!

Secondly, ANYTIME your tax dollars are dangled in front of you as a ‘opportunity’, those holding your tax dollars will have control of those opportunities in the long run. The ‘choice’ is a false positive.  It’s happened repeatedly down through history. Warriors, our system hasn’t changed in this aspect and it WON’T!

Lesson #4: ESSA and all its connected federal laws aren’t going away.
Every parent in America dreams of a future when their children have access to schools with the rigor, challenges, and safe environments that successfully prepare them for a brighter, more hopeful tomorrow. And every teacher in America dreams of breaking free from standardization, so that they can deploy their unique creativity and innovate with their students. Our nation’s schools are filled with talented, devoted professionals,  who successfully meet the needs of many, many children.”

Why this is a lesson: Look at the ESSA code words (which are also code words for Common Core; College and Career Readiness; Career Tech Education): “rigor”; “standardization”; and, “professional development”. Every one of these is embedded in ESSA! If they are not a direct mandate, they are part of the ‘accountability measures’ each State will have to perform to satisfy the Secretary of Education AND to receive federal funding.

Lesson #5: If you’ve heard one educratic leader, you’ve heard them all.
“For starters, we need to embrace new pathways of learning. For too long a college degree has been pushed as the only avenue for a better life. The old and expensive brick-mortar-and-ivy model is not the only one that will lead to a prosperous future. Craftsmanship is not a fallback – but a noble pursuit. Students should make informed choices about what type of education they want to pursue post high school and have access to high quality options. President-elect Trump and I agree we need to support all post-secondary avenues, including trade and vocational schools, and community colleges. Of course, on every one of these issues, Congress will play a vital role.”

Why this is a lesson: We’ve heard these words spoken by so many preceding DeVos, we can spot the load of educratic B.S. a mile away! I guess we are to be impressed that these words are now being spewed by a mom and a grandma as opposed to the Duncan/King duo of educrats. Trouble is students are NOT making THEIR own decisions about their futures after high school when a requirement of graduation is the skill based assessments used to determine not only your future AFTER high school BUT what courses you must take to get there!

If you aren’t in an educational choice where this happens at the moment, thanks to ESSA, you will be seeing it soon. Why? Because ALL education/teaching MUST be conformed to post-secondary readiness AND its assessments! Currently, those is non public education get these skill based assessments in the post-secondary institutions, especially community colleges. Thanks to WIOA and HEA, ALL educational choices beyond high school age, are already 100% aligned to the adult Common Core/College and Career Readiness. So, what the DeVos/Trump/Pence trio is telling us is that they will continue this shift!

Lesson #6: Status Quo education? Yes, please!
We will work together to ensure the Every Student Succeeds Act is implemented as Congress intended — with local communities freed from burdensome regulations from Washington. And I look forward to working with Congress and all stakeholders to reauthorize the Higher Education Act to meet the needs of today’s college students.”

Why this is a lesson: DeVos makes a great Alexander puppet, don’t you think? Sen. Alexander has uttered those exact words (ensuring ESSA implemented as written/passed) on several occasions. Optional delivery make find him pounding his fists on a podium for effective bullying, however. If we’ve heard these words before, we have a big clue as to what to prepare for, don’t we? ESSA has been proven to lie about the State control being restored, among other points of importance. Does D.C. assume we, as Warriors, are too inept to notice all the recycled speeches?!

Words of Waring, Warriors! No matter who is the Secretary of Education, they oversee ALL educational groups: birth to Kindergarten; 1st grade through 12th grade; and, post-secondary institutions. If you’re educational choice isn’t directly under the thumb of this leader, you’re being kept tabs on (data collection).
The Secretary also directly works with the U.S. Dept. of Labor for the streamlined workforce based education. The Secretary also works with the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services for the streamlined social justice agenda shift in education.

No matter who becomes the Secretary of Education, knowing all the Common Core/Career Tech Bills currently in Congress, if passed, will be terrible for education in America! Especially the LADDER Act. Basically it creates a new Executive branch, independent Council (of which the U.S. Secretary of Ed (or their appointee) will have a seat on this Council! The Council’s purpose? A National Workforce/Education Plan!

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Weekend News: Worker Ed

Warriors in the War Vs the Core, we are approaching the one year ‘anniversary’ of the passage of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) into federal law. While much remains status quo in the quest to transform American education into a skill based worker pipeline, much has already changed. As we approach a new calendar year, new administration, and new ESSA mandates in action, we must remember one thing:

     Protect the students, teachers, and citizens!

Just take a close look at the feature shot above. It was one of the simplest ways to illustrate how all the recent laws, initiatives, and programs tie altogether for one goal. What the   CCSS Machine often calls our students: ‘human capital’ or ‘talent pipeline supply’.

Those recent laws?
HEA (Higher Education Act of 2008) is said to be currently under its latest rewriting
WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014),
STEM* (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Act of 2015
 ESSA, 2015

*STEM actually appeared about the same time as Common Core State Standards according to a 2010 PCAST (Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) Report.

Each of these connect Career Tech Ed, Career Pathways or Clusters,  STEM to STEAM, American Apprenticeships, and all the associated programs to the shift from academics to workforce. ESSA refers to all of this as ‘college and career readiness’ or ‘challenging state academic standards. ESSA also collectively groups all the initiatives and programs into professional development/streamlined learning with one goal:

                        Post secondary readiness in competency based education

 

Workforce/Ed News With A Spin:

During the past week, the U.S. House’s Ed and Workforce Committee have been zipping out press releases ‘celebrating’ the important work of the past few years under Rep. Kline’s leadership. Somehow, we the Warriors and Citizens, need to be reminded of the pro CCSS/CTE side of education at the hands of these legislative educrats. They are desperate to have us believe all this reform will make our nation stronger.
However, this past week isn’t the only time the CCSS Machine has used Congress to churn out fodder. Since the last recess began, Ed/Workforce has zipped out many such press releases. I’ve dug through those and shown you the fallacies. I’ll include them in the Related Resource section below.

The ‘Success’ Emails:

A quadruple spun set of Ed/Workforce articles began showing up in my email on Nov. 30th. The subject title? “Leadership & Results: Empowering Americans to compete in the workforce”
The email was quick to point out that under Rep. Kline’s leadership, the Committee had worked hard on the behalf of all Americans. The track record of ‘success’ begins (in the email) in 2007. It also points out the Skills Act* of 2011 where Rep. Foxx was a key player. (Look for my Skills Act article below in Related Resources.) The email ends with the terrific news about WIOA becoming law. No where in the email does it state Rep. Foxx was set to become the new chair for Ed/Workforce.
*Skills Act (2013) stands for: “The Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act”
It was also Rep. Foxx’s ‘baby’. (In Monday’s article, we’ll look closely at her education stance.)

The bottom line? American education had already begun its shift to becoming a workforce based education well before 2007, the Skills Act.

The next Ed/Workforce email was also dated 11/30/16. It’s subject line? “Leadership & Results Part 2: Helping every child receive an excellent education”
Right away, the red flag was the same introduction as the first. How hard Ed/Workforce had worked to represent the citizens of America. Another red flag? The ‘lifelong learning’ educratic phrase is code for ‘birth to grave’ streamlined education* (look for “Local Schools Open for WIOA in ‘Related Resources’). This email was all about how ‘local’ ESSA is going to make American education.

The bottom line? No American citizen truly desires ‘success’ at the price our government expects our education system to cough up.

Ed/Workforce’s third email (dated 12/1/16) focused on child safety via Neighborhood Development Block Grants. The subject line stated it this way, “Leadership & Results Part 3: Protecting the nation’s most vulnerable”This will most definitely continue to tie education to the U.S. Dept. of HHS (Health and Human Services). In ‘Related Resources’ look for  the “Sure Fire Disaster” article.

Lastly, the series of ‘success’ emails showed up on Dec. 2nd. It’s subject line, “Leadership & Results Part 4: Making it easier for students to pursue higher education”. This email touted the “Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013”. Warriors, while I have not studied this Law, I can tell you what I do know about higher education when it comes to the federal overreaches. Look in ‘Related Resources’ for them.

To find all 4 press releases: http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentquery.aspx?DocumentTypeID=1854:1826:1925:1825:1924:2481

Related Resources:
1) This one shows Rep. Foxx’s statement in support of competency based, federally supported innovations in education, as well as Rep. Kline’s ties to Sen. Alexander, along with how Lumina and other CCSS Machine members are involved:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/23/weekend-news-hea-higher-ed-act-and-the-common-core/

2) The Skills Act article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/29/ftf-more-tracking-the-workforce-aligned-society/ (*Note, it will show you how the SKILLS Act was embedded in not only WIOA, but will link you to my article where it was also embedded in the House/Senate versions of what was to become ESSA! In case you do not spot the link (will be in ‘Related Articles’ at the bottom, here is the link: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/27/weekend-news-tracking-the-ccsscteworkforce-aligned-society/)

3) WIOA and HEA embedded into ESSA articles (has page numbers to the Final Conference Report version):
a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/27/weekend-news-tracking-the-ccsscteworkforce-aligned-society/
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/essa-ties-to-wioa-2014-and-new-citizens/

4) ESSA and WIOA, along with HEA and STEM mean to have every citizen, regardless of age or school choice, somewhere in the ‘talent supply, workforce based education pipeline’.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/local-schools-open-for-wioa/ (*Note: this is also the article where you will find the featured image.)

5) How ‘local’ can a State be with ESSA aligned national leadership (P3s,  public private partnerships)? These articles expose what Ed/Workforce didn’t.
a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/essa-aligners/
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/essa-and-digital-overload/
c) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/weekend-news-the-ies-and-the-essa/
d) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/essa-and-teacher-pay/
e) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/warriors-guide-to-essa-and-private-education/
f) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/principled-leadership-in-the-essa-era/

6) Just one of the HHS articles I have which directly relates to ESSA and fed ed overreach:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/10/23/sure-fire-disaster-fed-ed/

7) The ‘affordable’ post-secondary education myth can be tied to the CCSS Machine in these articles. One of the most vocal selling points for HEA re-authorization will most definitely include student debt load and taxpayer burdens. While it is true these need addressing, must they be tied to the CCSS Machine to achieve them?! NO!!!
a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/28/affording-ccss-higher-ed-reform/
(*Note: takes a look at federal and state (NC) legislation meant to help ease student debt, but with a ton of CCSS Machine strings.)
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/tech-thursday-more-alexander-hea-and-the-next-america/ (*Note: written in 2015, this one shows you Sen. Alexander leading the bandwagon for higher education reform. Since he’s ruined K-12, we know he’ll ruin higher education, too.!)
c) Since we’re already in the fiscal year of 2017, you may wish to see how the ‘savings’ for higher education is to occur in this article. https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/big-bucks-for-post-secondary-ed/ (*Note: if you like, skip to the “Next Up: It’s All in the Name of Savings” portion.)