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Bon Voyage! Hello, Grinders

Well, Warriors Against the Core, we’ve made it halfway through the week. While Congress hasn’t made too much noise about fed ed, the U.S. Dept. of Ed has.

Also busy at work? Those CCSS Machine members/groups bent on aligning our nation as quickly as they can.

However,  before we get to the latest moves, let’s be sure to say a not so cheerful ‘Bon Voyage’ to Rep. John Kline as the head chairman for the U.S. House of Representative’s Education and Workforce Committee.

During Kline’s rein, he helped ramp up fed ed, not decrease it. His position of power for education and workforce has plunged our nation further into deep and dark places which will take years, if not the rest of our lives, to correct….and, Kline’s walking away. Why are our students not given the same choice?!

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His partnering with Sen. Lamar Alexander, as chairman of the Senate’s HELP Committee, has been one we Warriors do not need to soon forget. Between these ‘twins’, American education has seen a complete shift from academic to aligned; from freedom of choice to forcibly constricted. The only thing these 2 have filled our ‘looking glasses’ with is smoke.

While we know Kline’s leaving all this behind, who is stepping into his shoes? Rep. Joe Wilson from SC. Time will tell what we can expect from him. It is my personal hope that Mr. Wilson will be a true champ to our students, not another chump. Serving as co-chair will be Rep. Virginia Foxx from NC. She’s already shown her love for CTE (Career Tech Education) many times over. Will our voices be enough to melt her heart? Time will tell.

To all those about to be elected  as Congress members, the featured picture is an oath I hope you will take on behalf of the anti CCSS Warriors and those opposed to fed led ed.

So all that said, Bon Voyage, Rep. Kline, we Warriors Against the Core, will not pine.

Let the ESSA Grinders Begin:

Grinding down our kids Participant #1)
9/27/16, Data Quality Campaign had the unmitigated gall to release this:
“Among ESSA’s numerous provisions highlighting the value of data in education is a new provision to expand the role of research in education.” They carry on with how this is to help the States.

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If you wish to see the 5 page document: http://2pido73em67o3eytaq1cp8au.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/DQC-Why-research-matters-09142016.pdf

Be sure you note the OTHER involved CCSS Machine member groups.

You will also want to see the 4 data policies DQC will ram down our throats, too.
http://dataqualitycampaign.org/why-education-data/make-data-work-students/

Grinding down our kids Participant #2)

While folks are still scrambling mad about Dr. King’s ‘overreach’ in post-secondary education and his off-base remarks about home education, he’s been busier than a king in his court. Meeting with special education teachers, leaders of education related groups (aka CCSS Machine member groups), groups who influence teachers in Title II funding, and all the while telling American students how great education is, and hey, while you’re at it, come fill out a new and improved FASFA app. He even crowned a ‘family engagement ambassador’.

Congress has proven they have short-term memory problems. Why? It’s their confirmation which saddled our nation with Dr. King’s ‘service’.

Participant #2 grinds on….

Late Tuesday, 9/27, America was given a newly crowned “Family Engagement Ambassador”. But, wait, more will be crowned in the future. Here’s an excerpt from the 27’s Press Release, ” U.S. Department of Education’s first Family Ambassador, Frances Frost, to increase parent and family engagement in education policy. The Family Ambassador position is made possible by a grant from the Kellogg Foundation and an agreement with The Campagna Center of Alexandria, Virginia, to support family engagement in education.”

Remember when it was decreed by first Duncan, and then King, that the U.S. of Ed was to be your partner as a parent? This is the way in which it’s being softly sold. Below, it a picture:

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You’ll want to download this. Look at the CCSS Machine member groups who contributed to this! frameworks-resources

Grinder #3)
The ‘Chiefs for Change’ meeting was all about Title II funds. I covered the toxic CCSS Machine ties to CforC back in the previous election cycle when lots of State Superintendents were running in elections. These ‘Chiefs’ are all up in federally led education! To see their website: http://chiefsforchange.org/

To see how CCSS Machine influence is being used in relation to Title II funding (ie: public tax dollars): https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/saluting-all-you-hortons/

To see the Dr. King/Chiefs for Change meeting:

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To access the Chiefs Title II/ESSA document: cfc-title-ii-policy-brief

What’s interesting is that King met with Chiefs in the afternoon, and led a teacher discussion in the evening…hmmm, can we say ‘agenda’?!

Back to Grinder #2, again)
So what in ‘blue blazes’ did King say to the special education  folks at their convention?
The CCSS Machine member group, EdWeek, tells a subjective side,
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/speced/2016/09/education_secretary_praises_pr.html

From the EdWeek article, you can see that two national groups devoted to special education had a first ever joint conference. The NASDSE (National Association of State Directors for Special Education) and the CASE (Council of Administrators) just wrapped up. See what ESSA items they discussed:

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My research about NASDSE :
1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/monday-musings-idea-when-good-goes-ccscte-bad/
2) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/tech-thursday-cte-ccss-and-special-needs-in-post-secondary-education/
3) What ESSA has in store for special needs:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/school-board-special-part-three/

Grinder #2, yet still)
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even showed up (9/26) to encourage the Gen-I students! Gen-I is short for “Generation Indigenous”
See the Press Release: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/09/26/white-house-outlines-massive-outreach-indian-country-tribal-nations-conference-165903
You’ll need to note that Sec. Sally Jewell was there, HUD (as in U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development) and others were not only in attendance, but helping to lead the ‘unity’ (aka: alignment). I recently wrote about the degradation of education at the hands of the CCSS Machine:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/is-this-truly-the-best/

Closing:

Warriors, I know you see lots of opportunity to choose where you’d like to take a shot at the CCSS Machine. After all, It’s mission is what I call an ‘equal opportunity offender’.
Let’s be purposed, focused, and armed with facts when we do strike.

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RMT: Time for a CCSS Warrior Check Up?

Are we sowing seeds of unity in our war against the Core?
Are we sowing seeds of unity in our war against the Core?

Today’s anti CCSS warrior riddle is simply this: Are we so busy fighting the Common Core Machine, we’ve turned our angst towards each other? Let’s find out!

Warrior Burnout, Warrior WannaBes, and the Know-it-alls:

Let’s be honest…people are weird. Especially when they are trying to organize and become united in a purpose. For those of us fighting Common Core, our purpose SHOULD be preserving our freedom to choose what type of education is best for our students without federal overreach. However, the longer I’m in this battle the more I see division among the united front. This is bad  of news. No team can be effective if there’s dissension among the ‘ranks’.

See if you recognize any of the following situations:
You’ve met to discuss how to talk to your school board or district and someone walks away feeling worse than when they arrived. The reasons why they leave feeling worse can be vary, but the results are the same: I took my time and energy to come and what I had to say wasn’t valued. OUCH

You’re leading the meeting that has been advertised as an ‘informational session about CCSS’ in your area and the guests start correcting you. EMBARRASSING FOR EVERYONE

You’re the first time guest at an anti CCSS meeting and you know some of the people, but feel so overwhelmed by all the name dropping (of which you know about 2 people mentioned) that you begin to feel you’ve wasted your time and this battle is  just not worth it. UGH

You’ve lead for so long in fighting CCSS you just want some help, but all you hear is “You’re so great at it..you keep it up.” To which you counter that with, ‘No, come help me.’ Nine times out of 10, you still are at it…and with no new help. WEARY

My warriors, do any of the above situations make for a great united front against our true adversary? NO! What the situations above show is that we’ve not really given our all to the task at hand…ending Common Core in every way it has overtaken our lives.

By behaving in the ways shown above, we are allowing the pressure to get to us. In our thirst for credible evidence we immediately want to dismiss anything about CCSS that doesn’t come with a pedigree and at least 5 cited sources. (I realize, as I hope you do, that is not a literal example). What does that make our goal? That the war can wait while we have to have proof that CCSS is wrong? That its agenda is un-American? We have the proof! Let’s not get so caught up in the ‘where you’d get that’ that we throw the CCSS Machine a victory…by us getting so weary, we turn on each other.

What Can We Do?:

It has been my experience in leadership that in order to stay focused on your goals, the following actions need to be in constant check:
1) Is the leader leading well?  You can spot a good leader by their honesty, their humility, their willingness to walk along with you if you need it, their ability to point you in the direction of others when they do not have the answers, and their ability to keep your group centered on the task of defeating CCSS.

2) As a team member: are you being honest, humble, working well with others, completing all that’s been asked of you to do? If you are researching, are you using reliable sources, including the links, documents, etc. so that others in the group can access it for themselves?

3) As a group: are you meeting regularly? Is communication good? How has the Standard Procedure for any business you have to conduct been laid out? Is it being followed? Is there any dialogue set up for when there is a disagreement so that every walks away feeling valued?

4) Has the group set up a statement of purpose, a mission statement, or a value proclamation? If you have, great! If not, you should. Keep it in front of your members all the time. An example for a good grassroots purpose statement is this:

We, the members of Johnny’s anti Common Core Group determine to be united in our actions. We will choose to fight against the Standards and all that they stand for. We will choose to not fight among ourselves in order to accomplish our goal.

Why This Matters:

Like a family, no organized group will survive well if planning and purpose are not present and always in motion. Taking the time to organize the efforts of your group, especially when a statement of purpose is created, means the group is agreeing what the purpose is. We have enough ‘leaders’ trying to make us dance to their tune, why would we do likewise in our anti CC warrior groups?

Now, I know WHY organized groups hit snags…especially where our students are involved. It’s because we care what happens to them. If you can’t agree on anything else, start there. You care.

Things to Remember:

In this war, each of us has a unique talent we can use to bring down the CCSS Machine. Let’s help each other by allowing those talents to be offered freely.

In other words, let the person gifted in research, conduct it. The researcher may not be a public speaker, but your group has a person who adores it, have them share the researcher’s findings. When presented, IF you have credibility questions, ask them politely. Don’t correct a person who’s leading with “What you did wrong in your presentation is _____________.” Behavior like that shows narrow mindedness and an ability to not want to work with others. IF you believe information to be inaccurate, speak in private. All of us are busy, no one has time for a sour puss warrior.

Keep in mind, humans make mistakes. It doesn’t mean the end of the war. It simply means grace needs to be applied, as well as forgiveness. Leaders should never ask their team to do something they will not or cannot do. That rule of thumb has been one I’ve used in every leadership position I’ve held. It’s a classic one. If a team member makes a mistake in fighting CCSS, fine. If a leader does, fine. No one person is more important in the war..we are all VALUABLE. Just like when we were kids, admit the mistake, learn from it, and move on.

Not every famous person fighting CCSS is worth listening to. Just like, not every ‘Joe blow citizen’ is either. Why would I say this? Frankly, not 100% of the people fighting CCSS will like me..or you. That’s just life. After all the research that has been conducted in fighting CCSS, we’ve been able to watch and see which famous warriors are credible and trust-worthy.

But, are we so sold out to them, that we forget the everyday, not so famous, warrior can be JUST as credible and trust-worthy? Don’t be blinded..truth is truth, no matter who it is who delivers it.

One Last Thought:

Yes, time is moving quickly in this war. Tempers will flare, passions will be at fever pitch. In our haste, let’s purpose to preserve the united front we’ve worked so hard to present to the supportive side. Let’s not give a hint of chinks in the armor. We know what they’ll do with it..ram a sword an ‘inch wide and a mile deep’ through us.