Friday, October 11, 2013

The Transformation of American Education: Common CORE: Providing Human Capital For Global Industry.

Whether you know it or not, American children, in 45 states, in public and even Catholic schools (over 100 Diocese across the nation have succumbed to the nationalized one-size fits all secular standards of Common Core) are falling under the human capital Public Private Partnership (PPP) model of education called Common CORE  (CC)--"cradle to career education agenda"--curriculum.. Yes, there is a Catholic version of CC, called the Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative (CCCII).
For those not familiar with the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model of privatizing government functions through corporations, you should be very afraid. For when this form of partnership happens, the government hands over the operation and supervision of government functions and infrastructure to private and publicly traded corporations like General Electric, Monsanto, JP Morgan Chase, and other less than desirable corporate entities. These lease agreements and multi-decade contracts take the government out of government, allowing companies like CORE to sweep in and… well – “Re-imagine” the education of your children.-- Clint Richardson
According to Clint Richardson, best known for his work exposing the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report's or “CAFR”, CORE Education and Technologies Ltd, is a for-profit corporation (see their annual financial report for 2012 here) based out of India that sells an outcome based education model that tracks  children  for the purpose of creating a “master” plan for a global workforce, which according to the state of Illinois -- the most advanced data system at this time, supposedly mirrored at the federal level -- is defined as:
The term workforce is defined as consisting of the workers engaged in a specific activity, business or industry or the number of workers who are available to be assigned to any purpose as in a nation’s workforce.

The public workforce system is a network of federal, state, and local offices that function to support economic expansion and facilitate the development United States workforce. The system is designed to create partnership with employers, educators, and community leaders in order to foster economic development and high-growth opportunities in regional economies so that businesses find qualified workers to meet their present and future workforce needs.
In other words, as Richardson states, "CORE is a global network of for-profit corporations literally taking over the entire structure of education." This is the business of human capital management, and as Richardson states again, “human capital” means humans as trade-able and disposable commodities. In other words… SLAVES!" CC, which is not law-- not an act of Congress-- is an untested and unproven system that usurps local control, a hallmark of the U.S. education system, to a “one size fits all” solution imposed by elitist bureaucrats who are only interested in creating a global workforce of industry ready workers

Why did 45 states adopt CC so quickly, even when it means they are not allowed to change any of the standards (CC standards are copyrighted)?  It's called coercion. They wanted to stay eligible for Race to the Top funding. 
Why did 45 states agree to do this? Because the Obama administration had $4.35 billion of Race to the Top federal funds, and states had to adopt "college-and-career ready standards" if they wanted to be eligible to compete for those funds. Some states, like Massachusetts, dropped their own well-tested and successful standards and replaced them with the Common Core, in order to win millions in new federal funds."
Keep in mind, under CC, things like cursive hand-writing will no longer be taught. Why? Well, kids no longer need it, right? After all, they text, send emails, etc.  But what about reading historical documents from early America? Or letters written prior to email?  Since much of history is written in cursive the inability to read it will sever future Americans from the ability to check their own history. Also, the plan is to replace classical literature with informational text approved by the Common Core State Standards, something that's already taking place in public high school libraries across the nation.
Suggested non-fiction texts include Recommended Levels of Insulation by the the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Invasive Plant Inventory, by California's Invasive Plant Council.

The new educational standards have the backing of the influential National Governors' Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, and are being part-funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation."
However, all is not lost.  Although CC does not have a required reading list, it does have a recommended reading list.   Here's one example of what is on its list of exemplar texts for 11th graders: The Bluest Eye
He further limited his interests to little girls. They were usually manageable . . . His sexuality was anything but lewd; his patronage of little girls smacked of innocence and was associated in his mind with cleanliness.” And later, this same pedophile notes, “I work only through the Lord. He sometimes uses me to help people.” p. 174

The little girls are the only things I’ll miss. Do you know that when I touched their sturdy little t*** and bit them—just a little—I felt I was being friendly?—If I’d been hurting them, would they have come back? . . . they’d eat ice cream with their legs open while I played with them. It was like a party.” - p. 181
I guess "Bluest Eye" falls in line with CC's National Sexuality Education Standards , therefore, would be considered "informational text".   Yep, parents will no longer have the right to decide what is developmentally and age appropriate for their individual child.
Students need opportunities to engage in cooperative and active learning strategies, and sufficient time must be allocated for students to practice skills relating to sexuality education." - National Sexuality Education Standards, p. 9
and this...
Students need multiple opportunities and a variety of assessment strategies to determine their achievement of the sexuality education standards and performance.
If that's not bad enough,  CC gives schools and third parties unprecedented access to  student's personal information.   Every child will have a data set that follows that child into the workforce. This data will be merged with the Departments of Labor, Health and any other third party organizations or research firms that the Department of Education thinks needs your child’s data. The sets include such things as hair color, eye color, gestational age at birth (whether a child was premature or not), blood type, blood test results, birth marks, and even bus stop arrival time.

The bottom line is that the teachers will be teaching to the test, and only to the test, because not only do their jobs depend on it, the principal’s jobs depend on it, and the superintendent’s jobs depends on it, and so on...

CC is a job training program and training stifles innovation, creativity, and competition. The Chambers of Commerce, corporations, and governments love CC because they've been told this will make for great workers. Mark my words, Common Core standards are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the transformation of American Education. 

 Links:

Microsoft Common Core Standards  Exxon, Bill Gates Common Core Spending

unauthorized student data mining., not to mention teacher data mining.

student longitudinal data [tracking] systems (SLDS)

A Framework for Multi-State Human Capital Development Data System
This “human capital development data system” must be developed to answer “master” policy questions that benefit each of the principal state stakeholders – the K-12 education system, the post-secondary system, and labor/workforce development system….

This “human capital development data system” must be developed to answer “master” policy questions that benefit each of the principal state stakeholders – the K-12 education system, the post-secondary system, and labor/workforce development system…"

Outsourcing the match (the actual task of linking the student unit records together) to a state with a proven capacity to do so….Advantages and disadvantages of this approach…the additional disadvantage that the states, other than the state to which the match was outsourced, give up direct control of their data to a “foreign” state government entity. (Page 16)

A multi-state data exchange – what we have chosen to call a human capital development data system – that enables policymakers to look comprehensively at the stock and flow of human capital has become essential for effective policymaking and planning in the globalized
knowledge economy. Technology now permits the development of longitudinal systems that follow individual students from elementary school through college or directly into the workforce,...(Page 17)
Welcome to the new Common Core fuzzy math.

From the World Bank: “Improving Human Capital in a Competitive World—Education Reform in the United States”

BUSINESS SIGN-ON LETTER IN SUPPORT OF THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS

3 comments:

Roth's stepchild 22:44  

Thought this was interesting:

“The Princeton Review Agrees to Sell K-12 Division To CORE Projects & Technologies
NEW YORK, NY – December 29, 2008 –

The Princeton Review, Inc. (Nasdaq: REVU), a leading provider of test preparation and
educational support services, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the assets of its K-12 Services Division to a subsidiary of CORE Projects & Technologies Limited, an education technology company. The purchase
price is $9.5 million in cash plus an additional payment for working capital.”

Anonymous,  16:44  

What's not said but is just as important is that CC will undoubtedly raise the hostility level between students and teachers and teachers and teachers because their jobs depend on the test score. If you've got students with undiagnosed learning disabilities, or slower students, they will become very frustrating to teachers. Not to mention, the teacher who gets a class of standardized learners, will not have to work as hard.

I see nothing but problems.

Roth's stepchild 21:11  

That's a very good point, 16:44. Thanks for posting.

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