The Alaska State Standards drive Common Core. The AK Legislature welcomed Common Core into the State, except they call it the “Alaska State Standards.” The AK State Standards is comprised of 93% Common Core. What is “Common Core,” you ask? It is a data-mining machine with built-in brainwashing of America’s youth. The rabbit hole goes deep and the data mining is intertwined within so many Federal agencies. Not to mention, the computerized and technological demand of Common Core will inflate school districts’ budgetary costs, thereby rendering them more and more dependent on the Fed gov’t. Beggars can’t be choosers, and the Feds know this.
Bill Gates is widely known for controversial donations through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – he and his wife are part of the global elite (you know, the people really controlling the planet). His foundation gave monies for an array of technology for the school districts – but the question remains, who will maintain the computers, etc.? That costs money and the U.S. Dept. of Education knows that. (The U.S. Dept. of Ed. Is unconstitutional, by the way) Common Core is conditional – the school districts will receive shiny new toys (i.e.: iMac’s, iPads, “breakthrough and cutting-edge” software, etc.), but the tradeoff is data mining on the kids.
For example: in June 2013, the AK Leg. passed into law a literacy test for kids in the public schools for grades K-2. On the surface, it seems as if this can be a good thing. In reality, it is data mining and a part of P20W (I’ll get to that later). DGSD chose the most Common Core-aligned test aka the “MAP” test for the K-2 kids. My husband and I refused the test for our daughter. Now, all public school districts in AK are required by AK law now to administer these tests, but the districts are at least given a choice as to which test to administer (there is a small pool of tests to choose from). Public school administrators will hail these tests as being “adaptive” to the child… “No stress,” and, “don’t worry about it! I’m sure they’ll do great!” is commonly communicated to the parents. The entire test makes no sense because if the test is adaptive, then what good is the “standard” that the State is trying to uphold? It is cognitive dissonance aka “doublespeak” that is being pushed on the parents when they are told that the tests are “adaptive.” Adaptive tests don’t serve any purpose to enact an educational standard.
“Adaptive” is a key word because it is smokescreen for data mining. Ultimately, the Feds want to profile the children of America for total control of the population and assimilation powers. These tests are designed to “get to know” the child. People may ask, “How? They can’t read my child’s mind?” Here’s an analogy: with the NSA spying scandals, the Feds can see who we call, what time, and length of call (at minimum). Over time, there’s a profile of our calling habits recorded. Same thing with shopping on the Internet. Retailers hire data mining/tracking companies to track cookies on our computers to “tailor our shopping experience.” Same thing applies to these Common Core tests. “Adaptive” means that the Feds want to build a profile of the children over time. Which brings me to P20W…
P20W is a data-mining machine that tracks Americans from Prenatal (yes, you read that correctly) through Work (basically the rest of that person’s life). Alaska takes full part in this by way of the Alaska State Standards and testing. The “Alaska State Policy Research Alliance” aka ASPRA is a group of peoples in AK (scholars, UAA personnel, etc.) that help design the Standards and testing. The ASPRA (which works with the AK Dept. of Ed. and Early Development) contracts its work to the henchmen known as: REL Northwest. REL Northwest isn’t even located in AK.
Here is quote from the Fed Institute of Educational Sciences, describing REL Northwest: “ASPRA is a statewide alliance bringing together state-level policymakers, SEA staff and state board members, researchers, and education stakeholders to create consensus around critical problems of practice and to apply evidence-based decisionmaking to the development of state policies.”
How does this make any sense and how does it tie together? The Executive Staff of REL Northwest is huge Common Core supporters. These Outsiders are working with the Alaska Dept. of Ed. and Early Education and ASPRA to create policies (which then becomes law) about Alaska kids’ education. Don’t allow anyone to convince you that Common Core is not in Alaska. It’s here and the State of AK welcomed it with open arms. More money is to be made from Common Core. There are many member organizations of REL Northwest. Here are a few: AK Dept. of Ed. and Early Development; Association of Alaska School Boards (which DGSD School Board is a part of); the AK House and Senate; AK Council of School Administrators; UAA; UAF; Office of the Governor, and; NEA Alaska (teacher’s union).
Dr. Robert Marzano, a hailed and respected educational researcher, is the author of the Marzano teacher evaluations (Common Core data mining). Dr. Marzano is the Director of REL Central at Marzano Research Laboratory. He is a Big Government crony whose teacher evaluation standards will now target intrusive and pervasive data mining on the teachers. The DGSD unanimously passed the Marzano teacher evals – without Board discussion. There was utter silence when the President asked if there was any Board discussion.
Since there is just too much to tell in one sitting, I will lastly address the Feds’ “Common Education Data Standards.” (https://ceds.ed.gov/) In the FAQ section of this website, this question is posed: “Why do we need Common Education Data Standards?” The answer (taken directly from the website): “While education institutions across the P-20W (early learning through postsecondary and workforce) environment use many different data standards to meet information needs, there are certain data we all need to be able to understand, compare, and exchange in an accurate, timely, and consistent manner. [There goes the Feds not caring about our privacy] For these, we need a shared vocabulary for education data – that is, we need common education data standards [Newspeak]. The Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) project is a national collaborative effort to develop voluntary [aka no Fed funding if Common Core isn’t implemented], common data standards for a key set of education data elements to streamline the exchange, comparison, and understanding of data within and across P-20W institutions and sectors.”
The Feds tell us in plain sight that they want to know every single thing about us.
Friends, this isn’t even the half of it. In fact, it’s not even the tip of the iceberg. Be prepared to hear terms in the future, like, “exchange,” “streamlined,” “common,” “data standards,” and, “adaptive.” The parents must become used to, and conditioned to, accept Common Core too. If we’re not, then obviously we won’t let our kids take part. For this to fully work for the Feds, the parents need to be rubbed the right way.
… And we haven’t even talked about the curricula, yet.
On October 7, 2014, vote for the 2014 candidate for Delta/Greely School Board Seat E: Liz Breuker.
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