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School Choice: The Hidden Dangers! Must Be Watched Videos!

It is essential that parents and parents-to-be fully understand what is happening in our education system and to fully understand what “School Choice” means to them and their children. When every education system offered (public, charter, voucher private/religious) must be aligned to a certain set of standards, that is NOT a choice.

Again I want to remind you this slow shift in the control of your children through their education has been around for over 100 years. This is not a PARTY “D” or “R” thing, both are involved. What you are seeing is a “pass of control” if you will, from the “unions to the corporate” cronies or from one group of “bad guys” to another group of “bad guys”. Understand none of them are your friends.

This is “SKILLS-BASED EDUCATION”! So you ask what is the difference between skill-based education and knowledge based education.

SKILL-BASED:  This form of education is more about teaching our children “WHAT” to think and it centers around developing and applying specific skills that can then be used to obtain the required knowledge for the workforce. From a teacher’s point of view, it changes the way lesson planning is done. Whereas before the focus would have been on how they could teach the class about a certain topic, skills-based learning means that the focus is now on how that topic can help the children to develop and learn certain skills. In other words, “dumbed down education” and this is where you get 2+2=5 or whatever a child wants. The goal is for the child to be able to justify their anser not so much as if it is correct.

ACADEMIC/KNOWLEDGE BASED:  Teaches a child “HOW” to think and to build upon the knowledge that the pupil already has. There are clear learning objectives set out which link to the activity undertaken, helping the child to see how their existing knowledge will help them to complete the task. For teachers this can mean having more one on one time with pupils to talk through how they are finding the task/subject and giving any additional help they may need. This can seem time-consuming but it will ensure that all pupils are engaged and learning during the lessons and that they will all succeed.

These videos will show you and go into more detail about behind the “double-speak” words which are being used in regard to education/school choice:

PRIVATIZATION:

Understood Meaning:  Allowing a true and free market to work i.e., private schools

Hidden Meaning:  Cronyism in the form of Public-Private Partnerships

SCHOOL CHOICE:

Understood Meaning:  A parent can choose from a wide range of different schools and options

Hidden Meaning:  Parent’s can choose from a narrow range of schools deemed acceptable by the government with no real choice

EDUCATIONAL SAVINGS ACCOUNTS:

Understood Meaning:  A tax-free savings account into which parents may place their own earnings to use for the education options they choose from for their children

Hidden Meaning:  Entitlement programs in the form of vouchers subject to total government control

ACCOUNTABILITY:

Understood Meaning:  That the system (teachers, school boards & government) are answerable to parents & taxpayers

Hidden Meaning:  Answerable to your State and through the ESEA Federal government bureaucracy

LOCAL CONTROL:

Understood Meaning:  Local school districts are setting policy

Hidden Meaning:  The state determines a narrow range in which school districts may have a narrow range of pre-selected options

COMPETENCY:

Understood Definition:  Proficiency in an academic area

Hidden Definition:  Skills-based emotional and psychological training to be used in industry (utilitarian)

“Educating” the Workforce:  The Lie we’ve Unwittingly Embraced:

Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part 4

Keep in mind that foundations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Walmart Family Foundation, ALEC, and others have invested deeply and supported BOTH Common Core and Choice/Vouchers.

Example: Education legislation just passed yesterday by Florida includes:

Praises from Jeb Bush and his lapdogs; critics are referring to it as manipulative and detrimental to traditional public schools;  the 278-page bill eliminates a section of Florida’s often-criticized, 2011 teacher merit-pay law; changes standardized testing rules; mandates 20 minutes of recess for elementary school children (exempting charter schools); expands a controversial teacher bonus program and provides new bonuses for most teachers for the next three years.

It also provides financial incentives for successful charter schools to open in neighborhoods with struggling traditional public schools and demands that school districts share some tax money with charters.

Gov. Scott’s $82.4 billion budget is a less than 1% increase from the current year. It includes $20.4 billion for PreK-12 schools, or $7,221 per student, about a $25 increase on the current year, the smallest jump since Florida began to climb out of the recession. House Speaker Corcoran’s push to use $200 million to entice charter schools to compete with chronically failing public schools and another $200 million to pay teachers bonuses based on SAT scores made the cut. (Keep in mind NO ONE will answer a question about the fraud and corruption going on within the Charter school system, not even if any of the money is being paid back or if anyone is going to jail.)There was a great deal of conversation surrounding transparency regarding the closed-door negotiations. But then the lack of transparency in Florida is nothing new since our legislature has for several years received a D or F in that area.

When called on the closed-door meetings, House Speaker Coocoran stated, “Under Article III (of the state Constitution), we have that right, and I’ve said it to you guys from the beginning: One of my biggest criticisms coming in as speaker was, we’re the body closest to the people, the Legislature. And what we’re going to do is, we’re going to go out there and we’re going to grab that authority.” Whew, he certainly sees himself as important. They change everything else in the Constitution, why never the bad things?

Lawmakers also approved legislation on Friday that would increase funding available to students under the state’s de facto voucher program and strengthen protections for expressions of religion in public schools.

Again all this entitlement and lack of oversight in regard to Charter schools with our legislators owning or being associated with Charter schools and at the same time writing and voting on Charter school legislation.

Our State colleges also took a $30.2 million cut, but then the amount being paid to college professors is enough to blow a person’s mind. The amount of debt our children graduate from college with is inexcusable. Take UCF, now the largest college in the country just gave their coach Scott Frost a 300,000 annual raise. The American Athletic Conference coach now earns $2 million per year after one season on the job.

 

This forward movement to control our children through education is controlling every aspect of government at this time. Parents was to fix it is to STOP re-electing these same old pieces of legislature bull and get some new blood in and if they defy us, then move them out too. They are re-call measures you know!

 

 

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B. F. Skinner’s Wildest Dreams Come True! Our Children Are To Be Robots!

Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 18:10 KJV

Common Core isn’t enough! Data Mining certainly not going far enough I guess! Privacy never even considered! Allowing them to use either gender bathrooms the highlight of the past year and now the real damage overseen by Change Agent teachers.

Parents, have never heard of DARPA? We warned you this was going to be part of the Common Core implementation. Do you remember our telling you of the computer mouse which will track your child’s emotional responses to items thrown at them while supposedly learning at school?

DARPA – the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency if allowed permission, will be tracking your child’s emotional, behavioral and social STANDARDS! STANDARDS? Our children now have emotional, behavioral and social standards as well as academic? By whose standards?

Who the heck has given the Federal Department of Defense permission to be in your child’s classroom?

The University of Memphis is seeking a licensee to commercialize a significant advance in the Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSs). The invention consists of software and proprietary algorithms which allow ITSs to sense and optimally respond to the learner’s (your child) emotional state and not simply their cognitive state.

The inventors are supposedly internationally recognized, award-winning leaders in Artificial Intelligence-based tutor system research. This technology is built on decades of research supported by millions of dollars of your money through federal grants. Award winning? In the mental and emotional manipulation of our children?

While current e-learning systems focus on knowledge and cognition, it is widely acknowledged that the next generation affect-sensitive ITSs will be the wave of the future. For example, the theme of the 14th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education was on “Affective Modeling” –  detecting and responding to student affect.”

For me, it is like stripping a child’s mind and behavioral responses to a state of nakedness. There will be nothing about our children that will be private or sacred to the world but manipulated. No protection of information guaranteed.

  • The computer-based training and e-learning markets are large and constantly growing. Training systems that achieve impressive learning gains, such as the present invention, have a wide range of applications for virtually any computerized training scenario.
  • Gives Intelligent Tutoring Systems the unique capability of responding to student’s emotional states in addition to their cognitive states and knowledge levels.
  • Can be an add-on to existing ITS platforms.
  • Provides a tool that is particularly effective with students who are initially unfamiliar with the subject taught by the ITS.
  • Yields significant learning gains by detecting, responding to, and synthesizing emotion.

The people behind this I guess see it as an experiment on the fun side since they list two NOVEL ASPECTS making the system unique:

  • The algorithm to be used will detect student emotions combines conversational cues, posture, and facial features. This form of multimodal affect detection is achieved via a three-channel decision level fusion algorithm. (Got that?)
  • The strategies the system uses will respond to students’ emotional and cognitive states. This is accomplished with a theoretically-grounded production system that helps students regulate their negative emotional state in a manner that is dynamically responsive to each individual learner.

To what end? What is the point and purpose of this? To take their current emotional state and regulate it to what THEY believe it should be? What is wrong with a child having a negative emotional state which would be more likely responding to an event?

Is this the beginning of emotionally training your child to think as someone wants them to, not how it comes naturally to them or from their parent’s training?

THEY say, “Simply put, the invention yields impressive learning gains by detecting, responding to, and synthesizing emotion”.

Arthur C. Grasser, one of the inventors, is a professor of psychology and intelligent systems at the University of Memphis and has served as the editor of the Journal of Educational Psychology and Discourse Processes.

Danger:  Keeping in mind that our rights come from the Declaration of Independence, written BEFORE the Constitution, stating that our rights are unalienable and are endowed by our CREATOR – not our legislators, not our government and certainly not from the United Nations and their attempt at gaining control of our children through the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (“CRC”).

“The ever-increasing use of children’s rights discourse by national, regional and international political institutions can perhaps be seen as a sign of the success of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (“CRC”), and of the internalization of the concept that children are independent rights holders, the ideological basis of the doctrine of children’s rights. Nevertheless, there is evidence that some advocates of children’s rights in the political arena are taking an over-simplistic, uni-dimensional approach to children’s rights which results in the misrepresentation of the true interests of children. This risk is well illustrated by the recent resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (“PACE”) resolution entitled “Children’s Right to Physical Integrity,” which inter alia expressed concern about the violation of the right to the physical integrity of young boys circumcised for religious reasons and made recommendations that States should consider placing restrictions on this practice”. Link

Imagine this scenario – the Intelligent Tutoring Systems monitoring your child’s responses all day long during different subjects, then the information being gathered with those of other children to modify and behaviorally train your children on how to think about numerous social and emotional events, even to the point of “dulling” their reactions or “increasing” them.

B. F. Skinner is dancing in his grave along with all the other freaks who have worked at using our children to achieve their personal goals. These people in my book are freaks!

Grasser’s co-buddy in this “emotional game” is Dr. Sidney D’Mello, a research assistant professor at the Institute for Intelligent Systems at the University of Memphis. He co-directs the Emotive Computing Lab. His primary research interests are in the cognitive and affective sciences, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, and the learning sciences. More specific interests include affective computing, artificial intelligence in education, speech recognition and natural language understanding, and computational models of human cognition.

Last month, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking said artificial intelligence “could spell the end of the human race.”

Speaking at the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics department’s Centennial Symposium in October, Tesla boss Elon Musk referred to artificial intelligence as “summoning the demon.”

” I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I were to guess what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So, we need to be very careful with the artificial intelligence. Increasingly scientists think there should be some regulatory oversight maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish. With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon. In all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, it’s like yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon. Didn’t work out.”

British inventor Clive Sinclair has said he thinks artificial intelligence will doom mankind. “Once you start to make machines that are rivaling and surpassing humans with intelligence, it’s going to be very difficult for us to survive,” he told the BBC. “It’s just an inevitability.”

Even Bill Gates has sounded an alarm on “artificial intelligence” which is exactly what the ITSs system is intended to be used for. “I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence,” Gates wrote. “First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well. A few decades after that though the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern. I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don’t understand why some people are not concerned.”

PARENTS IT IS TIME TO SOUND THE ALARM against this. Contact your Education and legislative officials and let them know you are against this system being allowed into our Educational Systems and our children’s daily lives.

If we don’t protect our children, who will?

artificial intelligence

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) is taking a giant leap in EDUCATION as schools seek to raise THEIR standards, looking for help for the schools – help for our children is coming in the form of virtual assistants packed with the power of artificial Intelligence.

Working to convince you AI will help the teachers and your children is the major goal today claiming it is a necessity because of the population growth and larger classrooms. Pearson, you remember them, are also deeply involved in this manipulation of our children.

PARENTS MUST SAY NO AND BE EXTRA SURE THEY GAIN CONTROL WITHIN THE PRIVATE AND CHARTER SCHOOLS OVER THIS ISSUE!

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Data-Mining Systems Are Here to Stay – Pre-K to College and Beyond!

snatching 2Some of you may already be aware of these words spoken by Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN) at the 1989 Governor’s Conference in Kansas. Unless you really listen to the words, you will miss their true meaning. Given the tone of “the powers to be today” in wanting to indoctrinate our children and to eventually make their education be totally under federal control, I think you will find this interesting:

“I want to suggest that you create, in Kansas, a New American School – Brand New American School. I want to suggest that when you do that, you help that new school develop some new goals and new report cards for itself.

I would go down to the maternity ward of the local hospital, or whatever you call the part of the hospital where the nurses are who are there when the babies are born. Find out how many babies are born out of wedlock, how many babies are born with single parents. Just so you know that! I would think the Brand New American School would be year-round, open from 6:00 to 6:00.

A second characteristic might be that these schools will serve children from age 3 months old to age 18. That may be a shocking thought to you; but, if you were to do an inventory of every baby in your community and think about what the needs of those babies were for the next four or five years, you might see that those needs might not be served any other way.

They have to be served in some way and maybe around the school. Or, if you study a little more, you might go back and think the school might have to serve the pregnant mother of the baby in terms of prenatal healthcare….

…teams of teachers. Albert Shanker suggested that maybe there ought to be a team of teachers attached to a child from the day that child arrives in the school to stay with that child all the way to the 8th grade.

All this would mean there would have to be a very professional corps of teachers, wouldn’t it? They’d have to be very, very good because they would have to be dealing with lots of volunteers. We have a big national service feeling in America today. Why aren’t those people working in schools? Well, one reason is it’s hard to handle volunteers!

Please don’t be deceived! Alexander didn’t say these things because he cares about your children or their education. However what he does believe in is CONTROL of them! And the best start is with the babies without 2 parents and then move on to the rest.

 You are aware aren’t you that Florida has her first 24/7 Charter school? It’s something like a private school except tax dollars are paying another Charter School Management “cash cow”.

And since the Federal government has been pushing so hard for not only Charter schools but your babies in daycare from infancy until they enter kindergarten, they knew they would also be able to “SPY” on them through the data-mining process.

Well, it is here – all over the country and they are spying on each and every one of those classrooms – not to see if your child is being mistreated, but to see what they can learn about their homes, parents and family life in general to “re-direct” their thought processes.

Data Mining 2Go here to watch the video of Communist Shirley McCune at the same conference in 1989 explain her ideas about our children and their education. Scary!

 Just why do you think the government so willingly gave all that money to pay for free Pre-K daycare?

Recently, the National Science Foundation awarded a $4.8 million grant to several prominent research universities to advance the use of Big Data in the schools. Those funds by the way came from their annual budget of $7B of your hard earned tax dollars.

 “The project, dubbed “LearnSphere,” highlights the continued optimism that “big” educational data might be used to dramatically transform K-12 schooling. “It also raises new questions in the highly charged debate over student-data privacy. 

Some of us weren’t born yesterday so the fact this federally funded initiative will be led by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, who propose to construct a new data-sharing infrastructure that is distributed across multiple institutions, include third-party and for-profit vendors, comes as no surprise. 

What it should do is anger the heck out of you knowing they are using your money to work at spying on you. Also remember Carnegie has been in bed with pushing education control by the government since before 1934. 

“They” want you to believe that facilitating the sharing and analysis of this information is for research purposes and can lead to new insights about how humans learn, as well as rapid improvements to the digital learning software now flooding schools.”

Oh, and just so you are aware, the Gates-funded “galvanic skin response monitors” are back! Two years ago, it seemed to be a joke but it’s no joke. Researchers are still trying to gauge biometric reactions with sensors placed on students’ skin. 

It’s October – the time of year for witches and goblins and we do have a new monster!

The new MONSTER in the school is Teaching Strategies, LLC., or “TS Gold” and in Florida it has become “Teaching Strategies in Florida”, Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Program Approved Kit.

  •  This convenient kit combines the essential elements of The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool system—curriculum, assessment, evaluation and implementation, and professional development–into one easy-to-use solution for classroom teachers in Florida. The Kit is an instant resource library for every teacher.
  •  The Creative Curriculum balances teacher-planned and child-initiated learning, emphasizing responsiveness to children’s strengths, interests, needs, and learning styles. Nationally known for being forward-thinking, comprehensive, and rigorously researched, it helps teachers plan and implement content-rich, developmentally appropriate programs that support active learning and promote children’s progress in all developmental areas.
  •  For more details about Florida’s VPK Kit, contact your regional representative, or visit the Florida Department of Education Web site.

Order Your Florida VPK Kit – Call us at 800.637.3652 to order your Florida VPK Kit.

Charlotte Rice  (P) 407-625-5257  Charlotte@PreKSolutions.com

Regions: Sumter, Marion, Volusia, Hernando, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk, Manatee, Hardee, Highlands, Okeechobee, Sarasota, De Soto, Charlotte, Glades, Lee, Hendry, Collier

Jennifer Piotti  (P) 800-637-3652, Option 5  jennifer.p@teachingstrategies.com

Regions: Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Jackson, Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Liberty, Franklin, Gadsden, Leon, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy, Citrus, Columbia, Baker, Union, Alachua, Bradford, Putnam, Flagler, St. Johns, Clay, Escambia, Duval, Nassau

James D. LeFevre  (P) 772-288-2063  (C) 305-586-4260 (F) 772-382-3242 jamesdlefevre@gmail.com

Regions: Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River

Kind of looks like this is Florida’s replacement for iBloom!

Michelle Malkin has just let her followers know this is not something that is coming in the future; she is talking about a system that is set up right now.  Other such systems are now operating throughout the country.

TS Gold is busily collecting the most personal information possible from day-care centers/pre-schools/kindergartens and putting it into a data system (which is always vulnerable to being hacked).  Then it is being transmitted to third-party profit-mongers “who are after your child.”

People all over this country are beginning to catch on; many are fighting hard against Common Core. This is an issue that impacts families personally and has the power to destroy children and their future.  We as adults have the responsibility to protect our nation’s children because they are our leaders of the future.

Most states are not in full operation yet, but they are expected to be by the 2015-2016 year.  The full force plan is to cover your children from “birth” through “3rd” grade on this particular system.

What seems to never get quite explained to parents is “What are you intending on doing with all that information on my child and just what is your purpose for doing it?”

The creator’s state it is to be used as an “early assessment” tool in measuring the whole child to include “social, emotional, developmental, physical and cognitive”. Does this mean they are going to decide before they go into kindergarten if they will go to the working fields or college?

This program is totally aligned to the Common Core Standards (CCS) so that means “INDOCTRINATION” from the day they put their hands on our children. Oh, and you might like to know the “Race To The Top” $$ the government gave the grants out for to the states who played the game and according to the “feds” had nothing to do with CCS, is what some states are using to pay for this fiscal monster.

However, TS Gold also received $30M from the RTTT barrel – so we all paid up front!

To read the 2011-2014 Florida “Teaching Strategies GOLD Objectives for Development & Learning” Birth Through Kindergarten go HERE!

Data Mining 3 I am sorry I can’t give you the information for all states, but it is out there for you to find. “They” have been very quiet about this! I would hope you have had your anger raised to the point you will check out your state. Do you remember most of us were told there would be no “data mining” because iBloom was gone after spending the $100M they got from Gates Foundation and Carnegie Corp., (I told you they were bad).

If you go here, you can listen to a “training video” for TS Gold.

Last spring, parent Lauren Coker discovered that TS Gold assessors in her son’s Aurora, Colo., public preschool had recorded information about his trips to the bathroom, his hand-washing habits, and his ability to pull up his pants.

“When she asked if they could opt out of the system,” school officials told her “no.” She pulled her son out of the school and still doesn’t know if or how the data can be removed.

You will find that school officials will not tell you how the information is to be used; who it will be shared with, how long it will be stored or even why we are paying for the time the teacher is grilling the whole class rather than teaching?

Once again I remind you, the ultimate goal is not for improved school performance – it is for the meddling and profit for the Public-Private Partnerships that Obama gave the permission to by changing the FERPA laws. It is also about finding out things about their parents, siblings and general home life. CONTROL! “Cash Cows”!

These are considered “golden records” states Cheri Kiesecker who has fought against the student data mining in CO. She warns this information is to follow your child clear into college if he is lucky enough to get there.

Do you have any idea how much information about your children has been assessed that comes from outside the classroom and spread all over the world?

This is just another web in the Common Core spider and I hope the parents that haven’t been standing up fighting are really still standing up. Our children need someone to fight for them and stop this madness.

This war is not slowing down! Keep your kids home!

This is the scary thing depending on where you live:

  • The Family Center la familia in Fort Collins, CO – they see TS Gold as an “assessment tool enabling to increase their effectiveness. Even more worrisome is the President is a former dolphin trainer and then she went into Social Work.
  • Community School for People Under Six in Carboro, NC – the same company that makes TS Gold makes Creative Curriculum – this school claims the 2 programs allows them to promote their multi-cultural, community-based philosophy. It is CCS aligned. At times they use Americorp volunteers.
  • Collaborative for Educational Services, Northampton, MA – they are an instructional facility which is currently teaching how to us TS Gold.
  • Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County, Boynton Beach, FL – they state “Parents and providers can help enhance early childhood education in Palm Beach County by participating in a new pilot program.  Our Coalition is partnering with the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County in establishing Teaching Strategies GOLD®, an online tool to measure a child’s educational gains. The assessment captures data beginning at birth and continues accumulating it throughout the span of a child’s early education experience.”
  • Orange County, Florida Public School District, Orange County, FL – Teaching Strategies Gold (TSG) assessment: This is the research based birth through kindergarten assessment as shown under the Revision of the OCPS Demonstration Project Child Care Centers & School District Community Alignment Project 

You know what I can’t figure out? Why anyone would think a program used for “data mining” is a big deal just because it is “research based” 

What is the research based on to track pre-school children? This makes no sense except it is intrusive without parental permission and someone is making one heck of a lot of money doing it.

 

https://americaseducationwatch.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/data-mining-cha-ching-cha-ching/

 

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Bill Gates Crying In His Vault

Eric Owens; Education Editor, Daily Caller

Gates 3Bill Gates is a sad clown today because his bizarre $100 million student data project has failed – InBloom, Inc Student Data Collection, to Shut Down!

Common Core-loving billionaire Bill Gates has suffered a stinging defeat in his ambitious quest to reform every cranny of the American K-12 public education system.

The nonprofit educational-software company InBloom Inc., which the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corp. of New York financed to the tune of $100 million, announced on Monday that it will shut down permanently.

The reason for the shutdown is a steady cascade of parental and legislative anxiety about student privacy, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Gates 1The strategy driving inBloom had been to create a huge database connecting local school districts and state education bureaucracies with behemoth education companies.

To accomplish this goal, the nonprofit had hoped to provide a smorgasbord of data about students. What homework are they doing? What tests are they assigned? What are their test scores? Their specific learning disabilities? Their disciplinary records? Their skin colors? Their names? Their addresses?

The Atlanta-based company had originally signed up nine states for the database. It planned to charge school districts between $2 and $5 per student for the privilege of participating in the student data collection scheme.
Many parents across the country – particularly in the otherwise fairly disparate states of New York and Louisiana – hated the bizarrely intrusive idea from the start and rallied key state legislators to their causes.

The final blow came earlier this year when the New York state legislature forced its state education bureaucrats to abandon the invasive Gates-funded project.

Gates 2“Hopefully, today’s announcement that inBloom is closing its doors will make government officials, corporations and foundations more aware that parental concerns cannot be ignored,” Leonie Haimson, a former New York City public-schools parent who successfully lobbied lawmakers against inBloom, told the Journal.

In a message on inBloom’s website, Chief Executive Officer Iwan Streichenberger swore that the firm “has world-class security and privacy protections” and accused the meddling database’s grassroots critics of “mis-characterizations,” notes The Washington Post.

“Over the last year, the incredibly talented team at inBloom has developed and launched a technical solution that addresses the complex challenges that teachers, educators and parents face when trying to best utilize the student data available to them,” Streichenberger wrote.

“The use of technology to tailor instruction for individual students is still an emerging concept and inBloom provides a technical solution that has never been seen before. As a result, it has been the subject of mis-characterizations and a lightning rod for misdirected criticism,” he also proclaimed.

Interestingly, though Gates has funded the effort to collect data about America’s public school kids, he has sent his own kids to a ritzy Seattle private school.

It does not appear that any of the Gates children would have been part of the amazing new student information database. The children of Bill and Melinda Gates – Jennifer, Rory and Phoebe – have attended Lakeside School, Seattle’s most elite, fancy pants private school.

The hallowed halls of Lakeside School are a sweet place to attend classes if you have the means.

Gates kidsAccording to a Seattle education blog, the student-teacher ratio is 9 to 1. The average class size is 16. Some two dozen varsity sports are available and the opulent athletic facilities include “hydrotherapy spas.”

Of course, what with tuition for the 2013-14 academic year costing $28,500 per kid (not including books, laptop, field trips, etc.), most families don’t have the means.

Lakeside’s website doesn’t appear to discuss Common Core much.

Interestingly enough, the inBloom,Inc. web site seems to have disappeared into a cloud!

Follow Eric on http://www.erico@dailycaller.com

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DATA MINING – Cha Ching, Cha Ching!

Not only is the Common Core Standards about “dumbing down” our children under the guise of bringing them up, but it is all about Power, Control and especially Money!

While many Americans worry about government drones in the sky spying on our private lives, NSA wire tapping our phones, Washington meddlers are already on the ground and in our schools gathering intimate data on children and families.

Before you get lost in this article and decide not to read to the end, I would ask that you please go and read/save this link to the National Archives and the minutes of a 1954 HEARINGS BEFORE THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE
TAX-EXEMPT FOUNDATIONS AND COMPARABLE ORGANIZATIONS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-THIRD CONGRESS. Please do not be turned off by the “Tax-Exempt Foundations” title or any misspelling on this document. Those old typewriters were not that easy to use. This document is so very telling and it got ignored.

We are all pretty disturbed about the “data mining” thing not just because of the cost, but the implications of it as a whole. Let me explain why your children’s and your information is no longer private through FERPA although you have been told otherwise.

duncan & obamaEducation Secretary Arne Duncan and the educrats at the U.S. Department of Education knew that Congress would never vote to codify the changes they sought in the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) so they’re using regulations in order to do so. They want to allow private and invasive information to be gathered on students and families in order to supply the workforce and to make that information available without parental consent of which was previously required.

Do not let the Bush Foundations or any of your legislators tell you that this information is still protected as the Florida Statutes have been changed (2012) to match the changes in FERPA.

This whole thing has absolutely nothing to do with improving education but as a means to collect, control and manipulate all the information they can on our children, their families and teachers. And they need this information on our 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders why? To use the information on the children to create psychological profiles to be stored at the Federal Dept. of Labor.

How do you think your first grader will respond to questions like: does your Mommy or Daddy own a gun; do they fight; do they drink; go to church?

How about when they get into the Pre-K with 3 year old’s which with that being offered for free and now becomes not only a free day care center but an “early indoctrination center”? This is not one party over the other either! This is for everyone!

Say goodbye to your children’s privacy. Or yours! Say hello to an unprecedented nationwide student-tracking system, whose data will apparently be sold by government officials to the highest bidders. It’s yet another encroachment of centralized education bureaucrats on local control and parental rights under the banner of “Common Core.”

The American Principles Project, a conservative education think tank, reported, Common Core’s technological project is “merely one part of a much broader plan by the federal government to track individuals from birth through their participation in the workforce.” The 2009 porkulus package (RTTT) included a “State Fiscal Stabilization Fund” to bribe states into constructing “longitudinal data systems (LDS) to collect data on public-school students.”

ccs data trackingThese systems will aggregate massive amounts of personal data — health-care histories, income information, religious affiliations, voting status, and even blood types and homework-completion rates. The data will be available to a wide variety of public agencies. Despite federal student-privacy protections previously guaranteed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Obama administration has managed through regulations to pave the way for private entities to buy their way into the data boondoggle. Even more alarming, the U.S. Department of Education is encouraging a radical push from aggregate-level data-gathering to invasive individual-student-level data collection.

mONEY tREEThe last South by Southwest education conference in Austin, Texas, had education-technology gurus salivating at the prospects of information plunder. “This is going to be a huge win for us,” Jeffrey Olen, a product manager at education software company CompassLearning, told Reuters.

Cha-ching-ching-ching.

The company is already aggressively marketing curricular material “aligned” to fuzzy, dumbed-down Common Core math and reading guidelines (which more and more states are now revolting against). Along with two dozen other tech firms, CompassLearning sees even greater financial opportunities to mine Common Core student-tracking systems. The centralized database is a strange-bedfellows alliance between the liberal Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (which largely underwrote and promoted the Common Core standards scheme) and a division of conservative Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. (which built the database infrastructure).

Another nonprofit startup, “inBloom, Inc.,” has evolved out of that partnership to operate the database. The Gates Foundation and other partners provided $100 million in seed money. Reuters reports that inBloom, Inc. will “likely start to charge fees in 2015” to states and school districts participating in the system.

According to “inBloom’s” web site – “Inspired by the vision of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), inBloom was created in response to a request from school districts to create a secure data storage resource that better enables their collection, retention, and use of student information.

Currently, New York, Massachusetts, Colorado, North Carolina, and Illinois are working with inBloom to understand how our technology resources work and how they may help them meet the needs of teachers, students, and families. Each of these states is working through selected pilot districts to evaluate inBloom’s offerings, and each is at a different stage in discussions and implementation timelines.

When learning about these companies I always urge you to do your own research and always go to the board of directors, leaders or whatever title they are using – it is always very telling.

The National Education Data Model (NEDM), available online, lists hundreds of data points considered indispensable to the nationalized student tracking racket. These include:
“Bus Stop Arrival Time” and “Bus Stop Description”
“Dwelling arrangement”
“Diseases, Illnesses and Other Health Conditions”
“Religious Affiliation”
“Telephone Number Type” and “Telephone Status”

Home-schoolers and religious families that reject traditional government education will be tracked. Original NEDM data points included hair color, eye color, weight, blood types, and even dental status.

How exactly does amassing and selling such personal data improve educational outcomes? It doesn’t. This, at its core, is the central fraud of Washington’s top-down nationalized standards scheme. The Bill Gates/Jeb Bush-endorsed Common Core “standards” are a phony pretext for big-government expansion. The dazzling allure of “21st-century technology” masks the privacy-undermining agenda of nosy bureaucratic drones allergic to transparency, accountability, and parental autonomy. Individual student privacy is sacrificed at the collective “For the Children” altar.

In 1989 at the Governor’s Conference in Kansas, Senator Lamar Alexander (you know him – he is the one who had his hands on HR 5 wording it so you thought it was great and has always been for nationalized education) stated, The brand new American school would be year-round, open from 6AM to 6 PM for children 3 months to 18 years”.

And the parents get to visit with their children when? They aren’t supposed to because the goal is to have our children under the control of the government. You don’t believe me?

1934 NEA former Exe. Secretary Willard Givens stated, “the major function of the school is the social orientation of the individual. It must seek to give him the understanding of the transition to the new social order.”

Teachers, the NEW has never been your friend if you are a true teacher and have a love of children.

ccs bob chaninIn closing I would once again like everyone to know the words expressed by the former General Counsel Bob Chanin of the NEA when speaking to their convention in 2007. He stated, “In my opinion, NEA and its affiliates are such effective advocates. Despite what some among us might like to believe, it is NOT because of our creative ideas; it is NOT because of the merit of our positions; it is NOT because we care about children; and it is NOT because of a vision of a great public school for every child. The NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have POWER and we have POWER because there are more than 3.2M people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year because they believe that we are the unions that can most effectively represent them. The unions that can best protect the rights and advance their interests as education employees.” http://youtu.be/-piPkgAUo0w

In Senator John Kline’s, (Chairman of the Senate Eduction Committee) letter of February 2010 to Arne Duncan stating his concerns and dismay that the grant awards were to be based “in part on the willingness of the states to expand their state-wide longitudinal data systems that would include a broad swath of student information”, Kline quotes Duncan as having stated in regard to the national standards that the data collection was part of the “cradle to career agenda”.

This is not only the mindset of the Unions, but of the Progressives and the Federal government as well.

Fed ed is not about excellence or academic achievement. It’s about control, control, and more control.

My remaining question in this is to Senator Kline. “Why Sir, did you not make every effort to stop this monster since everything being done to put the Common Core Standards in place, you knew in 2010, was without legislative process? And you want us to trust you? Your HR 5 legislation in regard to the CCS should have also undone everything previously put in place. If this country can be run with the stroke of a pen ti implement executive orders and no legislative authority, then things can be undone with legislative authority.