Why “College and Career Ready” Nationalized “Standards”?
Babel meets the Borg.
Why is it propagated to be sooooooo important that there be Nationalized Education Common “standards”?
What’s behind the push for all states to implement the same standards, verified by aligned assessment testing (which will just be ongoing via ethernet “learning”, I-pads), and
Seamlessly aligned college/ workforce entrance exams (PSAT, SAT, ACT, Stanford 10, Aspire, WorkKeys, GED etc.),
Seamlessly aligned with “higher education” and
“Soft Skills” for workforce certification?
1. Uniform Database platforms.
2. Uniform attitudes, dispositions, and behaviors.
3. To uniformly design malleable labor.
4. All of the above.
Ie. Cut and paste human capital; or perhaps “grab and capture” is more accurate. (The brain trust ponders how Gates appears to be the scapegoat for all this, while the apples and smarter planet folks are definitely reaping bushels of sauce while producing mush in minds, senses and souls.)
Before we get out the smoking shovels, let’s employ some common sense observations.
A. There was no perceived workforce/ economic problem, healthcare problem, breakdown of the family problem, college tuition problem, or dumbed down education problem, until the progressives, notably Lyndon B. Johnson and company, took it upon themselves to create problems; Nanny the entire nation via their “War on Poverty.”
In 1965 Johnson’s administration rolled out some of the most devastating legislation via the:
1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Title funding I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X ongoing…
1965 Johnson also signed the death of Healthcare via Medicare
1965 Johnson also signed the dependency scam called Medicaid
1965 was also the tragic year that Lyndon B. Johnson signed in the Higher Education Act of 1965, PL89-329 (authorized most federal student financial aid programs, including the Educational Opportunity Grant Program and the Guaranteed Student Loan Program.
In 1964 Johnson had already paved the road for serfdom with the “Economic Opportunity Act of 1964” which established college work-study and authorized Head Start, Upward Bound, and VISTA.
It seems that much comes back to the concept of life and “work.”
Is life to be a “free ride”, coast down a yellow brick road, lined with ice cream and lemonade stands? Or is life to be full of, well, “life” : Challenges, obstacles, success, scraped knees, joy, tears, growth and a continual series of mental, physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual development?
One does not learn any competence from: smooth, easy or challenge-free. Nor does one embrace the humus of being human and begin the profound awe of that Breath of Life distinguishing mankind from animals.
For anything to have long lasting value, there is a personal cost; a personal “skin in the game.” Free has no value to those who pay nothing for the commodity, the education, the goods, the “success”…or the sacrifice.
For the last 50 years Progressives have placed the cookies low on the shelf.
We must remember that if one only grabs the lowest cookies on the shelf, one will end up fat, lazy and lacking any motivation for reaching for something higher in the cabinet…or better yet learning how to hunt a really nutritious meal.
Today we find ourselves in the wake of the devastation of the progressives’ “War on Poverty”; as we acknowledge the poverty of desire to “REACH” in our own communities, churches, commerce and cultures.
Having removed the “Need”, the Central Progressive Planners have castrated the peoples.
The poverty of desire to: self-govern, be self-sufficient, and self-determinant is far more astounding as we witness the apathetic acceptance of a populace willing to be spoon fed, digitally designed, and placed on the workforce conveyor belt of uniformity.
It is as if they are willing to sit on the conveyor belt and allow cookies to be shoved into their mouths for the promise of an infinite diet of cookies.
For those that are willing to reach and build some muscles, here are some smoking shovels connecting “education” with state, federal and globalist conveyors of social engineering:
Hoosiers for Quality Education (HQE) …formerly Hoosiers for Economic Growth
Indiana Network of Knowledge (INK)…..formerly Indiana Workforce Intelligence System (IWIS) “integrating data to understand Indiana’s human capital”
Lumina Foundation, Goals 2025, (remake of Clinton’s Goals 2000 managed by member of Clinton’s IHEP, Institution for Higher Education Policy) headquartered in Indiana
National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE), Marc Tucker’s dream of socially engineered human capital, Clintons also on this board
Academy for Systemic Change maps, MIT, social engineering
PARCC (Partnership for Assessments of Readiness for College and Career)
SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia)
SAT, PSAT, SAT, Stanford 10, Iowa Basic, GED, Aspire, ACT WorkKeys etc.
Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) is a collaborative partnership at the Federal level between the Department of Labor (DOL) and Education which has awarded grants to states to expand their Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS). In turn the states are expected to “demonstrate similarly established partnerships between educational and workforce agencies.”
inBloom’s Comprehensive Data-Gathering and cloud-computing services such as Pearson, Khan Academy and Edmodo.
“Free” services for data collection and allegiance and App development via Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo…. Platforms designed to be capable for personal profiling and data collection on personal level.
Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) is a federally funded “national collaboration effort among states to develop common data “vocabulary”. It is comprised of CCSSO Council of Chief State School Officers, SHEEO State Higher Education Executive Officers, the United States Department of Education (USED),
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Data Quality Campaign (DQC), the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF), the Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC), and the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF). CEDS facilitates sharing of data among agencies with the shared data vocabulary now up to 1,147 specific attributes.
Digital Passport Initiative, another Federally funded initiative to which CEDS contributes.
USED’s MyData Initiative…an easily hacked App for students to carry around on their ipads…with the potential for fueling “a gigantic ecosystem of apps”….
A full shovel…and an ever growing pile of poop.
Don’t be so willing to take the low placed cookies designed to shape uniformity of Babel in the hands of the Borg.
Jump off the conveyor belt and reach for something higher and dig for something deeper; armed with your Bible, your dictionary, your shovel and your common sense.
“…Anyone who lives on milk (and cookies), being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.
But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”
Resistance is NOT futile.
It’s time to take down the Borg and the Tower of Babel. So help us God.
Cogs in the Machine, by Joy Pullmann, Jane Robbins, Emmett McGroarty