Following is from a newsletter published by a friend. There are lots of very good information here. Please read, click on the links, and take appropriate action in your own jurisdictions.
In this issue, we're summarizing and attaching breaking news and information several people have requested about Common Core developments. Some of the documents are rather large. Rather than attach large files, we have uploaded them into our file server so you can download them from this link.
TODAY'S DOWNLOAD 2013-11-10: (Click the link and download)
1. Common Core Collateral Damage: New York State therapist notes huge increase in self-mutilations in high-achieving students (Original statement included in today's download)
"A large number of honors students—mostly 8th graders—were streaming into my practice. The kids were self-mutilating—cutting themselves with sharp objects and burning themselves with cigarettes. My phone never stopped ringing."
Statement for New York State Assembly Education Forum
Brentwood, New York, October 10, 2013
"Common Core requires children to read informational texts that are owned by a handful of corporations. Lacking any filter to distinguish good information from bad, children will readily absorb whatever text is put in front of them as gospel."
"we have abandoned innovative teaching and instead “teach to the tests,” the dreaded exams that had students, parents and teachers in a complete anxiety state last spring. These tests do not measure learning—what they really measure is endurance and resilience."
(We recall a document detailing how to teach kids "Grit, Perseverance and Tenacity" -- Now we know why it's included with Common Core.)
"…an entire third grade class that spent the rest of the day sobbing after just one testing session,
…a 2nd grader who witnessed this and is now refusing to attend the 3rd grade—this 7-year-old is now being evaluated for psychotropic medication just to go to school,
…a 6-year-old who came home crying because in September of the first grade, she did not know what a vertex was,
…two 8-year-olds who opted out of the ELA exam and were publicly denied cookies when the teacher gave them to the rest of her third grade class,"
"Our country became a superpower on the backs of men and women who studied in one-room schoolhouses. I do not think it takes a great deal of technology or corporate and government involvement for kids to succeed. We need to rethink the Common Core and the associated high stakes testing and get back to the business of educating our children in a safe, healthy, and productive manner."
2. Jefferson County Colorado School Board Unanimously Severs Ties with InBloom Data Mining
This is WHY the school board did this:
"The district's controversial plan to test the system was a prominent issue in the campaign for Tuesday's board election, in which three conservative candidates won seats, dramatically changing the political orientation of the board" << This is why we must run for school board and WIN. As we've heard, "Elections have consequences"!
3. CORE Education & Technologies Ltd., an Indian company, is apparently taking over education globally.... this used to be a "technology" company (see below) and then after 2005 something changed. Please see the section below showing what just a quick pass reveals. 2005 also happened to be the first year of UNESCO's Decade of Education. Just a coincidence we're sure.
Please see Today's Download for the source documentation and our analysis.
I am starting to look at their financial reports as I have time. Any one else who wants to do this too please do so.
CORE Education and Technoligies.... which used to be known by a different name...... and it had a different product focus.... suddenly it swung from logistics, RFID, satellite and communication technology and started producing "education" services...... I am going to go through each AFR to find out when.
You'll "love" (/sarc) this (as in, "how many red flags can we find"):
2004-2005 Annual report: http://www.core-edutech.com/pdf/AnnualReport2005.pdf
All financial and annual reports: http://www.core-edutech.com/investors/Financial-Reports.php
The 2005 report did not contain the slick marketing presentation of later years; this was not native-speaking English, and the message is clear; it is not concealed.
No page numbers -- On this one page -- apparently Page 7 -- you will LOVE this (not) -- note this is 2004-05:
(Also note, separately, that: (1) 2005 was the first year of the UNESCO Decade of Education; (2) ITES is a US Dept of Defense standard: Information Technology Enterprise Solutions; (3) VSAT is Very Small Aperture Tracking, a high-speed protocol to communicate on the Internet through a satellite; (4) STPI is an entity originally set up by the government of India to crank out and export software, which now operates autonomously from the government and controls all internet communications in India;)
During the year, your company set up an 100% Export Oriented Undertaking, which is duly registered with the Software Technology Park of India (STPI). This unit launched its products in the overseas market and is expected to make considerable headway in its specific target areas.
Your Company also entered the “low-price, high-volume” retail products segment by entering into a distribution agreement with PMC Outsourcing LLC, USA, to distribute “iolo” branded packaged software products in India. The products mainly enhance the working of PCs and also have a very effective “anti-virus” tool. More products will be added to offer our customers the latest innovations in these and related area.
Your Company is also foraying into the “Logistics” segment of ITES. It is in the process of implementing a prestigious “Pilot Project” for Vehicle Tracking, based on VSAT Technology on the “Delhi-Jaipur” highway. Being implemented in association with the Software Technology Park of India, which is providing the required VSAT Technology, the successful launch of this Pilot will lead to your company offering the entire range of
Logistic services using RFID, GSM, CDMA and Satellite Technologies.
Your Company is also in the process of ramping up its manpower resources, which are the heart and soul of every Software Products and Services Company. Towards this end, your company has recruited a very experienced and successful IT Professional as its President and CEO. The new manpower pool will have a positive impact on your company’s performance in the coming years.
LET ALL THAT SINK IN.
4. 132 Catholic Professors Ask Bishops To Stop Following Common Core Standards
Please consider taking this information to your Catholic school principal and priest.
"...we are convinced that Common Core is so deeply flawed that it should not be adopted by Catholic schools which have yet to approve it, and that those schools which have already endorsed it should seek an orderly withdrawal now."
See letter, at the Today's Download link.
5. Great listen here - a college student slams Common Core to the applause of assembled teachers and parents.
6. Race to the Top Violated Federal Law.
Violation of Federal Education Code: Department of Education, Public Law -- 2/01/10, 20 U.S.C. 3403 (Pub. L. 96-88, Title I, 103, Oct. 17, 1979, 93 Stat. 670). United States Code. Title 20. Education. Chapter 48
7. Common Core is based on Outcome Based Education - The outcome of your child’s progress and job direction will be predetermined in advance, taking away your child’s destiny(choice). Choices will be a thing of the past as computers will guide your child into his government chosen job path.
You child will be conditioned to accept their chosen path without his knowledge. Your child will no longer be free to choose.
UNESCO’s PLAN for American Education – Jed Brown
a. Lifelong Learning - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9M6ByTf2dxk
b. Workforce Training – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9lsd490Lko
c. Change agents - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZT52AMmcQpU
d. Charter Schools - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLh9P4wDl8A
e. Insect Society - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7kHTHTW5CY
Read Jed’s Article – The Skinner School Box
8. Show me the Money – Common Core redistributes wealth from the public funds into -- guess what? -- Public-Private Partnerships. http://ccss1.watchknowlearn.org/Video.aspx?VideoID=1432&CategoryID=2420
Our national websites - www.natcure.org << Education Activism