May 13, 2017
The Federalist – May 4, 2017 article
Despite his failure at presidential politics, Jeb Bush emerged from the recent campaign with perhaps unparalleled influence on K-12 education. Minions with ties to his Florida-based, Bill Gates-funded Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE) are populating the U.S. Department of Education (USED) under Secretary Betsy DeVos, and FEE leverages Bush’s education legacy to push its preferred policies in multiple states. One of those policies is competency-based education (CBE).
May 13, 2017/update 12:52 p.m./updated 2017-05-15
THIS IS A FOLLOW-UP ON BLOG 0205–Go to Blog 0205 for background information connected with this article.
Comments about: Common Core and ESSA – and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
Common Core was coercively pushed on school districts and states across our country, (using force and threats in addition to bribery) — it was deceptively implemented, keeps growing in its scope, and has not gone away.
Common Core was officially made federal law (ESSA) in December 2015. If Betsy DeVos does not know that, or if she does and is hiding it, she should not be our Education Secretary. We need someone who will honestly and thoroughly champion for local control of education — not just in words, and not just in little parts – but have local control truly be the top priority.
Go to the end of Blog 0205, for some links to other blogs on this website that deal with Common Core. They contain information that will be helpful to people who know nothing about Common Core, and they are also excellent resources for people who have studied Common Core for years.
5.6.17 – Breitbart
May 13, 2017/update May 15, 2017
FEE Chairman Jeb Bush_Meet our Board–meet our donors 2008-2016
Background information to supplement the next blog – Blog 0206
On May 6, 2017, Donna Garner distributed an article by Dr. Susan Berry, which is also the subject of the next blog (blog 0206). Donna Garner is an invaluable resource. You can email her, asking her to place your email on her distribution list — Wgarner1@hot.rr.com.
If you don’t know much about Common Core, you can learn a lot from Dr. Berry’s article and the video she linked within the article. In the video, Jason Zimba admits Common Core does not prepare students for more than, at best, a non-selective junior college. Jason was a lead writer of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
To learn about those people and organizations pushing Common Core,
the History and goals of Common Core – and its status
Go to Links to blogs, that can be found listed at the end of this article. They give some detailed background, history and goals of Common Core. They are good for beginners, as well as for those of us who have studied Common Core for years. They can be a refresher and can offer new information. Continue reading
May 4, 2017
Donna Garner forwarded this article across the country today. Following are a few selections from the article. You can link the article at: http://thefederalist.com/2017/05/04/competency-based-education-will-deepen-americas-education-crisis/
Samples from Jane Robbins’
May 4, 2017 Competency-Based Education (CBE) article
“Our Choices: Minimum Competency Or Indoctrination. Some CBE proponents straightforwardly argue that education must be changed to focus less on instilling knowledge and more on training students in “twenty-first-century skills” such as creativity, communication, and collaboration.
Unencumbered by facts, the government can then establish its own definitions of what success looks like in those areas.”
“This is where CBE becomes much more dangerous than its predecessor OBE. Modern technology allows the training to be accomplished much more effectively, and with data-capture mechanisms that can literally reshape our children’s lives.”
“Slicing and Dicing Kids’ Minds for Market Digital learning uses interactive software to track the student’s every keystroke, and perhaps his psysiological reactions, to create a personal mind-map illustrating not just what the child knows but also how his brain works. This is perfect for CBE. Th Student can work his way through the different benchmarks at his own pace and have all his responses recorded and incorporated into an algorithm that shows where he is and where he’s likely to go.”
“According to the CEO of mind-mapper Knewton, the ed-tech companies will have so much data on each student that they can predict what he will do and tell him what he should do. Few parents want the government (through the schools) to have this much information on their children, but of course, parents won’t be told how all this works.”
“CBE isn’t real education. It’s a mechanism for control. States must reject it.
Jane Robbins is an attorney and a senior fellow with the American Principles Project in Washington DC. She is a graduate of Clemson University and the Harvard Law School.”
5.4.17 – The Federalist
“Why Competency-Based Education
Will Deepen America’s Education Crisis
By Jane Robbins Continue reading