Dear Mr. Babbage,
I know when you invented the first machine which would go on to become the pattern for computers, you had no plans to see your creation turned into a tool to be used against people. I imagine you were just thrilled to use your math skills to build something to help them instead. It probably was hard being so ‘different’, back then. It hasn’t gotten much better in 2016.
I’m so sorry your hard work has been manipulated to now be on the threshold of ruining education for everyone.
(*Note: Anti CCSS Warriors, if you do not know Mr. Charles Babbage’s contributions to math or his quest to build calculators; how he is known world-wide for being the ‘father of computers’, look him up. It’s quite a great history lesson.)
‘Meet’ the Education Nanny:
Actually, Warriors, we already KNOW the ‘education nanny’: technology! We’ve seen the massive overreach of technology in our classrooms, our lives; and are now finding out how technology via ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) will INCREASE even more. You’ve read not only my research on this topic. There are other Anti CCSS Warriors who consistently share the ins-and-outs/ups-and-downs of HOW this is happening.
However, let’s briefly review:
1) The technology nanny is global and backed by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
2) No educational choice will escape the data mining that accompanies technology or the alignment to workforce based education as laid out in ESSA and connected federal laws.
3) Mandates and funding in ESSA bring the technology nanny into your home.
4) New strides are being made daily by the CCSS Machine to sell us on how MORE tech is not only a good thing, but needed to survive as a global citizen.
5) Many current candidates in every level of the 2016 elections (from federal to your town) are helping spin the technology nanny via ‘digital textbooks’, ‘better connectivity for our cities’, etc.
Examples of the technology nanny already exist, Warriors!
1) Digital badges in education for leaders AND students.
2) ‘Smart Cities’ (Part of the i3 Initiative from the White House)
3) 1:1 (one computer for one person in every classroom)
4) No textbooks/no homework (you, as a Warrior cannot fight what you cannot hold in your hand and read. You can’t help with homework when there is none. You also are losing your right to see what Johnny and Suzy are learning.)
5) Diplomas and transcripts are being phased out and replaced with national credentials which follow you throughout your education AND employment.
So, What’s Really New?
I do not know about you, but recently, I was able to see some TV ads displaying new toys. What’s so thinly veiled? The technology nanny is targeting our babies, even BEFORE they are ready to learn in a school setting. Of course, thanks to the Universal Pre K push by the current administration and ESSA’s language mandates, expect these sorts of toys to not only increase, but to become more not so thinly veiled in aligned agenda.
For example, one of the ads I saw was on a cable channel during a popular adult viewing time (after 9 pm). The ad was for the latest ‘smart baby’ coding (as in old school computer programming skills) toy.
Coding is how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is becoming rammed down our throats. This fits right into the Master STEM Plan I’ve been telling you about from almost the very beginning of my blog articles. If you’ve missed the Master Plan, it’s basically this: a STEM education (which was ushered in at about the same time as CCSS, so no one would really notice) for a STEM workforce to become a STEM nation.
If you look at ESSA and all its post-secondary readiness (ie: college and career readiness, challenging state academic standards, and CTE (Career Tech Education), etc.) you’ll notice that a huge portion of all this readiness is in the STEM fields. There’s also ‘region specific training’ involved.
Then look at the i3 Initiative, much of it is all about technology..from studying our brains, to Smart Cities. Then look back to ESSA.
Infrastructure to ensure every student, regardless of educational choice or location is to be 24/7 hooked into technology. If you are not sure what i3 stands for it’s “Investing in Innovation”. Related: Texas is fighting right now against having “Districts of Innovation”.
Again, look back to ESSA. Also, refer back to the White House, the “Computer Science for All” is to be joined into ESSA. Digital Promise, another White House Initiative is now codified in ESSA.
As far as STEM for Babies, Dr. John King is helping champion that one. So, are we starting to see the circle of CCSS Machine wagons?
The Techno Nanny Toys:
In this screen shot, you’ll see VTech has experts your parents are not only to rely on, but to seek out their advice. Considering they are aligned to CCSS, STEM, and STEAM. Most of their products are for early learners, I think that’s shameful.
As far as the STEM expert, her advice? “One of the most important things a parent should do is to expose their child early and frequently to the use of technology. Many schools are now are moving away from traditional textbooks and moving toward the use of technology for teaching and completing assignments.”
To see her entire statement full of not only agenda but a handy sales pitch, https://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/article/%7B279909C9-2D12-47A1-88B7-C974153AB22A%7D/Dr_Carla_C_Johnson_STEM__Art__STEAM
Dr. Johnson’s daytime job? Purdue University as both a professor and a Dean. Guess what? Global Research, Affairs, and Engagement is what she oversees. See:
From Indiana to Agenda:
Is Purdue tied to the CCSS Machine? It’s a Land Grant University (LGUs). Between ESSA, WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) and the HEA (Higher Education Act), LGUs are ensnared. Purdue also has begun re-inventing high school via their Polytechnic High School.
To learn more: https://pphsi.purdue.edu/
Those Innovation Schools in Indianapolis Public Schools? See below:
To learn more about the Far Eastside Success Initiative:
To learn how Lumina Foundation (a huge CCSS Machine member organization) has helped develop a “Quality of Life” Plan for the Far Eastside:
To learn how HUD (Housing and Urban Development) has laid out Promise Zones across the USA (which play right into the ‘region specific’ education laid out in ESSA, WIOA, and HEA):
http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/comm_planning/economicdevelopment/programs/pz (*Note: Indianapolis is among previous Promise Zone ‘winners’)
To see the 2016 Promise Zone information:
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/08/2016-16130/applications-for-new-awards-promise-neighborhoods-program-implementation-grant-competition (*Note: be prepared to see LOTS of career readiness which will fit right into the ESSA/WIOA/HEA/STEM plan.)
More Techno Nanny Agenda Tied to the CCSS Machine:
From EdSurge News (a media source), how SEL (Social Emotional Learning) will be used in technology.
Notice the bottom left hand corner of the image. Thanks to ESSA, SEL begins before Pre-K.
To see the entire article: https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-10-17-how-to-weave-advisory-into-academics-plus-10-resources-for-teaching-sel
To be a great ‘digital/techno nannied student’, you will need ‘digital techno nannied teachers’. EdSurge News also published an article back in Aug. 2016 (which oddly resurfaced a few days ago on Twitter) about:
To read all about it: https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-08-03-how-to-take-digital-citizenship-schoolwide-during-the-2016-17-school-year (*Note: be sure to access those 9 prongs of digital citizenship.)
Warriors, I hope you can see that the intent is apparent: we are to educate for technology, not academics. I hope you can also see how interconnection all this mess is. Mr. Babbage set out to create something useful for the world. How shameful it is that those who followed in his footsteps were not so kindhearted.
If you need any of my previous published articles about i3, STEM, STEM to STEAM, etc., please either contact me in the comments section OR search the blog on your own. If we wish to preserve America, we must continue to expose the re-purposing of our educational system.
Lastly, look for my follow up article to this one, where I show you how the Congressional Budget has not only paved the way for this, but how ESSA is involved.