Anti Fed Ed Warriors, we’re seeing LOTS of news about the increases of SEL (Social Emotional Learning). We’re also seeing an increase in the efforts to turn academic education into CBE (Competency Based Education). We also know they are linked together..on purpose.
ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) cemented SEL and CBE, but it’s hardly the lone federal law combining the two like some evil tag team boxers. You’ve got WIOA, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (2014); the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math) Act of 2015; and, the HEA, Higher Education Act (currently being re-written).
These are just a FEW of the MANY SEL/CBE laws. There are also many proposed bills combining the two. Then, there are the laws at your State levels which have combined the two are are about to.
If you’ve got friends, family, and, associates who aren’t sure just HOW the two are linked, then this article is for them. If you’re working with your local leaders who need the ties, then this article will help you.
SEL comes first because your students will HAVE to be ‘rewired’ in their thinking and responses, in order to accept the pre-determined ‘pathway’.
SEL is in Kindergarten, but is also being woven into education, family services, and daycare facilities for those children who are too young for even Pre-K.
Let’s say your child doesn’t go to any of these types of places. Will the SEL still impact THEM? Yes! The in-home visits tied to family services AND anything remotely able to be classified as ‘educational outreach’ will contain some sort of SEL as long as it’s funded or produced by the CCSS Machine and/or ANY of its’ P3s (public private partnerships). If someone says, ‘It’s not Common Core, it’s….’, I urge you to STILL look at who or what group is behind it. We can no longer trust anyone’s word when it comes to our children.
Next, the CBE is inserted into all levels of education. Now that the SEL has conditioned your mind and beliefs, all that matters is how ‘competent’ you can become. Excellence, as far as education (and I mean real education), has been shoved aside for a watered down version. CBE convinces us that as long as you are ‘ready’, you’re competent enough. BS!
I might be competent at giving simple first aid, but you wouldn’t want me to be the one who gives you an appendectomy.
Consider this, in some European countries we are constantly being compared to, their societal view of ‘competency’ is NOT what is truly desired when it comes to being the ‘best’ at something.
(My thanks to my Warrior friend Paul, for sharing this image.)
Warriors, sometimes a picture is worth many words. Below is one image I created you are free to share which will drive how just how inter-linked SEL and CBE are.
The “Best’ ways SEL and CBE are combined is via the ‘personalized learning’, the ‘project based learning’, and, ‘blended learning’.
Warriors, we MUST continue to fight this tag team effort to rob our students and teachers of quality education and support. While the CCSS Machine is ready for a knock out jab at our nation, I hope you will continue to join me in hitting the Machine in the breadbasket and bring it to its knees.
How? Remove your students from anywhere the CCSS Machine’s presence is. Protest and demand from your government officials that the wrongs being committed be punished. Speak loudly, be that persistent parent. We won’t get another opportunity to save our education system, Warriors.