“Just the Facts, Ma’am”
Third in a series about the NC B3 Interagency Council
for the Patriot Institute
Patriots, in the previous articles about this new type of education overreach into our American families, we learned how this North Carolina (NC) Birth to Third Grade (B3) Interagency Council is bringing some pretty scary words to fruition. Which words, you ask?
“That may be a shocking thought to you; but, if you were to do an inventory of every baby in your community and think about what the needs of those babies were for the next four or five years, you might see that those needs might not be served any other way.” Governor Lamar Alexander (article link)
We also learned that NC is hardly flying solo on the alignment of birth to third grade. As of 2017, at least 20 States are plotting how to carry Alexander’s words out in real time.
So, Patriots, just what ARE the facts when it comes to this new type of Council?! What can you learn from NC’s legislation and teamwork which will help you in your State?
Remember, ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is holding the States ‘hostage’ via funding and mandates to align early childhood education to the workforce based Common Core system. (*Note: you’ll want to refer to this 2017 article highlighting just a few of the ways ESSA is impacting not only early childhood education, but young people in general.)
Patriots, if you heard the fallacy that NC actually ‘ditched’ Common Core in 2015, don’t believe it. NC hasn’t slowed down, it was just re-named. Look behind the BS, and you’ll find Common Core is still there! (*Note: be sure to remember to refer back to this article a bit later in this article. A key CCSS Machine member NC educrat will surface.)
The Much Sought After Archives:
Patriots, you know I waited days to be able to access the March 15, 2018 B3 Interagency Council meeting. If you’ll remember, it was to open to the public and the host (NC Dept. of Public Instruction) had difficulty in making the meeting as public as promised. After much back and forth, I happily am able to share the following link to the audio archive. Please note there is NO visual archive available to the citizens that I have been made aware of.
The audio above is about 1 and 1/2 hours. I urge you to listen, take notes. Find out what information will best help you in your War Vs the Core (fight against federal overreaches in education), especially the Common Core illegally based standards or whatever they’ve been re-branded. We are seeing how the CCSS Machine is setting up our youngest; our families, to be churned up and spit out as aligned and conformed people.
Be sure to open up the image I created (below). This was one I felt best illustrated just how awful NC’s ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) State Plan was. In its current form, it is no better, than when first introduced. I am sure you will find the same issues in your State.
Patriots, I will share that the NC DPI Early Education people have been helpful so far, in getting information to me so I could share with you. I was assured there is a website in the works for the B3 Interagency Council meetings. I also was able to obtain the presentation ( handout ) from the March 15th meeting as well. (*Note: of the 9 pages, only 1 page is right side up; the rest are upside down. You’ll need these 9 pages when listening to the audio.
**Here is another version, where all the pages are right side up, however, on Page 5’s handwritten note is missing. 2ndMajor Themes Handout from 031518 Mtg
Parents ARE the experts in one area: OUR children.
Patriots, while I know you’ll have notes of your own, I wanted to point out some areas we really should be investigating further. By far and away, the single biggest and Constitutionally violating aspect of the B3’s work will be the data mining. The longevity of their data mining? Four years, or 2021.
This one topic (data) took the majority of the 90 minutes. It begins about 19 minutes and ends near the 39 minute mark. During this portion, you’ll hear some NC legislators speak. One is Rep. Craig Horn.
Patriots, the man is a dyed-in-the-wool CCSS Machine disciple. When he says he doesn’t know, he knows exactly how to steer things to go directly toward the data mining (aka ‘student data rape’) portions of the purposed alignment we are seeing. However, he’s not alone. Listen to “Sharon” during this 20 minute topic.
She steers quite a bit toward ‘good data’, what massive amounts of data are already out there (near 24:47 and again near 38:53).
Of this Council, I am not sure just how many of these people are ‘experts’. At one point during the meeting it was stated there were 50. Expert experience in what aspect of education? Where are the doctors, teachers, and, parents on this Council? I will tell you, there was quite a bit of laughing at what I felt were inappropriate discussion points, especially the remark about selling all this to the people and getting 61 NC House members and 26 NC Senate members to agree to it all.(between the 48:37 and 50:47 mark)
According the the NC legislative bill (2017-DPI-H70-P), the entire Council was to be 12 voting members and 4 non voting members. However, consider the vote totals below. What were the votes for? What the B3 Council should most focus on:
These are near the 17:10 minute mark:
Data driven decisions: 28
Teacher and Administrative Development/Effectiveness: 27
Transition and Continuity, 21
Governance and Funding, 19
inaudible, 8 (is muttered between ‘family engagement’ and ‘standards’)
Standards and Assessments, 8
Family Engagement, 6
The top 4, were called ‘buckets’ and were the entire focus of this particular meeting.
Near the 1:23:56 mark, you’ll hear Rep. Horn again. Patriots, here (in writing) is what you will hear:
“Is that shared all the way down? No, that’s where alignment issue comes in. That’s my point, do you know where you’re going. If you don’t, any road will get you there.”
This is followed by specific remarks about what should be in the birth to 3rd grade curriculum:
What’s to be measured on the kids in this age/grade group?
“Kids who can perform collaboratively and independently”
“Kids who persist and don’t give up”
“Are self regulated and able to inhibit some of their impulses”
“Manage their emotions..those are the things 4th grade teachers expect AND need. They are at a loss when the kids reach their classrooms and are not there (prepared).
What’s the missing link between birth to 3rd grade and 4th to 12th?
SEL (social emotional learning)
At the 1:26:28 mark, “We have the SEL in K (Kindergarten) we’re measuring. But, in 4th grade it’s academics.”
1:28:12, “SEL should be throughout.”
Take 4th grade education’s details and map backward to birth.
(Combine that with the overreach into the family you heard about in earlier conversations during this meeting (the ‘family navigators’, the pressure being put on teachers/educators NOT programs, etc.)
Patriots, on a national scale, the grasp for our babies is at an all time crisis point, when you factor in how ESSA has helped bring alignment into our families homes. In this 2016 article, I laid out for you how dangerous this grab is. The image you see below will be included.
In July 2015, I laid out the ‘Pint Sized’ Common Core grasp for our babies as backed by the Zero to Three group. Zto3 has the backing of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The awful news, then? Four areas in which birth to 3 years where expected to be ‘ready’ in: language and literacy skills; thinking skills; self-control; and, self confidence. Go back to my notes and see how, in 2018, these ‘readiness skills’ are still in play.
One of the components mentioned as worth ‘keeping’ in the B3 Interagency Council was the use of the formative Kindergarten Entry level assessment. Back in 2016, my fellow Patriot, Lady Liberty 1885, exposed just how much data and SEL is within this ‘measuring tool’. (*Note: this YouTube video may help you understand the CLASS used in NC on these little learners. CLASS stands for “CLassroom Assessment Scoring System”.)
If you wish to see the most current measure of the PreK and K students in NC, read this Report by the University of NC’s Child Development Institute
(*Note: if you click on ‘institute’ you’ll see a list of the groups the Development Institute collaborates with. Look at the well known CSSS Machine member groups represented.)
For what NC considers part of the ‘whole child’ approach, especially in areas where adverse conditions may be, read this. (Patriots, a question: Do you see the government overreaches at the State level into the families? I realize there are times and circumstances where intervention must happen, but where is the the line to be drawn? Why are the only ones weighing in government officials or groups tied to the government?)
To see what the public sees on the data collected on our littlest citizens in NC, read this.
(Patriots, another question: Considering NC has a huge homeschooling community how will these ‘parent navigators’ discussed during the 90 minute meeting be impacted? Knowing there’s a growing movement to further marginalize home education as ‘abusive’ (recent CA legislation) AND seeing the data points for how safe a child is in their home, what will this really look like when the NC B3 Council puts all their family engagement plans into play?)
Patriots, there are so many other things which raised red flags. If you’d like to chat about what some of these things are, let me know.