The document entitled, “Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance” was in my hands as I referenced the same information, Christel Swasey writes about below, to my colleagues and administrator during a staff meeting. I was called an “alarmist” and it was downplayed as something just to “help improve tests, surely not to be used on ALL children”. This same document was also in the hands of a concerned parent, hoping to convince those participating in a forum in the Conejo Valley Unified School District in California last week, that it is a reality! It is true, this is not a conspiracy or something being taken out of context. You can read it for yourselves at the government’s website.
Christel Swasey writes:
The Department of Education is increasingly creepy.
There’s no other word for it. It’s as bad as any Orwellian-styled fiction. I say this without being in the least speculative– proof is published openly in the actual source documents coming out of the current Department of Education.
I invite you to scan over the Department of Education’s document entitled “Promoting Grit, Tenacity and Perserverance.”
This 126-page report was published four months ago by the Office of Educational Technology and the U.S. Department of Education.
The whole document is about student data mining– but not just the type of data mining we’ve talked about before, where math and English and a student’s personal name and address are the issues.
Here, the issue is having schools/governments collect data about a student’s will, character, beliefs and attitudes using multiple measures that go beyond standardized testing to physical control and measurement of the child, by eye tracking and nerve sensory devices.
On page 44, see exhibit 11. It shows how affective sensors are used in some areas to measure student “engagement”. You’ll see facial expression cameras, posture analysis seats, a pressure mouse, and a wireless skin conductance sensor.
These are supposed to be good things?!
We see clearly that it is not enough for the “education reformers” to nationally control, via common standards and testing, the math and English teaching; they also desire to test, analyze and control, noncognitive individual attitudes.
How is freedom of thought, freedom of belief/attitude/religion, or freedom of expression, upheld by these “reforms” in any way?
The document also says:
“There is a growing movement to explore the potential of the “noncognitive” factors— attributes, dispositions, social skills, attitudes, and intrapersonal resources, independent of intellectual ability…”
I re-read Orwell’s 1984 recently. Do you remember it? The main character lives in a world completely controlled by the government, which watches all citizens through virtually omnipresent screens and makes all citizens daily chant, with the same expressions on their faces– or else.
“Of course he chanted with the rest: it was impossible to do otherwise. To dissemble your feelings, to control your face, to do what everyone else was doing, was an instinctive reaction.”
In Promoting Grit, Tenacity and Perserverance, as in other documents and speeches promoted by the current administration, you will also see the marginalization of parents. Parents are not seen as the primary instructor and authority figure over the child. Parents are seen as just the supporting cast. They can play a role. They can support. They can be educated about governmental “best practices” to practice at home. Think I’m kidding?
From page xiv: “Conclusion 6: Parents and guardians can also play a direct and important role in promoting
their children’s grit, tenacity, and perseverance… Recommendation 6a: Parents may employ some of the research-based best practices at home as they work with their children around academic goals… Parents can also support children in structuring their home work
environments to support effortful control…
Recommendation 6b: Educators… should consider outreach to parents and guardians as an important support for
students… parents may need to be educated about best practices.
This goes right along with Obama’s Lean Forward campaign, where the video spokeswoman, Melissa Harris-Perry said, (see the video of the commercial ) “We haven’t had a collective notion of ‘these are our children.’ We have to break through this kind of private idea that kids belong to parents.” This scares me!! They belong to me….NOT those whom I chose to assist in raising them, be it, schools, teachers, church leaders, etc….
The Department of Education is pushing behavioral indicator measurement, and while the testing company Wyoming has chosen to create its Common Core tests, Smarter Balanced Consortium is partnered with–American Institutes for Research (AIR) whose mission statement is “to conduct and apply the best behavioral and social science research and evaluation,”
Bill Gates who is the main funder of all things Common Core, is promoting the merger of technology, games, education and biometric-psychometric control– when these forces combine, how can anyone still believe that all is well? Hear how he speaks of aligning all of this to market to a base of “customers” (our children) during his speech in 2009.
All is not well.
Parents, board members, teachers and legislators should stand up, speak out, and not be quiet until we stop this erosion of individual rights.
If we don’t, who will? PLEASE join our fight and make your voices heard! Educate yourself on the history of those funding the Common Core Agenda! PLEASE look further than what our own Wyoming Department of Education is sending around as the FACTS on CCSS. It is all part of the propaganda to push the agenda, using educational terms that mask what is truly happening.
Know what “state-led” really means…
Ask why Achieve Inc. is not listed among the FACTS sheet!
Please share this information….information is power and power can enact change!!
Change for education and our children’s future!