Part of the reason for the time gap between the last post and this one is my youngest child has now officially graduated. Hallelujah! Knowing what is really going on in American and global education in the name of euphemisms like standards, competencies, Whole Child, Positive School Climate, and Higher Order Thinking Skills I am afraid I think of schools now as psychological Auschwitzes. That is not a phrase I use lightly, but unfortunately, there will be no respite from this deliberate neurological assault on minds and personalities until we parents and funding taxpayers recognize what is really targeted for change and why. Also we need to grasp just how experimental all these sought shifts actually are.
During the last two weeks documentable, official confessions of just how much our children’s very synapses and whether the regions used in thinking are rational or tied to emotions have come out on an almost daily basis. Originally I thought all the reports I have read and downloaded since May 1 were tied to desired teacher training over the summer for a rollout next fall. That was before I came across the Human Brain Project’s announcement that it had shifted to the active, operational stage in April 2016 after being in the planning stage since 2013. Then I discovered that USC, the employer of Professors Immordino-Yang and Damasio from the last post, was one of the US partners of HBP. So are the entire U-California university system, Yale, and the University of Tennessee as well.
The US BRAIN Initiative (which began in 2013 too) coordinates actively with HBP and goes to its programmes in Europe. Turns out part of that initiative included a Bioethics Commission http://bioethics.gov/ where we can locate the BRAIN 2025: A Scientific Vision report as well as the two Gray Matters reports that leave our government’s desire to interfere with internalized mental processes for political purposes in no doubt. It is also chaired by Penn Pres Amy Gutmann who was probably chosen by President Obama precisely because her 1987 book Democratic Education called on schools to shift away from the ‘well-intentioned misperception’ that schools have an “obligation to impart information.” Instead, Gutmann wanted teachers to develop the moral character of students so that they “feel the force of right reason” to reshape society.
There’s that ‘feeling’ hype again. I know it is not coincidental because I have a few additional writings we can survey. I have Damasio’s 2010 book Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain where he stated that “emotions are the dutiful executors and servants of the value principle.” A useful target for emphasis for planners hoping to alter the drivers of future behavior. Since Professor Damasio elsewhere mentioned “the need to manage the behaviors of humans,” forcing student thinking to be grounded in emotion would appear to be an excellent place to start. UNESCO agrees too since I located an August 2015 paper stating that the new purpose of ‘curriculum’ in the 21st century is to make sure there is no “contradiction or dissociation between the cognitive and the ethical dimension in learning.”
In order to advance the ‘concept of social justice’ and the new UN “guidelines on the meaning of education based on the ideal of building more just societies,” educational experiences must be created so that each student’s commitment to the ideals of social justice is not “an adherence that is purely rhetorical or cut off from how people actually behave.” Rounding out our support is this paper that I-Y coauthored http://iesteulada.edu.gva.es/portal/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Neuroscience-and-learning.pdf which ended with a diagram that makes it clear it is Emotional Thought, and not High Reason/ Rational Thought, that 21st century education wants to cultivate. Why? Because of its useful role in desired ” moral decision-making.”
Now all these reports have a great deal of aspirational goals for a changed society pretending to be how the mind works or how education must now be changed. Educationists cite Damasio as “neuroscience research says…” Ed Week cites I-Y for how emotions must now guide educational practices and no one seems to bring up Professor Gutmann’s earlier book. The truth is though this is not how the brain or education must now work, but rather how it needs to be altered if people are to be changed at a neurological level. Guided and motivated then by new values and images of how the world might be. Now you may be saying rightfully that I am not a neuroscientist, although I have read a great deal of their writings, and one of them, Zenon W. Pylyshin, helpfully told us back in 1980 precisely why the rational/High Reason brain is so targeted now by K-12 education.
In a published paper “Computation and Cognition” created while he was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Pylyshin laid out precisely how the human mind was thought then to work with nary a mention of these now omnipresent emotions or feelings. Here is a quote from the end that tells me precisely what had to be suffocated for the social transformation use of the mind to prevail. The mentioned George Miller is another famous behavioral scientist.
“we ought to be far more impressed with the extreme flexibility that thought can exhibit. For example, we ought to take seriously the fact that there seems to be no specifiable limit to what the human mind can imagine or think. As George Miller recently remarked to me, the salient property of mental life is surely that we can will it to do practically anything we wish: given the appropriate goals and beliefs, we can alter our behavior and thoughts to a remarkable extent by a mere act of will.”
Feels a bit like eavesdropping from decades away, doesn’t it? We now know that picking our own goals, beliefs, and values is precisely what K-12 education intends to make sure no longer happens. In fact, now we can shift back to that BRAIN 2025 vision since it too envisioned mapping the brain because of its ‘special province’ as the “interior terrain of thinking, feeling, perceiving, learning, deciding, and acting to achieve our goals.” If anyone has any doubt that this initiative is about a transformative, social justice agenda this quote should obliterate all doubt: “our brains make us who we are, enabling us to perceive beauty, teach our children, remember loved ones, react against injustice, learn from history, and imagine a different future.”
Our Founding Fathers may have seen our beliefs as a form of property not to be subject to government interference http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com/if-the-system-seeks-to-destroy-the-ability-to-think-can-james-madison-save-us/ but we get no such deference in the 21st century. To quote again from an initiative we are now spending $500 Million per year to pursue: “In advanced organisms our concept of ‘behavior’ must be extended to include sophisticated internal cognitive processes in addition to externally observable actions.” The Bioethics Commission may hype neurological and psychiatric disorders so that the full extent of the neurological manipulation is obscured but BRAIN 2025 states explicitly that the “primary goal of the BRAIN Initiative is to understand healthy brain function.”
The purpose of the Bioethics Commission is not to examine if this emphasis and research is ethical, but to make sure everyone at all levels of education believes that such research is necessary and ethical. In fact, all we get is a question as to whether “inner desires, psychological states, or motivations…deserve more privacy protection than externally observable clues about the mind.” Consistent with my concern that all this agenda is about quietly forcing a shift to the Human Development Society Uncle Karl envisioned without saying that is the actual goal, we have the Gray Matters volume on the Integration of Neuroscience, Ethics, and Society insisting that “the potential of science to improve human welfare grounds a societal obligation to undertake and support” this type of research.
Leaving no doubt as to why we have to discuss these initiatives to grasp why I now call schools psychological Auschwitzes being used to force a transformational political agenda at a neural level, we have that same volume stating “one desirable goal for ethics education is ‘transformational learning,’ which goes beyond cultivating cognitive learning or critical thinking to inculcate ‘habits of mind, attitudes, and dispositions.'” That’s neural change and designed to motivate future behavior from a level unconscious to the neurologically reengineered student. It certainly explains the odd affect and unfocused eyes in this video of high school students hyping personalized learning. http://www.cio.com/article/3002698/cio-role/how-one-cio-leverages-technology-to-transform-education.html .
Volume 2 of Gray Matters opened with a tribute to a now deceased commission member who was described as a “seeker of justice for all.” That certainly fits with the actual intention of all this neuroscience research and the stress on emotions as an integral part. So does this quote that “ethics education has a better chance of informing action when it is continually reenforced and connected to practical experience.” Showing us once again how a certain vision for education going forward is key to this entire transformation of people and institutions, the Bioethics Commission lets us know that Equity is such a focus of this new vision. that “if safe and effective novel forms of cognitive enhancement become available, they will present an opportunity to insist on a distribution that is fair and just.”
Oh. Good. Grief. Once again Gray Matters made it clear that it is not just education being called on to reengineer society at the level of the biological neural mind. The rule of law gets redefined to be a social reengineering tool as well. As a lawyer and student of Anglo-American history and the function of the common law, it is hard to read a federally-financed call “ensuring the progress and responsible application to neuroscience to the legal system and policymaking.”
The report may insist that “today, and in the foreseeable future, neuroscience does not enable us to read minds. Technology remains extremely limited and cannot reveal the inner desires, psychological states, or motivations that are worthy of the term ‘mind-reading.'” The problem is that covering, Nothing to Worry About Here, statement is not true. Those things are precisely what adaptive learning digital virtual reality platforms, formative assessments, wicked, open-ended problem solving and other now required educational practices turn up. That is a big part of what all the data gathering is about. It’s also why the Personally Identifiable Information hype is such a Red Herring that obscures what is really at risk.
Watching the students on that video, do we really want Presidential Commission’s questioning “whether ‘inner mental or neural processes’ deserve more privacy protection than external or behavioral elements such as words and actions”?
What does ethics actually mean if all these neurological planned interferences can be pursued in the 21st century in the name of education?
Robin…to me this is the best article you have written bar none. It gets to the very heart of our fight to save our children and the sovereignty of our country. This information should be put into a presentation to wake up people all over the country. Although I believe this is so wide spread and deeply routed with a ton of money to be made I also believe the only solution at this point is to starve the beast. Get our children off the beast’s dinner table. But first parents must truly understand the agenda and Common Core is not the issue. As Saul Alinsky said ” the issue is never the issue.” For me the issue is saving as many children as I can. I no longer have interest in fighting a battle in the same way I have for the past 4 years because it is a battle we will never win. We are a bit too late to the dance. We need to stop feeding the beast what it needs to survive…our babies. Many will make the usual excuses as to why the canmot (won’t) home school but most of the reasons (not all) are just that, excuses. If you really want to do it you will, if not you will make excuses. I have helped many parents who never thought they could home school realize they can……but of course the first step is the “want.” I am now retired and will be home schooling my 2 great children. If every retiree would take on 1 child we could leave a real legacy.
I agree with you 100%. “Starve the beast and save the child” is my unofficial motto. At the several Defeat Common Core-type presentations I attended (including one where Robin spoke), I talked to many parents about homeschooling, and in turn, I got all the reasons why it would be impossible in their circumstance. Most people were willing to sign an “opt-out” (of the testing) form, but that was about it.
I agree with you, too, that Common Core was never the real issue. School Choice is not a real alternative, either. Fortunately, I figured that out early and didn’t waste too much energy or time on either issue. Instead, that time and energy went into changing my own educational paradigm.
Taking responsibility for our own children–including their education–is crucial. There is no “fixing” the school-beast. It was never even intended to benefit us. And homeschooling need not look anything like schooling-at-home; I’d argue that even CURRICULUM isn’t necessary. In any case, there’s as many ways to homeschool as there are families.
Family Rights And Policies?
Educational Neuroscience is still at a very immature, tentative, groping stage. Whether it even becomes a real, provable science is questionable at this time. See Wikipedia or other sites for the topic — neuromyths.
Unfortunately, and maybe even criminally, young children in classrooms are the experimental subjects of massive experimentation and testing of pet cognitive and neurological theories.
There are no protocols in place (anywhere that I can find) that govern these well-funded and philosophically questionable behaviors of the consultants and theoreticians in this field. Certainly, I’ve seen very little talk about ethics or morality of these behaviors of adults over children. BTW, parents are generally in the dark and have not given any consent to these invasions of privacy, which even intrude into the psyche.
Time to review family rights and privacy policies.
I do not understand why you believe educational neuroscience is still groping and tentative. Looks like a full-on assault to me hiding under a variety of names. I have called attention to IMBES before and noted that I-Y edits its journal even though the articles in Ed Week ignore that pertinent fact. Using insights from neuroscience to improve education is quite the telling slogan. Now it turns out that at the 2016 conference http://imbes.org/Pre-Conference-Session Karen Cator who heads up the Congressionally-sanctioned Digital promise is a listed speaker at the preconference meeting.
That implicates ALL the League of Innovative Schools districts in this Educational Neoroscience research. That is on top of the recent GSV-San Diego summit where all LIS districts were provided a stipend to attend. remember that the white paper produced is the one that concluded with noting that the BRAIN Initiative had upped its funding from $100 million per year to $500 million and also called for education to merge Mind. Body. and Soul.
The assault is not tentative at all. It’s the actual consequences on students and our society that is the issue, not to mention that history shows there WILL be an increase in school shootings as bright minds begin to grasp that school has actually become a psychological torture chamber they are simply supposed to submit to.
JoNova has a climate post that touches on these ideas: http://joannenova.com.au/2016/06/selling-the-dead-dog-brand-of-climate-change-its-so-ugly-we-need-60000-artist-marketeers/#comments
“climate communication needs to engage people at a philosophical, sensory and feeling level. People need to be able to feel and touch the new climate reality; to explore unfamiliar emotional terrain and be helped to conceive their existence differently.”
Not sure what’s unfamiliar about the climate today, but my lawn’s terrain was intact when I was mowing yesterday.
Hi Mike. Here’s a fact sheet with all sorts of specific info on the BRAIN Initiative http://braininitiative.nih.gov/pdf/BRAIN_factsheet_09302014_508C.pdf
Pediatric Brain Mapping? I literally read every page of those Gray Matters volumes and that BRAIN 2025 report and I challenge anyone to make this innocuous. All this universities too are pursuing grants and fittng right in to the Turchenko model I described in my book. It also fits with what is going on in Australia. We also know that Australia is where the 21st Century Weiner conference is being held this summer. I did get an invite to that, but alas, no stipend for expenses.
Excellent and easily understood analogy. Thank you.
I vote with Robin – it IS happening to our children at this very moment. Teachers in NC are required to rate children on seven or eight different aspects of their “learning style” and emotional as well as physical behaviors.Notice here who and what is being assessed:
“Comprehensive Assessment System means a coordinated and comprehensive system of multiple assessments – each of which is valid and reliable for its specified purpose and for the population with which it will be used – that organizes information about the process and context of young children’s learning and development in order to help Early Childhood Educators make informed instructional and programmatic decisions. A Comprehensive Assessment System includes, at a minimum–
Measures of Environmental Quality; and
Measures of the Quality of Adult-Child Interactions.”
They are allowed to video tape the children for records extending to age 26.
The parents can opt out of the video taping aspect only…if any form goes home that is. Here’s a good overview by the John Locke Foundation:
LN-recognizing that Damasio was channelling Bandura caused me to do a search that has turned up connections all over the world that have to be translated as well as the nonconscious work of john bargh. Following up on that and his shift now to yale, a partner in HBP, led me to this. http://www.yale.edu/acmelab/articles/Bypassing_the_Will.pdf
Notice that we once again have a shout-out to being a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences.
I happen to know that the language in ESSA as well as the World Bank (a partner in both the Center for Curriculum Redesign as well as ATC21S)’s model of Development targeting the Mind and embracing the IMBES model are targeting shifting as much as possible to the nonconscious. The psychologists are even asking among themselves ‘whosemind?’ even though we parents and taxpayers are not even being told there is a debate.
Notice no one is disputing me on this as the conclusive proof does exist and it is now clear I am tracking it in real time. Someone yesterday did do a search by my name followed by ‘agenda’ as if I would have no reason to care about this once all my kids have moved on.
That is unnerving !
http://www.yale.edu/acmelab/articles/bargh_chartrand_1999.pdf has visuals. Think of Learning and stipulated Performance Tasks when you read the Figure for Intentional and Unintentional Routes to the Automatization of a Psychological Process.
Also remember ESSA stipulates that each state must activity or the creation of an artifact to determine if the ‘content standards’ have been achieved.
I guess apparatchiks and ideologues have a tough time understanding how simple serfs can care about fellow serfs and not simply be chasing for the next golden ring.
Have you seen this? “The word “rationalist” is a little confusing. In fact, there are two kinds of rationalists. One kind believes in a dynamic intellectual process of generating ideas, testing them against reality, leading to better understanding. We can call this rationalism, or the scientific method, or just being a smart person. And then there is the other kind: People who believe that the world’s problems will be solved when everyone stops fighting and starts talking, because the answers are obvious once your mind is freed of irrational things like tribe, religion, or the past. The former type has an acute appreciation for the limits of his knowledge and, accordingly, surrounds himself with people who bring a wealth of experience into a constructive conversation, and consider angles and implications, laying the groundwork for a good decision. The latter type, however, despises such discussion, viewing it as an unnecessary, even bureaucratic, constraint on his power. His instinct is to resist the whole process. The answers are obvious, and anyone who pushes back is not just wrong but worthy of ridicule: Ignorant, a “know-nothing” (Rhodes), an advocate for (in Obama’s words) “doing stupid shit.”
Boy, does this fit with the ed policies being mandated. It is from here http://www.thetower.org/article/the-mind-of-the-president/ and from Part 3–“The Wrong Side of History.”
And now we have jebby and the national review’s answers. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/436478/jeb-bush-education-school-reform-future-disruption-technology
Fits in precisely with what the prog left wants as well with even the same rhetoric. Political power simply wants ed that keeps us ignorant and malleable without anyone being the wiser in time. What a corrupt pea brain he is. Probably why he was the chamber of commerce choice for our dirigiste system.
This is short but to the point. http://rise.huffingtonpost.com/watch/scientists-are-using-psychology-nudge-us-right-direction
Part of what now constitutes ‘evidence-based’ policy and is one of the resources laid out in the What Works Cities’ new approach to governance. https://www.bbhub.io/dotorg/sites/8/2016/06/20160610_WWC_ResourceGuide_FINAL_06.pdf
Rewiring the Brain is a part of all this, but we are not supposed to know that. Ooops. Then do not pilot these things in my home school district.
And we had another lost invite that could have taken us to Utah. http://wcet.wiche.edu/events/summits/21st-century-credentials-2016 U of Utah system is part of the BRAIN Initiative as well.
It’s your personal fav–Design Thinking. http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/global_learning/2016/06/design_thinking_develops_empathy.html?cmp=eml-enl-eu-news3
This is all consistent with your belief that this has been the Trojan Horse for privates to get them to competency-based education too without saying so.
Robin, so glad you’re back in harness. And congratulations on getting your last child through the maze!
This subject is the look into the eye of the critical mass that can obliterate our society. When I think about all the implications of what has been proposed and perpetrated, I look at the groundswell in the political arena among those who have already been exposed to what has been experimented with so far and it causes me to want to shut my eyes and go into a deep sleep until this phase of our civilization has run its course. Wake me when it’s over!
This is truly just cranking up and is most acute for students who encounter this ‘research’ from preschool on. I think that is what is so telling about the 2025 date.
There is a comment from Amy Gutmann in the 2nd volume of Gray Matters that suggests the Commission commenced in 2010, even though the formal BRAIN Initiative launched in 2013.
There is also a reference to a Knewton-sponsored report with OECD and UNESCO participation from 2014 that makes it clear that the data from different students being asked to do the same thing is what adaptive learning has always needed.
Yesterday I put up links to what Fulton presented at the San Francisco Personalized Learning summit in May. If the Athens super had not been fully on board with this neurological agenda he never would have been offered the Fulton job. When he lost it because of shenanigans at the athens high school surfacing, Fulton reached out to the state of oregon for a super for good reason. It was the only state to go to Tranzi OBE back in the 90s and any district there is far along the use content to change the child template.
As you might have guessed this post will be followed up with one proudly embracing this means of biosocial revolution at a neurological level. That psychologist’s work was quietly incorporated by reference into Fulton’s charter. That is one way to use the law AND education for policymaking.
I think if I had encountered what Fulton turns out to be proudly touting while my youngest was still a student it truly would have made me want to wring an administrators’ neck. As it is I have cussed a lot in recent weeks as this keeps coming up. The cat that thinks I am her mom and she is really my youngest child probably thinks I need to have my mouth washed out with the proverbial bar of soap. The sad thing is I am never looking for Fulton. By the way Gutmann’s co-chair on the Bioethics Commission is Wagner, the Pres of Emory. And the iNACOL paper includes Myk Garn of the Board of Regents of USG being on the Review Board so we here in Georgia are Guinea Pig central. He is also shown as Assistant Vice Chancellor for New Learning Models and a Board Member of the Competency-Based Education Network.
CP-take a look at this article on developing the student’s personality using problem situations. http://www.rus-ameeduforum.com/content/en/?task=art&article=1001173&iid=24
Notice the reference too to fulfilling Maslow and Carl Rogers’ humanistic psychology work as this takes us back to what the NEA sponsored in 1962 that I have written about. This also fits with what another Fulton administrator, Patrick Burke, said would be the new emphasis of a different high schools’ transformation to ‘problem-based learning’.
Sounds like the Becoming agenda again but via euphemisms as always to obscure the neural experimentation. That article too was from the May 1 newsletter with Tsyrlina-Spady still the editor and still tied to Seattle-Pacific U. Oh, I just remembered that the Pacific Northwest Neuroscience Neighborhood is one of the listed partners of the BRAIN Initiative. We had an offline conversation after discovering it extended into Oregon. Now I wonder if the school district Fulton’s new super as of June 1, Jeff Rose, came from in involved with that Neuroscience Neighborhood of research. U of Pittsburgh is so we have Lauren Resnick of the New Standards Project and the creator of the 1987 HOTS report pulled in. The U of Texas and Utah systems are also listed.
Take a look at this. This neuro education may be in the early stages here. Still seeing if I can pin Rose to it. Usually Portland Public or a rural small district become the testing areas here.
This http://nwnoggin.org/about-noggin/noggin/ is a better explanation of what I worried about as I read both Gray Matters volumes and understood the intention to get students comfortable with education being about manipulating neural processes. Nothing personal to Dr Damasio but I can read his book and recognize Kenneth Boulding’s systems thinking vision and his book called The Image or what Ervin Laszlo said was the necessary subjective mode of comprehension needed for his Essential Society vision. Damasio doesn’t cite them but I have read them and get that in the name of neuroscience he is decreeing practices to get the kind of mind that would be controversial if it was being accurately framed.
That’s the reason I developed the psychological Auschwitz metaphor. KnowledgeWorks is pitching this vision today http://knowledgeworks.org/worldoflearning/2016/06/cunningham-elementary-school/ from Austin, Texas. I read it as I was taking a break between chapters as I finished the Damasio book. I had just written in the margin though that the criteria of ‘relevance’ or letting students follow their passions in choosing what to work on to show they can ‘meet the standard’ would have the effect of forcing the activity into the emotional thought, Arational mode. That article given what it touts as promising practices to be emulated confirms that without meaning to. It simply wants the practices to be adopted in other schools because of the ultimate neural effects on children.
Again reading Damasio I was reminded that what he was describing as supposedly needed for consciousness to arise was precisely what Rose had written was necessary to create a Science of the Individual. The person has to be aware of the situation and context and see themselves as embedded in it. Damasio has it as a person coming to see themselves as the protaganist in a collection of experiences and he calls it the autobiographical self. At its core though all these profs across the decades are trying to create a personality, grounded in those neural synapses who fits with the government-led planned society they fully intend to force on us. We shouldn’t be shocked or view HBP and BRAIN Initiative as unrelated to what the UN says it is pursuing in the name of the SDGs and the supposed Dignity for All by 2030.
It’s all related. We are simply not supposed to grasp that fact. It’s why simply homeschooling cannot be the answer. What good is simply retreating to the confines of the home while the broader society and its institutions are in wholesale transformation. That’s precisely what the elites and Uniparties want. It’s another way to acquiesce instead of Hell, No. Did you notice in the UNESCO curriculum paper that I mentioned here and linked to in the previous post’s comments that it talks about how the ruling elites are to be educated and the focus on certain values?
Remember the Ivies Inaugurating Making Caring Common in January 2016 to pursue a new approach to admissions? Anyone believe this is not all related and a common vision?
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Good grief! I feel like I did fall asleep and woke up in the late 80s and early 90s! Just an example of the premise that says these efforts don’t go away, they just keep coming back until they finally get accepted into the education lexicon. Unfortunately, Oregon has been a breeding ground for these programs, beginning with the original Goals out of the Northwest Regional Lab–birthplace of Competency-Based and Outcome-Based Education.
Oregon is such a beautiful, diverse state physically speaking. It’s a shame it’s so liberal, generally, in its approach to education and politics.
You are exactly right! We havery a very sad pattern of manupulation and disregard for citizens.
That’s an understatement. http://whoamitostopit.com/2016/03/08/talking-nw-noggin-neuroscience-outreach/
Thank you LL. Had not heard of Noggin but with this we have tied this Neuroscience Outreach to Beaverton schools and thus Jeff Rose, who joined Fulton Schools as their new Super as of June 1, 2016, a week ago. http://nwnoggin.org/event/noggin-bonny-slope-elementary-3/
And still more proof. http://www.bonnyslopebsco.org/home/our-brains-where-science-and-art-meet from March 30, 2016. No wonder the headhunters/lawyers who wrote the charter turned to him as someone who would continue to pursue neural transformations in students in Fulton County Schools.
This is clearly all tied to that Pacific Northwest Neuroscience Neighborhood. http://nwnoggin.tumblr.com/ profiles the recent trip to DC to sell Congress and other schools on this template. http://www.americanbraincoalition.org/invitation-to-attend-a-congressional-neuroscience-caucus-briefing/
More from DC trip. http://www.ohsu.edu/blogs/brain/ Tied to your Congress Critter too.
Thank you. Thank you that I found this two weeks after my daughter’s graduation and not a month ago. Psychological Auschwitzes indeed. http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/publications/observer/2014/april-14/collaborative-neuroscience-outreach.html
Now notice the ties to what it takes to be an Effective Change Agent. http://ecapdx.weebly.com/neuroscience-outreach-programs.html
Eureka seems inappropriate given what this intends to manipulate, but we ought to be gleeful this is no longer hidden or misperceived.
There is no mistaking what they are up to.
A question regarding Mr. Rose. Can we clarify your thoughts on him. Are you thinking that he is doing what he has been trained to do, being cutting edge, and not that he knows what the neural transformation will do or bring to society?
I have never met him so I cannot say. The previous super knew and once provided me with the most malevolent look I have ever encountered in my life when I made a point about parents recognizing the sel focus of the IB MYP programme and not liking it in the least. He has now moved on to be one of the first local supers tapped for Chiefs for Change from his well-paid perch in Palm Beach, Florida. My personal experience with supers recruited at this level to push this template in an important district is that they tend to be exceptional liars. Very able to get board members and parents to believe in their sincerity.
There is Rose, Fulton’s new super from Beaverton, oregon and then there is the Professor Rose from Harvard involved with imbes and the science of the individual. I was referring to the latter. Sorry for the confusion. Unless something changed this time the lawyers who represent the school districts also act as the headhunters for suitable candidates. The super they had originally offerred the job to was last year’s National Super of the Year. That always goes for a transformational emphasis.
I do not know what Beaverton was paying rose but his base salary alone in fulton is $295K that first year. That’s a lot of money and the idea is that you then get close to that the rest of your life in retirement. You would have to have built a centimillion business to have the kind of return after taxes to provide the pensions these administrators take down. Lots of money to simply not care until there is a school shooting. Honestly I think it will take criminal charges arguing this is at least manslaughter complicity given the blood trail. After the Aurora theatre shooting the neuroscience community, especially in the Colorado area, thought the focus of their programs would become controversial but that didn’t happen because there were misleading stories about how he had been in some premed program. At the time I read the comment on a neuroscience blog about two monthas after the shooting it didn’t make sense. Now it does.
One additional article for you.
How much do you think ESSA has enabled this to be implemented?
ESSA doesn’t just enable it. It mandates it when properly understood. I actually got the official copy of that statute this week from Capitol Hill and will explain in its own chapter in the sequel.
Think of essa and wioa together as forcing submission without protest or even alarm. Remember when wioa was hyped as being just about helping the disabled?
There is also something terribly sad about hyping Equity but not bothering to tell parents and students you have redefined what counts as ‘learning and intelligence.’ http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/2016/06/maker_movement_equity_schools.html?cmp=eml-enl-eu-news3
You have covered our current education climate accurately. The fight in twenty five state legislatures against Common Core’s English and Math is just the beginning of this fight to save our country. Thanks for your expertise. Your information was validated by the University of Georgia’s Education department when I went there in 2012 to revalidate an expired teachers certificate. I have been in the University system for the past four years.
Poking around Brookings today brought up a related event.
“To operationalize inclusive growth in cities worldwide, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), in partnership with the Ford Foundation, has launched an Inclusive Growth in Cities Campaign to increase awareness of rising inequality, refocus the debate on concrete solutions, and empower local governments as leaders in the transition towards more inclusive growth. ”
The AFFH push to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing interpretation of the civil rights laws plus all these federal grants have federal and local officials planning away. http://www.nationalresourcenetwork.org/en/CalendarEvent/162/Pathways_to_opportunity_Housing_transportation_and_social_mobility is all I heard last week at the regional housing forum as the push is to force socioeconomic inclusion as a requirement of getting approval even if taxpayer dollars are not involved.
If you remember I included some quotes from Angel Gurria of the OECD laying out the links between the OECD’s education agenda and its desired economic transformation grounded in Equity as an obligation in the last chapter of my book. It is important not to think of cybernetics and what the Soviets called Upraveleniye–the scientific management of society–as just looking at an internalized psychological basis created via education. That is part of it, but it is literally called the Endogenous component in recent materials I have from Andreas Schleicher of the OECD and what PISA 2018 will be looking for evidence of and also some Council of Europe reports on Competence that came out in April.
This prof from the UK http://www.multiculturalismforum.org/blog/2014/9/1/martyn-barrett-multiculturalism-and-interculturalism.html even calls these Equity and multiculti mandates as the means for getting the needed ‘exogenous’ tramsformations. First time I read the analysis I remembered the metaphor of Urie Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory. http://www.degruyter.com/dg/viewarticle.fullcontentlink:pdfeventlink/$002fj$002fhumaff.2012.22.issue-3$002fs13374-012-0023-2$002fs13374-012-0023-2.pdf?t:ac=j$002fhumaff.2012.22.issue-3$002fs13374-012-0023-2$002fs13374-012-0023-2.xml comes up when I look for a connection.
Of course we mustn’t forget Urie told us this was all an elaborate means to experiment with the behavioral and social sciences in the West. http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com/imitating-the-ussr-in-striving-to-discover-how-the-child-can-become-what-he-not-yet-is/ is literally quoting Leontiev and what he said to Bronfenbrenner when he was a grad student in psych in Moscow during the 60s height of the Cold War.
More yikes!! http://www.ticfie.com/interculturalhorizons/pdfs_2013/Barrett.Intercultural_Competence_a_Psychological_Perspective.pdf
Siena is much too pretty to make this the focus. The Key to the New Multiculti Societies of the Globalized World. Another lost invite.
Oh Goody!! It’s the All Different All Equal Education Pack from the Council of Europe. https://www.coe.int/t/dg4/youth/Source/Resources/Publications/Education_Pack_en.pdf
This will fuel Brexit.
One more. Cannot recall discussion on this. Have you seen it?
No but that fits. I wish this was not the reality, but given that this IS the reality I am glad it is fully comprehended.
Look at what ascd is pushing for summer reading. http://www.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/siteASCD/publications/books/Teaching-Students-to-Drive-Their-Brains-sample-chapters.pdf It says point blank that Nova Southeastern introduced brain-based teaching degree programs in 2001. Robert Avossa, the former Fulton super who gave me such a malevolent look and lied to North Fulton parents and School Board members about what “rigor” means in a meeting I was in and who has now moved on to Palm Beach and the Chiefs for Change had one of his graduate ed degrees from Nova Southeastern.
Note that page 11 of book or 16 of the pdf explains how Mindfulness is a required component of what I call the cybernetic template. Another link to Fulton and its role as cutting-edge of the template while I have been there is the mention of John Hattie and his definition of Metacognition. The super previous to avossa who retired with her lovely pension for life almost as soon as she qualified under 30 years had had the entire board read Hattie’s Visible Learning. I always recognized that the book did not push what they believed it did and that Hattie is involved with GELP–Global Education Leaders Programme. He has left New Zealand and shifted to Melbourne, home of ATC21S.
And this called The Motivated Brain http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/115041.aspx
It appears to me that undisclosed workshops on behavioral health held in 2014 and 2015 are suddenly producing written reports being released in the summer as most people’s attention is elsewhere. Waiting for enactment of ESSA as a complement? http://www.nap.edu/catalog/23545/opportunities-to-promote-childrens-behavioral-health-health-care-reform-and-beyond is one
http://www.nap.edu/catalog/23543/innovations-in-design-and-utilization-of-measurement-systems-to-promote-childrens-cognitive-affective-and-behavioral-health?utm_source=NAP+Newsletter&utm_campaign=013a6d3a22-NAP_mail_new_2016_06_14&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_96101de015-013a6d3a22-102113877&goal=0_96101de015-013a6d3a22-102113877&mc_cid=013a6d3a22&mc_eid=5e5b43f3ea is another.
I think I need to read both before writing again given what I am about to say.
I see there is a mention on page 7 of the 2nd link of the Oregon Social Learning Center and research scientists there by the names of Lisa Saldana and Marion Forgatch and our beloved Good Behavior Game.
Prepare yourself for this. Wow.
They are not using the term ‘cybernetics’ properly. It is treated as artificial wired intelligence when it was and is about rewiring the human mind neurally. Secondly, until there is a substantive link between what is required in classrooms and that aspiration it is related but not something I cover. Now if you told me Bill Gates was at that Congress or Michael Barber and they came home and changed what the Gates Foundation or Pearson funded we would have the kind of substantive link I write about.
To compare to yesterday’s post, Bandura’s Social Cognitive Theory, which he says has a purpose of biological, nonconsensual, undisclosed neural change is being incorporated into charters as the new goal for education. Charters are a legal tool intended to bind what an individual school or district may or must do. They are bound to implement Bandura’s work and then try to alter the student’s brains. That is what Fulton is doing and those links from the Education Elements Personalized Learning conference in San Francisco in May were far more revealing than anything parents or board members are told. It also shows the shifts occurred in tiers of implementation when the high schools in the high income part of the county were the first targeted. The nature of the shift is being obscured using the IB Middle Years and Diploma Programmes. The Board member for the area gets lied to about the nature of IB and then she spreads the lie with her zeal.
I remember those Tier 1 schools because we were in Tier 1 and the consultant doing the training was a parent and she was charging the district $3000 a day for the training and simultaneously heading up the school governance council. As I said, this is all extraordinarily lucrative for those pushing the template and it’s all on the tax payer dime. At its core though is this biological change template that is not inconsistent with the reimagined humanity in that video. Damasio actually said once in that 2010 book something along the lines of shifting away from the Prefrontal Cortex as the driver of behavior. He meant the unconscious would become the primary driver and the brain regions driven by emotions. None of this is about a better way to learn. It is all driven by a desire to create a steerable keel at the level of the mind and personality that is not visible so there is no resistance. That’s what makes it resistance proof.
I searched a few of your phrases and came up with this interesting site.
“The Endogenous Point of View
The concept of endogenous change is fundamental to the system dynamics approach. It dictates aspects of model formulation: exogenous disturbances are seen at most as triggers of system behavior; the causes are contained within the structure of the system itself.”
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Robin, good article. I find myself talking reality to my 11 year old , which includes constantly trashing Klimat Chang ( spelling intentional ) by using solid science. One mechanism I use is constantly challenging her with logical debate and coaching such a process so it becomes natural.
I can see the Klimat Chang being used as you describe to make children into emotive drones who resist challenging their inculcated-by-the-powers-that-be-via-curriculum beliefs. You also see similar programming used by dodgy groups, such that when the core belief of the group is challenged by logical rational argument, the adherent reacts in their programmed ( and usually agressive ) emotive response.
An emotive repsonse is the most resistent to debate as the mind has been trained to react emotively and closes over, which is what you talk about.
No wonder people are buying guns in the US, as they can subconciously sense trouble. I see the spate of zombie movies as a form of “crowing” by the Elite, to rub in our faces how they really think we behave as we have been now programmed to.
Logic defeats BS, if challenged frequently enough.
What has happened is that the govt creates a Klimat Chang syllabus and the teachers , who kids usually respect, now have to decide if mum & dad are right or the Marxist-pedalling teachers.
Heres the guts of it all – do we want them to steal our kids through indoctrination, or are a few brow-beaten teachers a small price to pay?
Food for thought.
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