IF anything, this site is as non-PC as it gets. Knife-worthy. Resultant, readers understand that a “take no prisoners” approach is rife within. Effectively, Repub dereliction of duty is no less target-rich than their Demster counterparts. In fact, more often than not, it is pointed out that there is less than six degrees of separation between the two. Even more so, as a Constitutional, fiscal, and social conservative, this site’s bar is fixed.
IN reality, a historical comparative analysis is noteworthy: akin to the former Soviet Union’s (and other Eastern Bloc countries….as well as today’s repressive regimes) nomenklatura, it matters not a whit if a Repub or Demster holds the reins. In others words, the real bosses are a group of (non-elected) managers and bureaucrats who – through ceaseless political maneuvering and pandering – maintain total power, as a privileged class. Sound familiar?
BY extrapolation, the “elected class” (again, regardless of party) are instructed on what they can and can’t do. To wit, laws are passed, but actual policy-making no more resembles this and that law than a whore mirrors a virgin. Sheesh.
BUT not to be overlooked, activist judges and prosecutors (read: bought and paid for social engineers, mostly, ala money-bags George – the devil incarnate – Soros) manipulate its contents to the point that they no longer reflect the will of the majority public. Understood? By the way, none of the aforementioned should be misconstrued for what is commonly referred to as the “give and take” of Congressional horse-trading, A/K/A sausage-making.
WITH that being established, it brings the discussion to the left’s war on the First Amendment (with a knock-on to the Second alike…after all, a non-armed populace is incapable of fending off sustained attacks on free speech and associated freedoms), and the part played by the so-called mainstream media as a complicit silencer. Imagine that. Yes, it is either their way, or no way. In their totalitarian thinking, it boils down to: freedom for me, but not for thee. Plain and simple.
ALL of which circles back to Facebook and Congress – and straight to the kiddies and the unconscionable silence from the GOP. Hang on tight.
NOW, while yours truly (with co-author Joe Newby) wrote the book on the urgent need to rein in Facebook due to its monopolistic hegemony (namely, the dangers accrued via its total control over social media and concomitant internet censorship, and, as an outgrowth, its enabling of militant Islamic Jihad), the fact remains that Congress was hide nor hair when Obama Inc. sucked up and harvested Facebook data of millions of users to aid in HUSSEIN’s win. So, the question becomes: why drag Zuckerberg before Congress, more than six years after the main heist?
COULD it be that their huffing and puffing (except for a few, who truly care about safeguarding the nation) has everything to do with Trump’s win, and their fixation on tying him into the so-called Russian collusion, as opposed to clipping the wings of an entity which has become so big that it can freely operate as a government unto itself and censor all those who refuse to toe the red and green lines?
BACK to the kiddies…and the GOP’s abhorrent silence re Facebook’s collusion.
NOW, how many are aware that Facebook’s gargantuan data sweep (along with other tech giants) is so much more than what is already known, in so far that it involves the upcoming generation – from kindergarten and up!
WELL, now you do.
- It is an “open secret” that the left aligns with Islamists, and this nexus is no longer in doubt, nor is it inconsequential. Wait and see.
- It is less well-known that Facebook in particular (and big tech in general) “partners” with the Department of Education – and this too is no small matter!
- And being that Facebook’s predilections are demonstrably to the left and Allah-ward, and that the Department of Education is of like-mind (regardless of who sits at the helm), ask yourselves: do the kiddies have a snowball’s chance in hell of not being radicalized? Asked and answered. Mind you, Billy-boy Ayers is a leading “pedagogue”, you know, the domestic terrorist-cum educator who, for the most part, oversees teacher training curricula throughout the nation! Have mercy. Couple this with the radicalized oversight of the leading teachers’ union – the AFT/American Federation of Teachers, a leftward font of activism captured by the same anti-American arms, leftists and Islamists. Hence, a volatile and toxic mix is always brewing, aiming, straight toward the kiddies!
ALL of which begs the question: how come the GOP – during their so-called grilling of Zuckerberg – forgot about the kiddies, and the part that Facebook plays in their radicalized education?
Michelle Malkin – host of Michelle Malkin Investigates on CRTV.com – writes at Creators.com about the cozy relationship between Facebook and other technology titans with the U.S. Education Department. Using comforting-sounding buzz phrases such as “personalized,” “individualized,” and “social and emotional” learning, the federal education behemoth has joined with the tech corporations who are “cashing in on the Big Data boondoggle,” Malkin says.
Facebook is just one of the tech giants partnering with the U.S. Department of Education and schools nationwide in pursuit of student data for meddling and profit. Google, Apple, Microsoft, Pearson, Knewton, and many more are cashing in on the Big Data boondoggle. State and federal educational databases provide countless opportunities for private companies exploiting public schoolchildren subjected to annual assessments, which exploded after adoption of the tech-industry-supported Common Core “standards,” tests, and aligned texts and curricula.
While politicians of both parties and federal education officials – even U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos– would like to sweep the data-collecting prize reform known as Common Core under the rug, the latest federal education law known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has actually cemented the “college- and career-ready” standards and their accompanying student data collection into the nation’s education landscape.
The recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act further enshrined government collection of personally identifiable information — including data collected on attitudes, values, beliefs, and dispositions — and allows release of the data to third-party contractors thanks to Obama-era loopholes carved into the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.
And the so-called school-to-work pipeline creates endless avenues into taxpayer coffers for firms pitching data-gathering initiatives to “align” student learning with “skill sets” and “competencies” desired by corporations.
The conservative author observes how, in 2011, the Obama-era federal education department launched its nonprofit “Digital Promise” program, which is still in existence. Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan made the claim that the “digital transformation of education and training for our children” would allow the United States to take the lead again in high-performing students:
[W]e need to act now to lead the digital transformation of education and training for our children and for adults looking to retrain and retool. We have yet to unleash technology’s full potential to transform teaching and learning. Technology can help provide all students access to a world-class curriculum. It is a tool that can provide equitable access to high-quality learning opportunities for low-income students in struggling schools, be they inner city, urban, rural, or remote. This work is especially important today because other countries are ahead of the United States.
Last fall, the education department’s Digital Promise announced it was partnering with Facebook to create a system of adult student “micro-credentialing” data badges to train students in social media marketing skills.
Cheri Kiesecker, a Colorado parent activist who writes at Missouri Education Watchdog, said the partnership “will no doubt be a wonderful data collection and marketing tool for Facebook and the US Department of Ed, but it is incredibly alarming for students’ privacy and security.”
Malkin observes Facebook has moved on from adults and is now focusing on the private data of elementary and secondary schoolchildren through its Messenger Kids app and the “whole-child personalized learning” paradigm espoused by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI).
“CZI, a ‘philanthropic investment company’ funded with up to $1 billion in Facebook shares over the next three years, is headed by Jim Shelton,” she writes. “He’s a former program officer at the Gates Foundation and a key Common Core champion in the Obama administration.”
But that’s just Facebook. Of course, Google, Apple, YouTube, Pearson, Microsoft, and other tech giants are also cashing in on student data mining, courtesy of the federally incentivized Common Core standards – without parental consent.
What could go wrong with liberal-biased tech industry giants having access to the private information, i.e., attitudes, psychological traits, preferences of America’s schoolchildren?
Jane Robbins, senior fellow at American Principles Project and co-author of Deconstructing the Administrative State: The Fight for Liberty, tells Breitbart News the reason Facebook and other tech titans are now so “embedded in schools” is that politicians have ignored their responsibility to protect America’s children.
“Politicians (of both parties) have been asleep at the switch in protecting students from very bad education ideas,” she explains. “Even Republican governors have apparently concluded that the last people to be listened to when it comes to education are parents. Common Core? Listen to the education establishment and its crony corporate allies, not to parents. Student data privacy? Listen to ed-tech lobbyists, not to parents.”
“The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results are showing the folly of Common Core,” Robbins adds. “What will it take to show the dangers of unbridled technology?”
- When students are suspended for the “crime” of doodling, what else is in store?
- By extrapolation, doesn’t it make “sense” that a US History AP text question would opine: White, Christian Americans Finding It ‘Difficult To Adjust’ To Becoming A Minority. Now, color this American-Israeli patriot dense, but isn’t said text aiming for a dual outcome? In plain speak: by manipulating their hearts and minds into (eventually) eliminating whitey, they assuage any associated guilt, that is, if a “fair and socially just”, conscience-driven America is to prevail! You got that? Holy smokes…..
- All of which leads from there to here, most especially, when a Marxist/Commisar is at the helm of NYC, De Blasio – aided and abetted by thousands of leftward-marching/Islam protecting school teachers and administrators!!
Five years ago, teacher WADE R. GORIA exposed a massive grade-fixing scheme at John Dewey HS in Gravesend, Brooklyn, along with his colleague Michael P. Klimetz. Their revelations led to a state audit, released last month, that confirmed the shocking truth: School leaders had committed wholesale fraud — and cheated students out of the education the city was required, by law, to provide. Here, in an open letter, Goria says grade-fixing fraud is still widespread throughout the system and asks the new schools chancellor, Richard Carranza, to stop the rot . . .
A cancer has metastasized in NYC’s school system. It was deliberately planted by your predecessor, Carmen Fariña, with the sanction of the mayor, the State Education Department and the United Federation of Teachers.
In the face of Mayor de Blasio’s ambitious demands for dramatic increases in graduation rates, Fariña and her superintendents found a reliable means of achieving success: grade-fixing. John Dewey HS students sardonically called it “Easy Pass” amid a nightmarish flurry of corrupt practices that I witnessed as a social-studies teacher during the tenure of Principal Kathleen Elvin from 2012 to 2015. She came to Dewey as part of the mayor’s Renewal program for struggling schools.
Elvin’s creation of “Project Graduation” involved many schemes. Elvin created bogus titles such as “College Explorations” to give students a way to accumulate credits for courses they had failed or lacked. Many sham “credit recovery” courses covered a dozen or more academic subjects — math, science, English, Spanish, you name it — supposedly taught concurrently by a lone teacher who had no certification in most of the subjects. One rookie teacher was listed as having taught a total of 52 classes in all academic disciplines in a single semester. Little or no actual teaching went on. Most students didn’t even attend. Elvin’s assistant principals strong-armed teachers into giving passing grades. If they refused, the assistant principals and guidance counselors entered the data system and passed the kids anyway.
Elvin retaliated against unwilling teachers with endless disciplinary hearings. She and her assistant principals stormed into classrooms to do teacher observations guaranteed to slap them with the lowest rating: “ineffective.” After Michael P. Klimetz, a revered science teacher, refused to grade students in subjects he didn’t teach, he was moved to another room without lab equipment.
Our union failed us. The UFT chapter chair in all NYC public schools is required to review each teacher’s program to ensure compliance with the contract. Had this been done, the rug would have been pulled out from Elvin’s scam. The UFT’s Brooklyn representative was fully aware of the violations but failed to address our pleas for protection….continue reading, if you have the stomach….
NOW, is it an exaggeration to call De Blasio, NYC’s Dept. of Ed, and its union thugs what they really are: Mafia-like thugs!! Damn them all to hell and back.
IPSO facto, is it any wonder that so many dumb asses are products of America’s public schools? Rhetorical. Besides, if anyone believes that the fraudulent non-teaching epidemic is confined to NYC, well, this investigative journalist has a bridge to sell – Brooklyn’s.
ALAS, for all intents and purposes, the left’s educational stranglehold on the kiddies (never mind its decades-long infiltration within U.S. college campuses) has been willfully ignored by members of the GOP, the so-called conservative party. A pox on their heads.
FOR if this wasn’t the case, know that Zuckerberg would have been faced with their wrath, wave after wave, due to Facebook’s in-bed collusion with the Dept. of Education’s Common Core dope-like pushers.
NOT only that, if these same liars cared a hoot about the kiddies (after all, they are the future of America), shout after shout would be heard about the left’s thrust into the public schools via the Gay Mafia alike! And the disgraceful suspension of student after student for daring ! to color a ninja pic, etc. (as if said suspensions will keep the kiddies safe) would be met with swift reprisals from conservative lawmakers.
MOST significantly, the main lesson learned from Congress’s theatrics re Facebook – and their lack of caring vis-à-vis the safety and welfare of the kiddies – is crystal clear: the nomenklatura is really in charge, to the detriment of everything that America stands for!
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