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Tonight on AxXiom For Liberty Live! 6-8 PM Narconon in Our Schools, Gov. Ed Money Pit and Loopy Legislation

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Kaye Beach

May 10, 2013

Tonight on AxXiom For Liberty with Kaye Beach and Howard Houchen Narconon in Our Schools,  Gov. Ed Money Pit  and Loopy Legislation

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We are going to cover a lot of ground tonight.

First up are Colin Henderson and David Love,  returning guests to AxXiom For Liberty.  Colin and David are two untiring activists seeking to expose the deceptive and dangerous practices of Narconon and Scientology.

Colin Henderson sought help for his addiction at Narconon Arrowhead, a drug rehabilitation facility located in Canadian Oklahoma, in 2007.  He quickly became a critic of Narconon for their practices which he says are both deceptive and dangerous.

David Love, originally from British Columbia, was both a client and a staffer at the Narconon rehabilitation facility in Trois-Rivieres, half way between Montreal and Quebec City. He left in disgust taking with him masses of documentation on fraud and abuse in Narconon (NN) Trois-Rivieres (TR) facility in 2009. On April 17, 2012, Quebec health officials ordered the Narconon in Trois-Rivières to close saying that Narconon’s methods were dangerous for patients and violated Quebec’s health and safety criteria governing rehabilitation centers.

Colin and David will get us up to speed on the latest news regarding Narconon and help shed light on some of Scientology’s more insidious practices such as the one Howard Houchen encountered recently.

Narconon is a Scientology based drug rehabilitation program with facilities located worldwide including the state of Oklahoma.  Scientology has many fronts but all roads seem to lead gaining more recruits and money to fill the coffers of the church of Scientology.  Even so, you would not expect to find a trace of Scientology in a public school in the sleepy little town of Hugo Oklahoma.  Howard knows better.  He is going to explain how Narconon came to his child’s school and what he did about it.

Brandon Dutcher, OCPA

We will also get to hear Howard’s interview with Brandon Dutcher, the Vice President of Policy at OCPA (Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs) an Oklahoma individual liberty, free market policy research organization.  Howard and Brandon discuss the 91 million tax-payer dollars recently bestowed upon Oklahoma’s education system.  Brandon says that it is sheer folly to keep giving more money to this ‘failed government monopoly.’

Take a look at the numbers in Brandon Dutcher’s article for OCPA on the issue;  Oklahoma’s monopoly education system gets more money

Amanda Teegarden, Exec. Dir. OK-SAFE

We are also very pleased to welcome back Amanda Teegarden, the Executive Director of OK-SAFE, Inc. (Oklahomans for Sovereignty and Free Enterprise).

They say nothing happens by accident in politics and I am beginning to believe that this is true.   In the legislative process at least, I’m ready to vouch for it.  Amanda is going to shed some light on the process by examining two recent pieces of legislation that caused some confusion and controversy.   I think you will find this peek behind the curtain very interesting.

I will be sure to add any relevant links and articles after the show.

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Friday on AxXiom For Liberty Live – Lucas Catton,Colin Henderson on Narconon Arrowhead

Friday March 29th on AxXiom For Liberty with Kaye Beach and Howard Houchen

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On Friday, Lucas Catton former president of Narconon Arrowhead, author of ‘Have You Told All?’, and our good friend Colin Henderson will be catching us up on the remarkable happenings at Narconon Arrowhead Scientology’s flagship rehab facility in located here in Oklahoma.

Lucas Catton

Lucas Catton

Catton came out of the shadows in the wake of the 3 Narconon patient deaths in a 9 month span that have led to criminal investigations and civil lawsuits against Narconon Arrowhead.

‘It was Catton who explained to us that Scientology officials have spent considerable resources lobbying and schmoozing state officials, worried that they would take a hard look at Narconon Arrowhead’s certification.

“When I left in 2006, they were eagerly trying to get some type of amicable relationship with the Department of Mental Health,” he says.’  . . . “They were worried that they had to get their entire program certified by the state, or get the law changed, or they would not be allowed to operate at all,” .  . .The Village Voice, August 18, 2012 http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/08/scientology_lucas_catton_narconon.php

Gabriel Graves,32,  Hillary Holten, 21,  and Stacy Murphy, 20 years old all died at the Narconon Arrowhead facility. Read more Narconon Rehab Deaths

Lucas Catton also recently published a book on his experiences as a Scientologist and the figurehead and PR specialist at Narconon Arrowhead called ‘Have You Told All?’

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NBC’s Rock Center did a feature on Narconon Arrowhead last August and will be airing  a very powerful piece on April 5th at 10pm EST/9PM CST featuring Lucas Catton and former staff member at Narconon, Eric Tenorio.  There will be a promo during the Rock Center’s show Friday March 29th show.

Axxiom For Liberty has been covering NN Arrowhead, the largest Narconon facility in the United States, since 2010 prior to the tragic deaths of at least 3 young people who were seeking help for their addictions that has set off a firestorm of media activity.

Much thanks to the sincere and tireless efforts of Colin Henderson who since his own dangerous experience with the facility in 2007, has been trying to warn others not to seek help there.

Here are just a few of the recent news items on Narconon Arrowhead;

-Legislation to curtail the dangerous practices at NN has been filed and has passed the Senate

Oklahoma Drug Rehab Bill Passes Senate: Scientology’s Narconon Days Numbered?

. . .history showed that the state had resisted Scientology’s plan to open the large rehab center in the late 1980s, and refused to grant it a license. But Scientology found a loophole in the law that allowed them to open based on a certification by a national nonprofit organization, bypassing state regulators.

In his bill, Ivester is trying to close that loophole.

Read more TonyOrtega.com

5 new suits have been filed against Narconon Arrowhead

“Narconon Arrowhead’s program “has the appearance of being nothing more than a pyramid scheme and sham” that operates to extort money while acting as a recruiting tool for the Church of Scientology, according to one of the lawsuits filed Thursday in Pittsburg County District Court. ”
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=14&articleid=20130322_11_A11_CUTLIN837575

Suits Claim Narconon Arrowhead Drugs-For-Sex Trade

National counseling certification has been revoked for CEO, staff members of Oklahoma drug rehab Narconon Arrowhead

March 9, 2013

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Narconon Arrowhead’s top executive and several of his employees have had a counseling certification revoked by the National Association of Forensic Counselors, officials say.
Read more: http://www.kjrh.com/dpp/news/local_news/narconon-officials-lose-counseling-certifications#ixzz2OfpR2hhj

And this is nothing new but something parents might want to watch out for, Narconon continues to do anti-drug presentations in public schools;

March 18, 2013

ASHER, Oklahoma –

Several parents say they are concerned over an anti-drug presentation at their school. The organization making the presentation and handing out literature is the controversial Narconon Arrowhead, which News 9 has been investigating here for several months.  Read more at NewsOn6

The curriculum provided by Narconon for grade and high school students is linked in the News 6 article and seems to diverge from scientific understanding of human biology.  This was a point of contention in California over Narconon’s anti-drug presentation to public school kids.

Schools urged to drop antidrug program / Scientology-linked teachings inaccurate, superintendent says

February 23, 2005

State Superintendent Jack O’Connell urged all California schools on Tuesday to drop the Narconon antidrug education program after a new state evaluation concluded that its curriculum offers inaccurate and unscientific information.

http://www.sfgate.com/education/article/Schools-urged-to-drop-antidrug-program-2728677.php

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Restore Oklahoma Public Education – ROPE

A brief list of Common Core educational materials

Here is a link to our one page information sheet called, “What Oklahomans Need To Know About Common Core State Standards“.  If you’re not in Oklahoma and wish to have something more generic, please use this handout from our friends at the Truth in American Education website.

Here is the paper that really helped to spread the word about CCSS, “Common Core State Standards, An Introduction To Marxism 101”  This should help you put the background together on where the Common Core came from – it’s political background and who’s behind the push.

For those of you interested also in the data collection aspect, our paper, “How Much Data Is Enough Data? What happens to privacy when bureaucracies exceed their scope?” might be of interest.  We also have another one page information sheet called, “What Oklahomans Need To Know About The P20 Council” that you can hand out to those seeking information.

Candidate Promises Statue of Free Cheese in Norman, OK March 28, 2013, The American Thinker

‘David Kempf for Mayor’  on Facebook

Another wrongful death lawsuit filed against Narconon Arrowhead

Kaye Beach

Oct 24, 2012

Published today in the McAlester News Capitol

Another wrongful death lawsuit filed against Narconon Arrowhead

By Jeanne LeFlore Staff Writer

McALESTER — Another wrongful death lawsuit was filed today against Narconon Arrowhead in Pittsburg County Court.

Shirley Gilliam, the mother of Gabriel Graves — found dead at the facility in 2011, filed the wrongful death lawsuit today in PIttsburg County Court.
This is second wrongful death suit filed against facility this month. Earlier this month another wrongful death lawsuit against Narconon Arrowhead was filed on behalf of Robert Murphy and Tonya White, parents of Stacy Dawn Murphy, 20, of Owasso, who was found dead in the facility’s withdrawal unit in July.
In other Narconon Scientology News;

Kansas Fusion Center Wants to Gather Intelligence in Public Schools

From the Oklahoma Information Fusion Center's 2007 powerpoint slide

Kaye Beach

Oct. 1, 2011

The above slide is from Oklahoma’s Fusion Center.  When I first saw it, I remember thinking “is that a schoolhouse?!”  It is indeed a schoolhouse.   “Nontraditional”  is apparently a euphemism for ‘formerly illegal’.

Fusion Centers were created to gather “intelligence” from all sources, including public schools.

Kansas Fusion Center Wants to Gather Intelligence in Public Schools

Posted by ⋅ September 28, 2011

Because we have agreed (or at least not opposed) the idea that security is the most important pursuit of our government, surveillance that was once reserved for suspects now extends to most of the population.

From the Oklahoma Information Fusion Center website; The Education Sector is comprised of organizations and businesses that are responsible for the education of children and adults.  Entities within this community are a valuable resource that can provide information related to suspicious activities occurring on and around school grounds and campuses.  Primary and secondary schools, post-secondary schools, colleges and universities, and technical schools are entities that are a part of this community

 

“If you try to create too much security in a school setting, you are going to make it a branch of the law enforcement enterprise instead of a branch of the educational enterprise” –Frank Zimring, a a University of California at Berkley law professor.

That is a “BINGO!” statement there.  But read the rest of the article that the quote was taken from.  It is an eye opener.

Feds to Fund Controversial School Surveillance

Here is one of the most interesting parts;

In one of the more controversial areas of the grant solicitation, the NIJ states that “non-cooperative” identification and tracking is preferred over a “cooperative” system. A non-cooperative identification system captures and tracks personal or biometric data automatically, without a person knowing that they have been screened by a surveillance system

Read more

Don’t like the way this is heading?  Now would be a great time to speak up!

Call your school and ask what information the school shares with law enforcement and under what circumstances.

You have a right to know what information is being collected on your child, you have a right to know who they are sharing that information with, you have a right to make sure the data is accurate and you should have an opportunity to correct any inaccuracies.

 

 

Terror Unleashed on High School Students

Kaye Beach

June 16, 2011

This is terror.  There is no other word for it.

 

‘You Can No Longer Think of Yourselves as Peace Officers’: Militarizing ‘Lockdown High’

by William Norman Grigg

It was Friday the 13th, and Skylar Walters thought he was going to die.

The 16-year-old inmate of Orangeville Jr.-Sr. High in Illinois was in gym class when a deranged-looking man barged into the school and began firing what appeared to be a handgun at several of the other students.

“I started praying to God and saying my last words,” Skylar later recalled. “I was scared. I didn’t know what to do.”

As the intruder fired his gun, he called out the name of a particular student; the youngster quite sensibly fled the building. Other kids “were just running everywhere and crying and hiding,” Skylar recounted. Some of the panicking schoolkids probably attempted to call or text their parents to describe the horror unfolding in front of them. They didn’t know that each of the parents had been instructed not to answer if his child issued a desperate plea for help.

That last sadistic touch is what distinguished the May 13 “active shooter drill” in Orangeville from countless other performances of its kind staged in schools across the Soyuz by the Police State Play Actors’ Guild. Most of the time, the kids for whose supposed benefit those drills are choreographed – and the parents responsible for their care, education, and upbringing – are let in on the joke.

Last October 10, for example, a mob of “between 80 and 100 officials” from law enforcement agencies staged a little Garrison State melodrama in New York’s William H. Barton Intermediate School. As described in the Glens Falls Post-Star:

“Fire alarms sounded at 9:31 a.m., drawing closed doors. Three Warren County sheriff’s officers and two state troopers conducted the first search, where they encountered students in a hallway and instructed them to sit down. They reached a second floor on a north wing of the school and found several bodies laying across the hallway. Police searched the classrooms, bathrooms and even an elevator, pressing their backs against walls before entering rooms and calling out `clear.’ A cafeteria was secured as a transfer point for victims with casualties, and a triage site for patient evaluation was at a nearby school.”

In that exercise, students – some of them in grade school – were recruited to play “victims.” One of them was the third-grade daughter of Heather Holl, who was herself cast as a “victim” in the third trimester of pregnancy. Another bit player, Heather’s son Alexander, “played the role of a gunshot victim” with an entry wound in his chest and a large exit wound in the back.

It should be pointed out that the tactics employed in the “active shooter” scenario at the William H. Barton School focused on officer safety, rather than active intervention on behalf of the victims. In real life, Alexander Holl would have been one of several unarmed, helpless schoolchildren killed while the SWAT team – encased in body armor and brandishing high-performance weaponry – took exquisite care to minimize its exposure to risk.

“He’s excited,” Heather commented as her son was transported away from the scene by medical personnel. “He didn’t even sleep last night.”

At least he was given a copy of the script before the staged shooting began. The students who were deprived of that indispensable intelligence in Orangeville most likely aren’t sleeping well now – not because they’re full of eager anticipation, but rather because they suffer from post-traumatic stress.

Parents were required to participate passively in the scenario played out in Orangeville: They weren’t informed about the event until curtain time, and then ordered to participate in an information embargo targeting their terrified kids.

Read more

ROPE Takes the High Road, Calls Barresi on the Carpet

Kaye Beach

May 31, 2011

This article is from Restore Oklahoma Public Education-R.O.P.E.’s latest newsletter. (sign up here to receive ROPE’s newsletter by email)

I admire their courage and adherence to principle over politics.  This is what separates the mere advocate from the Watchdog.

Thanks ROPE!

At the State Republican Convention in May, State Superintendent Dr. Janet Barresi told members present that she went up to “The Hill” to testify before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce and told the Federal Government to stay out of “our business”.

In the actual testimony, Dr. Barresi states, “As all participating states prepare to transition to Common Core curriculum standards [initiated with Arne Duncan and the DOE], more flexibility is also needed in the use of federal funds for professional development that would support effective instructional practices. Additionally, broadening the scope of the designation of Title programs to include a wider array of subject matter, such as STEM initiatives, would help enable states to offer a more challenging curriculum.”

This does not sound like “get out of our business” so much as “give us the money and let us spend it the way we want”.

Republican Ronald Reagan wanted to abolish the Federal Department of Education created by Jimmy Carter. Our state Republican platform specifically says, “The federal government has no constitutional role in education”

Though Dr. Barresi has stated on numerous occasions that she advocates for “local control”, a post on the State Department of Education website dated “May 19th” heralded the announcement that Dr. Barresi had just joined Jeb Bush’s Chiefs for Change.

As is visible from the post on the left, the Chiefs are very specifically advocating MORE federal control of the already over-federalized Elementary and Secondary Education Act. How does surrendering local control of our elementary and secondary students to the federal government in turn provide local control?

According to a CATO study it doesn’t. “We find strong evidence that the widespread adoption of preschool and full-day kindergarten is unlikely to improve student achievement.”

Though recently, Dr. Barresi told an audience in Tulsa that she had not used Federal money for education reforms she has touted, the NewsOk article in the upper left, Oklahoma State Education Board awards millions to poor-performing schools, flies in the face of such a statement.

ARRA (stimulus) funds are those used to “turnaround” failing schools. Is this semantics? If the Oklahoma State Department of Education is simply ‘passing’ on the funds from the federal government to the local school, then the Department is not spending them so the Department is not taking federal funds for education reforms?

ROPE has found at least one bill “requested” by the Department containing references or inclusions for access to federal grants. Additionally, ROPE has uncovered the mechanism by which the Core Curriculum Standards and something called the P20 data system (begun by a “requested” bill) which will collect data from children across a wide range of data points and share that information in  without parental consent are linked to federal funding. We will share that with you soon.

In the meantime, we must be vigilant and continue to monitor the words and actions of our newly elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Baressi, and hold her accountable for them.

In This Issue

Oklahoma State Education Board awards millions to poor-performing schools

The School Improvement Grants were approved by the board Thursday and the federal money is intended to help the schools, all of which are in Oklahoma City, improve a track record of poor student performance.

“We’re hopeful that this will have an impact,” state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi said.

Oklahoman plays key role in announcement of new Race to the Top

“Early childhood education, special for children ages birth to 3, is both a profound moral obligation and the most effective way to reverse the cycle of poverty in  America,” Kaiser said in a town-hall meeting in Washington, D.C., following Duncan’s announcement.

State Superintendent Janet Barresi Joins Jeb Bush’s “Chiefs For Change”In the “Statement of Principles for Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act” dated May 19, 2011, the Chiefs maintain:

 

Q&A With State Supt. Baressi with the Oklahoma Education Association
“No. I don’t like mandates. I’m a local control type of fan and advocate. I’m sure Oklahoma City would be happy to share their best practices in this area and results from this. My bottom line is this: I want to see the numbers. I want to see the academic outcomes as a result of this process, after they’ve had it in for a couple, three years. I want to see how it facilitates outcomes, how it facilitates learning.”

Oklahoma charter schools hire math, science teachers from overseas

The schools have come under scrutiny by conservative and tax watch groups throughout the nation, including Restore Oklahoma Public Education (ROPE), which can be defined as both.

“If Oklahoma teachers are being laid off, why are we as Oklahoma taxpayers paying people from not even inside our country to come and teach our children?” asks Jenni White, president of ROPE.

To Read More information collected on Gulen Schools by ROPE, see this article just recently added to our website.

Kids Are Giving Oklahoma Schools the Finger

Kaye Beach

12/7/2010

There it is!

Parents report that finger scanning has been implemented in Putnam City Schools.

“A computerized cashiering system is used for all students in middle school cafeterias. This system, known as “biometrics,” allows your child to access his or her meal account by touching a finger to a small scanner at the cafeteria cash register. Students will have their finger scanned and the system will create a template based on the scan. Students will no longer be required to carry meal cards.”

Why has the school decided to implement finger scanning?  Apparently to make the lunch lines faster.

“The real plus of this system is that while students’ meal cards can be misplaced or loaned to friends, fingers cannot. Using a touchpad scanner means every time students step up to the cafeteria cash register, they’re good to go,” says Jennifer Strong, the district’s director of Child Nutrition.

Read More

The collection of biometric data is an extremely sensitive matter and nothing less than fully informed active consent should be acceptable.  Active consent is when the parent must grant permission in writing before their child is allowed to participate in something, passive consent means if the parent does nothing, it is assumed  that permission is granted.

Putnam City Schools say that;

Parents who prefer that their students use the meal card system rather than the biometric system may contact the cafeteria to opt out of the biometric system. In this case, students must carry their meal cards in order to access their cafeteria accounts. Read More

Parents may also “opt out” by signing this form and returning it to the school.

The schools and the vendors assure  parents that the scanners pose no security or privacy risks to children.

It’s not the scanners I’m worried about, is the people in charge of administering the system.  I also don’t fear guns jumping up and shooting me but I do keep a close eye on the person handling it.

Sodexo, a food service provider, is the corporation running the finger scanning operation in Oklahoma and in other states has a less than stellar record regarding safety.

SodexoFood Safety:

Bad Burgers Make Metro Students Sick

Posted at 11:02 AM on January 17, 2006

ChannelOklahoma.com reports that several metro middle school students were sick Friday night after eating food that had been left out since before Christmas.

Read More

OSHA Fines New Jersey School Contractor Sodexo for Serious Safety Hazards

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., July 23 – SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., July 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Sodexo, one of the state’s largest school contractors, for nine serious safety hazards that endangered workers and could have harmed students in the South Plainfield School District.

Read More

Nov. 2007

BATAVIABatavia school administrators are considering ending their contract with food-services provider Sodexho after a child sex offender was found working in two school kitchens last week.

READ MORE

Sodexo Busted for Overcharging Scheme-

ATTORNEY GENERAL CUOMO ANNOUNCES $20 MILLION SETTLEMENT WITH FOOD SERVICES COMPANY FOR OVERCHARGING NEW YORK SCHOOLS

Settlement part of ongoing, industry-wide investigation

http://www.ag.ny.gov/media_center/2010/july/july21a_10.html

Sodexo. not surprisingly, is also pretty laid back when it comes to collecting your kids’ biometrics;

Sodexo  Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District’s new food service contractor violated state law when it collected fingerprints from students

Monday, Aug. 16 2010

Arizona law forbids schools from collecting “biometric information,” including finger scans, without proper advance notice and written consent from parents.

Read more

These stories are just a sampling of the problems with Sodexo.

The schools tell parents;

“This system is very secure and can only be used for identification in the school cafeteria. It does not store fingerprints or images of the fingerprint.”

I have no specific knowledge of the system they are using so I can’t refute or affirm these claims.  I do know a bit about biometrics and identification systems as well as the governmental policies in place regarding the use of biometrics and this much I know this much for sure;   our government is hell bent on collecting our biometrics.  They have been working diligently on database interoperability (ensuring that various systems are using a universal language  so that they can “talk” to one another)

They don’t simply want the biometric (technically, they use the “template” of the biometric), they want the associated biographical data as well and  are moving into an access controlled society and your biometrics data is the preferred credential.

In order to access a given place, service or good first your credentials or ID must be checked to determine if you are authorized access.  Just like the kiddo’s lining up to scan then eat.  By the way, this is great training for them to accept a numbered, cashless society without a fuss.

Here’s the problem.  If some authority has the power to permit access then they also have the power to deny access.  With biometrics, your body is your ID.

Recently I read an article where a former  East German lady was being interviewed about life before the wall came down.  She was asked why German’s didn’t raise a ruckus when Checkpoint Charlie went up.  She said because they always let everyone pass…until one day they didn’t.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/44675297/Sensor-Nets-the-Business-of-Surveillance

Every time you are ID’d you are at a checkpoint but with this technology there are no papers involved, the effect is exactly the same.  The reality is that you will pass only if the authority approves your credentials and guess what?  They get to set the criteria for who is allowed to pass and they can also change that criteria at any time.

Right now it is simply for lunchroom ID but in short order the ID system will expand and when it does they will begin to make the databases interoperable.  I mean, why have a separate system for the bus and the library?  Just combine the data systems and make one database for the whole school.

Then the separate school systems may as well combine because there will be some crossover services between schools like busing to ball games.  There will also be more and more electronic services like tele-classes, virtual library borrowing and don’t forget health care which is rapidly moving into the school systems.  So school wide, district wide statewide and nationwide interoperable databases are becoming be a must. 

How do I know?

Because I am watching the same thing happen with data systems everyday. 

Separate data bases are referred to as “silos” by our government and corporations who really want to gain access to as much of our information as possible. They want to break down these silos, and they are doing it.  Public schools are NO exception!  In fact, we are moving to common data standards systems right now for the express purpose of combining multiple student information data sets into one national data warehouse.


The Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF)

SIF is not a product, but an industry initiative that enables diverse applications to interact and share data. As of March 2007, SIF is estimated to have been used in more than 48 states and 6 countries, supporting five million students

SIF-Breaking Down Silos

“We recognized that only through some kind of integration system could we effectively manage these expanding stores of siloed data,” he says. “[No Child Left Behind] would later emerge as a driver of this integration, but just the notion of systemic use of the information was appealing. It became clear that we couldn’t leave it all in silos. The creation of the SIF specification solved that problem. In fact, it was created to do just that.” Read More

Facts:

•Oklahoma is the first state to become fully SIF compliant
•Oklahoma is the first state to do so legislatively.
70 OKLA. STAT. tit. 70, § 3-161 (2007), available at http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/OK_Statutes/CompleteTitles/os70.rtf (Student Tracking and Reporting (STAR) Pilot Program)

SIF Category Information (the info they are collecting and sharing now)

“SIF is interested in internationalising the specification. This of course expands the marketplace for vendors who have implemented SIF-enabled products”–from the Report on the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) 2003

Our financial records, health records and driving records are all separate systems and this is good!  With our information safely ensconced in “silos” Only the people that need to know a specific piece of information about you see that information.  Put ALL of that info together and what happens if it gets stolen or compromised?

But don’t take my word for it, listen to Zbigniew:


“The technotronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society.  Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. […] The capacity to assert social and political control over the individual will vastly increase.  It will soon be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and to maintain up-to-date, complete files, containing even most personal information about the health or personal behavior of the citizen in addition to more customary data.

These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities.”
-Zbigniew Brzezinski

another quote:

“We need to take very great care not to fall into a way of life in which freedom’s back is broken by the relentless pressure of a security State.” Sir Ken Macdonald QC, Director of Public Prosecutions (2003-2008)

Personally, I don’t want any part of it.

Mad about Public Ed? Here is where the Rubber Meets the Road

Kaye Beach

11/29/10

–A few months ago I did a little research into the transformation taking place in our public schools in preparation for interviewing the incomparable Beverly Eakman on Sept. 24th.


“Why Our Kids are Walking Targets”

Guest Beverly Eakman. (http://www.beverlye.com/)

AUDIO:

A4L_2010-09-24_128k.mp3

A4L_2010-09-24_16k.mp3

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The schools-to-work program is a stand out as bad policy.

A key document I posted was “Transforming Education Marc Tucker’s “Dear Hillary” Letter”

Marc Tucker is the president and CEO of the National Center on Education and the Economy in Washington. and is one of the leaders of the standards movement in American education.  Link


Be sure to see this entire post for some eye-opening info on Tucker and workforce development programs in our schools but first, Jenni White, President of R.O.P.E (Restore Oklahoma Public Education) reminds us that there is a School Board Candidate Training Seminar being held tomorrow;

“We cannot change our current public school system unless we involve ourselves in the system.

Please consider attending our School Board Candidate Training Seminar at the Belle Isle Library in Oklahoma City, Tomorrow, November 30th from 6pm to 8:30pm

You do not need to actually run for a position this year to benefit from tomorrow night’s training. Anyone who has any interest at all in the public school system can benefit from this FREE training.”

www.RestoreOkPublicEducation.com

If you would like to know what openings are available on school boards in counties all over the state, please see this link:
http://www.ok.gov/elections/Candidates_&_Elections/Upcoming_Elections/

If you would like to know what the Oklahoma State Department of Education considers qualifications for school board members, please see this link:
http://www.sde.state.ok.us/Law/BoardsofEduc/local.html

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For a first person accounting of how this policy was inserted into Oklahoma schools, give a listen to this show (scroll down until you see “Joe Esposito”10-17-10) with Ken Sellers and Amanda Teegarden from OK-SAFE as they interview Joe Esposito, author of Tangled Web, The Mastery Learning, OBE, STW-TQM Connection on America in The Balance

Joe served on Oklahoma’s Governor Frank Keating’s Oklahoma S-T-W Executive Council in 1996 and gives a fascinating account of what he discovered about the move to turn public education into workforce development.


Donna Garner Senior Education Policy Advisor EducationNews.org is following Tucker’s latest efforts and her article makes for some interesting reading.  Donna writes;

It is time to resurrect the article that I wrote back on 4.19.10 entitled “Marc Tucker’s Bologna.” Why? Take a look at Marc Tucker’s National Education and the Economy (NCEE) State Consortium on Board Examinations Systems (SCOBES).

Of Tucker Donna Garner says;

As you read through Marc Tucker’s article posted below, please realize that this is nothing new.  Tucker called it “School to Work” in the 1980’s.  The idea is to educate a small percentage of the population and then make “worker bees” out of the rest of the masses, making sure that they are not able to read, write, or speak English well so that they cannot logically analyze and evaluate issues.  If the masses are kept ignorant, they can be easily controlled politically and socially by the few people at the top.

Tucker’s School-to-Work plan has simply morphed into what he is now calling “early college entrance.”  He is luring parents to buy into this idea by dressing it up in sweet-sounding words such as “college-level work,” “admission to selective colleges,” and “instructional programs that are among the best in the world.”

http://www.educationnews.org/commentaries/insights_on_education/103613.html

Read her entire article,  “Marc Tucker’s Bologna”

Radio Frequency ID Child Tagging Spreads

I am going to have to start a running tally of how many schools are using RFID to tag and track the students.

In the meantime, we may want to ask ourselves where we stand on this issue because I have a feeling we will be dealing with it soon.

Santa Fe uses radio frequency tracking badges

Published October 18, 2010 SANTA FE — Secondary students in the Santa Fe district are required to wear badges on campus that track their whereabouts using radio frequency identification technology.

School officials issued the badges this fall to ensure student safety and achieve more accurate attendance reporting.

Attendance rates haven’t been an issue in the district, but a reliable reporting system might allow Santa Fe to recover more state money from average daily attendance funding, district spokeswoman Patti Hanssard said. The monitoring system only tracks students on campus.

…Since issuing the tracking badges in 2008, Spring has received a $194,000 increase in attendance funding, Hanssard said.

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I want to thank George Orwell for having the depth and foresight to plan my career”

Take a guess who issued that quote?



That would be Richard Chace, head honcho of the SIA, the lobbying group that asked our Governor to, pretty please, kill HB 2569 that was passed overwhelmingly through the Oklahoma State House and Senate.   The same Richard Chace, who was working with Sen Corn in 2009 to pass a bill making RFID chips mandatory in our driver’s licenses!  This was the bill, HB 2569,  that simply proposed to keep these devices off of our driver’s licenses and ID cards.  The same bill supported by people ranging from devout Christians to the ACLU.

Think your wishes as to what your state government will or will not force you to do, will be considered?  Not as long as we refrain from making this sort of UN-representative type of decision making  exceedingly painful for them.

Want to see where Oklahoma stands compared to other states regarding RFID tracking laws?

State Statutes Relating to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Privacy

Click the link below that says “Meet the Chippers” and consider the votes of the legislators who sold us out to the man who thanks George Orwell for giving him a blue print to make his fortune on when you cast your votes on Nov 2.

Now, you might also remember that our wise legislators here in Oklahoma only a few months ago ridiculed, scoffed and denied the notion of tracking human beings via an RFID chip;

Sen. Tom Adelson ridicules those who object to human beings think to being tagging and tracked like livestock or inventory.

“Claims that the technology will be used to track people are inaccurate” Paul Sund

RFID to Track PEOPLE?! Cops, Big Government Extremists and Corporate Shills Deny the Possibility

Oklahoma Capitol Offenders 2010 HB 2569 Meet the “Chippers”

While one chip in your wallet now does not allow for effective tracking,  RFID technology  is intended to become ubiquitous.  We are already becoming laden with the chips.  Our clothing, various products and items we carry, library books, badges, ID’s and more harbor the devices.  As more and more readers are installed, the ability for the government to know your whereabouts, who you are with, what transactions you make and how you pay, will become painfully obvious.

Oklahoma City Students to Get Cell Phones for Good Grades

If its not bad enough that the schools seem to be intent on filling kids’ heads with junk, now they want to microwave them as well.

Oh and Gee….How generous of TracFone.

If there is any question at all, and there is actually credible studies that show cell phones can be very risky for kids, the schools should not be promoting or providing this technology to children.

Ethics…Anyone?

Ax

R.O.P.E. has more on this

Oklahoma City Students to Get Cell Phones for Good Grades

Oct 5, 2010

News9.com

OKLAHOMA CITY — Some Oklahoma City Public Schools students will be part of a pilot program to determine if rewards can help boost grades.

The school district announced Tuesday it would participate in an incentive program called “The Million.” It will reward sixth and seventh graders with cell phones for academic achievement. The program was a collaboration between TracFone Wireless and the Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard University (EdLabs).

“Cell phones are ubiquitous,” Dr. Fryer said.

(Dr Fryer?  Really?!)

“The Million provides an unprecedented opportunity to use technology to communicate with students and boost their academic achievement.”

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New Study: Cell Phones Linked To High Radiation Levels

Oct 7, 2010

Cell phones have been linked to cancer before, but now a new study is raising concern about the possible connection.

The Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Working Group says radiation levels in cell phones can cause health problems, including cancer.

The Environmental Working Group’s report says kids and pregnant women need to be most careful.  That’s because their bodies are at developmental stages that allow the radiation to penetrate their bodies.

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Mobile phone use ‘raises children’s risk of brain cancer fivefold’

Alarming new research from Sweden on the effects of radiation raises fears that today’s youngsters face an epidemic of the disease in later life

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Cell Phone Disadvantage #4 – The Effect on Children

http://www.controlyourimpact.com/2008/03/disadvantages-of-cell-phones-the-effect-on-children/