by Karen R. Effrem, MD
In researching the psychologically manipulative aspects of the Common Core standards and aligned tests in 2014 and 2015, I came across this very alarming statement:
ASCA [American School Counselors Association] Mindsets & Behaviors align with specific standards from the Common Core State Standards through connections at the competency level. [Emphasis added]
To carry this out, ASCA has an interactive database website of mindsets and behaviors that contains such vague, subjective and hard to accurately measure psychological parameters as the following:
Belief in development of the whole self
How does a counselor or teacher accurately and objectively determine if a kindergartner or early elementary student possesses such a belief? How are kindergarten through second grade students (5-8 year olds) supposed to then achieve a related “competency” such as the following example of Orwellian groupthink that is Common Core standard CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1, when the youngest ones are first entering school and just learning to hold a pencil?
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
As stated in comments for several states, such as California and Florida (before its pulled its infamous Jeb Bush-approved re-brand), “Asking children this young to behave like little adult corporate board members is completely inappropriate, especially when many adults have not mastered these non-cognitive workforce based competencies.”
And as if the Common Core English standards, such as the one just quoted, were not bad enough, the website allows counselors to make up their own vague, subjective psychobabble competencies and submit them to the site. Here is one example for grades K-2 based on the Common Core standard quoted above:
Participate in collaborative conversations (one-on-one, in groups, and counselor-led) with diverse partners about anger management with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
It now appears that the ASCA is working to impose this system in Utah. H.B. 223, the Elementary School Counselor Pilot Program, funds grants and contains mandate language that school counselors in K-6 elementary schools “…shall provide emotional and social support to students;” and that they “may provide college and career readiness counseling.”
This bill is extremely vague and has many problems. Here are a few:
Although a state-level bill, the psychological manipulation and tracking via Common Core and CBE are nationwide and dangerous. Parents across the nation were originally told by Bill Gates, Jeb Bush, and their minions that Common Core was nothing but a set of “high” academic standards in English and math. Moms and dads are furious when they learn that schools and the corporate/big government establishment are using their children as guinea pigs and see them merely as chattel for the global labor force.
Please pay attention to this bill and ones like it in your own states. The freedom and futures of our children and the nation depend on our vigilance and willingness to take a stand.