Somehow, a REAL LEFT SOCIAL PROGRESSIVE who does not identify with any of this is indeed CHIPPED without my knowledge---that is of course CRIMINAL----CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.
This is research in Baltimore is indeed being done----people coming for ORDINARY MEDICAL TREATMENT----are CHIPPED without their knowledge.
We want to stress-------scientists have NOT gotten to a stage of READING PEOPLE'S MINDS. They may never get there. What they are reading is the SURVEILLANCE FEEDBACK coming through those cochlear implants. What happens to our 99% WE THE PEOPLE is this: we don't know we are CHIPPED ---and we think what we hear on these surveillance are WHAT WE ARE ACTUALLY THINKING.
This is part of STRONG CITIES/SMART CITIES----to CHIP everyone through ordinary medical procedures
'protect our cities'........who are the dangerous people? The BARBER SURGEONS doing these research.
Scientists made an AI that can read minds
This new deep learning algorithm can analyze brain scans to predict thoughts.
Tom Regan, @grapedosmil
06.29.17 in Robots
Whether it's using AI to help organize a Lego collection or relying on an algorithm to protect our cities, deep learning neural networks seemingly become more impressive and complex each day. Now, however, some scientists are pushing the capabilities of these algorithms to a whole new level - they're trying to use them to read minds.
By reverse-engineering signals sent by the brain, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have been working on an AI that can read complex thoughts simply by looking at brain scans. Using data collected from a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine, the CMU scientists feed that data into their machine learning algorithms, which then locate the building blocks that the brain uses to create complex thoughts.
Impressively, the study showed that the team were able to demonstrate where and how the brain was being triggered while processing 240 complex events, covering everything from individuals to places and even various physical actions or aspects of social interaction. It's by understanding these triggers that the algorithm can use the brain scans to predict what is being thought about at the time, connecting these thoughts into a coherent sentence.
Selecting 239 of these complex sentences and feeding the AI the corresponding brain scans, the algorithm managed to successfully predict the correct thoughts with an astounding 87 percent accuracy. It could also do the reverse, receiving a sentence and then outputting an accurate image of how it predicted that thought would be mapped inside a human brain.
The astonishing research shows just how far deep learning has come. If you weren't worried about the rise of super powered machines before, now that they can read minds, it's probably time to start preparing for the inevitable robot apocalypse.
We would caution-----the power of ILLUSION is as far as these tools may get. The collection of all our HUMAN THOUGHTS in mega-data through social media, cell phone, public surveillance-----have indeed been organized through all this ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE ----but the complexity of free thinking is far-different than someone doing a specific task. The ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE for robotics replacing our retail workers for example where AI are fed simple language feeds for each task-----THAT IS REALLY HAPPENING.
The complexity of free-thinking, spontaneous thought is so complex it may never be TAPPED. So, like DNA STRAND ------where the visual model was created ----the same visual model of our THINKING---BRAIN function may be mapped. The ability to interpret thoughts are not physical-----they are abstract.
Please know this: these experiments are INDEED HAPPENING under the guise of TELEMEDICINE----please think as you are THINKING-------is my mind capturing FEEDBACK from SURVEILLANCE devices OR is this my REAL THOUGHT?
THIS IS WHY WE WORK EVERYDAY TO FIGHT MOVING FORWARD.
Scientists Can't Read Your Mind With Brain Scans (Yet)
As a journalist who writes about neuroscience, I've gotten a lot of super enthusiastic press releases touting a new breakthrough in using brain scans to read people's minds. They usually come from a major university or a prestigious journal. They make it sound like a brave new future has suddenly arrived, a future in which brain scans advance the cause of truth and justice and help doctors communicate with patients whose minds are still active despite their paralyzed bodies.
Amazing, right? Drop everything and write a story!
Well, not so fast. Whenever I read these papers and talk to the scientists, I end up feeling conflicted. What they've done–so far, anyway–really doesn't live up to what most people have in mind when they think about mind reading. Then again, the stuff they actually can do is pretty amazing. And they're getting better at it, little by little.
In pop culture, mind reading usually looks something like this: Somebody wears a goofy-looking cap with lots of wires and blinking lights while guys in white lab coats huddle around a monitor in another room to watch the movie that's playing out in the person's head, complete with cringe-inducing internal monologue.
We are not there yet.
'GORDEMER: In other words, Gallant has been recording images from people's brains and playing them back like a movie. The process starts by showing test subjects a bunch of random movie clips'.
PLAYING THEM BACK LIKE A MOVIE.
One of the conversations on THE NETWORK by HOSTING SERVER NOSY NEIGHBOR ----is that all this illegal black market video PORN is being sold as PORN----to CORPORATIONS for marketing, products, medical research----
THAT IS WHAT HOSTING SERVER NOSY NEIGHBORS AND THE GANG are doing when they PRETEND they are watching you because you are dangerous----mentally ill ---or fall into social services.
The point we make every day -----all this is ILLEGAL, CRIMINAL, CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY---it is almost always done without people's knowledge and at some point it is used to CONTROL PEOPLE -----making people THINK they are THINKING their thoughts when it is all simply surveillance devices.
NPR is a great big raging global banking 1% FAKE NEWS media outlet---they will sell the idea these mind-reading equipment are farther advance then REALITY.
Scientists Say They Can Read Your Mind, And Prove It With Pictures
July 20, 20155:17 AM ET
Heard on Morning EditionBarry Gordemer
Scientists say they can now download signals from your brain — and translate them back into a picture that you saw. The images aren't crystal clear, but you can make out what's going on.
RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:
David. Hey, David.
DAVID GREENE, HOST:
MONTAGNE: What am I - what am I thinking?
GREENE: (Laughter) I have no idea. I'm not a mind reader.
MONTAGNE: Ah, but you might be in the not-too-distant future. This summer, we're looking at technologies that can give you super powers.
MONTAGNE: OK. And today, NPR's Barry Gordemer tells us about scientists who can download pictures from your brain and scientists who can even control your actions with their thoughts.
BARRY GORDEMER, BYLINE: In the "X-Men" comic books and movies, Charles Xavier had a little extra something in his DNA that gave him an awesome superpower.
(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "X-MEN: FIRST CLASS")
JAMES MCAVOY: (As Charles Xavier) One of the many spectacular things my mutation allows me to do is that I can read your mind.
GORDEMER: But you don't have to be a mutant to read minds. Jack Gallant is a professor at UC Berkeley, and he can literally see what's on your mind.
JACK GALLANT: Your eye is sort of like a camera. There's an image of the world on the back of your eye, and that image is projected on the back of your brain. And we can record blood flow signals and translate those signals back into the picture that you saw.
GORDEMER: In other words, Gallant has been recording images from people's brains and playing them back like a movie. The process starts by showing test subjects a bunch of random movie clips.
GALLANT: And then people watched these clips while we were recording their brain activity by means of MRI.
GORDEMER: The MRI data was fed into a computer which reconstructed what the person saw. Now the images aren't super clear, but you can make out what's going on.
GALLANT: They have this dreamy quality, as if you're looking through the world through a thick piece of gauze. You might be able to tell that there was somebody speaking, but you wouldn't be able to tell if it was a man or a woman.
GORDEMER: The technology is kind of primitive right now, but as it improves, the list of things that potentially can be plucked from your brain gets kind of scary.
GALLANT: We'll be able to decode the things you are looking at, the internal dialogue you're having with yourself as you talk to yourself throughout the day, your feelings. All of those things will be accessible.
GORDEMER: So that's mind reading. Another mental superpower scientists are working on is telekinesis, the ability to move things with your mind.
GORDEMER: This is a video from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. It shows a paraplegic woman feeding herself with a robotic arm controlled by her thoughts.
(SOUNDBITE OF VIDEO, "ONE GIANT BITE: WOMAN WITH QUADRIPLEGIA FEEDS HERSELF CHOCOLATE USING MIND-CONTROLLED ROBOT ARM")
JAN SCHEUERMANN: I fed myself chocolate and then string cheese and then a red pepper.
GORDEMER: A number of companies are working on thought-powered videogame controllers, but what about controlling a person with your mind, a la Obi-Wan Kenobi in "Star Wars"?
(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "STAR WARS: EPISODE IV - A NEW HOPE")
ALEC GUINNESS: (As Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi) These aren't the droids you're looking for.
UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As Stormtrooper) These aren't the droids we're looking for.
GUINNESS: (As Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi) Move along.
UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As Stormtrooper) Move along.
GORDEMER: Two years ago, a couple of researchers at the University of Washington actually pulled off a Jedi mind control trick of their own. Rajesh Rao sat in a lab and played a videogame. When he wanted to shoot down an enemy rocket, he didn't just push a button. He just thought fire, and that thought traveled over the internet to Andrea Stocco.
ANDREA STOCCO: The brain waves associated with thinking about shooting down the rocket were recorded by a computer and transferred over to my brain.
GORDEMER: Stocco was sitting in another lab a mile and a half away, and when his research partner thought fire...
STOCCO: ...My hand essentially moved...
GORDEMER: And pressed a button that shot down the rocket. The man who thought about firing was wearing a cap that measured electrical activity in his brain. Stocco wore a cap that delivered an electronic pulse to the part of his brain that controls hand movements.
STOCCO: When I was young, the comic books I was reading were all about these things. I guess some of them brushed off and led me to the point where I am right now.
GORDEMER: Which might lead us one day to become psychic, but I bet you already knew that. Barry Gordemer, NPR News.
PGE in California may indeed be source for these forest fires but this global corporate ENERGY CORPORATION formerly California PUBLIC UTILITY is working for CLEARING/BURNING regions of CA slated to be MINED, FRACKED, and mountains brought down to RUBBLE.
We have discussed in detail how these goals of GLOBAL ENERGY/MINING will decimate our state and national parks.
What we would like with this meme to show is how EASY it is for global ENERGY/TECHNOLOGY----AKA ONE WORLD ONE TECHNOLOGY/ENERGY GRID----to kill 99% of WE THE PEOPLE'S ability to use cell phones/computers et al.
REAGAN ERA was when PGE was privatized and used by global banking 1% this same way. If global banking 1% want to CLEAR THESE AREAS for global corporate mining---they make SERVICES BAD, DIFFICULT, UNRELIABLE.
Coming to our US EAST COAST courtesy same ONE WORLD ONE TECHNOLOGY/ENERGY GRID-------
PG&E is Making California a “Shithole Country”
Cindy Sheehan·Wednesday, October 30, 2019·4 minutes
I just got my wifi back so I have been stewing in my own juices for several days.
My power has remained on, but the wifi thing was about the power outages.
The Kincaid fire is near us, but we are not inundated with smoke like with the Paradise fire, however, much of Vacaville is still without power and, ironically, PG&E's shitty equipment probably caused the Kincaid fire.
PG&E has for decades spent money on executive bonuses, salaries (https://www1.salary.com/PGandE-CORP-Executive-Salaries.html), donations to individual campaigns and lobbying (https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/summary.php?id=D000000290) and to conservative sides of propositions in California (such as same-sex marriage and labeling GMOs---against both). So, what if they spent all these millions in repairing their aging and faulty power equipment?
Last year around this time when PG&E burned down Paradise, California, killing dozens and destroying a perfectly fine community, my community was living under a deadly blanket of toxic smoke. Even going out with a mask on (if you could fine one to buy) was not sufficient and I know I, for one, got really ill from it. Right now, we are not being affected by the smoke of the Kincaid fire even though it is nearer, but the SF Bay area is being assaulted by the poison smoke.
We sit in our homes with the wind beating the shit out of us wondering when it will be our community burning down and these power outages are not helping anything. Between power outages and people dying, of course, there’s no choice, but there are other options that need to be put into place quickly!
As we know there are no power “needs,” only power “wants,” but under late-stage, predatory capitalism, the criminal profiteers have made it nearly impossible to live/make a living without power. When businesses are closed, most of the workers are not making any wages. I have read of restaurants losing thousands of dollars of food while we residents of the dystopian PG&E-fiefdom also lose freezers filled with leftovers, etc. My son, for example, is off all week because the office of his employer is near the Kincaid fire and many of his colleagues have been evacuated or are under the threat of eminent evacuation. Again, no work, no pay---except for the fat cats in Sacramento or in the boardroom of PG&E.
Governor Gavin Newsom is offering no solutions except to say, “this has been decades in the making,” and that mother-fucker is one of the top Democrat families that (along with the Feinsteins, Jerry Browns, and Pelosis) have allowed PG&E to lay siege to the public commons so that a handful of murderers can earn millions of dollars. PG&E has been allowed for far too long to pillage and poison California! Enough is enough, already!
Besides the discussions of how to “get off the grid,” the positive thing about this entire situation is that ordinary people (not activists, not anarchists, not socialists, not communists) are outraged and no one is complacent about this. I hear, “PG&E’s equipment should be seized by each community and we should form our own utility districts,” from the most surprising sources: my bus driver; two older gentlemen I was walking behind at the park today; a librarian: no one is complacent. Also, there is much discussion about breaking up monopolies and political dynasties, which is urgently needed.
In my opinion, these power outages seem to be random and ineffective, with power out on one side of a street, but not the other---with power out in interior clumps of Vacaville, but not other areas---and, like stated above, the Kincaid fire was caused by faulty PG&E equipment---so I think PG&E is punishing Northern California for finally fining it for the devastation caused in Paradise, after raising our rates, of course. PG&E is trying to turn my beautiful state into one of Trump’s “shithole countries.” The next thing we know the Clinton Foundation will be swooping in to “save us,” goddess, that’s all we need!
Of course, catastrophic climate change is playing a role in the new season in Cali, called “Fire Season,” but there sure would be far less fires and damage if PG&E had been attending to its equipment and not its profits.
Public power should not be for profit, but should be put under the democratic control of each community with the goal of providing safe power and the exploration of alternative forms of energy.
I don’t know anyone in my town that is itching to burn it down for a few dollars.
My case of NOSY NEIGHBORS AND THE GANG illegal surveillance VIDEO PORN led me to attempt to attain a court record from a decade or so here in Baltimore. When I went to a Baltimore City Maryland Court with my case number I was told ALL BALTIMORE RECORDS ARE EXPUNGED after 3 - 5 years. Baltimore will no longer keep ANY court results beyond those years. I was told BALTIMORE does not do WRITTEN TRANSCRIPT requests ----only AUDIO and only for cases after 2011.
Keep in mind-----every other county in Maryland KEEPS these records with some expungement cases. Every county offers WRITTEN TRANSCRIPTS-----most offer audio as well---some not doing audio.
BALTIMORE CITY has adopted this process of eliminating court records in 3 years making any attempt to research or come back for legal standings IMPOSSIBLE for even a PLAINTIFF in a case.
BALTIMORE'S MARYLAND ASSEMBLY POLS PUSHED THIS CALLING IT 'HIRING JUSTICE'.
What the goals of this policy were------ENDING ALL US COURT PROCEDURES/ARCHIVING having been adopted for 300 years.
REAL LEFT SOCIAL PROGRESSIVES ARE FINE WITH WASHING AWAY MINOR CRIMES LIKE DRUG POSSESSION ET AL-----BUT WE KNOW THIS POLICY IS FAR-RIGHT WING GLOBAL BANKING 1% CORPORATE ATTEMPTS TO KILL US COURT PROCEDURES AS A FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONE.
So, in China as FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONE they don't have the same court structures as US------this law brings Baltimore to the status of China
A majority of all criminal cases each year are expungeable. Baltimore City District Courts in 2014 had an expungeable case rate of about 72%. If we use that same rate for all the cases in Maryland it means there were 121,414 expungeable cases created in 2014! Despite all the beneficial reasons to get an expungement, we are still creating more expungeable cases then we are expunging. In 2014 the Baltimore City District Court produced about 19,409 expungeable cases. However, there were only 6,606 expungement petitions filed in Baltimore City District Court. To learn more about expungement statistics click here'.
We will remind our US 99% WE THE PEOPLE that the same people having eliminated in BALTIMORE policies surrounding maintaining criminal records for long periods of time-------is tied to the installation of CHINESE SOCIAL CREDIT SCORES----where people are not TRIED IN COURT---but through these SOCIAL WORKER ------REHABILITATION.
'The government alleges these systems mean to penalize citizens generally agreed as ‘untrustworthy’. They claim they will be able to “change people’s behavior by ensuring they are closely associated with it.” Researchers[who?], however, argue the system will be part of the government's plan to automate their authoritarian rule over the Chinese population. According to Genia Kostka, a Professor of Chinese Politics at the Freie Universität Berlin, “if successful in [their] effort, the Communist Party will possess a powerful means of quelling dissent, one that is comparatively low-cost and which does not require the overt (and unpopular) use of coercion by the state.”'
Below we see who pushed this------WARNOCK is a global banking VULTURE CAPITALIST---the LAWYERS created for EXPUNGEMENT BUSINESS is soaring.
Far-right wing global banking 1% ALWAYS pretend these most repressive ONE WORLD structures are HELPING THE POOR. In this case all those low-income citizens targeted with zero-tolerance policing are feeling like they are winning---but, they have been tied to HITTING-----SURVEILLANCE just as CHINA'S SOCIAL CREDIT SCORE.
REAL LEFT SOCIAL PROGRESSIVES would never have allowed ZERO TOLERANCE to unjustly charge or convict our low-income citizens.
'The Warnock Foundation'
What is expungeable?
The answer to this question is a difficult one. There are many factors that determine if your record is expungeable. This difficulty is why we created ExpungeMaryland. By using this app you will be able to get to the bottom of whether or not your case is expungeable.
How much does expungement cost?
It costs $30 to expunge a single case. However, many people qualify for a fee waiver that makes expungement free. If you are eligible for expungement, your attorney can help you file for a fee waiver.
How long does the process take?
The statute says this process should take you 90 days. But in some jurisdictions, like Baltimore City, it can take up to 8 months.
Why is expungement important?
Expungement gives you a clean slate. Having criminal charges on your record can prevent you from finding employment, public housing, and other government services. Expunging your criminal record can make accessing work, housing, and services easier.
The Harms of a Criminal Record
The Harms of a Criminal Record On Employment
What do I do if I don’t know all the facts about my criminal record?
If you do not know the exact charge, date, or outcome of your case, you can search your adult criminal record (including traffic violations) at the State of Maryland Judiciary Case Search. (Disclaimer: if your case was recently resolved, or currently pending, this site might not be updated with that information).
If you have a juvenile record, you can contact the court that heard your case to get your record.
What if my criminal record is in a state other than Maryland?
ExpungeMaryland.com can only help you expunge your criminal record in Maryland. You’ll need to contact an attorney or legal aid service in the state where your criminal record is for more information.
Where can I find more information about expungement?
Office of the Public Defender has a number of great resources
Shielding a Domestic Violence Record
Expunging a Traffic Violence with MVA
Consequences of a Criminal Record
The Maryland Judiciary has an expungement handbook
DISCLAIMER: This site does not constitute a legal service.
The Warnock Foundation
We have discussed often under CHINESE SOCIAL CREDIT SCORE mega data SMART CITIES-------as we say below is a REBRANDING of RE-EDUCATION THROUGH LABOR China was known for brutality, slavery, repression through what were STALINIST GULAGS.
When we eliminate all access to US COURTS for 99% WE THE PEOPLE ---US CITIZENS and new to US immigrants-----this is what we get........HITTING------PEOPLE TELLING OTHERS HOW TO BE BETTER-----rather then simply legally convicting of misdemeanors.
SOMETIMES HAVING THAT MISDEMEANOR ON YOUR RECORD IS BETTER THAN CHINESE SOCIAL CREDIT SCORE policies.
So, Taiwan--China are NOT reforming these processes ---they are HIDING THEM UNDER A DIFFERENT BRANDING.
'Jerome A. Cohen is an NYU law professor, co-director of its U.S.-Asia Law Institute and adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has published many books and articles on China and recently co-authored “Challenge to China: How Taiwan Abolished Its Version of Re-Education Through Labor” (Berkshire 2013)'.
When BALTIMORE CITY MARYLAND COURT tells me there will be NO RECORD of any court case after 3 years----or maybe 5----no records exist from the past---they have all be erased----this is not to help the poor.
As we said-----they are eliminating our 300 years of civil court procedures to install that CHINESE SOCIAL CREDIT SCORE where people are HIT and have social workers telling them how to live.
NO FREEDOM, LIBERTY, JUSTICE NEED APPLY.
Again, Maryland already had expungement policies in place------the way this written is clears all ability to track any illegal activity----black market economies #1 in Baltimore say ----this is OK by me.
FIXING BALTIMORE AND CREATING EMPLOYMENT CAN TAKE PLACE WITHOUT DISMANTLING OUR CIVIL COURT STRUCTURE FOR PUBLIC ACCESS INFORMATION.
City Hall To Help Some Baltimore Residents Expunge Records
September 12, 2018 at 12:33 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — Some Baltimore residents will soon get some help from City Hall in expunging their records from public inspection. Mayor Catherine Pugh says that because criminal records can prevent people from being called in for a job interview or even being approved for housing, removing certain offenses from databases can greatly improve people’s lives.
In a Wednesday statement, the Democratic mayor says offering those eligible a path to start anew “is not only a good thing to do, it’s the right thing to do. “Under Maryland law, those convicted of certain felonies and a slew of misdemeanors get a chance to start over with a clean record.
Volunteer attorneys with the city’s law department will help people determine if past offenses can be expunged at a late September convention dubbed “WorkBaltimore.”
THAT'S A WIN! say global banking CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA in the final stages of ending all US PUBLIC EDUCATION ------now using COMMONER CORE to take CLINTON era dumbing down of US public education even further.
As we say ---COMMONER CORE is CAN'T KNOW NOTHING -----DARK AGES education for 99% of WE THE PEOPLE black, white, and brown citizens.
MARYLAND and BALTIMORE have been hard hit by these EDUCATION REFORMS----especially RACE TO TOP COMMONER CORE.
Reading scores in Baltimore schools still in decline 2019.
The problem is not our CHILDREN
This is the opposite of what we were told would happen with trillions of taxpayer dollars and an entire generation of children who deserve not to have been guinea pigs in a failed national experiment.
By Joy Pullmann
October 31, 2019
For the third time in a row since Common Core was fully phased in nationwide, U.S. student test scores on the nation’s broadest and most respected test have dropped, a reversal of an upward trend between 1990 and 2015. Further, the class of 2019, the first to experience all four high school years under Common Core, is the worst-prepared for college in 15 years, according to a new report.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress is a federally mandated test given every other year in reading and mathematics to students in grades four and eight. (Periodically it also tests other subjects and grade levels.) In the latest results, released Wednesday, American students slid yet again on nearly every measure.
Reading was the worst hit, with both fourth and eighth graders losing ground compared to the last year tested, 2017. Eighth graders also slid in math, although fourth graders improved by one point in math overall. Thanks to Neal McCluskey at the Cato Institute, here’s a graph showing the score changes since NAEP was instituted in the 1990s.
“Students in the U.S. made significant progress in math and reading achievement on NAEP from 1990 until 2015, when the first major dip in achievement scores occurred,” reported U.S. News and World Report. Perhaps not coincidentally, 2015 is the year states were required by the Obama administration to have fully phased in Common Core.
Common Core is a set of national instruction and testing mandates implemented starting in 2010 without approval from nearly any legislative body and over waves of bipartisan citizen protests. President Obama, his Education Secretary Arne Duncan, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Bill Gates, and myriad other self-described education reformers promised Common Core would do exactly the opposite of what has happened: improve U.S. student achievement. As Common Core was moving into schools, 69 percent of school principals said they also thought it would improve student achievement. All of these “experts” were wrong, wrong, wrong.
“The results are, frankly, devastating,” said U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a statement about the 2019 NAEP results. “This country is in a student achievement crisis, and over the past decade it has continued to worsen, especially for our most vulnerable students. Two out of three of our nation’s children aren’t proficient readers. In fact, fourth grade reading declined in 17 states and eighth grade reading declined in 31.”
On the same day the NAEP results were released, the college testing organization ACT released a report showing that the high school class of 2019’s college preparedness in English and math is at seniors’ lowest levels in 15 years. These students are the first to have completed all four high school years under Common Core.
“Readiness levels in English, reading, math, and science have all decreased since 2015, with English and math seeing the largest decline,” the report noted. Student achievement declined on ACT’s measures among U.S. students of all races except for Asian-Americans, whose achievement increased.
ACT was one of the myriad organizations that profited from supporting Common Core despite its lack of success for children and taxpayers. Its employees helped develop Common Core and the organization has received millions in taxpayer dollars to help create Common Core tests.
“ACT is one of the best barometers of student progress, and our college-bound kids are doing worse than they have in the ACT’s history,” said Center for Education Reform CEO Jeanne Allen in a statement.
These recent results are not anomalies, but the latest in a repeated series of achievement declines on various measuring sticks since Common Core was enacted. This is the opposite of what we were told would happen with trillions of taxpayer dollars and an entire generation of children who deserve not to have been guinea pigs in a failed national experiment.
Perhaps the top stated goal of Common Core was to increase American kids’ “college and career readiness.” The phrase is so central to Common Core’s branding that it is part of the mandates’ formal title for its English “anchor standards” and appears 60 times in the English requirements alone. Yet all the evidence since Common Core was shoved into schools, just as critics argued, shows that it has at best done nothing to improve students’ “college and career readiness,” and at worst has damaged it.
While of course many factors go into student achievement, it’s very clear from the available information that U.S. teachers and schools worked hard to do what Common Core demanded and that, regardless, their efforts have not yielded good results. A 2016 survey, for example, found “more than three quarters of teachers (76%) reported having changed at least half of their classroom instruction as a result of [Common Core]; almost one fifth (19%) reported having changed almost all of it.”
An October poll of registered voters across the country found 52 percent think their local public schools are “excellent” or “good,” although 55 percent thought the U.S. public school system as a whole is either just “fair” or “poor.” Things are a lot worse on both fronts than most Americans are willing to realize.
Compared to the rest of the world, even the United States’ top school districts only generate average student achievement, according to the Global Report Card. Common Core was touted as the solution to several decades of lackluster student performance like this that have deprived our economy of trillions in economic growth and would lift millions of Americans out of poverty. That was when U.S. test scores, while mediocre and reflecting huge levels of functional illiteracy, were better than they are now.
It is thus still the case, as it was when the Coleman Report was released 53 years ago, that U.S. public schools do not lift children above the conditions of their home lives. They add nothing to what children already do or do not get from at home, when we know from the track record of the distressingly few excellent schools that this is absolutely possible and therefore should be non-negotiably required. But because the people in charge of U.S. education not only neither lose power nor credibility but actually profit when American kids fail, we can only expect things to get worse.
Joy Pullmann (@JoyPullmann) is executive editor of The Federalist, mother of five children, and author of "The Education Invasion: How Common Core Fights Parents for Control of American Kids." She identifies as native American and gender natural. Her latest ebook is a list of more than 200 recommended classic books for children ages 3-7 and their parents.