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Pearson Publishing Stands to make millions of dollars off of our children’s education. In fact, they have already been making millions of dollars. I believe there is a place for business in education, however, when secret combinations come together to high-jack education we need to seriously reconsider funding them at all.

Sir Michael Barber is the Chief Education Advisor at Pearson PLC. He’s an outspoken Common Core and global common standards promoter. I’ve watched his speeches on YouTube this week and have attached links to these seminars and interviews below.

While some on the Utah State School Board have said that “Utah can get out of Common Core anytime we like,” Sir Michael Barber emphasizes an aim of “irreversible reform.”

“If you want irreversible reforms, work on the culture and the minds of teachers and parents,” Barber says.

He says this is important to avoid parents or traditionalists who might repeal progressive reforms because of a “wish for the past.”

He defines “sustainable reform” as “irreversible reform” and aims to “make it so it can never go back to how it was before.” I find this creepy.

At last month’s British Education Summit, Barber gave a speech entitled “Whole System Revolution” in which he taught principles from his book, “Deliverology 101″.

John Seddon, British management guru and president of Vanguard, has a series entitled “Why Deliverology Made Things Worse in the UK.” (“Deliverology 101,” Barber’s book, was written specifically for American education reform.)

“I don’t go around the world bashing Deliverology, but I think I should,” said Seddon, who defines Barber’s “deliverology” as “a top-down method by which you undermine achievement of purpose and demoralize people.”

Seddon says “deliverology” imposes arbitrary targets that damage morale.

But in Barber’s view, top-down education reform is necessary, a “global phenomenon,” no longer to be managed by individuals or sovereign countries; education reform has “no more frontiers, no more barriers,” he said at the August summit on education.

Barber showed a chart during his summit speech, displayed at 12:06 minutes, which he calls a goal of “whole system revolution,” pinpointed as the sum of the following addends: systemic innovation + sameness of standards + structure + human capital.

Sir Michael Barber said: “We want data about how people are doing. We want every child on the agenda.” (6:05) He specifies that “every child” means every “global citizen.”

In another clip, Barber praises Common Core (CC) at a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) interview.

In yet another interview –also with the CFR– Barber says, “Can I congratulate the CFR for getting into this issue? I think it’s great to see education as an issue of national security and foreign policy as well as economic and domestic policy.”

But as we all know, under the U.S. Constitution, education in the U.S. is to be state-led, not a federal or internationally-determined, issue.

Then there’s the BBC interview.

In this clip, on the BBC show Hardtalk, Barber outlines the benefits of “private and public partnership.”

Pearson “invests,” says Barber, by purchasing cheap schools in developing countries in partnership with governments.

Pearson works hand in hand with both nongovernmental agencies (NGA and CCSSO) and with governmental agencies (U.S. Department of Education) to promote global education and Common Core. Because he sees global control of education and U.S. Common Core as one and the same.

Evidence of the push toward ultimate loss of control over local education? Look at 6:05 on–the August Summit speech.

Barber says that every person in every country should have exactly the same definitionof what it “means to be good at maths”.

At 4:00 he says that “citizens of the world” including every single child, “all 9 billion people who will be alive in 2050″ must know E(K+T+L) –which stands for (Knowledge + Thinking + Leadership) multiplied by “ethical underpinnings.”

Then Barber explains that the “ethical underpinning” is “shared understanding” of earth and “sustainability” that every child in every school around the world will learn. Ethics, to Barber, have nothing to do with individual liberty, the Constitution, or the Golden Rule. It’s about the global collective.

Pearson is very successful in selling Common Core curriculum, online assessments, teacher professional development, and technological resources nationwide.

Common Core is very big business. The Wall Street Journal quotes Pearson’s CEO on Common Core as a financial goldmine:

“‘It’s a really big deal,’ says Peter Cohen, CEO of Pearson’s K-12 division, Pearson School. ‘The Common Core standards are affecting literally every part of the business we’re involved in.’”

When the BBC interviewer accused Sir Barber of leading Pearson to take over nations’ sovereign educational systems, Barber said, as a defense, “I worked for government. I love government. I think government is a really important, a big part of the solution.”

Advising governments from the U.S. to Pakistan on how to implement nationalized education is Barber/Pearson’s specialty.

As the UK Guardian writes:

“…Barber and his graphs have gone global. As McKinsey’s hubristically titled “head of global education practice”, he has set up a US Education Delivery Unit (albeit as a private sector rather than government venture), co-authored books that claim to identify what makes national education systems successful, and taken the joint chairmanship of a taskforce in Pakistan to establish “national standards” in basic subjects. Now he’s becoming chief education adviser to Pearson, owner of Penguin Books and the Financial Times and also, in its own description, “the world’s leading learning company“, with interests in 70 countries…”

Pearson has long been partnered with Achieve Inc., which is alarming because Achieve, Inc. happens to be a co-author of Barber’s “Deliverology 101″ andAchieve also happens to partner “with NGA and CCSSO on the [Common Core] Initiative, and a number of Achieve staff and consultants served on the [Common Core] writing and review teams,” in Achieve’s own words.

These incestuous combinations of NGOs, the Pearson company, and the Federal Government, appear to literally be taking over educational decision-making.

I want to thank Christel Swasey for her in depth research and for the time it took her to put the info in  concise and easy to read manner.


Most Pearson consumer publishing is done by the Penguin Group, which includes international imprints such as Allen Lane, Avery, Berkley Books, Dial, Dutton, Dorling Kindersley, Grosset & Dunlap, Hamish Hamilton, Ladybird, Plume, Puffin, Penguin, Putnam, Michael Joseph, Riverhead, Rough Guides, and Viking.

Utah State Board of EducationThe State School Board decided to table the issue of FERPA until this month as they wanted to review information on it. Our Wasatch County School District Superintendent was at the State School Board testifying about our local FERPA policy. Wasatch local school board had changed our policy so that it had no protection in the spring, but thanks to great participation of residents and emails from many citizens, the policy was changed again and strengthened. Thanks to Renee Braddy for gathering information, teaching citizens and leading this charge.

Since that time, people who have talked directly to the US Department of Ed, verifying the fact that the new FERPA policy does not protect, but in fact loosens, the restrictions so more data can be collected without our knowledge. If you would like to learn more about it directly from the US Dept. of Ed. You can call this number and ask for Ellen Campbell in their FERPA policy division. 1-800-872-5327.

What we need to do now is to write the State School Board Members and ask them to leave our current State FERPA policy in place. We have a good State Policy. PLEASE NOTE – the new federal policy is VOLUNTARY.

You will be told that it is not, but you can verify that for yourself by calling the number above. Superintendent Larry Shumway responded in an email to Renee Braddy that it was truly voluntary. James Judd, Student Service Director, Wasatch County, stated publicly that indeed this policy does loosen the protections.

Be firm but polite. Remember that emails that are not too long don’t get read.

STATE SCHOOL BOARD This will reach every member of the school board.

In case you need some ideas, I have pasted my letter to the board below.

Dear Board Member,

I am greatly concerned that as members of the Utah State School Board you will be voting on whether or not to change the FERPA laws that should protect my children. I am worried because I do not think many of you understand how dangerous the Federal changes are, how much information is already in the works to be collected and distributed, and parents will not have the ability to opt out of data sharing.

I know that many of you have expressed concern and stated that you are aware of what these changes entail and that you feel that Utah does a good job of protecting student data. Many of you have also stated that the info that is collected is aggregate and that it is not personal. Current procedures as far as I know, would make your beliefs and statements correct with the caveat that there is a new bill that was introduced from Senator Aaron Osmond that is now in effect called the Utah Futures bill. On line 79 of this bill it states:

(d) allow the Department of Workforce Services to analyze and report on student user interests, education paths, and behaviors within the education system so as to predictively determine appropriate career and educational outcomes and results; and

{find the pdf version of the bill here:}

Essentially, the Utah legislature and USOE has just proven that student data is not protected and that they will track our children not only through any state program, public preschool, elementary, junior high & high school, college or any higher ed, but now will follow them through the department of workforce services. The information collected will be used to determine appropriate education? Who gets to determine that? The government? The data collected will include grades, salaries, behavior, interests, etc. Whereas the FERPA rules that the State Office of Education follows may be okay for now, who is to say that the future board or employees of USOE will be as careful with our children’s private information?

The changes you are considering in regards to FERPA have already been deemed questionably legal, federal FERPA regulatory changes.

Why do I say “questionably legal federal changes?”

Congress made the original FERPA law many years ago to protect citizen privacy. But recently, the Department of Education overstepped its authority in making regulatory changes to FERPA. Regulations are not as binding as law. But the regulatory changes are being seen by some as federal mandates.

We are not communist China. We live in America and have entrusted you to help educate and protect our children, not take over their so-called outcomes. Students Educational Data Security & Privacy

Please protect our children’s private data by not loosening the rules or policies of FERPA.

Anissa Wardell

As a mother who has had to fight for her special needs child, I understand that we will not all see things the same way. I am okay with that. What I do not appreciate is being ignored, lied to, or gossiped about. Utah’s school board while good intentioned in their decisions is unwilling to back up their actions with evidence. If you look up our state history and read how we are different from most states in how we run our state office of education, you will see that the governor gets to appoint our state school board members. We the people do not get to, however, we are their constituents and they have a duty to us. Here is the latest in the Common Core saga…

Dear State School Board,

A Heber citizen, Anissa Wardell, contacted the Utah State School board this week to ask whether Utah will still be able to exercise her freedom to get out of the Common Core (and write our own standards, using University input, an option also known as ESEA option #2) –after the waiver deadline of September 6, 2012.

Rather than answering the question, state school board member Tami Pyfer told her constituent that she had no intention of freeing Utah from Common Core and then she proceeded say that evidence proving that Common Core was free of federal strings had “been presented in a variety of public forums numerous times.” This is simply not true.

1. Most people don’t even know what the term Common Core even means, according to a recent poll by Achieve, Inc. (Does your neighbor? Do teachers know– other than knowing there are different education standards this year– do they know vital truths such as: the standards are under copyright and can’t be amended by us; they dumb down college readiness to a lowest common denominator that matches vocational/tech schools, and they were never validated by the only math professor (Milgram) and were also rejected by the English professor (Stotsky) on the official Common Core validation committee? And they remove the cognitive tool of cursive? And they minimize the importance of classic literature and narrative composition? And the piloting of Common Core 9th grade math was a disaster in Wasatch District this year. But nobody knows these things. Why? Because the USOE and the Dept. of Education thinks that if they repeat the lie “these standards are so good” often enough, they’ll be good. A lie is a lie no matter how much you want to believe it isn’t a lie.

2. The one and only public forum put on by the USOE about Common Core was held two years after the state school board signed us up for Common Core. That forum was at the Granite School District last spring. The first 45 minute speech, praising Common Core (without any documentation or evidence) was given by the USOE, followed by 2 minute testimonials from impassioned parents and teachers and politicians from both sides of the issue: hardly fair or thorough or timely. And nope, evidence was not shared there, to prove federal strings were not attached. (Incidentally, Professor David Wiley told this exact same lie, just as publically, when he was debating FERPA regulatory changes done illegally by the Dept. of Education this year.) The bypassing of the public and of legislators in pushing Common Core on us all, is something the proponents of Common Core are willing to lie about. Or do they really not understand? Have they really not seen the documentation of lost autonomy?

3. The statement: “Common Core is federal strings-free” is not true. The Department of Education is micromanaging the common tests, the testing consortia, and is demanding that consortia synchronize their efforts and give the Dept of Education access to data collected thereby. Evidence:

Even if we get out of the SBAC, which we might, tomorrow, if the school board votes that way, we are still federally controlled by Common Core. Look at this definitions page from the Dept. of Education’s website: . It says: “A State’s college- and career-ready standards must be either (1) standards that are common to a significant number of States; or (2) standards that are approved by a State network of institutions of higher education, which must certify that students who meet the standards will not need remedial course work at the postsecondary level.” So you either have to do common core, or write your own university approved standards. But the deadline for that second option appears to be ending Sept. 6th, so perhaps after that, the only option will be common core. How are we free? We aren’t. Wish I lived in Virginia or Texas right now. Utah not only doesn’t have educational freedom anymore, but we collectively don’t even seem to be capable of realizing it’s actually gone.

The Dept. of Education has mandated in the waiver, in the original RTTT application which our Governor and board signed, and in the assessments RTTT that Washington state, our contracted fiscal agent, signed us up for and which we are responsible to obey as long as we are in the SBAC, that we can’t take anything away–nothing– and we can not add anything beyond the 15% speed limit to these standards. How can anyone call this federally string-free? How? It is an absolute falsehood.

I implore the board to vote to get us out of SBAC in the meeting tomorrow.

We will not be string-free, even then, but it’s a huge step in the right direction of maintaining Constitutional principles: of limiting government’s power over local decision making, of holding on to the principle of representation, and of holding on to the principle of the sovereignty of the people. I promise I will sing your praises and will thank you most sincerely if you vote to get us out! You can quote me on that.

Lastly, so that I don’t repeat the error of others, of not giving solid evidence for my claims, below are the emails that Anissa Wardell has given me permission to share.

Thank you for listening.

Christel Swasey

Utah State Board of Education

Dear Governor & Board,

It is my understanding that there is a way for Utah to get out of Common Core so that we are free of any strings attached. The ESEA flexibility request window shuts down Sept. 6, 2012. Does this mean we have to resubmit our waiver request before then, or lose the option of doing loophole option 2 forever?

Is the Board considering this? Now would be the time to decide. Please discuss this at this Friday’s meeting. Please respond to me with more information.


Anissa Wardell

Tami Pyfer []
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2012 3:26 PM

Personally, I have no intention of unadopting the new math and ELA common core standards. We are already “string free” and it’s unfortunate that some groups feel otherwise.

Tami Pyfer


If we really are string free, would you kindly show proof of that? I have done a great deal of research on my own, outside of those you refer to and from what I can see, we are not string free. The math standards are horrible! I am going to have to pay hundreds of dollars this year alone for my 6th grader so that she will be ready for Algebra. Utah’s math standards were already better and were more understandable than what we have just adopted.

While I have this audience, I also want the Board (and everyone else on the list) to know that as a parent I want cursive writing to stay in our state curriculum.

Please provide all of us evidence to back up your understanding.

Thank you,


From: Tami Pyfer []
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2012 5:53 PM

I appreciate your passion, but the “evidence” has been presented in a variety of public forums numerous times. Your disagreement with the facts does not change them. I will continue to respond to my constituents who are truly looking for answers to their questions regarding our core standards.

Tami Pyfer


Well thank you Tami. You have not answered my question, and if there is proof I honestly would like to see it. You incorrectly assume that I do not want true answers. If there is this information and it has been provided many times, please tell me where I can find it.
It is answers like yours that are frustrating for constituents. I will continue to ask for answers. I never said we have to agree, I am searching for answers and because you are a board member and you have been entrusted with the mantle to ensure high quality curriculum standards and instruction, and because you are supposed to represent your constituents, I expect you to live up to that.


Original post written by Christel Swasey about this issue can be found here:

If you are in the Park City vicinity, there is a meeting this Thursday night, August 2nd, at 7 PM.


Wasatch Bagel C Café
1300 Snow Creek Dr, Park City, Utah 84060

Le Societe Deux Magots Presents a Panel Discussion on The Common Core State Standards Education Initiative
The Common Core has been adopted by the Utah State Office of Education. We are pleased to have three members of the Utah State Legislature to discuss the program and how it will impact school funding, local education control, and curricular concerns in our Park City Schools. The legislators are all members of the House Education Committee, and represent both the Republican and Democratic caucuses.

Joel Briscoe (D, SLC)

Francis Gibson ( R, Mapleton)
Chairman House Education Committee

Kraig Powell (R, Summit/Wasatch)

This Friday morning (8/3/12) is the State School Board meeting beginning at 8:15 AM

Some state board members have said Utah will exit the SBAC this Friday. We will see if that actually happens or not. All are welcome to attend and it would be wonderful if a bunch would show up and let the board see the interest in the issue.
Utah State Office of Education, Board Room/Conference Rooms, 250 East 500 South, SLC. See the agenda:

Common Core Symposium Agenda for August 7, 2012

Rep. Kraig Powell has put together a massive symposium for all interested in Common Core. Check out the link below to see how massive a list of questions will be addressed.
All are welcome to attend.

Representatives from Utahns Against Common Core will be on the panel and others from the USOE.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Rocky Mountain Middle School
Heber City, Utah

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