The Underground Parent, with the first in a four-part series about the dubious ‘report’ on the alleged ‘bot-net’ that is such a fly in the Common Core’s ointment:
This is the first part in a four part NaughtyBots series about the #commoncore Project: How Social Media is Changing the Politics of Education. I refer to it as a project since it says Project in the title rather than research. The research issue will be addressed in the fourth part of the series.
I should say at the start that it may appear at times that I stray from addressing this Project, but in my eyes, I do so no more than those who conducted this project, hereinafter referred to as the project undertakers.
This first installment presents hotlinks to the press release for this project followed by a number of related articles. You are encouraged to read the press release and see if articles are basically “retweeting” without questioning the information. Do you think the article authors read the actual project report? Articles pushing back against the…
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The persistent grassroots Parents’ movement working to Stop Common Core is apparently getting to Bill Gates. He’s funded a ‘report’ (not to be confused with a scientific study) on the impact of Twitter on the public’s perception of the Common Core State Standards.
Predictably, the Gates-funded report compiled by the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE), misrepresents and marginalizes the Stop Common Core movement’s methods and the relentless Parents who are working to protect their children from the unvalidated, developmentally inappropriate Common Core Standards, and to restore evidence-based educational methodology to America’s schools.
The patently false ‘bombshell’ revelation of the Gates henchmen, in the slick and obviously well-funded CPRE report, is that the Twitter-savvy parent-activists are actually a cadre of robots. Not parents and grandparents. Not even humans. Just unmanned computers generating tweets, and allegedly netting big money for the bot-net purveyor.
None of this is true, but it is in the report, so national media outlets that typically ignore the Stop Common Core movement, lapped it up gleefully (as with all rosy missives from Common Core-land) and issued their own hit-pieces aimed at crippling the (non-existent) ‘bot-net’ that was such a thorn in the side of the benevolent billionaire. Gates has reportedly spent upwards of $2 Billion to install and promote Common Core.
By contrast, the parent-activists behind the Twitter-borne opposition to Common Core, are expending their own time, money, and ingenuity to get Common Core out of their children’s schools. They are using – of all things – technology to rain Twitter misery all over the Common Core parade.
This is how it works: Various parents chip in $10 – $50 to fund the rallies which set them back all of $125. For that nominal sum, PJNET produces a live rally that includes a chat room where people gather to chat while they dispatch 50 ‘Featured Tweets’ with a click. PJNET utilizes a video platform to provide informational videos on the rally topic and music streaming from You Tube to keep the mood lively.
Featured Tweets to the rally’s hashtag are harvested from twitter and loaded into the PJNET tweet bank to be sent by clicking on the tweet’s button. Each tweet also has a retweet button. Included in the fee is an ‘Action Page’ that allows human tweeters to drop in at their convenience and dispatch featured tweets carrying the #StopCommonCore message, 24/7.
PJNET’s Twitter Rally tools are the brainchild of Mark Prasek, founder and engineer of PatriotJournalist.com. As sophisticated as they are, they are not “robotic.” And the CPRE researchers knew this, because Mr. Prasek took one of them on a ‘tour’ of the PJNET site and explained how it all works. Yet they still characterized these diligent parents as a “bot-net,” to be disregarded.
After enduring weeks of scrutiny and marginalization, theeeeey’re baaaaaack! Even more human parents and activists will be tweeting dozens of personal messages to say to President Trump, “please #KeepYourPromise to #Stop Common Core,” starting at midnight, April 17.
Join in! A live rally will be conducted via PatriotJournalist.com from 9-11pm ET (click ENTER HERE). The Patriot Journalist chat room will be filled with the sounds of music, videos about Common Core and the Federal role in education, along with real-time chat, and a live interview with a surprise guest!
PJNET’s system makes it easy to tweet – even for inexperienced tweeters – and it’s fun to gather with other parents and activists for the live event. PJNET tracks the number of tweets to the rally hashtag(s) so participants will know in real-time what kind of impact they are making.
Prior to the live rally it is suggested that you tweet or retweet others, throughout the day, from the Action Page. PJNET’s Tweet Scheduler allows you schedule tweets that you select to go out automatically, if you wish. But not one tweet will be dispatched unless you first select your tweet(s) and then set up the interval at which you would like them to go out. PJNET simply follows your instructions about which tweets to send out, and when.
NOTE: (There is already an existing Action Page with tweets that can be sent out now. These tweets will be updated right before the April 17 rally)
PJNET #KeepYourPromise ACTION PAGE: http://patriotjournalist.com/Action.php?Theme=KeepYourPromise&ChatRoom=RedMeat&src=Schedule
To learn more or get involved, join the Twitter Rally for Education facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TwitterRallyForEducation/
Parents and Educators Against Common Core Standards: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PEACCS/
This rally is funded entirely by grassroots Moms and Dads who want to Stop Common Core and get the Federal Government out of our children’s education.
For more information, join the facebook groups Twitter Rally for Education: https://www.facebook.com/groups/211416412659573/ or Parents and Educators Against Common Core Standards: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PEACCS/
Now that Betsy DeVos has been confirmed as the new Secretary of Education, we need to work with her.
Join us for The Twitter Rally for Education on Monday, February 13, to introduce the nationwide Grassroots Stop Common Core movement and explain our concerns to Secretary DeVos.
We will respectfully ask our President and Secretary of Education to #KeepYourPromise to #StopCommonCore!
Although many may not have supported her, this is NOT a REVENGE RALLY. The purpose is to respectfully hold President Trump accountable for his promise to us, and to implore Secretary DeVos to do what is needed to fulfill The President’s promise to get our kids out of Common Core.
A facebook group is being established to disseminate detailed information about the rally and instructional videos about how a PJNET Twitter Rally works. (It’s fun!)
Please join the group Twitter Rally for Education on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/211416412659573/
We will also be using the group Parents and Educators Against Common Core Standards as an information hub. Join PEACCS here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PEACCS/
Please tweet now to the hashtags #KeepYourPromise and/or #StopcommonCore, including a photo or meme in your tweet. The best grassroots tweets will become Featured Tweets in the PJNET Twitter Rally for Education.
This is a grassroots effort being funded entirely by parent activists. Please Join us!
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