CORE: Making Children Stupider Around The World
I often tell people who want to research a company or government entity that they should seek out the audited “Annual Financial Report” for that corporation, association, etc. The fact is that all aggregate corporations, both public and private, are statutorily required to create, independently audit, and file with the U.S. Federal Government a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) (AFR), and that includes all governments from cities and counties (municipal corporations) to districts to states.
Though I had heard about the many issues with what is called “Common CORE” from many concerned but ill-informed parents and activists, I had never actually spent the time to research exactly what this thing is and how large it has become. As a friend in Texas was speaking of how her son’s homework in the CORE system of Texas involved a lesson about George Orwell’s 1984 as a learning exercise, I realized it was time to have a look.
Thanks to the efforts of a concerned mother who brought this travesty to the awareness of the people, here’s what that homework assignment looked like:
Here are the scanned images of the 3 pages for this school assignment:
Katy ISD, Texas – 1984 Experience (page 1)
Katy ISD, Texas – 1984 Experience (page 2)
Katy ISD, Texas – 1984 Experience (page 3)
The first thing I usually look for when researching any corporation is its latest annual financial report (AFR). And so I did a simple search with the parameters of “Common CORE annual financial report”, and up came the following link:
I instructed the finder to recover the “Annual Report 2011-12?, and up popped a (.pdf) file of that report.
It was so simple, and yet most people have no clue these reports even exist for their consumption…
The link to the actual 2012 fiscal year Annual Financial Report is here:
Now, keeping in mind my own ignorance of just what Common CORE actually was, I am going to treat you, the reader, with the same disposition. My shock and awe at what was revealed in this report will likely have the same jaw-dropping effect upon you that it had on me. And even the armchair activist will be shocked at what is revealed within…
As I read the first page, I knew I was looking at the New Order of things to come – a global system of so-called workforce education that is quickly spreading across not just the United States, but the entire “civilized” planet. Over a blue light bulb with all of the continents of earth upon it, the cover-sheet’s title exclaims:
“CORE – Innovating To Transform The World”
One of the first things I noticed is that this is not a typical AFR. As the world becomes increasingly globalized, the rules and regulations for corporations becomes more model and uniform. Thus, I realized right away that this Annual Report was not American in origin. Indeed, this for-profit education corporation that teaches American children and teachers hails not from the United States – but from India.
The third section of the cover sheet continues, with poor sentence structure and grammatical error, to expand upon this theme of “Innovating To Transform The World”. If you can, try and imagine this paragraph in your mind with an Indian Accent:
“The world is changing at a much faster pace today than one would have imagined a decade ago. The way innovations of yesteryears like internet and mobility transformed the world today; innovations of today would go on to transform the world tomorrow. In the words of William Wordsworth, ‘The child is father of man’. Quite rightly, the shape of future lies in the hands of today’s youth. The responsibility to shape young minds and prepare them for a new world rests on Education. The world needs to renounce some age old practices in its education system and adopt a futuristic pedagogy. Core has been incubating innovations that are transforming the Education Systems worldwide – from the US to the UK; from India to the Middle East and Africa. With innovative interventions across Teaching, Learning, Assessment and Governance, the company is rigorously at work. Innovating today what will lead to a transformed world tomorrow.”
The initial shock from reading this disclaimer is still boiling like butterflies in my stomach. And yet, I also realized that this report and the comprehension that CORE is a global network of for-profit corporations literally taking over the entire structure of education explains perfectly the changes I have seen in America. Even the most adamant activist gladiators had no idea that this CORE system originated in India and is spreading like a virus throughout the world. And this shows in triplicate the paramount importance of reading the annual financial reports of all corporations.
By the way, the word pedagogy is defined as “the science and art of education, specifically instructional theory.”
It’s etymology stems from the Greek ?????????? (paidag?ge?); in which ???? (país, genitive ??????, paidos) means “child” and ??? (ág?) means “lead”; literally translated “to lead the child“.
I sat back for a moment and imagined that our school system is now being traded for profit on the global stock exchange…
And that was when I started writing this report. For at its core, there is something very, very wrong with CORE.
The next page states in large font:
“CORE is India’s largest global education company with presence in US, UK, India, Singapore, Middle East, Hong Kong, Africa and the Caribbean”
Que jaw dropping again…
A further description claims:
- “CORE’s pillars of strength – Huge network – India’s largest global education company, presence across US, 40 counties in UK, Pan India, Singapore, 9 countries in Hong Kong and 2 countries in the Caribbean
- Strong domain expertise in the education sector, presence across entire spectrum of education
- Strong asset base – ranked as the top transnational company in India in USD 150-500 mn global asset base
- High thrust on innovation – The Company has the highest r&D spends in the sector in India and was ranked 12th from India and 788th globally in 2011 Industrial r&D Investment Scoreboard
- One of the highest quality standards – Appraised at CMMi 5, the highest level of process maturity that independently verifies Core’s capabilities to continuously enhance its processes through incremental and innovative improvements
- Access to quality resource base – Being headquartered in India, the company has an access to one of the world’s most skilled yet competitively priced human resources
- Strategic alliances with leading global players including University of Oxford in the UK; Center for Higher Learning (“CHL”), Texas Instruments, Eastern Valley Institute of Technologies (“VIT”) in the US; and Institute Technical education (“IT”) Singapore amongst others”
The next page goes even further in establishing some very hard truths:
“Ready to create a promising future
The global agenda of the 21st century is set around economy and trade, with manufacturing shifting from the west to the east, employment landscape would immensely change at both ends. In order to sustain their economic growth, developed as well as developing economies need to intensify their human capital formation. Not surprising then, nations across the world are increasingly investing in education for continued development of their human capital, quantitatively as well as qualitatively…
“With governments across the world stepping up their spends on reinventing their education system in line with the unfolding realities of 21st century, CORE is uniquely poised to leverage its established and fast improving domain prowess. In doing so, it would help nations enhance the productive capabilities of their future workforce and create immense value for all its stakeholders over coming decades.”
I remind the reader once again that the grammatical errors are as reported in this Annual Financial Report. Apparently grammar is not high on the list for human capital development as a dumbed-down workforce. Of course, ‘knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave’, as a famous and free black man once stated…
There is so much wrong with these statements that I do not know where to begin.
Did you know that there was a 21st century global agenda that would shift the economic manufacturing base from America to Eastern nations and countries like China and India? We have all physically seen it happening, but I certainly wasn’t aware that it was part of an Agenda.
Unless that is, we are speaking of Agenda 21 (Agenda 21st Century).
And how do you feel when categorized Orwellian-style into “Human Capital” to be managed and “educated” to become part of the “workforce” of that new global agenda? Make no mistake, “human capital” means humans as trade-able and disposable commodities. In other words… SLAVES!
Do you believe that the “core” of education should be based upon training young minds to be workforce-ready by age 18 at the expense of the mind and learning how to learn? Should education teach what to think instead of how to think?
And do you feel at all comfortable that “stakeholders” of nations will benefit from the spread of this CORE system corporation?
Should a for-profit private corporation traded on the global stock market be put in charge of “re-imagining education”?
Should a government have the authority to require your children to attend a non-government school curricular system such as CORE run by partnerships with private corporations?
If you answered no to any of these questions, you had better get off of your butt and do something about this, and fast!
Unless none dare call this treason…
On page 4 of the Annual Financial Report, we read:
“RIGHT TIMED, RIGHT PLACED”
“Having fast matured over the last nine years, Core is better placed today than most of its Peers in partnering the governments and various developmental agencies in their education agenda. With a proven track record of enhancing efficiencies and delivering impact, it is finding a greater acceptance and even preference amongst its current and future patrons. Its impressive revenue growth at a CAGR of 53 percent over the last five years bears testimony of the same…”
“In a short span of nine years, CORE has expanded its footprint globally. Its diverse client base includes customers from America to europe to Asia to Africa. They come from the most developed economies like US and UK, from developing economies like India and the UAE, and also from emerging economies like Mozambique, Kenya, Ghana and Zambia in Africa.
The impact of CORE’s intervention is significantly huge today, with benefits accruing to more than 35 million students, 60,000 youth, 105,000 teachers, and 88,000 schools worldwide. Having established a strong global presence through 36 offices across the globe, CORE considers its journey to have just begun.
CORE leverages on its global best practices and a deeper understanding of varying needs of reforming education systems across different countries in creating a diverse suite of solutions. Each country, each province and each district is different from another and so are their requirements. CORE’s ability to partner them from the stage of need identification through development of custom solutions to testing and roll out with desired impact and efficiency makes it a preferred partner for them.
Having traditionally served the western markets with its IT/ITeS enabled solutions in education, CORE’s revenue mix had predominantly been skewed towards these markets.
Over the recent years, it has been increasing its focus on emerging markets and regions like India, Middle east and Africa.
Furthering its growth plans in India, it is aiming to set up Model Schools under Public Private Partnership model, participate in School Development Programs, intensify Teacher Training programs, and operate Vocational and Skill-based training centers.
CORE has successfully implemented various projects under Information and Communication Technology and Computer Aided Learning programs in over 10,000 schools across various states besides earning prequalification to bid for a Government project to set up 50 model schools under PPP model in Rajasthan.
During the year under review, Core also expanded its focus on other emerging markets. During the year it has entered into multiple joint ventures in the Middle east including partnership with the ras Al Khaimah Government to operate Academic Learning Centre at RAK FTZ in collaboration with Birla Institute of Technology Ranchi, offering programs in engineering, Architecture and Business Administration.”
For those not familiar with the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model of privatizing government functions through corporations, you should be very afraid. For when this form of partnership happens, the government hands over the operation and supervision of government functions and infrastructure to private and publicly traded corporations like General Electric, Monsanto, JP Morgan Chase, and other less than desirable corporate entities. These lease agreements and multi-decade contracts take the government out of government, allowing companies like CORE to sweep in and… well – “Re-imagine” the education of your children.
The terms “Model“, “Model Legislation“, “Model School“, and global “Best Practices” are all steeped in the United Nations Agenda 21 program. These agendas and rules are created by private associations and then rubber stamped by congress. Even the rules regarding Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports are created by such private non-governmental associations as Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and the Government Financial Officers Association (GFOA) – which again are not government but completely private corporations or Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO).
A few other interesting quotes from this report…
“CORE solutions are transforming the entire education spectrum from pre school to K-12, from higher education to vocational education” –page 6
“…Through its innovative solutions for Teaching, Learning, Assessment and Governance, CORE is helping countries globally to bridge their ever widening skill deficit and to significantly raise their educational standards. CORE Advanced Technologies and Consulting Solutions are making our customers more efficient.” –page 6
“Transforming Nations By Creating Holistic Knowledge Ecosystems” –page 7
“Core seeks to achieve transformation of nations by revolutionizing the key building blocks of education, namely – Teaching, Learning, Assessment & Governance. Core provides solutions to the entire spectrum of education – Pre-school, K-12(Kindergarten through 12th Grade), Vocational education and Higher education, to governments, schools and educational institutions, across the world… By boosting literacy rates, increasing employability, enhancing the learning experience and making education accessible and inclusive, Core solutions are helping transform societies and nations.”
“Core understands this premise and has collaborated with the University of Oxford to focus on comprehensive teacher quality reform. The programme aims at improving the professional working knowledge of teachers through a networked learning community that operates across geographies. The teachers are mentored on one to one basis using e-tutors. It is an online and collaborative teacher development program delivered through distance learning mode… Certification is awarded on successful completion of the programme” –page 7
**Author’s question: Will teachers be able to teach in the future without certification? The answer, perhaps, lies here:
“To augment its teacher staffing capabilities and reach, Core acquired ITN Mark education. ITN Mark education is one of UK’s largest firms engaged in educational staffing services and a national provider of teachers and teaching assistants in england & Wales. ITN Mark education has a strong client network of around1600 Schools 3600 Teachers and 1300 Teaching Assistants across 16 locations in the UK and was the Winner of ‘Best Public Sector recruitment Agency’ title at the prestigious recruiter Awards for excellence, 2011. Today, Core assists educational institutions through contract staffing, recruitment services and specialized outsourcing.
- Cost effective contract staffing that helps in temporary, seasonal or ad-hoc hiring
- Specialized outsourcing helps K12 clients to maintain continuity in the absence of permanent staff
- ITN Mark has been accredited with Quality Mark by Department for education Quality Mark since its inception in 2002 for its strong internal practices and benchmarks” –page 8
**Author’s note: As this CORE system grows, and in order to maintain continuity in model and uniform teaching best practices, I’d say it’s fair to make an educated guess that required CORE mind control training for teachers from an “e-tutor” through “distance learning” is just around the globalized corner.
“CORE is assisting over 105,000 teachers globally to raise their teaching standards” –page 9
“A teacher plays a very critical role in national development. The quality of teaching has a direct bearing on the child’s future and in turn, the nation’s economic growth. Core teaching solutions help schools globally to productively utilize their student time and help teachers gain access to contemporary teaching methodologies through community based participation.”
You see, in a global society, the individual growth and development of an individual child’s mind takes secondary position to creating a globally ready workforce of like-minded children. As a group, children will become members of the nation, and therefore must be tuned in and molded to such end for national economic growth and sustainability. And of course the children must learn that the good of the “community” per the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights always outweighs the needs of the few or the one – defeating the constitution of the United States with one sweeping treaty! This is Agenda 21 at its finest!
Just how is this infiltration happening around the United States? Why through government contract of course.
From the CORE main website, we see the following press release:
“CORE Awarded Staffing Contract for Milwaukee PSD
CORE Consulting & Staffing recently won a bid with the Milwaukee Public School district to staff for their fall 2013 school year. This isn’t for just a few teachers here and there; they need to hire 100 Science, Math and Special Education teachers with our help!
Through our proven vetting process, we are staffing the best national talent to support this large school district of 78,000 students. Expanding the CORE Consulting & Staffing footprint to the “Brew City” is a valuable addition to our services reach.”
It is interesting to note that CORE is very interested in special education and special needs training. If the power of the now overwhelming population of autistic children can be trained on computers to produce sequential or repetitive actions, then a whole workforce can be created that will never complain or ask questions about why they are pressing keys on a keyboard… or building bombs on an assembly line.
In Aldous Huxley’s book ‘Brave New World’, where humans are divided into work groups labeled from Alpha to Gamma, the millions upon millions of special education and autistic children will become a perfectly pliable army of adult Gamma worker bees to support the Alpha elites.
If only the pharmaceuticals and government could perfect vaccine induced autism as a model standard of best practice…
“CORE to Provide IT Staff Augmentation for Ohio
CORE Consulting & Staffing has secured an exciting new opportunity as one of the staffing providers that the State of Ohio uses for all IT Staff Augmentation needs. We aid in staffing such positions as Programmer, Product Specialist, Service Desk, Database Administrator and many more!
This is part of our strategic growth and expansion plan as we continue to move west from our Northeastern stronghold.”
UMass Selects CORE for IT Staff Augmentation
CORE Consulting & Staffing was recently named as one of the winners of the (Massachusetts) UMass IT Staff Augmentation Contract. Staffing and recruitment services will be deployed from CORE’s NYC offices at 1 Penn Plaza, further expanding the footprint of CORE growing IT staffing business.
This contract encompasses 5 campus locations:
- UMass Amherst
- UMass Boston
- UMass Dartmouth
- UMass Lowell
- UMass Worcester
The multi-year contract also includes the President’s Office and Central Administration Building where CORE will be supporting the University year round.
And here is an example of Public Private Partnerships:
CORE ECS Named Dell Partner of the Year
Is it time to boycott Dell Computers and Texas Instruments?
To be clear… this is very real and happening now, with the full support of your government. Here is another press release from the CORE website that should shake your foundational outlook on government and whether or not it will protect your children from international corporate workforce training…
“Obama Highlights Georgia Pre-K – Powered by CORE
President Obama made a trip to Georgia, highlighting the state’s pre-K program as a model for creating statewide universal pre-K for children. CORE provides the software backbone, Pre-K Matters, that enables administrators to manage and assess pre-k providors.
According to the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, more than 83,000 children are currently enrolled in the program, which is funded through a combination of federal and state dollars and revenue from Georgia’s lottery.”
It’s your taxpayer money that’s funding this, folks. Your silence is your consent!!! So what are you going to do about it?
CORE’s AFR, on page 35, reveals the business and profit potential of United States children via government contracts paying taxpayer money to “education”:
For year 2009, the global spending on education was USD 3.93 trillion with US contributing just over a third of it at USD 1.33 trillion. Globally K-12 continues to be the largest segment forming close to half of the total education spend, followed by the higher education that is just over a third of the total market. (Source: Unleashing the potential of educational technology, executive office of the President Council of economic Advisers, Sep 2011)… Globally 570 million children are enrolled across various schools. As per GSV eDU education Sector Fact book 2012, the market size for 2012 is estimated to be USD 4.45 trillion.
And on Page 36, prepare to be blown away at the profits and cash and investments on hand for this global corporation:
Core continued its strong growth momentum, in spite of global slowdown. During the financial year, the company’s revenue grew by an impressive 50.1% to `16,379 million ($16.3 billion), eBITDA by 60% to `6,258 million and PAT by 44% to`3,231 million. During the year, Core associated with Texas Instruments (TI) to bring in a new way of teaching and learning maths and science to middle and secondary schools in India. The joint effort combines TI’s best-inclass education technology solution with Core’s worldclass content, teacher education and support to form one integrated solution called STeMpower.
A growth of 50% in one year? This is unheard of, except in government (taxpayer) supported corporations which symbiotically thrive together in public private partnerships.
On the same page, we see other statistics showing the most incredible growth rates imaginable:
As of 31st March, 2006 — As of 31st March, 2012
School served per year 15,000 ~ 88,000
Children reached per year 8,000,000 ~ 35,000,000
Teacher covered per year 0 ~ 105,000
Total clients 75 ~ 2,000+
Total countries served 2 ~ 15
Total Core offices 3 ~ 36
(Note that a yearly 3% growth rate is considered very good for corporations. 50% is in the unheard of range.)
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – Key Statistics (CORE enrollment)
- 64 million students in primary and secondary public schools
- 6 million students in primary and secondary private schools
- 4 million preschoolers
- 2 million students homeschooled
- 98,700+ public schools
- 33,700+ private schools of all levels and types
And finally, in its financial statement on page 74 and after some creative balancing and accounting to minimize its actual assets, we see total investment and cash holdings listed on CORE’s balance sheet as of March 31st, 2012:
TOTAL 2012 – ‘27,016,922,81
TOTAL 2011 – ‘18,933,818,951
It shows Cash and Cash Equivalents at ‘1,342,644,591.
Note: these amounts are not in dollars, but Indian Rupee’s, with a symbol of (?). Of course, this curency is produced by the Central Bank of India. And of course the original seal of RBI was The East India Company Double Mohur with the sketch of the Palm Tree and a Lion, which was replaced with the tiger as the national animal of India. Of course monetary values are fixed by government in partnership with corporations, so assigning value is relative.)
Remember the big media frenzy when Apple had a billion in cash laying around? Well this corporation has that plus at least $25 billion in investments and other assets!!!
A Dyer Conclusion
As this India based corporation called CORE continues to “move west from its Northeastern stronghold” in India, I am beginning to understand how this travesty has happened in America. Incrementalization – the slow but steady encroachment and takeover of something – is the business model of the century. Slowly, this CORE system has invaded the education system in America and beyond in what can only be called a hostile takeover of slow and methodical corporate espionage. And just as parents and activists ponder the seemingly sudden power of this CORE system, as well as its acceptance and support by both local and federal government, we now realize that this slow process of re-imagining the education system has been incrementally taking place over at least the last decade. And like trying to fathom the growing of the tall grass around our heads, this incremental takeover was never truly visible to the naked eye.
For my friend in Katy, Texas, it literally took an Orwellian homework assignment based on 1984?s Big Brother to knock her into action against this global infestation into our young and old minds.
I can only hope that, after reading this, you will have a similar reaction and maybe, finally, become interested in politics and the world again – or at least in that of your child’s welfare. Or perhaps you are just alright with the legal status of human capital for your child in the global workplace?
You can help us all by sharing, re-posting, or re-writing this article with no permission needed from the author (no copyright), and by talking to others about this threat to the very nature of humanity and its ability to think freely. For this CORE re-education system is more powerful than any tyrannical government, more influential than any denomination of religion or cult of personality, and more sinister than any demon imaginable. And it has all future generations of innocent children dead in its cross-hairs, including your own.
It is no longer a choice to act against this threat, it is the duty of every parent and non-parent out there. For these minds are your future, whether you bore them or not. They will be your prison guards and sheriffs…
Act now, for this is truly the inception of a Brave New World.
I would ask that you read the rest of this Annual Financial Report for yourself, where surprise after dreaded surprise will rear their ugly heads.
I’d end this with words like good luck and hope for us all, but instead I would ask you to abandon all hope. For action is nullified with such wasteful thoughts. My only hope is that you will stop hoping someone else will do something about this, and take it upon yourself to help yourself and your children. No one else will, least of all the government that is allowing this CORE to be implemented at alarming rates.
Hear my latest interview about CORE here: http://realitybloger.wordpress.com/2013/09/01/core-our-common-enemy/
–Clint Richardson (realitybloger.wordpress.com)
–Thursday, August 29th, 2013