Thursday, March 25, 2010

Obama Imposing United Nations Curriculum On Schools With Stimulus Money

See Blue Font At End of This Article To See How
Our Candidates For Arkansas US Senate Voted on This Issue


(Summary: Through NCLB and with Stimulus money, Obama is implementing national/international curriculum (UN curriculum) in our schools. Janet Napolitano was chair of the international benchmarking advisory group over these standards before Obama appointed her as Director of Homeland Security. Imagine our school curriculum being written by Napolitano.

Napolitano is the one that sent out the DHS warning to law enforcement officials across the nation to be on alert for violent antigovernment groups like returning veterans, citizens opposing abortion, firearms restrictions, homosexuality, and out of control spending. Some of our candidates for US Senate voted for bills at the state and national level that laid the foundation and added the building blocks for such curriculum. See how they voted at end of this article.) See paragraph in red font below for description of this UN curriculum)

Article:
National history standards were proposed in 1994 that were so liberal and outlandish that the US Senate voted 99 to 1 to reject them.

Yet, "Without the slightest bit of legislative discussion in either chamber, the Obama administration quietly slipped $4.35 billion of education funding into the stimulus bill passed in 2009 for a program called Race to the Top (RTTT). The absolute requirement of RTTT is that states must adopt national standards." 1.

This so called improvement plan is to be paid for by Obama's Stimulus package through grants to states that compete for the largest pool of federal discretionary education money in U.S. history. But few citizens realize that these grants are the basis of implementing a federal and international curriculum. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is quoted as saying, “Race to the Top is a competition. Only the best proposals will win.” 2

And who wins the competition? Those states who get the most schools to implement the national and international standards. "The competitive application requires states to show the largest number of school districts agreeing to take on these national/international standards," and, "States adopting the new standards in their schools will receive extra points in their Race to the Top application and states rejecting the standards will be docked points." 3 & 4

According to Julie Johnson Thompson, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Education, "Some highlights of Arkansas’ existing plan (for the RTTT grant) included implementing a national common core of education standards and tests." 5

So the Obama administration is buying our schools systems. But this is nothing new. The government has been doing it with grants through Goals 2000, School To Work, and No Child Left Behind (NCLB) for fifteen years now. But only a few people realized what they were doing because it was done more subtly.

This quote explains what national standards means: "Frank Waller, director of Jackson County’s middle and secondary schools explained that ultimately this competition [grants from Race to The Top] is part of a larger, national move [NCLB] toward unification of all state school systems. These standards will define for every school system the knowledge and skills students should have within their kindergarten through 12th grades." 6

So what are international standards? "As explained by Professor Allen Quist, the only comprehensive "internationally benchmarked" standards are those produced by the UN's educational and cultural arm UNESCO and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). These standards will promote the documents and principles of the United Nations over those of the United States." 7

About three years ago I wrote an article on the IBO. I described it this way in the first two paragraphs. 8

"IBO was slipped through the legislature in Arkansas with not one legislator voting against it. At one point it was in the process of being implemented in a Jonesboro, Arkansas elementary magnet school. It has already been implemented at Springdale, Hot Springs, and North Little Rock.

So What is IBO or United Nation Curriculum? IBO stands for International Baccalaureate Organization. "School board members in a Minnesota district call it anti-American and anti-Christian. In New Jersey, members of one school board argue it's a waste of money. Critics argue that IBM's multicultural themes promote values that conflict with traditional Judeo-Christian values. One teacher objects to the program because of IBO's endorsement of the Earth Charter that calls for sustainability of the Earth through, among other things, responsible reproduction and wealth distribution. Many opponents have called it Marxist. Another critic says IBO promotes socialism, disarmament, radical environmentalism and moral relativism, while attempting to undermine Christian religious values and national sovereignty."

In 1998 or 1999 I presented a paper to a national educational meeting in St. Louis entitled State Assessments - Precursor to Total Federal Control of Curriculum. I based my conclusion on the reforms I was seeing in Arkansas and research on what was going on around the nation. 9

In 2003 the Arkansas Omnibus bill (Act 1467) mandated that all schools in Arkansas implement the state government standards and be tested on them. This Omnibus bill, according to then Director of Arkansas Department of Education Ray Simon himself, "is where we begin to implement requirements of No Child Left Behind." Note also that consolidation was part of the plan to gain control over all aspects of the schools. The word consolidation is mentioned 36 times in the Omnibus bill. 10

Now in 2010 the federal standards are here just as I predicted, and not only national standards, but the national/international standards that the states have been marching toward since 1990's with Goals 2000, School to Work, and No Child Left Behind. The following letter to editor published in the Democrat Gazette describes where Arkansas stands on this issue of national and international standards (written even before the Race to the Top grants)

Let to Ed
"The Democrat-Gazette reported that Arkansas Education Commissioner Ken James testified at a U.S. House committee hearing on the need for national K-12 academic standards. The paper did not report that, according to the Council of Chief State School Officers, "The purpose of the hearing was to examine how states can better prepare their students to compete in a global economy by using internationally benchmarked common standards.

Either the paper or James evidently considered international standards beyond the digestive level of Arkansans. The news story referred only to a push for national standards. The Arkansas Education Department recently announced that it will delay plans to revise English/language arts standards pending the outcome of the national initiative. In other words, James can't wait to implement the national/international standards.

Neither did the paper mention that none other than Barack Obama's Department of Homeland Security director Janet Napolitano was chair of the international benchmarking advisory group overseeing the national and international curriculum standards. Remember Napolitano. She is responsible for the recent Homeland Security report warning law enforcement officials about a rise in so-called rightwing extremist activity, labeling returning veterans and other citizens opposed to abortion, firearms restrictions, homosexuality and high taxes, and associating them with violent antigovernment groups. Imagine the likes of Napolitano writing our state school curriculum. Debbie Pelley, Jonesboro, Arkansas.
"11

So how have our candidates for US Senate (who have a voting record) voted on these issues leading to national/international United Nations standards? The other candidates have no voting record.

Jim Holt voted against every bill that had to do with consolidation, the Omnibus bill, and government control and spending related to No Child Left Behind.


Senator Gilbert Baker voted for all bills in the Legislature that promoted consolidation, the Omnibus bill, and government control and spending related to No Child Left Behind.

Senator Kim Hendren voted for all bills in the Legislature that promoted consolidation and government control related to No Child Left Behind except for the Omnibus bill.

Congressman John Boozman on his website praises No Child Left Behind, saying among many things, The "No Child Left Behind Act,” which was passed shortly after I entered Congress, is an important step toward true reform... Like many of my colleagues in Congress, I am eager for the reauthorization of NCLB. In the same article Boozman says "I learned that we need to take the decision-making power out of Washington and put it into the hands of officials back home." But local control and NCLB are diametrically opposite concepts. 12

US Congressman John Boozman voted for TARP bailout and on his website adamantly supports No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The Omnibus bill (3rd bill mentioned above) was the bill that implemented NCLB in Arkansas. The Omnibus bill combined a state mandated curriculum in Arkansas along with consolidation. So in essence Senator Baker, Senator Hendren, and Congressman John Boozman (knowingly or unknowingly) all supported consolidation and federal government controlled curriculum because national and international standards are now being implemented in our schools. NCLB has been working toward this now for years.

Senator Blanche Lincoln voted for and supports NCLB. ( NCLB was sponsored by Ted Kennedy.)

For the 13 footnotes of documentation, go to this link: http://www.wpaag.org/Ed%20-%20National%20&%20Intern

15 Comments:

Blogger Jim Burke said...

What nonsense! The RttT funds require using the CCSS and absolutely nothing having to do with international/UN Standards. Why make up stuff such as this? It is simply intellectually dishonest. Instead why not worry about the corporate influence and conservative think tank influence in creating those Common Core State Standards (the national standards you are referring to) with a clear intention of making a huge profit by controlling educational policy in this country?

We are not being subverted by any foreign power, but instead by our own corporations in collusion with government. THAT is the real issue!

5:33 PM, March 25, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please stay on the subject matter and not confuse others as I find the voting records interesting.

6:11 PM, March 25, 2010  
Anonymous Ann said...

With your permission, I would like to provide a link to this post and copy the post (crediting your blog, of course) to a snailmail newsletter I write.

I will do nothing about it until I have your permission.

6:44 PM, March 25, 2010  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Ann,

It is fine by me. My friend Debbie actually put it together.

Jim,

Debbie makes very well documented claims here. She has 13 footnotes on a blog post for crying out loud. It seems like you are just trying to wave away the evidence.

As for the corporate takeover of our whole government, including education- I agree with you. It is to the point where artificial "persons" called corporations have more rights and access to our government than real people do.

7:19 PM, March 25, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim,

Instead of just stating your opinion that the post in nonsense, why don't you show us the documentation of your opinion? or facts to the contrary of what the above poster is stating and sourcing.

I agree that corporatism in collusion with the government is a growing problem.

RTB

9:28 PM, March 25, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Weiner School District is #13 in the state(based on combined standards-source:www.schooldigger.com) We are being FORCED into CONSOLIDATION because of Act 60 of 2003. (Baker and Hendren voted for this law; Holt voted against it)(sotrce:http://www.wpaag.org/Holt%20-%20voting%20record%20compared%20to%20Baker%20and%20Hendren.htm) Our school exceeds all state average test scores, offering 47 courses (possibly more now), with great facilities, and operating on an outstanding budget. We ARE educating our children, and being punished for doing so in an adequate and equitable manner. We exceed the mandated 350 student enrollment in the 4th quarter. However, we were fought on legislation by Gov. Beebe, AG McDaniel, and the ADE armed with their attorneys. We simply tried to change 1 word to 'any' to include all 4 quarter enrollments. This passed in the House 89-8; only to be squashed in Senate Education Committee 4-3. We had enough votes to pass, but some didn't show. WHY? They did not want to recalculate how schools are funded (it is currently based on first 3 quarters only) Now, our children face the same trauma as MANY Rural Arkansas children have: 3-4 hours per day on buses. Is that what the people of our state want? Or was this for the good of big business in Arkansas?!?!

BTW...I'm posting as anonymous because it would not let me do anything else, and I'm not posting my email!

10:02 PM, March 25, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

uspein-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
www.truthaboutib.com

The UN basically runs our schools nowadays so anything the feds impose is along the lines of what the UN wants.

The IBO is pure UN, and it should be run out on a rail!

11:40 PM, March 25, 2010  
Blogger Jim Burke said...

Mark,

I see no documentation. It is a dead link.

Jim

5:45 AM, March 26, 2010  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Jim,

Thanks for that correction. I fixed the link. It got cut off, but it works now.

6:02 AM, March 26, 2010  
Blogger Jim Burke said...

Thank you, Mark. I will follow up by reading the references.

6:44 AM, March 26, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The article, "Obama imposing United Nations Curriculum on Schools with Stimulus Money", mentions a race to the top or RTTT competition for school funding in order to turn schools around.

What is Race to the Top (RTTT)?
Race to the Top is a $4.35 billion competitive grant program through the United States Department of Education (USDE). The purpose of the grant is to encourage states and school districts to implement educational reforms in four core areas:
1. Enhancing standards and assessments
2. Creating and using data to improve instruction
3. Increasing effectiveness of teachers and leaders
4. Turning around struggling schools

As a retired educator from the great State of Texas, I say, what is wrong with the reasoning above?

Would you not want your doctor to adhere to the highest standards before he treats you?

Notice, "The Federal agenda cannot override the local decisions." States have the right to establish participating criteria, and districts choose whether or not to participate.
Here is a link to the Pennsylvania Education Association website, with these questions and answers because Pennsylvania was the 16th state chosen in the 1st round of selection.
http://www.psea.org/general.aspx?id=6134

10:10 PM, March 27, 2010  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

1) please cite the article and section of the Constitution which authorizes the federal government to expend ANY monies on education.

2) Who decides what is an "enhancement" in cir. or assessments. Is more Maya Angelou and less Founding Fathers an "enhancement?" Is a focus on the UN as a positive force an "enhancement?"

3) "Creating data" means more BS paperwork for already overloaded teachers. Let them help the students instead of filling out educrats idiotic reports.

4) What does it mean to "increase effectiveness?" My guess is force them to teach to the test more- which has been put together by international fools.

Sorry, no sale. Take this scat back to Geneva.

6:59 PM, March 28, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can confirm IB is pure United Nations as I did some of the first research when the middle school here in Hot Springs inplemented this curriculum violating Arkansas state law circumventing parental input. The school superintendedent taunted me to file suit against him / them. I was outraged and confronted him in a public meeting set up to 'pretend' parental input but it was AFTER THE FACT. When confronted then-Superintendent Roy Rowe stated, "Well, we felt we just had to move on it".
WTF? How is it you feel your position as Super... makes you superior to parents in this or any other district? YOU ARE NOT the be/all or end/all in this state or anywhere else.

10:05 AM, April 03, 2010  
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Blogger candorschool said...

Obama is a role model to every students.He giving more preference to the education.International curriculum

12:08 AM, March 28, 2013  

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