Federal and International Curriculum Being Imposed
With NCLB And Obama's Stimulus Package
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.)
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. (NCLB was sponsored by Ted Kennedy) 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 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? IBO stands for International Baccalaureate Organization. "School board members in a Minnesota district call it anti-American and anti-Christian. 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 Arkansas schools implement 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)
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?
By Debbie Pelley firstname.lastname@example.org Posted on WPAAG at this link: http://www.wpaag.org/Ed%20-%20National%20&%20Intern'l%20Curriculum%20in%20US%20RTTT.htm 13 footnotes included.
1. http://www.educationnews.org/ed_reports/45826.html Federal Control of Education On Steroids
2. http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2010/mar/05/state-purged-phase-1-education-grant-cont-20100305/?subscriber/arkansas State purged in phase 1 of education-grant contest.
3. http://www.educationnews.org/ed_reports/45826.html Federal Control of Education On Steroids
4. http://chattahbox.com/us/2010/03/10/texas-and-alaska-race-to-the-bottom-reject-education-standards/ Texas and Alaska reject Education Standards
5. See # 2
6.http://www2.jcfloridan.com/jcf/news/local/article/federal_education_grant_could_mean_tighter_standards/138712/ Federal education grant could mean tighter standards.
7. http://www.wpaag.org/International%20Bbaccalaureate%20Program%201.htm IBO – A Controversial UN Global Education Program That Conflicts With Judeo-Christian Values Has Been Established In Arkansas by SB1054 of 2005
8. http://www.wpaag.org/International%20Bbaccalaureate%20Program%201.htm IBO – A Controversial UN Global Education Program That Conflicts With Judeo-Christian Values Has Been Established In Arkansas by SB1054 of 2005
9.http://www.wpaag.org/state_assessments%20Precursor%20to%20Federal%20Control.htm State Assessments - Precursor to Total Federal Control of Curriculum.
10. http://www.wpaag.org/Leg.%20Session%202003%20-%20Act%201467%20Rules%20&% Ray Simon's transcript of Omnibus bill presented to State Bd of Ed.
11. http://www.wpaag.org/Let%20to%20Ed%20-%20Ken%20James%20testimony-%20intern'al%20standards.htm Letter to Editor on Ken James Testimony on National/International standards with documentation of facts.
12. http://www.boozman.house.gov/Issues/Issue/?IssueID=19 Congressman John Boozman adamantly supports NCLB
13. Voting records for candidates: http://www.wpaag.org/Holt%20-%20voting%20record%20compared%20to%20Baker%20and%20Hendren.htm