|Obama’s speech unveils education redesign|
Imagine a publicly funded alternative K-12 education model that began three decades ago with just a handful of schools, yet according to best estimates, now consists of more than 10,000 across the United States from urban to rural school districts including the North Woods of Wisconsin.Imagine that same coalition of schools run by activists known for their fervent devotion to instilling a Judeo-Christian world view into our nation’s youth via a curriculum that teaches the original American ideals of national sovereignty, cultural assimilation, individualism, personal responsibility, self-reliance and competitiveness while championing free-market capitalism as the best means of providing equal opportunity for all.
Now imagine that same coalition of schools run by activists known for their fervent devotion to instilling a secular humanist world view into our nation’s youth via a curriculum that teaches the United Nations ideals of globalization, multiculturalism, collectivism, interpersonal responsibility, interdependence and collaboration while championing redistributive socialism as the best means of providing equal outcomes.
But regardless of one’s own philosophy, I believe virtually all reasonable thinking Americans would condemn the very notion of their hard-earned tax dollars facilitating either of the aforementioned biased world views if they knew that the indoctrination of America’s youths was being accomplished under the cover of “public” education. Therefore, most Americans should be relieved to learn that the first model outlined above does not exist and outraged that the latter has been furtively spreading like a metastasizing tumor.
The Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) is a radical education reform movement founded in 1984 by Theodore Sizer with the assistance of Deborah Meier, founder of the Democratic Socialists of America and vice chair emeritus of CES. In 1993, The Annenberg Institute for School Reform was established with Sizer as its director. The institute, which received major funding from the Annenberg Foundation built on Sizer and Meier’s work at CES with the mission to expand that work to schools across the country.
In 1995, the Annenberg Foundation launched the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC) which was the brainchild of communist and domestic terrorist Bill Ayers. At the time, Ayers was already working with a CES affiliate organization in Chicago when he approved the appointment of Barack Obama as chairman of the CAC board that handled fiscal matters. Over the next five years the group funneled more than $100 million in private and public monies to radical education activists who expanded CES schools.
Today, the enormous and complicated web of affiliates in the CES network are collaboratively engaged in transforming American society using the vehicle of charter schools which not only are tuition-free and taxpayer funded in the same way as traditional public schools, but were specifically designed to provide flexibility in learning. Thus, charter schools offer various unconventional education models such as project-based career-related experiences which have the main objective of producing human capital for a global workforce.
Astonishingly, a comprehensive report released in February by the Department of Education, “Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance: Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century,” recommends the Coalition of Essential Schools (page 63) to the nation’s school districts for curriculum resource and general guidance.
So it should come as no surprise to learn that just last month Obama spoke at Manor New Tech High, a member of a CES affiliate network which employs a project-based learning curriculum. The purpose of Barack Obama’s speech was to unveil his “High School Redesign Initiative” which is a scheme to transform this nation’s entire secondary school system using the same CES education model advanced by him and Bill Ayers years ago.
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|Tuesday, July 02, 2013 1:35 PM|