It has actually taken far longer than expected, but it’s finally here. In a week Texas schoolchildren and parents won one small victory (on history standards), the end of the war is now on the horizon.
Say hello to FedEd.
The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled this week to approve HR 3221. The bill contains one easily-overlooked provision (have you ever noticed how many provisions in bills considered by Congress are easily overlooked?) which would authorize the Secretary of Education to outlay $500 million to any entity he deems “appropriate” to create and disseminate “freely available online courses.”
Yes, Virginia, the federal government is attempting to formally take over curriculum-writing.
President Barack Obama said he wanted transparency in government—well, here it is. No more subterfuge. The feds are making their bid to officially take over the cultural brainwashing centers known as public schools.
Be aware that federal law has specifically prohibited Congress from doing exactly this for decades, because not only does it violently violate state sovereignty, it creates the possibility of one political party being able to manipulate the school system to ensure it remains perpetually in power.
That’s pretty much the case already, since more than 70 percent of professional educators are Democrats. This gives them open license to indoctrinate.
As I said, they’ve been trying to do this for years. The first open admission of that came in 1992, when a chap by the name of Marc Tucker, who headed up a nefarious organization known as the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE), wrote a letter to Hillary Clinton congratulating her and her husband, Bill, on winning the presidential election.
NCEE is the organization responsible for bringing the School to Work system to Texas, if you’ll recall. Then-education commissioner Mike Moses insisted differently until a plucky reporter found the contract he’d signed with NCEE to implement the School to Work program.
The Clintons implemented Tucker’s “New Standards” in Arkansas in the 1980s. Arkansas students did so well with it they ranked 48th in the nation as a result. (Tucker is a marketer, by the way, not an educator.)
But in his Nov. 11, 1992 letter to Hillary, Tucker noted that as a result of Bill’s election as Commander in Chief “… the great opportunity you have is to remold the entire American system for human resources development…
“What is essential is that we create a seamless web of opportunities, to develop one's skills that literally extends from cradle to grave and is the same system for everyone — young and old, poor and rich, worker and full-time student,” Tucker adds.
Among the elements of that system: an apprenticeship program starting in the schools which would steer children to specific careers based on the needs of the state. If that sounds familiar, that’s because the system has been employed before on a massive scale to ensure that Mother Russia had enough factory workers and not too many university students.
“Taken together, we think these ideas constitute a consistent vision for a new human resources development system for the United States,” Tucker wrote.
Nearly two million people just marched in Washington D.C. trying to tell the government that they have had enough of its meddling in their lives. Now Congress is about to slip one right past them.
We’ve seen this at work in Texas already, when George Bush was Governor. At his direction, the since-convicted Attorney General Dan Morales ruled the elected representatives of Texas parents, the State Board of Education, had no authority to regulate textbook content. This past spring, current Gov. Rick Perry refused to veto another bill which effectively did the same thing for electronic curriculum.
Sure, we’re just talking about making some online learning available to the public. For free, even. Then we’ll add a few courses that maybe school teachers might like.
Then underprivileged schools will need federal help, we’ll give them curriculum-writing guidelines. Then we’ll tie their use of those guidelines to the amount of funding they receive. And finally we’ll just throw off the covers and proclaim a national education system, controlled from Washington.
If your congressional representatives are among the remaining few who actually listen to the people, you might want to fire them up about defeating HR 3221.