Monday, February 01, 2016

Who is This Guy in the Oval Office? (Part 24)


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There Is a Cancer Growing in America
Cancer of ignorance and lack of leadership, and it is growing into a malignancy
By Ray DiLorenzo -- Bio and Archives
January 29, 2016
There is a cancer growing in the United States.  It is the cancer of ignorance and lack of leadership, and it is growing into a malignancy.  Too many of us, both in and out of public service, cannot or will not recognize what is threatening our very existence and cannot decide elemental questions like:  Is capitalism better than socialism?
When George Bush (43) left office, the Middle East was stable and al Qaeda was on the run.  Now Iran is on the verge of a nuclear weapon with the means to finish the project and further fund terrorism throughout the world…and we’re helping to pay for it!  AL Qaeda has been allowed to morph and combine with other groups to form ISIS, creating havoc over the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and soon, to a greater degree, the United States.
Syria, Iraq and Libya have experienced hundreds of thousands of dead including a veritable Christian holocaust with millions of refugees pouring into Europe and the United States; many of them creating a hardship for the host country.
Why?  Because our lack of leadership has been nothing less than stunning.  Our president and his administration, with much Democrat support, refuse to see the world as it is.
Even Bill Maher, the liberal idealist, challenged Charlie Rose (appropriate name for the colored glasses that he wears), who said that Christians are much like Muslims in their intolerance.  “No, that’s not true, not true.  Vast numbers of Christians do not believe that if you leave the Christian religion you should be killed for it…To tell me that Islam is just like other religions is naive and just plain wrong.”
Our ignorance is equally devastating in its depth of illiteracy as to what socialism entails.  Bernie Sanders is giving Hillary Clinton a serious challenge for the Democrat presidential nomination and almost half of the Democrat Party believes socialism is either good or are open to it.
Do our schools still teach history and economics?  Do they teach that the only difference between socialism and communism is that socialism is voted in while communism is forced in?  And if they still do teach economics, are they teaching that waiting in line for hours for a pair of shoes (if any are available) is better than a trip to the mall?
Many voters, especially young people are supporting Bernie Sanders.  That tells me that there is a tremendous knowledge gap created by an education system that is antithetical to our very system of government and our Judeo-Christian heritage.  And it has bled profusely into our culture, government, entertainment and institutions.
The disease did not happen overnight.  It has been a long time coming and it has been allowed to grow unrestrained.
The future always belongs to those who are willing to see over the next hill, accept it for what it is and deal with it.  The cancer is growing and it will, unless checked, kill the host.
Ray DiLorenzo is a career pilot having retired after 22 years as a contract fire pilot with the California Department of Forestry (Cal-Fire).  He is presently affiliated with Stand Up America founded by Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely (Ret)
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Obama’s War on Car Dealers
The whole point is to ultimately pen Americans in like cattle. Making cars too expensive and difficult to buy is a great start in implementing this.
By Timothy Birdnow -- Bio and Archives 
January 27, 2016
Writing at Net Right Daily, Dustin Howard chronicles an attack by the Obama Administration on car dealers:
“Peter Roff, who writes for U.S. News and World Report, has recently documented how the Obama Administration’s “watchdogs” are waging war on the car dealers of America, trying to destroy their business model. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) organized an event last week that was “designed to show the franchise model on which the industry operates is anti-competitive and results in consumers paying higher prices for new cars than they ought,” wrote Roff.
As Roff noted, the CFPB is alleging that dealerships are employing discriminatory practices to harm minority car buyers. He also noted that they have a “specious” empirical basis to do so.  He instead points to research that overtly contradict the notion that competition is being restricted by franchisees to harm Obaconsumers. Why then do they press on?
Taken with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) flawed modeling to assume that auto dealerships are discriminating against minority consumers, it seems that a full scale assault is underway.
This begs the question, why would they do this and who stands to gain?
Roff came short of saying that the Obama administration is clearing the way for Tesla, who has enjoyed a cozy relationship with the administration. Tesla has obstacles that prevent them from expanding, particularly that they want to have an Apple Store-like, manufacturer to consumer model that is prohibited in many states. Tesla seems to be leveraging their political connections to ameliorate their growing pains, to the point of using them as a weapon against their competition.”
Obama Administration hates the internal combustion engine and seeks its overthrow in our society
And indeed Dustin is correct; the Obama Administration hates the internal combustion engine and seeks its overthrow in our society. Ostensibly the Administration wants to promote “green” automobiles, which means electric cars (which take more energy and generate more greenhouse gases than a regular old-fashioned gas burner) but in the end what they seek is to control the movement of the public. Electric cars, with their limited range, are ideal to promoting restrictions on the movement of the public. That movement is an inalienable right, as I have argued.
Another point to ponder here; what Obama is doing to the auto industry is exactly what his friends in Congress did with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Housing Bubble was generated by government imposed “fairness” to promote minority home ownership. The government, in it’s boundless wisdom, decided that banks should be forced to make loans to people with sub-par credit, and do so in neighborhoods that did not command top dollar. The increase in risk was passed along to investors via bundling of loans and the monetizing of the mortgage industry. The result was a wild west where people without jobs were borrowing hundreds of thousands of dollars and living well beyond their means. The result was the correction of 2008 which saw America drop into the worst economic period since the Great Depression. All of this was caused by government interference in an industry that thought to manipulate.
There is no difference here, except that cars are a little cheaper and are mobile. It’s a lot harder to repossess a vehicle than to foreclose on a home.
This will, of course, drive the prices of automobiles way up, just as it did the price of housing prior to the crash,. That is, in my opinion, the4 whole point; the Feds want to force people out of cars and into Uber or bicycles. It is a part of Agenda 21/30, to get America to eschew the automobile and thus become a sedentary people, one that is easier to control and monitor.
Tom DeWeese has an excellent essay about Agenda 21.
As Scott Strzelczyk and Richard Rothschild point out in an article on Agenda 21 at American Thinker:
 “Community leaders working together in Carroll County recently defended their county against overreaching smart growth initiatives. Richard Rothschild, a candidate for Commissioner, emphatically remarks, “Smart growth is not science; it is political dogma combined with an insidious dose of social engineering. Smart growth is a wedding wherein zoning code is married with government-sponsored housing initiatives to accomplish government’s goal of social re-engineering. It urbanizes rural towns with high-density development, and gerrymanders population centers through the use of housing initiatives that enable people with weak patterns of personal financial responsibility to acquire homes in higher-income areas. This has the effect of shifting the voting patterns of rural municipalities from Right to Left.”
Smart growth plans usurp property rights and constitutional rights. Local officials, at the behest of State Government, revise zoning laws to fit into a “smart code” zoning template. A massive reshuffling of property rights ensues. Farmers may lose subdivision rights; conservation land adjacent to population centers may be rezoned into commercial employment centers; and low-density land in small towns is re-designated as growth area and rezoned to accommodate diverse housing including high-density apartments and condominiums. “
It also has the added benefit of allowing the Federal Government to overturn redistricting in Republican-controlled states by simply colonizing red districts with “blue” people.
And one way to guarantee that the public remain in these high density urban centers is to restrict the means of transportation. That is behind the drive to develop driverless cars that Google - a good friend of Agenda 21 - has undertaken.
Here is an example:
“George Gilhooley, an engineer with consulting firm HNTB, says the effort to attain better, more efficient usage of highways is helping drive the adoption of these new technologies. Apart from optimizing road use, the main issue is one of safety. He feels that the sooner traffic managers can respond to a given situation – and get traffic moving again – the better.
According to RITA, because of the variety of vehicle and infrastructure safety systems installed or planned, the focus must be on consistent and widely applicable standards and protocols. There are two forms of connected vehicles: those which can communicate with other vehicles and those that communicate with the infrastructure itself.”
In either case, the driverless car is under the watchful eye of the authorities - and likely under their control as well. And this article in The Guardian gives us a glimpse into the WHY of driverless cars:
“Point-to-point systems such as bike-sharing programmes allow users to pick-up and drop-off vehicles at different locations. If properly designed these schemes can be complementary to public transport. Users can take a bus or subway train and then transfer to a shared bicycle for the last mile of their trip.
But bikes tend to cluster at popular locations at certain times of the day, while other locations may be devoid of available vehicles. Shared bike programmes solve this problem by redistributing bikes manually via truck. This is very costly and operators can never keep up with the demand for redistribution. Studies point to the significant impact bike redistribution has on total operational costs in running a shared bike programme. Clearly using trucks to move cars is hardly a reasonable proposition.
But with autonomous vehicles, we can solve this problem and release the power of the collaborative consumption economy. Imagine the following scenario: a customer uses a smartphone app to request an autonomous shared vehicle, it arrives at your door and drops you to your destination, and the vehicle then either moves on and picks up another customer or parks itself and recharges.”
So, if the price of cars rises too high we shall go to “shared vehicles”. Uber is a start on that, and Uber-like programs will increase over time. As cars become too expensive (and my brother was complaining that he had to buy a five-year-old vehicle when he has worked for Ford for 20 years!) and traffic more onerous - thanks to bicycle lanes and skinnier streets, two gifts of Agenda 21’s planning - the “shared vehicles” will become more and more attractive. And driverless cars will become more and more of a necessity. Of course, those driverless cars will have restricted travel areas.
With the development of hydraulic fracturing we have seen a worldwide collapse of the price of oil, ruining the careful planning of the internationalists and the environmental lobby.  It now becomes difficult to restrict the gasoline engine with cheap oil and no global warming, and so the Administration must act tan a different level. Car sales and roads are the next battlefront
The whole point is to ultimately pen Americans in like cattle. Making cars too expensive and difficult to buy is a great start in implementing this.
Timothy Birdnow is a conservative writer and blogger and lives in St. Louis Missouri. His work has appeared in many popular conservative publications including but not limited to The American Thinker, Pajamas Media, Intellectual Conservative and Orthodoxy Today. Tim is a featured contributor to American Daily Review and has appeared as a Guest Host on the Heading Right Radio Network. Tim’s website is tbirdnow.mee.nu Timothy can be reached at: tim@timothybirdnow.com
 

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Also See:
Who is This Guy in the Oval Office?
(Part 1)
16 February 2009
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(Part 2)
22 April 2009
and
(Part 3)
16 June 2009
and
(Part 4)
03 August 2009
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(Part 5)
03 January 2010
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(Part 6)
20 May 2010
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(Part 7)
21 November 2010
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(Part 8)
14 February 2011
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(Part 9)
03 August 2011
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(Part 10)
10 October 2011
and
(Part 11)
11 December 2011
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(Part 12)
18 April 2012
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(Part 13)
01 July 2012
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(Part 14)
25 October 2012
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(Part 15)
14 December 2012
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(Part 16)
22 May 2013
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(Part 17)
27 July 2013
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(Part 18)
07 October 2013
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(Part 20)
10 February 2014
and
(Part 21)
03 June 2014
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(Part 22)
22 December 2014
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(Part 23)
23 October 2015
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Who will be the Next First Lady?
01 July 2008
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Is Michelle Obama a Princess?
02 October 2013
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2013/10/is-michelle-obama-princess.html
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Friday, January 29, 2016

When the Absurd Becomes Reality! (Part 11)

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Who Voted For That?
Just don't take the red pill. Whatever you do, don't take the red pill
By Dr. Robert R. Owens -- Bio and Archives 
January 29, 2016
Who voted for an immigration policy whose purpose is to change the racial, ethnic and cultural make-up of the United States? That is exactly what the Kennedy Immigration Bill of 1965 was designed to do and just what it has done.
Who voted for open borders and constant calls for amnesty for anyone who can drag themselves across the border? Has anyone else noticed that the estimate of how many illegals are in the United States has been stuck at 11 million for at least the last 11 years?
Who voted for anchor babies automatically gaining citizenship? This has led to birth tourism wherein pregnant women from all over the world fly in, have their babies, go home, and then Uncle Sugar is on the hook for these babies the rest of their lives. This entire fraudulent practice is based on a blatant misinterpretation of the 14th amendment. The correct interpretation based on original intent is readily available for anyone who can click a mouse.
Contrary to the common knowledge of everyone successfully programed by the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media and the public indoctrination centers once known as schools anchor babies are not found anywhere in the constitution. In fact they didn’t even exist until 1982 when Justice Brennan slipped them into the footnote of a Supreme Court decision. Notice I didn’t say into a Supreme Court decision. It is found only in a footnote.
And contrary to Bill O’Reilly and many other armchair lawyers this could be corrected without a constitutional amendment. All that is needed is a law which clarifies that Justice Brennan’s footnote does not carry the force of law. It’s kind of a no-brainer when you think about it.
Who voted for unlimited and unregulated abortion on demand? In 1973, the rogue Supreme Court out to remake America by fiat declared in Roe v. wade that all state laws regulating abortion were unconstitutional. Since that red letter day the blood of more than 57 million babies stains the hands of America. Our babies have been dismembered in the womb and had their skulls pierced with scissors as they were being born. Their bodies have been tossed like garbage into landfills, flushed down toilets, and sold for their organs.
Who voted for restricting the rights of lawful citizens to keep and bear arms? Over and over we hear about common sense gun laws. Every one of these proposals does nothing to stop criminals from getting guns. They are criminals, so breaking the law is what they do. All of these proposals have just one result: they restrict the rights of law abiding citizens since they are the only ones who follow the laws.
When the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution it was because the so-called Ant-Federalists refused to ratify the document without these first ten amendments. The statements of the Framers as enumerated in the Federalist Papers and the demands of the opposition as enumerated in the Anti-Federalist Papers makes it clear that the 2nd Amendment was meant to give the people the right to defend themselves against personal attack and against tyranny. Criminals love unarmed victims and tyrants love citizens who cannot resist their authority.
Who voted for ObamaCare which destroyed the best healthcare system ever known to man and after six years we are told there are just as many people without insurance as there were before? Polls before its passage and since have consistently shown that the majority of the American people do not want this train wreck of a law. Yet despite our best efforts to make our opposition known this is shoved down our throats like a horse pill that chokes a patient to death before we find out it is really a placebo.
Who voted for our president to bow before despots and dictators? Never before in History has an American president bowed before a foreign leader or anyone else. Until the revolutionary presidency of Barack Obama it would have been considered shameful. No one ever imagined it would happen. Under the man determined to take America down a peg or two it hasn’t happened, once or twice or even three times. On eight separate occasions our president has bowed before foreigners not only showing his respect for them but also showing his contempt for us.
Who voted for the Fed to pump trillions of fiat money into Dodd-Frank banks too big to fail? Since the crash of 2008 the Federal Reserve has been printing money at an unprecedented rate. Where has all this monopoly money gone? To the banks too big to fail, of course, through the happy-go-lucky-how-can-this-ever-fail money machine known as Quantitative Easing. What a friendly sounding name for a galloping printing press. All this supposed money is adding to the national debt and still no inflation. I think someone should tell the geniuses at the Fed what inflation is: more money chasing the same number of goods. No inflation means no raises for anyone except the plutocrats who run the crony capitalist institutions and the government people who print the money. No inflation, right. Has anyone been to the grocery store recently?
Who voted for an economy that instead of recovering has plateaued at a new normal with over 90 million able bodied people out of the work force, only slightly more than 122 million working, and a government that calls this full employment? The government’s own statistics show that approximately 62% of the workforce is working. To me that looks like 36% aren’t working. Full employment is generally accepted as meaning, “The condition in which virtually all who are able and willing to work are employed.” Does anyone see a problem with this picture?
Who voted for any of this?
Oh, wait a minute. Anyone who has voted for a Democrat in the last fifty years voted for all of this.
To paraphrase Sam Cooke:
Don’t know much about history
Don’t know much biology
Don’t know much about a science book
Don’t know much about the French I took
Don’t know much about geography
Don’t know much trigonometry
Don’t know much about algebra
Don’t know what a slide rule is for
But I do know that if Progressives can fool you
And I know that if Progressives could fool me, too
What a wonderful world this would be
Just don’t take the red pill. Whatever you do, don’t take the red pill. Take the blue one. You’ll feel much better as we slide into the dustbin of History.
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Hillary: Obama as Supreme Court Justice is ‘a great idea’
Elections have consequences
By Robert Laurie -- Bio and Archives  
January 27, 2016
http://canadafreepress.com/article/78508?utm_source=CFP+Mailout&utm_campaign=b9f3194d2e-5_20_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d8f503f036-b9f3194d2e-297723645
If you need another reason to vote for literally anyone but Hillary Clinton, here it is: She thinks it would be a “great idea” to make Barack Obama a Supreme Court Justice.  ...Or at least that’s what she says.
During an Iowa town hall, Clinton was asked about the possibility of letting Obama trash the Constitution for the rest of his life, because apparently 8 years just isn’t enough. According to Bloomberg, she responded as follows:
“I will certainly take that under advisement,” she said in Decorah, responding to a man’s recommendation. “I mean, he’s brilliant, he can set forth an argument and he was a law professor, so he’s got lots of credentials.”
She acknowledged that there might be a few obstacles in the way, first and foremost whether Obama would want the job after eight years in the White House. “He may have a few other things to do,” she said, “but I’ll tell you, that’s a great idea.”
There are a couple of things we need to remember about this.
The first is that Hillary is completely untrustworthy. If you believe that she genuinely admires, likes, and supports Barack Obama, I have some beautiful rolling land in the center of the Okefenokee swamp I’d like to sell you. There is no love lost between the Clintons and the Obamas, and it’s highly doubtful that Hillary will want anything to do with her former boss once he leaves office.
Hillary’s just tying herself to the Obama legacy (such as it is) in an effort to stop her liberal base from defecting to Bernie.
The second, and more important, point is that the next President will probably get - at least - two chances to appoint someone to the Supreme Court bench. Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer are both rocketing towards retirement and the vacancies they leave will almost certainly be the purview of the next President.
If that President is Hillary Clinton, it doesn’t really matter who she appoints. You can bet your last two nickels that her selection will view the Constitution with exactly the same disdain as Obama. In fact, if she can find an uber-liberal candidate who’s “sellable” enough, you should presume she’ll pick someone even worse than our current Commander in Chief.
The bottom line is: If you like your rights, stopping Mrs. Clinton is imperative.
Robert Laurie’s column is distributed by CainTV, which can be found at caintv.com
Be sure to “like” Robert Laurie over on Facebook and follow him on Twitter. You’ll be glad you did.
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Why Do They Lie to Us Over and Over?
The major media has morphed from a watchdog to a lapdog barking on cue that everything is all right, there's nothing to see here, move along
By Dr. Robert R. Owens -- Bio and Archives 
January 22, 2016
http://canadafreepress.com/article/78361?utm_source=CFP+Mailout&utm_campaign=348aab53ec-5_20_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d8f503f036-348aab53ec-297723645
Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
Progressives and the Big Lie(s):
When faced with the highest levels of unemployment in American History why does the government trumpet a falling unemployment rate? In the face of overwhelming evidence of ineptness at best in Benghazi why do our hacks and their flacks insult us with answers like, “Dude this was two years ago!” With the obvious politicization of the IRS why does the president tell us there isn’t even a smidgen of corruption in the IRS while professional bureaucrats who really run this country take the 5th, stonewall, and lie?
The Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media regales us with oxymoronic statements such as, “Despite the unemployment rate plummeting, more than 92 million Americans remain out of the labor force.” The Great Recession grinds on in the lives of everyday working people while our leaders talk about a recovery that only benefits them and their cronies.If you live in Washington DC or the surrounding area you are probably doing fine, for the rest of us in fly-over country, not so much.
The shoes in the Benghazi scandal continue to drop finally reaching the point where even go-along-to-get-along John Boehner finally agreed to allow the House to vote on the establishment of a select Committee so that this long simmering embarrassment could hopefully come to the truth. Then again, as our once and future Queen said, “What difference at this point does it make?”
A funny thing happened on his way to becoming the Speaker of the House after Boehner fell on his sword for the Progressive agenda House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the entire Benghazi investigation was designed only to hurt Hillary’s poll numbers. He blew his chance for the big seat but at least he completely discredited the committee which also advanced the Progressive agenda.
Remember the IRS scandal. The one that was swept under the carpet?
Article 2 section 1 of the Articles of Impeachment filed against President Nixon was about the abuse of power. It stated, “He has, acting personally and through his subordinated and agents, endeavored to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposes not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigation to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.”
Now 40 years later, under the Obama regime, the taxman cometh. When massive harassment of conservative groups by the IRS came to light as reported in The Daily Caller (DC) we were told:
Progressives were targeted, too
For months, Democrats and the media relied on the talking point that progressive groups also ended up on an IRS “Be on the Lookout” list while the agency was auditing and seizing information from conservative groups. But as The DC reported, IRS agents testified before the House oversight committee that the IRS scrutinized ACORN groups because it thought they were old groups applying as new ones; the group Emerge America was scrutinized for potential “improper private benefit;” and no evidence exists to prove that the IRS targeted any Occupy Wall Street group.
“Only seven applications in the IRS backlog contained the word ‘progressive,’ all of which were then approved by the IRS… [T]here is simply no evidence that any liberal or progressive group received enhanced scrutiny because its application reflected the organization’s political views,” according to an oversight committee staff report.
No White House involvement
“Not necessarily the White House” was the phrase that some Democratic “strategist” used when attacking one of our Daily Caller stories on cable television last year. He meant that while the IRS may have been corrupt to its very Washington core, President Barack Obama and Valerie Jarrett have not yet been photographed sifting through tea party applications at a desk in the Lincoln Bedroom.
But we do know, however, courtesy of The Daily Caller’s reporting, that Lerner exchanged confidential taxpayer information on conservative groups with White House officials including White House health-policy adviser EllenMontz and Deputy Assistant to the President for Health Policy Jeanne Lambrew, who just happened to be the most powerful official on Obamacare implementation within the White House.
A couple of rogue agents in Cincinnati
Ah, yes. The “WKRP in Cincinnati” Theory of 2013. You know the episode where the wacky characters in the Cincinnati office make a little “whoops” and take it upon themselves to target conservatives nationwide? A team of reporters from The New York Times, including dreamboat Nicholas Confessore, even went to bat for the administration on this theory last year, publishing a disgraceful article about Ohio-based “confusion” and “staff troubles” among “Low-level employees in what many in the I.R.S. consider a backwater.”
But at least five different offices ranging from Chicago to Laguna Niguel, CA. were engaging in this kind of “confusion,” and the whole excuse got torn down like Riverside Stadium. A Cincinatti-based IRS official said thatWashington “was basically throwing us under the bus.” The bus to the world-renowned American Sign Museum.
Lerner can still cite the Fifth Amendment
That’s what her lawyer, Bill Taylor, wrote in a recent letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, calling a possible contempt vote “un-American.” But it’s just not true. Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment privilege when she made a statement attesting to her innocence at a May 2013 oversight hearing. The oversight committee and U.S. House counsel both determined as much.
It could take years for the IRS to get all of Lerner’s emails
That’s what new IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who has been threatened with contempt himself, told oversight investigators. But the independent group Judicial Watch managed to obtain emails showing Lerner coordinating with the Department of Justice to potentially prosecute conservative activists. It only took Judicial Watch one Freedom of Information Act request to get that stuff. “Now I see why the IRS is scared to give up the rest of Lois Lerner’s emails,” said oversight member Rep. Jim Jordan.When they were found and they did show not only that the conservative groups were targeted but also that the IRS tried to cover it up, nothing happened except Louis Lerner continues to receive her massive pension of over $100,000 per year plus we have learned that she also earned Up to $129,000 in bonuses for her exemplary work.
Don’t worry, federal government investigators are on top of things
Eric Holder’s Department of Justice tapped an Obama political donor to head its investigation. FBI investigators went months without contacting the conservative groups that were victimized by the IRS targeting, and leaked to the press that no criminal charges would be filed in relation to the case before much of the relevant information we currently have even came out.
The Obama administration’s investigation of the scandal was such a joke that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte accused Obama and Holder of “undermining” investigators on multiple occasions, and joined with other House GOP leaders in calling for a special counsel to prosecute the case.
But if the investigation was a joke, here’s the punchline: The Justice Department has been the only investigative body to ask Lois Lerner any questions, at an off-the-record “Q+A” that was not under oath.
Only tea party groups were targeted
Good for the IRS for taking a firm stand against all those wacky tea party groups popping up out in Palookaville trying to exercise their little “First Amendment rights.” Bunch of Koch-funded rednecks.
But oh wait: The IRS also audited the Leadership Institute, founded by Morton C. Blackwell, which has been one of the Washington area’s foremost conservative activist training organizations since 1979, even demanding personal information about the institute’s college-aged interns. Oh yeah, and the IRS also told a pro-life group “you can’t force your religion” and tried to stop pro-life activists from picketing Planned Parenthood clinics.
The targeting is over now
Sure it is. Just ask Ron Paul and his group Campaign for Liberty’s donors about that.
Now the latest update, despite a court order to the contrary the IRS has deleted hard drives that held critical evidence in the agency’s on-going scandals.
And now the BIG LIE continues in the Benghazi scandal. The movie ‘13 Hours’ has come out. It is amazing, and every American should see it. Written by and based upon the experiences of three of the surviving heroes this movie tells the story that has been hidden from us for so long. In the aftermath of the release the families of the victims have once again come forward and said that Hillary told them at the coffin ceremony that a video was the cause of the attack. She also said that they would arrest the maker of the video. Subsequently some of Hillary’s emails, which were only obtained through a Freedom of Information request, a law suit and a judge’s order show that she knew this to be a lie at the time she used it to cover herself and the President at the time. She has admitted this is true at the discredited Benghazi hearings.
The families are saying Hillary lied. Hillary is now saying that she never blamed the video and in essence that the families are lying. Every news outlet is playing this like a “He said she said” debate. They are interviewing the families. Of course Hillary avoids interviews from anyone except her pet networks and their softball questions.
Here is my big problem with the big lie. One click of the mouse and you can pull up the YouTube video of Hillary at the coffin ceremony blaming the video. The maker of the video was arrested and spend time in jail. The one who lied to the families, lied to the nation, isn’t in jail, isn’t under a cloud of shame. No, they are now busy with the help of the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media and their cable henchmen lying her way to the White House
Why do they lie to us over and over?
The easy answer is because they can. The major media has morphed from a watchdog to a lapdog, barking on cue that everything is all right, there’s nothing to see here, move along.
The best government money can buy has shown us that they can safely operate on the assumption that American voters choose their leaders based on the philosophy, “I know he’s a liar but I like what he says.”
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ drrobertowens.com
© 2013 Robert R. Owens
Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens
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Also See:
When the Absurd Becomes Reality!

(Part 1)
23 March 2009
and
(Part 2)
07 August 2009
and
(Part 3)
21 February 2011
and
(Part 4)
21 November 2011
and
(Part 5)
24 December 2011
and
(Part 6)
13 April 2012
and
(Part 7)
19 June 2013
and
(Part 8)
21 March 2014
(Part 10)
12 November 2015
and
Science Fiction or Future Reality?
01 November 2008
and
What is Truth? - Is Everything Relative? Does the End Justify the Means?
28 August 2009
and
Are You Reality Denied?
25 March 2011
and
"Wrongful Birth" Insanity!
14 November 2011
and
It's Everywhere: Be Wary of Myths, Fabricated Lies, and Distorted Data!
29 August 2015
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2015/08/its-everywhere-be-wary-of-myths.html
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Monday, January 25, 2016

Common Core: Public Education or is it Indoctrination? (Part 4)

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Sneak Peek: Building the Machine Part II: The Parent Interviews  
Published on Jan 17, 2015
SNEAK PEEK: The Parent Interviews (2014)—Building the Machine, Part II—A Documentary about the Common Core
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A teacher describes why she left teaching in public schools... Common Core
Published on Dec 4, 2013
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Faces of Common Core
Published on Feb 19, 2014
This video takes a close, personal look at the struggles many of our children face with the new Common Core standards. These developmentally inappropriate standards are now used in 45 states. Our group, Faces of Common Core on Facebook, was created as a place to compare notes and support each other. To join the fight against Common Core, please visit www.stopcommoncore.com and find the link to your state's site.
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Common Core
Part 1
 By Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
March 2, 2015
NewsWithViews.com
There is a great controversy today over the current educational reform movement known as Common Core (CC). Many people have offered specific criticisms of the movement, but they generally look at CC in isolation. However, it is important to understand the back ground of CC, and a good starting point for that begins with the Illuminati, which began on May 1, 1776.
The fundamental purpose of the Illuminati was to do away with existing authority (e.g., monarchical, religious, etc.) and adopt the principle of its founder, Adam Weishaupt, which was that they, the Illuminati or Enlightened, knew what was best for people. The leaders of CC today also believe they know, even better than parents, what is best in education for children in the United States. Relevant to education, certain members of the Illuminati became tutors to princes, who would then become czars, kings, etc. (e.g., Alexander I of Russia) and be under the influence of the Illuminati.
In terms of what we know today as elementary and secondary education, Illuminati member Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (a Swiss, code-named Alfred) had the greatest influence. According to Will Monroe's HISTORY OF THE PESTALOZZIAN METHOD IN THE UNITED STATES (1907), the educational ideas of Pestalozzi began to be printed in journals and textbooks in the United States in 1806. They began to be used in some school systems, especially in New England where they were viewed favorably be the intelligentsia of Horace Mann's day. This was the first half of the 1800s, and Mann became known as the "Father of the American Public Education."
Utopian Socialist Robert Owen visited Pestalozzi at Yverdon, Switzerland in 1818, and applied the Illuminist's educational principles in Britain and America. In 1825, Owen established the first commune in the United States in New Harmony, Indiana. Joining Owen in 1828 was Frances Wright (formerly Madame Francoise D'Arusmont from France) who, with Owen's son Robert Dale Owen and Orestes Brownson, formed the Workingmen's Party in New York.
According to A CONCISE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC (vol. 1) by Samuel Morison, Henry Steele Commager, and William Leuchtenburg, Frances Wright became "a lecture-platform apostle of...a system which she called 'National, Rational, Republican Education, Free for All, at the Expense of All, Conducted under the Guardianship of the State,' apart from the contaminating influence of parents." After Brownson became a Christian, he revealed in THE WORKS OF ORESTES BROWNSON (20 volumes) that their plan in establishing their political party was as follows: "The great object was to get rid of Christianity, and to convert our churches into halls of science. The plan was not to make open attacks upon religion, although we might belabor the clergy and bring them into contempt where we could; but to establish a system of state---we said national---schools, from which all religion was to be excluded, in which nothing was to be taught except such knowledge as is verifiable by the senses, and to which all parents were to be compelled by law to send their children. Our complete plan was to take the children from their parents at the age of 12 or 18 months, and to have them nursed, fed, clothed, and trained in these schools at the public expense; but at any rate, we were to have godless schools for all the children of the country....The plan has been successfully pursued...,and the whole action of the country on the subject has taken the direction we sought to give it. One of the principal movers of the scheme had no mean share in organizing the Smithsonian Institute."
Brownson further revealed that the connection between the Workingmen's
Party, Robert Owen (father of Robert Dale Owen), Pestalozzi and Horace Mann is very important. In HORACE MANN: EDUCATIONAL STATESMAN, Heidelberg College (Ohio) Prof. E.I.F. Williams wrote: "The 'workingmen's movement' was an organization of the liberals in opposition to the conservative order....Its members were the radical wing of the Jacksonian democracy. In 1831 a large convention (of the Workingmen's Party) made up of farmers and workmen was held in Boston....Leaders such as Horace Mann (in Massachusetts)...urged their cause. Education was advanced as the surest and best method of advancing their aspirations....Labor leaders were enthusiastic about education in tax-supported schools....Education soon took first place among the reforms they demanded. They urged the necessity of an 'equal, universal, republican system of education.'...Reform was the watch-word of the day....More than two hundred communists Utopias were established....For two or three decades, they centered the attention of the country on socialistic and communistic schemes for human betterment. One of the most famous of the communities was established at New Harmony, Indiana by Robert Owen."
Part 2
By Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
March 16, 2015
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In HORACE MANN : EDUCAT0NAL STATESMAN, E.I.F. Williams related that Robert Owen "brought William McClure, 'father of American geology,' to organize his school. He first introduced the Pestalozzian system into the United States....Later, the Pestalozzian movement spread to other sections (of the country), and among its enthusiastic champions were Horace Mann....Very soon (after New Harmony) another society based on Owen's principles was begun at Yellow Springs, Ohio, where Antioch College was to be founded." Horace Mann was president of Antioch College from 1853 until his death on August 2, 1859. In 1837, Mann had established the first "normal" (public) school in the United States as part of his effort to promote non-sectarian education.
In 1848, the COMMUNIST MANIFESTO was published, including Plank No. 10, which provided for a "Combination of education with industrial production" (a type of school-to-work approach). Nine years later in 1857, the National Education Association (NEA, until 1870 called the National Teachers Association) was founded and emphasized the importance of teachers in children's education. Following this, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Swett in 1864 declared: "The vulgar impression that parents have a legal right to dictate to teachers is entirely erroneous...."
In 1879, Illuminati member Kirchenrat Karl Kasimir Wundt's (code name Raphael) grandson, Wilhelm Wundt established the first laboratory in experimental psychology at the University of Leipzig (Pavlov studied there in 1884). The first of his American students was G. Stanley Hall, who would become John Dewey's mentor at Johns Hopkins University (where Dewey received his doctorate in 1884). Educational experimentalists James McKeen Cattell, Charles Judd and James Earl Russell also received doctorates from Wundt. Dewey later become known as the "Father of Progressive Education," even though Dewey himself used that appellation in reference to Francis Parker, who had studied the ideas of Pestalozzi when in Europe.
Twelve years after receiving his doctorate, Dewey established in January 1896 his own laboratory school at the University of Chicago, an institution of higher learning well-endowed by John D. Rockefeller, Sr. This oil magnate in 1902 chartered the General Education Board, and appointed Frederick Gates (a Baptist minister) as chairman. Gates wrote Occasional Letter, No. 1 (published in THE WORLD'S WORK in 1912) in which he remarked: "In our dream, we have limitless resources, and the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hand. The present educational conventions fade from our minds; and, unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive rural folk."
On October 12, 1917, THE NEW YORK TIMES published Judge John Hyland's comments about a letter by Dr. Abraham Flexner (Secretary of the General Education Board and formerly of the Carnegie Foundation describing a "secret conference" of New York City Board of Education's members to elect a board president who would institute a type of school-to-work outcome-based education program. Five years later, THE NEW YORK TIMES (March 27, 1922) covered a speech by Judge Hylan after he had become mayor of New York City.
In the speech, Mayor Hylan said: "The warning of Theodore Roosevelt has much timeliness today, for the real menace of our republic is this invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy length over city, State and nation....The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States Government for their own selfish purposes....These international bankers and Rockefeller-Standard Oil interests control the majority of newspapers and magazines in this country." Mayor Hylan quoted from Frederick Gates' paper mentioned above, and then said "This is the kind of education the coolies receive in China, but we are not going to stand for it in these United States. One of my first acts as Mayor was to pitch out, bag and baggage, from the educational system of our city the Rockefeller agents and the Gary plan of education to fit the children for the mill and factory."
Part 3  
By Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
March 30, 2015
NewsWithViews.com
Following the theme of the Illuminati and Common Core proponents that "they know what is best for the rest of us," Arthur Calhoun in `1919 authored the third volume in his series, A SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN FAMILY, which became a widely used social service textbook. In it, he noted that "the child passes more and more into the custody of community experts," and he also elaborated that "the new view is that the higher and more obligatory relation is to society rather than to the family; the family goes back to the age of savagery while the state belongs to the age of civilization. The modern individual is a world citizen (a view of the Illuminati), served by the world, and home interests can no longer be supreme....As soon as the new family, consisting of only the parents and the children, stood forth, society saw how many were unfit for parenthood and began to realize the need for community care....As familism weakens, society has to assume a larger parenthood.
The school begins to assume responsibility for the functions thrust upon it....The kindergarten grows downward toward the cradle and there arises talk of neighborhood nurseries....It seems clear that at least in its early stages, socialism will mean an increased amount of social control....We may expect in the socialist commonwealth a system of public educational agencies that will begin with the nursery and follow the individual through life....Those persons that experience alarm at the thought of intrinsic changes in family institutions should remember that in the light of social evolution, nothing is right or valuable in itself." Remember the above references to "cradle" and "follow the individual through life" when reading a later part of this series describing a letter written
by National Center on Education and the Economy president Marc Tucker on November 11, 1992 to Hillary Clinton about Bill Clinton's presidential victory giving them a chance to implement their "cradle to grave" plan for everyone.
In the 1920s, "Father of Progressive Education" (and later National Education Association honorary president) John Dewey went to the Soviet Union and authored an article in the December 5, 1928 edition of THE NEW REPUBLIC, in which he described "the marvelous development of progressive educational ideas and practices under the fostering care of the Bolshevist government...the required collective and cooperative mentality....The great task of the school is to counteract and transform those domestic and neighborhood tendencies...the influence of home and Church....In order to accomplish this end, the teachers must in the first place know with great detail and accuracy just what the conditions are to which pupils are subject in the home (remember this when reading about Common Core's collection of large amounts of personal data)....One of the most interesting pedagogical innovations...to discover the actual conditions that influence pupils in their out-of-school life...(is using) the themes of written work, the compositions of pupils, and also a detailed study throughout the year of home and family budgets....The institution of the family is being sapped indirectly rather than by frontal attack....There is no word one hears oftener than Gruppe, and all sorts of groups are instituted that militate against the primary social importance of the family unit.
In consequence, to anyone who looks at the matter cold-bloodedly, free from sentimental associations clustering about the historic family institution, a most interesting sociological experimentation is taking place....Our special concern here is with the role of the schools in building up forces and factors whose natural effect is to undermine the importance and uniqueness of family life....The earliest section of the school system, dealing with children from three to seven, aims to keep children under its charge six, eight, and ten hours a day, and in ultimate ideal this procedure is to be universal and compulsory....Reference to this phase of Soviet education may perhaps be suitably concluded by a quotation from Lenin: 'We must declare openly what is concealed, namely, the political function of the school....It is to construct communist society.'"
The next year (1929), Edward Thorndike (trained by Wundtians in the United States) and Arthur Gates authored ELEMENTARY PRINCIPLES OF EDUCATION, in which one reads: "Traditionally the elementary school has been primarily devoted to teaching the fundamental subjects, the three R's, and closely related disciplines....Artificial exercises, like drills on phonetics, multiplication tables, and formal writing movements, are used to a wasteful degree. Subjects such as arithmetic, language, and history include content that is intrinsically of little value...."
(In an upcoming part of this series, NEA president Catherine Barrett will make a similar comment in 1973.) Pursuing these "progressive education" attitudes, Thorndike will produce new spellers, math texts, dictionaries, and textbooks on education and educational testing.
A year later (1930), the "Dick and Jane" basal reading series begins, using the "look-say" or "whole word" method of reading instruction Up until this time, there was a high rate of literacy among the people of the United States, but the consequences of "progressive educators" using the "look-say" approach (instead of the highly successful intensive phonics method) will prove disastrous, causing a growing problem of illiteracy.
Part 4
By Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
April 13, 2015
NewsWithViews.com
Four years after the look-say "Dick and Jane" basal reading series was introduced, in 1934 CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS (the last of a 17-volume study concerning American education) of the Commission on Social Studies of the American Historical association was published. The work of the Commission was financed ($340,000) by the Carnegie Corporation. Commenting on the document in THE NEW REPUBLIC article "A New Education for A New
America" (July 29, 1936), British Socialist Professor Harold Laski remarked that the volume contained "a content of teaching which frankly admits that the age of government control has arrived....For, at bottom, and stripped of its carefully neutral phrases, the report is an educational program for a socialist America."
Two years after Laski wrote this, on March 1, 1938, according to George Mosse's NAZI CULTURE in the chapter "The Key: Education of Youth," under the Nazis (National Socialists), "the textbooks were increasingly National Socialist, the teachers were regimented....The individual states were abolished....The Nazis attempted to unify the school system, as they 'meshed the gears' of all other activities in the Third Reich....Changes in the curriculum brought all schools closer together....Social pressures aided the Nazis in getting rid of the influence of the older generation...." Under Common Core, assessments drive curricula to unify nationally education in America, and school systems' teachers become to a certain extent regimented in preparing students for the assessments (getting correct answers is not enough, but also knowing how), whether in individual classrooms or for the College Boards.
"Getting rid of the influence of the older generation" in the United States was also important for the power elite. And the way to do this was through "critical thinking." Three years after the Nazis began the educational program mentioned above, Edward Glaser authored AN EXPERIMENT IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF CRITICAL THINKING (1941). It was one the first books on the subject and followed the psychodrama and sociometry work of Rumanian psychiatrist Jacob Moreno in the early part of the 20th century.
Critical thinking developed into critiquing, which in turn developed into criticizing the values of "the older generation." The purpose was to establish a "generation gap," with the new generation adopting more humanistic than Biblical values.
By the end of World War II, the National Education Association (NEA) was promoting world government. In the NEA JOURNAL (January 1946), Joy Elmer Morgan (editor of the NEA JOURNAL, 1921-1955) wrote "The Teacher and World Government," in which he proclaimed: "In the struggle to establish an adequate world government, the teacher...can do much to prepare the hearts and minds of children for global understanding and cooperation....At the very top of all the agencies which will assure the coming of world government must stand the school, the teacher, and the organized profession."
Similarly two years later, Sir Julian Huxley (first director-general of UNESCO) authored UNESCO: ITS PURPOSE AND ITS PHILOSOPHY (1948), in which he wrote of UNESCO's educational program that it could "stress the ultimate need for world political unity and familiarize all peoples with the implications of the transfer of full sovereignty from separate nations to a world organization...political unification in some sort of world government will be required...."
Of course, if there were to be a world government, something would have to be done to bring capitalist and communist governments together. In 1953 Ford Foundation president H. Rowan Gaither told Norman Dodd (research director for the Congressional Reece Committee) that the foundation was operating under directives from the White House "to the effect that we should make every effort to so alter life in the United States as to make possible a comfortable merger with the Soviet Union."
As mentioned earlier, "Father of Progressive Education" John Dewey very much admired what the Soviets (remember that the second S in USSR stands for Socialist) were doing. He taught at Columbia University from 1905 to 1930, and by the early 1950s, the Deweyites had taken control of Columbia's Teachers College. In A HISTORY OF TEACHERS COLLEGE: COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY (1954), Lawrence Cremin et al explained that "the single most powerful education force in the world is at 120th Street and Broadway in New York City. Your children's teachers go there for advanced training....With one hundred thousand alumni, TC has managed to seat about one-third of the presidents and deans now (1953) in office at accredited U.S. teaching training schools. Its graduates make up about twenty percent of all our public school teachers. Over a fourth of the superintendents of schools in the one-hundred sixty-eight U.S. cities with at least fifty thousand population are TC-trained."

Part 5
By Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
April 27, 2015
NewsWithViews.com
[Note: Just like Skull & Bones (S&B) member John Kerry was the designated loser (he could have challenged the vote in Ohio, but he didn't) to fellow S&B member George W. Bush in 2004, now Lincoln Chafee (classmate of Jeb Bush at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA) has entered the Democratic race for the presidency against Hillary Clinton. Chafee's role is to oppose Hillary from the left, thereby dampening leftist support for her in the general election. I have already written how Hillary was "dirtied up" with Benghazi (and more recently by her emails), and how potential Republican threats to Jeb such as Perry in Texas, Christie in New Jersey, and McDonald in Virginia were "dirtied up" as well.
Recently, Jeb's Florida friend Sen. Marco Rubio has entered the Republican race which will split the Hispanic vote with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. This is like Teddy Roosevelt split the vote with William Howard Taft allowing Woodrow Wilson to be elected president in 1912, and Ross Perot took enough votes away from George H.W. Bush in 1992 so Bill Clinton was elected president. Additionally in the 2016 race, Rand Paul will siphon off the libertarian Republican voters, all of which will allow Jeb Bush to win some early primaries with only a plurality (nowhere near a majority) of votes. Jeb's team will also see to it that conservative Republicans' love for Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin will be dampened by showing his lack of knowledge of foreign affairs and asking such questions as "If Scott Walker is really a conservative, why does he say he admires/respects Bill Clinton's Secretary of State Madeline Albright?"
Another example of how the global power elite runs things is the fact that President Obama is lining up with Congressional Republicans and against his own Party regarding authorization for the currently discussed Pacific trade deal. When it comes to the global economy, presidents whether Democratic or Republican are told what to do by the global power elite.
For those who read my last column on April 13, you will want to read the last paragraph again as something has been added.]
Relevant to the effort to move us toward a "comfortable merger" with the Soviet Union as mentioned above, in 1960 HEW published SOVIET EDUCATION PROGRAMS, wherein one reads: "...wherever we went, we felt the pulse of the Soviet government's desire to educate and train a new generation of technically skilled citizens....USSR plans to bring all secondary school children into labor education and training experiences through the regular school program."
Beginning in the early 1960s, the Deweyites in control of education in the United States moved the emphasis in education from the cognitive domain (basics of reading, math, etc.) to the affective domain (social relationships, feelings, etc.). Grade inflation and social promotions began along with a fall in SAT scores. The educational elite said that the "new math" would help the United States to lead the world in the future (similar to Common Core proponents today saying students will have more depth of understanding), but it turned out to be a disaster.
Following the shift away from the basics, NEA president Catherine Barrett in the early 1970s in SATURDAY REVIEW OF EDUCATION remarked that : "Dramatic changes in the way we will raise our children in the year 2000 are indicated,
particularly in terms of schooling....We will need to recognize that the so-called 'basic skills,' which currently represent nearly the total effort in elementary schools, will be taught in one-quarter of the present school day....When this happens---and it's near---the teacher can rise to his true calling. More than dispenser of information, the teacher will be a conveyor of values, a philosopher....We will be agents of change." Furthermore, Carolyn Warner, Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction, was quoted in the ARIZONA REPUBLIC (January 7, 1975) as saying that "those who educate are more to be honored than those who bear the children. The latter gave them only life, the former teach them the art of living."
In 1972, UNESCO's bestseller LEARNING TO BE: THE WORLD OF EDUCATION TODAY AND TOMORROW was published. In this editor work, the authors say they are in search of a "new educational order...based on scientific and technological training, one of the essential components of scientific humanism." The book also emphasized relativity and dialectical thought, and proclaimed that "...an individual should avoid systematically setting up his beliefs and convictions...his behavior and customs as models or rules valid for all times."

Part 6


By Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
May 11, 2015
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http://www.newswithviews.com/Cuddy/dennis311.
[Note: The situation in Baltimore looks like the Alinsky Model. Hillary Clinton wrote her senior thesis at Wellesley College on Saul Alinsky, and Barack Obama became a community organizer as a follower of Alinsky. There is an Acknowledgement to Lucifer at the front of Alinsky's RULES FOR RADICALS, and in that book, Alinsky says the community organizer should "rub raw the resentments of the community" and "fan the latent hostilities." Isn't that what occurred in Baltimore?]
In the early 1970s, Michael Lerner (who would become an important adviser to Hillary Clinton) authored THE NEW SOCIALIST REVOLUTION, in which he proclaimed: "Education will be radically transformed in our socialist community...the main emphasis will be on learning how to... live and work collectively....The next level is learning some series of skills, for one's first set of jobs." And in Vladimir Turchenko's THE SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION AND THE REVOLUTION IN EDUCATION (1976) imported into the United States is described "linking instruction with productive labor" (this is similar to plank 10 of the COMMUNIST MANIFESTO mentioned earlier).
The year after Turchenko's book appears in the United States, on November 17, 1977 U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Mary Berry delivered an address, "The Chinese Experience in Education: What America Stands to Learn," at the University of Illinois. She revealed that the U.S. Office of Education was developing Lifelong Learning programs modeled after the Communist Chinese programs. Two years later, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) was established under President Jimmy Carter, fulfilling a promise he had made to the NEA.
In 1980, Ronald Reagan was elected president, taking office in January 1981. Over the next several years, Carter administration holdovers left the National Institute of Education (within USDOE). One of them, Marc Tucker (an NIE Associate Director) went to the newly established (early 1985) Carnegie Forum on Education and the Economy (CFEE). This was after North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt had written an article in PHI DELTA KAPPAN (Fall 1984) advising linking education and the economy, and he suggested to David Hamburg (Carnegie Foundation CEO) that he fund a CFE (and Hunt became Vice-Chairman).
The year after CFEE was begun, Mike Cohen left NIE in 1986 and went to the National Governors Association (NGA). About the same time, Ramsey Selden (who had opposed our efforts to have more intensive systematic phonics taught in schools) left NIE and went to the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) as one of their lead education personnel. The NGA (of which Hunt has been a chairman) and CCSSO would eventually be the lead organizations promoting Common Core.
In the Winter 1987/88 edition of ACTION IN TEACHER EDUCATION, Professors Martin Haberman and James Collins wrote in "The Future of the Teaching Profession" that "schooling is now seen primarily as job training and, for this reason, quite comparable to schooling in non-democratic societies. Once education is redefined as a personal good and as emphasizing preparation for the world of work as its first purpose, our schools can appropriately be compared with those of the USSR."
At the same time as Haberman's and Collins' article appeared, the CFEE changed its name to the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) with board members including David Rockefeller, Jr. and Hillary Clinton. Early in 1989, NCEE produced TO SECURE OUR FUTURE: THE FEDERAL ROLE IN EDUCATION, which would play an important role in framing the issues and shaping the agreements that would be made at the Education Summit held at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville) in September 1989.
George H.W. Bush (Skull & Bones member elected president in November 1988) and the governors of the 50 states met at the Summit and agreed to establish National Education Goals. Even though President Bush was a Republican and had many Republican governors from whom to choose, he selected Gov. Bill Clinton Rhodes scholar) to head the initial work. This is an example of how the Power Elite manages both the political left and right.
Following the summit, the NGA would ask members of NCEE's staff to assist in the development of national education goals (6 but later 8). This process would culminate in the announcement of national education goals by President George H.W. Bush in his January 31,1990 State of the Union address.
In the summer of 1989, NCEE's Board of Trustees created the Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce to study the current and future skill needs of our nation's non-college workforce. The Commission then compiled a report, AMERICA'S CHOICE: HIGH SKILLS OR LOW WAGES!, which was released in June 1990.
In February 1990, the U.S. Department of Labor established the Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS), which was charged with "defining a common core of skills that constitute job readiness in this new economic environment" (note the term "common core," and Gov. Hunt would title his program "JobReady"). In 1992, SCANS issued SKILLS AND TASKS FOR JOBS: A SCANS REPORT FOR AMERICA 2000. This is an example of why the American people should never let the national elite tell the rest of us what to do.
On page 3-199 of the report under Responsibility (F13), it states the following: "Milk Cows. To perform this task, the farmer brings cows to a barn early in the morning and sets up milking equipment, and ensures proper operation. The farmer then brings the first cows into the milking parlor and feeds them by attaching milkers....Task ID#: 7131631." These "geniuses" actually said you feed cows by attaching milkers to them !
Part 7
By Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
May 25, 2015
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[Note: Rarely do I make a personal plea, but I am now. Many of you know that I have been taking care of my mother since she broke her femur in 5 places 9 years ago. On May 18, she became 91 years old, and I do all the cooking, cleaning, washing, etc. In the past 9 years, I have had a regular night's sleep only about 7 times due to all the necessary caregiving work. As a fulltime caregiver, I have not been able to have a typical salaried job, and if I worked and paid someone else to be a caregiver, I would have to pay them not much under $50,000 a year. So either way, I am out a lot of money.
Recently, the Veterans Administration (VA) notified my mother that they had made a mistake, and she owed them over $7000 from her VA's widow's pension payment. Plus, the VA reduced her monthly pension payment to just $32. How is anyone supposed to buy food, etc. on that? Then just a few days ago, the owner of our condominium notified us that she is going to sell it. My mother has been in the hospital twice (for dehydration and a fall) in the last month, and a move at this time would not be helpful to her health. The only way to be sure she will not be forced to move is to buy the condominium, but I obviously do not have the money to do that. However, you could help me to make a down-payment and pay for other expenses, so anything you can send me (in care of NewsWithViews) would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.]
In 1990, NCEE formed the National Alliance for Restructuring Education, which had the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF, founded by radical Saul Alinsky) produce a concept paper, "Engaging the Public: One Way to Organize." Remember what Alinsky wrote about community organizers "rubbing raw resentments" and "fanning latent hostilities."
On May 23, 1991, the Bush administration presented to Congress the "America 2000 Excellence in Education Act," based on the 6 (later 8) national education goals and calling for a "national test" based on national standards. Although the test was supposed to be voluntary, the administration urged colleges to consider test results in their admissions decisions and employers to consider them when making hiring decisions.
President Bush's Secretary of Education from 1991 to 1993 was Lamar Alexander, who endorsed the concept of "a brand new American school" that would be open from 6am to 6pm year-round. He said "these schools will serve children from age 3 months to 18. That may be a shocking thought to you, but if you were to do an inventory of every baby in your community, and think about what the needs of those babies were for the next four or five years, you might see that those needs might not be served any other way."
Also in 1991, WE MUST TAKE CHARGE: OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR FUTURE, by Chester Finn was published. Finn had been head of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Research and Improvement. In the book, not only does Finn advocate a national curriculum, but he also stated that local control "has become an anachronism no longer justified by research, consistent with sound fiscal policy or organizational theory, suited to our mobility patterns, or important to the public." After reading the book, President Bush's Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander told Finn, "You saved me 6 months" in organizing the president's education initiative.
Likewise in 1991, the "Michigan Model" Common Core Curriculum was introduced. And from July 29 to August 4, teachers from around the country met at Snowmass, CO and produced dozens of performance tasks for students that "are tied to world-class standards that all students will need to meet," according the NCEE's president Marc Tucker. In a press release dated August 5, Colorado Gov. Roy Romer at Snowmass was quoted as saying that President Bush's proposal for a national student examination could lean heavily on the work of the New Standards Project.
A few months later, in the March 1992 edition of EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP, an article titled "Will America Choose High Skills or Low wages" by Ira Magaziner (Rhodes scholar) and Hillary Clinton was published, in which they referred to President Bush's education initiative, "America 2000," announcing the development of a national examination system for the nation's K-12 school systems. 
Part 8
By Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
June 8, 2015
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[Note. In my NewsWithViews column for April 15, 2013, I predicted that terrorists could set an apartment complex in this country on fire at night, and on May 27, 2015, the LOS ANGELES TIMES reported that the L.A. Police Department's anti-terrorism division arrested Dawud Abdulwali "on suspicion of arson in connection with a fire that destroyed a downtown Los Angeles apartment complex" on December 8, 2014 at 1:20am (night). Abdulwali may have been a "lone wolf," but he may also have been prompted by ISIS, which was looking at how long it took for him to be found and arrested. The time between the fire and his arrest was about 170 days. Suppose ISIS now calculated one of its members here could have as many as 170 days to set as many apartment or forest fires as possible!]
Hillary Clinton and Ira Magaziner were on the board of NCEE which wanted, according to A HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT PLAN (1992), a "national system of education in which curriculum, pedagogy, examinations and teacher education and licensure systems are all linked to the national standards, and the standards are the same everywhere."
Also in 1992, NCEE president Marc Tucker co-authored THINKING FOR A LIVING: WORK SKILLS AND FUTURE OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY, in which he wrote: "As this is written (1992), the former members of the Communist bloc in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union are setting out to fashion new societies....Many of those countries have done a better job than we of building effective human resource development programs, and for that reason, may yet surprise the world in economic prowess."
On August 2, 1992, Assistant Labor Secretary Roberts Jones announced that the federal government was preparing to deny aid and student loans to schools that fail to prepare their graduates with the skills needed to compete for jobs in the modern workplace, saying "This is a touchy subject."
Three months later, NCEE president Marc Tucker wrote a revealing letter to his board member Hilary Clinton on November 11, 1992 saying he had just come from David Rockefeller, Jr.'s office where they were "celebrating" Bill Clinton's election as president, as that would allow putting into place their agenda to integrate education into a national system of "human resources development...from cradle to grave...(for) everyone....We propose that Bill (Clinton) take a leaf out of the German book" (regarding required) "apprenticeship slots."
Relevant to Tucker's letter, American Enterprise Institute senior fellow Lynne Cheney wrote in her April 2, 1997 article "Whose National Standards?" in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: "Undersecretary of Education Mike Smith has worked closely with the NCEE. Like Robert Schwartz, then head of educational giving for the Pew Foundation, Mr. Smith was among those whom NCEE president Marc Tucker brought together right after the 1992 election to advise Mrs. Clinton. After the meeting Mr. Tucker wrote an 18-page letter to "Dear Hillary" advising that the Clintons aim to " remold the entire American system" of education and training. Crucial to spinning a "seamless web" of education and labor policy that would envelop all Americans "from cradle to grave," Mr. Tucker wrote, are "clear national standards of performance."
The result of the Tucker-Clinton plan was that Tucker's ally at the National Institute of Education (where I worked) within the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), Mike Cohen, wrote Goals 2000 for President Clinton's Secretary of Education Richard Riley, for whom Cohen was a Special Assistant for several years after working for the National Governors Association (NGA). On April 21, 1993 President Clinton transmitted the "Goals 2000: Educate America Act," to Congress.
Title I of the legislation "codified into law the 6 (later 8) national goals." Title II of the legislation dealt with national education standards and assessments. And Title IV established a National Skill Standards Board. One of the Board members was Carolyn Warner, who as the State Superintendent of Education for Arizona said that "those who educate are more to be honored than those who bear the children. The latter gave them only life, the former teach them the art of living" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, January 7, 1975).
Commenting on the legislation, Dianne Ravitch (Assistant Secretary of OERI during the Bush administration) wrote in the May 26, 1993 NEW YORK TIMES "Clinton's Math: More Gets Less," in which she stated: "The Clinton administration's school reform bill would expand dramatically the scope and cost of federal regulation of local schools....To satisfy Congressional critics, the Administration revised its bill, laying the foundation for an interventionist Federal role in local schooling....At the heart of the bill is a powerful new agency, called the National Education Standards and Improvement Council, which would function like a national school board. It would certify national curriculum standards, state tests and state 'opportunity to learn' standards."
On March 26, 1994, the U.S. Senate passed the legislation (the House passed it earlier), and Goals 2000 became law with 8 goals codified, and provision for a National Education Standards and Improvement Council, which would certify "what all students should know and be able to do" and certify "national content and student performance standards." These last provisions amounted to the widely objectionable "outcome-based education," which would later be combined with "school-to-work" to form the basis of Common Core. In 1994, Sen. Ted Kennedy's School-to-Work Opportunities Act also passed Congress.
Mike Cohen mentioned above was "detailed" on June 28,1996 from the U.S. Department of Education to the White House to become President Clinton's advisor on education. In that position, Cohen was able to exert great influence upon the President's February 4, 1997 "State of the Union" address, in which the president delivered a "Call to Action" concerning education, calling for "national standards representing what all our students must know to succeed in the knowledge economy of the 21st century. Every state and school must shape the curriculum to reflect these standards....To help students meet the standards and measure their progress, we will lead an effort over the next two years to develop national tests of student achieve in reading and math."
Part 9
By Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
July 27, 2015
NewsWithViews.com
http://www.newswithviews.com/Cuddy/dennis314.htm
[Note: Polls are showing Donald Trump at or near the top in the Republican primary race for the presidency. However, have you considered the possibility that he is really the Democrats' (Hillary's) secret weapon? It is true that he has been critical of Hillary Clinton, but he is not saying anything other Republicans haven't said about her. So who is he really hurting with his comments about Sen. John McCain, Mexicans and others? The consensus is that his outbursts are severely harming "the Republican brand." But what if that's the whole purpose? He has even threatened to run as a third party candidate, which would guarantee a Democrat victory. What could be his motive for secretly causing the Democrats to win? It's obvious ! He's sympatico on important issues. For example, he has been very pro-abortion rights, and he has given money to leading liberal Democrats Hillary Clinton, Senators Harry Reid and Charles Schumer U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others! Just consider the possibility that Trump's candidacy is part of a secret Democrat (Hillary) plan!]
Commenting on President Clinton's proposed national standards, two months after his State of the Union address, former head of the National Endowment for the Humanities Lynne Cheney wrote: "Whose National Standards?" (THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, April 2, 1997) referring to an earlier attempt to develop national history standards and stating: "Ninety-nine members of the U.S. Senate voted to reject history standards that would have students learning more about Joseph McCarthy than George Washington, more about Indian chief Speckled Snake than about Thomas Edison."
The same is occurring under Common Core (CC) today. College Board (CB) president (and Rhodes Scholar) David Coleman announced the 34 Advanced Placement (AP) courses high school students take would be aligned with CC. Now AP teachers must teach the CB's "Framework" defining "the required knowledge of each period" in history. The CB website states that "all questions (in the AP exam) are derived from the course's stated objectives." In the "required knowledge" for the American Revolutionary period, there's no Jefferson, Adams, Madison or Franklin. In the Civil War period, there's no Gettysburg Address. In the World War II period, there's no Hitler, D-Day or Truman. Regarding the Civil Rights movement, there's no Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, etc.
The primary entity promoting CC has been Achieve, which was founded in 1996. Its first president was Robert Schwartz (who had worked at NIE where I worked), and one of its first co-chairmen (from 1996-2002) was IBM's former CEO Lewis Gerstner. Shortly after Achieve was founded, Gerstner made an announcement that indicated that he and other CEO's would consider locating/expanding or not their corporations' facilities in a particular place in the U.S. based upon whether the locality or state had adopted Achieve's internationally benchmarked standards!
Relevant to these internationally benchmarked, most people do not realize that CC is part of a much larger international effort. As part of a New Transatlantic Agreement, on May 5-6, 1997 the U.S. and the European Union convened a major conference, "Bridging the Atlantic: People-to-People Links" calling for "thematic networks for curriculum development" and stating that "governments too are obliged to adapt their economic, training and social welfare programs." The "Partners in a Global Economy Working Group" of the conference discussed "what redesigning of curricula is required...(i.e., what career skills are needed)...."
At this time, on the National Skill Standards Board website was mention of a report by the Tavistock Institute for the European Commission. The report was completed in October 1997 and described the relevancy of Goals 2000, SCANS typology with its "profound implications for the curriculum and training changes that this will require" and what skills standards and portable credentials "benchmarked to international standards...."
As the movement toward global education increased, George W. Bush was elected president, taking office in 2001, and his Secretary of Education Rod Paige on October 3, 2003 in Paris stated: "The United States is pleased to return to UNESCO....Our governments have entrusted us with the responsibility of preparing our children to become citizens of the world." President Obama would later refer to himself as a citizen of the world, but the problem with this concept, as opposed to resident or inhabitant of the world, is that "citizenship" entails legal obligations. And world citizenship obligations would trump those of national citizenship.
On November 17, 2004 at UNESCO's headquarters in Paris, UNESCO signed a 26-page "Cooperation Agreement" with Microsoft (Bill Gates founder and CEO) to develop a "master curriculum" for teacher training and information technologies based on standards, guidelines, benchmarks and assessment techniques. Gates initialed every page and agreed that this curriculum was to reflect UNESCO's values. These values were explained in first UNESCO Director-General Sir Julian Huxley's UNESCO: ITS PURPOSE AND ITS PHILOSOPHY as including "a scientific world humanism, global in extent and evolutionary in background" with "transfer of full sovereignty from separate nations to a world organization...political unification in some sort of world government would be required...."
The next year (2005), Bill Gates funded the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce (created by NCEE president Marc Tucker). And in 2008, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded the International Benchmarking Advisory Group report for CC standards on behalf of the National Governors Association (NGA), Council of Chief State School Officers, and Achieve titled "Benchmarking for Success: Ensuring U.S. Students Receive a World-Class Education" showing the U.N. is a member of the Common Core Advisory Group (also see "How Bill Gates pulled off the Common Core revolution" in THE WASHINGTON POST, June 8, 2014).
Concerning Achieve, in January 2003 Mike Cohen had become the new head of this organization. He had been director of education policy at the NGA (1986-1990), director of the National Alliance for Restructuring Education (1990-1993), senior adviser to U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley under President Clinton. He was detailed to the White House from 1996 to 1999, and then became U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education for Elementary and Secondary Education (1999-2001). Under Cohen, Achieve "formed the Partnership for the Assessment of College and Career Readiness (PARCC), one of the two organizations developing common assessments, and helped develop Common Core State Standards" (see www.achieve.org/michael-cohen).
Part 10
By Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
October 19, 2015
NewsWithViews.com
http://www.newswithviews.com/Cuddy/dennis317.
The next major step in the development of CC occurred in June 2008 when the NGA co-hosted an education forum with the Hunt Institute (a project of former N.C. Governor James B. Hunt, Jr.---see my previous NewsWithViews columns regarding Jim Hunt as an agent of the Power Elite, PE). This was followed by the June 1, 2009 release of a report that 46 states had joined a "State-Led Process to Develop a Common Core of Standards."
The NGA, CCSSO and Achieve had already issued their own report calling for national education standards, and although the process of developing the standards is advertised as "state-led," the license agreement with says: "NGA/CCSSO shall be acknowledged as the sole owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards." In case you think this means the and CCSSO take responsibility for the results of CC, the license goes on to say in capital letters: "THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS ARE PROVIDED AS-IS AND WITH ALL FAULTS, AND NGA CENTER/CCSSO MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTIBILITY (sic), FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NONINFRIGEMENT, ACCURACY, OR THE PRESENCE OR ABSENCE OF ERRORS, WHETHER OR NOT DISCOVERABLE....UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL NGA CENTER OR CCSSO , INDIVIDUALLY OR JOINTLY, BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY LEGAL THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER FOR CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR A COMBINATION THEREOF (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH RISK AND POTENTIAL DAMAGE WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGO LICENSEE WAIVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK LEGAL REDRESS AGAINST, AND RELEASES FROM ALL LIABILITY AND COVENANTS NOT TO SUE, NGA CENTER AND CCSSO."
Entering the picture at this time is Sir Michael Barber, placing CC in a global setting (even the Programme for International Student Assessment is being aligned with CC). In May 2010, he founded the U.S. Education Delivery Institute, which formed a partnership with Achieve to provide leadership training for CC. Barber also became the leader for the PARCC consortium. So who is Sir Michael Barber? He is the chief education officer for the Pearson Foundation which has offices in over 70 nations. Pearson has taken over many education publishing companies (e.g., the education divisions of HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Addison-Wesley Longman, etc.). Barber majored in history at Oxford University and taught in Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia), and is no doubt familiar with Cecil Rhodes. In November 2012, he began the Learning Curve for Pearson, but it was commissioned by THE ECONOMIST (magazine) Intelligence Unit (which has connections with MI6, British Intelligence). Jeb Bush is a leading candidate (and PE favorite) in the 2016 presidential race, and Pearson has been a top corporate sponsor of Bush's education foundation.
According to author Orlean Koehle in THE HIDDEN C's OF COMMON CORE, there are 5 lead writers for the CC assessments, none of whom has any K-12 classroom teaching experience in the subjects for which they prepared the assessments. Two of these, College Board head (since 2012) David Coleman in English and Jason Zimba in math, are Rhodes scholars (remember Cecil Rhodes and his secret Society of the Elect "to take the government of the whole world" wanted to penetrate 4 main areas, one of which was education). Coleman and Zimba had gone to Chicago with their New York organization The Grow Network to produce data studies for the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC) with Board member Barack Obama, who had been recruited there by radical Bill Ayers (Obama was CAC's first chairman and Ayers co-chairman, serving together for 8 years). Although CC is advertised as promoting high standards, Zimba speaking before the Massachusetts Department of Education (March 2010) admitted that the CC math standards would only prepare students for a minimum junior college level (see Koehle). For one thing, CC defers algebra until 9th grade, which makes it difficult to complete calculus in high school and therefore more difficult to get in the better colleges.
On February 19, 2014 National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel posted a letter on NEAToday.org stating: "Seven of ten teachers believe that implementation of the standards is going poorly in their schools. Worse yet, teachers report that there has been little to no attempt to allow educators to share what's needed to get (CC) implementation right. In fact, two-thirds of all teachers report that they have not even been asked how to implement these new standards in their classrooms."
Two months later, on Stephen Colbert's April 8, 2014 TV show, he said: "I have long opposed Obama's Common Core education curriculum that sets uniform standards across all the States. Different States have different values. I don't want my kids ending up on Colorado's drug educatin couse that classifies weed as a condiment. As much as I didn't expect it, I may be coming around to the common core, as it turns out Common Core testing prepares our youth for what they will face as adults, constant stress and confusion...and passive, aggression note taking." He later gives an example of a 2nd grader explaining how he got a math answer. The child wrote: "I got the answer by talking in my brain and I agreed with the answer that my brain got."
Part 11
By Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
November 1, 2015
NewsWithViews.com
http://www.newswithviews.com/Cuddy/dennis318.
[Note: In the 1968 Democratic presidential primary campaign, Hubert Humphrey said one of the most devastating ads opponent Gene McCarthy used against him was the slogan "The People Against Humphrey." Therefore, when the Republicans choose their candidate, they should use the slogan "(Candidate's name) and the People Against Hillary Clinton's Radical Liberal Agenda."]

Rhodes scholar David Coleman's intent is to align his College Board SATs to CC (see THE NEW YORK TIMES, March 5, 2014).

In Coleman's English portion of the SAT, challenging words like "depreciatory" have been removed to align with the lower standards of CC. So if CC is not about higher standards, what purpose does Coleman serve? In the past, parents have been able to opt out of faddish education reform movements (e.g., Outcome-Based Education), but with Coleman aligning the SATs with CC, even private, religious, or home-schooling parents will have to align their assessments with CC if they want their children to score well on the SATs and get into a good college.

But CC isn't just about English, math, history, etc. It is also about changing values. For example, the mother of an 8-year-old girl in Louisiana said her daughter had been assigned homework about adultery, and the teacher said she got the assignment from CC materials for third graders (Scripps Media, October 20, 2013). CC is also about data collection. In "Push Against CC Gains Momentum" (EDUCATION REPORTER, May 2013), one reads: "CC gives unprecedented access to students' personal information to schools and third parties....The Obama administration made changes to the Family Rights and Privacy Act, broadening the collection of students' information and sharing it with other agencies. This information will not only be available to schools, but also to researchers and private companies....'Turning massive amounts of personal data about public school students (over) to a private corporation without any public input is profoundly disturbing and irresponsible," the executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union told the DAILY NEWS. The Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington is suing the U.S. Department of Education in an effort to stop the illegal collection, storage, and sharing of student data (3-13-13)."
Some states have had second thoughts about CC and have developed their own standards and assessments. Unfortunately, they often still align them CC so their high school students can score well on the SAT which is align with CC.
At this point, you may be wondering what is so bad about the CC assessments. Sandra Stotsky and James Milgram were members of a national validation committee asked to sign off on CC in 2010, but they did not, with Stotsky criticizing the English/language arts standards and Milgram characterizing the methods for solving math problems as convoluted. As an example of CC's convoluted math, the simple addition of 29 plus 17 to equal 46 becomes the following: 29 is changed to 20 plus 9, and 17 is changed to 10 plus 7. The 20 and 10 are added to make 30, and the 9 and 7 are added to make 16. The 16 becomes 10 plus 6, and the 10 is added to the 30 to make 40, which is added to the 6 to make 46.
Stotsky explained that the CC standards are really skill sets that will lower the academic level of what 70% of students study, replacing a good deal of classical literature with informational texts. Concerning math, child clinical psychologist Dr. Megan Koschnick explained that CC's practices require students to "reason abstractly" beginning in kindergarten, but she pointed out that children cannot engage in abstract thinking until age 11 or 12! In "Making Math Education Even Worse" (THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, August 5, 2014), National Academy of Sciences award-winning University of California at Berkeley math professor emeritus Marina Ratner wrote: "The Common Core standards were several years behind the old (California) standards....(The) requirement of visual models and creating stories is all over the Common Core.
The students were constantly told to draw models to answer trivial questions such as finding 20% of 80....This model-drawing mania went on in my grandson's class for the entire year, leaving no time to cover geometry and other important topics....The most astounding statement I have read is the claim that Common Core standards are 'internationally benchmarked.' They are not. The Common Core fails any comparison with the standards of high-achieving countries....They are lower in the total scope of learned material, in the depth and rigor of the treatment of mathematical subjects, and in the delayed and often inconsistent and incoherent introductions of mathematical concepts and skills....The Common Core standards will move the U.S. even closer the bottom in international ranking."
And New York State's 2013 high school principal of the year Carol Burris reported that as a result of CC, "We see kids (who) don't want to go to school anymore." Regarding CC math, Ms. Burris remarked: "I fear that they are creating a generation of young students who are learning to hate mathematics" (THE NEW YORK TIMES, February 17, 2014).
If you look at George Washington University's Center for Education Policy report in the February 10, 2015 "Compendium of Research on the Common Core State Standards" (at www.cep-dc.org), you will see that in an evaluation of 60 pieces of research used to support CC, there is no evidence to support the claim that CC standards will improve student achievement.
The beauty of the American educational system in the past was that the 50 states were like 50 laboratories. And if one state developed new teaching methods or activities that improved academic achievement, other states could voluntarily adopt them. However, there was no one-size fits all, top-down directed, standards-based assessments such as CC has, and which Americans should reject.
© 2015 Dennis Cuddy - All Rights Reserved
Dennis Laurence Cuddy, historian and political analyst, received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (major in American History, minor in political science). Dr. Cuddy has taught at the university level, has been a political and economic risk analyst for an international consulting firm, and has been a Senior Associate with the U.S. Department of Education.
Cuddy has also testified before members of Congress on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Cuddy has authored or edited twenty books and booklets, and has written hundreds of articles appearing in newspapers around the nation, including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He has been a guest on numerous radio talk shows in various parts of the country, such as ABC Radio in New York City, and he has also been a guest on the national television programs USA Today and CBS's Nightwatch.
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