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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

The New Federal Curriculum In Action

I saw this news article on this morning, and after reading FedEd by Professor Allen Quist I have to say that this article bothers me even more than it normally would. The school of today are attempting to dumb down the students, to indoctrinate them instead of teach them. A clip from the article:

The original amendment to the Constitution is the cornerstone of the way of life in the United States, promising citizens the freedoms of religion, speech, press and assembly. Yet, when told of the exact text of the First Amendment, more than one in three high school students said it goes "too far" in the rights it guarantees. Only half of the students said newspapers should be allowed to publish freely without government approval of stories.
The results reflected indifference, with almost three in four students saying they took the First Amendment for granted or didn't know how they felt about it. It was also clear that many students do not understand what is protected by the bedrock of the Bill of Rights.
The study suggests that students embrace First Amendment freedoms if they are taught about them and given a chance to practice them, but schools don't make the matter a priority.

Reading this article gave me shivers. How can our students succeed in the world, how can they be Americans, if they do not know the basic simple idea of our Bill of Rights? I don't think they can. Our education system is plummeting downwards very fast and unless people realize this and speak out to stop it, to reveal this to others, it will just keep getting worse. But first, you need to know what the problem is, The article above gives you some idea but to get more of the picture you need to read and research. A good start would be to pick up the book FedEd by Allen Quist, this book (about 178) pages digs deep into the problems of America's schools and also the legislation that is creating these problems. Check out the following book reviews, they all praise Quist's book highly, I couldn't find a review that did not.

Town Hall Book Review
Magic City News Book Review
EdWatch Book Review

Speaking of EdWatch (the last book review link), that would also be another good source to check on and maybe even contact to get more information. This organization was founded by Renee T. Doyle(whom I happen to know, lucky me) in 1998 after she began reading up on the new legislation that was and is changing our schools. Their mission statement follows:

EdWatch is committed to educating the public about the unprecedented movement of the U.S. workforce, the U.S. economy and the entire educational system toward a centrally planned and controlled federal system. EdWatch is working with business leaders to alert them to the undermining of America's free market economy and constitutional freedoms by the restructuring of education and the workforce. EdWatch is working with parents toward a broad, knowledge-based education that meets the objectives of parents, schools, school boards and businesses.

Along with their mission statement I was looking through their webpage and found these "Frontline Quotes" Interesting. Some of these quote are really wacked, check a few of them out, there are more on the quotes page:

"Every child in America entering school at the age of five is mentally ill because he comes to school with certain allegiances to our Founding Fathers, toward our elected officials, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, and toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. It's up to you as teachers to make all these sick children well - by creating the international child of the future."

--Professor Chester M. Pierce, M.D., Professor of Education and Psychiatry at Harvard

"The schools cannot allow parents to influence the kind of values-education their children receive in school; that is what is wrong with those who say there is a universal system of values. Our (humanistic) goals are incompatible with theirs. We must change their values."

--Paul Haubner, specialist for the N.E.A.

"By the year 2000 we will, I hope, raise our children to believe in human potential, not God."

--Gloria Steinem

"It is enough for children to learn to count to ten and follow simple instructions." "If there are still people in Germany today who say, 'we will not join your community, we will remain as we are,' then I reply: you will pass on but after you will come a generation that knows nothing else."

--Adolf Hitler

"Parent's attitudes about what they want for their children represent one of the greatest barriers to successful implementation of school-to-work."

--U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Research and Improvement

If you are interested and want to learn more you can contact EdWatch in the following ways:


(952) 361-4931

105 Peavey Rd, Ste 116
Chaska, MN 55318