By Carole Hornsby Haynes
In recent months, there has been unleashed a storm of public fury against Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Opponents say that as Obamacare is the nationalization of health care, so is Common Core the nationalization of American education for grades K-12 – under the guise of “much needed” reform.
However, Common Core is much more than federalized education. Its ultimate mission is to promote globalism through transforming the thinking of students to being world citizens rather than American citizens.
Promoting the philosophy of world citizenship is not a new idea but rather an ongoing attempt by the United Nations to impose its will to promote world peace, sustainability, with UNESCO implementing Agenda 21 through the world’s education systems, and redistribution of money from affluent nations to less affluent ones – known as social justice. The U.N. website also states that its work includes environmental protection, with the current focus being “global warming,” now called “climate change.”
Founded in 1945, the U.N. is the self-appointed world’s keeper.
Under the U.N. globalist philosophy, the U.S. Constitution and its principles will be subordinated for the “greater good” of the world community. American patriotism, religion, values, moral codes and individualism will have no place in this new multicultural society. Loss of constitutional freedoms will be the price paid by Americans.
In 2004 a Cooperation Agreement between the Gates Foundation and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was signed by Bill Gates on behalf of Microsoft Corporation. Together they agreed to develop a “master curriculum” for the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), including benchmarks and assessments.
Since then the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has funded Common Core with $150 million, while the federal government doled out millions to entice states to sign onto standards that had not yet been written, much less field tested.
Why? Perhaps it’s because the standards are superior? Well, no, they have been found to be substandard and at best prepare students only for the junior college level. The two content experts who sat on the validation committee, Dr. Sandra Stotsky for English Language Arts and Stanford professor emeritus James Milgram for math, even refused to sign off on the standards.
High alert warnings already should have been triggered for the American public.
In spite of the warm, fuzzy words uttered by supporters, including Republican establishment leaders, academic excellence is not the goal of Common Core. Rather the goal of Common Core is the transformation of America from a sovereign nation to an interdependent one. Common Core is to create “workforce ready” workers who have been brainwashed to blather “we are world citizens” – useful idiots who will blindly follow the dictates of a world ruler.
UNESCO’s first director-general, Sir Julian Huxley, wrote in 1946 that, “A central conflict of our times is that between nationalism and internationalism, between the concept of many national sovereignties and one world sovereignty. …” He believed that the best way to avoid war is “through political unification.”
There you have it. UNESCO will take a leadership role in the reconstruction of people’s minds for the purpose of “… unifying the world mind.” Nationalism must be deconstructed to prepare the way for global unity.
This world citizenship mush is being fed daily to American students from K-12, replacing learning about American exceptionalism and founding principles. Common Core-aligned texts have been developed, many by the international publishing giant Pearson Education, using the social justice theme. One of Pearson’s books for teacher education courses is entitled “Leadership for Social Justice: Making Revolutions in Education,2/E.” According to the book’s description, it provides information on how current school practices can be reconstructed to promote social justice.
The money trail leads to a cozy relationship between Pearson Foundation and the Gates Foundation for the creation of Common Core instructional materials. It seems that these Goliaths will make billions in their quest to bring excellence to our schools.
Can Americans be convinced to abandon their belief in American exceptionalism and their America culture … to deny their nationalism? Can Americans be convinced to turn over their vast natural resources to a world order to be used for the good of the global world?
Not likely – not those who have been educated under the old system of limited government, free enterprise and individual freedom. Yet it is simple when the transformation begins with the very young. Vladimir Lenin understood this when he stated, “Give me four years to teach the children … and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”
In his address to UNESCO in 2010, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stated that President Obama intended to transform education in America with the federal government assuming an increased role. He noted that “… transformational reform especially takes time in the United States. … That goal can only be achieved by creating a strong cradle-to-career continuum that starts with early childhood learning and extends all the way to college and careers.”
The U.N. is aggressively pushing for universal education through its education arm, UNESCO, to change the “minds of men” and reconstruct the world’s thinking. The Gates Foundation as the proud flag bearer for UNESCO’s global standards and Common Core’s national standards and is using its philanthropic billions to change the world from proud nationalities into a global society where people are merely tools for these elitists who want control.
Common Core is dissecting American children from their national heritage and their American values of faith, family, patriotism and virtue. Instead of learning American culture and patriotic songs, they are told to wear burqas but not to mention Jesus or Christmas. Books can contain whole chapters on the Five Pillars of Islam while ignoring the Ten Commandments. The curriculum has been vastly dumbed down, for it is not important that students be able to read or cipher in their role as serfs in the new global community.
As further information reaches the public about Common Core in coming months, rebellion will undoubtedly rise to a fever pitch as Americans demand that Common Core be no more.
Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D., is a writer, speaker and commentator on education and cultural public policy.