Who's Looking Out for Our Kids?
Supporters of Common Core love claiming Common Core is a state led initiative. Proponents of the scheme will instantly label anyone who says otherwise a conspiracy nut and fit them for a tin foil hat. Jeb Bush recently called opponents of Common Core the Black Helicopter bunch. Obama's Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan took a different tack, calling opponents of the plan White Suburban Soccer Moms upset because their kid wasn't as smart as they thought.
Regardless of how they try phrase the answers.. one thing is now certain. Bush, Duncan and the rest are not being honest with the American People about Common Core.
Two weeks ago Gretchen from the Missouri Education Watchdog sent me a link to a website that was talking about The 2nd Annual MENA Common Core Conference.. In Dubai.. The Conference is being sponsored by Middle East North Africa Common Core. MENA seems to be closely affiliated with Know.Do.Serve.Learn (KDSL). According to their website, KDSL offers Global Educational Collaboration Services and the mission is: to partner with education organizations worldwide in order to increase student achievement, teacher knowledge, and education leadership. Anyway, about the conference:
On October 24th and 25th hundreds of education professionals and scholars from the Middle East, North Africa and America will gather in Dubai for a symposium on implementing Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in regional American curriculum schools. The goal of this annual conference is to inform education professionals aboutimplementing the CCSS in English Language Arts and Mathematics in their schools. The conference also seeks to
empower teachers to increase the academic success of their students, showcase exceptional CCSS aligned classroom resources and connect CCSS educators across the Middle East and North Africa. Last years conference, the first of its kind, attracted over 300 attendees from 7 countries and 23 speakers. This year’s conference will exceed those numbers
Read All Off: The 2nd Annual MENA Common Core Conference.
Hmm, Does that mean we now know Obama found the extra 7 states he campaigned in? Come to think of it if you recall his Cairo Speech he did talk about linking American and Middle East Classrooms.
Anyway, several of us, Danette Clark, Sara Noble, Missouri Education Watchdog, along with Grumpy contributors Little Tboca. Lady Impact Ohio, Puma, Sarge and myself decided to dig a little deeper.. and publish what we found the day the Dubai Conference started.
We found more than any of us expected..
It's hard to know where to start..
Back in 2002 the US Department of Education, with help from Bill Gates (Microsoft Corp), Steve Jobs (Apple), AOL Time Warner, Dell Computer. Cable in the Classrooms, Cisco Systems and the National Education set up an organization called; Partnership for 21st Century Skills or P21.org for short. I originally found p21.org from a link on the teachUNICEF website.. Yep UNICEF is still part of the United Nations The link was titled: Have you seen the Partnership for 21st Century Skills' new report on Global Education? Among other things I found on the site were articles titled A Framework For State Action on Global Education and P21 has embarked on a year long project to redefine and reimagine 21st century citizenship,
So we have what appears to be a Non Government Organization, set up by some huge corporations and the US Department of Education to promote something that sounds a whole lot like Common Core on a Global Scale..
But it gets better..
I checked on the website for the Council of Chief State School Officers, As most of you know, the CCSSO along with the National Governors Association are the fine folks who shoved Common Core down our throats.. Between them they own all the Copyrights to Common Core. While they like to claim 45 states approved Common Core.. The truth is only 4 state legislatures even saw the standards before the states started implementing them.. In the other 41 states the standards were approved very quietly by often un-elected state education chiefs, and state boards of education. Most state legislators didn't know a thing about Common Core being implemented in their states until parents started asking questions... From there I took a look at the National Governors Association site. I didn't happen to notice anything on either site that wasn't already public knowledge..
So I paid a visit the the US Chamber of Commerce Education and Job Development Website... As most of you know the Chamber has spent a fortune on Pro Common Core Ads and contributions to pro Common Core Political Candidates.. That's when it hit me..
Their address Suite 700 #One Massachusetts Ave. N.W, Washington DC. The Council of Chief State School Officers, The Chamber of Commerce Education Division and Partnership for 21st Century Skills all have exactly the same address, right down to the suite of offices.. They either share office space, and work very closely together, or they're the same organization using different names for different purposes. The National Governors Association is conveniently located right around the corner on North Capitol Street..Less than a block away..
Getting back to Bill Gates.. as most of you know he's spent over $150,000,000.00 promoting Common Core according to some estimates he's spent over a billion dollars on various education schemes globally. He may have a hellva good reason..
Big hat tip here to Danette Clark, she told me about a contract Gates signed with the United Nations back in 2004, two years after he and the Department of Education set up p21.org
You can view a PDF of the entire contract by clicking on the picture..
In a way, Barack Obama, Arnie Duncan and Jeb Bush might be being honest when they say there's no Federal Plan to take over our educational system, that statement doesn't preclude corporate sponsored globalization..
Besides; given the fact Bill Gates has given JEb's Foundation for Excellence in Education over $5,000,000.00 since 2010, and he's contributed generously to Barack Obama's political campaigns.. it's understandable they want to help him.. Besides, the entire Bush clan and Barack Obama are globalists who believe in one world government..
Maybe we should send them some tin foil hats