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#1 Dec 7, 2010
School now is "workforce training". It is nothing more than pavlovian conditioning to produce worker bees, to make good little drones.

School is no longer for education, knowledge, or developing critical thinking.

And it has been developed in this direction on purpose.

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#2 Dec 7, 2010
A WHISTLEBLOWER'S ACCOUNT

Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt, former Senior Policy Advisor in the U.S. Department of Education, blew the whistle in the `80s on government activities withheld from the public. Her inside knowledge will help you protect your children from controversial methods and programs. In this book you will discover:

-how good teachers across America have been forced to use controversial, non-academic me
-how "school choice" is being used to further dangerous reform goals, and how home schooling and private education are especially vulnerable.
-how workforce training (school-to-work) is an essential part of an overall plan for a global economy, and how this plan will shortcircuit your child's future career plans and opportunities.
-how the international, national, regional, state and local agendas for education reform are all interconnected and have been for decades.

A CHRONOLOGICAL PAPER TRAIL

the deliberate dumbing down of america is a chronological history of the past 100+ years of education reform. Each chapter takes a period of history and recounts the significant events, including important geopolitical and societal contextual information. Citations from government plans, policy documents, and key writings by leading reformers record the rise of the modern education reform movement. Americans of all ages will welcome this riveting expose of what really happened to what was once the finest education system in the world.

Readers will appreciate the user-friendliness of this chronological history designed for the average reader not just the academician. This book will be used by citizens at public hearings, board meetings, or for easy presentation to elected officials.
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#3 Dec 7, 2010
The Book:

Deliberate Dumbing Down of America - E Book download is NOW FREE TO ALL!!!

PREFACE

For over a twenty-five-year period the research used in this chronology has been collected from many sources: the United States Department of Education; international agencies; state agencies; the media; concerned educators; parents; legislators, and talented researchers with whom I have worked for at least twenty-five years. In the process of gathering this information two beliefs that most Americans hold in common became clear:

1) If a child can read, write and compute at a reasonably proficient level, he will be able to do just about anything he wishes, enabling him to control his destiny to the extent that God allows (remain free).

2) Providing such basic educational proficiencies is not and should not be an expensive proposition.

Since most Americans believe the second premise-that providing basic educational proficiencies is not and should not be an expensive proposition-it becomes obvious that it is only a radical agenda, the purpose of which is to change values and attitudes (brainwash), that is the costly agenda. In other words, brainwashing by our schools and universities is what is bankrupting our nation and our children's minds.

In 1997 there were 46.4 million public school students. During 1993-1994 (the latest years the statistics were available) the average per pupil expenditure was $6,330.00 in 1996 constant dollars. Multiply the number of students by the per pupil expenditure (using old-fashioned mathematical procedures) for a total K-12 budget per year of $293.7 billion dollars. If one adds the cost of higher education to this figure, one arrives at a total budget per year of over half a trillion dollars. The sorry result of such an incredibly large expenditure-the performance of American students-is discussed on page 12 of Pursuing Excellence-A Study of U.S. Twelfth Grade Mathematics and Science Achievement in International Context: Initial Findings from the Third International Mathematics and Science Study [TIMMS], a report from the U.S. Department of Education (NCES 98-049). Pursuing Excellence reads:

Achievement of Students, Key Points: U. S. twelfth graders scored below the international average and among the lowest of the 21 TIMSS nations in both mathematics and science general knowledge in the final year of secondary school.(p. 24)

Obviously, something is terribly wrong when a $6,330 per pupil expenditure produces such pathetic results. This writer has visited private schools which charge $1,000-per-year in tuition which enjoy superior academic results. Parents of home-schooled children spend a maximum of $1,000-per-year and usually have similar excellent results.

There are many talented and respected researchers and activists who have carefully documented the "weird" activities which have taken place "in the name of education." Any opposition to change agent activities in local schools has invariably been met with cries of "Prove your case, document your statements," etc. "Resisters"-usually parents-have been called every name in the book. Parents have been told for over thirty years, "You're the only parent who has ever complained." The media has been convinced to join in the attack upon common sense views, effectively discrediting the perspective of well-informed citizens. Documentation, when presented, has been ignored and called incomplete. The classic response by the education establishment has been, "You're taking that out of context!"-even when presented with an entire book which uses their own words to detail exactly what the "resisters" are claiming to be true.
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#5 Dec 7, 2010
"the deliberate dumbing down of America"

The Author: Charlotte Iserbyt

Charlotte Iserbyt is the consummate whistleblower! Iserbyt served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education, during the first Reagan Administration, where she first blew the whistle on a major technology initiative which would control curriculum in America's classrooms. Iserbyt is a former school board director in Camden, Maine and was co-founder and research analyst of Guardians of Education for Maine (GEM) from 1978 to 2000. She has also served in the American Red Cross on Guam and Japan during the Korean War, and in the United States Foreign Service in Belgium and in the Republic of South Africa. Iserbyt is a speaker and writer, best known for her 1985 booklet Back to Basics Reform or OBE: Skinnerian International Curriculum and her 1989 pamphlet Soviets in the Classroom: America's Latest Education Fad which covered the details of the U.S.-Soviet and Carnegie-Soviet Education Agreements which remain in effect to this day. She is a freelance writer and has had articles published in Human Events, The Washington Times, The Bangor Daily News, and included in the record of Congressional hearings.

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#6 Dec 7, 2010
Behavioral_Science_Teacher-Edu cation-3pgs-EDU.sml.pdf

Write up of the most important federally funded teacher education program geared to change teacher from transmitter of facts (content) to behavior modifier, using values clarification, etc. Bettye Lewis, one of the nation's most prominent education researchers, possessed the multi-volume Behavior Science Teacher Education Program (BSTEP) and was able to critique it in detail. This is the teacher re-education program which resulted in many good school superintendents leaving their profession, realizing that their raison d'etre (the promotion of academic education) would be a thing of the past.
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#7 Dec 7, 2010
Change_Agents_In_The_Schools-B arbara_Morris-1979-310pgs
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A remarkable book which exposes the goals of American education by a respected researcher and author of many books on American education. Barbara Morris cuts through all the semantic deception dished out to parents and teachers on a regular basis.

A must read in every way! One excerpt follows:
“The purpose of most of the activity that takes place in public, and often, in private and church schools, is not to change the child by developing his intellect, teaching him skills and a traditional body of knowledge. Rather, the purpose is to eliminate existing traditional beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviors and to replace them with new beliefs and behaviors that will render the child susceptible to manipulation, coercion, control and corruption for the rest of his life.

To substantiate the above definition, the scope and effect of change agentry will be unfolded in many ways throughout this book . It should also be kept in mind that the term "change agent" is not an invention of the author, but the creation of the government and education establishment .”
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Compact_For_Education-Duke_Uni versity-1965-42pgs-EDU.sm
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This 1965 Compact for Education served as the seed for what would become the Education Commission of the States (ECS), a hybrid entity which disseminated federal education policy and fiscal/accountability directives, model curriculum, teaching methods, etc. across the nation, resulting in all states having basically the same education and funding agenda.

Since the change agents involved in creating ECS knew it would be difficult to get state legislators to jump on board and fund such an unconstitutional, they persuaded the Carnegie Corporation to provide the initial funding.

The Chairman of each State Senate Education Committee serves as an advisor and attends important meetings where intra and inter-state policy initiatives are discussed.

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#10 Dec 7, 2010
Lamar Alexander, now a Tennessee Senator. a good guy? Not a chance! He also voted YES for S 510 a few days ago. What a freak.

" Failing_Grades-1996-74pgs-EDU. sml.pdf

Canadian video promoting U.S.A. federally-funded school choice (charter schools) for workforce training and use of Effective School Research (exchanges with Russia under auspices of SecEd Lamar Alexander) and Skinnerian mastery learning/direct instruction. Fascinating background on neoconservative support for charter schools and Skinner method, including support from Empower America,Hudson Institute, Rand Corporation. "

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Education_ Designed_To_Deceive-Mary_Willi ams-1978-
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Important paper written in 1978 by educational researcher Mary G. Williams which documents and explains purpose of community education, affective education, sex, drug, death, human development, career, world order, moral, health education, etc. and etc.

Good excerpts from Humanist Manifesto II and excellent, informative coverage of destructive programs in public schools, including Magic Circle, New Model Me, etc.

Important quote re UNESCO's Birth to Death Community Education (Re-education) follows which, by the way, is being implemented across the nation and internationally in 2006.

Lee Pavola, a Mott Foundation intern, clarifies the true intent: "It seems to me the end result of community education until now has been that we will get somebody in to play volley ball and will think we have changed their attitudes. Well, they will have played volley ball for three years and end up with the same attitudes they started with unless the teacher imparts a different set of standards."

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#12 Dec 7, 2010
And now we know why.

" Teens in U.S. Rank 25th on Math Test, Trail in Science, Reading

By John Hechinger - Dec 7, 2010 4:00 AM CT

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the results show that U.S. students must improve to compete in a global economy.

Fifteen-year-old students in the U.S. ranked 25th of 34 countries on an international math test and scored in the middle of the pack in science and reading, raising concerns the U.S. isn’t prepared to succeed in the global economy. "
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oldschoolteachet

Columbia, SC

#13 Dec 7, 2010
dollop wrote:
School now is "workforce training". It is nothing more than pavlovian conditioning to produce worker bees, to make good little drones.
School is no longer for education, knowledge, or developing critical thinking.
And it has been developed in this direction on purpose.
Just curious Dollop, Have you ever tried to teach in the public schools?

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#14 Dec 9, 2010
oldschoolteachet wrote:
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Just curious Dollop, Have you ever tried to teach in the public schools?
Sorry but I usually do not answer questions about myself. Anything about me is inconsequential to the much greater topics in need of discussion here.

I believe the one and only question I have answered about myself was a benign request asked recently by the poster "Out on Tenth" and concerned which district I live in.

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#15 Dec 9, 2010
The Death of Free Will

THE LAST NAIL OF SO-CALLED SCHOOL REFORM is being struck in the coffin of traditional American education which made our nation the envy of the Free World and which produced famous scientists, engineers, mathematicians, writers, artists, musicians, doctors, etc.

The reform is not new. It started in the early 1900s when John D. Rockefeller, Jr.’s Director of Charity for the Rockefeller Foundation, Frederick T. Gates, set up the Southern Education Board. In 1913 the organization was incorporated into the General Education Board. These boards set in motion “the deliberate dumbing down of America”.

In Frederick T. Gates’“The Country School of Tomorrow” Occasional Pa- pers No. 1 (General Education Board, New York, 1913) was a section entitled “A Vision of the Remedy” in which he wrote:
“Is there aught a remedy for this neglect of rural life? Let us, at least, yield ourselves to the gratifications of a beautiful dream that there is. In our dream, we have limitless resources, and the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our moulding 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. We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or of science. We are not to raise up from among them authors, orators, poets, or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians. Nor will we cherish even the humbler ambition to raise up from among them lawyers, doctors, preachers, politicians, statesmen, of whom we now have ample supply.”

The above quote sounds like something from one of the public/pri- vate school-to-work/tax-exempt foundation partnerships involved in the Reinventing Schools Coalition agenda, as well as other innocuous sound- ing current-day initiatives that are being implemented across the nation.

The above Rockefeller agenda was followed up by the Carnegie Corporation’s little volume on education entitled Conclusions and Rec- ommendations for the Social Studies (Charles Scribner’s Sons: N.Y. 1934)—funded to the tune of $340,000. This little book called for using the schools to turn the United States into a socialist nation, ultimately to be
come a member of socialist/communist world gov- ernment.

Author Francis Gannon wrote that Harold Laski, the philosopher of British socialism, said of this report:
“At bottom, and stripped of its carefully neutral phrases, the Report is an educational program for a Socialist America.”
Conclusions and Recommendations for the Social Studies is the most important book I ever laid my hands on. You can find it at: http://www.americandeception.com (See sidebar for important quotes from this book.)

In 1951, Human Relations in Curriculum Change was published (Ed. Kenneth D. Benne and Bozidar Muntyan, The Dryden Press, Inc., NY). The book contains “Selected readings with an em- phasis on group development.” Most works—written by social scientists and philosophers of-the-day—appeared in publications during the 1940s decade; some included references dated from the 1930s decade. Human Relations in Curriculum Change discusses “social engineering”(theory, methods); “re-education of personnel in knowledge, skills, and attitudes”; schools as potential laboratories for “experimental social science”; “hu- man engineering”; “group thinking”; “change agents”; Kurt Lewin’s “change process” theory; “consensus”; and more (see at right).

Please use this article “The Death of Free Will” to fight state imple- mentation of the federal Common Core Standards.
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oldschoolteachet

Columbia, SC

#17 Dec 9, 2010
oldschoolteachet wrote:
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Just curious Dollop, Have you ever tried to teach in the public schools?
I'll take that as a "no."
reality

Saluda, SC

#18 Dec 9, 2010
oldschoolteachet wrote:
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I'll take that as a "no."
I havent. but I do have family that has.
Oh, and If I wanted a job, I wouldn't ask them to help.(I gain of my own, or fail on my own).
Unlike many in town, Patton comes to mind first, want to add more ?

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#19 Dec 9, 2010
oldschoolteachet wrote:
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I'll take that as a "no."
Take it however you want. That is your prerogative. I simply do not answer questions about myself. That is my prerogative.

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#20 Dec 10, 2010
DUMBNESS LEADS THE NATION

We have already observed the denseness and slow-wittedness that has infiltrated the highest echelons of government and which permeates the very foundations of our society. This spiritual decadence and concomitant ignorance has moved the nation to the leading edge of disastrous events. Wisdom among the people and our government is a scarce commodity and the lack of it will soon push the nation beyond the precipice and into the fires of destruction.

Nowhere is this dim-wittedness more pronounced than among the ranks of those in government, and appending institutions such as the Federal Reserve, which are entirely responsible for the current economic crisis. It is a crises long in the making and soon - very soon - a crisis that will come to full realization with a complete economic collapse.
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http://www.newswithviews.com/Schwiesow/jim172...
George

United States

#21 Dec 10, 2010
1. Teaching Math In 1950s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price.
What is his profit ?

2. Teaching Math In 1960s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80.
What is his profit?

3. Teaching Math In 1970s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80.
Did he make a profit?

4. Teaching Math In 1980s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20.
Your assignment: Underline the number 20.

5. Teaching Math In 1990s

A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing
for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of $20. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class participation after answering the question:
How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes?
(There are no wrong answers, and if you feel like crying, it's ok.)

6. Teaching Math In 2009

Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara $100. El costo dela producciones es $80.
Cuanto dinero ha hecho?

7. Teaching Math In 2010

Who cares.
youngschoolteach er

Jamestown, TN

#22 Dec 11, 2010
dollop wrote:
School now is "workforce training". It is nothing more than pavlovian conditioning to produce worker bees, to make good little drones.
School is no longer for education, knowledge, or developing critical thinking.
And it has been developed in this direction on purpose.
Workforce training is essential in this era. What percentage of jobs require a college education focusing on math and science? What percentage of jobs prepare students with knowledge, critical thinking and other skills learned in post secondary technical schools and community colleges? I knew that would be your answer. BTW most highschools are preparing students with creditable workforce training. There are many w. college degrees and no job.

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