Archive for June, 2014

COMMON CORE: A Trojan Horse to Transform Traditional Schools & Replace Families as the “Hub” of Society

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

By Elois Zeanah

A total transformation of traditional schools is happening at lightning speed.  The Trojan horse is Common Core.  State superintendents and school boards purposefully mislead teachers, parents, legislators and the public about what Common Core is because they know, as history reveals, that the public does not want nationalized education under the direction of the federal government.  But Common Core is much more than just centralized standards.

Common Core authorizes the collection of private, non-academic information on students without the knowledge or permission of parents, puts this information in a national database, and shares this information with the federal government and private parties.  It tracks students from preschool to retirement.  It takes away parental and local control. It bases teacher performance on students’ test scores, yet teachers never see the tests and tests are so secretive that parents don’t have a clue what’s on them.  It enables an unprecedented partnership between federal government and big business to control education.  It “redistributes wealth” from wealthier school districts to poorer school districts.  It introduces sexually graphic reading materials into classrooms.  And it turns schools into service hubs, with the intent of replacing families as the hub of society.  This article focuses on the latter.

Just as the authors of Common Core floated the myth that the standards were “state-led” to hide the fact that they were written in secret, went around the legislative process, and are copyrighted by private organizations (the first time in history that education standards are owned by private organizations), backers of Common Core avoid giving the public the big picture, instituting one piece of the puzzle at a time without public knowledge of their connections to Common Core.  One puzzle piece, for example, is to expand the role of public schools to be community service centers.  The Obama administration has created “Promise Neighborhoods” grants to entice states and local school districts to re-define family and to restructure the meaning of education.  These community school hubs are embedded in the following:

  • The Obama administration’s “A Blueprint for Reform: Re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).” Among other things, this extends the school day to all day, re-defines the family; offers mental health services; sets up school-based clinics in schools; provides medical care, pregnancy prevention, gang intervention, recreation programs; and encourages schools to become “hospitals” that can bill Medicaid.
  • The waiver to No Child Left Behind (the ESEA flexibility waiver) redefines the definition of “education” and expands the role of government to intervene in family home life, creating more education administration bureaucracy, and increasing government dependency. The school is made the center of the community.
  • The 2014 U.S. Senate Bill 1094 Re-authorization of ESEA is 1150 pages and replaces No Child Left Behind. It tells the story about community schools. There are several relevant sections; one is listed below. The full bill can be read at: http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/ESEA%20Bill%20Text%206.4.13.pdf

PART G—PROMISE NEIGHBORHOODS ‘‘SEC. 4701. SHORT TITLE. ‘‘This part may be cited as the ‘Promise Neighborhoods Act of 2013’. Page 731 ‘‘(8) FAMILY AND STUDENT SUPPORTS.—The term ‘family and student supports’ includes— ‘‘(A) health programs (including both mental health and physical health services); ‘‘(B) school, public, and child-safety programs; ‘‘(C) programs that improve family stability; ‘‘(D) workforce development programs (including those that meet local business needs, such as internships and externships); ‘‘(E) social service programs; ‘‘(F) legal aid programs; ‘‘(G) financial literacy education programs; ‘‘(H) adult education and family literacy programs; ‘‘(I) parent, family, and community engagement programs; and ‘‘(J) programs that increase access to learning technology and enhance the digital literacy skills of students. ‘‘(9) FAMILY MEMBER.—The term ‘family member’ means a parent, relative, or other adult who is responsible for the education, care, and well- being of a child.

  • The education plans for states that adopted Common Core. Alabama’s plan, for example, is titled “Plan 2020”.

The federal government has severely harmed minority communities over the past 50-plus years by welfare programs that encourage and has resulted in more children being born out of wedlock and the disintegration of the family unit.  The efforts to replace the traditional family as the hub of society with school hubs furthers dependency on government as family.  (There’s even a Common Core worksheet that teaches students that “government is family”.)  We must beware of the Trojan Horse.

Congress Should Demand that the President Enforce the 2006 Secure Fence Act

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

children crossing border

By Elois Zeanah

The invasion of 80,000+ children so far in 2014 from Central America, some unaccompanied, has created a new immigration crisis.  Why isn’t Congress and the media talking about the law that was passed and signed in October 2006 to build a secure border fence, but which was never built?  If this law had been enforced by President Bush, and now President Obama, there would be no humanitarian and health crisis at our southern border.  Today, the Alabama Republican state executive committee adopted a Resolution asking Congress to demand that the President enforce this law and secure our border.  Hopefully, other states will follow Alabama’s example.

RESOLUTION ON BORDER SECURITY: Enforce The October 2006 Secure Fence Act

WHEREAS, The U.S. Congress passed the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-367), which authorizes the construction of 700 miles of double-layer fencing along the Southwest border and for the creation of a virtual fence along the entire Southwest border;

WHEREAS, The goal of this law was to decrease illegal entry, drug trafficking, and security threats by building 700 miles of physical barriers along the Mexico-United States border, and to authorize more vehicle barriers, checkpoints, and lighting as well as authorize the Department of Homeland Security to increase the use of advanced technology-like cameras, satellites, and unmanned aerial vehicles to reinforce infrastructure at the border;

WHEREAS, Simultaneously the President signed a separate $35 billion Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Act which included funding to secure our border. It provided a total of $7.4 billion for Customs and Border Protection (CBP), including $1.2 billion for fencing and other barriers along the border, and funding for 1,500 new Border Patrol agents; $3.9 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); and $181 million for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services (USCIS).

WHEREAS, The border remains unsecured after eight years;

WHEREAS, Unsecured borders and President Barack Obama’s refusal to enforce immigration laws have led to an invasion of under-aged children crossing the border, some unaccompanied, and has created a humanitarian crisis for our country, overwhelming our Border Patrol and the charitable organizations that minister to illegal immigrants;

WHEREAS, The plight of these poor, unaccompanied children crossing the border illegally highlights the urgency to enforce the October 2006 Secure Fence Act;

WHEREAS, Eighty thousand or more children are expected to swarm through the border this year, and even more next year, exacerbating a logistical and health nightmare;

WHEREAS, These children are overwhelming the Border Patrol’s abilities to monitor the border, and the Border Patrol has been forced to refocus its mission to a humanitarian nightmare, making it even easier to slip through drugs, gangs, terrorists, and more illegal immigrants;

WHEREAS, The chaos at the border is a result of not enforcing existing immigration laws and particularly the October 2006 Secure Fence Act; and

WHEREAS, Action by Congress to demand that the President enforce the October 2006 Fence Act would help alleviate this invasion on our southern border and the humanitarian crisis, separate out the non-controversial border fence from controversial issues of immigration reform, and remove the issue of border security as a pawn to get amnesty through “comprehensive immigration reform;”

RESOLVED, The Alabama State Executive Committee urges Members of Congress to immediately demand that the President enforce the October 2006 Secure Fence Act.

Submitted by the Alabama Federation of Republican Women Frances Taylor, President