We’re moving! Not in the physical sense; rather, we are establishing a new “home” in the outskirts of the World Wide Web. It has taken some time to get set up and I’m sure more changes will be coming about as we make our “new” site our “home”. If you want to check it out, click on over to the new domain and follow it! Life in the Last Frontier
Part 2 of my post for North Star Independent Homeschoolers has been published. It is now live on their site!
Be sure to check out the rest of the NSIH blog as well. Happy reading!
Summer in Alaska is officially over and fall/winter is here. Our summers are so brief and jam-packed full of activity that winter is often a nice reprieve from the hustle and bustle. As summer concludes, I am returning to the blog-sphere.
The goal behind College & Career Ready standards is to prepare children to be global citizens in the new global economy. Global citizenship implies a global community, known as a One World Order. To have citizens of One World, what will be the governing structure? Will it be a Democracy? A Republic? Communist? Socialist? Will the new global economy consist of Capitalism and the Free Market or will it be controlled by the One World government in terms of socialism and/or communism?
The United States is still the freest nation in the world. No other country, before or since, has stepped forth with a similar Constitution or governing structure grounded in the beliefs that individuals are both unique and important. While it would almost be fantastic if the global community adopted the same foundations as our own nation, we all subconsciously know that will NOT happen. The United States was founded as a Christian nation: grounded in Biblical principles. These principles alone are contrary to the majority of other country’s religions.
So what will the One World Order look like? It won’t resemble anything that American’s hold dear. Most likely, we will be subjects of a form of socialism or communism. The individual will be sacrificed for the good of the collective whole. Children of the Common Core, the College and Career Ready “standards,” will be pigeon-holed into the lines of work that the “state” determines from very young ages through data collection. The “state” will dictate a child’s education to promote what the “state” has determined to be that child’s career path. STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) careers will be reserved for those that the “state” determines are worthy to work in such fields: worthiness is determined through academic performance, ability to follow directions with no opposition, and ability to conform to current thoughts and ideas without questioning validity. The class system will be magnified.
The elite class that also has its hand in the governing structure will likely control the global economy. Forget about IRAs and 401-Ks because retirement is NOT an option in the global economy. With the eminent risks of doomsday events, there is no need for “retirement.” What will happen when you can no longer work to benefit the global society? Don’t worry – individuals are of no value; you can easily be replaced by the next college graduate.
I’m not merely creating a scary scenario in regards to the global community. Similar agendas are documented throughout history. The idea of the One World Order is nothing new, either. It is found in the writings of H.G. Wells. What most do not know is that his last book, Mind at the End of Its Tether (1945), he stated that the One World Order is optimistic humanism and it isn’t going to work!
John Dewey is considered the father of modern education; he was a Humanist and co-author of the Humanist Manifesto (1933). Dewey followed the teachings of German psychologist Wilhelm Wundt; both men viewed children as animals requiring guidance, control and molding. After he visited the Soviet Union, Dewey wrote six articles on the “wonders” of Soviet education. Dewey’s writings preclude and greatly influence College and Career Ready Standards. Both have the same objective.
“Our major concern that the school should provide a purified environment for the child
… this means stacking the cards in favor of the particular systems of value we possess. We must
move to make certain every Progressive School will use whatever power it may possess in
opposing and checking the forces of social conservatism.”
“Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective
society which is coming, where everyone is interdependent.”
“You can’t make socialists out of individualists.”
School curricula have been altered to purport the ideas presented in the Humanist Manifesto. This continues today in the form of College and Career Ready Standards. Here is an abbreviated version of the Humanist Manifesto #1 (http://eagleforumu.org/EAGLEFORUMU/STUDENT/page/view.cfm?int_page_id=46&ClassID=59&int_course_id=16):
1. Man gradually emerged by chance from lower forms of life over millions of years.
2. Man creates god out of his own experiences.
3. Man is his own authority and is not accountable to any higher power.
4. There are no absolute rules to live by.
5. All men should be exposed to diverse ‘realistic’ viewpoints, including profanity, immorality, and
perversions as acceptable modes of self-expression.
6. All forms of sexual expression are acceptable.
7. Government ownership or control of the economy should replace private ownership of property
and the free market economy.
8. ‘Global Citizenship’ should replace national self-determination.
9. There is no hope of existence beyond the grave – no heaven or hell.
People and corporations such as Partnership for Assessing Readiness for College and Career (PARCC), Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), Next Generation, Planned Parenthood, inBloom, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Weather Underground, Bill Ayers, Linda Darling Hammond, Tides Foundation, and UNESCO all have ties in one form or another to the proliferation of global citizens through education system control under the auspices of College and Career Ready standards.
Patriots, lovers of freedom, anyone who believes in and values America and our American way of life should be opposed to EVERY FACET of the College and Career Ready standards known as Common Core State Standards. It is high time that Americans come together to take back control of our educational system and re-instill the values that America has held dear for over 237 years. Our freedom and continuation as a great nation depend upon it.
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) initiative has been around since 2009. I’ve been keeping my eyes on it and following it for quite some time now, all the while warning and informing our local homeschooling community. Even though we are “independent” homeschoolers, the spread of CCSS doesn’t directly affect us. I create my own curriculum so we don’t need to worry about which publishers are and are not aligned. While it does not directly affect US, it does have an effect on education in our nation as a whole.
In my efforts to warn and inform the homeschooling community in my area, I learned yet another invaluable lesson: people in general WILL NOT make a concerted effort for or against something until it personally affects them. The average response: Oh, well, that’s the Lower 48. Alaska hasn’t adopted Common Core, we’ve actually rejected it, so we’re not too overly concerned about it. Even when presented with the information that Alaska had NOT “rejected” Common Core, the stance was still indifference. It seemed that everyone was under the assumption that such a thing could not possibly happen here. I failed to be able to make them realize that if it is affecting the nation, it is affecting Alaskans and we all need to care about it!
On April 19th, 2013, the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development announced that Alaska joined the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC). You can see the press release here. What is the SBAC? In short, the SBAC develops the electronic assessments, aligned to CCSS, so that students and teachers can better evaluate how students measure up to the Common Core State Standards. That far off idea that could never happen here just got real. No, Alaska hasn’t adopted Common Core, yet, but Alaska has gotten on board with the CCSS testing. All indifference has left all those people who couldn’t be bothered about it! It’s now personally affecting them! A majority of the homeschool community utilizes programs offered through various public school districts. SBAC testing and Common Core does directly affect them — they’re enrolled in a public school district! When they “enroll”, they trade their homeschooling freedom for money. This same group gets upset when the state is looking to do the exact same thing. Pot… Kettle… I digress.
This issue needs to be on the minds of ALL citizens in this country for several reasons. First, when states adopt CCSS, they hand away their autonomy. In essence, the federal government is buying each state’s 10th Amendment right when it comes to education. Second, the scope and sequence of the Common Core is uncharted territory; none of it has been tried and tested thereby proving that it does or does not work. These states are agreeing to let the federal government experiment with children’s futures! The third reason that everyone needs to be involved is because these generations of experiments are OUR future! In reality, we are allowing experiments on all ages, races, and creeds of EVERY generation! The public education system has been in trouble for decades; Common Core is just the emperor’s new clothes. Public education was never meant to be the be-all-end-all of education. It’s high time We The People take back what is rightfully our responsibility.
My husband wrote this for Alaska and posted it to his Facebook page. I thought it was just too cute and wanted to share it here. 🙂
ATTN: Alaska, Director of Seasonal Performances
The Alaskans in attendance would like to thank you for your hard work and dedication over the centuries and commend you for your stellar performances and visionary adaptations. The performances “Denali” and “Glaciers” have been impeccable and truly awe inspiring. However, the above mentioned attendees do have some concern with the most recent adaptations of “Seasons”. We would be honored and delighted if you would take the time to review the following concerns and consider them for your upcoming performances.
The characters Spring and Autumn. We fully understand your adaptations of the beautiful ladies, Spring and Autumn, for short and powerful prelude performances. We feel that Spring’s performance has been cut uncomfortably short in our recent viewings and we would ask that you restore her stage time to normal levels as to enjoy her beauty and glamour to its fullest. The short performances of these lovely vixens bring joy to our hearts.
The character Lady Summer. Lady Summer is by far the dearest to our hearts and her performance is the decisive reason for growing attendance in the past century. Our concern is sometimes she fails to appear on cue and other times her performance seems halfhearted. Her beauty is breathtaking when her performance is to par and we would ask you encourage her spirit with the knowledge that she is the star of the show and an inspiration to our souls.
The character Old Man Winter. We unanimously feel that Old Man Winter’s best performances are conducted only during the fading out and fading in of stage lights. Once the lights have faded in past the halfway point he becomes hard on the eyes and tiresome to the soul. We delight in his performance and don’t mind the frequent over-the-top style acting as long as his performance is restricted to his stage time. We have heard mumbling among attendees during drawn out performances and we wish to curtail this before attendance drops. Current productions have also seen Spring make a fleeting dash across stage during Old Man Winter’s stage time. This is not necessary and at times uncomfortable; it is too dark to enjoy her beauty and it distracts from Old Man Winter’s performance.
Thank you for taking the time to review our concerns and we applaud your magnificent skill and artistic renditions. We look forward to your continued productions that only you can direct. We ask that you don’t take offence to our criticisms but instead use our input to heighten the enjoyment of future audiences. We also ask that this be kept secret from the cast as to not cause hard feelings or anger Old Man Winter. Last time he was angered he would not leave the stage, assaulted Spring, gave Autumn a white wash and pushed Lady Summer off stage repeatedly.
P.S. Break a leg!
P.P.S. Figuratively this time!
I’m not usually a cabin fever sufferer. Until now. This is the winter that does not seem to want to end! Record lows were broken (again) this morning, with many of those temperatures dipping below zero! This is the third coldest April on record. The interior has not seen the likes of this since 1924. Someone on Facebook decided to document this in a picture…