In religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose
opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.
of Mark Twain
I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, now the number one indebted state in the Union. For the past 25
years I have lived in Tennessee, the state twice voted the most corrupt in the Nation.
The Governor of TN is Bill Haslam. Haslam is co-owner of Pilot Oil/Flying J. He is a pro-UN Agenda 21 governor and like the rest of the phony right, he is in favor of vouchers,
choice, and charter schools.
Prior to Haslam's election as Governor in 2010, there was a moratorium on charter schools in the state of TN. He has now lifted that moratorium. Haslam's bagman, Senator Mark Norris, carried the bill to passage allowing UNLIMITED Charter schools in the state of TN. Want ads in our local paper are now advertising for Knox County Schools to issue requests for charter school proposals. And, Governor Haslam is eyeing adding funding to pre-K and creating a larger voucher system in
It was in 2008 when Mayor Bill Haslam and the leftist Chamber of Commerce boys in Knoxville put their school board posse onto a jet to head up to Boston to fetch down a fresh Eli Broad-trained graduate to begin Knox County's transition to corporatized schools.
The Knoxville school board selected, by a 5-4 vote, Boston's James McIntyre as Superintendent of Knox County schools. This followed backroom machinations by then-Mayor, Bill Haslam, who in 2010 bought his way to the Governor's Office in Nashville and has since become Bill Gates's and Eli Broad's chief edu-stooge among Southern governors. McIntyre's base salary is $222,800 per year plus countless perks. Link
By the way, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is spending $1.1 million testing galvanic skin response bracelets to see if they can measure whether students find their teachers engaging. I wonder how long it will be before our Governor decides we need these bracelets on the students in Tennessee.
if that isn't enough, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Gov. Bill Haslam participated in a forum on education reform in June of 2011, video link. Knox County School Superintendent, James McIntyre, served as moderator of the panel discussion. Haslam pushed measures to change teacher tenure laws and to open the door for more charter schools in Tennessee.
The Gates Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and the Eli and Edyth Broad Foundation form a powerful trifecta. The combined net worth of the three families who operate these foundations is $152 billion. These three foundations have been able to steer the direction of education reform over the past decade, by strategically deploying their immense wealth in training school leaders, financing think-tank reports, and supporting “Astro Turf” advocacy groups.
The Broad Foundation is the least wealthy of the three, but has still spent nearly $400 million on its mission of “transforming urban K-12 public education through better governance, management, labor relations and competition.”
Countless Eli Broad graduates who have become infamous superintendents of schools have all used a top-down dictatorial approach. Most have alienated parents. Many closed schools. A number had questionable audits on their watch. More than one had false or questionable data to support their reforms. All commanded large salaries with perks, while at the same time, slashing services for children and closing schools in the name of financial scarcity. A number of them avoided informing the elected school board of their plans or actively
withheld information from them, effectively bypassing democracy.
One of Broad's newest board of directors is none other than Representative Harold Ford, Jr., a former five-term Congressman and chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council. His bio states, "Ford is currently managing director and senior client relationship manager
at Morgan Stanley and professor of public policy at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. On the House committee on education and the workforce, Ford sought results-oriented solutions to address issues of American workforce preparedness and social challenges faced by faith and community based groups."
Knoxville's Eli Broad-trained Superintendent, James McIntyre, is pushing STEM curriculum schools, Magnet schools (forestry and agriculture in surrounding "region"), replacing all public schools with charter schools and funding teachers with stimulus grant monies from Race to the Top.
Tennessee is one of the first two states to win Race to the Top funding in 2009 and thus received a waiver of No Child Left Behind. Race to the Top requires certain education policies, such as performance based standards for teachers, complying with nationwide standards, promoting charter schools and computerization. In order to be
eligible for these grants, the states had to adopt the Common Core State Standards which are now fully implemented in TN.
Common Core Standards are funded by the governors and state schools chiefs, with additional support from that bastion of conservative ideology, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
Since his appointment as Superintendent, McIntyre has been a faithful water-carrier for the TN Business Roundtable agenda, as witnessed in his supporting of teacher bonus pay for test scores, downsizing instructional and non-instructional personnel, outsourcing public jobs such as janitorial services to corporations, and
marginalizing teachers and the Knox County Education Association.
McIntyre has also been at the forefront of making state Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) test scores a significant part of student grades.
As a result of his recommendation, the Knox County School Board passed a plan last January to make TCAP scores count 15 percent of student school grades. So if economically disadvantaged and special needs children were not being treated unfairly enough already, now they have an additional disincentive for going to school.
Since 1965, the Southern states have traditionally had the lowest education scores since the Skinnerian
Direct Instruction training experimentation has been used on them. While the northern states remained academically focused, they always had higher scores. The change has come with all of the states now implementing the Skinnerian work force training. Because the southern states are now teaching to the "tests" and the tests are on the training, the scores for the southern states are rising.
On July 27, 2011,TN Governor Haslam was thrilled to announce the TCAP score growth in all four subjects, reading, math, science and social studies. He just announced the same results for 2012. The gains are a total lie. Our children are deliberately being dumbed down for the global work force.
Now, the latest stealth attack by corporate stooge, Supt. Jim McIntyre,
comes in the form of a brazen attempt to put himself in charge of deciding which public schools in Knoxville will be converted into corporate welfare charter schools.
Conversion of existing schools to charters may be initiated through
reorganization decisions made by the Director of Schools, through charter decisions by the Board of Education, or through consideration
of charter petitions by 75% of faculty and/or 75% of families at the school to be potentially converted.
And who gave McIntyre the authority to institute the constitutionally-challenged Parent Trigger to change or close a school? And just where is our Board
We just had an opportunity in Knoxville, to elect a school board member
who understands what is going on, but Gov. Haslam funded her opponent who will go right along with Haslam and Superintendent McIntyre's
Taxpayer-funded Charter schools with their unelected boards, (they do away with school boards and have appointed or unelected boards or councils) are necessary for implementation of the global work force training.
Meanwhile, college and university leaders said they need more resources to adequately educate and graduate more students to fill those jobs.
The exchange was part of an hour long roundtable hosted by the governor at Scripps Networks Interactive in West Knoxville. Haslam brought together local business executives and college leaders to discuss how the state's higher education system can better meet its workforce needs.
After the meeting the former Knoxville mayor said, "It's a crying shame in today's economy, where we have huge unemployment, that there's still a lot of good jobs going (unfilled) because we haven't prepared people for it, whether it be a welder or an
engineer. We're trying to have those conversations around the state to make certain we're providing positions that will train people for the jobs that are there today."
The meeting focused entirely on matching the education system to the job market, but Haslam has said he wants to also examine costs and accessibility. The governor said he expects to have legislation to put before the next General Assembly. I can only imagine what that would entail.
Haslam's close friend and ally is Senator Lamar Alexander, a long time proponent of privatization. Alexander doesn't want just pre-K schools, he wants the babies the minute they're born and here's how he'd do it.
Alexander said, "The private sector is charging ahead, helping clear the way for reform. One of the ways privatization can 'clear the way' is by avoiding the accountability due elected officials." Sure, there are no elected officials. Dr. Hamburg, chief negotiator for the Soviet exchange admitted, "privately endowed foundations can operate in areas government may prefer to avoid." By getting rid of elected officials.
At the 1989, Governors' Conference, Lamar Alexander stated, "
I would go down to the maternity ward of the local hospital, or whatever you call the part of the hospital where the nurses are who are there when the babies are born. Find out how many babies are born out of wedlock, how many babies are born with single parents. Just so you know that! I would think the Brand New American School would be year-round, open from 6:00 to 6:00.
A second characteristic might be that these schools will serve children from age 3 months old to age 18. That may be a shocking thought to you; but, if you were to do an inventory of every baby in your community and think about what the needs of those babies were for the next four or five years, you might see that those needs might not be served any other way. They have to be served in some way and maybe around the school. Or, if you study a little more, you might go back and think the school might have to serve the pregnant mother of the baby in terms of prenatal healthcare...."
A few months ago, Superintendent McIntyre asked for a 35 million increase in school funding. At the County Commissioners meeting, they listened to the community and over 45 people spoke for 3 minutes each. Our County Mayor is Tim Burchett and his proposed budget did not include the 35 million. Union members filled the auditorium and
spoke. When I spoke to the Commission I asked them why we'd want to keep throwing money at the schools and getting lower test scores. I told about Direct Instruction, Pavlovian and Skinnerian training. I told about the Carnegie
Corporation and the Soviet/US education agreements. The next day the local paper referred to me as a conspiracy theorist. The 35 million request failed. Our Knoxville schools are 62% of the county budget, and that does not include the cafeteria, or maintenance and operations, which brings the cost to an annual 75% of the county budget for schools. The total school funding for Knox County is over $400 million for less than 500,000 people.
The very next night I was at the communist pro-Agenda 21, Council for West Knox County Homeowners and the Mayor came in to speak. He told about the budget and then told about a new reading program wherein the reading level of the children was brought up exponentially in a short period of time. I raised my hand and asked him what the name of the program was, and if it was truly phonics based. He talked around the subject and gave me no answer. I raised my hand again and said, "But Mayor, what is the name of the program and is it phonics based?" He told me to call his office the next day.
Before he left, I gave him a copy of Charlotte Iserbyt's new book.
The reading program our Mayor is so thrilled about is called Voyager. Voyager
reading instruction is one of several programs, along with Reading Mastery, which uses scientific, research-based instruction, which is
Skinner and is nothing more than Seigfried Englemann's Direct Instruction dog training. It apparently was designed for disabled students, was first used on minorities, and is being used (far as I can tell) on all students. The math follows the core curriculum. It is, of course, a computer course that uses a timer, colored dots for reinforcement, i.e., mastery learning. Same old, same old stuff. I checked the cost on line, and it is a very expensive program. Reading gains are shown in the first few grades, and then drop precipitously in third and fourth grade.
I called the Mayor's office and asked for a luncheon appointment. I gave him countless documents on Direct Instruction, but since our Mayor has little influence on the schools, especially after the commission denied Superintendent McIntyre's request for 35 million, the mayor said to get together with our state reps and force a bill
that would elect rather than appoint our school superintendents. Another job to tackle.
What is happening in Knoxville, is happening throughout our entire state and is being directed by our Governor, Bill Haslam.
BUT LET'S LOOK AT WHO IS BEHIND IT
In 1934, the Carnegie Corporation said we are going to use the schools to change the US from a free market system to a planned economy. In a planned economy, as in Communist countries, the administration chooses at an early age what your child will do all throughout their lives. They want your child to decide by 5th grade! I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up!
This plan was carried out with the signing of the education agreements by President Reagan with the Soviet Union in 1985 and 1988. The Soviet polytech system is being implemented right now with students being tracked into specific training at an early age to suit the needs of the corporate fascist global economy.
Vouchers and education choice originally came from the left and was sold to the right. Now, both the right and left support this shift in emphasis from academics to work force training. This is proven by the fact the elites from both parties, including the globalist, NWO U.S. Chamber of Commerce; the internationalist Aspen
Institute, of which UN Agenda 21 Maurice Strong was Director; President Obama, his Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; the Heritage Foundation and all other neo-con Trotskyite groups; AND the
globalist Council on Foreign Relations (founded in 1921 by the global-minded Rockefellers) support charter schools and vouchers.
Chris Whittle's Edison Project (Whittle was in Knoxville, TN originally). was an early pioneer in public/private partnerships in K-12 education in America. The project had countless members and financiers such as:
Vanderbilt University professor and former Assistant Secretary of Education in the Reagan Administration, Chester Finn, a noted neo-con education “change agent," who is deeply involved in the school choice/work force training agenda and John Chubb of the liberal Brookings Institution and Center for Education Innovation.
The words of John Chubb and Terry Moe, of The Brookings Institute and Stanford University respectively, -- “Our guiding principle in the design of a choice system is this: Public authority must be put to use in creating a system that is almost entirely beyond the reach of public authority.” (Politics, Markets and America's Schools, 1990)
This is elimination of the local school boards, elimination of community input, and is blatant "taxation without representation."
Chubb was on the Executive Committee of the Center for Educational Innovation, an independent project of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, another neo-con group loaded with CFR members like Dick Cheney and Condoleeza Rice. The Center's work is made possible by grants and gifts from: The Chase Manhattan Bank, Exxon Education Foundation, The Lauder Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation and others.
Lawrence C. Pierce delivered a paper to Aspen Institute in 1976 entitled "School Site Management," which called for education vouchers. School Site Management was an early term used by the NEA in the 80s and 90s. The call for the use of vouchers which will supplant "choice" is essential for the international school-to-work program.
Globalist World Federalist member, Mortimer Adler, was one of the most visible facilitators for the Aspen Institute of Humanistic Studies which was developed in the 40s. This group is responsible for training most of our govt. leaders in the dialectical process of reaching consensus. His book, "The Paidea Proposal," was used to introduce the concept of charter type schools into mainstream school reform.
The Director of Aspen, Walter Isaacson, makes a base pay of $760,425. per year.
The left started the whole voucher/choice/charter school designs for American education. It has been sold to the nation's conservatives by the Heritage Foundation.
SO, NOW LET'S LOOK AT HERITAGE FOUNDATION
The 1955 UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) book, MENTAL HEALTH IN EDUCATION, is the earliest reference to the need for "choice" in education. The Charter Schools concept, strongly marketed around the country by Heritage affiliates in every state, attempts to link patriotic free enterprise themes to a blatantly unconstitutional system of corporate fascism to business/government partnerships in the education of children.
Today, Edwin J. Feulner, is the president of Heritage Foundation. His yearly income including deferred compensation is $1,098,612. Former Attorney General, Edwin Meese, takes home half a million a year from Heritage. Feulner is a charter member of the Council for National Policy as was the original president and co-founder of Heritage, Paul Weyrich until 1974.
Who is the Council for National Policy? They are a rightwing group
founded in 1981 by oil man, Nelson Bunker Hunt; Dominionist Pat Robertson of Christian Broadcasting Network; Tim LaHaye who finds no problem in accepting millions from cultist Sun Myung Moon; and T. Cullen Davis of Texas, twice tried for murder and attempted murder of his wife and her friend. The CNP was allegedly founded to counter the Council on Foreign Relations, but the charter membership roster had 5 CFR members on the board.
Mellon Scaife, (Chase Mellon Bank) and heir of the Carnegie-Mellon fortune, has been on the board of trustees of Heritage since 1985, and the Sarah Scaife Foundation has donated nearly $16 million to Heritage and initially funded them $900,000 to get them started.
There were other financiers of Heritage, Amoco, General Motors, Chase
Manhattan Bank (through David Rockefeller) and Olin and Bradley, a right-wing foundation. Feulner was recruited in 1977 by Richard Mellon Scaife to become Heritage president. One must remember that Scaife funds both sides of the aisle and is a strong pro-abort and proponent of taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.
Heritage's Richard Allen first proposed the idea of creating a North American free trade zone from the Yukon to the Yucatan. In Charlotte Iserbyt's recent article on Heritage Foundation, she states, "What we are looking at now in education is a result of NAFTA which got the ball rolling in the development of work force skills standards by the National Skills Standards Board, endorsed by the U.S. Labor Department Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) This study originated under Labor Secretary Elizabeth Dole in 1990 and eventually led to the School-to-Work Opportunities Act and the dumbing down of American education curriculum for workforce training."
And from education researcher, Chey Simonton's article on the Rockefeller/Heritage Connection, she states, "The top men of the Heritage Foundation, first Weyrich and now Ed Feulner with the trust and cooperation of masses of sincerely committed conservatives have been in a position to further elitist Rockefeller goals. Along with radical World Government advocate, Walter Hoffman of the World
Federalist Association, they participated on the 16 member U.S. Commission on Improving the Effectiveness of the United Nations. Working with the US Information Agency, Feulner also participated in facilitating the infamous 1985 US-Soviet Education Technology and Cultural Exchange Agreement. Soviet pedagogy, based on behavioral conditioning for a compliant collective labor force, is a dream come true for the dozens of multinational corporations funding all the think tanks promoting American education reform. The humanist Carnegie
Foundation, a century-long collaborator with Rockefeller philanthropy, facilitated the Soviet side of this Exchange Agreement."
Heritage's communist connections, were established rapidly after the historic meeting between Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev at the Geneva Summit. Feulner was appointed by Reagan as chairman of the U.S. Advisory
Commission on Public Diplomacy. The commission was responsible for expediting a signed Soviet-American Educational Exchange Agreement. At the same time, note that Heritage founder, Weyrich, once served as advisor to former Russian President Boris Yeltsin.
Both Feulner and Weyrich were also involved with other powerful players
and shadowy figures, some from the right and some from the left. They have been included in groups formed to reinvent the UN, supposedly to face the 21st century. It is becoming more and more evident that Weyrich and Feulner were in fact organizing a tight group that represented the merger of right and left, which we have seen over the past 65 years. Feulner carries on as Heritage president.
ONE LAST POINT ON TENNESSEE'S GOVERNOR AND AGENDA 21
House Joint Resolution 587 denounced "the destructive and insidious nature of UN Agenda 21." It was passed by Republican legislators over Democratic complaints that it buys into a conspiracy theory. The Resolution was approved, 72-23 in the House and by a 19-11 vote in the Senate. This is a non-binding position statement by the General Assembly, not a law that is implemented. Our Republican Governor, Bill Haslam, refused to sign the Resolution. It is the first Resolution he has refused to sign since he took office in 2010.
When Haslam was Mayor of the City of Knoxville, he hired his former
opponent, who lost by only a few points, environmental extremist, Madeline Rogero, as Director of Community Development. While in this position, she applied for the Smart Growth federal grant from Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The grant gave the City of Knoxville $4.3 million and another $2.5 million came from local non-profits. The City of Knoxville is now a member of ICLEI
(International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives). The ICLEI name has been changed to Local Governments for Sustainability. We are now fighting "Smart Growth," thanks to our Governor and the now new Mayor of the City of Knoxville, Madeline Rogero.
In East Tennessee the five county local "Regional
" SMART GROWTH program is called Plan
East Tennessee, (Regional Plan for Livable Communities), a plan which will eliminate private property rights in five counties. (REGIONAL MEANS COMMUNIST)
Series II of Plan ET held a week of six forums in every one of the five
"regional" counties (Blount, Knox,(2) Anderson, Loudon and Union) asking for "community input." Yet, Plan ET's definition of "community input" seems to be neutralization of any expressed opposition to their plans of eliminating private property ownership under the guise of Smart Growth. Their "community consensus" is scripted for their pre-determined outcome via their use of the evil Rand Corporation's mind-control Delphi Technique. RAND developed the Delphi method in the 1950s for the U.S. Department of Defense. It was originally intended for use as a psychological weapon during the cold war.
Wallace, Roberts, and Todd (WRT) architectural firm, headquartered in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, is the Plan ET partner chosen to head the forums. They are paid $1.7 million to accomplish the pre-determined outcome of
these forums through facilitation of the Delphi Technique. WRT was established in 1963 by David Wallace and they are expert "regional planners" (Link) with the firm's origins rooted in "sustainability." The American Planning Association
(APA) has continually recognized this firm and their principal leaders for their contributions to sustainability and Smart Growth. The APA even has a "Policy Guide on Smart Growth."
Governor Haslam helped spur residential and retail growth in the downtown area, mainly by offering developers tax subsidies. He helped implement a master plan for the development of the South
Knoxville riverfront, which was given an Outstanding Planning Award by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association. So he is quite familiar with the American Planning Association.
Another top WRT principal is David Rouse. His bio states, "David has a special interest in planning and design for sustainability, community engagement in the planning process, and capacity-building for implementation." (Capacity building is the stack-em and pack-em mega multi-family high rises built in the urban landscape after you've been moved off your
suburban or rural property.)
From WRT's website, "Principal David Rouse is one of 11 members of the American Planning Association's Sustaining Places Task Force, established earlier this year to address the use of the comprehensive plan as the leading policy document and tool to help communities of all sizes achieve sustainability. The Task Force is part of the Sustaining Places Initiative, announced in March 2010 by APA President Bruce Knight and Chief Executive Officer Paul Farmer at the United Nation's Fifth World Urban Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sustaining Places is a multi-year, multi-faceted program to define the role of planning in addressing all human settlement issues relating to sustainability."
David Rouse, UN Smart Growth architect of Wallace, Roberts and Todd stated in the Chattanooga Times Free Press newspaper last fall that he is "committed
to an open process, and that property rights won't be impacted without the public's consent." (Note: He said "without the public's consent, not the property owner's.)
Here's the real rub with this whole "community input" nonsense this UN Agenda 21 Smart Growth bunch is pulling. At the majority of meetings, there were18 to 23 Plan ET members present who are Delphi facilitators, along with WRT and Metropolitan Planning Commission (unelected) staff. Then there were 20 to 25 invitees from local governments, including local government Planning Committees, Community Development , Oak Ridge National Labs, University of
Tennessee, etc. All of these invitees are employed by government and have a vested interest in this Plan ET coming to full fruition.
I have attended nearly all of the Plan ET forums, and at every table, the "shills" who were invited answered all the questions with the pre-determined and ordained outcomes the Smart Growth facilitators desired. Then there are another 18 to 25 people who know what Agenda 21 really is all about. The majority of meetings
have approximately 40 to 45 people, not counting the facilitators. If those of us against UN Agenda 21 did not attend, the only people
giving "community input" would be the invited government shills who have a vested interest in Smart Growth and should not be voting at these Delphi meetings as it is a conflict of interest! At one meeting, one of the invitees admitted she was a paid participant. By the way, these attendance numbers were also given by the Plan ET staff present at all the forums.
The total number of attendees in the 6 forums of Series Two, were 235 people. Of those 235 people, almost 100 of them were patriotic Americans who are fighting Smart Growth and Agenda 21. This means that 135 invited government employees were deciding the future property rights of the 800,000 people in the five county area of Plan
ET. Not a very balanced community input now, is it?
This is what our Governor brought to Knoxville when he was our Mayor. He is now working to change TN law regarding water rights. All the water in TN belongs to the citizens, the aquifers, rivers, lakes, wetlands, etc. Our governor wants the state to control the water and the water to belong only to the state, not the citizens. If we lose this battle, the loss of our private property rights can be laid at the feet of our Republican "Conservative Christian"
In our recent primary election, held on August 2nd, 2012, two local
knowledgeable candidates lost to candidates apparently funded and obviously backed by the Governor of Tennessee to continue to carry out his education agenda as well as his United Nations Agenda 21 Smart Growth/Sustainability goals. Despite Tennessee being the very buckle of the Bible Belt, the state is not the conservative bastion of leaders one would expect. In fact, it is just the opposite. We are loaded with neo-con Trotskyite traitors who are destroying our children and our freedoms, and the people continue to sleep.