Common Core Based On UN Education Program and Agenda 21
The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has a program called “Education for All” that includes the same people and same ideas as Common Core. The Global Fund for Education was formulated by the UN, “agreed to” by Barack Obama, funded by Bill Gates, and Common Core was imposed on the American people through Department of Education (DOE) funding schemes.
Agenda 21, also known as “sustainable development,” is the action plan to inventory and control all land, all water, all minerals, all plants, all animals, all construction, all means of production, all information, all energy, and all human beings in the world. This plan was birthed at the 1992 United Nations Rio Earth Summit, officially known as the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). President George HW Bush signed the United States (US) onto this plan by along with 178 other world leaders. Read all of The Brenner Brief‘s coverage of Agenda 21 here.
Agenda 21 is broken into 8 sections: Agriculture; Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management; Education; Energy and Housing; Population; Public Health; Resources and Recycling; Transportation, Sustainable Economic Development. Agenda 21 is gross overreach of the government and is already affecting Americans lives in all areas even though most don’t just how intrusive and far reaching Agenda 21 has become in America. Another example of this is the intrusion into education in the form of the “Common Core” curricula and standards.
Before explaining Common Core, you must first understand that it is a part of the Agenda 21 program. In the Agenda 21 document chapter 36 is titled “Promoting education, public awareness and training”. This chapter goes on to explain how promoting education, public awareness and training, with focus on environmental education, is a critical theme both relevant to the implementation of the whole of Agenda 21 and indispensable for achieving sustainable development.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has a program called “Education for All” that includes the same people and same ideas as Common Core. The UNESCO goals and objectives for education are very similar to the Agenda 21 and Common Core goals and objectives.
During the 2008 Presidential campaign Barack Obama committed to making sure that every child has the chance to learn by creating a Global Fund for Education. This would require a new architecture of global cooperation that requires institutions to “combine the efficiency and capacity for action with inclusiveness.”
UNESCO’s educational goals and Common Core are both heavily funded by activist and philanthropist Bill Gates. So the Global Fund for Education was formulated by the UN, “agreed to” by Barack Obama, funded by Bill Gates, and Common Core was imposed on the American people through Department of Education (DOE) funding schemes that included “strings.” I say “agreed to” because the taxpayers never had a say, or vote, and neither did the 45 States who were essentially coerced into adopting by the president’s Race to the Top program, before Common Core was even defined, because they desperately wanted the federal funds that came with it. The “strings” were that it was a take it or leave it now proposition from the DOE – there was no time for analysis or evaluations. Just sign on now and accept your federal funds. 45 states did sign on, while Texas, Alaska, Virginia, and Nebraska declined. Minnesota did adopt the English standards but not the math standards.
Common Core promotes the “three E’s” of Agenda 21 – equity, economy and environment. These three E’s are integrated throughout the standards and intended to be taught in every class, including math. To be clear the real meaning of these three E’s is as follows:
- Equity means social equity or social justice, it does not equal justice. It means the “Common Good” — not individual rights.
- Economy means redistribution of wealth, global trade, and Public/Private Partnerships (PPPs).
- Environment means animals have equal rights or even more rights than humans. Nature or the environment is the central organizing principle for our economy and society.
We have established that the Common Core standards are derived from UNESCO and Agenda 21 goals and objectives, and that it has been accepted by 45 states. But does that mean Common Core is so entrenched in the US that it’s here to stay? Maybe not. There have been several recent grass roots challenges, the most successful one being in Indiana.
In Indiana, two Indianapolis moms — Heather Crossin and her friend Erin Tuttle — noticed the homework their children were bringing home had changed. The math problems were less rigorous, more like word problems, and the correct answers were laced with Common Core language. After some investigation Heather learned that Indiana had replaced its well-regarded Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress–Plus (ISTEP) tests, in favor of a new federally funded set of assessments keyed to Common Core. This was done in Indiana, as in most states, because Common Core was adopted by the Board of Education without consulting the state legislature. In many states, the BOE does not have to consult the legislature and is given authority to make decisions regarding the education system without any further consultation. This knowledge led Heather and Erin on an 18 month mission in which they probably changed education history. After a long battle, that included one significant loss, an election, and some great outside help, the two Indiana moms defeated Common Core.
In 2012 the American Principles Project (APP), co-sponsored by the Pioneer Institute, wrote a whitepaper that urged the American Legislative Exchange Council to oppose Common Core. The white paper provided an excellent executive summary that covered all the bases, from the quality of the standards to the illegitimate federal data collection to the federal government’s involvement in promoting Common Core. This became Heather and Erin’s bible and they shared it with everyone they could.
Throughout their battle, Emmett McGroarty from the APP provided constant guidance and help. Others who provided help include the Pioneer Institute’s Jamie Gass, the Hoover Institution’s Bill Evers, and the Heritage Foundation’s Lindsey Burke, and Indiana organizations like the Indiana Tea Party, the state chapter of Americans for Prosperity, the Indiana Family Institute, and the Indiana Association of Home Educators. Together they got a bill before the Indiana state legislature that was eventually defeated without support from then incumbent Governor Mitch Daniels. Next there was an election.
State superintendent of public schools Tony Bennett’s reelection as was supposed to be a slam dunk. His opponent, Glenda Ritz, was a Democrat in a deeply Republican state. Mr. Bennett was also the highest-profile public defender of Common Core, while Ms. Ritz was raising concerns about it. Election day, Bennett lost badly, in the upset of the year. Then Senator Schneider’s anti–Common Core bill was passed.
Common Core is now facing more challenges with legislation opposing it being introduced in at least seven other states. Tennessee, Idaho, Michigan, Ohio and Missouri are also taking another look at Common Core. Additionally, in April, the Republican national Committee (RNC) passed a resolution opposing Common Core as “inappropriate overreach to standardize and control the education of our children.” Also in April, Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) sent a letter — co-signed by 33 other congressmen — to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, asking for a detailed accounting of changes in student-privacy policies associated with the new national database the Obama administration is building as part of its Common Core support. The letter pointed out that the Education Department had already made regulatory changes — without consulting Congress — that appear to circumvent The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) also known as the “Buckley Amendment”, the 1974 law that limits the disclosure to third parties of any data collected on students. And finally, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, announced that the AFT wants to delay implementation of the Common Core tests in New York state.
What are the primary objections to Common Core? The first is that many parents feel the whole program is an unconstitutional federal government power grab over their children’s education. In addition to being unconstitutional, the Common Core is also a violation of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) which forbids the federal government from meddling in the state’s education programs. Another significant objection to the Common Core standards is that they are not evidence-based. Their effect on academic achievement is simply unknown, because they have not been field-tested anywhere in the world. There were also issues with the assessment and validation of the standards. Two major experts, including Stanford mathematics professor R. James Milgram, were on the Validation Committee reviewing the standards backed out and repudiated them when they saw what the standards actually were. These standards and assessments were written by two private trade organizations — the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers, meaning public education is being controlled by two private organizations.
So what can concerned parents do? First, the APP whitepaper is an excellent starting point. Another great resource is the Truth in American Education web-site. These two resources will give you the information needed to present stand up to and resist to Common Core in your school in your state. Tea party and other local conservative groups will also be able to help.by