2005 Archive

We the People - A Terrible Federally-Funded Textbook December 22, 2005
A defender of the We the People textbook fails to identify herself as a Center for Civic Education (CCE) coordinator as she disseminates the "spin" of the CCE. Nor does she mention that the CCE is funded by federal dollars to publish the textbook. Her defense is full of misinformation about the radical We the People curriculum.
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Under Fire for teaching history December 20, 2005
An award-winning teacher in Nevada is standing up to the district's History-Lite policy and is insisting on teaching about our nation's colonial and Founding eras. He might lose his job over it.
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Bias as Mental Illness December 15, 2005
In light of the expansion of personally invasive surveys of the values, attitudes, and beliefs of school children and the current push for universal mental health screening, starting in infancy, last week's Washington Post article on bias as a mental illness sends a chilling reminder of where this may be headed.
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Bill Gates Teams Up With UNESCO December 2, 2005
Phyllis Schlafly describes UNESCO (the UN education agency) and its efforts to influence U.S. school curriculum. "UNESCO's efforts in the 1960s and 1970s to influence U.S. school curriculum were unsuccessful. But now UNESCO has found a sugar daddy."
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Report on Congressional Hearing December 1, 2005
The November 18th Congressional Briefing on the Federal Curriculum brought a full room of both House and Senate staff and some members of Congress into the Rayburn Builiding at our nation's Capitol to hear the presentation about the role of federal funding in the production, distribution, and teaching of anti-American Federal Curriculum.
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Infant mental health November 23, 2005
A federally funded coalition of academic institutions centered at UCLA promoting early childhood mental health removes any remaining shred of doubt that the federal government is moving to implement a universal system of mental health screening, intervention, and monitoring, beginning with our very youngest children.
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Teaching American Civics November 21, 2005
Examples of the traditional approach versus the National Standards demonstrates why the Freedom in Education Act is necessary legislation for Congress to enact.
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Controversy over 2005 Mental Health Screening November 16, 2005
Dr. Karen Effrem responds to a newspaper column by the chief Minnesota Senate proponent of universal mental health screening and universal early childhood in Minnesota.
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House Passes CMSA November 14, 2005
The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the Child Medication Safety Act (CMSA) sponsored by Cong. John Kline of Minnesota "to protect children and their parents from being coerced into administering a controlled substance or a psychotropic drug in order to attend school."
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Red Alert on Code Pink November 14, 2005
CODE PINK's invasion on school campuses and recruitment offices this week with their "Not Your Soldier" and "National Stand Down" student days on November 17th & 18th is a disgrace!
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Washington Briefing November 11, 2005
Congressional Briefing will make a luncheon presentation to Congressional members, staff and other groups about the Federal Curriculum and about proposed legislation to rein it in.The Briefing will promote the Freedom in Education Act -- draft legislation.
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IB Alert November 10, 2005
School districts are now quietly adopting IB because federal grant money is available. IB curriculum is set by an international body. Student tests are forwarded to Geneva, Switzerland for scoring, and a foreign data base collects and stores the personal, values-laden data on individual American students.
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Freedom in Education Act November 7, 2005
Proposed legislation would de-fund the Federal Curriculum that undermines the principles of national sovereignty, inalienable rights, self-evident truth, natural law, the 2nd amendment, and the 10th amendment (which limits the authority of the federal government). The Federal Curriculum elevates the United Nations, its Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and global citizenship.
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False Data in Ready4K Baby Ed Agenda November 3, 2005
Ready4K and other organizations have engaged in an expensive advertising campaign throughout Minnesota, attempting to scare the public with statements that half of our children begin school not ready for kindergarten.  This information is false.
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Federal Mental Health Agency Responds November 1, 2005
EdWatch and other groups attended a Washington, DC meeting with the federal agency that will implement the Federal Mental Health Action Agenda. Progress has been made on parental consent, but much more work remains.
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Eidsmoe Event to air October 14, 2005
Eidsmoe Constitution Day Event to air on Cable October 17 and 24. Other local access channels will air the presentation as schedules permit.
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S/B Questions October 11, 2005
These questions for school board candidates provide a way to evaluate candidates you should support and let them know what issues are on your mind.
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Head Start to Nowhere October 10, 2005
According to Karen Effrem, a director of EdWatch, the federal Head Start program is becoming downright dangerous.
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Minnesota's 2005 Teachers' Conference October 6, 2005
Workshops scheduled for Minnesota's 2005 Teachers's Conference include controversial topics.
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Excerpts from Federal Civics October 6, 2005
Excerpts from the Center for Civic Education (CCE) publications give examples of how the federal civics are designed to promote the building blocks of global citizenship.
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Constitutional Resources September 22, 2005
John Eidsmoe suggests resources for teaching the U.S. Constitution.
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American Heritage Act Passes September 22, 2005
New law passed in 2005 legislature prevents the censorship of religious references from America's founding documents.
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EdWatch Hosts Successful Constitution Day Event September 22, 2005
About 200 people packed the room to hear "What Schools Should Teach About the Constitution" when Constitutional Attorney John Eidsmoe spoke on Constitution Day, Saturday, September 17th.
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September 17 ConstitutionDay ?
or Undermining the Constitution Day ?
 September 17, 2005
Judging from the readily available curricula for the federally required September 17th  Constitution Day, most schools will be more engaged in undermining the Constitution than in teaching it.
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Eidsmoe Event -- Saturday, September 17 August 8, 2005
Constitutional Attorney Dr. John Eidsmoe speaks on what schools should teach about the U.S. Constitution. Renowned constitutional attorney, author of 12 books and outstanding instructor, Dr. Eidsmoe holds five degrees in law, theology and political science. Learn how we should respond to the new Federal mandate for education on the United States Constitution.
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Civics Trojan Horse - S 860  September 4, 2005
The newest federal civics bill (S 860) by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is the next step in the federal takeover of education and would further extend the power of a special interest group, the Center for Civic Education (CCE), over schools and their civics curricula.
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Protecting children from Coerced Drugging in Public Schools August 22, 2005
The Child Medication Safety Act (HR 1790) would require states to establish policies and procedures that prohibit school personal from requiring a child to take psychotropic medications.
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Huge Mental Health Victory for MN Families July 18, 2005
In two enormous setbacks for the mental health establishment (the pharmaceutical industry, professional organizations, and mental health front groups), universal mental health screening at least once by age 3 was defeated as part of mandatory kindergarten screening in the 2005 Minnesota legislative session.
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New law: schools can't force meds on kids  July 5, 2005
"As of Friday, schools no longer have the upper hand in deciding whether children should be given Ritalin or other controlled substances. A new federal law [re-authorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Act - IDEA that applies only to Special Ed students] tilts that power to parents, barring states and schools from keeping students out of class in cases when parents disagree with a recommendation to medicate a child."
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A major victory in Texas  June 1, 2005
A dangerous and far-reaching amendment was defeated in the Texas legislature that would have implemented recommendations from the controversial 2004 New Freedom Commission on Mental Health (NFC). Passage could have set a dangerous precedent for the rest of the states.
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Lobbies in Congress for mass mental health screening  May 12, 2005
Wealthy special interests, including the powerful pharmaceutical industry, have launched a major lobbying campaign in Congress to counter the growing grassroots rejection of mass mental health screening. The new lobbying effort is in response to the growing support for HR 181, the Parental Consent Act.
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HR 1790 Child Medication Safety Act  May 2, 2005
Rep. John Kline (R- MN) introduced the Child Medication Safety Act (HR 1790) in Congress on April 21st with 16 co-sponsors, including Representatives Gil Gutknecht and Mark Kennedy. The Act protects children and their parents from being coerced into administering psychotropic medications in order to attend school.
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Myths and Facts Regarding Mental Health Screening Programs and Psychiatric Drug Treatment for Children (pdf)  May 2, 2005
Myth: The President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health is not advocating widespread mental health screening. ...
Fact: The New Freedom Commission report frequently recommended universal mental health screening and treatment for children.
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Social and Emotional Learning  January 26, 2005
Mental health screening is being implemented in states at a very rapid pace The 109th Congress will be dealing with mental health issues, as will state legislatures around the country.
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