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July 29, 2004By Allen Quist
Just as its name suggests, the GLOBE Program is part of an effort to establish a global system of education. Also as its name suggests, the GLOBE program looks as the world from global perspective, not from the perspective of the United States.
GLOBE is popular in the United States. There are now 10,350 U.S. schools that participate in the GLOBE program. Additional schools are signing up on a steady basis. “GLOBE” is an acronym for “Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment.” That is, GLOBE, is an international education system with an international curriculum and an international data collection network. The National Science Foundation (NSF) defines GLOBE as follows:
As clarified by its full name, the purpose of GLOBE is both international education and environmental education. A 1996 bulletin published by GLOBE highlighted these two purposes as it announced the formation of a partnership between GLOBE and UNESCO (the education arm of the United Nations). The headline read, “GLOBE-UNESCO To Work Together on Environmental Education.” The article said:
What do GLOBE and UNESCO mean by “diffusion to schools of key messages of sustainable development”? The “key messages of sustainable development” are defined by the Earth Charter, a document which has been officially endorsed by UNESCO and is supported by GLOBE. The Earth Charter [www.earthcharter.org] includes the following positions, or “messages” as being among what it calls its “principles” for action:
As is obvious from the 14 points above, “the key messages of sustainable development” as defined by the Earth Charter include a broad religious, ideological and political agenda. How does the Earth Charter hope to accomplish its ambitious goals as defined by the Charter? The Earth Charter webpage answers that question by saying:
Notice that the Earth Carter does not say that education is “a key” to sustainable development. The Earth Charter says that education is “the key” to sustainable development. As stated above in the Earth Charter, and as also stated in various UN agreements including Agenda 21, the Treaty on Biodiversity, and Education for All, UNESCO sees education for sustainable development as being the primary method for advancing the goals of the Earth Charter as stated above.
It is obvious, therefore, that UNESCO is using its partnership with the international GLOBE Program as a means for accomplishing the radical objectives of the Earth Charter stated above. Schools that participate in the GLOBE curriculum should expect the broad religious, ideological and political agenda of the Earth Charter to be aggressively promoted in their schools.
UNESCO has clarified that environmental education, as it sees it, is not primarily academic. In its
“International Implementation Scheme” for its coming “Decade of Education for
Sustainable Development,” fore example, UNESCO said:
That is, according to UNESCO, education for sustainable development is “transformational” education -- education that focuses more on values, behavior and lifestyles than on teaching academic knowledge and skills. By means of its partnership with UNESCO, GLOBE has clarified that it sees environmental education in a manner consistent with the position of UNESCO.
How, then, does the GLOBE Program go about promoting the agenda of the Earth Charter? On its webpage, GLOBE says that its curriculum is consistent with the National Science Standards and the National Geography Standards. These national standards are transformational in nature, just as UNESCO says they should be; and, like the Earth Charter, focus on attitudes, values and behavior as opposed to emphasizing academic education. The National Geography Standards, for example, do not require that students learn the location of the nations of the world, nor are students required to learn the capitals of the nations. These standards do not even require that students learn the location of our 50 states and their capitals.
What, then, do the National Geography Standards require that students know? Following the format of transformational education, the geography standards are organized around themes, not knowledge. The themes are of two types – sustainable development themes and, to a lesser extent, multiculturalism. There are, for example, numerous requirements for promoting sustainable development themes such as the following:
The National Geography Standards are packed full of requirements like those above. These standards really should be called the “National Education for Sustainable Development Standards” because that is what they actually are. The National Science Standards, similarly, have numerous requirements for teaching sustainable development.
What we see, therefore, is substantial consistency between the goals of UNESCO and the GLOBE Program. The principles of freedom followed by the United States, and as stated in our Declaration of Independence, are contrary to the purposes of GLOBE and UNESCO and will not be taught. National sovereignty, for example, is undermined by the GLOBE Program.
The basic purpose of UNESCO
was made crystal clear by its first Directory-General, Sir Julian Huxley, when
This is also the purpose of GLOBE – creating an international system of education for sustainable development as defined by the Earth Charter. International education is a critical step in UNESCO’s overall goal of international government.
Copyright 2004 Allen Quist. All rights reserved. Permission to distribute, but not sell, with proper reference to author and http://www.edwatch.org.
Allen Quist is author of FedEd: The New Federal Curriculum and How It's Enforced, and soon-to-be-published book The Battle For America in Our Schools.
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