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December 2004 Happenings

December 29, 2004

Quote of the month:
From USA Today, December 20th
Page 1A

Points of contention
"Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., says Congress 'must undo' Bush's signature No Child Left Behind Act, which sets national standards for education. He says Washington should stay out of schools."

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Anti-American, pro-gay bias in teacher training curriculum

Barb Anderson of the Minnesota Family Council has produced a powerful document that reveals indoctrination in teacher training curriculum toward a radical agenda. Called, S.E.E.D Report:Informing Citizens of the Anti-American, Pro-gay Bias of Diversity Training, this curriculum is used all over the country. Parents and citizens of all kinds need to review this material carefully.

A FEW EXCERPTS:

This paper presents the first-hand account of Barb Anderson’s experience in SEED, a diversity teacher-training program, as taught in Anoka Hennepin School District #11 in Andover, Minnesota for the school year 2003 – 2004. The purpose of this paper is to inform citizens of the anti-American, pro-homosexual bias in SEED classes, and to suggest the need for serious investigation and official review of SEED. This paper also raises the question of the possible misuse of federal integration/desegregation funds via school district diversity departments. The Minnesota Statutes 2003 Chapter 124D.86 states that integration revenue “must be used…for students to have increased interracial contacts through classroom experiences, staff initiatives, and other educationally related programs.” This statute is not a mandate for homosexual advocacy.

WHAT IS SEED?

SEED stands for Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity. It is a nation-wide, K–12 diversity teacher-training program in public and private schools. Under the umbrella of multiculturalism and diversity, SEED teaches cultural egalitarianism and the acceptance of homosexuality as a sexual minority. While primarily a teacher-training program, SEED also operates on the student level (in some school districts) holding monthly meetings for 7th and 8th grade students. Students in the 5th and 6th grade meet weekly in diversity groups called GLOW – Growing Leaders of Our World.

WHAT IS THE GOAL OF SEED?

SEED states that their goal is to bring about social change through education by “making school curricula more gender-fair and multiculturally equitable in all subject areas.” This phraseology is a euphemism employed by SEED for viewing all cultures as equal and making gays and lesbians visible in all curriculum subjects.

INTRODUCTION

In the fall of 2003 I registered for SEED I in Minnesota in Anoka Hennepin School District #11. In an August 26, 2003 e-mail sent to all District #11 staff, the SEED classes were described as an opportunity “to open your mind to different ways of thinking about your world!” The classes were said to be “life changing” and an opportunity for “personal and curricular change.” As a former Spanish teacher, I was interested in taking SEED because it was billed as a cultural and diversity-training program that would give participants “a variety of opportunities to learn about cultures other than their own and to share their own unique experiences.” I found SEED to be less about studying other cultures and more about learning a politically correct view of responding to (both real and imagined) oppression.

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School Board Fails to Heed Lessons of Election
by Warren Throckmorton, PhD

Montgomery County, Maryland is a blue county. Next door to Washington, D.C., the county went 66 to 33 for Senator Kerry in the
recent election. So when the Montgomery County School Board rubber stamped a set of committee recommendations expanding sexual education content to include condom demonstrations and left of center views on homosexuality, I suspect the members of the board expected little resistance from parents. Surprise! In fact, after two years of stonewalling efforts from parents to register their views, the school board members may find themselves facing voters in a recall effort.

Rumor is that the school board thinks the whole thing will blow over. However, one glance at the website provides evidence that the parents are serious. Given such strong reaction concerning values, the school board may need to glean some lessons from the last election.

See full article here.

(Author Warren Throckmorton, PhD is Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of College Counseling at Grove City College
(PA). His articles have appeared in over 50 newspapers and he is a Contributing Columnist with Crosswalk.com. Dr. Throckmorton is the producer of a recently released documentary titled I Do Exist concerning sexual orientation. His website is
www.drthrockmorton.com )

Also see paper by Warren Throckmorton, "Health Education as Social Advocacy: An Evaluation of the Proposed Montgomery County Schools Health Education Curriculum" and David Blakeslee, Psy.D.

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A Worldview conference
[Information provided as a courtesy to our readers. Not sponsored by EdWatch.]
Sponsored by Nehemiah Institute
Dan Smithwick, President

Concordia University- Buetow Music Center.
January 15 2005,  9:00 to 11:00
(Registration opens at 8:30, no advance registration needed)
Registration fee-  $10

Intended audience:  CE Directors, pastors, teachers, education majors, and parents
Worldview training materials for elementary through adults will be available for review/purchase.

For further information, call Lowell Herzberg (952-934-8676)

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"The Delphi Technique in Texas"

[The following article is one state's experience of how federal Goals 2000 money created standards in the states that comply with the federal curriculum (the national standards). The same scenario has been replicated in each state in the union, leaving only a facade of states writing their own standards and aligned assessments.  EdWatch]

The Delphi Technique in Texas"
by Donna Garner
December 13, 2004

When the Texas Education Agency orchestrated the writing of the public school curriculum standards (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills -- TEKS -- adopted in July 1997), the Delphi Technique was used on the writing team members.  I, as one of the writing team members for the English / Language Arts / Reading (ELAR) standards, experienced the Delphi Technique up-close and personal.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff was trained in the Delphi Technique by the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) at a pricetag of $1.5M.  The Texas State Board of Education never approved the large expenditure by the TEA to NCEE. 

A professional consensus-builder from Washington, D. C. was hired to manipulate our English / Language Arts / Reading writing team. Representatives from the Chief State School Officers were brought in to our meetings, plus there were other various and sundry individuals at every table -- to the right of us, to the left of us, all around us.  We never really knew who these people were, but they would hardly let us go to the bathroom by ourselves.

The "lightning rods" (such as myself) were immediately located, and we were put through various psychological strategies.  First, the facilitators tried appealing to our egos.  When that didn't work, they tried peer pressure.  Then we were labeled as "the bad guys" and were treated with disdain and downright antipathy.  Soon the other writing team members didn't want to be around us because we were considered the troublemakers. 

Entire article may be viewed here.

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New U.S. Congress convenes in January

The 109th Congress convenes at noon on Tuesday, January 4, 2005
Unofficial list of 109th Congress House members. (pdf)
Unofficial List of 109th Congress House telephone numbers. (pdf)
Senators of the 109th Congress.

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New Minnesota legislature convenes in January

The 2005-2006 biennial legislative session will convene January 4, 2005.
Directory of 2005-2006 members of MN Legislature. (pdf)