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Events & Hot News, January 2005


January 12, 2005

EVENTS

1. Changing Worldviews Radio Show, with Sharon Hughes,

Today, Wednesday, January 12, 2005
"America's Schools the Battleground for Freedom" with Professor Allen Quist

Listen on the internet every day, any time.

Author of the highly acclaimed book, FedEd The New Federal Curriculum and How Itís Enforced, is back to tell us why he says "new math" is part of the larger American battle for freedom; that international agreements formed the basis of the No Child Left Behind education program; and that state standards and assessments promote pantheism, multi-culturalism and a New Marxism

...Tune in to find out who this is shaped after and which two Presidents signed "all aspects" of the world education agreement.

Broadcast on:

KDIA (1640 AM) 430 pm PST and Sundays at 800 pm PST
Covering the Greater S.F. Bay Area and the Sacramento Valley

WITA (1490 AM) 1230 pm ET on Saturday
Covering Knoxville and East Tennessee

RIGHTALK.com on line - NEW l hr. Show
Thursday, January 20th at 100 PST / 400 pm ET

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Also archived on Changing Worldviews
"Universal Mental Health Screening" with Dr. Karen Effrem 10/22/2004

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2. "A Nation At Risk" Fourth Annual Conference of the Eagle Forum of California
February 5, 2005 Radisson Hotel, Sacramento California

Speakers:

Michael Chapman, EdWatch
"The Three R's Restructured Meaning of Education"

Karen Holgate, California Family Council
"Education from Womb to Tomb"

Georgiana Preskar, author
"Seeds of Deception," on the S.E.E.D Program

Phyllis Schlafly, President of Eagle Forum
"The Supremacists, They Tyranny of Judges"

Orlean Koehle, President of California Eagle Forum
"Painting Your Child Green"

For details, contact Orlean Koehle 707-539-8393

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April 15, 2005

"America's Schools the Battleground for Freedom" with Professor Allen Quist

Also, Michael Ostrolenk, Education Director and Lobbyist for EdWatch

For details, contact (205) 879-7096 alaeagle@charter.net

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HOT NEWS

Sen. Michele Bachmann has thrown her hat into the 2006 race for Minnesota's 6th District Congress, a seat expected to be vacated by Cong. Mark Kennedy when he makes a widely predicted 2006 run for Mark Dayton's U.S. Senate seat. A Bachmann race would bring No Child Left Behind into the election arena. Bachmann authored the 2004 legislation to remove Minnesota from the massive federal education law. Bachmann also authored the 2006 legislation for a Minnesota constitutional amendment to define marriage between one man and one woman. Bachmann was a tireless opponent of the Profile of Learning to the Minnesota public since 1998, when most legislators were lining up to support it. Known for her articulate and populist opposition to the federal education system, and tirelessly speaking out against the Profile across Minnesota, Bachmann launched her remarkable political career by speaking out against the Profile of Learning and School-to-Work. Finally, as a Minnesota Senator, she saw the Profile repealed in 2003.

All Minnesota Senate seats are up for re-election in 2006. 2006 is the year to hold the majority Minnesota Senators accountable for their 2004 votes to oppose the citizen social studies standards in Minnesota. The Senate majority rejected the citizen standards, and adopted instead a radical alternative written by University of Minnesota professors. Here is a description of that process from the perspective of two of the authors of the radical standards adopted by the Minnesota Senate

"What Happened in Minnesota," Sara Evans and Lisa Norling

OAH Newsletter, November 2004

[T]he K-12 public school system of Minnesota survived an attempted hijacking of the statewide social studies curriculum by an alliance of radically right-wing and evangelical Christian activists...This effort was defeated over the course of several months by a remarkable collaboration between an energized group of K-12 teachers and parents and members of the University of Minnesotaís Department of History.

Several of us in the Universityís Department of History wrote standards for the teaching of U.S. and world history, K-12.. Fortunately, we did not have to start from scratch; we were able to draw on the excellent work of our colleagues under the leadership of Gary Nash in the creation of national history standards a decade ago.

[Our opponents] advocated a highly specific, fundamentalist Christian version of the past as the unfolding of Godís plan for the world and for the United States as Godís chosen nation. In perhaps the single most revealing example, a seventh grade Government and Citizenship standard required students to "recognize the significance of the Foundersí four references to God in the Declaration of Independence" ...Terms like the Declaration of Independenceís signersí "sacred honor," "self-evident truths," and "national sovereignty" turned out to have resonances we had not imagined."

The "national history standards" referred to above are the anti-American national standards that the U.S. Senate opposed in 1995 on a vote of 99 to 1. This gives a clue about the nature of the University professors' reference point. In their alternative standards, the University crowd attempted to censor out any legitimate reference to the genuine historical influence of Christianity, dismissing the work of parents and taxpayers of Minnesota as "radically right wing" and "a fundamentalist Christian version." Still, the radicals lost significant ground in the final conference compromise, which gave us partial success.

Every one of the majority party Senators voted against including the principles of national sovereignty and self-evident truth in the Senate version of the standards. (See our update of May 11, 2004.) They each also voted against restoring the historical eras of BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini - year of our Lord) to the standards. The University crowd had removed any reference such as these to America's Christian heritage by replacing those acronyms with BCE (Before Common Era) and CE (Common Era).

The Minnesota Senators believe that by 2006, voters will forget their 2004 votes. EdWatch has documented the votes, and we will remember.

All Minnesota House seats are up for re-election in 2006, as are the Governor and all Constitutional offices. All U.S. House seats are up in 2006.

We urge good candidates to consider running for legislative office. If you know good potential candidates, urge them to consider running and help them get started. The education cartel can only discuss money for schools. We talk about what students are taught, what they're learning, how they're taught, and whether schools will teach knowledge-based education instead of trying to transform our children into global citizens. Candidates for the legislature and Congress need to run on those issues.

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Taxpayers pay for fake news stories promoting No Child Left Behind

According to an article in last week's USA Today, Armstrong Williams, a nationally syndicated radio, print and television personality, was paid $240,000 by the Education Department to promote the No Child Left Behind Act.

The contract required Williams' company, the Graham Williams Group, to produce radio and TV ads that promote the controversial law and feature one-minute ``reads'' by Paige. The deal also allowed Paige and other department officials to appear as studio guests with Williams. Williams, one of the leading black conservative voices in the country, was also to use his influence with other black journalists to get them to talk about No Child Left Behind.

The department's contract with Williams dates to 2003 and 2004. It is billed as a ``minority outreach campaign." The Department promotes No Child Left Behind with a video that comes across as a news story but fails to make clear the reporter involved was paid with taxpayer money. It has also has paid for rankings of newspaper coverage of the law, with points awarded for stories that say Bush and the Republican Party are strong on education. The Government Accountability Office, Congress' auditing arm, is investigating those spending decisions. The Education Department says its decision is a "permissible use of taxpayer funds under legal government contracting procedures."

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