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New NCLB Plan Establishes International
Education For All
the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee would institute
international education standards in all public schools as part of their
proposed changes to the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
"International education standards" translated mean requiring
that schools teach the beliefs and values of the UN. It does not
mean having higher standards than we now have.
UN International Curriculum
released federal House Education Committee proposal would move all states
into national/ international curriculum standards. This means that
America's classroom curriculum will be not be determined by
teachers, by elected school boards or state legislatures, or even within
our own country. America's curriculum will be set by international
agencies, specifically by UNESCO, the education arm of the UN.
the framework for an International Curriculum. According to the IB
website, IB (and mational/international curriculum standards) are all
about beliefs and values. It is
example, IB curricula teaches that the American Creed -- that is, the
principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution
that all men and women are created equal, with inalienable rights of
life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, that government exists to
protect those rights, and limited government-- may be highly regarded by
some Americans, but it lacks universal truths and values that are good
for all Americans and it certainly isn't good for other nations. Rather,
International curriculum standards promote the UN
Universal Declaration of
Human Rights [UDHR] as the highest, universal principles.
Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution are fundamentally
opposite from the UDHR. A few examples are these (see
Tenth Amendment to our Constitution states:
- The right to bear arms -- UDHR has no right to bear arms.
- No double jeopardy -- UDHR has no prohibition of double
- Church/state separation -- UDHR promotes an earth-worship
- Limited government -- UDHR has no limits on government.
- Reserved powers -- UDHR has no reserved powers.
- Recognition of natural law -- UDHR does not recognize natural law.
- Guarantee that property cannot be taken by government without just
compensation -- UDHR has no such guarantee.
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the
Constitution ... are reserved to the states respectively, or to the
is, human rights belong to the people, and government has only those
rights given it by the people. Our rights have higher standing than
biggest difference between the American Creed and international education
is this: Our Declaration of Independence states that government exists to
protect the God-given, inalienable rights of all persons.
however, has the exact opposite view of human rights. It says:
"These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to
the purposes and principles of the United Nations." [UDHR,
Paragraph 29, Article 3] This means that under the UDHR, people
have only those rights the UN says they have. But under the U.S. Bill of
Rights, government has only those rights the people say it has.
proposal "incentivizes" all states to get fully on the
national/international curriculum standards track, meaning states pay a
financial penalty for not climbing on board. Congress recently already
passed a huge subsidy for International Baccalaureate in the
COMPETES Act, rewarding states that prioritize it. NCLB guarantees
all states will prioritize international education.
numerous other highly objectionable parts to this NCLB proposal. It
brings on more testing, not less. It adds in the use of subjective
"portfolios" so teachers can game the system, for example, and
it brings most other subject areas into the federal testing mode. English
Language Learners (ELL) will take their assessments in their own foreign
language, not English, for up to seven years -- not counting the first
year when they won't be assessed, and non-compliant states are slapped
with a 25% reduction of federal education dollars.
hearing for this proposal will be next Monday, September 10th, less than
two weeks after the massive 435 page document was released to the public.
And this is only Title I, which is the first chapter of the current ten
of Public Law, and $13 billion of public spending.
A PLUS plan": U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra [R-Michigan] has
introduced legislation that he says would help restore local control of
education. (Michigan Education Report, August 15, 2007)
Accountability to Voters"
Rep Hoekstra, Peter [MI-2] , Current 63
Rep Akin, W. Todd [MO-2],
Rep Bachmann, Michele [MN-6],
Rep Barrett, J. Gresham [SC-3],
Rep Bartlett, Roscoe G. [MD-6],
Rep Bishop, Rob [UT-1],
Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7],
Rep Blunt, Roy [MO-7], Rep Bonner, Jo [AL-1],
Rep Campbell, John [CA-48],
Rep Cannon, Chris [UT-3],
Rep Cantor, Eric [VA-7],
Rep Carter, John R. [TX-31],
Rep Culberson, John Abney [TX-7],
Rep Doolittle, John T. [CA-4],
Rep Drake, Thelma D. [VA-2],
Rep Duncan, John J., Jr. [TN-2],
Rep Fallin, Mary [OK-5],
Rep Feeney, Tom [FL-24],
Rep Flake, Jeff [AZ-6],
Rep Foxx, Virginia [NC-5],
Rep Franks, Trent [AZ-2],
Rep Garrett, Scott [NJ-5],
Rep Gilchrest, Wayne T. [MD-1],
Rep Gingrey, Phil [GA-11],
Rep Gohmert, Louie [TX-1],
Rep Goode, Virgil H., Jr. [VA-5],
Rep Goodlatte, Bob [VA-6],
Rep Hensarling, Jeb [TX-5],
Rep Herger, Wally [CA-2],
Rep Hunter, Duncan [CA-52],
Rep Inglis, Bob [SC-4],
Rep Issa, Darrell E. [CA-49],
Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3],
Rep Kingston, Jack [GA-1],
Rep Kline, John [MN-2],
Rep Lewis, Ron [KY-2],
Rep Linder, John [GA-7],
Rep Lucas, Frank D. [OK-3],
Rep Manzullo, Donald A. [IL-16],
Rep McHenry, Patrick T. [NC-10],
Rep Miller, Candice S. [MI-10],
Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1],
Rep Moran, Jerry [KS-1],
Rep Musgrave, Marilyn N. [CO-4],
Rep Paul, Ron [TX-14],
Rep Pence, Mike [IN-6],
Rep Pitts, Joseph R. [PA-16],
Rep Price, Tom [GA-6],
Rep Ramstad, Jim [MN-3],
Rep Rogers, Mike J. [MI-8],
Rep Rohrabacher, Dana [CA-46],
Rep Ryan, Paul [WI-1],
Rep Sali, Bill [ID-1],
Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [WI-5],
Rep Shadegg, John B. [AZ-3],
Rep Tancredo, Thomas G. [CO-6],
Rep Thornberry, Mac [TX-13],
Rep Tiahrt, Todd [KS-4],
Rep Walberg, Timothy [MI-7],
Rep Weldon, Dave [FL-15],
Rep Westmoreland, Lynn A. [GA-3],
Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2]
For more reading on the background of NCLB, see
America's Schools: The
Battleground for Freedom.
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