I have blogged about this before, but the “nudging” of our government toward the propaganda and indoctrination of our children is getting to the point this needs to be repeated.
Critics Decry Obama’s ‘Indoctrination’ Plan for Students
A suggested lesson plan that calls on school kids to write letters to themselves about what they can do to help President Obama is troubling some education experts, who say it establishes the president as a “superintendent in chief” and may indoctrinate children to support him politically.
But the White House says the speech is merely “designed to encourage kids to stay in school.”
Obama will deliver a national address directly to students on Tuesday, which will be the first day of classes for many children across the country. The address, to be broadcast live on the White House’s Web site, was announced in a letter to school principals last week by Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
Obama intends to “challenge students to work hard, set educational goals and take responsibility for their learning,” Duncan wrote. Obama will also call for a “shared responsibility” among students, parents and educators to maximize learning potential.
“The goal of the speech and the lesson plans is to challenge students to work hard in school, to not drop out and to meet short-term goals like behaving in class, doing their homework and goals that parents and teachers alike can agree are noble,” Tommy Vietor, a White House spokesman, told FOXNews.com. “This isn’t a policy speech. This is a speech designed to encourage kids to stay in school.”
But in advance of the address, the Department of Education has offered educators “classroom activities” to coincide with Obama’s message.
Students in grades pre-K-6, for example, are encouraged to “write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals.”
Teachers are also given guidance to tell students to “build background knowledge about the president of the United States by reading books about presidents and Barack Obama.”
During the speech, “teachers can ask students to write down key ideas or phrases that are important or personally meaningful.”
For grades 7-12, the Department of Education suggests teachers prepare by excerpting quotes from Obama’s speeches on education for their students to contemplate — and ask as questions such as “Why does President Obama want to speak with us today? How will he inspire us? How will he challenge us?”
Activities suggested for after the speech include asking students “what resonated with you from President Obama’s speech? What lines/phrase do you remember?”
Obama announced his intention to deliver the address to students during an interview with Damon Weaver, a middle school student from Florida who gained a following of his own last year on the campaign trail for his interviews of high-profile figures.
The Department of Education is using the president’s address to kick off a video contest titled, “I Am What I Learn,” in which students are invited to submit videos of up to two minutes on the importance of education in achieving their dreams.
Obama’s critics say the lesson plans and the president’s calls for a “supportive community” are troubling on many levels.
“In general, I don’t think there’s a problem if the president uses the bully pulpit to tell kids to work hard, study hard and things like that. But there are some troubling hints in this, both educationally and politically,” said Neal McCluskey, associate director of Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom.
Among the concerns, McCluskey said, is the notion that students who do not support Obama or his educational policies will begin the school year “behind the eight ball,” or somehow academically trailing their peers.
“It essentially tries to force kids to say the president and the presidency is inspiring, and that’s very problematic,” McCluskey said. “It’s very concerning that you would do that.”
Parents of public school students would also have to pay for that “indoctrination,” regardless of their political background, he said.
“That’s the fundamental problem. They could easily be funding the indoctrination of their children.”
Read the rest of this article HERE.
NOW GO TO THIS WEBSITE: http://www.learningtogive.org
The HOME page boasts this: ”Learning to Give, a division of the LEAGUE, is the world’s leading developer of lessons and resources that teach giving and volunteerism, civic engagement, and character through service learning.”
Learning to Give is the curriculum division of The LEAGUE.
Learning to Give:
- EDUCATES youth about philanthropy, the civil society sector, and the importance of giving their time, talent and treasure for the common good (knowledge),
- DEVELOPS philanthropic behavior and experience (skills), and,
- EMPOWERS youth to take voluntary citizen action for the common good in their classrooms, their lives and their communities (behavior).
Learning to Give educates youth about the importance of philanthropy, the civil society sector, and civic engagement. The Learning to Give Web site offers over 1,200 K-12 lessons and educational resources for teachers, parents, youth workers, faith groups and community leaders free of charge.
The LEAGUE is a school and web-based system for service learning that builds character and empowers young people to “do good” in their community, the nation and the world. The organization developed the country’s first standards-based classroom lessons that teach students the core subjects from a philanthropic perspective. Students learn about giving, service, responsibility, character and leadership in the classroom and practice it in the community (learning and doing).
I encourage you to browse this site, look at the suggested lesson plans from K-12 by subject matter and realize WHAT is being taught here.
LOOK at WHO funds and supports this:
ANOTHER INDOCTRINATION SITE: http://www.learnandserve.gov/
Learn and Serve America provides direct and indirect support to K-12 schools, community groups and higher education institutions to facilitate service-learning projects by:
- Providing grant support for school-community partnerships and higher education institutions;
- Providing training and technical assistance resources to teachers, administrators, parents, schools and community groups; and
- Collecting and disseminating research, effective practices, curricula, and program models.
Learn and Serve America provides grants to schools, colleges, and nonprofit groups to support efforts to engage more than 17,000 Pennsylvania students in community service linked to academic achievement and the development of civic skills. This type of learning, called service learning, improves communities while preparing young people for a lifetime of responsible citizenship. In addition to providing grants, Learn and Serve America serves as a resource on service and service-learning to teachers, faculty members, schools, and community groups
Download: Learn and Serve America in Pennsylvania (PDF)
National Service in Pennsylvania. More than 40,000 people of all ages and backgrounds are helping to meet local needs, strengthen communities, and increase civic engagement through 163 national service projects across Pennsylvania. Serving with national and local nonprofits, schools, faith-based organizations and other groups, these citizens tutor and mentor children, coordinate after-school programs, build homes, conduct neighborhood patrols, restore the environment, respond to disasters, build nonprofit capacity and recruit and manage volunteers. This year, the Corporation for National and Community Service will commit more than $34,500,000 to support Pennsylvania communities through three national service initiatives:
The Corporation for National and Community Service improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. Each year, the Corporation engages more than four million Americans in service to meet local needs through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America. To learn more, visit www.nationalservice.gov or call 202-606-5000 or TTY 202-565-2799.
Information on the 2008 – 2009 program year current as of March 4, 2009.
You can look up the role and impact of your state by the Learn and Serve:
‘Capitalism Will Fail,’ Marijuana Leaf Part of California School Mosaic
Symbols of communism and marijuana and a prediction that “capitalism will fail” aren’t exactly the sort of end-of-year messages you’d expect from an eighth grader.
But that’s precisely what some students at the Black Pine Circle School, a private school in Berkeley, Calif., chose to include in their “Class of 2007″ mosaic.
The symbols, which are prominently displayed outside the school, have prompted questions about the appropriateness of images like a hammer and sickle and a marijuana leaf on school grounds — and have led critics to say they are blatant proof of political indoctrination of young children.
Black Pine Circle bills itself as a day school where students from kindergarten through eighth grade will be “maximally free of all the ‘isms’ which pervade most aspects of the world around them: from racism to sexism to the less obvious forms of discrimination,” according to its Web site.
Capitalism, even if it fails, apparently isn’t one of those: Tuition for a 10-month term costs more than $17,000.
Laura Wolff, assistant director and head of BPCS’s Lower School, told FOXNews.com that each graduating student makes a tile to commemorate his or her time there, sometimes teaming up with other students to make a “dual tile.” She said school officials do not edit or otherwise influence the end products.
Tiles from this school:
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Then after graduation from High School; if they go to a University or Community College, they are indoctrinated by the “Communists in the classroom”:
Today’s communists, like Bill Ayers, work in our schools aiming to keep American students in the same level of ignorance and tribalism as the peasants of Russia and South America.
They began their nefarious deeds in the 1960s. With help from the Soviet Union, they fomented hatred of the United States and then successfully groomed a generation to colonize the schools. The SDS (Students for a Democratic Society), of which Ayers was a member, spelled out their strategies in their position paper, the Port Huron Statement. Employing the old Soviet strategy of “boring from within,” they focused on “an overlooked seat of influence”: the university. Divested of their history, literacy, and ability to reason, their students became the mob that elected Barack Obama.
I am not the only one to witness the increasing inability of college students to reason. Douglas G. Campbell, writing in Academic Questions, relates a common experience in the college classroom. The former career military officer, while discussing military culture, was accused of being “brainwashed by the military” by a student who had no experience in the military or knowledge of it. When asked what informed her opinion, she could not reply. In frustration she repeated the classroom mantra, that she was “entitled to my opinion.” When she broke into tears, accusing Campbell of being a Nazi, she gained the sympathy of her classmates. I’ve had a similar resistance to facts and logic in the classroom.
Campbell cites a couple of books on pedagogy that he had to read in a mandatory program at his college. One by Stephen D. Brookfield, Becoming a Critically Reflective Thinker, advocates a Marxist methodology called “critical pedagogy,” by which “students are helped to break out of oppressive ways of thinking and acting that seem habitual but that have been imposed by the dominant culture.”
The “dominant culture” that Brookfield refers to is the Western one. It relies on standards of truth, objectivity, and fairness. It uses the syllogism, where a premise based on truth leads logically to a conclusion. Our “dominant culture” also emphasizes fairness, such as notions that people of a certain race are not inherently wiser or that those who demonstrate merit should be rewarded.
But in our schools, from kindergarten through graduate school, a different culture reigns. From textbooks, to teaching strategies that encourage collective thinking, to dorm room indoctrination, students are pressured to give up independent, logical thought for nonsensical theories, group work, and consensus building. They are bullied emotionally and pressured with grades to adopt the thinking of the classroom. At the same time, they are denied exposure to the Western heritage.
Read this entire article HERE.
Is Obama just teaching/indoctrinating his foot soldiers for the National Civilian Security force?
His new coalition of “Volunteers” and “Service Force”?
Why not endorse learning Technology, the Sciences, Mathematics, et .al? Entrepreneur ideals of business?
In my own community; this year they have removed GEOGRAPHY from the 7th grade curriculum and replaced it with “Civics” class.
In days of yore, we had a mandatory class in Americanism vs. Communism credit for graduation from High School. What ever happened to that? Oh that’s right it was during LBJ “Great Society” time……