EDUCATION FOR WORLD CITIZENSHIP & WORLD GOVERNMENT:
By Tom DeWeese
HOW THE UNITED NATIONS ENDEAVORS TO POISON AMERICAN EDUCATION
It is astonishing that the Bush administration has begun issuing grants to help spread a United Nations propaganda program that describes itself as a “universal curriculum” for teaching global citizenship, peace studies, and equality of world cultures. The U.S. Department of Education has issued its first $1.2 million grant to implement the UN’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program to middle schools that are to become feeder schools for the IB’s high school diploma program in low-income school districts.
The IB program had been adopted by about 1,450 schools in 115 countries, including 502 schools in the United States. The Bush administration grants will expand the IB program initially in Arizona, Massachusetts, and New York.
Children caught between the comparable “New Civics” curriculum now being implemented and the IB program will have no concept of the U.S. ideals of limited government controlled by “We the People.” They will be fully indoctrinated into accepting the idea of a one-world government that only recognizes the power of the state to “grant” our rights. Gone is Thomas Jefferson’s idea of unalienable rights. They were “self evident” to Jefferson and those who sacrificed their lives for American independence, but the new curriculum views them as antiquated curiosities.
Yet, this is what U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige calls “world-class education.” Most everyone else would call the IB program “socialism.” Worse, such indoctrination is taking place in public school classrooms, paid for by taxpayer dollars, and forced on unsuspecting children. What makes this more infuriating is that it’s being funded and implemented by a Republican administration!
This same administration and its educational programs have recently been called to task in a report, The American Diploma Project. The result of cooperation between three major think tanks, the report concludes that, “The diploma has lost its value because what it takes to earn one is disconnected from what it takes for graduates to compete successfully beyond high school --- either in the classroom or the workplace.”
Coupled with the IB program, not only will American students be taught that allegiance to America and our governmental and economic systems should be replaced by global citizenship, but the diplomas they are earning are just a “broken promise” of the education they should have received!
The educational system in America is in total meltdown. E.D. Hirsch, Jr., author of The Schools We Need: And Why We Don’t Have Them, has written that “Successful reading requires more than an ability to decode or ‘sound out’ words. It also requires adequate background knowledge or ‘cultural literacy.’ Without background knowledge of history, literature, art, music, science and math, students will read, but without comprehension.”
With the UN-sponsored International Baccalaureate (IB), instituted at the middle school level, American students will be taught a curriculum that stresses code words such as "human rights" and "social justice," but which, in practice, the UN has never been able to successfully implement or enforce. Many of the members of the UN are diplomatic representatives of some of the world’s worst dictatorships, despotic political regimes guilty of the worst abuses of human rights and demonstrating unwillingness to establish and operate legal and judicial systems characterized by due process of law and administering fair and equal justice under the law.
Moreover, American children will be taught about the environmental scheme called “sustainable development,” a scheme to block any and all economic activities requiring use of the Earth's natural resources -- which, in reality, means blocking any and all economic development period. America's children will be indoctrinated to accept the UN’s views on immigration, population, health, and other environmental concerns.
Our children will not learn about traditional American political, economic, and social values -- the values which have sustained the United States of America and which make it a magnet for freedom-hungry people around the world. Instead, the UN-sponsored curriculum will teach about the desirability of embracing socialism -- the ecomomic system that has always failed whenever a society has attempted establish and operate such a system. George Walker, IB’s Director-General, based in Geneva, Switzerland, says the program is committed to changing children’s values so they think globally, rather than in “parochial national terms from their own country’s viewpoint…”
Henry Lamb, one of the nation’s experts on the United Nations, warns that the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) “has been trying to impose an international curriculum to prepare students for world government” since its inception. During the Reagan administration, the U.S.A. dropped its membership in UNESCO, citing how corrupt it had become. Typically, the Bush administration just put us back in!
As a result, the current administration tacitly supports the view of a 1949 UNESCO textbook, Toward World Understanding. The UNESCO textbook says: “As long as the child breathes the poisoned air of nationalism, education in world-mindedness can produce only rather precarious results. As we have pointed out, it is frequently the family that infects the child with extreme nationalism.”
Think back to the countless American homes, offices, and other structures that, after 9-11, flew the American flag as a symbol of their allegiance to the United States of America. To the UN, this is “extreme nationalism” that “poisons” the minds of our children.
One critic of the program warned, “administrators do not tell you that the current IB program for ages 3 through grade 12 promotes socialism, disarmament, radical environmentalism and moral relativism, while attempting to undermine Christian religious values and national sovereignty.”
Do you want your children growing up without learning the basic facts of our constitutional republican form of government? Do want the children growing up without learning the facts of our history, replete with the battles fought to retain the rights and liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution to each and every individual American, the constitutional autonomy of the member-states of our federal union, constitutionalism coupled with representative democracy, majority rule with protection of minority rights, and the blessings and benefits of our system of the rule of law, including liberty under law? A review of science, and even math texts, reveals that sustainable development, environmental protection, and "social justice" -- used here as a euphemism for "socialism" -- dominate material children are force-fed in the name of education.
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