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Common Core ‘Architect’ David Coleman’s History With the Ayers and Obama Led Chicago Annenberg Challenge


By Danette Clark

Re-post. Original posted June 17, 2013. Also found at EAGnews.org.

Referred to as ‘Common Core lead standards authors’ by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), David Coleman and Jason Zimba are just two in a long list of Common Core creators whose academic roots are with the education-for-a-revolution machine borne by Annenberg Institute, Carnegie Corporation, Bill Gates, et al.

Today, Coleman and Zimba are head of Student Achievement Partners, an organization that played a leading role in developing the standards and actively supports districts and states in implementing them.

Prior to Student Achiement Partners, Coleman and Zimba were co-founders of the Grow Network (now owned by McGraw-Hill Company). Grow Network began as a pilot program in New York in 2000. Less than a year later, the Chicago Public Education Fund began negotiating a contract with Grow Network on behalf of Chicago Public Schools.

The Chicago Public Education Fund (‘The Fund’) was created in 1998 by the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC) board of directors, which included Barack Obama as board chairman and communist Bill Ayers, as co-chair.

President Obama’s recently appointed Commerce Secretary, Penny Pritzker, was one of twelve founding board members appointed to The Fund.

Obama himself worked with The Fund for the next several years as a leadership council member, along side Bill Ayers’ father, Thomas Ayers, and brother, John Ayers.

From Catalyst Chicago, March 2000:

“The Chicago Annenberg Challenge will close up shop in June 2001, but its efforts to improve public education will live on through a new community foundation…the Chicago Public Education Fund…”

The Fund existed and still exists to carry on the work of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge — that work being the expansion of Theodore Sizer’s Coalition of Essential Schools, the reform movement that now (even absent Common Core) indoctrinates students in several states and districts nationwide with a Marxist-Communist political, moral and social ideology.

In 2001, shortly after Arne Duncan began his stint as CEO of Chicago Public Schools (CPS), David Coleman’s newly formed Grow Network solidified its $2.2 million contract with CPS to provide the district with data driven student performance reports for the 2002-2003 school year.

In CPS’s 2002 Education Plan, which introduced Grow Network as a new initiative, President Obama is listed as a member of the district’s planning and development advisory committee. The report also names John Ayers and Communist-Maoist Mike Klonsky of Bill Ayers’ Small Schools Workshop as participants in CPS’s education plan discussion groups.

In 2004, Coleman and Zimba sold Grow Network to McGraw Hill, which continues its lucrative partnership with CPS today. In fact, two former Grow Network members now work for the Chicago Public Education Fund — one of them as its managing director.

The fact that Grow Network has history with the Ayers/Obama/Annenberg led Chicago school system, and was recruited by the Ayers/Obama/Annenberg created Chicago Public Education Fund, doesn’t necessarily implicate David Coleman and Jason Zimba as supporters of Chicago’s radically progressive style of education. However, given Coleman’s progressive upbringing and the fact that CPS paid more than $2 million to bring his untested and unproven program to the district, it does seem likely that Coleman and Zimba had prior connections to the Chicago ed machine.

Fast forward to today and we see each of these players still working to expand the Annenberg/Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) reform model, a model whose teaching strategies, lesson plans, and curriculum resources are identical to those now being used with Common Core.

Communist, domestic terrorist, and creator of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, Bill Ayers, continues to speak on behalf of the Annenberg/CES reform effort and provides professional development to teachers and principals from CES schools and districts.

From the White House, Obama and Duncan promote, by name, Bill Ayers’ Small Schools Workshop and the Coalition of Essential Schools while funneling billions to states that have adopted Common Core.

Carnegie Corporation, which has continued to support Annenberg/CES reform over the years, now also provides heavy funding to the Council of Chief State School Officers for the creation and implementation of Common Core.

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Name Names — Radical of the Week


THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE LARGEST PROGRESSIVE INDOCTRINATION MOVEMENT IN THE U.S.

RADICAL OF THE WEEK

Vartan Gregorian

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Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation, formerly served as president of Brown University. In 1996, Gregorian briefly stepped in as acting director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, which was then housed at Brown.

In his role as acting director, Gregorian was instrumental in the creation of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC). Gregorian selected domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, who personally selected Barack Obama, to work on the board of the CAC. The mission of the CAC was to expand Theodore Sizer’s Coalition of Essential Schools throughout Chicago and surrounding areas.

The Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) is the progressive education reform movement currently indoctrinating children nationwide. CES is behind both the nationally proposed Common Core State Standards and CSCOPE in Texas. Find several articles explaining the connections at the Common Core / CSCOPE / CES Connection page.

In 2009, President Obama appointed Vartan Gregorian to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.

In addition to his post as president of Carnegie Corporation, an organization that has long funded progressive education initiatives, Gregorian currently sits on the board of the Qatar Foundation.

The Qatar Foundation was started by the founder of Al Jazeera and currently employs the grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder, Hassan Al Banna. Despite this and other deep ties to Islamic terrorists, the State Department and the U.S. Department of Education have entered into an extensive partnership with the Qatar Foundation for the purpose of implementing several programs, including the ‘Connect All Schools’ Initiative. Read about the initiative at U.S. State Department and Department of Education Give Islamic Terrorists Access to Your Children.

In 1997, Fox Point Elementary School in Providence, Rhode Island entered into a collaborative learning partnership with Brown University, thereby dedicating the elementary school to the tenants and agenda set forth by the Coalition of Essential Schools. Fox Point Elementary then changed its name to Vartan Gregorian Elementary.

See other radicals behind CES schools at Name Names.

CSCOPE – How Did Texas Get Here?


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By Danette Clark

In 1992, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) entered into a partnership with Texas Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) and Austin Interfaith to direct funds to low-performing schools for use in teacher training, parent leadership training, and after-school enrichment. From this partnership, several IAF ‘Alliance Schools’ were created.

Texas IAF is part of the Saul Alinsky-founded and Chicago-based Industrial Areas Foundation. Saul Alinsky is the Marx-loving, God-hating community organizer known for his influence on President Obama and ACORN.

According to a 2009 study by the Annenberg Institute, Texas IAF’s Alliance Schools network grew to “roughly a quarter of the Austin Independent School District’s elementary schools and half of the district’s high-poverty schools” in an eight-year period.

The study also reveals that Texas IAF and Austin Interfaith developed a collaborative relationship with former Austin ISD Superintendent, Pascal Forgione.

The Alliance Schools model can now be found in approximately 160 schools throughout the state — a speck on the map when compared to the number of Texas schools infected by the Coalition of Essential Schools.

As I wrote in Unravelled! The 30 Year Agenda Behind Common Core, the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) is the radical reform movement behind both CSCOPE and Common Core.

CES, which is modeled after secularist reformers like John Dewey, Jean Piaget, Paulo Freire, and George Counts, functions as a communist-style education movement with the stated intent of ‘educating for a more democratic and just society’.

Westbury High School in Houston and R.L. Paschal High School in Fort Worth are two of the original twelve schools that were established (or ‘redesigned’) by Theodore Sizer in 1984 to become CES member schools.

According to StateUniversity.com, the R.L. Paschal Essential School, which is a small autonomous unit embedded within the larger Paschal High School, survived and flourished by “keeping a very low profile“.

The largest expansion of CES progressive reform in Texas came years later by way of the Houston Annenberg Challenge.

In 1993, then President Bill Clinton announced that Ambassador Walter Annenberg would donate $500 million to improving public schools in America. It was this $500 million, plus matching grants from private sources, that aided in the nationwide expansion of  Theodore  Sizer’s Coalition of Essential Schools.

Through the Annenberg grant, communist and domestic terrorist Bill Ayers created the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, wherein he and Barack Obama served on the board to further expand CES schools in the State of Illinois.

Both Ayers and President Obama have continued to this day to do their respective parts to promote and expanded CES schools nationwide. Ayers’ Small Schools Workshop still aids schools and districts across the country in implementing progressive reform through smaller learning community grants and funding from sources like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Brown University, and the Annenberg Institute.

In addition to the well known Chicago Annenberg Challenge, Walter  Annenberg’s ‘Challenge to the Nation‘ also provided for the expansion of progressive reform to Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay area, South Florida, and Houston.

In Houston, it was the Brown Foundation, Houston Endowement Incorporated, and several corporate and business leaders who collaborated to apply for a piece of the challenge grant money being offered by Annenberg.

Delia Quintanilla served as the first director of the Houston Annenberg Challenge (HAC). Six local universities were called on to provide support to the HAC by providing university staff, faculty, and students to interact with districts and aid in implementing reform.

The Annenberg Institute kicked off the HAC by choosing eleven ‘Beacon Schools’ to “‘light the way‘ to quality school reform for other funded schools”.

According to Chester Finn, Jr. of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, the  Beacon Schools chosen appeared to have been ‘cherry picked’. Finn reported that the eleven schools chosen by Annenberg were doing better than the Houston average when they entered the program and were performing at about the same level three years later. Therefore, although it may have appeared to outsiders that the first few years of reform in those eleven schools was effective, as Finn stated, he could “scarcely tell what was caused by Annenberg and what may have been shaped by other influences”.

In 1995, Humble Independent School District opened Quest Early College High School. Quest is an Annenberg Challenge Grant Beacon School, a First Amendment School and a Coalition of Essential Schools Mentor School.

CES mentor schools act as a model of reform for other schools, offering school study tours, advocacy training, legislative action sessions, and professional development opportunities.

A Houston Annenberg Challenge 2 year summary report revealed that by 2001, approximately 100 metropolitan schools had already introduced Critical Friends groups on their campuses and the HAC had trained 300 coaches in both Annenberg-funded and non-Annenberg-funded schools.

The report further revealed that promising teachers and curriculum trainers were identified through group collaborations. Specifically:

“Teachers from Annenberg schools collaborate actively in Critical Friends Groups, Literature Study Circles, Professional Academies, Teacher Writing Groups, and Teacher Action Research Teams. From these activities expert teachers emerge as peer leaders in roles such as Critical Friends Group Coaches, Content Specialists, and Reading Learning Facilitators. Furthermore, a number of teachers have become certified as curriculum trainers in national programs including the Coalition of Essential Schools and the New Jersey Writing Project.”

Just as educators were identified and chosen through these collaborative efforts, some were also identified as not worthy to continue their involvement in the progressive reform process.

According to an article printed by the Houston Press in 1998, director Delia Quintanilla was dismissed a little more than a year after the Houston Annenberg Challenge got off the ground, and a troubleshooting team from the Annenberg Institute was being sent to Houston to “evaluate and audit the effectiveness of the local administatration of the grant”.

Annenberg Challenge National Coordinator, Barbara Cervone, expressed “serious concerns about the leadership, coherence and pace of the Annenberg effort in Houston”.

Despite tensions between proponents of CES’s radical reform methods, HAC pressed on with strict oversight and instruction from the Annenberg Institute and further donations from ‘philanthropic’ organizations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Carnegie Corporation.

Annenberg established the New Visions in Leadership Academy to train like-minded radicals for placement as principles into Texas Annenberg/CES schools. According to this job posting, “more than 300 seated school leaders from Houston-area K-12 districts” graduated from New Visions in the first 10 years.

In 2002, Humble ISD passed a $230 million bond measure to build Atascocita and Kingwood Park High Schools and redesign existing elementary, middle, and high schools.

Cecilia Hawkins, who served as the principal of Quest Early College High School for four years, left her position at Quest to work with community organizations in an effort to expand district reform.

From CES’s website (2005):

“Inspired by its experience with the Coalition of Essential Schools and the Houston Annenberg Challenge (now the Houston A+ Challenge) through Quest High School… Humble has not only put into place a process to remake its high schools but it has reorganized its entire district…”.

What has come as a surprise to many involved in exposing CSCOPE is the fact that several principals and superintendents seem to have no problem with the Anti-American content, errors, and ‘fuzzy math’ found in CSCOPE lessons.

Understandably, it must be difficult to accept that there could be that many radical educators in a state like Texas, willing to break the law and deceive children and parents for profit or to advance a political agenda.

The fact is, Texas is a big state with several univerities; and universities, for the most part, have often been a refuge and breeding ground for radicals.

CES schools have always relied heavily on the school-university partnership to implement and advance K-12 reform. ‘Professional development schools‘ are often created wherein universities and schools collaborate to “prepare new teachers, to renew the professional knowledge of veteran teachers, and to conduct site-based research into teaching and learning”.

In many states, CES has infiltrated and affected university course offerings for up and coming teachers, principals, and superintendents.

For example, Sam Houston University, as a requirement for superintendent certification, offers an internship course led by Dr. Shirley Johnson. Johnson is the executive director of Texas Coalition of Essential Schools.

According to Johnson’s course syllabus and guidelines, all interns must complete a “Leadership Profile”, the cost of which is to be paid by the student directly to Texas CES. Students are then given the opportunity to attend a feedback session related to the leadership profile — no doubt to allow the instructor to gauge whether the student would be a productive leader in a CES-style school.

Several other avenues exist for identifying prospective radical educators for placement placement in these indoctrination centers.

Texas ASCD, for example, who partners with CES and actively promotes and expands CES reform, identifies, recruits, and trains teachers and curriculum leaders, many of whom are identified in collaboration with local universities.

Read about the connections between Texas ASCD and educators behind CSCOPE and Common Core here and here.

CSCOPE is Common Core

In January of 2010, Governor Rick Perry formally rejected the nationally proposed Common Core State Standards, stating that he would not “commit Texas taxpayers to unfunded federal obligations or to the adoption of unproven, cost-prohibitive national standards and tests”.

Ironically, the very people behind Common Core were already actively working within Perry’s state and had been for many years.

Linda Darling Hammond, one of several radical eductors behind the design of CSCOPE, has worked with Texas schools for years through her organization, School Redesign Network.

Achieve, Inc., an organization that has aided in authoring the Common Core standards, launched the American Diploma Project in 2005. Texas was one of 13 states to join the America Diploma Project Network.

As I wrote here, Achieve, Inc. is not only made up of several Coalition of Essential Schools/Annenberg reformers, but it was literally created by leaders of the National Governors Association and the Annenberg Institute.

The Grow Network (now owned by McGraw-Hill) was founded by David Coleman, who is said to be ‘the architect’ of Common Core. In 2004, the Texas Education Agency entered into a four-year, $17.7 million contract with Grow Network for online Personalized Study Guides to be provided to Texas educators and students.

Considering many of the same educators behind CSCOPE are also behind Common Core, and considering the rumor that Common Core offered to purchase the CSCOPE program for use with the national standards; it appears that CSCOPE was a ‘test-run’ for Common Core.

It seems likely that Texas is the guinea pig and CSCOPE a pilot project –being tested before going all in and using it with Common Core standards in more than 45 states.

It can’t be a coincidence that the same educators behind Common Core just-so-happen to have been chosen to contribute to the design of CSCOPE. Those educators, Wiggins, Tighe, Hammond, Jacobs, and others, have spent years providing professional development to Texas educators over, and over, and over on how to use their designs and teaching strategies, the same designs they are teaching Common Core states to use with Common Core standards.

Here’s an interesting side-note — Although it has been more than three years since Texas rejected Common Core, former Austin ISD Superintendent Pascal Forgione, the same superintendent who has worked hand-in-hand with Alinsky’s IAF and Linda Darling Hammond’s School Redesign Network, is participating in a conference later this year in Austin to discuss Common Core.

Forgione is now executive director of Educational Testing Service’s K-12 Center located in Austin.

K-12 Center works in partnership with the CCSSO and other organizations to develop Common Core assessment systems and also partners with the Alliance for Excellent Education, where Linda Darling Hammond serves on the board.

The conference on Common Core, in which Forgione will be the keynote speaker, is scheduled to take place August 12th-14th in Austin.

Did Forgione not get the memo that Texas rejected Common Core, or does he know someting that we don’t?

Name Names – Radical of the Week


THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE LARGEST PROGRESSIVE INDOCTRINATION MOVEMENT IN THE U.S.

RADICAL OF THE WEEK

Bill Ayers

Bill Ayers speaking at 2001 Coalition of Essential Schools Fall Forum

Communist, domestic terrorist and co-founder of the Weather Underground Organization, William Ayers worked on the board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC) with President Obama during the late 1990s. Through the CAC, Ayers and Obama invested 50 million dollars in the expansion of Theodore Sizer’s Coalition of Essential Schools (CES).

Bill Ayers’ organization, the Small Schools Workshop, which also received funding through the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, was instrumental in the expansion of CES schools.

Ayers continues today to provide professional development training to CES educators through speaking engagements and workshops.

Bill Ayers quotes:

Kill all the rich people. … Bring the revolution home. Kill your parents.”
“Teaching… urges revolutions small and large.”
“Education is the motor-force of revolution.”
“Capitalism promotes racism and militarism.”
Queering Elementary Education is an important contribution to nourishing the ethical heart of teaching… a book for all teachers…” (from his written review of Queering Elementary Education, which offers essays on “locating a place for gay and lesbian themes in elementary reading, writing and talking”.)

See more radicals behind the Coalition of Essential Schools at Name Names.

U.S. State Department and Department of Education Give Islamic Terrorists Access to Your Children


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By Danette Clark

I suppose it wasn’t bad enough that President Obama has a strange, cuddly relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood and it wasn’t bad enough that America’s schools have been almost completely taken over by progressives who want to crumble our nation’s moral and religious foundation.   Because now our supposed caring and compassionate, ‘it’s all about the children’ president and his administration are giving Islamic extremists access to our children.

Several months ago, I revealed Al Jazeera and the Muslim Brotherhood’s involvement in Arabic language courses now being taught in U.S. schools.

Days later, Aaron Klein talked about that story on his radio program, Aaron Klein Investigative Radio, and he asked the important questions — How did this happen? Who let them into our schools?.

The answer is President Obama and his education policies.

One particular friend of our president, Vartan Gregorian, whom Obama appointed in 2009 to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, sits on the board of the Qatar Foundation.

The Qatar Foundation, which was started by the founder of Al Jazeera and employs the grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder, Hassan Al Banna, is the organization that provides arabic language courses, scholarships, and other programs to U.S. schools.

The Foundation instituted scholarships named after Sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi and established a research center in his name.  Qaradawi  permitted the killing of American troops in Iraq, supports suicide bombings, and has openly denounced Israel and the United States.

This can’t possibly be a lack of judgment or an oversight, right? I mean, President Obama’s long-time friend, Vartan Gregorian, sits on the board of this organization and assists them in gaining access to our children, through our schools.

Although Obama has not made Vartan Gregorian an official member of the department of education, Gregorian has been a long-time power-player in the Obama supported education reform movement that has been indoctrinating students in U.S. schools for two decades.

In 1996, Vartan Gregorian, then president of Brown University, served as acting director of the Annenberg Institute and was instrumental in the creation of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC). Gregorian selected Bill Ayers, who personally selected Barack Obama, to work on the board of the CAC. The mission of the CAC was to expand the Coalition of Essential Schools, a progressive education reform model, nationwide.

A year later, Gregorian became president of Carnegie Corporation, which provides funding to America’s most progressive, far-left universities and also to the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES), which is now at the center of a network of over 2,000 K-12 schools in America. (Update – since learning about CSCOPE in Texas, the number of schools that we know are  participating in CES-style reform jumped to over 10,000.)

Several schools within the Coalition of Essential Schools network are receiving grants from the terrorist-riddled Qatar Foundation. And now, thanks to President Obama and pal, Vartan Gregorian, the State Department and the U.S. Department of Education are partnering with the Qatar Foundation on several initiatives, including the Connect All Schools initative which will connect all U.S. schools with schools around the world so we can share in global curriculum building.

Great…. I’m sure the islamic terrorists who seek the ultimate destruction of the U.S. and Israel have lots to teach our kids.

Even worse, their access to America’s students is not limited to online interactions or the implementation of global curriculums. Just last month, students from a public school in New Orleans, who were selected by the Qatar Foundation, traveled to Qatar to represent the U.S. in a Model United Nations assembly.

Go to Take it Back! and find out how you can get involved to stop indoctrination in your local schools.

Racist PB&J Sandwich Rationale Courtesy of Obama-Launched Education Reform Movement


By Danette Clark    September 18, 2012

Verenice Gutierrez, principal at Harvey Scott K-8 School in Portland, Oregon, believes the mention of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is racist.

Since this story was released by the Portland Tribune on September 5th, there has been quite a bit of outrage. Gutierrez has been referred to as a ‘loon’, a ‘leftist-loon’, a ‘liberal loon’, a ‘jack-fool loon’, and a ‘whack-job’, just to name a few. But in her defense, I think everyone should know that Gutierrez is not just some random loon. She is one of thousands [God help us] who have been trained to think this way by friends of our president, who work within an education reform movement built, in part, by our president.

The newspaper reported that Principal Gutierrez and many, if not all, of Portland Public Schools’ leaders have received training from Glenn Singleton’s ‘Coaching for Educational Equity’ program. Singleton’s book, Courageous Conversations About Race, is being implemented as a district-wide equity training platform.

Glenn Singleton is the founder of Pacific Educational Group (PEG), which actively promotes Derrick Bell’s Critical Race Theory in public schools nationwide. I wrote about PEG earlier this year after Breitbart.com exposed the organization and revealed that the late Derrick Bell was a friend and mentor of President Obama.

Singleton uses Bell’s Critical Race Theory as a foundation of his organization to encourage educators and students to talk about race. PEG admits that it targets white culture as the source of the problems minority students face.

Portland Public Schools is a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) which partners with Singleton’s organization, PEG, on issues of racial equality and equity coaching for school districts.

CES is a massive network of thousands of radical schools and affiliate organizations that has President Obama largely to thank for its success.

In 1996, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge education initiative was launched by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. The Annenberg Institute’s mission was to expand the work of Theodore Sizer’s Coalition of Essential Schools to youth across the country.

Obama worked with communist Bill Ayers on the board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge funneling large sums of money to CES schools, which was then housed in Brown University. That work, combined with the work of Ayers’ Small Schools Workshop, literally parlayed CES into an extensive nationwide network of social justice schools, educator training mills, and curriculum development organizations.

Education advisor to Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, Linda Darling Hammond, is a long-time advisory board member for the Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools (BayCES), a national affiliate center of CES. Glenn Singleton is also a BayCES board member.

As president, Obama still promotes and funds CES schools, even donating a portion of his unearned Nobel Peace Prize loot to a few CES affiliate organizations.

Several friends, associates, and appointees to the president have participated as class speakers and attended forums and speaking engagements in support of CES schools, including Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Cornel West, Van Jones, and Kevin Jennings.

As part of their blatant attack on white middle class America, both PEG and CES peddle the ‘white privilege’ theory. At Harvey Scott K-8 and other Portland schools, where peanut butter sandwiches are insensitive, school leaders are holding “intensive staff trainings, frequent staff meetings, classroom observations and other initiatives” to help teachers “come to understand their own ‘white privilege’” in hopes that they can then change their teaching practices to boost minority student performance.

The ‘white privilege’ guilt-trip has gained a lot of momentum in recent years. Increasingly popular is the annual White Privilege Conference which is attended by thousands of educators and students from school districts all over the country.

To read about the White Privilege Conference and other CES schools that have made the news for all the wrong reasons, go here.

Al Jazeera Founder Provides Arabic Language Course to U.S. Students


By Danette Clark    Originally posted on May 27, 2012 at RBO2.com

Beginning in September 2012, elementary students at PS 368 in Manhattan Hamilton Heights will be taught Arabic twice a week. Although several schools offer Arabic language courses, PS 368 is the first public school in New York to mandate Arabic as a required part of its curriculum.

The program was created as a partnership between the Global Language Project and Qatar Foundation International. Qatar Foundation International in Washington, DC is a special project and affiliate of the Qatar Foundation, which has deep ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Qatar Foundation was started in 1995 by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who launched the international Arab news channel, Al Jazeera in 1996.

The Qatar Foundation recently appointed Tariq Ramadan to head its new Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) in Qatar.

Ramadan, who was previously banned from entering the United States, is the grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder, Hassan Al Banna. Ramadan’s ban from the country ended in 2010 when the Obama administration issued him a U.S. visa.

(More on the Foundation’s connections here.)

PS 368 s principal, Nicky Kram Rosen, claims one reason she selected the Arabic language course for PS 368 is because it will help the school obtain a prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) standing.

The IB program is funded and run by the United Nations and, according to Brannon Howse, founder of Worldview Weekend, the curriculum is extremely hostile to Christian and American values and big on humanism, pluralism, and the redistribution of wealth.

There has been much controversy in recent years over both the required reading and suggested reading lists from IB schools across the country. A majority of these books have been found to be full of graphic descriptions of violence, torture, incest, rape, homosexual sex, prostitution, and drugs.

The IB program has been promoted by progressive far-left educators for years.

Today, the curriculum is in over 1000 schools nationwide, many of which President Obama promotes as innovative schools for the 21st century.

One such school was established in July, 2009 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, an IB World School named the Barack Obama Academy for International Studies.