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U.S. History No Longer a Requirement for History Majors at George Washington University


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From TheCollegeFix.com:

George Washington University recently changed its requirements for history majors, removing previously key courses for the stated purpose of giving students more flexibility.

The department eliminated requirements in U.S., North American and European history, as well as the foreign language requirement. Thus, it is possible that a student can major in history at GWU without taking a survey course on United States history.

The new requirements mandate at least one introductory course, of which American history, World History and European civilization are options. Yet, like at many elite universities, the introductory course requirement may be fulfilled by scoring a 4 or a 5 on the Advanced Placement exams for either U.S. History AP, European History AP or World History AP.

Earlier this year, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni released a report revealing that fewer than one-third of the nation’s leading universities require history majors to take a single course in U.S. history. George Washington University now joins those ranks.

“A democratic republic cannot thrive without well-informed citizens and leaders. Elite colleges and universities in particular let the nation down when the examples they set devalue the study of United States history,” ACTA President Dr. Michael Poliakoff said in a statement announcing the report.

Some scholars dismissed the report’s findings, however, arguing that most students enroll in U.S. history classes regardless of whether it’s required, so handwringing over the lack of the requirement is moot.

GWU History Department Chair Karin Schultheiss, several history professors, and the university spokesman did not respond to repeated requests this month from The College Fixfor comment.

At GWU, history majors must take eight to ten upper level courses: one on a time period before 1750, and three on different regions of the world, including Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Previously, students were required to take two courses focused on Europe and North America and complete a thesis or capstone project. Though the thesis requirement still exists, students can choose to complete “digital capstone projects” instead.

This change was motivated by a need to “recruit students” and “to better reflect a globalizing world,” according to faculty comments to the George Washington University student newspaper, The Hatchet.

Faced with declining enrollment, from 153 majors in 2011 to 72 in 2015 to 83 in 2016, the history department decided changes were necessary, it reported.

Department chair Schultheiss told the Hatchet “the main gain for students is that they have a great deal more flexibility than they had before, and they can adapt it to whatever their plans are for the future. Whatever they want to do, there’s a way to make the history department work for them.”

The push for enrollment may also have been motivated by a new funding formula for GW’s colleges that began in 2016, the Hatchet reports. Money for each department is now linked to the number of students enrolled in a that major’s classes. Each school will now receive $301 for every undergraduate student in a class, incentivizing majors such as history to offer classes that will be popular.

Faculty said that the new system incentivizes the individual schools to create popular classes to attract students to boost revenue.

The previous funding formula was related to how many students were majoring in a college. But according to Vice Provost for Budget and Finance Rene Stewart O’Neal, that system did not give the fullest picture of how many students were taking classes in a specific school, as many students choose to take courses outside of their major.

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Students Schooled on White Privilege and ‘5 Million Ways to Kill a CEO’


By Danette Clark

The 15th annual White Privilege Conference kicked off this week in Madison, Wisconsin.

The conference was founded in 1999 by Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. to examine “challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offer solutions… to work toward a more equitable world”, and is attended annually by more than 1,500 students, educators, and activists.

Built on the premise that “the U.S. was started by white people, for white people”, the conference boasts a long list of radical partner organizations, including Code Pink, The Social Justice Training Institute, and Hip Hop Congress, whose co-founder, Shamako Noble, has collaborated on projects with Public Allies, an organization whose Chicago branch was first led by Michelle Obama.

But what exactly is ‘white privilege’?

According to some of the speakers and conference goers in this video, ‘white privilege’ is a “transparent preference for whiteness that saturates our society,” and if you are white, it means “there is a whole part of you that you are not naming and you’re not understanding because whiteness is just normalized and it’s just there…”.

One poor woman in the video says she has to work really hard to keep it in her consciousness that she is white. Perhaps I’m missing the point, but wouldn’t it be more beneficial for people to keep in their consciousness a constant effort to show kindness and compassion to everyone, regardless of race or class?

How can we blur the lines of race and see all men as created equal while focusing on color, differences, and our own ‘whiteness’?

Educators in social justice schools and universities talk to students about race regularly, even incorporating it into their daily curriculum, regardless of course subject. Now, thanks to radical teacher training programs and Common Core recommended texts and other aligned resources, the white privilege guilt-trip is rapidly spreading.

In 2007, Seattle Public Schools came under scrutiny for using federal grant money to escort twenty high school students to Colorado to attend a White Privilege Conference. Seattle is just one of many school districts, funded by your tax dollars, promoting the conference to its students and teachers.

The State of Wisconsin is footing a large chunk of the bill for this year’s conference.

Unfortunately, Wisconsinites, this is the kind of garbage you’re paying for:

The 2007 White Privilege Conference invited The Coup to perform for attending youth on the last day of the conference.

The Coup is a radical hip hop group whose lyrics incite violence with songs like 5 Million Ways to Kill a CEO and Kill My Landlord.

Lyrics taken in part from The Coup’s 20,000 Gun Salute:

20,000 gun salute, get rowdy like you got a substitute
This slug’s for Newt – shut your mouth don’t pollute…

…. just how we gonna overthrow they bitch asses, give
whiplashes from the force as we make it tight, and ignite
the flames of takin over daily life, make it a right to have
food, threads and homestead.

Regarding their 2006 album, Pick a Bigger Weapon, Rolling Stone Magazine called it “the rare record that makes revolution sound like hot fun on a Saturday night.”

The Coup has released several award winning albums including Kill My Landlord, Steal this Album, and Genocide and Juice.

Steal this Album is a tribute to Abbie Hoffman’s book, Steal this Book. Abbie Hoffman, a radical 60s activist, was one of the “Chicago Seven” tried for conspiracy, inciting riot, and other crimes related to protests in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Co-founder of The Coup, Boots Riley, is a social justice activist from Oakland, California, who speaks publically about his admiration for the Black Panthers, the Chinese Revolution, and Saul Alinsky’s “radical organizing” techniques.

As covered by Michelle Malkin after the 9/11 attacks, Riley released an “album cover depicting himself partying in front of a doctored image of the World Trade Center being blown up”.

Boots Riley performed at Fresh Fest 2010, which was produced in collaboration with two organizations founded by Obama’s former green jobs czar, Van Jones.

Past speakers at White Privilege Conferences include Obama’s Department of Education appointee, Kevin Jennings, founder of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, and Tim Wise, a white ‘anti-racism expert’ whom Rush Limbaugh says is ignorant about the founding of this country.

Lisa Arrastia — who recently co-edited with Bill Ayers, White Before We Got Here: Youth and the Hidden Curriculum of Whiteness — spoke at the 2011 conference, as did Rosa González, the Education Director of the Van Jones organization, Green for All.

Hundreds of youth are likely attending this year’s White Privilege Conference at the Monona Terrace Conference Center in Madison, WI, and I wonder how many parents really know what their kids are learning, and who they’re learning it from.

Pearson’s Creepy Vision For the Future of Education Confirms Common Core Fears


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By Danette Clark

Pearson Education, an official partner in the development of resources and tests for the Common Core State Standards, released a video series last week to share their ‘vision for the future of learning’.

Although the technology shown by Pearson is impressive, these videos confirm the fears of many teachers about what will be expected of them and many parents regarding intrusive data mining of their children’s personal information.

In these videos, educators’ teaching styles are monitored by real-time cameras in every classroom and evaluated on the use of specific points of instruction. It goes without saying that dictating specific teaching strategies makes for big problems, especially if those strategies are used for indoctrination purposes. Just look to Texas for testimony of teachers that say they were reprimanded and threatened with dismissal if they failed to teach in the exact manner directed by CSCOPE.

Pearson also confirms (again) Common Core’s global agenda as students are shown participating in ‘global learning’ activities much like the Model United Nations program I wrote about here (which Pearson actively supports).

This vision of the future also entails teachers and school administrators having instant access to an individualized schedule on each student — not just an in-school/class schedule, but a schedule of the student’s activities and whereabouts outside of school.

In the video, Victoria’s Story: School of Thought–A Vision for the Future of Learning, Pearson demonstrates ease of access to students’ personal lives by showing a teacher instantaneously pulling Victoria’s schedule and sharing with another teacher that Victoria has soccer practice after school that time of year.

While it’s not clear from the video whether Victoria’s soccer practice is a school activity or part of an athletic organization not affiliated with the school, Pearson has shown that they believe educators should have knowledge of all extra-curricular activities students participate in.

For example, Pearson documents like this one (Creating a Classroom Environment That Promotes Positive Behavior) discuss the importance of evaluating data on a student’s after-school activities and other factors of the child’s life at home and in the community.

While this may be necessary for  students with severe behavior problems or a criminal record, the student with the ‘behavior problem’ referred to in Creating a Classroom Environment That Promotes Positive Behavior is a child who simply cannot keep still and talks out of turn.

Although Pearson apparently believes the more information the better, many parents would rightfully view this as a threat to their children’s privacy and safety, especially considering that student data is now being shared and sold all over the country.

FERPA laws that were put in place long ago to protect the privacy of student information were recently revised by the Obama administration to allow access to student data by third parties without parental consent.

The U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics provides a data model (the National Education Data Model (NEDM)) listing hundreds of very specific individual data points of information on children that they believe “all education stakeholders” need for “effective instruction of students and superior leadership of schools”.

The list of data points currently includes bus stop times, bus stop description, nickname, letters of commendation from any employer or community organization, any medals/awards for athletic or academic achievement, place of residence after the student graduates or withdraws from school, and a detailed reason for absences (family activities or vacation, family emergency, religious observance, etc.).

Data points that were recently scrubbed from the National Education Data Model due to public outcry over their level of intrusiveness included blood type, eye and hair color, birth marks, and whether or not the student was born premature.

The National Education Data Model was created through a partnership between the U.S. Department of Education (as funder) and the Common Core State Standards’ very-own Council of Chief State School Officers (as coordinator).

According to Pearson, the School of Thought videos present “a vision of the future that integrates technology, neuroscience, and educational psychology into everyday life to make anytime, anywhere learning possible”.

Take notice of those words — ‘neuroscience’ and ‘psychology’.

The narrator of Victoria’s Story, Pearson’s own Jeff Borden, eerily appears around the corner to Victoria’s bedroom in the video and explains that students’ learning styles and needs will be constantly analyzed so educators will know “the time of day, part of the week, and the season of the year when each student is most productive”.

So what kind of neuroscience and educational psychology is Pearson referring to for use in the constant analyzing of student learning and to know the time of day a student is most productive?

The Department of Education document, Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance: Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century, recommends evaluating students’ emotions, anxiety levels, and physiological traits using neuroscience devices like computers or tablets that record facial expression. Other devices recommended will monitor students’ brain wave patterns, skin conductance, heart rate variability, posture, and eye movement.

Get ready tax payers — if Common Core isn’t stopped, you will foot the bill for highly advanced devices that will be used to spy on America’s children 24 hours a day.

Explicit Video from Obama Funded Sex Education Program Now Scrubbed From the Internet


Since my original posting of the article below on February 3rd, the referenced video, Condom Platoon, has been removed from the internet. Can we hope the funding to Planned Parenthood to show that video to our kids in school will be scrubbed as well? Don’t count on it.

The Planned Parenthood affiliates that have already been approved to receive funding for this project are listed below. If any of them are in your area, tell your local schools “NO!”.

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Obama’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative Funds Disturbing Sex Ed Program for Middle School Students

Originally posted February 3, 2013

Here’s a blatant kick in the face for everyone who has called for the federal government to stop funding Planned Parenthood. The Obama administration is now funneling another $75 million to the organization to give them access to your children in the classroom.

Through ObamaCare’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI), schools in several states are implementing sex education programs administered by Planned Parenthood and fully funded by tax payer dollars.

An existing program that Planned Parenthood will replicate has already enraged parents in Texas and Washington. The middle school program, It’s Your Game: Keep it Real, created by the University of Texas, includes several disturbing videos like this one.

Many parents agree the whole scenario of this video is completely inappropriate for 12 year olds. What shocked me most is what the female character says at 4.0 minutes into the video.

Planned Parenthood also promotes an obscene book for 10 year olds that not only tells children masturbation is normal, but explains how to do it and contains cartoon images of a boy and a girl masturbating. The book, It’s Perfectly Normal, can be found in many school libraries.

But what else would you expect from Planned Parenthood, or President Obama for that matter? Obama’s ‘Safe Schools Czar’, Kevin Jennings, founder of the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network, teamed up with Planned Parenthood years ago to provide ‘fisting kits’ to students for the promotion of homosexual sex.

The Planned Parenthood affiliates that have been awarded sex ed grants are:

Planned Parenthood of New York City
Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest
Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and Northern Idaho
Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette
Planned Parenthood of Montana
Planned Parenthood of Southwest Oregon
Planned Parenthood of Mt. Baker
Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region (subcontractor with Youth and Family Alliance/Lifeworks)
Planned Parenthood of Hawaii (subcontractor with Hawaii Youth Services Network and University of Hawaii)
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (subcontractor with University of Nevada)
Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (subcontractor with The Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy)
Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (subcontractor with the University of Texas Health Science Center)
Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (subcontractor with the City of Hartford)
Planned Parenthood of Illinois (subcontractor with Chicago Public Schools District #299)

Go to Stopp.org for more on sex education programs and how to keep Planned Parenthood out of your children’s schools.

You can find several articles on indoctrination in public schools and how President Obama is involved here.

Also, please go to Take it Back! for more information and a list of schools indoctrinating in your area.

Obama’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative Funds Disturbing Sex Ed Program for Middle School Students


It's Your Game
By Danette Clark

Here’s a blatant kick in the face for everyone who has called for the federal government to stop funding Planned Parenthood. The Obama administration is now funneling another $75 million to the organization to give them access to your children in the classroom.

Through ObamaCare’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI),  schools in several states are implementing sex education programs administered by Planned Parenthood and fully funded by tax payer dollars.

An existing program that Planned Parenthood will replicate has already enraged parents in Texas and Washington. The middle school program, It’s Your Game: Keep it Real, created by the University of Texas, includes several disturbing videos like this one.

Many parents agree the whole scenario of this video is completely inappropriate for 12 year olds. What shocked me most is what the female character says at 4.0 minutes into the video.

Planned Parenthood also promotes an obscene book for 10 year olds that not only tells children masturbation is normal, but explains how to do it and contains cartoon images of a boy and a girl masturbating. The book, It’s Perfectly Normal, can be found in many school libraries.

But what else would you expect from Planned Parenthood, or President Obama for that matter? Obama’s ‘Safe Schools Czar’, Kevin Jennings, founder of the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network, teamed up with Planned Parenthood years ago to provide ‘fisting kits’ to students for the promotion of homosexual sex.

The Planned Parenthood affiliates that have been awarded sex ed grants are:

Planned Parenthood of New York City
Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest
Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and Northern Idaho
Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette
Planned Parenthood of Montana
Planned Parenthood of Southwest Oregon
Planned Parenthood of Mt. Baker
Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region (subcontractor with Youth and Family Alliance/Lifeworks)
Planned Parenthood of Hawaii (subcontractor with Hawaii Youth Services Network and University of Hawaii)
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (subcontractor with University of Nevada)
Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (subcontractor with The Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy)
Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (subcontractor with the University of Texas Health Science Center)
Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (subcontractor with the City of Hartford)
Planned Parenthood of Illinois (subcontractor with Chicago Public Schools District #299)

Go to Stopp.org for more on sex education programs and how to keep Planned Parenthood out of your children’s schools.

You can find several articles on indoctrination in public schools and how President Obama is involved here.

Also, please go to Take it Back! for more information and a list of schools indoctrinating in your area.

Texas CSCOPE Part of a Nationwide Progressive Indoctrination Scheme


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By Danette Clark

A prime example of the stealth take over by progressives of our public school system is CSCOPE.

Even in a conservative state like Texas that has been under the watch of conservative governors for the last 18 years, an organized cartel of big money backing (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), slimy lawyers, community organizers disguised as concerned parents, socialist educators, curriculum developers, and teacher-principal coaches, managed to infect over 600 Texas school districts before anyone realized what was happening.

In recent years, concerned parents became aware and started crying out for something to be done to stop the progressive CSCOPE curriculum that is now being used in over 80% of Texas’ public schools.

Janice VanCleave and Ginger Russell have taken the lead in the fight to eliminate CSCOPE and to gain access to the entire curriculum, which is being hidden, even from parents who should have a legal right to see what their children are learning. Go to VanCleave and Russell’s website, txcscopereview.com, for more information on CSCOPE and to see which schools and districts in Texas are using the curriculum. Those schools are also being added to my list of schools and organizations nationwide that are involved in progressive indoctrination. Look for your state here.

CSCOPE is the same as other curriculums I’ve written about in What are They Learning?, except that it has been structured around Texas’ education standards.

In fact, CSCOPE was developed by several ‘educators’ who work closely with and through the Coalition of Essential Schools. Linda Darling-Hammond, education advisor to Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, is a CSCOPE developer.

Hammond, who has worked closely with communist education reformer, Bill Ayers, has worked with the Coalition of Essential Schools for decades as an advisory board member to its bay area location (Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools/BayCES). BayCES recently changed it’s name to the National Equity Project and now focuses most of its resources on ‘equity coaching’ in schools nationwide.  This is the same equity coaching that brought us the ‘peanut butter and jelly sandwich is racist’ mentality that made news a few months ago.

The Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) is at the center of a massive network of progressive educators, schools, and organizations working to indoctrinate America’s youth “for a more democratic society”, and its very roots can be traced to President Obama.

Linda Darling-Hammond founded the School Redesign Network, one of the organizations that has been instrumental in infiltrating Texas schools.

For example, parents in the Austin Independent School District (AISD) can thank former Superintendent Pascal Forgione for bringing CSCOPE to Austin. Forgione and AISD’s board of trustees sought out and partnered with Hammond’s School Redesign Network to “better prepare students to
be the thinkers and well-rounded citizens of the 21st Century”.

The problem is, creators of CSCOPE and other CES curriculums do not see America as a leader in the 21st Century, and the progressive definition of a well-rounded citizen is completely contrary to what most Christians, conservatives, and freedom-loving parents want their children to become.

Conservative parents and teachers, Christians, and church and community leaders in every state should take note of the work being done in Texas to take back education for their children.

Find schools in your state here, then go to Take it Back! for more information and a list of resources and suggestions on how to fight back in your area.

‘Social Orientation a Necessity’ in the Nature of Education


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By Danette Clark

Liberal indoctrination in public schools is the result of a highly organized and meticulous re-structuring of each school.

“…the school must have some social orientation…this necessity is implicit in the nature of education…in the personality of the teacher, in the life of the school, in the relation of pupils to pupils and pupils to teachers, in the administrative organization and arrangements, in the very architecture of the school building — as well as in the subject-matter taught.” — John Dewey

Please go to Take it Back! for more information.