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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.

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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

Deborah Meier

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Deborah Meier is a founding leader of Democratic Socialists of America, a marxist organization that strives to end capitalism and bring about “a humane international social order”.

Meier joined forces with Theodore Sizer in the founding of Sizer’s Coalition of Essential Schools, an education reform initiative modeled after secularist reformers like John Dewey and Paulo Freire.

Meier and Sizer also worked together to launch a Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) affiliate center in New York City called the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE).

With the help of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform and several other organizations, including the Small Schools Workshop, which was founded by communist Bill Ayers’ and maoist Mike Klonsky, the Center for Collaborative Education transformed dozens of existing New York schools into ‘small schools’ and CES member schools.

Meier has since served as co-chair of the Coalition of Essential Schools and as principal of Mission Hill, a CES school in Boston.

Meier, as do many CES reformers, opposes standardized testing, asserting that “…tests of every sort are largely indicative of one’s family wealth and social status as well as the ethnic and racial background of students.”.

In commenting on an article about the recent Atlanta schools cheating scandal, Meire defends the guilty educators, claiming that it’s the cynicism of the system that is to blame and arguing that changing test scores didn’t harm the students.

In typical liberal fashion — as though no one other than the successful should be held accountable for their actions — Meier points the finger at corporations and the rich by stating, “…there’s probably plenty of teacher cheating at schools for rich kids and their families….” and “If we put teachers in jail for 10 years for cheating, while we make deals with bankers, investment houses, and on and on who cheat, mislead, what are we saying?”

Recent radical interactions:

Deborah Meier and maoist Klonsky ‘reflecting’.

Deborah Meier with Bill Ayers.

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

Also, read about the connections between CSCOPE, Common Core and CES schools here, here, and here.

Name Names — Radical of the Week


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

RADICAL OF THE WEEK

Cathy Wilkerson

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Cathy Wilkerson is a former member of Students for a Democratic Society and the Weather Underground Organization, along-side Bill Ayers.

In 1970, Wilkerson, who was out on bail for her part in the ‘Days of Rage’ riots in Chicago, was helping to construct a powerful nail bomb that was intended to be detonated at a dance attended by US military personnel and civilians at Fort Dix in New Jersey. The bomb exploded prematurely, killing three fellow Weather Underground members. Wilkerson escaped unharmed and went underground for ten years. After resurfacing, she was arrested and served less than a year in prison.

For the last 30 years, Wilkerson has taught math at several schools, including Bank Street College and El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice, a Coalition of Essential Schools member school.

The Coalition of Essential Schools is the progressive education reform movement behind both CSCOPE and Common Core.

Specifically, Wilkerson teaches ‘RadicalMath’, which was created by Jonathan Osler, lead math teacher at CES’s El Puente Academy.

As I wrote in ‘Radical Math’: Social Justice Indoctrination in Your Child’s Math Class, RadicalMath integrates issues like racism and social justice into the lesson.

For example, rather than simply teaching children to calculate the cost of food, ‘radical math’ teachers like Wilkerson make it clear to students that, “in a truly just society, food would be as free as the air we breathe”. Another example is a math project titled, “Mortgage Loans – Is Racism a Factor?”.

The Coalition of Essential Schools refers to this teaching strategy as “making math personal” and boasts that their teachers use these methods to deepen their relationships with the curriculum and with each other.

Go to Name Names to see other radicals behind CES schools.

Montana Uses Indoctrination Teaching Strategies and Adopts a Radical Resource Recently Banned from Arizona Schools


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By Danette Clark

Under the watch of Superintendent Denise Juneau, students in Montana schools are being taught that Christopher Columbus was an invader, thief, and murderer who sailed the world, not to prove that it was round or to share the good news of Jesus (as Columbus wrote), but “to secure the tremendous profits that were to be made by reaching the Indies”.

The Montana Office of Public Instruction uses Rethinking Schools’ Rethinking Columbus as a resource for instruction in teaching social studies to Montana students — the same book that was banned from Arizona schools last year.

This January, 2012 article from Rethinking Schools’ website says that while others were banning Rethinking Columbus for use in the classroom, many school districts were purchasing it — namely:

“Portland, Ore., Milwaukee, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, Ont., Atlanta, New York City, Anchorage, Alaska, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Chicago, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Oakland, San Diego, Portland, Maine, Washington, DC, Cincinnati; Rochester, NY, Cambridge, Mass., Missoula, Montana, and the state of Maryland, as well as smaller towns like Stillwater, Minnesota; Athens, Ohio; Eugene, Oregon; and Estes, Colorado.”

In this Montana ‘model lesson plan‘ on Rethinking Columbus, author Bill Bigelow admits he wants to “tell students that they shouldn’t necessarily trust the ‘authorities'”, and that he sees “teaching as a political action…to equip students to build a truly democratic society”.

The ‘model lesson’ goes on to give an example of how to engage students through role play. The example explains how the educator (in this case, Bigelow) tells students that taking Indians as slaves didn’t prove profitable enough for Columbus so he sailed to the New World a second time in search of gold and forced the Indians to find it for him. Bigelow, playing the role of the Indians, pleads with the students (playing Columbus) to release them from slavery. Then Bigelow reads passages from Hans Koning’s ‘history’ book which says that Columbus and his men killed or chopped the hands off of every Native American that was unable to find gold for them.

The lesson reveals that the teaching strategies of the Coalition of Essential Schools, specifically “essential questions”, are used in an effort to give students a “more inclusive understanding of Columbus and his interactions with Native populations”.

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The Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) is the progressive movement pushed for more than two decades by President Obama and communist and domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers. CES is behind both CSCOPE and Common Core. See the connections here, here, and here.

The Montana Guide to Model Curriculum Development reveals that the State Office of Public Instruction relies heavily on techniques of Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, both of whom are curriculum developers behind CSCOPE and Common Core.

Read more about Wiggins and McTighe and the use of ‘essential questions’ (the language of indoctrination) at ‘Was George Washington Any Different From Palestinian Terrorists…?’

Name Names — Radical of the Week


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

RADICAL OF THE WEEK

Tim Wise

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A self-proclaimed anti-racism expert, Tim Wise has no qualms about expressing his disgust for conservatives and traditional American values.

Just before the 2008 presidential election, Wise wrote a piece claiming that people attending McCain/Palin rallies were shouting demands to kill Barack Obama. The article warned that if fascism comes, it will come from “men and women…with baseball caps and What Would Jesus Do? wristbands… from the soil of middle America, from people known as values voters but whose values are toxic…by tailgaters at the big football game, by Joe Six Pack…a hockey mom or a NASCAR dad.”

Wise was a featured speaker at the 2009 Coalition of Essential Schools Fall Forum and has been invited to speak to students at several CES schools.

Wise was also a featured speaker at the 2010 White Privilege Conference. The conference has been attended by many Coalition of Essential Schools teachers and students.

Go to Students Schooled on White Privilege and ’5 Million Ways to Kill a CEO’ to read more about the White Privilege Conference and to learn which CES school district used tax payer dollars to transport students across 3 states to attend the conference.

In response to the Republican Party’s broad victory in the 2010 midterm elections, Wise wrote an ‘open letter to the white right’. In his seething rant, he  warns ‘rich folks’ that their time is limited. Wise then goes on to say:

“…conservative old white people have pretty much always been the bad guys…the folks unwilling to share the category of American with others on equal terms. Fine, keep it up. It doesn’t matter. Because you’re on the endangered list… you are not worth saving.”

“In forty years or so, maybe fewer, there won’t be any more white people around who actually remember that Leave it to Beaver, Father Knows Best, Opie-Taylor-Down-at-the-Fishing Hole cornpone bullshit that you hold so near and dear to your heart…there won’t be any more white folks around who think the 1950s were the good old days…so therefore, we’ll be able to teach about them accurately and honestly…”

“It’s OK. Because in about forty years, half the country will be black or brown. And there is nothing you can do about it…”

“Do you hear it? The sound of your empire dying? Your nation, as you knew it, ending, permanently? Because I do, and the sound of its demise is beautiful.”

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

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.

Name Names — The People Behind the Largest Progressive Indoctrination Movement in the U.S.


A Name Names page has been added to highlight some of the people behind the Coalition of Essential Schools.

A new radical will be added each week. Below is a preview.

RADICAL OF THE WEEK

Cornel West

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Cornel West, a Princeton professor and marxist-socialist, participated as a featured speaker at the 2000 Coalition of Essential Schools Fall Forum.

West, who served as an advisor to President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, has supported and participated in several communist party projects and spoken out against Israel for its “occupation of the Palestinian territories”.

The Coalition of Essential Schools recommends Cornel West’s books on racism to educators.

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RADICAL OF THE WEEK

Reverend Jeremiah Wright

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Barack Obama’s former pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, participated as a featured speaker at the 2006 Coalition of Essential Schools Fall Forum in Chicago, IL.

Wright, former pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, made headlines during Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign for his anti-American rantings and racially charged comments.

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RADICAL OF THE WEEK

President Barack Obama

As admitted to in the video above, Obama served as chairman of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, through which $50 million dollars went to school reform efforts. As I’ve written several times in What Are They Learning?, that money went to Theodore Sizer’s Coalition of Essential Schools (CES). The stated purpose of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, through the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, was to nationally expand the model and principles of CES schools.

Obama still pushes the same progressive education reform movement today through publicized visits to CES schools and CES affiliated schools, and through federal funding and the creation of new education initiatives.

Read more about the Coaltion of Essential Schools at What Are They Learning?.