By Danette Clark
There are some states that seem to have just completely thrown it all away.
It’s not surprising to find a liberal school on every corner in parts of California, Illinois, and New York; but what are Arkansas, Colorado, and Utah doing? Are the people in charge of education in these states just not paying attention, or are they closet progressives who know exactly what they’re doing?
Do our tax dollars not pay for someone to review lessons before they are approved for use in the classroom, or are our education leaders just that ignorant about the history of our country?
Whether ignorant or maniacal, these people have got to go. If conservative legislators in these states don’t get busy pursuing the truth and making the hard decisions that need to be made to reverse course, then they need to go as well.
As far back as 1999, the Coalition of Essential Schools began working in the State of Utah. The Utah Principals Academy trained 43 principals from 17 school districts on “the ten common principles” of CES schools.
CES is the progressive education reform movement behind both CSCOPE in Texas and the nationally proposed Common Core State Standards that President Obama is enticing every state to adopt.
Today, the Utah State Office of Education is in partnership with Utah Education Network (UEN) to provide professional development, lesson plans and curriculum resource material.
UEN’s website reveals that its professional development workshops and UEN-TV course materials are provided by the Annenberg Foundation and Annenberg Media. Curriculum resource material and lesson plans are provided by Annenberg Media and Annenberg learner.org.
Annenberg is the money, ‘political weight‘, and power force behind the Coalition of Essential Schools.
Annenberg’s learner.org provides pro-communist history lessons like those found in CSCOPE and the ones I wrote about in Discovery Channel Communications Company Partners with Radical Progressives to Bring Anti-American Curriculum to the Classroom and ‘Was George Washington Any Different From Palestinian Terrorists…?’.
In addition to the dangerous alliance with Annenberg through UEN, Utah State Office of Education partners with WestEd, Learning Forward, and ASCD in the development of Utah measurement tools and the implementation of Common Core. All three organizations partner with the Coalition of Essential Schools to advance the radical CES school reform model.
Learning Forward (formerly named National Staff Development Council) recently teamed up with Linda Darling Hammond, one of several radical educators behind CSCOPE and Common Core, on a multi-year study titled, The Status of Professional Development in the United States.
WestEd’s work includes 10 ‘Equity Assistance Centers‘, all funded by the U.S. Department of Education, to provide “assistance and training in the areas of civil rights, equity, and school reform”.
The National Equity Project (formerly BayCES), a regional affiliate of the Coalition of Essential Schools, has partnered with WestEd on several initiatives. Linda Darling Hammond is an advisory board member to the National Equity Project.
It appears that parents in Utah, like many other states, are in for quite a battle in their fight against Common Core. Not only has Utah signed onto Common Core and, to date, shows no sign of turning back, the governors office and DOE even participated in the creation of the college and career readiness standards issued by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association (NGA) (leaders in the creation of Common Core).
This Utah Department of Education document from 2009 boasts of the State’s involvement with CCSSO and NGA:
“Staff members of both the Governor’s office and the USOE were involved in the development, providing input, direction and feedback.”
“Members of our Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) partners also served on design committees.”
We have to believe it can be done, even if it means completely cleaning house. We only have a year-and-a-half until mid-term elections!