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Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Global Agenda in America and the Players Setting the Educational Agenda for your Human Capital

When I turn on my computer every morning, I wonder what information I will find today relating to education or other matters.  When we first started the blog a couple of years ago, there wasn't much on the common core standards, longitudinal data system, etc.  But as the information spigot has been turned on from federal agencies, educational websites, global sites, news organizations and blogs, it's becoming easier and easier to connect the dots.

The dots in all areas of life (energy, financial, education, social, health systems, etc.) are interconnected to the globalization of services and resources.  We've written about the increasing federal agency (Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, EPA) involvement into education and the move to data track your child (and the family) from the child's birth to the workplace.  The ultimate goal is not for educating the child for academic learning so he/she can determine his/her best path in life,  the goal for education is to supply the workforce.

Education is not in the interest of the individual, rather it is for the collective good.  Did you catch Arne Duncan's statements while speaking in Florida on workforce development and education?

 Arne Duncan said that TCC's Center for Workforce Development is doing an excellent job training individuals to meet specific needs of local employers.

Education has morphed into training for businesses, rather than for the academic discipline and investigation needed for students to become their own employers and entrepreneurs. Education has become the avenue to fill an existing need for the existing employers.  This collective good goes far beyond the borders of each state; the collective good encompasses the globe and America has become a willing participant.

Look at the dots contained in this site, The Network of Global Agendas Council (it will be easier to read the screen shots when you link directly into the site) developed for the World Economic Forum

From Wikipedia:

The World Education Forum is a premium body comprising representatives of major organisations involved in education and related activities across the world. Major organisations involved in the forum include: UNESCO, and the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. The World Education Forum also involves representatives from governments and education departments across the world. The World Education Forum (Dakar, Senegal, April 2000) adopted the Dakar Framework for Action reaffirming the commitment to achieving Education for All by the year 2015 and entrusted UNESCO with the overall responsibility of co-ordinating and significant international players in this work

Take time to click on this highly interactive web of connected agendas.  Check to determine who is on what council.  Wendy Kopp of Teach for America is on the Education Systems council...maybe she can be labelled as "Teach for the World".  See how education is so much more than reading, writing and arithmetic.  It's now connected to genetics, health and well being, water security and other global concerns.

Note that very few of the council members on Education systems are actually educators.  The majority of them are connected to international business or political organizations.

Study these elite players and understand they are setting the script in "nudging" America and other countries into the global common goal of education: to data mine human capital for the good of the collective.  Whatever you do, however, do not click on "learn more about this issue" listed on the Education Systems site.  You will receive this warning:

What an appropriate warning!  Why should we trust these elitists to shape our educational system?  When did we elect international players to direct American educational goals?  Why are our common core standards "internationally" benchmarked?  Why will data on our children be shared with foreign entities for "research" purposes?

  Oh, how I wish if we did click "Get Me Out of Here" we could truly exit from this nightmare of losing the right to educate our children as spelled out in the Constitution.  All the ruckus about teacher pay, charter schools, tax credits, tenure, etc really pales in comparison when compared to the ultimate goal of education: globalization in the education of human capital.  I sure hope you like the curriculum the elitists provide....that we are paying for.

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