California's Radical Brainwashing Curriculum Soon To Be Mandatory

Mish

Look out. Radical brainwashing will soon start. California will lead the way.

Radical Indoctrination

A new California bill would establish a K-12 curriculum mandating classes in the ‘four I’s of oppression,’ ideological, institutional, interpersonal and internalized.

The bill has sailed through the Senate and Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to sign it according to a WSJ Editorial.

Last year California’s Assembly passed its ethnic-studies bill known as AB 331 by a 63-8 vote. Then the state department of education put forward a model curriculum so extreme and ethnocentric that the state Senate’s Democratic supermajority balked. The curriculum said among other things that “within Ethnic Studies, scholars are often very critical of the system of capitalism as research has shown that Native people and people of color are disproportionately exploited within the system.”

The bill was put on ice, but protests and riots in recent months gave Sacramento’s mavens of racial division more leverage. The model curriculum now on the education department’s website says the course should “build new possibilities for post-imperial life that promotes collective narratives of transformative resistance.” 

Among the approved topics: “Racism, LGBTQ rights, immigration rights, access to quality health care, income inequality,” and so on.

What about the fifth “I” of indoctrination? One course outline tips its hat at this. “Students will write a paper detailing certain events in American history,” it says, “that have led to Jewish and Irish Americans gaining racial privilege.” 

This is ugly stuff, a force-feeding to teenagers of the anti-liberal theories that have been percolating in campus critical studies departments for decades. Enforced identity politics and “intersectionality” are on their way to replacing civic nationalism as America’s creed. 

The 1619 Project

Brutality of American Capitalism

The California Bill is related to thinking of the New York Times' 1619 Project.

The goal of The 1619 Project is to reframe American history by considering what it would mean to regard 1619 as our nation’s birth year. Doing so requires us to place the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are as a country.

The WSJ Laments 

Conservatives and fair-minded liberals are alarmed that high schools are drawing up plans to teach the “1619 project,” the New York Times ’ revisionist account of race and the American founding, in history classes. The reality is turning out to be worse. The largest state in the union is poised to become one of the first to mandate ethnic studies for all high-school students, and the model curriculum makes the radical “1619 project” look moderate and balanced.

These writers do not understand capitalism, free markets, or the path of destruction  of countries like Venezuela. 

Indoctrination Ideas

  • Capitalism is bad
  • The Irish and Jews unfairly got ahead
  • We need slave reparations  
  • We need to teach "collective narratives of transformative resistance," whatever the hell that means.

Radically Dangerous Ideas

These indoctrination ideas are radically dangerous.

Few understand the origins for what they are: union pandering for the primary benefit of the teachers who espouse the ideas. 

Income Inequality is a Feature Not a Detriment 

Indeed income inequality is actually a benefit of capitalism.

History teaches us what happens when the states take over farms and mandate everyone get the same rewards no matter how much they produce. 

The extreme nature now is largely due to government and Fed interference that distorts capitalism, not capitalism itself.

That's the curriculum that needs to be taught.

Mish

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PecuniaNonOlet
PecuniaNonOlet

63 days till election. What did you expect given the world circumstance? If you teach people that system x will provide you with an amazing quality of life and after trying it out, it leaves many people behind, what do you think the eventual reaction be?

Any economic system that claims to be superior should automatically manifest itself as the best shouldnt it? If it is the best should it not become the defacto standard around the world? If it isnt, why not? Are people too stupid to accept it or are those pushing the system the stupid ones?

Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett

I wouldn't worry about having to learn it ... it will be imprinted on everyone's chip soon enough ....

Soft_coding
Soft_coding

Why is history dangerous Mish? In college I read People's History of the United
States, a book, like all history books, with bias - however it shocked me that my public education never taught me about the facts of America’s history. The book benefits from having many primary sources - something public school history consistently lacked. I think this has its own problems, but considering how hollow history is now, it’s a step in the right direction.

AbeFroman
AbeFroman

What does the curriculum say about “American Exceptionalism?”

randocalrissian
randocalrissian

Perhaps the Fed could interfere little enough to prevent triggering wholesale brainwashing of an entire generation of kids. That brainwashing becomes accepted fact quickly once everyone in a generation believes. Not to mention the organic health our economy might have the opportunity to regenerate in the process. EDIT to admit yes, I realize I'm dreaming. But really this should not be dreamland stuff.

AWC
AWC

Pareto’s Foxes hard at work.

Denker
Denker

Sorry Mish but the indoctrination has been going on for decades esp. at the university level. You fled Illinois for liberal/left Colorado, where you going to run to when the whole country is under the Reds' boot?

Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon

So instead of 3 "R"'s, it's the 4 "I"'s?

LOL

Is 'Rithmetic now racist too?

Remember when "4 eyes" was a slam to nerdy kids wearing glasses in school? Now I guess they'll need reparations for being oppressed.

Rocky Raccoon
Rocky Raccoon

Having dealt with Ozark, Missouri adopting the International Baccalaureate and trying to fight the socialist agenda that comes with it from coming into our children's schools, the school systems have long been infiltrated. The John Birch Society calls the IB the UN on steroids. Great article if you haven't read it. (Posted Below)

The sad thing is when parents had a chance to take a hold of their child's education after years of calling the public schools indoctrination centers that don't represent our values, COVID19 had the POTUS and many of these parents complaining these indoctrination centers weren't open demanding they get them open to get the kids back in them ASAP. So much for local controls and taking control of your child's education.

IB Program is the U.N. on Steroids (http://www.jbs.org/component/content/article/1009-commentary/6331-ib-program-is-the-un-on-steroids)

Beverly K. Eakman | John Birch Society (http://www.jbs.org/)
Monday, 07 June 2010

Back in the 1950s, international private academies, such as those in Washington, DC and New York City featured the International Baccalaureate (“IB” for short) because it was the choice of diplomats and others of European extraction. Sometimes parents there merely had a tour of duty in the U.S., but because their kids were expected to go home and take the International Baccalaureate test, their youngsters’ future prospects for college and career depended upon a rigorous scholastic regimen, which surpassed anything in American K-12 programs at that time. Many students flunked the test first time around. They got two more shots. Then it was either off to university, to trade school or something far less appealing.

The IB had its basis in the Swiss educational system. The Europeans, for all their faults, didn’t mess around with the basics of schooling back then. The curricula foreign kids got were much tougher than in America, even at most private schools. Not even pictures in elementary textbooks existed. Switzerland was considered la crème of the educational universe. If a parent had real money, that’s where they sent their kids. Former presidential candidate, Senator John Kerry, went to boarding school there. A common joke went: How do you tell a European student from an American pupil? Answer: The European kid takes three steps before his book-bag moves!

Those days are gone. Switzerland, France and most other nations are facing the same leftist ideology, political correctness and mental “health” exercises — all passed off as academics.

Nevertheless, folks are misled into believing today’s IB program is top-drawer, just like its predecessor. But the modern IB bears no resemblance to the 1950s-era program. From its inception in the 1940s, there were ideological biases toward socialism, but in areas such as math, science, literature, spelling, geography and history, it was the gold standard. Today, both the IB curricula and its tests have undergone profound changes.

Today’s IB (like most ordinary K-12 curriculums) operates in partnership with UNESCO, and therefore is consistent with United Nations dogma. The IB is U.N. dogma on steroids, and redistribution of wealth is an overriding, subliminal theme.

The biggest difference between the American creed and IB is that our Declaration of Independence insists that government is beholden to the people; it does not exist to protect itself. This view puts teeth into the notion of inalienable, individual rights, which is one reason socialist-leaning schools here at home gloss over the Declaration — as if it were Thomas Jefferson’s unsolicited opinion.

Under the U.S. Bill of Rights, government has only those rights that the people say it has. The U.N. takes the position, in its Universal Declaration on Human Rights (Universal Declaration of Human Rights [UDHR] (http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml), Article 29, Section 3), that: "rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations” [italics mine]. This small phrase is key: Under the UDHR, people have only those rights the United Nations (ergo, government) says they have.

https://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml)

Take, for example, Flora High School in Richland County, Columbia, South Carolina. It started offering the IB program when the U.S. Department of Education announced $1.2 million targeted to fund the IB program in middle schools (2007). The idea was that they would become “feeder schools” for the IB’s high school diploma program in low-income school districts around the country. (This, by the way, is a typical method of extending potentially unpopular government programs: to start with one state, offer huge bucks to promote it as a “pilot project”; then, get the bugs out and take it national.)

The Earth Charter (http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/) comprises the backbone of IB science, ethics, literature and history programs, because that is UNESCO’s approach to foreign policy issues. Briefly, the primary elements of the Earth Charter are:

https://www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/
  • Earth worship (pantheism).
  • Socialized medicine.
  • World federalism.
  • Income redistribution among nations and within nations.
  • Eradication of genetically modified (GMO) crops.
  • Contraception and “reproductive health” rights (inc., legal abortion).
  • World-wide “education for sustainability” which means planned communities and citizens told where they must live.
  • Debt forgiveness and different standards for third-world nations.
  • Adoption of gay rights and the right of children to all sexual materials and literature.
  • Elimination of any right to bear arms.
  • Environmental extremist positions, including global warming, bans on pesticides and genetically enhanced vegetables.
  • Setting aside biosphere reserves where no human presence is allowed, which means the government may come in and take your land for its own higher purposes — something that is now being debated in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution are fundamentally opposite from the U.N.’s UDHR. A few examples:

  • The right to bear arms — UDHR has no right to bear arms.
  • No double jeopardy — UDHR does not prohibit double jeopardy.
  • Church/state separation — UDHR promotes earth-worship spirituality.
  • Limited government — UDHR has no limits on government.
  • Reserved powers — UDHR has no reserved powers.
  • Recognition of natural law — UDHR does not recognize natural law.
  • Guarantee that property cannot be taken by government without just compensation — UDHR has no such guarantee.

If one doesn’t look too closely, IB curricula appears to mimic the American creed — that is, the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution: that all men and women are created equal; inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, that government exists to protect those rights, and limited government. But the IB program, first of all, attempts to guarantee “happiness,” not just its pursuit. It also lacks the references to universal truths and values that once were staples of American classrooms. International curriculum standards promote UDHR as being the highest of all principles.

Today’s IB is committed not to a melting-pot concept, but to globalism and multiculturalism. Accurate history, correct geography, honoring perspectives or even other nationalities all wind up in a hodge-podge called “diversity” or “multiculturalism,” which is more about lip-service than substance. Globalism venerates the collective, not the individual; world government is celebrated over national sovereignty; centralization of power is honored over local control. That is why “social studies” are mostly about minimizing Western culture. So it is not surprising that American Indian and African worship would be taught in the IB program (with the more gruesome elements left out, of course, such as ritual mutilations, human sacrifice, female infanticide), while red and green ornaments at Christmas are banned from tax-supported U.S. educational institutions.

Today’s IB students approach ethics from the perspective of Muslims, Native Americans, Eastern Europeans, Africans, and so forth, without regard to their inherent rightness or wrongness, or even morality. The Judeo-Christian ethic is no longer a benchmark. Students are further expected to identify and root out cultural stereotypes. Even IB Theatre Arts integrates global concerns and international perspectives through a learning environment that emphasizes non-Western traditions.

In addition, modern IB students are steeped in fringe science. Even Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is blamed on global warming, for example. Meanwhile, medical breakthroughs such as those discovered through the Human Genome Project are beginning to be used to encourage support for selective breeding in humans. Naturally, kids who don’t even know basic science aren’t aware of this. What they don’t know will make “parent licensing” a lot easier to “sell” when it emerges full-blown in about 10 years — i.e., government deciding who is allowed to become a parent and which children should be aborted.

Health classes focus on topics like overpopulation and AIDS, not the inner workings of the human body. So, solutions to trendy pseudo-problems naturally revolve around abortion, condoms and sexual awareness, which have no track record of success, even if one were to accept the ethics. Indeed, humans are viewed as no more than complex animals.

While there is no actual course called “economics” in most IB programs, students do learn to convert various world currencies as part of a unit in social studies. But they are also immersed in redistribution theology and taught that evil consumerism in the West is denying the good life to people in Third World countries — never mind that political leaders in those countries never seem to get their act together and have a propensity for lining their own pockets with the donations supplied by those “evil consumers.”

When the IB’s public relations publications say the program utilizes a multidisciplinary approach in order to relate various curricula to each other, what kids actually see is mathematics fused with fringe science and environmental extremism. Thus they absorb flawed energy and conservation policies. As voters later on, this message is highly damaging. Combine this with biased history and, yes, you have a multidisciplinary approach, all right, but the pupils are getting a political agenda, not a well-rounded education or a coherent set of facts.

Ultimately, today’s IB is a red herring with extensive funding ties to interests advancing U.N. politics, as opposed to any transmission of substantive, core knowledge, as was the case pre-1955.

Beverly K. Eakman is a former educator and retired federal employee who served as speechwriter for the heads of three government agencies as well as editor-in-chief of NASA’s newspaper (Johnson Space Center). Today, she is a Washington, DC-based freelance writer, the author of five books, and a frequent keynote speaker on the lecture circuit. Her most recent book is Walking Targets: How Our Psychologized Classrooms Are Producing a Nation of Sitting Ducks (Midnight Whistler Publishers).

SOURCE:

IA Hawkeye in SoCal
IA Hawkeye in SoCal

But it sure is nice outside every day.

bradw2k
bradw2k

The curriculum is already very widespread in blue states, despite not being mandatory. Have I mentioned that my son's freshman Lang Arts class was taught for the entire year with only books by and about blacks? In his SS class the teacher showed Fahrenheit 9/11. My daughter told me with a sigh about her junior high that "every class is about racism."

Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett

"The extreme nature now is largely due to government and Fed interference that distorts capitalism, not capitalism itself."

...

Could not agree more. Light needs to be shone on current crony Kapitalism where (huge) profit is privatized and loss is socialized (taxpayers eat it).

Sechel
Sechel

LOL! I guess you've never taken a company H.R. class

This always goes on . We now teach that slavery is wrong too.

A class in civics is brainwashing too

PT109
PT109

Parents and their kids need to have the right to School of choice. Instead of this monolithic public school system that is polluting our kids minds with BS and nonsense and also with a little of propaganda mixed in to top it off. These Public School Teachers Union care about protecting the Teachers and not the children.

Carl_R
Carl_R

Too late, Mish. The "Radical Brainwashing" began the 1930s, when the Humanist Manifesto was signed. The goal was to use schools to indoctrinate children, in the hopes of making the world a better place. Nearly all of us have been subjected to it, to a certain extent. I always use this question, to test people's understanding of history. "Name one event of significance that happened between the fall of the Roman Empire and the Crusades." I have never yet gotten an answer, and the closest anyone gets is to say "that was the Dark Ages". How dark was it? So, nothing happened?

In reality, there is a specific reason this time period is omitted, and not because nothing happened. One of the key events during that time period was the rise of Islam. Islam appeared, conquered all of Africa, and nearly conquered all of Europe as well, before their advance was stopped at the Battle of Tours in 732, where in a stunning surprise victory, French ground troops, led by Charles Martell, defeated the Arabic cavalry, one of the only times in history where ground forces defeated a cavalry.

Why is it important to omit this? If you go directly to the crusades, without any historical context, it is possible to paint Christians as military aggressors. Don't get me wrong, here. The Christians had no business being a military aggressor in any case, but if you have the historical context, it is at least more understandable. To use a modern context, the US had no business blowing up Iraq, but if you factor in 9/11, it at least is easier to understand how and why it happened.

The signers of the Humanist Manifesto, and it's successor documents, have been largely successful in their objectives. Education has moved away from core subjects to peripheral ones. The US once led the world in education, and now it is middle of the pack in academic subjects, but meanwhile, the US has become an increasingly humanist nation.

pakr
pakr

Perhaps this comes from the mistake of thinking that K-12 education is sufficient to prepare a modern citizen. Schools are skipping the necessary tools in favor of the rote conclusion.

Jojo
Jojo

Part of the CA problem is our Governor Gavin Newsom, who appears to also have presidential ambitions. Help get rid of Newsom and bury his presidential ambitions if you live in CA by signing the recall petition.

dbannist
dbannist

As a homeschooling family, we are so thankful that COVID hasn't affected our plans at all.

If I wasn't homeschooling in California, I would be now for sure. This is nonsense.

I posted a link to this article on my page. People need to read what is happening.

awc13
awc13

the system is set up to benefit jews? that was a popular view in the 20s and 30s in europe

Six000mileyear
Six000mileyear

I gagged on being required to take a foreign language in high school. One of the most useless courses for someone who knew STEM was his life choice. I would have been better off with more STEM courses because I've met very few system engineers with enough depth and breadth of technology to architect something without a major flaw. One medical equipment research center I worked for was designed with a network that would not support the bandwidth needed for a centralized embedded control system. Making things worse, the Lead Systems Engineer felt empowered to ignore the problem. OOPS that cost at least $250M and 4 years of schedule.

RonJ
RonJ

Trump 2020.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

Unfortunately the Democrats are completely complicit in this kind of rewriting of history. So my vote for Biden has to consider........that the one-time party of the working class has now become the party of identity politics and special rights for special people. It's not something I like or want.....maybe the lesser of the evils...but not by much.

get
get

Wow, Jews and the Irish are too blame?! Can pogroms be far behind?

Vigorish
Vigorish

Sounds like a line straight out of Blazing Saddles.

Zardoz
Zardoz

Nobody EVER wants to force kids to be taught critical thinking.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

If you have hurt feelings because of white privilege I'm not sorry.

Someone also needs to explain why Venezuela was doing so well as a democratic socialist country where the government owned oil and invested profits back in the country. It was only when a military dictator took over things went south.

Brother
Brother

Judging by the comments on Mish's blog most of you, if you vote? vote Democrat. This subject once debated and internalizes will be an accepted practice in political view point. Right now I think they all need a head shrink. The democratic leadership is extremely void of sound principles. When old Joe loses he won't concede he will protest.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Civil rights started in the 1960s in Anerica and teaching people that most white people were racist and owned slaves in 1619 is somehow wrong?

Realist
Realist

I do not know much about the education systems in the US. However, from what I see, they must spend a lot of time teaching people how to hate each other; because that comes through loud and clear in the comments on this site.

Now, if schools could also spend more time teaching people how to use those billion guns you all love, Trump would be able to get even more violence going to disrupt the election.

Did he actually invite that couple who were waving their guns at passersby to his convention?

ernie1241
ernie1241
Rocky Raccoon
Rocky Raccoon said: Having dealt with Ozark, Missouri adopting the International Baccalaureate and trying to fight the socialist agenda that comes with it from coming into our children's schools, the school systems have long been infiltrated. The John Birch Society calls the IB the UN on steroids. Great article if you haven't read it. (Posted Below) The sad thing is when parents had a chance to take a hold of their child's education after years of calling the public schools indoctrination centers that don't represent our values, COVID19 had the POTUS and many of these parents complaining these indoctrination centers weren't open demanding they get them open to get the kids back in them ASAP. So much for local controls and taking control of your child's education. IB Program is the U.N. on Steroids (http://www.jbs.org/component/content/article/1009-commentary/6331-ib-program-is-the-un-on-steroids) Beverly K. Eakman | John Birch Society (http://www.jbs.org/) Monday, 07 June 2010 Back in the 1950s, international private academies, such as those in Washington, DC and New York City featured the International Baccalaureate (“IB” for short) because it was the choice of diplomats and others of European extraction. Sometimes parents there merely had a tour of duty in the U.S., but because their kids were expected to go home and take the International Baccalaureate test, their youngsters’ future prospects for college and career depended upon a rigorous scholastic regimen, which surpassed anything in American K-12 programs at that time. Many students flunked the test first time around. They got two more shots. Then it was either off to university, to trade school or something far less appealing. The IB had its basis in the Swiss educational system. The Europeans, for all their faults, didn’t mess around with the basics of schooling back then. The curricula foreign kids got were much tougher than in America, even at most private schools. Not even pictures in elementary textbooks existed. Switzerland was considered la crème of the educational universe. If a parent had real money, that’s where they sent their kids. Former presidential candidate, Senator John Kerry, went to boarding school there. A common joke went: How do you tell a European student from an American pupil? Answer: The European kid takes three steps before his book-bag moves! Those days are gone. Switzerland, France and most other nations are facing the same leftist ideology, political correctness and mental “health” exercises — all passed off as academics. Nevertheless, folks are misled into believing today’s IB program is top-drawer, just like its predecessor. But the modern IB bears no resemblance to the 1950s-era program. From its inception in the 1940s, there were ideological biases toward socialism, but in areas such as math, science, literature, spelling, geography and history, it was the gold standard. Today, both the IB curricula and its tests have undergone profound changes. Today’s IB (like most ordinary K-12 curriculums) operates in partnership with UNESCO, and therefore is consistent with United Nations dogma. The IB is U.N. dogma on steroids, and redistribution of wealth is an overriding, subliminal theme. The biggest difference between the American creed and IB is that our Declaration of Independence insists that government is beholden to the people; it does not exist to protect itself. This view puts teeth into the notion of inalienable, individual rights, which is one reason socialist-leaning schools here at home gloss over the Declaration — as if it were Thomas Jefferson’s unsolicited opinion. Under the U.S. Bill of Rights, government has only those rights that the people say it has. The U.N. takes the position, in its Universal Declaration on Human Rights (Universal Declaration of Human Rights [UDHR] (http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml), Article 29, Section 3), that: "rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations” [italics mine]. This small phrase is key: Under the UDHR, people have only those rights the United Nations (ergo, government) says they have. Take, for example, Flora High School in Richland County, Columbia, South Carolina. It started offering the IB program when the U.S. Department of Education announced $1.2 million targeted to fund the IB program in middle schools (2007). The idea was that they would become “feeder schools” for the IB’s high school diploma program in low-income school districts around the country. (This, by the way, is a typical method of extending potentially unpopular government programs: to start with one state, offer huge bucks to promote it as a “pilot project”; then, get the bugs out and take it national.) The Earth Charter (http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/) comprises the backbone of IB science, ethics, literature and history programs, because that is UNESCO’s approach to foreign policy issues. Briefly, the primary elements of the Earth Charter are: * Earth worship (pantheism). * Socialized medicine. * World federalism. * Income redistribution among nations and within nations. * Eradication of genetically modified (GMO) crops. * Contraception and “reproductive health” rights (inc., legal abortion). * World-wide “education for sustainability” which means planned communities and citizens told where they must live. * Debt forgiveness and different standards for third-world nations. * Adoption of gay rights and the right of children to all sexual materials and literature. * Elimination of any right to bear arms. * Environmental extremist positions, including global warming, bans on pesticides and genetically enhanced vegetables. * Setting aside biosphere reserves where no human presence is allowed, which means the government may come in and take your land for its own higher purposes — something that is now being debated in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution are fundamentally opposite from the U.N.’s UDHR. A few examples: * The right to bear arms — UDHR has no right to bear arms. * No double jeopardy — UDHR does not prohibit double jeopardy. * Church/state separation — UDHR promotes earth-worship spirituality. * Limited government — UDHR has no limits on government. * Reserved powers — UDHR has no reserved powers. * Recognition of natural law — UDHR does not recognize natural law. * Guarantee that property cannot be taken by government without just compensation — UDHR has no such guarantee. If one doesn’t look too closely, IB curricula appears to mimic the American creed — that is, the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution: that all men and women are created equal; inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, that government exists to protect those rights, and limited government. But the IB program, first of all, attempts to guarantee “happiness,” not just its pursuit. It also lacks the references to universal truths and values that once were staples of American classrooms. International curriculum standards promote UDHR as being the highest of all principles. Today’s IB is committed not to a melting-pot concept, but to globalism and multiculturalism. Accurate history, correct geography, honoring perspectives or even other nationalities all wind up in a hodge-podge called “diversity” or “multiculturalism,” which is more about lip-service than substance. Globalism venerates the collective, not the individual; world government is celebrated over national sovereignty; centralization of power is honored over local control. That is why “social studies” are mostly about minimizing Western culture. So it is not surprising that American Indian and African worship would be taught in the IB program (with the more gruesome elements left out, of course, such as ritual mutilations, human sacrifice, female infanticide), while red and green ornaments at Christmas are banned from tax-supported U.S. educational institutions. Today’s IB students approach ethics from the perspective of Muslims, Native Americans, Eastern Europeans, Africans, and so forth, without regard to their inherent rightness or wrongness, or even morality. The Judeo-Christian ethic is no longer a benchmark. Students are further expected to identify and root out cultural stereotypes. Even IB Theatre Arts integrates global concerns and international perspectives through a learning environment that emphasizes non-Western traditions. In addition, modern IB students are steeped in fringe science. Even Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is blamed on global warming, for example. Meanwhile, medical breakthroughs such as those discovered through the Human Genome Project are beginning to be used to encourage support for selective breeding in humans. Naturally, kids who don’t even know basic science aren’t aware of this. What they don’t know will make “parent licensing” a lot easier to “sell” when it emerges full-blown in about 10 years — i.e., government deciding who is allowed to become a parent and which children should be aborted. Health classes focus on topics like overpopulation and AIDS, not the inner workings of the human body. So, solutions to trendy pseudo-problems naturally revolve around abortion, condoms and sexual awareness, which have no track record of success, even if one were to accept the ethics. Indeed, humans are viewed as no more than complex animals. While there is no actual course called “economics” in most IB programs, students do learn to convert various world currencies as part of a unit in social studies. But they are also immersed in redistribution theology and taught that evil consumerism in the West is denying the good life to people in Third World countries — never mind that political leaders in those countries never seem to get their act together and have a propensity for lining their own pockets with the donations supplied by those “evil consumers.” When the IB’s public relations publications say the program utilizes a multidisciplinary approach in order to relate various curricula to each other, what kids actually see is mathematics fused with fringe science and environmental extremism. Thus they absorb flawed energy and conservation policies. As voters later on, this message is highly damaging. Combine this with biased history and, yes, you have a multidisciplinary approach, all right, but the pupils are getting a political agenda, not a well-rounded education or a coherent set of facts. Ultimately, today’s IB is a red herring with extensive funding ties to interests advancing U.N. politics, as opposed to any transmission of substantive, core knowledge, as was the case pre-1955. Beverly K. Eakman is a former educator and retired federal employee who served as speechwriter for the heads of three government agencies as well as editor-in-chief of NASA’s newspaper (Johnson Space Center). Today, she is a Washington, DC-based freelance writer, the author of five books, and a frequent keynote speaker on the lecture circuit. Her most recent book is Walking Targets: How Our Psychologized Classrooms Are Producing a Nation of Sitting Ducks (Midnight Whistler Publishers). SOURCE: http://www.jbs.org/component/content/article/1009-commentary/6331-ib-program-is-the-un-on-steroids

It should be pointed out that former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover stated that the John Birch Society was an example of a "right-wing extremist" organization which did NOT deal in facts. Also, the FBI falsified every major predicate of JBS ideology. For details see: https://sites.google.com/site/ernie124102/jbs-1

Fl0yd
Fl0yd

"The Irish and Jews unfairly got ahead":
I failed to find mentioning of Jews and Irish in the WSJ link nor the Bill link (below). Am I missing something?

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Indeed income inequality is actually a benefit of capitalism.

Not to the degree we've seen it today. Actually taking it to the extreme, assume 10 people had all the money in the world. That would not be a benefit to capitalism.

Herkie
Herkie

If I were African American I would be DEEPLY insulted by the idea of reparations. I would hate the history of slavery true, as everyone should. But both those that enslaved and those were enslaved, those that did this to my people are all now long dead. And reparations can only be seen as a punishment of the ENTIRE white race for the deeds of a very few of their slave holding ancestors, which is entirely unfair and you do not have to be white to understand the concept of fairness.

For one thing many black people are doing every bit as good as white. Getting reparations says "we know you cannot make it because you were discriminated against and your ancestors held as slaves." You are like children who need cash money to pay off a blood debt, so here is a check and thank god we never have to tolerate crime and excuses or black whining again because you were paid in full.

To put an arbitrary monetary price on the history of a people when mostly we all just want what you do, and to revere those that were mistreated as martyrs. A check a few hundred years later because you feel bad is crap, and no matter how large it cannot be enough, you just mean it as a payoff to current generations and not as a true reparation in sorrow.

And what about when my grandkids are made to feel lesser because of their race? Are you just going to pay off every black child ever to be born? Or is this one time reparations payment going to be enough to make you feel better? And by paying off every person of African decent are you not saying we will give you money because your race means you can never be equal, or you as a person cannot ever attain what we can? Is it not recognition of superiority rather than genuine compensations to victims that are all now years and centuries dead?

I can just hear the white racists now, "those commie libs paid you people off so now you have no more excuses. And I can act any way toward you I want. No more special laws for you because you have been paid." It is a can of worms that is utterly bottomless. That there are people who want to pay and people who want to collect means we are never going to see the end. It is all of history and all the unfairness and competition and conquest and death all wrapped up into a populist check that pays the rent on your conscience for now, but wich remains in arrears forever.

That is just one of many thoughts I have about it. I can think open mindedly about this because I belong to more than one minority group that is also hated and traditionally discriminated against, would I cash the check if I were sent one as a form of apology? Hell yes. But I would never ask for that check unless they start paying off those that were wronged by history and I seemed to be the only one NOT apologised to for the wrongs done to me and mine. That would piss me off.

Just putting government on notice, if you think you are going to assuage your guilty white consciences by writing checks to those your ancestors harmed and hated then you better buy a shit ton of ink, and make my check out for at least a couple million because I was just a teen you you riuned my life and made me a disabled vet.

Better we work to END permanently all forms of unequal justice and end the tilted economic playing field for the rich so that labor again pays a living wage than to start writing check I simply am not going to honor or pay for. Because I represent millions who feel the same way. You force people to pay rparations for something they did not have a part in and you break any and all social contracts, the gloves come off and it ends in war! Do not bother to bill me for reparations to anyone unless my name is on the list to get a check. Because my people have been more systematically and completely discriminated against in human history than any other minority that ever existed. Far worse than black who were allowed to live as slaves, my people have mostly been killed on sight. Our very name comes from the faggots of firewood they used to burn us alive. The word for that firewood lost it's meaning over time, but that term still is used a thousand years later to describe me and my people. How would any of you like to be hunted and burned alive because of who you are and the name for you is the wood that they use to burn your body alive with? I can tell you first hand I am not pleased. But, even though you and your laws still hate me I do not demand a million bucks from you, or maybe I should be eh?

I am of Irish decent, my father came to North Ameerica in 1949, not only was he not a slave holder nor did he have slaave holders in his ancestry but the Irish people were themselves held as slaves for 900 years. Where is their/my reparations check? I might take it just because I can, but I would still be deeply wounded that they think you can just write a check and all that near thousand years of guilt and wrong is washed away. Sometimes we need to let history just be history. I do not NEED a check from those that murdered and discriminated and treated my ancestors like dirt, but a true and meaningful apology would help. A true recognition that Irish are equal to English would be nice, that they do not even understand what happened in the potato famine alone makes me want them punished, but not all English, just those that profited from our enslavemet. Especially the crown.

On the other hand as a gay man there are still laws on the books in many states that were never voided or removed against gay people. Just no longer enforced per SCOTUS. They know SCOTUS can and will under the right circumstances reverse itself and those laws will be on the books and acted upon that very day.

I was a teen when I was sexually abused by a man 20 years older than me in the air force, he had been a ranking sergeant working in the urology clinic of the base hospital. I went in at 17 and was from a remote region in California, we did not even get TV till I was a freshman in high school. I looked a lot younger than I was. That sergeant had been molesting boys in the clinic, and it was not till a major who's son complained of being molested this sergeant was busted. What did the commander do? An informal signature on a piece of paper avoiding a court martial, the sergeant was busted two stripes and given another duty outside the urology clinic. They put him in charge of the hospital squadron barracks.

So I come along at 17 looking like 12 and report to my permanent duty base at March AFB and this guy says sorry the barracks is full. I have no room to assign you to. WTF? I am an airman in the USAF and I just traveled thousands of miles and report to my base and am told they have no room for me? One of the few things you never have to worry about in the military is food and shelter.

I told the guy, what am I supposed to do? Just not reporting is being AWOL, you have to send me somewhere on base for accomodation. Is officer's quarters full?

He said well as dorm sarge I have a room to myself...... I think you can guess the rest of that story. It was hell. Seriously torture. I mean seriously I was tortured. And even when I was assigned a room in the barracks he made sure I had no roommates as much as possible because he had a master key and could let himself in at any hour. I got to the point where I was suicidal at 18. I finally talked to a guy I knew about it and that mother f^cker turned ME in. Ther first thing I was told was if you have indulged in any illegal drugs or homosexuality you will be charged by the OSI for that. In other words lie your ass off. They do not want to hear about messy problems. Either put up with it or we may allow you a other than 4 year honorable discharge. Or we may put you in prison.

Before you make a judgement about this story I would like to remind you that as an American citizen I have the same rights you do. Had this happened to YOU or to your kid or grandkid or brother how would you feel then?

When honesty means prison? Not for what you have done but for who you are and the preditory nature of others? Who knows how many other boys that man molested because I would have to decide between prison for telling the truth or telling them what they wanted to hear?

Hey, that is YOUR America. You like lies so you do not have to deal with shit like this don't you? The problem is you fuck up so many people and you have to pay them off. You want to know why I am a 100% disabled vet? It is reparations.

It is also why I will never vote republican.

El Capitano
El Capitano

I am so sad to say but we are moving toward civil war.