Monday, December 04, 2006

Schools For the 21st Century

(Dear readers: The next time you hear a politician say, "prepare children for life in the 21st century," I hope you read and remember this post and what that phrase actually means.)

Education! Education! Education! That's been Tony Blair's mantra for nearly a decade and he continues to push for more ways to involve the government in the life of the common man. In a new initiative unveiled today he also believes the government should teach "life skills, " how to cook, enjoy the theater, and surf the internet."

I've said it before, why don' t they just keep kids in school full-time and parents can check them out like library books when they want to play with them.

However, even more grievious than just the blatant outsourcing of parenthood, Tony Blair wants some students to be allowed to take an International Exam rather than the British national exam. (Please stick with me and let me explain what that means.)

The International Baccalaureate is administered by an organization in Geneva. (How convenient the UN Education Bureau is right there!) The goal of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) is to create IB World Schools. The Director General, Jeff Beard, explains the demand for IBO,
Our programmes are shaped around creating "a better and more peaceful world" with a core determination to develop students who can create this better world through intercultural understanding and respect. In essence, IB programmes are "fit for purpose" for the 21st century!
Started in the late 1960's IBO program is relatively small but the endorsement by the British government is a huge step toward international curriculum and standards.

Defenders of compulsory education might want to rethink their position before US education officials decide to do the same. As a parent, you may find yourself going before an international tribunal to appeal your child's bad grade because he still thinks God governs the affairs of men not the United Nations. But you better hurry, George Bush looks like he has already signed up.

The Bush administration has begun issuing grants to help spread a United Nations-sponsored school program that aims to become a "universal curriculum" for teaching global citizenship, peace studies and equality of world cultures. The U.S. Education Department has issued its first $1.2 million grant to implement the European-based International Baccalaureate (IB) program in middle schools...

Mr. Hill, a former school administrator from Tasmania, Australia, said the role of international education and culture, is to fulfill the vision of UNESCO's constitution in its opening words: "Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed."

The international leaders in cooperation with our "compassionate conservative" President want to construct the minds of our children to conform to global standards of "peace." I like the way Brave New Schools explains it,

The goal of education is no longer to teach the kind of literacy, wisdom and knowledge we once considered essentials of responsible citizenship. It is to train world citizens--a compliant international workforce, willing to flow with the storms of change and uncertainty. These citizens must be ready to believe and do whatever will serve a pre-determined "common good" or "greater whole". Educators may promise to "teach students to think for themselves," but if they finish what they have started, tomorrow's students will have neither the facts nor the freedom needed for independent thinking.
When they say prepare children to become workers to compete in the global economy, they don't mean jet-setting to Paris for a business meeting in the spring time. They want to put the "world" into a world-class education and take God out for the sake of "peace."

Parents are you going to let the United Nations teach your children? Homeschoolers do you want Germany running the future "International Bureau of Homeschooling?"

To see if your local school is an IBO school click here. (Use the Advanced Search to find your state.)

For more information on the IBO click here.

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