By Holly Swanson
March 22, 2016
A subversive political movement has been quietly teaching their beliefs in many of our schools for years.
This movement is now taking steps to expand their reach by establishing a national political indoctrination program to impose their political agenda on students throughout the school system. This indoctrination program would reach children wherever they live and would include charter, private and home school situations.
History reminds us of what can happen when a political movement is allowed to use education as a tool to politically indoctrinate (brainwash) innocent children. Hindsight is 20/20. We have the choice, the power and the opportunity to learn, to take action and to stop the political indoctrination of our children.
The idea of No Child Left Inside is one of the main tools this movement is using to slip their agenda into our schools. Current steps and details regarding this agenda and how this movement is advancing their goals begin with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act is the federal legislation that directs the course of elementary and secondary education in America. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act was recently reauthorized and the new version of this legislation is called the Every Student Succeeds Act (S.1177). The Every Student Succeeds Act was passed by the House on December 2, 2015, passed by the Senate on December 9, 2015 and signed into law by President Obama on December 10, 2015.
During the reauthorization process, key goals from another piece of legislation, the proposed No Child Left Inside Act of 2015, were inserted into the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) due to the efforts and influence of this political movement.
Congressman John Sarbanes, author of the No Child Left Inside Act, released a victory statement on December 2, 2015 regarding the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which included the following:
“The environmental education provision contained in ESSA comes from the No Child Left Inside Act (NCLI), a bipartisan bill authored by Congressman Sarbanes that is designed to enhance American students’ environmental literacy.”
No Child Left Inside Act goals for environmental education and environmental literacy have been inserted into this legislation, which enables this movement to create the false impression that 1) they have a federal mandate for states to teach this curriculum and, 2) the curriculum attached to teaching these subjects has been approved by Democrats and Republicans at the federal level. This movement also plans to acquire federal funds to execute their national plan to change our children’s beliefs while they are in school. Nothing is set in stone. Responsible action can be taken to derail this plan.
Curriculum Not Scrutinized:
In the rush to pass the Every Student Succeeds Act, the curriculum attached to teaching the No Child Left Inside goals for environmental education and environmental literacy was not thoroughly scrutinized to ensure the intended outcomes were understood and the content would not unfairly influence the education of America’s children.
No Child Left Inside Act: Imposing the Goals of a Political Movement
Congressman John Sarbanes has stated the No Child Left Inside Act “is the arm of an advocacy movement”. In other words, the No Child Left Inside Act is the arm of a political movement. This statement by Sarbanes confirms the purpose of this legislation and this curriculum is to impose the agenda of that movement in our schools and on our children. The following statement from the No Child Left Inside Act reveals how this movement is infusing their agenda into our schools:
“Forty-eight States have developed, or are in the process of developing, environmental literacy plans to effectively integrate environmental education into the prekindergarten through grade 12 curriculum and ensure that students graduate from high school environmentally literate.”
How many people in those 48 states realize No Child Left Inside is “the arm” of a political movement and environmental literacy plans are being used to integrate the goals of that movement into our schools? Take away the environmental language and the political goals of this movement come to light:
1) target children in prekindergarten. Start molding the behavior of children attending preschool by using simple messages that align their little hearts and minds with this movement’s beliefs.
2) integrate the political goals of this movement into the curriculum as the way to a) teach the political beliefs of this movement as part of factual learning in multiple subject areas, b) require students to study those political beliefs from prekindergarten all the way through the 12th grade, c) pressure students to apply those political beliefs in school and in their personal lives, d) change the purpose of education and brainwash students to adopt those political beliefs and one political mindset.
3) ensure students graduate with this movement’s mindset by a) passing laws that force schools to teach this movement’s mindset as part of the curriculum and, b) creating a new subject area and a new graduation requirement based on this movement’s mindset. This plan would force students to learn this movement’s beliefs and demonstrate proficiency in this mindset in order to graduate. This also camouflages steps to politically indoctrinate our children, America’s future voters, to support the revolutionary goals of this movement.
This plan to target children, politicize the curriculum and brainwash students to adopt one political mindset, is how communist countries impose their political agenda and train students to submit to their one-way of thinking.
Many Americans, including supporters of environmental education, do not realize that this political movement has changed the meaning and the purpose of environmental education to advance a political agenda.
What is the End Game?
Congressman Sarbanes, author of the No Child Left Inside Act, is also a well known leader in the Education for Sustainability movement. Extensive documentation in the book Training for Treason confirms the beliefs and goals attached to environmental education and environmental literacy are directly aligned with the political agenda of the Education for Sustainability movement and that agenda mirrors Green Party goals and communism.
This is the political agenda of the movement behind environmental education. This movement is on a fast track to slip their communist model of education into place by making their political agenda, their definition of environmental literacy and environmental education, the new foundation of all learning and practice in America’s schools. Is this the purpose of American education?
We Have a Choice:
Environmental literacy plans (developed or being developed in 48 states) are a key part of this movement’s strategy. The purpose of convincing every state to adopt an environmental literacy plan is to 1) make this movement’s definition of environmental literacy the focus of education in every state, 2) use this movement’s definition of environmental literacy to establish graduation requirements, 3) use the school system in every state to establish a national political indoctrination program in short order.
The purpose of convincing each state to make environmental literacy a graduation requirement is to ensure no child in that state can graduate without learning this curriculum; including charter, private and home school students. The Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan is a good example of how the political beliefs of this movement are presented.
It is vitally important to understand, as Congressman Greg Walden points out in the following statement, we have a choice:
“Oregon’s classrooms are no place for politicized instruction of our children mandated by the federal government. Congress recently passed a new law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, to explicitly prevent the federal government from mandating or coercing states into adopting any standards or curriculum, including ‘environmental literacy.’ I will continue working to reduce the federal footprint in our schools and keep politically motivated teaching out of the classroom.” —Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR)
“Politicized instruction” and “politically motivated teaching” do not belong in our schools. We have the choice, the power and the opportunity to stop the political indoctrination of our children and return our schools to safe havens of learning.
The American standard of a politically neutral (party neutral) public education is an essential safeguard to free thought, individual freedom and the democratic process, and we must ensure that the education of America’s youth is not compromised to impose the agenda of any one party or movement.
A Presidential Issue:
Addressing the issue of political indoctrination in America’s schools ought to be one of the top issues in the Presidential race based on the revolutionary agenda of this political movement and, because the current administration and the US Department of Education are promoting ideas and curriculum that align with the agenda of this political movement. We need to know where the candidates running for national, state and local office stand on this issue.
Preserving free thought, individual freedom and the democratic process requires immediate and responsible steps to suspend, scrutinize and remove this movement’s politicized curriculum from our classrooms and from our schools. If we are not FOR political indoctrination then we need to work together and stop political indoctrination. This is a call to action.
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Swanson is a leading authority on the harmful political agenda of the
Education for Sustainability movement. She is a national speaker; a frequent
guest on regional and national talk radio and the author of the acclaimed
Up & Sold Out’ and ‘Training
for Treason’. Swanson is the founder and director of We Choose
Freedom® and Operation Green Out!®.