THE DELIBERATE DUMBING DOWN OF THE VILLAGE
July 12, 2014
How New Orleans Charter Schools have become the Global Model for the Community Education Agenda
is a hub of hubs."
Orleans Public Education Network (OPEN), funded by W.K Kellogg Foundation
...New Orleans is... the nation’s first and only all-charter school district, the Recovery School District [RSG]. The system of charter schools, which are run by private groups instead of a publicly-elected board....RSG focuses less on the ABC's and more on holistic child development, including topics like socialization, independence, self-control, communication skills and accepting responsibility. (Source)
As the executive director of Tulane University’s Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives, John Ayers devotes most of his time and energy to tracking the progress of New Orleans schools and the children... setting in motion a full-scale reform of the city’s schools.... (Source)
No wonder John Ayers and company are at Tulane University! Look what its Cowen Institute said back in 2006 regarding a national/international model for urban renewal - "the village." And they already have the charters in place, and the Archdiocese of New Orleans on board, via partnershipping. "To come back, Cowen [Institute] decided: 'We have to build a village'." (Source)
No wonder Louisiana State Senator Conrad Appel could brag publicly that:
"Hurricane Katrina was a huge disaster which gave us the greatest opportunity of many lifetimes. We literally disassembed the entire educational structure of New Orleans and restructured it in a new model, principally based upon CHARTER SCHOOLS." (Source and Source)
As Winston Churchill once said, "“Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Katrina was the crisis. Charter schools became the solution. Charters are a phony "choice" for parents and American citizens. Charter schools effectually eliminate our American voter representative form of government, the free market system, truly private education (including religious and home schools), and our personal freedoms to speak and think. (Read: The 3-Legged Stool of School "Choice" and School "Choice" For Dummies.)
Charter schools are being supported by the political Right in the mistaken belief that they represent "choice." But charter schools are also being orchestrated by the radical Left, as evidenced by the involvement of John Ayers, brother of Bill Ayers of the Communist underground group The Weathermen. (Read: BILL AYERS, POLITICAL RIGHT, POLITICAL LEFT AND "CHOICE." Also read: UNELECTED CHARTERS WILL ALLOW LIFELONG COMMUNITY EDUCATION.)
The situation brewing in New Orleans should serve as a wake-up call to all Americans who are concerned about protecting our liberties and true freedom of choice.
Below are key pieces of documentation about this radical New Orleans restructuring of public education into charters. As you read through this, notice what happens to the parents, the children and the community. This New Orleans Model has been purposefully designed to be a model for community transformation internationally:
"After Tulane formed a partnership with Dillard, Xavier and Loyola as part of the higher education "village"..., Tulane officials set to work devising ways to make the partnership permanent, not only helping to rebuild the city... [and] shape Tulane's focus on urban communities....
As part of the university's increased emphasis on urban community-building, Tulane is creating a new program, the Partnership for the Transformation of Urban Communities, that will support educational, outreach and research programs of national and international relevance stemming from the Hurricane Katrina experience...
Tulane, Dillard, Xavier and Loyola will be partners in the program, which Cowen says is the only such partnership in the country. "Our focus will be on transforming and sustaining healthy communities locally, regionally and around the world, but will begin with the city of New Orleans," he says. [emphasis added]
Notice all the "partners" in the school and community restructuring of New Orleans. This list includes Tulane University, "Charter Public Schools," and the Catholic Archdiocese. What is missing from this list? Humble parents, honest citizens and ordinary voters.
"NOLA SMILE (Science and Mathematics, Inquiry, Learning and Exploring) is a partnership among the Recovery School District (RSD), Tulane University (TU) (specifically the Teacher Certification Program in the Newcomb-Tulane College and the School of Science and Engineering), the Scott S. Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives, LIGO (The Livingston Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory), the Archdiocese of New Orleans, the Lusher Charter Public Schools, and the Isidore Newman School. These partnerships serve as important connections between the university, a high-need local educational agency, public Charter schools, non-public schools, and informal education agencies." [emphasis added]
This community transformation agenda is also known as the "hub" (see quote at top of this article and also read: The School of the Hub). "The Hub" agenda, described below, includes such things as "sustainable health," however it comes to be defined," and "well-being," whatever that means. Note that the goal is to "produce level outcomes." In other words, this city-wide transformation is outcome-based (OBE), i.e., performance-based and standards-driven. Who is defining these criteria? And by what measures will they be assessed? Note how this has expanded from children to everyone in the community! Suddenly this is all about "urban issues" and "global perspectives":
"Comparative studies of urban issues -- from contemporary and historical, local and global perspectives -- can lead to the creation of public policy that fosters sustainable health and well-being. "The heart of the matter is a level playing field," adds Devine. The idea of equity is not to produce level outcomes, but to provide level opportunity." [emphases added]
The goal is to spread the poison of fake "choice" (charters schools) to Kansas City and beyond. It turns out that John Ayers, in his influential position as the head of Tulane's Cowen Institute, has been setting up New Orleans to be a MODEL for the rest of the country, even the world.
The following is what Kansas City parents learned about the New Orleans Model coming to their city. Take note of this statement: "handing over the keys to schools to non-profit charter operators." Voters, you have just lost your rights to representative government. Parents, you have just lost your rights to local control over the education of your children. It is "charter operators" who now have the run of things:
A nearly decade-long reform of the New Orleans public school system, which has put a greater percentage of students in educator-controlled schools than any other district in the nation... could become a model for state intervention into the troubled Kansas City Public School system.
A plan for taking over KCPS should the state of Missouri choose to intervene in the unaccredited school district, developed by education think-tank CEE-Trust, borrows heavily from New Orleans’ experience in decentralizing school control; handing over the keys to schools to non-profit charter operators and educators given both freedom to run schools as they choose and accountability for meeting state-mandated performance standards....
As the executive director of Tulane University’s Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives, John Ayers devotes most of his time and energy to tracking the progress of New Orleans schools and the children... setting in motion a full-scale reform of the city’s schools....
After the storm [Hurricane Katrina], with students scattered and the district both broke and badly broken, the state-run recovery school district, or RSD, swooped in and took control of nearly all of New Orleans’ schools, leaving only a handful under the control of the Orleans Parish School Board.
The RSD, now with a portfolio of schools well beyond its ability to manage alone, began re-launching schools as charter schools; some run by the RSD itself, others by operators that grew organically in New Orleans’ neighborhoods and school communities or arrived with national reputations,...
At the heart of New Orleans’ reform is choice. [emphasis added]
Note that last sentence about "choice." True choice is being exchanged for a lie. This "choice" described above is a phony choice. Who actually controls the "choice"? The goal is to fool people into thinking they are influential "stakeholders" and "partners" in the planned transformation of New Orleans into a model global community "village." This is a clever and deceptive orchestration of consensus. In the global governance model, people are merely "partners" in the overall transformation of their communities. (Beware: dissenters have been referred to as extremists.)
Parent training (Source)
Here is how parents are being subtly stage-managed into acceptance for the New World Village Order:
But there’s a platform fostering real dialogue and collaboration around critical issues affecting student performance, issues like race and class. The concept behind Orleans Public Education Network (OPEN) began in 2007, just two years after Hurricane Katrina, and the program launched in 2009 to encourage authentic dialogue around rebuilding the education system and engaging the entire community, especially parents....
The reality of public education in New Orleans is that it is the nation’s first and only all-charter school district, the Recovery School District. The system of charter schools, which are run by private groups instead of a publicly-elected board....
As New Orleans’ schools evolve, so does OPEN. They now are helping parents and organizations navigate the dynamics of the newly formed all-charter schools system through partnership and convening conversations. [emphasis added]
In fact, parents are supposed to become the chief cheerleaders for this new global community education structure. Parents are being re-trained as "change agents." Their parental duties are being redefined into the "it takes a village" ideology. This involves re-educating them on their "civic responsibility" to society/community:
Parent engagement is at the core of OPEN’s work in New Orleans. One of their signature programs is the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI), which trains parents on how to use their voices to advocate for their children, while navigating the city’s diverse school system....
Through the PLTI program, OPEN provides transportation, child care and other support structures that enable parents to meet once a week in the evenings for three-hour sessions.... [T]hree dozen parents have completed the program....
...“Ready, Set, Go” (RSG),... advocates the importance of early learning and instills the notion that parents are a child’s first, and most important educator.... [Ed. Note: This is the infamous "parents as teachers" concept, in which the State "re-trains" parents according to politically correct criteria, which is described in my book the deliberate dumbing down of america.]
From the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI), comes the following scenario. Parents are being herded into small groups, put through "retreats" (encounter group sessions), and indoctrinated in a form of governance that excludes voter representation. In order to introduce significantly new concepts to parents, the “change process” developed by the social scientist Kurt Lewin is utilized:
Un-Freeze the old beliefs by rethinking, questioning,
arguments, or by mocking and ridiculing the old.
• Change philosophies and beliefs, and introduce new teachings, ideas, materials, and ways of thinking.
• Re-Freeze – establish a new worldview, a new paradigm, a new foundation, and a new idea about how government should work in America.
What "stakeholder" really means
The information below represents some of the most alarming information we have ever seen. As you read through this, ask hard questions about WHY parents are being put through this sort of intensive psychological wringer to become community "change agents." Define "civic relations." Define "democracy." Define "health." Chances are that you won't agree with their definitions. Notice that parents are flattered into thinking that this is "Leadership Training." In reality, this is training on how to be good little followers, herded along by the real stakeholders (those collaborators and partners who intend to drive a stake into the heart of the American freedoms).
The Parent Leadership Training Institute trains, inspires and empowers parents to become effective advocates for children. PLTI is a statewide initiative created to improve the lifelong health, safety and learning of children by helping you develop the leadership skills to make real change – in schools, communities and state and local governments. Through PLTI’s adult learning experiences, you explore your passions, strengths, beliefs and ideas. You’ll then work to develop interpersonal and public communications skills, as well as deepening your understanding of government, media and civic relations.
What is the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI)?:
A 20-week initiative for adults concerned with the future of our children
• A civic leadership initiative
• A public-private community partnership
• A training ground in civics and democracy
• PLTI teaches parents how to become change agents for the next generation.
The Parent Leadership Training Institute enables parents to become advocates for children and communities.... PLTI teaches parents who wish to improve children’s lifelong health, safety and education how to become practiced change agents for the next generation....
Through practical advocacy instruction, media training, and hands-on community projects, parents are empowered effect change in their local schools, communities, and governments. The Institute also works with programs and initiatives to facilitate attitudinal change towards parents, and to help design systems reform to allow for for significant parental involvement.
[PLTI]... integrates child development leadership and democracy skills into a parent-friendly curriculum. Participants attend a 20-week program consisting of one three-hour session per week....
Parents are offered three steps of training built on interactive adult learning practices:
A retreat to develop group and define mission
• A 10-week course on parent leadership
• A 10-week civics program with a corresponding community project. [emphasis in original]
So the next time you receive a slick mailing from the establishment Conservative Right touting Charter Schools as "Choice," especially presenting it as a solution for the "Common Core" agenda, don't fall for it. You may think you can control the variables and influence the outcome. But, as can be seen by the New Orleans experiment, this agenda is already miles further ahead than you ever dreamed possible. This New Orleans Model represents a collusion of the political Left with the political Right for the formation of a system of global governance that will re-shape every local community into "the village." Heaven help us!
In a 1968 speech, "The United Nations and Alternative Formulations—The Hard Road to World Order,” Richard Gardner, former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state and U.S. ambassador to Italy, provided an accurate forewarning and picture of the environment in which Americans and citizens of other countries live today, explaining how the elitist planners would, through the use of gradualism, succeed in their century-long plan to create a One World Government. In an excerpt from the speech Gardner explains the following:
In short, we are likely to do better by building our “house of world order” from the bottom up rather than the top down. It will look like a great, “booming, buzzing confusion,” to use William James’s famous description of reality, but an end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece, is likely to get us to world order faster than the old-fashioned frontal attack. [emphasis added]
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