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Charlotte Iserbyt

July 8, 2002

The Supreme Court's recent 5-4 decision (conservatives in majority) allowing vouchers to pay for private/religious education will dumb down all education (public and private).

I can already hear the howling from voucher-supporting conservatives when  the  government lands on a private school denying it the right to determine "what is right and what is wrong".

Is school choice a plot to implement the socialist, corporate fascist, workforce training agenda for the global planned economy?  You 'betcha.

This decision will carry out the long-standing internationalist goal of total control of all education  through the dollar.

The late Robert Hutchins,  former President of the University of Chicago, and supporter of World Government, would be ecstatic over the voucher decision.    In an article by Virgil C. Blum in The Commonweal, January 31, 1964 entitled "Freedom and Equality", p. 513, Blum says:

"Dr. Robert M. Hutchins sees no constitutional difficulty in federal aid for the education of church-related school children in secular subjects.  The benefit that accrues to religion, Hutchins argues, is 'incidental to an overriding public benefit."  (The overriding benefit Hutchins is referring to is total control of private education.)

ACCOUNTABILITY to the government is the issue.   Federal law requires that recipients of federal monies conform their activities to federal  regulations.

In 1982, while working on a U.S. Department of Education  grant  to  the NEA,  I found the following admission of control over the public schools: "PROJECT DESIGN FEATURES:  What We Can Control or Manipulate? With vouchers we can expect  the government to exert even more control over private schools than it does over public schools.

The Paris newspaper, LeFigaro said re France's acceptance in 1983 of state funding of its private schools and subsequent state control: "The propositions of Education Minister Alain Savery on the future of private education are equivalent to a sentence of death."

The dumbing down of public education was deliberate, in order to get the private sector to call for and accept phony "controlled" school choice proposals  necessary for the implementation of  the Carnegie Corporation's 1934 plan to  change our economic system from free market to collectivist spelled out in 1934 in its little book "Conclusions and Recommendations for the Social Studies" and for the implementation of the  education agreements signed by Carnegie and President Reagan  with the Soviet Union in 1985.  The Soviet polytech system is being implemented right now in the USA  with students  tracked into specific training at an early age and later into job slots (quota system) to suit the needs of the corporate fascist global economy.     

And conservatives believe the teacher unions do not support choice?  The late Albert Shanker, President, American Federation of Teachers said: "It may be that we can't get the big changes we need without choice."

Chester Finn, a major change agent involved in federal education since the late sixties (he wrote America 2000 for President George Bush, Sr!), was once opposed to school choice but  is now a strong supporter of the voucher proposal!    Finn said in American Education, May, 1982, "Public Support for Private Education":   "Short of scattering money in the streets or handing it out to everyone who wants some, the funding agency must define eligible recipients...This means, in a word, 'regulation,'  the inevitable concomitant of public financial support."

Finn also serves on the Governing Board for the National Assessment for Educational Progress mandated by President Bush, which measures accountability to politically-correct government viewpoints and workforce behaviors.  The NAEP will determine compliance with accountability standards and therefore will control who receives vouchers. That is the reason vouchers will eliminate private education as it is presently constituted.

The voucher decision finalizes the exchange of our highly successful free market system and  republican form of government  for a failed "ism" form of government.  Whether our new government form will be corporate fascism, socialism, or communism (all of which differ only in minor ways), remains to be seen.

Karl Marx  called for a "combination of education with industrial production."  And the  global economic system/government  being implemented today in the USA does exactly that, and is what Lenin called for:  international socialism. 

Note:  Contributions to  this article from Barbara M. Morris,  "Tuition Tax Credits...A Responsible Appraisal", 1983, and Billy Lyon, "Connections and Conflicts of Interest (Or, There Ought to Be an Investigation!)  1992, and Ann Herzer, public school teacher and reading expert. 

Charlotte T. Iserbyt, All Rights Reserved

Charlotte Iserbyt is the consummate whistleblower! Iserbyt served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education, during the first Reagan Administration, where she first blew the whistle on a major technology initiative which would control curriculum in America's classrooms. Iserbyt is a former school board director in Camden, Maine and was co-founder and research analyst of Guardians of Education for Maine (GEM) from 1978 to 2000. She has also served in the American Red Cross on Guam and Japan during the Korean War, and in the United States Foreign Service in Belgium and in the Republic of South Africa. Iserbyt is a speaker and writer, best known for her 1985 booklet Back to Basics Reform or OBE: Skinnerian International Curriculum and her 1989 pamphlet Soviets in the Classroom: America's Latest Education Fad which  covered the details of the U.S.-Soviet and Carnegie-Soviet Education Agreements which remain in effect to this day. She is a freelance writer and has had articles published in Human Events, The Washington Times, The Bangor Daily News, and included in the record of Congressional hearings.

Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
Author The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America...A Chronological Paper Trail.

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