Mr. Trump, don’t appoint Gerard Robinson for the Dept. of Education
Floridians Were Glad To See Him Go
Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red, brown, yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight.
If you were going to a surgeon for the first time, would you really choose someone who only had one year of experience under their belt? Why is the head of our highest education positions considered to not need people with some experience under their belts but yet are referred to as highly qualified?
I am doing a Part 2 on Gerard Robinson because I want parents to fully understand the manipulation which has been going on behind the scenes in placing individuals in charge/overseeing your children’s education. Cherry picking these individuals who have practically no teaching experience under their belts, but are willing to follow the “leaders” as to how they want education to affect our children’s lives is unacceptable.
When you have individuals like Gerard Robinson and Michelle Rhee being allowed to dictate the futures of our children by being given positions like Commissioner of Education or Chancellor over a whole state when they have only taught school for one – three years is insane.
At the time Robinson was hired in Florida, when listening to the members of the State School Board and Governor Scott, you would believe the man had been teaching for over 20 years. The truth is a far cry from that. One year – yes that’s it. Having taught only one year in a fifth-grade classroom the balance of his experience is having taught college courses for two years but has spent the bulk of his career on education policy, according to his resume. He had focused on what he called the “macro” side of school reform.
Robinson admits he was a far cry from being a good student in high school choosing rather to chase girls, party and play football. He admits himself that he was a “”less-than-stellar high school student”. Upon graduation he went to a community college and then a university of which neither are listed. At some point he supposedly attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Following in the steps of Florida’s retiring Commissioner of Education Eric Smith who has a great deal of teaching experience, (but was certainly a Jeb Bush player), Robinson is in step with the path that had been laid for Florida’s education in that he and Smith are part of Jeb Bush’s gang of “Chief’s for Change” inside Bush’s Foundation in Excellence in Education.
Jeb Bush, his father and brother who are NOT teachers believed they knew what was best in giving our children a good education. Sadly, all the legislation passed from George H.W. including Bill Clinton to today have been pushed with an agenda which has thrown the education of our children into a tail spin. And most of their maneuvers have circled around money in their pockets.
What they were doing was following a path that had been laid out toward a New World Order and the “Dumbing Down of Our Children”.
Even with the Common Core (CCSS) – what did they give us but someone they claim to have written the standards who had never taught one day in his life, arrogant David Coleman? Truth be known, those in this country who worked on the CCSS were only tweeting a system that was already in force under the United Nations and being used in Bosnia and Herzegovina by the name “Common Core Curriculum” since 2003:
1. “Memorandum of Understanding on the Common Core Curriculum Steering Board and Subject Specific Working Groups, Banja Luka on June 4, 2003”
2. “A Steering Board for the Common Core Curriculum has been established with 17 subject-specific working groups for each subject area. Local experts from schools, Pedagogical Institutes and the University are on the working groups, with the international community represented by the Council of Europe, OHR and OSCE. There have been many meetings and much discussion on how to compare and harmonize existing syllabi and create a Common Core.”
3. “Ministers of education from Bosnia and Herzegovina’s two entities – the Federation and Republika Srpska – and the Federation cantons signed a memorandum of understanding on the Common Core Curriculum Steering Board and Subject Specific Working Groups, with which they reiterated their commitment to implement a Common Core Curriculum to the maximum extent possible throughout the country by the start of the next school year in September.” [Link]
Jason Zimba, the other part of the CCSS and in charge of the Math unlike Coleman did teach for a short time at Bennington College where Coleman’s mother worked. He met Coleman at Oxford (and we know what kind of philosophy they teach) and they put their heads together and founded “Grow Network” a company that produced reports to help districts and states make sense of the new NCLB test results.
I was not surprised or sympathetic to Zimba when word got out his daughter’s school’s math scores had not gone up under the CCSS, but then why should they?
The CCSS are totally aligned with the UN/UNESCO “Education For All” which was agreed upon by all nations in 2000 and was supposed to be implemented by 2015 with the added aid of the World Bank. Never forget that Education For All was included as part of the implementation of Maurice Strong’s Climate Change scam to push the world to be governed through the United Nations again using our children.
You know that Hitler, Chavez, Mao Tse Tung, Castro, Stalin and Lenin were evil? Add Maurice Strong to that list since he is the father of this agenda and the main object is NOT Climate Change but the removal of your property rights and ruining the capitalist system while using the education system and our children to accomplish that objective.
Having died just last year, it is Maurice Strong and his cronies who have managed to get GAIA worship into our schools through their textbooks claiming GAIA is about Science when it is Nature worship.
To be noted at this point and to show ongoing use of non-teachers overseeing the implementation of educational tools, Joanne Weiss, Arne Duncan’s chief of staff and former director of the “Race to the Top” grant program, had absolutely NO teaching experience, but started her career as Vice President at a company where she “was responsible for the development of nearly 100 multimedia curriculum and assessment products for K-12 schools. I guess it does pay to know the right people.
Prior to taking the job in Virginia, Robinson was president of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, a group that advocates for school choice — including charter schools and school vouchers — for low-income black students. [Link]
I don’t care if this sounds racist or not – why are we always focusing on “low income black students when there are thousands of low-income white and Hispanic students also. Millions of dollars have been funneled into this single agenda with absolutely no results because the students are continually told they will never succeed, everyone is trying to make the world too hard for them and they are repeatedly sold the bill of goods of a “hand-out” rather than a “hand up” because “whitey” wants them to fail.
Florida’s State School Board members stated after interviewing 5 candidates Robinson was the best choice – why is that? His support of Charter/Choice/Vouchers because it certainly could not have been his education background since his job as Secretary of Education in VA was an advisory position – nothing like Florida’s position:
• Kathleen Shanahan – “My vote is for Gerard Robinson. Florida needs his energy, passion and leadership.”
• John Padgett – “I find in this man the ability to relate and to connect the dots to what I perceive to be something very important in Florida,” said Padget, adding that he was also impressed by Robinson’s “personal life story.”
• Gov. Scott’s office called Robinson a “nationally recognized leader in school choice”.
It is very apparent that experience in education as to what our children need and should have is currently based on who you know especially if you support Charter/Choice/Vouchers or you have a great deal of money to back it up. It has absolutely nothing to do with what is really needed for our children to succeed in life.
This link if you have never seen it before should put shivers up and down your spine as to how the education of our children is being looked at from under the dollar bills. [LINK]
Gerard Robinson is still not teaching but is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he works on education policy issues including choice in public and private schools, regulatory development and implementation of K-12 laws, the role of for-profit institutions in education, prison education and reentry, rural education, and the role of community colleges and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in adult advancement. What would be the basis for his being involved in any of that?
I will tell you up front that I am not a supporter of AEI simply because they are just another backdoor organization that dictates policy and laws with their money and mouths while not knowing anything about what they speak.
I will repeat my opinion from Part 1 that Gerard Robinson should NOT be on the Transition Team for the Dept. of Education or to be more clear, should NOT have a voice in the education futures of ANY of our children no matter if they are Black, White, Brown, Green or Purple. This idea that it is not what you know but who you know and will support it unquestionably isn’t cutting it.
Experience counts and Gerard Robinson is not equipped – he is only selling what he believes should be offered for our kids and the money men and women he has found himself aligned with. [Link]
Mr. Trump, please it is not too late. Allow us to introduce you to individuals from around this country who have supported the “good” education of our children and have not been involved in “Mickey Mouse” games over who can get the most money out of milking the system.
Mr. Trump, since you voiced your desire and intention to get rid of the Dept. of Education, don’t you think it would be wiser to put individuals in place who agree with you and would have ideas on how to do that – not those who are buried deep into their personal financial gain which is based on being in the right place to support the current agenda.
Mr. Trump, please don’t let yourself get hood-winked like Reagan did as he also ran on an agenda to close down the department and he let his appointee’s talk him out of it by lies and many of those individuals are still around today – Bill Bennett, Chester Finn and others.