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Charlotte Iserbyt’s Infowars Interview Leads with Post from Fellowship of the Minds

I knew Charlotte Iserbyt was a scheduled guest on Alex Jones’ Infowars.com radio broadcast last night.  I just watched the Youtube version this morning and Wow! They led with our post about the Newtown tragedy “Creating a Shooter” and that was just for openers. 

Via email this morning, Charlotte described this interview as follows, “Please forward to your lists.  This interview covers the deliberate dumbing down of our children, the deliberate creation of immorality through federally-funded programs, and the dangers of school choice being supported by Obama, CFR, and the Heritage Foundation.”

She lays out the history of the deliberate destruction of our education system to achieve a “planned economy” and explains the roles played by both  Democrats and Republicans and quotes  Pope Benedict XVI, “[T]oday’s culture—characterized among other things by a utilitarianindividualism and technocratic economics—tends not to value the person, who…is conceived of as a “fluid” being with no permanent substance. Paradoxically, man today often seem…s to be an isolated being because he is indifferent to the constitutive relationship of his being, which is the root of all his other relationships: his relationship with God. The human being today is considered mainly in a biological perspective, or as “human capital”, “a resource”, part of a productive and financial mechanism that towers over him.”
http://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/otc.cfm?id=1042

The documents she cites are available as pdf downloads at  http://americandeception.com/ 

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The Most Important Video – Charlotte Iserbyt Puts It All Together

Wow!  This one is a Must See!  Charlotte ties everything together; Agenda 21, regionalism, communism, federal takeover of private education and homeschooling, changing our entire way of life and system of government. 

THIS MUST GO VIRAL!

http://www.americandeception.com

http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com

School Choice Update: Besieged Wake County Wins Key Victory

Progressive busybodies in North Carolina lost ground this week in a win for both school reformers and privacy advocates.

As part of the Fellowship’s continuing coverage of the political war zone, we are happy to report some bit of good news (if you are unaware of the story, read this).

These liberal do-gooders have pulled out all the stops to punish the school board. They opened federal investigations into gender discrimination. Then they got accrediting authorities to look at stripping away the district’s educational accreditation, meaning graduates would not have a real high school diploma.

When that didn’t work, they finally got the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to investigate the school board for accusations of hurting poor minorities.

The goal of all this is to stall reform until the next election  and then find some way – any way – to go back to diversity busing.

Most recently they concocted a plan to use “socioeconomic factors” in place of skin color. Translation: we’ll make the poor kids and the rich kids switch places.

However, this can’t be done unless they  have data on who is rich and who is poor. They can look at general trends from census records, but that doesn’t help them pinpoint specific neighborhoods.

So progressives decided to seize data from school lunch programs to identify kids who applied for free lunches. The theory goes something like this: you’re a poor family in the slums of Raleigh. You apply for little Bobby to get free lunch at school. The school board identifies exactly who Bobby is, where he lives, and how much money you have – so they can decide on your behalf if Bobby should attend some school farther away.

Yes, it sounds absurd and intrusive when you put it like that. It might make parents think twice if they think Bobby will be singled out. It might make them fearful that free lunches become a scarlet letter, whereby Bobby is carted off to a preppy school and everyone can figure out exactly why he is there.

In short, it might make Bobby afraid to sign up for free lunch.

photo courtesy Screen Gems

Do progressives care about that? Heck no.

Fortunately, the Department of Agriculture feels bad for Bobby. That’s the arm of the government that handles free lunch programs. And it told progressives it refuses to release personal information about kids who signed up.

Reformers are rejoicing over the news.

However, parents really need to understand how big of a bullet they dodged here. This is what happens when you rely on the government to give you free stuff. It’s not about charity. It’s about finding a way to barge into your business so they can control you. If progressives are willing to snoop at your child’s name on a free lunch program so they can play God with school assignments, trust me, please, they will snoop on other things to control you somewhere else.

The USDA protected you for now. But you might not be so lucky next time. Remember that the next time you’re offered a bribe from some government bureaucrat.

-Candance

 

Ground Zero in America’s Culture War: Wake County, North Carolina

If there is one national story every parent should be following, it is the transformation of public school policy in Raleigh and surrounding cities. Next week marks a critical point in this unfolding drama.

In 2009, local citizens grew tired of incessant poverty and useless public education in their communities, so they voted in new faces on the Board of Education. They wanted an end to diversity busing (yes, some districts still do that) and a chance to choose among better schools in their city.

Liberal groups like the NAACP have spent the last two years actively stalling every effort to change things, apparently not caring that they are the wrong side of public opinion even among black parents. Liberal journalists have flooded the media with negative coverage. Your humble blogger recorded in 2010 how big the chasm is between progressive elitists and the real feelings among local families.

The antics from these busybodies in Raleigh are Exhibit A that they will blatantly squash any effort to empower minorities with more options. Being trapped in a failing status quo is good enough for those people.

19 protesters arrested at one board meeting

At long last, a compromise plan was introduced Friday. It will present parents with a limited list of schools their children would be eligible to attend. Parents would research each school and submit an application that ranks each option. Administrators would balance parent applications against school capacity and try to match families with their choice as much as possible. There will likely be a formula to ensure that all the smart kids don’t flood one place, meaning a child’s performance could be a factor in where they end up.

It is not a perfect plan, but at least it’s a start. If Wake comes out of this as a success story, it could help break the firewall in front of school choice.

This story is all the more remarkable given the Democrats’ stranglehold on local elections and the fact that the DNC chose Charlotte for the 2012 convention. It will be interesting to watch the Obamas defend their education policies in Raleigh’s back yard.

To monitor updates on this story, Raleigh’s News and Observer has an exclusive blog.

-Candance