I engaged in the following shocking email exchange with a Utah teacher this past week. Underlined text is my emphasis.
We are rapidly losing any semblance of local control of our schools thanks to the national reform movement led by people like Bill Gates and Jeb Bush.
You have opened my eyes today to the UN. I did a little research–and it was not much before I came across this statement in the Preamble to The Korean UN World Education Conference 2015 for goals 2030: “No education target should be considered met unless met by all. We therefore commit to making the necessary changes in education policies and focusing our efforts on the most disadvantaged, especially those with disabilities, to ensure that –no one is left behind.” Sound familiar? We have been in the process of dismantling special education resource classes as they have been traditionally taught and are being assimilated into regular education as tutors teaching CC standards. The transformation is almost complete and nobody is the wiser. It defies the existence that a disability even exists. Unbelievable!
Special Ed teachers are told just to service (foretold) classified students in the regular classroom on the common core and not the remedial curriculum adapted specifically for students with disabilities. The district will begin to monitor that we do. A great deal of classified students have focus issues so it will be a real challenge. Nothing special about special ed. anymore. Regular ed. teachers don’t know what to think and are shell shocked by all the changes–a lot of going along out of fear and behind-the-scenes resentment and verbal defiance. We lost a lot of really good veteran teachers in May because they differ with new administration who are very black and white and switching things up a lot–and we are the (figure removed) highest academic school in the state, historically.”
Oak: I asked for clarification at this point about how this was taking place and if SE students were being forced into regular classrooms, and if all the teachers were upset and this teacher replied with this:
“No, our students remain classified, but we don’t pull classified students into small SE groups or use specialized curriculum targeted at the disability any more. We now go out into the regular classrooms and work under the direction of regular ed teachers to target learning of classified students–or perhaps sometimes regular ed. students, who need to access the common core. It is now all about the CC. Big paradigm shift.
Yes about everyone being upset. We hear it is all based on some government research back east in Virginia and everyone needs to just do it. They bring in an outside expert, Mike Mattos, to indoctrinate staff a couple of times a year and talk as if every school is the same and needs to do the same thing. I have worked at a Title 1 school and my current demographic high income school. They are totally different worlds in my opinion and do NOT have the same needs. Mattos talks a lot about what corporations will need and that, “the business of schools is to supply those needs.”
Mike is linked to the Annenberg Institute for school reform. Just found this:
The College Readiness Indicator System network, also referred to as CRIS, is a joint effort of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR) and the John W. Gardner Center (JGC) at Stanford University, and is generously funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Here’s an article by Mike.
I have seen a huge reduction in recent years in SE district wide training and collaboration between schools in district so it is hard to know what others outside one’s school think. District trainers just come to your individual school now to give top down training and don’t ask for input. When I first joined the district in ____ all schools were “site based managed” and everyone said so. That has all disappeared.
To be honest, socialist corporate/national collusion I have suspected over the past decade, and am now experiencing at work is frightening and angering me at the same time. I never thought I would have this kind of fear about my own country–I am very upset! I struggle to sing the national anthem and say the pledge each morning with my students with what I now know. I often think about informing the principal that I can no longer do it and not to be surprised. I feel citizens and children are manipulated, duped and it isn’t even hidden anymore. I feel educators have been stripped as professionals, used, lied to, and controlled. I have loved my career for over 30 years but now feel like a pawn forced to indoctrinate innocents with humanistic thinking and ideas I don’t believe in to benefit the wealthy who I loath and resent. Technology, greed and the drumbeat of feigned equality have blindly robbed liberty and that saddens me. This all reminds me the “The Children’s Story, But Not Just for Children” by James Clavell.
Use what you want from my emails but I wish to remain anon.”
Oak again: Hearing things like this makes one wonder what the real agenda is behind the Gates Foundation sponsoring eugenics conferences…