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David Coleman – What!

“As you grow up in this world you realize people really don’t give a shit about what you feel or what you think.” –David Coleman at NY State Department of Education presentation, April 2011.  Mr. Coleman, having taken considerable flack for his statement has decided to change the word “shit” to “sheet”.  For me the former clearly defines his Common Core Standards “joke” although it certainly is in no way funny.

This non-educator, of which there is nothing wrong with that – I am one!  However if you are going to delve into something that will so enormously influence so strongly the futures of America’s most prized possessions, our children, you had better at least have a clue of what you speak!  Coleman, a Rhodes scholar which is something that is supposed to impress you actually means nothing until you understand who and what the Rhodes scholarship means.

Most who can be named Rhodes scholars can be listed as very liberal and in favor of a New World Order!  I have found a couple of surprises such as Bobby Jindal ’92 and David Vetter ’83, however names such as Kissinger, Rachel Maddox, Franklin Raines, Bill Clinton and David Sabato do not!  What is the Rhodes Scholarship Fund and who is behind it?  The Rhodes Scholarship Fund was set up upon Cecil Rhodes death with instructions from his will. It is administered through the Rhodes Trust originally overseen by Nathan Rothschild and it continues to be administered with the oversight of the Rothschild’s.

Cecil Rhodes, a colonialist who was a strong believer in white supremacy, obtained his wealth from African diamond companies he owned.  A Freemason, he wanted the Illuminati to go even further than they were at the time. He is the one who gain’s the credit for the formation of the “Round Table” to include the CFR, Trilateral Commission, Club of Rome, Bilderberg Group and the Royal Institute of International Affairs.  He actually wanted Britain to be on the top of the Illuminati pyramid in ruling the world, but fortunately his imperial policies failed at the time.

So what can we expect of a Rhodes scholar?  A lap dog?  Follower?  Aggressive?  Manipulative?  Manipulated?

Who is David Coleman?  Well, he is an English Lit major from Yale who has done some tutoring in a New Haven school while he was an undergraduate, which is his sole pedagogical credential.  He went on to Oxford to read in Plato and Aristotle and then joined McKinsey and Company, where the most well-placed corporate economists and other non-educator educational advisor’s with the inside track to other non-educators in high-ranking education policy positions, such as Joel Klein and Mike Bloomberg hang out!

Coleman insists that teachers must train students to be workers in the Global Economy. There it is folks “Global Economy.”  Who, what and where do you suppose that idea was put in his head, because quite frankly, the things coming out of his mouth lead me to believe the days he spent in school – his chair was “empty”.   In his words, “It is rare in a working environment that someone says, “Johnson, I need a market analysis by Friday but before that I need a compelling account of your childhood.”  Translation to the classroom:  no more primary grade essays about lost teeth or middle school essays about prepubescent angst.  Instead, students must provide critical analysis of the “Allegory of the Cave” from Plato’s Republic, listed as an “exemplary informational text” in the Common Core State Standards for Language Arts. If that’s judged as over the top for 12-year-olds, there’s always Ronald Reagan’s 1988 “Address to Students at Moscow State University.”

Listen to a few more of Coleman’s proclamations and you have to ask yourself if this is a man of deep experience and education or just a cuckoo bird let loose on a hapless bunch of educrats who don’t know how to voice dissent.  Get the picture?  Not only a wise guy and a smart mouth – I believe he in place way over his head! People thrown into an environment such as he has been have a tendency to use those really big words too!  As real educators continue to question the CCS and the legislators who chose to play this game, it becomes more and more apparent to even the uneducated – this would be laughable if it was not real-time.

You know the additional fact that Coleman is the treasurer of Michelle Rhee’s Student’s First paints a picture of all these people, inter-mingling through these different education groups, big money foundations , all over the place as another type of Illuminati – or maybe it is one in the same. Not sure if some of the people involved in all this are clearly aware of who and what is happening, but it certainly is happening! I believe they view it as control which of course is what it is all about!

And the bottom line is still the ruination of our children through a “for profit”, “work to school”, communist dumbing down of our children and robbing them and America of their futures!

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2012 Education Olympics – Student’s First Version

Student First’s full court press has started! We now have a video from the organization with an Olympic theme of American students falling behind in educational competition with other countries. I wish I could show it here but this is the next best thing: http://youtu.be/xIr7QS9yUA8

Never forget that Michelle Rhee has moved herself into a position the same as Jeb Bush – profiting from control of Education which in Parent’s terms is “Controlling Our Children.” These are financial ventures of which they were also involved in when implementing RTTT and the CCS. They are playing both sides of the table and the poker chips are your children.

Fortunately when this video hit the national circuit was not been a critical success with many bloggers, educators and writers. They take Ms. Rhee and her organization to task for this video.

• The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Online picked up on all the backlash that Rhee’s new “ad” has created.
• EdWeek also took notice of the commercial’s poor reception.
• Gary Rubinstein took umbrage at the inaccuracies of the ad.
• Liz Dwyer took offense at the tone.
• Anthony Cody pointed out that the commercial’s message is homophobic.
• Diane Ravitch called the ad “disgusting”

Not all is lost for Ms. Rhee – “REDSTATE” liked it! Are we surprised?

Below is Students First email about American students falling behind other countries. Read it and determine what you think about the video. One bit of information about international testing that just might skew Students First’s message is that the US educational systems test every public education student including special education students. Other countries don’t test all their students so these test results might not be “apples to apples”. Here’s another thought: if American students are “falling behind”, maybe this is because of the onerous federal mandates districts and teachers must adhere to…and what does “education reform” of the Obama administration and private organizations do? Just creates MORE mandates via Common Core/RTTT.

Students First should make a video pointing out that fact instead of placing all the blame on teachers and public schools. They can’t possibly succeed with unattainable standards and mandates. Was nothing learned from the failure of NCLB? Apparently not! It’s just easier to blame the teachers and schools that have to teach under goals that can never be reached:
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No bronze, no silver, and certainly no gold.
The London Olympics are now over and, while our athletes are put on an incredible performance, the U.S. continues to fall behind in a far more important competition: our children’s education. We can do better than this. While our teachers and students are working incredibly hard, the U.S. education system has failed to give them the support they need to succeed. The sad thing is, we know what it takes to improve things, but we just aren’t doing it. To begin with – the Federal Government has no business in our Education system.

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Let me give you an idea of how badly we’re doing. If our education system jumped into a pommel horse routine … well, let’s just say it wouldn’t look too pretty:

That’s right: 25th place in math and 17th in science.If the U.S. education system is ever going to go for gold we need to shape up. Your involvement is helping Students First bring common sense reforms to states across the country, but we need your voice to help us spread the word.

See how U.S. education stacks up and share our latest video with your friends and family now:

http://www.studentsfirst.org/olympics-video-2

Thanks you for all you do — keep it up.

Hari Sevugan


Vice President of Communications
StudentsFirst
P.S. Learn more about how we can make change in a new op-ed written by Michelle Rhee in USA Today:

http://ow.ly/cE5lT