UNESCO, Robert Muller, David Coleman: Leftist Roots of Common Core Education PolicyOn Apr 4, 2013 3 Comments
UNESCO – Common Core
In 1984 the Leftist UNESCO published a document on developing instruction in a common core. Here it is:
From the Grandfather of Common Core,
Robert Muller, founder of the “World Core Curriculum”
The goal is to bring all educational standards under one common roof of compliance and global academic, philosophical and religious sameness. That requires removing the “extremes” of fundamentalist and evangelical religion, including those religions that have strong missionary outreaches to non-Christians and that teach the biblical principles of marriage and the sanctity of Life. In order to do that, certain compromises must be made, and this is the essence of the Common Core curriculum.
The curriculum must be strictly secular and equitable in its teaching of the nations and the world. Redistribution of the wealth is the standard because there is no private property, only collective ownership of the planet. Therefore, the common core curriculum must take a pantheistic approach and while excluding one form of extremism (e.g. radical Islam) it embraces another: extremist environmental policy. It’s been a very sneaky, and all too compelling, approach by leading marxists in this movement, Maurice Strong and Mikhail Gorbechev. Muller is a fellow traveler, a spiritual marxist who has re-written the Book of Genesis positioning the UN as the savior of the world in his book The New Genesis, featured at the right on my recommended books list. He blends the social gospel with the New Testament and entirely misinterprets the teachings of Christianity, a popular trend in some of today’s churches. Read a portion of Robert Muller’s letter describing his vision of a global common core:
“In the middle of my life I discovered that the only true, objective education I had received was from the United Nations where the earth, humanity, our place in time and the worth of the human being were the overriding concerns.
So at the request of educators I wrote the World Core Curriculum, the product of the United Nations, the meta-organism of human and planetary evolution….
During Christmas of the same year, a lady called me from Arlington, Texas, and asked me if I could allow her to name her school The Robert Muller School, because she wanted to use the World Core Curriculum! I was overwhelmed to see a school named after me before I was dead! She also predicted that some day there would be thousands of schools in the world which would use that curriculum. I was personally very doubtful.
Well, today, sixteen years later, there exist many schools in the world bearing my name or using the World Core Curriculum. Thousands of individuals or groups of educators have acquired the curriculum for study and use. Schools are in process of forming all around the World. The experience gained and the progress of humanity in understanding its global fate, problems and challenges, lead me to say that Gloria Crook was right, that it is a curriculum of our universal knowledge which should be taught in all schools of Earth….
Former UN Secretary-General U Thant who was a teacher and master to me, often had this comment: ‘Robert, the world will not change and find peace, if there is not a new education.’ He was entirely right….
History will prove that Gloria Crook, U Thant and the United Nations were right. The quicker all educators and media will listen to them, the quicker we will get out of the present confusion and find a new, promising way of our progress and evolution. Please, all teachers of the world, listen to them.”
Robert Muller, who died in 2010, was Former UN Assistant Secretary General, Chancellor of the University for Peace (At the time this letter was written, Robert Muller was Chancellor of the University for Peace in Costa Rica. In July 2001 he was the Senior Advisor Emeritus of the University.)
Muller’s World Core Curriculum
These themes are in complete synchronization with UNESCO’s goals, in alignment with Agenda 21’s goals and its central philosophy The Earth Charter, have been the foundation for Outcome Based Education standards, now called “Common Core State Standards.” As soon as we have effectively discredited this label, stay tuned for the next label.
You will notice that the world core and global education are really the same in principle.
UNESCO’s Common Core Course Development Outline
2009: Bennington College President, Common Core Architect David Coleman’s Marxist Mother, Speaks to TED
This is the video Liz Coleman’s 18 minute speech. It is well worth watching. She is the President of Leftist Bennington College in Vermont and the mother of the architect of the “Common Core State Standards. ” Her speech recounts her influence on liberal arts education. She spatters her presentation with marxist ideology, mixed in with a quotes from Thomas Jefferson, who would be crawling in his grave.
She criticizes the Soviet form of education, calling it indoctrination for the goals of the state. Then she spends the rest of her lecture advocating for state indoctrination of students in her Leftist, marxist ideology.
Confusing? You decide.
Coleman advocates for “secular democracy” as the vehicle for indoctrinating American students against a “theocracy.” In other words, religion is a dangerous impediment to freedom. She complains that only 50% believe in evolution, and the rest don’t understand it.
She also recites the history of education’s failures to build a democracy and the inequities of wealth distribution. Then she decries deconstructionism. In this context, she audaciously deconstructs Thomas Jefferson, as if he would condone her atheistic, marxist, redistributionist stance on democracy. (Perhaps she has not read Jefferson’s actual writings to know that he despised democracy, and that he identified the form of government the Founders created as a republican form of government.)
While criticizing the Soviet model of education, she advocates for a new soviet model of political education for social justice, and announces the opening of a new building/center for public action, calling it a new “secular church.”
She states that “President Obama and his team simply cannot do it alone.” She leaves the audience with a charge to employ two tools when feeling overwhelmed at the task of transforming the world: “You have a mind and you have other people. Start with those and change the world.”
For this Leftist propaganda, she received a standing ovation. My friends, in these short 18 minutes, she has captured the essence of the Common Core Standards to which your children are being subjected, and have been for some time now. The pace is merely picking up.
For more information on Bennington College, as rated by the Princeton Review of Colleges, this is an enlightening glimpse:
Least religious students: Bennington, No. 1
Intercollegiate sports unpopular or nonexistent: Bennington, No. 1.
Dodgeball targets (this adds to intercollegiate sports the unpopularity of intramural sports, fraternities and sororities): Bennington No. 4.
Best college theater: Bennington No. 3
Dorms like palaces (i.e., nice residence halls): Bennington No. 4
LGBT-friendly: Bennington No. 5
Most liberal students (i.e., left leaning): Bennington No. 12.
David Coleman, Common Core Architect
Meet Liz’s son, David Coleman, architect of the Common Core Standards and currently President of the College Board. Democrat contributor to Senator John Kerry and President Barack Obama. Now integrating AP course standards into Common Core Standards. Lovely. A conservative American’s dream come true. Not.
Here is education historian and critic Diane Ravitch’s letter to David Coleman. As one who is critical of both the Left and the Right, she judiciously navigates her limited criticism of the Common Core Standards to to the academic dumbing down of Coleman’s standards, omitting the glaring Leftist propaganda incorporated into the standards. I’m not so restrained.
Coleman helped launch the originally Leftist-Democratic populated staff of StudentsFirst, founded by former DC School Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s Leftist advocacy group. Then when her organization began to fall apart over, really, Rhee’s thirst for money and where to find the best cheese, she made a big right turn in that maze, embracing the next worst idea of the schizophrenic and confused Republican mind, the charter school.
This article is not about charter schools, but they receive public funds and are beholden to the Common Core Standards. Think about this total disconnect: Republicans are supposedly for private sector competition and not government subsidies, right?
Why, then, would they so enthusiastically embrace the concept of subsidizing a private school with public money, calling them a “charter school,” which then puts the truly independent private school at a disadvantage? Private schools struggle to stay free and clear of government regulation and to keep costs low, but you can’t compete with FREE, which is what a charter school is.
It doesn’t take rocket science to understand that the private sector cannot compete with public subsidies. Charter schools are a Trojan Horse and need to be stopped if Republicans truly believe in free enterprise.
With regard to Ms. Rhee’s switch from Democrat to Republican charter educational pursuits (both bad in my opinion): The only logical explanation for a person who would first embrace the liberal Left and then turn to the Right is opportunism. Ms. Rhees seems to be using her campaign fund as her platform to make $50,000 a pop for speaking engagements. she has figured out where the cheese is, and she’s going after it.
Charter Schools are not Immune to Common Core Standards
Unlike the authentic, independent private school, because charter schools receive public funds, they are all beholden to the Common Core Standards their state adopts. Follow the money.