Limited Learning for Life-Long Labor: Iserbyt Tells It Like It Is

This is a priceless video.  Share it with your friends, family, children, grandchildren.  If they don’t know what’s happening to them, they won’t know what to do about it. I’m honored to have known Charlotte Iserbyt for over 25-years and for the depth of knowledge and understanding and her sharp intellect. Please tell parents that oppose common core but support school choice that they must listen to her message before it’s too late.

To get the entire history and the details you need to know, this 8-disc DVD set is a MUST. For more info and how to order, click here.

Workforce Training: Deja Vu Soviet Style

Ed. Note:  Apparently the state legislator I referenced in this article  and suggested that he and some of his colleagues take a “crash course in political philosophy” has received a PhD in Political Philosophy.  I can certainly understand his dismay with my comment, but it is simply another evidence that our education system has misinformed and dumbed-down several generations.

It was not my intent to offend him.  It is my intent to speak truthfully and to share the many years of research I’ve given to this subject.  One of the commenters on his Facebook page suggested that I needed to take freshman English.  Actually, I attended a private college prep school, Marlborough School for Girls in Los Angeles, along with some very well-educated friends, including Tricia and Julie Nixon.  My college freshman English class at BYU was more reminiscent of my 9th grade English class at Marlborough. 

I do not ask anyone to blindly believe my positions on the issues.  I ask them to listen and then to prove me wrong.  I’ve also asked this legislator to join me in a public debate and to name the time and place.  No response.  Yet. 

One of Utah’s state legislators is making some statements that show how uninformed he is or that he truly is a marxist.  Either way, if the majority of our elected officials do not take a crash course in political philosophy, we are going to continue on this crash course to our own destruction.

Recently I received a text from a long-time friend in Connecticut who had immigrated from the Soviet Union asking for some help.  She needed to home school her daughter.

During a two hour phone conversation, she shared with me what she sees as the parallels between her experience growing up under communism and becoming a Russian athletic champion and what she sees in the United States as a citizen. Continue reading Workforce Training: Deja Vu Soviet Style

An Education Policy Action Plan

An Education Policy Action Plan

Federal/National
1. Phase out and defund federal control of education, setting a reasonable timeline to dismantle the US Dept. of Education. Leave only an oversight-monitoring office of one elected official from each state as a check on corporate and government activities related to data collection and other activities formerly carried out by the U.S. Department of Education.

2. Challenge and discontinue the unconstitutional and illegal administration of behavioral/national tests and assessments. GEPA prohibits national testing, but NAEP is one example.


3. Pursue an anti-trust and/or class action law suit
against the College Board – a private enterprise that receives massive public funding – to break up that monopoly. Reward colleges and universities that restore development and administration of their own entrance exams – unique and individual to each school.

4. End the federal funding of regional labs
, which remove local control and outsource curriculum development for the USDOE.

5. Stop/phase out further funding through ESEA reauthorizations. Because Title I funding bypasses the state and local control has been lost to federal over-reach, and the purpose of education has been changed to government-managed workforce tracking instead of real education, we must restore pre-1965 policies.

6. Prohibit collection of private, personal data. Help bring a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education for illegal access to student records without informed consent under FERPA. Recent NSA disclosures illustrate the need for strengthening privacy laws. Data mining and sharing should be prohibited beyond the local school and only released upon request for application either to another school or for college application/entrance.

7. Phase out block grants. A taxpayer sends $1.00 to Washington, only to get back 80 cents or less so that control and redistribution are federally controlled and then used against us.

8. Discontinue further voucher, school choice, charter school (“P3” private-public partnership), privatization grants. They constitute taxation without representation at the local level.

9. Phase out the practice of tax-funded research grants and student loans (“P3” vouchers) to private colleges and universities
, binding those schools to federal regulations. This is the loss of religious liberty and socialization of our higher education system.

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State/Local

10. End the Computer-Adaptive Test (CAT)
which employs behavioral strategies to change attitudes and values.

11. Require partisan school board and superintendent elections.
In Utah, a strong Republican state, it is estimated that 70% of most school boards, state and district, vote progressively in funding and education policy. No regular or charter school board/superintendent should be appointed, including pre-selected candidates for a run-off.

12. Tie the funding to the geographical tax base, where the school physically resides, in order to restore neighborhood school accountability.  This is the definition of local control and taxation with representation. Each local school must have an elected board representing – and accountable to – that tax base. Charter and School Community Council laws violate this definition of taxation with representation and must be repealed. 

13. End federal funding of state schools by restoring local control of state trust lands.  This property, when sold, should be allocated to the local school where that property is located.  

14. Repeal consolidation legislation that is merging smaller schools into larger districts.

15. Prohibit local teacher/administrator unions and parent organizations from forcing participation and using dues for political purposes.

16. Phase out vouchers – or anything like them (“the funds follow the student”) – that mingle public funds with the private sector, and that results in taxation without representation.

17. Phase out open enrollment and school choice-charter schools in two phases: First, by ending additional charters. Then, by developing a transition plan under which current charters take responsibility for their own development by a certain cut-off date or go out of business. The intended consequence is authentic parental choices, local control, religious liberty in education, and the restoration of representative government.

Our liberty is the bottom line. “School choice” is a lie. It is killing authentic choice. Private and parochial schools cannot compete with FREE charters and are closing or secularizing to become publicly-funded charters!

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Individual
18. Remove your children from schools that receive public subsidies, including public-private partnership (P3) schools (also known as “school choice”-charter-voucher schools).

19. Have confidence that it is possible to teach a child the basics at home.

20. Teach your children correct principles and forewarn them. Students must know that if they enter a college or university that takes federal money, they will be taught ideals that your family or religious beliefs may not support, increasing the chances that they will graduate with a more socialist/secular humanist view.

21. Avoid sending your children to private colleges and universities that accept public, tax dollars.

22. Have the courage to educate and inform the business and church community one-on-one.

In the immortal words of C.S. Lewis:
“Vocational training…prepares the pupil not for leisure, but for work;
it aims at making not a good man but a good banker,
a good electrician, a good scavenger, or a good surgeon….
You see at once that education is essentially for freemen
and vocational training for slaves.”

Submitted by Cherilyn Bacon Eagar, August 30, 2013
Former Candidate U.S. Senate 2010/Congress 2012

Advice to Utah GOP: Be Careful What You Wish For

Now the two parties in Utah are having another spitting match. Again, the media is reporting the controversy as a dispute over Democratic Salt Lake County Attorney Sim Gill’s comments alleging racist police brutality, (Sim pointed out that he grew up in India and saw a horrific public beating when a child) and an honest and pointed response from Salt Lake County Party Chairman Chad Bennion, who referenced the DA’s bias from his foreigner background.

Immigration=Racisim. Those hard-hearted Republicans. Again.

The more the Right (those who want local, less, smaller government) makes a big deal of what the Left, (those who want bigger, more, centralized control) has purposefully transformed into a racist/ethnic faux pas (again), the more fuel the Right gives the Left.

And that’s precisely what the Left wants. They are on a pursuit of the great dialectic to force this nation incrementally to become a welfare state. Two steps forward, one step back, and eventually we’ll get there.

Well, my friends, we arethere.

Vladimir LeninIt was Lenin himself who penned the phrase “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back – The Crisis in Our Party” – in a pamphlet written in May 1904 addressing the split between the majority – the Bolsheviks – and the Mensheviks led by Julius Martov and the backwards motion of what was needed: incrementalism.

It was a play on the idiom derived from watching a frog try to escape from a well – for every two steps forward, it lapsed back one step, making the journey out of the well tiresome and tedious.

Julius MartovBy 1917 Lenin and Martov had finally united to force the successful worker’s revolution. Of course they were both socialists when they were bickering intra-party, but it is an example of the dialectic in action. (If you don’t understand “the dialectic” – Google it.)

Today, we see incrementalism at work on all fronts. Immigration comes to mind.

Incrementalism and Immigration
Inviting immigrants to the U.S. that have little historical background or history with the republican founding of our nation and that bring with them flawed ideas of governance has never had a good outcome for a free nation historically. Incrementally, immigration patterns change societies and political outcomes. If you’ve never seen it, here is a fascinating animated map of how immigration patterns affected religous blocs and the rise and fall of nations. I call it “Around the World in 90 Seconds.”

It can be logically argued that immigration patterns in the U.S. have already dramatically changed the dominant culture and its notions of the role of government. We can also acknowledge statistically that a welfare state has attracted many, and by bringing them in, has increased support for a welfare state. in fact with over 2.2 million on the government payroll, not including military and state public employees, it is reasonable to say that we have reached a tipping point of no easy return. Not good news for Republicans and the Right who believe less government is more liberty.

Thus, it can be said that the current immigration policy is destroying the republican form of government the Founders had envisioned – and it has nothing to do with skin color. They had the good sense to allow only a quota of foreigners (“aliens,” as they were and are still legally called) who might not bring with them the right ideas about liberty. By allowing a political bloc of socialists who would capture the majority, the nation could be transformed.

That we typically speak of this demographic or our form of government as an event yet to happen, in reality – if we are honest with ourselves – we must remove the blinders.

Friends, it has already happened. A majority of Americans are now welfare recipients. Will a majority vote to remove all these perks and welfare they now receive? Not likely.

But it’s not sustainable, and if allowed to continue, we may get a result we did not want.

Framing the Debate and Staying on the Offense

As a former candidate for US Senate/Congress, and watching those who have held and currently hold public office, a conservative politician’s voice is often neutered or silenced out of fear that the Left will make hay when truth is plainly spoken.

I’m no longer running for anything, and for that matter, I have nothing to lose, but even when running I was outspoken, sometimes to the horror of consultants. So I am continuing to speak boldly and bluntly. That is who I am and how I was raised.

Let’s analyze this situation with the County GOP Chairman and the Democratic County DA: A Republican leader is now concerned about the political lynching of a police officer that the Left has once again twisted into a racial incident. That is to be applauded. But, to continue the dialogue further only favors the dialectic and incrementalism will win – again.

My advice is to leave this narrowly focused debate alone now and to begin to turn and control the message – turn it into the message that we not only really need, but one that few acknowledge. If we do this in principle, what the Left wants will get its three days – or at most two weeks – of news coverage and then it’s gone.

If the Right is skillful enough to stay focused on the real issue, the foundational and fundamental causes, the Leftist twist will be all but forgotten and the correct message will emerge and dominate.

It’s the Left that wants the racial dialogue to go on and on, to incite class warfare. It’s right out of the Alinsky playbook.

Think of this old adage: “What if they gave a war and no one came?” ha.

So, let’s stay focused on what’s really killing this state and nation and begin to use the transitional phrase, “You know, the real issue here is ________”

And the real issue is? So glad you asked.

The real issue is the gorilla in the room: The corruption of crony capitalism and the merger of private-public partnerships that have little concern about the philosophies that the precious workers business owners need might bring to this country. These are the capitalist cannibals. They have already brought in, and are supporting educational philosophies, a generation that will use their false ideas of the role of government to be used against them. The very people they need, and the money they are throwing into educational programs to train them, regardless of political background and philosophy, are the very ones that will unionize and rise up against them – the very fathers of their feasts.

This is nothing new. It is the cyclical pattern of history. And they will overturn them.

The Danger of the Private-Public Partnership

If you look closely enough at the people, the strategic players, and the funding, you will see these insidious private-public alliances/collaborations lurking behind every issue we face. They are rendering local control and our influence at the voting booth impotent, they are equalizing the tax sources (redistribution), regionalizing and removing our representative form of government and turning it into a socialist, collectivist, consolidated, centralized, controlling superstate.

Even in Utah.

stalin-lenin-and-trotskyIt’s not a new idea, and the history does not have a good outcome. Crony capitalism and private-public partnerships are in part what incited and then co-opted the Bolshevik revolution, what supported Trotsky and eventually brought Stalin and Hitler to power in Europe. The same patterns emerged in Asia.

Follow the money. Always.

If you do, you will begin to see a powerful pattern of public policy merged with the private sector, forcing enterprises that refuse the public subsidy into unfair competition with the publicly subsidized sector. Who among you could compete with FREE?

My friends, THAT – the private-public partnership – is destroying the free market on all fronts – from education to health care. Both parties support it.

Can you identify what it looks like? Do you know its names and labels in education, in health care? Do you know what you might wholeheartedly be supporting without really understanding the consequences?

Any guesses what sacred cows I might be talking about? I’ll let you chew on that cud until my next post.

Action Items

My advice is: Let this little spittin’ match go. Focus on the real issue. Who will stand with me? I really need your help. It’s not going to come from those that have billions. If it comes from anywhere, it will be from the grassroots, you and me. Sheer sweat and a few dollars from a lot of folks.

Ask yourself the following questions: Who am I? What do I believe? How does money affect my beliefs? What do we as a people believe? And most of all, do we practice what we believe?

We are in a very dangerous time. I warned GOP leaders over 25 years ago what the outcome would be if we continued to collaborate with and compromise with the Left and abandon Roberts Rules for consensus. As we debate these ethnic, class warfare issues, this is not a good time for the Republican Party to be going through an identity crisis and believe that it must water down its message and cave in to peer pressure to become more democratic/Leftist just to get more votes.

That’s exactly what the Left wants. That’s incrementalism.

I applaud Senator Mike Lee (and the handful of the brave that stand beside him) for standing his ground.

What Will the Future Headlines Be for the GOP?

My good friend Ron Mortensen, a brilliant writer, has written a powerful piece capturing likely future news headlines if the GOP continues on this course. Read it.

After reading this short commentary, you will not view this discussion the same again. It will give new meaning to the advice: “Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.”