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At G20, Betsy DeVos puts America last

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On September 5th, 2018, in what can only be described as a mind-boggling stab to the gut of Americans, the US Secretary of Education committed US education to the globalist agenda of collectivism, corporatism, and social engineering; to a global agenda that was decidedly rejected by a diverse array of Americans through the election of Donald Trump in 2016.

DeVos attended the G20’s first ever Education Ministerial Meeting, held in Argentina. Out of those meetings came the eight-page G20 Education Ministers’ Declaration 2018. The document details the goals, priorities, and world-wide agenda of the G20 ministers in the areas of Education and Skills Policies, Financing Education, International Cooperation, and The Way Forward.

THE PURPOSE OF EDUCATION

The first statement of the document’s Preamble illustrates what the authors grievously believe to be the purpose of education (italics and spelling patterns in the original):

We, the Ministers of Education of the G20 members and invited countries, met in Mendoza, Argentina on 5 September 2018 to affirm the unique role of education as a key driver for sustainable development for all nations, recognise the need to place education at the centre of the global agenda and call for collective action.

This is a distressing indication that the US Secretary of Education’s philosophical beliefs are gravely inharmonious with those of most American parents who humbly and rightfully desire a quality education for their children; education which bestows the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to thrive.

VOWS OF COMMITMENT TO GLOBALIZATION

Statements 20-22, among others, are especially illuminating: the statements therein shine a spotlight on both the relativistic-globalist mindset of DeVos and the other G20 education ministers, as well as these ministers’ narcissistic presumptuousness.

Reading the declaration, it becomes evident that the authors believe themselves to be the noble representatives of the “shared” aspirations and values of all peoples the world over, and the bearers of a fruitful philosophy which will usher in a new and prosperous future to be welcomed with open arms.

Key statements to this effect include:

We commit to facilitating the internationalisation of education.

We will work to meet our commitments affirmed in this Declaration… to building a robust set of education and skills policies from a global perspective that fosters inclusive and sustainable human progress in every nation.

ALLEGIANCE TO UNESCO’S AGENDA 2030

The second statement is quite curious, given that the United States has pulled out of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which will officially take place at the end of this year. Statement 2 reads (italics in original):

In line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda, we affirm our commitment to ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.

In fact, loyalty to UNESCO and to UNESCO’s Agenda 2030 is communicated several times within the declaration.

At the time of the UN-member adoption of Agenda 2030, Alex Newman of The New American noted:

Top globalists such as former NATO chief Javier Solana, a socialist, are celebrating the plan, which the summit unanimously “approved,” as the next “Great Leap Forward” — yes, the old campaign slogan of the Chinese Communist Party.

Additionally, listed as having provided the “expertise” and “reports” on “key issues” which informed the G20 education ministers’ declarations on educational goals and policy are UNESCO, the Organization for Economic Development (OECD), the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank.

This leads one to question whether Secretary DeVos is simply falling in line with the status quo or if she is quietly undermining the president’s America First agenda.

President Trump wouldn’t be the first American president to have his agenda thwarted by his education secretary.

As noted by Mary Byrne at Truth in American Education:

When President Reagan worked to keep his campaign promise to dismantle the U.S. Department of Education and restore control of education to parents and local school boards, his vice-president, G. H. W. Bush supported Reagan’s first Secretary of EducationTerrel Bell, in preserving the Department; and it was another Senator from Tennessee, Lamar Alexander’s mentor, Howard Baker, who thwarted Reagan’s effortsAlexander worked to get Devos confirmed as Secretary of Education (or is that Minister of Education?). Now, as President Trump works to keep his campaign promise to return education to the states, his efforts are thwarted by his own Secretary of Education and Senator Baker’s protégé. Trump would do himself a service by requesting Secretary DeVos’s resignation, and Tennessee would do America a great service by settling Senator Alexander’s quandary about running for re-election in 2020, and clearing the way for President Trump to accomplish what he was elected to do.

 

OTHER PROMINENT THEMES THEREIN

Almost too predictable to be worthy of mention, one theme reverberates throughout the G20 Education Ministers’ Declaration: the collectivist-corporatist social engineering of a world-wide labor force and the development of an idyllic, world-wide society.

I have already written an in-depth series on the topic of the Big Data/Workforce movement – within which DeVos is actively involved, attempting to persuade President Trump to merge the Department of Education with the Department of Labor – and the big money which is driving it. Thus, for the sake of brevity, I will not expound further. You may read about this subject here, here, here, and here.

“It is important that education keeps pace with societal and technological innovations such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Internet of Things,” the ministers tell us.

What is worth noting are the education ministers’ emphasis on monitoring the implementation of their policies and measure the success of said societies-altering through the means of data-mining world-wide citizens and international data-sharing of said information.

As statement 13 declares (spelling in original):

We recognise the value of policies based on evidence and the importance of having robust and comprehensive learning assessment systems and data in order to measure progress and learning outcomes, to help ensure quality education for all at all stages of life. More broadly, assessments systems should provide quality input for decision-making at every level…

As elaborated upon in statement 16:

Strengthening governance, management, monitoring and accountability is key to addressing this shared challenge. Increased social and economic returns on investment can have significantly positive impact on human development, and encourage greater commitments in this area.

To assuage (likely anticipated) concerns, the authors commit to “highlighting the importance of interpretation and responsible use of results.”

Also worth noting are the education ministers’ intentions to install upon the peoples of the world a societal consensus which the ministers refer to as a “global and cultural competence” by means of an organized, world-wide, top-down communications effort, “sharing our common values among our education institutions.”

To the same ends, DeVos and the other G20 education ministers emphasize a recruitment process which will “attract and retain the most suitable and passionate individuals from a diversity of backgrounds into the teaching profession.”

“Suitable” teachers are identified as being individuals “equipped with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes free from gender stereotypes…” The document does not identify which “values and attitudes” an individual must possess.

And, of course, the G20 ministers of education stress international funding for their scheme.

IT’S TIME TO SEND DEVOS PACKING

UNESCO has not changed in the years since an impassioned President Ronald Reagan said, “UNESCO has extraneously politicized virtually every subject it deals with. It has exhibited hostility toward a free society, especially a free market and a free press, and it has demonstrated unrestrained budgetary expansion.”

Why does Betsy DeVos believe that she has the right to circumvent the president and become a side-line partner with UNESCO? What happened to America First?

In what ways does Secretary DeVos believe that the unsustainable economic and social theories of United Nations bureaucrats, especially the euphemistically named “sustainable development” cause célèbre, have to do with ensuring American youths have the education necessary to succeed?

Under what authority does Secretary DeVos believe she may impose the G20 education ministers’ “shared values” upon American youth?

Who gave her the authority to employ the Department of Education in a scheme against the American people?

Is Betsy DeVos a naive stooge simply falling in line or, given that she has now declared herself a globalist through the full consensus of the G20 team, is the secretary quietly undermining the American First agenda?

Obedient to the status quo or cold betrayal and circumvention of the will of the people?

Truth be told, the answer doesn’t matter; both choices produce rotten fruit.

Americans need a George Washington; not a Benedict Arnold.

It’s time to send Ms. DeVos packing.

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  1. Public Citizen

    September 15, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    We need a Secretary of Education who understands that the ~only~ job they have is to wind down the DOE as a Cabinet Level Position and return Education to the control of the individual states.

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Ben Shapiro to testify in Ohio

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Ben Shapiro to testify in Ohio

The states are the “laboratories of democracy” (Justice Louis Brandeis) and “education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom” (George Washington Carver). These two quotes will be put to the test with Ohio House Bill 758, the FORUM Act, which aims to protect and promote free speech on state campuses.

DailyWire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro will be one of several experts to testify on behalf of the bill. Shapiro is arguably the left’s favorite target when he goes to college campuses around the nation to speak, drawing protests and “trigger warnings” because of his conservative views. He is often accused by left-leaning campus groups of spreading dangerous ideologies, defending hate speech, and being antisemitic.

Shapiro is Jewish.

Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Tyson Langhofer is also scheduled to testify.

ADF: Ohio bill sends right message on campus free speech

http://www.adfmedia.org/News/PRDetail/10647“The free and open exchange of ideas is essential to democracy, and perhaps no place is it more important than on public university campuses,” Langhofer said. “Public colleges and universities are meant to be marketplaces of ideas—where our future teachers, lawyers, judges, community leaders, and voters can exercise their constitutionally protected freedoms. Unfortunately, public universities are some of the most ideologically intolerant places in the entire country. This bill will help ensure that public universities again become places where intellectual diversity flourishes and all students are able to engage in the exchange of ideas rather than censorship on campus. We commend Ohio lawmakers for considering legislation that protects students’ First Amendment freedoms.”

The FORUM (Forming Open and Robust University Minds) Act is designed to reduce efforts to suppress free speech on state-funded campuses. It will eliminate “free speech zones,” allow students to hold events and activities on campus without interference, and promotes expression on campus regardless of political party or ideological preferences.

My Take

Universities have been turned into leftist indoctrination factories. The predominance of left-leaning faculty at most colleges has not only assisted in this systematic indoctrination, but has also emboldened students to utilize intimidation techniques against any high-profile conservative speakers.

Reading through HB 758 reveals some interesting measures that other states should consider. This isn’t really a defense of the 1st Amendment, though the attachment of state funds allows it to be framed within that narrative. But of greater importance is the practice of free speech itself in all of its non-detrimental forms on campuses that desperately need to hear both sides.

While progressives often try to suppress conservative ideas by labeling them as “dangerous” to justify their unhinged actions, most conservatives generally welcome dialogue on campuses from every side of a debate. We recognize that through dialogue we have our greatest opportunity to open minds and change hearts.

Conservatives, by our nature, will not suppress ideas as progressives often do on campuses. We need bills like these to give us a chance of breaking through the indoctrination. The greatest fear of campus progressives is someone like Shapiro spreading the truth.

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Pro-Israel group has amazing response for upcoming antisemitic conference at UCLA

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Pro-Israel group has amazing response for upcoming antisemitic conference

We’ve grown accustomed to opposing sides attempting to quash each other. Leftists often do everything they can to prevent conservatives from speaking at universities. Conversely, right-wing extremist groups often show up to intimidate leftist protesters. It’s a sad and dangerous ebb and flow that often seems impossible to resolve.

One might expect a similar reaction from pro-Israel groups when antisemitic groups come to town. Students for Justice in Palestine, a BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel) group that operates on campuses around the nation, is having their 8th annual conference at UCLA from November 16-18.

The response from Stand With Us, a pro-Israel organization, is not what most are accustomed to hearing. Charline Delkhah, Southwest Campus Coordinator for Stand With Us, didn’t call for protests or for the school to shut down the conference as many have done to her organization.

“But because we live in a country where freedom of speech is one of our basic amendments, they’re given the same rights as we would be given those rights to have a conference on any campus.”

As most campus groups work to stifle their opposition, it’s refreshing to see one embracing the 1st Amendment by defending the right to free speech even from those with opposite views.

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Beto O’Rourke’s accomplishments through the eyes of his educated supporters

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Beto ORourkes accomplishments through the eyes of his educated supporters

Texas A&M is one of the most prestigious universities in the state. Its criteria for entry are stricter than other state schools and it has built a reputation of churning out some of the brightest minds in the Longhorn State.

They love their football, steaks, and politicians. Many of them love Beto O’Rourke.

Unfortunately, they don’t really know why they like him.

He’s charming, attractive, funny, and down to earth. He’s inclusive. They can gather all of this information from his smile and his political party. Beyond that, they seem to know very little about the Senate candidate. They definitely don’t know much about what he’s done in his adult life, the majority of which has been in politics.

This video by Campus Reform yields predictable responses. We have grown accustomed to the brightest minds of our future, particularly those on the left, knowing next to nothing about the people who “lead” our nation.

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