IS YOUR SCHOOL'S CURRICULUM UN APPROVED?
By Larry Pratt
August 14, 2003
Does it seem somewhat far out to
ask such a question? Would that it were so.
The United States is working with
the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO) to federalize the curriculum of all schools in the United
States. The new curriculum would be one that conforms to other
countries as well as to UNESCO.
Actually, we do have federal
curriculum standards for civics that encompass the teaching of
history, geography, social studies and civics. Indeed, there are
federal standards for other disciplines as well. The standards are
referred to in Washington newspeak as guidelines.
The guidelines have resulted in a
subsidized textbook ($10 a copy) entitled We, the People: The
Citizen and the Constitution. If a school district does not use
this textbook, whatever they teach from must teach to the national
tests that reflect the federal "guidelines." The Department of
Education is warning states that if they do not have enough students
passing the federally approved tests, they will lose their federal
The guidelines and We the
People are so busy teaching multiculturalism and environmentalism
that they have no time for teaching the 2nd Amendment (right to keep
and bear arms), and the 10th Amendment (severely limiting legitimate
activity of the federal government).
And now, it turns out, we are
reporting on our progress at wiping out local and state control over
curriculum to the UN! Here it is off the UNESCO web site on the
USA country report page .
"Most countries have national
curricula.... In the United States, however, education is managed at
the state and local levels.... Thus, the very concept of designing and
agreeing on a set of learning outcomes across traditional
jurisdictional lines is new, and in the minds of many, unsettling and
The UN is saying that they are
aware of the political sensitivity of a nationalized education system.
This explains the following reference to not letting the American
voter in on what "us elitists" are pulling off:
"Officials of the U.S. Department
of Education, as well as presidents Bush and Clinton, have applauded
the emergence of [curriculum] standards at the state level and in the
various subject areas, but they understand that any suggestion that
these were being imposed by Washington would unleash a political
And for the pleasure of One World
groupies is this gem from the same page:
"Consciousness is thus growing
among U.S. educators that… [e]ducational outcomes must now meet not
only national but international standards."
I wonder what countries might be
the model for setting UN educational standards? Perhaps some of the
countries which have trained children to be compliant workers and
citizens who do just what they are told. The mind thrills to consider
the array of choice: from Cuba to Zimbabwe with Iran and Libya along
Rep. Ron Paul is right. So are
the other 73 Representatives who voted with Paul to get the UN out of
the US and the US out of the UN.
Being run from Washington is bad
enough, but the being run by the UN is the end of the road to
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Larry Pratt has been Executive Director of
Gun Owners of America for 27
years. GOA is a national membership organization of 300,000 Americans
dedicated to promoting their second amendment freedom to keep and bear
GOA lobbies for the pro-gun position in
Washington and is involved in firearm issues in the states. GOA's work
includes providing legal assistance to those involved in lawsuits with
the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the federal firearms law
Pratt has appeared on numerous national
radio and TV programs such as NBC's Today Show, CBS' Good Morning
America, CNN's Crossfire and Larry King Live, Fox's Hannity & Colmes,
MSNBC's Phil Donahue show and many others. He has debated Congressmen
James Traficant, Jr. (D-OH), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Carolyn
McCarthy (D-NY), Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Vice President
Al Gore, among others. His columns have appeared in newspapers across
He published a book, Armed People
Victorious, in 1990 and was editor of a book, Safeguarding Liberty:
The Constitution & Militias, 1995. His latest book, On the Firing
Line: Essays in the Defense of Liberty was published in 2001.
Pratt has held elective office in the state
legislature of Virginia, serving in the House of Delegates. Pratt
directs a number of other public interest organizations and serves as
the Vice-Chairman of the American Institute for Cancer Research.
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