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|NUMBER 236||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||SEPTEMBER 2005|
|As Global Studies Spread, Critics |
Complain of 'Political Brainwashing'
The four-year-old International Studies Schools Association has a mission to expand the number of teachers and schools that incorporate international content into the curriculum. The association is a network of schools housed at the University of Denver's Center for Teaching International Relations. (Education Week, 3-2-05)
While teaching about other countries sounds noncontroversial and, indeed, traditional, some global studies content amounts to little more than indoctrination of young children in global-government propaganda.
Thanks to an irate Carrollton, TX resident, the Education Reporter obtained a copy of the 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade assignment plans being implemented by the school district in the Dallas suburb.
'How to run the world'
"You are the governing council of a new world order. No longer are there separate countries. The entire globe is under your guidance and leadership. There is chaos everywhere, because it as [sic] been a long and arduous process to organize the earth and it's [sic] people into a workable situation. You currently have pockets of wealth, but most of your people are extremely poor and hungry. There is in-fighting among people of different religions and various races. The new world economy is at an all time low, because there hasn't been any leadership in this area in a very long time. What will you do to organize your world into a productive, economically feasible world where everyone gets to eat healthy food and drink clean water and earn livings to support their families?"
The students are asked to form groups to do the following:
In addition, students are asked to read a biography of a "world leader" and do all of the following projects outside of class time:
'Implicitly dismisses the Constitution'
Last spring Mullins and a neighbor with a 6th-grade daughter presented their objections to the school principal and the assistant superintendent of curriculum instruction, who said they would look into the matter. No response has been forthcoming.
Mullins also decried the fuzzy content of the 8th-grade "interdisciplinary seminar for gifted and talented" students, focusing on "interdependence." The materials include the following "Thematic Focus Questions (to be reviewed throughout the year)":
It is hard to see how such global studies content will advance grade-school students' knowledge of any real-world political systems. It is even harder to justify the class time spent on such generalities and fantasies in an era of increasing public school accountability for test scores.