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|NUMBER 250||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||NOVEMBER 2006|
|EdWatch Conference Covers Global Education, Psych Testing|
Michael Chapman, of EdWatch and American Heritage Research, explained the Global Classrooms curriculum now used in many classrooms. It was hatched out of the United Nations Association of Minnesota. Its website states, "At the heart of UNA-USA's Global Classrooms program is Model United Nations." Global Classrooms unabashedly promotes world citizenship and UN governance.
Allen Quist, author of FedEd and America's Schools, and Dave Eaton, former Minnetonka, MN school board member, addressed the hot-button International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Using IB documents, Quist showed how IB and its UN partner in an international education system promotes the United Nations and global governance, while undermining America's founding principles. IB invests millions in misleading advertising.
Dave Eaton followed with specifics, such as real IB costs. Reading requirements teach pantheism and New Age spiritualism, using authors such as Joseph Campbell and Carl Sagan who directly attack Christianity and the traditional western worldview.
Three speakers addressed the ascent of psychological testing into the care and education of America's children: Dr. Karen Effrem of EdWatch, Alliance for Human Research Protection, ICSPP, and the National Physicians Center; Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America, and Carol White of African Americans Concerned Together. Universal psychological testing is mushrooming as a mandate to test, label, and frequently medicate children starting in infancy.
Larry Pratt described how concerned citizens can stop universal psychological testing laws. Because child mental health labeling, no matter how subjective or scientifically invalid, quickly becomes a bar to an adult owning a firearm, a coalition of groups in Texas, including EdWatch, Eagle Forum and GOA defeated universal psychological testing legislation in Texas.
Dr. Effrem described how state and federal laws are merging universal psychological test results with preschool through K-12 outcomes and routine medical visits. Illinois and Indiana provide the roadmap every state is facing, and she suggested tools to challenge them.
Carol White described the sordid history of minorities used as guinea pigs for psychological labeling and treatment with dangerous prescription drugs. She called for help in stopping a plan of the University of Minnesota for a Mental Health Research Center that will use minority children in the north Minneapolis neighborhood for more mental health research linking genetics with such things as criminal activity.
Twila Brase, President of Citizens' Council on Health Care, rounded out the conference by describing merged health and education data-collection systems. The database now includes genetic testing conducted at birth, stored on a "private" component of birth certificates.
DVDs of the presentations are available to order by phone (952-361-4931) or on-line at the EdWatch.org shopping cart. The two IB powerpoint presentations are on-line at:
reported by Julie M.Quist