Distinguished Lecture Session 1240 Saturday, March 26 1:00–2:30 p.m.
In a startlingly quick turnaround—less than a generation—we have gone from widespread despair over the likelihood of raising achievement of low-income children to the rise of a new cohort of teachers who have shown how it can be done and who are converting many more to their methods and their optimism. Mathews discusses the doubts he heard when he first reported the achievement of Jaime Escalante, 28 years ago, and contrasts them with the flood of support successful school networks like KIPP are getting (now dramatized in his new book,Work Hard, Be Nice.)
Bad news and plane crashes often come in threes. Such was the case this week when TAIB was alerted to the agenda of a group known as ASCD (formerly known as the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) by a west coast member of Freedom Works who was concerned about ASCD's efforts to push IB in Helena, MT. Combine that with an inquiry this morning from NJ and the ASCD article below, and we've got ourselves an IB trifecta!
ASCD touts what it calls The Whole Child Initiative. As is the case with many of IB's stealth infiltration methods, you do not see the IB acronym listed in the Whole Child's list of articles. One must take the next step and explore the propaganda published by ASCD's Education Learning (EL) articles to truly expose how deeply embedded IB is in ASCD's agenda:
The United States hosts about one-third of these schools—and some of the program’s most outspoken critics. Leading the opposition is Lisa McLoughlin of Long Island, N.Y., founder of Truth About IB. Among the objections cited by this group are “values that conflict with traditional Judeo-Christian values,” as well as “Marxist ideology,” high costs to schools, and “the forfeiture of local control of school curriculum and culture.”
McLoughlin is not alone in her criticism. In May, a group of Idaho parents took to the streets to protest a local elementary school’s adoption of the IB Primary Years Program. Back in 2008, during an IB debate in nearby Utah, state Sen. Margaret Dayton blogged on senatesite.com that “the IB program teaches a skeptical unattached philosophy of world citizenship. It does not try to instill cultural identity … I don’t want to create ‘world citizens’ nearly as much as I want to help cultivate American citizens who function well in the world.”
Game on, ASCD! If an organization which claims to have "170,000 members in 136 countries" wants to target little ol' me as "leading the opposition", I accept that title with honor. I urge all right-minded teachers, parents and American taxpayers to join me in opposing ASCD's Whole Child Initiative.
If you have not signed up for TAIB's regular IB updates, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can add you to our list.
If you would like me to create an active protest page for your community here at TAIB, just say the word and I will do so.
ASCD has its own petition and Twitter account. I can't stand Twitter. But we do have an online petition which I will be bringing with me to Washington D.C. on 8/28/10 to obtain more hardcopy signatures. If you have not yet signed our petition, please do so and help circulate it in your communities.
If you would like me to come and address your community about IB, I am willing to travel anywhere in the country for the cost of a small honorarium plus travel expenses.
The time to stop the expansion of IB in the United States is NOW! Learn the facts, do your homework and let's take back our American public schools from globalist operatives!
Lisa E. McLoughlin
As with many non-profit organizations such as IBO which claimto be in business solely for the altruistic and philanthropic purpose of ensuring your children are provided a holistic and transformational education, we find that ASCD's CEO, Gene R. Carter, Ed.D., is living fairly high on the hog with an annual income of almost $700,000 including benefits. Not bad, eh?