Monday, July 22, 2013

Department Of Education Working With George Soros' Open Society Foundation

Tucked inside this video of the Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, is a screen shot of a notice announcing a contest sponsored by the Department of Education, the non profit Creative Commons and George Soros' Open Society Foundation.





You can view the contest "winners" and entries here.

A closer look at Creative Commons:

Creative Commons is a non profit organization (who receives funding from Bill Gates' Microsoft Corporation) that deals with copyright licensing of "educational" materials.

Users of Creative Commons licenses include Al Jazeera, flicker, Google, Wikipedia, and Whitehouse.gov.

Creative Commons website states:

"Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others....

If we are going to unleash the power of hundreds of billions of dollars of publicly funded education, research, data, and software, we need broad adoption of open policies.  For the purposes of open policies that contribute to the public good, we define policy broadly as legislation, institutional policies, and/or funder mandates."


Technical working group members of the LRMI include Microsoft, Gate Foundation, IMS Global, and of course, Creative Commons.

Creative Commons is also a co-leader for the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI).

Here is a power point presentation by the LRMI.







InBloom was funded by a $100M grant from the Gates Foundation to contract with school districts and states to store over 400 data points which can then be shared with other non profits, companies and governmental agencies.



In this March 2013 report by the LRMI, there is a chart which shows the role of inBloom





Contributors of the report, of course, included members from the Gates Foundation.  However, the name that stood out was Steve Midgley with the U.S. Dept. of Education:


Previously, Midgley worked for the FCC as the Director of Education where he "headed the team responsible for developing the education chapter of the National Broadband Plan."  This was the broadband expansion plan funded by the Obama stimulus money in 2010.  We mentioned this "Connect to Compete" effort before.  Expanding broadband access was a requirement which laid the groundwork necessary for this effort to work.

Steve MidgelyNaturally, Mr. Midgley was then promoted to the Dept. of Education after his work at the FCC.

Throw in the George Soros connection and one might wonder what could POSSIBLY go wrong?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

UNESCO: 21st Century Reparations?

Within the United Nations is an organization called the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.  This group is one we have discussed at length before.  The UNESCO framework has been used as the foundation for the implementation of Common Core.

One of the missions of UNESCO is a program called "Priority Africa."

Priority Africa: Education

© UNESCO/M. Hofer. Un jeune congolais pendant une classe de mathématique à l'école primaire de Mugosi.
Africa is a priority for UNESCO and education is key to the region’s development. UNESCO's programmes  towards the African continent have been build up in such a way that they are to focus on the challenges that Africa is facing.





Throughout the UNESCO midterm strategy document for 2008-2013, it states numerous times that Africa is a "priority" :

"UNESCO shall accord priority to Africa and to gender equality in all its fields of competence throughout the duration of the Medium-Term Strategy..."

"UNESCO intends to give priority and fresh impetus to its support for development efforts in Africa, which remains the main beneficiary of its action. Such action will be aimed principally at meeting the major goals and international commitments, such as education for all (EFA), the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and those of the African Union (AU), including NEPAD, that provide a common framework for concrete international action in support of Africa’s development."

"UNESCO will assist Member States, especially in Africa, to expand access for all learners to quality education at all levels of the education system, from early childhood to higher education through formal and non-formal approaches and drawing on innovative ICT-based approaches."

"UNESCO has a vital role in helping to strengthen national science and technology capacities and create an enabling environment, especially in Africa,"

"UNESCO will support Member States, notably in AfricaLDCs and SIDS, in developing their national science, technology and innovation policies and building human and institutional capacities in the sciences."


Which countries are the largest donors to UNESCO?

Top donor countries are 
"evil colonialists."

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Et Tu Adam Kwasman?

Mr. Kwasman has recently announced his run for Congress representing CD1. The co-chairs for his campaign include none other than turncoat traitors Ethan Orr and TJ Shope.

After his speech on the House floor blasting Governor Brewer for her despicable manipulation during the Medicaid expansion and condemning the behavior of his fellow party members, Adam Kwasman was someone who left us believing that there was actually hope for our state.

His speech on the floor made him a rock star among conservatives.


He said, 
"Members, and specifically those in MY party today, I KNOW that YOUR constituents did NOT send you here to allow the minority party to run roughshod over this house and this body.  There have been rumors of the ousting of the Speaker of the House and that is WHOLLY inappropriate.....Shame on the members of this house and shame on the Governor for calling on this session."


He then went on to personally mention the names of the Conservatives in the gallery.

Funny...TJ Shope and Ethan Orr were not on that list. 

It was just back in March that his own district 11 censured Brewer for her attempt to expand Medicaid in Arizona.  She pulled it off with the help of 15 liberals which included...Ethan Orr and TJ Shope.

Now, Mr. Kwasman has chosen to bring Mr. Orr and Mr. Shope into his inner circle as he uses his new found fame to run for Congress.  No doubt to try and be the "big tent" candidate.

Some things in politics really never change.

Sigh.


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Jeff Flake Wants More Foreign-born STEM Grads In The U.S.

 
Because, apparently, our unemployment rate is improving.
 
 


IMarch is also known as "March for immigration reform."

Who is a coalition partner of IMarch?
 
Obama's Organizing for Action.



We see Flake is fitting in nicely in Washington and living up to his namesake.