Common Core Opposition Claims ‘It’S A United Nations Plot’

The Common Core academic standards at the heart of efforts to reform K-12 education is actually “part of a United Nations plan to have complete control of our educational system,” Jennifer Reynolds told a gathering of the Payson Tea Party last week.

The Common Core academic standards at the heart of efforts to reform K-12 education is actually “part of a United Nations plan to have complete control of our educational system,” Jennifer Reynolds told a gathering of the Payson Tea Party last week. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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The Common Core academic standards at the heart of efforts to reform K-12 education is actually “part of a United Nations plan to have complete control of our educational system,” Jennifer Reynolds told a gathering of the Payson Tea Party last week.

Reynolds, co-founder of Arizonans Against Common Core, said the educational reforms backers say promote critical thinking skills are actually part of an insidious effort to promote “global citizenship.” She traced the roots back through the administrations of George Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and said it represents part of the United Nations’ “Agenda 21” effort to create a world government.

She said that the conservative Republican Governor Jan Brewer, the Arizona Superintendent of Education and Senate Education Committee chair Rich Crandall (R-Mesa) have “been involved from the beginning.”

About 50 Payson Tea Party members listened attentively, including school board member Shirley Dye, who served as vice present of the local Tea Party chapter before her election to the board in November. She had invited the rest of the Payson School Board to attend the session. Both board president Barbara Underwood and board member Rory Huff attended the session.

Schools throughout the state are moving to overhaul their curriculums to implement Common Core, a set of guidelines that stress critical thinking rather than memorization of facts. Payson High School Principal Anna Van Zile participated in the committee that developed the national standards in English. The federal government has financed development of the standards for key skills students should master at each grade level, together with tests to assess mastery of those skills. The tests would make it far easier to measure student performance against a national standard.

Arizona has adopted the Common Core standards and abandoned the AIMS test, a high school graduation test of basic skills. Districts are supposed to adopt a new national test linked to the Common Core curriculum. However, the state hasn’t provided funding for the online testing and tracking system the program envisions.

ACT, one of the primary providers of college entrance exams, recently published a study that used college preparation tests taken by 250,000 11th-graders to determine how students nationally measure up to the Common Core standards. The testing service concluded that only one-third to one-half of high school juniors “are reaching a college and career readiness level.” Minority students across the board did even worse.

“These results indicate that we must begin immediately to strengthen teaching and learning in all areas of the Common Core,” the report concluded.

However, Reynolds said Arizona should revoke its approval of the Common Core standards, which she said represent an effort to push “globalization” and world government. The federal reforms represent an unconstitutional infringement on state’s rights, she added.

She linked the adoption of the national academic standards to Agenda 21, which refers to a 1992 resolution adopted by the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). A total of 178 countries voted to adopt a program that urges nations to adopt sustainable development policies. Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck, in particular, has crusaded against Agenda 21.

The Arizonans Against Common Core Web site says, “Common Core is a Trojan horse and tied to the United Nations.”

Evidence for the UN link on the Web site includes:

• The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funds research into educational reform including the Common Core standards and also works with United Nations programs — like the effort to reduce the incidence of AIDS worldwide. “Wake up and smell the Kool-Aid you have been drinking and wake up that you are being lied to!” said the Web site. “Common Core is part of the UN’s plan for complete federal control of our educational system and the ‘dumbing-down’ of America.”

• The Conservative Teachers of America concluded the Common Core standards would provide “unfettered access of our educational system by the United Nations.”

• UNESCO issued a statement promising to “work closely with global partners” in conjunction with the $1 billion the United States provides to support educational reform internationally.

• A portion of the United Nation’s “Agenda 21” includes principle 25 that seeks to “ensure access for all youth to all types of education, wherever appropriate,” and principle 36 that calls on the UN to review its educational programs and urges countries to “cooperate with each other and with various social sectors and population groups to prepare educational tools that include regional environment and development issues and initiatives,” according to the Web site.

During her presentation, Reynolds mocked the mostly conservative Republican leadership in the state that has so far voted to adopt the Common Core.

Another member of the group, Wes Harris, urged Tea Party residents to attend local school board meetings and insist that Payson schools abandon any move to implement the Common Core standards. He complained that hardly anyone attended the state legislative committee meetings where the state adopted various elements of the federal reforms embodied in Common Core.

“If you don’t get involved, you deserve what you get. Your school board has at least one conservative member (Dye). But most school boards are incestuous because they’re dominated by educators. The only way we can fix this is at the state level. We do not want a new world order as Agenda 21 gives us,” Harris said.

Comments

Robbin Flowers 1 year, 8 months ago

Here we go again with “globalization” and world government. "The federal reforms represent an unconstitutional infringement on state’s rights." And what is anyone doing about this? Going to meetings doesn't help if there is no action behind the knowledge.

I'm not really sure what is wrong with sustainable development policies, but that should happen at the state and consumer level. It seems to me that if the government actually wanted "sustainability" they would just stop legislating to unfairly take tax money from person A and giving it to Corporation B. The US public school system is a disaster. The food is all tax subsidized, the unions and school administrators are unfairly compensated, why don't our kids in Payson use the latest technology?

The UN is already making decisions about America and America is a huge part of the UN. It seems to me that they have largely already succeeded in world domination. And, I hate to break it to you but the " ‘dumbing-down’ of America ” has already happened. The average US, IQ tests have dropped 10 points in the past 30 years.

If the "Common Core standards would provide unfettered access of our educational system by the United Nations.” The only reason to do this is to 'skim off the cream' students. And, to “ensure access for all youth to all types of education, wherever appropriate.” The "appropriate" means the cream students, because why waste money on someone who is difficult and will probably only be a low level worker anyway.

"If you don’t get involved, you deserve what you get." Amen! We could start by having all Arizona School Cafeterias provide food grown in Arizona. Computers made in Arizona, etc. And yes, the only way we can fix this in a way that benefits Arizona is at the state level. If we don't pump our dollars into our State, then globalization is what we will continue toward, and it will all be funded by your financial choices.

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H. Wm. Rhea III 1 year, 8 months ago

Homeschooling or private schools - they are the best way to teach children what they really need to know. Homeschooling is seriously on the rise all over the USA. It's beginning to boom right here in Payson, too.

My wife and I have homeschooled each of our children, and we're always getting compliments from people about how intelligent, well behaved, hard working and happy (read well adjusted) they are.

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Robbin Flowers 1 year, 8 months ago

H. Wm. Rhea III, Home schooling is the way to go, but there are a lot of parents who cannot accomplish this for their children. Kudos on having intelligent, well behaved, happy and hard working children. I'm there with you, and can truly say the same for mine. How many public schools can produce the happy part?

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H. Wm. Rhea III 1 year, 8 months ago

i think more parents, if not all parents, could actually do it, but they are afraid and not sure of themselves. My wife and I are big on teaching the boys to think, not just memorize. Perhaps that's the key, but more parents have to lose their fear of doing it and being home with their children all day, too. :)

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