View Full Version : CHARTER SCHOOL TRAP: A conservative critique

10-17-2011, 11:53 PM
Charlotte Iserbyt has been a conservative activist since the 1970s, fighting against every educational "advance" made since then. Her bio is at the end of the post. I heard her many years ago and bought her book The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America (http://www.amazon.com/deliberate-dumbing-down-america-Chronological/dp/0966707109/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1318904980&sr=8-1) . Unlike most books on education, hers is filled with documents from her own research and some from the Department of Education where she briefly worked (appointed by Ronald Reagan for whose win she worked tirelessly. She was fired when she realized the rot in the Department of Ed and started smuggling out documents and evidence. She wrote a letter to Ronald Reagan urging him to close the Department of Ed as he had promised to do during his campaign.

This is her latest article, and she points out that the schools are moving from the public sphere with local elected school boards to the private (charter) sphere with appointed managers unaccountable to the people, a shift she sees in our government as well. (The "czars" and the Senate "super committee" that will eventually decide on austerity measures for the nation are both examples of appointed authority structures.)

Conservatives have long been supporters of the charter idea because the public schools are so bad. But Iserbyt points out that charter schools are not the great answer that people think they are, and that if conservatives are upset about the curriculum now, they will be moreso with the charters and, furthermore, will be completely voiceless. Essentially with charter schools, parents will be paying tuition for limited vocational training (the specific training being determined by the economic need of the local region) and most of the teaching will be done by computer software, which will also use operant conditioning to change children's attitudes. Much of the values training is already in evidence in the public system, but the switch to the charter system will take away any right the parents have to fight it. And, you'll have to pay for it.

Below, Iserbyt compares the US traditional system with the Communist system from the USSR and China. Her argument is that the charter schools actually get schooling closer to the Communist model.


...The trashing of the schools as centers of academic learning has been planned since Carnegie Corporation in 1934 published its Conclusions and Recommendations for the Social Studies.[3] The report called for moving the United States from a free market system to a planned economy (socialism) necessary for U.S. participation in the “new world” (p.11-12), and “new order” (p.35, 36).

With our schools and our children successfully dumbed-down, “they” (identified later in this article) can count on public outcry for “change” in how schools are operated, as well as parental acceptance of charter schools. Parents will accept any solution to the tragic situation facing their children today -- including charter schools with unelected representation. But how many realize that the purpose of charter schools is not academic, but to establish a replacement structure that will focus on training for the workforce (or more simply put: limited learning for lifelong labor)? [4]/...

...Traditional United States Constitutional Form of Government as it relates to education (Taxation WITH Representation):

First leg: Under unhindered, old-fashioned Free Market Capitalism all children have access to a K-12 academic public school education -- overseen by elected school board members whose decisions represent the wishes of the taxpayers who elected them. K-12 education is followed by vocational training or higher education, if desired. This classical academic education has nothing to do with school-to-work training. It allows students to become literate in the so-called ABCs and exposes them to history, art, music, sports, literature, and the world around them.

Second leg: All government (taxpayer-supported) entities including those at local, county, state, and federal levels are managed by elected, repeat elected, not appointed boards, officials. If enough voters are unhappy with elected officials’ decisions, they can vote them out of office to be replaced by citizens who hopefully will represent their wishes.

(On the other hand, the regional appointive system of governance is being used with charter schools. The appointive system does not allow voters -- who pay the taxes that support public-funded charter schools -- to remove persons whose decisions do not represent the majority of voters. Charter schools are “taxation without representation” and the concept should undergo a constitutional challenge in the courts.)

Third leg: Classical Education allows for free will. Your children, with the help of teachers, are allowed to think creatively and figure things out for themselves. Students are not subjected to the behavior modification techniques used in totalitarian societies....

Communist (Regional) Governance

First leg: Communist Pavlovian workforce training education in which government/corporation partnerships determine how many welders, doctors, ballet dancers, etc. are required for the planned economy. In addition to President Reagan signing the U.S.-Soviet cultural, educational, and scientific exchanges agreement [7] with Soviet Communist Party General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev during the 1985 Geneva Summit [8] (which began to merge the two educational systems), the Reagan administration also initiated the public/private partnership concept (which commenced the school-to-work agenda) by establishing the White House Task Force on Private Sector Initiatives. I served as a liaison from the U.S. Department of Education to the White House Task Force. I asked if this new arrangement was not “corporate fascism?” The response was: “Well, I guess nobody has looked at it that way.”

Under this partnership arrangement between schools and business, occupations are determined by around the seventh grade, and in some cases during elementary school. Students are “trained” for particular jobs or career paths, as well as attitudes and values necessary for life in the “brave new world of communism”. These schools are gradeless (no K-12) and non-competitive (no A, B, C, D, E, F grading system), and use Pavlovian-Skinnerian Outcomes/Performance/Results-based education in conjunction with the computer and its values-changing software to train, not educate.

The aforementioned restructured system is being implemented right now in the United States. This type of education/training is promoted by The Reinventing Schools Coalition (RISC) -- "a nonprofit foundation established to transform education systems around the world” – using the “RISC Approach to Schooling.”[9]

Second leg: Out with the old and highly successful representative (elective) form of government; in with the failed unelected communist/regional form of government. Implement “charter schools” (with their unelected/appointed boards) on a massive scale (17,817 school districts!). Thirty-nine states plus the District of Columbia have passed charter school legislation. There are eleven holdouts. God bless them. With charter schools there is NO accountability to taxpayer! You have NO say in how your money is spent.

Don’t forget: regionalism, which does away with elected boards, is communism. In his 1975 article “Planning is Socialism’s Trademark,” Morris Zeitlin, a communist writer for The Daily World (newspaper of the Communist Party USA), wrote how well regionalism has worked in the Soviet Union! [10]

Once citizens are accustomed to schools being managed in this way -- in order to change from academics to workforce training -- citizens will not be concerned when ALL entities/agencies at the town, city, county, state and federal levels of government are run by appointed councils (soviets). Start with the schools nationwide and then spread the communist regional, unelected council (soviet) form of governance into every area of our lives.

How long will it be before we have an unelected commissar in the White House?

Much of the regional governance system is already in place and has been operating on a second track, parallel to our Constitutional track, for at least 50 years. The internationalist termites, in and out of Congress, have been waiting to push the button for the regional system to jump track and to replace the constitutional system. This latest neocon/Obama-supported charter school move is probably the pushing of that button to move our whole country into the unelected board system. It may well be the final blow to our constitutional form of government for which millions of Americans have fought and died for during the history of the United States.

(Major communist change agent, the late Paul Mort, New York City, said in the late sixties that it takes 50 years to bring about major change.” He certainly was on target.)

Third leg: Citizens are considered human resources (animals to be trained from birth to death: UNESCO’s lifelong education under the umbrella of the unelected community commissar) using Skinnerian/Pavlovian operant conditioning. Bells and whistles used in the classroom and rewards and punishments for use in classroom and community are the wave of the future. Such manipulation has already been inflicted on my town where the Community Oriented Police System (COPS) has the local police handing out medals to citizens who do good deeds! The police determine if the deed merits a medal. Since the schools will use computers to teach and train, our children will be captive to what B.F. Skinner referred to as his “box” and totally conditioned as robots to serve the international state.

10-17-2011, 11:53 PM
Charlotte Iserbyt is the consummate whistleblower! Iserbyt served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education, during the first Reagan Administration, where she first blew the whistle on a major technology initiative which would control curriculum in America's classrooms. Iserbyt is a former school board director in Camden, Maine and was co-founder and research analyst of Guardians of Education for Maine (GEM) from 1978 to 2000. She has also served in the American Red Cross on Guam and Japan during the Korean War, and in the United States Foreign Service in Belgium and in the Republic of South Africa.

10-18-2011, 10:03 AM
Like with public schools, there are good charter schools and there are bad ones. For parents who live in poor districts who want their kids to get a good education, they can be a great alternative to the neighborhood school.