In previous posts the connection to Common Core and the United Nations (UN) is well established, through foundations and corporations that fund it, self appointed "experts" who implement it, and teachers who have been indoctrinated on it.
The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), published a booklet, United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), Education for Sustainable Development Toolkit. In this booklet there is reference to Agenda 21, "reorienting" education, and using teachers as one method to accomplish changing education.
What is Education on Sustainable Development (ESD) - Page 15 is a direct reference to Chapter 36 in Agenda 21 that includes 5 priorities.
1. Improving basic education: "...must be reoriented to address sustainability and expanded to include critical-thinking skills, skills to organize and interpret data and information, skills to formulate questions, and the ability to analyze issues that confront communities."
2. Reorienting Existing Education: page 16, requires "...reorienting education, (i.e., nursery school through university), basic education includes more principles, skills, perspectives, and values related to sustainability, encompasses a vision that integrates environment, economy, and society, and to participate in a democratic society..." "...current administration and faculty members must reorient university curriculums to include the many and complex facets of sustainability." This has been accomplished, the indoctrination of university students.
3. Public Understanding and Awareness: page 17, outlines "...people must become media literate and able to analyze the messages of corporate advertisers." The use of the media, entertainment, and advertising by Agenda 21 has been discussed in previous posts.
4. Training: page 17. Through formal and non-formal means "education is a socially transforming process."
5. Reorienting Education: page 18 is perhaps the most frightening and related to Common Core. "It...addresses learning skills, perspectives, and values that guide and motivate people to seek sustainable livelihoods, participate in a democratic society, and live in a sustainable manner." "...involves studying...global issues." "...(i.e., knowledge, skills, perspectives, values, and issues) must all be addressed in a formal curriculum that has been reoriented to address sustainability." "Deciding what to leave out—what does not contribute to sustainability or is obsolete—is an integral part of the reorienting process."
In accordance to ESD principles:
1. Knowledge: page 19 "...let go of those topics that have been successfully taught for years but are no longer relevant."
2. Issues: Extending beyond Agenda 21 referenced on page 20, the toolkit now includes the issues of "...such as war and militarism, governance, discrimination and nationalism, renewable energy sources, multinational corporations, refugees, nuclear disarmament, human rights, and media influencing rapid change of worldviews." Isn't it interesting that BHO has introduced most of these issues into our nation?
3. Skills: Page 22 outlines the skills the toolkit predetermines for education.
4. Perspectives: Starting on page 22 are the perspectives for ESD stating, "When taught to a generation of pupils, such perspectives will become infused into local world views."
5. Values: Social Justice is the value that should be taught on page 23.
Page 27 outlines "disciplinary contributions" for math and ELA.
Mathematics: helps students understand extremely small numbers (e.g., parts per hundred, thousand, or million), which allows them to interpret pollution data.
Language Arts: especially media literacy, creates knowledgeable consumers who can analyze the messages of corporate advertisers and see beyond "green wash." Now we know why they will be reading pamphlets.
Reading: develops the ability to distinguish between fact and opinion and helps students become critical readers of political campaign literature.
History and Social Studies are also listed.
One last note, teachers. On page 35 how to use teachers to implement ESD:
"Institutions of teacher education are ideally situated to play central roles in educational reform, and teacher educators are the key change agents. Teacher educators train new teachers, provide professional development for practicing teachers, consult with local schools, and provide expert opinion to regional and national ministries of education. Teacher educators write not only pre-service teacher-education curriculum, but also contribute to committees that create teacher-education standards and officially mandated curriculum for primary and secondary education. Because of this broad influence in curriculum design, implementation, and policy setting, faculty members of teacher-education institutions can bring about far-reaching educational reform...".
How many "educators" have been involved in changing your child's education through Common Core? How many are from UN affiliated universities or organizations? How much input did you have as a parent to reorient your child to global citizenry? Take note, these were goals from 2005-2014, Common Core will be in full implementation in 2014. Have they succeeded?