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Is Your School's Curriculum UN Approved? 
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By Larry Pratt

Does it seem far out to ask such a question? Would that it were so.

The United States is working with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to federalize the curriculum of all public schools in the United States. The new curriculum would be one that conforms to those of other countries as well as to UNESCO.

We do have federal curriculum standards for civics that encompass the teaching of history, geography, social studies, and civics. Indeed, there are federal standards for other disciplines as well. These standards are referred to in Washington (D.C.) newspeak as "guidelines."

The guidelines have resulted in a subsidized textbook ($10 per copy) entitled We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution. If a school district does not use this textbook, they must nonetheless teach to the national tests that reflect the federal guidelines. The Department of Education is warning states that if they do not have enough students passing the federally approved tests, they will lose their federal subsidies.

The guidelines and We the People are so busy teaching multiculturalism and radical environmentalism that they have no time for teaching the 2nd Amendment (our right to keep and bear arms), or the 10th Amendment (which severely limits legitimate activity of the federal government).

As is evident by reading the UNESCO web site on the USA country report page, we are now also reporting on our progress of wiping out local and state control over curriculum to the U.N.! Visit http://www2.unesco.org/wef/countryreports/usa/rapport_2.html to view the report.

Most countries have national curricula. In the United States, however, education is managed at the state and local levels. Thus, the concept of designing and agreeing on a set of learning outcomes across traditional jurisdictional lines is new, and it is both unsettling and undesirable in the minds of many Americans.

The U.N. states that it is aware of the political sensitivity of a nationalized education system. This explains the following website reference to keeping the American voter in the dark about what "us elitists" are pulling off: "Officials of the U.S. Department of Education, as well as presidents Bush and Clinton, have applauded the emergence of [curriculum] standards at the state level and in the various subject areas, but they understand that any suggestion that these were being imposed by Washington would unleash a political backlash."

For the reading pleasure of World Government groupies is this gem from the same page: "Consciousness is thus growing among U.S. educators that . . . [e]ducational outcomes must now meet not only national but international standards."

I wonder which countries might be models for setting the U.N.'s educational standards. Countries that have trained their children to be compliant workers and obedient citizens perhaps? The array of choices boggles the mind: from Cuba to Zimbabwe to Iran to Libya, among many others.

Congressman Ron Paul and the 73 U.S. Representatives who joined him were right when they voted to get the U.N. out of the U.S. and the U.S. out of the U.N. Control of U.S. education by Washington, D.C. is bad enough, but control by the U.N. is surely the road to perdition.

Larry Pratt is Executive Director of Gun Owners of America (GOA) and has held that position since 1975. GOA is a national organization dedicated to promoting our Second Amendment freedom to keep and bear arms. Visit www.gunowners.org.

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