Center for American Progress Education Transformation Proposal

Center for American Progress Education Transformation Proposal

Discovered recently in the article “Education Transformation” posted on The Center for American Progress website, CAP (for short), is proposing policies to remove some essential educational programs and their funding under the pretext of Education Reform. The specific programs highlighted in this article teach American History, Civics, The U.S. Constitution, and Economics.

These programs are as quoted from the CAP pdf document linked at the end of this report:

Narrow, low-impact programs should be eliminated

The Department of Education supports numerous, mostly small grant programs that serve niche purposes. Many of these programs should be eliminated, including:

Academies for American History and Civics. This program, which provides workshops for teachers of American history, is not coordinated with other professional development programs within the Department of Education and is not based on the needs of states and localities.

We the People. This program is an earmark grant to the Center for Civic Education to instruct a small number of students on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Excellence in Economic Education. This is a small grant program designed to promote economic and financial literacy among K-12 students.

Funds are also going to other programs that are not as effective as available alternatives. These include:

Teaching American History. This program, which was appropriated almost $119 million in FY 2010, provides grants to local education agencies to improve teachers’ knowledge of traditional U.S. history. A 2005 evaluation found the program may not target teachers most in need of professional development, training provided did not always employ proven strategies, and the program lacked demonstrated effectiveness. This program should be eliminated.  

CAP also claims and I quote:

The federal government is a critical and vested partner in improving public education opportunities and outcomes. As the Obama administration and Congress pursue an ambitious education reform agenda to establish the right course for education, savings can be generated to boost educational results by eliminating or reforming education programs that are ineffective, duplicative, or outdated.

Furthermore, a linked study on Teaching American History by U.S. Department of Education on stated “student achievement in U.S. History yielded disappointing results.” It also states “the Federal Government did not take steps to improve the program.”

If the Federal Government is interested in “improving outcomes” in public education, why would CAP recommend these programs be eliminated without first trying to correct the problems? These programs provide needed education in areas that seem to not be taught at all or are watered down in regular school programs.

Disagree? Then ask most High School students you know to recite the U.S. Constitution, or ask them to tell you what one of the most important things Thomas Jefferson did for the United States of America? Do they know all the signers of the Declaration of Independence? If anything, these programs need to be expanded, improved, and become mandatory curriculum in all public schools.

CAP also claims “savings can be generated” by eliminating these programs, but I don’t see large enough budget savings by eliminating them to justify the loss of these educational programs. Furthermore, with the Federal Budget increases for FY 2011, it makes even less sense to eliminate these programs.

Here is a look at some of the budget increases for FY 2011:

All told, the president’s budget includes $49.7 billion for the Department of Education’s discretionary programs, an increase of $3.5 billion over fiscal year 2010. The budget also includes $173 billion in loans, grants, tax credits and work-study programs to help students go to college.

The proposed budget includes a $3 billion increase in competitive funding for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the largest increase ever requested for programs under the 1965 law. This includes $1.35 billion to continue Race to the Top, $500 million for the Investing in Innovation Fund.

Finally, the budget would provide $9.3 billion for competitive grants to states over the next 10 years to improve the quality of early learning programs and prepare students for success in kindergarten.

With all the earmark spending and bailouts our Government has implemented to date, such as stimulus money being used to study the effects of how “monkeys react under the influence of cocaine” costing tax payers $144,541.00 [far exceeding the cost of the Teaching American History program], or  the U.S. Government funded [$400,000] study to find out why gay men engage in risky sexual behavior while drunk in Argentina Bars,  they want to cut programs essential to Teachers and Students that teach American History, Civics, Economics, and the U.S. Constitution? That’s depriving our educators and youth of the core and quality education every American should be taught.

Ask yourself these questions: What will this upcoming generation in our K-12 education system be like without the opportunity to get a good quality civics and economics curriculum? How terrible would it be for a generation of youth to grow up without being taught the U.S. Constitution? What would our country become without a generation being taught the core essential American principles and values of our founding fathers? Should these programs be eliminated, or should these curriculum’s be improved and expanded to all schools in America?

There are many areas where cuts can be made, but not programs that teach such important things as our founding fathers in American History, The U.S. Constitution, Civics, and Economics. So it begs the question, why would anyone want to just completely eliminate essential programs without first trying to fix them? Well, upon further research, the obvious answers reveal themselves.

First, The Center for American Progress is a George Soros funded think tank run by Hillary Clinton and Former chief of staff John Podesta. This think tank is a “research and educational institute for the development of a long-term vision of a Progressive America.” They use this think tank to generate new progressive ideas and policy proposals such as the ones in this article. Progressives are basically no different than Socialists and most do promote Socialism.

Who is George Soros and what are his agendas and goals? George Soros is a multi-billionaire funder of Progressive and Socialist causes and groups, and the founder of the Open Society Institute. To give you an idea, a few of his agendas are these: promoting the view that America is institutionally an oppressive nation, depicting American military actions as unjust, unwarranted, and immoral, nationalizing banks, defending the civil rights and liberties of suspected anti-American terrorists and their abettors, promoting the tenets of radical environmentalism, whose ultimate goal, as writer Michael Berliner has explained, is “not clean air and clean water, but rather the demolition of technological and industrial civilization.”

George Soros also promotes bringing American foreign policy under the control of the United Nations, so to promote “Global Governance” and a “New World Order” means he wouldn’t want defenders of the U.S. Constitution, and he also would not want to promote American History because teaching these courses, among the others listed in this article, would undermine his goals and agendas. It would also undermine other Progressives, Socialists, and radical far left groups and organizations he supports.

So knowing these facts, it makes sense why George Soros and his CAP organization would seek to eliminate these essential educational programs under the pretext that they’re “not as effective as available alternatives” or because “they serve niche purposes.”  

References to this article and some of the facts came from the following sources:

CAP pdf:

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