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Global studies curriculum is dictated by UN agency
Karen Johnson
Arizona Republic
Jun. 26, 2007

The education world has fads, just as there are fads in art, music, social science, and even hard sciences. "New math," for example, was a huge, disastrous education fad that began in the 1960s. "Whole language" was likewise a disastrous fad that sounded good at the time, but failed to teach children how to read.

The latest fad is "international education." International education supposedly teaches children the skills needed to succeed in a global society with a global economy and includes foreign languages, world history, and international business. I happen to support the teaching of foreign languages, world history, and international business. Nothing is stopping any school in this state from teaching these things already. My only request has been that "international education" be taught from a U.S. perspective and NOT from an "international governance" perspective. Bear in mind that these educators want several million dollars in order to set up "programs" of "international education" for a handful of schools. When I asked for details about these programs, I got circular logic.

"What's the money for?"
"An international education program."
"What's an "international education" program?"
"Oh, it's the same as the current programs."
"Then why do you need millions of dollars?"
"To set up an international education program."

The current fad of "international education" seems to be much more than teaching facts about international historical events, figures, cultures or even how to handle international business. I'm in favor of teaching students how to be successful businessmen in the global economy, and I support adding additional foreign language electives to the curriculum as well as providing business courses at the high school and college level that teach economics, international culture, and whatever a person needs to know to succeed in the global economy. But "international education" seems to be much broader than that. The "international education program" that is being promoted today comes from UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), and includes integrated math, postmodernism, sustainable development, pantheism, new Marxism, and world government. This is transformational education designed to indoctrinate our kids in ideology, politics and religion. It is not academically rigorous. Those who claim it is are repeating the slogans of its promoters. International education is a critical step in UNESCO's overall goal of international government.

Good education programs need to be knowledge-based, but "international education programs" focus on attitudes, values, and behaviors rather than facts. International education is based on radical multiculturalism - that is, the idea that ALL cultures are equal. International education downplays American history and teaches that third-world systems of government are morally and historically equal to the U.S. Constitution, rather than the scholarly truth that the U.S. Constitution established the best form of government in the world. International education would like to ignore American history altogether.
We also need to keep in mind that the state general fund is not a honey pot for buzzing businessmen. We don't need Corporate America telling the schools what to teach. I plan to visit several schools this summer to learn more about their concept of "international education." If the advocates can calm their hysteria for a few months, perhaps we can come to some agreement. I am committed to high standards of excellence in Arizona schools, the teaching of the U.S. Constitution and the American free enterprise system. This system is what made the United States of American the best form of government in the world.

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