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Donohue on Education       


Summary - Keep those illegals coming, our education system is failing, Chamber is taking names and kickin' a** on school reform.  We can't compete in knowledge economy - need more engineers - doubling by 2015 but there will still be a shortage (we could quadrauple the number of engineers but there will always be a shortage because the China and India will always be cheaper.


"Lastly, 2006 is an important election year. You can expect to see the Chamber devoting tremendous assets   to defending those members of congress of both parties in tough races who have cast difficult votes on behalf of business and economic growth.  And you can expect us to work to defeat those who have perpetually behaved otherwise." Tom Donohue



The Fraud of Education Reform for Higher Skills

All the rhetoric concerning education is merely propaganda to sell the reform agenda.  They use 'more math, science'; we need more engineers; we need to compete in a global economy, etc.  The truth of the matter is that when George Bush signed the trade agreement with India on November 9, 2001 concerning trade in technology, he killed the high technology industry in this country.  Since we already exported most manufacturing to China and Mexico, that leaves us with no real economy besides Walmart and agriculture and the financial industries as the American middle class has to sell of assets to survive.  If they successfully complete the Doha Round of trade talks... we won't even have an agriculture economy because it will put domestic producers out of business leaving us at the mercy of the multinational corporations who find it cheaper to grow and produce in the third world and import their products here.


The real goal of education reform is to sovietize our schools - turning them into vocational schools.  Americans are far too well educated for the economy they have planned for us in the global economy.  The attack on our economy was planned for a long time.  You can tell that by following the plans for the 'reform' of our schools which has really been to destroy our schools. 


The Roll of Career and Technical Education in High school - according to this article, a report was produced in 1990 by the Commission on Skills of the American Workforce (CSAW) which stated that only 20% of America’s future workforce would require a college education.[9] 

From an article by Lynn M. Stuter on the same report -

From "America's Choice: high skills or low wages!," the report of the Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce (CSAW), a commission of the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) [1], comes this statement,

"But in a broad survey of employment needs across America, we found little evidence of a far-reaching desire for a more educated workforce." (p 26)

It stands to reason, if higher-paying jobs require a more educated workforce, then the move to a less educated workforce also means lower-paying jobs.

Testifying before Congress on October 23, 1989, Thomas Sticht, president and senior scientist, Applied Behavioral and Cognitive Science, Inc; member of the Secretaries Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS), had this to say:

"Many companies have moved operations to places with cheap, relatively poorly educated labor. What may be crucial, they say, is the dependability of a labor force and how well it can be managed and trained--not its general educational level, although a small cadre of highly educated creative people is essential to innovation and growth. Ending discrimination and changing values are probably more important than reading and moving low-income families into the middle class."


Listen to the audio clip by Lynn Peters, Director of the Business-Education Partnerships for the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  

And from an education research in Arizona -


U.S. governors are working hard to set up CAREER / INDUSTRY CLUSTERS in their respective kingdoms.

There is a direct relationship between CAREER / INDUSTRY CLUSTERS and "CAREER PATHS" (aka interest gateways, themes, etc.) that K-12 schools and higher education are expected to align course offereings with.

The  National Governors Association (NGA) initiative to REDESIGN AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOLS  is currently exerting pressure on school districts to restructure the secondary education level nationwide -- wherever reform has not yet been fully implemented.

This is connected to "School-to-Work" (STW) which is a TOTAL RESTRUCTURING of the U.S. educational system -- the changes are in alignment with UNESCO global education reform schemes that are changing the purpose and content of schooling in the U.S.

A key change is to integrate academics with vocational education/training for ALL STUDENTS and require children to decide on a CAREER PATH anywhere between the end of the 8th grade . . . or no later than the beginning of 11th grade (depending upon what is established in a state's education/workforce strategic plans).


Linkages: A Governor¹s Guide to Cluster-Based Economic Development and the States¹ Career Clusters Initiative (File creation date 9/17/2003)
See attached pdf or download:

Excerpt (highlights added):

Rationale: The National Governors Association (NGA) and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) are two organizations representing all states. Based on the NGA¹s recommendations in ³A Governor¹s Guide to Cluster-Based Economic Development² and the goals of the State Directors¹ Career Clusters Initiative, there are some valuable linkages between the two that could be mutually beneficial. The education and training goals of the States¹ Career Clusters Initiative align with the workforce development recommendations of the Cluster-Based Economic Development Model. The content (knowledge and skills) identified in the States¹ Career Clusters Initiative is an excellent tool for meeting the recommendations in the Governor¹s Guide for contextualized instruction . . . .

Decipher the jargon with this dictionary from the The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education:

Download pdf:


Basic Skills: Basic academic and tutorial services designed to increase literacy levels, upgrade literacy, and improve listening and speaking skills. Also referred to as Pre-CareerTech skills.

Career Cluster: Occupations that are grouped together by common job duties and characteristics.

Career Counseling: Communication that takes place between counseling professionals and their clients concerning issues of preference, competency, achievement, self-esteem, and the array of factors that facilitate or inhibit personal planning.

Career Development: A lifelong process involving the development of work values, establishment of a career identity, learning about opportunities, and trying out plans. The process is designed to help individuals understand their relationship to the world of work. Career development is generally accepted as including a person¹s total lifestyle ‹ occupations, education, social responsibility, family life, leisure activities, etc.

Career Portfolio: A lifelong, student-managed collection of achievements that show progress toward career goals.

Career Practicum: A career practicum is a planned program of work-site learning experiences relevant to a student¹s chosen career major or plan of study. A career practicum is coordinated with the student¹s academic or school-based preparation.

Core Content: A set of competencies common to the occupations within a career cluster.

Idaho, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio, and Virgina were involved in the Next Generation of Workforce Policy Academy -- "a two year, intensive technical assistance effort to six states in developing and testing new policies to address the challenges of a global, knowledge-based economy." (Note: global economy = planned economy)

National Governors Association Center for Best Practices
The Next Generation of Workforce Development Project:
A Six-State Policy Academy to Enhance Connections Between
Workforce and Economic Development Policy
Final Project Report | December 2004
Report to: U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Excerpt from p. 7:

Cluster-Based Economic Development Project
Underwritten by the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Ford Foundation, the economic development project was a yearlong effort to assist governors in developing strategies for a global economy. This project focused on building cluster-based economic development strategies, maximizing public leadership in promoting international trade, and strengthening science and technology capacity in states. . . .

Workforce and education restructuring activity taking place nationwide:

National Association of State Workforce Board Chairs
Annual Meeting
August 21-24, 2005 | The Benson, Portland, Oregon

Excerpt p. 4:

Washington Update
Dr. Susan Sclafani, Assistant Secretary Office of Vocational and Adult Education, USDOE
Before announcing her official resignation to OVAE, Dr. Sclafani reviewed the key priorities in the Department of Education around the K-12 and community college continuum. This included:

Selling the value of the work-readiness certificate in a way that assures the K-12 system that it is not meant to replace a high school diploma.

Continuing communication with the community college system is critical so that they collaborate on common philosophies, not just common funding. This includes providing an understanding of the importance of LMI as an on-going driver and feeder of their activities, and a way to ensure sustainable funding.

Data warehousing, such as Florida¹s model that has the potential to connect students from pre-k to graduate school, should be pushed in all states. This should be combined with OVAE¹s efforts to require testing at the 9 th grade level so that individual progress can be accurately measured through high school.

Strengthening the use of and access to up-to-date technology.  . . .

Excerpt p. 6-7:

Staff Directors¹ Meeting - Round Robin Updates on Activities and Challenges

is seeing success from a colloboration project that brought in local and stakeholder involvement in their 2-year plan. The plan is now being used as an implementation tool that frames outcomes and committees around each priority area.

Idaho re-designated into a single-state region and is looking at restructuring the state Board to fill gaps left by the change.

Oklahoma is seriously looking at aligning workforce and economic development activities; re-organizing around industry clusters; initiating skills panels; conducting a conference for all LWIB members; organizing a Workforce Development Initiative Conference for local elected officials and state K-20 leadership; and starting Work Keys pilots, using ACT.
Comment: Illinois started Work Keys pilots a few years ago and is abandoning the effort due to unsatisfied LWA¹s. They were approached by Profiles International to start a new program but turned them away. Louisana has been very successful with their pilots, and the programs are now statewide. Programs were originally rolled out via TANF in literacy labs in communicty and technical colleges, then to 1-stops, adult education, and high schools. Business has been receptive and the Chambers have acted as an intermediary. Louisiana went with ACT because they are well-known to college systems. Tennessee is searching for an alternative to Work Keys and will seek competitive bids. They cannot justify sole source contracting with ACT.

Missouri is working on restructuring their system to be more WIA-focused. Missouri¹s board was one of the few grand-fathered under JTPA.

Virginia received an economic development waiver from DOL that only prohibits spending on construction. This allows us to truly collaborate with economic development in ways that improve human capital. This includes a requirement that all 1-stops have at least 1 industry-specific certification staff member. Viriginia adopted the IPI measures and is really excited about them. This Association must develop common agreement on IPI in order to push DOL further.

North Dakota is focusing on the aging workforce and youth retention, as well as specific industry shortages in energy, exploration, manufacturing and healthcare. Also following IPI progress as ND has spent a lot of time coordinating cross-system measures.

Vermont is collaborating with the National Science Foundation for a $600,000 web design curriculum grant at technical colleges. NSF provides all operating costs and do not require performance measurements. Micro-technology curriculum is next on the agenda. VT also created a marketing document/power point to recruit more businesses to the workforce agenda.

New Hampshire is a single-designation state board and a 501-C-3, and as such experiences a constant fear of being ³the next meal² for bigger entities like Employment Services. NH is focusing on incumbent worker training, specifically honing in on what is should look like within the workforce development system.

New Mexico merged their economic security and economic development departments a year ago. The new department is holding a joint development conference with the state board. Collaboration around industry-customized post-secondary education among employer service specialists and customized training representatives are creating a buzz in the business community. The Board is sponsoring the state fair along with the NM Manufacturing Association in order to market mechanical and engineering career pathways.

Arizona is framing a statewide vision that includes the 15 LWB¹s, 19 tribal nations, and private sector partners. The Governor just created a P-20 Council. The state Board is designating committees, previously non-existent, including a marketing/branding committee.

Utah¹s new Governor moved economic development into his office and hired new staff. Workforce created a slide show that outlines how the system compliments the Governor¹s 10 economic development goals. UT will hold a conference in October bringing together education, post-secondary education, and workforce parners.

Iowa is focusing on high school reform as a result of NGA¹s initiative; statewide survey of over 10,000 businesses is in process; 4 ³New Iowan² centers offer newcomers to the state resources in housing, jobs, schools, business start-ups, and health; and industry clusters are marketed on public television.

Florida¹s Board financially controls TANF and WIA, which has ensured these partners at every board meeting. The shared development of a bio-science curriculum is in process.

Georgia¹s Commission for a New Georgia designated issue-specific task forces, each with businesses involved. The Workforce task force recommended 501-C-3 status. Incumbent worker pilots are in process, and the Georgia Works program funds on-the-job training for UI recipients for 24 hours a week for 8 weeks at no cost to businesses. ES offices were re-vamped into career centers including color coding and kiddy corners. Local areas can receive grants for long-range comprehensive plans to partner with business. Three local areas per year are given awards for success in youth work, collaboration, and outstanding individual employees.

Montana is waiting on the designation of their state board; wants to expand their number of 1-stops; will pursue IPI measures; and is linking education with healthcare apprenticeships.

Pennsylvania¹s state budget passed 90% of their requests, including funding local industry partnerships in the state¹s 9 priority industry clusters. Training will go to a group of employers as opposed to an individual employer. $23 million was added to community colleges; $10 million to adults over age 25 who do not qualify for Stafford loans; and up to $50,000 a year in loan forgiveness to nurses who commit to 4 years of teaching. Ten standards have been developed for all local boards, including compliance incentive funds. A Commission on College and Career Success was created to identify what students who did not get what they needed in high school need to succeed.

Kentucky is settling into a new governor, a new board, and a new chair. A major coal-mining training initiative started as a partnership with business and local boards. This was the first year for a ³Best Places to Work in Kentucky² report, which businesses like as an unbiased self-assessment.

Colorado is celebrating Workforce Development month in September with projects and events like business symposiums, and sponsorship from NBC and Jefferson Radio Company. CO set up a state-of-the-art nursing simulation center in partnership with community colleges, hospitals, and univerisities.

Wyoming is focusing on strengthened youth career guidance in the k-12 system; Work Keys pilots; and more businesss-responsive community college training. WY is also updating their Job Network system to capture more meaningful information from business clients and job seekers.

Missisippi also is adjusting to a new Governor and new board. The state WIA plan was written entirely via on-line meetings, which was highly efficient. MS has two priorities: accountability and business involvement in workforce training - recieving $20 million for 5 years.

Illinois is working with the first Democratic governor in 20 years. Virtual one-stops for busiensses are being installed, To address critical healthcare skills needs, the 26 local areas were put into 5 regions, each of which received a grant to implement a plan.

Louisiana¹s Board has authority over Title I, II, III, and IV, and is divided into 3 taskforces including adult learning, high school re-design, and workforce competitiveness. $6 million has been designated to meeting the healthcare shortage, and $50 million goes to incumbent worker training. An ³enterprise² team representing the multiple agency partners meets twice a month. The Louisiana Interagency Performance Integration Data System (LIPIDS) brings DOL together with the community and technical college system, and uses social security numbers as common identifiers.

Oregon is also working on the IPI initiative and is looking to expand to the K-20 systems. With the help of a consultant, the comliance plan will be widened and deepened.

Michigan underwent a major re-structuring that combined departments and re-constituted the board, now up to 75 members and 7 committees. The new Opportunities Partnership plans to put 30,000 to work this year, and 40,000 next year. An employer pledge drive to advance low-wage workers, partly funded by the Joyce Foundation, will use consultants to create opportunties for careers, not just jobs, including entrepreneurship programs.