A Nation At Risk: Imperative to Halt Reform
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In 1981, Secretary of Education, T.H. Bell commissioned a study of our nation’s education system.  The charter of the National Commission on Excellence was to assess the quality of our system and to make recommendations for improvement.  What Bell really wanted was a statistical system to be used for comparative analysis between schools that excelled and schools that were failing. 


In 1983, the Commission produced a report titled, “A Nation At Risk: The Imperative For Education Reform”.   This report shocked the nation into thinking that our system was failing and that it must be ‘reformed’ and we’ve been ‘reforming’ ever since.  The reforms have been a step-by-step process of building a supply chain management and control system for 'human resources'.  The final interlocking piece of this package of reforms was proposed in Congress as H.R. 3333 by Representative Tom Tancredo (R-CO) under the unlikely title, “Real Guest Act of 2005”, S. 1033 by McCain-Kennedy titled "Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act; and Cornyn-Kyl S 1438 titled Comprehensive Enforcement and Immigration Act of 2005.  Regardless of the other provisions in these bills, the 'America's Job Bank' will function the same way.  


The purpose of this analysis is to once again sound the alarm.  We are “A Nation At Risk’ and we must halt 'reforms' because they are 'reforming' right into a system of totalitarian control - fascist-communist control.  What began as a federal system of statistics for analyzing the differences between schools has morphed into a monster system of control that would make Marx, Engles and J.Edgar Hoover proud.  It would make FBI files unnecessary - the government system of “Human Resource Management” would have everything about a ‘human resource” that anybody would ever want to know - and it would be available to anybody the government decides has a 'need to know' - which includes prospective employers.     


 The impetus for sounding the alarm is that Tancredo’s bill contains language to create a national jobs data bank, “America’s Job Bank”.  This system will ‘match willing employers with willing workers” giving the Secretary of Labor the power to control the inflow of ‘guest workers’ - balancing them with the domestic supply of labor.    This legislation also gives the Secretary of Labor the authority to determine the necessity for foreign labor based on wage rates for a particular job skill.   In other words, it gives the Secretary of Labor the power to control supply and demand - including the price of labor - over the entire U.S. Labor Market.    Let me repeat, It gives the Secretary of Labor the power to control supply and demand - including the price of labor - over the entire U.S. Labor Market.   Let that sink in. 


So what does government control of the labor market - hence the economy - have to do with education reform?  To understand the linkage, one must go back to the report, “A Nation At Risk” and follow the ‘reform’ steps forward as they lead us right into a communist model of control over the CITIZENS of this nation.   


 The following are excerpts from the 1983, Nation At Risk report. 

The search for solutions to our educational problems must also include a commitment to life-long learning. The task of rebuilding our system of learning is enormous and must be properly understood and taken seriously: Although a million and a half new workers enter the economy each year from our schools and colleges, the adults working today will still make up about 75 percent of the workforce in the year 2000. These workers, and new entrants into the workforce, will need further education and retraining if they--and we as a Nation--are to thrive and prosper.

In a world of ever-accelerating competition and change in the conditions of the workplace, of ever-greater danger, and of ever-larger opportunities for those prepared to meet them, educational reform should focus on the goal of creating a Learning Society. At the heart of such a society is the commitment to a set of values and to a system of education that affords all members the opportunity to stretch their minds to full capacity, from early childhood through adulthood, learning more as the world itself changes.


The biggest irony of all -


If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war. As it stands, we have allowed this to happen to ourselves. We have even squandered the gains in student achievement made in the wake of the Sputnik challenge. Moreover, we have dismantled essential support systems which helped make those gains possible. We have, in effect, been committing an act of unthinking, unilateral educational disarmament.


Since the time of the writing of this report, the quality of education has nose-dived.  Therefore, it must be concluded that an unfriendly foreign power has in fact, imposed a mediocre system of education on the American people.  Worse still is that it is a control system to manage our economy though the control of ‘human resources’ or labor.   If people really understood what has been done and why, they would indeed consider it an act of war.  In hindsight, “We have, in effect, been committing an act of unthinking, unilateral educational disarmament” for the last 22 years by supporting and funding 'education reform'.