Brave New Schools, Chapter 2: The International Agenda
Brave New Schools, Chapter 2: The International Agenda “[A] major goal…should be… to organize a worldwide education program… In the process, we should actively search for ways to promote a new way of thinking about the current relationship between human civilization and the earth. While Gary Nash and his panel of historians were rewriting American history, others were gathering worldwide support for an international education system. “[I]ncreasing numbers of educators, particularly those in leadership roles, have moved toward cross-national educational concerns,” wrote Professor John I. Goodlad in Schooling for a Global Age, funded by powerful globalist foundations such as the Danforth and Rockefeller Foundations as well as the U.S. Department of Education. Education Week explained: “Cawelti’s world-core curriculum would be based… on proposals put forth by Robert Muller, assistant secretary-general of the United Nations, in his recent book New Genesis: Shaping a Global Spirituality.” I silently thanked God for His spiritual protection as I flipped through the pages of the first one, Education in the New Age. The first announced that The Robert Muller School “Is a participating institution in the UNESCO Associated Schools Project in Education for International Co-operation and Peace.” The other confirmed its accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. “The ecumenical teachings of the Christ – peace, justice, love, compassion, kindness, human brotherhood… must also find their way in world-wide global education. We must give the newcomers into the ceaseless renewed stream of human life the right education about their planetary home, about their human family, about their past, present and future, about their place in the universe and in time, so that they can flower to their utmost beauty – physically, mentally and spiritually – and become joyful and grateful members of the universe or kingdom of God.”. Muller’s vision can be seen at a glance in two diagrams for “Defining World Class Education” designed by the Iowa Department of Education. “We need a new world education. Global education, namely the education of the children into our global home and into the human family, is making good progress. But we have to go beyond. We need the cosmic education foreseen by the religions and by people like Maria Montessori. We need a holistic education, teaching the holism of the universe and of the planet….”. Their founder, Rudolf Steiner, shared Alice Bailey’s occult roots in Theosophy, but broke away to start his own cult, Anthroposophy, which he described as “Knowledge produced by the higher self in man.” Like the Robert Muller schools, Waldorf schools offer holistic education and have long used the strategies now implemented in all states through Mastery Learning: whole language instead of phonics, stories and “Literature” instead of factual history, and a strong emphasis on myth, imagination, guided imagery, art, creativity, movement, and spiritual oneness with nature. In his acceptance speech, Muller shared his vision of the new world education program. To bridge the gap between domestic and international education, educators and politicians formed a U.S. branch of the WCEFA. Called the United States Coalition for Education for All (USCEFA), it first met in Virginia in 1991 with Barbara Bush as its Honorary Chairwoman.
Many educational reform donors seem intrigued by the nomination of Betsy DeVos as education secretary, as it seems likely she will try to create new growth opportunities for the charter schools so popular with philanthrocapitalists. In so far as the new administration wants to make government perform better, rather than just shrink it, pay for success bonds have won bipartisan support in Congress, and perhaps could be expanded fast. The good news is that lately a few more enlightened business leaders have joined Paul Polman, the CEO of Unilever, in making a public stand for building a more inclusive and sustainable society. The birth of the resistance movement Surprised and depressed by the success of Trump and fearful that he will tear down much of what they hold dear, many American philanthrocapitalists are likely to throw money at efforts to fight ignorant populism and combat the worst instincts of the new administration and a Republican Congress out of touch enough to try to undermine its own ethics watchdog on the first day of its new term. It’s the climate, stupid The top priority for the new resistance movement is likely to be stopping the Trump administration destroying what had been an increasingly concerted global effort to combat climate change. Fighting fake news There will be a vigorous philanthrocapitalistic effort to fight the plague of “Fake news” that has been credited in part for Trump’s win. One leader of this campaign will be one of the fake news movement’s most prominent targets: as well as launching the Barack and Michelle Obama Foundation, Trump’s predecessor in the White House is said to be mulling creating some sort of media-focused entity committed to restoring integrity to news. Uncharitable deductions Now he is getting out of the charity business, and given what he will regard as an obvious bias of philanthropic organisations against him, what could be more tempting for the new President than to demonstrate his egalitarian tax-cutting credentials by getting Congress to abolish the tax deduction for charitable donations? The appointment of former Gates Foundation executive and head of USAID, Raj Shah, as its new head encourages the hope that Rockefeller Foundation will continue to build on its historic commitment to doing good globally. Machine learning for good As the hype grows around the disruptive potential of Artificial Intelligence, the doom-mongers predicting robots taking all the jobs and complaining about the pernicious role of unethical algorithms in everything from news consumption to law enforcement will be joined by philanthrocapitalists who see the possibilities of using AI to do good. How could it continue once Hillary Clinton was elected President? As a result, a lively contest has kicked off to fill the vacuum for a private-sector-led philanthrocapitalist shindig in New York during UN General Assembly week in September. Now they will not be returning to the White House, why shouldn’t Bill, Hillary and Chelsea put the band back together? Meanwhile, though he remains unpopular at home, Tony Blair still sees an opportunity for himself to lead the global fightback against nasty, nationalistic populism: watch out for efforts to launch a new “Blair Initiative” to revive the evidence-based political centre.