I attended Governor Daugaard's budget presentation this morning in Mitchell. His goal was to promote two initiatives. One was a Workfarce Initiative and the other was in education, as the Secretary of Education was present. He actually admitted that the two were to be connected at the hip.
He started out with the South Dakota Workforce Initiative, Not sure how you get the "WINS" Initiative out of that, but he mentioned the importance of South Dakota being a part of a "global high-tech economy". The WINS web site also mentions that goal:
That's why we've launched South Dakota Wins, a workforce development program that brings together government, education and business leaders to capitalize on South Dakota's tremendous potential. The components of this program will help South Dakota develop and attract a stronger, more educated workforce, positioning us well to compete in an ever changing a dynamic global economy.
Clearly this is the "Planned Global Economy" of the New World Order as stated here. And also note the combination of "government, education and business leaders". Education is now about providing human resources to the monopoly capitalists. And for those of us who are critical thinkers, we know that planned economies are not the most efficient, and they lead us to a tyrannical situation. Daugaard proved it with statistics. From 1971 to 2011, the numbers of students in K-12 decreased 28.5% as the number of teachers increased 10%, while support and administrative headcount jumped 65%. The result has been the doubling of the cost of per student while academic results remained flat.
So he made the argument that it would be foolish to put more money into a system that does not provide results. Unfortunately, his "change of focus" actually means doing more of the same that caused the problems in the first place. He correctly stated that the key was effective teachers (versus added a bunch of mediocre teachers as we have done). What he proposed next has already been underway, and that was establishing standards with recently adopted Common Core Standards as the criteria for tests that are to be used three times a year. Based on those results, the top 20% of teachers will received a $5,000 bonus. This is promoted as merit pay, but I see it more as a pay-off to the teacher's unions to get their support to force international standards down our throats. He will probably drop the threat of removing tenure to pull a Hegelian dialectic based compromise.
A three year implementation plan consists of a $8.4 million in training teachers on Common Core Standards, and then $15 million more to put together the testing programs over the text two years to make sure the standards our being indoctrinated. The talk during last year's South Dakota Board of Education's approval of CCS was this:
South Dakota is part of a multi-state consortium pursuing a common assessment. By pooling resources, states are expected to save on their annual assessment costs.
“The Core Content Standards may also alleviate some of the expense that states are dealing with at this time in developing achievement test that meet individual state standards,” said Frederick. “By sharing core content standards states will be able to utilize the same achievement exams.”
Now we know the cost savings was not true. The Governor is now proposing more of what caused the the administrative and support costs to jump 65% from 1971 to now.
He tried to deny that these were national standards but agreed that the tests were to be national. He is partly right in saying that these are not national standards, they are actually international has clearly stated on the CCS web site:
The present work, led by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association (NGA), builds on the foundation laid by states in their decades-long work on crafting high-quality education standards. The Standards also draw on the most important international models as well as research and input from numerous sources, including state departments of education, scholars, assessment developers, professional organizations, educators from kindergarten through college, and parents, students, and other members of the public. In their design and content, refined through successive drafts and numerous rounds of feedback, the Standards represent a synthesis of the best elements of standards-related work to date and an important advance over that previous work.
As specified by CCSSO and NGA, the Standards are (1) research and evidence based, (2) aligned with college and work expectations, (3) rigorous, and (4) internationally benchmarked.
So what the governor is doing is simply "enhancing" the system that has been in development over the decades by the international monopoly capitalists, not changing the current system as he claims. Our national, state, and local standards are now based on an internationally planned education system to provide human resources for the "Planned Global Economy". And he is getting his marching orders from the National Governors Association, as the legislators are getting their marching orders from the Council of State Governments. This looks all too much like a march toward the New World Order or the Beast of Revelation.