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RMT Sunday: Mixed messages

I have a question for you. Have you heard of the new book “A is for Zebra?” I got a bit of a look at the book thanks to a Twitter post from “Wired”. Here’s a screen shot I took, please click on it to enlarge it so you can get the gist of what today’s post will be about:

"Be careful little eyes, what you see."
“Be careful little eyes, what you see.”

Who wrote the book:

The book is designed by Sean Tejaratchi and published by Chloe Eudaly. If you haven’t heard of these two, that’s okay. Mr. Tejaratchi is from CA. His work is noted by Rolling Stone magazine, Vice website. Not usually where we find children’s illustrators, but, hey it’s a free country. When I searched the internet to learn more about him, his work, most of what I saw would certainly be considered for adults only. While part of me hopes his illustrations in this new kids book is a new turn in his career, another part of me is curious as to how and why some of the illustrations got the approval for a kids book in the first place. My search revealed his latest Twitter post, his handle is something I will not share. The post?  Not the message I would want my kids to get.

As far as Chloe Eudaly, while also a noted art person, she is co-founder of the Independent Publishing Resource Center. The IPRC has ties to foundations like the National Endowment of the Arts, which just this past summer released the CCSS aligned national art standards.

The two are friends, and it appears, this book is not their first joint project. However, it is worth delving into for several reasons. In our modern educational landscape what is being created, offered, and sold has to be carefully considered. We parents, educators, and concerned citizens are looking not so much at what’s said or pictured, but what is suggested, what’s NOT being said. For example, the picture above shows a pair of men fighting. Is this really what we want our kids to associate the letter ‘f’ with? Another picture in the “Wired” story, showed the letter “u”. A lady washing her hands, looking anxious is the represent OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). Again, at the tender ages, these kids will be looking at these books..is this really the message we want to send?

What we see matters:

Researched as long ago as the 1800s, scientists have found what we see matters, especially if we see it over and over and over again. Take for example, what “Psych Central Encyclopedia” says, “Mere Exposure Effect”, A psychological phenomenon whereby people feel a preference for people or things simply because they are familiar. Also known as the exposure effect and the familiarity principle.” While this writer, Josh Kennon is using the effect for a lesson in finances, I really like the way he explains ‘mere exposure’: “The mere exposure effect, also known as the familiarity principle, describes a phenomenon that causes humans to rate or feel positively about things to which they are frequently and consistently exposed, including other people.  All else equal, you will buy products, invest in stocks, frequent establishments, and engage in behaviors that are familiar to you based on past exposure.  This can lead to suboptimal decisions and results and has no basis in rationality.  It can also pin you in to situations that repeat past outcomes, which may not be desirable.” Using his explanation, think about this from a small child’s view of the same material over and over. Seen enough times, they’ll connect the image and message. Now, go back and look at the picture, is it wise to suggest ‘f’ is for fighting, fear, and fists?  I know if you read the “Wired” article, you’ll see the book serves both kids and their parents. Parents appreciate kids books that aren’t dull. Maybe I’m too old fashioned, but I think an ABC book doesn’t need updating to include modern images. There are plenty of modern things to look every day. Why not keep ABC simple? ABC books, after all, should be more about the fun that OCD descriptive pictures.

Here’s a You Tube video about mere exposure effect, try the tasks for yourselves:

So, how did you do? I did okay on the tasks. My point, put this in the context of “A is for Zebra”. Want to see more of the book? Want to find out more about the pair of artists and their views on the book? Here’s a quote from the publisher, Eudaly, “I’m a pretty permissive parent when it comes to what my kid is interested in.” “I appreciate subversive content in kid’s book, but as a bookseller I err on the side of caution when it comes to what I expose other people’s kids too.”  Here’s an excerpt that describes a few more items, ‘hypodermic needles used by IV drug users and people with diabetes alike, stayed in, as did ashtrays.’  The illustrator of the book said this, “It’s a big, scary world out there, but I think children can handle complex ideas, including smoking or hypodermic needles,” he says. “And acknowledging a thing’s existence is not the same as endorsing it.”

Here’s what I spied with my little eyes:
“A” has alcohol bottle, “B” has brass knuckles, “C” has handcuffs, “D” has pills (drugs), “E” features an electric chair, “F” we’ve seen. “G” gives you a gas mask, “H” shows a two headed person, “I” displays the crescent moon and star symbol found on the Islamic flag, “J” has a judge who looks positively mean, “K” has a very scary looking man with 2 horns and a pointed tongue, “L” displays a cigarette lighter, “M” has a large Medusa (sorry, I think snakes coming out of a woman’s head is scary for any little person), “N” stands for a nuclear cloud and a vintage nightie worn by a lady, “O”, was featured earlier, “P” shows you a prisoner, “Q” has a couple quarreling, “R” stands for revolver, “S”shows soldiers, sailors, and skeletons, “T” shows two men where one is being threatened, while a bit to your right a couple is toasting martinis, “U” has a man using a urinal in a bathroom, “V” has among its images two men, where one is violently hitting the other over the head, “W” shows wrestling, “X” has several exacto knife blades, “Y” shows a boy yelling. After this there’s an ampersand picture where you’ll see beer and wine, cop and robber, sickle and hammer (found on the old USSR flag). Finally, “Z”, gives you an illustrated version of a Christian zealot (something about Jesus and the serpent) and a very detailed zodiac. I will share with you that the drawings are good, the illustrator didn’t show homosexuality either..at least that I could see. However, I think the whole idea is better suited for adults, not kids, especially when so many mere exposure effects are gathered and on display.

IF you’d like to see these for yourselves as well as the other symbols being used to teach our kids their letters, http://readingfrenzy.com/shoppe/art_prints__posters/

You can click on each poster to enlarge it to see the images. The site does feature a disclaimer that some images may be considered offensive. How sad, that an ABC book has to have a disclaimer for offensive materials. So, as I leave you today, what are we aligning our children’s books with? An agenda? A message?

Would You Believe It? Evil Hath No Place in Education

Wednesdays mean some pretty far out there stuff when it comes to Common Core Standards and the things connected to it. We know the CC Standards  are so low they violate the U.S. Constitution (see my Welcome/Introduction post). However, would you believe they literally sink to the depths of Hell, itself? This information was passed on to me by a fellow CCSS warrior. It’s time we talk about this. I feel I must warn you, this post will involve spiritual material. If you are a follower of Christ, this may be uncomfortable. If you are not following Christ, this information is, in no way, judgmental. I present all this as evidence of how Common Core Standards are NOT about your child’s education or their aspirations of what they want out of life.

Gates Foundation, UNESCO and Common Core:
In a previous post, I shared with you Berit Kjos’ link where she was able to create a timeline of dates and CCSS. She revealed in 2004, Bill Gates signed an agreement with the UNESCO (part of the United Nations, or UN) to create a master curriculum. Here’s the excerpt again:

“UNESCO has found a sugar daddy. On November 17, 2004 at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris, UNESCO signed a 26-page “Cooperation Agreement” with Microsoft Corporation to develop a “master curriculum (Syllabus)” for teacher training in information technologies based on standards, guidelines, benchmarks, and assessment techniques. The Agreement states that . . . “UNESCO will explore how to facilitate content development.” Following the signing of the Agreement, UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura explained it in a speech. One of its goals, he said, is “fostering web-based communities of practice including content development and worldwide curricula reflecting UNESCO values.” No doubt that is agreeable to Bill Gates because the Agreement states that “Microsoft supports the objectives of UNESCO as stipulated in UNESCO’s Constitution.” A bit further on in her article, the true ‘core’ was revealed:

  • Environmental education will be incorporated in formal education.
  • Any value or attitude held by anyone globally that stands independent to that of the United Nations’ definition of “sustainable education” must change. Current attitudes are unacceptable.
  • Education will be belief-and-spirituality based as defined by the global collective.
  • Environmental education will be integrated into every subject, not just science

The UNESCO Constitution’s take on education: “For these reasons, the States Parties to this Constitution, believing in full and equal opportunities for education for all, in the unrestricted pursuit of objective truth, and in the free exchange of ideas and knowledge, are agreed and determined to develop and to increase the means of communication between their peoples and to employ these means for the purposes of mutual understanding and a truer and more perfect knowledge of each other’s lives; In consequence whereof they do hereby create the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization for the purpose of advancing, through the educational and scientific and cultural relations of the peoples of the world, the objectives of international peace and of the common welfare of mankind for which the United Nations Organization was established and which its Charter proclaims.” (source: 

http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=15244&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html)

As far as Gates’ ties to Common Core, those are documented extremely well.

Now, Groups Behind the Curriculum:

Lucis Trust..have you heard of this group? If you’re like me, the answer’s ‘no’. However, we should know this group. The organization has been around, in the USA, since 1922. Also connected: Arcane School, Lucis Publishing Companies, Lucis Productions, and more (see: http://www.lucistrust.org/en/about_us/lucis_trust) According to their website: “It is a non-profit world service organization receiving and using monies to promote activities concerned with the establishment of right human relations and world cooperation and sharing.” Now, so far, not so bad, but hang on….UNESCO enters the ‘picture’ via ” World Goodwill” Here’s what WG’s up to:

  1. “The distribution of literature all over the world in many languages.
  2. The publication of the World Goodwill Newsletter and Commentary.
  3. The provision of a study course on the fundamental problems of humanity.
  4. Cooperation with the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies.
  5. World Service Forums.

World Goodwill is recognized by the Office of Public Information at the United Nations as a Non-Governmental Organization. It is represented at regular briefing sessions at the United Nations in New York and Geneva. The work is financed by voluntary donations from those men and women of goodwill concerned to maintain and expand this world service to humanity.”

Lucis Trust is also a Roster Member of UN’s Economic & Social Council. What’s this mean? It means Lucis Trust is an advisor or consultant to the UN’s Economic & Social Council. Okay, you say, I still don’t see what’s bad about this, much less ‘evil’. In fact, while digging through their website, God, Christ and a Coming are talked about! However, so are many other spiritual ideas. But, let’s review what we already know before we get to ‘out there’:

Gates/UNESCO agreement = master curriculum with an agenda

Gates/CCSS = educational takeover

UNESCO/Lucis Trust partnership = World Goodwill

Not so far removed from what we hear in the USA.
Not so far removed from what we hear in the USA.

World Goodwill’s (began back in the 1930s) education plan for all of us: “Leading educational thinkers and organisations today, including UNESCO at the world level, are increasingly emphasizing the moral, ethical and spiritual objectives and needs of the educational process. It is, therefore, apparent that behind all the surface turmoil and chaos present today in the consciousness of humanity human beings are beginning to blend in themselves three states of consciousness: that of the individual, of the citizen, and of the idealist. Humanity’s sense of world awareness is definitely growing.” (want the rest of the ‘education’ plan, see:

 (http://www.lucistrust.org/en/service_activities/world_goodwill/key_concepts/education_in_the_new_age)

Lucis Publishing’s  background: (based on several different websites & their reports) During its first year of existence, the name wasn’t Lucis, but ‘Lucifer’ (as in the God created angel who would go on to be kicked out of Heaven and became known in the Holy Bible as the Devil) Established by Alice Bailey in 1922, the Lucifer Publishing Company changed its name shortly thereafter for obvious reasons. Based at 120 Wall Street, the “Lucis Trust” is a vital part of the satanic cult that controls the Western world. It started the New Age Movement to deviously induct society into the Luciferian mindset.  Mrs. Bailey was a Theosophy (a forerunner to Nazi ideology according to the 1983 book “The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow: The New Age Movement and the Coming Age of Barbarism”) If you look up ‘theosophy’ you’ll find it is in no way honoring God, Christ, or pointing you to the Second Coming of Christ.

Tied in to Lucis is New Group of World Servers, who’s tag line is: “For the Benefit of All” , their publication states ‘collective work’, ‘build a new world’, ‘essential Oneness’, and the common goal is “Common Good”.

http://www.conspiracyarchive.com/NewAge/windsor.htm (this link ties the Windsor Bank to Lucis Trust, among others for the purpose an aligned New Group of World Servers) This sister page connects Lucis & New Group:

 http://www.conspiracyarchive.com/NewAge/Lucis_Trust.htm

http://www.christianvoice.org.uk/index.php/bill-gates-and-the-lucis-trust/ (This UK article connects the Gates to Lucis Trust. I did find one broken link and that is the one where Gates’ financial information has been removed)

So let’s add to our review:  

Lucis Trust, Publishing/Gates/Windsor Bank,host of others = New Group of World Servers/World Goodwill/UN/UNESCO

The Curriculum:

There is much more to the root of Common Core in America. Some of my searching suggested reading former Asst. Secretary General of the UN Leader, Robert Muller’s work, especially his essays on education. However, the harder I dug, the less about education this became and the more about controlling people it became. What this means, is it quickly led me to websites I have no clue of their validity. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am reasonably sure the roots of CCSS go much deeper than even my five years of research have taken me, however, I cannot, or better yet, will not lead you to things I cannot verify very well. There’s too much misinformation and our fight is too precious. All that to say that we should keep all this in mind.

Related: Video of Mr. Muller’s World Core Curriculum/education: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lqhf-BeADT4

Video of Alice Bailey, whose beliefs are the basis of the World Core Curriculum: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDlDdIFgv4w

See the connections? If so, share this!
See the connections? If so, share this!
The web is woven with the same strands.
The web is woven with the same strands.

Final Review:

Take Muller’s World Core Curriculum based on Bailey’s work, add Gates money and you get our American version of global education called “Common Core State Standards”, pushed through to our students via public private partnerships that side stepped due process in how America establishes statutes, laws, and legislation. Then, add in a US Dept. of Education ‘hell bent’ on an agenda that it perceives it has the right to propagate to the rest of the nation. On the way to the states of the US, you pitch a line or two to corporate America and they jump in whole-heartedly, never stopping to consider the deal with the devil they just made at the cost of our student’s lives, hearts and desires. So, if you follow the Good Lord above or not, what is going on in education is WRONG on so many levels. Get involved in helping correct this. IF you are in an active church, share this news with those in your houses of worship. Contact local leaders, state level leaders. Before you leave this post, go back and look at the parameters for the master curriculum Gates/UNESCO agreed to. What do you notice?