Tuition-Paid, Taxpayer-Funded, and Faith-Based Schools Unite to Force a Revolution of Being

The phrase “Revolution of Being” showed up recently in an essay from the 70s that then proceeded to lay out the education vision for how to transition to a radically different collectivist society. After realizing the vision fit with the 21st century education reforms we are now dealing with globally under numerous names, I decided to take a long walk to catch my breath. During that escape the term Creatures of the State came to me to describe my frustration that people either living at taxpayer expense or off the proceeds of untaxed foundations or university endowments feel so free to advocate for radical change while they largely get to ignore the likely toxic effects. Roberto Unger from our last post is an example but so are many of the people we are going to talk about today.

And as you will see with my resentment of the use of the phrase “secession of the successful” to describe the suburbs, especially those representing the prosperous northern arc of Atlanta, I am totally losing my patience with being lectured on justice and fairness by Creatures of the State who make their living from advocating for bad ideas. And usually lying about it to prevent taxpayer rage. Creatures of the State have no grounds to lecture the rest of us about our responsibilities as a community or what Equity requires. The phrasing in the title about the nature of the schools working together was in the Thanksgiving letter from the School District Super from one of those greatly resented areas of metro Atlanta. The one with the conversion charter that deceitfully mandates the Revolution of Being view of education on unsuspecting taxpayers. The pithiness of phrasing makes it quite clear the Super is repeating a declared intention that there be No Way Out from the use of ALL schools, every type, to ensure Mindsets Suitable for Radical Social Change.

I grew up outside Atlanta in Marietta and live in what is called the Sandy Springs area now so when the Regional Equity advocates last week cited a 2005 book by Kevin Kruse called White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism in connection with commenting on the move of the Braves baseball team to a new stadium, I got a copy. I am glad I did but I am going to need new walking shoes at this rate if I have to keep reading all these deliberately inflammatory statements. In an effort to attack the very legitimacy of the idea of the suburbs Professor Kruse stated (my bolding in frustration):

“the [black political power/white economic strength] coalition was, for the first time since its founding, no longer confronted with the resistance of reactionary whites. This was not, of course, because such segregationist whites changed their minds; it was because they changed their addresses. In the suburbs surrounding the city–away from Atlanta, away from the biracial coalition, and away from blacks–whites created the Atlanta of which the city’s segregationists long dreamed.”

Now Kruse did later call attention to the fact that much of Atlanta’s growth came from new arrivals, not Dixiecrats fleeing across the Chattahoochee to get better prices on white sheets for hoods, but he went on to taint the arrivals and their views all the same:

“Whether they had been involved in white flight or not, the new arrivals to southern suburbs like those around Atlanta came to understand and accept the politics born out of white flight all the same.”

With that slap in the face, along with stating that “[r]egardless of their origins, those who made homes for themselves in the suburbs generally held a common indifference to the people and problems of the city,” Kruse might as well be putting a large bullseye on those suburbs and their schools. He then took the “secession of the successful” line from Professor Robert Reich before he became Clinton’s Secretary of Labor.

“In 1991 Reich noted that the country’s most affluent were ‘quietly seceding from the large and diverse publics of America into homogeneous enclaves, within which their earnings need not be redistributed to people less fortunate than themselves.'”

Perhaps they moved to get away from the lawful larceny of Creatures of the State Professor Reich and do not particularly care what the color of their neighbor’s skin is. But throwing race into the mix makes one group look like the White Hats and the other Evil. More discreet than simply writing an explicit intro to the US edition of the radical book The Spirit Level laying out the real aims. But then the taxpayers in Cobb or North Fulton would know they are being tainted as uncaring segregationists by virtue of address and nothing else. In his Epilogue, Kruse went on to try to use the paintbrush of racism to taint the

“powerful new political philosophy [that] took hold in these post-secession suburbs. Finally free to pursue a politics that accepted as its normative values an individualistic interpretation of ‘freedom of association,’ a fervent faith in free enterprise, and a fierce hostility to the federal government, a new suburban conservatism took the now familiar themes of isolation, individualism, and privatization to unprecedented levels.”

Now I know this is self-justifying BS but this nonsense is the foundation of way too many graduate sociology or political science or education degrees. Then the credentialed Doctors living as Creatures of the State feel entitled to lie to taxpayers and force atrocious policies on suburban schools (public, private, or sectarian as the title affirms) and neighborhoods. It’s the Mindset of the Metro Atlanta Equity Atlas released Tuesday, November 19. I was there and the rage for seeking Social Justice and Equity was on full display. Released by the Partnership for Southern Equity with its ties to Emory University and its Center for Community Partnerships, Emory is fulfilling its role as an anchor institution as specifically discussed in the last post and Monday’s Anchor Institution summit at the federal Housing and Urban Administration. As in the day before the MAEA rollout.

If that seems a bit too timely, I can attest that Emory was one of the anchor institutions mentioned in the Good Society series of articles laying out the new social, political, and economic vision we are to be quietly transitioning to. In the name of Equity in fact.  http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com/motto-of-living-well-as-an-individual-is-not-functional-anymore-must-find-ways-to-live-well-together/ is the post where I describe that vision as well as the PolicyLink/Center for American Progress vision of The All-In Nation. PolicyLink turns out to be another sponsor of MAEA. Its head wrote the “Moving From Data to Action” page.

But the original sponsor of the MAEA concept was stated as a NeighborWorks America. So of course I came home and looked it up. http://www.nw.org/network/aboutUs/history/default.asp is the history of this taxpayer funded entity going back decades to the creation of HUD and shift in federal housing policies. Could we make the case that it is entities like NeighborWorks that led to the subprime bond defaults and played a large role in the financial meltdown of 2008? By all means, let’s keep pursuing Equity at all costs and go for broke. Literally between the dollars spent and the minds destroyed.

MAEA has a lot of maps. The speakers want the people who have less to know it and be resentful of the geographic areas that are wealthier or whiter. No one said anything about printing directions to houses but it is almost that bad. Currying a real belief in the fallacy that “some have more because others have less.” Now MAEA mentions a new HUD proposed rule on mapping geographic areas (as MAEA does) on lots of criteria so people will know where they wish to live. Then MAEA calls objections to the rule “a racially-fueled ‘Not in My Backyard Panic'” and goes on to criticize an “editorial in Investor’s Business Daily [that] claimed that this kind of mapping implies that the homeowners are racist if they choose to live in a suburb with little affordable housing.”

MAEA, then showing its own respect for others on issues of race and class, follows that IBD quote with this sentence: “Here, the term ‘affordable’ appears to be code for the presence of Black residents.”

Honestly, what a horrible document and a horrible mentality. With MAEA, Atlanta joined Denver; Portland, Oregon; and Boston as cities with these equity atlases. I doubt they will be the last.

So as we start this holiday week of Thanksgiving let’s once again be grateful we are monitoring this intended Revolution of Being in real time.

In all its manifestations.

We may not like what is being sought but we are unaware no more of these official policies or how they join together.

Again let’s be thankful for that awareness while there is still time for rebuttal.

 

29 thoughts on “Tuition-Paid, Taxpayer-Funded, and Faith-Based Schools Unite to Force a Revolution of Being

  1. Everywhere I see equality and race being the main progressive argument against TEA party white suburban mom’s for opposing the CCSS. They leave out the black urban teachers who are against it. The target on the backs of a suburbia is a necessary tactic along with equality to make the Communist revolution stick. The beauty of America is that all the skin tones have been living in suburbia together as family for a long time and the tactics may be too weak to work at this point.
    David Berlinski wrote a book, the Devil’s Delusion. He describes how sick we all are of the elitist professors.

    • Liz,

      This document tied to the Open Data Institute shows the clear intention to use data to plan cities and entire regional areas in the future. http://www.architecture.com/Files/RIBAHoldings/PolicyAndInternationalRelations/Policy/Designingwithdata/Designingwithdatashapingourfuturecities.pdf

      One way to think of Revolution for Being education is education to be a part of a herd of obedient sheep doing as you are directed. Ready for all that planning. Remember the fallacy that the economy is a fixed sum runs deep with all these planners and poli sci and education doctorates.

      But you really can see Agenda 21 and 21st century learning coming together into a common vision of an organized future.

        • Have you read anything about the SNAP cards now being usable to pay for transit tickets in Chicago? That the open-ended food stamp program is being used to pay for subways and buses?

          I have now purchased another couple of books in that same series as White Flight. All seem interested in misportraying the nature of the suburbs. I anticipate knowing more comparable details about other cities. The City Journal link replying to Sara talks about bailing out Chicago’s out of control pension costs.

          Creatures of the State have no idea where money comes from. They think there is a magic grant machine if you just write a nifty proposal.

          • Chicago knows where the money comes from , Southern IL. Sometimes there are local signs that say “The State of IL still owes x dollars to St Clair County” as an example. The pention issue will collapse the state. Please do not bail out IL. I have many stories but can’t comment on them all. Let me say that one man has been running the state for fourty years …a local rep who has been a strong Christian soldier had his office ransacked and burned just days ago. You decide. Welcome to IL, more like Venezuela than you can imagine. I don’t know about the Snap cards but East West Gateway is the oldest planning board in the USA and has control of Southern IL. Fairview Heights is getting A21 stack and pack apts next to the light rail, it’s a done deal.

          • They call that TOD-Transit Oriented Development.

            This mentality that certain areas are to be looted while others are beneficiaries truly is a Banana Republic mentality. A feudal view of people and property.

  2. “But then the taxpayers in Cobb or North Fulton would know they are being tainted as uncaring segregationists by virtue of address and nothing else.”

    Kulaks. Counterrevolutionaries. Enemies of “the people.” Reactionaries. Lepers. Deniers. Them. Jews etc.

    Doomed to repeat history, it seems we are.

  3. I recommend Stanley Kurtz’ book, “Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities.” Kurtz said, in an interview, that Common Core Standards are part of the strategy to take taxes from the suburbs and give them to urban districts. He traces the organizations and people involved in this attack on the suburbs. “Of course, Comrade, why did you choose a bourgeoise lifestyle when you should have chosen to suffer with the masses? That will be ten years in the Gulag.”

    • Sara-the first time I had ever heard of Regional Equity was from reading Kurtz mention that Building One America conference from 2011. His Radical-in-Chief is also a superb intro to what socialism looks like when it hides under other names. I suspect he would recognize what became NeighborWorks as a shakedown entity.

      When I first read it, lights went off. I also discovered that the Environmental Justice push globally was centered at Clark Atlanta U and that ATL was supposed to be the furthest along after Portland and the Twin Cities.

      I also monitor Brookings’ Metropolitanism initiative and Bruce Katz’s work.

      • Yes, I’ve read “Radical-in-Chief.” Kurtz did meticulous research to write that book. It was a real eye-opener. “The Communist” by Paul Kengor is also good. Between the two books I got a really good look at the history of communist strategy in the U.S. That gave me enough background to understand a lot of things happening across the globe.

        • Sara,

          This is propitious timing. http://www.city-journal.org/2013/23_4_snd-bailouts.html

          For so many living inside the city limits is higher taxes, worse services, bad schools, more expensive square foot real estate, and anyone performing that calculus and saying that makes no sense is not a racist. They may just be exercising their Axemaker Mind.

          Kurtz did not really get into these Promise Neighborhoods and Zones but he laid the foundation for appreciating them. But areas of the city where everyone is politically supported while attacking the independent areas that were doing a good job is an excellent way to hobble everything.

          A term widely used in lieu of identifying yourself by the notorious C word became identifying yourself as a World Federalist. I see that quite a bit and mentions of conferences. When I first started to do work in this area and before I understood the dynamics, i kept noticing people who had radical views in education mentioning where they went to “stay safe” during the MCCarthy years.

          When Bela Banathy talks about the antecedents for systems theory, he takes it back to just after the 2nd World War. I can move forward easily from Tucker’s book forward. I think the idea that the West had reached the magic phase of technology and wealth that would make redistribution possible per Marx’s human development theory was more widely believed by influential people than anyone has ever wanted to discuss. But what stunned me when I first encountered it and wrote about it I have now run into more times than I can count. It was an especially common accepted premise in certain departments on certain elite campuses. One book even lays out how they recruit the next generation of leaders. That was from someone who identified himself as a World Federalist and then identified plenty of others as well whose names I recognized.

          I looked at an interesting archive list last week and wondered if there is a field trip in my future.

          • World Federalist, eh? That makes a lot of sense. It seems like the reading is never done.
            Then begins the writing.

  4. “With MAEA, Atlanta joined Denver; Portland, Oregon; and Boston as cities with these equity atlases. I doubt they will be the last.”

    Here in Portland we have a large difference in race population vs. Atlanta, Denver, and Boston. According to a quick search of the areas PDX has the least amount of population of African Americans. Out of the states mentioned PDX is behind Denver in Hispanic population. Given that information what is the goal of PDX being in the equity Atlas?
    Recently in a town that is near my rural area there has been a major conflict with “Metro” wanting to take over the ownership of a town . Metro is involved with the equity atlas project here
    http://clfuture.org/programs/institutionlizing-equity/equity-around-region
    They have 6 six desired outcomes here:
    http://www.oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/by.web/id=33638
    Further searching led me to here

    http://oregonhumanities.org/programs/idea-lab/hear-governor-kitzhaber-and-first-lady-cylvia-hayes-2013-idea-lab-keynote/161/

    This provided some very interesting quotes by our very progressive Governor who has taken over healthcare and education. Indeed it lead to Idea lab, something we have discussed here before.
    I guess my overall question is, if PDX has the lowest population of African American residents, but a 10% higher population of Hispanic residents than others what is the push in PDX? Is it to push our “Green ” movement, the largest in the US further, and the mindset that accompanies such thinking? Or is it simply Agenda 21 at work?
    I think I am missing a connection in this agenda, if you have ideas please share. I am learning daily this new language of words meaning different things, like “Sustainability”, “Deep thinking” and “equity”. Thanks for your insights, keep them coming.

      • This is an important link into the public planning, give regional areas monopolies on needed business so collaborative consumption and democratic forms of ownership can flourish. http://www.governing.com/gov-institute/funkhouser/col-economic-development-incentives-federal-law-washington-state-seattle-boeing.html

        Basically in a needs economy businesses will need to have government protected monopoly or oligopoly positions and they will need to remember it can all be taken away by bureaucratic whim.

        Who knew I would get so much use out of an economic minor in my 50s to go with my gray hair?

      • It is now possible for a nongovernmental agency to invoke Coordination. I know of a group who has done just that very thing. You need to put together a team, preferably of people who are able to read the official documents, which are usually chock full of language meant to obscure. Then you need to have by-laws and then can write a letter invoking Coordination. The main thing is that Coordination is with Federal agencies, not with local or private entities, but that isn’t too difficult with the federal government meddling in everything.

        • Here is a link to a video showing Fred Kelly Grant, the attorney who laid the foundation for using Coordination to take back control.
          I haven’t heard the video, but I have listened to Grant in person, and I have been trained by a man who worked with Grant for years. Grant is from Idaho. The ability of citizen ngo’s to invoke Coordination is a fairly recent development. Grant may be just discussing local government’s right to invoke Coordination. I know of one county in Montana, in which the local government wouldn’t, so a group of interested citizens did. It’s no silver bullet, but it goes a long way toward getting your point of view out there. In my part of the country, we are starting to unite into a coalition. Here’s one of the guys who started it all.

    • LL-I would like for you to read this link. http://www.rsablogs.org.uk/2013/socialbrain/brains-spirituality/

      It is connected to another RSA event yesterday in London. It is basically the mindset Robert Kegan’s stages is targeting. As we now know it reflects what the OECD regards as the key competences PISA is really looking for evidence ed is building.

      Late in it you will see a reference to Lakoff. Much pedagogy taught to teachers now are his views on embodied and situated cognition. Above we find the transition to ecological thinking being pushed. Illustrated as we know by Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Thinking.

      There is a line in there that perfectly illustrates what new values and beliefs can create as you shift what is called the psychomilieu (yes I am still reading in between cooking side dishes) and reality. Psychomilieu and perception guide future behavior and as we now know have been under organized attack since 1962. And now we have the embedded virtual reality of gaming in the classroom and as the assessment.

      “a shared imaginary, a communal set of practices that structure life in powerfully aesthetic terms”–if this is what schools are being pushed to create in the classroom and we also now know that creating learning communities is the new measure of an effective principal per the ASCD, we are setting up this generation to be guided by politically powerful false images that will move them to act predictably to bring about a transformation that benefits the Governors, not the Governed.

      Remember that Moshe Naim phrase from his recent book that I have written about?

      • Thank you Robin, I will read and watch today.
        All of these theories are so convoluted! If I knew enough I could make a very handy flow chart! I am getting better at picking out the language and seeing the intended meanings. It is a stretch for this brain to return to different thinking after years of not exercising it. Thank you for your assistance.
        Just an FYI: If you decided to use social media a new group has come about for mental health professionals. Discussing the ill effects this is having on children. You may find that group very interesting.

        oh, yes, and a fellow admin of a group(reading your book) in Indiana has had a large conflict in his district with a PBIS survey given to students without parental permission on ipads. His local school has been gutted by a new super and a new principal, complete with no text books only digital learning– and we know who does that and what that means!

        Happy Cooking!

        • New Pathologies In Education Enforcement

          There is no doubt that the coerced implementation of common core and its 21st C siblings is a new social phenomenon. Notwithstanding that people can trace other past waves of fads, frills and transformations, this one is infinitely more sophisticated and equally more risky as to outcomes. As with the other fads, it is untested and unproven and being led by zealous supporters.

          Long-range planning, preparation of enforcers and exploitation of some of the most successful methods of public sway are all being carefully employed. Just as PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) is a rather recent category of mental illness, and bullying is starting to gather a field of categories and pathologies by which to be described, I definitely see the common core efforts will be generating unintended consequences that we won’t like.

          I would be very grateful to know more about this new development — “a new group has come about for mental health professionals. Discussing the ill effects this is having on children.”

          Will this be something like — botched implementation of cc syndrome (BICCS) or successful implementation of cc syndrome (SICCS) ? And surely there will be extensions of this knowledge to apply to teachers and parents also suffering unduly from this “transformation”.

          • If you are on FB and wish to see what they are discussing in that group head to “Mental Health Professionals Against the Common Core”

          • LL-I have written a lot about the required psychological emphasis of the Common Core. Both in the book and the particulars on the blog. As you may know I was the first to pick up on PBIS and how the federal disabilities law was being misread to mandate it.

            It is not an accidental component. Psychological penetration as the book I am finishing up this afternoon calls it is deemed necessary to move prevailing values, attitudes, and beliefs beyond individualism and a primary allegiance to a particular nation-sate to a more collectivist and communitarian ethos. Because of my overall understanding I have been working on the related political visions over the decades in the last week or so. Educators will usually pull their punches with obscuring language. But not the political scientists describing the intention to radically change and psychologize ed for political purposes.

            I cannot be everywhere and continue to pull together the declarations of intent but because I have researched at that depth over a long period of time, it is unlikely that any particular incident will not be an intention or theory I do not have research on. People need to bring that info to me either in these comments or by private email so we can continue to expand everyone’s understanding. That way we will know both which theories, what rationales are being used to avoid immediate detection, how fast this is all coming.

            My sense is that education is going for broke this time. Trying to bring everything into place at once. Secure that there is no place for effective complaint because politicians at every level want the associated federal dollars for economic development. An appreciation that this is why there’s lack of traction and no recourse when there should be needs to become widespread.

            That’s the best protection. Sunlight as to what is going on and the broader hopes of transformation. There truly is no ambiguity. I have worked very hard to ensure that in time. I hope.

    • The lecture is tonight. It has not happened yet. http://www.thersa.org/events/our-events/On-Being-Touched-and-Moved is a link to watch live at 6:30 London time. If my recollection of 5 hours time difference is correct that is 1:30 Eastern time.

      I think I mentioned I got some of my approved legal ed training this year going to a Mindfulness seminar and was struck by how much of the language used tracks to 21st century learning’s and the accreditors insistence on experiential learning. It also fits with cultural-historical activity theory.

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