From our archives... the following is an article to provide some understanding of Marc Tucker, the alleged author of the infamous "Dear Hillary..." letter. From four years ago we can see how far the plan has progressed.
Marc Tucker and Friends Move Agenda Forward
SAN ANTONIO, TX — The National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) sponsored the First Annual Standards-Based Reform Conference: Moving the Agenda Forward on August 8-10. The conference was an unprecedented meeting of teachers, administrators, policymakers, and elected officials from all over the country who want to maintain standards as the driving force behind reforming American schools.
Key players of the standards movement hosted the conference, including Marc S. Tucker, President, NCEE; Judy B. Codding, Director, National Alliance for Restructuring Education; Eugene T. Paslov, Executive Director, New Standards; and Lauren B. Resnick, Co-director of New Standards and Director of Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh.
Marking the Education Summit in Palisades, NY, last March as a monumental turning point in American education, the group has determined that the "next round of education reform must be driven by standards" and that "new standards and assessments without a powerful plan to create educational settings in which youngsters can reach the standards is a fraud." The lack of standards, they warn, produces "potentially disastrous results." Not only does the public perceive a need for standards, but the Goals 2000 Act requires schools to adopt such standards. NCEE believes it is perfectly positioned to provide the product.
[The public perceives a need for standards because of Slick Willy Clinton, the controlled media and government education "change agents". Goals 2000 Act contains a section, which clearly states it is not mandated. The kicker: School Districts do not receive funding to operate UNLESS they adopt Goals 2000 restructuring. Since the federal government sucks the lion's share of tax dollars (including State Income Taxes) out of the states and only sends it back when states "comply" — any state or school district which rejects Goals 2000 will be looking for other ways to raise necessary funds. The alternative of course would be increased taxes.]
NCEE manages New Standards, a partnership involving 19 states, which "has produced the nation's most comprehensive and integrated internationally-benchmarked performance standards for the schools."
The conference featured some three dozen sessions on the philosophy, policy, and practice of transforming the way schools operate through performance standards. Just released in September, the standards are described as "state-of-the-art," "comprehensive," and "internationally benchmarked." Performance standards have been written in four areas: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Applied Learning. Financial support for their development was provided by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and other unspecified "partners".
Marc Tucker gave the keynote speech on the first day of the conference, divulging his "religion" by beginning, "At summer revivals, people come forward to speak about how they came to Jesus . . . what I have to say to you is how I came to standards." Tucker said that, as the national debate shifted from whether there should be national standards to what the national standards should say, American leaders put together something that had been "unthinkable" for 200 years.
[According to Tucker's letter to Hillary, we can assume that Tucker "came to standards" by orders from David Rockefeller.]
Tucker is widely known as the author of an 18-page letter to Hillary Rodham Clinton which laid out an ambitious plan to "remold" the public schools into a "national human resource development system" that "literally extends from cradle to grave and is the same system for everyone — young and old, poor and rich, worker and full-time student."
Three components comprise New Standards' assessment system: performance standards, on-demand examinations, and a portfolio system. The performance standards are based on national content standards developed by professional organizations such as the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association (see Education Reporter, June 1996). On-demand examination, also known as the reference examination, assesses how well a student performs "under standardized conditions." The portfolio system is used to accumulate and store students' work, functioning as evidence of meeting performance standards that require longer timeframes than projects measured by the reference examination.
[What are "standardized conditions"? Under the portfolio system a file will be kept on our children, containing not only students' work, but will also comprise a complete dossier with information regarding the child's attitudes, beliefs and values; results of "assessment tests" which project their value to society — the tax value — of the child (Human Capital) including a complete profile on the entire family. The child will have a number and the portfolio will follow him/her from school, to college, to work, etc. — for life. It is the beginning of Big Brother's world record-keeping system on all "human animals" — COGS in the wheel — under the total control of self-anointed World Rulers.]
A major component tying into the standards movement is the Certificate of Initial Mastery (CIM), a state-certified "prerequisite for enrollment in all professional and technical degree programs," as well as for all hiring. New Standards "is well along the path that will provide the technical means to implement the CIM plan" as set forth in a 1990 report called America's Choice: High Skills or Low Wages!, a call for creating a new workforce through a nationalized training and labor market system. [during Republican, George Bush's Administration] New Standards, said Tucker, was originally designed to institute a CIM. Tucker's plan to gradually abolish the high school diploma in favor of the CIM would take place over seven or eight years, "giving everyone a chance to adjust."
[Let us be perfectly clear that the Human Resource Development System is NOT Marc Tucker's plan. Marc Tucker is no more than a trained seal for the globalists. Home, private and Christian-schooled children will NOT find work when Rockefeller's Human Resource Development System is complete. CIMs will not be issued for academic standards, but instead for attitudes, beliefs and values — for the child's International Understanding, his or her willingness to conform to global citizenship standards.
The U.S. Congress tried passing a bill last session that would require all people (human animals) eligible for work to be registered with the federal government. All businesses would be required to go through the federal government for hiring, to ensure that only eligible "workers" — those with CIMs — would be hired. The 'ostensible' reason would be to "prevent illegal aliens without work permits from working" The CIM is intended to be the work permit for all Americans.]
The standards are explicitly driven by the belief that all children, regardless of nature or nurture, can achieve at the same "high levels." The American tracking system is disparaged for its "assumption that only a few can achieve at high levels." Tucker's critics believe that, because students do differ in their abilities, standards can only be as high as the lowest achiever if every student is to meet the same requirements.
Another presupposition embedded within the standards movement is that thinking without "hands on" is useless; knowledge without practical application is superfluous. The purpose of school, therefore, is to not to learn to think or acquire knowledge for the sake of learning, but to solve "complex problems that characterize modern life and work." Standards, after all, should develop "what is needed for citizenship, employment and life-long learning." This makes the schools' mission preparing children to join the global workforce, rather than encouraging individual achievement.
NCEE also manages National Alliance and Workforce Development Program, both of which are also working to overhaul our entire education and labor market systems.
[Phyllis Schlafly, head of Eagle Forum, is a member of the CNP and a Dame of Malta, along with Michael Farris (Home School Legal Defense Association) and others who say and do enough to gain the trust of millions of uninformed Americans, yet eventually promote plans and systems that are in unity with the planners of a World Socialist Government. An example is Michael Farris' promoting the Apprenticeship Program.
We're told that, in a forum held not long ago in St. Louis, Schlafly had the opportunity — and was urged by several people — to inform the gathering of the contracts signed between the USSR's Gorbachev and the U.S. to merge America's curriculum with that of the Communist Soviet Union's . Schlafly would not discuss it.
Schlafly has also had use of federal funds (close to half-a-million that is known of). Logic tells us that if Schlafly's work was effectively opposing government intervention in all aspects of our lives — the money would not have been made available. We all know by now that what (or who) the government funds, the government controls.]