“TO OBE OR NOT TO OBE?” WAS THE QUESTION POSED BY MARJORIE LEDELL, ASSOCIATE of William Spady’s in his High Success Network, in her article for Educational Leadership’s January 1994 issue. From page 18 we read:
Finally, raise the real issue and depend on democracy. Don’t let “to OBE or Not to OBE” or “to implement or not implement efforts to improve student learning” cloud the overdue national debate about whether public education should exist or be replaced with publicly funded private education.Ledell is a very important change agent with connections to NEA, ASCD, and many important public education associations. And innocent parents are being lead by the neoconservative leadership to believe school choice will give them a choice?
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The following excerpt is from my book the deliberate dumbing down of america, p. 150-151.. It is history from Georgia the year 1979:
“GEORGIA BASIC LIFE PROCESS SKILLS, ESEA, TITLE II, PROPOSED INSTRUCTIONAL TIME in School Programs,” prepared by Lucille G. Jordan, associate state superintendent for Instructional Services of the Georgia Department of Education, was submitted to the U.S. Department of Education for a grant in 1979. The particular curricular programs which received funding under Title II were jointly funded by Exxon Corporation and the U.S. Department of Education. On page 34 of Georgia’s grant proposal an extraordinary curriculum graph/chart recommends the following percentages of time be spent at and between 5, 10, 15 and 18 years of age on the following subjects:
Basic 3 R’s: 90% at 5 yrs. Declining to 40% at 10 yrs. Declining to 30% at 15 yrs.[Ed. Note: Please note that the “Basic 3 R’s” is the only curriculum area targeted for decrease
Declining to 15% at 18 yrs.
Life Process Skills: (Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making): 5% at
5 yrs. Increasing to 40% at 10 yrs. Increasing to 70% at 15 yrs. Increasing to 90%
at 18 yrs.
Citizenship and Humanities Studies: 30% at 5 yrs. Increasing to 40% at 10 yrs. Increasing to 70% at 15 yrs. Increasing to 90% at 18 yrs.
Science and Technology: 25% at 5 yrs. Increasing to 28% at 10 yrs. Increasing to 30% at 15 yrs. Increasing to 55% at 18 yrs.
Career Education: 20% at 5 yrs. Increasing to 22% at 10 yrs. Increasing to 30% at 15
yrs. Increasing to 55% at 18 yrs.
Health and Physical Education: 10% for ages 5 through 18 yrs.
in time spent on instruction. An official of the Georgia School Boards Association cited this
graph as being representative of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Also, why would Exxon, who was in
the early 1980s one of the major corporations complaining about illiteracy and workers who
are not educated in basic academics, have funded a program guaranteed to water down basic
academics? (In a 1976 speech NEA President Catherine Barrett recommended teaching basic
skills in only one fourth of the school day.)]