October 26, 2013
President Obama spoke at a Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), an early-college high school funded by IBM and City University (CU) to vie for “the need for a balanced, reasonable budget that frees up resources for the things that we know promote long-term economic growth: things like rebuilding our manufacturing base, upgrading our transportation and information networks, supporting basic research and development, including educating our kids and workers so that they can be competitive in a global economy.”
The president said that the “shutdown was about more than just healthcare. “It was about a contrast of visions, about what our obligations are to each other as fellow citizens. And we’ve got the better side of that argument.”
Obama said that P-TECH will cost parents “zero, nothing” for two years’ worth of “college-level courses in math and science” as well as “offers students a high school diploma and an Associate’s Degree in computer systems or electromechanical engineering.”
Part of the scheme is to get Congress to dump more taxpayer money into education. Obama claims this is the only way to save the US economy.
As the “ticket into the middle class”, Obama sang praises for P-TECH because it is “going to prepare more than 6,000 high school students for good, high-skilled jobs.”
In fact, Obama stated that “this country should be doing everything in our power to give more kids the chance to go to schools just like this one. In previous generations, America’s standing economically was so much higher than everybody else’s that we didn’t have a lot of competition. Now, you’ve got billions of people from Beijing to Bangalore to Moscow, all of whom are competing with you directly. And they’re — those countries are working every day, to out-educate and outcompete us.”
Access to schooling for 4 year olds was on the agenda as Obama commented that every toddle in the US should be enrolled in preschool.
Last February, in Obama’s State of the Union address he discussed the idea of a government-sponsored universal preschool program to enhance the middle class.
Obama claimed that children benefit from preschool while having our children enter indoctrination stations earlier will cause a big “boosting [of] graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime.”
Grover Whiteburst, researcher for the globalist think-tank, the Brookings Institute, explains: “The White House fact sheet makes it clear that the administration is proposing to work with states to fund expansion of taxpayer-funded pre-K for lower-income families. Specifically, the administration’s plan is to share the costs with states that are willing to expand public preschool to reach all 4-year-olds from families at or below 200 percent of the poverty line and that expand their half-day kindergarten programs to full day for the same families. The Obama administration’s preschool plan is consistent with the federal role in education and human services since the Lyndon Johnson administration: targeted assistance for services to the economically disadvantaged.”
- The government invests financially in pre-K programs.
- Federal funding should influence school curriculum to ensure indoctrination is taught as a rule for “evidence-based” development.
- A federal-state partnership to influence communities by directing public school systems.
- Eliminating teachers unions by federalizing teacher salaries with credit.
- School districts restrict the federal government’s ability to implement this preschool proposal
Whiteburst states: “At the very least, the administration should push for common data, assessment and program evaluation approaches, and a unified system for providing information to parents on center quality across these funding streams. A bolder direction would be to combine these funds into a single state block grant to support the early education of vulnerable young children.”
Obama outlined at the P-TECH appearance that students in government-funded public schools should have access to high-speed internet.
The ConnectED initiative is a newly developed high speed internet that will bring a stronger digital connectivity to public schools.
Subsidies for broadband and wireless connections in schools and libraries must be 1 gbps to remain competitive. E-Rate, which is paid by the FCC with a Universal Service Fund, needs no approval from Congress to begin.
American customers of phone corporations would see an increase by an estimated $5 to their monthly bill to aid funding this initiative.
Arne Duncan, Secretary of the DoE explained that the “telephone tax” would be an issue for the FCC to examine as far as necessities of funding for ConnectED.
Obama spoke to students in North Carolina last June: He said: “You’re spending less money getting better outcomes and people around the country are starting to take notes. I don’t want this success to be restricted to one school or one school district. There’s no reason we can’t replicate the success you’ve had here. I want to see a tablet that’s the same price as a textbook. I want to see more apps that can be instantly updated with academic content the days it’s available so you don’t have textbooks with students’ names from years ago.”
ConnectED will utilize financial support based from Title II and Title VI of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to pay for teacher training.
The Department of Education (DoE) supports this effort to link American public schools to the global community and push for more training in digital technologies.