Gosh, it is hard to figure out where to start with this one so bear (not bare, unless you are an exhibitionist) with me.
Some folks are familiar with Marc Tucker’s Dear Hillary Letter where he laid out a lengthy cradle to grave public school takeover plan. His letter is dated Nov. 11, 1992. A lot of people were alarmed by the plan that was laid out. Lamar Alexander presented another plan to restructure education in this country on Nov. 1989, three years earlier. His plan has just recently been brought to my attention. It is worth noting for a number of reasons—because of who Lamar Alexander is and his position as well as his influence (some might say control) over education in this country.
Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murry (D-WA) “collaborated to write a bipartisan bill“, or so it is said. That bill is what we know as the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA. For this work and their leadership in education, the National Education Association bestowed its highest honor the Friend of Education Award upon them. In some ways, ESSA may show Sen. Alexander has staid true to a course he laid out in his 1989 plan.
Just watch the video or read the transcript of the speech. Does this sound like the progressive administrative state knows what is best? And the man in this video from 1989 has lots of power and influence over education in this country today. Are you willing to turn your babies over to the administrative state?
Here is the info provided on YouTube:
Lamar Alexander lays out the plan to restructure education at the 11-2-1989 Governors Conference on Education in Wichita, Kansas. The Conference title was “Schools, Goals and the 1990s”. As George Bush, Sr’s Secretary of Education, he implemented education restructuring as America 2000 that specified creation of the New American Schools Development Corporation. He is currently senior Senator from Tennessee and Conference Chair of the Republican Party.
This video and the above information was posted on YouTube on May 3, 2011. Providing more up to date info, Wikipedia provides the following about Sen. Alexander:
Alexander has served as Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee since 2015. He introduced the Every Student Succeeds Act, which supplanted the No Child Left Behind Act in 2015.
Here is the transcript of the speech presented in the video.
Transcript of Speech 1989 Governors Conference-Lamar Alexander .
… As far as I know, this is the first state summit following the President’s summit, and I think that’s a great credit to your governor of the State of Kansas, to be doing that. At least your timing is good! I would suggest three things:
- Number 1: Find out what’s really going on because I don’t think most people know—- what’s going on in schools, how children are growing up, what’s really going on in the world.
- Number 2: I want to suggest that you create, in Kansas, a brand New American School. Brand New American School.
- Number 3: I want to suggest that when you do that, you help that new school develop some new goals and new report cards for itself.
I would go down to the maternity ward of the local hospital, or whatever you call the part of the hospital where the nurses are who are there when the babies are born. Find out how many babies are born out of wedlock, how many babies are born with single parents.
A second characteristic might be that these schools will serve children from age 3 months old to age 18. That may be a shocking thought to you; but, if you were to do an inventory of every baby in your community and think about what the needs of those babies were for the next four or five years, you might see that those needs might not be served any other way. They have to be served in some way and maybe around the school. Or, if you study a little more, you might go back and think the school might have to serve the pregnant mother of the baby in terms of prenatal healthcare….
…teams of teachers. Albert Shanker suggested that maybe there ought to be a team of teachers attached to a child from the day that child arrives in the school to stay with that child all the way to the 8th grade.
All this would mean there would have to be a very professional corps of teachers, wouldn’t it? They’d have to be very, very good because they would have to be dealing with lots of volunteers. We have a big national service feeling in America today. Why aren’t those people working in schools? Well, one reason is it’s hard to handle volunteers!
So, this team of highly trained principals and teachers would have to have career ladders. They would have to be master teachers. They would be paid $50,000-$60,000-$70,000 a year to create a Brand New American School in every state capital.
The great advantage of that is there wouldn’t be all these arguments of whether to do this program, or that program, or which one to do first. You wouldn’t do any of them! You would create just one school and you’d give the responsibility to one person who would form one team. You give them one year or so, and if they succeeded, then all the rest of us would want to be in that school, too! Wouldn’t we?