Supporting STEM? Think Again
Last week the White House announced that its new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Master Teacher Corps initiative will place "50 top-notch STEM teachers to be established at 50 sites across the country," expanding to 10,000 over the next four years.
Already using an available $100 million, Obama has asked for $1 billion more in his 2013 budget.
July 27 marks the deadline for science and math teachers interested in joining President Obama's STEM Master Teachers Corps to send in their applications.
According to Roberto Rodriguez, special assistant to Obama on education and former Senior Education Specialist at the National Council of La Raza, the corps will consist of those at the top of their profession.
They'll be an elite group of teachers leading their communities. They'd lead professional development [courses], mentorship activities, and would be regularly contributing new lesson plans and strategies to transform and improve science and math teaching.
Which Obama appointees are weighing in on this billion dollar Ivy League teacher corps?
- La Raza radical, Cecelia Munoz, now a domestic policy adviser to Obama;
- Population control fanatic John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy;
- Eric Lander, one of left-wing Eli Broad Foundation's favorite geneticists and co-chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST);
- Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the former head of Chicago Schools.
All attended a roundtable discussion at the White House on July 18, the day of the announcement.
Do we really want to support a master race of STEM teachers coming out of this administration?
In the 1970's Holdren wrote a book on Human Ecology. True to his collectivist roots it's all about organizing everything that exists, including human beings into a scientific-economic system of redistribution. Science is the tool with which the Marxists hope to manage humans from cradle to grave.
From Holdren's work:
The need for de-development presents our economists with a major challenge. They must design a stable, low-consumption economy in which there is a much more equitable distribution of wealth than in the present one. Redistribution of wealth both within and among nations is absolutely essential if a decent life is to be provided for every human being."
Cecelia Munoz, Obama's Domestic Policy Council Director and former senior immigration policy analyst for the National Council of La Raza, sees the U.S. as a racist anti-Latino country. After her appointment in 2008, La Raza's federal funding spiked from $4.1 million in 2009 to $11 million in 2010.
Dr. Eric Lander is one of the scientists who headed up the Human Genome Project. The Broad Foundation poured hundreds of millions of dollars into the program in 2003 when Lander founded and directed the Broad Institute of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard.
During the 1980's Lander taught managerial economics at the Harvard Business School. Lander's background in economics coupled with one of his goals "to manipulate or modulate genes in situ," merges the conquest of nature which Marx spoke of as an essential humanistic goal with "the material management of resources and humans beings."
Is Lander a far-left redistributionist? If not, why is he working for Obama?
As CEO of Chicago Public Schools from 2001 until 2008, education Secretary Arne Duncan failed to meet the Illinois state standards set under the No Child Left Behind Act every single year the standards were in force from 2003 to 2008.
Yet Duncan's boss and basketball buddy entrusts him to "reward, encourage, and incentivize [teaching] talent in a way this country has never done before...It's clear STEM are high-demand fields for both teaching talent and for job growth in high-wage sectors...this will help us attract and retain [teachers]."
Obama and his mad scientists are allocating a fast $100 million to attract the best and the brightest science and math teachers. If we were living under a President who believed in free market capitalism and individualism it would be a worthwhile endeavor. Unfortunately Obama's zealous enthusiasm for the scientific process can only mean he sees science as the handmaid of his collectivist agenda.
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