I have just read the Oklahoman piece on Mary Fallin's ascent to greatness (she is only the FIRST FEMALE REPUBLICAN governor to scale this height of greatness) as the new Chairman (Chairwoman?) of the National Governor's Association.
On our car ride from Wagner County the other evening, Julia and I counted up the times we have placed FORMAL requests to the Governor's office for an appointment to see the Governor of our state - a woman for whom we voted (after the primary) because she was a REPUBLICAN (so done with the R and D thing now, frankly). We counted the number to be THREE.
THREE times in three years we have placed formal requests to meet with the Governor of our state. Think about that. ROPE is the ONLY 100% grassroots organization devoted to education in the ENTIRE STATE of Oklahoma. Individually, we also pay her salary, but I guess that's beside the point.
To be fair, we were granted audience with one of the Governor's chief policy analysts, Katie Altshuler, after our first formal request. Of course Katie nodded her head as Lynn and I spoke with her - and even took our paper - but of course, the next legislative session, she was informing legislators that we were misinformed and as such, should be discounted.
As I read the comments reported by McNutt, I was fairly disgusted. Fallin's initiative as head of the NGA is called, "America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow's Jobs". Here is an excerpt of her comments:
“Improving our workforce and ensuring it remains internationally competitive is an issue that calls for national attention and demands gubernatorial leadership"Gosh, is that true Governor? You see it as your job to create an internationally competitive workforce?
Please read the following and think upon where it might have originated:
"...needs to raise people's science awareness and education levels, and train skilled and qualified personnel in order to achieve modernization goals..."So, who could this be?
Well, it was Hu Jintao, President of China, speaking to a meeting attended by members of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.
Still not convinced? Let's compare and contrast. Who said this?
Education is a priority in our overall development strategy and its reform must be deepened to support the building of a moderately prosperous society and the reinvigoration of the nation.What about this?
Engaging education, business and government leaders in a dialogue about what governors can do to more closely align common education, universities, community and technical colleges and workforce training providers with future labor demands.First one, Hu Jintao; second one, MARY FALLIN. It gets worse. She follows with this:
Supporting governors and their staff in using data and information to identify states' future labor demands, prioritize changes in state education and workforce training systems to meet those demands and take action to achieve desired results.So, our governor is ALL in on this education 'reform' deal! She wants your kids data to make sure Oklahoma can put them to work after compulsory schooling at the public expense.
Here are the final paragraphs from the Communist Manifesto. Think on this - or scream!
8. Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.
10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc.
When, in the course of development, class distinctions have disappeared, and all production has been concentrated in the hands of a vast association of the whole nation, the public power will lose its political character. Political power, properly so called, is merely the organized power of one class for oppressing another. If the proletariat during its contest with the bourgeoisie is compelled, by the force of circumstances, to organize itself as a class; if, by means of a revolution, it makes itself the ruling class, and, as such, sweeps away by force the old conditions of production, then it will, along with these conditions, have swept away the conditions for the existence of class antagonisms and of classes generally, and will thereby have abolished its own supremacy as a class.
In place of the old bourgeois society, with its classes and class antagonisms, we shall have an association in which the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all.