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By Charlotte Iserbyt
September 4, 2013

The recent, incredibly well-funded neo-conservative bandwagon popping up all over the country investigating the Common Core to the exclusion of the dangerous issue of tax-supported school choice and charter schools with no elected boards, has prompted me to write this article.

I am devastated by the speed with which the United States free economic and political system is being destroyed by the neo-conservative leadership. Our little band of excellent long-time education researchers/activists has been marginalized by the well-funded leadership of the Trotskyite (communist) neo-conservative movement. The leadership of this movement is, I believe, quite evil. Those carrying out this Common Core diversion from the real issue—publicly funded school choice/charters, with no elected boards—will have to answer many questions when they meet their Maker.
(Scroll down to the last part of this article to see a listing of perpetrators.)

This leadership has parents, who are new to the history of education, doing research on Common Core standards, when Common core is not the issue. It is only the latest label applied to the brainwashing that has been taking place in the nation’s schools since the early 1940s. It is dangerous due to computer assessment and data collection. Other than that, it is no more dangerous than the tax-exempt Carnegie Corporation’s federally funded National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) that has been mandating state sampling of students in proper attitudes, values and beliefs since the early 1970s.

Many truly conservative Americans mistakenly believe that “educational choice”—i.e., charters, cyber charters and vouchers—is “private” education. Nothing could be further from the truth. Follow the money trail. Follow the testing/assessment trail. This so-called “private” education, supported by so many “so-called” conservatives, is in reality government controlled. The child is enrolled in the system, and is monitored, assessed and data banked in the system. Truly private education has no governmental funding, and it has no government-defined and -prescribed “common core” indoctrination and assessment. Please read Sarah Leslie’s article series “The Choice Charade," at

There is nothing new about vouchers/choice. The idea of vouchers/choice has been around for a long time. Here is a quote from George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) of the socialist Fabian Society of England, who said, “Nothing will more quickly destroy independent Christian schools than state aid: their freedom and independence will soon be compromised, and before long their faith.”

There is NO research left to be done.

We have Carnegie Corporation's plan written in 1934 entitled Conclusions and Recommendations: Report of the Commission on the Social Studies: American Historical Association, Investigation of the Social Studies in the Schools (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1934, USA). Click on the following link that will download the Report to your computer: Carnegie Conclusions and Recommendations. The Report calls for using the schools to change America to a communist “planned economy” in the New World Order. If you do not have the time to click on the above site, the following quote may persuade you to do so and to read the entire book (168 pages):

Recommendations. . .

8. Under the moulding influence of socialized processes of living, drives of technology and science, pressures of changing thought and policy, and disrupting impacts of economic disaster, there is a notable waning of the once widespread popular faith in economic individualism; and leaders in public affairs, supported by a growing mass of the population, are demanding the introduction into the economy of ever-wider measures of planning and control. . .

Cumulative evidence supports the conclusion that, in the United States as in other countries, the age of individualism and laissez faire in economy and government is closing and that a new age of collectivism is emerging [Emphasis added] . . .

As to the specific form which this “collectivism,” this integration and interdependence, is taking and will take in the future, the evidence at hand is by no means clear or unequivocal. It may involve the limiting or supplanting of private property by public property or it may entail the preservation of private property, extended and distributed among the masses.

Do those being diverted by the Trotskyites’ focus on Common Core standards NOT know how to read? Do they think Carnegie Corporation was joking when it spelled out clearly in the above book what it wanted for America? For those who say, “Oh, that was back in 1934... these education researchers, who keep pushing their research on us, who have been at it for at least forty years, do not understand what is happening now,” read on.

Carnegie piloted the first Skinnerian/Pavlovian Outcomes (Performance) Based Education (Eight-Year Study) from 1933-1941, according to Chris Pipho at the Carnegie-funded and -created Education Commission of the States. (The Soviet Polytechnical System could not happen without Mastery Learning/Direct Instruction/ OBE-Skinnerian performance-based education.) Carnegie Corporation has also been involved every ten or so years, pouring money into the dangerous education programs focusing on changing your children’s mental health through values-destroying programs such as drug ed, sex ed, death ed, values ed, all of which come under the label of Human Relations Training funded by Carnegie since the 1940s. Other Carnegie grants have gone into the funding and creation of the National Governors Association, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory Goals Collection and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) that includes at least 50% values-laden questions. Carnegie has been involved in funding and implementing the Soviet Polytechnical System, school-to-work agenda that requires charter schools. (Read Marc Tucker’s letter to Hillary Clinton.)

Carnegie’s President David Hamburg also signed its agreement with the Soviet Academy of Science related to development of computer courseware in “critical thinking”/brain research (Marxism) for early elementary school children. That agreement was signed at the same time President Reagan signed the United States-Soviet Education agreements with former President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985 that merged our two education systems. Additional research is not only in book form, but is available free on the Internet; not just mine, but that of many other brilliant patriotic historians and researchers, which tells all one needs to know about the situation facing Americans today. Go to the American Deception website, and click on the "education" and "communism" categories and scroll down through all the original hand-scanned documents. Or, just read my book the deliberate dumbing down of america: A Chronological Paper Trail, a FREE download at my website. Scroll down through the Index to find what you are looking for and then cut and paste and email the documented evidence to anyone who will listen.

“Exposing the Global Road to Ruin through Education”, a six-dvd plus a separate cd set, containing over 12 hours of filmed presentations by leading American education researchers and separate written submissions from a host of researchers/writers, will be available for $39.95 plus shipping, at and through my website. See the video trailer below.

Our good—and I am sure, very, very concerned—younger researchers are being misled by the Trotskyites who are focusing on Common Core rather than on the key issue, tax-funded school choice/charter schools with their unelected councils. Choice/charter is the vehicle to destroy all private and religious education and to change our whole free political and economic system to a communist system with unelected councils. Look up the word “council” in your dictionary and if your dictionary was published fifty years ago, you will find “soviet” as the definition of “council.” Charter schools are run by unelected councils. Once Americans have accepted the operation of their schools (workforce training sites) by unelected councils, they are likely to accept unelected councils across the board in all areas of government. Elected means an open public election by registered voters.

Those fighting the phony Common Core battle are being used by the internationalists implementing this planned economic system for America. The perpetrators of Carnegie’s 1934 plan MUST keep these good people from focusing on their totalitarian plan to implement a planned economy through tax-funded school choice and charters. A replay of Nero fiddling while Rome burned.

The following two quotes are taken from federal documents, not from us old-time researchers. The federal government is telling Americans exactly what it is doing and what it requires from those accepting tax money under tax-funded school choice/charters, etc. As Ginny Baker explained in “Educational Choice: An Innovative Report,” The Don Bell Report, August 10, 1990:

...on July 18, 1971, key federal legislation underlying and controlling any subsequent education legislation was adopted. This master control system, “The Interagency Day Care Standards,” hinged upon the federal government's own definition of day care: “Day care is defined as the care of a child on a regular basis by someone other than the child's parents for any part of the 24-hour day”. . .

(8) It states that “Any agency, public or private, which receives federal funds directly or indirectly through a grant or contract... or by way of a voucher plan” must meet all requirements that are set down for public schools. Acceptance of Federal funds is an agreement to abide by the requirements. [Emphasis added]

This writer was fired from her position in the U.S. Department of Education for leaking the Project BEST [Better Education Skills through Technology] grant proposal from the Association for Educational Computing and Technology, a spin-off of the National Education Association. The proposal contained the following wording stamped “CONFIDENTIAL”:

Project BEST Dissemination Design Considerations:


What We Can Control and Manipulate:
State participation/selection process
Role of advisors
Content of program
Training of state leaders
Resource people utilized
Basic skills content areas emphasized
Perception of need to use technology

BEST’s promotional flyer blatantly discussed how the project would serve not just in education but for other program areas as well to implement the national/international management system (Management by Objectives, Total Quality Management, and Planning, Programming, Budgeting System):

In addition, the State Team approach and the communications network with professional associations and other groups established by the project will serve as a model for the states in implementing similar efforts in other areas of education, or in such program areas as health, human services, housing, transportation, etc.

History will lay the blame for this utter disaster (loss of our representative form of government through acceptance of tax-funded choice, especially charter schools, with their unelected councils) at the feet of so many: first, the Democrats from at least 1965 to 1980 who - with the help of Republican President Nixon who carved the country into ten regions - implemented regional government and the funding through Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 of the dumbing down/values destroying curricula; and second, the Trotskyite Republicans from 1980-2013, who restructured our schools and economic/political system through Outcomes-Based Education (early Common Core) and school choice, public/private partnerships (no accountability to the taxpayers), Skinner method to teach reading (OBE/Direct Instruction), computer technology (“Down with Books!” that is a direct quote from Professor Dwight Allen, University of Massachusetts, at a conference related to individualized instruction and computers, held in 1971 and supported by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich in the ensuing years), and through the big elephant in the room—heavy support for regionalism/communism/consolidation—which removes elected officials and accomplishes many other nefarious acts, being implemented nationwide under UN Agenda 21/sustainable development.

Professor Carroll Quigley, President William Clinton’s mentor at Georgetown University and official historian for the Council on Foreign Relations, tells us in Tragedy and Hope (Macmillan, 1966) how the plan would be carried out by leading members of the left and the right (from both political parties) having the same agenda.

If only my little Back to Basics Reform or...OBE...Skinnerian International Curriculum (1985) had not been boycotted by the Trotskyites. It warned Americans, in a short 39-page booklet, of exactly what was going to happen if President Reagan did not keep his promise to the voters and abolish the U.S. Department of Education. That booklet is a free pdf download at and has recently been republished (available for $10 at Amazon, or 10+ copies at a 50% discount through my website). That booklet could have been written tomorrow.

Our group of researchers spent $5000 to get an ad into the Washington Times that exposed President Ronald Reagan’s signing of education agreements with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985. These agreements effectively merged our two nations’ education systems. Carnegie Corporation, at the same time, signed the computer/technology agreements with the Soviet Academy of Science. A few people found out what had happened, but not enough. Then I wrote, “Soviets in the Classroom...America's Latest Education Fad,” which was again boycotted by these same people. Finally, I wrote the big the deliberate dumbing down of america: A Chronological Paper Trail—again boycotted, by these exact same people. (We did manage to get around them somewhat by putting that book on the Internet as a free download!) Ten years later, Sarah Leslie, the publisher, Cindi Weatherly, the editor, and I, published an updated, abridged version of the deliberate dumbing down of america, which is presently being boycotted—again—by these same people. It is understandable that “they”—these same people—detest the updated version since it exposes their heavily funded role in tax-funded school choice and charter schools (taxation without representation).

Have we not done our best? What is there left for us to do?

It is almost understandable that the new researchers who have gotten on the “common core bandwagon” have found themselves left in the dark regarding the thoroughly documented history of the real purpose behind the choice/charter agenda. The deliberate boycotting of the truth—by these same people—has been very effective.

What should happen is for those being led astray by this so-called “conservative” group TO WAKE UP AND LISTEN TO AND TAKE SERIOUSLY WHAT IS BEING TOLD THEM BY THOSE WHO HAVE WARNED THEM!

You cannot win a war without identifying the enemy.

Supporters of the tax-funded school choice/charter agenda include the likes of: Glenn Beck, David Barton and Eagle Forum developing their “boot camp” to fight the straw man “Common Core”; the Heritage Foundation, that drafted the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that sent abroad hundreds of thousands of good-paying American jobs, with its state affiliates like Heartland Institute, and Heritage’s new president, former Sen. Jim DeMint, (R) S.C., who has pledged to make choice and charters the main focus of his presidency; Pioneer Institute and its Stop Common Core roadshows; former Governor Jeb Bush and his pro-choice/charter foundation; ex-IBM CEO Louis Gerstner calling for the dissolution of over 16,000 school districts, thereby changing the governing system, thus removing elected school boards; Fordham Institute's president, education change agent Chester Finn who is virtually recommending the abolition of private education; Cato Institute; the DeVos Family Campaign for Privatization of Schools and Betsy DeVos’s All Children Matter which is funding multiple state charter school initiatives; former Secretary of Education William Bennett; the Walton Family Foundation; the Council on National Policy; the Acton Institute; the Family Research Council; Christian Coalition; Freedom Works; The John Birch Society, and Gary North, Reconstructionist/Dominionist Y2K alarmist, who is working with Ron Paul, David Barton and Tom Woods of the Von Mises Institute, to launch Ron Paul’s home school curriculum, who said, “So let us be blunt about it: we must use the doctrine of religious liberty to gain independence for Christian schools until we train up a generation of people who know that there is no religious neutrality, no neutral law, no neutral education, and no neutral civil government. Then they will get busy constructing a Bible-based social, political and religious order which finally denies the religious liberty of the enemies of God”* (Please re-read this extraordinarily sinister un-American proposal.); and many more supporters of the school choice agenda.

Oh, I forgot. We aren’t listened to since we can't afford to hold fancy meetings and luncheons with crisp white linen napkins, crystal pitchers of ice water, slick brochures, and know-nothing young speakers from the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. flown in to brainwash formerly traditional conservative Republicans in our states with the need for tax-funded school choice.

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What has gone on with our Republican Governor LePage being co-opted by Maine Heritage Foundation is a perfect example of what is happening in all states. We are like the rugged patriots during the American Revolution. We have no money, resources, no media, but we stand for principle. We love America and our Constitution and Bill of Rights and our capitalist economic system which has worked so well for us and for millions of immigrants who came here to escape exactly what the Trotskyite Republicans are putting in: a PLANNED ECONOMY. This failed totalitarian political and economic system is aptly described as “Limited Learning for Lifelong Labor.”

Could it be that those we have identified as the “enemy” have not thoroughly understood the consequences of their actions and support for an alien, unconstitutional concept? We sincerely hope and pray that they will carefully reconsider their positions.

Exposing the Well-Funded Campaign to Destroy Public Education,” by Rachel Tabachnick, Public Theology website (

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Charlotte Iserbyt is the consummate whistleblower! Iserbyt served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education, during the first Reagan Administration, where she first blew the whistle on a major technology initiative which would control curriculum in America's classrooms. Iserbyt is a former school board director in Camden, Maine and was co-founder and research analyst of Guardians of Education for Maine (GEM) from 1978 to 2000. She has also served in the American Red Cross on Guam and Japan during the Korean War, and in the United States Foreign Service in Belgium and in the Republic of South Africa.

Iserbyt is a speaker and writer, best known for her 1985 booklet Back to Basics Reform or OBE: Skinnerian International Curriculum and her 1989 pamphlet Soviets in the Classroom: America's Latest Education Fad which  covered the details of the U.S.-Soviet and Carnegie-Soviet Education Agreements which remain in effect to this day. She is a freelance writer and has had articles published in Human Events, The Washington Times, The Bangor Daily News, and included in the record of Congressional hearings.














The recent, incredibly well-funded neo-conservative bandwagon popping up all over the country investigating the Common Core to the exclusion of the dangerous issue of tax-supported school choice and charter schools with no elected boards, has prompted me to write this article.