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COMMENTARY ON CALIFORNIA LEGISLATION, PART 2
May 6th 2007 @ 10:02 am


COMMENTARY ON CALIFORNIA LEGISLATION
Part 2 of 4/23/07 Report

by, Camille Giglio
California Right to Life Committee, Inc.

This report focuses on two articles found online that clearly show the thinking and planning of those special interest groups who would use education and health issues to advance their own funding and status in the political bureaucracy while undermining the family. I have interspersed my own commentaries throughout these two articles.

1. EDUCATION - “Produce Skilled Workers of Face Decline.”

We all are aware that education is going through a change. For years conservatives have attempted to alert parents to the meaning of “Outcome based” education. The meaning of OBE is usually stated as a system to design a pathway to a career for every student. In other words, a de-emphasis on academics and an increased emphasis on using education to produce a predetermined number of skilled workers for the various forecasted needs of the business community.

The following article pulled off the internet and reported by George Avalos of MEDIANEWS, dated 4/19/07, is a very good example of the school as trainee for the workforce.


Produce skilled workers or face decline, panel told.


Cal State East Bay hosts labor talk discussion; Lt. Gov. Garamendi gives interview.

(here are some excerpts from that interview)

HAYWARD — California must find ways to produce more skilled workers from its school system or face an erosion of its economy, a state-organized panel was told here Wednesday.

"The economy in our state will falter unless we make this investment," Lt. Gov. John Garamendi said in an interview after the Hayward event concluded. Garamendi had gathered a group of business, education and government leaders at the California State University, East Bay campus to discuss ways to prepare young people to find jobs in California’s knowledge-based economy.

The common theme: Not nearly enough money and resources have been deployed to bolster the ability of universities, community colleges and high schools to train people to join the work forces of the future.

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At the same time, though, colleges and high schools must become more efficient at delivering effective education services and training to students,” Garamendi said. He called for a complete revamp of the state’s “creaky” education laws.

"Schools have to respond more nimbly to the needs of businesses," Garamendi said.

Those who gathered at the event at the university’s Valley Business & Technology school pointed to a drastic shortage of job candidates.

About one-third of the candidates who are considered for jobs at the NUMMI plant are unable to pass the middle-school-equivalent exam,” said James Potts III, an assistant general manager of human resources there.

"We do not expect all of our employees to be college-educated," Potts said during the forum. "But we do expect our employees to improve the business in a manner that keeps us competitive."

The health-care industry must wrestle with significant shortages,” said Colleen McKeown, area manager for Kaiser Permanente’s southern Alameda County region.

Health-care providers also are scouring the labor pool for people to work in imaging centers, laboratories, nuclear medicine, radiation labs and MRI operations,” she said.

"California continues to rank last among the 50 states in the national nursing shortage," McKeown said.

Other business officials said state officials must move quickly to revamp the education system as California faces heightened global challenges.

"Our world is changing, and our 1950s school system is not keeping up," said Dennis Cima, an official with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

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Perhaps you have heard of “Academies” which are located on school campuses? Some parents and educators claim that academies are the latest name for the old tracking system of the 1950’s etc. Young students are being evaluated at early ages to determine just how the schools will direct their education in order to meet the local and global business community’s quota.

You notice that contained in these quotes from members of the business community is the focus on school time trained workers emerging upon graduation. There is no mention of an interest in their intellectual maturation.

Several bills in the state legislature concern themselves with creating Career Technical Education - CTE - graduates. For instance, Sen. Darrell Steinberg’s SB 405, Schools: Curriculum: Opportunities for Pupils. This bill will amend 10 sections of the Education Code, changing the focus of academic education to CTE. Reading between the lines in this bill is the intention to track students through school insuring that they pass and go on to advanced technical training in the university or state college system. It would also take over from the parents the direction of the student’s life choices to meet the demands of the state’s need for workers.

Also Sen. Tom Torlakson’s SB 21, Education: Regional Education and Economics. This is a companion bill to Steinberg’s only with more sophisticated language and establishing collaborative of education, business and industry and community. Oh, parents get to have an interest also.

SB 35, Tom Torlakson, School Facilities: Joint Use Facilities. This would allow construction adjacent to school sites that would house the special interests involved in education outcomes. Or, how about his SB 507, Schools, Science Instruction: Grant Programs awarding grants to K-12 schools for targeted science education.

Here’s an interesting one. SB 668, Torlakson: Property: Housing: Field Act Exemption. This talks about the construction of housing on campuses and exempting this type of building from certain seismic safety review and approvals. Housing? Isn’t it enough that they are passing bills to feed breakfast and lunch to students in a closed setting, now they want to house the students?

SB 672, Torlakson: Pupil Instruction: Course of Study: Graduation. This would require pupils grades 9-12, inclusive, to complete 2 courses in career technical education to receive a high school graduation diploma. Some other legislator wants to demand that registering to vote be required before allowing students to graduate.

One program I watched on tv hosted by the state’s union leaders presented ways to entice students into the building trades academies because the unions were afraid that they would not have enough workers to accomplish the new goals of construction being set for the next 10 years in the state.

AB 68, Mervyn Dymally, Schools: Pupil Services Block Grant. This provides education, mental health, and social services support to pupils including school psychologists, counselors, nurses, social workers. This was written before the Virginia Tech shootings.

Starting this total submersion of the child into the goals and objectives of the state is one of the basic goals of pre-school education. Remember the old adage: As the twig is bent so grow the tree”? Many of the bills in the California legislature this year focus on reevaluating the importance of technical education to meet new goals.

There is a great emphasis on teaching children about environmental issues, health care issues, global relations, etc as a prelude to instilling in the minds of our youth a willingness and openness to accept goals pre-determined for them.

How many times have you read articles about students taking their time in school to tend vegetable gardens? How many times have you read articles in the papers or church newspapers about students being taken to Sacramento to lobby for various issues?

Students, according to today’s education goals must be open to change, free of mental inhibitors (moral or social) to fulfill the governments needs, healthy and trim, well exercised (see the list of school menu bills), protectors of the earth even if it means placing the animal and mineral world’s needs ahead of their own, totally obedient to their facilitators rather than their parents (AB 288, Leland Yee) and ready to accept whatever health care services the state says is necessary (see AB 16).

An example of this is Sen. Leland Yee’s, SB 288, Pupils: Comprehensive Learning Support System. If students and families are going to be required to accept the goals and objectives set for them by the state it will take the concerted efforts of psychologists, social workers, community agencies, churches, to insure that these children or families don’t stray from the planned course.

I just mentioned churches. They are being enticed to join in this effort, through funding streams, to use their teaching role to encourage children and parents to become more involved in the environment (Mother earth), immigration programs (Good Samaritan, helping the poor and downtrodden) and becoming spokespersons for social change.

In that regard, I have written much about community activist organizations such as PICO-and CCISCO and the Industrial Areas Foundation using a thin religious covering to gain entry into churches and the faithful in the pews turning us into lobbying fodder for their legislative goals.

Now comes AB 165, by Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries, (R-Riverside) State Government: Office of Community Initiatives. This bill will authorize the creation of a state office of Community, non-profit charitable organizations sitting at the right hand of the Governor, using our tax dollars to continue to recruit unsuspecting children of the naive faithful to become activities for government services.

To Be Continued, next time the department of Public Health as primary health care parent.
Part 3.

-Camille
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Take away God, all respect for civil laws, all regard for even the most necessary institutions disappears; justice is scouted; the very liberty that belongs to the law of nature is trodden underfoot; and men go so far as to destroy the very structure of the family, which is the first and firmest foundation of the social structure.
- St. Pius X, Jucunda Sane, March 12, 1904