INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION LATEST FAD
June 27, 2007
Author: Karen Johnson
Estimated printed pages: 2
The education world has fads, just as there are fads in art, music, social
science and even hard sciences. "New math," for example, was a huge, disastrous
education fad that began in the 1960s. "Whole language" was likewise a
disastrous fad that sounded good at the time but failed to teach children how to
The latest fad is "international education." International education supposedly
teaches children the skills needed to succeed in a global society with a global
economy and includes foreign languages, world history and international
I happen to support the teaching of foreign languages, world history and
international business. Nothing is stopping any school in this state from
teaching these things already. My only request has been that "international
education" be taught from a U.S. perspective and not from an "international
Bear in mind that these educators want several million dollars in order to set
up "programs" of "international education" for a handful of schools.
The "international education program" that is being promoted today comes from
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), and
includes integrated math, postmodernism, sustainable development, pantheism, new
Marxism and world government.
International education downplays American history and teaches that Third World
systems of government are morally and historically equal to the U.S.
State Sen. Karen Johnson, R-Mesa, represents District 18.
Global education debate
State Rep. Mark Anderson and Sen. Karen Johnson, both Mesa Republicans, were
on opposite sides of a debate last week over Anderson's bill to fund special
public schools that focuses on international studies. Ultimately the
Legislature endorsed the concept without providing funds. We invited
Anderson and Johnson to submit their sides of the debate, excerpts of which
appear here. Their unabridged positions appear at
eastvalleyopinions.azcentral.com under My Turn.
CAPTION: Karen Johnson
Edition: Final Chaser
Section: Chandler Republic