School-to-Work will:

1. Inject the federal government into developing school curriculum (and standards) to meet the needs of business;

2. Force students to choose “career pathways” no later than 10th grade;

3. Mandate the integration of all curricula for all students in all grades with “workforce training” and proper “worker attitudes”;

4. Mandate “school-based and work-based” learning for all students;

5. Award skills certificates (called Certificates of Initial Mastery) based on “performance based assessments”;

6. Establish a new form of governance — methods for circumventing local control and cut state legislators almost entirely out of the decision-making loop;

7. Infringe on the rights of parents to direct the lives of their children, including education and career choices;

8. Collect massive data on children and families;

9. Demand a radical shift in “attitudes, values and beliefs” of everyone involved;

10. Give group grades for group work – not reward individual achievement and excellence;

11. Place students in paid and unpaid work experience;

12. Reimburse employers up to 50% of student’s wages (at taxpayer expense);

13. Re-train teachers to become mentors or facilitators (not experts or educators);

14. Use the “Less is More” approach using “constructivist” learning;

15. Promote Heterogeneous Grouping – “smart” students teach slower learners–peer tutoring; and peer review;

16. Promote a grading system that uses A, B, I (Or IP – In Progress). No F’s;

17. Stress Global Citizenship instead of U. S. Citizenship.

Tom DeWeese
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Tom DeWeese is President of the American Policy Center and National Grassroots Coordinator for CFACT (Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow) working to help local activists organize into Freedom Pods ( He is also the author of three books, including Now Tell Me I Was Wrong, ERASE, and Sustainable: the WAR on Free Enterprise, Private Property, and Individuals.