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Broad Foundation and Pentagon Link Arms with Microsoft and McGraw-Hill to Boost Skills for 22nd Century Competitiveness

Another item in the news you will read nowhere else, though this one contains plenty of facts you could read somewhere else if you looked hard enough.

There are so many facts about military involvement with schools that our staff could not cope with incorporating them all. You won't want to miss Army Recruiters On a New Mission, which explains that since the Army is "results oriented, the public can be sure there's no fuzzy math with army education enterprises.

None of the quotes attributed to Arne Duncan or Rahm Emanuel or facts about military involvement in Chicago Public Schools are invented. When writing about Chicago public education policy, there's no need to make anything up. And now that policy is moving to Washington, D. C. Hold on to your hats--and watch over your children.

For Immediate Release
January 17, 2009

Los Angeles/Chicago/Washington D. C.

Calling the skill situation dire and worry about the 21st century passe, officials at the Broad (rhymes with 'toad') Center for the Management of School Systems and the Pentagon (rhymes with 'student pawn') have formed a partnership with Microsoft (rhymes with 'pigeon loft') and McGraw-Hill (rhymes with 'thug-law mill') to instill rigorous capitalist values that today's kindergartners will pass on to their great-grandchildren. "Scientific research available on our website show the importance of these skills," said Business Roundtable Chair Terry McGraw III, also CEO of the McGraw-Hill Companies, known for their phonics promotion.

Strengthening competitiveness remains a bipartisan challenge," added McGraw whose company has also provided extraordinary leadership in providing a forum for government and the private sector to come together to help find solutions to the war on terrorism.

Following the recent induction of the largest number of high-ranking military generals in the Broad Superintendents Academy's eight-year history, the Pentagon partnership is positioned as the next logical step, with Microsoft adapting the phenomenally popular America's Army video game and their own Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare to deliver McGraw-Hill's phonemic awareness skills faster than a speeding bullet.

After Eli Broad, ranked 42nd among America's richest billionaires by Forbes in 2006, made his initial fortune in real estate, he set up the Broad Foundation to put his imprint on public schools across the country. He also donated $100 million to MIT and another $100 million to Harvard, and another $400 million to the Broad Institute, which is a joint project of Harvard and MIT. The partnership with the Pentagon to transform kindergarten is the next logical step, say education insiders, noting that this not the first time that Eli Broad and Bill Gates have combined their bankrolls to imprint schools with their vision.

Arne Duncan, soon-to-be U. S. Secretary of Education, whose former chief of staff in Chicago sits with the ex-generals in this year's Broad Academy class, is listed on the Broad Superintendents Academy roster as a guest speaker.

But there's more! In one of those coincidences that make education policy under the capitalist cronyism what it is, not to mention what it will become with Obama's choice to head the U. S. Department of Education, two of the inductees at the 2009 Broad Superintendents Academy are members of Duncan's Chicago team, the Chief Information Officer and the Chief Financial Officer.

Parents can be assured of public education with a punch!

Working under the thumb of Mayor Daley, Duncan put Chicago on the map as the most militarized public school system in the nation. Middle schoolers have Cadet Corps, over 10,000 students participate in JROTC, and when the Air Force high school opens in September 2009, Chicago will be the only city in the nation to have academies representing all branches of the military. Chicago already has a Marine Military Academy, a Naval Academy, and three Army academies.

"We have to think outside the box, and what existed before simply did not work for far too many students," said Arne Duncan. Redefining schools as stock investments, he said, "I am not a manager of 600 schools. I'm a portfolio manager of 600 schools and I'm trying to improve the portfolio."

Those close to Duncan say the next step is to redefine schools as military breeding grounds--militarized phonics in kindergarten will protect the stock investments.

In October 2007, a press release from U. S. Representative Rahm Emanuel's office noted: Today, the U. S. House of Representatives joined Mayor Daley and CEO of Chicago Public Schools Arne Duncan at the Marine Military Academy, to officially commission the launch of the school. . . .

Emanuel secured $300,000 in federal funding for the Military Academy in the Fiscal Year 2007 Department of Defense Appropriations Act. "Our Nation's success depends on the quality of our children's education. Chicago Public School's Marine Military Academy is a pioneer of educational excellence and will become a model for public education across the country."

With militarization of high schools firmly in place, looking to kindergarten is the next logical step.

Microsoft, the world's largest software company, and maker of the popular Xbox video game system, is no stranger to military motifs in its products. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is a first-person shooter video game breaks away from the World War II setting of previous games in the series and is instead set in modern times.he game's move to modern warfare introduces new weapons and technology to the Call of Duty franchise, including the M4A1 carbine, the M203 grenade launcher, the AN/PEQ-2 Target Pointer for use in conjunction with night vision goggles, the MP5SD submachine gun, and the FGM-148 Javelin portable anti-tank guided missile. The player gains access to these over the course of the game, but may only carry up to two weapons in addition to grenades.

In adapting the war games format to the kindergarten market, Microsoft and McGraw-Hill will maintain the excitement of accumulating experiences points by taking down other players and completing objectives which will be aligned with state standards.

The team promises to deliver "student experiences that tap into brand loyalty through a fully integrated strategic communication approach using multiple user touch-points, television content, digital branding--all immersed in interactive online visibility and attractability."

Christopher Cerf, composer of "Put Down the Duckie" for Sesame Street, has been hired to write a "Blast Away Phuzzy Phonics" theme song for the Broad/Microsoft/Pentagon/McGraw-Hill kindergarten war games product. Metropolitan Opera's Jose Carreras and cultural phenomenon Madonna have been contacted about teaming up to record the song. Staff is waiting to to see if Britney really has her act together before contacting her.

"With the Pentagon joining up with Microsoft and McGraw-Hill, we'll have a 'No Excuses' policy with punch," said an officer at Education Trust-West. "Combining the in-the-field experience of the generals with the state-of-the-art war games videos will make phonics acquisition irresistible!"

Education Trust Director Executive Director Kati Haycock is listed at the Broad Superintendents Academy as guest speaker.

As proof os critical timing, the appointment of military generals in January 2009, follows by just a few months the opening of the Army Experience Center, located in the Franklin Mills Mall just north of Philadelphia. This one-of-a-kind, 14,500-square-foot virtual education facility has strings of networked Xbox 360 pods and individual gaming stations. And the crown jewels: a UH-60 Black Hawk, an AH-64 Apache and a Humvee. And more simulators than you can spit at. Children learn that being in the Army means being able to play with big toys. Now schools will teach that phonics is the key to getting access to these toys.

McGraw-Hill and Microsoft staffs are eager to bring this zing to kindergartners' interface with phonics. Combining their expertise with the Pentagon strategies for enlisting youth and the Broad Foundation school leadership thrust, America's competitive future looks bright. The Kindergartners who master phonics bequeath critical competitive skills to their children and their children's children, ensuring the success of capitalism in the 22nd century.

Power Up Your Phonics!

— staff
The Eggplant



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