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Iserbyt On Heritage Foundation's
Gingrich For Trump VP

By Charlotte Iserbyt

Remember - The Heritage Foundation drafted the North American Free Trade Agreement - NAFTA -  which Trump says he opposes...?

This Guy is at the Top of Trump's List For VP

Newsmax reports that Newt Gingrich is at the top of Donald Trump's list for the VP nomination. Per John Gizzi:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is now the leading candidate to be tapped by Donald Trump as his  running mate, a close confidante of Trump tells Newsmax.

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Just as Ronald Reagan made conservative ideas popular at the presidential level, so too did Newt Gingrich popularize them for the Congress and for a change in the Congress. In introducing Newt Gingrich again to a Heritage audience, I would only make three points.

The first point: When he was named Man of the Year by Time magazine in 1995, they said "Leaders make things possible; exceptional leaders make them inevitable." Newt Gingrich belongs to the category of exceptional. Time magazine got it right that time.

Number two: Newt Gingrich is a man of vision and forward thinking. Several of us here in the room remember a brown bag lunch we had with him in 1978, before he was elected to Congress, while he was still a professor of history. It was over at our old headquarters building, and he talked to us about his vision of a future where stay-at-home moms--a term none of us had ever heard before at that point--would be working from computer terminals in their home. This before the invention of the Apple PC: a man of vision.

The voices now jumping on board to advise Trump whom to choose as VP running mate, are suggesting names...especially the high profile name of Newt Gingrich.  

Newt Gingrich as a VP choice is the surest way to "deep six" the Trump Presidential Campaign.   If Trump can't be stopped in the primary process, bad advice by the "phony right" appears to be underway for the general election.

How can the phony right be identified at this juncture?   By their advice to the Trump Campaign ye shall know them.

IV.  ABCs of DumbDown: My 1995 Letter to Phyllis Schlafly

The above 1995 letter to Phyllis Schlafly from Charlotte Iserbyt exposes the activities of the neoconservatives related to school choice/charters with unelected boards, and much, much, much more related to a new form of government for the USA, supported as well by the Washington Education Association (affiliate of NEA) and leading neoconservative Trotskyite conservatives.

V.  NOTE FROM CHARLOTTE:  The following excerpts taken from the deliberate dumbing down of america relate specifically to Newt Gingrich, his leftist Third Wave associates, and support for education restructuring (Schools without Walls) and tax-funded school choice/charters.   Newt, brilliant as he is (no question about that!)  is no friend of traditional conservatives.   I have bolded Newt's name so you can more easily understand how he relates to text.


Index, the deliberate dumbing down of america
Gingrich, Newt, 155, 303, 452n, A49
and computers, 381, 400­401
“Contract with America,” 179

3D, page 400-401. THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION RAN AN ARTICLE ENTITLED “GINGRICH: TAPS FOR TEXTBOOKS—He Says Computers Will Replace Them” in its June 9, 1998 edition. Excerpts follow:

[Newt] Gingrich, speaking Monday at the Supercom trade show at the Georgia World Congress Center, said the onrush of technology will make textbooks obsolete.

“One of the goals should be to replace all textbooks with a PC,” the Georgia Republican said. “I would hope within five years they would have no more textbooks.”

Personal computers are the new focus for learning and students should be given one when they enter first grade, he said.

That suggestion drew immediate fire from Washington, D.C.-based author Harriet Tyson, who wrote A Conspiracy of Good Intentions: America’s Textbook Fiasco.

Gingrich has distorted technology’s value, she said. “He is like a 16-year-old who just fell in love with computers. He is not a techie. He’s just in love with techies.”

Gingrich, a former college professor who peppers his talks with references to writers such as Peter Drucker, W. Edwards Deming and Alexis de Tocqueville, also called for an overhaul of the nation’s schools. Gingrich urged that schools be judged in a business context.

Gingrich argued that Internet connections should often be available to replace the traditional lecture by a professor. In contrast to the old-style teaching model, the Net would be accessible 24 hours a day, he said. “We have to become a learning society.”

3D, pp 302-303: SCHOOL’S OUT: A RADICAL NEW FORMULA FOR THE REVITALIZATION OF AMERICA’S EDUCAtional System by Lewis J. Perelman was published (Avon Books: New York, 1992).

The book’s cover stated that: Dr. Perelman earned his doctorate in social policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute, he was formerly Director of Project Learning 2000—a study of restructuring education and training sponsored by nine U.S. corporations and foundations.

George Gilder, author of Wealth and Poverty, also recommended the book by Perelman as follows: “A compulsively readable rush to a vital new paradigm for technology and learn303 ing. You will never think of schools in the same way again” In the preface of School’s Out, Perelman reveals that:

Unlike others who channeled their disaffection into calls for “reform,” by 1970 I was convinced that the education system could not be amended but needed to be entirely replaced by a new mechanism more attuned to the technology and social fabric of the modern world.

This conclusion was nurtured by many sources, but especially influential were the works of B.F. Skinner, George Leonard and Jay Forrester. The work of Skinner and his disciples showed that the processes of learning could be analyzed, understood, and organized to serve the individual learner’s needs….

Inspired by such ideas, I returned to Harvard in 1970 and spent the next three years in an intense and largely independent study of most of the key questions that underlie this book: What is learning and how does it work? What technologies can facilitate learning, and how do they work? How does learning fit in with the overall processes of human economy and ecology? And most important, how do you transform or replace established human institutions?…

Of the several Harvard and MIT faculty who contributed to my exploration of these questions, I particularly benefited from the aid and encouragement of Wassilly Leontief, Harvey Liebenstein, Jay Forrester, Ithiel deSola Pool, B.F. Skinner, and Paul Yivisaker….

After leaving Harvard, I continued my research for another year with support from a grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and presented the results of the whole five years of study in my first book, The Global Mind, published in 1976. (p. 8)

[Ed. Note: In 1994 Dr. Perelman served as education specialist for the Progress and Freedom Foundation’s First Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, “Cyberspace and the American Dream.” The Progress and Freedom Foundation published Alvin and Heidi Toffler’s book, Creating a New Civilization: The Politics of the Third Wave, which carried a foreword by U.S. Representative and soon-to-be Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R., GA).

On page 96 of the Toffler’s book, the Progress and Freedom Foundation issued this invitation: If you have read and been influenced by this or by any of their works, they—and we—would like to know about it. Especially if you have ideas for how to speed the transition to a Third Wave America, please send them to us.]

3D, pp. 179-1980.  MALCOLM DAVIS, THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF LIBRARIES AND LEARNING TECHNOLogy, Office of Educational Research and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education, in response to this writer’s comment in 1981 that computer courseware could allow children to learn at home, responded, “In essence, in the future all education will take place in the home, but the school buildings will be used for socialization purposes.” This quote is not exact; however, it represents this writer’s recollection of it sixteen years later. I was so stunned by his comment that I recall it often when looking at the issue of “choice” and especially that of homeschooling.

This comment was echoed by Alvin Toffler, George Gilder and Lewis Perelman during a Progress and Freedom Foundation conference in Atlanta, Georgia in August of 1995.

This conference preceded and dealt with issues molding the “Contract with America” which Newt Gingrich put forth for Republican candidates to adopt as their platforms in 1996. Lewis Perelman’s book, School’s Out (Avon Books: New York, 1992), deals with this very concept and Perelman attended the conference as an expositor of “conservative” positions on education for Progress and Freedom Foundation.

[Ed. Note: A 1992 proposal to the New American Schools Development Corporation (NASDC) from The Center for the New West of Denver, Colorado included a plan from its New West Learning Center Design Team which provided a clear picture of the community of the future.

“Home School Families” would be linked to “Public Schools, Communities, Private Schools, Businesses, Alternative Schools, and Higher Education” with the New West Learning Center serving as the “hub” of the wheel, or community. While this proposal was not selected as a recipient of NASDC funding, and, fortunately, has not been funded by any government entity—YET—its description of changes in local governance and relationships of community elements met the criteria established by NASDC. (See Appendix XI and XII.)]

3D, page 155.

“BIG SCHOOL CHANGES PROPOSED” WAS PRINTED IN THE BANGOR (ME) DAILY NEWS ON November 30, 1979. The article covered what could easily be described as futuristic plans for Vermont public education. It stated in part: MONTPELIER, VT—A blue ribbon commission has recommended a radical restructuring of education in Vermont with year-round, ungraded schools and a policy of allowing some students to drop out at age 13.

In addition, the commission suggested creation of a 4,000- student, residential school for students ages 4 through 19. The state-run school would be a center for educational research and teacher training.... The commission recommends students should be permitted to drop out of formal schooling at age 13, as long as they get a job or enroll in an alternative training program.

[Ed. Note: This extraordinary plan for radical restructuring seemed beyond the pale in 1979. However, it doesn’t seem so out of reach in 1999 when most of its recommendations are being introduced nationwide. Year-round school has been proposed in many locales, being adopted in some in 1999.

Boarding schools have been openly proposed by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, but have not been widely embraced.

However, the concept of allowing students to drop out at age 13 has its parallel in school-to-work efforts which force students to select a career emphasis by the end of eighth grade.]

Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
Former Senior Policy Advisor
U.S. Department of Education

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