How Children Learn

brain-left-rightAs a workshop leader for the education department at University of North Florida, and a workshop leader  for home school parents, I have noticed many things. One of the hardest things to do is to let go of the public school model which is failing our kids, and to adopt more successful methods they have never experienced.

 The Conventional Method

The Conventional method typically used in Public Schools, and their mandated curriculum,   is  left brain teaching (workbooks, flash cards, lectures, sit down at a desk work). It it is effective with  about 45% of the children.  The other 55% are like round pegs forced into square wholes. This is particularly true with active children, hands on learners,  children with ADHD and those with learning disabilities.

Whole Brain Teaching

With Whole Brain Teaching one reaches  all the learning styles so that about 90% o f  the children are learning. With this method , children learn faster, retain more,  stress is reduced (a major cause of learning disabilities), drop out rates decrease by 90%, brain health health is improved, and they love it.  Whole brain teaching simply means involving as many senses in the learning process as possible (games, play,  and real life experiences). It can be  easily done in the classroom. However home schooling lends itself to this method very easily, because when you home school, the whole world is  your classroom. 

  • A trip to the grocery store becomes a lesson in weights, math, and reading.
  • My little brother was fascinated by monopoly which turned into a lesson in reading, math, and money counting.
  • Building a fort or dollhouse  with your child   becomes a lesson in geometry, architecture, measuring, reading….
  • Cooking together becomes a lesson in measuring and reading
  • Finland now has the best education in the world, and Play is a major part of their education.  “A class of first graders scampered among nearby pine and birch trees, each holding a stack of the teacher’s homemade laminated “outdoor math” cards. “Find a stick as big as your foot,” one read. “Gather 50 rocks and acorns and lay them out in groups of ten,” read another. Working in teams, the 7- and 8-year-olds raced to see how quickly they could carry out their tasks. “

1.  Ring Around The Phonics is an excellent board game  for parents, teachers and tutors to teach  language arts (phonics, reading, comprehension, listening skills, communication skills, spelling, vocabulary, foreign languages and more) . It  involves the left and right brain (whole brain) in the learning process.

2.  How To Create Your Own Lesson Plans gives one a template so that you are sure to teach your objectives, and (2)  Grade Level Requirements gives you some direction for your objectives. However be willing to let go of objectives so that you can adjust to the child’s individual needs.

3.  Lesson Plans That Motivate also has some good ideas.

4.  Ring Around The Phonics is an excellent way to teach  language arts (phonics, reading, comprehension, listening skills, communication skills, spelling, vocabulary, foreign languages and more) , because it  involves the left and right brain (whole brain) in the learning process.

5.  How To Teach Sequencing

Whole brain teaching is a lot easier than trying to force an active child to sit at a desk and do workbooks.

 

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The Constitution: Don’t Just Read It…Understand it.

Your Rights

Because many who swore to uphold the Constitution do not understand it, an increasing number of adults and children are faced with unconstitutional searches and imprisonment. Understanding the Constitution can make a big difference when you are faced with an illegal search or confiscation. It is important not to be confrontational, but being informed can make a difference in your actions, and  what happens to you. Even police officers often do not understand that an unconstitutional law is not law at all.  They all took an oath to uphold the Constitution, but many do not understand what that means.

Because word meanings from the time of our Founders have changed, just reading it does not equate understanding it.  For example:  a dictionary from 1828  defines

WELFARE, n. [well and fare, a good faring; G.]

1. Exemption from misfortune, sickness, calamity or evil; the enjoyment of health and the common blessings of life; prosperity; happiness; applied to persons.

2. Exemption from any unusual evil or calamity; the enjoyment of peace and prosperity, or the ordinary blessings of society and civil government; applied to states. ( In other words, The government cannot show favoritism to one State or special interest group over another) http://machaut.uchicago.edu/?resource=Webster%27s&word=welfare&use1913=on&use1828=on

But a modern dictionary describes the word welfare as the government giving money to the needy.  Other, words like Democracy and Republic, have also been turned upside down.

At 1.16 in the following video, Judge Napolitano explains the Welfare Clause

In the following video, the Judge explains one of the most misunderstood Clauses:  the Commerce Clause

Its History

The history of the Constitution and the Federalist Papers are not only interesting, but are essential to a true understanding of the Constitution and your rights.  Before the Union many of the larger colonies took advantage of the smaller ones, and Foreign Countries also took advantage of the individual colonies.  So that was one of the main  reason  for the Union (protection from abuses…strength in numbers).  However the Founders and the Colonists were well aware that all governments are potentially dangerous.  A guard dog can be an asset if controlled , but can also be dangerous if not controlled…such are governments.

This and many other historical events are explained in Justice Joseph Story’s book, A Familiar Exposition Of The Constitution Of The United States. as he explains the related Constitutional clauses.  Justice Story was not only a Supreme Court Justice, but he was born three years after the Declaration of Independence, his father served in the Revolution, and his book was once a well recognized school text book.

We have been educated to believe that the Supreme Court is the “Keeper of the Constitution”. However Supreme Court Justice Story warned, “our cherished freedoms and Constitutional government might perish in an hour, by the folly, or corruption, or negligence of its only keepers, THE PEOPLE. if the people did not trouble to learn the history, purpose, and meaning of their own Constitution.” You see, not only can States take the government to trial for unconstitutional laws that harm its people, but so can citizens take the government to trial if  harmed by an unconstitutional law.

A game to teach the Constitution to your children is The Constitution Quest

Judge Napolitano: “The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. If you want to amend it, amend it, but you can’t overlook it.”

 

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How To Teach Children Analytical Thinking Skills

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Many teachers  and parents  complain that today’s schools and textbooks  do not teach children how to think, but instead teach them what to think.  Preparing the children for multiple choice questions actually discourages them from thinking outside of the box.  Teaching children what to think instead of how to think is indoctrination, does not prepare them for unexpected  real life situations, and makes them vulnerable to cults and propaganda.

Please allow me to provide you with some true stories.

True Story One:  One day while  tutoring a young child who was gifted, and naturally  an analytical  personality  something very interesting happened.  I was teaching him about the comprehension skill, “Cause And Effect“. He was sipping on a glass of tea, and I asked if it was ready made tea, or did his mom make it from scratch.  He said it was ready made, so I then asked what would happen if your Mom added water to the tea before giving it to you?  To my surprise, he answered, “it would improve the taste”.

Instead of correcting him, I asked him to explain.  He proceeded to tell me that  the  tea she started with was in powder form (not canned as I was thinking) , and” if she did not add water, it would taste awful”.  If I had not been willing to listen to him, and simply told him that was the wrong answer, I would  have weakened his natural tenancy to think for himself. I would have been training him to conform.

Second Story From Ancient Times:  Plato was talking to his colleagues, and told them  knowledge comes from within.  Therefore, he explained, it is our job to bring it forth.  His colleges replied, “Oh no.  Children aren’t borne knowing.  We must impart knowledge to them. ”

To demonstrate his point, Plato had a five year old child brought to him.  He simply asked the boy a series of questions. Without any information, only Plato’s questions, the little boy solved a very complicated algebra problem.

Methods Used To Teach Critical Thinking

1.  One can teach critical thinking by using Plato’s  method.  I simply go through my lesson looking to see where I could ask a question instead of giving a statement.  The more questions, the better.

2. The Classical Method of Teaching children teaches memorization in their early years, and analytical thinking begins  in the middle years.

The Socratic Method   teaches analytical thinking by group discussions and evaluations. None of this is  possible with multiple choice questions that have only one right answer.

The following method is referred to as a Heart Talk, and can be strengthen  intuition as well as logical deduction.

  • Discussions are best done in a circle rather that the typical classroom setting which is designed for a lecture.
  • Have a topic for discussion in  which you have prepared several    open ended questions so as to facilitate discussion.  Discussion, and not lecture,  is the important thing when teaching analytical thinking.  The topic can be part of a previous  reading assignment,  a current event, the Constitution,  prayer, God, bullying or any number of things.
  • Have an object that can be passed around the circle.  I use a small stuffed heart for this purpose.
  • Explain to the children that whomever is holding the heart has everyone’s total focus, and is the only one who should be talking.  Everyone else is to listen with their full nonjudgmental focus on the person with the heart.  Also explain that they have the right to  pass by simply passing the heart to the next child, and there are no right or wrong answers, so no one is corrected, judged  or criticized for their answers. It is, however, OK to have a different point of view.
  • If the children are not use to discussions, they might be reluctant to participate.  So it is wise to break the ice by beginning with very simple questions, like what did you have for breakfast? Once they are comfortable that they will not be put down for their answers, they will be eager to contribute.
  • As the discussion begins, an  open ended question  is asked, and the heart is  given to someone in the circle.
  • The teacher is a facilitator in these discussions, and  participates on an equal level with the students.  If  one person begins to dominate the discussion, you (as the facilitator) can say something like that is interesting, but it is time to pass the heart so others have time to participate.  If a student criticizes another child, simply remind them that there are no right or wrong answers.  If a child wants to ask a question of another, they have to wait until the heart passes into their hands (they can write their question down if they are afraid of “forgetting”).
  • Before starting a new question, allow the heart to pass around the circle once with no one responding so as to be sure everyone has finished discussing the question asked .  Then it is time to ask another open ended question.
  • If the answers begin taking the discussion in a new direction, it is often   a good idea to allow this, because it can lead to some unexpected answers that the children are curious about.   But this is a judgement call that facilitators mush decide in each situation.

More Ideas For Teaching Critical Thinking

Other Methods Used By Home Educators. 

 

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Teaching Children To Read

It is important that children associate reading with phonic sounds as soon as possible.  So as soon as your child has learned the phonic sounds of  Ss, Aa, Mm, Rr, Nn, Dd and Tt,  they should be able to read the following free early reader book.  The attached PDF file is an early reader book from the reading/ phonics game, “Ring Around the Phonics”. Download it for free as many times as you like. Book: Book Sam and Dan

Below  are three ways to use the book, “Sam and Dan”.

  • Use it to teach Sequencing
  • Use it to teach Reading Comprehension
  •  Once he/ she is able to read “Sam and Dan” allow them to color it.  This is a good exercise for helping them learn to write because it develops finger dexterity.Note:
  • If you want to make sure you are enunciating the phonic sounds correctly you can hear and see them enunciated free in video format.
  • To learn more about Ring Around the Phonics (“The reading and phonics game children literally beg to play click here .
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Lesson Plans That Motivate

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You know we all have those days in which our children need a little motivation. You know, “do I have too?”, or “I would rather play today”  For that matter we educators can sometimes use a little motivation when faced with such lack of enthusiasm. So here are some fun ways to motivate.

I.  There is an Important Link Between Play And Learning
As we watch children playing, it often looks like a waste of time that might be fun, but otherwise of little value Yet studies reveal that young children learn best while at constructive play. There is a scientific reason why the  Conventional Method (workbooks, flash cards,  lectures) is often not effective.  This method teaches to the left brain only because it is delivered in in serial order through verbal media either in speech or in print. The Conventional Method  unintentionally shuts down the right side of the brain.

Movement of our body makes information flow from the left brain  to right and back again at lightning velocity.     Teaching to the whole brain (Total Physical Response) has been found to be far more effective. By physically involving the children in the learning process (games, real life experiences, choices…active learning), studies show children actually learn faster, retain more, drop out rates decrease by 90%, and it reduces stress. According to Dr. Daniel Amen, Physician: Child/Adolescent/Adult Psychiatry, Nuclear Brain Imaging CEO: Amen Clinics, Inc., whole brain learning/ teaching improves the health of the brain. This does not mean that workbooks need to be eliminated, but the evidence is clear that we need to be doing a lot more whole brain teaching.

II. The Power Of Choice
In the college text book, “Social Foundations of Human Behavior”  (pages 591-601) fascinating studies were conducted exposing how important choice is in the success of any project (groups, classrooms, businesses, organizations, ext).    You see when we are told what to do, we are not always eager to co-operate.  However when we are involved in the planning of any project, we are invested in it.  It is our creation, and we are more likely to protect it.  Children are no different than we adults in this respect.

Following are some ways we can actively involve children in the lesson and its planning:

  1. Leave interesting  educational items around the house. Amazing Math Projects You Can Build Yourself (Build It Yourself series) has lots of interesting projects to excite the little ones.  For example, open the book to the chapter on angels, and place any necessary tools next to the open book. (in this chapter you would need an angle measure placed next to the book). Note: this is a technique often used by unschoolers). Sit back, and let the display do the work for you…no pushing or coaxing should be used.
  2. Leave a variety of books around the house in places where the kids like to relax or hang out.  examples of books  are: (a) Activity books like Archaeology for Kids: Uncovering the Mysteries of Our Past, 25 Activities (For Kids series), (b) picture books like Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry, (c) analytical children often are fascinated with Masters of Deception: Escher, Dali & the Artists of Optical Illusion, (d) and don’t forget to lay out a few favorite novels in the assortment, (e) The Scholastic Children’s Dictionary is interesting to children because it has graphics, and explains many interesting things that intrigue the inquisitive minds.
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  3. One mother told me that her children had all learned to read, and learned to love reading with the active game,  Ring Around The Phonics.  She said that even though her children now all read quite well,  she keeps it handy, and when her kids complain about doing their more advanced  lessons… Well, she pulls the game out, and teaches her language arts  lesson using Ring Around The Phonics.  “They haven’t a clue…they think they are playing” :-), she explained.
  4. Real Life Homeschooling: Coupon Math is an article written by a home school mom.  She beautifully explains how she uses a trip to the grocery store to teach reading, and math.
  5. Cooking in the home kitchen can provide a wonderful opportunity to teach your children about measuring and fractions.
  6. Nile Stanley PhD., Reading Professor at the University Of North Florida, teaches children  with poetry and song. Creating Readers with Poetry , by Dr. Nile Stanley is an interesting book

Feel free to share your ideas about how to motivate children to learn in the comment box bellow.  We all benefit from your success stories, and things you have learned.

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Brain Research: Understanding ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, Learning Disabilities And Other Emotional And Physical Problems.

The following information is a result of resources we have gathered on Dr. Aman’s famous brain SPECT research. It is most notable that he was able to take two patients that were pronounced “brain dead”, and revive both of them.  Brain SPECT imaging provides for more effective diagnosis and treatment for people who suffer from learning, emotional or behavioral disorders.  We are excited to provide you his questionnaire and information to assist.

Disclaimer: The following information and tools are not intended to be a diagnosis, and need to be discussed with your physician for further evaluation. We are, however, providing as much of Dr. Aman’s information free to you without violating copyright laws.  Where copyright laws may interfere, we are providing you links to his website for more research.

prefrontal cortex, anterior cingulate, basal ganglia, deep limbic system, temporal lobes, cerebellum

Because there is an increasing number of emotional problems (anger management, depression, obesity, Schizophrenia, aging, fatigue,  ext.) , and learning disabilities (ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, ext. ) families are looking for answers for themselves and loved ones.  Until recently, it has often  been trial and error as to what  medication, what diet, and other adjustments were needed. Families and patients struggled sometimes for years looking for answers that left them little hope.  Dr Aman, with his brain SPECT scan research, has now taken much of the guess work out of it.

Because of his research, it is now easier to  pinpoint areas of the brain that are not receiving enough oxygen and blood flow by the symptoms that are demonstrated.   Dr Aman has created a free questionnaire  (PDF Format) to help families and physicians.  He says, it is not as accurate as a scan, but  it is the next best thing when a scan is not possible.

For example, one child suffering from Aspergers may become highly agitated if presented something he was not expecting.  That is an indication that  the Frontal lobe is effected.  Another child might be diagnosed with Aspergers, and is slow to answer questions, slow to walk or to talk.  For these children the Cerebellum is the suspect.  Some of these children might have both symptoms demonstrating that both the Frontal Lobe and the Cerebellum are not receiving enough blood flow. Knowing which part of the brain is affected is critical, because it determines what procedure will be most effective, and much less likely to  inflict more injury.

ADD and ADHD have been a real smorgasbord of confusing solutions.  That is because there are actually six different kinds of ADD/ ADHD.  An acceptable  treatment for one type can do more harm than good for another. Treating depression has been equally troublesome.  We all know cases where an antidepressant worked fine for one person, and sent another to commit suicide or even murder.  Again, having the brain scan eliminates much of the guess work typically associated with diagnoses.   (If a scan is not available, the questionnaire is the next best thing)

In the following link, you will be able to view actual brain scans.  The holes you are about to see are areas where the brain is deteriorating because of not enough blood flow and oxygen: SPECT Imaging For Brain Health  Folks, this is an excellent tool to teach children about drugs and their effects. 🙂

After you have answered the questionnaire (see links above), you will be given an evaluation tool that will help you determine which areas of the brain may be effecting performance.  To assist you,  we are providing the following information which is to be used after you have completed the questionnaire, and determine what parts of the brain you want to know more about.

Prefrontal Cortex (PFC)

Prefrontal Cortex (PFC) functions:
Attention, planning, Follow through, impulse control, inhibition, judgement, empathy, organization, morality

Prefrontal Cortex Problems:
Inattention, lack of forethought, procrastination, impulsive, dis-inhibited, poor judgement, lack of empathy, disorganization

Some Conditions Affecting Low PFC Functioning:
ADHD, brain trauma, schizophrenia, conduct disorders, depression, some dementia, antisocial personality.

Anterior Cingulate (AC)

ACG Functions: Brain’s gear shifter, cognitive flexibility, cooperation, go fro idea to idea, see options, go with the flow, error detection.

ACG Problems: gets stuck, trouble shifting, inflexible, worries, holds grudges, oppositional, obsesses, compulsions, argumentative, excessive error detection, some forms of addiction.

Some Conditions Affecting the ACG: OCD, addictions, eating disorders, PTSD, anxiety disorders, PMS, chronic pain, oppositional defiant.

Basal Ganglia (BG)

BG Functions: sense of calm, sets anxiety level, motivation, motor related, mediates pleasure

BG Problems: Tension, nervousness, anxiety/panic, predicting the worst, tremors/ticks,  addictions, conflict avoidance, no motivation

Some Conditions Affecting The BG: Anxiety disorders, OCD, Movement Disorders, Tourette’s/ticks, PTSD

Deep Limbic System

DLS Function: Mood control, motivation, attitude, appetite/sleep/, Bonding, sense of smell, Libido.

DLS Problems: Depression, poor motivation, poor attitude, sleep/appetite issues, tends to isolate, lack of smell, negativity, guilt, hopelessness.

Some Conditions Affecting The DLS: depression, pain syndromes, clinic mood disorders

Cerebellum (CB)

CB Functions: Motor control, postture, gait, executive function (connects to PFC0, speed of cognitive interaction (like clock speed of computer), organization.

CB Problems: Gait/coordination problems, slowed thinking, slowed speech, impulsivity, poor learning, disorganization.

Some Conditions Affecting CB:
Trauma, alchol abuse, autism, aspergers, ADHD

NOTE: Whole brain teaching (physically involving the children in the learning process), like Ring Around The Phonics, and real life experiences, improves brain health because it exorcizes the whole brain. With whole brain teaching, children learn faster, retain more,  dropout rates decrease by 90%, and stress is reduced.

More Resources

Note: There are also several conditions, including some normal learning styles,  that are misdiagnosed as learning disabilities.  You will be able to learn more about them at this link:  Conditions That Can Mimic Or Create Learning disabilities

Dr. Aman’s studies show that by improving the blood flow to the injured part of the brain, remarkable results occur. Dr. Aman  provides solutions, and further assistance on his website:  Aman Clinics .  We have purchased several of his products, and highly recommend his High Performance Brains (Six Disc Video Series), because it explains things in detail showing the related brain scans, and possible treatments.  On his website he has supplements, a valuable questionnaire that includes the possible treatments, and more information. If you are not sure what to purchase, give them a call.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to leave your comments or questions below.

 

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Teaching Reading Through Play: A Vygotskian Perspective

Experience how to nurture children’s learning to read through games. Develop best practices from the learning theorist Vygotsky’s research on play as a powerful scaffold for developing language and thinking.

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Home School Conventions: How To Home Educate Your Children

The first home school convention I attended was overwhelming.  There was so much offered that I did not know were to begin, and found myself wondering around aimlessly.   I just was not prepared for so much opportunity.  I now know how to prepare, and will share with you in the article below.

Most states have at least one large home school association which can provide  all sorts of information, assistance and resources for home educators.  Among the most exciting and rewarding are the annual conventions. Conventions are a time for parents to reward themselves, to rejuvenate, and to learn.

What To Expect

  • There are workshops on all sorts of subjects.  There are so many that husband and wife (or even friends) often split up to share notes later.
  • Vendor booths are an opportunity for  you to handle the  curriculum,  ask questions, and see demonstrations before you make a purchase.  We much prefer the curriculum created by home educators, because home school is not the classroom.
  • Most vendors offer discounts at the conventions, so be sure and ask about that.
  • Network and converse with other home educators
  • Have a vacation (kids are usually welcome, but many parents choose to use this as a time away)
  • If you have a critical relative, consider inviting them to attend. It is a big eye opener.

How To Prepare

  • Dress comfortably: you will be doing a lot of walking
  • Sometimes the rooms are too cold, so bring a sweater in that event
  • Bring  something to carry flyers, your schedule, curriculum, ext. Some people like back packs, but I prefer a cart on wheels thatQube Cart XL -Black- (Free Shipping) allows me to sit when I want, and fold up for easy  storage  (Qube Cart XL -Black- (Free)Shipping)
  • To prevent over spending, set a budget ahead of time. Don’t spend your money for curriculum and supplies until the last day so as to give you a chance to see your options, and make the best choices.
  • The Association will usually provide you with a schedule of workshops and vendor booth locations. Study that in advance, and check out the websites of the vendors ahead of the convention, so you can make a list of which vendors you want to visit. You won’ t be able to visit all of them. Highlighting them on the map, which is usually provided, will save you time later.
  • Spend the first day quickly checking out the vendors of interest.  You may decide to weed out some you thought you would like .  On the second day, make sure to visit the booths that have curriculum and supplies that you think you want to purchase.  But remember to  wait until the last day to make your decisions.
  • Decide in advance of the Convention which workshops are most important for you to attend, and set your schedule accordingly.
  • Snacks at conventions can be rather expensive, so you might want to take a cooler filled with snacks so you can load up your back pack or cart with nourishment for the day.
  • Sometimes friends will share a room to lessen expenses. Staying on the conventions site is convenient.  However we often stay at a less expensive hotel near by to reduce the cost of the trip.
  • Have fun!

If you have more suggestions for others, please leave your comments below, and link to your website, if you have one.

If you would like to find a location for a convention near you, see the following article : Home School Conventions For Parents, Tutors And Teachers.

How To Home School is another article that will likely interest you.

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Do You Know Where Our Politicians Are?

Recently I came across the following Information.  I had no idea what our our political leaders were up to.

The following was announced briefly on Fox News, so I looked up to learn more:

the U.S. State Department on Friday said 13 foreign workers — six of them U.S. citizens — had left Egypt on a private plane. The amount of bail paid for the U.S. citizens was set at about $330,000 each.

The State Department declined to name the people, some of whom worked for the IRI and the National Democratic Institute,  Read more here: http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE82201T20120303

I did not know there was such a thing as the IRI and NDI…did you?

Although officially nonpartisan, IRI is closely aligned with the Republican Party, just as its sister organization, the National Democratic Institute (NDI), is aligned with the Democratic Party. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has served as IRI chairman since 1993, and Lorne Craner, the former assistant secretary of state for democracy and human rights and labor in the George W. Bush administration, is IRI’s president.

The IRI is the indirect product of the democratic globalism efforts of the AFL-CIO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the two main U.S. political parties.[16] In 1982, President Ronald Reagan proposed a new organization to promote free-market democracies around the world, the NED. In 1983, Congress approved the creation of NED, which was funded primarily through the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) and secondarily through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Designed as a bipartisan institution, NED channels U.S. government funding through four core grantees: IRI, NDI, the Center for International Private Enterprise, and the Solidarity Center (the AFL-CIO’s international operations institute).[17]

The IRI has expanded greatly in recent years. Its 2008 budget was about $78 million, with programs in some 60 countries.  Read full article here:   http://rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/International_Republican_Institute

The IRI and NDI are both part of the United Nations: IRI works to advance freedom and democracy worldwide by developing political parties; civic institutions; open elections; good governance; and the rule of law.  Read more about this statement at this link: http://www.unausa.org/page.aspx?pid=411

The website for the International Republican Institute

The website for the International Democratic Institute

Possible Discussion Topics

  • After reading the following  articles “We Are Not A Democracy“, and “The United Nations Taxing The One Percent…You”  talk about the anger other Countries show toward Americans, and is it the American people, U.S. government, U.N. or Federal Reserve they should be angry with.
  • Is this Constitutional?
  • Is this a good thing, or a bad thing?
  • Is “nation Building” the same as “colonialism”?
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Founding Father Quotes (and others) On Central Banks

Below are listed some quotes from the Founding Fathers (and others) concerning Central Banks (Federal Reserve / World Bank) Note: this page is still under construction, so check back with us for more information.

“Without big banks, socialism would be impossible.” – Vladimir Lenin

Thomas Jefferson

{The following has long been attributed to Jefferson, but was actually a compilation of his quotes with “by inflation and then deflation” added later by others (see below)}……“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them (around the banks), will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.

Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1825 to William Branch Giles of “a vast accession of strength from their younger recruits, who, having nothing in them of the feelings or principles of ’76, now look to a single and splendid government of an aristocracy, founded on banking institutions, and monied incorporations under the guise and cloak of their favored branches of manufactures, commerce and navigation, riding and ruling over the plundered ploughman and beggared yeomanry

Jefferson said in a letter to John Taylor in 1816, “And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.

“Bank-paper must be suppressed, and the circulating medium must be restored to the nation to whom it belongs.” Thomas Jefferson to John Wayles Eppes

George Washington, in letter to
J. Bowen, Rhode Island,

Jan. 9, 1787 “Paper money has had the effect in your state that it will ever have, to ruin commerce, oppress the honest, and open the door to every species of fraud and injustice.”

John Maynard Keynes:

In 1919, John Maynard Keynes, later an advisor to Franklin D. Roosevelt, wrote in his book The Economic Consequences of Peace: “Lenin is to have declared that the best way to destroy the capitalist system was to debauch the currency … By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens … As the inflation proceeds and the real value of the currency fluctuates wildly from month to month, all permanent relations between debtors and creditors, which form the ultimate foundation of capitalism, become so utterly disordered as to be almost meaningless…”

President John Garner

In 1933, Vice-President John Garner, when referring to the international bankers, said: “You see, gentlemen, who owns the United States .”

Senator Barry Goldwater

Sen. Barry Goldwater wrote in his book With No Apologies: “Does it not seem strange to you that these men just happened to be CFR (Council on Foreign Relations) and just happened to be on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, that absolutely controls the money and interest rates of this great country. A privately owned organization … which has absolutely nothing to do with the United States of America !”

Edward House

In a letter to Edward M. House (President Wilson’s closest aide), dated November 23, 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt said: “The real truth of the matter is, and you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson.”

President Kennedy

More Resources:

Secret Federal Reserve  loans gave banks 13 Billion undisclosed to Congress

Federal Reserve earned 77.4 Billion in 2011.

Robert Hillmann explains the goals of the Federal Reserve in the following article:  Reinventing Government

The establishment of the Central Bank (Federal Reserve) is  number 5 of the Ten Planks of the Communist Manifesto

 

 

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