Local Education and The Beautiful Tree

by Steve MacDonald May 18, 2016
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Are brick and mortar classrooms obsolete? Jody and Ian Underwood continue the education discussion with the book “The Beautiful Tree,” we touch on the advantages of local control in education, and real-world costs per classroom versus what your school board is charging you. (Download this segment) (Full Podcast)   Podcast RSS Feed  

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Comment Doodlings – Should not local control mean local financing (because RESPONSIBILITY)?

by Skip April 5, 2016

I guess Mr. Chase doesn’t believe in local control in education. Which also means that with local control, it means local responsibility for funding the decisions that come from local control if a town decides it wants full time kindergarten. That was my comment left at Tom Chase’s LtE in the Concord Monitor (after the […]

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Seriously, these three are the top responsibilities of the Federal Government?

by Skip March 30, 2016

I missed last night’s CNN Townhall with the Republican Prez candidates.  As always, Donald Trump made the buzz of the night.  Certainly his utterance on abortion made waves.  Sure, I am a pro-life supporter but even I blanched when I heard what he said.  That said, it’s what else he said that caught my attention […]

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Chris Sununu’s words are, IMHO, a bit strange

by Skip March 27, 2016

Now that the NH FITN Prez Wannabe Beauty Contest is now long gone, we can start turning our attentions to what matters: NH (e.g., “screw DC, save NH”).  That certainly means it’s time to start watching and evaluating NH specific races which certainly includes the Governor one.  Ann Marie Banfield has an extensive email list […]

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NH Education Activist Call To Action

by Steve MacDonald February 19, 2016
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From Stop Common Core New Hampshire WARNING!!! Obama’s Outcome Based Education and Outcome Based Assessments may become LAW This needs to be STOPPED IMMEDIATELY TWO Bills passed the NH HOUSE are on their way to the NH Senate that need your urgent attention. IT is important that you testify or write the Senate Education Committee […]

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Newspaper Doodlings – righting wrong thinking

by Skip February 14, 2016

Over at the Concord Monitor, a Tom Shamberg (a flaming Progressive from his voting record in the NH Legislature and ratings), is all about having the State take on the responsibility and cost for all of NH’s Education (hey, that’s what Progressives do – take away control but make everyone else pay for it).  From […]

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Someone else understands why Bernie is doing well with Millenials

by Skip February 2, 2016

I’ve been saying saying the same thing for years – and remember that it was the Frankfurt School and Gramsci that said for the Socialist / Communists to take over the ramparts of culture.  Now we are seeing that they were successful (emphasis mine): ANALYSIS: TRUE. OU professor: Youths’ attraction to Sanders shows education failure. […]

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Jeb! Bush – sounding like the Dems on college affordability

by Skip January 16, 2016

“If you are elected president, how will you make a college education more affordable?” The Concord Monitor had a piece “Where do the presidential candidates stand on college affordability?” that outlines some of the Prez Wannabees positions on that subject.  Frankly, I disagree with the question; why is it the proper role of Government of […]

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When does no diploma mean a diploma? In California!

by Skip December 28, 2015

This caught my eye over at Big Government: On January 1, California residents will have to accustom themselves to a number of new laws that will be implemented in the state. These are some the laws that will likely have the most profound effect: SB 172: High school seniors will receive their diploma whether or not they […]

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An observation on the state of American Education from a comedianne older than I

by Skip December 20, 2015

I read Powerline almost every day and on Fridays there is a post from Ammo Grrrll.  Usually a satirical post about something, I may not always LOL but I do oft smile at both the topic and how she treats it.  This one, however, wasn’t all that funny and cast a serious light as to […]

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Exeter NH High School Bans School Dances Indefinitely – Is SAU 16 to Blame?

by Steve MacDonald December 17, 2015
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SeacoastOnline is reporting that Exeter High School will no longer hold dances. Why? Students were engaged in sexually suggestive grinding on the dance floor. Alcohol or drug use were also cited as issues but the thrust of the problem appears to be dirty dancing. This is unfortunate for the kids who just wanted to dress […]

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Future of Education?

by Kimberly Morin November 23, 2015

Or closer to the present?

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Most Education Dollars go to Adults and not Children

by Steve MacDonald November 1, 2015
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We continue with School Board candidate Rich Girard on budgets, spending, direct to indirect labor costs, and how most of the tax-dollars in a given school budget are spent on the adults and not on the children. (Listen to Part I with Rich Girard, here.) Don’t want to wait for the rest? Get it all […]

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School district doesn’t like failure rates – redefines an “F”

by Skip October 29, 2015

As I just wrote: Which means that 67% AREN’T PROFICIENT.  Haven’t we learned that doing the same thing, over and over, with results like this, is just insanity? This is our national standard of excellence – the majority of kids failing to learn?  An entire nation? Well, if you can’t do well on the standardized tests, […]

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Why Aren’t The Public and the School Board in The Loop?

by Steve MacDonald October 4, 2015
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ICYMI – Part two of our interview with Rich Girard, who is running for the Manchester Board of School committee. We talk about how good education policy only comes from ensuring that parents and school boards are not just involved but informed so they can be educated participants in the process. Part I Here GrokTALK! […]

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by Steve MacDonald September 29, 2015

To progressives not all black lives matter, not even those that survive the abortion-cult cleansing rituals. To the progressive left, advocating for better education for minority students is “racist.” Because, you know, #BlackLivesMatter, but one shouldn’t actually try to do anything about it, other than march in the streets, hold signs, get on TV, and […]

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Don’t Give In To A Bully

by Steve MacDonald September 29, 2015
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The Bullies in the AG’s office are prepared to take a small town to court even though the law is against them. We talk more about the intimidation factor, the press, and the likely costs to go to court to defend School Choice. The NH AG is expected to take them to court. Help by […]

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GrokTALK! – 2015-09-12 The Videos

by Skip September 12, 2015

This week’s program was a fast paced one with lots of topics and lots of rapid around the table! Pre-Show – yeah, we use this time to hammer down the software and hardware gremlins that visit us every week as well as our regular babbling about a bunch of things Segment 1 – Our WTFs […]

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GrokTALK! – Why The Lawsuit Had To Fail

by Steve MacDonald September 2, 2015
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One of our resident NH Education Gurus, Jorge Mesa-Tejada, explains why a lawsuit filed by two towns against their School administrative Unit was doomed from the start; and it had nothing to do with the merit of the case they brought (and the taxpayers still have options…) Want the entire program? Get it here! GrokTALK! […]

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Welcome To Moonbat U.

by Ed Naile July 31, 2015

Welcome to the University of New Hampshire – Please do as we say or you will be set upon by the warriors of political correctness. Here is how we describe our plan for how you will behave after brain washing posing as an education: Statement of Diversity Diversity is a community value at the University […]

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GrokTALK! – No Curriculum Trigger Warnings For Parents?

by Steve MacDonald July 29, 2015
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Michelle Levell joins us to examine student and parental rights with regard to explicit material in pubic school classrooms, a recent effort to inform parents, and how educarats reacted to the proposed reform. You can find the entire program here Follow us on YouTube,  Facebook, and Twitter …and take us with you on iTunes, iHeart Radio, Spreaker,TuneIn, or […]

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And then they wonder, when they leave college, the rest of us think they are daft

by Skip July 25, 2015

This is just one snippet out of a longer fisking at The College Fix – go ahead and tell me, if you are just a regular kind of folk taking care of God, family, friends, and job, if you can understand this absolute gibberish: A binary trans* person who is heterosexual aromantic is part of […]

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Tomorrow On GrokTALK! July 25th, 2015

by Steve MacDonald July 24, 2015
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This week on GrokTALK! July 25th, 2015, (9am to 11am EDT) Governor George Pataki will be in studio to discuss why he is running for President. Michelle Levell on Parents rights vetoed by Governor Hassan this session. Keith Carlsen joins us to discuss the Health Care Compact. Plus commentary on local news, politics, and culture you could […]

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What is wrong with NH’s Governor?

by GrokWatch News Desk July 23, 2015

Lisa Brady, M.Ed. | GrokWatch News Desk Still Waiting for Justice! 7-13-2015 Dear Governor Hassan, I am looking forward to a response from you with regard to the following matter that I am also sending to the press: The New Hampshire NEA (teachers’ union) has gone on record, publicly supporting you and has referred to […]

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GrokTALK! – Worst Governor on Parental Rights Ever?

by Steve MacDonald June 29, 2015
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Education advocate Ann Marie Banfield joins us to talk about the Governor’s veto last week of parental rights regarding objectionable material (HB332) in public school classrooms. We discuss transparency, age appropriate material, parental involvement, and what parents and taxpayers need to do to ensure parental rights are defended and secured. Listen to the entire program […]

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Public Education As An Act of Fraud

by Steve MacDonald June 11, 2015
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If the average Public school was a non-profit organization asking you for your money to attend to some perceived public ‘good” you’d probably refuse to give them any. You might even ask the “authorities” to investigate them for fraud after seeing their balance sheet. Why? When 70% or more of all “donations” go to staff salaries […]

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Notable Quote – Joseph Sobran

by Susan Olsen June 5, 2015

 “In one century we went from teaching Latin and Greek in high school to offering remedial English in college.”  

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Has New Hampshire actually lowered the dropout rate?

by Steve MacDonald May 26, 2015
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New Hampshire appears, on the surface, to have done a decent job of reducing dropout rates.  But if you look at how the state has meddled with reported graduation rates, it becomes a lot harder to determine what the state has actually achieved. Keep reading at

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HB323 Vote Is This Thursday – Act Now!

by Steve MacDonald May 12, 2015
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From Michelle Levell at School Choice The New Hampshire senate will vote on HB 323 on Thursday, May 14th. As the date approaches supporters intend to kick into high gear with several false statements to push through this bill. The evidence does not support their positions. The FAQ belowis posted onMr. Bill Duncan’s websitewho […]

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Guest Post – “HB 323, The Most Important Education Bill of the Year”

by GrokWatch News Desk April 27, 2015

Michelle Levell | GrokWatch News Desk Contact your senator today about HB 323. We must pass the Hoell/Avard amendment or kill the bill. Save our kids. HB 323 is a very critical bill as it is tied to New Hampshire’s Elementary and Secondary Education (ESEA), aka No Child Left Behind (NCLB), waiver. This waiver is […]

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