Education

NH Democrat Peggy Gilmour Doesn’t Trust You

by Steve MacDonald October 27, 2014
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New Hampshire Democrat Peggy Gilmour and her fellow traveler have invested a lot in mailers depicting her opponent Kevin Avard as an enemy of children and education. This debate can be boiled down to this: Kevin trusts parents, Gilmour trusts bureaucrats.  Kevin prefers local control, Gilmour prefers state or national control.   Kevin Trusts you to, […]

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The Monopoly of Education

by Steve MacDonald October 18, 2014
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    The most urgent necessity is not that the State should teach, but that it should allow education.  All monopoles are detestable, but the worst of all is the monopoly of educations. -Frederic Bastiat          

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Democrats Tell NH Parents, Teachers, And Administrators They Are Stupid

by Steve MacDonald October 15, 2014
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I caught the end of a commercial by (I believe it was paid for by the) DCCC that described NH Congressional District two candidate Marilinda Garcia as an education risk not worth taking.  Seems the Dems are working the rope line on “Garcia wants to shut down the Federal Department of Education” and hey– that’s […]

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GrokTALK! with State Senate Candidate Kathy Rago

by Steve MacDonald October 2, 2014
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NH State Senate candidate Kathy Rago (District 7) joined us this past week to talk about why she is running, about education and school choice, government spending (and governments true role), the barriers to entry and business/job creation that excessive occupational licensing presents, and a lot more. (30 min)   Listen to or Download the […]

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GrokTALK! August 9th, 2014 with Emily Sandblade and Susan Olsen

by Steve MacDonald August 9, 2014

This week on GrokTALK! our guests are Hillsborough NH Dist 18 House Rep Emily Sandblade and Susan Olsen. The topics? Manchester Education standards and the ongoing story behind those unauthorized changes to New Hampshire’s Pistol / Revolver License Application. Mike joins by phone for segment one, and Skip and Steve own segment four with plenty […]

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GrokTALK! August 9th Live Stream -Emily Sandblade and Susan Olsen

by Steve MacDonald August 9, 2014
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This week our guests are Hillsborough NH Dist 18 House Rep Emily Sandblade and our own Susan Olsen.  The topics?  Manchester Education standards and the ongoing story behind those unauthorized changes to New Hampshire’s Pistol / Revolver License Application. If you don’t see it here, you can always watch it at USTREAM.tv here. Live broadcast […]

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There’s a storm brewing in Manchester and again Common Core is the epicenter

by Kimberly Morin August 5, 2014

As reported by Rich Girard on “Girard At Large” yesterday, the state battle over Common Core continues in Manchester.    Since the Curriculum and Instruction Committee (C&I) decided to approve what they claim to be “better standards” over Common Core and push forward to a vote by the Manchester School Board, there has been controversy about whether they are […]

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GrokTALK! Aug 2nd, 2014 – Robin Eubanks

by Steve MacDonald August 4, 2014
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Next Up on GrokTALK! Robin Eubanks joins us.  Robin is the author of Credentialed to Destroy and maintains a very comprehensive blog called the Invisible Serf’s Collar.  Robin talked to us about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, passed last week in congress with no fanfare or discussion.  The bill (now law) affects every state […]

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Parental Control is Needed for Childrens’ Education

by Don June 25, 2014

Today we are celebrating the achievements of graduating students.  We applaud them and wish that they achieve their dreams. While we are happy for those who are prepared for their next endeavor, we need to recognize that many of our schools are just not good enough for students or for our country’s needs.  Too many […]

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Learn About the Weather At Weatherbell Analytics

by Steve MacDonald June 10, 2014
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I speak often about Weatherbell Analytics and Joe Bastardi’sSaturday Summary.  It’s a great place to learn about the weather and why you can expect certain things from your climate when you see patterns develop that are predictable and have nothing to do with CO2….sorry lefties. Joe shows us the data, lots of data, charts, graphs, […]

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GrokTALK! May 24th, 2014 – Michelle Levell For The NH House

by Steve MacDonald May 26, 2014
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Longtime Grassroots activist Michelle Levell joins us to talk about why she is running for the NH House (Rock-7, Windham).  We chat about SB120 (Death to speech!) and some of the gaping holes in the legislation, accountability, emotional pleas as policy, gun rights, dealing with media bias, and school choice. GrokTALK! Segment Two (30 min) […]

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GrokTALK! May 10th Segment One – Guns, Girls, Dems, Duncans, Bans, and Legislatures

by Steve MacDonald May 12, 2014
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In segment one we bring up recent School Board appointee Bill Duncan, the idea of choice in education (and the choice to object to material used in class), Cell Phone Bans, the Speech Police, Paint tax, Minimum wage, the left-wing allure of a professional legislature, lingerie, Dartmouth’s rape culture, girls with guns, and more. Listen […]

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Dr. Duke Pesta – The Truth About Common Core

by Steve MacDonald May 4, 2014
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Watch it in bits or set aside time for the whole thing.  Then share it. Have you heard about Common Core? The chilling truth behind these new national educational “standards” will terrify you. Common Core represents the latest and most comprehensive step in the drive toward complete government control of our children’s education. Join us […]

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New Hampshire Public School Drop Out Rates Soar Under Governor Hassan

by Steve MacDonald April 29, 2014
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A national organization that examines public school drop out rates has just graded New Hampshire.  We got an 86% (UL-Secret hand shake required).  That might sound good until you recall that Governor Maggie Hassan’s predecessor claimed the rate had dropped below 1%.  This means that under Maggie Hassan, Drop out rates have skyrocketed. (Why aren’t […]

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“Depends on our education…”

by Skip April 28, 2014

“Our liberty depends on our education, our laws, and habits . . . it is founded on morals and religion, whose authority reigns in the heart, and on the influence all these produce on public opinion before that opinion governs rulers.”    – Fisher Ames  (do you know who is is?*  After the jump) Every time […]

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Notable Quote – Prof. Don Boudreaux

by Skip March 27, 2014

On Education (emphasis mine): Here’s a better idea: shift education responsibility to parents. Mr. Hettleman likely disagrees, given that in his op-ed he doesn’t once mention parents or families.  But it is mothers and fathers – not politicians – who have the greatest interest in the welfare of their children and who know their children […]

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State of Education – what to do to reverse it?

by Skip March 27, 2014

Choice and competition would go a long way.  After all, everywhere else it has been used, it has worked.  Educational Freedom

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Gun Grabber version of the Second Amendment

by Skip March 22, 2014

Do I break Godwin’s Law right off the bat when I say “we have the children”?  I rail all the time that a lot of the problems here in the US are due to our bad educational system and the huge lack knowledge by Americans, especially those in school, about how our style of Government […]

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GrokTALK! Feb 15, 2014 With Dr. Julianne Cooper – ‘Low Information Nation’

by Steve MacDonald February 20, 2014
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Dr. Julianne Cooper joins us to talk education, low information voters, the educational void that is Common Core, and the need to find better ways to educate current and future voters despite the education establishment’s commitment to institutional decline. Listen or Download Download Segment Three Here Want it All? Download The entire Podcast Here Prefer […]

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GrokTALK! Feb 15, 2014 – The videos

by Skip February 15, 2014
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If you’d rather watch than just listen (Steve posted the entire audio here, he’ll probably be posting each segment separately later), well, here you go! Segment 1 – Groksters Steve, Mike, Skip and Rick (as Prez of the Londonderry Fish & Game Club) talk about defeat of NH’s HB 1589 – the gun grabbers attempt […]

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GrokTALK! January 11th, 2014 with Ellen Kolb – Life, MLK, Education, and Collecting Statistics

by Steve MacDonald January 24, 2014
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Ellen Kolb, from Cornerstone Policy Research drops in to talk culture, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, Life and education, and NH House Bill 1502; and asks why Democrats are suddenly so afraid of trying to collect a few  statistics… about abortion. (See also Leaven for the Loaf.com) Listen To Segment Three with Ellen Kolb   Listen […]

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Education: You don’t know where you’re going unless you know where you were

by Skip January 19, 2014

And in this case, it looks like where we’re going is backwards: Sigh…. (H/T: Education Watch International)

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GrokTALK! Guest Segment – Robin Eubanks, Author of Credentialed to Destroy

by Steve MacDonald November 20, 2013
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In segment Two we are joined by Robin Eubanks for an in-depth discussion on Common Core. Robin is a mom who took her research skills as an attorney to dig down to the root of the education crisis. She wrote a book called ‘Credentialed to Destroy‘, and maintains a blog to provide current and ongoing […]

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Guest Post by NH State Rep. Jane Cormier: “Dr. Marc Tucker – Mr. Smarty Pants”

by Skip November 4, 2013

On October 29, legislators and guests were invited to a Common Core rally, “Perspectives on Education Reform ” at the Legislative Office Building in Concord.  The keynote speaker was Dr. Marc Tucker, from the National Institute for Education and the Economy (Economy?).  Dr. Tucker has a colorful past and I have to say, he is […]

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We should never forget this

by Susan Olsen October 30, 2013

H/T Bearing Arms

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An Open Letter to Parents of Children Throughout New York State

by Steve MacDonald October 29, 2013
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When Common Core arrived many states and districts just accepted it and signed on, only to discover just how bad it really is.  Teachers, parents, and administrators got caught in a bind as they tried to make sense of what has turned out to be an impossible curriculum to teach or test. We had a […]

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Seacoast Republican Women: Common Core Panel

by Mike October 26, 2013

Monday October 21st 2013, Porstmouth (NH) Public Library: Common Core discussion panel with a packed house: 1) Diane Bitter sets the scene, and introduces Cornerstone’s Ann-Marie Banfield 2) Home Schooler and education activist, Doris Hohensee     3) State Senator Sam Cataldo 4) State Representative Jane Cormier    

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NH BIA Supports Common Core, But How Many of their Dues Paying Memebers Would Agree?

by Steve MacDonald October 23, 2013

The New Hampshire Business and Industrial Association, see also BIA, see also the same BIA that had no objection to the NH Democrat majority cramming a late-night-last-minute-LLC tax on small businesses a few years back—right up until they were convinced to be against it, has come out in favor of Common Core. Common Core is […]

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GrokTV: Cornerstone Common Core Forum – Question and Answer session

by Skip September 19, 2013

It went right up to and a bit after 9pm – I have chopped up the session into five parts – not for content or “editing down” but simply because few people want to sit and watch long videos. Part 1: Part 2 et al after the jump

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Cornerstone Forum on Common Core Standards

by Steve MacDonald September 17, 2013

What: Common Core Forum When: TONIGHT @ 7:00pm (Tuesday Sept. 17th) Where: New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College (100 Saint Anselm Drive Manchester, NH) What are Common Core Standards? How do the Common Core Standards impact public education? Why are so many parents, teachers and legislators now questioning and opposing Common Core Standards? How will […]

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