Educational-Industrial Complex

Teacher attitudes towards Parents -more on “the kids are OUR kids, not yours”

by Skip November 25, 2014

Government is what we pay for, to alienate our kids from us? Is this the Proper Role of Government and OUR employees?  Yes, another case of our public servants decreeing that they are our Public Masters; from The Blaze (reformatted, emphasis mine): Cassidy Vines was so horrified by what a teacher in Texas allegedly told […]

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Our just STELLAR Educational system – only one college student knew who won the Civil War. One??

by Skip November 6, 2014

This is really starting to get wicked bad – one of the most seminal events in our US history and it is clear that these “college” students don’t have the actual history knowledge that was required to be rock solid by the end of elementary school back in my day.  After all, how HARD is […]

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Data Point – Education Spending vs Student Results

by Skip August 17, 2014

Education Spending vs Student Results – as costs skyrocket but results remain flat, it is clear that “educational productivity” is increasingly growing worse rather then better. One question that should always be asked of your School Boards “What is your ratio of indirect vs direct labor?”  In other words, how many people’s jobs are exclusively […]

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GrokTALK! Guest Karen Testerman

by Steve MacDonald December 15, 2013
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Karen Testerman joined us last week to discuss her primary race to challenge Democrat Jeanne Shaheen for that New Hampshire US Senate seat. We touch on her candidacy, ObamaCare, immigration, the minimum wage, employment, and a lot more.  Note: Sorry for not posting this up by itself sooner.  It should have gone up last Thursday. […]

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GrokTALK! rewind – here is the quiz that Dr. Cooper brought to us

by Skip September 30, 2013

This past Saturday, we had Dr. Cooper from Liberty Harbor Academy to talk about Common Core and how it really, well, a take over by the Feds of local control of education.  She also surprised us by bringing up this quiz that WatchdogWire found.  Go ahead and read the questions and how badly slanted they […]

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Data Point – Graduation rate

by Skip September 12, 2013

From Legal Insurrection: Only 16% of the 420K students in the CA State University system graduate within 4 years   What an indictment of the quality of the student in the system.  Or rather, is it a worse indictment of the formerly great CA K-12 system that has ill-prepared these students to actually perform well […]

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From the March on Washington: I did not know these were “Rights”!

by Skip September 1, 2013

Discouraging is the word that immediately came to mind – do these Know-Nothings actually know what is in the US Constitution?  Or has pop culture, a skin-deep only knowledge of civics, and our failing educational system (and its corresponding curriculum turn away from teaching our history to the next generations) finally given us nincompoops?  Did […]

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Common Core: “it’s alright if a student says 3 x 4=11″

by Skip August 13, 2013

So, this is how teachers are being taught to teach math?!  I LOVE IT – I’ll be employed for as long as I want! Remember: while the Gates Foundation (yeah, THAT Gates) has laid out millions to develop this, Jeb Bush (former FL Guv and the Bush dynasty) was the one who was pushing this.  […]

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Data Point – How come we keep paying so MUCH and get LITTLE in Education?

by Skip August 7, 2013

If this was out in the private sector, the Edu-Industrial Complex would be in dutch with the Better Business Bureau, every TV watchdog / consumer advocate would have a mic stuck in the face of every headmaster, and to be truthful, they’d be the target of Obama-like Community Organizers circling the building at every School […]

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“A properly functioning democracy depends on an informed electorate”

by Skip July 4, 2013

The failure of public schools to impart even rudimentary knowledge of self-government principles, natural rights theory and the rule of law is compounded by the suicidal abandonment of civic education. As Stanford University education professor William Damon notes: “Our disregard of civic and moral virtue as an educational priority is having a tangible effect on […]

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“We don’t need you. We have your children”

by Skip June 18, 2013

At the sake of breaking Godwin’s Law right from the get-go, that quote is from one of the world’s master propagandists, Herr Goebbels.   But we also have another in-kind phrase from a more up to date personage: …of deciding what American children should eat: “We can’t just leave it up to the parents.” That would […]

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Common Core architect & advisor to the NH DOE: ELIMINATE LOCAL CONTROL

by ambanfield May 14, 2013

This is the plan to eliminate Local School Boards….just released today – by Marc Tucker at the Center for American Progress (THE Progressive think tank frequented by Clintonistas and Obama-ites which is totally in favor of “fundamentally transforming” America); the important part:  …If Americans are going to decide which level of government we want to […]

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Data Point – the next time you hear “We need more money!” from teachers unions and School Boards

by Skip May 7, 2013

Show them this graph: Now tell them “Not until the student line slopes are STEEPER than the Total Cost one – or the Employee one at the least”. Otherwise, they are LYING THROUGH THEIR TEETH when they say “it is for the children”. (H/T: Cato via The Corner)

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NH State Senator Peggy Gilmour – I demand who should control education dollars

by Susan Olsen April 19, 2013

And that would not be parents – From today’s Concord Patch: ‘Sen. Peggy Gilmour, D-Hollis, had urged her colleagues to overturn a committee recommendation and then pass the repeal bill. In a statement, she said, “The program has no accountability of public money. It allows private, non-profit corporations to determine where public education dollars are […]

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“I despise bullies……wealthy officials who exercise school choice for their own families while denying it to others less financially fortunate”

by Skip March 11, 2013

This column came to my attention from Ann Marie Bannfield who as become one of the most knowledgeable and articulate defenders of the need for Educational Freedom, for local control,  and an ardent foe of lowered educational/academic standards that have swept our country.  Thus, when she emailed out a link to this Op-Ed, I read […]

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Yes, we MUST be critical of their thinking (or what passes for it)

by Skip February 3, 2013

Political correctness, CYA, a lack of blame-shifting / “not my fault and not my responsibility” and a total lack of “critical judgment” – what a combination we see.  And the Educational-Industrial at work (School Board Associations, Administrator Associations, and Public Teachers Unions at these Government schools purport to be all about “public education” and how […]

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From the “Dragging him over the line” notebook – well, he’s got this Education point right.

by Skip May 23, 2012

In 2008, I was not the most thrilled to have John McCain to be the Republican nominee, at least until I was able to say “Yeah, I voted for Sarah Palin and the old white guy”.  At that time, however, I had a bad premonition about what an Obama Presidency would bring (yeah, I pretty […]

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Guest post by JR Hoell: Let’s Send Every Child to a Good School

by Skip October 16, 2011

According to the U.S. Department of Education, almost 27% of children  in America already have access to the school of their choice.  As recently as 2007 (the most recent year of available data from the National Center for Education Statistics), 16% of students attended a public school other than the assigned school in their district, […]

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That Rich Bastard Who Is Screwing The Teachers Over Is Actually…

by Steve MacDonald October 13, 2011

The Department of Education does nothing that the states, or towns, or teachers themselves cannot do themsleves, (except double its budget every two years to pay more for doing even less.) So the real question is not how we can use class warfare to make an inefficient bureaucracy bigger, but how we find ways to help teachers teach children.

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“Applicant must have college degree”; overblown need?

by Skip October 7, 2011

If you walk around the Right blogosphere, you will see a lot of folks talking about the "education bubble" – lots of folks who were told to go to college, took on lots of debt, and now are either unemployed or underemployed.  The overriding problem seems to be the overemphasis on the credentials to do […]

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UBIQUITOUS (AND SNEAKY) FORMS OF THE MANCHESTER SCHOOL DISTRICT

by Rick Olson September 12, 2011

“Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies“—Honoré de Balzac, French novelist and playwright 1799 –1850 The beginning of the School year, brings the plethora of forms home from school with the kids for parents to fill out and return. A physical health form must be signed by the family physician. Conversely, I find such […]

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Arriving at the door: “Don’t Let The Kids Drink The Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left’s Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom”

by Skip August 23, 2011

New book in from Regnery Press by Marybeth Hicks: "Many people assume that this generation of young Americans is much like any other. But thanks to the radical Left, they’re not even close. So says columnist and author Marybeth Hicks in her shocking new exposé, Don’t Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left’s […]

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A “Walking School Bus”? A “Rolling Bike Train”? Good grief….

by Skip August 13, 2011

Leave it to the combination of Big Government and Edu-babble to make things FAR more complicated, FAR more expensive, and FAR more devoid of common sense.  I found this AP report over at the Concord Monitor: NH gets $1 million for Safe Route to School Ten New Hampshire communities are splitting almost $1 million to […]

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Liberals Buzz Over Take Down Of Obama

by Steve MacDonald August 8, 2011

This guy is nuts. (And he is not alone). Even in his despair, as liberals buzz over the take down of Obama, he is so steeped his own party propaganda that he can’t see the recent past in its original context to properly frame his dissatisfaction. Even as he attacks Obama he is still in denial about the circumstances.

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If You Are Not Following Me On Twitter….

by Steve MacDonald July 20, 2011

Twitter inspires the opportunity to aggravate the leftists who insist on following conservatives there. Not every witticism will fit on Twitter. Sometimes you have to write a blog and post a link. And then there are the thoughts that are too short to blog and too long to tweet. (Some things can’t be said in under 140 characters.)

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Third Circuit – Online speech by students cannot be treated the same as on campuss – NH & Federal Bullying laws at risk?

by Skip June 29, 2011

I do hope so.  I have had great concerns as School Administrations have incrementally increased their reach and control far from the schools from years ago to the point where it seems that the Edu-Industrial Complex believes it is responsible for their students (vs Parents for their own children).  Witness the growth of pre-school day-care, […]

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Guest post by NH State Representative Bruce MacMohan on Education

by Skip June 11, 2011

SB67 (passed 273*-100): A bill to establish a committee to study school vouchers and school choice. Although, I voted for this bill, I wouldn’t mind seeing, as an alternative to more studies and committees, a resolution urging all members of the House and Senate to go down to their school district offices and apply to […]

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SWAT Team? They have a SWAT TEAM? They seem to be as good as our High Schoolers do math, reading, and writing…

by Skip June 8, 2011

A LOT of people wondered "Why the heck is the US Department of Education buying 27 short barrel shotguns??" – me too.  Now, we know, but I’m not convinced that this is a good thing.  One of the stories that has gone viral today – that of a Federal SWAT Team (yet aGAIN!) breaking down […]

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Parents, it IS time to read and hear what is going on in your child’s classroom

by Skip June 2, 2011

More and more in the general culture, parents are becoming less and less involved in their children’s education – or so it seems or so we are led to believe.   So therefore, we are to leave Government Legislation the Media Education to "the professionals".  Nonsense – more and more I keep understanding why we need […]

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Competency Based Education, coming to a New Hampshire School near you?

by ambanfield June 2, 2011

Competency Based Education, coming to a New Hampshire school near you? Bedford started using Competency Based Education a few years ago after the grand opening of their new high school. One of the first things parents noticed was the number of students failing their competencies and then were required to take summer school. I think […]

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