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“O say can you see… ?” – Are our children being well educated or merely indoctrinated and trained?

“O say can you see… ?” Are our children in school being indoctrinated rather than well educated? Merely job trained for control and obedience? “It took 117 years from the time ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ was written in 1814 until … Continue reading

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LEAD POISONED WATER IS THE TOPIC – “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” are song lyrics.

Lead poisoned water in schools is a major problem in 2016. Lead poisoning during childhood causes permanent brain injury; this has been known for years and has been proven repeatedly. The Democratic National Convention tugged at our heartstrings by playing … Continue reading

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“Suspension of disbelief” Stops Here: Do we need the Republican and Democratic National Conventions?

The American Theater of the Absurd is called the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention. Yes, theater – as in “suspension of disbelief.” Leave reality behind and believe what is advertised. We have been told: “There is not … Continue reading

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“THE PRODUCERS” – Donald Trump and Mike Pence

Months ago my wife and I were talking about the fact that Trump had no substantial stance on public education. He hated teachers and badmouthed “failing” public schools, but he had nothing to say about what he would actually do. … Continue reading

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The First Lady of Plagiarism: Melania receives an F

As a retired teacher of English/Language Arts, there have unfortunately been many instances of plagiarism by students that had to be addressed in which consequences had to be given. Now the prospective First Lady, Melania Trump, has been caught bare handed … Continue reading

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Republican Platform: Dept. of Education, nuclear capability, infrastructure, Social Security, minimum wa… No. It’s all a sham.

The 2016 Republican National Convention will begin with Melania Trump introducing the Republican Platform regarding major issues such as the Department of Education’s future, the nuclear capability issue, the infrastructure, Social Security, minimum wage, women’s rights… No, it won’t. She … Continue reading

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Opt-Out: Believe the DNC and Hillary – OR – John King, the Secretary of Education?

These are facts, not opinions. Secretary of Education John King will financially penalize schools and districts when parents opt-out of high stakes standardized testing for their children. John King is appointed by President Obama. The DNC and Hillary will guarantee … Continue reading

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(D) (R) “Make Illinois Great Again”: Lies, Theft, and Posturing

Illinois is a microcosm of every state. The austerity programs in the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world are insane behaviors. The wealthiest is the poorest? This is lunacy. Yet we are all exposed to this schizophrenic magical … Continue reading

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Snoopy: Is life a multiple choice test? No.

“Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, ‘Is life a multiple choice test or is it a true or false test?’ …Then a voice comes to me out of the dark and says, ‘We hate to tell you … Continue reading

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Critical Thinking Skills: water fountains, restrooms, and high stakes tests

It wasn’t about water fountains in the ’60s, and it’s not about restrooms today. In order to intelligently respond to this statement, critical thinking skills are necessary. Whether you totally agree, partially agree with stipulations, understand the inferences yet disagree, … Continue reading

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