Category Archives: Education

Gender neutral or neutering?

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Yesterday the campaign for gender neutral language and gender neutral everything breached another bastion of gender distinction. The Board of Education in Lincoln, Nebraska, issued “guidelines” for all teachers to follow when addressing their pupils. The guidelines told teachers not to address their pupils as “boys and girls” or “you guys” or even “ladies and gentlemen.” Instead they must select a gender neutral common name. Among the suggestions: “purple penguins.”

America’s poison of choice

Common core has a lot of dity money behind it and distorts rather than teaches.
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“Choice” may be an odd word to use when discussing America’s educational decline, since lack of parental initiative to exercise choice in education is a large contributing factor. Still, by not choosing to choose something other than government-run education, an overwhelming majority of American parents have chosen to condemn their children to the poison of an academic life of mediocrity and substandard quality. It is understandable that many parents may not have options other than government-run education available to them, but they certainly can and should make their objections to an unproductive curriculum known. Many do not do this because either they do not know or care about what is going on in the classroom or they simply trust that the government knows what it is doing. In either case, they have chosen poorly. By trusting government to run education efficiently and increase its quality, Americans have trusted government to do two things it has never done: run something efficiently and fix the problems it created.

Christianity in class

The Constitution assumed local control of most government functions, not the current centralized system.
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The debate on Christianity in class has reached the ultimate irony. Those who object to it, forget one thing: you cannot keep Christianity out of class and still stay historically accurate. Don’t the opponents know that? Or do they?

Common Core and Sodom

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Last year I wrote an article entitled “Resurrecting Sodom.” In it I chronicled seven events in our nation’s history that I believed were leading us down a path that would end at Sodom’s front door. The advent of Common Core State Standards has made it advisable to revisit this subject.

Common Core debate in NJ

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Gregg Edwards, New Jersey’s Deputy Secretary of Higher Education recently launched a personal email attack on me following my Common Core presentation, then called for open distribution of his diatribe.  I replied back to his remarks and included my reply below.

Commonizing Common Core

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Patrick O’Donnell’s Plain Dealer articles of April 17 and 20, regarding Common Core, stated that our educators were surprised that Common Core tests were tough. Why did these people in positions of trust accept the new curriculum before evaluating the complete package and its potential damage? The payoffs far outweighed all other considerations, including the children’s maturity levels and welfare.

Bradlee Dean and Education Liberty Award

Bradlee Dean discusses what poverty in America often looks like.
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There’s something about America’s stubborn sense of independence and strong families that forms the bedrock of greatness in this country. The rest of the world does not produce the Thomas Edisons, Bill Gates, or Steve Jobs of the world.

Criminals don’t ask for permission

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Over the past 14 years, in the course of doing more than 350 public high-school presentations across the country in 24 states, my ministry team and I have (without fail) fought on the behalf of a generation that is being subjected to everything and protected from nothing.

Beware of Commies bearing gifts

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There is an old saying that the enemy of my enemy is my friend. While that may be true in some situations, it’s not true in all situations. The fight against Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is a perfect example of why we shouldn’t be so quick to embrace everyone fighting against CCSS as an ally.

Classroom philosophies and government

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On February 12th, we celebrate Lincoln’s birthday. In the midst of an administration marred with sorrow and controversy, Lincoln managed to drop pearls of wisdom – such as “the philosophy of the classroom in one generation becomes the philosophy of government in the next.”  He understood the impact of what is being taught in the classroom upon our culture. Today, the truth of this pearl has manifested itself in a government that was preceded by the free-love feel-good hippie culture, Communist lies, and the teachings of Evolution.