Teaching Takes a Backseat to Infrastructure and Trimmings: Your Tax Dollars and the Public Schools

By Janice Barlow After recently participating in a debate on why a $250 tax deduction for teachers to buy supplies was chopped out of the new tax bill by the House, I couldn’t let the real reason for the issue just rest. The Senate was generous enough to make it a $500 deduction, but it still needs to be reconciled with the House. It’s not about the $250, (which is merely a deduction, not a credit).  It’s about why teachers shouldn’t be buying supplies for students at all – or parents…

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Why Bernie Sanders Should Have Been a Professor at a Liberal Arts College

By Janice Barlow Bernie Sanders, Independent Senator from Vermont, ran as an Independent, because, as an admitted Socialist, it is not likely he would have gleaned enough support to make it as far as he did in the last presidential election, nearly defeating his opponent, Hillary Clinton in the primaries. In light of last Wednesday’s tax plan debate with Ted Cruz, R-TX on CNN, where Bernie Sanders kept repeating mantras about the Koch brothers, (he himself was backed by George Soros), and the top 1% getting the biggest tax breaks,…

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Our Nation’s Foundations – Lesson Seven: Free Enterprise Capitalism

Store front mural of "Mr Money Bags" - the iconic character of the Monopoly Game

by Oletta Branstiter Our Nation’s Foundations – Lesson Seven: Free Enterprise By now, if you’ve been “building” a wall graphic or virtual computer graphic representing Our Nation’s Foundations, your picture includes the bottom layer of “Bedrock” – The Natural Law of Unalienable Rights, “Bricks” – The Rule of Law in a Republic, the first Four “Pillars” of Principle: Limited Government, Individual Liberty, Personal Responsibility, and National Security. Our final Pillar of Principle is Free Enterprise. Add another pillar and let students place summary notes on the graphic. Let’s Make a…

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Phil Williams And His Mission To Inspire Youth Via The Medium Of Entertainment

Phil Williams' Lil' Jimmy character with custom van and Lil' Jimmy graphics

By Janice Barlow Phil Williams is not your garden variety veteran of military service.  He’s a gospel singer/songwriter who has written hundreds of songs and records and mixes for other artists.  He has a radio podcast.  He’s a preacher when the occasion calls for it; a youth pastor at Mustard Seed Faith Ministries under Pastor Jimmy A. Copeland – and a motivational speaker. Phil’s out in neighborhoods in and around metropolitan Atlanta daily, talking with young people about civics and responsibility, conflict resolution and problem solving in their own street…

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Our Nation’s Foundations – Lesson Five: Personal Responsibility

Faith, Hope, Charity stones

by Oletta Branstiter Personal Responsibility Now, it’s time to consider Personal Responsibility. This is our third pillar of principle. Duplicate your pillars to make a third. Let students add note cards with summarized information from this lesson. Our Founders and Framers knew that no government ruled by We the People could be successful unless every person took responsibility for his or her own actions. Be accountable for your own decisions. Have family rules that benefit the entire family unit. Be a good neighbor – a valuable citizen in your local…

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Do Our Children Start School Too Early?

Angry Girl

by Oletta Branstiter How Early is Too Soon? Summer vacation is over. Kids all over America and the world are complaining about having to get up at the butt-crack of dawn to get to school on time. This is not what I mean. Remember, back in the “good old days”, when Summer Vacation didn’t end until after the glory of Labor Day? Now, some school districts open their campus doors in mid-August! Yeah, that’s not what I’m talking about, either. I’m referring to the age of our children. Do we…

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Texas University Reverses Politically Correct Ruling – SMU Allows 9-11 Display On Main Lawn

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by Oletta Branstiter Application Denied for Traditional Display The Young Americans for Freedom chapter at Southern Methodist University followed the proper procedures needed to apply for their annual Never Forget display on the Dallas Hall Lawn, formally requesting the space for nearly 3,000 American flags covering the open area as part of their 9-11 commemoration and remembrance of those killed in the historic attack. In a late July reply, the group received a dramatic change in venue in which administrators cited that the University “respects the right of all members…

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Check It Out: Library Blog – Who Needs School Libraries?

Empty Library Bookcases

by Oletta Branstiter Libraries & Books One of the saddest things you’ll ever imagine is a Library that might have been. To this day, historians lament the destruction of the Great Library of Alexandria, believed to have been destroyed by fire around 2,000 years ago. It is believed that around 295 BCE, the scholar and orator Demetrius of Phalerum, an exiled governor of Athens, convinced Ptolemy I Soter to establish the Library. Demetrius envisioned a library that would house a copy of every book in the world, an institution to…

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Revolution Through Education – Trading the Institution of Schooling for the Inspiration of Learning

School Bus

by Oletta Branstiter A New Secretary of Education The nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education caught many by surprise. Candidate Donald Trump had included the Department of Education in his wish list of cuts during his efforts to prove his Republican bona fides. Some Conservatives, who were otherwise turned off by his personality and lack of Constitutional knowledge were encouraged by his promises to reduce the role of government in their daily lives. Instead of dismantling the extra-Constitutional tax-funded money pits, former Democrat President Trump opted to nominate…

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Randi Weingarten And Her Teacher’s Unions’ ABC’s – Anything But Competence

photo of Randi Weingarten speaking to a union audience

by Richard Cameron   Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), is the second largest educational labor union in the United States, with approximately half the number of members as the National Education Association (NEA). Charter Schools “Polite Cousins” Of Segregation? AFT’s President, Randi Weingarten has made a number of controversial public statements since the beginning of the year, the most recent, reported by the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal, being that charter schools are essentially a new iteration of 1950s style segregation. Weingarten…

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