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0282_Why keep supporting public education? — COMMON CORE INFLUENCE REMAINS STRONG – BY JENNI WHITE — HEARTLAND INSTITUTE — 12.16.17

Donna Jack
December 19, 2017

Why keep supporting public education?  People controlling content of curriculum continue to totally ignore parents, teachers, and everyone who says Common Core and much that has been leading up to it, is destroying lives.

Public Education (which influences much of private and religious education) keeps being dumbed down.

Read Jenni White’s article below, which points out that those behind Common Core say they are complying with wishes of parents, etc., but they never deviate from their destructive course.  They just give lip service.

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Subject: COMMON CORE INFLUENCE REMAINS STRONG – BY JENNI WHITE — HEARTLAND INSTITUTE — 12.16.17

12.16.17 – The Heartland Institute

https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/common-core-influence-still-strong-in-states-despite-political-parental-pushback-1

COMMON CORE INFLUENCE REMAINS STRONG DESPITE POLITICAL, PARENTAL PUSHBACK

DECEMBER 16, 2017 — By Jenni White

 CCSS is a set of national standards dictating what students should know at the end of each grade level.

“Of the states that opted in after the standards were introduced in 2010—45 plus the District of Columbia—only eight have moved to repeal the standards, largely due to political pressure from those who saw Common Core as infringing on local control, according to Abt Associates, a research and consulting firm,” AP reported in September 2017.

Though 29 of the original 46 adopter states have abandoned or revised the Common Core State Standards in response to political and parental pushback, the influence remains. From the first attempt to repeal and replace CCSS by Indiana in 2014 to the most recent attempt in New York, activists and analysts describe the replacement standards as little more than a simple rebrand of Common Core, allegations supported by research published earlier this year. Continue reading

0281_School Reformers fail again _ 12-15-17 National Review article: When school-discipline “reform” makes schools less safe— Common Cores causes decline

Donna Jack
December 18, 2017

It is an old, old story.  Education reformers in Education promise the moon, and keep hampering teachers from doing their jobs of educating our children — as the education in our country continues to lag further behind other countries in the world.

The same is true when these same education reformers insist on changing things to make schools safer.  They make schools more unsafe.

For the entire article click here.

Donna Garner sent out the following article:

From: Donna Garner [mailto:wgarner1@hot.rr.com]
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Subject: WHEN SCHOOL-DISCIPLINE “REFORM” MAKES SCHOOLS LESS SAFE — COMMON CORE CAUSES DECLINE — BY HESS & EDEN — NATIONAL REVIEW — 12.15.17

12.15.17  — National Review

 Excerpts from this article:

 National Review   When School-Discipline ‘Reform’ Makes Schools Less Safe
by Frederick M. Hess & Max C. Eden December 15, 2017 4:00 AM 

 http://www.nationalreview.com/article/454675/progressive-school-discipline-reform-hurting-students-parents

 Progressive education experts don’t seem to care that the policies they advocate are hurting the students who need the most help... Such tales are painfully familiar to those who track the world of school reform. There’s a rhythm to it: Progressive reformers have an idea that they think should work; the idea doesn’t work; reformers claim to see hints of promise and explain that the problem is one merely of “implementation”. . . and then the cycle repeats. Meanwhile, teachers and parents are left to pick up the pieces…  Continue reading

0280_Lily Tang Williams talks about Communism_ she grew up in China_ YouTube by Stossel_ powerful anti-communist, anti-socialist, anti-tyranny message

Donna Jack
December 6, 2017

I am including this video, not as an endorsement for the Libertarian party (I believe we need to stick within our 2-party system in order to get anything good done.

President Trump is a perfect example.  He is not a political party person, but an American.  He ran on principles closer to the Republican party.   But notice how he is viciously attacked both by Democrats, and by much of the Republican party.  He doesn’t waiver!

I am including the video below for it’s powerful anti-communist, anti-socialist, anti-tyranny message.  Let me make it clear, this is NOT an endorsement of the Libertarian party.

The following YouTube talks of 100 years of Communism.  It is not a pretty picture.

My friend Lily Tang Williams speaks in this video.  When she was a student, she escaped from China to come to this country.  You can watch her as she speaks about China, her love for the U.S.A., and her determination to stand up for our freedom here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxMWs8RyLLI

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0279_ “The Christmas Gift” written by Dale Allen Schockley_ read by Dr. Joe Wheeler Dec 6, 2017 on AM91 radio (9 minutes 4 seconds)

Donna Jack
December 8, 2017

See blogs 0277 and 0278 for more information

You can meet our local Conifer, Colorado author/anthologist Dr. Joe Wheeler at a book signing at King Soopers 25637 Conifer Road; Conifer, CO 80433 — 09:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m._Dec. 8,14,15, 21, 22.  All proceeds go to the 3rd grade reading program and the libraries of local participating schools.

See Blogs 0277 and 0278 for more information.

Dr. Joe Wheeler reading one of the stories
in the new 2017 Christmas in My Heart

Below is a recording of Dr. Joe Wheeler reading the story “The Christmas Gift” written by Dale Allen Schockley.

It is one of the stories found in this year’s 26th volume of the annual collection of Christmas stories published in the Christmas in My Heart series.

Listen to the December 6, 2017 recording of Joe Wheeler reading “The Christmas Gift” – AM91.

http://s3.amazonaws.com/2017asheard/ChristmasInMyHeartReading_DrJoeWheeler_171206.mp3

“The Christmas Gift” by Dale Allen Schockley – read by Dr. Joe Wheeler

 

 

0278_Dec. 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 shop for Joe Wheeler’s books at Conifer King Soopers_ proceeds go to local elementary schools’ reading programs_listen to poscast of Joe Wheeler, December 6, 2017 on AM91 radio

Donna Jack
December 7, 2017

Five more book-sale and book-signing days left at King Soopers: 

25637 Conifer Road; Conifer, CO 80433 — 09:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m._Dec. 8,14,15, 21, 22.

As in years past, all proceeds from Dr. Joe Wheeler’s book signing this month at Conifer King Soopers go to the libraries and 3rd grade reading programs in local schools.

Elementary schools in the program:  Elk Creek; Marshdale; Parmalee; West Jeff; Rocky Mountain Academy; Homeschoolers.

Dr. Joe Wheeler – 98 books,
“America’s Keeper of the Story”
Web: www.JoeWheelerBooks.com
Email: drjoe@joewheelerbooks.com

Conifer Kiwanis Club sponsors the Reading Program

Kiwanis Club of Conifer, Colorado sponsors a local reading program.  Near the end of the school year they have an event of fun, acknowledgements, and awards.

Through this program, Conifer Kiwanis has contributed over $10,000 to the reading programs in local elementary schools.  But the benefits to the children can’t be measured in those dollars.  Children are inspired to read!Boy who advanced 5 levels with other children IMG_4857

The picture on the right was taken at the annual end-of-school-year  event held in 2016.  It was an event honoring 3rd graders who participated in the Kiwanis reading program.  Friends, family, teachers, principals, and others representing the schools attended.  See Blog 0188.

Little girl with Dr. Wheeler IMG_4831

 

Dr. Wheeler is pictured to the left, with a student,  after signing the book he gave her.  He personally contributes one of his books to each 3rd grader in the reading program.  This student, like all the 3rd graders, chose her book from a list of books  Dr. Wheeler’s gave to each child.  She proudly holds up her new book, and a certificate.

One special gift is awarded to a 3rd grader whose name is drawn from all the names of the 3rd grade children in the program, who are present.  Last year Dr. Wheeler outdid himself, and gave to a happy young girl whose name was drawn, his entire 10-volume collection of animal stories.  It ended up a great inspiration to her, which has increased her love for reading!

Dr. Wheeler December 6, 2017 AM91 radio interview –
and podcast of the interview

http://www.am91.org/cgi-bin/calendar.pl?calendar=HEARDON&view=Event&event_id=2254

In recent Christmas seasons, Dr. Joe Wheeler has been a guest on AM91 radio.  December 6th he was on the program from 7:00 -9:00 a.m.  He was interviewed about his life, education, teaching and writing experiences. Continue reading

0277_Dr. Joe Wheeler (America’s Keeper of the Story) will sign his books sold at King Soopers in Conifer_9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m._Dec. 7,8,14,15, 21, 22_Link to Dec 6 AM91 Wheeler interview_3 new books Wheeler published this year

Donna Jack
December 6, 2017

Podcast of AM91 Dec. 6, 2017 interview with Dr. Wheeler.

Tomorrow author Dr. Joe Wheeler will begin 6 days of signing his books at King Soopers, in Conifer, Colorado.  His website is:    www.joewheelerbooks.com    At the end of this blog, read about the three books he has published this year.

Twenty-six years ago, Dr. James Dobson interviewed Dr. Wheeler on his national “Focus on the Family” radio broadcast — the interview was about Dr. Wheeler’s book Christmas in My Heart. The response was so overwhelming, that Dr. Wheeler decided to do another — and has done one each year ever since then.  This year is book #26 in the series of Christmas in My Heart Christmas stories.

A large number of Dr. Wheeler’s 98 published books will be set up on display at Conifer King Soopers tomorrow (December 7) and each scheduled day this month.  He will sign any book that you purchase, writing an individual comment designed specifically for each of his 98 books.  If you wish, he will also designate who the book is to go to, and who it is from.

Where and When:

King Soopers —  25637 Conifer Road; Conifer, CO 80433

Thursday, December 7 – 9:00 – 5:00
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0276_The Key to Unhappiness_Dennis Prager_PragerU Video – Nov. 20, 2017

Donna Jack
November 26, 2017

It is reasonable for this PragerU video to follow our celebration of Thanksgiving Day three days ago.

https://www.prageru.com/videos/key-unhappiness

The Key to Unhappiness

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Published on Nov 20, 2017

 Want to be miserable, resentful, and bitter? Few people do, and yet many people are. Why? Because many people have the one primary character trait that leads to unhappiness. And you need to avoid it. Nationally syndicated talk show host Dennis Prager explains.
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Script printed on the PragerU website:
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How many times have you heard someone say they want to make a better world? It is a noble sentiment, but very hard to achieve, right? Well, actually, it’s quite easy. All we have to do is increase just one human trait.

This trait is so powerful that it alone can make people happier without working on their happiness, and make them better – and by “better,” I mean more generous, more honest, more kind, more everything good – without a single lesson in morality. Continue reading

0275_ Michael Medved The First Thanksgiving ~ Pilgrims, Puritans and the Founding of America – (MP3 Download or CDs) Total Run Time: 2hr, 46min

Donna Jack
November 24, 2017

The First Thanksgiving —
Pilgrims, Puritans
and the Founding of America

Recording by Michael Medved

Medved - Pilgrims - picture-cropped
The picture above is from this site.

One minute, eleven second mp3 introduction to this audio
by Michael Medved

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0274 (Blogs 0270-0275 are all about Thanksgiving) – this one is a YouTube “The Lost Secrets of Thanksgiving”

Donna Jack
November 24, 2017

Yesterday, while celebrating Thanksgiving with one of our sons and his family — and after visiting on the phone with our son who was in Japan yesterday — our local daughter-in-law showed us a YouTube.  At my request, she emailed me the link last night.  You can watch it below:

The 9-minute YouTube is “The Lost Secrets of Thanksgiving.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peEUb107T7U

The above video is about the people we call the Pilgrims, and the Separatists that accompanied them when they set sail for Virginia from Holland, aboard the Mayflower.   The Mayflower ended up much farther north than had been planned — just off Cape Cod.  Even though they had gone so far off course, they believed that God had taken them there.  They named the area Plimoth (Plymouth).

Below is a summary of “The Lost Secrets of Thanksgiving.” Continue reading

0273_Excerpt from “Of Plimoth Plantation” by William Bradford_ first Pilgrim Thanksgiving_ How to purchase “The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America” (495 pages of original source documents)_Other resoruces_ YouTube

Donna Jack
Thanksgiving Day
November 23, 2017

One sentence from Bradford’s account of their first Thanksgiving –
after fasting and praying all day for rain – and then receiving rain after drought!
“And he [God] was pleased to give them a gracious and speedy answer,
both to their own, and the Indian’s admiration, that lived amongst them.”

In the excerpts that you will find later in this blog piece, you can read William Bradford’s account about what led up to their first thanksgiving celebration.  Bradford was governor of Plymouth Plantation for 37 years, up until his death.

[A note:  The group that left Holland were not leaving because of persecution there, but rather because of their well-founded fear that in Holland, their children would be indoctrinated away from their Christian faith.  The reason that urged them to leave all they had, and make such a dangerous journey across the ocean to a new land — was their strong desire to protect the souls of their children.

Watch this short 6-minute YouTube produced by Prager University, about the First Thanksgiving.]

The excerpts later in this blog post, are from a book called:  The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America published by Verna M. Hall:  Foundation for American Christian Education (FACE).  The YouTube below gives information about FACE, and it is also found on their website).
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FACE – the publishers of
The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America

The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America

Many years ago, when I was home-schooling my children, someone gave me a copy of The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America.

For over 25 years I regularly gave programs in Colorado.  Every Thanksgiving season, I shared William Bradford’s account printed in this book, and below.

At the end of this blog (after William Bradford’s account) you can find out more about the book, about the publishers, how to purchase it, and how to purchase other books they publish.

What is unique about this book?  How is it superior to
most of the material taught in our public schools?

Not only does this book extensively cover the Christian history of our Constitution, but it has the text of original source documents.  That is far superior to what is done in almost all of our public schools (and even most private schools).  In most schools (pre-school through 12th, and colleges and universities) students only read or are told “reports” and “interpretations” of history — and sadly, the history is usually given from the viewpoint of people who hate our country and its Christian foundations. Continue reading