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0358_President Donald Trump’s 2018 Columbus Day Proclamation_ Trump’s twitter feed link_White House links to News from the White House, Articles, Presidential Actions, and Briefings & Statements

Donna Jack
October 10, 2018

Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the Americas initiated Spain’s colonization on October 12, 1492.

You can find President Trump’s 2018 Columbus Day Proclamation through his Twitter feed [https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump] , by going directly to it through the Whitehouse.gov site:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-proclamation-columbus-day-2018/

From the Whitehouse.gov site, you can also access All News (469 posts to date) from the White House, Articles, Presidential Actions, and Briefings & Statements at: All News

From the All News location you can also link to:

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In 1492, Christopher Columbus and his mighty three-ship fleet, the Niña, Pinta, and Santa Maria, first spotted the Americas.  His historic achievement ushered in an Age of Discovery that expanded our knowledge of the world.  Columbus’s daring journey marked the beginning of centuries of transatlantic exploration that transformed the Western Hemisphere.  On Columbus Day, we commemorate the achievements of this skilled Italian explorer and recognize his courage, will power, and ambition — all values we cherish as Americans.

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0357_Prager Video: The elimination of Columbus Day celebration is not “about paying homage to America’s original inhabitants.” Guest Steven Crowder_Oct. 8, 2018

Donna Jack
October 8, 2018

Note:  On PragerU Website is the following information (see list of “restricted” YouTube videos at the end of this blog post):

“YouTube Continues to Restrict PragerU Videos — Over 10 percent of our entire collection is under ‘restricted mode’ making it impossible for many young people to access our videos.”

 PragerU is fighting for their freedom of speech, and for our freedom of speech.  They need support through prayers, finances, getting out the word, and signing the petition.
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Goodbye, Columbus Day

https://www.prageru.com/videos/goodbye-columbus-day
by Steven Crowder – 53.4K Views

Oct 8, 2018

Even though it remains a national holiday, many cities no longer celebrate Columbus Day. They celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day instead. What’s behind the switch? Contrary to what you might think, it’s not about paying homage to America’s original inhabitants. Steven Crowder, host of Louder with Crowder, explains.

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0356_Knowles_ Democratic Socialists Pushing to Infiltrate Schools Because ‘They Can’t Win in the Battle of Ideas’_ Fox News Article excerpts and link_ Aug. 25, 2018

Donna Jack
August 26, 2018

A pamphlet by the Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ey4yzoto_zTf5BmqUI7yAqn_53AzIMSd/view
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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2018 12:05 PM     To:
Subject: EDVIEWS.ORG — KNOWLES: DEM SOCIALISTS PUSHING TO INFILTRATE SCHOOLS BECAUSE THEY CAN’T WIN IN THE BATTLE OF IDEAS – FOX INSIDER – 8.25.18

8.25.18 – FoxNews

 “Knowles: Dem Socialists Pushing to Infiltrate Schools Because ‘They Can’t Win in the Battle of Ideas’”
 Fox News Insider
 http://www.educationviews.org/dem-socialists-pushing-to-infiltrate-schools-because-they-cant-win-in-the-battle-of-ideas/
 Excerpts from this article:
Radio host Michael Knowles said on “Fox & Friends” that Democratic Socialists are urging Socialists to become teachers because they can’t win a “fair fight.”
A pamphlet by the Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA), in conjunction with the Democratic Socialist Labor Commission, outlines a push for socialists to “take jobs as teachers” as a way to move teachers unions “in a more militant and democratic direction.”
Knowles said that according to numerous surveys, “the blood-soaked history” of socialism is unknown by millennials, leading them to identify as supporters of the movement.

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0355_Karen Kataline — Aug. 20, 2018 — Masterpiece Cakeshop II: If you can’t say no, your yes means nothing. Jack Phillips’ Masterpiece Cakeshop

Donna Jack
August 24, 2018

article by Karen Kataline – please share

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From: Karen <kaykat73@aol.com> Sent: Monday, August 20, 2018 9:43 AM To: KAYKAT73@aol.com Subject: My latest piece just posted in Town Hall: Masterpiece Cakeshop II: If you can’t say no, your yes means nothing. (Feel free to post & share ‘liberally!’) Thnx

https://townhall.com/columnists/karenkataline/2018/08/20/masterpiece-cakeshop-ii-if-you-cant-say-no-your-yes-means-nothing-o

From: Karen <kaykat73@aol.com> Sent: Monday, August 20, 2018 9:43 AM To: KAYKAT73@aol.com Subject: My latest piece just posted in Town Hall: Masterpiece Cakeshop II: If you can’t say no, your yes means nothing. (Feel free to post & share ‘liberally!’) Thnx

https://townhall.com/columnists/karenkataline/2018/08/20/masterpiece-cakeshop-ii-if-you-cant-say-no-your-yes-means-nothing-o

 

Opinion

Masterpiece Cakeshop II: If You Can’t Say No, Your Yes Means Nothing

Karen Kataline

|Posted: Aug 20, 2018 8:56 AM

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not represent the views of Townhall.com.

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As an assertiveness trainer, I made up an axiom: “If you can’t say no, your yes means nothing.” Our belief that we aren’t allowed to say no can be a form of self-imposed slavery. We have even bigger problems when our government typifies that belief.

Once again, the Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD) is targeting Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop. The original drama lasted more than six years and concerned Phillips’ refusal to create a custom wedding cake for a gay couple. The finale came in June 2018 with a 7-2 Supreme Court decision in Phillips’ favor.

The sequel to this story debuted recently when news broke that the CCRD ordered Phillips into “compulsory mediation” for a new discrimination charge. The complainant this time is Autumn Scardina, a transgender attorney who requested a custom cake to celebrate his/her gender transition. Scardina has allegedly targeted this shop in the past with sexually explicit and satanic cake requests. Continue reading

0352_Aug. 10, 2018_Truth in American Education (TAE)_School Leaders Weigh in on Civics Education — by Stan Vander Hart

Donna Jack
August 10, 2018

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From: Henry W. Burke <hwburke@cox.net>
Sent: Friday, August 10, 2018 3:16 PM
Subject: TAE — School Leaders Weigh In on Civics Education — by Shane Vander Hart

TRUTH IN AMERICAN EDUCATION

School Leaders Weigh In on Civics Education

https://caffeinatedthoughts.com/2018/07/school-leaders-weigh-in-on-civics-education/

JULY 5, 2018 

BY SHANE VANDER HART

I read through an Education Week Research Center report on Civics Education based on a survey of 524 principals, assistant principals, and other school-based leaders paints a dismal picture. I wanted to highlight some of the findings and then share some thoughts.

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0351_Civic Engagement is Not Civics Education – by Shane Vander Hart_Truth in American Education (Aug. 10, 2018)

Donna Jack
August 10, 2018

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Friday, August 10, 2018 8:03 AM
To: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Subject: CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IS NOT CIVICS EDUCATION – BY SHANE VANDER HART – TRUTH IN AMERICAN EDUCATION- 8.10.18

8.10.18 – Truth in American Education

 [COMMENTS FROM DONNA GARNER: A class in civics should teach students such things as how democracy started, the structure of American government, responsibilities of the judiciary/house/senate (at state and federal levels), the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, instruction on federal/state/local voting regulations, responsibilities and privileges of U. S. citizenship, a study of American democracy and how it compares to other systems of government.

Instead, civics as now being taught in many states has turned into an indoctrination into Obama’s and the leftists’ social justice agenda that emphasizes community organizing and planning and staging political activist demonstrations.  End result:  When reporters have asked student demonstrators to explain why they are demonstrating, many of them cannot even articulate a reasonable response that contains a premise supported by fact-based reasons. Unfortunately, students know HOW to protest but have limited knowledge about WHY.  – Donna Garner]

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0350_How Common Core Testing Damaged High School English Classes – by Peter Greene_July 20, 2018

Donna Jack
Aug. 10, 2018

Excerpts from below:

When the Core hit the scene, ‘Here are some new standards’ was followed directly by ‘and how well you follow them will be judged by these new standardized tests which will be used to evaluate districts, schools and (eventually) teachers.’ David Coleman, CCSS architect, understood that tests would drive the curriculum and teacher behavior.

Remember, the current definition of ‘effective teaching’ is ‘teaching that raises standardized test scores.’ That doesn’t have to include any classic literature, or, what may be worse, only a few paragraphs of them”

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Friday, July 20, 2018 11:00 AM
Subject: HOW COMMON CORE TESTING DAMAGED HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH CLASSES – BY PETER GREENE — FORBES — 7.19.18
https://www.forbes.com/sites/petergreene/2018/07/19/how-common-core-testing-damaged-high-school-english-classes/#5f6e601321be

7.19.18 — Forbes

“How Common Core Testing Damaged High School English Classes”
By Peter Greene, Contributor 

Excerpts from this article:

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, …longtime staunch supporter of the Common Core, just released a survey of ELA teachers and some attendant conclusions about how the Common Core reading standards are playing out in actual classrooms. They offer four recommendations, and those recommendations reflect some of the damage that has been done, particularly in high school classrooms, by the Common Core movement. Continue reading

0349_Alternative Math – Short Film – What Teachers Might Experience in the Age of “All Participants Receive a Trophy.” YouTube

Donna Jack
July 27, 2018

From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com> Sent: Monday, July 23, 2018 7:31 PM  Subject: ALTERNATIVE MATH — SHORT FILM — WHAT TEACHERS MIGHT EXPERIENCE IN THE AGE OF, “ALL PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE A TROPHY.” — 7.23.18

ALTERNATIVE MATH – SHORT FILM

 Here’s an example of what teachers might experience in this age of, All participants receive a trophy.”

 https://www.youtube.com/embed/Zh3Yz3PiXZw

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 Donna Garner – Wgarner1@hot.rr.com

0348_Why the 3/5th Compromise Was Anti-Slavery_PragerU Video – Fireside Chat with Dennis Prager Ep.44

Donna Jack
July 27, 2018

From Prager U Website:

Why the 3/5ths Compromise Was Anti-Slavery | PragerU

 https://www.prageru.com/videos/why-35ths-compromise-was-anti-slavery

[Following is a transcript from the Prager U Website, of the video above.  It can be found on the PragerU website:] Continue reading

0347_ Will Congress Heed Evidence That Government Preschool is Worthless? – by Karen Effrem, Jane Robbins – The American Spectator 7-24-18

Donna Jack
July 27, 2017

Excerpts from below:

“(1) ‘fade out’ and even reversal of positive achievement effects by grades 2-3, so that pre-K non-participants were outperforming participants; (2) more disciplinary infractions and special-education placements for pre-K participants by grade 3 than for non-participants; … ” [etc. – see below]

“This dismal report is hardly surprising. The author of the Tennessee study, Dr. Dale Farran, had said in a 2016 Brookings paper that despite 50 years of experience, research does not support the proposition that expanding pre-K will improve later achievement for low-income children.

“…parents, keep your kids out of government preschool.

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 12:22 PM
To: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Subject: WILL CONGRESS HEED EVIDENCE THAT GOVERNMENT PRESCHOOL IS WORTHLESS? — BY KAREN EFFREM, JANE ROBBINS – THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR – 7.24.18

7.24.18 – American Spectator

 https://spectator.org/will-congress-heed-evidence-that-government-preschool-is-worthless/

 “Will Congress Heed Evidence That Government Preschool Is Worthless?”

By Karen Effrem, Jane Robbins

Jane Robbins is a senior fellow at American Principles Project. Dr. Karen Effrem is trained as a pediatrician and serves as president of Education Liberty Watch.

Government pre-K won’t help participants do better in school — and it will even cause emotional harm.

 On the theory that more government programs can solve any public-education problem, bipartisan policymakers have embraced government-funded pre-K programs as the current fix. The federal Every Student Succeeds Act dangles multiple incentives, including new Preschool Development Grants, to coax states into taking more young children from their families and enrolling them in government preschool. Advocates claim the $7.6 billion spent on state pre-K programs will result in improved academic achievement and a multitude of societal benefits. Continue reading