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Our Children are Lab Rats

Filed in Uncategorized by on January 14, 2014 0 Comments

When you give a presentation often there are things brought up that never get fully addressed, or conversations overheard that need a little correcting.  These are some answers to those that resulted from our presentation in Burley. Overheard afterwards:  “You never hear of any problems here in Idaho.  You only ever hear of them in […]

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Common Core Forum

Filed in Idaho Education News by on January 13, 2014 1 Comment

Please participate.  Ask your questions, they need to be heard.   Common Core Forum The chairs of the Senate and House Education Committees, Senator John Goedde and Representative Reed DeMordaunt, announced today their plans to bring Idahoans together for a serious discussion on Common Core. “In an effort to be transparent, we want to allow […]

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Yes, the Common Core DOES tell teachers HOW to teach

Filed in Uncategorized by on January 10, 2014 1 Comment
Yes, the Common Core DOES tell teachers HOW to teach

“No, you’re wrong.”  I don’t know how many times Stacey and I heard that at our presentation last night in Burley.  A couple of teachers were there to “school” us on the “misinformation” we were spreading about Common Core.  One of the “You’re wrong”s came when we were discussing the standards themselves.  “They don’t tell […]

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Debate Denied

Filed in Common Core News and Updates by on January 2, 2014 1 Comment

There is a lot of confusion surrounding Common Core. (that’s an understatement…)  It has been said that when you listen to the proponents you walk away thinking, “This is good.”  Then when you talk to the opponents you walk away thinking, “This is really bad.”  We’ve been approached about having a public debate so that […]

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Buyer’s Remorse

Filed in Idaho Education News by on December 22, 2013 0 Comments

Mary Ollie   We’ve all heard about the family that enters a contest and wins a new house. Everyone is excited.  Members of the press trip over each other in order to produce the best photos and the most glowing accounts about this wonderful new house.  The family settles in and then the utility and […]

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Moms vs Big Money Machine

Filed in Uncategorized by on December 17, 2013 0 Comments
Moms vs Big Money Machine

Near the end of November, Mike Petrelli and Michael Brickman of Thomas B. Fordham Institute (a “conservative” education think-tank) penned an opinion piece for the Cour d’alene Press extolling the “conservative” virtues of Common Core. Interestingly, at the end of October that exact same editorial appeared in at least five other states, but with the […]

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Kicking the Hornets Nest

Filed in Uncategorized by on December 10, 2013 0 Comments

Secretary Arne Duncan kicked a hornets nest a few weeks ago by attacking white suburban moms.  Don’t attack Mama.  She knows what is best and right for her kids and most of us are fairly realistic about our children’s capabilities.   Austin Hill contacted me shortly after Secretary Duncan made his racist/sexist comments.  He  had me […]

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Building the Machine

Filed in Uncategorized by on December 6, 2013 1 Comment

HSLDA is working on a documentary movie to be released in February: http://www.commoncoremovie.com

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What PISA Really Means

Filed in Common Core News and Updates by on December 6, 2013 0 Comments

The PISA test results have just been released, and predictable as death and taxes the United States is falling behind the rest of the world in our scores.  Remember the adage, “Never let a good crisis go to waste”?  It looks like we have an educational crisis and we have to fix it.  Common Core to […]

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An Insider’s View on Testing

Filed in Uncategorized by on December 2, 2013 0 Comments

Mary Ollie has been in education long enough to know a bad thing when she sees it. She started teaching in Cascade as a Science teacher for grades seven through twelve in 1984.  She has since spent time at Vallivue, Caldwell and Idaho Digital Learning Academy. Now she teaches at Treasure Valley Community College.  Mary has been recognized […]

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