Some things…

I live in small town America. I heard a story last night about something in our small town America…and if the same story is happening all over in other small town Americas, the country is in big trouble.

The story goes like this…a second grade teacher just finished testing on her second grade students. The test results go like this…70% of this class are in the kindergarten to 1st grade range. But the children are in second grade.

SCARY.

Maybe someday I will get to write the entire story. I hope so.

 

 

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A Math Tutor’s take on Common Core

I have previously reported some things here about Common Core. There is plenty of information and opinions out there about the Common Core educational system that make broad statements. Today, I came across a math teacher and tutor’s column.  She first lists her credentials, and then lists specific problems she finds with Common Core math,  its effects on kids and it’s inevitable effect on the math and science education of our country’s students. And it’s not good, but not for the reasons I had previously heard.

Read her up close and personal experience here at American Thinker.

On a Lighter Note…Smokey Bear Turns 70

Smokey Bear was created in 1944 because of fears that America’s enemies would set forest fires while most U.S. firefighters were in battle overseas. When the war ended, Smokey stuck around — and he is now at the center of the longest-running public service announcement campaign in U.S. history. Research shows he is known by 96 percent of American adults and ranks near Mickey Mouse and Santa Claus for name recognition. His creation was a collaboration of the U.S. Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters and the Ad Council.

Happy Birthday, Smokey!

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And So It Begins…Effects of The Repeal

The pros and cons of homosexuals openly serving in the military has somewhat eluded me.  It is a subject I haven’t given a lot of thought or study to, preferring to leave that decision to those in the military who just might have a wiser view of things than mine.

Today I read a compelling argument from an army lieutenant colonel who is resigning.  He is resigning not necessarily because he objects to homosexuals per se, but he is resigning for what his government will be forcing him to do and forcing him to force upon the men he commands.  Even if government does not acknowledge it, people have consciences.  To force someone to do something against their conscience is tyranny.  Read the entire post here.  It certainly makes one fear for the future of the military in our nation, which in turn makes one wonder about the future protection of the country. Politics and the military (i.e. the protection of our nation) may not make good bedfellows. No pun was intended.

A View Inside Cash For Clunkers

Here’s what really happened inside the Cash For Clunkers program as witnessed by an insider who went to work there and reported what she saw.  This was the government program touted widely by the administration as a big success.  But ask some of the auto dealers who are still awaiting their promised rebate checks…

Read the story here.