Education Contributors

Saturday Morning Live for June 24, 2017

Host Kris Halterman discusses the mission of SAVE, aka Social Alliance for a Vibrant Economy. Who are they? What is their mission? What are have they done? What is Raspberry Pi? What are their future plans?   

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Saturday Morning Live for June 11, 2016

Host Kris Halterman will interview Jami Lund, the Freedom Foundation’s Senior Policy Analyst on public education issues. Jami’s focus at the Freedom Foundation is on teachers’ rights, student curriculum, education costs, unionization cost vs. benefit analysis, and many, many, education related actions that form the future of Washington’s public education.

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Saturday Morning Live for May 23, 2015

Guest Host Todd Hausman interviews two public school teachers about the Washington State “Smarter Balanced” assessment test, and why so many students and their parents are protesting it.  

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Saturday Morning Live for July 19, 2014

Host Kris Halterman discusses Common Core and the Glenn Beck, Fathom event: “We Will Not Conform,” with local educator Todd Hausman.  

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Believes Buildings are a School’s Last Priority

Too often local School Bond issues do not receive this type of scrutiny in local media, which is why I believe it is important that I share this email with you.  It personifies that our children’s lives are lived in schools where parents want local control and values that mirror their family culture.  So whether that school is public, private or in our homes, it’s of greater concern what happens inside the school and the spiritual wholesomeness that is baked inside, than how attractive the building our future leaders are taught in. Education is a critical element to a free society.  It is the tool with which we develop an independent, responsible and moral society.  It’s not what the outside looks like that makes a home, a school, a business or a community a great place to live.  Just as it is what’s inside that makes the person, the same can be said for where we live, work, play and yes…how we educate our children. ~ Kris Halterman Buildings Last Priority Schools claim they fail because of the culture. However, schools have actually created the culture. School officials claim parents are not preparing their children. However, it has been statist …

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Students of Bellingham Christian School – Win Big at 1st Annual Constitutional Knowledge Bowl

The first Constitutional Knowledge Bowl is under their wing.  The Education Committee of the Whatcom Tea Party have a lot to be proud of and the student competitors even more to be proud of.  They all delivered an entertaining and informative event last Saturday afternoon.  For a brief recap of the event and results, Maddie Baines has captured the event for posterity. ~ Kris Halterman Constitution Knowledge Bowl – Report Posted on January 12, 2014 by admin Despite the Seahawks play-off game and wet and windy weather, the audience gathered at the Rome Grange in support of student contestants aged from 10 to 14 years of age. After an introduction by Karl Uppiano, President – Whatcom Tea Party, Paul Johnson led a fine rendering of our National Anthem.   (Click to embiggen) In a closely matched competition, students answered questions that apparently stumped many of those in the audience. Student contestants came from Ferndale, Bellingham, Oak Harbor and Deming to compete for both individual and team honors. The teams were formed through private and home schooled scholars. There was no public school representation at this year’s Constitutional Knowledge Bowl competition. Judging teams were assigned for three different phases of the …

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Two Perspectives on “Common Core”

The discussion surrounding the full implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) or as its more commonly known (pun intended) “Common Core,” is heating up.  The discussion seems to be surrounding on different elements; but the common theme I hear is that there’s too much secrecy, no transparency and public debate on the national standardization of public school curricula.  Will the good people of Washington State weigh-in on this too?  I am hoping and praying that you do.  Any curriculum that has not had rigorous study and open public debate, should not be turned out upon an unsuspecting populace as a grand experiment on all of our children.  Too big to fail, is too big to risk our children’s future; not to mention the total intrusion on State’s rights and local control of our public schools. ~ Silence Do-Good Sunday, June 09, 2013 NYT Posts Anti-Common Core Op-Ed There’s much in here to like: By definition, America has never had a national education policy; this has indeed contributed to our country’s ambivalence on the subject. As it stands, the Common Core is currently getting hit mainly from the right. Tea Party-like groups have been gaining traction in opposition to the …

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I Guess It’s Official–Alderwood to go I.B.

Approved at the 5/23 school board meeting:“Alderwood staff to attend an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program Training in Keystone, Colorado, June 30-July 3, 2013.  Expenses will be covered with Title I professional development funds, principal professional development funds, and district innovative program resource funds.”I guess it’s official. ~~ Honest Educator

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The Shell Game

I don’t remember much about my first visit to New York City in the summer of 1979, I was only eight years old at the time. But I remember visiting Yankee Stadium, counting steps on the way to the top of the Statue of Liberty, and the neon lights of Broadway. Strangely, I also remember seeing “The Shell Game” played for the very first time. I distinctly remember stopping dead in my tracks on the gray, Manhattan sidewalk. Hypnotized by the movement of shells, sliding over a makeshift cardboard box, I stood motionless as I desperately tried to follow the elusive pea with my eyes. The round, marble-like object kept disappearing from view, repeatedly being covered and uncovered in a dance of moving shells. Little did I know this was a well known con game, and was crushed when told I could not play. Public school districts play the shell game with parents and taxpayers all the time. Dressed in suits and armed with PowerPoint Presentations, their version has an annual payout of $105 million. At least that’s the budget in Bellingham. Yet despite their pleas for more education funding, administrative spending in Bellingham has increased steadily over the past …

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“Common Core”…Coming to a School Near You…Educate Yourself Now

In the coming months we will bring a number of articles, videos and personalities to the SML Education Contributor’s page, and the SML radio program.  There is a lot to read and understand about Common Core, when it comes to such a radical change in public education. I voted for the Washington State Charter School amendment.  The reason I voted for Charter Schools is that I believe in choices and autonomy for public, private and homeschool education, that is driven by the local community and elected officials who are accountable to the voters.  As I understand the Charter School Initiative, its goal is to allow communities to have more choices in what curriculum is used and how it is delivered.  Common Core and its close cousins, do not appear to achieve that ideal. That said, let’s start with a small clip taken from an article published by Evan Queitsch, in The Examiner March 27, 2013: Meanwhile, Eli Broad’s education connections rise to power in states (Lillian Lowery is Broad Superintendents Academy graduate and Jack Markell has attended Broad workshops) and even in the federal government (Arne Duncan is a Broad Academy graduate and often a feature speaker for new Academy …

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