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The Great Education Struggle
31 minutes | Apr 17, 2016
067: Is the GED a Better Indicator of College Success Than a High School Diploma?
On January 26, 2016, I watched live as the GED Testing Service announced major changes to the GED exam. After two years of study, the Testing Service has decided to not just change the performance level indicators, but they also have determined the passing school was forcing GED graduates to actually met a much higher performance standard than their high school graduate counterparts. In this episode, I explain the details and show how the GED might just be a better indicator of college and technical schools readiness than today's high school diploma.
72 minutes | Dec 5, 2015
066: Chinese Immigrant: I have seen Common Core Before, in Communist China
Hundreds of thousands have been fighting the official federal takeover of public, private, and in large part, homeschool curriculum through the Common Core State Initiative. Many of them see the similarities between the 20th-century totalitarian government schools systems and CCSS. But often they are dismissed as using rhetoric, and living in the cold Cold War. But what would you say, if someone who lived in China under Mao Tse-tung rule, who completed her education in China and said, yes Common Core is the same standards and expectations Moa demanded of her and her classmates? Yes, in fact, Lily Tang Williams has seen Common Core before! It was the same education program she and her countrymen were forced to endure, and it has cost them and their country dearly. Tune in this week, as we discuss Mrs. Willaiam's Chinese education roots and experiences and how they compare to what she sees in Common Core. Lily Tang Williams Born in the wild west of China, Sichuan province near Tibet, and raised with her two sibling brothers by illiterate working-class parents, Lily grew up facing poor living conditions, food rationing, political, and social chaos. In this tumultuous environment, she quickly developed both street smarts and compassion as well as the values of perseverance and hard work. At 17, Lily graduated at the top of her high school class and placed near the top of the national exams (held once each year for three eight-hour days). She did well enough that she was only one of three students from her province of 80 million people to be accepted to Fudan University law school that year, one of China's top five universities. Lily received her university law degree at Fudan University in Shanghai, practiced law and joined the Law faculty at Fudan. She came over to the U.S. in 1988 to earn a Master's degree at the University of Texas at Austin, School of Social Work with a minor in Administration and Planning. After her Master's degree, Lily worked with troubled youth from dysfunctional families in Ivanson Memorial Hospital and Wyoming Home Health Care in Laramie, Wyoming as a social worker. Later, she worked for corporations in Hong Kong and the United States as a corporate executive. In particular, as "China Operations Manager" for PREL Inc., directly reporting to it's president, she was responsible for the overall management of China-based office performing Wal-Mart manufacturer certification, quality control, and inspection. In that capacity, she also acted as a liaison between Wal-Mart’s exclusive world buying agent at the time, PREL Inc., and vendors in China and Wal-Mart buyers. Lily became a Colorado small business woman and entrepreneur in 2000. She is currently the President and founder of ACM International Corporation, a consulting and trading firm in Colorado specializing in China-related business services. She and her husband John also own and manage their rental properties in Colorado and Nevada.
66 minutes | Oct 6, 2015
065: Framers Presupposition, Civil Government Jurisdiction, & the Abolition of the Civil Government Education System
After a long a long absence away from the mic, The Great Education Struggle is back. Join Virgina attorney and president of Deconstructing the Collision, Kevin R. Novak as we discuss framers presupposition, the proper jurisdiction of the civil government, and the abolition of the civil government education system. Kevin R. Novak is a homeschool administrator, tutor and President of Deconstructing the Coliseum, LLC. Separate from Deconstructing the Coliseum, Mr. Novak is – as a member of the Virginia State Bar – a Virginia-licensed attorney who focuses on Education Law, including defending homeschoolers. Mr. Novak believes in defending homeschoolers because it is an offensive approach to advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Mr. Novak is a sole practitioner and is therefore, able to give his clients individualized attention. Prior to lawyering, Mr. Novak spent over seven years in the insurance business and many years in Christ-centered basketball ministry and inner-city homeless outreach. He hosts Deconstructing the Coliseum Radio show, which discourages the man-centered (humanistic) religion that arbitrarily excludes Jesus Christ from law and education. Deconstructing the Coliseum website: www.deconstructingthecoliseum.comEmail: email@example.comTwitter:@DtColiseum Kevin’s weekday Briefs, are aired on WVGV (West Virginia) and WAMV (Virginia).
55 minutes | Jul 22, 2015
064: Magna Carta, Robin Hood, & America
On June 19th, 2015 America and Great Britain celebrated the 800th birthday of the Magna Carta. This small piece of paper represents one of the two greatest documents westerns have, yet most know nothing about it. We can tell you about Robin Hood, Russel Crow and Kevin Costner versions, but we cannot tell you where the backdrop of this fictional story came from. But, without it, we do not the Bill of rights or our Constitution. We simply would not have the United States of America. Long, long ago, students were taught the principles of liberty in the school houses and homes, but that has long since passed away. While Common Core promises to equip today's children to be able to work in the 21st century, it does nothing to prepare them to live and operate as a free individual in a republic. Bring your family around and join returning guest, KrisAnn Hall, as we discuss the significance of the Magna Carta. KrisAnne Hall is an attorney and former prosecutor who travels the country teaching the Constitution and the history that gave us our founding documents. She is the host of The KrisAnne Hall Show, she pulls no punches, puts Liberty First and gives no quarter to those who hide behind party labels. Like no other can, KrisAnne teachers tell what the founders had to say on today’s relevant issues. KrisAnne is a disabled Army veteran, a Russian linguist, a mother, a pastor’s wife and a patriot. She received her undergraduate degree in Bio-Chemistry from Blackburn College in 1991 and her J.D. from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. KrisAnne lives in North Florida with her husband JC and their adopted son Colton.
79 minutes | Jul 5, 2015
063: What is the Statistical Relationship Between the Achievement Gap in Schools and Faith?
Education reformers have, for decades, decried the achievement gap among students and espoused the inequality of education throughout the nation. This is one of the major justifications for the implementation for Common Core State Standards. All sorts of reasons are pushed forward in an exempt to explain the achievement gap between all classes of students. But, seldom if ever, do the reformers discuss why the achievement gap is 25% narrower in private schools over public school. In episode 63, Professor of Education at California State University, Long Beach and a Senior Fellow at the Witherspoon Institute, Dr. William Jeynes joins me as we examine the meta-analyses and relationship between the achievement gap in education and faith, Common Core, and the future of America. (Note: this conversation was originally going to cover really just the meta-analyses data analyst, and statistical analysis of the relationship between the achievement gap between public school and faith-based private schools. But, as it turned out we spent about the first 40 minutes talking aboutCommom Core. For those who want to just listen to the analysis portion, you will want to fast forward to about the 4o minute mark.) Go to the show notes for a full bio on Dr. Jeynes.
89 minutes | Jun 23, 2015
062: Is Islam Peaceful Religion or, A Religion Not Practiced by the Majority of Muslims?
With the implementation of Common Core, Islamic proxy front groups have infiltrated the American school system, including Christian and homeschool curriculums. This is especially can be seen in the CCSS aligned Advanced Placement History Standards and textbooks. Join Dr. Bruce Forrest and we examine What every American needs to know, but won't learn in school as well as attempt to answer the question, "Is Islam a religion of peace or is Islam a religion that is not practiced by the majority of Muslims? Dr. Bruce Forrest has been a student of Islam since the 1960’s and for the last five years he has been serving as an Assistant Professor of Apologetics at Liberty University. He has earned his D.Min from Liberty University. His doctorate thesis was titled An Introduction to Islamic History and Theology. He has earned his M.Ed. degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Northwest Nazarene University, his M.A. in Biblical Studies from Western Evangelical Seminary (George Fox University), his B.A. in Religion from NNU, and his A.S. Associate in Criminal Justice and Administration, Umpqua Community College. Dr. Forrest has served as an Associate Pastor for 6 1/2 years, and has worked in Christian Education for 29 years. Go to www.edstruggle.com/62 for additional show notes, including the list of the resources, Dr. Forrest mentioned in this episode.
68 minutes | Jun 7, 2015
061 Social Media, Internet, Technology, Kids, & the Homeschool
With 93% of teens ages 12‐17 go online, 95% of teens have at least 1 social media account with 86% of those having a Facebook account, and 85% of 10-12-year-olds have a Facebook account, and even higher for those older, social media, parents rightfully are concerned. We live in the 21st century and regardless, whether we like it or not, a new world of technology is here and there is no escaping it. So what can a parent do to embrace the 21st technology and yet teach their children how to keep their family safe inline? Join John Wilkerson from The Wired Homeschool Podcast and blog as we discuss this and more in episode 62. John combines his professional experience in the computer industry with 17 years of homeschooling 7 children giving parents an easy to understand advice on the application of technology in their homes. John Wilkerson has been married to Lisa for 17 years and together they have 7 children. Their oldest has “graduated” from homeschooling and the other six continue to keep them very busy. John loves gadgets and other geeky things (like Star Wars, Doctor Who, and bacon) and sometimes wishes he could homeschool on the holodeck of the Enterprise.In the spaces between working full-time, being a husband and father, struggling to follow God, and fixing stuff around the house John tries to find time for his hobbies: podcasting, blogging, social media, backyard astronomy, and coaching soccer. The Wired Homeschool provides practical advice for homeschooling parents who use technology as part of their homeschool curriculum. Topics include Internet safety, responsible computer use, smartphones, tablets, e-readers, educational apps, social media, and more. In addition to instructional articles and podcasts you’ll find articles on homeschooling philosophy, how the digital age influences our daily lives, and how parents can use technology to teach their children at home. John can be contacted through his podcast and blog, The Wired Homeschool Twiter & Facebook Wiredhomeschool episode mentioned: Finding the Sacred in the Secular with Michael T. Hansen – WHS 137 – The Wired Homeschool If you have teens that use social media, would you have them fill out this survey?
46 minutes | May 19, 2015
Episode 60: Conversation with James Nance
One of the major educational buzz words, today is "critical thinking." The proponents of the Common Core State Standards tought one of the major benefits of CCSS, is that it teaches critical thinking. By like I wrote in"Critical Thinking and Education Reform Called Common Core," critical thinking skills” is a term used in a number of different disciplines, but no one has a clue as to what it means. But it sounds good, which is why education reformers use it. While it sounds good and who would not want to get behind such an idea, the problem is that it is meaningless. The next time you hear someone from the education establishment start talking about thinking skills, ask him or her to define it. Ask them to give you an example of thinking skills program they would recommend. See what you get. In episode 60, James Nance, from Roman Roads Media, and I discuss the necessity of teaching real critical thinking skills through the study of formal logic. James Nance, curriculum development and teacher, received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University in 1984, and after working for Boeing for 5 years, moved to Moscow, Idaho where he taught Logic, Rhetoric, Calculus, Physics, and Doctrine at Logos School for 25 years. During that time, he developed several curriculums, including the award-winning Introductory and Intermediate Logic. He enjoys teaching, reading, acting, and playing games with my friends and family. He and his wife Giselle have four children: Jamie, Josiah, Jacqueline, and Jonathan.
60 minutes | May 3, 2015
059: Should Christians Study the Western Canon? |Daniel Foucachon
Daniel Foucachon, from episode 30 and president of Roman Roads Media, joins me at the Spokane Christian Homeschool Conference to discuss the importance of studying the works of the Western canon, and in particular Christians Join us as we address head-on, should Christians study the pagan writings? You may also want to read a recent blog post Daniel and I collaborated on called, "Should Christians Study “The Great Books?” Daniel grew up in Lyon, France where his family were church-planting with Missions to the World. He was homeschooled for most of his education, attending a Classical Christian School for two years in Lyon. He then moved to Moscow, Idaho in 2005 to attend New Saint Andrews College, and graduated with a BA in Liberal Arts and Culture in 2009. While finishing school and working in his father’s French restaurant, “West of Paris,” he ran a local media production company where he sub-contracted with Canon Press to create CanonWired. In 2010, he founded Roman Roads Media with the desire to equip homeschoolers with the tools to give their children a Classical Christian Education. He now lives in Moscow, Idaho with his wife Lydia, and four children.
68 minutes | Apr 19, 2015
058: Conversation with Dr. Peg Luksik|Common Core and State Sovereignty
Join Dr. Peg Luksik, Founder and Chairman of Founded on Truth, as we discuss the truth behind your state giving up its sovereignty and your freedom by implementing Common Core. Dr. Peg Luksik, Founder and Chairman of Founded on Truth, and is a Pennsylvania teacher with over 35 years of experience in both special education and elementary education. Dr. Luksik has taught at every level from pre-school to college in regular classrooms, resource centers, self-contained special education classes, and in alternative educational settings.Dr. Luksik has trained teachers in curriculum and classroom management, written and evaluated curricula, authored several books on education issues, and hosted a nationally syndicated television program dealing with education in America. Dr. Luksik has trained teachers in curriculum and classroom management, written and evaluated curricula, authored several books on education issues and hosted a nationally syndicated television program dealing with education in America. Dr. Luksik served as an advisor to President Reagan’s Commission on the Family and worked for the U.S. Department of Education, where her task was to review and evaluate education reform initiatives. Dr. Luksik founded a program to assist low-income single mothers complete their educations that was recognized by President Reagan and named as a National Point of Light by President George Bush. Dr. Luksik was a founding board member of the Pennsylvania Family Institute and the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference. Most importantly, Dr. Luksik and Jim, her husband of 35 years, have raised six wonderful children and are now proud grandparents.
60 minutes | Apr 5, 2015
057: Conversation with KrisAnn Hall of Liberty First|Education|Common Core
This weeks episode consist of my conversation with KrissAnn Hall from Liberty First! KrisAnn and I discuss education, parental rights, and the United Sates Consitution in general and Common Core. If you have not heard KrissAnn before, I encourage everyone to listen to her podcast. Feel free to check out a couple of her episodes where she addresses our education system directly on the Recommended Podcast page. For those who are just interested in our conversation concerning Common Core, you can fast forward to about the 20 minute mark. KrisAnne Hall is an attorney and former prosecutor who travels the country teaching the Constitution and the history that gave us our founding documents. She is the host of The KrisAnne Hall Show, she pulls no punches, puts Liberty First and gives no quarter to those who hide behind party labels. Like no other can, KrisAnne teachers tell what the founders had to say on today’s relevant issues. KrisAnne is a disabled Army veteran, a Russian linguist, a mother, a pastor’s wife and a patriot. She received her undergraduate degree in Bio-Chemistry from Blackburn College in 1991 and her J.D. from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. KrisAnne lives in North Florida with her husband JC and their adopted son Colton. KrisAnne's Website & Podcast Check her teaching events out HERE. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goggle+. Watch KrisAnn on YouTube.
79 minutes | Mar 15, 2015
056: Conversation with Jason Truett Glen, Director of Worldview Formation at Bryan College
For the biblical Christian parent, the current culture we live in clearly demonstrates Isaiah’s warning, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!"[1. Isaiah 5:20] But his warning should not be a surprise, for there is a real antithesis between the biblical Christian view of the world and the way the non-believer views this world. Join Professor Jason Truett Glen, Director of Worldview Formation at Bryan College as we discuss the Christian worldview and education. Professor Jason Truett Glen began serving as the Director of Worldview Formation at Bryan College in July of 2012. Jason also serves as Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Culture in the Christian Studies Department at Bryan College. Professor Glen received his MA in Christian Ethics from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina and a BA in Biblical Studies from Southeastern College at Wake Forest. Jason also studied theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for two years and Political Science at Texas A&M University for four years. Professor Glen has ministered to college students for the past 16 years through such organizations as the Navigators, Baptist Collegiate Ministries, and local churches. He has academic interests in ethics, continental philosophy, postmodernism, social justice, and worldview studies. Professor Glen has been married since 1999 to Ashlee Glen. They met while they were both attending Texas A&M. They live with their four daughters in Dayton, TN. Jason and his family enjoy the great outdoors, playing and watching sports, reading, and watching movies. Professor Glen's Blogg For more information on: [vimeo id="38643042"] Homeschooling at Bryan College Movement© A "Conference" Offered by The"Department" of "Worldview" Formation "at" Bryan"College, click Overview - Movement 2015 Worldview Initiative Youtube Account: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOj2MR-2xFtkag8xyS1Vu3Q Worldview Initiative Facebook Page Spring Break Homeschool Program Trip Worldview Formation Facebook Page Bryan Life is the official alumni magazine of Bryan College The Moralist William Jennings Bryan (pdf) William Jennings Bryans Impact on Education (pdf) Who is William Jennings Bryans?
72 minutes | Feb 28, 2015
055: Meet Your Child's Murderer
Today's culture, we are so worried about our children being hurt, we ban activities such as dodge ball, and instead of teaching them to be tough, we bubble wrap them. Meanwhile, parents on the otherwise of the globe are training their children to kill ours. While these children are learning how to shoot, behead, and burn their enemies alive, we indoctrinate ours into silence and compliance through our school system and its curriculum. How is this being done? Tune in as you meet the murder of your children.
70 minutes | Feb 21, 2015
054: Conversation with Herb Titus, Constitutional and Common Law Scholar
We all have grown up the notion that public school was just a given. We have come to expected them to be available just like our fresh running water from our sinks; services provided by an altruistic government for the benefit of the people. But was it constitutionally permissible in the first place? Is it now constitutional? Was it the parents, the state or the federal government responsibility? What about Common Core? What did President Thomas Jefferson say about forcing parents to support ideas and opinions that were contrary to their conscience? Join my conversation with Herb Titus, Constitutional, and Common Law Scholar as we discuss this and much more from a biblical worldview. Herbert W. Titus is of counsel to the law firm of William J. Olson, P.C. where he is engaged in a general practice, with a concentration in constitutional, appellate, and administrative law. Prior to his association with this firm, Mr. Titus taught constitutional law, common law, and other subjects for nearly 30 years at five different American Bar Association-approved law schools. From 1986 to 1993, he served as the founding Dean of the College of Law and Government in Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Prior to his academic career, he served as a Trial Attorney and a Special Assistant United States Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. and in Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Titus holds the J.D. degree (cum laude) from Harvard and the B.S. degree in Political Science from the University of Oregon from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He is an active member of the bar of Virginia and an inactive member of the bar of Oregon. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, District of Columbia and Federal Circuits, the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, and the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. In addition, his constitutional practice has taken him into federal district courts in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Montana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia and state courts of Colorado, Idaho, North Dakota and Texas. He has appeared as a guest on radio and television shows and, for two years, hosted his own daily radio program, That's The Law, on the VCY America network. He has testified on constitutional issues before the U.S. Congress, and testified on state and federal constitutional issues before several state legislatures. His views on constitutional law and policy have received wide circulation on the Internet and other media, and among members of Congress, state legislatures, and public policy advocates and organizations. Mr. Titus serves as general counsel to the Michael New Action Fund. Mr. Titus has written numerous articles, book chapters and constitutional studies and analyses. He is the author of God, Man & Law: The Biblical Principles, a widely acclaimed text on American common law and is available for purchase at www.herbtitus.com. His e-books on the common law and constitutional liberty (co-authored with Gerald Thompson) are available at www.lonang.com. Mr. Titus lectures and conducts workshops on American legal and constitutional history for civic groups, church conferences, and college campuses. He is also engaged as an instructor in a home schooling consortium, teaching a course on world views. Mr. Titus and his wife, Marilyn, have been married 52 years and reside in Chesapeake, Virginia. The Tituses have four children and 15 grandchildren. Websites Mr. Titus mentioned Law and Freedom Law of Nature and of Natures God LawMart
71 minutes | Feb 8, 2015
053: Conversation With Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld
Why does the average U.S. college freshman reads at a seventh-grade level, according to an educational assessment report? How have we gone from Noah Webster's public school system to a socialist/progressives taken over the public school system? What happened to the proper teaching of phonics? How does Common Core fit into the current scheme of things? This and more with my conversation with Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld in episode 53. Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld was born and educated in New York City. Dr. Blumenfeld graduated from The City College of New York in 1950 and worked for ten years in the book publishing industry. He has also tutored and taught in private schools and as a substitute in public schools. Dr. Blumenfeld is one of the world's leading authorities on the teaching of reading and in 1986; he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Bob Jones University. Dr. Blumenfeld has spent much of his career investigating the the decline in American literacy, the reasons for the high rate of learning disabilities in American children, the reasons behind the educational establishment in America's support for sex and drug education, the reasons why so many children are labeled ADD, and why the school system refuses to use intensive phonics in reading instruction and memorization in mathematics instruction. He has spoken on education all over the world and is recognized internationally as a leader in the intensive, systematic phonics movement. Dr. Blumenfeld has authored of 11 books on education, including: "Is Public Education Necessary?" "NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education," "The Whole Language/OBE Fraud" and "Homeschooling: A Parents Guide to Teaching Children" among many others. Dr. Blumenfeld has had articles published in in the New York Times, Herald Tribune, Commentary, American Opinion, Ideas, Reason, Inquiry, American Education, Vital Speeches, Education Digest, American Legion Magazine, Conservative Digest and Boston Magazine. Books by Dr. Blumenfeld Alpha-Phonics: A Primer For Beginning Readers How To Tutor NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education Homeschooling: A Parents Guide to Teaching Children The Victims of Dick and Jane Is Public Education Necessary? New Illiterates and How You Can Keep Your Child from Becoming One The Whole Language/Obe Fraud: The Shocking Story of How America Is Being Dumbed Down by Its Own Education System
79 minutes | Feb 1, 2015
052: Conversation with Dr. Ken Calvert-Hillsdale Academy
This week I discuss the several topics including the current educational climate, Common Core, liberal arts, Hillsdale Academy, and the educational reforms Hillsdale is proposing and offering to anyone for free. If you are looking for a classical liberal arts educational plan our founding fathers would have recognized, then look no further. Dr. Calvert arrived at Hillsdale College in 1996 from Miami University of Ohio where he had completed his Ph.d. in Ancient History. Dr. Calvert earned his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College as well as Masters Degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Harvard University. In 1986, Ken lived in Pakistan working with Afghan refugees where he developed an abiding interest in Afghanistan and Islamic History. In the 1988-1989 academic year Dr. Calvert pursued studies as a visiting scholar at Bristol and Oxford Universities in England. As a Hillsdale college professor, Ken has taught Freshman Honors History, upper division courses in the Ancient World including Greek, Roman and Mesopotamian History, as well as in the History of Christianity. Ken also directs the Hillsdale College Oxford programs – sending a dozen Hillsdale students to Oxford University each year. In 1999, Ken received the Emily Daugherty Award For Teaching Excellence from Hillsdale College and in 2000 was voted “professor of the year”– the very first year he was eligible for that distinction. In 2001, Dr. Calvert was asked to serve as Interim Headmaster of the Hillsdale Academy. and then, in 2003, he accepted the position of permanent headmasterKen enjoys traveling, especially with his wife, Beth, and their three children, Joel, Claire and Ian. Claire and Ian attend Hillsdale Academy while Joel, a graduate of Hillsdale Academy, is now a sophomore at Hillsdale College. Ken enjoys traveling, especially with his wife, Beth, and their three children, Joel, Claire and Ian. Claire and Ian attend Hillsdale Academy while Joel, a graduate of Hillsdale Academy, is now a sophomore at Hillsdale College. Website: Hillsdale AcademyDr. Calvert's email: firstname.lastname@example.org Hillsdale Academy Reference Guides Lower School Guides (K-8) Upper School Guides (9-12)
74 minutes | Jan 25, 2015
051: Psychological Consequences of Common Core
How does Common Core and its associated assessments affect students? It's a major psychological issue for many. Join this weeks' guest, Mary Calamia, a licensed psychotherapist who has witnessed first hand the mental burdens placed upon New York students and the results thereof. Mary Calamia is a psychotherapist practicing on Long Island. After testifying to the New York State Assembly Forum on Education about the mental health consequences of the Common Core, Mary took on a leadership role in the grassroots fight against the controversial CCSS initiative. Mary speaks at educational forums and advocates tirelessly with legislators to eliminate Common Core. She is also one of the contributors to the book, Common Ground on the Common Core. United Nations education initiative mentioned: Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
67 minutes | Jan 19, 2015
050: Common Core Need Not Apply At Shimer College
Are you looking for a college that doesn't use the Common Core aligned SAT or ACT as part of their entrance requirements? Well then you will want to listen to this week's conversation with James Bowers, Admission Director of Shimer College for they do not care what Common Core architect David Colman thinks. James Bowers grew up in the mountains of East Tennessee. He earned his BA from Duke University, worked in professional school admission for Duke, and then earned a law degree from Duke as well. After spending almost a decade in New York City practicing law, he decided to return to working with students. Shimer CollegeLocated minutes from the Loop in Chicago, Shimer College is an independent, four-year liberal arts college that enrolls approximately 150 students. Founded in 1853 as the Mount Carroll Seminary, Shimer today provides a comprehensive, regularly-reviewed core curriculum that brings foundational books of the liberal arts to bear on the pressing problems of our time. Shimer College is committed to a primary-source, textbook-free curriculum, seminars of twelve or fewer students, and an ethos of community and service within a diverse group of students, teachers, scholars, and staff. Email James: email@example.comPhone: 312-235-3543 Article mentioned in the program: Shimer College Doesn’t Give a ***** About what David Coleman Thinks?
74 minutes | Jan 12, 2015
049 Science is a Slave to Philosophy with Bill Barr
So often I hear "religion" has not place in public school. Those who hold to this belief espouse academics can be taught apart from a theologic perspective. What they admit to is that everyone comes into the classroom with certain presuppositions about the world around them. There is no escaping this fact and how you see the world, determines your outcomes. Join public school teach Bill Barr as he explains how science is a slave to philosophy. Bill Barr is a former atheistic and a current 30 year public school science teacher veteran. He has been married for 28 years and had three children. Bill has earned three degrees and coaches multiple sports. For a copy of Bill's notes on the Laws of Thermodynamics, the Law of Entropy, the Scientific Method, and the Six Basic Concepts of Evolution for FREE click HERE. For more on the prevailing worldviews and how these presuppositions affect curriculum, including private Christian and homeschool curriculum, request the free eBook, The Great Education Decision.
63 minutes | Jan 5, 2015
048: Creating Postive Relationships, Not Socialization with Israel Wayne
This weeks episode is a continuation from last weeks where Israel Wayne and me discussed the history of socialization and what that term really means. This week we discuss how it is positive family relationships beginning with securing your child's heart should be the focus and how to use the following four steps in accomplishing this task. Do activities that are pro-spiritual. Do actives that are pro-family. Do activities that are pro-relational with all ages (not age segregated groupings). Do activities that are pro-educational. Israel Wayne is an author and conference speaker who has a passion for defending the Christian faith and promoting a Biblical worldview. He is the author of the books Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview, Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship, and The Questions God Asks. He is a former regular columnist for Home School Digest magazine. He is also the site editor for ChristianWorldview.net. Since 1995, Israel has traveled the nation speaking on family, homeschooling, revival, discipleship, and cultural issues. Israel has written articles for the following magazines and websites: Answers (Answers In Genesis), Biblical Worldview (American Vision), Revive (Life Action Ministries), UnChained (Pure Life Ministries), The Baptist Banner, Above Rubies, Homeschooling Today, CrossWalk.com, ChristianPost.com, ChristianBook.com, Christianity.com, HonorBound.com, WorldviewWeekend.com and many others. He is a frequent guest on national radio and television programs. Israel’s family began home educating in 1978 and has been featured in national and international publications including TIME Magazine, The Arizona Republic, WORLD Magazine, Court Report and the Wall Street Journal. Israel has been featured as the keynote speaker at various conferences, with over 5,000 in attendance. Connect with Israel Wayne Israel’s apologetics website: ChristianWorldview.net Israel’s blog: ChristianWorldview.net/blog Family Renewal Facebook Page: Facebook.com/FamilyRenewal Israel’s Facebook Page: Facebook.com/IsraelWayneAuthor Connect with Israel on LinkedIn: LinkedIn.com/in/israelwayne Follow @israelwayne on Twitter: Twitter.com/israelwayne Family Renewal website: http://www.familyrenewal.org/ I highly recommend Israel's podcast on iTunes. If you use iTunes, search for The Great Education Struggle in the iTunes podcast directory, and give the show a rating or review. Likewise if you use Stitcher-Radio on Demand, search for in their directory and give the show a rating there as well. Follow the program on Twitter @ed_struggle. Thanks for the interaction, favorites and re-tweets.
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