education, government

Why we should listen to the president

Like I mentioned yesterday, I will be watching President Obama’s speech to America’s school children with my children later today.  We have little ones around here, so we’ll be using the elementary lesson plans, legal or not. Actually, we’ll be focusing specifically on this question, because it fits perfectly with some ongoing conversations we have been having around here: Why…

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education, government

On Obama’s “indoctrination” speech

Tomorrow, President Obama will speak to the nation’s school children, presumably about setting education goals and staying in school.  At least that is what the White House is saying. This is the first time an American president has spoken directly to the nation’s school children about persisting and succeeding in school. We encourage you to use this historic moment to…

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government, holidays

Fireworks illegal

Driving into Olathe earlier in the week, I was greeted by a large flashing highway sign: Fireworks illegal.  Happy Fourth of July! All fireworks.  At one time, at least, that included sparklers, though the police seemed to have enough to do that one day without crashing barbecues to confiscate sparklers from children. Last year, I and every other driver crossing…

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government, homeschooling

Candidate attacks opponent’s pro-homeschool stance

Senator Tony Fulton is a conservative Republican running for legislature in Nebraska’s 29th district, covering a pretty conservative section of the capital city.  He is also well-known around here because of his support of homeschoolers during LB1141, a bill introduced this year which would have required homeschoolers to submit to greater state oversight.  This history isn’t viewed as favorably by…

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government

Why I am not impressed with Chuck Baldwin

Sprittibee hates talking about politics, and yet she can’t seem to stop.  I love talking about politics, and yet I just haven’t desired to wade into those waters.  But I’ve been asked so I thought I would answer. There is a rather popular idiom common to Western nations, but peculiarly prevalent in American politics which summarizes the way many of…

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government

Abuse cases spur reform in Hawaii

January 17, 2008, 23 month old Cyrus Belt was thrown to his death off a pedestrian bridge in Hawaii. This ended a short life apparently characterized by abuse. Cyrus was just one day old when his first child welfare file was opened. Just six days before his death another threat of abuse and neglect complaint was registered with the state.…

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