2008 Archive

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EdWatch.org is full of informative articles, links to radio interviews, links to newspaper articles, and links to other resource materials. Each update is also filed under its topic. EdWatch operates at the state, the national, and the federal levels. Top EdWatch issues are separated into categories called "National" (affecting all states) and "Minnesota" (reflecting Minnesota's specific concerns).
  

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    EdWatch creating curriculum modules (CMods)  December 23, 2008
In January 2009, EdWatch is launching a bold new program creating curriculum modules (CMods) that may be incorporated into a wide variety of classes.
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  ALERT: Environmental Education bill RESCHEDULED   September 12, 2008
The No Child Left Inside Act, HR 3036, is now rescheduled for Tuesday, September 16th.  It was pulled from the House legislative calendar last week.
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  "Environmental Ed" House Vote Thursday   September 8, 2008
HR 3036, the No Child Left Inside Act (chief author John Sarbanes, Democrat, MD), gives states and schools incentives (federal grants) to conduct "environmental education" programs within existing classes. This means that when children are enrolled in history, literature, math or science, during some of their class time, they will actually be schooled in "environmental education" instead of academic subjects. HR 3036 will be up for a vote on the floor of the House this Thursday, September 11th.
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   Testimony to the Hopkins School Board  September 4, 2008
A 14-year old's experience with a "Teen Clinic"
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  Nanny State Bills Expand Government Control Over Families   July 17, 2008
Two bills which recently passed the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee and are headed for floor debate clearly illustrate the insatiable appetite that the radicals in charge of Congress have for control over the hearts and minds of our nation's youngest children.   HR 3289, the Providing Resources Early for Kids Act of 2008 (PRE-K Act), puts the federal government in charge of what children will learn in preschool programs. HR 2343, the Education Begins at Home Act, sets up invasive home visiting programs.
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  The Fed's Cure for "Nature Deficit Discorder" in Our Kids   July 15, 2008
Claiming to have the remedy for "nature deficit disorder," Congressional Democrats (along with some Republicans) are in the process of passing a new federal education program for all 50 states. The bill is called "No Child Left Inside" and is a major expansion of the federal education train-wreck, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
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  2008 Minnesota Session Education Wrap-Up June 10, 2008
Thank you for your support and involvement. Here is a final status report on the education-related provisions that EdWatch was following this session.
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  Newsweek's "Best Schools" Propaganda Machine, by Professor Allen Quist  May 30, 2008
Newsweek has once again released its "100 best high schools" feature article (May 26, 2008 issue). Newsweek has been highlighting similar stories on what it calls the "100 best" American high schools each spring since 1998.  Unfortunately, these yearly Newsweek articles and ratings are propaganda for the interests Newsweek wishes to promote. The articles are propaganda in particular for International Baccalaureate (IB).
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  "Expelled" and Academic Free Speech, by Professor Allen Quist  April 23, 2008
The full title of the movie is Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. It focuses on the issues of academic freedom, freedom of speech, Darwinism and intelligent design (ID). If you like the world of ideas, you will love this movie. It sheds light on one of the great debates of our time-that is, if the Darwinian side will stop the paranoia, name-calling and persecution long enough to allow the debate to take place.
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  Dawkins Crashes Screening of Expelled, by Barb Anderson  April 3, 2008
Ben Stein challenges the elitist academic establishment for attacking our freedom of speech in the movie "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed." At a private screening of the movie, an angry Professor Dawkins crashed the screening.
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  Evidence of Harm March 19, 2008
Various studies provide evidence of academic and/or emotional harm to children from Preschool and All-Day Kindergarten programs.
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  Book Review:  Walking Targets: How Our Psychologized Classrooms
             are Producing a Nation of Sitting Ducks, by B.K.Easkman February 18, 2008
Beverly Eakman's new book, Walking Targets, is a detailed and accurate description of the troubling and dangerous state of education in contemporary United States of America.
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  International Baccalaureate: A Major Movement to Change Students' Values  February 18, 2008
If the education establishment continues its agenda of undermining the American system through programs like the International Baccalaureate (IB), our young people will have no objection to global governance.
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  Federal Education: More Suggested Caucus Resolutions February 2, 2008
Precinct caucuses are coming up Tuesday evening, February 5th, at 7:00 PM. Showing up at precinct caucuses on Tuesday is very important, both to defend education freedom planks in the platform and to suggest resolutions to strengthen educational freedom. Attend your precinct caucus and get involved.
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  Join us at the Minnesota Precinct Caucuses January 28, 2008
Where is your caucus meeting? When is it held? What happens at there? Why should I attend?
Become part of the process -- and make a difference.
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  Transformational Education and the Global Warming Fantasy January 7, 2008
Al Gore's film "An Inconvenient Truth" has been challenged in UK courts and found to contain numerous errors in "the context of alarmism and exaggeration." As a consequence, it may be shown in England only when accompanied by guidance notes to balance Gore's "one-sided" views. But in U.S. schools, the film is given no balance.
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