Posts tagged: Common Core

SPOTLIGHT: Talking Education Issues with Dr. Duke Pesta

Public education issues, as well as an excellent alternative to public school, are the topics of discussion for this week’s Spotlight podcast. David Smith and Monte Larrick are joined by Dr. Duke Pesta, associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and academic director of Freedom Project Academy, a K-12, nationally accredited online school based on Judeo-Christian values.

If you thought Common Core had been sent to a permanent detention hall, think again.… Continue Reading

“Common Core is No Longer a Problem, Right?” (Illinois Family Spotlight #101)

Dr. Duke Pesta joins Dave Smith and Monte Larrick on this episode of spotlight to discuss public education issues, including but not limited to Common Core Standards and other issues in government schools. Dr. Duke is a tenured university professor of English at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Academic Director of FreedomProject Academy.

They also discuss the alternatives to government schools and expensive private schools among them FreedomProject Academy, an online Common Core free K-12 classical education.… Continue Reading

Weasel of the Week: Educrat Arne Duncan

Written by Michelle Malkin

Educrat (ED-yoo-krat) noun, usually pejorative. A government school official or administrator whose primary function is to spend tax dollars telling other parents what to do with their children.

Beltway education bureaucrats abhor families who choose to keep their kids out of public schools — unless it’s to grandstand over gun control.

Behold Arne Duncan, longtime pal of Barack Obama and former U.S. Department of Education secretary, who called last weekend for parents nationwide to withdraw students from classes “until gun laws [are] changed to keep them safe.”

Emotions are still raw after a teen shot 10 classmates and teachers to death in Texas last week.… Continue Reading

SPOTLIGHT: Repeal and Replace Common Core

Written by Benjamin Smith

In the Spotlight this week, Monte Larrick and David Smith speak with Lennie Jarratt, the project manager for the Center for Transforming Education at The Heartland Institute.

Jarratt is well-versed on Common Core and education choice. He’s been on Fox News, Breitbart, ABC Chicago and multiple radio outlets and newspapers across the United States. He has been a presenter on panels to discuss education choice, common core, homeschooling, and Illinois Freedom of Information Laws with groups such as American Majority, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), Illinois Tea Party groups, homeschool conventions, and state legislative hearings.… Continue Reading

“Repeal and Replace Common Core” (Spotlight #053)

Lennie Jarratt is the Project Manager of the Center for Transforming Education for the Heartland Institute. He joins Monte Larrick and David Smith, to discuss everything Common Core, from math, to President Trump’s stance on Common Core, and the new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

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SPOTLIGHT: The American Miracle and Common Core

Written by Benjamin Smith

Monte Larrick had the pleasure of interviewing radio talk show host, historian and bestselling author Michael Medved about his new book The American Miracle: Divine Providence in the Rise of the Republic.  Michael offers his thoughts on the intervening role that God has played in America’s founding and rise to prominence. He persuasively points out that America is a product of design, not luck or happenstance. His radio program is nationally syndicated and featured on Salem Radio Network live every weekday afternoon (2-5 PM), and in the Chicago area on WIND (AM 560) every weeknight between 10PM and 1 AM.… Continue Reading

The American Miracle (Spotlight #047)

Joining Monte Larrick is Michael Medved, who is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host and best-selling author. His daily three hour show reaches 300 stations across the country and an audience of more than 4 million placing him, for nearly two decades, on the Talkers Magazine list of the top ten political talk shows in the United States. He joins Monte to discuss his recently written book documenting God’s intervention in the rise of America, called “The American Miracle.”

This podcast features two guests, in the first half Michael Medved, as mentioned above, in the second half is Dr.Continue Reading

Education Choice (Spotlight #046)

In the Spotlight with Monte Larrick and David Smith this week is Lennie Jarratt, who is the project manager for the Center for Transforming Education at The Heartland Institute.

Lennie is the former managing editor (2013-2014) of Champion News, an Illinois based news website focused on reporting on education and Illinois politics. Jarratt was the managing editor (2004-2011) of Education Matters which researched education in local school districts across Illinois.

Jarratt has presented analysis on Common Core and education choice on Fox News, Breitbart, ABC Chicago and multiple radio outlets and newspapers across the United States. … Continue Reading

Homeschooling in the State of Illinois (Spotlight #043)

Written by Benjamin Smith

In the spotlight this week is Kirk Smith, the Executive Director of the Illinois Christian Home Educators. Kirk graduated from Greenville College, teaching and coaching for two years at the high school level before founding the House of Prayer church in Albion, IL, which he pastored for almost 25 years. Kirk and his wife Joely live in Bone Gap with their 11 children who range in age from toddler to young adult.… Continue Reading

Renata Sliva: Culture and Politics ‘Starts at the Schools’

Written by John Biver

“We the People,” begins the U.S. Constitution. Those same three words open the State of Illinois Constitution. Neither document reads “we the politicians” or “we the ambitious.” Our forefathers set it up so we would be governing ourselves. When not enough honest and smart people put the self in self government, we get what we have now: a fiscal and moral mess.

Fortunately, there are individuals stepping up to lead, and one good example is Renata Sliva who is a candidate for the Indian Prairie School District 204 Board of Education in Will County.… Continue Reading

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