Episode 67: Is the GED a Better Indicator of College Readiness Than a High School Diploma?

The New GED Performance Levels Announced

On January 26, 2016, I watched live as the GED Testing Service announced major changes to the GED exam.  After two years of study, GED Testing Service has decided to not just change the performance level indicators, but have also determined the old passing score was forcing GED graduates to meet a much higher performance standard than their high school graduate counterparts. Guess what they do and what it actually means?

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.

Episode 66: Chinese Immigrant: I have seen Common Core Before, in Communist China

Chinese-American Lily Tang Williams says Common Core reminds her of the Communist education she received under Mao Tse-tung

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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 Mao 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.

Episode 65: Framers Presupposition, Civil Government Jurisdiction, & the Abolition of the Civil Government Education System

Join returning guest Kevin Novak as we discuss these topics and more

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After a long a long absence away from the mic, The Great Education Struggle is back.  Join Virginia 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.

Episode 64: Magna Carta, Robin Hood, & America

The root of the U.S. Constitution with KrisAnn Hall

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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.

Episode 63: What is the Statistical Relationship Between the Achievement Gap in Schools and Faith?

Common Core | Meta-Analyses| Data analyst | Statistical Analysis

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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.1 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 approximately the first 40 minutes talking about Common Core.  For those who want to just listen to the analysis portion, you will want to fast forward to about the 4o minute mark.

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  1. The term “classes” are used in the American education system today as a Marxist sociological empathizes that divides the American population into groups of people, and then positions most of the groups as exploited or abused by the dominant white/male/Christian/Anglo/capitalist culture.

Episode 62: Is Islam Peaceful Religion or, A Religion Not Practiced by the Majority of Muslims?

What every American needs to know, but won't learn in school

With the implementation of Common Core, Islamic proxy front groups have infiltrated the American school system, including Christian and homeschool curriculums. This 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?

Episode 61: Social Media, Internet, Technology, Kids, & the Homeschool

Conversation with John Wilkerson from the Wired Homeschool Podcast

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 old children have a Facebook account.1 These numbers are even higher for those older. 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 and how to keep their family safe online? Join John Wilkerson, from The Wired Homeschool Podcast and blog, as we discuss this and more in episode 61.

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.

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  1. http://www.pewresearch.org/millennials/teen-internet-use-graphic/

Episode 60: Conversation with James Nance

Real Critical Thinking

One of the major educational buzz words, today is “critical thinking.” The proponents of the Common Core State Standards claim 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.

Episode 59: Should Christians Study the Western Canon?

Daniel Foucachon, from episode 30 and president of Roman Roads Media, joins me at the Spokane Christian Family Home Educators 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.

Episode 58: Dr. Peg Luksik

Common Core| State Sovereignty| Homeschool

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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.