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Category: Is Our Children Learning

Straight “A” Academy Headmaster on Culture, Sports, and Project Based Learning

(Hours 3b,c) Rich talked to Felix Alvarado, Headmaster at Straight “A” Academy, for Is Our Children Learning.  They started by making comparisons to the SAT and ACT testing, before discussing the concept of culture.  They spoke about the different aspects of culture and shared about the involvement of government.  Tune in for the details!   (Hour 3c) Felix pointed out that that school has become so much of a replacement for the family.  He then continued with the thread of conversation from his last appearance and discussed the involvement of sports in education.  Finally, they tackled project based learning. ...

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Superintendent Vargas on the Rape Case and Changes to West High School

(Hours 3b,c) Rich talked to Manchester School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas for Is Our Children Learning.  Rich started by inquiring about the communication surrounding the rape case at West High School and sharing his opinion that an investigation into the now infamous hall at West is warranted.  They then talked about the community effort that Superintendent Vargas is pulling together for West.  Tune in to get all of the details! (Hour 3c) Rich and Superintendent Vargas finished with their discussion about potential changes to West High School and the Manchester School District.  They then spoke about steps to change...

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Ann Marie Banfield on Parental Participation, Senate Bill 43 and Psychological Profiling

(Hours 3a,b,c) Guest host Heather Carroll of the Alzheimer’s Association of MA/NH talked to Ann Marie Banfield of Cornerstone Action for Is Our Children Learning.  After speaking about her daughter’s work as a nurse, Ann Marie shared about her passion for advocacy.  She then pointed out the lack of parental rights and participation in the education system.  Tune in to get all of the details! (Hour 3b) As Heather continued with Ann Marie, they discussed Senate Bill 43.  They talked about intrusive surveys that are introduced to children in the schools.  They also spoke about the lack of parental involvement...

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What is School?

(Hours 3b,c) Rich talked to Felix Alvarado of Straight “A” Academy for Is Our Children Learning.  They talked about what the purpose of school is.  They then spoke about different fundamentals, career readiness and governmental agendas.  Finally, they discussed how education was handled before the Industrial Age and pointed out how children are currently being trained.     (Hour 3c) As Rich and Felix continued they tackled to project based learning and the impact of an over-focus on sports in the school system.  They took a call from Jim in Manchester, who shared opposition towards the claims about sports...

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Superintendent Bolgen Vargas on Plans for the Manchester School District

(Hours 3b,c) Rich talked to Manchester School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas for Is Our Children Learning.  They started by talking about what the District will be doing with the additional funds that the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen have allocated.  Rich inquired about the details and they discussed the changes that will occur in the elementary school and middle school levels.  Tune in to hear all about it!   (Hour 3c) Rich took a call from Jim O’Connell, who expressed his concern regarding the District’s hours calendar.  They then returned to the discussion about changes to the middle...

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Ann Marie Banfield on Common Core and State Assessments

(Hour 3c) Rich talked to Ann Marie Banfield of Cornerstone Action for Is Our Children Learning.  Ann Marie brought up Senate Bill 43, talking to Rich about the vote and an amendment.  They then discussed Senate Bill 44 and the opposition that Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut is receiving concerning the reviewing of Common Core.  Finally, they shared criticisms about the recent trends with state assessments and spoke about a conflict of interest in the push for testing.  Tune in to hear all about it!...

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School Choice: Parental Involvement and Technological Implementation

(Hours 3b,c) Rich talked to Felix Alvarado, Headmaster at Straight “A” Academy, for Is Our Children Learning.  They began the segment by talking about the passing of Sid Glassner, long time Anchor of Is Our Children Learning and Host of Inside Education.  They then transitioned into a discussion about school choice, talking about the discouragement of parental involvement, and Felix made his opinion about compulsory education clear. (Hour 3c) Felix began the final segment by expressing his vision regarding what school choice should look like.  They talked about technology within the school system and Felix shared his frustration with what...

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Sid Glassner – The Mourning a Great Man

(Hours 1a,b,c) Rich opened up the show by explaining to the listeners why the Girard at Large radio show was off the air on Friday morning.  He then shared the devastating news about the passing of Inside Education host Sid Glassner. Click here for Ann Marie Banfield’s tribute to the well-loved, well respected Sid Glassner. (Hour 1b) Rich played a clip from an Is Our Children Learning segment about regarding Pearl Harbor that was particularly memorable to him. Click here for the archive link.  (Hour 1c) Rich completed the archived clip from the last segment.  Tune in to hear more...

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Felix Alvarado on Educational Elitism and Age Integration

(Hours 3b,c) Rich spoke to Felix Alvarado, Headmaster of Straight “A” Academy, for Is Our Children Learning.  Felix started by explaining college consulting, which assists in matching students with the right college and building their profile.  They then discussed the differences between subject tutoring and private tutelage and they spoke about the institutional bias that encourages elitism within the educational ranks. Click here for more information about Thomas Sowell. (Hour 3c) Rich and Felix picked up right where they left off, talking about the qualifications of those who want to voice their opinion in educational matters.  They spoke about the model in...

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