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Category: Is Our Children Learning

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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Manchester Superintendent Vargas on Testing, Funding, Redistricting and More

(Hours 3b,c) Rich spoke to Manchester School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas for Is Our Children Learning.  Rich started by inquiring about the testing that is being done in the district.  They scrutinized the proficiency of teachers in the current age of education and talked about the efficiency of assessments.   (Hour 3c) After talking about Superintendent Vargas’s middle school experience, Rich asked him about education’s gravitation towards the latest fads at the expense of teaching the basics.  They then tackled the budget’s impact on the school district, redistricting recommendations, the role of the parent and more.  Tune in to learn...

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Ann Marie Banfield and Plymouth State University’s Psychological Profiling

(Hours 3b,c) Rich spoke to Ann Marie Banfield, Education Liaison at Cornerstone Action, for Is Our Children Learning.  Ann Marie began the interview by telling the listeners about the psychological profiling that Plymouth State University has been performing on Queen City children. Click here to view Ann Marie’s relevant blog. (Hour 3c) Ann Marie spoke about the Right to Know requests that she filed, telling the listeners what she learned about Plymouth State University’s activities.  She talked about the fate of Senate Bill 43, which deals with opting out, and shared the argument against the bill.  Tune in to get all...

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Thomas Frischknecht on the Charter School Movement

(Hours 3b,c) Rich talked to Thomas Frischknecht for Is Our Children Learning.  Thomas started by explaining how he became involved in the Charter School movement.  He spoke about a mismanagement of funding, his assistance in the revitalization and growth of the nationally recognized Academy for Science and Design and more.  Tune in for the details! (Hour 3c) Thomas started the final hour by answering Rich’s question regarding his assistance in the Charter School movement.  He explained the funding of the schools, state funding guidelines and House Bill 419,  Finally, they talked about Governor Chris Sununu’s funding proposition and the obstacles...

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Felix Alvarado and the Is Our Children Learning Segment

(Hours 3b,c) Rich spoke to Felix Alvarado of Straight “A” Academy for Is Our Children Learning.  After sharing his background as a teacher, he discussed how he got involved in private tutoring and test preparation.  He then explained why he saw a need for tutoring after reviewing statewide competency tests. Click here for Straight “A” Academy’s site. (Hour 3c) In the final segment of the day Felix expressed what he will be speaking about in his coverage of Sid Glassner’s Is Our Children Learning segment.  He talked about the private tutelage model that the Straight “A” Academy utilizes, which...

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Opposition for Reviewing Science Standards and Apprehension for Statewide Assessments

(Hours 3a,b,c) Rich talked to Ann Marie Banfield of Cornerstone Action for Is Our Children Learning.  They started by talking about changes to the future of the segment, while Anchor Sid Glassner is unable to take his seat behind the microphone.  They then spoke about Tom Raffio’s conduct before the public at a recent Manchester School Board meeting.  Finally, they discussed Common Core and a vote against science standards.    (Hour 3b) As Rich and Ann Marie continued, they discussed the battle between Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut and the State Board of Education.  Ann Marie shared her opinion on...

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Disrespect and Disapproval: Tom Raffio and a State Board of Education Meeting

(Hours 3a,b,c) In the absence of Is Our Children Learning Anchor Sid Glassner, Rich covered last month’s New Hampshire Board of Education meeting that has caused a stir among the community.  He started by playing a clip (Time Stamp: 06:30) about Ada from Greenland, who stepped down from her occupation as a medical doctor in order to homeschool her children.  He commented on her motives and discussed statements made by Board of Ed. Chairman Tom Raffio. Click here for the link to the video.   (Hour 3b) Rich played the second clip in this segment (Time Stamp: 16:30), in...

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