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Is Our Children Learning

When: Thursday mornings at  8:20  (“Is Our Children Learning?” on Girard at Large in the Morning) When:  Thursday mornings at 10:00 on 90.7 FM WLMW (live streamed from www.girardatlarge.com, where the show will also be archived.) Sponsor:  In search of… Anchor:  Browse Sid’s “Is Our Children Learning?” segment archives. Browse Sid’s Inside Education show archives. “Is Our Children Learning?” “Is Our Children Learning?” (yes, the phraseology is intentionally playing off one of a recent President’s more famous verbal gaffes) explores the state of our public educational system (aka “government schools”) in the Manchester area, New Hampshire, the United States and around the world.  In this segment, we examine concepts and topics such as Common Core, progressivism, religion in our schools, the social role of males and females and much more, assessments, curriculum, parental influence and involvement, the affect of socio economic demographics, charter schools, school choice, local control and OOOHHH sooo much more.  It’s a one of a kind examination and discussion of the issues battering public education today and it’s ONLY on Girard at Large! Inside Education: This show is “Sid unleashed” on matters of public education!  Anchor of the Girard at Large “Is Our Children Learning?” segment, Glassner chooses the topics, picks the guests and sets the tone for this interactive, informative and lively hour focused on the opportunities and obstacles facing public education. This show is the “Myth Busters”...

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NOW Seacoast Online Cares About Public Education? I’m not buying it!

Per the article below, the editor at Seacoastonline.com suggests that the Education Commissioner must NOW be kept in check. Really? NOW they want to keep a close eye on the Commissioner of Education in New Hampshire? Parents across the state of New Hampshire have been trying to get someone in the media to pay attention to the failed education reforms that are hurting their children and driving them to remove their kids from the public schools. Just look at the comments from almost 2,000 people who’ve signed the petition to get Common Core out of New Hampshire. Where have they been for...

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House Bill 412: Pre-Engineering and Technology Curriculum for Kindergartners

(Hours 1b,c,2a,b) Rich talked about the passing of House Bill 412 in the Senate yesterday.  He informed the listeners about the nature of the pre-engineering and technology curriculum and wondered about the necessity in introducing kindergartners to science, technology, math and engineering lessons.  He then tackled former Commissioner of Education Virginia Barry’s comments regarding parental involvement in math homework.   (Hour 1c) As Rich continued on topic he talked about Mayor Ted Gatsas’ Jr. Steam Ahead program.  He spoke about a failed attempt to teach children to be critical thinkers and took a call from Albert in Manchester, who commented...

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House Bill 103: Parental Involvement and Planned Parenthood’s Push-Back

(Hour 3a) Rich started the segment by applauding Granite United Way Vice President Meredith Stidham, due to her performance at this weekend’s Boston Marathon.  He then informed the listeners that Governor Chris Sununu signed House Bill 103, which allows parents to opt out of material that they consider objectionable, into law.  He shared about Gov. Sununu’s increased funding to Planned Parenthood, their involvement in the future of the law and more....

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House Bill 356 and Bill Duncan’s Warning

(Hour 1b) Rich spoke about an email that State Board of Education member Bill Duncan sent to him concerning the authority of Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut.  He shared about House Bill 356, which would provide Edelblut with an opportunity to determine who fills certain positions.  He then talked about the Commissioner’s history with authority and discussed statements made by the current Commissioner.  Tune in for the details. Click here for the mentioned Union Leader article. Amendment Would Significantly Increase the Authority of NH’s Commissioner of Education Senator John Reagan has introduced an amendment to HB 356 (an unrelated...

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On Air News Read for April 14, 2017

Hooksett will soon be searching for a new police chief.  Chief Peter Bartlett has announced he’s on to bigger and better things, securing the police chief’s position in Dracut, MA.  Bartlett retied as a lieutenant in the Manchester Police Department in two thousand eleven after twenty four years on the job.  He came out of retirement to apply for the Hooksett chief’s position in two thousand thirteen, more than a year after embattled Police Chief Stephen Agrafiotis resigned in January, two thousand twelve.  By virtually all accounts, Bartlett is credited with significantly improving the performance and morale of the...

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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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Humble Host Tackles Full Day Kindergarten and Funding

(Hour 3a) Rich shared his disapproval with how the Manchester School District has been making changes to the curriculum.  He commented on the Granite State’s push for Kindergarten and shared about it’s funding.  He also discussed catastrophic aid and the potential consequences that could come out of the change.  Tune in to hear all about it!...

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Plymouth State Project Problems and a Full-Day Kindergarten Conversation

(Hours 3a,b,c) Rich spoke to Ann Marie Banfield, Education Liaison at Cornerstone Action for Is Our Children Learning.  Ann Marie talked about the Plymouth State Project, which is a Federally funded psychological evaluation.  She shared about the surprising role of the teachers, informed about the company’s motive to sell products and more. Click here and here to view Ann Marie’s blog posts.     (Hour 3b) Ann Marie and Rich wondered about the impact of the social and emotional wellness instructions.  They talked about ESSA’s promise of restoring local control in educational matters and they took a phone call...

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