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Idaho Capital Sun newest progressive propaganda factory

By Wayne Hoffman
July 12, 2021
If you’re wondering why there’s been a lot of negative press lately about the Idaho Freedom Foundation, maybe this will help: There’s a new propaganda factory that just set up shop in our state. It’s called the Idaho Capital Sun, whose writers include expats from the infamously progressive Idaho Statesman and Idaho Education News.  The […]
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Social-emotional learning, Part 2: How SEL became a vehicle for critical race theory

By Anna Miller
June 30, 2021
Parents typically view themselves as the primary moral educators of their children and expect public schools to teach their kids basic academic disciplines like math, English, history and science. But in Coeur d’Alene District schools, more and more time is being redirected from academic instruction to social-emotional learning (SEL). Proponents of SEL call for schools […]
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Americans should be taught the truth about their country

By Wayne Hoffman
July 2, 2021
Between Independence Day and Constitution Day, I predict you’re going to hear a lot about how racism is at the heart of every aspect of this country’s political systems, from the electoral college to the right to keep and bear arms. You’ll also hear that our system of government is disproportionately more likely to hurt […]
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Little vs. DeSantis: Only one governor is working to stop the indoctrination of America’s youth

By Wayne Hoffman
June 30, 2021
I spent the first 12 years of my life in rural Florida, where my best friend was a black boy from Trinidad. Like most other children, the two of us didn’t talk about race or fret about our obvious differences. That’s despite having grown up in the South, where segregation was hardly a distant memory. […]
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Will the Idaho State Board of Education mandate wokeness?

By Anna Miller
June 28, 2021
Idaho’s State Board of Education (SBOE) gives the public smokescreens, pretending to offer “value neutral” education but really endorsing the viewpoint of social justice.  While the SBOE and school districts push social justice principles throughout the education system (as we will continue documenting), the SBOE has explicitly denied that Idaho’s universities pursue a social justice […]
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Social-emotional learning, Part 1: The new age nanny state

By Anna Miller
June 28, 2021
Parents and teachers are constantly assailed with new education techniques claiming to “transform” student learning. Typically, these new techniques are just a repackaged version of the same old, failed methods. The latest fad in education is social-emotional learning (SEL), which has been dubbed progressive education's greatest victory and become a global phenomenon.  SEL advocates tell […]
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Idaho public school teachers defend pushing critical race theory on students

By Anna Miller
June 25, 2021
Parents and teachers across the country are denouncing critical race theory as racist indoctrination of innocent children. Idaho public officials, however, consider their conservative state to be immune to the progressive education movement, arguing “It's not happening here.” Meanwhile, 14 Idaho public school teachers are defending pushing CRT on students. The Zinn Education Project created […]
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Socialism will be 2022's defining issue

By Wayne Hoffman
June 21, 2021
Idaho has a supermajority Republican Legislature, with Democrats comprising less than 20% of the seats in the House and Senate. Republicans have held the state’s top executive positions for a quarter century, yet Idaho has had a penchant for embracing socialism, government control, and special interest collectivist causes.  This is at the heart of what […]
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Jim Jones being dishonest about the Freedom Foundation

By Wayne Hoffman
June 15, 2021
If he were criticizing the ACLU or Planned Parenthood, Jim Jones would have had to present facts to back up his allegations before any newspaper would publish his column. But Jones’ target was the Idaho Freedom Foundation, and when the IFF is the target of negativity, facts don’t matter much. Jones’ article is built off […]
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Full-day kindergarten will not fix Idaho’s schools

By Anna Miller
June 15, 2021
The Idaho State Board of Education will meet tomorrow, June 16, to consider legislative ideas for the 2022 legislative session including increasing spending by what will likely be millions of dollars to fund a statewide full-day kindergarten program. Such programs provide negligible short-term results to students, limit parental choice, raise the cost of stay-at-home parenting […]
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