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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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Coeur d’Alene parents: Don’t be fooled by public officials framing critical race theory as ‘good’ for your kids

By Anna Miller
June 10, 2021
Coeur d’Alene School District spokesman Scott Maben responded Tuesday to my reporting about public officials weaving critical race theory into a schoolwide framework with six falsehoods, misrepresentations, and evasions. Let’s review them individually:  1. “The commentary misrepresents our work to help all students be successful in school. It is full of falsehoods and appears aimed […]
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A conservative he is not: Sen. Chuck Winder does not measure up

By Fred Birnbaum
June 9, 2021
Last week, the leader of the Idaho Senate, Republican Chuck Winder, took aim at the Idaho Freedom Foundation, and it reminded me of a funny story that my father likes to tell.  My father was drafted into the U.S. Army in the 1950s and reported to basic training at Fort Dix in New Jersey. The […]
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What happens when educators get their wish for more money?

By Fred Birnbaum
June 8, 2021
Can anyone remember a time when Idaho’s K-12 education establishment wasn’tasking for more money from the Legislature? I can’t. By more money, I mean more than other agencies generally receive, more thaninflation and enrollment growth, and more than the Legislature appropriates inany given year. Congress and the current and former president have showered money on […]
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