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John Livingston

My COPY BOOK Memories and Realities

Growing up I had trouble learning to write. Dyslexia is a gift and a curse. My Quaker grandmother came to the rescue with a discipline that many people today have never heard about. She gave me a “Copy Book” when I was still in kindergarten and insisted that I write in it every day. My […]

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Education Freedom

The new Education Freedom Bill, which has garnered a fair amount of support and opposition, has passed the Senate Education Committee with a do pass recommendation. S1038 would essentially create an Education Savings Account (ESA) of roughly $6,000 per child, giving the parent more options in choosing an educational setting for their child, K-12th grade. […]

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Education Union Bosses Need to Get Out of the Way of Universal School Choice

“Big Education” Union Bosses and their minions are hard at work spreading fear and false information about Senate Bill 1038, Freedom in Education Savings Accounts. Powerful education unions cling to their monopoly control of education and seem more interested in indoctrinating your children with their leftist ideology than teaching them. They fear that with the […]

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Educating For Today

Someone has defined education as “that which is done to prepare a child for life”. If that is truly the definition, then our schools are doing a terrible job. Many kids graduate from school believing somehow that the world owes them a living; that they have a right to a good income, whether they happen […]

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Purpose of Education

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6 There have been various surveys taken about the most important inventions that impacted civilization. These can be hard to rank when you consider indoor plumbing, electricity, the internal combustion engine and […]

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John Livingston

A Wise and Educated Man

DON’T TAKE EDUCATED PEOPLE TOO SERIOUSLY There is a difference between knowledge and wisdom. I listened on the radio to the Idaho PBS broadcast of the testimony of a President of an Idaho University before the Idaho legislature (JFAC) committee. The testimony started out with a flattering discussion that 91% of the legislators had attended […]

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Unleash the Power of School Choice

Life is competition. Every organism on the planet, from virus to human, is the champion of a generation’s long struggle for the right to exist. Every product you consider, collect or consume is the result of innumerable competitive transactions. There are so many competitive transactions that must occur to produce even the simplest product that […]

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Bob's Words of Wisdom

When Public Schools Indoctrinate Instead of Educate our Children

CRT = Can’t Rely on Teachers Our country has done very well for the past 247 years without the Wokeness, CRT, and Transgendreism being introduced into our public education system, colleges, and corporate culture. Since its inception, it has done nothing but cause a huge amount of angst among parents, students, educators, and school board […]

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Suggestions for the Idaho Legislature

Greetings Idaho State legislators: cc: Governor Little and Lt. Governor Bedke: Some items to consider: TAXES: The Idaho Tax Commission is canceling the Circuit Breaker Program for many seniors on fixed incomes because the inflated property values has disqualified them. A friend with a home that has been paid for years lost her Circuit Breaker […]

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Bob's Words of Wisdom

Idahoans deal with Wokeism and Gender Identity in Schools

The Governor’s state of the state speech was full of platitudes with a large part devoted to talking about Idaho’s education system. Unfortunately, Idaho still ranks number 43 in education. In the last year, we have found out how our education system is being run, which was brought out in a current Caldwell school district […]

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Losing Our Culture

America was founded by religious Christians who believed the Bible and followed it in their daily lives. We have gradually reached the point where Christianity has no place in public discourse. American culture is gradually being destroyed by left wing socialist ideas, and a foreign invasion that is working against everything that we hold dear. […]

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John Livingston

Seeing Ourselves as Others See Us

Twenty-five years ago, Daniel Goleman published his book EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE (EQ). (EQ) is the ability to perceive, use, understand, and handle one’s own emotions, but also the emotions of others. For my simple brain, it simply means the ability to understand our surroundings and how we relate to others, while at the same time seeing […]

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