FACTS AND FICTIONS: Who is to blame for America’s failing schools?

The most recent national study shows an education system that hasn’t improved in spite of high-level government attention and vastly increased funding. The only bright spot is the performance of charter schools. There is a message there. Increased funding and government hands-on programs and the imposition of national goals do not result in improved student performance.

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Is it the teachers’ fault? I don’t think so. Teacher ranks are not filled with stupid cast-offs who just can’t do anything but teach. Anyone who has stood in front of a class knows teaching is hard work that takes constant dedication and an ability to identify with student needs each and every day. Would more pay and benefits attract better teachers? Again, I think not. American students are quite capable of excelling in any international ranking system. Let’s rule out the problems of teachers who can’t teach and students who can’t learn.

I have heard people blame the Teacher’s Union. Why is that? I don’t remember the Teacher’s Union claiming they would improve student national scores. Like all unions, their concern was and is with the members of their union. They have improved teacher pay, working conditions, and benefits. Who does the Teacher’s Union negotiate with? No one owns our educational system. Therefore, they do not have to bargain with owners as do the steel or auto worker unions with the owners of their industry.  Like all public service unions, they do not negotiate with people who have financial skin in the game. That is a problem. But it is not central to the failure of our public education system in America.

Why do charter schools have a better record of educating our children? Are the teachers better? Do charter schools have more resources, better school building, teaching materials? Better pay and benefits for teachers? Again, the answer is no!

We, the parents of the children, are the problem. We have allowed the centralization virus to run rampant in America’s educational system. The reason, I believe, charter schools have better records is because they do not have so many regulations that govern how teachers teach in our public schools. Charter school teachers have far more flexibility in designing teaching programs that motivate students to learn. Charter schools can promote teachers based on merit, not longevity. They can also fire teachers who are not meeting their local standards.

Whether on a local, county, state, or national level, we have allowed the centralization process in our public schools to grow to the point it is unmanageable. More power must be given to local school systems, especially to the teachers. Let the teachers teach.

It is my top priority to develop captivating stories that people will want to read and talk about. But I also want my stories to give readers a deeper understanding of issues that may — and possibly already have — invaded their world. There is truth within every fiction if you know where to look. All of my stories, and the characters within them, are based on actual events and people. Like I have always said since my days in the CIA, were I permitted to talk or write about real-world intelligence activities, no one would believe the tales. I resort to fiction, hoping the readers can read between the lines.
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The facts within the fiction

_DSC3194 copyIt is and has always been my top priority to develop captivating stories that people will want to read and talk about. But I also want my stories to give readers a deeper understanding of issues that may — and possibly already have — invaded their world. There is truth within every fiction if you know where to look. All of my stories, and the characters within them, are based on my experience and imagination. The events and people in these stories are not real but blend in with actual files. Like I have always said since my days in the CIA, were I permitted to talk or write about real-world intelligence activities, the tales would be similar. It is up to the reader to participate in the planning sessions and share the action and adventure with the characters.

Run to Freedom

The beginning of the Brandon family saga. Discover how the foundation of strength, strategy, and love was built, and prepare to fall in love yourself with the Brandons.

“A fast-moving page-turner.”

“The characters were so well developed.”

Justice Beyond Law

Everything you want from a good book is right here, from the classic good versus evil with some romance mixed in, as well as intrigue, wit, and a plot that will make you wonder, “Could this really happen?”

“Never knew the wheels were down on my flight. I was so consumed.”

Justice without Mercy

The Brandon family action continues and their mettle is tested when they need to find the balance between national security and tracking down a serial killer.

“My husband won the fight to read it first. He loved it.”

Shades of Justice

How far would you go to stop evil? Is there anything you wouldn’t do to protect the innocent? The Brandon family will be forced to answer these questions as they take matters into their own hands when a human trafficking ring hits close to home.

“Combines real-life experiences with a great imagination.”

“I liked the tradecraft and planning, it gave me an insight into your world.”

 

Quiet Justice

When terrorists try to take down innocents on U.S. soil, the Brandons take the fight to Fallujah.

“The reader is able to remember who each character is from the outset.”

“It was always an effort to put it down.”

 

Blood Justice

This book “is enough to wrap ice around your heart to see how similar the plot is to real-life radical terrorism.”

“Characters were wonderful.”

“Plot developed enticingly.”

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IT’S ALL ABOUT VOTES DUMMY

The Democrats, Progressives, or Socialists, whatever you call them, don’t care about legal or illegal immigrants. They do care about becoming the dominant party in America. These modern day Socialists have clearly chosen an ambitious, but possible strategy to out voting the Conservatives and Republicans. It is called open immigration, primarily from non European or non English speaking nations.  Based on their success with capturing the Black vote in America in past elections, the progressives have decided to encourage immigrants from Hispanic and Arab countries.

They are using ‘chain’ immigration, a lottery based immigration selection process, a liberal visa granting process with weak enforcement of visa holders overstaying the time limits of their visas, open borders, inadequate border control forces and cumbersome legal requirements for returning illegal aliens apprehended at our borders. Resistance to a border wall is part of this Progressive plan.

And then there is the hysterical Progressive resistance to ‘Voter I.D ‘ and the refusal to take the possibility of fraudulent voting seriously. In any locality where the Progressives hold political power, they make it easy for illegal aliens to vote, often thru the driver’s license process. This is all part of the same Progressive plan to reduce the power of their opposition, primarily the Republican Party and it is working. If you see the Second or First Amendment weakened or repealed and a broad attack on the Electoral College gain credibility, you will soon see the individual freedoms you now enjoy be diminished. It may then be too late for you to protest. By following your generous nature toward others, you have destroyed the American Experiment of individual freedom given to us by the sweat and blood of past Americans who left us this gift to protect and cherish.

 

 

 

 

 

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WAKE UP- WE ARE IN A POWER STRUGGLE

Second amendment repeal, end Electoral College, citizenship question on census form, no voter I.D., open borders, unlimited immigration, baseless charges of Republican collusion with Russians during the election, corruption in the FBI and Department of Justice, politicization of the civil service, globalization of the economy, failure to adequately fund the military, appalling failure of the FBI and local law enforcement to protect our schools and the main stream media to factually expose corruption and abuse of power wherever it is found.

The leftist, socialist, democrats, big government ideologues  and liberals are on one side. The rest of us are on the other and we are not as skilled as our opponents. Our opponents keep us off guard by constantly shifting areas of their attacks. The truth is that none of these issues is critical to our opposition. Saul Alinsky, the guru of Obama and Clinton, is right. The issue doesn’t matter. The issues are all part of the struggle for power. The left will used any or all of these issues to destroy their opposition, which is us.

While we are trying to fix, solve or improve all the issues that affect our lives, the opponents are focused on seizing power. History paints a clear picture. Once the left wins, it must use coercive measures to control society. There is no way bloodless way back. If you don’t want to look back a hundred years or more, just look at Cuba or Venezuela or California. Wake up this is serious and time is running out. Do not let the leftist elites follow their ideology and destroy the country for the rest of us.

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TEST OF THE PRESIDENT’S PATIENCE.

I am both pleased and dismayed to see President Trump display so much patience for his appointed Attorney-General. Here is the first Senator to publicly endorse candidate Trump. What’s he done since then besides concealing he intended to recluse himself from nearly everything involving the Russians, Trump’s campaign, the illegal activities of the Clinton’s and the appointment of a Special Consul who should have been disqualified by the law due to his longstanding close relationships with persons involved with the areas under investigation?  Senator Sessions did not have the candor, honesty or courage to tell President Trump about his plans for recusing himself because he wanted to be the Attorney-General no matter what the impact would be on the new President. As a result he has done more damage to the Trump Presidency than any other person, including all the deep state people who have burrowed deep into the Federal bureaucracy and support the Obama cadres now running the Justice Department and other sensitive parts of the Government.

What is wrong with Attorney-General Sessions? Are his former colleagues right when they say he is incompetent and just doesn’t know how to take control and manage a large department like DOJ.

It’s bad enough  he doesn’t lead the charge to re-establish the ‘rule of law’, he’s also deliberately delaying a proper investigation of serious corruption and abuse of federal law and procedures such as applying for warrants from the FISA Court. The recused AG is now pretending to investigate several critical issues but the only result will be a review of the DOJ’s Inspector-General’s report by a U.S. Attorney from Utah. Under Jeff Sessions, the DOJ looks like it did under the Obama reigns of AGs Lynch and Holder. At least we knew what side they were on.

This is not an investigation. It is a whitewash. Mr.President, the American people don’t have your patience. It is past time to take control of the Justice Department under new leadership.

 

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The danger from within still lurks

We have a large percentage of socialist-leaning citizens in America. These are the people who welcomed Obama as a transcendental leader who would cure all of America’s faults, starting with the transfer of wealth among citizens and also among nations. The core of the progressive/socialist philosophy is to share the wealth according to a long-held dream of Marxists. It makes no difference that this scheme has never worked on any scale.

Obama and his team were  dedicated to making America just another nation in an international organization. I believe Obama intended to destroy our military power. He believed his words could bring about a much better world than we had before his rise to power. I believe he wasted more American blood and wealth than any other president. Weakness and failure to see the world as it was brought us closer to global conflict than anytime since the end of WWII. Peace doesn’t come from weakness. It comes from strength and the principles that made us what we are today.

Now  Obama’s deep state followers are still the greatest danger from within we have faced since the Civil War. They must be removed from DOJ, FBI,  State, CIA, the National Security Staff, the IRS and several other critical government departments and agencies.

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POTUS AND THE SPENDING BILL

Put yourself in President Trump’s position. Serious national security crises are looming. Just to name a few, North Korea, Russia, China and Iran. Your first responsibility as President is to protect the American people. You can’t do that with words alone. Diplomacy is useless without military muscle to back it up. Under Obama and the RINO republicans the military was badly under funded thanks to sequestration policies. Don’t forget the RINOS  in the Senate and House supported the Obama policy of sequestration that brought the American military down to pre WWII strength. Now that you gave the Republicans the House, the Senate and the White House they are still willing to under fund military and national security requirements. Border security being a glaring example.

Without true Conservative leaders as the Speaker of the House and the Majority Leader in the Senate, President Trump has to make compromises he doesn’t want to support. But without giving Pelosi and Schumer what they wanted he could not get the desperately needed jump-start required to bring the military up to the strength required to defend our country. Mr. Ryan and Mr. McConnell need to be replaced. That is what all conservative Republicans should be focused on. Deal with the real problem. It is not the Progressive Democrats. It is the Republican Congressional leadership or lack thereof. They would not shed a tear over the failure of the Trump Presidency.

 

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