Here we go again. Another improvement in the way we teach kids in order to get better results. Or is it more than that? As a former teacher and professor of American History and government, I can say that the latest push for The Common Core Curriculum is no surprise. In fact, it is a certain reality that we will make some kind of major modification to the entire approach to teaching every ten years. Of course, for those who hang around in teaching more than the average tenure of five years will notice that usually, they are trying something that we tried before (something that didn’t work before) only with a new name.
The Bold Pursuit is pleased to present JWT's Journal, a column by John Wayne Tucker, former candidate for U.S. Congress (Missouri), Minister and Teacher.
Last December, I wrote my annual predictions column in which I predicted that President Obama would be impeached for the crimes of Benghazi. It was a little surprising to see Benghazi sort of die out for a while, but now it is back with full force and attached with it are the scandals of the IRS targeting conservative groups, as well as the Justice Department acquiring wire taps and data grabs of email of the Associated Press and a Fox News reporter and demanding the revelation of some sources.
While all of this sounds like a most certain impeachment ahead for the President, nothing is certain in politics. Still, it is an interesting study on the, so called, “Second Term Curse.” Pundits have observed that most American presidents seem to almost always have troubles in their second term of office. Of course, the crisis factors for a second term president are not always so significant as to lead to impeachment. In most cases, it simply means a significantly decreased public opinion rating or difficulties accomplishing the items on their agendas. This so called ‘curse’ can take on many different characteristics.
The Renewable Fuel Standards set by the EPA, now require an additional 5% of alcohol added to our current gasoline. This would raise our fuel to 15% content of corn based alcohol. It is known as E15 as opposed to E85 which runs in Flex-Fuel cars produced in the last few years.
In March of 1630, John Winthrop, Puritan leader and future Governor of Massachusetts Colony, before his departure, gave what is now one of the most famous sermons to ever be spoken. It was his famous City Upon a Hill sermon which has been quoted by numerous famous American leaders, including presidents of the United States. It is a declaration of who we have been and who we are now. Winthrop’s sermon provided Americans with a distinctive identity, as well as proclaimed our purpose and nature to the world. Winthrop’s words that so touched us for 300 to 400 years, were these:
I can say, without a doubt, that the government has worked on experiments to control the weather. The evidence for that goes back to the late 1970’s; long before the controversial and suspicious HARRP and the so-called chemtrail theories. It was in this period that I became a licensed Amateur “Ham” Radio operator. The hobby was new to me and I was anxious to learn all I could about the nuances of the Amateur Radio Service.