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Community

Live, Love, Learn (But Where?): Should Schools Reopen?

In a matter of months, a microscopic pathogen has infiltrated our lives and transformed the world as we knew it. And our children, though perhaps at lower risk of contracting the illness or suffering its worst effects, are still significantly impacted by the disruptions that coronavirus has introduced into all our lives.  For kids across […]

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Wellness

Teachers Are Bringing Mindfulness to the Classroom

You might think that children are carefree and happy all of the time. They don’t have jobs, bills, or others to care for, so what could they possibly have to worry about? Well, the truth is that today’s children are stressed and experiencing anxiety and depression more than in past generations.  What’s more, the Anxiety […]

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Government

How to Become Politically Aware and Active

(Photo Credit: Pixabay) Being politically aware is more important today than ever. In fact, in 2014, one in 10 Americans were politically disengaged. This is a large group of bystanders that, if politically aware and active, could have voted, and we may not have been in the poor political climate we are in today. Equally […]

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Education Government

Systemic Changes in Public Education

MIDWEST Blog – Schools take the brunt of the budget cuts in the United States. When assessing nationwide problems at an economic and political level, the root of a lot of problems is the quality of our public education system. For such a pivotal aspect of a country’s ability to excel and succeed, it is […]

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Culture Government

A Planned Economy to Benefit Workers

Workers are Being Manipulated By: Todd Smekens Muncie, Indiana Blog – I’ve spent the last seven years in research and writing mode. My first goal was to research the media landscape – media critic. More specifically, why doesn’t the free press operate like a free press? Why isn’t the Gannett newspaper which predominates Indiana towns […]

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Community Education

When School Funding Decisions Stop Being About the Students

  Muncie, Indiana BLOG – It’s an expensive endeavor to educate the children of the United States. Schools require funding from the state, local, and federal levels in order to give children the education they need. And yet, the funding is not enough. The amount of funding and allocation of those funds is in such […]

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Community Education

Muncie Community Schools Needs Community Approach

Todd Smekens February 11, 2017 Muncie Community Schools in Peril Muncie, Indiana – I’ve spent the past two months assisting the federal government with administering assessments in schools across Indiana. This has given me an opportunity to speak with administrators in both rural and urban schools. They are all very much aware of local, state […]

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Education Government

Indiana Chamber of Commerce Damaged Teaching Profession

MUNCIE, Indiana BLOG – We came across an interesting editorial from a Jay County newspaper, Commercial Review, holding the Indiana Chamber of Commerce accountable for destroying the teacher profession in Indiana. We could hardly believe it came from an Indiana newspaper. We were pleasantly surprised to have some company in East Central Indiana though we’d […]

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Education Government

Governor Pence Sells Out Hoosier Children

Indianapolis, IN — State Rep. Sue Errington (D-Muncie) said Governor Pence owes Muncie and the rest of the state a more complete explanation about why he did not submit the state’s application for an $80 million federal grant for early childhood education. “I was shocked and dismayed to learn of the governor’s 11th hour decision, […]

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Education Government

Progressive America has a Brand New Hero: Bill Nye the Science Guy

Muncie, Indiana – Progressive America has a brand new hero: Bill Nye the Science Guy Just when we think the American educational system has gone to the bad place-never to return, when parochial “school choice” initiative voucher flood gates opened on the taxpayer dime, which now calls into question American students being taught evidence-based science […]