Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Who Benefits?
The Government-Industrial Complex Starts with the School Board.
These days’ people are fighting the federal government because of waste and fraud.   Actually, the lowest level of government is the school board.   We have a chance to effect “change” at that level.    We just have to get involved and get informed.   It really isn’t a major commitment of time to attend a school board meeting once in a while.
Watch the favoritism and nepotism at work.   See who is given the extra-duty pay appointments.   See who gets the contracts for work or for purchases.   You pay for the schools.  Take a long hard look at where your money is spent.   You can easily do that locally.   It is much more difficult at the state and federal level.   Remember it is politics from top to bottom.
President Eisenhower warned us about the “military-industrial complex”   Others warned us about the Department of Education, the NEA and the AFT.  These three groups are all joined at the hip.   Education IS a lucrative industry.  It is also the way “change” is effected through our children.   The influence is economic, political and spiritual. 
The influence of the schools is in every village, town, city and state.  The implication of the power perpetrated by the local school board is grave.  The very future of our nation’s survival is at stake.  Why are people so afraid to speak up when they don’t agree with decisions by the school board?  The answer is that they are afraid of retaliation.   They know teachers.  They might have teachers in their family.  They are afraid their child won’t be picked for a team or an honor.   Do we deserve to be threatened by the schools that we support?   No, but that is a fact for anyone that does business with the schools, has a restaurant where teachers eat, a store where teacher purchase items etc.
We are no longer free when we feel threatened.  We do have a first amendment right of free expression, but many are afraid to even put a “no” sign in their yard.  
Our resources, our toil, our very livelihood and our children are all involved.   The very structure of our society is at stake.   We have allowed too much power to too few career politicians and the bloodsuckers that propose more and more taxes. 
Anyone can sit around and dream up projects to spend other people’s money developing.   Anyone can stir up desire and want for magnificent new buildings.   Logic tells us that the well is dry and the need is unproven.  Buildings do not impart knowledge.   A perfect example is the quality of education in a cold/hot one room school.   See the test?  Could the readers of this blog past this test?
The fact remains that all tax money is extorted from all taxpayers.   State money is not a gift from some “money tree” sitting in a field somewhere.   It is paid by the very same taxpayers that pay all taxes.  The working people!

Lebanon has seen an stagnant enrollment.   There are less than thirty new students in the past five years.  Why should we build so many additions and new schools for only thirty students?   It doesn’t make sense.   Wake up Lebanon taxpayers.

8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, KS - 1895 
Grammar (Time, one hour)
1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters.
2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications
3. Define verse, stanza and paragraph.
4. What are the principal parts of a verb? Give principal parts of 'lie,' 'play,' and 'run'.
5. Define case; illustrate each case.
6. What is punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of punctuation.
7 - 10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

Arithmetic (Time,1 hour 15 minutes)
1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
2. A wagon box is 2 ft. Deep, 10 feet Long, and 3 ft. Wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
3. If a load of wheat weighs 3,942 lbs, what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1,050 lbs for tare?
4. District No 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month,      

    and have $104 for incidentals?
5. Find the cost of 6,720 lbs. Coal at $6.00 per ton.
6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7percent per annum.
7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft long at $20 per metre?
8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance of which is 640 rods? 

10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.

U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes)
1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided
2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus.
3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
4. Show the territorial growth of the United States.
5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas.
6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton , Bell , Lincoln , Penn, and Howe?
8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, 1865. 

Orthography (Time, one hour)  [Do we even know what this is??]
1. What is meant by the following: alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication?
2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
3. What are the following, and give examples of each: trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals?
4. Give four substitutes for caret 'u'.
5. Give two rules for spelling words with final 'e.' Name two exceptions under each rule.
6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: bi, dis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, sup.
8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: card, ball, mercy, sir, 

    odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
9. Use the following correctly in sentences: cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane , vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.
10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication. 

Geography (Time, one hour)
1 What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas?
3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
4. Describe the mountains of North America.
5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia , Odessa , Denver , Manitoba , Hecla , Yukon , St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, 

    Aspinwall and Orinoco.
6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S. Name all the republics of Europe and give the capital of each.
8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give the inclination of the earth.

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  1. This is all helpful and insightful. The main focus though is education. Are the kids actually getting educated? Someone should ask Mr. Frank how the summer school math program went? Over 80% of the kids were failing halfway through the course. Teachers were informed not to worry about it. In the end teachers were locked out of the grading system. Mr. Frank told them not to worry he would handle it from there???? Rumor has it all the kids were passed. Bet the Dayton Daily would like to ask some questions about that.

  2. The point made by anonymous is quite revealing. A perfect example of how the schools hide the truth from everyone. The scores have been rigged for years. On test day usually the students that won't do well are pulled from the class. The teachers know who will perform well on the test. There are many school districts that have been prosecuted for changing the answers on the tests so that their district will show major improvements on the tests. A nice bonus and national recognition was given to the Atlanta superintendent. A whistleblower revealed that the staff had spent long hours changing the test answers to the correct answers. The district has been humiliated by the lies. Common Core has been designed to change the attitudes, values and beliefs of students. It is getting them ready for the "One World Government." Actually 80% failing is just what the doctor ordered.