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:
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.
History (Time, 45 minutes) U.S.
1. Give the epochs into which
History is divided U.S.
2. Give an account of the discovery of
Americaby . 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
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
3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
4. Describe the mountains of
5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia , Odessa , Denver , Manitoba , Hecla , Yukon , St. Helena, Juan Fernandez,
6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the
U.S.Name all the republics of Europeand give the capital of each.
8. Why is the
colder than the Pacific in the same latitude? Atlantic Coast
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.