Computers as teachers?

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s recent visit to Wilder Elementary School brought the controversy surrounding digital devices in schools to light.

The educators who wrote Wilder’s grant envisioned an iPad for every student as opening up new avenues for learning. One of the authors has said the intent was “to connect students with the local community doing real life projects and helping.” The devices were to “add a new level of thought and creativity” to existing lessons.

This would be good for local education. Most veteran teachers learn …

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Economic news – good or bad?

Sure, it’s the season to be jolly and extend good will toward all, but the recent economic news isn’t making it easy.

Nearly full employment put grins on many faces last month and gave the President positive poll ratings on economic management. Now pundits explain that the federal deficit is soaring up to recession levels–$779 billion–and low unemployment means new jobs won’t be bringing it down much in the future.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell says we have no choice but to cut Social …

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Climate change apparent – solutions aren’t

Black Friday this year marked the containment of one of the nation’s worst wildfires and the release of a 13-agency study detailing what Americans can expect from global warming in the next 70 years.

California’s Camp Fire was the nightmare predicted by climate change research. It started Nov. 8, well after the normal fire season, and in 16 days burned 153,000 acres and destroyed 18,733 structures. Eighty-seven deaths are known; 475 people are missing.

Idaho is no stranger to wildfire.  In 2016 the Soda …

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Thankful in Idaho

A hearty thanks to whoever is responsible for the general election being scheduled well in advance of Thanksgiving.

As is, a Google search for “avoiding politics at Thanksgiving” brings up 49 million results. imagine if families gathered 16 days before the election rather than 16 days after.

It’s one more reason to be thankful that we don’t live in Mississippi or Georgia.  Both states require runoffs if no candidate gets over 50% of the vote.

Next Tuesday Mississippi voters will decide whether incumbent Republican …

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Win some, lose some

You win some, you lose some.

In Idaho we won a big one–Medicaid expansion. Thousands of the state’s marginally employed will now have medical care they have not been able to  afford.

Voters didn’t take the next step, however, and elect candidates who’ve supported expansion. We can only guess whether the Republican majority will cede to the voters’ choice.

Overall, Idaho didn’t experience a blue wave, much less the blue tsunami it would take to make this a two-party state. Statewide races were a …

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