Alaska students are a year behind U.S. average in reading, math

Low vitamin D levels is one of the main reasons, and NO ONE is talking about it!

“..reading scores are…approximately a full year of learning behind the national average, and 2.1 years behind Florida, which was third in fourth-grade reading. Only 28% of Alaska’s fourth graders were proficient in mathematics, and only 24% were proficient in reading in 2022. …

Alaska’s fourth-grade mathematics score compared to all states, Alaska ranked ahead only of New Mexico and the District of Columbia and tied with West Virginia and Delaware. …

Alaska was second to last in fourth-grade reading nationwide, ahead only of New Mexico. … For every Alaskan fourth grader proficient in reading, three are not. 


Why we remember more by reading – especially print – than from audio or video

Why we remember more by reading – especially print – than from audio or video

Print versus digital reading

May 3, 2021

When reading texts of several hundred words or more, learning is generally more successful when it’s on paper than onscreen. A cascade of research confirms this finding.Continue reading “Why we remember more by reading – especially print – than from audio or video”

Low Vitamin D Linked to Depressed Teens – Simple Solution to a Very Big Problem — Many put on antidepressants instead

1:50 “This is a very simple solution to a very big problem. Unfortunately, a lot of kids are put on antidepressant medication, when I think they should just take some vitamin D.”

DATA: Depressed adolescents in a case-series were low in vitamin D and depression was ameliorated by vitamin D supplementation

A study I read recently talked about how vitamin D levels could be linked to depressed teens. A few symptoms linked to a vitamin D deficiency are sadness, hopelessness, loss of interest, loss of concentration, and even thoughts of suicide.

Potential causes of a vitamin D deficiency in teens:
Not getting enough sun
• Not consuming enough vegetables (not enough magnesium)
• Snacking (insulin resistance blocks vitamin D)
• A high carb diet (fructose blocks vitamin D)
Obesity (increases the need for vitamin D)
Darker skin blocks vitamin D absorption

Other symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency:
• Achy joints
• Low back pain
• Lethargy
• Insomnia
• Anxiety

Natural remedies:
Vitamin D (10,000 IUs)
• Magnesium
• Vitamin K2

Continue reading “Low Vitamin D Linked to Depressed Teens – Simple Solution to a Very Big Problem — Many put on antidepressants instead”

CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen Admits Masking Stunted Her Toddler’s Development

Dr. Leana Wen, CNN medical analyst and former president of Planned Parenthood, admitted that masking her son during the COVID-19 pandemic stifled his language development and social life. She wrote in the Washington Post that she won’t be sending her children to school with masks this fall, which is in stark contrast to her previous ardent support of strict pandemic policies. She wrote that both of her children, aged five and two, have been vaccinated. Wen previously said the unvaccinated shouldn’t be able to leave their homes, showed support for vaccine passports, and called for schools to be closed for months at a time. She now says that containment of COVID-19 was not “reachable’ and the virus is here to stay.


Dennis Prager: Women are disproportionately hurting our country’s undoubtedly necessary to note that there are many women doing great, even heroic, things for our society, and that many men are working to wreck it. But for those who associate women with instinctively protecting children or with being supportive of a traditionally religious life, this era in American history has provided something of a shock.

Continue reading “Dennis Prager: Women are disproportionately hurting our country”

Fargo North Dakota School Board Votes to Remove Pledge of Allegiance for Not Aligning with Diversity Code

“Given that the word ‘God’ in the text of the Pledge of Allegiance is capitalized,” Holden told his fellow board members. “The text is clearly referring to the Judeo-Christian god and therefore, it does not include any other face such as Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, all of which are practiced by our staff and students at FPS.”


No Bus Service – Anchorage School District – August 19, 2022

SHOCKING! Anchorage now has a woke superintendent and school board, with just one exception, the amazing Dave Donley.

The people must be WAKING UP now, despite the leftist media blackout! This made me cry — so utterly disgusting and unnecessary! Com’ on Hillside people, stand up, stand tall — fight the good fight in love! We can do better. No masks ever again. High enough vitamin D levels are the answer. No fear. Love! Walk in unity! Oust this woke, unqualified woke superintendent and woke, but not awake school board. Never again, please!

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Bogus ‘Civics’ Bill Will Push CRT on States

From World Affairs Brief, 6/24/22

CRT Built Into Civic Bill: According to National Review the Biden administration is pushing the Civics Secures Democracy Act (CSDA) so they can push Critical Race Theory (CRT) on every public school in the country. Over a six-year period, this $6 billion pot of competitive grant money will create a de facto national curriculum — just like Common Core. States desperate to tap into the federal gravy train will have to tailor their civics and history grant proposals to the Biden administration’s liking. West Point is already pushing CRT down the throats of cadets.

Alaska Landmine podcast 243: Jodi Taylor – reimbursing private school classes

Jodi’s article: Private School, State Reimbursement: Family Choice

Jeff was joined by Jodi Taylor, board chair of the Alaska Policy Forum. They discuss why her family moved to Alaska, how she met her husband Treg Taylor (the current attorney general), a recent article about the state reimbursing parents for some private school classes, how this has been going on for several years, the benefits of the program, and how education can be improved in our country.

“MORE THAN HALF of our students are NOT proficient readers by third grade,” yet we have the highest cost per student in the country! – Jodi Taylor

Her oldest daughter attends BYU.

Jodi Taylor – Episode 243

Many online games lead kids toward sexualization and the occult – Alaska Watchman

This is what’s going into the hearts and minds of the current generation of gamers.

…some games seem sweet and innocent at first with cute characters and fun challenges, but after the player gets more involved, it can evolve into something darker down the road.

By  Pamala Samash    Jun 09th 2022

During the quarantine time, many kids started to play online video games.

We had personal experience with this ourselves and so my oldest daughter and I did some research, engaged in some of these games, and talked with people who played them. I felt I needed to share this information. Continue reading “Many online games lead kids toward sexualization and the occult – Alaska Watchman”

Art Chance: Unions making policy is nothing new

March 31, 2022

Many readers have noted the extent to which the teachers’ unions idea of “science” has dictated federal, state and local governments’ policies regarding school closures, masking, and other Covid-related issues.

There has been quite the kerfuffle lately about how the teachers’ unions got to essentially write the Centers for Disease Control’s national policy on school closures. Allegedly, it went so far as the unions having been able to actually dictate the wording of the policy memorandum issued by CDC.


Alaska education lowest reading scores & ASD ranked 22nd out of 54 school districts

Vote NO on Anchorage school bonds: Focus must be students, not buildings – Alaska Watchman

by Jodi Taylor

Alaska is ranked dead last in the U.S. in national reading scores for both low-income and upper/middle-income students. And before you think that the rest of the state is dragging ASD [Anchorage School District] scores down, guess again. ASD is ranked 22nd in the state in language arts out of 54 school districts.