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In this section we share articles from the internet or our own thoughts from the field of education.

Vouchers: “School Choice” Trap – Posted 4/19/23
Alex Newman

"He who pays the piper calls the tune. When government educrats call the tune, they will ultimately advance their agenda, even if at first the tune sounds appealing to parents."

More Than One Million Students Left District Schools. How Do We Know They’re Learning? – Posted 4/19/23
Kerry McDonald

If parents are satisfied with the quality of their children's learning environment, then the rest of us should be too. 

Grooming In Public Schools – Posted 8/2/22
Dylan Housman
How Hybrid Schools Are Reshaping Education – Posted 5/19/22
Kerry McDonald

Hybrid schools, microschools, and one-room school houses are all forms of innovation in education.

Dennis Prager Shares Why You Should Take Your Kids Out of Public School – Posted 7/15/21
Dennis Prager

How can we help America's youth get a better education?

Can Public Schools Be Saved? – Posted 3/2/23
Carole Hornsby Haynes

Many feel that whoever funds the child's education, chooses what the child learns.  As long as the government funds (through your tax dollars) your child's education, they will make choices on what your child learns that are friendly to the governments values for your child rather than the family values you have for raising your child.

The School Choice Trap - Video – Posted 7/25/22
James Lindsey

As an owner of a private micro-school I can say that I love to have the freedom to help my students academically soar and to support their families' values rather than try to replace them. I know that I can't take any "follow-the-child government money" or "school-choice money" without losing this freedom. That is not a trade-off I want to make.  Freedom isn't easy, it takes work and sacrifice. As Thomas Sowell said "There are no solutions, there are only trade-offs."

Infographic on School Choice Funding – Posted 9/2/22
Academic Integrity Movement

Useful infographic with links for more information.

Yes, Utah Public Schools Have Pornography In Their Libraries – Posted 7/27/22
Natalie Cline

Many parents have worked tirelessly to help raise awareness about government funded public and charter schools having pornography in their libraries, classroom books, and school on-line access.  Part of why I started Meadow Ridge Academy was to give students a place free from the valueless government schools' SEL and CSE programs. You can also check out Natalie Cline's history of her work on the issue at

What the Government Funds, It Runs – Posted 8/19/22

What the Government Funds, It Runs: Government Forcing Itself into Private Schools Will Make Them Look More Like Public Schools.  Strings Are Attached When You Accept Government Funds

Why Government Is the Biggest Obstacle to Educational Freedom – Posted 7/18/22
Kerry McDonald

"School choice policies aren’t the only ways to expand education options and access."  School choice has benefits, but it can also cause government regulations that hurt innovation in education.

Why American Children Stopped Believing in God – Posted 7/18/22
Cameron Hilditch

"The time has come for religious parents to take their children back from the state."

From Pandemic Playgroups to a Thriving Microschool: How One "Edupreneur" Met Rising Parent Demand – Posted 5/26/22
Kerry McDonald

What a great idea to meet the needs of families in her area!

Microschools Are Multiplying – Posted 12/4/21
Kerry McDonald

This article explains why we microschool teachers do what we do.

Elite Private School Accreditation Organization Goes Against Parents – Posted 7/18/22
Alex Newman

Freedom Project Media reports that a secular private school accreditation organization is training teachers and administratiors in the same philosophies that parents are fighting back against or fleeing from in public schools.  This is why Meadow Ridge Academy has not sought school accreditation from these types of organizations.  You can also read about this issue in other articles such as in this Breitbart New article.


Banning Critical Race Theory Isn't Working – Posted 3/28/22
Admin at Republican Daily

The indoctrination ideas that parents are fighting against in public schools just gets "rebranded" and is still being taught to their students.

‘Micro-Schools’ Grow in Popularity Amid Student Exodus From Public Schools – Posted 2/11/22
Allan Stein

Article from The Epoch Times about the growth of microschools.

How Republicans’ Fight For School Choice Has Strangled Christian Education – Posted 2/11/22

The effects of public/government funding always comes with strings attached.

Make History Great Again – Posted 12/15/21
Dominic Sandbrook

History should be fun and interesting. 

Top American Scientists Voice ‘Alarm’ at Woke California Math Curriculum – Posted 12/6/21
Dr. Susan Berry
Critical Race Theory In Public Schools – Posted 12/8/21

The Epoch Times interviews Asra Nomani about Critical Race Theory in public schools.

Study: Historic Drop in U.S. Reading and Math Scores Since Common Core ‘Debacle’ – Posted 12/6/21
Dr. Susan Berry
Hoover Institution about California's Math Standards Before Common Core – Posted 11/30/21
Williamson M. Evers, Ze’ev Wurman

Common Core Standards ruined California's top notch math standards.  The goal should be to have students starting Algebra I by 8th grade.  "Not every student was ready, but every student who was ready was given a chance to excel and forge ahead, with lasting benefits. And this gave them the opportunity to make it to pre-calculus and calculus in high school, which would prepare them for selective colleges and STEM," if that was their goal. 

It's good to keep that door open even if students initially want to go into the trades or the humanities as they are still developing their interests and may change course during college.  The Utah electricians union requires a math test.  The better prepared, the better the results.

More Than Just the Basics: Educating Our Children for Life – Posted 11/10/21
Jeff Minick

Education needs to be self-driven to learn more than just what is taught.

Math In America – Posted 10/19/21
Dr. Susan Berry

America needs to catch up In math.

California's Equity Math Framework – Posted 8/3/21
Richard Bernstein

Does equity in teaching math really work?

Why Are Parental Rights So Important? – Posted 7/26/21
Cristina Cevallos

Steps you can take to protect your parental rights.

Editorial From The Epoch Times About History Education In America – Posted 7/19/21
Rikki Schlott

"As Education Fails, Patriotism Withers"

Books We Are Reading This Year – Posted 8/13/21
Annamarie Reed
Books To Read 2021-2022

Click the link to see the book list we will be reading from for the 2021/2022 school year.

CRT Public Hearing at State School Board – Posted 7/22/21
Natalie Cline

Details you need to know about CRT in Utah education systems.