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Alaska educators are being encouraged to adopt a new educational model that claims to be more child centered. Coined “Whole Child,” the model was developed by ASCD, an educational reform group that aims to transform schools by encouraging them to focus more on emotional, social and physical health issues. Promotional flyers for ASCD’s Whole Child approach emphasize broad themes about empowering students, expanding health services and meeting the needs of the “whole” child. Unmentioned in...

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The Anchorage School District actively promotes charitable giving to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the state. Through the district’s “Charitable Giving Campaign,” it encourages district employees to give to select local “charities” and nonprofits, which are matched in part by the United Way. The annual fundraiser brought in more than $58,000 from school district employees last year, according to the district’s website. “This effort makes a significant difference in the lives of many...

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Pro-life candidates who support religious liberty, traditional family values and robust parental rights appear to have won four of five contests in the Mat-Su Borough’s Nov. 5 elections, according to unofficial results. Candidates were vying for two borough assembly seats and three school board seats. All offices are for three-year terms. With voter turnout at less than 9% every vote counted in a couple of closely contested races, which could end in a recount.  ...

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Students in Fairbanks will soon be exposed to radical sexual ideologies in English and social studies classes if proposed curriculum changes are approved by the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board this spring. The school district is revising its 7-12 grade English/Language Arts and K-12 grade social studies curriculum. The initial draft is online after a curriculum committee finished its first round of work in October. According to the school district’s website, the high school...

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Earlier this week Alaska Watchman reported that all teachers who are certified by the Alaska Department of Education are now forced to abide by a new gender identity policy with regards to students. This is thanks to a revision to the “Code of Ethics” put in place by Alaska’s Professional Teaching Practices Commission last year. The revised “Code of Ethics” states that, “In fulfilling obligations to students, an educator may not harass, discriminate against, or...

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Many Alaska schools now mandate that teachers refer to students by their preferred gender identity, even when it contradicts the student’s biological sex. In 2016 the Obama administration instructed schools to treat students in accord with their preferred gender identity. While that instruction has since been repealed under the Trump administration, some school districts in Alaska mandate that students be allowed access to restrooms and locker rooms that align with their chosen gender identity, and...

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Despite growing concern over childhood obesity and the excessive time youth engage with digital devices, Alaska educators are encouraging teens to spend even more hours on violent and sexually suggestive video games through organized, multiplayer competitions. While the World Health Association (WHO) listed video game addiction among the International Classification of Diseases, a number of Alaska high schools have embraced the world of electronic “sports” in which teams of players train, practice and compete in...

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Activists behind LGBTQ gender ideology are strategically leveraging community and school libraries in Alaska to shape the minds of young children and teens. The introduction of “Drag Queen Story Hour” at Anchorage’s Loussac Library grabbed headlines last summer when three drag performers came dressed in costume and read to children and toddlers. The library hosted four such events in 2018 and several more this year, most recently in June for Pride Month. In 2015 feminist...

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The State of Alaska continues to promote a teen dating violence awareness campaign that directs teens and educators to abortion provider Planned Parenthood, and provides links to websites that explicitly teach youth how to explore various forms of “safe” sex. In observance of “Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month,” the state pushed an initiative called Stand Up Speak Up Alaska, a multi-media educational campaign and website that offers promotional materials, videos, links and resources...

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Governor Mike Dunleavy is highlighting the choice that Alaskans have to send their children to private, public, charter, religious or home-schools. In observance of National School Choice Week the governor issued a proclamation in support of educational options across the state. “All children in Alaska should have access to the highest-quality education possible,” Dunleavy said in his Jan. 20 proclamation. “Alaska’s geographic challenges demand that, as a state, we exercise creativity in providing a multitude...

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