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Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

April 2, 2013 Election: Roggensack, Pridemore and other Conservative picks

Conservatives, Elections, WISCONSIN

Everyone in Wisconsin votes for Supreme Court and DPI Superintendent in the Tuesday, April 2, 2013 General Election.  This election is of utmost importance, so don't sit this one out!

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April 2, 2013 Election: Wisconsin needs Don Pridemore, a fresh, independent leader, for State Superintendent of Schools

Conservatives, Elections, Education, WISCONSIN

Want more local control over schools? What about increasing a parent's right to choose which school they send their children to? How about an independent leader for State Superintendent of Public Instruction instead of one tied to the teachers union?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, I urge you to vote for Don Pridemore on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

Add to these concerns the very disturbing news of the Wisconsin Department of Instruction "White Privilege" sensitivity courses that are being taught to our teachers, as part of a training  program called CREATE Wisconsin for public school teachers. I watched the following video, compiled by the Education Action Group, and was sickened by some of the ideas being promoted by our DPI and courtesy of our tax dollars!

At the 38 second mark, this quote caught my attention: "We must be aware of how power holders oppressed all people of color to shape the country as they wanted it. Racism is one of several systems of oppression. Others are class, sexism, hetero-sexism, the institutionalized primacy of Christianity, and able-bodiedism. These systems work toward a common goal: to maintain power and control in the hands of wealthy, white, heterosexual, Christian, able-bodied men." The quote came from Dr. Francis Kendall.

And Wisconsin teachers aren't the only ones subject to this type of indoctrination. "White Privilege" is creeping into some Wisconsin public schools as well. In January, the Delavan-Darien District made national news when it was learned students there were being taught similar white privilege ideas.

Interestingly, the DPI website used to include information on White Privilege on their public webpages. It has since been removed from public view!

Another area of curriculum concern is "Common Core." Wisconsin agreed to use that Federally mandated curriculum when Gov. Doyle signed us on to the the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top program. (In order to compete for Federal dollars, we had to agree to use their national "Common Core" curriculum.) The math program in Common Core is called "Just Math."

We all know a firm foundation in math is necessary for so many career choices, but unfortunately, the Federally mandated "Just Math" curriculum transforms mathematics into a vehicle for pushing social and ecological justice subject matter onto our students.

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Easter 2013: 'Christ Is Risen' musical Good Friday and Saturday & Easter Sunday Services

Brookfield, Holidays, Religion, Special events

CHRIST IS RISEN: HE IS RISEN INDEED  

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It's spring! Time for Midwest Gaming Classic at Brookfield's Sheraton Hotel - March 23 & 24

Brookfield, Just for fun!, Special events

Billy Mitchel - 2004*  
Broke world record!
Although the weather isn't exactly springlike, the calender says it's time for that annual springtime treat for gamers, the Midwest Gaming Classic! What's a Midwest Gaming Classic? Why, its "the largest all-encompassing electronic gaming trade show in the Midwest:"

This year, it will again be held at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel, at 375 South Moorland Rd., just south of Brookfield Square and north of I-94.

The 2013 event runs from Saturday, March 23, from 10am to 8pm, and Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. Check their Event Guide for the schedule. Tickets are $35 for the entire weekend or $30 on Saturday and $15 on Sunday. Children 10 and under get in free with a paying adult. There are pinball and video arcade games to play--all set on free play, pinball and video arcade machines, accessories and parts to purchase, and fun to be had!

Don't feel like playing non-stop? Attend a Panel or Presentation. Billy Mitchel will be returning to present Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and High Scores at noon on Sunday. And unlike Mitchel's last visit, in 2004 when Mitchel publicly broke the record on my son's Donkey Kong machine, my hubby will have his Sharpie ready for an autograph!

*Photos are from the Midwest Gaming Classic archives.

Past Posts:
Midwest Gaming Classic at Brookfield's Sheraton Hotel - March 27 & 28, 2010
Play pinball and arcade games at the Midwest Gaming Classic

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25 new homes proposed for Linfield Crossing resubdivision

Brookfield, Development, Elmbrook

Up to twenty-five new single family homes are proposed for southeast Brookfield on the former Linfield Elementary School site*. (Photo was taken from The Red Mill parking lot on Tulane, facing south.)

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