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Don Blankenship on Education

WV Senate contender and Constitution Party presidential nominee

 


My school sang "God Bless America" on most mornings

My first six years of schooling was at Delorme grade school. It had an outhouse [like my childhood home], but the water system was better than at home. It had a hand pump, so you didn't have to use a bucket to get the water out of the well. The three things I remember most were the pot belly coal stove, the fact that you could only use two perforations of toilet paper, that there were six of us in my grade, and 36 total in six grades.

I also remember that all 36 of us would line up outside the school most mornings to sing "God Bless America" and say the "Pledge of Allegiance."

Later, when I went to middle school/high school in Matewan, West Virginia, there were 700 students and 119 in my class. I remember being scared that I would get lost changing classes, but I never did. I managed to graduate second in my class. Although I didn't want to be, I was elected President of the student body--my first political experience.

Source: 2020 Presidential campaign website DonBlankenship.com , May 19, 2019

Teachers should be graded and denied raises if sub-standard

Blankenship said another step to bettering West Virginia education was to grade teachers on an A to F scale. "Just like they give our kids," he said. These teachers would be graded on aptitude tests taken by their students, according to Blankenship. Teachers with better teaching results would become trainers and get bonuses, while those who receive poor results would be demoted or discharged. "They would be denied raises just like they would be in a company," Blankenship said.
Source: TheDAOnline.com on 2018 West Virginia Senatorial race , Mar 2, 2018

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