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JudithAnn March 16, 2014 at 09:41 am
I would love to know just what us being taught to journalists today. Do they cover things likeRead More "Biased reporting 101" or "Never Insert yourself or your personal views into your reporting" or make sure you verify both sides of an issue with at least 3 credible sources?" Or most important : you are the advocats of The People first and always seek the truth whether or not it's what you the reporter wants to believe or your editor wants you to write. Just curious.
Kate Farrish March 17, 2014 at 08:40 am
I teach journalism at UConn and at these workshops for high school students. I can tell you that myRead More students are taught to leave themselves and their opinions out of stories, to generally verify information with at least two credible sources, to interview people on all sides of an issue and that their aim is to serve the public. Thank you for your interest.
Tom March 18, 2014 at 05:26 pm
Maybe they could tackle the subject of whether it is ethical and legal to have gender-specificRead More programs that exclude one sex for another in publicly funded schools which are geared toward cariculum in the sciences. Nothing like picking and choosing winners and violating civil rights at the same time..
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Linda C March 27, 2014 at 11:16 am
James you have just proved my point. Of course it doesn't apply to ALL unwed mothers, just as anyRead More statement doesn't always apply to ALL! However I am stating FACTS and it does apply to more than it should; but just the mentioning of a Fact has you feeling uncomfortable. Ergo that is exactly why the problems will never be addressed; because the mere mention of it makes you feel guilty, uncomfortable and or insecure about discussing it! And the so Called Community Leaders are counting on just that!
James Bond April 10, 2014 at 10:42 am
Linda, Sorry to react to your post so late,I was away( not prison ). I reacted to what you saidRead More earlier about unwed mothers. To which you had no disclaimer because it said unwed mothers only. Now you say," of course it doesn't apply to ALL unwed mothers".To me you're the one sounding like you want it both ways and that sounds more like our fumbling politicans,than my post. That said, I do understand where you're coming from and posts are not the easiest way to state it sometimes.Your attack on how I feel is unwarrented just because I pointed out a flaw in your post. Sorry about that hope to hear from you soon.
Linda C April 11, 2014 at 12:09 pm
James glad you found your way home lol. I truly wasn't trying to attack your comment, merely tryingRead More to clear up the confusion on my earlier posting. In a nut shell James, we are (as tax payers) being forced to pay for whatever little program pops in their heads. Unfortunately the ones already in place aren't cancelled, it's just a process of adding more and more programs that have been proven not to work, as well as picking up the pieces of those who aren't doing their jobs. I'm all for helping, but lets find out what works, along with squashing those that don't - not double programs only to find out none work!! Enjoy whatever up and coming holiday you chose to celebrate. Not sure about you, but I'm not finding this new improved Patch as stimulating as when it was more focused on our individual town issues, so haven't been on much either!
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Darnell Goldson February 24, 2014 at 08:24 am
It would be nice to see additional statistics for each school, specifically percentage thatRead More graduate, testing scores, how many graduates attend college, how many have to take remedial classes, how many are special ed., etc. This would give us a better idea as to how the spending correlates to actual education.
Sylvie Nadeau February 25, 2014 at 10:53 am
Why not put money back into the schools with arts, music, more sports (less lazy children), drugRead More education and mental health education (this is will result in less ignorant children which will grow up in being less ignorant adults).
State Rep. Larry Cafero, a Norwalk Republican and Minority Leader in the state House of Representatives, says he wants a public hearing on Common Core education standards. (Photo from Cafero's official statehouse website)
Danielle Bolliger April 1, 2014 at 09:14 am
I also came across this yesterday. There are 3 videos. The third one is a very concerned parentRead More from Arkansas. I hope more parents stand up to get rid of Common Core. http://patriotaction.net/forum/topic/show?id=2600775%3ATopic%3A6635270&xgs=1&xg_source=msg_share_topic
CowDung April 1, 2014 at 09:18 am
How about actually going to the Common Core website to find out what the CC Standards are? ThatRead More parent in Arkansas is an idiot. She's complaining about the Singapore math curriculum--it has nothing to do with the implementation of Common Core. Common Core does not specify the use of any of the techniques, procedures, methods or formulas that people like the Arkansas mother are complaining about.
CowDung April 1, 2014 at 09:18 am
Please read the standards: http://www.corestandards.org/read-the-standards/
ProgressforCT January 15, 2014 at 09:49 pm
This plan smacks of segregation. Moving the kids that need the most help to an isolated location isRead More a violation of their right to a free and appropriate education and education in the least restrictive environment. The South Windsor BOE needs to figure out how to educate ALL students, not just shuffle off the most challenging cases to an "alternative" school.
Kimberly Parlapiano January 16, 2014 at 09:31 am
Programs like this have been in place for many years in other towns and very successful. GrowingRead More up in Glastonbury, they had a program in place even in the 1980's. These kids need a smaller environment where they feel comfortable since they are going through a lot of challenges. I think it is a great idea...
Philip E. Koboski January 16, 2014 at 02:21 pm
If "ProgressforCT" had read anything about the plan, he/she would have seen that it wouldRead More take place right at South Windsor High School. These students who would greatly benefit from this plan are not being "shuffled" anywhere. They would still receive a SWHS diploma, and they would accomplish this in a way that would be most beneficial for them. As Kimberly Parlapiano stated above, these students would now be in an environment that would take into account the various challenges they are going through at this time in their lives. It is an idea that is long over due here in town and Mr. Rizzutto and Mr. Sullivan have done a great job in pulling this together.
Karen Choutka January 13, 2014 at 11:51 am
This is a great opportunity for Mr. Szalkiewicz! This is a loss for our town. Mr. Szalkiewicz was anRead More important component to South Windsor and our students with special needs. His strength and determination to help others will be missed. Glastonbury is very lucky to have such a gifted person join their team! Good luck Mr. Szalkiewicz and always remember that you made a difference and we were fortunate to have had you in our corner!
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MAC December 9, 2013 at 01:29 am
Catherine, you really should watch/read some of the REAL information about the lowered standards,Read More instead of being a naive cheerleader for Common Core!................................................. Parents are being kicked out of meetings/arrested by security for simply asking questions about CC!! And students and teachers are suffering no end of ANGST over the testing, which has millions of American parents up in arms over this 'top-down' corporate & FEDERAL takeover of what should be done by local school boards, with State supervision!............................................................ Here are a couple of great sources of the disturbing info about CC, especially the required "'data collection,' which has some real privacy issues. Collecting personalized information on both behavioral and academic criteria on our children and making that data available to federal, state and outside contractors is a serious breach of expectations of privacy and the law."........................... http://www.concordmonitor.com/opinion/columns/8631255-95/my-turn-five-reasons-to-oppose-the-common-core................. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXf91AGW2QA “Common Core Standards - Fact and Fiction” presented by Jo Pullmann
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Bert Marchael November 18, 2013 at 05:33 pm
No child left behind. Some children need to be left behind. Can any one tell me why a retardedRead More individual (ok PC folks, special needs) needs to go to a special school for over $100,000 a year and they will never be able to hold a job and become productive and tax paying individual? As far as I can tell, the parents want the child out of the house as many hours as possible. Oh poor me I have a retarded kid or autistic kid or ....... You raise the child not me.
Marcie November 16, 2013 at 03:46 pm
According the the Smarter Balanced Website, compliments of the $175 million dollar federal grantRead More they received, the field test will be administered in grades 3-8, and 11 in the areas of ELA and math between March and June. Each test will take 3-3.5 hours. Students will be assessed on a curriculum (CCSS) that has not been fully implemented (not to mention developmentally inappropriate). Districts will not receive data. If they do, it will be minimal and in the fall of 2014. IT will not be used to inform instruction or help our children's learning. Essentially, our children will be the guinea pigs for this corporation. They will not be prepared to take these tests. Chances are they will not do well. Students will special needs that are not at grade level must take grade level tests, even if they have an IEP that clearly states they ARE NOT at grade level. So much for IDEA.... Please take the time to learn about the Common Core and SBAC.