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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!
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/
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Sarah Glynn January 28, 2014 at 09:42 am
As a school librarian and former Morley parent, I am appalled that the librarian is no longerRead More reading to the students. Although I'm now at the high school level, I spent many years in elementary and would never have allowed Common Core and testing mandates to keep me from reading. Although I'm not familiar with the CC Elementary standards, I do know that the high school standards include plenty of literary components. So, I'd live to hear from the WH school librarians about their perceptions and concerns.
Brandon Stevens January 28, 2014 at 09:11 pm
As parent whose child will be entering public school in the near future, I am concerned with theRead More anti-reform angle this issue is taking. Not to say I don't agree with some of the sentiment expressed by the teachers, but I believe more in depth objective coverage of the issue should be provided by the media. I have been seeing many accusations aimed at corporate America lining their pockets, this reeks of public scare tactics. Some of these same people would love their child to eventually find a good job in corporate America. Yet our public education continues to fall behind from a global perspective. Yes literature is important, but so are computer skills. The future is here and technology and the ability to integrate it with education is very important. Teacher evaluations based on testing results may very well not be the answer to public education problems, but we need to do something to insure that teachers are teaching and more importantly our children are learning. The comment that legislators should not be making decisions about how a classroom is run because thy have no educational training is ludicrous, that is the mentality that got us where we are today. We need our democratically elected officials to initiate change and adapt our public education to the future based on recommendations from our educators and yes, even corporate America as well. Change is always a struggle, and there will be those teachers that can't or won't. But, that does not mean we shouldn't change. What exactly are the core standards, what are we testing and why? Is literature and other non core elements being weeded out? Did the librarian stop reading stories because of core standards? Should parents take a more active role and introduce their own children to literature? Is the length of a traditional school day and year enough time so that can we expect our children to learn everything that is needed? There are a lot of questions and I am sure there is more than one answer. I can tell you one thing, not reforming is not the answer.
Lisa Petersen January 29, 2014 at 07:39 am
Brandon the fact is that there is science about how the brain of a child works and how they learn.Read More Unless the legislators are knowledgeable about that, I fail to see how they can determine the standards in the classroom (the how as opposed to the what) and the best way to measure progress. We all know good test takers who are lacking in performance and vice versa. I agree that we need to prepare the children to work in the future but we also need to do it in a way in which they can learn. As with anything, what works best is a team approach where different team members bring their expertise and the end product is the better than the sum of the individual parts. This is true in business and of education reform. To pretend that legislators in a vacuum know the best is ridiculous. Your child is young so you may sing a different tune once your child is in school and you see the extent to which teachers not only have to teach facts and social skills in addition to dealing with hunger, homelessness, developmental difficulties, abuse and all kinds of other issues that make it hard for children to learn.