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Michele Vannelli April 17, 2014 at 12:43 pm
Skip the fact that Common Core has good/and or bad components depending on one’s point ofRead More view. The fact is, CT signed up to “test the test” and also to embrace Common Core. Seems to me, this “Dream Team” was developed only because the “Stop Common Core” movement gained momentum and teachers actually began speaking up privately, and eventually at the CT public hearing, to illuminate their frustration at the lack of information/training they, as professionals, were expected to endorse. Speaking one’s mind is key toward positive results. I doubt this Dream Team would ever have seen the light of day if parents, teachers and citizens hadn’t spoken up. I applaud those who aren’t afraid to question things and to force others take a breath, examine, and understand.
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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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Catherine & Dennis February 23, 2014 at 04:41 pm
A side by side comparison with where they rank and what is spent would be most beneficial Add aRead More third column for Windsor so we can see the benefit to academics via purchase of AstroTurf
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/
MOD December 18, 2013 at 02:11 pm
Question 1 to all candidates: Do you plan to stay in Windsor for a long time, or merely to use yourRead More tenure to test revolutionary new educational theories, endorse damaging doctoral thesis investigations, and pad your resume for a more 'prestigious" position? Beware the overly ambitious education professional; they think of the kids only if it doesn't interfere with their aspirations.
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Avon Lady December 13, 2013 at 07:20 am
Poll by the Poughkeepsie Journal = 90% of the people do not want Common CoreRead More http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/poll/2013-12-09/7632623/results
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Bonnie Karkowski November 16, 2013 at 08:44 pm
It looks like cursive will be going the way of Latin, something you study in college if your fieldRead More of endeavor requires it. Just think, in our dotage, we old-timers will have a chance at new careers to supplement our dwindling retirement funds -- deciphering letters and old documents for the young historians and genealogists of tomorrow. I do wonder what will pass for a legal signature when today's children become adults.
Catherine & Dennis November 17, 2013 at 01:19 am
Bonnie what has been passing for years now a scribble Great idea to do away with phonics too huh?Read More The reason so many cannot read today?
Agent 86 November 17, 2013 at 09:09 am
Actually cursive has been in decline since the days before No Child Left Behind. Schools are notRead More mandated not to teach it, they just elect not to do so. At least many public school do not. Many private schools continue to teach cursive (along with common core).
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MAC November 12, 2013 at 10:58 am
No question--for people who are informed--Common Core is a BAD thing! It's all about CONTROL,Read More people!............................... The federal government has no business determining what local school boards and teachers/administrations must do, and what your children should learn!......................................................... States accepted this DRECK because their governors were enticed by the (short term) free money being redistributed from our federal taxes. But they have traded our children's education and our nation's well-being for 'thirty pieces of silver'! I recommend truthinamericaneducation.com; and the “Stop Common Core in CT” and other related FB groups for more information on the evils of Common Core. http://www.concordmonitor.com/opinion/columns/8631255-95/my-turn-five-reasons-to-oppose-the-common-core
Michele Vannelli November 12, 2013 at 06:28 pm
Unless I'm missing something with this whole Common Core initiative, what crosses my mind is thatRead More there are still only 24 hrs in a day. Good teachers are motivated and spend a lot of time working up lessons plans that are varied and interesting so as to keep students engaged. Additionally, teachers attend teacher workshops, conduct Parent-Teacher Conferences, deal with lesser tasks such as monitoring lunch hours, etc. My understanding is that now they're expected to document each and every child to the extent that you are almost doing a PPT with other teachers on each child. I ask again, how are they to find time to do all this documentation and still excel at their primary goal which is teaching.
Nanette Fryxell November 17, 2013 at 08:29 am