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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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CowDung March 4, 2014 at 10:56 am
An explanation of the color code would have been nice... From what I can tell: Green = ExcellingRead More Yellow = Progressing Blue = Transitioning Red = Review Don't know if "Focus" has a specific color...
mike murphy March 4, 2014 at 10:59 am
I thought the same as you. When checked each school, the only school in transition is Huckleberry.Read More The other 3 are progressing. Blaming our teachers for 100% of the scores is not fair, as maybe little Johnny and Jane are not the Einstein's we thought they were
Guy Pettit March 5, 2014 at 11:34 am
I would like to see the dtailed numbers. How far are we from Excelling grades at the progressingRead More schools, and how far is Huckleberry from a Progressing rating? Looking at cost/student, we are lower than most schools other than Danbury. Bridgeport spends moreand their schools are all failing, so our district should be commended for doing better with less. Think what would happen if we actually approved a realistic budget.
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Linda Gould March 1, 2014 at 09:33 am
was the spending on education? or was it more for reconstruction for offices? What does anyoneRead More care,,,they do whatever they hell they like, and when talked to by the public they don't have the B---- to look the public in the face. You know the teachers are dedicated, the board is dedicated to their own pockets. The staff in this regional on the custodian side are lazy, job evoding smart a----. the real profession is make like a RUG,,,,,:LIE". If the country is anything like these sloches the students have a great example of the American work force. If Connecticut got out more to their board meetings they fire everyone. This year we start over with more new members,,,,,,,here is their chance to make their mark in excelllance....I have a relitive that works their,,I know!!
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Concerned Parent March 1, 2014 at 02:40 pm
What exactly are you looking for? A red light special at Walmart? This is EDUCATION! It's theRead More RESPONSIBILITY of each municipality to provide their children with a solid education. What is going to be the next step in budgeting our kids, farming out our teaching jobs to China? Well, I guess since Common Core is going to reduced them to facilitators anyway, why not outsource, so what if they can't speak English. Right?
CowDung March 3, 2014 at 12:24 pm
I'm not really sure what we should be looking for. Are these low spending districts turning outRead More students that aren't as well prepared as those in high spending districts? This sort of crap reminds me of the stupid Newscruncher maps. Data without context is meaningless.
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/
karin744 January 15, 2014 at 07:32 am
Not saying that these democrat speech fascists are terrorists, but it's interesting to note thatRead More most terrorism "comes from the Left": http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/terror/terrorism-2000-2001 Terrorism by Group Class: Right Wing 85; Left Wing 130. ---------------- And listen to their hate: -“They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun” -“Get in Their Faces!” -“Hit Back Twice As Hard” -”We talk to these folks… so I know whose *** to kick.” -“hand to hand combat” -“Punish your enemies.” -“I’m itching for a fight.” -"We don't mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for a ride, but they gotta sit in back." To verify the above Obama quotes Google search the quote itself; most are on video. 10/25/12http://www.politico.com/playbook/: "...Obama grinned. … ‘You know, kids have good instincts,’ Obama offered. ‘They look at the other guy and say, “Well, that’s a bull****er, I can tell.'" http://lincolninstitute.org/article.php?id=4512 Obama on the campaign trail promoting Obamacare at a town hall meeting, August 11, 2009: "Right now, doctors, a lot of times, are forced to make decisions based on the fee payment schedule that's out there. So if you come in and you've got a bad sore throat, or your child has a bad sore throat, or has repeated sore throats, the doctor may look at the reimbursement system and say to himself, 'You know what? I make a lot more money if I take this kid's tonsils out.’” 11/29/13 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2514667/Obama-referred-Tea-Party-protesters-tea-baggers-handwritten-letter-Texas-teacher.html Obama referred to Tea Party protesters as "tea-baggers" http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=teabagger "A man that squats on top of a woman’s face and lowers his genitals into her mouth during sex, known as teabagging") ------------ And they expect us to respect them! I dislike and sometimes despise democrats for what they've become.
Concerned January 15, 2014 at 09:24 am
Karin take your fascist (yes, you are incorrect in your use of the rightwing political term) messageRead More elsewhere. Your manipulative rhetoric is pathetic. How did you get "most" out of reading this report? How could you look at that report and not have disgust for all who inflicted terror on our country? Instead, you somehow try to find a glimmer of hope that your side does not have "bad guys" as well. Pathetic
karin744 January 17, 2014 at 09:09 am
"Karin take your fascist (yes, you are incorrect in your use of the rightwing politicalRead More term)"? Not so. Socialism and fascism are sometimes symbiotic. The National Socialist Party, also known as the Nazi Party, administered Germany's economy on a socialist model: Merriam-Webster defines “socialism”: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods. The National Socialist Party, the Nazi Party, established ownership and administrative status using brute force: any business owners who refused to produce what the Party demanded was summarily executed or sent to concentration camps. --------------- Here's what agitates speech fascists like "concerned": facts. What she means to say to me is: "Take your facts elsewhere because I'm a democrat and can't tolerate facts." Speaking for myself, if democrats posted facts -- which they rarely do -- I'd have fun refuting them...with facts. But the standard democrat response to facts is "Take your fascist message elsewhere." It's who democrats are. It's how they deal with people who oppose their opinions. They spew hate, like their Leader: 11/29/13 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2514667/Obama-referred-Tea-Party-protesters-tea-baggers-handwritten-letter-Texas-teacher.html Obama referred to Tea Party protesters as "tea-baggers" (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php? term=teabagger "A man that squats on top of a woman’s face and lowers his genitals into her mouth during sex, known as teabagging") ------------- Afterthought: Does "concerned" (or any other democrat, for that matter) ever post facts to support their opinions or do they all do what she does? "Karin take your fascist (yes, you are incorrect in your use of the rightwing political term) message elsewhere": translation, "SHUT UP!!" "
The University of Connecticut is embarking on a process to create a new master plan for its campus. Credit: Corey Fyke
Jerry Friedrich December 26, 2013 at 11:52 pm
I am sorry but, this is a big WASTE of taxpayer money. I agree that aesthetics is an important itemRead More but this needs to be done BEFORE the building are done. Why were existing building approved in such a random style and location? Where is the accountability? Oh, by the way, why did we have to "hire" this person. Why was it not contracted ?
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MAC December 9, 2013 at 01:23 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
John Mainhart December 9, 2013 at 11:27 am
I watched Mike Huckabee the other night ,and he invited a parent, a student and a principle in NewRead More York City who were very critical about common Core. Making education a national system that includes more than some basic standards is always a mistake because it lessons the function of the family and the community involvement. I personally see it as another way to undermine the importance of family life in this country. I heard another informed criticism of Common Core that mentions they have eliminated the time honored writers of the past in literature.
MAC December 9, 2013 at 07:10 pm
Excellent comments, John! We do have an incessant attack undermining the nuclear family as theRead More bedrock FOUNDATION of our formerly Prosperous Nation................................................. Not to mention the fact that CC and the entire Dept. of Ed. is an attack upon the role of States and local school boards, and is really UN-Constitutional!!!
Award presented to Whisconier Middle teacher Pamela Rogalin for Excellence in Education. Photo Credit: Deane Renda
Concerned Citizen December 7, 2013 at 09:19 pm
Mrs. Rogalin is an exemplary educator, and role model for her students. Thank you for yourRead More dedication to the children of our community for all of these years!
The Watcher November 22, 2013 at 08:00 am
@Cosmo Kramer OP: "@Emanon Emanon- It seems your not known for your intelligence. "Read More you're**
Mary Davis November 22, 2013 at 02:20 pm
@Guido... I find your post shameful and despicable... more so than Mr. Beck's. For a group so upsetRead More about Mr. Beck's lack of taste regarding his kindness post there appears to be no kindness at all in of your posts whatsoever. Are you all just hate mongers? I forgive you all and wish you all health and happiness instead.
lhgoo December 15, 2013 at 08:05 pm
Maybe if more people voted idiots like Beck wouldn't win
Board of Education candidate-elect Gregory Beck. Photo Credit: Aaron Boyd
JM November 25, 2013 at 09:47 am
Steven, go easy on your friend Robin Appleby. He's always sticking up for you.
David Pearson November 26, 2013 at 08:12 pm
Living in Norwalk, I've been following this thread for a few days. This story's not about gunRead More rights, not about who's for and who's against. Nor is it about political party infighting in Brookfield. It's about a guy who made a thoughtless, heartless comment directly connected to a local tragedy. He would not have made his comment if there wasn't a '26 days of kindness' activity going around. For him to use that as his launching pad is shameful, and it took critical feedback for him to realize that? Thanksgiving is right around the corner, the first since the massacre, and friends of mine in Newtown don't need to have comments like his in their minds and hearts. I'll accept his apology once he goes the next step: have a long look in the mirror and resign from the BOE position. The students, parents and community deserve better.
David Pearson November 26, 2013 at 09:40 pm
p.s. Just read this on Newtown's FB page, which is what their 26 acts of kindness is all about (andRead More G.Beck had the gall to make his comment based on what Newtown's message is?) "We Are Newtown #‎26ActsOfKindness #‎WeAreNewtown From Erica: I work in Times Square, today I brought a bouquet of flowers to one of the workers in Starbucks and told her it was in memory of the 26 children and teachers whose lives were lost. I told her I wanted nothing in return but asked of her to please pass along the kind act to some random person. She laughed and said that wouldn't be hard as there are many random people throughout the city. This put a huge smile on my face as I hope it does yours!"
Pupils practice cursive writing. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Andrew Turkenkopf November 15, 2013 at 12:07 pm
I believe you are a little late on this. I graduated HS in 2000. And all through elementary andRead More middle school I was told I would have to learn cursive because I would be required to use it in the next grade, and that never came true. While I admit it allows for speedier note taking, I'm unsure how many students take notes on lessons and reading now a days. But then again my fast handwriting is atrocious and I need to type to be understood. If only I had been taught how to do that (I fell through a gap between school district changes.) I do admire the good fight, though.
Robert Gianazza November 15, 2013 at 02:20 pm
I'm no fan of Common Core, however I don't believe Common Core is the culprit in our studentsRead More declining use of cursive. In our never ending quest to bring children more exciting topics in younger grades, something has to give. There are only so many hours in an educational day. Reading, writing, math, science, art, music, and physical education also need to share space with health and foreign languages. Opps, left out history and geography. So as we cram more education into the student day, other topics get squeezed. We have broadened our educational footprint, but at the same time have made it much more shallow. We trail behind national averages in physical education, art and music. Ever wonder why? Do you really think our administrators think less art or less music is beneficial? No, there just isn't enough time in the day. Before you ask what more can you do for my children, ask yourself what less will you do for my children. As Boards of Education and administrators attempt to respond to the demands parents make, remember that for every new thing teachers have to teach, that takes time away from something they were already teaching.
Amanda Kaplan November 20, 2013 at 07:58 pm
Cursive is useful for note taking.
The Paw Print's editors — Michelle Brandt and Kate Matson
Kathy Pettit November 14, 2013 at 09:11 am
I am so proud of you for starting this column! Kudos to you and whichever university gets your greatRead More talent and leadership.
Carol Dores November 15, 2013 at 04:07 am
Way to go! I look forward to keeping in touch with BHS through this column!
Susan Ludwig November 15, 2013 at 07:37 am
I’d like to thank Michelle Brandt and Kate Matson for starting “Paw Print on theRead More Patch” and Patch editor Jaimie for featuring it. What a great addition to the Patch! I hope we see this column front and center when we open the Patch. Great things are happening all over Brookfield. Let’s use the Patch to get the word out!