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Andrea Stevenson April 17, 2014 at 10:12 am
Kevin Stenson, a New London teacher, currently assigned to The Friendship School in Waterford alsoRead More is a new member of the Ct Dream Team.....New London has even more to be proud of today! They are well represented on this team!
Andrea Stevenson April 17, 2014 at 10:13 am
Oops, drat auto correct...Kevin STEVENSON!
Heather DeLaurentis April 18, 2014 at 09:25 pm
Great teacher, and a great dad. I had the pleasure of teaching his son and getting to know both heRead More and his wife, they are a wonderful family and educators.
C-HIT campers work on their stories in the UConn journalism lab.
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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Liza Smith March 13, 2014 at 05:26 am
The report is definitely worth skimming through. Some very honest reflections on what is plaguingRead More our school system are included. Teachers are afraid to speak up for kids for fear of retaliation. "Intimidated into silence" was a pretty eye opening statement. And they wonder why teachers leave? Combine that morale with constant pay freezes and non competitive salaries, seems obvious to me..
Daniella Ruiz March 14, 2014 at 01:12 pm
"2014-03-13 3:27:41 PM" "from reading the report from 'macnjake.com', it is apparentRead More the city and school is 'drowning in diversity'. with so many people hanging tight to their 'color' (or what ever that entails), and their origin of maternal birth as a significant status in life, it is no surprise that the very common goals of the entire school system are deprived of their central concept in effort. ____________ If the comments by these involved, educators of any tenure status, are to be believed, they also indicate many are frought with what i would call, ""the administrative jargon-speak"", loads of management words, and less of the specifc,terms that would describe their own education's speciality, ie many seem to know better how to manage the school than the immediate admin or even the BOE. (lots of chiefs, yet few others) If that's an indicator of frustration, then it's also a barrier to limitations that clearly exist due nothing of their own doing. ___ It also looks like the rabble has stirred up the whole pot, to the boiling point and the people are 'steaming with confusion and frustration' !! _______ I wonder how that plays out on the children who interface with adults exhibiting such subconsious feelings as they attempt to convey the higher elements of rigid scholarly expectations.____ Professionalism aside, teachers are humans too.____ Most students can sense the confidence presented by teachers, their authentic interest in them and also the weakness's. ___ Control in a classroom is essential for teaching and focusing on the topic, rather than attending to the diverse needs of students competing for social direction. _____ Where will the 'graduating' students go? Certainly few employers near these parts have positions awaiting them, so they face further 'steps in life', just to gain even a meager income. ____ Don't expect them to rejoice, when society shows them no helping hands (or employment) and expects tax money from them as well." "E8C46154 "
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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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Liza Smith December 17, 2013 at 11:41 am
And again, the only schools closing are those with leaders who have common sense. Fisher made a badRead More call today. Attendance is terrible. Parents are angry. This was a waste of a day.
Students at Winthrop Elementary Magnet School show marked improvement, moving the school out of the category that classified it as a Title 1 school with one of the lowest performing subgroups.
Kenneth R. Lewis December 8, 2013 at 09:40 am
Look at the entire report. The results are not as great as many would like you to believe. The highRead More school is still in the lowest category and the improvements that are depicted are only slight. Wake up people and get the whole story. The budget is not terrible, New London spends more money per student than most of the school districts in the entire state and the results still are on the bottom. Do not listen to the lies, ask the tough questions and then you will know. Why do you think the city council year after year cannot get a complete school budget?
Liza Smith December 19, 2013 at 05:14 pm
Facts? Spreadsheets? Sources? Unless you have some evidence to share about cost comparisons yourRead More point is not made. I'd love to see a story about any school that started out low ad magically jumped to the top overnight.
Marie Friess-McSparran December 20, 2013 at 02:57 pm
Liza Smith... here are the facts you need to see before you can believe. I have also cited the sitesRead More for my factgs. We are at the bottom of the list in student achievement for the State of CT with our three recently built schools, Jennings, Winthrop and Nathan Hale falling at 453,427 and 426 respectively out of the 523 schools in the state, but at the top of per pupil spending in the state at $13,756.60 per student. http://www.schooldigger.com/go/CT/schoolrank.aspx?sortexp=LCITY&sortdir=a&year=2012&findletter=N, http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/PDF/dgm/report1/basiccon.pdf,