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harry finster July 6, 2014 at 07:21 pm
always defend a loser in true pennsylvainia style because you dont have any winners
Joe Sommers July 7, 2014 at 12:19 pm
Don't think for a minute that sex offenses happen less frequently in other Universities. TheRead More Sandusky nightmare opened the door for any and all to report issues either big or small. There is tremendous pressure on someone reporting sex offenses therefore it is swept under the rug.IN PSU's case , The Sandusky nightmare paved the way for others to come out. Make no mistake ...sexual offenses are not reported in other Universitiesdue to the peer pressure. I loved to hear about the good that the PSU faculty and students have accomplished with their fund raising initiatives. KUDO"S TO ALL OF YOU AT PENN STATE .
E.T. Henderson July 8, 2014 at 09:37 pm
Thank you so much Allison for another useless and inaccurate information. I am not going to quoteRead More statistics cause I do not have any only experience working with sexually abused victims and abusers I know that on both sides it is not reported the most unreported is incest. The victims blame themselves for the abuse, and most times anyone they talked to start out with well what were you doing to cause this....... The abuser uses fear and intimidation to keep their victim quiet, and they truly have no guilt, remorse, or even identify what they do is an issue. There is a movement in this country that adult male pedophiles believe it is a right of passage and should be lawful openly practiced to have sex with children. I wish this crap only happened in a small area then we could surround these abusers keep track of and every one could avoid the area. You want a statistic one out of three females have been assaulted in their lives and young males it was one out of 7 I am sure it's higher . And none of theses people heard of penn state
Bill June 26, 2014 at 09:26 am
The first month+ of a new school year is spent reviewing what was lost over the Summer break. Plus,Read More by the end of the Summer break, most of kids are pretty bored. So, I’d be in favor of Winter, Spring, Summer breaks along with the normal holiday vacations. 2 weeks off, would allow for families to get in some nice r&r, but would not be so long that the student would forget what they were learning. Our education system may not be broken, but there’s a lot of room for improvement - just ask a teacher.
Rhan Barnett July 9, 2014 at 11:20 am
There is nothing worse that bad data and poorly researched editorial commentary to incite the wrongRead More message. Arne Duncan is a politician, not a teacher. CNN, Project Lead the Way - seriously? If you will make a suggestion, then provide to research to support such a suggestion Ms. Tigue is dead-on the money, stating that the American social system has failed. "Above average" student performance is where the American educational system stands on the world stage ( 17th in world, Pearson Report, 2012). Under-performing and at-risk students should be retained or supported or both; but to amend an entire system on that basis is folly. The "summer -slide" or the anti-agrarian explanations are equally weak arguments - these are kids, who do deserve the time to be kids. Put simply, more class time and longer days are not necessarily wise solutions or will catapult the American public educational system to the forefront, particularly with the dysfunction that festers in our society and our "leadership". Furthermore, by altering a system that has not addressed daycare or after school care very well is certainly not prepared to address the family needs in the year-round school environment - ah, the social factors again! Teachers and teacher pay rates are based upon taxation - so how much are you prepared to have your taxes increase? The costs of operating school buildings? Lastly, the problems in education have become exacerbated by increased political reforms that have ALL been expensive, have ALL failed, and have ALL been based on the needs of the exceptions, and not the needs of the majority.
Lee Jacobsen July 10, 2014 at 12:59 am
Teachers and teacher pay are indeed based on taxation, but year round school does not raiseRead More teacher's pay. They get an annual salary, they are not paid 'by the month'. The operation of school buildings is a fixed cost, and will be there whether the building is utilized or not. With many adult programs in session, they are already being used anyway. Talk about a weak argument for against year round school, "these are kids, who do deserve the time to be kids" You are kidding, right? The rest of the world is moving ahead, we need to play 'catch up'. The variable that compares American students to the rest of the world has remained constant, so the old ploy of other's country kids being hand picked is also a constant. Against that constant, in math for example, American kids have slipped in math from 8th to 32nd in the world. What has worked in education? Competition.Parent involvement. Parents, who control the state mandated school monies, are comparing schools, and sending their kids to the best ones. If the public schools can't do the job, aka Detroit, then charter schools are formed to fill the void. 34% of charter schools don't meet state standards. That's pretty good considering that 71% of public schools don't meet the same standards, and the Charter schools are usually in the most needed areas, where the public schools have failed. Finally, get rid of tenure. All it does is protect 'drone' teachers, most who have lost the desire to teach, and are just biding their time until retirement. A tenured teacher is almost impossible to fire for inept performancde. New , fresh idea teachers are always the first to be fired or laid off. Teachers should be the same as athletes , paid by merit, and should be able to negotiate their own contracts. Without good teachers, our kids won't learn. If you have a 'drone' teaching 3rd grade, and your kid is in the class, you will not be a happy camper. Again, time for year round school, and catch up to the rest of the world.
Mary Jeanne Robinson June 8, 2014 at 09:13 am
The worst part is they have taught this child not to be upfront and honest when he knows somethingRead More is wrong...and over something so absolutely rediculous!
Nancy Biskey June 8, 2014 at 12:38 pm
Next time a little child makes a mistake and knows it wrong, I would say just shut up because youRead More will get in trouble for being honest. Maybe he should be put in a Juvenile Detention Center for being honest also. What a crazy world we are living in, I am glad that my kids didn't have to lie to get through school.
socialist June 9, 2014 at 04:52 pm
We all don't even know the circumstances. For all we know he bragged about it to a classmate whoRead More threatened to tell. Maybe that's why he owned up before he was told on. Honestly, it's a policy for a reason. I don't think it's out of line to suspend him. In my job, there are things we absolutely can't have on premises. If I have it, even if it's totally accidental, I could lose my job. Same thing applies here. The administrators may feel badly about it for all we know, but you absolutely can't let anybody slide for something like this.
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 09:58 pm
Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 09:59 pm
It states: "“Capo’s TAs and Budget all passed, mostly on 4-3 votes. So they are inRead More good shape, fiscally for, now. There was clearly tension among the Board members, but I didn’t have a chance to talk with Clark to find out what might be the cause. The majority members blocked comments by the minority members using parliamentary maneuvers. It wasn’t pretty.” Source: Internal e-mail from CUSD Fiscal Expert to Orange County Department of Education https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-Ln-e-F9vYh9nRLb6XyR09Fcif5xxm8_niCzXRLlDAI/edit
Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 10:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Robert Stevens June 22, 2014 at 09:08 am
Frances Stein June 29, 2014 at 10:06 am
Wow, alot of nastiness towards public school teachers. I don't know of any teachers who areRead More millionaires.
Bob Lentz June 29, 2014 at 10:24 am
I do, the first million is the hardest to make , the second one is easier . They also spend a lot onRead More cruises , vacations and summers at their spot of choice . I'll give you nasty , all their pay medical, health insurance, and pension to retire early is paid by the taxpayer (our dime ). Along with more pay they want respect .
Joe R May 7, 2014 at 12:40 pm
"Throwing money at the problem won't fix it." Sounds like pure Sean Hannity BS. Tell thatRead More to the elite private schools that throw tons of money at their schools and at their students. Some of these elite private schools have tuitions of $36,000 and above (where Christie's kids go). These schools have class sizes of 12 pupils or less, fabulous campuses and facilities and a plethora of programs and courses. They have massive amounts of money to work with and they can be picky about who is enrolled in their schools. Even with all the advantages and the restrictiveness of these elite private schools, they do no better than the public schools of our wealthy NJ suburbs.
Joe R May 7, 2014 at 01:26 pm
This lie that our schools are failing is repeated over and over to the point that it has becomeRead More unquestioned given wisdom. Of course many of our schools have serious problems, the schools in the very poor and very fragmented urban areas that are dealing with massive joblessness, homelessness, violence and high crime rates. Amongst the wealthy industrialized nations, the US has the highest child poverty rate of about 23%. The schools in the urban areas are dealing with tremendous societal problems, the schools aren't failing, they are doing an heroic job trying to help kids who live in devastated urban areas like Camden. The suburban schools pefrom just as well if not better than some of the high performing nations.
Steve May 8, 2014 at 12:16 am
by Linda Moore, TheGuardian.com Friday 15 February 2013 10.17 EST A new book has attracted muchRead More interest in the Washington DC, especially on Capitol Hill, Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn From Educational Change in Finland?. The book arrives after Finland scored first in science and second in reading and math on the standardized test administered by the Program for International Student Assessment. Conducted among industrialized nations every three years, American students finished 25th in math, 17th in science and 12th in reading on the latest PISA assessment. Obviously, in our global economy, this nation's international educational attainment is discouraging for our future prospects. Some of Finland's students' outcomes should be especially interesting to US policy makers. Fully 93% of Finns graduate from high school – 17.5 points higher than American students. And 66% of Finns are accepted to college, a higher rate than the US and every European nation. Strikingly, the achievement gap between the weakest and strongest students academically is the smallest in the world. What might really interest some politicians is that Finland spends about 30% less per student to achieve these far-superior educational outcomes. For those who argue that a much smaller, less diverse country like Finland can't easily be compared to the US, there is an inconvenient fact: Finland performs much better educationally when compared to similar Scandinavian nations with similar demographics. Plainly, something is right in the "Land of a thousand lakes". Fortunately, US education policy is evolving in the face of our relative global underperformance. Federal policy continues to move away from the rigid certainties of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind legislation. The NCLB law set a hopelessly unrealistic target for 100% student proficiency in every school by 2014. It's clear that won't be achieved. Additionally, President Obama's Race to the Top program provides federal incentives for states to reform their public education offerings. These education reforms include lifting caps on the number of public charter schools, innovative policies to turn around failing schools, and improving teacher and principal effectiveness. As an educator who opened one of the first public charter schools in Washington DC in 1998, — at the height of the crisis of our unreformed public education system — I've always had a different take on reform than the NCLB dogma. I could see that the predominantly disadvantaged students whom the status quo was failing would need more than standardized tests to ensure school success. Our educational program invests in children early, to prepare them for the next step in their academic careers and beyond, into the world of work. We want them to gain the following: an understanding of how to use technology to enhance learning; an appreciation for, and facility in, the arts; scientific curiosity; an appreciation and knowledge of their cultures and those of others; and the capacity to think critically. Our students — 69% of whom are economically disadvantaged — can perform at the highest-level academically. Traditional standardized tests fail to adequately assess our academically rich program. Yet our scholars outperform their traditional public school peers by 16% points, and charter peers by nine points. We're not in Finland yet, but we are making progress. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-are-finlands-schools-successful-49859555/?all
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of money off of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the "Core." The method isn't just restricting for teachers and students, it's lining people's pockets.
Jeff Fread May 2, 2014 at 08:22 am
It's important to separate out the Common Core State Standards from curriculum, standardizedRead More testing, and the effectiveness of our teachers and schools. The Common Core is the list by subject area and grade level of what should learn. They are guidelines. Curriculum is the books and material that districts select to meet standards. The quality of these varies widely, perhaps more so as they adapt to the new standards. Standardized testing has gone horribly wrong IMHO since it's used to grade teachers and schools rather than helping identify each student's strengths and weaknesses, what material they've mastered and what they're struggling with. If someone complains about Common Core they should cite specific examples of what's included but shouldn't be, or what's not included but should be. I haven't heard that here or in any other complaints. Conflating it with other topics is more like shooting the messenger. Schools have a real opportunity to measure student mastery as they go so that EACH student can move forward as fast as possible. Many of us have become frustrated with public schools because our children are not challenged or they're pushed too hard to simply keep up in class without proper support. Tools exist to measure and communicate to teachers, students and parents exactly what the child gets and what they don't. Most schools are resisting this simply because they don't understand how to use the information. Yet knowing this will eliminate high stake testing focused on schools and shift it to student focused learning. So let's see what we can do to move schools forward rather than demonizing Common Core.
Leif Fearn May 2, 2014 at 05:03 pm
I don't demonize Common Core. The point is not what is included in Common Core. The point isRead More constitutional, and I explained that earlier in this thread. When controversies are rendered constitutional, the rendering is annoying to many folks, but annoyance doesn't change the seat of the controversy under review. However, for purposes of conversation, set the constitutional controversy aside. Curriculum is both content and procedure, What we teach, and How. To distinguish between standards and curriculum is a distinction without a difference. Every publisher whose bottom line depends even partly on book sales to schools has written, or rewritten, its writers' guidelines to accommodate the Common Core standards. There is no attention to what ought or ought not be included among the standards. For example, there are no standards for personal finance (not economics; personal finance), no standards for media literacy, no standards for native peoples in contemporary perspective, and no standards for the structure and philosophical foundations of the United States Constitution. Those absences are not accidental. If those kinds of standards do not appear among the Common Core, they do not appear in the books from which teachers teach and students learn. Readers of this thread should think about the extent, if any, to which those absences matter. I offer one reason why they do matter, that is, constitutional references in controversies of the day are routinely passed off as annoying, not instructive; rather, in the way -- irrelevant to what the collective "I" is trying to accomplish. That is not good. Leif Fearn
Jenna Reese May 9, 2014 at 09:18 pm
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