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Louie April 21, 2014 at 07:27 am
Let me guess... Mr. Harvard (Obviously didn't graduate from there) couldn't get a date on Death RowRead More in a women's prison with a fistfull of pardons in one hand and a carton of cigarettes in the other!
Country1st April 21, 2014 at 06:30 pm
Knock if off with the 'feminazis' crap -- having said that -- as a feminist, I think that we shouldRead More take a fresh look at Title IX
Star Thrower April 21, 2014 at 08:08 pm
Country1st = K.McDonald the feminazi pedophile enabler :)
harryfinster April 6, 2014 at 02:39 pm
harryfinster April 6, 2014 at 02:42 pm
here is a local school in your area that far outranks phoenixville you will see yourRead More superintendent has twisted the numbers to make phoenixville look better the only true thing he said was phoenixville has no place to go but up,because it certainly couldnt go lower
bitdls April 17, 2014 at 11:30 pm
hey harry and scammer i think you should cool things down this fight is getting a little rowdy
Deb Nyman March 28, 2014 at 11:09 am
Agree with Art!
Limeport Resident March 28, 2014 at 11:25 am
Seems futile to punish others if students will get health care and protection of their futures. I amRead More pretty sure that existing IRS laws would require minimal or no tax and in some cases, where eit comes into play, a refund by the IRS. The question is how will colleges react.. Drop sports so that more can be spent on FB? The present schools affected probably will not make big changes because education is important there and money is not a great issue. It is the schools that are nothing more than minor league teams for the pros that will adjust most if ruling becomes universal. NFL is non profit, baseball is a protected monopoly, because Americans want to be able to watch the sport and occasionally go to a game. Most of profit for NFL is capital gain so tax is not really an issue except when using loopholes to sell the team.
When will there be a ruling that requires the Varsity football & basketball student athletes toRead More attend classes and pass tests on their own. Only a % of these big school athletes are smart enough to earn a legitimate college degree...
Kaos8 March 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm
OK, so I have read a bunch of these articles to get a better idea of this Common Core curriculum, IRead More did not understand it, since I do not have kids in school yet. I agree with getting kids to think better and smarter. Many of these ideals, of participating, ask questions, use common sense (think before you talk or act), etc- where instilled in me in school. I was in honors/excellerated classes my whole life- I was good at math, science, and arts/music and sports without having to work real hard at it- hence me being put in Honor/excellerated classes to "push " me more. My sister- is really smart as well, however- she REALLY had to work at it- she is currently an Art Teacher and really excells at the arts (as runs in my family- some members are very well established artists, where my father's side is more into science/math and have really excelled in their fields). I feel that if you lump all these kids into the same curriculum - someone is going to suffer. You cannot treat or even teach students the same way. Not everyone is capable of learning in the same manner. Some kids are art/music oriented and some are Math/Science oriented (it completely is a left brain/right brain thing)- therefore you must be able to allow them to get to their best potential in the best way that they learn. This standardized testing sounds to me that any way you cut it, some of these kids are going to get left behind. THe one article I read was about teaching kids to think differently, ask questions, respect, etc..that is great- but when I was growing up that is stuff that teachers were already teaching and also instilled at home in the family environment. If I am still not understanding this correctly maybe someone can explain it to me a little better.
Country1st March 25, 2014 at 12:28 pm
As of 11/13, MA hadn't adopted it -- but you're right -- I just checked it and they've adopted it.Read More And thanks for the website -- I"ll check it out. The point is -- this is a new curriculum -- it's not financed -- and if they want to be fair, they should start requiring the kids who are in kindergarten to be able to pass it by the time they graduate, not the class of 2017.
Country1st March 25, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Here's a good sign: http://time.com/36779/indiana-drops-common-core-education-standards/ This is aRead More very big deal -- hopefully, PA will follow suit
sklogw March 25, 2014 at 05:12 pm
No.
sarah connor March 31, 2014 at 04:47 pm
Its a yes or no question...again with the opinions and sarcasm YES...!
Karen Toth March 31, 2014 at 09:14 pm
America was founded on debate of opinions, and the right to do so in a public forum. ..
Rita Diani March 15, 2014 at 03:14 pm
speaking of colleges and their shady ways, does anyone know the date the Middle States, WCCC'sRead More accrediting agency, is visiting them this week?
harryfinster March 15, 2014 at 04:31 pm
http://www.scribd.com/doc/55863184/phoenixville2p
M March 16, 2014 at 09:46 pm
There were many egregious miscalculations. All who made them need to pay the price personally:Read More Penn state officials, Sandusky, anyone who knew and did not report. The Catholic Church now requires all mandated reporters, i.e. anyone who has knowledge or strong suspicions of abuse against children/young adults MUST contact police first, then Bishop. Let this case be a lesson to all who might be tempted not to report. Make THEM pay the price both financially and morally. "Look at the collateral damage to the Paterno family, and all the rest of the staff on the periphery. Look at the lost trust. Most of all, look at the lives of the victims who'll be scarred the rest of their lives." But the victims can become survivors and go on to live good lives, overcoming through therapy and the compassion of those around them.
harryfinster March 9, 2014 at 11:04 pm
http://www.scribd.com/doc/55863184/phoenixville2p
Leigh March 10, 2014 at 07:29 am
Yeah nabob - we don't need to hear the truth! Shame on you!
ROBERT J? HADLEY March 11, 2014 at 11:00 am
Joe let Jerry go in 1998, then let him loose on Camus till he was convicted. Joe knew, but he wasRead More JOE and no one could touch him. PSU claims to not be state school, but employees are under state retirement system, Jerry getting 56k a year, joes wife is getting 110k per year.
Helen Gricks February 12, 2014 at 06:43 am
It's a big state. I think NH is one of the best schools around. My kids were well prepared forRead More college. Patch, do you have a % for local schools.
Richard February 12, 2014 at 06:59 pm
Agreed Helen, PR has 1 or 2 score perfect on their SAT's every year and they have excellent APRead More scores! The teachers and students do an excellent job preparing for Calculus, Statistics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics at Pine-Richland
Kevin Brutschea April 1, 2014 at 11:37 am
What all public schools need more than anything else the return of discipline. That is the onlyRead More difference regular schools and Charter Schools is discipline. CS's cherry-pick the students accepted for enrollment. Any discipline issues, and your kid won't get in.
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Roger December 8, 2013 at 03:14 pm
I activated the suggested web site to "learn more." I read down through the lists, and IRead More kept thinking, "This is the same materials and approach we had in schools 50-60 years ago. What is new here?" [p] But, as I scanned the list I see two words that jumped out, "reading," and "writing." Duh? Why are these even in the list? Aren't these so basic they nary need a mention? This seems so elementary that I wonder what all the PhDs that put this together were thinking. [p] While not having children any longer in the age ranges discussed any longer, I do my best to interact with parents and students, "Tell me what is going on in school, ... what are you learning at your grade, ... are you reading books, ... and you doing lots of writing...," and other similar questions. I continue to be interested in the educational process, regardless of age. [p] From what I can discern, two major elements of the current process are missing, reading and writing. I see this pattern follow through after high school. I participate in industry related online forums, where most of the population are people as young as 18, up to 35 or 40. The majority are in their 20s and 30s. Obviously, an online forum only works when participants write. The level of writing is beyond belief. Few can put together sentences, develop thoughts, and make good descriptions. This does not even touch on critical thinking skills needed to go from hypothesis to conclusion. Also evident is that very few of these folks read anything, other than a smattering of industry materials as needed. Some admit never to reading a book or a newspaper (or online news). As for math, many, many of these folks are unable to do basic geometry problems, such as areas and volumes. [p] A recent study was published in USA Today regarding reading habits of Americans. Some of the results were staggering, such as 44% of college graduates never read another book after leaving college, a book of any kind. If this is the patter of the parents, how will they instill the habit and joy of reading to their children. [p] My point is that this program, while it may mean well, needs to focus on developing basic skills first. Maybe that is the plan as part of execution, but none of the desired outcomes will mature with the information laid out in the link. There is good reason why the study released last week found that students in the US are falling further and further behind the world-wide education levels. [p] Just for the record, sending TXT messages on an iPhone, and reading TXT messages from another does not count toward developing writing and reading skills. In fact, I suspect these tasks are a negative influence on good development.
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Julie Stolzer November 14, 2013 at 06:34 am
The Common Core was conceived of and agreed to by the national governors association and is a biRead More partisan state run effort to even the playing field for our future workforce. The initiative has involved Education representatives from the states and the national academies of science and engineering. It is NOT a federally mandated or initiated program.
Roger November 14, 2013 at 07:00 am
@Julie, .. "to even the playing field for our future workforce...." [p] Thank you forRead More reinforcing my point about equality. A "level playing field" is not what we need. We need to have students fit into the niche that is right for them, not a common "level playing field" that these programs advocate. We need highly talented students to have a path, and we need those students who work well with their hands have a path. Trying to treat all students the same for a "level playing" field, only achieves mediocrity. This holds back the talented ones, and leaves others who are not academically strong discouraged and frustrated. [p] The source of "educational" professionals, as cited, gives no credibility to Common Core. For years, we have seen "professionals" at work, only to continue to fall behind in the world eduction marketplace. While these people offer programs, programs, and more programs, achievements and outcomes do not advance. Why do we have fewer and fewer high school graduates unable to do 12th grade work? Fewer and fewer are proficient in reading, writing, or math. Listen to college admission officers. Listen to employers hiring an ill-prepared workforce.
Julie Stolzer November 14, 2013 at 07:25 am
All excellent points Roger. My comments were not intended to defend CC but rather to explain theRead More history of the initiative. The NGA began this initiative driven by requests from their business and industry constituents who complained about the poor and inconsistent performance of their youngest employees. In addition to CC there is a significant push from both states and the fed to encourage diverse post secondary options including technical skills training as well as community college and college. Business and industry has begun to take a greater role in developing the curricula for these highly skilled technical education programs to ensure the students completing the program are qualified and ready to work for them. Unfortunately up to 30 % of current HS graduates in the US require remedial classes in math and or English just to meet the minimum requirements to begin theses technical courses of study. Certainly not everyone needs or should aspire to a 4 year liberal arts degree however most jobs that will pay a living wage require a minimum standard in core subjects and the common core is intended to address that.
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Kim Epp Frenette November 5, 2013 at 09:40 pm
Thanks Catherine for drawing attention to this. It is a true problem - teens are also at risk forRead More abusive relationships that may or may not include sexual violence but they are definitely all about control. If people would like to know more or would like to support domestic violence awareness and prevention, Wise Women is hosting an evening event on Monday, November 18 at the Crowne Plaza South, with proceeds to benefit Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA. More information at www.wisewomenlife.com
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Glenn Robinson October 21, 2013 at 12:29 pm
It is not just sleep routines that kids need. Our kids thrive on a daily routine that includes allRead More of their activities including sleep. An unchanging daily schedule provide a level of security that allows their brains to spend more time on learning and less on trying to keep up a changing schedule or worrying about “what’s next.” As adults, we are also very likely sleep deprived. We should get 7-9 hours nightly. We try to cram too much into a day. It is too easy to see sleep as an interruption to our productivity. Recent studies show that during sleep, the brain purges toxins it cannot get rid of during waking hours. These studies also point to a possible link between Alzheimer’s and not getting enough sleep. Bottom line: getting the right amount of sleep makes your waking hours better for both kids and adults.
Boyce Middle School (Patch file photo).
Roger October 10, 2013 at 06:44 am
LEED building assessments are becoming more common now that the rating system has been in place forRead More a few years. The LEED program is a point system that depends upon features of the building. And, the LEED building means tax credits because of the added costs. Tax breaks depend upon the level of LEED certification. [p] But, now recent reports are showing the LEED programs are not living up to expectations. The national reports show that LEED buildings are no better, and could be worse with regard to energy use, than conventional construction. While the LEED satisfies those bent on prmoting certain agenda, the data is now showing LEED certification to be without merit. The entire process is not really based upon a foundation of energy savings, rather a point scheme for building features. However, the promotion of LEED certification is always associated with energy savings, and this tickles the fancy of some folks. The added costs are overlooked to justify the "energy savings" aspects. And, the taxpayer funding always helps gain support because nobody wishes to pass on government "free money?" The reports are plentiful, but here are a couple: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/10/24/green-building-leed-certification/1650517/ http://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews/201307/backpage.cfm
PK3 October 10, 2013 at 06:50 am
"Building energy use is probably the largest field of human endeavour in which almost nobodyRead More measures anything". unknown Hey but this green garbage sure does sound great. It's the typical liberal message.
Eisenhower Elementary School (Patch file photo).
bob balmer October 10, 2013 at 02:49 pm
I guess not everyone is being trained in the ways of respect and honor to others
Jane October 11, 2013 at 08:30 am
Here is my problem with these "programs": most of the true bullying that happens goes onRead More behind the scenes. It is not the paddling that was so publicly discussed over the past few months. It is the cyber bullying and the behind the scenes stuff that drives kids to the edge. It is also mostly girls, it starts in elementary school and it continues into college. I think a true definition of bullying needs to be established. This is from personal experience with my kids.
Dove October 11, 2013 at 11:01 am
Congratulations to Eisenhower on this recognition! Your professionalism and solution-driven focusRead More is not going unnoticed.
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Jason Bahr October 6, 2013 at 11:40 pm
There is nothing wrong with homework - I completely support the concept, but the amount of homeworkRead More our kids do on a daily basis is beyond comprehension. By Friday evening, my kids are exhausted after a week of school. Something is wrong here. I went to school in the 1970’s. It was nowhere as intense or ridiculous as what my kids are going through. Yet I can read the newspaper, read a contract and read a book for fun. I can make change in a cash register drawer if the electricity goes out. I can even hold a job to provide for my family. My public school education afforded my ability to gain a college education and an MBA. Our school system has run amok – it is no longer turning out well-rounded, well-educated students. It is turning out test takers allowing the school district to apply for Federal Gov’t Funding. Thanks to the Department of Education – school districts are like a flock of pigeons on a sidewalk fighting over a piece of bread thrown out from above. Who suffers – our kids. That is who!!
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Jason Bahr September 23, 2013 at 09:09 am
In 2012, France’s President, François Hollande, announced his intention to ban homeworkRead More for all elementary and middle-school aged children citing unfair advantage afforded to those children whose after-school academics are supported at home. Beauty contests would similarly expose children to an atmosphere of success and failure. That is also why France has never excelled in medical or technological advancements for society. Think of one thing you own that was created or manufactured in France? It is astonishing that “barbaric” civilizations such as the US created the internet, computers and tablets for example and are bringing words, ideas, education and thoughts to all parts of the world. Think of what that will mean 10, 20 or 50 years from now? France’s greatest contribution – “The French Fry” of course!! Viva La France!!!
Flag of the United States of America (Patch file photo).
Ed M August 27, 2013 at 11:27 am
Why shouldn't they?
Victoria Kulli August 29, 2013 at 07:25 am
It says right here why they may choose not to! (1) Students may decline to recite the Pledge ofRead More Allegiance and may refrain from saluting the Flag on the basis of personal belief or religious convictions. (2) Students who choose to refrain from such participation shall respect the rights and interests of classmates who do wish to participate.
North Allegheny Senior High School.
Chad Twedt July 30, 2013 at 10:29 am
I guess having educational choices is never a bad thing... but so far, the only research thatRead More indicates positive benefit of IB schooling is research done by the IB organization itself, and what research exists only establishes correlation, not causation. On a personal note, I've known several students (I'm a private teacher) who elected to get out of the IB program because of a variety of reasons: one because he got sick of being with the same group of kids every year, another because she didn't like all the group work (where her own grade relies on the work that other students do... which by the way always results in less grading work for teachers), and another because it didn't leave time to practice her instrument as much as she wanted to. I came here with a completely open mind about the IB program - in fact, I WANTED to like it because we live closer to the IB elementary school than we do the non-IB school that our kids attend (so I was probably biased in favor of IB), but the more I looked into it, the more skeptical I became. I'm all for positive change, but change for the sake of change needs to convince the world with more than just correlation. Independent research groups need to lead better studies with large control groups. Even then, I'm not sure how any such studies will get around the fact that if you compare an IB program to even the best public high school in an area, you still have that the high school is full of random students zoned for that school, while the IB program is full of students who elected to go into the program. As far as the high school (college preparation) is concerned, a set of random students who get into good colleges demonstrates equally impressive results as the set of ambitious students who get into great colleges.
john busalacchi August 1, 2013 at 02:02 am
Is getting into a "good" college only possible by adopting the IB curriculum fact orRead More perception? Aside from the financial burdens incurred by the schools involved, (or considering involvement) the the broadness, richness, or depth of educational outcome may be deceptively lacking. Parents should check into content being forced upon school districts. One small example is the Prentice Hall textbook entitled "World History" in which 32 pages are written about a certain middle eastern religion and civilization, replete with favorably biased descriptions, which are actually distortions of fact. There is comparatively very little space devoted to Christianity, Jewish history, and others, while even that is shown in an unfavorable light.
PK3 August 15, 2013 at 07:36 am
Remember 12 plus years ago IB was offered in USCSD as just another choice. Now it has taken overRead More Streams school forcing every Streams kid to join IB or be bused (some choice). Within 5-10 years IB will take over the whole school district as long as people continue to be low information people. Look deeper like CHAD people.
In order: Karyn Kail; Colleen and Lou Zangara; Kevin Weinheimer; Amy McCarthy (left) and Celena Willy; and Sara Strojwas. Credit: Robert Edward Healy, III
Purple Rider August 29, 2013 at 07:26 pm
Two different things. More families felt more comfortable giving a statement to school vs. police.Read More Police were using "boys will be boys" mentality and hoping it went away. The school district taking it more seriously and doing it's own investigation. The police called to invite witnesses to hearing....obviously a family pressed charges. Honestly don't know all the details with hearing since our family felt police didn't care.
GraduateofUSCHS August 30, 2013 at 04:01 pm
As a student, myself, who has graduated from USCHS, bullying has been going on for a very long time.Read More I, myself, was bullied as a student, and the only help I received was a a couple administrators, who worked in the high school, who tried to look out for me when they had time. As a result, the bullies were told to leave me alone, and the bullies made fun of me even more, figuring out I had told on them. As a result of the non-stop bullying I became depressed and tried to commit suicide. Basically, what I'm trying to say is that the school district can't always solve the bullying issues with students. Plus, since this paddling incident happened in the summer, when school was not in session, on private property, the students who did the paddling should be punished by law enforcement and they deserve the consequences that the judge gives them. l feel the students who did the paddling, will then realize that they can't just get away with verbally and physically abusing someone, and videotape it, putting it on the internet for all to see. The victims of this paddling incident, also need to be thought about. What are they going through mentally and emotionally? How is this situation effecting their everyday life? What if one or all of these students who were paddled are depressed? I'm not trying to say all these students involved are suffering from depression right now, however, this incident needs to be taken care of and each student, the paddlers and the victims need to be assessed to make sure that they are okay emotionally and mentally.
Purple Rider August 30, 2013 at 09:40 pm
Thank you for sharing your story. I am so sorry you had to go through that in high school. We areRead More very worried about the victims. There will be accountability to all those participating and in some cases just witnessing or responsible for luring. More names coming to the surface. I appreciate what the school is doing...they are sending a message.