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West Chester is one of the 14 schools where tuition is going up. (Patch file photo)
fran ginsy July 10, 2014 at 09:07 am
This continued increase is insane, college is already unaffordable to the average family, especiallyRead More with multiple kids going at once. It is unacceptable that 4 years of school equates to 10 or 15 years of debt, especially when many grads are unable to find employment with a decent wage/salary. This country gives,gives,gives to all the foreigners, illegals, criminals and lets decent, hardworking families with good kids struggle to pay for college.
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
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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
BROKEN UNION SYSTEM WITH A 1950's mentality
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
Dreaming in Cuban...Common Core pornRead More http://eagnews.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Fire-between-them.jpg
Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School, Philadelphia (Photo courtesy of Masterman)
the REAL VOICE April 27, 2014 at 07:11 am
What happened to Highest PAID Teachers COUNCIL ROCK ?
Jane April 28, 2014 at 06:05 pm
Indoctrination centers.
Tristan Fabrini May 23, 2014 at 11:51 pm
They're not the highest paid teachers. Get you're facts straight before talking smack. It only makesRead More you look stupid.
Joan April 25, 2014 at 09:01 am
As you pointed out CYS was willing to move forward with the case but were blocked by the CentreRead More County DA....so who let the abuse go on!!!!! That was in 1999 I believe...how many victims since then. How much public outcry about this lack of concern by law enforcement. Not as much as about Joe Pa. The law protects all of us. You cannot make an allegation without proof......eye witness, victim testimony. Before you make that allegation make sure your ducks are in a row other wise you will be paying the perp for slander, especially one who founded a "wonderful" charitable organization and was revered in the community he lived in. Believe me I am not saying that Joe Pa. might have done more but I am trying to make you look at the circumstances. We have taken a man who has given so many other things and accomplished so many other things and want to totally eradicate him for some vague charges against him. No legal entity has found him guilty of anything as they did the administration of PSU but his name was big therefore we just need to make him the fall guy.
George Swales April 26, 2014 at 08:26 am
Joe was more concerned about the rep. of the athletic dept. than the kids being abused by Jerry.
Steven Thompson April 28, 2014 at 07:24 am
no statue is needed to set his legacy in stone. John 8:7
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
Students1st April 21, 2014 at 08:08 pm
Country1st = K.McDonald the feminazi pedophile enabler :)
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
Fafa April 6, 2014 at 05:12 pm
Fred, don't you mean your son, Fafa? Have you ever checked just to make sure? I'm sure you haveRead More just like you did in Phoenixville.
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.
Radnor Patch ISN'T About Radnor Anymore :( April 9, 2014 at 08:03 am
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...
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
julia142 March 25, 2014 at 04:48 pm
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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.
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
Earnest February 13, 2014 at 05:00 pm
It is our PA state legislators and governors that have been failing in their execution of theirRead More State Constitutional duties to ensure that (all) children in PA receive a great education for much too long, which is why we have pockets of well performing schools and students rather that seeing across the board improvements and successes. PA politicians continue to gamble with children's lives and demonize taxpayers who work in education rather than do some of the obvious things that would not only improve academic outcomes for a much broader number of children, but also lower the cost per student. Instead they create hot button issues, because it personally benefits them and their political party. $$$$
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.
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