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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!
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/
FriendlyCritic January 22, 2014 at 09:17 am
"Danbury High School, which starts its exam week today, announced Tuesday the exams will startRead More Thursday if school canceled Wednesday." Thanks for the clear, concise writing here, Mark.
karin744 January 11, 2014 at 12:33 pm
Norma doesn't believe that school administrators and teachers feed from the same taxpayers' troughRead More and enjoy the monopoly both have in our "education" system. http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d09/tables/dt09_182.asp In constant inflation adjusted 2008 dollars the amount spent per pupil in 1960 was $3,394; in 2007 it was $12,463. 6/25/13 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/25/oecd-education-report_n_3496875.html “The United States spends more than other developed nations on its students' education each year.” It spent more than $11,000 per elementary student in 2010 and more than $12,000 per high school student. She knows, but is playing naïve.
Norma January 11, 2014 at 01:35 pm
Administrators are NOT union
karin744 January 12, 2014 at 07:49 am
Didn't say they were union, but they "feed from the same taxpayer's trough" and share theRead More blame for the utter failure of our "education" system and, decade after decade, don't do a dam&^d thing about it: -9/24/12 http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/… "SAT Reading Scores Are the Lowest They've Been in 40 Years" -10/9/13 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-24433320 ‘England's young adults trail world in literacy and math”: A major study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) of 24 industrialized nations shows that England ranks 21st. The U. S. ranks 24th, the last on the list. But why should democrats and the unions care? They've got a profitable racket going: http://www.opensecrets.org/org... Top All-Time Donors, 1989-2012) -The National Education Association (largest government teachers’ union) gave $43,613,263: 71% went to democrats, 5% to Republicans. -The American Federation of Teachers (second largest government teachers’ unions) gave $34,698,466: 86% went to democrats, 0% to Republicans. 6/25/13 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/25/oecd-education-report_n_3496875.html “The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development – which groups the world's most developed countries – writes in its annual education report that brand-new and experienced teachers alike in the United States out-earn most of their counterparts around the globe.” ---------- And the kids be dam&ed.
The University of Connecticut is embarking on a process to create a new master plan for its campus. Credit: Corey Fyke
MAC December 27, 2013 at 02:53 pm
More and more people are fleeing CT for more welcoming and prosperousRead More states!.................................................................. It's bad in CT (and the nation as a whole) for college grads trying to get a job, and spending more MILLIONS of $$$$ the taxpayers don't have, on NON-ESSENTIALS like this "look and feel" of UCONN is not going to remedy the hostile business and jobs environment created by OVERTAXING and OVERSPENDING by a bloated government!!!............................................................ Malloy, PBO and all the other big TAXING and over regulating types are NOT the answer! They just take more OUT of the productive sector, the private sector, and preserve their own bureaucracy, creating more government jobs and giving them cushy benefits and RAISES!!................................................... See this for what's wrong with our state's governance, causing high unemployment:............................................................... "A Tea Party response to Malloy," by Bob MacGuffie .................... http://www.journalinquirer.com/opinion/other_columnists/a-tea-party-response-to-malloy/article_b647fae4-55c4-11e3-8845-0019bb2963f4.html
karin744 December 29, 2013 at 08:26 am
For democrats it's a win-win formula: workers -- the ones who pay taxes -- tend to not voteRead More democrat; the welfare class overwhelmingly votes democrat. The result is that workers flee and, because Connecticut offers the most welfare benefits, welfare seekers move to Connecticut = more democrat voters. 8/20/13 http://dailycaller.com/2013/08/20/study-welfare-pays-more-than-work-in-most-states/ The District of Columbia, Massachusetts and Connecticut have the next more generous welfare benefits. D.C. welfare recipients can earn $24.43 per hour. In Massachusetts they can get $24.30 per hour. In Connecticut welfare recipients can receive $21.33 per hour. Democrats are using the same "buy the votes with welfare" scheme at the national level -- that's the "change" they seek. They will do anything to retain power and impose their utopia on all of us. Ben Franklin: "When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic."
karin744 December 29, 2013 at 08:31 am
"...look and feel..." I know one thing: our universities look and feel like an arm ofRead More the democrat party: -3/29/05 Washington Post: 72% of higher education teachers are liberal, 15% conservative; at elite schools 87% are liberal, 13% conservative. -2/7/11 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/08/scienc… 80 percent of psychology professors are Democrats, outnumbering Republicans by nearly 12 to 1. -April 2012 report on American universities http://www.nas.org/images/documents/A_Cr… “In some areas it [liberal dominance] is so extreme that it amounts to virtual exclusion of any but left-of-center faculty members.” -5/20/12 L. A. Times: “At the University of California at Berkeley the ratio of Democrats to Republicans even in the hard sciences had grown to 10 to 1 in 2004, many times what it was 30 years ago...” “In the humanities and social sciences the ratios were 17 to 1 and 21 to 1, respectively.” -5/21/13 http://www.campusreform.org/blog/?ID=4763: Not a single conservative was invited to speak at Ivy League commencement events in 2013; of the top 100 universities listed by U.S. News and World Report 62 chose liberal speakers versus 17 conservatives; in 2012 96% of their political contributions for president went to Obama. Joseph Stalin: “Education is a weapon whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.”
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MAC December 9, 2013 at 01:22 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
Help Danbury High School students spread the word about safe driving, perhaps win $100,000 for the school by collecting the most votes in the country and win a concert in Danbury by Grammy Award Winner Kelly Clarkson.
g October 26, 2013 at 03:05 pm
If students don't know texting while driving is extremely dangerous, we have failed to educate them.Read More As to "teacher supported" ... if that means we are paying teachers to promote this program, then we are losing money, and every school district that doesn't win is losing money. The solution could be to teach our children appropriately, and not to gamble like this with their time.
Mark Langlois (Editor) October 26, 2013 at 05:45 pm
Hi G, This isn't Only about not texting and driving. I think the police have that one on theirRead More radar. This is about driving better. When people vote, they're asked questions about driving and that gives them better driving tips. The old-school, keep your hands at 10 and 2 has given way to 9 and 3. Ten and 2 is out since airbags cause hand and shoulder injuries. Another tip was what does 2n2 mean, and it means two eyes on the road and two hands on the wheel. The teachers who support this are teaching kids modern marketing, advertising and promotion techniques, such as using social media to get the message out. You and I are engaging in modern marketing right now. Thanks, Mark in Danbury.
g October 27, 2013 at 11:48 am
Well Mark, I plead guilty to not being a fan of social most social media. I'd approve the schoolRead More board spending $100,000 IF the schools don't enter contests for cash. I'd rather have the focus on safety, or teaching, than trying to win a relatively small cash contest (with respect to the size of the school district budget).