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Clockwise from top left: Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman, Chalrlie Day, Laverne Cox, Capt. Richard Phillips and Michael Bloomberg.
Robert Norwood April 12, 2014 at 08:14 am
You can bet Ayaan Hirsi Ali won't be speaking at any of these higher institutions of liberal leftRead More hypocrisy. Too bad Che Guevara and Hugo Chavez aren't available.
Bob April 12, 2014 at 06:31 pm
Robert - amazing isn't it? She is speaking out against women being mutilated and for getting themRead More educated and the left hates her! Flipping up side down country we now live in! PC gone haywire. Let's not offend the practitioners of the cult that kills thousands of their own people over religion and shoot a little girl in the face because she wants an education!
malcolm nichols April 14, 2014 at 07:49 am
Amherst College?
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Martha Magee March 23, 2014 at 08:32 am
You New Englanders really need to learn how to chill. Except for Prometheus. Prometheus is alreadyRead More cool. I say ban all shoes altogether. Require humans to walk barefoot on the Earth in the sunshine for a minimum of 1 hr a day and reconnect to Mother Nature. The problem is not flipflops. In fact, flipflops are a step in the right direction. The real problem is materialism ~ the disconnect with Nature.
Merry Christmas March 23, 2014 at 04:42 pm
I wear flip flops. Their especially good when you go to court because the judge likes people whoRead More dress well
Dark star March 26, 2014 at 08:49 pm
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Steven Sadowski April 15, 2014 at 09:47 am
Joe: Actually, you are sort of correct. Public Education was founded by English settlers and itRead More did mostly focus on the Bible. So far so good. BUT, there were two schools of thought (pardon the pun) on public education: the English view that education had a responsibility to conform the individual to the collective (as you described) and the Dutch version which educated based upon individual needs. To this day, the Dutch have a workable and very successful voucher system where parents choose where to send their kids and competition creates efficiency and excellence. I believe they are #1 in the world? Outside of New York, the Dutch had very little influence in the New World and so we got stuck with the English view on public education which is that the individual must conform to the ideals of the collective. In the old days that was religion, but now, that is the state. I completely agree with your criticisms of NCLB. I don't know, maybe you're so indoctrinated in the two party system that any criticism of Obama automatically means the other person must be a republican, so whip out the Bush card? It would be nice to have a discussion that did not involve the same old tired finger pointing based upon political parties and just solve the problem, which is that testing as a means of determining quality of schools would not need to exist if school choice and competition allowed parents to support whichever school they felt gave their child the best educational outcomes. In lieu of such choices, we are stuck with these idiotic barometers that teachers hate and parents loathe.
Joe Beckmann April 15, 2014 at 11:30 am
While it's refreshing that you know about the colonial foundation, and your observations about theRead More Dutch system are interesting (actually it's the Finnish system with the highest scores, until, at least, the Chinese really get into it). But my view of public education is Horace Mann's (neither British nor Dutch, nor colonial). The justification for public funds for education is to create a public - a community with some common skills (largely interpersonal and career, less academic and data driven). That means that public schools are a public investment to assure all generations that the youngest can join a culture of success. This "magic" of school choice merely re-frames the segregation of pre-civil rights with a penumbra of "individual rights," a false kind of consumerism. In fact, there has always been "school choice," and private and parochial schools have always offered an option to those who either paid or took vows. For that matter, I personally think Secretary Duncan is one of the worst possible representatives of "educational change," and that testing, while a worthwhile means of documenting curricular impact, is an abysmal means to "evaluate students." Any 7 year old now knows that any standardized question is online via google, and dismisses the utility of putting such junk in their head. They're not all right, but...they're not all wrong either.
Steven Sadowski April 15, 2014 at 04:01 pm
Joe: It is a half truth that educational choice exists in this country. Property taxes are taken,Read More whether you send your kids to private school, or homeschool. You have zero choice to pay property taxes. If you don't, your home goes to land court and you lose your home. It is coercion. A regular family is stuck sending their kids to the town's public school because they can't afford to eat the taxes AND pay tuition. Instead, only the top earners can afford to pay the town "vig." and send their kids to a private school on top of that. The private schools then have to charge a higher tuition since they have to make budget through higher prices as opposed to higher numbers/volume. This in turn creates a viscous cycle of only the rich being able to attend private schools and further cements a caste system of elitism based on income. Furthermore, where one lives can determine where one ends up in life. A student, for example, on the Lawrence/Andover line could have an entirely different existence depending upon their zip code. I am luck we live in Westford, but I could have easily lived in Chelmsford. Same area, different schools. There should be a voucher system so that parents could send their kids wherever best fit their needs. I think your way f public education creates segregation, not the other way around, because the rich tony towns have their great schools and the poor towns are stuck, unless they can have a Charter school, but those are sometimes given by lottery. I agree that testing is not a good metric for evaluating students en masse. In the classroom to insure you know the material, yes, but as a blanket test to determine compliance or aptitude, no.
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John Teets April 22, 2014 at 01:14 pm
DynoMutt said - "By the way Mr. Hunt, MLK Jr. espoused hard work andRead More responsibility/accountability and stable families for blacks in the US." Unfortunately, Mr. King (he plagiarized his doctoral thesis) was a serial adulterer just like many young men now - so stable families? Hardly. I agree he said some good things, but a man is better evaluated based upon what he DOES, not based upon what he SAYS. His life spoke so loudly it reallt is hard to take anything he said as authentic. I mean, he even stole the "Dream" speech.
commonsense April 22, 2014 at 05:15 pm
Janine, My cable show is out of Beverly, MA. It is called "What's Happening". We are notRead More yet on Youtube, but coming soon.
commonsense April 22, 2014 at 05:17 pm
We are going to be doing more shows on Common Core soon. For information on CC, look on the PioneerRead More Institute website. It is very informative and will give you reasons to fight against CC and PARCC testing.
Tina Mqs February 27, 2014 at 02:11 pm
now *THATS* what we need to see here! thanks!
Brenda February 27, 2014 at 04:42 pm
Natick parents cared about the 2 school meetings this week, which Patch ignored and did not cover.Read More We do NOT care that Wilmington is getting a new high school! How about some school news that is actually happening in Natick?
Heizenburg February 27, 2014 at 05:54 pm
What's in Nebraska? You are!✈️
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Linda Kollett February 27, 2014 at 09:00 am
Why did you use BC when Williams is number 1 and of course in Massachusetts?
Laura February 27, 2014 at 09:41 am
Maura, you're right - it is now a picture of Gasson Hall. But the picture that was originally postedRead More with the article was St Ignatius Church. The editor, Liz Taurazi, changed it to an on-campus picture in response to my post. And Linda, I'm a big fan of BC (my husband worked there for many years and my son graduated from there), I'm also confused why they didn't choose a picture of Williams or one of the other top-four schools.....??
Maura Kenney February 27, 2014 at 09:46 am
Laura, good point!
Sunny February 26, 2014 at 05:43 pm
I don't want anymore 40B housing in Chelmsford on Littleton Rd. There are too apartment dwellingsRead More (one burnt down to ground even though the fire station was less than a mile away), condos, and trailer park (sorry that taxes as permanent housing). Now, Chelmsford Crossing (40B) is in the future. Who's going to live there? Not Chelmsford senior citizens on the waiting list or layoff Chelmsford citizens but outsiders? Problem families with troubled kids. Chelmsford should get assigned social worker. Note: Westford / Chelmsford town line is another 40B, Princeton Apartments.
Steven Sadowski February 27, 2014 at 08:09 am
Bob: I think this is a fair article that takes in both of our POV's:Read More http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/21/business/21admin.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
John f caruso February 27, 2014 at 11:33 am
Does this mean that if any kid feels like he is bullied he can get suspended and we pay them to goRead More to school even at home. Does this that the total of kids say 100 in a district the school get the monies for their education but if the kids drop out of this also who gets the monies. Sounds like unfounded and back door tax payers tax on the monies. Sounds like say a school in boston that is mismanaged by management could reap profits when and if the students rebel and don't go to school. This sounds great but seems just another way to tax the taxpayer after all the poor people do not have the monies to tax so it is another middle class sham.
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Sarah Rose November 11, 2013 at 08:26 am
In actuality, Common Core standards are not more rigorous than the best in the nation MassRead More standards, and they actually eliminate much math instruction that leads to higher level math courses in high school and college Read what the only mathematician on the CC validation committee said about why he didn't sign off on the standards (http://parentsacrossamerica.org/james-milgram-on-the-new-core-curriculum-standards-in-math/). AND they are developmentally inappropriate for the lower grades based on Piaget's widely accepted cognitive development theory (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/11/09/why-young-kids-are-struggling-with-common-core-math/). The Standards were not internationally benchmarked (http://pioneerinstitute.org/blog/blog-education/blog-common-core/common-core-was-neither-internationally-benchmarked-nor-state-led/) and the only data and research used to back up the standards are two reports actually written by the same DC think tank that wrote the standards. Hardly unbiased and legitimate research and data. As for National Continuity, about 2% of students move from one school district to another in any given year, and most of those move within their own state. And lowering our state standards to account for this movement is not a great cost-benefit in any case. Bringing standards down for all students in order to accommodate the students from other districts moving in is ludicrous. In addition to these concerns are the use of data collection agencies for test scores and our children's privacy and how much money the state will have to pony up for all the new CC aligned textbooks, testing and technology needed for testing. CC adoption was required for qualification for Race to the Top funds from the federal government, so of course there was wide adoption, because the adoption was required for those funds before the standards were even written. CC may help lower performing states, but it will pull down high performing Mass in a Race to the Middle. Do your research, and let your school officials know how you feel.
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Margaret Carr September 18, 2013 at 07:44 am
Congrats to Mr. Reilly, but why does this get a headline?
Jim Patton September 18, 2013 at 10:07 am
Because good news deserves a headline once in a while. Best to you Mr. Reilly!
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KAS August 28, 2013 at 03:48 pm
It doesn't seem like the criteria is changing at all it seems like Westwood was ranked lower becauseRead More of student performance and a few other factors. If you look at the data of the schools ranked above Westwood a few things pop out: -90% of Westwood students score 3-5 on AP exams versus much higher scores from the schools ranked 1 through 20 -SAT scores in Westwood are almost 50 points lower in each category than many of schools ranked 1 through 20 -Teacher to student ratio is higher than most other schools ranked 1 through 20 (per pupil cost is lower than schools 1 through 20 as well) -Grade 8 math and science scores in Westwood are troubling (particularly science in Westwood at 59). Westwood school leaders should look into this. Generally speaking all of the massachusetts schools are underperforming in Math and Science. We need to be more competitive with international students when it comes to Math and Science. Regarding Medfield--if I were a parent in that town I would be really concerned about the test scores of Medfield students in the lower grades. It looks like Medfield HS students are high performing versus the younger students who are consistently lower performing. I personally would be pushing the school leaders for answers on the downward trend. I realize that many people will argue that test scores aren't a good measure of success. While this may be the case, we need to have some way to compare all massachusetts schools to one another and test scores are currently the only effective way to do that.
WW Resident August 28, 2013 at 05:29 pm
86.7% going on to college is high but I thought WHS usually had a higher statistic than that.Read More Rankings are always interesting to look at (and should be looked at), but there can be so many factors that influence the results of those schools at the top of the list: Regarding the AP scores, maybe WHS is more lenient with AP class enrollment compared to other towns? Or other towns discourage the weaker AP students from taking the AP test, thereby inflating their 3+ statistic?
WW Resident June 28, 2013 at 11:55 am
The first sentence should indicate this is for high school students only. Elementary and middleRead More school students had no change for their bus transportation fee.