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Rob C July 17, 2014 at 04:40 pm
Biggest threat to kids in schools is a nut job with a bag full of weapons. Only way to have anyRead More successful defense against that is to have a select few teachers with weapons of their own that are willing to respond if such an incident were to happen. Throw them a little extra in the paycheck for the service they are providing. Much better to already have people on site ready to respond immediately and deal with the threat than to call police and wait 5 minutes for them to show, then another 5-10 minutes while they decide what to do and then end up just going in to clean up the mess when it is all done. The rest covered in the report is pretty basic and not sure why a committee had to be put together to discuss it.
Matt July 17, 2014 at 05:21 pm
Are you kidding Give teachers guns? I consider some of the teachers to be crazy.
Jason July 17, 2014 at 10:02 pm
We need ED-209's at every school.
Massachusetts was recognized for success in areas like high school graduation rates, postsecondary employment, and annual income. Credit: woodleywonderworks via Flickr
DynoMutt July 14, 2014 at 11:55 pm
Wait until the new arrivals from Guatemala are released from immigration detention and they findRead More their way to our schools. Did you hear of the new Lynn HS student. Gray hair, beard, does not speak a word of english? Not kidding folks. Just wait, your country is dying in front of your eyes.
DynoMutt July 14, 2014 at 11:58 pm
Now the rapists and murderers and gang members from Ecuador and Guatemala will be unleashed on theRead More population of MA in the coming months thanks to open borders. These Illegal petri dishes will soon be bringing back diseases which were eradicated in the US till late. Starting in the schools and working their way into your living rooms in no time. THANK YOU MR. OAFBAMA! THANK YOU!
Shanon Dahlstrom July 15, 2014 at 07:26 am
I'm glad to see more people are aware of Common Core and what comes with it. We could have debatedRead More the standards openly, like what was done during Ed Reform in the early 90s, but it was rushed through with minimal input and debate. The government pushed to add tons of strings to the standards (the testing (PARCC), teacher evalulations based on junk science of VAM, data mining of our children without our consent, waivers for No Child Left Behind), and no one who approved these standards for MA stopped and said...hhmmmmm, maybe we should find out what this costs or if these methods are proven. In fact, it is the opposite. I wish we could stop what is going on and have open and honest debate about the quality of the standards but the MA DESE seems bent on their agenda. Common Core Forum is working on stopping PARCC, creating legislation to stop Common Core and PARCC and help push education control back to local communities and parents. Look them up on Facebook and stay alert for current information, lobby days, and other meaningful agendas to help people across the state get us out from underneath Common Core and all of the strings.
Massachusetts' teen drivers are among the safest in the nation. Photo Credit: Flickr/StateFarm
Christine Millerick June 23, 2014 at 10:09 am
This is great news...congratulations to our Massachusetts teens! Safe driving will lead to betterRead More rates on your auto insurance, as will good grades (usually B or better) Would you like a quote from a local, Trusted Choice agent? http://elliotwhittier.com/get-a-quote-personal/ Thanks and keep driving safe!
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Nick Low June 21, 2014 at 11:15 am
If you think no one ever had a problem with the name you're full of it. (Of course I know you,Read More Deva, are just a racist troll). But yeah, it's not as bad as the n-word but probably about the equivalent of the word "coon" for an African-American. And let's not forget that the Redskins belong to an association that can probably make them do just about anything, as in the Donald Sterling case. Oh and anyone making Aaron Hernanadez jokes should probably just kill themselves.
brigara June 21, 2014 at 02:05 pm
The name is racist and just wrong to use. I understand the history and tradition associated with aRead More name and an organization but changing a name is about more than being PC. The National Congress of American Indians have made many statements of disapproval of the name. It is ok to reevaluate and recognize if something is in bad taste and in some cases to some it is a blatant slur. SD your comment, "Native Americans who lived on reservations wrote in to say they were NOT offended!" sounds like here say to me... I personally choose to listen to the words expressed by the collective governing boards over a few third hand opinions you might "know". I want to teach my children to respect other people and if a name for a team is disparaging or racist to a population then I want to listen to these people and respect that. I am sure we could all come up with a name that our students are worthy to wear on their shirts. This same organization has rallied to push for the change of these team names. Why do we not listen to them?? We should want our town and our children represented in the best way. I don't think with the team name we have now it represents us well at all. It actually seems quite ignorant to me to continue on with the name. http://www.changethemascot.org/ http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/redskins/2013/10/11/national-congress-american-indians-report-redskins-name/2965075/
Lawrence Lavargna June 24, 2014 at 11:30 pm
If i lived in DC I'd register both the name and logo, which is now available, open up a bar &Read More grill called Washington Redskins. The specialties would include Red skinned potato salad, Red skinned french fries etc. The potential to make a bundle is there. I'd have a clothing line with the emblem on the front and menu on the back of every shirt. To hell with the NFL and all the moonbats. I'd love them to protest...free publicity...look at Chick fillet.
The MIAA was involved in controversy over the weekend. (Matt Schooley Photo)
Tom June 12, 2014 at 05:02 pm
The MIAA has repeatedly re-scheduled during SAT and other academic events. Perhaps it will beRead More illegal soon. http://www.gazettenet.com/home/12297960-95/john-scibak-miaa-fails-test-of-educational-priorities-with-refusal-to-fix-game-conflict
Marcia Reinhagen Sullivan June 13, 2014 at 08:05 am
Fred, in the real world, taking the SAT would be the job, since they are students first and playingRead More a game would come in a distant second. The MIAA was way out of line in this.
Fred Hammer June 13, 2014 at 09:04 am
lets have mommy and daddy keep complaining why not let the kids figure it out parents keepRead More complaining
Leave RI June 2, 2014 at 09:33 am
Hahahaha..have to agree that Ru Paul and the poopflinger in the DC shithouse are just someRead More contradictions in their false Chill-cago pimp clothes. Although Moose-shell could put away some chicken and bbq it couldn't make any better of a decision then it's spouse.
Jake Raposa June 2, 2014 at 01:40 pm
Hey Tricia DiPasquale calm down with the essays. this isnt english class....ANYWAYS! haha butRead More honestly who cares if a kid has a couple of twinkies and has diabetes, its his life. wheres the freedom in america now a days? shake my head....
Paige Edwards Sullivan June 20, 2014 at 01:26 am
Federal government has to get out of the education business - we see how well they are handlingRead More healthcare (ACA/VA). Funding should not be tied to either the lunch programs or the 'Common Core' standards - (that are actually lower than what Massachusetts had in the first place). I agree schools should not be serving 'junk' but it should be up to each local DOE. Believe me if there is an issue the parents will make it known.
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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.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
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John Doe May 20, 2014 at 11:09 am
If she had actually GONE to college, she would have known this wouldn't work...LOL
Joe Viglione May 20, 2014 at 11:14 am
Why didn't she just transfer to another school and buy herself another year, or something lessRead More drastic?
Ken B. May 20, 2014 at 06:38 pm
Mom gets a "Darwin" as well for sending her all that money....Who was she writing theRead More checks to ?
Jill Abramson. Credit: Wikimedia Commons
MoonBeamWatcher May 17, 2014 at 01:33 pm
Ms. Abramson showed great class - the students should show some as well by not showing up. ExcellentRead More opportunity to prove they have been taught "SHAME", "HONOR" and "INTEGRITY"!
mardi sawyer May 17, 2014 at 04:03 pm
The libs just don't like anyone with a different opinion! Liberalism is a disease and must beRead More eradicated!
Waverly Watchdog May 19, 2014 at 01:09 pm
This is an object lesson in Liberal/Progressive HYPOCRACY. The Left continuously propagandizes theRead More 'War on Women'. Hardly a day goes by when Obama or Reid don't spout that bogus, nonsenseical claim. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The REAL war on women comes from Sharia Law. Ms. Ayaan Hirsi Ali has seen it's horrors FIRST HAND. But the ostriches of the Progressive Left don't WANT TO HEAR things that go against their world view. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Exactly the same thing applies to the kidnapped school kids, to be sold as sex slaves, by Islamic Radicals. The Twitter campaign by 'celebs' and the beautiful people, like Michelle Obama, is simply ludicrous. Calling a radical terrorist a pussycat, does NOT make it a pussycat... no matter HOW hard you wish it. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- And now, the NYT, the self-proclaimed paper of record, and a Progressive stronghold, has outed it's first woman Editor. I'd bet she now has a lot of things to say about the REAL war on women.... FROM THE LEFT
Massachusetts students ranked among the highest in the nation on a tabulation of education testing. Credit: FindTheBest.com
Myron Dittmer May 25, 2014 at 09:19 am
We need to get the Washington bureaucrats out of the education business! All they are good for isRead More too make things more bureaucratic and to serve their own needs and agendas. It's tough enough dealing with local and state bureaucrats. Get rid of the federal DOE! Remember that "Common Core" means mediocrity. Mass doesn't need it!
Amy Buttiglieri May 25, 2014 at 09:39 am
The key to winning is to give people something to fight FOR. In Massachusetts, it's MCAS. MCAS hasRead More raised our state to tops in the world, not just the US. As a parent, I want the best for my children - let me fight to keep MCAS. See the psychology of it?
Wind Dummy 25 May 25, 2014 at 08:11 pm
Myron gets it. Imagine all those hacks who are likely out of their fields, forming curriculum? ThisRead More can't be good. Back to parent teacher principle vice principle and neighbors with kids leading the way in appropriate discussions. Not more radom studies that categorize students and eat recourses.
Iron Mike May 4, 2014 at 07:36 am
This “List of Shame” is yet another ploy by the BIG-Govt Obama Cartel to force collegesRead More to hire more campus cops, - more trauma counselors, - and to pay for more abortions. In other words, this is more wealth redistribution, - more govt jobs, - more Democratic votes. Their report DID NOT include the common-sense idea of making rape a mandatory 30-year no-parole sentence.
Bob May 5, 2014 at 10:03 am
I guess colleges and Universities is where the real war on women is being raged!
Mark Chulsky May 6, 2014 at 11:47 am
Maybe it's time to investigate DOE for assault on common sense.
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.
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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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.
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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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