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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!
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tandmottman February 24, 2014 at 08:23 pm
I must be reading this differently than the previous posts. In my mind, lower spending combined withRead More positive test scores and achievements equals effective use of budget. Cheers to Tolland teachers, BOE and parents who appear to collaborate effectively. Keep up the great work!
C. Alexander February 24, 2014 at 08:56 pm
I read it the same way as you tandmottman.
Miss Mary Mack February 28, 2014 at 11:04 am
Tammy couldn't have said it better!!
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/
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Avery Schlacter January 31, 2014 at 11:29 am
Thanks for this, I've been looking around for places with good child care. My friend suggested aRead More place like this for me that can really help out with child care. <a href='http://www.rainbowschoolinc.com/services.html' > http://www.rainbowschoolinc.com/services.html </a>
robert abbate January 15, 2014 at 09:51 am
You go Sam! a Breathe of Fresh air with these discussions, holding both sides accountable for theirRead More actions, words and comments during the budget cycle is important.
Steven Jones January 15, 2014 at 03:03 pm
A lot of new faces all around, ready to not only to work together, but also actively reach out toRead More their neighbors and fellow residents of Tolland to produce a fair, honest budget. A budget that maintains the property values, public safety/infrastructure, and educational excellence that has continuously made Tolland one of the fastest growing small towns in Connecticut.
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Jim Hayes January 11, 2014 at 08:17 pm
I truly believe that the whole true is not in any one who wholes an elected office. Now could thatRead More be 100% accurate, I hope not but I am probably not far off. I remember not to long ago that after a budget was past, all of a sudden they was extra money that was never revealed to the public. Was it a mistake or just maybe it was on purpose. What the public doesn't know wouldn't hurt them. Lets not tell them everything. Lets do what ever it takes to get it passed......And of course the high the ladder you go the more lies that come out, or maybe I should less truths. So I do not trust any one who has control over anything. Maybe I am mistaken with regards to you and if I am sorry. But that is how I feel and don't think for a minute that I am alone. We are mad about so much in your town, state and country.
Steven Jones January 13, 2014 at 05:35 pm
I'm lad the BOE has taken point to expanding public dialogue, discussion, and cooperation withRead More residents through these workshops. The lengths they are going through (especially considering many of our neighbors serving on this board for the first time) to improve involvement and the communication of all the facts to residents before the budget referendum is both daunting and commendable. The town does not have the exact same BOE members as 2 years ago. 5 of 9 members are working in this volunteer position for the first time, and one is only serving for the second time since being elected. I hope everyone in town gives this mostly new BOE, as well as our Town Council and other Boards/Commissions with new members a chance to work towards maintaining Tolland's high-academic achievement, and to take actions that will keep our community a safe, economically vibrant town that new and old residents can proudly call their home.
Steven Jones January 15, 2014 at 07:12 am
Tolland High School. Photo Credit: Chris Dehnel
Miranda December 9, 2013 at 09:04 pm
Is there any information about what plans are being shared at that meeting so residents go into theRead More meeting knowing the ideas before hand. I won't be able to attend the meeting on Thursday, but I do want to share some concerns with residents. I am concerned about the total capacity of the schools. At the last meeting, I asked how DRA got the numbers for their total capacity. At Birch Grove they had put 25 children to a classroom. This led DRA to show that Birch Grove was under utilizing its space. 25 children is not only a large class, but also not conducive to good instruction. 22, the current class size for 1st Grade is also not conducive to good instruction. As we consider spaces for our children to learn, I hope we insure that we have the space to provide class sizes that allow for excellent instruction and intervention. Secondly I would really like to see the principals involved endorsing some of the suggestions that are being made. They are wonderful experts in growing learners. I would love to see what an ideal school breakdown, given the financial constraints our town faces, is to them. Please provide the principals with an opportunity to share their views on the plans being made. I want to know what the pros/cons are from their perspective.
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MAC December 9, 2013 at 01:31 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
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Gerri Tripp November 15, 2013 at 08:55 am
Auto-correct overlooked the author's use of "they day" in place of "the day" inRead More the second to last sentence... Nancy is also correct in that the scrawl people use as signatures these days mean that legal documents could possibly be easily forged. I know a lot of people who look upon their signature scribbles with a certain amount of pride (like a doctor's handwriting), but, seriously, any 2 year old could reproduce it.
Ken Krupa November 15, 2013 at 10:18 am
As for signatures, even an illiterate person can make his "X", and that will do. So aRead More printed signature should suffice as well. Even printing is distinctive from one person to the next. And it's a rare person and situation where forgery would be of any real concern. As for being able to read older documents, try reading something really old now. It may be beautiful to look at, but very laborious to read. And how about historical words that look like "Congreffs" to us now. Things change. My wife has beautiful cursive. But reading her shopping list is an effort, while I can read my printing at a glance.
cora November 15, 2013 at 11:22 pm
WOW! I just think of how much quicker I can cursive write than print. It would be much moreRead More difficult to take notes in classes. Also, I do feel someone's penmanship actually is a personal expression that would be lost. I so appreciate and enjoy great penmanship. It would be very, very sad to loose such an important part of out language and culture. To me it is a basic...a must.
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James Gifford November 10, 2013 at 11:58 am
Common Core reduces education to a by-the-numbers, beat-the-test drill whose only advantage is thatRead More it can be conducted by even the least skilled and capable teachers. The tremendous amount of overhead, oversight and administration adds little to the end result. The focus on subjects that lend themselves to rote learning and numerical analysis greatly shortchanges students in the many subjects that are not so rigid and numbers-based. It's a feel-good, marching-moron coping strategy for an education system that has forgotten what education means. For all the flaws, CT is one of the last states with a decent education system, and we should reject this groupthink nonsense intended for states that have let their education systems crumble, in favor of a strong, student-focused system based on what education used to represent.