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Charlie Cheswick July 3, 2014 at 12:34 pm
Agreed. While the rantings of caps-lock crazed conservatives whose sources are links to otherRead More ranting conservatives might make a compelling argument, consulting with your pediatrician is probably the wiser choice...
Laura July 3, 2014 at 01:26 pm
"Caps-lock crazed conservatives" ??? Come on now Charlie. That's not nice.
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Patricia Stack July 1, 2014 at 09:16 pm
This app is a MUST HAVE for college bound students and their parents! It simplifies and defines theRead More entire college application process! Thank you Ms. Portnoy!
Christopher Wendt July 17, 2014 at 09:08 am
Look at the acceptance and enrollment numbers...Hofstra is in trouble, has been in trouble, wellRead More ahead of the decision to make SAT scores optional. This decision was a purely defensive move, to get butts into seats. Declining enrollment that has infested LI public school districts is now spreading to the local college level. Dowling may not survive because of declining enrollment. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The good news, if you want to call it that, declining local college enrollment will force a consolidation of the market, closing campuses and entire schools that cannot get butts into seats, and in the bargain, driving down the cost of a local college education. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ As far as lowering quality, yes that will be inevitable for schools that ease-off entrance qualifications. But that is not bad, because a growing number of would-be students do not really need a college education, and others do not need a top-shelf college education. Think of the difference between lawyers who will eventually go to Harvard Law and then to Washington DC or Wall Street, as compared to lawyers known as ambulance chasers, and those engaged in matrimonial and real estate practices versus all those interested in the law but not qualified to become actual lawyers and who will become paralegals. Like that.
GM Roberts July 20, 2014 at 11:55 am
To think this action is lowering standards and/or promoting a non-competitive paradigm is missingRead More the point that tests like the SAT or ACT are a very specific and narrow type of measurement and they can't gage the many different types of learning and manifested knowledge. A predominantly right-brained person does not usually do well with these more left-brained skewed tests, but their intelligence and skills are as valuable in the real world outside of academia. The fact that there is an entire industry devoted to tutoring students to learn HOW to take these tests should be a warning that the test results are not necessarily an indicator of acquired knowledge in its broadest meaning. These schools are not lowering entrance qualifications, they are including other forms of achievement-based criteria that don't necessarily lower quality but broaden what it means to be "educated." This seems to me to be a better reflection of reality as there are many different types of intelligence and not all can validly be tested on paper.
Christopher Wendt July 20, 2014 at 09:26 pm
@ GM Roberts: this deals with admission decisions into a college, and, specifically, with the SATRead More and ACT, not any other tests "like the SAT or ACT". Prospective students may continue to submit SAT and ACT scores for consideration. Likewise, this is specific to Hofstra, not "these schools", and your assertion that Hofstra is not lowering entrance requirements fails on examination of the number of students who actually matriculate at Hofstra despite a much larger number of acceptance letters having been sent out. Hofstra needs students, not just to be accepted, but to enroll, attend, and pay tuition. Lowering their standards (by making submission of SAT and ACT scores optional) would be one convenient way to attract less qualified prospects who are not just using Hofstra as their safety school, but who will actually attend Hofstra when accepted. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Failing to get student butts into seats would put Hofstra at risk, as Dowling College presently is. If Hofstra does not increase its enrollment, then the discussion of lowering standards will have become purely academic, as others discuss building a roller derby rink or ATV course, or affordable housing at the site of the former Hofstra University.
EG June 26, 2014 at 03:40 pm
School isn't supposed to be day care. People need to pay for their own day care.
Debbie Forsyth June 27, 2014 at 01:17 am
@GW6----Teachers do NOT get paid for the summer. They get paid for a 180 day school year. The Dept.Read More Of Education decided to dole it out in 24 payments. Some schools in other counties in NYS have the option of getting paid in 20 payments or 24 payments. It's still the same annual salary divided by different numbers. Comes out the same either way. You get vacation time and it's part of your salary, not extra vacation pay, am I right?
Sticks60 June 27, 2014 at 03:05 pm
No matter how the money goes out they get paid in Smithtown, on average, $100,000 with a benefitRead More package of almost $40,000. So maybe there should be a little more time spent working in the summer and making it more of a full time job like the rest of us seeing they get paid like us.
Deborah B. June 12, 2014 at 09:03 am
... and I agree that college is not for everyone. That is yet another reason why almost myopicRead More emphasis on ELA and math (and associated testing) -- to the near exclusion of just about everything else and its drain on financial resources -- is detrimental to our children.
dan June 13, 2014 at 08:57 am
Re: so what is the real agenda behind cc? Answer " an education economy. United StatesRead More secretary Duncan when building " race to the top" created it with investors. It was spearheaded by investors not educators . Rather than investing in low income schools with race to the top funds, they sought a return on their investment. With the agenda being creating a economy . The first education economy in history. What we are seeing is a new historical precedent. There are billions to be made in this field of education.
Jane L June 14, 2014 at 08:54 am
The agenda has little to with increasing educational standards and everything to do with getting ourRead More children to conform. To have them learn to do things the same way and not challenge the status quo. It's like the patriot act of learning. It gets them comfortable with submission. Years ago, teachers had to teach to their students modality... Some kids are audio learners, some visual, some tactile. The Core forces teachers to teach one way and forces the kids to regurgitate it the same way with no allowances for thinking outside the box to solve/answer questions. That's just WRONG. Our children are individuals and not robots. I fully support increasing standards. This is not the way. And for those who want to compare us to China and Japan, why? We have enough suicides at NYU. I want well rounded children who aren't expected to be perfect. Please see Matt Kibbe's commentary on Freedomworksforme.org. Thx
peter s. June 9, 2014 at 03:15 pm
How about teaching them spelling and grammar? Geography and History would also be good for them toRead More learn. So many children complete school while lacking in basic skills.
Skinny June 10, 2014 at 07:57 am
I'd like to see CPR and AED training offered as an elective. I agree with Mark's suggestion that ALLRead More kids take business math. There are too many economically illiterates exiting HS and college.
Aidan June 11, 2014 at 11:23 am
STOP asking schools to do everything … their primary mission has already been compromised byRead More the insertion of every possible social remedy into the school day.
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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
Edward F Moore May 24, 2014 at 07:48 am
My Father “The American Soldier”: My Father the American Solder is the closest man toRead More God I know. He was there to give me birth. He protected me as I grew to man hood. He sheltered my body and feed my soul and provided for my every need. He put his own Life and Liberty on the front battle field of war for his family. He became my Closest Friend and Mentor. He taught me Love by example and spoke very few words of love. He worked humbly in the factories of Life and bowed down to no man. He did not seek wealth or power but the joy of a smiling face from the Children. He never told a lie as he feared no man and sort no dishonest gain. He simply taught by example the simple truth of the Gospel. My Father The American Soldier: He lived a Life that said in deed. Take care of your family, your friends, and your fellow man and ask no thing in return; be there for them when they need you and be strong, give to the day you leave this Earth. My father the soldier simply puts in deed what most of us put in Words. My father the Soldier like Christ on the Cross simply heals and transforms the world by taking on the suffering burden of his fellow man, his family, his friends, and his whole world. My father the Soldier like Christ the son so loved his fellow man that he takes upon him-self his suffering and through his own Faith, Courage, Love bears this burden until his father in Heaven brings him Home. My Father The American Soldier: Those that equate the American Soldier with the terrorist who kill women and children while they commit human suicide have no understanding of the American Soldier, his history, and have never, been loved by the American Soldier. To protect the weak and the un-armed, to put him-self in arms way with the goal of returning home; back to his family, his Nation, his freedom. My father the American Soldier knows that he is the one that stands tall as a wall to protect, his family and the environment; his world where his family, his Children live and play, His Nation. My father the American Soldier understands that the wave of destruction must be stopped before it reaches his Home Land. My father the American Soldier understands that once these people on foreign land get a taste of Love and Freedom, they too, like the American Soldier will stand tall and spread the gospel of love, peace and freedom by their own example. As they too will want to preserve these LIVING SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES of LIFE, INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY and FAMILY HAPPLYNESS for their CHILDREN. THE BOTTOM LINE THE AMERICAN SOLDIER IS THE TRUE FATHER OF OUR NATION. God bless these Men.
GLENN May 24, 2014 at 01:35 pm
Stony Brook is about 90% Asian they should accept other races too!
DeerParklifer May 21, 2014 at 02:38 pm
U are assuming all this. Sex offenders have to register, we will get a flier in the mail notifyingRead More us of this if it was to happen. That part of DP needs to be freshened up.
scoobyd8282 May 22, 2014 at 02:35 pm
@DeerParkLifer ... obviously you don't live within the vicinity of the Washington School or youRead More would be as livid as those of us that do are. What's a flier letting me know a child molester has moved in next door to me going to do? Is that going to stop them from accosting my children? Obviously not. Did you even attend any of the meetings where they spoke about this for the past 3 months? Let's see what school the school board wants to sell next, since they obviously cannot balance a damn budget. Not only are we loosing an emergency shelter, AIRMed field, but we are also creating more traffic down Commack Rd which is NOT needed. I wish the people that voted for the sale would've actually taken the time to go to a meeting or read the budget and see that this is all BS - Let's talk at the next budget when another building will need to be sold because the board can't manage it.
DeerParklifer May 22, 2014 at 02:50 pm
I voted against the sale of the school. In the past when u get a flier alerting you that of theseRead More animals will be living by you call the town. If enough people complain they will move them. I did this a few years back. The DP schools also want to sell/rent Lincoln on W15, right next to a packed May Moore. Maybe with that $5 million the schools get they will reduce our taxes, lol!!!
Theresa Flora May 27, 2014 at 11:40 am
I heard city teachers talking about a third party candidate. This isn't shocking. LiberalsRead More cannot, under any circumstances, vote for a prolifer. It really all boils down to that one issue. The whole charter school debate will be the stated reason they can't back Astorino, but some know better. I hate the idea Astorino scrubbed his charters school ideas from his website, because they weren't gonna vote for him anyway. Stand firm by your beliefs, Astorin. No waffling. If you're gonna go down, go down proud.
Theresa Flora May 27, 2014 at 11:41 am
Oh, and I'm sure Cuomo is gonna do right by the union. Those assessments will get untied to evalsRead More one way or another.
Theresa Flora May 28, 2014 at 07:20 pm
Yo, "Say No": here comes Ravitch. When she came to Fox Lane to speak, I was against it.Read More Hated it. For SO many reasons. Called her a book shill. And now I see a NY Daily News piece that she's being courted by Working Families. I'm not shocked. They (the Left) need...no, NEED, someone besides Cuomo, and definitely besides Astorino. He's too Tea Party-ish. C'mon! Where are you?? You have all these blog posts.... the poetry thingy...probably cursive too.... Come back!!! Please tell me I've been right all along.
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J April 30, 2014 at 10:17 am
Yik yak is awesome, its the kids who are using it that are not. There is no issue with the app justRead More the people using it.
Mels Ditties April 30, 2014 at 11:21 am
J...What is the positive objective of the app?...
Krista Cole April 30, 2014 at 01:30 pm
J, Awesome or not, it's being "used" for a really bad purpose. I say to the school: Get aRead More firewall and block the ports of Yik Yak--just like you block hackers, people. Then, hire a Java guy, who will come in and give a talk to the science classes on Java development and hold a contest for creating a Java application that does the most good to solve a REAL community issue. Hold a MySkoolTechAwards Show and sell tickets to pay for prizes and for the network firewall router. ;-) DONE.
ergodic May 10, 2014 at 01:01 pm
For those who missed it, the above Kindergarten story was mentioned in a recent Esquire article.Read More Following are some excerpts: “…, a writer at HigherEd and education expert, highlighted the most egregious example of it all this week. Attributing it to the rigors of standardized test reform, a New York school got rid of an annual show put on by Kindergartners. When asked why it was cancelled, the school’s principal and four teachers wrote that it didn’t prepare the children for college and career”. (Refer to http://www.esquire.com/blogs/news/louis-ck-education) The author of the article continues: “We have joy deficit.”, and “We’re not taking the time to teach our kids a love of learning. We’re not treating our kids as people. We’re grooming them as tools for a future economy.”; ”…-and this generation of kids is getting the worse of it”. Conclusion: there’s not much support for the Elwood decision.
ergodic May 12, 2014 at 05:05 pm
Diane Ravitch’s blog for 05/12/2014 briefly reviews a Washington Post article: “6Read More reasons to reject Common Core K-3 standards”. The general criticism is that the CCSS for grades K-3 is developmentally inappropriate. Among other guidelines, the WAPO article states “Children need play in school now more than ever. They need teachers who are skilled facilitators of play…”. The blog ends with a reference to the recent Elwood kindergarten decision: “... (referring to the WAPO article) read the other mistakes that CCSS made in writing standards for K-3. Then you understand how foolish it was for a kindergarten class to cancel the annual class play because the children needed more time for rigorous academic studies”.
brookhavenconfucius May 12, 2014 at 05:14 pm
erogdic, WHAT ELSE could you expect, coming from a LESBIAN, PROGRESSIVE ALLEGED, ED-GEECATIONRead More ACTIVIST ? Certainly this touchee, feelee GOBBLELY GOOK !
South Side High School in Rockville Centre is among the best on Long Island, according to new rankings. (Patch file photo)
brookhavenconfucius May 20, 2014 at 01:30 pm
How is it in your gated community, there, Joe ? Or do you own a business that depends upon IllegalRead More Immigrants ?
Lorraine DeVita May 20, 2014 at 01:31 pm
too many here not enough headed back..
joe thrapp May 20, 2014 at 03:14 pm
learn baby , learn. earn baby, earn. And the nomination for the next President of the United StatesRead More is former Governor Jeb Bush and his new first lady Columbia Bush a native of Mexico. And the nomination for the next Vice President of the United States Senator Marco Rubio the son of an illegal immigrant from Cuba. This team will replace the administration of President Obama the son of a Kenyan Citizen. I depend on the welfare of immigrants in waiting for my future prosperity and safety here in these United States. Education for all and all of those who just think they have an education.
TJ Eckleburg April 24, 2014 at 04:55 pm
Well, Bob. Let me correct you. Paranoid Psycho Theresa Flora did NOT "call me out." IRead More called her out. Please keep track.
eatingdogfood April 24, 2014 at 07:10 pm
No, Eckleburg you called names, she called you out. Go away now.
TJ Eckleburg April 24, 2014 at 08:26 pm
"eatingdogfood" oh well... that explains everything about you.
pbug56 April 19, 2014 at 09:07 pm
No question that there are issues with Ocare in many states. In NY, there was a push to keepRead More premiums down as low as possible and in a number of cases that meant that many doctors and hospitals are out of plan, and there is no out of plan coverage. Early indications are that this may improve next year, but no promises. And some insurers are brand new, and older ones didn't always staff up - my plan finally started processing January claims a few days ago. And some companies have turned on their employees and then blamed it on Ocare. As to voter id, try to imagine an 85 year old frail person without any car or anyone to drive for them, who is told that they have to take several buses and subway trains and then walk a few miles to get to a place to get the ID. They may have once had a drivers license but as many seniors do they gave it up. It places like Pennsylvania, you don't have DOT offices all over the place like you might find in some parts of NYC and Long Island - where I grew up there was one per county, and it was nowhere near public transportation. In NYC, a couple of buses will usually get you to one.
2 Turn Tables April 19, 2014 at 09:33 pm
Obama's Crown Jewel was his healthcare mess. And it's a mess. He is an incompetent administrator,Read More an incompetent leader and his ideology has been a proven failure. I am amazed that there are rational, level headed people that still think this guy is doing a good job. I am not a racist either.
pbug56 April 20, 2014 at 01:26 am
A few years ago I lost my IT related job and for the first time in my career could not find anythingRead More viable, let alone with usable health care coverage. For over a year I've had a part time sub minimum wage retail job, and Ocare has finally gotten me health coverage again. Just because Faux News and the Koch Brothers keep telling you Ocare doesn't work doesn't mean they are right. Is it perfect? No - it does need fixes, and it would be real nice if the GOP would work with the Demos to fix the problems. Instead, they keep trying to scrap it, and also have voted to repeal Medicare.
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