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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?
Stoughton High School. Credit: File photo.
Fiscal Conservative April 18, 2014 at 06:34 am
Townie: Call me a hypocrite if you wish. My membership was more a sense of economics. Remember, MARead More is not a Right to Work state. It's closed shop. The system I taught in required non members to pay an Agency Fee (90%) of annual dues. I looked into that, but, to purchase Liability insurance, on my own, would have cost far more than dues. Therefore, I grudgingly paid the dues. I did not participate in any activity the union had. I never went to meetings, never voted in elections. I was a member in name only. Teachers complain about money...that is an economic thing as was my decision on being a member. If MA wasn't a non Right to Work state, you would see membership at far lower levels than you do now. So, state as you wish. Know the facts, as to why many members are like me...members in name only. Unions don't make better employees...it's what is in the person's heart that makes them either strong or weak. The strong doesn't need a union (for the most part), the weak relies on the union. No work situation is ever perfect, either for the employer or employee. Kind of like the world. We would like it to be perfect, but, it never will be. Too many diverse situations. Your calling me a hypocrite just shows that people do not accept another point of view, other than theirs. Know you facts first. The old saying "agree to disagree" doesn't exist for either for the SC or teachers. "My way the highway" has created this mess. Time for sides to find individuals who know how to compromise and work out an equitable agreement for all, including both sides,true employers....the Tax Payer.
Townie for Life April 18, 2014 at 09:03 am
So FC- Your decision was based on "economics." As part of a teachers union you alsoRead More enjoyed annual salary increases, sometimes more than 3% annually- I am sure you grudgingly accepted these too. You also had other options- you could have taught in a private school. But wait, they pay a lot less (average private school teachers makes $20,000.00 less per year vs. public). So this is another decision based on economics. Bottom line- All your posts reveal that you spent a career enjoying all the benefits of being part of a teachers union but now you have the gall to use this platform to criticize the same type of institutions that contributed to your own well-fare. That is hypocritical. Again you like to eat your cake and have it too. Also, ironically you are probably part of the generation of teachers that now collect 80% of salary for life but for most of their career paid an average of 3% into the system. Teachers today contribute close to 14% to fund your retirement. That is economics. You are a lucky guy. Stop complaining.
Fiscal Conservative April 18, 2014 at 09:20 am
My guess is about 40% of teachers feel as I do. My building, there was a lot of complaint about theRead More union. Yeah, I reaped the benefits, but, that doesn't mean I have to be a supporter. I was a member because MA is closed shop. Obviously, you're a strong supporter of unions. I have no problem with that. Problem you have is you cannot accept the fact that others don't feel as you do. Whether I support something, or not, I am entitled to receive what has been negotiated...I paid my dues.
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Kathleen April 9, 2014 at 12:09 pm
Can't understand people on here advocating for their children to be 'friends' with their teachers onRead More FB...They are NOT friends, they are teachers, mentors and there are many other ways that they can mentor a child if they want to help them. How about the good ol' face to face discussion? Probably would do more to help a child that is in need of a little guidance better than FB. Also, many teachers today set up classroom blogs for day-to-day communication with their students, which is a great use of technology. Also, most of these kids shouldn't even be on FB since the rules of FB actually require that you be 18 to sign up. (though this is usually not enforced by FB or parents, me included). Once a student reaches 18 or 21 years of age and they are no longer students of their teacher(s), then fine if they want to be friends with their teacher(s). Just doesn't make sense to me that parents don't understand that their should be boundary lines while they are.
nedlam1968 April 9, 2014 at 06:48 pm
Unfortunately, we've become a society where too many do not understand boundaries. I don't thinkRead More it's appropriate for school staff to "friend" student's - there are "rules" that outline appropriate and inappropriate behaviors with students ... unfortunately, everyone thinks that what matters is being "buddies" with the kids ... too many professionals have forgotten how to be professional ...
Mrs. B April 10, 2014 at 12:09 am
Teachers friending students on Facebook is unprofessional. I would think a teacher would beRead More intelligent enough to know this without being told by authorities.
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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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Janine Patera March 3, 2014 at 06:21 pm
Sense I'm in the Midwest.
Iron Mike March 3, 2014 at 06:24 pm
Congrats Janine! You're NOT in MoonBat Mass-a-2- [can't write the rest here]. ;^)
Iron Mike March 3, 2014 at 06:52 pm
Common Core Informational Session! Wednesday March 12, 2014 – 6:45p.m. Watertown PublicRead More Library 123 Main Street, Watertown MA 02472
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!✈️
Boston College. Photo Credit: Boston College
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.
Credit: Stoughton Public Schools Facebook page.
Longtime Resident February 18, 2014 at 07:32 pm
I am so glad I received this in such a timely manner. It arrived in my inbox after 8am the day ofRead More the event. I have totally lost interest in this paper in the past few months. The new format is crowded and confusing, and the breaking news stories have no information and little follow up. This is a sad parody of a newspaper these days. Most of the "news" is either reprints of press releases or non-existant. What happened at the selectman's meeting? The "maps" showing things like "how many divorced people live in this area" and other such non-events are a waste of time and space. Please hire a reporter or two and print some news. Stoughton hasn't become that boring in the past three months, has it?
Stoughton High School. Credit: File photo.
mom2qts February 13, 2014 at 08:37 pm
I agree, I don't think it would pose the same problem now as it may have years ago. I know theRead More original reason for the Jewish holy days, had more to do with teachers than students. But again not knowing how many people we are talking about makes it hard to have an opinion one way or the other.
JD February 13, 2014 at 11:07 pm
I'm sorry but that is the most ridiculous comment - "the original reason for Jewish holidaysRead More had more to do with teachers than students..." Seriously?! So I suppose Catholic holidays have more to do with teachers than students too, right? Holidays have to do with EVERY student, child, adult, family who celebrate them!!! According to your ridiculous theory, if it has to do more with the teachers, then what about the teacher's children? I suppose their kids don't celebrate or observe the holiday, just their parents who are teachers. Remember that next time YOU celebrate Christmas or Easter, I suppose your children will have a play date or do something else that day since they won't be observing their own holiday. What a moron.
mom2qts February 14, 2014 at 08:53 pm
My apologies, I didn't mean that the way it came out. My mother had told me that years ago theRead More reason the public school closed on the Holy Days was because most of the teachers observed these days and there was no way to get enough substitutes to cover for them. She had said that was main reason, second to that was the population of students that would have been absent. Now to respond to your ridiculous response, maybe we should have school on those days, maybe those could be spent teaching how to reply to people in respectful ways, instead of silly tirades calling people ridiculous & morons. Maybe we could ask for a clarification instead of assuming what is meant.
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