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Tim Lewis April 24, 2014 at 06:51 pm
You people who see Paterno as an accomplice are horrible, shallow, self-righteous, people who haveRead More not a clue in the world.
Joan April 24, 2014 at 07:37 pm
@WC - you are correct CORBET did nothing and he was elected governor, he sat on the board of PennRead More State whose Executives did nothing and the assistant coach who WITNESSED it did very little. How about when you see someone raped you call the police immediately!!!!!!! How good was his story to his superiors. People believe what they want to believe without looking for the truth and are ready to condemn. Mob mentality.
Shawn April 24, 2014 at 08:09 pm
Whether you like the idea of a statue or not, it doesn't matter. It is on private property and beingRead More funded privately. Though government is eroding private property rights and right to free speech in the US, at least for now, they can still put up the statue.
Louie April 21, 2014 at 07:27 am
Let me guess... Mr. Harvard (Obviously didn't graduate from there) couldn't get a date on Death RowRead More in a women's prison with a fistfull of pardons in one hand and a carton of cigarettes in the other!
Country1st April 21, 2014 at 06:30 pm
Knock if off with the 'feminazis' crap -- having said that -- as a feminist, I think that we shouldRead More take a fresh look at Title IX
Star Thrower April 21, 2014 at 08:08 pm
Country1st = K.McDonald the feminazi pedophile enabler :)
harryfinster April 6, 2014 at 02:39 pm
harryfinster April 6, 2014 at 02:42 pm
here is a local school in your area that far outranks phoenixville you will see yourRead More superintendent has twisted the numbers to make phoenixville look better the only true thing he said was phoenixville has no place to go but up,because it certainly couldnt go lower
bitdls April 17, 2014 at 11:30 pm
hey harry and scammer i think you should cool things down this fight is getting a little rowdy
Deb Nyman March 28, 2014 at 11:09 am
Agree with Art!
Limeport Resident March 28, 2014 at 11:25 am
Seems futile to punish others if students will get health care and protection of their futures. I amRead More pretty sure that existing IRS laws would require minimal or no tax and in some cases, where eit comes into play, a refund by the IRS. The question is how will colleges react.. Drop sports so that more can be spent on FB? The present schools affected probably will not make big changes because education is important there and money is not a great issue. It is the schools that are nothing more than minor league teams for the pros that will adjust most if ruling becomes universal. NFL is non profit, baseball is a protected monopoly, because Americans want to be able to watch the sport and occasionally go to a game. Most of profit for NFL is capital gain so tax is not really an issue except when using loopholes to sell the team.
When will there be a ruling that requires the Varsity football & basketball student athletes toRead More attend classes and pass tests on their own. Only a % of these big school athletes are smart enough to earn a legitimate college degree...
Kaos8 March 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm
OK, so I have read a bunch of these articles to get a better idea of this Common Core curriculum, IRead More did not understand it, since I do not have kids in school yet. I agree with getting kids to think better and smarter. Many of these ideals, of participating, ask questions, use common sense (think before you talk or act), etc- where instilled in me in school. I was in honors/excellerated classes my whole life- I was good at math, science, and arts/music and sports without having to work real hard at it- hence me being put in Honor/excellerated classes to "push " me more. My sister- is really smart as well, however- she REALLY had to work at it- she is currently an Art Teacher and really excells at the arts (as runs in my family- some members are very well established artists, where my father's side is more into science/math and have really excelled in their fields). I feel that if you lump all these kids into the same curriculum - someone is going to suffer. You cannot treat or even teach students the same way. Not everyone is capable of learning in the same manner. Some kids are art/music oriented and some are Math/Science oriented (it completely is a left brain/right brain thing)- therefore you must be able to allow them to get to their best potential in the best way that they learn. This standardized testing sounds to me that any way you cut it, some of these kids are going to get left behind. THe one article I read was about teaching kids to think differently, ask questions, respect, etc..that is great- but when I was growing up that is stuff that teachers were already teaching and also instilled at home in the family environment. If I am still not understanding this correctly maybe someone can explain it to me a little better.
Country1st March 25, 2014 at 12:28 pm
As of 11/13, MA hadn't adopted it -- but you're right -- I just checked it and they've adopted it.Read More And thanks for the website -- I"ll check it out. The point is -- this is a new curriculum -- it's not financed -- and if they want to be fair, they should start requiring the kids who are in kindergarten to be able to pass it by the time they graduate, not the class of 2017.
Country1st March 25, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Here's a good sign: http://time.com/36779/indiana-drops-common-core-education-standards/ This is aRead More very big deal -- hopefully, PA will follow suit
sklogw March 25, 2014 at 05:12 pm
sarah connor March 31, 2014 at 04:47 pm
Its a yes or no question...again with the opinions and sarcasm YES...!
Karen Toth March 31, 2014 at 09:14 pm
America was founded on debate of opinions, and the right to do so in a public forum. ..
Rita Diani March 15, 2014 at 03:14 pm
speaking of colleges and their shady ways, does anyone know the date the Middle States, WCCC'sRead More accrediting agency, is visiting them this week?
harryfinster March 15, 2014 at 04:31 pm
M March 16, 2014 at 09:46 pm
There were many egregious miscalculations. All who made them need to pay the price personally:Read More Penn state officials, Sandusky, anyone who knew and did not report. The Catholic Church now requires all mandated reporters, i.e. anyone who has knowledge or strong suspicions of abuse against children/young adults MUST contact police first, then Bishop. Let this case be a lesson to all who might be tempted not to report. Make THEM pay the price both financially and morally. "Look at the collateral damage to the Paterno family, and all the rest of the staff on the periphery. Look at the lost trust. Most of all, look at the lives of the victims who'll be scarred the rest of their lives." But the victims can become survivors and go on to live good lives, overcoming through therapy and the compassion of those around them.
harryfinster March 9, 2014 at 11:04 pm
Leigh March 10, 2014 at 07:29 am
Yeah nabob - we don't need to hear the truth! Shame on you!
ROBERT J? HADLEY March 11, 2014 at 11:00 am
Joe let Jerry go in 1998, then let him loose on Camus till he was convicted. Joe knew, but he wasRead More JOE and no one could touch him. PSU claims to not be state school, but employees are under state retirement system, Jerry getting 56k a year, joes wife is getting 110k per year.
Helen Gricks February 12, 2014 at 06:43 am
It's a big state. I think NH is one of the best schools around. My kids were well prepared forRead More college. Patch, do you have a % for local schools.
Richard February 12, 2014 at 06:59 pm
Agreed Helen, PR has 1 or 2 score perfect on their SAT's every year and they have excellent APRead More scores! The teachers and students do an excellent job preparing for Calculus, Statistics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics at Pine-Richland
Kevin Brutschea April 1, 2014 at 11:37 am
What all public schools need more than anything else the return of discipline. That is the onlyRead More difference regular schools and Charter Schools is discipline. CS's cherry-pick the students accepted for enrollment. Any discipline issues, and your kid won't get in.
Pupils practice cursive writing. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Ralph Meyer November 15, 2013 at 09:09 am
If you go by the old three, Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic, it's obvious that at least once upon aRead More time, what is now called "cursive" was not considered special as calling it that seems to do, but 'writing' (and that DIDN'T mean block printing) was considered an absolute essential for any educated person. IMHO, it still should be. Its a very useful and necessary skill even with all the smart phones, computers and other electronic paraphernalia. Cutting it out of core curriculum seems to me to be the action of a educational idiot.
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Patriotmom November 13, 2013 at 01:44 pm
I agree with everything Mary Martin wrote. The top three "pros" mentioned are ALL wrong.Read More 1. More rigor 2. International benchmarking 3. National continuity. Martin covers some of it, but let me add a few things. Our old PA Standards in reading & math were graded by the Fordham Foundation (who actually support CC) as being a D & an F. The person at Pitt who was given the job of aligning our PA standards with the Common Core standards said that they just had to do a little "tweaking" to align them...so, the question is how do you go from being a D & an F to being "rigorous" & "internationally benchmarked"? The answer is, you don't. We had standards since the 90's and they were weak standards, but so are the current CC and the PA Core which are basically the same (if anything the experts who looked at them said the few minor changes that took the CC standards and made them PA Core, actually made them worse). The standards we had for many years did not really improve education in PA especially for the inner city schools. Why should anyone think the CC or PA core can do anything more? The CC supporters continue to claim that the CC standards are "internationally benchmarked" but NONE of them have been able to prove to which country (or countries) they were benchmarked. As for national continuity, this is also a false scenario. The truth is that very few children actually move out of state. (The Census Bureau says 1.7% of school-age U.S. children move out of state each year: http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_11_1YR_S0701&prodType=table ) Even if they did, the CC supporters can't have it both ways. On the one hand they insist that the CC standards will mean that students across the country will be on the same page in every 5th grade or 8th grade or whichever. However, they also continue to repeat that these "rigorous" standards are just the "floor" and individual districts can certainly do more than just meet these standards....well, common sense should tell everyone that if schools don't have to stick to only meeting the standards then if a kid moves from a school that goes way beyond the standards to one that decides to just meet the standards, there will exist the same problem they claim to be fixing. I hope that more parents will start paying more attention to this issue. I recommend you check out www.nopacommoncore and www.truthinamericaneducation and www.foundedontruth.com.
Donna Lane November 14, 2013 at 04:32 pm
Thank you for opening up a dialogue on this important subject! As a parent of a 4th grader, and aRead More kindergartener next year, I welcome this Common Core concept. We moved between states and districts and we have always found ourselves frustrated of not having a standard to compare and choose schools. I hear anecdotal likes and dislikes from parents commenting about their school district. Since every child has their own needs, the same level/quality of education offered in one school may satisfy one child but not the other. How can I evaluate a school based on these anecdotal information? Every system needs a standard. It can be up to each individual school district to decide how much deviation they need to have to satisfy their students needs. But that does not mean we can’t have a standard. I fully believe the United States of a America should hold its public schools to the same standard when it comes of key subjects, and students should be tested on these standards, schools should be evaluated on these standards. When it comes to our family, school is our single most important factor to decide where to live in the city where we work. Through the years we realized there is no good way to compare school’s academic performance across states and even districts, I go to demographic information to make my final choice. It is a shame I did this but I have no choice. I now enroll my daughter in sports, music and art programs, but the bottom line is still academics. I need to know I have chosen an academically sound school. Without a standard, I simply don’t know how.
Mary Martin November 14, 2013 at 08:28 pm
Donna, you bring up some fine points. Our family, as well, has moved several times during the timeRead More our children have been in school, including across the country. I have had no problem whatsoever in rating schools based on the information that is already available. I would be interested in knowing what difficulties you have run into in school selection. Do you feel that the federal government will be more efficient in rating schools than the information that is already available? Many states already had state standards that they subscribe to based on NCLB, and many teachers and parents felt that this was truly a setback for schools because teachers felt they spent enormous time teaching to a test, attending modules to prepare for administration of the standardized test, showing videos or computer tutorials to the children, etc. rather than following a curriculum of traditional material. While I certainly agree that there were some degree of variation between states with regard to difficulty, enrollment in a new school tended to be a normalizer in my childs day in our new home, rather than traumatic. I don't see how having a standard will make great schools better, on the contrary, it will take precious time away from great schools creating a deficit where they could have been advancing. As for poor schools, I don't see how standardized testing will help schools that are already far behind catch up, the standards have no variation for children of special needs, or children that are behind. You may have noticed, many Common Core aligned schools have already switched to the new report cards. My daughters school has. There is no more traditional 4 point score system. There is only: not progressing, progression, met grade level standards, and above grade level standards. Your child will be a progressing student most of the year. To me, that is much less information than a percentile grade, being that whether your student was an A student or a C student, they are now making the same grades.
Michael Pasquinelli is the new assistant superintendent at Pine-Richland. Photo credit: Pine-Richland
Donna Lane October 15, 2013 at 11:11 am
Since we moved in the community last November, I have been enjoying reading the Pine-Richland PatchRead More greatly and feel I am very much in touch of what is going on in my community. Thank you for your great work! Is it possible to limit the political content to a minimum? As an informed citizen, I seek balanced coverage on facts. I do not want some selected pieces from the Web screw my opinion of this wonderful community patch. Thank you! Dawn
Richland Parent September 14, 2013 at 02:33 pm
Why is the district doing this? Sounds like there is someone they want to get rid of. Mary P. WhyRead More didn't you name the district? For those of you who don't know-it's Seneca Valley.
Claire Marie Miller September 14, 2013 at 06:11 pm
First, to all the volunteer youth coaches, from baseball to cheerleading, thank you for your hoursRead More of unpaid time introducing children to sports; teaching, caring and helping other people's kids. Second, since most volunteer coaches are parents whose children play on their team, they serve as the test of what is the good, the bad, and the ugly of parent coaches. Think about the politics of youth sport then everyone can under the reason P-R is developing this policy. Next, not all parent coached teams fall into the bad or ugly categories. Since I am as old as dirt, two outstanding basketball father/ son teams come to mind: the Blackhawk's championships with the Millers; and many years before, Wampum's state championships with Butler Hennon and son, Don. Finally, the P-R board is correct in carefully weighing the best exceptions to the policy. In some sports the district is lucky to find someone to coach. In other instances, the parent's training, experiences, and professional success may far outweigh any other candidates. However, on staff coaches have the inside benefit in recruiting, encouraging positive in-school behavior and academic success, as well as being subject to district policies of ethics, non discrimination, and human relationship standards.
BReal September 15, 2013 at 10:45 am
Well, Don Holl's boy certainly had no problem pretty much single handedly beating Pine Richland'sRead More football team last week. Oh, and North Allegheny this week. Of course though, what the vast majority of parents don't realize is that no matter what a coach does, if he plays his kid AT ALL then parents complain. Doesn't matter if he or she is the best....they are only being played because they are the coach's kid, according to all the parents. Just because a kid is older does NOT make them a better athlete. Neil Walker came through this district and he started at both football and baseball over many kids who were older than him. He was the best athlete so he got the spot. If his dad was head coach, people would've complained about him playing and would still be complaining to this day every time they see him on TV playing in the majors. This district should be taking all of the help they can get. If someone is willing to volunteer their time to help a sports program then the benefit of that should outweigh the possibility that their child might eventually end up playing a sport. If their child is truly unqualified then that will be worked out by other coaches or by the other team when the kid gets leveled. Personally though, if I were a coach and my son or daughter wanted to play the sport that I was coaching, I would send them to North Catholic because there is no way that the coach's child would be treated fairly by all the other parents. Maybe the district should look into limiting parental involvement period....even in the stands.