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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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Jim Eastwood March 3, 2014 at 04:47 pm
Here we GO !!!!!!! This will be quickly followed by "Subtle Threats" and a Cry toRead More Increase the School systems Budget to make sure Fairfield Children are not let down.
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Ajack February 24, 2014 at 07:09 am
A more appropriate piece of reporting would be to report which school districts get the mostRead More education for their tax dollars spent. A report like this does not address how the money is spent and the results!!!!!!!It ain't all about HOW MUCH WE SPEND, it's about how we spend it and the results.....Right? Right ! Results folks are what we should be focusing on. Any idiot can appropriate lots of money for education. The smart and clever find ways to do the same or better for less.
Ajack February 24, 2014 at 07:22 am
Fairfield may be very inefficient in how it spends it money thus it needs more per student. PerhapsRead More these other towns are far more efficient in how they educate.How much money that is spent is not a good economic model by any means. I wouldn't run a company like that. But it's just our tax dollars that they seem willing to wee away , can't change , won't change,don't want to change , especially when change would mean that parents would have to do more to educate their kids, become more active and especially when change would mean loss of power and prestige on the part of our district leaders and the especially our beloved B.O.E. Want change, then be willing to make sweeping changes that will finally benefit the kids and not the unions and not the Educational administrative elites. More isn't necessarily good. Most parents , if they had the $ per pupil, could do a much better job in deciding how to educate their kids. Why aren't their a lot more alternative .....choices...for our kids education? Why does it have to be the Districts way or nothing. Obviously they don't know everything that there is to know about education. A lack of serious innovation, weighted down by the monstrosity blob known as out Public Educational System.
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/
More snow — up to 8 inches — is on the way. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
Igor February 5, 2014 at 02:14 pm
1/2 of the people complain because they cancelled school (probably because they need a sitter ), theRead More other half want to cancel school so they don't have to take the kids. Everyone wants to know the night before Well folks you are the parents. If you feel it's unsafe to send your kids to school don't send them.
Jim Eastwood February 5, 2014 at 06:20 pm
IGOR Right ON !!!!!!! What ever happened to the Old Days ????
fairfield newcomer February 6, 2014 at 07:36 am
Jennifer, maybe the cancellations can be put on a calendar in Sept for your convenience.
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Carol Elizabeth Skog February 3, 2014 at 08:14 am
Carol Elizabeth Skog Happy Snow Day Monday. Sweet dreams I woke to this, White snowflakesRead More dancing bliss, Snow shovels exercise don't miss, Sledding, skiing we do wish, Happy Fairfield Funday
Joeseph Biff February 3, 2014 at 08:42 am
Carol, Snow shovels exercise don't miss? What the hell does that mean? Go back to bed.
Matt Hutzelmann February 3, 2014 at 09:44 am
Jim, last year school got out on the 27th of June, partly because of Sandy. They are scheduled toRead More get out on the 11th this year, so so there's still a good cushion.
Igor January 21, 2014 at 11:17 am
OK let's see who cries first. The ones that don't want their kids let out early, or the ones thatRead More think school should have not opened at all. Last but not least the ones that say schools should have stayed open.
Ajack January 23, 2014 at 06:31 am
I will admit. This is never an easy call. I think they got it correct ...again. Good call. I willRead More give credit to Title and the people who made the decision this time. They got it right. That's the way it should be.
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Igor January 20, 2014 at 08:17 am
Ajack, sorry to say this works at all levels of government. The local one being one of the worse.
Ajack January 25, 2014 at 06:42 am
I'm with you on this one. Government people protecting other government people when they do wrong.Read More Little accountability for ill treatment , poor decisions etc. Government people helping friends/relatives/connected people when others go wanting. And they want our tax dollars to do it with.And they wants us to shut up , keep us working at our jobs so that we are too busy to see what they are doing with our money, try to stifle us when we speak out at 'their' meetings, attack us when we question how our children are being taught, deny services when they feel like it and basically act as 'all powerful' politico, similar to what is happening now again in Russia and occurred there years ago for those who can remember with the Communist regimes of the1940s,through the 1980s. Our Leftist leaning Democratic leaders, a party that purports 'Progressivism' , a term used by many Communist groups for many years to describe their Utopian view of the world are slowly moving towards this. . I warn each and everyone to do something , anything to stop this march to the Progressive Left that our town fathers, State government and our National government is taking us. The all encompassing State will be the ruin of our existence.
Joeseph Biff February 4, 2014 at 10:09 pm
Discipline begins in the home.Or at least it used to.Many of today's parents are too busy, selfRead More involved ,clueless and afraid to discipline their children. When I was a child and misbehaved in school,I would catch hell at home from my Dad.That was enough of a deterrent. Now we have to get the government involved?
Nancy Sasso Janis January 12, 2014 at 08:05 pm
To accommodate the requests of those who have expressed a desire to attend both Masses honoringRead More President Emeritus Thomas Patrick Melady, SHU's memorial Mass has been RESCHEDULED to January 29, 2014 at 2pm in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit.
Fairfield Warde High School. Patch File Photo.
Jim Eastwood January 6, 2014 at 10:41 am
And Just what are they going to do with the "CRYSTAL PALACE" aka Burr Street school????Read More Who in their Right Mind would build an All Glass school in this Day and Age in the North East Answer the Same people who built Penfield Pavilion !!!!!!!!
Snow-covered school buses. Credit: Patch File Photo
Igor January 3, 2014 at 02:21 pm
My God, how ungodly. It's a crisis!!!!. People getting shot, killed, robbed. Houses burning down,Read More people dying of cancer and heart attacks. Women being raped and murdered. Boys being molested, flooding etc etc and you big complaint is getting up at 5:25 in the morning. Lady you must have one pampered life.
PBP Design January 3, 2014 at 02:28 pm
Only wondering why they couldn't have made the call before then like every other town in the state?Read More Some people don't sleep we'll if they're waiting for the phone to ring.
Kelly Crisp January 4, 2014 at 09:17 pm
PBP Design - ask Dr. David Title at the next Board of Ed meetingRead More (http://fairfieldschools.org/board_of_education_meetings.htm), although you'll have to wait to the end of the meeting (generally around 10pm, if you're lucky, and 11:00, if your unlucky). You will have to state your name, your address, and then you'll have exactly 2 minutes to state your case/ask your question, followed by exactly nothing - no response, no declaration to address your concern as an agenda item at the next meeting, no attempt to speak with you after the meeting. Or you are welcome to email him at dtitle@fairfieldschools.org.
Trinity College, Hartford, CT. Credit: Leslie Yager
JimH December 18, 2013 at 09:24 am
Remind me never to enroll my kid in any of these colleges. You never hear anyone complaining aboutRead More big education. Only evil corporations who overpay their executives. What a waste.
Pupils practice cursive writing. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
James Lee November 15, 2013 at 10:39 am
Like most adults, I use a hybrid of printing and cursive when I am writing by hand. Perhaps unlikeRead More most adults, I own a fountain pen and use it daily. This comment, of course, was written on a computer. I grant that some knowledge of cursive writing is needed in order to decode documents written in it, and I grant also that cursive writing is an art form that ought to be preserved, all other things being equal. Unfortunately, all other things are not equal. The school day has about as many minutes in it as it did 50 years ago, and there are about as many of them in a year. But there is much more that must be taught now – some of it due to a half-century’s accretion of knowledge, some it due to mandates of all sorts. Back in the day, DNA was a new discovery, outer space was the stuff of science fiction, drug abuse equated to heroin addiction, World War II was a recent memory, and a computer was as big as several refrigerators, ran on punch cards, and took a crew of scientists to operate. Students of my generation learned two alphabets, printing and cursive handwriting. As we grew older, many of us developed our own handwriting, typically a hybrid of the two, that may have been informed by our knowledge of cursive but did not conform to it. Students of my children’s generation also learned two alphabets, but one of them was keyboarding. There just isn’t time in the day to teach three. Both as a parent and as a member of the Board of Ed for many years, I thought it was fine to teach cursive writing as an art form, but that it was a mistake to require its use in written assignments when a faster and more legible alternative was so readily available. I still do. James H. Lee Fairfield
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MAC November 11, 2013 at 03:12 pm
No question--for people who are informed--Common Core is a BAD thing! It's all about CONTROL,Read More people!............................... The federal government has no business determining what local school boards and teachers/administrations must do, and what your children should learn!......................................................... States accepted this DRECK because their governors were enticed by the (short term) free money being redistributed from our federal taxes. But they have traded our children's education and our nation's well-being for 'thirty pieces of silver'! I recommend truthinamericaneducation.com; and the “Stop Common Core in CT” and other related FB groups for more information on the evils of Common Core.
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