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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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brookhavenconfucius July 3, 2014 at 01:36 am
Frank, these SUPPLICATE YOURSELF TO THE AUTHORITY OF THE STATE types, will dance to ANYTHING, asRead More long as it reaffirms their Faith, that FAILURE IS SUCCESS, and that ABOVE ALL, they must have SOMETHING TO SUPPLICATE THEMSELVES TO. Without these ORGANIZATIONS OF CONTINUED FAILURE, they have NOTHING, to reaffirm their fealty to..and they are LOST WITHOUT A PROBLEM TO SOLVE ! THEIR EXISTENCE is dependent upon PROBLEMS AND EXPENDING EMOTION ON FAILURE !
brookhavenconfucius July 3, 2014 at 07:22 am
Pizarelli wouldn't have HOPE HOUSE, if it was not for the benificence of JOHN MCNAMARA'S BRIBERYRead More DIRTY MONEY, as well as a loan McNamara arranged through the Bank of Ireland...for tax reasons, on McNamara's part. It was a coincidence of course, that Pizarelli was "moved", out of Port, to St. Louis de Monfort in Sound Beach, out of Spota's way, in time for McNamara's indictment activities. Pizarelli has a once a year...around Christmas... exclusive, invite ONLY, get together of local HIGH ROLLER$, to whom he grovels too for money. You can bet he doesn't bring up Pope Francis's socialist missives, about "sharing the wealth" around these business people !
Marie July 3, 2014 at 12:54 pm
I really understand what you are stating Laurel Sutton, however, witholding a student or child'sRead More report card until they see this video is not the answer to change in our community. I have many friends who have lost their children, husbands, wives, and friends to drug overdoses. When it's very close to home, it's very difficult to watch, live with and deal with on a daily basis especially if you have ever lived with a drug addict and have tried your best to "help" them. You can't. They have to want to "help themselves" You can't change them, fix them, force them into rehab. You can cry your eyes out every single day. It doesn't work until they are willing and want to work a program.
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.
Frank Esposito June 26, 2014 at 09:22 am
Oh, also a thanks to Arthur Calace and family for supporting families with children like this.
Frank Esposito June 29, 2014 at 08:27 am
This girl needs to get one more award...... The Most Incoherent Commencement Speech....... ever.Read More Oh well, you can't win them all. The speech was harder to listen to then "Diamonds". Also her meter was grating to listen too. You should leave waltz type timing for music and dance only; although sharp staccato and waltz doesn't fit either. The young chap headed to Duke was a pleasure to listen to and the grads acknowledged him well.
brookhavenconfucius June 29, 2014 at 08:29 am
Future TV NEWS BABE !
Rocky Point Middle School seventh-grade class contributed to the Rocky Point Save-A-Pet fundraiser. Several students are pictured here with adviser Catherine O’Connell.
brookhavenconfucius June 23, 2014 at 10:10 am
WHERE, OH, WHERE IS JANE BONNER ?
Frank Esposito June 24, 2014 at 10:20 am
Brooky, is that "oil" crap at Hallock article still around? I wanted to add some new infoRead More to it.
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.
Heather Kuhn was named a winner in this year’s Scholastic Action Magazine Writing Contest. She is pictured here with Principal Dr. Scott O’Brien, teacher Megan Parise and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael F. Ring.
Frank Esposito June 12, 2014 at 05:40 pm
Ok, now I'm getting really concerned. Jane Bonner has missed a ton of photo ops lately and now thisRead More one too. Is everything ok with her? Why is she not mugging for this photo? She has not been to so many award ceremonies - she had nothing to do with - as of late. The list of no-shows is growing. Last week the guy with the biggest ant farm in brookhaven gets an award from Texas ant farmers association - she is a no show? Week before that some girl scout won most cookies every sold in history of scouting - she is a no show. Last month two guys stole their first ever vacuum from Kohl's in rocky point - her home town no less - and posed for some great security camera photos and she was not there? WHAT IS GOING ON?! WHERE IS SHE?! She is supposed to be representing the people. How does she expect to get elected again if she doesn't get her face and name all over the press associated to wonderful things she had nothing to do with such as some old lady living to 110 years of age. Jane Bonner can't win again on her record in office. She just missed a golden opportunity photo Op to empty a recycle cans with Caribbean Ed yesterday. Get out there women! Go do what you do best. Strike a pose for photo Op over nothing you accomplished and hang on to others accomplishments so your name gets associated with something good instead of your job. I don't want to be the only guy voting for you next time.
brookhavenconfucius June 13, 2014 at 08:48 am
JANE BONER IS ON A PERMANENT VACATION !
Elicia Katsapis is pictured here with Principal Dr. Scott O’Brien and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael F. Ring.
brookhavenconfucius June 24, 2014 at 03:25 am
FRANK...BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, MORE TEACHER'S UNION RHETORIC, FOR THE LOW INFORMATION VOTER !
brookhavenconfucius June 24, 2014 at 03:29 am
FRANK...BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, MORE TEACHER'S UNION RHETORIC, FOR THE LOW INFORMATION VOTER TO LAPRead More UP...USUALLY RESERVED FOR SCHOOL BUDGET VOTES !
brookhavenconfucius June 24, 2014 at 03:54 am
FRANK...BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, MORE TEACHER'S UNION RHETORIC, FOR THE LOW INFORMATION VOTER TO LAPRead More UP...USUALLY RESERVED FOR SCHOOL BUDGET VOTES ! http://www.nysut.org/
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
More than 30 Rocky Point Middle School students celebrated the written word this May by taking part in the building’s poetry slam.
Frank Esposito June 6, 2014 at 12:35 pm
I love poetry..... Let me give it a shot....... "There once was a school that broke backs, byRead More levying way too much tax. Bend over rover, we got even more tax coming over!"
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.
Frank Esposito June 2, 2014 at 09:22 am
Fictional bank accounts, fictional gains and losses, no real market stress in the equation -Read More therefore.... waste of time. Teach them the market and cut it out with bogus awards. Only thing real is the "fake awards" in their hands.
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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
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